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Team LPFM

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Team LPFM / Team LM / Team LF / Team PM4

A four member squad comprised of the main quartet. Initially on separate squads, they form this team by the Third Squad Jam.
  • Action Girl: Three of four members are Girls with Guns who are more than capable of kicking ass.
  • Animal-Motif Team: All of Team LPFM has an Animal Motif.
    • LLENN invokes a rabbit with her small size, Super Speed of bounding round the battlefield, and her Nice Hat that has two ears that resemble a rabbit. Not to mention she is constantly called a rabbit In-Universe as an In-Series Nickname of sorts.
    • Pitohui names herself after a species of toxic bird, but she's also given a lot of snake motifs with her design appearing snake-like and she once gets represented by an actual snake in official artwork.
    • M is themed after a turtle, being a Mighty Glacier who carries an indestructium bulletproof shield on his back that he can unfold and hide behind to snipe his enemies, where he really resembles a turtle withdrawn into its shell. This is especially prominent when put alongside LLENN with the two of them invoking The Tortoise and the Hare.
    • Fukaziroh can be likened to a dog. She based her in-game name after her late dog, is very excitable and energetic like a puppy. She also chose to use a dog as her in-game chat profile picture.
  • Badass Crew: Small in number they might be, they are a very efficient squadron.
  • Car Fu: Both Team LF and Team PM4 engage in battle while riding buggies, however when both cars run out of gas they resort to ramming each other.
  • Debut Queue: The four main characters are introduced in a sequential fashion over the space of two episodes. LLENN/Karen and M get introduced first in "Squad Jam" which is a Flash Forward showing them partaking in the first Squad Jam tournament. Miyu/Fuka gets introduced at the start of "GGO" helping Karen get into VRMMOS, while Pitohui debuts last in the second half of the same episode as LLENN's first in-game friend.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • All four of them appeared in Fatal Bullet as DLC about a month before the anime's debut.
    • LLENN had a special appearance in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition as a DLC support character where she was voiced by Minami Tsuda, over two years before the anime was even announced.
    • LLENN and Pitohui were also available as playable characters in Memory Defrag as part of the anime promotion, with LLENN getting a special tie-in quest event that explained her backstory.
    • Fukaziroh also became available as a playable character in Memory Defrag after the anime started, but before she got introduced in the actual shownote .
  • Fighting Your Friend: In the third Squad Jam, the team is forced to fight against one of their own, when that person is switched onto a team with "betrayers" from the other teams. They initially think that Pito is the betrayer, but it turns out to actually be LLENN.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • LLENN (Phlegmatic): As Karen she was very introverted and had few friends, but all in all was still quite a kind person. Her reasons for playing GGO actually stem from wanting to become more confident in real life.
    • Pitohui (Choleric): Favors the game above all else and the thrill she gets from it. With a few exceptions (such as LLENN), she cares little for people and does not value human life.
    • Fukaziroh (Sanguine): Easily the liveliest and most sociable out of the four, taking a carefree, live life to the fullest approach.
    • M (Melancholic): Very cold and difficult to work with initially, and is constantly forced into the game against his better judgement.
  • Girls with Guns: Three gun-wielding girls to be precise.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: LLENN is the tiny girl to M's big guy, with the two of them being the original members of the team.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Squad Jam 2 and the first season of the anime concludes with LLENN vs. Pitohui.
  • Privileged Rival: Surprisingly enough, they are the wealthier rival to Team SHINC, whose meager allowances mean they can barely afford the subscription, much less buy rare weapons. Meanwhile, LLENN's family is wealthy enough to put her up in a luxury apartment and fly her home first class, and Pito can afford to splurge lots of money on expensive items (being a famous singer in real life), which she shares with M and Fuka.
  • Recurring Element: In the first Squad Jam, Team LM is composed of LLENN who is a speedy short-range fighter who is relatively new to the game, backed by M who is an experienced long-range Cold Sniper with Improbable Aiming Skills. This mirrors Kirito and Sinon back in the Phantom Bullet arc who were also a Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy duo.
  • Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy: LLENN and Pito are predominantly short range combatants, while M and Fuka both use long ranged weapons.
  • The One Guy: M is the only male member of the team.

    Karen Kohiruimaki / LLENN 

Karen Kohiruimaki / LLENN

Voiced by: Minami Tsuda (Japanese, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax), Tomori Kusunoki (Japanese, anime), Reba Buhr (English)

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The protagonist of the spin-off series, Sword Art Online Alternative — Gun Gale Online. Kohiruimaki Karen is an 183cm/6'0" tall young woman who has developed a complex as she is often teased for her above average height. She decides to take up VR gaming where she could be someone else, someone shorter and cuter, hence LLENN was born.


