Characters: Kingdom Hearts: Organization XIII

This is a listing of the Members of Organization XIII that appear in the Kingdom Hearts series. Visit the main characters index here for other characters who appear in the series.

A group of thirteen (temporarily fourteen (sort of)) villains introduced in Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days. When someone with a strong heart is turned into a Heartless, the discarded body gets up with a life and will of its own as a Nobody. This group of particularly powerful Nobodies, who were able to retain human form on top of "existing" in the first place, seeks to regain their hearts at whatever cost.

For most of their human forms go here, with the exception of Xemnas's and Xigbar's human forms which are here, and Roxas' human form which is here.

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Organization XIII

    General 

While the Organization is a pretty varied group, the following tropes are universal throughout the Organization:
  • Awesome McCoolname: Lexaeus, Axel, Vexen, Luxord, and Roxas. Xemnas' name is really cool, too, for slithering off the tongue. As a result, it certainly sounds imposing.
  • Back from the Dead: Several members of the Organization return in Dream Drop Distance, revived as humans. Some have taken Heel-Face Turn opportunities or are implied to have, but others are even worse than they used to be.
  • Badass Bookworm: Half of the gang were Mad Scientists before they got their Evil Makeover. Or rather Xehanort, Even, and Ienzo were, while others appeared to be apprenticed to Ansem for other ventures than his scientific ability.
  • Badass Longcoat: All of them wear those awesome black coats.
  • Beta Test Baddie
  • Black Cloak
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: ... and Larxene.
  • Boss Battle: Every last one, at least once.
  • The Chessmasters: Though Xemnas and Xigbar above all.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • Co-Dragons: Sa´x and Xigbar. The former is more of an administrator/enforcer, handing out missions and punishing dissenters, while the latter keeps to the background.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Congrats on being turned into a Nobody! Even if you lose your heart, you now have access to either one of several unique abilities (energy projectile, polymorphism, super strength) or if you were of strong will before losing your heart you can retain physical and magical ability you had in life.
  • Death In All Directions: Most of them have some very powerful abilities which wreck mass havoc and kill nearly anything in range(Which is some cases is larger than a football field.)
  • Elemental Powers: Each member has some sort of affinity. Some of these are a bit unintuitive: for instance, time is an attribute, but represented in-game only as putting timers on things. Xemnas' Nothingness manifests as tentacles and red energy beams (Ethereal Blades), which at first glance doesn't seem to have much to do with The Power of the Void. Nothingness is actually a material (essentially flesh; it's what Nobodies are made of) that can be hardened into energy, or manipulated as appendages and is inimical to everything in the Light and Dark Realms (hence the "void" part). This counter-intuitive approach to Elemental Powers causes occasional confusion.
    • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: They will also absorb the element they possess and will receive very heavy damage from the one they are weak to. Due to the element system in II not accounting for "water" element spells, however, this leads to the odd situation where Demyx is counted as an "ice" element enemy, and weakened more heavily by fire spells.
  • Evil Versus Evil: They got into a hard competition with Maleficent and her allies for the claim of Kingdom Hearts. Since they had more knowledge about the powers of darkness, they were for a time one step ahead, but when Maleficent and Pete allied with Sora, King Mickey, and the rest of the group in the endgame, they eventually lost the game to them.
  • Five-Bad Band: Due to about half of them being central antagonists in Chain of Memories and the other half in II, they form two:
  • Flanderization: A few of them canonically get it in 358/2 Days.
    • May also count as Fridge Brilliance, since Nobodies fake a personality based on strong memories and habits.
  • Flat Character: Roughly half of them, since it's kind of hard to make thirteen well-rounded individuals when they're sharing spotlight in a cast of hundreds.
  • Grand Theft Me: Xehanort's entire reason for forming the Organization was to gather together 12 new hosts. He's already begun the process of taking over Braig/Xigbar and Isa/Sa´x, explaining why their eyes turned gold and their hair is of a lighter color than in Birth by Sleep.
  • Humanoid Abomination: They are described as living rifts in the way things work: their existence defy the natural laws of the universe in a way that the Heartless do not. Since the very basis of their lives breaks physics (or whatever passes for it), they gain tremendous power over the arcane and the elemental. Doubles as a Bishonen Line.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Based on those we've seen pre-transformation. Aeleus, for instance, looks the same as Lexaeus, but the Nobodies who lost their heart at a young age (Zexion, Axel, Sa´x) all continued to age normally. This could also be a case of Not Allowed To Grow Old.
  • In the Hood: All of their coats have hoods attached to them and all of them at one point or another are seen wearing it up.
  • It Was with You All Along: In Dream Drop Distance, Sora learns that Xemnas and Xigbar purposefully concealed from the Organization the fact that Nobodies can naturally develop a new heart over time. The promise of hearts was to string them all along, while he convinced them all that any emotions they had were fake which isolated them and kept them from maturing a new heart leaving them as potential empty vessels. Sora is suitably outraged by this revelation.
  • Joke Weapon: All fourteen have one in 358/2's Mission Mode if they've equipped the Casual Gear; everyone but Roxas, Axel and Xion with the Mystery Gear.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The second Organization XIII formed in Dream Drop Distance is considerably more terrifying than the original, having done away with any quirky or anti-villainous members.
  • Lack of Empathy: Or so Xemnas leads them to believe. Many of them display it, eagerly embracing the idea that they have no hearts.
  • Leitmotif: "Another Side", various remixes of which appear as battle themes and other themes relating to the group.
  • Let X Be the Unknown: The "X" theme is a mark of Xehanort's ownership, otherwise known as the "Recusant's Sigil".
  • Lightning Bruiser: While normal boss fights against them vary, as Bonus Boss fights in the Final Mix+ just about all of them are this in at least one phase of the fight.
  • Made of Evil: They are made of Nothingness, a neutral malleable form of flesh that is separate from Light and Darkness and therefore harmful to things made up of either of those.
  • Me's a Crowd: They're an integral part of one orchestrated by Xehanort to recreate the thirteen incarnations of darkness needed to forge the χ-blade. Xehanort intends to use his own dark heart split across all the members to achieve this.
  • Named Weapons
  • Only One Name: When renamed by Xemnas, they all only retained one name. Whether or not this is always true of their times as being humans is unknown, but also seems to be the case by the looks of those we've seen.
  • Personality Powers: All of the members have a personality that fits their "Attribute," though a few fit in non-typical ways.
  • Person of Mass Destruction
  • Red Baron: All of the members except Xion have nicknames to this effect.
  • Significant Anagram: Their names are actually scrambled versions of their past names with an X added. However, not all of their past names are known, and Xemnas technically used someone else's name.
  • The Sociopath: Almost every member except for Roxas, Xion, and Axel (and in Axel's case, it's only after befriending the other two; before that, he was quite sociopathic). Literally being heartless doesn't leave much room for empathy.
  • The Soulless: Not literally, however. A Nobody is composed of the body and soul of a being with a sufficiently strong heart whose heart has been taken by The Heartless. However, their emotionless state renders most of the trope valid.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Xemnas, Xigbar, and Sa´x have them. As Dream Drop Distance shows, there's a reason for this.
  • Tested On Humans: Most of the apprentices' Mad Scientist ventures involved human experimentation like turning people into Heartless.
  • Tragic Monster/Tragic Villain: A lot of them seemed to be decent people before they became Nobodies.
  • Theme Naming: In Days, most character's weapons all follow some sort of named theme Xemnas's are named after terms of authority and negativity, Xaldin's are Religious and Mythological Theme Naming, Vexen's are cold and thinking terminology, Lexaeus's are minerals and Japanese idioms and literature references, Zexion's are synonyms for books and magic, Sa´x's are moon-related, Axel's all refer to fire, heat, and explosions, Demyx has Musical Theme Naming, Luxord's are tarot cards, Marluxia's are all flowers, Larxene's are all in French, and Roxas's are light phenomenon and references to the pain of loneliness.)
    • As well every member has the letter X in their name.
  • Theme Table: Each member has their own unique element, weapon and title.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky
  • Uncanny Valley: Alluded to in-universe, although it's rarely apparent to the player.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The entire Organization was formed not to regain the members' hearts, but out of a combination of Xemnas wanting to attain the reality-warping potential of Kingdom Hearts and to facilitate a plot that would allow Master Xehanort to clone his heart among thirteen separate bodies, which will give him a true shot at forging the χ-Blade.
  • Villain Teleportation: Several members get in on the action. The undisputed champion of this trope would be Fragile Speedster Larxene, who even possesses a sleight in Chain of Memories named Teleport Rush.
  • Weapon of Choice: Each of them has a weapon that they use exclusively. Though most are original, some are based on Final Fantasy classes.
  • You Are Number Six: All members are given a number to denote the order in which they joined, Xemnas being I and the original five apprentices being II through VI. Otherwise the numbers are inconsequential, aside from Xigbar, Number II, being The Dragon.
  • Younger Than They Look: Courtesy of being born physically and mentally the same age as their original selves whenever they perished. Unless you consider their existences to just be a continuation of their first lives, none of them are older than 12 by the end of Kingdom Hearts 2.

