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The genderbent counterpart of Kirito. Originally she went by the name Kirito in the Death Game, but she eventually changed her name to Kirita after the first boss battle.
Abusive Grandfather: She had a less than pleasant relationship with her grandfather which caused her to become uncomfortable around men.
The Ace / Broken Ace: Prior to Sword Art Online, she did well in school, was good at karate, and she was good looking. However, her decisions resulted in her becoming isolated, and she has admitted she made numerous mistakes that she regrets.
Adorkable: Has shades of this whenever she has trouble speaking with the male players.
Action Girl: Kazuta. Even before she ends up in Sword Art Online she saves Akio from bullies due to her karate lessons.
Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Kirita is more affected by the mistakes she made with her family, Coper's betrayal & death, and Diabel's death in this story than in canon.
Adaptation Expansion: Kirita's past and some of her relationships with some of her family members prior to Sword Art Online are expanded upon.
Aloof Big Sister: Similar to canon, Kazuta distances herself from Suguha after learning the truth but not as much since Kazuta and Suguha still bonded over certain things, such as cooking. Now Kazuta regrets pushing Suguha away.
Adaptational Badass: Unlike canon, Kazuta actually kept up with a form of martial arts after quitting Kendo and was able to beat the crap out a number of people in the real world long before Sword Art Online.
Character Development: At the start of the story, it is made clear she is uncomfortable around males, but she has been taking more steps in trying to open up and conquer that problem.
Cool Mask: Starting with Chapter Five, she has a habit of wearing masks to prevent people from not only seeing what she looks like but knowing her gender. She wears other clothing to help conceal her gender as best she can. Even if people know her gender, she considers her mask to be a 'barrier' that makes her more comfortable.
There have been several instances where her masks are broken, but she quickly replaces them with spares she purchased and placed in her inventory.
Determinator: She is determined to escape from Sword Art Online despite the problems she faces, so she can see her family again.
She does not necessarily dislike males, but her relationship with her grandfather, Kirigaya Riku, made it difficult for her to interact with men for long periods of time. She even pretended to be a male player and went by the name of Kirito in different games, so she would have an easier time talking to male players.
Kazuta recognizes that she needs to work on this problem, and she has befriended a few male players, such as Argo and Akio.
Dude Magnet: Due to Kazuta's good looks, she used to be popular with the boys in her school. However, this trope was subverted after she beat up a number of her karate club members which turned them off from trying to ask her out much to her relief.
Friendless Background: Her past indicates she did not have any luck making friends in the real world prior to Sword Art Online.
Forgotten First Meeting: She does not recognize meeting Akio in the real world before Sword Art Online until Akio tells her during chapter nine and she remembers their previous encounters.
Hates Being Alone: It is revealed that while she is used to being alone, she does not like being isolated.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Chapters Two and Nine indicate that while Kirita did try to become friends with others in the real world, she was less than successful. This resulted in her valuing video games and the virtual world more, but she still had difficulties with making friends there.
In the Hood: In Chapter Five, Kirita acquires a cloak and prefers to wear it to hide her long hair. It gets destroyed during Chapter Nine, and it is unknown if she will wear anymore in future chapters.
Loners Are Freaks: She was labeled as a control freak by her classmates which caused her to become even more of a loner.
Tomboy: Prefers playing video games to fashion, and she can kick ass both in the real world and Sword art Online
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Kazuta has taken karate classes and has admitted to herself she finds it easier to beat up boys than to talk to them. Prior to the beginning of the Death Game, she preferred using a male player avatar, she enjoys fighting in virtual reality games, and she was the best Beta Tester for Sword Art Online. However, she is proud of her long hair, and she enjoys cooking.
Yuuki Akio - Akio
The genderbent counterpart of Asuna.
Adaptational Heroism: In canon Asuna was generally a Nice Girl, but in this story Akio is much nicer by comparison from the start. Unlike canon where Asuna was suspicious and threatened Kirito after he saved her, Akio was more grateful and polite.
Amazon Chaser: Downplayed example. Kirita's abilities are only a part of the reason he is interested in her.
Badass: While he may not be as good as his canon counterpart yet, he has proven to be capable of fighting.
Nice Guy: Might be nicer in this story than canon.
Beware the Nice Ones: As seen in Chapters Eight and Nine, he is not afraid to give other players a piece of his mind.
Forgotten First Meeting: Subverted. His meetings with Kirita in the real world influenced him greatly. When he saw her face in Sword Art Online, he instantly recognized her. He even tells her about their previous first meetings to convince her to let him travel with her after the first boss battle.
Reality Ensues: Unlike canon, this takes a more realistic perspective of a player who has very little experience playing games.
While Akio was not incompetent, he made several mistakes during the first month of the Death Game that nearly got him killed.
He did not stand a chance against Kirita who was not only stronger but had far more experience playing these types of games.
He does contribute to defeating Illfang, but when the boss concentrates on fighting him, he does not stand a chance due to never fighting a boss fight before and not having enough skill to take on the boss alone. He not only broke his arm but without Kirita's interference, Akio would have died.
Rescue Romance: Prior to Sword Art Online, Kirita saved him from several bullies. Even though he did not know her name, he developed an attraction towards her. After meeting and being saved by her in Sword Art Online, his feelings seem to be increasing even though he doesn't know too much about her yet.
Single-Target Sexuality: While Akio has not had too many onscreen interactions with girls, the only girl he has showed any real interested in was Kirita even before he knew her name. However, Knowledgeseeker66 has confirmed that he does not feel anything more than a crush at this point.
While he retains the same name as Argo from canon, he is also the genderbent counterpart of her.
Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Argo never appeared to have anything to angst about in canon but his flashback indicates otherwise in this story.
Adaptation Expansion: In this story, you learn more about his Information Broker business which involves him recruiting other players and creating his own guild to establish. Unlike canon, you learn more about the past for this version of the character.
Ascended Extra: In canon, the female counterpart is a minor character who only appears in one episode of the anime and a few side stories in the Light Novel. In this story, he is a main character.
Adaptational Heroism: While Argo in canon is not a villain and is considered to be friends with Kirito, she is still greedy. Argo in this story seems less greedy and selfish by comparison. As of now, he does not appear to give away information on his clients as readily as his canon counterpart.
Adaptational Badass: Argo's fighting capabilities are not really explored in canon but she does apparently run away. In this story, the male version of Argo is more willing to fight. Additionally, he is taking charge of his own guild in this story.
Knife Nut: Knives are his preferred Choice of Weapon rather than Claws like in the canon storyline.
Knowledge Broker: He is willing to provide information to anyone for a price, but he does put restrictions on what he will provide information on. For example, he won't provide information on the
The Leader: He is the leader of his guild, "The Argo Network."
Only in It for the Money: He claims that is the case on numerous occasions. He states he would not want to lose his valuable clients and revenue, but it is clear that he sincerely doesn't want them to die even if he won't admit it.
His interactions with Kirita are filled with pet the dog moments between him showing some genuine concern for her safety and giving her advice.
He hired Sasha to be his assistant, so she would have more money to take care of the children she is trying keep safe.
Secret Keeper: He did not reveal to anyone that Kirita was a girl. However, by the end of Chapter Nine, most of Sword Art Online will know Kirita is a girl after her cloak and mask were destroyed in the boss fight.
Troll: His interactions with Kirita and Akio do present him as being somewhat of a troll at times.
Kayaba Akihiko - Heathcliff
Similar to canon, he remains the main antagonist of the story.
Adaptation Expansion: More depth is given to Kayaba during the beginning of Sword Art Online along with him beginning the recruitment of his guild.