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Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand is a Kingdom Hearts Fan Fic written by Kristen Verne.

As the title suggests, the fic is a hypothetical version of Kingdom Hearts III, set nine months after the events of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. Sora and the gang begin preparations for the final battle with Master Xehanort and his cohorts.

The author has also written other stories set in the same universe: the Training Series, consisting of Maybe You Can Hire, A Sacrifice and A Savior, Lord of the Keyblade, and Treadstone, Black Briar, and now Soul String, which chronicles what occurred during the nine months between Dream Drop Distance and Final Stand, Their Lives Before, which chronicles some of the backstories and childhoods of Sora, Riku, Kairi, Terra, Ven, Aqua, and Lea, Tales of Vanitas, which details part of Vanitas' life after Final Stand, A Hero's Life and Legacy, which details the origins of the children of Sora and friends, Radiant Garden Renegades, which details some of the childhoods of Kairi, Isa, and Lea, How We Met, which details the meeting of Kairi's biological parents, Keyblade War: The Commencement, which details the events of the Keyblade War, and Kingdom Hearts 4: New Light, which follows Sora and friends' children as they follow in their parents' footsteps. Another sequel, Kingdom Hearts 5: The Rising Darkness, is currently in progress.

Five other fics written by YamiChaos27, A Warrior's Last Stand, Moonlit Knights, Living Legacy, Men in Black Coats, Incomprehensible Feelings, and Moons of Fate, are set in the same universe.

The author has rewritten the Training Series, and is currently rewriting the original story, now named Kingdom Heart 3 Re:Final Stand.

Note: This article assumes that you have played all Kingdom Hearts games up to at least Dream Drop Distance; therefore, all spoilers regarding the games will be unmarked. The rewrite is now incorporating elements from 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A Fragmentary Passage- as well. You Have Been Warned.

Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand and its related fics contain examples of the following tropes:


