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For the Final Fantasy characters, the same characterization tropes generally apply as in their original games.
Hollow Bastion residents
A resident of Radiant Garden, he changed his name to Leon after its destruction. He leads the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee in an effort to return his home to its former glory, if not something better.
- Age Lift: Depicted here in his mid-twenties, rather than the teenager he was in his original game.
- Animal Motifs: His lion motif is as omnipresent as ever; in addition to his name and his clothes, he provides Sora with the Simba summonstone and the Lionheart and Sleeping Lion keychains.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Fights alongside Cloud during the Heartless invasion of Hollow Bastion.
- Big Brother Mentor: For Sora.
- Bonus Boss: He can be fought in some Olympus Coliseum matches in I and II.
- Character Development: He's quite gruff and taciturn in the first Kingdom Hearts game, but notably more relaxed in the second. Getting back to Radiant Garden presumably helped. This reflects his Character Development in Final Fantasy VIII.
- Cool Sword: The gunblade.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The first battle with him is fairly difficult to win for most new players, though victory is optional.
- Defrosting Ice King: He starts off cold and impersonal, but gradually reveals his good side.
- Fireballs: His main ranged attack is firing these from his gunblade. They can be bounced back at him.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The kind that stick for all of time.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Fights alongside Sora temporarily in the second game.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: When Sora fights him during their first encounter in Traverse Town, either Leon wins and Sora passes out, or Sora wins... and passes out from the effort while Leon stands back up.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: If Squall loses in his first battle with Sora, he'll claim it's because he was going easy on Sora. Given his performance when he actually goes all out in later battles, he was telling the truth.
- Improbable Weapon User: He fights with his famous Gunblade.
- Laser Blade: His Gunblade can turn into one. It's an 'effin big one too, a Shout-Out to his Blasting Zone Limit Break. It's also the inspiration for the Bladecharge command style.
- The Leader: Of the Restoration Committee.
- Mr. Fanservice: May in fact be sexier than his VIII self, depending on the viewer. Must be the belts. And the extra seven or eight years. And the new name. And the longer hair.
- Mythology Gag:
- His Laser Blade is a reference to his Blasting Zone Limit Break, and he also has normal attacks reminiscent of Fated Circle and Rough Divide.
- Leon being from Radiant Garden may be a reference to Squall being from Balamb Garden in Final Fantasy VIII.
- Both of his character designs include a stylized pair of red wings on the back of his jacket, a visual reference to the white angel wings on the back of Rinoa's jacket in FFVIII. In addition, the red Griever insignia (a lion-headed cross) on the sleeve of his jacket may be a callout to the red cross on Seifer's FFVIII Badass Longcoat.
- The name Leon is a reference to a character from Final Fantasy II
- Rinoa is hinted to exist within the Kingdom Hearts universe as Leon receives a letter with her trademark angel wings in it during the credits of the second game.
- Open-Ended Boss Battle: His first appearance. Sora faints from exhaustion if he wins the battle and from getting pummeled if he loses.
- Pet the Dog: In the first Kingdom Hearts, he expresses concern over the lost Dalmatian puppies (literal dogs), and later rescues Geppetto and Pinocchio from Monstro (Sora and crew forgot, oops) and got them a house when they arrive in Traverse Town.
- Playing with Fire: His only long-range attack (unless you count the Laser Blade) is a fire spell. He shoots it at you as if the gunblade was an actual gun. May be a reference to the fact that Ifrit is one of his first Guardian Forces in his original game.
- Running Gag:
- In the manga Aerith constantly offers him her homemade beverages, and he constantly refuses, aware of its flaws.
- One in Kingdom Hearts between him and Yuffie was her continuously calling him by his first name, "Squall".
- That Man Is Dead: Refuses to call himself by his real name of Squall because of his guilt over what happened to Hollow Bastion. Yuffie slips in the first game, causing him to remind her that Squall is no more.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the first game it's clear that he suffers from the memories of Hollow Bastion's destruction at the hands of the Heartless. In the second game, he's lightened up while helping to rebuild it (see Character Development above).
- The Stoic: True to form, he's not one for regular shows of emotion.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Acts gruff and stern but is really a good and caring guy deep down.
- Supporting Leader: He is the leader of the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Definitely fits thanks to the age-up.
- Team Dad: The leader of the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee and the Final Fantasy characters that live there.
- Too Many Belts: He wears them on his arms!
- Turns Red: If he fails to defeat you with his normal gunblade, he'll turn it into the Lion Heart, which increases his range and strength.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: In the first game.
A brooding swordsman who is busy trying to work out his dark past. He first appears as a hired thug for Hades as part of one of his many attempts on Hercules's life, but joins the rest of the Hollow Bastion gang by the end of the first game.
- Anime Hair: It's a staple. Was toned down in II to match his appearance in Advent Children.
