Characters: Kingdom Hearts: Supporting Originals
This is a listing of the Original Generation characters in the supporting cast that appear in the Kingdom Hearts series. Visit here for the main characters index.
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"I was lonely for so long... I just couldn't bear it anymore. So I called out to your heart and had you come all the way out to this place. You came for me and I'm so... So happy, but... But to your heart I had to..."
"Roxas! We will meet again. And then we can talk about everything. I may not know it's you, and you may not know it's me. But we will meet again. Someday soon. I promise!"
Voiced by: Iku Nakahara (Japanese), Brittany Snow/Meaghan Jette Martin (English)
A witch with the power to alter memories, which was exploited by Organization XIII to manipulate Sora. She is also Kairi's Nobody, born when Kairi's heart was freed from Sora's after he turned into a Heartless.
- The Atoner: After screwing up Sora's memories under the orders of Organization XIII, she spends an entire year setting them back together.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When the Riku Replica is about to kill Sora she shatters his memories completely leaving him comatose. Her reaction afterward showed it may have been accidental, though.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Xion's Brunette and Kairi's Redhead.
- The Cameo: Appears for a moment in Dream Drop Distance in Sora's dream version of The World That Never Was. Before Sora has a chance to thank her, as instructed to by Jiminy's Journal, her form changes into that of Xion, and she runs off.
- Cute Witch
- Damsel in Distress: Twice; born into the role as a prisoner of Marluxia in Chain of Memories, and then becomes a prisoner of DiZ once she stops obeying his orders in Kingdom Hearts II's prologue. She finally stops this behavior when she reaches The World That Never Was.
- Demoted to Extra: From Chain of Memories to Kingdom Hearts II, along with Axel. However, considering how the entire plot of Chain of Memories revolved around her, this was unavoidable.
- Expy: A quiet, mysterious girl with incredible powers over memory and designed by Tetsuya Nomura... huh? You aren't talking about Ellone?
- Extreme Doormat: Through most of Chain of Memories and for some reason, 358/2 Days. But definitely not in Kingdom Hearts II.
- Fake Memories: What her powers revolve around.
- Girl in the Tower: In Chain of Memories.
- Girly Run: Bonus points for Holding Hands with Kairi at the same time.
- High Heel-Face Turn: Not that she was ever evil, though.
- The Ingenue
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi"
- Leitmotif: "NaminÚ".
- Manipulative Witch: What Larxene calls her. Although this is technically true, Larxene's position in the plot toward NaminÚ makes the call a case of Hypocritical Humor.
- Miss Exposition: Her main role post Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II, particularly in coded.
- Mysterious Waif: In Chain of Memories.
- Nice Girl: She's even meek and soft-spoken to someone like Larxene!
- Original Generation
- The Other Darrin: Brittany Snow was replaced by Meaghan Jette Martin in Re:Chain of Memories, Birth by Sleep, 358/2 Days and Re:coded.
- Remember The New Girl: In-Universe, invoked by the Organization XIII in order to attempt to manipulate Sora in Castle Oblivion.
- Rewriting Reality: Uses drawing to manipulate memories.
- Shrinking Violet: For the most part in Chain of Memories, until she gains some confidence at the end.
- Inexplicably back to this in 358/2 Days, but grows out of it by Kingdom Hearts II.
- Split Personality Merge: With Kairi at the end of Kingdom Hearts II, although she still seems to be able to communicate with Sora, considering Riku's comment in the Final Mix + that Sora can thank her after they beat Xemnas (which, at that point, was after said merge).
- Stay In The Drawing Room: Most of her role, whether enforced by those around her or not. However, like Kairi, she still manages to get out and help during the final world of Kingdom Hearts II.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Kairi in all senses in Chain of Memories, but Sora doesn't catch on until she sets him straight about it.
- Theme Naming: Her part in the "girls related to Kairi" group is nami for wave.
- Thinking Up Portals: Can manifest Corridors of Darkness. Notably, she can do so even after she has merged with Kairi.
