The Case of a Sleeping Heart

Characters are the backbone of any work. There could be a wonderful setting and a wonderful plot, but if your characters aren’t up to the same standards then the whole thing will fall rather flat. Kingdom Hearts, as a whole, has some of the most memorable characters I’ve ever come across. It also boasts the one character that, as a whole, has begun to puzzle me the most.

Sora–One Boy, Two Hearts

As everyone who’s played Birth by Sleep knows, Ventus’ heart resides in Sora. This might not seem like such a big deal in a universe where disembodied hearts seek to steal others and heartless bodies wander around, however, when I was thinking about Sora, and Ventus, and looking at the series as a whole, I realized one important fact – Sora has been harboring Ventus’s heart ever since he was quite young. That got me to thinking about the two characters and wondering: with such extended contact with someone else’s heart, is the Sora we know really the true Sora at all?

Thanks to Birth by Sleep, we now know that Sora has held a heart other than his own inside him for 10 years. No doubt that information will be a key part of the storyline for Kingdom Hearts 3.

When we were first introduced to Sora, we met a happy kid stuck with a crappy job. He had to save the worlds, beat the bad guys, and above all–rescue his best friends. Through it all, he kept his smile and persevered, and in the end he achieved his goal. He, Riku, and Kairi got back to the Islands. With the biography aside, Sora as a whole is a well-rounded character. He’s not perfect, he has his ups and downs, but had you not known about Ventus, you would think that what you saw was all there was to Sora.

And yet… now that we do know about Ventus, some of Sora’s motives are a bit questionable. What with having Ventus’ heart in him ever since he was nearly a toddler, what part of Ventus has made Sora, Sora? I can understand why Riku wanted to get off of the Islands–he met Terra in person, so he knew there was something beyond the worlds. Sora might have met Aqua along with Riku, but there was nothing to attract him to life beyond the Islands. But Sora did want to get away with Riku and Kairi, and was excited, too. I have to wonder if, really, it was Ventus that wanted to get away. Was Sora influenced by Ventus, by the latter’s desire to get back home? Or was it really Sora’s true wish to follow his friends?

Who Is Sora Without Ventus?

The waters become murkier once later games come into play. In Kingdom Hearts 2, it’s outright confirmed that Sora can be influenced by his inner selves. Sora cried when he was parted from Roxas’s friends, feeling a strong attachment to the blue crystal that had belonged to Roxas. If Sora’s behavior can be altered so drastically just by that, then who’s to say what would have affected him when he was young enough to meet Terra and Aqua? Children are growing, changing, and behavior that would have been unusual for him would just have been waved off as a normal change. By the time that Kingdom Hearts rolls around, Sora would have held Ventus’ heart for around 10 years. What, exactly, is normal for Sora by now?

We have yet to know whether or not Ventus’ presence within Sora has had any after-effects. Could the happy-go-lucky boy we’ve known since the first game be someone different than we’ve known?

On the other side of this, there’s Ventus himself. It’s not his fault that he ended up inside Sora. He lost his memory when he was young and was taken in by Eraqus, trained and raised to become an eventual Keyblade Master. He knew what he was training for, knew that there was danger beyond his little world, but his daily life seemed to be carefree. He trained with Terra and Aqua during the day and at night he would watch the stars. It seemed he never wondered where he came from or why, at least not until Vanitas showed up. It was only when he left the comfort of his home to chase after Terra that he learned the truth about himself and his heart ended up slumbering within Sora.

With that in mind, one has to wonder: if Sora has been affected by Ventus living inside him, how has Sora influenced Ventus? After all, Ventus has been sleeping inside Sora for years. The question is, will Ventus remember any of it? Is he having dreams of venturing out across the worlds, facing his old enemy in his friend’s body? When he finally awakens as his own self, what of his personality will remain? The easiest explanation for this would be that he probably doesn’t remember anything and will have to be told about it. After all, what does a sleeping heart know of the world around it? But then, there are several things that become unanswered. If Sora truly was not affected by Ventus, then how did Sora get a Keyblade? Why did a member of Organization XIII see Sora’s replica as Ventus?

