KHV's Top 10~Keyblade Wielders~As the series progresses, we see that while wielding a keyblade is a rare, the characters who wield are shown to be quite interesting. Their fighting style, storyline, or even just personality, we have our reasons for why we like them. Two weeks ago, KHV was asked which appealed to them most, and here are the results! (On a side note, it saddens me that Master Xehanort did not make the top 10)Graphic banners made possible by the talented Ienzo.
#10) TerraVotes: 7Average Ranking: 6.72Terra is the first character in the series to show the effects of how tempting the darkness can be. A classic hero being drawn over to the dark side never gets old to me. Though he is with good intention, Terra has been used by Master Xehanort time and time again, inching him that much closer to be used as his pawn. While he is a slow in combat, Terra is a hard hitter and one of the more powerful keyblade wielders. His time in the spotlight was short, but he still continues as part of the series, leaving fans to question what will happen to his possessed body in the future.#9) LeaVotes: 7Average Ranking: 5.91Lea hasn't been a part of the keyblade crew for very long. We don't even get to see him wield the weapon until the end of Dream, Drop, Distance. (And even then, he only summons it) A very strong, supporting character, his motives and actions have usually been questioned, but his fiery personality has made him a fan favorite. Seeing him first in Chain of Memories, we didn't know much about him, but as the games release one after another, we see his more humane side and his valuable friendship with Roxas. All it took the creators, was to put a keyblade in his hand for fans to love him even more.#8) VanitasVotes: 8Average Ranking: 7.44The only Antagonist keyblader under 50. (Looking at you, Xehanort) We first got to see this masked boy of darkness in Birth by Sleep, where he is both cruel and cunning. The fights against him are similar to Riku's dark mode, with the exception that most of Vanitas' attacks are more shadow-like, with him constantly shifting from all angles. His voice is a nice change of pace from the past-puberty Haley Joel Osment's voice as Sora. While he appears to be just in his teens, he still manages to pull off a threatening atmosphere. Even with the skirt.#7) RoxasVotes: 8Average Ranking: 5.03A nobody who has made himself well known indeed. The nobody of Sora, Roxas is shown to be more aggressive than his heart owning counterpart. He shares many traits with him, but is more quick-tempered and a very fun opponent. (That Dual wield.) Another fact is that Roxas is the only other character aside from Sora to be the main focus of a Kingdom Hearts game. (358/2 Days) He realizes and accepts his fate, but does so in an honorable manner. You'll find this character is often fan dubbed by our resident reporter; Mike.#6) VentusVotes: 8Average Ranking: 4.28Call him Ven. If you thought Sora was naive and caring, Ventus was the first to pull it off. First appearing in Birth by Sleep, he confused many a fan with the uncanny resemblance to the nobody; Roxas. (Explained as the game progresses) Having a heart without darkness, this character goes from world to world, doing good and making friends while trying to find and bring his friend; Terra, back home. While he is childish, he is not without a fighting spirit, as shown with his quick paced keyblading style. For such a happy guy, he has one very sad theme.#5) AquaVotes: 8Average Ranking: 3.97Aqua has the honor of being the first playable female keyblader in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Not only that, but we also see her reach master in the same game. She not only has a main storyline, but a final chapter, and secret episode to play through afterwords, giving her the most play time in Birth by sleep. A nimble magic user, she is proven to be light on her feet and Nomura himself described her combat style as "Tricky." Responsible and selfless, she has sacrificed a lot for her friends and will do whatever she can do keep them safe.#4) XionVotes: 9Average Ranking: 6.38One of the more reserved wielders, Xion's time was unfortunately short. She had a quiet personality, with similar fighting style to Roxas. A lot of sympathy goes to Xion for her desire to be happy with Axel and Roxas, but can't, because held back for her constant questioning of her existance. Emotionally fragile, it isn't until the final quarter of the game, where we see some her best moments. Her final moments in 358/2 Days are some of the most touching in the Kingdom hearts franchise.#3) SoraVotes: 9Average Ranking: 4.99What would this "Top 10" list be without the protagonist of the series himself; Sora. From Destiny islands and beyond, we follow the young boy's journey to see new worlds and find his friends. Fairly easy going, Sora is a friend to all he meets. Sadly, his naive and trusting nature is one of his weakest traits. Nevertheless, he a childish and lovable protagonist who we've gotten to see grow in the last 10 years into a... childish and lovable protagonist. Even when all odds are against him, Sora never forgets that his friends are his power!#2) King MickeyVotes: 10Average Ranking: 6.34"It all started with a mouse." But not in this story's case. For a Disney icon, Mickey is quite the quick little slasher. His majesty is a strong and major supporting character who has been with the series every step of the way; From Birth by Sleep to Dream, Drop, distance. He is the only Disney character to wield the weapon, and he's under 3 feet tall! With Donald and Goofy at his command, the lighthearted King is there to lend a hand.#1) RikuVotes: 10Average Ranking: 2.10Recently promoted Keyblade Master, Riku has been shown as one of the most developed characters. Starting off with Sora and Kairi on the islands, Riku wanted more from life. To set sail for new worlds, and see what else is out there. Upon his departure, he recklessly sought out all he could, not fearing the darkness, only to be later enslaved by it. Since then, Riku has not only conquered the darkness, but managed to use it to his advantage. Walking the road to dawn, he has earned his spot as KHV's #1 Keyblade wielder.
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