- Took a Level in Badass: She gains a lot more confidence in Kingdom Hearts II, evaded capture from the Organization, and helped rescue Kairi. She and Kairi together even stood up to Sa´x physically, and that's gotta count for something.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting/Master of Illusion: It is unclear which one it is, but NaminÚ, like DiZ, can change her appearance with the power of darkness. She only uses this in order to change into the form of Kairi, however, so the extent of changes she can make is unknown, and she cannot hide her "light vs. darkness" scent.
- Woman in White
Hayner, Pence, and Olette
Hayner Voiced By: Kazunori Sasaki (Japanese), Justin Cowden (English)
Pence Voiced By: Hayato Taya (Japanese), Sean Marquette (English)
Olette Voiced By: Yuka Hirasawa (Japanese), Jessica DiCicco (English)
A trio of kids from Twilight Town. They are all close friends and like to hang out, put off homework, and eat sea-salt ice cream together. A virtual Hayner, Pence, and Olette serve as Roxas's friends in DiZ's simulation of Twilight Town during the opening of Kingdom Hearts II to keep Roxas occupied while DiZ manipulates him.
- Big Fun: Pence
- Hayner's personality, antagonism with Seifer, and dress style are all quite similar to a Zell from Final Fantasy VIII. Many a gamer thought he was Zell until his true identity was revealed.
- Olette seems to be a physical expy of Selphie (who is herself a native to Destiny Islands) in terms of hair color, eye color, and hairstyle.
- Some have even stated the boys to be the Biggs and Wedge of Kingdom Hearts (meaning Olette would be Jessie).
- Green Eyes: Olette
- Hot-Blooded: Hayner. He even attempted to take on Axel in a fist fight alongside Pence as backup. Luckily for him Axel was busy.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore" for Hayner, "Boku" for Pence, and "Watashi" for Olette.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Sadly, they don't know it, but they are this for Roxas.
- Mythology Gag/Shout Out: "Dog Street", the brand on Pence's clothes, is a reference to both The Bouncer (Square's debut PS2 game) and the Disk Original Group software team within Square in the mid-80's.
- Neutral Female: Olette.
- Non-Action Guy: Pence, not to say he doesn't try to help save Kairi when Axel kidnaps her.
- Platonic Life Partners: Pence and Olette.
- Shipper on Deck: Olette seems to be quite entranced with Kairi's story about her and Sora. She even calls it "romantic".
- The Smart Guy: As shown toward the end of Kingdom Hearts II, Pence is good with computers, being able to help Sora, Donald, and Goofy hack into DiZ's computer at the Old Mansion to get the simulation beam up and running.
- Those Two Guys: A bit, even to Sora in the middle stages of Kingdom Hearts II.
- Two Guys and a Girl
DiZ/Ansem the Wise
"It appears we've come to a standstill. This has gone on long enough. Riku... I think you know what needs to be done."
"I'm afraid that any world you try to create... Any world of yours... would be an empire of ignorance. That is why you and your creation are destined to fall!"
An enigmatic figure who aids Riku and NaminÚ. Working against the Organization, he is willing to use rather questionable means to meet his goals. It turns out he's actually Ansem the Wise, the teacher of Xehanort, trying to atone for the atrocities done by Xehanort and Xemnas in his name, and for the aforementioned questionable actions he committed in the process.
- Anti-Hero: Everything he does is to aid the cause of good, but his obsessive desire for revenge causes him to take several less than heroic actions in doing so, which many others suffer for.
- The Atoner: Once he realizes the above.
- Bandaged Face: As DiZ.
- Black Cloak: As of Birth By Sleep's secret ending, he is wearing an Organization black coat to protect himself from the darkness.
- In the Hood: A standard feature, and he has not taken it off.
- Brain Uploading: Dream Drop Distance reveals that he uploaded a complete version of his mind to Sora's own mind along with his research data. The Data-Ansem is actually very personable and intelligent, and even jokes around with Riku, having not lost its memory like the real Ansem.
