Mickey Mouse, often referred to as King Mickey or The King, is the king of Disney Castle and Queen Minnie's husband. He travels the worlds battling the forces of darkness and is a Keyblade Master, and the chosen Keyblade wielder for the Realm of Darkness, though he follows the path of light. Originally believing that the darkness had to be eliminated, he eventually realized that light and darkness are interdependent and cannot exist without the other due to his encounters with Riku. Due to his quests—and thus, being away from his queen—he has no known children that will become the heirs to his kingdom.
Mickey was voiced by Wayne Allwine up to 358/2 Days, until his passing in 2009, with Bret Iwan taking over the role up to now. The Japanese version features a similar arrangement, although Takashi Aoyagi retired and voiced Mickey up to Kingdom Hearts III, with Takanori Hoshino taking over for the series so far.
Although initially a mischievous individual who would often skip work and perform acts that almost always got him in trouble, even at those times Mickey displays bravery and dedication to his goals, as he never gives up as a musketeer despite his sword skills not being excellent and would save Sora from a Heartless ambush despite later on leaving in a hurry whenever in trouble so Sora could solve it himself.
By the time he became Yen Sid's apprentice and the King of the Disney Castle, Mickey has matured considerably, becoming a kind, brave, and noble king, no longer being afraid to fight for the side of good and fully willing to defend those who needed it, although it borders on the level of recklessness as he disobeyed Yen Sid to help the worlds upon learning of the danger that is occurring, but he also was willing to accept whatever punishment Yen Sid has for him afterwards by handing over his Keyblade believing he would be disqualified with dignity despite being sad. This trait later on becomes more of a tactical last resort, as he enters a Corridor of Darkness into the Realm of Darkness at Twilight Town as it was the only way with all the points to enter the Realm of Darkness disabled and has already planned ahead to stop the chaos.
Mickey values above all else friendship and integrity much more highly than others. He has little care for his noble position and often prefers his closest friends to address him by his name, such as when he and Riku bonded during their adventure in Castle Oblivion, but at the same time he can command respect and loyalty from his subjects, ruling his world unchallenged and with Donald and Goofy obeying his mysterious orders upon his disappearance. Although Goofy and Donald have implied that he is not above punishing his subjects for disobedience, Mickey is shown to be rather flexible in that he is left impressed by Donald and Goofy's loyalty to Sora by disobeying his orders to leave Hollow Bastion and lets them off with a smile. When his friends are hurt, Mickey is fully capable of getting serious and displaying actual anger, as seen during the Battle of 1000 Heartless; he took a role on the battlefield after Goofy was presumed dead, although when push comes to shove, he can, albeit with reluctance, abandon his friends when the situation is truly extremely dire, as he left Aqua in the Realm of Darkness to save all the worlds from the danger of being completely taken over by darkness.
He originally was very biased towards light, believing that Darkness, and everything that resided in it, was evil and needed to be wiped out, but his encounters with Riku taught him that light and darkness are in balance with each other, and one cannot exist without the other. Like Sora, Mickey has shown some concern for his foes, such as Maleficent and Pete, whom helped them reach the top of the Castle that Never Was. Mickey has had a reoccurring case of not remembering a person's face and name as was the case of Terra-Xehanort, feeling guilty of not figuring out his true identity and agenda in time.
Mickey is an anthropomorphic mouse with black fur, round ears of the same color, and a thin, long, black tail. His usual outfit in the Kingdom Hearts series is a modified version of the one he wears in modern Disney cartoons. He wears a short-sleeved jacket with white lining. The top half of this jacket is black, while the bottom half is red, and there are two yellow straps dangling in front of it. His pants are red and sport a zipper going down the front of each leg. Each leg also has a yellow pouch with a black strap that partially cover the zipper, as well as a blue strap on the outer side of each pant leg. Mickey wears very large, yellow shoes with grey backs and two orange, intersecting straps attached to the front of each shoe.
This design was eventually used as a base to create Sora's outfit in the first Kingdom Hearts. As he is not physically present until the final cutscene, at which point he is still only a silhouette, Jiminy was incapable of recording the King's outfit in the journal. However, if one looks closely, Mickey is wearing his normal Disney attire from his cartoons.
In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Mickey wears a black vest with white lining, two yellow buttons near the bottom, and a zipper that only reaches about halfway down the vest. Under this vest he wears a short-sleeved shirt that is seems to be the same black, white-lined color scheme as his vest, though the cuffs of the sleeves are red. His pants are red and quite baggy. The pockets have white lining. Similar to Goofy, the front of Mickey's pant legs are pulled up slightly by elastic, blue straps. Mickey's shoes here are also yellow, but the tips and lower halves are black and the soles are white. Each shoe has two blue straps that intersect over the top of the shoe.
While training under Yen Sid during Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Mickey's outfit is virtually identical to the way it looks in Kingdom Hearts II, except for the color: Mickey's clothing is colored in grey-scale, losing all the colors it had, save for black, white, and grey, making it similar to Sora's outfit in Kingdom Hearts II. He also attacks using the teeth of his Star Seeker as opposed to the broad edge of the Kingdom Key D in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, adding more contrast between his appearances in both games.
During Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days and the early stages of Kingdom Hearts II, Mickey wears the black coat, gloves, and shoes that Organization XIII members wear. Though largely the same as the other coats, Mickey's apparently has contortions in the hood for his ears, and the drawstrings on his version sport Hidden Mickey symbols on the tips. In all of his appearances, except for when he wears the black coat, Mickey dons the famous, white gloves common to most older Disney characters.
In Kingdom Hearts III, Mickey wears a black, hooded jacket that he keeps unzipped, with short sleeves, silver buttons, and a checkered pattern at the hem. Underneath, he wears a grey shirt with a V-neck. He also wears red cropped trousers that are hemmed with the same checkered pattern as the jacket and yellow and grey shoes.
