N a m e
M e a n i n g
Riku's name is derived from the Japanese word for "Land".
A g e
D a t e - o f - B i r t h
A l i g n m e n t
(Heartless, Nobody, Light, Darkness, Neutral etc. etc..)
Neutral but can wield darkness (Ansem)
Riku stands with features similar to other characters. His hair is silver and his eyes are aqua (which turn yellow when he becomes Xehanort's Heartless form) and has a more pale complexion like Kairi compared to Sora. Riku also is more muscular than Sora showing how at first it seems that he is "better at stuff" than Sora. Riku's appearance changes more with his clothes than his actual physical appearance as he only holds two major changes. In Kingdom Hearts II he shows these changes as he becomes darkness itself in the form of Xehanort's Heartless. This results from him having to transform to defeat and capture Roxas. Near the final battle of Kingdom Hearts II against Xemnas, Riku returns to his normal form except with longer hair and surprisingly paler eyes. He also has more defined features and is much taller. He has four different outfits, his first being a yellow shirt mimicking a tank top with baggy blue jeans connected to suspenders with large shoes (in keeping up with Sora and Kairi's feet appearance). This outfit is changed when Riku turns to his normal form in Kingdom Hearts II; this time he has a black zip-up tank-top and a white and yellow vest over it, his pants are a pair of baggy blue denim jeans, and his feet down to a more normal size with a simple pair of sneakers.
L i k e s
-Sora and Kairi
-'The Secret Place' on Destiny Islands
-Play fighting with Sora
D i s l i k e s
List, can use long descriptions or basic ones
F e a r s
Becoming Ansem (Darkness Itself)
P e r s o n a l i t y
In Kingdom Hearts, Riku is a calm, cool, collected teen who is not afraid to go far beyond his limits. This shows through when he shows no fear in stepping into the dark portal when Destiny Islands was being consumed by darkness, along with his statement "I'm not afraid of the darkness!" Also, he seems to be aware of Sora's romantic feelings toward Kairi and often teases him for liking their friend (maybe for the reason he has feelings for her as well), such as when he challenges Sora to a race, Sora saying that if he wins, he gets to become captain of the raft they're constructing; Riku ups the ante by saying that if he wins, he gets to share a paopu fruit with Kairi.
He also showed a strong competitive streak, along with a bit of jealousy. He shows his competitive side when he challenges Sora, saying that his heart is stronger than Sora's heart. It is not actually said aloud, but thanks to Maleficent, he became increasingly jealous of Sora. It started with him finding out about Sora's new friends, and his thinking that he had been replaced. The jealousy grew when he learned about Sora possessing the Keyblade. The jealousy turned into rage, resulting in the battles against Sora throughout Kingdom Hearts, and his possession by Xehanort's Heartless.
Though his traits were not too favorable in Kingdom Hearts, he becomes more heroic in Chain of Memories. Riku has many realizations. One of these was him realizing that he let his heart become weak. From that moment on, he began to shy away from the darkness in his heart. Through the scores of fights and battles in Castle Oblivion, he makes another big realization: he can't get rid of the darkness in his heart, and decides to use it without turning from the light like before. He matured immensely, and along with leaving his past behind him, he also left a lot of his unfortunate traits.
In Kingdom Hearts II, he shows a great amount of loyalty and care for his friends. To save Sora, he did everything he could to bring Roxas to DiZ to make Sora whole again, going so far as to give up his physical form for that of Xehanort's Heartless. As Sora journeyed on between the worlds, he dropped him some valuable clues, such as the sea-salt ice cream and the picture.
When he finally is found in the World That Never Was, he repeatedly shows regret, telling Sora that "he didn't want to be found," and almost refusing to come back to Destiny Islands because of his wrongdoings.
B i o g r a p h y
Riku's story begins a number of years before the night of the Heartless invasion on Destiny Islands. On an earlier night, there is a meteor shower and a mysterious girl appears on the islands. Apparently, Kairi is from another, far off world, and is now stuck on the Destiny Islands, with no way to return to her home. In an Ansem report, this world is revealed to be Radiant Garden. The two and Sora, another resident of the Isles, quickly forge a powerful friendship. Soon after Kairi's arrival, Riku and Sora go to the secret place, a small cave that they frequently explored. While there, the two spot a mysterious door, though neither one can find a way to open it. The two decide to leave, but Riku manages to get a glimpse of Destiny Islands' Keyhole. From this day on Riku became obsessed with finding out what lies beyond the door, wondering if it could perhaps be a passageway to another world, such as Kairi's.
Riku appears as a cool and collected 16-year-old. He and his best friends Sora and Kairi live on the Destiny Islands. The three spend their days constructing a raft and gathering supplies, so that they might one day set out and search for other worlds. He and Sora share a fierce but good natured rivalry, competing over who is stronger in battle, among other things. Despite the fact that their arguments are of good intention, Riku is known to irritate Sora by being a bit of a sore loser and, very pushy involving his fight over Kairi, shown when he tells Sora that, if the latter does not share a paopu fruit with Kairi soon, he will. All three of them, as well as the other children that live on the islands, spend most of their time on the smallest island, acting as their own personal playground.
Who are your parents? Unknown
Who raised you? Unknown,
What was your childhood like? A younger Riku has been seen in a screenshot of Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, where he is seen training his fighting skills with Sora. He is believed to be five years old at the time. Both he and Sora are known to be watched by Terra. At some point in the game, Terra asks Riku why he wants to go to other worlds. Riku replies with "I want to be stronger."
Did anything traumatic happen? Riku was unable to leave the islands without knowing the truth, opens the door in the secret place (something he saw while very young, but was perhaps too overwhelmed to open it just then) and the Heartless, beings of darkness, invaded the islands, seeking out the world's heart. Both afraid that a storm would destroy the raft, Kairi and Sora set out for the island. Sora finds Riku first. However, while Sora is concerned for his friend's safety, Riku is only obsessed with finally escaping the island. Darkness surrounds the two, and Riku disappears into it.
What led you to join this side?
What does your current life normally consist of:
-A warrior of the dark wears the Organization's coat.
-A master of combat, he combines combo attacks with a tight defense, a homing projectile, and a block-counter.
W e a p o n s
-Uses 'The Way To Dawn' Keyblade
-Dark Aura: Riku fires multiple Dark Orbs at the enemy. Available as a Reaction command after Sora finishes a combo.
-Dark Shield: Riku creates a barrier to protect Sora.
-Cure Potion: Riku heals the party to max HP; costs 99 MP.
-Item Boost: Boosts the effectiveness of healing items like Potions.
-MP Hastega: MP recovery rate is greatly increased.
-Defender: Increases defense when HP is critical.
-Second Chance: Ensures 1 HP is retained after being hit with a critical attack.
-Once More: Ensures 1 HP is retained after being hit with a combo attack.
-Auto Limit: Sets the Reaction command to Limit, if a Limit has been equipped.
-Hyper Healing: Quickly revives a fallen party member and restores their HP.
-Limit Ability: Eternal Session.
S a m p l e P o s t
Riku lifted his hand up and the Keyblade appeared .He ran towards the pure blood heartless in front of him and sliced them in half. He saw King Mickey running with Sora towards the Organization's Headquarters after Xemnas. Riku smiled slightly to one side, hoping everything turns out the way they planned. He turned his attention back to the heartless, continuing to slash them through the chest,wondering if Sora was going to finally destroy Xemnas so they could return to their home, Destiny Islands.