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[[foldercontrol]] [[folder:Kazuto Kirigaya / Kirito]] ---- !!Kazuto Kirigaya / Kirito (SAO, ALO, GGO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kirito-sword-art-online-31698905-1280-720_6833.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka (Japanese) and Creator/BrycePapenbrook (English) ->''"I got this... I can do this! This world can't beat me! [[SurvivalMantra I will survive!"]]'' The main male protagonist of the series. Known as "[[RedBaron The Black Swordsman]]", Kirito is [[TheAce one of the strongest players in SAO]] and possesses the Unique Skill "DualWielding", which allows him to equip a second sword in his off-hand. ---- * AbsurdlyYouthfulFather[=/=]ActionDad: To the AI Yui. * AccidentalPervert: ** In SAO, he accidentally [[ThanksForTheMammary gropes]] Asuna after she falls over him when she used a Teleport Crystal while running away from Kuradeel. She responds with a MegatonPunch. ** Later in GGO, he sees Sinon in her underwear, thanks to [[DudeLooksLikeALady a gender mix-up]]. * AlliterativeName: Both his given and family names begin with a "K", as is his online name. * AloofBigBrother: He distanced himself from his adoptive sister/cousin Suguha after he found out they aren't real siblings. After SAO he works to repair the distance. * AmazonChaser: He is often stunned speechless by the sight of Asuna in action. He's described her as "an angel" and her combos as "pure beauty". * AntiHero: The KnightInSourArmor variant at the beginning -- at his worst he's willing to do what it takes to survive. He largely grows out of it as his experiences expand beyond SAO. * AttackItsWeakPoint[=/=]BreakableWeapons: Specializes in this. Asuna notes that in SAO/ALO, Kirito's fighting style focuses on going after his enemy's weak points and weapons, and is called "Arms Blast", an Outside System Skill. In ALO, this leads to the creation of another Outside System Skill, "Spell Blast", where he accurately targets the tiny core in the middle of spells and destroys them. * AwesomeButImpractical: In SAO, he's still using and upgrading Dark Repulser months after Lisbeth crafted it for him. As she noted, it's rapidly being outclassed, and any moderately upgraded rare weapon from the 70th floor could match it even if fully upgraded, with much less material expense. The reason is because of its name, Kirito believes that he is destined to use it on the 100th floor final boss. [[spoiler:He's right.]] * {{Badass}}: You have to be one to survive as a front-line [[OneManArmy solo player]] in [[CrapsaccharineWorld SAO]]. His badassery doesn't decrease in ALO, GGO or even UW. * BadassAdorable: Awww, he's so cute -- wait, he's what?! The strongest player in SAO?! * BadassBiker: Downplayed in the real world, as he owns a motorcycle and often rides it. The skill becomes useful during [=BoB=] when he and Sinon are being chased by Death Gun. * BadassLongcoat: He often wears black longcoats; even in real life he prefers at least dark clothing. [[EarnYourTitle There's a reason he's called]] '''[[RedBaron The Black Swordsman]]'''. * BadassNormal: Even in the real world, his credentials remain the same. * BadassBoast: While disarming his opponent and sizing up the kabar combat knife... --->"Such a weak weapon. Too light, no reach. And it's all I'm gonna need to kill you once and for all." * BareFistedMonk: Knows unarmed combat to supplement his swordsmanship. * BattleCouple: With Asuna. * BerserkButton: [[SchmuckBait Go ahead]], threaten his friends and family. Especially [[LoveInterest Asuna]] and [[PapaWolf Yui]]. * TheBerserker: His use of Dual Blades skill makes him seem like one. Actually, whenever [[TheGlovesComeOff he gets really serious in a fight]]. Lampshaded by himself in Season 1 Episode 19. [[spoiler:The biggest example was during ALO, when he transforms into a demon, using his claws to fight and kill, not to mention eating some of his opponents.]] * BewareTheNiceOnes: ** Just watch Season 1 Episode 4. He will not let murdering psychopaths go unpunished. [[SerialKillerKiller Even if he has to turn his status into a ''Player Killer'']]. ** In the battle against the murderous guild Laughing Coffin, Kirito actually kills two of its members who would not surrender. This comes back to haunt him in GGO: [[spoiler:he discovers that Death Gun is a survivor of said purge.]] ** Near the end of Season 1, [[spoiler:you should see how many pieces of the person who tried to rape his beloved remain after [[UnstoppableRage Kirito's done with him]].]] * BigBrotherInstinct: Mostly towards his cousin and little sister-figure Suguha. He also tends to extend this to Silica, who reminds him of the former, so much so he helped her revive Pina. * BirdsOfAFeather: The roots of his close friendship with Sinon who, like him, has also killed someone in the past. * {{Bishonen}}: Applies to his actual self as well, but it should be noted that it's due to being essentially stuck in a coma for two years and still recovering. Sinon realizes this, so she never makes fun of him for looking so effeminate. * {{BFS}}: In ALO the second sword he owns is almost as big as his character, though it's more of a longsword. * BlackSwordsAreBetter: In SAO, his primary weapon "Elucidator"; In ALO, a {{BFS}} that replaced his starter weapon; In GGO, a "Kagemitsu G4" lightsaber with a black hilt. * BloodKnight: Never quite admitted or gets out of hand with it, [[TheBerserker but it exists]]. Acknowledged as such by Asuna as well: -->'''Yulier:''' ''[as Kirito is slicing up dozens of frog enemies]'' I feel like I should apologize; he's doing all the fighting.\\ '''Asuna:''' ''[with a smile, holding Yui]'' Oh no, he's happy out there. Really, he loves getting his battle on. * BrokenAce: Out of all 10,000 players in SAO, Kirito is the most skilled of them all, able to do feats that nobody else can, and is nearly unbeatable in battle. But at the same time he hides a lot of personal demons. Prior to SAO, he has little to NoSocialSkills due to his insecurity regarding his place in his aunt's family. In his earlier SAO days, he suffers a massive SurvivorsGuilt due to what happened to Black Moon Cat, causing him to develop a severe tendency for [[ItsAllMyFault self-imposed guilt trips]]. He largely grows out of it come ALO but he slips back into it during GGO due to Death Gun [[spoiler: being a former member of Laughing Coffin.]] * BrokenBird: The entire Black Moon Cats ordeal will certainly haunt him for many years. * BroughtDownToBadass: He's in reality. He's just a scrawny teenage boy who's been in a coma for the last year, and you've just stabbed his arm in a sneak attack. He has no gear, no Sword Arts, no insanely high level. Think you can take him in a fight? So did Sugou. * CaptainErsatz: His GGO avatar looks similar to [[TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell]]. * CharacterDevelopment: In ALO, he's more confident and lighthearted despite having lost [[spoiler:Asuna]]. Of course, this may have to do with the fact that he can actually play ALO like a game, instead of having to watch people actually die all the time. * ChekhovsSkill: His Unarmed parameter is 100, but we never really see him use it in-game... [[spoiler:but in the real world, Kirito manages to disarm Sugou using his bare hands.]] * ChickMagnet: Oh, yes. Plenty of girls flock to him, though it's a bit better-handled than other harem series, especially given that he has eyes only for Asuna. * TheChosenOne: An unusual and indirect example, but [[spoiler:his Dual Blade skill was programmed by Kayaba to go to he/she who has the fastest natural reaction time, with the intent of making him/her be the one to face him as the final boss... and it just so happened to be Kirito. Which makes this a rare example of the TheChosenOne being chosen by the villain.]] * ColorMotif: He's always related to the color black. Even Asuna says as a joke at one point that she should party with him "because her horoscope said black was her lucky color that week". Blue usually acts as his secondary color. * CripplingOverspecialization: Kirito primarily uses heavy swords in both SAO and ALO out of personal preference. This bites him badly when he plays GGO, as the closest sword available is a Lightsaber, which is very light. [[spoiler: This nearly causes him to lose to Death Gun, as Death Gun, aka [=XaXa=], uses an Estoc, a weapon he's familar with, to combat him.]] * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In real life and his game avatars, both his hair and eyes are black. * CuteAndPsycho: What GGO players think of him after he sweeps the [=BoB=] preliminaries, because they see him as a beautiful yet crazy girl running around with a lightsaber in a gunfight... and winning. * CuteBruiser: His appearance is so feminine it causes him to swear off metal armor, and more than one foe comments "he doesn't look very strong"... yet he becomes the strongest player in SAO and ALO, forces a tie with Sinon, GGO's ace, ''and'' apparently does quite a bit in UW, not to mention the skills he learns while playing [=MMOs=] actually transfer to real life. [[spoiler:Just ask Sugou.]] * CynicismCatalyst: Kirito becomes a loner after he loses all the members of the Black Cats of the Full Moon and fails to revive Sachi. He blames himself for their deaths and avoids people because he's afraid of losing those close to him again. * DamnYouMuscleMemory: InUniverse, his experience with a sword in SAO and ALO has given him extra experience with swords in later games he plays. However, in GGO, where there are no "swords" but retractable lightsabers, he constantly forgets that there is no sheath for it and he's supposed hang it from his waist with a clip. * DarkAndTroubledPast: All acquired during his two years in SAO. * DarkIsNotEvil: Wears black as his main colors, both in real life and in the [=VRMMOs=] that he participates in. And somehow he is among the few paragons of righteousness in many of the games he plays. * DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: His birth parents died when he was younger. * DeclarationOfProtection: He has sworn to protect Asuna. * DespairEventHorizon: ** Almost crosses it when he manages to obtain a resurrection item to revive Sachi with (on Christmas Eve, no less) and goes near-suicidal after finding out that it doesn't work the way he thought it would. * {{Determinator}}: Shows this trait from time to time. Best example is the climax of the SAO arc where, [[spoiler:despite being technically killed by Kayaba, he holds on long enough to return the favor.]] * DifficultButAwesome: So many that only the outstanding examples will be listed here. DualWielding without system assist. Cutting bullets out of the air. Chaining together one-handed Sword Skills (he has to start one sword skill within a 0.1-second window in order to stop himself from freezing, basically a combo of combos). Spell Blast (using a system-controlled Sword Skill precisely enough to strike down fast-moving spells, which have a minuscule hitbox). * DirtyBusiness: He killed members of the red guild "Laughing Coffin" while on a mission to capture and imprison them. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Not that they didn't deserve it]], but [[ThouShaltNotKill he'd rather not have]] and brought them to justice instead. But given [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the nature of those psychotic sons-of-bitches]], it's not like he has any choice in that matter. * DualWielding: The only SAO player who has the Dual Blades Sword Skills. ** In later game worlds, he rarely does this anymore... but whenever he breaks out two swords, much awesomeness will occur. The best part? He's physically controlling two different swords without any System Assist. ** It's seen quite well in Caliber. There are no Dual Blade sword skills... but he has a sword in each hand, so he chains separate one-handed sword skills, controlling each hand separately. * DudeLooksLikeALady: His GGO avatar is a rare M9000-Type which cranks his already feminine looks UpToEleven. When he sees his own reflection in-game, he thinks he got gender-flipped. He looked so much like a girl that his IRL friends recognize him not because of his face nor his name but his sword style. * {{Escapism}}: Done subtly, but like Yuuki, Kirito embraces VR and is deeply immersed in it, to the point where he's preferring VR over reality. Yuuki realizes this and warns Asuna to watch out for Kirito, though Asuna doesn't understand what she is talking about. * EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]PaintItBlack: Kirito invokes this when he declares himself a Beater in front of a horde of players by putting on his recently obtained black coat after accepting his newly obtained name. * EveryManHasHisPrice: Why negotiate or threaten when you can just bribe someone with ludicrous amounts of money? * FacePlant: Happens to him several times when trying to get the hang of ALO's flight engine in the beginning of the ALO arc. One pretty spectacular one has him slamming into the ground head-first from ''dozens of meters in the air'' and seemingly being stuck for almost a minute after impact. * FailureToSaveMurder: Blames himself for the deaths of his first guild, the Black Cats of the Full Moon. * FingerlessGloves: He wears them in SAO. * FlechetteStorm: Has the Blade Throwing Skill, and regularly carries throwing spikes. * GameBreaker: InUniverse -- [[spoiler:even when Kayaba kills him, Kirito forcibly defies the game system long enough to avenge himself and Asuna. They get better. Kayaba doesn't.]] %%* GameBreakingInjury: During the Alicization arc, the attack on the Ocean Turtle in real life damages Kirito's nervous system even more and leaves him both paralyzed and mute in Underworld. * GenreSavvy: Mainly when it comes to [=MMORPGs=]. * {{GIRL}}: In GGO, he initially takes advantage of his feminine player avatar to get help from Sinon, and later [[ExploitedTrope exploits]] it again to garner support from male players. * GlassCannon: When he whips out Dual Wielding, he gains a completely massive attack output that outstrips everyone in the game. However, he basically becomes TheBerserker and gives up virtually all forms of defense. * CoolGuns / {{Handguns}}: In GGO, an FN Five seveN is his secondary weapon. * HappilyAdopted: By his aunt Midori and uncle Minetaka. Although he became distant when he found out they aren't really his parents, he gets over it after the SAO incident. * HappilyMarried: To Asuna in SAO. Only in-game, though, because they're too young to marry in real life. Even there, they're happily ''dating''. * HeroesPreferSwords: All of his avatar characters use some sort of CoolSword. * HeroicBSOD: ** He suffers a huge one when [[spoiler:Asuna performs a HeroicSacrifice.]] It debilitates him so badly that he can't bring himself to do more than slowly and feebly swing his swords at [[spoiler:Heathcliff]] for a few seconds. ** Suffers a major one when he encounters [[spoiler:Death Gun and realizes that not only is he a survivor of SAO, but also a member of Laughing Coffin. All of Kirito's repressed memories of the purge against that guild return and leave him in such a wrecked state that Sinon is worried by his nonresponsiveness.]] * HeroicSelfDeprecation: During SAO, first due to his status as a "Beater", although he gets better when he joins the Black Cats of the Full Moon. Turned UpToEleven after [[MyGreatestFailure the whole guild is wiped out]], to the point he becomes quite self-loathing. * HurtingHero: Believes letting the Black Cats of the Full Moon die is unforgivable. He's also haunted by the fact that he killed three Laughing Coffin members. He'd also rather storm the gates of Hell than let anything happen to his friends. * HopeSpot: The aforementioned resurrection item, the Stone of Returning Soul. It only works within ten seconds of a player's death, making it utterly useless for reviving Sachi, who died months ago. * IKnowMortalKombat: At the beginning of Fairy Dance, Kirito proves that he has real-world reaction and dodging speed on par with his cousin, the {{kendo}} expert. At the end of the arc, [[spoiler:he finally realizes that he can beat an incompetent, wounded, poor fighter, despite the fighter having a knife]]. ** IDontKnowMortalKombat: In the same battle, at the beginning of Fairy Dance, Kirito proves very clearly that Sword Skills ''do not work'' in the real world. Seems he ''really'' needs to work on his real-life sword attacks. *** He also gets taken down fairly quickly by [[spoiler: Kyouji]] at the climax of Phantom Bullet, despite the latter being raving mad and having done nothing but try (and succeed) to choke him. * IKnowYourTrueName: In the climax of GGO, Kirito is faced with a situation where he can't remember [[spoiler:the name of the Laughing Coffin member who is impersonating Death Gun]], despite having found a few clues during the [=BoB=] tournament. Throughout the final duel, he frantically scrapes through his memories, and remembers [[spoiler:the briefing before the raid on Laughing Coffin's HQ, which brought out the names of several key members]]. It is then, through the conjecture of [[spoiler:Death Gun's physical appearance, specifically the skull mask and red lenses]], that Kirito realizes he is fighting [[spoiler:Red-Eyed [=XaXa=], prompting the latter to be distracted and eventually get defeated. The implication runs even deeper since Kirito now has the means to arrest the Death Gun perpetrators.]] * ILetGwenStacyDie: During his time with the Black Cats, protecting and comforting Sachi from her fear of dying helped to assuage some of his guilt over being a beater and solo player, but his halfheartedness came back to bite him hard in the end when his [[{{Irony}} inability to admit his background and knowledge]] indirectly caused her to die from a trap. * ImAHumanitarian: When he uses an illusion spell to apparently turn into a monster, he ''eats'' some of the enemy players, and then chomps on Leafa's fingers when he turns back to normal. He was just joking, though. -->"Just trying to lighten the mood." * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: ** In Season 1 Episode 22, where he tries to reach the apex of the tower by himself, only to be overwhelmed by the infinitely respawning guardians. ** Again in Season 1 Episode 24, [[spoiler:when Sugou impaled him with his own sword, just after altering the pain absorber to make it even worse for him.]] * ImplausibleFencingPowers: After two years trapped in SAO, Kirito is possibly the best virtual swordsman in existence. He goes into Gun Gale Online... and buys a lightsaber which he uses to deflect bullets. He later uses this experience to control otherwise uncontrollable Sword Skills well enough to ''cut spells out of the air''. You can practically ''taste'' the expressions of the first set of enemies he demonstrates that to. * IneffectualLoner: Due to his DarkAndTroubledPast, he mostly acts as a lone wolf but still his friends, people in need and girls will flock to him whether he wants it or not. Of course, [[NiceGuy he does care back]]. * TheInformant: Becomes one to Seijurou to investigate the Death Gun rumors. * JerkassFacade: After clearing SAO L1, he decides to out himself as the first Beater in attempts to keep beta tester discrimination under control. * KidHero: Only 14 at the beginning, 16 by the end of the SAO arc. * LaserBlade: His primary weapon in GGO. * LightningBruiser: Let's just say that most of his enemies can't see him dashing across the battlefield towards the them before it's too late. * LikesOlderWomen: As illustrated by his relationships with Sachi and Asuna, who is a full year older. * LonersAreFreaks: Actively cultivated this, first due to the stigma against beta testers, and later after his guild was annihilated. He gets better, as part of his character development. * LongHairedPrettyBoy: His Avatar in GGO. * ManlyTears: Several times, but two moments stand out: while listening to the audio recording Sachi left him, and [[spoiler:while apologizing to a comatose Asuna for being unable to fulfill his promise to her to help her return to the real world]]. * MasterOfIllusion: Comes with being a Spriggan in ALO. Used to [[IAmAHumanitarian terrifying effect]] against a twelve-person attack squad. * MasterSwordsman: In SAO he mastered the One Handed Straight Sword skills and Dual Blades unique skills. * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: At the end of SAO, Kirito [[spoiler:[[HeroicWillpower keeps himself from dying]] [[{{Determinator}} long enough]] [[TakingYouWithMe to kill]] Kayaba.]] Also, Kirito [[spoiler:or possibly Kayaba's ghost, in which case this wouldn't count,]] unstuck a sword that was position-fixed at the end of ALO. These were apparently impossible based on the laws of SAO. PowerOfLove? Yes. RealityWarper? Maybe. Or [[spoiler:[[LightNovel/AccelWorld incarnate system,]]]] which would count as a mundane explanation. * MyGreatestFailure: The aforementioned fall of the "Black Cats of the Full Moon" and failure to revive Sachi. * MyGreatestSecondChance: After the whole SAO (and, by extension ALO) experience, he vows to become a more honest and better brother figure for Suguha. * NamedWeapons: Has owned a few. ** '''SAO''': Anneal Blade (1H Straight Sword, quest reward), Elucidator (1H Straight Sword, drop) and Dark Repulser (1H Straight Sword, crafted by Lisbeth) ** '''ALO''': [[{{Excalibur}} Excaliber]] (2H Greatsword, quest reward with a handy assist from Sinon) ** '''GGO''': [[LaserBlade Kagemitsu G4]] (Photon sword, purchased) * {{Narrator}}: Throughout most of the light novels, he is the one narrating the story. * {{Nephewism}}: His biological parents died in an accident when he was very young and he was adopted by his aunt and uncle. * NiceGuy: Isn't reluctant to help those in need, even strangers on the road. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Of the PoorCommunicationKills variety. Before committing suicide, Keita pointed out that had Kirito been more honest about his status, their guild would have still been alive]]. * NoSell: During his match against the (player-attacking) orange guild Titan's Hand, half a dozen players hack away at Kirito as hard as they can. He has so much HP it'd take them about 5 minutes to kill him... except he regenerates faster than they can hurt him... and he gets tired of being used for target practice and tells them off. * NotSoDifferent: ** Notes that he and Sugou are similar, as they were both defeated and then forced to assist Kayaba -- the difference being that Kirito never sought to become like [[AGodAmI Kayaba]] or Sugou. ** Kayaba himself. [[spoiler:Both are the best players in Aincrad]], immerse themselves in the game to the point where it's more real to them, and they both love video games. The difference however is fairly obvious, as Kirito never tried to become a god. * ObliviousToLove: Subverted refreshingly. Unlike the stereotypical harem protagonist, Kirito is well aware of the girls' affections around him. It's just that he has already given his heart to Asuna and deliberately plays SelectiveObliviousness so as not to hurt their feelings. * OfficialCouple: With Asuna. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His real name is barely mentioned at all. This is less prevalent in the English dub, though, since Suguha calls him by his name instead of "brother", probably highlighting their alienation from each other. * OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Yeah, Kirito is a rather skilled VR-MMORPG player-slash-addict and a SAO beta tester, but other than his mild family issues, there's not much unusual about his backstory. Or his present... until Kayaba traps everyone in SAO. * OurHeroIsDead: Partway through Volume 9, [[spoiler:Atsuhi attacks Kirito to avenge the downfall of Death Gun, and stabs him with a fatal dose of succinylcholine. Although he manages to take him down before succumbing to the poison, the volume ends with him flatlining.]] By the beginning of the next volume, it is revealed that [[spoiler:his body recovered from the dose but his brain was damaged, so Seijuro has to use his political clout to get him to Ocean Turtle and hook him up to [=UnderWorld=] so it can be repaired]]. * OverprotectiveDad: Mostly in the chibi special Sword Art Offline. He makes multiple threats to Klein about teaching Yui bad things and states he would kill Klein if the guy ever flirted with Yui. * PapaWolf: To Yui * TheParagon: Kirito's experiences have made him an altruistic and courageous character who helps and inspires many other players, like Sinon. * PayEvilUntoEvil: Just watch him [[spoiler:torture Sugou after turning the tables on the man who nearly raped the love of his life]]. * PocketProtector: A mild variant in GGO; he forgot to detach one of the electrodes used to monitor his health, but it ultimately saved him from [[spoiler:Kyouji's attempt at injecting him with succinylcholine while he went to Shino's house to save her from the Death Gun perpetrators]]. * PreAsskickingOneLiner: "Computer, set Pain Absorber to 0." After gaining control of ALO's GM powers and disabling Sugou's, Kirito decides it's time for some payback for Sugou torturing him and molesting Asuna. Sugou also mentioned that a setting of 3 or lower will result in real-world injuries from in-game damage. * PsychoticSmirk: Not shown very often, but he can flash some serious crazy under the right circumstance. Prime example would be during his one man attack against the World Tree guardians. * PurpleIsPowerful: His LaserBlade during the GGO arc. * RavenHairIvorySkin: More so with his GGO avatar, [[DudeLooksLikeALady complete with crimson red lips, shining eyes, and long eyelashes]]. * RedBaron: In SAO, he is known as "The Black Swordsman" due to his clothes, hair, eyes, and primary weapon being black. ** He is later known as "The Twin Blade Swordsman" after he reveals that he can dual wield. * ReverseGrip: It's very difficult to spot, but on rare occasions, Kirito will wield his sword(s) like this if he needs to. The most visible example is from Episode 9 of the anime, during the battle with Gleam Eyes; he tanked a strike and briefly switched his grip to counterattack. * SecondLove: Asuna is his. This helps him get over Sachi's death and the fall of his first SAO guild. * SecretIdentity: Kinda. When he returns to the real world, he tries to keep his Kirito identity on the down low. * ShellShockedVeteran: [[DeathGame SAO]] will do that to you. It's hard to tell what messes him up more: the fact that he let the Black Cats of the Full Moon die or the fact that he killed three Laughing Coffin members. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Said this almost word for word when Klein speculated he was partying with Asuna because he fell for her. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt The smiles of Asuna and the Furinkazan members show they don't buy it]]. ** He also said it about Sachi, though [[AllThereInTheManual the character interviews]] reveal that to be a lie. * ShutUpKiss: Kirito does this to Asuna in episode 10. * SignatureMove: In SAO, it's his Dual Blades skill, though it's kept hidden for the most part. * SilentScapegoat: In Season 1 Episode 2, he takes on the title of "Beater" in order to separate all other Beta players who help others with Betas who take advantage of their knowledge at the expense of others (Beta+Cheater). * SixthRanger: Was the extra member of the Black Cats of the Full Moon; the rest were friends from a real-world computer club. He's also the only survivor. * SkywardScream: Kirito fulfills this trope at the end of Season 1 Episode 1, after he resolves to survive SAO. * SoleSurvivor: Of Black Cats of the Full Moon. * SpinToDeflectStuff: In SAO, he once used a sword skill to block a breath attack of a dragon. * SpiderSense: The Outside System Skill, "Hypersense". Despite being a hypothetical hidden skill, Kirito notes that several times in SAO, he'd felt the presence of someone watching him and credits the skill for saving his life. * StupidSexyFlanders: When he enters GGO, his avatar looks too much like a girl, and he [[MostCommonSuperpower checks]] to make sure he is actually a guy (to his relief, he is). Cue guys ''hitting on him'' and Sinon mistaking him for a girl. Also cue him ''playing up the girly tone'' when he confronts Sinon. * SugarAndIcePersonality: He's a nice guy but he can be a bit cold and distant, being paralyzed by the fear of reliving the Black Cats experience all over again. * SuperReflexes: A big reason for his [[TheAce ace]] status in any [=VRMMORPGs=] he plays. ** He had the fastest reaction speed of all players in SAO, which was why the system granted him his trademark dual-wielding ability. ** In ALO, his reaction speed played an even bigger role as it determined one's ingame movement speed and attack damage. He was so fast his speed completely overwhelmed one of the fastest players of the race with an affinity for speed, and was able to pummel players with high-level armor with ''initial equipment''. ** In GGO, his reaction speed is shown to be demonic enough for him to slice showers of bullets midair with his lightsaber as long as he can sense their trajectories. When he returns to ALO, he uses the same technique to easily block magic attacks which have notoriously small hitboxes, noting that magic attacks were far slower than bullets. * SurvivalMantra: The quote at the top of his trope list, said at end of the first episode of the anime. And followed up by the aforementioned SkywardScream. * SurvivorGuilt: Feels haunted by the guilt of being the only surviving member of the Black Cats of the Full Moon. * SwordAndGun: Does this in GGO, due to his preference and the lightsaber being too expensive for him to get anything better than a pistol. * SwordOverHead: [[spoiler:Sugou is finally held with a knife to his throat by Kirito in real life. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark With no one else around at so late an hour, Kirito could easily kill him and put him out of everyone's misery...]] [[CruelMercy But he doesn't. He simply beats Sugou to a barely-breathing pulp and leaves him for the police.]]]] * TheseHandsHaveKilled: He's haunted by the fact that he killed three Laughing Coffin members. * TrademarkFavoriteFood: ''Anything'' cooked by [[SupremeChef Asuna]]. * TroubledButCute * UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[spoiler:Meets Silver Crow/Haruyuki from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' in the side story Versus. Of course, as pure fanservice, he's back to his old Black Swordsman Kirito form as the two fight in an epic battle. It ends in a draw.]] * UnreliableNarrator: Contradicts himself in different accounts of the incident with the Black Cats of the Full Moon. This suggests he may be giving a distorted account of other past events. * UnskilledButStrong: Because SAO and ALO are built on the same source code, Kirito's compatible stats from SAO are transferred over. For the duration of the ALO arc, he uses the default starting skills and equipment of the Spriggan class. However, since his SAO stats are through the roof (and ALO stats are limited by there being no levels to grind), the effects of his basic spells are amped up beyond belief. A small smokescreen spell turns into a massive explosion of smoke, and a basic illusion casting spell outright transforms him into the boss creature he was trying to create a facsimile of, broken party-killing moveset and all. He later resets his stats so he can make a proper Spriggan build and have fun with it. * UnsettlingGenderReveal: When he and Sinon first met, she mistakes him for a girl. They get along and she helps him get his equipment, but when it's time to put on their battle suits Sinon gets undressed right in front of Kirito and he awkwardly tells her he's a guy. [[ArmorPiercingSlap Sinon doesn't take it well.]] * UnstoppableRage: Go ahead, just try to harm anyone he cares about. Especially Asuna. Hopefully there's still enough of you to fill a bucket once he's through. * UnwantedHarem: He gradually builds one up due to helping out various girls in the series. * WeWantOurJerkBack: As for Leafa/Suguha not taking well of finding out Kirito is really her cousin/adopted brother... -->'''Suguha''': "If that's how it is, I wished you kept on being a jerk to me." * WeaponOfChoice: Kirito is always a sword user. Even in GGO, he picks up a lightsaber. It's fitting given his [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrious impluses]]. * WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler:When given the opportunity to kill Sugou, the man who nearly ruined his life and raped Asuna, Kirito simply gives him a beatdown and leaves him to the cops.]] * WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Kirito prefers swords. Even GGO, which focuses heavily on ranged combat. * WhenHeSmiles: Normally he has a sad look on his face, but when he smiled at Silica, [[LuminescentBlush well...]] * WillfullyWeak: Lisbeth and the rest of the girls speculate this is the case for Kirito. -->'''Lisbeth:''' "This is what I think. Probably, in a normal game, Kirito won't fight seriously anymore. On the other hand, Kirito only fights seriously when the game isn't a game anymore, when the virtual world becomes real... That's why it's better if situations which force him to fight seriously don't appear. From the beginning, he was the type to easily get wrapped into troublesome things." * WouldHitAGirl: He expresses that he does not like to fight females, but he could if he has to. ** He threatened the female leader of the player-killing guild "Titan's Hand" to intimidate the guild. ** He once dueled Asuna due to their disagreement on using an NPC village as bait for a floor boss and won. ** He took out the female GGO player Musketeer X during [=BoB=]. * ZeroApprovalGambit: Outs himself as the first "Beater"[[labelnote:*]]a {{portmanteau}} of "beta tester" and "cheater"[[/labelnote]] to reduce prejudice against beta testers. By doing this, he focuses the stigma exclusively on beta testers who selfishly keep foreknowledge of the game to themselves, protecting other, less unscrupulous beta players (such as his friend Argo). [[/folder]] [[folder:Other Main Characters]] ---- !!Asuna Yuuki / Asuna (SAO, ALO) / Titania, the Queen of Fairies (ALO) / Erika (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AsunaSAO_5843.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HarukaTomatsu (Japanese) and Creator/CheramiLeigh (English) ->''"I don't want to lock myself in a room at the Town of Beginnings and slowly rot away. I'd rather stay the way I am until the last moment. Even if a monster beats me and I die... I won't lose to this game nor this world, no matter what."'' The main female protagonist. In SAO, she is the sub-leader of the frontline guild "Knights of Blood". Her speed and proficiency with a rapier is so advanced that she has earned the moniker of "The Flash". ---- * AbsurdlyYouthfulMother[=/=]ActionMom: To the AI Yui. * ActionGirl: Oh yes. More than a few times she's taken down foes [[{{Badass}} Kirito]] couldn't handle. * AdaptationDyeJob: Goes from auburn/brunette in the novels to strawberry-blonde in the anime. * AttemptedRape: During the climax of ALO, [[spoiler:Sugou attempts to molest Asuna in front of a paralysed Kirito, though the latter frees himself with the help of Kayaba's ghost and soundly defeats him.]] * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As the sub-leader of the "Knights of the Blood Oath" * BadassAdorable: Hard to imagine the vice-commander of "[[BadassArmy The Knights of Blood]]" going {{Tsundere}} towards our hero? Just watch Season 1 Episode 5. * BadassInDistress: During the early part of the ALO arc, she was trapped in the ALO virtual reality by her then-fiance Sugou, who kept her locked in a cage in the World Tree. [[DamselOutOfDistress She came very close to freeing herself, and managed to leave clues for Kirito and Yui to get to her.]] * BareYourMidriff: As Titania. * BattleCouple: With Kirito. * BerserkButton: Don't threaten those she cares about. Especially Kirito and Yui. She will kick your ass. * BewareTheNiceOnes: If you fall into her good side, you'll see she is a really sweet girl. However, piss her off and you'll be cut in half before you even see her coming. * BrainyBrunette: In the real world and in SAO. Also as Titania in ALO during "Fairy Dance". * CharacterizationMarchesOn: In Volume 1 her ActionGirl traits were toned down, making her {{Tsundere}} traits stand out more. However, as the series marches on, her ActionGirl persona takes the forefront ([[BadassInDistress with the exception of during the [=ALFheim=] arc)]]. ** The anime adaptation got hit pretty hard because of this. Since later volumes tell events from the Aincrad arc in a non-linear fashion, but the anime tells them in linear progression, Asuna's characterization flip-flops a bit. For example, in episode 11, Asuna shows that she is afraid of ghosts. However, previously in episodes 5 and 6 the story also involves the possibility of ghosts, and yet she doesn't even flinch. That's because while the events of episode 11 were originally told on volume 2 of the light novel series, the events of episodes 5 and 6 were told in volume 8. * ChefOfIron: She's an extremely skilled swordswoman, and has mastered her Cooking skill. * ClingyJealousGirl: She has shades of this from time to time, though it's understandable considering how many women are around Kirito. One example is in episode 19 of season 2, when she finds out that the mysterious warrior challenging people to a duel wasn't a man as she envisioned, but a girl. She then gets mad at Kirito and thinks he lost on purpose because of that. * ClothingDamage: When [[spoiler:Sugou starts to strip her with the intention of raping her]]. * ColorMotif: White. * CombatMedic: Her ALO build; as an Undine healer, she hasn't forgotten how to use her rapier. More than once she's switched from healing to taking down the level boss. * CoolBigSis: She acts this way to most of the other female characters. Acts a bit like one to Liz and Silica in real life. Suguha and Sinon aren't excluded. She definitely acts as this towards Yuuki, who calls her "sis". [[spoiler: It serves to remind her of her dead twin.]] * CurbStompBattle: When the 21-30th floors of Aincrad were opened in ALO, Asuna, her friends and alongside 50 other players rushed right to the floor boss, where they watched in awe as Asuna single-handedly take out the boss, kicked it to the side, and rush onward to the 22nd floor. The reason was to purchase the small wooden house in the middle of the forest, the same house herself and Kirito briefly lived in, back in SAO. * CustomUniformOfSexy: A rare case where it was customized by the ''other'' members of her guild. They guilt-tripped her into wearing it due to how much it cost. * DeclarationOfProtection: She promises Kirito to protect him. * DefiantCaptive: When she was Sugou's captive in ALO he asked for her love. She said he'd have to make due with her "disgust and hatred". * DemotedToExtra: Despite being a OfficialCouple with Kirito, she's a DamselInDistress in ALO, and then takes a complete side seat in GGO. From that point the trope is inverted. She goes back to main character in the Calibur arc and takes the role of TheProtagonist from Kirito for Mother's Rosario. * DetachedSleeves: Her [[NonUniformUniform uniform]] as a member of the "Knights of Blood." * DiedInYourArmsTonight: Near the end of the Aincrad arc, [[spoiler:she dies in Kirito's arms after taking a fatal blow for him in the final battle]]. She gets better [[spoiler:once Heathcliff is defeated, but remains trapped in virtual reality due to Sugou's manipulations, triggering the ''Fairy Dance'' arc.]] * DifficultButAwesome: ** Her speed, both attack and movement. In [=VRMMORPGs=], you can concentrate to speed up attacks significantly. However, if you do it even slightly incorrectly (which gets more and more likely the more you are trying to speed up the strike), you cancel the attack and get frozen for a split second. By the time Asuna first meets Kirito, she (as a rookie) has faster attacks that even he does. Similar rules (though usually without a possible freeze penalty) apply to movement, and Asuna has one of the highest movement speeds of any SAO player. ** Her cooking skill in SAO is maxed out. It's very difficult to max out any skill and cooking is non-combat. Even someone like Kirito, who spends all his waking hours fighting, only has a couple fighting skills maxed out. This means she can eat like a princess every day, with common ingredients, while other players have the bland fare sold by [=NPCs=]. * DudeMagnet: She says she has received many confessions and proposals from guys. She also has two stalkers. * DynamicEntry: Asuna appears, practically out of nowhere, running [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane slightly faster than the system's speed cap]], and knocks the player-killer who had paralyzed and was slowly killing Kirito into the far wall. * FanDisservice: When [[spoiler:Sugou strips and molests her right in front of Kirito]]. * FeminineWomenCanCook: Both in the game, and real life, she's a fantastic cook who is also feminine. * FirstGirlWins: Not counting Suguha, Asuna is the first of the many girls in Kirito's (virtual) life. * GodivaHair: When [[spoiler: Sugou rips her top off]]. * GoGoEnslavement: Her outfit as Titania is pretty revealing. Sugou was probably the one who designed it that way. * GoOutWithASmile: In the final battle of the Aincrad arc, [[spoiler:she dies smiling to Kirito after TakingTheBullet for him. Fortunately for her, Heathcliff's defeat and subsequent deletion of the Aincrad server brought her back from imminent death.]] * HappilyMarried: To Kirito in SAO according to the game's mechanics. In real life, they're simply dating. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: In the anime, when Lisbeth wishes her good luck in her relationship with Kirito. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the novels, where once Liz has met Kirito, Asuna quietly confirms her interest in him instead. * ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: ** Thanks to her SupremeChef abilities, she manages to make an Impossibly Delicious Stew with a ragout rabbit, a super rare S-Class ingredient found by Kirito. ** Also, pretty much everything that she cooks is this to Kirito, S-class ingredients or not. * InTheHood: During her introduction. * KnifeNut: Her other character in ALO, "Erika". * LadyOfWar: Wields a rapier in SAO and has a fighting style focusing on speed, making for a very graceful fighter. * LightIsGood: Wears white colors, in contrast to Kirito's DarkIsNotEvil. * LightningBruiser: She's not nicknamed ''The Flash'' for nothing, you know? Not only is she absurdly fast, her strikes are ''insanely'' powerful. * LonelyAtTheTop: In SAO, as second-in-command of the Knights of Blood, she demanded iron discipline and a steel will among all the members, and thus never smiled in front of them as an example. However, while the members followed her orders, she noted that it was out of fear, not respect. This is also the reason why Asuna never joined another guild in ALO, not even a small one between Kirito and their mutual friends. * MamaBear: To Yui. * [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: In SAO she mastered the One Handed Rapier skill, a skill line considered very difficult to use. * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: About halfway through SAO, Asuna [[FlashStep runs faster than the dexterity speed limit]] allows [[spoiler:to rescue Kirito]]. Also, she [[spoiler:stands up -- despite unbreakable in-game paralysis -- and takes Kayaba's fatal strike, dying (in-game), but saving Kirito. She recovers.]] [[KillerGameMaster Kayaba]] himself comments that this is impossible by the rules of the game; the rules ''that he coded''. PowerOfLove? Yes. RealityWarper? Maybe. ** In GGO, her touch also reminds Kirito that he has a handgun, not just a lightsaber. Despite the fact that he's in a game, and she's in the real world. Of course, between what we've learned about Fluctlight, and the fact that Amuspheres (like Kirito was using) are less-powerful and don't block 100% of nerve signals, this probably isn't "Magic". (Unless Fluctlight counts as "Magic".) Still, you never know... * MeaningfulName: Yuuki means "Courage" and Asuna can be translated as "For Tomorrow." * MsFanservice: As Titania. * NiceGirl: Sweet, kind and caring. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't piss her off.]] * OfficialCouple: With Kirito. They were married in SAO (according to game mechanics) and start dating in real life. * {{Ojou}}: She's quite rich, and her father owns RECTO, the parent company that made SAO and the Amusphere. * ParentalSubstitute: To the AI Yui, who essentially adopted her and Kirito as parents. * PluckyGirl: Not even capture by Sugou broke her spirit. If anything, it only made her steel herself even more against his advances. * ThePowerofLove: When asked by Kirito about her faster-than-posssible dash in SAO, she declares it was "an act of love". * ProperTightsWithASkirt: What she wears with her school uniform. * TheProtagonist: She has the entire ''Mother's Rosario'' arc to herself. * RapunzelHair: It reaches her waist and it becomes even longer as Titania. In the former case, it could reflect her ojou status but the later is clearly Sugou's work. She's supposed to be Queen of the Fairies after all. * RealNameAsAnAlias: In SAO. * RedBaron: In SAO, she is know as the "Flash." In ALO, she's know as the "[[CombatMedic Berserk Healer]]". * RoyalRapier: In SAO, her primary weapon. One of them is made by her friend Lizbeth, [[NamedWeapon "Lambent Light"]]. * SamusIsAGirl: In ''Aria in the Starless Night'' Kirito originally mistook her for a guy until she speaks. Before that, she awed him in regards to the speed of her ''Linear'' skill. It's also entirely possible that [[spoiler:most of the people at the first boss battle didn't realize her gender her cloak was discarded. Which is ''exactly'' what happens in the manga version.]] * SeenItAll: Her reaction to Kirito's [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Spell Blast]], a feat of incredible control and precision that ''everyone'' thought was impossible? Mild amusement. * SleepCute: Very much so. Even when she just woke up also. * SorryThatImDying: [[spoiler:She apologizes to Kirito as she lies dying in his arms after TakingTheBullet for him in the final battle of the Aincrad arc.]] She gets better. * SpoiledSweet: Before starting SAO, her family lavished plenty of attention and affection on her, but at the same time she had high expectations to fulfill. * SupremeChef: In SAO, she mastered the non-combat cooking skill to make food that tastes like the real world. * SwitchingPOV: ''SAO: Progressive'' tells the story from her point of view. * TakeUpMySword: She inherits [[spoiler:Yuki's [[LimitBreak Original Skill]] before she passes away]]. * TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Takes a fatal blow for Kirito in the final battle of the Aincrad arc.]] She gets better. * TenderTears: Sheds these a few times, particularly after Yui's apparent death and upon learning of [[spoiler:Yuuki's tragic condition]]. * ThroughHisStomach: She uses [[SupremeChef her cooking skills]] to win over Kirito. And, boy, does it work! * TrademarkFavouriteFood: Asuna seems to have a thing for sweets. Especially cheesecake in ''SAO Progressive''. * {{Tsundere}}: Type B. Sweet and kind until you piss her off. Although in her first appearances she looks more like a type A, but that's just because at first Kirito gets on her nerves all the time. * UptownGirl: Her family is quite rich while Kirito belongs to the middle-class. * ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: If her saving Kirito from Kuradeel is any indication. * WhenSheSmiles: Kirito says he will never forget the beautiful smile Asuna gave him after accepting his proposal. * WomanInWhite: Almost all her outfits are partially white. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her avatar in ALO, an Undine. Her other ALO avatar Erika, a Sylph, has grass-green hair. * ZettaiRyouiki: Her [[NonUniformUniform uniform]] as a member of the "Knights of Blood." !!Suguha Kirigaya / Leafa (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/suguha_9007.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:Her appearance IRL]] [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leafa_3169.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:Her Leafa avatar]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyanaTaketatsu (Japanese) and Creator/CassandraLee (English) Kirito's younger cousin and sister by adoption, and the co-female protagonist of ''Fairy Dance'' (Volumes 3-4). In ALO, she is a Sylph warrior called Leafa and is well known for being one of the fastest flyers in the game. ---- * ActionGirl: It's kinda a requirement in ALO. * AffectionateNickname: Is called "Sugu" by Kazuto. * AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: The English dub of Season 1 Episode 22 has her saying "I love you" towards Kazuto before telling him to leave her alone due to the trauma of discovering that he and Kirito are one and the same. * BadassAdorable: Yep. * BoobsOfSteel: Has the largest bust of all the girls, and in real-life is the most physically fit, being a kendo national quarterfinalist. * ClingyJealousGirl: Gets a bit jealous in Season 1 Episode 20 when Sakuya and Alicia, the leaders of the Slyph and Cait-Sith races, get a bit too friendly with Kirito after he saves them from an ambush. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In real life. * GiantPoofySleeves: As Leafa. * GreenEyes: As Leafa. * HairDecorations: A pair of clips in real life, and a five-petal floral brooch holding her ponytail as Leafa. * HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: As Leafa. * HeroOfAnotherStory: Had her own adventures in ALO before Kirito joined the game. * HeroicBSOD: She doesn't take very well to the news that both the cousin/brother she was trying to forget and the Spriggan she came to love are the same person. She spends the end of Season 1 Episode 22 crying unto herself in her room. * HopelessSuitor: Even if Asuna was out of the picture, poor Suguha wouldn't have a chance with Kirito anyway. While they are technically cousins, he probably wouldn't see her as anything other than his sister. * IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Falls in love with Kazuto, but after seeing him with Asuna, she moves on to Kirito, only to discover that it's her brother/cousin all along. * KatanasAreJustBetter: Her preferred weapon. Justified as she practices {{kendo}} in real life, and is ''very'' good (national-level middle school quarter-finalist). * KissingCousins: Deep down, she wants this with Kazuto, being in love with him. [[DeconstructedTrope However, she also knows this is wrong, he would never go for it, and she can't tell anyone because of the very likely backlash]]. So she tries to get over him by loving Kirito, not knowing they're the same guy... [[HeroicBSOD and it doesn't exactly go well]]. * LittleSisterHeroine: Technically younger-by-a-year cousin, but Kirito's relationship with Suguha is like this. * LuminescentBlush: When she realized that she had fallen asleep in Kirito's bed, with cleavage visible, and that he had woken up before her and noticed. * LovesMyAlterEgo: Falls in love with Kirito, unaware that he is actually Kazuto. Since she had fallen in love with Kazuto, only to give up on winning his affections, she takes this rather badly. * MagicKnight: Skilled with using both attack magic and her katana. * NotBloodSiblings: She falls in love with her adopted brother and [[KissingCousins cousin]] who was raised with her since they were infants, only to get her heartbroken. Then gets it inadvertently broken ''again'' by him in ALO. * RedBaron: The "Speed Holic". * SciFiBobHaircut: In her real appearance. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: Official translations give her avatar's name as "Leafa". However, typos in the anime occasionally write it out as "Leefa" and fan translations of the novels used "Lyfa". A literal reading of the kana used in the novels would give you "Rifa". * TomboyishPonytail: As Leafa. * {{Tsundere}}: Type A for both Kirito and Recon. * ZettaiRyouiki: Wears these (coupled with track shorts on her ALO avatar). !!Shino Asada / Sinon (GGO, ALO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MiyukiSawashiro (Japanese) [[quoteright:229:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sinion_9873.jpg]] The main female protagonist of ''Phantom Bullet'' (volumes 5–6). An [[ColdSniper elite sniper]] in ''Gun Gale Online'' who wields the rare anti-material rifle "PGM Hecate II". She later joins ALO to be with Kirito and his friends, where she becomes a Cait Sith archer. ---- * TheAce: In GGO she's one of the best players, which includes both Japanese, and Worldwide players, has one of the rarest guns in the game, and tends to be fairly popular amongst the male players as a result. She is a co-winner of the Third Bullet of Bullets competition, but since Kirito only uses a sidearm once, he doesn't count. This means she is ''the'' best gunner in Gun Gale Online... * ActionGirl: In the predominately male populated GGO. * AffectionateNickname: Is called "Sinonon" by Asuna. * ArousedByTheirVoice: Volume 5 describes Sinon's voice as having a high, clear and cute sound and therefore aurally pleasing to [=GGO=]'s mostly male playerbase. For the anime and games, Creator/MiyukiSawashiro uses a lower tone. * BadassAdorable: Not only is she cute as a kitten, both in the real and virtual worlds, but is also a force to reckon with in terms of ranged combat, so much so ''Kirito'' actually dreads the day she gets Skekhinah, ALO's ultimate bow -- which, by Sinon's own estimates, would allow her to snipe from 200m, well beyond everybody else's melee/spell range. * BoomHeadshot: Her speciality, since she ''is'' a sniper. * BrokenAce: None of her GGO skill helps her with her massive phobia of guns and PTSD. Her interactions with Kirito through the [=BoB=] tournament partially make her overcome her fears, though she admits it'll take some time to fully heal. * BrokenBird: Her accidental murder of a robber haunted her for many years, causing her multiple psychological hang-ups. * CatGirl: Her appearance and mannerisms are often compared to those of a cat. Fittingly, she rolls a Cait-Sith in ALO. * ColdSniper: At first, until warming up a little to Kirito. * CryCute: Lets down her cold facade down and broke down sobbing a few times, such as after [[spoiler:Kirito dissuades her from chasing after Death Gun by herself]], and after [[spoiler:Mizue hands her a thank-you letter for saving her and her mother during that robbery four years ago]]. * DarkAndTroubledPast: As an eleven-year-old, she accidentally killed a post office robber with his own gun following a GunStruggle. The experience so traumatized her she developed PTSD and a strong hoplophobia, and not only her schoolmates ''but her mother'' shunned her as a murderer (though to be fair, by that point she has been already traumatized from [[spoiler:helplessly watching her husband bleed to death in a car accident]]). She started playing GGO to try and get over her phobia, but it's only partially successful. She also has a replica gun in her room, but she's not able to overcome her fear. * DifficultButAwesome: A sniper rifle has one of the highest single-shot damage outputs in GGO, but more importantly, the first shot taken by a sniper from stealth does not give the target any warning or window to dodge. However, it is also one of the hardest weapons to actually hit with: the distance creates a low base accuracy, and the shooter must keep their pulse as low as possible to maximize their chance to hit. Furthermore, a sniper loses their primary advantage (surprise) after the first shot, making it ill-suited in 1v1 battles or when outnumbered. ** This carries over to archery in ALO. The game has no automated systems to aid the accuracy of an archer (unlike GGO), and arrows are affected by gravity and wind. But unlike magic, archery is a ranged weapon with no casting time; a master archer could defeat any melee opponent before they even managed to get within attack range. Since Sinon has already mastered long-distance shooting in GGO and all of the games created from The Seed use the same physics engine, she masters the bow very quickly. * DullEyesOfUnhappiness: In the anime, Shino's eyes are a muted brown. However, as Sinon they are a vibrant turquoise. * FriendlySniper: While she typically carries a calm and collected disposition, she is also a genuinely kind-hearted person. * TheGadfly: Only really applies to between Kirito and herself. Kirito teases Sinon, and Sinon finds a way to tease him right back. * GlassCannon: Her character build in GGO focuses on STR and AGI, at the expense of VIT. * GratuitousEnglish: She often spouts short phrases in English, many of them are [[PreMortemOneLiner Pre-Mortem One-Liners]]. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: She invokes this after Kirito (wisely) asks her to clear up any potential misunderstandings. Whether or not she actually ''does'' develop a romantic interest in him is left ambiguous, but there is some back-and-forth teasing between them. She also {{troll}}s him (in a glorious fashion) by asking him to "always think of me" when using Excalibur... in front of ''all'' his other love interests. Only the twitching of her Cait-Sith tail gives away her laughter. * HeroicBSOD: Suffers a massive one when she realizes that [[spoiler:the pistol that Death Gun uses to kill his targets is the same model of pistol she used to kill the bank robber years ago.]] * HeroOfAnotherStory: Literally. Although she created an ALO character to play with Kirito and her new friends, she still mainly plays GGO, where she is one of the top players and goes on her own adventures in that game world. * ImprobableAimingSkills: Manages to hit a falling sword at 200m with a bow whose maximum effective range was 100m, while falling herself, while surrounded by falling ice shards, while using a spell that distorts the arc of her arrow. ** ALO players consider Shino's normal attacks to be this; she plays as a Cait Sith specced for long range vision, and regularly takes down enemies 100 meters away by arching her arrows. Shino doesn't consider it anything special, since she came from GGO and regularly engages from beyond 1000 meters with her Hecate II. ** It still isn't enough for her. She's hoping to obtain the legendary bow Shekhinah because she estimates with that bow she should be able to ''consistently'' snipe from 200 meters away. * ItGetsEasier: [[SubvertedTrope No,]] [[{{Deconstructed}} it doesn't]]. Try as she might, Shino just cannot take her mind off her accidental homicide by playing in GGO. When playing she tends to treat her Sinon avatar as a placebo effect instead, which means that when she attempts to pick up a gun in the real world using the same logic, she [[HeroicBSOD tends to suffer as a result]]. * InstantExpert: In ALO, it took her all of one day to fully master the bow. It's justified in that ALO and GGO use similar mechanics for ranged weapons. * CoolGuns/MachinePistols: In the anime, a Glock 18 takes the place of the [=MP7=] as her sidearm. * MaleGaze: Plenty of shots are dedicated to admiring her tight in-game outfit. * {{Meganekko}}: She wears glasses in the real world not to correct her eyesight, but because they were advertised as "bulletproof" and [[SecurityBlanket wearing them gives her a small sense of protection]]. * MsExposition: She explains much of how GGO works for Kirito (and the audience). * TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: She becomes obsessed with defeating Kirito in a fair fight, thinking that doing so will make her strong like he is, and commands him to not lose until she can beat him. * RedBaron: In GGO, she is known as "Hecate", and sometimes "Goddess of the Underworld", [[EarnYourTitle from both her anti-material sniper rifle and the goddess]]. * ScarfOfAsskicking: Wears a muffler. * SecurityBlanket: ** Her glasses, which were advertised as being made of bulletproof material. In the anime, [[ScaryShinyGlasses they turn shiny]] when she is putting up an emotional barrier. [[spoiler:She finally discards them when confronting Endo for the last time]]. ** She is also attached to the Hecate II. Sinon sometimes talks to it when she needs to calm herself, and prides herself in being one of the few players capable of wielding it. * SeriousBusiness: She really takes all of her moves in gaming highly, to the point where her leader suggested to log out on a losing game, she tells him straight up and a certain fansubbing group made the appropriate lines. -->'''Leader''': ''It's just a game! Don't take it seriously! If we run in, we'll just die--''\\ '''Sinon''': ''You're pathetic! In the game, at least have the [[PrecisionFStrike fucking balls]] to run toward the guns and die!'' * ShortRangeGuyLongRangeGuy: The long-ranger to Kirito's short-ranger. * SmallGirlBigGun: Sinon is small in size, so much so that her avatar is described as "doll-like". The Hecate II is longer than she is tall. * SniperRifle: In GGO, an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FR_F2 FR-F2]] .308 sniper rifle, before upgrading to the [=FR-12,7=] (otherwise known as the [=PGM=] Hécate II) .50 [=BMG=] anti-material rifle that she managed to get as an ''extremely'' rare drop. * SnarkToSnarkCombat: Her relationship with Kirito, after she finds out he's a boy and after GGO. * SplitPersonality: Shino views herself and Sinon as this, believing that if Sinon becomes powerful enough, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover the strength of "Sinon" will supersede the weakness of "Shino"]]. [[spoiler:They're not, as proven when "Sinon" becomes paralysed by the sight of the Type 54 pistol. If anything, "Sinon" is akin to a placebo effect]]. * TheStoic: When playing GGO. * TheStraightAndArrowPath: Upon joining ALO, her long-range skills translated into her becoming the archer of Kirito's party. * {{Stripperific}}: She actually wears quite a bit, but her GGO outfit shows off skin in ''just'' the right places, especially her backside. * CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns: An [=MP7=] as her sidearm. * SugarAndIcePersonality: She seems to keep her distance from most players, but, as seen with Kyouji and Kirito, she can be friendly and even light-hearted. * SympatheticMurderBackstory: As explained in her DarkAndTroubledPast. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. She's been in therapy ever since the botched robbery, but it didn't really do her any good as they were all ''Japanese'' therapists who fully embraced their culturally-enforced disgust for guns -- and those who use them, even accidental killers such as herself. Thanks to all of that, she has a case of PTSD so intense a schoolyard bully can set off a panic attack simply by ''pointing a finger at her and saying "bang".'' What straightens her out after four years is [[spoiler:meeting Sachie Oosawa, the then-pregnant teller the gunman threatened, and though she still can't get over her trauma over witnessing a shooting, let alone meeting the shooter, she feels indebted to Shino for saving her and her then-unborn baby -- now four-year-old Mizue, who gives her a doodle of herself and her parents with the words "[[EpiphanyTherapy Shino onee-san, thank you for saving mama and Mizue]]"]]. * TomboyishSidetails: In real-life and in-game. * TrickArrow: Arrows with special magical properties exist in ALO. She, being a sniper in a gun-oriented game, exploits this ability to be able to perform to her full potential in a more fantasy-oriented game. * {{Trigger}}: Guns in general, pistols in particular, bring back the memory of her past trauma and cause her to throw up. * {{Tsundere}}: After getting along with Kirito when thinking he's a female player, she starts acting cold and angry towards Kirito after finding out his true gender for the first time right before the [=BoB=] qualifiers, but still helps him out. * VitriolicBestBuds: With Kirito. * VomitDiscretionShot: Her fear of guns is so bad that it can cause her to puke, though the audience is not shown it. * WeakButSkilled: In ALO, she has the lowest stats in Kirito's party, since her avatar there is only two weeks old. She compensates with her ImprobableAimingSkills, and does ''very'' well. * WorthyOpponent: Sees Kirito as one, and wants to face against him in a future Bullet of Bullets tournament so they can finally have a proper battle. Though she'll never admit it, she greatly admires his skill, and even secretly bought her own lightsaber to practice deflecting bullets, with limited success. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her avatar in GGO and ALO. !!Yuuki Konno / Yuuki (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yuuki_74.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AoiYuuki (Japanese) The second main female protagonist of ''Mother's Rosario'' (Volume 7) and the an energetic, cheerful Imp leader of the Sleeping Knights guild. She holds a street duel competition, hoping to find someone strong enough to help her guild solo a floor boss, an achievement which will mark their names on the Monument of Swordsmen. ---- * AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Duels with Kirito twice and wins both rounds. It is debatable who is actually more skilled, as Kirito never fights her with his signature style, but her reaction speed and VRMMORPG experience are significantly better than his. Kirito even stated that had she been in SAO, the system would have instead granted her the dual blades ability due to her superior reflexes. * AngstySurvivingTwin: Averted for the most part, but shows hints of this when she gets strongly attached to Asuna due to her resemblance to her twin sister. * BadassAdorable: She's one of the kindest and most cheerful person in ALO. She's also probably the only person who can beat [[TheAce Kirito]] in a fair duel. %%* {{Bokukko}} * {{Deuteragonist}}: Of the Mother's Rosario arc. In the anime, she takes over the EvolvingCredits opening during the arc. * DoNotGoGentle: Her main motivation for wanting to carve the names of the Sleeping Knights onto the Monument of Swordsmen [[spoiler:before AIDS claims her and the rest of Sleeping Knights also die off]]. * HairAntennae: She has a small one pointing near her headband. * IllGirl: [[spoiler:She was born with HIV, contracted from an infected blood infusion given to her and Aiko's mother while giving birth to them. By the time Asuna sees her physical body, it was already blind, bedridden and on the verge of death, with her consciousness hooked up onto the Medicuboid for three years.]] %%* JapaneseChristian * LightningBruiser: Remember how most opponents can't even react to Kirito dashing towards them before its too late? Lets just say that Kirito can't even react to ''her'' and leave it at that. * MeaningfulName: Not her, but her guild -- "Sleeping Knights" may sound romantic, until one realizes that [[spoiler:all its members are terminally ill patients with their consciousnesses kept alive by the Medicuboid while their physical bodies are sleeping, and are soon to be, figuratively, asleep for good]]. %%* MemeticHandGesture: Her signature [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20141115201217/swordartonline/images/thumb/d/d0/Yuuki_V.png/640px-Yuuki_V.png V-sign]] for "victory". * PluckyGirl: Twenty players blocking the entrance to the boss room, with thirty more on the way? Bring it on, she says. * ThePollyanna: Despite [[spoiler:her family being killed off one by one by AIDS until she was left to bear the pain and the stigma by herself]], she remains cheerful and as energetic as an IllGirl could possibly be. * RedBaron: In ALO, she is known as Zekken, or 'Absolute Sword', [[EarnYourTitle due to her legendary skill as a swordswoman]]. * SamusIsAGirl: In Season 2 Episode 18, as Liz and the others tell Asuna about Zekken, a mysterious warrior who always challenges people in a certain spot during a certain time of day. Asuna at first assumes that it's a guy, particularly as Kirito was also unable to beat him. Then in episode 19 she finds out that Zekken is actually a girl, and her image of a heavily armored man gets shattered. She also gets a little upset at Liz for [[YouDidntAsk not actually telling her Zekken was a girl]] and [[DeathGlare at Kirito]] as she [[WouldntHitAGirl suspects he lost on purpose because Zekken was a girl]], despite him trying to say otherwise. * SignatureMove: The titular Mother's Rosario, an 11-hit attack developed with pure skill in technique and crystallized into a Sword Skill. [[spoiler:She later passes it on to Asuna before dying.]] * SuperReflexes: Remember how we said that Kirito has the fastest reaction speed in SAO? Well Yuuki's reflexes surpasses even ''that''. Kirito even said that had she been in Aincrad, she would have been the one granted the Dual Blades skill instead. * WeaponTombstone: [[spoiler:Her sword, adorned with her bandana, marks the spot where she met Asuna for the first time, as well as where she spent her final moments in the company of Asuna, her surviving guildmates, and Kirito and Asuna's raiding party.]] ! Eugeo [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eugeo_tvtropes_8856.jpg]] The co-male protagonist of the Alicization arc. A boy from Rulid Village who's Sacred Task was to cut down the Gigas Cedar, the seventh generation woodcutter since his predecessors. ---- * ChildhoodFriends: To Alice and [[MindScrew maybe Kirito]]. * {{Determinator}}: Gives Kirito a run for his money in this department. * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Due to Administrator's forced synthesis, leading to a FightingYourFriend situation]]. * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: After Quinella slices the Sword of Blue Rose in half when Eugeo was merged he was un-merged with his body in half * HeterosexualLifePartners: [[TrueCompanions Nakama]], and general best friend to Kirito. * AnIcePerson: What he can do with Sword of Blue Rose. * NamedWeapon: Sword of Blue Rose. !Alice Schuberg/[[spoiler: Alice Synthesis Thirty]] [[quoteright:237:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/birvtprcaaagdhx_2124.jpg]] A girl from Rulid Village who was friends with Kirito and Eugeo until she was taken away by an Integrity Knight for touching the gravel from the Land of Darkness. %%[[spoiler: As Kirito and Eugeo later find out, she was synthesized into an Integrity Knight herself.]] ---- %%* ActionGirl %%* ChildhoodFriends: To Eugeo and [[MindScrew maybe Kirito]]. * ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: She and Asuna get into a fight when Asuna logs into Underworld to meet Kirito]] %%* EyeScream: Her eye quite literally pops when she breaks the seal. <--break what seal?%% %%* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler: Through her synthesis.]] She gets better though. %%* LadyOfWar * MagicKnight: Skilled in both swordplay and magic. * NamedWeapon: Fragrant Olive Sword. [[/folder]] [[folder:Knights of The Blood]] !Heathcliff (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/heathcliff_sao_2604.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ToruOkawa (Japanese) and Kevin M. Connolly (English) Leader of Knights of Blood, of which Asuna was a member. Known as "The Holy Sword", Heathcliff is a legendary player whose HP has never dropped below 50%. He possesses the Unique Skill "Holy Sword", which lets him use his tower shield as an offensive weapon. [[spoiler:For more information on Akihiko Kayaba, see below.]] ---- * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As the leader of the "Knights of Blood." * BigGood: Since he's the head of the number guild on the front line, he's the highest authority among the heroes clearing levels for the others. [[spoiler:Too bad he's actually the FinalBoss.]] * CrutchCharacter: Heathcliff is something of a meta-example of this trope; he's the ultimate tank who fights on the front lines with his men, and created the strongest guild specifically to collect the game's biggest badasses. [[spoiler:He also intended to betray the players on the 95th floor to set himself up as the FinalBoss]]. * DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Serves as this in ALO, as it is through Kayaba's Heathcliff avatar that Kirito assumes superuser control of the system. Since this is effectively a god granting a hero divine power, it's like a modernized classical example.]] * {{Distinctive Appearance|s}}: Unlike other members of the "Knights of Blood", his uniform is primarily red with white trimmings. * {{GMPC}}: [[spoiler:He's actually Akihiko Kayaba. As Kirito points out, "there's nothing more boring than watching someone else play an RPG."]] * IHaveManyNames[=/=]RedBaron: He is known as: "The Living Legend," "The Strongest Man," and "ThePaladin." * LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler:He watches people die on raids and doesn't care about their loss.]] * LetsFightLikeGentlemen: [[spoiler:Double subverted. His first official duel with Kirito was rigged because of his GM abilities. For the second duel, he turned off those abilities, up to and including CompleteImmortality.]] * LightIsGood: His title is "The Paladin" and his skills are Holy Sword and Spiritual Light. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[LightIsNotGood he is also Kayaba.]]]] * LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: His weapon "Liberator," a sword and tower shield combo. [[ShieldBash His Holy Sword Unique Skill allows him to use his shield as an offensive weapon.]] * MasterSwordsman: Kirito notes that he is intimately familiar with the dueling system and so his skill level is above even his own. [[spoiler: This is because he created the dueling system.]] * ThePaladin: His title and his light based skills invoked the trope. * RedIsHeroic: He is the only one in Red Armor. [[spoiler:Inverted since he is the BigBad. Therefore, RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver is more appropriate.]] * TheStoic: His expression never changes; it's just varying degrees of seriousness. * {{Stonewall}}: As mentioned above, he's an incredible, seemingly invincible tank player. [[spoiler: As also mentioned, this is justified because he used his [=GM=] powers to give himself god mode.]] * WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:On account of secretly being Kayaba.]] !Kuradeel (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kuradeel_5925.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KojiYusa (Japanese) and Creator/DougErholtz (English) A Two-Handed Sword user and Asuna's bodyguard. ---- * AxCrazy: Laughs madly while slowing killing and torturing [[spoiler:Godfrey]]. * BodyguardCrush: On Asuna. He uses the position as an excuse to exclude her from romantic rivals, like Kirito. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:By Kirito, with his '''PowerFist''' no less!]] * {{Jerkass}}: He treats Asuna like a trophy despite being her subordinate and treats Kirito like trash despite being ten levels lower than him. [[spoiler:Even in his dying words, he accuses Kirito of "murdering" him, even though he tried to kill Kirito and Asuna (and ''did'' kill Godfrey), forcing them to fight back in self-defense.]] * StalkerWithACrush: Towards Asuna. He lurks around her house at morning (and implied at night) because 'it's his job'. * TattooedCrook: [[spoiler: He bears the Laughing Coffin insignia on his forearm.]] !Godfrey [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/godfrey_sao_3073.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MasahiEbara (Japanese) and Creator/KyleHebert (English) Another member of Knights of Blood. He was assigned to form a party with Kuradeel and Kirito to assess the talents of the latter. ---- * EtTuBrute: Towards [[spoiler:Kuradeel after getting paralyzed and killed]]. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Acted a bit rough with Kirito at first, but ultimately seemed to be a pretty decent guy with CoolBigBro vibes. * MauveShirt: [[spoiler:He is killed by Kuradeel to establish the danger that Kirito is in.]] * WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Gets killed in the same episode he is introduced in to establish Kuradeel's intentions.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Black Cats of the Full Moon]] [[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/black_cat_guild_1760.