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Maple Tree Guild

The guild founded by Maple and Sally. While they are small in number, they are often considered by the in-universe player base of NewWorld Online to be the game's "strongest party" due to their high synergy. Despite their notoriety, however, anyone who gets to know them will soon realize that they are also a team of oddballs who frequently humor the antics of their leader.

    In General 
  • Amazon Brigade: While it does have two guys in Kanade and Chrome, the majority of the guild is made up of female players, and every single one of them, the guys included, are complete badasses.
  • The Dreaded: As the guild is led by Maple, they are this. By the time NWO's fourth event started, they're considered to be even more dangerous than both Mii's Flame Emperors and Payne's Order of Holy Sword guilds by NWO's players.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: The general reaction towards Maple when she shows off new skills, such as Atrocity and Predator, which she uses to solo the guardian to the Level 3 world. Though her guildmates are strong too, they always feel like they're lacking use when Maple is essentially a One-Man Army.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: Maple Tree is quite small in number (less than ten members) compared to other guilds but each member is very formidable, often equivalent to officers in other guilds.
  • True Companions: By the time of the fourth event, all of the members have become a close-knit, well-coordinated team, with each of them having every other members' backs.

Main Duo

    Maple / Kaede Honjou 
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (Japanese), Megan Shipman (English)
The main heroine of the story, a girl who was convinced to play New World Online by her friend Sally. Unaware of how games work, she chose the Great Shielder class and invested all her skill points into Defense to avoid being in pain - accidentally becoming a Nigh Invulnerable defensive powerhouse in the process. She later learns the ropes of the game and becomes the guildmaster of Maple Tree.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Pretty much how she plays the game. She never really played games before so she has no idea of proper stat balance, leading her to keep putting all of her stat points into VIT. It is because of this that she is able to get rare and powerful skills simply by being constantly attacked, as well as gaining resistances and outright immunity to certain attacks.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Invokes this in one boss fight against a poison dragon with a breath attack in order to develop total immunity. She then uses this to defeat that same dragon in an unconventional way.
  • Angelic Beauty: More cute than beautiful, but she can do this with one of her group-defense skills.
  • Armored But Frail: Puts all her points into Defense at the expense of everything else, including her health, which remains extremely low for her level.
  • Badass Adorable: Bright, shiny and sweet. Also an absolute monster in the game.
  • Badass on Paper: Her accomplishments make many in the game to think she is a super-skilled gamer, when in fact she is incredibly naive to how games work.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She could be the poster girl for this trope. She is a Nice Girl to the core who is kind to everyone she meets, while at the same time her powers specialize in poison, devouring her opponents, summoning demonic beasts to fight for her and even transforming into one herself.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her Machine God mode has her stomach visible.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Maple's rather simple-minded nature, general ignorance towards how game mechanics work, and overall happy-go-lucky attitude belies her status as basically an In-Universe SNK Boss.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Sally got surrounded by the Order of the Holy Swords, she sends a message to Maple. The latter hurries up to her rescue.
  • Black Knight: Wears black armor called "Replica of the Dark Knight" which is a black armor with red as it's secondary color.
  • Boring, but Practical: The "Shield Bash" attack, where she basically just falls on top of enemies with her shield held out in front of her. It's not stylish, but it does defeat a lot of enemies.
  • Born Lucky: After the sixth episode, she somehow manages to end up in places that grant her Game-Breaker skills even if it's completely accidental.
  • Breakout Character: An in universe example. The Admins state that she has become the face of the game and people are coming in droves both to see what she does next or getting strong enough to beat her.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: She has gained several Skills, such as her signature Hydra and Atrocity skills , by simply eating monsters.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Her Loving Sacrifice skill takes a chunk of HP to use, hence the name.
  • Casting a Shadow: Her skills as a demon are dark based and even her poison skills looks like this in appearance
  • Cherry Tapping: It would appear that physically attacking her causing a small amount of damage to the attacker, as shown with the first monster that repeatedly headbutted her. This is also how she defeats encounters if weapons and poison aren't an option- she does chip damage by eating them until they die.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Pretty much necessary for Maple. She uses many skills that poison and paralyze her enemies so that she can have a chance of winning. Maple is also surprisingly vicious, which helps.
    • Maple's one weakness is her legitimately awful movement speed... Which she makes up for with the skill "Cover Move" that lets her teleport to allies’ positions to shield them.
  • Counter Attack: Maple's Counter skill basically allows her to add up her damage output in her next attack in proportion of how much damage she received. She uses this to great effect in her first battle with Payne.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Because New World Online is an immersive VR game whose timeframe dilates hours into days, she suffers this after returning from a School Break of playing the game for a week. This causes her to do things she would do in game in real life like try to pull up her shield instead of dodging a ball during gym.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Wears black and red armor and her skills are dark and poison-based, but she is very much a nice person.
    • Even some of her forms are this, her demon form appears more menacing and has a deep voice, and her machine god form is dark as her armor and produced dark beams
  • Draw Aggro: One of the first skills Maple gains is "Provocation", which makes all enemies in the vicinity target her.
  • The Dreaded: Maple rapidly gains a reputation for being legitimately invincible, to the point where the developers aim a patch at her specifically.
  • Fearless Fool: Maple is just happy to be playing the game and having fun, thus sometimes her wide-eyed enthusiasm causes her to accidentally wander into some dangerous place. Thanks to her Nigh-Invulnerability, though, she's able to walk out of these dangers and emerge with even more powerful upgrades than she had before.
  • The Fool: She doesn't mean to be The Walking Fortress, it just happens.
  • Game-Breaker: Gains two early on, almost entirely by accident. "Absolute Defense" quadruples her VIT score, giving her an effective VIT stat of over 800 by level 20, and "Devour" allows her to easily kill off low-level enemies with a hit of her shield to restore her MP, letting her continuously use powerful weapon skills and abilities. After the first event tournament, the game developers implemented a patch targeting both these skills, as well as adding armor-piercing mechanics, specifically to prevent another Maple from happening.
  • Glacier Waif: Choosing the Great Shield build means that she can endure most attacks, but her avatar matches her real-life body, which is fairly small.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Deliberately contrasts her black and red shield by commissioning a gold and white one. Later, she commissions an entire ensemble in gold and white to go with her Loving Sacrifice skill.
  • Godlike Gamer: Quickly becomes one of the top players of the game despite her lack of prior gaming experience.
  • Guardian Angel: After gaining the skill Loving Sacrifice, she became one for the rest of her guild, allowing an AOE to protect them with her VIT. Her character even changes into an Angel when she activates this skill.
  • Healing Factor: Not her but her armor... and it gets stronger with each breaking. And it’s instantaneous.
  • Hidden Depths: As her downtime during the first event shows, Kaede's also quite talented as an artist.
  • Idiot Hair: Kaede sports one in both inside the game and real life.