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     The Series 
  • 0% Approval Rating: Hanako, Ansem's mother, is universally despised by virtually everyone in Radiant Garden; considering she was a borderline tyrant who believed herself superior to everyone else purely because she was royalty, it's hard to blame them. In Moons of Fate chapter 7, Yamato states outright that no one in the castle staff or general public cares for Hanako, and no one, including himself, would bat an eye if she were killed or miss her.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • As detailed in Their Lives Before, before becoming Eraqus' apprentice, Terra lived with an emotionally abusive father and stepmother, who never loved him and only took him in to spite his birth mother, going so far as to deny his birth mother visitation rights just because they could. They realized how horrible they were after Terra's disappearance, and spent the next ten-plus years atoning for it.
    • As revealed in How We Met and expanded on in Radiant Garden Renegades, Kairi's paternal grandfather, Orochi Mae, physically abused her grandmother and father regularly, and was eventually imprisoned for it.
  • Action Girl: Kairi has developed into one by the time of Final Stand. Case in point: in chapter 14, when one of Xehanort's henchmen (revealed several chapters later to be the Riku Replica) tries to nab her, she nonchalantly breaks free of his grip and flings him off of a cliff. Naminé, Xion, and Aqua also qualify.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Xehanort and Braig are already irredeemably evil in canon, this series manages to make them even worse, especially in Braig's case. As revealed in Radiant Garden Renegades and Moons of Fate, Braig was a complete Jerkass long before he fell in with Xehanort, being a thrill-seeker who openly fantasized about conquering other kingdoms, enjoying getting a rise out of his fellow soldiers, and hating that Ansem was a peaceful ruler. At the end of Final Stand, when freed from Xehanort's control, he freely chooses to keep being evil, later becoming a Big Bad in both New Light and The Rising Darkness, plotting revenge on Sora and his family for years, and becoming king of Hazy Hamlet and turning it into an even bigger Crapsack World. Among his most heinous moments is gloating about executing Terra's parents and mounting their heads in his study.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Dawn's Might, a katana that is a family heirloom from Kairi's birth mother Rimi's side of the family. It is traditionally handed down to the oldest son when he finds the woman he loves or to the man who loves the eldest daughter when he meets the father's approval. In chapter 30, the ghost of Kairi's birth father Kaname gives the blade to Sora.
  • Ascended Extra: Sasuke Kazekiri debuted in YamiChaos27's A Warrior's Last Stand for a short time, which was posted when the original version of Final Stand was nearing its end. As such Sasuke's only appearance in Final Stand was in one of its epilogue chapters, again for a short time. However, aside from the sequel, and a prequel, and his own spinoff stories, he was given a more prominent role in the rewrite, first showing up in the fourth chapter rather than the epilogues, and contributing to the story more.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: While not overly graphic, several characters visibly bleed when injured, and there have been mentions of Blood from the Mouth and being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
  • Bitch Alert: The narrative in both Radiant and Radiant Garden Renegades makes it clear from the minute Hanako appears that the audience is not supposed to like her. In the case of the latter, she's introduced furiously chewing Lea and Kairi out and cursing the day Kairi was born; within minutes of meeting her, Lea realizes why the Insurgos hate the royal family of Radiant Garden so much.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Downplayed with Braig. As shown in prequels set prior to the fall of Radiant Garden, Braig was never a particularly nice person, and really sucked at not being a dick to people, but no one could tell just how evil and psychopathic he really was, even after being freed from Xehanort's influence. Throughout the series, Braig does such horrible things as trap Lea and Kairi under a rockslide, sell out his own home to Xehanort, take over Hazy Hamlet and turn it into an even crappier place to live than it was before (which is really saying something, since it was a Crapsack World to begin with), and bragged that he executed Terra's parents and mounted their heads in their study for no other reason than to be a sadistic asshole; he even states that doing so was his favorite part of becoming king of Hazy Hamlet.
    • Briana is an example played straight. She initially appears to be a beautiful Nice Girl, to the extent that Patria vouches for her kind and sweet nature. Then comes The Reveal that Briana is a sadistic psychopath who delights in hurting and killing people; she even collects bloody shirts from the people she's killed. Not only that, but she's the daughter of Braig, Daddy's Little Villain, and a Laser-Guided Tykebomb who Braig specifically raised for the sole purpose of getting revenge on Sora and his family.
  • Can't Take Criticism:
    • In New Light chapter 15, when Pith tells Patria that her willingness to torture one of their enemies for information makes her no better than Xehanort or Maleficent, Patria responds by pinning Pith to the wall by the neck and threatening to kill him if he doesn't shut up.
    • In Moons of Fate chapter 6, Rimi gives Minoru a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, telling him point blank he's a horrible Captain of the Guard and hasn't done anything worthy of praise, unlike Yamato. Minoru's response is to lose his temper and backhand Rimi across the face while chewing her out for her "blatant disrespect"... which immediately bites him in the ass when Ansem, having seen everything, fires him on the spot.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Sora's taking Ven's heart into his body, as well as Aqua's crafting Castle Oblivion, during the events of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep are referenced in the first and second chapters of Final Stand
