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Kingdom Hearts was the first collaboration between Squaresoft, the creators of Final Fantasy, and Disney, a beloved animation company. This game is an Action RPG, a game that uses RPG statistics and a real time battle system. Kingdom Hearts popularity has spawned quite a few sequels; Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories for the Game Boy Advance, Kingdom Hearts 2 for the PlayStation 2, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep for the PlayStation Portable.

Kingdom Hearts stars many Disney characters and Final Fantasy cameos. When Sora is teleported away from his island home, he battles through many worlds to fight the Heartless and be reunited with his friends, Riku and Kairi.

Main Characters of Kingdom Hearts

Sora
The main character and only playable character of the game, from Destiny Islands, who is teleported away from his home. He meets and travels with Donald and Goofy, Disney characters, as well as several others that change depending on which world he is currently in. Sora is on a mission to find back his friends Kairi and Riku, and to save his home world, as well as stop Ansem and the heartless. His name means 'sky'.
Donald
A Disney character that appears in the game as one of Sora's two main companions. He is head magician in the court of King Mickey, and casts mainly spells.
Goofy
A Disney character that appears in the game as one of Sora's two main companions. He is head soldier in the court of King Mickey, and his attacks are mostly physical, versus magical.
Riku
One of Sora's friends from Destiny Islands, he shows great interest at the beginning of the game in the possibility of other worlds, and wanting to find them. He is later swallowed by darkness, but prevails at the end of the game.
Kairi
One of Sora's friends from Destiny Islands, she disappears with the world, and is later found, but having lost her heart. She is one of the seven princesses of heart.
King Mickey
King at Disney Castle, he is a very mysterious figure, who appears only briefly several times through the game. Possessing a keyblade and some other unknown powers, he and Riku shut the door to the darkness at the end of the game.
Leon
Also known as Squall Leonheart(Final Fantasy VIII), he makes appearances throughout the game and it's PS2 sequel as a friendly character, whose past is shrouded in mystery.
Aerith Gainsborough
A character from Final Fantasy VII who makes appearances alongside Leon and Yuffie in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2.
Yuffie
A character from Final Fantasy VII, she fights alongside Leon and works with Aerith as a friendly companion to Sora. In the game, all three characters are said to have grown up in Hollow Bastion.
Maleficent
The Witch pulling all the strings, from the Disney classic 'Sleeping Beauty'. And is the leader of the Disney Villains which are Maleficent, Hades, Jafar, Ursula, Oogie Boogie & Captain Hook.
Ansem of the Darkness
The game's antagonist, master of darkness, not much is known about him. He is fought several times at the end of the game, and believed to be dead.
Belle
She appears only briefly in the game, not in her own world (from Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast') but in Hollow Bastion, and is one of the seven princesses of heart.
Aurora
From Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty', one of the seven princesses of heart, though she plays an extremely minor role in the game, appearing only in Hollow Bastion towards the end.
Snow White
From Disney's 'Snow White'. Though she doesn't appear in the game until the end, she is one of the seven princesses of heart.
Jasmine
Sora and company meet her in Agrabah, the Disney world based on 'Aladdin'. She is at that time kidnapped by Jafar, and is one of the seven princesses of heart.
Alice
From 'Alice in Wonderland', she appears in the Wonderland stage of the game, and again in Hollow Bastion as one of the seven princesses of heart.
Cinderella
From Disney's 'Cinderella'. She does not appear in the game, but at Hollow Bastion she is revealed as one of the seven princesses of heart.

