The Relationships of Kingdom Hearts

The Relationships of the Kingdom Hearts Series

Learning the Ropes of Relationships in KH

If there has been one thing I’ve learned from Disney, it’s the Goofy Principle: when someone does something wrong, you do the exact opposite and everything should work out. ‘Course, when I had that idea pounded into my head when I was a kid, I never imagined I’d be adopting the Goofy Principle in regards to my dating life. As much as I have from the people around me and from my own experiences, I’ve learned what not to do in a relationship in reference to Kingdom Hearts fanon (fan-created) and canon (part of the story) couples. Some of these couples (and potential couples) have issues to work out before they can be in healthy relationships while other examples have tough starts from the get-go. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and in honor of the great legacy of Goofy, let’s have a look at some of the relationships of Kingdom Hearts that we can learn lessons from.

Sad Joe X Heartless

Maybe one day those Heartless will learn that relationships are about the give and take--not stealing. Oh desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?

Do you remember Sad Joe? No? He’s that poor fellow (who I’ve now named) who runs, falls down and has his heart turned into a Soldier Heartless the first time you go into the Second District in Traverse Town in Kingdom Hearts 1. The story you never found out about is a story of tragedy. See, Heartless are, well, cute. We love their little antenna and big, inquisitive yellow eyes. Our culture has taught us that cuteness is a huge factor in looking for date-able people. Should looks matter? It could, yes, but when you consider what happens with Joe, well…. The man “gave” his heart to the Heartless, they took it, fouled it up with darkness, made it another one of them, then they proceeded to chase down Sora bearing said stolen heart.
 
Unfortunately, Sad Joe experienced how a relationship cannot work if it’s one-sided. It’s nice to take, but it’s even more important to give. I hope that Sad Joe gets a second chance once Sora has freed his heart from the Heartless.

Marluxia X Vexen

Believe it or not, there was a lot of confusion from early promos of Chain of Memories over whether Vexen was an older woman named “Vixen.” He and Marluxia have been inseparable ever since.

Regardless of your perception, this couple pops up fairly regularly in forums and in fan art (often in scandalizing poses). I suppose that due to the “Dude looks like a lady” thing going on, they’ve become quite a picturesque couple of Kingdom Hearts fandom.

But let’s be honest about this pairing: It’s doomed from the start for a number of reasons. I doubt that either of them have known each other very long, based on what the games indicate, and they both are going different ways in life—one is loyal to the Organization promising him a heart, and the other wants to have a coup d’état to become top dog (read as treachery, or traitorism, if you’re a sergeant in red). They’re also both incredibly selfish, often moving and acting in order to benefit only themselves, where any good relationship calls for compromise and selfless sacrifice. I also think that the Graceful Assassin has shown, at the least, confusion into his preference of company. He’s clearly very tight with Larxene, and has shown subtle interest in Namine (very scary). I could go on and on, but I think it also comes down to one big issue: Marluxia keeps putting out assassination hits on Vexen. Fire only helps relationships so long as you don’t apply it to your partner, and hiring a pyromaniac to do just that is a double no.
 
They’re hopeless as a couple, but villains such as they may still be able to maintain some semblance of teamwork and cooperation; they could start by contributing more emotional investment in one another and—at all costs—cut out the murder and betrayal.

Hades X Maleficent

Disney villains are people too, right? They wanna cozy up with a special someone, settle down and proceed to take over the world while making googly eyes at one another in the morning. Well, apparently Mickey Mouse thought so, and it turns out the king has some kind of nightclub as a second job (who would have guessed?). All this leads to one of the most awkward displays of dating I’ve ever seen between two people, in this case being Hades and Maleficent. I think I speak for all of us when I say we never want to see Hades shirtless again. But when they talk in Kingdom Hearts, it seems that there’s an undercurrent to their conversation after the incident with Cerberus that says, “We are and forever will be accomplices.” What happened? What went wrong?

A match made in Hell? Both Maleficent and Hades have attempted to kill small infants out of spite. No, forgiveness isn’t exactly their strong suit.

