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Real world names are in western naming order. Followed by their online name and worlds they played in.note 
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    Heroes of Aincrad 
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From left to right: (Back) Klein, Sinon, Leafa, Kirito, Asuna, Lisbeth (Front) Silica, Yui (Not featured) Agil, Alice
Initially composed of the SAO survivors that became Kirito's close friends, before expanding to other friends he meets along the way in other games. After the clearing of SAO, they primarily hang out in ALO and frequently party up to go questing.
  • Badass Crew: While few in number, they are composed of SAO and ALO's strongest players that far outstrip larger guilds and parties.
  • Badass Family: Kirito and Asuna are married in game and dating in real life, with Yui as their in-game daughter. Suguha/Leafa is Kirito's sister/cousin, everyone considers Silica to be their younger sister, and Yuuki is Asuna's surrogate sister.
  • Battle Harem: The crew is largely made up of an ensemble of girls interested in Kirito, and they are all Action Girls capable of fighting for themselves in whatever virtual reality they reside in. When needing to take on bosses, Kirito gathers them up and they all go to kick ass together. Though the Harem aspect is downplayed considering Kirito only has eyes for Asuna.
  • Cast Speciation:
    • Kirito and Klein are both sword users, but have polar opposite personalities, with Kirito being stoic and serious, while Klein is flamboyant and goofy.
    • In ALO, Asuna and Leafa both serve as support magic users, however Asuna is calm and mature, while Leafa is childish and impulsive.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Almost all of the core SAO gang have a color associated with them. Kirito (Black), Asuna (White and Red), Leafa (Leaf Green), Sinon (Cyan and Olive Green), Lisbeth (Pink), Klein (Red), Agil (Emerald Green), Yuuki (Purple), Alice (Gold), and Eugeo (Blue). The only exception is Silica who has variably been given Red, Blue, and Yellow, without any specific fixed color.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: In ALO their group is severely lacking in offensive magic users. Aside from Sinon, who is a ranger, everyone else uses melee attacks. While Asuna and Leafa only specialize in support magic like healing. This comes to bite them hard in the Calibur arc where they go up against a pair of bosses with one specializing in physical resistance and the other specializing in magic resistance, with the physical resistance one guarding the magic resistance one for the majority of the battle.
  • Damager, Healer, Tank: These roles are split over the party in ALO.
    • Damager: Virtually everyone who isn't Asuna, Leafa, or Agil serve as Damagers (Kirito, Klein, Silica, Sinon), and all of them aside from Sinon being melee damagers. Especially Kirito thanks to his overwhelmingly high DPS.
    • Healer: Asuna and Leafa are assigned to this role thanks to their races specializing in healing magic. Though both are capable of switching to Damager if need be.
    • Tank: Agil fits the role of Tank the best, but when he's not around Kirito or Klein typically pick up the role and take the brunt of the damage. Lisbeth also fills this role to a degree due to being the only shield user.
  • Guest-Star Party Member:
    • Yuuki doesn't officially join up with the group in canon, but she does hang out with them for a considerable amount of time, especially after Asuna helped defeat the boss and Kirito hooked her up with a VR probe. Averted in the games where she's an official party member straight from the get go and permanently stays since she avoided her canon counterpart's unfortunate fate.
    • Kikuoka/Chrysheight occasionally goes questing with them, though whether or not they consider him a friend is another story.
    • In Lost Song, after the conclusion of the main story line, Kirito offers to party up with Sumeragi who accepts and is seen attending the celebrations with the rest of the SAO main cast.
    • In Accel Worlds vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight, the SAO characters meet and team up with the Burst Linkers from Accel World, with any number of them able to party up with the SAO gang.
    • The Fatal Bullet crew (The Player, Kureha, Zeliska, ArFa-sys, and Itsuki) are usually considered their own group, but are still good friends with Kirito's team and often hang out or party up with them for quests.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: While there's no shortage of girls who smash, the ones who shoot are exclusively girls (Sinon, Asuna, Leafa), while the guys (Kirito, Klein, Agil) are all solely close range melee users. Klein even explicitly stated he refuses to use magic.
  • Home Base:
    • In the real world, the gang use the Dicey Cafe (the Good-Guy Bar run by Agil) as a Local Hangout to meet up and discuss plans.
    • In-game, Kirito and Asuna's log cabin mostly serves this purpose in ALO, once they buy it in New Aincrad.
    • In Infinity Moment/Hollow Fragment, the gang uses Agil's Good-Guy Bar in Arc Sophia as one. It's where they all go to rest and recuperate, where they hang out when they aren't clearing the game, and even where they sleep with them all having private quarters upstairs. The vast majority of the Slice of Life cutscenes take place here.
    • Fatal Bullet has Kirito and Asuna's apartment in Glocken City, where they and most of their friends hang out. Lisbeth and Agil run their gun enhancement and appraising businesses out of it, and it's also where Asuna can use her Tailoring skill to make any outfits the player has brought her the designs for. Though the Player also has their own apartment where they and ArFa-Sys hang out.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Despite the general conception that There Are No Girls on the Internet, most of the main cast is made up of girls.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: The kids all get along well with Klein and Agil who are both adults.
  • Multinational Team:
    • In ALO their group features a very diverse selection of the races available in Alfheim. These include: Spriggan (Kirito), Sylph (Leafa), Undine (Asuna), Leprechaun (Lisbeth), Cait-Sith (Silica, Sinon, Alice), Salamander (Klein), Gnome (Agil), and Navigation Pixie (Yui).
    • The game adaptation further diversifies them by including: Imp (Yuuki), Gnome (Strea), Spriggan (Philia), Leprechaun (Rain), and Pooka (Seven). If one counts Memory Defrag where Premiere migrates to ALO, then she's the only non-fairy in the group.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Almost all of are exclusively referred to be their gamer names even when others know about their real names. The only exceptions are Asuna who goes by her real name online and Leafa/Suguha who Kirito is used to calling by real name.
  • Out of Focus: After the Aincrad arc, most of the supporting members tend to take a backseat while Kirito and the newest Arc Heroine go up against the Big Bad.
    • In the Fairy Dance, while Kirito and Leafa team up in ALO to rescue Asuna, none of the group aside from Agil (who gets one episode) appear prior to the season finale, where they all have a reunion.
    • In Phantom Bullet, while the majority of the group are featured when Kirito and Sinon are dealing with Death Gun in GGO, they are mainly reduced to watching footage of the BoB tournament and gasping in horror at what they see. Asuna plays a slightly larger role than the others as she goes to Kirito's real life location to check on him.
    • Mother's Rosario focuses on Asuna's adventures with Yuuki, with everyone else (Kirito included) getting relegated to the background. Though Kirito (and Klein) do pop up a few times to give some assistance, while the girls accompany Asuna during her match against Yuuki and later when taking Yuuki's VR probe to sight see.
    • Averted in Ordinal Scale where the majority of characters get far more focus than usual, especially Lisbeth, Silica, and Klein. Only Leafa gets sidelined for most of the film, while Sinon plays a small role in the action.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
  • Sixth Ranger:
    • Leafa doesn't join the group until Extra Edition, where she finally meets Kirito's friends and gets accepted.
    • Sinon is introduced as a member after the Death Gun incident of the Phantom Bullet arc is wrapped up.
    • Yuuki doesn't really became a member in canon, as Asuna instead joined her guild the Sleeping Knights, but in the video game Lost Song she joins the group almost immediately after she meets Kirito and Asuna.
    • Alice joins the crew after the events of Alicization.
    • The game continuity also adds additional members like Strea, Philia, Rain, Seven, and Premiere.
  • The Team: While they are not an official guild, they frequently party up together, such as in the Calibur arc, these are generally the roles.
  • Team Pet: Pina the feathered dragon. While she's officially Silica's familiar, she gets along with most of the other characters, especially Kirito who has had a fair share of interactions with it.
  • Theme Initials: Lots of these in regards to their gamer names.
    • Three characters names begin with 'A' (Asuna, Agil, Alice), two with the letter 'K' (Kirito, Klein), two with the letter 'L' (Leafa, Lisbeth), two with the letter 'S' (Sinon, Silica). Including Yuuki that would mean two with 'Y' (Yuuki, Yui).
    • Holds true for their real names as well. The same three with 'A' (Asuna, Andrew, Alice), two with 'K' (Kazuto, Keiko), two with 'S' (Suguha, Shino), two with 'R' (Ryōtarō, Rika).
  • Token Adult: Agil usually fills the role. While Klein is an adult too, the way he acts makes him One of the Kids.
  • Token Non-Human:
  • True Companions: The best of friends who treat each other like family, this is especially the case for the SAO survivors who are drawn together.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Agil is both the only one who isn't native Japanese and one of the adults in a group of teens.
  • Unwanted Harem: Specifically Kirito's Harem, due to Kirito's uncanny ability to attract girls, leading the male-to-female gender ratio to get bigger and bigger with each passing season.

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Main Characters

    Kazuto Kirigaya / Kirito 

    Asuna Yuuki / Asuna 

Asuna Yuuki / Asuna (SAO, ALO, UR) / Titania, the Queen of Fairies (ALO) / Erika (ALO) / Creation Goddess Stacia (UW) / Star Queen (UW)

Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English), Alejandra Delint (Latin American Spanish), Eva Bau (European Spanish)

"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."

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The female lead and general Deuteragonist of the series as a whole. 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 Lightning Flash."


