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** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to an arena similar to the boss arenas from ''Re:Chain Of Memories'']],[[note]](This particular one is called the Station Of Sorrow.)[[/note]] [[spoiler:[[MusicalSpoiler the music changes to a familiar tune]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]]Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint.[[/note]]

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** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to an arena similar to the boss arenas from ''Re:Chain Of Memories'']],[[note]](This particular one is called the Station Of Sorrow.)[[/note]] [[spoiler:[[MusicalSpoiler [[MusicalSpoiler the music changes to a familiar tune]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]]Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint.[[/note]]


** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to an arena similar to the boss arenas from ''Re:Chain Of Memories'']],[[note]][[spoiler:(This particular one is called the Station Of Sorrow.)]][[/note]] [[spoiler:[[MusicalSpoiler the music changes to a familiar tune]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]]Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint.[[/note]]

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** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to an arena similar to the boss arenas from ''Re:Chain Of Memories'']],[[note]][[spoiler:(This Memories'']],[[note]](This particular one is called the Station Of Sorrow.)]][[/note]] )[[/note]] [[spoiler:[[MusicalSpoiler the music changes to a familiar tune]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]]Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint.[[/note]]


%%* CopyProtection: ''Re:coded''.

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%%* CopyProtection: ''Re:coded''.CopyProtection



* CoversAlwaysLie: Riku and Kairi appear in official art, but they only appear in flashbacks shown by the journal [[spoiler:and as their older selves in the game's ending]]. Their data versions aren't actually present in the game at all, though [[spoiler:the journal data itself]] takes the form of Riku, supposedly to [[PanderingToTheBase give the fangirls something to look at.]]

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* CoversAlwaysLie: Riku and Kairi appear is shown in official his [=KH1=] appearance in the original cover art, but they only appear the real one, appearing in flashbacks shown by the journal and in the character logs, appears as such, [[spoiler:and as their his older selves self in the game's ending]]. Their data versions aren't actually present Data-Riku on the other hand is only ever shown in the game black coat the real one obtained at all, the end of ''Chain of Memories'', though [[spoiler:the journal data itself]] takes he usually keeps the form of Riku, supposedly to [[PanderingToTheBase give the fangirls something to look at.]]hood up.



%%* DefeatMeansFriendship: Sora and [[spoiler:Data-Roxas]] [[MindScrew somewhat]].

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%%* * DefeatMeansFriendship: After being defeated, [[spoiler:Roxas]] stands down and stops acting like an asshole, revealing that [[spoiler:the whole thing, up to and including his attitude, was a test to see if Sora and [[spoiler:Data-Roxas]] [[MindScrew somewhat]].could deal with the hurt buried deep within his own heart]].



%%* FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Data-Roxas]]

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%%* * FinalBoss: [[spoiler:Data-Roxas]][[spoiler:You thought it was Sora's Heartless, but it was actually Data-Roxas once you use all the cards once in Castle Oblivion.]]



%%* AGlitchInTheMatrix: And you have to fix them.

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%%* * AGlitchInTheMatrix: And you have One way ''coded'' avoids being a rehash of [=KH1=] is by having the worlds be affected with glitches that mess with the layout, often to fix them.wall off further progression through the world. Fixing them and restoring the worlds to their proper states is part of Data-Sora's mission.



* GuiltByCoincidence: Data-Sora blames the mysterious figure [[spoiler:Data-Riku]] for causing the glitches before finding out what he's actually there for.

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* GuiltByCoincidence: Data-Sora blames the a mysterious figure [[spoiler:Data-Riku]] for causing the glitches before [[spoiler:before finding out what he's actually there for.it was Data-Riku under the hood, trying to ready him for the fight against the bugs in the journal]].



** [[spoiler:Jiminy's Journal itself gains sentience after being turned into data, showing up as a figure in the Black Coat in the beginning of the game when Data-Sora awakens in the Dive into the Heart. The Journal is actually benevolent and guides Sora (and, by extension, Mickey) through a good part of the game.]]

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** [[spoiler:Jiminy's Journal itself gains sentience after being turned into data, showing up choosing Data-Riku as a figure in the Black Coat in the beginning of the game when Data-Sora awakens in the Dive into the Heart. The Journal is actually benevolent and guides Sora (and, by extension, Mickey) through a good part of the game.its avatar.]]



