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Dethroning Moment: Kingdom Hearts
Given how long the Kingdom Hearts franchise lasts, it will only be time before fans would beat these moments up with a giant key and cast it to the pits DARKNESS!!!

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    Kingdom Hearts I 
  • Tropes/Finalark For me, Cloud's portrayal in Kingdom Hearts I was one big dethroning moment of suck. Originally, Vincent was meant to fill that role but it was handed to Cloud, a more popular character. The result is Vincent's personality implanted onto Cloud. This is where Cloud's Flanderization started. In Final Fantasy VII Cloud was much more of a complex character, coming off more as anti-social and kind of a jerkass than Wangsty. However, since Kingdom Hearts decided to give him a Wangsty personality an entire audience who are only familiar with Final Fantasy VII through Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children have made Cloud into the patron saint of overly emotional JRPG protagonists. Not only that, but Final Fantasy VII has become the go-to example of JRP Gs being somber, emotional epics. I doubt you'll ever see any modern Final Fantasy VII related material reference "DRINK YOUR DAMN TEA!" or the cross-dressing scene.

    Kingdom Hearts II 
  • sardns: Sora falling to his knees while grabbing Riku's hand, crying and saying "I looked everywhere for you!" in Kingdom Hearts II. He won't cry over Goofy supposedly dying, but he'll cry when he's reunited with his friend even though he at least knew Riku was still alive. That emotionally over-the-top moment was really, really awkward to watch. And in a series with one of the most annoying Yaoi Fangirl bases out there, it's really unappreciated by the rest of us.
  • Manwiththeplan: Also from Kingdom Hearts II: the entire Cloud vs. Sephiroth subplot. Sora, Donald, and Goofy literatelly do nothing to affect it, the fight against Sephiroth and his reasoning about wanting the Keyblade is dropped and never referenced again in favor of a generic showdown between him and Cloud that ends abrubtly with no resolution, and worst of all, the whole thing made no sense. Cloud is flanderized as his stoic, Wangsty Advent Children self with no explanation, his obsession with fighting Sephiroth isn't explained other than some weird bullshit about Sephiroth being "his darkness", and Tifa is his light, all the while she is derailed into some generic tough girl who single-mindedly seeks Cloud. Ugh, there is just so much wrong with this plotline and it's just so damn pointless save for pandering to the Final Fantasy VII base, just like that damn Complication.......sorry, Compilation.
  • Blackcatmisfortunate: The entire character of Roxas is, to me, nothing more than a walking plothole who serves to be one of the most inconveniencing and confusing plot devices in the series, and I could go on for days about why I think his inclusion in the series pretty much derailed the entire story, but the real D Mo S that he brings to the table is the opening of Kingdom Hearts 2. After waiting years to finally play a console sequel to Kingdom Hearts 1, I didn't appreciate having to spend the first few hours of the game playing as a character that I cared nothing about.

    Kingdom Hearts 3 D: Dream Drop Distance 
  • Heirophants Fool: The fact that Axel/Lea had his cool chakrams taken away for a lame Keyblade in 3DS, thus ridding him of all that pesky originality and making him Sora mkII.
  • Peridonyx: Xehanort going Villain Sue via Time Travel; Terra, Aqua, and Ven being Failure Heroes via Retcon; and Birth by Sleep going Shoot the Shaggy Dog, also via Retcon.
  • Hobgoblin: Sora's visit to the Grid encompasses his quest to save Tron from his fate of being Rinzler. He ultimately accomplishes this, only for CLU to drop Tron into a pit and send his men to go recapture Rinzler. Which he says within earshot of Sora. And then Sora leaves without attempting to fight CLU, making the entirety of the trip pointless.

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