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Due to lengthy periods between releases and the prevalence of Late Arrival Spoilers, spoilers from installments before 2010 may be unmarked. Read at your own risk.


Naminé

Voiced by: Iku Nakahara (Japanese), Brittany Snow (II only, English), Meaghan Martin (all other gamesnote , English)

Appearances: Chain of Memories | II | Birth by Sleep | 358/2 Days | coded | Dream Drop Distance | III

"Roxas! We will meet again. And then we can talk about everything. I may not know it's you, and you may not know it's me. But we will meet again. Someday soon. I promise!"

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"I was lonely for so long... I just couldn't bear it anymore. So I called out to your heart and had you come all the way out to this place. You came for me and I'm so... So happy, but... But to your heart I had to..."
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A soft-spoken girl who likes to draw. She's a witch with the power to alter memories, which was exploited by Organization XIII to manipulate Sora during the events of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

She is Kairi's Nobody, born when Kairi's heart was freed from Sora's after he turned into a Heartless. Unlike the others, she appears to actually have feelings due to lacking memories of her previous life to base her reaction off of.


  • The Atoner:
    • After screwing up Sora's memories under Marluxia and Larxene's orders, she spends an entire year setting them back together.
    • She's also aware that the goal of setting them back together had hurt others in the process, and her data-self in coded implies she feels guilty about this.
  • Back from the Dead: Through the efforts of the Riku Replica, Ansem the Wise, Ienzo, and Even, Naminé is restored to physical form through a spare replica body.
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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Sora's party were the first people ever to be nice to her, even despite everything she'd done to them, which is why she spends the next year straight working on their behalf. It goes to the extent that, despite being at Marluxia's mercy, she openly defies him and refuses to hurt Sora anymore.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's overall a pretty demure person who, at worst, is a bit passive-aggressive. When the Riku Replica was about to kill Sora she used her powers, which completely shattered his memories, to protect Sora, although in that case even she seemed surprised at herself for having done that, suggesting Power Incontinence.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Xion's Brunette and Kairi's Redhead.
  • Born as an Adult: Like other Nobodies, Naminé was born the same age as her human: a fourteen year old girl.
  • The Cameo: Appears for a moment in 3D on Sora's dream version of The World That Never Was. Before Sora has a chance to thank her as instructed to by Jiminy's Journal, her form changed into that of Xion and she runs off.
  • Character Development: Starts off in Chain of Memories as extremely passive and did whatever she was told, but Sora's influence led to her gaining confidence in herself and ignoring orders to do what was right. In II she openly defies DiZ's orders to not get herself involved with the matters concerning Roxas and facilitates Kairi's escape from Organization XIII's captivity, both at the risk of her own life.
  • Cute Witch: Larxene and DiZ even explicitly call her as such.
  • Damsel in Distress: She was born into the role as a prisoner of Marluxia in Chain of Memories. Averted in Kingdom Hearts II, where, despite technically being DiZ's prisoner, she goes out of her way to help Roxas and even saves Kairi from her cell in The World That Never Was.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • From Chain of Memories to Kingdom Hearts II, along with Axel. However, considering how the entire plot of Chain of Memories revolved around her, this was unavoidable.
    • A rather extreme case in Kingdom Hearts III. Though she's mentioned repeatedly, she only speaks in one scene (that can be skipped altogether) and she doesn't get a physical body until just before the end credits roll. Nevertheless, that one scene reveals that she indirectly helps the Guardians of Light by sending the Lingering Will to aid them against Terra-Xehanort in Keyblade Graveyard, so at least she still contributes something.
  • Dirty Business: Naminé's actions are ambiguous at best, but the poor girl is stuck between a rock and a hard place really. She promised Sora she was going to fix his memories after she herself was forced to mess them up by Marluxia and Larxene. Bringing him back is necessary (his heart is connected to so many) as well, to the point that Diz and Riku work with her. As she does this, it gets messy with Xion and Roxas coming into the picture because of their relation to Sora and their absorption of his memories. Both characters had to relinquish their right to being for basically the greater good. All Naminé can do for them is provide a semblance of choice in the manner. Coded hints that she's affected for the suffering that this whole situation caused.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In Chain of Memories. She's a teenager who is being held as hostage by a bunch of adults, mostly male, but then we see that the Smurfette Principle Larxene is actually even dirtier than the males, as she has no sense of personal space at the poor little girl.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She comes back at the end of III through the efforts of Even/Vexen, Ienzo, and Ansem the Wise and is last seen with Xion gathering seashells on the shore of Destiny Islands.
