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- Ace Custom: They each have Keyblades unique to them that are not shared by any of the followers in their Unions.
- Ambiguously Evil:
- Although in contrast to other antagonists in the series, the Foretellers seem to be more blindfully misguided in their attempt to protect the world from darkness due to lack of details and explanation from the Master of Masters (who himself is Ambiguously Evil), causing them to conflict over what they believe is the best course of action. At the very least, they're Knight Templars.
- In III, we learn that Luxu is Braig/Xigbar, who is still not a nice guy regardless of how much of his act was faked. In the very last chess flashback, we also see that Xehanort has assembled seven dark pieces, with six bearing the animal motifs of the Foretellers, Luxu and the last bearing the sigil of the Book of Prophecies - presumably being an analogue to the Master, while Eraqus uses one white piece, representing Sora.
- Animal Motifs: Each Foreteller has a unique mask representing the Union they lead(except for Luxu), which all have their own patron animal. These animals come from Ancrene Wisse and match the sin each Foreteller is named after.
- Ava: Foxes
- Ira: Unicorns
- Aced: Bears
- Gula: Leopards
- Invi: Snakes
- Luxu: Goats
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Foretellers aren't just Keyblade Masters, they're the Keyblade Masters. As in, the originals. And as expected, they are the toughest bosses in the game outside event raid bosses. Fully expect them to be able to take you down in one hit when you face them in Quest 555, 675, and the Keyblade War. For reference, when they battle the player in the opening stages of the Keyblade War, they simply remark that you're a remarkably strong Keyblade Wielder, implying that they weren't even going all out against you, before moving on while you keel over out of exhaustion.
- BFS: They each wield a Keyblade that's far larger than the norm. It's actually telling in that the No Name (Luxu's and Xehanort's) is the smallest of the six.
- Big Bad Friend: All Foretellers know that one of their number is a traitor.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Foreteller of the Union the player chooses first appears to save the player from a Darkside.
- Color-Coded Characters: Via their robes and Keyblades; pink (Ava), blue (Ira), brown (Aced), yellow (Gula), purple (Invi). Luxu lacks the colored robes of the other five but has his black coat and the No Name Keyblade to associate him with black.
- The Comically Serious: Every single one of them - even Ava - take their jobs extremely seriously. This is in sharp, sharp contrast with the Master, who doesn't take anything seriously at all. He's constantly having fun at their expense, and their exasperated and surprised reactions just make it all the more funny.
- Cool Mask: The Union animal masks.
- Epic Fail: The Foretellers are all given crucial tasks to complete by the Master, and four out of five completely and utterly fail every step of the way. This is a remarkably darker take on the trope than usual, as the tasks they are given are completely mismatched to their personalities, skills, and flaws. Each and every one of them - save for Ava and Luxu - were doomed to fail from the get-go, and it's powerfully hinted that this was wholly intentional on the Master's part.
- The Faceless: Almost. Their faces are completely obscured by their masks, but we can read their expressions somewhat by the fact that the lower half of their faces are still visible. Invi however covers her mouth with a scarf in addition to the standard mask and hood combo, leaving her almost entirely as this.
- Fatal Flaw: All of them have a certain flaw to their personalities that drive a wedge between them due to their particular roles. However, the one thing they all share is their almost blind faith in the Master's teachings, with disagreements over what he told them to do sparking the conflict that leads to the Keyblade War.
- Final Boss: The final battle of Kingdom Hearts χ was against four of the five Foretellers, one after another, as the Keyblade War raged. Whichever Union the player picked at the beginning of the game made their chosen Foreteller The Unfought.
- Foil: Intentionally or not, they are the opposite of Maleficent's Legion of Doom from the original game:
- As a whole, the two groups have opposite motives. The Disney villains sought the power of Kingdom Hearts through the brute force of the Heartless and the Final Keyhole, while the Foretellers are trying to stop the Keyblade War happening over the X-Blade - the key to Kingdom Hearts. Both organizations sought to accomplish their objectives, but were hindered by the lack of information: the Disney villains had no clue they are being used by Heartless and had very limited understanding of them via Ansem's Report, while the Foretellers lack the Lost Page which itself is very vague in content and context. The Disney Villains had a bit of a Teeth-Clenched Teamwork going for them, but (remarkably for a Villain Team-Up) never got to the point of an Enemy Civil War, made all the more impressive by the fact that the group consisted of total strangers who each literally came from different worlds. The Foretellers were close friends who were all trained under the same master and lived in a time when the worlds were still one, only to enter a state of horrible mistrust due to the roles given to them by their master and the fear of the traitor among them. The Disney Villains use a variety of weapons and different fighting styles often including basic/unorthodox melee, but none of them could use the Keyblade, unlike the Foretellers whose Weapon of Choice were all Keyblades, except that each Foreteller had their own unique techniques. Finally, both groups came to be due to the actions of the users of the No Name Keyblade and have Two Girls to a Team (Invi and Ava for the Foretellers, Maleficent and Ursula for the Disney Villains).
- Ira to Maleficent: They are both the leaders of their respective groups, However: Maleficent is female and Ira is male; Maleficent holds a relatively tight grip over her group, but doesn't really care about them, unlike Ira who has trouble asserting his newly given authority, but ultimately cared about his fellow Foretellers. Ira was given his role despite of his internal securities by the Master of Masters, Maleficent gradually founded her group through the course of a decade.
- Aced to Jafar: They are both the Number Two to their respective leaders (well, Jafar was at least initially this, until his defeat). Aced is a Leader Wannabe, Jafar doesn't question Maleficent's authority. Their combat styles are the exact opposite of each other: Aced is The Big Guy preferring close combat, while Jafar is a Squishy Wizard.
- Ava to Oogie Boogie: They are both The Trickster of their respective teams, but that's about it when it comes to their similarities; Ava uses magic and illusions, Oogie is a Trap Master using various machines; Ava is well-respected among her fellow Foretellers, unlike Oogie who was hated/disrespected by all of his fellow villains. Ava is an All-Loving Hero, in stark contrast to Oogie's Jerkass tendencies.
- Invi to Ursula: Both of them are female spell casters with water-based powers, but each was shown to be able cast other types of magic as well (although by different means). Invi has the role to oversee her fellow Foretellers, something that she misinterpreted as spying on her comrades which lead some of them to become distrustful of her. Ursula didn't have a particular rank or task in her group, but she was also the only one in the whole group that had no conflicts with another member of Maleficent's Legion of Doom. Even their physiques differ: Invi is relatively tall and slender, while Ursula is a Fat Bitch. Invi uses elegant techniques, while Ursula - despite of being a skilled magic user herself - is filling the role of The Brute for the Disney Villains.
- Gula to Captain Hook: They are both nimble swordsmen and are given a crucial role: Gula had to smoke out the traitor (but seemingly failed), while Hook's vessel was useful for transporting Riku - a key asset for Maleficent's plan - to Hollow Bastion (and more-or-less succeeded). Gula is a Teen Genius and one of the strongest Keyblade wielders to have ever lived, while Hook is a middle-aged Badass Normal.
- The Master of Masters to Hades: Both of them are some of the most powerful entities in the series, yet they both take a backseat in their groups respective plans: The Master of Masters 'disappears' after establishing the group, Hades on the other hand is simply bored out of the whole plan after Maleficent gets defeated by the heroes and leaves seemingly just as swiftly as he entered the group in the first place.
- Luxu to Pete: While the reasons differ, both of them serve as the Sixth Ranger to their groups, each given tasks that needed them to be on the move: Luxu was given the No Name Keyblade to pass onto the future generations and record the course of history through it, as well as keeping the mysterious black box hidden, while Pete was sent to gather more armies of Heartless.
- Also Ava to Maleficent: Both of them had a key role in the plans of the most notable wielders of the No Name, but Maleficent was utterly unaware of being manipulated by Xehanort, unlike Ava who had been outright given more than one task by the Master of Masters in person. Maleficent cast a curse on Aurora that had resulted in Aurora being forced in a state of wakelessness as revenge for petty reasons. Ava tries to save the Keyblade Wielders from the darkness of the Nightmare Dream Eaters. Ava doesn't have a very high authority in her group, unlike Maleficent who was the leader of her own group. Maleficent is capable of conjuring will-o-wisps, Ava has a fox motif and kitsune are generally associated with will-o-wisps in Japanese folklore.
- Invi to Jafar: Mages who use mystical weapons with a cobra motif. Jafar is seemingly held in high regard by his own group, unlike Invi who slowly loses the trust of her fellow Foretellers. Invi doesn't fear melee combat, unlike Jafar who is seldom seen using any close range attacks. Their color motifs are another great contrast: Jafar wears a lot of red and isn't afraid of speaking what he has on his mind aloud; Invi wears mostly blue clothes and is shown to be very secretive.
- In the Hood: Each Foreteller wears a hooded, embroidered cloak.
- Light Is Not Good: They want to protect the world from falling into darkness (i.e. the Keyblade War), and to do that, they believe that collecting as much lux (light harvested from defeating Heartless) as possible is the right thing to do. Unaware to them, lux is actually the manifestation of their "guilt" and it's a bad idea to compete against each other in collecting lux, as it results in the Keyblade War they sought to prevent in the first place.
- Mr. Vice Guy: They all follow a Seven Deadly Sins motif which in varying ways define their personalities (in both good and bad ways), but when you get down to it, they were all just trying to protect their world from anything that would threaten it, driven to fighting each other due to their loyalty to a Master that drove them to paranoia in the first place.
- Non-Indicative Name: None of the apprentices' personalities fit the sin of their namesake. For example, despite being named after the sin of sloth, Aced better embodies wrath, the sin Ira is named after. At best, they fit the roles the Master of Masters gave them.
- Not Quite Dead: The Foretellers are revealed to be alive and survived the original Keyblade War. Luxu reunites with them at the end of III after completing his mission, with only Ava missing due to having completed her mission long before they did.
- Seven Deadly Sins: The Foretellers' names are all based on the Latin words for the sins of Gluttony (Gula), Greed (Ava), Sloth (Aced), Wrath (Ira), Envy (Invi) and Lust (Luxu). The Master of Masters himself also exhibits elements of the last and often greatest sin, Superbia / Pride.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: There's no indication that any of the Foretellers had actually betrayed the rest of the group, and a conflict between the Dandelions afterwards suggests that the prophecy was referring to them, not the Foretellers. The whole conflict between the Unions in the Keyblade War may have been over nothing.
- Signature Attack: Each Foreteller have one that they only show in the Keyblade War. These are usable if you have their EX medals.
- Ava: Foxtrot: Creates clones of herself, then after they attack the player, pink petals scatter around.
- Ira: Horn Attack: Creates light arrow/spears and rain them down at the player
- Aced: Bear Claw: Charges and slammed his blade to the ground, causing it to rise.
- Gula: Panther Claw: Blitzing across the screen to slash the player countless times.
- Invi: Serpent's Illusion: Barrage of Elemental Powers attacks, fire, wind, ice, and lightning, in that order.
- Tragic Hero: With the exception of maybe the apparent traitor (if there ever was one), all of the Foretellers do what they do with a desire to protect their World from an impending darkness. They all possess an undying loyalty to their master (in Luxu's case, carrying out his plan that lasts for generations and results in multiple near-universe ending events) and it is only their conflicting flaws and paranoia (that might have been deliberately sown by their Master) that led to them turning on each other and causing the very calamity they fought so hard to prevent.
