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Roxas (ロクサス ,Rokusasu?) is the Nobody of Sora.[43] Xemnas found him in Twilight Town and gave him the epithet, "Key of Destiny" (めぐりあう鍵 ,Meguriau Kagi?, lit. "Happened-upon Key"). When pre-release Kingdom Hearts II screenshots and video showed this character without an Organization coat, he was featured prominently, emphasizing his importance to the future game's plot. In battle, he uses a Keyblade, (usually dual wielding the "Oathkeeper" and "Oblivion", which represent Sora's memories of Kairi and Riku, respectively[5]) and manipulates the power of light to augment his physical attacks and create energy-based melee weapons and barriers. Sora and Roxas have similar personalities; they both deeply care for their friends and have little patience for those who are trying to manipulate or confuse them, though Roxas is less impulsive and more quick to anger than Sora. As a stronger Nobody, Roxas controls Samurai Nobodies.[5] Due to his wielding a Keyblade, which serves as a homing beacon for the Heartless, Roxas is constantly under risk of being attacked by the creatures. Roxas's backstory and his joining of Organization XIII will be explored in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, for the Nintendo DS.[2] Roxas first appears in "Another Side, Another Story", Kingdom Hearts's unlockable trailer, and is mentioned in several cryptic comments made by other Organization members in Chain of Memories.

Unlike the other Organization members, Roxas lacks memories of his previous life, due to the short time Sora had spent as a Heartless. During Roxas's time in the Organization, he and Axel became friends, but Roxas leaves to find answers as to why he possesses the Keyblade while also hoping to meet his former self. While on his way, he is attacked by a large number of Heartless; fortunately, Riku arrives to assist him before fighting him himself. Though Roxas initially has the upper hand, Riku, realizing that he has no other choice, releases all of the darkness in his heart and takes on the physical form of Xehanort's Heartless as an unexpected side effect, but is temporarily overtaken by the darkness in the process. The Guardian familiar once used by Xehanort's Heartless emerges, pummeling Roxas senseless and knocking him unconscious before Riku comes to his senses. Afterwards, Riku takes him to DiZ, who places Roxas in a virtual Twilight Town. Knowing that the Organization was still looking for him, DiZ erases Roxas's memory and implants a false one to throw them off. While there, Roxas begins to see memories of Sora's adventures in dreams, and also encounters Axel, sent by the Organization to either rescue or kill him, and Naminé, who reveals the truth about his existence and connection to Sora.

Eventually, Roxas is led to the old mansion by DiZ, where he makes his way to the basement and sees Donald and Goofy sleeping in suspended animation, while also regaining his actual memory. When he reaches the room where Sora is being kept, he encounters a holographic DiZ, who taunts him. Enraged, Roxas futilely attacks the hologram, which disappears when Sora's stasis pod opens up. All of Roxas' anger drains away when he sees the still-sleeping Sora, and he respectfully accepts his fate and rejoins with him [44].

Though Roxas does not appear in person until much later in the game, his presence is felt on numerous occasions: several members of the Organization attempt to communicate with Roxas through Sora, only to confuse and frustrate the latter; Sora instinctively knows his name after seeing him in a photograph despite never having met him, and seems to know of Roxas' time in the digital Twilight Town [45]. Sora finally learns the truth about Roxas after the deaths of all other Organization members sans Xemnas thanks to Riku, who realizes that he never had to fight Roxas to begin with; Roxas had originally left the Organization in order to find Sora, and would have most likely found him either way. Sora sadly expresses a desire to meet Roxas as well, but Riku non-verbally points out that Roxas is a part of him [46].

Roxas makes two appearances in person near the end of the game. The first is a battle with Sora, shown only as a cut scene and never fully explained. In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Sora's battle with Roxas becomes an actual boss battle, and a cut scene is added that shows Xemnas explaining that Axel's death triggered the reappearance of Roxas; another added cutscene shows Axel having somehow posthumously contacted Roxas's conscious mind, and they share one more conversation about the heart together. Roxas appears once again with Naminé before Kairi enters the corridor of darkness back to Destiny Islands. He and Naminé merge with their former selves completely, but not before implying that they will live on within Sora and Kairi as both a part of them and as individuals, as seen in the ending cinematic when they smile at each other through Sora and Kairi.
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