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The Nobody emblem.

A Nobody (ノーバディ Nōbadi?) is the body and soul of a strong-willed individual who has lost their heart. While this enemy type makes its first appearance in Kingdom Hearts II, members of Organization XIII appeared in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, albeit as unclassified opponents.

The Nobody emblem is a splintered, upside-down heart that resembles Terra's Mark as Xemnas remembers it.[1] It appears for the first time in Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, in which it is emblazoned on the Specter's head and designates sleights used by the Riku Replica and members of Organization XIII.


Between Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts[edit]

The first eight members of the Organization are created when Terra-Xehanort attacks them.

Xehanort and Ansem the Wise's other apprentices lose their hearts and become Nobodies.[?] These six found Organization XIII and seek out new members.

Kingdom Hearts[edit]

Sora becomes a Heartless in Hollow Bastion. This creates two Nobodies: Roxas and Naminé. The former appears in Twilight Town and joins Organization XIII, while the latter finds herself in Castle Oblivion and in Organization XIII's custody.

On a return trip to Hollow Bastion, Sora battles and defeats Xemnas.

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories[edit]

Marluxia, the Organization's Number XI, leads Sora and his friends to Castle Oblivion. There, he forces Naminé to tamper with Sora's memories in an attempt to gain the Keyblade's power. When Riku awakens in Castle Oblivion's lower levels, he faces some of the Organization's founding members and learns Nobodies belong to neither the light nor darkness.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days[edit]

Roxas at his induction into Organization XIII.

Organization XIII uses Roxas and Xion to collect hearts. This is in accordance with its plan to create Kingdom Hearts, which will enable its members to become whole again. The Organization also searches for the Chamber of Waking and develops the Replica Program.

Roxas, who discusses being a Nobody with his friend Axel, battles Dusks and Samurais in a series of three trials at The World That Never Was: Mission 10, Mission 33, and Mission 71. He confronts more when he attempts to abandon Organization XIII.

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

Xemnas and the rest of the Organization face Sora in Hollow Bastion.

After Roxas is placed in a simulated Twilight Town, Axel is ordered to retrieve him. The Organization's Number VIII teams up with several lesser Nobodies in an attempt to get his friend back.

Sora, Donald, and Goofy learn about Nobodies from Yen Sid at the Mysterious Tower. They clash with these foes multiple times, and they destroy the surviving members of Organization XIII: Xemnas, Xigbar, Xaldin, Saïx, Demyx, and Luxord.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

In The World That Never Was, a resurrected Xemnas tells Sora that Nobodies can grow new hearts and feel emotions. It is revealed this fact was deliberately kept from the other members of Organization XIII, who were meant to inherit Master Xehanort's heart through Kingdom Hearts.[2]

Ienzo reveals to Lea that when a Heartless and Nobody are destroyed and their hearts find their vessels, they are returned to the place they became a Heartless and Nobody. However, if that world is unavailable or otherwise destroyed, they would appear in Traverse Town.[3]

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

The gang prepare to face a great many Heartless, backed by Unversed and Nobodies.

Some inferior Nobodies[?] back the Heartless during the battle of a million Heartless.


A Dusk, a common lesser Nobody.

Lesser Nobodies are humanoid enemies that are primarily grey in coloration. They possess a certain elasticity that enables them to contort their bodies into a variety of shapes. Lesser Nobodies bear the Nobody emblem. In Kingdom Hearts III, Nobodies have a metallic sheen.

Gummi Nobodies come in a variety of colors and have streamlined, machine-like bodies. Like lesser Nobodies, they also bear the Nobody emblem.

The Gummi Nobodies' emblem.

The members of Organization XIII, Nobodies who possess the strongest of wills, retain their human forms. Their bodies lack the Nobody emblem, which instead influences the look of their weapons.

Unlike their Heartless counterparts, the Nobodies are not classified by method of creation, but instead by rank. High-ranking Nobodies generally serve a specific Organization member, while low-ranking Nobodies are used by all members.



Nobodies are empty shells left behind by strong hearts.

Nobodies are created when strong-willed individuals lose their hearts. The bodies that remain give Nobodies their form, while the abandoned souls give them life. People with the strongest wills are able to retain human form when they become Nobodies.

