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    Haseo the Terror of Death 
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Haseo in his Xth Form
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Yuri Lowenthal (English, video games); Andrew Francis (English, anime)

World Identity: The main character of Roots and the G.U. games, an aggressive and self-centered Adept Rogue. He finds a mentor in Ovan and a love interest in Shino, but when Ovan disappears and Shino is PKed and put into a coma, Haseo begins a personal quest to find and beat Tri-Edge, the name given to Shino's killer. Holds the avatar of the first Phase, Skeith, The Terror of Death.

Real Identity: Ryou Misaki, a high school student and the same person who played the player-killer Sora back in SIGN. Though he's older, his general personality has changed little.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • All Your Powers Combined: Skeith's absorption of all the other Epitaphs across the games results in this. In Volume 4, Haseo's 5th form invokes this, allowing him to summon forth different Epitaphs and wield their power directly.
  • Aloof Ally: To both G.U. and Canard, before gradually warming up to both.
  • Always Save the Girl: Haseo's single-minded obsession with saving Shino without care for anything else drives most of his early Jerkass behavior.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: By the end of the story, Haseo has become the leader of a well-known (though still small) guild and a three-time Arena Emperor, mostly through beating the tar out of everything that's come his way.
  • The Atoner: Haseo's driven by self-loathing over his failure to save Shino and later Alkaid as much as anything else.
  • Atop a Mountain of Corpses: In the .hack//Link manga.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: B-st Form, exclusive to the Trilogy OVA retelling of the story, is a feral version of Haseo's third form brought on by giving in to his raw fury. It possesses the ability to dual-wield Broadswords, unleash a Storm of Blades, and rip open holes in space. It's also completely useless against the target of his rage, who defeats Haseo in this form without breaking a sweat.
  • Ax-Crazy: Unlocking his Avatar is incredibly bad for Haseo's already-unstable psyche, leading him to spend much of the second half of Rebirth with this sort of characterization as he uses it recklessly in the Arena.
  • Badass Biker: One benefit of being a guildmaster is access to a Steam Bike, a Cool Bike which gets even cooler in subsequent volumes as upgrade parts for it become available.
  • Badass Longcoat: 5th Form features a prominent one.
  • Bad Samaritan: Haseo is on the unkind end of this trope a lot. The first four people we see him interact with in G.U. all present themselves as friends and allies, and each one is a villain. This rather strongly influenced his loner tendencies, as he feels keeping friends away means they can't betray you. Lampshaded ironically by Sakaki.
    Sakaki: Isn't it hard to think of every person you meet in this game as an enemy?
  • Bare Your Midriff: A very rare male example of this trope. Haseo's 2nd Form is the only one to cover his navel, with 3rd Form's armor covering everything below the neck except his midriff.
  • Battle Couple: With Atoli as their romantic arc progresses. He also partakes in a two-player training session with Alkaid that has decided shades of it.
  • Berserk Button: Shino in particular is one, though just about anything will set Haseo off.
  • The Berserker: His B-st Form.
  • BFS: 2nd Form grants access to Edge Punisher weapons, massive broadswords that often double as gigantic chainsaws. In its non-extended form, his 5th Form's sword, Gate of Ouroboros, is taller than he is, putting its length at an average of six feet at best.
  • Blessed with Suck: Played with. Being a Jerkass to Harald pumps him up to level 133 with his third form unlocked, making him incredibly powerful by normal player standards, but also seals away Skeith, making him completely unable to put up any kind of meaningful resistance against Tri-Edge.
  • Blood Knight: Part of his initial characterization is an intense bloodlust, which he matures out of by the end of Rebirth.
  • Bounty Hunter: Haseo can become one who tracks down and kills PKs in a side quest. He can get rewards for the number of PKs he kills and can get special rewards for killing specific PKs known as chaotic PKs because they are the worst of the worst PKs, and therefore are placed on a blacklist of the most wanted PKs.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the .hack//Link manga.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Shino's Gentle Girl in Roots, then to Atoli's Gentle Girl in the games.
  • Bottomless Magazines: In the OVA and .hack//Link. Averted in the games, where he has a set number of bullets before having to reload by tapping the Guard button. Alchemizing his Dual Guns weapons increases their magazine capacity in addition to the usual benefits.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Come on, come on! I'm right here. SKEITH!"
  • The Captain: Of the Canard Guild.
  • The Cassandra: Unintentionally. He berates Atoli a couple of times for her blind Faith in Sakaki, claiming that the guy doesn't give a lick about her well being and is just using her. He ends up being right.
  • Character Development: Haseo has probably seen more character development than any other character in the franchise when you take Sora's personality into consideration. In the R:2 timeline alone, he went from a hopeless beginner to a revenge-obsessed jerk in Roots, then started the GU games as a Designated Hero, evolved into a Type 2 Anti-Hero, and eventually made pure hero status by the end of the series. Overall, he becomes much, much more likable as the series goes on.
  • Chick Magnet: Haseo ends up with two canon fangirls (Atoli and Alkaid) and one fanboy (Endrance). Relationship Values allow him to additionally marry nearly all of the game's female characters in the various Promise Card endings.
  • The Chosen One: By both Skeith and Ovan. Much of the plot of the games is the latter's carefully orchestrated scheme to goad Haseo into fighting every other Avatar.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Haseo sees his use of his Avatar in the Arena as being this, failing to grasp the dangers until Kuhn shows him the hard way.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Kite was a kind, sincere Nice Guy from start to finish, who brought out the best in his allies and won over his rivals with diplomacy and empathy; his colour scheme strongly highlighted that Red Is Heroic. Haseo is a rude, dismissive Jerk with a Heart of Gold who pushes others away and has serious issues with the concepts of friendship and betrayal; his quite literally Darker and Edgier design, inclining more to Red and Black and Evil All Over, emphasises the difference.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Bo.
  • Cool Down Hug: Given to the AIDA-infected Atoli in the Trilogy OVA, which is a little different from how it went in the games.
  • Cool Gun: See Mix-and-Match Weapon below.
  • Cool Sword: See Swiss Army Weapon below.
  • The Corruption: Subverted. He's almost corrupted by AIDA from Taihaku's sword, but Atoli calls his name, making him strong enough to reject AIDA.
  • Cutscene Power to the Max: During the prologue FMV of Rebirth. Awesome.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark actually is pretty evil early on, but Haseo's completed most of his Character Development by the time he reacquires his 3rd Form, which is a suit of almost completely black armor adorned with spikes. Most of both Volume 2 and Volume 3 is spent with this appearance.
  • Death from Above: His Plasma Blade Divine Awakening, Avatar Awakening, and all of his ultimate Arts.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: As his primary class is Twin Blade, naturally his initial fighting style is built around this. Xth Form's Dual Guns focus on it even more, capable of grinding opponents down under an endless hail of bullets.
  • Determinator: For all of Haseo's flaws that he learns to grow out of, one thing that never changes is his determination to save the Lost Ones; if anything, it grows even stronger. His most prominent feat of willpower comes in Redemption, where he forces an AIDA out of his body, the only person ever to succeed in doing so.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Adept Rogues are most charitably thought of as this by most players.
  • Dual Wielding: Begins with Dual Blades in his Adept Rogue 1st Form, and eventually gains Dual Guns in his Xth as well.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: Every time he reloads his Dual Guns.
  • The Dreaded: He was known as the Terror of Death for good reason before the time he was data drained back to level 1. The status quickly disappeared after he was data drained. The status comes back if Haseo starts a side quest of being a Bounty Hunter of PKs and starts killing more and more PKs including several which are identified as chaotic PKs, or the worst of the worst PKs, in The World R:2 even in Rebirth, or the first volume.
  • Evil Costume Switch: B-st Form, featured in the Trilogy OVA and some other media. A more animalistic version of 3rd Form, it adds Combat Tentacles and the ability to dual-wield Broadswords.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Compare his hair in the first his 3 Forms to his Xth Form.
  • Expy: The late parts of G.U., and slightly later the Trilogy OVA, already begin to show the style and cinematic scope that CyberConnect2 would later expand into Asura's Wrath, a game that stars another silver-haired man with red eyes, anger issues, and multiple forms.
  • Facial Markings: Most characters in the franchise have these, but Haseo's are notable in that they disappear and are redrawn as the last step of assuming each new form.
  • Flash Step: Among the abilities Xth Form grants is the ability to dash by double-tapping the Guard button. The weight of the weapon type that Haseo's holding determines the distance of the dash.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Midori and Matsu.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Completing the Forest of Pain turned him from an irrelevant novice to the feared Terror of Death overnight. He doesn't take going back to being a nobody well.
  • Freudian Excuse: On top of the fact that he was exploited and screwed over by a severe case of Bad Samaritan right after logging into The World for the first time, his first guild in the Twilight Brigade fell apart hard due to the other guilds practically waging war on them, close friends going into hiding or outright quitting the game, his first love interest of Shino being put into a coma by Tri-Edge, and Ovan spontaneously abandoning him and what was left of the guild. Combine this with the fact that though mentally suppressed, he's also one of the Lost One coma victims of Skeith from The World: R1 and has thus always been a troubled individual even as a kid and it's easy to see why Haseo would be a bit of a Jerkass when pretty much everything that could've gone wrong, did.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Haseo's eyes glow whenever Skeith is exerting influence over him, which is much more common in the OVA.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While he becomes one of the nicest characters over the course of the G.U. games, Haseo is still sarcastic if not ruthless to anyone who falls pretty squarely in the morally ambiguous territory; Yata, Ovan, and Sakaki all end up being targets early on for various reasons and remain there especially as the games progress and hidden motives become revealed.
    • He also often takes a "tough love" approach to his teammates, caring for them while also wanting them to be strong enough to defend themselves sometimes; a few parts of each volume can almost be construed as "Haseo drags his teammates to various areas to level them up for whatever comes ahead".
  • Gratuitous English: Takahiro Sakurai can actually pronounce English well!
    • In the OVA he use the word "faker".
    • In Versus he speak the words "Justice" and "Judgment".
    • Subverted too because he uses Engrish in "Second" and "Third" lines.
  • The Grim Reaper: As the Terror of Death.
  • The Gunslinger: His Xth form.
  • Hate at First Sight: Not that Haseo likes most people he meets at first, but his immediate hatred of Sakaki is particularly strong. And justified.
  • Heroic Albino: All of Haseo's forms have white hair.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Atoli in the OVA.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Ticking Death and the Doppelganger equipment.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Empty Skies for Twin Blades, Silad for Broadswords, Shadowy Death for Scythes, DG-Z for Dual Guns.
  • Ironic Hell: The World R:2 as a whole is one for him: the powerful and well-known PK Sora now lives in a world where far too many others are just like he was. And just to drive the point home, while he becomes one of the most powerful and feared PKs ever to walk R:2, he still manages get PKed by someone far more powerful than he is.
  • Irony: As a Level 133 Adept Rogue with some obscenely overpowered gear and all his Job Extensions, Haseo was an absolute monster in PvP but evaded teamwork and social things like guilds after what happened to the Twilight Brigade. His Avatar was also sealed, and this resulted in Tri-Edge utterly thrashing him with no effort. By the rematch at the end of Rebirth, at best Haseo is level 50 and only has his first Job Extension, but he's taken the time to actually build up genuine skill, gained trusty allies and started to learn how to reign in his more violent habits which lets him control his Avatar and triumph.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: The Adept Rogue's hat is being mediocre at everything. Protagonist privileges, though, mean Haseo is actually more of a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Kick the Dog: Frequently, before his Character Development, and poor Atoli gets the worst of it. The player can also take this Up to Eleven through rude and sometimes downright cruel email responses and forum posts.
  • Large Ham: Possibly the biggest in the entire franchise, even more so than Piros. He has plenty to ham over and both of his voice actors take full advantage.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Thanks to Skeith's data drain back in SIGN, he remembers nothing about being Sora.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In his previous role as Sora in "The World R:1", he was a notorious player killer. When he starts playing "The World R:2", he is almost immediately ganked by some player killers who taught him the basics of this game and then immediately player killed him as soon as they finished his first playing field.
  • Laughing Mad: Haseo gets plenty of evil laughter during his descent into Villain Protagonist in the second half of Rebirth.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Unlike most Adept Rogues, Haseo lacks the poor stats the class is supposed to have, and being the main character grants him a number of advantages when it comes to inflating those stats even further through quest rewards and unique weapons.
  • Literal Split Personality: In the scene where he achieves Xth Form, Haseo briefly speaks with Skeith, who appears to have permanently absorbed the personality of Haseo's former identity Sora after stealing that part of his mind for itself all the way back in SIGN. Unlike most examples of such a reveal, no Split-Personality Merge occurs, and Haseo never gets those memories back, nor does he appear to realize that Skeith took them; it exists purely as a bonus for the audience.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: At first to Shino and Ovan, then to Silabus and Gaspard and through them the rest of The World.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Shino being rendered comatose by Tri-Edge marks Haseo's Start of Darkness.
  • Love Triangle: At first between Shino and Atoli, then later between Atoli and Alkaid.
  • Luminescent Blush: On rare occasion, typically when one of the women in his life is involved. Link features it as part of his Cross Rengeki.
  • Madness Mantra: "It's here, it's here, it's here, IT'S HERE!"
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Because he wears heavy armor due to choosing that kind of armor when he created this character, he is strong against physical attacks but weak against magic attacks. Furthermore, he cannot learn spells by levelling up his weapons. He has only two methods of using magic himself: using a consumable spell scroll that casts a spell when it is consumed, or using scrolls that permanently teach him magic. Because all of the classes he chose to create his adept rogue deal in physical attacks, his magic attacks are weaker than those cast by players who naturally use magic like shadow warlocks, macabre dancers, and harvest clerics.
  • Magic Staff: The novel retelling of the G.U. story has Haseo gain a different form in lieu of the Xth Form, which provides him with Skeith's Celtic cross-shaped staff.
  • Magikarp Power: While he's quite serviceable as a Twin Blade or Edge Punisher in his first two forms, Haseo's Adept Rogue class doesn't really come into its own until he regains his 3rd Form in Volume 2 and gains the ability to put multiple weapon types on one Skill Trigger, allowing him to swap weapons as part of attacking and thus greatly improving the practicality of doing so mid-battle.
  • Man in White: His Xth Form and 5th Form switch his palette from black to white.
  • Meaningful Name: Haseo's title of The Terror of Death reflects the fear he inspires as a PKK, certainly, but it also reflects his own fears, especially with regards to Shino. When confronted with the possibility of a berserk Skeith actually taking a life, he panics more than the guy in danger of being killed. He actually rejects the title in Vol. 3, signifying his Character Development.
    • Haseo itself is a reference to the Japanese poet Matsuo Bashou (via Alternate Character Reading), whose disciple was named Kawai Sora. In other words, a subtle clue to Haseo's player also being Sora's player.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The Lit Honeysuckle Twin Blades act as one to Shino, even though he doesn't get them from her. They also act as one to Alkaid, who's rendered a Lost One as well not long after giving them to him.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Dual Guns take the form of pistols with Laser Blade bayonets pointing downward, as if being held Reverse Grip like Twin Blade weapons usually are.
  • Multi-Melee Master: His Adept Rogue class grants him the ability to wield Twin Blade, Edge Punisher and Flick Reaper weapons, while Xth Form adds the exclusive Dual Gunner weapons. 5th Form in the Updated Re-release takes this Up to Eleven by not only adding a Whip Sword to his already vast arsenal, but also the ability to manifest temporary weapons based on each of the Eight Phases.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Skeith going berserk against Kuhn and Magus is the first major step in Haseo's growth for the better, as he's shown the consequences of his actions for the first time in his life and is horrified at what he sees.
  • My Greatest Failure: Failing to save Alkaid drives Haseo almost as strongly as Shino from the second half of Reminisce onward.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast / Red Baron: "The Terror Of Death"
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Multiple times in Volume 1. Like most of Haseo's Jerkass traits, he grows out of it.
  • Nominal Hero: Though Haseo has his moments of kindness, he clearly starts out only wanting power for selfish reasons and fully exploits his position as an Epitaph User as such - something others around him are quick to notice, Pi in particular. This blows up in his face when it gets out of control and alienates his allies, forcing him to have to fix his own ideology and grow into a genuinely heroic individual.
  • No-Sell: Haseo has precisely zero tolerance for Endrance wallowing in self pity over Mia.
  • Not Quite Dead: His first time being PKed by IYOTEN and Asta, Azure Kite's Data Drain, and being at ground zero of Corbenik's Rebirth ability all leave Haseo face-down on the ground and dead-eyed, but naturally he survives all three.
  • One-Man Army: Haseo was exclusively a solo player during his PKK days.
  • Papa Wolf: To Canard in Volume 3, after embracing his role as its guildmaster and having grown to care about the people in it.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Among the Avatars, Skeith is the smallest by a considerable margin, with even Gorre being twice his height.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Xth Form is commonly portrayed as being able to manifest Skeith's Laser Blade wings.
  • Power Glows: When summoning his Avatar.
  • The Power of Friendship: The point of the 3rd Form quest. Haseo nearly bungles it.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Haseo has quite the number of them in Rebirth, at first from his high-level PKK status and later from his Avatar.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Haseo's attempts to put up with Atoli during their trip to Delta: Blurry Obsessive Slacker so that he can recruit her for the Arena involve an ever-increasing amount of teeth-gritting. At the end, when she both declines his offer and inadvertently insults his motivations, Haseo blows up at her.
  • Rare Guns: Haseo and Doppelgangers of him are the only characters able to wield Dual Guns, which function entirely differently from the rifles used by Steam Gunners.
  • Real-Time Weapon Change: Adept Rogues like Haseo are able to change their weapons in real time once they complete their second job extension. In Haseo's case, he can change between twin swords which are great at dealing a high amount of damage per second against most ground-based enemies via Death of a Thousand Cuts against a single enemy but are nearly worthless against flying enemies, a broadsword which is great at destroying armor and damaging the hardest enemies and is long enough to make hitting flying enemies somewhat easier but have tough times dealing enough hits in a combo to open enemies up to rengeki attacks, a scythe which excels at damaging many enemies surrounding Haseo and as an excellent Anti-Air weapon but is slow in dealing damage per second against a single ground-level enemy unless the enemy is weak to scythes, and dual guns which are quite weak but are long range and Anti-Air weapons. Most enemies are weak against one of the first three weapons, allowing one to score weapon critical hits with enhanced damage by choosing the correct weapon.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Gives a scathing one to Atoli when his frustration at her boils over.
    Haseo: 'Slow down? Stop and to enjoy?' Ha...haha! It's impossible! I can't take this anymore! What are you, an idiot?! All of this...all of this, all of this...is nothing more than a bunch of computer data! It's just a bunch of fake stuff made by slapping textures on top of polygons! How the hell do you find any part of this made-up world beautiful?! There's only one thing that's real about this world, and that's us! The players! Getting stronger and defeating your opponent, those are the ways that all of us keep connected! That's the way this game is played! What's wrong with that, huh?! ANSWER ME! TELL ME: WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT?!...leave. Damn, you're so irritating! Don't show your face again!
    • He later delivers an epic one to Ovan before he goes into a coma.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His original color scheme fits the part, and there's a period where his attitude fits as well.
  • Red Oni: To Ovan's Blue Oni.
  • Say My Name: Haseo wouldn't have his reputation as the franchise's largest ham if it didn't include him shouting people's names at every given opportunity.
  • Screaming Warrior: Haseo has the loudest battle dialogue of any party member, with a kiai delivered on nearly every strike.
  • Screw Destiny: He's determined enough in this regard to even defeat Cubia, something his predecessor was unable to accomplish without destroying the Twilight Bracelet that had spawned it.
  • Second Love: Shino was his first, Atoli is his second, and when given the choice he chooses the latter.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: To Sakaki.
  • Sinister Scythe: His 3rd Weapon of Choice.
  • Skyward Scream: Shino, Pi and Alkaid each get him to give one for various reasons.
  • Slasher Smile: One of Haseo's most common expressions in Rebirth as he goes mad with power, right up until his Heel Realization.
  • Spin Attack: Scythes are built around this sort of move, and the revised Twin Blade attack routine introduced in Reminisce has them as well.
  • Storm of Blades: Skeith the 3rd does it with its array of laser blades, while B-st Form in the OVA does it with a massive stream of broadswords.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Warms up once you get to know him. A male example, for real.
  • Terror Hero: Enough so that it's in his nickname. He stops relying on fear after the Data Drain resets his progress.
  • Too Many Belts: 1st Form has a shirt made entirely out of belts, with 52 belts on his body overall. Each successive form eases up on the belt count.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It takes him a bit to start, but once his Character Development gets going Haseo steadily transforms from a Designated Hero to the genuine article.
  • Transformation Sequence: Each Job Extension Haseo undergoes comes with a suitably flashy cutscene to display the transformation into the new form.
  • Tsundere: Male, type A.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Subverted. His rage is very stoppable and his Super-Powered Evil Side is a pushover (albeit a freaking scary one) compared to his Xth Form.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Ovan.
  • Warrior Therapist: Not that he means to be, but just as Haseo grows from a Jerkass to a kind and noble hero through his interactions with others, those same interactions push many of them to overcome traumas in their lives or otherwise become better people.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On the receiving end multiple times throughout Rebirth, and on the giving end to Ovan in Redemption.
  • Whip Sword: The new weapon he gains with his new form in Vol.4: Reconnection.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Initially plays this straight, but subverts it more as time goes on.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Any time Haseo's shocked. Notable examples include all of his Arena fights in Rebirth except the one with Matsu, The Reveal near the end of Reminisce, and the stinger after the credits in Reminisce.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Unlocking his Avatar causes Haseo to regress as a character to the point of becoming a Villain Protagonist, using it recklessly in most of his Arena matches until his fight with Kuhn brings about a Heel Realization that marks the start of his change for the better.
  • The Worf Effect: His enormous level and skill as a player mean nothing when he first tries to take on Tri-Edge at Hulle Granz Cathedral.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He does not care about the sex of a PKer that he finds. He kills them all, especially if that girl's name is Bordeaux.
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    Ovan 
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Voiced by: Hiroki Touchi (Japanese); Jamieson Price (English, video games); Michael Kopsa (English, anime)

