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Sora
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Kana
ソラ
Rōmaji
Sora
Homeworld
Voice Actors
First Appearance
Character Theme
"My friends are my power!"
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Sora is a young boy from Destiny Islands, and the main protagonist of the Kingdom Hearts series.

An upbeat young man, Sora's journey began when his home was invaded by the Heartless. He journeyed with Donald Duck and Goofy in search of his now-missing childhood friends Kairi and Riku, and King Mickey. Since then, he has gone on many journeys to protect the Realm of Light.

One year after rescuing Kairi, his current whereabouts are unknown.[1]

Story[edit | edit source]

Kingdom Hearts χ[edit | edit source]

Long before Sora was born, in the age of fairy tales, his power was harnessed through the Book of Prophecies to craft various cards and medals used to power up Keyblades by Keyblade wielders of old.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit | edit source]

Master Xehanort took his comatose apprentice Ventus to Destiny Islands after Ventus failed to channel his darkness. There, Ventus's fractured heart made contact with that of the newborn Sora, through which Ventus's heart was healed.[2][3][4]

Four years later, while searching for a now-missing Xehanort, Terra arrives on the Islands and meets Riku and passes his Keyblade to the boy. After Terra leaves, Sora comes up to Riku and asks about the mysterious man he was just talking to. When Riku dismisses him, Sora persists, assuring Riku that he is the best secret-keeper in the world.[5]

Shortly thereafter, Aqua arrives on the islands and meets Sora and Riku. She initially plans to pass the Keyblade on to Sora, but quickly senses that Terra had passed his on to Riku, and instead makes Sora promise to always look out for his friend.[6]

Sometime later, while looking at the stars, Sora inexplicably feels sad. Riku explains that perhaps someone is in pain, and encourages Sora to reach out with his heart. When he does so, Sora's heart makes contact with Ventus's, who had just lost his and was asleep in Castle Oblivion after defeating Vanitas and destroying the χ-blade. Ventus asks if he can stay within Sora, and Sora happily accepts Ventus's heart into his own.

Between Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts[edit | edit source]

Sometime later, Sora leads Riku to a hidden cave on their island, where he believes to have heard a monster. However, they only find a plain door at the end of the cave. As they leave, Sora mentions to Riku the "new girl" at the mayor's place.[7]

Sora and Riku become fast friends with Kairi, and they spend a lot of time on the play island. Kairi's mysterious arrival on the islands prompts the trio to think a lot about the outside world. Eventually, Sora, Kairi, and Riku decide to try and get off the island.

Kingdom Hearts[edit | edit source]

Sora, Kairi, and Riku start building a raft to take them across the sea, hoping to discover new worlds beyond their own. Two days before they're set to sail, Sora is awakened by Kairi from a bizarre dream in which he is attacked by strange, dark monsters. Urged by Riku, who notes both his and Kairi's laziness regarding the raft, Sora works to find the materials and preparations for their voyage, and challenges Riku and their other friends, Tidus, Selphie, and Wakka, to fights. Riku teases Sora about his feelings for Kairi; that evening, he explains the legend of the paopu fruit and teasingly suggests he should share one with Kairi.[8] The next day, Riku challenges Sora to a race to determine the captain of the raft, and suddenly changes the wager to sharing a paopu with Kairi. Later, while searching for provisions for the trip, Sora goes into the Secret Place and admires some of the cave drawings they had made on the rock walls. One in particular catches his eye: a drawing he and Kairi had made of each other. Sora adds to it by drawing himself giving a paopu to Kairi. He's suddenly caught off-guard by a cloaked figure who mocks his ignorance.[9]

That evening, while Sora and Kairi sit on the dock looking off to the sunset, Sora remarks that he wants to see all the worlds.[10] That night, when storm hits the islands, Sora runs to the play island to secure the raft. There, he finds Kairi and Riku's boats, and confronts the same shadowy monsters from his dream. He searches the island for his friends, and finds Riku on the small islet, where he sees Riku consumed by the darkness. Sora is almost consumed as well, but a bright light dispels the darkness around him, and he finds himself holding a large key-shaped weapon, with the word "Keyblade" ringing in his mind.[11] With this new weapon, Sora searches for Kairi. He finds her in the Secret Place, but the door behind her bursts open, throwing her towards him. Kairi disappears before Sora can catch her, as the blast throws him out of the cave as well. When he awakens from the blast, he finds himself confronting the same Darkside Heartless from his dream. Despite defeating the monster with the Keyblade, Sora is swept away from his quickly deteriorating world.[12]

