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The best of friends, Axel, Roxas, and Xion were Organization XIII's number VIII, XIII, and XIV respectively. Roxas and Xion, who are amnesiac and curious about the world, would rather hang around Twilight Town and eat sea-salt ice cream than worry about the Organization's plans; Axel, though knowing about said plans, nonetheless treats the two as his friends, rather than as the Organization's tools. Things start to fall apart when Xion and Roxas begin to attempt to learn more about their pasts, while Axel tries to balance lies and the truth to keep them together.

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    All Three 
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Roxas is blond, Xion is brunette, and Axel is redhead.
  • Combination Attack: The three of them have one in Re:Mind called Thinking of You where Roxas and Xion will do the classic X-Slash on the target repeatedly while Axel bombards them with flaming chakrams.
  • Cry into Chest: Roxas and Xion emotionally break down sobbing into Lea's chest in III, after many months of being separated and nearly losing their friendship, it's hard to blame them for this reaction.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: A trio of Nobodies, literally heartless abominations whose very existences were an affront to the laws of nature yet they nonetheless became tight friends and fought an uphill battle together against reality itself simply to regain their humanity. In roughly a year, the schemes of their leaders ripped their friendship apart and the trio perished trying to salvage it. While Axel was able to regain his humanity as Lea in 3D, it took a significant effort on the heroes' end before they could all finally tearfully reunite in III.
  • Fighting Your Friend: In all directions. Axel is forced to beat Xion unconscious so he can take her back to the Organization twice. Roxas is later goaded by Xion to kill her. Finally, Roxas beats Axel when the latter attempts to take him back to the Organization.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Downplayed. Axel is possibly in his mid to late twenties, while Roxas and Xion are in their teens (at least, they look that way). This is remarkable when compared to the Destiny Islands or the Wayfinder trios, who are much closer in age.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: While most of the Organization members want their hearts back, the trio specifically want to regain their humanity so they can stop doing missions and just hang out together as friends. It's most evident with Roxas as detailed below.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: In 358/2 Days Roxas and Xion have identical average stats across the board and are generally the most versatile members of the Organization. Axel has similar stats, though he tends to hit faster and harder at the cost of having slightly worse Defense.
  • Magic Knight: They're all exceptional at both their weapons and their element of magic with Axel/Lea specializing in fire and Roxas and Xion in light.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The biggest offender is Axel, who deliberately withholds information about the Organization's plans from his friends, even though they pertain to them, out of a misguided attempt to shield them from the Awful Truth. Xion later starts to hide things of her own as well, declining to share her experiences and findings until it is too late. Naturally, these feed doubts into Roxas, who becomes frustrated of being locked out of the loop and has a hard time sorting out what are the lies and what are the truths.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Since their individual introductions, all three have gotten a substantial amount of focus and screentime compared to the rest of Organization XIII. Especially true in 358/2 Days. Despite featuring every member of the Organization, it's ultimately these three that the game's over-arching plot is actually about.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Roxas, Axel and Xion are the 358/2 Days equivalent to Sora, Riku and Kairi from the main plot and Ventus, Terra and Aqua from Birth By Sleep respectively.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: All of them at some point in the series though Axel/Lea is the only consistent example in his appearances.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Roxas is The Hero (possessing power over light and eventually turning against Organization XIII when he discovers their true goal), Axel as The Lancer (Roxas' snarker friend who eventually becomes his enemy) and Xion as The Chick that acts as both as The Heart (her inclusion helping solidify Roxas and Axel's friendship) and The Lost Lenore (her death causing it to dissolve).
  • Villainous Friendship: They have the distinction of being the only one of the series's main trios to have all been friends while technically antagonists. All three joined the nefarious Organization XIII and Days shows them bonding by eating ice cream and watching the sunset together after finishing the day's missions the Organization set them on. Downplayed because Roxas and Xion just barely qualify as villains at all, being kids who honestly don't know any better, and even Axel benefits from his Days screentime focusing more on his interactions with Roxas and Xion as a Cool Big Bro than on his role in the Organization as a Manipulative Bastard and assassin. Ultimately, Xion pulls a Heel–Face Turn, with Roxas and eventually Axel following her example. By the time they finally reunite in III, all three are good guys fighting on the same side as the heroes and their friendship is stronger than ever.

    Roxas 

Roxas

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Jesse McCartney (English)

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

"Why did the keyblade choose me? I have to know."

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"What are you talking about? I am me! Nobody else!
Click here  to see Roxas in his Twilight Town attire.

Organization XIII's 13th member. A mysterious Nobody able to wield the Keyblade, he defected when he realized that the Organization (sans Axel, though at the time Roxas doubted even that) cared nothing for him. He's revealed to be Sora's Nobody, born when Sora took his own heart in Kingdom Hearts I. Roxas ultimately chose to merge back with Sora around the time his summer vacation ended but gladly accepted his fate as he could still exist inside of Sora's heart.