World Identity: A famously powerful Steam Gunner, easily distinguished by the massive cylinder locked over his left arm. He's the founder and leader of the Twilight Brigade, a guild dedicated to finding the Key of the Twilight, which most other players have long since discounted as pure fantasy. Holds the avatar of the eighth Phase, Corbenik, The Rebirth.

Real Identity: Masato Indou, a young man, and the older brother of Aina. According to one of the Newsbreak segments in the G.U. games, CC Corp has accused him of creating the AIDA "virus," resulting in mass protests by players in his defense.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • Affably Evil: Ovan's never anything less than cordial and helpful towards Haseo with regards to chasing the mystery of Tri-Edge.
  • Anti-Villain: Ovan's ultimate goal of stopping Tri-Edge and reviving the Lost Ones is legitimately good. The things he does and forces Haseo to do in order to get there, less so.
  • Badass Longcoat: A white coat, too.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: He continues wielding an admittedly more benevolent form of AIDA even as a teammate.
  • Bayonet Ya: The weapon of the Steam Gunner class.
  • Being Evil Sucks: AIDA <Tri-Edge> forces him to act as a serial killer. He very much wants to stop.
  • BFG: In the second encounter with Corbenik, its left arm is completely consumed by AIDA <Tri-Edge> and mutates into a gigantic cannon.
  • Big Bad: Or rather, the AIDA sealed in his left arm is.
  • Big Bad Friend: One of the people Haseo most admires, and the true identity of Tri-Edge from the very beginning.
  • Bi the Way: The fourth volume of Last Recode gives him a Promise Card ending of his own in which, much like Endrance's version of the scene, he marries Haseo.
  • Body Horror: His AIDA-infected left arm is grotesque even by the standards of infectees, with a Combat Tentacle growing from his shoulder and his hand mutated into some kind of bandage-wrapped axe.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Not always, but he can't always control the bloodlust of the AIDA in his arm.
  • Breaking Speech: Ovan proves extremely good at delivering these in a way that motivates people to do what he needs them to do. One delivered to Atoli near the end of Rebirth spurs the events of the entire next volume, and another in Redemption is essential to finding the last Epitaph User.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Come the Rebirth! Corbenik!"
  • The Captain: To the Twilight Guild in Roots.
  • Catchphrase: "BURN THIS SIGHT INTO YOUR EYES!!"
  • The Chessmaster: One way or another, almost everything in Roots and the G.U. games was planned or anticipated by him. Except for Cubia that is.
  • Cool Gun: Coming Reincarnation.
  • The Corruption: His left hand.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Nearly everything Ovan does is part of his grand scheme. He even manages to incorporate his AIDA's homicidal tendencies into it by giving Haseo the means to reach areas he couldn't otherwise go.
  • Death Seeker: The only way out of his predicament is for Ovan to die, but forces conspire to make this extremely difficult for him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He doesn't show it, but he hit it long before the games or anime started.
  • The Dragon: Directly to AIDA.
  • Evil Laugh: In the OVA.
  • Evil Makeover: Played straight and inverted. AIDA gives him an evil arm of the Red and Black and Evil All Over flavour when he's the Big Bad, but when he's redeemed, AIDA/Kusabira gives him a Blue Is Heroic version.
  • Foreshadowing: The Twilight Brigade was created to find the Key of Twilight, and eventually it does, from a certain point of view.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Ovan's entire plan is the dangerous, desperate scheme of a man running out of time and options alike.
  • Good All Along: In the end, Ovan's goal is to save his sister Aina and exterminate the threat of AIDA.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Even though Ovan's ultimate goal is noble, he does some truly awful things in pursuit of it. Of particular note is delivering a Breaking Speech to Atoli that's calculated to set off the entire events of Reminisce, all for the sake of provoking one fight.
  • Go Out with a Smile: His sister being able to wake up is all that he needs to prompt this.
  • Gun Fu: Notably in Versus.
  • Guns Akimbo: In addition to his main bayonet, he carries a pistol in his left hand.
  • Happy Flashback: Several times in Redemption, about his peaceful days with his little sister Aina before AIDA ruined their lives.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Performing one is the lynchpin of his entire scheme.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: AIDA <Tri-Edge> occasionally breaks out of it's seal an takes over his body; .
  • I Need You Stronger: Everything Ovan does throughout all three games is for the sake of building Haseo up by getting him into fights with every other Avatar.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Coming Reincarnation.
  • Large Ham: Normally Ovan is quite sedate, but when the situation calls for it, he's fully capable of engaging Haseo in Ham-to-Ham Combat.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Not that Ovan's weak ordinarily, but you really don't want to be around when he unlocks that cylinder...
  • Made of Iron: One of the few player-type enemies who can't be knocked down by Broadsword attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: His title of The Rebirth reflects the way he changes the lives of those around him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The first thing his AIDA infection did was make him PK his own sister, which sent her into a coma.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: While the details of Ovan's battle with the Azure Knights aren't seen, Ovan giving Haseo one of Kite's severed arms as a trophy suggests it went very badly for the trio.
  • No-Sell: Ovan shrugs off attacks from Haseo's B-st Form in the OVA, as well as during the boss battle with him in Reminisce.
  • Not Quite Dead: Ovan survives Rebirth's usage, if only just.
    • Back from the Dead: The now-noncanon Returner OVA features Ovan's return without much explanation, while Last Recode offers a bit of a longer story as to how it happens.
  • Offscreen Villainy: Nearly all of Ovan's villainous actions take place offscreen until The Reveal.
  • One-Man Army: Ovan's condition may be terrible, but it comes with the benefit of truly monstrous strength.
  • One-Winged Angel: With his AIDA arm acting as the wing.
  • Poor Communication Kills: And how. Haseo rightfully chews him out for being such a relentlessly opaque, cryptic secret keeper in Vol 4.
  • Power Glows: When summoning his Avatar.
  • Promoted to Playable: In .hack//G.U. Last Recode's fourth volume, Ovan finally joins Haseo as a party member.
  • Rare Guns: His Lost Weapon, Coming Reincarnation.
  • Redemption Equals Death: "Become stronger, Haseo. Strong enough to kill me..."
  • Reset Button: His Avatar's ability.
  • Restraining Bolt: The lock on Ovan's left arm is a seal, designed to contain the Tri-Edge AIDA so he can still control his PC. However It can't keep AIDA contained forever; the lock's alreay failed a couple of times (which is how Shino wound up in a coma), and it's just a matter of time before it completely overwhelms him.
  • The Reveal: Most of the plot of the first two volumes is the buildup to Ovan revealing what's inside that cylinder on his arm.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: The shinier they are, the more scared you ought to be.
  • Spread Shot: One of his attacks in .hack//Versus.
  • Soul Jar: As the original host of AIDA, the coma victims can see what he sees.
  • Taking You with Me: The whole point of his scheming is to eliminate AIDA, even if that means killing himself as well.
  • Talking to Themself: AIDA <Tri-Edge> can speak through his voice, and does so in order to taunt him.
  • Two Beings, One Body: In the fourth volume of Last Recode, Kusabira reintegrates into him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before AIDA took everything from him.
  • Using You All Along: Haseo is his Unwitting Pawn.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: It's unclear if Ovan knew immediately that Haseo was the host of Skeith.

