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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?"

Click here to see him unmasked. 
"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!"
Voiced by: Miyu Irino (Japanese), Haley Joel Osment (English)
Appearances: Birth by Sleep | Dream Drop Distance | III

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.

He returns by unknown means in Kingdom Hearts III, wearing a black coat like the members of the Organization and once again is chasing after Ventus, even if he has to go through Sora to do it.
  • Anime Hair: It's the same spiky hair as Sora's, but black.
  • Arch-Enemy: Could be considered one to Ven. He is his Enemy Without, after all.
  • 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.
  • Back from the Dead: In Kingdom Hearts III, and with him have returned the Unversed.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep voice. It's Sora's voice with a deeper inflection.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: With Ventus.
  • BFS: The Void Gear is huge. So is the χ-Blade.
  • Black Knight: Has the appearance of one with the outfit and helmet.
  • Black Magic: As a being of darkness and an apprentice of Xehanort, it's a given.
  • Blood Knight: He seems pretty excited about the idea of a massive war starting up, especially after he gets his hand on the χ-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.
  • Charge Attack: His Dark Spiral attack, where he dashes multiple times in the air.
  • Classic Villain: Representing Envy, Pride, and Wrath.
  • Collapsible Helmet: At the end of Ven's story, the glass on his helmet melts away to reveal his face.
  • Cold Ham: In cutscenes he's stoic and icy; in battle he's loud and boisterous.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Don't expect a fair fight from this guy. Aqua learned this the hard way.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: His in-game battle quotes largely consist of such gems as "Suffer!" and "Show me anguish!" And let's not forget that he cracks up laughing after Aqua kicks his ass in Radiant Garden.
  • Compressed Hair: Given that he has Sora's hairstyle, one has to wonder how that hair stays in his helmet.
  • Cool Helmet: Although it's called a "mask" in Birth By Sleep.
  • Counter Attack: If struck too many times, Vanitas will leave a shadow clone of himself while teleporting to strike from above.
  • Cursed with Awesome: According to the novels, Destroying an Unversed causes Vanitas intense physical pain. However, this is never shown in game, although it is possible that he has simply grown accustomed to the pain by this point in time.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's prone to some pretty cruel, but still sarcastic, one-liners, such as:
    Vanitas: What's wrong? Giving up already?
  • 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: A male version of the trope.
  • 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. Before Ventus's heart joined with Sora, Vanita's true appearance was that of a faceless wraith - not too dissimilar from the Anti-Black Coat in Dream Drop Distance. 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.
  • Elemental Powers: He can use fire, ice, and lightning based attacks.
  • Emotional Powers: Has the ability to spawn the Unversed from his negative emotions.
  • Enemy Without: To Ventus, spawned from the dark half of his heart.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Constantly ridicules Ven's belief in The Power of Friendship.
  • 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 trio with black hair? Artificial Human? Get screwed over by Xehanort? These two are living the same life with a different X.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: At the end of Birth By Sleep, he possesses an unlimited army of evil underlings and a nigh omnipotent weapon capable of bending reality and plunging the worlds into never-ending war. This is especially distressing because 1) he's a maniac and 2) earlier in the game he had no qualms against disobeying Master Xehanort's express orders. In all likelihood, he would have just killed his "master" and wreaked havoc all over the universe had Aqua and Ventus not stopped him.
  • Evil Twin: To Ventus, and to Sora, kind of.
  • Evil Laugh: He loves doing this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fire/Ice/Lightning: Can wield potent dark variations of Fire, Ice, and Thunder spells and can combine the former two with melee attacks.
  • Flash Step: His Counter Attack mentioned above. Gains a variation of it called Dark Splicer during his final fight with Ventus.
