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* HereWeGoAgain: In episode 13 of season 3, Cardinal tells Kirito and Eugeo that the Administrator's room is on the 100th floor of the tower. Kirito's response; [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe "ugh"]].


* SexForSolace: Happens twice throughout the saga; the first time is played heartwarmingly straight after Kirito and Asuna survive being murdered by a Laughing Coffin agent who has infiltrated the Knights of Blood, and the two warriors emotionally bond is cemented that night as husband and wife... a decidedly darker variation of this occurs in ''Alicization'', wherein Quinella seduces [[spoiler: Eugeo]] in his MomentOfWeakness, stripping naked and offering tender unconditional love and kindness, allowing her to coldly [[spoiler: brainwash him into an Integrity Knight]] as they made "love."

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* SexForSolace: Happens twice throughout the saga; the first time is played heartwarmingly straight after Kirito and Asuna survive being murdered by a Laughing Coffin agent who has infiltrated the Knights of Blood, and the two warriors emotionally warriors' emotional bond is cemented that night as husband and wife... a decidedly darker variation of this occurs in ''Alicization'', wherein Quinella seduces [[spoiler: Eugeo]] in his MomentOfWeakness, stripping naked and offering tender unconditional love and kindness, allowing her to coldly [[spoiler: brainwash him into an Integrity Knight]] as they made "love."


* ChekovsGag: of the VisualPun variety. In the Alfheim arc, while interrupting the attack on the Slyph / Cait-Sith meeting, Kirito tells the Salamander General that he represents the (non-existent) Spriggan / Undine alliance. Kirito is a Spriggan, and Asuna's (eventual) main avatar is an Undine... meaning the two of them form a Spriggan/Undine alliance of their own.

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* ChekovsGag: ChekhovsGag: of the VisualPun variety. In the Alfheim arc, while interrupting the attack on the Slyph / Cait-Sith meeting, Kirito tells the Salamander General that he represents the (non-existent) Spriggan / Undine alliance. Kirito is a Spriggan, and Asuna's (eventual) main avatar is an Undine... meaning the two of them form a Spriggan/Undine alliance of their own.

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* HealItWithWater: The Undines are water-based fairies who specialize in healing magic.


* BreakTheHaughty: Silica goes through this prior to her first meeting with Kirito. After leaving her party in a fit of pique, she gets lost, uses up all her healing items, and then her familiar Pina dies saving her. [[spoiler: Pina gets better with some help from Kirito.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: BreakTheHaughty:
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Silica goes through this prior to her first meeting with Kirito. After leaving her party in a fit of pique, she gets lost, uses up all her healing items, and then her familiar Pina dies saving her. [[spoiler: Pina gets better with some help from Kirito.]]]]
** Raios and Humbert are two nobles who look down on virtually everyone else, especially Eugeo and Kirito. When they push their luck too far and [[spoiler:try to rape Ronie and Teise]], this results in [[spoiler:Eugeo cutting off one of Raios' arms and Kirito cutting off both of Raios' hands. Raios is reduced to a gibbering wreck who, caught between preserving his own life and not harming Humbert's, dies from his Fluctlight collapsing, while Humbert flees]].



** It's speculated by the characters that [[spoiler:every 25 floors (25th, 50th, 75th) have a specially difficult boss that is far stronger than a "normal" boss should be.]]

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** It's speculated by the characters that [[spoiler:every 25 floors (25th, 50th, 75th) have a specially an especially difficult boss that is far stronger than a "normal" boss should be.]]



* UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian: Yuuki's family, and Yuuki herself because why else would she name her original sword skill "Mother's Rosario"?

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* UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian: Yuuki's family, and Yuuki herself because herself. This is apparently why else would she name Yuuki names her original sword skill Original Sword Skill "Mother's Rosario"?Rosary."



** Lisbeth, being very casual and carefree also generally avoids honorifics among her friends, calling Kirito, Asuna, and Silica by name.
** Leafa/Suguha, unlike her brother, is quite adamant about addressing others respectfully with honorifics. She doesn't even refer to her own brother by name, instead calling him "Onii-chan". The one exception is Shinichi/Recon, which is attributed to her being [[HopelessSuitor annoyed by him]], and [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs she's the one who keeps insisting he refer to her as "Kirigaya-san" and not as "Leafa-chan" or "Suguha-chan"]].

