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|“||Got it memorized?||„|
|~ Axel's most common quote.|
|“||Hey, Roxas. Bet you don't know why the sun sets red. You see, light is made up of lots of colors. And out of all those colors, red is the one that travels the farthest.||„|
|~ Axel to Roxas on top of the Twilight Town Clock Tower.|
|“||You know, I've been thinking about something Namine said. Roxas... are you really sure that you don't have a heart? Is it possible that we ALL have one? You, me, her... Or is that just wishful thinking?||„|
|~ Axel talking to Roxas after the opening.|
Axel is a major character in the Kingdom Hearts series, as well as an anti-hero/anti-villain in the franchise. He is a pyrokinetic Nobody who originally served as the eighth member of Organization XIII. He is initially introduced as somewhat of a laid-back character, though he develops significantly over the course of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and Kingdom Hearts II.
He was voiced by the late Keiji Fujiwara in Japanese and Quinton Flynn in English.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Biography
- 3 Other Media
- 4 Personality
- 5 Powers and abilities
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Trivia
- 9 External Links
- 10 Navigation
Axel is tall, thin, and light, with a large amount of bright red hair in spikes at the back. He has small, upside down teardrop-shaped purple marks underneath his bright green eyes. He wears the standard black Organization uniform, though his sleeves are narrower and his uniform is pulled in to accommodate his small waist. He is very rarely seen with his hood up.
Prior to his attempt to infiltrate Radiant Garden with his best friend Isa, Lea finds Ventus and cheers him up. After stating to a confused Isa his ideals, Lea attempts to sneak into Ansem the Wise's castle before they thrown out by Dilan. Years later, Lea's heart was removed from his body by Terra-Xehanort, creating Axel. Isa also received this fate, creating Saïx. Xehanort then recruited Axel, along with Saïx to be No. 7 and No. 8 in the new Organization XIII.
|“||Right, that first week you could barely form a sentence. But come on, you're still kind of a zombie.||„|
|~ Axel reminisces with Roxas.|
Chronologically, Axel is not seen again until the beginning of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. Axel, along with Xemnas, introduces Sora's Nobody, Roxas, into the Organization as No. 13. Roxas later forms a friendship with Axel, and they repeatedly meet up on top of the Twilight Town Clocktower to share their favorite sea-salt ice cream after finishing the day's work. Axel is also partnered with Roxas on numerous missions. He jokes that the Organization has made Axel Roxas's "babysitter".
In Castle Oblivion
A few times in the game, Axel is sent to Castle Oblivion, looking for the Chamber of Waking, as well as both Replicas created by Vexen, and eliminating traitors to the Organization. While in Castle Oblivion, he meets Sora, who is not entirely sure if Axel is an enemy or a friend. Having plotted with Saix to eliminate other Organization member to rise through the ranks, he joins Marluxia and Larxene in conspiring to overthrow Xemnas by using Sora as their puppet, in order to gain their trust he kills Vexen on Marluxia's orders, upon gaining their trust he allowed Namine to escape, shortly after Larxene's defeat, Marluxia discovers that Axel acted as double agent in their plan, citing his role in elimination traitors in the organization Axel prepares to eliminate Marluxia but the latter summons Namine as a shield to prevent Axel from killing him, Unfazed Axel tells Marluxia that it wont do him any good, just then Marluxia manipulates Sora as he arrives, stating Axel was after to get Namine Axel persuades Sora not to fight him. but Sora states he will fight Marluxia after he is finished with him, he then fights Sora only to be defeated but Axel simply disappears instead of dying. He and Sora indirectly work together to defeat the other members of the Organization in the castle: Marluxia, Larxene, Vexen, Zexion and Lexaeus. Axel uses the Replica of Riku to achieve this, until the Replica is destroyed by the real Riku.
Some time after, Axel returned, and the first thing he did was find Roxas so they could have ice cream at their usual spot. Axel later befriends a perfect replica, modeled with Sora's memories of Kairi, named Xion, after Roxas introduces him to her. However, as both Roxas and Xion realize themselves and their roles, they become more distant from Axel.
Axel vs Xion
|“||What's your problem?! You both think you can do whatever you want. Well, I'm sick of it. ... Go on, you just keep running. But I'll always be there to bring you back!||„|
|~ Axel before fighting Xion.|
After Xion deserts the Organization, Axel is ordered to hunt her down, though he doesn't want to harm Xion. However, he becomes irritated when he realizes both Xion and Roxas are cutting him off, and attacks Xion. He is unable to kill her, and only manages to knock her unconscious, and brings her back to the Castle. However, he then collapses from his injuries.
