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Do warn when a fanfic may head into romantic or non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

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''[[ Fairy Dance of Death]]'' by ''[[ Catsy]]'' ([[Fanfic/FairyDanceOfDeath Trope Page]])
* Recommended by {{@/Mysterius}}, {{@/Tsukishijin}}, {{@/blueespeon}}, {{@/lampyridae}}, {{@/DalekInvasion}}, {{@/Flairina}}
* ''Synopsis'': What if Akihiko Kayaba had created the Death Game of Alfheim Online rather than the floating castle of Aincrad—a world in which the nine player races are explicitly in competition to escape the game, and player killing was not a crime but rather a predictable by-product of human nature and tribalism in the face of mutually exclusive goals? AU reboot of the SAO universe.

[[reviews:Fairy Dance of Death]]

''[[ The Prince of Swords]]'' by ''[[ ToumaFF]]''
* Recommended by [=MrTerrorist=]
* ''Synopsis'': Kazuto was always exceptionally talented, but limited by his own idea of kindness. Having been corrected at an early age, he excels through life without much of a purpose. Now trapped in a rather gruesome death game of his own choice, he will attempt to break though it as Kirito, the famed Prince of Swords. Kirito/Multi
* ''Comments'': So what would happen if Kirito was never a loner and was taught to care about others? You will have this fanfic. Kirito is not only nice guy, but he isn't shy with the ladies and treats them well, has leadership skills and leads a badass of a guild composed of his BattleHarem! Highly recommended.
[[reviews:The Prince of Swords]]

''[[ Fairy Dance Alternate]]'' by ''[[ Knowledgeseeker66]]''
* Recommended by {{@/blueespeon}}
* Status: Ongoing
* ''Synopsis'': What if it was Kirito's mind that was trapped by Sugou Nobuyuki rather than Asuna's? How differently would the events of the Fairy Dance arc play out? Will Asuna and Kirito still be able to earn their happy ending or will there be a more tragic outcome?
* ''Pairings'': Kirito/Asuna
* ''Comments'': Some torture and threat of rape; nothing that hasn't occurred in canon, but here it's to a somewhat higher degree.
* [[Fanfic/FairyDanceAlternate TVTropes Page]]
[[reviews:Fairy Dance Alternate]]

''[[ Swords of the Living Dead]]'' by ''[[ nanaya88]]''
* Recommended by {{@/blueespeon}}, {{@/Treguard}}, {{@/lampyridae}}, {{@/Flairina}}
* ''Synopsis'': Rather than a castle floating in the sky, Kayaba Akihiko has created a world where the dead refuse to stay put in their graves. Players fight to reclaim Aincrad, a massive city spanning 100 districts, from the grasp of the undead. But when they find themselves trapped in this nightmarish world, zombie-hunting ceases to be all fun and games. Welcome to SLD. Follows Kirito and Sinon.
[[reviews:Swords of the Living Dead]]

''[[ The Other Blacksmith]]'' by ''[[ AKAAkira]]''
* Recommended by {{@/lampyridae}}, {{@/Kazeto}}, {{@/Flairina}}
* ''Synopsis'': If Sinon had been in SAO…then Kirito would've gotten multiple complaints on a scamming blacksmith, and in attempting to resolve this, bite off more than he can chew.
[[reviews:The Other Blacksmith]]

''[[ Aincrad Retold]]'' by ''[[ Agent 94]]''
* Recommended by {{@/RiptideZ}}
* Status: Ongoing
* ''Synopsis'': Set in an alternate take upon the events of Sword Art Online, Aincrad Retold bumps the Death Game’s player count up to 15000 players and changes the setting to a semi-international stage. The author shows a notable and almost unparalleled understanding of medieval combat and strategy, the gaming industry, the dark atmosphere of SAO, character interaction, and world building that keeps you invested in the world and having a fun time. Instead of keeping to SAO’s standard fantasy-action formula, Aincrad Retold pulls readers into a more realistic take of the world of Sword Art Online. Most notable of the story is the author’s understanding of medieval combat, a realistic interpretation of the cast, and his focus on fixing issues found in the SAO story. As the story summary reads: “Dangerous dungeons and creatures, ancient grudges and secrets, everlasting war and chaos in the castle of Aincrad. The fake reality, now the prison of 15000 unfortunate souls due to the dreams of a madman. How far must they struggle, what would they destroy and who would they sacrifice to earn their freedom? Features dungeon crawling, guild politics and international players.”
[[reviews:Aincrad Retold]]

