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  • Why is Baymax a Heartless in this game? According to KH rules, once a being begins to manifest a sense of self and emotions, they gain a heart. In Big Hero 6, Baymax outright disobeys orders from Hiro after Hiro angrily forces Baymax to attack Callahan. Once he gets his chip back in, Baymax seems to be horrified and remorseful, which leads to him deciding to show Hiro the footage of Tadashi trying to build Baymax. According to KH rules, THAT would be when Baymax gets his heart! Now, that was Baymax 1.0 which was last in a place that seems suspiciously like KH1's space between worlds, though probably unintentional by the film makers. Baymax 2.0 is the one Hiro has currently. We don't know if that one has a heart, or if it's been transferred somehow.
    • The plot also plays with this. During the world Baymax 1.0 is only a combat chip, and the organization's goal is to try and recreate Baymax's heart through only the combat chip left behind in 1.0, making it clear in the process that it wasn't his full heart.
  • Sora's growing powers and skills reaching their zenith in this game can be seen throughout the series, particularly how each skill set he picks up in each game.
    • Kingdom Hearts: Sora at his rawest and most inexperienced as a Keyblade-wielding hero. Through his first adventure, he managed to obtain a great amount of power and skill as a individual, even beginning to tap into the massive power of his heart through new experiences and friends, that My friends are my power.
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    • Chain of Memories: Thanks to Castle Oblivion's card nature, Sora's memories, powers, and skills were seriously messed with, which also meant requiring to trust his friends more, leveling up his power of heart even more.
      • However, this and in I is where the darkness in him sprouts from becoming a heartless and would grow at a alarming rate.
    • II: His forms he gains, and access to a second keyblade with some of them, come from him combining his power with his friends. Also, with the memories of his experience restored in an older body, he's able to perform a lot better physically and learning to use the environment and even the enemies' attacks against them. His power of heart would gain in strength with Roxas, likely allowing his magic to regenerate over time automatically and become stronger as well.
      • Though with Roxas and the hearts in and connected to Sora, the darkness would gain more power as well.
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    • Dream Drop Distance: A lot of his power-ups in this come from helping his dream eaters get stronger so he can coordinate attacks with them, but at the same time he's able to speed through his surroundings very easily with Flowmotion and has access to a few new abilities from his strength growing. It's in the Sleeping Worlds, that his massive hidden potential in magic and his power of heart would come closer than ever to being fully unlocked, nearly reaching the level of a True Keyblade Master. However...
      • Thanks to the nature of the Sleeping Worlds, his unchecked inner darkness was that much easier to exploit by The True Organization XIII, leading to his heart shattering at the worst possible time.
    • III: It appears that Sora will be a living case of All Your Powers Combined as seen in the Trailers:
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    • Keyblade, Drive Forms: It appears that working with the Dream Eaters has inspired Sora to work as one with his Keyblade, using keychains from the worlds with his revamped power of heart to harness their power through his new drive forms to transform his Keyblade for more power and moves.
    • Magic: He will have access to powerful "za" level magic thanks to training with the Dream Eaters.
    • Skills: His training will allow him to further increase his knowledge to use the environment and even the enemies' attacks against them. Along with a few new ones.
  • The trailer revealing the world based on Monsters, Inc. also shows Vanitas in said world, holding one of the Scream Canisters. Those things contain Monstropolis' power supply converted from the screams of the children they scare. In other words, Vanitas, who can spawn Unversed from negative emotions, is holding a battery charged with fear.
    • That said, Monstropolis seems to have already converted to laughter based energy, as fear was getting pretty redundant, so the canister isn't one that Vanitas can make use of - so the symbolism may instead be due to Vanitas himself being redundant to Xehanort's plans, as Xehanort only created him to jumpstart the χ-Blade plan early, and Vanitas's attitude in the trailer is slightly off. While he's just as dismissive of Ventus as ever, he talks about needing his other half, and his hand is visibly shaking as he reaches for Sora. Something's up with him.
    • Vanitas being (presumably) part of the True Organization explains some of the strange happenings in Dream Drop Distance. Sora having a vision of him alongside Young Xehanort as well as the Organization being able to manipulate Sora's path through the Sleeping Worlds can be chalked up to the dark half of Ven's resting heart now having part of Xehanort in it as well.
    • The story does bring up that the screams harvested by Monsters Inc is what allowed him to reform, his Unversed being drawn to the negative emotions and using it to reconstruct his shattered heart, even exploiting the door system to collect screams the way the company used to.
  • Riku's new Keyblade (as seen in the official render and his Play Arts Kai figure), while resembling a blank modern key, has a handle that is similar to the Kingdom Key, and the keychain is a rounded Hidden Mickey, again, like the Kingdom Key. The Kingdom Key was originally supposed to be Riku's Keyblade, so his new one, marking his progression of character development to becoming a Keyblade Master worthy of wielding a Keyblade, being a sleek modern variant of the Kingdom Key's design is highly appropriate.
    • In addition, Way to the Dawn represented Riku's journey from sympathetic villain to Anti-Hero to hero. That journey is complete. He may be in the Realm of Darkness but he's already reached his Dawn.
    • Moreover, the modern design of Riku's new Keyblade could be representative of the evolving mindset of being a Keyblade Master. Yen Sid named Riku as a Master "with a new kind of power", referring to the fact that he easily wields both darkness and light without being corruptible to the former any longer, a far cry from Eraqus' absolutist mindset. Therefore, not only is Riku a modern Master in terms of being the most recently-named, he's a Master that represents a more modern perspective on the cosmology. Thus, a modern variant of the Kingdom Key for a Master of the modern times.