Could Ventus have experienced his own changes from being inside Sora? If Ventus could experience Sora's life vicariously, perhaps he saw some things he wish he hadn't.

A Future Resolution for Ventus?

If Ventus does indeed remember Sora, then how much will his personality have changed? He’s probably still pretty traumatized about his friend Terra turning to darkness, so having the memories of killing his best friend (twice!) likely isn’t a good thing. If he does remember that, in what context will it be? Will he remember it as an out-of-body experience like a dream, or will he believe that he struck the fatal blows? Either scenario isn’t very good, but at the least the former will let Ventus avoid most of the guilt that the second would evoke.

If Sora and Ventus are so inextricably linked, then what will become of Sora when Ventus, inevitably, awakens? Will the Ventus-free Sora still be the same as ever, bright and happy and a beacon of light in the darkness? There is no way of knowing. All we can do is wait and see, and hope that Sora and Ventus, when the two are finally separated, will still be the characters we know.

This week’s blog was written by Quatre Winner.

Now it’s your turn to sound off–how do you personally see Sora as a character? As a separate entity who internalized his own experiences, or as an offshoot of Ventus? Is it possible that Sora is inextricably linked to Ventus in such a way that the actions of Sora are influenced by strong desires of Ventus?

67 Responses to “The Case of a Sleeping Heart”

  1. John-Paul Prusak Says:

    I just wanted to say, couldn’t Ventus technically be influenced by Sora as well? since in one of the first cutscences in bbs when Ven’s heart is fractured he links with Sora to fix the part thats broken. I’m pretty sure that’s when Vanitas was born as well, and the reason he looks like Sora. I may be wrong, but if i am, than who did help Ven fix his heart in the beginning?

  2. Ryan Says:

    This is definitely an idea that I hadn’t thought about before. Another thing that I thought of while reading this: If Sora gets his ability to wield a Keyblade from having Ventus’s heart inside him, will he still be able to once it leaves?

  3. Clever4231 Says:

    Your right except for the fact that vanitas was born just a little before the whole heart thing.

  4. Gilbo Says:

    this leaves me wondering why when sora released kairi’s heart, ventus heart wasn’t realesed as well

  5. Cameron Says:

    ventus heart was realesed when sora stabbed him self with the keyblade of peoples hearts it found its way into sora’s nobody (roxas) that why he looks like ventus

  6. Ian Manning Says:

    HEY VEN, WAKE UP ALREADY!!! Kingdom Hearts 3 is a die hard, and we don’t want it to be ignored like Sonic Adventure 3!

  7. Theking Tga Says:

    sora is sora but they have same kind of hearts as what we know roxas had ven heart and sora still sora

  8. Gameblade Says:

    Hmm interesting. However, here is another theory you can add.

    In Hollow Bastion (KH1) Sora releases his heart in order to save kairi and the princesses.
    What if Ventus’ heart was released too at that moment.
    As we know, at that point Roxas was created.
    And here is the question: What if Ventus’ heart became Roxas and Sora’s heart was placed inside in Kairi?

    Think about it

  9. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Yes, Sora only gets his second keyblade from Ventus. His first one is all his.

  10. Lizzie1238 Says:

    When Sora became a heartless, Ventus’ heart went into Roxas. Sora didn’t really change after this happened, and although this heart granted Roxas the ability to have feelings, he got his own personality and didn’t take on Ventus’. So I doubt that Ventus’ heart really did anything to Sora, besides giving him a second keyblade to dual wield.

  11. Lizzie1238 Says:

    I don’t get it…

  12. Muhammad Irfansyah Says:

    Hmm.. I Think Sora will be the same person with or without Ventus..But the ability to connect to every heart in the world he has is…amusing,,How do you people think about Dissidia Kingdom Hearts Version ????

  13. Aster151 Says:

    Question for all of you, how did Ventus’s heart get “INTO ROXAS” when Ventus IS Roxas? 

  14. Ryan Says:

    Is it really a case of Ventus being the actual Roxas? How could that be when Ven’s body is still in the Chamber of Waking? I always thought it was really Sora’s nobody that just looked like Ventus because it had his heart.