  • Idiot Hero: Downplayed. She has absolutely no idea how gaming is supposed to work, but she quickly catches on to anything around her and is also a skilled tactician who can come up with out of the box tactics on the fly.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: The "Stout Defender" skill, which let's her survive any attack with 1 HP once per day.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Under normal circumstances, Maple is a Stone Wall with limited-use situational damaging attacks. However, over time she has gained various skills that allow her to gain genuine mobility and consistent ATK, mainly through transformation skills. Her Atrocity skill turns her into a massive demonic monster with decently sized HP and moderate ATK and AGI, allowing her to put on a genuine offense, while her Machine God skill allows her to produce various mechanical weapons from her body with long-range, high-power attacks, with the full power of the skill turning her into Flying Firepower, able to zip around the battlefield dodging attacks while raining destruction down on her enemies. However, as a trade-off for this immense power, these skills have major limitations. Atrocity can only be activated once a day, meaning she needs to plan when in the day she'll use it if she doesn't want to waste it, and Machine God requires sacrificing her armor in order to create weapons, with the strength of the armor determining the strength of the weapons, though the fact Maple's main equipment has an autorepair function that makes it stronger every time it breaks negates that limitation and turns it into a strength instead, as every use of Machine God makes the next use even stronger.
  • Logical Weakness: Her entire offense is focused arround her skills, and all her skills have limitations to how many times she can use them per day for one reason of another (Devour only works 10 times a day post-nerf, her armor only gives her 5 free uses of her other skills before she has to rely on either her abysmal MP or using devour to fuel her skills, etc.). Assuming one could both exhaust her vast repretoire of trump cards and find a way to get arround her absurd defense stat, then she's just a sitting duck with no means of fighting back. This is how Payne nearly manages to defeat her. He challenges her at night when she's already exhausted most of her skills, and the sheer level gap between them means that he has the stats and skills to break through Maple's defense. The only thing he didn't count on was that Maple still had Atrocity.
  • Lovable Coward: How she ended up becoming the Walking Fortress; she assumed she could feel pain from being hurt in game, freaked out, and decided to put anything and everything into not being hurt.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Maple's Atrocity skill allows her to transform into a giant monster that looks like a combination of Godzilla and an Alien, which left her teammates utterly gobsmacked.
    Chrome: "I see she's finally quit being a human."
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The main reason for Maple choosing the "Large Shield and Sword" class. Her second shield, as seen in the Light Novel cover, is as big as she is tall.
  • Meditation Powerup: After falling asleep and getting constantly attacked by small monsters, she gains a skill called Meditation, which allows her to regain 10% of her health for every second she meditates. She uses this in combination with her high VIT to gain resistances to many different attacks.
  • Min-Maxing: Prefers to invest EVERY skill point she gains in VIT so her other stats are abysmal, but she acquires rare skills and can still defeat enemies by clever use of these skills that take advantage of her VIT.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: After gaining the “Helpful Hand” Accessory she now has two additional corporeal Arms that also have shields.
  • Nice Girl: Surprisingly brutal tactics aside, this is easily Maple's defining trait. She's ceaselessly kind, seems incapable of harboring ill will towards people, speaks politely with everyone she meets (her opponents included) and even thanks monsters for helping her get stronger, to the point where she invites all of her opponents to party with her guild after the fourth guild war. She even breaks down crying after the first monster she comes across accidentally kills itself after attacking her for hours. Chrome makes note of this, musing that her trust in everyone could possibly get her in trouble one day as he noted that following her giving him Syrup, a very rare animal companion, there was nothing stopping him from just taking him and joining another guild aside from the fact he isn't that kind of guy.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Maple seems to be generally oblivious to how unsettling her various skills and creativity are to others.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: As time goes on she builds up several special forms, such as her angelic Loving Sacrifice skill, her demonic Atrocity skill, and her mechanical Machine God skill, resulting in her becoming an angelic demonic mechanical god by the end of Episode 8 of the anime. This becomes especially true once she starts mixing her forms, at one point literally becoming an angelic demonic mechanical monster.
  • Not the Intended Use: Tends to innovate this with her skills, such as using Cover Move as a movement skill to keep up with Sally or using her Venom Capsule trap on herself to neutralize fall damage down a cliff.
  • One Stat to Rule Them All: Played for Laughs. By dumping every single skill point she earns into VIT (Vitality), she became all but immune to attacks from both NPCs and other players, letting her clean them up with powerful abilities and weapon skills that don't care about her lack of offensive stats.
  • The Paralyzer: Her usual equipment, received from defeating the Poison Dragon, includes a weapon with an area of effect paralysis skill called "Paralyzing Shout".
  • Person of Mass Destruction: While in her normal state she's already incredibly powerful, and Atrocity effectively makes her The Juggernaut while active, Machine God is basically all about turning her into this, bearing down on all enemies with overwhelming long-ranged firepower, capable of annihilating pretty much everyone and everything in the area.
  • Poisonous Person: The "Hydra" skill lets her essentially flood any area she's in with three streams of liquid poison. Also, she later gains "Venom Capsule" which lets her trap a target inside an orb of poison.
  • Punny Name: "Kaede" means "maple tree". Also since her in game name is Maple, it is Maple's Story. Naming her pet "Syrup" continues to run with the pun.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Played With. Maple's first non-default suit is a rare drop from the Poison Dragon that just happens to be in these colors. While she's easily the least threatening character in the show, to both the game developers and her opponents... well...
  • Red Baron: "The Walking Fortress". Substitute walking for flying once she gets Syrup to become her mount.
  • The Rival: Payne considers Maple as one after realizing that he can't beat the latter even at his prime during the guild war arc.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • Specifically assigns one of her skills to unsheathing her dagger because of this.
    • At one point, Risa cheers her up after finding out that defense piercing moves now exist, because it would be way cooler to get hit and still come out victorious.
  • Scratch Damage: How she defeats the Poison Dragon - she just eats at it (the only attack she had left that does any damage after her starting gear is destroyed) until its health is depleted.
  • Shield Bash: Though less "bashing" and more "falling on the enemy with her shield". Her shield is her primary weapon, though.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: A unique light-hearted take on the subgenre. Maple is a newbie gamer whose timid disposition motivates her to build her character with every point placed in Defense. Thanks also to Maple's fearless ignorance she also stumbles into some of the strongest monsters that the game devs never intended to be fought with her specific set of skills, and thus gains insanely powerful skills and equipment from the rewards. Maple quickly becomes known for being one of the most powerful players in the game, but her cute and friendly personality can't help but win her many friends and allies. This being a "cute girls doing cute things" type of show, Bofuri lacks any type of harem elements.
  • Stone Wall: An extremely rare protagonist example of this. The only stat she bothers to improve is VIT, making her almost impossible to defeat conventionally. On the other hand, in the beginning, her attacks were pathetic and she required a mix of creative thinking and pragmatism to even deal damage to tougher enemies.
  • Take Up My Sword: The premise of the Machine God quest. A manifestation of the outdated technology that the Steampunk city was built over bestows a magic cog to Maple, to seek vengeance on the current civilization in his place... after putting him out of his misery.
  • Taking the Bullet: What “Cover Move” is supposed to do, as any damage you take while using his skill is doubled. This is subverted, however, as Maple's high defenses are able to cancel out the drawbacks of the move.
  • That One Player: She becomes this via Achievements in Ignorance. By the sixth episode, it's gotten to the point where her finding more Game-Breaker skills has become so common that the developers are just trying to pretend she doesn't exist.
  • Villain Protagonist: Sort of. While Maple is clearly not evil by any stretch of the imagination, most of her fight scenes against other players typically cast her as the Hopeless Boss Fight rather than the protagonist, especially notable with her battle against Mii, which outright uses Ominous Pipe Organ and Ominous Latin Chanting "Boss music" for the reveal of her Machine God form.
  • Voice of the Legion: Whenever using her Atrocity skill, she gains a deep, booming voice that sounds like multiple people speaking at once.
    • Vocal Dissonance: Despite this, however, it doesn't do anything to make her seem super-scary, and instead still manages to be cute enough to detract from her rather frightening form using this skill.

