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Katakana テラ=ゼアノート Other Emblem.png
Rōmaji Tera-Zeanōto
Other names Xehanort (ゼアノート Zeanōto?)
Ansem (アンセム Ansemu?)
Voice actors (Ja:) Akio Ōtsuka
(En:) Richard Epcar
Homeworld Keyblade Graveyard
Radiant Garden
Games Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-
Kingdom Hearts III
Ansem, Seeker of Darkness

Kingdom Hearts II
The former apprentice of Ansem the Wise.

Even after becoming a Heartless, Xehanort persisted in his research of the doors and the heart of all worlds— all in the name of "Ansem", of course.

Meanwhile, his Nobody Xemnas had taken leadership of Organization XIII.
Kingdom Hearts III
A member of the real Organization XIII.

This is the Master Xehanort that took control of Terra's body.
"All worlds begin in darkness, and all so end. The heart is no different."

Terra-Xehanort, also referred to as Xehanort and Ansem, is the result of Master Xehanort forcing his heart into the body of Terra. He is the human form of Ansem and Xemnas.


Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

"Your body submits, your heart succumbs—so why does your mind resist?"
—Terra-Xehanort, prior to his fight with the Lingering Will
The Lingering Will traps Terra-Xehanort.

In order to replace his aged, dying body and survive the second Keyblade War, Master Xehanort leads Terra into being seduced by the darkness, eventually succeeding just as he is defeated by the youth at the Keyblade Graveyard. Turning the No Name on himself, he releases his heart and casts it into Terra's body, creating "Terra-Xehanort". However, Terra's anger animated his former armor as the Lingering Will, which attacks Terra-Xehanort and knocks him out. In the ravine below, Aqua and Ventus manage to defeat Vanitas and destroy the χ-blade, creating a lightstorm that sweeps Terra-Xehanort away to Radiant Garden.

After Aqua secures the stricken Ven within Castle Oblivion, Terra's heart calls out to her to put an end to his possessed body. She finds him, amnesiac, within Radiant Garden's Central Square, but he attacks her when Xehanort's heart stirs. She fights him off as Terra's heart struggles within, and the frustrated Terra-Xehanort turns his Keyblade on himself to rid himself of Terra's influence, inadvertently summoning a deluge of darkness that drags him into the Realm of Darkness.[1] Aqua follows and sends him back to the Realm of Light using her Keyblade Armor and Keyblade, while she herself falls deeper into the darkness.

Terra-Xehanort is once more found comatose and amnesiac in Central Square, this time by his co-conspirator Braig, who leads Dilan and their master, Ansem the Wise, to the young man's location. Only able to recall the name "Xehanort", which he treats as his own, Terra-Xehanort is taken back to Ansem's castle, where he is nursed back to health and becomes one of the king's best apprentices, serving as a research assistant alongside his other apprentices, Braig, Dilan, Even, Aeleus, and Ienzo. Secret Ansem's Report 1

Some time later, within Xehanort's heart, Master Xehanort and Terra's hearts argue over Terra's fate, both certain that they alone will one day succeed, and the elderly Master realizes that Eraqus's heart has also taken root within their shared body. In the physical world, Braig attempts to discern whether "Xehanort" is truly amnesiac, or possibly actually Terra, but a confused Xehanort shrugs him off, convincing Braig to bide his time.

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

Terra struggling with Terra-Xehanort to regain control of his body.

In the remains of Enchanted Dominion, Aqua encounters phantoms of Terra and Ventus, pursuing them through the Forest of Thorns. Eventually, she catches up with them. Terra speaks to her, explaining to her that his heart is tied to the darkness and that he too is corrupted. He warns her that Xehanort is looking for Ventus, but as she explains that she has hidden Ventus somewhere where no one will find him, Terra's spirit transforms into Terra-Xehanort. Terra-Xehanort wonders if Ventus is in the Chamber of Waking and, when questioned by Aqua, begins to reveal his identity. However, Terra overpowers Xehanort's will, informing her of Xehanort's ruse. Surprised, Xehanort summons dark hands to drag Aqua into darkness, but an enraged Terra summons chains of light to fend off Xehanort.