Sora awakens soon after in Traverse Town and searches the town for his now-missing friends. Instead, he finds Leon, who quickly knocks him out and takes him to the Green Room in the Hotel.[13] There, Sora meets Leon and Yuffie, who explain the Heartless and their attraction to the Keyblade. Together, they search for the leader.[14] As Sora searches in the Third District, he finds Donald Duck and Goofy, and the three team up to fight the Guard Armor Heartless. Afterwards, Donald and Goofy ask Sora to join them, and, encouraged by Leon, Sora agrees.[15][16]

Sora, Donald, and Goofy set off and travel to various worlds in search of King Mickey, Kairi, and Riku. They find Riku on a return trip to Traverse Town, but he disappears from sight while Sora argues with Donald about letting Riku join them. Despite being disappointed, Sora's satisfied to know his friend is safe and okay, and is even optimistic about finding Kairi soon.[17] Sora continues his journey with Donald and Goofy, visiting various worlds and meeting many different people. Along the way, he increasingly finds himself at odds with Riku, who Maleficent is turning against Sora, unbeknownst to them.[18] Finally, Riku reveals his new powers of darkness when Sora arrives in Neverland and locks him with Donald and Goofy in the hold of Captain Hook's pirate ship.[19] Determined to rescue Kairi, who Riku has already found, Sora pushes forward, eventually arriving in Hollow Bastion. There, he confronts Riku, only for Riku to reveal himself as the true wielder of the Keyblade. Riku then takes the Keyblade away from Sora, and Donald and Goofy follow the Keyblade and Riku, leaving Sora alone.[20] Initially distraught and confused about what just happened, Sora takes courage from the Beast's determination to search for Belle, and fights his way through the castle. When he finally catches up to Riku, Riku mocks and attacks him, only for Donald and Goofy to protect Sora. Asserting his strength in his friends, Sora regains the Keyblade from Riku,[21] and the three defeat Riku, who retreats. They keep moving forward, eventually finding and defeating Maleficent.[22][23]

When the group arrives in the Grand Hall, they find a comatose Kairi on the ground. While Sora tries to wake her up, Riku, now possessed by Ansem, explains that Kairi had lost her heart and that it rests within Sora. He attempts to extract the heart from Sora with the Keyblade of heart, but Sora stops him[24] and defeats him again. Even though he stops Ansem, Sora realizes that in order for Kairi to wake up, her heart would need to be released from within his, and chooses to stab himself to release Kairi.[25] Though he succeeds and Kairi reawakens, Sora loses his own heart and becomes a Heartless himself. Donald and Goofy lead Kairi out of the castle, with the Heartless Sora following. When he catches up to them in the Entrance Hall, his heart is restored to his body thanks to Kairi, who recognizes him.[26][27] Together, the four make their way out of Hollow Bastion and back to Traverse Town.

Sora explains to Leon and the others what happened, and prepares to return to Hollow Bastion to save Riku. Before leaving, he finds Kairi in the Secret Waterway, and Kairi gives him her good luck charm, promising to always be with him wherever he goes as he promises to return the charm to her.[28]

After Sora returns to Hollow Bastion and seals the Keyhole, he finds Leon, Yuffie, Aerith, and Cid, who explain that once Ansem is defeated, the worlds would return to their previous state, meaning Sora wouldn't be able to see them again.[29] Sora, Donald, and Goofy follow Ansem to the End of the World. They find him on the ruins of Destiny Islands,[30] where they begin to fight him, and they soon find themselves in the endless abyss of World of Chaos. Here, they defeat Ansem, who desperately calls on Kingdom Hearts to fill him with darkness. Sora, however, declares that Kingdom Hearts is light, and Ansem is destroyed when its doors open.[31]

Sora, Donald, and Goofy then race to close the door to Kingdom Hearts, and quickly find help from both Riku and King Mickey. Together, they close the door and Sora and Mickey seal it with their Keyblades. Sora then sees Kairi at a distance and runs to her, promising that he'll always be with her as she is with him, and that he'll return to her.[32]

Soon thereafter, Sora, Donald, and Goofy begin their journey to find Riku and King Mickey. Along the way, they find Pluto with a letter signed by the King, and chase after him.

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit | edit source]

While searching for Riku and King Mickey, Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrive in a castle called Castle Oblivion. There, they run into a man in a black hood who tells him that if he continues in the castle, we will lose his memories, but find someone important. Believing it to be Riku and the King, Sora, Donald, and Goofy continue forward. Along the way, they meet several members of the mysterious Organization XIII, who taunt and battle him.