Worlds of Kingdom Hearts

Destiny Islands
The birth-world of Riku and Sora, a peaceful island, where players begin the game. Final Fantasy characters who make appearances there are Tidus, Cid (Final Fantasy VII version), Wakka, and Selphie. And where Kairi arrives from Hollow Bastion. A world that briefly appears in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Disney Castle
The world ruled over by King Mickey, birth-place of Donald and Goofy. A world not playable but a world that is playable in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Traverse Town
A town divided into three districts, it is where Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto meet. It is also where Sora learns to fight Heartless, as well as where he encounters Aerith, Yuffie, and Leon. A world NOT appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Wonderland
A Disney world, based on the plot of Alice in Wonderland, where Sora and friends meet Alice, The Cheshire Cat, and The Queen of Hearts. Home of one of the seven princesses of heart, Alice. A world NOT appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Agrabah
Based on the story of Aladdin, it is a desert-like Disney world where Sora and companions fight with Aladdin and Genie. Home of one of the seven princesses of heart, Jasmine. A world appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2
Atlantica
The underwater Disney world based on The Little Mermaid, while Ariel aids Sora in this world. She is not one of the seven princesses of heart, probably due to the difficulty of creating a plot in which she could be taken out of her underwater home setting. One of the costume worlds, in this world Sora, Donald and Goofy all don fish-themed costumes. A world appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Deep Jungle
A Disney world based on the cartoon version of Tarzan, home to no princess, the only world from Kingdom Hearts that does not appear in the Gameboy sequel, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. A world NOT appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Neverland
A Disney world based on Peter Pan. A world NOT appearing in it's sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Olympus Coliseum
Based on the Disney cartoon version of 'Hercules', in this world Sora, Donald, and Goofy are given the titles of heroes in training. Also, Cloud from Final Fantasy VII makes an appearance here, as an enemy working for Hades, and Sephiroth appears as a hidden superboss. A world appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2 including the Underworld.
Monstro
A world stumbled upon while flying the gummi ship, it is inside of a whale (yes, the animal), and revolves around the characters from Disney's Pinocchio. Riku reappears in this world, kidnapping Pinocchio. A world NOT appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2.
Halloween Town
A world based on Tim Burton's 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and is the home of Jack Skellington. One of the costume worlds, in this world Sora, Donald and Goofy all don Halloween-themed costumes. A World appearing in it's sequel Kingdom Hearts 2 including Christmas Town where in the sequel's final mix+ Sora changes into Black Santa clothes.
Hollow Bastion
A world based on 'Final Fantasy' and is where Maleficent resides with the Disney Villains. Riku reappears in this world with the Brown-colored hooded man reappearing from Destiny Islands in the 'Secret Place' area, who turns out to be Ansem using Riku. He then opens the gateway to the final world called 'End of the World'.
End of the World
The Final world of Kingdom Hearts and is where Chernabog resides and Ansem and is where the player finishes the game and can't save it after (rrgh!). A world NOT appearing in its sequel Kingdom Hearts 2

Story

This is a story about Sora, a boy who lived on an island with his friends Riku and Kairi. The three are curious about new worlds, and Kairi sends Sora around the island to find stuff for the raft they're working on so they could venture out to new places. It is seen in Kingdom Hearts 2 that the island is close to a city. While looking for supplies, Sora walks back into the cave in between the trees. It was here when Kairi and Sora drew pictures of each other on the wall when they were kids. Sora had learned from Riku about a star shaped fruit that could keep Kairi and Sora's destinies intertwined forever. So he drew on the wall that he was sharing the fruit with Kairi. When out of nowhere, a hooded figure tells Sora that his world has been tied to darkness. Sora figures this guy isn't from the island, and is determined to learn what the hooded figure says he could never know about. The figure disappears, leaving Sora looking a wooden door, where Riku as a kid, saw that this was their world's keyhole (or where the heart of their world was).

Sora and Riku race over names. Riku wants the raft to be named Highwind, but Sora wants his own say. So the two of them race. If Sora wins, Riku and Sora stare at each other and Riku says, "So what? It's just a name." And Sora pouts. If Sora loses, Riku says, "Alright, we're naming the raft Highwind." And then Sora pouts. But you don't get to use the raft either way. Anyway, at sunset, Riku, Sora, and Kairi look out onto the sea. Riku talks about how since this world is so small, they easily could have ended up somewhere else. Riku thanks Kairi and states that if it wasn't for her, he would've never thought of that. The next day, Kairi and Sora look out onto the sea by themselves. Kairi says that Riku's changed. Then she tries to get Sora to jump into the raft with her so the two of them would go. But then only laughs and says she was kidding. Sora openly has stated Kairi never started out on the islands like Sora and Riku. But Kairi can't remember where she came from. Kairi gets up and says gently, "Sora, don't ever change."

Then it switches to Sora in his bed thinking of what Kairi said to him. Then he hears howling outside and thinks it's a storm. He looks up to see a black ball in the sky. He is then attack by Heartless, and all he can defend himself with is a wooden sword, which can't damage them. You have to get to a smaller island extremely close to the main one. He finds Riku say that the door has opened, and thus, the journey begins.

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