 
…Well, if we really must answer that question, the biggest point is that these people both make mountains out of molehills and hold grudges for obscenely long times. Hades unleashed forces of apocalypse because he was given the Underworld job and expected to stay away from Olympus, and Maleficent cursed a child to die at the age of sixteen simply because she wasn’t invited to the birthday party. Relationships often ask for forgiveness (not necessarily forgetfulness though), and these two just don’t get that concept. Then you go into diverging goals in life. Hades wants to take over the universe and get what thinks is his, while Maleficent actually seems content with her slice of life and gets her kicks out of simple acts of spite, both random and planned. I can see the Mistress of Evil actually getting tired of Hades’ obsession with revenge and rule, if for no other reason than she’d find it petty. Finally, they would suffer from the bad boy meets bad girl complex—it’s exciting and alluring to try out those sort of people for a while, but those relationships quickly deteriorate and each person becomes a general force of evil in the others’ life.

Perhaps they should start slowly, for example, teaming up as one unit to conquer their worldly enemies. The problems would feel as though they were halved, while the shared victories would feel doubly diabolical.

Sora X Kairi: HEAR ME OUT!

Not really an example of a bad relationship, Sora and Kairi are one of the cutest couples I’ve seen out there. That doesn’t mean they do everything right though—far from it. They actually have some problems that keep them from being a proper couple. And just what is that issue? Simply put, communication.

Sora has trouble admitting his feelings, though we can all see he’s in love. Just kiss the girl already!

 
You thought I was going to say “She keeps getting kidnapped” didn’t you? Well, that’s true, it is a problem, but the true improvement to be made is in communication. I mean, these two have been friends for years, so they have a good foundation for a relationship–they actually know and understand one another. The problem is this: neither one of them has actually admitted that they are in love with the other. Instead, we have this sort of awkward, non-progressing relationship. And we know they both want to say it to each other. That’s the part that drives me crazy about the two! Sora pines a lot for Kairi, and even when Kairi forgets Sora, it still manages to weigh in on her mind. But when they meet, we have tokens exchanging and little promises to return and words that say “I Love You” in the subtext but never openly state it, etc. As Sora’s crabby friend would say, “Kiss de girl” already!
 
If I had to draw one other major issue with these two, it’s that the romantic aspect of their relationship seems partly fueled by a lack of variety. Allow me to say that when you spend all your time with one girl, it’s easy to think she’s the only one for you, and vice versa. Variety in dating is a lost art, but it helps you keep perspective and get a true grasp of your feelings for an individual. So am I saying Sora should be dating people like Ariel or Namine (for however brief a stint that would have been) and some other young folks, or that maybe Kairi should pay more attention to Riku for a while? Yes, and believe it or not, I say that because it will make Sora and Kairi’s relationship that much more meaningful and certain. I mean, we all know that the great smiling Nomura has ensured their eternal bliss together, so I’m pretty sure they’ll come back to each other in the end, but from my experience, seeing what else is out there just strengthens the relationship. It can be okay to date different people when you’re young—it helps you really be sure of who you want to steadily date (and beyond!).

Knowing that Sora has eyes for Kairi only, I’d like Sora to go for it, save the world, and get the girl!

Roxas X Axel

Wow, Roxas and Axel. I have no stats to back me up on this one, but I don’t think anyone will argue with me when I say that this ‘couple’ is probably the largest one looked at and even the one with the largest fanbase within the community. People cosplay it, write fanfics about it, and raise their voices to insist that this somehow should come to pass. The discussion is huge…so it is a shame that it doesn’t actually work.

So what if Roxas has picked up two girls and Axel hides everything--tragedy makes perfect! The ice cream starts to take on a whole new meaning.

 
I mean, maybe I’m the only one who noticed this, but my count on Roxas’s chick pickup list is at least two, even if Xion is a memory replica and Namine is a Nobody. I also find it hard to believe that Axel doesn’t go pick up girls every weekend with that alluring voice of his. Barring that there are evidently better matches for Roxas, and that Axel is much of a girl-magnet, would a relationship work between these two?

They’re certainly close: these two are fine combat buddies, and share a brotherhood as tight as family. So it seems strange that when Roxas finally decides to fight the Organization, Axel only jumped on the bandwagon after Roxas rejoined with Sora. That says a lot about the differing priorities of these two. Axel has also kept some huge secrets from Roxas—something that can hurt a relationship whether it’s short or long term. The biggest problem though is that Roxas’s heart belongs to someone else (okay, two other people, both Sora and Ventus). Axel may not have obligations since his heart belongs to a Heartless out there in the world, but Roxas, on the other hand, does have to sacrifice himself for the good of these two people.