  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Roxas obtains the ability to dual wield the Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades during the first part of the last mission in 358/2 Days. His attacking speed and power increase dramatically, letting him quickly kill the Neoshadows that spawn with only one or two hits.
  • Absurd Cutting Power: His Keyblades are a lot sharper than giant keys have any right to be.
  • Adorkable: He's rather clumsy and a childish dork in the manga who gleefully looks up to Axel, makes all kinds of silly faces, and frequently gets himself into all sorts of hijinks. He also displays this trait in the games whenever he isn't struggling with finding his true purpose in the Organization.
  • Alleged Lookalikes: As Sora's Nobody, he's often noted to have a strong resemblance to him... for some reason. Their faces are identical, but this is difficult to see when their usual facial expressions are so different, not to mention the different hair and voices. Other human/Nobody pairs are basically identical (compare Axel and Lea on this page), and the lack of characters noting the resemblance between the similar Kairi and Naminé is conspicuous. Later games open up the possibility that Sora/Roxas were actually being compared to Vanitas/Ventus respectively (characters tend to omit who they're making a comparison to), but there are several occasions where that is obviously not the case.
  • Anime Hair: His hair is spiky, as the front concentrates the spikes on the right side of his head as if windswept, while the back is smoother and more flaky.
  • Anti-Hero: Roxas is short-tempered, aggressive, blunt, and stands his ground against his foes. He can be arrogant, confident, and cocky as proven in his battles. He can be rightfully selfish in certain intervals. However, Roxas is shown to be not be very ruthless and is merciful to his enemies, as he spares a severely weakened Saïx and tries, albeit harshly, to convince Riku that fighting him is pointless.
  • Anti-Villain: Even during his time in the Organization, he was never really "evil" and moreso just wanted to find out who he was. Once he vents his frustration in his fight with Sora, he's satisfied enough and drops all traces of villainy.
  • Asleep for Days: Roxas spends three weeks in a coma as a result of Sora's own coma in Days, and is looked after by Xion.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Roxas foiled every attempt by Organization XIII to terminate him.
  • A Taste of Power: His Dual Wielding is a thing to be feared against anything that tries to fight him. In Days, the player blazes through hordes of some of the most fearsome Heartless without issue.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: In comparison to Sora, Roxas seems to have a far more aggressive style: he is constantly on the offensive, and abandons any defensive moves he had previously used, such as the Guard technique and magic, in favor of speed and strength. In their mental struggle in the Dive to the Heart, he briefly manages to overpower and disarm Sora with simple brute force. In this battle, he also has a more aggressive stance than he did when fighting Axel.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the manga, after taking a bite out of a mushroom in Wonderland, Roxas grows into a giant that towers over the forest and forces Luxord to ride in his ear.
  • Back from the Dead: In III Roxas's physical body is restored by Vexen, Ienzo and Ansem the Wise through the Replica Program. The fact that Saïx had a hidden hand in it also helps, as he was also The Atoner.
  • Badass in Charge: He was the commander of the Samurai Nobodies back when he was in the Organization. They all share his ability to initiate a Single-Stroke Battle with Sora.
  • Badass Longcoat: When in Organization XIII, Roxas wore the usual all-black uniform, with a number of small differences. His pants were different, looking more casual, and loose. He also did not tuck the legs of his pants into his boots like the other members did, though Roxas's "boots" more resembled black versions of his street shoes, and may not have been knee-high like the other members'. Roxas's cloak had a vague resemblance to the ones worn by Xigbar and Demyx, with slightly pointed shoulders and slightly close-fitting sleeves.
  • Battle Aura: In III when fighting Saix, he gets an aura of golden light which greatly reduces the damage and knockback he receives.
  • Berserk Button: He intensely dislikes being compared to Sora, because he would rather people see him as his own person, which DiZ notes with amusement in their encounter.
    • Roxas also has little patience for people who seem to be bending his will or trying to confuse him.
    • Seeing anyone mistreating Xion to the point of calling her an "it" also gets him angry, specifically towards Saix.
    • As seen the Re Mind scenario, Roxas also expresses genuine rage upon seeing Sora getting badly injured by Xemnas.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's hands down the nicest member of Organization XIII, showing a level of empathy unheard of among Nobodies, but he's also its most powerful after Xemnas. Hurting any of his closest friends will result in him unleashing hell on those who try to do so.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As Xemnas is just about to kill Xion for refusing to kill Lea (who Xemnas himself had just beaten up pretty badly), Roxas comes shooting down out of the sky in the new replica body that Vexen, Ansem the Wise and Ienzo had prepared for him.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blond to Axel's redhead and Xion's brunette.
  • Bound and Gagged: Twice in the manga adaptation. First, when about to be executed by guillotine after being framed by the Cheshire Cat for throwing a hedgehog ball at the Queen of Hearts. Second, when captured by the Lost Boys after being mistaken as a pirate.
  • Breakout Character: Roxas fits in with this trope due appearing in almost every title of the series due to his massive popularity. Fans like him for being a sympathetic badass who is capable of wielding two dual-wielding Keyblades. It's obvious that Days is an excuse for the game-makers to put him in the protagonist role. Even though his importance in the story mostly ends after Days, he is such an iconic character that even casual players not bothered to pay attention to the story recognize him by name.
    • It's funny to think that the prologue of II was actually lambasted when it was first released because it took a long time to play as Sora again, a reception that has long gone since the old days.
  • Break the Cutie: Out of all characters who suffer, Roxas has it the hardest. Starting off, he originally thought he was serving a greater cause by helping Organization XIII form the artificial Kingdom Hearts. He also forms close bonds to Xion and Axel during his stay. However, when discovering that the Organization (including Axel) hid many things from him, Roxas realizes they've been using him as an tool this entire time. Feeling hurt and betrayed, Roxas chooses to leave the Organization, only to be forced into fighting and unintentionally killing Xion, who decides to sacrifice herself for Roxas' sake of living. This emotional weight crashes down on him, leaving him with nothing but feelings of despair and anger upon watching Xion die in front of him.
    • Cut forward to II, Roxas has his memories altered by DIZ and placed into a data Twilight Town. However, upon regaining his memories near the end of his story, Roxas feels great anger about his life being a huge lie. He then gets into conflict with his former friend Axel and learns about his status as Sora's Nobody from Naminé and later DIZ. Roxas' realization to the truth results in him breaking down emotionally to the point of brashly attacking the hologram DIZ. As of now, the current Roxas is more melancholic and serious about life but later grows to accept his role as Sora's Nobody in later games.
  • Call-Forward: A rather powerful example towards who we all know is Naminé in KHII considering this is during his emotional fallout with Axel:
    Roxas: Somebody knows where I came from. If I can't get answers here, I'll get them somewhere else. That'll be the person...I trust.
  • Captain Obvious: His first recon mission with Vexen has him pointing out very obvious features of Twilight Town's infrastructure.
    Roxas: These tiles are different than the others... it's like a road...
    Vexen: Fascinating... And?
    Roxas: Um...
    Vexen: We'll never get anywhere if you just keep stating the obvious.
  • Character Development: A central component of Days is that Roxas has to learn to emote on his own since he has no memories of his life to tell him how to, and he begins the game as a lifeless dullard. By the end, things are... different. In Kingdom Hearts II's prologue, he emotes more or less normally, but the residual memories from Days have traumatized him, and once again the circumstances drive him to give in to rage before he finally resigns himself to merge back into Sora. In 3D, he maintains that his name isn't Roxas and that Sora is him, though Sora insists that Roxas has as much of a right to be his own person as anyone else. It's a far cry from how he reacted to the reveal of his true identity in II.
  • Clear My Name: A significantly less serious version than most opens II, as Roxas has to clear his name over stealing a few photographs.
  • Cloning Blues: He's not exactly a "clone" of Sora, but nonetheless he fits the bill. Much angst ensues when he finds out that he's just Sora's Nobody and not really meant to exist, and it takes a lot of Character Development (and a fight to the death with Sora) before he fully lets go of his anger and accepts his apparent fate. Ironically though, just as he comes to terms with being forever locked inside of Sora's heart, Sora becomes horrified at the idea and tries to find a way to give him his own life.
  • Cool Key: Two of them: Oathkeeper and Oblivion. Being two of the more blade-like keyblades in the series, both double as a Cool Sword.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Absolutely, especially in Days, but with elements in II. He's born as what amounts to a lifeless doll without any memories to call upon. He develops a personality after getting close to Axel and Xion, who become his two closest friends. But in the end, he's forced to fight Axel and kill Xion. After that, he has his memories wiped again and is brainwashed into living in a virtual town. He isn't even allowed his own life when he discovers the truth as he's strong-armed into fusing back into Sora to make him whole again. You can't help but feel sorry for Roxas.
  • Cradling Your Kill: He holds Xion in his arms until she fades away after he defeats her.
  • Cutscene Boss: In II. The Updated Re-release upgrades him to a full-fledged Duel Boss.
  • Decoy Protagonist: II starts off with him as the Player Character, though the role switches to Sora after the prologue is completed.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The next time we see Roxas in II, he's much more willing to (fully) merge with Sora and become whole.
  • Defector from Decadence: After the Organization's terrible treatment of him and Xion as well as him discovering all the secrets they — including Axel — have been keeping about who he is, Roxas decides he's had enough of them and leaves to find answers himself. Unfortunately, his independence is short-lived.
  • Depending on the Artist: Hand-drawn artwork and FMV cutscenes tend to show his hair as a much lighter shade of blonde than his in-game models. Come Kingdom Hearts III he's noticeably blonder and more in line with official art.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Roxas when he gets his head on straight and also summons both his keyblades is easily one of the strongest protagonists in the series - which naturally means events conspire to prevent him from doing either very often. Only at the tail end of 3 does Roxas reappear in top form and as a party member, and it's worth the wait - he will demolish Super Mode Saix for you if you let him.
  • Disguised in Drag: Once again, in the manga, Roxas attempts to disguise himself as the White Rabbit's maid, Marianne, by throwing on an apron from a French Maid Outfit over his Black Coat. The Rabbit isn't fooled, so Roxas gets arrested.
  • Dragged into Drag: Roxas found himself in drag in the manga adaptation Days, when he was forced to wear a French Maid Outfit while trespassing the White Rabbit's house when the Rabbit came home, trying to trick him into thinking he was his servant, Mary Ann. However, the Rabbit saw through the disguise, and Roxas was put onto trial.
  • The Dreaded:
    • His Dual Wielding gives him incredible fighting potential. The only thing that can put Roxas down is when the enemy receives a power up to overthrow him. It's bad enough Riku had to tap into the power of darkness to subdue and capture Roxas for the sake of saving Sora from his dormant state.
    • When he makes his triumphant return in III, Xemnas is uncharacteristically unnerved and off-guard. Given his strength within the next fight, his alarm was well-founded.
  • Dual Wielding: The first thing we learned about Roxas, way before we even knew his name or that he was Sora's Nobody, was that he could wield two Keyblades at once. Much later, we learned he could only do it briefly, as it was triggered when his anger at Xion's death unlocked Ven's Keyblade.
  • Duel Boss: In II Final Mix, he fights Sora 1v1 in Sora's Dive to the Heart.
  • Dying Alone: This is what Roxas implies will happen to him when he talks with Axel as he's leaving Organization XIII. When Axel tries to convince him not to leave, telling him the Organization will kill him, Roxas says indifferently that "no one would miss me". And in a way, he did sort of end up dying alone. Or, at least, having the majority of his personality go dormant inside of Sora, with no one being there with him at the time when he returned to Sora's body.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Roxas' early design from the Another Side, Another Story secret ending of I has straight hair covering his eyes, compared to his Shonen Hair for his current design. He also appeared to have Supernatural Gold Eyes when he meets Xemnas instead of his usual blue eyes during that ending.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He's reunited with Xion and Lea at the end of III, arriving just in time to save them from Xemnas and being able to finally live out his days in peace with them in Twilight Town the way he always wanted to.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Downplayed, but the anti-heroic, more morally grey Roxas generally has a deeper, more mature voice than his original self Sora or his look-alike Ventus.
  • Evil Twin: Is framed as Sora's on occasion, particularly in II, because he is Sora's Nobody and as a rule of thumb even humanoid Nobodies are viewed as inherently evil, emotionless shells by the heroes (and to be fair, most of the Organization doesn't give them reason to doubt it). Roxas is often more subdued and quick to anger compared to Sora's sunny personality, is a member of the antagonistic Organization XIII Sora is trying to stop, outright calls himself "someone from the dark" when Sora asks who he is, and introduces himself to Sora by furiously attacking him after Axel died for Sora. Subverted in that Roxas is in general a pretty good kid and doesn't serve as an Evil Counterpart because he's already pulled a Heel–Face Turn by the time Sora meets him, with Roxas even teaming up with Sora by the time he returns in III.
  • Fake Memories: His memories got replaced while inside Diz's Fake Twilight Town. He didn't take it well once he found out.
  • Fighting Your Friend:
    • Roxas fights Xigbar in the Olympus Coliseum about halfway through Days, though it's a friendly match for the games meant to maintain a charade.
    • On Day 352, Roxas and Xion are tricked into fighting each other without realizing it (they think the other is a Heartless due to an illusion) as part of Xemnas' plan, though they're quickly stopped by Axel. They fight again on Day 357, though this time Xion is forcing Roxas into it to get him to destroy her.
    • Roxas ends up fighting his Best Friend, Axel, twice during the prologue of II. Roxas can't remember who Axel is due to amnesia and doesn't want to rejoin the Organization, while Axel needs to bring Roxas back lest he be harshly punished for failure.
  • Final Boss: The last fight in coded.
