List of Kingdom Hearts references in other media
This is a list of assorted media references to the Kingdom Hearts games shown outside of the series.
A number of promotional images for the episode "True Colors" parody various pieces of pop culture. One such promo by series color designer Andy Garner-Flexner mimics the "Heart" Key Art from Kingdom Hearts II.
Disney Emoji Blitz
A few Kingdom Hearts characters appear as emojis for the player to collect, namely Sora, Aqua, and Donald and Goofy in their attire from the series. A Shadow was later added as a free collectible in honor of the Kingdom Hearts series' 20th anniversary, though it is unusable in the game itself.
At the D23 Expo 2015, all attending fans were given a power disc which unlocked Mickey's Kingdom Hearts outfit in the game. The Keyblade appears in the game as the Ultimate Unlock, requiring players to purchase and scan every figure available for that version of the game.
Disney Tsum Tsum
Two main Kingdom Hearts events were available for a limited time in 2019 and 2023, featuring stages based on worlds from the series. Over 20 collectable Tsum Tsum based on Kingdom Hearts characters have been created, both as part of the special collaboration events and separately.
Deadpool can wield a series of weapons named "Keyblades". However, they do not physically resemble the Keyblade from the Kingdom Hearts series. The in-game description of the Keyblades, "A heart, a heart, my kingdom for a heart", is a reference to William Shakespeare's Richard III, as well as a pun on the Kingdom Hearts series.
In the episode "St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses", Rat Princess wears a crown shaped exactly like the reoccuring crown motif in the Kingdom Hearts series.
In the episode "Game On", the Kingdom Key appears on the weapons selection menu for a video game.
In the episode "Home School", the character KG can be seen playing a game that looks similar to Kingdom Hearts, with him playing through a section that looks near identical to Dive to the Heart, and the side panels bearing resemblance to Destiny Islands.
- Comic Book Guy quotes Ansem's "Every light must fade, all hearts return to darkness" in the Big Super Happy Fun Fun level of the game.
- The Statues of Santa's Little Helper in the Super Happy Fun Fun level of the game have a Keyblade in their mouths.
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Final Fantasy series
- In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, DLC costumes are available for Cloud Strife, Squall Leonheart, and Sephiroth based on their appearance in Kingdom Hearts.
- In Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, when Tifa Lockhart is in EX Mode, she equips the Premium Heart gloves, which have the heart symbol from the Kingdom Hearts series on them.
- In Final Fantasy XIII-2, a scene appears, involving Lightning and Serah, emulating the iconic scene in Kingdom Hearts where Riku reaches for Sora to follow him into the darkness, later echoed by Vanitas and Young Xehanort.
- In the iOS port of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Theathrythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, Auron is available as a DLC character in his Kingdom Hearts II appearance.
- In World of Final Fantasy, Sora in his Dream Drop Distance attire appears as a limited-time free DLC Champion Summon.
- In Final Fantasy XV, Prompto refers to the Keyblade by mentioning “a magical key that can unlock any door—like from the video games!”
- In Final Fantasy Brave Exvius:
- In 2018, an event was held to commemorate the launch of Kingdom Hearts III. Sora, Riku, Cloud, and Sephiroth in their Kingdom Hearts attire appear as playable characters, while Darkside and Guard Armor appear as bosses for players to fight.
- In 2020, an event taking place in Scala ad Caelum was held. Sora, Riku, and Kairi in their Kingdom Hearts III appearances, as well as Young Xehanort in his Dark Road appearance, are available as playable characters.
A Wrench and Hammer Swap for the player characters called "Key" is unlockable. This weapon heavily resembles a Keyblade.
A skin for the pickaxe called the "Saintsblade" can be unlocked. This weapon strongly resembles a Keyblade, including a keychain, and will generate star-shaped particle effects upon hitting an enemy.
