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A Game Over occurs when a player has lost a game due to their HP being reduced to zero or failing a required objective, and they are sent to the "Game Over" screen. The animation of the Game Over screen varies between games, and generally has two options: "Continue" (go back to the last checkpoint, usually at the start of the battle) or "Restart" (go back to the title screen and reload a saved game). However, in Kingdom Hearts II, a third option can appear if a Game Over occurs during certain boss battles: "I won't give up!", which allows the player to continue the boss fight as King Mickey while reviving Sora. In some story mode missions in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, being defeated several times can sometimes result in a third option to face the mission on a lower difficulty level. In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, the game over screen may display a hint which appears above Data-Sora, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage- and Kingdom Hearts III show a hint in the bottom or bottom right in game over screens respectively.
When Sora's HP is depleted, the screen flashes white as the camera swivels around Sora losing his heart. Afterward, he is shown floating supine in the darkness holding his Keyblade as his heart hovers above his body.
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
When Sora or Riku's HP is depleted in Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, the screen flashes red and the camera slows as the character is shown being thrown back. In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, the flash is white, and the camera also swivels around the character while blurring. Afterward, he is shown floating supine in the darkness as his heart hovers above his body. In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Sora and Riku are also holding their Kingdom Key and Soul Eater, and their heart only appears if they are defeated by a Heartless. Riku's Dark Mode remains active if he is defeated while using it.
Kingdom Hearts II
When Sora or Roxas's HP is depleted, the camera slows down and focuses on the character as he shouts in pain. Afterward, he is shown floating supine in the darkness. If he simply fails an objective, such as losing an Underworld tournament, letting Minnie Mouse be defeated or failing to defeat Demyx's clones in time, he will be shown standing with his arms crossed and a defeated look on his face.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
After Roxas's HP is depleted, he is shown floating supine in the darkness. In the Mission Mode of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days every character has their own defeated position. When they fail or withdraw from a mission, they will show their defeated position.
- Xemnas: Xemnas holds both hands in the air.
- Xigbar: Xigbar bends down, hitting his leg occasionally.
- Xaldin: Xaldin crosses his arms.
- Vexen: Vexen bends down.
- Lexaeus: Lexaeus bends down.
- Zexion: Zexion rests his head on his hand with an arm below.
- Saïx: Saïx puts his hand to his head, shaking his head occasionally.
- Axel: Axel faces sideways with his arms crossed.
- Demyx: Demyx puts his hand to his head, moving his head up and down.
- Luxord: Luxord puts his hand to his head, moving his head up and down slightly.
- Marluxia: Marluxia puts his hand to his head with an arm below.
- Larxene: Larxene faces the side, stamping her foot.
- Roxas: Roxas bends down. (Identical defeated position for Dual-Wielding Roxas)
- Xion: Xion bends down.
- Riku: Riku puts his hand to his head.
- Donald: Donald jumps up and down on one foot, angry.
- Goofy: Goofy bends down, putting his hand on his eyes.
- The King: The King bends down.
- Sora: Sora bends down.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
When Terra, Ventus, or Aqua's HP is depleted, the camera slows down, blurs, and focuses on the character as they shout in pain. Afterward, they are shown floating supine in the darkness. If they merely fail an objective, such as not achieving first place in Rumble Racing, they will be shown with expressions of disappointment. Ventus, for example, will be shown with one hand on his knee, and the other hanging loosely in front of him as he pants.
The only exception to this rule is when Terra's, Ventus's or Aqua's HP is depleted when fighting the Vitality Vial - this does not count as a Game Over, but rather the end of the mission. However, losing all HP in other Unversed Missions still counts as a game over.
Failing Unversed Missions, such as by letting the Belly Balloon explode, will not result in a game over, but rather a zero star rank mission failure. The player character will don their usual disappointed stance as if they finished with a one star rank, and a different sound will be played than if they finished with one star.
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
After Data-Sora's HP is depleted, he is shown floating supine in the darkness.
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
After Sora or Riku's HP is depleted, he is shown floating supine in the darkness. The bottom screen gives two choices to continue or go back to the title screen.
Kingdom Hearts Union x
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-
When Aqua's HP is depleted, she is shown floating in the darkness with her heart hovering above her. If she is defeated by thorns, her heart does not float above her. Any accessories she has equipped will also appear on her.
Kingdom Hearts III
When Sora, Riku, or Aqua's HP is depleted, they will be shown floating supine in the darkness. If defeated by a Heartless, there will be a heart floating above the character.
Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind
In addition to Sora, Riku, and Aqua's game over screen's return, Kairi and Roxas gain them as well. When their HP is depleted, they will be shown floating supine in the darkness. Losing the fight against the Replica Xehanorts will show just the menu, with no characters shown.