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WARNING: Due to The Reveal during the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts III, Xigbar has a Walking Spoiler alternative identity which changes everything about the plot of the entire series. Read the second folder of this page at your own risk.
The Freeshooter (Original Name: Braig)
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (Japanese), James Patrick Stuart (English)
Appearances: II | 358/2 Days | Re:coded | Birth by Sleep | Dream Drop Distance | III
As a human, Braig was one of Ansem the Wise's six apprentices, but he made a deal with Master Xehanort to aid him in his plans in exchange for being made a Keyblade wielder. When Xehanort turned on Ansem and transformed his apprentices into Nobodies, Braig suffered the same fate, becoming Xigbar, Number II in Organization XIII. He became a complete person again follow his destruction in Kingdom Hearts II, and joined Master Xehanort's real Organization XIII, becoming a Nobody again.
Despite his laid-back and carefree attitude, Xigbar is well-deserving of his status in the Organization, being much more powerful and competent than his personality would indicate.
- Accent Adaptation: He was given a surfer-dude accent in the English version of II as the equivalent of the Japanese version of a similar accent to reflect his laid-back attitude. It gets downplayed in later appearances.
- Affably Evil: He's usually very friendly (if shady) and laid back about his position in Xehanort's schemes. Given who he really is, this makes sense.
- Alpha Strike: His desperation attack in II involves creating and firing projectiles from several directions down on Sora's current location.
- Authority in Name Only: Despite his high rank, Xigbar is not given high authority like Saïx or Marluxia, and is instead sent on missions against Sora. He does, however, maintain a position of importance in the Organization due to his past with Xehanort, and is privy to information about the Organization's leader that few others know.
- Back from the Dead: He returns in 3D as Braig after the destruction of his Heartless and Nobody, but he becomes Nobody again to let Xehanort partially possess his body.
- Bastard Understudy: To Master Xehanort. The secret ending of Birth by Sleep even shows that every event that transpires in the first Kingdom Hearts onwards is attributed to him carrying out Master Xehanort's plans.
- Batman Gambit: Thanks to Terra-Xehanorts amnesia, hes basically plotting one over the next ten years as soon as he remembers.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Being turned into a copy of Xehanort himself isn't necessarily the best way to getting your own Keyblade, but it is subverted in that Braig willingly went along with the process aware of the trade-off. He just wants another Keyblade War to happen, that's for sure.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Invoked. In III, he smugly falls backwards to his apparent death after Sora and Riku defeat him in the Keyblade Graveyard, viewing it Better to Die than Be Killed. The epilogue reveals it was just an Villain: Exit, Stage Left.
- Bifurcated Weapon: He can combine his two arrowguns to form a sniper rifle. This got cut in the English version of II in order to keep things kid friendly.
- In III, he combines them into a bow to shoot down a Rain of Arrows.
- Bottomless Magazines: Averted. "R for reload!" Played straight with his Data Replica, though.
- Breakout Villain: Similar to Axel, Xigbar's role in the series has greatly expanded with each release. III implies that he's been The Man Behind the Man to Master Xehanort all along, and the epilogue implies he'll be the Big Bad for future games.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's extremely lax and joking, but this is all just a facade to lure people into a false sense of security to hide how dangerous he really is and what he really knows.
- Catchphrase: "As if!"
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appropriately enough for the Freeshooter, Xigbar first appears in Kingdom Hearts II, where his role in the Organization is secondary to Xemnas, Saïx, and Axel. By the time of Birth By Sleep it turns out every major event that transpires over the course of the series happens because he planted the ideas in Terra-Xehanort's head. The end of III also turns his strange actions and behavior into a Sequel Hook for future entries in the series.
- Combat Pragmatist: He engages his melee opponents with ranged weaponry, teleports and shapeshifts the arena to stay away from them, and holds Master Xehanort hostage to try and get Terra not to fight back. He even lampshades this to Terra.Braig: You think I'm gonna fight fair? As if!
- Combo Rifle: His Arrowguns can connect together to form a sniper rifle, used for charged attacks.
- Consummate Liar: A trait he carries as far back as his original self, Braig. He also manages to lie to Xehanort's many incarnations about why he's working for them the whole time. Even Master Xehanort himself fails to catch onto this, albeit some Organization members do get suspicious.
- Co-Dragons: With Vanitas to Master Xehanort, and Saïx to Xemnas.
