The main character, a short, fat boy with severe self-esteem issues mainly caused by not only his appearance, but also the constant harassing of bullies at his school. An encounter with Kuroyukihime, however, changed his life, as he slowly discovers his power to stand up for himself.
Accidental Pervert: When Seiji uses a visual mask to lead him to the girls' shower room while Chiyuri is taking a shower.
Contrasting Sequel Main Character: If you consider Accel World the Spiritual Successor to Sword Art Online, Haruyuki is quite a contrast to Kirito. Kirito was a lean, confident, loner badass whereas Haruyuki is a fat, wimpy kid who tends to rely on his friends. Word of God is that the big difference between them is that Kirito was strong on the outside, but weak on the inside. Haruyuki is weak on the outside, but strong on the inside. In a more meta-sense, Kirito might exemplify the gamer's ideal image whereas Haruyuki more-or-less represents the gamer's reality. Despite this, the two were pretty evenly matched when they fought each other in a non-canon bonus chapter.
Cyber Cyclops: Silver Crow. Though it's actually a visor covering a proper face.
Determinator: You'd think losing a hand & having your body filled full of holes would stop anyone. Not this guy though.
Discard and Draw: In the Dusk Taker arc, Silver Crow lost his wings to Dusk Taker, caught by his surprise attack. He then is taught how to use a powerful ability called Incarnate System by Kurasaki Fuuko (Sky Raker), and is given her Enhanced Armament, Gale Thruster (basically a jet-pack). He gives Gale Thruster back to her after defeating Dusk Taker, but he keeps the ability he learned.
You might not know this unless you watch reruns in Japan, but Haruyuki and his pig avatar are dead ringers for Nikkumaru Sarutobi and his ninja pig Ninton from Sasuga No Sarutobi (AKA The Academy of Ninjas).
The Hero: Has a well balanced avatar, and makes friends of other players that end up joining his legion Nega Nebulas. Kuroyukihime is more often the leader though not him, as he doesn't have the self confidence for it.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: Even as he's making a name for himself in Brain Burst, he'd still shy away from all the praise.
Naïve Newcomer: He does some dumb things due to his inexperience. He once leveled up his character without earning more points first, which since it made him lose a lot of his points it put him in danger of losing Brain Burst for good if he lost them all.
Non-Standard Character Design: He looks very different compared to the other character designs, having a very short, doughy, and round character design.
Not Distracted by the Sexy: Downplayed. When Scarlet Rain attempts to infiltrate Nega Nebulus by pretending to be his second cousin and acting deceptively cute, it doesn't take him too long to check if she is really his second cousin.
Oblivious to Love: This is because of his low self esteem. He takes to a new level by finding signs that Kuroyukihime does like him and refusing point blank to even consider it.
Power Loss Makes You Strong: He has his Flight ability stolen by Dusk Taker. Before he regained them, it allowed him to notice that the value of his Duel Avatar lies not in said ability, but in himself, gaining confidence (the lack of which was the main cause for him not being able to use Silver Crow to his full potential) in the process.
Super-Powered Evil Side: In the latter part of Dusk Taker arc, Noumi's brutal beatdown on Cyan Pile makes Haru so supremely pissed that it temporarily awakens the piece of Chrome Disaster hiding on Silver Crow's back. The result is a crimson Battle Aura, similarly-colored incarnation attacks and a major case of flipping the hell out. As lucky as Noumi is, however, the duel timed out before anyone could gain the upper hand.
This later becomes a standard part of his arsenal.
A second-year at Haruyuki's school who is very popular among the other students thanks to both her looks and passive personality. She becomes interested in Haruyuki and gives him the chance to enter the Accelerated World to fight alongside her.She is actually the Black King, who went into hiding. She is considered a traitor by other Burst Linkers.
All Amazons Want Hercules: An unusual example. She became enamored with Haruyuki after seeing his speed and drive in his squash games, and the only reason she had a higher score, for the purpose of getting his attention, is she had to cheat to even surpass him. The way it's presented, this in turn makes Haruyuki an unusual kind of "Hercules", but replace physical prowess with video game skill, though within a virtual game world, it still translates to physical prowess in a sense.
Cool Big Sis: Despite her claims of hating kids, she acts very mentor-ish around Coral Merrow and Lagoon Dolphin, and even seems to enjoy their company. Meanwhile, her interactions with Niko are part this and Vitriolic Best Buds.
Cry Cute: After she and Fuuko/Sky Raker finally mend their broken friendship.
Dark and Troubled Past: She says her "parent" betrayed her and is now her worst enemy. It's later revealed that her "parent" is her sister who tricked her into killing Red Rider.
