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A list of Accel World characters primarily associated with the Black Legion, Nega Nebulus.


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In General

    In General 
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The failed raid on the Imperial Palace, which resulted in Ardor Maiden, Aqua Current and Graphite Edge being trapped in precarious positions on the Unlimited Neural Field, in which the Four Gods will kill them if they try to log back in. It took a great deal of effort to rescue Ardor Maiden from this situation
  • Elemental Powers: The Elements of the old group represented the classical four elements. Sky Raker represented air, Ardor Maiden represented fire, Aqua Current represented water, and Graphite Edge represented earth.
  • Elite Four: The Elements, the four lieutenants of the first incarnation of Nega Nebulus. Shortly after Black Lotus's declaration of war on the other kings, they attempted a raid on a group of Beef Gate bosses themed after The Four Gods. Instead, three of them became trapped in a Cycle of Hurting inside the bosses' spawn zones, and the Legion fell apart soon afterwards.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: So far, Sky Raker and Ardor Maiden have rejoined Kuroyukihime, and Haruyuki hopes the other Elements will, too. as of vol 14, Aqua Current has rejoined as well.
  • True Companions: They're considered a very close-knit group, especially the new Nega Nebulus, which Haru thinks of as a family of sorts.


The Black King

    Black Lotus 

"Kuroyukihime"/Black Lotus/Sayuki Kuroba
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Voiced by: Sachika Misawa (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)

A second-year at Umesato Junior High who is very popular among the other students thanks to both her looks and passive personality. She becomes interested in Haruyuki and gives him the chance to enter the Accelerated World to fight alongside her. During school, she is known for being very calm and caring but still impatient and ill-tempered and not always using her head.

She is actually the Black King, formerly one of the original pure colored kings, who went into hiding, Like the others she is one of the strongest players in the game with a level 9 avatar. She is considered a traitor by other Burst Linkers.

