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- The amount of times that the words "Darkness", "Light", "Heart", and "Friends" are thrown around can be this, given that it's part of what makes the series absurdly Anvilicious. If one were to make a drinking game out of the series for every time one of these words are used, they'd probably end up getting a terminal Pancreatic disease.
- A lot of the dialogue that Goofy and Donald deliver unfortunately ends up coming across as this due to the way their voices sound.
- Pretty much any time a serious character says Goofy's name out loud, or when anyone says his name out loud in a serious scene.
- For some, the Keyblade itself is pretty narmy on account of its appearance and the fact the name makes little sense when you consider that it's not actually a blade and would be horribly impractical if used as one. Yet there's a whole legion of Keyblade Masters who dedicate themselves to using it as such. For years.
- It seems there is a pattern that if the character doesn't have a high quality facial model even if the situation needs it, the scene is ruined. Well, in that case, Donald and Goofy's HQ facial models are underused so much in the first game, that any time they talk, they look so blank. This scene (Video link skips to 6:35) from the original Kingdom Hearts is one of the worst examples. It seems like they were trying to be sad, since they're leaving Sora because Riku has the Keyblade, but couldn't the creators at least make their models frown?
- Thankfully, it's not as common in later titles, but yes. Any use of the "fish faces" in nearly any scene is instant narm.
- To elaborate, the low quality facial renders AKA "fish faces" were infamous in the first game, namely with characters that are (or look) human. Ever so often, we'll have close-ups of those characters with blank expressions (coupled with sudden 1-frame blinking eyes), all while their pixelated mouths makes it look like they're saying "mah mah mah" over and over again.
- Anytime you enter a serious cutscene wielding a ridiculous Keyblade. You can lock Keyblades with Roxas, who has one of the coolest-looking Keyblades around, with a freaking candy cane.
- Crab Claw being a particularly notable offender, as you get it just before going to the world of Halloween Town, and your characters' clothes change to appropriately spooky colors...while your keyblade stays a cheery shade of aqua.
- Dream Drop Distance offers plenty of slick looking keyblades...if you care to unlock them. Otherwise, have fun entering the final scenes waving this.◊
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
- Marluxia's death in Re:COM is even funnier. Its supposed to be sad, since he's dying for real, but when he's defeated his lets out this OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD YELL that makes it sound like he's taking the BIGGEST SHIT OF HIS LIFE. That alone, will make most people start burst out laughing at that scene.
- Heck, Marluxia in general is just Narm, Narm, Narm. He's supposed to be the Big Bad of COM, but he has showers of rose petals following him everywhere he goes and, well, pink hair, which kind of makes it hard to take him seriously. Even his boss battles are just not very threatening. It could have been an awesome subversion of the idea of Badass Villains, were it not for the fact that a) he only ever does one thing that could be described as evil and b) his voice actor consistently speaks in a dull "can I have my paycheck now" monotone.
- Mickey's voice in Re: CoM. Such horrible dubbing. I mean, King Mickey does have some pretty epic lines, just not when he says them.
- This becomes a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when you remember that Wayne Allwine died several months later, so perhaps his illness affected his voice.
- And this Gem coming out of the mouth of Squall Leonhart, of all people: 'We may never meet again, but we'll never forget each other.' Really Squall?
- Made even more ridiculous when in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, the very first level is Traverse Town, where you meet up with Squall again... who doesn't remember you. Granted, this is because it's not strictly Traverse Town and Castle Oblivion does weird stuff with memories, but adding this context to the already cheesy line just makes it funnier.
- In Re:Chain of Memories, Sora delivers the line "THAT'S what's in my heart!" to Vexen with the emphasis on Heart rather than THAT'S, making it sound ridiculous.
- Larxene also once gives the line "I'M a bad guy", without putting the emphasis on I'M, and so she just ends up saying "I'm a bad guy."
- Probably the biggest amount of consistent Narm, (throughout the Re: Chain Of Memories, and with the most questionable dialogue,) was between Sora and Replica Riku. Repliku kept acting like some sort of heart broken lover in regards to Sora, using phrases like, "You never cared about me!" and "You're only ever worried about her!" Basically, it's a big Flanderization of Riku's Foe Yay with Sora in the first game. The pinnacle of this pure Narm was this little exchange.
Repliku: Sora... You're always trying to worm your way into my heart!
Sora: Hold on... When did I ever do that?
Repliku: Oh, so you forgot about THAT too?! You never cared...it NEVER MATTERED TO YOU! (runs off, might as well be crying angry tears.)
- In "Re:Chain of Memories", there's a scene where Sora goes into his random, hands-behind-head, head-tilted-forth pose, he looks directly into the camera and smiles while saying "I guess there's no way we'll forget our most important memories!" This is such an Anviliciously unsubtle way of indicating that yes, they will forget their most important memories that it's hilarious!
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 358/ 2 Days
- Xion's "donkey scream."
- 358/2 Days ruins a perfectly dramatic scene with this line: "Who else will I have ice cream with?" Sure, since he broke up his friendship with Axel a few scenes prior to this, he won't have anyone to eat ice cream with once Xion's gone... but seeing as Xion is DYING, being upset about not having her around to eat ice cream with just sounds ridiculous.
- It wouldn't be that bad if he had at least completed the sentence with something, but no. He just left at that. The last thing he says to Xion is that.
- It's not even the line itself that's ridiculous, but the delivery. He doesn't phrase it as helpless, grief-stricken, and rhetorical, but a genuine question. Like he really doesn't know who he's going to have ice cream with now, and hopes that Xion will tell him.