Dark Is Not Evil: She has a black motif and is seen as highest criminal in Brain Burst. In actuality, she's an Anti-Hero, but not a bad person.
Deadly Hug: Her attack Death By Embrace, a hug that decapitates her enemy.
Expy: Her black colour scheme, two-blade fighting style, high level and generally calm demeanor call back to Kirito of Sword Art Online. She even has attacks called Vorpal Strike and Starburst Stream, with much the same effects as the Sword Skills of the same name.
Flat "What.": When she realizes that Haruyuki actually went with her suggestion to direct link with Chiyuri (which is equivalent to a very close date) to investigate Cyan Pile, her expression goes to a fault.
Tsundere: She is more of a Type B. Kuroyukihime is usually very calm and likeable, but turns very tsun when she sees Haruyuki with other girls or he does something that upsets her. The second ending of the Anime is basically her in tsun-mode over Haruyuki.
Tsurime Eyes: She displays these eyes and she has a confident and aloof personality.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yuniko. They display animosity toward each other, because Yuniko has a hard time admitting she enjoys their company around her.
What Could Have Been: When Reki Kawahara first wrote Accel World for the Dengeki Bunko light novel writing contest under the pseudonym Fumio Kunori, he gave her the real name "Yukiko Kuroba". Epileptic Trees state that Kawahara may or may not have changed her real name, and that her nickname "Sa-chan" can be an Alternate Character Reading of her real namenote The name Yuki in kanji can be written as either "snow" or "luck", but "luck" is usually written in Japanese as "Sachi", from which the nickname Sa-chan could be derived..
Haruyuki's upbeat childhood friend who attends the same school as him. Although she is going out with fellow childhood friend Takumu, she cares a lot about Haru's wellbeing and is the first to show concern over his problems with bullies.She is the only one without an initial avatar in the Accelerated World until she demands the program for herself and becomes Lime Bell.
Fake Defector: Joins up with Dusk Taker, an Avatar who can steal others' abilities, just so she could find a chance to restore Haruyuki's wings after they were stolen. Once she has sufficiently leveled up, discovered the true nature of her powers, and secretly tipped Kuroyukihime of the showdown with Noumi, she drops the act and restores Haruyuki's wings.
Genki Girl: She's a very cheerful and energetic, at least when her friends are happy, but even then she still tries to be to cheer them up.
Green-Eyed Monster: Gets jealous of how Kuroyukihime got close to Haruyuki and solved his problems so quickly, since Chiyuri had been trying for a long time to help Haruyuki with his problems but never accomplished it.
Hair Decorations: Has her little cat pin on one side and hair clips on the other.
The Heart: She always tries her best in order to maintain her friends together.
Master of the Mixed Message: She is dating Takumu, but she appears to have feelings for Haruyuki. Takumu usually notices Chiyuri sad while they are together because she is worried about Haruyuki. This is the source of Takumu's jealousy.
Meaningful Name: May or may not be intended, but her nickname "Chiyu" written in kanji means "healing" or "cure".
The Medic: The third Avatar with healing abilities. Actually what she does is turn back a target Avatar's personal time to before they were injured.
Naïve Newcomer: She thinks of the Accelerated World as a simple game at first.
Official Couple: With Takumu until the end of the first arc. The novels have Takumu saying, at the start of the second arc, that they've broken up. The anime omits this line, but keeps Haruyuki asking Takumu during third arc whether he wants to be Chiyu's boyfriend again. As a result, when and why they broke up isn't as clear in the anime.
Stone Wall: Unlike most Duel Avatars, Lime Bell can smash through walls without taking Scratch Damage, which is quite a feat, considering most early healers are Squishy Wizards.note It was only until fairly recently that gamers entertained the idea of Stone Wall healers. Thus, she can charge up her killer move gauge without even fighting. The effectiveness of her time reversal abilities plus her incredible defense (though not yet on Green Grandee's level) makes her the ideal healer. But that still remains to be seen until White Cosmos appears.
Another childhood friend of Haruyuki and Chiyuri, the latter whom is his current boyfriend. He used to attend a prestigious school before transferring to be with his two childhood friends. Often takes part in kendo tournaments.
Broken Ace: He is friendly, smart, athletic... pretty much everything Haru wishes he was. But as it turns out, he was bullied by his seniors in his earlier days. This ultimately drove him to do anything to one day get back at them.
Jack-of-All-Trades/Master of None: Spent some of his level-up bonuses on, among other things, gaining new attack forms; while this makes Pile more flexible, he's not as powerful as avatars who focus entirely on one ability like his teammates.
