Characters: Kingdom Hearts Xehanort
: This page contains major
unmarked spoilers for Kingdom Hearts I
and Chain of Memories
Xehanort is the overall antagonist of the series
. With the exceptions of Chain of Memories
, a Xehanort is always the main enemy of the individual games. It is important to specify "a" Xehanort, because there are several Xehanorts in the series as well as various alternate incarnations of Xehanort that go by different names. However, they are ultimately all different aspects of the same being, and they all aspire to more or less the same goal: to claim the power of Kingdom Hearts and unravel the mysteries of the universe, even if they have to destroy that universe to find the answers they crave.
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- Arc Villain: Because Word of God states that Kingdom Hearts III will not be the end of the series, only the Grand Finale of the "Xehanort Saga," this is what Xehanort will ultimately end up.
- Badass: A Lightning Bruiser Magic Knight with the powers of darkness who occasionally swaps out his Keyblade for Dual Wielding Laser Blades or a terrifying Shadow Monster. In whatever incarnation he appears, Xehanort is always awesome.
- Badass Baritone: Always has a very deep voice. His incarnation in 3D has a softer voice, but only in the Japanese version, the English voice plays the trope straight.
- Badass Longcoat: Variably wears a white, red and black trenchcoat, or a Black Robe. Both look very cool on him.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: According to the press release blurb for Kingdom Hearts III, Xehanort(s) believes the scales are too tipped in light's favor, motivating his darkness-based plot.
- Big Bad: Xehanort is the central antagonist of the series, and individual incarnations are frequently this trope for separate games.
- Black Magic/Casting a Shadow: Prefers using dark magic, though certain incarnations lean on it more heavily than others. Averted only by Young Xehanort, who hasn't given into the darkness like his older incarnations.
- Body Surf: Xehanort has transferred pieces of his heart into over a dozen different bodies, including Terra, most of the members of the True Organization XIII, and temporarily Riku. Also, he can surf between the bodies of the True Organization XIII at will, owing to the mechanics of Time Travel.
- The Chessmaster: He's very good at setting up overarcing schemes.
- Dark Is Evil: While the series as a whole explains Dark Is Not Evil, Xehanort is a practitioner of dark powers, tempts others to darkness to weaken their hearts, and considers darkness a source of true power and knowledge.
- Darth Vader Clone: Not as obvious as some, but its there. Young kid who wanted to leave his quiet little home to explore other worlds? Check. Delved too heavily into darkness and became a Fallen Hero? Check. Wears a black cloak and has a booming voice? Check. There's also the blue Ethereal Blades wielded by Young Xehanort prior to his descent to villainy, while Xemnas's blades are red. Master Xehanort in turn takes some cues with Palpatine with his manipulations of Terra and masquerading as a harmless old man when he's really the villain behind everything.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Though Master Xehanort is calm and collected, his other incarnations are far more prone to fits of rage and total insanity.
- Evil Mentor: If a Xehanort ever tries to help you or give advice, never, ever, listen. Terra and Riku had to learn this lesson the hard way.
- Evil Sorceror/Mad Scientist: Regularly uses both machines and magic to experiment on and learn to control people's hearts. Each incarnation leans more to one or the other on an individual basis, Master Xehanort being a pure sorceror while his alter-egos combine the two in their own ways.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As mentioned under Badass Baritone, all of the Xehanorts are given deep voices, with the exception of his 3D incarnation's Japanese voice.
- Evil Counterpart: To both Sora and Riku, in different ways.
- Like Sora, Xehanort was a Keyblade wielder from Destiny Islands who dreamed of seeing other worlds and in his travels has spawned multiple incarnations. But while Xehanort works to create new incarnations to further his goals and corrupts others to darkness, Sora's incarnations come about as a result of his selfless altruism and he tries to help those he meets.
- Like Riku, Xehanort is a Keyblade wielder who lost himself in darkness in pursuit of his ambitions. Riku however pulled himself back and reformed, while Xehanort kept going deeper into the darkness and was lost for it. Ansem shifting to being Riku's Arch-Enemy/Enemy Without exemplifies this.