    I: Xemnas 

The Superior of the In-Between (Original Name: Xehanort (anagram formed from "Ansem"))

"I'm creating a brand new world, one heart at a time."

"Very good. You don't miss a thing. I cannot feel... sorrow... No matter what misery befalls the worlds. No matter what you think, what you feel, or how you exist."

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Paul St Peter (English)

The leader of Organization XIII, the Nobody of Xehanort, Ansem the Wise's first apprentice, and the Big Bad of Kingdom Hearts II. He does not appear in Chain of Memories, but he is referred to by others as "the Superior", and showed up in the first game's Final Mix as a taste of things to come. He comes Back from the Dead in Dream Drop Distance as one of the thirteen vessels of Xehanort's heart in his XIII Seekers of Darkness.
  • A God Am I: Creator materials state his public mission to use Kingdom Hearts to bestow hearts on himself and the other members was a lie; his true intent is to absorb its power to reshape the universe.
  • All Your Powers Combined: In the first stage of his final boss sequence, he can use the weapons of various other Organization members (namely, everyone who died in KHII). Word of God states that he may even have a Keyblade, as he is the Nobody of Master Xehanort's heart from Terra's body, but may have chosen simply to not use it. It was likely to keep up the appearances of the false goal of the Organization.
  • Anti-Villain: Played with. He certainly tries to present himself as a person who simply wants to be able to experience emotions again. However, behind that sorrowful mask is a sociopath that wants control over Kingdom Hearts and the worlds beneath it. That's not even getting into what he does to Xion, nor does it account for the fact that he was preventing his underlings from attaining hearts in the first place so his alternate selves could have more potential Seekers Of Darkness at their disposal.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of the Organization, and far and away the most powerful member.
  • Bad Boss: Dream Drop Distance reveals just how far he went in manipulating the Organization. Not only was he directly responsible for several of them becoming Nobodies, but he purposefully concealed from them the fact that Nobodies naturally develop a new heart over time.
  • Back from the Dead: As with Ansem, he's back in Dream Drop Distance via the time travel powers of Young Xehanort. They fade back to their original times when Master Xehanort's scheme fails, but MX claims they're still on track for the "seven vs thirteen" showdown.
    • Not to mention that Braig makes it clear in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix that he's also back as a complete being and has seperated Xehanort's heart from his and Terra's body leaving his heart in control of it.
  • Badass: Xehanort incarnation, natch. Information from within Kingdom Hearts II and Word of God put him as the most powerful thing in the Kingdom Hearts-verse. He casually rips apart a city for ammo (read: skyscrapers) to telekinetically hurl at you and he holds his own against both Riku and Sora during the final battle with him in KHII.
    • Badass Baritone: The deepest of all of Xehanort's incarnations, and also the most void of any emotion.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: In his truly final fight, his attacks are structured like Sora's Limit Attacks: a series of various quick alternating close- and long-range attacks while moving around quickly, leaving very few gaps between those attacks, followed by a longer finishing move.
  • Big Bad: Of Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Bigger Bad: Of Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days.
  • Bonus Boss: In the first Final Mix.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: See Bonus Boss.
  • The Chessmaster: Especially in 358/2 Days.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Ansem occupy this position in Master Xehanort's true organization, being his left and right hand men. Also counts as Demoted to Dragon.
  • Cold Ham: A Trope Codifier. Xemnas manages to both be stoic and hammy in equal measure. Being that he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto in Japanese, the hammy part is pretty unavoidable. The reason is two-folded; on the one hand, unlike the other Organization members he has few memories of his human life to tell him how to emote, so he overacts to try and hide that he feels the least of all of them. On the other hand, his human counterpart Xehanort was a Large Ham, so Xemnas inherited his personality traits in that manner without a heart to actually put any emotion into it.
  • Combat Tropes
  • Companion Cube: Aqua's discarded armor, and not in a cute way either.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Usually, in order to effectively play Xehanort Speed Chess.
  • Darth Vader Clone: He's got the all-black wardrobe, red energy weapons, discarded identity and a few vaguely sympathetic moments, but not the redemption. It gets really weird if you think of Terra as Anakin and Master Xehanort as Palpatine, and all of Terra's story in Birth by Sleep to be exactly like the third Star Wars movie.
  • Deceptive Disciple: His betrayal of Ansem the Wise was what caused him and the rest of the apprentices to turn into Nobodies in the first place.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears as a boss in the Final Mix version of the first game, though he remains hooded for the entire encounter, and at the time no one had any idea who it was meant to be. It wasn't until KHII was released that it was made apparent that it was him.
  • Evil All Along: 3D reveals that, rather than being the Tragic Villain as Kingdom Hearts II (and Birth by Sleep) suggested, he was manipulating the Organization, and by extension all of the Nobodies, into believing that they were nothing more than heartless monsters, when in reality they could have easily grown a new heart.
  • Evil Laugh: When he throws the mother-of-all-beam-spams at Sora and Riku, although the sound of the blasts actually makes it harder to hear. Easier to catch when he throws buildings at you in 3D.
    • His usual monotonous drone of a laugh is replaced with a rather bombastic one, which would be OOC for him except that this is justified, as 3D finally shows his real colours.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He commands the "Sorcerer Nobodies", if you needed a hint.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice, both in the Japanese and North American versions, is very deep, to the point where some think it simply doesn't match his Bishōnen face.
  • Feels No Pain: Subverted. He is heartbroken about the failure of Kingdom Hearts but does not show any sign of sadness.
  • Final Boss: In Kingdom Hearts II.
