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* TheInformant: [[spoiler:Kirito come Volume 5, and he's now the informant for Public Safety.]]
* InventionalWisdom: [[spoiler:Spontaneously activated self-destruct capability for ALO.]]

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* IncapableOfDisobeying:
** In the ''Alicization'' arc, the artificial souls that make up the population of Underworld live under a "Taboo Index" that enforces Underworld's FantasticCasteSystem with absolute authority. An example of its effect on its people is when Eugeo tries to stop [[spoiler:the attempted rape of two girls he and Kirito were mentoring]]. The act Eugeo wants to stop is not a violation of of the Taboo Index, but the fact that it's being performed by a noble, where Eugeo is a simple commoner, means that trying to stop it ''is''. As a result, Eugeo can, at first, only watch helplessly, unable to move or act in anyone's defense. When Eugeo manages enough HeroicResolve to resist the Taboo Index and fight back, the effort and backlash of doing so causes his eye to explode from its socket.
** From the same arc, while fighting their way through the Cathedral, Kirito and Eugeo meet Linel and Fizel, a pair of apprentice nuns who snuck out to see the intruders after all the non-Integrity Knights were ordered to lock themselves in their rooms. This trope is one of the factors in Kirito's realizing they weren't what they claimed to be, since if such an order had been given, then the girls could never have stepped outside their rooms. Because of this, Kirito is able to turn the tables on their sudden but inevitable betrayal.
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TheInformant: [[spoiler:Kirito come Volume 5, and he's now the informant for Public Safety.]]
* %%* InventionalWisdom: [[spoiler:Spontaneously activated self-destruct capability for ALO.]]


* '''''Caliber''''': Set shortly after the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc, Kirito [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether gathers many of his friends from the various games he has played]] in order to take on one of the most challenging quests in the reborn ALO: recovering the game's InfinityPlusOneSword, Excaliber [''sic'']. (LN Volume 7).
* '''''Mother's Rosario''''': Set after the Phantom Bullet and Caliber arc, this one has the particularity that the main character is actually Asuna, instead of Kirito. While playing [=ALO=], Asuna encounters a mysterious swordswoman named Yuuki, whose combat skill is said to surpass even Kirito's. She is recruited to help Yuuki and her guild, the "Sleeping Knights," achieve the feat of soloing one of Aincrad's fearsome floor bosses, an achievement that would immortalize their names on the Monument of Swordsmen. (LN Volume 8).

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* '''''Caliber''''': Set shortly after the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc, Kirito [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether gathers many of his friends from the various games he has played]] in order to take on one of the most challenging quests in the reborn ALO: recovering the game's InfinityPlusOneSword, Excaliber [''sic'']. (LN Volume 7).
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* '''''Mother's Rosario''''': Set after the Phantom Bullet and Caliber arc, this one has the particularity that the main character is actually Asuna, instead of Kirito. While playing [=ALO=], Asuna encounters a mysterious swordswoman named Yuuki, whose combat skill is said to surpass even Kirito's. She is recruited to help Yuuki and her guild, the "Sleeping Knights," achieve the feat of soloing one of Aincrad's fearsome floor bosses, an achievement that would immortalize their names on the Monument of Swordsmen. (LN Volume 8).7).


* AquaintedInRealLife: Suguha met Kirito as Leafa in ALO while trying to get over her crush on cousin/stepbrother Kazuto, and found herself falling in love with Kirito only to be devastated when she realized Kirito and Kazuto were the same person.

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* AquaintedInRealLife: AcquaintedInRealLife: Suguha met Kirito as Leafa in ALO while trying to get over her crush on cousin/stepbrother Kazuto, and found herself falling in love with Kirito only to be devastated when she realized Kirito and Kazuto were the same person.