  • Foil: Could be considered one to Xion. Both were created from a stolen piece of a Keyblade wielder (Roxas/Sora' memories / Ventus's darkness), treated terribly by their superiors (Saix/Xemnas/Xigbar / Master Xehanort), and both resemble a member of the Destiny Islands Trio with black hair. And both were destroyed by their source for the sake of good. But while Xion self-sacrificially chose to be vanquished for the sake of her friends and Sora, Vanitas let himself be vanquished to take over Ventus's body, forge the X-Blade and start a second Keyblade War.
    • Their personalities also clash. Xion is quiet, courteous, and thoughtful - Vanitas is loud, rude, and boisterous. Xion will avoid a fight if possible - Vanitas is a Blood Knight.
    • And both might be alive in some form in Sora's heart to eventually return.
  • 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 novels provide the idea he wants to rejoin with Ventus. 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.
    • A possible explanation for the discrepancies between his motivation in the novels and actions in the game: the reason why he tries to kill off Ventus could be an early belief that the latter is beyond hope of growing strong enough for the reunion, which results in a snap decision of despair to end it all right there, until Mickey's timely arrival changes his mind. However, if he is initially right and the reunion is impossible, he would want both the χ-Blade and the outbreak of a second Keyblade War as a sort of consolation prize.
  • Fusion Dance: With Ventus, creating Ventus-Vanitas. However, the fusion is incomplete enough so that Ventus is ultimately able to regain control of his body, though he becomes comatose after succeeding.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the novels, he is shown to be extremely envious of both Ventus and his two friends for their bond with each other.
  • 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.
  • Impossible Thief: Somehow manages to swipe Ven's toy Keyblade from the chest he left it in in Neverland mere minutes after Aqua finds it in said chest and then confronts him in the Indian Camp. Aqua even outright asks him how he did so.
  • 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.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He is as fast as Ventus, and as strong as Terra, and can hit like a freight train. This trope is the main reason why fighting him as Aqua is a living hell.
  • 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.
  • Monster Progenitor: He is essentially the original Unversed and they all trace back to him. Once he dies, they die too. However, unlike most versions of this trope, he is not millennia old.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 its 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.
  • 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: His outfit is identical to Riku's, just recolored red and black.
  • 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.
  • The Resenter: In the novels, to the Wayfinder trio.
  • Sadist: His in-game battle quotes consist of such gems as "Suffer!" and "Show me anguish!"
  • Sarcastic Confession: He told Ventus that Terra would be a different person, but in a tone that would make Ven absolutely refuse to believe him.
    Ventus: "Alright! What do you mean about Terra being a different person!?"
    Vanitas: "Exactly what I said, idiot. The Terra you know will be gone forever."
    Ventus: "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!"
  • Significant Double Casting: In both Japanese and English, he shares Sora's voice actor.
  • Slasher Smile: When he's possessing Ventus, he can give some pretty creepy ones.
  • 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.
  • Sword Beam: Fires crescent wave of energy from his blade as a combo finisher. Also during the final battles with him, he'll fire an x-shaped Sword Beam as well.
  • Stupid Evil: After his first fight with Ven, he decided to kill him after defeating him, despite full knowledge that Xehanort needed Ven alive for his plan to forge the χ-blade; he openly acknowledged that he was going against his Master's direct orders, but didn't care.
  • 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.
  • Wave Motion Gun: His Dark Cannon attack, which fires a large beam of dark energy from his Keyblade.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: 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: Or rather, Would Stab a Girl While She Is Down.
  • 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 strange, double case. He is only four years old during the game, but has the physical body and mentality of a fifteen year old. And at the same time, that fifteen year old body just so happens to look a few years older on account of him being tall and muscular. His deep voice does not help matters much.

