Riku, as he appears in the Kingdom Hearts series.
Name Riku
Age 15 (KHI), 16 (KH2)
Home World Destiny Islands
Games Kingdom Hearts, Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

Riku was the oldest of his group with Sora and Kairi. Always excelling at everything, Riku sort of became the leader of the kids at the Destiny Islands. He always felt contained and restricted on their small island and dreamed of leaving it.


[edit] Story

[edit] Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

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

[edit] Kingdom Hearts

In Kingdom Hearts, he convinced Sora and Kairi to build a raft with him and travel to other worlds. The raft was finished, but the night before they were to set sail, the storm of darkness struck, and Heartless took the world into darkness. Riku chose not to fear the darkness and to embrace it, believing it could take him away from the world. The darkness brought him to Maleficent, who convinced him to use it, sensing Riku's great potential and power. Riku learned to use the power of darkness, thinking it would help save Kairi. He began to think Sora became egotistical with the Keyblade and shunned him in trying to save her, becoming an enemy. The darkness eventually consumed him, but his strong heart kept him from being completely consumed by Ansem, who needed Riku's body and power. After Sora saved Kairi, he went on to defeat Ansem. Riku's heart had ended up in the Realm of Darkness, and so his body went in there to reunite with his heart, trapping him in that realm as Sora sealed the door to it with his Keyblade.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

In Kingdom Hearts: Chain Of Memories, Riku somehow broke out of the Realm of Darkness, and ended up on the lowermost basement floor of Castle Oblivion. He began going up the floors, in order to get out of the castle. Ansem still remained infused with his heart, and Riku had to battle him again and again as he went up. Organization XIII also sought to use him. They made a copy of him, which they used to trick Sora who was also in Castle Oblivion at that time. Riku had a few Organization members to defeat as well, and after he defeated them, he defeated Ansem one last time and conquered the darkness within his heart. He met up with King Mickey, and they both set off to tackle the next parts of their journeys.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts II

In Kingdom Hearts II, Riku had a subtle role. Sora discovered that Riku had fought Roxas, Sora's Nobody, and had reunited him with Sora, which had helped him regain his memories. In order to do this, Riku had to immerse himself in the power of darkness, which gave him the physical appearance of Ansem and removed his youthful look. While doing what he could to help, he wanted to avoid being seen by Sora. He helped saved Kairi from the Organization after they had tried to stop her from escaping the stronghold. Kairi realized it was him, and when they had reunited with Sora, she showed Sora Riku's identity. When Ansem the Wise's Heart Encoder exploded, the shockwave erased Riku's appearance as Ansem, and his original look was restored. Riku had also acquired his own Keyblade, and with it, he helped Sora defeat the leader of Organization XIII. After that final battle, Riku and Sora ended up in the Realm of Darkness once more, on a silent beach. Riku reconciled his differences with Sora that had arisen a year earlier, and they opened the Door to Light, which returned them to their home world, where Kairi had been waiting again, thus concluding his journey.

[edit] Journal Entries

[edit] Kingdom Hearts

[edit] First Entry

Islander. A self-confident youth always competing with Sora. He hated the monotony of island life and built a raft with Sora and Kairi to explore the outside world. Riku seems to have vanished along with the Destiny Islands.

[edit] Second Entry

Islander. A self-confident youth always competing with Sora. When the Destiny Islands vanished, so did he. By the time Riku reappeared, Sora had already found new friends, so Riku didn't rejoin him. Riku is willing to go to any length to save Kairi--even join forces with Maleficent.

[edit] Third Entry

Riku gained immense power through the forces of darkness. But ordinary humans are no match for the darkness, and it is gradually consuming his heart.

[edit] Fourth Entry

When Kairi lost her heart, Riku allied himself with Maleficent to save her. Riku was actually the rightful master of the Keyblade, but once he chose darkness over light, the weapon chose Sora instead. Ansem exploited Riku's weakness of heart and possessed him.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

[edit] Sora's Story

Sora's childhood friend.

Baited by the darkness and used by Maleficent and Ansem, Riku once fought against Sora.

In order to seal the door to darkness, Riku stayed with the king on the other side. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Sora journeys in the hopes of finding Riku.

[edit] Reverse/Rebirth

A boy who was born and raised on a small group of islands.

Riku dreamt of seeing other worlds, and so he forsook the islands—only to be seduced by the power of darkness.

Enslaved by Ansem, pursuer of darkness, Riku clashed with his childhood friend Sora. But in the end, he was able to regain himself, and together with Sora closed the door to darkness. Still, the dark wounds in Riku's heart have yet to mend.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts II

[edit] Ansem

Mysterious wielder of darkness.

What could his true purpose be?

[edit] First Entry

The form Sora's longtime friend Riku chose.

Though Xehanort tried to control Riku from within, Riku's heart proved stronger. But the only way to wield the darkness fully was to become it.

Riku began calling himself "Ansem," perhaps as a sign of resolve. He would live in darkness if that's what it took to wake Sora.

[edit] Second Entry

Sora's longtime friend. He had clad himself in darkness in order to wield it, and had even changed in appearance.

But when the real Ansem's Kingdom Hearts Encoder exploded, Riku returned to his old form.

You could say it was a miracle—worked by a heart no darkness could eclipse.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

A little boy who yearns to see the outside world. Terra chose him to inherit the power of the Keyblade.

Riku deeply cares for his friend Sora, and believes the strength he needs to protect people awaits him somewhere in the wider world.

[edit] Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded

Sora's best friend. They grew up together on the Destiny Islands. But Riku was so desperate to leave their small, stifling home that he succumbed to the darkness. Eventually, he and Sora clashed.

Fortunately, he met Mickey. With his new friend's help, Riku learned to turns his wrongs into rights, and eventually became one of Sora's greatest, unseen allies.

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