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Follow the dark path or use the light

Plot Analysis

by Gbness

Kingdom Hearts Plot Analysis Guide
For the Sony PlayStation 2
Copyright 2004 Richard Beast
Version 1.0
Date: 02/17/05

Version History:

+ Final +
Corrected a couple errors here and there, as due to some rather numerous
requests from random places and such. This isn't really the "final" version,
but I'll just call it this for now. After all, there are plenty of things to
further do.

+ 1.0 +
The plot analysis for Kingdom Hearts is complete. It should detail much of the
story, but even though I know Kingdom Hearts pretty well, I'm gonna try and
make it as simple and good as it can get, so it's far from the final version.
Still, it's well on the way.

Table of Contents:

This guide, as you will soon see, is a decent size. Seeing as how this takes
effect, you will might possibly be lost in trying to find out what you want to
read. There is one way to get to it, instantly. Press Ctrl + F, and then look
for whatever you want. Let's say you want to go to the Game Information
section. Just type in II. Game Information and there you are! That'll make it
much easier for you.

~ -------------------------- * TABLE OF CONTENTS * -------------------------- ~
I. Introduction
II. Game Information
III. Legal Disclaimer
IV. Contact Rules
 IVa. E-Mail Rules
 IVb. IM Rules
V. Characters
VI. Plot Analysis
 VIa. The Beginning
 VIb. Destiny Islands
 VIc. Traverse Town
 VId. Coliseum
 VIe. Wonderland
 VIf. Deep Jungle
 VIg. Traverse Town II
 VIh. Agrabah
 VIi. Monstro
 VIj. Atlantica
 VIk. Halloween Town
 VIl. Neverland
 VIm. Traverse Town III
 VIn. Hollow Bastion
 VIo. Traverse Town IV
 VIp. Hollow Bastion II
 VIq. Coliseum II
 VIr. End of the World
VII. Sequel Plans
VIII. Frequently Asked Questions
IX. Credits


                           =-+-= I. Introduction =-+-=


Hello, and welcome to my Kingdom Hearts Plot Analysis guide. I was just
recently intending to write a guide to Kingdom Hearts, co-authored with my
friend Gobicamel, but I decided to do something else before I handled that. So
that's where I got started on writing for one of my favorite games, and I
decided that I'd just test myself and do a plot analysis, since certain parts
of Kingdom Hearts can be quite confusing, and thus I wish to make it simpler
for people going through Kingdom Hearts. I do hope that anyone reading this
guide finds it useful. =)

The guide will go around somewhat like this: first I'll start off with this
bloody piece of raw meat... whoops, I mean the introduction. Then I'll provide
you information about the game, the disclaimer for legal purposes, then I'll go
on to rules in which you should follow if you wish to contact me. Then the plot
analysis begins. What I will do is detail everything that happens, and you
know, anything confusing will likely not be after a while. Then, since there
are sequels coming out, I'll tell you about the plans, then go to Frequently
Asked Questions. Then we come to a conclusion, and I'll thank anyone who helped
me in any way.

Before I proceed with the guide, I will inform you that this walkthrough is
totally littered full of spoilers. Just about every bit of detail that happens
will be covered around here. I strongly caution you before heading beyond where
you are in this game, otherwise you may have it completely spoiled. I am not
responsible if you find that you found out a little more than you wanted to
find out... anyway, enough of that stuff. Hope you enjoy my guide, since it's
the best I can try to bring.

 - Richard "Gbness" Beast


                        =-+-= II. Game Information =-+-=


Kingdom Hearts is the first of hopefully several projects that Square and
Disney will team up to do. The game itself is an action-RPG type of game.
Unlike the turn-based system of the Final Fantasy games, Kingdom Hearts has
real action battles. The game itself was released around October 2002, and is
in my opinion one of the better PS2 titles out there. Kingdom Hearts itself has
several characters from the Final Fantasy series, a variety of Disney
characters (over 100 of them) and some all-new characters (Sora, Kairi, and


                     =-+-= III. Legal Disclaimer =-+-=


You are NOT permitted to put this FAQ on your site without my permission first.
All you have to do is email me or IM me saying you want this FAQ on your site,
then you can tell me your site and the chance is high that I'll let you. But if
you put this FAQ on your site without my permission I swear you will regret it.
If I let you, not ONE word should be changed from this FAQ! NOT ONE! Got it?
Good. Also, make sure that no money is involved. If you want this FAQ to be
sold on eBay, then just forget about it, man. And don't sell this guide either,
or pay people to use it, or you'll be in such big trouble you don't want to

Another little note is that I will not have this guide hosted on many other web
sites besides GameNotOver, GameFAQs, IGN, and Neoseeker. You need full-on
permission if it's not one of the four above sites. I am sick of people ripping
me off (I have been ripped off three times in the past), so if I don't like
your site, I won't let my guide be posted on it. I am sorry, but this is how it
has to be. If you ask politely and I like your site, you will definitely have
the luck of getting it up there. Thank you very much.


                        =-+-= IV. Contact Rules =-+-=


| IVa. E-Mail Rules |

I love getting good emails, so you're free to email me with a question any
time, but I will not answer questions already answered in this FAQ. I prefer
e-mails with good grammar, and subjects with Kingdom Hearts <insert whatever
here> or I will delete them, sorry. Also, don't send me e-mails about Kingdom
Hearts with some other game's subject, please. And don't bother sending things

"u sux. Everything bout u sux. ur guides suck. U SUCK"

"C'mon, just kill yourself already."

"Hope ya fall down the stairs can catch on fire."

"help me plz how doo i beet levl 6 im stuk were u get tha furst eg were doo i
go neckst thx"

I will laugh at such e-mails and delete them. So... if you're not just playing
a friendly joke on me or something, don't bother with that, cos I've been
through with it too much. Another thing: don't send me e-mails in any languages
other than English or Spanish. I can read both English and Spanish pretty well,
but I prefer English. Still, I can do Spanish pretty well, so if you absolutely
have to send me an e-mail in Spanish, hola. But if you know English, I want
that, thank you.

| IVb. IM Rules |

My AIM list is closed, and since there are nowadays few people I can really
trust, you likely won't get on but there is still some chance, by the way. If
you're on, however, don't ever, ever advertise for your site and ask me to work
for it, or I'll probably remove you from it forever. I've had to do this SO
MANY times in the past, and it wasn't worth my time. Sorry if I'm rude, but I
am quite busy often and can't stay on a lot, so I will not work for your site.
It doesn't matter what it is; I WON'T WORK FOR YOUR SITE. Asking me to is
asking to never talk to me again. Thank you. And please don't IM me a lot too,
because I have like 20 people always IMing me, and although I hold nothing
against them, I would prefer having light IMs. Thank you again.


                           =-+-= V. Characters =-+-=


Here, I'll just tell you all that you'll need to know about some of the
characters. WATCH OUT before you read this thoroughly though! It is full to the
bone of spoilers. Turn back now while you still can.


Sora is the main character of the game, and as it begins he wishes to travel to
other worlds and see what they're like, but eventually, his island ends up
destroyed and Kairi's heart rests inside him. He then meets up with Donald and
Goofy in Traverse Town, and together they embark on a journey. From the time of
the island being destroyed to the point where he met Kairi again, Sora didn't
realize that Kairi was inside him, and he had the last heart to fulfil
Maleficent's evil plan.


Kairi is a young girl who came to Destiny Islands five years ago, although Sora
had no idea where Kairi came from when she was there. When the island was
destroyed, she was attacked by Heartless and she lost her heart, and then it
went to Sora. It turns out, around the end of the game, that she is one of the
princesses of heart, together with Alice, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle,
Aurora, and Jasmine. When the final heart is needed, Maleficent needs to take
care of Sora...


Riku was always the strongest of the three on Destiny Islands, but when the
island was destroyed, he disappeared. He then heard that Sora was the master of
the Keyblade, and he became incredibly jealous. So much that when he was
offered by Maleficent to join her in her evil plans, he overlooked the darkness
in her and joined her. Riku then became more jealous, so much as that he
controlled the Heartless to try and kill Sora, and Ansem in his dark hood
tricked Riku into losing his heart to him, and then he became possessed.


Donald is the High Magician of Disney Castle, who embarks on a journey through
other worlds with Goofy when King Mickey disappears from Disney Castle. Donald
attacks with magic, but besides that there is little to be told about Donald,
since he isn't one of the characters who totally changes the plot or anything.


Goofy is a Knight Captain of Disney Castle, who embarks on a journey through
other worlds with Donald when King Mickey disappears from Disney Castle. Goofy
attacks physically and with shield techniques, but besides that there is little
to be told about Goofy, since he isn't one of the characters who totally
changes the plot or anything.

King Mickey

King Mickey is one of the characters whom little is told about. He leaves
Disney Castle to see what's going on when the Heartless start taking stars out,
and Donald and Goofy venture to see where he went. King Mickey is later
discovered to have found another Keyblade and have entered the door of pure
light -- Kingdom Hearts.