  • Action Girlfriend: Kuroyukihime is the powerful Black King who suddenly changes Haruyuki's life by introducing him to the Accelerated World, becoming both his mentor and love interest.
  • A-Cup Angst: Downplayed. She's usually not bothered by the size of her chest, but she gets annoyed when Niko tries to make fun of her lack of curves and when seeing Megumi's large breasts.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Fuuko, Utai and Akira address her as Sa-chan ("Sacchi" in the localization of the light novel). As Black Lotus, her mentor Graphite Edge calls her "Lotta".
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: An unusual example. She became enamored with Haruyuki after seeing his speed and drive in his squash games, and the only reason she had a higher score, for the purpose of getting his attention, is she had to cheat to even surpass him. The way it's presented, this in turn makes Haruyuki an unusual kind of "Hercules", but replace physical prowess with video game skill, though within a virtual game world, it still translates to physical prowess in a sense.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's a tall girl with long black hair who possess a graceful and calm demeanor.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Treated as the highest criminal in Brain Burst for trying to reach Level 10 and disrupting the Balance of Power. Subverted by the show itself, which treats her overt desire to achieve level 10 and potentially end the game as good, while treating the other kings' underhanded backstabbing and maintainance of the status quo as evil.
    • Also subverted in the books with the non-Guild Burst Linkers (and secretly a few Guild members too), who see her ambition as the natural state of mind for a true gamer and fighter; when Kuroyukihime appears at the Hermes Cord Race (book 5) many of the spectators cheer for her return.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Towards Haruyuki in Episode 4.
  • Animal Motifs: Always associated with butterflies.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: A surprisingly heartwarming one in Volume 2. After pointing out that his fear of failure is holding him back, and at the root of it is the fear of being abandoned, asks him if he really thinks their bond is that shallow.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Slaps Haruyuki and cries after he accuses her of using him as a pawn to degrade herself.
  • Attractiveness Isolation: Kuroyukihime fears she's so attractive that she's intimidating Haruyuki and that's why he's so reluctant to get close to her.
  • Badass Adorable: Very beautiful, School Idol to boot and is the Black King, who made her descent in the virtual world through piles of her defeated enemies.
  • Bathtub Bonding: She and Haruyuki share a bonding moment when they take a bath together in the Hot Springs Episode OVA. It lasts until Kuroyukihime hugs him and Haruyuki passes out from feeling her naked body pressed against his.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Although she is generally polite and well meaning, she won't hesitate to kick ass if Haruyuki and his friends are in danger.
  • The Big Girl: Besides playing The Leader, Kuroyukihime is also by far the most powerful and toughest member of Nega Nebulus.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The Black Lotus's arms have absurdly sharp blades that are able to cut and damage anything.
  • Blade Spam: Her attacks "Death by Barraging" (performed with her arms) and "Death by Bashing" (a series of kicks too fast to see), as well as her Incarnate techniques like Starburst Stream (which generates stars around her and shoots them forward as she strikes).
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The Elements of Nega Nebulus broke up after the failed attempt to invade the Imperial Palace, since three out of four were trapped at various spots in the Unlimited Neural Field.
  • Broken Ace: In the real world, she's the attractive, popular and intelligent vice president of her middle school. In the accelerated world, she's currently the closest to reaching Level 10, as the only Level 9 who's killed another Level 9. Beneath this seemingly perfect exterior lies a surprisingly emotionally vulnerable girl who's plagued by guilt, self-loathing and occasional feelings of jealousy.
  • Butterfly of Doom: Anti-Hero example.
  • Cain and Abel: She considers her sister White Cosmos her worst enemy because she tricked her into beheading Red Rider.
  • Character Development: She's aiming for this trope In-Universe. Kuroyukihime is working towards being able to change the tip of her blade-arms into hands, with the immediate aim of holding Silver Crow's hand, the long-term aim being to hug her friends in the Accelerated World without killing them - remember, her closest range attack is called Death by Embracing. This process involves analyzing the wounds and flaws in her own psyche, and working to fix them - and she can already form hands for a few seconds. It's a literal manifestation of The Power of Love; not just her romantic love for Haru, but her platonic love for her friends in her Legion.
  • Child Hater: She says she dislikes children, especially those like Niko.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She easily gets jealous whenever another girl gets close to Haruyuki. This even extends to herself as the second ending shows.
  • Cool Big Sis: Despite her claims of hating kids, she acts very mentor-ish around Coral Merrow and Lagoon Dolphin, and seems to enjoy their company. Meanwhile, her interactions with Niko are part this and Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Counter-Attack: Guard Reversal, aka "the way of the flexible" - a martial arts technique she picked in the real world for redirecting the force of opponents' attacks. The first time she uses it against Haru, he momentarily feels like her blade arms have turned into snakes and wrapped around his punch. Haru is later able to pull off a crude version of the technique by imitating her.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She says her "parent" betrayed her and is now her worst enemy. It's later revealed that her "parent" is her sister who tricked her into killing Red Rider.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She has a black motif and is seen as highest criminal in Brain Burst. In actuality, she's an Anti-Hero, but not a bad person.
  • Deadly Hug: Her attack Death By Embrace, a hug that decapitates her enemy.
  • Declaration of Protection: She swears to Haruyuki that she will protect him right before saving him from being hit by Araya's car.
  • Designer Babies: In Volume 23, it is revealed she is a Machine child. Her mother was one of KAMURA’s entrepreneurs and her father one of the researchers and together they were trying to research Fluctlight duplication by overwriting her Fluctlight when she was in her artificial womb by attaching a baby-size Neuro Linker on her when she was still developing.
  • Deus Exit Machina: She is in a school trip during the Dusk Taker arc, which results in Haru and Taku having to deal with Noumi alone.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Given that Accel World is technically ainvoked Creator-Driven Successor to Sword Art Online, Kuroyukihime can be thought of in many ways as a female Kirito. This has been lampshaded in crossovers such as Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight. Both of them favor wearing black, have titles with the word "Black in them (Black Lotus and Black Swordsman), are very The Stoic and serious compared to their peers, both are capable of Dual Wielding, and both even use identical Sword Skills (Vorpal Strike, The Eclipse, Starburst Stream).
  • Don't Call Me "Sir":
    • She doesn't like how Haruyuki keeps calling her "Sempai", even after she revealed her true name to him.
    • She also would like Takumu to stop calling her "Master" because she likes to be in more friendly terms with her legion members.
  • Establishing Character Moment: She has three in the first volume. Her first appearance as someone who broke Haru's record in the squash game (albeit using acceleration) and inviting him to soar to greater heights shows her as a mysterious individual who's also a skilled gamer. Her emotional breakdown after Haru insults himself and her shows that she's still an emotionally vulnerable 14-year-old. The fact that her plan to get Araya expelled backfires on her, resulting in him trying to kill her and Haru, shows that many of her actions end up having unintended and unfortunate consequences.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Megumi appears to.
  • The Fashionista: Not only is her net avatar's dress very fancy, but in the real world, she wears casual clothes, kimono or gloves.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She and Chiyu initially don't get along because they're jealous of each other, but by the end of the Dusk Taker arc, during which Chiyu contacts Kuroyukihime to inform her about Haru's stolen wings, enabling her to come to the rescue, they warm up to each other, and Kuroyukihime starts calling Chiyu by her first name.
  • First-Name Basis: She refers to Haruyuki and his friends by their (unabbreviated) first names, and the "-kun" honorific, and forgoes honorifics with Fuko and Megumi.
  • Flat "What": When she realizes that Haruyuki actually went with her suggestion to direct link with Chiyuri (which is equivalent to a very close date) to investigate Cyan Pile, her expression goes to a fault.
    Kuroyukihime: How long was the cable?
    Haruyuki: About 30 cm...
    (Kuroyukihime walks way faster)
  • Foil: To Taku's (unnamed) Parent. Kuroyukihime serves as a mentor and guide to Haru, while Taku's Parent told him what to do and used him as a pawn to test the backdoor program.
  • Freakiness Shame: She thinks her Duel Avatar is ugly because her limbs are blades instead. Haruyuki finds it beautiful, though.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: She's a very beautiful girl who is so popular that she could have every guy at her school, but she only has eyes for the little chubby guy that everyone considers a loser.
  • Godlike Gamer: As one of the seven Kings and a level-nine Burst Linker, Black Lotus is undoubtedly one of the most powerful Burst Linkers in the entire game.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: She says she realized her feelings for Haruyuki when he mentioned that he has cabled with Chiyu with a short cable and Kuroyukihime found herself feeling jealous for the first time in her life.
  • Hair Antennae: They fit with her butterfly motif since they resemble butterfly antennae.
  • Hellish Horse: She pulls a Big Damn Heroes while riding one of these.
  • Heroic BSoD: She faints after being forced to remember how she killed Red Rider.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Used Physical Full Burst to save Haruyuki from being hit by Araya's car, consuming 99% of her Burst Points and causing her a few days' retirement at the hospital.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She's often fairly critical of herself for her past actions, and the narrator in her POV sections (which is indicated to show how she feels) can often judge her quite unfavorably.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: In her net avatar.
  • Iron Lady: Takes on a haughty and flippant persona when speaking officially as the Black King, making aggressive demands and implying that her rivals are only still alive because she allows it. Raker claims that this act helped recruitment greatly in the early days of Nega Nebulus... because Lotus used to be so bad at it that recruits saw her as a Plucky Girl and treated her Legion as a fan club.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for many things, such as the disintegration of her own Legion. (on the last charge, at least, her former Legion members don't agree)
  • Just the Way You Are: She loves Haruyuki for how he is. For instance, she likes the pig avatar he uses and finds it cute.
  • Lady and Knight: Kuroyukihime is the beautiful lady and Haruyuki is the brave warrior trying to make himself worthy of being her knight and protect her.
  • Lady of War: Her Duel Avatar glides around just above the ground, giving her movements a smooth, graceful quality, and she carries herself in a calm and elegant manner.
  • The Leader: Of her legion Nega Nebulus. She gives them missions to protect territories, and guides them on getting stronger.
  • Leitmotif: "Alert Sign" in the anime. During her battle with Yellow Radio it's replaced by the "raio0" remix.
  • A Mother to Her Men: She deeply cares about the members of her legion and treats them like her dear friends instead of mere subordinates.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her net avatar wears a revealing dress that shows off her cleavage and her back. The anime opening sequences also like to show her nude.
  • Multiform Balance: Her "Overdrive" command causes Black Lotus's Tron Lines to glow in one of three colours, temporarily converting it into an avatar of that colour - Mode Red for increased attack range, Mode Green for higher defences, and Mode Blue for improved melee attack power. It's referred to as not a true Incarnate ability so much as a battle cry she uses to hype herself up, and is only usable in multiple ways because her avatar isn't associated with any colour to begin with.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction after realizing that Red Rider hadn't actually been planning on manipulating and betraying the other legions, meaning she killed him over a lie.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her net avatar's dress takes this to its logical extreme. Her bodice is entirely backless and sideless, with two narrow straps of black fabric rising from the waistline to cover her non-existent boobs.
  • Nice Girl: Kuroyukihime is very polite, calm, patient and well-meaning. You'd better not make her angry, though.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: For apparently no reason at all, she wears a darker version of the school uniform. It does fit her nicely though.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: To readers/viewers, as there are a few characters who know her name. Although she states that her real name isn't that different from her nickname. Taken to insane levels when she presents her name tag (which supposedly can't be hacked) and it shows her nickname instead of her name. Fuuko addresses her as Sa-chan in the final episode. It still doesn't tell us anything about her real name but is a start.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Haru makes the assumption that she's only around someone like him as a means of self-punishment, she gets upset to the point at which she slaps him, angrily calling him an idiot (as opposed to the smug way she calls him a "fool" when he does something stupid), and ends up crying uncontrollably. Seeing her as the 14-year-old girl she really is, Haru realizes how deeply he upset her.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: In her net avatar goes around with an elegant parasol.
  • Parental Neglect: Her parents don't even bother to show up at the hospital after she is hit by a car.
  • Peerless Love Interest: Haruyuki pretty much fell in love with Kuroyukihime because she was way out of his league both in social status and looks. This makes Haruyuki determined to fight to prove his worthiness of her and protect her. However, this gets deconstructed as Kuroyukihime is not comfortable with Haruyuki idolizing her and would like him to treat her like an individual equal to him so they could enjoy a more normal relationship. Haruyuki constantly insisting on maintaining his distance from Kuroyukihime and admiring her from afar only ends up hurting her feelings, but Haruyuki still isn't confident enough to get closer to Kuroyukihime and accept that she loves him just the way he is.
  • Personality Powers: Black Lotus's limbs are razor-sharp and hurt anyone who touches them, fitting her complexes over her past mistakes. As part of her attempts to move on, she is trying to develop an Incarnate technique which uses positive feelings to transform her blade-arms into normal hands.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Her net avatar has this.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In the OVA, when she merges with Haruyuki.
  • School Idol: She's the most popular girl in her grade, is considered the most beautiful girl in school and is part of the student council.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: She wears her modified school uniform most of the time, and Fuko notes that her closet is full of uniforms.
  • Sempai/Kōhai: She is the sempai to Haruyuki and co.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her net avatar wears an entirely backless dress, even showing a bit of butt cleavage.
  • Sexy Mentor: She's very beautiful and acts as The Tease towards her protege and Love Interest Haruyuki.
  • She Is the King: She holds the title of the Black King.
  • She's Got Legs: What she lacks in the chest department is made up by her beautiful, long legs.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: To Magic: The Gathering - Black Lotus is the most iconic member of the game's premier Game Breakers, the Power 9, for its unmatched ability to gather mana (known colloquially as "Acceleration" or "Accel"). This is reflected both in Kuroyukihime's Level 9 status and the mechanics of her "Overdrive" command. The theme starts to become more obvious after the arrival of the fake Black avatar Black Vise (see his entry for more details).
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Yellow Radio tries to guilt trip her over her killing Red Rider, Kuroyukihime tells him that she won't feel at all guilty about killing Yellow Radio.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She only has eyes for Haruyuki.
  • Snub by Omission: In the first OVA, while she's upset about Haruyuki acting like her subordinate while offering to help her alongside his other friends, says, "Then I'll see you after school, Takumu-kun, Chiyuri-kun," deliberately leaving Haru out.
  • Spin Attack: Her ultimate Incarnate technique "The Eclipse" has her extend her arms and spin at high speeds while upside down, causing her to appear as a black void surrounded by a ring of white Sword Lines.
  • Stock Light-Novel Calamity Princess: The Student Council President, known only as "Kuroyukihime",note  is secretly Black Lotus, one of the Kings of Pure Color who rule the Accelerated World. After she was tricked into killing the first Red King, her Legion collapsed, and she went into hiding until meeting the protagonist and deciding to recruit him as the first member of a new Black Legion. While by far the strongest of the main characters (enough to function as a Mentor and Big Good), her position makes her vulnerable to being targeted by assassins, which limits the amount she can personally take to the field. Like all Burst Linkers, her avatar's powers are shaped by the user's personal complexes - in her case this manifests as bladed limbs that inflict incurable wounds on the slightest touch, and gives her the Red Baron nickname of "World End". Her personal growth over the course of the story is mirrored by her attempts to reshape Lotus's limbs into simple hands instead.
  • Sue Donym: Her nickname "Kuroyukihime" takes one kanji from her surname Kuroba and her given name Sayuki.
  • Sword Beam: Her Incarnate technique "Vorpal Strike" shoots a powerful long-range beam by thrusting her arm forward, making it an exaggerated version of the reach-extending Sword Art Online skill of the same name. Haru later uses the image of Vorpal Strike as inspiration for Laser Lance, a long-range version of his Laser Sword, and the similarity of the two techniques means they can be used in a Combination Attack.
  • Sword Cane: The parasol of her net avatar is revealed to be a scabbard for a sword in the OVA.
  • The Tease: She enjoys to flirt with Haruyuki and see him get embarrassed as a result.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "Alert Sign" in the anime. During her battle with Yellow Radio it's replaced by the "raio0" remix.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge Girl to Haruyuki's Tiny Guy.
  • Tragic Mistake: Killing Red Rider. It indirectly leads to her being kicked out of her family home after she confronts her sister, becoming a wanted criminal in Brain Burst, and, not long afterward, her team breaking apart after the failed raid on the Imperial Palace.
  • Tsundere: Sweet type. Kuroyukihime is usually very calm, affectionate to Haruyuki and true with her feelings, but is prone to become very annoyed when she sees Haruyuki with other girls or when he does something that upsets her. Perhaps exemplified at the end of the Dusk Taker arc, in which she says that 49 percent of her wants to congratulate Haruyuki for a job well done, 50 percent of her wants to punch him, and the remaining one percent wants to hug him while apologizing for not being there for him.
  • Tsurime Eyes: She displays these eyes and she has a confident and aloof personality.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Her relationship with Haruyuki, although they aren't married. Kuroyukihime, a very beautiful Aloof Dark-Haired Girl, somehow only has eyes for the fat midget Haruyuki and loves him regardless of his looks.
  • Unwitting Pawn: It's later revealed that the reason she killed Red Rider was because her sister tricked her into thinking that he had nefarious motives for establishing the non-aggression pact. Once Kuroyukihime finds out the truth, she is furious.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yuniko. They display animosity toward each other, because Yuniko has a hard time admitting she enjoys their company around her.
  • Winged Humanoid: Her net avatar has large butterfly wings.
  • Wings Do Nothing: The wings in her net avatar are mere decoration.
  • Withholding Their Name: "Kuroyukihime" is Only Known By Her Nickname (Princess Snow Black). She claims that it's not that far from her real name, but refuses to say what it is, even going so far as to hack her student ID to read Kuroyukihime (something that other characters had previously thought to be unhackable).