Before Kingdom Hearts χ and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
When he was young, Mickey worked as a deck hand with his captain, Pete. He and Pete sailed the steamboat Willie throughout Timeless River. This past association causes Pete to refer to Mickey as "the Boat-Boy King". During this time, he met Sora, Donald and Goofy, who came from the future, and appeared before them each time they went through a portal to a different location in the world. He never once spoke to them.
Mickey travels to Country of the Musketeers with Donald and Goofy in order to resolve a problem. The trio are tasked by Pete with being musketeers, and are given the duty of guarding and protecting Princess Minnie. Despite not being particularly proficient with his weapon, Mickey endeavours to do his best in the tasks set before him. At some time after this occurrence, Minnie and Mickey become joint rulers of Disney Castle.
Mickey studies in the arts of both the Keyblade and sorcery as an apprentice under Yen Sid during his stay in the Mysterious Tower. Throughout his stay, he is made to carry out chores by his master. Mickey is shown to have mischievous tendencies at times, as he is shown on two occasions donning Yen Sid's wizardry hat in order to make use of magic to carry out his duties more efficiently. Both occasions ultimately lead to misfortune. The one resulting in the entrance of Spellican into the Symphony of Sorcery and the other trapping Mickey in a nightmare. On both occasions, Mickey relies on the assistance of Sora and Riku to free him from the dark magic enveloping him.
At some stage, Mickey attains full mastery of the Keyblade and begins to wield the Star Seeker as his weapon.
Mickey appears in Daybreak Town in Kingdom Hearts χ soon after the Gummi Ship carrying Donald and Goofy crashes into the Fountain Square. Mickey himself arrives with Chip and Dale through the use of the Star Shard. He meets the Player in time to save him from being overwhelmed by the Wizard Heartless, and learns that the prior is assisting his comrades in repairing the Gummi Ship. Mickey also comments on the fact that darkness exists in the world. Soon after this meeting, Mickey spies Foreteller Invi watching him from a nearby rooftop and muses that a force other than his Star Shard brought him to Daybreak Town. Later, Mickey leaves with his friends and thanks the player for their assistance in rebuilding the Gummi Ship.
Birth by Sleep
While Terra, Ventus, and Aqua search for Master Xehanort and Vanitas, King Mickey undergoes the Mark of Mastery Exam under the supervision of Yen Sid at the Mysterious Tower, accompanied by Donald and Goofy, by which he uses the Star Seeker. Later on, Mickey runs away without Yen Sid´s permission, using a Star Shard that allows him to travel throughout other worlds, but the item works rather randomly as Mickey has not learned how to control it, teleporting to the Keyblade Graveyard as Terra first visits the tower.
At the Keyblade Graveyard, seeing the Star Shard brought him there for a reason, Mickey saves Ventus after he had a fight with Vanitas before being teleported again to Radiant Garden. He later teams up with Aqua to save a young Kairi from the Unversed before being whisked off to Neverland when the battle ends, telling Aqua to not worry about him. While exploring Neverland he was knocked out by Vanitas, who intended to take him back to the Keyblade Graveyard. Ventus goes to try and help Mickey when he finds out about his role in Xehanort's scheme, Mickey is sucked into a vortex alongside Ventus. Mickey is left stranded in space before Aqua finds him and carries him back to the Mysterious Tower.
As Eraqus's apprentices battle Xehanort and Vanitas, Mickey arrives to battle Ventus after Vanitas fused back into him. After they are all consumed, Mickey gets Aqua and Ventus back to the Mysterious Tower, where they discover that Ventus's heart has left his body. At the end of the game, Mickey sorrowfully hands in the Star Shard and his Star Seeker Keyblade, thinking he has failed to reach his goal and disappointed his master, and begins to leave. Before he departs, however, Master Yen Sid hands him back the Keyblade with a smile, showing him that he is indeed worthy of the title of Keyblade Master. Mickey then happily accepts it.
Between Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts
Years later, upon realizing the threat on the worlds by the darkness, Mickey sought out help for his concerns and the expected danger. By using the barrier's material itself to make a Gummi Ship, Mickey travels to Radiant Garden and meets Ansem the Wise. Mickey befriended Ansem, and tells Ansem of his concern of the growing darkness between the worlds. It was also here that Mickey meets a man named Xehanort, thinking another person with that name was a mere coincidence yet advising Ansem to check his research just in case. Over time, Mickey completely forgot Xehanort's name within the next ten years.
During these years, Mickey along with Scrooge, traveled through the worlds in the Gummi Ship in order to set up a transit system; the eventual appearance of the Heartless meant that they had to stop traveling together. He also visited Traverse Town and met four survivors of Radiant Garden's fall. Among them was Leon, whom became another friend and ally to Mickey.
Kingdom Hearts marks the first appearance of Mickey in the series. Taking notice that several worlds have been blinking out one by one for some time, Mickey became worried that soon all worlds could vanish from existence. Leaving Disney Castle and his beloved queen to embark on a mission to uncover the mystery as to why this was happening, and the mysterious organization taking advantage of the crisis, Mickey left a message with Pluto that instructs Donald and Goofy to find another Keyblade wielder, as he will be busy himself.
Little did his friends know, Mickey himself was in Traverse Town when they arrived to seek Leon's help with their search. Mickey found and passed through a Corridor of Darkness at Traverse Town that brought him to the Realm of Darkness where he found the Dark Realm's Keyblade, knowing it would be needed to close the Door to Darkness. Within the Realm of Darkness, he meets Riku, whose heart and soul were forced out of his body by Xehanort's Heartless, explaining to him how the Door to Darkness functions and that they must close it to keep the Heartless denizens from invading the Realm of Light. At the end of Kingdom Hearts, Mickey helps Sora to seal Kingdom Hearts to prevent the Heartless from escaping it and thanks Donald and Goofy for following his orders. It was the choice of Mickey and Riku to stay behind in the Realm of Darkness that started Sora, Donald, and Goofy on their quest to find them and bring them home.
