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- Why was Ventus the size of a mouse for his portion of Castle of Dreams? At least Aqua had an excuse...
- "Ventus is still working out the kinks of interdimensional travel." - So says the guide book.
- All three storylines happen parallel each other, you just explore different parts of each world at different times with each protagonist. This creates some problems though, when some areas are inaccessible in one storyline due to a barrier of some kind that gets destroyed in another storyline. Logically, this should mean that once Aqua opens a closed door in an area that Terra and Ven couldn't open, revisiting as any of them should allow access. The game is inconsistent about how it handles these things, but usually this does not occur. For example, in the Enchanted Dominion, during Aqua's trip she destroys parts of the castle with Prince Phillip. Ven's first visit to this world occurs before Aqua's, but when he returns later the parts of the castle that Aqua destroys are now down. However, in Maleficent's throne room, the dark portal to the dungeons that appeared in Aqua's story does not appear for Ven. Why? The Insurmountable Waist High Fence—Ven can't go into the area of the dungeons that portal comes out at. As well, in Terra's story there's a dark barrier blocking entry to Maleficent's domain. It gets dispelled in Ven's story but will be there forever in Terra's.
- The Insurmountable Waist High Fence is itself, Fridge Logic. Often there are barriers blocking passage, but as explained above they get taken down. In fact, between all three storylines you'll get to explore every area of every world with at least one character. However, when you attempt to enter an area your character isn't supposed to go, they simply refuse to continue, stating "there's nothing important this way" or something similar. There is just no reason at all in the storyline for the characters not being able to travel the worlds fully, and in fact, as detailed above, being able to revisit worlds to see what has changed since your allies have been there after you would add incentive to retrace your steps. Were the developers just dead set on not letting us explore freely?
- At the Castle of Dreams when you play as Aqua. You need to protect Jaq from the Unversed while he carries the key that'll unlock the door to free Cinderella. Couldn't it have been a LOT easier of Aqua just used her Keyblade to unlock the door?
- Aqua still needed to protect Jaq from the Unversed. Also, probably to keep the keyblade a secret: only Jaq knew about it and he still does not recognise it as an object of great power. It's better if less people knew about it (in-universe) and Aqua wouldn't risk to lose its secrecy to Cinderella.
- Looking back at that scene, Aqua summons her Keyblade when she said she'll help Jaq. She probably was going to simply use that, but then Unversed show up and her focus shifts to protecting Jaq.
- Why does Eraqus refer to the Land of Departure as a neutral ground between light and darkness when he can't tolerate any more than a minimal amount of darkness? He absolutely hates that stuff! And if his world is so in between, wouldn't he train keyblade wielders in a more light based world instead?
- He couldn't train them somewhere else because there always needs to be a Keyblade master at the Land of Departure to keep the forces of Darkness from using it as a base to take over the realm of Light. The other Keyblade Masters before Aqua became one were Yen Sid (who has his own job looking out over the worlds), Mickey (who has his job as the King of Disney Town) and Xehanort (who no one should let anywhere near such a valuable place, ever). As for why he refers to it as such when he can't tolerate darkness... well, it is a place between light and darkness. Can't change that, can he?
- How did Braig explain his injuries, and who helped him bandage himself? Could he have trusted any of them with the truth? How much does Even really know, and how could he tell just by looking at Ven (besides foreshadowing/for the audience)?
- Well, more like Fridge Despair. The end montage of all the worlds that had been visited becomes a lot less happy when you remember that only about half of them will make it to KH1 unscathed. At least we know they get better thanks to Sora and company.
- Braig's eye damage. Eeew....
- Eye Scream is bad enough, but let's make it even worse: the fountain of darkness that erupted from it when he was hit kind of implied that it was burned out. It doesn't help that the dark smoke kind of looked rust red instead of purple due to the yellow background...
- Even before Ventus was stripped of all his darkness, he showed that Dark Is Not Evil by still being the same person. If his darkness gave birth to Vanitas, what would happen in the case of a legitimately evil being?
- An optimistic interpretation is that Vanitas really couldn't have been anything but a monster, given that he was darkness.
- Going off of that, Vanitas is technically The Faceless. Nomura states that Vanitas looks like Sora because Ven linked his heart to that of the young Keyblade Master. Should he have been aided by a different benefactor, Vanitas would have taken the attributes of said person. In other words, Vanitas could have been Evil!Anyone.
- It's not the fact that he's made of darkness that makes Vanitas evil. It's a combination of being mistreated by Xehanort and existential rage.
