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Prince Akio

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In KH1, didn't Riku succumb to the darkness within his heart? If so, then how come he too didn't become a heartless/nobody as well...? Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts...or if I'm dead wrong. :confused:
 

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Because he didnt give his heart into darkness
He basically was being conrolled by it
 

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He didn't descend into darkness far enough to become a Heartless yet, though he was nearing that condition as seen from his pain after he used the Corridor of Darkness to bring him and Kairi to Hollow Bastion. He held on as long as he did because of his strong heart. I think he was about to succumb to it though right before Xehanort's Heartless possessed him.
 

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He didn't descend into darkness far enough to become a Heartless yet, though he was nearing that condition as seen from his pain after he used the Corridor of Darkness to bring him and Kairi to Hollow Bastion. He held on as long as he did because of his strong heart. I think he was about to succumb to it though right before Xehanort's Heartless possessed him.

That definitely makes sense. Thanks for the reply! :36:
 

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The strength of his Heart was high enough to keep him going despite it. Note however that the pain in his chest wasn't caused due to the Darkness inside him more so than the actual usage of the Corridor - using CoDs was confirmed to be dangerous and caused errosion to the Heart. It was outside Darkness that made him hurt, not the inner one.
The pain in his chest makes more sense to be related to this after his fight with Sora right before XH took over.

As for Riku having a Heartless/Nobody - he might end up having one someday, but his Heart didn't become a Heartless, and hence his Body didn't become a Nobody, especially with XH still inside it. Then he went back to being Riku.
The closest he has to having a Nobody is Repliku.
 

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Well, let's hear it from Nomura himself...

*Can't remember which interview this was*

Nomura: As far as the King is concerned, he was on the other side from the beginning. He disappeared because he went to the world on the other side in order to find one of the two keys. There, he has his own adventure in the same way as Sora. As for Riku, his body stolen by Ansem (Xehanort's Heartless), his heart did not remain in this world. The other side of the door is, just as it appears, Darkness. So Riku's heart went to the world on the other side, that is to say just as Ansem (Xehanort's Heartless) was saying at the end, the world of Darkness. Thus, when Ansem (Xehanort's Heartless) disappears and Riku returns to his original body, he is in the world of Darkness. (Riku returned to his original body, therefore leaving no Heartless or Nobody.
 

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Don't forget the Riku had a very strong heart because he was chosen to be the Keyblade Wielder before Sora. That is why he could resist the darkness.
 

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Seeing how we don't know why he was chosen, and Terra being the one to choose him complicates things as it seems to be more than just 'he had a strong Heart, he got a Keyblade", don't rush to say such things.
 

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but he is not a princess of heart.

Kairi's PoHness comes into play, as far as we know, with her Heart not becoming a Heartless. And as far as that goes, Riku has it playing for him as well. Now like I said before - true, Kairi had Sora's Heart becoming a Nobody to latch on, but who knows what really went on with Riku's B+S - especially since at the end of it all, it disappeared and transferred into the Realm of Darkness since that's where Riku's Heart was.
 

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he did descend into darkness but instead of letting it control him he uses it as a weapon.
Taken from secret ansem report 13

"Though his heart had its weaknesses, making it prone to darkness, he found support in the hope he discovered beyond suffering. This hope allowed him to stand his ground and turn the darkness in his heart from an enemy into his greatest weapon. When all this is over, it is my fervent hope that he will be able to return with Sora to his island."
 
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