- Evil Is Hammy: Even in a cast full of Disney villains, the Xehanorts stand out for how over-the-top they are. There's also an interesting inversion. Young Xehanort is a younger Master Xehanort who has not yet turned evil and borders on Punch Clock Villain. He's comparatively muted and calm, and in battle continues being very quiet, making him a case of Ambiguously Evil Is Not Hammy.
- Evil Plan: Always wants to get his hands on Kingdom Hearts by sacrificing a bunch of innocent people.
- The Faceless: His face is always hidden behind a hood or a turned back or a shadow the first time you see him.
- Faux Affably Evil: His incarnations are all fairly polite and well-spoken, which makes their highly manipulative natures that much creepier. His new incarnation in 3D particularly acts friendly and personable, even while planning to make Sora the 13th vessel for Xehanort.
- For Science!: The key trait of Xehanort is that he isn't interested in power and conquest just for the sake of power and conquest, he wants to understand the mysteries of life and the universe, even if his pursuit of these answers would cause The End of the World as We Know It. The Ansem Reports in the first game particularly emphasize this, being written in the form of a researcher conducting experiments, jotting down observations, and then forming hypotheses based on those observations. Eraqus sums it up well in Birth By Sleep:
Eraqus: "You would risk an apocalypse out of sheer curiosity?!"
- A God Am I: Wants the power and knowledge of Kingdom Hearts to become a Physical God and remake the universe in his image of balance.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was initially just a boy on Destiny Islands with ambitions of exploring other worlds. He then became the universe's biggest threat since the Keyblade Wars.
- Hades Shaded: The Xehanorts all have dark skin as a result of their descent into darkness. Ansem and Xemnas, being the deepest divers as a Heartless and Nobody, are Ambiguously Brown in some depictions.
- Hijacked by Ganon: He rivals the trope namer for this. Pretty much every single game, either the villains are servants of or are being manipulated by Xehanort, or they are Xehanort in some way. The only exception is coded; he has no hand in that one. Chain of Memories has the villains working to overthrow Xemnas, but they are still members of the Organization that Xemnas leads.
- I Have Many Names: Xehanort, Master Xehanort, Xemnas, Ansem, No Heart, Terra, Braig, Xigbar, and Saix.
- Invincible Villain: Despite appearing in numerous games in the series and always getting defeated when he does, Master Xehanort is so Crazy-Prepared that his defeats never stick or just help him, and he always bounces back. His state as this trope is elevated due to Retcons being required to explain why his defeat in the previous game was not permanent, making it seem like a case of Joker Immunity; no matter how many times players have defeated Xehanort, the developers refuse to just let him die.
- Just Between You and Me: Inevitably explains his entire plan to the heroes. Unfortunately for the heroes, this quirk has yet to work against him. He even starts exploiting this in later titles to Mind Rape and screw with his enemies.
- Knight of Cerebus: Whenever a Xehanort shows up, the current game tends to become much darker in tone. Master Xehanort naturally reigns as this within the Xehanorts, his arrival to the franchise in Birth By Sleep beginning an Arc Welding that has tied the stories of the series together as a Gambit Roulette of his to enact a plan more ambitious than any of his previous ones.
- Lack of Empathy/The Sociopath: Although this seems to have been augmented by corruption by darkness, all Xehanorts have issues empathizing with others. Ironically, the original Master Xehanort is the only one to show the slightest hints of compassion and caring; he thinks Eraqus was once as close to him as a brother, and pities Ven nearly losing his heart and takes him to Destiny Islands so he can know peace before he dies.
- Large Ham: Master Xehanort even provides the page image. Every Xehanort is prone to grandiose, long-winded speeches, often complete with dramatic hand gestures, and in battle they spout over-the-top Boss Banter at the top of their lungs. Choice topics for the two include the nature of darkness, power, hearts, nothingness, and SUBMIT and similar commands. Here's a sampling of each of them.
Ansem: Darkness conquers all worlds!
Xemnas: Anger and hate are supreme!
Master Xehanort: You see how powerless you are to save them? Savor that rage and despair! Let it empower you!
Terra-Xehanort: I will guide you to the depths of darkness!
- Legacy Character: The Xehanorts all share very similar appearances, outfits, personalities and goals, while fighting style varies but there are definitely repeated themes. Justified in that they're all the same person in various alternate incarnations.
