- “You make a good other.”
Roxas is one of the main characters of the Disney/Square Enix series Kingdom Hearts and the main protagonist of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. He is the Nobody of Sora and was Rank XIII within the original Organization XIII, and although Sora's heart was restored after his creation, Roxas continued to endure and exist.
- "You should share some of that hatred with Sora. He's far too nice for his own good."
- —DiZ, to Roxas
Although most Nobodies lack emotions and thus contrive personalities based on their memories, Roxas appears to possess true emotions and many of his own traits that, while similar to Sora's, are also distinct. Like Sora, Roxas is generally heroic and kind, but while Roxas is less impulsive, he can be short-tempered, and aggressive. He is also arrogant and reckless more so than Sora, although he dislikes being compared to his counterpart many times. Roxas is also quite impatient at times which gives him a sense of rebellion from the orders given to him.
However, Roxas is able to display selflessness and cares about the people he considers his friends. Ironically, Roxas' friendship with them causes him to desire a chance to live a normal life without the Keyblade unlike Sora who yearns for adventure.
Unlike most Nobodies, Roxas only bears a slight resemblance to Sora, but mainly resembles Ventus, due to the presence of Ventus' heart within Sora when Roxas was created. Roxas appears as a teenager with blue eyes and a lanky build with spiky blond hair. When he was in the Organization, he had the typical Black coat. While living in the false Twilight Town, Roxas wore a black jacket with a zipper resembling the Nobody symbol. Over this, he wore a white jacket with checkerboard designs with a red collar. His pants were duel colors; the legs of his pants were beige while the waist area of the pants were dark-colored. Roxas's shoes were grey and black, and had red straps in place of laces. Roxas also wore a wrist band with a checkerboard pattern on his left wrist, as well as a plain black ring on his left index finger and a plain white ring on his left middle finger.
Powers and abilities
Since Roxas was created from the hearts of Sora and Ventus, two Keyblade wielders, Roxas is a Keyblade wielder and has the ability to dual-wield two Keyblades, the Oathkeeper and the Oblivion (which represent Sora's link to Kairi and Riku, respectively). Along with this is his ability to manipulate light, which he uses to direct rays that strike opponents with great power. As a member of Organization XIII, Roxas can command his own group of Nobodies, the Samurai Nobodies.
- "Do you remember your true name?"
- —Xemnas in the opening of Kingdom Hearts II
Roxas makes an appearance in the game's secret ending albeit obscured by his Organization cloak. He meets with Xemnas at the Dark Margin, where Xemnas reveals that he had seen Sora, as Xemnas had encountered him at Hollow Bastion in the Final Mix version.
After finishing Riku's Story, there is a picture of Roxas that is shown after the credits. During the end credits, Axel is seen to converse with him, Roxas completely oblivious to his presence.
- "You're lucky... looks like my summer vacation is...over. "
- —Roxas to a sleeping Sora
Roxas is fully introduced in the beginning of the game in a digital version of Twilight Town created by DiZ following his capture from Organization XIII. In the virtual world, Roxas' mind was altered to believe that he lives a normal life and is friends with three kids - Hayner, Pence, and Olette. As Naminé nears the completion of the task of restoring Sora's memories, Roxas soon begins seeing brief fleeting memories of Sora through a number of his dreams. It is during this time that Axel manages to enter the virtual world to try and free Roxas, although Roxas is unable to remember Axel. Roxas also encounters Naminé several times after re-obtaining the Keyblade. Eventually, Naminé's contact with Roxas allows him to briefly connect his heart with Kairi's, where Sora himself, despite being asleep at that time, is able to talk to Kairi through Roxas to remind her of who he is.
Eventually, the truth is revealed: Naminé informs Roxas that he is a Nobody, and that he is supposed to merge with Sora in order to complete him. Along with that, Roxas discovers that his life in Twilight Town isn't real. Desiring to see Sora, Roxas makes his way through the Old Mansion and begins to recall his former life.
Roxas then meets with Axel one last time, but due to Roxas' reactions from before, Axel battles him, but Roxas defeats his old friend. Axel then retreats into the darkness while Roxas then enters the pod room where Sora is kept. As Sora's pod emerges, Roxas respectfully accepts his fate and rejoins with his original self, allowing Sora to finally awaken and begin the game. Though he does not actually appear to Sora throughout most of the game, Roxas is frequently mentioned, and his presence and memories often appear through Sora.
