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No. I – Xemnas, the Superior of the In-Between


    Xigbar / Braig 

No. II – Xigbar (Braig), the Freeshooter

Voiced by (Japanese): Hochu Otsuka
Voiced by (English): James Patrick Stuart

Tropes that apply to both:

  • Accent Adaptation: His Surfer Dude accent in the English version of Kingdom Hearts II mirrors his Japanese dialect that reflects his laid-back attitude. It gets downplayed in later appearances, though.
  • Breakout Villain: Despite being Number Two in the Organization, he starts out with a relatively minor roll in Kingdom Hearts II. However, each subsequent release starting with Final Mix expands and deepens his overall involvement in Master Xehanort's grander schemes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a powerful warrior and useful ally for Xehanort, but he's rather eccentric compared to most of the non-Disney villains, being Xehanort's most chatty and least serious vessel.
  • Catchphrase: "As if!" in English, an approximation of his Japanese Verbal Tic.note 
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His Nobody first appears in Kingdom Hearts II, where his role in the Organization is secondary to the likes of Xemnas, Saïx, and Axel. By Birth by Sleep and Dream Drop Distance, however, it turns out he's lent a hand in every major event leading to Xehanort's Grand Theft Me plan.
  • Co-Dragons: In the Organization, Xigbar shares the role of Xemnas's "second-in-command" with Saïx, though he doesn't act like it. In Birth by Sleep, Braig shares the position with Vanitas.
  • Combo Rifle: He can combine his Arrowguns to make a Sniper Rifle. This aspect was removed in most international versions of the series, with the exception of the HD 2.5 ReMIX version of Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, and for his Limit Break in 358/2 Days.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a very dry and cynical wit.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In Dream Drop Distance, he tries to deliver a Breaking Speech to Sora by pointing out to him that, since his power comes from his friends, he has no power on his own. He's utterly baffled when his words have the exact opposite effect on Sora, and he doesn't understand the latter's altruism.
  • Evil Makeover: Braig started out with brown eyes and normal ears. By the end of the game, his remaining eye is yellow and his ears are pointed, a sign of Xehanort's possession over him.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He started wearing one after losing his eye in battle against Terra.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Downplayed. His Arrowguns are always depicted as Ray Guns, but the original international releases of the games removed his weapons' Combo Rifle aspect and gave him a less realistic targeting scope. The Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts II lightened up on the rifle form when it was released internationally for HD 2.5 ReMIX, while the scope is retained in a cutscene for Dream Drop Distance.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a witty and chummy jokester, but it only thinly masks his cruel, bullying behavior.
  • Friendly Sniper: Subverted; he is more of a Faux Affably Evil Sniper. Xigbar deliberately invokes this, as he otherwise can't feel anything.
  • The Gadfly: He loves making fun of the Death Glare that Sora, Roxas, and Ventus give him. He's also implied to be the only one in the Organization who calls Sora "Roxas" because he knows it gets under his skin.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Master Xehanort enticed Braig into helping him with the promise that he'd get a Keyblade out of it, and all the incredible powers it entails. The price to pay would be getting his own identity gradually overwritten with Xehanort, but seeing how shamelessly he admits he's "half Xehanort" in Dream Drop Distance, it's safe to say it was a small price for him.
  • Jerkass:
  • Laughably Evil: He's easily one of the snarkiest and irreverent villains in the franchise, with his humor bordering on Leaning on the Fourth Wall by Dream Drop Distance.
  • Mage Marksman: A sharpshooter who's also skilled with gravity and space magic, and has been since before he even became a Nobody.
  • Meta Guy: In Birth by Sleep, he snarks about how everyone seems to have a Keyblade in a game where the number of wielders in the franchise essentially tripled; and in Dream Drop Distance, he decides to "hit these plot points in order" while walking Sora through Xehanort's plan.
  • The Nicknamer: In 358/2 Days, he calls Roxas "tiger" and "kiddo" several times, refers to Axel as "Flamsilocks" once, and continually calls Xion "Poppet" (a critical clue on the nature of what Xion really is). He also addresses Xehanort as "old coot".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Although he acts like something of an oddball, especially with his Surfer Dude accent in Kingdom Hearts II, he's actually one of Xehanort's most trusted confidants, and is the only one confirmed to know more about the Organization's true agendas than any of the other members.
  • Pointy Ears: He gets them courtesy of getting possessed by Xehanort.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Often derisively calls Master Xehanort an "old coot", even to his face.
  • Rugged Scar: He has a huge scar running up his left cheek, which he sustained after Terra blasted him in the face with a ball of darkness.
  • Space Master: With some overlap with Gravity Master. He is able to use it to make himself levitate, teleport, and fire his Ray Guns to attack from multiple angles at once.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His remaining eye becomes yellow after he accepts a piece of Xehanort's heart in him.
  • Teleportation: Thanks to his space attribute, he can teleport at will.
  • Verbal Tic: In Japanese, he ends quite a few of his sentences with "tte hanashi da", which roughly means, "or so they/you say", basically emphasizing his distrustful nature towards other people.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He's willing to use lethal force against Sora, and he tries to kill Ventus at the Keyblade Graveyard, while he's encased in ice, no less.