- Let X Be the Unknown: Uses X in his names and iconography, including the names given to the members of the Organization XIII. This stems from Master Xehanort's obsession with the χ-blade. They're also a "Recusant's Sigil" that marks the bearer as Xehanort's property and a potential vessel for his heart.
- Mad Scientist: His sole motivation for trying to unlock Kingdom Hearts is simply For Science!.
- Magic Knight: Every incarnation is very skilled with both melee weapons and magic.
- Manipulative Bastard: He is a master at getting other people to help him whether they know it or not.
- Me's a Crowd: In 3D, Sora and Riku encounter numerous Xehanort incarnations at once. Through the use of Time Travel, Literal Split Personality, and Grand Theft Me, he apparently has enough to form a new Organization XIII composed entirely of himself in different forms. Xehanort's habit of turning characters into yet more of his incarnations is notorious enough that some parts of the fandom have come up with a term for it: "norting".
- The Man Behind The Monsters: Many of the generic enemies (specific Emblem Heartless, Nobodies, and Unversed) are either directly created by Xehanort, or exist because of something he did.
- Milking the Giant Cow: Every time Xehanort speaks, he can never seem to keep his arms or hands still.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The name "Xehanort" is an anagram of "No Heart" with the letter 'X' thrown in (although a different, less sinister anagram is possible with "Another" + 'X').
- Obviously Evil: Between the silver hair, yellow eyes, and black and red clothing, it's pretty clear he's a villain. Master Xehanort, in particular, takes this trope and not only runs with it, but goes Gummi Ship flying with it.
- One Steve Limit: Played with back and forth. Early in the series there were several people with the name "Ansem" and "Xehanort", but it's now known that all of the latter are the same person in different forms, while with the former, a few people have just stolen the name as an alias and there is only one actual Ansem. This has lead to a few of them being given in-universe titles or Fan Nicknames to refer to them separately.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Has created and cultivated three separate races of monsters that have terrorized the universe, and has threatened an apocalypse on several occasions. Not to mention the personal tragedies he brings to the heroes....
- Pointy Ears: Every incarnation, due to corruption by darkness, other than the uncorrupted Young Xehanort.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Xehanort's plans to get Kingdom Hearts revolve around sacrificing others in horrible ways.
- Ansem uses the pure hearts of seven young women to try and create a portal to Kingdom Hearts.
- Xemnas makes a fake Kingdom Hearts by combining the hearts from thousands of Heartless.
- Master Xehanort tries to summon Kingdom Hearts by splitting a single person into pure light and pure darkness, and then making one consume the other.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Master Xehanort's black and red cloak, passed on to Ansem, and Xemnas's Black Cloak and red Etheral Blades.
- Satanic Archetype: He was once one of the many defenders of the Realm of Light, but fell victim to darkness and became its worst enemy. He often corrupts people to darkness and manipulates their emotions to turn them evil, uses Demonic Possession when mind games don't work, and wants to take over the universe. The symbolism is completed by his Keyblade Armor and Glider; his Armor is silver and white with feathers while his Glider is a set of wings that attached to his back. When he began using the powers of darkness, he cast away his armor and stopped using his glider because he didn't need them anymore, creating Fallen Angel parallels.
- Seeker Archetype: A villainous example. All his incarnations seek to understand the true nature of their world, only to cross the Moral Event Horizon in search of it. They even go by the moniker "the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness"
- Significant Anagram: Nomura chose the name Xehanort because without the X it was an anagram of both "Another" and "No Heart", referring to Xehanort's many alter-egos and his lack of morality and empathy. Although likely unintentional, there is also "No Earth", relating to his Grand Theft Me of Terra.
- Soul Jar: Every Xehanort holds some fragment of Master Xehanort's heart.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His natural eye color, which is also given to his assimilated hosts.
- Teleport Spam: Always makes use of Flash Step or dark portal teleport attacks.
- Thinking Up Portals: All of Xehanort's incarnations have access to Corridors of Darkness.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: His incarnations have been trying to form a group of thirteen of themselves for more than the past decade to have the "Darkness" half of the χ-Blade.
