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  • Acting for Two: All over the place:
  • Blooper: Before fighting the Unversed alongside Mickey in Radiant Garden, if you look carefully behind Aqua, you can see a second Kairi right behind her. This was rectified in HD 2.5 ReMIX version.
  • Executive Meddling: Two changes were made to a couple story endings because the producers thought the original plans ended on notes that were too depressing. The Final Episode was originally part of Aqua's story but split off into its own scenario, while the scene where Ven is absorbed into Sora's heart was given a framing scene with Sora and Riku on the beach.
  • Fan Nickname:
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    • Terra-Xehanort is often referred to as Terranort.
    • Ventus-Vanitas is sometimes called Venitas.
    • Before names were released, Master Xehanort was referred to as OBM (Old Bald Man; in the vein of BHK/Blond-Haired Kid for Roxas). When his name was released, we got affectionate nicknames such as Baldinort, Baldsem, Geezernort, Oldynort, and Grampinort.
    • There's the Captain Obvious-styled Evil Sora for Vanitas. The epilogue also gave birth to KH Jesus for Sora, as well as Jesusora.
    • A less common one for Vanitas: Soranitas.
    • "Red Eye" and "Hunter of the Dark" for the Heartless that serves as the boss of the Secret Episode, later given the canon name Dark Hide.
  • Fan Translation: With the original Japanese PSP release of the Final Mix version of this game. Like Kingdom Hearts II Final Game, this game has an English patch courtesy of Key to Truth.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Terra turns into Xehanort!
    • Ven becomes a part of Sora.
    • Sora's gonna save Terra, Aqua, and Ven from their fates.
    • Some fans speculated about a possible connection between the armor Xemnas wears in Kingdom Hearts II and the armor the protagonists of this game wear. Final Mix adds the No Heart boss, confirming that Xemnas's armor was Master Xehanort's Keyblade Armor.
  • Name's the Same: One of the Bonus Bosses in the Final Mix version, No Heart, shares his name with an antagonist from Care Bears.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Real-Life Relative: Chikao Ohtsuka was chosen as the voice of Master Xehanort specifically for his relationship to Akio Ohtsuka, the previous voice of Xehanort and Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, who is actually Master Xehanort in Terra's body.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • Josh Keaton returns as the voice of a teenage Hercules after first voicing him in 1997.
    • Despite his falling out with Disney over the development of Bolt, Chris Sanders returns as the voice of Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. The same applies for the whole returning cast of the film.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The secret endings of Kingdom Hearts II that tease this game show the three protagonists wearing armor with capes. The capes were intended to be in the final product from the start, but had to be removed because their animations caused FPS issues during multiplayer.
  • Talking to Himself: Russi Taylor plays Minnie Mouse, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, who all interact in Ventus's story.
  • Throw It In!: According to Tetsuya Nomura, the reason Vanitas looks like Sora was because his Japanese voice actor had always wanted to play the role of a villain.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nomura considered showing Leon and Cloud's past in the game. He decided against it because Radiant Garden was already showing the past of seven Organization XIII members, so including the Final Fantasy characters on top of them would have overloaded the world with too many characters.
    • A world based off of The Jungle Book world was going to be featured, but was pulled out. It was likely cut due to legal issues with the late Louie Prima's estate, as the character King Louie is a caricature of him.
    • Laguna from Final Fantasy VIII was meant to appear as the head of the Mirage Arena, but was kept out due to his appearance in Dissidia 012.
    • Pleakley would've made an appearance in Deep Space.
    • The Blob Mob was originally a boss, but it was reworked into a normal enemy due to issues with how many bosses were in the game.
    • The "Birth by Sleep: Volume Two" secret ending of Final Mix hints at a sequel for the PS Vita, though it was axed because the producers thought that there were too many portable games in the franchise. Ideas from the proposed sequel were later reused in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage.
    • The first trailer shown at Jump Festa 2008 had a lot of scenes that weren't in the final game, or took place differently. Those scenes include Terra thanking Ventus for saving him from an unspecified incident at the Maw of Radiant Garden, Ventus talking to Xehanort at the Olympus Coliseum, Terra watching a young Sora and Riku sparring, Terra defending Ventus at the Maw instead of the Land of Departure, and Ventus requesting Terra and Aqua to erase him at the Destiny Islands instead of the Keyblade Graveyard. Most of these can be chalked up to the assets for the new worlds like Land of Departure not being done at the time of the trailer's release.
    • The Jump Festa trailer features a scene where Ventus sees Cinderella arrive at the ball; in the final game, Ven exclusively explores Cinderella's house and cannot visit the palace.
    • Another Titan from Hercules was considered to be added as a Bonus Boss in the Final Mix version instead of Monstro.
  • Word of God: According to an interview with Nomura, the encounter with the Bonus Boss called Unknown is canon for all of the characters. It's supposed to happen just before each character heads to the Keyblade Graveyard for the final time.

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