My girlfriend and I have had an argument over this and I was wondering is there any aspects of Kingdom hearts that is directly copied from Final fantasy as I am sure chocobos are used in both, the way in which the cutscenes activate are similar and the ways in which the enemies disappear is the same. I also seem to recognize some characters and character names, (Riku being one of them although the characters differ in gender between the two games.)

Here is a brief description of the game you are a male character called Sora and you eventually have comrades out of different Disney movies such as Donald Duck, Goofy and Tarzan. The enemies are called the heartless and your character wields a key as a weapon.

My main Question again, are my observations of the similarities just and is there any other similarities between kingdom Hearts and the final fantasy series?

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    What do you mean by "Kingdom of hearts" game? The Square Enix game is called Kingdom Hearts
    – SysDragon
    Aug 4, 2014 at 13:20
  • My girlfriend called it Kingdom of Hearts that's why I asked if it was the same game Aug 4, 2014 at 14:33
  • why am I getting so many downvotes? Aug 4, 2014 at 14:34
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    Most of this information could be found on the Kingdom Hearts wikipedia page, which is easy enough to find with a google search. Also, if you are trying to get us to identify a game, that is something we do not do without an audio or visual artifact.
    – Zibbobz
    Aug 4, 2014 at 17:50
  • @Zibbobz I agree that it could have showed me that Square Enix created both games but it may not have shown me the exact points of interest where the two games were similar. Also this was my first encounter of Kingdom Hearts I had no real leads to begin with. I also wasn't asking for identification of the game as I stated both Names of each game in the question. Aug 5, 2014 at 7:57

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Well Kingdom hearts is produced by Square Enix who are the guys behind the Final Fantasy Series. And most of the things you will find there are not really easter-eggs but rather the point of the game.

It is officially a crossover of Disney, Final Fantasy and The World Ends with You. Of course it still has an own story and characters but often you will find characters from different universes.

  • Ah so Kingdom Hearts is Kingdom of Hearts? and Thank you! I can finally prove her wrong XD Aug 4, 2014 at 10:22
  • @NathanTaylor This is the only thing that I could find called Kingdom of Hearts
    – turbo
    Aug 4, 2014 at 19:28

It's believed that the Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts are from a parallel universe. However, Kingdom Hearts is a separate franchise and the FF characters are really just cameos. The Final Fantasy characters actually don't impact the story for Kingdom Hearts that much. Kingdom Hearts focuses more on Sora and his friends than Cloud and all the other FF characters that appear in it. They did put in small similarities to some of those characters. Here are some examples of what I'm talking about:

  1. We know that in Final Fantasy VII, Aeris (or Aerith) is killed by Sephiroth. In KH2, Aeris is alive but apparently doesn't know Cloud. However, Aeris still supports Cloud.
  2. Cloud changes his outfit at some point during KH2 and it's the outfit he wears in Advent Children (which is called "Cloudy Wolf"). Advent Children occurred two years after the events of Final Fantasy VII (or two years after Aeris died). It also mentions in KH that Sephiroth is the "darkness in Cloud's heart" but Cloud and Sephiroth are not related in anyway. But Cloud does become a Sephiroth clone between VII and Advent Children.
  3. Zack Fair only appears in Birth by Sleep and is a younger version of him. After Birth by Sleep, Zack pretty much disappears. But in Crisis Core, Zack is older and was killed by Shinra soldiers. Zack's memories were also transferred to Cloud. This is why Aeris is a love interest for Cloud, because Zack had feelings for Aeris.
  4. Squall is alive and older in KH2. But in Final Fantasy VIII, it is highly believed that Squall dies at the end of disc one and was 17 during the events of VIII. Squall is also older than Cloud and Seifer in KH.
  5. KH2 hints that Squall and Cloud are friends or rivals of some sort. However the only Final Fantasy game where Cloud and Squall are in the same world is Dissidia Final Fantasy which is an arcade-style fighter game.
  6. Seifer is a teenager during the events of KH2 and has a completely different fashion than what is shown in VIII. Seifer is also missing his gunblade and is friends with Vivi. But Vivi doesn't make an appearance in the FF franchie until Final Fantasy IX.
  7. Vivi is also deceased and KH2 depicts him to be very clueless.
  8. In the first Kingdom Hearts, Wakka, Tidus, and Selphie live on the Destiny Islands with Sora, Riku, and Kairi. But Wakka is 23 in Final Fantasy X (25 in X-2) and Tidus is only 17. Selphie only appears in Final Fantasy VIII. Tidus was also the battle tutorial in KH.
    1. Yuna is depicted as a "fairy" in KH (don't understand that at all) instead of a Summoner.

And those are pretty much the major ones. I know Rikku (not be confused with Sora's friend of the same name but different spelling) also appears in KH but I don't exactly know her purpose and Auron also appears in KH2 and disappears the same way he does in FFX. So the true answer to your question is: No, Kingdom Hearts actually isn't linked to Final Fantasy. And to further that a little more, there are no major references to Kingdom Hearts in Final Fantasy (with the exception of XV which makes a small reference to KH3 and the fact the 1.5 cover art was literally from a scrapped concept of Noctis from when XV was known as Versus XIII). Finally, even though Square Enix made Kingdom Hearts the rights to the game actually belong to Disney and the reason why is obvious. The Disney characters.

  • it is highly believed that Squall dies at the end of disc one...just a theory that explains some wacky storytelling from then on. Nothing in game to support it. Secondly Vivi is also deceased? Is that in KH? Because he's still alive and well at the end of IX
    – ediblecode
    Jul 11, 2019 at 7:48

In kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 the final fantasy characters do actually add a bit to the plot(especially 2). But in later games the Disney and Final Fantasy characters are adding less and less to the story. To answer your question, yes they are linked. Sora does appear in brave exius and in world of ff. He may even appear in dissidia. Cloud, Leon and many more FF characters appear in kingdom hearts obviously, and there are also many gameplay elements from FF included in kingdom hearts such as the name of the items, and the Kupo store. Technically Disney OWNS Sora, but they don’t do anything without tetsuya’s permission.


The way I see it, Kingdom Hearts is a spin-off of Final Fantasy. The main FF series is only now affecting possibly because of the Fabula Nova Crystallis. It is also an alternative timeline to the events of both Final Fantasy and Disney if you ask me.


Kingdom hearts takes many elements from Final fantasy beyond character cameos such as the synthesis Save the king save the queen ultima weapon. And its magic system with commands like Cure to cura to curaga are there. The series has its own version of Bigs and Wedge Final Fantasy staples and . Another thing to note is just because it's not in the same timeline or reality to say FF IX or VII deosnt keep it from being a Spinoff and within recent times elements of the Fabula nova Crytalis have started to carry over into the Kingdom Hearts series

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