  • Flash Step: He can move temporarily as fast as light and his best melee attack slashes right through an enemy with two blades at light speed. In III he literally turns into a beam of light to perform a dash attack.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: After Roxas's Big Damn Heroes moment in III, Sora begins battle with Saïx with Roxas and Xion for backup. Sora and Xion being there is more a courtesy than a requisite: As a combat ally, Roxas is powerful enough to thrash Saïx all on his own - which, of course, is justified by how strong he is in the story.
  • Girl of My Dreams: Through a possible Psychic Link of sorts due to her power over Sora's memories, and by extension anyone connected to him, there are moments where Roxas in Days (like in Day 26) and KHII sees Naminé in his unconscious. It's unclear who's reaching who or if it just happens, but Naminé for her part can sense him and he [uselessly] tends to ask who she is.
  • Grass Is Greener: Well, not really that he wanted to go to a different country or anything, but...Roxas became jealous of the visions he had of Sora and his friends. To the point where he actually betrayed and left Organization XIII because he wanted friends and love so badly. The result? He gets tricked by Di Z into merging with Sora. Not quite what he wanted.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: For most of the missions Roxas has with Xion, she doesn't have access to her keyblade, forcing her to rely on magic to fight heartless. Aside from those moments, they're usually a heavily downplayed example with both being capable warriors of the keyblade at all ranges with Roxas' fighting style relying more on aggressive close-range swings.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Roxas is less impulsive than Sora, but far more quick to anger. He is short-tempered, aggressive, blunt, and stands his ground against his foes. When blinded with anger, he lets go of all reason and focuses on venting his anger, as seen when he continually hacks at DiZ's computers and viciously attacks DiZ's hologram.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Averted. Roxas and Naminé were born from Sora's body with shared connections to the hearts of Kairi, Sora, and Ven, and have similar hair and eye color, but they aren't literal twins and don't look like each other beyond being blue-eyed blond(e)s. However, in the KHII novel, Naminé does note that them being born at the same time is similar to the concept of how twins are born at the same time.
  • Heroic Neutral: He's more concerned with living life with his friends than dealing the schemes of the villains, going so far as to blindly follow the Organization's instructions. His only real heroic actions are prompted by an ultimately vain attempt at reuniting with Xion after she fades away.
  • Hesitant Sacrifice: He doesn't want to be absorbed back into Sora, but by the end he realizes he has to and accepts it.
  • Iconic Item: Not the first Keyblade wielder, but he is the most associated with the Oathkeeper and Oblivion Keyblades thanks to being the first Keyblade dual wielder.
  • Identity Absorption: At the start of II, Roxas has to return to being part of The Hero Sora and clearly feels that this will happen to him. He is seen again a couple of times, when some particularly powerful psychic influence causes him to re-emerge briefly, but Roxas was basically correct to consider the merge to be his own death. Outside of those moments, the only trace of him that remained showed itself when Sora found himself crying when he said goodbye to Roxas' friends, who he thought he'd only just met.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: A variation. By the standards of the series, he should be a seething ball of darkness (and Nobodies already have an affinity for darkness by default). Despite this, he shows a strong alignment with the light element and only uses powerful light magic like Holy in battle, and otherwise has no evidence of dark powers aside from the Corridors of Darkness that just about everyone in interspace can utilize somehow. This is because when Sora turned into a Heartless, he was pure darkness. The expelled light (combined with Kairi being part of it) would have created Roxas, a Nobody of pure light. His appearance also screams that Ventus is a crucial part of his makeup as well. Also Sora's Heartless was a SHADOW, the weakest kind of Heartless out there. Sora's heart had very little darkness in it to begin with.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He's a blank slate at first since he was created without Sora's memories. His bright blue eyes reflect how everything is new to him and he's almost as peppy as Sora at times. Then it's subverted when the weight of everything that happens to him makes him far more moody and cynical.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Another difference with Sora is their heroic status. Oftentimes, Roxas shows how he'd rather not have anything to do with the Keyblade, longing to be an ordinary life. This is something represented in Hayner, Pence, and Olette throughout the series, as he is shown a number of times watching them in wonder and interest.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Calls out "Over here!" or "Too slow!" every time he dashes away in III, sometimes in bursts of two or three times in a row.
  • I Will Wait for You: Played with. Once he regains his memories he agrees to wait for Axel "in the next life" (once they've both become whole again), but while Lea retains Axel's memories (rendering them more or less the same person) the same can't be said for Sora, who sees Roxas as someone who deserves to be his own person anyway.
  • Joke Weapon: An umbrella with the Casual Gear.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: When Xion's nature as a replica who can absorb beings becomes dangerous to Roxas, he ends up on the perpetrator's side of her Suicide by Cop gambit.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to Diz and Naminé, Roxas forgot his time as a member of Organization XIII and thought himself to be a normal person.
    • Also the case when he first came into being. Due to the unusual circumstances that led to his creation, he didn't inherit the memories of his original self like the other Organization members did. Which is part of the reason why his personality developed into one separate from Sora's.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Roxas is Sora's Nobody. In his debut game, this was a big part of the plot, serving as the major plot twist of the opening act of the game. In any and all games featuring him since, this fact is always brought to the front from the very beginning, and is considered one of the defining aspects of his character.
  • Leitmotif: "Roxas".
  • Light 'em Up: With skills like Event Horizon and Magic Hour, as well as in his Boss Battle in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Light Is Not Good: It starts out that way, since's he's not exactly on Sora's side at first, but he gets better.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • As a boss, he's faster than Sora, hits just as hard, and can repel virtually any oncoming attack with his light shields.
    • The most powerful companion in III as a result of this; unlike the other keyblade wielders in Keyblade Graveyard, his attack AI has virtually no downtime, and he spends much of the battle either hammering Saïx with combos close up, dashing around the battlefield avoiding attacks, firing projectiles from his Keyblades or surging in as an explosive particle of light. About the only things that stopping him from completely Stunlocking Saïx are the boss' immunity frames and his own lack of an aerial combo, and his constant dodging gives him some of the highest uptime among party members to boot.
  • Limit Break: He has two.
    • Event Horizon, one that he shares with Xion, It allows him to encase his Keyblade in light to slash at enemies with great strength. During the Final Limit, he summon four pillars of light around himself that quickly move away in straight paths to the ends of the field, dealing heavy damage to enemies in his way.
    • When Dual-Wielding, he has Magic Hour, It consists of him jumping a few feet off the ground, then summoning the pillars of light to rain down randomly around him. The Final Limit increases the size, speed, and strength of the pillars, and also shields Roxas in a cloak of light.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Hayner, Pence, and Olette are this for Roxas.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Had no idea whats going on within the Organization and their plans and why they're indifferent with Xion. This continues on until near the end of Days. where the frustration of not knowing anything and his questions about his connection to Sora has him leave the Organization.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: His leitmotif, "Roxas", is largely done with a piano.
  • Making a Splash: When playing as him in ReMind, the only offensive spell he has access to is Waterga. Interestingly, this is the only element in III that he didn't have access to in Days.
  • Magic Knight: He is a self-trained swordsman and, with the right Panels equipped in Days, also a decent mage. He displays less prowess in magic later on, as he relies more on his Dual Wielding attack style.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not the main article himself, but Data-Roxas seemed to have picked up a few tricks from Marluxia in coded.
  • Master of All: He is one of the most destructive characters in the whole series, and has very high speed, good strength, high vitality, and strong magical powers. It's mainly his recklessness and temper that do him in most of the time rather than a lack of firepower.
  • Morality Pet: To just about everyone in the Organization before his Heel–Face Turn, and Axel in particular.
  • Multi-Directional Barrage: His Event Horizon Limit in Days fires giant pillars of light in all directions.
  • Must Make Amends: After killing off Xion, he tries his best to respect his dead friend's wish—by setting all the hearts that both he and she had collected free from Kingdom Hearts and foiling Xemnas's plan for gaining ultimate power. The way he goes about doing so wasn't really what Xion had intended him to do to begin with, and it was all because he wanted his life with Xion and Axel back. Riku stops him from going about his suicidal rampage to confront Xemnas, setting the stage for II.
  • My Eyes Are Leaking: Roxas, as a Nobody supposedly does not feel emotions. That doesn't stop him from crying in his dreams, however, and he writes about his confusion over this in his journal:
    The dreams have gotten stranger. Now I wake up with water on my cheeks. I don't know how it got there, but I think there's something really wrong with me.
  • No Respect Guy: Throughout all of Days he does a huge number of missions for the Organization, runs a number of side jobs for many members, and by the end of the game has become the second most powerful member according to the Ultimania, which is seen when he utterly floors Saïx. And yet he's still treated like a do-nothing rookie. This is somewhat Justified, as the Organization developed Xion with the plan to eliminate Roxas anyway.
  • Nothing Left to Do but Die: Downplayed, but once his data version has fulfilled his role he tells Sora that there's nothing left for him to do but go away.
  • Percussive Therapy: Towards the end of the Prolonged Prologue in II, Roxas regains (some of) his memories of his time in Organization XIII, and realizes that he's spent the past six days living a fake life before he could be sacrificed to revive The Hero. Angry at the deception, Roxas attacks a nearby computer terminal to blow off some steam.
  • Personality Powers: Zigzagged, though he can be cheerful, happy and heroic, he also spends a lot of time being moody, and wrestles with Cloning Blues due to being Sora's Nobody. It's less of a subversion if you associate him with the light of sunset, as the names of his attacks imply.
  • Power Floats: During his Limit Break in his boss fight, he floats into the air before cascading orbs of Holy down upon Sora.
  • The Promise: In a deliberate echo in II, Roxas makes a promise that he'll meet up again with his friends in Twilight Town. Sora fulfills it vicariously for him, and gets the Oathkeeper keyblade for doing so.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He doesn't have any idea what he's working towards for most of his life, and he doesn't really take any pleasure in his work.
  • Purposely Overpowered: In III he can absolutely destroy Saïx even without Sora's help. Considering he defeated Saïx alone in 358/2 despite being drained to a fraction of his power, it makes sense.
  • Quest for Identity: Why he left the Organization in the first place. Roxas was sick of being in the dark, realizing just how little he really knew of himself. Since no one is willing to answer who he is and his connections to Sora, he decided to find the answers for himself. So he ditched Organization XIII to find out who he was before becoming a Nobody, or even if he was someone before that. At least, that was the idea; DiZ had other plans for him.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: It's Axel's evasiveness about Xion and Roxas' natures that directly leads to Roxas' leaving the Organization. For the most part, Axel keeps the information under his hat because he believes it to be something Roxas ''really'' doesn't need to know. That doesn't stop it from undermining Roxas' trust in him, though.
  • Raised as a Host: Young Xehanort says as much about the Organization's true plans for Roxas towards the end of 3D. They needed thirteen vessels to fill with a piece of Master Xehanort's heart to form the Thirteen Seekers of Darkness, and Young Xehanort says Roxas was deemed a prime candidate from the moment Xemnas found him. Unfortunately, Roxas grew his own mind and heart and thus was unsuited for the role.
  • Really Was Born Yesterday: In the game's first hours, Roxas is a "newborn" so to speak in Days. He barely knows any words, doesn't know what friendship means and he is clueless about just everything. Later on, he develops more and grows a spine, gradually becoming the way he was in II. it's justified because he is Sora's Nobody and born without any of his original self's memories.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Roxas has a devil-may-care attitude in terms of recklessness, he can be rightfully selfish in certain intervals, but is selfless enough to return to Sora willingly. Roxas constantly rebels against what he's told is his "place" and is a strongly outspoken, independent individual.
  • Recurring Dreams: Roxas falls into a coma for several weeks. After awakening, he begins experiencing strange dreams and visions, due to Sora's memory restoration. As Naminé nears the completion of the task of restoring Sora's memories, Roxas soon begins seeing brief fleeting memories of Sora through a number of his dreams.
  • Red Baron: The Key of Destiny.
  • Redemption Demotion: Though more because he has amnesia than because he left the Organization.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Struck with grief from Xion's death, Roxas returns to The World That Never Was, planning to "set Kingdom Hearts free", in compliance to Xion's last words. He also desires to save Xion from within him, hoping that freeing Kingdom Hearts would bring her back. Then, they could go back to Axel and all have ice cream together. Upon his arrival, Roxas is attacked at Memory's Skyscraper by countless Neoshadow Heartless, which surround him. Roxas draws out his Keyblades, ready to defend himself, However, even after slaying many Heartless, he realizes there are too many to fight alone. Luckily, Riku suddenly appears at the scene on top of the Skyscraper, and Roxas, influenced by Xion, throws his Oblivion Keyblade at him as he runs up. Riku manages to catch it, however, and they both defeat the Neoshadows once on the ground. After the dark remains clear, they immediately turn on each other.
    • An implied one with his attempt to usurp control of their mutual body from Sora, seeing as it takes place shortly after his best friend died for Sora's sake. Roxas makes his move when Sora reaches Memory's Skyscraper, where he had once fought Riku. His Samurai appear and surround Sora as Roxas, cloaked, confronts Sora and pulls him to the Station of Serenity within their hearts. Sora is surprised by the cloaked, Keyblade-wielding figure, believing him to be Riku, but Roxas scoffs and demands to know why Sora was chosen to exist over Roxas. After looking at the Station and realizing that Sora's strength comes from the bonds he shares with others, Roxas makes one final attempt to conquer Sora, but Sora is able to assert his control over Roxas's Keyblades, taking them from the Nobody and dealing the finishing blow. Roxas falls to the ground, satisfied, and acknowledges Sora as a good "other".