Jerkass: At first he acts like one because he's initially an antagonist toward the main characters. He mellows out later.
The Lancer: Post-Heel-Face Turn he helps Haruyuki level up thanks to his greater experience and skills. Also a literal lancer since his weapon is a pile driver, which acts much like a spear.
Pile Bunker: His main weapon. Much to Haruyuki's surprise during his battle against Cyan Pile, his pile bunker can be used (albeit less efficiently) in mid/long-range combat, being particularly useful in tight spaces such as corridors.
Official Couple: With Chiyuri until the end of the first arc. The novels have Takumu saying, at the start of the second arc, that they've broken up. The anime omits this line, but keeps Haruyuki asking Takumu during third arc whether he wants to be Chiyu's boyfriend again. As a result, when and why they broke up isn't as clear in the anime.
Not Quite Flight: Sky Raker is the Duel Avatar closest to ever fly, until Silver Crow gains actual flying ability.
The fifth novel reveals the reason for this. Rather than flight Sky Raker's abilities are optimised for space-based combat and manoeuvring. She just never had a chance to realise this until the sky elevator was added to The Accelerated World
Voiced by:Kana Ueda (Japanese), Trinity Lee (English)
A mysterious Burst Linker that works as bodyguard for players no higher than Level 2.
Ambiguous Gender: The light novels and manga portray Aqua Current as lacking any distinct gender characteristics, including the sound of her voice as well. The fact that her given name "Akira" can be used for either gender doesn't help matters. The anime depicts her more explicitly as a girl.
High Level Is A King Magnet: Is level 8 and could've gotten to level 9 shortly before the 7 kings did, but chose not to to secure more fallback points. After the instant death rule was revealed he lost all interest in leveling up.
Chiaki's older brother. As one of the few who knew of Black Lotus' real-life identity, he admired and used to tell stories to his little sister about her. However, he perished three years ago due to an incurable disease.
Contralto of Danger: She puts up an act with a high pitched voice to seem cute so she can get closer to Haruyuki, but when she drops that facade her normal speaking tone is much more deep, gruff, and angry to emphasize her Little Miss Badass and Cute and Psycho character traits
Curtains Match the Window: She is themed around the color red so her hair and eyes were made a matching red to emphasize this. This is only in the anime however, in the light novel she's described as having green eyes.
Cute and Psycho: Completely out for blood once she's in a fight, her cuteness as a little girl is used to contrast this to make her disturbing.
Yuniko's friend and "parent" who introduced her to the Brain Burst. However, his slow descent into becoming the dreaded "Chrome Disaster" came once it became clear that Yuniko is starting to outdo her master, driving him into despair that soon made him a pliable tool to Yellow Radio's schemes.
The Yellow King, who kept with him a shard of the defeated fourth Chrome Disaster.
Combat Pragmatist: His first encounter with Haru and co, involves gaining up on them with his minions and guilt tripping Black Lotus with imagery showing how she killed Red Rider. He also retreats when Cherry Stone shows up and has his forces retreat when confronted with a disadvantage
Hoist by His Own Petard: Nearly was done in by Cherry Rook, the player he had injected with the shard of the 4th Chrome Disaster. He uses his illusions powers to escape
Karma Houdini: Despite causing the 5th Chrome Disaster, he has yet to get any cuppance for this, even denying this happened
In the Back: One of his illusions get stabbed from behind by Cherry Rook.
Manipulative Bastard: Yellow Radio manipulated Cherry Rook to become the fifth Chrome Disaster so that he would attack his Legion, so he could attack the Red King for violating the non-agression treaty.
Master of Illusion: He has abilities that cause illusions to distract his enemies. This is common for yellow colored avatars.
Red Baron: Known by the title "Radioactive Disturber"
Smug Snake: He expected that Kuroyuki to stay down after reliving her guilt, and is shocked when she gets up. His overall faked politeness gives off this vibe as well.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Tajiri (Japanese)
A member of Crypto Cosmic Circus.
The Green King, who has been around since the early days of the game and has seen four Chrome Disasters fall.
Famed in Story: As one of the veteran players of the game, he was known for extensive Solo Character Runs, accruing lots of Burst Points in the Unlimited Natural Field, and he can only lose on timed duels.
A player with a motorcycle for Enhancement Armament and Silver Crow's first opponent.
Ambiguous Situation: Whether or not it's Rin's brother's soul controlling the Ash Roller character or just a copy of it, is unknown.
Cool Bike: Rides a western motor bike, which his entire fighting strategy relies on. It is called the Night Rocker.
Crazy-Prepared: Invested in the ability to drive up walls after defeating Silver Crow the first time in case it was necessary. Much to Ash Roller's surprise, it was as necessary as the soon as their rematch.