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** Lisbeth, being very casual and carefree also generally avoids honorifics among her friends, calling Kirito, Asuna, and Silica by name.
name. Kirito gets mildly annoyed that she starts off using yobisute on him, but generally tolerates it.
** Leafa/Suguha, unlike her brother, is quite adamant about addressing others respectfully with honorifics. She doesn't even refer to her own brother by name, instead calling him "Onii-chan".honorifics- "-san," in most cases, since said individuals are older than her. The one exception is Shinichi/Recon, which is attributed to her being [[HopelessSuitor annoyed by him]], and [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs she's the one who keeps insisting he refer to her as "Kirigaya-san" and not as "Leafa-chan" or "Suguha-chan"]].



** Yuuki being very informal by nature is virtually never seen using honorifics, with the exception of individuals she doesn't know and needs to show respect to.

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** Yuuki being very informal by nature is virtually never seen using honorifics, with the exception of individuals she doesn't know and needs to show respect to. That said, she does start out using "-san" on Asuna, but stops when Asuna says she doesn't need to.



** In Alicization, Raios and Humbert are two arrogant nobles who look down on Kirito and Eugeo and try to make their lives miserable, from cutting the buds off Kirito's flowers to [[spoiler:trying to rape Kirito and Eugeo's valets in order to provoke them into violating the Taboo Index]].



* KissingCousins: One-sided on Suguha's part. She slowly falls in love with her cousin Kirito ([[NotBloodSiblings who was raised as her brother]]); however, since he already has Asuna and Kirito isn't really into that stuff, he doesn't reciprocate.

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* KissingCousins: One-sided on Suguha's part. She slowly falls in love with her cousin Kirito ([[NotBloodSiblings who was raised as her brother]]); however, since he already has Asuna and Kirito isn't really into that stuff, he doesn't reciprocate.reciprocate, and Suguha tries to get over her feelings.


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** In Volume 11, the Integrity Knight sent to arrest Kirito and Eugeo for violating the Taboo Index reveals her name- [[spoiler:she's Alice, the ChildhoodFriend Eugeo has wanted to find for years]].

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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Very blatant near the end of the Alicization arc, where both the heroes and the BigBad are apparently willing to let each other power up attacks and monologue for minutes on end despite supposedly trying to kill each other.


** The third season, ''Project Alicization'', was [[https://www.facebook.com/SwordArtOnlineUSA/videos/1437808506255126/ announced to be underway ]] on October 1, 2017, at the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival. It will begin airing in October 2018 for a 4-cour schedule.

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** The third season, ''Project Alicization'', was [[https://www.facebook.com/SwordArtOnlineUSA/videos/1437808506255126/ announced to be underway ]] on October 1, 2017, at the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival. It will begin began airing in October 2018 for a 4-cour schedule.


* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: Does Asuna wants to defeat a boss by sacrificing NPC townpeople as part of her plan, much to Kirito's chagrin? Well, let's her to get emotionally attached to a AI program that call her "Mommy" and then observe, with impotence, as that program is subjected for deletion by the GM system, much for her suffering. Fortunately, there's Kirito to save the day, partially though.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: Does Asuna wants to defeat a boss by sacrificing NPC townpeople as part of her plan, much to Kirito's chagrin? Well, let's her to get emotionally attached to a AI program that call her "Mommy" and then observe, with impotence, as that program is subjected for deletion by the GM system, much for to her suffering. Fortunately, there's Kirito to save the day, partially though.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: Does Asuna wants to defeat a boss by sacrificing NPC townpeople as part of her plan, much to Kirito's chagrin? Well, let's her to get emotionally attached to a AI program that call her "Mommy" and then observe, with impotence, as that program is subjected for deletion by the GM system, much for her suffering. Fortunately, there's Kirito to save the day, partially though.