    • Also, related to Riku's character development, his new outfit is the first to not feature full pants, but capri pants, meaning it doesn't cover all of his legs, a fashion aesthetic only seen on Sora and Ventus (and incidentally makes him look like a white-haired Noctis). This ties to what Riku said at the end of 0.2, when he states he's tired of trying to be the adult of the group and strives to be more like himself as Sora does, when Kairi notes he's acting more like Sora. His new design reflects that, having clothing more similar to Sora's than his previous looks.
      • Moreover, in an ironic sense, his default clothes have now gone from primarily bright color schemes, yellow, in particular, to a primarily black scheme...when he's abandoned Ansem's brand of darkness, has come to embody the Dark Is Not Evil mindset, and now freely uses darkness-based powers while being immune from their corruptible properties. The ironically bright shades of yellow he used to wear represented his dark phase, while his black color scheme represents his redeemed self.
      • In a way, Aqua falling into darkness puts her in complete parallel with Riku. Obviously, he was also a Xehanort vessel as well. But more importantly, Aqua's failure to resist the darkness after almost 12 years without any form of protection other than her light is another nail in the coffin for Eraqus' ways, which were passed onto her, and as far as we've seen, had not really been challenged. Aqua represents a failure of the old ways. Riku, on the other hand, symbolized by his apparent modernized Kingdom Key, represents a master of the newer and wiser ways. A Master that recognizes that darkness, while heavily corrupting, is not inherently evil nor should be totally shunned. Riku's immunity is proof of that. Thus, the clash between Aqua, the Master of the old ways, and Riku, the Master of the learned ways, is set.
  • It's interesting Vanitas would be seen in a world based on Monsters, Inc.. Upon further analysis, it makes sense. Vanitas looks human but is a Humanoid Abomination by extention. Sora looks like a monster in this world and is The Hero.
    • Additionally, Vanitas and the Unversed have a theme of emotions, the very thing that Monsters Inc. farms to use as power source to fuel Monstropolis.
  • Marluxia is met in the Kingdom of Corona. Though Sora doesn't remember him, the audience does- a manipulative villain who cowtoes a broken female into following him while keeping her captive within his stronghold. Now, who we know in the Kingdom of Corona who's like Marluxia and is still alive at the time this game takes place? In other words, Marluxia's placement in the story has more thought put into it than at first glance- his presence in the Kingdom is also likely to tie into Tangled's story more.
    • There's also the fact that His Somebody, Lauriam, has apparently been alive since the time of the Keyblade War. Fans are scratching their heads over how he's still alive and when exactly he became a Nobody, but regardless of the latter, his ability to apparently stay alive for so long suddenly make sense when you consider that 1) Rapunzel's hair can reverse aging. 2) The original source of that healing power was a flower. 3) Marluxia's elemental powers are all centered around flowers.
  • Why is Buzz so vocal about his Arbitrary Skepticism towards Sora claiming that all this Kingdom Hearts lore is real? He's preparing Sora for when he realizes he's just a toy and that his video game isn't real (apparently, Sora and his friends' toy forms are from a video game from the Toy Story world), and doesn't want him to take it as badly as he did in the first Toy Story.
  • Of all the potential members for Xehanort to pick, why Larxene? Certainly not for her fighting prowess upon examining her track record (read: losing to Sora when he wasn't at his best and on the verge of going crazy), but rather her sadism. Something very much lampshaded in the E3 2018 trailer.
  • Luxord being one of Xehanort's vessels makes sense for two reasons. One, his element is time, which, regardless of how downplayed his power is compared to someone like Young Xehanort, would be an excellent ability to exploit if only to infuriate Sora (and players) with time-limited segments. Second, Luxord was last shown to be depressed about his place as the lowest ranking member of the original Organization but eventually resigns himself to his fate and chooses to serve them as best as he can. Assuming he still has that same mindset, it would make sense for him to serve them because he believes there's nothing else he can do about it.
  • Ariel appearing as seafoam instead of physically showing up is more than just a Mythology Gag; she would be pregnant with Melody during the events of the game. And also because the last time Sora saw her, she was still a mermaid. Her connections with Sora is strong enough, that he was able to grant her wish to see worlds in a temporary body based on when he saw her, similar to the summons of the first game.
  • From the Classic Kingdom trailer it looks like the Twilight Town trio are the ones that introduce Sora to the LED games. If you remember Pence's camera from Kingdom Hearts II it looks similar to Polaroid cameras from the eighties, plus with Pence being the only one that was computer-literate it makes sense that Twilight Town would have LED games if it's at a mid-eighties tech level.
  • The design of the characters new clothes both have a utility function and tie into one of Kingdom Hearts' main themes: balance. All the clothes are stated to protect them from darkness, similar to the black cloaks they previously wore. What is interesting is that the plaid style mixes color with black. For Riku/Mickey its white and black; Sora red and black; Kairi pink and black. Each color represents the character and also represents they come from the Realm of Light. The light parts are woven together with the black (darkness) to balance each other out. This ties to the theme of balance that all darkness or all light is not good and the balance between light and dark is important. The balance between light and dark is literally shown on the clothes they wear.
  • The first Keyblade Sora gets after the Kingdom Key is Hero's Origin, which can turn into a shield in Form Change. The second Keyblade he gets is Shooting Star, which turns into a pair of arrowguns for their Form Change. This could be hinting that the only other character to use arrowguns in the series is connected to the Keyblade in some way. In fact, just like how Shooting Star is the second Keyblade after Hero's Origin, Xigbar is the second member of the original Organization XIII, after Xemnas - whose original self is a Keyblade wielder.
