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* TheArchmage: Sasha. Not only has she managed to decipher how the LanguageOfMagic works, she is also capable of create new spells by applying her knowledge and is one of the few characters (possibly the only one) to have a high level in all magical skills.


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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Sasha manages to decipher the entire LanguageOfMagic by analyzing the standard spells available - allowing her to create new spells out of the blue just by using the right words.

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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Kirito and Asuna, of course. Though it takes a little bit for both of them to accept it.


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* LoveEpiphany: Kirito and Asuna each have one of these after nearly being killed by Laughing Coffin.


* EarlyBirdCameo: Kinda. Since the plot is that players are trapped in ALO instead of SAO, characters from both arcs appear in the story. A twelve-year-old Yuuki Konno (from Volume 7 of the light novels) enters ALO as an Imp.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Kinda. Since the plot is that players are trapped in ALO instead of SAO, characters from both arcs appear in the story. A twelve-year-old Yuuki Konno (from Volume 7 of the light novels) enters ALO as an Imp. Recon -- Suguha's Sylph friend in canon ''Fairy Dance'' -- also appears.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When Prophet's gang shows up in the Sewers, and tells Rosalia's gang to "Begone", one of them does. [[spoiler: He's the only survivor]].
--> "I'm not fucking with the Prophet," the Imp called back as he soared towards the tunnel back to the surface. "If you have any sense, you won't either."


* AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed:[[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] The hitmen that Sigurd hired to get Sasha's notes kept them instead and failed to kill her.

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* AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed:[[InvertedTrope AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed: [[InvertedTrope Inverted.]] The hitmen that Sigurd hired to get Sasha's notes kept them instead and failed to kill her.


* RelationshipUpgrade: By chapter 44, Kirito and Asuna both acknowledge that they've had one.



* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Kirito denies that Asuna is, when he and Philia are discussing traveling together.

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* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: In chapter 39, Kirito denies that Asuna is, when he and Philia are discussing traveling together.

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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Kirito and Asuna have to prove themselves in combat to be accepted as the leaders of Coper's old group.

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* HostageForMacGuffin & PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Played straight and averted, respectively, when Kirito is ordered to drop his sword to save [[spoiler: Silica]] in Chapter 16. He flat-out refuses to surrender his sword because [[GenreSavvy the moment he sheathed it, the bandits would do whatever they wanted]] and since they were violating a treaty, [[LeaveNoSurvivors they would kill all witnesses anyway]].
* HollywoodTorches and HollywoodDarkness:
** Averted by the death game's creator in some caves, and the averted tropes discussed ''by name'' in the internal monologue of the dangerously GenreSavvy Kirito as he regretfully observes--in a dark cave--that these convenient gameplay conventions don't exist in ALO.
** Played straight and lampshaded when Asuna wonders if there's an NPC who keeps the braziers fueled in the Undine faction leader's castle.


* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: Downplayed, since high-level magic uses words that are tongue-twisters for monolingual Japanese speakers.
--> '''Catsy''': This is the reason why despite how ridiculously OP it is capable of being in the right hands, Alfheim is not overrun by super-mages, most players focus primarily on melee unless they have a free racial magic, and magic does not overwhelmingly dominate in [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] encounters: ''it's goddamn hard.''



* LossOfIdentity: Explored, as all the players react differently to being trapped in the death game. [[ActionGirl Asuna]] reflects on how much she's changed since [[HeroicBSOD launch day]]. [Kirito, [[KnowledgeBroker Argo]], and other beta testers have a [[AllThereintheManual head start]], but try to use that knowledge to help others. Even minor characters get some thoughtful examinations: Argo mentions how Skarrip, [[spoiler:the Sylph leader and an ALO art designer]], tends to always talk in his [[BecomingtheMask extremely formal persona]] since the Death Game began [[spoiler:and then he later gets replaced by Loki]]. And the FantasticRacism is fairly widespread, despite insistence of many players that it's all just a ''game''.

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* LossOfIdentity: Explored, as all the players react differently to being trapped in the death game. [[ActionGirl Asuna]] reflects on how much she's changed since [[HeroicBSOD launch day]]. [Kirito, Kirito, [[KnowledgeBroker Argo]], and other beta testers have a [[AllThereintheManual head start]], but try to use that knowledge to help others. Even minor characters get some thoughtful examinations: Argo mentions how Skarrip, [[spoiler:the Sylph leader and an ALO art designer]], tends to always talk in his [[BecomingtheMask extremely formal persona]] since the Death Game began [[spoiler:and then he later gets replaced by Loki]]. And the FantasticRacism is fairly widespread, despite insistence of many players that it's all just a ''game''.