    • In chapter 14, Aqua recalls having first met Sora, Riku, and Kairi when they were little kids, also in Birth by Sleep. During the conversation, Sora also recalls having seen her back then, as well as in the Realm of Sleep.
  • Crapsack World: Hazy Hamlet, Terra and Aqua's homeworld. Among other things, human trafficking and slavery is legal, and slavers can freely enter others' homes, kidnap people, and sell them. Also, if families fail to pay taxes, they will be executed, children included, as was the fate of Aqua's parents; Aqua only survived because she was saved by Master Eraqus. During the 20-year Time Skip between Final Stand and New Light, Braig becomes king and ends up making it even worse. It isn't until near the end of New Light, when Patria and the others overthrow Braig and his family and banish him from the world, that things finally begin to turn around.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: New Light onwards has a perfect example in Briana, Braig's daughter. He deliberately raised her for the purpose of revenge against Sora, and Briana openly and gleefully supports her father's plans.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As hinted at in the main story and revealed in detail in Their Lives Before, the Birth by Sleep Power Trio has some pretty tragic pasts:
    • Before becoming Eraqus' apprentice, Terra lived with an emotionally abusive father and stepmother, who never loved him and only took him in to spite his birth mother, going so far as to deny his birth mother visitation rights just because they could. After being taken in by Eraqus, Terra outright renounces his father.
    • Ventus was abandoned on the doorstep of an Orphanage of Fear when he was only two days old, and was constantly shunted back and forth between foster homes, as well as bullied by his peers there and verbally abused by the workers. Eventually, he gave up hope on ever finding a home and ran away, coming across Master Xehanort. As a result, during the gang's stay in Devil's Bayou, he's moved to tears over Penny's plight.
    • Aqua lived with a loving, but poor family, and at age seven, an angry mob attacked her home and burned down her house because her father failed to pay taxes; her parents died in the blaze, but Aqua was rescued and taken in by Eraqus and Xehanort.
  • Entitled Bastard:
    • Ansem's parents acted as such, believing themselves better than everyone else purely because they were of royal blood.
    • As revealed in Moons of Fate, Minoru was no better, constantly going on about how he deserves more respect and recognition than he gets, and being jealous of Yamato for getting all the glory, when Minoru himself has basically done nothing to deserve any respect or recognition. It's to the extent that when he slaps Rimi, the crown princess, for criticizing him and is dishonorably discharged by Ansem for doing so, Minoru continues to rant about Ansem showing favoritism to Yamato.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Insurgos have this to the extreme. They're firmly convinced that every member of the royal family of Radiant Garden is irredeemably evil purely because they're related to the tyrannical Hanako, despite the fact that Ansem has been nothing but The Good King since he took over, and anyone who doesn't agree with them is automatically their enemy for "kissing up to the royals." When Yamato calls them out on it in Moons of Fate, they blow him off, declaring that Ansem will simply simply drain them dry when they least expect it.
  • Evil Is Petty: Minoru, the former captain of the guard, as expanded on in Moons of Fate. After being fired from his job, he went so far as to join up with the Insurgos and let them into Ansem's castle to kill everyone, out of nothing more than petty jealousy that Yamato got more recognition than him; never mind the fact Minoru was a lazy Entitled Bastard who had done nothing to deserve any praise and recognition, and that his firing was entirely his own damn fault because he slapped Rimi, the crown princess, in a fit of rage for telling him that point-blank.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Even before he fell in with Xehanort, Braig was not a nice person, as revealed in Radiant Garden Renegades, doing such things as taking baby Kairi's toys and dangling her over a flight of stairs under the excuse of playing with her. He got even worse when he began working with Xehanort, bribing the Insurgos to kidnap Kairi and her friends and triggering a rockslide in the Great Maw that trapped Kairi and Lea under the rubble for two days. In the epilogue of Renegades, Ansem reveals that Braig was unsatisfied with his job, hated their peacekeeping ways, and repeatedly suggested to Ansem that they invade another country just so he'd have something to do. His actions in New Light definitely cement him as such; among other things, he took over Hazy Hamlet and turned it into an even worse Crapsack World, killed Terra's parents and brother-in-law and gloated about having their heads mounted in his study to Pith's face, and tried to have Xally, Justin, Yuyake, and Hikari executed via drowning and burning at the stake for no other reason than to be cruel.
    • While initially introduced as a friendly, sweet girl, Briana is quickly established as such in chapter 33 with the reveal of her true colors. Not only is she Braig's daughter, she's also the leader of the Sovereign Enforcers, and an Ax-Crazy Laser-Guided Tykebomb who Braig specifically raised and conditioned as part of a long-term plan to get revenge on Sora. She faked her feelings for Pith, and when they're alone, she non-fatally shoots him with a crossbow and takes great delight in breaking his heart by revealing that she never loved him, hated having to pretend as such, and is happy she can finally drop the charade and can kill him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Maximus, the Captain of the Guard prior to Minoru, as revealed in Moons of Fate. He had great faith in Minoru, and even recommended that Ansem make him captain in his place. Minoru proved to be a General Failure and Entitled Bastard, constantly screwing up in missions, having to be saved by Yamato from his own mistakes, and being insanely jealous that Yamato got the fame and recognition he felt was rightfully owed to him; the final straw was when he slapped Rimi, the crown princess he's supposed to be respecting, for [calling him out on being a selfish, entitled loser, which led Ansem to fire him. Yamato even lampshades it, openly wondering what Maximus ever saw in Minoru.