    Shino 
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Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Kari Wahlgren (English, video games); Kelly Sheridan (English, anime)

World Identity: A Harvest Cleric and second in command of the Twilight Brigade, she's an all-around wonderfully pleasant girl who's almost as affectionate toward Haseo as she is admiring of Ovan. Halfway through Roots, she's PKed and put in a coma by Tri-Edge.

Real Identity: Shino Nanao, a seemingly lonesome young college student. She doesn't reveal much about herself, save that she lives in a small apartment with a lot of books and not much else.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Made more confusing by her Palette Swap partway through the story. Prior to said swap, Shino wears white with pink hair, switching to a black outfit with silver hair later on. The G.U.+ manga gives Shino blue hair to go with her black outfit instead, with the black-and-white pages causing it to appear black as well.
  • And I Must Scream: Shino was lucky enough to get a front seat to Ovan's carnage thanks to her mind being trapped in his arm.
  • Always with You: She spent the majority of the series with her awareness inside Ovan's arm.
  • Angelic Beauty: Her first appearance, with its primarily white palette and angelic wings.
  • Asleep for Days: The exact amount of time Shino spends comatose is unclear, but it spans roughly a five-month period from February to mid-late summer 2017.
  • Back from the Dead: Like most other coma victims in the franchise, she re-awakens once the problem that caused the coma is fixed.
  • The Baroness: To Ovan in Roots.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The noncanon G.U.+ manga declares that Shino was the original Epitaph User of Innis, but it abandoned her in favor of Atoli upon Shino falling comatose. Even after her reawakening, Innis remains with Atoli. In all other forms of media, Atoli had Innis from the beginning.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The first Gentle Girl to Haseo's Brooding Boy.
  • The Chick: Emotional support for Haseo and his reason for Love Makes You Evil.
  • Creepy Child: Her brief appearance in the last episode of Online Jack sees her deliver a rather cryptic statement about AIDA before leaving.
  • Curtains Match the Window: After her palette swap, her hair and eyes both turn silver.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: Though she still flirts a bit with Haseo, Shino's accepting of the fact that he chose Atoli over her.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: She claims this when saving Haseo at the start of Roots, though given later events it's more likely Ovan planned ahead.
  • Ill Girl: By virtue of being in a coma. She's fine otherwise.
  • Living Emotional Crutch / Only Friend: To Haseo after the Twilight Brigade disbanded. Shino letting Haseo treat her like this proved to be a terrible mistake.
  • Meaningful Name: Just like Atoli, she really earns the title of The Mirage of Deceit.
  • Missed the Call: Only in the noncanon G.U.+ manga, where she was the original host for Innis before it abandoned her in favor of Atoli.
  • Morality Pet: To both Haseo and Ovan in Roots.
  • Nice Girl: Shino's chief defining character trait.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She's often seen with a smile on her face.
  • Second Love: Haseo's her second, with Ovan her first, but Haseo ultimately rejects her in favor of his second.
  • Stepford Smiler: She might seem composed to the casual observer, but inside her mind is a very depressed young woman.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: She forgives Ovan for PKing her unintentionally.
  • White Magician Girl / Black Magician Girl: As a Harvest Cleric, she specializes in healing magic, but learns a few offensive spells and can be taught more.
  • Woman in White: During the first half of Roots, Shino wears an all-white ensemble. She's inconsistently portrayed in her white and black palettes throughout G.U. due to only appearing in flashbacks until the postgame.

    Sakisaka 
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Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese); Alistair Abell (English)

World Identity: A Steam Gunner fond of mysteries, wordplay, and good old-fashioned adventure. One of the first members of the Twilight Brigade, he becomes increasingly frustrated by their apparently fruitless quest, but remains loyal until its disbanding, and quits the game soon after.

Real Identity: A young man who says he lives in a bachelor apartment with few windows. He quits The World to join his friends in a new online game called Riot Gun.

Appears in: .hack//Roots

Tropes Associated With:

  • Beneath the Mask / Hidden Depths: Sakisaka's a much more serious character than his goofy appearance suggests.
  • Catchphrase: In Japanese, Sakisaka is fond of particular puns and wordplay the Brigade calls "the Sakisaka catchphrase." The translators couldn't (or just didn't) render this in English, so it became "I'm perplexed at X and I'm surprised at Y."
  • Cool Teacher: Tabby likes to think so.
  • Expressive Mask: His goggles are able to flash words or symbols on their lenses, especially when he's surprised.
  • Hidden Eyes: On the rare occasion he's being sincere and serious, the lens flare on his goggles fades to expose his eyes underneath.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: He always uses his bayonet as a melee weapon, never as a gun.
  • Playing Against Type: Ryotaro Okiayu often plays a character with Badass Baritone. Sakisaka was the reverse of all of them.

    Tabby 
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Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese); Stephanie Sheh (English, video games); Maryke Hendrikse (English, anime)

World Identity: A Tribal Grappler designed to look like a Cat Girl, complete with cat ears and a ponytail that looks like a cat's tail due to being a member of Lei Tribe. Tabby is fairly naive and new to the experiences of The World. Despite her lack of experience, she always tries to find the best out of any situation and is always cheerful and perky. She only uses her "Feline Soul Gauntlets" weapon and nothing else because Shino gave them to her as a gift.

Real Identity: Moe Kubo, age 16. Her parents admit they named her Moe after a "popular anime craze when she was born." Being the younger of the two sisters in her family, she often has to compete for attention. It makes it hard that her sister is smarter and better than her in school. Tabby's encounters in "The World" soon helped her gain self confidence. She is studying to become a nurse so that she can help Shino in real life, or others who fall comatose from similar situations.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .Hack//G.U. 3: Redemption, .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • Bare Your Midriff: Complete with a green jewel in her navel.
  • Braids of Action: The end of the braid even resembles a tail!
  • Break the Cutie: Ender PK'ed her.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has large breasts and is a very powerful fighter.
  • Cat Girl: Designed as such.
  • Cleavage Window: Her profile picture.
  • Combat Stilettos: Can't be seen here but an artwork of Roots confirms this.
  • Gainaxing: In her Xth Cross Rengeki in .hack//Link.
  • Genki Girl: There's a reason why she's so energetic. It's not like she wants to be. She's medicated in order to deal with depression from family issues.
  • The Glomp: Give this to Haseo in Redemption when he finds her in the Forest of Pain. (Earlier she mailed Haseo to come and see her at the entrance, but then she go inside the forest by herself.)
  • Idiot Hero: in Spades
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Justified. Given her family problems, she thinks that nobody ever believes in her, but Wool and Kuhn helped her overcome that issue when they befriended her.
  • I Want My Friends To Be Happy: She just wants to help Haseo and try and help Shino in any way she can, in the game or out. Naturally, Haseo doesn't care and thinks she just gets in the way. That's his problem though, and it's usually never her fault for anything.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: She didn't even protest when Tokio touched her breasts unintentionally, instead she's confused.
  • Meaningful Name: Tabby is a name that can be found in some species of cat.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Much of Haseo's Psychotic/Isolationist-in-the-extreme mentality following Shino being rendered Comatose can be pinned on her being decidedly unhelpful to the point she acts as the central reason he has trust issues and resists asking others for help due to how worthless an asset she was resulting in him thinking that of almost EVERYONE; matched by how useless as a whole she was to the Twilight Brigade. Throughout Roots she makes things worse and more difficult for those around her, incites Conflict with her misunderstandings, Gullibility and Oblivious worldview; and stalls the actions and developments of others. She creates a player support guild, but it's only when her guildmembers abandon her after months of them being ineffective to start up the Medic Union seen in the main G.U. Games do they actually start helping anyone. Her abandonment by everyone and thing around her makes her finally realize she's doing nothing moping within the world R:2, so decides to go help Shino in the real world by going to Nurse's school so she could attend to her...even though by the point she finally decides to do that, the storyline only had 3 months left to it, and Shino would end up recovering long before she concludes her first semester Courses.
  • Optional Party Member: In G.U., she can join Haseo in Vol. 3's post-game content if he clears at least half of the Forest of Pain Bonus Dungeon. Averted in last Recode, as she'll join automatically in Vol. 4 if not already recruited.
  • Power Fist: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Shipper on Deck: On The World's last day she tries to get Haseo to agree that Shino and Ovan would make a cute couple.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Enter the Forest of Pain all by herself. Taken Up to Eleven when you discover that her level is far more lower that your party. Derailed by the fact that it's later revealed she got there using battle avoidance items and sneaking past/bypassing the mid-bosses.

    Phyllo 
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Voiced by: Junpei Takiguchi (Japanese); Russel Roberts (English)

World Identity: A small Harvest Cleric who's almost always seen sitting at the bridge of Mac Anu, simply watching people go by, and striking up conversation with anybody who's interested. Considered an excellent source of advice and wisdom by anybody who knows him.

Real Identity: An old man, widowed and owning two cats who like to meddle with his gaming. As he tells Haseo, he's just there to kill time. He dies of cancer at the end of Roots, but continues to assist Haseo through his last will.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U.: Reminiscence

Tropes Associated With:

  • Brain Uploading: A more mystical example than the norm for the franchise. His last scene in Reminisce, seen only if the player unlocks all of the Lost Weapons, teases that Phyllo's soul lives on in The World.
  • Cool Old Guy: So old in fact that he's a Posthumous Character instead by the time of the games.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Antares, who helps Haseo as the executor of Phyllo's last will.
  • The Voiceless: In the games he communicates exclusively through emails and text chat, since he's already dead. In his last appearance, he speaks, but what he says is only written onscreen without being heard by the player.
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    Naobi 

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (Japanese); Paul Dobson (English)

World Identity: A hulking Macabre Dancer, and the guildmaster of TaN. Has a rivalry against Ovan and appears to be using the guild only for its resources, with which he can monitor and oppose the Twilight Brigade, delegating TaN's daily business to Tawaraya.

Real Identity: See Yata.

Appears in: .hack//Roots

Tropes Associated With:

  • The Captain: Of the guild TaN.
  • The Rival: To Ovan.
  • Sock Puppet: One of at least two controlled by Yata. This one's purpose seems to be mainly to antagonize Ovan.

    Ender 

Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese); Lisa Ann Beley (English)

World Identity: A Blade Brandier and player-killer, working against the Twilight Brigade at the behest of Naobi. Whatever her motivation is, she really loves her work.

Real Identity: See Pi.

Appears in: .hack//Roots

Tropes Associated With:

    Tawaraya 
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Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese); Mark Acheson (English)

World Identity: A Shadow Warlock dressed as a traditional Japanese merchant. As the public face of TaN, he runs the guild's routine business: trading everything from rare items to information. When the guild is dissolved for illegal activity and his account banned, he later manages to return as Tohta, playing essentially the same character with a different appearance (and trying unsuccessfully not to be recognized as his former self).

Real Identity: A young man in college, eventually getting the opportunity to study overseas. Apparently considers his work in The World as good practice. Even while doing TaN's dirty work, he takes his role as an honest and ethical businessman very seriously.

Appears in: .hack//Roots

Tropes Associated With:

  • Catchphrase: "Come again!"
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode Return takes a break from Haseo and focuses entirely on Tohta.
  • Meaningful Name: Both his characters are inspired by the Japanese folk hero they're named after. Phyllo immediately figures out they share the same player because of this.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The English dub of Roots calls him "Tawalaya," probably just because it's much easier for an English speaker to say.
  • You Are the New Trend: Intentionally. TaN must stay on the cutting edge.

    Saburo 

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Japanese); Rebecca Shoichet (English)

World Identity: An Edge Punisher enlisted by Pi and Yata to observe and occasionally interfere with Haseo. In the end though, she does exactly what she wants to, and nothing else. Very fond of baffling and nonsensical metaphors.

Real Identity:

Appears in: .hack//Roots

Tropes Associated With:

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    Midori 
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Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Saffron Henderson (English)

World Identity: A "Professional Victim" who lets people fight and killer her in return for payment. Her Class is Edge Punisher and she used to be a PKer.

Real Identity: Midori was born from a "virtual cell" in a medical computer. The cell was taken from a girl named Midori Shimomura who was suffering from a mysterious degenerative disorder. In an attempt to understand her condition, the doctors used a blood sample from her to create the virtual cell. However, the cell took on a life of its own and escaped into the network, where it grew and became sentient. "She" eventually arrived in The World R:2, where "she" created the PC Midori. With the exception of the blood sample, Midori does not exist outside of the worldwide computer network and the electronic devices attached to it. She is, however, able to use those devices to observe and interact with the real world. The original Midori creates an identical character once she recovers and it is unknown which of them appears in Link.