    Sally / Risa Shiramine 
Voiced by: Ruriko Noguchi (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English)
Kaede's best friend, who convinced her to play New World Online. An energetic girl with a history of professional gaming, her build in-game is a high-agility Glass Cannon which allows her to take advantage of her heightened real-life reflexes to dodge attacks.
  • Blood Knight: While it doesn't come up too often, she occasionally has shown a rather enthusiastic attitude towards killing monsters and other players, with her considering player-killing to be the ultimate example of thrill and excitement in MMOs.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: The swashbuckler build Sally has is, according to her, one of the hardest to play as due to constantly having to watch out for enemy attacks lest she be taken down in one hit. At the same time, playing such a challenge role is what makes it so exciting for her.
  • Fake Weakness: Sally pulls one against Frederica to feed false information about her combat ability.
  • False Flag Operation: How Sally operates in the fourth event guild war by stealing the orb of a guild then luring the minions of the said guild to another guild to incite fighting while stealing both orbs.
  • Foil: In contrast to Maple, Sally is the typical VRMMO Light Novel protagonist, being a veteran gamer with incredible reflexes and a Dual Wielding Magic Knight avatar, which just serves to contrast with how silly Maple is being.
  • Fragile Speedster: In deliberate contrast to Maple, she invests most of her skill points into AGI (Agility), so she qualifies as one of these. Conversely, she doesn't have ANY points invested in VIT.
  • Gamer Chick: Unlike Maple who is as new to games as they come, Sally is a gaming veteran with several championship trophies in her room.
  • Gathering Steam: One of her skills is Sword Dance, which increases her STR while in combat for every attack she dodges.
  • Genki Girl: Energetic in contrast to Maple's reserved nature. She even carries her friend on her back when the two want to go to a dungeon.
  • Glass Cannon: In addition to AGI, she also invested her stats in STR. So she can deal a lot of damage, but any hits will take a lot out of her, though as a glass ninja, she can dodge those hits.
  • Guile Hero: Frederica surrenders a duel to her, which leaves her to withhold info about her own guild while selling intel of a mutual enemy guild also without revealing too much about her skills. Sally outdoes her by bluffing two skills on the spot, selling them entirely through her physical prowess, misdirecting Frederica with misinformation.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Inverted. Her physical prowess in real life, such as having good reflexes and being a good swimmer, is what allows her to pull off incredible feats in the game.
  • Invisibility: Her "Vanish" skill makes her invisible.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Her skillset is mainly compirsed of basic spells and attacks, and her main strategy is mainly to spam these in quick succession. She even gets a "Jack of All Trades" skill, which reduces the MP cost on her skills in exchange for reducing the damage they deal.
  • Knife Nut: She wields two of them in reverse grip as her Weapon of Choice.
  • Ninja: Her Character Balance, Skills, and outfit all fit a ninja ascetic.
  • The Rival: Sally becomes Frederica's rival after NWO's fourth event and constantly challenges her in the arena.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Wears a long scarf and is one of the Guild's best fighters.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Risa's New World Online character, Sally, is her name with the syllables reversed.
  • Super Reflexes: As a result of her being a veteran gamer and general athlete, she has developed some amazing reflexes, which when applied to her agility-build-based game character makes her basically untouchable.
  • Super Speed: Has access to this as a skill.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Despite her normally brazen confidence, she is utterly terrified of ghosts.