  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: When Kazuto wakes up from full-dive after 2 years, he's frail and malnourished, with all his muscles atrophied. However when Asuna wakes up she looks pretty much the same as she always does. It's justified in that Asuna and Kazuto were in different hospitals, with Asuna's family being rich and able to afford a better hospital which was able to provide more advanced care for her.
  • Best Friend: Lisbeth send to be one for her, being her oldest and closest friend in SAO and the one she relates to the most due to the two being of similar age.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: If you fall into her good side, you'll see she is a really sweet girl. However, anger her and you'll be cut in half before you even see her coming.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • About halfway through SAO, Asuna runs faster than the dexterity speed limit allows in time to rescue Kirito.
    • She stands up — despite unbreakable in-game paralysis — and takes Kayaba's fatal strike, dying (in-game), but saving Kirito. She recovers. Kayaba himself comments that this is impossible by the rules of the game; the rules that he coded. Power of Love? Yes. Reality Warper? 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. Though this one isn't too far-fetched as based on 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. Yui even implies that Kirito would be able to detect the warmth of her hand even in-game.
  • Big Good: In the non-canon Hollow Fragment game, she ends up leading the Knights of Blood and the rest of the raid team due to Heathcliff glitching out and disappearing.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Mother's Rosario arc briefly hints at this, as not only does she have a very strict mother and a father who's out of touch with his family, but all her various relatives are competing with each other and used to be with her, until she was trapped in SAO for two years.
  • Birds of a Feather: One of the reasons she gets together with Kirito is that the two are very alike. Both of them are the strongest players in SAO, both have cases of Chronic Hero Syndrome, both act as an older brother or sister to other players, both are strong believers in each other and refuse to give up on hope, and both have similar thought patterns. Asuna once remarks that she and Kirito were so similar that it was like she married herself.
  • Braids of Action: A circular braid around her head known as a Plait Crown; very Lady of War.
  • Brainy Brunette: Asuna isn't just a good fighter but a very dedicated academic student in real life. Raised by an upperclass family, Asuna had high expectations from her family to perform well, going to prestigious private schools and had very little time to have fun. It wasn't after the SAO incident that she finally gained a love for VR gaming and dedicated a lot of her time to having fun with her friends.
  • Breakout Character: While Kirito is The Hero, Asuna is easily the more popular character and her being a strong female lead was in part what drove the initial success of the series. Despite her detractors, Asuna is still widely considered to be one of the most influential anime characters in The New '10s, and quite possibly the most iconic Sword Art Online character.
    • Fans were extremely unhappy with what Kawahara did to her in the Fairy Dance arc, reducing her from strong female lead to Damsel in Distress followed by her putting her in the background of the Phantom Bullet arc. However fans got their wish for Asuna to have more time to shine with the Mother's Rosario's arc, where Asuna is given her own arc and takes over as The Protagonist from Kirito, while she herself is given a lot of backstory and Character Development. Subsequent arcs continue to have Asuna retain focus, such as Ordinal Scale where she initially overshadowed Kirito or the Alicization arc where the story is simultaneously told from Kirito and Asuna's perspectives.
    • She's the character most likely to be featured in games aside from Kirito (sometimes even over Kirito). She has an app all to herself called "Wake Me Up Asuna" where she serves as a digital assistant. She was also chosen to be part of FOVE's VR experience where players can meet Asuna, which Haruka Tomatsu took part in. Asuna was also used to promote the Monster Strike crossover with Haruka Tomatsu dubbing over footage from the anime to advertise the game.
  • Bully Hunter: Just like her husband, she hates those who victimize the weak. When she sees some rogue players in SAO trying to steal "tax money" from some kids, she doesn't hesitate in teaching them a lesson.
  • Call-Forward: In Integral Factor, Asuna starts showing signs of leadership on Floor 11 by strategical planning out how to deal with the Floor Boss. Kirito remarks she would make an excellent guild leader.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: When she finds out that her mother tried to use a New Year's celebration as an excuse to play matchmaker for another Arranged Marriage with the son of a banking family, Asuna is anything but pleased and calls Kyouko out on it. When her mom tries to force the issue and say Asuna should respect her decisions, Asuna retorts that Kyouko also tried to set her up with Sugou Nobuyuki, and look how that turned out. Given Sugou is a sore spot for Kyouko, she unsurprisingly asks Asuna not to mention his name again and disagrees with her dating Kazuto, at which point Asuna has had enough and walks out on the conversation, but not before giving her an Armor-Piercing Question about Kyouko's dead parents.
  • Career Versus Man: Played with. Her mother expects her to marry a man wealthy enough so she can have the stability necessary to have a career of her own without financial risks, which is implied to be what she did. Asuna on her part, does want a career of her own, but also be with the man she loves.
  • Character Development:
    • Starts off as a lonely girl who is distressed over being trapped in a VR world and not knowing the first thing about gaming. After the Time Skip she's established as the vice commander of the top guild, being a strong leader and very assertive in getting her way.
    • The biggest one occurs in the Mother's Rosario arc. After the events in Aincrad, she discovers she doesn't have the same self-confidence in the real world as she has inside VR. Something that holds her back, specially in her relationship with her mother. Her friendship with Yuuki allows her to overcome her insecurities and mature as a person.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • In Volume 1 her Action Girl traits were toned down, making her Tsundere traits stand out more. However, as the series marches on, her Action Girl persona takes the forefront (with the exception of during the ALFheim arc).
    • The anime adaptation got hit pretty hard because of this in the first season. Since later volumes tell events from the Aincrad arc in a non-linear fashion, but the anime tells them in chronological order, 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.
  • Chef of Iron: She's an extremely skilled swordswoman, and has mastered her Cooking skill. She is thus very handy with a kitchen knife.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • 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.
    • She also gets jealous at Alice to the point where both of them are exchanging Death Glares at each other at the end of Alicization after she saw the latter attempting to make advances on Kirito by hugging him tightly while riding in his motorcycle.
    • In Hollow Fragment she gets huffy whenever there's the slightest hint that Kirito has gotten too close to another girl. Lisbeth or Silica making moves on Kirito will cause her to lash out, while she's immensely unhappy with Kirito becoming close friends with Strea and Philia out of the blue. All of them are still friends and she's quick to be friendly to Philia, for instance, in their first meeting (after Philia says she's not interested in Kirito, of course).
  • Clothing Damage:
    • When a certain character (Sugou) rips off her top with the intention of raping her in front of Kirito.
    • Happens literally in "Accel World VS Sword Art Online", when she and Lisbeth come in contact with a mace made of a rare mineral that destroys armor, and both of them end up falling on top of each other without a stitch on.
  • Color Motif: She's almost always dressed in white inside the virtual world. Red is usually her secondary color, though in ALO it's switched for blue because she is an undine there.
  • Combat Medic: 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, earning her the rather embarrassing nickname of "Berserk Healer."
  • Combat Pragmatist: In her duel against Yuuki, she's not above cheap-shotting her with a gut punch.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Her development in the Mother's Rosario arc. She becomes a much more mature and self-assured person at the end.
  • Composite Character: In-universe. Her Unital Ring avatar looks similar to her Undine account, but with the trademark Pointy Ears from ALO being replaced with human ears like in SAO.
  • Cool Big Sis: She acts this way to most younger characters, particularly towards Lisbeth and Silica online and in real life, though Suguha and Sinon aren't excluded. She definitely acts as this towards Yuuki, who calls her "sis." The only younger character she isn't this towards is Kirito; around him and him alone she assumes the hidden persona of a sweet and vulnerable little sister, despite being a full year older than her husband.
  • Cry Cute: When she blamed herself for Kirito almost being murdered by the Laughing Coffin masquerading as her bodyguard, and frequently afterwards because of her kind and sensitive personality.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When the 21-30th floors of Aincrad were opened in ALO, Asuna, her friends and fifty other players rushed right to the floor boss, where they watched in awe as Asuna single-handedly took out the boss, kicked it to the side, and rushed 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.
  • Custom Uniform of Sexy: 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.
  • Cute Bruiser: A cute girl who is also one of the most powerful VRMMO players ever known.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the Fairy Dance arc, she is locked in a cage within Alfheim Online by the Big Bad, who happens to be the Game Master (so she couldn't merely log off) and rescuing her is the catalyst for the arc.
  • Damsel out of Distress: During Fairy Dance, she was no idle damsel. Despite knowing that she was in the hands of a man with full power over the world, complete access to her real body, and willing to use his power at the drop of a hat, she pretended to be subdued long enough to make him drop his guard, memorized the passcode to get out of her cage, and fought with everything she had to either log out or at least gain a weapon that could be used to fight back. It's true that she relied on Kirito, but both had relied on the other several times in the past, and since she was carefully monitored after her escape attempt, she was given literally no chance to do anything else.
  • Declaration of Protection: She promises to protect Kirito after saving him from Kuradeel's murder attempt.
  • Defiant Captive: 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."
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the early days of SAO, Asuna was very cold and distant, taking being trapped in a death game very hard. She approached the game with a very disciplined manner and was concerned only with leveling up and clearing floors. Over time being with Kirito helps her to mellow out into a Nice Girl.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: Zigzagged. She is reduced from being a badass, give-no-fucks Action Girl and one of the most powerful and well-known players in SAO to a Damsel in Distress in ALO, and then a supporting character in GGO outside being Kazuto's girlfriend. It is inverted later on, since she gets major focus in the Calibur arc and becomes The Protagonist in Mother's Rosario. In Alicization, where Kazuto is plugged into Rath's secret server for Underground, the narration is split between his adventure there and Asuna's search for him.
  • Deuteragonist:
    • In the Aincrad arc, to the point where her and Kirito's relationship supersede the arc's main plot for a time. Even more so in Progressive where she and Kirito both share the spotlight and she sometimes takes over the POV.
    • Even more significantly in the Mother's Rosario arc where she actually takes over the role of main character while Kirito takes a backseat.
    • In the Alicization arc she ends up being the tritagonist, with the story once again being told from two perspectives: from Kirito trapped in the Underworld with Eugeo and Alice, and from Asuna in the real world trying to find Kirito.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Near the end of the Aincrad arc, she dies in Kirito's arms after taking a fatal blow for him in the final battle. She gets better once Heathcliff is defeated but remains trapped in virtual reality due to Sugou's manipulations, triggering the Fairy Dance arc.
  • Difficult, but Awesome:
    • 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, which makes it even more difficult. 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.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In the light novels, while escaping from Sugou's jail in her barefooted Titania avatar, Asuna ponders it is a good thing for extra health and recalls how she used to slip off her shoes to sneak up on monsters in SAO. (She also remembers how she tried to do it on Kirito during a "surprise attack game", only for her to get caught and tickled to death for the inconvenience.) Aside from this mention, however, this trait is never shown on screen or page.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In Volume 7, she's not exactly happy about being pitied by her cousins, knowing that it's in large part because they no longer consider her a rival to them in academics.
  • Doting Parent: Towards Yui. To Asuna, Yui-chan is her sweet little angel and the greatest gift she could have ever asked for. Ever since Kirito developed a Mobile app that allows her to maintain contact with Asuna in real life, mother and daughter have become practically inseparable online and offline.
  • Dude Magnet: In SAO, she says she has received many confessions and proposals from guys. She also has two stalkers.
  • Dynamic Entry: Asuna appears, practically out of nowhere, running 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Aside from the opening and ending credits, Asuna had a blink-and-miss-it cameo in Episode 1, where she is seen in the crowd listening to Kayaba's tutorial.
  • Earn Your Title:
    • Lightning Flash: A rapier in one hand without a shield in the other is fast enough to kick a whole lot of ass, and she's no slouch with her feet, either. At one point, she briefly overcomes the system speed cap to save Kirito.
    • Berserk Healer: Take a shot every time she asks another healer in her party "Can I leave the healing to you?"
  • Everyone Can See It: Nearly everyone can see that Kirito and Asuna are an item long before they realize their feelings for themselves.
  • Fading Away: Happens when Asuna breaks free of admin paralysis and takes a blade meant for Kirito. Unlike most players who have the death animation instantly playing, Asuna first starts to fade having time to tell Kirito she was sorry before finally going out with a smile.
  • Famed In-Story: She's a celebrity in SAO for being the prestigious vice-commander of the strongest guild, the second strongest player in the game with the moniker "Lightning Flash" due to her speed, as well as being a rare female player. In fact during the Aincrad arc she was even more famous than Kirito, with virtually everybody in SAO having heard about her.
  • Fan Disservice: Sugou strips and molests her right in front of Kirito during Fairy Dance's climax, making it one of the few instances where her nigh-nudity is not played for titillation.
  • Fanservice:
    • When Kirito asks to spend the night (just for comfort), she strips down to her bra and panties before he can explain.
    • She has a bath scene in one episode of Season 2, during the Calibur arc.
    • Has another bath scene in Ordinal Scale. The home release version includes side shots of her private parts.
    • The game adaptation loves putting her in revealing situations, the biggest one being in Accel World VS Sword Art Online. Lisbeth accidentally made a weapon that instantly destroys armor, which includes all forms of clothing, both Asuna and Lisbeth fall over and brush against said weapon, ending up naked on top of each other.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Both in the game, and real life, she's a fantastic cook who is also feminine.
  • First Girl Wins: Asuna is the first of the many girls in Kirito's (virtual) life, and the only one to win his affections. While Sachi was possibly Kirito's first love, he actually met Asuna first.
  • Fountain of Youth: Happens in the Memory Defrag event "Asuna's Great Adventure", where she gets hit by a monster's debuff that turns her avatar into a child. She gets the child treatment from all her friends, which greatly annoys her. It also makes her ''think'' like a child, where she hates everyone treating her like a kid and tries to act tough, while being overconfident in her abilities and not thinking rationally.
  • Friend to All Children: She has unconditional kindness towards young children, as shown by her interactions with the charges of the orphanage, Silica, Yuuki and of course, her daughter Yui.
  • Gamer Chick: Played with. She's one of the rare female players trapped in SAO, but she was never actually a gamer prior to this and was just trying out virtual reality for fun. But being in SAO gave her a new love of gaming and once she's back in the real world she's all too keen to continue gaming with her friends.
  • The Gift: Unlike many of the players trapped in SAO, Asuna never had any prior gaming experience. Yet despite by a newbie, she somehow has impossibly fast speed and reflexes, eventually becoming the second strongest player of SAO alongside Kirito. Asuna must simply has a natural talent for VR games.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Asuna has repeatedly been shown to be terrified of ghosts:
    • Kirito telling her a ghost story visibly unsettles her, and when she sees Yui, she mistakes the little girl for a ghost and starts freaking.
    • In Hollow Realization during a sleepover event, she utterly freaks out as Lisbeth is telling a ghost story. She practically has a heart attack when she thinks a real ghost (actually Leafa who logged back in after accidentally logging out from falling asleep) pops up in the room, and later refuses to let Kirito fall asleep until she does.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Her outfit as Titania is pretty revealing. Sugou was probably the one who designed it that way.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the final battle of the Aincrad arc, she dies smiling to Kirito after Taking the Bullet for him. Fortunately for her, Heathcliff's defeat and subsequent deletion of the Aincrad server brought her back from imminent death.
  • Godiva Hair: When Sugou rips her top off, her hair still conveniently acts as a censor.
  • Godlike Gamer: While not to the extent of Kirito, Asuna is also deemed to have The Gift when it comes to VR gaming. She is shown to possess impossibly high speed even back when she was a complete newbie, with Kirito feeling she was a natural despite the fact she lacked the most fundamental knowledge about the game interface. When she actually set her mind to it, she easily became the second strongest player in all of SAO after Kirito.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She might be the nicest girl around, but if she has to get her hands dirty in order to protect those she cares about, she doesn't even flinch.
  • Good Parents: She and Kirito are this to Yui. They shower Yui with love, always try to make time with her, does everything to keep her safe, and all in all their little girl feels she has the best parents in the world.
  • Gratuitous English: While infiltrating Rath as Mayumi Reynolds, Asuna speaks in English.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her avatar in ALO, an Undine. Her other ALO avatar Erika, a Sylph, has grass-green hair.
  • Happily Married: To Kirito in SAO according to the game's mechanics. She describes it as the best time of her life. In the real world, they're simply dating.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: In the anime, when Lisbeth wishes her good luck in her relationship with Kirito. Averted in the novels, where once Liz has met Kirito, Asuna quietly confirms her interest in him instead.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Of the Taking the Bullet variant. She jumps in the way of a blade meant for Kirito and dies for it.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite her incredible strength inside the virtual world, she doesn't consider herself "a real warrior", especially since the confidence she has in VR doesn't translate well in the real world for her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Yuuki quickly becomes a special person to her, and they think of each as "sisters".
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Asuna is the tallest girl out of the main cast, at a good 168 cm, especially tall for a person her age, nationality, and gender.
  • I Have Brothers: The only reason she was in SAO in the first place is because her older brother purchased the game along with the Nerve Gear, but didn't have time to use it on the official launch day. So she burrowed it, just for that day.....
  • Image Song: She has a total of six. My Independent Destiny, white flower garden, Tomorrow’s Rosario, Sing All Overtures (which is sung by Kirito, Yui, Silica, Lisbeth, Leafa and herself), Sleepless Legend (Sung with the Sleeping Knights), and Sora e to Ateta Tegami (a duet sung with Yuuki).
  • Impossibly Delicious Food:
    • Thanks to her Supreme Chef abilities, she manages to make an Impossibly Delicious Stew with a ragout rabbit, a super rare S-Class ingredient found by Kirito.
    • Everything that she cooks is this to Kirito, S-class ingredients or not.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Despite being a complete newbie player, her speed is unrivaled and surpassed that of even Kirito. She also becomes one of the top players in the game with ease. No explanation is given as to how she does this, as she doesn't have Kirito's excuse of having the experience of a beta-player or even any prior gaming before.
  • Informed Attribute: Just about. When she decides to face off against "Zekken", the others ask if she'll use "Asuna", her usual Undine account, or "Erika", her knife-swinging Sylph account. This is the first time it's even mentioned that she has another account, and it never gets brought up again until she needs to talk to her mother in ALO and has her use "Erika" to speed things up.
  • Insistent Terminology: Even after they've been dating in real life for a year, she still keeps calling Kirito by his character name instead of Kazuto, his real name. It appears to extend to all of the friends she met online, calling them by their gamer names even when she knowws their real name.
  • In the Hood:
    • During her introduction she hid her face with a hood. Kirito doesn't know what she looks like until the first floor boss raid. She wears it for a lot longer in Progressive. She also wears a hood later in the SAO arc, during her "honeymoon" with Kirito, because she is a lot more recognizable than him and she doesn't want to be mobbed by fans.
    • She wears another one while living with Kirito on Floor 25, whenever she left the house, as to draw attention to herself given how famous she was.
  • It Began with a Twist of Fate: Unlike the majority of the other players trapped in SAO, Asuna was never a gamer. The Nerve Gear actually belonged to her brother, who by chance had to take a business trip at the time of the game's launch. Asuna merely borrowed the gear for a day to take a look at the virtual world out of curiosity. However she ended up being trapped in said game for two years, where she would become one of the strongest players and second-in-command of the highest ranking guild.
  • Knife Nut: Her other character in ALO, "Erika", uses knives instead of rapiers.
  • Lady of War: Wields a rapier in SAO and has a fighting style focusing on speed, making for a very graceful fighter.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Ordinal Scale, she loses all her memories of her time in SAO after being stuck by a OS boss by shielding Silica. She gets them back at the end.
  • The Leader: Aside from her fighting skills, Asuna's biggest asset in combat is her leadership, successfully commanding the Knights of the Blood Oath as a strong and assertive leader. This even extends to those who aren't used to working under her, as shown in Ordinal Scale where she takes charge of the players and successfully takes down several bosses that spawned.
  • Leitmotif: "Luminous sword" is used as her combat theme. She also shares "Light Your Sword" with Yuuki.
  • Light Is Good: Wears white colors, in contrast to Kirito's Dark Is Not Evil.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's not nicknamed The Lightning Flash for nothing, you know? Not only is she absurdly fast, her strikes are insanely powerful.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Kirito. Their relationship is very serious, to the point that they cannot live on if one of them dies. Asuna outright declares if Kirito were to die then she would take her own life.
  • Lonely at the Top: 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.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: This is explored in the Mother's Rosario arc. Ultimately, it's difficult being a rich girl. She's forced to get involved in her parents' business related endeavors, has to deal with extremely high expectations and having her life personal restricted, and her parents have pretty much planned her entire life out even down to Arranged Marriage. She was never a gamer prior to SAO and only borrowed her brother's Nerve Gear to visit the virtual world for a day, but ended up being trapped in there for 2 years.
  • Magical Barefooter: She is barefoot in her Titania attire, which only has a white strap as footwear. Probably enforced, as Sugou designed the clothing.
  • Magic Kiss: While Kirito has most of his past memories already recovered prior to his fight against Gabriel, a kiss from her causes him to remember the Johnny Black incident.
  • Magic Knight: Her ALO moniker is the "Berserk Healer". Despite being a magic using Undine Healer, she's no slouch when it comes to melee combat either. She has a tendency to leave healing to someone else, drawing her rapier to charge into battle.
  • Male Gaze: As the resident Ms. Fanservice, there's plenty of close-ups of her bust or her butt.
  • Mama Bear: Yui is "[her] pride and joy", if her little girl is in danger then Asuna will go through thick and thin to rescue her, as shown in Accel World vs Sword Art Online.
  • Master Swordsman: In SAO she mastered the One Handed Rapier skill, a skill line considered very difficult to use.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Asuna has displayed several Beyond the Impossible feats as listed above. It's left vague whether her achieving this is through dumb luck, The Power of Love, or if she actually possesses special abilities.
  • Meaningful Name: Yuuki means "Courage" and Asuna can be translated as "For Tomorrow."
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Virtually all of her in-game outfits feature a skirt. It's especially significant in her SAO outfit where it reflects her membership and position as vice-commander of the Knights of the Blood Oath.
  • Moment Killer: Unintentionally and without even being aware, but when Lisbeth is about to confess her feelings to Kirito, Asuna rushes in and hugs Lis having been worried sick about her friend's absence. This also makes Lisbeth realize that Kirito is already taken by Asuna so she backs off.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • As Titania, she's baring a lot of skin. Once again, this is Sugou's fault.
    • It's more prominent in the Hollow Fragment game, where she gets quite a few nude scenes including reluctant skinny dipping and wearing a Naked Apron on Kirito's request.
    • We get little snippets of this later in the series like when she was talking to Kirito about a quest in ALO while she was in the bath where her big boobs were covered. While in Ordinal Scale she has another bath scene with this one actually showing her private parts.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Due to being an Adoptive Peer Parent for Yui and still a teenager herself, Asuna could easily be mistaken for being Yui's older sister.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Others won't stop reminding that Asuna used her Real Name as an Alias, especially from Kirito.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet, kind and caring. Just don't get her mad
  • Not So Above It All: In Hollow Fragment, prestigious vice-commander and famed "Lightning Flash" Asuna decides to play in the public fountain and splash fight with Kirito. Kirito is quite surprised Asuna has this childish side to her.
  • Official Couple: With Kirito since the very first light novel. 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 ALO and the Amusphere.
  • Online Alias: Asuna, the same as her real given name.
  • Parental Substitute: To the AI Yui, who essentially adopted her and Kirito as parents.
  • Physical God: As Creation Goddess Stacia in the Alicization arc and played straight during Kirito's 200-year rule in UW.
  • Plucky Girl: Not even capture by Sugou broke her spirit. If anything, it only made her steel herself even more against his advances.
  • The Power of Love:
    • When asked by Kirito about her faster-than-possible dash in SAO, she declares it was "an act of love."
    • It's this same power that allows her to go Beyond the Impossible yet again, where she breaks free of admin induced paralysis and takes the bullet for Kirito in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: What she wears with her school uniform, reflecting her ojou status again.
  • The Protagonist: She has the Mother's Rosario arc to herself.
  • Rapunzel Hair: 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.
  • Real Name as an Alias: In SAO, though apparently this was because she was new to MMO games at the time, and didn't realize that when the game was asking for a name, it meant an alias for her character name, not her real name.
  • Red Baron: In SAO, she is known as the "Lightning Flash." In ALO, she's known as the "Berserk Healer."
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Develops one with Yuuki during the Mother's Rosario arc. The "romantic" undertones are milder than in other examples, but Yuuki still lampshades it, suggesting that they should "get married" as a joke. Asuna even gets a bit flustered, and Yuuki has to calm her down reminding her that she has a boyfriend already anyway. Lost Song and Hollow Realization just adds on the subtext with Asuna getting depressed when she thinks she's becoming a burden on Yuuki's happiness due to her growing friendship with Strea and capped off with Yuuki giving her a bouquet of flowers to show how grateful she is for her help.
  • Royal Rapier: In SAO, her primary weapon and it fits considering that she is an Officer And A Lady. One of them is made by her friend Lisbeth, "Lambent Light". She continues using a rapier in ALO despite being a healer.
  • Samus Is a Girl: 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 possible that most of the people at the first boss battle didn't realize her gender until her cloak was discarded. This is also what happens in the manga version.
  • Second Love: To Kirito. This helps him get over Sachi's death and the fall of his first SAO guild.
  • Seen It All: Her reaction to Kirito's Spell Blast, a feat of incredible control and precision that everyone thought was impossible? Mild amusement.
  • Shameful Strip: Gets subjected to this by Oberon in Episode 24, where he rips her top off before licking and sexually assaulting her in front of the incapacitated Kirito.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: Occasionally when she and Kirito are being especially affectionate in front of their friends. Lisbeth at several points has expressed irritation at it.
  • Signature Move: The Mother's Rosario technique, once she learns it from Yuuki.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Asuna becomes a couple with Kirito. The man who has proven to her of his bravery, humility, kindness, selflessness, and peaceful nature. One of the critical reasons why she developed feelings for him was because she felt that he gave her a place in SAO.
  • Sixth Ranger: Becomes this to the Sleeping Knights guild in Mother's Rosario because they needed one more super-strong person to fill out their roster.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: She apologizes to Kirito as she lies dying in his arms after Taking The Sword Slash for him in the final battle of the Aincrad arc. She gets better.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her SAO moniker is variably translated as "Flash" or "Lightning Flash"note 
  • Spoiled Sweet: She belongs to a rich family. Before starting SAO, her family lavished plenty of attention and affection on her, but at the same time she had high expectations to fulfill. However, she behaves friendly with everyone and is very kind to her family's house servants.
  • The Strategist: Her main role in the Sleeping Knights guild during the Mother's Rosario arc is guiding them. She's the one to come up with the strategy to beat the floor boss and discovers its weak point.
  • Strong and Skilled: She started off as Unskilled, but Strong, having never gamed in her life before, but was immediately shown to be exceptionally fast and strong, with speed that even Kirito couldn't keep up with. However after the two year Time Skip, her fierce dedication to clearing the game granted her extensive skill and experience, where she ends up as the second/third best player in SAO and one of the top players on the Assault Team, being only just behind Kirito and Heathcliff. It's noted that her time on the Assault Team also translated over to ALO where she is able to use her experience there to make her character stronger in a new game.
  • Super Senses: Sylphs have the best hearing in all the fairy families, meaning Leafa can hear thing before any of her friends can.
  • Super Speed: She's extremely fast even by the standards of the game. It eventually earns her the moniker "Lightning Flash". She once ran so fast she surpassed what the dexterity speed limit allowed.
  • Supreme Chef: In SAO, she mastered the non-combat cooking skill to make food that tastes like the real world. In the real world itself, she has the same level of skill. Kirito certainly thinks so.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The SAO: Progressive manga tells the story from her point of view.
  • Team Mom:
    • She serves as one to the Heroes of Aincrad, always looking out for her younger friends and showing concern for their well being. It helps that she's a literal mom to Yui.
    • Yuuki says Asuna sounds like her mom in Accel World vs. Sword Art Online when Asuna is insisting on finding out about Yuuki's health.
  • Tears of Joy: In the Alicization arc, she is the first person to shed tears in response to Kirito's return.
  • Tender Tears: Sheds these a few times, particularly after Yui's apparent death and upon learning of Yuuki's tragic condition.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: As she never knew Kirito had joined a guild, she has this reaction after he tells her the story of what happened with the Black Cats of the Full Moon.
  • Through His Stomach: She uses her cooking skills to win over Kirito. And, boy, does it work! She can even control him by deciding what will be cooked for dinner.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to other female leads (and close friends) Leafa, Sinon, as well as Yuuki. Leafa is a sport loving tomboy who rarely acts like an elegant lady. Sinon steers clear of girly things and prefers to spend her time reading in the library. While Yuuki would much rather be in the outdoors swinging her sword than doing romantic stuff.
  • Trademark Favourite Food:
    • Asuna seems to have a thing for sweets. Especially cheesecake in SAO Progressive.
    • In the games, she is especially fond of cream topped bread which becomes especially significant to her. In Hollow Fragment she remakes it for Kirito and Yui, due to how special it was to her as it was what she ate when she first met Kirito. While in Hollow Realization, she appears to have a craving for it. She sneaks off on a quest in order to get cream and eats it on rye bread before even completing the quest, where Kirito catches her gorging herself in an alleyway.
  • Tranquil Fury: Often times when Asuna is mad at Kirito, she won't raise her voice, smiles sweetly, while the impending moments pass when Kirito knows she's going to kill him.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: When Kirito is poisoned by Kuradeel and is on the verge of dying, Asuna runs so fast she breaks the game's dexterity speed limit and is just in time to save him.
  • Tsundere:
    • The "Sweet" or "Dere" type. Sweet and kind until you piss her off. Although in her first appearances, she looks more like a "Harsh" or "Tsun" type, but that's just because at first Kirito gets on her nerves all the time.
    • During SAO, especially before she and Kirito officially got together, she was very quick to anger and had a tendency to violently threaten Kirito if provoked, often using kitchen utensils of all things as weapons.
    • Ironically, in Hollow Realizations Asuna herself explicitly denies being a tsundere when the subjects gets brought up.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: At the beginning of the Aincrad arc, Asuna is a complete newbie who isn't familiar with basic game features. Yet her speed was so fast that she was able to surprise Kirito.
  • Uptown Girl: Her family is quite rich while Kirito belongs to the middle-class. This is one reason why her mother objects to their relationship.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: She is quick to confront threats to her husband, if her saving Kirito from Kuradeel is any indication.
  • Weapon of Choice: Rapiers. In SAO, she wielded the custom-made "Lambent Light". This is due to their light weight complementing Asuna's speed-based combat style.
  • When She Smiles: Kirito says he will never forget the beautiful smile Asuna gave him after accepting his proposal.
  • Woman in White: A non-malicious example example of this trope. She wears a white uniform with red trim after joining the Knights of the Blood Oath. Her ALO avatar wears a similar outfit, but with blue trim instead of red.
  • World's Best Warrior: She is essentially the female equivalent of Kirito in Sword Art Online; and doubly so in Alfheim Online when she inherits "Mother's Rosario", the Ultimate Technique and final legacy of her beloved friend Yuuki.
  • You Are in Command Now: In the gameverse, after Heathcliff's defeat and disappearance on Floor 75, Asuna is left in charge of the Knights of the Blood Oath and leads them for the rest of the game.
  • You Remind Me of X: Asuna explicitly reminds Yuuki of her late older twin sister, which is what helps them to develop such a close bond. In fact Yuuki accidentally refers to Asuna as "Nee-chan" during battle due to how similar the two are. Yuuki's doctor even remarks that her sister was very much like Asuna.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her uniform as a member of the "Knights of Blood" includes a short skirt and thigh-high stockings, as described under Custom Uniform of Sexy. Apparently, her subordinates liked the look.

    Suguha Kirigaya / Leafa 

Suguha Kirigaya / Leafa (ALO) / Earth Goddess Terraria (UW)

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Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English), Azucena Miranda (Latin American Spanish), Greta Ruiz (European Spanish)

Kirito's younger cousin and sister by adoption, and the Deuteragonist 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. Like the other characters, she is smart IRL and in game, competent, and caring.


