Organization XIII Week: Real Somebodies and Serious Nobodies Part V

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.

Marluxia: A Beautiful Nightmare….

Before I begin, I must say that Marluxia is one of my favorite Organization members because he puts up an amazing fight worthy of a true boss. I would even go so far as to say that his battle was more difficult than the fight with Xemnas. What a shame for it all to be in vain. Marluxia wanted to take over the Organization and get rid of Xemnas and the original 6 members, feeling that he deserved more respect, but his plan didn’t pan out.

Though Marluxia dominated the plot of Chain of Memories, in the scheme of things he didn’t really have any significance--besides getting 5 or 6 members taken out. He didn’t have much of a storyline, so it’s unlikely he’ll return to the series.

When you think of Chain of Memories, you can only truly remember Marluxia. From beginning to end–regardless of how much you hate the card system–you love the fact that Marluxia was a more frequently-seen version of Xemnas, and he looked darn good. For a game character that is. Marluxia wanted to be the alpha dog and, with Larxene by his side, used everyone he could to try and make it happen. Vexen, Axel, Namine, Riku Replica, and Sora all played their parts exactly the way Marluxia wanted them too, but he still lost. For that reason, Marluxia is ultimately irrelevant. Yes, he did set off the chain of events that thus brought Sora and friends to Namine and caused them to be put into a deep sleep, but, let’s be honest, Diz would have figured out a plan B regardless, considering he was using Riku to set up his own plans.

Marluxia’s status as the Organization member at the bottom of the food chain is a sad one because I feel his strength and character is equal to, if not better than, Xemnas himself. Marluxia, unlike Xemnas, is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He was the one planting all the seeds and doing all the manipulation, unlike Xemnas who leaves all of that up to Saix and others. Truly an amazing Organization member who was not content with being a pawn in Xemnas’s game, Marluxia wanted the power and the glory for himself, and instead he got stuck in a side-game that we all hate to play, a less than honorable mention in Kingdom Hearts 2, and a few scenes in 358/2 Days which funnily enough showed he was actually kind of nice. Oh, how I wish Marluxia would come back to fight Xehanort just to see if he had what it takes, but that is a dream fading away just like his rose pedals.

Larxene: Miss Fake Attitude

Doesn’t she remind you of an insect with those two strands of hair that look like antennas? Maybe like a Shadow Heartless with the antennas and those huge eyes!

Larxene was callous and cold to the extreme. It wasn’t so much that she didn’t care as it seemed she was just bitter. Could she have had a broken heart in her previous life? Could Axel possibly have been responsible?

In all seriousness, Larxene, the 11th member of the Organization, was extremely disappointing to me. I understand why they made her into a real bad guy, but the ugly psychotic stance was unattractive. The only reason you remember her is because of these two facts: she is the only woman in the Organization and she has a ghastly, annoying, disrespectful attitude. Seriously, what was her problem? She was barely a part of 358/2 Days and although she was Marluxia’s partner in overthrowing Xemnas and the upper level members in Chain of Memories you really never get a strong grasp of why exactly they wanted to do that to begin with. Was it to gain a heart, like Axel or Saix? Was it to gain the power of Kingdom Hearts? Was it simply because they were bored? Did they really just want to move up in rank? Unfortunately, the reason behind their betrayal was never expounded upon.

In the novels it is revealed that Larxene though her life as a Nobody may be better than that of a real person because having a heart subjects you to pain. Also, when Xemnas acknowledged that the members would get their hearts back through Kingdom Hearts, she was less than excited. Maybe, in her other life Larxene was severely hurt and suffered a great deal of pain. That could be where the attitude comes from. She and Marluxia in the novels had a conversation about how important it really was for them to have a heart in the first place and if the Nobodies were better off without them. Maybe that is why they wanted to overthrow Xemnas, because they didn’t want to gain their hearts back? Who knows. Also, something funny about Larxene was how she would flirt with Axel and yet he never flirted back or paid her mind. That would no doubt aggravate her as well. Maybe Larxene passed into darkness with a broken heart. Either way, nobody likes a bitter woman, heartless or not. Truth be told, I want to see Larxene again. I would at least like to find out why she acted the way she did, but I doubt we will see her again. Especially not in a large role.

Thanks for tuning in for our Organization special! The very last part will be posted on Friday, July 1st. Stay tuned 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 help them relate to Roxas and Ventus a little deeper…). With the bubble of ideas Cloudy and her sister has, readers can expect to see more of their work in the future.

17 Responses to “Organization XIII Week: Real Somebodies and Serious Nobodies Part V”

  1. Ian Manning Says:

    Beauty and the Bitch. I liked reading the character descriptions allot, true to their traitorous core. I can only imagine how the new villains in future Kingdom Hearts games will topple this backstabbing duo.

  2. Nicky3162002 Says:

    I love these articles but that picture next to Marluxia is HORRID! I can’t see his beautiful face. Is there anyway for you to change it to show his face better? I know this article isn’t about the pictures but everyone else had better pictures.

  3. Ursula Says:

    Beauty restored. I had just been trying to use images that aren’t as over-pimped. :P

  4. Sea-Salt Says:

    I like that theory of Axel and Larxene having a past together. Maybe she’s the missing link to [another] trio with Lea and Isa?

  5. Sea-Salt Says:

    I like that theory of Axel and Larxene having a past together. Maybe she’s the missing link to [another] trio with Lea and Isa?

