Characters / Kingdom Hearts: Supporting Square Enix

Due to the lengthy periods of time passing between releases and many plot twists now being Late-Arrival Spoiler's, numerous spoilers, including many major ones, will be unmarked to prevent pages being dominated by large chunks of white space for decade-old spoilers. If you have not played a game in the series that was released before 2010, read at your own risk!

This is a listing of the supporting cast originating from Final Fantasy and other Square Enix titles that appear in the Kingdom Hearts series. Visit here for the main characters index.

For the Final Fantasy characters, the same characterization tropes generally apply as in their original games.

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    Final Fantasy VII 

Cloud Strife
"Looking for your light? Don't lose sight of it."
Click here  to see Cloud in Kingdom Hearts II
"I'm looking for someone. Hades promised to help. I tried to exploit the power of darkness, but it backfired. I fell into darkness, and couldn't find the light."
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Steve Burton (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VII
Appearances: I | Chain of Memories | II | coded | Kingdom Hearts X(chi)

A brooding swordsman who is busy trying to work out his dark past. He first appears as a hired thug for Hades as part of one of his many attempts on Hercules's life, but joins the rest of the Hollow Bastion gang by the end of the first game.

Aerith Gainsborough
"No matter how far away we are, our hearts will bring us together again."
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Mandy Moore (I, Enlgish), Mena Suvari (II, English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VII
Appearances: I | Chain of Memories | II

A resident of Radiant Garden prior to its destruction, she ends up in Traverse Town instead. In Kingdom Hearts II, she (like most of Traverse Town's residents) moves back to Hollow Bastion and assists in its rebuilding.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: She's one of these in the manga adaptations.
  • Demoted to Extra: She and Cid don't take part in fights, despite them being playable characters in FFVII.
  • Glamour Failure: In Chain of Memories, she's the only one who seems to be aware that she and the others are constructs of Sora's memory.
  • The Heart: Of the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee.
  • Lethal Chef: In the manga adaptations. She makes her own homemade beverages and refreshments, but always adds the wrong ingredients.
  • The Medic: Heals Yuffie during the Heartless invasion, and teaches Sora the highest level of Cure in the first game.

Tifa Lockhart
"Cloud, you can have my light."
Voiced by: Ayumi Ito (Japanese), Rachael Leigh Cook (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VII
Appearances: II

A young woman who constantly searches for Cloud. Word of God has evoked the possibility of her being the materialization of Cloud's light, just like Sephiroth would be the materialization of his darkness.
  • Action Girl: Just to be clear on how badass she is, Tifa can fight on even ground against Sephiroth.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She fights using martial arts rather than a weapon.
  • Bonus Boss: She can be fought a couple of times in the optional Hades Paradox Cup.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Being Tifa, she uses these. As an added bonus, her punches and kicks also block attacks.
  • I Will Find You: Searching for Cloud is basically all she does in the game (well, that and beating up Heartless).

"Kairi? Who are you talking about? I'm the great ninja Yuffie!"
"I see you all are still in top form!"
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese), Christy Carlson Romano (I, English), Mae Whitman (II, English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VII
Appearances: I | Chain of Memories | II | Re:coded

A former resident of Radiant Garden who appears in Traverse Town. She is closely in league with Leon.
  • Odd Friendship: With Leon - which, unsurprisingly enough, led to a lot of shipping from the fans. Others would rather see Leon as a Big Brother Mentor to her.
  • Playing Tennis with the Boss: Her shuriken attacks can be reflected back at her by smacking them with the Keyblade. Not required to beat her, but doing so makes her much easier to handle.
  • Smoke Out: In II, she's picked up the ability to vanish in a puff of smoke.