Additional Members

Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
A samurai who placed sixth in the game's first event, who packs incredible speed capable of matching Sally. Initially hostile to Maple and Sally, she befriended them after completing a quest together.
  • Badass Normal: Putting Iz aside, between Maple's impenetrable defense and monster skills, Sally's overwhelming agility, Mai and Yui's immense strength, and Kuromu's extended survivability thanks to his armor, Kasumi's straightforward fighting style and lack of gimmicks aside from her sword skills gives her the distinction of being the most normal member of Maple Tree combat-wise.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has the largest chest in the guild and is also one of their strongest fighters.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: In the novel, using any of her stronger sword techniques comes at the cost of drastically reducing her equipment's durability. Additionally, using any of the skills that are attached to the Bewitched Sword Yukari will come at a cost, with Blood Blade cutting her HP in half and Purple Phantom Blade shrinking her down to 120cm for ten minutes.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: In a game where most of the weapons and equipment are of medieval or fantasy origins, Kasumi is the only one rocking a traditional Samurai appearance.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: When she first gets her white snake companion, Haku.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her skirt is a deep, rich purple and is the most elegant member of Maple Tree. Her attire also turns purple when she's using the Bewitched Sword Yukari.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Her primary form of attacking and using skills involves drawing her sword in this fashion.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Her Weapon of Choice, fitting with her Japanese motif.
  • Lady of War: A woman who carries herself with the focus and grace befitting a traditional Japanese lady who also placed sixth in the first event.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Has incredibly high attack and blinding speed, and while nowhere near as high as the likes of Maple or Kuromu, her survivability isn't too shabby either.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her main color is pink, which serves to highlight her presence as a woman of class while still kicking all kinds of ass.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Upon using her Origin of Sword - Void skill, her hair temporarily becomes white.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Using her Origin of Sword - Void skill, her eyes turn red.

Voiced by: Satomi Arai (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)
A mage who Maple befriends during the second event. He has a knack for puzzle-solving and analysis.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: Perpetually has these, although whether he's actually not getting enough sleep or just has an avatar designed to look that way is unclear.
  • Hard Light: His [Phantom World] Spell allows him to make Sally's [Shadow Clones] solid and able to do real damage. He uses this on Maple's [Atrocity] to make several giant monsters.
  • Magic Staff: Kanade's weapon of choice is the Staff, though his Akashic Records doesn't resemble one in the slightest, even when active. It grants him a random skill for a day, every day.
  • Random Effect Spell: The Akashic Records skill works like this, giving Kanade access to a different skill every day.
  • Red Is Heroic: Is covered from head to toe in a red coloring scheme.
  • The Red Mage: Thanks to the unique staff Akashic Records, this becomes Kanade's fighting style. Every day Kanade gets a random set of new skills and can scribe one-use versions into the staff. The net result is that Kanade can use spells and skills from a wide variety of classes, making the moveset he has at the current moment wildly unpredictable.
  • Rubik's Cube International Genius Symbol: A variation; Kanade's mainly interested in solving puzzles and his primary weapon, Akashic Records, takes the form of a segmented cube that loosely resembles a Rubik's Cube when dormant.
  • Standard Status Effects: From what spells Kanade has been seen using in combat, he seems to favor spells that inflict debilitating statuses to set up kills for his allies.
  • The Smart Guy: Kanade's main interest in the game is solving it's many puzzles and riddles.
  • Vancian Magic: After upgrading his staff by solving a second difficult puzzle, Kanade gains the ability to store spells by expending twice the MP cost and some time to scribe them in. Once inscribed, he can fire off the stored spells instantly and at no further MP cost.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Out of everybody in the guild, he has the lowest overall damage potential, and when the guild was first formed he had the lowest level, but despite that, his Akashic Records staff gives him the most versatile skillset out of the whole guild, especially once he gained the ability to store spells, and his high intellect means he's very good at figuring out the best ways to use his abilities.