    • Climax Boss: He serves as Sora's Final Boss in 3D, coming after some major revelations about the heart, the Heartless, and the Nobodies, and beating him signals the end of Sora's story, but not the end of the game.
  • Final Boss Preview: Two entire games in advance. How punctual of him.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite being the most powerful member of the Organization (and even having, on paper, a straight up unfair stat distributionnote ) in 358/2 Days, his average attack speed combines with the only reduced movement speed to make him the biggest nuisance to control at a basic level.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi."
  • Jerkass: Being Master Xehanort's Nobody formed from Terra's body, it comes with the territory but it also makes him the most cruel out of all of Xehanort's incarnations.
  • King Mook: To the Sorcerer Nobodies.
  • Leitmotif: 358/2 Days gives him one named "Xemnus."
  • Nerves of Steel: He's hard to faze, due to over-emoting all the time anyway. He drops the act in Dream Drop Distance, but comes off as even more stoic as a result. Even when he's surprised that Sora is momentarily able to control the deep-dream he's trapped in, he merely smiles and gets ready to fight while Xigbar turns tail and runs.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: An Evil Overlord Nobody with pseudo-lightsabers and Norio Wakamoto's voice (in Japanese) who pilots a gigantic Humongous Mecha-dragon-ship while wearing a massive suit of Keyblade armor.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Hinted several times that his objective in absorbing Kingdom Hearts' power was to reduce the universe to nothingness and then remake it completely in his image. It is later retconned that he was actually intending to do this in a roundabout way rather than a literal way by helping complete Master Xehanort's master plan to restart the Keyblade War.
  • Personality Powers: A Straw Nihilist that has power over Nothingness.
  • Physical God: The scale of his powers can only be described as this. He's able to warp The World That Never Was to fit his wishes and can destroy the entire city at will.
  • The Power of Hate: Rage and hatred are the only emotions of the heart Xemnas appears to value, believing them to be the true source of a heart's power, and they're also the only emotions he seems able to express himself when he isn't being The Stoic. Likely another carryover from Terra, who took this trope to the point of Unstoppable Rage against his enemies, including Master Xehanort.
    Xemnas (after his second defeat): "I need... more rage... I need more... hearts..."
    Xemnas (before the Final Battle): "Anger and hate are supreme."
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: With his red ethereal blades.
  • Red Baron: The Superior of the In-Between.
  • Scary Black Man: In certain production art.
  • Sequential Boss: Turned Up to Eleven. First you fight Xemnas, then you have to work through several layers of defenses on his battleship, then fight Xemnas himself again, then fight his battleship again, then fight Xemnas again, then finally fight Xemnas in his final form.
  • Signature Move: His iconic moves—throwing skyscrapers and and making lasers come out of nowhere.
  • The Slow Walk: Seems to have taken a page out of Vergil's book; unless he's graciously abusing his teleportation or flight abilities, Xemnas will approach with a coolly unfazed (if not eerie) gait at the speed of molasses, but when he finally makes it to his intended destination, he will do all in his power to end you.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Misspelled "Xemnus" on the BBS/Days soundtrack.
  • Stationary Boss: During his boss battle in II, Xemnas's armored form never stands from his throne, instead creating barriers and swinging his sword to knock you back and otherwise letting his Flying Weapons do his work for him.
  • The Stoic: Most of his lines are spoken in an unemotional drone.
    • Not So Stoic: During one of the final battles with him, he has growls of rage. When he's finally defeated, he angrily reaches toward Sora and Riku as he fades out of existence. In Dream Drop Distance, he looks slightly unnerved (though not to the degree Xigbar is) when a vision of the protagonists appears behind Sora when he's giving his speech about his connection with the true Keyblade wielders.
  • Straw Nihilist: Though it's sort of justified, since he's a Nobody and therefore every natural force in the universe wants him to not exist.
  • Tin Tyrant: One of his multiple forms involves donning a suit of armor and attacking from his throne. It's Master Xehanort's Keyblade Armor.
  • Tragic Villain: Zig-zagged.
    • II implied he's incapable of seeing hearts as anything but burdens filled with negative emotions to be removed and fed into his god-maker-machine, due to not having one of his own and not having any memories from Xehanort to tell him otherwise. Connecting Final Mix+ with Birth by Sleep also implies he has some of Terra's memories and is trying to reunite with Ven and Aqua.
    • However, 3D then revealed that Terra-Xehanort regained his memories before he became a Heartless and Nobody, and that Xemnas was going along with Master Xehanort's plans, thus implying Xemnas knew what he was doing and was not misguided at all.
  • Troll: He's as bad as Xigbar in that regard, if not worse. He pretends to die a couple times, question's Riku's loyalty to Sora during his Boss Banter, and he outright asks the heroes to do his bidding while playing the Victim-card, and then acknowledging that he was telling Blatant Lies. The biggest example would probably be his multiple impassioned entreaties for a Heart to his artificial Kingdom Hearts and to the heroes, when he does not in fact give two shits about gaining a heart.
  • Verbal Tic: "Indeeed..."
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Comes with the territory of a Xehanort incarnation.
  • Wistful Amnesia: The only part of his human life he remembers is the time he spent in Radiant Garden, and he wants his memories back about as much as he wants to become a "higher existence." Final Mix reveals that he regularly visits Aqua's lost armor and talks to it, calling it "friend."
    • Braig calls his amnesia into question in the opening of Dream Drop Distance. It's unclear how many memories he retains and to what extent he could have been feigning amnesia but Young Xehanort and Xemnas imply that his memories returned in full quite quickly or never left at all.
  • Xehanort Speed Chess: Much like his somebody, he's fantastic at this. Sa´x lampshades it in one of his reports in 358/2 Days, about how Xemnas' plans are clearly falling apart and yet he remains so frustratingly calm and confident, as if he's still somehow in control of the situation (which he is, of course.)

