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The Heartless are villainous beings composed entirely of darkness, born when a heart is consumed by it and are the recurring major antagonists in the Kingdom Hearts video game series. Pureblood Heartless are natural creatures that balance out the light within the worlds, but Emblem Heartless are unnatural and throw the worlds into chaos as they actively seek to destroy the light.

The Heartless are born from pure darkness itself. When a heart is stolen or consumed with hate, the darkness inside it consumes the heart, forming a Heartless. The body and soul then form what is called a Nobody, if the consumed person's will is strong enough. There are two types of Heartless in the series; Pureblood Heartless, which are born directly from hearts, and Emblem Heartless, which are born from a machine that collects darkness and can artificially recreate the heart-stealing process.

History

Ansem's Reports

Ansem the Wise, ruler of Radiant Garden, studied the darkness of the human heart. These experiments were carried on by his six apprentices, mainly Xehanort who went on creating Heartless.

The Ansem Reports can be collected by Sora throughout his two main adventures. They were written by Ansem who only penned Ansem Report 0 with the rest written by Xehanort under his name and the first twelve reports contain information on the Heartless with the last page containing brief information on Nobodies. In Kingdom Hearts II, the Secret Ansem Reports written by DiZ contain information on Organization XIII as well as expanded information on Nobodies.

After Sora saved the Princesses of Heart in Hollow Bastion, his heart once turned into a Heartless until Kairi changed him back to normal.

Xehanort

Ansem's six apprentices aided in the study of hearts, these being Ienzo, Even, Braig, Dilan, Aeleus, and lastly Xehanort. After Ansem was exiled by Xehanort, Xehanort took his former master's name and led the other apprentices in deeper studies of the heart. This lead to him corrupting the others and releasing their hearts, thus all of the apprentices became separated between their Heartless and their Nobodies, which formed the group Organization XIII. It was Xehanort who also (while disguised as Ansem and as the Seeker of Darkness) designed the Heartless Machine that manufactured Heartless.