* LivingMemory: Jimmy's Journal revolves on Sora, and so it collected his memories. When the journal is digitized, these memories become something like A.I.s that Mickey's group can interact with.
** [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion does this [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories again.]] by creating illusions of memories from the journal. Even after meeting them, Data-Sora can't remember them after leaving their room.]]

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* LivingMemory: Jimmy's Journal revolves on around Sora, and so it collected his memories. When the journal is digitized, these memories become something like A.I.s [=AIs=] that Mickey's group can interact with.
** [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion does this [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories again.]] by creating illusions of memories from the journal. Even after meeting them, Data-Sora can't remember them After completing each world's scenario, Data-Sora's memory of the scenario is erased after leaving their the room.]]



* LostInTransmission: Once Mickey, Donald, and Goofy [[spoiler:realize that they've been sucked into the computer]], they suddenly lose their communication with Chip and Dale.

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* LostInTransmission: Once Mickey, Donald, and Goofy [[spoiler:realize that they've been sucked into the computer]], they suddenly lose their communication with Chip and Dale.Dale [[spoiler:because Maleficent and Pete noticed their arrival and severed the link to prevent them getting any more assistance]].



* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Data-Roxas. For those who thought Roxas was "badass" prior to this, his digital counterpart could have easily become a great villain at the level of Marluxia with a dash of Larxene successfully if he dared so felt like it, [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing Sora or not]].]]

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* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Data-Roxas. For those who thought Roxas was "badass" prior to this, his digital counterpart could have easily become a great villain at the level of Marluxia with a dash of Larxene successfully if he dared so felt like it, it. [[SecretTestOfCharacter Thankfully he was just testing Sora or not]].Sora]].]]



** Each segment [[spoiler:of Castle Oblivion]] has three different endings depending on what actions you take or how well you do at certain tasks.

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** Each segment [[spoiler:of Castle Oblivion]] has three different endings depending on what actions you take or how well you do at certain tasks. [[spoiler:The reward is a cameo from Leon and Yuffie who give Sora a Heat Sink Belt and a Debug Device: Y.]]



** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to The Awakening pillar]], [[MusicalSpoiler the music changes]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]]Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint.[[/note]]

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** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to The Awakening pillar]], [[MusicalSpoiler an arena similar to the boss arenas from ''Re:Chain Of Memories'']],[[note]][[spoiler:(This particular one is called the Station Of Sorrow.)]][[/note]] [[spoiler:[[MusicalSpoiler the music changes]], changes to a familiar tune]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]]Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint.[[/note]]



* SadBattleMusic: The rather melancholy {{leitmotif}}s of [[spoiler:Riku and Roxas]] play during battles with them.

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* SadBattleMusic: The rather melancholy {{leitmotif}}s of [[spoiler:Riku and Roxas]] play during Sora's respective battles with them.



* SequelHook: ''Re:coded'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0UbVKQFjjc this]], which sets up ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' by revealing that [[spoiler:Master Xehanort will return and Sora and Riku are due to take the Mark of Mastery exam.]]

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* SequelHook: ''Re:coded'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0UbVKQFjjc this]], which sets up ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' by revealing that [[spoiler:Master Xehanort will return and Sora and Riku are due to take the Mark of Mastery exam.]] Furthermore, [[spoiler:Mickey opens this scene by telling Yen Sid he has a lead on where Ventus' heart is.]]



* ShoutOut: Once the boss of the turn-based Olympus Coliseum is defeated, the characters do [[Franchise/FinalFantasy victory poses as the result screen plays.]] Bonus points for [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud actually being the protagonist of a Final Fantasy game.]]

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* ShoutOut: Once the boss of the turn-based Olympus Coliseum is defeated, the characters do [[Franchise/FinalFantasy victory poses as the result screen plays.]] Bonus points for [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud actually being the protagonist of a Final Fantasy game.]]]] He even uses one of his own victory poses from that game.



%%* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion.]]

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%%* * TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion.[[spoiler:A data recreation of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Castle Oblivion]], which opens up after Sora's Heartless is defeated, and the Journal is fully restored to normal.]]