Ansem -- the seeker of darkness. Ansem used to be a scholar who was studying
the Heartless and the darkness, trying to find a way to defeat them. But
eventually, the Heartless filled his heart full of darkness, and then Ansem had
no will but to destroy and to find Kingdom Hearts, so he could bring the entire
world into darkness. He even tried to trick Riku into giving him his heart, so
he could use him to unlock the large Keyhole in Hollow Bastion.


                        =-+-= VI. Plot Analysis =-+-=


Alright, now here's the cream of the crop! Watch out, because you may be
spoiled tremendously...

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Sora woke up at the foot of a beach, and then across the water, he saw Riku
holding out his hand to him. Sora then ran to him, but then the water gets a
tad bit too strong, and then went up and under them. He woke up again in the
water, where Kairi awaits him at the beach. Then, Sora makes it to the beach
but then, he suddenly saw himself falling down, and then he fell deep into the
water, and then he ended up in a strange area with pictures of Snow White and
the seven dwarves. A mysterious voice then told Sora to step forward. Sora was
chosen to fight the Heartless.

To begin fighting them, Sora is then asked to choose his power inside a sword,
a shield, and a staff. Sora then chooses one, and then the voice asks him to
throw one power away. Sora chooses another one, and then he gains the power of
what he chose - if he chose the sword, he gained power, if he chose the shield,
he gained defense, and if he chose the staff, he gained magic power. After the
power is gained and lost, he tried out his attack, and several Heartless
Shadows appeared. Sora then used his sword/shield/staff and defeated all of

The room then shattered, and Sora was taken to a rainbow or stained glass
colored room. In front of him was a door, which couldn't be opened. He then
found a treasure chests, opened it and collected a Potion. Then a crate and a
barrel appeared. Sora smashed them and then the door in front of him opened. He
went through, and then was engulfed in light. He then appeared in the Destiny
Islands, and saw his friends Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie. Tidus and Wakka are
from Final Fantasy X, and Selphie was from Final Fantasy VIII. Kingdom Hearts
seemingly takes place before FF7, FF8, or FFX.

Sora then talks to Tidus, Wakka, and Selphie, who asked him what was important
to him, what he feared most, and what he wanted. Then, after Sora replied it
was chosen how quickly he would strengthen, and when he would. A path then
opened, leading him further. Sora then crossed the bridge, and suddenly his
shadow appeared behind him, and it formed to create a large, dark Heartless.
Sora then fought with the Darkside Heartless. The Heartless were defeated by
the power of Sora's heart, but then Heartless swallowed Sora. But the voice
then said he would open the door. The door of light.

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Warning: the fourth paragraph may be more than you want to know. You have a
chance to scroll down (or up) now. Take it.

When Sora was swallowed by the Darkside, he appeared back at Destiny Islands,
in front of Kairi. Kairi then told him to get up and start working, as Sora
asked her where she was from, although Kairi didn't remember. Riku then brought
a raft (not yet built). Sora, Riku, and Kairi were intent on building a raft
and getting off of Destiny Islands, to see new worlds. Thus it began... Sora
then needed to collect some parts for the raft. While he was at it, Tidus,
Wakka, Selphie, and Riku offered him duels. He got stronger while fighting.
Then, Sora collected the parts and gave them to Kairi. Then, that day was over.

That night, before all going home, Kairi asked them what they'd do in new
worlds. Riku had his own plans, and then thanked Kairi for getting him started.
Then, the three got some rest. Meanwhile, something has been going on at the
Disney Castle... Donald walked up to King Mickey's room that morning, and then
he found King Mickey's throne... but no King Mickey! Behind his throne,
Mickey's dog Pluto appeared with a letter in his mouth. Donald then read the
letter, and proceeded to go quackers all over the castle. Then he found Goofy
outside, asleep. Donald tried to awaken Goofy with his loud voice, but was then
forced to cast Thunder to awaken him. After that, back to Sora.

When they woke up the next morning and went to the island, Kairi decided to get
the food. Then Sora needed to collect 3 mushrooms, 3 fish, 2 coconuts, an egg,
and water. He found two mushrooms in dark areas, 3 fish in the water, 2
coconuts in trees, an egg on top of a tree, and water from a fresh waterfall.
As for the remaining mushroom, Sora went to a secret place under the trees. In
this dark cave, Sora went forward and saw the door that he had always wondered
about. The door itself was connected to several different worlds, but didn't
have a handle, a keyhole, or anything.

Sora collected a mushroom there, and then sat down and thought about when he
first met Kairi, when they were younger. Suddenly, a dark, hooded figure
appeared near the door. This figure was Ansem, the seeker of darkness. He
wished to take the world into everlasting darkness, but he wasn't revealing his
true form quite yet. Ansem then told Sora of how little he knew and understood,
and how meaningless his journey was. The reason Ansem told Sora that his
journey was meaningless was that he believed that darkness conquered all,
although Sora knew that light was the strength. Ansem then disappeared and left
Sora alone inside the cave.

Then, Sora brought the food to Kairi, and then it was called a day yet again,
and tomorrow they would sail. Kairi then told Sora of how much Riku had
changed. He was indeed changing, since he did seem to be determined to get to
other worlds. Sora then promised Kairi never to change, which ended that. Then
it was over to Disney Castle. The letter was read. It was written by King
Mickey, addressing that he had left the castle, because the stars were going
out, meaning that disaster was coming. Mickey left to see what was coming up,
but told Donald to find the one who had a key.

Queen Minnie then decided to let High Magician Donald and Captain Goofy go and
see if they could find the person with a key. Minnie then made a small cricket
called Jiminy come along with them, and then Donald and Goofy got inside a ship
and took it to Traverse Town, with the help of the chipmunks engineers, Chip
and Dale. Sora was lying in bed at home, at the time. Sora's mom called him to
dinner, as Sora looked out the window a little and thought about him and Kairi
setting sail together. All of a sudden, a large dark ball of energy appeared
over the island.

Kairi, who was still out, was there at the time, and the Heartless took her
heart. Sora jumped out the window of his house and got to the island, and saw
Kairi and Riku's boats... empty! The Heartless appeared around Sora, although
since he had only a wooden sword, he had no hope of fighting them over. Sora
then made his way to the top of the island, where Riku was waiting. Riku seemed
to know everything that was happening, knowing that the island was soon to be
destroyed, and how it was being devoured by darkness. Riku himself was then
taken away by darkness, and then the mysterious voice helped Sora out and
gifted him with a Keyblade, the weapon he needed to fight the Heartless.

Using the Keyblade, Sora was able to defeat the Heartless. He then went over to
the secret place, in which had become a door. He passed through the cave and
found Kairi, who had been severely weakened. The Heartless had already taken
her heart. She then passed through Sora, and then she too was devoured by the
darkness. After that, the island was destroyed by the Heartless. All that was
remaining was a small piece of land, where a Darkside Heartless awaited Sora.
He then fought a battle with the large Darkside Heartless, and afterwards a
large, dark ball of energy sucked all of Destiny Islands up, Sora and all.

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Sora then woke up near some barrels in a new world. Donald and Goofy then
passed, realizing that a star was going out. Goofy saw someone over the corner
where Sora was, but knowing Goofy's average intelligence, Donald ignored him
and continued. Goofy then urged Pluto to follow, but being a dog and having a
good sense of smell, Pluto sniffed Sora out. He then thought it was a dream,
but then Pluto smashed his paws down on Sora to wake him up well, and Sora
realized that it wasn't a dream. As he walked a few steps forward, he realized
this wasn't his island, or anywhere near. It was another world.

As he went through the first district of the mysterious world, he happened to
stop by an equipment shop nearby. A young man named Cid then introduced himself
and told Sora that this sure as heck wasn't his island, and it sure wasn't
anywhere close. Sora then went out, and took a door upstairs, and behind the
equipment shop, and arrived at the second district. A man was then attacked and
fell to the ground, losing his heart. It was the Heartless, yet again. Sora
then went back to the first district, only to find it was overrun by Heartless
too. He then went back to Cid's shop and left to find a man outside.

The man then tells Sora that the Heartless will keep coming for Sora, as long
as he wields the Keyblade, then he registers his astonishment on how the
Keyblade chose a kid. Sora gets very confused on the stuff about the Keyblade
"choosing" him, and then the man (named Leon, or Squall from Final Fantasy
VIII) demanded that Sora handed over the Keyblade. Sora refused, and then Leon
got angry and dueled with Sora. After the battle, whether Sora won or not, he
then fell to the ground, unconscious. A female ninja then talked to Leon, and
then Sora woke up again in the hotel.

Meanwhile, Donald and Goofy were roaming the street, looking for the keyblade
master. Aerith (Aeris from FFVII) then tickles Donald on the back, which causes
him to freak out and grab Goofy's back. Aerith then asks them if the king sent
them, and apparently she then led them over to the hotel, seeing that Sora had
the key, and she knew about their job. Then, Sora wakes up very drowsy, and
then sees what he believes was Kairi. The reason the Heartless kept appearing
around Sora was because he wields the Keyblade. And they seek out Sora's heart,
because he wields the Keyblade. That draws them.