Executive Branch: The Elements

    Sky Raker 

Fuuko Kurasaki/Sky Raker
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Voiced by: Aya Endo (Japanese), Dorothy Elias-Fahn (credited as Johanna Luis) (EN)

A "retired" Burst Linker and Nega Nebulus's former Submaster. She is Ash Roller's "parent", the only person in Accel World he shows respect towards. She semi-returns to Nega Nebulus at the end of volume 4 and fully returns to active duty at the end of volume 5.

Her avatar is Level 8, and she is pretty competent in a fight, although she prefers to play defensively.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the light novel, Fuuko is illustrated with brown eyes while the anime illustrates her with blue eyes.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She has a great deal of Les Yay with Kuroyukihime, but also gives Haru a peck in the Accelerated World after she regains her legs and experiences flight with his help. Haru's a distant fourth based on Fuko's rating system of how much she wants to make that person her Child- he gets a 100, Utai gets a 200, Rin(her actual Child) gets an 1,000, and Kuroyukihime gets a whopping 100,000.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Got her avatar legs cut off by a reluctant Black Lotus, in hopes it will allow her Enhanced Armament to make real flight possible.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: In a technique she refers to as "penetrating blow", she can transmit force through a palm strike that destroys an opponent from the inside out.
  • Artificial Limbs: In real life, she has artificial legs, the result of a hereditary condition that normally would have been cause for an abortion- as such, Fuko wondered why her parents gave birth to her. It is also what caused her Duel Avatar to manifest its jetpack: Gale Thruster.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Haruyuki's surprised to hear that someone as apparently kind as she is threw a PKer into a Legend-class enemy's territory.
  • Blow You Away: Among the Elements, she is associated with the element of Wind.
  • Call of the Wild Blue Yonder: The origin of her avatar, reflected in both its abilities and colour.
  • Friendly Rival: With Blood Leopard. The latter describes Raker as one of the people most important to her, along with Scarlet Rain, even if she's an enemy.
  • The Gadfly: Haru notes that she's one of the few people who can put Kuroyukihime on the defensive.
  • Handicapped Badass: Is a competent fighter in Brain Burst despite losing the use of her avatar's legs.
  • Hime Cut: Her duel avatar has a hair style like this with its straight bangs and long length in the back. Interestingly enough, while she is Japanese, her avatar is styled more like an English lady.
  • Jet Pack: Her Enhanced Armament, Gale Thruster, takes on the form of a jet pack that gives the user a leaping ability that is close to flight.
  • Lady of War: Soft-spoken and elegant, but one of the most feared fighters in the Accelerated World.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Kuroyukihime's dark.
  • Mercury's Wings: When she drops the dress and sunhat, her avatar includes a tiara that gives her wings on the sides of her head. Her legs also had small winglike structures emerging from the calves.
  • Nice Girl: Very kind and polite to everyone, even her opponents.
  • Not Disabled In VR: Played with. She is legless in real life, but able to live normally with prosthetics. Her avatar on the other hand looks a lot like a person in a wheelchair and has lost its legs ever since Kuroyukihime severed them on Raker's request. However, her abilities are not any worse than the other avatars, which makes it a straight example after all.
  • Not Quite Flight: Sky Raker is the Duel Avatar closest to ever fly, until Silver Crow gains actual flying ability. The fifth novel reveals the reason for this. Rather than flight Sky Raker's abilities are optimised for space-based combat and maneuvering. She just never had a chance to realise this until the sky elevator was added to The Accelerated World
  • Personality Powers: Born with no lower legs due to a genetic condition, she grew up wondering why her parents had even chosen to have kids. The first time she felt at peace was after reading a sci-fi book about humans who adjusted to life in zero gravity by using genetic engineering to replace their legs with a second pair of arms. This lead her to dream for a while of flying through space herself, where her disability would be meaningless, though by the time she installed Brain Burst she was no longer aware of it.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her effectiveness in territorial battles can be equated to that of a weapon of mass destruction.
  • Red Baron: Earned the nickname of "ICBM" for her ability to Speed Blitz entire teams by jumping behind enemy lines (often with another strong fighter in tow). For her failed attempts at achieving true flight, she also came to be known as "Icarus". Finally, she's called "Strong Arm" for her brutal teaching style.
  • She-Fu: Before losing her legs, her fighting style included a lot of acrobatics and precise palm and heel strikes, plus using Gale Thruster to ram enemies.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: She teaches Haruyuki by throwing him off from the top of the Old Tokyo Tower and letting him figure out how to use the Incarnate System to climb his way up. She's apparently notorious for this approach.
  • Sixth Ranger: After she rejoins Nega Nebulus.
  • Tornado Move: Her Incarnate technique "Swirl Sway" creates a sparkling green tornado.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her avatar's armour varies between deep blue and grey depending on the light, and it's also the most obviously feminine of any in the Legion.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Kuroyukihime/Black Lotus, since they both regret Black Lotus cutting off Sky Raker's limbs to enable her to fly. They start speaking again at the end of Volume 4, but don't fully reconcile until Volume 5.

    Ardor Maiden 

Utai Shinomiya/Ardor Maiden
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Voiced by: Yumi Hara (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

A Level 7 Burst Linker, fourth-grade schoolgirl, fire-elemental fighter, and another ex-member of the Elements. Near the end of volume 6 she rejoins Nega Nebulus.

  • Cute Mute: She's a very cute little girl and she can only communicate through her Neurolinker due to a trauma that made her lose her ability to speak.
  • Cycle of Hurting: Like Current and Edge, she's unable to enter the Unlimited Neutral Field because her avatar's respawn point is stuck inside the "Instant Death" Radius of one of the strongest bosses in the game, which resulted in her repeatedly dying and respawning until her Neurolinker was physically disconnected. Attempting to return would place her back in this situation until she received a permanent Game Over. She is eventually rescued over the course of volumes 6 to 8.
  • Dumb Struck: She lost her ability to talk due to the trauma of witnessing her brother's death, which also caused the pink parts of her avatar to turn red.
  • Fastball Special: One of Nega Nebulus's regular strategies was to have Sky Raker use her Not Quite Flight to fling Maiden behind enemy lines, allowing her to rain Death from Above. They did this often enough for Lotus to crack jokes about Maiden being an Equippable Ally.
  • Fireballs: Her "Flame Vortex" is described as not an arrow but a helical lance of fire, which explodes into a ten-meter sphere of flames that sucks in enemies.
  • Heal It With Fire: Can use the Incarnate System to generate flames with powerful purifying effects, which are first introduced as a possible way of separating the Armor of Catastrophe from its host.
  • Hime Cut: Ardor Maiden has this hairstyle to go with her Miko theme.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Ui" in real life, and "Mei" as Ardor Maiden.
  • Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy: "Superluminal Stroke", her sole non-flame-based special attack, has tremendous speed, power and armour penetration but also lacks Splash Damage and doesn't give any aiming assistance.
  • Keigo: In real life she communicates through very politely typed messages, though as Ardor Maiden her speech is a little more casual.
  • Lava Pit: Her ultimate Incarnate technique "Purgatory Blaze" creates one of these to trap enemies and inflict ludicrous damage over time, at the cost of taking two full minutes to charge. It's something she developed for use against slow and sturdy targets, specifically the raid boss Genbu. Since wide-area destructive Incarnates are a manifestation of indiscriminate hatred, Mei's friends are alarmed to learn that she's been practicing such feelings and beg her not to use it too often for the sake of her own mind.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's an elementary school student and just as badass as any member of Nega Nebulus.
  • Locked into Strangeness: In a system where avatars are normally themed around a specific colour, Maiden's stark red-white contrast is highly unusual. In fact the lower half of her avatar used to be pink, until witnessing the death of her brother in real life caused it to turn deep red.
  • Logical Weakness: The Arrows on Fire aspect of her attacks does not function in the Space stage where there's no air.
  • Magic Dance: Some of her Incarnate techniques are performed through a ritual dance, during which her bow transforms into a hand fan and a Noh-style mask slides over her avatar's face.
  • Miko: Her Duel Avatar greatly resembles a shrine maiden.
  • Not Disabled In VR: Is mute and cannot even perform "neurospeak" in standard VR (since it involves miming the action of speaking), relying on a virtual keyboard instead. Due to the deeper nature of Brain Burst's mental connection, however, as Ardor Maiden she can talk normally.
  • Playing with Fire: Among the Elements, she is associated with the element of Fire, making use of a fire attribute bow and of Incarnate attacks that create both destructive and purifying flames.
  • Rain of Arrows: Her attack "Flame Torrent" can multiply in midair to strike in this way.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: In real life (where she's incapable of speech) she's noted for her ability to type long, complicated messages very quickly and without typos.
  • Red Baron: "Testarossa" and "Shrine Maiden of the Conflagration".
  • Sacred Bow and Arrows: Her Enhanced Armament "Flame Caller", as part of her miko theme. However, when she's using her most "sacred" abilities it turns into a fan.
  • The Speechless: As a result of a traumatic incident involving her brother's death, she can only speak the "Burst Link" command, and uses her Neurolinker to communicate.
  • Tragic Dream: It's indicated that she wanted to be a Noh performer when she was young, but couldn't because she was a girl, and was not allowed to perform after a certain age, an experience that gave form to her duel avatar.
  • Wham Line:
    • She mentions a Burst Linker that took out Supernova Remnant, then identifies him as Cyan Pile.
    • While talking about her older brother being her parent, she suddenly mention that he isn't just gone from the accelerated world, but he's also dead.

