Hey guys! It’s Day 11 of my little Kingdom Hearts Celebration, and today I’m going to be analyzing one of the most interesting aspects of Kingdom Hearts. If you’ve played this series, then you know that Sora, the protagonist, is typically a happy-go-lucky kid who is upbeat and generally a big dork. However, there are times throughout the series, particularly in Kingdom Hearts III, where Sora lost his temper, or “snapped”. While it does take a lot to make him do it, the resulting cutscenes are always fun to watch. Today, I wanted to take a closer look at some of the times Sora was forced over the edge. Major Spoiler Warnings!
Instead of one particular moment, Sora has a form known as Anti-Sora in Kingdom Hearts II, and another known as Rage Form in Kingdom Hearts III. While these are just forms, there have been theories about why Sora can transform into these shadows.
One theory I have seen floating around about Rage Form is that Sora has no other way to channel the darkness in his heart other than using this form. The argument is that Sora feels like he has to be happy for everyone else’s sake, so he bottles up all the negative feels he gets. After all, Donald Duck even told Sora that he wasn’t allowed on the Gummi Ship unless he was smiling, since the ship ran on happy faces. And thus Rage Form was born. I think this theory is pretty viable, and it’s actually one of my favorites that I’ve seen around. I hope that the series acknowledges these forms within the actual story at some point, because I’d like to know more about it.
“Without Them, I’m Nothing!”
Near the climax of Kingdom Hearts III, Sora watched the Heartless tear into his friends and steal their hearts. With no one to stand with him in the final battle, we got to see him really lose it for the first time. I remember back before KHIII came out, Square Enix released a trailer in which we got a sneak peak of this moment, and the fandom was completely losing their mind about it. After the Darkness takes everyone but Riku, Sora laments that he can’t fight alone, and that “without his friends, he’s nothing”. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the game, especially since Riku steps into the spotlight to protect Sora. I’ve included the scene below!
This is a long video, but the good stuff happens around the 5-6 minute mark. Basically, any time Sora gives up, which has never happened before this if I remember correctly, things are pretty bad! Sora’s main source of confidence clearly comes from his friends, so it was interesting to see what happened when that confidence was taken away from him.
Kairi’s death was a rage-triggering moment not only Sora, but for pretty much the whole fandom. We had all been excited for our girl to be recognized as one of the 7 Guardians of Light. Unfortunately, Kairi didn’t last long in the fight, and was quickly killed by Xehanort. As disappointing as this scene was for me (I was really ready for some Kairi action, you know?), it was cool to see the reactions of those who happened to be present at the moment. Sora reached another low point, which was understandable considering that Kairi is pretty much his love interest. See the clip below…
Honestly, Sora was down this entire fight. He had gone through some difficult stuff throughout his journey, but I think seeing his friends die is what can quickly bring him to his lowest points- again, that’s understandable. While it is sad and all to watch the characters break, it’s pretty interesting too. As a writer, it’s one of my jobs to bring my characters to their breaking points and watch what they do when they finally snap. To see other characters do it, like Sora for example, gives me some insight as to how it’s done. Let me tell you, it’s actually kind of fun to do it to your own characters- though it might not be very fun to them!
There are obviously more times where Sora wasn’t his cheery self, but these were the points that I felt were his biggest “snapping” moments. What do you think about these scenes? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, God bless and have a wonderful day!
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