Sora then finds out that he was the chosen one to wield the Keyblade. To fight
the Heartless. Also, Sora got to Traverse Town because the Heartless broke down
the barrier between the different worlds, which explained how they attacked
Destiny Islands. Ansem, a mysterious being, apparently also studied the
Heartless a long time ago, but was then lost. He recorded his discoveries of
the Heartless in a report, but the pages are lost throughout the worlds.
However, Ansem had studied the Heartless too much, and lost his heart to
darkness. Still, he appeared in Destiny Islands.

All of a sudden, Sora's heart was strong and drew the Heartless. Leon, Yuffie,
and Sora then left the room and jumped over to Aerith's room, with Donald and
Goofy. After that, Donald and Goofy went off to find the leader of the
Heartless in Traverse Town, while Yuffie and Aeris stayed. Leon went off to the
First District, and Sora also went over to the Third District. Eventually he
got there, and then Donald and Goofy were attacked and fell on Sora. Then they
recognized Sora as the key-bearer, and after the Heartless in the town were
destroyed, a large piece of Heartless armor landed down and attacked.

Eventually, the Guard Armor was defeated, although not destroyed. As they had
orders from the king, Donald and Goofy had to go with Sora to find him. Sora
agreed to go, and then he tried to cheer up. After all, he did want to go on
their ship to other worlds and find Riku and Kairi. But meanwhile... a band of
evil Disney characters were watching the three. Maleficent, the mistress of
darkness and evil, then intended on using Sora for her evil plans... and for
tricking him into joining. Sora didn't know he was being watched, though. And
thus, Sora, Donald, and Goofy set a course to the Coliseum.

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When they arrived at the Coliseum, the trio marched inside and found a small
character working. Sora spoke to him, and was given orders to push a pedestral
over to him (Phil). Sora then tried, but couldn't push it. Sora spoke to Phil
again, telling him how heavy it was, and then Phil turned around and saw Sora,
Donald, and Goofy, thinking that it was Hercules who had come around. Phil then
told them to shove off, since he was preparing stuff for a competition of
heroes versus Heartless in the Olympus Coliseum. Donald then knocked some sense
into Phil, telling him that the trio were heroes.

Phil still didn't buy them, even though he himself couldn't push the pedestral.
He then challenged Sora to a game of smashing crates. After Sora managed this
twice, Phil gave Sora the Thunder spell, refused him, and told him to go away.
As Sora walked out, rather disappointed, a strange man in a black robe arrived.
Hades. Hades then gave Sora a pass to the tournament. But why? Why would an
evil person such as Hades give Sora a pass? Sora didn't know it at the time,
but Hades was an evil enemy intent on getting Sora killed in the tournament,
and then dealing with Hercules.

Sora showed the pass to Phil, who immediately put him inside the tournament. He
then managed to defeat a few Heartless. Phil then spoke to him a little, and
then a man with spiky blond hair, and a silent mood passed by. Cloud from Final
Fantasy VII. Phil, although not knowing about Hades' evil plans, knew that
Cloud and Sora would end up facing each other, and that Cloud would be a tough
one to beat. After that, the next match began. After two rounds were won, Phil
then mentioned Hercules, wishing that he was here. Then rounds four and five
were won. Hades was just watching this all...

As Sora was dancing in victory to beating the fifth round, Hades was in a dark
cell, watching their all. Cloud was there as well, and Hades then ordered Cloud
to defeat Sora. As the great lord of the Underworld, it was quite surprising
that Hades wasn't just taking Sora on by himself. Then Hades revealed that he
wanted Cloud to kill Hercules. As Hades was babbling on, Cloud just walked away
and left, with Hades deeming him as "stiffer than the stiffs back home". After
that, Sora beat a large, fat Heartless and a few magical ones, and then Sora
and Cloud ended up against each other.

Cloud was shortly defeated by Sora, and then as he lay there wounded, Hades
became infuriated and brought out the great Guardian of the Underworld:
Cerberus. A three headed demon dog from hell, as it was deemed from Final
Fantasy VIII. Hercules then arrived, and tried to take on Cerberus, as Cloud
was carried out. Sora, Donald, and Goofy were also pushed out of the Coliseum,
but then Sora demanded Phil to let him take on Cerberus. Phil unexpectedly let
him, and then Hercules, who was losing anyway but took down a little bit of
Cerberus's health, then fled. Sora and his two companions won the battle.

Phil then dubbed the trio as junior heroes, which first of all made Donald
angry. But Hercules then told them that they'd have to find out how to become
heroes by themselves, just like he did. However, the games weren't for a while,
so Sora and co. left, promising to come back for the next one. Phil then shared
his surprise of Sora defeating Cerberus. As he was leaving, Sora found Cloud
sitting down. Hades had tricked Cloud into doing evil deeds, and getting the
darkness into his heart. Cloud was also searching for someone (Sephiroth), and
Hades had promised to help.

Then, Sora was granted one of Cloud's abilities, the Sonic Blade. Cloud then
went forward to search for the light, and then Sora, Donald, and Goofy departed
to the Gummi Ship and set a course for Wonderland. When it became dark, Hades
was still around, extremely angry about Sora's victory over Cerberus. Hades
then looked at a picture of Hercules, and got even more infuriated. He then
decided to let Hercules train Sora, and then in the next games he would kill
both of them. After that, Maleficent passed by, and then let Hades fight to his
heart's content against Sora.

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The three fell into a secret room of Wonderland, and then they saw a White
Rabbit running down the hall, as he appeared to be late for something. Sora
then followed, and they came to a small room with a doorknob on a huge door.
The White Rabbit, looking very small, ran through a tiny door. Sora talked to
the doorknob, asking how he got so small. The doorknob, who could talk, then
just said sleepily that Sora was too big, and then it went back to sleep. After
that, a bottle appeared on the table behind them. Suddenly, a large group of
Heartless appeared, although they were nothing on Donald's magic.

After all the Heartless were gone from the room for a small time, Sora drank
the bottle and while he was big, pushed a bed to reveal a small door, and then
they entered the Queen's court. A girl named Alice was trapped inside a cage,
and was found guilty as charged for apparently stealing the Queen's heart
(although obviously, it was the Heartless who did this). Sora then rushed to
Alice's defense, and offered to bring back evidence of the culprit, showing how
Alice was innocent. So then the Queen let him, and the trio walked into the

A Cheshire Cat appeared, telling Sora that he could find four pieces of
evidence. Three easy, and one hard. After Sora found them all, the Cheshire Cat
granted Sora with the ability to use ice magic and cast Blizzard. Then Sora
went back to the Queen's court, and asked one of the cards to let him show the
evidence to the Queen. Sora brought five boxes of evidence, but the Queen only
let him take one. One of the boxes opened and revealed something random (Alice,
Sora, Donald and Goofy, the Queen of Hearts, or a Heartless), but nonetheless,
the Queen then ordered the Cards to do off with Sora's head.

Once the battle began, Alice's cage was taken to the top of the court.
Meanwhile, Maleficent came along and took Alice, for her own reasons. However,
no one knew this at the time. Sora then destroyed the tower near the Cards, and
the cage went down, without Alice! The cards then went back to their positions,
and the Queen ordered Sora to immediately find out who on earth did this. Sora
then went into the woods, and Donald asks the Cheshire Cat if he's seen Alice.
The sly cat hasn't seen Alice, but it has seen shadows of Heartless. Then Sora
enters the Bizarre Room, and gets on the ceiling.

Inside the room, there are two lamps, and another large horde of Heartless.
After Donald and Goofy deal with them, using shield techniques and fire/ice
magic, Sora turns both lamps on, and a shadow appears on the floor of the
Bizarre Room. Sora then backtracks over to the floor, and there they fight a
large shadow Heartless called the Trickmaster. After it is defeated, the
Doorknob wakes up, and then yawns. When its mouth opens, a keyhole is revealed.
Suddenly, Sora emits a beam from the Keyblade, and a door is heard closing.
After that, the world is locked away from the Heartless.

Once the Keyhole is sealed, the Doorknob drops a mysterious gummi piece, unlike
any others. The Cheshire Cat appears, after his true enjoyment of the fight
between the Trickmaster and Sora. He then tells them that Alice has been taken
off to the darkness, so she's obviously in another world. That finishes off

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As Sora, Donald, and Goofy got out of Wonderland and drove in the direction of
Deep Jungle, Donald accidentally crashed the gummi ship right into a jungle,
and then Sora found himself inside a tree house, and Mickey, Kairi, Riku,
Donald, and Goofy were nowhere to be found. As he sat there wondering where
they were, all of a sudden a large jaguar came out and attacked Sora! Whether
the jaguar or Sora won the battle, a man named Tarzan (remember him from
Disney?) then appeared and took care of the jaguar (Sabor). Sora then tried to
tell Tarzan that he was looking for Kairi and Riku.

