- Sep 23, 2010
The game always made me believe that Riku cared about Kairi.
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It's fact that Riku cares for Kairi *cool thread to read btw*
My question is if he cared for her in a romantic way, like Sora, or had romantic feelings for her.
It needed to be addressed because, according to Smile, Kairi was nothing but an "afterthought" to Riku, which is not true at all.
As for romantic feelings, it's implied that he DOES have them, but I think it was more of a crush than anything, whereas Sora‘s feelings are more intimate.
If I remember right, his jealousy came from him having the keyblade and getting new friends. I've heard of theories of him also not wanting to be a third wheel with Kairi and Sora, which sort of makes sense....*but not really*
I think both Riku and Sora would get jealous of each other if one were to keep Kairi's attention, at least, that's how it was. Kairi was more drawn to Sora, which would irritate Riku enough for him display his superior physical prowess over Sora in order to attempt to get Kairi's favor. If Sora was slacking, Riku would take the initiative to make moves. Later, Riku realized that Kairi was safer in Sora's hands after all things considered, and probably (permanently) isolated himself into the friend zone because of it. Sora is written to seem unwillingly to take the steps necessary to take the relationship further between himself and Kairi however.