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: Tetsuo, Sasamaru, Ducker, Sachi and Keita]] A guild made up of friends from the same computer club in the real world. They were the first guild that Kirito joined in SAO. * AndTheRest: Whenever Kirito refers back to his old guild, he either refers to the entire guild, or to only Sachi and/or Keita. Note that this is NOT an insult. * BandOfBrothers: They were originally from the same school club, but in the game they practically became a family. This is what ultimately convinces Kirito to join them, since he was feeling lonely after a whole year playing solo. * DoomedByCanon: Kirito tells Asuna about them in Volume 1, though their actual tale takes place in the next volume. * FiveManBand: ** TheLeader: Keita ** TheChick: Sachi ** TheLancer: Sasamaru ** TheSneakyGuy: Ducker ** TheBigGuy: Tetsuo ** TheSixthRanger: Kirito * KillEmAll[=/=]TotalPartyKill: The sole survivor was, ironically, their extra man. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Their real world names are unknown, unless, like Asuna, their game names are the same as their real world name. * PoorCommunicationKills: Had Kirito told them what he knew from the start, they wouldn't have been wiped out in the first place. * {{Sentai}}: Note their color-coded outfits, with the guy in red being the leader and black-themed Kirito as their extra man. * TooDumbToLive: Kirito was only partly to blame for their doom. The other half of their sorry story is that they explored a dungeon well above their level and triggered a ShmuckBait trap. Ducker assumed he could disarm any trap they ran across, Sachi assumed that Kirito would save everybody if anything happened, and Sasamaru and Tetsuo were just overconfident. Boy was their confidence misplaced. ** Their acts throughout the entire game were reckless. Pressuring Sachi to be a shield user was merely a symptom of the fact that their egos were writing checks their bodies couldn't cash. Kirito blames himself for their deaths, but in all probability, Kirito's actions extended their lives. !Keita (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/keita_sao_3988.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ToshiyukiToyonaga (Japanese) and Creator/LucienDodge (English) Leader and founder of the guild. ---- * AFatherToHisMen: He's the resident TeamDad, and the rest of the team respond accordingly. Kirito admits that his way of running the guild was one of the main reasons why he joined them, hoping that his way of thinking would help the people trapped in SAO to complete the game someday. * DrivenToSuicide: After Kirito informed him that the rest of the guild died, he jumped off of Aincrad. * FantasticRacism: Not as bad as [[UngratefulBastard Kibaou]], but he wasn't fond of learning that Kirito hid his "beater" status along with his guild being wiped out. * JerkassHasAPoint: If you count the "jerkass" as someone who also doesn't like "beaters", he was right about the fact that the guild perished due to Kirito's dishonesty. * TheLeader: Of the "Black Cats of the Full Moon." He's the levelheaded type. ** TheStrategist: He's also the guy who creates the team formations and strategies, more than someone who's in the middle of the fight. * SimpleStaff: His WeaponOfChoice. !Tetsuo (SAO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KenjiAkabane (Japanese) and Tyler Shamy (English) The mace user of the guild. ---- * TheBigGuy: He's physically fit enough to wield a giant bludgeoning weapon. * CarryABigStick: Wields a mace. * LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Also wields a shield. Unfortunately he dies anyway. !Sasamaru (SAO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TsubasaYonaga (Japanese) and Bobby Thong (English) A spear man of the guild. ---- * BladeOnAStick: His WeaponOfChoice. * TheLancer: With a literal spear for a weapon. !Ducker (SAO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakuyaEguchi (Japanese) and Creator/ErikKimerer (English) The thief of the guild. ---- * KnifeNut: Ass a thief, this is his natural WeaponOfChoice. * TheSneakyGuy: Comes with being a thief. !Sachi (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sachi_6172.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SaoriHayami (Japanese) and Creator/XantheHuynh (English) The sole female member of the guild and the first girl Kirito set his eyes upon during his earlier days in SAO. ---- * BeautyMark: Has one near the outside corner of her right eye. * TheChick: The lone female that most of the guild, and especially Kirito, are invested in protecting. * DeadManWriting: Recorded a Christmas card for Kirito and left it in their shared inventory. She mentions in the recording that she would have deleted it and told him its contents in person if she had survived until Christmas Eve. * DisposableWoman: Introduced as Kirito's first emotional link in SAO, only to get erased from the picture, causing him no small amount of psychological trauma. * GoOutWithASmile: She dies smiling at Kirito. * TheGwenStacy: Her death in particular is what causes Kirito to go solo for so long. * TheHeart: Of The Black Cats of the Full Moon. * TheLostLenore: If WordOfGod [[http://taptaptaptaptap.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/sao-qna-kirito/#kir-4 is anything to go by]]. * NiceGirl: Although she's not a good fighter, what she can contribute are kind words and love. * TheNotLoveInterest: Kirito claims that their close relationship was not that of lovers, [[UnreliableNarrator but then again he was the narrator]]. ** [[WordOfGod A character]] [[http://taptaptaptaptap.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/sao-qna-kirito/#kir-4 Q&A session]] states that she is, in fact, the first love interest for Kirito. Which makes her death all the more tragic. * SatelliteLoveInterest: She was rather undeveloped, only being someone Kirito could fight for and ultimately lose. * SecretSecretKeeper: It wasn't until six months after her death that Kirito learns she was aware of his actual level, but refrained from telling anyone. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female member of the "Black Cats Of The Full Moon". * ThisIsGonnaSuck: Implied. Sachi knew that Kirito's level was double what he said it was, and would therefore logically know that if Kirito thinks opening that chest is a bad idea, it's because opening that chest is a bad idea. The fact that the others decide to open it anyway means that she knew that something really bad was about to happen and there was nothing she could do about it. * TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: A light of innocence and hope that was destined to be snuffed out. [[/folder]] [[folder:Other Player Characters]] !Ryōtarō Tsuboi/Klein (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/klein_7516.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HiroakiHirata (Japanese) and Creator/KirkThornton (English) Kirito's first friend and comrade in SAO. After Kayaba trapped them, he and Kirito parted ways to gather his real-world friends, in the process forming "Fuurinkazan", a guild famous for having ''all'' of its members survive SAO. Later in ALO, he joins Kirito's party as a Salamander-type swordsman. ---- * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As TheLeader of Fuurinkazan. * {{Badass}}: Not as much as Kirito, but underestimating him in battle ''will'' hand you your ass on a silver platter. * BoisterousBruiser: Loves a good fight, and isn't afraid to yell his enthusiasm. * BruiserWithASoftCenter: Is one of the nicest guys in the series, with a really soft heart, and has cried the most out of all the characters. He is also a badass swordsman with balls of steel, and an excellent leader. * ChivalrousPervert: A very loyal friend and comrade, who also likes to ogle schoolgirls. * DoggedNiceGuy: A non-romantic example to Kirito. He keeps trying to get Kirito to join Fuurinkazan and tries to pull him out of his loner shell, but isn't as successful as Asuna. When he realizes Asuna's feelings for Kirito, he asks her to take care of him. * EarlyBirdCameo: Appears in the news report in the first minute of the first episode. * FaceOfAThug: Is described as this by Kirito. * HeroOfAnotherStory: Klein has had his own adventures in SAO, and the story of how Furinkazan went from being a noob guild to ''the'' ActionSurvivor guild is one worth telling one day. * HotBlooded: Goes with being a BoisterousBruiser. * IWillWaitForYou: A non-romantic example. He always holds a open hand to Kirito to join him and even when he is at his emotional nadir, Klein still was friendly to him and wanted to help him, even when it seemed Kirito might be willing to fight him. * KatanasAreJustBetter: He is always seen with a katana on his side. * TheLancer: Plays this role during the ''Caliber'' arc. * MartialArtsHeadband: His main shtick, even in real life. * NiceGuy: Beneath is gruff, lecherous persona is a kind soul. In SAO, his first action post-entrapment was to find his friends and bring them under his wing. * OvershadowedByAwesome: Klein is one of the top players in SAO, and his guild managed to survive SAO ''virtually unscathed''. Not even Knights of Blood can boast of a zero mortality rate. He'd be TheHero in any other setting but for the fact that among his friends are the speedster in black and a lady warrior in white. He gets a chance to shine in the Caliber arc, where he proves to have some damn big brass balls. * RightForTheWrongReasons: [[spoiler: In ''Caliber'', he insists on [[DulcineaEffect saving Freyja]] even though it seems like SchmuckBait. This decision saves the team's ass, but not without some BrainBleach due to Freyja's true identity as [[TestosteronePoisoning Thor]].]] * SpiderSense: Like Kirito, he possesses the hypothetical skill, Hypersense. * SpiritedCompetitor: He won't go around picking fights, but he isn't afraid to show off his enthusiasm. * TookALevelInBadass: Seriously. He starts off a complete and total noob who had trouble with the starter enemies, to one of the best players in SAO by the end, and he leads his own guild which apparently had nobody die in it. Not even the Knights of the Blood can boast that! !Argo (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/argo_sao_4496.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Shiori Izawa (Japanese) and Creator/CassandraLee (English) A friend and fellow beta tester of Kirito. Within SAO she works as a KnowledgeBroker and [[{{Courier}} messenger]]. ---- * DanceBattler: Uses a style that is even named Wild Dance * DemotedToExtra: In the anime, she only appears in one brief scene towards the end of Season 1 Episode 3. * DualWielding: Her weapon are a pair of WolverineClaws. * FacialMarkings: She has whisker markings, which she applies with make-up. The information on why she has them has a high price tag of 100,000 col. [[spoiler:She originally got them as scars during the beta test, when she tried and failed the quest to unlock the "Martial Arts" Extra Skill. When her character was transferred to the main game and the scars vanished, she liked the markings enough to apply them using make-up]]. * FlechetteStorm: Carries throwing pikes as one of her weapons. * FragileSpeedster: Her dash exceeds even Asuna's speed! * IncompletelyTrained: During the Beta she tried to get the "Martial Arts" Extra Skill but gave up. * TheInformant[=/=]KnowledgeBroker[=/=]TheRat: In SAO, being a beta tester she has some info only she knows and sells them for col (the currency of SAO). * InTheHood * IntrepidReporter: Publisher of the Weekly Argo and always in search of new information and rumors. When Kirito was going to propose to Asuna and they met Argo he was quite afraid to be tomorrow's headline. * MeaningfulName: Argo means "swift" in Greek and her character build is focused on agility. * OnlyInItForTheMoney: She is incredibly sly and greedy, and will sell ''any'' piece of information for the right price, including the identities of her clients and the information they bought from her. She observes that as soon as someone buys information from her, she gets a new piece of information (X bought Y from her) to sell. [[spoiler:Though she draws the line at selling the identities of other beta testers. She is also the author of a free strategy guide for beginner players, detailing the hazards and best hunting spots of each floor. Kirito observes that this is probably her way of "atoning" as a beta tester]]. * RedBaron: She is known as the "Rat", [[EarnYourTitle due to her whiskers and her selling info]]. * [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Rat?]]: Argo is one of the few named allies of Kirito whose fate is completely unknown. While other side-story characters like Lisbeth and Silica continue to make appearances in the main light novels, Argo disappears entirely after her story concludes... [[FinalDeath which has ominous connotations]]. ** She reappears in the game Sword Art Online: Lost Song as a Cat Sith in ALO, so assuming the game is canon, she survived. * [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?]]: As in, panickly runs away screaming * WolverineClaws: One of her weapons. !Andrew Gilbert Mills / Agil (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/egil_8615.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HirokiYasumoto (Japanese) and Creator/PatrickSeitz (English) An ax wielding merchant who runs a shop in SAO while his real-world wife runs Dicey Café, his real-life one. In ALO he reprises his SAO job as a Gnome. ---- * AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: His store's MO is to buy cheap and sell expensively. Turns out he uses his profit to support lower-level players and a local church. * AnAxToGrind: Carries a massive ax that he ''definitely'' knows how to use. * AnEntrepreneurIsYou: In SAO, he runs a shop on the 50th floor. 2/5 of his 10 Skills is for appraisal and negotiations on pricing items. * {{Badass}}: He has his moments. * BaldOfAwesome: He's virtually hairless, and he's also one of the most powerful players in SAO were he to concentrate more on combat. * TheBartender: His job in real life. He also fits the adviser part of the role both in the game. * TheBigGuy: In SAO. * GeniusBruiser: Big and intelligent in combat. Don't think this salesman is for nothing, he's a tough one. * GoodGuyBar: He runs one in both the virtual and real worlds, and in both cases Kirito and his friends hang out there often. * HappilyMarried: In the real world. When he was trapped in SAO, his wife singlehandedly kept his bar running and waited for him to come back, so they could pick up where they left off. He did, and they did. * NiceGuy: You can never tell from his shop's seemingly unfair trading policies, but Agil is a loving husband and player who spent most of his fortune helping newbies. * OurGnomesAreWeirder: His race in ALO. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a minor one to Kibaou in Season 1 Episode 2 when he goes into a rant against Beta-testers, showing him that the free manual handed out to people was written by the same people Kibaou accused of being selfish cheaters. * ScaryBlackMan: Subverted -- as intimidating as he looks, he is actually one of the kindest senior players in SAO. !Diabel (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/diabel_6058.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (Japanese) and Sean Chiplock (English) A "knight" who organized and led a raid against the L1 boss. He is actually another beta tester, and exploits the group in order to ensure that he lands the last hit, which would maximize his chance of obtaining a unique drop. Recognizing Kirito as another beta tester, he also takes steps to actively hinder him by manipulating Kibaou and assigning backrow duty to Kirito's party. ---- * AdaptationDistillation: In the light novel, he's practically the BigBad of the 1st Floor arc. The novel contains an additional subplot about a mysterious benefactor trying to buy Kirito's sword, later revealed to be Kibaou (acting as Diabel's middleman) as part of a scheme to weaken Kirito and further lower his chances of getting the final hit. The novel also contains more implications that Diabel is a Beater, making note of the obscene amount of Col he can throw around (for the first floor) and his possession of rare items such as his blue hair dye. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Blue hair to match his blue eyes. * DidntSeeThatComing: The Level 1 boss has a different weapon and style when it TurnsRed, which was much different from what was stated in the manual. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: His beater knowledge proves to be his downfall as he became too confident in what to expect. * MauveShirt: He led the players in their victory over the first floor, but he didn't live long enough to see it. * MeaningfulName: Diabel (spelled Diabeł) means 'Devil' in Polish. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Which is unnatural and the result of Diabel's use of a hair dye item. !Kibaou (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kibaou_9684.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese) and Creator/DerekStephenPrince (English) A warrior who participated in the 1st floor boss raid who has a dislike for beta testers. ---- * CorruptCorporateExecutive: He becomes one later on as part of The Army. His group of followers are really nothing more than a bunch of extortionists. [[spoiler:He later tried to get rid of Thinker rather than having to answer for his screwup that cost him a few men.]] * FantasticRacism: Against Beta-testers. Coins the term "Beater." * HateSink: The point of Kibaou's character is to show that even in a life-or-death situation, people can still be jerks. * IncomingHam: When he first makes his appearance, Kibaou loudly demands everyone's attention before flamboyantly hopping his way down to Diabel's stage. * {{Irony}}: Greatly respects Diabel, not knowing that he is actually [[spoiler:a beta tester and is just using the raid group to get a rare floor boss item via exploiting the last hit system and screwing over Kirito. He respected the very type of player that he hated.]] * {{Jerkass}}: He's easily the biggest one in the Aincrad arc, and a contender for the biggest one in the show. * TheLoad: Complains much and contributes little. By the end of the second episode he incites a witch-hunt against beta-testers that dissembles the coalition Diabel put to together. * SpikyHair: Sports random, protruding spikes from his hair that resembles a mace. * TrrrillingRrrs: Rolls some rugged r's to match his rough personality. * UngratefulBastard: Kirito saves his ass from the 1st floor boss, and what does he do? He accuses his savior of being as greedy as the other Beta-testers. !Keiko Ayano / Silica (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/silica_9155.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RinaHidaka (Japanese) and Creator/ChristineMarieCabanos (English) A preteen knife wielder who befriends Kirito. She was able to befriend an NPC dragon which became her familiar, earning her the title of "Beast Tamer". She later joins ALO as a Cait Sith beast tamer. ---- * ACupAngst: Shows hints of this in regards to Suguha's [[BoobsOfSteel bust]] in the Extra Edition episode. * BadassAdorable: Yes, she's cute as a button, but she's still a competent player for someone as young as her. * TheBeastmaster: In Both SAO and ALO she works with dragons. * CatGirl: A Cait-Sith beast tamer in ALO. * [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her]] {{Familiar}}: Befriends a Feathery Dragon she names Pina. * GirlishPigtails: Signifying her youth and immaturity. * HairDecorations: Ribbon and something else to hold up her pigtails. * HopelessSuitor: For Kirito. The first time she met him, he was still too shaken over Sachi's death to think about romance. By the time they meet up again, he's in a relationship with Asuna. * KnifeNut: Uses a dagger as her main weapon. * LittleSisterHeroine: Well, Kirito and Silica are not blood related. However, Kirito sees Silica like this because she reminds him of Suguha. * LuminescentBlush: Fairly often around Kirito. * MeaningfulName: Apparently her avatar name comes from the fourteenth element Silicon. The bauble-like hair bands represent Oxygen (as in silicon dioxide a.k.a. silica). Why? Her birth date is October 4th (10/4; since 104 was Rutherfordium, her father added 10 and 4 to get 14: Silicon) and her real name comes from ''keiso'', the Japanese for Silicon. Kirito figured all that out from the simple hint that "My name comes after Alumi, and before Rin". Silica was shocked. * PrecociousCrush: On Kirito, who's three years her senior. * PluckyGirl: After Pina's temporary death, Silica was distraught, but never gave up hope that she could save her dragon. * RedBaron: In SAO, she is known as "Dragon Master". * RescueRomance: This sort of happens, which prompts her attraction to Kirito; he saves her after Pina performs a HeroicSacrifice, helps her get the resurrection item, and protects her from Titan's Head. * ShoulderSizedDragon: Pina. * TokenMiniMoe: She's one of the youngest characters in both SAO and ALO, as well as the youngest in Kirito's Caliber party at the tender age of thirteen. * ZettaiRyouiki: Wears thigh-high boots in SAO with a longcoat. !Rika Shinozaki / Lisbeth (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lizbeth_7871.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyahiTakagaki (Japanese) and Creator/SarahWilliams (English) A blacksmith and friend of Asuna. She helped forge both her and Kirito's weapons, while in battle she's a mace wielder. In ALO she joins as a Leprechaun. ---- * TheBlacksmith: She personally made Asuna's rapier "Lambent Light" and Kirito's secondary straight sword "Dark Repulser". This continues in ALO, this time with Kirito's sword there. * BrainyBrunette: Her hair is naturally brown, and she's very smart. * BigBreastPride: In the Extra Edition episodes. * CannotSpitItOut: Never manages to directly tell Kirito about her feelings. Kirito actually catches on the gist of it from her embarrassed stuttering and turns extremely embarrassed himself upon realizing it. * CarryABigStick: She wields maces when she fights. * ClingyJealousGirl: Despite supporting their relationship, she gets angry when she sees Kirito and Asuna getting lovey-dovey. * CoolBigSis: Seems to be a bit of one towards Silica once they get out of the game. * DropTheHammer: Happens on a daily basis, as she's constantly beating metal into weapons and armor. * GlassCannon: Originally, her weapons focused on sharpness and quickness, while largely ignoring durability. After Kirito effortlessly destroyed her best sword, she realised that in a desperate situation, what could ultimately save the lives of her clients is the weapon's durability. * HairDecorations: Both in-game and out, she sports hair clips that divide her bangs. * {{Leprechaun}}: Her character race in ALO. * NamedWeapon: In ALO, Klein gave her the legendary hammer, Mjölnir, on the condition that she will not break it down into Orihalcon ingots. * PimpedOutCape[=/=]PrettyInMink: Has a fur lined cape she wears sometimes. * PluckyGirl: Despite losing Kirito to Asuna, Rika still cheers for the two of them. * RoseHairedSweetie: Her avatars in SAO and ALO have pink hair, fitting her cheerful personality. * SecretKeeper: In SAO, she was the only person whom Kirito had trusted enough to reveal his DualWielding Unique Skill to. * ShipperOnDeck: When she's not being envious, she openly supports Asuna and Kirito in their relationship. * TomboyishSidetails: Though they're shorter than most examples * {{Tsundere}}: A light example, but it's still there. * YoungEntrepreneur: In SAO, she built her blacksmithing business from the ground up. * YouthfulFreckles: One of the few characters to have them, alluding to her can-do personality. * ZettaiRyouiki: Wears this in her school uniform IRL. !Rosalia (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rosalia_sao_811.jpg]] -> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/MegumiToyoguchi (Japanese) and Creator/LauraPost (English) The leader of Titan's Hand. ---- * EvilRedhead: She has no qualms with making other players miserable or even outright killing them if it means getting ahead. * FateWorseThanDeath: Yes, Kirito spares her life, but he sends her straight down to the Black Iron Dungeon instead. The anime, however, is more of WhatHappenedToTheMouse scenario. * FemmeFatale: A rare nonviolent one. What makes her dangerous is that she fools other players with her "green" cursor status. * ManipulativeBitch: Several unwitting male players seem to fall for her charms, but luckily, [[TheHero Kirito]] wasn't fooled by her. * AMillionIsAStatistic: She either doesn't believe that people are actually dying when they're killed in the game, or just doesn't care. She claims that there's no proof, though exactly what she was doing when Akihiko informed everyone (with sources!) that people were actually dying is a mystery. * PeekABangs: Her hair covers her right eye. Obviously there's a side of her that she's keeping hidden from others. * SmugSnake: She had no idea who she was messing with when she picked a fight with Kirito. * TheVamp: Her appearance and vain attitude lean her in this direction. * WouldHurtAChild: She and her guild were planning to attack Silica, a 12-year-old girl, to steal a rare item. * WalkingSpoiler: Only for a single episode, but still. !Seijuro Kikuoka/Chrystheight (ALO, SAO beta test) [[quoteright:313:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/seijiro_kikuoka_6966.png]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (Japanese) A member of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who's responsible for monitoring situations in the virtual world, Kikuoka was present when Kirito returned to the real world, and the person who asks him to investigate the Phantom Bullet case. He maintains an ALO account, though it's mostly used as an alternate method to contact Kirito and Asuna. ---- * ArtificialIntelligence: [[spoiler:Kikuoka's true goal is to create intelligent AIs to be used in real wars.]] * {{Foil}}: [[spoiler:The patriot to Sugou's traitor. [[EveryoneHasStandards Also, he avoids experimenting on human beings to the extent possible.]]]] * GoKartingWithBowser: He's not exactly an enemy, but he's not quite a friend as well. Despite that, he's gone on a few dungeon raids with Kirito's party. * {{Megane}}: Both in real life and in ALO. Shino notes that [[PurelyAestheticGlasses they don't seem to have much power]]... * {{MIB}}: A more overt example, working for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, or so it seems. [[spoiler:Kikuoka appears to actually belong to the JSDF, leading Kirito to suspect that he may have been sent to observe the possibility of [=VRMMOs=] as a substitute to real-world training.]] * NecessaryEvil: [[spoiler:He seeks a way to create [=AIs=] that can be used to replace humans in real warfare, and is more than willing to cross ethical boundaries, including making virtual clones of real infants and playing god with a virtual civilization. On the other hand, he does so in hopes of averting human casualties, as well as help Japan gain military self-sufficiency, and has shown that he does care for Kirito and his friends. At one point he even agreed with Asuna that like Yui, AIs can become "alive" like a human, but would ultimately choose the life of a single human over hundreds of thousands of [=AIs=].]] * ScaryShinyGlasses: Done several times during his conversation with Kazuto in ''Extra Edition''. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His avatar in ALO, an Undine mage. !Thinker (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/thinker_sao_7502.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakahiroMizushima (Japanese) and Victor Sgroi (English) Administrator of "MMO Today" and leader of Aincrad Liberation Front, the largest guild in SAO. Thinker's leadership and influence has slowly been eroded thanks to his second-in-command Kibaou, and he's eventually trapped unarmed in a dungeon, prompting Yulier, his real-world and virtual wife, to request Kirito and Asuna to help rescue him. ---- * DistressedDude: His status as one is what drove Yulier to contact Kirito and Asuna. * HappilyMarried: Eventually to Yulier, both in-game and IRL. * HonorBeforeReason: Willingly walked unarmed into an obvious trap set by someone he ''knew'' was going to betray him. * HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: How could he trust Kibaou, like, at all? * NiceGuy: A bit ''too'' nice, to his detriment, which allowed the hardliners in ALF to marginalize him into a figurehead. !Yulier (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yulier_sao_7660.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RyokoShiraishi (Japanese) and Creator/AmandaCelineMiller (English) A senior member of ALF and wife to its leader Thinker, both in the real and virtual worlds, who disapproves of the current hardline direction of the guild. She requests Kirito and Asuna's help to rescue Thinker. ---- * HappilyMarried: Eventually to Thinker, both in-game and IRL. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ignores Thinker's cries when he warns her a corridor is trapped and triggers the boss monster that Yui deletes, causing [[spoiler:Cardinal to delete Yui]]. * SilkHidingSteel: Before arriving in the game she was all silk; a docile HouseWife. After arriving in the game, the steel revealed itself; a powerful guild member. * TheStoic ** NotSoStoic: She brakes into tears when she begs Kirito and Asuna to help her save Thinker. * TomboyishPonytail * UndyingLoyalty: She's quite devoted to Thinker. It's soon clear that she has strong feelings for him, which he reciprocates. * WhipItGood: Her weapon of choice. * YamatoNadeshiko: Strongly gives off this vibe, so much so that [[TheOjou Asuna]] is awed when she first meets her. !Sasha (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sasha_sao_9702.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Kyouko Fujii (Japanese) and Creator/ErikaHarlacher (English) A priest-type player who takes care of the younger players in SAO. ---- * BadassPreacher: She dresses like one and lives in a church to boot, but she is ready to use her knife when necessary. * HairColors: Depending on the media she will have different ones: brown in the anime and dull-blue in the novel. * KnifeNut: Her primary weapon. * MamaBear: She's ready to fight to protect her children, even if she's no match. %%* {{Meganekko}} * NiceGirl: She decided to take care of the younger players in SAO because she couldn't stand watching them suffer. * ParentalSubstitute: For the children she takes care of. %%* YouthfulFreckles ! Shinichi Nagata/Recon (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nagata_sao_2913.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His appearance IRL]] [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/recon_sao_4470.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His Recon avatar]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Ayumu Murase (Japanese) and Creator/MarianneMiller (English) Suguha's real-life friend and classmate who introduced her to ALO. ---- * AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Leafa. * BlackMagic[=/=]CastingAShadow: Knows dark magic. * TheChewToy: Specially to Suguha. * DoggedNiceGuy: Suguha is free to walk all over his feelings, and Shinichi will just take it. %%* HairAntennae * HiddenDepths: He's a better player than it may seem at first. He's captured once and is able to escape by himself by poisoning his captors. And he really surprises Leafa when he uses BlackMagic to [[TakingYouWithMe immolate himself]]. * HopelessSuitor: Has a crush on Suguha, who is already in love with Kirito. He even tried to confess to her but was rejected. Although Suguha got a little bit more of respect for him afterwards. * {{Invisibility}}: Knows the transparency spell "Hollow Body." [[PowerPerversionPotential He once sneaked into a room where Leafa was resting and when caught claimed he was only there to secretly place her birthday present]].[[note]]He was later forced to confess and was beaten up by Leafa.[[/note]] * KnifeNut: His primary weapon is a dagger. * {{Megane}}: His real world self. * TheSneakyGuy: His invisibility magic lets him try to be this, but his stealthiness needs some work. * TakingYouWithMe: Knows a darkness magic that kills himself while destroying nearby enemies. He uses it to create an opening in the enemy ranks for Kirito to brake through. [[spoiler:Too bad the enemies [[WeHaveReserves bring reinforcements so quickly]] it doesn't work.]] * [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: His ALO Avatar. ** CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In real life. ! Sakuya (ALO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Sayuri Yahagi (Japanese) and Creator/LaurenLanda (English) Guild Leader of the Sylphs in ALO. ---- * AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: Comes with being a Guild Leader. * BoobsOfSteel: The leader of an entire guild is stacked in more things than stats. * FriendlyEnemy: With Alicia, emphasis on friendly - and any technicalities of enemy are gone after the alliance anyway. * Gainaxing: A fair bit of jiggling finds its way into the anime. * LadyOfWar: Wields a katana in direct battle, along with a fan for anything less. * NotSoAboveItAll: Wasn't quite against seducing Kirito, in front of everyone assembled. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She goes along with Kirito's plan despite only having Leafa's vouch. * TheStoic: Not to any excessive degree, but her emotions + tone are carefully controlled most of the time. * YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Said nearly word-for-word in Episode 20, [[JustifiedTrope but it's the only proper response to being told the future of all their races depended on a new arrival she knew nothing about]]. ! Alicia Rue (ALO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChiwaSaito (Japanese) and Creator/CristinaValenzuela (English) Guild Leader of the Cat Siths in ALO ---- * ACupAngst: Possibly alluded to when she argues how Sakuya's seducing Kirito with [[BoobsOfSteel 'those things']]. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Much like Sakuya, comes with the job. * TheBeastmaster: [[DragonRider Dragons]], specifically. * CatSmile[=/=]CuteLittleFangs: Much all like Cat Sith fairies, are pretty much permanently set. [[LetsGetDangerous The one time they're not is when she's ordering her Dragoons to incinerate their enemies.]] * CharacterTic: When the situation is fairly relaxed, she's often seen with her hands behind her head. * FashionableAsymmetry: Wears a half-cape on her left side. * FemaleGaze: Aside from calling Kirito handsome to his face, she wasn't afraid to get quite 'friendly' with him. * GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:After the Salamander army left]], she's the first to ask if Kirito was ''really'' part of what he claimed to be. He wasn't. * LittleBitBeastly: As per Cat Sith standard, her character bears feline features. * ZettaiRyouiki: Type B ! Kyouji Shinkawa/Spiegel (GGO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NatsukiHanae (Japanese) Shino's best friend, and the one who introduced her to Gun Gale Online. ---- * BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Worked with his older brother, a former Laughing Coffin member, to create Death Gun.]] * CripplingOverspecialisation: "Spiegel" is an [[FragileSpeedster AGI-heavy build]], relying entirely on evasion and reaction speed. When the GGO {{metagame}} evolved to favor balanced STR/VIT builds, Kyouji was left with a severely under-powered character that lacked the STR to equip anything but the lightest guns. [[spoiler:This in turn leads him to associate himself with his brother, who is a SAO survivor and created what would become the virtual serial killer, Death Gun.]] * EducationMama: His parents are high-ranking doctors and put a lot of pressure on him to succeed. * EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:He's the Recon to Sinon, but then he's revealed to be part of a [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]].]] * GreenEyedMonster: Is particularly jealous of Kirito for catching Sinon's attention. * IfICantHaveYou: Kyouji tries to [[spoiler:kill Shino]] after he witnesses [[spoiler:her crying in the arms of Kirito during the Bullet of Bullets tournament]]. Later on, [[spoiler:he comes into her house right after she finished the [=BoB=] tournament, and threatens her with a dose of succinylcholine.]] * IJustWantToBeSpecial: His motivation for [[spoiler:creating Death Gun]]. * InLoveWithYourCarnage: He became attracted to Shino after [[spoiler:hearing about how she killed a bank robber]]. * KidsAreCruel: Kyouji was bullied when he was younger, something he shares with Shino. * LoveMakesYouCrazy: Attempted to give a LoveConfession to Shino, but the latter tells him to give her time to think about it. [[spoiler:Then in episode 13, he's revealed to be one of the people helping Death Gun to kill people in real life, and develops an AxCrazy look when he attempts to have his way with her.]] * MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:Asada-san, Asada-san, Asada-san.]] * StalkerWithACrush: Towards Shino. [[spoiler:Borders on a VillainousCrush when it is revealed he was part of Death Gun all along.]] * TookALevelInJerkass: He seems quite friendly and supportive of Shino, and attempts to be there for her while she's trying to get over her past. [[spoiler:Then he reveals his motives to her, and attempts to rape her, along with trying to kill her almost entirely out of the blue after seeing how she seems to be more interested in Kirito than him.]] ** This is potentially foreshadowed earlier in the arc. When Shino first starts to become more assertive in the real world thanks to Kirito's influence, he starts acting slightly creepy. Most people would be happy that their best friend is becoming more capable and seemingly better able to take care of themselves. Kyouji instead wraps her into a hug and begs her to stop being assertive and angry and go back to her normal calm self so that he can protect her. * VillainBall: [[spoiler:He's killed his enemies, established an alibi for himself, and only one thing stands between him and marrying his dream girl while his brother takes the fall for the murders: that creepy face he makes while proposing to Shino, which tips her off that there is something very wrong with him.]] %%* WalkingSpoiler %%* WellDoneSonGuy %%* {{Yandere}} [[/folder]] [[folder:Real World Characters]] !Midori Kirigaya ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyaEndo (Japanese), Creator/CaitlinGlass (English) Suguha's mother, as well as Kirito's aunt and adoptive mother in the real world. ---- %%* GoodParents: !Natsumi Aki The nurse who oversaw Kazuto during his rehabilitation and watched over him when he was investigating Death Gun in GGO. ---- %%* HelloNurse * HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Is also a Sergeant in the JSDF.]] * {{Meganekko}}: Wears glasses during the second day Kirito dives into GGO to participate in [=BoB=]. !Shouzou Yuuki ->'''Voiced by:''' Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese), Creator/KeithSilverstein (English) Asuna's father, the CEO of RECTO. ---- * HonestCorporateExecutive: Barring some of his associates, Shouzou is by nature a good, if somehow gullible, leader. * HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Asuna's engagement to Nobuyuki Sugou was his decision. His wife says he has poor taste in people. !Kyouko Yuuki ->'''Voiced by:''' Music/MegumiHayashibara (Japanese) Asuna's mother, who's a stern professor at a prestigious university, and disapproves of Asuna associating with Kirito and the SAO survivors. ---- * EducationMama: She claims that the SAO survivors school is not a school at all, but a prison staffed by nobodies. She pulled strings to transfer Asuna into a prep school where she can graduate quickly and start college within the year. * FantasyForbiddingMother: What she initially appears as in her first scene in the anime. She has a poor opinion of ALO and the friends Asuna has made there. In ''Mother's Rosario'' she attempts to force Asuna way from both, for her own good of course. She and Asuna eventually reconcile in Volume 7, and she allows her to continue associating with her friends. * GoldDigger: There are vibes that she married Asuna's father because of his money and she certainly wants Asuna to do so. She claims that it would be "stable" and she "wouldn't have to worry". * HeelRealization: By the latter parts of Volume 7 (Season 2 Episode 23 of the anime), she and Asuna had a heart-to-heart inside ALO (using her daughter's "Erika" account) where Asuna confides to her mother that her own parents are proud of her achievements, and that Asuna's time at SAO and ALO taught her the value of having people who can appreciate her deeds, causing Kyouko to break down in TearsOfRemorse over what an ungrateful daughter she had been. * InsultFriendlyFire: She refers to the SAO survivors as "kids who spent two years killing each other" in front of Asuna, who immediately points out that she is one of them. * {{Jerkass}}: It's hard to find a sentence that is ''not'' insulting towards ''someone'' be it SAO survivors, their teachers, her husband, her daughter's friends and her daughter herself. * OldShame: InUniverse: Treats her humble origins as the daughter of farmers as this, which Asuna points out. She eventually gets somewhat better. * ParentalMarriageVeto: She claims that Asuna can marry whoever she wants, as long as that person is worthy of her. Naturally, she determines the worthiness of suitors and "that boy from the facility" (I.E. Kazuto) is not among them. [[/folder]] [[folder:Virtual Beings]] !Yui (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sword_art_online_yui_9276.png]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KanaeIto (Japanese), Creator/StephanieSheh (English) An AI in SAO created to take care of the mental health of the players but was suspended by the Cardinal system when the death game began. Unfortunately her monitoring operations continued and sensed the negative emotions such as fear, despair, rage, and madness from the players. Unable to perform her duty due to her restriction, she broke down due to errors. When she sensed Asuna and Kirito's more positive emotions, she was overcome with the urge to see them, which then kicked off the events of Morning Dew Girl and later made her their adoptive daughter. ---- * AmnesiacsAreInnocent: The girl who has no memory also doesn't have a care in the world. * ArtificialIntelligence: A Top-Down AI. * AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Technically, since she's an AI. * [[BackFromTheDead Back from Deletion]]: Kirito manages to save her information before she's entirely deleted from the system, and successfully brings her back in ALO. * BadassAdorable: Cute and sweet, not to mention she actually cares about the players in the game worlds she's assigned (it's her job to begin with). But try to threaten those she care about (i.e. her adopted mom and dad), she will conjure up a sword made of fire (or any weapon of mass destruction) and utterly erase you from existence, even if you are a nigh-invulnerable boss monster. In short, do not taunt the happy fun admin. * ClingyJealousGirl: Claims only she and Asuna can hug "Papa" when Kirito first meets Leafa after the latter thanks him for rescuing her. She in general reacts poorly to other girls getting too clingy with him, but it's clear she only wants to make sure he stays faithful to Asuna. * DoesNotLikeShoes: She mostly goes barefoot. * TheEmpath: Due to being programmed as a therapist, she is extremely compassionate and in-tune with the emotions of those around her. Near the end of her introductory arc, she is able to casually push a girl she just met towards confessing her feelings towards her guild leader. * ExpositionFairy: In ALO. * FairyCompanion: In ALO she becomes a "Navigation Pixie." * AGlitchInTheMatrix: She causes one of these in SAO. When she screams, the entire area bugs out briefly. * HappilyAdopted: By Kirito and Asuna. * TheHeart: She was originally designed to maintain the mental health of the players by giving them emotional support. Unfortunately, when the death game began, she was suspended by the Cardinal system and was forced to watch the players commit suicide and kill each other out of fear, anger, and despair. Then she came across Kirito and Asuna. * KillerRabbit: In SAO. Looks like an ordinary, cute child. One-shotted a super boss. * LivingLieDetector: She can easily tell when someone is lying, probably in order to help her do her job better. * MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: She knows about Recon's crush on Leafa, again because of her ability to sense emotions. * OurPhlebotinumChild: The love between Kirito and Asuna basically bought her into existing in the main game world. * RidiculouslyHumanRobot: She wouldn't be a very effective therapy bot if she was obviously inhuman. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Invoked. Yui was designed to be a sort of therapist for players in [=SAO=], but the system prevented her from doing her job. Needless to say, this caused a lot of problems for both her and the players she was unable to help. * UncannyFamilyResemblance: Although it's not brought up, she looks weirdly like a child Asuna with Kirito's haircolor. She even has a similar hair style to Asuna, making her being their "daughter" ironic. That may mean she purposefully or subconsciously sculpted her avatar to look like that when she broke out of Cardinal to find them. * WomanInWhite: In line with her purity and innocence, Yui's outfits are predominantly white. [[/folder]] [[folder:Main Antagonists]] !Akihiko Kayaba [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kayaba_3293.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KoichiYamadera (Japanese), Creator/MarcDiraison (English) The creator of SAO who trapped ten thousand players in his game of death. ---- * AffablyEvil: He's very polite and professional. He's also threatening the lives of thousands of innocent people. * ArcVillain: Aincrad arc. * AmbitionIsEvil: He tells Kirito of his dream about creating a floating castle as the basis for creating Sword Art Online. * {{Badass}}: He ''created'' every Sword Arts in Sword Art Online, including Kirito's Dual Blades techniques. * BadassBookworm: He programmed all of SAO, and designed the hardware, by himself. [[spoiler:Even after his death he created a program that revived the VRMMORPG genre in the aftermath of the Fairy Dance arc.]] * BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: At the end of the Fairy Dance arc, his spirit seemingly ''comes back from the dead'' to give Kirito his Administrator privileges so he can defeat Sugou.]] * BlueAndOrangeMorality: His extreme LackOfEmpathy creates this. He weighed 10,000 human lives versus him creating his ideal world and chose the latter, but feels neither any guilt nor joy at the deaths. He's actually ''happy'' that someone is coming to kill him as that is how Aincrad is supposed to work. * EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: To Kirito as virtual reality junkies.]] * EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: He may have caused the deaths of 4000+ players just to bring his imagination to life, but he keeps his own rules even if it meant losing everything. By these standards he holds Nobuyuki Sugou in contempt and helps out Kirito in taking him down.]] * FairPlayVillain: [[spoiler:Zigzagged, he keeps his own rules, even when it costs him his world and his life.]] However, he did make himself an [[spoiler:Immortal object as Heathcliff]] * FinalBoss: [[spoiler: He was supposed to be this for SAO.]] * GameMaster: He's the administrator of SAO. * {{GMPC}}: [[spoiler:Considered to be the strongest player in SAO. The Leader of the most powerful guild. One of the only two known people with a Unique Skill. Have never been seen being brought down to below 50% HP. Respected by all. Granted he expected himself to be revealed at around the 95th floor and deliberately did this to bring forth the greatest despair to the players. On the other hand, he tends to not do much and fights passively, letting the rest of the players do their own thing and to figure out what to do on their own. It was the combination of all the above that led Kirito to suspect this trope and thus his true identity.]] * TheGMIsACheatingBastard: ** [[spoiler:To protect his guise as Heathcliff in his duel with Kirito, he accelerated faster than the normal players in SAO to block damage. He also has the "Immortal Object" ability normally granted to environmental objects to protect his life if his HP goes below 50%.]] ** In the [[spoiler:second duel]] Kirito noted that Kayaba did not, in fact, need the additional assistance [[spoiler:to strike that fast.]] * AGodAmI: While he never claims to be anything more than a programmer, Kirito notes that his behavior is godlike - looking upon the players not with empathy, but with mercy and pity. This is what allows Kirito to [[spoiler:identify him as Heathcliff.]] * GracefulLoser: When defeated [[spoiler: three-quarters of the way through the planned SAO]], Kayaba congratulates [[spoiler: Kirito and Asuna, and lets them both live and return to the real world, even though they had both "died" in the virtual world]]. * KarmaHoudini: He [[spoiler:dies on his own terms. While Kirito isn't openly hostile or hateful, he doesn't think that he can ever forgive Kayaba for those deaths, particularly Sachi's.]] * KillerGameMaster: He designed the Nerve Gear to kill players in real life if they died in his game. He also placed lots of traps in his world with the idea of making that happen. * LackOfEmpathy: He cares nothing for the deaths of the players in SAO. * LetsFightLikeGentlemen: In his final duel with Kirito, he lowers himself to the level of the players, forfeiting all of his GM advantages to face Kirito in a fair duel. * LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:His Heathcliff Avatar has light based skills.]] * MadArtist: He dreamed of a masterpiece of a world where players can surpass the limits of reality. He also dreamed of people fighting for their lives in said world, apparently. * MeaningfulName: Kayaba [[spoiler:naming his character after the villain of Literature/WutheringHeights]] draws certain parallels -- [[spoiler:originally appearing heroic, he is revealed to have more evil and self-serving intents.]] * NobleDemon: He's a murder and a kidnapper and has some weird ethics to be sure but he sticks to his rules and is a GracefulLoser. * PsychopathicManChild: His ultimate goal is essentially to bring the world of his imagination to life and have it be as real as possible. He also posses a certain sense of fair play. This would make him a Type C with bits of B and E mixed in. ** This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the 4-koma, where the raid team accuses him of having [[MrImagination 8th grader syndrome]]. * TheSociopath: Just doesn't care either way about the people trapped in his death game. Sure, he does [[spoiler: help found and raise a very powerful guild and helps its members develop,]] but that was done solely to have strong players who would keep challenging the game. * TheStoic: Even when [[spoiler: Kirito overcomes ''death'' to attack him one last time]], his expression barely changes. * StrawNihilist: He doesn't even care about ''his own'' life. * TheUnfettered: The game will continue for Kayaba's amusement. What the players think of him is irrelevant. * UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: His ultimate goal it to reach or create "Aincrad", the world that surpasses the limits of reality that he saw in his dreams. The "Aincrad" from SAO is based on it. * VisionaryVillain: His dream of "Aincrad" led him to villainy. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:As Heathcliff.]] !Nobuyuki Sugou/Oberon the Fairy King (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sugou_1599.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His appearance IRL]] [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sugou_alo_avatar_3524.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His Oberon avatar]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (Japanese), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (English) The director of RECTO's research institute. He high-jacked the minds of 300 of the SAO victims (including his then-fiance Asuna) and traps them in his own game [=ALFheim=] Online to experiment on them. The antagonist of volumes 3-4. ---- * AlwaysSecondBest: To Kayaba, which drives him nuts. * ArcVillain: The primary antagonist of the Fairy Dance arc, being responsible for taking away 300 SAO survivors and locking them in ALO for his experiments. [[spoiler: ''Infinity Moment'' upgrades him to BigBad; he hijacked SAO so that he could use it for his experiments and used a super account to enter the game as Alberich.]] * ArrangedMarriage: ''Was'' the fiance of Asuna chosen by her parents. In her parents' defense, he admits that if they knew how she felt about him, they would have called it off in a heartbeat. * AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Likely no one shed a tear after Kirito turns the tables on him and kills his avatar brutally in the ALO game, considering he was torturing the former moments before, and threatened to rape Asuna both in-game and in the real world.]] * BitchInSheepsClothing: In front of Asuna's father. * BlondGuysAreEvil: As Oberon. * BringMyBrownPants: He wets himself after [[spoiler:Kirito overpowers him in real life]]. * CardCarryingVillain: Unlike Akihiko, he is portrayed as straightly and unconditionally evil. * CorruptCorporateExecutive: He is the director of RECTO's research institute and the one responsible for keeping 300 Nerve Gear victims, including Asuna, prisoner even after SAO had ended. He did this by transferring them all into ALO for experiments on human subjugation via fulldive technology. He also attempts to take over RCT Progress Inc. by marrying Asuna while she is unconscious. * EvilCannotComprehendGood: ** He mocks Asuna by telling her he met Kirito in the real world, and how weak he looked. He is completely unaware that letting her know her lover was alive was exactly what she needed to keep going. ** He was also convinced that Kirito would be too scared to even put on his Nerve Gear, let alone try to save Asuna, boy was he wrong. * EvilLaugh: He lets out some AxCrazy cackles during his first confrontation with Kirito. [[http://i.imgur.com/fgXYZ.jpg His face]] certainly adds to his psychopathic demeanor. * EyeScream: [[spoiler:Suffered this by Kirito at the final part of his CurbStompBattle by letting his sword fall into him and because of the pain reception he brought up during that fight it transfers into the real world with painful irritation and bad vision from that right eye.]] * FourEyesZeroSoul: His real body wears glasses. * GameMaster: He's the administrator of ALO during ''Fairy Dance''. * AGodAmI: Saw himself as one in ALO and gave himself the identity of "Oberon, king of the fairies". * TheGMIsACheatingBastard: Uses an unreleased, overpowered spell on Kirito and Asuna. Changes the Pain Absorption to torture Kirito. [[spoiler:The latter eventually leads to HoistByHisOwnPetard with it being used against him.]] * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Gets chopped in half by Kirito.]] * TheHedonist: His lust for power and treatment of Asuna gives him some exaggerated hedonistic qualities. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The Pain Absorption that he used to torture Kirito is used against him when the latter obtains [[GameMaster Administration Powers]] from Kayaba.]] * IfICantHaveYou: His threat of altering Asuna's memories. * IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Does to Asuna by chaining her, ripping her clothes off and [[LecherousLicking licking her]] all this right in front of Kirito. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Kirito kills Sugou's Oberon avatar by tossing him up and letting him fall onto his sword [[EyeScream that landed on his right eye]].]] * {{Jerkass}}: He responds to Kirito's desperate attempts to save Asuna with sadistic mockery. * KillerGameMaster: The overpowered spells, the Pain Reception controls, [[spoiler: and the fact that ALO is UnwinnableByDesign]] all point to a sadistic "Fairy King". * KnifeNut: [[spoiler:He tried to kill Kazuto in the real world with a combat knife. Thankfully Kazuto handed him his ass and handed him to the police by his supposed-victim, thanks to the skills he learned in game.]] * LastVillainStand: [[spoiler: By the time he decides to pull a knife on Kirito in the real world, Sugou has suffered a complete VillainousBreakdown and has lost everything, save one last, desperate chance to get back at our hero.]] * LecherousLicking: When [[spoiler:he is sexually attacking Asuna in Alfheim Online, she starts to cry in humiliation and he ecstatically licks her tears.]] * {{Megane}}: Of the FourEyesZeroSoul variety. * NoOntologicalInertia: His victims, bar Asuna, luckily had no recollection or post-effects of three months spent experimented upon. Neither madness nor suffering ensued once they were freed. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: [[spoiler:He doesn't know how to keep his hands and tongue to himself.]] * NotSoStoic: Tries to act as if he's always in control, but his composure collapses when unexpected events happen. * SmallNameBigEgo: He talks big, describing himself as an incredibly powerful man, to the point of [[AGodAmI claiming to be a god]] but is really the poor man's version of Akihiko Kayaba and after [[spoiler: the latter's BigDamnHeroes moment in Alfheim,]] he [[VillainousBreakdown shows that he knows it too.]] * SmugSnake: He is extremely arrogant and tends to speak in a sarcastic tone. * StalkerWithACrush: To Asuna. Among other disturbing things, he sniffs her hair while she is in a coma. * TheSociopath: Selfish, cruel and power-hungry, Sugou is obviously not someone Kirito is meant to get along with. * VillainousBreakdown: He's far from sane to begin with, but as noted above, when things aren't going his way he loses any semblance of stability. * VillainousCrush: His attempts at "courting" Asuna amount to putting her in a cage and threatening her memories. !"Death Gun" (GGO) [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/death_gunner_5720.png]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SoichiroHoshi A mysterious gunman rumoured to be able to kill someone in real life from the virtual world. The antagonist of volumes 5-6. ---- * ArcVillain: Of the ''GGO'' arc. * AxCrazy: As expected for a person who came from the Laughing Coffin guild. * BadassCape: Dons a tattered mantle that comes with a hood, which, in addition to the skull-like helmet, gives him a sinister vibe, akin to a GrimReaper. * BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:Three people are playing the role.]] * ColdSniper: During the [=BoB=] tournament, he shoots his targets with stun bullets from his "Silent Assassin" (a very rare and high-level sniper rifle according to Sinon) before moving in for the kill with his handgun. * CollectiveIdentity: [[spoiler:There were three perpetrators. Two were SiblingsInCrime while the other was added later for their plot during the third Battle of Bullets.]] * ContrivedCoincidence: His Death Gun is [[spoiler: the same exact model of gun Sinon used to kill a bank robber years ago. She herself is stunned to see this.]] Subverted later; it's ''not'' a coincidence. * CoolMask: Wears one that resembles a mechanical skull whose eyes are [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red]]. * DarthVaderClone: Clad in dark clothes, namely a BadassCape (complete with a [[InTheHood hood]]) and a CoolMask, "Death Gun" sports a VaderBreath as well as a CreepyMonotone voice, [[spoiler:and is related to Kirito by way of having faced him before in Aincrad as part of the Laughing Coffin guild]]. * ForTheEvulz: One of the reasons "Death Gun" kills. [[spoiler: Two of the conspirators were members of Laughing Coffin and wanted to ''continue'' the death game that was SAO.]] * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Much like Oberon before him, Kirito slices Death Gun in half at the end of their duel.]] * {{Handguns}}: Uses a Type 54 [[note]]Chinese knock-off of the Soviet Tokarev TT-33[[/note]] in GGO. * InvisibilityCloak: He owns a mantle that has the "Metamaterial Optical Camouflage" ability. He can use it in the city AREA and hide from satellite scans during [=BoB=]. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: As if his moniker as the "Death Gun" wasn't representative enough of the murders he started committing in GGO, [[spoiler:his [=BoB=] tournament entry name, "Sterben", is the German verb for "To die"]]. * OmnicidalManiac: His goal is to kill as many people as he can. * {{Revenge}}: Another reason why "Death Gun" kills. [[spoiler:Two of the perpetrators are former Laughing Coffin members, and they are elated when they get the chance to torment Kirito in ''Gun Gale Online''. The third blamed the high level players for recommending a character build that eventually got nerfed, leaving him unable to compete in the [=BoB=] tournament for his subscription fee.]] * SerialKiller: The ''Gun Gale Online'' arc has Kirito investigate on this enigmatic character who is rumoured to be able to kill players both in the game and in the real world. Two known victims were among GGO's top players. * SiblingsInCrime: [[spoiler:The original two members of the team. The eldest was a former SAO player who was part of the red guild "Laughing Coffin"; he was the one who collected info on where their targets lived, was the one who injected [=XeXeeD=] and Usujio Tarako with Succinycholine in the real world, and is the one who shot the avatars of Pale Rider and Garret in GGO during [=BoB=]. The youngest was the one who shot the avatars of [=XeXeeD=] and Usujio Tarako in GGO, and during [=BoB=] he was meant to break into Shino's home and inject her with a dose of Succinylcholine with a needleless syringe. Both were children of a doctor and had access to the funds and equipment needed to pull it off.]] * CoolGuns/SniperRifles: His rifle of choice is the [=L115A3=], the British Army designation for the Arctic Warfare Super Magnum sniper rifle. His particular rifle is unique in that it has a custom integrally suppressed barrel akin to the [=AWS=] variant. This is what gives it its unique "Silent Assassin" moniker in-game. * TattooedCrook: Amidst the bandages on his right arm, a small tattoo can be made out. [[spoiler:It's the same mark as the members of Laughing Coffin, and Kirito subsequently has a HeroicBSOD when he sees it.]] * VaderBreath: When talking, a distinctive wheeze can be sporadically heard around "Death Gun". * WalkingSpoiler: The character known as "Death Gun" is actually [[spoiler:an entity created by three people, two of which are SAO survivors of the PlayerKilling variety, to carry out murders both in GGO and the real life near-simultaneously]], making its importance to the overall series' story that much more vital. [[/folder]] [[folder:Laughing Coffin]] A guild in SAO who revelled in killing other players. Because of this, they became known as a "red guild" and were eventually wiped out by the frontliner guilds. ---- * {{Blood Knight}}s[=/=]ForTheEvulz: Their logic for killing is, "If it's a death game, killing people is a must". * TheDreaded: Were this as a group, with multiple HeroKiller types like [=PoH=], Xa Xa, and Johnny Black among their ranks. * KarmaHoudini: [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit Due to all blame being placed on Akihiko Kayaba,]] none of their crimes were revealed to the public and none of the surviving members were punished for their crimes. [[LaserGuidedKarma However]], after the guild's kill count climbed into the triple digits, the Knights Of Blood put the floor-clearing on hold and with a lot of other like-minded players, initiated a purge to track down all members of the guild and bring them to justice. Most of the psychos were killed when [[TooDumbToLive they tried to fight back]]. Some of them, including [=XaXa=] and Johnny Black, managed to escape, though, and remain at large. [[spoiler:At least, until the ''Death Gun'' incident.]] * MurderInc: Sometimes, some players will hire their services to kill a target as a means to avoid having their KarmaMeter changed to orange or red. * PlayerKilling: However due to the way the [[KilledOffForReal death system works in SAO]], [[MoralEventHorizon they're straight up murderers]]. * {{Tattooed Crook}}s: Members have their guild symbol tattooed on their avatar's bodies. * VideoGameCrueltyPotential: A ''very'' extreme and nasty example. !![[spoiler:Vassago Cassals]][=/=][=PoH=] (SAO) The (former) leader of the guild. ---- * BigBad: Given the damage he and his guild did, he rivals Kayaba for the biggest problem of the arc as well, necessitating most frontline players to put off the progression and actively hunt Laughing Coffin down. %%* BlackCloak * CatchPhrase: "It's Showtime." (said in English) [[spoiler:When the Death Gun utters this phrase in the [=BoB=] tournament, Kirito is quick to think that [=PoH=] might be the perpetrator. He's not: [=XaXa=] is the one operating the avatar.]] * DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Recruits people for his red guild by promising them that all the blame for any murderers they commit will be placed on Kayaba. * FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Got turned into a tree by Kirito, left to rot in Underworld, and driven to insanity as a result.]] %%* FreudianExcuse: He utterly hates Asians because both him and his mother had been sold to human traffickers by their Korean father, and subsequently shipped to Japan. He starts the Laughing Coffin guild just so he could see Asians kill each other. * HeroKiller: Had this reputation, with even Kirito respecting his abilities. Given that he had the highest bodycount of almost any player, this is understandable. * InTheHood: His face is partially shadowed by the black hood he wears, concealing part of his identity. * KnifeNut: Wields a cleaver-type knife called "[[NamedWeapons Mate Chopper]]". * TheLeader: Of Laughing Coffin. * OmniGlot: [[InformedAbility According to the novels]] he is apparently fluent in Japanese, English, and Spanish. Kirito even wonders if he's of [[ButNotTooForeign mixed ethnicity]]. !!Shouichi Shinkawa[=/=][=XaXa=] (SAO) One of the top members of the Laughing Coffin, who survived the assault on the guild. ---- %%* BigBadDuumvirate: Of ''GGO'', alongside Johnny Black, [[spoiler:and his brother Kyoji]]. * CallForward: In the light novel version of "A Murder Case in the Area" (Episodes 4 and 5 from season 1 for reference), he threatens to chase down Kirito on a horse after he rides in on one and intervenes on an assassination. [[spoiler: In GGO, he, as Death Gun, chases down Kirito and Sinon on a (mechanical) horse.]] * CoDragons: To [=PoH=] alongside Johnny Black. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: His avatar in SAO has red hair and eyes. * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: He knew if the Kirito in the BoB tournament was the Kirito from SAO (which is correct), then he'd go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge if he killed Sinon.]] %%* EvilRedhead: His avatar in SAO. * HeroKiller: Earns this reputation in SAO [[spoiler:and GGO]]. As one of the few players who can match Kirito is a sword fight, it is not unwarranted. * IllBoy: His brother Kyoji describes him as being very sick. %%* LackOfEmpathy * MasterSwordsman: The best swordsman in the Guild, and a match for Kirito. [[spoiler:He gets to duel once more against the latter during the climax of GGO's [=BoB=] tournament, this time posing as the Death Gun and using a hidden estoc within his sniper rifle. He also goes into detail about how Kirito is rusty and uses technical jargon.]] * PsychoForHire: To the point where he could not stop killing after being released into the real world. * RedBaron: "Red-Eyed [=XaXa=]" * RedEyesTakeWarning: His avatar in SAO has red eyes which helped [[EarnYourTitle earned his nickname]]. [[spoiler:His helmet as the Death Gun in GGO has red lenses that glow.]] * SerialKiller: In ''SAO'' and out of it. * SkullForAHead: Wears a skull helmet. [[spoiler:His preference carries over into GGO, where he poses as the Death Gun.]] * WeaponOfChoice: Estoc-type weapons. [[spoiler:In GGO, he tried to recreate one with the metal found in ''space battleships'', but was only able to make a thin blade he can hide in his sniper rifle.]] * VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Averted. [[spoiler:After his capture and imprisonment in SAO, he did nothing but train with his rapier skills, to the point where like Kirito, he can replicate SAO moves via muscle memory and can actually beat Kirito in a sword fight (though it should be noted that Kirito couldn't fight all out as his lightsaber had no weight, and he's too used to heavy swords).]] * WalkingSpoiler: Even more so than the rest of his Laughing Coffin comrades due to the fact that he [[spoiler:comes back in Gun Gale Online as the avatar known as Death Gun, and carries out public virtual executions while his accomplices inject their victims with succinylcholine in the real world]]. !!Atsushi Kanamoto[=/=]Johnny Black (SAO) One of the top members of the Laughing Coffin, and a survivor of SAO. ---- * AxeCrazy: Johnny's dialogue does not hint at a sane mind. * BigBadDuumvirate: Of ''GGO'', alongside [=XaXa=] [[spoiler:and his brother Kyoji]]. * BrownBagMask: Wears a brown sack over his head in ''SAO''. * CoDragons: To [=PoH=] alongside [=XaXa=]. * HeroKiller: Has this reputation in ''SAO''. * InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath: Plans to force the members of the Golden Apple Guild into one. %%* LackOfEmpathy * MasterPoisoner: Was infamous for using poisons, and equipping the rest of Laughing Coffin with them. %%* PoisonedWeapons * PsychoForHire: Loves to kill, in both the real world and the games. * SerialKiller: In ''SAO'' and out of it, [[spoiler: culminating in an attack on Kirito and Asuna in the real world.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:''Underworld'' entities]] ! Ronye Kirito's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy. ---- %%* SempaiKohai: Kohai to Kirito. * UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: Thinks she'll never get married, because she's in love with someone who can never return that love. Three guesses [[HaremHero who]] [[ChickMagnet that]] [[ObliviousToLove is]]. [[spoiler: Still, she has descendants in the epilogue, so it looks like she gets over it.]] ! Tiize Eugeo's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy. ---- * SempaiKohai: Kohai to Eugeo. * UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: Like her best friend, Ronye, but refreshingly not with [[HaremHero you know who]]. ! Cardinal An extremely mysterious girl. ---- %%* LittleMissBadass * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: She observes the world in her library for hundreds of years ''alone''. So when she's done explaining the situation to Kirito she asks him to hug her. ! Solterina Sorult ---- %%* {{Badass}} * BlueBlood: From a 3rd class noble family. %%* SempaiKohai: Sempai to Kirito. ! Integrity Knights Protectors of the Human World and enforcers of the Taboo Index. !! [[spoiler: Bercury (Synthesis I]]) ---- * BadAss * OneManArmy * ImplausibleFencingPowers: [[spoiler: Can cut through time!]] !! Fanatio (Synthesis II) ---- * LadyOfWar !! Deusolbert (Synthesis VII) The Integrity Knight whom Kirito, Alice, and Eugeo saw fight a black knight. Was also the Integrity Knight who took Alice away. ---- * BowAndSwordInAccord * DragonRider !! Renly (Synthesis XLIX[[note]](49)[[/note]]) ! Administrator ---- * BodySurf: [[spoiler:Has been doing this to attain complete immortality.]] %%* DiscOneFinalBoss ! Gabriel/[[spoiler:Vector]] ---- %%* BigBad: After the Administrator is defeated, he takes over this role. * KnifeNut [[/folder]] [[folder: ''Gun Gale Online I Squad Jam'']] !Karen (LLENN) * HighlyConspicuousUniform: ''Pink'' combat suit. * WeaponOfChoice: P90 sub-machine gun. !Pitohui [[/folder]] [[folder:Video Game Exclusive Characters]] !Strea ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SachikaMisawa (Japanese) ---- * TheAce: Her Hiding skills can elude Kirito and she is one of the strongest in the raid team. %%* AIIsACrapshoot * ArtificialIntelligence: [[spoiler:She's a Mental Health Counseling Program, just like Yui.]] * {{BFS}} * BoobsOfSteel: Uses a 2-handed sword and has one of the highest HP counts among the players. %%* BrokenAce * TheEmpath: [[spoiler:Like Yui, she was designed to serve as AI counselor, though she got corrupted from experiencing all the players' negative emotions.]] * FusionDance: She ends up fusing with the Hollow Avatar [[spoiler:when Sugou inflicts incurable poison on her]]. Later, [[spoiler:Yui absorbs her data in the hopes of someday restoring her]]. %%* GenkiGirl * TheHeavy: [[spoiler: She's an Mental Health Counseling Program like Yui. The glitches in SAO are because of her overloading due to being unable to help the players like Yui.]] * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: After regaining her memories, she wants to prevent the world from getting destroyed, [[spoiler:which pits her against Kirito and the raid team. She later performs a HeroicSacrifice for Kirito and takes away Sugou's GM privileges, only to merge with the original FinalBoss.]] %%* MsFanservice %%* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace * TheTease[=/=]TheGadfly: Her very first CG is putting Kirito through MarshmallowHell, and it gets better from here. %%* WalkingSpoiler * YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: [[spoiler:Like Yui, she felt powerless in helping the players cope with the horrors of Aincrad, but Kirito assures her that she actually did help by befriending the raid team as a player character.]] %%* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]] !Philia ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YuiIshikawa (Japanese) ---- %%* TheAtoner * BrokenAce: She's strong enough to survive in the BrutalBonusLevel, but the isolation is clearly getting to her, to the point where [[spoiler:she's not even sure if she's the real Philia]]. * CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Hollow [=PoH=] convinces her that she's actually a Hollow AI clone of the real Philia and that she killed the real one. This is backed up by how she cannot return to Aincrad unlike Kirito. Subverted when it turns out that she's the real one.]] * CrashIntoHello: How Kirito first met her. * EasilyForgiven: She feels that Kirito forgave [[spoiler:her betrayal]] too easily and starts a sidequest to find out how he really feels. As a heartwarming example, she discovers that this trope is played completely straight. * HeroicBSOD: Has one when she realizes that [[spoiler:Kirito might have been killed instead of merely trapped]] and that [[spoiler:[=PoH=] is going to have everyone killed and replaced by Hollows]]. Luckily, [[spoiler:Kirito saves her and they eventually stop [=PoH=]'s plan]]. %%* KnifeNut * MarkOfShame[=/=]PlayerKilling: She's the first friendly orange player in the series. [[spoiler:This is due to a system glitch where she killed her Hollow counterpart. She later gets her status back to green.]] %%* TreasureHunter * UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To [=PoH=], who invokes CloningBlues to manipulate her into betraying Kirito.]] %%* WalkingSpoiler * YouCantGoHomeAgain: Being trapped in a Death Game is one thing, but somehow, she is unable to return to Aincrad to join the rest of the players. [[spoiler:She returns to Aincrad once the Hollow Area is beaten, though like everyone else, she can't return to below floor 76.]] [[/folder]] ----
