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  • Acting for Two:
    • Kōki Uchiyama voices both Roxas and Neku in the Japanese version.
    • In all languages, Sora and Vanitas share voice actors. Same goes for Roxas and Ventus.
    • In the English version, Corey Burton pulls triple duty with Yen Sid, Frollo, and Ansem the Wise.
  • Acting in the Dark: The Unknown AKA a time-displaced young Xehanort has absolutely zero personal investment in the plot of which he is part. His English voice actor was given his lines completely out of context to ensure that he had as little investment as his character did.
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  • Colbert Bump: This game gave substantial exposure to The World Ends with You, which, while successful, was previously considered a dark horse among Square Enix RPGs and more akin to a Cult Classic.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Sora and Riku's dual attack during Nightmare's End/Mirage Split has earned the name the Ball Buster Keyblade.
    • The Xehaborg and Borganization XIII for the real Organization XIII after they attempt to turn Sora into a Xehanort vessel.
      • Organortzation XIII and Organization XIII-2 seem to be picking up steam, especially the latter.
      • Braignort and Isanort to mirror Terranort.
      • Some use Soranort with the same aforementioned parallel when discussing Sora falling to darkness and becoming a vessel.
    • Some fans also like to refer to Young Xehanort as "Trollanort" due to his boss battle being That One Boss.
    • Portmanteau names such as Axelea and Xigbraig have been popping up as of this game, mostly to signify you're talking about the character in general, rather than a point of time in their life.
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    • Kingdom Hearts: Inception Riku's inside Sora's dreams in the Dream World, then goes further into his own dreams to defeat his personal foe near the end of the game.
    • "Norted" or "Xehanorted" has become the term for a character becoming one of Xehanort's vessels whether it be canon or not. Also, "Nortification" or "Xehanortification" for the process into becoming one.
    • In line with BHK and OBM for Roxas and Xehanort, there's YMX for the younger Xehanort introduced.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Who hasn't suspected Notre Dame or Neku Sakuraba showing up sooner or later?
    • The idea that the game is taking place in a dream, with new, dream-based enemies.
    • When the Fantasia world was confirmed, people suspected that Chernabog would be making an appearance. And they were right.
    • Fans knew a world for TRON: Legacy was coming due to the popularity of the Space Paranoids level as well as the movie's popularity in Japan.
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    • The "symbolicness" of the cover, a lot of fans expected Riku to be the true hero of the story.
    • We also knew that Pinocchio would get a world sooner or later. Heck, we knew it in 358/2 Days.
    • Some fans have always insisted that Nobodies do actually have hearts, despite the games claiming the exact opposite. In this game, Xemnas explains that they're half right. Nobodies are indeed created with no hearts, but develop replacements for their hearts over time.
    • Some fans have speculated that the depths of Sora's heart looks like the Destiny Islands. They were right, as when Riku dives into Sora's heart to wake him up, he finds Xion, Roxas, and Ventus on a perfect replica of the island Sora, Riku, and Kairi visited when they were younger.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: There are versions for both the Japanese and North American releases. The Japanese version includes copies of 3D, Re:coded, and Days, a special KH3D-branded 3DS, and other minor goodies. The North American version (or the "Mark of Mastery Edition") is a bit less nice, only having 3D, a KH3D-branded 3DS case, and said minor goodies.
  • Lying Creator: One trailer featured the striking visual of multiple Soras falling from the sky. According to Nomura, this was meant as just a thematic, trailer-only scene not planned for the game. However, possibly due to the buzz it caused, the scene was later worked into a late-game cutscene as a visual metaphor of Sora's various visits to Traverse Town. Maybe Nomura wasn't lying at the time of the statement, but it was inaccurate by the time the game went to print.
  • Milestone Celebration: Dream Drop Distance is a large part of the series' 10th anniversary celebrations; the logo for it is emblazoned in the top right corner of the games cover, and it also accompanies 358/2 Days and Re:coded in a special anniversary box set. Additionally, a limited edition 3DS console with a unique 3D-inspired design is being released.