Chain of Memories
Sora, Donald, and Goofy initially enter Castle Oblivion believing the King to be there, but that is not the case until Riku appears in the basement of the castle. Mickey, on the other hand, was originally unable to fully phase back into the Realm of Light and appeared as an orb of light to help Riku battle his inner darkness as his light. Eventually, Mickey is able to get free from the Realm of Darkness prior to the meeting between DiZ, Riku, and himself. It then happens, with him having a feeling that they met before while given a Black Coat to stay under the Organization's radar.
Right before Riku goes on to face Xehanort's Heartless, he tries to make Mickey promise to destroy him if Ansem conquers him, but Mickey dismisses it and promises to break through to his power and save Riku. Riku wins the battle, but Ansem tries to trap him into darkness and Mickey takes him back to the light. Through this experience, Mickey forms a similar friendship with Riku as Donald and Goofy with Sora. Riku even calls him by his name from this point forward.
After leaving the Castle, the King and Riku arrive in Hollow Bastion, where Riku collapses. Though Mickey tries to help his friend, his help is refused. They eventually part ways as Riku became increasingly worried about the remnants of Xehanort's Heartless festering in his heart, wishing to be rid of them for good.
King Mickey appears in the Twilight Town woods facing Riku, who has taken on the form of Xehanort's Heartless. Mickey readies to attack as Riku calmly ties his blindfold into place, and looks shocked at Riku changing appearance. Then they make a promise not to tell Sora what happened to him when he wakes up.
King Mickey is playable in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Mission Mode, wearing his Organization XIII coat. To unlock him, complete every mission, which will make the item "The King's Return" available from the Moogle shop. Purchasing it will unlock him.
Kingdom Hearts II
In Kingdom Hearts II, Mickey appears far more often then he had in the previous Kingdom Hearts games. He is a playable character under certain circumstances.
Sometime after Riku left DiZ's employ, he encounters Mickey and gives him the Munny Pouch that he had stolen from Roxas in the Simulated Twilight Town. Not wanting Sora and Kairi to know about his condition, Riku pleads with Mickey not to reveal his whereabouts or his condition to Sora, and Mickey reluctantly agrees.
Mickey later arrives to help Sora fend off the Nobodies that attacked them in Twilight Town posing as somewhat of a fake Organization XIII member. After the battle, he hands Sora the munny pouch Riku gave him and instructs him to visit his mentor, Yen Sid, running off afterward. Yen Sid reveals that Mickey's reasons for leaving Disney Castle in the first game was to investigate the mysterious outbreak of Heartless and the more mysterious Organization.
Mickey makes several appearances throughout the game, and is even playable when Sora is defeated in certain boss battles; if Sora is defeated in these boss battles, Mickey appears and fights the boss until he himself is defeated or Sora is revived; in either event, he leaves the battlefield as quickly as he arrived.
At Hollow Bastion, Mickey reveals the truth about "Ansem" though has forgotten his true name, but is reluctant to reveal any information on Riku. He then aides the group in fending off the Heartless that Maleficent has summoned to destroy Radiant Garden. Initially, he orders Sora, Donald, and Goofy to leave Hollow Bastion and leave the Heartless to them, but Donald and Goofy go against his orders when they realize how desperate Sora is to help Leon. He later confronts them after they defeat Demyx, at first appearing angry, but soon simply decides to allow them to help.
When Goofy apparently dies after taking a nasty blow to the head, from a boulder dislodged by the Heartless, while saving Mickey from the same fate, Mickey shows a rare bout of anger discarding his Black Coat and charges into the fray, followed by a furious Donald who squawks in anger, and they are all relieved to discover that Goofy was only unconscious; Mickey hugs Goofy for a moment. When he and Sora confront Xemnas, remembering Xehanort's name, Mickey jumps after Xemnas into a corridor of darkness before it closed, thus preventing Sora, Donald, and Goofy from going after him, but since he appears later in Twilight Town, it is apparent that he could not follow Xemnas all the way, or chose not to so that he could be in Twilight Town to help Sora and the others get into the World That Never Was.
Sora and the others meet him in Twilight Town, where they find a way into The World That Never Was through the Simulated Twilight Town DiZ had created. When they enter the world, Mickey goes ahead of Sora to look for Ansem the Wise. He eventually finds him, and rescues him from death. Ansem then attempts to use his machine to convert Kingdom Hearts into data, but was unsuccessful and vanishes when the machine explodes.
Mickey then confronts Xemnas with Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald and Goofy, and watches as Xemnas opens Kingdom Hearts. Xemnas then blocks out King Mickey and Kairi from participating in the final fight, first by launching a building at him and Kairi, closing Kingdom Hearts, and then closing the dark portal to the Destiny Islands, preventing Mickey, Kairi, Donald, and Goofy from returning to aid Sora and Riku.
After Sora and Riku end the Organization's plot, Mickey waits with Donald, Goofy, and Kairi on Destiny Islands for their return. Once they do, he runs to Riku and congratulates them both for defeating Organization XIII. During the end credits, King Mickey is seen returning with Donald, Goofy, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Pluto, and Jiminy to Disney Castle, where he reunites with his beloved wife Queen Minnie.
When Sora comes from the future using a door in the Hall of the Cornerstone, he, along with the future versions of Donald Duck and Goofy, mistake Mickey for being himself from the future. Four times, Mickey appeared at the scene of trouble; either in peril (or appearing to be so), saving the day, or both. On one such occasion, his house was attacked by hordes of Heartless and a mini black hole that sucks up all his furniture.
In the game itself, Mickey is last seen lying down behind the Cornerstone of Light as it is being towed off by Sora driving Pete's boat, playing hooky.
Mickey is soon asked by Jiminy to examine his journal about a mysterious message, which was: "Their hurting will be mended when you return to end it", that has just appeared in it. To this end, he has Chip and Dale construct an examining computer to analyze the journal, believing that the memories that were written down in it are still there even though the words are gone. Sure enough the screen shows seven worlds from Sora's first journey. However, the systems soon get gummed up with bugs, preventing further examination. Taking Goofy's unintentional good advice to ask someone inside the journal to remove the Bugs, Mickey decides to have a data version of Sora solve the problem.
