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** The 2019 April Fools event had Kirito and Asuna turning into [[Manga/DetectiveConan little kids and dressing as detectives]]. Yuuki even dresses as a Phantom Thief.

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** The 2019 April Fools event had Kirito and Asuna turning into [[Manga/DetectiveConan little kids and dressing as detectives]]. Yuuki even dresses as a Phantom Thief.Thief, while Asuna's skill record comes with the tagline "There's only one truth!"

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* In ''Integral Factor''
** The 2019 April Fools event had Kirito and Asuna turning into [[Manga/DetectiveConan little kids and dressing as detectives]]. Yuuki even dresses as a Phantom Thief.

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* Cardinal's assistant is a little spider named Charlotte. [[Literature/CharlottesWeb Does that ring a bell?]]


* During Volume 10, Kikuoka, while explaining to Asuna that [[spoiler:it isn't possible to create a facsimile of modern society in virtual reality, hence why Underworld is set in the medieval times]], Kikuoka all but mentions ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' by name ("a movie from before (Asuna was) born"), while discussing that the protagonist "[[SpottingTheThread starts spotting the cracks]] and eventually [[TrumanShowPlot realizes the truth…]]”
* [[spoiler:Gabe's death is reminiscent to how Kira dies in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Both characters arrive somewhere other than they thought they should be (Gabe in the [=STL=] room, Kira at the haunted alley), only to encounter the girl they killed years ago (Gabe killed Alicia, Kira killed Reimi) and get DraggedOffToHell by the souls of the dead. And both are villains of their respective story arcs.]]


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* During Volume 10, Kikuoka, while explaining to Asuna that [[spoiler:it isn't possible to create a facsimile of modern society in virtual reality, hence why Underworld is set in the medieval times]], Kikuoka all but mentions ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' by name ("a movie from before (Asuna was) born"), while discussing that the protagonist "[[SpottingTheThread starts spotting the cracks]] and eventually [[TrumanShowPlot realizes the truth…]]”
* [[spoiler:Gabe's death is reminiscent to how Kira dies in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Both characters arrive somewhere other than they thought they should be (Gabe in the [=STL=] room, Kira at the haunted alley), only to encounter the girl they killed years ago (Gabe killed Alicia, Kira killed Reimi) and get DraggedOffToHell by the souls of the dead. And both are villains of their respective story arcs.]]
* Episode 14 of ''Alicization'' has a huge visual reference to ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'' with the scene where [[https://i.imgur.com/o6fPuiq.jpg Kirito uses Spinning Shield to blocks Deusolbert's Conflagration Bow]] is near-identical to [[https://i.imgur.com/A5nprME.jpg Archer using Rho Aias to block Lancer's Gae Bolg]].


** In the ''Ambush of the Imposters'' DLC, Yamikaze, the de facto leader of Zeliska's contact team, wears armor that sports an interesting grey, red, and white color scheme that is somewhat reminiscent of [[Franchise/MassEffect a certain other commander from a third-person sci-fi RPG franchise.]]

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** In the ''Ambush of the Imposters'' DLC, Yamikaze, the de facto leader of Zeliska's contact team, wears armor that sports an interesting grey, red, and white color scheme that is somewhat reminiscent of rather similar to [[Franchise/MassEffect a certain other commander from a third-person sci-fi RPG franchise.]]


* During one of Agil's events in ''Fatal Bullet'' he ropes the Player, Kirito, and Klein into modeling some post-Apocalyptic armor he's found and wants to sell. Kirito ends up wearing [[Film/MadMax Max Rockatansky's]] armor.

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* In ''Fatal Bullet'':
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During one of Agil's events in ''Fatal Bullet'' which he ropes the Player, Kirito, and Klein into modeling some post-Apocalyptic armor he's found and wants to sell. Kirito ends up wearing [[Film/MadMax Max Rockatansky's]] armor.armor.
** In the ''Ambush of the Imposters'' DLC, Yamikaze, the de facto leader of Zeliska's contact team, wears armor that sports an interesting grey, red, and white color scheme that is somewhat reminiscent of [[Franchise/MassEffect a certain other commander from a third-person sci-fi RPG franchise.]]


* In ''Memory Defrag'' event, "Support Mech, Ultimate Duo", when the SAO gang are worried about fighting against [[OneWomanArmy Epidanthia]], Leafa comments that "[[Anime/DragonBallZ her power level must be well over nine thousand!]]"