  • Extreme Doormat: Through most of Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days. But definitely not in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Fake Memories: Part of what her powers revolve around.
  • A Friend in Need:
    • Most of Naminé's scenes in Kingdom Hearts II are based around her strong feelings of attachment to Roxas and wanting to help him/reunite with him, although the romantic angle is underplayed enough that teases aside, she's aiding him by virtue of the unfairness fate has handed to him (in where she was forced to play a part in because of Sora's memory restoration). And that the only thing they can look forward to/be happy about is that they are not alone once they return to their respective original selves as they see each other the way they remember one another to be.
    • In III, Naminé is Sora's only friend who shows up to him in the Final World, giving him motivation to escape and providing a means for the Guardians of Light to change fate.
  • Girl in the Tower: In Chain of Memories.
  • Girly Run: Bonus points for Holding Hands with Kairi at the same time.
  • Grew a Spine: Previously, Naminé only defied Marluxia when Axel told her that it was safe for her to. After Sora forgives her for what she did to him, she defies Marluxia to his face and at great personal risk, saying she would rather die than hurt Sora again. This new found confidence, while bleak, continues onwards to KHII.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Given that she's not even much of a Nobody, it's to be expected.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Not that she was ever evil, though.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Roxas. If some of the few underlined ship teases didn't catch, their scenes together appear in the credits of 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which places them in a montage of romantic couples, hinting at them possibly being endgame.
    • In III though the two do not interact at all due to their circumstances at the time. And she gets a bit of Ship Tease with Riku.
  • The Ingenue: While she isn't exactly naïve, she's this in Chain of Memories more than in any of her other appearances due to her upbringing. While misguided (better to be whole than to "disappear"), she's optimistic when it comes to her merging back into Kairi. The knowledge of who she is makes her well informed from the beginning of what her ultimate end would be that she can't object to it with defiance like Roxas (who she tried to help in coming to terms with it too) could because she's come to peace with it already.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has a sense of pureness about her, invoked by her white attire (and/or motif) and soft-spoken, calm demeanor. Since her birth, she's been stuck within walls and was only able to get out by II.
  • Leitmotif: "Naminé".
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Although she's not the only character who play this trope in the games (as many Disney characters are also this), Naminé is more noticeable for still wearing the very same sundress in Kingdom Hearts II. Inevitably as she gets taller, even if it's not really played for Fanservice, the sundress no longer covers her knees and is now exposing her legs.
    • Like Roxas, She still wears the same outfit she was initially seen in upon revival in III, whereas everyone else, even Xion, have changed their wardrobe.
  • Manipulative Bitch: What Larxene calls her. Although this is technically true, Larxene's Alpha Bitch position in the plot toward Naminé makes the call a case of Hypocritical Humor.
  • Mind over Manners: She confesses to Roxas that she's not sure how to use her memory manipulation powers, or if she even should.
  • Miss Exposition: Her main role post Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II, particularly in Coded. It's gotten to the point that she's become more or less the game's Omniscient.
  • Mysterious Waif: In Chain of Memories.
  • Neutral Female: Despite bigoted remarks by DiZ on her and all the Nobodies, she never spoke up against him one bit. Compare this to Roxas and Riku, the former declaring that he hated him while the latter abandons him after revealing his selfish intentions. Toward the end of her tenure with him, however, she finally did get sick of this enough to defy him in order to help Roxas.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: She works for or with Marluxia, Axel, Riku and DiZ, but seldom takes action of her own volition, with a noteworthy exception being in KH2's prologue in which she defies DiZ in order to help Roxas choose to merge with Sora rather than be forced into it.
  • Nice Girl: She's even meek and soft-spoken to someone like Larxene!
  • The Promise: She made one with Sora at the end of Chain of Memories that when he woke up they were going to be real friends after he's properly thanked her. As of the end of III Sora still hasn't fulfilled his end, at least in part due to poor timing and circumstances.
  • Psychic Link: Because of the nature of her power, she's pretty much linked to anyone Sora has come in contact with or is related to. Notably, she pops up in Roxas' unconscious mind. She has inklings of the existence of Aqua, Terra, and Ven and their hurt, and if the First Breath concert is anything to go by, she's conversed with the Lingering Will about Aqua as a result of her deeply following the chain within Sora's heart. She even did it again in KH III to prevent Terra-Xehanort from attacking the heroes again, when time rewound, in the final world after talking to Sora.
