this goddamn portrait kills me
IT’S SO FUCKING HUGE LOOK AT IT IT’S BIGGER THAN LEA
and it’s nowhere to be seen in the flashback with Ansem the Wise and Mickey in KH2, which probably means Xehanort had it commissioned and hung it up after they banished Ansem
like apparently it was just REALLY IMPORTANT to him to have a comically large picture of himself hanging within sight at all times
do you think he ever sat in there and stared at it like, “Sure, I don’t have a clue who I am….but I do know that I’m outrageously beautiful. Mmm…God, look at me. Look at me.”
This is if you accept that the amnesia was total and totally real. If not, it becomes much more sinister. If at any point Terra’s consciousness pushed through even in the slightest, this was a reminder of how trapped he was, how much he lost. If Xehanort’s memories surfaced, it was a self congratulatory portrait, a trophy - look at the young, handsome body I captured.
But also remember that it was hiding all the work on the office wall involved with hacking and overriding the computer mainframe, which was also what the apprentices used to make all the artificial heartless and, with the games heavy reliance on data, who knows what else.
So maybe the size, if not the subject matter, had more to do with the frame they had and the random late night brainstorming they had to cover.
(P.S. - is there a good shot of that wall, and all the posters in Ansem’s study, and a translation of them? I think they are in standard japanese, but I have never seen a clear enough shot. Well, I am sure if there isn’t one yet, there will be when the HD version comes out.)