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  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Ansem the Wise's voice was provided by Christopher Lee.
  • Colbert Bump: TRON got a lot of exposure due to the inclusion of a world based on it, which in turn helped it get a sequel in TRON: Legacy 5 years after Kingdom Hearts II's release.
  • Creator's Favorite: Nomura stated in a 2014 interview that the Pride Lands is his favorite world.
  • Dummied Out:
    • Models for a scrapped Woody & Buzz summon can be found in the files.
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    • The Edge of Ultima and Detection Saber, two palette-swapped versions of the Ultima Weapon, are found in the game files and can be accessed using cheat codes. Their effects are the same as Oblivion. Donald and Goofy also have similar weapons called Staff of Detection and Detection Shield respectively. They were most likely used as collision models in the game's test phase.
    • The E3 2005 and the TGS 2003 trailers show scenes that were ultimately removed from the final release of the game.
    • The old Munny sprite was used in earlier trailers, but was removed in favor of a new sprite.
    • The No Experience ability is present in the original, non-Final Mix version. It's fully functional, but there's no way to obtain it without hacking.
    • The behemoth from the first game was going to appear in Holow Bastion, but got cut due to causing the game to lag.
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  • Executive Meddling: Tetsuya Nomura had originally planned to only include Final Fantasy characters that he personally designed, as he is more familiar with them. The staff urged him to include other characters and he caved, which is how Setzer from Final Fantasy VI and Vivi from Final Fantasy IX were added to the game.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Before his name was revealed, fans took to calling Roxas the Blond-Haired Kid (BHK) or Dual-Wielding Unknown.
    • "Orgy XIII" for the entirety of Organization XIII.
    • Fans commonly refer to Xemnas as "Mansex" - an anagram of his name. This paved the way for Bigrax for Xigbar, E-Sexual for Lexaeus, and finally Rentx-a-ho (Rents a ho) for Xehanort.
    • Xemnas in his Final Boss outfit is occasionally referred to as Zebraman due to its black and white coloration.
    • Pete is given the nickname Captain Ass-Zipper, due to the bizarre placement of the zipper on his outfite.
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    • Chip Cheezum and friends popularized "Dogstreet" for Pence, named after the writing on his shirt.
    • The anti-stunlock feature on certain bosses is typically known as the "Revenge Value".
    • Atlantica's set of episodes are collectively referred to as "Finny Fun" after a line in "Swim This Way".
    • The Lingering Will was (and still is) referred to as "Terra", the name of its original self. This is only partly accurate; Terra's essence was actually split between three entities, with the Will being his soul, Terra-Xehanort using his body, and Ansem's / Xehanort's Dark Figure containing his heart.
  • Fandom Nod: In addition to all the Disney/Final Fantasy references, there is a literal fandom nod during Cloud and Leon's snark-fest in the sequel. As they do their Back-to-Back Badasses moment, it echoes the rivalry between fans of their respective games.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Kingdom Hearts II remains as the only game of the franchise with a Spanish dub in a similar case that of Metal Gear Solid. However, the 2.5 compilation release did not include it and the dub only remains in the PlayStation 2 game copies. It's highly unlikely that the dub will ever be available again in any following re-releases as other titles of the franchise did not receive one plus the fact that the 2.5 Final Mix includes new scenes. Though YouTube users have edited compilation videos of the games' remastered HD scenes with the PS2 game's dub.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Final Mix version includes a ton of extra content compared to vanilla Kingdom Hearts II, and it is topped by Final Mix+, which packs in a remake of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. While the latter eventually was eventually given a standalone release in North America, Final Mix wasn't released outside of Japan until the Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 HD ReMIX compilation.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: A popular meme-based Fan Nickname for Xemnas is "Mansex". His English voice actor, Paul St. Peter, has actually called him that.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • Donald freezing himself with a ricocheting Blizzard after waking up from his memory-restoring sleep.
    • A scene of the trio beating off a gaggle of Neoshadows and chasing after a black-coated man on the outside wall of Hollow Bastion, not to mention the world looked exactly like how it was back in the first game.
    • The TV spot released in North America featured Sora fighting Axel, which wasn't present in the original game.
    • Deep Dive is not a scene used in Kingdom Hearts II. It would instead be used in Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days.
    • Roxas chases the Dusk thief through the streets of Twilight Town, and it escapes by flying into a wall and vanishing.
    • Axel walks closer to the far wall in the scene before his fight with Roxas; as he approaches it, he looks back at Roxas and grins a Slasher Smile.
    • The Kingdom Hearts I version of Hollow Bastion, specifically the Great Crest, appears as the place where Sora first met the surviving members of the Organization, after the trio slays a horde of Neoshadows.
    • Sora meets King Mickey in his Kingdom Hearts II attire before visiting the Mysterious Tower.
    • Sora was shown on the Dark Margin and holding his Keyblade up to something like he was getting ready to seal a keyhole.
  • One-Take Wonder: Reportedly, Christopher Lee insisted on only doing a single read-through for his lines and then walking out of the studio due to his busy schedule.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Between Kingdom Hearts and this game, Billy Zane starred in the Turkish film Valley of the Wolves: Iraq. It portrayed American soldiers fighting in Iraq as monsters, earning severe criticism and getting the movie declared "Anti-American Propaganda" by many critics. Disney decided they didn't want him working on the series anymore due to the controversy, so his role as Ansem, Seeker of Darkness was recast to Richard Epcar, including for flashback scenes.