    Aqua Current 

Akira Himi/Aqua Current
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Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese), Trinity Lee (English)

A mysterious Burst Linker that works as bodyguard for players no higher than Level 2, later revealed in the books to be one of the Four Elements of the old Nega Nebulus.

  • Ambiguous Gender: As might be expected for someone with a name like Akira. In the novels, while Akira herself is described as merely somewhat boyish, her avatars (both Aqua Current and her net avatar) are pretty much unreadable. As Current she also alters her voice slightly when around people she doesn't know, which tends to confuse those who meet her in real life. Downplayed in the anime (where her avatars look more feminine) and in later novels (where Current gets a more obviously feminine Super Mode).
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saving Silver Crow from Argon Array.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The shards of ice that form around her body in "Keen" form resemble one of these, though they're clearly not intended to be protective (she has other forms for that).
  • Cycle of Hurting: Like Maiden and Edge, she's unable to enter the Unlimited Neutral Field because her avatar's respawn point is stuck inside the "Instant Death" Radius of one of the strongest bosses in the game, which resulted in her repeatedly dying and respawning until her Neurolinker was physically disconnected. Attempting to return would place her back in this situation until she received a permanent Game Over.
  • De-power: The reason why Aqua Current is level 1 - she went up against Seiryu and lost her levels. At the end of Volume 13, though, she levels herself back up to Level 4
  • Elemental Armor: Her avatar isn't actually made of water, but transparent crystal that becomes almost invisible as long as the layer of water around it is intact.
  • Expy: Of Sinon, with both being Rei Ayanami Expies who wear glasses in their civilian identities. Both also have Professional Killer titles, with Aqua being a Bodyguard and Sinon being a Sniper.
  • Field Power Effect: Her avatar's "Aquamatic" trait (from aqua and chromatic) lets her enter a Super Mode with different properties depending on the stage she's fighting in. She eventually develops an Incarnate technique which lets her enter any of these forms regardless of location (see Multiform Balance below).
  • Funny Animal: Her net avatar is an otter wearing glasses and a tie.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Her "Memory Leak" Incarnate technique allows her to erase peoples' memories of her. She does this to Haru on their first meeting, saying it's too early for them to become friends. She also tries and fails to do this to Blood Leopard, and later comes to regret trying.
  • Making a Splash: Amoungst the Elements, she is associated with the element of Water.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name "Himi" is read in Kanji as "looking at ice".
  • Mega Twintails: As Aqua Current. Her first appearance in the novels depicts them as somewhat thinner.
  • Multiform Balance: Her "Phase Trans" Incarnate technique lets her alter the phase of the water around her body, shifting into any of her possible Aquamatic forms. These are known to include "Keen" (a melee form with dual katars and light armour formed from ice), "Adamant" (another ice-based form with heavy armour and short wrist blades) and a steam-based form specialising in ranged attacks.
  • The Nicknamer: She calls Haru by his abbreviated first name, and also calls her Child and real life Cousin Mihaya, "Myah".
  • The Spymaster: In the old Nega Nebulus, Current was in charge of intelligence gathering. Once she rejoins the Legion, she reveals that she stays in touch with all her former bodyguard assignments, and they pass on all the gossip they've heard. Which is why Current has a clearer picture of the ISS crisis, and thus the Acceleration Research Society, than pretty much anyone else.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite being featured in the opening of the anime she appears in one episode and vanishes after wiping Haru's memories of their meeting. Only reappears briefly in the cafe in the last episode after all is said and done. The Bus Came Back in the novels that haven't been adapted.
  • The Quiet One: She doesn't talk very much.
  • Red Baron: "The One" (a reference to her being an eternal Level 1) and "The Bodyguard".
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Has the bobbed hair, the unnatural eye color and the highly stoic and mysterious personality required for the trope. She only lacks the light hair color.

Umesato Junior High

    Silver Crow 

Haruyuki "Haru" Arita/Silver Crow
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Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese), Erik Kimerer (English)

The main character, a short, overweight boy with severe self-esteem issues mainly caused by not only his appearance, but also being viewed as an outsider at Umesato Junior High School. An encounter with Kuroyukihime, however, changed his life, as he slowly discovers his power to stand up for himself.