Mickey guides Data-Sora though Destiny Islands and gives advice on what the system's problems are. Upon the defeat of the Darkside that was responsible for that worlds Bugs, Mickey saw a video of a memory that Jiminy never wrote in the Journal.
Following the digital Sora's time in Traverse Town, Mickey is attacked by Heartless. After disposing of them with the Star Seeker, he tries to leave the library to check the castle, but finds himself locked in, along with Jiminy, Donald, and Goofy.
They decide to simply watch Data-Sora's journey through Wonderland and soon after its hurting was mended, Mickey sent Data-Sora after a mysterious hooded figure, only to be shocked to see Data-Sora crash through the Library doors. The figure then revealed himself to be a Data-Riku, who possesses the memories written in Jiminy's journal. Being the Journal itself, Riku went on to explain that Mickey was no longer in the real world. Much to Mickey's shock, he heard Chip and Dale's voice asking if he's okay. However, a hacker entered the journal and blocked the portal back to the outside world.
Mickey stayed behind while Data-Sora debugged Olympus Coliseum and discovered Pete, who was the aforementioned hacker, and chased him to Agrabah. After Data-Sora lost track of Pete, and debugged Agrabah, Mickey came to his aid when Maleficent destroyed his Data-Keyblade. However, the Journal was taken hostage by Maleficent and Pete and taken to Hollow Bastion. Mickey went after them, and also saw that Data-Sora had summoned a new Keyblade. However, the Journal had been filled with Bugs by Pete to turn him into a slave. Despite that, the resulting fight between it and Data-Sora had knocked it out. Mickey could only watch as Data-Sora entered Data-Riku's data and debugged him from the inside.
Upon the debugging of Data-Riku, Mickey learned that his new digital friends would lose their memories of this adventure when the journal is reset. However, things got even worse. A supremely powerful glitch had awoken and was feasting on the Datascape's data. Mickey and his friends escaped back to the real world, but remembered that Maleficent and Pete were still stuck inside the journal and if they shut it, they would be erased.
Mickey returned to the Datascape and helped Data-Sora defeat the digital copy of Sora's own Heartless, who was the source of the corruption in the journal. Luckily, Mickey had Data-Riku escort the villains outside the Datascape while he bid farewell to Data-Sora and returned to Disney Castle.
However, Data-Riku soon appeared on the screen and mentions that a new world has appeared in the journal. Knowing that Data-Sora's memory had been wiped, Mickey heads back into the journal to take him to Data Castle Oblivion. However, he ended up being stuck between it and Traverse Town for some time, managing to only contact him and remind him of the friends he forgot. After finally catching up, Mickey entered a recreation of the Pod Room that once housed the sleeping Sora and met Data-Naminé. Data-Naminé explains Sora's nature the key that connects everything with his ties to her creator, Roxas, Xion, and Axel.
Data-Naminé then reveals the message Jiminy found in his journal to actually relate to three figures from Mickey's past who played in a role in Sora's past: Terra, Aqua, and Ventus. After everything in the journal was restored, Mickey returns to the real world to send a bottled message to to Sora, Riku, and Kairi that details their connections to the three Keyblade users and that a Sora's new journey will begin soon.
Later, Mickey reports to Yen Sid that he believes he has finally found where Ventus's missing heart is along with Aqua's whereabouts, leaving only Terra to be found. Their discussion quickly shifts towards the topic of Master Xehanort, who Mickey is stunned to learn will probably return due to the return of Xehanort following the defeat of his Heartless, "Ansem", and his Nobody, Xemnas. Realizing that there is not just "a single one of Xehanort", Yen Sid orders Mickey to bring Sora and Riku before him so that they may take the Mark of Mastery exam.
Dream Drop Distance
Mickey has been seen present at the Mysterious Tower, where Yen Sid prepares Sora and Riku for their Mark of Mastery exam to restore the Sleeping Worlds back the other worlds saved from the actions of "Ansem" so they would obtain a power to fight Master Xehanort. But as Sora and Riku encounter dream-based copies of him, Mickey receives a note from Maleficent, revealing she has Minnie hostage and demands his return to Disney Castle. There, Mickey learns that Maleficent and Xehanort crossed paths, the latter being the one who told her of the Princesses of Heart. When Maleficent reveals that she want the Datascape to achieve her goal, Mickey refuses as Lea's sudden arrival forced Maleficent and Pete to fall back.
Later on, after bringing Lea to Yen Sid so he could use a Keyblade, Mickey remembers that Ansem possessed Riku when neither he nor Sora return from the Sleeping Worlds at the expected time. Asking for Yen Sid's permission to find them before Xehanort's trap sprung, Mickey arrives to the World That Never Was to freeze the gathered Thirteen Darknesses with only Xehanort's younger self unaffected. After Xehanort's physical form is restored, he explains the details of his past endeavors and his continuing plans to recreate the χ-blade and restart the Keyblade War. Mickey openly accuses Master Xehanort of ruining the lives of Eraqus and his apprentices, but Xehanort merely quips that it was their destiny while worsening the blow by revealing Terra's fate to Mickey. The revelation saddens Mickey before Xemnas physically restrains him from rescuing Sora before Lea, Donald, and Goofy turn the odds in their favor.
Mickey helps bring Sora's body back to the tower, offering to enter Sora's dreams to retrieve him though Yen Sid pointed out that Riku has the better chance of awakening his friends. Soon after Riku is named a Keyblade Master and Lea is able summons his own Keyblade, Mickey learns of the origins of the Princesses of Heart and seeing that forming the Seven Lights would ensure the Princesses would not be targeted. Mickey is visibly stunned when Yen Sid reveals that he intends to teach Kairi to use her Keyblade.
Mickey appears as he does at the end of 3D; upon Yen Sid's request, Mickey relates the tale of when he encountered Aqua in the Realm of Darkness during the events of Kingdom Hearts.