- Unreliable Narrator: Because of Retcons and his own memory shifting as he moves between forms, his reports are of questionable value in actual expository value.
- Visionary Villain: He may have some roundabout and cruel methods, but everything Xehanort does is in the name of finding Kingdom Hearts and recreating the universe as he sees fit. 3D reveals that even Ansem and Xemnas were just working on a very complex scheme laid out by Master Xehanort that ultimately leads back to this goal.
- White Hair, Black Heart: If someone has silver hair, they either (a) have some relation to/contact with Xehanort, or (b) are Sephiroth. The only exception is Master Xehanort, as he's bald from age; even then, he still has a silver goatee.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms about physically or psychologically assaulting youngsters such as Ven or Sora (though to be fair, these are Keyblade wielders and not exactly helpless).
- X Makes Anything Cool: Xehanort's X is a recurring motif for him, passed on to the Organization.
"Destiny is never left to chance."
"We know so little about the Keyblade War — only that it was just the beginning. Amidst that crisis a precious light was found. It is a curious tale — and one worth exploring. They say ruin brings about creation. So what, then, would another Keyblade War bring? When the darkness falls, will we be found worthy of the precious light the legend speaks of? I must have these answers."
An elderly Keyblade Master, he was once a noble and wise man, if somewhat shifty. However, in his quest to unravel the mysteries of the Keyblade and its role in the fate of the worlds, he delved too deep into darkness and now seeks the power of Kingdom Hearts to cause an apocalypse For Science!
. He's effectively the Big Bad
of the franchise, as his schemes and his various incarnations fuel the main conflicts behind almost every game.
"I will guide you to the depths of darkness!"
Click here to see Xehanort as he appears in Birth By Sleep (spoiler warning)
"The Heartless feed on other's hearts, and they yearn for that energy core. That thing beyond the door must be a heart, too—the heart of this world. There is no proof, but, having felt that immense energy, I am certain. That was the heart of the world."
A young man that was found in Radiant Garden in the aftermath of a great battle between several Keyblade wielders, bearing no memories but his name. Ansem nursed him back to health and took him on as an apprentice, but he quickly became obsessed with The Heartless
and Kingdom Hearts, and cast Ansem into the Realm of Darkness and became a Heartless and Nobody to delve deeper into the powers of darkness than his human form would allow. His backstory was a mystery until Birth By Sleep
, which explains it in full, revealing his connection to Master Xehanort and his true role in the larger story of the series.
- Badass Armfold: His pose when commanding the Guardian.
- BFG: Has a pretty big cannon construct to attack you with. Specifically, Ultima Cannon.
- BFS: Uses a big Keyblade. Master Xehanort's, in fact.
- Blade Spam: Uses long Keyblade combos, based on Terra's Ars Solum and Dark Impulse.
- Colony Drop: His Meteor spell rains down comets.
- Dash Attack: Rapidly dashes around the arena with Dark Haze, which replaces Terra's Slide-Sonic Impact as his dodge technique.
- Deceptive Disciple: Perverted the research of his mentor Ansem for evil purposes.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Quake creates a shockwave of earth around him.
- Evilutionary Biologist: His experiments on the The Heartless helped turn them into an entire army of darkness.
- Fusion Dance: Master Xehanort's heart with Terra's body.
- Get Back Here Boss: He dashes around and become immune to damage after you use a special attack like magic or a shotlock. This makes him very hard to pin down without relying on physical attacks or a block-counter strategy. Aqua particularly has problems with this since her best attacks are spells.
- Guardian Entity: The Guardian, a Heartless born from the darkness in his heart.
- Large Ham: Given free reign as Terra-Xehanort, Richard Epcar chews, swallows and regurgitates all of the scenery around him, consumes the entirety of the pork provided for him to chew on and manages to make the impossible possible by outhaming Leonard Nimoy.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Had his memories locked away by Terra at the end of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep to prevent Master Xehanort from controlling his body. Unfortunately, the memories eventually start coming back. Also Lampshaded by Braig.
Braig: Please tell me the amnesia was just a sick joke. Boy, this is some cliché."
- Lightning Bruiser: He moves very fast even without his teleportation, uses devastatingly powerful Keyblade combos, and has a lot of HP compounded by access to Curaga. Makes perfect sense, since he has Terra's power and vitality combined with Master Xehanort's experience and training.