  • Sanity Slippage: When Roxas is confronted by Riku after Xion dies, Roxas's unhinged dialogue indicates that he has somehow convinced himself that if he fulfills Xion's Last Request to set Kingdom Hearts free, she'll come back and his life will with her and Axel will go back to the way it was.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Roxas finds out the truth of Xion's identity from Axel, learning that she is a Replica and not a true member of the Organization. Hurt that Axel had knowingly withheld her identity for so long, Roxas begs Axel to tell him his true identity, but Axel refuses. Angry and distrustful, Roxas follows Xion's example and flees the Organization himself. Saïx attempts to stop Roxas from exiting the castle. Roxas defeats him, and departs. On his way through Dark City, Roxas encounters Axel, who attempts to persuade him to stay, warning him that the Organization would destroy him for his betrayal. Roxas continues on his way, saying, "No one would miss me."
  • Ship Tease: With Naminé in II and Xion in Days.
    • With Naminé. They first cross paths in the prologue in Kingdom Hearts II, and though they only interact a few times, the pair quickly build up a strong bond, with Naminé vowing that they will meet again one day, even if they initially aren't able to recognize each other. This is, of course, because they're the Nobodies of Sora and Kairi. There's even a scene before the final battle with Xemnas where, prior to their complete merger, Kairi has Sora promise they'll spend every day together when Naminé expresses joy over the prospect of being reunited with Roxas. Then in the credits of 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, their scenes together play out amid a montage of romantic couples, and Sora mentions in III how Roxas is one of the people that will miss Namine deeply if she doesn't come back.
    • With Xion. Along with their friendship with Axel, Roxas and Xion's relationship is the main focus of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, their friendship is about as close to love as a Nobody can get, and her death in the climax includes them having an emotional conversation as he cradles her in his arms and she caresses his face. Xion herself outright says she loves Roxas and Axel in one of the secret reports and in the ending assures Roxas that even though he won't remember her, their memories will be "together forever" inside Sora. One of their mutual Keyblades is even named after a poem dedicated to parting lovers. The manga takes the subtext even further, with Xion saying holding Roxas' Keyblade feels like she's holding his hand and one of the two saying can you imagine us doing anything other than eat ice cream - cue both of them giving each other awkward stares. The Days novel has Roxas saying Xion is "the girl he treasures" and the narration says his bond with Xion ended up being the same bond Sora has with Kairi. During the Re:Mind DLC, they also got a new scene together with specifically Roxas saving Xion from an attack of the Xehanort Replicas.
    • Because all three are Nobodies innocent to the ways of the world and friendship is most important to Roxas, it's also entirely possible to read his friendships with both girls as strictly platonic. It should be noted that III doesn't tease either pairing and simply shows that Roxas cares about both Naminé and Xion as his friends. The ending where everyone is together at the beach doesn't have Roxas spending time alone with either girl; instead it's Naminé and Xion who're shown to be hanging out together, with Roxas having spent time with Xion as part of their larger friend groups (with Lea, Isa, and the Twilight Town Trio there with them). Plus, the ending montage of 2.8 has Cloud with Aerith while Nomura himself puts Cloud together with Tifa, meaning that said ending montage was probably made by other people.Meanwhile Naminé gets Ship Tease with the Riku Replica only for him to die and Riku to escort Naminé to Destiny Islands in his place. Sora also gave a huge emphasis on Riku as the "special someone that won't let you [Namine] down" in the Final World, giving more stuff for people think about. If the series is looking to push Roxas together with either of the girls, it's waiting for a future game.
  • Signature Move: The series first Reaction Command, Reversal. You'll be using it a ton throughout the intro of Kingdom Hearts II as it's an extremely fast flanking dodge that warps you around the enemy who triggered it. The move is commonly associated with Roxas in numerous ways, such as being both the first Reaction Command Sora can pull off himself and seeing great use in the battle against Roxas in II Final Mix. It also makes a come back during the final battle against Xemnas, where it becomes massively upgrade and highly spammable so the player can dodge around Xemnas's thorny spikes of energy. During the Re:Mind DLC for Kingdom Hearts III, Roxas can use Reversal as a Situation Command to defeat Saix.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: He can initiate a Press X to Not Die event like the Samurai Nobodies he's in charge of. Winning the duel against Roxas allows Sora to temporarily steal his Keyblades, while losing causes Sora to take a significant chunk of damage.
  • Single Tear: He gets one after he kills Xion at the end of Days.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Justified. He didn't have any memories at the first parts of Days, but quickly learned how to fight thanks to the other members of Org XIII teaching him. As shown throughout the game, he didn't know many things that would be trivial to other people and kept asking Axel about it.
  • Skyward Scream: Roxas, upon discovering that all of his memories are fake, that he has no right to exist, and that to restore Sora's memories and wake him up, Roxas must be sacrificed. He attempts to attack DiZ for putting him through all of it, only to find out that he isn't even in the room, just showing him a projection of himself. Roxas's anger, despair, and frustration reaches a boiling point there, and he just screams. Poor kid has gone through some serious sh*t.
  • Smarter Than You Look:
    • Roxas seems have a certain degree of intelligence that Sora often lacks, as he is not as easily fooled by his enemies and is more likely to think his actions through unless angered.
    • This is slightly changed when it came to Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, because unlike his future self that had thorough knowledge of subjects in the fake Twilight Town, Roxas was born with no memories when taken in by the Organization. Hence, he had no information on the simplest topics or objects, making him comparable to a newborn who grows to learn them, and coming off slow and naive due to it, leading a few others, including himself, to refer to him as a "zombie". This is why Axel fulfills the role of enlightening him about his questions or thoughts, sometimes making Axel himself tongue tied on how to explain them.
  • Something Only They Would Say: During his fight against Riku, he gets tricked into saying something only Sora would say to be thrown off his concentration.
    Roxas: Why don't you quit?
    Riku: Come on, Sora. I thought you were stronger than that.
    Roxas: Huh? Get real! Look which one of us is winning.
  • Split-Personality Merge: With Sora (his original, whole being, twice as of Dream Drop Distance), Xion (a clone of Sora's, and by extension Roxas himself), and possibly Ventus (whose heart is part of Sora's). ... It's complicated.
  • Storm of Blades: His thirteen shape-shifting columns of light rush throughout the battlefield destroying anything in the way.
  • Sword Drag: Does this with his Keyblades during a cutscene fight in II.
  • Tears of Remorse: He cries after defeating Xion, even though by this point he can only remember her name via prompting and can't even remember it was him who did it.
  • Teens Are Short: He's the size Sora was when he lost his heart, same as Xion. Axel jokes about adding two half-pints together to get a whole.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: After all of the crap Roxas had to endure, he finally confronts DiZ. By this time, Roxas is pissed-off and exhausted, but what line does he deliver? "I hate you so much!" Justified, as this is coming from a 15 year old who had his best friend betray him and seemingly die by his hand, a girl who spoke with him just to be kind get taken away to God-Knows-Where by his tormentors, his happy life in Twilight Town revealed to be an illusion and on top of it all, has now just found out the hated foe that appears to stand before him is nothing more than a hologram and in the end, there is no escaping his fate. Really, at this point. what else is there to say?
  • Token Good Teammate: He, alongside Axel and Xion, is this for Organization XIII.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Both in the end of Days about his connection to Xion, and in the prologue to Kingdom Hearts II, when he is regaining his memory.
  • Took a Level in Badass: For most of his existence, he wasn't all that impressive, mostly used as nothing more than a tool. However, when he quits the Organization, he's able to defeat Saïx, Xemnas's Number Two, when he's only at less than half his peak strength. He's not even tired afterwards, while Saïx is keeled over in pain. This level appears to stick for his later battles with Xion, Riku, Axel, and Sora, even though he loses two of those.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Data-Roxas in coded. He is extremely resentful of everyone and spends the entirety of the Castle Oblivion level urging Data-Sora to break people's hearts because it'll be quicker to get his trials over with, and they're just hunks of data that no one else knows about and that Data-Sora will forget about immediately after, so who cares? This is because Data-Roxas is dealing with two different layers of What Measure Is a Non-Human?. He's a Nobody and a data copy at that.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sea-salt ice cream.
  • Transferable Memory: In 3D, Roxas meets with Sora in a dream and transfers the memories of his life into Sora.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The horrible stuff that happens to this guy could fill a book. The poor guy has no memories, all he knows is that he can use a Keyblade and it's important he kill Heartless. When he asks questions of his allies to try and figure out the things he ought to know but doesn't, they treat him like an idiot for that reason. At least Xion eventually figured out that the Organization was using both of them, Roxas doesn't clue in until practically the end of the game and thus spends most of his single year of life working for people who exploit his abilities and plan to kill him once they're done with him. The only really happy time in his life is the last week, when he's implanted with fake memories and is imprisoned in a virtual reality simulation - and once that week is up, he merges back with Sora.
    • But first the poor kid had to find out it was all a big lie in the worst way possible. I say again, poor kid.
    • In Dream Drop Distance, Sora meets with Roxas in a dream and Roxas transfers his memories into him, meaning Sora experiences the entire Trauma Conga Line at once.
  • Undying Loyalty: Seems to have instilled this in his Samurai Nobodies, as they still serve him even after his defection (and possibly killing several of them on the way out of the Castle That Never Was). To say nothing of the first, lone Dusk who still called Roxas "my liege" weeks after that same leave.
  • The Unfought: In the World That Never Was, Roxas starts a battle with Sora before losing and finally giving in. In the vanilla version of KHII this is just a cutscene, while Final Mix made it an actual gameplay battle.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: In Days, he gets access to Sora's Dodge Roll, which he can upgrade to different effects. Like Sora, his gives him a short period of invincibility.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Played With.
    • As the first dual-Keyblade wielder introduced in the series - something which in of itself takes great finesse and technique to properly pull off in addition to nobody else doing so as frequently or even shown to have the ability to do so in the first place besides Sora himself - Roxas demonstrates the utmost of skill with his Keyblades, with his sword style being fast paced, offensive, and graceful. However, Roxas doesn't know anything about using a Keyblade beyond it being a sword. Best seen in his fight with Sora, himself a self-taught Keyblade wielder: Roxas overpowers him with brute force, but Sora is able to catch him off guard and win by calling his Keyblade to his hand. Despite this being one of the more basic attributes of the Keyblade, Roxas appears completely surprised someone can do that.
    • In a case of Gameplay and Story Integration, Roxas's fighting style and movements are also not quite as refined as Sora's in II. Though, this can can be justified by the fact that he lost of his memories of training with the Organization during the prologue.
  • Visual Pun: Perhaps not intentional, but the “X” charm he wears as a zip-pull. In music, an X next to a note denotes a Double Sharp.
  • Vocal Evolution: Roxas was one of earliest roles in Kouki Uchiyama’s career and he was fifteen when Roxas first appeared in Kingdom Hearts II. As such, Roxas in Japanese sounds vastly younger in his debut compared to how he sounds in later installments, a change which is especially noticeable when comparing Uchiyama’s performances in the new cutscenes for the HD II.5 ReMIX rereleases to the original cutscenes from the 2005 release.
    • Jesse Mc Cartney's take on Roxas has been pretty consistent but his voice clips for Roxas' grunts and yells in combat in II are noticeably deeper and more mature than Roxas has ever sounded since. He generally sounds more youthful in combat in later games.
  • Wall Run: In the Sequel Hook movie of the first game's Final Mix, Roxas runs up a skyscraper as he and Riku fend off Neoshadows together.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He gets confused when he sees how much Belle and the Beast love each other, and doesn't understand it even when Axel tries explaining it to him.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Roxas is kidnapped and forced by several heroic characters to merge with Sora, so that Sora could wake up and fight the dual threat of the Heartless and the Organization. The people trying to broker this merger refuse to acknowledge Roxas as an individual on the basis that he's technically Sora's zombified body. Dream Drop Distance shows that the merge was by no means perfect, and that Roxas still exists as a personality within Sora. At this point though, Roxas himself has come to peace with his situation; Sora is the one who objects. In fact, Sora objects to this so much that the 2017 Orchestra Trailer heavily implies - if not outright states - that bringing Roxas back into existence will be a major plot point of Kingdom Hearts III.
  • Workaholic: Can barely figure out what to do with a day off, and says he can maybe handle a week. It’s actually sorta sad.
  • World's Best Warrior: Is bar none THE greatest companion the players gets in III and possibly in any of the previous installments by virtue of being the only who doesn't need Sora’s participation in the Boss Battle to cause mountains amount of damage to said boss and is capable of defeating him all by himself without the player needing to lift a finger in the Boss Battle.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Sora as this after their confrontation.
    Roxas: "You make a good Other."
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Thematically with the Oathkeeper and Oblivion, symbolizing Light and Darkness as well as Kairi and Riku.
    • In III, he weaponizes this with the Dual Shot attack that spins both weapons to fire bullets of light and darkness at Saïx.
  • Younger Than They Look: He looks, sounds, and acts like a teenager due to being produced from a teenager's body, but in reality, he's really only about 2 years old by the events of Dream Drop Distance.