  • The Ace: In Squad Jam 3, Fukaziroh reveals to Pitohui that Karen is this. Karen has the ability to quickly learn anything by just looking at it being done once, no matter how difficult it may be. Pitohui states that if Karen had seriously entered a sport, she would be an Olympic athlete by now. Her problem is that she just lacks self-confidence. This is hinted at numerous times in the series, with LLENN quickly learning anything she is taught after seeing it just once.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: She had no idea her all-pink attire would be perfect camouflage in the desert, being completely surprised when other players walked right past her, allowing her to get the drop on them and kill off the entire squad.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: The anime omits some of the times when Karen questions whether she wants to continue with GGO, a plotline that is hinted at in the Squad Jam 3 arc and is openly discussed in Volume 6.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In the light novel LLENN wasted three months walking around and enjoying her short avatar before deciding to play the game properly. In the anime, LLENN tries the tutorial almost immediately after entering the game so she's out in the field hunting monsters and gaining EXP much sooner.
    • In the manga adaptation of the story, she already knows how to use a knife and engages in a mock battle against M using only that weapon right before they start the first Squad Jam tournament and soundly defeats him. This is in contrast to the light novel and anime, where M handed her a knife and had to give her a fast tutorial on its use before starting Squad Jam.
  • Adaptational Curves: The Light Novel describes Karen having as petite body to match her tall frame, leading to her derisively calling herself a "beanpole". The anime on the other hand depicts her as having more noticeable curves, bearing something close to an hour-glass figure.
  • Adventure Duo: LLENN has this dynamic with Fukaziroh, with LLENN being the more serious hero, while Fuka is the more eccentric lancer who provides humor.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Kohi" by Miyu in real life.
  • Alliterative Name: Karen Kohiruimaki.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In the final moments of Squad Jam 2, Fuka charges at Pito with a knife. However Pito who is holding LLENN by the arms tries to use her as a Human Shield, making Fuka hesitate. LLENN then tells Fuka to cut off her wrists and then kick her towards Pito, to which LLENN attacks by biting down on Pito's neck.
  • Animal Motifs: LLENN's small size and 'ear' appendages on her hat bring to mind a pink rabbit. She's also extremely agile and nimble on her feet, bounding around the battlefield and out-speeding her enemies. Just to hone the analogy across, Memory Defrag offered tie-in quests for each new episode's trailer, which features literal pink rabbits as enemy mobs.
  • Apologetic Attacker: After M wipes out an enemy squadron riding hovercrafts and blows the last survivor out of the water with a grenade, he tells LLENN to finish him off. LLENN apologizes to him before shooting him, then apologizes again after he's dead.
  • The Apprentice: Becomes Pitohui's protege in GGO, being mentored in how to achieve greatness in the game.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Is a big fan of Elsa Kanzaki. Little did she know her first in-game friend, Pitohui, was her idol Elsa herself.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: As she found out in the tutorial, LLENN's best combat style is to spray an opponent with a rapid succession of bullets rather than taking aim with a precision shot.
  • Audience Surrogate: LLENN asks a lot of questions both for her and the audience to learn about how GGO works.
  • Awesome by Analysis: By Squad Jam 2, LLENN has picked up a few tricks from M. She's able to analyse the sound of gunfire from a distance, noting how unnatural it sounds, along with observing the team positions on a map to figure out they were walking into a trap.
  • Badass Adorable: Her GGO avatar is pint sized and cute, yet she's one of the most dangerous PKers in GGO. If anything, her 'adorable' features actually make her more of a badass, with her pink uniform making for excellent desert camouflage and her small body making her much harder to hit.
  • Badass Bookworm: Given she's a college student she had to have performed well academically, but she's also seen studying hard on how to play GGO.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wears one round her neck, and is undeniably one of the best players in GGO. In the light novel during the final battle of Squad Jam 1, she forgets to pick up her cap after M shoots it off her head and instead wraps her bandanna around her head in the traditional look before taking on Team SHINC. She does the same in the manga, but that was because her cap had gotten destroyed by M shooting it.
  • Beam Spam: In Fatal Bullet, her knife is considered a gadget, thus the now-vacant second weapon slot is instead filled with Sirius beam assault rifle, which serves as a long gun to compliment her P90.
  • Berserk Button: The one thing that will make LLENN truly lose it is P-chan getting destroyed. When Eva shoots it and it breaks, she snaps and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Best Friend: Both Karen and Miyu consider each other to be their dearest friend, even as Karen makes more friends.
  • Beware the Cute Ones: Her game avatar may look adorable, but her personality gets wild when she fights seriously. Even Miyu takes note to never do anything to piss Karen off in RL.
  • Blank Stare: LLENN gives these to Clarence as the conversation keeps getting weirder.
  • Bokukko: Not herself, but in her Imagine Spot as LLENN, P-chan talk like this, which may be her imagination/intuition/etc. talking, thus hinting at a level of tomboyishness.
  • Born Lucky: Insists that she is a "lucky girl" when asked by M, elaborating in the novels that she has a loving family and doesn't want for anything. Several incidents later on support her claim.
    • In episode 4, M himself makes this remark, noting that when LLENN got sniped she got hit in the arm and missed taking damage to her vital parts.
    • In episode 5, Eva notes her luck too. When she snipes LLENN and misses the kill shot, allowing LLENN to escape.
    • Also from episode 5, Eva has LLENN pinned on the ground and shoots at her point blank, but several shots end up hitting her scan terminal which is an Immortal Object. LLENN then moves her head out of the way of several headshots, before Eva realizes she's run out of bullets.
    • Probably her luckiest moment is in Squad Jam 2 when after eliminating three teams at once, she is nearly out of ammo, a fact made worse since her P90 uses the rare 5.7x28mm cartridge. It just so happens that the last surviving member of the teams she just slaughtered also happens to equip a gun that not only uses that cartridge, but also uses P90 magazines as well.
    • In Episode 11, Pitohui fires a scatter of shots at her and only one bullet manages to hit. Pito remarks LLENN had the "luck of the devil" much like Eva did previously.
    • She got kissed by Elsa Kanzaki in Episode 12, twice. Though this one seems more like a case of Be Careful What You Wish For.
    • In Squad Jam 3, while hiding behind a train car, an enemy sniper shoots her using the gap between the track and the car and only grazes her foot. He had been aiming to take her leg off entirely and was one of the best snipers on his team, and curses her luck.
    • After their 110,000 yen drone is shot down by the NPC team during the Test Play, LLENN manages to catch it and prevent it from suffering further damage, with M noting that all they need to fix it are some replacement propellers... which they don't have on hand.
  • Brains and Brawn:
    • The brawn to M's brains. She acts as a decoy for the enemies and takes them down by using her small size and nimble speed, while M comes up with the plans and guides her on what to do. Ironic considering LLENN is physically smaller in height and build.
    • Inverted with Fuka, where LLENN is the more knowledgeable and experienced combatant who comes up with the plans, while Fuka is the newbie with high stats and lots of firepower.
  • Breakout Character: LLENN is immensely popular in Japan. Ranked #2 in popularity in the Spring 2018 rankings of the magazine Newtype, just behind Zero Two.
  • Bullet Time: There are a few instances where time slows down as LLENN dodges or ducks from bullets. In the final battle of the first Squad Jam, she actually pulls a Neo and leans backwards to evade a bullet fired at her head.
  • Character Development:
    • She starts out as a shy Huge Schoolgirl who has no friends at her new college. In the course of the first volume, she, by participating in GGO, gains confidence in herself, overcomes her Height Angst and makes some friends.
    • Volume 6 has her coming to accept that she does GGO for fun. It may not seem like a very significant epiphany, but considering that she'd only entered the first two Squad Jams at the request of her friends, and was relatively apathetic toward the third one, it's a sign of how much she's changed.
  • Character Narrator: Much like Kirito, certain points of the story are narrated by her. Unlike Kirito, her sections are done in a third-person POV, rather than a first person perspective.
  • Child Soldiers: She's mistaken for one by one of the enemy soldiers in the special event in Volume 6, which is part of the reason why he elects to take her prisoner, and is horrified when she kills herself to escape.
  • Chunky Updraft: When LLENN goes into rage mode over P-chan being destroyed, wind starts billowing around her like a Battle Aura.
  • Clark Kenting: To keep a low profile in town so her identity as the desert PKer "Pink Devil" won't be exposed, she wears a khaki colored cloak. Though her pink sleeves, gloves, and hat can still be seen. In the LN she changes costumes to a green outfit in addition to wearing the cloak whenever she's back in Glocken.
  • Color Motif: Dresses entirely in pink, earning her the nickname the "Pink Devil".
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Using M's plan, she uses her tiny size to hide in a suitcase on a highway, allowing her to get the jump on an elite squadron. After killing a few of the enemy players she uses their corpses as shields from gunfirenote  before finally killing the remaining survivors.
    • Later after the boulder she's hiding behind is sustaining heavy fire and giving way, she throws a plasma grenade to the other side and uses the explosion as cover to flee away.
    • When Eva has her pinned to the ground, LLENN throws her magazines which hits Eva in the head, distracting her enough to allow LLENN to escape her grip. In the final moments, LLENN uses P-chan as a shield from Eva's gunfire, costing LLENN her beloved weapon but saving her life and allowing her to continue fighting on with her knife.
  • Comically Invincible Hero: Unlike Kirito, LLENN's overpoweredness is largely Played for Laughs, with her ridiculous speed in combat making her defeat other enemies in hilarious fashion.
  • Companion Cube: LLENN loves her P90 sub-machine gun a little too much, calling it "P-chan" and talks to it when no one is watching. She even bought an AirSoft™ P90 replica in real life. Taken to new levels when LLENN has an Imagine Spot and hears P-chan talking back to her!
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Has several glaring differences to Kirito.
    • While Kirito is stoic and serious, LLENN is easily excited and full of energy. Kirito has no sense of fashion and always dresses in black, LLENN wanted something cute to wear which led her to dress in pink (although in real life, Karen has no interest in fashion, as being tall makes it difficult to find clothes her size). This in turn led to their respective monikers "Black Swordsman" and "Pink Devil".
    • It took a long time for Kirito's backstory to be revealed, while LLENN's story is told by the second episode. In addition, Kirito's story is all about accepting the virtual world as his new reality and he is the same within the game as in the real world, while LLENN specifically went in-game to escape real life and be someone else.
    • Both end up as being very powerful players, however while Kirito was introduced as having overshadowed everyone else due to having prior experience as a beta player, LLENN was a complete newbie who is shown to have a learning curve of gradual improvement over several episodes.
    • While both tend to play the close ranger in a Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy dynamic, there’s a very noticeable difference between their fighting styles. Kirito tends to be a Lightning Bruiser with all his stats being through the roof, allowing him to tank weaker attacks as well as dish out high damage. LLENN is a Fragile Speedster who strictly relies on evading attacks and barraging her enemies with a rapid succession of bullets, and while she can deal a lot of damage she can't take much punishment herself and goes down quite easily if she gets hit.
    • This also extends to their real life identities. Kazuto is a male gamer enthusiast introduced at the age of 14, remains a minor for the majority of the series, and looks very ordinary. Karen is a college girl and an adult by the time the story picks up, she's a VRMMORPG newbie, and her unusual height leads her to stand out among crowds.
  • Cool Big Sis: Team SHINC totally admires her, both for her amazing GGO skills and her delicious sweets. After the First Squad Jam they ask her to help them improve.
  • Counting Bullets: In Squad Jam 2, LLENN has started counting bullets or rather magazines, having heeded M's advice from the last Squad Jam. Calculating how many she has left and trying to save them for the showdown with Pito. Knowing she's running low as she had to waste several to deal with an ambush, she forcibly takes some from Clarence.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Her AGI-built character is best at using traps and high-speed ambushes to defeat enemies quickly, and the vast majority of her kills happen when she has the element of surprise. Enemies who attack first or are prepared for her give LLENN a much tougher fight.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Her very first PvP fight in GGO was over in less than 30 seconds, thanks to her accidentally managing to blend in the desert with her pink camo, her high speed, and her enemies not expecting any other players to be in the area.
    • Effortlessly wipes out the entirety of the Team Narrows by her lonesome in the first Squad Jam.
    • She does so again twice in Squad Jam 2, first against the team that spawned near her, and later the teams in the domes through use of a pink smokescreen provided by Fuka.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Both in-game (brown) and in real life (black).
  • Cuteness Proximity: Instantly becomes excitable after she finally gets an avatar with the appearance of a cute, short girl. She also squees over the P90, which is why she bought it. This also applies to other players who gush over how cute she is when they see her.
  • Cute Bruiser: While she's primarily uses guns, she also shows she can be a tiny girl who packs a punch, by kicking, slashing, or biting her enemies dead, combined with her lethal speed.
  • The Cutie:
    • Intentionally went to Virtual Reality games to become a pint-sized little girl and she plays up the cuteness for all its worth. She finally got one in GGO, which is why she stuck with the game.
    • Karen's natural beauty, excellent figure, coupled with her sweet and kind personality, makes her real self equally as cute as LLLENN is.
  • David Versus Goliath: Most of her battles end up being this, with LLENN's short stature making her the David fighting the taller Goliath.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to Pitohui just before they engage in their Final Battle during Squad Jam 2.
  • Decoy Leader: In the first Squad Jam, she's registered as the squad leader of LPFM, but in reality she's the one who gets instructions from M. Subverted by the second Squad Jam where she's the proper leader compared to Fuka who is a newbie in comparison.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: As LLENN she loves playing up her cuteness, being proud of how short and adorable she is.
  • Determinator: While M is busy cowering in fear of dying, LLENN vows to take on Team SHINC by herself, persevering despite the odds stacked against her.
  • Double Tap: After M blows up the hovercraft on the lake and its driver falls onto shore, LLENN runs up to finish him off. Being that her gun is a bit weak, she hits him with about a dozen rounds... then another burst of fire... and then another burst of fire until the P90's 50-round magazine is empty.
  • The Dreaded: Due to her PKing activity where she effortlessly wipes out other players by ambushing them in the desert, she becomes known as the "Pink Devil" in GGO.
    • Pitohui admits to Fuka that LLENN is actually this to her. In her history of VR Gaming, she had met many gamers better than her, but she's only met two people that she admits completely surpasses her. The first person is LLENN. Just looking at LLENN terrifies her, but it also makes her someone that she wishes to overcome. The other? A certain pretty-boy that she met and defeated her in a duel in the SAO Beta.
  • Establishing Character Moment: It took a whole episode to get round to it, but she finally shows off how dangerous a player she is when she ambushes an elite squadron by hiding in a suitcase, then killing off all of them on her own, using her speed to outmaneuver them while her tiny size makes it difficult for her to be hit.
  • Even the Girls Want Her:
    • In Squad Jam 2 she attracts the affection of Clarence, who requests a kiss from her in exchange for the magazines LLENN demands, shortly before Clarence reveals she's a girl.
    • When meeting Pitohui/Elsa Kanzaki in real life, she's revealed to be romantically interested in Karen and steals her first kiss.
  • Expressive Ears: It's subtle, but the 'ears' on her hat actually move with emotion. They droop when she's sad and raise up when she's surprised.
  • Famed in Story:
    • She gained a reputation as a dangerous PKer who hangs out in the desert, known as the "Pink Devil".
    • After winning the first Squad Jam, pretty much everyone in GGO has heard of her and treats her like a celebrity.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: She keeps her online gaming a secret from her parents and never takes her Amusphere back to Hokkaido when she goes home on break, as they have an understandably low opinion of VRMMOs after the Sword Art Online incident.
  • Foil:
    • To Sinon. Both girls were stigmatized in real life and started playing Gun Gale Online as a form of escapism where they could be someone else and potentially become a better person in real life. However Sinon did so as a form of immersion therapy to deal with her PTSD, while LLENN did so due to having a complex over her height and GGO happened to roll the avatar she wanted. Furthermore, Sinon is known to be calm and stoic in-game, but more fragile and vulnerable in real life; meanwhile, LLENN is energetic and excitable in-game, but mature and calm in real life. While it's implied in the light novels that Shino is desperate to have friends, at least before Endou takes advantage of Shino's trust, Karen isn't all that bothered by not having any real life friends at her college.
    • To Kirito. Both were players who migrated to GGO and ended up having the randomized avatar generator granting them a cute attractive avatar that wooed the male population, however while Kirito disliked this side-effect for quite a while, this was the very reason LLENN wanted to play to begin with. Both also gained reputations as exceptionally strong players by soloing mobs rather than being part of squads. However Kirito did so due to being a Beater who alienated himself from everyone, while LLENN was just too eager to play the game with her new short avatar that she never took the chance to make friends. Both also became Famed in Story where they would gain color-themed aliases among other players.
    • To Silica. Silica is a young girl who wants to grow up and is disappointed in how she's still a kid with little to show off. LLENN is a college aged Huge School Girl who desires to be short and cute, escaping to VRMMO so she could be just that.
  • Fragile Speedster: Fast as she may be, she can't take many hits. When she is shot in the arm by an SVD Dragunov's 7.62x54mmR from 600 meters, it takes off almost 2/3 of her health and requires her to use a medkit 3 times to fully recover. By contrast, a shot to M by the same bullet at the same range to the leg does only about a quarter's worth of damage to him and he recovers the damage from a single medkit. Her primary firearms class, submachine guns, is also on the weak side, and she has to expend quite a bit of ammo for each kill.
  • Friendless Background: She had few friends growing up due to becoming an introvert after constant bullying over her tall height. Even after playin GGO, she doesn't have any friends besides those she meets in game, and Miyu (who now plays GGO with her).
  • Fun Size: As LLENN she's less than 150 cm, which is the shortest known GGO avatar, and also the cutest.
  • Gangsta Style: She tends to fire her P90 at a 45 degree angle when she is prone or low to the ground, which is justified because the P90 ejects its shell casings downwards and it would get awkward shooting perfectly straight in those positions.
  • G.I.F.T.: For a while she engaged in Player Killing as one of her favorite past times, which got her a reputation and lots of annoyance from other players. She later feels guilt over this and ceases these activities.
  • The Gift: Despite being a GGO newbie who had been playing for a few months, LLENN had already taken down countless squads as a PKer on her own. Pitohui is impressed at what she managed to achieve for someone with such little experience and remarks she has natural talent.
    • It turns out, this is not a coincidence, as Miyu admits that Karen is unknowingly this in real life as well, with her ability to quickly learn how to do anything after seeing it done just once.
  • Girls with Guns: By virtue of being a female player in a shooter game.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Don’t let her short stature and adorable appearance fool you. The P90 submachine gun she wields will turn all who stand in her way into Swiss cheese.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Karen desperately wants to be short and cute, but had no problem with playing a shooting game with a predominantly male playerbase. She also cuts her hair short after the first Squad Jam, having only grown it out in order to make herself look a bit more girly.
  • Glass Cannon: While she can inflict a lot of damage thanks to the rapid fire of P-chan, she can't take much damage herself. Being an AGI build she relies on avoiding being hit, but if she gets caught off guard, she sustains far more damage compared to the same attack that hit her partner M.