Cid Highwind
"Don't call me gramps!"
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese), Chris Edgerly (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VII
Appearances: I | Chain of Memories | II | coded

The owner of the Traverse Town accessory shop and a Gummi Ship expert. He saved Leon and the others during the destruction of Radiant Garden. He returns to Hollow Bastion with his fellow Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts II, and is responsible for the Claymore security system.
  • Bowdlerization: His ever-present cigarette from VII is replaced with a stick here.
  • Demoted to Extra: Cid and Aerith don't take part in fights, despite them being playable characters in FFVII.
  • The Engineer: Installs upgrades to the Gummi Ship in the first game and designed the Hollow Bastion defense system in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Magic Versus Science: He has a semi-friendly rivalry with Merlin over this (their personalities don't help). They're forced to work together when the MCP takes over the network.
  • Non-Action Guy: He never does any fighting.
  • Team Dad: He saved the crew when Radiant Garden fell when they where children.
  • The Engineer/The Smart Guy: He's an expert in Gummi ships and knows his way around computers to boot - he's the guy who sets up the security system for the town in KHII.

Zack Fair
‎"Hey, how about one date?"
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Rick Gomez (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VII
Appearances: Birth by Sleep

A hero-in-training who shows up in Olympus Coliseum during Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
  • Casting a Shadow: When Hades curses him he has a lot of pesky Darkness skills.
  • Colony Drop: Meteor Shots is back from Crisis Core and Ehrgeiz.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: As do Heroes in training!
  • Leitmotif: "A Date with Fate", a rather bouncy remake of Crisis Core's main theme.
  • Mythology Gag: Asks Aqua out on a date, much like he asks Aerith in Crisis Core. Also, Zack is frequently seen performing squats, a hobby of his from the aforementioned game. Also, Zack's D-Link emblems are colored orbs, similar to Materia from Final Fantasy VII games.


    Final Fantasy VIII 

Leon (Squall Leonhart)
"We may never meet again, but we'll never forget each other."
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), David Boreanaz (I, English), Doug Erholtz (II, English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VIII
Appearances: I | Chain of Memories | II | Re:coded

A resident of Radiant Garden, he changed his name to Leon after its destruction. He leads the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee in an effort to return his home to its former glory, if not something better.
  • Fireballs: His main ranged attack is firing these from his gunblade. They can be bounced back at him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The kind that stick for all of time.
  • Guest-Star Party Member
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: When Sora fights him during their first encounter in Traverse Town, either Leon wins and Sora passes out, or Sora wins... and passes out from the effort.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: If Squall loses in his first battle with Sora, he'll claim it's because he was going easy on Sora. Given his performance when he actually goes all out in later battles, he was telling the truth.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He fights with his famous Gunblade.
  • Laser Blade: His Gunblade can turn into one. It's an 'effin big one too, no doubt a Shout-Out to his Blasting Zone Limit Break. It's also the inspiration for the Bladecharge command style.
  • The Leader: Of the Restoration Committee.
  • Mr. Fanservice: May in fact be sexier than his VIII self, depending on the viewer. Must be the belts. And the extra seven or eight years. And the new name. And the longer hair.
  • Mythology Gag: As mentioned above, when you get his HP low enough, he uses a version of Blasting Zone just like in FFVIII, His spin attack is also reminiscent of his Fated Circle and his jump slash is much like Rough Divide as well.
    • Leon being from Radiant Garden may be a reference to Squall being from Balamb Garden in Final Fantasy VIII.
    • Both of his character designs include a stylized pair of red wings on the back of his jacket, a visual reference to the white angel wings on the back of Rinoa's jacket in FFVIII. In addition, the red Griever insignia (a lion-headed cross) on the sleeve of his jacket may be a callout to the red cross on Seifer's FFVIII Badass Longcoat.
    • The name Leon is a reference to a character from Final Fantasy II
  • Open Ended Boss Battle: His first appearance. Sora faints from exhaustion if he wins the battle and from getting pummeled if he loses.
  • Pet the Dog: In the first Kingdom Hearts, he expresses concern over the lost Dalmatian puppies (literal dogs), and later rescues Geppetto and Pinocchio from Monstro (Sora and crew forgot, oops) and got them a house when they arrive in Traverse Town.
  • Playing with Fire: His only long-range attack (unless you count the Laser Blade) is a fire spell. He shoots it at you as if the gunblade was an actual gun. May be a reference to the fact that Ifrit is one of his first Guardian Forces in his original game.
  • Pretty in Mink: His appearance in II restores the trademark fur collar.
  • Running Gag:
    • Aerith constantly offers him her homemade beverages, and he constantly refuses, aware of its flaws.
    • One in Kingdom Hearts between him and Yuffie was her continuously calling him by his first name, "Squall".
  • That Man Is Dead: Refuses to call himself by his real name of Squall because of his guilt over what happened to Hollow Bastion.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the first game it's clear that he suffers from the memories of Hollow Bastion's destruction at the hands of the Heartless. In the second game, he's lightened up while helping to rebuild it (see Character Development above).
  • Too Many Belts: He wears them on his arms!
  • Turns Red: If he fails to defeat you with his normal gunblade, he'll turn it into the Lion Heart, which increases his range and strength.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In the first game.