  • Sora's unfamiliarity with phones seems almost like Square-Enix trying to be more relevant - since thirteen years have passed since Kingdom Hearts II. Except only a full in-game year has passed between II and this game, so while thirteen years have passed in our world, Sora's probably still in around 2004-2005. If you took a smart phone back in time there, they'd be just as confused.
    • Well, that perhaps, but also the fact that Sora is kind of an Idiot Hero whose exposure to technology has usually been to mash buttons or hit it with his Keyblade. Other characters even point out in this game that technology and science are not his strong suit at all.
      • Which also makes sense given that he's not even gone to school for the past year and a half.
  • So why bother using a cell phone instead of a journal? Oh, of course - because Jiminy's Journal got corrupted. Data can be manipulated, yes, but can also be backed up in case someone screws with their memory after this.
  • Of course the gap between Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III would be thirteen years.
  • Sora's noticably weaker at the beginning of the game, with Master Yen Sid reasoning that Xehanort's attempt at possession had cost Sora all of his combat experience from ''Dream Drop Distance'' and ''Kingdom Hearts II''. While it makes sense for Sora to be weak, one can't help but wonder why Donald and Goofy seem to be just as weak, considering we get a short playable section for Riku and his health and magic are maxed, and all of his spells are -aga spells, implying that if Riku hasn't lost his experience, then it shouldn't apply for anyone but Sora. But consider one idea: Donald and Goofy are both well aware that it's a sore point for Sora having lost his power and failing the Mark of Mastery Exam, so it's possible that they're just being Willfully Weak to not make Sora feel worse about his own condition.
    • Or and this often glossed over, it is possible they just aren't that powerful in comparison to keyblade wielders sure they can handle the little guys just fine but put them alone against anything bigger than that and they lose.
      • It's mentioned in one of the loading social media screens that Donald and Goofy have actually also lost a fair amount of power. But why did this happen? Because while Sora's friends are his power, the same is true in reverse. Ergo, when Sora lost his power as a result of DDD, Donald and Goofy also felt the effect, just at a less noticeable degree due to their own inherent abilities.
  • The Heartless that come from the Disney Villains are actually rather symbolic of who they were, or how their darkness took form.
  • While the mystery of Subject X feels out of nowhere considering she was never mentioned before, it makes sense why Ansem and Isa would suddenly start talking about her now: all of the "chosen" members of the New Organization have to die at the hands of the Guardians of Light in order for Master Xehanort to forge the X-Blade, something that Ansem Seeker of Darkness was aware of and had made peace with, and Isa likely at least suspected. It makes sense then, that after years of not thinking about her, they would want some form of closure before they met their ends.
    • While Subject X has never been mentioned before, the Apprentices' experiments being, in part, related to manipulating the mind, the memory, and the very sense of self is actually alluded to in Dream Drop Distance by Xemnas long before it was made clear that this wasn't just referring to making Emblem Heartless.
  • How Xion returned: Ienzo states that a person could be restored to life by placing their data and their heart in a replica body. Even provided the body through the Replica Program. The Organization's plots in Toy Box and San Fransokyo were about gathering the necessary data and testing to make sure their intended method would work. This brought her to life with enough memories to be useful in the final battle. And Sora acknowledging her in the Keyblade Graveyard finally returned her heart.
  • Each Disney world has an Organization member that acts as the main threat and cause for the problems. Each one makes perfect sense with their character and the world they visits.
    • Marluxia in the Kingdom of Corona. Marluxia is there primarily to ensure that Rapunzel remains within her tower, protected in case they need another Light for the creation of the X-Blade. However, Rapunzel's protection comes at the cost of her happiness and freedom, and left in the care of an abusive caretaker in the form of Mother Gothel who abuses her power. If one recalls the evens of Chain of Memories, one can draw parallels between Gothel and Rapunzel's relationship to Marluxia and Namine's. Both Marluxia and Gothel are abusive caretakers who abuse the power of their helpless female who's in their custody to achieve their goals. And both of their plans completely fall apart when a male (Sora/Flynn) steps into the picture, ruins their plans and leads to their respective deaths. There is also the fact that both abusers manipulate the person they are "protecting" by hiding memories and their past from them, thus robbing them of the truth of their person.
    • Young Xehanort in Toy Box. Young Xehanort wants to see how if beings like toys can become corrupted by the Darkness, even though they are inanimate objects. The irony is that Young Xehanort acts with Dull Surprise because none of the events of the game will truly faze him; he'll still return to his time and go through the same events anyway. In effect, Young Xehanort is a toy for Master Xehanort, so he shows little care because it doesn't matter. When Woody calls him hollower then any toy, he's right.
      • It's also a Stealth Pun. Young Xehanort. Younger self. And of course, what do people do when they're younger? Play with toys. Har har.
    • Larxene is in Arendelle. Larxene is fulfilling a similar role to Marluxia, namely keeping Elsa isolated in case they need another Light. Unlike Marluxia, Larxene is perfectly fine with the idea of Elsa falling to Darkness and is more interested in seeing the outcome of the struggle. One can easily draw parallels to how she treats Elsa to how she treats Namine, keeping them isolated with no one to save them, and abusing them with sadistic glee. Furthermore, one could also draw parallels of Larxene to Hans and how he uses everyone in order to achieve his goals and cannot comprehend the power of love, even up to the point you could replace Hans with Larxene when Anna tells him he's got a "frozen heart", and there'd barely be any difference. This could also be a small sign of how in Union X, Elrena tried looking for Strelitzia, Lauriam's sister, in order to help him. Larxene is doing a similar thing here, looking for Anna's sister, but to help Xehanort instead.