  • Godlike Gamer: Following suit from Kirito, LLENN quickly becomes an elite gamer in Gun Gale Online. Despite only being a newbie, she quickly becomes an infamous player-killer and is able to destroy entire squadrons of enemy players by herself. It's up for debate how much of her feats are actual skill and how much is due to her short-statured avatar, being one of the rare speedy AGI builds, and "lucky girl" attribute, but nonetheless she ends up Famed in Story and comes out as the champion of the first Squad Jam tournament. Pitohui even describes LLENN as "God's gift to FullDive."
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: LLENN often curses using the word "kuso"note 
  • Guns Akimbo: Before buying P-chan she wielded a pair of Skorpion Vz.61 sub-machine guns, and she does spray bullets, but the increase in firepower more than makes up for the loss of accuracy.
  • Hearing Voices: During intense moments, LLENN will hear the voice of P-chan in Imagine Spots with the gun glowing and sprouting eyes. The first time it happens she freaks, but later on she brushes it aside as either an annoyance or goes along with the encouragement.
  • Height Angst: In real life she's 183 cm tall and had been bullied throughout her life over her excessive height, even hitting a store panel by accident because she's so tall. This makes her taller than 99.98% of Japanese women. Even when not specifically bullied, people always stare at her and whisper about it where ever she goes. She desired nothing more than to be shorter and cuter, trying a multitude of VR games before finally finding GGO where her avatar was able to be a mere 150 cm tall.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Miyu, who she has openly called her best friend.
  • Heroic BSoD: She lapses into this in Episode 11 where she loses her will to fight after seeing just how overpowered Pitohui is.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Not her rather, P-chan takes the kill shots for LLENN, having itself destroyed in the process. This sends LLENN into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • P-chan 2 meets the same fate, being damaged when LLENN used it to shield herself from gunfire. However this P-chan lasts a little longer and manages to explode when Pitohui tries to use it, thoroughly damaging itself in the process.
    • Her Knife, who she recently dubbed Kni-chan, does this in SJ3, being destroyed by Pitohui's Photon Sword to lower her guard so LLENN can stab her with the knife she borrowed from Eva.
  • Heroic Second Wind: In Episode 11, after Team SHINC and Fuka all fall against Pito and M, LLENN finally stops hesitating and worrying about Pito, resorting to blindly charge in without a plan and let her instincts take over.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: In the light novel, she's hesitant to get involved in the second Squad Jam despite being the champion of the first, noting that she'd made more than a few mistakes in the course of the first.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Protagonist of Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, a separate story set within the canon Shared Universe of Sword Art Online, with no relation to Kirito and co at all.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform:
    • A full on pink combat suit. Subverted in that it actually does work for stealth in a desert environment (as seen in the manga's opening). Truth in Television — in real life, the British SAS used "desert pink" land rovers for desert ops. Played straight when she's in a forest and sticks out like a sore thumb.
    • Exploited in Squad Jam 2, where LLENN and Fuka devised a plan for Fuka to carry smoke canisters containing pink smoke to conceal LLENN.
  • Hot-Blooded: She can get pretty fired up when she gets really into GGO.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny tiny girl to M's huge guy. Inverted in reality. Check this trope entry under M's folder for details.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She's 183cm (6'0") tall IRL and has quite a complex about it, resulting in a poor social disposition. When getting into Gun Gale Online, she's elated that she can set her character's height to less than 150 cm.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her pink camouflage suit that she wears in battle, especially her rabbit eared cap which is particularly iconic.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear until Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online which didn't debut until 6 years after the original launch of the Sword Art Online light novels. Her anime counterpart took about the same amount of time, with the spin-off anime adaptation also taking 6 years after the initial airing of Sword Art Online.
  • I Call It "Vera":
    • LLENN named her P90 sub-machine gun "P-Chan", and does the same with all subsequent ones.
    • In SJ3, she ends up calling her Combat Knife “Kni-Chan”.
  • Important Haircut: Cuts her previously waist-length hair short after winning the first Squad Jam- she'd grown it out to make herself look more "girlish," even though it was difficult to maintain, so cutting it signifies that she's made progress coming to terms with herself. Funnily enough, when her family members see Karen with the new haircut, they initially think it's a Traumatic Haircut and that she must have gone through a bad breakup.
  • In a Single Bound: LLENN displays an impressive ability to jump, being able to launch herself from the ground over the head of a grown man.
  • In-Series Nickname: Is often called "chibi-chan"note  by those who don't know her gamer name. It becomes a bit of an Insult of Endearment with Eva.
  • Instant Expert: Part of her Ace status is that she's capable of picking up something once and being able to get the hang of it soon after.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: In Episode 5, after finding out M is at risk of being killed by Pitohui in real life and he's scared of dying, LLENN declares she would handle the last battle on her own while allowing M to hide. The episode is even titled "Leave the Last Battle to Me".
  • In the Hood: While in town she wears a khaki colored cloak to hide her pink attire.
  • Kawaiiko: Her entire motivation behind playing GGO in the first place was to be cute. She does everything in-game to do so from acting like a Deliberately Cute Child and customizing all of her clothes to pink.
  • Killer Rabbit: Don't underestimate the small girl in the bright pink outfit and floppy rabbit-eared hat.
    M: That pink bunny's fangs are very sharp.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: In the anime, she's seen petting a white cat in her lap while watching a news story about VRMMOs. You can later see a few pictures of that cat around her apartment.
  • Knife Nut: M taught her the value value of using a knife up close, and she took the lessons to heart. She keeps the knife M gave to her and uses it every tournament since, even colouring the hilt pink to match the rest of her attire.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Her attitude in the second Squad Jam is far more serious, dropping her giddy attitude for a soldier-like mentality, due to the lives of Pito and M being on the line. She's now the one disciplining Fuka and explaining their approaches, while analyzing and formulating plans much like M did for her.
  • Little Miss Badass: Tiny and cute as she is, she's extremely deadly on the battlefield and not to be underestimated.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: In addition to having few friends because of her height, Karen is fairly well off, since her parents pay for her apartment and give her a generous amount of spending money.
  • Man Bites Man: LLENN kills Pitohui by biting her neck and depleting her remaining HP.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She's the youngest of 5 children (two sons and three daughters). The apartment she's renting in Tokyo is the same building where her oldest sister lives with her husband and children.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It gets left vague if P-chan talking is all in LLENN's head or if there really are greater forces at play. P-chan the second even appeared to be able to protect LLENN on its own when she wasn't holding it. The light novels hints at the possibility that Karen is a natural VR gamer and P-chan is just the way her instincts are communicating with her during times of extreme stress.
  • Meaningful Name: LLENN is simply the last three letters of Karen's name in Japanese phonetics.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Overlapping with Cuteness Proximity, as LLENN she looks like a little girl and acts like one. Although this may also be a case of her playing the Deliberately Cute Child.
  • More Dakka: LLENN's Weapon of Choice is a P90 sub-machine gun that specializes in spraying out round after round of prolonged automatic fire. She was advised to choose automatics to compensate for her small size and imperfect aim, which she has stuck with since.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: The knife M gave to her proves useful. She draws it after P-chan gets destroyed in the final battle with Eva, taking advantage of the close range combat as well as her speed and agility.
  • Nice Girl: A very kind person at heart. She's polite to all those she comes across, is an Apologetic Attacker to her enemies, and when M is too scared to carry on she goes to take on the enemies by herself while letting M hide in safety, so that he can resign if she loses.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a pink bunny-eared hat as part of her battle outfit.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: By Squad Jam 2, LLENN has become very serious in battle now that lives are at stake. She tries to end a fight by holding one guy at gunpoint and demanding him to tell his team that he killed her. When he asks what would happen if he refused, she wastes no time in shooting him dead then and there before continuing her slaughter.
  • Older Than They Look: In real life she's a college student, but in-game her avatar is often mistaken for a kid.
  • One-Woman Army: She can take out whole squadrons on her own. In the desert, her pink attire offers her perfect camouflage, her small size allows her to hide in unexpected places and makes it hard for gunfire to hit her, and her low weight makes her very nimble and fast on her feet. All of these factors together make her a very deadly player.
  • Online Alias: LLENN.
  • Only Sane Woman: Ends up becoming this in Squad Jam 3. Poor LLENN has to deal with Pitohui's eccentric personality, Fuka who would egg her on, and M who can't go against Pitohui's wishes.
  • Ordinary Highschool Student: A college school student who suffers from Height Angst and being stigmatized, but other than that Karen had a pretty average life prior to the start of the series.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: As powerful as LLENN is, she finds herself outclassed by Pito after witnessing her slaughter Team MMTM and momentarily loses her will to fight.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She was initially out to look for girly clothes, but as GGO offered none, she instead decided to customize her entire outfit to pink, including her gun! She inadvertently discovered that this also offered perfect camouflage in the desert.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As LLENN, she's under 150cm tall and often mistaken for a little kid. Yet she's an exceptional GGO player, being an One-Woman Army who can annihilate entire squadrons on her own. Being pint-sized makes aiming at her difficult.
  • Player Killing: She found fun in PvP by ambushing players in the desert. She ended up being well-known for this and gained the moniker the "Pink Devil."
  • Plot Armor: While it's not as blatant as Kirito, there are many instances where LLENN is saved through sheer luck. Unlike Kirito, it's lampshaded in-universe as her being Born Lucky.
  • Pride: As LLENN she's very proud of how cute and short she is, giggling whenever she hears passerby remarks on her tiny size. It's to the point where even insults towards her about her being short will make her happy.
  • The Protagonist: She is the viewpoint character of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. This is her story.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Hits this is SJ3 after she realizes that Pitohui lied about being the Traitor and that it was actually LLENN, forcing her into a three vs one scenario against Pito, Fuka and M. Understandably pissed, she drops a Precision F-Strike and vows to kill Pitohui, a mindset that understandably worsens when Pito jokingly tries to deflect the blame onto her.
  • Red Baron: The "Pink Devil" due to her pink camouflage attire and being a dangerous PKer. She continues being known as that name in the Squad Jam tournaments, which other players utter with fear.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: LLENN has red-tinted eyes, and when she becomes truly angry, her eyes turn glowing pink with rage.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The more excitable red to M's serious blue. Though this changes by the second Squad Jam where LLENN has also adopted a more serious attitude.
    • The calmer blue to Miyu/Fuka's more energetic red. Even in GGO where LLENN is more excitable than in real life, she's still the more passive and mature one compared to Fuka.
  • Reluctant Hero: She was hesitant in participating in both the first and second Squad Jams, with her eventual entering due to the circumstances giving her little choice. This is especially the case for SJ2 where she's forcibly drawn in due to the threat of Pito putting her own life and the life of M on the line.
  • Replacement Goldfish: She finds a replacement P90 sub-machine after her first one got destroyed in the previous Squad Jam, which she also names P-chan for convenience.
  • Rivals Team Up:
    • Teams up with SHINC after informing them that she's in to stop Pito from killing herself if she dies.
    • Does this again with Eva in SJ3. After it’s revealed that she was her team’s traitor and that Pito tricked her into three vs one scenario, Eva pulls a Big Damn Heroes and they work together to take down LPFM.
  • Rookie Red Ranger:
    • The leader of the LM squadron in the first Squad Jam, but far less experienced than M. In her debut episode, M is actually the seasoned player and the one calling all the shots over radio, while her squad leader status is mainly so she can act as a decoy for the satellite scanners.
    • Averted by Squad Jam 2 where she's the previous Squad Jam Champion and the seasoned veteran, able to guide her new teammate Fuka using her past experiences.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Due to how short and child-like her avatar is, several players were unable to tell if she was a girl or a boy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the last battle of Squad Jam 3 against Pitohui. With the ship minutes from completely sinking, the two approach one another to finish things in hand-to-hand combat. As they get near, LLENN pulls out her knife, and Pitohui... takes out and activates two lightsabers. To Pitohui's complete shock and surprise, LLENN immediately bolts out of there. When confronted about it, LLENN yells at her that there's no way she's going to fight that with just a knife.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While Karen usually dresses rather plainly, she ends up wearing a elegant blue dress for a party at her father's company, an illustration of which can be seen in Volume 7 where this occurs.
  • Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy:
    • The short range sub-machine gunner to M's long range sniper.
    • Also the short range sub-machine gunner to Fuka's long range grenadier.
  • Shrinking Violet: Karen is quite shy and introverted in real life, in stark contrast to LLENN who is easily excited and overly cheerful about everything.
  • Skewed Priorities: In Episode 9, while she's massacring the teams inside the dome, she's more concerned with the ammo she's expending, muttering "what a waste" as she shoots, rather than worrying about the gunfire that's aimed at her. Downplayed considering that, while the gunfire is a more immediate problem, running out of ammo before facing Pito is a legitimate concern.
  • Slasher Smile: LLENN flashes one in Episode 9 when she holds Clarence at gunpoint and declares she would take all her magazines.
  • Smash Sisters: Has this dynamic with Fuka. The two of them are best friends and have the utmost trust in one another on the battlefield.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's extremely wealthy due to her father being the CEO of a major corporation and her parents give her plenty of spending money, but she's also a Nice Girl and, as LLENN, is also very cheerful, if a bit of a First-Person Smartass in both cases.
  • Squeaky Eyes: When M has a breakdown and begs for his life, as LLENN looks on in disbelief her eyes make audible sounds as she blinks.
  • Statuesque Stunner: At 183cm, Karen is taller than 99.98% of all women in Japan, and 99.42% of all men!
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: LLENN starts off as an ordinary college student who decides to try out VR gaming. Upon landing in Gun Gale Online she randomly receives a short and cute avatar. By coloring all of her gear pink she discovers this is a stealth advantage in the many deserts of the world and becomes Famed in Story as "The Pink Devil". While the harem aspect is mostly absent, she still ends up garnering a few admirers like Clarence and Elsa.
  • Super Speed: Has speed that may very well put Asuna to shame. When running, she's known to blitz right across a map and is so fast that enemy players have trouble hitting her. Pitohui explicitly states it takes a moving vehicle to be able to catch up to her running speed.
  • Sword and Gun: Knife and gun to be exact. Ever since M taught her to use the knife in close quarters combat, LLENN has favored using the knife every once in a while.
  • Sweet Tooth: LLENN seems quite fond of cookies. She's constantly seen eating them in GGO, fully conscious of the fact she can eat as much as she likes in VR without having to worry about getting fat.
  • Taking the Bullet: Her gun, P-chan, which may or may not be alive, takes several kill shots meant for LLENN at the cost of itself.
  • Talented, but Trained: As mentioned above, LLENN possesses The Gift when it comes to virtual reality being a Godlike Gamer who rapidly became a top player, but it really helps that she received special training from seasoned veterans Pitohui and M who honed her combat prowess many folds higher.
  • Talking Weapon:
    • In LLENN's Imagine Spot, P-chan sprouts eyes and starts talking to her!
    • In a surprise twist, instead of P-Chan the 3rd talking, it’s actually LLENN’s knife, who states that It Has Been an Honor and asks for a nickname like P-Chan has.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • While setting out to fight Team SHINC, she takes inventory of her health and ammunition, and is confident she can win with what she has. Shortly afterward, she gets shot and seriously injured.
    • While doing karaoke with Miyu, Karen doubts that she'll ever meet M in real life. When she gets home, she meets him at her apartment.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She isn't really one given her age in real life, but all of her friends in GGO still treat her like one given her short stature, even Fuka. Amusingly, Elsa Kanzaki continues to give her said treatment in real life even when she's far shorter than Karen is.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In Episode 3, her aim has greatly improved from her time since doing the tutorial to participating in Squad Jam, along with her battle experience which has vastly increased her stats.
    • By the time of the second Squad Jam, LLENN had gained a lot of combat smarts, planning out a strategy and keeping Fuka disciplined, not unlike what M did for her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Is very fond of tea, constantly shown drinking it during her down time. One time, Fuka even thinks LLENN is so happy because of the ice tea she's drinking at the time.
  • Training Montage:
    • LLENN has a brief one when she takes the tutorial, showing her trying out various guns before finding she works best with a sub-machine gun.
    • She later has another one when M assesses her combat abilities, giving her lessons on top of the skills she already has.
  • Trap Master: In addition to AGI, she put a lot of skill points into her DEX stat, which enables her to set up booby traps in-game. These are most commonly grenades rigged up to trip wires.
  • True Blue Femininity: While her GGO avatar LLENN is pink, Karen's real life clothing is mostly blue. It is a reflection of being nice and friendly, but also more mature than LLENN.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Her tiny size will often lead others to underestimate her, getting caught off guard by her sheer speed.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Or, more accurately, Unskilled But Fast. She is still considered a GGO newbie for a large portion of the series, but becomes one of the most dangerous players due to her sheer speed, small size, and later her powerful P90 sub-machine gun, P-chan. She's able to come out victorious in fights up against more experienced players because of the advantages her avatar gives and sometimes just sheer luck.
  • Weapon of Choice: A P90 sub-machine gun that she named P-chan is her favorite, and she will always replace it whenever it is destroyed.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Team SHINC come to see her as one after the amount of difficulty she gives them in the first Squad Jam, especially Eva who becomes her rival.
    • By the time of Squad Jam 2, virtually every team sees her as one due to being the previous tournament champion.
    • To Pitohui, who is the top Squad Jam player alongside LLENN and the only one who is able to give her a satisfying fight.
  • Weak, but Skilled: By the time of the second Squad Jam, LLENN qualifies as this due to her build. As noted in the main series, the more powerful guns require higher STR to use (save for some rare guns available as drops like Yamikaze's), whereas LLENN is a full-AGI build using purchased weapons. That being said, her speed and small stature let her take a sub-optimal build and wreak amazing levels of havoc.

    Elsa Kanzaki / Pitohui 

Elsa Kanzaki / Pitohui

Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese), ReoNa (singing voice, Japanese), Allegra Clark (English)

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Pitohui is a mysterious woman and one of the few female players in GGO, who becomes fast friends with LLENN. One day, she asks the protagonist to participate in team battle royale tournament known as "Squad Jam", kickstarting the light novel's plot. In real life, she is Elsa Kanzaki, an upcoming singer and Karen’s idol.


