To all the Kingdom Hearts fans who dislike Xion, listen up. I’ve heard a lot of bullcrap lately about Xion, and how some fans think she’s too “annoying,” “useless in the story,” or anything else like that. This is just pissing me off.
Xion was NOT useless in Kingdom Hearts.
In Days, Xion was an imperfect replica of Roxas, created by either Xemnas or Vexen (I’ve had some theories), who was meant to possibly replace Roxas and Sora, if they proved to be useless to Xemnas in his plans to use Kingdom Hearts. Because she was an imperfect replica of Roxas, some of Sora’s memories were leaked into her when Sora was in the pod regaining his memories, with the help of Namine and DiZ. Sora’s strongest memory at the time? Take a guess. Thus, Xion’s similar appearance to Kairi, with the exception of her hair, which is black and swept to the other side.
When Axel is sent to Castle Oblivion, Roxas is entrusted by Saix to look after Xion. She quickly becomes fond of Roxas, and they become fast friends. This is when Xion reveals to Roxas that she can use the keyblade. When Roxas fell into a coma, Xion laid a seashell next to his pillow for every day he was asleep. This was the first thing he saw when he awoke from the coma after several weeks.
When Axel returns to The World That Never Was, Roxas, Axel, and Xion all start to have sea-salt ice cream together on the clocktower in Twilight Town every day after work. However, while DiZ and Namine move Sora to the mansion in Twilight Town to restore his leaked memories, Roxas starts to experience the process himself. He questions himself as to why he can use the keyblade, and starts to doubt the Organization.
On an average work day, Xion is sent to Beast’s Castle, where she confronts Riku and battles him, but loses miserably. She becomes horribly depressed when Riku calls her keyblade “a sham,” and asks why she can wield one. As Riku suggests that she becomes one with her true self, she is torn between staying with her friends, and merging with Sora.
Xion travels with Riku for several days, while Roxas and Axel attempt to find her. Roxas finally finds her in Twilight Town, and begs her to come back to the Organization. Xion refuses, and Axel appears. The two begin to fight, while Roxas stays out of the way and attempts to persuade them from fighting. When Xion loses attention of Axel, he captures her and brings her back to The World That Never Was.
As this occurs, Namine comes to a standstill when she realizes some of the memories have found their way into someone else. As Xion absorbs more memories, she becomes stronger, and Roxas begins to weaken. After discovering this truth, Xion leaves the Organization once again.
Xion travels to Twilight Town, where she comes in contact with Namine. It is here where Xion discovers that she is not a Nobody, but a replica of someone else, and that when she merges with Sora to help him regain his memories, everyone’s memories of her will be forgotten. Xion finally accepts her fate, and tells Namine that she will proceed with the plan to help Sora awaken.
DiZ explains to Namine and Xion that an intruder from the Organization has followed her, and Xion accepts to handle the situation. It is Axel who had followed her, and the two fight once again. Axel, having defeated her again, takes her back to The World That Never Was. However, Axel soon faints from fatigue, and Xemnas carries her away.
Roxas heads to Twilight Town once again in search of Xion, and finds her at the train station. She reveals her appearance to him; looking exactly like Sora, she explains to him that absorbing Roxas will result in her becoming a “full Sora.” Knowing he would disappear if she continued to exist, she battles Roxas. As the long battle comes to a close, Xion regains her original appearance, and collapses and falls to the ground.
Roxas is exhausted after the battle, and seems to forget who Xion was. Cradling her in his arms, Xion and Roxas share an emotional conversation. Xion tells Roxas of the Organization’s true plans, and asks him to keep Xemnas from using Kingdom Hearts. She tells Roxas that she was glad to meet him and Axel, and that they were her closest friends. He suddenly remembers her name, and holds her hand as she crystallizes and fades, leaving nothing behind but a single Thalassinia shell.
So Xion might have been a puppet, but she was still necessary in the story. If she had never existed, Sora’s scattered memories could have made their way into Roxas, and he could have faded instead of her.