''[[ The Kirita Chronicles]]'' by ''[[ Knowledgeseeker66]]''
* Recommended by {{@/blueespeon}}, {{@/DalekInvasion}}, {{@/Psyga315}}
* Status: Ongoing
* ''Synopsis'': What would have happened if certain characters' genders were altered while others remained the same? How differently would certain events play out & affect the development of certain relationships? Who will live & who will die? See how the alterations of certain characters' genders & histories will cause ripples throughout the story.
* [[Fanfic/TheKiritaChronicles TVTropes Page]]
[[reviews:The Kirita Chronicles]]

''Kadyn and Camilla Saga'' by ''[[ Catsy]]''
* Recommended by {{@/TypeProton}}
* ''Synopsis'': Adventures of a husband-and-wife team through the game, told from Kadyn's first-person perspective. Currently consists of 3 works:
** ''[[ The Unraveling]]''
** ''[[ The Red Valkyrie]]''
** ''[[ Troubles Shared]]''
* ''Comments'': A well written set of stories showing the world through the eyes of ordinary players. Though the author has been wanting to rewrite Troubles Shared as this was the author's early take on SAO.
[[reviews:Kadyn and Camilla Saga]]

''[[ Castle Carnation]]'', by ''[[ addtheletters]]''
* Recommended by {{@/Flairina}}
* ''Synopsis'': Kayaba's dream was altered, polluted due to events beyond his control. It's not how he envisioned it, but Aincrad is complete. His game is complete. Will the players of this game survive a twisted journey of flowers, blood, and guns?
* ''Comments'': Like ''Fairy Dance of Death'' and ''Swords of the Living Dead'' featured above, this fanfic takes SAO's initial setting, twists it, and by doing so makes the story new and intriguing all over again. If you enjoyed those, you will not regret reading this one.

''[[ SAO - The Century Voyage]]'' by ''[[ Johnny Wycliffe]]''
* Recommended by {{@/Flairina}}
* ''Synopsis'': Kirito is a young man who is about to receive an update to his software. Unfortunately for him, his update is flawed, and he gets a glimpse of a world he wasn't meant to see... Ours. AU adventure.
* ''Comments'': Takes the "we could just be brains in jars for all we know" idea and runs with it by semi inverting canon. Everyone from SAO was "born" inside the game- and they didn't have a clue. Features some nice twists and a couple very interesting "world" mechanics.

''[[ The Dual Blade Wielder]]'' by ''[[ CloudyLightning]]''
* Recommended by {{@/Faliara}}
* ''Synopsis'': After a car accident that left him frail, he could only wish and dream of being able to walk further than ten meters. Thanks to a game developer, he was given a VRMMORPG that granted his wish. Sword Art Online.
* ''Status'': In progress.
* ''Comments'': This. This is exactly the kind of story I want to see in the archives, OOC be damned. Why aren't there more stories like this?

''[[ Game Over]]'' by ''[[ Frog-kun]]''
* Recommended by {{@/lampyridae}}
* ''Synopsis'': There's always been something fragile about euthanasia. She doesn't realize it until it's her brother's plug she's pulling. Kirito, Suguha, and a world where two years is too long to wait. No [=OCs=].
[[reviews:Game Over]]

''[[ Link to Reality]]'' by ''[[ Queen of Corners]]''
* Recommended by {{@/Faliara}}, {{@/Catsy}}
* ''Synopsis'': Reboot of ALfheim Arc. After everything they'd been through in SAO, Kirito and Asuna find themselves trapped in yet another virtual reality setting. This time, however, they don't quite know the requirements for getting out.
* ''Status'': Complete