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

"Master Ansem. Regarding the experiment I presented the other day... With your permission, I'd like to proceed—"
—Xehanort to Ansem the Wise

In order to protect the people of Radiant Garden, Ansem the Wise resolved to investigate how darkness originates and spreads within the heart. Ansem's Report 1 Xehanort volunteered to be a test subject for a series of psychological tests, which Ansem and Even hoped would uncover Xehanort's repressed memories. Secret Ansem's Report 1 At Ienzo's encouragement, Ansem constructed a massive laboratory, the Chamber of Repose,[2] beneath his castle, to further investigate the heart and the darkness that lies within it. Secret Ansem's Report 2 Eventually, he abandoned the research, deeming it too dangerous to continue.[3]

Without his knowledge, Xehanort and the other apprentices decided to experiment further than Ansem had ever intended, abducting large numbers of test subjects and actually cultivating greater darkness within hearts. Ansem's Report 2 Around this time, Xehanort and the apprentices found a teenage girl who had no memories in the central square of Radiant Garden. With Ansem having stopped his experiments, Xehanort took the opportunity to continue Ansem's work by experimenting on this girl. Secret Report 3 Eventually, Xehanort came to believe that the girl, known only as Subject X, came not only from another world but from another time, the age of fairy tales. Secret Report 4 The apprentices attempted to control their other subjects' minds and convince them to renounce their sense of self, but this caused the subjects hearts to collapse, so they imprisoned the stricken victims under the castle.[4] Subject X was not among those whose hearts had collapsed, for which Xehanort was greatful. Secret Report 4 Xehanort also masqueraded himself as Ansem in order to subvert the king's Hollow Bastion OS, which he used to re-install the malicious MCP and record his secret research in a follow-up to Ansem's Report.[5] These experiments generated creatures which Xehanort named "Pureblood Heartless". Ansem's Report 3 Excited, the apprentices provided the Heartless with victims to see how they would react, discovering that the Heartless multiplied after consuming their victims' hearts, which led them to believe that these Heartless were in fact manifestations of the darkness within hearts. Ansem's Report 4 Further investigations with the Heartless led them to discover Radiant Garden's Keyhole beneath the castle in the form of a door which Xehanort somehow opened. Ansem's Report 5 They deduced that it contained the world's heart and allowed the Heartless to tamper with it, causing the walls between worlds to begin deteriorating in a shower of Gummi Blocks. Ansem's Report 6 The apprentices began to study these blocks, Ansem's Report 7 while simultaneously converting the Chamber of Repose into a Heartless Manufactory which used the Pureblood Heartless to create new, synthetic Heartless, which Xehanort branded with an insignia and named "Emblem Heartless". Ansem's Report 8

Xehanort and the apprentices presented Ansem with some of the results of their research, such as the existence of the Heartless and the door beneath the castle.[6][7] However, Ansem suspected that the experiment was connected to the increased instability of the worlds, and his suspicions eventually led him to discover that his apprentices had been abducting test subjects. Distraught, he ordered them to cease the experiment and destroy their research, Secret Ansem's Report 2 then sealed off the laboratory.[2] After this Subject X disappeared. Xehanort believed she had been hidden away by Ansem, Secret Report 4 though she had actually been taken by a man with an eyepatch. Secret Report 1

Ansem prohibits Xehanort from continuing his research.

Shortly afterward, King Mickey arrived at Radiant Garden via Gummi Ship, seeking the source of the darkness that had begun to threaten the worlds. Ansem and Mickey had a long conversation in his study about the Keyblade, the Gummi Ship, and the stability of the worlds, upon which an intrigued Xehanort apparently eavesdropped. Secret Ansem's Report 2 At the end of the conversation, Xehanort interrupted to request that Ansem reconsider ending their experiments, but was vehemently denied.[8] Frustrated, Xehanort secretly returned to the Ansem's Report, logging the details of Ansem and Mickey's conversation under the pretense that he himself was Ansem. Ansem's Report 9 However, on Mickey's advice, Ansem reviewed the research data on the Hollow Bastion OS, discovering Xehanort's additions to his report, and the true depths of his apprentices' depravity. No longer able to conceal themselves, the apprentices banished Ansem to the Realm of Darkness in order to continue their research. Secret Ansem's Report 3 Xehanort unsealed the Chamber of Repose, and built a room at the back to hide Aqua's Keyblade Armor and Keyblade.[2]

Xehanort transforms the apprentices into Nobodies.

Wanting to seek out the "world of the Heartless" and gain power over darkness, Xehanort decided to track down the wielder of the Keyblade and the Princesses of Heart. In order to do so, he resolved to cast off his body and become a Heartless himself. Ansem's Report 10 By this time, he had regained his Keyblade, and possibly his memories as well. Choosing to bring the other apprentices with him, he steals their hearts while finally abandoning his name and vocally taking that of his erstwhile master, Ansem, to Braig's confusion.[9] Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance In the process, this created the first six members of Organization XIII, as well as their Heartless. Xehanort himself was split into Xemnas and Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, each of which attempted to obtain Kingdom Hearts in their own way. Secret Ansem's Report 13

After inducting Marluxia into the Organization, Braig's Nobody Xigbar drops in on Ienzo's Nobody Zexion at Twilight's View to find out what he knows about Xemnas's private room in the Chamber of Repose, and mentions the experiments Xehanort and the other apprentices once held there.[2] Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

Kingdom Hearts II[edit]

"You......YOU started all of this! Because of you, Riku and Kairi......."
—Sora to the painting of Xehanort
The painting of Xehanort in Ansem's study.