- Casting a Shadow: Obtained dark powers through his festering hatred when he was banished to the Realm of Nothingness, Unfortunately, like Riku, he lost them when his Kingdom Hearts Encoder exploded, leaving him trapped in the Realm of Darkness without the ability to open a dark portal.
- Celebrity Voice Actor: In Kingdom Hearts II and Days, he is voiced by Christopher Lee, also known for his roles as Saruman and Count Dooku.
- The Chessmaster: A good guy example (for a certain level of "good") in Chain of Memories and II, mostly, though at least one of his schemes has lasted to after Dream Drop Distance, and has yet to be fully revealed.
- Clear My Name: His motivation since the fall of Radiant Garden.
- Revenge: Another implied motivation, especially with what he does to Roxas, who had nothing to do with the above.
- Crazy-Prepared: Knowing that he needed to make sure that his data would be safe, he stored it within the one place he knew for a fact would be available and able to defend itself to the point where people wouldn't even know it would be there at all: Sora's heart. This extended to the point of him storing an entire data-copy of himself within said heart, along with his research data, so that when it was necessary, someone could retrieve it, even if he himself might not have survived to see that day.
- Cool Old Guy: Once he takes off the bandages. He's even cooler in Dream Drop Distance, where he takes up joking with Riku about Sora, and reminds him of how much he's changed from his "Riku-Ansem" phase.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a real jerk and a Manipulative Bastard, but, regardless of his use of Corridors of Darkness, he's still technically heroic.
- Disney Death: The ending of Birth by Sleep shows that he survived his sacrifice and now waits for Sora to free him and Aqua from the Realm of Darkness.
- Dramatic Unmask: Near the end of Kingdom Hearts II. That said, it's only dramatic to the viewers. The only other person present (King Mickey) already knew who he was.
- Easy Amnesia: He teetered on the edge of it for his entire exile to the realm of darkness by his disciples, but kept focus thanks to hatred. When he ends up there again after KHII, he quickly forgets almost everything but Sora, presumably because he doesn't have such hatred anymore. All he's holding on to is his memory of Sora, since he put his research data, all he has left to help him with, inside of him.
- Eccentric Mentor: Not nearly as much since the end of Kingdom Hearts II, but he still has a couple of quirks.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted. He has the world's greatest villain's voice, but he's actually an Anti-Hero.
- Emperor Scientist: As Ansem the Wise.
- Fantastic Racism: DiZ justifies his actions against the Organization XIII, no matter how cruel, by noting that they have no right to exist in the first place. Although numerous other characters (up to and including Sora himself) have this point of view in II, his seems far worse, and he learns how wrong he is to use this as a general rule by the end of the game, when he removes his bandages.
- Fun with Acronyms: Darkness in Zero. An in-universe example that he never explains personally to anyone else in universe, and is only mentioned in his Secret Reports.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Good Is Not Nice: After being trapped in the Realm of Nothingness. He grows out of it as he enters his status as The Atoner.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In his quest to bring down the schemes of the Organization XIII, he became racist and as immoral, if not more so in some extents, than some of the members of the group itself, making him into a Type IV Anti-Hero. He seems to have figured this out by the time he storms the Castle That Never Was.
- Heel Realization: A rare non-villainous version. He finally realizes how horrid he has become by the time he storms the Castle That Never Was with his Kingdom Hearts encoder.
- Impersonation Paradox: After getting his identity stolen by Xehanort, he uses the disguise of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness in Chain of Memories as a disguise while he is in Castle Oblvion. Afterwards, Riku joins up with him in a Black Coat and Ansem, under the guise of DiZ, ask who he is; when he pulls down the hood and introduces himself as Ansem, The Real Ansem can only laugh about it and greets him with evident sarcasm which Riku fails to see.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi"
- Jerkass: Regarding Roxas, though he does apologize for it in the end, shortly before his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Jerkass Woobie: The guy's been betrayed by the people who cared for most, trapped in the realm of nothingness for years, and in order to atone for the dark actions he took for revenge, seals himself into the realm of darkness for ANOTHER lonely banishment period. He's had it rough.