- Cool Gun: He has two Arrowguns, Sharpshooter.
- Deceptive Disciple: While he played the role of an apprentice to Ansem the Wise, he was working with Xehanort on evil schemes from the moment Xehanort came into Ansem's care, long before the other apprentices got in on it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Xigbar is a very sarcastic individual, almost never taking anything seriously.
- Double Meaning:
- When he first encounters Sora in Hollow Bastion with his hood up, he said that "he used to give him the exact same look". It's initially assumed he's referring to Roxas, but following Birth By Sleep he is actually more likely referring to Ven.
- Calling himself "half-Xehanort" not only reveals the existence Xehanort's Assimilation Plot, but also implies that Xigbar's loyalty to Xehanort is very shaky.
- He tells Sora in Kingdom Hearts II that he's "not half the hero the others were", which is the series' very first mention of the existence of the protagonists of Birth By Sleep. However, following the ending of Kingdom Hearts III, we learn that he's actually been around since the age of fairy tales, and was one of six Keyblade Union Leaders. He could actually be referring to any number of characters around this time frame.
- Xigbar, when he loses to Sora once again in Kingdom Hearts III, tells Sora and Riku that "If I had a Keyblade, it'd be different...". The player is to assume that it refers to Braig's original goal in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, in which he wishes to work for Xehanort to gain a Keyblade for himself. With the epilogue and the secret reports, this takes on an entirely new meaning, since it turns out that Xigbar is a reincarnated Keyblade wielder who had passed his Keyblade down to Xehanort, leaving him without a Keyblade until Xehanort's death.
- Dragon Ascendant: With Xehanort having played his role by the end of III, we find out who Xigbar truly is and what his plan was.
- The Dragon: As of Birth by Sleep, where he was a secondary dragon, and revelations there mean he was a secret Dragon in II. Revelations in Dream Drop Distance and a select few scenes in make it quite clear, however, that he is the true Dragon to Xehanort/Xemnas, by virtue of being the only one besides Xehanort to know what the hell is going on.
- Dragon-in-Chief: When Xehanort lost his memories after BBS, his plans were only able to continue thanks to Braig carrying them out. By the end of III, it is revealed that he was manipulating Xehanort the whole time, pretending to be just another lackey that just wanted to feel special to keep a closer eye on Xehanort and to make sure that he restarted the Keyblade War.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He seems to have little interest personally in Xehanort's plot to win a second Keyblade War and obtain the power of Kingdom Hearts, constantly snarking at the old man and acting much less in line with Xehanort's will than the other longtime Xehanort vessels like Ansem and Xemnas. Turns out he just wanted the Keyblade War to happen, and didn't care what happened to Xehanort after.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In Dream Drop Distance, he tries to break Sora's spirit by pointing out to him that, since his power comes from his friends, he has no power on his own. He's utterly baffled that his words have the exact opposite effect by reaffirming Sora's belief in The Power of Friendship, since it means he's a part of something much bigger.
- Evil Makeover: Braig started out with brown eyes and normal ears in BBS. By the end of the game, his remaining eye is yellow and his ears are pointed, a sign of Xehanort's possession over him.
- Evil Mentor: Of the Stealth Mentor type, Xigbar has a habit of divulging relatively important information to his enemies through his taunts, though he is typically vague enough that they do not understand his meaning, namely his numerous comments to Sora about Ventus and Roxas.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: His voice is more gravely compared to other characters.
- Eyepatch of Power: He's missing his right eye but he's still extremely powerful.
- Eye Scream: Birth by Sleep shows Braig losing his eye to Terra when the latter uses his darkness to nail him in the face with a Dark Volley shot.
- Face Death with Dignity: Unlike the other Organization members, Xigbar does not express fear or remorse while fading into darkness, instead chuckling rather triumphantly and giving Sora a cocky reply to the final question Sora asks him. Given his general knowledge of Xehanort's plans and his subsequent return, Xigbar may have known beforehand that he would be restored.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: His arrowguns shoot laser bullets and don't look like traditional firearms.
- Foreshadowing: In the epilogue of Re:coded for 2.5 HD Remix, when Young Xehanort explains to him that Master Xehanort's Keyblade is ancient, Braig squints his eye and gives him a Meaningful Look. III reveals that he's deeply connected with that very Keyblade.