Appears in: .hack//Cell, .hack//Roots, .hack///Link

Tropes Associated With:

    Sakubo (Saku) 
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Bo (left) and Saku (right)

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese); Erin Fitzgerald (English)

World Identity: Saku is a bratty and aggressive Shadow Warlock who is one of Endrance's most rabid fangirls. She is a member of a rumor-maniac guild called Trifle. She shares her PC with her younger twin brother, Bo. They hold the Avatar of the fifth Phase, Gorre, The Machinator.

Real Identity: Sakura Nakanishi is the elder twin sister of Iori, the player behind Bo. They are both 10 years old.

Appears in: .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • Bare Your Midriff: Saku's character model has an exposed stomach.
  • Black Magician Girl: Being a Shadow Warlock, she specializes in offensive magic.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: The shortest and youngest Epitaph User, and abrasive at best to everyone but her crush Endrance.
  • Composite Character: Sakubo's role is merged with Silabus and Gaspards's in the G.U. novels.
  • Cool Crown: Her Xth Form in Link adds a ridiculously massive crown to the top of Saku's hat.
  • The Corruption: Saku spends a chunk of Volume 2 infected by AIDA, though it only seems to make her slightly more possessive of Endrance than normal.
  • Hot-Blooded: Compared to her brother, Saku's intensely aggressive. It extends to gameplay, as her default AI setting is Rage compared to Bo's default setting of Free-Will, and her Favorite Action triggers when she gets a kill as opposed to Bo's preference for Haseo to rack up combos.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Not in the sense that she wants an Avatar, although she has one, but Saku is desperate to have a place in Endrance's heart, and thus deeply jealous of Haseo for having it instead. It becomes especially pronounced after the Sage Palace Tournament, prompting her to run away.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Infinite Spiral.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Eternal Light.
  • Kids Are Cruel: While not quite up to Bordeaux's levels, Saku gets more than her share of nasty actions and dialogue, including giving Negimaru a rather savage verbal and magical beatdown.
  • Literal Split Personality: Avatar Gorre allows both Saku and Bo to control it simultaneously during certain attacks, the only time they're seen together aside from one cutscene in Volume 3.
  • Meaningful Name: Her half of the character name means "new moon". Her title of The Machinator reflects her tendency to resort to underhanded tactics to get what she wants and her schemes for Endrance's affections.
  • Power Glows: When summoning her Avatar.
  • Precocious Crush: Saku's madly in love with Endrance, who's twice her age.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She utterly rips Negimaru apart at the end of a quest.
    "I'll say it again! Guys who are.. losers offline.. are big losers.. online too!!!!"
  • The Reveal: Saku actually does not exist in the real world. The "real" Sakura was stillborn. Saku is Iori's alternate personality that came to be when Iori heard that his mother wished that his sister had lived instead of him.
  • Split-Personality Makeover: Saku taking control of their character results in Sakubo's skirt and hair flaring outward, her backpack changing color, and her motif changing from moon-dominated to sun-dominated.
  • Split-Personality Merge: By December 2018, Saku has steadily begun to disappear as Bo's home life improves, though she's not outright gone yet.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She acts this way towards Endrance at the best of times. When AIDA gets involved, well:

    Sakubo (Bo) 

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese); Erin Fitzgerald (English)

World Identity: Bo is a timid boy who shares his character with his sister Saku. In contrast to Saku's outgoing nature, Bo is shy and withdrawn. Through the events of the game, he comes to view Haseo as a big brother of sorts. They hold the Avatar of the fifth Phase, Gorre, The Machinator.

Real Identity: Iori Nakanishi is Sakura's younger twin. He is physically frail, often having to stay home from school due to illness. This is a source of strife for his parents.

Appears in: .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Given their situation, it's unclear if Saku's intense crush on Endrance is actually reflective of Bo.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His relationship with Haseo is partially this; Haseo sold him the Dusty Miller he wanted at an extreme discount in one of his first genuinely nice moments, and Bo's never anything but nice to him afterwards.
  • Blue Oni: To Saku's Red.
  • Child Mage: His temperament, character model, and class culminate into this.
  • Composite Character: See Saku's entry of the same trope.
  • Cool Big Bro: Sees Haseo and Tokio as this.
  • Cool Crown: His Xth Form in Link adds a ridiculously massive crown to the top of his hat.
  • The Corruption: Gets infected by AIDA alongside his sister.
  • Crossdressing Voice: In both versions.
  • Cross Player: The in-game character itself is still a girl, regardless of the flattened skirt and hair whenever Bo plays.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Though the character model is actually female.
  • Ill Girl: A Gender Flip version.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Infinite Spiral.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Eternal Light.
  • Logic Bomb: Thanks to his Split Personality he proves to be one toward AIDA. In particular the AIDA using Aina's character that he spends some time with becomes hung up on the fact that "one is two" and just leaves.
  • Meaningful Name: His half of the character name means "full moon". His title of The Machinator is more obviously applicable to Saku than himself, but he's still indicated to be intelligent and serves as a Spanner in the Works for Saku's more selfish plans.
  • Morality Pet: Even at Haseo's worst, he never treats Bo anything short of kindly, and said acts of kindness are some of the first positive steps in his character growth.
  • Nice Guy: While Saku almost immediately starts out chastising and belittling Haseo, Bo is unfalteringly nice to him.
  • Power Glows: When summoning his Avatar.
  • The Reveal: He has no sibling in reality, and it was his frustrated mother's anger that created the alternate personality of Saku.
  • Split Personality: The original half.
  • Split-Personality Merge: By December 2018, Bo's home life has improved to the point where Saku has mostly faded from his psyche, though she's not quite gone yet.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: His mother wishes it was Sakura who lived instead of him, which is why he creates Saku.

    Endrance 
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Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese); Liam O'Brien (English)

World Identity: Endrance is a famous Blade Brandier who is the Emperor of the Demon Palace Arena in the beginning of the games. His beauty and aloof attitude attracts many fans, but he shows no interest in anything but the small cat on his shoulder that he calls "Mia". Fittingly, he holds the avatar of the sixth Phase, Macha, The Temptress.

Real Identity: Kaoru Ichinose is a 20-year old hikikomori who was behind the character of Elk from the previous games. Despite his reclusive lifestyle, he supposedly has the looks of a fashion model.

Appears in: .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

    Alkaid 
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Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese); Erin Fitzgerald (English)

World Identity: The former Emperor of the Demon Palace, before Endrance took the title. She at first hates Haseo for "cheating" to defeat her in the Inevitable Tournament, but after getting to know him better, she quickly warms up to him and becomes one of his allies. She is PK'ed and put into a coma by an AIDA-possessed Bordeaux late in Reminisce, and his failure to protect her is something that weighs heavily on Haseo for some time afterward.

Real Identity: Chika Kuramoto, a high school girl and something of a bookworm. She's highly fond of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Appears In: .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • Absolute Cleavage: You can's see it from here, though.
  • Ascended Extra: She plays important role for Nanase's Character Development in .hack//Alcor.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: She's one of the Arena Emperors.
  • Badass Bookworm: She is this in the real world.
  • Badass Boast: Many of them. In .hack//Link manga for example; "The strongest one in here is no other than me!"
  • Battle Couple: With Haseo in a Quest.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Nanase and Silabus from Bordeaux and her men in .hack//Alcor.
  • Boobs of Steel: What could possibly a better reason for Gainaxing??
  • Brainwashed: Alongside Haseo in .hack//Link manga.
  • Chickification: Averted. She gets more gushy as she grows closer to Haseo, but also enjoys much more success than she did as an antagonist.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Nanase in .hack//Alcor.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Twin Blades in general focus on hit count over raw damage. Her initial weapon, Dorje Hatchet, is a rapid attack type which only further emphasizes that style.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Averted. Haseo had to cheat to defeat Alkaid, and she spends the rest of the volume hating him for it. He grows on her through unrelated circumstances in Volume 2.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the games she's fine however... both G.U.+ and G.U. Novels she shows up simply to get beat by Endrance and in G.U. Trilogy only to stop Haseo's winning streak in the Arena in either case she never shows up again.
  • Distressed Damsel: She's put to coma by infected Bordeaux through the last half of Reminisce to the end of Redemption.
  • Determined Defeatist: When she was defeated by Endrance in .hack//Alcor, she strives to defeat him. The result? In Reminisce, she's one of the top three Arena Emprors of Icolo.
  • Dual Wielding: She's a Twin Blade.
  • Evil Costume Switch: In .hack//Link manga.
  • Fangirl: Of Salvador Aihara. Alkaid's player is also a huge fan of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, as revealed if you send her the right greeting cards.
  • Gainaxing: In her Cross Rengeki in .hack//Link. Also in a bonus video of .hack//G.U. character polling.
  • Genki Girl: After Haseo manages to befriend her.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Being PKed by an AIDA infected Bordeaux didn't just render her comatose, it stopped her heart.
  • Idiot Hair: More a sign of being a Genki Girl than with being dumb or naive, though.
  • Lethal Chef: Possibly — Haseo is skeptical of her cooking abilities from the start, and she definitely sucks at cooking ramen. Although, it's not outright proven, considering the lack of information regarding the subject.
  • Little Miss Badass: Her height is 153cm.
  • Love Triangle: Subverted. One seems to be forming between her and Atoli (over Haseo, naturally), but the two reconcile and become good friends fairly quickly.
    • She fully acknowledges that Haseo likes Atoli more, but that won't stop her from trying to win him over. She still likes Atoli, though — it's more just her competitive spirit.
    • After the Vegalta has been dealt with she and Atoli begin butting heads over this again as they try to drag Haseo off onto different types of dungeons for the last day of The World.
  • Luminescent Blush: Twice, in .hack//G.U. after she do a Quest together with Haseo and give him the reward (the Honeysuckle blades) and after Haseo tells her what Honerysuckle means she turns red. In .hack//Link when she become dere-dere after Tokio touches her breasts unintentionally.
  • Ms. Fanservice: After Pi.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After Redemption, she became emperor of all three palaces and defended the title for half a year.
  • Pintsized Power House: She's the tiniest of all the Arena Emperors.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Certainly acts the part. She's dismissive of anyone whom she considers weak, and absolutely despises cheaters. But earn her respect and she's one of the most loyal and dependable friends you could have.
  • Ship Tease: Holy crap, is there ever. Haseo even Glomps her at one point! If it doesn't make you cry, it will make you laugh. It's a bit narmy as well due to the somewhat over-the-top voice acting on Haseo's part. Not quite as bad, though, as it's still dramatic enough to qualify as a tear-jerker.
    • She also rather openly talks about her feelings for him in Emails if prompted to in a light hearted manner. And the track that plays When's she's falling comatose is entitled "For you my dearest." She also takes to referring to Haseo as her "Prince Charming" after he revives her.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Delivered straight when you meet her in a quest after your tournament fight.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Alongside Atoli and Shino, who both can interchangably be the Betty and Veronica.
  • Tomboy: Subverted. She admits that it's more just her online persona and she's actually a slightly introverted bookworm offline.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Atoli's Girly.

    Zelkova 
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Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (Japanese); Wendee Lee (English)

World Identity: A young-looking Flick Reaper, and the leader of Moon Tree. Though he is kind and seems carefree, he is actually one of the game's most advanced and powerful players, and is much more aware of what's happening than he lets on. He takes a rather lax attitude toward governing Moon Tree, allowing Sakaki to build up support against him. When he isn't acting as Moon Tree's leader, he spends his time as the caretaker of the Netslum, further hinting that he's far more than he appears.

Real Identity: A complete mystery to everyone. There are hints that he may in fact be an AI.

Appears In: .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Trope Associated With

  • Ambiguously Human: The more Zelkova reveals about his true abilities, the less human he seems. It's eventually confirmed in the fourth volume that he is, in fact, a Rogue AI from Netslum.
  • Big Good: Moon Tree's members certainly see him as this, and he picks up a lot of elements of the role for G.U. in Vol. 3.
  • Crossdressing Voices: In both versions.
  • Genius Bruiser: Like Helba before him, he's an exceptionally powerful party member in battle while also being a brilliant hacker.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A temporary version in the Updated Re-release last Recode, as he sacrificed himself to Vegalta to delay the destabilization of The World, but is recovered by Haseo, with help from Kusabira.
  • Hidden Depths: He seems a lot more naive than he actually is.
  • Knowledge Broker: He knows A LOT.
  • Motifs: Moon.
  • Mysterious Protector: For the G.U., a role he takes most prominently in Volume 3.
  • Playful Hacker: If anything, he's an even better hacker than Helba before him, able to directly modify the abilities of an Epitaph PC, completely rewrite their appearance, and create a whole new class in the process. Normally PCs with Epitaph-based abilities are invulnerable to hacking by anything short of Data Drain, making this a superhuman feat. His horns are also mentioned to be the product of hacking.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Sort of plays this role for Kaede, whose son died in a car accident.
  • Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice as he's of the Flick Reaper class. Very, very much a good guy though.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: After insisting that Kusabira isn't his sister, he backtracks on it and just accepts it after figuring out what she really is as that would cause less problems than calling out the fact that she's an AIDA.
  • The Captain: Of Moon Tree and Net Slum Tartarga.
  • The Strategist: Towards the final battle against Cubia.
  • Unusual Ears: The horns.

    Bordeaux 
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Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese); Allison Matthews (English, Roots), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (G.U.)

World Identity: A Blade Brandier PK from the Kestrel guild.

Real Identity: Nina Kircheis, a young half-German, half-Japanese girl that uses The World as an outlet for her bitterness and stress over her parents' divorce.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack/Alcor, .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Fire-Forged Friends: She eventually grew used to having Negimaru around after first beating him up for insulting her, then not wanting him to tag along with her.
  • Secret Character: Sends Haseo her member address at the start of Redemption's post-game content.

