A Marvellous Introduction
Fans are close to chewing off their own arms in excitement for the arrival of Kingdom Hearts 3, which not only promises a grand return for Sora and company, but also the exploration of a multitude of new Disney-themed worlds inspired by the likes of both Pixar and Marvel. Given how we recently saw Baymax and Hiro partner up with the Keyblade Master, hopefully it won’t be too long until we see these other iconic figures show up to join in on the fun.
#5: Officer Judy Hopps
She’s confident, she’s dutiful, and she’s got a bounce in her step. There’s no doubt that Officer Judy Hopps is compelling and endearing from the moment she makes her first appearance. Judy’s sincere idealism is infectious, making her a good fit with the “Kingdom Hearts” series’ compassionate heroes. Additionally, her status as the first rabbit cop in “Zootopia” opens the door for exploration of themes of prejudice and social progress, adding depth and powerful emotions into the fold. Charming and inspiring in equal measure, Judy Hopps is a hero who deserves her day in the limelight.
Marvel Comics (1962-)
Given that Disney basically owns the entirety of our childhood and most of nerd culture in general, it now makes sense for our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man to make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts. I mean, do we really need to explain why this would be awesome? Imagine Spidey dropping one liners about Disney villains & Donald Duck. Granted we could have picked basically anyone from Marvel – but Spider-man’s sense of humor and lighter tone make him the perfect fit for Square-Enix’s colorful action RPG.
#3: Darth Vader
“Star Wars” series (1977-)
While we’re not lacking in love for the droid companion BB-8, the inherent appeal to one of fiction’s greatest villains is impossible to ignore. First and foremost, Darth Vader’s mastery of lightsaber combat and terrifying command of the Force would make for one hell of a boss battle. On top of that, Vader brings with him a winning combination of genuine menace, robotic detachment and internalized emotional turmoil that could contrast nicely with Sora and company. In short, Vader showing up in “Kingdom Hearts” would constitute major success on multiple fronts.
#2: The 4 Bros.
“Final Fantasy XV” (2016)
New to the world they may be, but they’re no less valuable as guests. In “Final Fantasy XV”, players are tasked with guiding the young prince Noctis – and his friends Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto – to a pivotal political wedding. Their main appeal lies in the clash between personalities; Noctis is an awkward kid aiming to be cool, Gladiolus is the quintessential tough guy, Ignis is a young genius, and Prompto is a clumsy gunslinger. Having these lovely lads show up and fight Heartless while partaking in their quirky banter would be refreshing and delightfully silly, to say the least.
“Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)
He’s not a bad guy, he just plays one. Despite being designated as the villain in a fictional arcade game, Ralph is reluctant in his role; he much prefers being decent to others and yearns to be seen as a hero. That idea of seeking to better oneself and avert destiny lines up beautifully with the themes and storylines of past “Kingdom Hearts” games, meaning Ralph is in good company. Then there’s Ralph’s bulky physique and his primary means of attack – smashing things with his massive fists – which would fit well with battles against the unceasing Heartless hordes.
Be sure to check out the video below to see our picks for the Top 10 Characters from Kingdom Hearts.