    Axel 

Axel

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Quinton Flynn (English)

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

"What's your problem!? You both... think you can do whatever you want. Well, I'm sick of it. Go on, you just keep running! But I'll always be there to bring you back!"

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"My show now, Keyblade master! Who am I? Oh, my name's Axel. Got it memorized?"

Org XIII's 8th member and the only one to survive Chain of Memories. Days reveals his Other's name to have been Lea, and then Birth by Sleep reveals that he was best friends with Isa, Saïx's Other. He appears regularly in Kingdom Hearts II, striving to bring Roxas out of the fake Twilight Town, and later pulling a Heel–Face Turn and helping Sora on his quest. However, he ends up pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save Sora at the end of the game. In Dream Drop Distance, Axel is revived as Lea, his original self and helps Riku and Sora throughout the story. Towards the end of the game, it is revealed that Lea has gained the ability to wield his own Keyblade. For tropes specific to Lea, see Lea's folder on this page.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the KH2 manga and novels. An example being his final fight with Roxas, where he is still trying to get through to him in the manga and intends to burning the mansion down to be Together in Death with him in the novels, while he is fully committed to straight-up killing him in the game.
    • Another case is his kidnapping of Kairi, where they actually bond and begin to cooperate with each other before Saïx kidnaps her from him, and Axel becomes wounded trying to save her. In the game, this did not happen as Axel says Kairi "got away from him" before being caught by Saïx, and Kairi is initially wary of Axel when he comes back as Lea which shows no bond was ever developed between them and he never tried to rescue her.
  • Affably Evil: Although he initially he started off as Faux Affably Evil as listed below he developed into this over time thanks to his friendship with Roxas and Xion.
  • Ambiguous Allegiance: He has no doubt been the subject of such a discussion at least once. Not even his fellow Organization members are entirely sure of where his loyalties lie.
  • Anime Hair: Usual for the series, but his is a particularly bad case.
  • Anti-Villain: Introduced as a ruthless and manipulative bastard in Chain of Memories, but mellowed out in his subsequent appearances, as he becomes fast friends with Roxas and Xion. His sacrifice helps him complete the change to full-blown hero when he returns as Lea as of 3D.
  • Ascended Extra: He got an extended role in II after his role in Chain of Memories was popularly received, though he still ended up dying in that game.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: While it's pretty obvious what powers he has based on his Elemental Hair, that same spiky mass of wild, red hair combined with those inverted tear-drop markings below his eyes give him a vaguely clown-like appearance. Fitting for a guy who tends towards quips even in the most dire or tragic of circumstances.
  • Awful Truth: Axel became concerned enough about how often Xion fainted and how badly Saïx treated her that he started grilling Saïx for an explanation. Axel's inquiring eventually led him to discover what Xion really is, and the information weighed extremely heavy on his mind thereafter.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He finishes off Vexen and arranges Zexion's death at the hands of the Riku Replica.
  • Becoming the Mask: Reading the secret reports in Days reveal that Axel's initial promise of friendship to Roxas was a lie and that he didn't really feel anything toward him (even down to him initially hating sea-salt ice cream, as revealed in the opening scenes of Days in 1.5). But when he was getting ready to go to Castle Oblivion, he is surprised to realize that he's actually going to miss hanging out with Roxas, which makes him deeply curious in Sora's heart. After he comes back from the events at Castle Oblivion, he became a real friend to Roxas.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Roxas and Xion. He becomes very protective over the two of them after they form a friendship. This is also his driving motivation from the middle of 358/2 through KHII, after he started essentially raising Roxas and acting as a surrogate parent. Of course, a lot of this has more to do with himself than with Roxas until toward the end.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Roxas, and a slightly lesser extent Xion. His influence is a major part of how their personalities developed (or how they gained them in the first place) and he helps them out with a lot of the problems they run into because "that's what friends do".
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to Roxas's blond and Xion's brunette.
  • Bound and Gagged: In the manga adaptation, Axel is mistaken as a pirate by the Lost Boys and tied to a tree along with Roxas. They are both cleared by Tinker Bell, since they were with her.
  • Breakout Character: He was supposed to die in the introductory sequence of II. He didn't because the staff working on the game liked him too much. And then he died near the end of II, but this trope took affect again when fans loved him so much that he (as Lea) became one of the main heroes in Dream Drop Distance.
  • The Caretaker: Axel fulfills this role toward Roxas in Days after he is assigned to mentor the younger Nobody who recently joined Organization XIII. After Roxas befriends Xion and starts hanging out with her, Axel also becomes her caretaker as well. Axel eventually turns into a Poisonous Friend when obsessed with keeping Roxas and Xion as his friends, he lies to them, does questionable stuff behind their backs, and if they try to leave the Organization of their own free will, he attempts to bring them back by force. Following Xion's death, Axel is the only member of the Organization to miss Roxas when the latter defects. And in II, Axel's dying wish was to see Roxas again.
  • Catchphrase: "Got it memorized?", originally translated in the original version of Chain of Memories as "Commit it to memory."
    • He has another one, albeit less used, Why do I always get stuck with the icky jobs?
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Axel reluctantly allowed Xion to flee the organization when it was becoming dangerous for her to be around Roxas. Later on however, Axel goes after Xion anyway. While it's technically because he's been ordered to do so, he also makes it a point to let Xion know that it's also because he doesn't want her to sacrifice her life, which is what she intends to do.
  • Character Development: Its pathway is rocky, but Axel goes through quite a bit of character development. In Chain of Memories he was a callous, manipulative jerk, but after interacting with Sora it's noted in Days that his personality became more cheerful and friendly, and he also behaved a lot more genuinely too rather than putting on an act. Another example is his ability to see the humanity in others, something he himself takes note of: Axel didn't originally think of replica's as worthy of any compassion or consideration. Later on however, he realizes that learning that Xion is a replica after befriending her didn't change the fact he still saw her as a friend. A secret report shows that this also led Axel to look back, recognize, and feel guilt for how horribly he treated Riku-Replica, and how he could never treat Xion in such a manner. He relapses in his manipulative ways when he starts to fear he will lose Roxas and Xion, but in the end it's no question that his capacity to care has stuck, and ultimately he goes back to being genuine when he performs a Heroic Sacrifice for Sora and his humanity is restored.
  • Characterization Marches On: Despite some development as noted directly above, his characterization is still WILDLY inconsistent between Chain of Memories and all later entries. For someone who hated getting all the "icky jobs", he was wildly content murdering Vexen and Zexion, and had absolutely no qualms cutting down a little girl (Naminé) to get to Marluxia. Although he most likely was referring to the fact that the "icky job" in question was capturing Xion, who he consider his friend and turning her over to Xemnas as the other "icky jobs" involved killing people who he did not care about.
  • The Chessmaster: He outwitted two scientists, two conspirators, and also the protagonists, and all that without breaking a single sweat.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Zig-zagged all over the place. Long story short, he goes from being co-conspirators with Saïx in the Organization to ditching that and the Organization itself to help out Sora. Beneath that, though, he's got layers upon layers of loyalties, in parts due to his assignment as The Mole during the Castle Oblivion and his own tendency to put his priorities before the Organization, with things getting even more complicated when different priorities of his begin to clash with one another (such as his friendship with Roxas and his own survival.)
  • Combat Pragmatist: Doesn't step in to take out Vexen as ordered until after he had just received a beatdown from Sora. In II, he kicks off his boss fight by setting the floor of the arena on fire and deal unavoidable damage, draining your health over time. The Overtaker and Clear Light Reaction Commands will remove the flaming floor, but after a while he'll just ignite it again.
  • Compressed Hair: How does that fit under his hood?
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Although he apparently suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder and has no issues with being a Double Reverse Quadruple Agent when necessary, he's shown some capacity to be conflicted in which side to stick with:
    • In Days, Axel's friendship with Roxas and Xion conflicts with his orders by the Organization to "let things run their natural course". Even his friendship with the pair suffers from this trope, as he comes to realize that only one of them can survive, and one of them has to perish to ensure the survival of the other.
    • In II, his friendship with Roxas is again the driving factor of his Conflicting Loyalty. While he has no qualms with his orders to bring Roxas back, he starts to grow disgruntled with his superiors when he is tasked to eliminate Roxas. He eventually screws over the Organization, and starts working independently, leading to a Tear Jerker when he dies at Sora's side, lamenting the fact that he never got to revive Roxas. Fortunately, by the events of III, Roxas is revived by Sora and Vexen, and reunites with Axel.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Axel's primary role in the Organization was to kill off troublesome members. Saïx sent him to Castle Oblivion with the intention of him being the only member to leave, and Xemnas sends him after Roxas after he defected. Axel's failure leads to the rest of the Organization hunting him down.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Heavy on both deadpan and full-on snark.
  • Demoted to Extra: From Chain of Memories to II, which is ironic considering what happened to him afterwards. According to Word of God, he was originally supposed to die at the end of Roxas's section of the game, so he would've been in even less if he hadn't turned out to be so popular with both fans and the development staff of the games. Thankfully, he was promoted back up to supporting character in 358/2 Days.
  • Determinator: Once Roxas was absorbed back to Sora, Axel went through great lengths to try to bring him back. Even more so in the manga where he dragged his injured body after fighting Saïx to help Sora and friends find Kairi, sacrificing himself in the process.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Serves as the final boss in the prologue of II.
  • Disney Death: Basically. The body that belonged to the being known as "Axel" dies for real, but he gets reborn with a new body as his original self (Lea) with all of his memories from his time as Axel intact, so he's essentially as good as new.
  • Double Agent: Played straight, then subverted, then zigzagged, then does a loop-the-loop into an aversion. In the end the only side Axel is clearly on is his own.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Especially in Chain of Memories, though he has elements of it in II before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: To another Dragon with an Agenda, no less, and even telling the other one that his cooperation isn't always guaranteed.
    Axel: I'll play it your way...for now.
  • The Dreaded: Axel's primary role in the Organization is that of a "fixer" (Saïx even refers to him as such) who keeps the other members in check and removes them from the board when necessary. Considering that someone as immensely dangerous as Marluxia hides behind a human-shield when up against him, Axel is deserving of his reputation. Likewise, both Vexen and Zexion utterly lose their shit when they realize that they're next on Axel's list. He is not feared only by those more powerful than him - Xemnas, Xaldin and Saïx - and those who are too arrogant to be scared, like Xigbar and Larxene.
  • Dual Wielding: Always fights with a Chakram in each hand. In Re:COM, he can summon up to four of them at a time as part of his Firetooth sleight before tossing them so they can bounce all around the arena.
  • Elemental Hair: Was anyone really surprised he turned out to use fire-elemental attacks?
  • Enemy Mine: When he helped Sora against the Nobodies in the Realm Between by blowing himself up and later used his last power to open a portal to the World That Never Was.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Axel does his share of villainous deeds in the series, but in Days he becomes increasingly intolerant of Saïx's dehumanizing treatment of Xion.
  • Evil Redhead: Red haired and opposed to Sora, though for different reasons than the rest of Organization XIII.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Chain of Memories.
  • Exact Words: Invokes this on Marluxia. When being obliquely tasked with killing Vexen, Axel pretends not to get it, requiring Marluxia to directly order him to "Eliminate the traitor." Axel comments that he can't take that back later and goes off to do the deed. Later, when attacking Marluxia, Axel reminds him that he and Larxene are traitors themselves and cites Marluxia's own order as a justification to kill him.
  • Expy: He's a deliberate one of Reno from Final Fantasy VII. Nomura was once asked about their similarities and outright said that he made Axel in the image of Reno to try out a familiar character in a new universe and see how he developed. They even share voice actors in five languages (English, Japanese, French, Spanish and German).
  • Face Realization: Of sorts. In the novels when Axel fights Xion for the last time, even though it's technically under orders, he admits that the things he's done and what he's now doing is for Roxas and Xion's sakes, not the organizations, even if it means being labeled a traitor.
  • Facial Markings: Two reverse teardrop shapes as Axel. They disappear once he's Lea again.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Axel tries desperately to protect Roxas and Xion from the Awful Truth of their existences, as well as from all the forces that desire their destruction. In the end he fails to keep them from finding out, fails to keep them safe, and their friendship is in shambles.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: He burns himself to death. It had to be toned down in the North American release.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Xaldin threatening him with a spear to the face doesn't faze Axel, but Xemnas preparing to turn him into a Dusk causes him to cave.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a Friendly Enemy to Sora in Chain of Memories and it looks like he's doing good by releasing Naminé, but as the D-Report in Riku's story mode notes on his character bio, it's all a means of manipulating them. Fully subverted when he returns as Lea.
  • Fiery Redhead: A literal example.
  • Foreshadowing: After freeing Naminé to go and save Sora he quickly notices how he was enjoying it, foreshadowing that his heart was beginning to return to him.
  • Flanderization: The use of his Catchphrase has gone up with each passing game. In his first appearance, Chain of Memories, he only said it once.
  • Gaslighting: Axel repeatedly lies in response to or dismisses Roxas and Xion's questions about their pasts, hoping they'll forget about them and remain in ignorance. They don't.
    • 3D reveals that Axel himself, along with all of the rest of the Organization, were victims of this tactic in how they were told they didn't have hearts or emotions, when the truth was it was possible for Nobodies to start growing their own hearts. This is particularly detrimental to Axel since it's clear he started feeling emotions again around Roxas and Xion, but he constantly squashed them down or ignored them because he truly believed he wasn't supposed to be capable of feeling anything.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He's the first character to swear in the series, telling Sora "It's about time you give me one hell of a show!" in Chain of Memories. In Re:Com, however, the line was changed to omit the curse due to it being fully-voiced.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Does a partial one. Axel goes from being a vicious, spiteful arse to being a kinder, more thoughtful person over the course of Days. Due to traumatic events, he relapses at the end of that game continuing into II, but he comes back around in the end.
  • Heel Realization: After getting to know Xion and coming to care for her regardless of her being a Replica, he looks back on how he treated the Riku Replica with shame, thinking that he could never treat Xion in the same way.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: A platonic variation and inversion of this trope. Axel is so hung up over Roxas that he spends most of KHII trying to resurrect him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Kingdom Hearts II, he pulls one when he puts all of his being into an attack (not that Nobodies have a being) to save Sora and company.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Develops this relationship with Roxas until the end of Days, wherein his lies and Roxas being frustrated with not knowing what was happening nearly destroyed their friendship.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He usually kills most of his enemies mercilessly, but often also spares the lives of even high priority targets, when he feels like it though usually it is out of curiosity to see how their stories turn out hence forth or even a whim, rather than truly mercy. However, he was truly moved by Roxas, his last target, to the point he betrayed his Organization and turned against it and even sacrificed his life to destroy it. Granted, it helps that the two of them were best friends in the Organization before its shadier aspects drove them apart.
  • Hot-Blooded: Despite not having a heart, he has a fiery personality.
  • I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Kairi in II to lure Sora out so he can turn Sora into a Heartless and get Roxas back in the process. Kairi gets away from him, and shortly afterwards Axel abandons this plan.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: He spends more or less all of Kingdom Hearts II being hunted down by Saïx, and both of them try to get Sora to sabotage the other one specifically. With later games revealing their past friendship and how they were originally planning on overthrowing Xemnas together, it turns out to be even more personal than it first appeared.
  • I Will Find You: He has orders to bring both Xion and Roxas back to the Organization at various points throughout Days and II, but it becomes increasingly more personal after Roxas defects, as seen by how emotional he gets when trying to retrieve Xion following that. By II, he's willing to do anything to get Roxas back.
  • Kick the Dog: Most of his malicious actions in Chain of Memories fall under Kick the Son of a Bitch... except when he threatened to kill Naminé when Marluxia uses her as a shield, or when he pushed the Riku Replica off the slippery slope for a few shits and giggles. Though in the Secret Reports in 358/2 Days he admits that he did feel remorse for using the Riku Replica as it made him as bad as Saïx and Xemnas who were using Xion in a similar vain.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Towards Roxas, and later Xion. He raises the amnesiac Keyblade-wielding Nobodies, giving them advice, teaching them about the world, and sticking up for them... but he's also a really Poisonous Friend.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Axel is somewhat unique in the Organization, and to a lesser extent the entire series, in actually using his Villain Teleportation to duck out of losing battles.
  • Lean and Mean: The tight-fitting design of his Black Cloak emphasizes his tall, wiry frame more than any other Organization member and he was very much a malevolent antagonist in his debut in "Chain of Memories". Increasingly subverted, as his friendship with Roxas and Xion gradually sees him shed much of the meanness and he ends up pulling a Heel–Face Turn in his last moments.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: "You really do remember me this time? I'M SO FLATTERED."
  • Lovable Traitor: He and Saïx were planning on betraying Xemnas, which meant he also needed to get in good with Marluxia and Larxene and then betray them so that they wouldn't betray Xemnas first. Then he betrays Zexion. And he's just so cool in doing all this.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Downplayed example towards Roxas and Xion. It's zigzagged slightly in that his forming a relationship with Roxas and Xion actually made him become a kinder, more considerate person. However, his attachment to them also led him to become a Poisonous Friend who lies to them and makes them doubt their experiences, hoping it will keep them safe.
  • Lying to Protect Your Feelings: Axel does this with increasing frequency over the course of 358/2 Days to both Roxas and Xion, especially once he discovers the truth about Xion's existence. The results are disastrous.
  • Out of Focus: A major character in Chain of Memories and 358/2 Days; surprisingly inconsequential in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts as a mix of this and Big Brother Mentor to Roxas and Xion, although being a Nobody, it's flawed. Realizing he is the closest thing Roxas had to a brother casts his desperation to protect him in II in a previously unconsidered light.
  • Personality Powers: He's rather hot-headed, as fire users usually are.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Axel is initially a bit too keen on becoming best friends forever with Roxas (who is only 15- or rather, his soul is 15, Roxas himself is only less than a year old). After Roxas left, Axel goes into this trope full throttle, resulting in an amazing amount of Foe Yay between them, and many many scenes where it looks like Axel is unhealthily obsessed with defeating and taking Roxas back.
    • Author's Saving Throw in Days: The relation between Axel and Roxas (and Xion) is shown to be more of a Big Brother Instinct of Axel's towards his younger cohorts, who are both only a few days old at the beginning of the game. By the end of the game, however, Axel's role as the "big brother" of the gang starts to get rather murky ...
  • Pinocchio Nose: Whenever Axel lies or is unsure of what he's saying, he'll break eye contact.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: When he dies in II he tells Sora that he really loved Roxas and that spending time with him made him feel like he had a heart
  • Please Don't Leave Me: He tries to stop Roxas from leaving the Organization, invoking this, but ultimately fails. He does this again later with Xion in a more aggressive, unstable state of mind, and ends up taking her back by force, but Xion is taken from him later anyway.
  • Poisonous Friend: His obsession with "helping" or "protecting" Roxas and Xion rarely corresponds with what both of them actually want. He genuinely cares about them, but he also clings to the idea of keeping their relationship in a status quo so the three of them can remain that way forever, and in doing so he ends up lying and withholding information from them to their detriment. Ultimately his actions end up pushing Roxas away from him and causing the events that lead to Xion pulling a Suicide by Cop.
  • Red Baron: The Flurry of Dancing Flames.
  • Redemption Equals Death: His death scene in Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Saïx's and Roxas's blue.
  • Rings of Death: a pair of Chakrams, called Eternal Flames.
  • Sad Clown: He definetly qualifies in II. He seems the most laidback among the other Organization members and even makes jokes during meetings that can have other members tossing weapons at him. Nevermind the fact that, like the other Nobodies, he can't have feelings, what truly causes Axel's sadness is his best and only friend, Roxas's departure from the Organization and forgetting who Axel is. Deep down, Axel hates the other members and would join Roxas if it were up to him. Despite not having any feelings, Axel legitimately cries before both him and Roxas disappear from Twilight Town after Sora defeats Roxas in the Final Mix version.
    • He was less of this in his debut in COM and gets softer in Days.
  • Secret Keeper: Axel keeps a multitude of secrets from his friends. He knows Roxas's true nature and later discovers Xion's, but keeps them to himself even if they are things they ought to know. In part, it's to protect their feelings from being hurt but it's also because he desires to keep their friendship intact. This just ends up hurting all three of them badly.
  • Secretly Selfish: Axel goes out of his way to explain and do a lot of things for Roxas and Xion, despite him playing up an attitude that he doesn't like doing 'troublesome things'. However, he also starts going out of his way to keep them in the dark about their true natures, even though they both want to know. In the novels he is shown coming to the realization that more than anything else, what he was doing was because of his personal desire for them to stay with him.
  • Shonen Hair: Dude's hair is insane. Maybe even moreso than Sora himself.
  • Single Tear: Axel sheds a tear when he and Roxas say goodbye after Axel sacrifices himself and Sora fights Roxas.
  • Spanner in the Works: Serves as this to the Organization, first outing their plan regarding Kingdom Hearts to Sora, then giving him a route into their base.
  • Taking You with Me: He dies in order to wipe out an entire army of Dusks.
  • Together in Death: In the novels, he intended to burn down the mansion he and Roxas fought in so that the two of them would die together rather than be separated again, but he ultimately couldn't go through with it. This does not appear to be the case in the game.
  • Tsundere: Axel often acts cool and unflappable, but every time Roxas or Xion compliment him or call him out about caring about them he gets really flustered.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He was usually underestimated by both comrades and enemies. That was a very fatal mistake.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: For his friends, anyway. Axel drags Xion back to the organization to prevent her from basically committing suicide, but that just leaves her open to being taken and modified by Xemnas into going One-Winged Angel, and Roxas is forced to kill her. It was going to be a bad situation regardless, but it was made so much more heartbreaking.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Grows out of the villainous part.
  • Visual Pun: His weapons are circular, wheel-like blades. He's literally an Axel between wheels.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Axel starts to have flashes of emotion around Roxas and Xion, and he repeatedly notes that being around them makes him remember his life as a human. It's something that greatly confuses and weirds him out because Nobodies aren't supposed to have emotions. Then 3D reveals that Nobodies can grow their own hearts.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: He grows to care deeply for Roxas and Xion without realizing what it is and reveals to Sora that he made him feel the same way they did.
  • We Used to Be Friends: His friendship with Saïx drifted apart as he became closer to Roxas and Xion. Not until Axel failed to secure Roxas from Diz did Saïx consider him his enemy and vice versa.
  • Wild Card: In the end, the only side Axel was on before his return as Lea was his own.
    Lexaeus: And then there is Axel. Who knows what that one is thinking.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He reveals he's perfectly willing to attack and destroy Naminé in Castle Oblivion if that means getting at Marluxia, and twice knocks Xion out to bring her back to Organization XIII. At least he's consistent!
  • Would Hurt a Child: Like everyone else in Organization XIII, Axel has zero qualms about fighting Sora when the latter is 14-15 years old, and in II is actively plotting to turn him into a Heartless to bring Roxas back (which would condemn Sora to a Death of Personality at worse or And I Must Scream in a "best" case scenario) even if he doesn't get to try it onscreen because Kairi gets away from him. To add to that, Axel has fought, knocked out, and/or tried to destroy Roxas, Xion, and Naminé at different times for different reasons, and while all three look like teenagers around Sora's age, in truth they each had existed for under a year at the time Axel attacked them.
  • Yandere: Of the friendship variety to Roxas in Kingdom Hearts II. In the novels, it goes to the point where he wants to die along with him inside of a burning mansion.
  • You Do NOT Want to Know: When it's apparent that Xion is on the verge of finding out the nature of her existence, Axel becomes extremely obstructive to her, telling her to stop trying to remember her past and begging her to turn back.

    Lea 

Lea

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Quinton Flynn (English)

Appearances: Birth by Sleep | Dream Drop Distance | Coded | III

"Axel? Please. The name's Lea. Got it memorized?".

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"You kidding? Do you know how popular I am? I got loads of people rootin' for me!"
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Lea is the complete being of Axel. Birth by Sleep reveals that Lea was best friends with Isa, Saïx's Other. In Dream Drop Distance, Axel is back as Lea, his true self. Towards the end, it is revealed that Lea has gained the ability to wield his own Keyblade, and will thus undergo training alongside Kairi.