    Grein 
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Voiced by: Katsuhika Houki (Japanese), Daran Norris (English)

World Identity: A member of Kestrel, and one of Bordeaux's lackeys. He's the strong, silent type.

Real Identity: A 17 year old male named Souji Komiyama.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Fat Bastard: His character model is fat, and he is a PK.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Reminisce reveals that he first attracted Bordeaux's attention after beating up a mouthy Negimaru.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: He communicates mostly in grunts, but Negimaru is somehow able to interpret his meaning from this

    Negimaru 
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Voiced by: Kirk Thomton (English)

World Identity: A Twin Blade PK whose green hair is styled to make his head look like an onion. Formerly the leader of his own gang, he became one of Bordeaux's lackeys after losing a challenge to her (even though she didn't want him tagging along at first). He is a bully, yet terrified of those stronger than him.

Real Identity: An 18 year old male named Kazushige Ooyama.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

    Silabus 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese); Sam Riegel/Reece Thompson (English)

World Identity: A Blade Brandier, and the guild master of Canard following Kuhn's departure, though he passes that role on to Haseo soon after becoming allies.

Real Identity: Yuuichi Morino, a college student studying Liberal Arts.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U., .hack//CELL, .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • Badass Normal: He's not an Epitaph User, but will go toe-to-toe against the bad guys as much as he can alongside Haseo. He'll be the one most likely to contribute to plot-relevant events of the "normal" players after Antares and Alkaid.
  • Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Gaspard's fat.
  • The Lancer: To Haseo in Vol. 1 of G.U., before the Epitaph Users become more prominent, although he still is one of Haseo's closest allies beyond that.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He and Gaspard join Haseo for the final battle once they realize the danger that both the real world and the game are in. They both hold their own alongside people like the Emperors, Zelkova, and Gabi.
  • Mentor Archetype: A Subversion; he and Gaspard eagerly assist new players learn how to play, but Haseo already knows the game's mechanics when they attempt to give him a tutorial. Except Awakening, which Haseo had never used due to never forming a party. More importantly, what they actually teach Haseo is how to enjoy the game like normal players do.
  • Nice Guy: He's unfailingly kind and gentle to almost everyone - he's one of the few characters to never lose his temper at Haseo, despite the verbal abuse the latter slings at him and Gaspard.
  • Pretty Boy: His good looks are noted by a good amount of players on the forum.
  • Those Two Guys: With Gaspard.

    Gaspard 
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Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg/Richard Ian Cox (English)

World Identity: A Shadow Warlock of the Tu Tribe, and Silabus' partner.

Real Identity: Kouta Maki, a Hokkaido middle school student.

Appears in: .hack//Alcor, .hack//G.U., .hack//CELL

Tropes Associated With:

  • Cowardly Lion: Despite playing a game centered around fighting, he actually dislikes getting into battles - despite that, he's a very good fighter when he needs to be.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Fat, short, goofy-looking, the best Crimson VS player in the world, and a scarily talented salesman.
  • Cuteness Proximity: It's noted that Gaspard is able to sell the Vendor Trash Haseo gives him at an outrageous markup in part because he's so cute.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Silabus's skinny.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Like Silabus, he joins up with the final battle when he realizes the dangers posed by Cubia, and he manages to hold his own.
  • Nice Guy: Like Silabus, he's unfailingly kind to almost everyone.
  • Those Two Guys: With Silabus.

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    Asta 
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Voiced by: Yoko Honna (Japanese, in-game), Nozomu Sasaki (Japanese, real identity), Tabitha St. Germain (English, Roots), Sandy Fox (English, G.U. Vol. 1-2) Kate Higgins (English, G.U. Vol. 3)

World Identity: A female Blade Brandier from the Kestrel guild. One of the first players that Haseo met, alongside her partner IYOTEN, they are actually PKs that intended to kill Haseo after showing him how to play.

Real Identity: Tatsumi Hori, a male that enjoys playing The World outdoors with a laptop.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: This character wears black and red, and PKs newbies.
  • Griefer: His preferred method of playing is to PK newbies.
  • Guy In Real Life: Picked a female character model just to help lure PK targets.
  • Static Character: Neither he nor his partner changes in the slightest; in fact, on the very final day of The World R:2, they're still hanging out by Mac Anu's gate looking to give noobs a “proper welcome.” According to Asta, no matter what version of The World comes along, they'll still be there doing their thing.

    IYOTEN 
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Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese), Steve Blum (English, Vols. 1 and 2), Vic Mignogna (English, Vol. 3)

World Identity: A male Blade Brandier that works as Asta's PK partner.

Real Identity: Naoya Sakai, a teenager that knows Asta's real-life player.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

    Atoli 
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Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese); Bridget Hoffman (English)

World Identity: A Harvest Cleric who just wants everybody to get along. She has an obsessive loyalty to Sakaki, her immediate superior in the anti-player-killer Moon Tree guild, but quickly attaches herself to Haseo in order to "fix" him. Holds the avatar of the second Phase, Innis, The Mirage of Deceit.

Real Identity: Chigusa Kusaka, a young high school girl. Being constantly bullied in school and oppressed by her parents - who believe girls should be quiet and unnoticable - led her to browsing suicide websites where she met Sakaki's player, who invited her to play The World.

Appears in: .hack//G.U., .hack//Link

Tropes Associated With:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: A bit of an inversion. Haseo is a rude and dismissive jerk when he first meets Atoli, but she is intrigued enough by the encounter to follow around and befriend him. However, this is less an attraction to him treating her like dirt and more a desire to bring out the good heart she's certain lies under the surface.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She is constantly bullied in real life.
  • Animal Motifs: Birds.
  • Attention Whore: Subverted, in the real life only. Lampshaded by her screams during Avatar battle with Haseo. "Nobody wants to look at me!!"
  • Badass Adorable: She can fight Haseo on even terms when she awakens her Epitaph. Also, out of the mage classes, Harvest Clerics are only outmatched by Macabre Dancers in usefulness, and you don't get another one of either until late in Vol. 3.
  • Battle Couple: In Rebirth, Atoli requested Haseo to go on a quest together with just both of them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In Volume 3, you can unlock a series of parody videos based on the spinoff comic .hack//4koma. In one of them, Atoli brutally beats a rather cute-looking monster, and when Haseo restrains her at the end of the video, she's giggling maniacally. Granted, this is an exaggeration of her personality overall, but this comes into play quite seriously in Volume 2, when she gets infected with AIDA and turns out to not be as nice as she seems, summoning her Avatar to attack Haseo.
  • Body Horror: OVA only, after infected by AIDA in the Battle in the Center of the Mind with Haseo.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks Sakaki.
  • Break the Cutie/Broken Bird: By being on the receiving end of Kick the Dog her whole life.
  • Bungled Suicide: In real life, her left wrist has marks from failed suicide attempts, at least as shown in the non-canon manga. She has stopped trying to take her own life after meeting Haseo.
  • Character Development: Not as extreme an example as Haseo, but pretty close. She starts out fairly diminutive, with a naive, sweet, overly trusting and submissive personality that annoys Haseo to no end. Later, after showing her True Self relentlessly in Volume 2 (and being infected with AIDA), she becomes somewhat of a Determinator, standing up for herself to the point where Haseo can't tie her down (to make a point, she summons her Avatar in front of Haseo to try and convince him to let her join his team in the Sage Palace arena tournament, and when he stubbornly refuses to let her in out of concern for her, she basically forces her way onto his team). Even before that, she's still chewing out Sakaki for betraying her (see "The Reason You Suck" Speech).
  • Cool Down Hug: Given this by Haseo in the OVA.
  • The Corruption: OVA only.
  • Cry Cute: Subverted. In the OVA, she was just about to cry but not.
  • Cute Mute: She's the only PC to be muted when The World was moved into AIDA Server where no one can Log Out.
  • Deuteragonist: Of the first two games. She's Out of Focus in Vol 4, and to a lesser extent in Vol 3.
  • Driven to Suicide: She's actually tried and failed a few times to commit suicide.
    • It even extends to her Avatar, which is the only opponent in any of the games that will stun itself if its attacks are blocked, though this behavior may also be what remains of Atoli's sanity fighting back.
  • Fangirl: Definitely towards Sakaki until he crosses his Moral Event Horizon. And quite a bit for Haseo.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Although her favorites are birds, she apparently likes all sorts of other animals. In The World, this manifests as her finding Lucky Animals and Chim Chims incredibly cute, to the point of restraining Haseo from kicking one in an early quest.
  • Generic Cuteness / Informed Deformity: One of the reasons she is bullied by her classmates in real life is because she is "unattractive", but when we see her offline self in G.U.+ manga and the art of her offline self and some of the others in the Ragtime novel, she's actually rather cute. Of course, it's also possible this is more due to who are bullying her rather than her being "unattractive" by nature.
  • Genki Girl: A timid one, but definitely upbeat. On the outside.
  • Growing A Spine: As the story continues.
  • Guilt Complex: After being freed by Haseo.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Towards Sakaki at the end of Reminisce, now that she knows he'd just been using her the whole time
  • Hidden Depths: ...where should I start? One of her Epitaph's primary abilities is deceit, allowing her to create a perfect façade for her True Self. As such, she's probably the best example of this trope in the entire series.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Give this to Haseo when she's infected by AIDA.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Dancing Haze.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Flame Dancer.
  • It's All My Fault: More or less her mindset after she is attacked by AIDA and has her Epitaph stolen. And then Sakaki proceeds to Mind Rape her using this argument...
  • The Klutz / Cute Clumsy Girl: When she met Haseo for the first time. But later it disappears from her character.
  • Love Freak: To the max. Love is all she wants, partly thanks to bullying in her school and detached home life. Then we find out where she met Sakaki. And then G.U. Vol. 2 happened...
  • Love Redeems: In the OVA.
  • Madness Mantra: While under AIDA's influence. I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT ME! (...) NO ONE EVER LOOKS AT ME!
  • Magic Staff: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Magical Girlfriend: In some ways, Atoli is a deconstruction of this. She latches onto Haseo when he's at his nadir and tries desperately to be his friend despite all the anger and abuse he heaps on her. But rather than be some unrealistic saint, it's more of a manifestation of the incredibly low self-worth that drives her seek to please people in spite of or perhaps because of abuse.
  • Magikarp Power: Left with her default spells and AI settings, Atoli is your standard healbot with very little utility otherwise. Trade Non Player Characters in Mac Anu for spellbooks to teach her the elemental spells, and switch her AI from Life to Free-Will so she'll use them, and she becomes a very solid alternative to Gaspard who can also heal when needed.
  • Master of Illusion: Her Avatar.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is derived from "Atori", which means "brambling". Her Avatar's title of The Mirage of Deceit, meanwhile...where to even start?
  • The Medic: She's a Cleric.
  • Nice Girl: But then again, see Beware of the Nice Ones.
  • Power Glows: When summoning her Avatar.
  • Protectorate: To the whole G.U. members, since she's the weakest in the terms of Job Class. Lampshaded in Reminisce.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Possibly applies, as she acts rather silly, ditzy and naive, but she can actually be fairly intelligent sometimes (and that's not even taking into account how she acts underneath the mask).
  • Official Couple: With Haseo if the ending of G.U.+, the ending of G.U. Trilogy, the side story Peaco's Story from 4koma & the G.U. mission #19 from LINK are anything to go by.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: In the real world.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Yes, she actually delivers one of these. To Sakaki. Who had just betrayed her and used every method in the book to crush her mind and spirit. And then proceeded to whoop his ass afterward. Granted, she did it in her own special way, but it was still awesome coming from her.
  • Replacement Goldfish: While Epitaphs normally require a player with a specific and compatible personality in order to join and become an Epitaph User, Innis only wound up with Atoli because her character resembled Shino so much. Not even her own Epitaph is willing to "look at" her.
  • Replacement Love Interest: To the letter. Instead of being the same actress with a different haircut, it's the same character design with a different color scheme. They even both had the Avatar Innis. Justifed due to the setting.
    • It's worth noting Haseo was initially repelled by Atoli because she looked so much like Shino.
  • The Scream: When AIDA take her Morganna Factor, unables her to summon her Avatar and loses her voice.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Actually inverted, in a rare case for the genre: while Atoli's certainly cute, her offline self is arguably even more so, her crippling lack of self-esteem aside.
  • Stepford Smiler: As imposed by her parents.
  • Stocking Filler: She has fairly notable garters.
  • Supreme Chef: One of Atoli's few sources of pride is her cooking ability. She's also a bit of a Picky Eater, though.
  • True Self: Beneath the Mask she's a mobidly depressed, embittered, occasionally suicidal girl desperate for recognition and acceptance. Her Love Freak persona is largely her trying to appeal to everybody. Adding a few guilt issues to the mix pushes her over the edge...
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly to Alkaid's Tomboy.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Unlike most people under AIDA influence, Atoli directs her rampage against the people she perceived as having rejected her.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Her parents harassed her for her failing grades and her attitude, as they believe girls should be quiet and unnoticed. Her peers likewise harassed her for not keeping up with the trends or meeting their expectations.

    Kuhn 
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Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese); Johnny Yong Bosch (English, video games); Louis Chirillo (English, anime)

World Identity: A member of G.U., Kuhn is a Steam Gunner who is friendly to newbies and fond of hitting on girls at every opportunity. Holds the Avatar of the third Phase, Magus, The Propagation.