  15. Alviss O_o =D Says:

    Actually, something like this came to me when i finished KHBBS, But i only thought about “so that’s how sora is able to use a key blade”. As for the idea that ventus has influenced sora…well i hav already seached all the kh websites, vids, images, photos, ect. i could find and  so far there has not been any noticable actions or something that show’s this idea. mabye sora’s simle (im just taking shots in the dark). Honestly, i hope they bring back m. eraqus, and A.W.(ansem the wise) 

  16. KEVINCM_11 Says:

    Bueno, Sora es Sora, si algun dia Ven fuera libre y despertado eso no significa que Sora vaya a ser otra persona, si vemos cuando Sora se encuentra con Ventus, Ventus le pide si puede ir a su corazón asi que Sora acepto a si que Sora no es influenciado por Ven el ya a sido asi desde siempre 

  17. Debenz Says:

    It was confirmed long ago that Ventus’ heart went inside Roxas, which is why he could have feelings. Sora never lost his heart to begin with if you think about it, as he only became a heartless(if you know what that means), and lost his body, which created Roxas.

    Think about it.

  18. Bloom4815 Says:

    I’m surprised Xion’s not mentioned in this. Blank Points and Re: Coded’s ending seem to hint she’ll come back in KH3. Oh well.
     
    Anyway, I think it’s more that Sora’s personality effects Roxas and Ventus. If you read Vanitas’ backstory: http://kh13.com/forum/topic/20973-vanitas-backstory-revealed/ it’s explained that Ven was really complacent and docile. He was a bit like Naminé. He wasn’t really hopeful, either.
     
    But when his heart connected with Sora, he began acting more Sora like (clearly seen in BbS). It was due to Sora’s connection to Ven, but Terra, Aqua, and the Master did help by bringing him out of his shell.
     
    And Roxas is definitely effected by Sora. First off, he’s Sora’s body and soul. But he has Ven’s heart that was also effected by Sora.  The only reason Roxas seems different is because everything was new to him, but also because he has an angrier persona.

  19. Debenz Says:

    I thought the first was from Ven as Nomura did say that “if Ven wasn’t inside Sora, Sora would’ve gotten the keyblade later because of his strong heart.” At Hollow Bastion, Sora proved to get his own keyblade when he got the keyblade back from Riku.

  20. Debenz Says:

    How can Ven be Roxas if Ven has a bodyin castle Oblivion? Roxas was suppose to look like Sora, hence being his nobody. Ven’s heart went inside Roxas, which caused Roxas to look like Ven instead of Sora. This is why Roxas has feelings. I suggest you play BBS, cause it makes your question sound pretty……….you know.

  21. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Sora’s very first keyblade was stolen from Riku, wasn’t it?

  22. Ian Manning Says:

    I meant that, “As long as Ven is asleep, Sora’s new adventure in Kingdom Hearts 3 will never happen.” The characters in KH games have always randomly fell to sleep, so I just want them to kick Ven in the balls and wake him up.

  23. Guest Says:

    I think that they will both stay the same. I noticed that Ventus does influence Sora’s habits a little bit, like the arms behind their head thing. But, those are habits, so they’ll stick around. 

  24. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Lol
    But I honestly couldn’t care less whether he ever wakes up or not.

  25. Nick Says:

    If there is darkness in every heart does that mean vanitas will come back stronger then ever

  26. Cheaken Says:

    I doubt it.  Vanitas merged back with Ven after he was defeated.

  27. Bruno F.Guimarães Says:

    i have a theory, if sora free Ven’s heart he will change, like he’s personality changed from KH to KH2 (can be just he growing up and changing), but if my theory is right, he’s not Completely changed because of the conection with Roxas and When he free the heart for all,he gonna change more, as well It’s just a theory and i think is not it’s right at all

  28. Lizzie1238 Says:

    That could also be Sora influencing Ventus’ habits. Or they just do the same thing by coincidence?

  29. Quatre Winner Says:

    I thought about including Xion, really I did, but once I mentioned her I got stuck. I couldn’t really see how she was related to Ventus aside from being seen as him by an Organization member. Maybe someone else can take on that task? :D

  30. Quatre Winner Says:

     At the beginning of BBS, I thought it was the Keyblade that helped fix Vanitas’ heart. The person’s way of speaking was too advanced for a five-year-old, I thought.

