There is one thing in the kh fandom I really don't understand to be honest. I see very much hate towards Terra because of the things he did wrong (trusting Xehanort and stealing Auroras heart) even if it's not an actually stupid thing to trust the best friend of your father (how should he've known Xehanort was evil just because he looked creepy) and was controlled by Maleficent so it wasn't really his doing but I see no hate towards Riku? I mean that's great because character hate is stupid[tbc]
[tbc]But Riku destroyed the destiny island by opening the door just because he got bored of this tiny world and wanted to see the outside world. That’s a lot more worth than everything Terra did and I think that’s not really fair…
I really want to think that it’s because Riku got a redemption throughout CoM, Days and KH2, and even got to be named a Keyblade Master, which obviously meant more depth and development to his character, whereas Terra only got to be in one game and he ends basically where all the conflict of the saga starts.
But yeah, it’s still unfair much more given that Riku fully embraced darkness to ‘save Kairi’ but not caring that he was harming Sora and co. in the process (and being a jerk the whole time), when Terra all wanted to do was to get rid of the darkness, or at least control it so it wouldn’t harm his friends, only succumbing to it when he was cornered and wanted to save Aqua and Ven.
In all honesty, most of the time I think people don’t take the time to try and understand (or even just pay attention) to Terra’s character. A lot of posts I’ve seen through out time in here literally reduce Terra to being the gullible character who screwed everything up. If the fandom actually bothered to look more into the setting, the bit of backstory we got on them, all the circumstances that put the wayfinder trio where they were in game, then they’ll understand that there much more to Terra than what most people think.
And just to end this, if it wasn’t for Terra, Riku wouldn’t have the ability to wield the keyblade in the first place. He was the one who saw the light in Riku’s heart, and the one who knew (or at least felt) that the little kid in front of him could be capable of, maybe not becoming a master (who knows), but at least of becoming a great keyblade wielder. So maybe people could give him credit for at least that, right?
Sanctuary is better than Simple & Clean, not by much but it is, tho the new Ray of Hope mix might balance it out, tho Simple & Clean is so powerful at the end of KH1 and Re:Chain of Memories, then again Sanctuary always felt more uplifting to me, like in KH2 when it plays I always feel uplifted, like fuck yeah I’mma stop the Organization and stop the darkness but then again….ok I have no idea where I’m going with this.