Seifer Almasy
"That was undeniable proof that we totally owned you lamers!"
"I don't feel like cooperating with destiny."
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Will Friedle (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VIII
Appearances: II

Head of the so-called Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee. He is really just a bully who likes to pick on Hayner, Pence, and Olette.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Although he's more of a jerk than a legit villain, just like his original appearance. Oddly, his scar is still a mirror image of Squall's despite the fact that they have no connection in this universe.

Fuu and Rai
Fuu: Rio Natsuki (Japanese), Jillian Bowen (English)
Rai: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese), Brandon Adams (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VIII
Appearances: II

Seifer's henchmen and members of the Disciplinary Committee.
  • Those Two Guys: Appear always together.
  • Verbal Tic: Fuu tends to shout most of her lines, while Rai appends "y'know?" to most of his sentences.

    Final Fantasy X 

Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie
The other trio on Destiny Islands.
Click here to see Selphie as she appears in Kingdom Hearts II 
Tidus voiced by: Masakazu Morita (Japanese), Shaun Fleming (English)
Wakka voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese), Dee Bradley Baker (English)
Selphie voiced by: Mayuko Aoki (Japanese), Molly Marlette (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VIII (Selphie), Final Fantasy X (Tidus and Wakka)
Appearances: I | Chain of Memories | II (Selphie only) | coded

Three kids who live on Destiny Islands. They're friends of Sora, Riku, and Kairi.
  • Cat Smile: You may or may not notice Selphie's.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Tidus, though it's barely noticeable next to his original version.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Selphie (well, a jump rope, but used in the same manner).
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: For all Sora, Riku and Kairi's obsession with each other; they never talk about having shared the island with these three. Especially egregious in Chain Of Memories when Sora's revelation of there being another girl on the island besides Kairi is such a surprise to everyone.
    • Yes, they're restored at the end of KHI, but KHII Kairi has the same "line of sight" memory that forgets that Selphie ever existed after she goes through the Corridor of Darkness.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Wakka.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Wakka fights by throwing a Blitzball-patterned beach ball, like in X. Selphie uses a jump rope.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Subverted. An NPC who appears in Agrabah after the keyhole is sealed looks a lot like Wakka, but with different clothes and a shorter hairstyle.
  • Joshikousei: Selphie in II.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Selphie, rather noticeably, in the Japanese version.note 
  • Limit Break: While none of them get ones of their own, Tidus may occasionally try to use Spiral Cut on Sora. As per the trope, it's his hardest-hitting move.

"All my life, I've been protecting others... And now, there's no one left to protect."
"This is my story. And you're not a part of it."
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), Matt McKenzie (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy X
Appearances: II

A warrior summoned by Hades to kill Hercules in II, though he refuses to comply. He serves as the Guest-Star Party Member of Olympus Coliseum.

Yuna, Rikku, and Paine
Yuna Voiced By: Mayuko Aoki (Japanese), Hedy Burress (English)
Rikku Voiced By: Marika Matsumoto (Japanese), Tara Strong (English)
Paine Voiced By: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Gwendoline Yeo (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy X (Yuna and Rikku), Final Fantasy X-2 (Paine)
Appearances: II

Also known as "the Gullwings", they are a trio friendly neighborhood something-or-others. They are originally sent by Maleficent to spy on the heroes, but later switch sides.
  • Adaptational Villainy: They start off as Maleficent's lackies despite being the heroines of X-2.
  • Bowdlerise: Compared to their original X-2 incarnations, their outfits aren't nearly as revealing.
  • Fun Size: In the original game they were normal humans, but here they become three cute fairies.
  • Heel–Face Turn: They stop working for Maleficent and help the heroes out after being bribed by Donald.