Clearly, Roxas and Axel can only be good friends and they show the passion of true friendship. Even though it sadly could not persist longer, as a famous movie and Canadian female singer put it, their hearts will go on.

Mickey X Minnie

Put the pitchforks down already, and hold off on your viruses. Mickey and Minnie have been dating for as long as the two debuted and despite many of their issues, they’ve managed to work through them and generally form a great relationship. They can only be even better-off since they’re married in Kingdom Hearts, right? I want to say yes, but sometimes the strength of a relationship is judged by what happens in an emergency, and in Kingdom Hearts, Mickey…makes some tough choices that leaves his partner wanting.

It seems like Minnie and Mickey are never in the same room together. Maybe if Minnie had a Daisy-like tantrum that would help fix things?

 
In the first Kingdom Hearts (maybe as far back as Birth by Sleep), Mickey has suddenly disappeared without telling Minnie anything (save by letter) and was gone for over a year. At worse, he could have died, he could have been made a Heartless, he could have been served for lunch in the Land of Dragons, he could have had any number of things happen to him and she would never have known. Granted, when he was in the dark realm, there’s only so much he could do to keep in touch with her, but he doesn’t stay there the entire time, so he could very easily have stopped by and let her know what was going on. Probably could have done this multiple times, in fact. But we never get a good indication that he ever fills her in, which means Minnie’s left to wonder and worry. Fortunately, Minnie seems to be the forgiving sort.
 
Mickey’s actions in Re:Coded is a cause of worry for Minnie. I mean, bringing work home is fine since this is for a good cause. But when your work involves you going into a digital dataspace and fighting against living data that decides it wants to bust out and wreak havoc in reality, I think our girl’s foot should have come down. That’s just not good in any sense of the word—it’s a threat to them, their home and their world. Minnie may be perfectly forgiving and kind, but I think Mickey should give her less cause for worry and provide better guard for all of these unplanned disasters.

Mickey and Minnie are a really great couple—they’re fun, cute and most importantly, they love each other very much. In the future, I hope that Mickey and Minnie will learn from these mistakes and talk to each other, and that Mickey will make more effort to be there for Minnie.
 
So, is there anyone I think is doing it right and maintaining a good relationship? Well, there is one that’s half fanon, half canon that I think we can learn a lot from.

Aqua X Terra

Aqua and Terra probably have one of the most stable relationships in the series. They could definitely work well together, if they ever saw each other as more than friends.

Despite the fact that some people will think I’m a moron for this, I really do think that Aqua and Terra could have been the ideal couple if things had worked out at the end of Birth by Sleep, and for a plethora of reasons. I think the fact that they were friends first is a big plus—many relationships are stronger when you start off just getting to know a person and spending time with them without romantic interest. They both are very close to each other, and they’re both dedicated to something bigger than themselves (protecting the worlds from darkness), which I believe is critical for a relationship. When they quarrel with each other in regards to Terra’s descent into darkness, they have the wisdom to not immediately chase after each other and instead take time to cool off and come to remember why they are important to each other regardless of their flaws. When they get back together, they are willing to listen to each others’ sides (even with death lingering over that conversation) and deal with it rationally. And when things get tough, they look out for each other, making sacrifices for one another to make the best of a bad situation.

That’s loads more mature than, say, Maleficent and Hades, who never forgive, never make any effort, and probably just set one another on fire.

The Lesson of Love in Kingdom Hearts

While no couple in Kingdom Hearts fanon or canon is wholly perfect, I think the lessons in relationships they communicate can help us make the best of what we’ve got. Kingdom Hearts has always emphasized the bond between people’s hearts, the importance of forging strong memories to bind you together throughout the bad times, to make sacrifices for one another selflessly, and to be united not only through love (familial or romantic) but through purpose. Kingdom Hearts‘ many themes and stories, underneath many of the tropes of Disney and romance in general, tell us a lot of what we can do to make our relationships strong and lasting.
 
Or maybe, if you’re feeling sappy, it’s telling you your special one’s out there waiting for you. Either way, Happy Valentine’s Day, and best of luck to y’all.

What Do You Think?

Arcane – So, what is your favorite Kingdom Hearts couple, fanon or canon? Your least favorite? Why? What makes for a good relationship, and what do you look for? Finally, how do you think fire could improve your relationships?