- Literal Split Personality: Was eventually split into "Ansem" and Xemnas. Xemnas kept his more hands-on combat style and is hinted to retain some of Terra's devotion to Ven and Aqua, while "Ansem" kept the Guardian and his magical prowess, as well as Master Xehanort's outfit. Additionally, Ansem believes in the power of darkness while Xemnas believes in The Power of Hate, also reflecting Master Xehanort and Terra.
- Living Shadow: His Guardian Entity manifests as a shadow projecting behind him.
- Loss of Identity: Originally, he was said to be motivated to understand the nature of hearts by his own lack of memories of who he is. 3D revealed that he was actually just following the plans Master Xehanort had set in place in case he had to seal his heart.
- Magic Knight: Uses both Keyblade combos and magic with no preference for either, though his Keyblade strikes are stronger.
- Magic Missile Storm: Dark Volley.
- The Man Behind The Monsters: Created the crest Heartless and brought countless wild ones into the Realm of Light as well.
- Meaningful Rename: Changed his name to Ansem after banishing his former mentor and taking over his kingdom.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Despite Master Xehanort using an entirely different style of fighting from Terra, once he takes over Terra's body he exclusively uses Terra's attacks, and even uses the same battle stance as Terra. May be due to him not having time to become accustomed to this new body so he goes with what's familiar to it. (Not that it doesn't work)
- Mirror Boss: All of his attacks are taken from Terra, including Block-Counter Hammer, Curaga, Quake, Ars Solum, his Dark Impulse combo, Dark Volley, Ultima Cannon, and a variant of Meteor. It's entirely likely that you have some of the same attacks equipped come the end of the game.
- Monster Sob Story: Became obsessed with the workings of the heart because of his lost memories, and it lead to him doing increasingly amoral experiments to try and understand them. Subverted in Dream Drop Distance, where it is revealed this was actually because Master Xehanort was slowly taking back over.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Turned himself into a Heartless and a Nobody so he could acquire more power and further Master Xehanort's plan.
- Mysterious Past: His past is unclear till Birth by Sleep where it's revealed he's Terra after the original Xehanort took over his body.
- Neck Lift: Tries to choke Aqua to death at the end of Birth By Sleep.
- No Cure for Evil: Averted, he has Curaga and is not shy about using it.
- Ominous Latin Chanting/Ominous Pipe Organ: "Dismiss", his second battle theme in Birth By Sleep. It's also a Boss Remix that samples assorted character themes.
- The Sociopath: After all, he is Master Xehanort.
- Start of Darkness: Kingdom Hearts/Birth by Sleep - though it's more detailed in the "Ansem Reports" of Kingdom Hearts 1.
- Super Strength: As shown in Birth by Sleep, he's strong enough to effortlessly bodily lift Aqua off of the ground by the neck with one hand.
- That Man Is Dead: "Terra's heart has been extinguished! Smothered by the darkness within him!"
- Theme Music Power-Up: Inverted — when it comes time to fight him with Lingering Will in Birth By Sleep, the music for the fight is Rage Awakened, the Will's theme. Which accurately reflects what's about to happen.
- True Final Boss: In Birth By Sleep, he's the boss of the Final Episode after the three character stories are completed. Averted in Final Mix though, where the story continues after the fight and there's another boss waiting.
- Villainous Breakdown: The only time he loses his cool in Birth By Sleep is when the Lingering Will forms, prompting a snarl of protest. In the subsequent battle he begins by walking towards the Will slowly, attacking with a few Dark Volley shots and blocking attacks, but as the battle wears on he begins rapidly teleporting, cranks "a few" Dark Volleys into Beam Spam, and begins using Ars Solum liberally. Best summed up by this quote:
"Your body submits. Your heart succumbs! So why does your mind resist?!"
- Voices Are Mental: As covered under Relationship Voice Actor, Xehanort is voiced by the son of Master Xehanort's voice actor in the Japanese version. The intended effect is presumably to be that the two characters have the same, but age-affected, voice.
- Walking Wasteland: His presence in Radient Garden causes an aura of darkness around the world, and while it may just be the time of day there, it's also nighttime when the player investigates.
