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Dark Figure

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Japanese うしろの人
Rōmaji Ushiro no Hito
Translation The One Behind

Type Construct
Games Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory
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The Dark Figure, referred to as "guardian" by Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, is a container for Terra's heart which is used by various vessels for Xehanort throughout the Kingdom Hearts series. Although it contains Terra's heart, it is not Terra's Heartless. The being has also been referred to as "Ansem's shadow", "The monster behind [Ansem]" (背後の怪物 Haigo no Kaibutsu?)[1], "Terra's phantom"[?], "Xehanort's shadowy other", "The shadow behind [Ansem]" (背後の影 Haigo no Kage?)[2], and the "small, Darkside-like being" (小さなダークサイドのような者 Chīsana Dākusaido no Yōna Mono?)[3] or "shadow" ( Kage?)[3].

It is first summoned by Terra-Xehanort to battle Aqua in Radiant Garden, and is inherited by his Heartless, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness. It is also channeled by Riku when he draws upon the darkness of Ansem still lingering in his heart during his battle with Roxas. The Dark Figure serves not only to protect its user from attacks, but also to fight for him when needed.


Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Terra-Xehanort summons the Dark Figure to aid him against Aqua.

Having lost his first battle against Aqua, Terra-Xehanort's great rage[?] causes the Dark Figure to spawn behind him. The dark entity then teams up with Terra-Xehanort to challenge Aqua one final time. Upon Terra-Xehanort's second defeat at Aqua's hand, Master Xehanort attempts to force what remains of Terra out of him by unlocking his heart. However, the Dark Figure reappears and begins to fade, opening a portal to the Realm of Darkness which swallows it and Terra-Xehanort. Aqua then dives in after them and sacrifices both her armor and Keyblade to save Terra's body.

Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-[edit]

During Aqua's travels in the Realm of Darkness, she encounters manifestations of Terra and Ventus' hearts, in which Terra is able to tell Aqua what she is really seeing while Ventus remains comatose. However, their brief reunion is cut short when Xehanort decides to retake control of Terra's body via Terra-Xehanort to trick Aqua into revealing where Ventus' body is located.

In response, Terra tries to fight back against Xehanort, who ends up summoning the Dark Figure's hands to drag Aqua further into the darkness through a dark corridor.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

After conversing with Sora over the true nature of the heart, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness summons his original persona's Dark Figure and attacks. The Dark Figure reappears alongside Ansem during his second battle with Sora as part of the World of Chaos.[citation needed]

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit]

After Riku emerges from the twelfth basement of Castle Oblivion, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness appears before him and attempts to retake his body. However, Riku chooses to fight rather than submit, enraging Ansem, who summons the Dark Figure and attacks.

Later, Riku reaches the first basement of Castle Oblivion and uses Naminé's Castle Oblivion World Card to bring forth Ansem. Ansem creates around them a facsimile of Kingdom Hearts itself, and again summons the Dark Figure. However, Riku is able to defeat the pair and emerges from the battles having conquered his inner darkness.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

Realizing his loss to Roxas is inevitable, Riku unleashes Ansem's darkness that he had been holding back from within his heart. Riku, now in Ansem's form, uses the Dark Figure to grab Roxas and knock him out, so that he can bring Roxas to DiZ.

Kingdom Hearts coded[edit]

After Ansem, Seeker of Darkness and Xemnas were defeated, Terra's body was recompleted. However, his heart, which was still under Master Xehanort's control, remained trapped within the Dark Figure. His empty body was filled with the heart of Terra-Xehanort from the past, which Young Xehanort had collected.[4][5]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

As it disintegrates, the Dark Figure reaches for Riku, echoing Terra.

In the sleeping version of The World that Never Was, Ansem appears to Riku, attempting to persuade him once again to open himself to darkness and allow his possession. However, Riku chooses to fight and vanquish his inner darkness, causing Ansem to surround them in darkness and summon the Dark Figure. After a first battle, Ansem enlarges the Dark Figure and merges with it, but Riku defeats this form as well.

Later, in the real world, Ansem summons the Dark Figure to prevent Riku, King Mickey, and Lea from rescuing Sora from Master Xehanort. The Dark Figure grabs Mickey and Riku to prevent them from leaving, but is defeated when Donald and Goofy crash into its head after warping in with the Star Shard.

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

"One day...I...will...set...this...right... One day...I will set...this right... I will return to this land...and friends!"
—The Dark Figure makes its declaration.
The Guardian saves Aqua and Ventus
The Dark Figure saves Aqua and Ventus from Terra-Xehanort.

The Dark Figure first appears in the Realm of Darkness, to fight off an unarmed Aqua, who is attempting to keep Ansem the Wise out of the Organization's clutches. After tossing Aqua across the End of Sea, the Dark Figure conjures a dark orb and launches it at Aqua's heart, transforming her into Anti-Aqua.