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* In ''Memory Defrag'' Defrag'':
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event, "Support Mech, Ultimate Duo", when the SAO gang are worried about fighting against [[OneWomanArmy Epidanthia]], Leafa comments that "[[Anime/DragonBallZ her power level must be well over nine thousand!]]"thousand!]]"
** In the character event "To Each Their Own", when Kirito is explaining to Sinon of the reach of close range weapons, he remarks the only weapon capable of the range of the bows she was used to would be [[Manga/DragonBall Goku's Power Pole]].


* In ''Memory Defrag'' event, "Support Mech, Ultimate Duo", when the SAO gang are worried about fighting against [[OneWomanArmy Epidanthia]], Leafa comments that "[[Anime/DragonBallZ her power level must be well over nine thousand!]]"

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* In ''Memory Defrag'' event, "Support Mech, Ultimate Duo", when the SAO gang are worried about fighting against [[OneWomanArmy Epidanthia]], Leafa comments that "[[Anime/DragonBallZ her power level must be well over nine thousand!]]"thousand!]]"
* During one of Agil's events in ''Fatal Bullet'' he ropes the Player, Kirito, and Klein into modeling some post-Apocalyptic armor he's found and wants to sell. Kirito ends up wearing [[Film/MadMax Max Rockatansky's]] armor.


* Someone cosplaying as [[Literature/WheresWally Wally]] can be seen queuing to buy [=SAO=] in episode 1.

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* Someone cosplaying as [[Literature/WheresWally Wally]] can be seen queuing to buy [=SAO=] SAO in episode 1.



* During the Prologue of the ''Unital Ring'' arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').

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* During the Prologue of the ''Unital Ring'' arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').Kazu'''to''').
* In ''Memory Defrag'' event, "Support Mech, Ultimate Duo", when the SAO gang are worried about fighting against [[OneWomanArmy Epidanthia]], Leafa comments that "[[Anime/DragonBallZ her power level must be well over nine thousand!]]"


* In Episode 4 of Phantom Bullet, one player who is amazed by Kirito's bullet-dodging skills in the "Untouchable" mini-game looks like a grown-up [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]] with dark skin.

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* In Episode 4 of Phantom Bullet, one player who is amazed by Kirito's bullet-dodging skills in the "Untouchable" mini-game looks like a grown-up is [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang]] a bald guy with dark skin.an arrow tattoo on his forehead]].


* During the Prologue of the ''Unital Ring'' arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').
* Clarence and Shirley, two minor characters from ''Alternative: Gun Gale Online'', seem to be a nod to ''{{Film/Airplane}}''

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* During the Prologue of the ''Unital Ring'' arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').
* Clarence and Shirley, two minor characters from ''Alternative: Gun Gale Online'', seem to be a nod to ''{{Film/Airplane}}''
Kazu'''to''').

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* During Volume 10, Kikuoka, while explaining to Asuna that [[spoiler:it isn't possible to create a facsimile of modern society in virtual reality, hence why Underworld is set in the medieval times]], Kikuoka all but mentions ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' by name ("a movie from before (Asuna was) born"), while discussing that the protagonist "[[SpottingTheThread starts spotting the cracks]] and eventually [[TrumanShowPlot realizes the truth…]]”


* During the Prologue arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').

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* During the Prologue of the ''Unital Ring'' arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').


* During the Prologue arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').

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* During the Prologue arc, which reveals Kazuto's original surname (Narusaka), Kazuto himself wonders that had his parents still been alive up to that point, he would have named his online persona {{Manga/Naruto}} ('''Naru'''saka Kazu'''to''').Kazu'''to''').
* Clarence and Shirley, two minor characters from ''Alternative: Gun Gale Online'', seem to be a nod to ''{{Film/Airplane}}''


* There are a lot of elements comparing this to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
** Kirito is like Cloud as both are the main protagonists that have a SugarAndIcePersonality and are skilled swordsmen, and also has a similar taste in clothing (at least in-games).
** Asuna has comparisons with Aerith. Both are the love interests of the main character, have hints of red clothing, skilled with a blunt weapon and magic. Unlike Aerith [[spoiler:who dies by Sephiroth's hands]], Asuna [[spoiler:survives her encounter with Oberon]].
** Suguha can be compared to Tifa as both are the [[{{Deuteragonist}} deuteragonists]] (although the former is only this in the Fairy Dance Arc), have black hair, are [[BoobsOfSteel busty]], skilled martial artists, and being related to the main character.

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