  • No Export for You: Despite Nintendo Of Europe getting the rights to publish the game in Europe, due to Square Enix's rather unfortunate decision to not localize the written text for Italy and Spain, Nintendo Ibérica, the latter's subsidiary of NOE, has now decided not to publish the game anymore. This means that, despite the Nintendo 3DS' Region Coding no longer being an issue due to the PAL version of the game still getting released in other European countries, Spanish fans will have to import the game anyway (unless they find said PAL version of the game at "select retailers").
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Rhyme in both versions. In Japanese, she's voiced by Ayana Taketatsu instead of Hitomi Nabatame. In English, Ashley Rose replaces Kate Higgins.
    • Ben Diskin replaces David Gallagher as the voice of Young Xehanort, as does Takanori Okuda to Mamoru Miyano.
    • None of the Hunchback of Notre Dame actors reprise their roles except for Jason Alexander (Hugo) and Charles Kimbrough (Victor), though two of them are dead.
      • Funnily enough, Corey Burton voiced one of Frollo's soldiers in the original movie, before voicing Frollo himself in this game.
    • None of the movie actors return to voice the Tron Legacy characters. Fred Tatasciore reprises his role as Kevin and CLU from the TRON: Evolution game and TRON: Uprising.
    • Hayden Panettiere has replaced Alyson Stoner as Xion. This one is interesting—obviously the intention is for Kairi and Xion to have the same voice actor, but Panettiere was unavailable for Xion's debut, meaning Stoner is her original actor.
    • Every Pinocchio cast member who appeared in Kingdom Hearts has been replaced in the ten years since: Seth Adkins having aged out of the role, Pinocchio is now played by Nick Carson, and long-standing actors Eddie Carroll and Tony Pope having died, Jiminy and Geppetto are now played by Phil Snyder and Jeff Bennett.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Pre-orders of the 3DS version were packed with three Dream Eater AR cards that could be scanned for special Dream Eaters that weren't available any other way (at least until the PS4 version made them available for synthesis like any other Dream Eater).
  • Swan Song:
    • This would be the final game in the series to feature Chikao Ohtsuka and Leonard Nimoy as the voices of Master Xehanort before both actors' deaths in early 2015.
    • This is also the last time Russi Taylor voiced Minnie Mouse in the series before her death in 2019.
  • Talking to Himself: Sora and Vanitas have a cutscene together, sort of.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Sora and Riku were originally planned to wear their outfits from Kingdom Hearts while in the Sleeping Realm, Word of God states they were given new outfits so that fans wouldn't think the game was a remake.
    • There were originally going to be greater differences between Sora and Riku's stories. Sora was planned to return to Space Paranoids, with only Riku visiting the Grid—there are elements of The Artifact here; note that Sora's plot is concerned with reconnecting with Tron, while Riku's is the one with the condensed Tron: Legacy plot. Additionally, Sora's visit in the Symphony of Sorcery would've been based on Fantasia, while Riku's would've been based on Fantasia 2000.
    • There's Dummied Out data of a texture-less ship that resembles the one in Treasure Planet, suggesting that a world for it was planned.
  • Word of God: Courtesty of interviews with Tetsuya Nomura.
    • Sora seeing Vanitas standing next to Young Xehanort is due to Ventus' heart inside reacting to Xehanort's presence.
    • Master Xehanort was able to override Young Xehanort's body, which is how the latter was able to stop Mickey's time magic.
    • The World That Never Was's status as a world has been affected since the original Organization's defeat.
    • The reason Traverse Town has been expanded since its last appearance is due to it being a world set in the Realm of the In-Between, which operates differently than the worlds in the Realms of Light and Darkness.
    • While all traces of Xion have been erased from everyone's memories, Lea is still able to remember things that happened during events that involved her.

Alternative Title(s): Kingdom Hearts 3 D


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