Roxas Leaves the Organization
At the ending stages of the game, both Roxas and Axel lose contact with Xion. Roxas, confused and angry, leaves the Organization as well, greatly saddening Axel. Later, Xion appears in Twilight Town and battles Roxas with new power gained from Sora. After Roxas eventually kills Xion, Axel gradually forgets she ever existed. Axel is last seen in 358/2 Days when he receives a WINNER sea-salt ice cream stick from Roxas.
Meeting Roxas Again
After losing a battle with Riku, Roxas is placed into a computer-simulated version of Twilight Town, created by DiZ, who also temporarily wipes Roxas' memories. Axel is tasked with returning Roxas to the Organization, so he travels into the virtual Twilight Town, and duels with Roxas and reveals key information about his past to jog his memory. Axel loses the duel, and is thrown out of the simulation by DiZ, who convinces Roxas that Axel was a dream.
Then, Axel enters the virtual world again, this time under orders to kill Roxas. He again attempts to restore his memory, but fails. He summons lesser Nobodies to weaken Roxas, then goes in for the kill. He is stopped by DiZ, who helps Roxas escape Axel. At this point, Axel realizes he has no choice but to obliterate Roxas.
|“||You really do remember me this time? I'm SO FLATTERED. But you're too late!!||„|
|~ Axel before fighting Roxas.|
He attempts to attack Roxas a third time, this time accompanied by higher-ranking Nobodies. However, Roxas defeats these Nobodies, and attacks Axel with dual Keyblades, named Oathkeeper and Oblivion. Axel is surprised by their power, and loses the battle. Axel falls back, and chooses not to carry out his mission.
After Sora awakens from his year-long sleep and rejoins with Roxas, Axel kidnaps Kairi from Destiny Islands, to try and draw Sora out so Roxas could be resurrected. However, Kairi proves more troublesome than Axel expected, and escapes to Twilight Town, where she hides from Axel with Hayner, Pence and Olette. However, Axel finds her and hands her over to Saïx. Xemnas suspects Axel's motives, and thinks Axel will soon defect from the Organization.
|“||I wanted to see Roxas. He... was the only one I liked. He made me feel... like I had a heart. It's kind of... funny. You make me feel... the same. Kairi's in the castle dungeon. Now go!||„|
|~ Axel's last words.|
In Hollow Bastion, Axel meets Sora again, revealing small bits of information about the Organization. Sora realizes that Axel is the one who kidnapped Kairi. However, when Axel confirms this, Saïx appears, prompting Axel to escape through a dark portal. It is that this point that the Organization confirms that Axel has defected.
When Sora attempts to travel to the Organization's headquarters, he is trapped by an army of Nobodies in Betwixt and Between. However, Axel arrives, and aids Sora in battling the Nobodies. Just when they are about to be overwhelmed, Axel uses an attack that uses up all his energy and his life force, utterly draining him. He does this to allow Sora to continue, as Sora is Roxas's whole form. After saying a last few words, he opens a portal to the World that Never Was, and finally dies.
|“||Axel? Please. The name's Lea. Got it memorized?||„|
|~ Lea, Axel's revived human self, to the True Organization XIII.|
Axel is reincarnated in his original form of Lea in the beginning of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, and he looks exactly like his Nobody self, the only difference being Lea lacks the purple marks underneath his eyes. When he was reincarnated, Lea noticed that Dilan, Xaldin's Somebody, Even, Vexen's Somebody, Ienzo, Zexion's Somebody, and Aeleus, Lexaeus' Somebody, were also reincarnated. However, Braig, Xigbar's Somebody, and Isa were nowhere to be found. Lea searched the entire castle for Braig and Isa, but neither of them could be found. Ienzo suggested that if the two are not in the castle, then they could be at a place known as Traverse Town.
Sometime afterwards, Lea went to the Mysterious Tower to become a Keyblade Master. He used a Corridor of Darkness to get there. But about halfway there, Lea spotted Maleficent and Pete holding Queen Minnie hostage. Lea rescued Minnie by throwing one of his chakrams at the two. After Maleficent and Pete retreated, Lea exited the Corridor, wanting to help Sora and his friends, as well as wanting to see Yen Sid so he could be a Keyblade Master. While Sora and Riku were in the Dream Worlds, Lea was training with Yen Sid and the three Good Fairies.