  • Adaptational Curves: Downplayed. It's not noticeable for the most part, but Pito is shown to be a bit bustier in the anime than she is in the Light Novel's illustrations.
  • Adaptational Dumbass: While it doesn't change what ultimately happens to her, she doesn't stop her team's sniper from shooting at Shirley as she runs away, with her only surviving because she was carrying a teammate's corpse to save them and unintentionally used them as a human shield. In the anime, she explicitly orders her team to not shoot, deeming her Not Worth Killing. This makes her near-death experience at Shirley's hand ultimately due to her own arrogance.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In regards to how she handled Goushi for the first time in the anime compared to the light novels. In the light novels, although Goushi had been stalking her, he did genuinely rescue her from an attacker to which she invites him back to her home before she knocks him out, tied him up, and physically abuses him. The anime omits Goushi's rescue and had her inviting him back while he was stalking her. So while it doesn't make her any less nasty, she doesn't come off as an Ungrateful Bitch in the anime.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her photon sword in the novels has a bluish-white blade whilst in the anime it has a red blade.
  • Admiring the Abomination: When Pitohui heard about the PKers from Sword Art Online, rather than being disgusted and horrified by them like normal people would, Pito is entranced by them believing she could either be one of them or have killed the PKers herself in the name of justice.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Pitohui's Death Seeker attitude and complete disregard for the safety of her allies led her to be shunned by all squadrons of GGO until no one would accept her.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • As skilled as Pitohui is in GGO, even she did not make it past the preliminaries of the third Bullet of Bullets tournament. A reminder to the audience that this is a Lighter and Softer series consisting of more casual gamers, with Pitohui dominating fights because the caliber of her opponents is a lot worse than the best-of-the-best during Phantom Bullet.
    • In Volume 5, Pito says she's met two players who she considers stronger than her, both physically and mentally. The first is an SAO player (implied to be Kirito), who'd forfeited a duel against her despite having taken off most of her HP, conceding her strength despite Pito being two levels below him. The other is LLENN, as mentioned elsewhere.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Over the course of the series it becomes evident that Pitohui is not quite right in the head. She's a Death Seeker who yearns to die, loves partaking in the thrill of life-threatening challenges, and has a case of sociopathy where she has dangerous impulses for violence and uses Goshi and GGO to vent this. She actually reached a Despair Event Horizon over not being part of SAO and although she recovered from this, missing out on Squad Jam caused her to have a violent relapse.
  • Ambiguously Evil: As Pitohui, she's a crazed hedonist who believes steadfast in the G.I.F.T., but she's surprisingly decent when you get to know her. It becomes increasingly less ambiguous as the series progresses and she verges closer to Affably Evil.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Pitohui are several species of real life birds known to be toxic. Much like these birds she may be beautiful on the surface, but she can be poisonous underneath.
    • Her light novel artwork draws her like a snake. Exemplified in volume 5's afterword image showing a rabbit and a snake, representing LLENN and Pitohui.
  • Ax-Crazy: Pitohui's favorite past time is going ballistic on the battlefield. She lets loose cackling like a lunatic while she pumps enemies with lead or bashes their faces in with brute force.
  • Beneath the Mask: While she usually maintains a calm, polite visage, it's later shown that she really has a dangerously psychotic side kept under lock and key, which gets unleashed in its full terrifying glory whenever she's in the heat of battle.
  • Berserk Button: The one thing able to send Pitohui into a surge of rage is telling her Sword Art Online was a terrible game, which she desired more than anything to be a part of.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Tells LLENN she had no interest in music and can't even read sheet music, when she's actually a famous singer in real life.
    • She claims that she can't participate in the Squad Jam herself due to attending her best friend's wedding. In reality it's because her real life singer self is holding a concert.
    • When she meets Nishiyamada in Gun Gale Online, she claims that she pretends to be ruder than usual online. LLENN knows that Pito's online self is her true personality.
  • Blofeld Ploy: After M brings her Fuka as a hostage, Pito decides to shoot M instead, because he'd been covertly helping her enemies.
  • Blood Knight: As an Ax-Crazy Death Seeker she lives for bloodshed. She becomes visibly disappointed whenever one of her opponents resigns or takes their own life before she gets a chance to kill them.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • While Karen's happy that Pito didn't end up killing herself, especially considering that she's also Elsa, she admits that she can't look at Elsa the same way after Elsa kisses her twice. She'll just stick to playing GGO with her.
    • While David, the Leader of MMTM, makes it no secret that he hates Pitohui, he at least had a degree of respect for her as a fellow GGO player. This changes after she murders Ervin after breaking her promise to save his teammates and having the gall to claim that he should have been grateful for giving him a Hope Spot, with David renouncing any remaining respect he had and opting to kill her himself.
  • Cast as a Mask: Elsa Kanzaki's singing voice is provided by a different voice actress to Pitohui, to hide the fact they are the same person.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: In Squad Jam 2, after trying to shoot a guy hanging off a cliff, she boredly notes he survived getting shot and that was the reason she doesn't like pistols. The fact she's able to say "you're still not dead" in such a casual tone is really notable. She also casually wishes them farewell before killing them both with a thrown grenade.
  • Cherry Tapping:
    • In Episode 9, after slaughtering the several squadrons of players who had allied together against her team, she keeps two survivors alive. When asked why she was prolonging their demise, she claimed that she was waiting for one of them to reach for his gun as otherwise she'd feel guilty about shooting someone defenseless. Then just before she kills them she instructs the two to radio their bosses and tell them in a pitiful voice that they got their asses kicked and to get revenge on them.
    • In Episode 11, Pito snipes off Fuka's legs followed by her arms while keeping her alive. M keeps telling her to finish Fuka off, but Pito insists on leaving her till later and waiting for LLENN to show up.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Pitohui has a long history of betraying her teammates, laughing as they get depleted of HP and will not hesitate to throw a grenade at a monster even if her teammate is standing right next to it. She does so again in Squad Jam 2 when Team KKHC try to strike up an alliance with her, after she declines she shoots them all dead as soon as their backs are turned.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • Favors the color black in contrast to LLENN's pink, whether it signifies she's evil or not is left vague.
    • Pitohui owns a red photon sword, in contrast to Kirito's purple. While Pitohui may be a main character, she is not a hero.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: The bigger the risk of dying, the more thrilled she gets. Her obsession with life-threatening challenges caused her to impose a rule on herself and her friends; if any of them die in-game, they will be killed in real-life.
  • Contralto of Danger: As Pitohui, she has quite a deep voice for a female, by virtue of being voiced by Yōko Hikasa. It plays perfectly into how dangerous she is. Contrast this with her real life counterpart's voice.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Much like LLENN is a Contrasting Sequel Main Character, Pitohui really distances herself from the other antagonists of Sword Art Online. For instances she's part of the main cast, being a deuteragonist and not a straight up villain. In addition, she's also painted with a lot of sympathy and the main goal of the story is for the heroine to save her life, rather than stopping her from taking the lives of others.
  • Cool Big Sis: She dubs herself as LLENN's onee-san. Seeing how LLENN was a little girl and a GGO newbie, Pito took LLENN under her wing and taught her the ins and outs of the game.
  • Cowardly Lion:
    • Played With. While she ultimately reveals in SJ2 that she’s legitimately afraid of dying, she is addicted to the thrill she gets from ending up in such scenarios and frequently goes out of her way to put himself into high-risk events.
    • In SJ3, she reveals to Fukaziroh that she’s actually scared of LLENN. Despite this, likely due to the fact that she’s crazy, she instead opts to fight her head-on instead of running away.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Virtually every battle Pitohui partakes in has her laying one of these on her enemies. In Squad Jam 2, she proceeded to massacre over 20 players on her own in under 30 seconds.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Her real life counterpart has an unusually high-pitched and nasal voice, befitting someone who looks like a child.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears an all black attire, but is quite a friendly person. Averted over time as she shows her immoral side, and actually plays up the Dark Is Evil theme quite well.
  • Death Seeker:
    • For reasons unexplained, Pitohui had sought death for a long time. Sword Art Online being a real life death game was the perfect opportunity to realize her ambition, but she ended up missing out on this chance and hit the Despair Event Horizon. Memento Mori describes in great detail of how her approach to life is "I want to forget about living".
    • Also, she's playing GGO with the outdated NervGear, which doesn't have the AmuSphere's safety precautions of monitoring the player's heart rate, auto-disconnecting if they're overstimulated or pass out, and a different full-dive system that is unable to kill the players like happened in SAO.
    • Finally averted in Episode 11. For all her posing as a Death Seeker, Pito reveals that ultimately she is still scared of dying. If she weren't, then life-or-death combat wouldn't be so fun!
  • Depraved Bisexual: Is incredibly abusive to M both online and real life and frequently uses him as a sextoy (which he immensely enjoys), while also acting really flirty with LLENN (who doesn't appreciate it), even getting aroused during their fight.
  • Deuteragonist: Pitohui serves as the antagonistic variant during Squad Jam 2. The story arc is told from two points of view, from that of Team LF (LLENN and Fukaziroh) and Team PM4 (Pitohui and M). Once all other teams are eradicated, these two teams come into direct opposition with each other and do battle, including the climactic fight between LLENN and Pitohui.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Goshi had been stalking Elsa, before seeing her get mugged where he saves her life. Elsa invites him back to her apartment where she proceeds to knock him out, tie him up, and beat the ever loving snot out of him before blackmailing him into serving her.
  • Dissonant Laughter: In Squad Jam 2, seeing several teams conspire together to fight her team and take the mountain, Pito's only response is to cackle in amusement.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Essentially a female Kirito, only older and more immoral. See foil below for more details.
  • The Dreaded:
    • M is thoroughly terrified of her and how unpredictable she is. With good reason too since she has his life on the line.
    • Memento Mori seems to fear her as well for his past experience with her and her psychotic behavior.
  • Dual Wielding: During her fight with David in SJ3, she's forced to pull out a second Photon Sword against his one. She later whips both of them out against LLENN, who reacts accordingly.
  • Dude Magnet: As one of the rare female players in GGO, men have constantly been hitting on her. As a result she had tattoos put on her cheeks to keep them away.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While in reality she is a sociopathic, sadistic woman who is more than willing to kill herself and her boyfriend, Goushi, over a video game, Elsa is implied to care about her public image as a singer and seems to largely play GGO to prevent these traits from bubbling up and bursting out in real life, something she hints at while telling LLENN about the Squad Jam.
  • Exact Words: She makes a "gentleman's agreement" to have a ceasefire with Team KKHC during Squad Jam 2, then promptly kills them off as soon as they're done talking. After all, she is not a "gentleman."
  • Experienced Protagonist: Much more experienced as a GGO player compared to LLENN, enabling her to become her mentor.
  • Eye Scream: Shirley manages to land a headshot on her, which is marked by a gaping digital bullet hole straight through her eye.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: As Elsa Kanzaki she's a beautiful idol, who hides a dangerous violent impulsive side.
  • Face of a Thug: Visually Pitohui looks quite intimidating with her Facial Markings, narrowed eyes, and imposing height, though she's cheerful, informal, and all-round quite caring towards LLENN. Subverted over time as she shows her immoral side, showing that not only is she as evil as she looks, but she exploits this trope to do all the villainy she can. It is inverted for the real life Pitohui with the reveal she is Elsa Kanzaki, who looks childish and adorable.
  • Facial Markings: She sports tattoos on her cheeks, which serve to keep men from hitting on her in-game.
  • Famed in Story: In-game, she has a fearsome reputation for being powerful and more negatively, for using her teammates as cannon fodder or bait. In real life she's the famous singer Elsa Kanzaki.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her Death Seeker nature, which makes her prone to making incredibly reckless decisions, even going as far as to specifically request that she has no back-up when she goes One-Woman Army on a bunch of players, and even leaving enemy players alive even if there’s a good chance of them coming back to bite her in the ass, such is the case with Shirley(In the Anime) and Fukaziroh. If it wasn’t for her great skill and luck, SJ2 would have been the literal death of her.
  • Final Boss: The final opponent for LLENN in Squad Jam 2 and 3.
  • Fire-Forged Friendship: Met LLENN when she was out looking for the "Pink Devil", but was surprised to find that it was a little girl. Their first meeting has Pitohui holding a gun to LLENN's head. However seeing that she was a fellow female player, Pito became fast friends with LLENN.
  • Foil:
    • In an opposite scenario to LLENN, Pitohui is shorter and cuter in real life while Pito is taller and more intimidating in-game. Both girls also used playing GGO as a form of escapism but for very different reasons, with LLENN doing so to become someone else and to gain confidence, while Pitohui does it to vent frustration in real life by going to a place where she can go wild with no consequence.
    • In many ways Pitohui can be seen as a Distaff Counterpart to Kirito, with both being VR junkies who are overpowered and dress in black. But one key difference is Kirito is The Hero who sometimes lapses into The Berserker when really pushed to his limits, while Pitohui puts on a kind demeanor to hide her true nature and is known to be dangerously psychotic underneath. Essentially she's what Kirito could be without restraint, and her worldview is completely antithetical to Kirito's belief that indulging your darker side in an VRMMO will inevitably make you a worse person in real life. Pitohui wielding a Photon Sword is just the icing on the cake.
    • To Fukazuroh. Both are extremely excitable and friendly individuals who are quite possible the closest people to LLENN, and in GGO they are a pair of Blood Knights who enjoy the destruction they leave in their wake. However, Fuka is someone with a “live life to the fullest” mindset and is genuinely a Nice Girl, while Pito is a Death Seeker who finds fun in life threatening scenarios and her sociopathic tendencies make her appear more Faux Affably Evil than genuinely friendly. And, like LLENN, there's the fact that Fuka is mature looking in real life but looks like a child in-game while Pito looks like an adult in-game yet resembles a child IRL. LLENN even describes them as “Two sides of the same coin, flipped back and forth, both smiling”.
  • Foregone Conclusion: As soon as Pito revealed that she had participated in the previous "Bullet of Bullets" tournaments, the audience knows that she could not have won any of them as the main Sword Art Online series had already established the victors.note Even her next attempt would be doomed to failure as the victors had already been revealed in the main series.
  • Gamer Chick: Said to have been playing virtual reality games even during the Sword Art Online incident, along with being present since Gun Gale Online's launch.
  • G.I.F.T.: Pitohui believes it's fine to act merciless and brutal in-game, where she's able to get away with things she cannot do in real life such as killing in cold blood.
  • The Gloves Come Off: In Squad Jam 2 when she finally decides to stop goofing around and equips all her weapons and armor for the finale. And this is after she's already killed over 20 players using either her bare hands or stolen weapons.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Does this in both SJ2 and 3, content that she got to fight LLENN at the end.
  • Gratuitous English: Pito often spouts English words in-game especially during battle.
  • Gratuitous German: After she kills M she sings a verse from Schubert's Erlkönig.
  • Gun Fu: While she's slaughtering several allied teams in Squad Jam 2, Pito pretty much dances about as she bashes and shoots everyone in a massacre.
  • Gun Nut: LLENN notices that she shows up with different guns every day, and is quite knowledgeable about them. Her loadout in Fatal Bullet, an AKM assault rifle and a full-length Remington 870 shotgun, references two of the weapons she used during the second Squad Jam, the American-made Krebs Custom KTR-9 and a shorty pistol-gripped 870.
  • The Gunslinger: Pito fits the best out of the main cast, being a Gun Fu practitioner who is a Gun Nut in seemingly all forms of guns.
  • The Hedonist:
    • She has a deep obsession with life-threatening challenges and the prospect of dying.
    • Goushi implies she's had many affairs with her various fans of both genders.
  • Hellish Pupils: If you look closely, her pupils sometimes are slitted, which goes hand in hand with her personality.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Minor example in the Test Play. During an Enemy Mine with SHINC against ZEMAL, she and Tanya shoot themselves, costing both to lose one of their three lives, so they can spawn behind ZEMAL and ambush them.
  • Hidden Depths: While her aggressive and violence loving nature might make her come off as Dumb Muscle when compared to say, M, Pito can prove to be very dangerous when forced into a strategist role.
    • In SJ3, she acts as Team BTRY's leader and strategist and comes up with some pretty solid strategists during her tenure. Namely, her plan to use the life boats to prevent the other teams from getting on the ship was pretty solid and only screwed up because a few of them had access to bombs and armor-piercing bullets, and even then she's able to kill Memento Mori from and entirely different room with some clever use of the ship's sprinkler system and generator.
    • During the Test Play, she's also able to rally all the other teams into an alliance against the NPC team with some very sound arguments.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Goushi in real life, given how tiny she is.
  • Idol Singer: She is a singer and song writer in real life, and Karen is a fan.
  • I Lied: Near the end of Volume 5, she admits that she lied about being chosen for Team Betrayer. In reality, LLENN was the chosen "betrayer" from LPFM.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: She really gets off on LLENN mowing down enemies. It reaches new heights during their final battle in Squad Jam 2, where barely a scene goes by without Pito blushing at LLENN's feats and complimenting her on how skilled and deadly she is. At one point she even gets a nosebleed after LLENN stomps on her face.
    That's my LLENN! You're so irresistible! So irresistible...I wanna kill you!
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Insists on being called "Pito".
    • Later on in the series it's revealed she's known as the "Grim Reaper" due to her talent for taking lives.
  • It Amused Me: Her main motivation behind doing anything, especially VR gaming and turning the Squad Jam tournament into a Death Game for her team.
  • Laser Blade: She uses a Muramasa F9note  photon sword as her melee weapon. It's also red. Though she lacks Kirito's ability to parry bullets which she makes up for with a shield.
  • Laughing Mad: M is convinced Pitohui is insane. She certainly has the psychotic laugh to back this claim up.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While Pitohui isn't as fast as LLENN, she's shown rapidly twirling about the battlefield where she mows down whole squadrons of enemies with bullets or beats them down with her fists.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Initially the case for LLENN towards Pitohui. While they are friends in-game, it's Pitohui's real life self, Elsa Kanzaki, that she adores. Though upon meeting for real, Karen decided she'd rather not do it again.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: How she meets her end in SJ3. After LLENN pushes her off the destroyed and sinking ship she falls into the path of one of its propellers, causing her avatar to be cut into millions of pieces.
  • Make Way for the Princess: When she arrives for the Second Squad Jam it is a showy and arrogant introduction as she joins her team (M and four Faceless Goons), attracting everyone's attention. This prompts other players to refer to her derisively as "princess" with the goons as her "knights". Instead of respect, this scene actually underscores her infamy as a team-killer.
  • Manipulative Bitch: In SJ3, she's able to trick everyone into thinking that she was her team's traitor and lead Team BTRY in a counter-offensive against all the other teams. Then, when it's just down to her, Eva and the rest of LPFM, she reveals that it was actually LLENN, thus forcing her in a scenario where, if it wasn't for Eva's Big Damn Heroes moment, she would have had to fight her, Fuka and M. In the end, she ends up getting the fight with LLENN she wanted too.
  • Master of All: Unlike most other players in GGO who devote themselves to a specific style of shooting, Pitohui has a good handle on every manner of gunfighting there is. She is equally skilled with pistols, carbines, shotguns, and sniper rifles. Her high STR stat also allows her to be just as deadly completely unarmed, while she also appears to possess a high VIT stat that allows her to narrowly survive a head shot from a sniper.
    • However, this is Implied to be downplayed, as when she whines about not being able to use the Barrett, M retorts by asking if she thinks she's better at sniping than him, promptly shutting her up, suggesting that while she's generally good with the available guns, it's be hard to call her a master of any of them.
  • Mentor Archetype: Mentors LLENN on how to play GGO with information that the tutorial doesn't provide.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Is easily far more psychotic and violent than any of the male players, and easily steamrolls whole teams.
  • Morphic Resonance: In real life, Elsa Kanzaki looks looks like a smaller Pitohui with a lot of similar facial features.
  • Ms. Exposition: Pitohui serves as a mentor to LLENN, teaching her (and the audience) on things about GGO not covered in the tutorial. She's also the one to introduce the Squad Jam tournament, the main plot of the series.
  • Must Have Caffeine: According to M, Pitohui loves black coffee.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Once you find out a pitohui is actually a family of toxic birds, it really gives an indication of the kind of person she is.
  • Noodle Incident: Pitohui allegedly tried to buy Hecate off Sinon, but Sinon refused to sell it. It's stated in Sword Art Online that while Shino is strapped for cash as a Minor Living Alone, Hecate is of too great personal significance to her, as well as powerful enough, that she won't part with it easily.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: While she's one of the more deadly players in Squad Jam, a tournament that mainly consists of amateurs, she's no match for the pro players who compete in Bullet of Bullets.
  • Not Me This Time: Of a sort. When the Hassan brings out RPG-7s to combat the alliance of squadrons, David is quick to assume that Pito knew they would, only for her to point out that no one would have expected them have that of all things.
  • Not So Different: Pitohui was able to see straight through LLENN and tell she played GGO as a form of escapism. She knows this because she was in the same boat herself.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: During their final battle, Pito catches LLENN's dropped knife in her teeth.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Became fast friends with LLENN due to the fact they were both girls playing a male-dominated game, but in terms of personality the two couldn't be more different.
    • Volume 4 also reveals that she's befriended Miyu, and the two have been secretly corresponding.
  • Official Couple: She is Goushi's girlfriend/mistress/slave owner. Whatever you want to call it, they're involved.
  • Older Than They Look: Elsa Kanzaki is very short in statue and has quite a youthful appearance. She could get mistaken for an adolescent but she's well into adulthood.
  • One-Woman Army: On the battlefield, Pito is a ruthless killing machine, tearing enemies apart either through gunfire or her bare hands. In Squad Jam 2 when several teams ally against her team, she manages to kill over 20 of them all on her own in a brutal bloodbath, with at least 15 of them in under 30 seconds.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In Volume 6, after the NPC team makes quick work of Team MMTM, Pito doesn't make a snarky or insulting comment about the victims, but is described as "utterly stone-faced." Lampshaded when LLENN wants to ask Pito "Who are you?"
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The anime gives her one. As opposed to randomly approaching her in town, her first meeting with LLENN involved ambushing her and putting a gun to her head, yet deciding not to kill her despite the perfect opportunity due to the fact they’re both women. Considering that fact that she’s a Sadistic Blood Knight and her sociopathic tendencies is what caused her to become a solo-player in the first place, this is pretty noteworthy.
    • In the Light Novel when M explains to her what happened when Eva shot Sophie she, upon realizing what they were planning, immediately orders him to get down and take cover. This is in spite of the fact that A). she dragged him into her impromptu Death Game in the first place, B) expressed disappointed that he didn’t die earlier as it would have given her an excuse to avenge him, and C) the fact that she’s infamous for not being a team-player and being known for sacrificing party members with no hesitation.
    • When she and Fuka are hunting down LLENN and Eva in SJ3, Pito briefly expresses concern that LLENN and Fuka fighting could negatively affect their friendship, before Fuka reassures her that it won't happen.
    • Inviting Clarence and Shirley to join their team to bypass prelims, even when they make it clear that they're gonna split from them first chance they get. Then again, this could just be her Blood Knight tendencies flaring up.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In real life she's quite tiny in stature, yet she was able to beat the ever living snot out of Goshi and keep him incapacitated. While he was tied up for the beating, she had to knock him out first.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Most of the show's pop culture references come from her. Although it's unclear if the references she makes actually exist as In-Universe works of fiction.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: Takes childish glee in slaughtering her opponents.
  • Real Money Trade: LLENN notices that every time she goes hunting with Pitohui, she's always carrying a new gun(s). When asked on how she gets all this stuff, Pito refers to this trope and LLENN notes that Pito must be very, very wealthy.
  • Really Gets Around: According to Goshi, she "goes through" male and female fans alike, and her offer to stay overnight at Karen's apartment suggests it goes a little farther than just kissing.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Pitohui dresses in all black and is revealed to own a red Photon Sword, she's also the closest this series gets to someone who's evil.
  • The Reveal:
    • In real life she's Elsa Kanzaki, a famous singer and Karen's idol.
    • She Lied about being the traitor in SJ3; it was actually LLENN.
  • The Rival: LLENN's main rival in Squad Jam 2, with both treating each other as Worthy Opponents and bearing a The Only One Allowed to Defeat You mentality towards each other.
  • Russian Roulette: In Fatal Bullet she gets her, M, and the Player to play a game of Russian Roulette to determine whether she's actually lucky or not.
  • Sadist: Pitohui takes great glee in slaughtering opponents and wants the deaths to be as brutal and humiliating as possible. She's not above prolonging an enemy's death so she can watch them squirm a while longer before finishing them off.
    • While Pito watches footage from the first Squad Jam and seeing LLENN being terrified from being pinned down by a barrage of machine gun fire, Pito laughs and proclaims her scared face was adorable. M remarks that Pito is an awful person.
    • It's even more evident when Pito gets in on the action herself. When several teams ally to take back the mountain from Team PM4, she brutally slaughters them with a terrifying grin on her face. Then when there's only two of them left she proceeds to gloat and toy with them, leaving them alive to prolong their fear.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • M explains that Pito went through a Despair Event Horizon after being left out of SAO, and while she mostly recovered from this incident, failing to partake in the first Squad Jam caused her to relapse. The Pitohui who appears after the first Squad Jam is noticeably crueler and more deranged than before.
    • The already psychotic Pitohui has her mental state further reduced when she very nearly dies after getting sniped in the head. She becomes conflicted over the fear of dying and her own burning passion to die, leading her to become even more unhinged than usual.
  • Secret Weapon: After SJ3, she managed to get her hands on an M9-A1 Bazooka, planning to use it as this in a the next Squad Jam. However, she's forced to bust it out during the Test Play to counter the NPC teams large supply of RPG-7s.
  • Self-Harm: She engaged in this while she was enraged over not getting to play SAO. When Goshi tried to stop her, she knocked him out, breaking three of his ribs and fingers in the process.
  • She's Back: In Episode 10, after passing out from exhilaration over nearly dying, she later announced her return by revealing she had a Photon Sword and cuts down Team MMTM.
    Pitohui: Sorry - for - the - wait.
  • Shield Bash: She uses her indestructium shield to slam David and another Team MMTM member against the wall before she goes at them with her Photon Sword.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better:
    • One of her Sword Skills in Memory Defrag is blasting enemies with a shotgun.
    • She officially uses one at the end of Episode 10, where Team MMTM try to raid the cabin she's in and one of their members gets Swiss-cheesed by a shotgun blast through the wall.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: By virtue of her singing voice being provided by a different voice actress.
  • Slasher Smile: Quite fond of giving menacing smiles, especially when her more unhinged side is exposed.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In Squad Jam 2, she is the only female member of Team PM4. The other members are her manservant and hired goons. This leads to other squads calling her "princess".
  • The Sociopath: She's an Ax-Crazy sadist who uses GGO as an excuse to vent her urges to shed blood. According to M, who knows her best, she is also rather selfish and lacks empathy for those she manipulates.
  • So Proud of You:
    • In episode 5.5, as Pito watches LLENN's performance in the first Squad Jam, she is evidently filled with pride not unlike how a parent or older sibling would be towards a young child.
    • Pitohui also has this response when she and LLENN finally fight in Episode 11, and LLENN manages to land a kick on Pito's face and draws blood.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her real name is spelled "Elza" in official light novel translations, the anime, and the website for her singer, ReoNa, but many subs and fan works spell it "Elsa" instead.
  • Split Personality: She seems to treat Pitohui and her real life self as two different people, always referring to herself in the third person when talking about her other identity.
  • Spoiled Brat: She behaves like one in real life, demanding things from others rather than asking, and has Goushi indulging her every whim. Her whole exchange with Rei Satou, the club owner, also implies she needs to be bribed like a child to sing at places.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her outfit as Pitohui. Even when she's armored up in the 2nd Squad Jam, she still retains her outfit's skin-tight appearance.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her in-game avatar is quite tall, and she is indeed stuning. .
  • Strong and Skilled: Pitohui is a veteran GGO player with expertise in all of GGO's firearms, however she also has extremely high STR stats so she can beat up enemies with her hands too.
  • Super Senses: Despite not knowing about it, she was able to sense the armadillo monster coming out of the ground to attack Clarence in SJ4
  • Sword/Shield Contrast: Thanks to her Photon Sword and her bulletproof shield Made of Indestructium, Pitohui has in her possession one of the strongest sword and shield combos in all of fiction.
  • Team Killer:
    • In Squad Jam 2, she kills M after she learns about how he betrayed her.
    • In Squad Jam 3, this is ultimately subverted. While she does betray and kill some of the members of Team BTRY, she was never actually part of the team.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She doesn't get along particularly well with the other members of PM4. The hired members aren't thrilled to play with her, and M doesn't hesitate to call Pito out on her sadism and thrill-seeking tendencies. That being said, they do hold off MMTM to give M time to heal her and wake her up.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: Elsa's singing style is a J-Pop version of this, as she stands on stage with a guitar and no other music aides.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Is easily the most amoral and violent of the four main characters. This also goes for when she gets picked for Team BTRY in Squad Jam 3, a team consisting of one member of each surviving team, and she doesn't hesitate to steer the ship into Team T-S or kill Ervin when he objects.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: As Pitohui she sports a ponytail and she's far from the stereotypical elegant lady. Her real self wears her long hair loose during a concert.
  • Too Awesome to Use: In the finale of the Test Play battle, M has to convince her to finally take out the M9-A1 Bazooka she has in storage, otherwise they are never going to beat the NPC team. She does so with great reluctance, having spent a small fortune to buy one of the few rocket launchers in GGO.
  • Troll: Along with being a ruthless Blood Knight, Pito enjoys screwing with people when she can.
    • She constantly calls David "Daveed" just for the sake of annoying him.
    • When she was scouting out Clarence and Shirley to join LPFM for the 4th Squad Jam, she and M followed the two of them as they went out hunting. She also let out a notice that the two of them were hunting in that area, causing players to avoid it like the plague, forcing the two of them to wait for hours with nothing to do before she ambushed them.
    • During SJ4, LLENN stayed behind for the scan to trick the other teams into thinking they were staying in the forest while the others went on ahead to secure transport across the bridge. When they find a vehicle, Pito jokingly pretends to forget about LLENN and leave her behind, only for LLENN to catch up and yell at her.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Pitohui is often on the giving end of this, leaving opponents alive when she deems them no longer a threat or Not Worth Killing, only for the would be victim to return later rearing to fight and causing her trouble.
    • After killing off Team KKHC in a betrayal of trust, she lets Shirley escape believing that a pacifist like her isn't worth killing. Shirley would later come back on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and lands a near kill-shot on Pito.
    • Pito leaves Fuka alive, after sniping off all her limbs. Despite M telling her to finish Fuka off before her limbs regenerated, Pito wants to leave it for later as she no longer deemed Fuka a threat. M's warnings came true as Fuka comes to LLENN's rescue at a critical moment shortly after.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: In the light novels, she beats up Goshi for stalking her after he'd saved her from a different stalker.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Pito lives by this, making sure she's as cruel as possible in the virtual world and having no regard for human life and takes great joy in killing and maiming others.
  • Walking Armory: Having no gun specialization and being skilled in all firearms, Pitohui carries an assortment of different types of guns in her inventory. Shown to full effect in SJ2 when she opens her inventory and suits up with two Springfield XD pistols, a pistol-grip Remington 870 shotgun (complete with holsters), and a Krebs Custom KTR-09 assault rifle with a drum magazine, along with a load-bearing vest carrying extra shotgun shells and a combat visor. In the Test Play, she trades her KTR, shotgun and twin pistols for a Heckler and Koch HK416C with an equipped suppressor, making for a comparatively lighter-weight build, so she can carry the M9-A1 Bazooka she bought.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her real life identity comes off as a surprise, so listing her real name alongside that of her avatar spoils the twist.
  • Weapon of Choice: Averted trope,as LLENN notes that every time Pito plays GGO, she has a new gun in hand. She does seem to have a preferred caliber, however: many of the rifles she equips as main weapons are chambered for 7.62x39mm cartridges. These include the aforementioned AKM and Krebs KTR-09, and she also uses an SKS in the light novel when hunting desert monsters with LLENN.
  • Womanchild: In real life, she looks and acts like a child, behaving like a Spoiled Brat, despite being well into adulthood.
  • The Worf Effect: As powerful as Pito is shown to be on the battlefield, she still falls short of the top GGO players shown in the main series, as she did not even make it past the preliminaries in the third BoB tournament. This establishes the level of expertise one can expect in Squad Jam, where one of its best players is still not in the BoB league.
  • You Have Failed Me: Pito coldly executes M for subtly helping Team LF in the second Squad Jam. M explains he did so out of love, and Pito states that she knows but also adds he wasn't allowed to bring love into the game.
  • You Monster!: On the receiving end of this by several characters.
    • Shirley is so disgusted by Pitohui she states she isn't human but a vermin who hunts other humans, and that "vermin should be exterminated"
    • LLENN herself is appalled by Pitohui after she kills M, outright calling her "monster", before adding on other names like "devil" and "grim reaper", though Pitohui seems to like the last name.
  • You're Insane!: She's often on the receiving end of this, particularly from Karen. When Karen calls the idea of Pito making Squad Jam 2 into a death game for herself insane, M points out that this is what he's been saying all along.
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    Miyu Shinohara / Fukaziroh 