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[[foldercontrol]] [[folder:Kazuto Kirigaya / Kirito]] ---- !!Kazuto Kirigaya / Kirito (SAO, ALO, GGO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kirito-sword-art-online-31698905-1280-720_6833.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka (Japanese) and Creator/BrycePapenbrook (English) ->''"I got this... I can do this! This world can't beat me! [[SurvivalMantra I will survive!"]]'' The main male protagonist of the series. Known as "[[RedBaron The Black Swordsman]]", Kirito is [[TheAce one of the strongest players in SAO]] and possesses the Unique Skill "DualWielding", which allows him to equip a second sword in his off-hand. ---- [[index]] * AbsurdlyYouthfulFather[=/=]ActionDad: To the AI Yui. * AccidentalPervert: ** In SAO, he accidentally [[ThanksForTheMammary gropes]] Asuna after she falls over him when she used a Teleport Crystal while running away from Kuradeel. She responds with a MegatonPunch. ** Later in GGO, he sees Sinon in her underwear, thanks to [[DudeLooksLikeALady a gender mix-up]]. * AlliterativeName: Both his given and family names begin with a "K", as is his online name. * AloofBigBrother: He distanced himself from his adoptive sister/cousin Suguha after he found out they aren't real siblings. After SAO he works to repair the distance. * AmazonChaser: He is often stunned speechless by the sight of Asuna in action. He's described her as "an angel" and her combos as "pure beauty". * AntiHero: The KnightInSourArmor variant at the beginning -- at his worst he's willing to do what it takes to survive. He largely grows out of it as his experiences expand beyond SAO. * AttackItsWeakPoint[=/=]BreakableWeapons: Specializes in this. Asuna notes that in SAO/ALO, Kirito's fighting style focuses on going after his enemy's weak points and weapons, and is called "Arms Blast", an Outside System Skill. In ALO, this leads to the creation of another Outside System Skill, "Spell Blast", where he accurately targets the tiny core in the middle of spells and destroys them. * AwesomeButImpractical: In SAO, he's still using and upgrading Dark Repulser months after Lisbeth crafted it for him. As she noted, it's rapidly being outclassed, and any moderately upgraded rare weapon from the 70th floor could match it even if fully upgraded, with much less material expense. The reason is because of its name, Kirito believes that he is destined to use it on the 100th floor final boss. [[spoiler:He's right.]] * {{Badass}}: You have to be one to survive as a front-line [[OneManArmy solo player]] in [[CrapsaccharineWorld SAO]]. His badassery doesn't decrease in ALO, GGO or even UW. * BadassAdorable: Awww, he's so cute -- wait, he's what?! The strongest player in SAO?! * BadassBiker: Downplayed in the real world, as he owns a motorcycle and often rides it. The skill becomes useful during [=BoB=] when he and Sinon are being chased by Death Gun. * BadassLongcoat: He often wears black longcoats; even in real life he prefers at least dark clothing. [[EarnYourTitle There's a reason he's called]] '''[[RedBaron The Black Swordsman]]'''. * BadassNormal: Even in the real world, his credentials remain the same. * BadassBoast: While disarming his opponent and sizing up the kabar combat knife... --->"Such a weak weapon. Too light, no reach. And it's all I'm gonna need to kill you once and for all." * BareFistedMonk: Knows unarmed combat to supplement his swordsmanship. * BattleCouple: With Asuna. * BerserkButton: [[SchmuckBait Go ahead]], threaten his friends and family. Especially [[LoveInterest Asuna]] and [[PapaWolf Yui]]. * TheBerserker: His use of Dual Blades skill makes him seem like one. Actually, whenever [[TheGlovesComeOff he gets really serious in a fight]]. Lampshaded by himself in Season 1 Episode 19. [[spoiler:The biggest example was during ALO, when he transforms into a demon, using his claws to fight and kill, not to mention eating some of his opponents.]] * BewareTheNiceOnes: ** Just watch Season 1 Episode 4. He will not let murdering psychopaths go unpunished. [[SerialKillerKiller Even if he has to turn his status into a ''Player Killer'']]. ** In the battle against the murderous guild Laughing Coffin, Kirito actually kills two of its members who would not surrender. This comes back to haunt him in GGO: [[spoiler:he discovers that Death Gun is a survivor of said purge.]] ** Near the end of Season 1, [[spoiler:you should see how many pieces of the person who tried to rape his beloved remain after [[UnstoppableRage Kirito's done with him]].]] * BigBrotherInstinct: Mostly towards his cousin and little sister-figure Suguha. He also tends to extend this to Silica, who reminds him of the former, so much so he helped her revive Pina. * BirdsOfAFeather: The roots of his close friendship with Sinon who, like him, has also killed someone in the past. * {{Bishonen}}: Applies to his actual self as well, but it should be noted that it's due to being essentially stuck in a coma for two years and still recovering. Sinon realizes this, so she never makes fun of him for looking so effeminate. * {{BFS}}: In ALO the second sword he owns is almost as big as his character, though it's more of a longsword. * BlackSwordsAreBetter: In SAO, his primary weapon "Elucidator"; In ALO, a {{BFS}} that replaced his starter weapon; In GGO, a "Kagemitsu G4" lightsaber with a black hilt. * BloodKnight: Never quite admitted or gets out of hand with it, [[TheBerserker but it exists]]. Acknowledged as such by Asuna as well: -->'''Yulier:''' ''[as Kirito is slicing up dozens of frog enemies]'' I feel like I should apologize; he's doing all the fighting.\\ '''Asuna:''' ''[with a smile, holding Yui]'' Oh no, he's happy out there. Really, he loves getting his battle on. * BrokenAce: Out of all 10,000 players in SAO, Kirito is the most skilled of them all, able to do feats that nobody else can, and is nearly unbeatable in battle. But at the same time he hides a lot of personal demons. Prior to SAO, he has little to NoSocialSkills due to his insecurity regarding his place in his aunt's family. In his earlier SAO days, he suffers a massive SurvivorsGuilt due to what happened to Black Moon Cat, causing him to develop a severe tendency for [[ItsAllMyFault self-imposed guilt trips]]. He largely grows out of it come ALO but he slips back into it during GGO due to Death Gun [[spoiler: being a former member of Laughing Coffin.]] * BrokenBird: The entire Black Moon Cats ordeal will certainly haunt him for many years. * BroughtDownToBadass: He's in reality. He's just a scrawny teenage boy who's been in a coma for the last year, and you've just stabbed his arm in a sneak attack. He has no gear, no Sword Arts, no insanely high level. Think you can take him in a fight? So did Sugou. * CaptainErsatz: His GGO avatar looks similar to [[TalesOfVesperia Yuri Lowell]]. * CharacterDevelopment: In ALO, he's more confident and lighthearted despite having lost [[spoiler:Asuna]]. Of course, this may have to do with the fact that he can actually play ALO like a game, instead of having to watch people actually die all the time. * ChekhovsSkill: His Unarmed parameter is 100, but we never really see him use it in-game... [[spoiler:but in the real world, Kirito manages to disarm Sugou using his bare hands.]] * ChickMagnet: Oh, yes. Plenty of girls flock to him, though it's a bit better-handled than other harem series, especially given that he has eyes only for Asuna. * TheChosenOne: An unusual and indirect example, but [[spoiler:his Dual Blade skill was programmed by Kayaba to go to he/she who has the fastest natural reaction time, with the intent of making him/her be the one to face him as the final boss... and it just so happened to be Kirito. Which makes this a rare example of the TheChosenOne being chosen by the villain.]] * ColorMotif: He's always related to the color black. Even Asuna says as a joke at one point that she should party with him "because her horoscope said black was her lucky color that week". Blue usually acts as his secondary color. * CripplingOverspecialization: Kirito primarily uses heavy swords in both SAO and ALO out of personal preference. This bites him badly when he plays GGO, as the closest sword available is a Lightsaber, which is very light. [[spoiler: This nearly causes him to lose to Death Gun, as Death Gun, aka [=XaXa=], uses an Estoc, a weapon he's familar with, to combat him.]] * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In real life and his game avatars, both his hair and eyes are black. * CuteAndPsycho: What GGO players think of him after he sweeps the [=BoB=] preliminaries, because they see him as a beautiful yet crazy girl running around with a lightsaber in a gunfight... and winning. * CuteBruiser: His appearance is so feminine it causes him to swear off metal armor, and more than one foe comments "he doesn't look very strong"... yet he becomes the strongest player in SAO and ALO, forces a tie with Sinon, GGO's ace, ''and'' apparently does quite a bit in UW, not to mention the skills he learns while playing [=MMOs=] actually transfer to real life. [[spoiler:Just ask Sugou.]] * CynicismCatalyst: Kirito becomes a loner after he loses all the members of the Black Cats of the Full Moon and fails to revive Sachi. He blames himself for their deaths and avoids people because he's afraid of losing those close to him again. * DamnYouMuscleMemory: InUniverse, his experience with a sword in SAO and ALO has given him extra experience with swords in later games he plays. However, in GGO, where there are no "swords" but retractable lightsabers, he constantly forgets that there is no sheath for it and he's supposed hang it from his waist with a clip. * DarkAndTroubledPast: All acquired during his two years in SAO. * DarkIsNotEvil: Wears black as his main colors, both in real life and in the [=VRMMOs=] that he participates in. And somehow he is among the few paragons of righteousness in many of the games he plays. * DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: His birth parents died when he was younger. * DeclarationOfProtection: He has sworn to protect Asuna. * DespairEventHorizon: ** Almost crosses it when he manages to obtain a resurrection item to revive Sachi with (on Christmas Eve, no less) and goes near-suicidal after finding out that it doesn't work the way he thought it would. * {{Determinator}}: Shows this trait from time to time. Best example is the climax of the SAO arc where, [[spoiler:despite being technically killed by Kayaba, he holds on long enough to return the favor.]] * DifficultButAwesome: So many that only the outstanding examples will be listed here. DualWielding without system assist. Cutting bullets out of the air. Chaining together one-handed Sword Skills (he has to start one sword skill within a 0.1-second window in order to stop himself from freezing, basically a combo of combos). Spell Blast (using a system-controlled Sword Skill precisely enough to strike down fast-moving spells, which have a minuscule hitbox). * DirtyBusiness: He killed members of the red guild "Laughing Coffin" while on a mission to capture and imprison them. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Not that they didn't deserve it]], but [[ThouShaltNotKill he'd rather not have]] and brought them to justice instead. But given [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the nature of those psychotic sons-of-bitches]], it's not like he has any choice in that matter. * DualWielding: The only SAO player who has the Dual Blades Sword Skills. ** In later game worlds, he rarely does this anymore... but whenever he breaks out two swords, much awesomeness will occur. The best part? He's physically controlling two different swords without any System Assist. ** It's seen quite well in Caliber. There are no Dual Blade sword skills... but he has a sword in each hand, so he chains separate one-handed sword skills, controlling each hand separately. * DudeLooksLikeALady: His GGO avatar is a rare M9000-Type which cranks his already feminine looks UpToEleven. When he sees his own reflection in-game, he thinks he got gender-flipped. He looked so much like a girl that his IRL friends recognize him not because of his face nor his name but his sword style. * {{Escapism}}: Done subtly, but like Yuuki, Kirito embraces VR and is deeply immersed in it, to the point where he's preferring VR over reality. Yuuki realizes this and warns Asuna to watch out for Kirito, though Asuna doesn't understand what she is talking about. * EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]PaintItBlack: Kirito invokes this when he declares himself a Beater in front of a horde of players by putting on his recently obtained black coat after accepting his newly obtained name. * EveryManHasHisPrice: Why negotiate or threaten when you can just bribe someone with ludicrous amounts of money? * FacePlant: Happens to him several times when trying to get the hang of ALO's flight engine in the beginning of the ALO arc. One pretty spectacular one has him slamming into the ground head-first from ''dozens of meters in the air'' and seemingly being stuck for almost a minute after impact. * FailureToSaveMurder: Blames himself for the deaths of his first guild, the Black Cats of the Full Moon. * FingerlessGloves: He wears them in SAO. * FlechetteStorm: Has the Blade Throwing Skill, and regularly carries throwing spikes. * GameBreaker: InUniverse -- [[spoiler:even when Kayaba kills him, Kirito forcibly defies the game system long enough to avenge himself and Asuna. They get better. Kayaba doesn't.]] %%* GameBreakingInjury: During the Alicization arc, the attack on the Ocean Turtle in real life damages Kirito's nervous system even more and leaves him both paralyzed and mute in Underworld. * GenreSavvy: Mainly when it comes to [=MMORPGs=]. * {{GIRL}}: In GGO, he initially takes advantage of his feminine player avatar to get help from Sinon, and later [[ExploitedTrope exploits]] it again to garner support from male players. * GlassCannon: When he whips out Dual Wielding, he gains a completely massive attack output that outstrips everyone in the game. However, he basically becomes TheBerserker and gives up virtually all forms of defense. * CoolGuns / {{Handguns}}: In GGO, an FN Five seveN is his secondary weapon. * HappilyAdopted: By his aunt Midori and uncle Minetaka. Although he became distant when he found out they aren't really his parents, he gets over it after the SAO incident. * HappilyMarried: To Asuna in SAO. Only in-game, though, because they're too young to marry in real life. Even there, they're happily ''dating''. * HeroesPreferSwords: All of his avatar characters use some sort of CoolSword. * HeroicBSOD: ** He suffers a huge one when [[spoiler:Asuna performs a HeroicSacrifice.]] It debilitates him so badly that he can't bring himself to do more than slowly and feebly swing his swords at [[spoiler:Heathcliff]] for a few seconds. ** Suffers a major one when he encounters [[spoiler:Death Gun and realizes that not only is he a survivor of SAO, but also a member of Laughing Coffin. All of Kirito's repressed memories of the purge against that guild return and leave him in such a wrecked state that Sinon is worried by his nonresponsiveness.]] * HeroicSelfDeprecation: During SAO, first due to his status as a "Beater", although he gets better when he joins the Black Cats of the Full Moon. Turned UpToEleven after [[MyGreatestFailure the whole guild is wiped out]], to the point he becomes quite self-loathing. * HurtingHero: Believes letting the Black Cats of the Full Moon die is unforgivable. He's also haunted by the fact that he killed three Laughing Coffin members. He'd also rather storm the gates of Hell than let anything happen to his friends. * HopeSpot: The aforementioned resurrection item, the Stone of Returning Soul. It only works within ten seconds of a player's death, making it utterly useless for reviving Sachi, who died months ago. * IKnowMortalKombat: At the beginning of Fairy Dance, Kirito proves that he has real-world reaction and dodging speed on par with his cousin, the {{kendo}} expert. At the end of the arc, [[spoiler:he finally realizes that he can beat an incompetent, wounded, poor fighter, despite the fighter having a knife]]. ** IDontKnowMortalKombat: In the same battle, at the beginning of Fairy Dance, Kirito proves very clearly that Sword Skills ''do not work'' in the real world. Seems he ''really'' needs to work on his real-life sword attacks. *** He also gets taken down fairly quickly by [[spoiler: Kyouji]] at the climax of Phantom Bullet, despite the latter being raving mad and having done nothing but try (and succeed) to choke him. * IKnowYourTrueName: In the climax of GGO, Kirito is faced with a situation where he can't remember [[spoiler:the name of the Laughing Coffin member who is impersonating Death Gun]], despite having found a few clues during the [=BoB=] tournament. Throughout the final duel, he frantically scrapes through his memories, and remembers [[spoiler:the briefing before the raid on Laughing Coffin's HQ, which brought out the names of several key members]]. It is then, through the conjecture of [[spoiler:Death Gun's physical appearance, specifically the skull mask and red lenses]], that Kirito realizes he is fighting [[spoiler:Red-Eyed [=XaXa=], prompting the latter to be distracted and eventually get defeated. The implication runs even deeper since Kirito now has the means to arrest the Death Gun perpetrators.]] * ILetGwenStacyDie: During his time with the Black Cats, protecting and comforting Sachi from her fear of dying helped to assuage some of his guilt over being a beater and solo player, but his halfheartedness came back to bite him hard in the end when his [[{{Irony}} inability to admit his background and knowledge]] indirectly caused her to die from a trap. * ImAHumanitarian: When he uses an illusion spell to apparently turn into a monster, he ''eats'' some of the enemy players, and then chomps on Leafa's fingers when he turns back to normal. He was just joking, though. -->"Just trying to lighten the mood." * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: ** In Season 1 Episode 22, where he tries to reach the apex of the tower by himself, only to be overwhelmed by the infinitely respawning guardians. ** Again in Season 1 Episode 24, [[spoiler:when Sugou impaled him with his own sword, just after altering the pain absorber to make it even worse for him.]] * ImplausibleFencingPowers: After two years trapped in SAO, Kirito is possibly the best virtual swordsman in existence. He goes into Gun Gale Online... and buys a lightsaber which he uses to deflect bullets. He later uses this experience to control otherwise uncontrollable Sword Skills well enough to ''cut spells out of the air''. You can practically ''taste'' the expressions of the first set of enemies he demonstrates that to. * IneffectualLoner: Due to his DarkAndTroubledPast, he mostly acts as a lone wolf but still his friends, people in need and girls will flock to him whether he wants it or not. Of course, [[NiceGuy he does care back]]. * TheInformant: Becomes one to Seijurou to investigate the Death Gun rumors. * JerkassFacade: After clearing SAO L1, he decides to out himself as the first Beater in attempts to keep beta tester discrimination under control. * KidHero: Only 14 at the beginning, 16 by the end of the SAO arc. * LaserBlade: His primary weapon in GGO. * LightningBruiser: Let's just say that most of his enemies can't see him dashing across the battlefield towards the them before it's too late. * LikesOlderWomen: As illustrated by his relationships with Sachi and Asuna, who is a full year older. * LonersAreFreaks: Actively cultivated this, first due to the stigma against beta testers, and later after his guild was annihilated. He gets better, as part of his character development. * LongHairedPrettyBoy: His Avatar in GGO. * ManlyTears: Several times, but two moments stand out: while listening to the audio recording Sachi left him, and [[spoiler:while apologizing to a comatose Asuna for being unable to fulfill his promise to her to help her return to the real world]]. * MasterOfIllusion: Comes with being a Spriggan in ALO. Used to [[IAmAHumanitarian terrifying effect]] against a twelve-person attack squad. * MasterSwordsman: In SAO he mastered the One Handed Straight Sword skills and Dual Blades unique skills. * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: At the end of SAO, Kirito [[spoiler:[[HeroicWillpower keeps himself from dying]] [[{{Determinator}} long enough]] [[TakingYouWithMe to kill]] Kayaba.]] Also, Kirito [[spoiler:or possibly Kayaba's ghost, in which case this wouldn't count,]] unstuck a sword that was position-fixed at the end of ALO. These were apparently impossible based on the laws of SAO. PowerOfLove? Yes. RealityWarper? Maybe. Or [[spoiler:[[LightNovel/AccelWorld incarnate system,]]]] which would count as a mundane explanation. * MyGreatestFailure: The aforementioned fall of the "Black Cats of the Full Moon" and failure to revive Sachi. * MyGreatestSecondChance: After the whole SAO (and, by extension ALO) experience, he vows to become a more honest and better brother figure for Suguha. * NamedWeapons: Has owned a few. ** '''SAO''': Anneal Blade (1H Straight Sword, quest reward), Elucidator (1H Straight Sword, drop) and Dark Repulser (1H Straight Sword, crafted by Lisbeth) ** '''ALO''': [[{{Excalibur}} Excaliber]] (2H Greatsword, quest reward with a handy assist from Sinon) ** '''GGO''': [[LaserBlade Kagemitsu G4]] (Photon sword, purchased) * {{Narrator}}: Throughout most of the light novels, he is the one narrating the story. * {{Nephewism}}: His biological parents died in an accident when he was very young and he was adopted by his aunt and uncle. * NiceGuy: Isn't reluctant to help those in need, even strangers on the road. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Of the PoorCommunicationKills variety. Before committing suicide, Keita pointed out that had Kirito been more honest about his status, their guild would have still been alive]]. * NoSell: During his match against the (player-attacking) orange guild Titan's Hand, half a dozen players hack away at Kirito as hard as they can. He has so much HP it'd take them about 5 minutes to kill him... except he regenerates faster than they can hurt him... and he gets tired of being used for target practice and tells them off. * NotSoDifferent: ** Notes that he and Sugou are similar, as they were both defeated and then forced to assist Kayaba -- the difference being that Kirito never sought to become like [[AGodAmI Kayaba]] or Sugou. ** Kayaba himself. [[spoiler:Both are the best players in Aincrad]], immerse themselves in the game to the point where it's more real to them, and they both love video games. The difference however is fairly obvious, as Kirito never tried to become a god. * ObliviousToLove: Subverted refreshingly. Unlike the stereotypical harem protagonist, Kirito is well aware of the girls' affections around him. It's just that he has already given his heart to Asuna and deliberately plays SelectiveObliviousness so as not to hurt their feelings. * OfficialCouple: With Asuna. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His real name is barely mentioned at all. This is less prevalent in the English dub, though, since Suguha calls him by his name instead of "brother", probably highlighting their alienation from each other. * OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Yeah, Kirito is a rather skilled VR-MMORPG player-slash-addict and a SAO beta tester, but other than his mild family issues, there's not much unusual about his backstory. Or his present... until Kayaba traps everyone in SAO. * OurHeroIsDead: Partway through Volume 9, [[spoiler:Atsuhi attacks Kirito to avenge the downfall of Death Gun, and stabs him with a fatal dose of succinylcholine. Although he manages to take him down before succumbing to the poison, the volume ends with him flatlining.]] By the beginning of the next volume, it is revealed that [[spoiler:his body recovered from the dose but his brain was damaged, so Seijuro has to use his political clout to get him to Ocean Turtle and hook him up to [=UnderWorld=] so it can be repaired]]. * OverprotectiveDad: Mostly in the chibi special Sword Art Offline. He makes multiple threats to Klein about teaching Yui bad things and states he would kill Klein if the guy ever flirted with Yui. * PapaWolf: To Yui * TheParagon: Kirito's experiences have made him an altruistic and courageous character who helps and inspires many other players, like Sinon. * PayEvilUntoEvil: Just watch him [[spoiler:torture Sugou after turning the tables on the man who nearly raped the love of his life]]. * PocketProtector: A mild variant in GGO; he forgot to detach one of the electrodes used to monitor his health, but it ultimately saved him from [[spoiler:Kyouji's attempt at injecting him with succinylcholine while he went to Shino's house to save her from the Death Gun perpetrators]]. * PreAsskickingOneLiner: "Computer, set Pain Absorber to 0." After gaining control of ALO's GM powers and disabling Sugou's, Kirito decides it's time for some payback for Sugou torturing him and molesting Asuna. Sugou also mentioned that a setting of 3 or lower will result in real-world injuries from in-game damage. * PsychoticSmirk: Not shown very often, but he can flash some serious crazy under the right circumstance. Prime example would be during his one man attack against the World Tree guardians. * PurpleIsPowerful: His LaserBlade during the GGO arc. * RavenHairIvorySkin: More so with his GGO avatar, [[DudeLooksLikeALady complete with crimson red lips, shining eyes, and long eyelashes]]. * RedBaron: In SAO, he is known as "The Black Swordsman" due to his clothes, hair, eyes, and primary weapon being black. ** He is later known as "The Twin Blade Swordsman" after he reveals that he can dual wield. * ReverseGrip: It's very difficult to spot, but on rare occasions, Kirito will wield his sword(s) like this if he needs to. The most visible example is from Episode 9 of the anime, during the battle with Gleam Eyes; he tanked a strike and briefly switched his grip to counterattack. * SecondLove: Asuna is his. This helps him get over Sachi's death and the fall of his first SAO guild. * SecretIdentity: Kinda. When he returns to the real world, he tries to keep his Kirito identity on the down low. * ShellShockedVeteran: [[DeathGame SAO]] will do that to you. It's hard to tell what messes him up more: the fact that he let the Black Cats of the Full Moon die or the fact that he killed three Laughing Coffin members. * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Said this almost word for word when Klein speculated he was partying with Asuna because he fell for her. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt The smiles of Asuna and the Furinkazan members show they don't buy it]]. ** He also said it about Sachi, though [[AllThereInTheManual the character interviews]] reveal that to be a lie. * ShutUpKiss: Kirito does this to Asuna in episode 10. * SignatureMove: In SAO, it's his Dual Blades skill, though it's kept hidden for the most part. * SilentScapegoat: In Season 1 Episode 2, he takes on the title of "Beater" in order to separate all other Beta players who help others with Betas who take advantage of their knowledge at the expense of others (Beta+Cheater). * SixthRanger: Was the extra member of the Black Cats of the Full Moon; the rest were friends from a real-world computer club. He's also the only survivor. * SkywardScream: Kirito fulfills this trope at the end of Season 1 Episode 1, after he resolves to survive SAO. * SoleSurvivor: Of Black Cats of the Full Moon. * SpinToDeflectStuff: In SAO, he once used a sword skill to block a breath attack of a dragon. * SpiderSense: The Outside System Skill, "Hypersense". Despite being a hypothetical hidden skill, Kirito notes that several times in SAO, he'd felt the presence of someone watching him and credits the skill for saving his life. * StupidSexyFlanders: When he enters GGO, his avatar looks too much like a girl, and he [[MostCommonSuperpower checks]] to make sure he is actually a guy (to his relief, he is). Cue guys ''hitting on him'' and Sinon mistaking him for a girl. Also cue him ''playing up the girly tone'' when he confronts Sinon. * SugarAndIcePersonality: He's a nice guy but he can be a bit cold and distant, being paralyzed by the fear of reliving the Black Cats experience all over again. * SuperReflexes: A big reason for his [[TheAce ace]] status in any [=VRMMORPGs=] he plays. ** He had the fastest reaction speed of all players in SAO, which was why the system granted him his trademark dual-wielding ability. ** In ALO, his reaction speed played an even bigger role as it determined one's ingame movement speed and attack damage. He was so fast his speed completely overwhelmed one of the fastest players of the race with an affinity for speed, and was able to pummel players with high-level armor with ''initial equipment''. ** In GGO, his reaction speed is shown to be demonic enough for him to slice showers of bullets midair with his lightsaber as long as he can sense their trajectories. When he returns to ALO, he uses the same technique to easily block magic attacks which have notoriously small hitboxes, noting that magic attacks were far slower than bullets. * SurvivalMantra: The quote at the top of his trope list, said at end of the first episode of the anime. And followed up by the aforementioned SkywardScream. * SurvivorGuilt: Feels haunted by the guilt of being the only surviving member of the Black Cats of the Full Moon. * SwordAndGun: Does this in GGO, due to his preference and the lightsaber being too expensive for him to get anything better than a pistol. * SwordOverHead: [[spoiler:Sugou is finally held with a knife to his throat by Kirito in real life. [[WhatYouAreInTheDark With no one else around at so late an hour, Kirito could easily kill him and put him out of everyone's misery...]] [[CruelMercy But he doesn't. He simply beats Sugou to a barely-breathing pulp and leaves him for the police.]]]] * TheseHandsHaveKilled: He's haunted by the fact that he killed three Laughing Coffin members. * TrademarkFavoriteFood: ''Anything'' cooked by [[SupremeChef Asuna]]. * TroubledButCute * UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: [[spoiler:Meets Silver Crow/Haruyuki from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' in the side story Versus. Of course, as pure fanservice, he's back to his old Black Swordsman Kirito form as the two fight in an epic battle. It ends in a draw.]] * UnreliableNarrator: Contradicts himself in different accounts of the incident with the Black Cats of the Full Moon. This suggests he may be giving a distorted account of other past events. * UnskilledButStrong: Because SAO and ALO are built on the same source code, Kirito's compatible stats from SAO are transferred over. For the duration of the ALO arc, he uses the default starting skills and equipment of the Spriggan class. However, since his SAO stats are through the roof (and ALO stats are limited by there being no levels to grind), the effects of his basic spells are amped up beyond belief. A small smokescreen spell turns into a massive explosion of smoke, and a basic illusion casting spell outright transforms him into the boss creature he was trying to create a facsimile of, broken party-killing moveset and all. He later resets his stats so he can make a proper Spriggan build and have fun with it. * UnsettlingGenderReveal: When he and Sinon first met, she mistakes him for a girl. They get along and she helps him get his equipment, but when it's time to put on their battle suits Sinon gets undressed right in front of Kirito and he awkwardly tells her he's a guy. [[ArmorPiercingSlap Sinon doesn't take it well.]] * UnstoppableRage: Go ahead, just try to harm anyone he cares about. Especially Asuna. Hopefully there's still enough of you to fill a bucket once he's through. * UnwantedHarem: He gradually builds one up due to helping out various girls in the series. * WeWantOurJerkBack: As for Leafa/Suguha not taking well of finding out Kirito is really her cousin/adopted brother... -->'''Suguha''': "If that's how it is, I wished you kept on being a jerk to me." * WeaponOfChoice: Kirito is always a sword user. Even in GGO, he picks up a lightsaber. It's fitting given his [[KnightInShiningArmor chivalrious impluses]]. * WhatYouAreInTheDark: [[spoiler:When given the opportunity to kill Sugou, the man who nearly ruined his life and raped Asuna, Kirito simply gives him a beatdown and leaves him to the cops.]] * WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Kirito prefers swords. Even GGO, which focuses heavily on ranged combat. * WhenHeSmiles: Normally he has a sad look on his face, but when he smiled at Silica, [[LuminescentBlush well...]] * WillfullyWeak: Lisbeth and the rest of the girls speculate this is the case for Kirito. -->'''Lisbeth:''' "This is what I think. Probably, in a normal game, Kirito won't fight seriously anymore. On the other hand, Kirito only fights seriously when the game isn't a game anymore, when the virtual world becomes real... That's why it's better if situations which force him to fight seriously don't appear. From the beginning, he was the type to easily get wrapped into troublesome things." * WouldHitAGirl: He expresses that he does not like to fight females, but he could if he has to. ** He threatened the female leader of the player-killing guild "Titan's Hand" to intimidate the guild. ** He once dueled Asuna due to their disagreement on using an NPC village as bait for a floor boss and won. ** He took out the female GGO player Musketeer X during [=BoB=]. * ZeroApprovalGambit: Outs himself as the first "Beater"[[labelnote:*]]a {{portmanteau}} of "beta tester" and "cheater"[[/labelnote]] to reduce prejudice against beta testers. By doing this, he focuses the stigma exclusively on beta testers who selfishly keep foreknowledge of the game to themselves, protecting other, less unscrupulous beta players (such as his friend Argo). [[/folder]] [[folder:Other Main Characters]] ---- !!Asuna Yuuki / Asuna (SAO, ALO) / Titania, the Queen of Fairies (ALO) / Erika (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AsunaSAO_5843.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HarukaTomatsu (Japanese) and Creator/CheramiLeigh (English) ->''"I don't want to lock myself in a room at the Town of Beginnings and slowly rot away. I'd rather stay the way I am until the last moment. Even if a monster beats me and I die... I won't lose to this game nor this world, no matter what."'' The main female protagonist. In SAO, she is the sub-leader of the frontline guild "Knights of Blood". Her speed and proficiency with a rapier is so advanced that she has earned the moniker of "The Flash". ---- * AbsurdlyYouthfulMother[=/=]ActionMom: To the AI Yui. * ActionGirl: Oh yes. More than a few times she's taken down foes [[{{Badass}} Kirito]] couldn't handle. * AdaptationDyeJob: Goes from auburn/brunette in the novels to strawberry-blonde in the anime. * AttemptedRape: During the climax of ALO, [[spoiler:Sugou attempts to molest Asuna in front of a paralysed Kirito, though the latter frees himself with the help of Kayaba's ghost and soundly defeats him.]] * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As the sub-leader of the "Knights of the Blood Oath" * BadassAdorable: Hard to imagine the vice-commander of "[[BadassArmy The Knights of Blood]]" going {{Tsundere}} towards our hero? Just watch Season 1 Episode 5. * BadassInDistress: During the early part of the ALO arc, she was trapped in the ALO virtual reality by her then-fiance Sugou, who kept her locked in a cage in the World Tree. [[DamselOutOfDistress She came very close to freeing herself, and managed to leave clues for Kirito and Yui to get to her.]] * BareYourMidriff: As Titania. * BattleCouple: With Kirito. * BerserkButton: Don't threaten those she cares about. Especially Kirito and Yui. She will kick your ass. * BewareTheNiceOnes: If you fall into her good side, you'll see she is a really sweet girl. However, piss her off and you'll be cut in half before you even see her coming. * BrainyBrunette: In the real world and in SAO. Also as Titania in ALO during "Fairy Dance". * CharacterizationMarchesOn: In Volume 1 her ActionGirl traits were toned down, making her {{Tsundere}} traits stand out more. However, as the series marches on, her ActionGirl persona takes the forefront ([[BadassInDistress with the exception of during the [=ALFheim=] arc)]]. ** The anime adaptation got hit pretty hard because of this. Since later volumes tell events from the Aincrad arc in a non-linear fashion, but the anime tells them in linear progression, Asuna's characterization flip-flops a bit. For example, in episode 11, Asuna shows that she is afraid of ghosts. However, previously in episodes 5 and 6 the story also involves the possibility of ghosts, and yet she doesn't even flinch. That's because while the events of episode 11 were originally told on volume 2 of the light novel series, the events of episodes 5 and 6 were told in volume 8. * ChefOfIron: She's an extremely skilled swordswoman, and has mastered her Cooking skill. * ClingyJealousGirl: She has shades of this from time to time, though it's understandable considering how many women are around Kirito. One example is in episode 19 of season 2, when she finds out that the mysterious warrior challenging people to a duel wasn't a man as she envisioned, but a girl. She then gets mad at Kirito and thinks he lost on purpose because of that. * ClothingDamage: When [[spoiler:Sugou starts to strip her with the intention of raping her]]. * ColorMotif: White. * CombatMedic: Her ALO build; as an Undine healer, she hasn't forgotten how to use her rapier. More than once she's switched from healing to taking down the level boss. * CoolBigSis: She acts this way to most of the other female characters. Acts a bit like one to Liz and Silica in real life. Suguha and Sinon aren't excluded. She definitely acts as this towards Yuuki, who calls her "sis". [[spoiler: It serves to remind her of her dead twin.]] * CurbStompBattle: When the 21-30th floors of Aincrad were opened in ALO, Asuna, her friends and alongside 50 other players rushed right to the floor boss, where they watched in awe as Asuna single-handedly take out the boss, kicked it to the side, and rush onward to the 22nd floor. The reason was to purchase the small wooden house in the middle of the forest, the same house herself and Kirito briefly lived in, back in SAO. * CustomUniformOfSexy: A rare case where it was customized by the ''other'' members of her guild. They guilt-tripped her into wearing it due to how much it cost. * DeclarationOfProtection: She promises Kirito to protect him. * DefiantCaptive: When she was Sugou's captive in ALO he asked for her love. She said he'd have to make due with her "disgust and hatred". * DemotedToExtra: Despite being a OfficialCouple with Kirito, she's a DamselInDistress in ALO, and then takes a complete side seat in GGO. From that point the trope is inverted. She goes back to main character in the Calibur arc and takes the role of TheProtagonist from Kirito for Mother's Rosario. * DetachedSleeves: Her [[NonUniformUniform uniform]] as a member of the "Knights of Blood." * DiedInYourArmsTonight: Near the end of the Aincrad arc, [[spoiler:she dies in Kirito's arms after taking a fatal blow for him in the final battle]]. She gets better [[spoiler:once Heathcliff is defeated, but remains trapped in virtual reality due to Sugou's manipulations, triggering the ''Fairy Dance'' arc.]] * DifficultButAwesome: ** Her speed, both attack and movement. In [=VRMMORPGs=], you can concentrate to speed up attacks significantly. However, if you do it even slightly incorrectly (which gets more and more likely the more you are trying to speed up the strike), you cancel the attack and get frozen for a split second. By the time Asuna first meets Kirito, she (as a rookie) has faster attacks that even he does. Similar rules (though usually without a possible freeze penalty) apply to movement, and Asuna has one of the highest movement speeds of any SAO player. ** Her cooking skill in SAO is maxed out. It's very difficult to max out any skill and cooking is non-combat. Even someone like Kirito, who spends all his waking hours fighting, only has a couple fighting skills maxed out. This means she can eat like a princess every day, with common ingredients, while other players have the bland fare sold by [=NPCs=]. * DudeMagnet: She says she has received many confessions and proposals from guys. She also has two stalkers. * DynamicEntry: Asuna appears, practically out of nowhere, running [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane slightly faster than the system's speed cap]], and knocks the player-killer who had paralyzed and was slowly killing Kirito into the far wall. * FanDisservice: When [[spoiler:Sugou strips and molests her right in front of Kirito]]. * FeminineWomenCanCook: Both in the game, and real life, she's a fantastic cook who is also feminine. * FirstGirlWins: Not counting Suguha, Asuna is the first of the many girls in Kirito's (virtual) life. * GodivaHair: When [[spoiler: Sugou rips her top off]]. * GoGoEnslavement: Her outfit as Titania is pretty revealing. Sugou was probably the one who designed it that way. * GoOutWithASmile: In the final battle of the Aincrad arc, [[spoiler:she dies smiling to Kirito after TakingTheBullet for him. Fortunately for her, Heathcliff's defeat and subsequent deletion of the Aincrad server brought her back from imminent death.]] * HappilyMarried: To Kirito in SAO according to the game's mechanics. In real life, they're simply dating. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: In the anime, when Lisbeth wishes her good luck in her relationship with Kirito. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the novels, where once Liz has met Kirito, Asuna quietly confirms her interest in him instead. * ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: ** Thanks to her SupremeChef abilities, she manages to make an Impossibly Delicious Stew with a ragout rabbit, a super rare S-Class ingredient found by Kirito. ** Also, pretty much everything that she cooks is this to Kirito, S-class ingredients or not. * InTheHood: During her introduction. * KnifeNut: Her other character in ALO, "Erika". * LadyOfWar: Wields a rapier in SAO and has a fighting style focusing on speed, making for a very graceful fighter. * LightIsGood: Wears white colors, in contrast to Kirito's DarkIsNotEvil. * LightningBruiser: She's not nicknamed ''The Flash'' for nothing, you know? Not only is she absurdly fast, her strikes are ''insanely'' powerful. * LonelyAtTheTop: In SAO, as second-in-command of the Knights of Blood, she demanded iron discipline and a steel will among all the members, and thus never smiled in front of them as an example. However, while the members followed her orders, she noted that it was out of fear, not respect. This is also the reason why Asuna never joined another guild in ALO, not even a small one between Kirito and their mutual friends. * MamaBear: To Yui. * [[MasterSwordsman Master Swordswoman]]: In SAO she mastered the One Handed Rapier skill, a skill line considered very difficult to use. * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: About halfway through SAO, Asuna [[FlashStep runs faster than the dexterity speed limit]] allows [[spoiler:to rescue Kirito]]. Also, she [[spoiler:stands up -- despite unbreakable in-game paralysis -- and takes Kayaba's fatal strike, dying (in-game), but saving Kirito. She recovers.]] [[KillerGameMaster Kayaba]] himself comments that this is impossible by the rules of the game; the rules ''that he coded''. PowerOfLove? Yes. RealityWarper? Maybe. ** In GGO, her touch also reminds Kirito that he has a handgun, not just a lightsaber. Despite the fact that he's in a game, and she's in the real world. Of course, between what we've learned about Fluctlight, and the fact that Amuspheres (like Kirito was using) are less-powerful and don't block 100% of nerve signals, this probably isn't "Magic". (Unless Fluctlight counts as "Magic".) Still, you never know... * MeaningfulName: Yuuki means "Courage" and Asuna can be translated as "For Tomorrow." * MsFanservice: As Titania. * NiceGirl: Sweet, kind and caring. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't piss her off.]] * OfficialCouple: With Kirito. They were married in SAO (according to game mechanics) and start dating in real life. * {{Ojou}}: She's quite rich, and her father owns RECTO, the parent company that made SAO and the Amusphere. * ParentalSubstitute: To the AI Yui, who essentially adopted her and Kirito as parents. * PluckyGirl: Not even capture by Sugou broke her spirit. If anything, it only made her steel herself even more against his advances. * ThePowerofLove: When asked by Kirito about her faster-than-posssible dash in SAO, she declares it was "an act of love". * ProperTightsWithASkirt: What she wears with her school uniform. * TheProtagonist: She has the entire ''Mother's Rosario'' arc to herself. * RapunzelHair: It reaches her waist and it becomes even longer as Titania. In the former case, it could reflect her ojou status but the later is clearly Sugou's work. She's supposed to be Queen of the Fairies after all. * RealNameAsAnAlias: In SAO. * RedBaron: In SAO, she is know as the "Flash." In ALO, she's know as the "[[CombatMedic Berserk Healer]]". * RoyalRapier: In SAO, her primary weapon. One of them is made by her friend Lizbeth, [[NamedWeapon "Lambent Light"]]. * SamusIsAGirl: In ''Aria in the Starless Night'' Kirito originally mistook her for a guy until she speaks. Before that, she awed him in regards to the speed of her ''Linear'' skill. It's also entirely possible that [[spoiler:most of the people at the first boss battle didn't realize her gender her cloak was discarded. Which is ''exactly'' what happens in the manga version.]] * SeenItAll: Her reaction to Kirito's [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Spell Blast]], a feat of incredible control and precision that ''everyone'' thought was impossible? Mild amusement. * SleepCute: Very much so. Even when she just woke up also. * SorryThatImDying: [[spoiler:She apologizes to Kirito as she lies dying in his arms after TakingTheBullet for him in the final battle of the Aincrad arc.]] She gets better. * SpoiledSweet: Before starting SAO, her family lavished plenty of attention and affection on her, but at the same time she had high expectations to fulfill. * SupremeChef: In SAO, she mastered the non-combat cooking skill to make food that tastes like the real world. * SwitchingPOV: ''SAO: Progressive'' tells the story from her point of view. * TakeUpMySword: She inherits [[spoiler:Yuki's [[LimitBreak Original Skill]] before she passes away]]. * TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Takes a fatal blow for Kirito in the final battle of the Aincrad arc.]] She gets better. * TenderTears: Sheds these a few times, particularly after Yui's apparent death and upon learning of [[spoiler:Yuuki's tragic condition]]. * ThroughHisStomach: She uses [[SupremeChef her cooking skills]] to win over Kirito. And, boy, does it work! * TrademarkFavouriteFood: Asuna seems to have a thing for sweets. Especially cheesecake in ''SAO Progressive''. * {{Tsundere}}: Type B. Sweet and kind until you piss her off. Although in her first appearances she looks more like a type A, but that's just because at first Kirito gets on her nerves all the time. * UptownGirl: Her family is quite rich while Kirito belongs to the middle-class. * ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: If her saving Kirito from Kuradeel is any indication. * WhenSheSmiles: Kirito says he will never forget the beautiful smile Asuna gave him after accepting his proposal. * WomanInWhite: Almost all her outfits are partially white. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her avatar in ALO, an Undine. Her other ALO avatar Erika, a Sylph, has grass-green hair. * ZettaiRyouiki: Her [[NonUniformUniform uniform]] as a member of the "Knights of Blood." !!Suguha Kirigaya / Leafa (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/suguha_9007.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:Her appearance IRL]] [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leafa_3169.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:Her Leafa avatar]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyanaTaketatsu (Japanese) and Creator/CassandraLee (English) Kirito's younger cousin and sister by adoption, and the co-female protagonist of ''Fairy Dance'' (Volumes 3-4). In ALO, she is a Sylph warrior called Leafa and is well known for being one of the fastest flyers in the game. ---- * ActionGirl: It's kinda a requirement in ALO. * AffectionateNickname: Is called "Sugu" by Kazuto. * AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: The English dub of Season 1 Episode 22 has her saying "I love you" towards Kazuto before telling him to leave her alone due to the trauma of discovering that he and Kirito are one and the same. * BadassAdorable: Yep. * BoobsOfSteel: Has the largest bust of all the girls, and in real-life is the most physically fit, being a kendo national quarterfinalist. * ClingyJealousGirl: Gets a bit jealous in Season 1 Episode 20 when Sakuya and Alicia, the leaders of the Slyph and Cait-Sith races, get a bit too friendly with Kirito after he saves them from an ambush. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In real life. * GiantPoofySleeves: As Leafa. * GreenEyes: As Leafa. * HairDecorations: A pair of clips in real life, and a five-petal floral brooch holding her ponytail as Leafa. * HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: As Leafa. * HeroOfAnotherStory: Had her own adventures in ALO before Kirito joined the game. * HeroicBSOD: She doesn't take very well to the news that both the cousin/brother she was trying to forget and the Spriggan she came to love are the same person. She spends the end of Season 1 Episode 22 crying unto herself in her room. * HopelessSuitor: Even if Asuna was out of the picture, poor Suguha wouldn't have a chance with Kirito anyway. While they are technically cousins, he probably wouldn't see her as anything other than his sister. * IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Falls in love with Kazuto, but after seeing him with Asuna, she moves on to Kirito, only to discover that it's her brother/cousin all along. * KatanasAreJustBetter: Her preferred weapon. Justified as she practices {{kendo}} in real life, and is ''very'' good (national-level middle school quarter-finalist). * KissingCousins: Deep down, she wants this with Kazuto, being in love with him. [[DeconstructedTrope However, she also knows this is wrong, he would never go for it, and she can't tell anyone because of the very likely backlash]]. So she tries to get over him by loving Kirito, not knowing they're the same guy... [[HeroicBSOD and it doesn't exactly go well]]. * LittleSisterHeroine: Technically younger-by-a-year cousin, but Kirito's relationship with Suguha is like this. * LuminescentBlush: When she realized that she had fallen asleep in Kirito's bed, with cleavage visible, and that he had woken up before her and noticed. * LovesMyAlterEgo: Falls in love with Kirito, unaware that he is actually Kazuto. Since she had fallen in love with Kazuto, only to give up on winning his affections, she takes this rather badly. * MagicKnight: Skilled with using both attack magic and her katana. * NotBloodSiblings: She falls in love with her adopted brother and [[KissingCousins cousin]] who was raised with her since they were infants, only to get her heartbroken. Then gets it inadvertently broken ''again'' by him in ALO. * RedBaron: The "Speed Holic". * SciFiBobHaircut: In her real appearance. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: Official translations give her avatar's name as "Leafa". However, typos in the anime occasionally write it out as "Leefa" and fan translations of the novels used "Lyfa". A literal reading of the kana used in the novels would give you "Rifa". * TomboyishPonytail: As Leafa. * {{Tsundere}}: Type A for both Kirito and Recon. * ZettaiRyouiki: Wears these (coupled with track shorts on her ALO avatar). !!Shino Asada / Sinon (GGO, ALO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MiyukiSawashiro (Japanese) [[quoteright:229:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sinion_9873.jpg]] The main female protagonist of ''Phantom Bullet'' (volumes 5–6). An [[ColdSniper elite sniper]] in ''Gun Gale Online'' who wields the rare anti-material rifle "PGM Hecate II". She later joins ALO to be with Kirito and his friends, where she becomes a Cait Sith archer. ---- * TheAce: In GGO she's one of the best players, which includes both Japanese, and Worldwide players, has one of the rarest guns in the game, and tends to be fairly popular amongst the male players as a result. She is a co-winner of the Third Bullet of Bullets competition, but since Kirito only uses a sidearm once, he doesn't count. This means she is ''the'' best gunner in Gun Gale Online... * ActionGirl: In the predominately male populated GGO. * AffectionateNickname: Is called "Sinonon" by Asuna. * ArousedByTheirVoice: Volume 5 describes Sinon's voice as having a high, clear and cute sound and therefore aurally pleasing to [=GGO=]'s mostly male playerbase. For the anime and games, Creator/MiyukiSawashiro uses a lower tone. * BadassAdorable: Not only is she cute as a kitten, both in the real and virtual worlds, but is also a force to reckon with in terms of ranged combat, so much so ''Kirito'' actually dreads the day she gets Skekhinah, ALO's ultimate bow -- which, by Sinon's own estimates, would allow her to snipe from 200m, well beyond everybody else's melee/spell range. * BoomHeadshot: Her speciality, since she ''is'' a sniper. * BrokenAce: None of her GGO skill helps her with her massive phobia of guns and PTSD. Her interactions with Kirito through the [=BoB=] tournament partially make her overcome her fears, though she admits it'll take some time to fully heal. * BrokenBird: Her accidental murder of a robber haunted her for many years, causing her multiple psychological hang-ups. * CatGirl: Her appearance and mannerisms are often compared to those of a cat. Fittingly, she rolls a Cait-Sith in ALO. * ColdSniper: At first, until warming up a little to Kirito. * CryCute: Lets down her cold facade down and broke down sobbing a few times, such as after [[spoiler:Kirito dissuades her from chasing after Death Gun by herself]], and after [[spoiler:Mizue hands her a thank-you letter for saving her and her mother during that robbery four years ago]]. * DarkAndTroubledPast: As an eleven-year-old, she accidentally killed a post office robber with his own gun following a GunStruggle. The experience so traumatized her she developed PTSD and a strong hoplophobia, and not only her schoolmates ''but her mother'' shunned her as a murderer (though to be fair, by that point she has been already traumatized from [[spoiler:helplessly watching her husband bleed to death in a car accident]]). She started playing GGO to try and get over her phobia, but it's only partially successful. She also has a replica gun in her room, but she's not able to overcome her fear. * DifficultButAwesome: A sniper rifle has one of the highest single-shot damage outputs in GGO, but more importantly, the first shot taken by a sniper from stealth does not give the target any warning or window to dodge. However, it is also one of the hardest weapons to actually hit with: the distance creates a low base accuracy, and the shooter must keep their pulse as low as possible to maximize their chance to hit. Furthermore, a sniper loses their primary advantage (surprise) after the first shot, making it ill-suited in 1v1 battles or when outnumbered. ** This carries over to archery in ALO. The game has no automated systems to aid the accuracy of an archer (unlike GGO), and arrows are affected by gravity and wind. But unlike magic, archery is a ranged weapon with no casting time; a master archer could defeat any melee opponent before they even managed to get within attack range. Since Sinon has already mastered long-distance shooting in GGO and all of the games created from The Seed use the same physics engine, she masters the bow very quickly. * DullEyesOfUnhappiness: In the anime, Shino's eyes are a muted brown. However, as Sinon they are a vibrant turquoise. * FriendlySniper: While she typically carries a calm and collected disposition, she is also a genuinely kind-hearted person. * TheGadfly: Only really applies to between Kirito and herself. Kirito teases Sinon, and Sinon finds a way to tease him right back. * GlassCannon: Her character build in GGO focuses on STR and AGI, at the expense of VIT. * GratuitousEnglish: She often spouts short phrases in English, many of them are [[PreMortemOneLiner Pre-Mortem One-Liners]]. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: She invokes this after Kirito (wisely) asks her to clear up any potential misunderstandings. Whether or not she actually ''does'' develop a romantic interest in him is left ambiguous, but there is some back-and-forth teasing between them. She also {{troll}}s him (in a glorious fashion) by asking him to "always think of me" when using Excalibur... in front of ''all'' his other love interests. Only the twitching of her Cait-Sith tail gives away her laughter. * HeroicBSOD: Suffers a massive one when she realizes that [[spoiler:the pistol that Death Gun uses to kill his targets is the same model of pistol she used to kill the bank robber years ago.]] * HeroOfAnotherStory: Literally. Although she created an ALO character to play with Kirito and her new friends, she still mainly plays GGO, where she is one of the top players and goes on her own adventures in that game world. * ImprobableAimingSkills: Manages to hit a falling sword at 200m with a bow whose maximum effective range was 100m, while falling herself, while surrounded by falling ice shards, while using a spell that distorts the arc of her arrow. ** ALO players consider Shino's normal attacks to be this; she plays as a Cait Sith specced for long range vision, and regularly takes down enemies 100 meters away by arching her arrows. Shino doesn't consider it anything special, since she came from GGO and regularly engages from beyond 1000 meters with her Hecate II. ** It still isn't enough for her. She's hoping to obtain the legendary bow Shekhinah because she estimates with that bow she should be able to ''consistently'' snipe from 200 meters away. * ItGetsEasier: [[SubvertedTrope No,]] [[{{Deconstructed}} it doesn't]]. Try as she might, Shino just cannot take her mind off her accidental homicide by playing in GGO. When playing she tends to treat her Sinon avatar as a placebo effect instead, which means that when she attempts to pick up a gun in the real world using the same logic, she [[HeroicBSOD tends to suffer as a result]]. * InstantExpert: In ALO, it took her all of one day to fully master the bow. It's justified in that ALO and GGO use similar mechanics for ranged weapons. * CoolGuns/MachinePistols: In the anime, a Glock 18 takes the place of the [=MP7=] as her sidearm. * MaleGaze: Plenty of shots are dedicated to admiring her tight in-game outfit. * {{Meganekko}}: She wears glasses in the real world not to correct her eyesight, but because they were advertised as "bulletproof" and [[SecurityBlanket wearing them gives her a small sense of protection]]. * MsExposition: She explains much of how GGO works for Kirito (and the audience). * TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: She becomes obsessed with defeating Kirito in a fair fight, thinking that doing so will make her strong like he is, and commands him to not lose until she can beat him. * RedBaron: In GGO, she is known as "Hecate", and sometimes "Goddess of the Underworld", [[EarnYourTitle from both her anti-material sniper rifle and the goddess]]. * ScarfOfAsskicking: Wears a muffler. * SecurityBlanket: ** Her glasses, which were advertised as being made of bulletproof material. In the anime, [[ScaryShinyGlasses they turn shiny]] when she is putting up an emotional barrier. [[spoiler:She finally discards them when confronting Endo for the last time]]. ** She is also attached to the Hecate II. Sinon sometimes talks to it when she needs to calm herself, and prides herself in being one of the few players capable of wielding it. * SeriousBusiness: She really takes all of her moves in gaming highly, to the point where her leader suggested to log out on a losing game, she tells him straight up and a certain fansubbing group made the appropriate lines. -->'''Leader''': ''It's just a game! Don't take it seriously! If we run in, we'll just die--''\\ '''Sinon''': ''You're pathetic! In the game, at least have the [[PrecisionFStrike fucking balls]] to run toward the guns and die!'' * ShortRangeGuyLongRangeGuy: The long-ranger to Kirito's short-ranger. * SmallGirlBigGun: Sinon is small in size, so much so that her avatar is described as "doll-like". The Hecate II is longer than she is tall. * SniperRifle: In GGO, an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FR_F2 FR-F2]] .308 sniper rifle, before upgrading to the [=FR-12,7=] (otherwise known as the [=PGM=] Hécate II) .50 [=BMG=] anti-material rifle that she managed to get as an ''extremely'' rare drop. * SnarkToSnarkCombat: Her relationship with Kirito, after she finds out he's a boy and after GGO. * SplitPersonality: Shino views herself and Sinon as this, believing that if Sinon becomes powerful enough, [[SplitPersonalityTakeover the strength of "Sinon" will supersede the weakness of "Shino"]]. [[spoiler:They're not, as proven when "Sinon" becomes paralysed by the sight of the Type 54 pistol. If anything, "Sinon" is akin to a placebo effect]]. * TheStoic: When playing GGO. * TheStraightAndArrowPath: Upon joining ALO, her long-range skills translated into her becoming the archer of Kirito's party. * {{Stripperific}}: She actually wears quite a bit, but her GGO outfit shows off skin in ''just'' the right places, especially her backside. * CoolGuns/SubmachineGuns: An [=MP7=] as her sidearm. * SugarAndIcePersonality: She seems to keep her distance from most players, but, as seen with Kyouji and Kirito, she can be friendly and even light-hearted. * SympatheticMurderBackstory: As explained in her DarkAndTroubledPast. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. She's been in therapy ever since the botched robbery, but it didn't really do her any good as they were all ''Japanese'' therapists who fully embraced their culturally-enforced disgust for guns -- and those who use them, even accidental killers such as herself. Thanks to all of that, she has a case of PTSD so intense a schoolyard bully can set off a panic attack simply by ''pointing a finger at her and saying "bang".'' What straightens her out after four years is [[spoiler:meeting Sachie Oosawa, the then-pregnant teller the gunman threatened, and though she still can't get over her trauma over witnessing a shooting, let alone meeting the shooter, she feels indebted to Shino for saving her and her then-unborn baby -- now four-year-old Mizue, who gives her a doodle of herself and her parents with the words "[[EpiphanyTherapy Shino onee-san, thank you for saving mama and Mizue]]"]]. * TomboyishSidetails: In real-life and in-game. * TrickArrow: Arrows with special magical properties exist in ALO. She, being a sniper in a gun-oriented game, exploits this ability to be able to perform to her full potential in a more fantasy-oriented game. * {{Trigger}}: Guns in general, pistols in particular, bring back the memory of her past trauma and cause her to throw up. * {{Tsundere}}: After getting along with Kirito when thinking he's a female player, she starts acting cold and angry towards Kirito after finding out his true gender for the first time right before the [=BoB=] qualifiers, but still helps him out. * VitriolicBestBuds: With Kirito. * VomitDiscretionShot: Her fear of guns is so bad that it can cause her to puke, though the audience is not shown it. * WeakButSkilled: In ALO, she has the lowest stats in Kirito's party, since her avatar there is only two weeks old. She compensates with her ImprobableAimingSkills, and does ''very'' well. * WorthyOpponent: Sees Kirito as one, and wants to face against him in a future Bullet of Bullets tournament so they can finally have a proper battle. Though she'll never admit it, she greatly admires his skill, and even secretly bought her own lightsaber to practice deflecting bullets, with limited success. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Her avatar in GGO and ALO. !!Yuuki Konno / Yuuki (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yuuki_74.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AoiYuuki (Japanese) The second main female protagonist of ''Mother's Rosario'' (Volume 7) and the an energetic, cheerful Imp leader of the Sleeping Knights guild. She holds a street duel competition, hoping to find someone strong enough to help her guild solo a floor boss, an achievement which will mark their names on the Monument of Swordsmen. ---- * AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Duels with Kirito twice and wins both rounds. It is debatable who is actually more skilled, as Kirito never fights her with his signature style, but her reaction speed and VRMMORPG experience are significantly better than his. Kirito even stated that had she been in SAO, the system would have instead granted her the dual blades ability due to her superior reflexes. * AngstySurvivingTwin: Averted for the most part, but shows hints of this when she gets strongly attached to Asuna due to her resemblance to her twin sister. * BadassAdorable: She's one of the kindest and most cheerful person in ALO. She's also probably the only person who can beat [[TheAce Kirito]] in a fair duel. %%* {{Bokukko}} * {{Deuteragonist}}: Of the Mother's Rosario arc. In the anime, she takes over the EvolvingCredits opening during the arc. * DoNotGoGentle: Her main motivation for wanting to carve the names of the Sleeping Knights onto the Monument of Swordsmen [[spoiler:before AIDS claims her and the rest of Sleeping Knights also die off]]. * HairAntennae: She has a small one pointing near her headband. * IllGirl: [[spoiler:She was born with HIV, contracted from an infected blood infusion given to her and Aiko's mother while giving birth to them. By the time Asuna sees her physical body, it was already blind, bedridden and on the verge of death, with her consciousness hooked up onto the Medicuboid for three years.]] %%* JapaneseChristian * LightningBruiser: Remember how most opponents can't even react to Kirito dashing towards them before its too late? Lets just say that Kirito can't even react to ''her'' and leave it at that. * MeaningfulName: Not her, but her guild -- "Sleeping Knights" may sound romantic, until one realizes that [[spoiler:all its members are terminally ill patients with their consciousnesses kept alive by the Medicuboid while their physical bodies are sleeping, and are soon to be, figuratively, asleep for good]]. %%* MemeticHandGesture: Her signature [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20141115201217/swordartonline/images/thumb/d/d0/Yuuki_V.png/640px-Yuuki_V.png V-sign]] for "victory". * PluckyGirl: Twenty players blocking the entrance to the boss room, with thirty more on the way? Bring it on, she says. * ThePollyanna: Despite [[spoiler:her family being killed off one by one by AIDS until she was left to bear the pain and the stigma by herself]], she remains cheerful and as energetic as an IllGirl could possibly be. * RedBaron: In ALO, she is known as Zekken, or 'Absolute Sword', [[EarnYourTitle due to her legendary skill as a swordswoman]]. * SamusIsAGirl: In Season 2 Episode 18, as Liz and the others tell Asuna about Zekken, a mysterious warrior who always challenges people in a certain spot during a certain time of day. Asuna at first assumes that it's a guy, particularly as Kirito was also unable to beat him. Then in episode 19 she finds out that Zekken is actually a girl, and her image of a heavily armored man gets shattered. She also gets a little upset at Liz for [[YouDidntAsk not actually telling her Zekken was a girl]] and [[DeathGlare at Kirito]] as she [[WouldntHitAGirl suspects he lost on purpose because Zekken was a girl]], despite him trying to say otherwise. * SignatureMove: The titular Mother's Rosario, an 11-hit attack developed with pure skill in technique and crystallized into a Sword Skill. [[spoiler:She later passes it on to Asuna before dying.]] * SuperReflexes: Remember how we said that Kirito has the fastest reaction speed in SAO? Well Yuuki's reflexes surpasses even ''that''. Kirito even said that had she been in Aincrad, she would have been the one granted the Dual Blades skill instead. * WeaponTombstone: [[spoiler:Her sword, adorned with her bandana, marks the spot where she met Asuna for the first time, as well as where she spent her final moments in the company of Asuna, her surviving guildmates, and Kirito and Asuna's raiding party.]] ! Eugeo [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eugeo_tvtropes_8856.jpg]] The co-male protagonist of the Alicization arc. A boy from Rulid Village who's Sacred Task was to cut down the Gigas Cedar, the seventh generation woodcutter since his predecessors. ---- * ChildhoodFriends: To Alice and [[MindScrew maybe Kirito]]. * {{Determinator}}: Gives Kirito a run for his money in this department. * FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Due to Administrator's forced synthesis, leading to a FightingYourFriend situation]]. * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: After Quinella slices the Sword of Blue Rose in half when Eugeo was merged he was un-merged with his body in half * HeterosexualLifePartners: [[TrueCompanions Nakama]], and general best friend to Kirito. * AnIcePerson: What he can do with Sword of Blue Rose. * NamedWeapon: Sword of Blue Rose. !Alice Schuberg/[[spoiler: Alice Synthesis Thirty]] [[quoteright:237:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/birvtprcaaagdhx_2124.jpg]] A girl from Rulid Village who was friends with Kirito and Eugeo until she was taken away by an Integrity Knight for touching the gravel from the Land of Darkness. %%[[spoiler: As Kirito and Eugeo later find out, she was synthesized into an Integrity Knight herself.]] ---- %%* ActionGirl %%* ChildhoodFriends: To Eugeo and [[MindScrew maybe Kirito]]. * ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: She and Asuna get into a fight when Asuna logs into Underworld to meet Kirito]] %%* EyeScream: Her eye quite literally pops when she breaks the seal. <--break what seal?%% %%* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler: Through her synthesis.]] She gets better though. %%* LadyOfWar * MagicKnight: Skilled in both swordplay and magic. * NamedWeapon: Fragrant Olive Sword. [[/folder]] [[folder:Knights of The Blood]] !Heathcliff (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/heathcliff_sao_2604.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ToruOkawa (Japanese) and Kevin M. Connolly (English) Leader of Knights of Blood, of which Asuna was a member. Known as "The Holy Sword", Heathcliff is a legendary player whose HP has never dropped below 50%. He possesses the Unique Skill "Holy Sword", which lets him use his tower shield as an offensive weapon. [[spoiler:For more information on Akihiko Kayaba, see below.]] ---- * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As the leader of the "Knights of Blood." * BigGood: Since he's the head of the number guild on the front line, he's the highest authority among the heroes clearing levels for the others. [[spoiler:Too bad he's actually the FinalBoss.]] * CrutchCharacter: Heathcliff is something of a meta-example of this trope; he's the ultimate tank who fights on the front lines with his men, and created the strongest guild specifically to collect the game's biggest badasses. [[spoiler:He also intended to betray the players on the 95th floor to set himself up as the FinalBoss]]. * DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Serves as this in ALO, as it is through Kayaba's Heathcliff avatar that Kirito assumes superuser control of the system. Since this is effectively a god granting a hero divine power, it's like a modernized classical example.]] * {{Distinctive Appearance|s}}: Unlike other members of the "Knights of Blood", his uniform is primarily red with white trimmings. * {{GMPC}}: [[spoiler:He's actually Akihiko Kayaba. As Kirito points out, "there's nothing more boring than watching someone else play an RPG."]] * IHaveManyNames[=/=]RedBaron: He is known as: "The Living Legend," "The Strongest Man," and "ThePaladin." * LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler:He watches people die on raids and doesn't care about their loss.]] * LetsFightLikeGentlemen: [[spoiler:Double subverted. His first official duel with Kirito was rigged because of his GM abilities. For the second duel, he turned off those abilities, up to and including CompleteImmortality.]] * LightIsGood: His title is "The Paladin" and his skills are Holy Sword and Spiritual Light. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[LightIsNotGood he is also Kayaba.]]]] * LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: His weapon "Liberator," a sword and tower shield combo. [[ShieldBash His Holy Sword Unique Skill allows him to use his shield as an offensive weapon.]] * MasterSwordsman: Kirito notes that he is intimately familiar with the dueling system and so his skill level is above even his own. [[spoiler: This is because he created the dueling system.]] * ThePaladin: His title and his light based skills invoked the trope. * RedIsHeroic: He is the only one in Red Armor. [[spoiler:Inverted since he is the BigBad. Therefore, RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver is more appropriate.]] * TheStoic: His expression never changes; it's just varying degrees of seriousness. * {{Stonewall}}: As mentioned above, he's an incredible, seemingly invincible tank player. [[spoiler: As also mentioned, this is justified because he used his [=GM=] powers to give himself god mode.]] * WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:On account of secretly being Kayaba.]] !Kuradeel (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kuradeel_5925.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KojiYusa (Japanese) and Creator/DougErholtz (English) A Two-Handed Sword user and Asuna's bodyguard. ---- * AxCrazy: Laughs madly while slowing killing and torturing [[spoiler:Godfrey]]. * BodyguardCrush: On Asuna. He uses the position as an excuse to exclude her from romantic rivals, like Kirito. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:By Kirito, with his '''PowerFist''' no less!]] * {{Jerkass}}: He treats Asuna like a trophy despite being her subordinate and treats Kirito like trash despite being ten levels lower than him. [[spoiler:Even in his dying words, he accuses Kirito of "murdering" him, even though he tried to kill Kirito and Asuna (and ''did'' kill Godfrey), forcing them to fight back in self-defense.]] * StalkerWithACrush: Towards Asuna. He lurks around her house at morning (and implied at night) because 'it's his job'. * TattooedCrook: [[spoiler: He bears the Laughing Coffin insignia on his forearm.]] !Godfrey [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/godfrey_sao_3073.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MasahiEbara (Japanese) and Creator/KyleHebert (English) Another member of Knights of Blood. He was assigned to form a party with Kuradeel and Kirito to assess the talents of the latter. ---- * EtTuBrute: Towards [[spoiler:Kuradeel after getting paralyzed and killed]]. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Acted a bit rough with Kirito at first, but ultimately seemed to be a pretty decent guy with CoolBigBro vibes. * MauveShirt: [[spoiler:He is killed by Kuradeel to establish the danger that Kirito is in.]] * WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:Gets killed in the same episode he is introduced in to establish Kuradeel's intentions.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:Black Cats of the Full Moon]] [[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/black_cat_guild_1760.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: Tetsuo, Sasamaru, Ducker, Sachi and Keita]] A guild made up of friends from the same computer club in the real world. They were the first guild that Kirito joined in SAO. * AndTheRest: Whenever Kirito refers back to his old guild, he either refers to the entire guild, or to only Sachi and/or Keita. Note that this is NOT an insult. * BandOfBrothers: They were originally from the same school club, but in the game they practically became a family. This is what ultimately convinces Kirito to join them, since he was feeling lonely after a whole year playing solo. * DoomedByCanon: Kirito tells Asuna about them in Volume 1, though their actual tale takes place in the next volume. * FiveManBand: ** TheLeader: Keita ** TheChick: Sachi ** TheLancer: Sasamaru ** TheSneakyGuy: Ducker ** TheBigGuy: Tetsuo ** TheSixthRanger: Kirito * KillEmAll[=/=]TotalPartyKill: The sole survivor was, ironically, their extra man. * OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Their real world names are unknown, unless, like Asuna, their game names are the same as their real world name. * PoorCommunicationKills: Had Kirito told them what he knew from the start, they wouldn't have been wiped out in the first place. * {{Sentai}}: Note their color-coded outfits, with the guy in red being the leader and black-themed Kirito as their extra man. * TooDumbToLive: Kirito was only partly to blame for their doom. The other half of their sorry story is that they explored a dungeon well above their level and triggered a ShmuckBait trap. Ducker assumed he could disarm any trap they ran across, Sachi assumed that Kirito would save everybody if anything happened, and Sasamaru and Tetsuo were just overconfident. Boy was their confidence misplaced. ** Their acts throughout the entire game were reckless. Pressuring Sachi to be a shield user was merely a symptom of the fact that their egos were writing checks their bodies couldn't cash. Kirito blames himself for their deaths, but in all probability, Kirito's actions extended their lives. !Keita (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/keita_sao_3988.