Xehanort’s Heartless

Xehanort’s Heartless is the main antagonist of Kingdom Hearts, though at that time he called himself Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness, and it wasn’t revealed until Kingdom Hearts II who he really was.

A researcher who studied the Heartless and delved into secrets of the worlds. He organized his findings into a single volume known as Ansem’s report. When he inexplicably vanished, most of its pages were scattered to the winds.

As a researcher and ruler of his world, he studied the Heartless and delved into the many secrets of the worlds. While studying the heart and the darkness within it, he was possessed by darkness and ultimately destroyed his own world. He sacrificed his body to attain great power, and later possessed Riku’s to regain a physical presence. Failure to stop him means the end of all worlds.

Pursuer of darkness.

To open the door to darkness, Ansem used the Heartless to steal countless hearts.

He enslaved Riku, but met his demise at Sora’s hand.

Nonetheless, Ansem’s shadow lives on in the depths of Riku’s heart.

Mysterious wielder of darkness.

What could his true purpose be?

Xehanort’s Heartless was spawned from the heart of Xehanort, or Ansem as he called himself, when he gave his heart to darkness in the pursuit of knowledge (this also gave birth to the leader of Organization XIII, Xemnas). However, he had been calling himself Ansem, taking his name from Ansem the Wise, his original self’s teacher, for some time, and he continued this practice even as a Heartless. However, unlike others who became Heartless, “Ansem” kept the memories of his human life for reasons not even he knows.


Xehanort’s Heartless (1)
Xehanort’s Heartless (2)
Xehanort – Heartless [HD] 2013
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