  • Accidental Pervert: He repeatedly ends up in situations where he accidentally gropes or sees undressed one of the girls. This actually gets Played for Drama when Seiji uses a visual mask to lead him to the girls' shower room while Chiyuri is taking a shower as part of a trap to blackmail Haruyuki - Chiyu realizes that Haru was tricked, but knows that he could be expelled if word got out.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: A downplayed example. While Haru isn't physically attractive in the light novels, the anime exaggerates Haru's character design to match his self-image, making him much more cartoonish. In the books, he's only a few centimetres shorter than Takumu, who in turn is taller than Chiyu.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Takumu and Chiyuri call him Haru.
  • All Your Powers Combined: After becoming the sixth Chrome Disaster, he synchronizes so strongly with the Armor that he can use the abilities of its past hosts. However, he isn't familiar with these abilities' strengths and weaknesses, which comes back to bite him.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • A literal flying pig.
    • As well as a crow given the name of his avatar is Silver Crow.
  • Apologises a Lot: He has the habit to apologize for every single thing, even if it's not his fault.
  • Appropriated Appellation: More appropriated avatar, but the idea is the same. Araya stole Haru's original knightly avatar, forcing the latter to switch to a pink pig avatar. When Araya was expelled and arrested, however, he did have the option of changing his avatar, but chose not to after Kuroyukihime commented that she thought the pig was cute. That her avatar is easily able to lift his up as sort of a pocket pet is probably also a bonus.
  • Attack Reflector: Develops the "Optical Conduction" ability in volume 12 as an extension of silver's use in mirrors, growing crystals on his arms which can reflect or Catch and Return light-based attacks.
  • Badass Adorable: Insecurities aside, he's also a sweet, caring boy. Just don't dare hurt his friends.
  • Bathtub Bonding: He shares a bonding moment with Kuroyukihime when they take a bath together in the Hot Springs Episode OVA. It lasts until Kuroyukihime hugs him and Haruyuki passes out from feeling her naked body pressed against his.
    • They also have similar scene in book 25, when they get a shower together. Unlike in the OVA Haru feels no carnal desire during this and later theorizes that it's due to him refusing to see her as anyone but a "Parent".
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: He's a short, fat boy with very beady eyes, and by the beginning of the series he's a loser who is a target of Araya and his gang's bullying.
  • Big Fun: Once he starts to gain more self-confidence, Haruyuki becomes a gentle, friendly, and fun fat little guy, but hardly boisterous.
  • Book Dumb: Haru's grades aren't especially good, but he's really quite intelligent. It's indicated that he doesn't have the energy or focus for long study sessions, note  and he fears that he'll never be able to get into the same high school as Kuroyukihime.
  • Broken Angel: In book 3 after Noumi steals everything from him, even his wings.
  • Bully Magnet: Due to his weight problems and diminutive size, Haruyuki is frequently targeted by the school's resident Barbaric Bully Araya and his gang. It does not help that Haru actively cuts off any outside support from his friends to deal with the problem out of shame for not being able to himself. It's a sign of his character progression when Nomi tries to put him back in this situation that he doesn't just lie down and take it.
  • Call of the Wild Blue Yonder: The reason why his avatar manifested wings. Initially Haru just wants to fly away from his problems, but as he grows in confidence he shifts towards a straighter example of this trope, admiring birds and loving the sky for its own sake. This culminates in the birth of his second-order Incarnate technique "Light Speed", which lets him activate Crow's wings through sheer force of will.
  • The Champion: For Kuroyukihime. Haruyuki makes his goal to help her achieve level 10 so he can protect her and repay her for changing his life by giving him the Brain Burst. It's actually part of Haru's Character Development that he's trying to make himself worthy of being her knight.
  • Chekhov's Skill: After a failed attempt to use Crow's Charged Attack "Headbutt" at the very start of his career, Haru declares it Awesome, but Impractical and falls back to simple punches and kicks from then on. As a result no one outside Nega Nebulus knows that Crow even has this attack, which allows Haru to gain the upper hand against Wolfram Cerberus (a linker who studied his fighting style) when he tries to defeat Crow by crushing him in a bear hug.
  • Childhood Friends: He has been friends with Takumu and Chiyuri since they were living in an apartment complex as children.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: At the beginning of the story, Haruyuki is a pathetic loser with no self-esteem and plagued with self-doubt. He gets much better thanks to Character Development and eventually evolves into a proper hero.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: If you consider Accel World the Creator-Driven Successor invokedto Sword Art Online, Haruyuki is quite a contrast to Kirito. Kirito was a lean, confident, loner badass whereas Haruyuki is a fat, wimpy kid who tends to rely on his friends. Word Of God is that the big difference between them is that Kirito was strong on the outside, but weak on the inside. Haruyuki is weak on the outside, but strong on the inside. In a more meta-sense, Kirito might exemplify the gamer's ideal image whereas Haruyuki more-or-less represents the gamer's reality. Despite this, the two were pretty evenly matched when they fought each other in a non-canon bonus chapter.
  • Confusion Fu: After people start to get used to Crow's Flight ability and he can no longer rely on Death from Above Diving Kicks to carry him to victory, he develops the "Aerial Combo" fighting style - a furious barrage of close-range attacks which use his flight ability in short bursts in order to micro-dodge and attack from unpredictable angles.
  • Counter-Attack: In volume 6 Kuroyukihime teaches him the basics of Guard Reversal, aka the "way of the flexible" - a martial arts technique for catching the force of opponents' attacks and redirecting them.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Silver Crow. Though it's actually a visor covering a proper face.
  • Declaration of Protection: He made a vow to support and protect Kuroyukihime as her "pawn" in the Brain Burst game.
  • Determinator: You'd think losing a hand & having your body filled full of holes would stop anyone. Not this guy though. According to Chiyu, this has been one of his defining characteristics since early childhood; he just didn't use it for anything besides mastering games until now.
  • Discard and Draw: In the Dusk Taker arc, Silver Crow lost his wings to Dusk Taker, caught by his surprise attack. He then is taught how to use a powerful ability called Incarnate System by Kurasaki Fuuko (Sky Raker), and is given her Enhanced Armament, Gale Thruster (a jet-pack). He gives Gale Thruster back to her after defeating Dusk Taker, but he keeps the ability he learned.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the manga chapter, he doesn't quite perform up to his usual level in the first set because he's distracted by the hem of Kuroyukihime's skirt. He doesn't dare admit this, though.
  • Diving Kick: Becomes Crow's Signature Move for a while after he first unlocks his Flight ability.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: His primary motivation for Taking a Level in Badass is so his friends Chiyu and Taku don't have to feel sorry for him. Unfortunately, this is also part of the reason why he distanced himself from his friends around the start of middle school.
  • Dragged by the Collar: By Blood Leopard from the cafe straight to the Akihabara.
  • Dreams of Flying: The "calibration dream" Haru has after installing Brain Burst features a flying bird made out of light, Foreshadowing Silver Crow's abilities.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Silver Crow gains the elemental properties of the metal silver, rendering it resistant to piercing, slashing, fire, ice, and poison attacks; but vulnerable to crushing attacks and electricity.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he's introduced, Haru receives a message from Araya demanding that the former buy him food or he will hurt him. Depressed about school, as usual, Haru escapes into the bathroom during lunch and plays a squash game, in which he has the high score. All this shows that Haru's a victim of bullying with terribly low self-esteem, and an impressive gamer.
  • Fatal Flaw: His lack of self-esteem causes a variety of problems for him, often holding him back in battle and occasionally causing tension with his friends.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Silver Crow is the Thief to Cyan Pile's Fighter and Lime Bell's Mage.
  • Flight: His avatar's special ability in the Accelerated World, and apparently the first one to be able to do so.
  • Fragile Speedster: Silver Crow's general fighting style, until he grows wings, which turned him into a Glass Cannon. Accelerated World's hits operate on real world's principles (adding speed to your punches increases power) and he is really fast, to the point of being able to break the sound barrier. The "fragile" part comes from how his defenses are quite weak for a metal type, and he generally survives by avoiding damage.
  • Giver of Lame Names: After coming up with a technique that creates cutting energy around his forearm to extend his reach, he decides to call it... Laser Sword. This is immediately mocked.
  • Glass Cannon: After he grows wings.
  • Godlike Gamer: Played with. While at first he seemed like your run-of-the-mill newb with Crippling Overspecialization that made him a Fragile Speedster, but then he's revealed to have natural talent and learns how to activate his wings, making him one of the few Burst Linkers who can fly and as a result one of the most dangerous Burst Linkers.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Silver Crow relies on punching his opponents rather than using blades.
  • Grew a Spine: As part of his Character Development, Haruyuki starts to gain self-confidence and finds the courage to stand up for himself.
  • Guilt Complex: He has very little self confidence, and tends to blame himself when bad things happen. His friends have to reassure him that it's not his fault.
  • The Hero: Part of his character development is becoming of one these proper; both in helping others like Kuroyukihime and overcoming obstacles in his path.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: In book 20, after previously spending all his level-up bonuses on improving his flight ability, he decides to branch out a little and purchase the Enhanced Armament "Lucid Blade". Its unveil is immediately Lampshaded by veteran fighter Glacier Behemoth, who says that a lot of Burst Linkers buy swords for their avatar just because they're cool, without having any idea how to use them properly.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Even as he's making a name for himself in Brain Burst, Haruyuki thinks nothing great about himself and he'd still shy away from all the praise.
  • Heroic Willpower: He's the only one who has been able to fight back The Corruption caused by Chrome Disaster infesting his Duel Avatar.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: The main reason why he can't reciprocate Kuroyukihime's feelings is that he can't believe such a beautiful, popular girl like her would actually give him a chance.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Since he believes that a girl like Kuroyukihime is out of his league, he tends to unintentionally refuse her affection and make her feel insecure about their relationship.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Despite his feelings being blatantly reciprocated, Haruyuki still thinks a girl like Kuroyukihime is out of his league and she deserves someone better than him.
  • Invisible Parents: His parents divorced when he was about 8, and he hasn't seen his father since. While his mother has sole custody of him, she spends most of her time at work, apart from a few briefly mentioned parts in which she hands him his money in the light novels. She has about 30 seconds worth of screen time in the entire anime.
  • Jumped at the Call: He considered installing Brain Burst for about three seconds. Kuroyukihime had a speech all ready to convince him but it was unnecessary. Even she's surprised at how eager he is.
  • Lady and Knight: He's striving to be the knight of his legion master Kuroyukihime.
  • Laser Blade: Lucid Blade, the sword he purchases as one of his later level-up bonuses, comes with the "Conversion" special attack, which converts its solid blade into an immaterial shaft of light and heat.
  • Leitmotif: "Silver Wing" in the anime. While Crow is using Gale Thruster it's replaced by a remix titled "Iron Will".
  • Lethal Joke Character: Silver Crow. Above-average speed but terrible stats everywhere else, and its supposed Finishing Moves are just normal punches, kicks and headbutts. Then Haru figures out how to activate Crow's wings, giving him Super Speed Flight that turns even regular punches into killing blows. Then he gains access to a proper Finishing Move from another source, which can be used while flying.
  • Light 'em Up:
    • In his battle with Wolfram Cerberus it's revealed that half of the damage dealt by his "Headbutt" Special Attack is light-based, making it useful against enemies with strong physical defences.
    • His Incarnate abilities like Laser Sword and Light Speed are based around the image of beams of light. In volume 9 he uses Incarnation simply to illuminate his surroundings and flush Black Vise out of hiding.
  • Loser Protagonist: He starts out as this, being a short overweight boy with zero self-confidence who gets bullied at school by Araya and his gang, and has no friends except for Taku and Chiyu (whom he's trying to distance himself from due to his issues). He gets much better through Character Development.
  • Lovable Nerd: He's short, fat, socially awkward, and frequently gets beaten up by Araya and his gang of bullies. Once he gains some self-esteem, however, he quickly reveals himself as a Determinator.
  • Mistaken for Gay: He and Takumu share a rather Ho Yay moment in Episode 21 and the girls around them seem to be misinterpreting the situation.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • After bluntly saying that he believes that Kuroyukihime is only hanging out with him because she hates herself, angering her to the point where she calls him an "idiot" rather than a "fool," slaps him and breaks down in tears, he realizes how uncharacteristic of her this is.
    • He also has this reaction after realizing that his boasting that Taku could never defeat him was a serious blow to Taku's pride as a Burst Linker.
  • Naïve Newcomer: He does some dumb things due to his inexperience. He once leveled up his character without earning more points first, which since it made him lose a lot of his points it put him in danger of losing Brain Burst for good if he lost them all.
  • Nice Guy: He's kind, selfless and supportive of his friends.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He looks very different compared to the other character designs, having a very short, doughy, and round character design. It's implied this is just his self-image, because offcially he's only a few cm shorter than Taku.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Downplayed. When Scarlet Rain attempts to infiltrate Nega Nebulus by pretending to be his second cousin and acting deceptively cute, it doesn't take him too long to check if she is really his second cousin.
  • Oblivious to Love: He takes it to a new level by finding signs that Kuroyukihime does like him and refusing point blank to even consider it. This is justified because of his low self esteem.
  • Ordinary Middle School Student: He's just a normal and unlucky middle school student until Kuroyukihime introduces him to the Accelerated World.
  • Parental Issues: Implied in the OVAs, and hinted at more strongly in the eighth volume: Haru believes his parents divorced because of him.
  • Parental Neglect: It's indicated that his mother doesn't care much about him, and his father cares even less. That said, she does pay his allowance, not bother him about his grades and allows his friends to stay over, so Haru doesn't complain lest he risk the status quo.
  • Personality Powers: Gained his flight ability from his desire to escape from bullies. After some introspection, he decides that his wings ultimately exist to let him fly to somewhere - the gift Brain Burst truly gave him was the will to reach out and keep moving forward.
  • Power Loss Makes You Strong: He has his Flight ability stolen by Dusk Taker. Before he regained them, it allowed him to notice that the value of his Duel Avatar lies not in said ability, but in himself, gaining confidence (the lack of which was the main cause for him not being able to use Silver Crow to his full potential) in the process.
  • Running Gag: underplayed. Being "cracked in the real" (having your real life identity exposed to another Burst Linker) is considered one of the most catastrophic things that can happen to you, just short of losing Brain Burst. Haru has done this by sheer accident several times. This culminates at the school festival in vol 13; he introduces Niko and Pard to Rin outside the gates, realizing too late that they will all automatically assume that 'my friends from gaming' is code for 'Burst Linker'; which he then compounds by introducing them to his entire Legion. Granted, Pard is Current's Child, and Ash is Sky Raker's, but he's cracked the Prominence Leadership and the newest members of his own Legion to a member of Great Wall. Luckily, it all works out due to everyone being chill about it, and leading to a temporary alliance when Rin falls ill from the ISS kit. Utai even thanks Haru in a quiet moment; she's looking forward to having Niko as a friend, given that as a partial red type she's sure they'll get along, and she'd like to have a Burst Linker friend her own IRL age.
  • Sempai/Kōhai: He constantly refers to Kuroyukihime this way, and abused by Noumi through Terms of Endangerment.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Takumu's Manly Man.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: despite his I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me mindset, he's utterly devoted to Kuroyukihime romantically. It's stated in more than one book that she "is the person Haruyuki loved and respected more than any other".
  • Square Race, Round Class: Haru is skilled at First Person Shooters, but Silver Crow is focused entirely on melee and controls more like a character out of a Fighting Game. He comments that he's a little jealous of "Perfect Match" players whose avatars let them apply their existing skills, and used to wish he received a Red avatar instead.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Haruyuki partly fits this trope. He was once an Ordinary High-School Student, albeit a very unattractive one with a Non-Standard Character Design, who finds his life changed forever when he gets introduced to Brain Burst, an augmented reality game. As a Burst Linker, Haruyuki gains Powered Armor and fights other Burst Linkers. While he's fairly pathetic at first, he soon discovers he's one of the only Burst Linkers to have a Duel Avatar with wings, giving him the ability to fly and a huge advantage over everyone else. As the series progresses, he also acquires an Unwanted Harem of girls fawning for his attention.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: In the latter part of Dusk Taker arc, Noumi's brutal beatdown on Cyan Pile makes Haru so supremely pissed that it temporarily awakens the piece of Chrome Disaster hiding on Silver Crow's back. The result is a crimson Battle Aura, similarly-colored incarnation attacks and a major case of flipping the hell out. As lucky as Noumi is, however, the duel timed out before anyone could gain the upper hand.
    • This later becomes a standard part of his arsenal.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Tiny Guy to Kuroyukihime's Huge Girl. He barely reaches to her waist.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: Though only in Junior High, Haruyuki stands at barely half the height of many of the other characters even at the age of 14. This, combined with his obvious weight problem, was what resulted in him being such a popular target for local bullies. This is an anime-only element as Haruyuki is of average height in the light novel.
  • Token Flyer: Silver Crow is the only avatar known in the Accelerated World to have the true power to fly with wings. The only other flyer obtained the ability through a Jet Pack.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While they aren't married, he has this with Kuroyukihime. Haruyuki is a fat midget and just not attractive in the conventional sense, while Kuroyukihime is a beautiful Aloof Dark-Haired Girl who somehow loves him regardless of his looks. Haruyuki himself has a very hard time believing his luck.
  • The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: In the volume 10 side story "Versus", Haruyuki fights Kirito. Who won? Neither. Did you actually expect anything less?
  • Unwanted Harem: Despite being pudgy and unattractive in real life and having a Single-Target Sexuality in the face of Kuroyukihime, he gets a lot of attention from female Linkers (them being mentally much older than their biological age and capable of seeing his personality and player's potential beyond that helps). In book 26, when he and Kuroyukihime finally share a kiss and declare themselves a proper couple, she orders him to sort it out, and lists everyone she's aware of: Rin, Niko and Chiyuri love him explicitly (Rin even confessed to him), Fuko, Utai and Shoko most likely too, but haven't admitted it yet, Metatron is pretty blatant in her Tsundere way, and she suspects Azure Heir as well, lampshading the situation.
  • Winged Humanoid: His avatar Silver Crow can grow wings making him this.
  • Wing Pull: Silver Crow has a set of retractable fins (replaced by sheets of High-Tech Hexagons in the anime) which slow his fall, and can be used to fly by expending his special move gauge. In volume 8 he develops the second-order Incarnate technique "Light Speed" which transforms them into bird wings made of Pure Energy, allowing him to fly even when his meter is empty, and much faster too.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • Haruyuki has zero self-confidence and he thinks he can only be pitiful loser, at least until Kuroyukihime tells him of the great potential she sees in him and how she believes he will become the greatest Burst Linker of all. Haruyuki then decides that even if he still can't believe in himself, he can believe in Kuroyukihime's faith in him.
    • Chiyu also tells Haru this when he meets with her at her apartment, telling him of all the nice things he did for her and he doesn't have to feel so bad about himself.
  • You Are Not Alone: He tells Kuroyukihime that she's not alone after learning how her sister betrayed her and manipulated her into killing Red Rider, promising to stand with her as she reunites Nega Nebulus, builds it even larger, and finally confronts her sister.