- Two Girls to a Team: Ava and Invi are the two females in the group of five (six if you count Luxu).
- Vague Age: It's not clear how old they are. Ava is said to be the youngest Foreteller, but seems to be slightly older than Ephemer and the other young Keybladers.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Ray Chase (English)
The enigmatic master of the Foretellers. Despite his laid back and rather unprofessional personality, he is the original Keyblade Master, and his six pupils dutifully follow his teachings. He possesses an eye that can see the future, and using it created the Book of Prophecies, a tome that predicts events to come, including The End of the World as We Know It.
- The Ace: As if him being referred to as Master of Masters isn't enough indication, he's also the one who trained the incredibly strong and skilled Foretellers, Keyblade Masters themselves, with him still clearly being visibly superior to their level of might, and is regarded by them all with awe.
- He is also an extremely intelligent and wise man, the Master is an extraordinary strategist and manipulator as he gave each of the Foretellers their own roles specifically based on his knowledge of how they would react to successfully ensure the Keyblade War would occur and despite the overwhelming darkness unleashed from the war, he was still able to successfully keep the light from fully expiring and prevent the darkness from completely consuming everything, allowing the worlds to exist, but separated, by having the members of the Dandelions transported to a different worldline so as to protect them and their light.
- Adorkable: Friendly, jovial, over-the-top, goofy, and overall just a big kid who can endear himself to anyone with a few choice words - including a young, rather jaded Xehanort! That said, even with this dorkiness firmly in hand there's still an undeniable air of menace and dread surrounding him.
- Affably Evil: His direct actions may have caused immeasurable damage and pain, not that it keeps him from being anything less than friendly and fun to be around. That being said, the character reports in Back Cover ponder whether his giddy and mischievous nature is genuine, or if his personality and quirks are a careful calculation.
- Ambiguously Evil: The Master of Masters' motivation and goals are incredibly vague and his true allegiance remains unknown as although he apparently cared enough for the existence of the worlds to ensure they would survive despite this not stopping him from carrying out his mysterious plans, he was willing to let several disastrous events unfold while merely watching.
- He's a friendly and easy-going guy who the Foretellers all hold in high esteem, but he's also extremely manipulative towards them all. He directs Ava to form a band of Keyblade wielders who will keep the light alive following the Keyblade War, while taking actions that assure the Keyblade War's eventual occurrence.
- The Master's overall goal is bringing a permanent end to the conflict between Light and Darkness that according to him has been going on at least since he was a child or teenager, as hinted by a story update in Union χ Cross and confirmed in III with him hinting towards Kingdom Hearts with his heart-shaped hands.
- He tells Master Xehanort that he's looking to destroy the world during Re:Mind. But it's unknown if he's pushing Xehanort into the path set out for him, if he really has nefarious purposes, or if he's being coy and he's talking about a death and rebirth senario. His rhetorical sounding tone during that specific speech doesn't help matters.
- Arc Words: He repeats what he wrote on the final page of the Book of Prophecies: "Darkness will prevail and the light expire."
- He also provides some new arc words that also crop up in 0.2 and III: "May your heart be your guiding key." This one is a motto for all Keyblade Masters.
- Attention Whore: He really loves being the center of attention, and gets very pouty and complains when his students don't react appropriately to something he said.The Master: Your role. You must find the traitor hidden among you, and stop them before it's too late. And in order to help you find the traitor—
Gula: I get it! That's why you gave us all different roles, isn't it? If anyone deviates from the job they were given, we can easily conclude that they are the traitor. It's brilliant!
The Master: Way to steal my thunder, show-off!
The Master: It's not fair! My plan was supposed to blow your mind with its grandeur. Your jaw should've hit the floor with my sheer genius!
Gula: I'm... sorry? But was my logic flawed?
The Master: No, you're right.
- Batman Gambit: He appoints Ira to be the new leader upon his own disappearance; he tells Aced to be Ira's lieutenant but to usurp command at his own discretion; he tells Invi to observe the others and mitigate conflict; he warns Gula to only trust himself due to the presence of a traitor in the group; finally, he tells Ava to ignore Union allegiance and form a separate faction to rebuild after the war. Such orders to his apprentices, whose unshakable faith would make them pursue their missions past the point of practicality, would basically guarantee a falling-out.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's definitely a goofball, and yet he's one of, if not the, most powerful beings seen in the series so far. He can casually intimidate even the arrogant and powerful Aced by merely pretending to find his dissaproval of Ira becoming the leader undesirable, hinting he is most likely one of the most, if not, the most powerful and skilled Keyblade Masters around. It has also been noted that he has the power to forcibly stop his apprentices from causing the Keyblade War, further showing just how powerful the Master truly is.
- Black Cloak: The design of his coat would be favored by Organization XIII, though his sports a unique zipper pull.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Behold: this man is the most powerful being seen so far. He can see into the future, create a Keyblade on the spot with just a tiny shard of someone's heart, and it's implied that he can summon Kingdom Hearts on a whim if need be. All said and done, he's extremely quirky - his personality ranges somewhere between easy-going and a giddy manchild.
- Casting a Shadow: His method of summoning his Keyblade is the same as Xehanort's, forming it from darkness and black lightning. Dream Eaters are formed from darkness and tellingly, he created Chirithy through darkness. He also wears the same Darkness-shielding coat as the Organization, rather than the lavish robes given to each of his apprentices. And of course, the demonic blue eye that adorns dark weapons such as Soul Eater, Void Gear, Chaos Ripper, etc? That's his Gazing Eye.
- Catchphrase: His personal motto, "May your heart be your guiding key." He admits that he says it all the time, and repeats it to every one of his students after giving them their roles.
- The Chessmaster: It's heavily implied that he set the Keyblade War in motion by putting the Foretellers and their Unions on a collision course, as well as making plans to put into action after the war had ended. Since his Gazing Eye can see the future, he's definitely got an edge in forward planning.
- Connected All Along: In the Secret Movie for III, it seems that he and Yozora have some sort of connection with each other, as they are both in Shinjuku and appear in the Secret Movie one after the other. This connection was confirmed by Tetsuya Nomura.
- The E3 2019 trailer for the Re:Mind DLC shows him chatting with young Xehanort (specifically, the silver-eyed Youth in Black version of him) about the Black Coats and Xehanort's world tour, specifically mentioning that Xehanort won't be needing the dark-resistant cloak for long.
- The Corrupter: While Xigbar/Luxu slowly edged and manipulated Xehanort into recreating the Second Keyblade War over a long period of time, it was the Master who met Xehanort in his youth and pushed him into that direction by having him traverse the worlds and witness the worst of humanity while also encouraging him to embrace the darkness. And he still managed to come off like a total goofball doing it.
- Deadpan Snarker:Ira: Isn't it our duty as Keyblade wielders to prevent this war from taking place?
Master of Masters: Nah, not possible.
- Eccentric Mentor: A self-evident example. It's a wonder his apprentices are able to take him seriously.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Is only ever referred to as "the Master of Masters" or just "the Master", nothing else. Given the naming theme of his apprentices and how he considers himself one of the seven, his name is presumably based around the word "superbia",note which is reinforced by the "Super X" engraving on the chest he entrusts to Luxu.
- The Faceless: Like all characters that wear a Black Cloak with a hood over his head. As of the Secret Movie for III, the only part of his face seen is his chin. One of his eyes too, if the Gazing Eye is literally his eye.
- A Father to His Men: His hand-on-the-shoulder/pat on the head gestures toward his apprentices suggests he's rather fatherly towards them, especially Ava.
- The Gadfly: In tandem with his manchild tendencies, he's constantly having fun at the expense of the Foretellers, though in harmless ways; he just likes teasing them. Ava may be the only exception to this behavior.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While he apparently plays no part in the events of the main story and is long gone by the time Xehanort comes around the Master's actions caused the first and second Keyblade Wars in the first place and in turn set the entire franchise in motion.
- With the events of III, this trope is further reinforced. From the information glimpsed in Luxu's reports, the Master didn't simply spark the first Keyblade War - he actively pursued a second one by having Luxu/Xigbar nudge Xehanort, referred to as "the scapegoat", to create a conflict that will ultimately end with the return of the Foretellers. This was done knowing full well how much pain, misery, and destruction Xehanort's actions would cause.
- A later story update for Union χ Cross suggests that the Master's goals may be about bringing a permanent end to the conflict between Light and Darkness that according to him has been going on at least since he was a child or teenager. If this is in fact true, then his end goals are actually noble in intent and nature.
- Re:Mind gives it to us even worse. He's the one who convinced Xehanort in his youth to embrace the darkness, appealing to Young Xehanort's ego. He tells Xehanort that he won't even need the protective black coat, and one day he'd be powerful enough to control the darkness himself. The Master also drops a vague hint that he truly wants to see the worlds destroyed more than anything else...
- In the Hood: He wears a hood to go with his Black Cloak, fittingly for one of the most inscrutable characters of the franchise.
- It's All About Me: When he recalls parts of his childhood to Luxu, he mentions that the "real" Keyblade War has been going on for quite some time now, and that there used to be Keyblade wielders before the current roster, but that he was the only one who "mattered." The way he words it makes him come off rather narcissistic and that everyone but him was irrelevant and insignificant.
- "Just Joking" Justification: He appears to thoroughly enjoy knocking his students off-balance with pointed jabs that are a little too personal to be all that humorous, then immediately retracting his comment and saying he was kidding. The exception to this may be Ava, who seems to bring out his serious side.
- Large and in Charge: Not much attention is brought to it but he appears to be roughly the same height as Aced and of similar build too.
- Large Ham: This man absolutely loves his grandiose and over-the-top speeches, and actually gets very pouty and sulky when he's denied them. It helps that both Tomokazu Sugita and Ray Chase chew the hell out of every line they're given.Master of Masters: [to Luxu] The fact that it exists is proof of your success. That means you found a worthy apprentice, passed down that handsome Keyblade, and fulfilled your role! [begins clapping enthusiastically] Congratulations!
- Leitmotif: Has a positively sinister theme during "Case of Luxu" that was later confirmed to be his - consisting of a manic and neurotic piano at the forefront with a genuinely foreboding background. It's almost frightening how much it contrasts with the scene itself, which for the most part, contains some of the Master's funniest lines.
- Mad Scientist: With a side of Blacksmith. This jovial fellow, is the creator of Chirithy and a forger of Keyblades.
- Magical Eye: His eye is said to be able to see into the future. He's actually referring to the Gazing Eye that adorns several weapons in the series including Xehanort's Keyblade. He claims that as long as it keeps getting passed down through the ages, he'll be able to see what it sees and that's how he can see the future.
- Manchild: In-between saying cryptic things and acting suspiciously, he comes across as extremely childish and giddy with a juvenile sense of humor.
- Manipulative Bastard: His Catchphrase "May your heart be your guiding key." takes on a whole new, darker meaning if one pays attention in Back Cover: He only specifically says that to them after he's sewn doubt in them. He instills paranoia, then encourages them to act on it in a very roundabout way by telling to do what they think is best. End result? The Foretellers fall apart as a group.