Types

  • Pureblood Heartless
    • Shadow
    • Sora's Heartless
      • Shadow
      • Offshoots
      • Neo Darkside
    • Gigas Shadow
    • Mega-Shadow
    • Gift Shadow
    • Lion Dancer
    • Candy Apple
    • Poison Apple
    • Flower Rider
    • Rodeo Rider
    • Wayward Wardrobe's branchees Heartless
    • Wayward Wardrobe's high-heeled boot Heartless
    • Wayward Wardrobe's skirt Heartless
    • Neoshadow
    • Novashadow
    • Darkball
    • Invisible
    • Orcus
    • Dark Inferno
    • Dark Inferno χ
    • Shadow Sora
    • Anti-Sora
    • Darkside
    • Dark Follower
    • Darkside Ω
    • Bit Sniper
    • Possessor
    • Thresholder
    • Shadow Stalker
    • Dark Thorn
    • Gargoyle Knight
    • Gargoyle Warrior
    • Gargoyle Wizard
    • Chocolate Gargoyle
    • White Chocolate Statue
    • Massive Possessor
    • Cloudy Sunrise
    • Pink Possessor
    • Possessors
    • Shadow Glob
    • Blox Bug
    • Danger Bug
    • Metal Bug
    • Prize Bug
    • Flappy Bug
    • Flappy Bug Swarm
    • Fluttering
    • Flutterings
    • Flame Core
    • Earth Core
    • Water Core
    • Dark Hide
    • Darkling
    • Demon Tower
    • Demon Tide
    • Lich
    • Ansem: Robed Figure
  • Emblem Heartless
    • Shadow Witch
    • Shadow Magician
    • Flappy Rider
    • Soldier
    • Stealth Soldier
    • Deserter
    • Sergeant
    • Commander
    • High Soldier
    • Pumpkin Soldier
    • Air Soldier
    • Toy Trooper
    • Diver
    • Large Body
    • Helmed Body
    • Fat Bandit
    • Large Snowman
    • Ringmaster
    • Red Nocturne
    • Blue Rhapsody
    • Yellow Opera
    • Green Requiem
    • Black Ballade
    • Silver Rock
    • Emerald Blues
    • Crimson Jazz
    • Spring Metal
    • Scarlet Tango
    • Grey Caprice
    • Striped Aria
    • Sapphire Elegy
    • Pink Concerto
    • Turquoise March
    • Emerald Serenade
    • Violet Waltz
    • Vermilion Samba
    • Marine Rumba
    • Gold Beat
    • Malachite Bolero
    • Emerald Sonata
    • Amber Opera
    • Wicked Watermelon
    • Large Watermelon
    • Huge Watermelon
    • Festive Fireworks
    • Large Fireworks
    • Huge Fireworks
    • Jack O' Lantern
    • Round Rice Cake
    • Large Rice Cake
    • Bitter Macaron
    • Mighty Macaron
    • Swaying Spook
    • Wandering Spook
    • Popcat
    • Vitality Popcat
    • Munny Popcat
    • Magic Popcat
    • Focus Popcat
    • Powerwild
    • Bouncywild
    • Sniperwild
    • Wild Shaman
    • Cheery Ape
    • Bandit
    • Red Bandit
    • Swordsman
    • Pot Spider
    • Barrel Spider
    • Pot Scorpion
    • Search Ghost
    • Grand Ghost
    • Hover Ghost
    • Carrier Ghost
    • Living Pod
    • Rush Ghost
    • Shred Ghost
    • Trick Ghost (Kingdom Hearts Union χ)
    • Sheltering Zone
    • Sea Neon
    • Screwdiver
    • Missile Diver
    • Aquatank
    • Jet Balloon
    • Gargoyle
    • Margoyle
    • Wight Knight
    • Pirate
    • Air Pirate
    • Aerial Viking
    • Battleship
    • Wyvern
    • Tailbunker
    • Avalanche
    • Wavecrest
    • Phantomtail
    • Windstorm
    • Dustflier
    • Defender
    • Eliminator
    • Armed Warrior
    • Pleasure Dog
    • Upright Defender
    • Reversed Defender
    • Wizard
    • High Wizard
    • White Mushroom
    • Black Fungus
    • Rare Truffle
    • Pink Agaricus
    • Gold Tricholoma
    • Angel Star
    • Chimera
    • Creeper Plant
    • Dire Plant
    • Fire Plant
    • Blizzard Plant
    • Poison Plant
    • Dark Plant
    • Creeper Bouquet
    • Prank Bouquet
    • Red Rose
    • White Rose
    • Crescendo
    • Rainy Loudmouth
    • Flare Note
    • Bubble Beat
    • Tornado Step
    • Terrible Tomte
    • Eggster Bunny
    • Warlock Step
    • Trick Ghost (Kingdom Hearts II)
    • Magic Phantom
    • Rabid Dog
    • Snapper Dog
    • Bully Dog
    • Raging Reindeer
    • Rush Sheep
    • Hook Bat
    • Beffudler
    • Golden Hook Bat
    • Bookmaster
    • Runemaster
    • Barrier Master
    • False Master
    • Minute Bomb
    • Skater Bomb
    • Storm Bomb
    • Detonator
    • Sparkler
    • Eggcognito
    • Eggscapade
    • Shenaneggan
    • Huge Shenaneggan
    • Growth Egg
    • Munny Egg
    • Prize Egg
    • Hammer Frame
    • Iron Hammer
    • Silver Hammer Frame
    • Gold Hammer Frame
    • Brick Hammer Frame
    • Bulky Vendor
    • Rare Vendor
    • Fortuneteller
    • Cannon Gun
    • Camo Cannon
    • Ice Cannon
    • Switch Launcher
    • Jumbo Cannon
    • Rapid Thruster
    • Gummi Copter
      • Red Gummi Copter
      • Blue Gummi Copter
      • Yellow Gummi Copter
      • Black Gummi Copter
    • Copter Fleet
      • Red Copter Fleet
      • Yellow Copter Fleet
      • Blue Copter Fleet
      • Colorful Copter Fleet
      • Black Copter Fleet
    • Driller Mole
    • Lance Soldier
    • Lance Warrior
    • Morning Star
    • Spiked Crawler
    • Scorching Sphere
    • Gummi Hammer
    • Fiery Globe