- In Cinderella's world, Ven basically took over all roles that Gus had in the actual movie. So, what happened to Gus?
- There's a very good reason Never Say "Die" is averted in this game. Remember this games occurs before Xehanort begins his experiments on the Heartless and they invade the realm of light. The Heartless stole hearts from their victims, but the Unversed are just monsters, sure they feed on negative emotions but it's never shown they were stealing hearts or transforming other people into Unversed, in fact the latter would go against their creation story. Never Say Die is averted because death is what actually happens to victims of Unversed. Losing your heart to a Heartless and being transformed into one is unheard of in this world, "death" is the only way to describe what occurs to people who, well, die.
- Remember in the first Kingdom Hearts and its sequel, when you lost Sora was shown floating in a black void with his heart hovering over him. Birth By Sleep shows you floating in a black void, no heart overheard. Think about what has actually happened to your character when they run of out HP in this game with the knowledge that the Unversed have no interest in taking your heart...
- Ventus was about Sora's age in KH 1 during the majority of BBS, right? And if this took place about 10 years before KH 1, then Sora was of course 4. So if the opening scene occurred on the day Sora was born, then Ventus was only ten when Master Xehanort tried to make him command the Heartless, ripped out part of his heart to make Vanitas and left him for dead on Destiny Islands. Training from Hell much?
- Been on my mind since the game's Japanese release, but what if Lady Tremaine and her daughters actually succeeded in harming, or worse, killing Cinderella? Considering that she's a Princess of Heart, and the trio's hearts are now 100% darkness, this clash could've ended up creating the χ-Blade very early on, even though Cindy didn't fight back, nor did any of them weald Keyblades (though Aqua was present). Chances are unlikely, though, but there's still a chance. Not only that, Cindy's murder would've resulted in unspeakable chaos (unless her pure heart reincarnated into another girl). Who knows what would've happened if it were not for Aqua...
- Their fate remains ambitious, but what if the trio didn't go to Hell (where they belong)? The Castle of Dreams is one of the first known worlds destroyed (alongside Radiant Garden and, possibly, Space Paranoids), as the Final Mix version reveals. And it's confirmed that the Heartless existed before the Unversed, and it's possible for one to be turned into a Pureblood. That's right: Lady Tremaine, Drizella and Anastasia didn't perish; they were turned into Heartless, and captured Cinderella and intentionally destroyed their world (and then possibly millions of others) as payback! Bonus points if they became Darksides. More bonus points if they were the Darksides Sora fought in the first game (as one destroyed his world)!
- If the apprentices became Nobodies a year later, then their bodies aged at least nine years. If Nobodies didn't age, could Riku or Sora even consider killing a kid (Zexion/Ienzo)? [We know it didn't matter to Saix and Axel, and probably Di Z as well.]
- Let's think about something here. Roxas looks like Ventus. Roxas is Sora's Nobody. Sora and Roxas are identical in appearance, particularly their facial features, which means that Sora and Ven are also identical. Coincidence? I think not. Before he was born, Sora used his own heart to fix Ven's. Since then, they formed a connection. As a result, Sora received some of Ven's traits as well, particularly his facial features, and that's why they look so similar!
- Not only that. Sora is also identical in everything but hair and eye color to Vanitas. After Vanitas was separated from Ven, Ven's heart was damaged. Sora's heart healed it. It's as if Sora filled the hole that Vanitas left, hence their identical appearance.
- I stared at the screen in shock (and then laughed hysterically) when Vanitas's face was revealed to be identical to Sora. But then it got me thinking about Kingdom Hearts II. Vanitas looks just like Sora does in Kingdom Hearts II. We all know that Vanitas's appearance was influenced by Sora when his heart merged with Ven's to repair it. In the first Kingdom Hearts, Sora does look a bit like Ven (and he really DOES look like a spitting image of Ven when he's four years old. It just takes a while to see it). But when he wakes up in Kingdom Hearts II, he's identical to Vanitas save for the eye, skin, and hair color. Now before you accuse me of going in a sort of circle-like line of reasoning, during the time Sora was asleep, his Nobody, Roxas was running around. Whatever part of Ven he had inside of him was gone. It's possible that the Vanitas part began to influence his appearances, and if this is the case, imagine how differently Sora would've acted if Roxas didn't reunite with him when he did. It would explain the sudden new hair style, as well as how he managed to get those muscles he showed off in Atlantica after taking a nap for a year. - Yuuaku
- I really always thought that the reason Sora looks that way was because of Ventus. At the time Sora was born, he didn't have many features, and looked like a baby. Then Ventus came along, and as Sora imprinted himself on Ventus, Ventus did the same with Sora, that's why I though Vanitas looked just like Sora.