    • Vanitas in Monstropolis. As a being made of emotions, Vanitas naturally would go to the world where emotions like fear and laughter are capable of creating power in order to power himself up. The irony is that Vanitas looks like a normal person aside from his helmet, but is one of the series biggest Eldritch Abomination. Sulley and Mike, who are literally monsters, are both good people in spite of that and want to make things better without fear. Vanitas is essentially the real monster scaring people, not Mike or Sulley.
    • Dark Riku in San Fransokyo. When one thinks about it, Dark Riku's backstory could easily fit inside a superhero movie as he is an evil replica of the hero's best friend. Also, much of the conflict surrounding the world revolves around fighting the Heartless version of the original Baymax making both of the "bad guys" in the world "evil" versions of another hero character. In addition to that, from a meta standpoint, Big Hero 6 was the most recent film out of the eight Disney films to have worlds while Dark Riku is the only Organization member to be introduced in this game.
    • Luxord in The Caribbean. It makes sense as a Call-Back to II where Luxord also served as the Organization member infiltrating Port Royal, and thus knows how to deal with pirates the best. He's also there strictly on business, trying to get at Davy Jone's Heart like the other characters in the movies and presumably trying to give it to Xehanort due to his character being loyal to the organization to the point his own fate is ignored. Though not appearing in game, one could draw comparisons to Admiral Norrington in the movies, who is similarly obsessed with duty and who delivers the box containing the heart to Beckett, who could be seen as "Xehanort" in this allusion.
  • While Master Xehanort's complicated Mental Time Travel shenanigans might not seem to make any sense, they actually have some precedent in the world of Kingdom Hearts. It's shown time and time again that the bonds between hearts can transcend time and space, such as how Sora is able to get through to Rinzler in Dream Drop Distance, even though Rinzler is a completely different version of Tron than the Tron Sora knows. Xehanort and his incarnations, meanwhile, are able to travel through time via the bonds they created with their subordinates and vessels. Or to put it another way, Master Xehanort has weaponized The Power of Friendship.
  • While it seems that Master Xehanort's goals conflict with his actions in previous games, it's possible he saw his and his incarnations' actions as means to an end because he was going to reset the universe anyway. It's possible he saw his and his incarnations' desire for darkness as examples for why he needs to bring balance to the universe.
    • Its also possible he was going to use "cover the world"/"hasten the world's demise into" "darkness" as a backup to the backup to the backup (how many backup plans did this guy have again?) to the plan. As he said, everything began in darkness and then the light of Kingdom Hearts happened. So even if he doesn't actually summon Kingdom Hearts, as long as everything else is darkness, it will probably still do its thing to recreate everything. He just wouldn't be there to guide the next world like he would like.
  • The monsters harvest emotions from children all over the worlds. This should mean that they are well aware of the existence of multiple human worlds, but they apparently are not. Why not? Their extreme aversion to humans and anything related to humans (and the fact that scarers never leave their targets' bedrooms) prevents them from learning anything about the other worlds.
  • It seems a bit odd that Lea would insist that Kairi call him Axel after correcting everyone in Dream, Drop, Distance. But he explains to her that he’s keeping the coat on to make himself easier to remember, the implication being that he’s making it easier for Roxas to remember him. With that in mind, it makes sense why he dosn't take grevance with being called Axel this time. Roxas and Xion never learned what Axel’s real name was.
  • Where the people's hearts end up after the initial Total Party Kill also makes a good amount of sense in terms of story.
    • Riku in Olympus Colosseum. His story matches up pretty well with Hercules. Both are figures who had a great destiny (Keyblade Master/Godhood) that they lost and have fallen from grace. In order to reclaim their birthrights, they had to prove they were worthy of it, even up to the point they would sacrifice themselves for others and were tempted by agents of darkness (Hades/Maleficent). They manage to be triumphant in the end of their stories and achieve a happy ending from their Trauma Conga Line s.
    • Aqua in The Caribbean. Her story actually matches up well with that of Davy Jones. Both of them were reknowned for their skills (Keyblade Mastery and devotion to the Light/sailing his ship and love of the sea) and are motivated by the love for someone they're devoted to (Terra and Ven/Calypso). However, they are both broken by 10 years of trials (roaming the Realm of Darkness/ferrying the souls of dead sailors) and upon the completion of those 10 years being abandoned by those they cared about (Mickey/Calypso). This ends up breaking their hearts and turning them into monsters.
    • Ventus in Toy Box. Like Woody in the original Toy Story with Andy, Ventus is driven by the fear of being left behind or losing someone he cares about (Terra). They both go to great lengths to try and strengthen their bond (Woody by getting rid of Buzz, Ventus by following Terra no matter the dangers). They both also suffer at the hands of a monstrous kid willing to destroy them (Sid/Vanitas), but in the end manage to reunite with their loved ones.
    • Mickey in the Kingdom of Corona. His story matches up well with Rapunzel. Both of them are estranged nobles who've been away from their true homes due to outside circumstances (Mickey because the Heartless were acting up, Rapunzel because she was kidnapped by Gothel). But with the help of a rougish male who is also a criminal (Eugene/Riku), they're able to reclaim their homes and also aid in elevating that male with them.
    • Goofy in Arendelle. His story matches up with Anna's. Both of them are people who are trying to get into contact with someone who refuses to do so due to circumstances (Mickey because he's missing, Elsa because she doesn't want to hurt Anna). They're both also enamored with trying to follow their destiny (finding the Keyblade Master/her one true love), but when that destiny leads them into someone unpleasant (Hans/Riku), they end up managing to go with the actual person they want to be with who is a better person at heart (Kristoff/Sora).