    • Hayato, Yamato's friend, was this to Braig, taking him into the guard and under his tutelage. Braig was a thrill-seeker more concerned with his own fame than helping people, openly fantasized about conquering other kingdoms, and enjoyed getting a rise out of his fellow trainees, going so far as to tease Kaname over Minoru slapping Rimi and calling Rimi weak just to get a cheap laugh. While Hayato tried to act as The Conscience to Braig, he failed; as shown throughout preceding stories, most notably Final Stand and New Light, Braig just kept getting worse over time. In Hayato's defense, he does acknowledge Braig's problems and wonders if taking him on as a trainee was a mistake.
  • In the Blood: Several characters in Radiant Garden believe that bloodlines carry traits such as cruelty. The Insurgos were determined to wipe out the royal family of Radiant Garden because they believed that somewhere along the line, Ansem's descendants would become just as cruel and despotic as his tyrannical parents. On the flip side, which proves that the Insurgos are Not So Different from said parents, Ansem's Jerkass mother Hanako lambasted Ansem for allowing Rimi, his niece and Kairi's birth mother, for allowing her to become engaged to Kaname, explicitly stating that Kaname should be locked up simply for being the son of an Insurgo. As a whole, it's largely subverted, as it's repeatedly shown that Kaname and Ansem are nothing like their parents.
  • Karma Houdini: Unlike Xehanort, at the end of Final Stand, Braig escapes with his life and receives no punishment for any of his crimes, all while assuring Terra and Aqua that he has no desire to come back to the light and will continue being evil in the future. During the Time Skip between Final Stand and New Light, it's revealed that he became king of Hazy Hamlet, and was responsible for, among other things, the deaths of several people, including Terra's parents and brother-in-law, the latter of whom he brags about having their heads mounted in his study. Aside from being overthrown as ruler and run out of Hazy Hamlet along with his equally-evil wife and daughter, Braig once again gets off scot-free for his crimes.
  • Knight Templar: As far as the Insurgos are concerned, Ansem's entire bloodline is evil and must be wiped out, no matter what. Anyone who dares to even suggest that they try to make peace with the royals is accused of "kissing up" to them and given no mercy.
  • Not Brainwashed: Braig joined Xehanort of his own initiative. Even after being purged of Xehanort's influence at the end of Final Stand, he voluntarily chooses to keep being evil.
  • Not So Different: The Insurgos are this to Ansem's tyrannical parents. Both sides are firmly convinced that such things as evil and cruelty are In the Blood, and absolutely nothing will convince them otherwise.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Insurgos are firmly convinced that the royal family of Radiant Garden are all irredeemably evil purely because they're related to the tyrannical Hanako, and want to overthrow them. However, their methods are openly brutal, and they have no qualms against killing or attempting to kill innocent bystanders, including pregnant women, to get their way; in Moons of Fate, Yamato even tells them point-blank that they're nothing but terrorists who's actions are more about spiting Hanako than anything else.
  • Revenge Myopia: In 4 and onwards, Braig's entire motive is getting revenge on Sora for defeating him and ruining Xehanort's plans. Never mind the fact that Braig was helping an absolute madman try to destroy all of existence For Science!.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: The Insurgos of Radiant Garden. While they were right that Ansem's parents were nothing but selfish despots, they fall into this because of their inability to accept that said parents' cruelty is not In the Blood, and have no qualms against threatening civilians, harming children, and even killing or trying to kill pregnant women.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: In the fics set prior to the fall of Radiant Garden, it's established that the Insurgos believe that bloodlines carry certain traits; Ansem's parents were tyrants who saw everyone outside royalty as beneath them, and thus, they're obsessed with bringing down Ansem's rule because they believe that his parents' cruelty is In the Blood. In Radiant, showing that she's Not So Different from the Insurgos, Ansem's mother, Hanako, reveals she has the same beliefs, outright telling Ansem and Rimi that Kaname should be imprisoned simply for being the son of one of the Insurgos despite the fact that Kaname saved them from his father.
  • Tautological Templar: The Insurgos, hands down. As far as they're concerned, everyone in the royal family of Radiant Garden is evil purely because they're related to Hanako, a tyrant queen, anything and everything they do to get at them is justified, and anyone who sides with the royals for any reason is their enemy. It's actually revealed in Moons of Fate that Yamato Kazekiri's father approached them, offering to negotiate with the royal family for them and make things easier; rather than take his offer, the Insurgos openly accused him of "kissing up to the royals" and murdered him on the spot before killing his pregnant wife.
  • The Unfettered: The Insurgos. In Moons of Fate chapter 4, they even state outright that they'll do anything to ensure the fall of the royal family.
  • Virtue Is Weakness:
    • A key factor in Orochi Mae's beliefs. In both How We Met and Radiant Garden Renegades chapter 5, he mocks Kaname to his face for his kindness and compassion; in the latter story, he goes so far as to commit suicide in front of him out of spite for said compassion.
    • The crux of Braig's beliefs. He even states as such in a rant to Sasuke in Re:Final Stand chapter 34, stating it's what he hated the most while he worked for Ansem and the guard:
    Braig: Always the same with you! Always about your pitiful loyalist ideals! I hate that about you most of all! I hated that about the guard, and I certainly hated that about Yamato and especially Kaname! Heck, even Sora is now getting on my nerves with all his talk about his friends being his power! People who fight for those other than themselves don't survive!