- The Master: So far he's only been called "The Master of Masters," with no other name. Amongst his powers is the ability to see the future, which he uses to unknown ends. To clarify, he saw the Keyblade War coming, and not only did nothing to stop it, but he practically encouraged it to happen through his apprentices.
- Necessarily Evil: The Secret Reports in III reveal that in any timeline where the Master of Masters doesn't start the Keyblade War, a greater darkness appears and destroys everything.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It's demonstrated with him giving Ava the role of forming the Dandelions, showing that she's just about the only one other than Luxu that he has full faith in, the latter of which is finally shown in a later story update in Union χ Cross in regards to his own childhood and wanting to bring an end to the war between Light and Darkness.
- Orcus on His Throne: Despite being the most mysterious and influential character in the series, he has done very little in the way of direct action throughout the story. Both and Luxu indicate that his actions are limited for some reason until Luxu's task is completed, and only then can the Master return. With Xigbar finally completing his vigil and reuniting the Foretellers, coupled with the Yozora ending, it seems that the Master of Masters is finally reading himself to take center stage.
- Pet the Dog: He has this sort of behavior with both Luxu and Ava, who he acts the most serious around.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He tells Luxu to pass down the Keyblade with the Gazing Eye in it so he can see the future, and then immediately lampshades that since he can already see the future now, Luxu will do a good job carrying out the order.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Being the seventh member of his group, his sin of choice is logically Pride. While it's exhibited to an extent in his grandiose name, the Master of Masters actually prefers exploiting the pride of others to his advantage, appealing to the egos of his victims through calculated flattery. Even his catchphrase is designed along these lines, encouraging others to do what they feel is best even when they really shouldn't.
- Sigil Spam: His Gazing Eye appears on numerous weapons, including Master Xehanort's Keyblade, Vanitas's Void Gear, and Riku's Soul Eater and later his Way to the Dawn.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Word of God for Back Cover is that he created his own Keyblades, using his knowledge of the X-Blade to draw them out from hearts, rather than forging or tempering them. This would presumably make him the ultimate source of all Keyblades in the series thus far, with the exception of the X-Blade itself.
- He has noted in a story update near 2019's end that there may have been other Keyblade wielders before him and in his own childhood when Luxu presses him about it.
- Tomes of Prophecy and Fate: He uses his precognitive powers to write the Book of Prophecies, then gives a copy of it to each of the Foretellers.
- The Un Reveal: In Re:Mind he tells young Xehanort his real name, but the audio heard by the audience is muted the instant he speaks.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: An in-universe example. He just vanished, dimmed, and faded away. He mentions ahead of time this might happen (in those terms exactly), but either can't or won't explain how or why.
- He does makes a return in III's secret ending, gazing at the moon in the same city (apparently Shinjuku) that Riku and Yozora are in.
- He has a speaking role in Re:Mind during a flashback 75 years before the events of III revealing he set Master Xehanort up on his path.
- You Can't Fight Fate: His connection with his Keyblade and the Gazing Eye embedded in it transcends time and space: he's not seeing things that may happen, he's seeing things that already happened. Because of this, he tells his students that it's not possible to avoid the Keyblade War, never mind that he's the one manipulating them into starting it. That said, what he sees will happen and what he writes will happen can be two different things, and even if what he writes is true, Exact Words may applynote . The Secret Reports put an extra spin on this by indicating he can see more than one possible future, and that not starting the Keyblade War would have far worse consequences.
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English)
Appearances: χ[chi] | 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- | χ[chi] Back Cover | III
The sixth apprentice to the Master of Masters. He is gifted the Keyblade that would eventually be passed down to Master Xehanort, as well as a large black box, to fulfill the secret role bestowed upon him by the Master.
- Adorkable: Despite his appearance (that is, wearing a coat that every other villain in the franchise has worn) and the fact that he carries a weapon that will ultimately cause untold damage, Luxu is just an ordinary kid who, like everyone else, the Master absolutely loves to tease. His reaction to finding out that his Keyblade has one of the Master's eyes embedded onto it is to jump back and scream "Eww!" When the Master tells him the contents of the black box are a secret and that it must never be opened, he excitedly says that he now wants know even more what it is. Similarly, when the Master recounts his childhood to him, Luxu excitedly keeps interrupting him with questions, like an exuberant little kid during story time.
- Animal Motifs: He doesn't wear an animal mask like the Foretellers, but his Keyblade features an animal head just like theirs—in his case, a goat. Luxu receives little characterization, but the animal's association with the devil highlights the evil that Keyblade will be linked to in the future. As with Gula, this animal is not linked to his namesake sin in Ancrene Wisse, where lust is associated with the scorpion.
- Black Cloak: Wears a black long rain jacket, just like the Master and Organization XIII.
- Brutal Honesty: Whatever he said to Ava infuriates her enough to make her attack him. He's merely doing his role given by Master of the Masters, despite Ava accusing him of perverting said instructions.
- Corrupt the Cutie: See how he was just an Adorkable kid in Back Cover? By the time he's doing his role given by Master of the Masters, he exiled himself to a cliff near Daybreak Town to "watch" the upcoming Keyblade War. When Ava confronts him there, he casually explained to her that the war is inevitable, causing her to attack and accuse him orchestrating the war.
- The Faceless: His face is never shown in χ, as it's covered by the shade of his black coat's hood.
- Insistent Terminology: The Keyblade he received from the Master actually never had a name, but Luxu enthusiastically called it the Gazing Eye before the Master tells him "nah". After that, he calls it the No Name - the Keyblade's official name.note
- In the Hood: He's only seen with his hood on in χ, preventing his face from being visible.
- Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: Resulted from Luxu blocking Ava's attack. This shockwave made a clock in Daybreak Town toll, signaling that the Keyblade War was soon to begin.
- Meaningful Name: Luxu is a shortened form of the Latin word for Lust. In many Japanese religious traditions, this sin is connected to a "lust for life", which mirrors his task from his teacher to live on past the first Keyblade War, no matter what it takes.
- Secret Keeper: In addition to observing everything to come with the Gazing Eye, he is tasked with keeping a mysterious "X Super" chest safe and to make sure it's never opened.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Just like the Master's other apprentices, his name is derived from the Latin name of one of the deadly sins. "Luxu" is short for luxuria: lust. It seems to be from a largely Buddhist sense (attachment to life), as his role is to do whatever it takes to live through the Keyblade War so the Master of Masters will know the events to come.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: As with the Master of Masters' other apprentices, he was one of the potential traitors who led to the Keyblade war. There's even a scene in Unchained where he summons his Keyblade when Ava questions if the traitor is him. Given the events that follows, it seems more like Luxu simply explained his role to keep out of things and be The Watcher, which Ava wasn't particularly happy about given how much she wanted to save people.
- The Watcher: His assigned mission is to have the Gazing Eye in his Keyblade observe so his Master will know the events in the future that'll unfold. The existence of the Book of Prophecies is proof of his success, having been written by the Master upon receiving said visions.
Voiced by: Yume Miyamoto (Japanese), Isabela Moner (English)
Appearances: χ[chi] | χ[chi] Back Cover | Union χ [Cross]
The youngest Foreteller, Ava leads the Vulpes Union. Despite being a Foreteller, she often makes friends with the Keyblade wielders she commands due to her youth. She is granted the role of forming the Dandelions, a small band of Keyblade wielders with high potential, to ultimately prevent the extinction of the light when The End of the World as We Know It arrives.
- Animal Motifs: Vulpes is represented by the fox. While she always has good intentions, she does engage in deceit by secretly creating the Dandelions and relying on powers of illusion.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: It's probably a good idea to save up some Jewels before your first fight with Ava. You're gonna end up spending several hundred on continues alone...
- Big Good: So far, Ava is shaping up to be this as she is taking matters into her own hands to make something salvageable out of the whole war - all without the other Foretellers' knowledge. Subverted, however. Everything about the Dandelions and her involvement in them were her Master's orders.
- The Chessmaster: Somewhat played with. She recognizes the coming Keyblade War and takes steps to preserve Keyblade wielders with strong hearts against the destruction it will bring by relying on secrecy and subtlety, all without the knowledge of the other five Foretellers. That being said, forming the Dandelions was actually an order from the Master, and she's just as confused as the other Foretellers. Still, her plan works and she manages to succeed in fullfilling her role to preserve the light.
- The Chick: She's easily the most charismatic and friendly Foreteller.
- Cuteness Proximity: When the Master shows the Foretellers the first baby Chirithy he brewed up, Ava just melts at the sight of it. Out of all them, she also appears to have the closest relationship with the Chirithy species (or at least the Player's). Fittingly, she's the only Foreteller in Back Cover whose Chirithy appears on-screen and speaks.
- Divided We Fall: Even though she is the most level-headed of the Foretellers when it comes to the issue of the traitor, Ava still unwittingly goes behind everyones back by creating the Dandelions, even though it was her assigned mission.
- In Back Cover, Ava angrily confronts Invi about her actions, accusing her of making things worse. Invi tries to turn it on her by citing the Dandelions, but backs off rather quickly when Ava reveals she was directly ordered to by the Master.
- She and Gula are also approached by Aced to form an alliance against the other unions, but she's the only one who declines. She later declines to help Gula's drastic plan to summon Kingdom Hearts in the hopes of forcing their Master to return.
- Later on, while racing to de-escalate the confrontation between Aced and Gula, Ava laments this very trope.
- She does something that's also not in accord with her own mission, namely attacking Luxu when she finds him and fails to interrogate him.
- Fighting Your Friend: Chirithy mentions that she and Gula have a close friendship with one another. Nonetheless, they have to go to war against each other during the Keyblade War.
- Fling a Light into the Future: Ava is gathering Keyblade wielders with strong hearts and no strong attachments to the unions in order to prepare for the Keyblade War—not to fight, but to send them away so that they can survive and rebuild.
- Ironic Name: She predicts that having the Unions collect lux against each other is a bad idea, since it'll lead into conflict — that conflict becoming the Keyblade War.
- Kitsune: Her animal motif is the fox and she has illusory powers.
- Master of Illusion: And she's rather fond of using those powers for secret tests.
- Neutral No Longer: After ensuring the safety of the Dandelions, Ava decides to take part in the final battle of the Keyblade War for her own reasons.
- Nice Girl: Ava is an absolute sweetheart. Despite the occasional manipulation, everything she does is to keep everyone else safe, and she really goes out of her way to try and keep the Foretellers together. This is also evidenced in the game itself - she's adored by even Keyblade wielders from rival unions and has a very easy time making friends.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Unwittingly strikes the first blow in the Keyblade War against Luxu. Though to be fair, she was less concerned with fruitlessly trying to prevent it than making sure something survived the conflict.
- Prophecy Twist: As the one who caused the bell to ring that brought about the beginning of the Keyblade War it is implied she is the actual "traitor" spoke of in the book of prophecies. However, given the events that follow, this seems to actually be referring more to her abandoning her fellow Foretellers after the end of the Keyblade War for being a bunch of Jerkasses, rather than betraying them in the events leading up to it.
- Secret Test of Character: She pulls out her Keyblade when the she gets the notion that the player thinks she might be hiding something. Of course, it turns out to only be a test and she doesn't really think the player is accusing her.
