Narm: Kingdom Hearts
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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.
- Thankfully, it's not as common in later titles, but yes. Any use of the "fish faces" in nearly any scene is instant narm.
- 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.◊
- Mena Süvari's performance as Aerith. To say her delivery is lifeless, even for someone who died in her own game, would be an understatement.
- The series is very averse to having Non Player Characters around, usually only have a half-dozen or so of them per world and they're always named characters important to the story. This can lead to positively ridiculous scenarios when there aren't crowds of people when there should be, such as the ball of Cinderella or the Festival of Fools for The Hunchback of Notre Dame — it's just the four or five plot important characters in an empty room/field.
- In the first game, just before the fight with Ansem!Riku, Sora yells at Ansem to "give Riku back his heart!", but when Riku says "But first you must give the princess back her heart", with no emphasis on the words "her" or "princess" after an earlier line of his directed at someone else, it sounds as though he's responding to a completely different line, and sends the thoughtwaves from 'Wow, dramatic confrontation!' to 'Wait, wasn't Riku listening at all just there?'
- Also from the first game, we have the scene in which Sora reclaims the keyblade from Riku. This otherwise dramatic moment is pretty much ruined with Sora's unbelievably cheesy line, "I know now that I don't need the keyblade. I have an even better weapon: my heart!"
- Right before Sora fights Riku, he shouts "There's no way I'm letting you take Kairi's heart!" It would have actually been okay if the dramatic music that had been playing the entire time didn't suddenly get cut.
- And then there's the scene from the end of the first game with Ansem grasping out at the door to Kingdom Hearts and yelling "KIIINNGGDOOOOM HEAAAAAAAAAAARRTTTTTSSS!!!!!" It's really narmy when Richard Epcar delivers it during a flashback in KHII.
Riku: Don't give up! Come on, Sora! Together, we can do it!
- What's right after that is even worse. After you beat him, he attempts to use Kingdom Hearts to activate another One-Winged Angel mode, and Sora tells him that Kingdom Hearts is actually light, and Ansem squeaks the word "....light?" The key change in the music from minor to major, coupled with the huge beams of sunshine, made this perhaps the funniest villain death ever, though arguably awesomely funny.
- Another narmy thing about that cutscene was when Riku shows up to help Sora, Donald, and Goofy close Kingdom Hearts. Sora's response after seeing that his friend is safe is just so... plain. It's as if he forgot all about how Riku was possessed by Ansem up until that point. Would you really respond with a bland "Okay..." after seeing that your friend is finally safe?
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.
- The devs caught on as of Kingdom Hearts 2, since Sora of all people make fun the very line.
- 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!
- This exchange between Riku and the Riku Replica, courtesy of really poor writing/translating.
Riku Replica: I'm you.
Riku: No, I'M me!
Riku Replica: "I'm me," he says. Must be nice being real. A fake like me could never get away with saying that.
- After Larxene fights with Sora for the first time, he's obviously supposed to be having a bit of a break down largely due to the things she said before she disappeared, but its hard not to laugh because he swings the keyblade around so awkwardly he looks like he's losing his balance.
Kingdom Hearts II
- Any way you look at it, having a 15 year old teenager get really excited to meet Santa Claus deserves a Face Palm. This is exactly what they did with Sora in Kingdom Hearts II. Even though he's cheerful and bright-eyed, Sora's eagerness was a bit much.
- The fight between Roxas and Sora, particularly the matrix flip and how much emphasis is placed on it, with the scene even slowing down for this apparent badassery.
- In the second game, just Maleficent actually saying the name "Oogie-Boogie". Very much the same as the Goofy example above.
- Or her saying the words "Santa Claus." Or, really, her entire appearance in Halloween Town and Christmas Town. While pointless mean-spirited dickery is totally in character for Maleficent, there's just something hilarious about the fact that Maleficent is trying to kill Santa Claus that makes her seem like she's channeling The Grinch. The fact that she's green doesn't help either.
- One particular striking example in Kingdom Hearts is a scene in the second game involving Kairi and Namine escaping from the Nobodies' Lair in The World That Never Was. It would have been a pretty tense scene... if they weren't holding hands with their arms at ninety-degree angles. At a pace that made them look like they were almost skipping. Right down the middle of the hall.