Real Identity: Tomonari Kasumi, a 24-year old who has been trying, and failing, to join CC Corp proper. He is the player behind Sieg from the original games.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Bash Brothers: Eventually forms this kind of relationship with Haseo. It helps that, from a gameplay prospective, he's one of the best companions since his long-range specials act as a good counterpart to Haseo's close-range brawling, and his Lost Weapon is one of the best in the game with its gigantic bonuses to his damage output.
  • Bayonet Ya: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Silabus, Gaspard and Haseo.
  • Big Damn Heroes: His first appearance in Volume 1. Also he saved Nanase from a monster in .hack//Alcor.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His online persona, at least.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Come on, my Magus!"
  • The Captain: Averted, he's a former guild master of Canard.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: There's actually a reason for this behavior. His girlfriend dumped him in between the first games and G.U.
    • "Girls I like: All kinds! Girls I don't like: None!"
  • Cool Gun: Look at the picture~
  • Firing One-Handed: Initially, but there are some skills that requires him to hold his bayonet with two hands.
  • The Gunslinger: The only pure Steam Gunner who joins Haseo's party.
  • Healing Factor: The benefit of Magus's Propagation ability, allowing Kuhn to endure a Data Drain by regenerating the lost data.
  • Idiot Hair: Just see the hair animation when he runs.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Silent Jade.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Silent Eden.
  • The Leisure Suit Larry: Confesses to Haseo that although his skirt-chasing personality makes him a hit in The World, he has trouble forming relationships offline and hasn't had a serious girlfriend since high school.
  • Meaningful Name: Not his character name, but his title of The Propagation refers to both his skirt-chasing attitude and the way he propagates his ideals through others, seen in both Kestrel and Canard.
  • The Medic: His Avatar, among the eight.
  • Nice Guy: Loyal, kind, and a lot more idealistic than most of his teammates.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In the sidequest where a girl Kuhn insists on "helping" turns out to be grade-school age. He's thoroughly scorned by Haseo and Pi (though they might have just been teasing), but his chivalrous nature persists nevertheless.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Kuhn's only ever seen to completely lose his temper when faced with Haseo's reckless abuse of his Avatar.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's a generally silly person that does a few really stupid things, but he's also the most noble-minded and straightforwardly heroic of the Epitaph Users by a considerable margin until Haseo's had most of his Character Development - development, it should be noted, that has its first major leap forward because of Kuhn. He also doesn't come across as the type who would have been the assistant guildmaster of Kestrel.
  • Power Glows: When summoning his Avatar.
  • Rare Guns: His Lost Weapon.
  • Spikes of Doom: In his Xth Form in Link.

    Yata 
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Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (Japanese); Steve Blum (English, video games); Paul Dobson (English, anime)

World Identity: Yata is the mysterious leader of G.U.. He is observing the AIDA phenomenon for CC Corp, but his amoral stance on player safety earns him Haseo and Kuhn's disrespect. Also plays Nala, an officer of the Moon Tree guild, and Naobi, former Guildmaster of TaN. Holds the Avatar of the fourth Phase, Fidchell, the Prophet.

Real Identity: Takumi Hino returns, having previously played the character of Wiseman. In real life he is a 17-year old stock broker who lives on his own in Tokyo.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Yata spends almost the entire trilogy as Mission Control, but when he joins he proves to be a potent fighter in his own right.
  • Bullet Hell: That One Attack of his Avatar.
  • The Captain: Of Raven Guild, or rather G.U.
  • The Chessmaster: While sometimes outplayed by Ovan and Sakaki, Yata is a highly competent strategist in his own right, including taking advantage of the options Sock Puppet accounts give him to do things he can't otherwise.
  • Dual Wielding: He's a Macabre Dancer and dual-wields fans.
  • The Faceless: Yata is among the characters with his offline self shown in picture in the Ragtime novel. Unlike the others, however, 17-year old Takumi's face is never seen, and the cover only shows that he's as tall as Endrance and has scraggy hair, but his eyes are obscured by his hand. And that's actually the first time Takumi Hino has ever been depicted offline in any media.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Pi is the only character who actually likes Yata, with everyone else coolly indifferent towards him at best. Yata doesn't seem to mind this status, except that he's aware it even extends to Aura and AIDA, whose favor he does want and is frustrated that he can't have.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Yata confesses to Ovan that he spent all of "The World R:2" frustrated that despite his determination and conviction neither AIDA, the invasive god, nor Aura, the absent god, had shown him any favor.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Macabre Dancers have the most unusual weapons of any class, dual-wielding gigantic war fans.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Voice Usurper.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Voice Cleanser.
  • Karma Houdini: Haseo never finds out he was Naobi, or that he's partially responsible for Shino being attacked.
  • Mad Oracle: Fidchell, as with its original incarnation, has a habit of spitting out prophecies when it goes berserk.
  • Manipulative Bastard: And he's damn proud of it.
  • Meaningful Name: Twofold: his character name is a shortened form of Yatagarasu, a bird whose appearance signals divine intervention, reflecting his status as a member of CC Corp. His default Dark Crow weapon pays further homage to the name. His Epitaph title of The Prophet, meanwhile, reflects his desire to know everything about The World.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Roots when he and Pi try to brute force the black box around Ovan's arm. It causes the security lock to fail and the AIDA inside to go berserk, leading to it PKing Shino and thus sending Haseo on his quest for revenge.
  • Perpetual Frowner: There are rare occasions that prompt a smirk, but Yata isn't seen to smile much if at all under normal circumstances.
  • Power Glows: When summoning his Avatar.
  • The Red Mage: His job allows him to learn many of the spells used by Harvest Clerics and Shadow Warlocks (including debuff/bad status types) but he doesn't gain the high-level spells of either class. He is the only one, however, that gains a very useful party-wide +50% speed/movement boost spell.
  • Refused by the Call: Yata resents Ovan deeply for having the favor of both Aura and AIDA, unaware that he had been chosen but was just looking in the wrong place.
  • Younger Than They Look: The voice is a little more fitting now than it was as Wiseman, but Yata's still only 17 and sounds like a man in his 40s.

    Pi 
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Voiced by: Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese); Jessica Straus (English, video games); Lisa Ann Beley (English, anime)

World Identity: Pi is Yata's assistant, and a field agent of sorts for G.U. and their official C.C. Corp contact. Pi is a down-to-earth, no-nonsense woman who is focused on the mission at hand. Unlike Yata, however, she is genuinely concerned for the safety of the players of The World. She is also the player behind Ender during the events of Roots, working under Naobi (Yata) in the TaN guild. Their actions during this time are are of questionable morality, as TaN was shut down and many members banned as a result. It's unknown if CC Corp is aware they were the same player. Holds the avatar of the seventh Phase, Tarvos, The Avenger.

Real Identity: Reiko Saeki is 24 years old, and a former programmer. She quit her job suddenly to work for CC Corp in order to find out information about her half-brother Jun Bansyoya.

Appears in: .hack//GU

Tropes Associated With:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Notably in .hack//Link.
  • Action Girl: A prominent female ally in the G.U. series that personally handles a lot of danger.
  • The Baroness: A strange, protagonist version of the trope. She definitely has the dominatrix overtones in her insistence on obedience and her B&D avatar, and she is fanatically devoted to Yata who protagonist status is quite questionable until Vol. 3. Her outfit's pretty Stripperiffic too, even if it lacks the black leather/vinyl fashion normally associated with the trope, and she's got the coldness and refusal to actual make use of her sex appeal that's common to this trope. Lastly, she's a villain and The Dragon for Yata/Naobi in .hack//Roots. Despite all this, she's one of the good guys.
  • Berserk Button: In the early days of their meeting, Haseo calls her "old hag" and she's certainly not happy about it.
  • Big Brother Attraction: She may have some form of this trope, although it seems for the most part more like Big Brother Worship. The fact that she responds to Haseo asking what her "type" is by saying that she follows in the footsteps of her older brother is a bit suspicious, though, especially since that card is generally reserved for asking what kind of person someone is looking for in a romantic relationship.) She says the only gentleman allowed to ride in her car is her cat. Of course, it's likely that that's not what she meant.
  • Boobs of Steel: Pi's Player will give the character's (not her own, her avatar's) measurements if asked. They are 37-22-33. She also lists her height as 5'8" (175 cm).
  • Cool Big Sis: Serves this role to Haseo after they become allies. In last Recode, she even gets him a job at NAB after she starts working there.
  • The Corruption: She's infected by AIDA in Rebirth but then saved by Haseo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To Sakaki.
  • Determinator: CC Corp may stripped Yata from his position, but that's not going to stop Pi to do everything for Yata and the rest of the G.U. member. She deserves applauses.
  • Double Agent: Non-antagonist/evil example. In .hack//Link work for Yata and a staff of CC Corp.
  • Gainaxing: Most noticeable in the prerendered scenes, but it's present in her default run cycle too.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs / Power Fist: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Heroic Breakdown: In manga only, where she finds Yata PK'ed by Tri-Edge.
  • Idiot Hair: Same case as Kuhn.
  • Infinity -1 Sword: Stained Wing.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Blinding Wing.
  • The Informant: Passing along information from both Yata and C.C. Corp, as she's their only actual employee among the Epitaph Users.
  • I Owe You My Life: Incredibly downplayed, but once Haseo manages to save her from an AIDA when she saved Zelkova from being hit instead, not only does this earn Haseo her trust finally, but she starts going out of her way to be a Mama Wolf whenever someone starts trying to step on him while she's around.
  • Karma Houdini: Haseo never finds out she was Ender, or that she's partially responsible for Shino being attacked.
  • Leotard of Power: Did you see it, in the picture?
  • Meaningful Name: In-universe, Pi chose the character name for the mathematical term, seeing it as indivisible and unbreakable. Her title of The Avenger, meanwhile, reflects her undying loyalty to her brother and to Yata.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Clearly.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Roots, when she and Yata try to brute force the black box around Ovan's arm. It causes the security lock to fail and the AIDA inside to go berserk, leading to it PKing Shino, and Ovan no longer being able to trust himself around other players, thus sending Haseo on his quest for revenge.
  • Power Glows: When summoning her Avatar.
  • Replacement Goldfish: While Yata is incapacitated in Volume 3, Pi takes his place as The Captain of G.U.
  • Right-Hand Hottie: To Yata, at least concerning Project G.U.
  • The Scream: Manga only, when she finds out that Yata was already killed by Tri-Edge.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: She manages to un-ban a member of Ta N that served under her doing black ops, Subaro, due to her sway as an admin in exchange for some tasks she needed done that "Pi" can't do.
  • The Strategist: She's the one who strategizes the G.U. members meeting in a hacked area in-between The World to evade from Sakaki's observation from the Serpent of Lore. She also builds some strategies for the G.U. there.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Are you Yata? Then she'll follow your every order. If you're not? She'll remain reserved as much as possible for a sense of distant professionalism from those around her. But get close to her and she can be remarkably kind, it just takes a bit of effort.
  • Stripperiffic: Her PC model doesn't leave much to the imagination.
  • Tsundere: She tries to act cold and distant, but once Haseo saves her from an AIDA, she manages to cause a Luminescent Blush from Haseo when she points out he's calling her by her name for the first time. She softens up considerably afterwards and as time goes on, but mostly keeps up the tsun tsun with bouts of dere dere.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Yata.
  • You Are Not Alone: Gives this speech to a depressed Yata.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: You Gotta Have Pink Hair

    Piros the 3rd 
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Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Daran Norris (EN)

World Identity: An overly dramatic Lord Partizan. Wears heavy armor similar to his previous incarnation, albeit gold-plated this time, and with a red visor.

Real Identity: Hiroshi Matsumaya, the graphical designer behind the original Piros in The World: R1. It turns out, offline, he looks EXACTLY as the original Piros with the exact same bowl cut.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

    Antares 
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Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)

World Identity: An Arena Champion, and founder of the guild Icolo.

Real Identity: Mikihisa Ogata, former wrestler, and current editor of a professional wrestling magazine. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and two young daughters.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Drunken Master: Ogata enjoys his whiskey in real life, and proclaims Haseo as his student.
  • Mentor Archetype: Assists Haseo in regaining his 2nd and 3rd Adept Rogue forms, and in unlocking the Lost Weapons.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Like the other Arena Emperors, though Antares is more focused on the need for continual self-improvement and the importance of teamwork, facts which led him to become disillusioned with the self-centered attitudes of the other Emperors.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows a lot more than he lets on, having been a friend to the late Phyllo. He later helps Haseo unlock the Lost Weapons as per Phyllo's last will and testament.
  • Stealth Mentor: He acts like an over-the-top, self-appointed mentor to Haseo, taking him on quests and other mundane activities in order to "train" him. In reality, he actually is fulfilling Phyllo's last request to make Haseo strong and heroic.

    Sirius 
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Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English)

World Identity: A Tribal Grappler from the Lei Tribe, he is a member of Icolo, the guild of champions, and the Holy Palace Emperor.

Real Identity: Myeon-do Min, a Korean working in Japan.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

    Taihaku 
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Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (Japanese), D.C. Douglas / Ross Douglas (English)

World Identity: The current guild master of Icolo, and the Sage Palace champion. Was also the first player to complete the "Forest of Pain" quest. He admires personal strength above all else, and respects Haseo for his past reputation as a solo PKKer.

Real Identity: Keisuke Kurokai, a 28-year-old man.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Anti-Magic: His sword Maxwell possesses the unique Riddle Me That ability, which boosts all of his damage output by 50% and makes him completely immune to magic. He gives Haseo the Silad broadsword, whose Riddle Me This ability is the same thing but halved.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Like most of the other Emperors. Although Taihaku's arrogance is more restrained in its brazenness than the rest, he's still steeped in pride.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The status of Icolo's guildmaster belongs to him because he's the Sage Palace Emperor.
  • Determinator: So powerful is Taihaku's will that he can rebel against the control of AIDA, making him one of only three characters to ever put up any meaningful resistance to it and the only one who did it without the benefit of an Epitaph.
  • Evil Weapon: Maxwell becomes one after an AIDA infects it.
  • Rare Guns: Maxwell, obtained from the Forest of Pain as a reward from Harald and one of the most powerful weapons in the game.
  • Restraining Bolt: The AIDA embedded in his sword Maxwell acts as one to enslave him to Sakaki.

    Gabi 
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Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Japanese), D.C. Douglas (English)

World Identity: A male Ya Tribe Edge Punisher, and master of the PK guild Kestrel.