    Final Stand 
  • Back from the Dead: Master Xehanort has revived several characters, such as Vanitas, the Riku Replica, and Master Eraqus, to serve as his Soul Jars.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder/Hidden Weapons: In chapter 18, Kairi is revealed to keep a hidden knife up her sleeve in the event that her hands should be bound.
  • Body Horror: In Halloween Town, Ven takes the form of a decaying zombie; several of his body parts tend to fall off at random.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In Final Stand chapter 36, Kairi uses Lea's own Catch-Phrase, "Got it memorized?", against him.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As revealed in chapter 18, Kairi keeps a hidden blade up her sleeve in the event she's captured and tied up.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: As revealed in chapter 40, Ven's parents, Solomon and Victoria, were dirt-poor when he was born and gave him up to an orphanage because they couldn't provide to him. They worked themselves to the bone to get enough money to do so, and upon discovering that Ven had run away from the orphanage the day before they came back to retrieve him, worked even harder and eventually became the rulers of their home world just so they'd have the resources to find him.
  • Deal with the Devil: In chapter 27, Sora is fully prepared to make one with Xehanort by offering himself up in exchange for Eraqus, but Aqua refuses to let him.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • In chapter 17, Ven has one when he discovers that Vanitas has come Back from the Dead. He has another minor one in chapter 21 when he discovers that Vanitas destroyed his old wooden Keyblade.
    • In chapter 27, both Ven and Aqua get hit with a major one upon The Reveal that Xehanort has resurrected Master Eraqus to serve as one of his vessels.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: In chapter 32, after defeating Vanitas, Terra remarks that he most likely should just kill him because of all the pain he's caused, but won't do so because "that would make [him] like Xehanort."
  • Signature Laugh: In chapter 17, Ven and Aqua recognize Vanitas by his Evil Laugh before his Dramatic Unmask.