While attempting to retrieve data on the Heartless and Organization XIII from Ansem's computer, Sora, Donald, and Goofy are sucked into Space Paranoids and meet Tron, who informs them about the history of the Hollow Bastion OS, and asks them to find the password to the D.T.D. dataspace. While investigating Ansem the Wise's study, Sora finds a painting of Xehanort, who they believe to be "Ansem". After returning to Tron and helping him defeat the MCP, Tron informs him of his understanding that "Ansem" was responsible for installing the MCP, but when they return to King Mickey with their findings, he clarifies that the man they believe to be Ansem was actually the apprentice of the true king, Ansem the Wise.[10] Furious, Sora denounces the apprentice as the cause of all the chaos and his friends' suffering.[11]

Shortly afterward, a massive horde of Heartless attack the town, and the friends rush out to investigate. While the castle is empty, Xemnas sneaks in to access the Chamber of Repose, which he unlocks using a password containing the names of Xehanort and the other five apprentices. As he travels to the room he built, he recalls the day Mickey met with Ansem and Xehanort. When Xemnas later appears at the Dark Depths, Mickey recognizes his face as that of Ansem's apprentice, and finally recalls his name, "Xehanort".[12]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

When Dilan, Even, Aeleus, Ienzo, and Lea reawaken at the Heartless Manufactory, they quickly realize that Xehanort, Braig, and Isa are missing. Recognizing Xehanort's treachery, Lea resolves to go searching only for Braig and Isa.

When Sora nears the end of his dream of The World That Never Was, Xemnas appears alongside Xigbar and reminisces on the apprentices' original experiments.[4]

Later, when Mickey confronts Master Xehanort at Where Nothing Gathers, the resurrected Master gloats about condemning Terra to become his vessel.[13][14]

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

Terra-Xehanort first confronts the Guardians of Light in the Keyblade Graveyard, intent of extracting their hearts so the χ-blade can be forged without resistance. Initially posing as Terra, Aqua sees through his facade and tells him to drop the act. He strikes down Ven and Lea, before Donald uses a Zettaflare to blast him away. Sora uses the Power of Waking to save everyone's hearts from the Lich and return them to the moment before the attack. Thanks to Namine reaching out to the Lingering Will, Terra-Xehanort is intercepted by it this time, and is forced to fight it off.

Terra-Xehanort later reappears along with Vanitas, fighting off Aqua and Ventus. After his defeat, Aqua and Ven attempt to get Terra to resist Xehanort's control, but Terra-Xehanort instead summons chains to wrap them up along with Sora. However, after Ven says he kept his promise to be there for Terra, Xehanort's Guardian manifests and breaks the chains before grabbing Terra-Xehanort by the face. It pulls the bandages over its face off, and speaks in Terra's voice, revealing to be Terra's Heartless. Sora paralyzes Terra-Xehanort with a beam of light and Terra's heart flies back into his body, purging Xehanort from it.


Upon his "birth" in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Terra-Xehanort appears to retain Master Xehanort's personality, including his knowledge of darkness, thus being a mere younger incarnation of the elderly Keyblade Master. The only difference is the occasional interference by Terra, shown when Terra-Xehanort briefly asks Aqua who he is, and when he is briefly forced to stand still during the subsequent fight with her.

Shortly after Terra-Xehanort is defeated by the Lingering Will, and loses some of his memories, he ends up in Radiant Garden, and begins to question his existence upon meeting Aqua - by strangling her. By the time he is found by Braig, Dilan, and Ansem, he has lost all of his memories entirely—except for the name "Xehanort", although at one point, Braig insinuates that the amnesia is a mere ruse.

As one of Ansem's apprentices, Xehanort appears to have had a very professional and no-nonsense attitude, shown by his determination in his studies. He appeared to be easily annoyed by Braig and was shown to be equally as interested in the darkness of hearts as his original incarnation. Xehanort appeared frustrated when Ansem forbade him from continuing his studies and experiments, and ultimately disobeyed his master. When speaking to Xemnas, Ansem the Wise refers to Xehanort as "foolish" and that any world of his "would be an empire of ignorance".


Terra-Xehanort's appearance is identical to Terra's, only with silver hair, yellow eyes, and pointy ears. He also bears a striking resemblance to Master Xehanort in his youth, and some of his physical traits are later carried on to Ansem and Xemnas.

As an apprentice under Ansem the Wise, Xehanort wears a white lab coat with rather loose sleeves that is partway zipped down. The coat also has pockets roughly where Xehanort's hips are. He wears black boots that are identical to those worn by Ansem, Xemnas, and the members of Organization XIII, with a white/silver lining along the top and an indentation on the sides. Underneath his coat, Xehanort wears a grey vest over a white collar shirt, along with a purple ascot around his neck. During this time, his hair is worn long, with two bangs framing his face. His eyes have gone from yellow to brown and his hair has become whiter in color. His hair also sports three backward-facing spikes, one at the top of his head, and one on either side, just above his ears.