- While use of Totally Radical language is a rich, deep well of Narm in itself, most Tropers agree that this is the worst.
- The reenactments of some movies were pretty ridiculous, too. Especially Pirates of the Caribbean (because of bad animation) and the flashback in The Lion King. Young Simba's model looks like he's perpetually smiling. Which makes him look awfully stupid. While watching his father's death.
- Every lion's character model in that world just looks wrong. Their eyes don't focus, and their facial expressions never change. Scar in particular always looks like he's on drugs.
- The climactic scene of Simba hanging off the tip of Pride Rock before Scar's Just Between You and Me moment doesn't seem so climactic when you take into account that, were Scar to throw Simba down, he would not really be falling that great a height and, unlike in the movie, the whole place is not on fire. The fact that after the cutscene you can find some NPC lionesses just calmly walking around the base of Pride Rock and spouting some Welcome to Corneria lines instead of, you know, helping out the son of their previous ruler who is fighting the guy who killed the aforementioned previous ruler doesn't help at all.
- Another example is how they reenacted the Show Some Leg scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas. They throw Sally's leg in front of Oogie before he could kill Santa Claus. Like a frikkin' bone. Seriously, off-camera, was Sora saying, "Throw the leg! Throw the leg!"?
- There is a reenactment of a scene from Mulan where Shan Yu runs down the mountain alongside his soldiers on horseback. This time, there are no horses and instead of human soldiers, he runs alongside the Heartless. Okay. That's cool... but of all the Heartless to choose from, they chose Rapid Thrusters◊ and no others. The scene is so underwhelming and it's just ridiculous seeing Shan Yu fiercely running down the mountain with these guys behind him.
- What makes it even worse is that it's not like there's, ya know, an entire ARMY of them, which might look kind of impressive, but there's maybe two dozen at most, and the cutscene plays it out like this is a serious threat, when the ensuing battle consists of Sora basically slaughtering them until the timer runs out.
- The manga fixed this a bit: Shan Yu arrived with human soldiers first, but then they appear to be blown up semi-offscreen by the Imperial Army's fireworks, then the explosion's smoke is darkened and from the dark smoke, the Rapid Thrusters are spawned, suggesting that those Heartlesses were Shan Yu's human soldiers.
- There's a scene in the second game in the Land of Dragons where Shan Yu attacks an entire village in Sora's absence. When Sora and his friends find the village burned down, they see Shang collapsed on the ground in immense pain, and it's implied that he's been stabbed (though no blood is shown). Despite this, Sora and Mulan not only don't seek medical attention for Shang, they also have no issues with asking him to find any remaining villagers. The main characters' lack of giving a crap at Shang's very obvious pain is VERY narmy!
- And of course, there's Goofy's "Death". Not only does it come ridiculously out of left field, not only do we get to hear Donald Duck's desperate mourning his fallen comrade, but Goofy is revealed to be alive all of five minutes later.
Donald: I'm sorry about the ice cream.
- The Noodle Incident Donald brings up makes it even worse.
- Pickaxe guns. That is all.
- Aren't they just crossbows?
- Crossbows with muzzle flashes.
- Donald Duck squawking, "Sora, it's SEFFIROFF!"
- The entirety of Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts 2. Especially "Swim This Way" and "A New Day Is Dawning" with lines like "Seeing how we made you grin just makes us want to twirl a fin" and "Come say hello: all my friends from every corner of the world!"
- The most infamous line is probably, "A musical for everyone to have a lot of finny fun."
- Sora's line during "Ursula's Revenge", "Your poopsies are toast!", while appropriate for its context, merely sounds ridiculous.
- Belle elbowing Xaldin. Seriously. She did it hard enough for him to release her, and for her to snatch the Rose back. Especially coupled with the fact that Xaldin is actually one of the tougher battles.