* BloodyHilarious: How this show portrays the dismemberment of rapists; Sugou, Humbert and Raios ''all'' [[{{Pun}} fall into pieces]] the ''second'' Kirito (and Eugeo) removes their filthy arms, [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl crying and screeching like little girls]] as their macho-facade disintegrates in a hysterical crimson fountain. Made even more hilarious in Raios' case as having lost ''both'' his arms, he leaps like a spastic-frog to Humbert [[{{Hypocrite}} to beg for the same life-force he refused to give him earlier.]]

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* BloodyHilarious: How this show portrays the dismemberment of rapists; Sugou, Humbert and Raios ''all'' [[{{Pun}} fall into pieces]] the ''second'' Kirito (and Eugeo) removes their filthy arms, [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl crying and screeching like little girls]] as their macho-facade disintegrates in a hysterical crimson fountain. Made even more hilarious in Raios' case as having lost ''both'' his arms, he leaps like a spastic-frog to Humbert [[{{Hypocrite}} to beg for the same life-force he refused to give him earlier.]]]] [[{{Pun}} Hop to]], Stumpy! Shake a leg!


* BloodyHilarious: How this show portrays the dismemberment of rapists; Sugou, Humbert and Raios ''all'' [[{{Pun}} fall into pieces]] the ''second'' Kirito removes their filthy arms, [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl crying and screeching like little girls]] as their macho-facade disintegrates in a hysterical crimson fountain. Made even more hilarious in Raios' case as having lost ''both'' his arms, he leaps like a spastic-frog to Humbert [[{{Hypocrite}} to beg for the same life-force he refused to give him earlier.]]

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* BloodyHilarious: How this show portrays the dismemberment of rapists; Sugou, Humbert and Raios ''all'' [[{{Pun}} fall into pieces]] the ''second'' Kirito (and Eugeo) removes their filthy arms, [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl crying and screeching like little girls]] as their macho-facade disintegrates in a hysterical crimson fountain. Made even more hilarious in Raios' case as having lost ''both'' his arms, he leaps like a spastic-frog to Humbert [[{{Hypocrite}} to beg for the same life-force he refused to give him earlier.]]

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* BloodyHilarious: How this show portrays the dismemberment of rapists; Sugou, Humbert and Raios ''all'' [[{{Pun}} fall into pieces]] the ''second'' Kirito removes their filthy arms, [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl crying and screeching like little girls]] as their macho-facade disintegrates in a hysterical crimson fountain. Made even more hilarious in Raios' case as having lost ''both'' his arms, he leaps like a spastic-frog to Humbert [[{{Hypocrite}} to beg for the same life-force he refused to give him earlier.]]

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* SexForSolace: Happens twice throughout the saga; the first time is played heartwarmingly straight after Kirito and Asuna survive being murdered by a Laughing Coffin agent who has infiltrated the Knights of Blood, and the two warriors emotionally bond is cemented that night as husband and wife... a decidedly darker variation of this occurs in ''Alicization'', wherein Quinella seduces [[spoiler: Eugeo]] in his MomentOfWeakness, stripping naked and offering tender unconditional love and kindness, allowing her to coldly [[spoiler: brainwash him into an Integrity Knight]] as they made "love."


* GuestStarPartyMember[=/=]OptionalPartyMember: In ''Caliber'', Freyja [[spoiler:is actually Thor in disguise]]. What happens when Kirito's party chooses not to free Freyja is covered in ''Caliber SS''.

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* GuestStarPartyMember[=/=]OptionalPartyMember: GuestStarPartyMember: In ''Caliber'', Freyja [[spoiler:is actually Thor in disguise]]. What happens when Kirito's party chooses not to free Freyja is covered in ''Caliber SS''.


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** '''''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeCloversRegret''''': Set in a JidaiGeki-flavoured [=VRMMO=] called ''Asuka Empire'', which appears briefly in the main story and ''Sister's Prayer''.

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** '''''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeCloversRegret''''': '''''Sword Art Online: Alternative Clovers Regret''''': Set in a JidaiGeki-flavoured [=VRMMO=] called ''Asuka Empire'', which appears briefly in the main story and ''Sister's Prayer''.



* Web Voice drama found [[http://saov.r10u.com/ here.]]

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* Web Voice drama found [[http://saov.r10u.com/ here.]]here]].

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