- Ascended Extra: His appearance in I is brief and entirely skippable. In II, he becomes Guest-Star Party Member for The War Sequence in Hollow Bastion and has slightly more important role than his previous appearance. In Chain of Memories and coded, respectively, he becomes a summon and more proper party member for Olympus Coliseum.
- Badass Cape: In the first game, due to Cloud being heavily inspired by Vincent Valentine.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Leon before The War Sequence. Their snark-fest doubles as a playful jab to the Fandom rivalry between Cloud and Squall.
- BFS: Wields his classic Buster Sword in the first game, and the First Tsurugi from Advent Children in the second game - both wound with bandages, for whatever reason.
- Bonus Boss: Via Coliseum cups.
- Character Exaggeration: This version of Cloud is a lot more broody, stoic and obsessed with Sephiroth than the one in the original game. It might be a factor for the later canonical Flanderization of Cloud from Advent Children onward (save for Dissidia, where the obsession is reversed.)
- Composite Character: In the first game, he has the red cloak, golden claw, and brooding personality of Vincent Valentine.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: A single black bat wing that appears when he uses his his version of Omnislash, mirroring Sephiroth's constantly-present wing.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Just before The War Sequence, the player fights alongside each of four Final Fantasy characters briefly.
- Hired Guns: Was this for Hades in the first game for a short time. He was hired by him to kill Hercules, and then Sora, in the Olympus Coliseum. He broke his contract with Hades when he pulled an You Have Failed Me card on him after his failed fight with Sora, whether it's by losing to him, or refusing to finish him off after beating him.
- Limit Break: The trademark Omnislash, but it's less of a 16-hit slash attack than just him flying around Advent Children-style trying to hit you from behind. Cross-Slash also appears in Chain of Memories if you summon Cloud.
- Mythology Gag: He uses his various Limit Breaks from FFVII, like Braver and Omnislash.
- Only I Can Kill Him: His relationship here with Sephiroth, it seems, which was one of the reasons why he joined the Olympus tournaments.
- Open-Ended Boss Battle: His first appearance. Regardless of the outcome, Cerberus incapacitates him afterward.
- Power Gives You Wings: He grows a wing when using Omnislash.
- Ship Tease: With Aerith. Also with Tifa in the second game, depending on your interpretation of what Tifa actually is in that game.
- The Stoic: Even more so than he was in his original game.
A resident of Radiant Garden prior to its destruction, she ends up in Traverse Town instead. In Kingdom Hearts II, she (like most of Traverse Town's residents) moves back to Hollow Bastion and assists in its rebuilding.
- Action Girl: Implied: when she's questioned as to whether or not she can fight against the Heartless, she gives a pretty nice Death Glare. Given that she was a magically competent Red Mage in her original game and knew how to defend herself with a quarterstaff to boot, it isn't too much of a stretch to believe that she's capable here either.
- Character Exaggeration: Much like Cloud, Aerith's Incorruptible Pure Pureness traits were ramped up and her more tomboyish and plucky ones were removed, which carried over to Advent Children and media beyond.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: She's one of these in the manga adaptations.
- Demoted to Extra: She and Cid don't take part in fights, despite them being playable characters in FFVII.
- Glamour Failure: In Chain of Memories, she's the only one who seems to be aware that she and the others are constructs of Sora's memory.
- The Heart: Of the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee.
- Lethal Chef: In the manga adaptations. She makes her own homemade beverages and refreshments, but always adds the wrong ingredients.
- The Medic: Heals Yuffie during the Heartless invasion, and teaches Sora the highest level of Cure in the first game.
- Ojou Ringlets: Has them as a design holdover, fitting her leadership with Squall.
- Ship Tease: With Cloud, like in the original game.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Final Fantasy VII, she dies by the end of Disc 1. In Kingdom Hearts, she's fine and dandy.
- Team Mom: Leon's second in the Restoration Committee, apparently in charge of healing them in combat when they fight.
A young woman who constantly searches for Cloud. Word of God has evoked the possibility of her being the materialization of Cloud's light, just like Sephiroth would be the materialization of his darkness.
- Action Girl: Just to be clear on how badass she is, Tifa can fight on even ground against Sephiroth.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: She fights using martial arts rather than a weapon.
- Bonus Boss: She can be fought a couple of times in the optional Hades Paradox Cup.
- Boobs of Steel: One of the bustiest females in the franchise and strong enough to shake a room by punching a wall in frustration.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Her physical strength is so intimidating that Sora, Donald and Goofy shut up and hold a salute until she leaves the room in order to avoid her laying them out.
- Enemy Without: Inverted, if the below is true.
- More specifically, as noted above, its implied that, similar to Sephiroth being the embodiment of Cloud's darkness, Tifa is the embodiment of Cloud's light.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Fights alongside Sora in the second game during the Battle of 1000 Heartless.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Being Tifa, she uses these. As an added bonus, her punches and kicks also block attacks.
