Friday, February 10, 2023

Friday Creature Feature - Heartless


@Somer Lynas

As valentines is approaching many single adults are depressed and wish to not have feelings of about being alone, so writing a post about the heartless from Kingdom Hearts (KH) seemed appropriate.


The heartless are physical manifestation of darkness that are created when a person’s heart is consumed by darkness. This often happens as a result of the individual succumbing to negative emotion such as fear, anger, or sadness. The heartless are described as being soulless creatures that lack any emotions or morality and are solely driven by their hunger for hearts. I believe they hunger for hearts because they are searching for their own heart. In KH I, Sora becomes a heartless and stays as one until he finds his heart which was in Kairi.

All of Xehanort forms

The heartless are controlled by the main antagonist of the series, Xehanort, who seeks to gather the hearts of all living beings in order to bring about a state of pure darkness. He believes once he is successful it will result in a state of balance between light and darkness, which he believes is the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe. Xehanort uses the heartless to achieve this goal, attacking and consuming the hearts of anyone they encounter.

The heartless pose a significant threat to the series. Similar to zombies, once the heartless consume another heart that person will become a heartless as well. They are immune to most forms of physical harm and can be defeated by individuals who posses the strength of heart and willpower necessary to fight against them. Sora, is one such character, and he sets out on countless amount of quests to defeat the heartless and prevent Xehanort from achieving his goals.


The heartless have become a staple of Kingdom Hearts franchise and have been featured in nearly every entry in the series. The have become synonymous with the series’ unique blend of action, adventure, and heart, and have become one of the most recognizable and iconic elements of the KH universe.

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