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List of Kingdom Hearts references in other media

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This is a list of assorted media references to the Kingdom Hearts games shown outside of the series.

Video Games[edit]

CrossCode[edit]

In CrossCode, the "Salty Ice Cream" is a reference to Sea-salt ice cream. The item's description reads "Best enjoyed at sunset on top of a clocktower."[1]

Disney Infinity 3.0[edit]

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[edit]

Several Kingdom Hearts characters are available as Tsums, including: Sora (Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts III, Halloween, and Pirate versions), Riku, Kairi, Terra, Ventus, Aqua, King Mickey (in a black coat), Chirithy, Ansem, Xemnas, Young Xehanort, and a Shadow. Donald and Goofy in their Halloweentown appearances are also available.

In 2019, an event themed around Kingdom Hearts was held. During this event, players cleared stages in order to seal the keyholes in seven worlds: Traverse Town, Wonderland, Agrabah, Atlantica, 100 Acre Wood, Never Land, and Hollow Bastion.

Final Fantasy series[edit]

Marvel Heroes[edit]

In Marvel Heroes, Deadpool can wield a series of weapons named "Keyblades". However, they do not physically resemble the Keyblades 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.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart[edit]

A Wrench and Hammer Swap for the player characters called "Key" is unlockable. This weapon heavily resembles a Keyblade.

The Simpsons Game[edit]

  • 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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Video[edit]

Battling with Sora The Last Key

Terraria[edit]

In Terraria, 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.

Undermine[edit]

In Undermine, 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.""[2]

Miscellaneous[edit]

2020 Summer Olympics[edit]

During the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, "Olympus Coliseum" and "Hero's Fanfare" played during the Parade of Nations.[3]

DuckTales[edit]

In the first season's finale of the DuckTales reboot "The Shadow War!", Mrs. Beakley creates a dessert which includes sea-salt ice cream, and her mentioning of it being Scrooge's favorite dessert is a homage to the Kingdom Hearts series.

Robot Chicken[edit]

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.

Starbomb[edit]

Music group Starbomb wrote a song for their third album, The TryForce, called "The Simple Plot of Kingdom Hearts", with Sora recounting the events of Kingdom Hearts.[4]

Tokyo Disney Resort[edit]

In November 2010, a statue inspired by Kingdom Hearts Re:coded was shown at the Ikspiari complex in Tokyo Disney Resort to promote the release of the game.

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