71 Responses to “The Relationships of Kingdom Hearts”

  1. Thomas Øvrelid Says:

    Roxas & Naminé? :(

  2. Nico Says:

    Yip you’re totally right, I guess the writer just forgot them, but hey everybody makes mistakes

  3. Ousmandiallo45 Says:

    i think you forgot about xemnas X saix

  4. Robynn Says:

    Nay. I love them both to pieces, but I don’t like them as a couple.

  5. Kelty Cusack Says:

    Very awesome, love it!

  6. Emma Majors Says:

    Roxas x xion
    Axel x Xion

  7. Arcane Says:

    So many relationships, a request from your editor to keep it under three pages. >_< There were a LOT of relationships I wanted to laugh or look at, but we didn’t have time or space(I think when I started brianstorming this myself I actually had a fanon list around seventeen couples). Hence, this forum.

    As a side note, if you liked this article, thank Saku-she took my mess and saved it from collapsing on itself in a short amount of time.

  8. Xagzan Says:

    Yeah Sora, get out there and see other people for a while. For example, there’s a lovely blue haired girl stuck in the WoD who could use some assistance…

  9. Turtle Says:

    I don’t ship, with the exception of AquaxVentus. Something about that pairing fits for me.

  10. Albel Nox13 Says:

    why can’t everyone just be in a threesome? like RikuxSoraxKairi(cuz i hate the thought of Riku not being with either of them) and AxelxRoxasxXion, and TerraxAquaxVen.. Namine can be with Repliku or she can join the fun with Axel, Roxas and Xion XD I like those better

  11. Andres Rodriguez Says:

    Kingdom Hearts isnt really ment to show the relationships of more than friends. It shows friendship and its ups and downs so we know what to expect in all of our relationships whether its friends or more. Yes Sora and Kairi should show more affection for eachother but thats not what they want to show. Its just the connection of all the couple. (:

  12. fadedxxlovesong Says:

    SoraxKairi<3 (pretty much all of my fanfics on fanfiction.net are dedicated to this pairing)
    Roxas can go with either: Olette, Namine, Xion or Axel. I think they all work in their own ways… but I think my favorite is RoxasxXion.
    …I want Riku and Aqua to be together =P I don’t like Terra but I love Aqua and Riku doesn’t have any one so I thought they’d make a good couple. And I have a sneaking suspicion that they’ve already met in the realm of darkness.

  13. Ian Manning Says:

    One of these days, Sora and Kairi’s relationship will need to take the next step. Who knows, maybe when she’s a playable character in an upcoming KH game, Kairi will be able to have some more time to talk with Sora. Who knows…maybe Aqua can be a rival for Kairi’s affection for Sora.

  14. Windsreturntobonds Says:

    RoxasxNamine why? there simply cute and Namine did wanted to see him “I Wanted to meet you at least once.” Roxas blushes It’s just cute X3

  15. Thea Larson Says:

    My favorite Kingdom Hearts pairing… hrm, there’s a question. I would have to say there’s no one pairing out there that I out and out prefer over another. My preferred pairings have a lot to do with my mood and what plotbunnies I have going through my head right now. If I had to give a preferred pairing, I’d have to say Sora/Hanatarou Yamada – but that’s just because I’m plotting a KH/Bleach crossover. I’ve shipped Sora/Roxas, Axel/Roxas, Axel/Sora, Axel/Sora/Roxas, Sora/Kairi, Riku/Kairi, Aqua/Ventus, Sora/Aqua, Riku/Roxas… but all of those came about because of fanfiction ideas. I can’t say that, at the moment, I have one set OTP for this fandom. Come future titles, who knows?

  16. Guest101 Says:

    Am I the only one who thinks a relationship between Aqua and Sora or Riku is just…wrong. Look, I’m sure they can easily get along, but did anyone even notice the age limit (hint: we’re talking about a difference of 10+ years). It’s just, wrong…!

  17. Whitevice Says:

    No Sad Clown here. Happy Panda!

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1131/815205376_57daff5841.jpg

  18. Beau Says:

    Well, Sora and Kairi for sure. They’ve got it for each other, they’ll admit it someday.

  19. Black Otsel Says:

    U got a good point about Sora & Kairi. He could like date Olette or Yuffie. Or mabye even Selphie he grew up on the island with her too

  20. S.Angel Says:

    Well yeah. Technically it would be wrong but I don’t think a person ages in the World of Darkness. Maybe Riku with Aqua…since apparently he’s a bit like Terra.