    Mai and Yui 
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (Mai) and Nanaka Suwa (Yui)
Two sisters who, like Maple, invested all their skill points into one stat - strength. Maple recruited them after they were rejected from other guilds due to their unorthodox builds. In-game, they are hammer wielders with low survivability and mobility, but absolutely ruinous power.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the original Web novel, the twins didn’t show up until after Maple Tree made it to the third level. In the anime, they’re recruited just before the third event.
  • Cute Bruiser: Both are adorable girls with a lot of power behind their attacks.
  • The Dividual: Twindividual example. Outside of their contrasting black/green and white/pink color schemes, there's very little differentiation between them, with them always being seen together, usually working things between themselves when deciding on things, and their builds and skillsets are exactly the same. Even the overall design of their appearances are pretty much Palette Swaps of each other. The two (Mai in particular) do eventually get some individual moments during the eighth event when they get separated twice.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Tends to happen as a result of them putting all their points into strength. Examples include completely destroying a table that they accidentally hit their heads on and creating a giant wave when trying to splash Maple and Sally.
  • Drop the Hammer: The Weapon of Choice for both of them. They later earn a skill that allows them to wield two handed weapons in only one hand, giving them the ability to use two large hammers at once.
  • Dual Wielding: The Destroyer skill they got from speed-clearing the poison hydra dungeon allows them to use two-handed weapons as if they were one-handed. The result is them dual-wielding massive sledgehammers.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The two show up in episode 3 as a couple of novice players that Maple notices (with her remembering them when she and Sally look for additional members for their guild).
  • Glass Cannon: Similarly to Maple, they invested all of their stats into one category, but with the stat being STR. So they're very vulnerable due to being as slow as Maple without the absurd defense, but their power is so high they can accidentally break a table just by bowing their heads a bit too hard. In fact, their vulnerability causes them to be the first members of Maple Tree to get killed in the fourth event, when they end up left alone with Fragile Speedster Dread due to circumstances pulling Maple and her defense away from them.
  • Multicolored Hair: Both of them have two colors to their character models' hair, with Mai having black & green and Yui having white & pink.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Played for Laughs, While the rest of Maple Tree are frightened by Maple's Savagery skill, the twins are clearly admiring it.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Shortest members of the guild but easily the physically strongest.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Their bear cub familiars, Tsukimi and Yukimi, are given a color scheme that matches that of their owners (black bear with green highlights for Tsukimi; polar bear with pink highlights for Yukimi).

Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Anthony Bowling (English)
One of the first players that Maple meets, a more conventional great shielder with a more balanced mix of offense and defense. Friends with Iz, he also participates in the New World Online chat room.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapters 66-68 of the light novel/part of episode 7 in the anime involves him (and Syrup, whom Maple offered to help assist him) soloing a Secret Dungeon that can only be accessed by dying a certain amount of times in the game.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His current outfit is a red skeleton armor with a black tattered cape, but that does not mean he's bad.
  • Determinator: It's not paid all that much attention, even when the story focuses on him, but the fact that Chrome beared through numerous deaths in order to properly master his Great Shielder build shows that he isn't easily discouraged. This is shown quite well when he fights, as even though he doesn't have Maple's absurdly high defense, he still does his best to keep his allies safe while fighting, with his armor making it where even the possibility of death isn't a deterrent against his will.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Subverted. After soloing a Secret Dungeon, he gets a more sinister looking outfit, though he doesn't become evil.
  • Healing Factor: He has a downplayed conditional example in “Battle Healing”, which restores 1% of his HP every 10 seconds while in combat. Though this gets overshadowed by the attributes he gains from his special armor.
  • Implacable Man: He was already a major case of a Lightning Bruiser, but once he acquires his special armor set this is taken to new heights. While he will never hold a candle to Maple when it comes to straight defense, his armor has several attributes designed to make it almost impossible to kill him (as a sort of reward for clearing a dungeon available only to those that have died and revived numerous times already), with life-steal, healing from killing enemies, healing from each and every hit he lands, and a 50% chance of surviving from any attack.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: His "Dead or Alive" skill gives him a 50% chance to survive a lethal blow with 1 HP. Notably, this is not tied to a cooldown like Maple's version, instead relying entirely on chance.
  • Licked by the Dog: When lamenting how he's the only one in the guild who looks like a death god for some reason, Syrup crawls over to comfort him in its own way.
  • Life Drain: Befitting of his role as a sustain tank.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As opposed to Maple's pure defense, the twins' pure offense, or Sally and Kasumi's majority speed, his balanced mix of stats and incredible self-sustain lets him do all of that effectively, though leaning a bit more on the Mighty Glacier side.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Worries he will just be a worse version of Maple. However, her focus is on tanking damage and dealing Standard Status Effects while he is fast enough to focus on weapon skills in addition to his shield, making him very different from her.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Very similar to Maple (being a Nice Guy who just happens to be dressed like that), aside from having less black and looking more conventionally demonic.
  • Ship Tease: Maple mistakes him and Iz as a couple.
  • Team Dad: He's somewhat implied to be the oldest member of the guild, and he's always doing his best to make sure the rest of the guild is able to keep having as much fun with the game as they can, no matter what other players might do to try and ruin that or how Maple might make potential mistakes due to her niceness and naivety.