    Lime Bell 

Chiyuri "Chiyu" Kurashima/Lime Bell
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Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (credited as Michelle T. Hseih) (English)

Haruyuki's upbeat childhood friend who attends the same school as him. Although she is going out with fellow childhood friend Takumu, she cares a lot about Haru's well-being and is the first to show concern over his problems with bullies.

She is the only one without an initial avatar in the Accelerated World until she demands the program for herself and becomes Lime Bell.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Haruyuki calls her Chiyu, and Taku calls her Chii-chan.
  • Amicable Exes: With Takumu. Even though they have broken up, they remain good friends and hold no ill feelings toward each other.
  • Animal Motifs: Wears a cat-face hair ornament, and her in-school avatar is her in a catsuit.
  • Arm Cannon: As Lime Bell and weaponizes Cyan Pile in the OVA.
  • Badass Adorable: As Lime Bell who is cute and a competent fighter.
  • Badass Cape: As Lime Bell.
  • Cat Girl: Her net avatar has cat ears, tail and mannerisms.
  • Cat Smile: Does this on occasion with her net avatar.
  • The Chick: She cares a lot about her friends, tries to get everyone in the team to get along and has healing powers.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Subverted. She's introduced as the girlfriend of her childhood friend Takumu, but she seems to be dating him just to maintain his friendship. They break up after the first arc, but remain friends.
  • Childhood Friends: With Haruyuki and Takumu, who she has known for most of her life.
  • Cute Bruiser: Her avatar Lime Bell can whop other players pretty hard with her bell.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has little fangs to go with her Cat Girl theme.
  • Encounter Bait: Her "Acoustic Summon" ability, developed in volume 12, lets her use the sound of her bell to attract Enemies.
  • Fake Defector: Joins up with Dusk Taker, an Avatar who can steal others' abilities, just so she could find a chance to restore Haruyuki's wings after they were stolen. Once she has sufficiently leveled up, discovered the true nature of her powers, and secretly tipped Kuroyukihime of the showdown with Noumi, she drops the act and restores Haruyuki's wings.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Lime Bell is the Mage to Cyan Pile's Fighter and Silver Crow's Thief.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She and Kuroyukihime warm up to each other around the time Chiyu contacts Kuroyukihime to inform her about Haru's stolen wings, enabling her to come to the rescue.
  • Forgiving the Accidental Pervert: Played for Drama. Chiyu is angry to find Haruyuki in the girl's locker room while she was showering, but she knows he was actually tricked and her attempts to prove his innocence leads her to get blackmailed into working for Seiji, thus leading to the conflict of the next few Story Arcs.
  • Genki Girl: She's a very cheerful and energetic, at least when her friends are happy, but even then she still tries to be to cheer them up.
  • Girl Next Door: She's Haru's upbeat childhood friend who lives in the same apartment building as him. Despite Haru trying to keep his distance from her due to getting bullied by Araya, Chiyu did her best to remain friends with him and never stopped trying to help him.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Haru notes that she seems a bit more girly than usual after dating Taku, as shown by her sweater and skirt.
  • Good Parents: Her parents care for her a great deal, and it's revealed that her father put the Neurolinker on her since her birth so that he, who had lost his voice as a result of hypopharyngeal cancer, could communicate with his daughter.
  • Growing Up Sucks: She laments that her friends are drifting apart, and wants to ensure that they stay the way they are forever. Haru sadly tells her that they can't be kids forever.
  • The Heart: She always tries her best in order to maintain her friends together.
  • Hidden Depths: While Haru initially believes that Chiyu Cannot Tell a Lie, and she comes off as rather straightforward and even naive, she's able to quickly spin a lie to cover for Haru's presence in the girls' shower room, even if Nomi shoots it down fairly easily. She ultimately manages to trick Nomi, going along with his plans until she can return Haru's wings to him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiny Girl to Cyan Pile's Huge Guy in the Accelerated World.
  • Meaningful Name: May or may not be intended, but her nickname "Chiyu" written in kanji means "healing" or "cure".
  • The Medic: The third Avatar with healing abilities. Actually what she does is turn back a target Avatar's personal time to before they were injured.
  • Naïve Newcomer: She thinks of the Accelerated World as a simple game at first, and wants to join so she can do it with Haru and Taku.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Her avatar in the OVA has a neckline that reaches her navel.
  • Nice Girl: A kind girl who cares a great deal for her friends.
  • Official Couple: With Takumu until the end of the first arc. The novels have Takumu saying, at the start of the second arc, that they've broken up. The anime omits this line, but keeps Haruyuki asking Takumu during third arc whether he wants to be Chiyu's boyfriend again. As a result, when and why they broke up isn't as clear in the anime.
  • Personality Powers: Was at her happiest in her childhood, when her father was still alive and she and her friends were schoolmates with no barriers between them. As a result she gains time-reversal powers from a bell that sounds just like the one at her old school.
  • Power Misidentification: Lime Bell's power is initially assumed to be Healing Hands, which is something only two other gamers in the Accelerated World have had. It's later revealed her power isn't healing damage; she actually reverts a Duel Avatar's personal time and this includes undoing new additions to their equipment.
  • Red Baron: Known by the title Time Witch.
  • Red Herring: In the first arc, Chiyuri is suspected of being Cyan Pile, the Burst Linker who was targeting Kuroyukihime to get her points. Chiyuri turns out to be innocent and Cyan Pile is Takumu, who installed a virus in her neuro-link.
  • The Resenter: She admits to be jealous and resentful of how Kuroyukihime got close to Haruyuki and solved his problems so quickly, since Chiyuri had been trying for a long time to help Haruyuki with his problems but never accomplished it. However, Chiyu recognizes Kuroyukihime is the one who can truly help Haruyuki and gives them her blessing.
  • Shipper on Deck: She was initially distrustful of Kuroyukihime because she feared she was trying to use Haruyuki for her own gain and wanted her to stay away from Haru. After she understands Kuroyukihime is the only one who can help Haru with his problems, Chiyu decides to support their relationship and encourages Haru to become her boyfriend, if only so that their relationship is on equal terms.
  • Signature Hair Decs: Has her little cat pin on one side which befits her cat girl theme and hair clips on the other.
  • Spotting the Thread: She finds it strange that Kuroyukihime is fairly knowledgeable about the White Legion's possible headquarters, even though they're so far away from Nega Nebulus. Haruyuki notes that Chiyu's this close to finding out that Kuroyukihime's older sister is the White King, something Kuroyukihime has only told Haru.
  • Stone Wall: Unlike most Duel Avatars, Lime Bell can smash through walls without taking Scratch Damage, which is quite a feat, considering most early healers are Squishy Wizards.note  Thus, she can charge up her killer move gauge without even fighting. The effectiveness of her time reversal abilities plus her incredible defense (though not yet on Green Grandee's level) makes her the ideal healer. But that still remains to be seen until White Cosmos appears.
  • Sweater Girl: She wears a white sweater with a pink skirt when Haru visits her at her apartment in Volume 1, which Haru notes is more girly than usual for her.
  • Throw the Book at Them: She does this in behalf of Takumu's suggestion to show her how the Burst Link works.
  • Time Master: She's able to turn back a target Avatar's personal time.
  • We Used to Be Friends: All she really wanted was to stay friends with Haruyuki and Takumu, and is extremely depressed about seeing the three of them drifting apart. They eventually get better.