    II: Xigbar 

The Freeshooter (Original Name: Braig)

"See, that would work... if I were just any old dude. 'Cept I'm not. I'm with the Organization. Nothing 'any old' about me."
Click here to see Braig. 

"Have you been a good boy? Oh, it sounds like you haven't!"

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese), James Patrick Stuart (English)

Number II, one of the founding members of the Organization. Although he acts like a surfer dude most of the time, he's actually one of the deadliest members of the group.

As a human, he was Braig, one of Ansem the Wise's six apprentices. He also returns in Birth by Sleep as a recurring foe, and turns out to be a lot more important than anyone suspected. In Dream Drop Distance he is Back from the Dead and one of the thirteen vessels of Xehanort's heart in his XIII Seekers of Darkness.
  • Accent Adaptation: His surfer-dude accent 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 very laid back about his position in the Organization.
  • 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 just prefers that identity.
    • 2.5's secret ending Destiny reveals he did come back as Braig, so he either prefers Xigbar or others call him Xigbar out of habit.
  • Bastard Understudy: As Braig 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 weapons to form a sniper rifle. This got cut in the English version of II in order to keep things kid friendly. Haha... kid friendly...
  • Breakout Villain: Similar to Axel, Xigbar's role in the series has greatly expanded with each release.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's extremely lax and joking, but this is all just a facade to lure people into a false sense of security to hide how dangerous he really is and what he really knows.
  • Catch Phrase: "As if!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Xigbar 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.
  • Cold Sniper/Friendly Sniper: Maybe. Depends on whether you believe he's truly emotionless. Though he was definitely an Affably Evil Sniper as Braig.
  • Combat Tropes
  • Consummate Liar: A trait he carries as far back as his original self, Braig.
  • Dark Chick: He is this in the true Organization, being Xehanort's most chatty and least serious vessel.
  • Deceptive Disciple
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Dragon: As of BBS, where he was a secondary dragon, and revelations there mean he was a secret Dragon in II. Revelations in Dream Drop Distance and a select few scenes in Days make it quite clear, however, that he is the true Dragon to Xehanort/Xemnas, by virtue of being the only one besides Xehanort to know what the hell is going on.
    • Co-Dragons: With Saix to Xemnas in Days.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Depending on how much Xemnas remembered about the Plans and his past(s), Xigbar, as the only one to remember everything, would therefore be secretly guiding him. Xigbar was almost certainly manipulating and/or providing planning for Xemnas, but whether it was a little helpful advice and a reminder, or Magnificent Bastard puppetry is as unknown as Xemnas's amnesia's extent, though it's probably in the middle. He, as Braig, probably served as The Corrupter for Terra-Xehanort, given that he's been at least partially possessed by Xehanort since the events of Birth by Sleep, to make sure that Xehanort's plan weren't laid to waste.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In Dream Drop Distance, he tries to break Sora's spirit by pointing out to him that, since his power comes from his friends, he has no power on his own. He's utterly baffled when his words have the exact opposite effect on Sora.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy/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 clichÚ."
  • Grand Theft Me: In Dream Drop Distance, he reveals that he's been influenced/partially possessed by Xehanort since Birth by Sleep.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Take a wild guess which. Like with his eye, Xigbar received this as Braig 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • I Just Want to Be Special: It's implied that Xigbar/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 Nortification process aware of the trade-off.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
  • Jerkass
  • King Mook: To the Sniper Nobodies, who apply similar, but far less deadly, tactics to Xigbar. They even have eye-patches in the same place as Xigbar's.
  • Laughably Evil: You wouldn't think he's evil even if he stared at you in the face.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In 3D. "Let's hit these plot points in order, Sora."
  • Leitmotif: 3D gives him "Xigbar", a slightly faster variation of "Organization XIII" with a waltz rhythm and a sinister string part added.
  • The Nicknamer
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's probably one of the Organization's smarter members, particularly in regards to Xemnas's plans and the Keyblade.
  • Mage Marksman: He was skilled with gravity and space magic even while human.
  • Meaningful Name: The Freeshooter anybody? The name comes from an opera called Der FreischŘtz, where the eponymous freeshooter makes a deal with the devil to gain seven magical bullets. Six of these strikes whoever he wants to, but the seventh is controlled by the devil. Considering what he had been up to as Braig, this is an appropriate title for Xigbar and serves as a foreshadowing of his greater villainy in the series.
  • Meta Guy: He was already snarky, but by 3D his jokes have gotten rather self-aware.
  • More Than Meets the Eye
  • Paranoia Fuel: At the end of Birth by Sleep, 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.
  • Pet the Dog: Compared to Larxene or Vexen, Xigbar's attitude towards Roxas is rather playful, serving as a Trickster Mentor to him. He once told Roxas that he cared for his future and he often called him "kiddo" or "tiger". He was also hurt by Roxas's eventual desertion of the Organization, showing there was genuine attachment... Though considering that he was in on Master Xehanort's plan on using all other Organization members as vessels for his heart, this very well was an act.
  • Pointy Ears: Courtesy of partial Xehanort possession.
  • Recurring Boss: In Birth by Sleep.
  • Red Baron: The Freeshooter.
  • Rugged Scar: He has one over his left eye.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In 3D, he quickly decides Xemnas can handle Sora alone after Sora's friendship speech makes images of ALL his allies appear around him.
    "Those are just words!" (backing away) "You - you've lost. Fine, see where your power gets you here. Xemnas, he's all yours!" (books it out of there)
  • Shipper on Deck: For Roxas/Xion. Though given Roxas's and Xion's true natures, it's very likely this was just a sick joke, especially given that the two look identical to Xigbar anyway.
  • Skunk Stripes: Again, courtesy of partial Xehanort possession.
  • Slasher Smile: He gave one of those when he was about to snipe Sora's head.
  • Smug Snake
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of KHII misinterpreted his real 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: But not just ANY old dude...
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: As Braig before he gets his scars from Terra.
  • Troll: See Shipper on Deck. He also trolls Zexion on Xemnas's connection to the Chamber of Repose, Sa´x over Xemnas's true identity and Sora on his connection to Roxas.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Experiences two brief ones in Dream Drop Distance when Sora states that even though he's not one of the Keyblade's chosen ones, he's proud to be connected to the people that are and also when Lea shows up to save Sora from becoming one of Master Xehanort's vessels. In the former, he drops his affable demeanor and reasserts in a stunned tone that those are just words and Sora has lost. For the latter, he finally starts showing real anger and tells Master Xehanort "What now?!"
  • Wham Line: "I'm already half Xehanort!"