Miyu Shinohara / Fukaziroh

Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Japanese), Faye Mata (English)

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Karen/LLENN's friend in real life who introduced her to VRMORRPGs. Usually an ALO player, she converts over to GGO to partake in Squad Jam 2 with LLENN.


  • Abnormal Ammo: She's also carrying smoke canisters for her grenade launchers, specifically pink smoke canisters to support LLENN in ambush attacks. And in SJ3, Pitohui gifts her with a whole cylinder's worth of Plasma Grenade Ammo, which are much more powerful than your standard ones.
  • Accidental Truth: Some of her made up backstories for the so-called NPC soldiers in Volume 6 actually Foreshadow some aspects of their true identity.
    • She claims that the reason Hassan looks so sad and troubled is because he's currently going through a divorce while his wife has a better chance of getting custody over their daughter, despite her being a Daddy's Girl. While she got the person wrong, Jacob's wife did threaten to divorce him if he became a mercenary before eventually relenting and taking care of their daughters while he was away on missions.
    • She all but says that Doc is the Big Bad of the whole scenario, which he actually kind of is; while he's not actually a villainous character, he is the one heading Jacob's Medicuboid therapy and is therefore the reason that the Play Test is happening.
  • A-Cup Angst: While quite fond of her cute GGO avatar, Fuka is disappointed that she's now lacking in the chest department.
  • Adaptational Badass: Implied. In the Light Novel when she attacks a pervert with an Assault Rifle as a bludgeon, the most she accomplishes is dealing chip damage and having the guy whimper in fear, prompting LLENN to finish him off when she finds them. In the anime, she’s apparently beats the guy to death with no help at all.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The anime drops a fair few of her Fish out of Water moments over her unfamiliarity of GGO, such as her being confused about GGO currency and real world currency, or referring to LLENN by her real life name.
  • Adventure Duo: Fuka has this dynamic with LLENN, with Fuka being the more wacky lancer, to LLENN's more serious hero.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Has an interest in guys but says some peculiar things with LLENN in an almost Friends with Benefits sort of way, even joking about staying at a love hotel with her. Whether she actually swings both ways or is just enacting some Gay Bravado is anyone's guess.
    • When she, Pito and M are guarding LLENN using M's shield in a sort of turtle formation in SJ4, she jokingly tells LLENN to "tell her girlfriend how much she loved her" if she gets killed.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • At the start of Squad Jam 2, Fuka accidentally activates a tripwire tap and gets her legs blown off. Fortunately they grow back as per GGO norm.
    • Also in Squad Jam 2, while going up against Pito, the latter intentionally snipes both her legs off followed by both her arms to try and draw LLENN out, unaware that LLENN had been incapacitated via shoelaces.
  • And Zoidberg: When she first partakes in Squad Jam 2 with LLENN, being a relatively unknown new player, most of GGO's residents refer to the two of them as "LLENN and her partner".
  • Animal Motif: Not as pronounced as her companions but she can be easily compared to a dog or puppy. Her avatar is named after her deceased pet dog and she's very excitable and always seem to be in a good mood, akin to an excitable puppy. An in-game texting app also has her Icon image set as a picture of a dog.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Like Karen she's a fan of Elsa Kanzaki and even got to meet her in real life.
  • A-Team Firing: LLENN has described Fuka's aim as being so bad she couldn't hit a target from almost point-blank with a pistol. For this reason or perhaps due to the fact, she mains with Grenade Launchers that do not require accuracy. She even went ahead and told the salesman to take off the scopes on the grenade launchers when buying them.
    • In Squad Jam 2, she unloads an entire pistol magazine at a guy on the ground but not a single one of her shots hits.
    • Subverted when it comes to her grenade launchers. While they do have a larger AOE, Fuka has figured out how to effectively aim them using their parabolic trajectory over long distances without even having to see the target.
    • LLENN is forced to protect her from monster hoards in SJ4 after Clarence and Shirley betray them due to her terrible aim, and the few times she lands a headshot, she mentions that she was aiming for the one next to it.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Outright calls LLENN an “Evil Bitch” after she tricks her and Pito into splitting up before directly challenging her, knowing the Pito wouldn’t intervene due to a desire to beat her one-on-one but would also kill Fuka if she took her kill.
  • Attention Whore: Unlike most other females in GGO, she welcomes all the male attention she gets in the game. One of the first things she does is to wander around Glocken and see how many men try to hit on her (it turns out to be 43).
  • Badass Driver: Fuka reveals she's had experience with some driving games, which allows her to use those skills in GGO when she comes to LLENN's rescue.
  • Badass in Distress: She's briefly captured in episode 12, but frees herself and goes on to prove vital in LLENN's victory over Pitohui.
  • Bathtub Scene: Miyu gets one in the post-credit scene for Episode 6, coming out of the bath tub and a full camera shot of her bare behind as Karen calls her and invites her to be part of the second Squad Jam.
  • Best Friend: Karen officially considers Miyu to be her closest friend, and the feeling is mutual.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: As quirky and eccentric as she can be, if you push her the wrong way then she will destroy you.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Episode 11, Fuka shows Pito it was a bad idea to leave her alive. She recovers her limbs and HP, and arrives in a Hummer to rescue LLENN.
  • Big Eater: She chows down in GGO with LLENN, and in real life she almost missed Squad Jam 2 because she ate nine full ice cream pints and got a bad stomachache right before the event. In Volume 6 as she and Karen are having a strategy meeting for the Test Play battle, they eat lunch together and it's noted the table is full of spaghetti carbonara, Caesar salad, and cheesecake, as well as cheese as far as the eye can see.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Miyu is always cheerful, Fun Personified, and extremely hammy. She says very outlandish things, but is also very strong and reliable in combat.
  • Book Dumb: While very competent in-game, being able to make angle calculations to use her Grenades Launchers, she’s stated by LLENN to have been a terrible student, skipping classes to hang out with boys to the point that she to weep and beg her teacher to give her a passing grade.
  • Boom, Headshot!: In SJ3, she’s killed when Eva manages to shoot her in the head while falling to her death.
  • Bound and Gagged: When she's captured by M in episode 12 and restrained with duct tape.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn to LLENN's brains. By Squad Jam 2, LLENN is the seasoned veteran due to being the previous Squad Jam champion, and she can use her experience to guide Fuka. While Fuka is the newbie from ALO but retains her impressive stats from her time there and wields a pair of deadly grenade launchers.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Manages to free herself when captured in episode 12 by cutting the tape binding her hands with a hidden knife.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Has a habit of bringing up random things in the middle of the battlefield like going fashion shopping.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Played for Laughs. While shopping for weapons on first arriving in GGO, she mentions that one of her weapon preferences is two-handed swords; since Photon Swords like Kirito's and Pitohui's are light one-handed weapons, she doesn't get any luck. Then a pervert mentions wanting to kill her and molest her corpse during the 10 minutes it's an Immortal Object, and she notices his rifle is near her foot and has a similar profile...
  • Childhood Friends: She has known Karen for a very long time and one of the few friends she had kept in touch with.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears a militaristic helmet as part of her in-game attire.
  • Crutch Character: Fukaziroh serves as one in Fatal Bullet where she's particularly useful as a playable character or party member with her high VIT and DPS.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She's basically the Klein to LLENN's Kirito. Being the same gendered best friend to The Protagonist who largely serves as a Plucky Comic Relief, but is also very strong and reliable in combat. Bonus points in that she enjoys the attention she gets from the many male players, while on the opposite side of the gender spectrum Klein desperately wants a girlfriend but has no luck. Which makes one wondering what would happen if the two meet each other.
  • Dude Magnet: Much like other female players of GGO, Fuka immediately attracted the male population of gamers. She decides to turn it into a game and manages to have a total of 43 people trying to talk to her on her first day. She even thinks there's the possibility of a reverse harem. A bit more Played With IRL, where while she can get a date and even enter a relationship, they don't exactly last long.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Miyu hardly shows herself as a dating guru, with a lot of the relationships she does enter ending quickly, but when she warns Karen about how Fire Nishiyamada might have an interest in her even if he didn't ask for her number, she's proven right when Karen's dad receives an Email from him asking for permission to court and maybe even marry her.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Fukaziroh first gets name-dropped by Dyne in Ordinal Scale almost half a year before the AGGO anime was announced, revealing he's a fan of her and asking if he could buy her a new grenade launcher.
    • She made her debut in Episode 2 as Karen's real life friend who introduced her to VR, but she doesn't play a major role until Episode 7 when LLENN requests her help and calls her over to GGO.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she’s a bit of an Attention Whore when it comes to men and literally spent her first day in GGO seeing how many guys would hit on her, she doesn’t seem to like people being openly creepy, such as a player she killed in SJ2 who was planning messing with her corpse after killing her since it wouldn’t activate the harassment code, and initially being creeped out by Clarence’s behavior, constantly asking if she can shoot her.
  • Famed in Story:
    • She's something of a minor celebrity in Alfheim Online.
    • In GGO, after her performance in Squad Jam 2, she also starts acquiring fans in that game, among them is Dyne who references her in Ordinal Scale.
  • Fangirl: She's an even bigger fan of Elsa Kanzaki than Karen/LLENN is.
  • Firing One-Handed: Grenade launchers, to boot!
  • Foil:
    • As mentioned above, she's basically a female Klein, being similarly goofy and fun loving. But since she's the opposite gender to him she experiences the opposite effects when it comes to romance, having a large following of admirers pursuing her, while poor Klein endlessly pursues girls with no luck. The point is driven further by the reveal that, at least IRL, Miyu also has bad luck with relationships, namely that a lot of them tend to end quickly.
    • To Sinon, having an almost completely opposite scenario. Both Fuka and Sinon are the Experienced Protagonist who serve as Ms. Exposition to the main character. However Sinon started off in GGO and ended up migrating over to ALO so she could spend time with Kirito's friends, while Fuka started off in ALO and moved over to GGO on request from LLENN.
    • Also to Kirito. Both are players used to fantasy type games that rely on melee weapons, before migrating to the gun-oriented GGO. However Kirito managed to defy all odds and still found a melee weapon he could use, while Fuka had no such luck and had to resort to guns much like everyone else. Amusingly they both get harassed by the 'Avatar Buyer' trying to get them to sell their rare avatar's account to him.
  • Fun Personified: Fuka is always out to have a thrill and enjoy herself to the fullest. She eagerly dives into GGO and is even more excited and curious then LLENN was.
  • Fun Size: As Fukaziroh, she's no more than 150cm tall, in direct contrast to her regular 165cm height.
  • Gamer Chick: Unlike LLENN who is a VR newbie, Fukaziroh has experience with a wide range of games. LLENN mentioned that ever since converting to GGO, every time she's logged in, Fuka immediately sends a party invite as she's already playing.
  • Gay Bravado: In-game, she occasionally makes some pretty suggestive remarks to LLENN, such as joking about staying at a love hotel with her during Squad Jam 2's final battle, or asking LLENN about her dating life and then having describe her ideal date while imagining Fuka as a man. However, out of game, she's strictly straight in real life and only shows interest in men.
  • Genki Girl: Miyu/Fuka is shown to be very excitable and cheery about everything.
  • G.I.F.T.: Shows shades of this in Fatal Bullet where she seems to be roleplaying a Leave No Survivors Blood Knight when talking to the Player Character.
  • Glacier Waif: In ALO Fuka primarily specialized in STR and VIT, and preferred heavy weapons like broadswords and battleaxes. All this carried over to GGO as well, where she dual-wields grenade launchers (heavy enough that LLENN had trouble holding one), and clubs a man to death with an assault rifle. This is all in spite of being roughly the same height and build as LLENN. She's also unbelievably tough, only losing about a quarter of her health from a trap that blew her legs off, while being sniped multiple times by Pitohui that dismembered all her limbs still leaves her with a slice of critical level HP left.
  • Gratuitous English: Has a tendency to spout English words midsentence, with "Okay!" being most common.
  • Guns Akimbo: Dual wields two grenade launchers!
  • Grenade Launcher: Her Weapon of Choice, specifically a Milkor MGL-140 used by the US Marines. She choose this to get around her terrible aim because gernades have a large area of effect.
  • Harem Seeker: Invoked and downplayed. After seeing all the attention she got from the male players of GGO, she briefly considers the possibility of a reverse harem.
  • Happy Dance: Fuka does one in Episode 9 after her legs (that were previously blown off) grow back.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While a bit eccentric, Fuka is still a Nice Girl with blonde hair.
  • Hero of Another Story: Fuka mostly plays ALO and only converts to GGO to partake in Squad Jam with LLENN. She has experience several adventures prior to SJ2.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: Miyu is stated to be Karen's best friend. They've known each other a very long time, still reconnecting despite Karen moving away, and share intimate secrets with one another. In fact they are close enough that Fuka is the only person who LLENN doesn't address with an honorific. When Pito expresses what might be worry that them being on opposite teams in SJ3 could harm their friendship, she shrugs it off by saying that they’ve gotten into plenty of arguments back in High School and that if something as simple as being on opposing teams could ruin their friendship, they probably would have killed each other by now. She’s proven right when they get into a duel and an insult fight, during which LLENN brings some of Fuka’s most embarrassing memories, but after the tournament ends they act as if nothing happened and join SHINC for a celebratory drink.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Fuka is able to use her experience with melee combat in GGO when left without any ammunition.
  • Informed Attribute: We never actually get to see Fuka play ALO and it's only through her statements that we know she plays as a Sylph.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • In-game, everyone calls her "Fuka".
    • She also loves to dub herself as a fairy, due to migrating from ALO.
  • Jumped at the Call: In stark contrast to LLENN, Fuka is all too eager to dive into GGO and prove her might when LLENN requests for her help.
  • The Klutz:
    • In SJ2, she ends up falling victim to a trip-wire Grenade Trap which blows her legs off. Good thing she is a high VIT build.
    • In SJ3 during the battle against SHINC, she fires one of her Grenade Launchers at them… one that just so happened to have been filled with ultra-powerful Plasma Grenades without realizing it, putting her team at risk too.
    • During a taunt fight, LLENN brings up instances when she spilled indian takeout and had to have half of Karen’s and when she accidentally forgot her bra at a hotel during a field trip and had to be called to get it over the school’s loudspeaker.
  • Knife Nut: The trench knife she uses to keep her hair in a bun isn't just for show. When she's away from all her other weapons, she can pull the knife out of her hair and uses it to attack.
  • Large Ham: Fuka loves hamming up the theatrics in-game, especially during battle. She'll give herself and her teammates flashy titles while spouting over-the-top Badass Boasts. Also applies when she finds herself in danger in GGO, she has a habit of melodramatically crying out to LLENN "I'm a goner, leave me behind and save yourself!" as if she was in a gritty war movie.
  • Mad Bomber: Will often go wild with her grenade launchers, causing her surroundings to explode. In Fatal Bullet, M cautions her not to blow any of her allies up.
  • Meal Ticket: Invoked by her, as M left a stash of 10 million credits (about $900.00 in real life cash) for her to get started in GGO on LLENN's request. She refers to M as her "sugar daddy" no fewer than three times while buying her grenade launchers. Fuka even contemplates marrying M for all the money he gave.
  • Meaningful Name: Her gamer name Fukaziroh is derived from her beloved pet dog who had passed away, with the dog's name being derived from fuka which means "not allowed" and jirou which means "second son". It was named as such due to Miyu's parents not allowing the dog into the house, while Miyu loved the dog like a second son (as she previously had a pet sparrow).
  • Meganekko: Offline she wears glasses and is a very friendly girl.
  • Motor Mouth: Fuka has a tendency to excitedly let her mouth run, blurting out sentences at high speeds.
  • Ms. Exposition: Karen turns to her when wanting to try out VRMMO and Miyu teaches her the basics. Karen even openly calls Miyu her VR mentor.
  • No Indoor Voice: Is always very loud and enthusiastic when she speaks.
  • Noodle Incident: Miyu mentions that she battled a player named Zekken in ALO, which is the moniker for Yuuki. Miyu is almost certainly talking about fighting Yuuki when she issued a challenge to all players at the start of the Mother's Rosario arc.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When Karen expresses some interest in trying out a VRMMO, Miyu gets so excited she gets right into Karen's face and launches into a big spiel about the joys of VR gaming.
  • One Steve Limit: One of the members of Team ZEMAL is named Shinohara, the same as Miyu's real surname, but there's nothing implying the two are related.
  • Only Friend: Karen has very few friends in real life due to being stigmatized, with Miyu being one of the few she has before playing GGO. The light novels mention Karen does have a few other girlfriends from high school that she hangs out with whenever she's back in Hokkaido.
  • Older Than They Look: Much like LLENN, she has a pint-sized avatar that makes her look like a child, while in real life she's over the age of 18.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: When Fuka fails to kill a guy due to her terrible aim with the pistol, the guy reveals himself to be a lecherous creep, telling Fuka that as corpses in Squad Jam are considered Immortal Objects, he could do whatever he liked to her and not get penalized by the Harassment Code. Fuka responds by picking up an assault rifle and bludgeoning his head in.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As Fukaziroh she is barely taller than LLENN, but she's still a force to be reckoned with. She carries a pair of deadly Grenade Launchers and she inherited her high STR parameter from ALO meaning she can lay down a beatdown even without guns.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: It's quite clear that out of the main cast, Fuka is meant to be taken the least seriously. She's the source of the majority of jokes and funny moments in almost every scene she's in.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Reaches this when LLENN “cheats” in their insult game in SJ3 by stealing her turns, prompting Fuka to disregard Pito’s desire to fight her and try to attack. Exactly what LLENN wanted.
  • Rapunzel Hair: As Fukaziroh, her hair nearly reaches down to her waist, in contrast to how she is as Miyu where it's only shoulder length. Granted, "down to her waist" isn't that long given her avatar's short stature, so the significance is likely to help differentiate her from her avatar.
  • Really Gets Around: Volume 6 implies she goes through boyfriends pretty frequently, such as in her introductory scene where she is patiently waiting for a date in the sweltering summer heat but both parties decide they can't stand each other and end it after that one date. Later when she tries to persuade Karen to join the Test Play battle while they're in Hokkaido, she reveals she has a second Amusphere (which Karen will need since she left hers in Tokyo). Karen figures out the second device was meant for her date and implies that Miyu may have wanted to engage in some "play" with him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The more reckless and excitable red to Karen/LLENN's calmer blue.
  • The Roleplayer: Fuka loves roleplaying as the hammy, trigger-happy Action Hero and rarely takes anything seriously.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With LLENN/Karen, if her flirting and Gay Bravado towards her is any indication.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In SJ3. After LLENN survives her Plasma Grenade by kicking it away, she opts to crawl away and leave it to Pitohui, knowing she had no chance of winning after something like that.
  • Secret Keeper: One of LLENN's few in-game friends who knows her real life predicament and her reasons behind playing GGO. Though she sometimes accidentally let's these slip out to which LLENN will chastise her.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Only slightly taller than LLENN, but wields two Grenade Launchers that are almost half her size.
  • Smash Sisters: Has this dynamic with LLENN. The two of them are best friends and have the utmost trust in one another on the battlefield.
  • Smoke Out: As part of her strategy with LLENN in Squad Jam 2, Fuka carries smoke grenades to help obscure the scene and aid her partner. In particular she carries pink smoke grenades that help LLENN blend perfectly into the environment.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Miyu named her in-game avatar after her late pet dog.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In SJ3 after M manages to survive getting strangled by Tanya by crushing her against the ceiling, Fuka simply ask why he didn’t just turn his back to them so that she could shoot Tanya since she was hanging onto the backpack that housed his shield, meaning the bullets wouldn’t hit him. LLENN is rightfully pissed that she didn’t suggest this while he was getting strangled.
  • Swapped Roles: While Fuka is the VRMMORPG veteran, in GGO she's the newbie and it's LLENN's turn to show her around.
  • Sweet Tooth: Just before partaking in Squad Jam 2, Miyu binges herself on nine tubs of ice cream, and it really upsets her stomach.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Fuka's reaction to seeing the field littered with dead players courtesy of LLENN, while hearing LLENN's screams of fury as she slaughters the remaining survivors. She makes a note to never set Karen off in real life after this.
  • Ugly Cute: In-Universe. Like LLENN, Fuka picks out her gun based on how cute she is. However, Fuka's idea on what qualifies as cute couldn't be more different, with LLENN finding the grenade launcher Fuka picked out to be ugly.
  • Understatement: In Fatal Bullet she has a habit of putting things lightly in regards to talking about herself.
    • She claims her aim isn't the best, only for LLENN to clarify she couldn't hit something with a pistol at point blank. This was exactly what happened during the second Squad Jam, where she dumped the entire 17-round magazine of her Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistol at an opponent that was no more than a few feet away, and missed with every single shot.
    • When searching the rooms and coming across a machine, Fuka claims she had a flash of ingenuity and made it work again. LLENN elaborates that she just kicked the machine in frustration until it started making noise again.
  • Unreliable Narrator: LLENN insists Fuka always twists the truth with her recounts and to take everything she says with a tonne of salt.
  • Weapon of Choice: A pair of Milkor MGL-140 Grenade Launchers are the cutest weapon in GGO in her opinion, and likes making things explode.

    Goshi Asogi / M 

Goshi Asogi / M

Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Ray Chase (English)

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LLENN's first reluctant squad member who Pitohui brings in as a replacement for herself. He's also the manager of famous idol, Elsa Kanzaki.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Surprised that this giant man mountain, who rarely shows emotion would resort to this? LLENN finds this out when she holds him at gunpoint for attempting to betray her.
  • Animal Motifs: Thanks to his space battleship armor shell, he can be compared with a turtle. He carries it on his back like a turtle's shell. When unfolded, M crouches behind it with his sniper rifle reaching out of a turret, which really looks like a turtle who has withdrawn into their shell. This is in contrast to LLENN's rabbit; invoking The Tortoise and the Hare.
    • In the first volume, he gets a minor link with bears. When LLENN first meets him she says that he resembles a bear in both size and ferociousness. Even after she warms up to him, she compares him to a big teddy bear. However, this is never brought up past Volume 1.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He can identify guns just by listening to the sound of the gun fire. He can also very accurately anticipate enemy movements by simply observing their positions on a map.
  • Badass Baritone: M is a Guttural Growler and recognized as one of the top players in Squad Jam. In real life his voice is still deep, but smoother and less gravelly.
  • Beneath the Mask: It's revealed that his calm, tough guy persona is an act he puts on, the real M / Goshi Asogi, is much more vulnerable and is terrified of dying, at least before Pito.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • After spending most of Episode 5 hiding in fear, M finally joins LLENN and snipes her would be killers and saves her from dying.
    • Under Pito's orders to make sure the winner survives, M prevents LLENN from losing her HP to drowning after she beats Pitohui in SJ3.
  • The Big Guy: Gets treated like one by Pitohui since he is a big, stout guy with an indestructible shield. He's actually really smart being a master strategist.
  • Bishounen: It turns out his real-life self is way more attractive and handsome compared to his bulky persona. Miyu starts intently checking him out when they meet for real.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    • As mentioned under Brutal Honesty, when LLENN confronts him about using her as a decoy.
    LLENN: Th-Then you knew and used me as a decoy?
    M: That's right.
    LLENN: "That's right"?
    • Karen asks why he doesn't tell the police or a psychiatrist about Pito, and Goshi says he won't go against Pito's wishes.
    Karen: Is it because you respect her decisions?
    Goshi: Yes.
    Karen: Even if they're crazy? At worst, involving suicide?
    Goshi: Yes!
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains to LLENN's brawn. He does the planning, she does the killing. Ironic considering he's actually physically the bigger of the two.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • LLENN caught on that he was using her as a decoy. Not only does he not deny it, but he doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with it either. LLENN is visibly unhappy with this.
    • After LLENN foils his attempt to betray her, after his explanation on why he tried to kill her, he then remarks that it would have been better if he killed her using a grenade.
    • When he meets Karen in real life, he makes no bones about how there's no way to prove that he's M (since anything he says could hypothetically be something he learned from the real M), and she'll only have to take his word for it.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower:
    • M's talent is his unrivalled navigation skills, enabling him to visualise any location in his head and flawlessly guide others through.
    • M's Improbable Aiming Skills which allows him to aim without System Assist, comes from pure training.
  • The Chew Toy: He's practically Pito's personal punching bag, both verbally and literally.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Sometimes will serve this role for Pitohui, holding her back when she gets a bit too illogical and reckless.
  • Cold Sniper: He's a stoic man, in-game and in the real world (to an extent), and an exceptional sharpshooter who is deadly even without using the aiming assist systems in-game.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Being a coward by his own admission, M's playstyle revolves around avoiding direct confrontation and picking off enemies from long range using a sniper rifle. His ability to snipe without using aim assist was honed because the ability to attack without creating prediction lines that can be traced back to him minimizes his risk. When the need arises, he also uses a shield constructed from the same material as starship hulls to create a sniper's nest that grants him a high degree of protection.
  • The Comically Serious: Always strict and soldier-like, showing very little emotion, conversing with a straight face and almost never smiles. This extends to him in real life as well. All this makes him funny when reacting to Pitou's craziness.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • For all his acts of being a tough guy, he's really scared of dying. Upon reading a letter from Pitohui which stated if he died in the Squad Jam tournament then she would kill him in real life, he tries to kill LLENN so that her leader status would be transferred to him and allow him to resign without dying. When LLENN turns the tables on his attempted betrayal and holds him at gunpoint, the once comically serious M is reduced to tears and begs for his life.
    • Subverted later on. When Karen questions why he has no problems taking part in Pitohui’s impromptu death game when he expressed such fear of being killed in the first Squad Jam, he reveals to her that it’s not dying itself he’s afraid of, but of dying first and leaving Pitohui behind.
  • Et Tu, Brute?:
    • LLENN is shocked when M turns his pistol on her, but recovered quick enough to dodge the shot and quickly puts the pistol's fire selector back on safe so that he couldn't get another shot off. She then holds her would be betrayer at gunpoint and demands answers from him.
    • In Squad Jam 2, Pitohui caught wind that M had been subtly helping LLENN's side, noticing that M had the humvee make an unnecessary amount of noise to disguise Fuka arriving on the scene, along with M taking out all of Team SHINC so only LLENN would be left for Pitohui (because only LLENN could save her life by killing her). M had done this because he loved Pito, though she still shoots M dead for his trouble.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he has an Undying Loyalty to Pitohui, being willing to put up with abuse, overwork, her cheating on him with his knowledge and getting dragged into situations that literally put his life at risk, there are some things that’ll he’ll complain about and even get angry over.
    • Being the Combat Pragmatist he is, he will become annoyed by Pitohui’s sadism and Cherry Tapping, such as when she practically tortured two guys and when she didn’t immediately finish off Fuka. The latter is a well-founded concern which comes back to bite her.
    • He also takes umbrage with Elsa neglecting or acting lazy in regards to her singing career, as LLENN can attest to based on phone conversations with him.
    • He is quick to tell her off when she punches him in the back of the head after he tells her that SJ3 was announced. Justified in that he was driving at the time, and doing anything to the driver in that situation is ''very'' dangerous.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Quite possibly even more so than Pitohui due to his military background. He's an exceptional sniper, can perfectly read a battlefield allowing him to anticipate enemy numbers and locations, identify guns just by listening to the sound of the gunfire, and is an expert in many forms of combat for both guns and hand-to-hand.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    • A variant where it's LLENN who provides the "Oh Crap" reaction. As LLENN hides from heavy gunfire, M is busy analyzing what each gun is based on the sound, prompting LLENN to tell him to stop analyzing and save her.
    • Reverses role with LLENN in this regard in SJ4, with LLENN explaining DOOM's action while he provides the Oh, Crap! When LLENN explains that only one of them is riding over, as he realizes DOOM's playstyle and orders everyone to get out of the truck.
  • Extreme Doormat: M takes a lot of physical and verbal abuse at Pitohui's hands, yet never complains about it and continues to let her walk all over him. Then it's revealed he actually enjoys it.
  • Formerly Fat: Before going to work for Elsa, he was quite chubby. The photo he shows to Karen and Miyu scarcely resembles him. He didn't try to lose the weight, it just happened when Elsa was running him ragged as her manservant.
  • Friendly Sniper: M's very helpful to LLENN during fights in GGO.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's stocked and burly, but he's also a brilliant tactician on the battlefield.
  • Gun Nut: Enough of one to recognize a gun's caliber based on sound, even when there’s other guns firing, and deducing that SHINC has snipers using semi-auto sniper rifles based on the brief instance he saw LLENN get hit.
  • Happiness in Slavery: When Pitohui's IRL self catches him stalking her, she blackmails him into essentially becoming her manservant, forcing him to do her every bidding to the point where he had to drop out of college and couldn't find a job. Karen starts to feel sympathetic to Goushi, but...
    Karen/Miyu: What.
    Goushi: Being near a beautiful woman, serving her every whim... As a man, there could've been no greater blessing.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the final battle of SJ3, Pitohui gives him the job of making sure that whoever wins between her and LLENN survives long enough to be declared the winner, which he does by holding LLENN up while standing in the water, ensuring that his HP runs out before she hits the water and has LLENN win the tournament before it kills her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Before the first Squad Jam, he rigorously drills LLENN on all his equipment on the chance she has to be the one to use it, including the safety lever of his HK45 pistol. Later in the tournament when he tries to betray her, LLENN remembers said lessons and uses it to disable his gun so she can hold him at gunpoint instead.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • The big guy to LLENN's tiny girl; she could ride on his shoulders easily. It's inverted in real life. At 175cm, he's actually shorter than Karen.
    • This applies to him and Pitohui in real life, who is tiny in stature.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His aim is so good he doesn't need the system assist of the Bullet Circle. He can just aim on sight and hit his targets with exceptional precision. Sinon would be jealous.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: He does this while LLENN holds him at gunpoint, which crosses over with Tears of Fear.
    "That was an image (Karen) didn't want to remember: a big tough macho man weeping like a baby."
  • Japanese Honorifics: Averted. He states he dislikes using honorifics and prefers calling others by name. Though this apparently doesn't extend to real life, as he's perfectly fine with addressing Karen as "Karen-san".
  • Knife Nut: He gives LLENN a lengthy and very detailed explanation of how to use a knife in close-quarters battle right before the first Squad Jam tournament, including techniques on the best way to cut major arteries and the best places to stab to kill someone quickly.
  • Like a God to Me: He describes Pito's real-life self as the most beautiful person he had ever seen; so beautiful he compared her to a goddess. Then he realized during her initial abuse of him that she was more like a "fierce devil", which was even better in his opinion.
  • Loophole Abuse: Pito said that she'd kill him if he died in Squad Jam, not if he surrendered. Because of that, when it looks like he might be killed, he decides to kill LLENN in order to become squad leader and resign.
  • Love Martyr: He goes though a lot of trouble for Pito's sake, even going behind her back to help LLEN defeat her in Squad Jam 2 so she won't kill herself for losing to anyone else. What does Pito do when she discovers this? Execute him as a traitor.
  • Made of Indestructium: He has a fold-up bulletproof shield made from space battleship armor, the same material Death Gun's estoc is made from. It is the strongest material in GGO and most bullets will bounce off it. The hinges holding the plates together are not quite as strong.
  • Manly Tears: Several times in Squad Jam 2.
    • He first cries when Pitohui takes a headshot and very nearly died, leading M to carry her to bed and is by her bedside the whole time.
    • He cries again after LLENN defeats Pitohui, this time out of joy as he's assured that Pito will live, thanking LLENN while he does so.
  • Meaningful Name: Played for Laughs. His GGO avatar is simply called M, which Karen deduces could mean "Masochist" after Goushi reveals his "blissful time" serving Pitohui.
  • Mentor Archetype: LLENN's second GGO mentor after Pitohui , and her third VR mentor overall, who gives her a lot of lessons during the first Squad Jam.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's nowhere near as fast and agile as LLENN, but he's far more durable and can take a lot more damage. His Sniper Rifle also inflicts more damage if he gets in a Boom, Headshot!. Hunkering down behind his space battleship armor shell gives him greater defense at the expense of remaining stationary.
    "I'm a chicken, so this is my armored chicken coup."
  • Mysterious Past: Downplayed. While it’s known that he used to be overweight before entering his “relationship" with Elsa and how he came to become her manager and lover, almost nobody knows how he came to be so experienced with firearms and military combat. The most Pito mentions is that he went overseas at some point, but that's all that's said on the matter.
  • Naked Apron: When the 4th Squad Jam is announced, Goushi is serving coffee to Elsa wearing this, and is rewarded with a kick to the ass.
  • The Navigator: He has an exceptional sense of geographical location, able to visualize a map of any location. He's able to skillfully guide LLENN through a labyrinth of a destroyed city block.
  • Never Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight: Gives LLENN a knife, telling her that in a closed room a knife can be more useful than a gun. He turns out to be right, as LLENN uses the knife in the final battle against Eva, taking advantage of the close range and her speed.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a green camouflage one adorned with leaves.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: One of the most evident things about Goshi is that he has a tendency to get too close to others for comfort.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Zig-zagged. While he's terrified about Pito killing him, he says he's not afraid of dying- he's afraid of leaving Pito behind.
  • Not So Stoic: When LLENN hold him at gunpoint after foiling his attempt to betray her, he breaks down into tears and begs for his life.
  • Official Couple: He is Elza's boyfriend/manservant/sextoy. Whatever you want to call it, they're involved.
  • The One Guy: The only male member on Team LPFM.
  • One-Letter Name: His in-game handle M, of course.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: For M to show emotion, let alone burst into tears and beg on his hands and knees, things must truly be dire and serious. It turns out his life in the real world is at risk and dying in Squad Jam would mean Pitohui would kill him for real.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: According to the light novel, he didn't lose weight until becoming Pito's slave because he was stressed about his less than stellar career prospects.
  • Servile Snarker: He may have Undying Loyalty to Pitohui, but he's not above making snide jabs at her erratic behavior.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In the light novels, he's often described as wearing a suit.
  • Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy: The long range sniper to LLENN's short range sub-machine gunner.
  • Stalker with a Crush: It's revealed this is how he met Elsa Kanzaki in real life. He was in love with her and stalked her for some time, before ending up saving her life from a thug and got injured in the process. Elsa offers to treat his wounds at her place, to which he accepts. He ends up unconscious and tied up, while Elsa reveals she knew he had been stalking her and gets repeatedly beaten for it. He is then blackmailed into working for her as a manager, which he enjoys due to still harboring feelings.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He follows Karen around before tracking her down to her apartment to ask her to join the second Squad Jam.
  • The Stoic: Always serious and never smiles, Pitohui frequently has to prompt him to join in on the conversation.
  • Straight Man: Always the serious down-to-earth realist when put alongside the more enthusiastic risk-taking Pitohui or the naive and curious LLENN.
  • The Strategist: A tactical genius who can devise fullproof strategies to help LLENN take down foes.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: He describes the abuse and servitude he was forced to endure at the hands of the real life Pitohui, before revealing it was the best moments of his life.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Elsa Kanzaki/Pitohui. It takes unbelievable levels of loyalty to endure the abuse he takes and catering to her every whim. His loyalty to her is so great that he refuses to turn to the police or a psychiatrist over Pitohui's state. In fact it's revealed he's not afraid to die himself, but afraid to die first and leave Pitohui alone.
  • Unreliable Expositor: His recollection of how he met Pito may not be 100 percent accurate, since he describes Pito as a waitress who took business classes at night school, rather than a famous singer, because he was still trying to keep her identity secret from Karen and Miyu.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Guides LLENN over comms while he watches from a distance.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Played with. He does this to Karen... immediately before talking about how much he loves Pito. The second light novel begins with this scene out of context, making it look like he's interested in Karen.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Always seen with a Mk. 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle.
    • An HK45 pistol serves as his secondary weapon for close range combat.
  • Wham Line: Shortly before the second Squad Jam, LLENN notices someone following her around.
    "Please don't scream! It's me, Llenn! It's M!"
  • What Does She See in Him?: Despite Goshi's less than desirable traits both Karen and Miyu are left perplexed at how he can be so devoted to someone like Elsa. Karen even calls out Elsa on needing to treat Goshi better and stop being unfaithful. Though Elsa just snarks that Karen can sleeps with Goshi if she's bothered so much.
  • Worthy Opponent: After his time in the first Squad Jam, other teams treat him (and LLENN) as huge threats, due to his bulletproof shield and his sniping skills.

