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Kingdom Hearts I
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 literally 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 abruptly 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.
Birth By Sleep
- Sinister Hooded Figure 2: Master Xehanort's presence in the Kingdom Hearts franchise has bothered me greatly. He is literally the source of all of the series' worst asspulls, retcons, Gambit Roulettes, Idiot Balls, Idiot Plots, and unnecessary Kudzu Plots that the Kingdom Hearts series is infamously saddled with. He also has some serious storybreaker powers for someone who isn't a heartless or nobody such as possession of multiple people, and some really nonsensical time-travel abilities, effectively devaluing Organization XIII and Maleficent's band of disney villains as antagonists. But the defining moment that establishes Master Xehanort as an unforgivable Villain Sue for me, is during Master Eraqus's flashback. Eraqus and Xehanort were apparently close friends, but when Xehanort was essentially going to risk destroying the worlds, Eraqus tried to stop him. Xehanort blasted Eraqus with some dark powers in response, scarring Master Eraqus, but then the flashback ends. Friendship over right? Nope. Xehanort is allowed to preside in the Mark of Mastery Exam, and when some darkness sabotages the exam, Master Eraqus never suspected the transparently evil looking man that nearly doomed the universe and scarred his face with the powers of darkness, and blames it all on Terra. When he finally realizes that Xehanort is behind it all, he still makes stupid decisions, and ends up getting killed. The heroes are expected to beat a villain that downright cheats the narrative without effort? Makes me wish Kingdom Hearts 2 was the last installment.
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: The sheer Happy Ending Override that Master Xehanort's Asspull Stable Time Loop invokes over everything since the original Kingdom Hearts I — of which the only remote benefit is creating an Excuse Plot for III. If that's the case, then why should I bother getting invested in any more installments if you've already proven willing to just Diabolus ex Machina over my nostalgia and progress, Nomura?
- 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 him to change back into Rinzler. Which CLU says aloud within earshot of Sora. Sora then proceeds to leave without attempting to fight CLU or save Tron at all after all of his hard work over the course of the story, making the entirety of the The Grid pointless.
- Charleston Man: Riku becoming the official Keyblade Master while Sora fails the test. Because what better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original game than to piss on it's unique twist of Riku The Chosen One ultimately losing out to The Unchosen One? Now the guy who was meant to be the Keyblade Master all along is the Keyblade Master, and Sora's just a lucky fool. How insultingly boring.