- Friendly Sniper: Though he was definitely an Affably Evil Sniper as Braig.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Part of his boss fight in II has him teleport to the far end of a platform to take potshots at Sora while safely out of range of Sora's attacks and spells. He also frequently warps space to Teleportspam around the stage, making him annoying to catch.
- Grand Theft Me: In Dream Drop Distance, he reveals that he's been partially possessed by Master Xehanort since Birth by Sleep.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Take a wild guess which. Like with his eye, Xigbar received this as Braig by having a ball of dark energy from Terra's Keyblade graze his face when it was launched to free Master Xehanort from the chains that bound him to a pillar.
- Gravity Master: He can manipulate gravity, and uses it to hang upside-down above the battlefield and walk in the air.
- Guns Akimbo: He even did this as Braig, when they were crossbow-type weapons.
- The Gunslinger: Although with "arrowguns".
- Great Bow: His Desperation Attack in III has him combine his guns into one to fire a massive rain of arrows.
- Hidden Depths: Xigbar has a lot more going on then you might expect- for example, despite being an offputting weirdo, he is Xemnas's number two, which implies that he's perhaps more skilled than otherwise shown. This was the same back when he was Braig, with him being a loyal follower of Xehanort who, despite acting oddly, is there for the first attempt to re-create the χ-blade. Following The Reveal, this makes a lot more sense.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Has Master Xehanort himself of all people on the receiving end of this trope, and appears with a speaking role before even Terra-Xehanort's portrait is encountered in II, albeit with his hood on.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: He reveals himself to be a Keyblade wielder right when Sora and Riku defeat him in the labyrinth, despite not having used one during his tenure as Xigbar nor Braig. Sure enough, in the epilogue, he picks up Xehanort's keyblade and keeps it for himself, since Xigbar turns out to be one of its previous owners.Xigbar: If I had a Keyblade, it'd be different...
Sora: Like you're actually worthy to use one.
Xigbar: Oh, I am worthy.
- I Just Want to Be Special: It's implied that Xigbar/Braig is envious of the Keyblade wielders and joined Xehanort in hopes of becoming one himself. It was just an excuse to get Xehanort to offer him a Deal with the Devil that would allow him to get close to the No Name wielder.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Xigbar possesses deadly aim, as seen in Kingdom Hearts II, when he destroys a group of Heartless surrounding Sora, Donald, and Goofy without harming any of the protagonists even once.
- Instrument of Murder: Equipping Xigbar with the Mystery Gear makes him wield a pair of trumpets in the stead of his Arrowguns. They shoot musical notes, accompanied by the appropriate sound effects.
- It's All About Me: His baffled reaction to Sora's words suggest he mostly wants the Keyblade to feel special, and not for any greater goals, unlike the latter who is fine with being "less special" as long as he can serve the greater good and help his friends. Only, this is a facade designed to hide the fact that he is a Keyblade wielder and in fact the previous holder of Xehanort's Keyblade.
- Jerkass: It's on the same level as Master Xehanort, if not more so than his original self.
- Joke Weapons: Casual Gear gives him hair dryers. Mystery Gear gives him trumpets.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: In Birth By Sleep he approaches Aqua and Ventus and states his intention to kill them both, despite the latter being encased in ice.
- King Mook: To the Sniper Nobodies, who apply similar, but far less deadly, tactics to Xigbar. They even have eye-patches in the same place as Xigbar's.
- Lack of Empathy: He is a Nobody after all, but his response to Roxas anxiety over the Castle Oblivion massacre is telling him their lives are already meaningless anyway and even states that he is glad the castle is quieter. In the Organization's final meeting, Xigbar jokingly remarks that there are more free seats. Xigbar does show a degree of empathy on occasion, especially towards Xion when she failed to defeat the Organization's "impostor".
- Laughably Evil: Easily one of the snarkiest and most irreverent villains in the franchise. By 3D, his jokes have gotten downright meta.
- Lampshade Hanging: In Birth by Sleep, he notes about Terra's Keyblade "seems like these days everybody's got one of those", and remarks on Xehanort's amnesia "boy, this is some cliché."
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In 3D. "Let's hit these plot points in order, Sora."
- Leitmotif: 3D gives him "Xigbar", a slightly faster variation of "Organization XIII" with a waltz rhythm and a sinister string part added.
- Mage Marksman: A sharpshooter who's also skilled with gravity and space magic, and has been since before he even became a Nobody.