    And yes, Ventus could be influenced by Sora as well. I thought I’d mentioned that… forgive me D:

  31. Quatre Winner Says:

    *Ventus’ heart. I type too fast apparently XD;

  32. cloudy Says:

    i dont think that ventus would have changed or been influenced in any way by the events that took place while he was within sora’s body because in the end of birth by sleep his heart asks sora if he can sleep within him and i believe that even though ven’s heart manage to form roxas i believe that his heart is still asleep because he had absolutely no recognition of himself as ventus in any way, nor did he have any recognition of being sora either.

  33. Clever4231 Says:

    But then roxas rejoined with sora.

  34. Clever4231 Says:

    riku lost his keyblade for a while but called it back at hollow bastion. Then sora gained his own. Since roxas is connected to both he can dial weild (as should sora).

  35. Clever4231 Says:

    But then you have to consider that his heart (which gives him emotions) was fractured and falling away into oblivion. Plus he had master xehanort as a master as opposed to terra aqua and eraqus who seemed like older siblings/parents.

  36. Ousmandiallo45 Says:

    true but, then there wouldn’t be a point for the secret boss battle with his remnant in bbs. i believe thts  a sign for his return

  37. The_dude678 Says:

    I was under the impression that Sora was able to get his Keyblade the first time because of his encounter with Aqua. She asked Sora to be by Riku and help him if he couldn’t do something. Riku was supposed to be the original owner of the Keyblade but them he submitted to darkness and so that’s why the Keyblade instead chose Sora. 

  38. nyt lyt Says:

    Here’s the real question: Will Ventus, Aqua, or Terra have aged at all?  After all it’s been ten years.

  39. Bloom4815 Says:

    No worries. I completely understand:)

    However, I think there’s something that could be said about Ven and Naminé. She is, after all, created from Sora. A lot of people seem to think that her appearance is because of Ventus.

    And they do seem to share personality traits. The first being when they were being controlled (by Xehanort and the Organization), and the second being the self-hate and guilt they seem to have towards the end of their tales.

    There’s definitely something about the Ven/Naminé assessment; it seems both possible and plausible.

  40. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Terra will (as you can see from Ansem and Xemnas). The others, I don’t think so.

  41. Cnomnc Says:

    It Took Time For Vanitas’ Face To Mold Into Sora’s, The First Time He Takes Of His Helmet Is When His Face Had Fully Molded In to Sora’s. Am Not Fully Sure Though..

  42. starryeyedwonderer Says:

    terra will have aged, as above stated. but Aqua wont be aged as she as spent the last 10 years in the realm of Darkness which is proved to me timeless. As we see in the secret ending of BBS, when she confronts Ansem the Wise and learns of Sora.  Ventus  wont have aged as he is asleep in the chamber Aqua left him in obivously protecded by magic.  If Ventus has aged, wouldnt it be visable in either Sora or Roxas. 

  43. Kh Lostempress Says:

    But Sora has been a part of Ventus’s heart for far longer than ten years.  If you remember, Sora healed Ventus’s torn heart when Sora’s heart was newly born.  Which is why Vanitas looks like Sora, incidentally.  So maybe they’ve influenced each other (if you pay attention Ventus does that same hands behind the head pose Sora has done), but everybody is influence by everyone else anyway.  Haven’t you ever found yourself using the same phases and gestures as your friends?  Especially if you’ve spent a lot of time with them.
    People shape each other, only part of yourself is your natural born nature.  So, I would say Sora would be the same as he always once Ventus awakens.

  44. starryeyedwonderer Says:

    i wonder what Sora’s nobody wouldve looked like without Ventus!? 

  45. starryeyedwonderer Says:

    ok so what  i dont get is, Why does Vanitas look so much like Sora if he’s the Darkness inside Ventus. when Ventus never had bonded with Sora? could it be that as Sora grew up with Ventus inside him Vanitas was also shown? if thats the case then what does Sora really look like? 0.0

  46. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Yes, my friends have influenced me to say and do different things that I didn’t do before I met them. So it makes perfect sense.

  47. Andrew Says:

    How does Vanitas come into play!?