Then Kairi passes by! As Sora tries to get up and look, he realizes he was only
hallucinating. Tarzan then understands Sora in that he's trying to look for
Riku, and then he says: "*&&X%". Tarzan, since he does live with the gorilla
tribe, was speaking in gorilla language. *&&X% is gorilla for "heart", although
this isn't currently known. Meanwhile... Donald and Goofy are right outside a
tent, separate from Sora. A gorilla then appears, and then a hunter named
Clayton follows. This very strange man then takes Donald and Goofy inside the

Sora and Tarzan then make their way down to the tent. When they get there, they
collected slides, and then entered, where they meet Tarzan's wife, Jane.
Clayton then brings in Donald and Goofy. Clayton made a few rude remarks, but
it is believed at this moment that Clayton is a friend. However, Clayton has
been out hunting the gorillas. He has lost his heart to the darkness and the
Heartless, making him an evil man with nasty plans. Sora, Jane, Donald, Goofy,
and Tarzan then watched the slides, trying to make some sense out of Tarzan's
mystery word.

Inside the slides, Sora sees a very familiar looking area... the tower of
Hollow Bastion. Sora then asks where Kairi and Riku are, but then Clayton says
that they aren't here. Goofy had found a gummi though, which hinted that King
Mickey could be here. Tarzan then offers to go with Sora, Donald, and Goofy to
meet Kerchak, the leader of the gorillas, inside the jungle. Clayton then
grinned mischeviously and walked out. After that, they went over to the tree
house that Sora began in. A little before that, Tarzan ran into Kerchak, who
didn't listen to anything he had to say.

When they reach the tree house, a gorilla named Terk is playing, then all of a
sudden, Clayton tries to shoot, although he missed Terk by several inches, as
he was interrupted by a loud screech from Donald. Clayton then tried to make up
an excuse that he was aiming at a snake and saving the gorilla's life, although
everyone knew he was just trying to hunt the gorillas down. Clayton then goes
over to the tent at the bottom of the area. Sora then made his way back down to
the tent, but he was attacked by Sabor at the bottom. Still, Donald's magic,
Tarzan's power, and Sora's awesome Keyblade beat him easily.

Once they got inside, Clayton was receiving a large scolding from Jane. He was
then forbidden from ever going near the gorillas again. He then went outside,
and then thinking that Sora couldn't hear him, he then growled to himself that
he wished to hunt down all the gorillas. He then started smoking his pipe, and
then shot. He apparently didn't do anything with the gunshot though. Sora
walked outside and then voila - Heartless were appearing and attacking the
gorillas. Clayton had apparently summoned all the Heartless here to kill the

Tarzan and Sora then helped save all the gorillas, and then he went back to the
tent and talked to Jane. After that, they heard a gunshot go off. Sabor then
attacked again, but was no match for Sora and Tarzan. Sabor finally died... but
then Terk came running. He then went right into the tent and ran into Jane, in
fear. Clayton had probably been threatening to shoot, and then Terk ran off in
fear and got to the tent. After that, they went in and neither Terk not Jane
were inside. Tarzan then somehow knew that Jane was trapped inside the tree

After that, Sora and Tarzan went back to climbing trees, and near the tree
house, they found a large black fruit, trapping Jane and Terk. They then
destroyed it, and then they were freed. The last thing that Jane could remember
was that Clayton had come to the tent, with hints that Clayton had kidnapped
both of them. After that, they went over to the Bamboo Thicket, and then they
saw Clayton, some Heartless, and all the poor gorillas in the whole place. It
was now that Tarzan knew it wasn't Clayton. He had lost his heart, and had to
be stopped. After that, Tarzan and Sora defeated all the Heartless.

Clayton then summoned a large, very hard to see, and strong Heartless, the
Stealth Sneak. Sora and Tarzan managed to get past Clayton's healing power and
then they beat the two, getting rid of them both. Sora then learned to cast
Cure. Kerchak then appeared, and in return for saving all the gorillas, he
threw Sora, Donald, and Goofy up the cliff. Tarzan then climbed up. After that,
the four make their way past waterfalls and get to the very top of the Deep
Jungle. After that, Jane appeared there. Clayton had lost his heart, which was
why he was using the Heartless.

Jane then realized that Tarzan's mystery word (*&&X%), meant heart. He meant
friends in the heart when he uttered sounds like a gorilla, making such
symbols. All of a sudden, a Keyhole then appears, and then Sora's Keyblade
emits a beam again, sealing another world from the Heartless, and then another
gummi appeared, although it wasn't King Mickey's. Mickey certainly isn't in
Deep Jungle. After that, Terk then appeared and jumped on Donald, having a new
admirer. =P Donald did now that Daisy would kill him if he brought Terk home
with him, though.

Sora, Donald, and Goofy didn't take Tarzan with them though, because there is a
rule that when you go to other worlds, you cannot do any kind of meddling, like
taking someone from that world with you. After that, it showed the dark place
where the villains Jafar, Oogie Boogie, Ursula, Captain Hook, and Maleficent
were. They knew that Clayton's heart was weak and he just let the Heartless get
control of them. Maleficent and the others also had another plan to unleash the
world into eternal darkness, using the hearts of seven princesses. The three
heroes then went to Traverse Town, thinking Leon might know something about the

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Back in Traverse Town, Sora used a Red Trinity ability he gained from Deep
Jungle to crash through a waterway in the Second District, and then they
entered a chamber and found Leon and Aerith inside. The two then tell them that
there's a Keyhole in every world, so Sora just has to seal all of them to keep
the Heartless away from them. Sora then shows Leon the Gummi, and Aerith
suggests to show it to Cid. After that, Leon gives Sora an Earthshine stone, to
take to the Fairy Godmother in Merlin's house at the Third District. First of
all though, Sora went back to the First District's Accessory Shop.

He showed the gummi to Cid, who told him that it was a navigation gummi, which
would enable him to travel to even more worlds. Cid then told Sora that he
would install it, but he told him to deliver a very old book first, to an empty
house at the Third District. So Sora took the book and then made his way over
to the Third District, and then cast a Fire spell on a door there, which made
it open. He then entered the house, and then saw an image of Kairi. Sora got
incredibly confused, and then noticed that it wasn't Kairi. Then a wizard named
Merlin entered the empty room.

Merlin then turned the room back into his study. He had been asked by King
Mickey to train Sora in magic. After doing so, Sora gave the book to Merlin.
The book had a secret, that when you put pages into it, it gets larger. You can
use the book to go over to the Hundred Acre Wood, and the more pages it gets,
the more areas in the Hundred Acre Wood are available. Sora then saw a carriage
at the upper-right of the room and opened it, and then it turned into the Fairy
Godmother, whom Sora showed the Earthshine to. Apparently, the Earthshine used
to be a creature.

A time ago, the creature in the Earthshine (Simba) had his world consumed into
darkness, but Simba kept on and had a strong heart, which made him turn into a
gem. This meant that Simba's body was gone, but his spirit lived on. The Fairy
Godmother then cast a spell on the Earthshine and turned him back, which made
Simba a summon. Merlin then told Sora to go back to Cid's Accessory Shop. Sora
then left the Magician's Study (originally the Empty House), and then outside
on the Third District, several Heartless appeared. But then they were all
defeated by none other than Riku.

Sora then poked his fingers into Riku's mouth and made him grin. After that, he
found out that Kairi was not with Riku. Riku then suggested that Kairi was
looking for them, but as he was talking a Heartless appeared behind him. Sora
then defeated it with his Keyblade. That was when Riku noticed Donald and
Goofy. Goofy then told Riku that Sora was the Keyblade master, which made Riku
jealous. He then took Sora's Keyblade and looked at it, although he tossed it
back. Then Donald ordered Sora not to let Riku come with them, because that
would be meddling. As they were talking, Riku then ran away!

The trio was still happy that Riku was safe, however. After that, they then
entered a small house nearby, and found Cid, Leon, Aerith, and Yuffie inside.
They then told Sora about a sorceress named Maleficent, who destroyed their
world nine years ago and is the reason that several Heartless are in Traverse
Town. As they were talking, Riku met Maleficent in the town, who was watching
Sora with Donald and Goofy. Maleficent then convinced Riku that Sora no longer
cared about him and while Riku spent all that time searching for him, Sora
simply replaced him with Donald and Goofy.

Maleficent then tricked Riku into coming with her. Riku, who's heart was heavy
with anger against Sora and would do anything to save Kairi, then agreed to
come with her. After that, Cid tells Sora that the navigation gummi is
installed on the ship, and this unlocked Agrabah, and beyond that, Monstro,
Atlantica, Halloween Town, and last but not least, Neverland. Then Cid gave
Sora the Warp Gummi, which allowed him to transport the gummi ship to any world
he's been to before. Cid then went back to the First District, and stopped
working at the Accessory Shop. Instead, he started selling gummis.

Aerith then told Sora that she was rather concerned about the bell that rang,
although Yuffie said that it was all boarded up and nobody could get to it. Cid
then suggested that Sora ring the bell a total of three times. So then, Sora
went back to the Second District and got to the roof of the gizmo shop, and
then rang the bell three times. After that, none other than a Keyhole appeared,
over in the Third District's courtyard. The trio then went there, but was
attacked by Guard Armor! After a very easy fight, Guard Armor's feet became its
arms and its arms became its feet, turning it into... Opposite Armor!

