Characters: Kingdom Hearts Independent Villains
Many villains in the series are working together to achieve some sort of grand goal. However, some people just want to watch the world burn.
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"Oh grow up. Is that what you call friendship? You'll never learn the truth unless you go out and look for it yourself. Come on, what could you possibly know when you're stuck here, looking at nothing but what's in your tiny world?"
"This χ-blade will open a door — one that leads to all worlds! Then, Keyblade-bearing warriors will flock here from each and every one of them, to battle for the light within Kingdom Hearts! And just like the legend says, the Keyblade War will begin!"
The mysterious masked apprentice of Master Xehanort. Master Xehanort claims he's running around worlds creating chaos and attacking people with Unversed, but the reality is that he's doing so under orders as part of a larger plan. He appears to antagonize Ven and Aqua several times, alluding to a plan for the two of them that he has in motion.
- Anime Hair: Exactly as ridiculous as Sora's. Just black.
- Arch-Enemy: Could be considered one to Ven. Natch, given that he's his Enemy Without.
- Artificial Human: Spawned from the darkness of Ven's heart.
- Ax-Crazy: Case in point: at the end of Aqua's episode, while gloating to Aqua and Mickey about his and Xehanort's endgame, he spouts a big Slasher Smile.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: With Ventus.
- Bilingual Bonus/Multiple Reference Pun: "Ventus" (Latin for "wind") and "Vanitas" ("emptiness") sound similar, and both can be defined with the kanji 空, which means both "sky" and "emptiness". And could also, due to one of those meanings, be read as "Sora".
"Empty creature from Ventus riven,
to you, the name "Vanitas", shall be given."
- Black Knight
- Blood Knight: He seems pretty excited about the idea of a massive war starting up, especially after he gets his hand on the Chi-Blade.
- The Cameo: Shows up with Young Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, confronting Sora in one cutscene, and nowhere else in said game. Tetsuya Nomura says that this is meant to be a representation of Ventus' heart reacting to Xehanort's darkness.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Ventus's Abel.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Subverted and then played straight; he initially plans to kill Ven after finding him too weak for their plans, but after Mickey helps Ven gain the upper hand, he decides to leave Ven alone for now.
- Collapsible Helmet
- Combat Tropes
- Compressed Hair
- Classic Villain: Representing Envy, Pride, and Wrath.
- Cool Helmet: Although it's called a "mask" in Birth By Sleep.
- Cursed with Awesome: According to the novels, Destroying an Unversed causes Vanitas intense physical pain. However, this is never shown in game.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: See Mook Maker below.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Considering he was "raised" by Master Xehanort to be a powerful weapon, it's safe to say he never had a chance at a normal life.
- Dark Is Evil/Dark Is Not Evil: In the novels, while Vanitas is a being of Darkness, he didn't start out as evil. However, after four years under Xehanort's "care", he became the cold sociopath he is today.
- Demonic Possession: Does this to Ventus. It doesn't last though.
- The Dragon: To Master Xehanort during Birth By Sleep.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Early on he's not pleased with Ven's progress and tries to kill him when he decides Ven is useless for their schemes. It's also hinted he was supposed to kill Aqua in the Radiant Garden, but she proved stronger than they expected so he let her live in case they needed a back-up if Ven turned out to be a bust.
- Dramatic Unmask: Averted at first; he comes to before Aqua can actually take his mask off. Played straight after Ven beats him when he unmasks himself.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Awkward male version.
- Eldritch Abomination: He is a being of pure darkness (basically a pure Heartless) whose existence unbalances the laws of the worlds, and he is the source of all Unversed.
- Humanoid Abomination: Played straight when Ventus's heart connects with Sora's.
- Lampshaded by Master Xehanort,
Master Xehanort: He has no control over the darkness in his heart. The Keyblade is not his to bear. He's an abomination beyond hope of salvation.
- Emotional Powers: Has the ability to spawn the Unversed from his negative emotions.
- Enemy Without
- Evil Counterpart: To Ventus.
- Though the two have no direct relation or interaction as of yet, he also seems to be this for Xion. Looks like a member of the Destiny Islands love triangle with black hair? Artificial Human? Get screwed over by Xehanort? These two are living the same life with a different X.
- Evil Twin: To Ventus, and to Sora, kind of.