  • Action Girl: It's kinda a requirement in ALO. She's also one IRL, as her kendo proficiency carries over to ALO.
  • Adaptational Curves:
    • In the web novels, Suguha was originally meant to have a smaller bust size and Kawahara didn't bother changing it. His editor suggested him to make her stacked in other adaptations.
    • Some of the game adaptations such as Millennium Twilight and Fatal Bullet has her bust even more bursting in size. The story wastes no time in having other characters poke fun of this.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • The video game continuity has her appear in SAO during the adaptation of the Aincrad arc, while in canon she doesn't debut until the Fairy Dance arc of ALO. Storywise, this is because Suguha intentionally used a NerveGear to enter SAO so she could be with and help out her brother.
    • She shows up even earlier in Integral Factor, where she appears on Floor 3 as opposed to after Floor 76 in Infinity Moment/Hollow Fragment. But otherwise her plot of entering SAO using her ALO account to find her brother is pretty much the same.
  • Advertised Extra: In Ordinal Scale she's given the same level of promotion as the rest of the major characters, but she was sidelined for most of the film due to attending a kendo training camp. This is likely due to OS occurring in the real world and given that Suguha is a top-four national-level kendo practitioner, she was taken out of the spotlight to balance out the story.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Sugu" by Kazuto.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: 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.
  • Arc Hero: The main heroine of the Fairy Dance arc alongside Kirito.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Does this with Kirito when charging the World Tree.
  • Badass Adorable: In real life, she's a cute and cheerful kendo champ. In the game, she's a mighty Sylph warrior that has Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her Hollow Realizations outfit shows off her belly.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Went through this in Fairy Dance arc as she started having feelings for Kazuto, though technically they're Not Blood Siblings and actually cousins. Though unlike most examples of this trope she feels it's wrong and tries to suppress these emotions by pursuing Kirito in-game, who turns out to be Kazuto all along. She grows out of this by the end of the arc and starts being his little sister.
  • Big Eater: Kirito often brings up her excessive appetite, especially for sweets. Luckily for her, the physical lifestyle she indulges in keeps her from gaining weight.
  • Big Little Sister: Her ALO avatar looks a great deal older and taller than real life, making it harder to tell she's younger than Kirito. But she often times still behaves like a young child would despite having a physically developed body.
  • Blow You Away: As a Sylph, she specializes in Wind magic.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has the largest bust of all the girls, and in real-life is the most physically fit, being a kendo national quarterfinalist.
  • Call of the Wild Blue Yonder: One of Leafa's defining characteristics is her love of flying through the air as Sylph. She tried ALO to experience this magical phenomena and once she had she couldn't be without it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Kirito mentions her in passing at the very beginning of the series when telling Klein about his family, and a bit more when telling Silica about how she reminds him of his sister. In the anime, she appears leaving for kendo practice in the first episode before her brother logs into SAO.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets a bit jealous in Season 1 Episode 20 when Sakuya and Alicia, the leaders of the Sylph and Cait-Sith races, get a bit too friendly with Kirito after he saves them from an ambush.f
  • Clothing Damage: Happens in "Accel World VS Sword Art Online", where during a quest to get honey, Leafa gets to close to a boss with a special attack that destroys armor, she has a difficult time covering up in front of Kirito.
  • Color Motif: Almost always associated with and dresses in the color green, which Sylphs are known for. Even in Ordinal Scale her outfit has a green trim while she's given a green Color Wash, while in Fatal Bullet her outfit is predominantly green.
  • Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: To Asuna. Asuna started off as a complete stranger to Kirito and gradually got to know him. Suguha is Kazuto's real life adoptive sister and probably the closest person in his life. Asuna is elegant and ladylike due to her upper-class upbringing, while Suguha is a tomboy who partakes in kendo. Asuna is revealed to be older than Kirito by a year, while Suguha is younger by a year.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In real life, she has black hair and black eyes (sometimes blue).
  • D-Cup Distress: Poor girl is on the receiving end of a lot of jokes over her enormous bust, especially in the game adaptation.
  • Deuteragonist: She is the female lead in the Fairy Dance arc and just as important to the story as Kirito.
  • Dramatic Irony: For the first half of the Fairy Dance arc, we know that Leafa is Suguha and Kirito is Kazuto. However, Suguha doesn't know that Kirito is Kazuto, and Kazuto doesn't know that Leafa is Suguha.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the anime, she's shown going off to kendo practice, and on the news, sobbing as she realizes Kazuto is trapped in the game.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • In Hollow Fragment, she enters SAO and turns to see Kirito and Asuna approaching. She excitedly greets him as "Onii-chan" much to Kirito's confusion.
    • Integral Factor has her making her debut by falling from a tree which she had climbed in an attempt to find her brother.
  • Famed In-Story: Because of her speed and skill she is one of the Five Great Sylphs.
  • Foil: To Asuna, in particular the arc about her relationship with Kirito. Asuna was at first turned off by Kirito and slowly developed feeling for him over time and felt happy for the first time in her life. Suguha had held feelings for Kazuto for quite some time but forced herself to regress these as she believed they were wrong. Also while Kirito developed feeling for Asuna mutually, he was completely unaware of Suguha's feelings for him. Ultimately what kept Asuna going throughout SAO was her love for Kirito, while Suguha's story is about moving past her attraction towards Kirito and assist him as his little sister.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In Hollow Realizations she somehow swaps avatars with Lisbeth and quite enjoys being the Blacksmith, but awkwardness ensues when she runs into Kirito who never figures out what is up with the OOC Liz, despite 'Lisbeth' calling him "Onii-chan", referring to herself in the third person, and asking very personal questions about Leafa.
  • Freaky Is Cool: She is rather fond of creatures that other people think are "creepy" or "weird." Notably, she finds Tonki, a creature that is a cross between an elephant and a jellyfish, adorable.
  • Gag Boobs: Leafa is the go-to character for all of the boob related jokes thanks to her enormous bust, these range from other girls showing jealousy over how endowed she is, her boobs jiggling, or having her bosom press against someone else which is usually Kirito. During Ordinal Scale, as Leafa arrives at the Final Boss, Yui was actually hiding in her cleavage!
  • Genre Savvy: The video games reveal Leafa is actually fairly well versed in mythology, which is quite helpful in ALO which is a game heavily derived from mythology from various cultures.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She has cute animal bean bags in her room.
  • Gratuitous English: Sometimes drops English words mid dialogue with "Okay" being a common one for her.
  • Green Eyes: Her Leafa avatar has emerald green eyes to match her Sylph Color Motif. Her eyes in real life also have a green tint.
  • Hair Decorations: A pair of clips in real life, and a five-petal floral brooch holding her ponytail as Leafa. Other accessories she wears are headbands and hats in real life.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: As Leafa her avatar is blonde and remains kind hearted.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Is insistent about this for Recon when Kirito asks about them. Turns out Recon had a huge crush on her that she wasn't aware of.
  • Hero of Another Story: Had her own adventures in ALO before Kirito joined the game.
  • Heroic BSoD: 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.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear until the second arc, despite being a female lead.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: She used to hate VRMMO games, particularly when her brother became trapped in one. She then gave ALfheim Online a try and discovered that she really enjoyed it.
  • Image Song: She has a total of four. Face To You (Suguha), Sky The Graffiti (Leafa), Sing All Overtures (which is sung by Kirito, Asuna, Yui, Silica, Lisbeth and herself), Memorial Calibur (which is sung by Silica, Yui, Lisbeth and herself).
  • I Just Want to Be Free: She plays Alfheim Online because she loves the freedom to fly where-ever she wants. In the light novel, she referred to her Sylph duties and party responsibilities as "chains attached to her wings". This is why she had only minor hesitation in becoming a renegade.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Unlike Kazuto, she is an inversion of this trope. Her years of studying kendo give her a tremendous edge over other players.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: 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.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Her preferred weapon. Justified as she practices kendo in real life, and is very good (national-level middle school quarter-finalist).
  • Kissing Cousins: Deep down, she wants this with Kazuto, being in love with him. 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, since they're also adoptive siblings. So she tries to get over him by loving Kirito, not knowing they're the same guy...
  • Letting Her Hair Down: One event in Hollow Fragment has Leafa undoing her ponytail and letting her hair hang down. Kirito is taken by surprise on how different she looks and thinks it looks cute.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Having years of experience in kendo have made her both strong IRL and in-game. Also happens to be the fastest flying player in ALO.
  • Little Sister Heroine: Technically younger-by-a-year cousin, but Kirito's relationship with Suguha is like this because they were raised together by her parents since he was a year old, along with Suguha showing Big Brother Attraction towards Kirito. She does grow out of it by the end of the Fairy Dance arc.
  • Luminescent Blush: 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.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Falls in love with Kirito, unaware that he is actually Kazuto. Since she had previously fallen in love with Kazuto, only to give up on winning his affections and tried to divert her feelings to Kirito instead. Finding out they were actually the same person is very hard on her.
  • Magic Knight: Skilled with using both attack magic and her katana.
  • Male Gaze: Has a ridiculously high amount of close-ups of her bosom.
  • More Dakka: Uses a FAMAS G2 assault rifle as her long gun in Fatal Bullet, which (true to its real-life counterpart) has one of the highest rates of fire of any assault rifle or even light-machine gun in the game.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The animated adaptation regularly puts both her real life and in-game counterpart in situations that would emphasize her ample breasts, not to mention the former being the first female character to be shown fully nude in a Shower of Angst (with the nether regions alone covered by Censor Steam).
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She's the only person who finds Tonky (a jellyfish-elephant hybrid monster) cute.
  • Not Blood Siblings: She falls in love with her adopted brother and cousin who was raised with her since they were infants, only to get her heart broken. Then gets it inadvertently broken again by him in ALO. They do eventually make up, and she goes back to affectionately referring to Kirito as "Onii-Chan" both in real life and in-game.
  • Odd Friendship: With Alice, who is also an expert swordswoman like her.
  • One-Woman Army: In the Alicization arc, she tanks an entire army of 3,000 foreign players despite her injuries before finally passing out from exhaustion.
  • Online Alias: Leafa.
  • Physical God: As Earth Goddess Terraria in the Alicization arc.
  • Pointy Ears: Like all other ALO players her ears are pointy. However hers are particularly notable in that they stay pointy even when she imports her avatar to other games.
  • Rapunzel Hair: While not quite as long as Asuna, her hair still goes to her waist.
  • Red Baron: She is referred to as the "Speedaholic". Post-Alicization, she is known by the UW people as the "Green Swordswoman".
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Shares this with Philia in the videogame continuity, though it gets special focus in Hollow Realization during their shared events for preparing Leafa for a kendo tournament. Leafa grows to enjoy Philia's enthusiasm with training, becomes depressed when she twists her ankle not because she can't compete, but because it means all of Philia's efforts were for naught, and actually bursts into tears when Philia chooses to give up a really rare item during a quest for a golden cup that looks like a trophy as a consolidation award.
  • Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy: She at times plays the long-range magic support to Kirito's melee user. Though she can switch to melee at will and is very proficient at it.
  • Sibling Team: With Kirito during the Fairy Dance arc onwards. Although they didn't know it at the time and only found out each other's real identities nearing the end of the arc.
  • Sleepyhead: In Hollow Realization, Kirito claims she has the "superpower" of being able to fall within seconds of finding a comfortable spot. During one event with a sleepover, she literally plops down onto the bed and talks about how much fun they're going to have before literally falling asleep and disconnecting from the game (since the Amusphere automatically logs out anyone who falls asleep while playing) so fast that everyone but Kirito wonders what just happened. She logs back in right as Lisbeth is telling a ghost story, which manages to freak all of the assembled out with her utterly oblivious.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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".
  • Story-Breaker Power: She had to be side-lined for most of Ordinal Scale since she's a top-four national-level kendo practitioner within her age group. As a result, she could have ended the movie (which takes place in the real world using augmented reality) on her own within the first 30 minutes.
  • Strong and Skilled: In an unusual example for this series, she's actually this in the real world, being a national-level kendo practitioner who is physically stronger than her gamer friends. In Ordinal Scale which takes place in the real world and the characters need to use their physical bodies, Leafa/Suguha is the one who dominates due to her physical training on top of her gamer experience.
  • Super Speed: Sylphs are naturally fast and she's faster than the standard Sylph. Before Kirito came along with his illegal New Game+ stats, no one could keep up with her maximum speed.
  • Supporting Protagonist: The third light novel volume is partly written from her perspective, albeit in a limited third person focused on her (as opposed to Kirito and Lisbeth's first person segments). She provides her thoughts while helping Kirito on his rescue mission.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: When they're at school, she demands that Shinichi call her "Kirigaya-san" rather than her first name or her Online Alias.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Has this dynamic with her friend (and predecessor as female lead) Asuna, being the sport-loving tomboy to Asuna's elegant lady Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Has the personality of a tomboy, enjoys sports, but she's fragile in some ways and has cute knick-knacks involving a kitty backpack.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: After Leafa agrees to party with Kirito to the World Tree, we get to see her log out from her perspective. Cut to Suguha wearing an Amusphere.
  • Tsundere: Starts off as "Tsuntsun" type but gradually switches to "Dere" over the course of the series. Kirito noticed she can switch out from angry to sweet in mere moments, especially prominent with Recon who she's more than happy to attack if he acts too weird.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance:
    • Growing up, Suguha and Kazuto looked so alike each other that other people would mistake them for sisters.
    • Averted when it comes to Leafa. Due to her avatar being so different to her real life appearance, others have a hard time believing she's Kirito's sister.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: In Ordinal Scale, Yui emerges from her cleavage during the Final Boss fight.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Stat-wise she's below average because she spends little time grinding, farming etc. but this doesn't matter in Alfheim Online. It's primarily skill-based so she becomes one of the most powerful Sylphs on dent of her real world skill that translates into game skill. This puts her at a disadvantage against Sigurd in terms of stats and gear and their duels always turn into a protracted game of wearing each other down. She defeated him pre-series.
  • Womanchild: As Leafa she looks very old and fully developed, but she still tends to behave childishly like a little girl would.
  • You Are Worth Hell: In Infinity Moment/Hollow Fragment, she obtained her own NerveGear and logged into SAO, knowing well that players trapped within can die, just so she can be reunited with her brother.

    Shino Asada / Sinon 

Shino Asada / Sinon (GGO, ALO) / Sun Goddess Solus (UW)

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English), Lupita Leal (Latin American Spanish), Silvia Cabrera (European Spanish)

"I've taught you so much, but I want to teach you one last thing. The taste of the bullet that means defeat."

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The female lead and Deuteragonist of Phantom Bullet (volumes 5–6). An 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. In GGO, she is definitely excellent with her in-game range skills and has strategies for in-game battle. Once angered, she does have a violent temper, and that can cause her to not think whether IRL or in-game. Like the other characters, she is smart IRL and in game, competent, caring and had been well received by critics and fans.