The Dark Figure next appears to defend Ansem when Hayner attempts to ambush him at Twilight Town. Ansem pursues but is waylaid by Vexen's Dusks, with the Dark Figure defending him again.

At the Keyblade Graveyard, Terra-Xehanort fights the Lingering Will and grabs it by its head via the Dark Figure, squeezing it. Before it can break, the future Sora arrives and frees it. While Sora fights Terra-Xehanort, the Dark Figure grabs him and holds him in place so Terra-Xehanort can strike him down. The Lingering Will pushes Sora out of the way, freeing him, and takes the blow for him, causing it to fall apart and dematerialize. After Sora fights Terra-Xehanort, he has the Dark Figure grab Sora again and attacks him with a barrage of darkness. Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind

At the Keyblade Graveyard, Aqua, Ventus, and Sora fight Terra-Xehanort in one final battle. When Terra-Xehanort captures the trio and prepares to do away with Aqua and Ventus, the Dark Figure moves on its own to intervene and save them. It then breaks the chains binding the trio and lays the unconscious Aqua and Ventus safely on the ground. Terra-Xehanort is surprised by Terra's heart taking control of the vessel and insists that it had been consumed by the darkness, but the Dark Figure removes its bandages and declares the promise to set things right it had made as Terra. While the Dark Figure is keeping Terra-Xehanort restrained, Sora quickly uses his Keyblade to expel Xehanort's heart from Terra's body, allowing Terra's heart to reclaim his rightful body and finally terminating the existence of the Dark Figure.


The Dark Figure has an ink-black, muscular, humanoid form with a partially bandaged head that hosts relatively human features, bearing some resemblance to Master Xehanort. The bandages are gags representing the shackles Xehanort has placed on Terra's heart. It has yellow eyes gleaming above a mouth filled with sharp teeth, as well as two long antennae spouting from the top of its head. A hole appears in between more bandages on the torso in the shape of a heart, much similar to the heart-shaped hole that appears in many of the Pureblood Heartless. Lastly, it has very large hands, its torso coming to a tail-like point that fades away into its host's body.

When it merges with Ansem at The World That Never Was, the Dark Figure becomes much larger, and its lower body forms into an orb of darkness which surrounds Ansem, with two indigo wings extending from the sides and curving downward.

While part of the World of Chaos[citation needed], the Dark Figure mutates, its antennae becoming long horns, the rest of its body distorted by the darkness to look more muscular and ominous. Blue orbs rest on its shoulders, faint golden eyes also on the chest. Red tendrils extend from the back, attaching to the Dark Figure with a snake's head-like attachment. Its hands become more claw-like with large, organic sleeves covering its arms, and an extension similar to a scorpion's stinger juts out of its back. The torso also appears more skeletal, with multiple ribs and vertebrae showing.


The Dark Figure has many dark powers with which it assists its host. It possesses great physical strength, impervious to all damage; its grip is strong enough to crack the Lingering Will's helmet. While it tends to stay behind its host, it can be commanded to detach itself from that host to attack its victims. Able to latch onto these opponents and drain their HP, the Dark Figure can also hit them with bursts of energy spawned from its fists, mighty punches, and even spheres of energy. Similar to a Pureblood Heartless, the Dark Figure's most devastating ability allows it to sink into the ground, creating massive shockwaves every time it re-emerges. The Dark Figure also has the power to shoot disc-like projectiles at enemies, greatly multiplying the host's powers with its own as they double-team opponents to ram them with brute force while shining with a dark aura.

In its World of Chaos form,[citation needed] the Dark Figure becomes more of a defense mechanism than one of offense, able to summon Bit Snipers to distract opponents and to whip its massive sleeves to create large whirlwinds with the purpose of blowing enemies away. It can also drain an opponent's MP. While it is only when the Dark Figure is paired with its host that it is a formidable opponent, it is shown to hold its own quite well without influence, mercilessly attacking the opponent without ceasing.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Ansem (first battle)[edit]

When paired with Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, the Dark Figure will immediately go on the offensive in battle, punching opponents if they come too close or bombarding them with dark projectiles if they are out of attack range. On Ansem's command, the Dark Figure will appear in front of him, preventing him from being damaged. However, Aeroga, or attacks such as Ragnarok, can still hit Ansem if Sora runs around to his location. On Ansem's command, the Dark Figure will rush to Sora and swipe at him twice. If any of these hits connects, the Dark Figure will latch itself to Sora and cause his Attack command to occasionally become "Freeze"; using this command will cause the Dark Figure to latch onto Sora and drain a large amount of his HP. It will eventually return to Ansem in the end, however. Use careful timing of the Dodge Roll ability to dodge this attack, as well as use Curaga when necessary. Guard can be used to earn Tech Points when Sora deflects the dark discs the Dark Figure shoots back at it.

