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Background information
Feature films
Television programs
Video games Kingdom Hearts series
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice David Gallagher (English)

Mamoru Miyano (Japanese)

Performance model
Designer Tetsuya Nomura
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Solemn, teasing, strong-willed, friendly, mysterious, handsome.
Appearance Muscular, 16 year-old with silver hair, blue green eyes and pale skin.
Occupation Ally, Keyblade wielder of Light
Affiliations The Realm of Light
Alignment Neutral, later good
Goal To save Kairi (KH)
To cleanse himself of Ansem (KHCoM)
To restore Sora's memories (KHDays)
To help Sora anyway he can (KH2)
Home Destiny Islands
Pets Spirits
Allies Sora, Kairi, King Mickey/Sorcerer Mickey, Donald Duck, Goofy, Yen Sid, Naminé, Axel/Lea, Roxas, Xion, Terra, Ventus, Aqua, Ansem the Wise/DiZ, Maleficent (formerly), Heartless (formerly), Captain Hook (formerly), Mr. Smee (formerly), Hades (formerly), Jafar (formerly), Ursula (formerly), Oogie Boogie (formerly), Squall Leonheart, Yuffie Kisaragi, Aerith, Wakka, Tidus, Selphie, Li Shang, The Emperor of China, Fa Mulan, Shiki, Beat, Rhyme, Joshua, Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Phoebus, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, Sam Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Quorra, his Spirits, Pinocchio, Gepetto, Jiminy Cricket, Queen Minnie/Princess Minnie.
Minions The Heartless (formerly), Spirits
Enemies Ansem and his guardian, Young Xehanort, Master Xehanort, Xemnas, Braig/Xigbar, Xaldin, Vexen, Lexaeus, Zexion, Isa/Saix, Axel (formerly), Demyx, Luxord, Marluxia, Larxene, Roxas (formerly), Xion (formerly), DiZ (formerly), Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent, Ursula, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Hades, Oogie Boogie, Jafar/Genie Jafar, Iago, Li Shang (briefly), Sora (temporarily in KH1), Donald Duck (temporarily in KH1), Goofy (temporarily in KH1), Riku Replica (formerly), Jiminy Cricket (formerly), Pinocchio (formerly), Gepetto (formerly), Cleo (formerly), Alice (formerly), The Queen of Hearts, Princess Jasmine (formerly), Peter Pan (formerly), Tinker Bell (formerly), Wendy Darling (formerly), Beast (formerly), Belle (formerly), Princess Aurora (formerly), Snow White (formerly), Cinderella (formerly), Chernabog and his minions, Judge Claude Frollo, CLU, Black Guards, Rinzler, Pete, Beagle Boys, Heartless, Nobodies, Nightmares
Likes His friends, winning, excitement, his Spirits (especially his Komory Bat), Mickey, his powers (currently)
Dislikes Losing, being bored, getting insulted, Ansem, Maleficent, darkness (formerly).
Powers and abilities Dark mode, control over darkness and minor Heartless summoning abilities
Weapons Soul Eater (Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Kingdom Hearts II)
Way to the Dawn (Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days)
Flute Keyblade
Fate Returns to the islands along with Sora and Kairi (KHII)
Brings Kairi to Yen Sid to train with the keyblade (KH:DDD).
Quote "I'm not afraid of the darkness!"
Once we step through, we might not be able to come back. We may never see our parents again. There's no turning back. But this may be our only chance. We can't let fear stop us! I'm not afraid of the darkness!

Riku is the deuteragonist in the Kingdom Hearts series. A teenager from the Destiny Islands, Riku is the best friend of Sora and Kairi. However, he had fallen into the Darkness by the influence of Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, causing him to become an antagonist of the series at first, but becomes good once again, and now uses his gifts to aid his friends as possible. He is voiced by David Gallagher in the English version and by Mamoru Miyano in the Japanese version.


Physical Appearance

In Kingdom Hearts, Riku has silver hair which is a bit longer than when he was a child, teal eyes, and pale skin. He wears a yellow vest shirt and blue pants. His shoes are alike to Sora's, size wise.


Riku-Ansem KHII

In Kingdom Hearts II, Riku is revealed to have taken on Ansem's dark form, which he kept hidden under an Organization XIII's cloak for the majority of the game. As Riku-Ansem, he is tall with a darker skin tone, amber eyes, pointed ears, and long silver hair. His facial features are much sharper than his normal physical appearance.


Kingdom Hearts series

Kingdom Hearts

Riku is first seen when he thinks that both Sora and Kairi are being lazy instead of helping him build a raft. When Kairi wanted to race, he didn't take it with much excitement, implying that he has won many races before. As Sora challenge him to a battle that decides the champion, Riku says that he already collected everything he needed to get. At the end of the day, Riku talks with Sora and Kairi about other worlds and leaving the island once the raft was finished. A few days later, Heatless begin to attack the island. Sora finds Riku, but discovers his friend to have accepted the darkness and willing to leave the island. Sora tries to reach for him, but Riku is completely swallowed by the darkness before their hands can touch, ending up at Hollow Bastion.