    III: Xaldin 

The Whirlwind Lancer (Original Name: Dilan)

"When Kingdom Hearts is ours, we can exist fully and completely. So you see, Beast — that's why we need your Heartless AND your Nobody."
Click here to see Dilan 

"Feed your anger! Only anger will keep you strong."

Voiced by: Yosuke Akimoto (Japanese), David Dayan Fisher (English)

Number III of the Organization and one of its founding members. He spends most of his time trying to corrupt the Beast for the Organization's purposes.

In his past life as Dilan, he was one of Ansem's six apprentices who betrayed him by researching the Heartless.
  • Badass: Along with Lexaeus and Marluxia, he is one of the deadliest battlers within the Organization. His absolutely brutal methods of fighting even shows during his battle with Sora.
  • Back from the Dead: As Dilan in Dream Drop Distance. Aeleus mentions that he and Even are back but that they aren't stable yet, so they are currently resting. Given Aeleus and Ienzo's attitudes after their resurrections, it's possible that Dilan will undergo a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows
  • The Brute: But like Lexaeus, not stupid.
  • Combat Tropes
    • Battle Aura: Once Xaldin starts to get low on health, he enters a berserker-like state, similar to Sa´x, where he's shrouded in green energy and the screen darkens. Unlike Sa´x and Lexeaus' Absent Silhouette, he can't be knocked out of it by Sora's efforts, only exiting this trance after a period of time. Expect to see it used more and more as the fight wears on, so stock up some Jump Reaction Commands to help expedite the process.
    • Blade on a Stick: His lances, Lindworm.
    • Blow You Away
    • Death from Above: He has the signature Jump attack of a Dragoon from Final Fantasy. He also commands the Dragoon Nobodies directly based off of the class.
    • Death In All Directions
    • Flash Step: He can literally outrun the winds.
    • Flying Weapon
    • Joke Weapon: Casual Gear gives him broomsticks. Mystery Gear gives him dragon-themed lances.
    • Multi-Wielding: Six lances, always with at least four being held up by wind currents.
    • One-Hit Kill
    • Power Floats: Because he rides wind currents.
    • Shaping Your Attacks: Into a dragon.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Surprisingly enough, in Birth by Sleep Dilan shows no signs of his eventual betrayal of his master and general douchebaggery. Instead, he is presented as both extremely loyal to his master and genuinely concerned for Ventus's well being.
    • Dream Drop Distance implies that none of the apprentices (save Xehanort and Braig) willingly gave themselves over to the darkness.
  • Cynical Mentor/Stern Teacher: Zig-zagged. Xaldin is never emotionally supportive of Roxas and often snarks at his more naive comments on missions, but most of the advice that he gives Roxas is actually quite accurate and useful, especially his comment about where a giant Heartless would attack from at Beast's Castle. He also generously rewards Roxas if his sidequests are completed.
  • Evil Brit: In the English adaptation.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
  • Jerkass: In 358/2 Days. Just try to find a scrap of his dialogue that isn't insulting you or ordering you around. Let's not forget his attitude toward the Beast...
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As Dilan in Birth by Sleep. He's initially dismissive of Ventus, but worries for his safety once the latter runs off to chase after an Unversed.
  • Kick the Dog: Everything he does to the Beast. His diary entry in 358/2 Days shows he's bitterly envious of the Beast, so obviously he wants to do his damnedest to make him miserable.
  • King Mook: To the Dragoon Nobodies, who use similar weapons to him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Spends most of his time playing with Beast's head to try and turn him into a Heartless AND a Nobody for the Organization.
  • Personality Powers: He's nothing like the typical wind user. However, wind is considered the element of "Knowledge," something Xaldin had in spades. Wind can also be extremely brutal and destructive, such as tornadoes and hurricanes. Something we ALL know Xaldin, as his position of That One Boss, has in spades, too.
  • Red Baron: The Whirlwind Lancer.
  • Reverse Arm-Fold: One of his common "non-combat" poses - which makes sense, given his power and martial nature.
  • Sadistic Choice: "What shall I leave behind? Belle... or the rose?"
    • For the record, Belle chooses the rose (and to be fair to Beast, he had already chosen Belle just before that).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of KHII misinterpreted his real name as Dilin; the PAL release and all subsequent games rectified this.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice in the English dub gradually grew more gravelly with each game.
  • Wicked Cultured: His wild looks aside, Xaldin seems to have a good eye for art and architecture in 358/2 Days.