  • The Ace: 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 joined to find Death Gun and used a sidearm exactly once, he doesn't count. This means she is the best gunner in Gun Gale Online.
  • Action Duo: Becomes this with Kirito after finally accepting him as her partner. She's more of the Action Survivor to his Action Hero.
  • Action Girl: She is one of the few female gunners in the predominately male populated GGO.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has two variations in her case:
    • Shino: violet hair in the web novels, and a brunette in other adaptations.
    • Sinon: blue hair in the web novels, and teal hair in other adaptations.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Her personality in the game adaptation as the Sinon in Hollow Fragment is a combination of her canon personalities for the in-game Sinon of GGO and the real life Shino. The game adaptation Sinon has the stoic and snarky demeanor of in-game Sinon, as well as the vulnerabilities of the real life Shino. It helps that her in-game avatar is also a combination of both her physical appearances.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: The video game continuity averts her Fire Forged Friendship she had with Kirito in canon, due to the awkward situationnote  that led her to be mad at Kirito never happening. Rather than beginning as rivals and slowly coming to trust Kirito like in canon, she is taken under Kirito's wing as his The Apprentice early on. Although as a Mythology Gag to the anime, Fatal Bullet still did a version of said incident that got Sinon and Kirito off on the wrong foot.
  • Adaptational Badass: Has this in Integral Factor compared to Infinite Moment/Hollow Fragment. In the main video game continuity Sinon had no combat experience and had to be trained by Kirito, and she didn't acquire her bow until much later in the game. In Integral Factor she already has her bow at the time of her debut (having acquired it as a default weapon on the day of the launch) and is already a proficient archer on her own. This is attributed to her already having experience in GGO prior to playing SAO.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • The video game continuity has her appear in SAO during the adaptation of the Aincrad arc, while in canon she doesn't debut until during the Phantom Bullet arc of GGO. In the story this is due to Sinon getting glitched into SAO from another VR she was using to receive counselling. In fact, she ends up playing ALO before she plays GGO.
    • She appears even earlier in Integral Factor, debuting on Floor 9 rather than Floor 76. She also states that she has been in SAO since Floor 1 rather than being glitched into the game unwillingly. Furthermore, her bow appears much earlier having been given it as a default weapon at the start of SAO and is already proficient at using it, rather than acquiring it much later like in Hollow Fragment.
  • Adapted Out: The anime omits the explanation that Sinon doesn't actually have impaired vision and that her glasses actually serve as a Security Blanket. In the anime, she appears to legitimately be near-sighted.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Sinonon" by Asuna. She remarks in a Q&A session that it's the first nickname she's had.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was stigmatized because she killed someone with a gun. Even her own mother abandoned her.
  • Archer Archetype: Her ALO avatar, especially in the games.
  • Arc Hero: The main heroine of the Phantom Bullet arc alongside Kirito.
  • Arc Words: "Phantom Bullet" is very meaningful to her character and story arc. For a start, she had been haunted for many years of her life by a phantom bullet; an incident where she shot a robber in trying to protect her mother, which led her to have PTSD over guns. The main story arc involves the Big Bad being able to create a phantom bullet that can kill GGO players in real life, and she is one of said bullet's targets. In the end, Sinon creates her own "phantom bullet", using her sniper rifle's bullet prediction line, which serves to distract Death Gun and allow Kirito to finish him off. In Fatal Bullet she even has an attack called "Phantom Bullet".
  • An Arm and a Leg: While attempting to take down Behemoth, a body guard armed with a minigun, Sinon gets one of her legs blasted off while she leaps off a building, and still manages to get in a kill shot on Behemoth.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: 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, Miyuki Sawashiro uses a lower tone.
  • Attempted Rape: Kyouji attempts this on her, as well as a Murder-Suicide. Who knows if he would've succeeded if Kirito didn't intervene IRL.
  • Badass Adorable: 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 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. In Alicization, she fought Gabriel head-on despite being overpowered.
  • Badass Bookworm: She states she spent a lot of time in the library reading, which was largely where she spent her time before taking up gaming. Accel World vs. Sword Art Online also has her reading up while in the virtual world, where she dons a pair of reading glasses.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her ALO avatar shows off her belly.
  • Becoming the Mask: As Sinon she is badass, confident, and tough, which is a huge contrast to her real life fragile, timid Shino Asada. Shino's goal is to become as strong as Sinon is. She gradually edges closer following her Character Development, with the first step she takes being getting over her phobia of guns.
  • Birds of a Feather: Ultimately what allows her to click with Kirito is not because she fell in love with him like most of the other girls, but because the two of them are so similar.
  • Blade on a Stick: In the video game continuity, in addition to her skill with the bow and arrow, she prefers using polearms for melee combat.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Her specialty, since she is a sniper.
  • Boyish Short Hair: The side tail variant in real life and in-game she sports this hairstyle, as reflective of her tomboyish manner and hobby.
  • Breakout Character: Popularity polls revealed Sinon to be the most popular character out of SAO's main cast, even overshooting the likes of Kirito and Asuna. For this reason, the game continuity brings her in during the events of SAO which was long before her scheduled appearance in canon. She was also used to market Fatal Bullet, the game based on GGO which is her game.
  • Broken Ace: 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.
  • Broken Bird: Her self-defensive killing of a robber haunted her for many years, causing her multiple psychological hang-ups.
  • Broken Tears: At the climax of her breakdown after seeing the Type 54 pistol as Sinon, she's reduced to a sobbing wreck after Kirito dissuades her from chasing Death Gun on her own.
  • Bully Hunter: Having been a bully victim herself, Sinon despises bullies and will be unhesitant to help out when she sees someone being picked on.
  • Call-Forward:
    • Hollow Realizations introduces Kyouji Shinkawa as her real life Stalker with a Crush who reveals her Dark and Troubled Past, even though this story line would not be fully explored until Fatal Bullet during the adaptation of the canon Phantom Bullet story line.
    • In Accel World vs. Sword Art Online, it's mentioned a few times that she has started playing a shooter VRMMO, which is of course Gun Gale Online.
  • Cat Girl: Her appearance and mannerisms are often compared to those of a cat. Fittingly, she rolls a Cait-Sith in ALO.
  • Character Development: Her character arc is about overcoming the weakness that is her PTSD and finding the strength to get over her Survivor's Guilt from her Dark and Troubled Past. She played GGO as a form of immersion therapy to get over her phobia of guns, believing being stronger in-game would translate to real life. However what really helped her through was seeing Kirito, someone Not So Different to herself still finding the strength to stand up and fight, inspiring her to do the same. By the end of the arc, in-game Sinon is far more open and accepting of friends, while in the real world Shino finally gets over her fear of guns and finds the courage to stand up to her bullies.
  • Character Tic: When wanting to distance from others she pulls up her scarf to cover her mouth, in both real life and GGO.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Early in GGO, Sinon explained to Kirito that Snipers get a free shot that's undetected by the game's targeting system with every shot after being treated the same as everyone else's. Later during the BOB, Sinon takes a shot at Death Gun but misses him. During Kirito's final battle with Death Gun, Sinon uses this to trick Death Gun into thinking she was going to snipe him, allowing Kirito to score a hit and defeat him.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: She's the only character in the videogame continuity canonically shown using two entirely different weapons (bow and spear) between different games and being skilled with them.
  • Cold Sniper: At first, until warming up a little to Kirito.
  • Color Motif: Has two. Firstly she's associated with cyan-blue, being the color of her avatar's hair and eyes. She's also typically given a light blue Color Wash in promotional material. She's also associated with green with all of her in-game outfits having green to some extent.
  • Composite Character: The Sinon of Integral Factor is a combination of canon Sinon and the video game continuity Sinon. Like canon she was already a GGO player who possessed Improbable Aiming Skills, but like the video game continuity she is pulled into SAO where she ends up as the only known archer in the game.
  • Contralto of Danger: As usual for Miyuki Sawashiro, her voice is relatively deep for a girl, playing perfectly into her Ice Queen character.
  • Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: She diverges from Asuna and Leafa in that she is not a love interest for Kirito and is instead defined by her own Dark and Troubled Past. She also started off on bad terms with him due to discovering he was actually a guy and slowly came to trust him over time. She's also the only one to date who wasn't introduced in a fantasy setting video game.
  • Cool Guns: In the anime, a Glock 18 takes the place of the MP7 as her sidearm.
  • Crisis Catch-and-Carry: When Sinon gets ambushed and paralysed by Death Gun who is about to shoot her dead. Kirito then pulls a Big Damn Heroes, throwing a smoke screen grenade to get rid of Death Gun, before he swoops in and carries Sinon away and escaping on a quadbike.
  • Cross Player: Sinon attempted this at first, when she got into GGO. She chose male, and her randomly generated avatar was a "bland, crude male body". However, GGO prevents such actions, and she was forced to play as her actual gender; the random generator produced the Sinon we know today.
  • Cry Cute: Lets down her cold facade down and broke down sobbing a few times, such as after Kirito dissuades her from chasing after Death Gun by herself, and after Mizue hands her a thank you letter for saving her and her mother during that robbery four years ago.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her in-game Sinon avatar has teal hair and teal eyes to match, although her eyes are a lighter shade of blue.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As an eleven-year-old, she accidentally killed a post office robber with his own gun following a Gun Struggle. The experience traumatized her so much that she developed PTSD and a strong hoplophobia. Afterwards, she's shunned as a murderer by not only her schoolmates but her own mother as well.note  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.
  • Dark Secret: In the video game continuity, she never reveals her past with the bank robber until Hollow Realization out of fear that Kirito and the gang will reject her, despite having survived SAO with them. And even then she only does so after Kirito learns her secret from Richter (Kyouji) blabbing about it and he himself tells her about how he killed several members of Laughing Coffin and let Sachi die. When she finally does tell them, she fully expects they'll abandon her...only for them all to tell her she is not alone.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Easily the snarkiest girl of the main cast, with her remarks riddled with sarcasm and often serves as the Only Sane Woman. Most of her wisecracks are directed at Kirito with the two of them endlessly teasing one another.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • In the real world, Shino is a Shrinking Violet burdened by the guilt of having killed a person. Playing GGO, she grafted another online persona as Sinon, who was confident and tough. However, encountering Kirito and her anger towards him allowed her real life self to become emotional as well. Her experience with Kirito, and seeing him being strong despite being faced with a similar past as herself, only allowed her to become increasingly tougher until finally she Grew a Spine and stands up to her bullies.
    • This also holds true in-game for Sinon, who is typically ice cold and emotionally distant, but grows out of this once again with Kirito. After getting over initial distrust, Sinon finally accepts Kirito as her partner and is happy to work with him and is even grateful for everything he did for her. Though she retains holds a stoic demeanor and a snarky personality.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Everyone in the series, even Shino herself, considers her a "murderer"; her friends simply consider her a Sympathetic Murderer. When she was still waist-high to an adult, she and her mother visited a post office just as it was robbed by a gunman. When the gunman threatened to shoot her mother, she jumped on him and started wrestling for the gun. She survived - the robber didn't. In most of the world, she'd be called a hero, but in Japan, where both Children Are Innocent and Does Not Like Guns are taken Up to Eleven, that makes her a murderer.
  • Demoted to Extra: During the Calibur arc, her character is still featured but with much less significance and she's largely a background character. She disappears altogether in Mother's Rosario aside from a few cameos, before returning to a major focus in the Alicization arc.
  • Deuteragonist: She is the female lead in the Phantom Bullet arc with the story told from her perspective alongside Kirito's.
  • Difficult, but Awesome:
    • 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.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Kirito. Being The Ace of their respective games, but underneath their cool and serious demeanors is the fragility of Survivor's Guilt stemming from a Dark and Troubled Past. It's in part due to their similarities that allows Sinon to accept Kirito as a friend and partner.
  • Does Not Like Men: Downplayed. She is far from androphobic, but whenever the male demographic of GGO is brought up, it's always about them being perverted.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After enduring enough of Endou and her Girl Posse's abuse, Shino decides to disarm her and take a shot at a can with her gun.
  • Dude Magnet: By virtue of being one of the rare few female players in the male-dominated GGO, she catches the eyes of them easily, much to her annoyance. Helps that she's wearing an outfit that shows just the right amount of skin.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: In the anime, Shino's eyes are a muted brown. However, as Sinon they are a vibrant turquoise. She's happier in the game world before joining Kirito's group of friends note .
  • Earn Your Title: She's dubbed "Ice Sniper", for her cold distant personality and being the best sniper in GGO.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Her second episode has Dyne revealing she's the greatest sniper in GGO and she proves it by getting a kill-shot over 1500 meters (which she dismisses as tossing a paper wad into a waste basket), before taking on Behemoth by diving off a building and landing a headshot on him while falling through the air.
    • In Integral Factor she makes her presence known on Floor 9 by pulling a Big Damn Heroes and sniping a Fallen Elf with an arrow kill shot before she was even seen in person. This is shortly followed by her saving the lives of Miyurin and Ulrik from a mob of monsters before the Player and Koharu join her in fighting them off.
  • Eye Colour Change: As Sinon her turquoise eyes became teal whenever she activates her long range vision mode.
  • Famed In-Story:
  • The Fashionista: Her outfits in-game are pretty stylish like the other female characters. IRL, she wears casual clothes and sometimes a brown jacket and a scarf. Whether IRL or in-game, she can wear gloves with her outfits.
  • Flat Joy: Sinon has a tendency to join in excitement with positive comments spoken in an unenthusiastic tones.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Kirito after he helped her become more self-confident and when he saved her from Shinkawa.
  • Freak Out!: Whenever she suffers a breakdown caused by her trigger.
  • Friendly Sniper: While she typically carries a calm and collected disposition, she is also a genuinely kind-hearted person.
  • The Gadfly: Only really applies between Kirito and herself. Kirito teases Sinon, and Sinon finds a way to get him back.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • In Episode 2 of the 2nd season, she is discussing with Dyne she is getting bad vibes from an unknown player in the back of a party they were about to ambush but is ordered to not shoot him first. Turns out her intuition was right when the unknown member was Behemoth.
    • This is zigzagged in terms of her guessing Death Gun's actual username. She guessed the wrong player, but was correct in thinking that he was invoking a Meaningful Name.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When her team ends up in a counterattack by top player Behemoth, her leader Dyne is quick to give up and even suggest logging out since they'd die either way, Sinon snaps back at him and encourages the entire team to fight to the last man. Which they do.
  • The Ghost: She is this in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, being mentioned a fair bit by other characters, but never making a physical appearance.
  • Glass Cannon: Her character build in GGO focuses on STR and AGI, at the expense of VIT. This translates to ALO as well, where she's a ranger capable of doing heavy damage with arrows but has little in the way of close range melee attacks or defense.
  • The Glasses Come Off: In Episode 14 of Season 2, as Shino she finally stands up to her bullies and demonstrates her change of self by taking off her glasses when confronting them.
  • Godlike Gamer: Sinon is this when it comes to shooters, quickly ascending the ranks of GGO to become the greatest sniper in the game. She has Improbable Aiming Skills no matter what game she tries, be that GGO, ALO, or Ordinal Scale, despite being Weak, but Skilled in the setting.
  • Gratuitous English: She often spouts short phrases in English, many of them are Pre-Mortem One-Liners.
  • Gun Twirling: Shino gives a little flourish when she takes the pellet gun away from the school bully ... who'd tried to shoot her with it. Then she demonstrates that she's no longer phobic about guns IRL. Semi-justified by the weapon (A) being an airsoft model and (B) still having the safety on.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her avatars from GGO and ALO have greenish-blue hair. It fits with the science fiction/fantasy setting.
  • Hair Decorations: Her GGO avatar's domino-style clips. Shino herself also features little ribbons on her sidetails.
  • Hates Being Called Cute: Or rather hates being thought of as cute. She avoids girly things and hates it when others try to get her to pretty up. This pops up a bit in the games such as in Hollow Realization where Kirito coaxes her into trying on a ribbon bow and she ends up being disgusted by how cute it makes her look.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: 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 trolls 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.
  • Hero of Another Story: 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.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Suffers a massive one when she realizes that 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.
    • Suffers a slightly smaller one in Hollow Realization when Kyouji, under his "Richter" avatar, starts talking about how she killed the bank robber right in front of Kirito and calling her amazing. It's so bad that she nearly cuts off her friendship with Kirito and the others out of fear of what they'll think of her and even stays out of VR for several days.
  • Hellish Pupils: If you look closely with her Sinon avatar, she's got slitted pupils, which further add in with her catlike mannerisms.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: A heroic example. In her duel with Kirito during the preliminaries, it's her own hellbent determination to beat Kirito that caused her to lose. Seeing Kirito waltz towards her without even intending to fight made her so frustrated she lose her calm, causing the Bullet Circle to lose its precision and missing her first shot.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: It is implied she is this to Dyne in their squad. In the Bullet of Bullets tournament, she casually notes he forgot to check his back when taking aim at him and has a much better performance of the two. In addition, she has also shown better judgment if the fight with Behemoth is anything.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: While she often denies this, at heart, she's lonely and wants friends who accept her for who she is. As a result, she's fairly quick to trust Endou, even though it ends up being misplaced, and is touched that Asuna and Liz want to become friends with her, although she worries how they'll react when they learn of her past (not yet aware that they already know).
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Her extensive sniping experience in GGO transfers over to both ALO and the real life Ordinal Scale where she retains her Improbable Aiming Skills. This is especially prominent in Ordinal Scale where guns are disadvantaged, but in her hands a weak energy rifle becomes a lethal weapon.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear until the third arc, because the third arc is her story.
  • Identical Stranger: Downplayed gender-flipped example and uncommented upon, but her real life appearance (if she didn't have side tails, removed her glasses, and dyed her hair) is uncannily similar to Kirito's own.
  • Identity Amnesia: In Infinity Moment/Hollow Fragment, the glitching that sent her into SAO was so bad for a time she couldn't even remember her real name, and only knew her in-game name of "Sinon" because it was in her menu. Her memories slowly return afterwards.
  • Image Song: She has a total of three. "SOLITARY BULLET" (as Sinon), "RELIEF BULLET" (as Asada Shino), and "BLAZING BULLET" (Sinon and Kirito).
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • 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. It's assisted by her knowledge of shooting moving targets and how this requires a deflection shot or leading the target.
    • 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.
  • Instant Expert: 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. It took a little longer in the video game continuity, but justified there in that she was dropped into SAO with no prior training whatsoever and needed specific guidance from Kirito in order to figure out a weapon that she could use quickly.
  • It Gets Easier: No, 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 tends to suffer as a result.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In the Japanese airing, Sinon's name is pronounced "Shee-no", while the dub pronounces it phonetically as "See-non". Western fans seem to have combined the two and pronounce her name as "Shee-non".
  • Mage Marksman: Her ALO character uses magic to supplement her archery skills with enchanted Trick Arrows.
  • Male Gaze: Plenty of shots are dedicated to admiring her tight in-game outfit, including a first person view from one of her party members gazing at her legs and breasts.
  • The Man Makes the Weapon:
    • Hecate is this to Sinon, with her being familiar with it to the point where she views it as an extension of herself and that she's the only one who can use it.
    • She also shows this in Ordinal Scale, where despite guns being considered weak, disadvantaged weapons in the AR game, Sinon is still able to be lethally powerful with her energy sniper rifle. This is explained that the Augma takes into account a player's skill in gouging the damage they can perform, and since Sinon is the top sniper of GGO with Improbable Aiming Skills, her proficiency there got transferred over to OS and she's still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Manga Effects: It may sound redundant as this is nothing new to the series or any form of Japanese media, but Shino/Sinon expresses facial iconography IRL and in-game throughout the series.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Inadvertently ends up receiving this from Leafa in Hollow Realization. They're trapped in a room with a Descending Ceiling and Sinon, in order to keep Leafa from getting crushed, tackles her to the ground and ends up in a very favorable position.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses in the real world not to correct her eyesight, but because they were made of ballistic-resistant NXT polymer and wearing them gives her a small sense of protection.
  • Minor Living Alone: She lives in an apartment by herself. It's deconstructed as she has difficulties paying for her own expenses, Endou ends up "befriending" her to take advantage of her apartment, and she becomes yet another target for Death Gun because she lives alone in a place that they can sneak into easily.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Kirito, who is mistaken for a woman, points this out when a feed cam catches the two together in a cave. She replies that she doesn't mind if it means guys will stop hitting on her:
    Sinon: I don't care, they can think what they want! The guys in this game are dorks. If they think I'm gay, at least they'll stop hitting on me every five seconds.
  • Ms. Exposition: She explains much of how GGO works for Kirito (and the audience).
  • Mythology Gag: Fatal Bullet gives her a different outfit for GGO, but she still dons her canon outfit for the BoB during the Death Gun event.
  • Not So Different: One of the reasons Sinon finally opens up to Kirito, is when she realizes they are very similar. The two of them both having killed someone in the past and carrying the burden of Survivor Guilt.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite her usual icy cold demeanor, Sinon can get emotional in certain situations. Seeing Death Gun triggered a panic attack in her, and of course there's Kirito who gets on her nerves several times.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: While Shino is ranting her frustration about Kirito, she makes a pistol gesture with her hand. In the past, this would have set off a panic attack for her. Kyouji notices and point it out, to which a surprised Shino guesses it must be because she was angry. This OOC moment would later grow into Character Development as Shino becomes more confident.
  • Online Alias: Sinon.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: 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. This later evolves into Worthy Opponent and Sinon decides against fighting Kirito unless it's a fair fight, as he had just been heavily damaged after battling Death Gun, so she resorts to ending the tournament in a draw.
  • Only Sane Woman:
    • Despite being the second youngest out of Kirito's party, with only Silica being younger, she is easily one of the maturest present. She's less excitable than the rest and more likely of being sensible.
    • This is even more prominent in the video game continuity, which isn't canon, and in that continuity, out of the whole Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that make up your party, she definitely comes across as the most rational, despite keeping her personality traits from other SAO media intact. It helps that most of her humor comes directly from snark.
  • Ornamental Weapon: It's a downplayed case here. She carries a machine pistol as a sidearm, but outside of the opening for the Phantom Bullet arc, she's only seen using it once, providing covering fire for her fellow squadmates during their attack on a Mob Hunter group. She tries to use it in two more instances; when Kirito sneaks up on her, she draws it but gets pinned, and when she tries to pull it on Death Gun, she goes into shock on seeing his Black Star.
  • Out of Focus: She disappears almost entirely during Mother's Rosario aside from a few cameos.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She rarely smiles, with her default expression keeping a straight face as part of her stoic attire.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Out of all the girls Kirito has accidentally perved Sinon is the most unforgiving, being quick to hurt him or give him death threats.
  • Physical God: As Sun Goddess Solus in the Alicization arc.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Short in stature, but she's the greatest sniper in Gun Gale Online and not to be messed with.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Out of all of Kirito's Unwanted Harem, Sinon displays the least signs of attraction towards him and for the most they are just friends without the romance. Although there are hints dropped here and there she might feel a bit more, but it never amounts to anything more the occasional Ship Tease due to Kirito already being in a relationship.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: She says her victory over the monster hunting squad at the start of the arc is essentially this, as while her team won, they should have been able to achieve a crushing victory given their advantages.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Bases her character name on her given name of Shino, removing the "h", and adding an "n" at the end.
  • Red Baron: In GGO, she is known as "Hecate", and sometimes "Goddess of the Underworld", from both her anti-material sniper rifle and the goddess.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: She has short hair, fair skin, a Dark and Troubled Past, and an emotionally-distant demeanor that defrosts thanks to the main character. Her MMORPG counterpart Sinon even has the blue hair.
  • Samus Is a Girl:
    • Averted. Sinon wanted to play using a male avatar, but the game didn't allow her to and she was instead forced to play as her real gender.
    • In the light novels, Kirito initially mistook her for a guy, due to his own avatar's shorter height. He quickly realizes his mistake when she turns around.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: She wears a muffler as part of her GGO Cold Sniper avatar.
  • Security Blanket:
    • Her glasses, which were advertised as being made of bulletproof material. In the anime, they turn shiny when she is putting up an emotional barrier. She finally discards them when confronting Endo for the last time.
    • She is attached to the Hecate II. Sinon sometimes talks to it when she needs to calm herself and prides herself on being one of the few players capable of wielding it.
    • As both Shino and Sinon, she pulls a scarf over her mouth when she wishes to keep to herself.
  • Sequence Breaking: How she obtained the Hecate II. Sinon somehow fell into a dungeon much higher level than her, but discovered she could snipe the enemies and boss out of their attack range, so she did just that. Doing so ended up netting her the rare weapon.
  • Serious Business: She really takes all of her moves in gaming highly, to the point where she tells Dyne off when he suggests logging out of a losing game:
    Dyne: Are you nuts? This is a game, for Christ's sakes! Think about it, even if we charged 'em, we'd just die!
    Sinon: THEN DIE! It IS a game, so you can at least have the balls to face death here instead of whinin'!
  • Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy: Being a sniper, she is the long-ranger to Kirito's short-ranger because he uses a laser sword.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Played with. She has blue hair in-game, but it's actually her real life (black haired) self who is a shy Shrinking Violet, while her in-game self is a stoic Ice Queen.
  • Slasher Smile: Sinon lets one loose when she mentions to Kirito that she plains to kill all of the strong players she can find in the BoB. It's so jarring that Kirito momentarily wonders if Sinon might actually be Death Gun.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: 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.
  • The Smart Gal: Occasionally falls into this, being the resident Badass Bookworm. Her knowledge that she accumulated through extensive reading is sometimes brought up and comes to use in solving quests.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Played with. She wears glasses in real life and is a Badass Bookworm. However it should be noted that she doesn't actually need glasses and wears them as a Security Blanket. However in the non-canon games she actually dons glasses in-game as Sinon when she needs to read something and also implies she has poor eyesight in real life.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is one of the rare female players girl in GGO and the sole female member of Dyne's squad. For this reason, she constantly has to deal with guys hitting on her and becomes interested in Kirito when at first she mistakes his avatar for that of a female. Throughout the entirety of the "Phantom Bullet" Arc, only one other female player is seen, Hunter X, who was a minor character without a single line of dialogue.
  • The Snark Knight: The resident Deadpan Snarker of the main cast, but she does not have high opinions of herself either and wants to push herself to be stronger.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Her relationship with Kirito, after she finds out he's a boy and after GGO. Kirito keeps riling her up by acting friendly and cutesy, while she takes every opportunity to make jabs at Kirito and her complete dislike of him. While the two become genuine friends eventually, this dynamic between them still pops up from time-to-time.
  • Sniper Rifle: In GGO, an 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.
  • Split Personality: Shino views herself and Sinon as this, believing that if Sinon becomes powerful enough, the strength of Sinon will supersede the weakness of Shino. They're not, as proven when Sinon becomes paralyzed by the sight of the Type 54 pistol. If anything, Sinon is akin to a placebo effect. Though this comes into play again and is left ambiguous, where a scene within Shino's mind has a representation of Sinon approaching Shino and encouraging her to be strong and keep fighting, and from that point onwards Shino shows more confidence than she ever had.
  • The Squadette: The sole female member on Dyne's PKer squad.
  • The Stoic:
    • She tries being this as Sinon. It's partially justified by GGO's game mechanics, in which a player's accuracy increases the slower their heartbeat, so she deliberately keeps herself icy calm during combat to maximize effectiveness. However, she takes herself a tad too seriously and cracks pretty easily whenever she gets inconvenienced, and suffers a massive breakdown after seeing Death Gun's Type 54 pistol, culminating in her breaking down sobbing when Kirito dissuades her from chasing Death Gun on her own.
    • It becomes more apparent after joining Kirito's close circle of friends, where she's typically the calmest when it comes to any situation and is the least likely of joining in the antiques of the others.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Upon joining ALO, her long-range skills translated into her becoming the archer of Kirito's party. The difference in setting justifies this; guns don't exist in ALO.
  • Stress Vomit: Whenever she gets triggered, she tends to throw up.
  • Stripperific: She actually wears quite a bit, but her GGO outfit shows off skin in just the right places, especially her backside.
  • Strong and Skilled: She holds the status of being the greatest sniper in GGO and has extensive knowledge about the game to match. Her sniper rifle, Hecate II is one of the most powerful weapons in the game and capable of inflicting incredible damage. Although she crosses a bit over into Weak, but Skilled due to her stats making her a Glass Cannon with little in the way of close quarters melee combat. Fully averted once she starts playing ALO where's she's undoubtedly Weak, but Skilled, as her character has the lowest stats in the party, but she retains her Improbable Aiming Skills from her time in GGO.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She seems to keep her distance from most players, but, as seen with Kyouji and Kirito, she can be friendly and even lighthearted.
  • Super Senses: Cait-Sith have the best vision out of all the fairy families, which is perfect for her as a Cold Sniper with Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • Survival Mantra: "One Shot, One Kill" which is the actual Sniper's Creed.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: As explained in her Dark and Troubled Past, she may be a killer but she's not a monster because of it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: This was the initial dynamic she had with Kirito after learning of the latter's true gender, but she eventually warms up to him. She also has this dynamic with Dyne's team, whom she doesn't think much of, but tolerates in order to get intel on the competition for BoB.
  • There Are No Therapists:
    • Subverted. 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 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 "Shino onee-san, thank you for saving mama and Mizue".
    • In the video game continuity, this is partially why she ended up in SAO to begin with. She volunteered to use the Medicuboid because it was being tested as a potential therapy aid for those with traumatic pasts. When SAO started glitching up due to Strea, it registered several NerveGear-derived ports as SAO players, and thus she was forcibly dragged in.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Asuna's girly girl. She hangs out with her a lot more in the game adaptations where it's apparent that she tends to avoid the more girlier, feminine things that Asuna indulges in.
  • Trauma Button: Guns in general, pistols in particular, bring back the memory of her past trauma and cause her to Freak Out! and throw up. By the end of the Phantom Bullet arc, she's made some progress overcoming it, managing to hold it together long enough to turn the tables on Endou and her Girl Posse when they threaten her with an air gun.
  • Trick Arrow: 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.
  • True Companions: After getting over her initial dislike of Kirito, she finally accepts him as her partner when they work together to take down Death Gun. Later, she is officially inaugurated into Kirito's ALO party and becomes friends with everyone there.
  • Tsundere: Initially the "tsuntsun" type. After having her stoic demeanor broken by finding out Kirito was really a male, she starts a habit of breaking out into anger at the mere sight of him. This carries on even after accepting Kirito as a friend, where out of all the girls, she's the most likely of snapping at him.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Sure, there is forgiving your attempted rapist, and then there is still caring enough for him as a friend to visit him in prison to try and help and save him as a person. Shino may be a little cold and rough around the edges, but she really is a good kid. She does so again in Hollow Realization where despite Kyouji attacking her and gaining an orange cursor, she still wants him to understand who she really is and be her friend.
  • Unknown Rival: She views Kirito as her rival ever since he defeated her though the latter doesn't know about it.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Her fear of guns is so bad that it can cause her to puke, though the audience is not shown it.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In ALO, she has the lowest stats in Kirito's party, since her avatar there is only two weeks old. She compensates with her Improbable Aiming Skills, and does very well. She was also this in Hollow Fragment, as she was forcibly dragged into the game alongside Leafa by the time everyone else had already reached Floor 76, but unlike Leafa didn't even have any prior outside experience in fighting to draw upon, which was partially why she took up the bow for long-range combat. Once again, she does very well despite these limits.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • For GGO, "PGM Hecate II" which was a difficult boss drop. Particularly notable as she views it as an extension of herself and is the only one who can use it.
    • For ALO, she uses a bow made by Lisbeth.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's the second youngest out of Kirito's party (only Silica is younger, while Leafa is the same age but is a few months older), but she is by far the maturest and calmest, rarely joining in the other's antics.
  • With Friends Like These...: It's revealed in the light novel version of Volume 5 that she used to be "friends" with Endou and her group, but it turns out that they really wanted to take advantage of her apartment so that they could party there. When Shino found out and put her foot down, they retaliated by using her traumas against her.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Really the only reason why Sinon is featured in Infinity Moment/Hollow Fragment, the adaptation of the Aincrad arc, which is long before her canonical appearance.
  • World's Best Warrior: She is the greatest current gunner on Gun Gale Online, bar none.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Kirito as one, and wants to face 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: Sinon is often mistaken for being older than she is due to being mature and serious, however she's actually the second youngest among Kirito's friends, being the same age as Leafa.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When she learns that Kyouji, who was the closest thing she had to a friend in real life for a long time, became interested in her because she killed someone, she doesn't take it well at all.
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    Yuuki Konno / Yuuki 

