Organization XIII Week: Real Somebodies and Serious Nobodies Part IV

The members of Organization 13 were not only a set of some of the most villainous characters to be found in the Kingdom Hearts series, but by far some of the most interesting. Being a set of 13 individual “nobodies” each seeking knowledge, power, and hearts in an attempt to become a whole being or, for some, the ultimate being, it was intriguing to watch these Nobodies without hearts blossom into their fake personalities. However, there were some nobodies who were just that–nobodies. And then there were some nobodies who did everything but live up to that title. Starting from 1 to 13, including that 14th unofficial member, I’m going to analyze each Organization member’s relevance not just within the Organization, but within the Kingdom Hearts series as a whole. Also, I’ll explore the odds that we will be seeing their “somebodies” in the future.

Demyx: Exit Stage Right….

Demyx wasn’t really tuned in to the Organization’s plans or what was happening to Sora. He just wanted to be left alone with his sitar. How did somebody this lazy end up with a humanoid Nobody?

What a disaster. I wish I could say something positive about the Organization’s 9th member, but I can’t. Demyx was clearly meant to be “the funny member,” but he came off as more annoying than anything. His laziness and his genuine lack of interest in anything to do with the Organization overall was so unattractive. Not to mention his lack of confidence in himself and his constant abandonment during 358/2 Days in the few missions he even joined us on were the things that irked me more than anything about this character. How can someone who contributes nothing need a vacation?!

Recently voted in a site poll to be one of the fans’ least favorite members, Demyx’s lack of contribution to the Organization hurt his overall acceptance to the series. All he wanted to do was play that stupid Sitar, which ended up being a real pain when it came to his boss fight. Ten seconds to take out all those water sprouts wasn’t nice. The boss fight was literally the only moment where you can find any respect for the guy. At the same time, other than Axel, Demyx acted out and showed his emotions the most, attempting to hold on to the traits he had as a Somebody. In the novels, it is said that Demyx continues to do the things he used to do when he had a heart (like do his hair) and that he ignores Xaldin’s speech about keeping the noise down with his music and getting sleep to maintain his strength about the battles that lie ahead. Maybe he was in the Organization only to regain a heart, but he didn’t really want to be a member of the Organization because their line of work wasn’t his style. He even appears hurt when Sora says he doesn’t have a heart and can’t feel emotions. That is definitely something to pity him for, but pity won’t save him. End of story: he could have had a better role. I doubt we will see him again. It was true what he said–they really did send in the wrong guy!

Luxord: A Nobody in a Nobody’s Game

Luxord seemed like an okay character that ultimately wasn’t given a very strong storyline. It’s unlikely we’ll see him again, since Nomura didn’t care enough to give him much to do. Maybe he was included as preparation for a KH-themed Solitaire spin-off?

As the tenth member of the Organization, Luxord unfortunately seemed more like game filler than a part of the series. To say that he fit in nowhere would be an understatement. He wasn’t needed at all. Was I the only one at the end of the game that forgot he had briefly appeared in Port Royal? He didn’t add mystery or humor. All he did was play games and banter on about luck. Well he wasn’t lucky enough to be seen as a useful Organization member, and nobody knows this better than Luxord himself.

In 358/2 Days Luxord makes several comments of displeasure on being left out of the loop on important information, most notably finding out that Xion is a replica created by Vexen in an Organization meeting. However, it is after this same meeting that Luxord accepts the fact that he is a pawn in whatever game Xemnas is playing and continues to serve. But why keep playing the same hand, Luxord? It seems as though almost all of the other organization members had some type of secret game plan to overthrow Xemnas. He had a very good relationship with Axel. He could have joined in on Saix and Axel’s plans, as his quick way with words and gambler’s behavior could have found him a safe spot in their schemes. But, ultimately, he didn’t. He allowed himself to be treated like a chess piece in someone else’s game, all in exchange for information. For being such an intelligent and sophisticated Organization member, Luxord allowed himself to be played. There is no chance he will make a return as it is very apparent that his luck ran out in Kingdom Hearts 2.

That’s all for this part IV of the Organization special! Check back in Wednesday, June 29th for part V and, more importantly–leave a comment!

A normal resident on the KHU forums, Cloudy is a big fan of Final Fantasy 7 and its related games. Incidentally, she and her identical twin sister are both authors of this article and spend quite a bit of time discussing the intricacies of Kingdom Hearts (perhaps being twins helps them relate to Roxas and Ventus a litte deeper). With the bubble of ideas Cloudy and her sister has, readers can expect to see more of their work in the future.

12 Responses to “Organization XIII Week: Real Somebodies and Serious Nobodies Part IV”

  1. Ian Manning Says:

    They were truly the most unimportant of all the Organization members.