After a moderate fight, Sora then sent a beam through his Keyblade, sealing the
Keyhole and stopping the Heartless. After that, Sora gained the power of wind,
and got a Navi-G gummi. Before leaving though, Sora, Donald, and Goofy went to
the Accessory Shop, and sitting down on the floor was the wooden boy we all
know as Pinocchio. Jiminy, who just happened to be Pinocchio's conscience,
asked him what he was doing. Pinocchio DID want to become a real boy, but he
had to be good first. He then told a lie, which made his nose become longer.
After he told the truth though, it was all good. Sora then left for Agrabah.

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Right before Sora, Donald, and Goofy got to Agrabah, Jafar and Maleficent were
there, who are both looking for a girl named Jasmine. Maleficent then gives
Jafar the full information about the final Keyhole, which you also learn just
by listening to them. The two are searching for the seven princesses of heart,
and trying to use them to unlock the final Keyhole in the Hollow Bastion and
then devour the world into endless darkness. Jafar then summoned several
Heartless and ordered them to find Jasmine, but Maleficent then gave him a
warning not to use them too much.

Later, Jafar had been devoured by the Heartless and the darkness because he
didn't listen to Maleficent, but he just walked off and ignored her advice, and
while they were talking, it showed Jasmine overhearing everything they were
saying. Sora, Donald, and Goofy then made it past some of the Heartless and
then reached a place where Jasmine was hiding. She then told them that her
father was the sultan of Agrabah, and that the vizier Jafar had overrun Agrabah
and was terrorizing it. Then Jasmine hoped that a character she had just been
with, Aladdin, was okay, as he had wondered off, but then Jafar appeared.

Jafar then offered Jasmine more suitable company than Sora and his two friends,
although she didn't fall for his evil tricks. She then disappeared, and then
Jafar recognized Sora and summoned several Heartless. After they defeated them,
they went off to search for Aladdin, and first went into his house to find a
magic carpet, which went to the desert. Donald then suggested that they
followed it. When they did, they found Aladdin trapped in quicksand.
Apparently, Jafar had found him and trapped him there, and left him to be
killed by Heartless.

After Sora, Donald, and Goofy took most of them out, Aladdin took out a lamp
and ordered Genie to get rid of them. A Genie then appeared from the lamp and
instantly eliminated all of them with a simple snap of his finger. They then
got out of the desert, and Aladdin told them he was there looking for the Cave
of Wonders when he found the lamp, and it was likely that Jafar trapped him in
the quicksand. He then introduced Genie. Since Aladdin had found the lamp, he
could summon Genie three times, and get any wish he wanted, although only three
times, which left another two wishes.

Aladdin then wasted one of his wishes towards becoming a magnificent prince.
However, Genie did little to nothing, although Aladdin then told them about
Jasmine and how much he loved her, but after hearing from Sora that he was in
danger, he decided to join them. He then promised Genie he'd use his last wish
to set Genie free, after Jasmine was free, though. Then they went over to
Aladdin's house, who told them that Jafar was after the Keyhole. After leaving,
Jafar and Jasmine were seen not too far from there. Aladdin then begged Genie
to help, although he couldn't, seeing as how Aladdin had only one wish left.

Jafar then told Aladdin that his second wish was denied, and then his pet bird
Iago stole the lamp that Aladdin used to summon Genie and gave it to Jafar.
Now, Jafar was the only one who could summon Genie. He then threw a pot down,
which turned into a Heartless, and let it kill Sora, Donald/Goofy, and Aladdin.
After the fight, Sora heard Jafar's laugh, coming from the desert. Aladdin knew
that it was coming from the Cave of Wonders, where the next destination was.
When they arrived, the Guardian of the Cave of Wonders attacked. The entrance
to it was a tiger head, which was the battle.

After the tiger head was weakened, the three entered the Cave of Wonders, and
at the bottom, Sora found a pillar that went all the way up to the treasure
room, which then went to the lamp room, where Jafar was. After the pillar was
smashed, Jafar was seen inside the lamp room. He then made his first wish...
showing the Keyhole. Genie then revealed the Keyhole, in which Jafar then
proceeded to try and use. After Sora got there, Maleficent and Jafar were
talking. Maleficent recognized Sora and then disappeared, although Jafar had
offered to explain it to Riku (although the two soon met).

Maleficent then let Jafar take care of Sora, Donald/Goofy, and Aladdin. It was
then told about the door being opened with the princesses of the seven hearts
(Jasmine being one of them), obviously plunging the world into eternal
darkness. Jafar then made his second wish to Genie... to crush Sora! Although
Genie still liked Aladdin, he knew that he couldn't disobey Jafar. Although I
myself am not exactly sure, I believe that Genie would likely have disappeared.
Either way, Genie didn't attack that much, and Sora's two companions beat him
with ease.

Jafar was then wounded, but he made his third wish to Genie... to become an
almighty, powerful Genie! Of course, Jafar had not followed Maleficent's
advice, and had become too thick to see past the fact that he would have been
trapped inside the lamp forever if Sora got it. Iago then carried the lamp, and
Sora and Aladdin fought at the bottom, by attacking Iago and getting the lamp.
When Sora got it, he then trapped Jafar-Genie inside it, and then probably
tossed the lamp into the fire, making him disappear forever. Meanwhile, Jasmine
awakened and someone captured her (Riku told Maleficent it was him after this).

At the top, Aladdin realized that Jasmine was missing. But Sora then used the
usual beam and sealed the Keyhole. The Cave of Wonders started collapsing, and
then the four got out. Aladdin knew that Jasmine was no longer in Agrabah
anymore, but at least he had Genie's lamp. Despite how much he wanted to free
Jasmine, he had a promise to keep. He then set Genie free, who agreed to help
Sora find Jasmine, making him a summon. Sora, Donald, and Goofy then left.
Similar to Tarzan, they couldn't take Aladdin with them, because doing so would
be meddling.

But in the meantime... Jasmine had been captured. That meant that Alice and
Jasmine were captured, and Cinderella, Snow White, and Aurora may have been
captured, although none of three were really related to the plot, like Alice
and Jasmine were, and the last two princesses were. Riku then told them that he
had captured Jasmine. Maleficent knew very well what Jafar's mistake was,
although she wanted Riku to fall for the same thing. Maleficent then promised
to get Kairi back (although she was lying) and Captain Hook gave Riku his
vessel. Riku was extremely doubtful about her, but chose to obey.

Now back to Sora.

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As Sora's group went beyond Agrabah, they saw a large whale on the way to
Atlantica. Donald then tried to avoid running into the whale (Jiminy called it
Monstro, and you may know of it from Pinocchio), but seeing as how large
Monstro was (and its mouth), they couldn't avoid being swallowed by the
creature. Inside Monstro's stomach, Sora had a dream recalling a memory five
years ago, when he and Riku first met Kairi, and when they discovered the
secret place, and the mysterious door. Donald then woke Sora up, and he stopped

Jiminy Cricket explained where they were, and then he spotted Pinocchio jumping
across the water in the area, and then they followed Pinocchio over to the
other side of the area, where they met his father, Geppetto. He and Pinocchio
just happened to be swallowed by Monstro. As Sora and Geppetto were talking,
Pinocchio spotted a very familiar character walking away. Sora then followed
Pinocchio and met none other than... Riku! Riku still happened to be very
jealous about Sora's Keyblade, and he then took Pinocchio and ran away, forcing
Sora to go through Monstro and find him.

When they reached the sixth chamber of Monstro, Riku was found with Maleficent.
She told Sora that all Sora was doing was deserting him for the Keyblade,
Donald and Goofy. Riku told her to mind her own business, and she then
disappeared. Sora then told Riku what he was doing was wrong, but Riku wouldn't
listen, as he was extremely angry with Sora and wanted to save Kairi. Sora then
went forward and went to Monstro's bowels and saw Pinocchio trapped inside a
Heartless called the Parasite Cage. Sora, Donald, and Goofy then fought with
it, as Riku helped for his own reasons.

After a very effortless fight, the Parasite Cage and Pinocchio fell through a
pit, in which Riku followed. Sora, Donald, and Goofy then followed him, which
led them back to the Mouth. Riku, holding Pinocchio, who had just lost his
heart to Parasite Cage, then met Geppetto there. Riku was then extremely rude
and told Geppetto that Pinocchio was just a puppet who had no heart, but who
could help someone without one (Kairi, as Riku had apparently tried to restore
Kairi's heart in this way). Sora, however, tried to stop Riku, but he escaped.
Sora then gained the ability to jump higher, and went through the chamber that
Riku had taken.

Sora then met up with Riku, and saw Pinocchio lying on the floor. Riku refused
to give Pinocchio back, and offered Sora to join up and save Kairi. Sora turns
it down and draws his Keyblade on Riku, telling him that Pinocchio had a
conscience, and right now it was saying loud and clear that Riku has on the
wrong side. Riku then got ready to fight, but then Jiminy went over to
Pinocchio, and then he got his heart back. Riku then disappeared, and let
Parasite Cage take care of Sora. They then fought with Parasite Cage and
defeated it easily.