    • Donald in Monstropolis. Monstropolis is known for not wanting to contact with the human world they visit out, namely out of fear of humans. This mimicks well how Donald is the most prone to mentioning the World Order, namely not to interfere with other world's politics and whatnot.
      • Donald also mirrors how the Monsters attempted a distant relationship with a human (Boo/Sora) for professional reasons, and they eventually grow to care for them. In KH 1, Donald was the first between he and Goofy to leave Sora in favor of following the keyblade, and the last to return to Sora. However, he clearly cares for Sora as a true friend and companion, and is often the first to refuse to be separated in later installments.
    • Axel in San Fransokyo. His story matches up well with Hiro's. Both of them have lost someone very dear to them (Roxas and Xion/Tadashi) and a good majority of their stories deal with how they deal with the grieving process of losing them. Like Axel's desperation to keep them together and getting Roxas back at any cost, while Hiro seeks out vengeance for the loss of his brother. Not to mention San Fransokyo's tall buildings and modern aesthetics can bring both Twilight Town and The World That Never Was to mind, the main hangout place for RAX and the Organization's HQ respectively.
  • Xion calling out to Sora before the final battle to inform him that she believes that Kairi is still o.k. despite her apparent death at Xehanort’s hands seems like a simple heartwarming moment at first, but actually makes sense in context when you remember how Xion was created herself. Born from Soras memories, particularly those of Kairi due to those being his strongest ones at the time of her birth, Xion of all people would probably understand just how strong the bond between the two of them is and that they would always find their way back to each other no matter how far apart they end up.
  • Of course Rex likes the game "Verum Rex". It literally has his name in the title!
  • There are several parallels between the story of Sora and Riku and the story of Lea/Axel and Isa/Saix. In BBS, we find out that young Lea was the impulsive and competitive boy who would happily make friends with some random person that he just met while Isa was the calmer and rational one who would still mess with his friend some. Just like Sora and Riku at the start of KH 1. Eventually, circumstances toss the pair far from home (Destiny Islands being destroyed/being turned into Nobodies), but they are determined to find a girl who is important to them (Kairi/Subject X). Sora/Axel makes a pair of new friends (Donald and Goofy/Roxas and Xion), which leads to Riku/Saix growing jealous. Not to mention Riku/Saix believing that Sora/Axel replaced him and forgot all about the girl they are supposed to be looking for. This causes the former friends to drift further and further apart. And finally, both Riku and Saix end up possessed/half-possessed by Ansem SOD/Xemnas.
  • While it seems like Xemnas' statement about most of the original Organization XIII being inadequate while most of the members of the real Organization XIII are made up of the original may seem like a retcon, especially because two of them, Larxene and Marluxia fit under weakness of trust while Demyx and Luxord could fit under weakness of body or will. However, what Xemnas says may not be a retcon if he is referring to the half of Ansem The Wise' apprentices that weren't made into vessels. Xaldin, Lexeaus and Zexion could fall under weakness of body because Dilan, Aeleus and Ienzo turn on Xehanort immediately when they regain their original bodies could fall under weakness of trust. Roxas himself fits under weakness of trust. Because Larxene, Marluxia, Luxord are ancient Keyblade Wielders, they fit under strength of body. Also, the Organization member could be considered adequate if they had one of the three qualities because while Xion had weakness of will and trust, she had the strength of body by being a Keyblade Wielder. Demyx and Vexen are both benched and only serve as spares possibly because of their perceived weakness of body or will.
  • Because specific nobodies like the Reapers and the Ninjas likely existed before and because many of them use weapons and powers similar to their "commanding" Nobodies like Marluxia and Larxene, the Organization Nobodies' weapons and powers are likely just stronger versions of the lesser Nobodies.
    • It also makes sense the Reapers and Ninjas never appeared before, such as in KH 2, is because their commanding Nobodies were dead at the time. As for why they did not appear in Co M, it is most likely because of the way Castle Oblivion operates, as most of the enemies were ones Sora previously encountered. No Nobodies, other than the Organization, appeared as enemies during CoM. This means that there might be other Nobody types, Vexen's and Zexion's for example, that existed but were never seen.
  • Because Luxu passed down the No Name Keyblade to Xehanort as his Master, Luxu played both Master and Apprentice/underling to Xehanort.
    • Amusingly, that means Luxu already had an X in his name before Xehanort was rearranging each Organization members' name with an X, which can symbolize that he was involved in the Keyblade War way before Xehanort was.
  • Why is Goofy the only one who heard Yen Sid mumble "May your heart be your guiding key."? Because dogs have good hearing.
  • It seems the events that occurred in Pirates of the Caribbean foreshadowed the ending of KH3. Specifically, it foreshadowed and paralleled the love interests being separated at the end. It also prepared Sora and co, seeing what Elizabeth and Will go through, to help unknowingly prepare them for what Kairi and Sora go through at the end and give them the strength to get through the situation. In both case, one love interest (Sora/Will) is seemingly permanently separated from their love interest (Kairi/Elizabeth) , in both cases dealing with a sacrifice on one side (Sora overusing his power/Will becoming the Flying Dutchman's new captain). Even the scenes where Sora and Will are separated from Kairi and Elizabeth are similar with both events happening at sunset and on an island.
    • This also feeds into why Sora loves the PotC world so much because he loves adventure and being a pirate allows him to indulge in childhood fantasies he never got to experience, such as how in KH1 the trio were preparing a raft to go explore with those plans never coming to fruition. Now, Sora gets to finally explore on a raft and later a pirate ship.
