Why is Aqua considered the main character of bbs and not terra?



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hello i played birth by sleep a lot and despite there are 3 main characters i always assumed there's one character that is more important then the other 2 just like sora riku and kairi etc so anyhow, one interview of nomura i just found out that really confused me, in that interview nomura said Aqua is the main character of birth by sleep but that's not what i remember at all, the center focus of birth by sleep is Terra, in kh2 we meet him first and the secret ending focuses around him the most and in birth by sleep opening you'll notice it focuses on terra the most, then there's the story of birth by sleep and the story revolve around terra yet again, the story of birth by sleep is that master eraqus sends terra to investigate the problem of the unversed and it's also a second chance for him to become a master,
1) ventus story is just chasing after terra to bring him back
2) Aqua story is to bring ventus back but also to follow eraqus order to keep a close eye on terra in case he fails to control his darkness
3) master xehanorts wants terra as a vessel and keeps tricking and lures him away from home to have his way
4) vanitas is after ventus but it's also part of xehanort plan to lure terra away from home
5) master eraqus thinks of terra the most cause of the darkness in him
6) Braig tricks terra to unleash his darkness and even buy some time till xehanort have his way with terra in the final battle
the story of terra revolve around him meanwhile story of ventus and aqua revolve around finding or saving terra, the story of terra is the most important in birth by sleep cause it teaches us the story on how it all started, like who is xehanort who is ansem and xemnas and why apprentice xehanort look like terra, the story of bbs clears that but i still don't get how is aqua the main character just cause she have importance at the end of a game all of a sudden, she only have length of one extra world in her story but how does that make her the main character? im confused tbh can someone clarify and please explain this? thank you in advance if you do.
 

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I think it probably comes down to her being the only Keyblade Master of the trio and the only one to "survive". She also got her own spin-off, so that kind of solidifies that she's the main character of the three.
 

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I think it probably comes down to her being the only Keyblade Master of the trio and the only one to "survive". She also got her own spin-off, so that kind of solidifies that she's the main character of the three.
yea but the spin off doesn't count 2.0 didn't happen until recently im talking about bbs in general
 

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Well, considering that, out of her Ventus, and Terra, she was the one not directly tied to Xehanort's plans and could therefore intervene with them from the outside. By that I mean you could view her as the active protagonist trying to stop things from happening rather than progress them the way Terra and Ven ultimately did (they mostly acted within the machinations of Xehanort, if unknowingly). Also, just in terms of screen time, Aqua has her own story, is the playable character of the final episode (in which she fights the final main story boss of the whole game, and is the catalyst for pretty much everything that occured with Apprentice Xehanort after that point), and is the playable character in the secret episode (which directly ties into the rest of the series via blank points). So just by that, it's valid to call her the main character in that sense.

She could also be considered the spiritual predecessor to Sora (the MC of the whole series, at least according to Nomura), due to the strong thematic parallels between the two, their similar affinity for establishing strong connections with people and using that to augment their own strength (this one of Sora's main abilities throughout the series, recently further honed via the heart binders, and Aqua replicates this same ability using D-links, a magic she created and imbeud onto her wayfinders, which she also created), their similar character traits, and Aqua placing her faith in him to mitigate a potential mistake on Terra's end (likely predicting that if Terra truly chose Riku, whatever he saw in him might've been the same cause for Terra's own personal struggles with darkness). Of course, no two characters in the series are *completely* alike, but the thematic connections between the two do link their status to many people. Other than this, she's arguably the most fully realized out of the core characters (not counting KH3, which in several ways detracts from the character), as she was the one who changed and endured the most from the events.

In the end, almost every protagonist can be considered the hero of their own story, and one could argue it's just as much Terra, Ventus, and Xehanort's story as it was Aqua's, and that's not wrong. But looking at it in the context of a video game, Aqua's story is the most prominent in terms of playtime and overall significance. Or at least, that's what it seems like to me.
 
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Well, considering that, out of her Ventus, and Terra, she was the one not directly tied to Xehanort's plans and could therefore intervene with them from the outside. By that I mean you could view her as the active protagonist trying to stop things from happening rather than progress them the way Terra and Ven ultimately did (they mostly acted within the machinations of Xehanort, if unknowingly). Also, just in terms of screen time, Aqua has her own story, is the playable character of the final episode (in which she fights the final main story boss of the whole game, and is the catalyst for pretty much everything that occured with Apprentice Xehanort after that point), and is the playable character in the secret episode (which directly ties into the rest of the series via blank points). So just by that, it's valid to call her the main character in that sense.