''[[ GLF-of-GGO]]'' by ''[[ AKAAkira]]''
* Recommended by {{@/Shiakou}}
* ''Synopsis'': Klein's first impressions of Gun Gale Online are quite different from what he expected. There were a lot of flowers, for one thing.
* ''Comments'': Fact One: Most players in GGO think of Kirito as a girl. Fact Two: Most of the GGO arc takes place in public matches where a player's actions are watched by viewers. Fact Three: Japan has a sizable Yuri fandom. Result: A very meta exploration of shipping and fanboys.
* ''Status'': One-shot/Complete

''[[ Rebuild of Sword Art Online]]'' by ZerbanDaGreat
* Recommended by {{@/Feranard}}
* ''Synopsis'': To quote various users: "Kirito has a personality, Klein is the patron saint of bros, the boss fights are described using actual battlefield tactics and description, Sachi is not a pushover, Kayaba has an unequivocal motivation, etc."
* ''Status'': Dead, the author hasn't posted in months and has moved on to bigger and better things.
* ''Comments'': It is gritty, it is dark, and it is beautiful. Do not get thrown off by the syntax from the first chapter, it only serves to set up the verisimilitude, or realism, of the fic.

[[ Path of Blades]] by [=SachiShimazu=]
* Recommended by: {{@/Psyga315}}
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: Taking place during a retelling of the SAO Arc, the story chronicles the Crows of Saika as they try to survive through the Death Game, making friends along the way. This is a SelfInsertFic, though done in a unique style akin to stories like Fanfic/MassVexations and Fanfic/RWBYReckoning (though not to the extent where they're aware of the fiction they're in). Its summary alone shows a sense of humor, though keeping with the drama that SAO presents, ''especially'' regarding [[AscendedExtra a certain guild]] DoomedByCanon.
* Tags: SelfInsertFic
[[reviews:Path Of Blades]]

[[ In Hope of Defense]] by [[ MrSparky6277]]
* Recommended by: ExoAMSR
* Status: Ongoing
* Synopsis: The death game, or at least that's what people call it. Aiden was trying to open his girlfriend, Lucy, up to the world of gaming outside of casual gaming. Now he's stuck her into a world that she isn't equip for. Aiden will take it upon himself to not only defend Lucy, but to clear the game as well, but has this beta tester's luck ran out?
* Tags: OC, Non-Canon
* Comments: The author does a good job of writing an interesting story. The characters are relatable and the story is easy to understand. While there are some grammar and spelling errors, the story is still worth reading. The author also connects with his readers and is always a joy to talk to.
[[reviews: In Hope of Defense]]


''[[ Fate Revelation Online]]'' by Daniel-Gudman ([[Fanfic/FateRevelationOnline Trope Page]])
* Recommended by Leid
* Crossover with: VisualNovel/FateStayNight
* ''Synopsis'': Ilya likes to play video games, and in the time she has remaining, Shirou is more than willing to play the new VR game with her. But when they are trapped inside the game, [Sword Art Online], they determine something even more distressing: Kayaba Akihiko is definitely a Magus.
* ''Comments'': What when you apply {{Nasuverse}} into the SwordArtOnline story? You get this excellent story, featuring the cast of both series as they try to survive.
* ''Status'': In progress.

''[[ Zero Art Online]]'' by ''[[ Racke]]''
* Recommended by {{@/CryptIXeeper}}
* ''Synopsis'': A cross-over between Zero no Tsukaima and Sword Art Online, Louise gets bodily reverse-summoned into Sword Art Online, just as Kayaba's Forced Teleportation gathers all 10,000 players for his announcement. The Death Game is on. The story is short, but well worth the read.
* ''Pairing'': Louise/Klein (Nothing happens aside from a kiss, and that takes place when she's 18.)
[[reviews:Zero Art Online]]