%%* WakeUpCallBoss: Guard Armor is here to remind you that this isn't your average Kingdom Hearts game.

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%%* * WakeUpCallBoss: Guard Armor is and the gauntlet to reach him are here to remind you that this isn't your average Kingdom Hearts game.things aren't going to be the same as they were in previous games, [[spoiler:{{foreshadowing}} the Reality Shifts of ''Dream Drop Distance]].



* WhereItAllBegan: The final level brings the confusion over Sora's memories and the journal's erasing full-circle [[spoiler:when Data-Sora heads back to Castle Oblivion.]]

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* WhereItAllBegan: The final level brings the confusion over Sora's memories and the journal's erasing full-circle [[spoiler:when Data-Sora heads back to arrives at Castle Oblivion.]]


Like ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' before it, ''coded'' received HD cutscenes for the CompilationRerelease ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=].'' Gameplay is not available, but cutscenes are rendered for scenes in the Disney world, as well as a new secret ending. The version included is the ''Re:coded'' version.

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Like ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' before it, ''coded'' received HD cutscenes for the CompilationRerelease ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=].'' Gameplay is not available, but cutscenes are rendered for scenes in the Disney world, as well as a new secret ending. The version included is the ''Re:coded'' version.
version. A novelization was released in 2019.

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* WhatIsThisFeeling: Data-Sora feels sad when he has to say good-bye to the others at the end and fade back into the data, but doesn't recognize it at first because he hasn't before any had any cause to really feel truly sad on his journey. He asks if it's another glitch, but Mickey tells him that this is just what good-byes feel like.


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* NotCompletelyWorthless: Hi-Ethers -- through most of the game, they're a waste of limited space, but when attempting a NoDamageRun for the Fatal Flawless trophy, they're lifesavers when combined with the Oathkeeper Keyblade. Using them will charge your clock level up enough to activate Auto-Life, which will save you if you take a hit. The rules say you must complete the episode with your HP capped at 1. [[LoopholeAbuse There's no rule against using Auto-Life to save yourself.]]

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* NotCompletelyWorthless: NotCompletelyUseless: Hi-Ethers -- through most of the game, they're a waste of limited space, but when attempting a NoDamageRun for the Fatal Flawless trophy, they're lifesavers when combined with the Oathkeeper Keyblade. Using them will charge your clock level up enough to activate Auto-Life, which will save you if you take a hit. The rules say you must complete the episode with your HP capped at 1. [[LoopholeAbuse There's no rule against using Auto-Life to save yourself.]]


* ChekhovsGunman:
** The mysterious figure Sora meets at his awakening is [[spoiler:Data-Roxas]], who shows up at the end of the game.
** [[spoiler:The Darkside Heartless]] at the start of the game? Yeah, that's [[spoiler:Sora's Heartless, the main antagonist]].

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* ChekhovsGunman:
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ChekhovsGunman: The mysterious figure Sora meets at his awakening is [[spoiler:Data-Roxas]], who shows up at the end of the game.
** [[spoiler:The Darkside Heartless]] at the start of the game? Yeah, that's [[spoiler:Sora's Heartless, the main antagonist]].
game.



%%* GetBackHereBoss: Iago, even more than in previous installments, as now it involves tedious platforming.

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%%* * GetBackHereBoss: Iago, even more than in previous installments, as now it involves tedious platforming.As usual, Iago carrying Jafar's lamp.


* AdvertisedExtra: Kairi isn't even in the game despite appearing in some official artwork.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Kairi isn't even in appears on the game despite appearing main art for the game, but there is no Data version of her at all, and the real one's only appearances are in some official artwork.a flashback and the ending, and she doesn't have any lines in either scene.


* SadBattleMusic: The battles with [[spoiler:Data-Riku and Data-Roxas]] are accompanied by their respective themes, both of which are quite somber.

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* SadBattleMusic: The rather melancholy {{leitmotif}}s of [[spoiler:Riku and Roxas]] play during battles with [[spoiler:Data-Riku and Data-Roxas]] are accompanied by their respective themes, both of which are quite somber.them.



* SoundtrackDissonance: The rather melancholy {{leitmotif}}s of Riku and [[spoiler:Roxas]] play during battles with them.