Team SHINC

    In General 
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A squadron composed entirely of female players and LLENN's final opponents in the first Squad Jam. They also turn out to be the rhythmic gymnastics team that Karen frequently runs into during real life. Their choice of weapons involve Soviet/Russian-made weapons since they're one of the cheapest small arms in GGO.
  • Amazon Brigade: An entire squad of female players.
  • Brawn Hilda: Eva, Sophie, and Roza all fit this, having very stocked builds for females.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: They make several real life cameos in the first few episodes, shown watching highlights of the first Squad Jam with Karen in a Flash Forward from Episode 1, passing by Karen in Episode 2, and noticing how tall Karen is in Episode 3. They are revealed to be Team SHINC and the final opponents LLENN faces off against in the first Squad Jam.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The unexpectedness of the situation combined Fukaziroh accidentally firing a Plasma Grenade at them, means that LPFM wipes them out quickly when they finally encounter each other in SJ3, with Roza, Toma and Anna getting killed at the same time while Tanya is killed shortly after while trying to kill M.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: It was only after LLENN defeated them in the first Squad Jam do they finally decide to approach her in real life and become friends with her.
  • Enemy Mine: In Squad Jam 2, after hearing LLENN's situation with Pitohui and the risk of her dying, they agree to join forces and help her out. Using a pincer strategy, Team SHINC serves as a distraction by charging from the south, while LLENN attacks from the north.
  • Face–Heel Turn: They are among the teams to have joined Fire's alliance of Squadrons in SJ4.
  • Final Boss: The final team left in the first Squad Jam that LLENN faces.
  • Fire-Forged Friendship: They initially had trouble getting along with each other as a rhythmic gymnastics team, so they opted to play a VR game where they would have different appearances (allowing them to forget their real world conflicts) and work together as a team. After partaking in GGO and the life or death stakes, they finally became close friends with one another.
  • Food as Bribe: LLENN assured their cooperation in Squad Jam 2 in taking on Team PM4 by promising sweets for them like the last time they visited. Though it's downplayed given Eva would have helped either way and the sweets is just a bonus.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Memento Mori. Their leaders express interest in fighting each other multiple times, but they interact rather amicably and make a silent agreement in SJ3 to not attack each other should they bump into one another since they both want a shot LPFM.
  • Gamer Chick: By virtue of being an entire squad of female GGO players.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Inverted. It's their real life gymnastics skills that help them perform well in the game, allowing for exceptional accuracy and coordinated movements.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Turns that their rivlary with LLLENN, which they themselves are very enthusiastic about, is unintentionally pressuring the latter and stressing her out, which causes her to have some kind of existential crisis in regards to playing GGO in Volume 6.
  • In-Series Nickname: Other teams call them the "Amazons".
  • Kryptonite Factor: They procure a Degtyaryov anti-tank rifle, intended specifically to counter M's bulletproof shield. After three shots it punches clean through and leaves his shield as scrap metal, forcing M to flee.
  • Meaningful Name: Their team name is short for "Shintaisou Club", which literally translates to rhythmic gymnastics club. It also sounds like the English word "synch", as in "sychronization", which they lacked before they started using VR.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: The entire team seems to take role-playing as Russians pretty seriously, what with their entire weapon loadout consisting of Russian firearms, and even dropping a random "DA" during Squad Jam. One of their members is even Russian in real life.
  • Noodle Incident: They apparently got in touch with Sinon just before Squad Jam 2 who told them how they could get hold of an anti-tank rifle.
  • Not So Different: After hearing their backstory, Karen notes that they're not so different from herself, as Team SHINC also played GGO as a means of escapism so that they could become better people in real life.
  • Not the Intended Use: GGO turned out to be the perfect VR game for them to train their coordination skills as a gymnastics team: all the VR games focused on actual sports they'd tried beforehand didn't really help.
  • Older Than They Look: Being short for their age (as typical of gymnasts) especially when standing next to Karen, they look like middle schoolers. They're actually high school juniors (16 to 17), only 2 or 3 years younger than Karen.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: They're one of the top teams in both Squad Jams, but both times they get outclassed by the main characters, even more so in the second Squad Jam where Pitohui and M thoroughly dominate them.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Pitohui initially mistakes them for male players while watching footage from the first Squad Jam.
  • Starving Student: Very downplayed, but the real reason they use exclusively Russian firearms is because they're a bunch of high school students with meager allowances who are already struggling to pay the monthly subscription fee to play GGOnote , and the Russian guns are the cheapest live-ammo weapons available in the game. They also happen to be big fans of Elza Kanzaki just like Karen, but again, they don't have enough money to buy tickets to any of her concerts.
  • Sweet Tooth: They really loved hanging out with Karen and eating all the sweets the older girl offered them.
  • Teens Are Short: They're shorter than average even for their age group, which favors them in gymnastics.
  • Worthy Opponent: They admire and look up to LLENN and have a begrudging respect for M. They note with the latter particularly that he's the only male player they seem to actually respect
  • Younger Than They Look: They appear as adult women in-game, but in reality they're actually high school girls. Due to both their appearance and professionalism, the male gamers of GGO believes that they're 30+ years old IRL.

    Saki Nitobe / Eva / "Boss" 

Saki Nitobe / Eva

Voiced by: Ayaka Asai (Japanese), Cindy Robinson (English)
The team leader of both Team SHINC and their real life rhythmic gymnastics class. She uses a VSS Vintorez as her primary weapon.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In SJ3, she saves LLENN after she’s outed as the true traitor of LPFM and is about to ganged up on by Pito, Fuka and M by firing a flare and blinding the three of them.
  • Brawn Hilda: As Eva, she's a very large, mannish-looking woman, even being nicknamed Gorilla Lady. In real life she's a petite high school girl.
  • Cold Sniper: Eva mains with the VSS Vintorez select-fire sniper rifle.
  • David Versus Goliath: Eva is a massive woman mountain, and in the first Squad Jam she's the final opponent for LLENN, who is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse.
  • Eye Scream: She takes a shot to the eye in Squad Jam 2. Due to her high stats, it doesn't kill her until the sniper shoots her again and puts her down for real.
  • Foil: Saki has the opposite scenario to Karen. Saki is a short, cute girl in real life who wishes she was taller and ended up making herself a tall avatar in GGO.
  • Friendly Enemies:
    • She and LLENN become this, especially after realizing they knew each other in real life. They're on such good terms that Eva is more than willing to set aside her match with LLENN and help her rival when she's in a predicament.
    • Seems to have this relationship with David, The Leader of MMTM. Despite being on rival teams, the two can interact amicably enough and before SJ3 even make a silent ceasefire agreement so they can both have a shot at LPFM. When both end up on Team BTRY and David decides to kill Pitohui to avenge Ervin, she states that while she won’t help him due to her desire to fight LLENN taking precedence, she won’t shoot him in the back out of understanding of his reasons.
  • Graceful Loser: Holds nothing against Karen in real life for beating her in Squad Jam, even shaking her hand and sincerely congratulating her. The two vow to fight in GGO again.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • Or in this case Catching skills. Eva manages to catch a thrown magazine into her gun, with the momentum alone sliding it in and reloading it.
    • In SJ3, she manages to shoot Fuka and score a headshot in mid-air before falling to her death, something Fuka noted should have been impossible.
  • Knife Nut: Fighting against LLENN has prompted her to get her own combat knife. That being said, she admits to still being inexperienced in it.
  • The Leader: She's the Boss of Team SHINC, and is a Headstrong type with hints of Mastermind.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Much like LLENN, she at times can't help behaving as her in-game avatar would suggest, resorting to cursing enemy players before her teammates remind her such behavior could influence how she acts in real life.
  • In-Series Nickname: All her teammates call her "Boss", and even LLENN addresses her as that by Squad Jam 2.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: The biggest Myth Arc of this entire series is Eva & LLENN trying to have a rematch after Squad Jam 1, but somehow other events keep getting in the way. As of Squad Jam 4, they still have not been able to have a proper one-on-one battle again.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: After hearing of the special event in Volume 6, she immediately messages LLENN to say, "You. Better. Be. Going!!"
  • The Rival: LLENN's main rival in Squad Jam 1, considering each other Worthy Opponents and get along well inbetween tournaments.
  • Rivals Team Up: She teams up with LLENN in the final battle of SJ3 to take down LPFM, after it’s revealed LLENN’s the true traitor instead Pitohui.
  • Scary Black Man: Gender inverted. Eva's avatar is that of a black woman with a towering stature, large build, and intimidating facial expressions, all of which complement her bossy and tough attitude. Some characters even nickname her Gorilla Lady because of her hulking appearance.
  • Skewed Priorities: When the 4th Squad Jam is announced, she's more concerned about that and fighting LLENN again than she is about the fact that the gymnastics team, which she's the captain of, hasn't gotten any new members.
  • Taking You with Me: In SJ3 in her brief fight against Fuka. Knowing that the Plasma Grenade she fired would kill her anyway, she instead opts to jump to her death while firing two pistols at Fuka, hitting her in the head and killing her.
  • Weapon of Choice: Aside from the Vintorez, she also uses the Arsenal Strike One since it's the team's sidearm of choice.
  • Worthy Opponent: Comes to see LLENN as this, with Eva being the final opponent LLENN faces. After the first Squad Jam, Saki tries hard to convince Karen to partake in the second Squad Jam, itching to fight against LLENN again.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Eva usually calls LLENN by her player name in-game, but when she asks about Pito's self-imposed "death game," Eva switches to "Karen-san."
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    Kana Fujisawa / Sophie 

Kana Fujisawa / Sophie

Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

One of Team SHINC's two machine gunners, who uses a PKM GPMG.


  • BFG: Being one of SHINC's two machine gunners who wields a PKM, this is a given.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Volunteers herself to be deliberately team-killed so that her corpse could become an Immortal Object and serve as an indestructible pedestal for her PTRD anti-tank rifle.
    • Does this again in SJ3, using the PTRD to create holes in the "There Is Still Time" for her teammates to enter through, leaving herself to drown in the approaching tide.
  • Identical Stranger: Kana's real life appearance actually bears quite a bit of resemblance to LLENN's in-game avatar. Though this has never been brought up.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Kana's real life appearance really stands out as she's drawn with different eyes to all her friends, having almost rectangular eyes and very small pupils, while all of her friends have stereotypical big anime eyes.
  • Number Two: She is second-in-command after Eva.
  • Stout Strength: She invokes this with her STR heavy build and the wide girth of her avatar.

    Milana Sidorova / Toma 

Milana Sidorova / Toma

Voiced by: Chitose Morinaga (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)

The primary sniper of Team SHINC. She uses a SVD Dragunov with wooden furniture.


  • Badass Driver: Her father taught her how to drive a stick-shift vehicle in Russia in real life. She was able to transfer these skills over to GGO and be the driver for Team SHINC.
  • BFG: While she mains with a Dragunov SVU Sniper Rifle and the official owner of the gun itself is Sophie, she’s the one who uses the PTRD-41 Anti-Tank Rifle SHINC procured for use against M and his shield.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Fuzoku Girls' High School Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Special, the anti-M ultimate weapon, or M-gun for short!"
  • Cold Sniper: She serves as Team SHINC's main sniper.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Her parents are Russian traders and she often divided her time between Tokyo and Moscow until she became a teenager and began to regularly attend school in Japan.
  • Occidental Otaku: Has some shades of this, which is why she's named and modelled her avatar to look like a Japanese person.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Blue-eyed, blonde-haired, and Russian.

    Moe Annaka / Anna 

Moe Annaka / Anna

Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

The secondary sniper of Team SHINC. She uses a SVD Dragunov with black synthetic furniture.


  • Apologizes a Lot: Apparently does this a lot IRL, even apologizing for "putting on airs" due to her avatar looking like a Hollywood movie star.
  • Cool Shades: As Anna, she dons a pair of sunglasses.
  • Cold Sniper: One of the team's snipers.
  • Clothing Damage: In the Light Novel, she ended with a hole in her bulletproof vest and shirt from when M shot her. While she's able to tie it closed, it still gets some annoying attention.
  • Dude Magnet: With her avatar looking the way it does, she gets a lot of male attention.
  • G.I.F.T.: While Moe’s a Shrinking Violet IRL and Apologizes a Lot, in-game as Anna she’s a lot more confident, crude and has a tendency to say “die” when taking a shot.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: She gets blown in half by M's anti-materiel rifle in Squad Jam 2 when one of his team's hired mercs fools her with his Bullet Line and she dodges right into M's sights.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Seen in the bar watching the match after the above, drinking a beer.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: As Anna, she is noted to be the only pretty face among Team SHINC who are mostly Brawn Hilda. She herself brings this up on how she had regret on making her avatar look like a movie star.
  • Real Name as an Alias: It's implied that her username is derived from her last name Annaka.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her real-life self which heavily contrasted with the vulgar personality of her avatar.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: IRL, she has bluish purple hair and is easily the shyest in her group of friends, a stark contrast to her more confident in-game self.

    Risa Kusunoki / Tanya 

Risa Kusunoki / Tanya

Voiced by: Haruka Shiraishi (Japanese), Morgan Berry (English)

A white-haired member of Team SHINC. She uses a PP-19 Bizon 2.


  • Animal Motifs: She's often compared to a fox.
  • Bokukko: She refers to herself as "boku," the only member of the team to do so.
  • Fragile Speedster: Downplayed. She can match LLENN in terms of speed but she can take more hits than her before dying.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In Squad Jam 2, she gets killed with a grin on her face. M even notices and comments on this.
    • While not present in the Anime version, in the Light Novel she’s stated to have died with a smile of contentment on her face when Eva finds her body in the first Squad Jam.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Does this twice during the Test Play.
    • When SHINC pulls an Enemy Mine with LPFM to deal with ZEMAL, she and Pitohui commit suicide and loses one of her three livesnote , to respawn behind ZEMAL and take them out from behind.
    • When she, LLENN and Kenta finally enter the castle, she finds Vodka and takes out his machine gun at the cost of her last life, removing much of the NPC team's firepower and forcing Vodka to resign.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: In SJ3, her attempt to kill M is arguably what gets her eliminated from the tournament.
  • Improvised Weapon: In her attempt to kill M in SJ3, she uses the sling of her Bizon, for which she lost the magazine for, to try and strangle him to death. Unfortunately, the way she positioned herself to do this leads to her being Squashed Flat.
  • Last Stand: She attempts this after becoming the Sole Survivor of her team in SJ3, trying to kill M by choking him out.
  • Mirror Match: Her battle against LLENN in Squad Jam 1 has them very evenly matched. They are both high-AGI builds who use submachine guns as primary weapons. Throughout their fight, Tanya is matching LLENN's speed and accuracy.
  • Morphic Resonance: She's the member of the team whose in-game avatar's face and hairstyle most closely resembles her real life self.
  • Squashed Flat: While trying to strangle M to death in SJ3, he escapes this fate by slamming her, who’s hanging onto his backpack, against the ceiling and crushing her to death.
  • Sole Survivor: Ends up being the last survivor of SHINC in SJ3, her teammates being killed Fuka’s accidental Plasma Grenade. She doesn't last long.
  • Tomboy: Implied. She has short boyish hair both in-game and IRL and she refers to herself as “boku”, a more masculine way of addressing yourself.
  • Weapon of Choice: She wields a Izhmash PP-19 Bizon-2-01 SMG and is one of the two members of SHINC, alongside Eva, to have an Arsenal Strike One as a sidearm during the first Squad Jam.

    Shiori Noguchi / Roza 

Shiori Noguchi / Roza

Voiced by: Atsumi Tanezaki (Japanese), Rebecca Davis (English)

The other one of Team SHINC's two machine gunners, who also uses a PKM GPMG.