As he journeys up the castle, Sora begins to remember a girl named Naminé, who he says disappeared from Destiny Islands long ago. His memories of her become stronger as he journeys up the castle, and when he learns from Larxene that she's being held captive in Castle Oblivion, Sora becomes determined to find her and rescue here. However, along the way, he runs into Riku. Riku, however, is dismissive of him, saying that he will rescue Naminé and claiming she doesn't want to see him. Nevertheless, Sora becomes obsessed with finding Naminé. On the way, he meets Vexen, who lures him to a town Sora's never been to named Twilight Town. There, Vexen attempts to caution Sora against following his memories blindly and begins to tell him of the memories from the "other side" of his heart. Before he's able to do so, however, Axel appears and eliminates Vexen.

Sora, Donald, and Goofy find Riku again on the 11th Floor, and learn that both Sora and Riku have the exact same memory of Naminé, including identical lucky charms they remember her giving each of them. After being defeated, Riku runs off again, and Sora begins to give chase, angrily leaving Donald and Goofy behind when they caution him against chasing for Naminé so intently. Sora arrives alone on the 12th Floor, which takes the form of Destiny Islands, and finally finds Naminé. Going against Marluxia's plan at the behest of Axel, Naminé tries to remind Sora of Kairi, who he'd been slowly forgetting along the way, and the lucky charm changes appearance back to Kairi's wayfinder. Riku interrupts the two, though, and challenges Sora to a fight again. Naminé stops Riku by shattering his heart, causing Sora to ask in bewilderment what she had done to him. Larxene then appears and reveals that Riku is actually a puppet, a replica Vexen had created. She also reveals that both his and the Riku Replica's memories of Naminé were fake, created so the Organization, through Naminé, could manipulate them both. Just as Larxene is about to defeat a dejected Sora, Donald and Goofy arrive, and the three together eliminate Larxene.

Naminé introduces herself to Sora and the others, and explains that she had to manipulate Sora's memories. Sora forgives her, and he, Donald, and Goofy make their way to the 13th Floor to face off with Marluxia. They find him ready to fight Axel, who attempts to use Naminé as a shield. Sora challenges them both, promising to take down Marluxia once he finished Axel. After defeating Axel, Sora, Donald, and Goofy find Marluxia holding Naminé. Marluxia commands her to erase Sora's memory and destroy his heart. While Naminé refuses, Sora tells her to do so, reiterating the fake memory of the promise he made that he'd always protect her. The Riku Replica then appears and helps Naminé escape, allowing Sora to fight and defeat Marluxia. Sora seals the keyhole to the room of the fight, and he, Donald, and Goofy choose to go to sleep in pods to allow Naminé to restore their memories. As Sora prepares to sleep, Naminé tells him to keep focusing on remembering Kairi, and the rest of his memories would quickly follow. Sora promises that when he wakes up, they'll be friends for real.

The real Riku, who had awoken in the basement in Castle Oblivion, finds and meets Naminé sometime afterwards. Seeing Sora asleep to recovery his memories, Riku entrusts him to Naminé.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit | edit source]

Sometime after Sora goes to sleep, Naminé and a hooded man named DiZ move Sora, Donald, and Goofy to an old mansion in Twilight Town. Sometime later, Naminé discovers that some of Sora's memories are not returning, and realizes the problem is caused by the existence of Sora's Nobody, Roxas, and a replica created by the Organization from Sora's memories of Kairi, which have escaped through Roxas. Designed to be a replica of Sora, Xion eventually betrays the Organization and return the memories to Sora, ceasing to exist following a battle with Roxas. However, with the remainder of Sora's power and memories within Roxas, DiZ sends Riku to capture him. After initially losing to Roxas, Riku releases the darkness in his heart in order to help Sora, accepting his fate even if it changes him forever.[33]

Kingdom Hearts II[edit | edit source]

Roxas awakens in Twilight Town with a new personality and identity and no memory of his past, but as Naminé begins to take Sora's memories from him, Roxas begins to dream of Sora. The restoration of Sora's memories accelerates dramatically over the following six days, as Roxas begins to challenge the world he lives in and the Organization attempts to break into the simulation Roxas is trapped in. At the same time, on the fourth day, Sora, through Roxas, makes contact with Kairi, who has lost all memory of Sora due to the events in Castle Oblivion and his own sleep. Roxas finally meets Sora on the sixth day and returns his memories and power to him, ceasing to exist in the process.