    Other Final Fantasy Games 


Little fairy-type creatures that can be found in at least one place in every world to sell and/or synthesize items for the main character.

They are based off of the race of the same name found in most Final Fantasy titles, though their design is original to the Kingdom Hearts games.
  • Black Cloak: Not even Moogles are safe from this in the series. The one in Days who stays with Organization XIII has one.
  • Call Back: The Days Moogle makes a reference to one of Xemnas's first lines. See No Name Given below.
  • The Cameo: In regards to the Final Fantasy series more so than any other FF cameo by virtue of every single game containing a Moogle, even when there are different, only one, or no non-KH characters owned by Square-Enix.
  • Hologram: Aside from in the KH-original worlds, all the Moogle shops are done via hologram.
  • Honest John's Dealership: To an extent in the Days Manga, The moogle that runs the shop sells expired potions for cheap to Roxas and Xion.
  • Mythology Gag: Most Moogles are named after Moogles that have been named in the Final Fantasy series.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: An uncommon villainous example in days who supports members of Organization XIII with equipment for the field.
  • No Name Given: The Days Moogle. All of the others, at least in Kingdom Hearts II, have names.
    "My name is of no importance, kupo."
  • Original Generation: The Days Moogle is original, unless it's secretly one of the other Moogles. Most, if not all, Moogle merchants are named after Moogles in the Final Fantasy series.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The one in Days has this for Roxas. He doesn't really care about Xemnas's Kingdom Hearts or anything, just the fact that Roxas was the only one who ever gave him business. That's why he accompanies Roxas out of the Castle That Never Was.
  • Verbal Tic: They tend to end their sentences with the word "kupo".

Setzer Gabbiani
"Whatever you think is right, you're wrong. And that is a big mistake."
"My life is a chip in your pile. Time to ante up."
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Crispin Freeman (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VI
Appearances: II

An inhabitant of Twilight Town, he's the Struggle champion in the digital town but is just another competitor in the real world.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He is more handsome than the original game and has not scars.
  • Badass Cape/Badass Longcoat: Square-Enix combines two of their favorite costume tropes at last. Setzer wears his trademark coat around his neck with his arms out of the sleeves, treating it more like a cape.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: The Champion Belt you win for beating him gives 20% resistance to Fire, Ice, Lightning, but you won't be encountering enemies that use those attacks for some time. It's actually better to lose to him and get the Medal, which gives a minor attack boost so it'll be useful immediately.
  • Character Exaggeration: His showy-ness and arrogance is played up big time. Then again, the only time we actually see him is in the computer simulation made by DiZ, so much like Seifer, the real one might not be quite like that.
  • Graceful Loser: If he loses against Roxas in the Struggle tournament, he'll point to Roxas congratulating his victory.
  • Miles Gloriosus: For all his boasting and showing off, Setzer is a very poor Struggle fighter.
  • Hair Flip: When entering a battle.

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (Japanese), Melissa Disney (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy IX
Appearances: II

A young resident of Twilight Town who admires Seifer and strives to be like him. His "simulation" version is one of the first hints that there is something wrong in Roxas's Twilight Town, as he gains an uncharacteristic spike in both confidence and skill during the Struggle tournament.

    The World Ends With You 

Neku Sakuraba
‎"Yeah, sounds great. Whatever."
"I'll let you do the sweating."
Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Jesse David Corti (English)

The protagonist of Square Enix's title The World Ends with You, A young boy who always has his headphones on, behaving like he rejects everyone. In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, he appears before Sora in Traverse Town, looking for his partner so that he can survive the deadly Reaper's Game.
  • Aerith and Bob: As a guy with two Japanese names (as opposed to, say, Sora, Kairi or Riku), he certainly stands out. Lampshaded; Sora seems to find his name rather strange.
  • Animal Companion: His Necho Cat during Sora's first visit to Traverse Town.
  • The Atoner: For a little while after leading Sora to Young Xehanort.
  • Collared by Fashion: His shirt has a massive collar that tends to help with obscuring his face and mouth.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The majority of his dialogue, especially when he's still cold towards other people.
  • Expy: Of Sora and by extension Sion, luckily his sharper eyes and hair color helps set him apart.
    • Although, as Joshua appears to note off-hand to Riku, his personality is actually somewhat closer to the latter's.
  • Foil: To Sora, questioning his obsession with making friends.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He throws himself at Young Xehanort to protect Sora. However, he lives and shows up later.
  • Shonen Hair: Has spiky orange hair that can obscure his eyes.

