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Trivia: Kingdom Hearts II
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Sea-salt ice cream. A lot of people in North America and Europe thought that it wouldn't possibly exist because the salt would lower the freezing point of the water, preventing the ice cream from solidifying. Or just that nobody would think salty ice cream would be good anyway. Actually, it's sold at Tokyo Disneysea - and has been before Kingdom Hearts II.
    • Author Appeal: The reason it was worked in. It was also worked in because he imagined what the characters would eat over summer vacation.
  • Executive Meddling: According to Tetsuya Nomura, he had originally planned on only including characters from Final Fantasy titles he personally designed. He eventually caved in to the urging of the staff, which is how Setzer and Vivi were added to the game. The gamble perhaps didn't pay off as well as they would've hoped; Setzer, in particular, was criticized for heavily deviating from his original incarnation's personality, moreso than was par for the course in KH.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Before his name was revealed, fans took to calling Roxas the Blond-Haired Kid (BHK).
      • To those trying to guess the plot of the sequel from the trailer, Roxas was often called Dual-Wielding Unknown, while Riku was called Blindfolded Unknown.
      • Oddly enough the trailer isn't even part of the game; it's a flashback that takes place right before it. It is, however, the final battle in Days.
    • Don't forget "Orgy XIII".
    • Fans also commonly refer to Xemnas as "Mansex" - an anagram of his name.
    • Pete is given the nickname Captain Ass-Zipper, due to, well, look!
    • Chip Cheezum and friends popularized "Dogstreet" for Pence, named after the writing on his shirt.
  • Fandom Nod: In addition to all the Disney/Final Fantasy references, there is a literal fandom nod during Cloud and Leon's snark-fest in the sequel. As they do their Back-to-Back Badasses moment, it echoes the rivalry between fans of their respective games.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Talking to Himself: In the Japanese version, Donald Duck, Genie and Stitch are voiced by the same seiyuu, Koichi Yamadera.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Alternate final boss forms for Xemnas that feature him apparently breaking up and surrounding himself with chunks of the Dark City, "King" and "Centaur", were conceptualized.
    • A planned-to-be-Final Mix-exclusive summon featuring Buzz and Woody apparently made it far enough to be Dummied Out.
    • Judging from the early trailers, they were planning on making the outside walls (i.e. the areas covered in the first game) of the Hollow Bastion castle playable.
    • Variations on the Behemoth and Wyvern Heartless were present in the Battle of 1000 Heartless in older trailers.
    • The game was planned to feature battles against all the Organization members in the Coliseum. This was dropped due to lack of time and eventually implemented in a different way in Final Mix.
    • Double-bladed Keyblades.
    • David Warner did not reprise his roles as the MCP and Sark even though he wanted to because he had already committed to another role when he was asked and was unable to do both.

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