    IV: Vexen 

The Chilly Academic (Original Name: Even)

"I'm a scientist. Experiments are what I do, yes."

"Pity to be so ignorant. As you're only able to see the surface of things, I should not expect you to appreciate my true might."

Voiced by: Tatsuya Kando (COM), Nachi Nozawa (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)

Number IV of the Organization and one of its founders. The group's resident scientist, he's always interested in new test subjects for his experiments.

Before he became a Nobody, he was Even, one of the six apprentices of Ansem the Wise who betrayed him by researching the Heartless and destroying Radiant Garden.

    V: Lexaeus 

The Taciturn Stalwart (Original Name: Aeleus)

"You've done well thus far. But to possess your powers, and yet fear the darkness... What a waste."
Click here to see Aeleus: 

"I, Lexaeus, will not yield to the frail heart of an infantile coward!"

Voiced by: Tatsuya Kando (COM), Fumihiko Tachiki (Japanese), Dave Boat (English)

Number V of the Organization and one of its founders. While he's content with standing aside and letting Zexion do the talking, he's a lot more intelligent and powerful than he seems.

In his past life as Aeleus, he was one of Ansem's treacherous apprentices.

    VI: Zexion 

The Cloaked Schemer (Original Name: Ienzo)

"It's such a shame. The Organization used to be the rope that bound us together."
Click here to see Ienzo: 

"Then I shall make you see... That your hopes are nothing. Nothing but a mere illusion!"

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Vincent Corazza (English)

Number VI in the Organization, and one of its founding members. In his previous life as Ienzo, he was an orphan adopted by Ansem the Wise, and the youngest of his apprentices.

During Chain of Memories, he tried to corrupt Riku so he could use him to counter Marluxia's coup.

    VII: Sa´x 

The Luna Diviner (Original Name: Isa)

"Which would you rather suffer the loss of: Some make-believe friendship, or a real one?"
Click here to see Isa: 

"True, we don't have hearts, but we remember what it was like. That's what makes us special."

Voiced by: Ginpei Sato (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

Number VII in the Organization. Second-in-command to Xemnas and responsible for overseeing every other members' missions. Underneath his stoic exterior is a raging berserker just waiting to be released.

It's revealed later that his original self, Isa, was once best friends with Lea. The two even planned to overthrow the Organization together, with Sa´x becoming Xemnas's right hand to facilitate this plan. When Axel started to have doubts about using some of the other members to further their goals, the friendship turned sour. In Dream Drop Distance he is Back from the Dead and one of the thirteen vessels of Xehanort's heart in his XIII Seekers of Darkness.

    VIII: Axel 

The Flurry of Dancing Flames (Original Name: Lea)

    IX: Demyx 

The Melodious Nocturne (Original Name Unknown)

"Do you ever get the urge to do something stupid... and AWESOME!? Wait, wait, I'm getting something... nope, it's gone."

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Ryan O'Donohue (English)

Number IX of the Organization. While he is more capable than Sora is willing to give him credit for, he's pretty bad at being a villain. His fighting style, however, is deadly, and for many players he's That One Boss.
  • '80s Hair
  • Accidental Truth: "Oh, we do too have hearts! Don't be mad..."
  • Affably Evil: Along with Luxord he's one of the more nicer Organization members.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: In the 358/2 Days manga, Roxas attempts to ask Demyx about girls and the things that set them off (switches), resulting in a hilarious misunderstanding. When told that it's alright if he hasn't, Demyx forcefully insists that he's done it plenty of times.
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Brilliant but Lazy: He hates to work but is a reconnaissance specialist and also a highly capable fighter and mage as it eventually turned out.
  • Catch Phrase: "Dance, water, dance!"
  • Combat Tropes
    • Death In All Directions
    • Instrument of Murder: His Sitar, Arpeggio.
    • Joke Weapons: Casual Gear gives him a tennis racket, and Mystery Gear gives him a broom.
      • Shout-Out: The tennis racket is called the "Prince of Awesome" and the description says that it "looks awfully familiar..." While all Casual Gear weapons have that description, the name and shape of the weapon make the reference too hard to ignore.
    • Making a Splash
    • Musical Assassin
    • Quirky Bard: Most of the time, which acts as a reference to Final Fantasy and its "Bard" class. Of course, as you can tell, he can become a Lethal Joke Character when prompted to.
    • Squishy Wizard
    • Summon Backup Dancers: The single biggest cause for hair-pulling in his boss fight. He's invincible until you wipe out his water clones, for which you have a time limit. 60 clones in 60 seconds? Not that hard. 60 clones in 30 seconds? Again, doable if they don't scatter around too much and you can track them down quickly. 10 clones in 10 seconds? Good luck, because luck is all that it comes down to at that point. Unfortunately, he can force this on you at any point in the fight, and on higher difficulty levels you have to do it three times in a row once he hits critical health. Also, the water clones can only be killed with a finisher, and if you land three or more hits on one without killing it, it does an instant 20-hit attack that can leave you at critical health.
      • Also, the Nobodies under his command are Dancers, which means that that rush through the construction site is him doing this literally. Said Dancers are Demonic Spiders as much as Demyx is That One Boss.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Again, see quote.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: And HOW! Upon meeting Sora and his friends the second time he stops being pleasant and gains new, surprisingly deadly fighting skills.
  • Dark Chick: He is by far the goofiest Organization member overall.
  • Dismotivation: His reaction to the result of the operation at Castle Oblivion is relief that he wasn't sent there. When Xigbar tells him he has to work double duty to cover for it, Demyx's response is: "Roger that. Remind me to underachieve twice as hard from now on."
  • Get Back Here Boss
  • The Hedonist: 358/2 Days shows that, while not necessarily a malicious person, Demyx isn't one to really care about other people's problems so long as he has a good time. His reaction to The Reveal about Xion is to go "Intense!" and then teleport away without a second thought.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
  • Jerkass Ball: His reaction to Larxene's death in Days where he's cheerfully callous to Roxas over it. It serves to show that even Demyx himself really isn't above it all.
    • Also, his missions with Roxas in which he lets him do all the work.
  • King Mook: To the Dancer Nobodies.
  • Laughably Evil: Demyx has no qualms about committing evil deeds... but he's usually really bad at carrying them out.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: "Silence, traitor." Coupled with the first time you ever hear The Thirteenth Dilemma.
  • The Load: The difference between him and Xion is that at least Xion actually tries fighting instead of looking for excuses.
  • Lovable Coward: Especially in 358/2 Days, in which he's a lazy coward who bribes Roxas to do missions for him... but he's just so funny while being this.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He's introduced yelling "Run, run away!" and carries cue cards to remind him of mission objectives.
  • Non-Action Guy: Gameplay and Story Segregation aside, he's meant to be this.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He becomes this after Sora and his friends don't believe his Accidental Truth and wonder just how much of a kook he really is.
  • Personality Powers: Demyx doesn't generally fit the definition of a water user at first. However, water is the element of change and mutability. Calm and placid in one moment, harsh and brutal the next. Fits quite nicely for his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass persona.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He's generally more interested in writing songs than being evil.
  • Red Baron: The Melodious Nocturne.
  • Satellite Character: He's really only here to be an enemy and fill the Number IX position, although he's less of a Satellite Character than the similar Luxord thanks to...
    • Throw It In: Pretty much his entire personality was created by his seiyuu ad libbing, making him stand out as a character.
  • Un-evil Laugh: During Sora's first encounter with the Organization in II, they have a joint Evil Laugh... with Demyx's nervous sigh standing out kind of painfully.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Aside from the somewhat literal Warmup Boss Axel, he is the first Organization XIII member to be fought in II.