Shiki Misaki
‎"You get out much?"
"Aren't you my knight in shining armor?"
Voiced by: Anna Hachimine (Japanese), Heather Hogan (English)

One of the main supporting characters of Square-Enix's title The World Ends with You, She always carries a black stuffed cat wherever she goes. she appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Riku saves her from an onslaught of Dream Eaters after she was separated from her partner Neku.
  • Butt Monkey: Among the World Ends With You cast, she gets the most embarassing moments.
  • The Chick: She's the most feminine member of the group by far and she has the easiest time socializing with others.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: As you can see in her image.
  • Expy: Hey, it's Kairi wearing a hat! Oh wait, false alarm....she's been recolored so that the resemblence isn't as blatant anymore.

Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu
‎"Wow. I'm running out of 'bravos'."
"You're not giving up, are you, Neku? Give up on yourself, and you give up the world."
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese), Aaron Spann (English)

One of the main supporting characters of Square-Enix's title The World Ends with You, he appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. He encounters Riku and Sora alongside Beat. It seems he knows about the realm of dreams in detail. The reason why he and the others appeared on Traverse Town is because Joshua channeled Rhyme's dreams to take parts of all of them into the town itself to keep them safe after their world was lost to darkness.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original game he was the Big Bad who killed Neku in order to bring him into the Reaper's Game.
  • Agent Peacock: He's even prettier than Shiki.
  • Ambiguously Gay: True to his original character, Joshua flirts with both Neku and Riku during 3D.
  • Bishounen: He's referred to as "Pretty Boy" or "Prissy Kid" by a few Reapers.
  • Expy: In the Kingdom Hearts fanbase, people saw him as a Riku counterpart (compared to Neku=Sora and Shiki=Kairi). In the anime fanbase, he's an expy of Kaworu Nagisa and Aru Akise.
  • Hair Flip: He's quite fond of playing with and flipping his hair while speaking.
  • Has a Type: If his not-so-subtle flirting with Riku is any indication, Joshua appears to have an eye for the brooding, anti-hero kind.
  • The Lancer: To Neku.
  • Lighter and Softer: This Joshua seems nicer and less smug than the original Insufferable Genius of The World Ends with You, possibly because of his...
    • Character Development in TWEWY, watching his proxy Neku learning to grow from an antisocial introvert to someone who genuinely cares about his friends when Joshua picked him because he was the least likely person in all of Shibuya to learn.
  • Mythology Gag: Part of the above quote is lifted straight from TWEWY.
  • Mr. Exposition / Expo Speak: Seems to take this role towards Sora and Riku.
  • Purple Eyes: It's one of the first visual clues he isn't quiet like the other players.

Daisukenojo "Beat" Bito
"Your inverse psychiatry ain't gonna work on me!"
"Once I take you down, yo, me and Rhyme is goin' back to where we belong!"
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese), Crawford Wilson (English)

One of the main supporting characters of Square Enix's title The World Ends with You, he appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. He encounters Riku and Sora alongside Joshua. He is wandering Traverse Town, looking for his partner Rhyme.

Raimu "Rhyme" Bito
"You gotta play by the rules."
"Sometimes memories just need a little help getting out."
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese), Ashley Rose (English)

One of the main supporting characters of Square-Enix's title The World Ends with You, she appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Because she has lost her memories, she doesn't know why she's in Traverse Town, but that doesn't trouble her a lot. It turns out that her strong dreams allowed Joshua to take fragments of them all to safety after their world was lost to the darkness.
  • Cheerful Child: Easily acts like this, even if it makes Beat look softer.

Alternative Title(s): Kingdom Hearts Supporting Final Fantasy