- She later disguises herself as the player's Foreteller (or as Ira if the player is in Vulpes) and confronts the player as they snoop around the Foretellers' tower, claiming responsibility for Ephemer's disappearance and saying he was a traitor. This incites the player to challenge the Foreteller to battle, thereby proving to Ava the strength of their heart.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Ava is short for avaritia (greed). Fittingly, she embodies the "positive" aspects of greed - mainly she wants the best outcome for everyone and continually acts on her own to see her desire through.
- On the other hand, the role given to her by the Master of Masters is somewhat greedy: To take the best Keyblade bearers from the unions and assemble them into her own Dandelions, on top of her own union.
- Signature Attack: "Foxtrot", an attack only shown in the Keyblade War and as her EX Medal's Special Attack, she creates many clones of herself that all attack the player at once, with pink petals scattering around after the attack.
- Token Good Teammate: While, save for an apparent traitor, none of the Foretellers are confirmed to be outright evil (including Luxu, who is more or less just following orders), Ava is the only one of them who never attempts any sort of conspiracy or some other highly questionable method to complete her role.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Ava's Keyblade is the only Keyblade of the Foretellers that is not sword-like at all and has no actual edge. She is the only Foreteller who fulfills her role during the events before the Keyblade War and doesn't appear in the epilogue of "III".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Invi out for making things worse than they already are.
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (Japanese), Matthew Mercer (English)
A serious Foreteller with a strong sense of duty, who leads the Unicornis Union. He is granted the role of leading the other Foretellers when the Master vanishes, but ultimately threatens to tear them apart when he discovers the possible existence of a traitor amongst their ranks.
- Animal Motifs: Unicornis is represented by the unicorn, befitting the leader of the powerful Foretellers.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- After tensions run high between the unions, Aced attacks the player character only to be stopped by Ira.
- He does it a second time during the Keyblade War, making a Dynamic Entry to stop Aced from striking the player character while they're down. If the player character doesn't belong to Unicornis, this is closer to a Villainous Rescue, since the player will have to fight Ira later in the battle.
- Big Good: He was supposed to be this, but a lack of charisma leaves his leadership ineffectual at best.
- Divided We Fall: Ira is the one who first reports of the existence of the traitor after noticing the absence of a page in the Book of Prophecies, inadvertently starting the paranoia within the Foretellers.
- He and Aced are shown to have a very strenuous relationship right from the revelation of the traitors existence onwards. This only escalates more the further the tensions between the unions rise, resulting in a confrontation in the Fountain Square in Daybreak Town and a declaration of war between their unions. At one point, it is slightly mended when Ira is the only Foreteller that doesn't challenge Aced and helps him up in the back alley, and the latter warns the former of Gula's own treachery. It doesn't last, of course.
- The Leader: Even though the five Unions each have their own leader and general autonomy, the Master appointed Ira as the overall leader of the Foretellers in his absence.
- Light 'em Up: He summons a holographic projection of the Nightmare Chirithy.
- Nice Guy: He comes off as very stoic and sometimes even cold, but he still sees the best in everyone. Even after all the damage Aced caused, Ira doesn't hesitate in helping him out after finding him injured in a back alley.
- No Social Skills: He is pretty bad when it comes to dealing with others. He accuses one of the group to be a traitor based on what amounts to a hunch, which as Aced lampshades accomplishes nothing beyond showing he doesn't trust them.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Ira is Latin for wrath. While he is stoic and calm, he is prone to Tranquil Fury when he suspects one of his fellow Foretellers of treason.
- Signature Attack: "Horn Attack", in which he raises his Keyblade, creating numerous shards of light that surround his foe before he thrusts his Keyblade forward, shooting out a beam of light that causes the previous shards to detonate in an explosion and a powerful burst of wind.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ira calls out Aced when the Ursus union leader beats down on the χ protagonist in the Unchained version. In his opinion Aced, as a Foreteller, had no business raising his weapon against a subordinate Keyblade Wielder.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Comes across as this, especially in the Master's eyes. Regardless of what the Master told, Ira still believes the world can be saved and the Keyblade War can be averted. In response, the Master just half-mockingly wishes him good luck and walks away.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Doesn't still quite believe this, but at least understood his Master's words that their responsibility isn't to stop the War from happening, only to ensure that light survives the aftermath.
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese), Travis Willingham (English)
A hot-headed, boisterous Foreteller who heads the Ursus Union. He possesses a strong will, and will confront even his fellow Foretellers when he feels that it's right. He is gifted the role of supporting Ira, or otherwise take command if Ira fails in performing his role properly.
- Animal Motifs: Ursus is represented by the bear, fitting Aced's dangerous anger.
- Bad Boss: The incident where he attacked the player character in the Fountain Square happens even if the player belonged to Ursus. Averted during the Keyblade War, where you wouldn't have to fight him if you belonged to Ursus.
- Bears Are Bad News: Aced is short-tempered and instigates most of the physical conflict between the Foretellers.
- Big Damn Heroes: Unwittingly saves the player character by attempting to strike Ira from behind after the player fought Ira during the Keyblade War. Played straight if the player belonged to Ursus. Otherwise, it's Villainous Rescue.
- The Big Guy: The most physically imposing of the Foretellers, his fighting style in Back Cover involves the most brute force and property damage.
- The Comically Serious: Due to his serious and over-bearing personality, the Master loves absolutely nothing more than to yank his chain at every chance he gets.
- The Consigliere: His role given to him by the Master is to act as Ira's right-hand man, and someone who occasionally needs to give him a push now and again. Needless to say, he's '''beyond''' terrible at it.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Aced whales on the χ protagonist at the fountain square. He only stops when they collapse from exhaustion and Ira shows up.
- Divided We Fall: Aced is fervently searching the traitor and in the process antagonizing most of his fellow Foretellers.
- Right from the revelation of the traitors existence he and Ira continuously seem to upset one another. This eventually results in an armed confrontation between them in the Daybreak Town Fountain Square and a subsequent declaration of war.
- After doubting the Master of Masters' wisdom, he and Invi fight each other atop Daybreak Towns rooftop. This serves as the first sign to the player character that there is a rising friction between the unions.
- Aced plans to form an alliance against Invi and Ira with other foretellers, but things seem to go south resulting in another fight, this time between him and Gula.
- The Extremist Was Right: Considering the Master of Masters really manufactured the Keyblade War from the beginning for unknown reasons, Aced might have been right to defy the Master's orders. Where things went wrong was that his abrasive and forceful personality turned the other apprentices away from his plans.
- The Heavy:
- While he is not yet shown to be the traitor, his actions serve to continuously deepen the friction between the Foretellers. He is involved in almost every confrontation and is the most antagonistic force working against the player character.
- Part of the job the Master of Masters gave him is to stir the others into action. Arguably he does that too well.
- Implacable Man: He gets into a fight with Invi, Gula, and Ava and is able to at the very least escape from them. Gula tracks him down after and points out that he can barely stand, but Aced still manages to defeat him and could have taken out Ava, if he wanted.
- Informed Attribute: The journal for Back Cover stated that he has a pure heart, even if his attitude in Back Cover is anything but. Though that may refer to his Knight Templar mindset.
- Jerkass: Out of all the Foretellers, Aced is the most outwardly unpleasant. Aggressive, dismissive of everyone around him, outright hostile to the player, and actively picks fights with his fellow Foretellers, you'd be pressed to think that he's the traitor. But in truth, it's his obsession to find the traitor that makes him so dickish.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, he's an absolute dick and picks fights with just about everyone, but in his heart he just does what he thinks is right. It takes him a long time to realize that beating the crap out of Keyblade wielders and his fellow Foretellers is the wrong way of going about it and just makes him seem suspicious more than anything else.
- Knight Templar: Aced is a self-righteous individual with a strong sense of justice and rather puritanical in his behavior.
- The Lancer: The Master of Masters gave him the role of supporting Ira, having picked him to step-up if Ira proves incompetent. Naturally, he takes it too far and becomes the contrarian to many of his decisions before trying to take over himself. Considering the Master of Masters knew what would happen and was trying to start the Keyblade War in the first place, he deliberately gave him this job knowing that his jealousy of Ira would cause discord among the Unions.
- Leader Wannabe: His conversation with the Master pretty much has him stammering regarding him Ira's role as The Leader and how Aced is to be his second, with Aced nervously stating that he wouldn't mind being the leader if the Master asked him for it. He changes his mind and visibly lightens up once he's told that his role was the most important and that he'll be the true leader of the Foretellers if Ira doesn't step up to the task.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Even if the Master did manufacture the Keyblade War to occur, it is still Aced's fault in his dickish nature that alienates everyone and creates the war when he turns on everyone for not doing as he tells them to.
- No Indoor Voice: Aced yells. A lot. In fact, most of his dialogue consists of yelling. In III, all of his dialogue is just yelling at Luxu.
- Screw Destiny: Even though the Book of Prophecies reads that the end of the world will come and his Master believes You Can't Fight Fate, Aced is very vocal about his desire to prevent the prophecy from coming true.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Aced is short for acedia (sloth). Might be another case of the Master's twisted sense of humor, and Aced embodies pretty much all sins but sloth - he is impulsive, angry, wrathful, and goes all-out on everything he does.
- Signature Attack: "Bear Claw", in which he leaps into the air before landing with a powerful crash, sending rocks flying everywhere.
- Stunned Silence: When the Master of Masters tells Aced he might disappear one day, Aced is left speechless for a few seconds. The Master starts to repeat himself, thinking Aced didn't hear him, but is interrupted by Aced's shocked outburst once he's processed what was said.
- Take Over the World: Mentions that he wishes to rebuild the world of Daybreak Town as its king during his battle with Ira.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Betrayal of any kind. He didn't believe that there were was a traitor at first, which caused him to see Ira as a Broken Pedestal for most of the story. His fight with Invi was caused by her convincing Gula to break his alliance with him. Finally, Gula gets a Curb-Stomp Battle from Aced after finding out that he had the Lost Page that described the existence of a traitor and kept it a secret to the other Foretellers, which resulted in them fighting each other.
- Unstoppable Rage: After Gula reveals that there really was a traitor in their midst (assuming it to be Aced himself), Aced is so enraged he's able to defeat Gula despite being barely able to stand.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Aced calls Ira a fool for revealing the existence of a traitor to the entire group.
- You Will Not Evade Me: During a battle scene in Back Cover, Aced is revealed to possess the ability to manipulate spatial vacuums. He does so by firing Sword Beams at Invi that transform into vacuums to pull her towards him.
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Kevin G. Quinn (English)
A young Foreteller who heads the Leopardos Union. He much prefers solitude, distancing himself from his fellow Foretellers with an aloof personality. He is gifted the role of analyzing and discovering the secrets of the Book of Prophecies.
- Animal Motifs: Leopardos is represented by the leopard. He is rather secretive, much like an ambush predator. Notably, unlike the other Foretellers, his motif is not drawn from Ancrene Wisse, where gluttony is linked to the pig.
- Combat Pragmatist: Attempts to finish off Aced when he thinks he's weak from previous battles. It doesn't work out.
- Divided We Fall: Being already the coldest of the Foretellers, the revelation of the traitor only convinces Gula that there is no one he can trust.
- He is approached by Aced to form an alliance, but the negotiations turn sour resulting in an armed confrontation between him and the Ursus union leader.