A skin for the character Eliza recolors her to be based on Sora, specifically on his appearance in Kingdom Hearts III; her lackeys, Horace and Albus, are additionally respectively recolored to be based on Donald and Goofy, and her Parasite, Sekhmet, is recolored to be based on a Shadow. Additionally, the character Marie, who has appeared in the game as the final boss and will be made playable via DLC, has a recolor based on Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, with her skeletal partner, Hilgard, being recolored to be based on the Dark Figure, and her vacuum being recolored to be based on Soul Eater.
Sora is available as a DLC fighter, based on his appearance in Kingdom Hearts. He comes with alternate outfits of his appearances in Kingdom Hearts II, Dream Drop Distance, and Kingdom Hearts III, as well as his appearance in Timeless River, Valor Form, Wisdom Form, and Ultimate Form. Hollow Bastion and the Dive to the Heart are featured as a stage, several characters are available as Spirits, and numerous songs from the Kingdom Hearts series are featured as music tracks.
A melee weapon called the "Keybrand" can drop from certain enemies. The item bears a strong resemblance to the Kingdom Key and is swung in a similar fashion, hitting enemies with the blunt end of the weapon rather than with the key's teeth.
An item called the "Key Blade" can be obtained. The item's description reads "A sword in the shape of a dull key. Not practical as a key or blade.""
Film and television
In the episode "The Excelsior Acquisition", on the back of a comic that Raj is reading, there is a ad for Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
The Key Sword (キーソード Kī Sōdo ) is a weapon that appears in the manga, anime, and game adaptions of Dragon Ball Heroes. Originally created to seal the Demon Realm, Xeno Trunks uses it to combat the Dark Empire. Its name, design, and function are references to the Keyblade.
In the episode "Kiss Kiss Fall in Portal", a holographic image of an alternate version of Lois Lane from Earth-24 is shown dressed in clothing similar to Sora's and holding a key that resembles a Keyblade.
In Rick and Morty issue 50 of the tie-in comic, the character of Morty is seen playing a videogame called Imagine Balls, featuring a key-wielding hero of appearance similar to Sora battling alongside a cartoon character, being a clear parody of Kingdom Hearts. Rick criticizes Morty for playing the game because of its premise, but later gets hooked into it, enough to buy a cosplay and changing his hairdo to be close to Sora's.
In the episode "May Cause Numb Butthole", Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Master Xehanort were featured in the skit "Kingdom Hearts' Key Party", alongside other Disney characters.
At the 2022 D3 Expo, a poster celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company was available to Gold Members. Said poster contains fifty-eight different references to Disney media, including a silhouette of the Kingdom Key on the left side of Sleeping Beauty's castle, near a TRON Identity Disc.
Notes and references
- KH13: Kingdom Hearts III makes cameo in Disney+ movie "Chang Can Dunk"
- KH13: "Kingdom Key spotted in latest trailer for Chip N' Dale: Rescue Rangers"
- KH13: "Sora's Hair has appeared in Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers"
- @SoraAlfheim on YouTube: "DuckTales references Scrooge McDuck's love for sea-salt ice cream in Kingdom Hearts"
- KH13: Kingdom Key spotted in the latest episode of The Ghost and Molly McGee
- Kingdom Hearts Insider on Twitter: "In other news, how cool is it seeing #KingdomHearts appear on Disney TV shows!?"
- Breana Williams on Twitter: "I thought...why not Kingdom Hearts?" (Accessed via the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive.)
- Amber Leigh on Twitter: "I’d like to thank the Mickey Mouse crew for whoever let me get away with this, happy almost 20th anniversary KH ❤️"
- Kingdom Hearts Reference in CrossCode
- Kingdom Hearts Reference in Undermine
- Kingdom Hearts Reference in My Adventures with Superman
- Page of Rick and Morty #50
- Nikkei Asia "Japan rounds off entrance of teams to ceremony"
- Youtube "The Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony - in FULL LENGTH!" (at 1:01:14 and 1:24:47)
- Disney D23 on Twitter: "See if you can spot all 58 hidden Disney references in our D23 Gold Member poster! This poster will be available to Gold Members during #D23Expo – pick yours up at the D23 Ultimate Fan Lounge in Hall A."
|Crossovers, collaborations, and cameos
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