Sora awakens in Twilight Town and finds Donald and Goofy, but has no recollection of the events of Castle Oblivion or of Naminé. They journey through the familiar town, though Sora doesn't identify it, and meet Hayner, Pence, and Olette, who reveal that King Mickey is searching for them at the station tower. There, after fighting strange new enemies, Sora, Donald, and Goofy find the King, who directs them to board a train. As they prepare to leave, Hayner, Pence, and Olette see them off, and Sora inexplicably becomes emotional. The train takes them to the Mysterious Tower, where they run into a new enemy named Pete, who claims to be working with Maleficent, who soon after returns to life. After fighting the Heartless he summons, they enter the tower and meet Master Yen Sid, the King's teacher, who Sora fails to address appropriately. Master Yen Sid explains to them the state of the worlds, including the mysterious enemy they had recently encountered, called a Nobody, and the powerful group called Organization XIII. After receiving new clothes from Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, Sora, along with Donald and Goofy, board the Gummi Ship for their next adventur.

The trio returns to Hollow Bastion, where they find the Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee, comprised of Leon, Yuffie, Aerith, and Cid, and learn that everyone had forgotten of them. Sora tells Leon about the Nobodies and the Organization, at which point the Organization arrives and sends Nobodies to attack the town. Sora and Leon team up to defend the town, after which the Keyblade opens the path to the next world. Sora, Donald, and Goofy journey through the worlds to fight the Heartless and Nobodies and stop the plans of the mysterious Organization.

Eventually, Sora, Donald, and Goofy return to Twilight Town, where they face a horde of Nobodies sent by Saïx. Saïx then tells him of Axel, and warns him of the darkness, lest he end up like Riku. Confused, Sora begins to question Saïx, but the latter leaves through a corridor of darkness. Hayner, Pence, and Olette then appear and reveal that Kairi had shown up in town looking for Sora, but that she had been kidnapped by Axel. Determined now to rescue both Riku and Kairi, Sora continues his journey.

He, Donald, and Goofy return to Hollow Bastion, where Leon and the gang have found Ansem's computer. Believing it could tell him about Riku and Kairi's location, Sora quickly becomes frustrated with the machine and begins to smash the keys, causing himself, Donald, and Goofy to be trapped within the computer. After defeating the Master Control Program and escaping with help from a program within named Tron, they attempt to use the computer again. To Sora's dismay, however, the computer has no information on Riku or Kairi's wherabouts. They then reunite with King Mickey, who reveals he's searching for Ansem the Wise, explaining that the man they had fought the year before had stolen his identity, but wasn't really Ansem.

In that moment, Organization XIII launches a Heatless assault on Hollow Bastion, and Sora, Donald, and Goofy quickly make their way into town with King Mickey. Defying King Mickey's orders to leave and search for Kairi and Riku, Sora, Donald, and Goofy jump into the fight and soon defeat the Organization's number IX, Demyx. However, while defending King Mickey, Goofy is struck by a boulder and is seemingly killed, to Sora's disbelief. He joins Donald and King Mickey in continuing to fight the Heartless, and to his relief, Goofy rejoins them, revealing he had just been knocked out by the boulder. They soon split up to take on a horde of Heartless before Sora reunites with Donald and Goofy to confront the leader of the Organization, Xemnas. Xemnas taunts Sora by telling him to ask King Mickey about Riku's whereabouts, then disappears with King Mickey close behind him. Axel then appears and reveals Xemnas's plan of releasing the hearts captured by the Heartless by having Sora defeat the Heartless with the Keyblade. Sora identifies Axel and asks about Kairi, but Axel flees when Saïx appears. Desperate to find Kairi, Sora pleads to Saïx on his knees for her location, but Saïx refuses, angering Sora. Saïx then tells Sora to direct his anger at the Heartless, revealing that the hearts released by the Keyblade weave together to form Kingdom Hearts, which the Organization will use to become whole. Maleficent appears in that moment and intervenes to allow Sora, Donald, and Goofy to escape, but Sora is overwhelmed with the uncertainty of continuing to use the Keyblade if it's helping the Organization. The trio escapes into a world of complete darkness, and Sora reaffirms his search for Kairi and Riku. Once they make it back to the Gummi Ship, Goofy tells Sora that he has to keep using the Keyblade, or the Heartless will continue to harm people.