* MacGuffinSuperPerson: [[spoiler: Sasha has become this by the 25th zone. Because of her mastery of the game's magic system and the puzzle boss's weakness relating to such, both the Puca, Cait Sith, and the Salamanders are trying to secure her.]]

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* MacGuffinSuperPerson: [[spoiler: Sasha has become this by the 25th zone. Because of her mastery of the game's magic system and the puzzle boss's weakness relating to such, both the Puca, Cait Sith, Sith and the Salamanders are trying to secure her.]]


* FunWithAcronyms: PoH, as in canon, though in this fic [[spoiler:the P stands for Prophet.]]

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* FunWithAcronyms: PoH, [=PoH=], as in canon, though in this fic [[spoiler:the P stands for Prophet.]]


** This happened to [[spoiler:Yoshihara]]. The group attacking them had planned to kill them, and then resurrect that person to teach them a lesson. [[spoiler:Things go wrong when the only person in that group that was capable of reviving is killed in the fight, indirectly leading to Yoshihara dying for real, and Coper unintentionally unsurping her role as faction leader.]]



* LesserOfTwoEvils: Yoshihara was a lazy leader who didn't even want her position and got it as a joke, but everyone else was far worse than her for the position and she acted as a stop-gap. [[spoiler:So Eugene eventually had her killed so Coper could take the position.]]

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* LesserOfTwoEvils: Yoshihara was a lazy leader who didn't even want her position and got it as a joke, but everyone else was far worse than her for the position and she acted as a stop-gap. [[spoiler:So Eugene Mortimer eventually had her killed killed, so Coper could take the position.]]


* HostageForMacGuffin & PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Kirito is ordered to do this in Chapter 16.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in that Kirito flat-out refuses to surrender his sword because [[GenreSavvy the moment he sheathed it, the bandits would do whatever they wanted]] and since they were violating a treaty, [[LeaveNoSurvivors they would kill all witnesses anyway.]]
* HollywoodTorches and HollywoodDarkness: Averted by the death game's creator, and the averted tropes discussed ''by name'' in the internal monologue of the dangerously GenreSavvy Kirito as he regretfully observes--in a dark cave--that these convenient gameplay conventions don't exist in ALO.
** Played straight and lampshaded when Asuna wonders if there's an NPC who keeps the braziers fueled in the Undine faction leader's castle.


[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8679666/1/Fairy-Dance-of-Death Fairy Dance of Death]] ([[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2393225/chapters/5288507 Archive of Our Own link]]) by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/46508/Catsy Catsy]] is an AU reboot of the SwordArtOnline universe.

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[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8679666/1/Fairy-Dance-of-Death Fairy Dance of Death]] ([[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2393225/chapters/5288507 Archive of Our Own link]]) by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/46508/Catsy Catsy]] is an AU reboot of the SwordArtOnline ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' universe.


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* {{Trigger}}: Yuuki undergoes a PTSD attack upon entering Everdark due to the Salamander invasion [[spoiler:where one of the Salamanders attempted to assault her and she lost her sister Aiko]]. It's mentioned that several other Imps have undergone the same.

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* {{Trigger}}: TraumaButton: Yuuki undergoes a PTSD attack upon entering Everdark due to the Salamander invasion [[spoiler:where one of the Salamanders attempted to assault her and she lost her sister Aiko]]. It's mentioned that several other Imps have undergone the same.


* MasterOfDisguise: «Phantasmal Mimicry» is a High-Level Spriggan Spell that allows you to look like one person down to every last detail. [[spoiler:Yoshihara and Philia grinded so that they could use it to [[TwinSwitch switch places]].]]

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* MasterOfDisguise: «Phantasmal Mimicry» is a High-Level Spriggan Spell that allows you to look like one person down to every last detail. [[spoiler:Yoshihara and Philia grinded ground so that they could use it to [[TwinSwitch switch places]].]]


** This happened to [[spoiler:Yoshihara]]. The group attacking them had planned to kill them, and then resurrect that person to teach them a lesson. [[spoiler:Things go wrong when the only person in that group that was capable of reviving is killed in the fight, and indirectly leads to Yoshihara dying and Coper unintentionally unsurping her role as faction leader.]]

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** This happened to [[spoiler:Yoshihara]]. The group attacking them had planned to kill them, and then resurrect that person to teach them a lesson. [[spoiler:Things go wrong when the only person in that group that was capable of reviving is killed in the fight, and indirectly leads leading to Yoshihara dying for real, and Coper unintentionally unsurping her role as faction leader.]]

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