Tropes that apply to Xigbar:

  • Alpha Strike: His desperation attack in Kingdom Hearts II involves creating and firing projectiles from several directions down on Sora's current location.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The capacity in which Braig has returned to being a Nobody in Dream Drop Distance after returning to human form is very ambiguous. Whether he simply sacrificed his heart again to become Braig, or he's using the same Time Travel technique as the rest of the Seekers of Darkness, remains to be seen. It's also unclear whether he simply retreated at the end of the game, or was forced to return to his original time period.
  • Bait the Dog: His interactions with Roxas in 358/2 Days suggest he may have something of a soft spot for the younger Nobody, acting as a kind of playful Big Brother Bully and Shipper on Deck for him and Xion. But, true to his nature as a Nobody, he's simply putting on a front and doesn't care about Roxas one bit, best demonstrated in his final Secret Report, where Roxas's desertion is relegated to a non-sequitur footnote at the very end.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: An unorthodox example. As a human, his hair was relatively short and slicked back, but it's grown into a long, graying ponytail over the years as a Nobody. This turns out to be a sign of Xehanort's possession, with Xigbar gaining Xehanort's long, silver hair.
  • Famous Last Words: "Wouldn't you like to know?"note 
  • Leitmotif: Xigbar's theme introduced in Dream Drop Distance is a slightly faster version of the Organization XIII theme with a waltz rhythm.
  • Loss of Identity: By accepting Master Xehanort's heart as his own, he is essentially sacrificing his own mind and identity to transform into a completely different person, even beginning to talk and sound like the old coot by the events of Kingdom Hearts III.
  • Meaningful Name: His Organization title, "The Freeshooter". It comes from an opera called Der Freischütz, where the eponymous freeshooter makes a Deal with the Devil to gain seven magical bullets. Six of these strikes whoever he wants to, but the seventh is controlled by the devil. While Xigbar's alliance with Master Xehanort isn't implied to have given him his abilities, he still has some control over him since part of his heart resides in Xigbar.
  • Multicolored Hair: Black and grey. You might think it's a sign of him aging at first glance, but it's actually a sign of his transformation into Xehanort, who has silver hair.
  • Number Two: He's ranked No. II in the Organization, and although he doesn't act like it, he's the only one confirmed to be entrusted with some of the Organization's secrets.
  • Reality Warper: To a degree, he can alter the shape and arrangement of the platform you fight him on in Kingdom Hearts II in the blink of an eye.
  • Same Character, but Different: Downplayed. Kingdom Hearts III shows him still acting like his usual self, but he's begun losing his laid-back personality and started talking in a hammier and flowerier fashion befitting a Xehanort clone.
  • Shipper on Deck: He teases Roxas about Xion, going so far as to give advice on how to impress her. It's heavily implied to have been a sick joke, as he knew about Xion's true purpose as a Replica designed to absorb Roxas.
  • This Cannot Be!: His words upon his defeat suggest that he never actually expected to lose to Sora.
    Xigbar: I lost? Me?

Tropes that apply to Braig:

  • Back from the Dead: The secret movie of Re:coded's cinematic remake confirms that Braig was successfully brought back after the destruction of his Nobody and Heartless. However, for reasons that are never really explained, he's gone back to being a Nobody by the events of Kingdom Hearts III.
  • Deceptive Disciple: He was scheming to betray Ansem the Wise before any of his fellow apprentices even had the thought.
  • Eye Scream: Birth by Sleep shows that he lost his right eye after getting hit in the face with a ball of darkness fired from Terra's Keyblade.
  • Recurring Boss: He's fought twice in Birth by Sleep: once in Terra's story at Radiant Garden, and again as one of the final bosses in Aqua's story.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He stood out among the other apprentices by having a blood red, tattered scarf.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of Kingdom Hearts II misinterpreted his name as "Bleig"; the PAL release and all subsequent games, including the Final Mix version, rectified this.