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ToshiyukiToyonaga (Japanese) and Creator/LucienDodge (English) Leader and founder of the guild. ---- * AFatherToHisMen: He's the resident TeamDad, and the rest of the team respond accordingly. Kirito admits that his way of running the guild was one of the main reasons why he joined them, hoping that his way of thinking would help the people trapped in SAO to complete the game someday. * DrivenToSuicide: After Kirito informed him that the rest of the guild died, he jumped off of Aincrad. * FantasticRacism: Not as bad as [[UngratefulBastard Kibaou]], but he wasn't fond of learning that Kirito hid his "beater" status along with his guild being wiped out. * JerkassHasAPoint: If you count the "jerkass" as someone who also doesn't like "beaters", he was right about the fact that the guild perished due to Kirito's dishonesty. * TheLeader: Of the "Black Cats of the Full Moon." He's the levelheaded type. ** TheStrategist: He's also the guy who creates the team formations and strategies, more than someone who's in the middle of the fight. * SimpleStaff: His WeaponOfChoice. !Tetsuo (SAO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KenjiAkabane (Japanese) and Tyler Shamy (English) The mace user of the guild. ---- * TheBigGuy: He's physically fit enough to wield a giant bludgeoning weapon. * CarryABigStick: Wields a mace. * LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Also wields a shield. Unfortunately he dies anyway. !Sasamaru (SAO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TsubasaYonaga (Japanese) and Bobby Thong (English) A spear man of the guild. ---- * BladeOnAStick: His WeaponOfChoice. * TheLancer: With a literal spear for a weapon. !Ducker (SAO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakuyaEguchi (Japanese) and Creator/ErikKimerer (English) The thief of the guild. ---- * KnifeNut: Ass a thief, this is his natural WeaponOfChoice. * TheSneakyGuy: Comes with being a thief. !Sachi (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sachi_6172.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SaoriHayami (Japanese) and Creator/XantheHuynh (English) The sole female member of the guild and the first girl Kirito set his eyes upon during his earlier days in SAO. ---- * BeautyMark: Has one near the outside corner of her right eye. * TheChick: The lone female that most of the guild, and especially Kirito, are invested in protecting. * DeadManWriting: Recorded a Christmas card for Kirito and left it in their shared inventory. She mentions in the recording that she would have deleted it and told him its contents in person if she had survived until Christmas Eve. * DisposableWoman: Introduced as Kirito's first emotional link in SAO, only to get erased from the picture, causing him no small amount of psychological trauma. * GoOutWithASmile: She dies smiling at Kirito. * TheGwenStacy: Her death in particular is what causes Kirito to go solo for so long. * TheHeart: Of The Black Cats of the Full Moon. * TheLostLenore: If WordOfGod [[http://taptaptaptaptap.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/sao-qna-kirito/#kir-4 is anything to go by]]. * NiceGirl: Although she's not a good fighter, what she can contribute are kind words and love. * TheNotLoveInterest: Kirito claims that their close relationship was not that of lovers, [[UnreliableNarrator but then again he was the narrator]]. ** [[WordOfGod A character]] [[http://taptaptaptaptap.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/sao-qna-kirito/#kir-4 Q&A session]] states that she is, in fact, the first love interest for Kirito. Which makes her death all the more tragic. * SatelliteLoveInterest: She was rather undeveloped, only being someone Kirito could fight for and ultimately lose. * SecretSecretKeeper: It wasn't until six months after her death that Kirito learns she was aware of his actual level, but refrained from telling anyone. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female member of the "Black Cats Of The Full Moon". * ThisIsGonnaSuck: Implied. Sachi knew that Kirito's level was double what he said it was, and would therefore logically know that if Kirito thinks opening that chest is a bad idea, it's because opening that chest is a bad idea. The fact that the others decide to open it anyway means that she knew that something really bad was about to happen and there was nothing she could do about it. * TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: A light of innocence and hope that was destined to be snuffed out. [[/folder]] [[folder:Other Player Characters]] !Ryōtarō Tsuboi/Klein (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/klein_7516.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HiroakiHirata (Japanese) and Creator/KirkThornton (English) Kirito's first friend and comrade in SAO. After Kayaba trapped them, he and Kirito parted ways to gather his real-world friends, in the process forming "Fuurinkazan", a guild famous for having ''all'' of its members survive SAO. Later in ALO, he joins Kirito's party as a Salamander-type swordsman. ---- * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: As TheLeader of Fuurinkazan. * {{Badass}}: Not as much as Kirito, but underestimating him in battle ''will'' hand you your ass on a silver platter. * BoisterousBruiser: Loves a good fight, and isn't afraid to yell his enthusiasm. * BruiserWithASoftCenter: Is one of the nicest guys in the series, with a really soft heart, and has cried the most out of all the characters. He is also a badass swordsman with balls of steel, and an excellent leader. * ChivalrousPervert: A very loyal friend and comrade, who also likes to ogle schoolgirls. * DoggedNiceGuy: A non-romantic example to Kirito. He keeps trying to get Kirito to join Fuurinkazan and tries to pull him out of his loner shell, but isn't as successful as Asuna. When he realizes Asuna's feelings for Kirito, he asks her to take care of him. * EarlyBirdCameo: Appears in the news report in the first minute of the first episode. * FaceOfAThug: Is described as this by Kirito. * HeroOfAnotherStory: Klein has had his own adventures in SAO, and the story of how Furinkazan went from being a noob guild to ''the'' ActionSurvivor guild is one worth telling one day. * HotBlooded: Goes with being a BoisterousBruiser. * IWillWaitForYou: A non-romantic example. He always holds a open hand to Kirito to join him and even when he is at his emotional nadir, Klein still was friendly to him and wanted to help him, even when it seemed Kirito might be willing to fight him. * KatanasAreJustBetter: He is always seen with a katana on his side. * TheLancer: Plays this role during the ''Caliber'' arc. * MartialArtsHeadband: His main shtick, even in real life. * NiceGuy: Beneath is gruff, lecherous persona is a kind soul. In SAO, his first action post-entrapment was to find his friends and bring them under his wing. * OvershadowedByAwesome: Klein is one of the top players in SAO, and his guild managed to survive SAO ''virtually unscathed''. Not even Knights of Blood can boast of a zero mortality rate. He'd be TheHero in any other setting but for the fact that among his friends are the speedster in black and a lady warrior in white. He gets a chance to shine in the Caliber arc, where he proves to have some damn big brass balls. * RightForTheWrongReasons: [[spoiler: In ''Caliber'', he insists on [[DulcineaEffect saving Freyja]] even though it seems like SchmuckBait. This decision saves the team's ass, but not without some BrainBleach due to Freyja's true identity as [[TestosteronePoisoning Thor]].]] * SpiderSense: Like Kirito, he possesses the hypothetical skill, Hypersense. * SpiritedCompetitor: He won't go around picking fights, but he isn't afraid to show off his enthusiasm. * TookALevelInBadass: Seriously. He starts off a complete and total noob who had trouble with the starter enemies, to one of the best players in SAO by the end, and he leads his own guild which apparently had nobody die in it. Not even the Knights of the Blood can boast that! !Argo (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/argo_sao_4496.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Shiori Izawa (Japanese) and Creator/CassandraLee (English) A friend and fellow beta tester of Kirito. Within SAO she works as a KnowledgeBroker and [[{{Courier}} messenger]]. ---- * DanceBattler: Uses a style that is even named Wild Dance * DemotedToExtra: In the anime, she only appears in one brief scene towards the end of Season 1 Episode 3. * DualWielding: Her weapon are a pair of WolverineClaws. * FacialMarkings: She has whisker markings, which she applies with make-up. The information on why she has them has a high price tag of 100,000 col. [[spoiler:She originally got them as scars during the beta test, when she tried and failed the quest to unlock the "Martial Arts" Extra Skill. When her character was transferred to the main game and the scars vanished, she liked the markings enough to apply them using make-up]]. * FlechetteStorm: Carries throwing pikes as one of her weapons. * FragileSpeedster: Her dash exceeds even Asuna's speed! * IncompletelyTrained: During the Beta she tried to get the "Martial Arts" Extra Skill but gave up. * TheInformant[=/=]KnowledgeBroker[=/=]TheRat: In SAO, being a beta tester she has some info only she knows and sells them for col (the currency of SAO). * InTheHood * IntrepidReporter: Publisher of the Weekly Argo and always in search of new information and rumors. When Kirito was going to propose to Asuna and they met Argo he was quite afraid to be tomorrow's headline. * MeaningfulName: Argo means "swift" in Greek and her character build is focused on agility. * OnlyInItForTheMoney: She is incredibly sly and greedy, and will sell ''any'' piece of information for the right price, including the identities of her clients and the information they bought from her. She observes that as soon as someone buys information from her, she gets a new piece of information (X bought Y from her) to sell. [[spoiler:Though she draws the line at selling the identities of other beta testers. She is also the author of a free strategy guide for beginner players, detailing the hazards and best hunting spots of each floor. Kirito observes that this is probably her way of "atoning" as a beta tester]]. * RedBaron: She is known as the "Rat", [[EarnYourTitle due to her whiskers and her selling info]]. * [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Rat?]]: Argo is one of the few named allies of Kirito whose fate is completely unknown. While other side-story characters like Lisbeth and Silica continue to make appearances in the main light novels, Argo disappears entirely after her story concludes... [[FinalDeath which has ominous connotations]]. ** She reappears in the game Sword Art Online: Lost Song as a Cat Sith in ALO, so assuming the game is canon, she survived. * [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?]]: As in, panickly runs away screaming * WolverineClaws: One of her weapons. !Andrew Gilbert Mills / Agil (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/egil_8615.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/HirokiYasumoto (Japanese) and Creator/PatrickSeitz (English) An ax wielding merchant who runs a shop in SAO while his real-world wife runs Dicey Café, his real-life one. In ALO he reprises his SAO job as a Gnome. ---- * AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: His store's MO is to buy cheap and sell expensively. Turns out he uses his profit to support lower-level players and a local church. * AnAxToGrind: Carries a massive ax that he ''definitely'' knows how to use. * AnEntrepreneurIsYou: In SAO, he runs a shop on the 50th floor. 2/5 of his 10 Skills is for appraisal and negotiations on pricing items. * {{Badass}}: He has his moments. * BaldOfAwesome: He's virtually hairless, and he's also one of the most powerful players in SAO were he to concentrate more on combat. * TheBartender: His job in real life. He also fits the adviser part of the role both in the game. * TheBigGuy: In SAO. * GeniusBruiser: Big and intelligent in combat. Don't think this salesman is for nothing, he's a tough one. * GoodGuyBar: He runs one in both the virtual and real worlds, and in both cases Kirito and his friends hang out there often. * HappilyMarried: In the real world. When he was trapped in SAO, his wife singlehandedly kept his bar running and waited for him to come back, so they could pick up where they left off. He did, and they did. * NiceGuy: You can never tell from his shop's seemingly unfair trading policies, but Agil is a loving husband and player who spent most of his fortune helping newbies. * OurGnomesAreWeirder: His race in ALO. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a minor one to Kibaou in Season 1 Episode 2 when he goes into a rant against Beta-testers, showing him that the free manual handed out to people was written by the same people Kibaou accused of being selfish cheaters. * ScaryBlackMan: Subverted -- as intimidating as he looks, he is actually one of the kindest senior players in SAO. !Diabel (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/diabel_6058.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (Japanese) and Sean Chiplock (English) A "knight" who organized and led a raid against the L1 boss. He is actually another beta tester, and exploits the group in order to ensure that he lands the last hit, which would maximize his chance of obtaining a unique drop. Recognizing Kirito as another beta tester, he also takes steps to actively hinder him by manipulating Kibaou and assigning backrow duty to Kirito's party. ---- * AdaptationDistillation: In the light novel, he's practically the BigBad of the 1st Floor arc. The novel contains an additional subplot about a mysterious benefactor trying to buy Kirito's sword, later revealed to be Kibaou (acting as Diabel's middleman) as part of a scheme to weaken Kirito and further lower his chances of getting the final hit. The novel also contains more implications that Diabel is a Beater, making note of the obscene amount of Col he can throw around (for the first floor) and his possession of rare items such as his blue hair dye. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Blue hair to match his blue eyes. * DidntSeeThatComing: The Level 1 boss has a different weapon and style when it TurnsRed, which was much different from what was stated in the manual. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: His beater knowledge proves to be his downfall as he became too confident in what to expect. * MauveShirt: He led the players in their victory over the first floor, but he didn't live long enough to see it. * MeaningfulName: Diabel (spelled Diabeł) means 'Devil' in Polish. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Which is unnatural and the result of Diabel's use of a hair dye item. !Kibaou (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kibaou_9684.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese) and Creator/DerekStephenPrince (English) A warrior who participated in the 1st floor boss raid who has a dislike for beta testers. ---- * CorruptCorporateExecutive: He becomes one later on as part of The Army. His group of followers are really nothing more than a bunch of extortionists. [[spoiler:He later tried to get rid of Thinker rather than having to answer for his screwup that cost him a few men.]] * FantasticRacism: Against Beta-testers. Coins the term "Beater." * HateSink: The point of Kibaou's character is to show that even in a life-or-death situation, people can still be jerks. * IncomingHam: When he first makes his appearance, Kibaou loudly demands everyone's attention before flamboyantly hopping his way down to Diabel's stage. * {{Irony}}: Greatly respects Diabel, not knowing that he is actually [[spoiler:a beta tester and is just using the raid group to get a rare floor boss item via exploiting the last hit system and screwing over Kirito. He respected the very type of player that he hated.]] * {{Jerkass}}: He's easily the biggest one [[Characters/SwordArtOnlineAincrad Characters debuting in the Aincrad arc, and a contender for the biggest one server]] * [[Characters/SwordArtOnlineAlfheimOnline Characters debuting in the show. * TheLoad: Complains much and contributes little. By the end of the second episode he incites a witch-hunt against beta-testers that dissembles the coalition Diabel put to together. * SpikyHair: Sports random, protruding spikes from his hair that resembles a mace. * TrrrillingRrrs: Rolls some rugged r's to match his rough personality. * UngratefulBastard: Kirito saves his ass from the 1st floor boss, and what does he do? He accuses his savior of being as greedy as the other Beta-testers. !Keiko Ayano / Silica (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/silica_9155.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RinaHidaka (Japanese) and Creator/ChristineMarieCabanos (English) A preteen knife wielder who befriends Kirito. She was able to befriend an NPC dragon which became her familiar, earning her the title of "Beast Tamer". She later joins ALO as a Cait Sith beast tamer. ---- * ACupAngst: Shows hints of this in regards to Suguha's [[BoobsOfSteel bust]] in the Extra Edition episode. * BadassAdorable: Yes, she's cute as a button, but she's still a competent player for someone as young as her. * TheBeastmaster: In Both SAO and ALO she works with dragons. * CatGirl: A Cait-Sith beast tamer in ALO. * [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her]] {{Familiar}}: Befriends a Feathery Dragon she names Pina. * GirlishPigtails: Signifying her youth and immaturity. * HairDecorations: Ribbon and something else to hold up her pigtails. * HopelessSuitor: For Kirito. The first time she met him, he was still too shaken over Sachi's death to think about romance. By the time they meet up again, he's in a relationship with Asuna. * KnifeNut: Uses a dagger as her main weapon. * LittleSisterHeroine: Well, Kirito and Silica are not blood related. However, Kirito sees Silica like this because she reminds him of Suguha. * LuminescentBlush: Fairly often around Kirito. * MeaningfulName: Apparently her avatar name comes from the fourteenth element Silicon. The bauble-like hair bands represent Oxygen (as in silicon dioxide a.k.a. silica). Why? Her birth date is October 4th (10/4; since 104 was Rutherfordium, her father added 10 and 4 to get 14: Silicon) and her real name comes from ''keiso'', the Japanese for Silicon. Kirito figured all that out from the simple hint that "My name comes after Alumi, and before Rin". Silica was shocked. * PrecociousCrush: On Kirito, who's three years her senior. * PluckyGirl: After Pina's temporary death, Silica was distraught, but never gave up hope that she could save her dragon. * RedBaron: In SAO, she is known as "Dragon Master". * RescueRomance: This sort of happens, which prompts her attraction to Kirito; he saves her after Pina performs a HeroicSacrifice, helps her get the resurrection item, and protects her from Titan's Head. * ShoulderSizedDragon: Pina. * TokenMiniMoe: She's one of the youngest characters in both SAO and ALO, as well as the youngest in Kirito's Caliber party at the tender age of thirteen. * ZettaiRyouiki: Wears thigh-high boots in SAO with a longcoat. !Rika Shinozaki / Lisbeth (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lizbeth_7871.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyahiTakagaki (Japanese) and Creator/SarahWilliams (English) A blacksmith and friend of Asuna. She helped forge both her and Kirito's weapons, while in battle she's a mace wielder. In ALO she joins as a Leprechaun. ---- * TheBlacksmith: She personally made Asuna's rapier "Lambent Light" and Kirito's secondary straight sword "Dark Repulser". This continues in ALO, this time with Kirito's sword there. * BrainyBrunette: Her hair is naturally brown, and she's very smart. * BigBreastPride: In the Extra Edition episodes. * CannotSpitItOut: Never manages to directly tell Kirito about her feelings. Kirito actually catches on the gist of it from her embarrassed stuttering and turns extremely embarrassed himself upon realizing it. * CarryABigStick: She wields maces when she fights. * ClingyJealousGirl: Despite supporting their relationship, she gets angry when she sees Kirito and Asuna getting lovey-dovey. * CoolBigSis: Seems to be a bit of one towards Silica once they get out of the game. * DropTheHammer: Happens on a daily basis, as she's constantly beating metal into weapons and armor. * GlassCannon: Originally, her weapons focused on sharpness and quickness, while largely ignoring durability. After Kirito effortlessly destroyed her best sword, she realised that in a desperate situation, what could ultimately save the lives of her clients is the weapon's durability. * HairDecorations: Both in-game and out, she sports hair clips that divide her bangs. * {{Leprechaun}}: Her character race in ALO. * NamedWeapon: In ALO, Klein gave her the legendary hammer, Mjölnir, on the condition that she will not break it down into Orihalcon ingots. * PimpedOutCape[=/=]PrettyInMink: Has a fur lined cape she wears sometimes. * PluckyGirl: Despite losing Kirito to Asuna, Rika still cheers for the two of them. * RoseHairedSweetie: Her avatars in SAO and ALO have pink hair, fitting her cheerful personality. * SecretKeeper: In SAO, she was the only person whom Kirito had trusted enough to reveal his DualWielding Unique Skill to. * ShipperOnDeck: When she's not being envious, she openly supports Asuna and Kirito in their relationship. * TomboyishSidetails: Though they're shorter than most examples * {{Tsundere}}: A light example, but it's still there. * YoungEntrepreneur: In SAO, she built her blacksmithing business from the ground up. * YouthfulFreckles: One of the few characters to have them, alluding to her can-do personality. * ZettaiRyouiki: Wears this in her school uniform IRL. !Rosalia (SAO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rosalia_sao_811.jpg]] -> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/MegumiToyoguchi (Japanese) and Creator/LauraPost (English) The leader of Titan's Hand. ---- * EvilRedhead: She has no qualms with making other players miserable or even outright killing them if it means getting ahead. * FateWorseThanDeath: Yes, Kirito spares her life, but he sends her straight down to the Black Iron Dungeon instead. The anime, however, is more of WhatHappenedToTheMouse scenario. * FemmeFatale: A rare nonviolent one. What makes her dangerous is that she fools other players with her "green" cursor status. * ManipulativeBitch: Several unwitting male players seem to fall for her charms, but luckily, [[TheHero Kirito]] wasn't fooled by her. * AMillionIsAStatistic: She either doesn't believe that people are actually dying when they're killed in the game, or just doesn't care. She claims that there's no proof, though exactly what she was doing when Akihiko informed everyone (with sources!) that people were actually dying is a mystery. * PeekABangs: Her hair covers her right eye. Obviously there's a side of her that she's keeping hidden from others. * SmugSnake: She had no idea who she was messing with when she picked a fight with Kirito. * TheVamp: Her appearance and vain attitude lean her in this direction. * WouldHurtAChild: She and her guild were planning to attack Silica, a 12-year-old girl, to steal a rare item. * WalkingSpoiler: Only for a single episode, but still. !Seijuro Kikuoka/Chrystheight (ALO, SAO beta test) [[quoteright:313:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/seijiro_kikuoka_6966.png]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (Japanese) A member of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who's responsible for monitoring situations in the virtual world, Kikuoka was present when Kirito returned to the real world, and the person who asks him to investigate the Phantom Bullet case. He maintains an ALO account, though it's mostly used as an alternate method to contact Kirito and Asuna. ---- * ArtificialIntelligence: [[spoiler:Kikuoka's true goal is to create intelligent AIs to be used in real wars.]] * {{Foil}}: [[spoiler:The patriot to Sugou's traitor. [[EveryoneHasStandards Also, he avoids experimenting on human beings to the extent possible.]]]] * GoKartingWithBowser: He's not exactly an enemy, but he's not quite a friend as well. Despite that, he's gone on a few dungeon raids with Kirito's party. * {{Megane}}: Both in real life and in ALO. Shino notes that [[PurelyAestheticGlasses they don't seem to have much power]]... * {{MIB}}: A more overt example, working for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, or so it seems. [[spoiler:Kikuoka appears to actually belong to the JSDF, leading Kirito to suspect that he may have been sent to observe the possibility of [=VRMMOs=] as a substitute to real-world training.]] * NecessaryEvil: [[spoiler:He seeks a way to create [=AIs=] that can be used to replace humans in real warfare, and is more than willing to cross ethical boundaries, including making virtual clones of real infants and playing god with a virtual civilization. On the other hand, he does so in hopes of averting human casualties, as well as help Japan gain military self-sufficiency, and has shown that he does care for Kirito and his friends. At one point he even agreed with Asuna that like Yui, AIs can become "alive" like a human, but would ultimately choose the life of a single human over hundreds of thousands of [=AIs=].]] * ScaryShinyGlasses: Done several times during his conversation with Kazuto in ''Extra Edition''. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His avatar in ALO, an Undine mage. !Thinker (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/thinker_sao_7502.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakahiroMizushima (Japanese) and Victor Sgroi (English) Administrator of "MMO Today" and leader of Aincrad Liberation Front, the largest guild in SAO. Thinker's leadership and influence has slowly been eroded thanks to his second-in-command Kibaou, and he's eventually trapped unarmed in a dungeon, prompting Yulier, his real-world and virtual wife, to request Kirito and Asuna to help rescue him. ---- * DistressedDude: His status as one is what drove Yulier to contact Kirito and Asuna. * HappilyMarried: Eventually to Yulier, both in-game and IRL. * HonorBeforeReason: Willingly walked unarmed into an obvious trap set by someone he ''knew'' was going to betray him. * HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: How could he trust Kibaou, like, at all? * NiceGuy: A bit ''too'' nice, to his detriment, which allowed the hardliners in ALF to marginalize him into a figurehead. !Yulier (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yulier_sao_7660.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RyokoShiraishi (Japanese) and Creator/AmandaCelineMiller (English) A senior member of ALF and wife to its leader Thinker, both in the real and virtual worlds, who disapproves of the current hardline direction of the guild. She requests Kirito and Asuna's help to rescue Thinker. ---- * HappilyMarried: Eventually to Thinker, both in-game and IRL. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ignores Thinker's cries when he warns her a corridor is trapped and triggers the boss monster that Yui deletes, causing [[spoiler:Cardinal to delete Yui]]. * SilkHidingSteel: Before arriving in the game she was all silk; a docile HouseWife. After arriving in the game, the steel revealed itself; a powerful guild member. * TheStoic ** NotSoStoic: She brakes into tears when she begs Kirito and Asuna to help her save Thinker. * TomboyishPonytail * UndyingLoyalty: She's quite devoted to Thinker. It's soon clear that she has strong feelings for him, which he reciprocates. * WhipItGood: Her weapon of choice. * YamatoNadeshiko: Strongly gives off this vibe, so much so that [[TheOjou Asuna]] is awed when she first meets her. !Sasha (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sasha_sao_9702.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Kyouko Fujii (Japanese) and Creator/ErikaHarlacher (English) A priest-type player who takes care of the younger players in SAO. ---- * BadassPreacher: She dresses like one and lives in a church to boot, but she is ready to use her knife when necessary. * HairColors: Depending on the media she will have different ones: brown in the anime and dull-blue in the novel. * KnifeNut: Her primary weapon. * MamaBear: She's ready to fight to protect her children, even if she's no match. %%* {{Meganekko}} * NiceGirl: She decided to take care of the younger players in SAO because she couldn't stand watching them suffer. * ParentalSubstitute: For the children she takes care of. %%* YouthfulFreckles ! Shinichi Nagata/Recon (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nagata_sao_2913.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His appearance IRL]] [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/recon_sao_4470.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His Recon avatar]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Ayumu Murase (Japanese) and Creator/MarianneMiller (English) Suguha's real-life friend and classmate who introduced her to ALO. ---- * AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Leafa. * BlackMagic[=/=]CastingAShadow: Knows dark magic. * TheChewToy: Specially to Suguha. * DoggedNiceGuy: Suguha is free to walk all over his feelings, and Shinichi will just take it. %%* HairAntennae * HiddenDepths: He's a better player than it may seem at first. He's captured once and is able to escape by himself by poisoning his captors. And he really surprises Leafa when he uses BlackMagic to [[TakingYouWithMe immolate himself]]. * HopelessSuitor: Has a crush on Suguha, who is already in love with Kirito. He even tried to confess to her but was rejected. Although Suguha got a little bit more of respect for him afterwards. * {{Invisibility}}: Knows the transparency spell "Hollow Body." [[PowerPerversionPotential He once sneaked into a room where Leafa was resting and when caught claimed he was only there to secretly place her birthday present]].[[note]]He was later forced to confess and was beaten up by Leafa.[[/note]] * KnifeNut: His primary weapon is a dagger. * {{Megane}}: His real world self. * TheSneakyGuy: His invisibility magic lets him try to be this, but his stealthiness needs some work. * TakingYouWithMe: Knows a darkness magic that kills himself while destroying nearby enemies. He uses it to create an opening in the enemy ranks for Kirito to brake through. [[spoiler:Too bad the enemies [[WeHaveReserves bring reinforcements so quickly]] it doesn't work.]] * [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: His ALO Avatar. ** CurtainsMatchTheWindow: In real life. ! Sakuya (ALO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Sayuri Yahagi (Japanese) and Creator/LaurenLanda (English) Guild Leader of the Sylphs in ALO. ---- * AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: Comes with being a Guild Leader. * BoobsOfSteel: The leader of an entire guild is stacked in more things than stats. * FriendlyEnemy: With Alicia, emphasis on friendly - and any technicalities of enemy are gone after the alliance anyway. * Gainaxing: A fair bit of jiggling finds its way into the anime. * LadyOfWar: Wields a katana in direct battle, along with a fan for anything less. * NotSoAboveItAll: Wasn't quite against seducing Kirito, in front of everyone assembled. * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She goes along with Kirito's plan despite only having Leafa's vouch. * TheStoic: Not to any excessive degree, but her emotions + tone are carefully controlled most of the time. * YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Said nearly word-for-word in Episode 20, [[JustifiedTrope but it's the only proper response to being told the future of all their races depended on a new arrival she knew nothing about]]. ! Alicia Rue (ALO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChiwaSaito (Japanese) and Creator/CristinaValenzuela (English) Guild Leader of the Cat Siths in ALO ---- * ACupAngst: Possibly alluded to when she argues how Sakuya's seducing Kirito with [[BoobsOfSteel 'those things']]. * AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Much like Sakuya, comes with the job. * TheBeastmaster: [[DragonRider Dragons]], specifically. * CatSmile[=/=]CuteLittleFangs: Much all like Cat Sith fairies, are pretty much permanently set. [[LetsGetDangerous The one time they're not is when she's ordering her Dragoons to incinerate their enemies.]] * CharacterTic: When the situation is fairly relaxed, she's often seen with her hands behind her head. * FashionableAsymmetry: Wears a half-cape on her left side. * FemaleGaze: Aside from calling Kirito handsome to his face, she wasn't afraid to get quite 'friendly' with him. * GenreSavvy: [[spoiler:After the Salamander army left]], she's the first to ask if Kirito was ''really'' part of what he claimed to be. He wasn't. * LittleBitBeastly: As per Cat Sith standard, her character bears feline features. * ZettaiRyouiki: Type B ! Kyouji Shinkawa/Spiegel (GGO) ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NatsukiHanae (Japanese) Shino's best friend, and the one who introduced her to Gun Gale Online. ---- * BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Worked with his older brother, a former Laughing Coffin member, to create Death Gun.]] * CripplingOverspecialisation: "Spiegel" is an [[FragileSpeedster AGI-heavy build]], relying entirely on evasion and reaction speed. When the GGO {{metagame}} evolved to favor balanced STR/VIT builds, Kyouji was left with a severely under-powered character that lacked the STR to equip anything but the lightest guns. [[spoiler:This in turn leads him to associate himself with his brother, who is a SAO survivor and created what would become the virtual serial killer, Death Gun.]] * EducationMama: His parents are high-ranking doctors and put a lot of pressure on him to succeed. * EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:He's the Recon to Sinon, but then he's revealed to be part of a [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]].]] * GreenEyedMonster: Is particularly jealous of Kirito for catching Sinon's attention. * IfICantHaveYou: Kyouji tries to [[spoiler:kill Shino]] after he witnesses [[spoiler:her crying in the arms of Kirito during the Bullet of Bullets tournament]]. Later on, [[spoiler:he comes into her house right after she finished the [=BoB=] tournament, and threatens her with a dose of succinylcholine.]] * IJustWantToBeSpecial: His motivation for [[spoiler:creating Death Gun]]. * InLoveWithYourCarnage: He became attracted to Shino after [[spoiler:hearing about how she killed a bank robber]]. * KidsAreCruel: Kyouji was bullied when he was younger, something he shares with Shino. * LoveMakesYouCrazy: Attempted to give a LoveConfession to Shino, but the latter tells him to give her time to think about it. [[spoiler:Then in episode 13, he's revealed to be one of the people helping Death Gun to kill people in real life, and develops an AxCrazy look when he attempts to have his way with her.]] * MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:Asada-san, Asada-san, Asada-san.]] * StalkerWithACrush: Towards Shino. [[spoiler:Borders on a VillainousCrush when it is revealed he was part of Death Gun all along.]] * TookALevelInJerkass: He seems quite friendly and supportive of Shino, and attempts to be there for her while she's trying to get over her past. [[spoiler:Then he reveals his motives to her, and attempts to rape her, along with trying to kill her almost entirely out of the blue after seeing how she seems to be more interested in Kirito than him.]] ** This is potentially foreshadowed earlier in the arc. When Shino first starts to become more assertive in the real world thanks to Kirito's influence, he starts acting slightly creepy. Most people would be happy that their best friend is becoming more capable and seemingly better able to take care of themselves. Kyouji instead wraps her into a hug and begs her to stop being assertive and angry and go back to her normal calm self so that he can protect her. * VillainBall: [[spoiler:He's killed his enemies, established an alibi for himself, and only one thing stands between him and marrying his dream girl while his brother takes the fall for the murders: that creepy face he makes while proposing to Shino, which tips her off that there is something very wrong with him.]] %%* WalkingSpoiler %%* WellDoneSonGuy %%* {{Yandere}} [[/folder]] [[folder:Real World Characters]] !Midori Kirigaya ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyaEndo (Japanese), Creator/CaitlinGlass (English) Suguha's mother, as well as Kirito's aunt and adoptive mother in the real world. ---- %%* GoodParents: !Natsumi Aki The nurse who oversaw Kazuto during his rehabilitation and watched over him when he was investigating Death Gun in GGO. ---- %%* HelloNurse * HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: Is also a Sergeant in the JSDF.]] * {{Meganekko}}: Wears glasses during the second day Kirito dives into GGO to participate in [=BoB=]. !Shouzou Yuuki ->'''Voiced by:''' Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese), Creator/KeithSilverstein (English) Asuna's father, the CEO of RECTO. ---- * HonestCorporateExecutive: Barring some of his associates, Shouzou is by nature a good, if somehow gullible, leader. * HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Asuna's engagement to Nobuyuki Sugou was his decision. His wife says he has poor taste in people. !Kyouko Yuuki ->'''Voiced by:''' Music/MegumiHayashibara (Japanese) Asuna's mother, who's a stern professor at a prestigious university, and disapproves of Asuna associating with Kirito and the SAO survivors. ---- * EducationMama: She claims that the SAO survivors school is not a school at all, but a prison staffed by nobodies. She pulled strings to transfer Asuna into a prep school where she can graduate quickly and start college within the year. * FantasyForbiddingMother: What she initially appears as in her first scene in the anime. She has a poor opinion of ALO and the friends Asuna has made there. In ''Mother's Rosario'' she attempts to force Asuna way from both, for her own good of course. She and Asuna eventually reconcile in Volume 7, and she allows her to continue associating with her friends. * GoldDigger: There are vibes that she married Asuna's father because of his money and she certainly wants Asuna to do so. She claims that it would be "stable" and she "wouldn't have to worry". * HeelRealization: By the latter parts of Volume 7 (Season 2 Episode 23 of the anime), she and Asuna had a heart-to-heart inside ALO (using her daughter's "Erika" account) where Asuna confides to her mother that her own parents are proud of her achievements, and that Asuna's time at SAO and ALO taught her the value of having people who can appreciate her deeds, causing Kyouko to break down in TearsOfRemorse over what an ungrateful daughter she had been. * InsultFriendlyFire: She refers to the SAO survivors as "kids who spent two years killing each other" in front of Asuna, who immediately points out that she is one of them. * {{Jerkass}}: It's hard to find a sentence that is ''not'' insulting towards ''someone'' be it SAO survivors, their teachers, her husband, her daughter's friends and her daughter herself. * OldShame: InUniverse: Treats her humble origins as the daughter of farmers as this, which Asuna points out. She eventually gets somewhat better. * ParentalMarriageVeto: She claims that Asuna can marry whoever she wants, as long as that person is worthy of her. Naturally, she determines the worthiness of suitors and "that boy from the facility" (I.E. Kazuto) is not among them. [[/folder]] [[folder:Virtual Beings]] !Yui (SAO, ALO) [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sword_art_online_yui_9276.png]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KanaeIto (Japanese), Creator/StephanieSheh (English) An AI in SAO created to take care of the mental health of the players but was suspended by the Cardinal system when the death game began. Unfortunately her monitoring operations continued and sensed the negative emotions such as fear, despair, rage, and madness from the players. Unable to perform her duty due to her restriction, she broke down due to errors. When she sensed Asuna and Kirito's more positive emotions, she was overcome with the urge to see them, which then kicked off the events of Morning Dew Girl and later made her their adoptive daughter. ---- * AmnesiacsAreInnocent: The girl who has no memory also doesn't have a care in the world. * ArtificialIntelligence: A Top-Down AI. * AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Technically, since she's an AI. * [[BackFromTheDead Back from Deletion]]: Kirito manages to save her information before she's entirely deleted from the system, and successfully brings her back in ALO. * BadassAdorable: Cute and sweet, not to mention she actually cares about the players in the game worlds she's assigned (it's her job to begin with). But try to threaten those she care about (i.e. her adopted mom and dad), she will conjure up a sword made of fire (or any weapon of mass destruction) and utterly erase you from existence, even if you are a nigh-invulnerable boss monster. In short, do not taunt the happy fun admin. * ClingyJealousGirl: Claims only she and Asuna can hug "Papa" when Kirito first meets Leafa after the latter thanks him for rescuing her. She in general reacts poorly to other girls getting too clingy with him, but it's clear she only wants to make sure he stays faithful to Asuna. * DoesNotLikeShoes: She mostly goes barefoot. * TheEmpath: Due to being programmed as a therapist, she is extremely compassionate and in-tune with the emotions of those around her. Near the end of her introductory arc, she is able to casually push a girl she just met towards confessing her feelings towards her guild leader. * ExpositionFairy: In ALO. * FairyCompanion: In ALO she becomes a "Navigation Pixie." * AGlitchInTheMatrix: She causes one of these in SAO. When she screams, the entire area bugs out briefly. * HappilyAdopted: By Kirito and Asuna. * TheHeart: She was originally designed to maintain the mental health of the players by giving them emotional support. Unfortunately, when the death game began, she was suspended by the Cardinal system and was forced to watch the players commit suicide and kill each other out of fear, anger, and despair. Then she came across Kirito and Asuna. * KillerRabbit: In SAO. Looks like an ordinary, cute child. One-shotted a super boss. * LivingLieDetector: She can easily tell when someone is lying, probably in order to help her do her job better. * MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: She knows about Recon's crush on Leafa, again because of her ability to sense emotions. * OurPhlebotinumChild: The love between Kirito and Asuna basically bought her into existing in the main game world. * RidiculouslyHumanRobot: She wouldn't be a very effective therapy bot if she was obviously inhuman. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Invoked. Yui was designed to be a sort of therapist for players in [=SAO=], but the system prevented her from doing her job. Needless to say, this caused a lot of problems for both her and the players she was unable to help. * UncannyFamilyResemblance: Although it's not brought up, she looks weirdly like a child Asuna with Kirito's haircolor. She even has a similar hair style to Asuna, making her being their "daughter" ironic. That may mean she purposefully or subconsciously sculpted her avatar to look like that when she broke out of Cardinal to find them. * WomanInWhite: In line with her purity and innocence, Yui's outfits are predominantly white. [[/folder]] [[folder:Main Antagonists]] !Akihiko Kayaba [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kayaba_3293.jpg]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KoichiYamadera (Japanese), Creator/MarcDiraison (English) The creator of SAO who trapped ten thousand players in his game of death. ---- * AffablyEvil: He's very polite and professional. He's also threatening the lives of thousands of innocent people. * ArcVillain: Aincrad arc. * AmbitionIsEvil: He tells Kirito of his dream about creating a floating castle as the basis for creating Sword Art Online. * {{Badass}}: He ''created'' every Sword Arts in Sword Art Online, including Kirito's Dual Blades techniques. * BadassBookworm: He programmed all of SAO, and designed the hardware, by himself. [[spoiler:Even after his death he created a program that revived the VRMMORPG genre in the aftermath of the Fairy Dance arc.]] * BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: At the end of the Fairy Dance arc, his spirit seemingly ''comes back from the dead'' to give Kirito his Administrator privileges so he can defeat Sugou.]] * BlueAndOrangeMorality: His extreme LackOfEmpathy creates this. He weighed 10,000 human lives versus him creating his ideal world and chose the latter, but feels neither any guilt nor joy at the deaths. He's actually ''happy'' that someone is coming to kill him as that is how Aincrad is supposed to work. * EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: To Kirito as virtual reality junkies.]] * EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: He may have caused the deaths of 4000+ players just to bring his imagination to life, but he keeps his own rules even if it meant losing everything. By these standards he holds Nobuyuki Sugou in contempt and helps out Kirito in taking him down.]] * FairPlayVillain: [[spoiler:Zigzagged, he keeps his own rules, even when it costs him his world and his life.]] However, he did make himself an [[spoiler:Immortal object as Heathcliff]] * FinalBoss: [[spoiler: He was supposed to be this for SAO.]] * GameMaster: He's the administrator of SAO. * {{GMPC}}: [[spoiler:Considered to be the strongest player in SAO. The Leader of the most powerful guild. One of the only two known people with a Unique Skill. Have never been seen being brought down to below 50% HP. Respected by all. Granted he expected himself to be revealed at around the 95th floor and deliberately did this to bring forth the greatest despair to the players. On the other hand, he tends to not do much and fights passively, letting the rest of the players do their own thing and to figure out what to do on their own. It was the combination of all the above that led Kirito to suspect this trope and thus his true identity.]] * TheGMIsACheatingBastard: ** [[spoiler:To protect his guise as Heathcliff in his duel with Kirito, he accelerated faster than the normal players in SAO to block damage. He also has the "Immortal Object" ability normally granted to environmental objects to protect his life if his HP goes below 50%.]] ** In the [[spoiler:second duel]] Kirito noted that Kayaba did not, in fact, need the additional assistance [[spoiler:to strike that fast.]] * AGodAmI: While he never claims to be anything more than a programmer, Kirito notes that his behavior is godlike - looking upon the players not with empathy, but with mercy and pity. This is what allows Kirito to [[spoiler:identify him as Heathcliff.]] * GracefulLoser: When defeated [[spoiler: three-quarters of the way through the planned SAO]], Kayaba congratulates [[spoiler: Kirito and Asuna, and lets them both live and return to the real world, even though they had both "died" in the virtual world]]. * KarmaHoudini: He [[spoiler:dies on his own terms. While Kirito isn't openly hostile or hateful, he doesn't think that he can ever forgive Kayaba for those deaths, particularly Sachi's.]] * KillerGameMaster: He designed the Nerve Gear to kill players in real life if they died in his game. He also placed lots of traps in his world with the idea of making that happen. * LackOfEmpathy: He cares nothing for the deaths of the players in SAO. * LetsFightLikeGentlemen: In his final duel with Kirito, he lowers himself to the level of the players, forfeiting all of his GM advantages to face Kirito in a fair duel. * LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler:His Heathcliff Avatar has light based skills.]] * MadArtist: He dreamed of a masterpiece of a world where players can surpass the limits of reality. He also dreamed of people fighting for their lives in said world, apparently. * MeaningfulName: Kayaba [[spoiler:naming his character after the villain of Literature/WutheringHeights]] draws certain parallels -- [[spoiler:originally appearing heroic, he is revealed to have more evil and self-serving intents.]] * NobleDemon: He's a murder and a kidnapper and has some weird ethics to be sure but he sticks to his rules and is a GracefulLoser. * PsychopathicManChild: His ultimate goal is essentially to bring the world of his imagination to life and have it be as real as possible. He also posses a certain sense of fair play. This would make him a Type C with bits of B and E mixed in. ** This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the 4-koma, where the raid team accuses him of having [[MrImagination 8th grader syndrome]]. * TheSociopath: Just doesn't care either way about the people trapped in his death game. Sure, he does [[spoiler: help found and raise a very powerful guild and helps its members develop,]] but that was done solely to have strong players who would keep challenging the game. * TheStoic: Even when [[spoiler: Kirito overcomes ''death'' to attack him one last time]], his expression barely changes. * StrawNihilist: He doesn't even care about ''his own'' life. * TheUnfettered: The game will continue for Kayaba's amusement. What the players think of him is irrelevant. * UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: His ultimate goal it to reach or create "Aincrad", the world that surpasses the limits of reality that he saw in his dreams. The "Aincrad" from SAO is based on it. * VisionaryVillain: His dream of "Aincrad" led him to villainy. * VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:As Heathcliff.]] !Nobuyuki Sugou/Oberon the Fairy King (ALO) [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sugou_1599.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His appearance IRL]] [[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sugou_alo_avatar_3524.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:250:His Oberon avatar]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (Japanese), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (English) The director of RECTO's research institute. He high-jacked the minds of 300 of the SAO victims (including his then-fiance Asuna) and traps them in his own game [=ALFheim=] Online to experiment on them. The antagonist of volumes 3-4. ---- * AlwaysSecondBest: To Kayaba, which drives him nuts. * ArcVillain: The primary antagonist of the Fairy Dance arc, being responsible for taking away 300 SAO survivors and locking them in ALO for his experiments. [[spoiler: ''Infinity Moment'' upgrades him to BigBad; he hijacked SAO so that he could use it for his experiments and used a super account to enter the game as Alberich.]] * ArrangedMarriage: ''Was'' the fiance of Asuna chosen by her parents. In her parents' defense, he admits that if they knew how she felt about him, they would have called it off in a heartbeat. * AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Likely no one shed a tear after Kirito turns the tables on him and kills his avatar brutally in the ALO game, considering he was torturing the former moments before, and threatened to rape Asuna both in-game and in the real world.]] * BitchInSheepsClothing: In front of Asuna's father. * BlondGuysAreEvil: As Oberon. * BringMyBrownPants: He wets himself after [[spoiler:Kirito overpowers him in real life]]. * CardCarryingVillain: Unlike Akihiko, he is portrayed as straightly and unconditionally evil. * CorruptCorporateExecutive: He is the director of RECTO's research institute and the one responsible for keeping 300 Nerve Gear victims, including Asuna, prisoner even after SAO had ended. He did this by transferring them all into ALO for experiments on human subjugation via fulldive technology. He also attempts to take over RCT Progress Inc. by marrying Asuna while she is unconscious. * EvilCannotComprehendGood: ** He mocks Asuna by telling her he met Kirito in the real world, and how weak he looked. He is completely unaware that letting her know her lover was alive was exactly what she needed to keep going. ** He was also convinced that Kirito would be too scared to even put on his Nerve Gear, let alone try to save Asuna, boy was he wrong. * EvilLaugh: He lets out some AxCrazy cackles during his first confrontation with Kirito. [[http://i.imgur.com/fgXYZ.jpg His face]] certainly adds to his psychopathic demeanor. * EyeScream: [[spoiler:Suffered this by Kirito at the final part of his CurbStompBattle by letting his sword fall into him and because of the pain reception he brought up during that fight it transfers into the real world with painful irritation and bad vision from that right eye.]] * FourEyesZeroSoul: His real body wears glasses. * GameMaster: He's the administrator of ALO during ''Fairy Dance''. * AGodAmI: Saw himself as one in ALO and gave himself the identity of "Oberon, king of the fairies". * TheGMIsACheatingBastard: Uses an unreleased, overpowered spell on Kirito and Asuna. Changes the Pain Absorption to torture Kirito. [[spoiler:The latter eventually leads to HoistByHisOwnPetard with it being used against him.]] * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Gets chopped in half by Kirito.]] * TheHedonist: His lust for power and treatment of Asuna gives him some exaggerated hedonistic qualities. * HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:The Pain Absorption that he used to torture Kirito is used against him when the latter obtains [[GameMaster Administration Powers]] from Kayaba.]] * IfICantHaveYou: His threat of altering Asuna's memories. * IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Does to Asuna by chaining her, ripping her clothes off and [[LecherousLicking licking her]] all this right in front of Kirito. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Kirito kills Sugou's Oberon avatar by tossing him up and letting him fall onto his sword [[EyeScream that landed on his right eye]].]] * {{Jerkass}}: He responds to Kirito's desperate attempts to save Asuna with sadistic mockery. * KillerGameMaster: The overpowered spells, the Pain Reception controls, [[spoiler: and the fact that ALO is UnwinnableByDesign]] all point to a sadistic "Fairy King". * KnifeNut: [[spoiler:He tried to kill Kazuto in the real world with a combat knife. Thankfully Kazuto handed him his ass and handed him to the police by his supposed-victim, thanks to the skills he learned in game.]] * LastVillainStand: [[spoiler: By the time he decides to pull a knife on Kirito in the real world, Sugou has suffered a complete VillainousBreakdown and has lost everything, save one last, desperate chance to get back at our hero.]] * LecherousLicking: When [[spoiler:he is sexually attacking Asuna in Alfheim Online, she starts to cry in humiliation and he ecstatically licks her tears.]] server]] * {{Megane}}: Of the FourEyesZeroSoul variety. * NoOntologicalInertia: His victims, bar Asuna, luckily had no recollection or post-effects of three months spent experimented upon. Neither madness nor suffering ensued once they were freed. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: [[spoiler:He doesn't know how to keep his hands and tongue to himself.]] * NotSoStoic: Tries to act as if he's always in control, but his composure collapses when unexpected events happen. * SmallNameBigEgo: He talks big, describing himself as an incredibly powerful man, to the point of [[AGodAmI claiming to be a god]] but is really the poor man's version of Akihiko Kayaba and after [[spoiler: the latter's BigDamnHeroes moment in Alfheim,]] he [[VillainousBreakdown shows that he knows it too.]] * SmugSnake: He is extremely arrogant and tends to speak in a sarcastic tone. * StalkerWithACrush: To Asuna. Among other disturbing things, he sniffs her hair while she is in a coma. * TheSociopath: Selfish, cruel and power-hungry, Sugou is obviously not someone Kirito is meant to get along with. * VillainousBreakdown: He's far from sane to begin with, but as noted above, when things aren't going his way he loses any semblance of stability. * VillainousCrush: His attempts at "courting" Asuna amount to putting her in a cage and threatening her memories. !"Death Gun" (GGO) [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/death_gunner_5720.png]] ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SoichiroHoshi A mysterious gunman rumoured to be able to kill someone in real life from the virtual world. The antagonist of volumes 5-6. ---- * ArcVillain: Of the ''GGO'' arc. * AxCrazy: As expected for a person who came from the Laughing Coffin guild. * BadassCape: Dons a tattered mantle that comes with a hood, which, in addition to the skull-like helmet, gives him a sinister vibe, akin to a GrimReaper. * BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:Three people are playing the role.]] * ColdSniper: During the [=BoB=] tournament, he shoots his targets with stun bullets from his "Silent Assassin" (a very rare and high-level sniper rifle according to Sinon) before moving in for the kill with his handgun. * CollectiveIdentity: [[spoiler:There were three perpetrators. Two were SiblingsInCrime while the other was added later for their plot during the third Battle of Bullets.]] * ContrivedCoincidence: His Death Gun is [[spoiler: the same exact model of gun Sinon used to kill a bank robber years ago. She herself is stunned to see this.]] Subverted later; it's ''not'' a coincidence. * CoolMask: Wears one that resembles a mechanical skull whose eyes are [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red]]. * DarthVaderClone: Clad in dark clothes, namely a BadassCape (complete with a [[InTheHood hood]]) and a CoolMask, "Death Gun" sports a VaderBreath as well as a CreepyMonotone voice, [[spoiler:and is related to Kirito by way of having faced him before in Aincrad as part of the Laughing Coffin guild]]. * ForTheEvulz: One of the reasons "Death Gun" kills. [[spoiler: Two of the conspirators were members of Laughing Coffin and wanted to ''continue'' the death game that was SAO.]] * HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Much like Oberon before him, Kirito slices Death Gun in half at the end of their duel.]] * {{Handguns}}: Uses a Type 54 [[note]]Chinese knock-off of the Soviet Tokarev TT-33[[/note]] in GGO. * InvisibilityCloak: He owns a mantle that has the "Metamaterial Optical Camouflage" ability. He can use it in the city AREA and hide from satellite scans during [=BoB=]. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: As if his moniker as the "Death Gun" wasn't representative enough of the murders he started committing in GGO, [[spoiler:his [=BoB=] tournament entry name, "Sterben", is the German verb for "To die"]]. * OmnicidalManiac: His goal is to kill as many people as he can. * {{Revenge}}: Another reason why "Death Gun" kills. [[spoiler:Two of the perpetrators are former Laughing Coffin members, and they are elated when they get the chance to torment Kirito in ''Gun Gale Online''. The third blamed the high level players for recommending a character build that eventually got nerfed, leaving him unable to compete in the [=BoB=] tournament for his subscription fee.]] * SerialKiller: The ''Gun Gale Online'' arc has Kirito investigate on this enigmatic character who is rumoured to be able to kill players both in the game and in the real world. Two known victims were among GGO's top players. * SiblingsInCrime: [[spoiler:The original two members of the team. The eldest was a former SAO player who was part of the red guild "Laughing Coffin"; he was the one who collected info on where their targets lived, was the one who injected [=XeXeeD=] and Usujio Tarako with Succinycholine in the real world, and is the one who shot the avatars of Pale Rider and Garret in GGO during [=BoB=]. The youngest was the one who shot the avatars of [=XeXeeD=] and Usujio Tarako in GGO, and during [=BoB=] he was meant to break into Shino's home and inject her with a dose of Succinylcholine with a needleless syringe. Both were children of a doctor and had access to the funds and equipment needed to pull it off.]] * CoolGuns/SniperRifles: His rifle of choice is the [=L115A3=], the British Army designation for the Arctic Warfare Super Magnum sniper rifle. His particular rifle is unique in that it has a custom integrally suppressed barrel akin to the [=AWS=] variant. This is what gives it its unique "Silent Assassin" moniker in-game. * TattooedCrook: Amidst the bandages on his right arm, a small tattoo can be made out. [[spoiler:It's the same mark as the members of Laughing Coffin, and Kirito subsequently has a HeroicBSOD when he sees it.]] * VaderBreath: When talking, a distinctive wheeze can be sporadically heard around "Death Gun". * WalkingSpoiler: The character known as "Death Gun" is actually [[spoiler:an entity created by three people, two of which are SAO survivors of the PlayerKilling variety, to carry out murders both in GGO and the real life near-simultaneously]], making its importance to the overall series' story that much more vital. [[/folder]] [[folder:Laughing Coffin]] A guild in SAO who revelled in killing other players. Because of this, they became known as a "red guild" and were eventually wiped out by the frontliner guilds. ---- * {{Blood Knight}}s[=/=]ForTheEvulz: Their logic for killing is, "If it's a death game, killing people is a must". * TheDreaded: Were this as a group, with multiple HeroKiller types like [=PoH=], Xa Xa, and Johnny Black among their ranks. * KarmaHoudini: [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit Due to all blame being placed on Akihiko Kayaba,]] none of their crimes were revealed to the public and none of the surviving members were punished for their crimes. [[LaserGuidedKarma However]], after the guild's kill count climbed into the triple digits, the Knights Of Blood put the floor-clearing on hold and with a lot of other like-minded players, initiated a purge to track down all members of the guild and bring them to justice. Most of the psychos were killed when [[TooDumbToLive they tried to fight back]]. Some of them, including [=XaXa=] and Johnny Black, managed to escape, though, and remain at large. [[spoiler:At least, until the ''Death Gun'' incident.]] * MurderInc: Sometimes, some players will hire their services to kill a target as a means to avoid having their KarmaMeter changed to orange or red. * PlayerKilling: However due to the way the [[KilledOffForReal death system works in SAO]], [[MoralEventHorizon they're straight up murderers]]. * {{Tattooed Crook}}s: Members have their guild symbol tattooed on their avatar's bodies. * VideoGameCrueltyPotential: A ''very'' extreme and nasty example. !![[spoiler:Vassago Cassals]][=/=][=PoH=] (SAO) The (former) leader of the guild. ---- * BigBad: Given the damage he and his guild did, he rivals Kayaba for the biggest problem of the arc as well, necessitating most frontline players to put off the progression and actively hunt Laughing Coffin down. %%* BlackCloak * CatchPhrase: "It's Showtime." (said in English) [[spoiler:When the Death Gun utters this phrase in the [=BoB=] tournament, Kirito is quick to think that [=PoH=] might be the perpetrator. He's not: [=XaXa=] is the one operating the avatar.]] * DeceasedFallGuyGambit: Recruits people for his red guild by promising them that all the blame for any murderers they commit will be placed on Kayaba. * FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Got turned into a tree by Kirito, left to rot in Underworld, and driven to insanity as a result.]] %%* FreudianExcuse: He utterly hates Asians because both him and his mother had been sold to human traffickers by their Korean father, and subsequently shipped to Japan. He starts the Laughing Coffin guild just so he could see Asians kill each other. * HeroKiller: Had this reputation, with even Kirito respecting his abilities. Given that he had the highest bodycount of almost any player, this is understandable. * InTheHood: His face is partially shadowed by the black hood he wears, concealing part of his identity. * KnifeNut: Wields a cleaver-type knife called "[[NamedWeapons Mate Chopper]]". * TheLeader: Of Laughing Coffin. * OmniGlot: [[InformedAbility According to the novels]] he is apparently fluent in Japanese, English, and Spanish. Kirito even wonders if he's of [[ButNotTooForeign mixed ethnicity]]. !!Shouichi Shinkawa[=/=][=XaXa=] (SAO) One of the top members of the Laughing Coffin, who survived the assault on the guild. ---- %%* BigBadDuumvirate: Of ''GGO'', alongside Johnny Black, [[spoiler:and his brother Kyoji]]. * CallForward: In the light novel version of "A Murder Case in the Area" (Episodes 4 and 5 from season 1 for reference), he threatens to chase down Kirito on a horse after he rides in on one and intervenes on an assassination. [[spoiler: In GGO, he, as Death Gun, chases down Kirito and Sinon on a (mechanical) horse.]] * CoDragons: To [=PoH=] alongside Johnny Black. * CurtainsMatchTheWindow: His avatar in SAO has red hair and eyes. * DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: He knew if the Kirito in the BoB tournament was the Kirito from SAO (which is correct), then he'd go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge if he killed Sinon.]] %%* EvilRedhead: His avatar in SAO. * HeroKiller: Earns this reputation in SAO [[spoiler:and GGO]]. As one of the few players who can match Kirito is a sword fight, it is not unwarranted. * IllBoy: His brother Kyoji describes him as being very sick. %%* LackOfEmpathy * MasterSwordsman: The best swordsman in the Guild, and a match for Kirito. [[spoiler:He gets to duel once more against the latter during the climax of GGO's [=BoB=] tournament, this time posing as the Death Gun and using a hidden estoc within his sniper rifle. He also goes into detail about how Kirito is rusty and uses technical jargon.]] * PsychoForHire: To the point where he could not stop killing after being released into the real world. * RedBaron: "Red-Eyed [=XaXa=]" * RedEyesTakeWarning: His avatar in SAO has red eyes which helped [[EarnYourTitle earned his nickname]]. [[spoiler:His helmet as the Death Gun in GGO has red lenses that glow.]] * SerialKiller: In ''SAO'' and out of it. * SkullForAHead: Wears a skull helmet. [[spoiler:His preference carries over into GGO, where he poses as the Death Gun.]] * WeaponOfChoice: Estoc-type weapons. [[spoiler:In GGO, he tried to recreate one with the metal found in ''space battleships'', but was only able to make a thin blade he can hide in his sniper rifle.]] * VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Averted. [[spoiler:After his capture and imprisonment in SAO, he did nothing but train with his rapier skills, to the point where like Kirito, he can replicate SAO moves via muscle memory and can actually beat Kirito in a sword fight (though it should be noted that Kirito couldn't fight all out as his lightsaber had no weight, and he's too used to heavy swords).]] * WalkingSpoiler: Even more so than the rest of his Laughing Coffin comrades due to the fact that he [[spoiler:comes back [[Characters/SwordArtOnlineGunGaleOnline Characters debuting in Gun Gale Online as the avatar known as Death Gun, and carries out public virtual executions while his accomplices inject their victims with succinylcholine Online]] * [[Characters/SwordArtOnlineUnderworld Characters debuting in the real world]]. !!Atsushi Kanamoto[=/=]Johnny Black (SAO) One Underworld arc]] * [[Characters/SwordArtOnlineAntagonists Arc antagonists]] * [[Characters/SwordArtOnlineOthers Characters introduced outside of the top members of the Laughing Coffin, [=MMOs=] and a survivor of SAO. ---- * AxeCrazy: Johnny's dialogue does not hint at a sane mind. * BigBadDuumvirate: Of ''GGO'', alongside [=XaXa=] [[spoiler:and his brother Kyoji]]. * BrownBagMask: Wears a brown sack over his head in ''SAO''. * CoDragons: To [=PoH=] alongside [=XaXa=]. * HeroKiller: Has this reputation in ''SAO''. * InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath: Plans to force the members of the Golden Apple Guild into one. %%* LackOfEmpathy * MasterPoisoner: Was infamous for using poisons, and equipping the rest of Laughing Coffin with them. %%* PoisonedWeapons * PsychoForHire: Loves to kill, in both the real world and the games. * SerialKiller: In ''SAO'' and out of it, [[spoiler: culminating in an attack on Kirito and Asuna in the real world.]] [[/folder]] [[folder:''Underworld'' entities]] ! Ronye Kirito's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy. ---- %%* SempaiKohai: Kohai to Kirito. * UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: Thinks she'll never get married, because she's in love with someone who can never return that love. Three guesses [[HaremHero who]] [[ChickMagnet that]] [[ObliviousToLove is]]. [[spoiler: Still, she has descendants in the epilogue, so it looks like she gets over it.]] ! Tiize Eugeo's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy. ---- * SempaiKohai: Kohai to Eugeo. * UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: Like her best friend, Ronye, but refreshingly not with [[HaremHero you know who]]. ! Cardinal An extremely mysterious girl. ---- %%* LittleMissBadass * WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: She observes the world in her library for hundreds of years ''alone''. So when she's done explaining the situation to Kirito she asks him to hug her. ! Solterina Sorult ---- %%* {{Badass}} * BlueBlood: From a 3rd class noble family. %%* SempaiKohai: Sempai to Kirito. ! Integrity Knights Protectors of the Human World and enforcers of the Taboo Index. !! [[spoiler: Bercury (Synthesis I]]) ---- * BadAss * OneManArmy * ImplausibleFencingPowers: [[spoiler: Can cut through time!]] !! Fanatio (Synthesis II) ---- * LadyOfWar !! Deusolbert (Synthesis VII) The Integrity Knight whom Kirito, Alice, and Eugeo saw fight a black knight. Was also the Integrity Knight who took Alice away. ---- * BowAndSwordInAccord * DragonRider !! Renly (Synthesis XLIX[[note]](49)[[/note]]) ! Administrator ---- * BodySurf: [[spoiler:Has been doing this to attain complete immortality.]] %%* DiscOneFinalBoss ! Gabriel/[[spoiler:Vector]] ---- %%* BigBad: After the Administrator is defeated, he takes over this role. * KnifeNut [[/folder]] [[folder: ''Gun Gale Online I Squad Jam'']] !Karen (LLENN) * HighlyConspicuousUniform: ''Pink'' combat suit. * WeaponOfChoice: P90 sub-machine gun. !Pitohui [[/folder]] [[folder:Video Game Exclusive Characters]] !Strea ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SachikaMisawa (Japanese) ---- * TheAce: Her Hiding skills can elude Kirito and she is one of the strongest in the raid team. %%* AIIsACrapshoot * ArtificialIntelligence: [[spoiler:She's a Mental Health Counseling Program, just like Yui.]] * {{BFS}} * BoobsOfSteel: Uses a 2-handed sword and has one of the highest HP counts among the players. %%* BrokenAce * TheEmpath: [[spoiler:Like Yui, she was designed to serve as AI counselor, though she got corrupted from experiencing all the players' negative emotions.]] * FusionDance: She ends up fusing with the Hollow Avatar [[spoiler:when Sugou inflicts incurable poison on her]]. Later, [[spoiler:Yui absorbs her data in the hopes of someday restoring her]]. %%* GenkiGirl * TheHeavy: [[spoiler: She's an Mental Health Counseling Program like Yui. The glitches in SAO are because of her overloading due to being unable to help the players like Yui.]] * HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: After regaining her memories, she wants to prevent the world from getting destroyed, [[spoiler:which pits her against Kirito and the raid team. She later performs a HeroicSacrifice for Kirito and takes away Sugou's GM privileges, only to merge with the original FinalBoss.]] %%* MsFanservice %%* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace * TheTease[=/=]TheGadfly: Her very first CG is putting Kirito through MarshmallowHell, and it gets better from here. %%* WalkingSpoiler * YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: [[spoiler:Like Yui, she felt powerless in helping the players cope with the horrors of Aincrad, but Kirito assures her that she actually did help by befriending the raid team as a player character.]] %%* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]] !Philia ->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YuiIshikawa (Japanese) ---- %%* TheAtoner * BrokenAce: She's strong enough to survive in the BrutalBonusLevel, but the isolation is clearly getting to her, to the point where [[spoiler:she's not even sure if she's the real Philia]]. * CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Hollow [=PoH=] convinces her that she's actually a Hollow AI clone of the real Philia and that she killed the real one. This is backed up by how she cannot return to Aincrad unlike Kirito. Subverted when it turns out that she's the real one.]] * CrashIntoHello: How Kirito first met her. * EasilyForgiven: She feels that Kirito forgave [[spoiler:her betrayal]] too easily and starts a sidequest to find out how he really feels. As a heartwarming example, she discovers that this trope is played completely straight. * HeroicBSOD: Has one when she realizes that [[spoiler:Kirito might have been killed instead of merely trapped]] and that [[spoiler:[=PoH=] is going to have everyone killed and replaced by Hollows]]. Luckily, [[spoiler:Kirito saves her and they eventually stop [=PoH=]'s plan]]. %%* KnifeNut * MarkOfShame[=/=]PlayerKilling: She's the first friendly orange player in the series. [[spoiler:This is due to a system glitch where she killed her Hollow counterpart. She later gets her status back to green.]] %%* TreasureHunter * UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To [=PoH=], who invokes CloningBlues to manipulate her into betraying Kirito.]] %%* WalkingSpoiler * YouCantGoHomeAgain: Being trapped in a Death Game is one thing, but somehow, she is unable to return to Aincrad to join the rest of the players. [[spoiler:She returns to Aincrad once the Hollow Area is beaten, though like everyone else, she can't return to below floor 76.]] [[/folder]] ----Videogame exclusives]] [[/index]]
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* LadyOfWar: Wields a rapier in SAO and has a fighting style focusing on speed, making for a very graceful fighter.
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* AndTheRest: Whenever Kirito refers back to his old guild, he either refers to the entire guild, or to only Sachi and/or Keita.
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* AndTheRest: Whenever Kirito refers back to his old guild, he either refers to the entire guild, or to only Sachi and/or Keita. Note that this is NOT an insult.
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* CoolBigSis: Acts a bit like one to Liz and Silica in real life. Arguably, Asuna acts this way to most of the other female characters. Suguha and Sinon aren't excluded. ** Definitely acts as this towards Yuuki [[spoiler: which serves to remind her of her dead twin.]]
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* CoolBigSis: Acts a bit like one to Liz and Silica in real life. Arguably, Asuna She acts this way to most of the other female characters. Acts a bit like one to Liz and Silica in real life. Suguha and Sinon aren't excluded. ** Definitely excluded. She definitely acts as this towards Yuuki Yuuki, who calls her "sis". [[spoiler: which It serves to remind her of her dead twin.]]

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