  21. Debenz Says:

    Sora should forget Kairi and get with Aqua. She’s so much better.

  22. Thea Larson Says:

    Considering this is a universe where the moon is heart-shaped, fourteen-year-olds embark to save the world, and Nobodies (supposedly) don’t age… I think Sora and Aqua would be a bit more concerned with not getting munched than with what age their partner is. All’s fair in love and war, right? I mean, that heartless isn’t going to care that they’re not the same age…

    Plus, who knows how it is on the Islands. For all we know, Sora should have been married with two kids by now. It’s an entirely different world, after all :3

  23. PieGuy Says:

    saix X axel? come on, saix would always btch about axel like some nagging wife; tht would be a hilarious pairup :B

  24. Xela Says:

    what do i think? roxas and axel are obviously gay for eachother haha so what if roxas has 2 girls. then hes bi. duh lol

  25. N_gamecorp Says:

    ther r a lot of gay couples in this thread

  26. Xagzan Says:

    Yeah, it is wrong.

    That’s what makes it right.

  27. Shay Says:

    lol, just missing one couple: roxasxnamine, I’m sure there couldve been a paragraph or two about how they are actually THE SAME PERSON…

    anyway great blog, had countless laughs over it! A+

  28. Shay Says:

    there is a shortage of kh girls to go on

  29. NightKhm Says:

    I go by the pairings that the game gives out.
    Sora/Kairi
    Aqua/Terra
    Roxas/Namine
    etc.

  30. Guess Says:

    problem with that blue haired girl….she was who knows how old when sora was like 4……and it’s been over ten years since….

  31. Albel Nox13 Says:

    Aqua and Cinderella FTW! lmao XD

  32. Rudonymous Says:

    Kid Sora x Kid Riku all day everyday.

  33. Kawaiiemo44 Says:

    def sora/riku and roxas/axel, and zexion/demyx are the best pairings in the entire world

  34. Nisa Addina Says:

    I can’t see why Roxas should go with Namine (no offence)
    I mean, he barely knew her, then suddenly he falls in love with her. It’s weird.
    I support Roxas x Xion, because they’re relationship is just like Aqua and Terra, well sort of.
    They really look out for each other, and even if Xion attacked Roxas, she did it to save him. And their memories together will always be in Sora. The time they’ve spent together is romantic. :)

  35. YaoiLover AE Says:

    Well, I’m okay with most pairings, but I mainly ship:
    Terra/Ven
    Ven/Vanitas (as weird as it probably sounds)
    Aqua/Terra (but I still prefer Terra/Ven over it)
    Sora/Riku (Sora’s just too flaming to me… And Riku is trapped by my rule: Any guy who is way too attractive MUST be gay. Plus Riku’s too much of a sexy bishie for any girl to compare)
    Axel/Roxas (“He made me feel like I had a heart.” This is even more significant because Axel’s a Nobody and shouldn’t be able to feel)
    Zexion/Demyx
    Leon/Cloud (… >.<)
    Marluxia/Larxene (they already have a good relationship, and Marly & Vexen just hate each other – plus I just have this problem with Vexen)
    Xemnas/Saix (much love… Besides, how else would number SEVEN become SECOND-in-command? That’s skipping, like… 6 levels…)
    Lea/Isa (but I can’t stand Axel/Saix…)
    And probably more, I’m just too lazy to try to remember…

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  37. Jhdguihxiodh Says:

    what is wrong with you people its definatley sora and kairi they are perfct for eachother

  38. Steveparker Says:

    WHAT THE HECK! Guys sora and riku or roxas and axel What’s next Terra and Ventus Seorisly THERE GUYS are u people gay or something that’s just wrong . Btw sora and kairi meeting new people are u crazy there meant to be how would u fell if u like a guy like sora and someone told u to see someone new huh that’s wrong SORA and KAIRI are meant to be so don’t just say for them to find someone else BTW enough with the gay couples GOSH

  39. Steveparker Says:

    Guys AQUA is way to old for sora HAVE U EVEN been paying attention remember sora in birth by sleep was idk 4 and she was idk 18 or something seriously Kairi and sora are meant to be GOSH And JuSt STOP WITH the gay couples

  40. Steveparker Says:

    Btw Namine and sora NO naming is inside Kairi . Xion and roxas NO! Xion DIED Also AXel died and roxas and naming were meant to be just like Kairi andnsora were meant to be

  41. Steveparker Says:

    Btw Sora Does Like Kairi Theres been hint though out the whole kingdom hearts game Btw remember the moment at the end of kingdom hearts .