  • '20s Bob Haircut: Her hair in real life is styled like this to help differentiate her from her friends.
  • BFG: Being a Heavy Support Member, she wields PKM Machine Gun as her main weapon.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Just as she’s about to finish off LLENN, M pulls a Big Damn Heroes and shoots one of her Plasma Grenades, killing her and masking LLENN with the explosion so she can escape.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: She carries up to 6 Plasma Grenades on her person. This bites her in the ass when M shoots one, setting it off and killing her.
  • Xanatos Gambit: After hearing that Karen wants to be strong in real life, she proposes that by putting up a good fight against her in their next match, Team SHINC will help Karen realize her strength no matter who wins or loses.

Other Teams

     Clarence and Shirley 
A pair of GGO players who, after fighting and scoring a Mutual Kill in the 3rd Squad Jam, became a PKing Action Duo.
  • Action Girl: The both of them are this, with Shirley being a Cold Sniper with Abnormal Ammo while Clarence is a skilled assault rifle user and Combat Pragmatist.
  • Aloof Ally: In Squad Jam 4 make it clear that they only teamed up with Team LPFM to bypass the preliminaries, and that they intend to do their own thing once the tournament starts. However, they're forced to work with them after the special rule takes effect, though.
  • Birds of a Feather: While personality-wise they are both very different, they are both PvP Enthusiasts to almost sadistic levels, with Shirley actively coming up with brutal ways to make her killing more efficient, while Clarence often goes into gruesome and vulgar detail about how she'd like to kill other players.
  • Enemy Mine: While they're all technically on the same team, Clarence and Shirley were originally gonna split off from LPFM to do their own thing and maybe fight them later. However, they're forced to stick with them when it turns out that SJ4 has monster spawns. The moment they deal with DOOM, Shirley shoots the scout monster to summon more and quickly flees with Clarence on one of DOOM's motorcycles, taking a backpack of explosives with them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe. Despite not being one of the last remaining teams in SJ3, The Novelist was apparently so impressed with their fight that he invited them to take part in the Test Play.
  • Reality Ensues: The two of them are certainly an effective duo, but their low numbers can still serve to their disadvantage. In the Test Play, it forces them to avoid conflict against other teams and the NPC team and instead rely on a gamble strategy, which fails, and they discuss how it will make clearing the SJ4 Prelim's difficult, if not impossible, due to the narrower arena and that they'd be in a direct one-on-one confrontation with the other, larger teams, which prompts Shirley to put aside her rivalry with Pito and accept her offer to join LPFM to bypass them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While Shirley lives up to her IRL occupation as a hunter with her calm attitude and borderline Professional Killer approach towards PvP, Clarence is comparatively more friendly and cheerful, as well as much more open about her sadistic tendencies. Shirley also often has to rein in Clarence's violent tendencies with, in an unusual example of the trope, threats to kill her.
  • Ship Tease: Despite more of the focus being on their deadly competence as a team, there is hints of this in their interactions if you squint hard enough.
    • When they're introduced taking part in the Test Play, it's revealed that Shirley said that she would tell Clarence what her IRL job was at some point, and reveals it to her in response to her quip about shooting ducks. Considering that it's generally a unspoken rule to not talk about real life matters in-game, this suggests a good deal of trust and companionship between them.
    • The first chapter of Volume 7 is full of this. While lying in wait for targets to attack, the two of them show themselves to be rather comfortable around each other, with Shirley not minding Clarance resting her stomach on her butt while spotting and even chuckling and smiling at some of the things she says, despite the only other times she smiled being in the midst in combat. She also reveals that she honestly doesn't mind hanging out with Clarance despite her Blood Knight tendencies, when her previous teammates were shown to be uncomfortable with and, by this point, kicked her out and unfriended her because of them. Her reluctantce to meet up with Clarence in real life also seems less because she doesn't want to necessarely, but more because of the fact that she lives on an island off the coast of Japan, which might make it difficult. Clarence also appears genuinly disappointed about this, much to Shirley's surprise.
  • Those Two Girls: After their duel to the death in SJ3, the two of them struck a partnership with each other, going hunting together and taking part in the Test Play together. They even appear together in Fatal Bullet.

Mai Kirishima / Shirley

Voiced by: Marika Kouno (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)

A IRL nature guide and deer hunter who started GGO as a way to practice her sniping under the suggestion of a co-worker. She's reluctantly dragged into taking part in the second Squad Jam with a team comprising of her fellow IRL hunters, but becomes a massive Blood Knight after shooting Pito in an attempt to avenge her team.


  • Abnormal Ammo: In Squad Jam 3, she has equipped her rifle with nothing but exploding bullets, having taken advantage of the in-game ammo customization ability to overload her cartridges with enough smokeless powder to turn each shot into an Instant Death Bullet.
  • Apologetic Attacker: When she and Clarence enact their betrayal, she says "Sorry" as she shoots the scouting monster to summon more to attack LPFM.
  • Blood Knight: She becomes this after SJ2, having a new appreciation for PvP and, in an ironic reversal, is the one to force her teammates to join SJ3 when they voice their reluctance to do so.
  • Boobs of Steel: Her avatar is noted to be well-endowed and, after SJ2, she’s become the deadliest member of her Squad and, with her experience hunting IRL and her explosive bullets, quite possibly one of GGO’s deadliest snipers.
  • Country Mouse: While she was born and raised in Tokyo, she has always had an affinity for nature and working outdoors in general, so she moved to the Hokkaido wilderness as an adult and makes a living as a huntress and nature guide.
  • Cold Sniper: Being a real life huntress she's a very skilled sniper. She manages to land a head shot on Pitohui and very nearly kills her.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: As a pure sniper, she suffers a bit from being largely vulnerable in close range, with her only melee weapon being a hunting knife. It's part of why she engages in her partnership with Clarence, as she can defend her with her more mid-ranged gear if someone gets close. It also forces her to ask Clarence to help her buy a pistol and learn to use it in light of SJ4's Pistol Only Zones.
  • Exact Words: During SJ2, she's uncomfortable with killing other players in GGO, seeing it as analogous to killing humans. Then Pitohui backstabs her team. Once she's sure she's safe, Shirley declares that Pitohui isn't human, she's vermin. Vermin are to be eradicated.
  • Glad He's on Our Side: Zig-Zagged. When SJ4 begins, Shirley is eager for her and Clarence to split off from LPFM so they can raise hell on their own. However, when they're forced to stick together due to the monster spawns and the difficulties in crossing the bridge, LLENN is quick to realize how cool-headed and clever Shirley, and hopes that she'll and Clarence be forced to work together for the long haul. They don't.
  • Grew a Spine: She was a very passive girl who was unwilling to shoot other players in-game (though she had no problem with the PVE Monsters), but seeing Pito gun down her team in cold blood after explicitly promising not to do so, sends her on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and leads her to be out for Pito's blood. She's a willing and eager participant in the third Squad Jam, much to her teammates' surprise.
  • Hero Antagonist: Shirley is on an opposing team to the main characters, but is actually portrayed in a very sympathetic light. In any other situation she could have easily been The Hero of the story, going up against Pitohui to avenge her fallen team who was cruelly gunned down.
  • Hypocritical Humour: When Team DOOM reveal themselves as a team of Suicide Bombers, she calls it "the calling card of scum", only for Clarence to point out she uses explosive bullets.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Downplayed. Ever since Shirley really got into PKing in GGO, she found herself studying snipers and sniping in a variety of ways, from books, to films, to online information. While most of her skill does still come from her IRL job as a hunter, it also became part of the reason she teamed up with Clarance, as she learned that most real-life Snipers had spotters to help find targets and watch the sniper's back.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Like M above, Shirley is capable of Lineless Shooting thanks to her IRL hunting experience. While her squadmates are capable of the same, Shirley proves herself multiple times to be the more devastating markswoman.
  • In the Hood: In SJ3, she comes equipped with various poncho’s for different environments.
  • Irony: For the second Squad Jam, it was her teammates who wanted to join the tournament and dragged her into it, with her deciding not to actually fight due to being a Technical Pacifist. By the time of the third one, she's quite possibly the biggest Blood Knight among them and was forcing them to join when they proved reluctant.
  • Knife Nut: As habit from IRL, she carries a Ken-Nata hunting knife, which she uses to finish off Clarence before getting killed by her grenade.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In SJ3. While she would love to have another shot at Pitohui and possibly LLENN as revenge for SJ2, she knows that she wasn’t in the best position for a sneak attack and instead focuses on the remnants of the Squads they and Clarance were decimating.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: After SJ2, she’s become a Blood Knight and the deadliest and most effective fighter in her Squadron, who are all men. She is the only one among them using their knowledge of hunting to inflict greater harm on other players per bullet.
  • My Greatest Failure: Somewhat Played for Laughs. She reveals to Clarence that not killing her before Sam in the third Squad Jam 3 was "the biggest regret of her GGO life", to which Clarence joking jabs that there's no take-backs.
  • Nice Hat: She has a cap that's worn in the reverse position.
  • Not So Above It All: During LPFM's team huddle before SJ4 begins, with Clarence joining in their cheer despite the two of them planning to splinter off, she's also clenching her fist, silently taking part in the cheer.
  • Obliviously Evil: Sure, she hated Pito's guts and wanted to avenge her team, but it's doubtful that she knew that Pito was planning to kill herself IRL if she died in the Squad Jam and, considering her Technical Pacifist status at the time, she very likely wouldn't have shot if she did know.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her default mood is being sour and gloomy. Even though her in-game avatar is quite pretty, the aura of negativity she emits dissuades any guys from flirting with her.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Has one after Pitohui kills her entire team, leading her to drop her pacifism and swear to kill Pito herself. She very nearly succeeds. That being said, the light novels reveal that by the time she pulls the trigger, she's no longer angry with Pito for tricking the others, but has simply come to accept that it's a game and sees her animosity to her as part of a fun rivalry.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Shirley is the only female member of the team. This is because the team is composed of the "real-life" team of hunters, the "Northern Country Hunters' Club", and it is difficult for anyone, man or woman, to legally be a rifle-owning hunter in Japan. So the odds of Shirley having female teammates is rather slim.
  • Sole Survivor: In the second Squad Jam, Shirley is left as the only surviving member after Pitohui betrays and kills the entirety of her team. She got spared due to Pito deeming her Not Worth Killing. This was a mistake on Pito's part, where Shirley later returns for revenge and manages to land a head shot on her.
  • Spanner in the Works: She utterly ruins the elaborate plan that Teams LF and SHINC set up to eliminate Pitohui when she ends up sniping Pito from afar.
  • The Strategist: In Squad Jam 3, she is the one who basically drags her team kicking and screaming into the tournament, and the one who forcefully takes over the leadership role by laying out her whole plan to deal with Pitohui to the rest of KKHC. Her plan was to make herself the last person on her team to gain leadership among her teammates in the event that the leader dies, and have the others scatter and avoid danger while she goes around killing with no one seeing her coming, as only the leader can appear on the scan.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A female Cold Sniper with greenish-coloured hair, generally unsociable, has a Blood Knight streak, has what is essentially an insta-kill weapon and is partners with a black-clad player who is the opposite gender that their avatar would suggest. Sound familiar?
  • Technical Pacifist: Shirley was initially reluctant in shooting people in-game, having difficulty keeping reality and the virtual world separate. However after watching Pitohui gun down her team in cold blood, after they had struck up a deal, she draws her rifle and prepares to kill Pitohui herself. After she manages to land a headshot on, she drops all pretences of being one in-game.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Squad Jam 4 when Pitohui invites her and Clarence to join LPFM. She still hates the woman and accepts the offer solely so she and Clarence can bypass the prelims, but loudly proclaims they will do their own thing and run off when the tournament starts. However, the special rules of SJ4 lead to them sticking with LPFM longer than she intended.
  • Tomboy: From a young age, she always preferred outdoors physical activities rather than fashion, and took up horse riding, camping, mountain climbing, and eventually hunting.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Subverted. The narration states that her explosive bullets are 50 times more expensive than basic assault rifle ammo, due to the required materials and the possibility of screwing up the creation process. Despite this, she made a whopping 200 of these rounds in preparation for the Squad Jam, even using the cash-conversion system to buy more materials.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A massive one. After Squad Jam 2, she dedicates all her time in VR to becoming stronger and more skilled for the sole purpose of killing Pito in the next tournament, becoming almost obsessive with it. Any semblance of her previous shy, subdued self is gone. She develops her own explosive ammo for the tournament, goes out hunting monsters day in and day out to test her skills, and wipes out almost a dozen players on her own. Her final kill in Squad Jam 3 is Clarence, whom she mercilessly stabs through the chest right before she too is also killed by Clarence triggering a grenade.
  • Unknown Rival: She is heavily motivated to kill Pitohui, who she has labelled as "vermin" for shooting her team mates in cold blood immediately after a negotiation. Meanwhile, Pito really has no idea who she is. LLENN knows that Shirley was the one who landed the headshot on Pito in SJ2 but even she is also clueless as to how consumed with hatred Shirley is with Pito. Subverted by the Test Play and SJ4, where Pito not only tries to invite her and Clarence for a celebration after the Test Play, but also tracks them down to offer a temporary spot in LPFM to bypass the prelims.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shirley's avatar has green hair.

Clarance:

Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese), Laura Stahl (English)

A participant introduced in Squad Jam 2 as part of an alliance of teams that tries to ambush LLENN. She forms a partnership with Shirley after they have a duel to the death in SJ3.


  • Birds of a Feather: While she's this with Shirley, as seen above, she and Pito are also quick to hit it off due to their similarly excitable demeanors and Blood Knight personalities. Shirley's reaction to them interacting could be summed as "Oh God, there's two of them.".
  • Blackmail: Implied. She apparently knows something about her male teammates that they don't want anyone else to know, which is what she used to convince to take part in the SJ3 prelems with her.
  • Blood Knight: Along with being a massive flirt and a bit of a pervert, Clarence really enjoys killing, to the point of going into gruesome detail about what she’ll do to enemy players. While it's not enough for her teammates to outright abandon her like what happened with Pitohui, they often very disturbed by this aspect of her.
  • Bokukko: She deliberately styles her speech pattern to sound like a male.
  • Boyish Short Hair: It's more gender neutral length hair, but nonetheless makes it harder to tell she's female.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has no problem with making an alliance with other teams to target LLENN and Fuka in SJ2 and in SJ3, pretends to form an alliance with some survivor of LPFM’s counterattack only to kill them all.
  • Day in the Limelight: Compared to her first appearance in Squad Jam 2, she gets more combat focus in Squad Jam 3. She tricks several rival teams into spreading out so she can more easily eliminate them and goes head-to-head against Shirley. Neither of them walks away from this encounter.
  • Death Equals Redemption: For all her perverted behaviour, Clarence was being genuine when she wanted to be friends with LLENN and Fuka, and proves it by Taking the Bullet for LLENN when they get sniped by Team MMTM.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Downplayed. She openly admits to being bi, albeit hinting that she prefers girls, and while she's hardly what one would call "evil", being largely friendly and upbeat, she's Sadistic Blood Knight who tends to give out Too Much Information when describing how she'd kill players, and she can come off as kind of creepy, such as when she asked LLENN for a kiss on the cheek in exchange for her magazines.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes:
    • The light novel says that "Even Clarence's own teammates in their random outfits didn't seem to want anything to do with (her)," after she phrases a question about their impromptu alliance in the most vulgar way possible. She is so off-putting that she has to enter Squad Jam 3 with only one partner, a man named Sam. By the time of SJ4, she was kicked out of her squad and unfriended by them.
    • Averted with her partnership with Shirley, who admits to not minding working with her despite her quirks, and their brief team-up with LPFM, with them exchanging friendly banter and opting not to put her at risk by shooting the monster that grabbed her. Justified in that her Blood Knight status makes her Birds of a Feather with Shirley, Pito and Fuka, and M and LLENN are fairly friendly, if a bit deadpan and snarky respectively.
  • For the Lulz: When asked, she simply states that she joined the Squad Jam because she thought it'd be fun, taking Shirley, who joined the first one simply because her teammates dragged her into it and largely plays GGO for practice, off-guard.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Clarence" is a male name.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Takes the bullet meant for LLENN and tells her to win before dying.
  • Hypocritical Humour: She, with absolutely no basis, calls one of DOOM's members a "perverted weirdo".
  • Identical Stranger: Clarence's in-game avatar has a strong resemblance to Karen's real life appearance.
  • In-Series Nickname: Goes by "Clay."
  • I Surrender, Suckers: She tries to pull this. She requests permission from LLENN to move her right hand, only to reach for her gun. LLENN shoots her hand for her trouble.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: She happened to chance on an androgynous avatar and as a result pretends to be male. Just like Kirito did.
  • Oh, Crap!: Says this word for word after her teammate Sam is sniped by Shirley.
  • Playing Possum: After LLENN massacres her entire team, Clarence tries to avoid their fate by pretending to be one of the dead corpses on the ground. LLENN notices there should be one more person and exposes her by shooting at the corpse she's using for cover.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Clarence reveals she's a female player with an androgynous avatar, which led her to pretend to be a guy. In the localized version of the light novels, she's referred to with male pronouns by the narration until her gender is revealed.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Her reaction to some kind of "armadillo person" grabbing her leg in SJ4, not expecting the tournament to have monsters.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Appears to be the only female member of her team. This is not immediately clear because Samus Is a Girl, so the team appears to have no female members at all.
  • Taking the Bullet: Shields LLENN from Team MMTM's gunfire at the cost of her own life.
  • Taking You with Me: Does this when Shirley manages to get on top of her and stab her, activating a plasma grenade and giving her no chance to escape.
  • Too Much Information: She starts going into way too much detail on her experiences kissing guys and girls in real life, making LLENN and Fuka cringe, and this is on top of violating the unwritten rule to not talk about personal real life stuff in a VR game in general. She also tends to do this in regards to what she wants to do to enemy players when she kills them.
  • Universal Ammunition: Luckily for LLENN, Clarence is one of the few players in GGO who uses a weapon that is not only chambered for 5.7x28mm ammo, but also uses the same magazines as her P90: the ultra-rare AR-57 rifle. On top of that, her sidearm is the FN Five-seveN pistol, which also uses the same ammunition.

    Team Memento Mori (MMTM) 
A high-level GGO team who placed 3rd in the first Squad Jam tournament.
  • Badass Driver: They all seem to be adept at using vechiles most ordinary people would never have used in their lives, such as the hovercrafts in SJ1 and the armored Jeeps in SJ2
  • Boring, but Practical: There's nothing that particularly stands out about their team, and they use a pretty standard loadout of assault rifles and machine guns in contrast to the more exotic and disparate loadouts of other squads. But what they do have is a good sense of camaraderie, teamwork, and tactics that puts them at a major advantage over others. With the exception of their machine gunner who uses an HK21 in 7.62x51mm, all their guns are chambered in 5.56x45mm and the five members of the team that use assault rifles that can feed from STANAG magazines, or have modified their weapons with a STANAG-compatible magwell, so they can share ammo when the situation calls for it.
    • They start to downplay this slightly in SJ3, with Lax using a Sniper Rifle and David, surprisingly enough, being inspired to get a photon sword after his loss to Pitohui in Squad Jam 2.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Each member carries cloaks for different environments for better concealment and the AR-toting members have modified their guns to accept the same STANAG magazines in case they need to share ammo, which they reinforce by also having ammo pouches on their backs for anyone behind them to take.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • In the first Squad Jam, five out of six members of the squad get taken out by M exploiting the system by aiming without system assist, thereby preventing the Prediction Line from appearing.
    • In the second Squad Jam they get completely caught off guard by Pitohui's Photon Sword. David in particular managed to fight back, only for Pitohui to activate the secondary blade on the other end of the hilt.
  • Electrified Bathtub: How they're killed in SJ3. As they're making their way through the courtyard to the control room of the "There is Still Time" where Team BTRY is hiding, Pitohui activates the sprinkler system to cover the whole area in water and then its power generator so that each subsequent drop would carry an electrical charge which spreads throughout the now wet room, killing them instantly.
  • Friendly Rivalry: They seem to have this with SHINC. Their leaders express interest in fighting each other multiple times, but they interact amicably and make a silent agreement in SJ3 to not attack should they encounter one another since they both want a shot at LPFM.
  • Graceful Loser: After SJ3 ends, they're noted to be among the teams applauding LLENN for her victory.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In Squad Jam 2 Pitohui uses her photon sword to cut one of the guys clean in half.
  • Informed Attribute: Despite many, including themselves, claiming that their specialty is indoor combat, they prove themselves to be effective in various other fields such as outdoor combat, vehicle combat, and guerilla warfare, while their weapon loadout, with the possible exception of David's Steyr STM-556 due to the interchangeable barrels, seem more geared towards outdoor fighting, with them having five, later four, assault rifles, a machine gun, and a Sniper Rifle with not single SMG or Shotgun among them. For comparison, a team in SJ2 themed after SWAT Teams, IRL police special forces who enter buildings to take out criminals, are wiped out almost immediately due to a lack of nearby buildings.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: In the light novel version of the cabin battle, Pitohui throws an inactive grand grenade to bait out the team, and they fall for it, with one of their members instinctively jumping on the grenade and leaving himself wide open.
  • Meaningful Name: Their team name means "Remember, you must die," in Latin, which matches their team leader's philosophy.
  • Obliviously Evil: They function as major antagonists in the second Squad Jam due to their attempts of eliminating PM4 from the tournament, not knowing that Pitohui plans to kill herself and M IRL should she be killed by anyone other than LLENN.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: They have definitely earned their reputation as one of GGO's best teams, but in the first two Squad Jams they just get way outmatched by the main characters.
  • Recurring Boss: They are a constant annoyance to Team LF in Squad Jam 2, showing up twice to interfere with their plans and forcing them to deal with these meddlers instead.
  • True Companions: While they are all effective combatants, it's their sense of camaraderie and teamwork that gets them as far as they do.
  • Weapon of Choice: With the exception of Jake, the sole machine gun user in the squadron, every member of MMTM exclusively use assault rifles chambered in 5.56x45mm so they can share ammo more easily, with the most distincintive factor being that they all use different ones.
    • Later on, Lax takes to using a Sniper Rifle, making him one of the two non-assault rifle users in the group alongside Jake.

