"Maybe it’s your own actions that you’ve forgotten. You destroyed your home! All of the islands you grew up on were sundered, scattered. Many hearts were forever lost to the darkness. Because of what YOU did! You hated being an islander, so you opened the door to darkness and destroyed the islands. It was YOU! You were pulled into the darkness then, and now you belong to the darkness. You should look—look at what you truly are!"
THIS SCENE THOUGH, LET ME JUST SAY
Riku reacts exactly as he should here to Zexion’s accusations—with soul-crushing guilt—one because Zexion is right but two because he has no other choice than to take what’s being said at face value because he has no idea who Zexion is and has no context for anything. I mean literally at this point for Riku, Zexion is just another random asshole who decided to come fuck with him for no reason out of nowhere. But as an audience member you know this character’s history and you sit there like, “wait a minute holy shit”
because if Riku knew what you know, he could take that entire fucking speech and throw it right back in Zexion’s face word-for-word and be right (or at least right enough to count—obviously everyone has their own ideas about to what degree everybody not named Xehanort was to blame for the Heartless experiments and there’s no wrong way to interpret it IMO)
idk I just appreciate the MASSIVE DRAMATIC IRONY here
like what if Riku HAD known somehow, can you imagine him hearing that speech and then just fucking hitting it right back like a goddamn tennis ball??
"You know what? You’re right. But it sounds like it’s YOUR own actions that YOU’VE forgotten. You destroyed your home. The paradise you grew up in was broken, shattered—many hearts were forever lost to the darkness because of what you did. You wanted to study the Heartless, so you opened the door to darkness and destroyed Radiant Garden. It was you…all of you. You were pulled into the darkness then, and you belong to the darkness now. Do you really need me to remind you what you truly are?"
Zexion’s psychological attack on Riku is about 99% of why I’m convinced Zexion took Lexaeus’ death much more poorly than he seemed to. This was just brutal.