    Re:Final Stand 
  • The Remnant: By the time of this fic, the Insurgos have been reduced to a mere handful, and they're still planning to wipe out Ansem's bloodline. In chapter 20, they kidnap Sora and Kairi, intending to kill them with the intent to send a message to Radiant Garden and persuade others to join their cause; instead, Sora and Kairi defeat them, with the remaining Insurgos being arrested and incarcerated by Sasuke.

     New Light 
  • Anti-Villain: Lyla of the Sovereign Enforcers. Her Start of Darkness was because she killed anti-elf extremists who murdered her younger sister, and she's one of the more affable members of the group. Her biography on Kristen Verne's Deviantart describes her as very kind compared to her teammates, and while she doesn't particularly like harming others, she feels she's fallen too far to turn back.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Malachi kills people with a giant hammer, and then takes samples of their blood and stores it in said hammer as a trophy.
    • Cander uses Black Magic specifically designed to harm others, and is outright described on Kristen Verne's Deviantart as one of the more bloodthirsty members of the Enforcers.
    • The leader of the Sovereign Enforcers, Briana, is much the same. In Chapter 26, she outright tries to murder Patria despite full knowledge that their master wants her alive, something even Malachi and Cander know they're not supposed to do, and gives the other Enforcers free reign to destroy and kill anything they like in Radiant Garden. In chapter 33, her father, Braig, describes her as a natural-born killer, and she has a closet full of blood-stained shirts that are heavily implied to belong to her past victims.
  • Badass in Distress: The main plot of the fic centers around Sora, Riku, Kairi, Terra, Ven, Aqua, Roxas, Xion, Lea, Naminé, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy being kidnapped by an unknown Big Bad, with their children seeking to rescue them.
  • Berserk Button: Do not compare Patria to Maleficent, ever.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: A perfect example occurs in chapter 36. Braig and his family have captured Yuyake, Hikari, Justin, and Xally, but rather than just kill them and be done with it, he decides to give them a Public Execution and make a spectacle of things, just to rub in that he won. This gives the others and the rebellion time to prepare, and not only do they save the captured foursome, but also force Braig and co. out of Hazy Hamlet completely. In short, Braig screwed himself over and lost his kingship of Hazy Hamlet because of his need to satisfy his ego.
  • Collector of the Strange:
    • Malachi stores samples of blood from the people he killed, which he stores in the hammer he uses as his Weapon of Choice.
    • Briana has an entire closet full of blood-stained shirts, which are all but confirmed to be from people she's killed.
  • Control Freak: Justin repeatedly tries to force Xally to adhere to the Jedi Code, refusing to let the Jedi Order die with them. It reaches its head during the group's visit to Olympus Coliseum, where Xally develops a crush on Hercules' youngest son and Justin goes so far as to challenge him to a fight, declaring that if he wins, Xally will follow the Code, and if he loses, he'll stop bothering her about it for good. He loses, and it turns out he went so far as to make a deal with Hades to set up said fight. By the end of the fic, Justin has acknowledged that trying to force Xally to adhere to the Code has done more harm than good.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Whenever Malachi kills someone, he takes a sample of their blood and stores it in his hammer as a trophy.
  • Delinquent: Patria regularly gets into fights at school, and the principal has called Sora enough times that he's on a First-Name Basis with her. Sora's boss, the Chief of Police, has even warned Sora that Patria could face assault charges if she doesn't stop.
  • Evil All Along: Chapter 33 reveals this to be the case with Briana, Pith's longtime Love Interest. When she shows up in person late in the fic and is revealed to be the Princess of Hazy Hamlet, she seems to be a Nice Girl through and through, to the extent that Patria, who freely admits to having trust issues, vouches for her kind and sweet nature. Then, when she's alone with Pith, she shoots him with a crossbow and is revealed to not only be the daughter of Braig, but be the leader of the Sovereign Enforcers, who has been spying on Sora's family for years to avenge what they did to her father. To twist the knife even further, Briana tells Pith to his face that she was disgusted having to pretend to be in love with him and has been wanting to kill him from the minute they met.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Chapter 33 reveals this to be the case with Briana. She initially appears to be a beautiful Nice Girl, to the extent that Patria vouches for her kind and sweet nature. Then comes The Reveal that Briana is a sadistic psychopath who delights in hurting and killing people; she even collects bloody shirts from the people she's killed.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Ryo is a Martial Pacifist who is firmly convinced that everyone can be reasoned with and hates having to resort to violence. It takes getting near-fatally stabbed by Jazzy's Wolverine Claws, followed by Training from Hell from Vanitas, for Ryo to finally accept that some people just can't be reasoned with and sometimes Violence Is the Only Option.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Patria is a hero, but nonetheless a Fiery Redhead and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who's first solution to every problem involves violence.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Patria seems to be approaching this territory. There have been mentions of her having mass amounts of inner darkness, along with her suggestion to use a Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique, and her Hair-Trigger Temper and preference for violence as a solution. On top of it all, both Diaval and Pith, the latter her own brother, have declared her to be Not So Different from Maleficent.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Patria calls out Ryo for his adamant belief that everything can be solved peacefully, pointing out that such tactics would never work on people like Xehanort. As harsh as she was, she's proven right when Ryo tries to reason with Jazzy, one of the Sovereign Enforcers, and is near-fatally stabbed for his efforts.
  • Laser-Guided Tykebomb: Braig specifically raised Briana to serve as a tool in his plan for revenge on Sora.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Patria is almost nothing like Sora and Kairi; while her parents are nice people through and through and prefer to use violence only as a last resort, Patria is a Fiery Redhead, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and the epitome of Good Is Not Nice.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Patria and Pith, the children of Sora and Kairi. Pith is well-behaved, has a liking for theater, and is rather cool, calm, and collected, whereas Patria is a Fiery Redhead and a borderline juvenile delinquent who likes rock music.
  • Psycho for Hire: Malachi and Cander of the Sovereign Enforcers fit the bill quite well, taking a psychotic delight in harming others and admitting that
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Sovereign Enforcers, a group of eight assassins sent to hinder the kids.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Unlike her parents, Patria is a Blood Knight who advocates violence as a solution to every problem, and isn't above landing bullies in the hospital and advocating torturing their enemies for information (and outright calling the others stupid when they refuse to consider doing so). Also, as shown in chapters 28 and 33, she's perfectly willing and able to commit murder rather than simply subdue non-Heartless enemies.
  • Stupid Evil: Briana, the leader of the Sovereign Enforcers, tries to murder Patria on multiple occasions, most notably in chapter 26, because she's tired of her, despite knowing full well that their master wants Patria alive; for perspective, even Malachi and Cander, themselves Ax-Crazy Psychos for Hire, know better than to defy that order. It's even lampshaded in chapters 33 and 34, where Briana confesses that her father Braig was furious at her for going against orders, and now she has to capture Patria alive.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: Ryo, the son of Ventus and Naminé, repeatedly insists on reasoning with people and abhors violence. It isn't until he gets near-fatally stabbed by Jazzy's Wolverine Claws, and subsequently endures Training from Hell from Vanitas, that he finally accepts that sometimes Violence Is the Only Option.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Patria advocates torturing their enemies for information, calls the others idiots for refusing to consider doing so, openly threatens to kill Pith, her own brother, when he tells her that her actions make her no better than Maleficent, and kills Tene Bris and several Hazy Hamlet guards without batting an eye, all of this at the tender age of 14 years old.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Ryo repeatedly advocates a peaceful solution and insists that everyone can be reasoned with, only to be faced with this trope again and again. It comes to a head when he tries to peacefully negotiate with Jazzy and Rodia, and gets near-fatally stabbed in the chest as a result. Even then, it takes a session of Training from Hell at Vanitas' hands for Ryo to finally accept that sometimes, violence is necessary.
  • Wham Episode: The end of chapter 32 and the entirety of chapter 33 count as such. After five years of separation, he's finally been reunited with his Love Interest Briana, the seemingly benevolent princess of Hazy Hamlet. All of chapter 31 is dedicated to depicting Briana as a gentle Nice Girl, who even Patria vouches for... and then, she shoots Pith with a crossbow and reveals that she is Braig's daughter and one of the Sovereign Enforcers.