At birth, Nobodies are rejected by both light and darkness.[4] Instead, they are made to walk the realm between and doomed to a state of non-existence.[5]

Nobodies are said to be incapable of experiencing emotion. While they tend to retain the memories they made as humans, the feelings they display are merely an act.[6] Memories alone enable Nobodies to correctly respond to the situations in which they find themselves. Despite this, Nobodies are able to think for themselves and are organized, whereas the Heartless are more instinctual enemies, generally attacking opponents in massive swarms, relying on sheer strength of numbers to defeat them.[7] Nobodies feel physical pain, and in the Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories manga, they are seen reading, cooking, or doing jigsaw puzzles in an attempt to fill their emptiness.

It is possible for Nobodies to grow new hearts. Master Xehanort and Xemnas use this to their advantage, and Sora learns this when he experiences Roxas's pain first-hand at the end of his hijacked Mark of Mastery exam. In Sora's words, one must "have a heart to cry."[?] Should Nobodies without memories like Roxas and Naminé regrow hearts, they become entirely new people from their original selves.[citation needed]

When defeated, Nobodies fade back into darkness. Their defeat, in combination with the destruction of their original selves' Heartless, restores their human forms. Completed once more, the Nobodies' memories remain intact. However, their human form will still have to deal with any trauma resulting from the attack that destroyed their physical body.[?]

High-ranking Nobodies can be reduced to a lower rank. Members of Organization XIII consider being turned into a Dusk a form of discipline.


Main article: Replica

Replicas (レプリカ Repurika?) are artificial copies of people. Created by Organization XIII, the initial batch are a special type of Nobody. They first appears in Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories.

Replicas are blank figures, akin to mannequins; they take the form of whatever heart or data of a heart is placed inside of it. Kingdom Hearts III They have the same skills as the individuals used to create them. They also have the unique ability to absorb other individuals. Chain of Memories 358/2 Days The Riku Replica was created using data Vexen collected from fighting Riku, while Xemnas used Sora's memories to make Xion, an imperfect replica of Roxas. In the manga, Vexen fashioned 44 replicas of himself.

Over time replicas like the Riku Replica and Xion formed identities, and therefore "hearts", of their own, becoming their own people.

List of Nobodies[edit]

  • All high-ranking Nobodies are named after Jobs from the Final Fantasy series.
  • Nobodies listed in bold serve as bosses.

Organization XIII[edit]





See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ultimania, Interviewer: "Where did the Organization's coat and mark come from?" / Tetsuya Nomura: "One year after Birth by Sleep, Xehanort, as well as five other apprentices toss aside their hearts. Then the Nobody Xemnas was born, and the Organization which he creates take a lot of things from his memories, as a human. But as Xemnas had two people who he was, Terra and Master Xehanort, he takes from both of their memories. [...] The Nobody mark used by the Organization is a similar shape to the mark Terra used." Translation via Lissar.
  2. ^ Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Xemnas: "A heart is never lost for good. There may have been variances in our dispositions, but a number of us unquestionably showed signs of a burgeoning replacement. Once born, the heart can also be nurtured. Our experiments creating Heartless were attempts to control the mind, and convince it to renounce its sense of self. But understand, one can banish the heart from the body, but the body will try to replace it the first chance it gets, for as many times as it takes. And so I knew, even after we were divided into Heartless and Nobodies, it was just a temporary separation." / Sora: "Why, then? Why did you lie to them and tell them they had no hearts?" / Xigbar: "Xemnas and Xehanort formed the Organization for a specific reason—round up a bunch of empty husks, hook them up to Kingdom Hearts, then fill them all with the exact same heart and mind. Translation—they were gonna turn all the members into Xehanort."
  3. ^ Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Ienzo: "When someone who's lost their heart is recompleted, they should return to the place where it happened. And if that world is unavailable for whatever reason, a refuge is made for them in the realm between—a world called "Traverse Town". They would be sent there."
  4. ^ Kingdom Hearts II, Xemnas: "We who were turned away by both light and dark—never given a choice?"
  5. ^ Kingdom Hearts II, Yen Sid: "A spirit that goes on even as its body fades from existence---for you see, Nobodies do not truly exist at all."
  6. ^ Kingdom Hearts II, Yen Sid: "Nobodies may seem to have feelings, but this is a ruse---they only pretend to have hearts. You must not be deceived!"
  7. ^ Kingdom Hearts II, Yen Sid: "While Heartless act on instinct, Nobodies function in a higher manner. They can think and plan."