Oh, and do you know how the game got its’ name? 358 was the number of days that Roxas spent in the Organization, and the /2 part is because the storyline is seen from the point of view of two characters; Roxas and Xion, because throughout the game, they both had their own journeys of self-discovery.
I don’t understand what about her makes her so annoying. I thought she was really kind, sweet, and innocent. I love Xion, and I’ve loved her ever since I started playing Days. Making fun of other characters also makes fun of other people for liking them. I don’t make fun of other characters - I admit I don’t like some of them, but I don’t make fun of them all the time - so neither should you.
To be honest, I personally think Xion’s narrative is the most fascinating and tragic in the entire KH premise?
We have a character who is constructed to be imperfect but it’s only through her flaws that we understand that despite being a replica, she’s heartbreakingly human. Xion has to make some of the toughest choices in the Kingdom Hearts story. To her, it’s not just about friends, but the world she lives in. Xion grew up- no, was built to fight, to serve, to obey, and her entire point of view is something you, the audience, gets to take a good look at through game play as you go on missions and watch cutscenes. To Xion, the world is the tower she shares with her two best friends. That very world is broken down by the idea that her existence is a hazard. The fact that she was never meant to exist, unlike Roxas and Axel who are Nobodies and still share some connection to the Hearts that they lack. Xion’s existence is entirely fabricated. And despite this, despite knowing that she’s a puppet, she doesn’t play by the Organization’s rules. She purposely fights Roxas, knowing that she will lose. But she takes happiness in the fact that Roxas will be the one to survive, and that she will go back to this ‘entity’ named Sora. That sort of fear and hesitation is compromised with her pure faith in the people she has come to love and spend her short time with. I can’t stress the gravity of that decision: the fact that Xion decided, by her own conscious effort, to erase herself for her friends. Not just through selflessness, but because she knew it was right inside. She didn’t want to see her friends unhappy, but she also didn’t want the Organization to win.
I think it’s fascinating that through Xion we get to take a good insight into the counterparts that make up Sora but really still aren’t a part of him? Roxas’ narrative is equally as fascinating to me because he literally views himself as an individual and not part of Sora, despite him being the key to Sora waking up (the idea of self existing characters who are still a part of other character is fascinating to me!). Xion is an imperfect replica. She wasn’t naturally created, like Roxas. But unlike Roxas, she bears no hatred against the idea of Sora; she simply wants to protect the people she cares about, and that is Roxas and Axel. That strength is what drives her. It is the same sort of power that drives Sora, so I’m not really able to comprehend hate for Xion when her traits mirror and parallel Sora’s traits; Xion and Roxas are a part of Sora and thus share a very similar heart and mind.
What’s even more tragic is the fact that no one remembers Xion- not even Roxas, or Axel, the two people who loved her and cherished her the most. The idea that you are not just dead, but entirely wiped off because you were never meant to exist (Roxas still remained in the memory of many people even after he was absorbed back into Sora) is heartbreaking to me. Xion’s death was the only death I cried tears over, and this is exactly why; because she was pure, selfless, kind, and yet strong in so many ways, and it’s only because of her that Sora was able to come back fully to himself with the help of Roxas and Namine. So. Your hate? Doesn’t make much sense to me.
I don’t get Xion hate either. Ever since I started playing Days that I knew she was going to be one of my favourite characters. She’s kind, sweet and cares about other people, and I guess that was one of the main reasons why she accepted to merge with Sora again. Throughout the game you get an insight on the trio’s relationship, and as much as you like akuroku you’ve gotta admit that having a girl around with them is fun, specially Xion.
It’s really heartbreaking for me to see so many people hating on Xion, when all she ever wanted to do was to be with her friends. She was made to believe she was a nobody and that she had no feelings, and then ends up becoming friends with two other emotionless-beings. Her death was the most heartbreaking in the series, imho. I cried, I still cry when I hear Musique Pour La Tristesse de Xion. She had the most tragic fate: not only did she die, she was also forgotten.