The Replica Xehanorts are enemies in Kingdom Hearts III, appearing as minor but pivotal antagonists in the base game and the secondary antagonists of the DLC Kingdom Hearts III: Re:Mind. They are a set of twelve replicas that were created when members of the real Organization XIII were defeated during the Second Keyblade War.
In preparation for the coming of the second Keyblade War, Master Xehanort brought Vexen into the Organization to gain access to his Replica Program, setting aside twelve of the twenty known replicas for the members of the Organization. When each member of the Organization was defeated during the Second Keyblade War, the empty vessels left behind transformed into the Replica Xehanorts.
When Sora, Donald, and Goofy entered Scala ad Caelum, the Replica Xehanorts attacked them before Master Xehanort absorbs the replicas to increase his powers, transforming themselves into armor that Master Xehanort uses for his final battle.
After Sora shatters Master Xehanort's armor, the Replica Xehanorts are sent to battle the remaining Guardians of Light at the Keyblade Graveyard. They successfully trap all but Mickey in a dark void. All twelve Replica Xehanorts are held off by Mickey (and by a future Sora) before he frees the other Guardians from the void.
In a last ditch attempt to stop the Guardians of Light, the Replica Xehanorts merge into one copy of Armored Xehanort, who fight the future Sora and a revived Kairi. Despite their strength, the Replica Xehanorts are weakened enough by Sora and Kairi to be finished off for good by all the Guardians of Light, ending the threat of Xehanort for good.
Powers and Abilities
The Replica Xehanorts initially wield the weapons of the Real Organization's fallen members: Ansem's dark powers, Xemnas's Ethereal Blades, Xigbar's Arrowguns, Luxord's cards, Larxene's knives, Marluxia's scythe, Saïx's claymore, Dark Riku's sword, and Terra-Xehanort, Vanitas, Young Xehanort, and Xion's Keyblades. They often perform basic attacks with their weapons, only using sheer numbers to overwhelm Sora and company. For their ultimate attack, they can tint the sky of Scala ad Caelum in darkness and summon pillars of darkness before rushing their opponents together. However, all twelve of them have the same health bar, so simultaneous attacks can easily dispatch them.
When confronting the Guardians of Light, the replicas all wield Xehanort's Keyblade. As Armored Xehanort, they wield thirteen copies of Xehanort's Keyblade, holding one physically and controlling the other twelve telekinetically, and fight using enhanced versions of Master Xehanort's attacks.
- Originally believed to be phantoms of the original Xehanort, the Replica Xehanorts are shown to have the individual powers of each member of the real Organization XIII.
- The Replica Xehanorts are mostly silent in battle and do not speak until they merge into Armored Xehanort. As Armored Xehanort, they are voiced by Akio Ohtsuka in Japanese and Christopher Lloyd in English.