- I Will Find You: Searching for Cloud is basically all she does in the game (well, that and beating up Heartless).
- Lampshade Hanging: She hangs one hell of a lampshade about both Cloud's and Sora's Anime Hair:Tifa: "Hey, you! [to Sora] I'm looking for somebody. Have any of you seen a guy with spiky hair?"Sora: (points to his own)Tifa: (chuckles) Spikier.
- Ironically enough, Cloud's hair has become less spiky than Sora's by that point.
- Limit Break: She uses "Final Heaven" during her boss fight, her strongest Limit Break from FFVII.
- Mythology Gag:
- In FFVII, Aerith died while Tifa remained alive. In this game, it is ambiguous as to whether Tifa is a physical person.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her outfit leaves her arms bare. The better to punch apart Heartless with.
- Woman Scorned: Played for Laughs and somewhat more platonic in context despite the nature of their relationship, she's furious when Cloud left her during his search for Sephiroth in KH II, she almost thrashed Hollow Bastion in the process of searching him.
A former resident of Radiant Garden who appears in Traverse Town. She is closely in league with Leon.
- Action Girl: In the first game the sole offensive member of the Final Fantasy cast. The sequel rounds them out with Tifa.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her first outfit.
- Bonus Boss: In Kingdom Hearts I and Kingdom Hearts II, she appears in a few optional Coliseum matches as an opponent.
- Combat Medic: A fighter that is also able to heal herself and allies.
- Fuuma Shuriken: She uses these.
- Genki Girl: Remains energetic and preppy.
- Guest-Star Party Member: In the second game she helps Sora fight in the Battle of 1000 Heartless.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Stealth and subterfuge don't play much part in her battle tactics.
- The Medic: In Kingdom Hearts I, she is extremely pesky in battle because she can heal her partners with Clear Tranquil.
- Ninja: As usual.
- Odd Friendship: With Leon - which, unsurprisingly enough, led to a lot of shipping from the fans. Others would rather see Leon as a Big Brother Mentor to her.
- Playing Tennis with the Boss: Her shuriken attacks can be reflected back at her by smacking them with the Keyblade. Not required to beat her, but doing so makes her much easier to handle.
- Smoke Out: In II, she's picked up the ability to vanish in a puff of smoke.
The owner of the Traverse Town accessory shop and a Gummi Ship expert. He saved Leon and the others during the destruction of Radiant Garden. He returns to Hollow Bastion with his fellow Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts II, and is responsible for the Claymore security system.
- Ace Pilot: He claims to be a master Gummi Ship pilot and mechanic.
- Bowdlerization: His ever-present cigarette from VII is replaced with a stick here.
- Demoted to Extra: Cid and Aerith don't take part in fights, despite them being playable characters in FFVII.
- The Engineer: Installs upgrades to the Gummi Ship in the first game and designed the Hollow Bastion defense system in Kingdom Hearts II.
- Goggles Do Nothing: He keeps his flight goggles despite having no reason to ever don them.
- Grumpy Old Man: The oldest member of the Final Fantasy cast and rather crusty, too.
- Magic Versus Science: He has a semi-friendly rivalry with Merlin over this (their personalities don't help). They're forced to work together when the MCP takes over the network.
- Non-Action Guy: He never does any fighting.
- Team Dad: He saved the crew when Radiant Garden fell when they where children.
- The Engineer/The Smart Guy: He's an expert in Gummi ships and knows his way around computers to boot - he's the guy who sets up the security system for the town in KHII.
- Oral Fixation: A toothpick to replace his cigarettes.
Rikku voiced by: Marika Matsumoto (Japanese), Tara Strong (English)
Paine voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese), Gwendoline Yeo (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy X (Yuna and Rikku), Final Fantasy X-2 (Paine)
Also known as "the Gullwings", they are a trio of friendly neighborhood something-or-others. They are originally sent by Maleficent to spy on the heroes, but later switch sides.
- Adaptational Villainy: They start off as Maleficent's lackies despite being the heroines of X-2.
- Bowdlerise: Compared to their original X-2 incarnations, their outfits aren't nearly as revealing.
- Flanderization: While their X-2 counterparts did enjoy a good treasure hunt, their love for treasure is a lot more exaggerated here. For one thing, the original versions would definitely have drawn the line at working for a villain in exchange for treasure.
- Fun Size: In the original game they were normal humans, but here they become three cute fairies.
- HeelFace Turn: They stop working for Maleficent and help the heroes out after being bribed by Donald.
- Hired Guns: They work for money for anyone who can pay them.
- Only in It for the Money: They help out the heroes after being promised treasure.
- Our Fairies Are Different: In this version all three are fairies.