When Sora enters The World That Never Was, the Organization members make references to Roxas to Sora's confusion until Sora learns the truth behind the Nobody's origin from Riku.
- "I see myself the way you remember me, and you see yourself the way I remember you."
- —Roxas, when reunited with Naminé, before joining with Sora once again
After Xemnas's seeming defeat and the demise of most of the Organization members, Roxas projects himself through Sora after Naminé joins with Kairi. They are happy that they met again, and say that unlike other Nobodies, they got to meet their original selves and become whole. They state that they accept their place within Sora and Kairi after being promised by their counterparts that they would always be together. With that, both Nobodies merge back with their original selves. In the game's ending, Sora and Kairi briefly take on the appearances of Roxas and Naminé when Sora and Riku return to Destiny Islands.
While the real Roxas does not appear, a data version of Roxas makes an appearance in Kingdom Hearts coded and is fought as the final boss. In Castle Oblivion, Data-Naminé reveals to Data-Sora and King Mickey that Roxas is one of the people that, while gone, is still connected to Sora's heart.
- "Why did the Keyblade choose me? I have to know."
- —Roxas to Axel upon his departure from the Organization
The game focuses on the time period between Roxas's birth and his departure from the Organization, eventually leading to his capture at the hands of Riku and DiZ. After Sora took his own heart to restore Kairi's, Roxas was born in Twilight Town and soon discovered by Xemnas, who gave him his name and invited him into the Organization. In Roxas' early days, Axel took a liking to Roxas and kept watch of the young Nobody. Soon, the two become best of friends. When Axel is sent to Castle Oblivion to interfere in Marluxia's plans to control Sora and overthrow the organization, Roxas is placed in charge of Xion, the newest member of the Organization who can also wield a Keyblade. Slowly, Xion and Roxas become close friends. However, when Sora becomes placed in suspended animated by Naminé, Roxas falls into a coma for several weeks.
After awakening, Roxas begins to question why he wields the Keyblade and doubts the Organization's motives, and becomes increasingly impatient. Xion eventually leaves the Organization to find herself. Roxas and Axel try and find her, and eventually convince her to return. It isn't long however, before Xion leaves again, trying to return to Sora. Roxas then finds out that Xion was not a Nobody but a Replica. When he learns that Axel knew about this, Roxas becomes angered and departs from the Organization.
In Twilight Town, Roxas encounters Xion, and is shocked to discover that Xion was created as a replacement for both Sora and Roxas in case Roxas failed the Organization. After defeating her, Roxas learns that Xion purposely faked the ruse of attacking him to prevent Xemnas from succeeding. Roxas, however, loses all of his memories of Xion after the battle. In her final moments, she informs Roxas of the truth behind the Organization and pleads with him not to let Xemnas use Kingdom Hearts before dying peacefully in his arms. At this moment, Roxas remembers Xion, but he is too late, as Xion disappears leaving behind a seashell.
Xion's death awakens Ventus' Keyblade within Roxas, allowing him to dual-wield following her absorption into Roxas. With the knowledge gained, Roxas seeks to find Sora and returns to The World That Never Was, planning to "set Kingdom Hearts free" and bring Xion back. Upon his arrival, Roxas is attacked by Neoshadow Heartless, until Riku appears and they both defeat the Neoshadows. They then fight each other, Riku intending to capture Roxas to rejoin him with Sora. Realizing he cannot beat Roxas on his own, Riku unleashes his inner darkness and takes on the physical appearance of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness. Riku-Ansem successfully captures Roxas and brings him to DiZ, who places him in a virtual Twilight Town to be kept safely away from the Organization, leading into the events of Kingdom Hearts II.
Roxas appears in a dream Lea had where he was Axel, reminding him that Axel made a promise to always bring his friends back. Later on, Roxas appears before Sora in his dreams in the World That Never Was. He tells Sora that "it has to be you", even as Sora says that Roxas deserves to be his own person. Roxas shows Sora his memories, making him feel his pain, before fading. When Sora finally confronts Xigbar and Xemnas, declaring that his friends are his power, an image of Roxas is seen behind Sora along with many others that are connected to Sora fighting for him.
- The scene in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix where Axel bids Roxas goodbye is similar to the one in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days where Xion greeted Roxas on the clocktower before their battle. In both cases, Roxas is seen cradling himself before being surprised by the appearance of his friends. He is then offered to share one final sea-salt ice cream with them.
Notes and references
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