- The Man in Front of the Man: At first, he looks like nothing more than just another member of Organization XII, with only his status as the second member hinting at anything deeper. In BBS he was the one driving Terra-Xehanort's actions when they had amnesia and was similarly making sure Master Xehanort's plans to start a second Keyblade War came to fruition.
- Meaningful Name: His Organization title, "The Freeshooter". It comes from an opera called Der Freischütz, where the eponymous freeshooter makes a Deal with the Devil to gain seven magical bullets. Six of these strikes whoever he wants to, but the seventh is controlled by the devil. While Xigbar's alliance with Master Xehanort isn't implied to have given him his abilities, he still has some control over him since part of his heart resides in Xigbar.
- Meta Guy: He was already snarky, but by 3D his jokes have gotten rather self-aware.
- More Dakka: His Limit Break in every one of his appearances involves him raining a storm of projectiles for his opponent to dodge lest they get torn to bits by the sheer quantity of them.
- More Than Meets the Eye: He acts a lot more serious when talking to Xehanort, showing his calculating side, a sharp contrast to his casual attitude around others. And it turns out not even Xehanort is aware of how deep the act runs.
- Multicolored Hair: Black and grey. At first glance, you might think it's a sign of him aging. It's actually a sign of his partial possession by Xehanort.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: When he attacks Sora and co in The World That Never Was, they're cornered by a pack of Heartless after having been reminded that killing them will complete the Organization's Kingdom Hearts. Cue Xigbar gunning down all the Heartless himself, sparing the heroes the difficulty of getting of them without further enabling the Organization's plot. This serves as a subtle piece of foreshadowing that Xigbar is less interested in Xehanort's success than he appears to be.
- The Nicknamer: In 358/2 Days he calls Roxas "tiger" and "kiddo" several times, refers to Axel as "Flamsilocks" once and continually calls Xion "Poppet", though the last one is a critical clue on the nature of what Xion really is.
- No Pronunciation Guide: In English, his name is pronounced with a "Zee" sound instead of a "Shi" one, like how it is in Japanese. His name is never voiced in the original Kingdom Hearts II, however, so there was some confusion on how to spell his name until later games cleared it up. Not helping were the likes of Xemnas and Xaldin, who did have spoken names and were respectively Xigbar's predecessor and successor in the Organization's numeration order, using the "Zee" sound, which fueled the "Zee" usage for Xigbar due to how inconsistent it would be otherwise.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: He's only helping Xehanort because they have a "deal", getting a Keyblade of his own. Turns out he just wanted to ensure a You Can't Thwart Stage One and cause another Keyblade War, not caring if Xehanort actually won or lost afterwards.
- Not Quite Flight: Rather then floating he instead walks on air, what sets him apart from most is he usually walks on air, upside down.
- Not What I Signed on For: After losing his eye and getting a facial scar from Terra, Braig furiously attacks Master Xehanort, who had apparently said he wouldn't get hurt.Braig: I didn't sign up to be collateral damage!
- Number Two: Literally and figuratively. He's literally the second member of the original Organization, and scenes from Birth by Sleep and 3D show that he's been Master Xehanort's right-hand-man from the very beginning, helping him in various ways and Implied to be one of Xemnas' confidants in Organization XIII.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's probably one of the Organization's smarter members and is one of the only people in the franchise to actually know what Xehanort's up to. He also rarely takes anything seriously and likes to Troll his fellow Organization members. A secret report in III outright states that the whole act runs even deeper than that.
- Paranoia Fuel: At the end of Birth by Sleep, the memory-sealed Xehanort acts as an in-universe example of this for him. Braig isn't 100% sure that it's not really Terra under there, and given that Terra was the one who scarred Braig's face, his uneasiness is almost palpable. Given that he's at least partially Xehanort at the time, he's probably fearing that Terra's memories would resurface and their plans getting laid to waste.
- Personality Powers: He plays with people and with gravity, it fits. To elaborate, he's always using his gravity powers to give himself the high ground over everyone else, or to come in from confusing angles (like walking upside-down). This matches how far ahead of everyone he is in knowing Xehanort's plans, and how full of surprises he really is.