- Have noticed that, Ventus Put his hands behind his head just like Sora? And when Aqua- and also Terra- saw them, Sora didn't do this. In the Ending of the Final Episodes, when Sora accepted Ven into his heart, he DID it for the first time. oh gosh. - Mirrelle 94 Dancer
- Didn't think about it before, but in the beginning of the game, Aqua startles Ven who dozed off while star-gazing and called him a "hopeless sleepyhead". Guess what happened to him after defeating Vanitas.
- Terra can use Darkness and Earth commands. Ven can use Holy and Wind commands. In Christianity, where are Heaven and Hell located?
- As a side note, Aqua's Ghost Drive could be seen as a purgatory of sort.
- In Days, Tinkerbell seems to want Roxas's attention to go somewhere...why's she so insistent? She recognizes Roxas because he looks just like Ventus, literally the same kid from 10 years ago. And because Roxas and we (The audience) can't understand Tinkerbell, we can't be sure of what she's saying so that's actually a nice way to have someone recognize Roxas as Ventus without calling forward too much. The Dev Team DOES think of everything.
- The name of Terra's signature keychain takes on a new meaning in English. Literally, "Ends of the Earth" is another way of saying "Gaia Bane" (the Japanese name), but it also shows the lengths to which Terra is willing to go to protect his friends. As in "I'd go to the Ends of the Earth for you."
- On another note, he's perfectly willing to destroy his former body, as in becoming his own bane, for them - The Knower
- Fridge Horror in this case. As the secret ending shows, Terra is locked in an And I Must Scream state, alleviated slightly by the fact that Old!Xehanort is the same way. It's implied that the place they are locked in is Terranort's heart. Now, what do you think happened once Terranort lost his heart? True, Terranort's body most likely became Xemnas, but Nobodies don't have hearts. Oh fuck...
- Uhm, this really doesn't feel particularly frightening. In fact, it rather explains why Terranort's Heartless and Nobody are so different. A Heartless is a heart's darkness given/made flesh, thus, with Master Xehanort being so much more filled with darkness, it's understandable that Terranort's Heartless resembles Xehanort so much more. In the case of Xemnas, you can see some shades of Terra, because it's got memories of both Xehanort and Terra... and perhaps some identity confusion. Terranort had amnesia, so it's unknown how many memories Xemnas carried over.
- Here's one that goes all the way back to the first game. The reason Xehanort's Heartless kicked Riku's heart out of his body when he possessed him in KH1 was to avoid repeating what happened with Terra. Master Xehanort had enough trouble containing Terra's heart; adding Riku's into the mix would have resulted in the two of them rebelling against him (and probably succeeding). And they say villains never learn from their mistakes...
- I'm confused. When exactly did the Fake Ansem "kick Riku's heart out"? Riku was still there to hold him back enough time for Kairi to escape, and he only returns once Sora defeats him. Even right before fighting the Fake Ansem, he shows up in Riku's form. Besides, in any case, as I replied to the Fridge Horror above, there was really little of Terra in that Ansem.
- Actually, what the first poster says is true about Riku's heart. Xehanort's heart really did eject Riku's from his body after Riku began fighting back. A scene from the first Final Mix was added in to show that Riku's heart had made it to where the Door to Darkness would appear. That's where he met Mickey and that is why they both appeared on the other side of the door. Xehanort did learn from his mistake with Terra, even if he may or may not have remembered when he did the same thing to Terra that he did to Riku.
- This may be too "obvious" to count as Fridge Brilliance, but as someone who never saw the Disney Version of Snow White as a child and only grew up with the original story, this trooper was very surprised when she, shortly after finishing the Snow White-section of Terra's story, came to realize: "Wait a second... that all seemed kinda famili- Oh my god! Terra has effectively taken the place of the huntsman!!"
- This troper (still me, guys) just had a relatively minor realization. Why the Field of Blades that is Keyblade Graveyard has many keyblades from Kingdom Hearts II (like the Follow The Wind or the Fenrir, just to name two) and from the first KH? Call Forward? No, it's just that those worlds were still existing, and they never got caught in the darkness.