Voiced by: Satomi Sato (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
A crafter who takes commissions for custom gear, who later becomes the guild crafter. Friends with Chrome.
  • The Blacksmith: Makes much of the members' gear. Shortly before the fourth event, she picks up an unbreakable set of equipment that allows her to make things wherever she wants.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Downplayed. Iz wears a pair of goggles that protects her eyes when she's crafting. When she's not in the forge, she still keeps them on her head.
  • Ship Tease: Maple mistakes her and Chrome as a couple.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: When she has to directly fight, she primarily attacks with explosives. The reason for this is explained in the novel: NWO has a mechanic that nerfs a character's damage output when using weapons and skills as a tradeoff for specializing in non-combat activities; thrown items such as bombs, however, are exceptions to this rule.
  • Troll: When Chrome jokingly stated he kidnapped Maple, she brings up the Report Player screen. After he freaks out she admits she was only joking.
  • Utility Party Member: While Iz can fight with her trusty pickax and a generous supply of bombs, her true value to Maple Tree is outside of combat as their resident crafting expert.

Guild Pets

Maple's pet, a small tortoise. Maple frequently uses a combination of Megamorph + Telekinesis to grow him to massive size and allow him to fly, allowing him to serve as a means of transportation.
  • Badass Adorable: He's very cute, especially when he stands on his hind legs waving his front legs around, and even when using Megamorph maintains that cuteness. He's also very effective at supporting Maple when it comes to her deficiencies, such as binding enemies in place to make up for her slow speed, acting as a flying mount to make up for her lack of mobility, and having an energy beam attack in case her ranged abilities aren't available.
  • Green Thumb: One of his skills, Mother Nature, allows him to summon and control various nature-related objects, with him regularly summoning vines in order to bind enemies in place. He also gains the ability to grow a rose patch that increases the damage of any being within its range after evolving.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Because Maple is so slow, she rides on him. He is also able to grow to a larger size to accommodate more people.
  • Irony: He's a tortoise, an animal known for being slow, yet he has a higher agility stat than Maple.
  • Not Quite Flight: He gains the ability of technical flight by way of Maple using her Telekinesis skill to levitate him.
  • Pokémon Speak: Only says "kame" (turtle).
  • Punny Name: Maple gave him his name so that "together we'll be Maple Syrup!"
  • Sizeshifter: Can change from being able to be held to large enough to hold the entire guild on his back.
  • Turtle Power: He's an adorable little tortoise that gains the ability to grow big enough to carry the entire guild on his back, manipulate plants, and shoot a massive energy-beam from his mouth.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Can fire a massive beam of energy from his mouth.

Sally's pet, a small white fox. Can use fire attacks.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: It has a skill called Shadow Clone, which creates copies of it and Sally in order to confuse enemies.
  • Kitsune: It gives the idea of this, with its fire and illusion powers.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: Oboro sports a second tail after it evolves.
  • Playing with Fire: It has the ability to breath fire at enemies.

Order of the Holy Sword

The main contender for the title of the number one guild of NWO, it is a large guild with hundreds of members in the light novels. The Order of the Holy Sword is notable for the high quality of its leaders as three of the top five players of the first event are members of this guild.

Voiced by: Kensho Ono
Leader of the Order of the Holy Sword, and considered to be the strongest player in the game when it comes to PVP. Is also significantly higher level than just about every other player, with his level estimated at around 2-3 times Maple's.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Many of his attacks go through defense, which proves to be a problem for Maple. He also has the Defense Break skill to further cut his enemy's defenses.
  • Big Bad: Played with. He's the protagonists' most powerful and influential enemy, and the source of a great deal of their most serious problems... in a PvP MMO that everyone in the show treats as the light, inconsequential entertainment it is.
  • The Dreaded: Payne is often referred as the final boss alongside Maple by NWO players, being the unstoppable force to her immovable object. During NWO's fourth event, which was a guild war, he's the only player to legitimately injure Maple, which forced the latter to activate her Atrocity skill.
  • The Faceless: The majority of his screentime in Season 1 shows him from behind or in shadows, with his face finally being revealed in episode 10, which is the point when he truly started getting involved in the story.
  • Godlike Gamer: He has ranked the No. 1 player since the game started and is rumored that his level is already 3x higher than Maple's. Fights with him show that he's very solid in terms of skill as well.
  • Graceful Loser: After spending all his time up to then being effectively unstoppable, he takes his defeat by Maple's hands surprisingly well. He still vows to improve and defeat her, but he remains on good terms with Maple Tree.
  • Hero of Another Story: He would be the hero of a more standard power fantasy video game manga.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Shares Maple's Stout Defender skill, which allows him to survive a lethal blow with 1 HP every day.
  • Level Grinding: Skills and gear aside, one of Payne's main combat assets is that he simply grinds enough that his levels - and therefore stats - are much higher than his enemies. Even in a situation where he's outmatched, the fact that his numbers are bigger than his enemies' still gives him a huge advantage.
  • Lightning Bruiser: With his high stats and honed skills, Payne moves fast, hits hard, and doesn't go down without a lot of effort on his foe's part. He generally only takes one strike to kill anything (landing a One-Hit Kill on Iz and Kanade during their first fight), and is one of the few that can say they've seriously harmed Maple.
  • The Paladin: Has the aesthetic of one. For bonus points, his guild is the Order of the Holy Sword.
  • Properly Paranoid: In the days leading up to the guild war event, Payne becomes increasingly concerned about Maple and her guild despite their small numbers and continually tries to keep tabs on their progress. The rest of his guild try to downplay this, saying that their resources and Payne's high levels are more than enough to compensate, but they don't realize that, given how we see Maple gaining boss-tier skills left and right, Payne actually has every right to be worried.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: In a show with actual stakes, Payne would be a dangerous and ruthless villain. As is, he's just a guy who plays a PvP MMO with significant Video Game Cruelty Potential very well, and is friendly to the protagonists outside of combat events. The only reason we're rooting for our heroes against him is because he's the most interestingly difficult challenge for them to overcome, and because his more orthodox playstyle is less fun to watch.