    Xaldin / Dilan 

No. III – Xaldin (Dilan), the Whirlwind Lancer

Voiced by (Japanese): Yosuke Akimoto
Voiced by (English): David Dayan Fisher

Xaldin appears in: 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts II
Dilan appears in: Birth by Sleep | Re:coded (HD 2.5 ReMIX) | Dream Drop Distance

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Tropes that apply to Dilan:

  • My Nayme Is: His name is an irregular spelling of "Dylan", and pronounced the same way.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of Kingdom Hearts II misinterpreted his name as "Dilin"; the PAL release and all subsequent games, including the Final Mix version, rectified this.

    Vexen / Even 

No. IV – Vexen (Even), the Chilly Academic

Voiced by (Japanese): Tatsuya Kondo (COM), Nachi Nozawa (Re:COM onward)
Voiced by (English): Derek Stephen Prince

Vexen appears in: Chain of Memories | 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts II (Final Mix)
Even appears in: Birth by Sleep | Re:coded (HD 2.5 ReMIX) | Dream Drop Distance

Tropes that apply to Vexen:

  • It's All About Me: Whatever praise he may give to his juniors, it's only when they are under his tutelage so he can gloat about how his guidance has payed off.
  • Personality Powers: His ice powers perfectly reflect his cold and calculated nature, as lampshaded in the 358/2 Days intro.
  • Pet the Dog: Downplayed in regards to Roxas in 358/2 Days. Should you decide to continue the recon exorcise after hopelessly failing to live up to Vexen's expectations, he will praise you for showing "a modicum of intelligence" or something of the like, while also reminding him that his intellect will always fall short of his own.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Most of his on-screen appearance in 358/2 Days is spent walking Roxas through a reconnaissance exercise. However, his contributions to the game's plot are quite tremendous as he's revealed to be the creator of Xion, a subject of the Replica Program alluded to in Chain of Memories. If not for his death, Xion wouldn't have developed in the same way she ended up doing under the care of Roxas and Axel.

Tropes that apply to Even:

  • Back from the Dead: He's returned to human form by the events of Dream Drop Distance due to the deaths of Vexen and his Heartless counterpart, albeit in an "unstable" condition.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he is a bit suspicious, Birth by Sleep shows Even isn't heartless like he literally is as Vexen, acting as a guardian for a young Ienzo, and showing gratitude to Ventus for saving his young ward's life.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: His standard attire as a researcher under Ansem's apprenticeship.
  • My Nayme Is: His name is actually pronounced like "Evan", but the way it's spelled, you'd think it's homonymous with the word "even".
  • Parental Substitute: He was one of those responsible for raising Ienzo.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Downplayed. He was already something of a shady character before Xehanort roped him into carrying out their Heartless experiments behind their master's back, but he still had a sense of morality before losing his heart.
  • We Will Meet Again: He says this to Ventus after taking an interest in the boy's fractured heart. He misses the mark somewhat when he ends up becoming affiliated with Roxas, who is connected to Ven, but is otherwise a completely unrelated person.

    Lexaeus / Aeleus 

No. V – Lexaeus (Aeleus), the Taciturn Stalwart

Voiced by (Japanese): Tatsuya Kondo (COM), Fumihiko Tachiki (Re:COM onward)
Voiced by (English): Dave Boat

Lexaeus appears in: Chain of Memories | 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts II (Final Mix)
Aeleus appears in: Birth by Sleep | Re:coded (HD 2.5 ReMIX) | Dream Drop Distance

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Tropes that apply to Lexaeus:

  • Taking You with Me: In the original GBA version of Chain of Memories, Lexaeus engulfs Riku in the darkness that billows forth from his body upon his death. This was changed in the PS2 remake, likely to remove a case of Early Installment Weirdness.note 

Tropes that apply to Aeleus:

  • Spell My Name with an "S": The North American release of Kingdom Hearts II misinterpreted his name as "Eleus"; the PAL release and all subsequent games, including the Final Mix version, rectified this.