- Would Hit a Girl: Ask Aqua, who he wails on without mercy.
"Ansem", the Seeker of Darkness (Xehanort's Heartless)
"So, you have come this far, and still you understand nothing. Every light must fade, every heart return to darkness!"
"All worlds begin in darkness, and all so end. The heart is no different. Darkness sprouts within it, grows, consumes it. Such is its nature. In the end, every heart returns to the darkness whence it came."
Xehanort's Heartless who kept the alias "Ansem" that Xehanort himself took. He was the driving force behind the Disney villains's search for the Princesses of Heart, and uses Riku as a vessel to try and obtain the power of Kingdom Hearts. Uniquely for a Heartless, he retains the memories, appearance, and personality of his original self, Xehanort.
He is voiced by Billy Zane in the first game, but replaced with Richard Epcar
from Kingdom Hearts II
onward. This led to more Flashbacks With The Other Darrin
in Kingdom Hearts II
. He is also the first major character of the series to be recast. Zane's performance was still retained for 1.5
"You haven't the slightest idea where you actually are."
"I will be led wherever it is I am destined to go."
: Takanori Okuda (Japanese), David Gallagher (English, Birth By Sleep
) / Ben Diskin
(English, Dream Drop Distance
As the Unknown, this enigmatic figure first appeared in Birth By Sleep
to challenge the heroes in the Land of Departure as a Bonus Boss
. Why he had shown up is also completely unknown
— he doesn't say a word
; even the Keyblade he drops upon defeat is simply named "No Name". Despite the seemingly random
encounter, Word of God
confirms that the battle with one of the trio is canon.
Later on he reappears in Dream Drop Distance
as the main antagonist and is described as a being travelling worlds that causes beings of darkness to manifest in his wake. He was revealed to be anotherr incarnation of Master Xehanort, working on another scheme to seize power. He is distinguished by somehow having the ability to manipulate time, which is a critical plot point.
The first "Unknown" is a Bonus Boss
in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
, and was eventually revealed
to be Xemnas.
- Ambiguously Evil: His moral standing is quite difficult to understand. Though he's certainly an antagonist, he acts in a way that makes it questionable if he's actually a villain, mostly due to he doesn't fully understand what he's doing, and he believes he wouldn't have any control over his own actions even if he did. The storywriters clearly have something in mind with this, as Ben Diskin has mentioned that he was deliberately instructed to not make the character sound stereotypically evil.
- An Ice Person: In 3D he can fire ice shards at Riku.
- The Assimilator: His goal is to travel to different time periods to gather appropriate vessels to become Xehanort clones.
- Badass Baritone: In the English version, at least compared to his very youthful Japanese voice.
- Because Destiny Says So: Not even Xehanort himself is above his manipulations — Young Xehanort says that although he'll forget what he's learned of the future when he returns to his own time, the knowledge will remain in his heart and he will inevitably live out the life he is meant to lead to bring everything to this point. He also comments that a rule of time travel is that you cannot change events that are meant to happen, implying this to be in effect for the entire series.
- Berserk Button: In his Birth by Sleep fight, trying to attack him while he's in the middle of his Beam Spam is a bad idea. He usually stands there and lets his beams do the work, but try and attack him and he decides to start attacking you again while the beams are still firing, and this will likely get you killed.
- And then in Dream Drop Distance, the only time he breaks his Creepy Monotone is when Riku tries to rescue Sora before he can be made the 13th Xehanort vessel. However, Word of God reveals that this may be more a Berserk Button of Master Xehanort, who imposed Villain Override on him and caused the personality change and enhanced power set.
- BFS: The keyblade associated with him, No Name, is pretty big. His variation of the No Name in 3D is even larger.
- Bifurcated Weapon: His laser blades can connect into a Double Weapon, but he usually wields them separately, only connecting them during his combos.
- Bishōnen: While Ansem and Xemnas also apply, this one has the youthful face to go with it.
- Black Cloak: His only attire, as a throw-back to Xemnas's Bonus Boss appearance.
- Blow You Away: In Birth By Sleep he can use Whirlwind to the Void and knock away your commands.
