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"Axel considers Roxas and Xion to be like his own children, which makes him the father. The poor, eternally single, very reluctant father. But hey, it makes him feel like he has a heart, which makes it all worth it.."

The summary on Cloudhead's profile

The Reluctant Father universe is a seires of Kingdom Hearts fanfiction by Cloudhead, known as Too Many Ideas here on This Very Wiki. It is an alternate version of Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, focusing on Axel, Roxas and Xion. The title refers to Axel's relationship with the other two. Notable change: Saix isn't a jerk. That's the tip of the iceberg.

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Find a summary and the stories here. Note that there is no actual fic called 'The Reluctant Father'—the series starts with Stupid Questions.

As you can tell by the edit history, this page is mostly Word of God. And he would appreciate some help.


The Reluctant Father Universe contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Roxas and Xion, especially in Stupid Questions.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kacela, complete with actual axe.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Only Axel gets to call Roxas and Xion 'Rox' and 'Xi'. Ever.
    • Messing with Xion too much will incur the wrath of Roxas. Kind of ironic, when you consider how much she gets messed with in the game with no consequences for the perpetrators whatsoever.
  • BFS: Kacela has a giant battleaxe that's large even by Final Fantasy standards. Even Axel isn't sure how she manages to carry it.
  • Blast Out: This is how the Mexican Standoff ends in Chapter 20 of The Longest Night.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Poor, poor Demyx. He gets all his stuff burned and thought Xion was a boy.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Well, this is Organization XIII. Especially evident in The Longest Night.
  • The Comically Serious: Saix. Much humor stems from his (generally deadpan) reactions to usual Organization XIII antics.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Figure/Sora versus the entire Organization in Invader.
  • The Cutie:
    • Xion. The one who has two stuffed animals and is afraid of loud noises.
    • Cloudhead has noted multiple times that he considers Xion as a bit of an Author Avatar because she's so cute.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: You get the feeling that Vexen would get a lot more done for the Organization if he wasn't so focused on breaking up Axel, Roxas and Xion.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Saix.
Saix on American football: Axel, it's a stupid sport where men overcompensating for their low intelligence run into each other at high speeds and then beat each other to the ground.
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Author Note: The ending of Days is basically like, oh, you care about this person? Screw you, she goes in the shredder. Also, no one else has read the manga and everyone hates her. HAVE FUN! DISNEY! I felt the need to give he a break for once.

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