Riku was no longer inside Monstro. Rather, he was in the dark area that the
Disney villains were in, standing with Maleficent. She told Riku that Kairi had
lost her heart to the Heartless, and then she asked him to find the seven
princesses of heart, which would lead to the heart of all worlds. However,
Maleficent was tricking Riku. Her plan was to find them, and then unlock a
marvelous Keyhole, which would unleash supreme darkness upon the world.
Maleficent then gave Riku the power to control the Heartless. Monstro coughed
Sora's gummi ship out, and then they went beyond, to Atlantica.

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For some strange reason, when Sora's group landed in Atlantica they were given
fins and builds like a fish. Sora met with a girl named Ariel, a mermaid, and
daughter of King Triton. Ariel asked Sora where he was from, but since it was
not permitted to meddle with other worlds, instead of Sora letting on that he
was human and from another world, he lied to Ariel that he was from another
ocean. Soon after, several Heartless appeared, swimming towards the palace
where Ariel's father King Triton was. Sora then agreed to go with Ariel around
this world.

There was an evil witch known as Ursula in Atlantica, who had likely been the
one to summon all the Heartless to Atlantica. King Triton then destroys all the
Heartless and orders Ariel not to leave the palace. After that, Ariel
intentionally leaves -- with Sora -- and tells him to go over to her grotto.
Ariel then shows Sora a lot of things that she collected with the starfish
Flounder, and then as she leaves with Sora, two eels named Flotsam and Jetsam
appeared, and meanwhile Ursula was watching them, thinking they'd never find
the Keyhole.

Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Ariel then rode a dolphin to a sunken ship. Inside,
Sora found a Crystal Trident with a shape similar to the area where it
belonged, inside Ariel's grotto. Sora then went to Ariel's grotto and put the
Crystal Trident into the slot, and then King Triton appeared and shattered the
Crystal Trident. Ariel then got upset and swam away. King Triton recognized
Sora's group as beings from another world, as he recognized Sora as the key
bearer. King Triton then threw Sora out, and Ariel was seen crying in an area,
and the two eels appear.

Ursula then comes over to Ariel and fools her into going with her, seeing new
worlds, and no longer having to follow King Triton's orders. Due to how
tempting Ursula's offer was, Ariel then followed Ursula. Of course, Ursula was
fooling Ariel and was going to take her to the world of the Heartless. Sora
then went over to Triton's palace, and then Ursula attacked Triton, stole his
trident, and disappeared to find the Keyhole. Sora and Ariel then followed over
to the Sunken Ship, and Sebastian opened up a path toward Ursula's lair by
pressing a switch. Then they followed to her lair.

Although they were scared by Ursula's glare, they managed to beat Ursula after
a long, hard battle. Ursula then disappeared, and Sora learned the ability to
swim through currents. He then swam through more currents, and Ursula used the
trident to become ten times as big and powerful, although the fight wasn't as
difficult as the last. After Ursula disappeared, Sora recovered the Trident and
brought it to Triton, who had shattered the crystal because it had the ability
to show the Keyhole. Triton then directed them to Ariel's grotto, where the
Keyhole was and where it could be sealed.

Sora then emitted the usual beam with his Keyblade and sealed the Keyhole up,
and then apologized to Ariel for saying that he came from another ocean. After
that, Sora left and went to Halloween Town.

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When they arrived, Sora and his friends dressed up in spooky costumes, to scare
anyone who tried to scare them. They proceeded a little bit on to find all the
ghosts ignoring them, until they got to the mayor, who introduced the master of
nightmares -- Jack Skellington. Since he had some plans, he went into Dr.
Finkelstein's lab to prepare a Heartless dance, only the Heartless would have
hearts! Sora entered the lab, and then he found them trying to create a heart,
which would have been the one thing the Heartless would have needed. Sora tried
to shoot a beam at the Keyhole they had, although it didn't work.

Dr. Finkelstein then tried to create a heart by adding emotion, terror, fear,
hope, despair, and pulse, but the project failed due to a lack of memory, which
"Sally" had. After that, Jack decides to go along with Sora so they can make
the best Halloween ever. They go over to the graveyard and find Sally, who has
the Forget-Me-Not, which is the memory. As soon as Jack and Sally (who seem to
like each other very, very much...) have a talk in which Sally knows that the
dance will go wrong, three small kids come out of a coffin, wanting to steal
the heart and give it to Oogie Boogie, the terror of Halloween Town.

When they went back to the lab, Dr. Finkelstein saw that they still needed
surprise to complete the heart, and he told them that the mayor knew where it
was. Meanwhile... Lock, Shock, and Barrel (the three kids) had just told Oogie
Boogie about the heart, and then he was prepared to steal it. They found the
Mayor in the "boneyard" and he challenged them to a puzzle of touching
tombstones in the order that ghosts came out of them. After Sora did that, he
go the Jack-in-the-box, which was the surprise. Sora then took it back to
Finkelstein, to get a huge surprise.

As Dr. Finkelstein was about to complete it (and he did), Lock, Shock, and
Barrel knocked him out of his chair and stole the heart. Jack found his dog,
Zero, who then told them that Lock, Shock, and Barrel had gone with a walking
bathtub. Sora and Jack followed them down to Oogie's Manor and then went to the
Evil Playroom, where Lock, Shock, and Barrel were. After a very easy fight with
them, the three apologized but tried to hide how to find Oogie Boogie (to find
him, you had to get to the Torture Chamber by pulling the lever in the Evil
Playroom). After Sora did that, he descended to the Torture Chamber.

Oogie Boogie then fought Sora with the equipment of the torture chamber, seeing
that the Heartless wouldn't obey him. After that, stuffed items that were
making Oogie Boogie solid fell out of him, and then he became flat. He had
obviously stolen the heart so he could have made himself solid. After Jack and
Sora leave, Oogie Boogie then suddenly became one with his whole manor! He was
using the power of darkness from the various orbs on the bridges to make
himself big. However, they were all quickly destroyed, and Oogie Boogie's whole
manor (and him) were destroyed.

Jack and Sally then united inside Dr. Finkelstein's lab, saying that the next
year at Halloween, they'd make a great Halloween together. Sora then left
Halloween Town.

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As Sora, Donald, and Goofy went even further in their ship, they eventually ran
into a large pirate ship. They tried to avoid it, but it was just about
hopeless. After the pirate ship rammed Sora's gummi ship, he was alone on deck,
without Donald and Goofy. And then he noticed none other than Riku. Riku
couldn't have cared less about Donald or Goofy, and then he pointed at Kairi,
who wasn't in good shape. She had lost her heart, which was why Riku was
traveling with Maleficent. Then Captain Hook blocked Sora's way to Kairi, and
Riku summoned several Heartless, not listening to Sora's warning.

Riku then summoned a special Heartless, Shadow Sora, which was Sora's opposite.
After that, he opened a hatch and Sora fell in it, along with Donald, Goofy,
and Peter Pan, who was here to save his girlfriend Wendy. A pixie was also with
Riku, her named being Tinker Bell. After a rather humorous scene, she opened up
the door, letting them out. Peter himself had the ability to fly, something
that Sora couldn't fully do yet. As they were heading forward, Tinker Bell
tried giving everyone some pixie dust so they could fly, although it didn't
help one bit.

But meanwhile, Riku was with Captain Hook. Riku said he didn't care what
Maleficent's plan was, if it could get Kairi back (not realizing that Kairi was
one of the seven and that Maleficent was going to wipe him out, and unleash
eternal darkness to the world). Hook's assistant Smee then reported that Peter,
Sora, Donald, and Goofy escaped, and then Hook released stronger Heartless to
take care of them. Eventually the four finally found Wendy, above on the next
floor, although it was boarded up and couldn't be reached. Wendy noticed Kairi
next to her, who wasn't moving at all.

Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Peter then quickly made their way up to the deck. Just
before it though, the shadow that Riku summoned attacked them, but Sora was
able to beat it. It was his equal, Anti-Sora. Peter then opened a hatch to find
Wendy, unconscious. Wendy wasn't one of the seven princesses, so she didn't
lose her heart, but the reason she was unconscious is unknown. I personally
believe that Captain Hook and Smee may have knocked her out. To make matters
worse, Kairi was gone. When they got to the deck, Captain Hook told them that
Riku had escaped with Kairi.

Captain Hook then summoned a band of Heartless but then noticed the crocodile
that had taken his arm off. He is then about to put Sora off the plank into the
crocodile's mouth, but just as he falls, Peter Pan tells him that he can fly if
he believes. I then believe that now, Sora believed that he could indeed fly,
but nevertheless he managed to do it, and then Captain Hook and Smee
disappeared. Peter Pan then appeared, holding a lantern with Tinker Bell
trapped inside it. Sora then vanquished all the Heartless. Meanwhile, Peter Pan
went to Captain Hook's cabin, pretended to be Smee, and then attacked him.