The rather polite, well-spoken Vice-President of Acceleration Research Group, where Noumi and Sulfur Pot belong to, and a Level 8 Burst Linker. He helped Noumi set up an ambush for Haruyuki and Taku to catch them off-guard during the sudden-death battle between them.
Bullet Time: He's the only Duel Avatar who can speed up his own time in the Accelerated World, so he can make himself immune to the Year Outside, Hour Inside effect of the Accelerated World.
Detachment Combat: Some of his trap skills revolve around using detached body parts to attack.
Know When to Fold 'Em: Retreats once he realizes that he's fighting a losing battle (and he is on a stalemate with Kuroyukihime), vowing never to directly tangle with the Black King again, while leaving Noumi at Haruyuki's mercy.
Lack of Empathy: Black Vise clearly shows signs of this as during the execution of Saffron Blossom.
Noble Demon: In contrast with Noumi. He even shows due respect to Kuroyukihime for her skill as well as being the Black King, as well as Haruyuki for actually managing to elude his death trap.
Punch Clock Villain: Black Vise is described as sounding like a businessman instead of a fighter.
A first-year entrant to Umesato (with Haru, Chiyu and Taku moving onto second year). After soundly defeating Taku in a kendo exhibition match, Haruyuki and gang discover that he is a Burst Linker with some way of hiding his name on the matching list, meaning he can only be challenged through direct cable matches. His special ability is to steal special attacks, equipment and skills from other Burst Linkers. The effect is also permanent unless he voluntarily reverses the effect as opposed to just lasting for the duration of a match.
Bad Powers, Bad People: He doesn't just copy abilities, he steals them. And then blackmails his opponents if they want them back.
Evil Counterpart: Apart from colour scheme, Dusk Taker and Silver Crow with their special abilities inactive look very similar (the main difference is Taker having bulkier neck/shoulder armor). Both are Fragile Speedsters in this state as well. Taken further when Taker steals Crow's wings.
He also cheats his way through his grades through the use of Brain Burst, much like Taku did before his Heel-Face Turn.
One can argue he's also what Haru could've been like if life were to pushed him too far. Both have a bully background. While Haru is fat and stubby, Nomi is Lean and Mean. Whereas Haru worked his way through Brain Burst with sheer hard work, Nomi uses deceit and manipulation to get his way.
Mind Wipe: Lost all his memories of Burst Link after it was forcibly removed from him after losing to Haruyuki, proving Kuroyukihime's theory that uninstalling the program will also erase its user's memories of playing it.
Power Parasite: Dusk Taker has the Demonic Commandeer ability which permanently steals abilities, techniques and equipment from other Burst Linkers to use for himself. While there is a limit to how many he can use, he can still use multiple ones at the same time.
Achilles' Heel: In addition to the aforementioned limit to the number of powers he could use, he cannot steal Incarnate skills (because it comes from the Burst Linker's own will and is not predetermined by the system) and abilities not related to his own traumas. Thus, he can only steal abilities from Duel Avatars whose abilities are not specific to their own traumas.
The reason why Noumi was not able to steal Lime Bell's healingtime-reversal abilities is that it came from Chiyu's desire to return to the time when she, Taku, and Haru were together.
While he, Haru, and Taku experienced bullying, Noumi experienced it in the exact same way Haru does (being forced to do everything against their will), but not Taku (harassed and repeatedly subjected to hazing), which is why he was able to steal Silver Crow's wings but not Cyan Pile's pile bunker.
Shapeshifter Mashup: Downplayed. When using multiple stolen powers at once (and their corresponding body parts) his avatar can look quite bizarre, though it remains mostly humanoid.
Game Breaker: Wolfram Cerberus has three different abilities, one per personality. The main head has <<Physical Inmune>> which renders him impervious to direct physical attacks of any kind. The second head has <<Wolf Down>> which allows it to temporarily copy someone's ability upon chomping a part of their body. The third head has some kind of ability that has yet to be revealed. Best of all is, he has this at level 1.
A Level 7 Burst Linker and former member of Purple Legion. He moved to Okinawa three years before the start of the series after his parents' divorce. He is also a high school freshman, Lagoon Dolphin's "parent", and "master" of Lagoon Dolphin and Coral Merrow.