    Riku Replica 

Riku Replica
"But there is one easy way to tell us apart, though! Unlike you... I fear nothing."
"My heart was never real. I'm sure even what I'm feeling now is probably all fake."
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), David Gallagher (English)
Appearances: Chain of Memories

A Replica of Riku created by Vexen and used as a tool by the Organization. He's mistaken for the real Riku by Sora when he's sent against him, and appears to attack the real Riku as well. He's ultimately destroyed at the real Riku's hands.
  • Always Someone Better: His motivation for defeating Riku.
  • Artificial Human: He's a Replica of Riku made by Vexen.
  • Become a Real Boy: His entire motivation is to prove he's a real person, if not become one.
  • Berserk Button: He has two — getting anywhere near Naminé (Sora's storyline) and being called a "fake" (Reverse/Rebirth).
  • Beta Test Baddie: Once he learns he's a copy of Riku, he doesn't take it very well.
    ""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!"
  • Break the Haughty: He's pretty arrogant when he first appears chronologically. Larxene puts him in his place in an instant.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: After finishing Chain of Memories, he dies and is forgotten... until 358/2 Days came out, and it turns out Xion is a Replica just like him.
  • Cloning Blues: He's Riku's copy given fake memories, and is tormented by the revelation that his life is a lie.
  • Cool Sword: His copy of the Soul Eater.
  • Cosmic Plaything: He spends the entirety of Chain of Memories being jerked in different directions by the Organization, one member at a time.
  • 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies smiling.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At least during Sora's storyline. Though he realizes his memories of Naminé aren't real, they're all he has, so he keeps true to them by protecting her from the Organization.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: In Riku's story, Axel goads him into attacking the real Riku after Marluxia's death. It spells his defeat.
  • 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. He goes to fight Riku to prove which of them is superior after all.
  • 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: He's rather quiet and tranquil as he dies.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Riku Replica" is all we have to use for him.
  • The Rival: Being based on Riku, he serves as one to Sora, and the real Riku.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • Is an obvious one to Riku; the Replica dives deeper into darkness without a care and lets his emotions drive him, and it gets him killed.
    • Also is one to Xion, despite them being in different games and never meeting. They are both replicas created by the organization, and while he is a replica of Riku, Xion is an imperfect replica of Sora who is identical to Kairi. They both undergo existential crises when they discover what they are and desire to become their own people, but while Xion ultimately makes peace with what she is and orchestrates her own destruction to prevent the bad guys from winning, Riku's replica becomes highly embittered by the truth and is sent to his death through manipulation of his desire to assert his individuality. Their life situations are also different; Riku's replica was utterly alone in his struggle. Xion at the very least, knew she had two friends who cared about her in Roxas and Axel. Ironically Axel's treatment of the two replicas is completely different, as Axel treated Riku's replica horribly and is among those who strung him along the most, but later on Axel befriended Xion and ends up going to great lengths trying to protect her. Axel himself actually comments on this in a secret report, as his friendship with Xion caused him to look back on and regret the way he treated Riku's replica, realizing he could never treat Xion the same way.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga, he survived and was destroyed in the II adaptation.
  • Talking to Himself: invoked 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: The poor guy had a bunch of fake memories planted in him to make him do whatever the Organization wanted, and eventually didn't even have those.
  • The Unfavorite: The 358/2 Days secret reports reveal that the Riku Replica and Xion were part of the same replica program, but he was somehow deemed inferior to Xion which is why he was relegated to the role he played, rather than be planted to live among the Organization the way Xion was.
  • 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.


"For a Keyblade Master, you're not very—what's the word—good?"
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese), James Patrick Stuart (English)
Appearances: Birth by Sleep | Re:coded | Dream Drop Distance