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki
Second-place winner of the first event, a knife wielder specializing in speed.
  • Fragile Speedster: Much like Sally, he has good attack power and blisteringly fast speed, but any direct hits will take a lot out of him.
  • Knife Nut: Wields two of them in reverse grip as his Weapon of Choice, not unlike Sally.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the novel, when he meets Sally in the guild war for the first time, he instinctively knows the latter is really dangerous. Later, when Sally successfully parries his attack while on "Godspeed", he monologues about how Sally gives off an aura similar to Payne & Maple and feels dread.
  • Super Speed: In addition to the "Super Speed" skill, he also has access to the "Godspeed" skill that practically makes him invisible to the average player.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His attack on Maple Tree's "Guild War" base during the first night of the fourth event. Had Maple not returned to the base on time after saving Sally from Frederica, he would have been able to steal the orbs that Maple Tree was guarding. Even if he was defeated by Mai and Yui, he would still know Maple Tree's location during the event, allowing his fellow Order of the Holy Sword members to mount another attack later on. In the end, not only does he gain the knowledge of Maple Tree's location, but he also manages to discover that Maple is still vulnerable when she uses the Loving Sacrifice ability.

Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)
A mage who gave Maple leveling advice at the start of the game.
  • Cat Smile: Has a permanent one.
  • Deflector Shields: Can use Barrier to put up a force field to block attacks, and can also upgrade it into Multi-Barrier to create a multilayered shield.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Her personal mount is a small flying whale-like creature with steering controls mounted on the back of its head.
  • I Let You Win: Frederica pulls off one against her duel with Sally when she chooses to surrender before she reveals too many of her skills, though she was unknowingly Out-Gambitted by the latter.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Is capable of rapidly firing lethal spells at long distance, but doesn't seem to have much to defend herself at short range save Barrier.
  • Not the Intended Use: During their battle in the fourth event, she uses Multi-Barrier to surround Sally in shields to restrict her movement.
  • Red Mage: She possesses both potent offensive spells and buffing moves.
  • Spam Attack: Her special skill allows her to cast spells multiple times in rapid succession, which adds Multi- in front of their name. This allows her to do things like fire a Magic Missile Storm or set up multi-layered barriers.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her simple act of stopping to give Maple advice on where to hunt monsters is what sets Maple on the path to becoming the nigh-unstoppable juggernaut she is now. When looking at it in hindsight, even Frederica is amused by this.

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna
Player who ranked fifth in the first event, an Axe Fighter with high-power attacks.

Flame Emperors

One of the contenders for the strongest guild in NWO, they are a large guild with over a hundred members in the light novel. They are centered on the charismatic leadership of Mii.

Voiced by: Rina Sato
Leader of the Flame Emperors, a powerful fire mage with overflowing charisma. Ranked fourth in the first event.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Considered to be the most powerful member in her guild. The cow event involves having the whole clan herd them towards her just so she can solo farm them for the whole clan.
  • Broken Ace: While to the public she gives off the appearance of a boisterous and confident commander and fighter, with her having genuine power and skill to back it up, it's all a facade she puts on to hide her massive insecurities and provide morale for her guild, with her beating herself up over her failures and considering herself unfit for leadership whenever she is out of earshot of anybody else.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: She'd rather use Self-Destruct than letting Maple kill her.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her usual voice is low and commanding... but she's intentionally invoking this. Her real voice whenever her badass facade cracks is much higher.
  • Cry Cute: Whenever she's having an emotional breakdown.
  • Despair Event Horizon: During Maple Tree's rampage of the guilds with Maple's Atrocity skill, she and the whole Flame Emperors guild held out The Siege of the other guilds, who were also avoiding Maple Tree, trying to take their spot in the top 10 until Maple Tree decides to go into their direction. Mii almost slips out her real personality until Maple Tree starts attacking the guilds laying siege to Flame Emperors guild, rescuing them.
  • Herd-Hitting Attack: Her fire attacks specialize in laying waste to large areas of foes at once.
  • Hero of Another Story: Like with Payne, Mii's rise to becoming the leader of one of the largest guilds in NWO could easily be its own story.
  • Internet Tough Guy: She is able to put up a tough confident front for her guild, but she becomes an emotional mess when she fails and no one is around.
  • Logical Weakness: While her firepower is overwhelming, and capable of wiping out entire lesser guilds in one go, she also burns through mana extremely rapidly to do so, requiring regular use of potions or other methods to going.
  • Limit Break: Her Flame Prison, which eats up almost all her MP and channels for a long time in order to trap a foe in a flaming cage which deals heavy Damage Over Time. It was even able to damage Maple, although she broke out of it soon after.
  • Magical Incantation: Her strongest spell, Flame Prison, requires her to recite an incantation that takes around 50 seconds to complete without any interruptions, leaving her completely vulnerable as she casts it, meaning she needs her allies to keep any enemies at bay until the casting is complete.
  • Magnetic Hero: Her overwhelming charisma and talent for roleplaying has allowed her to amass a huge amount of loyal followers.
  • Taking You with Me: Her Self-Destruct skill does exactly that. After failing to stop Maple,Mai and Yui's advance (and later Maple single-handedly thrashing her entire guild) during the fourth event, she tries this on Maple once her teammates are dead and her MP exhausted. It doesn't work.
  • Playing with Fire: Naturally, as the leader of the Flame Emperors, she is an expert at fire magic.
  • Recoil Boost: Has the skill Flare Accel, which allows her to use explosive flames to boost her movement.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida
The Trapper of the Flame Emperors. Ranked eighth in the first event.
  • The Eeyore: Every time he's on screen he's in a somewhat depressed state, expressing how he thinks that he's pretty much worthless and that his class isn't very cool or badass.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Frequently looks down on himself because his expertise lies in laying traps instead of being out on the front lines like Mii. Misery is quick to point out that despite this, his work is incredibly effective.
  • Trap Master: Pretty much the name of his build, he specializes in setting up a variety of traps in anticipation of what his opponents might do. These include explosive mines, vine snares, stone walls, and hidden poison bogs, to name a few. He also has Remote Traps that allow him to instantly set up and activate traps in the middle of battle.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some translations spells his name as Marx.

Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi
The Cleric of the Flame Emperors. Ranked tenth in the first event.
  • Cleavage Window: She has a pretty decently-sized chest, which her outfit is designed to show off plenty of from the top.
  • Combat Medic: While she's a support specialist, she has her fair share of offensive techniques if she needs to assist her guild's firepower.
  • Ironic Name: She's the primary support for her guild and a fairly kind person, and yet her character's name is Misery.
    • On the other hand, it's quite an apt name in Latin and other Romance Languages, considering that misericordia means 'mercy' in Latin.
  • Support Party Member: While she's capable of casting holy-damage type spells, she primarily provides support to her teammates, whether through magic or her large stock of mana potions. A few players even lament that the reason fighting Mii is impossible is because Misery acts as a mana battery to fuel her spell barrages.
  • Team Mom: Putting aside her...sizable assets, she is a kindly figure to the other members of the guild and is the one to offer uplifting words to Marcus when he delves into self-deprecation.
  • White Magician Girl: She acts as a caring motherly figure for the guild, and her Cleric class specializes in holy magic along with various support-type magics, such as healing and antidotes.

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi
A member of the Flame Emperors known as the Split-Sword for his unique combat style. Ranked seventh in the first event and seems to knows Kasumi personally.
  • Attack Drone: His combat style involves splitting his sword into ten flying pieces that he remotely controls. This allows him to control each one independently, striking repeatedly from every direction.
  • Cool Sword: A golden one that can divide into ten flying pieces.
  • Flechette Storm: His split-sword pieces can further divide in two, allowing him to control twenty blades at once.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Due to having no weapon when his sword is divided, he carries a shield to block incoming attacks.
  • Spirited Competitor: Views Kasumi as a rival of sorts and is eager to eventually surpass her.


    New World Online Chat Room 
A chat room where Chrome and various other players anonymously give their thoughts on all the different things happening in the story.
  • Greek Chorus: They comment on the events that are going on in NWO.
  • Instant Fan Club: Several in the chat are clearly fans of the crazy things Maple gets into.
  • Once per Episode: The episode usually ends with a quick glimpse at the chat talking about things that happened in that episode.

Voiced by: Sakura Tange (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
The Mascot of New World Online who acts as the host for the various player events.

    New World Online Administrators 
The developers of New World Online, who oversee what players do in order to develop new content and balance gameplay, with Maple's breaking of the game being a constant thorn in their sides.
  • Author Avatar: They are represented by stuffed dolls overlooking the game in the anime.
  • Just Ignore It: Maple keeps breaking the game so much that some of the Admins would rather just ignore her, getting frustrated when someone points out she did it again.
  • Overworked Sleep: One of the Admins states that because Maple keeps breaking the game they haven't gotten any time to relax from fixing the balancing issues. Stating he is looking forward to falling asleep in the bathtub.
  • Trolling Creator: The web novel reveals that they attempt to be this through some of the quests that they place in the game. Unfortunately, between Maple and the twins' minimaxing, Sally and Chrome being veteran gamers, and Kanade's intelligence, Maple Tree ends up beating what they think should be impossible.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Because Maple keeps pulling off such crazy things they now play a game of guessing what crazy thing she is doing at that time.

    New World Online Bosses 
The various enemies faced by Maple and her guild that allow her to become more and more unstoppable.
  • Climax Boss: The Machine King faced by Maple in episode 10 is the last boss faced in the anime, and the last 2 episodes deal with the NWO fourth event.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The boss that gives Maple her Atrocity form.
  • The Marvelous Deer: The boss guarding the second floor is a deer covered in trees and even bears fruit. Said fruit is also its weak point.
  • Monster Clown: The 3rd boss faced in the story during the second event. It wields a club and has a disproportionately big chest compared to its puny legs.
  • Poisonous Person: Hydra
  • Zero-Effort Boss: The Kraken, where Maple just uses Hydra to pollute the sea it's in until it is dead. Also can qualify for any boss blocking the path the next layer, as they can easily be taken out by Mai and Yui.


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