Later on, Sora was captured by the True Organization XIII after being trapped in a deep sleep by Young Xehanort. Riku and Mickey tried to rescue him, but were restrained by Ansem, Seeker of Darkness and Xemnas. Luckily, Lea, along with Donald and Goofy, showed up to rescue his friends. During the rescue, one of the Organization members, wielding a familiar claymore, attacked Lea. His attacker's hood fell off, revealing that Saïx/Isa had sided with the Organization, much to Lea's dismay. Xehanort and his cohorts took their leave, allowing Lea and the others to escape.
When all of them returned to the Mysterious Tower, Riku decided that he should be the one to travel into Sora's heart to awaken him. Lea replied that he would help Riku should he fall into the darkness. After Riku was successful, Lea and the others were celebrating Riku for saving Sora. Shortly after Riku was appointed Keyblade Master, Lea claims that he'll catch up to Riku soon while revealing to them his intent to use a Keyblade. Trying to manifest it once more, Lea gets astonished when his Keyblade appears, which shocked everyone else as well.
It was later mentioned by Yen Sid that Lea is training to wield a Keyblade under Merlin and later in the ending of Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep 0.2 -A Fragmentary Passage-, it is revealed that Kairi will be joining him in the training as well for the coming war.
In Kingdom Heats III, Lea continues his training with Kairi in the secret forest. a place in which time does not run giving Kairi and Lea as long as they need to continue training , he appears next to her while she is writing a letter to Sora whom she states that it its more her than it is for Sora. Lea then gives her a sea-salt Ice cream much Kairi's surprise, Lea states he has done this out of celebration for him and Kairi now that they have become Keyblade wielders, Kairi then notices Lea staring at her and asks him if he had forgotten something to which he admits, changing the subject Kairi expresses excitement for their duel into the ring telling Lea not to hold back but at that exact moment Lea remembers Xion, Overwhelmed by this he begins to get upset leading Kairi to comfort him, but he brushes it off as something, he begins to leave with Kairi telling him to stop apologizing for him kidnaping her previously while he was still in the Organization, he states he will under one condition, Kairi has to call Lea, Axel from now on to which she accepts.
Later on top of Twilight Tower, Lea is sitting alone with sea-salt ice cream which is one for Roxas and one for Xion upset about , Saïx appears but talks to him as if they were still friends with no intention of fighting him he takes a sea-salf ice cream from Lea much to his annoyance Saïx asks him why he bought three something which Lea refuses to respond and instead asks what Saïx is doing here to which the former states his signature catchphrase "got it memorized?" they have a conversation about joining the organization while they were somebodies the two of them befriended a girl known as Subject X who was held inside the castle of Radiant Garden following her disappearance they become apprentices for Ansem the Wise after he too vanished they became nobodies and members of Organization XIII. Saïx states the real reason from climbing up the ranks and following Xemnas was their only means of finding her however unfortunately for them they had no luck in finding her, Lea then attempts to persuade Saïx in leaving the Organization , Saïx states that Roxas is just like Subject X, whom is gone forever and that he needs to accept that but an enraged Lea states he will be bringing everyone back especially Roxas he even states he will be dragging Saïx home. Saïx then changes the subject to which Lea's upside-down tear markings are missing, which have stopped him from crying. Lea states he doesnt need them anymore. Lea and Saïx then part ways expected to fight each other at the Keyblade Graveyard for the fated final battle.
Lea joins the the other Guardians of Light to fight against Master Xehanort and his thirteen darknesses fighting thousands of Heartless and Nobodies along the way, eventually they encounter Terra-Xehanort. Terra-Xehanort then attempts to attack Kairi but Lea throws himself in between them protecting her ending up unconscious he and the others minus Sora are taken from a swarm of heartless and hearts are separated from their bodies. though Sora eventually manages to get his heart back and go back in time before their encounter with Terra Xehanort.
Lea and Kairi later fight against Saix and a hooded Xion, Sora soon comes to their aid and Saix uses his Beserk mode and overpowers Lea who steps in the way to prevent him from killing Sora and Kairi. Saix was about to kill his former friend but Xemnas appears still angry at Axel for betraying the organization prepares to kill him but Xion stops him claiming he needs him alive but Xemnas states he need his heart to forge the key and that he doesn't need his soul but having noticed the two were friends he gives the task of killing him to her, Lea then wonders who the hooded member is she prepares to strike hiim down but Sora intervenes calling Xion's name in Roxas' voice causing her to be overwhelmed with past memories. Enraged, Xemnas kicks Xion and Sora causing the former to reveal her face and Lea is overwhelmed by his memories of Xion, Xemnas prepares to kill Xion but Lea tries to stop him by grabbing his leg only or the Nobody to stomp on his foot.