- Pet the Dog: Compared to Larxene, Xaldin, or Vexen, Xigbar's attitude towards Roxas is rather playful, serving as a Trickster Mentor to him. He once told Roxas that he cared for his future and he often called him "kiddo" or "tiger". He was also hurt by Roxas's eventual desertion of the Organization, showing there was genuine attachment. As he's seen Xion as Ventus during Days, whom he did know from the time of the original Keyblade War, it may stand to reason that he did honestly have some attachment for Ven and the other Dandelions, as well, due to his real identity.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Often derisively calls Master Xehanort an "old coot," even to his face.
- Pointy Ears: Courtesy of partial Xehanort possession.
- Rain of Arrows: His Desperation Attack in III has him open a portal in the sky that thunders down with a shower of arrows that slowly expands over a wider area.
- Recurring Boss: He is fought twice in Birth by Sleep. First by Terra in Radiant Garden and then by Aqua in the Keyblade Graveyard.
- Rugged Scar: He has one over his left cheek.
- Running Gag: While it's generally not Played for Laughs, he will frequently comment on the "angry look" that Sora, Roxas, and Ventus (who are all connected) give him.
- Satanic Archetype: When he was Luxu (a name based on the latin word for "light" lux), he was the specially appointed apprentice of the Master of Masters, an all-powerful, all-knowing being who was responsible for the Kingdom Hearts Universe existing as we know it as part of a grand plan he had set into motion. Luxu in particular was sent into exile (though it was a part of his mission) with his master's keyblade (which possesses a black goat motif) where he used the keyblade to essentially turn himself into an immortal being manipulating the people around him behind the scenes. Instructions left by his master and centuries of experience have turned him into The Chessmaster, having secretly molded Master Xehanort into a force of destruction and darkness who single-handedly caused a Class X-2 Apocalypse and created 3 different otherworldly monstrosities to help him do it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In 3D, he quickly decides Xemnas can handle Sora alone after Sora's friendship speech makes images of ALL his allies appear around him.Xigbar: Those are just words! You - you've lost. Fine, see where your power gets you here. Xemnas, he's all yours! (books it out of there)
- Shipper on Deck: He teases Roxas about Xion, going so far as to give advice on how to impress her. It's heavily implied to have been a sick joke, as he knew about Xion's true purpose as a Replica designed to absorb Roxas.
- Shout-Out: All of his weapons in Days are some sort of reference to the Final Fantasy games, from those that are around throughout the entire franchise (Bahamut), those that can be familiar to someone who played their respective games (Gullwings, Sunrise), to even some stuff not many people would realize (Crime and Punishment, named after a side quest in Final Fantasy XII).
- Skunk Stripes: Courtesy of partial Xehanort possession.
- Slasher Smile: He gave one of those when he was about to snipe Sora's head.
- Space Master: With some overlap with Gravity Master. He is able to completely change the makeup of his boss arena at will when fought in Kingdom Hearts II, as well as having more control over Corridors of Darkness to attack from multiple angles at once.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of II misinterpreted his real name as Bleig; the PAL release and all subsequent games rectified this.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Braig's remaining eye becomes yellow after he accepts Xehanort's gradual possession of him.
- Surfer Dude: But not just any old dude...
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: As Braig before he gets his scars from Terra.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Thanks to his space attribute.
- Teleport Spam: Uses corridors of darkness to rapidly attack from different angles during his boss fight in II.
- This Cannot Be!: When you defeat him in II he says "I lost...? Me!?"
- Troll: He trolls Zexion on Xemnas's connection to the Chamber of Repose, Saïx over Xemnas's true identity and Sora on his connection to Roxas.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left: When he is finally defeated in the labyrinth in Kingdom Hearts III, he jumps off a wall, seemingly to kill himself but in the epilogue it is shown that he faked his death to find an opportunity to go summon the Foretellers.
- Villain Has a Point: After Hercules helps save a family in III, Xigbar rightly points out how, while he is a hero, he rightly puts too much stock in his natural advantage, and would have died several times over without it. More importantly, his point also applies to when Sora attributes too much of his strength to his friends, and when he's eventually put into a spot where all his allies are pulled away, he breaks down hard from the loss.
- Villainous Breakdown: Experiences two brief ones in 3D when Sora states that even though he's not one of the Keyblade's chosen ones, he's proud to be connected to the people that are and also when Lea shows up to save Sora from becoming one of Master Xehanort's vessels. In the former, he drops his affable demeanor and reasserts in a stunned tone that those are just words and Sora has lost. For the latter, he finally starts showing real anger and tells Master Xehanort "What now, you old coot?!"