- Kick the Dog: His manipulation of Roxas, ordering the execution of NaminÚ, seeing Riku (and pretty much everyone else) as nothing but a tool for his own vengeance, and actively sabotaging King Mickey's attempts to contact Riku.
- Legacy Character: His real name is taken by so many people that he actually comes across an Impersonation Paradox by accident.
- Man in the Iron Mask: Played with. Xehanort stole his original name and banished him to the Realm of Nothingness. When he escaped, he decided to fulfill the "disguised face" part of the trope himself, and occasionally used magic to impersonate the guy impersonating him.
- Mask Power
- Meaningful Name: DiZ is a corruption of the first three letters of Disney.
- Non-Action Guy
- The Powerof Hate: His rage towards his treacherous apprentices is what kept him sane in the Realm of Darkness and gave him the darkness based powers to escape it. This is what makes his Character Development backfire on him when he's thrown back into the Realm of Darkness. With no anger left he is not only stuck there but loses his memories as well.
- Science Hero: What he does to help the heroes is typically through the use of his inventions, and not in up front combat.
- The Other Darrin: Corey Burton plays him whenever Christopher Lee is unavailable. Lee was in II and Days, while Burton was in Re: Chain of Memories, Sleep, and 3D.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Redemption Earns Life: As of Birth By Sleep's secret ending, he's revealed to have survived the explosion of the Kingdom Hearts encoder.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: The above quote is a response to Xemnas's motive rant.
- Stealth Mentor: To Riku.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Due to his use of darkness.
- Teleporters and Transporters: He is capable of using Corridors of Darkness (despite the corruptive influence on his heart, seeing as he has no known protection) and teleporting himself around his data simulations at will.
- Too Many Belts
- Took a Level in Kindness: He's actually a lot nicer after he takes off the bandages on his head, and even acknowledges that anything can grow a heart in 3D, apologizing to Roxas some time before.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Sea-salt ice cream.
- Trapped in Another World: The Organization XIII thrust him into the Realm of Nothingness early in their scheming. He managed to escape due to finding out how to make Corridors of Darkness, and kept his memory due to his pure hatred. Later, as of the end of Kingdom Hearts II, he was trapped in the Realm of Darkness, and lost most of his memory in the process of staying there due to not having the rage he once did to keep it together. He is currently on the Dark Meridian, presumably still with Aqua, who is also trapped.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can change his appearance with the power of darkness.
"Why do all my attempts to reach you fail? If you don't have it in your heart to obey... then you'll have to share Ventus' fate."
"Fear leads to obsession with power, and obsession beckons the darkness."
One of the few remaining Keyblade Masters in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
, he lives in the Land of Departure as the teacher and father figure of Terra, Aqua, and Ventus. He is killed by Xehanort as part of the latter's plan to shroud the world in darkness
- Actor Allusion: Eraqus's Knight Templar behavior and attitude towards darkness and light are very similar to how the Jedi in the Star Wars prequels are portrayed, particularly in how Terra desires greater power to protect his friends, and Eraqus warns that type of obsession and fear leads to darkness.
- All Your Powers Combined: His armor makes use of his students' elements, and changes combat styles depending on who you're fighting it with. Considering the armor's data is based on his fighting style, it's easy to infer that Eraqus himself has the same abilities.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: To Yen Sid. Look at his name.
- Black and White Morality/Black and White Insanity: As said by Master Xehanort, he only thinks in absolutes: in his mind, Light is Good and Dark Is Evil. Granted, Xehanort in any incarnation isn't the best in terms of reliability on that subject, but his behavior, such as failing Terra in the Mark of Mastery Exam for having any darkness in his fighting style, even by accident, seems to indicate this is true.
- Boss Remix: The Armor of the Master battle is backed by a more dramatic version of the Land of Departure battle theme.
- Bonus Boss: His armor makes a nasty one in the Final Mix.
- Cain and Abel: Master Xehanort was like a brother to him growing up. Guess which one Eraqus ends up being.
- Celebrity Voice Actor: Tetsuya Nomura states that he picked Mark Hamill to voice him in English because of his role as Luke Skywalker.