- Punch-Clock Villain: They work for money, not for evil.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Paine.
- Summon Magic: The only plausible way that they could have given Sora the Gull Wing Keychain aside from Hammerspace, seeing as it's as bigger than they are.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Via Smoke Out, but under their own magical power.
- Winged Humanoid: Though Yuna's "wings" are a hair decoration and Rikku's are her scarf. Paine is a straight example.
Twilight Town residents
Head of the so-called Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee. He is really just a bully who likes to pick on Hayner, Pence, and Olette.
- Adaptational Attractiveness : Downplayed. Seifer was always easy on the eyes, but this incarnation of him (being younger) definitely fits the more 'standard' Bishounen as well as showing more skin.
- Adaptational Heroism: Thankfully never Jumped Off The Slippery Slope as his original did. He lacks any romanticized dream that would drive him into madness, and so pretty much stays in his schoolyard bully phase. Even then, it's downplayed compared to VIII.
- Bare Your Midriff: His younger variant of his trademark attire bares his lower stomach.
- Beauty Is Bad: Downplayed. He is more of a bully than a proper bad guy and even that doesn't stick for too long.
- Bishounen: He is rather pretty, and his scar doesn't mitigate his good looks in any way.
- Dumb Muscle: Surprisingly Averted. At worst, he seems to be more of average intelligence than anything else.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Although he's more of a jerk than a legit villain, just like his original appearance. Oddly, his scar is still a mirror image of Squall's despite the fact that they have no connection in this universe.
- Hunk: He is probably one of the youngest in fiction. Not surprising, as his original incarnation was also one.
- Jerk Jock: He's proud of his physical prowess and Struggle skill and is constantly boasting about it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts to shape up to one at the end; he gave his trophy to Sora when he saved his life from the Nobodies and Saïx. When he refused, he instead gave it to Goofy.
- Light Is Not Good: Downplayed twofold:
- He wasn't ever that bad, even for a bully.
- He doesn't even WEAR that much white.
- Mr. Fanservice: Ho boy! Is he ever! This is only less noticeable because of him getting Put on a Bus, but his character design screams this trope. Let's see: Good Scars, Evil Scars? Check! Still a Bishounen despite of (or perhaps because of) it? Check? Has a cool hoodie? Check! Has his lower stomach prominently exposed? Check! Muscular arms that aren't hidden beneath any clothing? Double Check! Here is his full body design.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: There is a very clear and understandable reason why he was a Jerk Jock to begin with.
- Nice Hat: Wears a small hoodie in this incarnation.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Vivi soundly defeats Seifer in the Struggle tournament, Seifer drops his bravado completely. Instead of anger or insults, Seifer walks past Roxas's gang and coldly tells them that it wasn't Vivi he just fought, and encourages Roxas to trash him.
- Put on a Bus: In III, background dialogue in Twilight Town has townspeople mention he up and left a while back, going on some kind of journey, taking Rai and Fuu with him.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He seems to very eager to show of those muscular arms of his. Not that anybody is complaining.
- Terrible Trio: Him, alongside Fuu and Rai. Vivi is their lackey and only puts up with them because he admires Seifer's strength.
- The Bully: Granted, not as heinous as most examples, but still counts.
- Totally Radical: "That's undeniable proof that we totally owned you lamers." May be a case of Fridge Brilliance since only the digital recreation of Seifer talks like this, and the real one isn't shown to. Could also count as Character Exaggeration, since the closest he ever got to this in FF8 was "chicken-wuss".
- Worthy Opponent: Towards Sora.
Seifer's henchmen and members of the Disciplinary Committee.
- Adaptation Name Change: Downplayed. In Final Fantasy VIII, their names are Fujin and Raijin. However, their Jiminy's Journal entries still list Fuujin and Raijin next to their shortened names for some reason, implying that their names here are nicknames.
- Ambiguously Brown: Rai.
- Good Old Fisticuffs / Informed Ability: The stances they assume during their first meeting with the Nobodies indicates that they can fight, but the following cutscenes shows them on their asses later.
- Mythology Gag: They share voice actors with their Expys from Final Fantasy X Lulu and Wakka.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Fuu.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Fuu.
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: They're named after Fuujin and Raijin.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Both of them wear sleeveless outfits.
- Those Two Guys: Appear always together.
- Verbal Tic: Fuu tends to speak short one or two-word sentences, while Rai appends "y'know?" to most of his sentences.
An inhabitant of Twilight Town, he's the Struggle champion in the digital town but is just another competitor in the real world.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He is more handsome than the original game and has not scars.
- Badass Cape/Badass Longcoat: Square-Enix combines two of their favorite costume tropes at last. Setzer wears his trademark coat around his neck with his arms out of the sleeves, treating it more like a cape.