- Failing that, and in desperation for an explanation from their absent Master, he states his intention to Ava to summon Kingdom Hearts as a way to call back their Master, through collecting more and more Lux. Aghast at the extreme measure just for that purpose, Ava has to sorrowfully decline helping him. His Union's increased rate of gathering Lux is what sets off the other Unions (in varying degrees of reluctance) into doing likewise, which would further aggravate tensions between Unions.
- Fighting Your Friend: Chirithy mentions that he and Ava have a close friendship with one another. Nonetheless, they have to go to war against each other during the Keyblade War.
- Fragile Speedster: Gula is a speedy Keyblade Wielder whose Keyblade resembles a bolt of lightning. Nevertheless, he hits hard, as shown during his fight with you during the Keyblade War. However, even an injured Aced could incapacitate Gula once the former got his hands on the latter.
- Godzilla Threshold: He believes he needs to cross this by summoning Kingdom Hearts, a forbidden act because of the untold damage it would cause, so that the Master will return to them and explain the purpose of their missions.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Gula is this to Ava, seeing how Chirithy describes them as close friends even though Gula is described as a lone wolf.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Gula is Latin for gluttony. His primary motivation in the story is to collect as much Lux as possible, by any means necessary, to summon Kingdom Hearts and gain the Master's attention.
- Signature Attack: "Panther Claw", in which he Flash Steps around his foes so rapidly that his target doesn't even feel the hit until after he reappears.
- The Smart Guy: When the Master gives him his role, he's the first to note and explain its brilliance, which ends up deflating the Master, as he'd thus been denied the chance to explain the scheme.
- Tagalong Kid: Owing to the ongoing rule that Teens Are Short, he appears to be the youngest of the Foretellers, alongside Ava.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets a pretty massive one from the other Foretellers, especially Aced, due to keeping the Lost Page to himself, which details the betrayal. He ultimately had to since those were his orders directly from the Master.
- He also gets it from Ava too, when he expresses his desire to summon Kingdom Hearts in order to bring the Master of Masters back to them. In hindsight, Gula may be the reason the Keyblade War turned out the way it did.
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Karissa Lee Staples (English)
A noble woman who follows the Masters teachings with absolute faith, Invi leads the Anguis union with unwavering prudence. She is gifted the role of watching over the other Foretellers with a fair eye.
- Animal Motifs: Anguis is represented by the snake, fitting her clandestine nature.
- Apologetic Attacker: She sincerely apologizes to the player character during their confrontation in the Keyblade Graveyard in Unchained.
- Divided We Fall: As the most fervent follower of the Master of Masters' words, she believes the traitor will lead to the Keyblade War.
- While we don't know which actions she undertakes, she is confronted by Ava and accused of making things worse.
- When Aced doubts the Master of Masters' wisdom, Invi angrily retaliates with violence resulting in a fight atop Daybreak Town's rooftops. This serves as the first sign to the player character that there is a rising friction between the unions.
- Combat Stilettos: It's tough to see at times, but during her fight with Aced, you can see that Invi fights in high heeled boots.
- The Faceless: As mentioned above, all Foretellers have hints of this with their mask, but she takes it a step further and wears a mouth obscuring scarf as well. We only see it down during her flashbacks with the Master present, a visual cue to her complete trust and faith in the Master and his teachings.
- Knight Templar: Follows the Master of Masters' words with absolute conviction.
- Lady of Black Magic: Invi is a calm, mature woman that shows fine control of elemental magic in her Signature Attack in the Keyblade War.
- Lady of War: She can hold on her own against Aced, who is much bigger than her, while looking graceful in the fight.
- The Lancer: Number Two variety. While on paper this was supposed to be Aced's role, Invi is the one Ira trusts to help him keep an eye on the other Foretellers, reporting all her findings to him. Invi gradually starts falling off this role, however, once it's pointed out that she's not being as impartial as her role requires her to be by acting as Ira's eyes and ears, thus becoming a more traditional Lancer who does things her own way.
- Making a Splash: Back Cover shows her using water as a propulsion system in order to overwhelm Aced.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Downplayed, Invi apologizes to Ava for ratting out the Dandelions to Ira because she genuinely had no idea that Ava is just following the Master's orders.
- Poor Communication Kills: Takes her role of watching over the other Foretellers the point of spying on the group. Her investigations don't probe very far, since she assumes any and all subversive behavior is an indicator towards the traitor. She reports her findings directly to Ira, which in turn feeds into his paranoia.
- She privately talked Gula into breaking off the alliance between Ursus and Leopardos, pushing her into open conflict with Aced when he accused her of sabotage.
- She ratted out the Dandelions' training grounds to Ira on suspicion that Ava might be the traitor. Ava had no problem admitting that forming the group was the task the Master had given her when asked, causing Invi to tense up.
- Seven Deadly Sins: Invi is short for invidia (envy). It fits her personality - she's something of a busy body that acts like she has more authority than she actually does, perhaps indicating jealously towards Ira's position despite being loyal to him. In-turn, she inspires envy in Aced, the man who was assigned the role of Lancer by their master but isn't trusted enough by Ira (and in-turn is jealous of Ira's role as Leader) to do his job properly.
- Signature Attack: "Serpent's Illusion", in which she summons orbs of elemental energy that cascade upon her foes, bombarding them with a barrage of fire, wind, ice, and lightning in that order.
- The Sneaky Guy: Her official role is to watch over the others and mediate conflicts, but it comes across as spying on and sabotaging them.
A Keyblade wielder from Daybreak Town who seeks to prevent The End of the World as We Know It by collecting enough light to combat the darkness. You decide their name, gender, appearance, and which Foreteller's Union they belong to.
- Absurdly High Level Cap: In all previous Kingdom Hearts games, the highest level a character could achieve was 100. The current level cap for the protagonist in Union χ Cross is level 800; by the time you reach level 450, the total to level up is over 40 billion lux, in a game where special quests might give a few million. And at some point, it was increased past even 500, but it takes so long to hit whatever the cap is that no one's reached it yet.
- Action Fashionista: If you so choose, the protagonist can dress up in some pretty snazzy outfits while kicking major ass.
- All-Loving Hero:
- They only show dislike or hatred to those of darkness or evil. And even then, they help out Hades when he asks nicely, although that doesn't last long after he threatens Cloud and Hercules. Even then, it's implied that the protagonist only did that to find Cloud and search the Underworld without Hades getting in the way.
- They don't take a side between Aladdin and the city guards of Agrabah—despite learning that Aladdin is a thief, they know that he's a good person, but on the other hand, that the guards are only doing their jobs, and are trying to fight off the Heartless. This leads to them helping the guards protect the city in some missions, and clearing Aladdin's name in others when he's falsely accused of theft.
- When Ava offers them a place in the ranks of the Dandelions, they balk, not wanting to abandon their friends and allies who haven't been chosen to the destruction the Keyblade War will bring.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Completing the various Avatar Boards award character customization items along with the other boosts.
- Armor Is Useless: Your clothes will never affect how much damage you take, meaning that you could be decked out in Terra's Keyblade Armor and still take the same amount of damage as someone in a swimsuit. That said, your clothes provide other bonuses, like increases to skill activation rates and rare enemy sightings, so clothing selection is still useful in this regard.
- Badass Adorable: Kid Hero? Check. Always sweet and willing to help others? Check. Willing to take on Eldritch Abominations to protect their friends and the known worlds? Check. Even Cinderella calls them adorable when they visit Castle of Dreams.
- Big Damn Heroes: Frequently, whether it's showing up just in time to save one of the Princesses of Heart from the Heartless or breaking up a fight between their fellow Keyblade wielders.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Played with. During the Keyblade War, they take on four of the five Foretellers, who are the most powerful Keyblade Wielders in existence short of the Master of Masters, one after the other, with all four of them commenting on the protagonist's strength of heart and skill as a Keyblade Wielder. The only Foreteller who doesn't fight the protagonist is whichever Foreteller that leads the house to which the protagonist belongs. However, none of the Union Leaders are even winded, with Gula mentioning that he isn't putting any real effort into his battle with the protagonist while Aced subsequently curb-stomps the hero once he gets serious. Meanwhile, the protagonist is keeling over from the strain and despair as they watch everyone's hearts fade into darkness.
- Brought Down to Badass: On a meta level. In the browser game, every one of their attacks is a special attack. Unchained instead gives them standard attacks, relegating special attacks back to being special. Naturally, this doesn't make them any less potent of a fighter.
- Character Customization: They are a true blank slate for the player to alter as they please—even gender can be changed at any time. Gender presentation is also up to the player; despite the game itself gendering costumes, nothing stops a "male" character from wearing "female" clothing.
- Child Soldier: They ultimately fight alongside their Union in the Keyblade War while being almost certainly below enlistment age.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Like many a protagonist before them, they frequently help others out of the goodness of their hearts (with some advice from Chirithy), even though their job description is limited to collecting Lux and taking down swarms of Heartless.
- Cool Sword: Their Keyblade, of course! Like previous protagonists, they get to change out the default Keyblade, Starlight, for various other Keyblades in the series, such as Fenrir or Three Wishes. Unlike previous games, upgrading your Keyblade to a certain point makes its appearance change, making them increasingly flashy and cool-looking until they finally glow.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Some Keyblades heavily favor a certain Medal attribute (Power, Speed, or Magic) or type (Upright or Reversed). Thus it can sometimes be difficult to work your best medals into a new Keyblade, as a Medal that's really strong on one Keyblade may not be so useful on another.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Reversed Medals invoke the powers of antagonists like the members of Organization XIII, but the protagonist uses them for good and only good.
- Did You Get a New Haircut?: The protagonist can change their appearance radically between missions, even changing their gender, and no one has any trouble recognizing them.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: By Mission 500, you're trusted enough by your Foreteller to take on Darksides single-handedly.
- Disapproving Look: Gave one to a Keyblade Wielder who claims, "My friends aren't my power."◊
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Thanks to Spirit Chirithy (and later Ephemer), they see things from the Foretellers' meeting with the Master of Masters to the Keyblade War.
- Enemy Without: The Nightmare Chirithy that appears throughout chi and Back Cover belongs to them, having been born from their darkness.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Their Keyblades and Medals are divided between Power, Magic, and Speed categories.
- Flashback Nightmare: Despite their memories have been rewritten, they keep having nightmares about their previous life before and during the Keyblade War.
- Gender Bender: In Unchained, they can change their gender at will.
- The Girl Who Fits This Slipper: Subverted or averted, depending on the protagonist's gender. If the protagonist is female, the Grand Duke of Cinderella will insist that she try on the glass slipper that Cinderella left behind at the ball. However, the protagonist refuses to take her shoes off, so the Grand Duke bids her good day. If the protagonist is male, the Duke doesn't ask him about it.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: You choose their name. Your character introduces themselves to Ephemer at one point, and a few characters do refer to the protagonist by name, but it's rare.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: As is typical for a Kingdom Hearts hero, they use a Keyblade as their weapon.
- Heroic Mime: Downplayed. It's shown that the protagonist is speaking, given that other characters frequently repeat what the protagonist apparently said. However, the game rarely shows what the protagonist is actually saying. The few times the protagonist is shown speaking include when they introduce themselves to Ephemer ("I'm [name] of [Union]"), a short "Let's go" when pursuing Dark Chirithy, and a "World of Cardboard" Speech to their Foreteller when they're tricked into believing that Ephemer has been killed. Lampshaded by Ephemer when talking to Ava:Ephemer: You know, I made a friend from another Union today. They don't talk much, but I think they're just shy.
