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What It Means To Be a Hero

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Kingdom Hearts Volume 2
Episode 25

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Publisher Tokyopop
First published 2006
Cover date 2006
Written by Shiro Amano
Letters by Jose Macasocol, Jr.
Edits by Peter Ahlstrom
Continuity Manga continuity
Chronology Kingdom Hearts


The trio start their first training session with Phil, tackling all necessary components of being a hero: strength, kindness, being there for the weak, and being good looking. Phil tells Sora that in order to be a true hero, one must have a strong heart. Hercules appears, remarking at the new faces participating in the games this year.

The scene goes to Hades, furious at the only person preventing him from world domination: Hercules. He goes to a chess-like board, with matching Sora, Hercules, and Cloud pieces. He picks the Cloud piece up, knocking the Sora and Hercules pieces over. Hades talks of how Cloud will defeat Hercules and Sora, allowing Hades to use the Keyblade to unlock the seal locking the titans in the Underworld.

Back at the Coliseum, the games have already begun, with Sora and company quickly climbing up the ranks. Before their match with Cloud, Donald comments on the numbers of Heartless appearing in the world. The match with Cloud starts, with Cloud easily defeating the group. While he has Sora pinned to the ground, Cerberus appears, swiping Cloud away. Hercules runs in, ordering everyone to leave. Sora turns around, going back to help Hercules. Sora tells Hercules to take Cloud and run; they will handle Cerberus. Phil offers two words of advice to the group: attack.

Featured characters[edit]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Entelechies Heartless
Olympus Coliseum

Covers (2)[edit]

  • Front cover: Sora, Donald, and Goofy undergoing some of Phil's hero training.
  • Back cover: Two of the wooden targets used in Phil's training.


Continuity errors[edit]

  • None yet identified.

Artistic errors[edit]

  • None yet identified.

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Kingdom Hearts references[edit]

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Miscellaneous trivia[edit]

  • Hercules meets the trio after cleaning the restrooms.


Manga cover
"Episode 25: What It Means To Be a Hero" is only available within the manga collection.