''[[ Halkegenia Online]]'' by ''[[ Triggerhappy]]'' ([[Fanfic/HalkegeniaOnline Trope Page]])
* Recommended by {{@/HK87}}, {{@/Savoie}}, {{@/lampyridae}}, {{@/aightaight}}, {{@/SayuriUliana}}, {{@/Mithrl}}
* Crossover with ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''
* ''Synopsis:'' Louise got her wish to summon the most impressive familiar in her class when she ripped the entire Alfheim setting out of cyberspace and dumped it over Tristain. There's a giant tree looming over the academy, 61,000 "elves" who don't know why they're suddenly able to feel pain, monsters running amok in the countryside, and one particular black swordsman with an awful sense of deja vu. But what's become of Asuna, and what will the local schemers make of these new arrivals?
* ''Comments:'' The story's epic scope, well-thought out setting, refusal to adhere to canon railroading, and its weekly update schedule resulting in being one of the longest SAO & ZnT fanfics ever written, make this a much recommended read.
[[reviews:Halkeginia Online]]

''[[ Sword Ed Online]]'' by monkeycyborgninja
* Recommended by: {{@/ErikHowlett}}
* Crossover with: ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
* Status: On-Going.
* ''Synopsis:'' "This wasn't just another scam gone wrong, it was a full-blown disaster! Follow the Eds as they are flung into the virtual world of Sword Art Online, and struggle to survive this horrid death game. Will they live long enough to see the game's end, or die trying?"
* Comments: When Ed wins a contest from the back of a manga, and subsequently receives a copy of SAO and a set of [=NerveGear=], Eddy immediately jumps at the chance to scam the Cul-de-sac kids out of their money with "Ed's Cyber Cafe- Featuring Sword Art Online." However, after some peer pressure, the Eds enter the world of SAO first as Richmond (Eddy), Einstein (Double-D), and [[MythologyGag Lothar]] (Ed), only to find they are now trapped in the game. While the idea comes off a bit odd, the author does a great job of showing how this experience is changing the Eds and forcing them to mature as people to try and survive the Death Game. Interestingly enough, the first of the trio to get this treatment is Eddy. With their imprisonment being mostly his fault, Eddy recognizes the pain his greed has caused them, resolving to clear the game and save his friends. This fic sadly doesn't have the recognition it deserves, even though its writing and characterization is great. It's only three chapters long so far, but definitely worth the read.

''[[ Cirno Online]]'' by [[ Fortunam]]
* Recommended by ultimomant
* Crossover with: ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
* ''Synopsis'': Cirno was playing at the lake when she noticed Daiyousei was missing. She searched her house for any signs of her best friend and failed to find some until a gap yokai told her that she's playing a game and she wants Cirno to play it too. What would become of Cirno in the world of Aincrad and pure sword fighting with the confusing aid of Yukari?
* Comments: What's great is Cirno's character development from a ditz who only cares about finding her lost friend to a seasoned warrior ready to fight for her guild mates.
[=[[reviews:Cirno Online]]=]

''[[ Change of Fate]]'' by Creator/{{Vathara}}
* Recommended by: {{@/Angelform}}, The 17th Immortal
* Crossover with: ''Franchise/StarWars''
* Status: Complete
* ''Synopsis:'' "On the planet of Corellia, Kayaba released Old Republic Online... just before the Clone Wars..."
* Comments: The story covers the aftermath of the ORO incident (canon SAO), with the 6,000 survivors waking up in the Corellian Jedi temple, [[FromBadToWorse just in time for]] [[KillEmAll Order 66]]. As usual for Vathara, it has a good blend of action and character exploration.

''[[ Jagged Alliance Online]]'' by [=Gideon020=]
* Recommended by: {{@/HashiriyaR32}}
* Crossover with: ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance''
* Status: Ongoing.
* ''Synopsis:'' Argus caught the attention of the entire world when they announced that their first [=FullDive=]] [=MMORPG=] would be a remake of ''Jagged Alliance 2''. 1 million players are now trapped inside a virtual and greatly expanded Arulco, unable to log out until they liberate this banana republic from the iron fist of Queen Deidranna.
* Comments: One of the least likely, yet interesting [=SAO=] crossovers as of late. The author so far has done a great job of putting down what would happen if this game did get re-made and the large number of changes and expansions it will need.