- Bonus Boss: In Birth by Sleep.
- Call Back: In 3D, as he attempts to rewind time, you will be bombarded with attacks from his Birth by Sleep battle.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First appears as a Bonus Boss in Birth by Sleep; his next appearance in Dream Drop Distance sees him as The Heavy.
- Cool Key/Cool Sword: The No Name is a Laser Blade Keyblade with a clock motif. And his variant of it in 3D adds demonic faces to the mix.
- Creepy Monotone: He never raises his voice or shows much any emotion outside of facial expressions. Justified, as he's taking part in events he's going to forget about once he's done, is doing things he's meant to do anyway, and probably doesn't fully understand what he's been told — his emotional investment in things isn't much.
- Crosshair Aware: Try to charge up your Shotlock and he teleports to avoid your targeting cursor.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Summons four copies of himself in Birth By Sleep to attack you all at once. The clones vanish in one attack, if you can manage to get one in, because they're all going to attack at once and will not let up. The second phase of the fight in 3D is a Doppelganger Battle — you can't actually damage Young Xehanort himself, you have to attack the clock emblem, which is producing a constant stream of clones to attack.
- The Fatalist: His attitude regarding the Because Destiny Says So entry above.
- Final Boss: In 3D. The story hits its climax with his battle, the boss after is just a Post Final Boss to tie up a final loose end, and is much easier to defeat while this guy is still up to BBS levels of power.
- The Heavy: In Dream Drop Distance. He's not the main antagonist, but he's the one driving the plot in their stead.
- Help Yourself In The Future: This is essentially what he's doing, helping his future self form the new Organization XIII advance his Me's a Crowd plot.
- Interface Screw:
- He can actually knock commands off of his opponent, who is forced to scramble to pick them up off the ground while dodging his attacks.
- It's a bit unclear if it's actually intentional on the developers' part, but in 3D his Teleport Spam is too fast for the camera to track at times, so if you're locked on it can seriously screw with your dodging.
- Invisibility: Has a penchant for going invisible and pulling out an instant KO combo.
- Laser Blade: Dual wields two laser blades as his weapons. The Keyblade you get from him, No Name, is a Laser Blade Keyblade. And then in 3D he wields a variation of it over his laser blades for the first part of the battle with him.
- Leitmotif: His character them is "Xehanort -The Early Years-". He also has two battle themes exclusive to him, "Dark Impetus" and "L'Impeto Oscuro."
- Lightning Bruiser: He moves and teleports rapidly and hits with combos powerful enough to drain you from full health to critical.
- Magic Missile Storm: Can shoot barrages of darkness that will afflict you with Slow.
- Mind over Matter: He force-pushes both Riku and Mickey at different points.
- Mind Rape: Subjects poor Sora to this.
- Mirror Boss: Has many of the same commands as you such as Meteor, Raging Storm, Mega Flare, Collision Magnet, Restore Barrier, Sonic Blade, Vanitas's X-shaped Sword Beam, Marluxia's Doom and Whirlwind to the Void, Laser Blades like Xemnas, can clone himself like Xemnas, and in Dream Drop Distance he even wields a Keyblade. Dream Drop Distance also justifies how he can do this, since he's a young Xehanort that has visited multiple time periods to gather alter-egos of his future self. Notice most of those attacks can be used by people Xehanort has corrupted, so presumably this Xehanort is privy to All Your Powers Combined.
- Morph Weapon: Combines his separate blades into one, throws them out as orbs of light to shoot out like projectiles, elongates them to stab forward, and can fling them through the air like a whip. Also does many of the same tricks with his Keyblade in 3D.
- Mythology Gag: He's a thematic retraux of the Unknown Bonus Boss from Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, wielding similar weapons and appearing in a similar fashion, and like it foreshadowing the Big Bad of the next game.
- The Quiet One: He's very soft-spoken and calm, especially compared to your typical Xehanort. Even in battle, he doesn't use attack calls like most bosses and only lets out the occasional grunt with a handful of actual dialogue. The one time he raises his voice is when Master Xehanort performs Villain Override and takes over his body, but then that's not even Young Xehanort doing it.
