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Chapter 23: It's Tough to Be a Hero

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Chapter 23: It's Tough to Be a Hero
Chapter 23 - It's Tough to Be a Hero (Front) KHII Manga.png
Japanese 第23話 英雄はつらいよ
Rōmaji Dai 23-wa Eiyū wa Tsurai yo

Chapter 23: It's Tough to Be a Hero is the twenty-third chapter in the Kingdom Hearts II manga.


In Olympus Coliseum, Pete offers Hades his help in taking down Hercules. Meanwhile, Hercules is fighting the Rock Titan in the Coliseum. As Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrive at the Coliseum, they hear the sound of a match going on. As they're on their way to look, they hear a scream and find a woman being attacked by Heartless. After rescuing her, the woman introduces herself as Megara. As Megara prepares to head into the Underworld to talk to Hades, an exhausted Hercules appears to stop her, but falls down.

In the Coliseum, Megara explains Hades has been entering monsters in the Games to tire Hercules out. Phil appears and tells Hercules to skip the next match to rest, and plans for Sora, Donald, and Goofy to take over. In the Underworld, Pete and Hades discuss Hercules skipping the match. Pete sarcastically suggests holding a tournament in the Underworld. Sora, Donald, and Goofy face the Hydra in the Coliseum. Sora cuts off its heads, but the Hydra grows more heads back. Eventually, the heads become too heavy, and Sora manages to take it out by attacking its foot, causing it to crash down.

In the Underworld, Hades learns of the Hydra's defeat. Pete explains that Sora wields the Keyblade, and Hades comes up with a plan to use the Keyblade to unlock The Underdrome. In order to do so, Pete and Hades abduct Megara as she picks herbs for Hercules. At the Coliseum, Sora, Donald, and Goofy report about their match to Hercules, and Sora offers to take over for Hercules for a while. In the Underworld, Hades seals Megara in The Lock.

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Story changes[edit]

  • Sora, Donald, and Goofy do not head into the Underworld to talk to Hades in Megara's place.
  • Sora, Donald, and Goofy fight the Hydra in the Coliseum, instead of after it has destroyed the Coliseum.