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* Lisbeth and Silica. While they don't really qualify these days anymore given their status as {{Breakout Character}}s who were made into {{Ascended Extra}}s. These two girls were insanely popular back in the days of Season 1, despite only having a single episode each focusing on them. These two ended up becoming two of the most heavily marketed characters of SAO, dominating merchandise and with prominent focus in video games. They eventually even gained their own spin-off in the form of "Girls Ops".

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* Lisbeth and Silica. While they don't really qualify these days anymore given their status as {{Breakout Character}}s who were made into {{Ascended Extra}}s. These two girls were insanely popular back in the days of Season 1, despite only having a single episode each focusing on them. These two They ended up becoming two of the most heavily marketed characters of SAO, dominating merchandise and with prominent focus in video games. They eventually even gained their own spin-off in the form of "Girls Ops".Ops" where they, along with Leafa, serve as the central {{Co Protagonist}}s with Kirito completely out of the picture.


* While not really a true character, Kirito's [[AttractiveBentGender feminine looking]] GGO avatar or "[[FanNickname Kiriko]]", is extremely popular in the fanbase. Expect any AU with a [[GenderFlip genderflipped Kirito]] to use said appearance and even name. The amount of fanart for him/her rivals that of the standard Kirito. Some fans even jokingly claim Kiriko to be their favorite SAO girl.

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* While not really a true character, Kirito's [[AttractiveBentGender feminine looking]] GGO avatar or "[[FanNickname Kiriko]]", is extremely popular in the fanbase. Expect any AU with a [[GenderFlip genderflipped Kirito]] to use said appearance and even name. The amount of fanart for him/her rivals that of the standard Kirito. Some Kirito, with some fans even jokingly claim Kiriko to be their favorite SAO girl.girl. Kiriko ended up becoming AscendedFanon of sorts with him/her being a separate avatar for Kirito in ''Fatal Bullet'' and a playable character in the [=PvP=] mode.


* The unnamed Ordinal Scale player with a [[PettingZooPeople Tiger avatar]] has a lot of attention due to how much he stands out, curiosity over how he acquired said avatar, and his fighting style of using a rocket launcher.

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* The unnamed Ordinal Scale player with a [[PettingZooPeople [[CatFolk Tiger avatar]] has a lot of attention due to how much he stands out, curiosity over how he acquired said avatar, and his fighting style of using a rocket launcher.

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* Yuna only appears for this film, but is insanely popular among fans. In fact it's hard to find someone who ''doesn't'' like her, due to the fact she's an AI idol who has given some of the most [[AwesomeMusic/SwordArtOnline beautiful songs]] seen in the series. [[spoiler: It was saddening for many fans to see her go.]]
* Ain-chan. The drone that Yuna rides on while singing and serves as her mascot. It remained unnamed for an extensive period of time, where fans constantly requested for its name, before finally [[WordOfGod Miki, Itou, and Kawahara]] decided to name it in a Behind the Scenes interview for ''Ordinal Scale''.
* [[TragicVillain Eiji]], has quite a large fanbase. He's easily one of the most sympathetic villains in the entire franchise, with him being DrivenToVillainy out of grief. He's also depicted as a [[EvilCounterpart dark mirror]] to Kirito, with the two boys having similar histories in SAO, only with Eiji having a less happier outcome. There's also those who like him just for being [[EvilIsSexy a pretty boy]].
* The unnamed Ordinal Scale player with a [[PettingZooPeople Tiger avatar]] has a lot of attention due to how much he stands out, curiosity over how he acquired said avatar, and his fighting style of using a rocket launcher.

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* Eugeo, despite being the {{deuteragonist}} of the first half of ''Alicization'', many felt [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter he was underused]]. He's quite possibly the most loved male character, being [[SpearCounterpart Kirito's answer]] to Asuna's Yuuki, but with such a fleshed out and sympathetic backstory along with a fair amount of CharacterDevelopment.

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* Eugeo, despite being the {{deuteragonist}} of the first half of ''Alicization'', many felt [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter he was underused]]. He's quite possibly the most loved male character, being [[SpearCounterpart Kirito's answer]] to Asuna's Yuuki, but with such a fleshed out and sympathetic backstory along with a fair amount of CharacterDevelopment. In fact polls show Eugeo might very well be the most loved ''Alicization'' character and in the running for most popular character period.





* While Alice Synthesis Thirty doesn't really count given she's permanently joined the main cast, there is the other less featured Alice, Alice Zuberg. Taken away from her home at the age of 11, she was kind hearted and bubbly, [[spoiler:and never allowed to grow up given she was forcefully extracted by the Synthesis process and replaced with Alice Synthesis Thirty.]]