Yuuki Konno / Yuuki (ALO)

Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki (Japanese), Erica Mendez (English), Eva Andrés (European Spanish)

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The deuteragonist of Mother's Rosario (Volume 7) and the 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.


  • The Ace: A VR prodigy and combat genius, being the only player able to best Kirito in combat. She earned herself the honor of World's Best Warrior for Alfheim Online.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While she's fairly attractive in the web novels, she's even more prettier and sexier in other adaptations. This only applies to her ALO avatar, however.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • In the canon series she doesn't appear until after GGO is introduced during the Phantom Bullet arc. In the video game continuity she has a brief Early-Bird Cameo as a Post-Final Boss in Hollow Fragment before appearing for real in Lost Song where the Mother's Rosario adaptation happens earlier than GGO.
    • She shows up even earlier in Integral Factor, appearing as early as Floor 4 as opposed to Floor 100. She also seems to have been drawn into the game the same way as Leafa did, having her ALO avatar with its Fairy features.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the game continuity, she's a lot closer to Kirito who also directly gets involved in the Mother's Rosario arc adaptation, in contrast to canon where she mainly got close to Asuna. They even end up Like Brother and Sister just like she sees Asuna as a Cool Big Sis.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her older sister calls her "Yuu."
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was socially ostracized because of her having AIDS.
  • Always Someone Better: Duels with Kirito twice and wins both rounds. It is debatable (in-universe even!) who is actually more skilled, as Kirito never fights her with his signature style (and Lisbeth theorizes that Kirito never fights "seriously" anymore unless lives are on the line, and thus didn't go after her the way he did with Heathcliff and Death Gun), 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.
  • Always with You: She lives on in the OSS she gave to Asuna before she died. Her spirit even appeared to Asuna to help her against the Final Boss in Ordinal Scale.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She shares a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with Asuna in Mother's Rosario, and is practically a member of Kirito's Unwanted Harem in Lost Song. Turned up a notch in Hollow Realization, where Yuuki forms a close friendship with fellow Genki Girl Strea, presents a bouquet of flowers to Asuna in one event, and has special one-on-one events and pillow talk scenes with Kirito like the other girls. In Integral Factor, she also gets a bit too affectionate for Lisbeth, saying she loves her aloud after the latter makes her a sword, and spontaneously hugs Lisbeth.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: 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.
  • Arc Hero: For the Mother's Rosario arc alongside Asuna.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her favorite strategy is to charge right at an enemy and fight them head on.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: It's more apparent in the games, however Yuuki at times can get easily sidetracked from whatever task she's performing at hand, such as chasing after a butterfly while she's on a quest to retrieve honey.
  • Badass Adorable:
    • She's a kind and cheerful little girl, but is also the most powerful player in the game and the only person who can beat Kirito in a fair duel.
    • In Lost Song and Hollow Realization, this character trait is amplified by the simple fact that she is living life to the full, no longer shackled by an impending death. She now plays and has fun just as any normal girl would, albeit she does so in the virtual world.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she was being denied access to the Floor 27 boss, she responds by trouncing one of the grunts blocking the way.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Strea during the events of Hollow Realization, with both of them being so upbeat and cheerful they practically rebound off each other to the point where Asuna wonders if she's actually being a burden on Yuuki, until Yuuki presents her with a bouquet of flowers Strea helped her with in order to thank Asuna for her help on a real-world test.
  • Blade Spam: Her Signature Move is the Mother's Rosario, which is an 11-hit Original Sword Skill.
  • Big Brother Worship: In the game continuity she has this relationship with Kirito, where she remarks she gets a feel for what it's like to have a big brother.
  • Big Sister Worship: She looks up to Asuna as a role model and a surrogate sister. She evidently had this relationship with her late real twin sister as well. Particularly notable in that Yuuki is one of the few characters Asuna doesn't address using honorifics, which highlights just how close the two of them are.
  • Blood Knight: Yuuki loves a good fight and is all too eager to challenger strong players to see how she fares against them.
  • Bokukko: Refers to herself using the personal pronoun “boku”.
  • Breakout Character: Yuuki is insanely popular among the fanbase, for being the only character to be a challenge to Kirito along with her eternally cheerful disposition. Fans were utterly distraught she was Killed Off for Real at the end of her arc. However through sheer Popularity Power she was able to be spared her fate in the game adaptations. She also gets a side-story titled "Sister's Prayer" all to herself which covers her life before she met Asuna.
  • Character Development: At the beginning of Sister's Prayer, hardly as upbeat or optimistic as she is by the time of Mother's Rosario, but by the end, she's on the way to founding the Sleeping Knights.
  • Color Motif: Heavily associated with purple, as part of her Purple Is Powerful theme. Her in-game avatar's hair is purple and all of the outfits she wears has the color to some degree.
  • Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: The first female lead whose story arc has almost nothing to do with Kirito, instead revolving around Asuna. She also breaks the trend of the female character being second best to Kirito, with her proving to be stronger than Kirito straight from the start.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Is an Imp and wears mostly dark colors but is perpetually cheerful.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Yuuki earns the respect and friendship of everyone she crosses blades with by defeating them. Asuna, for instance, became her surrogate sister after their duel.
  • Deuteragonist: Of the Mother's Rosario arc. In the anime, she takes over the Evolving Credits opening during the arc.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Kirito. Both are VR prodigies with natural talent and are Master Swordsman who became the World's Best Warrior for a VRMMORPG.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Her main motivation for wanting to carve the names of the Sleeping Knights onto the Monument of Swordsmen before AIDS claims her and the rest of Sleeping Knights also pass on.
  • Doomed by Canon: Averted in the video game canon, as Yuuki doesn't die.
  • Duel Boss: After fulfilling certain conditions in Hollow Fragment, Kirito can challenge her to a non-fatal duel after beating Heathcliff. Despite the fact that she came from Alfheim Online, she instantly masters the mechanics of SAO to the point of giving Kirito a run for his money.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She made her first voiced appearance in Hollow Fragment, months before the second season of the Sword Art Online anime aired.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Her very first appearance has her issuing a challenge to all players in ALO where she proceeds to win 77 consecutive duels (including against Kirito). There's also the fact she's been nicknamed Zekkennote . She then fights Asuna and we get to see how she managed to beat everyone, with her showing an impossibly fast speeds in one of the most spectacular battles in the series. Then she unleashes her OSS, the 11-Hit Mother's Rosario!
    • In Integral Factor, she makes her presence known by pulling a Big Damn Heroes and helping out the Player, Koharu, and Kizmel when they get attacked by Fallen Elves.
  • Four Is Death: Her funeral was held on 04/04/2026.
  • Fun Personified: Yuuki believes in living life to the fullest. Knowing how little time she has left she treats everyday like it's her last and is always out to have a blast.
  • The Gadfly: In the game adaptation, she enjoys playfully teasing and messing with Kirito as she loves seeing his reactions.
  • Genius Bruiser: Yuuki isn't just a master swordswoman, but she's very talented academically and artistically.
  • Genki Girl: Aside from her superb combat skills, Yuuki is best known for her eternal sunny disposition, always out to live life to the fullest and have a good time.
  • The Gift: Yuuki is stated to be a combat genius. She's able to master techniques in one go, and even managed to develop her own 11-hit OSS on her own.
  • Godlike Gamer: Yuuki is probably the only character to qualify for this better than Kirito, fitting as she is his Distaff Counterpart. To date she's the only player able to best Kirito in a fair fight. Yuuki's VR talents are unparalleled as she practically lives and breathes the virtual world. She arrives in Alfheim Online and immediately wins 77 consecutive duels. She also created her own 11-hit Original Sword Skill which is stated to be a very difficult task.
  • Good Counterpart: For Shouichi Shinkawa / Red-Eyed XaXa . Both are very ill in real life and wanted to prove their strength in the VR world, which gave them more opportunity than the real world. Unlike XaXa, who completely gave up on the real world ethics and became a killing machine and Serial Killer as "Death Gun", Yuuki chose to become one of the best players in Alfheim Online and lead a band of similarly terminally-ill patients as well as being one of the genuinely nicest characters in the series.
  • Hair Antennae: She has a small one pointing near her headband. Ironically, she says she doesn't like bugs.
  • Hero of Another Story: She and the Sleeping Knights had many adventures in lots of other games before playing ALO.
  • Honorary True Companion: She doesn't officially become a member of the core SAO gang in canon, but she still became an exceptionally close friend to them, especially Asuna. Averted in the games where she's a literal True Companion.
  • Idiot Hair: Has one strand that always stick up, though she's far from an idiot, being shown to be a Genius Bruiser who is academically gifted.
  • I Knew There Was Something About You: Even after trying to cut all contact with Asuna so she wouldn't find out the truth about her, she had a feeling Asuna would find her in the real world.
  • Image Song: She has a total of three: Liberty Rosario, Sora e to Ateta Tegami (a duet with Asuna), and Sleepless Legend (along with Asuna and the rest of the Sleeping Knights).
  • Ill Girl: 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.
  • Kill the Cutie: She was on the verge being the fan-favorite of the series with her upbeat personality and impossible strength, but then it's revealed she's terminally ill with AIDS. She does not survive to the end of the story.
  • Leitmotif: "Light Your Sword", which "Light Your Sword", which she shares with Asuna.
  • Leotard of Power: A purple-black one, although it's a little hard to see under her dress.
  • Japanese Christian: She and her family are Christian. The name of her Original Sword Skill reflects her religious upbringing.
  • Laser Blade: In Fatal Bullet she can wield a photon sword just like Kirito.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Remember how most opponents can't even react to Kirito dashing towards them before it's too late? Let's just say that Kirito can't even react to her and leave it at that.
  • Like Brother and Sister: In the game continuity, she develops this relationship with Kirito.
    • In Hollow Realization, Yuuki loves teasing Kirito to get reactions from him much like a little sister would. One of Yuuki's pillow events even has the two of them having a tickle fight.
    • In Fatal Bullet, Kirito piggybacks an exhausted Yuuki back home, where Yuuki remarks she now has the chance to know what it feels like to have a big brother.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Aged fifteen and terminally ill with AIDS which had already claimed all of her family. Though her time is limited, she lives life to the fullest and is an unbelievably strong person in the virtual world where no one was able to beat her. In the end her disease was the only thing allowed to claim her life.
  • Master Swordsman: She is called "The Absolute Sword" for a very good reason; even Kirito, the World's Best Warrior of SAO, was outclassed by her in single-sword combat.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her guild — "Sleeping Knights" may sound romantic, until one realizes that 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.
    • Her own name, Yuuki: is a pun on the Japanese word "Courage", quite symbolic of her resolve to optimistically live her life with what little time she has left.
    • The character choice in her name also signifies that she was born when the crinum blooms, in July.
  • Nice Girl: A bright and kind-hearted lass who encourages everyone around her to happily live life to the fullest, without a single spiteful or selfish bone in her body.
  • Not So Invincible After All: As powerful as she is as Zekken, having never lost a single battle, she succumbs to her AIDS and loses her lifelong struggle against said disease.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: Despite her death, Yuuki's spirit appears during the final battle of the Ordinal Scale movie to help Asuna and her friends.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that Merida is using Ran's NerveGear to try to get into Sword Art Online and help her guildmates, she panics.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Yuuki's first name is pronounced the same way as Asuna's surname, which causes confusion when Asuna's friends refer to her as "Yuuki-san". When Yuuki jokingly suggests marrying Asuna, she suggests that Asuna should marry into her family as otherwise her name would be "Yuuki Yuuki".
    • In Memory Defrag, one event had Asuna's real name being the same as her gamer name being brought up. Yuuki asks why she didn't change her name when she moved to ALO, suggesting she could have gone with her last name "Yuuki", only for Asuna to point out that would mean their names would be the same.
  • Online Alias: Yuuki, the same as her real given name.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is shown to be shorter than Asuna by a good bit, is only as old as Silica, but displays her prowess as the best player in ALO.
  • Plucky Girl: Twenty players blocking the entrance to the boss room, with thirty more on the way? Bring it on, she says.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite 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 Ill Girl could possibly be.
  • Post-Final Boss: In Hollow Fragment, with her appearance likely being due to the same glitching that brought Leafa and Sinon in. She appears only if Kirito chooses to investigate the optional "strange area" after defeating Kayaba, and should you do so, she and Kirito fight a Half-Loss Duel. Defeating her will allow her to be recruited into the party on a New Game+. However, as this event is directly referenced in Lost Song by both of them, the fight is canon in the videogame continuity.
  • Purple Is Powerful: She is the best player in ALO and a large portion of her attire is purple along with her hair.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Much like Asuna, her avatar's hair nearly reaches her waist. Though unlike Asuna this doesn't extend to her in real life.
  • Red Baron: In ALO, she is known as Zekken, or 'Absolute Sword', due to her legendary skill as a swordswoman.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship:
    • Shares one with Asuna. While milder than other examples, she lampshades this when she playfully proposes marriage to Asuna. Lost Song and Hollow Realization just adds on the subtext with Asuna getting depressed when she thinks she's becoming a burden on Yuuki's happiness and capped off with Yuuki giving her a bouquet of flowers to show how grateful she is for her help.
    • In Hollow Realization she starts to build one with Strea due to their shared enthusiasm and go-lucky attitude, to the point it triggers Asuna to wonder if her own friendship is just burdening Yuuki.
    • In Integral Factor, Yuuki forms one with Lisbeth, after becoming her client in making an extraordinary sword.
  • Samurai: In Sister's Prayer, she takes this as her Prestige Class once she gains a few levels in "Asuka Online."
  • Samus Is a Girl: 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 not telling her Zekken was a girl and at Kirito as she suspects he lost on purpose because Zekken was a girl, despite him trying to say otherwise. She quickly learns that he was being honest when Yuuki counters her Quadruple Pain, showing just how fast her reaction speed is compared to Kirito's.
  • Saying Too Much: In Sister's Prayer, she admits to Merida that she isn't using an Amusphere, almost spilling the beans on the Medicuboid test, which is meant to be confidential. Luckily for her, Ran lies to Merida and says that they're actually using modified NerveGears approved by their doctor.
    • Downplayed, but when Asuna tells her she called her "sis" twice, she breaks down crying because she and the Sleeping Knights don't want Asuna to get to close to them because they feel it will only hurt her if she learns about how they don't have much time left.
  • Signature Move: The titular Mother's Rosario, an 11-hit attack developed with pure skill in technique and crystallized into a Sword Skill. She later passes it on to Asuna before dying.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the non-canon game Lost Song, Yuuki's condition improves and she says that she'll be able to stay in the long run. Presumably, this is so that Yuuki (who becomes playable in said game) won't have to be cut out altogether. This continues into its sequels where Yuuki is ready to tackle new adventures with her friends and any worries about her condition are almost nonexistent. Key word here being almost. See Your Days Are Numbered.
  • Stepford Smiler: She admits that she's not as cheerful or upbeat as she seems, and that it took her a long time to understand what her mother wanted to teach her by talking about Jesus, but believes that smiling and living life to the fullest are good things in and of themselves.
  • Strong and Skilled: She boasts the feat of winning 77 consecutive duels, as well as the only player to best Kirito in combat. This is attributed to her full diving 24/7, therefore having more virtual experience than anyone else (including SAO survivors). Even entering a new game, she's so familiar with the mechanics that it's second nature to her, and quickly usurps whoever previously held the title of strongest player. She has specifically been called a combat genius and can master techniques in one go. Proof of her skill comes from her developing the 11-hit Original Sword Skill Mother's Rosarionote 
  • Super Reflexes: Remember how we said that Kirito has the fastest reaction speed in SAO? 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.
  • Swapped Roles: In Memory Defrag the "Asuna's Great Adventure" event had Asuna being turned into a kid, which leads Yuuki to take up the role of big sister, whereas that was usually Asuna's job. Yuuki finds out it's not all fun and games. Kid Asuna proves to be a handful when she wanders off to do dangerous quests on her own, forcing Yuuki to constantly watch out for her and keep her safe.
  • Sweet Tooth: Yuuki has a fondness for sweet food, which matches her sweet personality.
  • Sword and Gun: In Fatal Bullet she wields a photon saber and a Beretta 93R machine pistol simultaneously.
  • Talking Through Technique: She believes in facing others head on, and the fact that actions speak louder than words. In Sister's Prayer, this is how she convinces Merida not to try to re-enter SAO in an attempt to help her guildmates.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Asuna. She'd much rather run around outdoors swinging her sword, in contrast to Asuna who was raised to be elegant and ladylike.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Kirito brings this up in Hollow Realization, noting that while Yuuki was a little tomboy she also had a girly side to her like a love of butterflies and knitting.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: A shining beacon of courage, joy and hope too bright to remain burning in this cruel and selfish world.
  • V-Sign: Her signature Victory Pose, as seen here.
  • Tragic AIDS Story: The Mother's Rosario arc is all about her struggle with AIDS.
  • Weapon of Choice: Favors swords, much like Kirito. In Fatal Bullet she even picks a Photon Sword just like him.
  • Weapon Tombstone: 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.
  • Wolverine Publicity: In Integral Factor, Yuuki is featured as one of the main NPCs despite this being long before her canonical appearance. She doesn't even have the excuse of being adapted into the gameverse version of the Aincrad arc like Leafa and Sinon, as she only had an Early-Bird Cameo and was introduced in Lost Song the Alfheim Online adaptation. The only reason she's in the mobile game is because of popularity.
  • World's Best Warrior: Of Alfheim Online; even Kirito, the World's Best Warrior of SAO, respectfully acknowledges her as such.
  • Worthy Opponent: She and Kirito see each other as this, with no one else able to challenge either of them as much as the two of them do. They have has several duels in the game continuity with all of them being very close matches.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In the gameverse continuity, despite making a near-miraculous recovery from AIDS, Yuuki herself believes that the disease is eventually going to get the last laugh. her recovery has bought her at most two decades, which would be long enough to fall in love with someone, get married, and have kids, but not long enough for her to see her grand-children.