- Evil Is Burning Hot/Evil Is Deathly Cold/Psycho Electro: Zig-Zagged. Vanitas can use both fire, ice, and lightning-based attacks.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Sounds Deep: It's Sora's voice, only deeper and more sinister.
- Expy: Well let's see, his outfit is similar to Riku's Dark Mode, he takes the same battle stance as Riku, and he even dons Riku's iconic pose in the opening cinematic.
- Yet it's Sora he has a connection to, through Ven, and he looks like Sora with black hair and gold eyes and an epic Slasher Smile. He even has Sora's voice.
- In Japan, he is thought to be an Expy of Jagi from Fist of the North Star.
- The Faceless: Until part way into the final battle against Ventus.
- Faux Affably Evil: Tries to be this, but is too much of a Jerkass to pull it off. Especially shown with his first encounter with Aqua. At first he tries to be polite, but when Aqua asks him a question, he gets irritated and attacks her.
- For the Evulz: It's indicated that he doesn't really have or need a reason to restart the Keyblade War; he's just excited by the idea of a universal conflict, especially now that he's the guy with an Infinity+1 Sword. The Slasher Smile he gives while revealing this to Aqua and Mickey says it all.
- An alternate reason, in the novels' version of the story, is that he wanted to rejoin with Ventus, thus not being all alone anymore. However, this isn't exactly reflected in his actions; early in the story, he was perfectly willing to annihilate Ventus for being too weak, and considered Aqua a decent backup plan for forging the χ-Blade.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The Vanitas of the novels is extremely envious of Ventus' friendships.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Subverted. He has eyes as large as Ven's because he's a Sora look alike.
- Grand Theft Me: Not nearly as successful as Xehanort, though, but manages to possess Ventus.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: His first encounter with Ven.
- I Need You Stronger: He's always going around telling people whom he fights to get stronger, and to show him their power. Why exactly is one of the key points of Birth By Sleep.
- Jerkass: Woo boy howdy. Despite being the other half of Ventus, he wasn't all that nice to begin with...
- Just Between You and Me: Does this without shame, confident the heroes cannot do a thing about it.
- Kick the Dog: Breaking Ven's toy Keyblade that Terra gave him in front of Aqua.
- Knight of Cerebus: Though to a lesser extent than Master Xehanort, but he's played dead serious with little to no comedic elements to him.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about anything but himself.
- Laughing Mad: In Japanese and English. Not all the time, granted, but he does have his moments, such as after his battle with Aqua in Radiant Garden.
- Literal Split Personality: He is the personification of the darkness that Master Xehanort ripped out of Ventus's heart.
- Made of Evil: He's quite literally made from Ven's darkness.
- The Man Behind The Monsters: Is the source of the Unversed.
- Manipulative Bastard: Though nowhere near Xehanort's level, he manages to coax Ventus out of the Land of Departure.
- Meaningful Name: His name is derived from the Latin word for emptiness, indicating his state of existence. Also, it sounds similar to Ventus, hinting at a connection between the two. It's also similar to "vanity", reflecting his smug, self-absorbed nature. And, as mentioned above, the Japanese character for emptiness can also mean sky, hinting at his connection to Sora.
- Mook Maker: He can create the Unversed from his negative emotions, and if an Unversed is destroyed, then he can absorb their negativity to spawn new Unversed. This gives him an endless supply of Mooks. However, this is only in cutscenes, not gameplay.
- No Sneak Attacks: Averted, as Aqua learns the hard way.
- Not So Different: Before the final battle with Ventus, Ven declares he's willing to risk losing his heart forever by destroying the χ-Blade and saving Terra and Aqua. In his Desperation Attack, Vanitas shatters the station they're on. Keep in mind the platforms in the Dive to the Heart are implied to be reflections of the heart, indicated here by Vanitas appearing opposite Ventus on it — in other words, Vanitas is willing to take the same risk as Ven.
- Obviously Evil: At no point could this guy pass for a good guy. Even Terra immediately knows he's a villain who must be stopped.
- Only One Name
- Omnicidal Maniac: Heavily implied to be this in the game, but never outright stated. By the end of his backstory in the novels, he wants to make everyone, in every world suffer. In the game, he gets really excited by the prospect of the Keyblade War, and the legends about it's catastrophic, universe-ending consequences.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Is the source of the Unversed, who inhabit and terrorize the entire World.
- Pragmatic Villainy: He'd like to just kill his enemies straight-off, but he's smart enough to know that this won't get him anywhere and bides his time accordingly.