- Hunter of Monsters: Their job title amounts to taking down as many Heartless as possible while collecting Lux to keep away the Darkness. Any good deeds they do (of which they do many), are purely bonuses done out of good will.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Their initial Keyblade, Starlight, is the all-purpose weapon which buffs Power, Speed, and Magic, along with slots to buff Upright and Reverse Medals.
- Kid Hero: Implied to be such, with all of the default customization options being rather youthful and most clothing sets designed to look trendy. Quite a few people also refer to the protagonist as "kid."
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the browser game's secret ending, their memories of the events leading up to the Keyblade War have been erased after the point of being offered a place in the Dandelions.
- Magic Knight: Their Special Attacks provide them with strong physical moves like Ars Arcanum as well as powerful magic like Dark Firaga.
- Mundane Utility: Subverted. Even though the Keyblade has the power to open any lock, the protagonist is stopped each time they try to use this. When they try using this to open the door to the White Rabbit's house, the latter panics and thinks that they are going to blast his door apart, screaming at them to stop. Later on, they attempt to do this to get into Cinderella's house, only for Chirithy to appear and point out that they could just knock like a normal person.
- Nice Gal/Nice Guy: One of the single nicest characters in the history of the franchise, showing virtually no malice to anyone and being willing to help Hades of all people if he asked nicely. They spend most of the game doing favors for others with no real recompense.
- One-Man Army: Everything Sora and company do in a party, they can do by themselves. At one point, they're trusted to solo Darksides by themselves, which are monstrously large Heartless beasts.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: They aren't particularly tall, with the elder Foretellers Aced and Ira towering over them. Nevertheless, the protagonist is more than capable of holding their own against even the toughest Heartless.
- Power Copying: The powers of the Foretellers and the Medal System allow you to access powers from the future. Hence, whenever you're using a Medal, you're actually borrowing some of the power of the character imprinted on it. This is also why the Special Attacks of Medals with characters that are powerful in-story tend to have stronger effects, like the various Kairi medals or the EX Foreteller Medals.
- The Quiet One: Their quietness is even recognized In-Universe by many characters, including Chirithy, Ephemer, Ava, and Skuld. This becomes key to a Eureka Moment for Ephemer and Skuld after Brain correctly deduces that Lauriam's sister Strelitzia attempted to invite a certain quiet individual to join the Dandelions.Ephemer: "....A really quiet person who didn't join the Dandelions."
- Rage Against the Mentor: They challenge their Union's Foreteller to a duel when he reveals that he made Ephemer disappear. The protagonist loses, and it turns out to be a Secret Test of Character anyway, but that still took guts.
- Refusal of the Call: Ava extends an offer to them to join her Dandelions, Keyblade wielders to be sent to another dimension to survive the coming Keyblade War. They ask to think on it, not very comfortable with the idea of leaving friends and allies to perish. Ultimately they do stay and fight in the Keyblade War, though in the end Ephemer, Skuld and their Chirithy wound up bringing them into the other dimension afterwards anyway.
- Suddenly Voiced: They're Heroic Mime for the most part, but they will suddenly gain their voice during key scenes:
- When they introduce themselves to Ephemer, they give the player's name and dictate what union they're from (which is always different from Ephemer's).
- After witnessing Aced and Invi battling across the rooftops, they say, "Let's go" to Skuld.
- When asked by their Foreteller (Ava in disguise) if Ephemer was a friend: "Yes, he is." They then break into monologue, noting proudly that Ephemer was their friend and left a lasting impression on who they are, and that they simply can't forgive the Foreteller for taking him away. The player character then challenges their Foreteller to a duel.
- Supporting Protagonist: They're not initiating anything, they're not leading anything, and they're not changing anything. Ephemer leads the Dandelions and the Foretellers propel the plot forward. Even in the final battle during the Keyblade War, they are merely surviving fighting four Foretellers in a row; something that impresses the Foretellers, but doesn't change any plans.
- Tactical RockPaperScissors: Their medals are divided between Speed, Power, and Magic, and their weaknesses and strengths are highlighted by a Fire Emblem-esque triangle.
- Tranquil Fury: During their Rage Against the Mentor, they never raise their voice, only calmly explaining their reasons for sneaking their way into the Foretellers' chamber before challenging their Master to Keyblade combat after being told that said Foreteller was the one behind Ephemer's disappearance.
- Took a Level in Badass: In-story, the protagonist goes from a newbie wielder who doesn't even know what a Keyblade is to someone who is willing to take on powerful foes like Cerberus, Hades, and Darksides single-handedly. They even cross Keyblades with the Foretellers, albeit while the Foretellers holding way back. Given the difference in experience, they're still impressed by how well the protagonist fares, and prefer to simply leave them alone rather than finish them off. Eventually, the protagonist is left as one of the last fighters (perhaps the only one) standing in a battlefield littered with Keyblades, barely alive when Ephemer and Skuld come to rescue them.
- Victory-Guided Amnesia: Ephemer, Skuld, and Chirithy either induce or allow amnesia of the Keyblade War for the Main Character because they feel it was too traumatic for them. Given how the protagonist was doubled over from exertion and grief by the end of the war, it's hard to argue with their logic.
- Virtual Paper Doll: Everything from their outfit, hair color, accessories, eye color, and expressions are up for you to choose. Provided you've unlocked them of course.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: In one of the few times they speak, they deliver a truly epic speech to their Union's Foreteller (or Ira for Vulpes players), after learning that they were responsible for Ephemer's disappearance.Protagonist: This whole thing was my idea. I was the one who wanted to look for Ephemer, and for good reason. You see, I've gone to different worlds to gather Lux; a lot of effort has gone into the contributions to my Union. I've even had to fight those I consider my friends. I've done everything that was expected of me without a second thought. And then I met Ephemer. We didn't know each other for very long, but he left a lasting impression. Not all of our memories are good ones; in fact, he even broke one of our promises. No matter what happened, I knew we were still friends. But you took him away from me. I feel sad, I feel angry, I feel hurt. Maybe that means I have darkness in my heart; I don't care. But I can't let you get away with what you did to my friend. Even if I have to fight you, even if I don't stand a chance, even if I may disappear... I will because I know in my heart that Ephemer would do the same if he were here. [they raise their Keyblade] Master [Foreteller's name], I mean no disrespect, but this is something I must do.
Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (Japanese), Lara Jill Miller (English)
Cat-like creatures created by the Master of Masters to accompany Keyblade Wielders. Chirithy offer guidance to the Wielders they accompany and act as a beacon of light for their masters. It is said that a Chirithy will transform if its master's heart becomes tainted with darkness.
- Bond Creatures: Chirithy's fate seems to be tied to the fate of the Keyblade wielder.
- Can't Live Without You: Chirithy will disappear if the Keyblade wielder they're bound to disappears or falls to the darkness.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Brain's Chirithy wears unique black and red accessories, but is no less cuddly and helpful than the others.
- Deadpan Snarker: Aside from his general cuteness and role as Mr. Exposition, his other shtick is throwing quips whenever he can.
- Dream Weaver: Can influence the dreams of Keyblade wielders. They are Dream Eaters, after all.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: It was a very long time coming, but Ventus's Chirithy is finally reunited with him at the end of III after potentially waiting thousands of years in The Final World.
- Everything's Better with Plushies: It's not immediately apparent due to χ's art style, but Back Cover's 3D render reveals that Chirithy is basically a living plushie.
- Exposition Fairy: To the player.
- Expy: They are inspired by Final Fantasy Moogles, in a sense. Just like Moogles, they are Ridiculously Cute Critter composed of spherically large heads, narrow eyes, small ears, and petite fingerless limbs.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Spirit Chirithy have narrow blue eyes.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As seen above in Deadpan Snarker, he loves throwing around quippy zingers - typically at someone else's expense, but overall he's very helpful and huggable.
- Nice Hat: Fittingly, Brain's Chirithy wears the exact same kind of fedora with the feather as his wielder. To complete the look, their cape and pouch is recolored black and red.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. There's a Chirithy for every Keyblade wielder in the Unions (including the Foretellers, according to Back Cover), and they all refer to each other as Chirithy (and apparently have no problem telling each other apart most of the time). Then again, it is their species name.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at him. Taken Up to Eleven in Back Cover, revealing his fully-rendered model is a plush! The Master intentionally created them to be as absurdly cute as possible so that the Keyblade wielders wouldn't hesitate in keeping them around.
- Sigil Spam: They have Spirit emblems on their backs.
- Taking the Heat: Attempts this when the protagonist is caught sneaking into the Foretellers' chambers with Skuld, but are stopped by the protagonist, who then says their "World of Cardboard" Speech.
A customizable Spirit companion belonging to the player character, created by the leaders of Dandelion and gifted by a Chirithy for their hard work.
- Action Pet: It serves as the sixth medal slot in your Keyblade and even has skills that can be activated during battle. To get more skills and make your pet stronger, you need medals with higher special attack tiers (and usually the source for that is the medal banners in the shop).
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Each part of its body can come in all sorts of different colors, including blue, purple, black, yellow, pink, white, rainbow/iridescent...
- You can have a Starfox [Green], a Hamstar [Purple], and a Hamstar [Pink].
- Black Sheep: Lambstar [Black] is literally one of these.
- Canine Companion: If you make your pet a Pupstar or a Moon Dog.
- Cool Pet: It can be any animal there is available, in any color, and it is a helpful little guy when you battle.
- Eastern Zodiac: The Moon Dog was released for the 2018 (Lunar) New Year to celebrate the transition into the Year of the Dog.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: The Monstar, though it is currently unavailable in the global version.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Due to being added in a later update, your pet plays no role in any cutscenes besides the one it is introduced in. Somewhat jarring since like Chirithy, it is also a Dream Eater and also seems to be tied to you. A story update later revealed that they canonically aren't given to you until after the Dandelion leaders meet for the first time.
- Holiday Mode:
- For the winter holidays, Reinstar parts in gold, blue, green, and white were made available.
- The Moon Dog set was made available for the 2018 New Year's in the Japanese version to celebrate the Lunar New Year, as it was the Year of the Dog.
- Hamstar [Chocolate] was made available for the month of February 2018 for Valentine's Day in the Japanese version.
- Lambstar [Gray] was made available for the month of April 2018 for Easter.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: You can have a pet dragon. The set is currently unavailable, however, though it has been seen in preview images.
- Kitsune: The Starfox [White] is based off of the kitsune.
- Meaningful Name: A moon dog is an optical phenomenon in which a lunar halo around the moon is produced by the refraction of moonlight by ice crystals in clouds.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Your pet can have parts of a cat, a dog, a pig, a rabbit, and so on and so forth.
- Punny Name:
- The monkey is called "Monstar", as in, monster.
- The hamster is called "Hamstar".
- Precious Puppy: It's no denying that the Pupstar and Moon Dog sets are cute. Especially since the Moon Dog is based on the Shiba Inu.
- Righteous Rabbit: The Bunstar.
- Stellar Name: They all have the suffix of "-star" at the end of their species' names. The only current exception to that is Moon Dog, which has a moon motif instead.
- White Bunny: The Bunstar [White], which also has rainbows on it. Though there are also white/rainbow versions of the other species... just not in the global version (as of yet).