** ''Hollow Realization'': A manga adaptation of the video game. (Serialization began March 2017, complete at 6 volumes as of October 2019)
** ''Kiss and Fly'': A manga adaptation of the 4 sidestories that comprise Volume 22. (Serialization began February 2020)
** ''Alicization Lycoris'': A manga adaptation of the video game. (Serialization began May 2020)

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** ''Hollow Realization'': A manga adaptation of the video game. (Serialization (Complete, serialization began March 2017, complete at 6 volumes published as of October 2019)
** ''Kiss and Fly'': A manga adaptation of the 4 sidestories that comprise Volume 22. (Serialization (In progress, publication began February March 2020)
** ''Alicization Lycoris'': A manga adaptation of the video game. (Serialization (In progress, serialization began May 2020)

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** ''Kiss and Fly'': A manga adaptation of the 4 sidestories that comprise Volume 22. (Serialization began February 2020)


* '''''Caliber''''': Set shortly after the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc, Kirito [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether gathers many of his friends from the various games he has played]] in order to take on one of the most challenging quests in the reborn ALO: recovering the game's InfinityPlusOneSword, Excaliber [''sic'']. (LN Volume 8).
* '''''Mother's Rosario''''': Set after the Phantom Bullet and Caliber arc, this one has the particularity that the main character is actually Asuna, instead of Kirito. While playing [=ALO=], Asuna encounters a mysterious swordswoman named Yuuki, whose combat skill is said to surpass even Kirito's. She is recruited to help Yuuki and her guild, the "Sleeping Knights," achieve the feat of soloing one of Aincrad's fearsome floor bosses, an achievement that would immortalize their names on the Monument of Swordsmen. (LN Volume 7).

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* '''''Caliber''''': Set shortly after the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc, Kirito [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether gathers many of his friends from the various games he has played]] in order to take on one of the most challenging quests in the reborn ALO: recovering the game's InfinityPlusOneSword, Excaliber [''sic'']. (LN Volume 8).
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* '''''Mother's Rosario''''': Set after the Phantom Bullet and Caliber arc, this one has the particularity that the main character is actually Asuna, instead of Kirito. While playing [=ALO=], Asuna encounters a mysterious swordswoman named Yuuki, whose combat skill is said to surpass even Kirito's. She is recruited to help Yuuki and her guild, the "Sleeping Knights," achieve the feat of soloing one of Aincrad's fearsome floor bosses, an achievement that would immortalize their names on the Monument of Swordsmen. (LN Volume 7).8).

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* OurKoboldsAreDifferent: The first boss from the second episode, Illfang the Kobold Lord, is a hulking, muscular, large-bellied kobold with greyish (in the manga) or red (in the anime and games) fur and a kangaroo-like design.


** ''Aincrad'' (Complete, 2 volumes)
** ''Fairy Dance'' (Complete, 3 volumes)

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** ''Aincrad'' (Complete, 2 volumes)
volumes as of September 2012)
** ''Fairy Dance'' (Complete, 3 volumes)volumes from October 2012 to June 2014)



** ''Caliber'' (Complete, 1 volume)
** ''Mother's Rosario'' (Complete, 3 volumes)
** ''Ordinal Scale'' (In progress, 1st volume released in April 2017)

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** ''Caliber'' (Complete, 1 volume)
volume in August 2015)
** ''Mother's Rosario'' (Complete, 3 volumes)
volumes from December 2014 to June 2016)
** ''Ordinal Scale'' (In progress, 1st volume released in (Complete, 5 volumes from April 2017)2017 to April 2020)



** ''Alicization Lycoris'': A manga adaptation of the video game. (Serialization scheduled to begin in May 2020)

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** ''Alicization Lycoris'': A manga adaptation of the video game. (Serialization scheduled to begin in began May 2020)

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* AquaintedInRealLife: Suguha met Kirito as Leafa in ALO while trying to get over her crush on cousin/stepbrother Kazuto, and found herself falling in love with Kirito only to be devastated when she realized Kirito and Kazuto were the same person.


* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Limiting the number of available copies at release to ten thousand is utterly ludicrous from a financial standpoint. Today even the average single-player game produced by a major developer will aim for much higher numbers to make back their money. Add to that how SAO would be significantly more expensive to develop than any conventional major MMO due to its use of pioneering technology, [[https://youtu.be/X-zPrXJpiAw light estimates ranging from]] 400 million dollars[[labelnote: that is]]41 billion yen[[/labelnote]] to 1.7 ''billion'' dollars[[labelnote: that is]]183 '''billion''' yen[[/labelnote]] [[note]]To compare, SAO is a [[{{Understatement}} bit more expensive]] than ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', currently ''the'' most expensive game ever made (and the most sold as well) at its ''minimum'', and more than '''six times''' at its maximum[[/note]] is estimated to be and one has to wonder how on earth any investor on the planet would ever agree to such tiny launch numbers for the game.

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Limiting the number of available copies at release to ten thousand is utterly ludicrous from a financial standpoint. Today even the average single-player game produced by a major developer will aim for much higher numbers to make back their money. Add to that how SAO would be significantly more expensive to develop than any conventional major MMO due to its use of pioneering technology, [[https://youtu.be/X-zPrXJpiAw light estimates ranging from]] 400 million dollars[[labelnote: that is]]41 billion yen[[/labelnote]] to 1.7 ''billion'' dollars[[labelnote: that is]]183 '''billion''' yen[[/labelnote]] [[note]]To compare, SAO is a [[{{Understatement}} bit more expensive]] than ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', currently ''the'' most expensive game ever made (and the most sold as well) at its ''minimum'', and more than '''six times''' at its maximum[[/note]] is estimated to be and maximum[[/note]], one has to wonder how on earth any investor on the planet would ever agree to such tiny launch numbers for the game.


* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Limiting the number of available copies at release to ten thousand is utterly ludicrous from a financial standpoint. Today even the average single-player game produced by a major developer will aim for much higher numbers to make back their money. Add to that how SAO would be significantly more expensive to develop than any conventional major MMO due to its use of pioneering technology, and one has to wonder how on earth any investor would agree to such tiny launch numbers for the game.

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Limiting the number of available copies at release to ten thousand is utterly ludicrous from a financial standpoint. Today even the average single-player game produced by a major developer will aim for much higher numbers to make back their money. Add to that how SAO would be significantly more expensive to develop than any conventional major MMO due to its use of pioneering technology, [[https://youtu.be/X-zPrXJpiAw light estimates ranging from]] 400 million dollars[[labelnote: that is]]41 billion yen[[/labelnote]] to 1.7 ''billion'' dollars[[labelnote: that is]]183 '''billion''' yen[[/labelnote]] [[note]]To compare, SAO is a [[{{Understatement}} bit more expensive]] than ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', currently ''the'' most expensive game ever made (and the most sold as well) at its ''minimum'', and more than '''six times''' at its maximum[[/note]] is estimated to be and one has to wonder how on earth any investor on the planet would ever agree to such tiny launch numbers for the game.



** The Christmas event boss, Nicholas the Renegade, promises copious amounts of treasure, including an item that can revive the dead, to whomever can defeat him. This leads to Kirito taking down Nicholas single-handedly while Fuurinkazan holds off the Divine Dragon Alliance.

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** The Christmas event boss, Nicholas the Renegade, promises copious amounts of treasure, including an item that can revive the dead, to whomever can defeat him. This leads to Kirito taking down Nicholas single-handedly while Fuurinkazan holds off the Divine Dragon Alliance. [[spoiler: It's in vain.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The opening credits for season two at one point show Kirito trying to reach Death Gun while surrounded by a purple triangular void with three laughing silhouettes growing out of each of the three points [[spoiler: which foreshadows that "Death Gun" is actually three people, one whom controls the "Sterben" avatar in GGO itself and sets up the murders by shooting other avatars with a handgun and two others who operate in the real world, using a heart attack-inducing drug to actually kill people.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** As Kirito himself put it in his battle with Heathcliff, he was fighting at his maximum ability, making it impossible for anyone to counter him at that particular moment, yet Heathcliff defeated him rather soundly. [[spoiler: It's because he's [[BigBad Akihiko Kayaba]] himself, and he designed the very settings of the battle and player movements]].
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The opening credits for season two at one point show Kirito trying to reach Death Gun while surrounded by a purple triangular void with three laughing silhouettes growing out of each of the three points [[spoiler: which foreshadows that "Death Gun" is actually three people, one whom controls the "Sterben" avatar in GGO itself and sets up the murders by shooting other avatars with a handgun and two others who operate in the real world, using a heart attack-inducing drug to actually kill people.]]