- Combat Tropes:
- Disney Death: Possibly. Blank Points hints that he may have escaped death by seeking refuge in Terra's heart. Terra only smirks.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Way moreso than Terra. His armor, which appears in BBS Final Mix, has a very prominent samurai motif.
- Face-Heel Turn: Not quite, though you do have to fight him as Terra. Instead, it's implied that he's become so absorbed in his Light-based philosophy and so torn between his emotional connections to Xehanort, Ventus and Terra and the situation at hand that he falls into Darkness by the time Terra battles him.
- Good Old Ways
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- Gray Eyes
- Heel Realization: He has a serious "My God, What Have I Done?" moment after Terra stops him from fighting further, understanding that his dogmatic belief in pure light is what has brought so much pain to his pupils.
- Light is Good: A vehement believer in this.
- Light Is Not Good: His belief that straying from the light in any capacity is evil is what causes him to attack Ventus and Terra.
- Knight Templar: He hates any use of darkness whatsoever, and counts the use of it as a clear sign that whoever is using it is not ready to be a Keyblade Master. He is also willing to do whatever it takes to keep darkness from spreading such as the attempted murder of Ventus to prevent Master Xehanort from taking the X-Blade and destroying the World again. According to Master Xehanort, he is "blinded by light", which, despite who he is, isn't necessarily wrong. Contrast him with other Keyblade Masters, who each accept some degree of darkness in Keyblade wielders, whether for good or ill, and he seems extremely fanatical, regardless of whether he's right or not.
- Horrible Judge of Character: It's implied that the one that truly has the distorted view is Master Xehanort, but that Eraqus himself also has an equally distorted view for trusting him; even after Xehanort attacked and scarred him when Eraqus pointed out the severe moral issues in his plans, Eraqus still forgave and trusted him after several years of avoiding each other. Then, during the Mark of Mastery exam, when Xehanort sabotages the balls of light, he dosen't for a second suspect that it was him, despite the fact he was sitting right next to him.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Which was try to kill Ven to save the universe.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for not seeing Terra's fall into the darkness.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi"
- Manly Tears: Before his death.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: And, for the most part, it's pretty much his fault, since he pushed Terra's Berserk Button without explaining himself.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance is quite likely based on Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.
- Old Master/The Obi-Wan: Ironic, considering that he is Luke Skywalker, and filled the same role in the Jedi Academy Trilogy.
- Older Than He Looks: He is assumed to be around the same age as both Yen Sid and Xehanort.
- Parental Substitute: To Terra especially who has referred to Eraqus as his father and he too says Terra is...
- Properly Paranoid: Xehanort certainly reinforces his negative views about Darkness.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted; he turns out to be more of a Knight Templar.
- Retired Badass
- Shoot the Dog: He tries to do this when he learns that Xehanort needs Ven to create the χ-blade. Terra catches him in the act and is not happy.
- Sibling Rivalry: It is mentioned in the Xehanort reports that Master Xehanort and Eraqus viewed each other as brothers, which goes a long way towards explaining why it takes so long for anyone to suspect Xehanort is up to no good. Still, it's also mentioned that Xehanort began turning his intellect down darker paths once their master chose Eraqus as his successor instead of Xehanort...
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His extremist views of Light is Good and Dark Is Evil caused him to reject Terra as a master, ask Aqua to spy on him out of concern that Terra might become evil from the darkness, which in turn caused Terra to lose trust in him and trust Master Xehanort more, which made it all the easier for Xehanort to manipulate all the events and suceed with his Grand Theft Me of Terra. Very probably a part of Xehanort's schemes since the beginning, as he's the one who convinced Eraqus that Terra wasn't ready to be a master in a letter adressed to him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- What Is One Man's Life In Comparison?: Kill Ven to prevent the χ-blade from being forged, or risk the destruction of the universe? It's not a pleasant choice.
- Would Hurt a Child: He'll hate it, though.
- You Are Not Ready: What he says to Terra, due to his use of darkness.
Dream Eaters (Spirits)