Appearances: Union χ [Cross]
Four unnamed keyblade wielders that the Protagonist meets in Daybreak Town before the Keyblade War begins and after the Castle of Dreams quests end, later accompanying them in other quests.
- Failed a Spot Check: The moogle head boy manages to defeat a particularly tricky Heartless all on his own and as he gushes to you, he fails to notice the arrival of a Gummi Hound behind him.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Sanguine: The clown outfit boy
- Choleric: The bandana girl
- Melancholic: The frog hat girl
- Phlegmatic: The Moogle head boy
- Gender-Equal Ensemble: Two boys and two girls.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Technically the player is one for them, but functionally one of them will assist you when you head into a boss battle with them.
- Jet Pack: The frog hat girl has one. Considering it's the same variety the player can equip, how functional said pack is is up for debate.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: The clown outfit boy wears a pair of joke glasses with patterned opaque lenses.
- Nice Hat: Three of the four members have some kind of headgear - a frog hat, a bandana and a Moogle head.
- Nightmare Fetishist: They're all thrilled at the appearance of new, dangerous breeds of Heartless.
- No Name Given: Not only does their party lack a stated name, but they also lack personal names themselves too. One of the members (specially the Moogle head boy) is nicknamed "moogle head" in one quest.
- Pink Means Feminine: The frog hat girl is decked from head to toe in pink.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: The frog hat girl also wears a neat red scarf.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Both the moogle boy and the bandana girl have sleeveless outfits.
- Verbal Tic: The Moogle head boy is definitely committed to his aesthetic, complete with kupo.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bandana girl has light purple hair.
Voiced by: Yuuto Uemura (Japanese), Michael Johnston (English)
A fellow Keyblade wielder from a rival Union. Along with the player, he wishes to find the truth behind collecting Lux.
- Big Damn Heroes: You meet him by saving him from an Invisible. He returns the favor later in the Daybreak Town sewers.
- In III during the fight with the gigantic Demon Tower in the Keyblade Graveyard, he appears to Sora and helps by summoning the Keyblades of the deceased Union Keyblade wielders to attack the boss all at once.
- Big Good: He takes over this role from Ava as the leader of the Dandelions.
- Flower Motifs: Dandelions.
- Friendly Rival: He's a member of the protagonist's rival Union (for example, if you are from Ursus, he will be from Vulpes), but there's no bad blood between the two of them at all.Ephemer: Our friendship transcends unions.
- The Leader: Just as Ira was the de facto leader of the Unions, Ephemer is considered the de facto leader of the Dandelions.
- Meaningful Name: An ephemera means a thing that exists for only a short time.
- Nice Guy: Just an all-around decent guy who tries to lift the spirits of everyone he meets.
- Promotion, Not Punishment: His hunt for the truth led not to punishment from the Foretellers, but a place as the leader of the Dandelions when Ava stays behind, although it was on the Master's orders that she make him leader regardless.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The Union leaders decide to forego the rules of Ava and the Master and discard the notions of Unions in the Dandelions.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is Ephemera in the Japanese dub.
- Talking in Your Dreams: As he was in the Unchained Realm upon becoming leader of the Dandelions, he was able to talk to the protagonist and Skuld in their dreams.
Appearances: χ[chi] | Union χ [Cross]
A Keyblade wielder from Ephemer's Union. She wants to assist the player in discovering the truth.
- Action Girl: So much that she was even chosen to be one of the the leaders of the Dandelions.
- The Chosen Many: Not just as a Keyblade wielder, but Ava as per the Master's orders offers her a place in the Dandelions, her group of Keyblade wielders with strong hearts from all Unions, selected to survive the Keyblade War.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Ephemer tells her that the world is going to end.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a small one at the revelation that Heartless are fallen humans.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: She started a party in her Union to make friends, but no one joined. That is, until Ephemer, and the two started to become close. But then the party grew, and they saw each other less and less, culminating in Ephemer leaving the party, saying that Skuld should be happy now. But after he left, she lost the joy of being in a party.
- Jumped at the Call: She eagerly accepts Ava's offer of joining the Dandelions, and is baffled when the protagonist asks to think it over.
- Meaningful Name: Skuld is the name of the Norn of the Future. She was also one of the valkyries in two poems. Fitting, she comes to rescue the player character at the end of the original browser game and they initially mistake her for a goddess.
- Rank Up: She's selected to be one of the new Dandelion leaders in Union χ Cross.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The Union leaders decide to forego the rules of Ava and the Master and discard the notions of Unions in the Dandelions.
- The Smurfette Principle: With Strelitzia's death, Skuld is the only female Dandelion leader.
- Tranquil Fury: She simply calls out one of the Foretellers who apparently "banished" Ephemer without raising her voice. It turned out that the said Foreteller was Ava in disguise and it was just her Secret Test of Character. She deems Skuld and the player character passed test because they aren't consumed by anger and grief upon hearing Ephemer's supposed "death".
Appearances: Union χ [Cross]
A Keyblade wielder chosen by Ava for a special task.
- Ambiguous Situation: He has a suspicious aura surrounding him and is willing to bend the rules and instructions dictated by the far gone Master of Masters and the Foretellers, who are ambiguous villains for the most part.
- In III Luxu (in a secret report) refers to the impostor of the new Union Leaders as a virus that's messing with the role the Master of Masters entrusted on the Dandelions... Brain unsubtly compares himself to a virus, all but confirming him as the false Union Leader. On one hand, Luxu is clearly up to no good considering who he truly is, so Brain getting in his and the Master of Masters' way would be a good thing, however this may mean he killed Strelitzia...
- Recent updates to Union χ Cross reveals that Ava gave him the copy of the Book of Prophecies the Master intended one of the five new leaders to have along with a rulebook confirming that he was one of the chosen Dandelion union leaders which casts doubt on him being Strelitzia's killer and the traitor among the five, though Brain himself was NOT the intended receiver, as Ava chose him instead. It also reveals she was the one who put the notions of bending the rules and rewriting fate and changing the future in his head in the first place. He still declares to be the virus, though.
- Brutal Honesty: He never fails to speak his mind with the other Dandelions.Lauriam: I hope I didn't keep you waiting.
Brain: Well, you did.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: The "shadowed eyes" variant. This only applies to his in-game sprite, however; official artwork shows his whole face. In one cutscene, he lifts his hat up to show his eyes for the first time when he reveals that he wants to fight destiny and compares himself to a virus, something Luxu had complained about in III.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It is there, but nearly obscured by his honesty.
- Meaningful Name: In three ways:
- His intellect is the most obvious. He is shown to be the one in charge of synthesizing the Spirits along with Lauriam while Ephemer, Ventus, and Skuld collect the materials.
- His name is a type of malware from the 80's. This is supposed to reference his role as a Spanner in the Works for whatever programming the Master of Masters and Luxu have in store for the Dandelions.
- Finally, it provides a contrast against the Master of Master's catchphrase, "May your heart be your guiding key". Most of the characters who follow this advice would have made better decisions if they'd been using their brains instead of their hearts.
- Nice Hat: He has a nice fedora with a feather stuck in it.
- Odd Name Out: In contrast to his teammates, who have some out-there names, his is a simple English word.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Not that his eyes are visible beneath the brim of his hat anyway, but his right eye is covered by his hair as well.
- Pet the Dog: Gets a moment of this when he tries to offer emotional support to Ven by gently laying his hand on the boy's shoulder the same way Terra would in the future, when revealing that Ven is the Dandelion leader who doesn't belong.
- Rank Up: Like the others, he was an ordinary Keyblade wielder in the Dandelions before he was selected as one of the five leaders by Ava as per the Master's orders.
- Rebellious Spirit: He is the first Union leader to suggest that they should discard the rules left by Ava and the Master.
- Red Herring: Was easily the most suspicious of the Dandelion leaders as a suspect for Strelitzia's murder. We already know Ephemer, Skuld, and Ven are good, trustworthy characters, and Lauriam dropped off the suspect list after it was revealed Strelitzia is his younger sister and he's actively looking for her. For Brain himself, he comes off as somewhat rude due to how blunt he is, dresses in black with his hat initially obscuring his features, and describes himself as a "virus" overwriting the destiny planned by the Master of Masters the update after III had a Secret Report mentioning an "imposter" among the Dandelion leaders who was a "virus" going against what the Master preordained. However, he is revealed to have indeed been chosen by Ava and that she was the one who suggested he didn't have to follow the rules written in the book, with Brain appearing to be a good guy simply trying to save the Dandelions.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Ava put this notion into his mind, but he does go along with it however as he decides to view the previous rules to be unnecessary if they don't serve the well-being of the Dandelions.
- The Smart Guy: He comes up with the idea of creating Spirits to help along with erasing the memories of suffering due to their ability to eat nightmares by researching them from one of the books.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Judging by the official artwork, Brain is quite pretty in addition to wearing the darkest outfit out of all the Union leaders.
- Walking Spoiler: His role as a leader of the Dandelions following the Keyblade War spoils some pretty important plot points in the game he appears in.
Appearances: Union χ [Cross]
A Keyblade wielder chosen by Ava for a special task.
- All-Loving Hero: Like the player character, Strelitzia also has qualms about leaving all the Keyblade wielders who aren't Dandelions to die in the Keyblade War.
- Connected All Along: She's the younger sister of Lauriam (Marluxia). She also used to share some of the same parties as Elrena (Larxene).
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: After she is severely injured by an unknown assailant, she carries her Chirithy in her arms as she limps towards the door before Chirithy disappears and her heart floats away.
- Dramatic Irony: She doesn't know that the player character actually already knows about the Dandelions and the impending Keyblade War, despite not being a member. Looking for them to bring them into the loop gets her killed.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: She gets introduced as the fifth member of the Dandelions, but in the next mission she is killed by an unknown assailant.
- Foreshadowing: To her being Lauriam's little sister.
- Both of them have flower-themed names and she does have a lot of plants in her bedroom.
- Marluxia's scythe resembles a bird-of-paradise flower as well as the fact that his final form bears a heavy resemblance to Strelitzia.
- Her hairclips resemble "XI", the Roman numeral for eleven, Marluxia's rank in the Organization... in reverse her hairclips resemble "IX", the Roman numeral for nine, which is Demyx's rank in the Organization, as well. Mostly coincidence with the latter, but significance with the former.
- Kill the Cutie: She's a kind and shy girl who wanted to warn the player character about the impending war, but she's murdered before she had the chance.
- Meaningful Name: Strelitzia is the generic name for the bird-of-paradise plant. Considering Lauriam and his later Green Thumb power, it makes sense that his sister would have a floral name.
- Only Child Syndrome: Averted as shes the first original character of the series to have a sibling, that being in Lauriam.
- Parting Words Regret: She dies regretting that she never got to chalk up the courage to befriend the player character, never mind ever talk to them, as well as never getting to warn them about the incoming Keyblade War.
- Rank Up: Like the other four, she was an ordinary Keyblade wielder in the Dandelions before she was selected as one of the five leaders by Ava as per the Master's orders.
- Red Herring: The above bits of Foreshadowing about her connection to Marluxia also double as this, since the player is initially led to believe based on prior knowledge that her relationship with Lauriam is that of murderer and victim rather than brother and sister.
- Remember the New Guy?: Flashbacks in Union χ Cross add her lurking in the background during several pivotal points of chi and Unchained chi.