- Psycho Strings: During one or two notes at the beginning of his theme, "Enter the Darkness".
- Psychotic Smirk: His default expression when unmasked.
- Slasher Smile: When he's possessing Ventus, he can give some pretty creepy ones.
- Pure Is Not Good: He's made of pure darkness. This seems to be the root of the Unversed.
- Recurring Boss: For Aqua and Ventus in Birth By Sleep. Although he's the reason why Terra went out to the worlds, however, he is only fought once in his story, and never speaks.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Red Herring: At first glance, he has a lot of similarities to Riku, wearing an outfit similar to his Dark Mode and using the same battle stance. But then the mask came off, and his appearance seemed to be essentially a darker clone of Sora's.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Master Xehanort's blue.
- The Resenter: To Ventus in the novels.
- Sadist: His in-game battle quotes consist of such gems as "Suffer!" and "Show me anguish!"
- Smug Snake: Though he's a dangerous threat, he's not as powerful as he claims to be.
- The Sociopath: Fits all the criteria of one, but the Unversed make him a rare subversion. Instead of feeling only shallow emotions, Vanitas is composed of nothing but negative emotions and he creates a new Unversed with each negative emotion he feels. A true sociopath could not feel deep enough to create them in the first place.
- The Starscream: It's hinted he planned to take the power of Kingdom Hearts for himself once he got the χ-Blade.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes/Red Eyes, Take Warning: Although he has gold eyes in all of his appearances, accoridng to an interview from Nomura, Vanitas resembled a heartless-like creature with red eyes before Ven joined his heart to Sora's to give Vanitas Sora's general appearance.
- Theme Song Reveal: His battle themes borrow from Sora's leitmotif.
- Too Slow: One of his stock lines.
- Villainous Breakdown: After being defeated for the final time by Ventus, he's reduced to panicking and attempts to grab the floating χ-blade before dying. It almost makes you feel sorry for him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds/Jerkass Woobie: Is portrayed as such in the novelization, in stark contrast to the unrepentent sociopath in the actual game. He's unable to control his ability to spawn Unversed, which are created autonomously every time he feels a strong emotion, and he hates them as a sign of his lack of control and a reminder of the true nature of his existence. Furthermore Master Xehanort forced him to train by fighting the Unversed, and Vanitas felt the emotions and physical pain they did upon being killed every time, which in turn fueled his dark emotions more and spawned stronger Unversed. And while all this Training from Hell was going on, he was still connected to Ven and felt all the friendship and happiness Ven was experiencing training under Eraqus.
- Would Hit a Girl: More like Would Stab A Girl.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Master Xehanort's plan was to have Vanitas and Ventus fight and forge a powerful weapon called the χ-Blade.
- Younger Than They Look: A double case. He is only 4 years old in the main events of BBS (as Ventus was 11 when Vanitas was created from him four years ago), but he has the physical body and mentality of a 15 year old. But at the same time, his 15 year old body just so happens to look at least a few years older since he is tall and muscular. The deep voice also doesn't help.
"But there is one easy way to tell us apart, though! Unlike you... I fear nothing."
"So... it's over. Hmph. Death doesn't frighten me. Good riddance to a phony life. My heart was never real. I'm sure even what I'm feeling now is probably all fake."
Created by Vexen and used as a tool by Vexen, Marluxia, and Larxene, and ultimately Axel. He's mistaken for the real Riku by Sora when he's sent against him, and appears to attack the real Riku as well.
- Always Someone Better: His motivation for defeating Riku.
- Artificial Human
- Become a Real Boy: His entire motivation.
- Berserk Button: He has two — getting anywhere near Naminé (Sora's storyline) and being called a "fake" (Reverse/Rebirth).
- Beta Test Baddie
""I'm me" he says. Must be nice, being real. A fake like me could never get away with saying something like that! That's right! I'm a phony! A fake! The way a look, the way I feel, everything I remember! And even this newfound power! I thought that by gaining new strength, I could finally be someone! Someone who's not at all you! But nothing changes. I'm still just empty! Everything about me is borrowed. As long as you're around, I'll never be anything better than a shadow!"
- Chekhov's Gunman: After finishing Chain of Memories, he dies and is literally forgotten until 358/2 Days came out, and it turns out Xion is a Replica just like him.
