YMMV: Accel World

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Noumi. Was he always a nice guy with a whimsical side before getting corrupted by Brain Burst, or is his new personality a result of brain damage when he loses Brain Burst?
    • Also, was he always bullied by his brother, starting his descend into Jerk Ass, or did he only get bullied only after he installed Brain Burst?
  • Broken Base: There are some who disagree with Kuroyukihime, and feel that staying at Level 9 and refusing to risk it all for a prize that doesn't seem worth it is the sensible decision. This does get a bit easier to swallow once the negative effects of the Non-Aggression Treaty are revealed. Also, most of the other kings are secretly plotting against eachother to reach level 10 anyway. Kuroyukihime is just the only one being honest and upfront about it. Haruyuki also has a monologue about how a game shouldn't go on forever.
    • Taku is either a Broken Ace who's lost his way, or he got off easy. This is probably why he became a Butt Monkey later on.
    • Yen Press deciding to drop name suffixes from their translation of the novels. Some argue this affects characterization, specifically having Haruyuki refer to Kuroyukihime by name rather than just "Senpai".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ash Roller is by far one of the most popular secondary characters.
    • Yuniko/Scarlet Rain isn't too far behind in terms of popularity.
  • Epileptic Trees: A pretty popular theory among the fandom is that Snow Black is Kirito and Asuna's daughter.
    • Which has repeatedly been debunked by the author, especially considering that Snow Black came from an unhappy, loveless family. Although many fans are convinced Kirito must've been involved in the creation of Brain Burst somehow. Fans have also begun to speculate that Graphite Edge may be the son of Kirito, considering he has even more similarities to him than even Kuroyukihime.
  • Game Breaker: Considers himself one of these in-universe after Dust Taker starts combining Silver Crow's flight with powerful ranged weapons.
  • Les Yay: Snow Black and Megumi. It's implied that Megumi seems to have feelings for Snow Black.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Being Taku is suffering."
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Chiyu's Fake Defector gambit to help her friends defeat Noumi once and for all arguably rescued her from the scrappy heap.
  • The Scrappy: Noumi aka Dusk Taker, that is all. He got better Post-Brain Burst, though.
    • Like stated above, Chiyu had scrappy status throughout the Dusk Taker Arc and only got better after the reveal of her Fake Defector gambit.
    • Haru, for some, is hated for being a whiny protagonist. Even though unlike a lot of whiny anime leads, he DOES grow out of it.