- I hadn't thought about the name of the music that plays when you battle the Lingering Sentiment in KH2:FM+ other than that it was named "Rage Awakened" for the Rule of Cool. Then I saw the scene before the final battle in Terra's story with Terra-Xehanort AS the Lingering Sentiment. Without the song, it would seem like it was just Terra's determination to protect his friends, but the songs name says otherwise. Terra was JUST THAT PISSED OFF. - Brick Buster 90
- One more from Alex Sora 89. Just as Re:coded let us experience a boss battle against Roxas, previously only seen in the Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts II, the bonus bosses in BBS seem to be another apology to us non-japanese fans by Tetsuya Nomura. Think about it: Vanitas' Lingering Spirit standing for Terra's Lingering Spirit (both fought at Keyblade Graveyard with the former even being accessed through an orb similar to Org. XIII's "Absent Silhouettes") seen in Final Mix (KHII), and the Unknown (BBS) standing for Xemnas as fought in ''Final Mix (KHI).
- Look carefully at the arena battle during Terra's final battle with Terranort. Notice anything familiar about it? If not, it is almost identical to the pattern used for Master Eraqus's signature move. And when Eraqus died, he fell into Terra's arms and faded almost exactly like Kairi fell and faded in the very first game. And we all know what happened to Kairi's heart then, right? So, this means that its possible that, just as Kairi's dying body sent her heart into Sora, Eraqus' dying body sent his heart into Terra. This actually makes the final battle even more awesome.
- That's not fridge because it's confirmed in the Blank Points.
- An interesting case with Final Mix's Bonus Boss No Heart. It uses Xehanort's keyblade and is similar to the Lingering Sentiment. Consider what would have happened to "Ansem" in KH I. The heart would have gone to Kingdom Hearts and eventually to Xemnas! Remember the armor he wears after going One-Winged Angel? And then in the final battle he reappears wearing a black and white coat? Guess he did get his heart back.
- This Troper had a bit of Fridge Logic over the new Monstro battle. Why is he in the ocean like the real Pinocchio instead of in space like Kingdom Hearts 1? Then it hit me; this is 10 years before Kingdom Hearts 1, Monstro could of easily gotten into space in that time.
- This troper thought it was Rule of Cool that Ventus held his keyblade backwards. However, when you think of how holding a weapon like that would work, it would make the user's movement come before the weapon's movement, the opposite of holding it the normal way. This makes Ventus' higher agility but weaker blows make much more sense.
- Here's a minor one, but Destiny's Embrace (the keychain Kairi uses in KH2 and the one she gives to Aqua in this game) has the same strength/magic stats as Oathkeeper in KH2.
- This troper just had a moment of Fridge Horror (well, more like Fridge Tearjerker, but there's no page for that...). If he understands how this works correctly, Master Xehanort is in control of Terra's heart. That means that while the actions of "Ansem" from the first Kingdom Hearts could be blamed on Xehanort, Xemnas from KHII, who had no heart? That's Terra. Granted, an emotionless Terra with a severly messed up memory, but the thought that the guy who was so desperate to not be the bad guy in BBS becoming that is kinda depressing.
- MX specifically says that he controls Terra's body, too. ("Your heart succumbs, your body submits...", "The muscles and sinew that once obeyed now rebel against you" etc.) So yeah, that's either MX making Xemnas evil, or just what happens when you become a Nobody. Not really Terra's fault.
- Actually, it's even more complex than that: In KH Universe, a being is made up of Heart, Body and Soul/Mind. It roughly corresponds to the japanese concepts of "Kokoro-Karada-Tamashi". Xemnas is made up of Terra's body and MX's mind/soul. Where is Terra's mind/soul, you ask? Lingering Sentiment. 'Nuff said.
- A bit of Fridge Logic here. In Kingdom Hearts II, at the beginning, remember how depressed Axel looked like when he saw that Roxas forgot him. That's already pretty harsh. But then there is that scene in Birth by Sleep. When Lea says he wants people to remember him, because "as long as they do so, he will be immortal". That's called "athazagoraphobia", the fear of being forgotten... Ouch.
- Bit of an irony here, actually. Axel seems to remember his past self as Lea, yet does not recall memories of Ventus 10 years prior to his meeting with Ventus's carbon copy, Roxas.
- Actually, I always took Ventus as the REASON Axel was so friendly. He knew that Roxas was related to Ventus somehow. After Castle Oblivion, he knew that Roxas was the heartless of Sora. I'm guessing somewhere along there there was a faint *click* and he started being really friendly.