- There's a scene in Kingdom Hearts II in which Sora and co. find out that the "Ansem" they fought from the first game wasn't the real Ansem. Okay, all right, fine. But then, when they meet up with Xemnas, who is the Nobody of the Ansem they thought that they had fought and defeated, Donald's response? "It's the guy who's not Ansem!" Sure, it makes sense, but it just sounds so clunky and ridiculous that it completely ruins what was supposed to apparently be a dramatic reveal.
- Sora, Donald and Goofy are always addressed in that exact order.
- The scene where Mulan's disguise is discovered by Li Shang is pretty bad, too. It sacrifices Mushu to take a level in scrappiness by being Motor Mouth and accidentally reveal Mulan's identity. Thankfully, the manga uses the scene from the movie (with minor changes) instead.
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!"
- And this is where all those fanfics of Axel and Roxas blowing each other originated. Thanks, fangirls!
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.
- And then, just in case you didn't get it, we hear Terra, Aqua and Ven narrating in unison like a Greek chorus: "THAT WOULD BE THE LAST NIGHT WE EVER SPENT BENEATH THE SAME STARS." Did we emphasise that enough?
- 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 Kingdom Hearts 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.
- 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 Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, when Ven defrosts his armor, it looks like he's peeing.
- Near the end of Lea and Isa's scene in Kingdom Hearts 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.
- The boss battle against Sparky/Experiment 221 in Deep Space only happened because Dr. Jumba released him after he is offended by Terra's statement that Experiment 626 isn't as monstrosity as Jumba think, and after Terra defeated Sparky, Sparky's just reverted back into a ball and is never mentioned anymore. Really, it looks more like the developers want to include Sparky into the game yet they don't know how. Terra's lack of reaction over this only makes it worse, he could've said something like this to Jumba: "Why did you do that, You Bastard!? I SAVED YOU!"
- In the scene where Aqua saved Kairi, there's one moment that makes it narmy. When Aqua said she can't fight and protect the little girl at the same time, one of the Flood Unverseds jumped to attack them before Mickey appears and destroyed it in an awesome Big Damn Heroes moment. But what did Aqua do in this quick moment? Covering her eyes as if she's blinded by sunlight. What? She forgot Unversed is a creature of darkness in the first place?
- Another one from Aqua which doubles as funny moment to the point you wonder whether it might be intentional parody from the developers who realizes how anvilicious the word 'darkness' is: Aqua comes to Tremaines' Chateau after following them home when she sensed the darkness within them. She then overhears them trying to deny the fact that Cinderella lives there. Her response? She mutters "darkness lives here" or something similar and then summons her Keyblade with the full intent of charging in and bashing them over the heads with it! Had Cinderella's Fairy Godmother hadn't intervened with a more sensible solution, she likely would have, too! It should be noted that, at that point, the Tremaines had done nothing that implied they were anything but normal, albeit incredibly terrible people. Doubles as Fridge Brilliance when you realize Aqua is a Teacher's Pet to Eraqus and that Eraqus is a Knight Templar anytime regarding Light Is Good and Dark Is Evil (see Eraqus' character entry), and that it's the first world Aqua visited after leaving Land of Departure, so her ideal about light and darkness was most likely still the same as her teacher's, too: Sensing darkness -> Destroying them is the immediate solution!
- Aqua, again, from Castle of Dreams. Her comment when Cursed Coach accidentally throws one of its bombs to the Tremaines? "The Darkness in their hearts overtook them." Even if it's to avoid the word "death" and to deny the Death by Adaptation trope, she could've said any other thing that sounds less ridiculous.
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.
- Frollo ranting to Phoebus about how despite his efforts to exterminate gypsies, they "thrive"... while the camera pans over the completely empty and silent gypsy camp. Uh, yeah, they sure are "thriving".
- 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.
- Dream Eaters are ridiculously colorful even by this series' standards. Even some Heartlesses and Unverseds look genuinely scary and menacing, yet Dream Eater, on the other hand, it's sometimes hard to take them seriously because of they're too colorful. Also, it looks inevitably narmy (yet sometimes still charming) anytime a serious villain like Frollo or CLU associate themselves with Dream Eaters (Wargoyle and Commantis, respectively) eventhough Dream Eaters are supposedly independent and avert The Man Behind The Monsters trope.