Mickey comes to Aqua's aid in the Realm of Darkness, assisting her in beating back the Demon Tower. He reveals to Aqua that it has been 10 years since the two of them had last met, and that he had entered the Realm of Darkness via a Corridor of Darkness that appeared at the verge of a world's destruction, as he noted on how unstable the points that he could have used to enter the Realm of Darkness normally and the only way was to do it. Unfortunately, he was too busy trying to get in that had not conceived of a way back, a trait of his that Aqua remembers and amuses her. Mickey goes on to explain that he is seeking the Keyblade of the dark realm, so that he and Sora can seal Kingdom Hearts.
Mickey and Aqua press on until they are transported to the remnants of Destiny Islands at the End of the World. Hearing Aqua's story about Sora and Riku, Mickey realizes that the Keyblade must be hidden nearby, and leads Aqua to the Secret Place; before they are able to enter, however, the Demon Tide attacks and forces them into combat. With their combined effort, they are able to repel the Demon Tide and disperse of it. Mickey and Aqua enter the Secret Place and open the door within, which concealed the Kingdom Key D. Mickey subsequently claims it for his own, at which point the islands vanish, leaving the two of them in the Realm of Darkness.
Upon travelling further, Mickey spots the door to Kingdom Hearts in the distance, and the two quickly approach it. At closer inspection, Mickey also notices Riku in the Realm of Darkness and rushes to intercept him. However, Mickey is attacked once again by the Demon Tide, which damages him and strips him of his clothing, leaving him in his shorts. Aqua buys time for Mickey by attacking the Demon Tide in return, which takes hold of Aqua and drags her back to Destiny Islands, sealing the path behind him. Mickey, realizing he could do nothing for Aqua, steels himself and goes to seal Kingdom Hearts.
In the ending, Mickey appears as he does in the ending of Kingdom Hearts, telling Sora to help him seal the door to Kingdom Hearts for good.
The epilogue returns to the Mysterious Tower, in which Mickey has finished relating his story. Riku angrily lashes out at Mickey for not telling him about Aqua sooner, but Yen Sid dismisses Riku's complaints, stating that although it was possible for them to enter the Realm of Darkness, previously none of them then had the means necessary to return with her, and that telling them sooner would have had negative consequences. Mickey then reveals to Riku that in order to gather the final pieces of the Seven Lights, the two of them will embark on a rescue mission for Aqua, to which Riku agrees to. Yen Sid bestows upon the two of them new garments that defend against the darkness before they depart for the Realm of Darkness.
Kingdom Hearts III
Utilizing the power of waking to protect them and his keyblade to open gateways to the Dark Realm, Mickey travels with Riku to the Realm of Darkness to find Aqua. As they walked, Mickey expressed concern for Riku when he briefly stopped but soon expressed pride for his growth and attributed it to his newfound ability to care so much. He also admits that he was concerned as his ability to detect Aqua gets hazier the closer they get and the Realm of Darkness has evolved since their last time. Although brushing off Riku's concerns, Mickey's own concerns soon proved to be justified as when they traced her trail to the Dark Margin, they find no trace of her. Sadly rebuking Riku's idea of Aqua returning to the Realm of Light, Mickey attributes this to Aqua falling into an even deeper abyss and though he may be able to find her if they go deeper, neither of them are equipped enough to dive any deeper. Soon enough, the Demon Tower appears, nearly kills Riku and breaks his Keyblade in half and though Mickey forces the Demon Tower to retreat, his Keyblade was damaged. With their Keyblades disabled and the Heartless' strength even greater than expected, the situation was effectively a loss and Mickey and Riku fell back in defeat, with Mickey having to convince Riku to retreat to regroup and resupply when Riku insists on staying to save Aqua from the same fear and loneliness he once felt in the Dark World.
At the Mysterious Tower, Mickey and Riku rendezvous with Sora, Donald and Goofy where they reveal they failed to recover Sora's lost powers, which Mickey lamented but as Riku stated it, they didn't do any better. Mickey laments on how Aqua's trails have vanished and no one close enough to Aqua remains active, as Eraqus is dead, Terra and Ventus's whereabouts are currently unknown. Yen Sid suggests that as Aqua visited many worlds during her own journey, it may be prudent for Riku and Mickey to follow her footsteps to gain clues to her current whereabouts. He provides new garments for Kairi and Lea, and requests that Riku and Mickey deliver them when they visit Merlin to gain new Keyblades. Mickey travels with Riku to Radiant Garden, the last place Aqua was seen in the Realm of Light. They discuss the path of Xehanort's heart through time and vessels, and the realization that the Xehanort that served Ansem the Wise was in fact a possessed Terra. After a phone call from Sora, they head into the castle to discuss the replica project with Ienzo.
Without any new leads to her location, Mickey and Riku travel back to the Dark Margin to pick up Aqua's trail. Once again, they are assaulted by the Demon Tower, and are overwhelmed by it. This time, however, Mickey is disarmed and trapped within it, and Anti-Aqua reveals herself from its depths. She claims Mickey's Keyblade, planning to use it to return to the Realm of Light, leaving Mickey and Riku trapped behind as she was, as Mickey sadly looks down in regret over leaving her trapped for so long. Riku connects with his replica's heart and uses their combined strength to confront Aqua and the Demon Tower. The fight takes its toll on Riku and, faltering, he speaks Sora's name. This connection allows Sora to enter the realm of darkness, where he defends Mickey and Riku and defeats Aqua, freeing her from the darkness.
After this, Mickey and Riku rest at The Mysterious Tower while Sora escorts Aqua to go wake up Ventus. After retrieving Ventus and Kairi and Lea return from their training, the whole team regroups at Yen Sid's Tower and Mickey takes the opportunity to apologize to Ventus and Aqua for being unable to find Terra. Aqua assures him that he shouldn't feel sorry because he is Aqua and Ventus's responsibility. Donald also takes the time to share that Mickey is a true Keyblade Master. After that, Yen Side instructs everyone to rest for the day and prepare for the final battle the next day.