Braig was one of Ansem the Wise's six apprentices. He also appears in Birth by Sleep as a recurring foe, and turns out to be a lot more important than anyone suspected. For his Nobody who was part of Organization XIII, and is one of the XIII Seekers of Darkness see here.
  • Accent Adaptation: His surfer-dude accent of his Nobody in the English version of KHII is the Japanese version of a similar accent to reflect his laid-back attitude. It gets downplayed in later appearances, though.
  • Affably Evil: He's quite friendly and jovial for a major villain.
  • Back from the Dead: In 3D, as Xigbar, despite the destruction of his Heartless and Nobody meaning that it should've been Braig who came back. It is possible that he's simply being called Xigbar, or prefers that identity. The 2.5 Remix release makes it clear that Braig did come back as he was before becoming a Nobody, though it's not entirely clear how this relates to his appearance in 3D.
  • Bastard Understudy: To Master Xehanort. The secret ending of Birth by Sleep even shows that every event that transpires in the first Kingdom Hearts onwards is attributed to him carrying out Master Xehanort's plans.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: He can combine his arrowguns to make a Sniper Rifle.
  • Breakout Villain: Similar to Axel/Lea, Braig's and his Nobody Xigbar's roles in the series has greatly expanded with each release.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a powerful warrior and useful ally for Xehanort, but he's rather eccentric compared to most of the non-Disney villains, being Xehanort's most chatty and least serious vessel.
  • Catch Phrase: "As if!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His Nobody first appears in Kingdom Hearts 2, where his role in the Organization is secondary to Xemnas, Saix, and Axel. By Birth By Sleep it turns out every major event that transpires over the course of the series happens because he planted the ideas in Xehanort's head.
  • Co-Dragons: With Vanitas to Master Xehanort in BBS. He probably served as The Corrupter for Terra-Xehanort, given that he's been at least partially possessed by Master Xehanort since the events of Birth by Sleep, to make sure that the overall plan wasn't laid to waste.
  • Deceptive Disciple: He was scheming to betray Ansem before any of the other apprentices even had the thought.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's got a very dry and cynical wit.
  • Evil Makeover: Braig started out with brown eyes and normal ears. By the end of the game, his remaining eye is yellow and his ears are pointed, a sign of Xehanort's possession over him.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He begins wearing one after Terra scars him with a Dark Volley shot. See next trope.
  • Eye Scream: Birth by Sleep shows that Braig lost his right eye by being hit in the face with a ball of darkness fired by Terra's Keyblade.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Though less so in Dream Drop Distance.
  • Friendly Sniper: Though he was definitely an Affably Evil Sniper as Braig.
  • Grand Theft Me: In Dream Drop Distance, his Nobody reveals that he's been influenced/partially possessed by Master Xehanort since Birth by Sleep.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Take a wild guess which. Like with his eye, Braig received this by having a ball of dark energy from Terra's Keyblade graze his face when it was launched to free Master Xehanort from the chains that bound him to a pillar.
  • Gravity Master: Uses this to move along walls and ceilings.
  • Guns Akimbo: Dual-wields two Arrowguns.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: It's implied that Braig is envious of the Keyblade wielders and joined Xehanort in the first place in hopes of becoming one himself.
    • Be Careful What You Wish For: Of course, being turned into a copy of Xehanort himself isn't necessarily the best way to go about getting your own Keyblade... Possibly subverted in that Braig willingly went along with the process aware of the trade-off.
  • Jerkass: He's a selfish jerk and troll who doesn't even really respect Master Xehanort, the guy he's working for.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: In Birth By Sleep he approaches Aqua and Ventus and states his intention to kill them both, despite the latter being encased in ice.
  • Lampshade Hanging: As Braig in Birth by Sleep, notes about Terra's Keyblade "seems like these days everybody's got one of those", and remarks on Xehanort's amnesia "boy, this is some cliché."
  • Laughably Evil: He's evil but he's got a decent sense of humor, especially among the normally serious Xehanorts.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to give nicknames to the heroes he meets.
  • Not What I Signed On For: After losing his eye and getting a facial scar from Terra, Braig furiously attacks Master Xehanort, who had apparently said he wouldn't get hurt.
    Braig: I didn't sign up to be collateral damage!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's probably one of the smarter members of Ansem the Wise's six apprentices, particularly in regards to Xehanort's plans and the Keyblade.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: When he's not interacting with others and is talking to Xehanort, Braig shows a very different side to him.
  • Paranoia Fuel: At the end of Birth by Sleep, the memory-sealed Xehanort acts as an in-universe example of this for him. Braig isn't 100% sure that it's not really Terra under there, and given that Terra was the one who scarred Braig's face, his uneasiness is almost palpable. Given that he's at least partially Xehanort at the time, he's probably fearing that Terra's memories would resurface and their plans getting laid to waste.
  • Personality Powers: He plays with people and with gravity, it fits.
  • Pointy Ears: Courtesy of partial Xehanort possession.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Often derisively calls Master Xehanort an "old coot," even to his face.
  • Recurring Boss: He is fought twice in Birth by Sleep. First by Terra in Radiant Garden and then by Aqua in the Keyblade Graveyard.
  • Space Master: With some overlap with Gravity Master. He is able to use it to completely change to make himself levate, and having more control over Corridors of Darkness to attack from multiple angles at once.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of KHII misinterpreted his name as Bleig; the PAL release and all subsequent games rectified this.
  • Supernatural Gold Eye: Braig's remaining eye becomes yellow after he accepts Xehanort's gradual possession of him.
  • Surfer Dude: His English speech patterns are modeled after this.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Thanks to his space attribute, he can teleport at will.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: At least before he gets his scars from Terra.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Birth By Sleep he tries to kill Ven at the Keyblade Graveyard (along with Aqua)...and with Ven encased in solid ice, no less. However, after Aqua beats him in combat, he stated that he was really there to buy time, presumably so that Vanitas could arrive and fuse with Ven.