  • There have been some complaints how the final battle with Master Xehanort did not feel like a True Final Boss battle, but consider the following: before encountering Master Xehanort, Sora and co fight through the True Organization XIII, who are already part of Xehanort. Some of these were previous final bosses, for example Ansem So D, Marluxia, and Xemnas, and involved going through many forms including a One-Winged Angel form. None of the rematches here involve any transformations. When Sora fights Master Xehanort, there are only 3 main parts of the final battle with no big transformations, such as no World of Darkness or gigantic dragon, just am additional suit of armor. The reason for this is because the previous rematches were the fight against the other "forms", literally, of the final boss, like the ones that are usually fought before the final boss uses all of their power. All were technically a form of the final boss (Master Xehanort) with the final Master Xehanort fight being the culmination of all the previous fights. The final fight with Master Xehanort is the usual True Final Boss fight since Master Xehanort was at full power in the end.
    • Also, it makes sense that Xehanort doesn't transform into a big form as either his old self or his young self because he's a Keyblade Master first and foremost and his ego won't allow him to take on any other form.
  • Flowmotion getting a nerf from Dream Drop Distance was obviously out of universe for the sake of balancing what many saw as a Game-Breaker, but in universe it also makes a degree of sense: Dream Drop Distance was set in a dream. Of course the mechanic exclusive to the Sleeping Worlds would be weaker in the real world.
  • Dark Riku, Xigbar, and Ansem SOD teaming up seems random, but those three have something in common: they are not what everyone thought they are. Dark Riku is just another Riku Replica, Xigbar is Luxu, and Ansem SOD is Apprentice Xehanort’s Heartless.
  • One reason why Terra-Xehanort is placed among the lower ranked members of the real Organization below Xemnas, Ansem, and Young Xehanort is because Master Xehanort knows from experience that Terra-Xehanort is less stable and can be taken over by Terra. Xemnas, Ansem and Young Xehanort are Master Xehanort's Dragons because they are the most loyal or least likely to rebel members of the real Organization.
  • Why is Sora able to use magic while using the Leviathan and why is the Leviathan strengthened by collecting white crabs? Because the Leviathan is made of Calypso's magic and made of the white crabs.
  • The significance of Axel and Saix's elements as well as their dynamics and how it relates to them as friends, perhaps deconstructing bits and pieces of how Saix was Unintentionally Unsympathetic considering all that he's done, become more prevalent in this game.
    • First, it's noted how Axel has not only fire themes, but also sun themes. He talks about how the color red goes the farthest in the color spectrum from sunlight, his chakrams appear like they could be depictions of the sun, and fire is seen as a symbol of life and light. Saix's element is Moon, which in this case plays on the ideas of the moon serving as a symbol of madness and monstrosity.
    • The Sun is known for giving light and life, which is necessary for life on earth. But the Moon is basically a satellite around Earth. While it doesn't benefit it's growth beyond affecting the tides, and it's glow comes from reflecting the Sun's light. Without the sun's light, it'd look like it was the New Moon every night (basically a dark object floating around the earth).
      • Taking all of this into account, the symbolism of their elements fits their relationship quite well. They were both friends, but with time they eventually drifted apart, with Axel being able to make new friends and live on his own while Saix felt he was abandoned, which only made his drift to the darkness a whole lot easier. This can be seen as how, without the sun giving it a way to shine (via reflecting light), the moon is a dark object. Without Axel and his brightness, Saix fell into Darkness. It also helps explain why Saix was jealous over Axel, he's aware of the fact that his downfall was caused by envy. The moon has no light without the sun to give it.
  • The reason why Ven would remember Lea is because he was sleeping for most of the series and in sleep, people don't make new memories, with the only new memories Ven would experience being Sora's through vivid dreams and explains why Ven doesn't realize Sora looks like Vanitas until he's woken. Also, Ven would remember the Dream Eaters (the strange animals) the most because Sora met them in the Dreaming Worlds. For Lea, it's been years since he's seen Ven while for Ven, it's been days.
  • Why would a fanatic for the darkness like Xehanort want to steal and use another's light during the final battle besides wanting to corrupt him with the darkness? Because he's actually a fanatic for the light.
  • Xehanort's outfit is foreshadowing for his real goal. He wears black over white representing how he uses darkness as a means to bring back the light.
  • The series has long established that connections with friends and loved ones is one of the foundations hearts are built on. In II, Saix dies asking where his heart is. In III, he dies in Lea's arms, with Lea's name being the last thing he says. He found his heart, which was there all along, he was just too blinded by jealously to see it.
  • If one interprets the power of waking as a power to find and travel to someone, the Door to Light from II might be a form of it because Sora was able to use his connection to Kairi to return to the realm of light and Destiny Islands like how he was able to use connections with the others to find them, although using the power to find them to prevent their death was a miuse of the power and what costed him his life. The power of waking was probably what was needed to find Aqua in the realm of darkness.
  • The Light of the Past Eraqus mentions not only foreshadows the Union Cross helping Sora but also how Xehanort will be redeemed. By remembering the good parts of his past, Xehanort redeems himself and forgoes his plans.
  • Sora's statement that a true leader knows that destiny is beyond his control he is proven through his own character. Despite his year long machinations and calculations, Xehanort is defeated because destiny chose a random kid to defeat him.
  • In 3D, when the Xehanorts assemble, it looks like they have all but their 13th vessel but in 3, it's revealed the 13 Darknesses were not fully assembled at that point. In 3, Vexen and Demyx are only kept as members as spares and are benched when the rest of the 13 are filled and their spots are filled by Dark Riku, Xion and Terra-Xehanort. That means in 3D, Vexen and Demyx were seat warming when the 13 Xehanorts were assembled on their thrones.