    X: Luxord 

The Gambler of Fate (Original Name Unknown)

"I'd rather we just skip the formalities."

"If only the whispers at the top of the ladder carried to the bottom rung..."

Voiced by: Joji Nakata (Japanese), Robin Atkin Downes (English)

Number X. He's suave, has a delicious British accent, and he likes card games. He views life as a game and has all the time in the world to win it.
  • Affably Evil: He's just so damn polite.
    • Nice Guy: Luxord is the only Organization member that's sympathetic towards Roxas, open to his comments and is never hostile towards him. He also generously rewards Roxas for doing well on minigames. He's not at all like this towards Sora in Kingdom Hearts II though because he sees Roxas resting within him, who had gone rogue. He was also impressed with Axel's Heroic Sacrifice, and post-humously complimented him for it (in front of Saix, Xigbar and Xemnas), saying that Axel gambled his (non)-existence for something that mattered.
  • Almighty Janitor: Heavily implied in Re:Chain of Memories, which has enemy cards corresponding to the Organization members. While most of them have cards based on their own abilities and drawbacks, Luxord's card has the straightforward Omni-Break ability (you get fifteen free hits that can't be cancelled by the enemy), making it one of the most powerful and practical enemy cards. This is probably a reference to Luxord's control over cards and games, and Castle Oblivion being completely centered on cards and games. Ironically, Luxord never sets foot in Castle Oblivion.
    • Of course, since the mission at Castle Oblivion wasn't so much of a mission as it was Sa´x's method for killing Marluxia, Larxene and Zexion with as little fuss as possible, it's justified.
  • Author Appeal: Subverted. Luxord is Nomura's favorite member of Organization XIII, but as covered under Satellite Character, he has the smallest role of its members in the series.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Character Development: Unexpected of the Satellite Character, but it's there in 358/2 Days through the random conversations you can have between levels. To wit, in reaction to the Castle Oblivion debacle and Xion's misadventures, all of which he only has an outsider's perspective on, Luxord goes from being mildly confused at the machinations going on between members to going with the flow and enjoying his games, then frustrated with how little control he has over his own fate and later finally nosedives into depressed acceptance of his place in the Organization as the lackey and lowest ranking member.
    • All of this contrasts Roxas' character development, which has the opposite conclusion of rebellion, but otherwise has the same rise and fall of confusion and frustration. Luxord sympathizes with Roxas at many points.
  • Combat Tropes
    • Baleful Polymorph: He and his Gamblers can turn Sora into a card or a die, severely cutting his offensive power.
    • Death Dealer: His deck of cards, Fair Game.
    • Duel Boss: He teleports Sora's friends elsewhere to even the odds. Guess how well it works out for him.
    • The Gambler: Again, based off of the Gambler class from Final Fantasy. Most of his battle tactics in II are based on pure luck and entirely dependent on what the player ends up doing.
    • Joke Weapons: Video game discs from the Casual Gear and four-leaf clovers from the Mystery Gear.
    • Time-Limit Boss: Played with - rather than HP bars, he has a time bar that depletes throughout the battle. Sora can speed it up by hitting him, but he has his own time bar and HP to keep an eye on.
    • Time Master: Although we only see him use it to give his battles a time limit. It'd be more proper to say that he's a master of games, of which time is the main mystical element.
    • Trap Master
  • A Day in the Limelight: In the manga adaptation, Luxord plays a major role during the events of Wonderland. After meeting with the Caterpillar, the main focus of the events is to find a way to restore Luxord to his normal size.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets a few quips in 358/2 Days.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Demonstrates this as Sora lands the killing blow on him. Luxord and Roxas were friends, as his last words to Sora were meant to stir Roxas. "How could you... Roxas?"
  • Evil Brit
  • Evil Genius: He knows a lot about card games, and even gambles his fight on time.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this when he blows up the Interceptor.
  • Fair Play Villain
  • Graceful Loser: "You play the game quite well..."
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Ore."
  • King Mook: To the Gambler Nobodies.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Mind Over Manners: Despite having control over time, as stated above and below, the most Luxord does in his fight is set a strange form of time limit and teleport Sora's allies away. Apparently the only reason he didn't do so to Sora as well was just so he could play, and give him a fair game. Given his manners with Sora otherwise, this could be justified. Though it could just be Honor Before Reason.
  • Noble Demon
  • Oh, Crap: His face says it all as Sora prepares to strike the final blow. With no aces up his sleeves anymore, he raises a barrier hoping that will save him. It doesn't. Which makes it even more heartbreaking when we discover in Dream Drop Distance what was foreshadowed all along: that Nobodies can grow their own hearts and that everyone in the Organization showed signs of a burgeoning replacement.
  • Personality Powers: It's a bit hard to pin down a stereotype for Luxord's time manipulation powers, but given that he uses them to set time limits for the gameplay portions he's involved with, it ties into his character as a gambler and game master.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Luxord is generally more interested in his games than to ever really wreak havoc.
  • Red Baron: The Gambler of Fate.
  • Satellite Character: His main purpose is to be Number X in the organization's ranks, and otherwise has little importance to anything. He has a very small role in 358/2 Days, accompanying Roxas on a handful of missions in Wonderland, and in Kingdom Hearts II he's the focus of the second visit to Port Royal but leaves once he sets the crisis in motion, and the fight with him before Sa´x is pretty much squeezed in just to make sure all the Organization members are dead.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He describes the Heartless boss he summons within Port Royal in Kingdom Hearts II as a "veritable maelstrom of avarice", whereas in 358/2 Days he combines this with gambling-related puns.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his own frustrations towards it for being left out of the loop, Luxord stays with the Organization to the bitter end.