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* ActionCommands: In the turn-based battle system of Olympus Coliseum, you can make combos out of your regular attacks and block to reduce damage from enemy attacks with well-timed button presses.


** This sector is also the only one from which stat chips can be bought repeatedly. However, if you're able to conquer it on top of fulfilling all of tasks, chances are that your stats are close to the max anyway and they will be useful only for Technician trophy.
** Speaking of trophies, they surprisingly avert this, since with every trophy you also get a Trophy Chip which has the same effect as getting the level, minus raising the actual level. This is very useful for Technician trophy, but also a source of useful early stat boost from few first easy-to-get trophies like speed-running first world or upgrading one command to CR.

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** This sector is also the only one from which stat chips can be bought repeatedly. However, if you're able to conquer it on top of fulfilling all of tasks, chances are that your stats are close to the max anyway and they will be useful only for the [[LowLevelRun Technician trophy.
trophy]].
** Speaking of trophies, they surprisingly avert this, since with for every trophy you also earn you get a Trophy Chip Chip, which has the same effect as getting the level, minus raising boosts all stats save Luck, equivalent to a Level Up except without increasing the actual level. This is very useful for Technician trophy, but also a source of useful early stat boost from few first easy-to-get trophies like speed-running first world or upgrading one command to CR.level.


%%* DualWielding: [[spoiler:Roxas]], as always.]]

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%%* * DualWielding: [[spoiler:Roxas]], as always.[[spoiler:Data-Roxas, just like his real counterpart, dual-wields Oathkeeper and Oblivion.]]



%%* FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:Data-Riku, after being corrupted by bugs. And Sora helps him with it.]]

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%%* * FightingFromTheInside: [[spoiler:Data-Riku, after being corrupted by bugs. And bugs, is forced to fight Sora helps him with it.against his will.]]



%%* MetalSlime: Gold Tricholomas.

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%%* * MetalSlime: Gold Tricholomas.Tricholomas appear only in debugged rooms of system sectors. They constantly warp all over the place and can blind Sora with their poison, but drop SP orbs every time they are hit and a bounty of them when slain.



* MirrorMatch: [[spoiler:Sora-Heartless turns into a dark version of Sora.]]

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* MirrorMatch: [[spoiler:Sora-Heartless [[spoiler:Sora's Heartless turns into a dark version of Sora.]]


** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to The Awakening pillar]], [[MusicalSpoiler the music changes]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]] Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint [[/note]]

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** At the end of the game, you could be forgiven for assuming that the cloaked figure in [[spoiler:Castle Oblivion]] is Riku, who has been appearing to you in his black cloak all game. Then [[spoiler:[[MythologyGag he transports you to The Awakening pillar]], [[MusicalSpoiler the music changes]], [[OhCrap and he pulls out]] [[DualWielding Oathkeeper and Oblivion]]. Yes, HesBack.]] [[note]] Foreshadowing [[note]]Foreshadowing this, the shape of his hood is different from Riku, who himself suggested that he was not the same guy as the one who appeared in his dream at the start of the game. In the ''HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]'', the voice too is a hint hint.[[/note]]


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* SadBattleMusic: The battles with [[spoiler:Data-Riku and Data-Roxas]] are accompanied by their respective themes, both of which are quite somber.


* LoopholeAbuse: Several challenges can be completed using small exploits. A challenge near the end of the game has you running an obstacle course with your commands disables, and to receive one reward you have to do it in under a minute. However, for some reason Glide is not enabled, allowing completion in under thirty seconds. In system sectors, there may be a challenge condition such as not using curative commands, or not jumping. However, keyblade abilities that restore HP are fine for the former, and commands and attacks that have Sora leap to attack are allowed for the latter.

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* LoopholeAbuse: Several challenges can be completed using small exploits. A challenge near the end of the game has you running an obstacle course with your commands disables, disabled, and to receive one reward you have to do it in under a minute. However, for some reason Glide is not enabled, disabled, allowing completion in under thirty seconds. In system sectors, there may be a challenge condition such as not using curative commands, or not jumping. However, keyblade abilities that restore HP are fine for the former, and commands and attacks that have Sora leap to attack are allowed for the latter.

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