Awesome McCoolname: Before he disappeared from Tokyo, he was famously known as "The Burst Linker with the Strongest Name". Since all Burst Linkers are Japanese citizens of Tokyo, few understood the English word "kingbolt". It's a world where only the strongest Burst Linkers earned the title of King, yet "King" was actually a part of his name, so those who didn't really know about him trembled when they heard he was coming. Even the "bolt" part of his name added to his legend; the Purple King, being a master and lover of lightning, had him recruited to her legion before ever meeting him because she assumed he was named Bolt because of a similar electrical nature. Though his title is meant partially as a joke, it also alludes to the respect afforded him as one of the truly strongest Burst Linkers in the Accelerated World.
After becoming the parent to two newbie Burst Linkers in Okinawa, he exaggerated his reputation somewhat, leaving off part of his title and claiming that he was known as "The Strongest Burst Linker". Kuroyukihime, who knew the truth, did not tell his students the whole story because of her respect and affection for Crimson Kingbolt.
Partially because his Duel Avatar's full name was considered simply too awesome, even for him, his friends and allies, like Black Lotus, called him "Crikin" for short.
Drowning My Sorrows: Takes to hitting the virtual bottle because he and his students have no hope of defeating a mysterious Burst Linker who doesn't appear on the matching list in the real world, and who has tamed a legendary monster to rampage around in the Unlimited Neutral Field.
Humongous Mecha/Combining Mecha: If he gathers up a large enough pile of scrap metal, he can use his Mega-Machine Awakening ability to merge with it and transform into an enormous humanoid robot. While it's considerable firepower cannot compare with Scarlet Rain's Immobile Fortress, the Mega-Machine is considerably more agile, capable of leaping shocking distances for something so large. Between this agility and a humanoid form (including actual hands), Crimson Kingbolt's mecha could theoretically engage in close combat with enemies large and small in a way that the Immoble Fortress can't.
An Originator in Brain Burst, Chrome Falcon is the first Chrome Disaster, responsible for creating the Disaster Armor after his partner and lover had Brain Burst permanently uninstalled.
Despair Event Horizon: He became the first Chrome Disaster due to reaching this when his lover, Saffron Blossom, was deleted from the game.
Fragile Speedster: Like Haru, Chrome Falcon's potential lies entirely in a single ability, whereas otherwise his Duel Avatar is very weak. In this case, said ability is a pseudo-teleport/Flash Step ability.
Love Makes You EvilAnd Crazy: It was his love for Saffron Blossom that motivated him so strongly. When he lost her, the results... were not pretty.
Posthumous Character: Has long since been deleted from Accel World, but his effects (specifically the Disaster Armor) are still felt years afterwards.
Shadow Archetype: A Lethal Joke Character Duel Avatar with a metal color and named after a bird, and all of its potential put in a single powerful ability. Driven to protect a girl he loves, yet believes is completely out of his league. Basically abandoned by his parents. Low self-esteem and very timid, but capable of great determination. Chrome Falcon serves as a very disturbing look into what could happen to Haru if he ever lost Kuroyukihime.
Enbuken - Analytical Performance Martial Arts Research Club
Chiaki Chigira/Aluminum Valkyrie
The protagonist of the manga spin-off Dural: Magisa Garden, Chiaki recently returned from America, enrolling into an all-girls school. Her brother used to tell her stories about a "Snow Black Princess" and her adventures in a magical kingdom before he died. Seeing an opportunity, two of her seniors try to install Brain Burst on her, only to be rejected. Turns out her brother already installed it three years ago on his deathbed, and is an unknowing Avatar.
Animal Motifs: Idolized Kuroyukihime to the point where her own public avatar is designed around a swallowtail butterfly.
Shana Clone: Not surprising, considering the fact that Ayato Sasakura, the artist of Dural, also worked on the manga adaptation of Shakugan no Shana. She's just more of a Genki Girl than most examples.
To Be a Master: She wants to become the eighth King to impress Black Lotus.
Yuuko Hoori/Orange Raptor
Head of Enbuken. In the real world wears a bear head on her swimsuit for some reason.
Ms. Fanservice: To begin with, she wears nothing but a two-piece bikini in the middle of school.
Kurumi Kuruma/Violet Dancer
Member of the Math Research Department staff martial arts division. In the real world has a habit of cross-dressing, garnering herself many fans in their all-girls school. Her avatar looks like an exotic Arabic dancer.
Rirya Usachovua/Iris Alice
Russian-Japanese student and newcomer to the Math Research Department staff martial arts division. She had been bullied because of her lack of proficiency with Japanese. Eventually becomes Yuko's "child".Has an Alice in Wonderland motif to her design and attacks.
Your Mind Makes It Real: Rirya has a worse nightmare than anyone else in the cast or, for that matter, in the Accel World, as her trauma causes her to materialize a giant monstrous rabbit to destroy her enemies. Nothing less than the Chrome Disaster can possibly match.