  • Role Reprise:
    • Angela Lansbury, Robby Benson, and Paige O’Hara voice Mrs. Potts, Beast, and Belle again.
    • Bruce Boxleitner reprises his role as Tron.
    • Tate Donovan, the original voice actor for Hercules, reprises his role after not coming back for Kingdom Hearts.
    • Ming-Na Wen, BD Wong, Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo, and Pat Morita reprise their roles as Mulan, Shang, Yao, Ling, Chien-Po, and The Emperor in the Land of Dragons; it was the last voice role for Morita, as he had died a few months before the game released.
    • Robert Guillaume, Ernie Sabella, Cheech Marin, and Jim Cummings return as Rafiki, Pumbaa, Banzai, and Ed respectively. Archive recordings of James Earl Jones are used for the revisited scenes from the original film with Mufasa.
    • Jodi Benson, Pat Carroll, Christopher Daniel Barnes, and Kenneth Mars return as Ariel, Ursula, Eric, and King Triton, respectively. This also ended up being the last time Mars voiced Triton in any media before his illness and later death.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Part of Boxleitner's reason for the Role Reprise. His youngest son was playing through the game and got to the Space Paranoids level…
    "That's you, Dad? You were cool!"
  • Talking to Himself:
    • In the Japanese version, Donald Duck, Genie and Stitch are voiced by the same seiyuu, Kōichi Yamadera.
    • Sark and the MCP share a voice actor, just like in the source material, though this time played by Corey Burton.
  • The Original Darrin:
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Richard Epcar replaces Billy Zane as Ansem, Seeker of Darkness.
    • Mae Whitman replaces Christy Carlson Romano as Yuffie, Doug Erholtz replaces David Boreanaz as Leon, and Mena Suvari replaces Mandy Moore as Aerith.
    • George Newbern replaces Lance Bass as Sephiroth.
    • Meaghan Jette Martin replaces Brittany Snow as Naminé in the II.5 Final ReMIX version, but only for the new and expanded scenes that weren't in the original PS2 version. Brittany Snow's lines are otherwise intact.
    • Several Disney characters were given this treatment from their source material, at least one in every world. Agrabah (Genie), Beast's Castle (Lumiere), The Land of Dragons (Mushu), and Olympus Coliseum (Phil) are all missing only one of their original voice actors each, though all are replaced by their official other Darrins. Simba, Shenzi, Nala, and Timon from Pride Lands do not have their original actors back, nor do Flounder and Sebastian in Atlantica, the MCP and Sark for Space Paranoids, or anyone at all in Port Royal, 100 Acre Wood, and Timeless River. However, most of them are replaced by their official other Darrins, meaning those voices are reprised. Simba and Mushu are mixed cases- their voice actors in KH provided the singing voices in the movies for their characters (apparently, in Mushu's case). Of note is that this game marks the debut of Travis Oates as the official voice actor for Piglet, replacing the late John Fiedler, who voiced him in the first game and was his original voice actor since his first animated appearance in 1968.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The title character of Chicken Little is a usable summon in this game. The film was released in November 2005, and the game a month later. Thanks to the film getting generally negative reception, this was pretty much the only time when a Disney product would acknowledge Chicken Little in such a significant capacity.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Word of God states that this game was originally supposed to be the second game of the series, instead of Chain of Memories, which was eventually developed in an attempt to bridge the gap between I's Cliffhanger ending and II's mysterious opening.
    • Axel was originally supposed to die at the end of the prologue. The development staff liked him too much to remove him from the story that early, so his role was expanded.
    • Buzz and Woody from Toy Story were going to be a Summon in the Final Mix version, but were scrapped. Their unfinished models are still in the game files. Eventually, a Toy Story based world was confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III.
    • Early trailers suggest that the outside walls of Hollow Bastion's castle from the first game would be playable.
    • Variations on the Behemoth and Wyvern Heartless were present in the Battle of 1000 Heartless in older trailers.
    • Xemnas was going to have two more forms for the final battle, the "King" and "Centaur". They would have him apparently breaking up and surrounding himself with chunks of the Dark City to create something akin to the giant dragon that is fought in the final game.
    • The game was planned to feature battles against all of the Organization members in the Coliseum, but they had to be dropped due to lack of time. This was re-imagined into the Data battles found at the end of the Cavern of Rememberance in the Final Mix version.
    • Some concept art shows that double-bladed Keyblades were considered at one point.
    • David Warner wanted to reprise his roles as the MCP and Sark, but he was not able due to pre-existing commitments at the time.
    • There is an unused version of the Final Fantasy IX world map theme in the game's coding. There are a few theories for it: some think it was going to be used for the fight with Vivi, and others think that Vivi (or even other characters from FFIX) was going to play a larger part in the story.
    • If the E3 2005 trailer is any indication, the game was originally going to feature a camera angle similar to the one from Kingdom Hearts 1; that is, to say, it was going to be zoomed in a lot closer to Sora during the action.

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