    • Icy Cube
    • Snowy Crystal
    • Luna Bandit
    • Graveyard
    • Toy Soldier
    • Aeroplane
    • Gilled Glider
    • Hot Rod
    • Mad Ride
    • Assault Rider
    • Nightwalker
    • Bolt Tower
    • Magnum Loader
    • Strafer
    • Devastator
    • Reckless
    • Living Bone
    • Shaman
    • Necromancer
    • Aerial Knocker
    • Aerial Champ
    • Armored Knight
    • Surveillance Robot
    • Guardian
    • Destroyer
    • Large Armor
    • Clay Armor
    • Solid Armor
    • Land Armor
    • Cymbal Monkey
    • Tricky Monkey
    • Air Battler
    • Aerial Master
    • Artful Flyer
    • Sky Grappler
    • Creepworm
    • Zip Slasher
    • Dual Blade
    • Heat Saber
    • Chill Ripper
    • Blitz Spear
    • Stalwart Blade
    • Dual Durandal
    • Bag O' Jewels
    • Bag O' Coins
    • Bag O' Coal
    • Bag O' Gifts
    • Dark Score Bag
    • Nosy Mole
    • Pester Jester
    • Wibble Wobble
    • Strange Tree
    • Circus Clown
    • Armored Archer
    • Poison Archer
    • Paralysis Archer
    • Sleep Archer
    • Bizarre Archer
    • Chomper Egg
    • Wind-Up Leaf Cake
    • Pretender
    • Great Pretender
    • King Pretender
    • Circus Balloon
    • Bunch O' Balloons
    • Cannoned Camel
    • Wicked Wick
    • Poison Pot
    • Ratty Rat
    • Ring-A-Ding
    • Piercing Knight
    • Sly Cat
    • Wily Cat
    • Gearbit
    • Red Gearbit
    • Blue Gearbit
    • Red Gummi Saucer
    • Blue Gummi Saucer
    • Chipper Chef
    • Burrfish
    • Sleepy Snoozer
    • Dark Wisp
    • Polliwog
    • Candy Plant
    • Rock Troll
    • Metal Troll
    • Satyr
    • Mechanitaur
    • Pole Cannon
    • Marionette
    • Pogo Shovel
    • Parasol Beauty
    • Chief Puff
    • Puffball
    • Chaos Carriage
    • Winterhorn
    • Frost Serpent
    • Vaporfly
    • Sea Sprite
    • Spear Lizard
    • Anchor Raider
    • Tireblade
    • Guard Armor
    • Opposite Armor
    • Red Armor
    • Powered Armor
    • Guard Armor Ω
    • Sinister Sweets
    • Spiteful Sweets
    • Trickmaster
    • Crimson Prankster
    • Trickmaster Ω
    • Jack in the Box
    • Egg Master
    • Stealth Sneak
    • Sneak Army
    • Veil Lizard
    • Lurk Lizard
    • Pot Centipede
    • Parasite Cage
    • Behemoth
    • Destroyed Behemoth
    • Arch Behemoth
    • Hocus Pocus
    • Phantom
    • Kurt Zisa
    • Savage Vanguard
    • Illuminator
    • Prison Keeper
    • Volcanic Lord
    • Blizzard Lord
    • Storm Rider
    • Grim Reaper
    • Groundshaker
    • Mushroom XIII
    • Antlion
    • Infernal Engine
    • Archer
    • Leechgrave
    • Ruler of the Sky
    • Lion Headliner
    • Trident Tail
    • Trident Tail Ω
    • Red Trident Tail
    • Green Trident Tail
    • Blue Trident Tail
    • Submarine Carp
    • Savage Spider
    • Venomous Spider
    • Enraged Arachnid
    • Scourge Spider
    • Malicious Spider
    • Wicked Spider
    • Wretched Witch
    • Gummi Hound
    • Assault Dragon
    • Holiday Sleigh
    • Fortress Crab
    • Fortress Crab Ω
    • Circus Crab
    • Crabby Cake
    • Cranky Cake
    • Queen Bee
    • Queen Bee Ω
    • Nimble Bee
    • Stinging Bee
    • Jewel Sorceress
    • Jewel Princess
    • Wayward Wardrobe
    • Enraged Elk
    • Wily Bandit
    • Closehanded Captain
    • Huge Snowman
    • Ferocious Fins
    • Shipwreck Shark
    • Icy Beast
    • Royal Pretender
    • Ratty Rat Trio
    • Adventurer
    • Greedy Grouch
    • Werewolf
    • Mean Maiden
    • Martial Monkey
    • Iron Giant
    • Metal Giant
    • Heartless Tsum
    • Gear Golem
    • Gummi Golem
    • Thorned Snake
    • Ferry Reaper
    • Nimble Reaper
    • Loudmouth Parade
    • Weapon Master
    • Mysterious Sir
    • Titan
    • Apricot Opera
    • Ribbitoad
    • Merry-Go-Rowdy
    • Shiva
    • Ramuh
    • Ifrit
    • Leviathan
    • King of Toys
    • Grim Guardianess
    • Sköll
    • Raging Vulture
    • Lightning Angler
    • Darkubes
    • Catastrochorus
    • Flantastic Seven
      • Cherry Flan
      • Strawberry Flan
      • Orange Flan
      • Banana Flan
      • Grape Flan
      • Honeydew Flan
      • Watermelon Flan
  • Special Heartless
  • Gummi Heartless
    • Crawler
    • Dragonfly
    • Driller
    • Hunter
      • Hunter Bomb
    • Hunter-X
      • Hunter-X Bomb
    • Ghost
    • Ghoul
    • Reaper's Wheel
    • Submarine
    • Pirate Ship
    • Flare Shooter
    • Magnespace
    • Strike Shuttle
    • Patafly
    • Sprinkler
    • Stardust
    • Wing Spinner
    • Rocket Manta
    • Dazzling Ball
    • Heavy Laser
    • Prize Box
    • Float Lantern
    • Octoship
    • Frost Penguin
    • Sonic Diver
    • Microsix
    • Flower Guardian
    • Astrowarrior
    • Supreme Warrior
    • Comet Crawler
    • Space Worm
    • Dreadshark
    • Scarlet Shark
    • Glacial Fortress
    • Schwarzgeist
    • Colossus Pyramid
    • Omega Machina
  • Other Heartless
  • Beings possessed by Heartless