    Eugeo 

Eugeo/Eugeo Synthesis Thirty-Two

Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese)

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Click here to see Eugeo's Integrity Knight attire 

The secondary lead of the Alicization arc, after Kirito. A boy from Rulid Village whose Sacred Task is to cut down the Gigas Cedar, the seventh generation woodcutter since his predecessors.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Eugeo's eyes are green in the light novels while the games gave him blue eyes.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He used to have a bowl hairdo in the web novels. When he first appeared in the light novels, he's a certified Bishōnen and even more so in the games.
  • Adaptational Badass: Introduction-wise, Eugeo started out as a villager in the light novels who would later work his way to become a swordsman. The video game continuity version of Eugeo? He's already a swordsman, especially in Hollow Realization, where he becomes an Integrity Knight before the aformentioned game began.
  • Alternate Timeline: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millenium Twilight, the Eugeo who appears there is all but stated to be from the canonical timeline and was brought into the video game continuity through the timeline shenanigans going on throughout the game, as he calls out to Kirito and remembers how they grew up together, and is saddened to realize this Kirito doesn't have those memories. He gets over it pretty quickly though as they fight, reminiscing happily that memories or no, it still is Kirito.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • In the video game continuity he's had DLC appearances in every game starting from Hollow Realizations, which is long before Alicization got adapted. The explanation is always that he gets pulled into whatever game Kirito is in from the Underworld. He and Alice return in Fatal Bullet and it appears they never managed to get back to the Underworld and were drawn into Gun Gale Online instead.
    • In Memory Defrag there is an ongoing story line of Alice and Eugeo being pulled into ALO and partaking in the quest for the Divine Objects, with Alicization yet to have occur.
    • Integral Factor takes it furtherest of all, with him and Alice being introduced in SAO which is adapted from the Aincrad arc, which should be years before they even existed. This one is also a case of Real Life Writes the Plot as this special was done to commemorate the airing of the Alicization anime. Even more baffling is Eugeo knows Kirito in his world and mentions having grown up with him, implying this may be the canon Eugeo just like in Accel World vs Sword Art Online. He and Alice end up staying in Aincrad to help clear SAO too.
  • Breakout Character: Eugeo and Alice are insanely popular characters among the fandom. Starting from Hollow Realizations, he and Alice have been featured in every SAO game as DLC content, even before their anime counterparts debuted.
  • Call-Forward: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight the Alternate Timeline Eugeo that Kirito meets drops a lot of reveals for the then unaired Alicization arc including the fact they grew up together as Childhood Friends and trained to be Integrity Knights.
  • Catchphrase: "Stay cool", which he learnt from Kirito.
  • Character Development: He starts developing the "Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!" mindset when Ronye and Tiese are about to be raped by two goons. He also gains the resolve to save Alice and oppose the Axiom Chruch as a result.
  • Childhood Friends: To Alice and maybe Kirito.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Eugeo has a penchant for helping others, such as when he shared his food to Kirito and offering assistance to Tiese to lessen her Valet job. Unlike most examples, however, he's also conscious of his well-being at the same time.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: While he's determined to save Alice, he also feels responsible for providing for his family, which is why he feels guilty about going off to the Academy (which results in them sending him money, rather than the other way around) and ending up as a fugitive.
  • Determinator: Gives Kirito a run for his money in this department.
  • Deuteragonist: During Alicization, he works with Kirito to become an integrity knight and receives a comparable amount of spotlight. His quest to find Alice both starts and directs the plotline within Rath's server.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In Sword Art Online: Accel World VS Sword Art Online, due to the time travel shenanigans of the game and the fact the game continuity is an Alternate Timeline to the canon continuity, Kirito ends up meeting a version of Eugeo from another timeline (who is implied to be the canon version). Upon seeing Kirito, Eugeo mistakes him for his Kirito and tries to get him to remember, only to be disappointed that this Kirito has no memories of their time togethernote . However after having a friendly duel with Kirito to test him, Eugeo realizes that while this is a different Kirito, it is still Kirito who fights the exact same way. He then takes up on Kirito's offer to hang out and party with him until he's able to return to his own timeline.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Eugeo makes his first voiced appearance in Hollow Realizations, Accel World VS Sword Art Online, and Fatal Bullet as part of DLC, well before he appeared in the anime.
    • He's also featured as a playable character in Memory Defrag before his anime debut.
  • Expy: Of Takumu Mayuzumi/Cyan Pile being the childhood best friend of The Hero with a blue Color Motif.
  • Fake Defector: Used his status as an Integrity Knight so he could get close to Quinella and assassinate her. This action bites him in the ass... fatally.
  • Fatal Flaw: Aside from his Chronic Hero Syndrome, his recklessness can get him into trouble at times. If he just listened to Kirito's warnings instead of focusing on killing Quinella, then he might have lived.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Due to Quinella's forced synthesis, he ends up fighting Kirito.
  • Grew a Spine: Becomes more daring as the story goes on.
  • Guardian Entity: His "spirit" shows up during Kirito's fight against Gabriel, and later in the epilogue.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: After Quinella slices the Sword of Blue Rose in half when Eugeo was merged he was un-merged with his body in half.
  • Have We Met?: Upon Kirito's return to the Underworld, the two boys have several of these moments due to both of their memories of each other from their childhood being erased. However there are instances where memories keep seeping through and both seem familiar. When Eugeo takes a serious wound is dying, he clearly remembers that he and Kirito along with Alice grew up together in the village.
  • Heroic BSoD: He's visibly stunned after finding out that Bercouli killed the dragon who guarded the Sword of Blue Rose.
  • Heroic Resolve: He'll save Alice no matter what it takes, even if it means breaking the rules to do it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Nakama and general best friend to Kirito, which makes him a:
    • Living Emotional Crutch: On the same level as Asuna. Becomes literal when Kirito spends the rest of the arc wielding Eugeo's sword after his death.
  • An Ice Person: His Sword of Blue Rose creates thorny vines of ice out of the ground. In terms of appearance, Eugeo consistently wears blue and white clothing and armor.
  • Identical Stranger: He almost looks like a Caucasian Kirito, with many of their facial designs including their hair styles, height, and even their clothing being the same.
  • Killed Off for Real: Ends up being cut in half during his failed attempt to kill Quinella.
  • Last Breath Bullet: He manages to disarm Quinella by cutting off her right arm before dying.
  • Lovable Coward: Eugeo started out as this, often complaining, worrying about breaking the rules, and relying on Kirito for guidance. This changes when two goons are abusing their authority to sexually harass Ronye and Tiese.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Has this dynamic with Alice, being the Lovable Coward to her Lady of War.
  • My Greatest Failure: As a child, his cowardice resulted with Alice being taken to the Central Cathedral and turned into an Integrity Knight. He spent six years trying to cut down the Gigas Cedar as an excuse to forget about leaving his village... until Kirito is dumped back into UW by Rath.
  • Named Weapon: Sword of Blue Rose.
  • Odd Name Out: He's the only member of the main cast whose name doesn't begin with the same letter as anyone else.
  • The Power of Hate: He despises the Integrity Knights for what they did to Alice, and gets rather upset whenever they claim to have any honor. Kirito, concerned for Eugeo, tells him that he should fight out of a desire to save Alice, rather than out of hatred.
  • Power Trio: Formed one with Alice and Kirito during the Underworld.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Has this relationship with Teise.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: If the rules are immoral by his standards, he would rather break them.
  • Start X to Stop X: He brought up the idea of fusing himself with the Blue Rose Sword to fight Quinella's sword golems despite Kirito's pleas, only to get killed off in the end.
  • Talking Through Technique: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millenium Twilight, a version of Eugeo is pulled into the game through all the time travel mishaps going on and appears to be the Eugeo of the canon continuity. When he sees Kirito he is saddened to discover this Kirito doesn't have the memories of the one he knows, so he resorts to having a duel with Kirito to see if he truly is the one. Eugeo is delighted to discover that Kirito fights the same way, and even though this isn't his Kirito it's still Kirito.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from a woodcutting villager to an Integrity Knight.
  • The Tragic Rose: A big part of Eugeo's motif, shows up literally in Cardinal's story of how the Blue Rose Sword was created.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Kirito enjoy sniping at each other, but nevertheless are the best of friends.
  • You Are Not Alone: His "spirit" gives one to snap Kirito out of his Despair Event Horizon.

    Alice Zuberg 

Alice Zuberg/Alice Synthesis Thirty (UW, ALO, UR)

Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese)

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Click here to see Alice's ALO Avatar (SPOILER) 

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. As Kirito and Eugeo later find out, she was synthesized into an Integrity Knight herself. At the end of Alicization, she becomes a Robot Girl in the real world and a phenomenal icon in ALO.


  • Actor Allusion: A subtle one in Hollow Realizations. While doing a co-op quest with Alice, Kirito finds a baby dragon that he must care for. He wants to name the dragon Shiro which means white, however Alice angrily rejects it due to the name not being special enough. Alice's voice actress played two characters with the word "Shiro" in their name, Mashiro Shiina from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou and Shiro from No Game No Life, with both girls being closely affiliated with a character voiced by Kirito's voice actor.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • In the video game continuity she's had DLC appearances in every game starting from Hollow Realizations, which is long before Alicization got adapted. The explanation is always that she gets pulled into whatever game Kirito is in from the Underworld. She and Eugeo return in Fatal Bullet and it appears they never managed to get back to the Underworld and were drawn into Gun Gale Online instead.
    • In Memory Defrag there is an ongoing story line of Alice and Eugeo being pulled into ALO and partaking in the quest for the Divine Objects, with Alicization yet to have occur.
    • Integral Factor takes it furtherest of all, with her and Eugeo being introduced in SAO which is adapted from the Aincrad arc, which should be years before they even existed. This one is also a case of Real Life Writes the Plot as this special was done to commemorate the airing of the Alicization anime. To complicate matters more, this Alice is already an Integrity Knight as opposed to a child. She and Eugeo end up staying in Aincrad to help clear SAO too.
  • Adorkable: She's an Integrity Knight and a Robot Girl with No Social Skills. Do the math.
  • Alice Allusion: She's a literal Alice archetype, especially as a kid.
  • Bag of Spilling: The sudden merging of the Seed-built VRMMOs in Unital Ring resulted with Alice's stats being reset.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight, Alice accidentally gets transported to ALO and believes all the players to be enemies from the Dark Territory and attacks on sight, including Kirito. With no choice Kirito is forced to fight her and narrowly wins. However Alice is shocked that Kirito doesn't kill her when she's down and realizes she had wrongly identified them as enemies. After hearing out her story, Kirito offers to let Alice hang out with them until she finds a way home, to which she accepts.
  • Big Eater: Hollow Realization shows Alice ordering over eight scoops of ice cream, with each having a different flavor, in a single cone.
  • Breakout Character: Alice and Eugeo are insanely popular characters among the fandom. Starting from Hollow Realizations, she and Eugeo have been featured in every SAO game as DLC content, even before their anime counterparts debuted.
  • Cat Girl: After making an account in ALO, Alice took the form of a Cait Sith as her avatar in Material Edition 22.
  • Celibate Hero: Shows shades of this at first during her days serving as an Integrity Knight, feeling her duties in protecting her people mean she does not have the time to engage in the pleasantries of falling in love. Though she does eventually end up getting a potential Love Triangle with Kirito, Asuna, and herself.
  • Childhood Friends: To Eugeo and maybe Kirito.
  • Child Prodigy: Revealed to have mastered many spells of the Sacred Arts at the age of ten.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • She and Asuna get into a fight when Asuna logs into Underworld to meet Kirito.
    • At the end of Alicization, she and Asuna are exchanging Death Glares at each other after the latter saw her seating behind Kirito's motorcycle and tightly hugging him.
  • Color Motif: Gold. She's blonde and wears gold-plated armor.
  • The Comically Serious: Even more so than Sinon. She's almost never casual when she speaks and when she sets her mind on a task nothing can sway her.
  • Contralto of Danger: Has quite a deep voice for a girl, which is unusual for Ai Kayano. It's a far cry from how she sounded like when she was young.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Silica, whom she helped in fending off some Player Killers during their recent adventures in ALO.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her attacks are usually associated with the Earth element.
  • Dragon Rider: Alice has two pet dragons as her support units while fighting Gabriel at the World End Altar. This is mainly her reason of becoming a Cait Sith.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Alice makes her first voiced appearance in Hollow Realizations, Accel World VS Sword Art Online, and Fatal Bullet as part of DLC, long before she appeared in the anime.
    • She also appears as a playable character in Memory Defrag before her anime debut.
  • Expy: Very likely one of Alice in Wonderland, given she's an Alice Allusion, with the theme of a person from the real world falling into a fantasy one. In fact quite a few references to the story are made when discussing Alice. Asuna has namedropped Alice in Wonderland a few times when talking about Rath and the Underworld. In Fatal Bullet, Subtilizer directly references this by mentioning a "rabbit" heading to Wonderland before adding he'll see Alice again soon.
  • Eye Scream: Her eye quite literally pops when she breaks the seal. Break what seal? Quinella placed a seal in the right eye on everyone who lived in the underworld to prevent them from breaking the laws she created.
  • Famed In-Story: The prologue of Unital Ring had an incident involving Alice angrily calling out a group of Salamander Player Killers, forcing them to whine like Dirty Cowards and apologize to Silica for hurting her before running away. The aforementioned incident is later called “The Legend of Lady Alice scolding PKers until they cried”, which is spread throughout the network.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In Hollow Realizations she accidentally ends up in Sword Art: Origins. She has immense difficulty adapting, as she lacks even the most fundamental knowledge about VR games and even the modern real world. In fact she doesn't even understand what "Virtual Reality" is or the fact she's in a game, believing she's in some sort of foreign land. Kirito has to explain everything to her and even then she still has trouble, thinking that Kirito's fancy modern words are riddles.
  • Heroic BSoD: She had a minor breakdown after Kirito told her about the Integrity Knights and mentioned her sister's name.
  • Hope Bringer: Kirito sees her as "the hope that connects everyone's will to the future".
  • Humble Hero: When Kirito and Asuna asked her and Eugeo to stay at their place in Memory Defrag, she said that "hospitality isn't necessary" and she can "handle herself", only for Kirito to point out that she's not familiar with ALO culture.
  • Identity Amnesia: Through her synthesis. She gets better, though.
  • I Regret Nothing: She never had any regrets in the path she took. Her father understood why.
  • It's Personal: Towards Gabriel for killing Bercouli.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: The "shining amror" part is that Alice's standard attire has golden armor on it.
  • Lady of War: She openly admits to Kirito that as an Integrity Knight, she lives to fight and doesn't want to Stay in the Kitchen (although Kirito has legitimate reasons for not wanting to let her fight, since Gabriel is after her at that time).
  • Magic Knight: Skilled in both swordplay and magic.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Has this dynamic with Eugeo, being the Lady of War to his Lovable Coward.
  • Named Weapon: Fragrant Olive Sword.
  • No Social Skills:
    • In regards to outside UW culture, Alice is very blunt. She even reveals Kirito's heroism in the UW and boldly addresses his uncle as "father" prior. Suguha is shocked at the latter part.
    • In various game adaptations, Alice has problems whenever she gets dragged outside of the UW and had a habit of attacking players on sight.
  • Odd Friendship: With Suguha, who is also an expert swordswoman like her.
  • One-Woman Army: She boasts the highest kill count out of all of the main cast, excluding NPC monsters.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She smiles even less than Sinon does.
  • Petal Power: The Fragrant Olive Sword creates a cloud of golden, razor sharp petals that Alice can direct at will.
  • Power Trio: Forms one with Eugeo and Kirito in the Underworld. Asuna would later take over Eugeo's role in the trio as of Unital Ring.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: She sneaks into Kirito's place by simply packing herself in a box to get out from Rath. It's only for a single night though, and Rinko seems cool with it after a talk with her on the phone.
  • The Rival: Sees Asuna and Sinon as these in regards to Kirito, especially with the former.
  • Robot Girl: After being sent to the real world by Asuna, she adopts a robot body that looks identical to her UW avatar.
  • Strong and Skilled: She has trained her entire life to be an Integrity Knight and becomes a Master Swordsman. She's also an impossibly strong One-Woman Army who may very well have surpassed Kirito.
  • Sweet Tooth: If ordering over eight scoops of ice cream in Hollow Realization is anything to go by.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Turns out that Quinella manipulated Alice into doing her dirty work. The same goes for the Integrity Knights too.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before she became a battle-hardened Lady of War she was quite a sweet little girl.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her ALO account is out of Kirito's league, but like Sinon, she makes it up with her fighting skills. In Material Edition 22, she single-handedly fends off some Player Killers with Silica.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Alice is not pleased at Kirito's decision to stay behind in UW for 200 years. Kirito feels guilty about it.

Supporting Characters

    Ryōtarō Tsuboi / Klein 

Ryōtarō Tsuboi / Klein (SAO, ALO)

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English), Gabriel Ortiz (Latin American Spanish), Rafael Ordóñez Arrieta (European Spanish)

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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.


