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** In the second light novel, Karen thinks of GGO as "a game, but not something she was playing," knowing that she has to win to prevent Pito from killing herself. Said words were used in reference to the SAO game.



* DifficultButAwesome: Back in the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc it was mentioned that AGI builds were no longer the best avatar to have. So by the time of the first Squad Jam, LLENN (who is a pure AGI build) is actually using an avatar with a sub-optimal build. However that doesn't stop her from being a force to be reckoned with, compensating for her lack of heavy firepower with her [[FragileSpeedster incredible speed to keep herself from being hit]].

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* DifficultButAwesome: Back in the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc it was mentioned that AGI builds were no longer the best for an avatar to have.have, since the best guns require a good amount of STR. So by the time of the first Squad Jam, LLENN (who is a pure AGI build) is actually using an avatar with a sub-optimal build. However that doesn't stop her from being a force to be reckoned with, compensating for her lack of heavy firepower with her [[FragileSpeedster incredible speed to keep herself from being hit]].


* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The light novels mention that Karen's family is very well off, which is why they can afford to pay for her huge apartment and why she can afford to try out so many games before settling on GGO. This detail doesn't come up in the anime.



* AfterTheEnd: Gun Gale Online is set on a dystopic Earth in a BadFuture ravaged by war involving futuristic technology.

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* AdaptedOut: The light novels occasionally mention Karen's older sister, brother-in-law and niece, such as a brief scene in which Karen sees her sister and niece shortly after Goshi leaves. They don't show up at all in the anime.
* AfterTheEnd: Gun Gale Online is set on a dystopic Earth in a BadFuture ravaged by war involving futuristic technology. In the light novel, it's pointed out that various places in the in-game world help tell the story of what happened.



* InMediasRes: The anime begins with LLENN & M entering Squad Jam. The manga begins a few weeks before Squad Jam with LLENN & Pitohui fighting a squad of players who are fed up with LLENN's constant PK'ing antics and have teamed up to hunt her down.

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* InMediasRes: The anime begins with LLENN & M entering Squad Jam. The manga begins a few weeks before Squad Jam with LLENN & Pitohui fighting a squad of players who are fed up with LLENN's constant PK'ing antics and have teamed up to hunt her down. The second volume of the light novel begins with the "wall-pinning" scene between Goshi and Karen, but doesn't refer to Goshi by name or explain why he's in Karen's apartment building.


* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Inverted with Karen. The anime doesn't show that early on, Karen's a bit conflicted about using GGO as a way to escape her problems (to the point that she briefly wonders if she should quit), or that a rift gradually seems to be forming between her and the rest of her family.



** In the first volume, Karen, after overhearing the high school girls she passes every day remarking about her height, wishes she could [[DisproportionateRetribution shoot them with her P90]]. Since said girls are the members of Team SHINC, LLENN ends up getting her wish.

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** In the first volume, Karen, after overhearing the high school girls she passes every day remarking about her height, wishes she could [[DisproportionateRetribution shoot them with her P90]]. Since said girls are the members of Team SHINC, LLENN ends up getting her wish. The second volume of the light novel says that since the encounter with the girls had provoked Karen into taking part in Squad Jam, it was "[[LampshadeHanging quite a bit of foreshadowing]]."


* DarkHorseVictory: In the second Squad Jam, after [[spoiler:LLENN finally takes down Pitohui by attacking her with her ''teeth'' after losing all her weapons]], the victor is sniped by a squad that had spent the entire battle avoiding combat, to the general boos of the audience.



* LoopholeAbuse: In the Squad Jam tournament, M tells LLENN that players who are killed during battle linger on the battlefield for about ten minutes, during which time they're also immune to all damage. He tells her to use the dead body of one of the pro team as cover after her initial ambush attack. Due to her small size, she is able to completely hide behind the body, and kills the other two members.

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* LoopholeAbuse: In the Squad Jam tournament, M tells LLENN that players who are killed during battle linger on the battlefield for about ten minutes, during which time they're also immune to all damage. He tells her to use the dead body of one of the pro team as cover after her initial ambush attack. Due to her small size, she is able to completely hide behind the body, and kills the other two members. In the second Squad Jam, a member of team SHINC uses this by killing one of their own to make an indestructible shield and sniper stand.

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** One of [=PM4=]'s hired muscle intentionally projects a Bullet Line from his rifle in order to get his target to do something that gets them killed (Anna dodges the "Phantom Bullet" right into M's sights), much like how Sinon lased Death Gun with a Bullet Line from her rifle in the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc to cause him to do something that gets him killed (He stops attacking, and tries to cloak up. His cloak is disabled by pistol fire and then is killed by Kiroto.)


* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline Has a page of it's own]].

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* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline Has a page of it's its own]].



* ShownTheirWork: Keiichi Sigsawa is a major GunNut (his penname even refers to the weapons manufacturer Sig Sauer), so you can expect every detail about the firearms in the series to be accurate.

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* ShownTheirWork: Keiichi Sigsawa is a major GunNut (his penname even refers to the weapons manufacturer Sig SIG Sauer), so you can expect every detail about the firearms in the series to be accurate.


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** Volume 3 shows the finer details of hunting in Hokkaido, including the use of ''sommerskis'' for maneuvering in mountains[[note]]skis that make use of sea lion pelts where the fur grows in a specific direction, allowing one to climb slopes without worrying about sliding down the wrong way[[/note]], covering a rifle's muzzle with a gauntlet, and the growing number of female hunters.


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* SocietyMarchesOn: An aversion: Volume 3 says the reason why Shirley in real life is able to be a legal rifle owner at the very young age of 24 is because in 2018, the Japanese government amended the Firearms & Sword Control Law to reduce the 10 year shotgun ownership prerequisite down to only three years (shotgun ownership becomes legal at age 20). The light novel was originally written in 2015: Sigsawa was clearly being far too optimistic, as 2018 has come and gone and there has been no change in the Japanese gun control landscape.

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** In Volume 3, as Pitohui is materializing all her weapons and armor, one of the guys in the pub asks if [[LockAndLoadMontage the sight of a hot woman getting suited up for battle]] is getting anyone else turned on. Another guy then wonders out loud if there's anyone in the bar who's ''not'' a pervert.

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** In the dub, one of the [[Main/RedShirt Red Shirts]] in Episode 1 happens to be voiced by Creator/BrycePapenbrook, who voices [[TheProtagonist Kirito]] from the main series.

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* GodlikeGamer: The series follows suit from its parent series with LLENN, who becomes an elite gamer in Gun Gale Online. Despite only being a newbie, she finds out she's a gaming prodigy with natural talent, able to destroy entire squadrons of enemy players by herself. It's up for debate how much of her feats are actual skill and how much is due to her advantageous avatar that gives her SuperSpeed and a short stature, but nonetheless she ends up FamedInStory and comes out as the champion of a [=PvP=] tournament. Pitohui even describes LLENN as "God's gift to [=FullDive=]."


[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome to the World of Guns!]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome [[caption-width-right:350:''Welcome to the World of Guns!]]
Guns!'']]


[[caption-width-right:350:[[UnderestimatingBadassery Don't underestimate]] [[BadassAdorable this girl.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[UnderestimatingBadassery Don't underestimate]] [[BadassAdorable this girl.]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Welcome to the World of Guns!]]


** The Harassment Code[[note]]a safety measure that prevents male players from sexually assaulting female players[[/note]] which was first implemented in SAO appears to be present in all games connected to The Seed, including GGO.

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** The Harassment Code[[note]]a safety measure that prevents male players from sexually assaulting female players[[/note]] players, by giving said players an ability to report anyone who makes prolonged physical contact with them[[/note]] which was first implemented in SAO appears to be present in all games connected to The Seed, including GGO.



* DeathIsCheap: Deconstructed. Unlike Sword Art Online, death in Gun Gale Online isn't permanent. However, [[DeathSeeker Pitohui]] turns it back into a death game by putting the risk of killing her teammates for real if they die in the game. So while death isn't permanent in-game, it's still very much consequential.

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* DeathIsCheap: Deconstructed. Unlike Sword Art Online, death in Gun Gale Online isn't permanent.permanent, although anyone who dies in a tournament is out for the rest of the match. However, [[DeathSeeker Pitohui]] turns it back into a death game by putting the risk of killing her teammates for real if they die in the game. So while death isn't permanent in-game, it's still very much consequential.



* EntertaininglyWrong: Because Karen can't tell her family about playing a VRMMO, her parents assume her ImportantHaircut came after a breakup. Her sister, noticing that Karen doesn't answer the phone (because she's playing GGO), asks if Karen's still depressed about not making any friends at school.



* WallPinOfLove: Amusingly subverted. Karen is the recipient, but

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* WallPinOfLove: Amusingly subverted. Karen is the recipient, butand Goshi asks her whether she's loved anyone else before. She says no, at which point he says that he feels that way about Pito.

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* KidsDrivingCars: while Fukaziroh isn't actually a kid (aged 19), her in-game avatar is [[FunSize only around 150cm tall]] so that she has the appearance of one. Despite her size she's able to drive a large humvee with no difficulty.


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* CompanionCube: LLENN's P-chan. It becomes bizarre when she briefly imagines her weapon ''talking'' to her.

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