"As a teenager, he has his share of concerns, but he manages to keep an upbeat attitude. He may seem simple-minded at times, but he has a strong sense of justice."
As the cheerful boy with a brown mess of hair wielding an enormous key, Sora is the main hero of the Kingdom Hearts RPG series. At the start of the original installment, he's a fourteen-year-old who doesn't quite know what he's doing, other than following his heart. He is the so-called Keyblade Master, chosen by the key because of his strong heart, and fights his enemies, the Heartless and Nobodies, along the way. As he travels to worlds outside of his home, Destiny Islands, he meets and interacts with a variety of familiar figures from the Disney franchise and Final Fantasy games. Along the way he "locks" each of worlds with his Keyblade in order to stop the Heartless from overflowing. Each world contains its own boss(es), including Disney foes, Final Fantasy villains, Heartless, Nobodies, and the like. By the second game, at 15 years of age, Sora has somewhat matured, both mentally and physically, and he continues to fight for the safety of the worlds. His main opponent for the past few games has been Ansem, or rather, some form of him.
Designed by Nomura Tetsuya, Sora's character is voiced by Haley Joel Osment in the English version, and Irino Miyu in Japanese. Sora's role spans several games in the series, being primarily involved in the original Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. Although he is not always necessarily the main focus of all the games involving Kingdom Hearts, he continues, and will continue, to be somehow involved.
Jiminy's Journal EntriesA collection of journal entries, written by Jiminy, that span throughout multiple games.
A spirited youth. He was cast into an unknown world when a swarm of Heartless raided his island. He battles the Heartless with a mysterious weapon called the Keyblade as he searches for his friends Kairi and Riku.
The one who fights the Heartless. Upon reclaiming the Keyblade from his rival, Riku, Sora sacrificed his heart to save Kairi and became a Heartless. Kairi's deep feelings for Sora restored him. Now he must confront Ansem, the seeker of darkness.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
A bright and spirited boy chosen by the Keyblade to battle the Heartless. It was Sora who defeated Ansem, ending his plan to shroud the world in darkness. However, Sora continued his journey, seeking the friends he lost during the struggle.
Riku's childhood friend, and the hero of light chosen by the Keyblade to stand against the darkness. Riku fought Sora while bridled by darkness, but their friendship proved stronger, and they ultimately worked together to close the door to darkness.
Kingdom Hearts II
A boy chosen by the Keyblade, a mysterious weapon. Not long ago, Sora journeyed with Donald and Goofy in search of his longtime friend Kairi, who had been spirited away into the darkness. In the end, they saved the world of all worlds from the darkness that was closing in. Then, somewhere along the way, Sora fell into a deep slumber. Now that he is awake, he can't recall why he fell asleep to begin with.
A boy chosen by the Keyblade, a mysterious weapon. Not long ago, Sora journeyed with Donald and Goofy in search of his longtime friend Kairi, who had been spirited away into the darkness. In the end, they saved the world of all worlds from the darkness that was closing in. After that, Sora continued journeying in search of Riku, who was trapped on the other side of the door to darkness. And somewhere along the way, Sora fell into a deep slumber. With a new outfit and strengthened resolve, Sora has set out once more on a search for his friend Riku.
A Note from the Editor
This site primarily seeks to explore different ideas of Sora based his own internal experiences influenced by his interaction to the external world around him. However, I also like to include forms even more external than that, specifically referencing the design team's own creative output. In addition, I wanted to break Sora out of his seemingly flat characteristics by taking him apart and critically looking at him in a rather unconventional system; he is neither internally pure--as generalizations make him out to be--nor inherently flawed. One of the many problems that come with superficially analyzing the game and its subparts is that some of Sora's actions seem to overshadow all of his issues and mistakes, which he undeniably carries. However, being the main character undoubtedly emphasizes such with no help from the support of the Disney franchise and ESRB rating. Although he isn't as complex or enigmatic like some of the other characters in the game, he is still a good (in the fullest sense of the word), solid, and strong protagonist. Perhaps what seems to redeem all of these flaws and mistakes his is uncanny ability to overcome them, more or less successfully.
It is important to remember that Sora was created by the hands of humans, like you and I. Likewise, I do think that there is an indirect correlation between the Sora we all know and love in his universe and the world of our own. This is the essence of a character, despite all fictional aspects, and I do my best to treat it as such.