Absolutely furious, Hook fought with Sora, but he was no match for him. Captain
Hook then fell off the plank and was devoured by the crocodile. Still, Kairi
was gone. Sora then decided to go to Hollow Bastion, but Tinker Bell wanted
first to go to the clock tower. A puzzle had been set up there, as three clocks
said 12:00 and one said 11:45. Sora then fixed that with his Keyblade, and
Neverland's Keyhole appeared. Neverland was then sealed (and Sora got a Navi-G
Piece) but then Riku's memory went back to the day when he and Sora were
searching the secret place. It then shows him seeing a Keyhole. Yes, this is
Riku's memory, not Sora's. Thanks to Andrew Mayes for telling me this.

The scene switches to Riku and Maleficent. Riku had Kairi over at Hollow
Bastion, and then Maleficent tries to make Riku not realize that she wants him
to be devoured by darkness by telling him not rely on it too much. But then she
gives Riku even more power, and talks about Beast, whose girlfriend (Belle, one
of the seven princesses) is inside the castle and that he would soon attack.
After that, Sora was given the ability to summon Tinker Bell. The party then
left to Hollow Bastion, so they could travel to a new world after Cid fixed the
Gummi on the ship.

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Sora went over to Cid's and took the Navi-Gummi they had found in Neverland and
the one they had found in Wonderland and then Cid started hooking them up to
their ship. Meanwhile, Sora was upset. He still hadn't found King Mickey, and
Kairi had lost her heart. Sora then started believing he could find it, and
then since Kairi's heart was inside Sora, one of her memories came to Sora.
Kairi and her grandmother were inside the library of Hollow Bastion (which was
Kairi's home) and the grandmother talked about Kingdom Hearts -- a door full of
darkness, but the deepest light slept from within.

Cid then hooked it up, warned Sora about how dangerous it was, and gave him the
Transform-Gummi. Sora then left.

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Sora, Donald, and Goofy disembarked from their ship, and then a loud roar was
heard. They make their way to an island above, and then Sora found Riku talking
to Beast (as in Beauty and the Beast). When their world disappeared, Belle was
separated from Beast. Beast believed, and he got to Hollow Bastion, where he
knew Belle was. Beast them proceeded to attack Riku, but was quickly seized.
When Sora got there, Riku then told him that it was all over, that he hadn't
what it had to save Kairi, and that the Keyblade belonged to him. The Keyblade
then went from Sora to Riku. Donald and Goofy then followed Riku away.

Riku tossed Sora the sword he had used at the beginning, which was of course
useless against Heartless. Beast then decided to join Sora, and the two were
alone, without Donald or Goofy anymore. Sora and Beast then went underwater and
opened a locked door inside the chapel, and then they went into the large door
inside the chapel. Meanwhile, Maleficent was in the grand hall, with six of the
seven princesses. But Maleficent didn't have all seven yet. Inside, Beast saw
Belle following, but then Belle turned into a Heartless. This made Beast
absolutely furious, since the Heartless obviously wasn't Belle, and then he
leaped at the Heartless, and the door slammed behind him, locking him out.

After that, Riku appeared again, with Donald and Goofy by his sides, and the
Keyblade. He then warned Sora that the darkness would destroy him, and then he
transformed into a dark form. Sora knew that it wouldn't, which made Riku
launch a dark ball of energy from his Keyblade. Goofy then ran to Sora's rescue
and blocked the dark energy. Goofy had finally come to his senses and realized
that Riku's plans were evil, and that what he was doing was wrong. Donald also
followed him back. Sora then tried to knock some sense into Riku, telling him
how as long as he, Donald, and Goofy were together, their hearts would be one,
and would defeat the darkness. Sora then readied his sword.

The Keyblade then disappeared from Riku's hand and went back to Sora. Riku's
heart was full of darkness, whilst Sora's was full of light. The two then
proceeded to duel, and then Sora won. Riku, still in his dark form, then lost
it and went back to his normal appearance, and then retreated through a door in
which four pieces would be needed to open. Sora then found them and placed them
inside it. Riku was then talking to the hooded man that appeared in Destiny
Islands: Ansem! Riku was quite curious as to how he lost the Keyblade, and how
Sora's heart was stronger than his. Ansem then had a clever idea.

Riku, who would have done anything to steal Sora's Keyblade and save Kairi,
then freed and released his heart to Ansem, who then filled it with darkness.
Riku then lost his own control. Sora then made the long way across several lift
stops, and opened up a tower to get inside the castle chapel. Riku and
Maleficent were currently in the grand hall. Riku then talked in a strange,
dark voice to Maleficent, and got the Keyblade of darkness. who plans to unlock
the Keyhole and unleash darkness to devour the entire world. Still, Maleficent
needed Kairi to unlock the Keyhole. She then heard Sora, Donald, and Goofy
inside, and then proceeded to deal with them, while Riku guards Kairi.

When Sora entered the chapel, he then fought with Maleficent and beat her.
Then, she walked away while incredibly weak. Riku appeared and then showed his
Keyblade to Sora. He then told Sora that his Keyblade had the ability to unlock
people's hearts. Riku then rapidly turned around and threw his sword into
Maleficent's heart and disappeared. Maleficent was then engulfed in green
flames, and her heart became darkness itself. She turned into a dragon, but was
beaten by Sora after a difficult fight. After that, the Dragon disappeared, and
Maleficent was finally gone.

After the Dragon is no more, Riku appeared again and mentioned how Maleficent
failed to see how the darkness was eating away at her heart in the first place,
and how fitting her death was. Riku then disappeared again, and then Sora
crossed the top of the Lift Stop and arrived in the Grand Hall where Maleficent
was drawing power from the princesses. As they made their way up, Goofy was
then blocked by a barrier of energy, leaving only Sora and Donald. Sora noticed
Kairi, lying on the ground. He then tried to wake her up, only for Riku to tell
him that she wouldn't wake, and that she had lost her heart.

It was then that Sora realized. This wasn't Riku. Riku couldn't be this evil,
know this much, and talk in such a strange way, not to mention that he referred
to Kairi as "that girl". Sora then demanded that the stranger controlling Riku
(Ansem) give Riku back his heart. But Riku refused. He then pointed the
Oblivion keyblade at Sora's heart, and then Sora fell to the ground in pain.
Riku then gave the knowledge to Sora that Kairi's heart rested within Sora, and
that her heart was reacting to Riku's Oblivion keyblade. Riku then introduced
himself as Ansem - the seeker of darkness, who was going to use the power of
all the seven princess to unleash the world into eternal darkness.

Riku then walked over to Sora, pointed it at his heart, and just as he was
about to draw his Oblivion keyblade into Sora's heart, take Kairi's, and use it
to destroy the world, Kairi, who was still alive and had just awakened, but who
was still inside Sora, encouraged Sora to fight back at Riku. Sora then
awakened, and then angrily shouted at Riku that he was not going to take
Kairi's heart, period. After, Sora fought with Riku again, who of course had
amazing dark powers, but was still defeated. Riku then disappeared, leaving
Sora, Donald, and Goofy alone.

Goofy then noticed that the Keyhole wasn't quite finished yet, and to seal it,
maybe they'd have to wake Kairi up. Sora couldn't wake Kairi up on his own
though, so then he had an idea. He took the Oblivion that Riku had dropped, and
then threw it into his own heart. Sora then disappeared, and Kairi's heart went
back to her, effectively waking her up. However, Kairi refused to just let Sora
go, as she had seen Sora disappear. Ansem then appeared in his true form, and
then summoned all the Heartless. An image of Riku then appeared, and told them
to run. Riku had lost his heart though, so he couldn't appear in true form.

All of them, even Kairi, ran away. Sora, meanwhile, was falling into
darkness... when Ansem summoned it, he then appeared as a Heartless, without
any heart anymore. The Heartless Sora then made its way down to the bottom of
Hollow Bastion and then to the grand hall, where he met up with Kairi, Donald,
and Goofy. Donald and Goofy defeated the rest of them. Kairi looked at the
Heartless Sora, and saw it in it that it was Sora. She then gave Sora back his
heart. Beast then appeared and told them to run, although he couldn't leave
himself, as he didn't have Belle. Sora, Kairi, Donald, and Goofy escaped.

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Leon then reassured Sora that even though Riku had disappeared (to Kingdom
Hearts), that he could be found again. Sora went over to Cid and told him he'd
be off to Hollow Bastion, but then Cid told him that he had a Navi-Gummi in the
waterway. Sora went down there and then met up with Kairi down there. It's then
learned -- Sora and Kairi's hearts are connected, and the reason Sora returned
was because Kairi's heart was full of light and broke through the darkness and
restored him. Sora then took the gummi back to Cid, who installed it, and then 
Sora returned to Hollow Bastion.