Sora, Donald, and Goofy continue their journey through various worlds, and eventually return to Twilight Town, where they join Hayner, Pence, and Olette in searching for clues to an alternate Twilight Town. The King arrives to assist when the group is ambushed by several Nobodies, and afterwards, Sora ambushes the King with questions about Riku's whereabouts, confirming the King knows about Riku before Donald tells him to stop pestering him. The group enters the Old Mansion outside of town and find a computer in the basement that takes them to the other Twilight Town, which Sora identifies as Roxas's Twilight Town. There, they find a portal to the Organization's stronghold, but are soon ambushed by countless Nobodies. Axel then arrives and helps defeat the enemies, sacrificing himself in the process to allow Sora through. He tells him that Kairi's in the dungeon and opens a corridor to The World That Never Was.

While journeying through the Dark City towards the Organization's stronghold, Sora is attacked by a hooded figure and transported to his Station of Awakening. There, the figure asks why Sora was chosen, and attacks him relentlessly. However, Sora is able to defeat the figure, who reveals himself to be Sora's Nobody, Roxas. Roxas tells Sora he makes a good other as he disappears, and Sora finds himself back in the Dark City, with Donald and Goofy not having seen the battle.

Kingdom Hearts coded[edit | edit source]

See also Data-Sora

Sometime after the fall of the Organization, Jiminy Cricket finds a mysterious message in one of his journals documenting Sora's first journey. In order to find the source of the message, King Mickey digitizes the journal and summons a digital version of Sora within the journal to investigate. In the end, this Data-Sora and King Mickey find a Data-Naminé, who gives them a message for the real Sora regarding those who are lost but whose hearts are tied to his, namely the real Naminé, Roxas, Xion, Axel, Terra, Aqua, and Ventus. Afterwards, King Mickey writes a letter to Sora revealing all he learned within the journal.

On Destiny Islands, Sora and Riku discuss the door to light, and Riku explains that it was his heart. Kairi then appears and reveals a bottle with the King's seal, the letter he had sent regarding those who are hurting and need to be rescued.[34][35] He determines to venture to find those connected to him, and Kairi gives him her lucky charm again, making a promise to see each other soon. [36]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit | edit source]

Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-[edit | edit source]

Kingdom Hearts III[edit | edit source]

Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind[edit | edit source]

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

Development and Design[edit | edit source]

Initially, Square Enix wanted Mickey Mouse to be the main protagonist of the Kingdom Hearts series, while Disney wanted Donald Duck. However, Tetsuya Nomura chose to create Sora because he wanted a human protagonist. His appearance in the original Kingdom Hearts is very similar to Mickey's classic appearance, an allusion to Square Enix's original desire.

Sora's early appearance was more lion-like, having a fur, claws, and a tail, and wielding a chainsaw-like weapon with a keychain shaped like a lion's head.

Sora's name means sky in Japanese.

References and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind: "Recreated Data"
  2. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: "Heart to Heart"
  3. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: "Heart to Heart"
  4. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: "Heart to Heart"
  5. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: "Legacy"
  6. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: "Sora and Riku"
  7. Kingdom Hearts: "Memories"
  8. Kingdom Hearts: "The Outside World"
  9. Kingdom Hearts: "This World Has Been Connected"
  10. Kingdom Hearts: "Across the Ocean"
  11. Kingdom Hearts: "The Keyblade"
  12. Kingdom Hearts: "Swallowed by Darkness"
  13. Kingdom Hearts: "Leon"
  14. Kingdom Hearts: "The Chosen One"
  15. Kingdom Hearts: "Sora, Donald, and Goofy"
  16. Kingdom Hearts: "The Start of an Adventure"
  17. Kingdom Hearts: "Reunited with Riku"
  18. Kingdom Hearts: "Maleficent's Play"
  19. Kingdom Hearts: "Aboard the Pirate Ship"
  20. Kingdom Hearts: "The True Master"
  21. Kingdom Hearts: "My Friends Are My Power"
  22. Kingdom Hearts: "Mistress of All Evil"
  23. Kingdom Hearts: "Maleficent's Darkness"
  24. Kingdom Hearts: "The Seeker of Darkness"
  25. Kingdom Hearts: "Kairi Awakens"
  26. In the Kingdom Hearts manga series, Kairi remarks that she identified Sora by his calves.
  27. Kingdom Hearts: "Sora's Back"
  28. Kingdom Hearts: "The Promise"
  29. Kingdom Hearts: "Restoring the Worlds"
  30. Kingdom Hearts: "A Light within the Darkness"
  31. Kingdom Hearts: "Kingdom Hearts"
  32. Kingdom Hearts: "Closing the Door"
  33. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX: "Believe"
  34. Kingdom Hearts II: "The Letter"
  35. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX: "Epilogue"
  36. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep: "Blank Points"