- Cloning Blues
- Cool Sword: His copy of the Soul Eater.
- Fake Memories: Throughout Sora's storyline, since Vexen had him implanted with the memories Naminé was force-feeding Sora to see what would come of it.
- Fan Nickname: Repliku. Ironically, this is also his actual name in the German edition of Chain of Memories.
- Go Out with a Smile
- Green Eyes
- Heel-Face Turn: At least during Sora's storyline.
- Heel Face Door Slam: In Riku's, he goes to antagonize the real Riku after Marluxia's death to Axel's goading.
- Hot-Blooded: Maybe even moreso than Riku in Kingdom Hearts, and that's saying something. However, this is justified by the fact that Vexen doesn't really understand hearts, not having one himself, and by the fact that Larxene manipulates him into it the entire time.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: More like pushed off by Axel.
- Killed Off for Real: In a series where several recurring characters suffer from losing their hearts, which Word of God states is different from death since they can regain their hearts, the Replica is one of the few characters confirmed to be dead. Bizarrely, though, he is referred to as having "seemingly" died in Dream Drop Distance's story recaps.
- Mirror Match: During Reverse/Rebirth.
- No Place for Me There: After Marluxia is defeated he essentially says this to Sora.
- Obi-Wan Moment: See his quote above.
- Only Known As His Origin
- The Rival
- Shadow Archetype: To Riku.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga.
- Talking to Himself: Quite literally happens any time he and the real Riku face each other.
- Teleport Spam: If you hated Riku's Dark Aura back in the first game, you will loathe this guy.
- Tragic Villain
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Yandere: For Naminé. The scary thing is that the Organization's plan basically amounted to Sora becoming just as crazy as him concerning protecting Naminé.
"The light doesn't suit you."
The famous Final Fantasy VII
villain appears as a fiendishly hard optional boss in both Kingdom Hearts
and Kingdom Hearts II
. In the latter, there's a bit of a subplot with him and Cloud — in the former, Cloud mentions that he's "looking for someone," but the two only interact in a cut-scene added to the Final Mix
See also his Final Fantasy VII
traits, and his Self-Demonstrating Article
- Affably Evil: He remains calm and polite even when expressing his intent to slay Sora and Cloud.
- Arch-Enemy: Cloud's, naturally, to the extent that he actively seeks out Cloud midway through II for no reason other than to taunt him. His skirmishes with Sora and Tifa in the same game were more impersonal than malicious, making this Sephiroth simply "antagonistic" than outright "evil."
- Badass: Cloud, no slouch himself, struggles against this guy, who doesn't show as much as the slightest amount of effort in any of their encounters. He even brushes off Sora's win like it was nothing.
- BFS: Wouldn't be Masamune if we could fit it in the picture. That sucker's seven feet, as usual.
- Bishōnen: Lacks the textbook personality, although when he was voiced by Lance Bass, his combat dialogue did show hints of it.
- Blade Spam: His Flash technique in KHII, of the "Simultaneous Blade Spam" variety. Sephiroth dashes past Sora, and if you don't use the Block Reaction Command, Sora instantly is bombarded with about 7-9 slashes.
- Bonus Boss: Though his That One Boss status is diminished in Final Mix+ by the introduction of Terra, Roxas, and the Data Organization XIII.
- Casting a Shadow: A few of his attacks in both games, as well as the Battle Aura he adopts in later phases of his boss battle.
- Colony Drop: His most powerful attacks involve meteors, naturally, though they're on a Dissidia scale rather than the planet-crushing one from VII.
- Combat Pragmatist: The first use of the aforementioned Blade Spam attack starts partway through the battle's introduction, and can only be blocked by using the brief window for the Reaction Command - which will more than likely catch the player off-guard.
- Damage Sponge: As to be expected from a Bonus Boss, but it's to an absolutely ridiculous level, especially in the first game. He has so many health bars, the game can't even keep up. The game shows a maximum of five health bars. Sephiroth has six. As a result, it doesn't even look like your attacks are damaging him, even though they are.
- Enemy Without: It is heavily implied, if not outright stated, that he's the physical embodiment of Cloud's own darkness rather than the "real" Sephiroth. To further emphasize this point, Sephiroth has the exact same facial features as Cloud, even sporting Cloud's blue eyes instead of the green eyes the Sephiroth of FFVII possesses.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: It's jarring hearing Superman taunt you in battle.