* TeleportersAndTransporters: Crystals in SAO, which allow you to instantly return to the level's town area. Unfortunately, certain dungeons have anti-crystal fields.



* WarpWhistle: Crystals in SAO, which allow you to instantly return to the level's town area. Unfortunately, certain dungeons have anti-crystal fields.



** ''Alicization'' Part 5: [[spoiler:The Synthesis Ritual is actually a form of [[{{Brainwshed}} brainwashing]] or [[FakeMemories giving amnesia]] on the Integrity Knights. To make things worse, Eugeo is forcefully Synthesized into an Integrity Knight by Quinella by the time Kirito and Alice met him again.]]

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** ''Alicization'' Part 5: [[spoiler:The Synthesis Ritual is actually a form of [[{{Brainwshed}} brainwashing]] {{brainwash|ed}}ing or [[FakeMemories giving amnesia]] on the Integrity Knights. To make things worse, Eugeo is forcefully Synthesized into an Integrity Knight by Quinella by the time Kirito and Alice met him again.]]



--->'''Kirito''': “Um.. who are you?”
--->'''NewTransferStudent''': How rude. I came all the way here to transfer, you’ve forgotten about [[spoiler:onee-san]] already?”
--->'''Kirito''': "Eh? No, but..."
--->''(Kirito recognizes the NewTransferStudent as [[spoiler:[[TheBusCameBack Argo]]]])''

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--->'''Kirito''': “Um.. who are you?”
--->'''NewTransferStudent''':
you?”\\
'''NewTransferStudent''':
How rude. I came all the way here to transfer, you’ve forgotten about [[spoiler:onee-san]] already?”
--->'''Kirito''': "Eh? No, but..."
--->''(Kirito
"\\
''(Kirito
recognizes the NewTransferStudent as [[spoiler:[[TheBusCameBack Argo]]]])''


** The third season, ''Alicization'', was [[https://www.facebook.com/SwordArtOnlineUSA/videos/1437808506255126/ announced to be underway]] on October 1, 2017, at the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival. It began airing in October 2018 for a 4-cour schedule, with its third cour, ''Alicization: War of Underworld'' airing from October to December 2019. The fourth and final cour will air in April 2020.

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** The third season, ''Alicization'', was [[https://www.facebook.com/SwordArtOnlineUSA/videos/1437808506255126/ announced to be underway]] on October 1, 2017, at the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival. It began airing in October 2018 for a 4-cour schedule, with its third cour, ''Alicization: War of Underworld'' airing from October to December 2019. The fourth and final cour will air in April July 2020.

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** This is the main purpose of the ''Progressive'' light novels. Even in the original [=LNs=], Aincrad was a massively skimmed-over footnote that trimmed out most of the 75 floors to focus on the short stories involving notable events and characters, so ''Progressive'' was made to try to go through the entire process and actually explore Aincrad and the involved cast more thoroughly. While it does enact RetroactiveContinuity on some details like how Kirito and Asuna really met, the later main series books would go on to reference ''Progressive'' where need be, to the point that with [[spoiler: [[TheBusCameBack Argo's return]]]] at the beginning of ''Unital Ring'', you likely wouldn't even remember who the character was without reading up on ''Progressive'' or seeing them in the video games.

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* AuthorTract: The proper epilogue of the ''Alicization'' arc is one for atheism, pro-AI movement, and CreatingLifeIsAwesome.

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