  6. SeptemberTheObserver Says:

    Honestly, I don’t think Marluxia is going to be written off just yet.  Call it a JC Gut Instinct Vision Trip.

    Anyone care for a funny detail?  A couple months before Days was released, and Xion was further explored, I was chatting up with Churro and just sort of half-heartedly said “What if Xion is a Sora clone?  …Yeah.  Definitely.  It’s all in the chin.”

    And whaddya know… :P   Oh, by the way, do check it out!  Sora and Xion totally have the same chin!

  7. Kersha T Says:

    Ok. Thanks. I like it now :-)

  8. Ian Manning Says:

    If that’s possible, than I’d say we have another trio of friends. Like the first, Sora, Kairi and Riku, the second, Roxas, Axel, and Xion and the third, Terra, Ventus, Aqua.

  9. XxKay_WolfiexX Says:

    These articles are all so enthralling!! 
    I have like learned so much reading them :D
    However I am pretty sure we are going to see all the organization XIII members in the Birth By Sleep volume II (If it does come out)
    I mean since they only included just a few of their Somebodies.
    . . . .  . . 
    I wonder if they are going to make a side game showing how all the Organization members became part of the Organization. . . . 
    p.s Siax own!!! <3 <3 <3

  10. cloudy Says:

    since in my blogs about the organization members are based on both fact and speculation from events that took place, i should say that axel and larxene dont have a past together. they officially met within the organization. when they met, larxene asked axel how she looked in her coat and he didnt answer her. she took it as an insult (that he found her unappealing to talk to by not responding), but axel said he didnt see why she chose to talk to him and that he simply saw her appearance as “nothing” and not necessarily as unattractive. she stayed quiet and started to complain about how the castle was boring and left axel alone feeling confused. larxene flirted with him but never got the same response from axel so i think she flirted with him simply to mess with him knowing he would not respond. she’s extremely upset when axel betrays them (her) and takes her anger out on both sora and namine and you can hear in axel’s voice his disappointment in larxene’s death despite him acknowledging her betrayal. 

  11. Ryuk511 Says:

    I love your articles but i need to tell you something, the reason Larxene and Marluxia teamed up was to rewrite Sora’s memories and take control of him so that they could overthrow Xemnas and the other organization members, you say you don’t know why they teamed up in the first place but kingdom hearts 2 should explain most of it if you read the journals especially the journals in chain of memories, but besides that i love your writing keep up the good work :)

  12. cloudy Says:

    your right that larxene and marluxia teamed up to use namine to rewrite sora’s memories so he would take out xemnas. when i say we dont know why they wanted to do it, i am referring to why larxene and marluxia wanted to overthrow xemnas. the reason for their betrayal is not looked into (at least not in depth). supposedly it is to move up in rank, but then what? thats such a silly and stupid reason. saix and axel wanted to overthrow xemnas, but it was to guarantee they get their hearts back. that was made known. but the reason why marluxia and larxene wanted to take out xemnas was not revealed. some of the lower level members felt disrespected by the upper level members since they knew so much and the lowers knew so little. marluxia and larxene could of felt that way. and as mentioned larxene felt as though she was better off as a nobody and marluxia agreed. even still, what they would do when in charge of the organization is not known. their ultimate goal (why they wanted to overthrow him and what they would do afterwards) is unknown. thats why i (as much as i love him) i say marluxia is not too relevant. we dont know his real purpose. we dont know what drives him.

  13. Vanicenteio Says:

    Who ever wrote this article really hated larxene in all seriouseness i dont know if the person was trying to have a nice chat or persuade users into believing larxene was a fail of a character
    i hope you know some many people do like larxene and you should suck my balls jelous whore

  14. Vanicenteio Says:

    that be awesome wouldnt it ^^ i think they should consider it

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Please be careful about name-calling. Any unheeded warnings will result in ALL your comments being banned.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Larxene and Marluxia were the most discontent out of all the Org members. Discontent can breed a lot of hostile emotions and even fray original intentions. After taking over the Org, I doubt Marluxia and Larxene would sit still. Surely, they’d try to control EVERYONE in all worlds, since they seem so apt at it.

  17. Dragonmidnight Says:

    Marluxia was one of the members with the highest thrones and wanted power and I feel he was sick of listening to Xenmas and the higher ups.  So he might of wanted out.  He finds someone else with the same desire and they decide to overthrow the organization.(I loved his final form when he had his monster fight with him.)  However Larxene knew that having Axel since he is more knowledgable and more deceptive and maniupulative could work in their favor in their plan. In a way she likes Axel and was upset that he betrayed her, but he was following Saix’s orders and at the time was loyal to the organization. Maluxia knew that Axel was the organization’s assassin and told him to go after Vexen for almost exploiting a secret not meant for Sora. Or in another case wanted to find an excuse to get rid of Vexen since he would agrue with him since he didn’t like being belitteled. Or he could of used it for black mail.

    Axel did pay Larxene a little attention as when she was leaving to make a portal he would avert his eyes towards her when she wasn’t looking. Hey he’s a guy and some play the no interest card. He even seem intrigued to some degree when he watched her downfall with the hero (not the death scene).  He got along with her and may have liked her, but was disappointed that she teamed up with Marluxia to overthrow the organization. He had that bitterness in his voice when he confronted Marluxia. 

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