- Possibly Fridge Horror. Xehanort's leap off the Slippery Slope seems to have been induced by these factors: curiosity about darkness he was not allowed to research, a long time spent away from the Land of Departure...as though he'd had good reason to avoid the place, say he'd gotten into A FIGHT with someone...and a later, very canon fight with Eraqus. Now, consider Xehanort's Letter from Ven's story. He says to hold a Mark of Mastery exam, but nowhere in that letter does he suggest failing anyone on account of darkness! Xehanort is later able to recruit Terra because Terra is feeling rejected. Finally, Eraqus dies because Terra and Ven were acting in self-defense/friend-defense against him. Xehanort may be the purposeful wielder of darkness, but he isn't the one to blame for all the stuff that happened! ERAQUS IS!
- Considering the things Eraqus says during the boss fight with him, that makes a lot of sense - The Knower
- YMMV; given that Xehanort clearly manipulates the mark of mastery test and may well be responsible for the flash of darkness from Terra and recruited Ventus solely to create a new body for himself and, when that didn't work out, decided on Terra as a backup plan and used Ven so he could get the X-blade. While Eraqus may be to blame for being mistrusting/trusting of the wrong people, and for not flat out explaining things when it would have helped matters greatly, it's hard to blame him for everything.
- I think the OP of this entry was Completely Missing the Point of Xehanort's letter. Before Xehanort, Eraqus was going to promote both Aqua and Terra to Mastery without an exam. Xehanort suggested that Terra wasn't ready, and couldn't control his darkness, and advised Eraqus to hold an exam just in case. Eraqus listened to the advice of his friend, who proceeded to rig the exam and force Terra's darkness to the foreground. Xehanort stages every event in Birth By Sleep to get what he wants, the only variables in his plan are Aqua and Mickey, both of whom he immediately attempts to eliminate. One of the things he clearly planned is Terra failing the exam, and another is Terra nearly killing Eraqus.
- The reason that it was Aqua that was so effectively able to derail Xehanort's plan was because she was not apart of them. Unlike Ven and Terra, who both had huge roles to play and so Xehanort would have thought out how best to manipulate them, Aqua was just a third wheel and so the only plan Xehanort had for her was to kill her at the opportune moment to better manipulate Ven and Terra. Due to that, Xehanort hadn't factored her into pretty much any of his plans.
- Here's something most people didn't see before. In KH2 the book in the Mysterious Tower has three stories, The Beginning, The Interlude and the Future story. Read the Beginning, the first three lines involve journeys and those of light and darkness, then the fourth line about friends who's path differ but share the same bond. Then the last line about doubting the path you've been on. The story was not just talking about Sora, Riku & Kairi but about Terra, Aqua & Ven as well in addition to Master Xehanort and Vanitas. Yen Sid was being extremely subtle about clueing Sora in about what happened years ago. The devs thought of everything
- On that note the Future Story is seems to be talking about what Ansem said in the secret ending 'everyone is waiting for their birth by sleep'.
- Maleficent and Lady Tremaine are portrayed by the same actress in English. Cutting corners? Maybe, but also consider that in the movies the two characters are from, they were both portrayed by Eleanor Audley - so their "Replacement" voice actress carried on the legacy.
- For the longest time, I never liked the design of Ven's Keyblade. I always thought it looked... awkward and incomplete. But then I realized... each Keyblade's default form seems to reflect its user's heart. Of course Ven's would look incomplete, his heart's been fractured!
- Ok, so this may be a bit of a stretch...but in BBS, Isa has no weapon, right? Well, when we see him next, he's wielding a weapon-back handed, JUST LIKE VEN. Maybe he copied Ven?
- Riku tries to cheer Sora up by making a pun about him being the sky that everyone is praying to. I don't know much about Japanese vocabulary, but consider the use of Latin in this game. The kanji, Sora, can be translated into Latin two ways: Vanitas, meaning emptiness, void or vanity (which we are all well aware of as being a pun in this game), and Caeli, meaning sky or heaven. Now rendering Sora in that sentence as "heaven" makes a lot more sense than "sky." Not only does it fit well with the Messianic Archetype, but all the symbolism and use of doors as plot devices calls to mind a quote from the Book of Genesis as rendered in the Latin Vulgate, "Non est hic aliud, nisi domus Dei et porta Caeli." In English, "This is none other than the house of God and door to Heaven," which is why Jacob named the site Bethel, which means "House of God," in Hebrew.