    Zexion / Ienzo 

No. VI – Zexion (Ienzo), the Cloaked Schemer

Voiced by (Japanese): Akira Ishida
Voiced by (English): Vincent Corazza

Zexion appears in: 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts II (Final Mix)
Ienzo appears in: Birth by Sleep | Re:coded (HD 2.5 ReMIX) | Dream Drop Distance | Kingdom Hearts III

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    Saïx / Isa 

No. VII – Saïx (Isa), the Luna Diviner

Voiced by (Japanese): Ginpei Sato
Voiced by (English): Kirk Thornton

Saïx appears in: 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts II | Dream Drop Distance
Isa appears in: Birth by Sleep | Re:coded (HD 2.5 ReMIX)

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Tropes that apply to Saïx:

  • No Pronunciation Guide: The Japanese spelling of his name (Saikusu) is an approximate homophone to the real-life name "Sykes". In English, however, it's pronounced "SYE-iks", with an umlaut added over the "i" to enforce this.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Many official Japanese materials drop the umlaut, calling him "Saix".

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    Axel / Lea 

No. VIII – Axel (Lea), the Flurry of Dancing Flames

Voiced by (Japanese): Keiji Fujiwara
Voiced by (English): Quinton Flynn

A young man from Radiant Garden who became the eighth member of Organization XIII. Axel acts as the Organization's self-serving assassin, casually dispatching anyone who would betray the group, and keeping his own thoughts and "feelings" to himself. When he winds up striking up a friendship with the newest recruits Roxas and Xion, however, Axel rediscovers the sensation of having the heart he lost. This ultimately spurs him to sacrifice his own life to save Sora, who had since become one with Roxas. Due to the death of his Nobody and Heartless, Axel is restored to human form as Lea, and his newest goal is to become a Keyblade wielder to keep his newest friends safe from Xehanort's evil.

Tropes that apply to both:

  • Anime Hair: He sports a big bush of spiky red hair.
  • Black Cloak: It's the standard uniform of the Organization. Interestingly, he and Isa are the only ones still wearing their coats after returning to human form.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: He's the redhead to Roxas's blond and Xion's brunette.
  • Breakout Character: Introduced as a one-shot villain in Chain of Memories who was slated to die at the start of Kingdom Hearts II, but his popularity with the development team and test gamers led to him living long enough to pull a Heroic Sacrifice that kicked off the latter game's climax. From there, he was promoted to one of the main characters of the 358/2 Days, given a significant cameo in the Birth by Sleep, and was finally brought Back from the Dead as one of the key-slinging good guys in Dream Drop Distance.
  • Catchphrase: "Got it memorized?" It's discussed between Lea and Isa in Birth by Sleep why he keeps saying this:
    Lea: I want everyone I meet to remember me. Inside people's memories, I can live forever.
    Isa: I know I won't forget you. Believe me, I try all the time.
    Lea: See, I'm immortal!
  • Doomed Hometown: He came from Radiant Garden before it fell to the Heartless. It can be inferred that he lost his heart around this time.
  • Elemental Hair: He's got red, spiky hair, so it should come to no surprise that he's the Organization's fire expert.
  • Expy: He is a deliberate copy of Reno from Final Fantasy VII, to the point where they share the same voice actor in five languages. According to Nomura, Axel/Lea was developed specifically as a familiar character placed in a new setting to see how he developed.
  • Fiery Redhead: He can get quite Hot-Blooded in the thick of battle, and literally controls fire.
  • Flanderization: He says his "Got it memorized?" Catchphrase so often—even saying it twice in the same scene in Kingdom Hearts II—you'd be surprised that he only says it once throughout his entire debut game (in the GBA version, it was translated as "Commit it to memory").
  • Playing with Fire: He controls fire, but not in the same manner as your usual Fire magic in the series, which typically involves shooting or surrounding yourself in Fireballs (though he can use standard Fire spells in 358/2 Days). Rather, it's mostly used as a kind of Full-Contact Magic that sets his Rings of Death ablaze, which he can then use to either slash or throw at opponents. He can also maintain a Ring of Fire around himself and turn the ground into lava.
  • Rings of Death: His Weapon of Choice is a pair of wind-and-fire wheels (inaccurately called chakrams in-game), which he can appropriately set on fire. It's also incredibly fitting given his title is "Flurry of Dancing Flames".
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He's one of the most important Organization members in the story, with his prominence being next to Roxas and Xemnas, and eventually becomes one of the series' main heroes.