The seven guardians of light along with Donald and Goofy arrive at the Keyblade Graveyard, ready to clash with the thirteen seekers of darkness. They are greeted by Master Xehanort. Gradually, Xemnas, Ansem, Vanitas and Young Xehanort also arrive to taunt the seven guardians of their impending failure. The seekers of darkness then unleash a massive swarm of Heartless, Nobodies and Unversed for the guardians to fight.
After dealing with the swarm, the guardians are soon approached by Terra-Xehanort who proceeds to engage the team. Before Terra_Xehanort can do too much damage, Donald destroys him with ZettaFlare. Donald collapses due to magic overuse and Mickey and Goofy rush to Donald's side. Mickey suggest the group head back to safety but Riku points out it's too late. A heartless swarm soon forms and proceeds to sweep up all the guardians. Mickey loses his heart in the process. Luckily, Sora was able to save everyone and bring them back to the point before their initial defeat at the hands of Terra-Xehanort. The guardians confront Terra-Xehanort again but their encounter is interrupted by the Lingering Will who takes the fight away from them. The guardians are soon confronted by a Demon Tide with a massive horde of Heartless and Nobodies. Mickey and Riku pair off to fight the heartless. Their fight with the heartless is cut short by a heartless swarm forming and sweeping up all the enemies, followed by Sora defeating the swarm thanks to the light of the past. The guardians are soon approached by Dark Riku who summons a horde of heartless to surround them. When the situation seemed bleak, Mickey then quickly moved to cast Stopza to allow the guardians to escape the heartless horde. Before he can cast it he is stopped by Riku who tells him using that spell against that many enemies will leave him to exhausted to fight the Organization, causing Mickey to reluctantly back down. The Guardians are saved by Yen Sid who holds off the heartless with Donald and Goofy to allow the guardians to proceed to the final fight. The guardians soon confront the Real Organization XIII. Master Xehanort initiates the final battle by creating a maze called the Skein of Severance. The guardians soon split up to fight their final battles.
Mickey faces off against Xemnas, Luxord, Larxene, and Marluxia and despite being four-on-one, he effectively stands his ground against them, with not a single significant hit connecting on the king, who seamlessly maneuvered through all their attacks and pushed back Marluxia and Larxene while also keeping a good eye on Xemnas, who didn't seem to be launching any significant offense, instead levitating out of the fight, and countering Luxord's card attacks. Sora soon approaches to help out Mickey. In response Xemnas soon erects a barrier made of Nobody Thorns. After Mickey and Sora soon push back the Organization, Xemnas powers up Luxord and leaves. Luxord then creates one final game for Sora. He attempts to hit Sora with a card but it is blocked by Mickey. However, this traps Mickey in a card and Luxord now uses him as a hostage. Sora eventually frees Mickey after defeating Luxord and thanks Sora for helping him. Mickey and Sora then proceed to defeat Marluxia and Larxene. Afterwards, Mickey chases after Xemnas and tells Sora to assist the others.
Sometime later, Riku and Mickey are soon reunited with Sora. The 3 are soon approached by Master Xehanort, Young Xehanort, Ansem and Xemnas. Mickey and Riku soon learn from Sora that Kairi has been taken hostage by Xemnas and Xehanort and now have no choice but to complete the 13 clashes. The three defeat Young Xehanort, Ansem, and Xemnas but Xehanort is able to slay Kairi to provoke Sora to clash with Xehanort to make the 13th key needed for the X-blade. Instantly provoked by the death of a fellow guardian, Mickey furiously casts the spell Ultima, but the spell is interrupted when Xehanort casts Stopza to prevent the spell from being cast. After the time magic's spell wears off, Mickey informs the guardians that they still have a chance to win, as they can use Xehanort's ability to move through time against him to trap him and defeat him. Mickey attempts to enlist Aqua and Riku to help him do the job, but Sora intervenes and states his desire to do so. After some convincing, Mickey allows Sora to finish off Xehanort while Mickey and the other guardians close Kingdom Hearts. After closing Kingdom Hearts, Mickey and the other guardians follow their hearts to Sora, Donald, and Goofy who just defeated Xehanort. After Xehanort hands Sora the X-blade and admits defeat, the other guardians completely close Kingdom Hearts and return to the Keyblade Graveyard. Sora announces his desire to save Kairi using the Power of Waking. Mickey tries to warn Sora not to as he might lose his heart in the process. Riku and Sora convince Mickey to believe in Sora. He then wishes Sora a safe journey.
After Sora's departure, Mickey, Donald, and Goofy return to Disney castle with Yen Sid. Mickey reunites with Queen Minnie and Pluto. He soon watches fireworks in celebration of Xehanort's defeat. Mickey then travels to Destiny Islands to play before he and the others soon witness Sora fading away as a result of misusing the power of waking.
Despite his small size, having been trained by Yen Sid, who was considered to be a great Keyblade Master, King Mickey wields tremendous skill with his Keyblade. He very effectively uses the advantages afforded by his size and agility to the maximum in order to easily counter and wear down his foes, flipping and spinning attacks, and finishing them with wide strokes of his blade and his body possesses the strength to deal crushing blows despite his size. Even with his training being incomplete, he could effectively fight side-by-side alongside Aqua and Ventus, both of whom being exceptional Keyblade wielders in their own right, in aiding them against Vanitas, successfully forcing Vanitas to flee, with Vanitas later resorting to surprising Mickey rather than taking him on directly to capture him in Neverland, although when Vanitas had the X-Blade, Mickey was forced back. At the present, as a full-fledged Keyblade Master, Mickey's level of prowess with his Keyblade is described as being superior to the likes of Sora and Riku at one point due to their lack of experience compared to Mickey, which shows itself by Mickey's superior feats compared to Sora and Riku: He is capable of effortlessly taking down many Nobodies and Heartless with a single attack, even able to easily destroy 3 Darkside Heartless, indicating the gap between him and Sora at the time of the first game was great due to Sora being a mere fledgling despite his already considerable abilities, and later on managed to single-handedly fight through the legion of Heartless that proved a difficult challenge for Sora, Donald and Goofy without showing any strain. In Kingdom Hearts III, while Riku was knocked out by the Demon Tower in the Realm of Darkness, Mickey alone single-handedly defeated the powerful Heartless into retreat, killing off half of the Heartless composing it and freeing Riku. He was even able to take on Marluxia, Larxene and Luxord by himself with masterful efficiency, quickly forcing back Marluxia and Larxene in close combat after only several clashes while parrying Luxord's magic cards, sustaining no injuries until Sora came to aid him, after which their combined strength were able to swiftly push back the three powerful Nobodies and after being freed from being briefly trapped by Luxord, he and Sora quickly overpowered and defeated Marluxia and Larxene without any scratches done to them. He would proceed to aid Sora and Riku into defeating Xemnas, Ansem and Young Xehanort and remained standing quite well while Riku was kneeling. The most prominent display of Mickey's skill was how Mickey single-handedly fended off the attacks of all Replica Xehanorts despite being injured. Mickey is also perfectly capable of using Keyblades other than his own, as in addition to using his Star Seeker, upon finding the Kingdom Key D, a Keyblade of the Realm of Darkness, he proved capable of making use of it effectively as well.