  2. Conradmoniz Says:

    I really wish Nomura did more with Luxord. :(

  3. casey Says:

    Nomura stated that Luxord was his favorite Organization member. Just saying.

  4. Litta2003 Says:

    what does that have to do with him being irrelevant. luxord was awesome, but he was pointless. even luxord knew he was! he said so in days! so sad….. :(

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Luxord was one of my favorites too ..

  6. KHFan Says:

    I gotta completley disagree with you here. Granted Luxord and Demyx are not key players in the organization they did serve a purpose in showing a contrast between members. They had strong enough hearts to become nobody’s so there is potential there. I still think there’s a chance we will see all of the Organization again in some shape or form, I’m thinking that’s where BBS 2 will come into play.

    On a personal note I find Demyx adorable and he’s my second favorite member only to Axel.

  7. Jack Mowat Says:

    Remember, you’re analysing the characters of a group of nobodies. You can’t blame them for not caring about things like this.

  8. Mahael Says:

    It’s odd, because Demyx and Luxord are “veteran members” but they still didn’t make a “someody” appearance in BBS.  I guess that demonstrates that they were…well…useless…

  9. Maurice Hoek Says:

    These two members clearly where the least important once, but the organization wouldn’t be complete without them in my opinion. It’s clearly that these two where unique characters with unique personalities. I didn’t mind seeing them return. And I hope we at least get to see e-v-e-r-y single somebody of every nobody from the organization. Albeit only out of pure curiousity of how they looked like before they became the characters we know and yes love.

  10. Dragonmidnight Says:

    I disagree with your statement about Demyx and Luxord. First of all the most popular organization characters are among RAD. Roxas, Axel and Demyx. (Demyx has a huge fan base.  Demyx converses with Roxas quite a bit in the manga of 358/2 days.) These three members are the only members to have plushies besides Xenmas. They are also the ones that have a connection to Roxas besides Xigbar. They even cared about Roxas while the other members didn’t give a damn excluding Xion.

    Demyx has high respect for Axel in the novel and even seems sore when he finds out that he is gone. He even interacts with him to some degree. Axel defends Demyx when Roxas has an opinion on him. Demyx loves his sitar because it makes him feel human and he wants to hang on to that. He has another motive that seems betrayed when he finds out that Roxas was inside Sora hence having Axel have no choice, but to betray the organization. Demyx blames Sora for this. Demyx can fight real well if pushed to it he just choses not to do so.

    Luxord is Noruma favorite organization member so I think he might have a future in a game and even if he feels useless he was upset with Sora then strike down down. He just accepts his fate.

  11. Dannessa Says:

    Personally, I liked these two. Sure they weren’t pivotal to the storyline, but I still enjoyed their presence, especially Demyx (who I found to be funny). Overall, though, I do wish Luxord did at least talk a little more.