- In the Final Mix version, Aqua gets stuck in the Realm of Darkness and the player is able to play through her wanderings, fighting countless heartless along the way. The thing is, all of the heartless are as powerful as the strongest of Unversed and can easily curbstomp Aqua, including the shadow heartless, who are otherwise the weakest enemies in all the Kingdom Hearts games. At first I thought this was a case of Improbable Power Discrepancy, but then I realized, OF COURSE they are so powerful, you're in the Realm of Darkness, the home turf of the Heartless, and where they have a limitless amount of Darkness to draw power from!
- Aqua is also using an unfamiliar keyblade, exhausted from her fight with Terranort with no chance to rest, taking on enemies that she has never fought before in territory that weakens her and strengthens them. Given those circumstances, it's impressive that she can put up a fight against them at all.
- At the beginning it didn't make sense how Sora could possibly give Ventus a second chance given the fact he would practically be a newborn when Master Xehanort planned on leaving Ven on Destiny Island, thus not knowing much about what's going on. Then when Kairi's grandmother told the story about how children were the ones who rebuilt the worlds with their light and it adds up. Since throughout the majority of the games we've seen the extent of his kindness, Sora's light at the time of infancy was so strong and pure that on the same day MX left Ven to rest in peace Sora just happened to be born, or at least a few hours/days before, and the first act he did was to repair what's left of Ven's fractured heart. It made this troper look at Sora at a whole different angle than just simply the happy-go-lucky idealist who ended being caught up in the whole mess as The Unchosen. For all his alternates aside, Sora was meant to meet Ventus not just because he's lucked on it, but because he would've even if he didn't have to.
- I know that it does say in the guide book that Ven is still working out inter-dimensional travel when it comes to the Castle of Dreams, but it doesn't explain how come Cinderella refers to him as a "Strange little mouse". Then it hits me—Ven probably did transform into the appearance of a mouse as a result of his traveling and magic—but only to the eyes of the residents of that world. We—the players—Are not affected by the magic at all, and we see him for who he truly is/what he normally looks like opposed to seeing him as a mouse like Cinderella and Jaq do.
- Improbable, because of Atlantica, Halloween Town, Timeless River, the Pride Lands, Space Paranoids, The Grid, and Country of the Musketeers. We could see the players transformed in those worlds (and Mickey and the others in the last case), so if Ven really did turn into an anthropomorphic mouse, then we'd see him as one. And don't forget that Cinderella herself is a Princess of Heart.
- In the case of Zack being from Olympus, it's more or less a Continuity Nod towards Crisis Core. Just before the first mission, Zack says that he wants to be a hero, and given that Young Herc is there as a hero-in-training, it starts to make sense.
- The keyblade ritual that Terra does with Riku:
Terra: In your hand take this key. So long as you have the making, then through this simple act of taking, it's wielder you shall one day be. And you shall find me, friend. No ocean will contain you then. No more borders around, or below, or above, so long as you champion the ones you love.
- This is EXACTLY what happens. Years later the heartless attack Destiny Island, and Riku is finally able to leave and travel to other worlds "no more borders". He also becomes obsessed with saving Kairi above all else, "championing the one he loves" and thus gains his keyblade, the Soul Eater as a result. To combine this with Tearjerker, Riku also finds Terra, though neither realizes it, through finding and being possessed by Ansem, and then eventually meeting Xemnas. This seemingly innocent dialog calls forward to the entire events of Riku's story, and at the same time Riku follows roughly the same path his predecessor did.
- In the opening, Ven's Awakening station is shattered by Sora's Kingdom Key and Riku's Soul Eater. Most of the animation in the opening can be more or less linked to an in-story event, but what the hell is Soul Eater doing there? It's your first hint to Vanitas' identity. The Theme Naming tells you Terra is Riku's predecessor, but he uses his Keyblade in a completely different style. Vanitas, on the other hand, holds Void Gear similar to how Riku uses Soul Eater and the Kingdom Key: one-handed, out to his side, teeth-down swing with a Keybladenote ).
- Ven's unique moveset is curiously smaller than Terra and Aqua's; two unique Shotlocks, neither of which are his default, compared to Terra and Aqua's three each, and eight unique Deck Commands, compared to Terra and Aqua's thirteen each. Of course, he's not trained enough to qualify for the Mark of Mastery exam. The missing Shotlock could also be to compensate for his exclusive Vanitas D-Link, and its accompanying Dark Link Shotlock.
- Aqua and Terra share a Command Style that Ven doesn't. Aqua and Ven share a Command Style that Aqua doesn't. Terra and Ven do not share a Command Style that Aqua doesn't. Over the course of the story, Terra keeps pushing his friends away, and Aqua makes a conscious effort to mend those bonds.