  • Accidental Misnaming: It's easier to count the times someone doesn't call him Axel. Eventually, he gives in and just lets people call him that. In fairness, the only people that ever met him as Lea were Isa and Ventus, as well as Dilan and Aeleus when they threw Isa and Lea out of the castle. In III he actually requests that Kairi call him Axel, the two having become close friends during training.
  • Adorkable: Lea is pure marshmallow fluff, even after coming back to life.
  • All There in the Manual: His Keyblade, Flame Liberator, is only named in III's Ultimania.
  • Anime Hair: Usual for the series, but he is a particularly bad case.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Apparently this is his behavior towards Kairi during their time training together, as her letter to Sora tells that Lea has repeatedly apologized to her for kidnapping her back when he was Axel, and he continues to do so even though she's told him that she's not bearing a grudge.
  • Ascended Extra: Got a small role in Birth By Sleep before becoming a key player in 3D.
  • Audience Surrogate: In III. He's just as confused and questioning of the series' plot points as the rest of us.
  • Back from the Dead: He reappears in Dream Drop Distance after being turned into a Heartless and Nobody. He returns with all of his memories intact from being both Axel and Lea, and his personality is a mix of Axel's sarcastic laziness and Lea's enthusiasm and cheerfulness.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Several times in Dream Drop Distance. He even lampshades it.
    Lea: "'Dark Rescue's my middle name."
  • Black Cloak: Lea is the only human form of a Nobody that still wears the Organization XIII coat.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Tries to have some in Re:Mind but Aqua isn't having it.
    Lea: Not bad for a on-the-fly team, right?!
    Aqua: Don't talk, fight!
    Lea: Heh, don't have to say it like that...
  • Catchphrase: "Got it memorized?", much like his Nobody. As he says in Birth by Sleep, he frequently says this because he wants anyone he meets to remember him.
  • Combination Attack: During the fight with the Replica Xehanort's he gets one with Aqua, combining the spinning snowflake of her Spellweaver with the flaming chakram with Prominence.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Lea retains his darkness abilities from when he was a Nobody, with his ability to create Dark Corridors being particularly useful to the heroes.
  • The Determinator: We already knew he must be a strong-willed person to have retained his human shape when he became a Nobody, but he really shows it in III. Even after having his Keyblade shattered by Xemnas and then bombarded by him from lasers coming from all directions, he still tries to stop him from killing Xion, even though he can't even stand at the moment. Taken to new levels in Re:Mind where after all that, he still fights Saïx and Xemnas alongside Roxas and Xion, and wins! However, this leaves him without energy to finish off Saïx and has to let Sora, Roxas and Xion do the job.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Gives an epic one to Master Xehanort during his Big Damn Heroes moment.
    Lea: "You had your perfect, little script, but you kinda forgot to write the sequel. Now, let's find out what happens!"
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Soon afterward, Master Xehanort sends Saïx to attack Lea. Lea is shocked by the revelation but pulls Sora away quick enough afterward.
  • Dull Surprise: Played for Laughs when he calls his Keyblade for the first time, in contrast to the usual excellent performance of his voice actors.
    Lea: Must be in the snap of the wrist or something. (Keyblade appears) Oh...
  • Easily Forgiven: Ienzo surprisingly doesn't seem to begrudge Lea for causing his incredibly painful demise when they were Axel and Zexion. Given that his murder directly resulted in Ienzo being revived as a complete being once more, which is something he is very clearly happy with, perhaps he just decided to bury the hatchet.
    • In 0.2 Kairi is a partial subversion as she's somewhat hesitant to accept he's to be her Keyblade training partner when she's told that he's formerly Axel. Makes sense, considering her two sole encounters with him were less-than-pleasant and endangered her till near the end of II. She has to be assured by Mickey and Riku that he's completely changed his tune since becoming whole again and is now on their side.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-universe, he is very well aware of his status as this.
    Lea (to Xemnas): You kidding? Do you know how popular I am? I got loads of people rootin' for me.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Once he gets a Keyblade, he wields it in a style reminiscent of his old chakrams, involving flourishes that spin it completely and tossing it in Fire Raid style.
  • Fiery Redhead: As all fire users usually are.
  • Flaming Sword: On top of his Keyblade having a natural fiery glow, all of Lea's special attacks and regular combos deal fire damage.
  • Flanderization: The use of his Catchphrase has gone up with each passing game. In his Nobody's first appearance, Chain of Memories, he only said it once.
  • Fragile Speedster: Lea's Raid-based fighting style gives him multi-hitting attacks on each swing of his combo. He doesn't get much opportunity to display it though, as he is quickly knocked out of the action twice in the Keyblade Graveyard — first sent flying in a single hit from Terra-Xehanort (even while attempting to block it!), then easily caught and completely drained by Xemnas' Macross Missile Massacre before the final fight with Saïx. Even while fighting alongside Sora, his habit of chasing down Saïx during the latter's Berserk Dance and rather unique lack of healing magic regularly flattens him out. When battling the Replica Xehanorts in Re:Mind, he's one of the characters who uses Aerial Dodge instead of Block.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His name, Lea, is supposed to be pronounced "Leah" according to the katakana, but the English version pronounces it "Lee", presumably in an attempt to make it sound masculine. Downplayed in that Lea is a real English word that is pronounced like "Lee" and many Japanese pronunciation of English words do add an "ah" to the end of it.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Even though he can wield a Keyblade, he hasn't exactly gotten the hang of calling it out. As a result, he resorts to his good old fashioned chakrams when goes in to save Sora. It's only after the whole ordeal that he manages to summon it.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kairi is Lea's partner in crime for Kingdom Hearts III, and she is roughly half his height.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Insults Ventus for playing with a wooden Keyblade, yet proudly shows his frisbees as his weapon of choice.
  • I Got Bigger: It's rather jarring to realize he used to be roughly the same height as Ventus and now he's nearly twice his size.
  • I'm Crying, but I Don't Know Why: He ends up shedding tears when Kairi accidentally triggers a vague memory of Xion.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Axel carries and swings his keyblade around from the chakram that makes up its handguard.
  • Insistent Terminology: Him telling people to call him Lea, not Axel, is a Running Gag in 3D. In the end, he admits defeat and says that Axel works too. After he and Kairi become friends, he asks her to call him Axelnote .
  • Irony: When he was Axel, he was constantly telling people to memorize his name. Now he's Lea, and they keep calling him Axel despite his protests. In other words, they had it memorized. Which may be why he doesn't even bother correcting anyone during III.
  • Limited Wardrobe: A variant that’s deliberately invoked. He is given a new outfit to wear fairly early in III, but he doesn’t actually wear it until the very end. So, when Kairi asks why he’s still wearing the Organization coat, he just says that he’s making himself easy to remember. The implication being that he’s making it easy for Roxas to remember him, which may be why he doesn’t bother correcting people when they call him Axel. Roxas never learned what his real name was.
  • The Load: In III he spends most of his time being kicked around by Master Xehanort and his Seekers of Darkness and only spends half of a battle as a party member before being too wounded to continue. This is especially ironic since his Keyblade training took place in a place without time so that he could grow strong at his own pace, but this didn't seem to do him any good in the end. This is averted in Re:Mind, where not only does he help Roxas and Xion defeat Saïx and Xemnas, but he also fights alongside the other Guardians (minus Sora and Kairi) against the Xehanort replicas, even having a Combination Attack with Aqua.
  • Manly Tears: He tearfully reunites with and embraces both Roxas and Xion after Saïx is dealt with in III. According to Isa, Lea used to be (and still is) a crybaby. The reverse tears on his face, as Axel, were apparently a joke made by Isa when they were younger to stop him from crying. By their last battle, this is discussed when Isa thought that Lea outgrew those marks, but he still cries a lot, especially when Isa himself disappears as Saïx and in his reunion hug with Roxas and Xion. They are probably a metaphor to say that he doesn't mind crying anymore, now that he has his heart back.
  • Meta Guy: Develops into this by III, even going as far as to Lampshade his own popularity.
    Lea: You kidding? Do you know how popular I am? I got loads of people rootin' for me.
    Lea: This is all very touching, guys, but where do I fit in? Ven looks just like Roxas - or is it Roxas looks just like Ven? ... And now I have to explain it all to him - which is in itself a crazy long story - and, apparently everybody already knows everyone, and this is an insane amount to get memorized!
  • Morph Weapon: Unsurprisingly, he transforms his Keyblade into a pair of chakrams with his Firaga Raid attack.
  • Personality Powers: Fiery and useful in a pinch.
  • The Promise: Axel once told Xion that he'd always be there to bring her and Roxas back. Lea's first moment after he comes back is a dream where Roxas reminds him of that promise, and Lea later refers to it, indicating that he wants to fulfill it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Despite his Catchphrase, he nearly forgot about Ventus until he met Roxas. They'd only met the one time, and that was 10 years ago.
    • His skill with the Keyblade really can't compare to the likes of Sora or Riku, having gotten in recently and trained in a presumably controlled environment. He ends up letting those with more experience like Roxas and Xion take over for him.
  • Reverse Grip: A variation; he wields his Keyblade by its handguard, in a manner akin to his old chakrams, and flourishes it to attack.
  • Sad Clown: In III, Lea makes quite a few jokes among the rest of the seven guardians of light that seem to poke fun of the franchise as a whole and his funny persona comes back with a fiery vengeance. However, the same goes for his sadness when he finds himself remembering Xion during his time with Kairi. Finally, when he successfully reunites with Roxas and a tearful Xion, he jokes that he should've brought ice cream, right before he himself emotionally breaks down and hugs both of his best friends as the trio have the cry of their lives.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Along with Isa, he lost his humanity and spent 10 years of his life working for the nefarious Xemnas as a result of a plan to save a girl who they no longer even had in their custody. While he was eventually able to be recompleted and make several new friends and allies, he's still no closer to saving that girl than he was a decade ago.
  • Spanner in the Works: He is pretty much the only reason Master Xehanort's Grand Theft Me plot on Sora fails. He acted quickly before any of the Xehanorts could even acknowledge his presence.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: With his Keyblade he fights almost exclusively by throwing it Fire Raid style in his basic combo and both of his Firaga Cutter and Firaga Slicer abilities.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As Axel, he was a sinister, cruel Jerkass and a serious Poisonous Friend to Roxas. As Lea, he's a funny and kind individual with none of the malice left over from his days as a Nobody.
  • True Companions: In Days, he tells Xion that no matter her and Roxas's decisions, he will always be there to bring them back.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Not him, but his Keyblade. After it is broken by Xemnas he is shown to have it back before Sora's final confrontation with Xehanort, whereas when the same thing happened to Riku earlier in the game he had to leave the Realm of Darkness and return with an entirely new Keyblade.
    • Made even more egregious in Re:Mind, where he proceeds to use it to fight Xemnas and Saix alongside Roxas and Xion immediately after Xemnas broke it.
  • Vague Age: Was a teenager in Birth by Sleep, so he's likely in his twenties for most of the series. But specifically where in his twenties is just guesswork until we get Word of God confirming it. Common guesses are that he was about 15/16 in Birth by Sleep making him about 27/28 in III.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Averted on the villain bit, but still has his widow's peak.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Flame Liberator, a Keyblade with a guard shaped like one of Axel's old chakrams, and a blade made of translucent orange crystal complete with an inner fiery glow effect. It looks a lot like the combination of the guard of Sora's Bond Of Flame keyblade in II and the blade of Ventus' Frolic Flame keyblade in Birth By sleep. Fitting since they're based on Axel and Lea respectively.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Kairi's letter reveals that when Lea looks at her face (which is also Xion's), he knows there is something he's forgotten and needs to remember.
  • The Worf Barrage: During the brief boss fight against Saïx and Xion, when Saïx fills up his second Berserk meter and powers up a second time, Lea will always rush in and wildly toss his old chakrams at him while yelling at him to stop. Saïx will have invincibility frames the whole time and will the proceed to incapacitate all the heroes in the ensuing cutscene.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Merlin, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather all pitch in to warp time and space to reduce the amount of time it takes to make Lea worthy of a Keyblade.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Implied. He spends a decent amount of slowed down time trying to call a Keyblade before giving up due to other pressing matters. After things settle, he lazily gives it another shot and succeeds, surprising even himself.

    Xion 

Xion

Voiced by: Risa Uchida (Japanese), Alyson Stoner (358/2 Days, HD 1.5 ReMIX, and III, English), Hayden Panettiere (Birth by Sleep and 3D, English)

Appearances: 358/2 Days | Birth by Sleep | coded | Dream Drop Distance | III

"Good-bye, Roxas. See you again. I'm glad...I got to meet you. Oh...and of course, Axel, too. You're both my best friends. Never forget. That's the truth."

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"Who am I? What am I... here for?"

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Number XIV of the Organization, introduced in 358/2 Days. A Keyblade wielder unable to remember her past like Roxas, she joins up shortly after him and they quickly become friends. It's later revealed that she's not a true member of Organization XIII or even a Nobody; she's a replica of Sora created from his escaped memories, and acts like a cage for the memories and a "backup" if Roxas or Sora were proved to be worthless to the Organization. Ultimately, Xion learns her existence threatens Roxas's and prevents Sora from waking up, and she decides to trick Roxas into killing her as a way of ruining Xemnas's plans.