    Radiant Garden Renegades 
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: In chapter 5, Orochi chooses to kill himself out of spite for Kaname's compassionate nature rather than give him the "satisfaction" of sending him back to prison.
  • Cruel Mercy: In chapter 10, having killed Kaname and Rimi and destroyed Radiant Garden, rather than take their hearts as well, Xehanort instead throws Sasuke and Ansem into the darkness to leave them to wallow in their despair.
  • Forced to Watch: In chapter 5, Orochi has every intention of making Kairi watch as his mooks execute Sasuke by beheading; fortunately, Mickey and Kaname's arrival puts a stop to that.
  • Harmful to Minors: In chapter 5, Orochi has taken Sasuke, Lea, Isa, and Kairi hostage, and tries to have Sasuke executed while making Kairi watch.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even after all of the horrible things Orochi has done, including abusing him and his mother, killing Sasuke's father in cold blood, and trying to execute Sasuke while making Kairi watch, Kaname insists on having him taken to prison, explicitly stating his belief that anyone can change; Orochi mocks Kaname to his face for it before committing suicide to deny him the satisfaction of sending him back to prison.
  • It Seemed Trivial: From the minute Xehanort arrives on Radiant Garden in chapter 4, Kaname, able to sense his darkness and noticing that Kairi is terrified of him, along with Xehanort's Stalker with a Crush behavior toward Rimi, is naturally suspicious of him, but as he doesn't know what to make of it, he doesn't say a word about it to Ansem the Wise until after Ansem reveals that Xehanort has been conducting experiments with Heartless behind his back and writing reports under Ansem's name; he admits that he most likely should have said something before then, but by that point, it's too late.
  • Stalker with a Crush: From chapter 4 onward, Xehanort acts as such to Rimi.