Real Identity: Daijirou Washio, an elderly, retired professor of cultural anthropology that started playing The World to experience a society unlike any in the real world. He is also a novelist under the pen name Shoutarou Mayuzumi.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is a guildmaster and the strongest member of Kestrel.
  • Badass Normal: Among the characters who know nothing of AIDA or Epitaphs, Gabi is one of the strongest and most knowledgeable.
  • Catchphrase: "This too is part of The World"
  • Flash Step: Whether due to his level or stats, or just sheer capability as a player, he can pull these off casually to the point that he reappears in different positions in his introduction cutscene before anyone realizes he's even moved.
  • Cool Old Guy: Elderly, yet good enough at video games to be respected by PKs and in charge of his own guild.
  • Red Herring: He's presented in Rebirth as much more of a major player than he actually becomes, particularly in the trailer at the end of it, and his guild is similarly built up as a major antagonistic faction. Both of these turn out to apply much more to Zelkova and Moon Tree than to Gabi and Kestrel, who recede from the spotlight.
  • Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: He heavily leans towards Libertarianism in his management of Kestrel: he mostly lets his members do as they please in the pursuit of the freedom that The World provides.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's a big burly type who lets his guild members run wild and doing little to nothing to restrain them. He has a strange way of talking, he makes a policy of never reading any email that's more than three lines long. He's also a cultural anthropologist!

    Tri-Edge/Azure Kite 
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Voiced by: Sayaka Aida (Japanese); Mona Marshall (English)

World Identity: A player-killer named for the three-line scars he leaves in the background graphics of places where he's taken victims, who go into comas in the real world. Little is known of him, but most players believe he's a small Twin Blade wreathed in blue fire, who never speaks.

Real Identity: Exactly who or what Tri-Edge is remains a mystery through Roots and most of the G.U. games... but it turns out he's an AI made by Aura to protect the system, and the true Tri-Edge is someone else.

Appears in: .hack//Roots, .hack//G.U., .hack//LINK

Tropes Associated With:

  • Adorkable: Mostly depends on your perspective. However, he's definitely this in his 'Promise' ending, where he confesses that he's quite enamored with Haseo and glomps him.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His zombie nature means he gets torn up pretty regularly without lasting harm. His first stage of his Azure Flame God transformation has him dismember himself, while one of his severed arms is part of The Reveal.
  • Back from the Dead: Complete by awaking from inside a coffin.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the .hack//Link manga to Tsukasa, when he's attacked by Brainwashed Haseo.
  • Creepy Child: Just look at him.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Literally.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If you send him the 'Challenge' card, he responds with what can be interpreted as "You must die".
  • Dual Wielding: Wields Dual Blades akin to the player he's inspired by.
  • Expy: Tri-Edge looks like a zombified Kite. This is intentional, as he was created from Aura's memories of Kite.
  • Foreshadowing: During his Disc-One Final Boss battle, Azure Kite will occasionally perform an unblockable cutscene attack in which he attacks Haseo from three sides, creating a Sign mark on the ground below him at the end of the combo. Except the shape is wrong.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In the OVA.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Azure Kite's only goal is to defend the system from the cataclysmic threat of AIDA, something he does without particular care for who gets hurt along the way.
  • The Grim Reaper: Subverted. Although he sometimes appears in random area and PK'ed someone there, he only cleans The World from harmful things to protect The World.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: If data from the original four games is carried over, his name will be whatever the player named Kite. Last Recode, which doesn't feature carryover, instead names him Azure Kite.
  • Hidden Eyes: Subverted, sometimes they're visible in several cutscenes. Averted in the OVA.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He has the reason why he Data Drained Haseo.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing will stop him. No matter how many times he's beaten in combat, he'll regenerate and return soon after.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His Empty Skies Twin Blades open up into a signature three-clawed shape.
  • Incendiary Exponent: He's called Azure Flame Kite for a reason.
  • Irony: Being the knight of Aura, he can't beat AIDA and Ovan to protect The World. In other words, he actually powerless to protect Aura.
  • Made of Iron: Haseo himself can't make him move from the place he stand on. Averted in case of Ovan though.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: He is NOT Tri-Edge, as Tri-Edge was actually referred to a type of AIDA.
  • Nice Hat: Similar to the original Kite's, but sharing the patchwork appearance of the rest of him.
  • One-Winged Angel: His "Azure Flame God" form.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The only time he shows any kind of emotion is during a fight. He smiles during his Promise ending, though.
  • Playing with Fire: Azure flames.
  • Power Trio: Tri-Edge is later joined by zombified versions of Orca and Balmung.
  • Power Floats: During his boss battle, and as a party member.
  • The Quiet One: Never speaks, in fights he only shouts and outside of battle he tends to make zombie-like groaning and hissing noises. His conversation balloons only contain ellipses, and his responses to being sent cards are usually one word long and special characters tend to replace letters in ways that don't make sense.
    ...I re#$%se
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Roots.
  • Red Herring: Pretty much Azure Kite's entire role is to distract from The Reveal.
  • Reverse Grip: How he wields his Dual Blades.
  • Secret Character: After destroying Cubia in Redemption, Aura gives you the member addresses of Azure Kite, along with Azure Orca and Azure Balmung. They can't change equipment but you can raise their affection for Haseo like any of his other party members. Haseo can even do the Promise Ending with them.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Not the brightest or most moral AI, Azure Kite fires a Data Drain straight through Haseo to get Ovan, who had been secretly been hiding right behind him. Of course this doesn't hurt Haseo all that much (compared to the last time where he fell into a Coma), but it does undo his grueling eight months of level grinding by making him go from level 133 to level 1.
  • Soul Jar: For the original Kite in .hack//Link manga.
  • The Stoic: For most of the time.
    • Not So Stoic: Sometimes he'll say "Th#%ks" if we give him a Gift or Trade items with him.
    • Also, in .hack//Link. In his Cross Rengeki he says "gomen..." (sorry) to Tokio for making him exhausted evading the Data Drain.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Aura.

    Azure Balmung and Azure Orca 
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Azure Balmung
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Azure Orca
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World Identity: Two familiar-looking entities that guard Azure Kite's coffin as he regenerates from the battle at the end of G.U. Vol. 1.

Real Identity: Similar to Azure Kite, their true identities and motivations are unknown... but it turns out they're also AI made by Aura to protect the system.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Blinding Bangs: Balmung's eyes are covered by his hair.
  • Expy: Of Balmung and Orca from The World. This is intentional, as they were created from Aura's memories of them.
  • Power Trio: With Azure Kite.
  • Secret Character: After destroying Cubia in Redemption, Aura gives you the member addresses of Azure Kite, along with Azure Orca and Azure Balmung. They can't change equipment but you can raise their affection for Haseo like any of his other party members. Haseo can even do the Promise Ending with them.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Aura.

    Aina 
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Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto (Japanese); Rachel Hirschfeld (English)

World Identity: A Shadow Warlock, seen on rare occasions. Yata reveals toward the end of Roots that he'd seen her talking with Phyllo, because it was through her that Phyllo met Ovan. She later appears and spends some time with Sakubo in Redemption, while somehow also attracting the attention of Piros the 3rd.

Real Identity: Aina Indou, Ovan/Masato's younger sister. Already sick and hospitalized, she lapsed into a coma when PKed by Tri-Edge. After Ovan apparently dies to activate Corbenik's Rebirth ability, she returns to normal, but resents Haseo for separating them, believing it was better to be trapped with her brother than to be apart from him completely.

Appears in: .hack//Roots (sort of), .hack//G.U.: Redemption

Tropes Associated With:

    Sakaki 
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Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese, PC); Junko Minagawa (Japanese, player); Crispin Freeman (English, PC); Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, player)

World Identity: One of the Seven Council of the Moon Tree guild, and among the most influential of them. He's seen as an inspiration by most of Moon Tree and an annoying, preachy busybody by everyone else. Becomes a major antagonist in Volumes 2 and 3 after he is given control of AIDA by Ovan.

Real Identity: Tooru Uike, a precociously intelligent young boy who wants to be taken seriously despite his youth.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • A God Am I: His plan in Reminisce is to use AIDA to rule the digital and real worlds and make it a paradise under his rule.
  • All Take and No Give: Of the controlling giver type. Oh dear lord, poor Atoli.
  • And I Must Scream: When about to be killed by Azure Flame Kite.
  • Asshole Victim: It's seriously nice to see him begging Ovan for AIDA seeds on his hands and knees, getting cornered by the Azure Knights, screaming for help like a coward, and being finally killed for good by Azure Kite.
  • Ax-Crazy: Any good intentions he might have had in the beginning are gone by Redemption, as he's been infected with AIDA himself and desires nothing more than to make Haseo suffer for the "crime" of defying him.
  • Back from the Dead: In Redemption and he's getting worst.
  • Beneath the Mask: He was kind to almost anybody, but in reality he's a son of a—.
  • BFS: As an Edge Punisher, naturally he wields one.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Sakaki plays the role of The Heavy as soon as he becomes a villain, with roughly one and a half volumes' worth of content dedicated to fighting him, but ultimately proves nothing more than a disposable pawn.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A male example. The All-Loving Hero facade breaks down fast once he thinks he no longer needs it.
  • Body Horror: Sakaki <Zenith> is almost completely corroded by AIDA.
  • Break the Haughty: His final scene in Redemption is one hundred percent distilled break. And it is awesome.
  • Disney Villain Death: His last stand in Reminisce takes place on the high cliffs of Briona Gwydion, and ends in him falling off the bridge into the mists below. It happens again in Redemption, only this time we see what's waiting for him at the bottom.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: As Sakaki <Zenith>, he abandons any pretense of virtue.
  • Easy Amnesia: The final episode of Online Jack, taking place after AIDA and Cubia are dealt with, shows him carefree with no memory of his activities.
  • Enfant Terrible: Even before AIDA and the possibility of using it to control people's minds entered the picture, Sakaki was a twisted schemer and manipulator. He is ten years old.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai / Katanas Are Just Better: In Link.
  • Evil Laugh: Lets one out a few times, such as when he has an AIDA-possessed Atoli try to devour Haseo.
  • Evil Makeover: Gets a nasty one thanks to AIDA.
  • Expy: Listen to his speeches about the "ideal world" and tell me he's not channeling Light Yagami. "I am Sakaki! The god of The World!"
  • Facial Markings: Among the various aspects of his Evil Makeover.
  • Foreshadowing: The Reveal is hinted at rather strongly if you keep up with Salvador Aihara's show.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: His goes from a tidy high tail, fitting his character as a noble, upright samurai, to wild and wind-swept when corrupted by AIDA.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice over.
    • In Reminisce, his schemes towards Atoli ultimately cause her to overcome her dependency, awaken her Avatar, and fighting Innis brings Haseo a step closer towards fulfilling the plan to destroy AIDA, which Sakaki wants to use to take over the world.
    • In Redemption, his ego causes him not to ban Haseo when he has the chance, ultimately leading to his downfall.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He had it coming a long way. After getting his ass handed to Haseo in Reminisce, he is betrayed by Endrance in Redemption and after getting his AIDA form Data Drained by Skeith he has to beg for another chance from The Man Behind the Man just to face Azure Kite, one of the most ruthless anti-AIDA programs in The World.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He's only ten years old.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Azure Flame Kite.
  • Manipulative Bastard: For God's sake, he recruited Atoli as his personal cheerleader after finding her on a suicide site.
  • Laughing Mad: During the final battle against him in his AIDA form, Victorian, he tends to laugh maniacally while trying to fry Haseo with his attacks just to show how lost he is.
  • Mind Rape: What he does to Atoli through AIDA, in an attempt to gain control of her Epitaph.
  • Motive Decay: He goes from a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wanted to remake the real world from the online world to create a world where nobody hurts and oppresses each other to basically trolling Haseo and his friends and doing everything he can to make them miserable for shits and giggles. Justified as AIDA is likely amplifying his hatred towards Haseo.
  • Nice Guy: His mask.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the end of Reminisce.
  • Obviously Evil: Post-AIDA infusion. The fact that his PC can go around looking like that and still convince anyone – including CC Corp, who make the guy a system admin! – that he's the good guy is nothing short of astounding.
  • One-Winged Angel: His AIDA infested form, figuratively and literally.
  • Sanity Slippage: How sane he was in the first place is up for debate, but before fusing with AIDA he was an efficient Manipulative Bastard who kept his cool and presented a kind and empathetic mask to better influence those around him; after the fusion, he gives up on this approach in favour of throwing his power around like a madman, given to much ranting and raving, and the charisma that brought him so far evaporates for the most part.
  • Smug Snake: While certainly intelligent, Sakaki isn't nearly the mastermind he thinks he is. All of his plans follow Ovan's script to the letter, and that script doesn't call for Sakaki to survive the closing act.
  • The Heavy: Most of Reminisce and the first half of Redemption focus on Sakaki as the main antagonist.
  • Troll: After becoming an administrator, he blocks you from checking your opponents' info before one of the tournament matches, and will infrequently send Haseo taunting, passive aggressive emails complete with insincere emojis.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: He has an impressive vocabulary for a ten-year-old and the casual self confidence of someone far older. Both of which clearly helped him groom a depressed Atoli on a suicide website.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: In Volume 3, he becomes a system admin and replaces Yata as leader of G.U.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: In Link, his design was drastically changed.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just reading anything tagged is almost sure to spoil a HUGE part of his role in .hack G.U Volume 2 and 3.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: What he is at first...
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: The issues of morality and ideology he's grappling with are far beyond what most individuals his age spend time thinking about. He's only ten years old.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: You Gotta Have Green Hair.
  • Younger Than They Look: Listen to his speeches and word usage and realize they're supposed to be from a 10 year old.

    Kaede 
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Voiced by: Sayaka Oohara (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)

World Identity: The captain of the Moon Tree guild's Third Division.

Real Identity: Kyouko Kaga, a lady currently working in the nursing field. Was previously married and had a son, but a car crash caused by her own carelessness led to her child's death and a divorce.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

    Nala 
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World Identity: The captain of Moon Tree's Fourth Division.

Real Identity: A mystery, until The Reveal.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • The Mole: He's an alter-ego for Yata to allow him to spy on, and manipulate, Moon Tree.
  • Sock Puppet: One of Yata's.