She could also be considered the spiritual predecessor to Sora (the MC of the whole series, at least according to Nomura), due to the strong thematic parallels between the two, their similar affinity for establishing strong connections with people and using that to augment their own strength (this one of Sora's main abilities throughout the series, recently further honed via the heart binders, and Aqua replicates this same ability using D-links, a magic she created and imbeud onto her wayfinders, which she also created), and their and Aqua placing her faith in him to mitigate a potential mistake on Terra's end (likely predicting that if Terra truly chose Riku, whatever he saw in him might've been the same cause for Terra's own personal struggles with darkness). Of course, no two characters in the series are *completely* alike, but the thematic connections between the do link their status to many people. Other than this, she's arguably the most fully realized out of the core characters (not counting KH3, which in several ways detracts from the character), as she was the one who changed and endured the most from the events.

In the end, almost every protagonist can be considered the hero of their own story, and one could argue it's just as much Terra's, Ventus', and Xehanort's story as much as it is Aqua's, and that's not wrong. But looking at it in the context of a video game, Aqua's story is the most prominent in terms of playtime and overall significance. Or at least, that's what it seems like to me.
but she didn't become important till the end of the game of bbs where she get extra screen time and her presence feel weak to the point the story can go on even if we left her in the realm of darkness, but guess i can see your point of view about her being the main but still the story of bbs (not counting 2.0) is clearly about terra even if she is the soo called main character of that game
 

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I think it's just simply the matter of her being the one we play in the finale.
 

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KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep was part of a trio of projects (358/2 Days and coded) meant to explore certain aspects that Tetsuya Nomura wanted to portray. Birth by Sleep's was to explore Apprentice Xehanort's past. You could make an argument that, just because of this, that both Terra and Master Xehanort were the main characters of BbS.

But of course, you can tell a story about some characters, and they don't necessarily have to be the only main characters. In this case, the spotlight was shared with Aqua, Ventus and Vanitas. And from a narrative point of view, it made sense for Aqua to have gotten the rest of the spotlight sharing time. Xehanort finally got into Terra's body, but circumstances fucked up his plan, plus Ventus was comatosed, so Aqua had to walk in.
 

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Now if only Aqua had a voice actor that didn't sound like she was half-asleep in the recording booth...
 

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KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep was part of a trio of projects (358/2 Days and coded) meant to explore certain aspects that Tetsuya Nomura wanted to portray. Birth by Sleep's was to explore Apprentice Xehanort's past. You could make an argument that, just because of this, that both Terra and Master Xehanort were the main characters of BbS.

But of course, you can tell a story about some characters, and they don't necessarily have to be the only main characters. In this case, the spotlight was shared with Aqua, Ventus and Vanitas. And from a narrative point of view, it made sense for Aqua to have gotten the rest of the spotlight sharing time. Xehanort finally got into Terra's body, but circumstances fucked up his plan, plus Ventus was comatosed, so Aqua had to walk in.
yea i am aware the whole kingdom hearts story revolve around xehanort more then sora but yea i see your point ty for sharing your opinion
 

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yea i still don't see it sorry:/ the story of bbs revolve around terra and xehanort the most some might not like what i say but aqua isn't important at all her character isn't even important until the last ep where she fights the last boss and that still isn't enough to make you a main character
 

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How on earth does BBS revolve around Terra? If anything, BBS' story revolves around the sibling-like friendship of TAV and how that friendship got teared apart because of Xehanort. And within that story, Aqua is the main character because of obvious things pointed out in the thread already. It's always her to close off worlds (and the story!), she gets to fight the "big guy" aka Terranort, and she ends up being the only one alive/conscious (although trapped somewhere else), and she is the only character to get "her" spin-off. I don't really think this should be up to debate..
 

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How on earth does BBS revolve around Terra? If anything, BBS' story revolves around the sibling-like friendship of TAV and how that friendship got teared apart because of Xehanort. And within that story, Aqua is the main character because of obvious things pointed out in the thread already. It's always her to close off worlds (and the story!), she gets to fight the "big guy" aka Terranort, and she ends up being the only one alive/conscious (although trapped somewhere else), and she is the only character to get "her" spin-off. I don't really think this should be up to debate..
cause the main focus was terra? aqua didn't become important until the last ep where she gets extra ep even ventus felt like main character compare to her honestly
 

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cause the main focus was terra? aqua didn't become important until the last ep where she gets extra ep even ventus felt like main character compare to her honestly
Could you explain why you think that the focus was on Terra and not on all three protagonists?
 

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Because she’s the only one fans care about.
I certainly don't. She's a boring miss goodie two shoes. I don't like hate her but the other two are much more interesting to me. Besides i reckon 90% of her fans only like her because she has certain assets, which a good character does not make.
 

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I signed up here purely to add to this thread, though i daresay I'll now have a look around and maybe comment elsewhere :)

I agree somewhat that Aqua is the main character purely because you play as her and she's the one mopping up situations after the Terra and Ven. But you only play as her longer because the story isn't finished yet and the Terra and Ven are out of commission so to speak.

