From the many RPG series that Square-Enix has made famous, many say only one captures the emotions and imaginations of the inner child in us all: Kingdom Hearts. Creating a new original world similar to Final Fantasy and basing it around the legendary cartoons and movies of Disney studios, Kingdom Hearts set a new standard for how RPGs are played and the way we see the iconic Disney characters in, excusing the pun, a whole new world. There's well over a decade's worth of games that have been made, for both Sony and Nintendo systems alike, most recently with the new Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Final Remake for the PS3 as well as the 2.5 Remake coming soon. Among them came a new heroine that made a name for herself in the PSP Kingdom Hearts title, Birth by Sleep. Before Sora could call himself a Keyblade Master, there was Aqua.
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is actually a prequel to all the current Kingdom Hearts games, setting the stage for all the others that came before. Aqua was a student of another Keyblade Weilder by the name of Master Eraqus along with two boys Terra and Ventus. At first Aqua and Terra would the only apprentices of Eraqus before Ventus was introduced to them by the game's main villain Master Xehanort, and while suspicious at first, Aqua took care of the memory-stricken Ventus. Much like Sora, Aqua has a strong bond of friendship with her fellow students, and was the only one of the three who knows the difference between right and wrong. It's indicative of that since she alone passes the Mark of Mastery exam to become the Keyblade Master, but is too humble to refer to herself as "Master Aqua." (Until the game's climatic final battle, that is.)
Aqua's fight against the creatures known as "Unversed," what is essentially the precursor to the Heartless, turn bad when Ventus' own darkness within is heart is given form to create Vanitas, an evil being working for Xehanort. In the process Vanitas takes control of Ventus and Aqua is forced to fight him to break him free of their control. But unfortunately doing so causes Ventus to lose his heart and go into a coma. Aqua solemnly takes his body back to their homeland and by herself defeat Xehanort herself. But things only get worse when Terra gets possessed by Xehanort after he kills himself and preserves his spirit in Terra's body. With no other alternative, Aqua sacrifices herself by throwing herself into "The Realm of Darkness" in Terra's place so he could reject Xehanort's spirit and cause him to become the villain he later became in the main Kingdom Hearts series. It just goes to show how far Aqua was willing to sacrifice for the sake of her friends.
Currently Aqua is still in The Realm of Darkness, now watching Sora, who she had met before at the Destiny Islands, battle the Heartless as a Keyblade Master in her place with the hope that he will free her from the world she is stuck in. That remains to be seen when Kingdom Hearts 3 is released for the PS4 somewhere in the foreseeable future. But for the time being Aqua has made literal waves in her compelling yet tragic story that hopefully will be continued for whatever comes next for her. Her noble spirit as well as her water-based magic got all Kingdom Hearts fans keeping their eyes on her with the same hope that she will come back to finish what she started with Xehanort. Through it all, Aqua is the video game babe that lives in the hearts of all gamers.
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.