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* While Alice Synthesis Thirty doesn't really count given she's permanently joined the main cast, there is the other less featured Alice, Alice Zuberg. Zuberg, the {{Childhood Friend|s}} of Kirito and Eugeo. Taken away from her home at the age of 11, she was kind hearted and bubbly, [[spoiler:and with Eugeo viewing her abduction as MyGreatestFailure. [[spoiler:She was never allowed to grow up given she was forcefully extracted by the Synthesis process and replaced with Alice Synthesis Thirty.]]

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* Klein and Agil are HUGE examples. As two of the most likable characters in the series, a large amount of fans wanted THEM to have their own spin-off and even Kawahara agreed with it. Klein takes the cake for acting like such a bro to Kirito, showing genuine emotion, and being a damn good fighter and guild leader whose entire guild survived from inception to finish.

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* Klein and Agil are HUGE examples. As two of the most likable characters in the series, a large amount of fans wanted THEM to have their own spin-off and even Kawahara agreed with it. Klein takes the cake for acting like such a bro to Kirito, showing genuine emotion, and being a damn good fighter and guild leader whose entire guild survived from inception to finish. While Agil is the responsible TokenAdult among the kids who acts as the voice of reason and even runs a GoodGuyBar, with just a bit of VitriolicBestBuds with Kirito thrown in.


* Lisbeth and Silica. While they don't really qualify these days anymore given their status as {{Breakout Character}}s. These two girls were insanely popular back in the days of Season 1, despite only having a single episode each focusing on them. These two ended up becoming two of the most heavily marketed characters of SAO, eventually gaining their own spin-off in the form of "Girl Ops".

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* Lisbeth and Silica. While they don't really qualify these days anymore given their status as {{Breakout Character}}s.Character}}s who were made into {{Ascended Extra}}s. These two girls were insanely popular back in the days of Season 1, despite only having a single episode each focusing on them. These two ended up becoming two of the most heavily marketed characters of SAO, dominating merchandise and with prominent focus in video games. They eventually gaining even gained their own spin-off in the form of "Girl "Girls Ops".



* Kayaba himself. He's deemed the most iconic villain who was responsible for the entirety of the series being possible to begin with, many feel he was greatly underused, especially compared to his [[ReplacementScrappy despised successor Sugou]]. It helps that he's one of the most sympathetic antagonists, being an AffablyEvil FairPlayVillain with he and Kirito respecting each other and considering {{Worthy Opponent}}s.

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* Kayaba himself. He's deemed the most iconic villain who was responsible for the entirety of the series being possible to begin with, many with. Many feel he was [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter greatly underused, underused]], especially compared to his [[ReplacementScrappy despised successor Sugou]]. It helps that he's one of the most sympathetic antagonists, being an AffablyEvil FairPlayVillain with he and Kirito respecting each other holding mutual respect and considering each other to be {{Worthy Opponent}}s.



* Sortiliena Serlut, Kirito's senpai in Swordcraft Academy during ''Alicization'', beloved for her pretty design and being a badass ActionGirl.

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* Sortiliena "Liena" Serlut, Kirito's senpai in Swordcraft Academy during ''Alicization'', beloved for her pretty design and being a badass ActionGirl.


Due to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters present in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', it's unsurprising there have been a ''lot'' of fan favorites that have spawned.

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Due to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters present in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', it's unsurprising there have been a ''lot'' of fan favorites that have spawned.
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* Strea and Philia have huge fanbases for their colorful personalities and interesting backstories. Strea is beloved for being FunPersonified and her [[BuxomIsBetter assets]], while Philia is deemed to have some of the greatest amount of character growth out of the cast with her DarkAndTroubledPast. Many fans wish these two will one day get [[CanonImmigrant introduced into canon]].
* Rain and Seven endeared everyone with their sisterly love and made for a far more interesting plot in ALO than Sugou did. Proof of Seven's popularity can be seen with fans constantly requesting Seven be added to a future game whenever she isn't in the original line-up. In addition, Rain's popularity was further bolstered thanks to ''Memory Defrag'' where she's one of the biggest {{Crutch Character}}s available.
* Zero from ''Hollow Realization'', who was derived from an AI set up on the internet who would interact with fans and learn from responses they taught her. She has a ''lot'' of amusing dialogue such as "Official waifu status will one day be mine..." or "The four emotions I can currently experience are happiness, anger, sadness, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking curry]]."
* Kureha the main heroine for ''Fatal Bullet'' is immensely popular due to her sassy {{tsundere}} traits along with her IJustWantToBeSpecial story arc.
* Lievere from the ''Fatal Bullet'' DLC story line. Most fans agreed she made for a far more [[spoiler:interesting villain then Itsuki with a more compelling story line than the one offered by the main campaign.]]