- In general, any scene involving ice cream in 358/2 Days ends up cringingly cheesy (Roxas' diary in particular) or, if it's just with Axel, are ridiculously overblown with Ho Yay. "It tastes both salty and sweet!" "That's what you said last time!"
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
- In Birth by Sleep, Terra's voice acting cause many Narm moments. One of the worst of these is when he's trying to encourage a weeping Cinderella to not give up. He sounds so bored and unconcerned about the situation that it goes against what he's trying to say.
- In a more dialogue-Narm way, when he reaches the Keyblade Graveyard near the end of the game, he looks at the horizon for a while and then says: "What I do, I do for friendship". Even by Kingdom Hearts standards, that was seriously corny.
- Aqua's actress is not far behind. She sometimes sounds she has really low pressure or forgot to turn off her house's lights
- Early on in the game, Aqua delivers the line "Together... always!''. Not only is it so obviously setting them up for a fall, but the delivery of the line is extremely forced, and moreover Aqua pronounces "Always" with a slight lisp.
- The Secret Ending of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep with everyone basically praying to Sora, who is now a very literal messiah figure. Aqua even cries just hearing his name said. This is supposed to be emotional, and to some it is, but to others it just comes across as horrendously cheesy and over-the-top.
- It should be noted that Sora means Sky in Japanese.
- Before their final battle, Vanitas mocks Ven for always fighting for his friends. Ven's response? "At least I have some!" Wow, Ven, wow
- The end of Ven's final boss fight. The way Vanitas paws at his weapon and sinks off screen makes him look like he was just too lazy/tired to keep fighting you.
- "TINKERBELL'S BEEN PIXIE-NAPPED!" Oh, Ventus...
- Terra saving Zack from the darkness is praised by everybody as something heroic. The thing is that Terra achieved it by beating up his opponent.
- In the scene in Birth by Sleep where Ven goes back to the Land of Departure, Ven delivers the line, "So you can keep me in your PRISON? That's your excuse, for KEEPING ME IMPRISONED HERE!!!!!!" The delivery is so ridiculous, coupled with the emphasis on prison, it ruins the otherwise dramatic scene.
- Even more, this scene is probably the embodiement of narm. Eraqus tries to act like fair and noble White Knight... While trying to murder Ventus! Terra is supposed to have made a mistake but had he not interfered, Ventus would have been killed by his own teacher.
- Master Xehanort freezes Ven, throws him from a cliff, his body hits several rocks until Aqua grabs him and asks him "Ven, are you okay?" Yes, Aqua, Ven is without a doubt okay!
- In Birth by Sleep, when Ven defrosts his armor, it looks like he's peeing.
- Near the end of Lea and Isa's scene in Birth by Sleep, Lea says "get it memorized", but the way he says it is weird, almost like he's advertising some new sports drink or something.
- When Ventus and Vanitas merge to form the χ-Blade Aqua- unconscious at this point -just tumbles away in the ensuing explosion. Like, not even dramatically. She just rolls away limply from the force. It really ruins what is such a Wham Episode.
- When Xehanort stops to monologue about the Keyblade War, at one point the camera reveals he's stopped a good several yards from our heroic trio. Yes, let me yell at my enemies/pawns with my Large Ham and exposition-riddled ways and hope they catch my drift. Not to mention how easily everyone seems to forget that Ventus- sweet, upbeat and untroubled Ventus -just asked to have himself killed in favor of listening Xehanort's pointless, gloating speech.
Kingdom Hearts 3 D: Dream Drop Distance
- In the trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Sora has this to say when being told to hand over his Keyblade:
" I can’t hand it over... This is the light that drives back the darkness, the key to everyone’s smiles!"
"I... I can't! This is what lights the darkness! A chance to make everyone happy!"
- So much of La Cité des Cloches, in Dream Drop Distance. The biggest example would be Frollo's plunge into lava, grinning and surrounded by the festive, colorful sparkles of his Dream Eater minion.
- When Quasimodo rescues Esmeralda, Sora shouts out "Way to go, Quasi!" in the dorkiest manner possible. This is immediately followed up by Quasimodo holding Esmeralda and yelling "SANCTUARY!" like he had just passed a field goal.
- The "Feast of Fools" sequence. There are no people present there, and barely any explanation for what is supposed to be going on. Quasi just randomly shows up wearing the King of Fools get-up, riding a Dream Eater and surrounded by more Dream Eaters as his only company, apparently having the time of his life. When he explains to Sora "Today's the festival! And look! I'm the King of Fools!", the fact that he thinks he's having a festival with a bunch of monsters makes him come across less as sheltered and naive, and more as genuinely insane and delusional.
- Later, Sora finds Quasimodo with Esmeralda in the Cathedral. Again, the lack of context or any prior characterisation of Quasimodo makes it easy to see him as completely crazy rather than just childish when he tells Esmeralda that the bells "like her". He then tells Esmeralda that she could stay with him in the cathedral forever, which comes off as incredibly creepy given that the game, unlike the movie, has not actually established Esmeralda as being trapped in the cathedral.
- This scene where Ansem... attacks Riku.
- The ending does a poor job at explaining why doesn't Sora pass the exam. He did everything Yen Sid told him (not to mention saving the worlds twice in previous games) yet he failed the test. Nevertheless, Sora is so accepting of the situation (while Riku can't believe it) that it's pitiful.
- Sora's HBSOD inducing Trauma Conga Line in The World That Never Was can come across as not very traumatic at all because any sadness there is to feel from it is almost immediately lost in the plethora of confusion and WTF concerning the Plot Twist revealed and it's very badly handled explanation. It doesn't help that a few of the lines delivered (at least in the English dub) feel a little flat. Not Dull Surprise flat, but still not quite as emotive as they should be and somewhat forced.