  42. Steveparker Says:

    Btw I bet in Kh3 that thell kiss or do somehthing romantic I’m sure of it

  43. Steveparker Says:

    Ur so wrong Thea Larson

  44. Steveparker Says:

    Well not u it’s just what u said no offense

  45. Steveparker Says:

    Look aqua and Sora will never be together so… DEAL WITH IT! 😠

  46. Alexandra Cordes Says:

    Where’s the Sora x Riku pairing?

  47. Alexandra Cordes Says:

    …Wow. I knew some people were narrow-minded and ignorant, but… wow. Are you homophobic? What’s wrong with a homosexual relationship happening? So there are girls you could pair them with, so what? That doesn’t mean they’re heterosexual. Jeez. “Oh no, my game character is gay!” I hate how it’s just assumed everyone in a video game is straight. We can’t possibly have a realistic homosexual person in a video game. And when we do get homosexual game characters, they pretty much shove their sexuality down our throats. That just isn’t how reality works. Movies, television shows, and books are on the right track to giving these types of relationships the respect they deserve. Hm. This has turned into a rant on how gay relationships are not properly portrayed in video games… woops. But your comment really is unbelievably idiotic. 

  48. Alexandra Cordes Says:

    Because a shortage of girls means they have to turn gay magically. Ugh. *rolls eyes* Sarcasm in case it isn’t obvious.

  49. Anggiewinds Says:

    Terra and aqua were the best, in my opinion of course. I think it’s based on what the gamer thinks though, like Ax and Roxy, I don’t like that pairing personally. I mean it’s not that I don’t like yaoi I just don’t like K.H. Yaoi. I perfer larxel instead of akuroku(Axel&Roxas).

  50. spookysora Says:

    And what’s wrong with you? Let people pair up the characters they want. Also, learn to spell, then we’ll see.

  51. spookysora Says:

    Reading your reply gave me brain cancer. Get the fuck out.

  52. Lyndi Beth Steinhilber Says:

    To be complete honest… homosexual pairing or not, I support Riku/Sora. The pairing is beautiful and it makes sense to me. Soul-mates always come to mind. The reason I like the pairing has absolutely nothing to do with the fact they are considered a “Yaoi/Shonen-ai/Gay/Homosexual” or whichever name you prefer, coupling.

    As for me… they could be a straight pairing or a lesbian pairing and I would like them the same. Light and Darkness need to be together, it’s that simple.

    I hate that some people belittle the fans of the pairing, I know everyone has their own opinions, but no need to be rude about it. Calling fans of Riku/Sora or the other popular pairing Axel/Roxas crazy, rabid yaoi fans… when in fact fans who like heterosexual pairings are just as crazy as us supposed “Crazy rabid” fans if not crazier, considering they are the ones that complain the most. lol I may in fact be a yaoi fan (I see nothing wrong with homosexuality and no I am not a lesbian.) However like I said before, I don’t even support SoRiku because of the fact they are a gay pairing. They just make a beautiful perfect pairing! and lets be honest… I can almost 100% guarantee that if lets say Sora were a girl fans of the straight pairings such as Sora/Kairi, Roxas/Namime etc – would be all over the Riku/Sora pairing then!

    It’s sad that fans of the KH series let the fact that Riku and Sora are both boys get in the way of the beauty of the pairing it’s self.

    Their bond is Love, Best friends, Family, everything mixed into one.

    What more could a person want? I just don’t get it.

    I myself will admit here and now or anywhere that I don’t see why some people like Sora/Kairi… in my opinion they seem like just friends or even siblings and I can’t stand when fans of that pairing try to use the “canon” card on us when it isn’t even actually “canon” pairing lol I mean really?

    that is the lamest excuse ever, it’s not even an existing excuse.

    Also, Disney supports homosexuality. So no one can use that excuse either and it be true. There were talks a couple years ago about having a gay character in one of there possible future movies.

    Rant Done. Sorry I had to get that off my chest lol

  53. Lyndi Beth Steinhilber Says:

    I know right?
    Riku x Sora and Axel x Roxas are the only pairings I ship from KH.(other than the Disney couples.)