  • Action Girl: Whenever she's feeling strong enough... which often comes at Roxas's expense.
  • Adorkable: There are shades of it in the game, but it is really pronounced in the manga, where Xion is incredibly energetic yet endearingly awkward.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Xion debuts in Days as the Organization XIII's second female member.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: Zant Stage Rush. For her fight, the first three stages all take place in locations of keyholes Sora locked in the first game until the final stage which is instead the front of the Clock Tower where Sora would later open the world's gate in II.
  • Anti-Villain: To the point where she barely qualifies as a villain. When you get down to it, the biggest danger she poses against the protagonists' goals — and even her own — come from her nature as a replica absorbing more power than she wants and her desire to just exist.
  • Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Everyone sees her differently, and if you don't know her she has her hood up even if it appears down for someone else. Roxas, Axel, Riku, Naminé and Xion herself all see her black-haired appearance, although it's implied that Axel at first saw her as Naminé. In the manga, Riku and Naminé also occasionally see her as Kairi. Xigbar sees Ventus, Xemnas sees Sora, and Saïx sees a faceless puppet.
    • By the time of III, when Sora (and by extension Roxas) identify her by name, restoring her memories, she takes the form of the black-haired girl when her hood falls off.
  • Artificial Human: She's a Replica created by Vexen that was designed to absorb Sora's memories and give Xemnas another Keyblade user to control.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her data battle in III has her relentlessly charge after Sora with rapid close-up attacks, complemented with blue light beams which temporarily decrease Sora's max HP if they damage him.
  • Badass Adorable: A Kairi look-alike that can fight? Yes please!
  • Ball of Light Transformation: In her data bossfight in Re:Mind she will zip around the battlefield in the form of a mote of light before changing back to attack.
  • Back from the Dead: In III, Xion is restored to become a member of the XIII Seekers of Darkness because the replica body had her heart from the past, though her heart from the present eventually went into the vessel after Roxas through Sora said her name.
  • Battle Aura: She gets a golden aura of light for her Data Battle in Re:Mind, in this state she has a bar of armor that must be destroyed before she returns to her normal battle phase and will bombard Sora with giant shockwaves of light.
  • The Berserker: Her emotional instability and lack of finesse leads her to fighting like this. Taken Up to Eleven in her Re:Mind data rematch, where she is constantly screaming and furiously trying to bash Sora relentlessly with her Keyblade.
  • Berserk Button: Riku calling her Keyblade a sham provokes her to a furious rage. When she's unable to strike him down for the insult, she's reduced to screaming in impotent anger.
  • Beta Test Baddie: Not only does she have the Nobodies' standard lack of a heart, she's a replica of Sora made of his memories, and thanks to having those memories, initially believed she lived Sora's life without knowing who Sora was. As the final boss, she makes it look like she plays this straight, even going as far as absorbing Roxas to complete herself, as she was created to do, but she's a subversion in reality — she was acting.
  • The Blank: Her true, original appearance had no features (implied to be how all replicas start out). Eventually she develops the appearance of Kairi but with black hair, but some people, most notably Saïx, literally never come to see her as anything but a doll.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to Naminé's blonde and Kairi's redhead. Also to Roxas's blond and Axel's redhead.
  • Boyish Short Hair: It's a warped version of Kairi's first hairstyle: black instead of red, and mirrored.
  • Break the Cutie: She spends Days growing from a blank shell that speaks in monosyllables to a kind, inquisitive, downright heroic kid in parallel with Roxas. Then come the revelations about what she is and what dangers she poses to her best friends and the worlds as a whole, and her personality takes a turn towards the darker until she feels like she has no choice but to go rogue from the Organization, and worse.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Able to fight and take out Heartless using elemental magic even after temporarily losing the ability to wield her keyblade. Unfortunately for her, the hearts that Heartless release upon defeat cannot be collected unless a keyblade was used to beat them.
  • Came Back Strong: When Roxas says her name, she ultimately reclaims her original identity and performs a Heel–Face Turn along with rejoining Team Sora for good after the end of the battle with Saïx. She also seems to regain her old strength, as before this happens she was much weaker and mainly relied on copying Saïx's power, while still having difficulty against rookie Keyblade wielders Kairi and Lea.
  • Came Back Wrong: In III, with the Seekers having brought her back to fill out their ranks but the replica body has Xion's heart from when she first joined the Organization, which explains why she doesn't fully remember who she was, along with being weaker than she used to be and mainly relying on copying Saïx's power to get by in battle. It takes Roxas through Sora calling her by her name to get her to snap out of it, and it visibly hurts her to do so.
  • Cessation of Existence: Since she's made of memories and is basically bound to existence by them alone, returning to Sora means getting rid of her only tethers to reality. Remnants of her do exist in Sora's heart, though, and the memories of her aren't destroyed, but hidden in him. Ultimately undone in III when Roxas says her name, causing Lea to also remember her along with Roxas when he returns.
  • Climax Boss: Big fight with multiple forms and phases? Wraps up a major story arc? Has a Post-Final Boss following her? Check, check, check.
  • Cloning Blues: Not just that she lacks individuality: lots of angst comes from her being not who or what she thought she was and being dangerous to her friends just by existing.
  • Combat Stilettos: Along with Larxene she's the only other one that has them.
  • Contralto of Danger: Compared to Kairi. It's minimal, but noticeable, especially in Risa Uchida's case.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight against Riku is a painfully one sided affair, with it being implied Saïx sent her against him for that exact reason.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In the manga, she absolutely melts at the sight of Pluto.
    Xion: PUPPY! [Immediately begins to hug and start petting him]
  • Death Is the Only Option: She knows that if she continues to exist Roxas will fade, so she chooses to force him into killing her instead.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies being held by Roxas.
  • Disappears into Light: When she dies she turns into crystals which then fade into particles of light.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Roxas, since she is the only other Organization XIII member who can wield the Keyblade. By the end of the game, we learn that she is literally Roxas's female counterpart.
  • Ditto Fighter: In III she can imitate Saïx's weapon and moves, during the fight against them in the Keyblade Graveyard.
  • Doomed by Canon: Nowhere do we see or hear about a black-haired girl hanging out with Roxas and Axel in II, so you can guess that whatever happened to her, it's not pretty.
  • Dual Wielding: In her final boss form she wields two swords roughly shaped like the Nobody sigil.
  • Dying as Yourself: Her appearance before Roxas's battle with her is as Sora, as she is aware, and then she transforms into what looks like armor reminiscent of Sora's appearance during the battle proper. When she dies, the armor is gone, her she's back to looking like black-haired Kairi.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After living out her first life essentially being The Chew Toy and starting her second life as a tool, Xion finally gets her hard-earned happy ending in III when she reunites with Roxas and Lea. She is last seen playing with Naminé, clearly living the life of a normal girl.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Naminé basically announces her death sentence before the climax of Days, Xion seems to hold no fear of it, since it is for the greater good.
  • Fanservice Pack: It's hardly the biggest example in the world, but her bust is slightly larger in III than in previous games, enough to be noticeable at least.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Seems to be a recurring thing for her in particular among the trio: in total she's forced to fight Roxas and Axel twice each:
    • She and Roxas are first tricked by the Organization to see each other as Heartless to eliminate in order to test them and narrow down their shared power to one entity. The second time, Xion challenges Roxas in an attempt at Suicide by Cop so that she can properly return the memories she's made of to Sora and stop putting Roxas in danger.
    • She and Axel first fight when Axel is sent to retrieve Xion for the Organization after she's gone rogue looking for answers. The second time is during III, where Lea and Kairi fight her and Saïx during the Keyblade War, though neither of them seem to be able to recognize each other until Lea is put in mortal danger.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Invoked quite sadly; after Roxas defeats her he can't even remember her name. After she fades away, he and everyone else loses every memory of her.
  • Gender Bender: Xion identifies as female and for the most part looks it, but she's actually supposed to be a Replica of Roxas and by extension Sora. Her entire being is constructed from Sora's memories and it's explained that her appearance came from the fact the strongest of those memories were those Sora had of Kairi, but when she has memory flashbacks she sees them from Sora's point of view, she sometimes turns into Sora, Roxas, or Riku in her nightmares, and when enough of Sora's memories make it into Xion's body her appearance physically changes into that of Sora. Her choice of words after this is revealed make it clear that despite her origins and this transformation, she still identifies as a girl.
  • Ghost Memory: During a chunk of Days, she experiences a long period of coma and wakes up knowing Sora's experiences from the first game. The Reveal is that she had unwittingly absorbed Sora's memories that Naminé is trying to reconstruct, effectively halting Sora's memory restoration. The only way to resume it is for Xion to die, therefore transferring the memories back to Sora.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Twice-subverted. She initially resists such a proposition despite the pain she feels, until Xemnas interferes in an attempt to force her to absorb Roxas. Not that he actually succeeded - she's only feigning insanity because she needed Roxas to destroy her artificial body so she could return to Sora, where she (quite lucidly) decided that she belonged.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She's smiling at Roxas the whole time she's dying in his arms, and remains smiling as she Disappears into Light, happy that she's able to return to Sora.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: The Organization's original plan is for Xion to become their Keyblade wielder backup in case something happens to Roxas. It works out fine. Then she absorbs much of Sora's memories, stopping his memory restoration. Even better; this way, they have one less adversary to deal with. But then Xion develops a distinct personality due to her interaction with her friends. Said personality eventually causes her to search for her origins, culminating in her meeting with Riku and Naminé, resulting in her choice to rejoin Sora rather than serving the Organization any further.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: For most of the missions Roxas has with Xion, she doesn't have access to her keyblade, forcing her to rely on magic to fight heartless. Aside from those moments, they're usually a heavily downplayed example with both being capable warriors of the keyblade at all ranges with Xion's fighting style in her Data Rematch relying more on sending beams of light at Sora from all directions.
  • Healing Hands: She throws out Cures while fighting alongside Sora and Roxas in III.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: In III she is able to reject the piece of Xehanort's heart that was put inside her out of love for Axel and Roxas and switches sides to fight alongside them.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Played With, because she is an unambiguously good person who simply gets shuffled around through various sides all over the morality spectrum through no fault of her own, meaning that it’s usually more like a Hazy Feel Turn than anything whenever she changes from protagonist to antagonist or vice versa. To recount, she begins as a fellow member of Organization XIII to Roxas, which makes her a protagonist from Roxas’s perspective (i.e. the player’s) but an antagonist to the rest of the Kingdom Hearts universe due to her affiliation with its main threat. But when Riku reveals the truth of her origins to her and she discovers that she and Roxas were Obliviously Evil all along, she defects to Riku and Diz’s side. Diz and Riku (especially Diz) are more along the lines of Anti-Hero however, meaning that she still isn’t on a completely good side, but a better one, except when it comes to Roxas and the player’s perspective where this now makes her an antagonist. Not to mention that the two best friends she is leaving, Roxas and Axel, are mostly good people themselves by this point. Then Axel brings her back to the Organization to rejoin her original side, before she escapes again and rejoins Diz’s side. When she is brought back a second time, Xemnas, her unambiguously evil boss, powers her up to make her a killing machine intended to take Roxas’s power. This makes her both an antagonist and a villain now, but she instead uses this turn of events to commit Suicide by Cop in a Heroic Sacrifice to return Roxas’s power to him, dying in service of the Anti-Hero Diz’s goals. For Kingdom Hearts 3, she is brought forward in time to be one of Xehanort’s vessels which makes her entirely on the villains’ side again, but this is heavily implied to be against her will. Halfway through her battle with Sora, she is inspired to defect once again in a full Heel–Face Turn and this time ends up completely unambiguously on the heroes’ and protagonists’ side, where she stays, finally aligned fully with her morals.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Switches sides when she is manipulated into working for bad guys and then learns/remembers the truth. Would be a High-Heel–Face Turn if not for Larxene also being one of the unrepentant bad guys each time.
    • In Days, she leaves the Organization and ultimately decides to sacrifice herself, to stop Xemnas and the Organization as well as to save Roxas and Sora.
    • In III, she is the only member of XIII Seekers of Darkness who defects partway through the final confrontation between them and the Guardians of Light, choosing instead to fight on the side of the Guardians after reuniting with her friends. She is also the only one of the Seekers to survive to the end... Aside from Xigbar, that is.
  • Heroic BSoD: Not so much on the heroic part due to her allegiance, but she suffered this once she learned what her true nature is.
  • Heroic Suicide: In order to stop herself from making Roxas disappear she fights Roxas with the intent of being killed by him to save him. Earlier, she had come to the (reluctant) conclusion that she should "return to Sora" to give back the memories of his she'd accidentally been absorbing so he could wake up because it was the right thing for everyone, which would also require giving up her existence. Roxas killing her took care of both.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: In III, she's able to cast Laser Rain, as a callback to her Pillar of Light attack from her final Days boss encounter.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Though they initially don't recognize her, her appearance in III subjects her to this once Sora comes into the picture, as Roxas within Sora is the first person to recognize Xion and reach out to her while she's fighting Sora, Lea and Kairi and under Xehanort's control. Though enough of her old self remains to defend Lea, she lashes out when Sora tries to sway her from the darkness, and it takes Roxas saying her name through him to snap her out of it.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: In a sense. She's always humanoid but because she's made up of memories, she looks different depending on who is looking at her. And even for those who typically see her a particular way most of the time, her appearance may involuntarily change if she is being overwhelmed by certain memories. She started out as a featureless doll, but gains the unique appearance of a black-haired Kairi. She once hallucinates herself as Roxas shifting into Riku shifting into Sora, and on two occasions completely takes on the appearance of Sora when she absorbs too many of his memories.
  • Irony: Saïx's infamous My Friends... and Zoidberg line about her in Days takes on a bit of this come III. Not only is Xion chosen as a Seeker over half of the original Organization and backups like Demyx and Vexen, but she even uses her nature as a replica, the very thing that made Saïx belittle her, to copy Saïx's own powers while fighting alongside him.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Referred to such by Saïx, who is among those who see her as The Blank. Roxas and Axel do not take kindly to this.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Xion is a very rare non-villainous example of this trope. Her presence in Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, the attachment to her from Roxas and Axel as well as the player followed by the crushing despair upon her fate at the end of the game permanently sets the darker tone for the following games in the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Leitmotif: "Musique pour la tristesse de Xion".
