First Appearance: KINGDOM HEARTS (2002)
Origin: Pinocchio (1940)
En route from Agrabah, Sora, Donald and Goofy are swallowed by Monstro the Whale, a gigantic monster of the deep drifting across the universe. Within Monstro, the trio meet Pinocchio and Geppetto, who have been separated ever since the destruction of their world, but are now reunited again. However, it does not take too long for the conscience-less Pinocchio to get into trouble. Intrigued by Riku's quiet arrival, Pinocchio follows him into the whale's inner depths, prompting Sora, Donald and Goofy to fetch him back.
Sora however gets the shock of his life when he also finds Riku inside Monstro. His best friend has become increasingly antagonistic, and runs off with Pinocchio. While Sora, Donald and Goofy are busy navigating Monstro's sprawling insides, Maleficent appears to Riku, taunting the boy about his concern for Sora when it is already clear that his former best friend has deserted him for the Keyblade and his new companions. Though Riku vehemently denies it, the sorceress is not fooled, but she takes her leave soon after.
Sora, Donald, Goofy and Riku reach Monstro's bowels, where Pinocchio is held captive by a Parasite Cage Heartless. Everyone put aside their differences to free Pinocchio, but the Parasite Cage cannot be defeated. Instead, it spews Pinocchio out, allowing Riku to kidnap him once more. Riku reveals that Pinocchio, as a puppet with a heart, is an unusual being, and thus maybe he holds the key to reviving Kairi.
He offers Sora a choice to join him and save Kairi together, but Sora chooses to listen to his conscience, knowing that harming others in pursuit of his own gain is selfish. This final rejection draws a line between Sora and Riku, who now are forced to stand on opposite sides of battle. However, Jiminy's compassion saved Pinocchio's heart from being stolen by Riku and the Heartless, and the trio defeats the Parasite Cage once and for all. Riku flees the scene, leaving Sora to wonder about the change in his friend.
With all the commotion going on in its organs, Monstro vomits out the Gummi Ship. Pinocchio and Geppetto escape and find a home in Traverse Town, while Sora, Donald and Goofy continue on with their journey.
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