- Bragging Rights Reward: The Champion Belt you win for beating him gives 20% resistance to Fire, Ice, Lightning, but you won't be encountering enemies that use those attacks for some time. It's actually better to lose to him and get the Medal, which gives a minor attack boost so it'll be useful immediately.
- Character Exaggeration: His showy-ness and arrogance is played up big time. Then again, the only time we actually see him is in the computer simulation made by DiZ, so much like Seifer, the real one might not be quite like that.
- Coat Cape: Setzer wears his trademark coat around his neck with his arms out of the sleeves, treating it more like a cape.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Is rather vain and boastful and maintains poise even in the heat of battle.
- Graceful Loser: If he loses against Roxas in the Struggle tournament, he'll point to Roxas congratulating his victory.
- Miles Gloriosus: For all his boasting and showing off, Setzer is a very poor Struggle fighter. He attacks slowly, he doesn't defend well, and he takes the time to pose at the start of the fight giving the player ample opportunity to make the first move. Further he has the lowest health of all the fighters, so he can easily be knocked out and rendered defenseless for a fair bit of time.
- Hair Flip: When entering a battle.
- Spin Attack: Will perform one as one of his most powerful attacks.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Though more of a jerk than outright villainous.
A young resident of Twilight Town who admires Seifer and strives to be like him. His "simulation" version is one of the first hints that there is something wrong in Roxas's Twilight Town, as he gains an uncharacteristic spike in both confidence and skill during the Struggle tournament.
- Adorkable: His awkward bumbling just makes him all the more endearing.
- Ambiguously Human: It's not clear if he's an Artificial Human like in his original game, and the fact that he looks uncannily like a Heartless doesn't clarify matters.
- Anti-Role Model: Vivi looks up to Seifer, but he's not what you call a proper "role model".
- Butt-Monkey: Seifer and co. makes him their personal gopher, very reminiscent of how Puck treated him at the start of Final Fantasy IX.
- Hero-Worshipper: To Seifer, unfortunately.
- Nice Hat: His iconic and cool Wizard Hat.
- Token Good Teammate: By far the nicest member of Seifer's gang, and the only one who was a hero in their own game.
- Took a Level in Badass: Deconstructed - the meek, quiet Vivi suddenly being able to deal a Curb-Stomp Battle to the much older and stronger Seifer indicates something has gone very wrong in Roxas's world and it's ultimately revealed as A Glitch in the Matrix caused by the Nobodies.
- Zipperiffic: His HAT has a freaking zipper.
Other Final Fantasy characters
- Origin: Final Fantasy III
Little fairy-type creatures that can be found in at least one place in every world to sell and/or synthesize items for the main character.
- Ambiguous Situation: Whether or not the Organization Moogle in Days is a fellow Nobody is vague, to say the least.
- Black Cloak: Not even Moogles are safe from this in the series. The one in Days who stays with Organization XIII has one.
- Call-Back: The Days Moogle makes a reference to one of Xemnas's first lines. See No Name Given below.
- The Cameo: In regards to the Final Fantasy series more so than any other FF cameo by virtue of every single game containing a Moogle, even when there are different, only one, or no non-KH characters owned by Square-Enix.
- Hologram: Aside from in the KH-original worlds, all the Moogle shops are done via hologram.
- Honest John's Dealership: To an extent in the Days Manga, The moogle that runs the shop sells expired potions for cheap to Roxas and Xion.
- Mythology Gag:
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: An uncommon villainous example in Days who supports members of Organization XIII with equipment for the field.
- No Name Given: The Days Moogle. All of the others, at least in Kingdom Hearts II, have names."My name is of no importance, kupo."
- Original Generation: The Days Moogle is original, unless it's secretly one of the other Moogles. Most, if not all, Moogle merchants are named after Moogles in the Final Fantasy series.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: The one in Days has this for Roxas. He doesn't really care about Xemnas's Kingdom Hearts or anything, just the fact that Roxas was the only one who ever gave him business. That's why he accompanies Roxas out of the Castle That Never Was.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Of course they are Kupo! Gets poked fun at a few times as well, such as moogles mentioning they dislike getting their poms touched.
- Verbal Tic: Take a guess, kupo.
- Voiced by:
Tidus: Masakazu Morita (Japanese), Shaun Fleming (English)
Wakka: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese), Dee Bradley Baker (English)
Selphie: Mayuko Aoki (Japanese), Molly Marlette (English)
Origin: Final Fantasy VIII (Selphie), Final Fantasy X (Tidus and Wakka)
Appearances: I | Chain of Memories | II (Selphie only) | coded
Three kids who live on Destiny Islands. They're friends of Sora, Riku, and Kairi.
- Ascended Extra: In the first game, they're basically just fanservice for Final Fantasy fans as they don't have much role other than being Sora's sparring partners so the players can increase Sora's level before the Heartless' invasion. Their data versions have slightly bigger role in coded, being the ones to give Data-Sora informations about the Bug Blox and the man in black coat. Data-Tidus is also a mini-boss in both Destiny Islands and Castle Oblivion's reiteration of Destiny Islands.