    Hiiragi 
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Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (Japanese), Doug Erholtz (English)

World Identity: The captain of Moon Tree's Fifth Division.

Real Identity: A fashion designer named Fumihiko Yuki. He works in Kyoto. Originally created Hiiragi from a fashion perspective, and considered the character simply to be role-play until he met the attractive Sakaki.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Camp Gay: He's highly devoted to Sakaki, is extremely effeminate and dresses like a woman.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: And he prefers it that way.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He's probably the least sympathetic of Sakaki's followers, but still pulls this later in the story.
  • Important Haircut: Invoked Trope; Hiiragi says he'll be editing his character's appearance to have one of these after the final battle, as a metaphor for moving past Sakaki.
  • Insistent Terminology: He doesn't care for people referring to him as 'he,' and flies into a rage whenever it happens.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He goes from soft-spoken to flipping out at the drop of a hat and for any small provocation.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He wears women's clothes and is a member of Moon Tree, a guild that opposes PKing.

    Sophora 
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Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Lia Sargent (English)

World Identity: The captain of Moon Tree's Sixth Division.

Real Identity:

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

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    Matsu 
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Voiced by: Hiroshi Yanaka (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English)

World Identity: The captain of Moon Tree's Seventh Division. A male Adept Rogue capable of using Steam Gunner and Edge Punisher weapons. Formerly a notorious PK, he renounced his old ways, and has forbidden himself from using the Edge Punisher weaponry he'd PK'd so many with.

Real Identity: Shingo Kudou, Japanese high school student. Formerly a delinquent, but a motorcycle accident left him temporarily bedridden. He gained an interest in playing The World during that time, which helped curb his real-life violent tendencies.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • The Atoner: In 3.
  • Can't Catch Up: Chooses to only use Steam Gunner weapons, but being an Adept Rogue means that he'll always have lower stats than a pure Steam Gunner such as Kuhn.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Despite being one of Sakaki's main followers, he gets better through a little Character Development, makes peace with Haseo after being defeated, and finds respect for Zelkova again; he then resolves to be a better man. He then supports Sakaki's Moon Tree coup, despite knowing about AIDA and its link to Sakaki. After that... well, consult the first sentence again.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Matsu is alleged to be much stronger with his Broadsword than with his gun, but he only ever uses his sword during a single story match with him. This includes once he becomes a playable character, where he'll actively refuse to equip or use his Broadsword.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Specifically, a Bosozoku, or motorcycle racer.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Matsu more or less realises that Sakaki is behind the AIDA epidemic, but remains loyal to him regardless out of personal gratitude until his defeat in Vol 2.
  • Red Baron: Was known as the "Flame Sword Demon" when he was a PK.

    Natsume the Edgemaniac 
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Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Lia Sargent (English, G.U. Vol. 3), Kate Higgins (English, G.U. Last Recode Vol. 3 & 4)

World Identity: Similar to her character in The World: R1, Natsume is a female, green-haired Twin Blade. However, she also has a violent PK side that surfaces when she sees rare items whose names contain the word "Edge".

Real Identity: Natsume Oguro, returning from the original game quadrology.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Boss Subtitles / Red Baron: "The Edgemaniac", when she is a Chaotic PK.
  • The Call Put Me on Hold: Of all the returning .hackers, only Natsume missed out on both the AIDA infection and the return of Cubia, something she's a little disappointed about when she finds out. It's not until the Vegalta appears that she finally gets a chance to live up to the reputation of being a .hacker.
  • Continuity Nod: The "Spiral Edge" weapon she starts with has the same name as the first blades Kite gave her in the original game quadrology.
  • The Dreaded: Much to her confusion. Chaotic PKs will even go after Haseo with little hesitation. Natsume's only encounter with Chaotic PKs, that she's aware of, had the player in question immediately surrender and hand over their weapon rather than risk a fight with her. She just assumed they were being nice.
  • Eyes Always Shut: The only time they open is when her Superpowered Evil Side takes over.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In the .hack R1 Games, she is a member of the celebrated .hackers. In the .hack//G.U. games, she is a Chaotic PK that Haseo can PKK due to her Superpowered Evil Side. Other players treat her as a supervillain to be feared. They do not know about her Split Personality.
  • Foreshadowing: While she makes no direct appearance until Vol. 3's post-game, she appears in various wallpapers and Crimson VS cards that can be collected. Unlike any of the callback wallpapers and cards, however, she is repeatedly depicted along side Piros the 3rd rather than characters of the original quadrology.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a prominent strand that's as long as her head is tall.
  • Named Weapons: She's under the assumption that Tri-Edge is this, associating the name with neither Azure Kite nor AIDA.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The title "The Edgemaniac" shows that you really need to stay away from her unless you are prepared to PKK her, especially if she thinks that you have some equipment with the word "Edge" in it which she will steal.
  • Optional Boss: Cannot be battled until the post-game of Vol. 3.
  • Optional Party Member: Joins Haseo in Vol. 3 if he beats all eight Chaotic PKs, including herself, and then has Piros the 3rd properly introduce her to him.
  • Secret Character: Doesn't make a single appearance until her optional fight with Haseo.
  • Split Personality: She has two personalities who are unaware of each other: the nice one from the .hack R1 Games and a Super-Powered Evil Side that Haseo can PKK.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Piros the 3rd makes mention of her stalking Kite over the last seven years. She denies it but, given her constant mentioning of him, it's hard to doubt Piros here.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Natsume has no control over her PK side, and isn't even sure how it exists, guessing that a hacker might be involved.

    AIDA 
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The "Anna" strain, with ordinary AIDA behind it
World Identity: Artificially Intelligent Data Anomalies, appearing as clusters of undulating black spots. How they were created and what they want is unknown, but they've recently become hostile toward humans, infecting players and compelling them to pursue their natural - usually negative - impulses beyond reason.

Real Identity: None. AIDA victims, however, become little more than lifeless drones in reality, serving the will of AIDA and exhibiting superhuman power on one occasion.

Appears in:

Tropes Associated With:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The aggressive AIDA are malicious artificial intelligences.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Averted, actually. GU Returner reveals that the hostile AIDA that were causing all the problems had discovered aggression and went a little crazy with it. The Rebirth didn't wipe out all of AIDA... just the aggressive ones. The rest of AIDA is peaceful and non-interfering, preferring to remain hidden in the background rather than interact directly with humans.
    • Also averted in Vol. 4: Reconnect.
  • Big Bad: AIDA <Tri-Edge> is the true Big Bad of the G.U. trilogy. It is the malicious AI that infected and forced Ovan into evil.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: On any account you're being touched (eventually infected) by them, you'll be this.
  • Dark Is Evil: The only visual indication normal players have to the presence of AIDA is a mass of black spots, and the blackened mutated limbs of those infected.
  • Emotion Bomb: AIDA's effect on people. AIDA is curious about human emotion, so it bonds itself to people's consciousnesses to experiment with it. It often amplifies those emotions in the process, to disastrous levels.
  • Evil Knockoff: AIDA <Oswald> and <Victorian>, the latter especially, act much like a poor man's Avatar.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: AIDA-PCs without Epitaphs tend to undergo heavy mutation of their PC's appearance. Even an Epitaph User and their Avatar can have their appearance corrupted if the AIDA is powerful enough.
  • Fantastic Drug: Lampshaded in the G.U. manga. Rather than conforming to the typical implications of "possession", they instead hold out a (poor) substitute for whatever it is you're desperate for and cloud your judgment so you don't notice the lie. As long as you're infected, you're both higher than a Kite and has zero self-restraint.
  • The Heartless: Subverted in last Recode and Link.
  • Immune to Bullets: Any normal weapons can't hurt them, as they can only be hurt and defeated by Avatar.
  • Invisible to Normals: As stated above the only thing most people can see of AIDA are black spots and mutated characters. The various monstrosities they become go unseen much like the Avatars.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Averted only for the case of Helen, for she was spider shaped.
  • Red Right Hand: Or, more specifically, black left arms.
  • The Corruption: AIDA are this to humans, but humans are also this to AIDA. An AIDA without a host is basically harmless.
  • Theme Naming: AIDA variants are basic human names (Anna, Helen, Victorian...), and most of their attacks are named after programming languages. Victorian's attacks are instead named after terms of grandiosity, befitting the immense ego of its user.

    Hetero Team 
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From left to right: Axanthic (Osamu), Hetero (Hajime), Leucistic (Sei)

World Identity: An Arena Team that Sakaki forcefully infected with the Grunwald AIDA, hoping to use them against Haseo. Responsible for turning Sirius into a Lost One during the Sage Palace Tournament. They are not seen again after Haseo defeats them.

Real Identity: Siblings Hajime, Osamu, and Sei Maekawa.

Appears In: .hack//G.U. Vol. 3: Redemption

Tropes Associated With:

  • The Dragon: Briefly serve this role to Sakaki.
  • Evil Makeover: Once Grunwald is Data Drained, it's revealed that their PCs look completely different without it.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: The only way to tell Axanthic and Leucistic apart is which of their legs is covered.
  • Theme Naming: All three are named after genetic phenotypes.

    Kusabira 
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World Identity: A new character introduced in the Updated Re-release last Recode. A resident of the Netslum that claims to be Zelkova's younger sister, and has problems matching people's faces with their names.

Real Identity: As with Zelkova, it's a complete mystery to everyone, until The Reveal.

Appears in: .hack//G.U. Vol. 4: Reconnect

Tropes Associated With:

  • Chekhov's Gun: As mentioned above in Bo's section, AIDA became rather hung up on the concept of two as one. This ultimately ends up being her method of curing Ovan.
  • Enemy Without: Ovan's, though the 'Enemy' part doesn't really apply anymore.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Helps save The World and Ovan's life, rather than continuing to send players into comas as Tri-Edge.
  • The Reveal: She is the Tri-Edge AIDA, having survived and gained intelligence after Ovan caused Rebirth. She is looking for a way to reunite with him and help him regain consciousness, and succeeds with Haseo's help.
  • Two Beings, One Body: She has to return to being a part of Ovan for him to regain consciousness.
  • Walking Spoiler: Due to her being a major part of Reconnect's resolution.

    Vegalta 
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World Identity: A new danger introduced in the Updated Re-release Last Recode. A monster originating from outside The World, rampantly consuming its data and causing it to destabilize before its planned server shutdown. It is attempting to preserve The World's data within itself, while also deleting anomalies such as the Netslum and AIDA, which is why it tracked Kusabira.

Real Identity: None, as it is made of corrupted data.

Appears in: .hack//G.U. Vol. 4: Reconnect

Tropes Associated With:

  • Boss Subtitles: "Visitor from Hades" as Moralta.
  • Flunky Boss: In every encounter with it, the player will have to defeat the enemies it summons to dismiss an invincible barrier protecting Vegalta.
  • One-Winged Angel: Its multi-stage Moralta form, which is fought by an enhanced Skeith.

Online Jack

    Salvador Aihara 
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Voiced by: Masashi Ebara (Japanese), Daran Norris (English)

World Identity: Kazubolo, guild master of Soulmates.

Real Identity: Carlos "Salvador" Aihara is an eccentric news reporter, born in Brazil and currently residing in Saitama Prefecture. During G.U., he is the host of web show "Online Jack", investigating the recent string of coma victims caused by Doll Syndrome. Though he is able to trace the cause to The World, he is severely injured and hospitalized during his investigation while protecting teacher Michiru Tajima from student affected by AIDA. Additionally, accidental property damage and his lack of hard evidence leads to people calling for the cancellation of his show.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

  • Chivalrous Pervert: Relentlessly so.
  • Hero of Another Story: Though "hero" may be stretching it. His adventures in Online Jack never directly interact with Haseo's, but brush on some of the same events.
  • Hidden Depths: He seems like a hopeless Idiot Hero throughout most of his show, but some news the player can read delves into his backstory a bit.

    Taichiro Sugai 
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Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (Japanese), Richard Epcar (English)

World Identity: N/A

Real Identity: An assistant professor at Chikuba University Medical School, who authored a book on Doll Syndrome. Salvador attempts to interview him and identify his information source. Following Kawaguchi's hospitalization, he is able to identify the writing left behind on the walls as names from the Epitaph of Twilight; this, the revelation that all the victims in Michiru's class were in the Moon Tree guild, plus abnormal electrical energy radiating from Syndrome victims, helps identify The World as a cause. Following his appearances on Online Jack, his book became a bigger hit, though he puts his focus towards trying to help the victims.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

Tropes Associated With:

    Michiru Tajima 
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Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto (Japanese), Bridget Hoffman (English)

World Identity: N/A

Real Identity: A fourth-grade school teacher whose had several students in her class fall victim to Doll Syndrome. She crosses paths with Salvador during his investigation, and after mistaking him for a predator, reluctantly lets him follow her to the house of one of her students, Kawaguchi. Finding the student comatose in front of his computer, they take him to a hospital, only for him to vanish and leave behind nothing but strange writing on the walls. Receiving a strange text from him later, Michiru and Salvador attempt to meet Kawaguchi at her school, only to be attacked by Doll Syndrome victims being led by another student of hers, Tooru Uike (Sakaki in The World:R2). Salvador saves her, but is hit by an electrical attack in the process, leaving him hospitalized. Michiru was fired from her position due to the damage to the school and lack of evidence on what actually happened, but after helping to use Online Jack to warn others about The World:R2's dangers, she became a popular net idol.

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

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    Osamu Kawaguchi 
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Voiced by: Touko Aoyama (Japanese), Dave Wittenberg (English)

World Identity: Unknown, but was in the Moon Tree guild, part of the Second Division.

Real Identity: An elementary school student taught by Michiru Tajima that is affected by Doll Syndrome. When Michiru and Salvador first check on him, he is only able to utter the word "Sakaki" before going comatose. Though he was rushed to the hospital after, he soon vanished after leaving messages on the walls, turning up later controlled by Tooru Uike (Sakaki).

Appears in: .hack//G.U.

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