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True Organization XII
Master Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Terra-Xehanort | Ansem, Seeker of Darkness | Xemnas | Vanitas | Xigbar | Vexen | Saïx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Dark Riku

Organization XIII
Xemnas | Xigbar | Xaldin | Vexen | Lexaeus | Zexion | Saïx | Axel | Demyx | Luxord | Marluxia | Larxene | Roxas | Xion

Council of Disney Villains
Maleficent | Pete | Jafar | Hades | Ursula | Oogie Boogie | Captain Hook | Hector Barbossa | Scar | Riku

Other Disney Villains
Anastasia Tremaine | Beagle Boys | Beast | Black Guards | Bo'sun | Card Soldiers | Cave of Wonders | Cecil Clayton | Cerberus | Chernabog | Cheshire Cat | Crew of the Black Pearl | CLU 2 | Cy-Bugs | Davy Jones | Diablo | Drizella Tremaine | Fates | Flotsam & Jetsam | Gantu | Hayabusa | Hydra | Iago | Judge Claude Frollo | Julius | Kraken | Lady Tremaine | Lock, Shock and Barrel | Lord Cutler Beckett | Lucifer | Magic Mirror | Maleficent's Goons | MCP | Monstro | Mother Gothel | Mr. Smee | Neverland Pirates | Pain & Panic | Prince Hans | Queen Grimhilde | Queen of Hearts | Randall Boggs | Razoul | Rinzler | Sabor | Sark | Shan Yu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sour Bill | Tick Tock | Titans (Lythos, Hydros, Pyros & Stratos) | Turbo | Zeus

Heartless
Ansem (manga) | Anti-Sora | Antlion | Arch Behemoth | Behemoth | Blizzard Lord & Volcanic Lord | Crimson Prankster | Dark Follower | Dark Thorn | Darkside | Demon Tide | Destroyed Behemoth | Dustflier | Enraged Elk | Grim Guardianess | Grim Reaper | Groundshaker | Guard Armor | Illuminator | Infernal Engine | King of Toys | Kurt Zisa | Leechgrave | Lich | Opposite Armor | Parasite Cage | Phantom | Possessor | Pot Centipede | Pot Scorpion | Prison Keeper | Red Armor | Ruler of the Sky | Shadow Sora | Shadow Stalker | Sköll | Sneak Army | Sora's Heartless | Stealth Sneak | Storm Rider | Thresholder | Trickmaster | World of Chaos | Xehanort's Guardian

Nobodies
Specter | Twilight Thorn

Unversed
Belly Balloon | Cursed Coach | Element Cluster | Flame Box | Floating Flora | Gluttonous Goo | Iron Imprisoner | Lone Runners | Mad Treant | Metamorphosis | Mimic Master | Ringer | Symphony Master | Trinity Armor | Vanitas Remnant | Vitality Vial | Wheel Master

Dream Eaters
Anti Black Coat | Armored Ventus Nightmare | Char Clawbster | Chill Clawbster | Commantis | Dark Hide | Hockomonkey | Holey Moley | Spellican | Wargoyle

Other
Braig | The Experiment | Fuu | Hostile Program | Ice Colossus | No Heart | Phantom Aqua | Rai | Replica Xehanort | Riku Replica | Seifer Almasy | Sephiroth

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