- Cat Smile: You may or may not notice Selphie's.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Tidus, though it's barely noticeable next to his original version.
- Fighting with Chucks: Selphie (well, a jump rope, but used in the same manner).
- Forgotten Fallen Friend:
- For all Sora, Riku and Kairi's obsession with each other; they never talk about having shared the island with these three. Especially egregious in Chain Of Memories when Sora's revelation of there being another girl on the island besides Kairi is such a surprise to everyone.
- In KHII, Kairi has the same "line of sight" memory that forgets that Selphie ever existed after she goes through the Corridor of Darkness.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Wakka.
- Improbable Weapon User: Wakka fights by throwing a Blitzball-patterned beach ball, like in X. Selphie uses a jump rope.
- Joshikousei: Selphie in II.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Selphie, rather noticeably, in the Japanese version.note
- Limit Break: While none of them get ones of their own, Tidus may occasionally try to use Spiral Cut on Sora. As per the trope, it's his hardest-hitting move.
- Palette Swap:
- Wakka's character model is used for an NPC in Agrabah after the keyhole is sealednote , but with different clothes and a shorter hairstyle.
- Tidus's character model is also used for an NPC in Traverse Town.
- ¡Three Amigos!: The other trio of friends that lives on Destiny Islands.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Selphie's the girly girl to Kairi's tomboy. Most evident in the first game, though it's still somewhat easy to spot in the second (Selphie's white-and-pink school bag with a Moogle keychain vs. Kairi's simple brown school bag, for instance).
- Two Guys and a Girl: Once more.
- Variable-Length Chain: Selphie's jump-rope.
- Wolfpack Boss: If you fight them as a team
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Tidus.
A hero-in-training who shows up in Olympus Coliseum during Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
- Anime Hair: His black spikes aren't near as pointy as Cloud or Sora, but they're still impressive.
- Casting a Shadow: When Hades curses him he has a lot of pesky Darkness skills.
- Colony Drop: Meteor Shots is back from Crisis Core and Ehrgeiz.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: As do Heroes in training!
- Leitmotif: "A Date with Fate", a rather bouncy remake of Crisis Core's main theme.
- Mythology Gag: Asks Aqua out on a date, much like he asks Aerith in Crisis Core. Also, Zack is frequently seen performing squats, a hobby of his from the aforementioned game. Also, Zack's D-Link emblems are colored orbs, similar to Materia from Final Fantasy VII games.
- Nice Guy: He treats everyone like a friend, even if he just met them and doesn't even know them.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's the odd man out compared to the other Final Fantasy characters due to taking on elements of the Hercules artstyle.
- Spirited Competitor: Even when he loses he's happy to keep going and training.
- Teleport Spam: His Hero's Pride Limit Break, which is essentially Zack's version of Omnislash with this trope thrown in for good measure.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the game's ending, Zack mysteriously disappears when a single black feather drops near him, said feather noted by Word of God to be that of Sephiroth. Given the series's Anachronic Order, no mention of him is made during the ten-year interim.
- Would Hit a Girl: Fights Aqua in the Coliseum, though he's not really pleased about hitting her.
A warrior summoned by Hades to kill Hercules in II, though he refuses to comply. He serves as the Guest-Star Party Member of Olympus Coliseum.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Depending on your taste. Auron is a Hunk in both appearances, but where his Final Fantasy X incarnation is a rugged Silver Fox, his Kingdom Hearts cameo is leaner, clean-shaven and more youthful.
- Badass Longcoat: His billowing red robe.
- Badass Normal: Sure, he has MP recovery skills, but he only uses MP to fuel his normal attacks and doesn't actually have any magic. Despite this he's able to fight Hercules, the World's Strongest Man and a demigod son of Zeus, and give him an even fight. Granted Hercules was tired from several days of endless fighting, but still.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: His Limit with Sora begins with the two of them standing like this before slashing to strike back enemies.
- Brainwashed: Hades forces Auron into servitude by stealing Auron's willpower and imprisoning it into a statue of his likeness. Auron is then made to fight Hercules in a deathmatch. Luckily, Sora & co. save the day, and Hades gets utterly screwed.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's quite sarcastic when he wants be.Auron: This is my story. And you're not part of it.
Hades: Did you forget who you're talking to?! I am the Lord of the Dead!!
Auron: No wonder no one wants to die.
- Deal with the Devil: Hades makes one with him in order to get rid of Sora.
- Devil's Job Offer: Auron gets a job from Hades but then uses it to fight his way out out of Hell.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Does this to Hades. See Deadpan Snarker.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Still has that scar over his (missing) eye.