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Hollow Bastion still remained, despite the stronger Heartless who had appeared
from the darkness that was coming out of Hollow Bastion's dark Keyhole. Sora
went to the Library, and then Belle and Beast were finally happily together,
and they reunited. Sora then talked to the princesses in the Chapel and then
entered a dark portal inside. There, they fought one of the most powerful
Heartless inside. After it was defeated, the Keyhole appeared. Before sealing
it, Sora sees Leon, Yuffie, and Aerith, who all lived in Hollow Bastion years

A little bit is learned about what the Heartless did. There were large walls
between all the different worlds in which the Heartless had destroyed, and thus
all the worlds were connected. If they were destroyed, the walls in which they
destroyed would reappear, and then Sora and all the others would go back to
their original worlds and could not see each other anymore. Sora then closes
the Keyhole, and Hollow Bastion is sealed away from the Heartless. Sora then
finishes up everything he needs to do, and then he went to the End of the World.

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Sora and his group then land in the ruins of worlds taken by the Heartless.
Goofy knew that since the world was a Heartless world, it would probably
disappear, but after Ansem was beaten, the worlds would all be restored, with
no more Heartless. They then went to the very bottom of the End of the World
and found a final door, and then a mysterious voice spoke to Sora and Sora
alone. It told him that he had no turning back once he entered. When they
entered, Sora found himself in an area that only LOOKED like his island. It
wasn't his own island.

The true features of the area they were in were then shown: many places
disappearing, and a purple ocean. Sora then found an image of Riku over there.
Of course, it wasn't Riku, since Ansem no longer had control over them. Ansem
himself then spoke to them, talking about how darkness had control over all,
which was wrong, since light was the clear winner. Sora then fought with Ansem,
and then some trees disappeared. Donald and Goofy were then kicked out by a
barrier, and only Sora could enter. He then beat Ansem and a large Darkside
Heartless, and was taken to an abyss with Donald and Goofy.

Ansem then told them that Kingdom Hearts was the heart of all darkness -- where
all hearts were born. Of course, Kingdom Hearts was indeed a door full of
darkness, but light rested within, which was what Kairi's grandmother told her
about in the memory Sora got from Kairi's heart. Ansem then transformed into
the World of Chaos. After Sora, Donald, and Goofy were sucked into various
different parts, they finally met up and destroyed it. After that, Ansem then
opened the door to Kingdom Hearts. Although it was full of darkness, Sora was
sure that the light would find its way to Ansem.

He then opened the door, and Ansem was engulfed in light. Being a man of
darkness, he was ultimately defeated by the light. Since there was darkness
coming from inside Kingdom Hearts, Sora, Donald, and Goofy then attempted to
close the giant doors to Kingdom Hearts, to no success. As several Heartless
then came out to attack, King Mickey appeared and defeated all of them. Riku
was also inside, but he couldn't leave Kingdom Hearts, as I believe that it is
where beings of darkness go. Riku couldn't leave, so the doors were closed, and
he was locked inside.

King Mickey and Riku were then locked away, but there had to be a door to the
light somewhere, which meant that Riku and King Mickey would still be out
there... somewhere. Kairi then appeared. The area of the End of the World then
started shaking. The reason = probably because Ansem disappeared, and this area
would disappear. Feel free to correct me. Still, Kairi and Sora were then
separated. Kairi appears back at Destiny Islands, and relives the time when she
and Sora were scribbling on the walls, and then a tear dropped from her eyes.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy were still out there, but they saw Pluto with King
Mickey's seal, which would mean that the two are out there...

But maybe we'll know more in KH2. I can't exactly say how it'll end until KH2
comes out. But that's another story.


                        =-+-= VII. Sequel Plans =-+-=


I just thought I'd add this in, since there is a lot going around about the
Kingdom Hearts sequels. This is all that I currently know about the Kingdom
Hearts sequels and their releases:

There will be no one but TWO Kingdom Hearts sequels. If I remember correctly,
Kingdom Hearts II will come out sometime around summer-winter of 2004 in
America. Which means that we just have a little time to wait for it. Kingdom
Hearts: Chain of Memories is the other KH sequel. I do not yet know about its
release on PS2 (I feel pretty sure that it will be released on PS2 though, but
there is a guarantee it will be released on GBA). It should come out a little
later than KH2. This is all I know about the sequels. I will drop any extra
data that I collect about the sequels by here if I find out any more. Stay
tuned, and if you know anything, contact me at [email protected]


                  =-+-= VIII. Frequently Asked Questions =-+-=


All guides, whether they are walkthroughs, a plot analysis, some boss guides,
etc., need a FAQ section. So here's mine, with some of the stuff you might

QUESTION: Why is Aeris in Kingdom Hearts? Didn't she die in Final Fantasy VII?
How is she here?

ANSWER: Credit to the thousand or so people who corrected me about thinking
that Kingdom Hearts takes place before Final Fantasy VII! Anyway, Kingdom Hearts
takes place in an entirely different dimension from FF7, FF8, and FFX. It can be
proven in the Final Mix version.

QUESTION: So what happened to Kairi and how did she lose her heart?

ANSWER: My belief is that when the world was destroyed, the Heartless knew that
she was one of the seven princesses of heart, and then took her heart. Riku
probably didn't know this, though.

QUESTION: Where are Sora and Riku's parents? There's no sight of them on the

ANSWER: Detailed in the instruction manual, it says that this island is a place
to play (and duel, in Riku's case). If you look hard enough, you can see an
island when you're on Destiny Islands. That must be where they are. You may
also spot the fact that Sora's mom calls him for dinner when Destiny Islands is

QUESTION: Who is Cloud searching for?

ANSWER: This is a good question. However, it's proven in a different version
(Final Mix, I think) that Cloud is searching for Sephiroth, not Aeris. This is
proven when Sephiroth is defeated. Unfortunately though, this doesn't happen in
the regular version. Aeris does, however, know Cloud. She asks if you've met a
specific man with spiky yellow hair in the Final Mix version.

QUESTION: What exactly does closing the Keyholes do?

ANSWER: The worlds themselves aren't locked away from the characters, but the
door is closed between the Heartless and that world, which seals them away.
This stops the Heartless from attacking that world, although you can still
fight Heartless in those locations.

QUESTION: Why was Riku locked inside Kingdom Hearts?

ANSWER: Riku couldn't leave. He lost his heart, and didn't get it back unless
when Ansem died and it passed back to him, and only being of darkness could
pass through the door.

QUESTION: How come the Keyblade suddenly disappeared from Riku's hand when
talking to Sora in Hollow Bastion?

ANSWER: In their friendship, Sora, Donald, and Goofy's hearts became one.
Riku's was full of darkness and a desire for power, so therefore the Keyblade
chose Sora once again.

QUESTION: Wendy was unconscious when Peter Pan found her. How did this happen?

ANSWER: This is one of the things that is unknown. Captain Hook, Smee, or Riku
may have knocked her out, or she may have lost her heart somehow and got it
back. Either way, I am unsure.

QUESTION: What's with that weird voice of Riku's inside Hollow Bastion?

ANSWER: Noticed he gets that voice right after Ansem possesses him? As you may
hear, it's two voices in one. Riku's evil voice is a combination of both his
own one and Ansem's. He loses it after Sora defeats him at the end of Hollow

QUESTION: What of Destiny Islands? In the ending, Kairi is in the Secret Place.
Wasn't it destroyed?

ANSWER: Destiny Islands was indeed destroyed. First of all, when Ansem was
beaten, all of the worlds that they had destroyed were restored. Destiny
Islands was a good example. The area where Ansem fought with Sora for the first
time was not really Destiny Islands.


                             =-+-= IX. Credits =-+-=


I would like to thank the following people, for in anyway helping me to
complete this guide:

- Jeff "CJayC" Veasey: for hosting this and all my other guides on this
wonderful web site, GameFAQs. I must hold my debt towards the man who created
the site I got started writing guides on.

- Stephen Ng: for being a great guy and the IGN FAQs editor. I recently did an
exclusive for IGN, and I must say I was honored. IGN is the other site I write
guides for.

- Jacco "Gobicamel" Kemper: the fact that we are going to write a KH guide
together credits him here. Jacco is a great friend and he helped me a bit with
certain parts, even if you may not realize it. Thank you, Jacco.

- Matt "Astro Blade" Tenker: With all due credit to the other 999 people who
corrected the KH - FF7 problem, I need to give credit to Matt especially since
he supported this update so much, and he's also sexy. Very sexy, yeah.

- Lots of people whom I can't even begin to count who told me about the error
in the KH - FF7 thing, and especially Andrew Mayes, for telling me something
about Neverland.

- All the guys who first got me started writing from GameFAQs and all of my
best friends like SinirothX, Psycho Penguin, Meowthnum1, CVXFREAK, Karpah,
Crazyreyn, Gobicamel, asa2377 (OMG YOU TROLL), Warhawk, Cyril, supernova54321,
Minesweeper, AlaskaFox, me frog, RHarrison, masterzero99, Tom Hayes, wayalla,
djg40, MTincher, BurningFox, AquaBlast, and definitely more that I'm
forgetting: you are some of the best friends that anyone can have, and I may
have quit FAQing/left FCB forever without all of you. Thank you for everything
and for motivating me to get my ass in gear.