Kingdom Hearts’ Vanitas is a very memorable villain, but is he truly as bad as he first seems? Taking on an appearance that basically screams ‘evil Sora’, this abrasive antagonist sure knows how to make an impact. So let’s take a look at everything we know about KH Vanitas, including his personality, keyblade, voice actor, and more.
For more information on the various Kingdom Hearts characters, check out our Kingdom Hearts Axel, Kingdom Hearts Roxas, and Kingdom Hearts Sora guides. We’ve also got a guide to all the Kingdom Hearts games in order, so you can be sure you never miss an important nugget of lore.
So, prepare to dive into darkness, as we explore everything you need to know about Kingdom Hearts Vanitas.
Vanitas, also known as The Masked Boy, is a Keyblade wielder created by Master Xehanort. He’s the embodiment of the darkness from Ventus’ heart, hence their similar appearance. Taking the role of second apprentice to Master Xehanort, he is the progenitor of the Unversed – creatures the game defines as ‘the opposite of human life’ that grow from the negative emotions that came forth following Vanitas’ creation.
As Vanitas is the ‘dark’ half of Ventus’ heart, Vanitas was originally much like him. However, after suffering at the hands of Xehanort, Vanitas exhibits a desperate desire for salvation, warping into a cunning, cruel, and proud individual with the sole goal of forging the χ-blade with Ventus to save himself.
With his core focus on creating the X-Blade, Vanitus displays a true disregard for others, including even Master Xehanort. He’s remorseless and merciless in all of his actions, and strikes without a second thought, showing no hesitation in his crusade.
Beyond that, he proves himself to be careless, arrogant, ruthless, and uncaring when facing others. Whether it’s Ventus, Aqua, or even Master Xehanort, he never shows any empathy or compassion towards anyone – especially those who stand in his way.
No, Vanitas is not Sora’s brother. As with Kingdom Hearts’ Roxas, the reason Vanitas looks somewhat similar to Sora is because both he and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora share their hearts with Ventus. As such, Roxas, Sora, Ventus, and Vanitas are all linked by their hearts, despite being different characters with their own personalities, goals, and motivations.
Vanitas wields a Keyblade called the Void Gear, which he can summon at will in a flash of purple flames. It shares many similarities with Master Xehanort’s Keyblade. Vanitas can charge Void Gear with dark energy, increasing both his attack and strength in the process.
When he fuses with Ventus, Vanitas also gains the ability to wield the most powerful Keyblade of all – the χ-blade – which increases his initial strength and attack range dramatically. Vanitas is an extremely skilled Keyblade wielder, whether he’s holding Void Gear, or the incomplete or complete versions of the χ-blade.
Find out more about the different Keyblades throughout the game series with our Kingdom Hearts Keyblades guide.
Like other Kingdom Hearts characters, Vanitas appears in multiple Kingdom Hearts games. He plays his most prominent role as one of the main antagonists in Birth By Sleep, but also shows up in several other titles. They are:
- Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
- Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance
- Kingdom Hearts III
- Kingdom Hearts III Re Mind
In the English dub of the game, Haley Joel Osment voices Vanitas, and he also plays the voice of Sora, along with many live-action roles. Vanitus’ Japanese voice actor is Miyu Irino, who, like Haley Joel Osment, also plays the JP version of Sora.
That’s all we’ve got on Kingdom Hearts’ Vanitas for now. If you’re looking to add a little more KH to your life, check out our Kingdom Hearts wallpaper guide. Or, for more adventures to embark on, check out our lists of the best Switch RPGs and the best mobile RPGs.