  54. Lyndi Beth Steinhilber Says:

    They are friends. Sora, Riku and Kairi have been friends for a long time and Sora and Riku best friends.

  55. Lyndi Beth Steinhilber Says:

    I don’t see how Sora and Kairi are “meant to be”. I don’t think they are and I am not the only one that thinks that way.

    As for the gay pairings, I don’t see what is wrong with that… people are allow to like what they want. In fact, the “gay” pairings like Riku and Sora or Axel and Roxas are more popular in the fandom than Sora and Kairi. Do searches around the internet… Google, Youtube, DeviantART, Yahoo, Bing, you will see the results you get.

    But, you know, to each their own.

  56. Lyndi Beth Steinhilber Says:

    Amen.

  57. Riku Says:

    Wow very nicely put! I’ve always felt the same way. Riku’s actions in Kingdom Hearts were all driven by him being “shunned” by his best friend Sora. Even going after Kairi, he was still trying to either mess with Sora or try to convince Sora to team up with him. Dream Drop Distance and the additional scene in KH final mix where Riku closes his eyes, thinks of his friends, and sees Sora sealed the deal on that to me. Sora always sees Kairi when he has visions or what not, Riku saw Sora. That to me is key.

    I do see Sora as having romantic feelings for Kairi rather than Riku, but I have always hated how people react to those who like Riku/Sora. It’s weird how they say things like “ugh don’t do that to them” or “stupid yaoi fangirls” like gay people don’t exist in real life or unless it’s a straight pairing it must be based on nothing substantial.

  58. TLoZKH7590 Says:

    Does anyone think that if Terra doesn’t get his heart back Aqua could possibly get paired with Lea? I mean, when he was a nobody he didn’t age and he’s like 20 or 25, so that would make better sense than Aqua x Riku, am I right?

  59. TLoZKH7590 Says:

    I agree
    Sora x Kairi
    Roxas x Namine
    Riku x Xion?

  60. Colors of a Yin-Yang Says:

    I am a total Zemyx fan! And SoRiku! And AkuRoku! And whatever you call Vanitas x Ventus! And Ventus x Terra! And…

  61. Colors of a Yin-Yang Says:

    Oh, nonononono! I’m sorry, but I REALLY HATE Xion x Riku. NO. It’s just… no. Also, I think Sora’s main goal wasn’t really to save Kairi, because he does reject Riku after he asks Sora to join with him. Some people out there will probably say, yeah, he did that because he knows Riku is turning dark, but maybe that was because he wanted to save Riku. You know, from the darkness. Sure, Sora wants to save Kairi, but only because she is his friend. Riku is the one that needs saving the most, and Sora is the only one who can help him.

  62. bolerooftheforest Says:

    I personally am OK with either Sora x Kairi and Sora x Riku, but one pairing I actually dislike is Axel x Roxas. Sorry people, but I wasn’t too fond of Axel in any pairing. I mostly ship Sora x Roxas. (I know, same person, technically, but oh well) SoRoku, anyone?

  63. Moogle_Charms.Kyou Says:

    This is difficult… Well, I don’t like any pairings in KH. I personally think that it’ll ruin the game. They started out as best friends, and I think it should end like that, too. Sure, Sora and Kairi are cute together, but I don’t ship it. I mean… I just cant see them together. They just seem to be friends, with maybe little crushes on each other. Maybe puppy love. They don’t seem to have a connection, really. I mean, even Namine had a better connection with Sora in KHII. /I/ noticed this the first time, and I’m really oblivious when it comes to this. I don’t ship ANY pairings, but if I had to choose which would end up together, I’d choose Sora and Riku. It doesn’t matter if they’re both boys. There’s nothing wrong with that. Plus, they’ve known each other longer, and it’s cute how they both compete for attention. In my opinion, Riku seems really jealous, because he was practically ignored… Did you not see the look on Sora’s face when Kairi hugged him? I think it’s funny how people said he smiled, when he obviously didn’t. It seemed really awkward. And Sora cried for Riku… Then again, Riku was closed behind a door full of darkness, you got me there. But honestly, I just can’t see any pairings in KH. I’d rather it be just best friends. It’s cuter, and let’s face it, the worlds need to be saved. There’s no time for relationships! and honestly… Sora could do better then Kairi in my opinion. Kairi’s adorable, but he needs a better girl who does something!
    Also, my least favorite pairing would have to be Riku x Xion. I mean…. Riku was a huge jerk to Xion… They lived on an island for like… 2 months in solitude? Who cares, I just don’t see it…… I just don’t. If there was to choose between Roxas and Xion, or Riku and Xion. I think it’d be Roxas. They’ve known each other for about a year. And Roxas constantly worries about her. And let her use his keyblade so she wouldn’t be in trouble. How sweet!