Although Mickey prefers swordsmanship over Magic, he is by no means incompetent in the use of magic in combat and proves to be a considerably powerful and adept spellcaster. His strong connection to Light makes him capable of making good use of it in combat, with just about all his offensive spells and even supportive ones being based on the element of light, ranging from projecting homing balls of bluish energy in the form of the spell "Pearl" to even using the ultimate light-magic spell "Holy" in 358/2 Days as his Limit Break, where he surrounds himself with hovering balls of light that acts as a shield and fires beams of light that can be charged to make one large beam and 3 thinner beams surrounding in a triangle formation and his final limit summons a storm of light rays and two orbs of light, as well as firing orbs and showers of light and manifesting a burst of light capable of both stunning enemies and healing Riku. Mickey is also capable of using Light to perform a special form of healing spell called "Healing Light" that would fully heal Sora both in HP and MP. In Kingdom Hearts III, Mickey even proves capable of casting a light-elemental version of "Ultima" that, while not completely cast, projected a wide orb of light that Xehanort had to use the most powerful of Stop spells to counter and even then it should be noted Mickey had managed to pressure and greatly wane the spell's strength as he seemed to be successfully clashing with and pushing the elderly Keyblade Master's Stopza back a bit before ultimately being overcame and although the spell still reached far enough to immobilize Riku, Mickey was successful enough to allow his and Riku's recovery to be far faster than when he stopped the Organization XIII with the same spell. Although not displayed often, Mickey is also capable of using Light to empower his physical attacks and greatly enhance his speed, as shown in Kingdom Hearts 2.8, where he can warp and deal blows able to instantly finish off Heartlesses in the Realm of Darkness when using "Wayfinder". When facing the Replica Xehanorts, Mickey displayed the enormous level of power he has over Light by being able to, despite being injured, repel the foes with a burst of light and also block and cut through their blasts with an orb of light. He was even able to simultaneously shield against all 13 of their blasts and with help from Sora, eventually overpower the attack, proceeding to empower his Keyblade so much that he was able to create a large blade of light that cut down the Replica Xehanorts instantly and blast the rest to oblivion with a large beam of light. He is also capable of using the normal "Cure" quite well, instantly healing Ventus from the severe beating Vanitas put on him and is capable of casting Curaga in Kingdom Hearts III to restore a huge portion of his and his allies health. Mickey has also displayed incredible expertise in the use of time-based Magic, capable of casting an extremely powerful Stopza spell, the most powerful variant of Stop currently active, as shown in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, where he cast a Stopza spell strong enough to hold the resurrection of Xehanort and the rest of the Organization XIII for a considerable length of time to try to save Sora and only Young Xehanort is able to break free and only because of his powers over time and even then he still briefly froze and he was confident he could freeze all the Heartless and Nobodies attacking them in the final battle, although Riku stated he would be exhausted from doing so. He was also proficient with the Reflect magic, able to help Aqua and Xion in casting the powerful Refleza spell, blocking the attacks of the Replica Xehanorts before being broken through in the end.
Mickey is capable of levitating himself above the ground, doing so in most of his coordinated attacks with allies. He can even actually fly, although it remains unknown how he is able to do so, as he was able to fly all the way to Aqua in the Dark Realm and keep them in the air until finding soft ground.
Despite his small body, Mickey has displayed astonishing resilience and durability beyond that of any normal person of his size and body, as shown by how he survives a powerful lunging attack from the Demon Tower that ripped his clothes and violently threw him to the ground with no injury and quickly stands back up and later on when he is able to survive being constantly spin around by the Demon Tide while restrained and remain conscious, surviving being once again violently knocked down after being freed and quickly regaining consciousness soon after. Mickey was even so resillient that despite having been considerably injured, he was able to stand up twice and fight against the Replica Xehanort until defeating before collapsing and even then was able to retain consciousness and swiftly recover to help the Guardians deliver the fatal blow to Armored Xehanort.
Among the strongest proponents of the light, in addition to his previously stated abilities to control light in combat, the strength of Mickey's heart is so great that not only has he never fought with his inner darkness, but the large amount of time he spent in the Dark Realm as well as wielding his Dark Realm Keyblade, the Kingdom Key D, is a polar opposite to Sora's Light Realm Keyblade, the Kingdom Key has no effect on him. Traveling with the Corridor of Darkness also completely has no effect on him. Mickey's strength in the light is even great enough that while trapped in the Realm of Darkness, he can still project a portion of himself that can still use a rather formidable level of power over light to aid Riku, even capable of supressing Ansem long enough for Riku to regain consciousness after he only barely defeated Lexaeus with Dark Mode. Upon managing to return fully, he easily prevents Ansem from possessing Riku forcibly when he was nearly overwhelmed. Later on, Mickey was able to hold the massive projection of Sora's Heartless at bay with a beam of light long enough for Sora to destroy the actual form of the heartless. Mickey has the capability to coat himself with light to survive in the Lanes Between even when unconscious and is also capable of traveling through worlds using light, as he easily reaches Riku before Sora could be turned into a vessel of Xehanort. With the Kingdom Key D, he also has the power to open doors to the realm of darkness and can combine this with the power of waking to enter and leave with others trapped inside the realm unharmed.