  48. starryeyedwonderer Says:

    Vanitas = the darkness inside Ventus removed by  Master Xehanort. 
    Vanitas resemblance to Sora however does remain a mystery.
    my theory is  that when Ventus’s heart went to Sora, Sora’s growth was affected by Ventus’s heart causing himself to take on Vanitas’s appearance.
    but we also have seen that as sora was younger he looks similar to as he does now already. so for me thats a  big fat question mark.

  49. starryeyedwonderer Says:

    ok so another question, Nomura said that Vanitas looks like Sora because Ventus’s Heart “connected” with Sora’s heart “near the begining of the game….. i dont remember that? 0.0

  50. starryeyedwonderer Says:

    oh dont worry :L i found it ^^^^

  51. Veriun Says:

    Until Hollow Bastion in KH1, Sora leeched off Riku’s wielding ability, which was why Riku was able to call the Keyblade back to him. It was only after Sora got it back that he wielded it by his own power, though I don’t doubt that the time he spent running around with the Keyblade before he lost it played an important factor. The only thing Sora received from Ventus, Keyblade-wise, is the dual wielding one.

  52. KeybladePwnzor Says:

    When Ventus and Vanitas were separated Ven was able to awaken because Sora (who had just been born) connected with his heart, filling in the broken parts. Vanitas then took on the appearance of Sora, because Sora’s heart would have darkness in it that would influence the appearance of Vanitas. That being said, Vanitas either had no appearance (and hence the mask) before Ven connected with Sora in the beginning of BBS, or he looked like Ven (being that they have the same heart).

  53. Antietz Says:

    i have never played kingdom hearts birth by sleep so im confused

  54. Irfansyahm Says:

    Um…I kind of want to add a question, about kairi’s keyblade the destiny embrace…It was formed by the bond of her and aqua, yet in Kingdom Hearts II Riku gave it to her and told her that it was hers…How come he can possess that ??? Any ideas ???

  55. JustinGord Says:

    That is a great idea I will think about it. Thx!

  56. Justingord Says:

    This is interesting but in the beginning of bbs ven and sora’s hearts connect after ven’s heart was fractured. So thus vents looks like sora and ven’s personality. And vents where’s the mask at the beginning because his face is not complete yet so when he finally takes it off he get’s sora’s features be ause his heart is connected to ven’s who’s heart is linked to sora’s.

  57. Lizzie1238 Says:

    Do what I did, watch the cutscenes on YouTube :)

  58. Irfansyahm Says:

    Hello… I would like to give a challenge to all of you, It’s confirmed That KH III will end Xehanort’s saga right?? Nomura even said Even after III Sora will be the main  chara…So, i want you all to think about a possible scenario to what will be the future after KH III???If you already had an answer, please reply…Thanks

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  60. Debenz Says:

    So because Aqua “asked” Sora to do something he gets a keyblade? That makes no sense if you know your info. So Aqua can unconsciously do keyblade ceremonies(kairi), and give people keyblades by asking them to do something. lol

  61. Pinkgeek008 Says:

    Keybaldes got to those with hearts ready to wheild them, Sora’s had enough experience.

  62. Phillipflowerchild Says:

    That would explain why Roxas could wield the keyblade the same time as Sora. In CoM, Sora has a keyblade, but at the same time in 358/2 Roxas has a keyblade. I believe that Square Enix decided that Ventus’ heart would transfer into Roxas because if it was still in Sora while he was at Castle Oblivion, Ventus would awaken and dampen the chance to milk the story as much as the can now. They love money too much to answer all of the questions in one game.><

  63. Phillipflowerchild Says:

    And Sora could dual-wield after that whenever he changed form.

  64. Phillipflowerchild Says:

    No, no they have not. In the secret ending of BBS it shows Aqua talking to Ansem the Wise after he fractured Kingdom Hearts in KH2 and she is still the same age. Ventus hasn’t a heart so he won’t age. The only real mystery is Terra. His heart is gone, but his body is still aging… How will this work out if Terra gets his body back?

  65. Phillipflowerchild Says:

    In Japan, elevated language is common. Their emphasis on education is much higher than that of most other countries. So, that high intelligence level is easily an example of cultural bias.

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