** Alicia Rue the Cait Sith Lord. A very [[PluckyGirl perky]] girl who cheekily flirts with Kirito. Quite memorable as a character despite her limited scenes.
** Yuuki, the {{Deuteragonist}} of ''Mother's Rosario'', is proven to be insanely popular within the fanbase, mainly due to her deep friendship with Asuna and being one of the few characters who can beat Kirito in a fair fight. This is further reinforced and lampshaded by Kirito himself, who noted that she would've been an InvincibleHero if she had learned DualWielding in SAO. [[spoiler:Sadly, she's TooCoolToLive and many fans are mourning over her passing. Though she did end up being SparedByTheAdaptation in the video game continuity thanks to her PopularityPower.]]
** Kuro/Lux from the ''Girls Ops'' spin-off manga, who is a DistaffCounterpart and IdenticalStranger to Kirito. However she's much more warmly received than Kirito for her more complex personality and sympathetic backstory.
** Tonkii the [[MixAndMatchCritters elephant-jellyfish hybrid]] from the Calibur arc that Leafa befriends is quite loved among the fandom.

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** * Alicia Rue the Cait Sith Lord. A very [[PluckyGirl perky]] girl who cheekily flirts with Kirito. Quite memorable as a character despite her limited scenes.
** * Yuuki, the {{Deuteragonist}} of ''Mother's Rosario'', is proven to be insanely popular within the fanbase, mainly due to her deep friendship with Asuna and being one of the few characters who can beat Kirito in a fair fight. This is further reinforced and lampshaded by Kirito himself, who noted that she would've been an InvincibleHero if she had learned DualWielding in SAO. [[spoiler:Sadly, she's TooCoolToLive and many fans are mourning over her passing. Though she did end up being SparedByTheAdaptation in the video game continuity thanks to her PopularityPower.]]
** * Kuro/Lux from the ''Girls Ops'' spin-off manga, who is a DistaffCounterpart and IdenticalStranger to Kirito. However she's much more warmly received than Kirito for her more complex personality and sympathetic backstory.
** * Tonkii the [[MixAndMatchCritters elephant-jellyfish hybrid]] from the Calibur arc that Leafa befriends is quite loved among the fandom.



* Eugeo, despite being the {{deuteragonist}} of the first half of ''Alicization'', many felt [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter he was underused]]. He's quite possibly the most loved male character, being [[SpearCounterpart Kirito's answer]] to Asuna's Yuuki.

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* Eugeo, despite being the {{deuteragonist}} of the first half of ''Alicization'', many felt [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter he was underused]]. He's quite possibly the most loved male character, being [[SpearCounterpart Kirito's answer]] to Asuna's Yuuki.Yuuki, but with such a fleshed out and sympathetic backstory along with a fair amount of CharacterDevelopment.



* Selka Zuberg and Alice's little sister gained a lot of popularity for her cute design and a NiceGirl who looks after Kirito.

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* Selka Zuberg and who is Alice's little sister gained a lot of popularity for her cute design and a NiceGirl who looks after Kirito.



* Tiese and Ronye, the valets of Eugeo and Kirito respectively. These two girls garnered a massive following the instant they were introduced, with fans falling in love with how {{moe}} and cute they were. The amount of fanart existing of these two is staggering, to the point where someone unfamiliar with the series would mistake them for main characters. SAO merchandise is all to aware of this and has been marketing these two just as heavily as any of the other SAO girls. Though Tiese overall has a greater number of fans by virtue that she was featured more in the story and had more time to be explored as a character.

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* Tiese and Ronye, the valets of Eugeo and Kirito respectively. These two girls garnered a massive tremendous following the instant they were introduced, with fans falling in love with how {{moe}} and cute they were. The amount of fanart existing of these two is staggering, to the point where someone unfamiliar with the series would mistake them for main characters. SAO merchandise is all to aware of this and has been marketing these two just as heavily as any of the other main SAO girls. Though Tiese overall has a greater number of fans by virtue that she was featured more in the story and had more time to be explored as a character.