Although Mickey is more prominently known for his combat abilities, his intellectual talents are also noteworthy. Known as a great king, Mickey is an excellent leader capable of commanding respect from all his denizens for his leadership over Disney Castle. Although his first attempts of using the Star Shard ended rashly, over time, Mickey became a skilled enough of a scientist and mechanic to discover it's Gummi nature and with it build a ship capable of transporting from world to world. He is also an excellent strategist, further backed up by his willingness to use drastic measures if needed, with a sharp eye for details, as shown by how he is the only one apart from Yen Sid to recognize the disturbances of the worlds as being potentially devastating and the involvement of the mysterious Organization XIII and managed to neutralize the first threat by first taking advantage of a Corridor of Darkness left behind by the Guard Armor to enter the Realm of Darkness and after entering, despite the rashness of his methods to enter the dark realm that he and Aqua had to acknowledge, he quickly developed a plan to find the keyblade of the realm of darkness to seal the door to the realm of darkness. After coming out, he was able to stay out of the Organization's eyes while simultaneously keeping watch of some of their activities without requiring aid from Riku or his allies, knowing enough to be able to deduce the Organization was planning to stall time, although due to having only himself to rely on, he was not able to gather as much information on their activities as Riku could with DIZ helping him.
In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Mickey becomes a D-Link for Ventus and Aqua. While using him as a D-Link, they can either create an aerial attack or release multiple spheres of light to inflict damage on the enemy.
Kingdom Hearts II
In certain battles against bosses, if Sora is defeated, an alternate menu option will appear. Instead of the normal "Continue" and "Load Game," Sora is then given the options "I won't give up!" and "It's all over..". If "I won't give up!" is chosen, the player will be able to play as Mickey temporarily. This can happen a number of times in one battle.
In battle, Mickey can perform two attacks: the first being simply Attack, and the other being Pearl, a magical attack that damages the opponent with a homing ball of light. Like Sora, allows the player to jump and performs reaction commands. However, Mickey's only reaction command is to slowly charge his Drive Gauge. Once the Drive Gauge is full, Mickey can activate Healing Light, which will fully recover Sora's HP and MP and causes the player to continue playing as Sora. If Mickey is defeated before using Healing Light, Mickey will instead use a potion to heal Sora so that he regains half of his HP, although his MP will remain the way it was before he was defeated.
While Mickey can deal damage, it is impossible to actually defeat a boss as Mickey due to the fact that he lacks a finishing move. However, Mickey is very powerful and one could use him to beat the boss to the point where only Sora can finish the battle before reviving him.
These are the battles in which King Mickey appears.
- Thresholder and Possessor
- Shadow Stalker and Dark Thorn
- Blizzard Lord and Volcanic Lord
- Storm Rider
- Grim Reaper (Battle 1)
- Armored Xemnas (Battle 1)
Final visit to Twilight Town
When Sora, Donald, and Goofy revisit Twilight Town to find the mansion from a photo they got from Riku, they are overrun by Nobodies and King Mickey appears to give them assistance. This is the only occasion that King Mickey becomes a helpful ally instead of replacing Sora in a boss battle, except for during a cutscene.
A King Mickey power disc was given away as an exclusive gift for attendee's of D23 2015's Disney Interactive panel. In September 2015, an additional 100 King Mickey power discs were given away during a contest. The power disc changes Mickey's clothes into King Mickey and increases the rate of level-up's.
Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1928, after they had lost the rights to their Oswald the Lucky Rabbit character, who has yet to appear in any Kingdom Hearts game. Although it is commonly thought that "Steamboat Willie" was his first cartoon, it was actually "Plane Crazy" where he made his debut 6 months before. The reason for this is that Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon Mickey appeared in which had sound. Since then, Mickey Mouse has become one of the most recognizable symbols in the world, existing for 90 years.
- Although Kingdom Hearts credits Mickey's first appearance as the Disney short "Steamboat Willie", he technically first appeared in "Plane Crazy". Though "Plane Crazy" was made first and shown to test audiences before "Steamboat Willie", it was not picked up by a distributor for full release until after the success of "Steamboat Willie".
- On May 18, 2009, Mickey's voice actor, Wayne Allwine, passed away from complications due to diabetes. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days became the last work in which Allwine provided the voice of Mickey Mouse (and his final performance overall), and the English versions of the game were dedicated in his memory; the new official voice actor for him is Bret Iwan, who gave his first full performance as Mickey in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and later voiced him in Epic Mickey, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.
- Mickey's "Healing Light" ability also occurs in the Co-op Version of the Mirage Arena in Birth by Sleep. When a friend loses all HP, you must go next to the friend and charge up the bar until full and then the friend is revived, similar to Mickey charging up the Drive Gauge and saying, "Light, give me Power!"
- Mickey's image is on the cover of every Kingdom Hearts game after Kingdom Hearts/Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, even for his minor role in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.
- In Disney Infinity 3.0, the player is able to unlock an additional costume for Mickey Mouse that matches Mickey's King appearance in the Kingdom Hearts games using a power disk that was only released to audience members of Disney's D23 conference. Alongside the Keyblade being available to anyone who has every 3.0 figure, this is the first instance of official Kingdom Hearts content being added to the Disney Infinity games.
- Takashi Aoyagi, Mickey's Japanese voice actor since Kingdom Hearts, retired in November 2018 (Disney: 1991-2018) before the release of Kingdom Hearts III. He did not finish all of his recordings in the game. Takanori Hoshino replaced Aoyagi as Mickey from that point.
- Donald says this when you first meet Scrooge in Hollow Bastion.