"The light doesn't suit you."
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Lance Bass (I, English), George Newbern (II, English)
Appearances: I | II | Birth by Sleep

The famous Final Fantasy VII villain appears as a fiendishly hard optional boss in both I and 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.

For tropes concerning Sephiroth's appearance in his home franchise, see the Final Fantasy VII character page.
  • Admiring the Abomination: If you defeat him in the Final Mix version of the first game, you'll receive an Ansem Report where Xehanort expresses his fascination and confusion over Sephiroth's existence, as he is a creature of darkness who lost his body, but he hasn't turned into a Heartless and he managed to keep both his memories and his appearance.
  • 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 Longcoat: Of the No Shirt, Long Jacket variety.
  • 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: In both games challenging him is entirely optional, though the rewards are nice.
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: This version of Sephiroth seems to be a mix of his depictions in Advent Children and Crisis Core. While he definitely has powerful antagonism and rival with Cloud as emphasized in Advent Children, his more Ax-Crazy tendencies shown in VII are absent. His overall Noble Demon personality is also a bit closer to his Nice Guy depiction in Crisis Core, before his Sanity Slippage.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In II, he begins his first attack while the pre-battle intro poses are still being done. Further, it can only be avoided by Reaction Commands or Reflect, and you have a smaller window to do this than in the rest of the fight since he starts it earlier. A lower-level player can find themselves wiped out in one hit before they even realized the fight had begun.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: As to be expected from a Bonus Boss, but it's to an absolutely ridiculous level, especially in the first game. 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.
  • Duel Boss: The fights with Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts I & II have Sora confronting him alone, without Donald or Goofy.
  • 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.
  • Evil VS Evil: The Heartless and Nobodies are nothing more than very minor obstacles standing between him and Cloud.
  • HP to 1: His signature Heartless Angel attack, with an MP drain effect to boot.
    • Subverted if you don't have the Second Chance ability, in which case this ability is a One-Hit KO
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: His fighting style in I invokes this, although with Masamune's size he doesn't sheath it so much as just hold it by the blade and let go when he needs to swing.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Come on, it's Sephiroth. He's a well-built long-haired Bishonen in black leather as usual.
  • 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-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; Sephiroth has exactly one form, though it's all he needs to be a challenge. 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.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: Inverted; Cloud is the only one able to destroy him. Even after Sora gives him a particularly long beating, Sephiroth just brushes himself off, compliments his skill, and invokes the trope.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Shouts "STOP!" when Cloud begins to channel light energy. Not only does that sound weird as hell coming out of his mouth, but Sephiroth never raises his voice like that.
  • 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.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Sephiroth's only interests are really in tormenting Cloud, otherwise he stays out of the conflicts of the real villains and has no interest in it. He challenges Sora to a duel in II to see if the keyblade would choose him to be its 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: His hair almost reaches to his knees.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His normal black coat has red color added to give this trope.
  • A Sinister Clue: Subverted; he wields the Masamune with his right hand in the first game, but his left in the second.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It's implied in the Ansem's Reports that Xehanort learned how to retain his appearance and memories after turning himself into a Heartless by studying Sephiroth. This is supported by the fact that Xehahort's body snatching schemes are similar to that of Sephiroth and his clones from Final Fantasy VII. This would possibly make Sephiroth the most plot important Final Fantasy character to appear in the series.
  • The Stoic: Almost never raises his voice or even changes his mood.
  • Teleport Spam: He constantly teleports in flashes of dark light.
  • 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 starts using Heartless Angel. A few more hits, and then he gets serious; he starts flying and dashing around, uses Meteor, and attacks much more rapidly.
  • Villain Respect: Right after Sora bests him, Sephiroth dusts himself off and compliments Sora's skills.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A rare instance in this series where a white-haired evil character is not a Xehanort.
  • Winged Humanoid: He perpetually has his wing showing.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: The reason he challenges Sora to a fight in II. Upon seeing the keyblade, he wonders aloud if the legendary weapon "won't change its mind" after he kills Sora.