    Cyan Pile 

Takumu "Taku" Mayuzumi/Cyan Pile
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Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma (Japanese), Lucien Dodge (English)

Another childhood friend of Haruyuki and Chiyuri, the latter whom is his current girlfriend. He used to attend a prestigious school before transferring to be with his two childhood friends. Often takes part in kendo tournaments.

He is soon revealed to be Cyan Pile, a Burst Linker who was targeting Kuroyukihime to get her points. After being defeated by Haruyuki, Takumu decides to change his ways and joins Nega Nebulus to atone for his sins.

  • Academic Athlete: He's the top student of his class and the kendo team champion. However, he owes his success to using the Brain Burst to cheat.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A minor case, but in the anime, after Haru defeats him, and calls him out on asking Haru to let him win so that he won't be kicked off Brain Burst, while he was planning on doing the same thing to Kuroyukihime, Taku admits Haru has a point.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Haruyuki and Chiyuri call him Taku.
  • Amicable Exes: With Chiyuri. They break up after the first arc, but there are no hurt feelings between them and manage to remain good friends.
  • Arc Villain: For the first few episodes, he's the one who's trying to cash in on the bounty for Kuroyukihime.
  • The Atoner: After being defeated by Silver Crow, he shows evident aspects of this, trying to make up for his past behavior.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His Level 3 special attack "Spiral Gravity Driver" is devastatingly powerful but takes a long time to execute, can only be aimed straight down, and sometimes leaves his weapon stuck in the ground. Taku regrets blindly following his parent's advice to take so many special attacks, but takes responsibility for his own decisions.
  • Bash Brothers: Post-Heel–Face Turn, with Haruyuki.
  • Broken Ace: He is friendly, smart, athletic... pretty much everything Haru wishes he was. But as it turns out, he was bullied by his seniors in his earlier days. This ultimately drove him to do anything to one day get back at them and use Brain Burst to cheat his way through the exams and the kendo tournaments. It gets even worse when he gets an ISS kit.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the Accel Assault OVA. The main story has a milder variation, in that Cyan Pile tends to die or get his limbs cut off to show how strong his opponent is.
  • Can't Catch Up: Volumes 7 and 8 delve into Taku's feelings of inferiority after seeing how far his teammates have grown, exacerbated when he gets infected by an ISS kit and it starts feeding on his negative emotions.
  • Chest Blaster: Cyan Pile's Splash Stinger shoots needles from panels in his chest.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He has a crush on Chiyuri and they're dating until the end of the first arc.
  • Childhood Friends: With Haruyuki and Chiyuri.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Pre-Heel–Face Turn. There's something of a variation on his trope, since he claims that getting together with Chiyu is in her best interests, so that she doesn't spend the rest of her life taking care of Haru.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Haru defeats him in their duel, Haru convinces him to join Nega Nebulus so he can start over and rebuild his friendships with both him and Chiyuri from the ground up.
  • Driven to Suicide: He mentions that he was seriously considering killing himself while he was being bullied.
  • Easily Forgiven: Believes this trope has been put on him. He betrayed his friends, laid a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Haruyuki, and used a cheating method to stalk Kuroyukihime for her points. Despite this, both Haru and Kuroyukihime forgive him almost instantly after he apologizes (although Haruyuki doubts whether sparing him is the right decision), and Chiyuri only insists on a ridiculous amount of ice cream to forgive him. It actually seems to boggle him at first, and arguably is part of what makes him so selflessly defend these people who accepted him at his worst.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He hates the nickname "Professor."
  • Fairytale Motifs: His standard avatar bears more than a slight resemblance to the Tin Woodsman.
  • Fatal Flaw: His insecurity and occasional self-destructive tendencies when trying to make up for something often cause him to make bad decisions, such as planning on giving up all his points to Haru and getting an ISS kit.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Cyan Pile is the Fighter to Lime Bell's Mage and Silver Crow's Thief.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Inverted. Prior to his Heel–Face Turn, Takumu uses the enhanced abilities granted by Brain Burst to correct his vision. Post-Heel–Face Turn, he begins wearing his glasses again, showing that he's no longer relying on artificial means to improve himself.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Initially, he resents and is jealous of Haruyuki for getting Chiyuri's attention by making her constantly worry about him, and goes so far as to put a backdoor program on Chiyuri's Neurolinker to keep tabs on her. He gets better.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When he leaves his legion to join Kuroyukihime's.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Lime Bell's Tiny Girl in the Accelerated World.
  • Hypocrite: On the verge of defeat against Haru, he begs Haru not to kill him, saying that if he loses against a Level 1 at Level 4, he'll lose all his points... which is what he was planning on doing to Kuroyukihime. In the anime, after Haru calls him out on this, Taku admits that he has a point.
  • I Let You Win: In the extra chapter of the manga, Chiyuri, with Kuroyukihime as her partner, has to win a doubles match of tennis against Taku and Haru for Taku to install Brain Burst on her. After the girls win the first set, Kuroyukihime notices that the guys are holding back, and, suspecting that this trope is the reason Taku isn't playing at his best, calls him out on it, saying that Chiyu wants to face him at his best.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He believed he had to be the best at everything so he wouldn't get bullied and Chiyuri would stay interested in him. This lead to him using Brain Burst to get good grades and become the kendo team star. He later starts to grow out of it as part of his Character Development.
  • Innocent Innuendo: A minor Running Gag, particularly in the anime. He refers to Kuroyukihime as "Master", and some of his conversations with Haru have been sufficiently vague that eavesdroppers mistook one for a love confession. Then there's the Accel Assault OVA where he gasps as Chiyu shoves her fist inside him. His avatar even attacks by impaling enemies on an extending spike.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He notes that he and Chiyuri probably can't go back to being boyfriend and girlfriend, but he'll do his best to make her happy.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Spent some of his level-up bonuses on, among other things, gaining new attack forms; while this makes Pile more flexible, he's not as powerful as avatars who focus entirely on one ability like his teammates.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Haru realizes that as cruel as Taku's claims about Haru being dependent on Chiyu are, he can't completely deny them.
  • Kirk Summation: Gives one to Noumi in response to Noumi's Hannibal Lecture. Taku suggests that Noumi's avatar's ability to steal powers repesents the void in his heart. Taku isn't completely wrong, given that the powers are based on one's traumas, but Noumi then takes the opportunity to describe how he got it.
  • The Lancer: Post-Heel–Face Turn he helps Haruyuki level up thanks to his greater experience and skills. Also a literal lancer since his weapon is a pile driver, which acts much like a spear.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Cyan Pile can actually keep up with Silver Crow despite its large frame, especially once he acquires Cyan Blade.
  • Master of None: In volume 7 Taku reveals that he sees his avatar as this, claiming that its nature as a melee-focused blue avatar was "distorted" by his mixed feelings of friendship and jealousy towards Haru and Chiyu. Haru disagrees, seeing Pile's Jack-of-All-Trades nature as a virtue that's helped out the Legion whenever they were facing unknown enemies.
  • Meaningful Name: The "pile" refers to the piledriver that serves as his avatar's weapon.
  • Mistaken for Gay: He and Haruyuki share a rather Ho Yay moment in Episode 21 and the girls around them seem to be misinterpreting the situation.
  • Multi-Melee Master
    • Cool Sword: Cyan Blade, thanks to his Incarnate System training with Scarlet Rain.
    • Pile Bunker: His main weapon. Much to Haruyuki's surprise during his battle against Cyan Pile, his pile bunker can be used (albeit less efficiently) in mid/long-range combat, being particularly useful in tight spaces such as corridors.
  • Mutual Envy: It turns out that while he outwardly seems to be everything Haru isn't- popular, good at school and athletic- he's actually jealous of Haru's inner strength.
  • Nice Guy: Turns into this thanks to Character Development.
  • Official Couple: With Chiyuri until the end of the first arc. The novels have Takumu saying, at the start of the second arc, that they've broken up. The anime omits this line, but keeps Haruyuki asking Takumu during third arc whether he wants to be Chiyu's boyfriend again. As a result, when and why they broke up isn't as clear in the anime.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Haruyuki's Sensitive Guy.
  • The Smart Guy: He knows a lot about Brain Burst.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He's pretty knowledgable, and deliberately wears glasses to looks this way. Yukino nicknamed him "The Professor" because of this.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He installed a virus in Chiyuri's neurolink so he can spy on her at any time. After his Heel–Face Turn, he realizes how wrong this was and uninstalls the virus.
  • Suicide by Cop: Thankfully, only in the game, but after realizing how much the ISS kit has corrupted him, Taku asks Haru to destroy him, and plans on going on a suicidal attack against the Acceleration Research Society after their duel concludes
  • Talking Weapon: In the OVA, he turns into an Arm Cannon for Chiyuri.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: In volume 7, after Taku is forced to equip an ISS Kit out of self-defence, he knows exactly how it works and can feel it slowly digging its tendrils into his mind. This mix of self-awareness and despair actually makes his IS Mode stronger than those of linkers who treat the Kit as a mere powerup, and instead of just granting him the default "Dark Shot" and "Dark Blow" attacks, it also lets him use darkness-empowered versions of Cyan Pile's usual abilities.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Though at the cost of exposing his issues, Takumu learns the error of his ways and becomes a much better person and a good true friend to Haru and Chiyu.
  • Trauma Button: People using piercing attacks in kendo brings the traumatic memories of his being bullied back. According to him, it's bad enough that when he gets into high school and piercing attacks are allowed in kendo matches, he'll no longer be able to compete.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about him without spoiling the fact that he, not Chiyu, is Cyan Pile (the main twist of the first volume), the less pleasant aspects of his personality that his friends don't know about, or that he eventually becomes a better person.
  • The Worf Effect: Having the biggest and strongest-looking avatar on your team is tough. It eventually takes its toll on him, and he begins questioning his own worth.