Suddenly, a heart escapes from Sora and with a vessel provided by Vexen, Roxas returns telling Xemnas to lay his hands off his friends much to Lea's joy after explaining his return to Xemnas, the latter kidnaps Kairi and leaves forcing the three former Organization XIII members and Sora to fight Saix but Xion tells Lea to rest due to his injuries. after Roxas Xion and Sora defeat Saix, Lea runs over to him expressing his disgust on what the Organization reduced him to. Saix explains to Lea he joined in search of their missing friend he expresses his anger at Lea that he went on to make friends with Roxas and Xion leaving Isa and their friend in the dust he explains he lost all sense of purpose, Lea tries to reassure him he didn't forget about him, Saix admitted deep down he wasn't the type of person and that he was only jealous of him, having made amends with his former friend they call each other by their real names before the latter is recompleted as his former self. After this he tells Sora to go find Kairi as he Roxas and Xion have an emotional reunion.
Later he along with Roxas, Xion, Terra, Aqua, Ventus, Donald and Goofy regroup with Sora Riku and Mickey but were too late as Xehanort had killed Kairi and opened Kingdom Hearts moments earlier, As Sora prepares for his final battle with Xehanort, Lea and the other use their keyblades on Xehanort trapping him in Scala ad Caelum. after Xehanort's defeat at the hands of Sora, Donald and Goofy, he passes on with Master Eraqus in to Kingdom Hearts, Lea joins the others into closing it and are transported back into the Keyblade Graveyard.
In the games epilogue, Lea, Roxas and Xion are on top of Twilight Tower finally reunited they are joined by a restored Isa who hands out sea-salt ice cream to the trio. the foursome are joined by Hayner, Pence and Ollette sitting altogether and staring into the sunset, the seven of them are picked up by Riku and are taken to Destiny Islands for a celebration with the other guardians of light. Sora manages to bring back Kairi and Lea and the others bear witness to Sora and Kairi spending one last moment together before Sora fades away from misusing the power of waking.
Super Smash Bros.
Axel is shown to appear as a Spirit as part of Sora's DLC pack in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He also makes a cameo appearence at Xion's dive into the heart alongside Saix, Xemnas and Sora at the Dive Into the Heart portion of the Hallow Bastion Stage.
Inheriting his persona from his original self, Axel is childish, competitive, somewhat smug, and sarcastic. He wishes for everyone he meets to always remember him, so he can live on forever through people's memories, saying "Got it memorized?" on multiple occasions. Though he is initially introduced as a laid-back character, he significantly develops, being willing to work together effectively with Sora, Riku and Mickey, and to take one for the team. He puts his personal agenda first, and everything else second.
Powers and abilities
- Pyromancy: Axel is highly skilled at creating and manipulating fire magically and at will. He can create balls of flame in various sizes, envelop his enemies and himself in flame for offensive, defensive and passive purposes, and concentrate the power and direction of his flame. His power with fire is very strong, even to the point of being able to kill another Organization member with a single attack. He also appears to be immune to most fire and heat.
- Chakrams: Axel wields unique weapons named Chakrams. These appear to be large metal circles, with numerous spikes attached. They can be used in melee combat or at range, returning to their user like boomerangs. Axel can envelop these in fire for extra damage.
- Intelligence: Axel is quite intelligent and knowledgeable, as well as a skilled strategist. He is also perceptive, allowing him to quickly understand his friends and enemies.
- Assassination: Axel is light and very fast, allowing him to be acrobatic and sneaky in his attacks. He also shows little mercy to his enemies.
- Axel is notable for being the only Organization member who debuted in Chain of Memories to keep his Japanese voice actor from the GBA version. The rest of the Chain of Memories Organization members gained new Japanese voice actors in Re:Chain of Memories.
- Axel bears a strong resemblance to Reno from Final Fantasy VII, right down to sharing the same voice actors. In fact, Tetsuya Nomura deliberately designed Axel in Reno's image to place a familiar Final Fantasy character in a new environment and role.
- Axel is considered by many fans to be a fan favorite member of the original Organization XIII.
- Axel is the only Organization XIII member to appear as part of the villains in both Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II. The other five members that were killed off in Chain of Memories would only return in Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix as optional bosses.
- Axel is the first character in the Kingdom Hearts series to curse, saying, "It's about time you gave me one hell of a show!" in Chain of Memories. Ironically, the remake removed this instance, replacing it with him saying, "Try to make it more enjoyable for me, Sora." However, the line remains in both the localized novelization of Chain of Memories, as well as that of Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
- Axel is shown to appear as a Spirit as part of Sora's DLC pack in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.