** Klein and Agil are HUGE examples. As two of the most likable characters in the series, a large amount of fans wanted THEM to have their own spin-off and even Kawahara agreed with it. Klein takes the cake for acting like such a bro to Kirito, showing genuine emotion, and being a damn good fighter and guild leader whose entire guild survived from inception to finish.
** Sachi, Kirito's first love who [[TheLostLenore tragically lost her life]]. Her single episode is often hailed as the best in the Aincrad arc and virtually everyone was saddened to see her go. It's not uncommon for people to wish Kirito ended up with her instead of Asuna, with some feeling his love for Sachi was more believable. Unlike Yuuki, fans were further disappointed that Sachi was not SparedByTheAdaptation in the video games.
** Kizmel from ''Progressive'', an NPC Dark Elf who displays a very advanced AI and befriends both Kirito and Asuna. Regarded as one of the most interesting characters from Aincrad with many wishing she had appeared in the anime.
** Kayaba himself. He's deemed the most iconic villain who was responsible for the entirety of the series being possible to begin with, many feel he was greatly underused, especially compared to his [[ReplacementScrappy despised successor Sugou]]. It helps that he's one of the most sympathetic antagonists, being an AffablyEvil FairPlayVillain with he and Kirito respecting each other and considering {{Worthy Opponent}}s.
** [[ThoseTwoGuys The two players from the pilot]] who are revealed to be a {{GIRL}} and an overweight male, with the {{GIRL}} wearing the female armor in ''all'' his subsequent appearances. For a pair of unnamed characters with a few scattered cameos, they get a huge amount of attention in the fandom. Their possible RelationshipUpgrade was pretty well received, as is their reunion in real life where they embrace upon meeting for the first time. ''Integral Factor'' finally [[NamedByTheAdaptation provides their names]] with the {{GIRL}} named Miyurin and the fat guy named Ulrik.
** Godfrey, [[spoiler: who is killed off after 4 minutes of screentime]] is this. His bro-ness personality and appearance reminds viewers of another EnsembleDarkhorse: [[LightNovel/FateZero Rider]].
** The Gleam Eyes is fondly remembered as one of, if not the most, iconic bosses of ''Sword Art Online''. It was one of the most brutal boss fights shown, and forced Kirito to [[IAmNotLeftHanded unleash his]] DualWielding unique skill to put an end to its threat, resulting in a truly spectacular visual display.
** A small niche of fans (and some non-fans, {{ChubbyChaser}}s, and [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries/scalies]]) tend to like Illfang the Kobold Lord due to his [[BigHandsomeMan design]].

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** * Klein and Agil are HUGE examples. As two of the most likable characters in the series, a large amount of fans wanted THEM to have their own spin-off and even Kawahara agreed with it. Klein takes the cake for acting like such a bro to Kirito, showing genuine emotion, and being a damn good fighter and guild leader whose entire guild survived from inception to finish.
** * Sachi, Kirito's first love who [[TheLostLenore tragically lost her life]]. Her single episode is often hailed as the best in the Aincrad arc and virtually everyone was saddened to see her go. It's not uncommon for people to wish Kirito ended up with her instead of Asuna, with some feeling his love for Sachi was more believable. Unlike Yuuki, fans were further disappointed that Sachi was not SparedByTheAdaptation in the video games.
** * Kizmel from ''Progressive'', an NPC Dark Elf who displays a very advanced AI and befriends both Kirito and Asuna. Regarded as one of the most interesting characters from Aincrad with many wishing she had appeared in the anime.
** * Kayaba himself. He's deemed the most iconic villain who was responsible for the entirety of the series being possible to begin with, many feel he was greatly underused, especially compared to his [[ReplacementScrappy despised successor Sugou]]. It helps that he's one of the most sympathetic antagonists, being an AffablyEvil FairPlayVillain with he and Kirito respecting each other and considering {{Worthy Opponent}}s.
** * [[ThoseTwoGuys The two players from the pilot]] who are revealed to be a {{GIRL}} and an overweight male, with the {{GIRL}} wearing the female armor in ''all'' his subsequent appearances. For a pair of unnamed characters with a few scattered cameos, they get a huge amount of attention in the fandom. Their possible RelationshipUpgrade was pretty well received, as is their reunion in real life where they embrace upon meeting for the first time. ''Integral Factor'' finally [[NamedByTheAdaptation provides their names]] with the {{GIRL}} named Miyurin and the fat guy named Ulrik.
** * Godfrey, [[spoiler: who is killed off after 4 minutes of screentime]] is this. His bro-ness personality and appearance reminds viewers of another EnsembleDarkhorse: [[LightNovel/FateZero Rider]].
** * The Gleam Eyes is fondly remembered as one of, if not the most, iconic bosses of ''Sword Art Online''. It was one of the most brutal boss fights shown, and forced Kirito to [[IAmNotLeftHanded unleash his]] DualWielding unique skill to put an end to its threat, resulting in a truly spectacular visual display.
** * A small niche of fans (and some non-fans, {{ChubbyChaser}}s, and [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furries/scalies]]) tend to like Illfang the Kobold Lord due to his [[BigHandsomeMan design]].

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