Tropes that apply to Axel:

  • Anti-Villain: Introduced as a ruthless and manipulative bastard in Chain of Memories, but mellowed out in his subsequent appearances into someone who did questionable things to keep his friendship with Roxas and Xion.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He finishes Vexen off for Sora, and he arranges Zexion's death at the hands of the Riku Replica.
  • Becoming the Mask: The secret reports in 358/2 Days reveal that Axel's initial promise of friendship to Roxas was a lie, and that he didn't really feel anything towards him, all on account of having no heart. But when he is getting ready to go to Castle Oblivion, he is surprised that he's actually going to miss hanging out with Roxas, which makes him deeply curious about Sora's heart. After coming back from Castle Oblivion, he becomes a real friend to Roxas—an early indicator that he was actually regaining his heart.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Roxas and Xion. He becomes very protective over the two of them after they form a friendship. This is also his driving motivation from the middle of 358/2 through Kingdom Hearts II, after he started essentially raising Roxas and acting as a surrogate parent. Of course, a lot of this has more to do with himself than with Roxas until toward the end.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Roxas and, to a slightly lesser extent, Xion. His influence is a major part of how their personalities developed (or how they gained them in the first place), and he helps them out with a lot of the problems they run into because "that's what friends do".
  • The Caretaker: He was essentially put in charge of babysitting Roxas and Xion, showing them the ropes of Organization work. Such was the catalyst of their friendship.
  • Character Development: He was a callous, manipulative jerk in Chain of Memories loyal to no one but himself. Through his interactions with Roxas in 358/2 Days, however, he started becoming more compassionate and genuine in his actions, feeling more like a human being. This, however, ultimately clashes with his self-serving nature, and his selfish attempts at maintaining his friendship with Roxas so he could keep feeling human nearly destroyed their relationship. By Kingdom Hearts II, he has lost everything important to him and pulls a Heroic Sacrifice in a final effort to protect Sora, and thus Roxas.
  • Characterization Marches On: It's quite jarring to see him go from a cunning and manipulative double agent in Chain of Memories to an emotional softy in Kingdom Hearts II. However, subsequent re-releases and games such as Final Mix and 358/2 Days manage to justify this change by suggesting—and later outright confirming in Dream Drop Distance—that his interaction with Roxas ultimately helped him regain his heart, which dampened his ability to kill so ruthlessly.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Long story short, he goes from being co-conpirators with Saïx in the Organization to ditching that and the Organization itself to help out Sora. Beneath that, though, he's got layers upon layers of loyalties, in parts due to his assignment as The Mole during the Castle Oblivion and his own tendency to put his priorities before the Organization, with things getting even more complicated when his friendship with Roxas and his own survival begin to clash with one another.
  • Compressed Hair: He's only seen wearing his hood once in the entire series, yet it somehow all stays under there.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Axel's primary role in the Organization was to kill off troublesome members. Saïx sent him to Castle Oblivion with the intention of him being the only member to leave, and Xemnas sends him after Roxas after he defected. Axel's failure leads to the rest of the Organization hunting him down.
  • Determinator: Once Roxas merged with Sora, Axel went through great lengths to try to bring him back, standing up to an entire horde of Dusks. Even more so in the manga where he dragged his injured body after fighting Saïx to help Sora and friends find Kairi, sacrificing himself in the process.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: In Chain of Memories, he first appeared to be on Marluxia's side in overthrowing the Organization, killing the loyalist Vexen in a display of trust. Then it turned out he was sent to derail Marluxia's plans by the Organization, seemingly making him a standard Double Agent. But then 358/2 Days comes along and reveals he was actually plotting with Saïx in their own bid for power, only for him to abandon that plan so he can go gallivanting with Roxas and Xion. In the end, the only loyalty he can be 100% confirmed to have is towards himself.
  • Enemy Mine: He helps Sora ward off the swarm of Dusks standing between him and the World That Never Was in Kingdom Hearts II. It ends with Axel performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save Sora.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Axel does his share of villainous deeds in the series, but in 358/2 Days, he becomes increasingly intolerant of Saïx's dehumanizing treatment of Xion.
  • Face Realization: Of a sort. In the novel adaptation, when Axel fights Xion for the last time, he realizes that despite being under orders from the Organization, the things he's done and what he's doing now are both for his friends' sake, not the Organization's.
  • Facial Markings: He has two reverse eardrop-shaped markings as a Nobody. They disappear when he turns back into Lea.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: He burns himself to death while performing a full-body explosion. It had to be toned down in the North American release, which removed the flames consuming his body.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts like a Friendly Enemy to Sora in Chain of Memories, and it looks like he's doing good by releasing Naminé, but as the D-Report in Riku's story mode notes on his character bio, it's all a means of manipulating them. However, he eventually outgrows this over the course of 358/2 Days.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: One of his Joke Weapons is actually called "Fuuma Shuriken" in Japan, though they're called "Conformers" in English.
  • Significant Anagram: Like every other member of the Organization, "Axel" is an anagram of his human name, "Lea" with an X added.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was kind of a rascal as a teen, but he was hardly the cold, remorseless killer he became as a Nobody. Being around Roxas, however, managed to bring back a lot of his old humanity.