  • When Xigbar says he wanted to be bequeathed Xehanort's Keyblade, Sora and Riku say he's not worthy. By the end of the game, Master Xehanort bequeaths "a" Keyblade, the X-Blade to Sora because he's worthy while Xigbar gets Xehanort's Keyblade, but not because he was bequeathed or because he was worthy but because he was the owner.
  • It is fitting that Verum Rex takes place in Shinjuku because it, like Verum Rex's influence, "Final Fantasy Versus XIII" has been erased.
  • In his boss battle, Xigbar turns his arrowguns into a giant bow. It seems odd that he would use a bow for his desperation attack because compared to his arrowguns and his sniper rifle, the bow is archaic. This is another hint that Xigbar is Luxu.
  • The addition of Water magic isn't just to include the Water element into the game and a method of defeating fire element foes, it relates to the water that makes the Final World.
  • The tutorial level, Olympus, and Hades by extension, mirror and foreshadow the events of KH 3 and Xehanort’s actions. I only noticed this on my replay of KH 3
    • After beating Olympus, Hades starts ranting, during his Villainous Breakdown, that he had spent 18 years devising to defeat Zeus, Hercules and take over Olympus/the cosmos. The opening narration also mentions how to tried using several pawns and proxies years earlier to advance his goals, using Zack, Cloud and Auron to do so, only for each part of that plan to fail. Only when he was close to victory did he almost succeed except he still lost in the end. Sora comments that no how many times he plots, they (Hercules, Sora and co) will always be there to stop him over and over again. Hades admits defeat and runs off.
    • Xehanort also spent years planning and scheming. Since BBS started 10 years before Kingdom Hearts and he had been training Ventus for a while before that, probably close to the same 18 years Hades was plotting. Xehanort also used proxies and earlier schemes to advance his goals. For example, in BBS using Ventus/Vanitas to forge the x-blade and using Terra as a backup. In later games using his incarnations to advance his goals. But each time they fail and it is only at the end, when OG Xehanort finally comes back does the planning come together. He comes close to victory only to be defeated again. Much like Hades, despite all the planning and scheming, the group (Sora and co.) defeat him each time. In the end, Xehanort also finally admits defeat and fades away.
    • So not only in the tutorial level was the entire plot of KH 3 foreshadowed, the last Disney villain from the original games, Hades, paralleled Xehanort, the main villain of all the games, in his plotting and scheming and eventual defeat.
  • The Olympus tutorial level opening narration brought up an interesting point. The Narrator says the 18 year planetary alignment brought the darkness down which allowed Hades to free the Titans. Why at that specific time is the conjunction happening and everything lining up? Because Xehanort et al. is also planning his own scheme to cover the land in darkness. Xehanort is spreading darkness through the worlds it is the same darkness that allows Hades to enact his plans as well!
  • Saïx is the easiest boss fight in the entire game if not the entire series. Sora can simply sit back and let Roxas and Xion kick his ass. But it actually makes sense he'd be so easy: after he's defeated, he says he's sacrificed everything to try and track her (Subject X) down and was envious of Lea (As axel) finding other friends, feeling replaced. (Sound like someone we know?) This made him weaker - because during the scenes, we see that Xehanort is clearly exerting his will over him if not flat out subjugating him. He's Fighting from the Inside - and you're basically giving him a Mercy Kill at that point.
    • Adding onto that, Vexen implies that Saïx wishes to atone for his crimes too. Which is confirmed by the ultimania.
    • Additionally, this sheds light into his actions in The Caribbean. Note how of the members sent out to worlds to find potential lights, he's the only one who doesn't directly take any actions against Sora, at best only observing. Fake foreshadowing? Not necessarily... he was likely sent there as a test of loyalty. Aint No Rule that says he can't just observe and ride off of Luxord's coattails. Considering his role in the Organization prior to Days, this is completely in character for him. Of course this is also why he got benched.
    • The cutscene with him and Demyx and the ultimania reveal that Saïx have been helping him... Which adds to some Fridge Horror - how much of Saïx is his own actions and how much are Xehanort's mind control?

Fridge Horror

  • Ariel appears as a summon as seafoam. Considering the ultimate fate of merfolk in the original Hans Christian Anderson tale, that suggests that we probably won't be seeing The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea in any subsequent installment of this series.
    • Alternatively, Ariel appearing as seafoam is just a Mythology Gag and is more like turning her into living Hard Light or some friendly magical heart-y Colony Organism instead of the horrifying version of dissolving her.
  • Back in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, it's been noted that Larxene has some dissonance about her eye color. Nomura's drawings have them be blue, yet in game, they're green. We know that becoming a vessel for Xehanort turns your eyes yellow, and that Terranort had brown eyes when not fully possessed and fighting on the inside. What is the color produced by blue and yellow? Green. Larxene might've been a Xehanort vessel LONG before now and is barely fighting it! Furthermore, it makes it suddenly disturbing as to how Xemnas knew that Marluxia was planning to betray him, because who also collaborated with Marluxia? Larxene. Marluxia barely had a chance to enact his plan because he already had a mole that wasn't Axel! It also calls into question how much of Larxene's actions were her own, and what were compelled by Xehanort.
    • It might also makes her already questionably interactions with Naminé a lot worse...
  • In Monstropolis, Randall reveals his plan to harvest energy from children by using their negative emotions, especially sadness, stating that if you do something to break their hearts early, they'll be sad for the rest of their lives. Makes you wonder what exactly Randall was having those Unversed do to those children, or maybe even their families.