- Vocal Evolution: In III, his voice takes on a rasp reminiscent of Xehanort's.
- Wham Line:
- In DDD, he drops "I'm already half-Xehanort!" revealing he's truly been working hand in hand with Xehanort ever since BBS
- In III, when Sora claims he'll never be worthy of wielding a Keyblade:Xigbar: I'm already worthy.
- Even long before The Reveal, he has this to say at the end of Olympus world:
- Wild Card: It seems he has his own plans, as revealed in the Re:coded secret ending while he was talking with Young Xehanort. We see those plans unfold in III's epilogue.
- Would Hurt a Child: In Birth By Sleep he tries to kill Ven at the Keyblade Graveyard (along with Aqua)...and with Ven encased in solid ice, no less. However, after Aqua beats him in combat, he stated that he was really there to buy time, presumably so that Vanitas could arrive and fuse with Ven.
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (Back Cover), Hochu Otsuka (III) (Japanese), Max Mittelman (Back Cover), James Patrick Stuart (III) (English)
Appearances: X(chi) | 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- | X(chi) Back Cover | III
The sixth apprentice to the Master of Masters. He is gifted the "No Name" 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.
To fulfill his purpose, Luxu has been Body Surfing between different vessels for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, watching over the wielders of the No Name, until the second Keyblade War came and went. With the defeat of Master Xehanort at the end of Kingdom Hearts III, Luxu takes back his Master's Keyblade as his own and prepares for the next phase of his role.
- Ancestral Weapon: His Keyblade would be passed down a Master-Apprentice Chain until it eventually reached Xehanort.
- Anti-Villain: Working to ensure the Evil Plan of the series' first Big Bad, Xehanort, would eventually come to fruition and there would be a second Keyblade War is without a doubt horrible. However, he did so because he believed it would allow him to save his mentor and his friends.
- Because Destiny Says So: A variation. He steadfastly carried out the Master of Masters' task for him, ensuring his "No Name" Keyblade makes it to the second Keyblade War, and even that the second Keyblade war happens, because he believes fulfilling the book of prophecies is the only way to truly save his fellow Foretellers.
- Been There, Shaped History: He's spent countless lives making sure his Keyblade's Master-Apprentice Chain remains unbroken and that the second Keyblade War occurs as the Master of Masters foretold. All to ensure the lost Keyblade Masters may return again.
- Black Cloak: Wears a black long rain jacket.
- Body Surf: His heart has gone through multiple vessels in the time between the first Keyblade War and Kingdom Hearts III, though it's unclear if he's been stealing other people's bodies or simply retaining his memories between lives when it's revealed in III.Luxu: Yeah, but some time ago I had to cast my old form away. Been through plenty more semblances since, but it's still me underneath it all.
- Canon Character All Along: III's Secret Report 13, various comments by the character over the game, and the epilogue reveals that Luxu, who debuted in the χ games (2013), is in fact a younger / previous reincarnation of Braig / Xigbar, who debuted in II (2005).
- Corrupt the Cutie: Even moreso than the corruption in Kingdom Hearts χ. By the time he becomes Braig and Xigbar, he has no qualms with manipulating and toying with other people while also affiliating himself with a Keyblade Master of darkness. The worst part is that he did all of those not really because he enjoys it, but because destiny says so.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As an ancient Keyblade Master with literal lifetimes of experience, he's actually one of the most powerful warriors out there after the Keyblade War. Despite this, he lets himself get beaten up by various other characters, plays the Cowardly Lion, and does other ridiculous things to hide how powerful he really is.
- The Determinator: He was determined to see through his task of passing down the Gazing Eye Keyblade from generation to generation until the next Keyblade War comes to pass, no matter what he had to give up, no matter how long it took, and no matter how many lives he had to live.Unknown: I will continue gazing upon each passing era, one unto the next [...] be it years or decades, centuries or millennia.
- Generation Xerox: Master apprentice version. He's adopted many of the Master of Master's goofy and snarky personality traits by the time he's become Braig / Xigbar. Like his master, he also lost one of his eyes, and his general vocal patterns have also become very similar.
- I Have Many Names: In the χ games, he goes by Luxu. In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep he goes by Braig, and in all games afterwards people refer to him as Xigbar. The only exceptions are the Foretellers themselves when he summons them during the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts III, who refer to Xigbar as Luxu as they have always done.Ira: Is that you, Luxu? You look different.