- Go Out with a Smile: In the ending credits, he can be seen observing the rebuilt Coliseum as Hercules and crew look over it before walking away, fading into pyreflies. Hercules and Megara find pyreflies everywhere.
- Handicapped Badass: If his original game is anything to go by, this is subverted. He doesn't have his left arm in a sling because it's broken. Instead, he just thinks he's so good that he can beat people with only one hand.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Huge katanas, that is.
- Limit Break: Overdrive, named after X's Limit Break, which ends with Bushido, Auron's Overdrive from X.
- Literal-Minded: In this exchange with Sora in Kingdom Hearts II after escaping from Hades.Auron: I suppose I should thank you.
Sora: Not at all.
Sora: I mean, sure, you could thank us a little...
Auron: You should say what you mean.
- Mythology Gag: Just about everything he does or about him references Final Fantasy X, and when Sora gazes into his statue, they contain his very memories and lines from that game.
- Named Weapons: Battlefields of War.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: With his Battlefields of War.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "No wonder no one wants to die," he said to Hades when he was bragging about being the "Lord of the Dead". No one could hope for a more badass intro.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: An Implied Trope, from the look at his memories and his mannerisms.
- The Stoic: He's very quiet and taciturn.
- This Is My Story: He named the trope, of course.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: As in his original game.
- With My Hands Tied: Potentially. See Handicapped Badass.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Does this to Cerberus. Subverted when Sora returns and the two kick Hellhound rear in a Back-to-Back Badasses moment.
The World Ends with You characters
The protagonist of Square Enix's title The World Ends with You, A young boy who always has his headphones on, behaving like he rejects everyone. In Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, he appears before Sora in Traverse Town, looking for his partner so that he can survive the deadly Reaper's Game.
- Aerith and Bob: As a guy with two Japanese names (as opposed to, say, Sora, Kairi or Riku), he certainly stands out. Lampshaded; Sora seems to find his name rather strange.
- Animal Companion: His Necho Cat during Sora's first visit to Traverse Town.
- The Atoner: For a little while after leading Sora to Young Xehanort.
- Collared by Fashion: His shirt has a massive collar that tends to help with obscuring his face and mouth.
- Deadpan Snarker: The majority of his dialogue, especially when he's still cold towards other people.
- Emo Teen: Yeah, he's a bit moody.
- Expy: Of Sora and by extension Sion, luckily his sharper eyes and hair color helps set him apart.
- Although, as Joshua appears to note off-hand to Riku, his personality is actually somewhat closer to the latter's.
- Foil: To Sora, questioning his obsession with making friends.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He throws himself at Young Xehanort to protect Sora. However, he lives and shows up later.
- Living Memory: Alongside every other character from The World Ends with You except for Joshua.
- Punny Name: Neku sounds similar to "neko" (Japanese for "cat"), and he's confirmed to have a cat dream eater.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Sora's red to Neku's blue
- Shonen Hair: Has spiky orange hair that can obscure his eyes.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Another character with a sleeveless shirt from Square Enix.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Retains the Reaper's Game numeral on his hand, though its significance isn't given in this series.
One of the main supporting characters of Square-Enix's title The World Ends with You, She always carries a black stuffed cat wherever she goes. She appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Riku saves her from an onslaught of Dream Eaters after she was separated from her partner Neku.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit prominently shows off her stomach.
- Butt-Monkey: Among the World Ends With You cast, she gets the most embarassing moments.
- The Chick: She's the most feminine member of the group by far and she has the easiest time socializing with others.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: As you can see in her image.
- Expy: Hey, it's Kairi wearing a hat! Oh wait, false alarm....she's been recolored so that the resemblence isn't as blatant anymore.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: She still has Eri's appearance in this game, as her true self is never seen in full in her own game.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Carries around Mr. Mew, a stuffed cat she designed herself and was her first sewing project.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Just look at it.
- Living Memory: Alongside every other character from The World Ends with You except for Joshua.
- Nice Hat: Even nicer than Seifer's!
- The Nicknamer: Calls Riku "Mr. Knight"
One of the main supporting characters of Square-Enix's title The World Ends with You, he appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. He encounters Riku and Sora alongside Beat. It seems he knows about the realm of dreams in detail. The reason why he and the others appeared on Traverse Town is because Joshua channeled Rhyme's dreams to take parts of all of them into the town itself to keep them safe after their world was lost to darkness.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the original game he was the Big Bad who killed Neku in order to bring him into the Reaper's Game. Here he's an ally of Sora and Riku and is implied to be working to the benefit of the other World characters.
- Agent Peacock: He's even prettier than Shiki.
- Ambiguously Gay: True to his original character, Joshua flirts with both Neku and Riku during 3D.
- Ambiguously Human: When asked why Dream Eaters don't attack him, he claims it's that he's not a Dreamer (despite having many dreams of his own). During this same conversation with Riku, he also claims that "All humans are Dreamers".