    The Rising Darkness 

    Keyblade War: The Commencement 

    Moons of Fate 
  • Black and White Insanity: Minoru runs on this, openly distrusting Kaname and Yamato because of their criminal pasts. He doesn't care that Yamato was left an orphan after Insurgos murdered his parents and was forced to steal to survive, and that Kaname had to do the same because his father was an abusive drunk who refused to work and ate all their household's food for himself; as far as he's concerned, "once a criminal, always a criminal." Of course, part of it is because he's jealous of all the attention and praise Yamato gets, which he feels is rightfully owed to him.
  • Exact Words: After slapping Rimi, Minoru tells Ansem that he overreacted and assures him that it won't happen again. Ansem agrees with him that it won't happen again... because effective immediately, he's firing Minoru from the Royal Guard and banning him from ever entering the castle again.
  • General Failure: Minoru was appointed to Captain of the Guard on the recommendation of the previous captain, Maximus... and Minoru absolutely failed to live up to Maximus' expectations. Not only was he an Entitled Bastard who believed he deserved recognition and praise just for being the captain, he proves to be an incompetent moron who ended up leading his men into tight jams on several different occasions, forcing Yamato to save him from himself. After Ansem finally fires him, Yamato openly wonders what Maximus ever saw in Minoru to begin with.
  • Never My Fault: When he's fired from his position in chapter 6, Minoru rants about how everything that's happened to him is Yamato's fault and how this wouldn't be happening if Ansem didn't show favoritism toward Yamato. Not only is Minoru a failure as Captain of the Guard, but the entire reason he was fired in the first place is because he slapped Rimi, the crown princess and Ansem's niece, purely because she told him to his face that he was a lousy captain.

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