The Hostile Program
Appearances: II

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. Despite its resemblance to the Heartless, it is not one itself.
  • Canon Foreigner: It is one of the few characters exclusive to a Disney world that is not a Heartless or Disney character.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Sweeps the area with these.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Spends a lot of the battle moving to different points in the area, firing lasers.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: If playing the PS2 version of II on backwards compatible PS3 consoles, it could become invincible (and thus impossible to defeat) due to a bug in the emulator. A patch was released to fix this.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In an odd variation, when the Program is hit, it drops cluster orbs, which don't defeat it, but can be used to cripple its movement and make it easier to hit. The Program does this through no fault of its own, so it isn't a Tactical Suicide Boss.

The Experiment
Appearances: II

A mechanical creature intended to be a playmate for Lock, Shock, and Barrel. It's a creation of Dr. Finklestien's like Sally, but lacks a Heart like she has. To fill this void it steals Christmas presents, believing that the joy from a gift from ones heart will help this problem.
  • 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.

Phantom Aqua

"Only your heart is hollow enough to be a demon's."
Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Willa Holland (English)
Appearances: 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage-

A malevolent doppelganger of Aqua she encounters during her adventures in the Realm of Darkness. It is the physical manifestation of all of Aqua's fears and doubts crafted by the remains of the Magic Mirror in the World Within.
  • An Ice Person: Like Aqua, she can use Blizzard magic. Her most often used attack is to conjure four giant ice blocks and fire them at Aqua.
  • Bonus Boss: Serves as a part of the Zodiac Boss Rush.
  • Casting a Shadow: Downplayed. Phantom Aqua doesn't use any darkness-based attacks, but her Bizzaga shards are shrouded in dark energy.
  • Creepy Monotone: While Willa Holland voices Aqua with a dose of Dull Surprise, Phantom Aqua manages to make it sound truly menacing.
  • Dance Battler: Being an evil copy of Aqua, it's only natural her fighting style is just as graceful and elegant as the original's.
  • Dark Reprise: Her Leitmotif is a sinister and psychotic arrangement of Aqua's own theme.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Phantom Aqua's signature ability is to create multiple copies of herself to confuse Aqua.
  • Enemy Without: She is all of Aqua's fears and doubts made flesh... And she doesn't like you one bit.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first boss fight with her opens with her walking out the mirror and spouting the above quote before engaging Aqua in battle.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Aqua, naturally.
  • Evil Laugh: Occasionally lets one out during the boss fight.
  • Final Boss: She is the final opponent of the Zodiac Boss Rush.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Her eyes are a paler shade of blue than Aqua's, highlighting her otherworldly nature.
  • Mirror Boss: Literally and figuratively. She is a dark copy born from a Magic Mirror and she has all of Aqua's attacks as well as a few of her own.
  • Recurring Boss: Fought three times throughout the game. Four, if you count the Zodiac Boss Rush.
  • Straw Nihilist: All throughout the World Within, Phantom Aqua subjects you to constant mockery and tosses a slew of nihilistic jeers at you.
    You'll never see the Realm of Light again.
    Is there any point in continuing this fight?
    No one can save you, and no one wants to.
    Are you really worthy of being a Keyblade Master?
    You're a failure.
    Just let go of everything and fade into the darkness.
  • Super Mode: She can use Aqua's Spellweaver.
  • Teleport Spam: Constantly teleports around the arena.
  • Took a Level in Badass: With each battle, she gets stronger and more difficult. The fight with her in the Zodiac Boss Rush is her at her strongest.