Chain of Memories

358/2 Days

Kingdom Hearts II


Birth By Sleep

Dream Drop Distance


Soul Eater KH

Way to the Dawn KHII

When Terra approached Riku during Riku's childhood, Terra gave Riku the ability to use the Keyblade. Before leaving Destiny Islands, he has trained himself, along with Sora, to use a weapon, more specifically a sword. As the island was being engulfed in shadows, Riku was about to receive the Keyblade. However, he left too soon, and it came into the possession of Sora. Through Maleficent, Riku was able to control and create heartless. This demonstrated when Riku makes a Heartless replica of Sora in Neverland. In Hollow Bastion, Maleficent gives Riku the ability to use the darkness within him, further weakening his heart after he teleported to Hollow Bastion using the darkness. Eventualy, Riku overcomes his darkness, and is able to control it along with light.


  • Riku's name is derived from the Japanese word for "land".
  • Riku is the first non-party assistance character to appear in the Kingdom Hearts universe as he helps Sora, Donald, and Goofy fight the Parasite Cage in Monstro the first battle. Riku was also the first party character that can be fought against in the same game he is fought with, followed by the Beast, Xion, and later Zack.
  • Riku is similar to Elsa the Snow Queen from Frozen as both have been antagonized by their villains and try to cover up their mistakes (Riku: Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, Elsa: Hans and The Duke of Weselton). Also, they ultimately manage to control the powers that they view as a curse by accepting them and guiding them to help their friends. However, Elsa never really intended to harm anyone, unlike Riku, who attacked Sora and his friends multiple times (especially in the first game) simply out of jealousy.


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Kingdom Hearts series
Games: Kingdom Hearts + Final Mix | Chain of Memories | Re:Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II + Final Mix | 358/2 Days | Birth by Sleep + Final Mix | coded | Re:coded | Dream Drop Distance | HD I.5 ReMIX | χ [chi] | HD II.5 ReMIX | Kingdom Hearts III

Incorporated Films and shorts: Alice in Wonderland | Aladdin/The Return of Jafar | Beauty and the Beast | Cinderella | Fantasia | Hercules | The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Lilo & Stitch | The Lion King | The Little Mermaid | Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers | Mulan | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Peter Pan | Pinocchio | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Sleeping Beauty | Steamboat Willie | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tarzan | Tron/Tron: Legacy | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Main Characters: Sora | Riku | Kairi | King Mickey | Donald Duck | Goofy | Roxas | Terra | Ventus | Aqua

Villains: Master Xehanort | Ansem | Xemnas | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Pete | Organization XIII | Vanitas | Xigbar/Braig | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx/Isa | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Terra-Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Xehanort's Guardian

Other Characters: Jiminy Cricket | Naminé | Ansem the Wise/DiZ | Yen Sid | Xion | Axel/Lea | Master Eraqus | Dilan | Even | Aeleus | Ienzo | Lingering Will | Data Sora | Data Riku | Data Naminé | Data Roxas | Hayner | Pence | Olette | Riku-Ansem | Kairi's Grandma | Riku Replica | Anti-Saïx | Anti-Sora | Anti-Riku | Sora-Heartless | Jiminy's Journal

Original Monsters: Heartless | Nobodies | Unversed | Dream Eater

Disney Characters and Villains: Queen Minnie | Daisy Duck | Pluto | Tarzan | Winnie the Pooh | Aladdin | Genie | Tron | Magic Brooms | Peter Pan | Quasimodo | Judge Claude Frollo | Merlin | Tigger | Eeyore | Rabbit | Ariel | Mulan | Mushu | Jack Sparrow | Chernabog | Simba | Timon | Pumbaa | Nala | King Triton | Jafar/Genie Jafar | Alice | Cheshire Cat | Jack Skellington | Esmeralda | Phoebus | Beagle Boys | Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Master Control Program | Sark | CLU | Rinzler | Beast | Stitch | Hercules | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Snow White | Wendy (More coming soon)

Square Enix Characters: Leon | Cloud | Neku Sakuraba | Shiki | Others

Plot Elements: Universe of Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts | Heart | Keyblade War | Dark Seeker Saga | More

Game Elements: Gameplay in Kingdom Hearts | Magic

Objects: Sea-salt ice cream | Wayfinder | Door to Darkness | Keyblade | X-blade | Mickey's Letters | Thalassa Shell | Kingdom Hearts Encoder | Keychain | Gummi Blocks | Bug Blox | Black coat| | Keyblade Armor

Locations: Land of Departure | Disney Castle | Disney Town | Timeless River | Datascape | Radiant Garden/Hollow Bastion | Keyblade Graveyard | Destiny Islands | Traverse Town | Dive to the Heart | End of the World | Realm of Darkness | Castle Oblivion | Twilight Town | The World That Never Was | Castle That Never Was | Halloween Town | Neverland | Wonderland

Organizations/Groups: Organization XIII | Princesses of Heart | Disney Villains Council

Music: Dearly Beloved | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary | Mickey Mouse Club March | Swim This Way | Part of Your World | Under the Sea | Ursula's Revenge | A New Day is Dawning | Destati | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | He's a Pirate | Beauty and the Beast | This is Halloween | It's a Small World | Night on Bald Mountain | Winnie the Pooh | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Pastoral Symphony

Soundtracks: Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Final Mix - Additional Tracks | Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep & 358/2 Days Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack | Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Original Soundtrack

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