  12. Amber Hesselink Says:

    Seems to me you didn’t understand Demyx or Luxord at all. I find Demyx to be so much more then what you say. It’s because he wants to avoid fighting and instea dplay his sitar that proves why he had a strong heart. Do not confunse physical strenght with power. Demyx obviously had a strong heart, otherwise he wouldn’t be who he is as a noboddy. He also doesn’t seem very afraid when fighting, so I don’t believe for a moment he is actually a coward, and more likely uses that ”mask” to avoid fighting because he simply is not a fighter. Once more, do not confuse a pacifist with being a coward. Violence is not bravery. And fighting withoud any point to it is ..well pointless. Stronger members lost to Sora, he would be a fool to randomly engage in serious fights. And then there is that bit of mystery, The whole question about noboddys. Do they really not have hearts? Demyx was either lying about how he felt (which actually makes him SMART not dumb, because he is playing Sora and to a degree even the Org) or honestly believed he had a heart. Which makes him intruging, to me anyway. He wasn’t a blind follower, nor was he a traitor. He all but seemed uninterested to be there. To answer your question on why he was even in the org if he doesn’t want to fight anyone, he was more then likely forced. To me it seems all human shaped Noboddies where tracked down and shoved into the org. Demyx probably had the choice of join, or be destroyed. I think the only reason he was in the org, was because lack of better place to be, no choice. We don’t know any of this for certain, which makes him so interesting. Did he have a hint of a heart? Was he actualy speaking the truth (which could be possible after the reveal in DDD). Was he lying to confuse Sora? (If so, he went very far because h alreadu behaved like that way before even meeting SOra, which means he was busy fooling everyone, perhaps even himself) Basicly, wtf was going on in Demyx mind? Was he a nice guy? Was he a sly fox? I think he is underestimated and disregarded to much. I even think he could be one of the most powerfull org members for a simple reason. Water. His element is a very vital element. A human body is filled with it. While most org members use their elements for quick direct attacks, Demyx is able to not only shape his water in forms, but make them do his bidding while playing some music. He never seriously attacked heads on like the other members, yet showed much more skil with his element then other members did. Axel could not shape fire the way he wished, Larxene could not shape Electricity the way Demyx did water. Demyx did not use his element, he controlled it, completely. Imagine him using those skills on the water in your body, or forming a bubble of water allaround you, making you drown on dry land. Or making small pieces of water go trough teh nose so you drowned on the inside. Demyx skill was very underused in the games, with that stupid time limit. But his skill has the potential to be much more dangerous then many of the others. In fact, I think it’s nothing but his strong desire to NOT FIGHT that he doesn’t show more. A lack of interest does not bring the best out of you. Another note to consider, is back to the time limit. people say the only reason demyx is ”strong” is because he has a time limit. BUt think about it, in their world, their is no stupid game rule that decides Demyx gets a random magical time limit to defeat him. The only way a time limit can be explained STORY wise if the time limit is in fact created by the boss character him or herself. That means Demyx creates teh time limit. He creates water clones, that you can a chance to defeat. you fail to do so in time, Sora dies. How? Why? Maybe because Demyx stops playing around then, and sends all that water on Sora’s ass to end teh fight. Basicly, if Demyx did not have the time limit, Sora would be screwed. The time limit is the only reason you can defeat Demyx. Withoud it, he would just do whatever it is he does after teh time limit passes to defeat Sora right away. Demyx is not weak. His powers are scary, hidden only by the goofy way he behaves. Had those some powers been wiht a serious member, people would think twice. Also looking at Avatar, there is bloodbending. Who is to say Demyx can’t do just that? Use his sitar to make you walk right of a cliff? Dance water dance. I’m not saying any of this is fact. I’m just saying, don’t be to quick to dismiss the clown of the group, they often are more what they seem. Same is kinda true for Xaldin as well with his air. He could use control the air out of your lungs. Looking at things like this. I’d say Demyx and Xaldin are in fact the 2 most dangerous members, because they control element that are a part of who we are, or need to live.

    But back to Demyx his ”we do to have hearts don’t be mad” Was he on to something? Did he know about this as a fact? Could be possible (again play DDD if you haven’t already) Was it just a lucky guess? Did he lie? Did he think he was lying? Did he think he was telling the truth? Was he trying to fool everyone? Was he trying to fool himself? Wtf was up with this guy?

    At first glance, comic relief. BUt at second glance, you can see so much more to him. This is why he is my favorite member, because he makes me wonder and think about the nature of NOboddies like no of the other ones do.

    And I repeat, Axel: can make fire wals and thrown fire balls, Larxene can make thunder, Vexen can make ice. Etc. None of them seem to be able to fully shape the elements as they please however. They just use it, like Sora would with spells. Demyx has shown unike abilities, by not only using, but in a way bending the water to his will. I seriously think he is one step ahead in his control of his element compared to most members. He just didn’t show off on it, or use it to it’s full potential. His playfull/non violent nature preventing as such.

    And in days (game and manga) he seems to genuinly care about Roxas to a degree. And Axel too. Heart or no heart, this guy had emotions. Strong emotions. And thats only possible, because he had a strong heart. He deserves his spot in the org, he just doesn’t want that spot. Like you would be any different when forced into something you had no motivation for whatsoever. In a way, Demyx was the rebelling teen of the org, not doing teh chores the parents gave him, and being surrounded by people who want/are fine with fighting, he really was the fish out of the water there.

    Also, final note worth wondering about. Demyx in Atlantica, dance water dance, unbeatable. And all that with using a bloody Sitar instead of an actual wapon.

    Luxord might play a bigger role later on. His thing with time might prove vital.

    Hell maybe he (and maybe even Dem) will return as darknesses. Not something I really hope for (though i do want to see their original selves) but possible.

    Say what you want about Demyx, but he got at least half the fandom fooled. ( or the half that believes he did have emotions, or the half that believes he did not. Regardless, he fooled half, Question will remained what half. And the stupid thing? That was obviously faked. When he got serious he needed no bloody cards. Thats just part of his persona. There is no question if that was real or not. The only question about what was real or not is about his emotions.

    I for one believe at the very least he believed it. Looking on how he acts before meeting Sora, and being able to keep acting like that all towards that fated battle and how genuinly upset he seemed which was a bit unlike his usual funny self,it seems more likely he was actually upset with Sora.

    But yeah, nowhere stated as fact. SO I guess all we can keep doing for now is speculate.

    Demyx, elusive as water, ungraspable, more mysterious then he appears at first glance.

    And honestly, to play music, you need emotion. The whole point of Music is emotion. There is a reason, I think, Demyx used music to make water fight for him.

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