- Bishounen: He's referred to as "Pretty Boy" or "Prissy Kid" by a few Reapers in his home game.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: "The World Ends With You"'s secret ending shows a depressed Joshua looking at Neku and his friends from the distance, hinting that he wishes to join them, but is unable to due to remorse or his duties as the Composer. "Dream Drop Distance" offers him the opportunity to interact with his friends again, and he even joins hands with the others when they promise to see each other in Shibuya in the future.
- Expy: In the Kingdom Hearts fanbase, people saw him as a Riku counterpart (compared to Neku=Sora and Shiki=Kairi). In the anime fanbase, he's an expy of Kaworu Nagisa and Aru Akise.
- Hair Flip: He's quite fond of playing with and flipping his hair while speaking.
- Has a Type: If his not-so-subtle flirting with Riku is any indication, Joshua appears to have an eye for the brooding, anti-hero kind.
- The Lancer: To Neku.
- Lighter and Softer: This Joshua seems nicer and less smug than the original Insufferable Genius of The World Ends with You, possibly because of his...
- Character Development in said game, watching his proxy Neku learning to grow from an antisocial introvert to someone who genuinely cares about his friends when Joshua picked him because he was the least likely person in all of Shibuya to learn.
- Mythology Gag: Part of the above quote is lifted straight from his game.
- Mr. Exposition / Expo Speak: Seems to take this role towards Sora and Riku.
- Pet the Dog: Joshua is the only reason the other characters from "The World Ends With You" are in this game. When their world ceased to exist, he gathered whatever remained of them and took to Traverse Town, where they were reformed, much to his delight.
- Purple Eyes: It's one of the first visual clues he isn't quite like the other players.
- Smug Smiler: His default expression.
- The Omniscient: States in game that he's kind of omniscient.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Was a smug, arrogant character in his original game, who was eventually revealed to be the Big Bad, being the person responsible for the death of Neku and the catalyst for the entire assimilation plot in Shibuya. Here he is much more benevolent and is unambiguously on Sora and Riku's side. It is implied that the events of "Dream Drop Distance" have taken part after the ending of "The World Ends With You", by the time Joshua's interactions with other characters have changed his personality for the better.
- Winged Humanoid: Seen at the end of the first visit to Traverse Town. Them being angel wings has interesting implications, considering what Angels are like in TWEWY.
- You Remind Me of X: Tells Riku he reminds him of someone he knows, namely Neku.
One of the main supporting characters of Square Enix's title The World Ends with You, he appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. He encounters Riku and Sora alongside Joshua. He is wandering Traverse Town, looking for his partner Rhyme.
- Animal Companion: His Kuma Panda during Riku's first visit to Traverse Town.
- Bears Are Bad News: He uses his Kuma Panda to attack Riku.
- Berserk Button: Again, his Embarrassing First Name. Even Riku thinks it's weird.
- Big Brother Instinct: His motivation towards Rhyme. He values her more than anything.
- The Big Guy: Unlike the other kids, he's got some meat on his bones and has the strength to back it up.
- Boisterous Bruiser: "Come back when you grow a pair!"
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: His first instinct is usually to whale on whatever is causing problems for him, giving him the appearance of a thug, but deep down he's a pretty sensitive and caring fellow.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He becomes pals with Riku after his Kuma Panda is defeated.
- Embarrassing First Name: His reaction to anyone saying his real name is freak out and maybe threaten them afterwards.
- Expy: A more gangsterized version of Twilight Town's Seifer. Blame the hat.
- Living Memory: Alongside every other character from The World Ends with You except for Joshua.
- Malaproper: As in TWEWY. Terms like "Inverse Psychiatry" note , and "Garnish my reputation!" note .
- Mythology Gag: References to his Embarrassing First Name. These also provoke obvious visual references to TWEWY's dialogue sprites.
- His trademark "BWAAAHHH!" also makes it in the English version.
- Nice Hat: A black hat with a large skull design. It matches Rhyme's hat nicely.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Fits with his thug image and shows off his muscular arms.
One of the main supporting characters of Square-Enix's title The World Ends with You, she appears in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Because she has lost her memories, she doesn't know why she's in Traverse Town, but that doesn't trouble her a lot. It turns out that her strong dreams allowed Joshua to take fragments of them all to safety after their world was lost to the darkness.
- Cheerful Child: Easily acts like this, even if it makes Beat look softer.
- Living Memory: Alongside every other character from The World Ends with You except for Joshua.
- Nice Girl: Is always calm and reassuring with Beat.
- Nice Hat: She wears a black hat with a tiny skull design on it, matching Beat's hat.
- Straight Man: To Beat.
- Wistful Amnesia: Even though she's lost her memories, she believes that they'll come back eventually.