  • Lethal Chef: In the Days manga, she cooks food for Pluto that looks like it would melt your stomach.
  • Light 'em Up: As she was created to copy Roxas, she has the same abilities as him, including the use of light powers.
  • Light Is Good: She sacrifices herself for what's right.
  • Light Is Not Good: As an Organization member she started out this way.
  • Living Memory: She is Roxas's clone made entirely of Sora's memories.
  • The Lost Lenore: While Xion is doomed to be forgotten by the people who knew her, the memories don't completely disappear immediately after her death and Roxas mourns her terribly, to the point of basically going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Organization and anyone who stands in his way while clinging onto the tendrils of memories that he still has of her. Despite her being 'forgotten', 3D has Sora shed a tear when he sees Xion's face in a dream, and Kairi's letter to Sora that was revealed at the 2017 World Concert Tour mentions that Lea stares at her feeling as if he's forgotten something important, signaling that the loss of Xion (who is facially identical to Kairi) is subconsciously felt by Axel/Lea as well.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: She was created by Vexen and her standard appearance resembles a black-haired Kairi. Do the math.
  • Magikarp Power: Invoked. She's a fairly weak fighter at first and has to be supported a lot on missions. However, it turns out this is intentional, as Xion is designed to grow stronger through absorbing memories of Sora from Roxas, which in turn makes Roxas weaker. This is why in later missions she's more useful, but Roxas in turn is weaker.
  • Maximum HP Reduction: The main gimmick of her battle in Re:Mind is that her blue beams will reduce Sora's max HP which can only be restored with items or time.
  • Meaningful Name: Nomura himself stated he liked the name instantly because of its many meanings. This means it has a shitload of meanings:
    • She's named after a flower (shion) that symbolizes remembrance.
    • The anagram of No. i, an imaginary number, which gets lampshaded in Re:Mind. No. i could also be seen as No. I (number one), demonstrating that she's Vexen's first (and faulty) experimental clone, or as "No I" (no one), referring to her lack of true identity and the Organization's view of her as merely a tool.
    • "Xion" is pronounced as "Shion", which is a real name in Japanese and is in fact a unisex name, with Xion turning out to be an Opposite-Sex Clone. Shio, Japanese for "tide," is a nod to the likes of Kairi, Naminé, and Aqua. The aspect of the tide being pulled by the moon gains significance in III, where not only does Xion fight alongside Saïx on the side of darkness while having copied his weapon and berserker abilities, Saïx is implied in the Secret Reports to have had a hand in helping bring Replica vessels to Nobodies on Sora's side, including Xion. Shi is also the normal Japanese pronunciation for "Four", and she's the fourteenth member, essentially making her name Foreshadowing for her eventual outcome as well as also her connection to Vexen, Number IV of the Organization, who is revealed to be her creator.
    • As an unofficial name still said in the canon, Xigbar frequently refers to Xion as "Poppet," cluing in to the fact that she is not so much a Nobody as she is a puppet.
  • Mind Screw: The true nature of Xion is rather confusing, especially the validity of the aforementioned Gender Bender.
  • Moveset Clone: She has the exact same stats, Combos, Limit Break (and Final Limit), and weapons as Roxas in 358/2 Days. The only gameplay difference between them is that she lacks the Dual Wielding mechanic. Similarly, her data boss fight in Re:Mind is based on Roxas's battle from Final Mix, but she has a few of her moves from her boss battle in 358/2 Days to mix it up.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has four arms in the 3rd phase of her boss fight in 358/2 Days with each limb holding a curved sword presumably as a result of Sora's memories of fighting Kurt Zisa in Agrabah.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: She's a rare, non-comedic example of this trope. As the story goes on, it's shown she's nothing more than a puppet for Xemnas, not even a real Nobody, and Saïx reveals that she was never even part of the Organization.
    Saïx, to Roxas: "Count the seats. When were we ever more than thirteen?"
  • No Biological Sex: Being a Replica whose Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder, Xion does not have a gender in the physical sense, though constantly spending time with Roxas (who sees her as a black haired Kairi) causes her to identify as female.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: She appears to go berserk and tries to kill Roxas at the end of Days, but this is an act so that Roxas will fight for his life and kill her instead.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Xion fights Roxas at the end of 358/2 Days, she takes on a form that resembles Keyblade armor arranged in the shape of Sora's silhouette with Nobody motifs. There are four stages to this, each with its own set of weapons, and with her final form being enormous.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: She's a Replica of Roxas, but typically manifests as Kairi because the latter makes up Sora's strongest memories. During occasions where she gets overwhelmed by those memories her appearance turns into that of Sora himself.
  • Paradox Person: She is an Artificial Human created from Sora's memories and is meant to be a clone and replacement of Sora's Nobody, Roxas. Because of her relationship with Roxas, she unwittingly absorbs Sora's memories, causing her to grow stronger and essentially becoming a person, but making both Sora and Roxas weaker. When she perishes, she is Ret Goned. Or so we think. It turns out that replicas, like Nobodies and other intelligent beings who lack hearts, are capable of growing them given time. Xion did, so when the heart is returned to her, everyone remembers her again.
  • The Paragon: For Roxas and Axel, though the latter wasn't very receptive. She's ultimately the most heroic of the trio.
  • Parental Favoritism: The Secret Reports in Days show that Xion (or No. i, at the time) was selected over the replica model that became Riku's replica by Vexen, who deemed No. i to be his greatest creation and can be seen grinning when Xemnas is introducing Xion to the rest of the Organization. Not that it matters much since Vexen perished soon after.
  • Personality Powers: Double subverted; much like Roxas, she's a bit more melancholy than you'd expect of a Light user, but she does have brighter aspects of her personality. Also, she (like Roxas) does seem to be one of the nicer members.
  • Pillar of Light:
    • She shares Roxas's Event Horizon Limit Break in in Days where she will shoot radial pillars of light for the second stage of the limit.
    • One of her most powerful attacks in her final battle in Days is raining down a series of light pillars over the battlefield, or summoning one massive column directly in the center. She gains a variant of the former as an attack spell when she fights alongside Sora and Roxas in III.
    • Her data battle will have her summon pillars of light with nearly every attack in Re:Mind.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Once she learns she's a Replica, not an actual Nobody. It's clear that she wishes she were like the others.
    Xion: What would it take for me to be like you?
  • Power Copying: She can wield a Keyblade as a result of copying Roxas's. Taken to an extreme in III, as when fighting alongside Saïx she learns to clone his claymore to attack too, though she ditches it after her Heel–Face Turn. Additionally, her Keyblade is given its own identifier in this game as the 'Replica Kingdom Key'.
  • Power Floats: She just levitates in place in her final form.
  • Power Parasite: She can absorb others as part of being a replica, with Roxas and Sora being the main victims. In her case, though, it's a passive effect and completely involuntary. This is a major factor in her decision to pull a Suicide by Cop.
  • Really Dead Montage: Right at the end of Days, when she disappears while everyone forgets her, and everything about her stops existing, before Roxas forgets her, a brief flashback of her turning to him and smiling is shown. After a bit, one of his memories of her and the other protagonist (Axel) of eating ice cream shows up, the three of them having fun. Then the same scene appears again, while Xion fades away.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She shows up abruptly in 358/2 Days where she is Number XIV in a group previously established in II to be named Organization XIII, becomes Roxas's and Axel's best friend when they don't mention her at all in II, and is revealed to be a Keyblade-wielder who looks like Kairi and whose appearance shocks Riku. Like Naminé in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Xion is a deconstruction of this trope, in this case with the reveal that we didn't hear about her from any of the characters in II because she died and was erased from everyone's memories.
  • Replacement Goldfish:
    • Xion was basically created to serve this purpose, as a potential backup or replacement for Roxas in the event the Organization couldn't control him. She also, along with Roxas, start to be accused of being this to Axel by Saïx, who shows extreme disdain for them due to Axel developing a close friendship with them while Saïx's own relationship with Axel becomes increasingly strained. Xion bears the strongest brunt of this, however, as Saïx's literal inability to see her as anything but a featureless puppet (proof of his failure to acknowledge her as an individual) lead Saïx to scathingly refer to any emotions regarding Xion as 'make-believe'.
    • Xion ends up serving this role again for the XIII Seekers of Darkness after their plan to possess Sora failed. The Re:Mind DLC reveals that Saïx, who at this point is trying to atone for his mistakes, suggests that they reconstruct No. i from Vexen's research data in order to fill out their ranks and fulfil their Sora requirement due to her relationship to him.
  • Ret-Gone: Subverted. Since she was made of memories, her death meant the death of her memory. When she was absorbed into Roxas, everyone forgot that she ever existed... for awhile. She begins making cameo appearances in Re:Coded and Dream Drop Distance, with Riku and Sora both meeting her for long enough to get a good look at her face during the latter. Sora even seems to gain Roxas's memories of Days in full, including Xion, and it's implied that Lea has Wistful Amnesia about her when he looks at Kairi. When Xion returns in III, Lea and Roxas end up remembering her.
  • Sailor Earth: Xion is introduced as Organization XIII's newest member Number XIV, continues the ¡Three Amigos! pattern of the series by being best friends with Roxas and Axel, and is a Kairi-lookalike who has Ship Tease with Sora's lookalike Roxas. On paper she sounds like she's a character straight out of an early 2000's fanfic, but it is revealed to be an intentional — and very sinister — example In-Universe: Xion is in fact not a true member of the Organization but a Replica created to drain the power and life out of Roxas so she could replace him as a more easily managed Keyblade-wielder Xemnas could reprogram as he wished. It's for this reason that she and Roxas are partnered up on the early missions that spark their friendship, to encourage her to latch onto him and begin copying his power. As a Replica, she was an outsider among the rest of the Organization, only viewed as a puppet by the higher-ups and never as a true member; because of this, she is never given a throne of her own in the Round Room, a Red Baron title, her own special type of Nobodies to control, or even her own Proof of Existence like all the other members do.
  • Sizeshifter: After donning the Sora-like armor, she becomes noticeably larger than Roxas and gets bigger with every next phase of the fight until she's as tall as the Twilight Town Clock Tower.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: The games explain her true form is her appearance as a black-haired Kairi while all of her other appearances are merely illusions caused by memory.
  • Shapeshifter Swan Song: An odd example: as a replica of Sora made to copy his powers, her various forms are all influenced by him one way or another. In her final boss form, this manifests as her taking the form of a Sora made of armor, and using all his signature abilities from prior games.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: At the very end of III when the danger's finally passed, Xion's able to rid herself of the Organization coat and wears a black and white blouse and skirt that takes a few cues from Kairi and Naminé.
  • Ship Tease: With Roxas in Days. She fulfills pretty much every aspect that would make her look like Roxas's love interest in any other work, but because they can't feel anything due to being Nobodies and are way too innocent to even know what love is, it's unclear if their friendship is supposed to involve the start of romantic feelings or not. It's worth noting they don't show anything overtly romantic between them in III and more focus is given instead to their friendship with each other and Axel.
  • Significant Anagram: Of "No. i", her designation as part of the Replica Program.
  • Someone Has to Die: With Roxas (and in conjunction, Sora). Both of them are unable to coexist stably because Xion is built to keep draining Roxas's power, which will eventually make him fade away.
  • Spanner in the Works: Her actions ultimately bring about the end of the original Organization XIII. By choosing to die rather than continue serving the Organization, she not only prevents them from using her to collect hearts but also allows Naminé to resume restoring Sora's memories, enabling him to wake up. And by announcing her plans to Roxas — even if he forgets her afterward — it solidifies his defection from the Organization, leaving them with no Keyblade wielder they can control.
  • Split-Personality Merge: A Replica of Roxas that ends up absorbing Sora's memories, Xion lets herself be absorbed into Roxas's heart when she dies, returning the power she'd accidentally taken from him, and then gets absorbed into Sora's heart alongside Roxas when the latter returns to him, returning Sora's memories back to their rightful owner. While Roxas was initially resistant to fusing with Sora and appeared more several times after the initial fusion, Xion accepted her fate as necessary and apart from briefly telepathically communicating with Riku and Roxas at the end of Days she doesn't show up as an individual again until a dream version of her appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
  • Suicide by Cop: Her Final Boss amounts to this, with the "Cop" being Roxas.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: As a Seeker of Darkness. It's hard to tell since she spends all of her screentime as a vessel with her hood up, but she does have them. Regaining her present-day heart from Sora ejected Xehanort's heart as well as the past version of her heart, turning her eyes back to normal.
  • Sword Plant: When in her light aura phase in Re:Mind she will attack almost exclusively by stabbing her keyblade into the ground, generating shockwaves of light magic.
  • Teens Are Short: She's about the same size as Roxas. Axel jokes about adding two half-pints together to get a whole.
  • Theme Naming: Her part in the "girls related to Kairi" group is shio for tide.
  • There Is Another: Invoked. Her whole purpose was to be a backup plan in case the Organization couldn't control Roxas. She gets hit with this again when the Seekers of Darkness need a thirteenth member and their plan to use Sora failed, so they opt to recreate Xion as an Emotionless Girl and use her as a vessel for Xehanort's heart instead. Luckily this blows up in their faces when it leads to her friends remembering her again and her subsequently finding the strength to shake off Xehanort's influence and turn against the Seekers out of The Power of Friendship.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: During her boss battle alongside Saïx, one of her primary attacks is to throw her Keyblade at you or Kairi. This attack is carried over as her most basic attack for her data rematch in Re:Mind.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the XIII Seekers in III as she is only serving them because the replica body has her heart from the time when she first joined the Organization.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She dies in Days as the first member who openly tries to rebel against Xemnas. Subverted in III when the XIII Seekers of Darkness are able to bring her back to join them as a reluctant member, mainly because the replica body has her heart from the past.
  • Transferable Memory: She's made of them.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The girl to her two guy friends, Roxas and Axel.
  • Walking Spoiler: Everything about her is just one big spoiler.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: She gets hit with this trope twice as hard as Roxas. She discovered in the middle of Days that she was a replica designed to copy Sora's powers through Roxas. Then she learned from Naminé her memories don't belong to her and that she's just a bunch of Sora's memories of Kairi. The treatment of the Organization members (who themselves angst over their technical non-human status) to her is downright dehumanizing, outright calling her a puppet (save Axel and Roxas, maybe Demyx and Luxord) and never considered her to be a part of them.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: On her own terms, Xion has great power but noticably lacks finesse in her swordplay. One of her phase intervals in the Re:Mind rematch has her running at Sora in an Unstoppable Rage wildly flailing around her Keyblade with one hand.
  • Younger Than They Look: She looks like a young teenager to most people, but really, she's just under a year old by the time of her death.
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