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    Graphite Edge 

Graphite Edge

A Level 8 Burst Linker with control over earth, as well as the fourth ex-Element. His appearance and fighting style bear a heavy resemblance to Kirito, protagonist of the author's previous work Sword Art Online.

As one of the Originators (the first generation of Burst Linkers) his knowledge and combat experience rival that of the Green and Blue Kings.

  • Ambiguously Evil: The hints that Graphite Edge is an older Kirito would mean that he's being dishonest to the protagonists about a lot of things, and raise several questions about his true motivations. Not helping things is that the original SAO storyline (before Unital Ring) ended with two Kiritos coming into existence,note  and alluded to them becoming enemies. There's conflicting evidence on which one Graph is supposed to be, and either one could turn out to be anything from a Pragmatic Hero to a Big Bad.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Downplayed - he's one of the first generation of Burst Linkers, and sometimes talks about Brain Burst using terms from pre-VR games, like referring to diving as "logging in".
  • Badass Longcoat: His avatar's armor flares out at the waist to resemble one.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Once possessed enough Burst Points to reach level 9, but refused to use them (both out of respect for the then-level-8 Black Lotus, and fear of the rumored Permadeath mechanic). By the present day he no longer has this potential due to transferring all his surplus points to Green Grandee as payment for sheltering the remnants of the original Nega Nebulus.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While his predecessor Kirito goofed around once in a blue moon, Graphite Edge does it constantly, to the point where his teammates seem to consider him insane. Despite that, he's still incredibly skilled.
    Ardor Maiden: "If you are surprised and panicked each and every time Graph does something, there'll be no end to it. The trick is to simply think of him as that sort of person and accept it."
  • Butt-Monkey: When both he and Black Lotus were in spitting distance of Level 9, Current tried to convince him to level up first so that she could learn about its permadeath mechanics, arguing that "Graph's in charge of sacrifices".
  • Cast as a Mask: In Accel World Vs Sword Art Online his voice actor is only credited as "???", but it's heavily implied his voice actor is Yoshitsugu Matsuoka especially when listening closely to the modulated voice. This teases at the fan theories that Graphite Edge is Kirito himself.
  • Computer Voice: His voice in Accel World vs Sword Art Online sounds very digital and is modulated, all in part to hide the identity of his voice actor.
  • Cycle of Hurting: Like Maiden and Current, he's unable to enter the Unlimited Neutral Field because his avatar's respawn point is stuck inside the "Instant Death" Radius of one of the strongest bosses in the game, which resulted in him repeatedly dying and respawning until his Neurolinker was physically disconnected. Attempting to return would place him back in this situation until he received a permanent Game Over. It's later revealed that he managed to escape by breaking into the Imperial Palace itself.
  • Determinator: In book 23, he stays accelerated for almost a year in order to watch Inti for any period in which it becomes vulnerable or allows the Kings to escape from its Unlimited EK, which is described as a feat of superhuman willpower.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: In theory his avatar has incredible offensive and defensive abilities, but the latter relies entirely on his ability to parry incoming attacks - when he can't pull that off, he's been known to die in a single blow.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Amongst the Elements, he is associated with the element of Earth - specifically carbon in its various forms.
  • Dramatic High Perching: Prone to entering the scene from a high place, then somersaulting down and effortlessly landing on his feet. Played for Laughs in volume 18, when he lands perfectly on his knees in order to apologise to Lotus for not contacting her.
  • Dual Wielding: His enhanced armament, which are dual swords known as Lux and Umbra.
  • Glass Cannon: His diamond swords have enormous attack power but his graphite armor is pathetically weak, to the point where even Squishy Wizard avatars can take him out in a few hits.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: The only ambidextrous member of Nega Nebulus, and also its most skilled fighter.
  • Idiot Hero: When recounting the time Graph disintegrated himself while trying to attack a living sun, Current starts to refers to him as "that idiot" only to switch halfway through to "that reckless one".
    Niko: "Hahahaha! Just like Negabu's Anomaly! I've heard all kinds of rumours, and it sounds like he was seriously quite the mighty hero."
    Fuuko: "For him, you have to add the word idiot before hero, Red King." Fuuko smoothly uttered the adjective that Akira had hesitated to.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Has an excellent grasp of zero-gravity combat due to his past experience in space-based videogames, giving his team an advantage when they have to fight in the newly-introduced Space stage.
  • Magic Is a Monster Magnet: Is Level 8 and could've gotten to Level 9 shortly before the 7 kings did, but chose not to in order to secure more fallback points. After the instant death rule was revealed he lost all interest in leveling up.
  • Master Swordsman: His "Ain" style, which he passed down to Lotus, is one of the most famous in the accelerated world (Haru assumes that it's written with the kanji for "bright" and "shadow", though to the reader it's clearly intended to evoke "Aincrad"). Centaurea Sentry, likely the greatest pure swordsman in Brain Burst, also seems to really enjoy fighting him.
  • The Mentor: He was the one who taught Black Lotus how to fight, with most of her Incarnate skills being directly borrowed from him.
  • Mister Exposition: As a Brain Burst veteran, a skilled hacker, and someone who's explored the Imperial Palace, he is very well-informed.
  • My Future Self and Me: In the non-canon Crossover videogame Accel World vs Sword Art Online, it's heavily implied that he is Kirito from the future or at the very least connected to Kirito. When he meets Kirito, Graphite Edge already knows who he is without even being told his name, and has a very similar speaking pattern. There's also a long list of Suspiciously Specific Denial to things that Kirito brings up listed below.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to his teammates by whimsical nicknames like Lotta (Black Lotus) and Denden (Ardor Maiden), much to their annoyance. Azure Heir's odd alias of "Trilead Tetraoxide" was also given to him by Graph.
  • Old Master: White Cosmos in book 25 refers to Graph as "a veteran more senior than the Originators". When asked what this means, she says it's because he's "an isotope" (likely a reference to the Duplicate Divergence undergone by Kirito and the Star King) and then changes the subject without clarifying further.
  • Playful Hacker: Gifted Black Lotus with (and possibly created) the "SSS Order" program, which is capable of hacking into any network short of the Social Cameras and Brain Burst itself. His email server is also invisible to WHOIS requests, which the characters claim should be impossible.
  • Red Baron: Despite his fragility his Hyper Diamond swords can parry almost any physical attack, earning him the nickname "Anomaly".
  • Sequence Breaking: Managed to enter the Imperial Palace by using Elucidator to slash through the infinitely-thin gap between the gates and destroy their seal from the wrong side. He does note that this was extremely difficult to pull off, and that he died a countless number of times in the process.
  • Sharpened to a Single Atom:
    • His swords Lux and Umbra are tipped with graphene, which he describes in this way.
    • His third-stage Incarnate technique "Elucidator" makes Lux's entire blade infinitely thin and allowing it to cut through normally-indestructible terrain (though some special objects like the gates of the Imperial Palace are still beyond him). While active, the weapon seems to flicker in and out of existence.
  • Shout-Out: His attacks are named after Sword Skills from Sword Art Online.
  • Sour Supporter: His friends describe him as one of the most sour people you'll ever meet, implied to be because he keeps ending up as a vanguard and getting himself killed. Though this is as much a result of his Leeroy Jenkins habits as anything else.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: His Incarnate technique "Spinning Shield" spins his swords to create an incredibly sturdy barrier of white light.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online, Kirito notices several things that seem familiar about Graphite Edge, including: the appearance of his two swords, his fighting style, the fact he taught Black Lotus the identical sword skills that Kirito uses, his preference of dressing in black with a Badass Longcoat, and the way he talks. However Graphite Edge keeps laughing it off as all being coincidences.
  • Sword Beam: His special attack "Vertical Square" slashes four times then connects the lingering Sword Lines together and sends them flying as a projectile attack.
  • Walking Spoiler: His true identity is kept under wraps, but there are numerous hints that have been dropped that he's Kirito or someone connected to him.

Alternative Title(s): Accel World Black Legion