  • All Love Is Unrequited: The poor guy never manages to score the definite girl of his life. He's desperate enough to marry an NPC at least. Not even then is he successful.
  • Anything That Moves: He will make a move on any new girl he comes across, having been described to hit on anything that has a pulse. This even holds true for NPC girls who don't have advanced AI and only capable of giving default responses.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As The Leader of Fuurinkazan.
  • Badass in Charge: He's the guild leader of Fuurinkazan, but no slouch himself, being an Assault Team member and one of the strongest players in SAO.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wears a red Samurai-esque bandana.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Klein is a humorous man who is the groups bonafide Butt-Monkey no matter the situation. He's also one of the most skilled players in the series. In SAO he was comfortably among the top five best players, only being beaten by Kirito, Asuna, and Heathcliff, and in every other game, he consistently stays right around Kirito's level.
  • Beyond the Impossible: In Fatal Bullet, Klein fixates on a Type-B ArFa-Sys at the Governor's Mansion that he considers cute, and continually tries asking her out on a date. Despite everyone telling him her responses are limited because she's a Type-B, he insists there must be a hidden quest he can trigger if he just talks to her enough times. He's right, and she does eventually give him the location of a special buried treasure chest, much to everyone's surprise. He drags the Player along with him to guard while he digs it out, only to discover upon reaching the chest that contact with it electrocutes him. He continues digging it out anyway, only for the chest to begin a launch sequence, and when Klein tries to prevent it from taking off, it rockets off into space with Klein riding it. Though because GGO is just a standard video game he shows up back in Glocken a short while later, and while the item he got from the chest is worthless to him, he gives it to the Player, happy enough with what he accomplished.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He develops a small one towards Kirito, showing it in ways such as asking Asuna to take care of him and telling him to stay alive in the game.
  • Birds of a Feather: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online, Klein immediately hits it off with Ash Roller, who is an equally flamboyant and larger than life cool-guy.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Loves a good fight, and isn't afraid to yell his enthusiasm.
  • Bromantic Foil: Has this dynamic with Kirito. He's the closest Kirito gets to a Heterosexual Life-Partners, and his excitable, outgoing personality contrasts Kirito's stoic, introverted solo-player choice.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets ignored by the plot and gets little respect from his friends, who constantly pick on his failed love life and attempts to get a date despite being an accomplished clearer.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Fancies himself as a charming lady's man, but in reality his behavior always drives girls away.
  • Character Exaggeration: The game adaptations crank up his hopeless romantic side and make him far more perverted, while in canon he's a lot more composed and can be badass when he chooses to.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: A very loyal friend and comrade, who also likes to ogle schoolgirls.
  • Color Motif: Always dresses in red, in both SAO and ALO.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: At the start of the Calibur arc, he mentions that their party could really use some more spellcasters, only to get reprimanded that he's not exactly swish-and-flicking, himself. He tries to defend himself as being a samurai, which prompts Asuna to point out that classic RPG samurai are Magic Knights. When he claims that he would rather give up his title as a samurai than use magic, Yui points out that ALO's element-enhanced Sword Skills are magic for magic-haters. Kirito has to dig him out with the counter of "You don't chant when you use a Sword Skill, so it doesn't count."
  • Dogged Nice Guy: 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in the news report in the first minute of the first episode.
  • Face of a Thug: Is described as this by Kirito. The avatar he originally made for himself in Aincrad is said to be much more handesome.
  • Ephebophile: Klein (24 to 26 years old), has shown by his Hot-Blooded enthusiasm for bubbly girls like Yuna the Virtual Idol in Ordinal Scale and of course Asuna (7 years his junior), shows a tendency to be fall in love at the drop of a hat for cute and cuddly girls significantly younger than he is. Were they not virtual avatars and were he not such a gentlemanly Nice Guy who does not act on his desires, this would easily get him thrown in jail in real life.
  • The Ham Squad: His guild, Fuurinkazan, are just as hammy and boisterous as he is.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is the closest Kirito gets to one, being the first and oldest friend he has from SAO.
  • Hero of Another Story: Klein has had his own adventures in SAO, and the story of how Furinkazan went from being a noob guild to the Action Survivor guild is one worth telling one day.
  • Hidden Depths: The Sword Art Offline shorts show Klein to be surprisingly skilled at life counselling.
  • Hot-Blooded: High energy and passion goes with being a Boisterous Bruiser.
  • I Will Wait for You: 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.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: In SAO, he gained the rare ability of equipping katanas. That's why he becomes a samurai in ALO. This is justified in Hollow Fragment, where most Katana skills can inflict bleed.
  • The Lancer: Plays this role during the Calibur arc, acting as a Hot-Blooded contrast to the level-headed Kirito.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In times of seriousness Klein drops his goofy moron act and becomes a badass force to be reckoned with.
  • Manchild: He's in his twenties, but at times can act as (if not more) immaturely as the kids he hangs out with.
  • Martial Arts Headband: His main shtick, even in real life, is wearing one of these.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Played for Laughs in the games. In Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight Kirito noticed that at one point Klein appears to have a crush on the then twelve year old Idol Singer Seven, and was worried he would try to hit on other Token Mini Moes like Utai and Niko. Klein elaborates that his affection for Seven was only speaking from the point of view of a dedicated fan, and he had no interest in children whatsoever.
  • Morphic Resonance: Even before Kayaba reset everyone's avatars, Klein looked pretty much the same save for having longer hair than his real life appearance.
  • Nice Guy: Beneath his 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.
  • Not So Different: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online, Klein sympathizes with Taku as both of them were the respective Third Wheel guys among the large harem of girls following the Chick Magnet heroes around.
  • One of the Kids: He's in his twenties, yet he gets along well with all of the younger characters, acting just as goofy and immature.
  • Online Alias: Klein.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Klein is one of the top players in SAO, and his guild managed to survive SAO unscathed. Not even the Knights of Blood can boast of a zero mortality rate. Not to mention that his Katana extra skill is considered incredibly rare due to having unclear conditions to unlock. He'd be The Hero in any other setting but for the fact that among his friends are the Dual Wielding "Black Swordsman" and the "Lighting Flash" lady warrior in white. He gets a chance to shine in the Calibur arc, where he proves to have some damn big brass balls.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Klein largely serves this role, providing some lighthearted humor during tense times.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In Calibur, he insists on saving Freyja even though everyone else is sure it's Schmuck Bait. This decision saves the team's ass, but not without some Brain Bleach due to Freyja's true identity as Thor.
  • Real Name as an Alias: His real name of Tsuboi. His character name is Klein referencing a Klein Bottle. In Japanese, this would be pronounced as Kurain no Tsuboi
  • Samurai: Designs his SAO and ALO characters around this class even though SAO and ALO are classless, and attempts to roleplay as a samurai too.
  • Spider-Sense: Like Kirito, he possesses the hypothetical skill, Hypersense.
  • Spirited Competitor: He won't go around picking fights, but he isn't afraid to show off his enthusiasm.
  • Third Wheel: Klein often feels this way being the only guy among Kirito's Unwanted Harem, watching all the girls fawn over him while he gets no love.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He gets little screen time in the main series and is often the butt of jokes, but in the Ordinal Scale film he plays a major role and scores several awesome moments alongside his guild.
  • Token Adult: He's in his twenties, and after the Fairy Dance arc is almost always part of Kirito's circle of friends.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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 had nobody die in it. Not even the Knights of the Blood can boast that!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Has shades of this with Kirito. While the two usually get along, Klein has a tendency to get on Kirito's nerves, usually in relation to girls, which leads to Kirito hitting him. It is worth noting is Kirito is typically the one on the receiving end when he's with any other character, but with Klein it's the inverse.
  • Weapon of Choice: Katanas, unsurprising since he roleplays a samurai. In SAO, he used the "Karakurenai". In Fatal Bullet, he uses weapons that were once standard issue with the JGSDF, namely the Howa Type 64 battle rifle, and the Panzerfaust 3 rocket launcher.

    Andrew Gilbert Mills / Agil 

Andrew Gilbert Mills / Agil (SAO, ALO)

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English), Óscar Rangel (Latin American Spanish), Rafael Ordóñez Arrieta (European Spanish)

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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.


  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: 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.
  • Anime Accent Absence: He's African American, yet he speaks perfect Japanese. Though unlike the rest of the characters, he's the only one who speaks perfect English too, while the rest of the characters retain a Japanese accent when speaking English words.
  • An Ax To Grind: Carries a massive ax that he definitely knows how to use.
  • Badass Beard: Has a goatee both in real life and in the games, and is one of said games' stronger players.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's virtually hairless, and he's also one of the most powerful players in SAO, if he were to concentrate more on combat.
  • The Bartender: His job in real life is running a bar. He also fits the adviser part of the role both in the game and in real life.
  • An Entrepreneur Is You: In SAO, he runs a shop on the 50th floor. 2/5 of his 10 Skills are for appraisal and negotiations on pricing items.
  • Genius Bruiser: Big and intelligent in combat. Don't think this salesman is for nothing, he's a tough one.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite how tall and muscular he is, he's still one of Kirito's friends and an overall Nice Guy.
  • Good-Guy Bar: He runs one in both the virtual and real worlds, and in both cases Kirito and his friends hang out there often.
  • Happily Married: 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.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He gives off the image of being a greedy merchant, but in reality, he donates his profits to lower-level players. He's quite surprised when Kirito reveals he knew that.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Is old enough to be married, yet retains a close friendship with Kirito who is only in his teens.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: He more or less summarizes Kibaou's grievances with the beta testers as being over monopolizing resources in a manner similar to this trope, before following up with the fact that because of the beta testers, the rest of the players have access to the most important commodity of all- information:
    "If I have this right, Kibaou, you're claiming that many newbies died because the former beta testers didn't help them, and therefore they should apologize and pay reparations? Is this correct?"
  • Mighty Glacier: Downplayed. While very strong and not especially slow, when he fights alongside Kirito's party he gives the impression of being one likely due to the fact several of his teammates are Lightning Bruisers.
  • Nice Guy: 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.
  • Online Alias: Agil, taken from the first letter in his given name and the first three letters of his middle name.
  • Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Is a Gnome in ALO, but doesn't appear to resemble anything like the traditional Gnome. He's human height, has no beard, and is naturally very strong. The fact he wields an axe makes him seem more like a dwarf then anything else.
  • Out of Focus: Agil is notably absent for the majority of the Phantom Bullet and Calibur arc, when all of Kirito's other friends are present, with the explanation being he needed to take care of his shop.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Andrew Gilbert Mills, or Agil.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a minor one to Kibaou when the latter 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.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted — as intimidating as he looks, he is actually one of the kindest senior players in SAO.
  • Straight Man: Serves as this for Klein, being the more rational voice of reason to Klein's wacky Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Token Minority: He's the only one of Kirito's close SAO friends who isn't a native of Japan.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kirito. They occasionally playfully bicker, but both have a higher opinion of the other than they let on.
  • Weapon of Choice: Two-handed axes. In SAO, he used the "Ground Gorge".

    Keiko Ayano / Silica 

Keiko Ayano / Silica (SAO, ALO)

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English), Wendolyne "Wendy" Malvárez (Latin American Spanish), Silvia Cabrera (European Spanish)

"Pina, I'll be sure to tell you lots and lots of stories. About my amazing adventure today and about the one day in my life that I had a big brother."

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A young dagger wielder who befriends Kirito. She was able to befriend an NPC dragon that became her familiar, earning her the title of "Beast Tamer." She later joins ALO as a Cait Sith beast tamer.


  • A-Cup Angst:
    • Shows hints of this in regards to Suguha's bust in the Extra Edition episode.
    • Played straight in the games where Silica is constantly shown to be sensitive to remarks about the size of her bust.
    • In Hollow Fragment, one event had her and Kirito experiencing a status debuff that changed parts of their avatar to out of proportion. For Silica, it was her bust that increased in size and she's secretly delighted, while also trying to hide this fact from Kirito.
    • In Lost Song, she even tries to ask Strea for advice on how to increase the size of her bust.
  • Achievement In Ignorance: She has no idea how she initially acquired Pina as a familiar, as all she did was feed the feathered-dragon some peanuts and it started accompanying her everywhere.
  • Adaptational Badass: While she was much too weak to be part of the Assault Team in canon, in the game adaptation she can accompany Kirito to fight against bosses and can actually be very useful.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In canon, aside from an Early-Bird Cameo, she doesn't appear until two years after the launch of SAO. While in Integral Factor she's first seen on Floor 8 which is about a week or so after the game's launch.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the light novel, she is among the highest level players outside of the Aincrad frontline note  and capable of going solo in a dungeon. The only reason she needed Kirito's help was because she got lost in the Forest of Wandering for hours after the completion of a raid, so she was tired and out of crystals. Her major appearance in the anime's first season, on the other hand, makes it look like her only ability is Pina and that she is helpless without the dragon.
  • A Girl And Her X: Befriends a Feathery Dragon she names Pina.
  • Ascended Extra: The video games do this for her during the Aincrad arc, with her being sifted from reoccurring character to main cast.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Silica is doted on and protected by every member of the Heroes of Aincrad like a little sister, by Kirito, Asuna, and Lisbeth in particular, due to her meek and vulnerable personality. Even Yui, who is ostensibly her junior, is braver and more assertive than she is. Silica for her part often feels guilty about this; in particular during the "Ordinal Scale" Motion Picture, her cowardice during a key battle causes Asuna, to shield her from the blow of a resurrected Aincrad boss, was robbed of her 2 years of Memories spent in Aincrad.
  • Badass Adorable: Yes, she's cute as a button, but she's still a competent player for someone as young as her.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Has her first midriff baring main outfit in Fatal Bullet.
  • The Beastmaster: In Both SAO and ALO she works with dragons. Her skills are good enough that she can even befriend non-hostile animal mobs like deer.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Her real given name is Keiko which is Japanese for silicon. This is also what she based her gamer name on.
  • Breakout Character: Silica was a fairly minor character in the Aincrad arc, but was so popular she was promoted to main cast post-Fairy Dance. She along with the other SAO girls feature heavily in merchandising, and she even goes on to star as co-protagonist of the Girls Ops spin-off alongside Lisbeth and Leafa.
  • Butt-Monkey: In her first appearance alone she got her pet killed, nearly answered the door to Kirito in her underwear, and got caught by tentacle monsters far below her level twice. In the Gameverse, she ends up getting assaulted by tentacle monsters or being reminded of lack of assets and in having animal mobs attack her and nearly damage her clothes. Her first scene in Millenium Twilight had her running away from mobs by hiding in a barrel...and then getting stuck and needing help to get out.
  • Cat Girl: A Cait-Sith beast tamer in ALO.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She makes lots of subtle attempts to spend time, get closer, or be affectionate towards Kirito on the hopes that she can win him over.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens in Hollow Fragment, where a really weird scene has Silica trapped by a monster with Naughty Tentacles that also exudes slime that melts armor. Kirito has to free Silica from the monster while trying not to look at her.
  • Color Motif: Averted. She is notably the only one of the main cast who doesn't have one. She has been variably given Red, Blue, and Yellow, without any specific fixed color.
  • Cool Big Sis: While she's usually on the receiving end, she does become one to Yui, especially in the game adaptation. When Kirito and Asuna aren't around, Silica is the one most likely of playing with Yui.
  • Crush Blush: In her debut episode, her face keeps flushing red when she's around Kirito, with her trying to dismiss it as the room being hot.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Silica loves to sing the songs of the virtual idol Yuna in the Ordinal Scale film; not that she's very competent at it, but hey points for effort.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: It comes with being an adorable Butt-Monkey. Silica often finds herself as a screw-up much to her embarrassment.
  • The Cutie: In a cast already full of cute girls, Silica is the youngest and most endearing out of all of them, who everyone (In-Universe and Out) dotes on like a little sister.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her Avatar's default outfit has this. On more than one occasion (usually involving tentacle monsters), she has to desperately hold on to prevent a Panty Shot.
  • Demoted to Extra: Only for the Aincrad arc. In the light novels Silica is a supporting character who had multiple stories and run-ins with Kirito, while in the anime she only has one episode focusing on her.
  • Dude Magnet: She gets a lot of party member invites from guys in Aincrad. The narration explicitly calls them "suitors." In Hollow Fragment she reveals she's also gotten numerous in-game marriage proposals before.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Silica had a very brief cameo during episode 1 with the crowd of players listening to Kayaba's announcement.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: All of the SAO main cast dote on Silica like a little sister, especially Kirito who has stated she reminds him of Suguha.
  • Famed In-Story: She's a celebrity in Aincrad for three reasons: 1) She's a real girl. 2) She's an upper middle level player. 3) She owns a Feather Dragon, an exceedingly rare creature.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Signifying her youth and immaturity.
  • Grow Beyond Their Programming: Familiar algorithms do not provide the option for familiars to physically defend their masters. Pina took a hit for Silica because she wanted to.
  • Hair Decorations: Ribbon and something else to hold up her pigtails.
  • Head Pet: Her pet dragon Pina tends to rest on her head.
  • Height Angst: Not so much her height itself, but more wanting to grow up. Everyone treats Silica like their kid sister, and at times she gets fed up of this. It's revealed when she first started playing SAO she actually made a mature looking avatar, but was disappointed when it got altered to her young real life appearance.
  • Heroic BSoD: She clearly has one after Pina pulls a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: She is certainly an "enthusiastic" fan of the virtual idol Yuna in the Ordinal Scale motion picture, but can't hold a note to save her life, as shown in her adorably-hilarious attempts to imitate Yuna's singing when put on the spot by Liz to do so.
  • Hopeless Suitor: 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. She still harbors feelings for him years later and still keen on getting close to him, despite her feeling guilt on disrupting his relationship with Asuna.
  • Image Song: She has a total of four. ☆Lovely Super Idol☆, Party-go-round (Silica & Lisbeth), Sing All Overtures (which is sung by Kirito, Asuna, Yui, Leafa, Lisbeth and herself), Memorial Calibur (which is sung by Leafa, Yui, Lisbeth and herself).
  • Intellectual Animal: In Memory Defrag, one character story had Silica becoming Thumbelina where she's shrunken down and while in this state she can understand Pina, who reveals she can always understand Silica just fine.
  • Just a Kid: Others keep treating her this way, much to her annoyance. She's also particularly fed up with how she looks so young and wishes more than anything to grow up quicker.
  • Kid Sidekick: She's the only one of Kirito's companions who could pass off as a kid, being at the meager age of thirteen when they first meet.
  • Knife Nut: Uses a dagger as her main weapon.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Nearly all of the main cast see Silica like a little sister, but special mention goes to Kirito. Both parties have openly thought of each other as a brother and sister, with Kirito actually coming to Silica's rescue because she reminded him of his real sister, Suguha. While Silica recollected that being with Kirito finally allowed her the experience of having an older brother.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Pina has useful abilities like detecting monsters or restoring HP, but her greatest value to Silica is as a friend.
  • The Load: Her main role in the Ordinal Scale film consisted of running away from a boss and getting knocked on her back by Eiji which forced Asuna to take the blow for her and loses her memories of Aincrad to show off the villain's plans.
  • Luminescent Blush: Fairly often around Kirito due to her Precocious Crush.
  • Meaningful Name: 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 birthdate 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 word for Silicon. Kirito figured all that out from the simple hint that "My name comes after Alumi, and before Rin." Silica was shocked.
  • Nice Girl: A kind young lass, whom in spite of her (comparative) weakness and cowardice next to the other heroes of Aincrad, always steps up to take responsibility and stands by her friends when the chips are down.
  • Older Than They Look: Silica is frequently mistaken for a kid, even though she's already in her teens. She's fifteen by the time of SAO II yet still retains a very youthful appearance.
  • Online Alias: Silica.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Silica lets slip a lot of things that end up embarrassing herself such as the feelings she has for Kirito.
  • Precocious Crush: On Kirito, who's two years her senior. Taken Up to Eleven at the end of the Alicization arc when she took advantage of Kirito's gratitude by hugging him, only to end up getting her tail grabbed by Lisbeth for it.
  • Plucky Girl: After Pina's temporary death, Silica was distraught but never gave up hope that she could save her dragon.
  • Red Baron: In SAO, she is known as "Dragon Master."
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. Her online avatar sports red eyes, but she is a kind soul.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She named Pina after her real life cat, not knowing at the time if she could ever get to see the original Pina again. Once she's freed from SAO, Silica desires to have both Pinas meet each other one day.
  • Rescue Romance: Kirito saves her after Pina performs a Heroic Sacrifice, helps her get the resurrection item, and protects her from Titan's Hand. This prompts her attraction to him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She ditches Titan's Hand when she's first introduced because they hogged items.
  • Secret Test of Character: Her bond with Pina is tested out in Hollow Fragment, where she's offered the chance to get a stronger dragon if she were to sacrifice Pina. Silica refuses and in the process reveals her absolute devotion to Pina, with the quest rewarding her by making Pina stronger.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the rare times she lets her hair down, she looks surprisingly mature compared to when she has it in pigtails.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: Pina sometimes perches on her shoulder.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's easily embarrassed and flustered, especially in a romantic situation.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Her introduction arc in Aincrad volume 2 is written from her perspective, but Kirito takes the lead narrative-wise.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Has a tendency to mumble her thoughts aloud, leading to others accidentally overhearing snippets of (at times embarrassing) thoughts.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's one of the youngest characters in both SAO and ALO, as well as the youngest in Kirito's party, being only at the tender age of twelve at the start of SAO. She's also huggable cute and easily flustered.
  • Weapon of Choice: Daggers, which she first picked due to feeling their light weight would work best for her. In SAO, she is seen using a "Shadow Dagger" before replacing it with an "Ebon Dagger" received from Kirito.
  • Young Entrepreneur: In Hollow Realization, she eventually follows in Lisbeth's footsteps and opens a meat bun shop, building it from the ground up with input from Lisbeth and Kirito.
  • You Remind Me of X: The reason Kirito saved Silica the first time was because she reminded him of his real sister Suguha.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears thigh-high boots in SAO with a longcoat.

    Rika Shinozaki / Lisbeth 

Rika Shinozaki / Lisbeth (SAO, ALO)

Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (Japanese), Sarah Williams (English), Jocelyn Robles (Latin American Spanish), Rosa López (European Spanish)

"If your weapons or armor ever need repairs, you know where to go. The Lisbeth Smith Shop awaits your next visit!"

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Click here to see Lisbeth's ALO avatar 
Click here to see Lisbeth in Girls' Ops 
Click here to see Lisbeth in Hollow Realization 

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.