Luxu: I haven't heard that name in a long while. These days they call me Xigbar, but hey, whatever suits you.
- It's a Long Story: Luxu's response to Aced furiously demanding an explanation to what his role was during the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts III embodies a rather passive-aggressive play on this trope.Aced: I've heard enough! Luxu, what was your role?
Luxu: I hope you like long stories.
- Man Behind the Man: It's implied Xehanort's plans would have completely fallen apart multiple times, such as after Terra and Eraqus sealed his memories as Terra-Xehanort at the end of BBS, if not for Luxu continuing to push him towards starting the second Keyblade War as Braig and Xigbar. Doubles as Hijacked by Ganon and The Man in Front of the Man because Xigbar appears before Master Xehanort does, posing as his underling.
- Manipulative Bastard: If the third games epilogue is anything to go by, he might be just as good, if not even better than the Xehanorts at deceiving people and screwing with their heads. He played everyone like fiddles and he made both the heroes and the villains help him fulfill his plans without any of them realizing it.
- Non-Indicative Name: Like most of the Foretellers, his name / sin (Luxuria / Lust) has very little to do with his actual personality. By the time he's become Xigbar / Braig, he doesn't even have a lust for what life has left in store for him, as he's tired of his generations long role and just wants to see his friends again.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He generally follows the script that was given to him, but if his tone is anything to go by, he really doesn't like it.Unknown: Somewhere in this cyclical history of Bequeathings, a chosen one will appear and reenact the Keyblade War. When this scapegoat arrives and takes my Keyblade in hand, that will be the time to take the stage and finish my role.
- The Reveal: In the Secret Reports and epilogue of III, it's revealed he's retained his memories in life after life, ensuring the Book of Prophecies is fulfilled, with his most recent being none other than Xehanort's Dragon with an Agenda, Xigbar/Braig.
- Sad Clown: Despite how snarky and goofy he acts as Braig/Xigbar, his personal memoirs portray him as deeply depressed, lonely, and tired after spending literal ages making sure his teacher's prophecies came to pass, viewing everything that's happening as a farce and just wishing to see his friends again.
- Secret Identity: After the first Keyblade War, he bequeathed his Keyblade to another and kept his identity as a Keyblade Master secret. He even makes a fake Deal with the Devil with Xehanort for his own Keyblade, which he could've taken back at any time, just so he can ensure Xehanort completes the prophecy of the second Keyblade War.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: While his outer attitude is snarky, his inner attitude before the end of III reveals he's very lonely and wants to see his friends again. He sees that happen when the Foretellers return, sans Ava.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Sure, every Xehanort was stopped once and for all but Luxu himself managed to get exactly what he wanted: another Keyblade War and the return of the Foretellers. He even managed to get his No Name back and both the heroes and the villains played right into his hands, all because hes been manipulating both sides since the beginning, not caring who won or lost as long as his role was completed.
- Time Abyss: By the time of Sora and Master Xehanort, he's spent generations, ages, eons even, keeping vigil over the Master of Master's Gazing Eye.Unknown: It has been a long time. Longer than I can express.
- Tomato Surprise: Xigbar is his reincarnation, or his vessel, a fact he is well aware of thanks to his Body Surf or Born-Again Immortality, but the audience is not till the end of III.
- The Un-Reveal: The Reveal in Kingdom Hearts III also doubles as this since the first face we see of his is actually Xigbar's, who afterwards admits that he "cast his old form away", meaning that the audience does not get to see his "real" face in that game either.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking at all about his role in III requires giving away The Reveal that he was Xigbar the whole time, and the one making sure Xehanort's plans for a Keyblade War came to a fruition.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Invoked. After the first Keyblade War, he did everything in his power to make sure not just that his Keyblade continued to be passed down, but that the second Keyblade War happened. After Xehanort causes it however, he completely stops caring what happens to the Big Bad, instead setting off to complete his mission to bring back his teacher and friends.
- You Don't Look Like You: Subject to an in-universe example. During the reveal that Xigbar was Luxu in the epilogue of Kingdom Hearts III, Ira and then Invi make comments to this effect. Luxu's reply to these comments lampshades this.Ira: Is that you, Luxu? You look different.Invi: (After she sees Xigbar's face) Is it really you?Luxu: Yeah, but some time ago, I had to cast my old form away. Been through plenty more semblances since, but it's still me underneath it all.