- Sacrificial Lamb: As of mission 730, it appears as though she was only introduced to be murdered and set up another traitor mystery.
- Shrinking Violet: She's shy, which is why she never talked to you. The closest thing she had to a friend was Elrena, and even then they only really talked about mission-related things instead of personal matters.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her brief time in the story kicks off the mystery that there is a traitor among the Dandelions.
- Stalker Without a Crush: After a chance meeting with the Player Character, she continues to watch them from afar and hopes to speak up and form a proper friendship with them.
- Two Girls to a Team: She and Skuld were the two girls to the five Dandelion leaders until she was killed by an unknown assailant.
- Walking Spoiler: Her role as a leader of the Dandelions following the Keyblade War spoils some pretty important plot points in Union χ Cross which leads to her being killed as suddenly as she is introduced to introduce the mystery of a traitor among the Dandelions thing.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed off just a handful of missions after being introduced.
Appearances: Union χ [Cross]
A Keyblade wielder, chosen by Ava for a special task.
- Agent Peacock: As fabulous as his Nobody and strong enough to become one of the new Dandelion leaders.
- Ambiguous Situation: While his Nobody later becomes a Deceptive Disciple to most everyone else, his original form is more along the lines of this, showing up just after it was established one of the leaders is an impostor. However, the fact that he's Strelitzia's brother and seems to have no idea what happened to her implies he's innocent.
- Implied no longer. He's not the murderer, and despite seeming collected about it, he's actually distraught that she's gone missing, and is implied to suspect she may be dead, like any close sibling.
- Big Brother Mentor: Downplayed. He and Strelitzia weren't part of the same party, but she did look up to him and he tried to give her advice on how to improve herself while also encouraging her to finally try to speak to the Player.
- Connected All Along: Not much is known of his connection to Ventus or to the other Dandelion Union leaders, but he IS definitely connected to them AND able to wield a Keyblade, all before he eventually became a Nobody.
- Have We Met?: He and Elrena would later work together as Marluxia and Larxene in the Organization, hoping to take over the Organization for themselves. Ironically, neither seem to be aware that they knew each other as Somebodies.
- Irony: As Marluxia, he's known as the Graceful Assassin. Someone assassinated Strelitzia and at first it would seem that Lauriam himself was responsible for this until it turns out that Strelitzia is his younger sister and that he's looking for her, unaware that someone had murdered her.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In III, he scowls (in a "What? Are you joking?" type of way) when Xemnas reveals to him that he was selected to join the Organization because of his past as an ancient Keyblader, implying either Marluxia forgot his past life as Lauriam or, in a subversion, doesn't want to remember it. Revealed to be played straight after Sora defeats him in the Keyblade Graveyard, as he regains his memories in his last moments as a Nobody and is glad that he'll be whole again.
- Last Episode, New Character: His appearance/reveal marks the end of χ's third season, Union χ [Cross].
- Meaningful Name: "Lauriam" sounds like "laurel" and is an anagram of "lumaria", the specific name for the roundleaf hawthorn. Both are fitting since he is the original form of Marluxia.
- Pet the Dog: When Ven expresses doubt about the unions and fear in leading one of his own, he quickly calms and assures him that he's not weak and that he is kind, which garners support from Skuld too, as well. This was after Brain tells Ven to grow a backbone.
- Rank Up: Like the other four, he was an ordinary Keyblade wielder in the Dandelions before he was selected as one of the five leaders by Ava as per the Master's orders. Of course, it is unknown as to whether he was truly chosen by Ava or had stolen Strelitzia's book, though evidence seems to suggest the latter isn't true.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The Union leaders decide to forego the rules of Ava and the Master and discard the notions of Unions in the Dandelions.
- Something About a Rose: As if to perfectly match the flower motif of his future Nobody, it's revealed his Keyblade of choice is Divine Rose.
- Waistcoat of Style: That black vest makes for one dapper looking keyblade wielder.
- Walking Spoiler: His role as a leader of the Dandelions following the Keyblade War spoils some pretty important plot points in Union χ Cross. His appearance instead of Strelitzia at the meeting of the new Union leaders also reveals that one of the five is a traitor who infiltrated the group. Lastly, among the remaining four Organization members yet to have a backstory, his own speaks volumes about his importance in the Dandelions and the later ones as a Nobody.
- The Worf Effect: People expecting him to have the terrifying amount of power his Nobody self is infamous for are going to be disappointed when his attempt to apprehend an intruding and time-displaced Maleficent only ends up getting very roughed up, but able to hobble off.
Appearances: Union χ [Cross]
A member of the Dandelions and an occasional party mate of Strelitzia. After Strelitzia goes missing, Lauriam meets up with Elrena in secret in hopes of finding more clues to her disappearance, which in turn gets Elrena in on the investigation.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's not as cutting as she will later be as Larxene, but it shows.
- Hair Antennae: A pair of bangs swept back over her head though they're shorter than Larxene's
- Have We Met?: She and Lauriam would later work together as Larxene and Marluxia in the Organization, hoping to take over the Organization for themselves. Ironically, neither seem to be aware that they knew each other as humans.
- Keigo: While she's talking to Lauriam, she's using this. Quite a contrast from her Nobody self.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: It is implied in III that Larxene forgot about her life as Elrena upon turning into a Nobody, as she is surprised when Xemnas tells her that she was selected to join the Organization XIII because of her past as an ancient Keyblader.
- Loners Are Freaks: Elrena isn't a social person, preferring to keep to herself. The closest person she had to a friend was Strelitzia, but even then they only ever talked about missions and not personal matters. Her Chirithy also claims that she normally doesn't care much about other people.
- Meaningful Name: Like how Larxene's name is close to "la reine" — French for "the queen", Elrena's name is a mix between "el rey" and "la reina", "the king" and "the queen" in Spanish, respectively.
- Never Be Hurt Again: The Kingdom Hearts Character Files features a short story from Elrena not long after she was recompleted as human again after the events of III. Her entire attitude reveals she didn't want to have her heart back because she suffered some kind of horrible loss or trauma and actually preferred being a Nobody so she wouldn't have to feel that way again.
- Pet the Dog: Even after Lauriam interviews her and gets the assistance he needed from her, Elrena still goes off on her own to investigate for clues to Strelitzia's disappearance, with even her Chirithy pointing out how uncharacteristic it is of her. It shows that she cares about Strelitzia and Lauriam, even if she doesn't show it.
- Tsundere: Seems to be a mild Type B. There's her statement of "it's not like we were friends or anything" concerning Strelitzia, even though it sounds like they were the closest thing each other ever had to friends. She also snaps at her Chirithy when it points out that volunteering to help Lauriam is out of character for her and suggests she may have a crush on him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She's very kind and polite, albeit somewhat withdrawn. She does have a sarcastic side, but it's much less caustic than Larxene's outright hostility, and Elrena only seems to let it out around her Chirithy.
- Walking Spoiler: She's introduced as Larxene's original human form, with Lauriam meeting her in private to ask her about Strelitzia's status and whereabouts.
- Breaking Old Trends: Unlike previous villains, they tend to have much more ambigous goals. While they are supposed to be seeking The End of the World as We Know It, their methods are... confusing, to say the least. Most importantly, however, they generally avoid interacting with the player altogether, except for Nightmare Chirithy.
- Greater-Scope Villain: They are this to Master Xehanort. They are indirectly the cause of his motives for seeking Kingdom Hearts.
A Chirithy that has been corrupted by the power of darkness, turning it into a Nightmare.
- Cute and Psycho: As adorable as any other Chirithy, yet disturbingly casual about leading humans into embracing the darkness.
- Enemy Without: It is the protagonist's original Chirithy, born from the darkness of the player's heart.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: It combines with three Darklings to go full Fusion Dance to become a creature that's part Nightmare and all monster.
- Evil Weapon: It gives the Protagonist the power bangle earlier on in-game as a seemingly innocent gift to boost their overall Keyblades' special attack. In the original browser game, it later uses its Hannibal Lecture to remind the player that they were drawing on the power of darkness through the bangle.
- The Heavy: The only recurring antagonist for most of the events in the story.
- Master of Disguise: It disguises itself as the player's friendly and adoptive Chirithy to give it the power bangle. Its own skin color is later warped due to it being heavily influenced by darkness.
- Nightmare Weaver: It is a Nightmare-level Dream Eater, after all.
- It envelops the protagonist in hostile darkness in the dream the Spirit Chirithy was showing them about the Master of Masters and the Foretellers.
- It tries to become a living nightmare to the protagonist by sending three Darklings after them for not wanting to participate in the Keyblade War, but ultimately fails.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His narrow eyes are circular and blaze bright with crimson.
- Sigil Spam: He has the Nightmare emblems on his back.
- We Will Meet Again: Its final words imply that it will return someday.
According to the Book of Prophecies, one of the Foretellers is supposed to betray all the others.
- Big Bad Friend: A Foreteller who betrayed both their Master and their fellow disciples.
- Deceptive Disciple: A disciple of the Master of Masters who is allegedly trying to ensure to victory of darkness.
- Driving Question: Their identity is seemingly the key to understanding the plot, so naturally the story continuously dances around outright name-dropping, instead providing Story Breadcrumbs.
- Mind Screwdriver: Inverted. Part of the Mind Screw in the story comes from the secrecy of their identity.
- Screw Destiny: The Lost Page suggests this to be their motive for betraying the others.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Implied. Given the very vague approach their master has regarding to the Keyblade War, as well as the wording of the Lost Page, they may not neccessarily have ill intentions.
An enigmatic shadowy entity. Darkness is conspicuously insightful on topics that should have been only known to the Masters of Masters and his Disciples...
- Ambiguous Situation:
- The model used for the person who killed Strelitzia and stole her rulebook is also used for Darkness, but it's not clear yet if that means that Darkness is the one who killed Strelitzia or if using a dark featureless model is simply the game's way of concealing the true identities of two different villainous characters from the player.
- Also, whether Darkness is in fact the being who would one day be known as Vanitas. Sora dives into Ven's heart in Re:Mind and something identifying itself only as "Darkness" speaks to him. When Sora asks if it's Vanitas (since this is Ven's heart), it doesn't answer and a Heartless attacks Sora. The DLC also had Vanitas claiming that he was not in fact Ven's Enemy Without, but something else that had been hidden in Ven's heart for a long time, and he says both "I am darkness" and "What I am is darkness." Of course, back in Union χ, Ven and Darkness have both been shown to be present in the same time period, which would give Darkness the opportunity to be hidden in Ven's heart (if it's not already). Since Ven has already been confirmed in the January 2020 update as the "imposter" who took Stelitzia's spot among the Dandelion leaders, if Darkness ends up connected to Ven in some way, Darkness may indeed also be Strelitzia's killer.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Maleficent even though its likely only temporarily.
- Lazy Alias: Implied. As Maleficent puts it, Darkness is a pretty vague name.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Conceals their appearance using these.
- Spanner in the Works: Blatantly accused of trying to derail the plans of the Master of Masters by Luxu in the Secret Reports.
- Time Travel: Offers Maleficent help to return back to her era.
- Two Aliases, One Character: The vast amount of knowledge about the setting that the character possesses heavily implies Darkness to be the traitorous Foreteller.
- Walking Spoiler: It is the closest thing the story has to a clear main antagonist and is implied to be the traitor.