  64. IA Says:

    This is not a popular couple but, I really like Olette x Hayner

  65. Mem Says:

    Gay pairing or not, I ship Riku/Sora. They have the most well-developed relationship with each other which is featured throughout all the games so far, and it’s clear that the developers put a great deal of amount of effort in writing their relationship. Especially during DDD, we see how well they work together and go out of their way to talk about how much they admire each other. Their relationship is dynamic; we get to see how they grow to understand and communicate with each other positively and healthily.

    While the KH series has long become a convoluted mess and dislike most of the story choices the developers made, one thing they have done exceedingly well is with portraying Sora and Riku’s interactions, and I have faith that it is something they will continue to do well in the future.

  66. PricieWolf Says:

    Ehem. I do agree with the Aqua is too old for Sora, although I ship soriku quite alot. NOW. DO. NOT. PULL. OUT. THE. G*DD***MN. /CANON/. CARD. I have heard it all ready, AND still I ship soriku like fedex. And by saying ” And JuSt STOP WITH the gay couples” you sound like a FIVE year old, Kairi is simply a mary sue with no development. NOW BEFORE YOU SAY IM HATING ON MY OWN GENDER, I TELL YOU THIS. I LOVE xion, and aqua quite ALOT.
    you make me giggle /you five year old/
    (you still ship what ever you ship and move on!)

  67. PricieWolf Says:

    I ship Akuroku and soroku :p

  68. Evy LLight Says:

    wow………..i’m disgusted

  69. Guest Says:

    My thing about SoraxKairi is just that I feel like it’s not developed very well. Not that I don’t like the ship, on the contrary, I think that it’s really cute. But it’s just more based on cliches than anything else. In kingdom hearts 1 it was really cute and I shipped it all the way pertaining to that game. But after awhile, you start to see flaws in it. Like, literally, we have not seen them interact since kh2, which came out, oh idk, 9 years ago (lol). If anything, after DDD, soraXriku is waaayyyyy more developed. You really can’t blame someone for just kinda shifting over (as drastically as I did towards it mind you). I think it’s just a more structured ship. Maybe Kairi is the one Sora thinks of as his “special person” (or whatever) but Riku definitely thinks of Sora as his top priority or maybe even his “special person”. If that ain’t a love triangle, idk what is.

    Bur shipping aside, I’d honestly prefer if no one gets together in the ACTUAL game. You can ship whatever you like all you want, just don’t go b*tching about wanting something to be canon sooooooo bad. The game is about FRIENDSHIP people. Romance isn’t really something that fits well at this point. I feel like Disney might want to TRY to push romance alittle more, but Nomura is kinda like “HAH! No, f*ck that”. And I would agree with him if that was the case. Nomura said it himself, he likes to leave interpretation to the fans, and I like it that way :)

  70. Potato Says:

    So I’m 5 years too late for this discussion, but really, don’t just go hating on everyone who doesn’t ship your ship. Guys, I may get mildly pissed if my friends or something don’t ship something I ship, but you don’t go hating on strangers on the internet just because they don’t ship the ship you yourself think is brilliant. I can see both ships sokai and soriku’s chemistry, but respect others opinions on the matter. If you really care that much, don’t hate on the people who ship it, write your own comment saying why you ship sokai.

  71. Potato Says:

    Though I do agree aqua is too old for sora, I don’t agree with your comment about the gay couples. That comes off not homophobic, but shows that you still are more comfortable with straight couples, at least in kingdom hearts. Though I do not ship sora with anyone, please refrain from just saying “sora belongs with Kairi because it’s canon”. I’ve seen sokai shippers say that a lot, and even though it might be a valid argument, it still does not prove what most of the arguments are about, which is, “what is the better ship?” If The better ship was always the “canon” one, a lot of ships would not be canon right now. Please bring up actual evidence on why sokai is the BETTER ship, not the more CANON one.

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