Tropes that apply to Lea:

  • Accidental Misnaming: It's easier to count the times someone doesn't call him Axel. Eventually he gives in and just lets people call him that. In fairness, the only named people that ever really got to know him as Lea were Isa and Ventus.
  • Adorkable: Lea is pure marshmallow fluff as a human.
  • Apologizes a Lot: According to Kairi's letter from the Orchestra World Tour, this is his behavior towards Kairi during their time training together, saying that Lea has repeatedly apologized to her for kidnapping her back when he was Axel, and he continues to do so even though she's told him that she's not bearing a grudge.
  • Back from the Dead: After the being known as "Axel" was killed in Kingdom Hearts II, he was sent to the realm of nothingness along with his destroyed Heartless, allowing both to recombine and eventually return to the realm of light in human form.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He gets a number of moments in Dream Drop Distance, first by helping Mickey and his pals save Minnie from Maleficent, and later swooping in to Sora's rescue before Xehanort can turn Sora into his thirteenth vessel. It's happened enough times that he lampshades it at the end.
    Lea: [If] the darkness gets ya, I promise I'll bail you out. "Dark Rescue" is my middle name.
  • Came Back Strong: He retains all of Axel's powers upon being restored to human form.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: After getting brought back, he still uses the corridors of darkness to get around, but he only uses them to help the heroes and perform daring rescues.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Subverted most begrudgingly on his part. He tries correcting people whenever they call him "Axel", but he just gives up when Riku seems to ignore him.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In Japan, his name is written out in katakana as the feminine "Ria", which is pronounced similarly in English to "Leah". The English version changes the pronunciation to "Lee", making it sound more masculine.
  • Good Counterpart: By the end of Dream Drop Distance, he's become this to Braig/Xigbar. Both became enamored with the power and prestige of the Keyblade, and each wanted one for themselves. However, while Braig's desire for one turned him into Xehanort's vessel, Lea's desire is out of wanting to protect his friends. He also went about it the proper way, albeit time-crunched due to the dire circumstances.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In II, Axel helps Sora occasionally but is ultimately self-serving. When revived in 3D, Lea officially joins the good guys to help fight Xehanort.


No. IX – Demyx, the Melodious Nocturne

Voiced by (Japanese): Kenichi Suzumura
Voiced by (English): Ryan O'Donohue


No. X – Luxord, the Gambler of Fate

Voiced by (Japanese): Joji Nakata
Voiced by (English): Robin Atkin Downes


No. XI – Marluxia, the Graceful Assassin

Voiced by (Japanese): Tatsuya Kondo (COM), Shuichi Ikeda (Re:COM onward)
Voiced by (English): Keith Ferguson



No. XII – Larxene, the Savage Nymph

Voiced by (Japanese): Rieko Katayama (COM), Yuko Miyamura (Re:COM onward)
Voiced by (English): Shanelle Gray


No. XIII – Roxas, the Key of Destiny

Voiced by (Japanese): Kouki Uchiyama
Voiced by (English): Jesse McCartney


No. XIV – Xion (No. i)

Voiced by (Japanese): Risa Uchida
Voiced by (English): Alyson Stoner (Days, 1.5), Hayden Panettiere (other appearances)

"Real" Organization XIII (SPOILERS)

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