''[[ Soul Ablaze]]'' by [[ Victory3114]]
* Recommended by Flairina
* Crossover with: ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
* Status: Ongoing.
* ''Synopsis:'' Our life can be found in our souls. Our entire consciousness, our thoughts, our feelings. There is a soul in everyone, be it human or Pokemon. And when you fight alongside your partners, your souls will resonate through the link, and burn brighter. They will be set ablaze, and with this power, this bond, this game of death will be cleared. PokeSAO X-over! Multi-POV.
* Comments: A very well-done crossover, featuring a world where the old Pokemon games were unpopular, but beloved enough by Kayaba Akihiko that he finally made what the real world has been begging for for years: a Pokemon MMO. Everyone's initial partner Pokemon matches them well, and their existence prevents anyone from just ruminating on their thoughts all alone like some stories do, making the narrative and dialogue flow quite well. Moves somewhat slowly, but you might not even notice since there's always enough excitement to keep you reading anyways.

''[[ Highschool SAO]]'' by [[ gabriel blessing]]
* Recommended by Tropers/ShadowArisato, The 17th Immortal
* Crossover with: LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD
* Status: Long one-shot; completed
* Synopsis: Rias Gremory wasn't certain what to expect when she found herself in a hospital hearing the wish of a boy dressed all in black. She definitely was surprised by what the price of his wish would be.
* Comments: A very long one-shot that's around 38,000 words, but it's ''really'' worth the read. It's an AlternateUniverseFic in which Kirito asks Rias to get Asuna out of ALO before he actually went into the VRMMORPG like he did in canon. But there is a price he has to pay, and he's willing to do anything if Asuna can be saved. [[ gabriel blessing]] created this in an attempt to show that one could create a fic about either series ''without'' adding [=OCs=] that are self-inserts or overpowered.

''[[ XCOM Online]]'' by Sasahara17
* Recommended by: Stratagemini, The 17th Immortal, BlazingGuns
* Crossover with: Videogame/XCOMEnemyUnknown
* Status: [[SeriesHiatus On hiatus]] (Author hasn't been online in three months)
* Synopsis: What if, instead of Aincrad, Kayaba partnered with 2K Games to revive an old franchise as the first VRMMO, X-Com? Now, Kirito and Company must make it through a death game that claimed 3,000 lives (out of 10,000) in the first month alone. Note: Has elements from original XCOM and NewCOM along with the Enemy Within expansion.
* Pairing(s): Kirito/Asuna
* Tags: XCOM
[=[[reviews:XCOM Online]]=]

''[[ ...Fucking Tinkers ]]'' by Violetshadows
* Recommended by: Phant0m5, Leid
* Crossover with: Literature/{{Worm}}
* Status: On-Going.
* Synopsis: Taylor Hebert, post Scion, wakes up alone in a virtual world with the name Khepri on her HUD. Assuming this is the work of a Tinker, possibly to replace the Birdcage, she wanders around aimlessly until she is teleported into Aincard proper. Just in time for Kayaba's speech.
* Comments: Some of the best parts of this fanfic come from the interaction between Khepri and the rest of the SAO players. The difference between the mindset of a modern citizen of the SAO-Earth and a hardened cape of Earth Bet is so sharp that the closest comparison they have is labeling Khepri as part of the Yakuza.
* Has a tropes page: "FanFic/FuckingTinkers"

''FanFic/SoulsArtOnline'' by Shadenight123
* Recommended by: Leid
* Crossover with: VideoGame/DarkSouls
* Status: On-Going.
* Synopsis: The game this time is an MMO take on the first Dark Souls game, seen through Kirito's eyes as the first days pass, he helps newbies and somehow becomes the head of a guild. Dark Souls is living up to the name as monsters become tougher, racism fractures players between the 'undead' and 'alive' sides and the game itself appears to be aiming to screw people over, whether it's from making particular mobs live up to their lore or devise dastardly traps for people to wander into.