- It's less jarring when you take into account that in his previous appearance, it was Lance Bass taunting you in battle.
- HP to One: His signature Heartless Angel attack, with an MP drain effect to boot.
- Mr. Fanservice: Come on, it's Sephiroth.
- Never Say "Die": Pseudo-example, his declaration in the first game of "I will lead you to the Promised Land" becomes more threatening when you remember that most interpretations of the "Promised Land" in VII were that it was The Lifestream.
- One-Hit Kill: Or more like a One Hit Combo Kill, if you don't know what you're doing.
- Can happen literally in the first game if you're underleveled/unprepared, seeing as Sephiroth uses no combo attacks sans a Limit Break very similar to Cloud's Omnislash.
- One-Man Army: Carves through a horde of Heartless like cake while Leon and Cloud are plain outnumbered - just to taunt Cloud and teleport away. Enemy Mine isn't a philosophy of his.
- One-Winged Angel: Notably averted, despite being the Trope Namer. This seems to be a trend in recent years (with the exception of the hip wings). If you're being literal, he has one wing in the first game and three in the second - on the other hand, the hip-wings do make an interesting callback to his actual One-Winged Angel form.
- He does feature his signature Leitmotif, however, and in Final Mix, Sora can win a Keyblade called One-Winged Angel for beating Sephiroth (also notably the longest Keyblade in the game).
- Only Cloud Can Kill Me: To emphasize this point, he brushes off his shoulder and speaks softly after Sora gives him a particularly long beating.
- Only One Name
- OOC Is Serious Business: "STOP!" Not only does that sound weird as hell coming out of his mouth, but this is Sephiroth and he is freaking out - which tells you that Cloud is getting ready to kick his ass back to Jenova.
- Perpetual Molt: Every time he teleports, he leaves behind a few black feathers, and he sheds a few during his combos in II.
- Playing with Fire: Just because, though it's possibly an application of Evil Is Burning Hot. Alternately, it could be a reference to his infamous Super Nova attack.
- The Other Darrin: Lance Bass — yes, that Lance Bass — in the first game, George Newbern in the second.
- And with it, came the realization that the words for his HP to One deathmove were "Descend Heartless Angel," not "Sin Harvest."
- Punch Clock Villain: Sephiroth's only interests are really in tormenting Cloud. He challenges Sora to a duel in Kingdom Hearts 2 to see if the keyblade would choose him to be it's new master if he won. After essentially fighting to a draw and coming to a conclusion that only Cloud can actually kill him, he decides to no longer fight Sora.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- A Sinister Clue: Subverted; he wields the Masamune with his right hand in the first game, but his left in the second.
- The Stoic
- Teleport Spam
- Villainous Breakdown: Gameplay example; in both games, his fighting style becomes more frantic the less HP he has. When the battle starts, he fights by slowly walking towards Sora and swinging Masamune when it will hit, sticking to relatively simple attacks (and Flash in II). After he's taken a bit of damage, he starts running, hits a bit harder, and calls up Heartless Angel. A few more hits, and then he gets serious; he starts flying and pulls out his Black Materia.
- Villain Respect: Right after Sora bests him, Sephiroth dusts himself off and compliments Sora's skills.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Winged Humanoid
The Hostile Program
A virus program created by the MCP and released by Sark to cause chaos in both Radiant Gardens and Space Paranoids to deal with Sora and Tron.
A mechanical creature intended to be a playmate for Lock, Shock, and Barrel. It was created by Dr. Finklestien like Sally, but lacked a Heart like she had. To fill this void it steals Christmas presents, believing that the joy from a gift from ones heart will help this problem.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Upon learning of its motives, Sora remarks that he pities it.
- Body Horror: Its pieces can be taken off and put together again.
- Decapitated Army: Each part can move on its own, but the creatures torso needs to be beaten for it all to be brought down.
- Eye Beams: The head can juggle you with these.
- Only Known As The Experiment
- Shown Their Work: The pieces the creature is made from are background props from the movie - e.g, its right arm is a machine from Oogie's Lair.
- Vacuum Mouth: Its left arm, when detatched.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All its doing is trying to find a heart of its own, unintentionally taking away joy in the process. What's even sadder is that, per Dream Drop Distance's revelation that anything could get a heart of its own given enough time, had Sora and company not fought it... a heart just might've developed in the poor guy after time passed.