  • Remember the New Guy?: In-Universe, invoked by the Organization XIII in order to attempt to manipulate Sora in Castle Oblivion.
  • Rewriting Reality: Uses drawing to manipulate memories.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Underlaid with Roxas.
    • She gets a bit with Riku in Kingdom Hearts III. Especially the ending when he picks her up from Radiant Garden. Sora even emphasizes a special someone who won't let her down, with him being the only one not mentioned by name about missing her.
  • Shrinking Violet:
    • For the most part in Chain of Memories, until she gains some confidence at the end.
    • Also this in 358/2 Days, but grows out of it by Kingdom Hearts II.
  • The Shut-In: Non-consensual. It's even symbolized by the mini-doll of her stuck in a bird cage. Naminé's existence is just tragic all around. From the moment she was born in Castle Oblivion she's been sheltered and stuck behind walls majority of her short life. While other characters got to at least experience real friendship even if they had to feel loss, she was so lonely that she beckoned Sora to her (which was used by Marluxia and Larxene for their notorious plot); a mistake that has caused sacrifices. Not only did she have nobody around, her life accumulates to basically being abused for her powers by others above her.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her only appearance in III is entirely skippable, and she never even appears in in any human form as Sora's only interaction with her is with her as a heart in the Final World. That said, without her, the Guardians of Light may never have been able to survive to truly face the True Organization XIII: Naminé, as a heart separated from Kairi, is responsible for calling for the help of the Lingering Will, without whom the Guardians would never have been able to make it past the battle that initially [Total Party Kill killed them all]. It's no exaggeration to say, in this sense, Naminé literally saved the Guardians of Light, and the World by extension.
  • Spanner in the Works: She becomes this in III when she summons Terra's Lingering Will while she's in the Final World, for without the Lingering Will to fight Terra-Xehanort in the Keyblade Graveyard it would've been safe to say Terra-Xehanort in his most unstable moment would've killed the Guardians of Light once more.
  • Split-Personality Merge: With Kairi at the end of Kingdom Hearts II, although she still seems to be able to communicate with Sora and Roxas, considering Riku's comment in the Final Mix + that Sora can thank her after they beat Xemnas (which, at that point, was after said merge), and she and Roxas exchange smiles through Sora and Kairi in the ending scene.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Is seen watching Roxas in his room when in fake Twilight Town. She also appears in Roxas' unconscious mind during Days and II, with Roxas naturally asking who she is. To be fair, it's vague if this is her knowingly reaching out to him or vice-versa, or if it occurs because of the ties with Sora and his memories. What is certain is that she senses Roxas during it and is so aware of it by Kingdom Hearts II that she smiles at him.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Kairi in all senses in Chain of Memories, but Sora doesn't catch on until she sets him straight about it.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Subverted in the tie-in manga. Namine sews up Axel's black coat out of gratitude towards him, but according to him did a poor job of it.
  • Theme Naming: Her part in the "girls related to Kairi" group is nami for wave.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Can manifest Corridors of Darkness. Notably, she can do so even after she has merged with Kairi.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Near the end of Chain of Memories, she stands up to Larxene and Marluxia, and manages to almost pull an accidental one hit kill on the Riku Replica. For some reason, that portion of her power is never mentioned again.
    • She gains a lot more confidence in Kingdom Hearts II, evaded capture from the Organization, and helped rescue Kairi. She and Kairi together even stood up to Saïx physically, and that's gotta count for something.
    • In III, she is able to extend her powers to being able to communicate with the Lingering Will to aid the Guardians of Light during the final battle while existing as just a heart in what's essentially Kingdom Hearts's version of Purgatory.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: It is unclear whether she's this or a Master of Illusion, but Naminé, much like DiZ, can change her appearance with the power of darkness. She only uses this in order to change into the form of Kairi, so while the extent of changes she can make is unknown, she could not hide her "light vs. darkness" scent.
  • Witch with a Capital B: Downplayed in that she did have magical powers. But Larxene's intention in calling her "manipulative witch" is pretty clear.
  • Woman in White: Constantly wears a white dress.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At the end of Roxas's prologue in II, DiZ outright says that with Sora completely restored, he has no further use for Naminé, and orders Riku to kill her. Of course, Riku is already disgusted with DiZ for using Sora in an effort to get revenge on Organization XIII, and instead lets her go.
  • Younger Than They Look: She's physically a teenager, but technically, by the time of II, she's at most one year old.

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