Powers, attacks and magic[edit]

As a fusion of Terra and Master Xehanort, Terra-Xehanort is able to use many of both Keyblade wielders' abilities, and combines Master Xehanort's magical prowess with Terra's youthful agility and raw physical strength while also being backed up by the the former's wit. Terra-Xehanort uses Master Xehanort's Keyblade to perform techniques like Ars Solum, a fast combo comprised of multiple hits. He can use Meteor and Quake as well, and he is one of the few bosses that is able to heal with Curaga. When in desperate need of power, Terra-Xehanort gains access to the Dark Impulse Command Style, as well as the Dark Volley and Ultima Cannon Shotlocks.

Terra-Xehanort also can call upon his "guardian," a Pureblood Heartless-like symbiote that floats behind him and serves as both his main source of offense and defense. The powerful guardian attacks Terra-Xehanort's enemies with physical blows and dark energy projectiles, and can also take possession of them. Terra-Xehanort's Heartless, Ansem, inherits the ability to summon this guardian.


Terra-Xehanort wields the Keyblade No Name. The weapon has a spiky shaft, as well as a gleaming eye of darkness near its teeth, which give the Keyblade a battle ax-like appearance. No Name is black and silver in coloration; it is able to unlock hearts and appears in its wielder's hand in a flash of dark energy. Another eye of darkness appears on the Keyblade's keychain; Terra-Xehanort uses this Keyblade to perform long, powerful combos, as well as several desperation attacks. When Terra-Xehanort loses his memories, he also loses his ability to wield No Name. A year later, however, he regains the weapon and uses it to unlock Braig's heart.


  • Terra-Xehanort does not serve as a boss battle until the series' sixth installment, Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. Until then, he was simply called "Xehanort" and was portrayed as the main antagonist of the Xehanort Saga, although Master Xehanort ended up taking that role instead.
  • Terra-Xehanort's first sentences after being created mirror the speech Ansem gave to Sora when the boy confronted him at the End of the World in Kingdom Hearts.


  1. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Final Episode: "In a desperate move to rid himself of Terra once and for all, Xehanort turned his own Keyblade on himself, and began to sink into the pool of darkness that spilled forth."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Xigbar: "The 'Chamber of Repose'. If you recall, that's where we spent our time researching the darkness that resides within people's hearts. It's a graveyard that was sealed by order of Ansem the Wise. The first thing Xemnas did once he got rid of him was to undo the seal and build a room in the back. Ever since then, he holds himself up in that room when he can, and he talks to someone."
  3. Kingdom Hearts II, Ansem the Wise: "The true Ansem once studied hearts and the Heartless, but soon ceased his research for fear of disrupting the order of the worlds."
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Xemnas: "Our experiments creating Heartless were attempts to control the mind, and convince it to renounce its sense of self."
  5. Kingdom Hearts II, Tron: "But Ansem is also the one who brought back the MCP. The Ansem I first knew wouldn't do that. I'm sorry I didn't tell you."
  6. Kingdom Hearts II, Ansem the Wise: "The doors that appeared. The place the Heartless seek. I fear my research may have brought this upon us..."
  7. Kingdom Hearts II, Xehanort: "Master Ansem. Regarding the experiment I presented the other day...With your permission, I'd like to proceed—"
  8. Kingdom Hearts II, Ansem the Wise: "I forbid it! Forget this talk of doors, and the heart of all worlds. That place must not be defiled!"
  9. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Braig: "Hey! Do you remember now, or...Wait, did you never lose your memory?" / Xehanort: "That's not my name. I'm not 'Xehanort.' My name...is Ansem."
  10. Kingdom Hearts II, King Mickey: "Well, the man in the picture is definitely the one who tried to take over Kingdom Hearts—the one you fellas defeated. But, what you actually fought was his Heartless. Ya see, he wasn't really Ansem. He just went around telling everybody that he was."
  11. Kingdom Hearts II, Sora: "You...! You started all of this! Because of you, Riku and Kairi..."
  12. Kingdom Hearts II, King Mickey: "Now I remember! Xehanort! Ansem's apprentice! The leader of Organization XIII is Xehanort's Nobody!"
  13. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Master Xehanort: "The broken boy who failed to be the blade... the misguided master who sacrificed herself for a friend... and the feckless youth who became my new vessel."
  14. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, King Mickey: "Seven guardians of light? Well, for Keyblade wielders, there's me and Riku and Sora. And my three missing friends, that's six. Then the seventh would be...That means...the thirteen seekers of darkness..." / Master Xehanort: "Yes, little king. Perceptive. But Sora and another on your list belong to me now."
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