Ansem (second battle)[edit]

When Ansem and the Dark Figure face Sora on his own, their moveset will be identical to that of the first battle. However, the Dark Figure and Ansem can now use some new, devastating attacks. The first involves the Dark Figure and Ansem jetting across the battlefield, dealing damage as they collide with Sora. Either Guard or Aeroga can be used to halt the Dark Figure and Ansem. The second is, by far, the most damaging, the Dark Figure sinking into the ground on Ansem's command and creating short-ranged shockwaves as it respawns in an attempt to attack Sora. Dodge Roll can be used to avoid the Dark Figure, as well as the large burst of energy that results in the Dark Figure returning to Ansem.

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit]

Ansem (first battle)[edit]

During the first battle between Ansem, Riku, and the Dark Figure, Ansem will only shoot bursts of energy while the Dark Figure bombards Riku with punches. In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, however, the Dark Figure aids Ansem as he teaches Riku how to perform a Card Duel. The Dark Figure will only deal punching attacks during this "battle", as well, he and Ansem not taking damage as they did in the original Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories.

Ansem (second battle)[edit]

During Riku's second battle with Ansem and the Dark Figure, the gloves are off. While Ansem shoots bursts of energy, the Dark Figure will punch at Riku, collide with him as he and Ansem fly at him shining with dark energy, or even create shockwaves as it sinks into the ground and reemerges beneath Riku, hitting him several times. In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, it is the Dark Figure who launches the bursts of energy from its fists, also using the dark projectile attack from Kingdom Hearts. The shockwave desperation attack also has the added energy burst effect seen in Kingdom Hearts, as well.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]


Main article: Game:Terra-Xehanort

When paired with Terra-Xehanort during the final battle with Aqua, the Dark Figure will do most of the attacking, creating small shockwaves as it reemerges from dark portals on the ground, slamming Aqua into the ground after carrying her high into the air, should the shockwaves make contact with her. The Dark Figure can latch onto Aqua, at this point rapidly press X to free her. The Dark Figure can deal a powerful punch, release twin columns of energy from its fists, and shoot twin energy spheres from each hand. When very little of Terra-Xehanort's HP remains, it will warp Aqua to Terra's Mind. The Dark Figure will attempt to drive Aqua away from the waiting Terra with its energy sphere attack, which causes Blind, but if she makes it to Terra, she can activate the "Dual Limit" reaction command to deal a significant amount of damage to the Dark Figure by teaming up with Terra and shooting it with an immense amount of light energy.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Ansem (First Battle)[edit]

The fight is similar to the fight from the original game, as the guardian can toss blades of energy and be used as a battering ram by Ansem. However, it cannot briefly possess Riku or shoot out of the ground in rapid succession.

Unless Riku uses Nightmare's End to create a platform for him to stand on, the zero gravity of the area affords Ansem the advantage.

Ansem (Second Battle)[edit]

The fight transfers to solid ground for Riku, allowing him the use of Flowmotion to power up his attacks. However, Ansem hovers just beyond the area.

The guardian gains new attacks. Able to summon flames from the ground, throw several homing beams of energy, or simply punch the ground in rapid succession.

After a while, the guardian manipulates the ground, pushing Riku all the way to the opposite end. Initally, it will simply summon orbs. The attacks that come from it can be dodged by either using Flowmotion on the walls until they stop flowing, or looking at the guardian's actions, especially in order to avoid the fast lasers on the way back. The guardian will also try to grab Riku into the orbs or punch him if he gets too close. When down to critical health, the guardian instead makes several beams of darkness erupt and launches rolling spheres across the arena, damaging anything on its way. They can be dodged forwards with the right timing with Dark Roll. To stay ahead of this, it's best to have at least three Curaga commands in stock.

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

The Dark Figure primarily assists Terra-Xehanort in his battles. Under Terra-Xehanort's command, it can swipe at the guardians, performing downward haymakers and uppercuts and occasionally a slam that generates dark spikes from the ground. During Terra-Xehanort's ultimate attack, the Dark Figure will surround the arena in a dark whirlwind combined with an electric forcefield before sending out shockwaves of darkness or swiping at the guardians. The Dark Figure finishes the attack by slamming the ground.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania, p. 110
  2. ^ Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Ultimania, p. 389
  3. ^ a b Kingdom Hearts Ultimania, p. 378
  4. ^ Kingdom Hearts III Ultimania Tetsuya Nomura "By all rights, Terra should have been revived as himself at that point in time. However, his heart was still in the clutches of Xehanort, and it was unable to go back, and the shell of his body was the only thing that revived. Then, Xehanort brought the heart of Terranort from the past and put it in that shell of a body he once controlled."
  5. ^ Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind, Master Xehanort: "Ansem and Xemnas originated from Terra, or rather his young form—and it too was restored. However, my heart has returned to me, while his is yet lost. I decided to fill this hollow vessel with my heart—indeed, the very same heart that previously resided within young Terra."