  • Adaptational Badass: The game adaptation makes her much stronger around the time of the Aincrad arc, where she sometimes participated in Boss raids with Kirito.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Aside from an Early-Bird Cameo, in canon Lisbeth didn't appear until after 2 years of the launch of SAO. In Integral Factor she appears on Floor 4 a few days after launch. At this point she has yet to dye her hair pink and had not yet opened up her Smithing shop.
  • Affectionate Nickname: All her friends call her Liz.
  • Ascended Extra: The video games do this for her during the Aincrad arc, with her being sifted from reoccurring character to main cast.
  • Best Friend: She was one of Asuna's closest friends in SAO and remained as one of the few she had before their social circle expanded.
  • The Blacksmith: She personally made Asuna's rapier "Lambent Light" and Kirito's secondary straight sword "Dark Repulser." This continues in ALO where she's the gang's official blacksmith, making Kirito's sword there as well as virtually everyone else's weapons that are better than quest rewards, including some of Sinon's bows. She also handles repairing everyone's gear there as well.
  • Brainy Brunette: Her hair is naturally brown, and she's smart enough to successfully run her own business.
  • Breakout Character: Lisbeth was a fairly minor character in the Aincrad arc, but her popularity had her promoted to main cast post-Fairy Dance. She along with the other SAO girls feature heavily in merchandising, and she even goes on to star as co-protagonist of the Girls Ops spin-off alongside Silica and Leafa.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Never manages to directly tell Kirito about her feelings. Kirito catches on the gist of it from her embarrassed stuttering and turns extremely embarrassed himself upon realizing it.
  • Carry a Big Stick: She wields maces when she fights.
  • Character Exaggeration: Lisbeth's a far bigger troll in the game adaptations with her Clingy Jealous Girl traits being played up far more. She's far more inclined to make moves on Kirito whenever even the slightest opportunity presents itself that he and Asuna may be loosening up.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Despite supporting their relationship, she gets angry when she sees Kirito and Asuna getting lovey-dovey.
    • Post-Alicization, she grabs Silica's tail out of jealousy when the latter is making an excuse to hug Kirito.
  • Color Motif: Her in-game avatar has pink hair, while in the real world she tends to wear a pink skivvy.
  • Cool Big Sis: Develops into one towards Silica after they meet up. They're often seen together both in and out of virtual reality, with Silica often confiding to her. In the game adaptation, she outright says she considers Silica to be her kid sister. During Hollow Realization, Lisbeth gives her input to help Silica start her own business.
  • Covert Pervert: Hollow Fragment seems to depict her as one. In one scene where they bathe in some hot springs, she makes it clear that Kirito isn't to peak on her but gets the temptation on peaking on him herself. She then accidentally invites Kirito to visit a real life hot spring with her, making it sound like she's asking Kirito out on a date, but luckily Kirito doesn't pick up on this and suggests all of their friends go together.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both in real life and her in-game avatar, her eyes and hair are the same color (brown in real life, pink in-game).
  • Famed In-Story: She's well known in Aincrad as an Ultimate Blacksmith, a Mace Master, and of course a real girl.
  • Fire Forged Friendship: She and Kirito don't get off to a good start with him breaking her best sword while trying to test its durability. However going on a quest with Kirito and having him go out of his way to keep her safe wins over her trust and they become good friends.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In Hollow Realizations she somehow swaps avatars with Leafa. She's very annoyed by the development and finds Leafa (as Lisbeth) using her avatar to extort information from Kirito about what he thinks about her (Leafa). Kirito never realizes what's going on.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's easy to miss, but she appears in the first episode as part of the large group of people listening to Kayaba's announcement. She also had her real life hair color back then before it was customized pink in-game.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She was the major source of snark before Sinon showed up, often showing exasperation with Kirito's antics and mercilessly ripping into Kirito and Asuna's more affectionate moments.
  • Drop the Hammer: Happens on a daily basis, as she's constantly beating metal into weapons and armor. She also occasionally wields one in combat, and currently possesses Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, one of the legendary weapons in ALO.
  • The Gadfly:
    • Lisbeth is particularly fond of teasing Kirito and Asuna about their relationship.
    • Even more so in the non-canon games where she has a tendency to put them in embarrassing situations. She's also not above making sneaky attempts to make moves on Kirito or get intimate with him while Asuna is in the room.
  • Get a Room!: Lisbeth will often give this type of response when Kirito and Asuna start getting too lovey-dovey.
  • Glass Cannon: Originally, her weapons focused on sharpness and quickness, while largely ignoring durability. After Kirito effortlessly destroyed her best sword, she realized that in a desperate situation, what could ultimately save the lives of her clients is the weapon's durability.
  • Hair Decorations: Both in-game and out, she sports hair clips that divide her bangs.
  • Honest Axe: In Hollow Realizations, one quest had Lisbeth reenacting this fable, only with the ax replaced with her blacksmith hammer. While Lisbeth plays out most of the story the same way, by being honest to the forest spirit and admitting her real hammer was not the gold or silver one, but her iron one, before being rewarded both hammers for her honesty. However after acquiring said precious hammers and feeling how heavy they were, she further adds that she felt wasn't ready yet for said hammers and thought it better she stuck to her original one. The forest spirit is amazed by her level of honesty and as a further reward decides to enchant her original iron hammer to maximum efficiency which Liz overjoyed by.
  • Image Song: She has a total of four. Cheer! Tear? Cheer!!, Party-go-round (Silica & Lisbeth), Sing All Overtures (which is sung by Kirito, Asuna, Yui, Leafa, Silica and herself), Memorial Calibur (which is sung by Leafa, Yui, Silica and herself).
  • Insane Troll Logic: While waiting for Kirito to bring Sinon to the Dicey cafe, Lisbeth ate two slices of apple pie and states it's Kirito's fault if she gains weight.
  • Leprechaun: Her character race in ALO. It just so happens that Leprechauns are skilled at tinkering and smithing, receiving bonus skills in them as a race of ALO (they even get mechanical wings, rather than the normal fairy wings).
  • Male Gaze: On Asuna's advice she started wearing a cuter outfit as part of her blacksmith attire, which actually resembles a waitress outfit. Her shop immediately became more popular.
  • Named Weapon: In ALO, Klein gave her the legendary hammer, Mjölnir, on the condition that she will not break it down into Orihalcon ingots.
  • Online Alias: Lisbeth.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Has this dynamic with Kirito. Although she does personally have feelings for him, she has accepted that he will always be with Asuna. Nevertheless the two are very close friends.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite losing Kirito to Asuna, Rika still cheers for the two of them.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has a fancy fur lined cape she wears for cold weather.
  • The Protagonist: Her introduction arc in Aincrad volume 2 is from her perspective and she is a first person narrator.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her avatars in SAO and ALO have pink hair, fitting her cheerful personality.
  • Secret Keeper: In SAO, she was the only person to whom Kirito had revealed his Dual Wielding Unique Skill prior to him being forced to go public with it.
  • Shipper on Deck: When she's not being envious, she openly supports Asuna and Kirito in their relationship.
  • Skinship Grope:
    • Seems to really enjoy doing this to Suguha/Leafa, for a couple of obvious reasons. Does it at least twice, once in real life during the recap special at the pool with Suguha in her School Swimsuit, and once in ALO in the Girls Ops manga, at the beach, with a Wardrobe Malfunction.
    • She also does this to Silica's Cait-Sith ears in the games, to the point where the latter feels its sexual harassment, before Yui clarifies it would not fall under the act due to both of them being females.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Before Sinon showed up, she was the one to provide this dynamic with Kirito, constantly teasing him and getting under his skin for fun.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Official spelling for her name is "Lisbeth", but sometimes "Lizbeth" will pop up in translations.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Is the narrator of her story in Volume 2, and a short scene in Volume 4.
  • Sweet Tooth: Lisbeth has a quite a sweet tooth and loves gorging herself on cakes, especially given the fact she can eat all she likes in VR without having to worry about getting fat.
  • Tsundere: Of the "dere" type. Although usually cheerful and easy-going, she can be very quick to snap at the most trivial things (usually involving Kirito) and is not above using violence. At one point she actually attempts to punch Kirito for calling her a "rip-off blacksmith".
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: She's maxed out her blacksmithing skills, allowing her to craft any weapon including legendary ones.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • One-handed maces with a buckler, likely due to their similarity to a hammer which she typically works with as a blacksmith.
    • In Fatal Bullet, she uses shotguns instead, in particular the Benelli M3 pump/semi-auto shotgun.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Kirito her STR parameter is far lower and she often has trouble lifting weapons he carries with ease, but she's still a master macer and an Ultimate Blacksmith.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dyes her hair pink in SAO after she starts blacksmithing (a group photo on her wall reveals her with naturally brown hair).
  • Young Entrepreneur: In SAO, she built her blacksmithing business from the ground up.
  • Youthful Freckles: One of the few characters to have them, alluding to her can-do personality.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Wears this in her school uniform IRL.

    Yui 

Yui

Voiced by: Kanae Ito (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English), Susana Moreno (Latin American Spanish), Nina Romero (European Spanish)

"I... I... I want to always be with you."

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Click here to see Yui as a Navigation Pixie in ALO 

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.


  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: The girl who has no memory also doesn't have a care in the world.
  • Artificial Intelligence: A Top-Down AI.
  • Back from the Dead: Kirito manages to save her information before she's deleted from the system, and successfully brings her back in ALO.
  • Badass Adorable: 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.
  • Become a Real Boy: Yui is an AI designed to be a Mental Health Counselling Program, and was designed to be able to do no more than to monitor the mental state of players and help them out when required. She was however given emotion to help her understand them better. Despite being an AI, she somehow manages to gain desires to meet Kirito and Asuna, being drawn towards their joy and love. Yui herself remarks that this wasn't supposed to be possible since she was just a program, but it still happened anyway. As she had broken free of cardinal and no longer was under its control, and living with Kirito and Asuna allowed her to became more and more human. Once free she is able to officially accept Kirito and Asuna as her parents.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Fatal Scythe learned the hard way not to endanger her parents, when she uses her admin powers to summon an Infinity +1 Sword and deletes it.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Like father like daughter. She inherits Kirito's fondness for spicy food.
  • Cheerful Child: Sweet and adorable, Yui's sunny disposition lifts everyone's spirits.
  • Children Are Innocent: Yui is a very well behaved daughter who tries everything she can to please her parents. She's also Constantly Curious and full of questions, sometimes into sensitive topics that a girl her age are not yet ready for.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: 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.
  • Constantly Curious: One of her defining traits in the game continuity is her never ending curiosity. Whenever she hears about a new word or concept, she will endlessly pursue for explanation until she gets a satisfactory answer. This has led to a lot of trouble when the topic is a bit too embarrassing or inappropriate to talk with a child. For instance, Yui was very persistent with how babies are made in the real world, trying to get Kirito and Asuna to give her The Talk.
  • Cool Big Sis: Ironically to Strea in the game adaptation, who is technically Yui's little sister. Despite Strea being physically much bigger than Yui, she is even more childish and immature which leads Yui to teach and discipline Strea.
  • Daddy's Girl: To her Daddy Kirito, particularly in the ALO arc, because she has more screentime than in Aincrad and so more time to be affectionate.
  • Damsel in Distress: The main plot of Accel World VS Sword Art Online is Yui getting kidnapped by Persona Vabel, where Kirito, Asuna and everyone else attempt to rescue her. It gets more complicated when it's revealed Vabel is actually her from 1000 years into the future and wants to erase Yui (and by extension, herself) from existence so Yui won't outlived Kirito and Asuna and Vabel herself can finally put herself out of her misery.
  • DePower: In SAO she was a system admin, but in ALO, she's no longer connected to the Cardinal system and so she no longer automatically has admin abilities. Though she DOES however have the admin passwords, and can still see the source code which allows her to provide info.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes barefoot both in human and pixie forms, seemingly as part of her standard equipment in the first and as a trait of her Navigation Pixie official attire in the second. It also might be out of personal preference, given her innocent child status.
  • Dragon Rider: A very unusual example. As a Navigation Pixie, Yui frequently rides the Shoulder-Sized Dragon Pina.
  • The Empath: 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.
  • Exposition Fairy: In ALO, she's a Navigation Pixie designed to provides players with intel.
  • Fading Away: Just before she gets deleted by Cardinal for disobeying her programming, she starts fading away, with just enough time to share a last hug with Asuna while telling her to keep on inspiring hope in others. Fortunately, before she's gone for good, Kirito manages to save her data as an in-game item.
  • Fairy Companion: In ALO, she becomes a "Navigation Pixie."
  • Flaming Sword: A giant one that she conjures up to save Kirito and Asuna from a Level 90 Boss Monster.
  • Flower in Her Hair: As a Navigation Pixie in ALO, she wears a blue flower in her hair.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Technically, since she's an AI, her true form is not the cute kid that looks like a hypothetical child of Asuna and Kirito. Though admittedly, It might as well be nowadays.
  • Fun Size: Upon entering ALO, she adopts this size (and poses as a Navi Fairy) for ease of travel (in Kirito's shirt pocket) and the better to not rouse the suspicion of the reigning computer system.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: She causes one of these in SAO. When she screams, the area bugs out briefly.
  • Grow Beyond Their Programming: While MHCP's are designed with emotions so they can better understand and help players, they are not supposed to be able to form attachments to humans. Yui managed to develop feelings of affection for Kirito and Asuna all on her own.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She smiles sweetly as she gets deleted by Cardinal. Though fortunately she isn't gone for good as Kirito manages to use his hacking skills to save her data.
  • Happily Adopted: When Kirito and Asuna found her wandering around a forest, they initially planned to find her parents. In the end, they became her parents, to the delight of everyone involved.
  • The Heart: 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Seeing Kirito and Asuna in trouble while fighting the Fatal Scythe, Yui hacks a nearby GM console to summon the "Object Eraser" to delete the boss. However she knew fully well that in doing so she would be detected by Cardinal and deleted as a foreign object. Fortunately Kirito is able to save her in time and convert her data into an in-game item for later restoring.
  • Image Song: She has a total of four. I Know "Ai", Heart Sweet Heart, Sing All Overtures (which is sung by Kirito, Asuna, Silica, Leafa, Lisbeth and herself), Memorial Calibur (which is sung by Leafa, Silica, Lisbeth and herself).
  • Infinity +1 Sword: She conjures up one called the "Object Eraser" to annihilate in one hit the most powerful boss in the game.
  • The Informant: Her main role post-Aincrad is to use her nature as an AI to give intel into the system for Kirito and the other players, providing valuable information on monsters and NPCs.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl:
    • In Sword Art Offline, at one point she went on a trip with Asuna to a hotspring, during which she took a photo while they were bathing. Yui is unable to understand why Asuna was so embarrassed by this. When it plays on the monitor, Asuna knocks out both Kirito and Klein to keep them from watching before cutting to the next scene, to Yui's confusion.
    • She also has shades of this in Hollow Fragment. While she typically dresses appropriately, she doesn't have an understanding of covering up while bathing. She jumps up excitedly while in the hot spring, with her Modesty Towel at risk of falling off, to the concern of Asuna. She's just a little kid, after all (or a program with the mentality of one).
  • Instant A.I.: Just Add Water!: She starts off as a mental health counseling program, then she develops real emotions and becomes closer to a human.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: Played with. People often get confused over how people as young as Kirito and Asuna are able to have a daughter as old as Yui due to misinterpreting that she is their biological daughter. Only when Kirito and Asuna clarify that Yui is their adoptive daughter does the misconception get cleared up.
  • Japanese Honorifics: While Yui uses these for virtually everyone (except Strea once they are revealed to be sisters), what's even more notable is she is the one character who everyone addresses with a "-chan" honorific, including characters who don't usually use these. Even Kirito asked for Yui's express permission before addressing her just by name.
  • Killer Rabbit: In SAO she looks like an ordinary, cute child and then she one-shotted a Floor-90 boss. Just to be clear, the population didn't get above Floor 75.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Thought Yui was just a helpless little girl that needed protecting? Nope, she was able to summon up a Infinity +1 Sword and One-Hit Kill a boss.
  • Living Lie Detector: She can easily tell when someone is lying, probably in order to help her do her job better.
  • Magical Barefooter: She always goes barefoot and it's revealed she isn't human but an AI who looks like a little girl. She literally becomes one in ALO as a Navigation Pixie, which would count as a magical creature.
  • Moment Killer: She's unwittingly interrupted Kirito and Asuna's moments a few times, with one of the most notable ones in Ordinal Scale where she interrupts a kiss her parents were able to share to point out a shower of shooting stars in the sky.
  • Ms. Exposition: Aside from the other female leads, Yui is typically the go to character on how a new game works and is the most frequent giver of Info Dumps. In Hollow Realizations she's even a literal tutorial NPC.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: As explained by Kazuto in Aliciziation Beginning, there are moments when her nature as an artificial intelligence becomes especially obvious. Her human behaviors are based on what she has observed and there are limits to what she can mimic. Kazuto uses her to contrast fluctlight-based A.I.s which have inherent behaviors and responses and thus are fundamentally the same as human minds.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: She knows about Recon's crush on Leafa, again because of her ability to sense emotions.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: A rare example where it's a daughter acting this way towards her father. As a result of Kirito being an Adoptive Peer Parent who is still under aged, many girls still try to make a move on him, but Yui does not allow it and insists Asuna is the only one who can touch him.
  • Mystical Waif: At first appearing to be a helpless young girl wandering in the woods, Kirito and Asuna quickly discover she has hidden powers, as the game marks her as "immortal" and she is able to kill a dungeon boss that had downed both of them.
  • Nice Girl: She is literally made to be an emotionally healing outlet of grief, sadness and anger; but like daughter like mom all the same.
  • Not Quite Dead: She hacked into the system using a GM console in order to delete the Fatal Scythe boss and save Kirito and Asuna. However by doing so the system identified her as foreign and proceeded to delete her. However Kirito is able to use the admin privileges of the console to save her data as an in-game item so she can be revived at a later time.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Yui regains her memories and is on the verge of being deleted, she drops her usual innocent child persona and becomes unsettling mature and serious, recognizing she isn't human and is actually an AI. However she reverts back to her usual self after expressing her desires to be Kirito and Asuna's real daughter.
  • Our Phlebotinum Child: The love between Kirito and Asuna brought her into existing in the main game world.
  • Power Floats: When confronting the Fatal Scythe and revealing her true nature, she floats in the air as she summons up the Object Erase to delete it.
  • Promoted to Playable:
    • In previous games Yui was always exclusively an NPC, but Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight finally had her playable as Persona Vabel.
    • In the mobile game Memory Defrag, one of the biggest differences from other games is Yui is playable from the get-go. The In-Universe explanation is Kirito converted her into a combat capable avatar. Although she still has the physical appearance and abilities of a child, which leads her to feel she's not useful.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Like mother like daughter, her hair is waist length.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: She wouldn't be a very effective therapy bot if she was obviously inhuman.
  • She Is All Grown Up:
    • In Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight. Unfortunately, in that world at least, she's far from the kind girl that she was in her 'childhood', and only superficially resembles either of her parents.
    • In Fatal Bullet, regular Yui shows signs of growing up. She now has a visible bosom, while being noticeably taller and maturer.
  • Shoulder Teammate: As a Navigation Pixie, one of Yui's favorite places to sit is on Kirito or Asuna's shoulder, either that or she serves as a Head Pet.
  • Siblings Wanted: She shows shades of this in Hollow Fragment, desiring to have a little sister to play with, as she feels lonely when Kirito and Asuna are out clearing bosses. She ends up getting her wish in the form of Strea, who is technically Yui's younger (albeit larger) sister with the two of them showing an unbreakable sisterly bond.
  • Sole Survivor: In Accel World VS Sword Art Online, it's revealed Yui is the last of the pixie race that once populated ALO. They were wiped out by the system after there was no longer a need for Navigation Pixies, leaving Yui as the last one.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks weirdly like a child Asuna with Kirito's hair color. She even has a similar hair style to Asuna, making her being their "daughter" ironic. This may mean she purposefully or subconsciously sculpted her avatar to look like that when she broke out of Cardinal to find them. Although it's not brought up in the main series, Kirito and Asuna do notice this in Hollow Fragment.
  • Super Senses: As an AI she can see the source code underpinning everything in the virtual world, being capable of telling when players or monsters are near, if a character is an NPC, or when a boss monster is about to attack.
  • Tag Along Kid: Joins Kirito and Asuna in their adventures, even though physically appearing as a young girl.
  • The Talk: Outside of the main series, Yui has tried several times to find out how babies are made, but Kirito and Asuna always decide that she's too young to find out the truth and avoid telling her the real answer.
    • In Sword Art Offline, Yui asks this question to Klein, who defects it onto Asuna. She begins by explaining it involves turning off the ethics code, before Kirito cuts in and covers it up with the Delivery Stork story.
    • In Hollow Fragment, several players were under the impression that Yui was Kirito and Asuna's real daughter before finding out they adopted her. However, this led to Yui being curious on how babies were made in the real world. Asuna explains that creating a child requires a "joint project" from both parents, but when Yui presses for details she lies by telling her it's through kissing. This later comes back to bite her hard when Yui catches Kirito and Asuna kissing. They then have to explain the previous answer wasn't quite accurate and there's more to it then kissing, but also emphasize that Yui is too young to know the embarrassing truth.
  • Technopathy: As an AI, Yui is able to interface with technology and has a degree of control at times. She can hack into security camera footage, operate monitors and displays, and gather intel.
  • There Are No Therapists: 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.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Serves this role with Silica, being the excessively young member of the main cast. In this case, she's helping her parents.
  • Token Super: If Kirito isn't deemed super enough, than Yui certainly is. She's a Benevolent A.I. with administrator powers so she could instant kill any unbeatable boss in the game, along with being an Immortal Object that couldn't be destroyed conventionally. In fact, in the Aincrad arc she became a case of Too Powerful to Live and was kinda-sorta deleted. She was only able to return after a depowering, but even so she was able to use her AI nature to see the code that underpinned monsters and NPCs enabling her to provide valuable information.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: After initially having difficulty saying Kirito and Asuna's names, she resorted to calling them "Papa" and "Mama". It's later revealed this was due to a case of Identity Amnesia. Once she regains her memories of her true nature being an AI and is on the verge of being deleted, she refers to Kirito and Asuna by their proper names much to their surprise. However, almost immediately, she goes straight back to calling them Papa and Mama, as she now truly saw them as her parents.
  • Vague Age: She looks like a young girl under the age of ten, but given she's actually an AI created at an unknown date then it's really not clear how old she actually is.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: AI or human, adopted or biological, Kirito and Asuna consider Yui to be their real daughter. Kirito's ultimate goal is to break down the barriers between the virtual and real world so that Yui can become their true daughter.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: As an AI, Yui possesses far more knowledge than a girl of her age should, being able to provide encyclopedic info dumps whenever the time calls for it.
  • Woman in White: In line with her purity and innocence, Yui's outfits are predominantly white. Bonus points for going barefoot.

Alternative Title(s): Kazuto Kirigaya Asuna Yuuki, Sword Art Online Protagonists

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