Is she a good main character? Not a chance. Heres were my feelings on the game coincide with Foxycains. I enjoy the game and am invested in Terra and Ven stories, their feelings what happening to them etc over Aquas. Terras fate is the one that grips me the most and to me hes the most misunderstood character in KH, but thats for a different thread. Soon as its time to play Aqua, the only thing i look forward to is Vanitas showing up, Terra and Ven interactions and fighting Terranort towards the end. None of my Birth by Sleep experiences made me invested in Aqua. 0.2? Going around Dark World is fun, seeing Terra, Ven, Terranort? Great Stuff. Playing as Aqua yet again? No thanks. TLDR Main character due to how story plays out, Sure. A good one, No.
 

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Could you explain why you think that the focus was on Terra and not on all three protagonists?
1) bbs is heavily focused on terra and ventus chasing terra and aqua looking after terra and ven and yea ofc you're right all 3 are equally main character however for nomura to say aqua is the main when terra and ven are more important then her is just weird, terra is literally the story tells about how he became xehanort vessel and explains ansem and xemnas situation as for ventus he looks like roxas and has connection with sora and then there's Aqua the Girl who looks after her childern etc yea no matter how i look at it even if they are equally main characters i still see terra fitting to be main character more since you start with his story while other story's either some of them rehash if what we saw from terra story, also im aware nomura didn't say aqua main character he said it like she can be considered the main character just like kh3d where he said riku is the main character but clearly both sora and riku are, same situation with bbs all 3 are main characters i just don't see aqua as main character her role didn't become important at all till last ep when she fought terranort
 

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I signed up here purely to add to this thread, though i daresay I'll now have a look around and maybe comment elsewhere :)

I agree somewhat that Aqua is the main character purely because you play as her and she's the one mopping up situations after the Terra and Ven. But you only play as her longer because the story isn't finished yet and the Terra and Ven are out of commission so to speak.

Is she a good main character? Not a chance. Heres were my feelings on the game coincide with Foxycains. I enjoy the game and am invested in Terra and Ven stories, their feelings what happening to them etc over Aquas. Terras fate is the one that grips me the most and to me hes the most misunderstood character in KH, but thats for a different thread. Soon as its time to play Aqua, the only thing i look forward to is Vanitas showing up, Terra and Ven interactions and fighting Terranort towards the end. None of my Birth by Sleep experiences made me invested in Aqua. 0.2? Going around Dark World is fun, seeing Terra, Ven, Terranort? Great Stuff. Playing as Aqua yet again? No thanks. TLDR Main character due to how story plays out, Sure. A good one, No.
yea she's a boring main character, i like her in bbs and i like her as a character and probably my fav girl as of now but her motherly figure toward terra and ven is what makes me dislike the idea she is the main
 

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KH dialogue is pretty cringey all around but BBS is by far the most unrealistic in terms of characterization and dialogue outside of maybe Sora in KH1 not sobbing Nox Vidmate VLC over his island being destroyed with everyone he ever knew
 
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hello i played birth by sleep a lot and despite there are 3 main characters i always assumed there's one character that is more important then the other 2 just like sora riku and kairi etc so anyhow, one interview of nomura i just found out that really confused me, in that interview nomura said Aqua is the main character of birth by sleep but that's not what i remember at all, the center focus of birth by sleep is Terra, in kh2 we meet him first and the secret ending focuses around him the most and in birth by sleep opening you'll notice it focuses on terra the most, then there's the story of birth by sleep and the story revolve around terra yet again, the story ofOnlinesbi sudoku aadhar card Solitaire birth by sleep is that master eraqus sends terra to investigate the problem of the unversed and it's also a second chance for him to become a master,
1) ventus story is just chasing after terra to bring him back
2) Aqua story is to bring ventus back but also to follow eraqus order to keep a close eye on terra in case he fails to control his darkness
3) master xehanorts wants terra as a vessel and keeps tricking and lures him away from home to have his way
4) vanitas is after ventus but it's also part of xehanort plan to lure terra away from home
5) master eraqus thinks of terra the most cause of the darkness in him
6) Braig tricks terra to unleash his darkness and even buy some time till xehanort have his way with terra in the final battle
the story of terra revolve around him meanwhile story of ventus and aqua revolve around finding or saving terra, the story of terra is the most important in birth by sleep cause it teaches us the story on how it all started, like who is xehanort who is ansem and xemnas and why apprentice xehanort look like terra, the story of bbs clears that but i still don't get how is aqua the main character just cause she have importance at the end of a game all of a sudden, she only have length of one extra world in her story but how does that make her the main character? im confused tbh can someone clarify and please explain this? thank you in advance if you do.
Aqua is the main character because of obvious things pointed out in the thread already. It's always her to close off worlds (and the story!), she gets to fight the "big guy" aka Terranort, and she ends up being the only one alive/conscious (although trapped somewhere else), and she is the only character to get "her" spin-off.
 
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