- Painting the Medium: He can knock the commands out of your menu, when he reverses time the music goes backwards too, and he teleports to avoid your targeting sensor when you try to use a Shotlock. And then in 3D he can replay cutscenes.
- Playing with Fire: Can use Mega Flare and Raging Storm in Birth By Sleep, and in 3D he can use a fiery variation of Whirlwind to the Void in the second phase of his battle.
- Punch Clock Villain: In a certain sense of the word — as far as he's concerned he's just doing what's destined to be done, and while such acts are evil, there's no malice in his demeanor. And given that this is a teenaged Xehanort from before he Jumped Off The Slippery Slope, how evil he was before Ansem told him about what he's going to end up becoming is up for discussion.
- Reverse Grip: Holds his laser blades like this. Not his Keyblade, however.
- Shout-Out: During his Desperation move, he yells out "TOKI WO TOMARE!"
- SNK Boss: He can clone himself, with all five clones able to attack individually, his "Colision Magnet" attack stuns you so the follow-up attack doesn't trigger Second Chance, can blow your command cards across the arena forcing you to pick them up, and any time you land a hit on him he may decide to rewind time to undo the damage and recover from the blow. This is in addition to his lightning-fast, powerful attacks. Then he gets weak, when he turns invisible, preventing you from targeting him, and begins to use multiple attacks at once, in addition to all of the previous.
- Speed Echoes/Teleport Spam: During his battle in 3D he'll teleport just as you initiate an attack, leaving an afterimage.
- Stable Time Loop: It's implied he became able to move through the worlds and leave Destiny Islands because of Ansem, and though his memories of what he's learned regarding what his other incarnations will do will be erased when he returns to his own time, the knowledge of the events will remain embedded in his heart and draw him to live them out.
- Start of Darkness: His meeting with Ansem SoD sent him forward through time to help himself, ingraining his destined path into his heart.
- Sword Beam: Can fire them in 3D.
- Theme Song Reveal: According to Word of God, his theme "Dark Impetus" contains a clue to his identity. It seems to take elements from "Rage Awakened" (Terra's Lingering Sentiment), "Darkness of the Unknown" (Xemnas' final battle theme in Kingdom Hearts II), and "Lord of the Castle" (Marluxia's final battle theme in Re:Chain of Memories). Which mostly all fits together when you learn he's a younger Xehanort that orchestrates the re-creation of Organization XIII.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Does this during one of his combos.
- Time Master: He can avert No Cure for Evil by rewinding time to before you hit him. It even makes the background music go in reverse for a few seconds. His desperation move in 3D is this on a larger scale — he rewinds the battle to the start of the fight, even replaying the intro cutscene over again to complete the illusion, but he only recovers two bars of health. He's also able to resist Mickey's fourth-level Stopza spell, which even Ansem and Xemnas are halted by - although this may have something to do with Master Xehanort taking control of his body, given the fact that it's shortly after this that his Keyblade appears.
- Time Travel: Is a younger Master Xehanort traveled forward in time from the past.
- Trailers Always Spoil: It's not much of a spoiler listing him here in the Xehanort section, since the trailers for Dream Drop Distance spoiled his status as yet another Xehanort by simply showing what he looks like — it's just a matter of figuring out in what way. Tetsuya Nomura also spoiled a major plot twist near the end of the game by confirming outright that the white-haired figure in the black cloak was the Birth By Sleep Bonus Boss.
- Troll: Most of his appearances throughout 3D are him just appearing to taunt Sora and occasionally Riku before vanishing. Turns out this is precisely the idea, since he's luring Sora deeper into his dream world in order to Mind Rape him. Also acts as this to the player, constantly rewinding time to reset the battle with him and keep the fight going on longer and longer.
- Turns Red: When low on health in Birth by Sleep he'll turn invisible and will begin using multiple attacks at once. And then in 3D, he gets faster, teleports more often, and his attacks are harder to avoid.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was very similar to Riku in his youth - just a boy tired of being stuck on Destiny Islands and wanting to see the world.
- Villain Override: According to the Ultimania for 3D, Master Xehanort did this to him for the battle with Riku in Where Nothing Gathers so as to be able to override the Stopza imposed by Mickey.
- Whip Sword: Can extend and lash his weapons out to ensnare opponents.