  • When you're first going to Ardenelle, one may notice how the outer space outside of the world is covered with spires of ice, and when you enter the world proper, Elsa has just run off because of her Power Incontinence starting to act up. Imagine it: Elsa's Power Incontinence is so great it extends outside of her own world! Think of what would happen if it kept going with no forseeable end in sight.
  • Master Xehanort previously expressed interest in forging the χ-Blade again but needs seven hearts of pure lights and thirteen hearts of darkness. It was stated by Vanitas to Ventus in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep that if the χ-Blade were to be destroyed, the hearts that forged the χ-Blade will suffer. What grim fate will meet those 20 individuals if the χ-Blade were to be forged and destroyed again?
    Vanitas: "The χ-Blade is made of your heart, too, idiot. If you destroyed it, your heart will vanish forever."
    • Which is why Master Xehanort hands the Guardians of Light the χ-Blade for safekeeping after his defeat. As a Keyblade Master, he recognizes that its destruction would spell trouble for the Guardians who took part in its creation.
  • As we know from Kingdom Hearts χ, the spell that Ansem casts on Aqua would probably turn her into a Darkling someday. Let's be thankful that Sora manages to bring her back to light before it's too late...
  • If you think about it, it's really quite tragic that Sora, at sixteen years old, doesn't really understand the concept of death - so much that he's unfamiliar with the very word - until he's on the brink of it himself.
  • Terra was freed from Master Xehanort's possession at the second to last fight at the Keyblade Graveyard. The horror comes in when you realize that this Terra was borrowed from between when he was found by Ansem the Wise and when Xehanort's experiments turned him and Ansem's other apprentices into Heartless and Nobodies. Since the act of freeing Terra didn't Retcon the scenario of the game into unrecognizability, that means that should his replica fail, he'll be stuck back in the past, as Xehanort's puppet again.
    • This Terra is apparently not from the past, as he didn't have to return to his place in time, averting the horror. It can be inferred that once Ansem and Xemnas were defeated, Master Xehanort and Terra each returned to their original selves (plus Eraqus' heart still in Terra), and Master Xehanort found some way to either continue to corrupt Terra with his darkenss, or else resumed his hold over Terra - perhaps by using Xemnas' unaccounted-for heart, which should have gone to either Master Xehanort or Terra.
      • Terra Heartless Guardian was never destroyed, as Riku in Ansem form called him. Same for his soul, as Lingering Will - His mind and soul were still in the armor. When Terra's body reformed, he returned without his heart or soul. an Empty Shell - an easy target for Xehanort to hold again.
      • The Kingdom Hearts III Ultimania confirms this.
  • Many of the members in the Real Organization seem just ever-so-slightly off compared to their behavior in Chain of Memories, Days or Kingdom Hearts 2. They still have their own personality, sure, but they're not quite how they used to be. Why? Well, before, only Saix and Xigbar were controlled by Xehanort; now, all of them are.
    • Fridge Brilliance being that this is how Joshua maybe returning the favors. Joshua has his own rules he must abide by and we don't know how bad of shape Sora really was in at the end of the game. Forcing him into the reapers game however allows Joshua to give Sora a chance at reincarnation.
    • Fridge Horror again when you remember where Riku ended up - in Shinjuku. The Final Mix of TWEWY reveals that Shinjuku has been erased.
  • Part Fridge Horror, part Fridge Humour. Just where did all those doors Sully threw Vanitas and the other doors into lead? Imagine sleeping in your bed at night, but then your closet door opens and out comes a door. The Fridge Horror kicks in when you realise Sully threw Vanitas into somebody's bedroom - Better hope that room is empty or Vanitas doesn't have any intentions of staying long!
    • As the Awesome page points out, the first door that Vanitas was chucked into leads to Arendelle, of which may be before or after you visited it. If you finished it first, chances are he'd leave due to the cold or find a currently less than sane Elsa who has been shown to be willing to use her magic against threats to her. If you finished it second, it's basically the same scenario, but this time if he causes mischief, he'd have to face Elsa with complete control of her powers.
  • In the underwater segment of Scala ad Caelum, you can swim and interact with the giant rock formation behind you. Only it's not a rock formation. It's the upside down ruins of the Daybreak Town clock tower...
  • Sora's Mom, possibly the most unfortunate mother in video games. Before, she just had a disappeared son, and then after everyone's memories of Sora had been erased, the fridge horror du jour was Sora's Mom waking up one morning with a room in her house, furnished for and decorated by and obviously used by a little boy, including a bed that had been very obviously slept in, but as far as she knew, she never had a child. Well, now that everyone is back, including Namine, Roxas, and Xion, and Sora's memories are as intact as they'll ever be, everything that was suppressing the memories of Sora's existence has been lifted and Sora's still gone.
  • Whenever Ansem yelled "Submit!" in Kingdom Hearts 1, he wasn't talking to Sora. He was talking to his Guardian, Terra.
  • What happened to the hearts of the people Luxu possessed while body hopping. Did they suddenly awaken before their deaths with no memory the the decades that have passed? Or were their hearts completely subsumed into Luxu's?
  • One thing that's more horror in hindsight... there's one line in Kingdom Hearts II where Axel talks about "getting turned into a Dusk". The revelation in Dream Drop Distance is that the original Organization was full of people meant to be the Seekers. III reveals that every member was chosen for a specific reason - one through six because they were Ansem's apprentices. Seven and Eight because of their hearts. Nine through thirteen because they were ancient Keyblade wielders. We learn from II that only the most powerful Nobodies retain their original face... uh oh. Now we know what happen to other people with strong hearts under normal circumstances.

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