    XI: Marluxia 

The Graceful Assassin (Original Name Unknown)

"I've been entrusted this castle and NaminÚ by our leader. Defying me will be seen as treason against the Organization."

"As lightless oblivion devours you, drown in the ever-blooming darkness!"

Voiced by: Tatsuya Kando (COM), Shuichi Ikeda (Japanese), Keith Ferguson (English)

Number XI, recruited by Xigbar and Xaldin. He is given charge of Castle Oblivion and attempts to engineer a coup against Xemnas with the help of Larxene and the presumed help of Axel.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His original sprites in the gameboy games have brown hair of an odd rose-ish hue, they become a pink hue in the console games. His Cherry Blossoms also turn into the thematically similar rose.
  • Agent Peacock: Plenty of "girly" traits, but deadly competent.
  • Badass: According to the Ultimania, he's the third most powerful member of Organization XIII after Xemnas and Roxas. He's the only Organization member besides Xemnas capable of multiple combat forms.
    • This is also reflected in his Absent Silhouette; compared to the other Silhouette battles and Org. XIII member fights in the main storyline, he has the largest HP pool, takes less damage from attacks, and some of his HP-damaging attacks can still one-shot players even at considerably high levels.
  • Big Bad: Of Chain of Memories. Notably, he's one of only two non-Xehanort entities to qualify as a Big Bad of the series.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: 358/2 Days would reveal the higher-ups of the Organization were very aware of his treachery and sent him to Castle Oblivion to die in the first place. That, and with the true scope of Master Xehanort's plan being revealed in 3D, Marluxia, while needing to be stopped, was far less of a threat than any incarnation of Xehanort.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He's able to appear soft-spoken, polite and respectful. It doesn't help that his deceiving nature obscure his true motives.
  • The Caretaker: He's an emotionally abusive one for Namine. Poor thing.
  • The Chessmaster: Can play it far better than Zexion but isn't wicked fast at it as Xemnas.
  • Combat Tropes
  • Cherry Blossoms: They look more like rose petals in Re:COM, however.
  • Death Is Dramatic: Yep.
  • Deceptive Disciple
  • Dragon-in-Chief
  • Elemental Hair
  • Evil Versus Evil: Neither he nor Larxene are good in any sense of the word against the rest of the Organization that they intended to rebel against.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Along with Larxene, Marluxia tried to overthrow the Organization because they believe that Xemnas doesn't truly have their best interests at heart. 3D reveals that they was absolutely right: Organization XIII was created to be vessels in Xehanort's Grand Theft Me plan.
  • Final Boss: Of Chain of Memories.
  • The Grim Reaper: Thematically, as he blends Western and Eastern death motifs. He uses a scythe, has several sleights referring to death (i.e. Death Scythe, Doom, etc.), originally appeared as a hooded figure, and his Nobody familiar even uses the same weapon (including Dual Wielding it in its first form) and appears in a form similar to Death during the Final Battle in Re:COM. His flowers are actually Sakura i.e. cherry blossoms that are used in funerals and signify death.
  • Interface Screw: During his final form he gains the ability to steal your cards (including the reload card) and scatter them around the battlefield.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi."
  • Large Ham: In the Japanese version. Not as large a ham as Xemnas or Sa´x, though.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not as magnificent as Xemnas, Axel, or Sa´x and not as smug as Vexen or Zexion, but evenly in the middle.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: DEAR GOD! Just ask the poor Namine how he interacted with her in Chain of Memories. Not to mention the start of his Absent Silhouette battle has him warping over to Sora's shoulder and whispering in his ear.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: A recurring element throughout his various Leitmotifs.
  • Personality Powers: He's brimming with Death elements from both eastern and western ends, as evidenced by both the cherry blossoms and the scythe that he carries. It makes more sense considering that his brand of Green Thumb magic is somewhat portrayed at the opposite end of the flower-themed Cure magic.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Marluxia's main attribute is Death but his element in general is mostly flowers. It is less weird due to the significance of cherry blossoms in Japan and the fact that he was supposed to be a woman.
  • Red Baron: The Graceful Assassin.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff
  • The Starscream
  • The Stoic: In the English version.
  • You Gotta Have Pink Hair

    XII: Larxene 

The Savage Nymph (Original Name Unknown)

"I'M a bad guy so you'll have to go through me!"

"More pain for you means more fun for me!"

Voiced by: Rieko Katayama (COM), Yuko Miyamura (Japanese), Shanelle Gray (English)

Number XII of the Organization and close ally of Marluxia. Gleefully sadistic, she enjoys tormenting others for the fun of it.

    XIII: Roxas 

The Key of Destiny (Original Name: Sora)

    XIV: Xion 

Original Name: No. i


Alternative Title(s):

Organization XIII