David

Voiced By: Junji Majima (Japanese), Greg Chun (English)
The Leader of MMTM, who knew Pitohui in the early days of GGO.
  • Badass Boast: When Pitohui attacks him with a Photon Sword, he manages to grab her hand to stop her swing, dismissing it as just a toy.
  • Badass in Charge: He's the leader of MMTM, as well as a GGO veteran and participant in previous squad jams.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the main protagonist of the series, who all have Super Speed, Super Strength, Improbable Aiming Skills and shields Made of Indestructium, David has no unique skills outside of his rare and adaptable assault rifle. What he does have however is a good knowledge of tactics and gun fighting skill which has allowed him to reach the BoB finals, which even Pitohui wasn't able to pull off, and lead his team to reach the top five in every Squad Jam so far.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As the leader of his team, he has no problem on attacking disadvantaged opponents or utilizing tactics requiring Heroic Sacrifices, although so far he's never done the latter.
  • Companion Cube: Seems to view hsi STM-556 in this manner.
  • Courier: Volume 6 reveals that in the real world, David works as a deliveryman for a shipping company.
  • Driven to Suicide: After being chosen as the traitor in SJ3, he immediately tries to shoot himself in outrage. His teammates manage to talk him out of it and convince him to play along with the new rule.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: When Team BTRY is doing introductions, Pitohui introduces him as Daveed and proceeds to refer to him as such for the rest of the tournament. He's very annoyed by this and threatens to kill anyone else who calls him that.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he's a fairly cold and calculating leader, he does value his teammates and teamwork, which is a major contributor to his animosity towards Pitohui and why he tries to kill himself when he's chosen as the traitor in SJ3.
  • Eye Scream: Ends up taking a blade in the eye when he and Pitohui struggle for control over the weapon, only for Pito to activate the weapon's second blade which extends out the other end of the grip.
  • Gun Accessories: David's Stey Manlichier comes equipped with what appears to be a long-range scope and, from SJ2 onward, an Underbarrel Grenade Launcher.
  • In-Series Nickname: In a similar vein to Eva and her "Boss" nickname, his squadmates tend to refer to him as "Leader" as opposed to his username.
  • The Leader: A mix of the Mastermind and Levelheaded variety for Memento Mori, being the most experienced player among them and The Strategist.
    • The mastermind aspect is showcased when Lax expresses interest in becoming a sniper. He carefully considers the prosnote , as well as the consnote .
  • Master Swordsman: Downplayed. While he only took to wielding it recently, he has enough skill with his Photon Sword to match Pitohui, who has comparitvely more experience, to the point where she's forced to pull out a second one to beat him.
  • Named by the Adaptation: David was originally unnamed in the first three light novels, and his teammates only referred to him as "Leader". The anime shows that his in-game name is "David". He, however, is referred to by name in Squad Jam 3.
  • Off with His Head!: Or more accurately off with the top of his head, which is how David and another Team MMTM member meet their end at Pitohui's hands after she impales them through the eye.
  • Pet the Dog: During LLENN's final fight with Pitohui in SJ3, he's among those who cheer her on.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Pito in Squad Jam 3 after she steers the ship to kill the stranded Team T-S instead of rescuing them, then kills Ervin.
    “Pitohui…I knew that you were a completely irredeemable piece of shit, but I thought you at least took the game seriously. It’s one thing to beat your enemies. But involuntary arrangement or not, I didn’t think you’d plot to kill your own teammates. I’ve lost any respect I had for you.”
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He's not wrong that Pitohui is very screwed up in the head based on her Sadistic and Team Killer tendencies in-game, but considering that she's willing to orchestrate things so that her dying will have her kill herself and M IRL, he's only scratching the surface.
  • Say My Name: David screams Pitohui's name as she kills him.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Feels this way about Pitohui, making killing her a top priority in SJ2 and trying to kill her after she murders Ervin, who was their teammate at the time, in SJ3.
  • So Proud of You: Expresses this to his teammates in SJ3 after they get the better of him.
  • The Strategist: He appears to be his squadrons main tactician, being the one who makes the plans and gives the orders the others follow without question.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever he works with Pitohui, expect it to be a case of this on his end.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: In preparation for the Second Squad Jam, he bought and practiced with an under barrel grenade launcher for his assault rifle.
  • Weapon of Choice: A rare Steyr-Mannlicher STM-556, which possesses interchangable barrels to give it added versatility. He also has a Steyr M9-A1 handgun chambered in 9x19 Parabellum as a sidearm.
  • We Used to Be Friends: David was part of a squadron with Pitohui a long time ago, but he couldn't tolerate how she was a Death Seeker who held no regard for the lives of others.

Jake

Voiced By: Taishi Murate (Japanese), David Vincent (English)
The Second-in-Command and the team's Machine Gunner.
  • BFG: He’s the only member of MMTM to use a machine gun.
  • Improvised Weapon: Of a sort. While David’s the team’s mid-range sniper, Jake operates as the team’s long-range sniper, which he accomplishes by using his Machine Gun in semi-auto.
  • Informed Ability: He’s stated to have been the team’s de-facto sniper due to his Machine Gun’s long range, but we never get to see his actual marksmanship skills before Lax takes over the role with his more traditional Sniper Rifle.
  • The Lancer: He’s the De-Facto second-in-command.
  • More Dakka: The team’s sole machine gun user.
  • Stronger Than They Look: His appearance may look scrawny, but he has the highest STR stat in the Squadron.
  • Weapon of Choice: In contrast to his teammates, he uses a Heckler & Koch HK23E machine gun as opposed to an assault rifle. Justified as his primary role is to provide support fire, which a machine gun with a large ammo capacity and high rate of fire can easily accomplish.

Lax:

Voiced By: Masaaki Mizunaka (Japanese), Kellen Goff (English)
The team's Gun Nut and eventual sniper.
  • Adaptational Heroism: An inversion. In the original Light Novel he tries to perform a Heroic Sacrifice and save David from a Grande Grenade, an upgraded Plasma Grenade, even if it would kill them both anyway. In the anime, he never gets the chance to do this.
  • Cool Shades: What makes Lax stand out among his squad mates is his black eye-obscuring sunglasses that he wears at all times. Since sunlight doesn’t affect eyesight in GGO, he mainly just wears them to look cool.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the original Light Novel, he’s killed when he tries to shield David from a fake Grenade explosion and leaves himself open for Pitohui decapitating him while he’s down. In the anime, he’s killed shortly after Summon, having been killed by Pitohui firing her shotgun through the door he was standing in front of.
  • Friendly Sniper: Takes on this role in the 3rd Squad Jam onward, trading out his H&K G 36 KV for a MSG 90 Semi-Auto Rifle. He's also a pretty friendly guy, attempting to protect David from a Grenade and even asking his team if he could change roles before going ahead with it.
  • Gun Nut: He’s stated to be the biggest gun freak amongst his squad mates, which is what helps adapt to using a Sniper Rifle.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • See Jumping on a Grenade below.
    • In SJ3, he stays behind to lay covering fire on David, who ended up joining team BTRY, so that his team can reach the "There Is Still Time", leaving himself to drown in the rising water.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: In the light novel version of the cabin battle, Pitohui throws an inactive grand grenade to bait out the team, with Lax taking the bait and instinctively jumping on the grenade and leaving himself wide open.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Stated to be this appearance-wise, with his main defining feature being his sunglasses.
  • Weapon of Choice: Like Kenta, he wields a H&K G36KV. Later on, he switches it out for a MSG90 Semi-Auto rifle to become the the team Sniper.

Bold

Voiced By: Ryokan Koyanagi (Japanese), Andrew Russell (English)
One of the team's assault rifle users, who's notable for his exotic appearance.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: He has a lighter skin tone in the anime.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the Light Novel, he apparently has the darkest skin in the squad.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: His avatar’s hair is styled in dreadlocks. This, along with his Light Novel and Manga equivalent’s brown skin, is stated to give him a very exotic appearance.
  • Eye Scream: Pitohui kills him by stabbing him through the eye with her Photon Sword when he starts shooting through a hole in the wall to kill her.
  • Hot-Blooded: He’s the first to respond to Pitohui’s surprise counter attack, firing wildly into the room she’s in through the walls before being stopped by David.
  • It's Personal: He holds a bit of a grudge against LLENN for being the one to personally eliminate him from the first Squad Jam, and is looking for a chance to get revenge.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Beretta ARX-160 assault rifle.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is a deep maroon colour.

Kenta

Voiced By: Aoi Ichikawa (Japanese), Mark Whitten (English)
One of the team's assault rifle users, as well as the fastest and most headstrong.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the light novel and manga, he has black hair as opposed to the blonde in the anime.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When David is reminiscing about his earlier days in GGO and his encounters with Pitohui, Kenta bluntly states that he’s sounding like an old man.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the Light Novel, he ends up falling on his back and killed by a grenade Pitohui drops on him. In the anime, Pitohui instead cuts him in half through the wall.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: In the anime, Pitohui kills him by cutting him in half through the wall with her Photon Sword.
  • Ironic Nickname: His squadmates have given him the nickname “Chicken” since he named his avatar after his favorite brand of fast food fried chicken. Despite this, he’s noted to be quite possibly the squadron’s boldest member.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Stated to have little problem with charging into dangerous locations or situations.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Not as bad as Lax, but he’s stated to look like your average Japanese guy.
  • Super Speed: Noted to be fastest member of MMTM.
  • Weapon of Choice: Like Lax, he wields a H&K G36KV.

Summon

Voiced By: Itaru Yamamoto (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)
Memento Mori's newest member.

    Team Narrows 
A group of combat professionals using the first Squad Jam tournament as a training exercise.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They wipe out multiple other teams in the first Squad Jam without taking any casualties or even any injuries, and they make it look easy. At least, until the end of the episode, when they are the ones on the receiving end of one from LLENN herself.
  • Fast-Roping: In the first phase of the tournament, the team leader and spotter set up in overwatch positions in skyscrapers to view the battlespace, and use their real life skills in rappelling to quickly evacuate their positions.
  • I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: They were doing pretty well in the tournament until they came across LLENN, who is so small and moves at such an unrealistically fast speed, that all their actual training and tactics completely failed at that moment.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: This is what they were hoping to achieve by entering the Squad Jam tournament. In the end, however, it was decided that the game has too many unrealistic elements and may reinforce too many bad habits in training (such as not putting a finger on the trigger to prevent a Bullet Line from appearing, a technique that sets you up for disaster in real life shooting) that the JSDF decided not to use GGO as a training tool.
  • Improperly Placed Firearms: They are armed with the FN FAL rifle, which is completely out of place for the JSDF as that weapon was never adopted by them. More realistically, they should be using the Howa Type 64.
  • Kaiju Defense Force: They are a JSDF squad evaluating the Gun Gale Online game on whether it can be used for actual combat training. More specifically, they are a Japanese Air Self-Defense Force garrison security team from Hyakuri Air Base who report to Lieutenant Colonel Seijirou Kikuouka.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The leader decides to resign from the game after LLENN eliminates two-thirds of his team in less than a minute, as the situation she presented would never happen in real life and is thus completely useless in training.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The light novel didn't give their team a name, it came from the anime. This actually causes an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole, as Volume 7 mentions team names max out at 5 letters long, which "Narrows" exceeds by 2 letters.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Of a sort. Since their team is there strictly to evaluate the game as a training tool, it can be inferred that all their in-game builds are designed to simulate a real life person as closely as possible, meaning no one on their team has any kind of superhuman abilities such as Super Speed or Super Strength to carry equipment loads that would break a soldier's back in reality.
  • Serious Business: Played With: Unlike all the other participants who are competing in Squad Jam for glory, for the prizes, or just for fun, they are dead serious in everything they do in the game and treat it exactly like real life. Quite understandable, as they are gathering data in the interest of their country's national security. However, post-game, while delivering a status report, their leader notes that rather than being depressed, everyone is joking around and had a blast playing the game.
  • Soldier vs. Warrior: Related to the above, they are in Squad Jam with a specific objective in mind and are just there to get it done. There's no time for fame and fortune in GGO for them.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Although they're not villains at all, just antagonists for LLENN, all their cool-headed planning and tactics go out the window once LLENN uses abilities that are only possible in-game to take them down.
  • Weak, but Skilled: As whole, the team are an extremely competent squadron thanks to their IRL military training, employing effective tactics and having coordination and teamwork. Unfortunately, since their avatars where likely built up to resemble real life humans as closely as possible, they are likely much weaker compared to the rest of SJ competitors, which is part of the reason LLENN is able to dispatch them so easily.
  • Wham Line: In the light novel, during the post-match meeting, one of them addresses Kikuoka by name, which may come as a shock to anyone who hasn't read Alicization.

    Team KKHC 
A team that debuted in Squad Jam 2. They are made up of a group of hunters from Hokkaido. Due to Japan's strict anti-gun laws, they are among the few regular players in the Japanese server who have extensive experience with rifles in real life.note 

Mai Kirishima / Shirley

Voiced by: Marika Kouno (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)
See "Clarence and Shirley" above

    Team T-S 
A faceless team running around with full body power armor and H&K XM8 assault rifles.
  • 0% Approval Rating: They do almost nothing for the whole Squad Jam 2 tournament and then arrive last minute for a Kill Steal, after Teams LF and PM4 had done all the work in clearing the other teams up. The fact such an undeserving team won the tournament led them to be reviled by the entirety of GGO's residents. The novels suggests that the players had to immediately logout to avoid getting into trouble.
  • Captain Ersatz: They are all dressed in green armor, and look like Galactic Federation Marines.
  • Born Lucky: The only way to explain their victory in the second Squad Jam, especially seeing as they had no prior experience in PvP combat. Shortly after spawining, they managed to find a way to climb up the border wall and bikes to allow them to traverse across it more easily. The high ground allows to take out Team ZEMAL and allows them to avoid conflcit for most of the tournament. And when they finally get off their high horses and go back to the ground, they just so happen upon a weakened Team LF just as they finish off PM4, allowing them to score an easy win.
    • Extends to SJ3. Not equipping their signature armour to avoid being recognised, they're approached by a guy instigating other players in a plot to pull an Enemy Mine against the four championnote  and gives them a letter detailing the plan and flares to signal other teams that they found them, tipping them off to the fact that they're a target.
  • Dirty Coward: The real reason the crowd watching Squad Jam 2 hated them so much is because aside from sniping ZEMAL down, they spent the entire tournament just hiding out in one corner, and won by gunning down LLENN and Fuka when they were down, winning with practically zero effort.
    • They're this again in Squad Jam 3, by accident. Being the champions of Squad Jam 2, and knowing that a lot of people hate them for their victory, they correctly understand that a lot of players will be gunning for them, so T-S sets up shop at the top of a skyscraper with a machine gun overlooking the approach. The only problem is, the map is slowly sinking, so by the time they realize the water has washed away any hope of any team going after them, they're stuck on top of a tower with no way to participate in the tournament.
  • Faceless Goons: Their armor is completely face-covering.
  • Fish out of Water: Before SJ2, they were a squadron that only focused on MvP and merely joined out of curiosity. Needless to say, they were only able to come out the champions because of sheer, dumb luck.
  • The Fool: In reality, these guys are a bunch of idiots whose victory in SJ2 was the result of sheer luck and in SJ3, they managed to get themselves stuck on the top of a building because they didn't notice the rising water.
  • Kill Steal: During the second Squad Jam, Team T-S camped the entire battle, and came up after the bitter, desperate battle between Pitohui and LLENN to finish off the badly wounded survivors and win the game.
  • Mighty Glacier: Their armor gives them a speed penalty, but is very, very strong for defense: in Squad Jam 3, M sniped Ervin multiple times with his M14, but did no damage to him. In fact, his first shot hit Ervin dead center on the head and it simply bounced off! On the other hand, they can still feel the physical impact of the bullets hitting and it can rattle them. Ervin only died because Pitohui betrayed him, as expected of her, and stabbed him with her Photon Sword at point-blank range which no armor could protect against. And the rest of T-S died when Pito rammed the cruise ship right against the building they were stuck on, causing them to fall into the water and drown.
    • However in the Test Play Battle even their armor is no use when the NPC team busts out half a dozen RPG-7 launchers and blasts all of Team T-S to kingdom come.
  • No Bikes in the Apocalypse: They avert the trope, as they use bicycles to travel along the boundary wall in Squad Jam 2.
  • Powered Armor: Their outfits look like this, and it's not just for show.
  • True Companions: They establish themselves as this when Ervin, their representative in team BTRY, tries bringing them with him to the "There Is Still Time" to get them off the building they're stuck on and later when he asks Pitohui to pick them up with the ship, despite the fact it'd be disadvantageous to his current team.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In the first and second Squad Jam, they're largely inexperienced in PvP and largely got by on luck, but they make up for it with their equipment; namely, their Powered Armor that is so tough, that Ervin is able to receive zero damage from a headshot!
  • The Voiceless: Unlike the other teams, they never say a word throughout their appearances in the anime. This changes as of Volume 4, where they are shown talking.
  • Weapon of Choice: In preparation for the second Squad Jam, they squadron got their hands on guns that have futuristic designs to go with their space marine aesthetic.
    • The team's machinge gunner uses a H&K GR9, a version of the HK21 with a built in-scope and rounded design.
    • Two members use Steyr AUGs.
    • Two other members use SAR 21s.
    • The last of them, Ervin, wields a H&K XM8, a lightweight assault rifle that never left the development stage, with an equipped suppressor. The anime simplifies things by having them all use the XM8.
  • You Are Number 6: Each member is simply known by a number from 001 to 006. Although in Squad Jam 3, the one who is chosen for the Betrayer team decides to use his actual online handle of "Ervin."

Ervin

The "Number 2" of T-S and the traitor in SJ3
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Averted. Despite his team scoring a cheap win in SJ2, none of the other members of Team BTRY seem to give him grief over it, with Pitiful even telling him “A win’s a win” to ease his nerves about his situation. David even resolves to avenge him after Pitohui kills him.
  • The Face: Downplayed. Since he's interacted with them before, he's the one who discusses an alliance with the other teams instead of his teammates.
  • Gentle Giant: He is described as being pretty large, but he’s fairly soft-spoken and clearly cares about his teammates.
  • Honor Before Reason: In SJ3, he asks Pitohui to rescue his teammates from the building they got stuck on before the Traitor Rule came into play, despite the fact that doing so would give Team BTRY a huge disadvantage and that it’d be smarter to deal with the other teams and go after them last. Too bad it’s Pitohui he’s asking this of.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Pitohui kills him by stabbing him from behind with her Photon Sword.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being part of a widely reviled team, Ervin himself is a decent guy who cares about his teammates and refers to his new teammates in Team BTRY in honorifics. Even when Pitohui kills off his team against his wishes, he still refers to her politely.
  • Number Two: Implied. Each of the members of T-S have a number on their helmet and Ervin’s is “002”, implying that he’s the team’s sub-leader.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": How he responds to Pitohui killing off his team.
  • True Companions: Clearly feels this way about his teammates, being upset by being chosen as the traitor in SJ3 and making multiple attempts to help them get back into the tournament even after, since they ended up stuck on a sinking building. He’s clearly devastated after Pitohui, instead of helping them like he asked her to, crashes the ship into the building they’re stuck on to kill them in one fell swoop.
  • You Are Number 6: The number on his helmet is “002”.
  • Weapon of Choice: Like his teammates, he uses a Live-Ammo gun with a futuristic design. He himself uses a Heckler and Koch XM8 with an equipped suppressor.

    Team ZEMAL 
A team of machine gun fanatics. Their name stands for "Zen Nihon Machine Gun Lovers" which means "All-Japan Machine Gun Lovers."
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Whatever else one can say about them, they certainly know how to have a fun time in GGO.
  • Butt-Monkey: They get totally wiped out by Team Narrows in the first Squad Jam without them even managing to put a single scratch on them. Later, when they read the notice that LLENN and Fuka have registered for Squad Jam 2, they're so fixated on their computer that they fail to notice a giant sand worm is about to eat them for lunch.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: During the Test Play, their method of infiltrating the castle, which isn't to go in guns blazing like you'd expect, is to actually approach the castle with a large sign saying that they're on the NPC team's side. And it actually would have worked if Pito didn't ruin it. This is because they were real soldiers who legitimately thought they were in a foreign environment instead of mere NP Cs.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Effectively their largest flaw as a squadron. While Machine Guns are extremely powerful with their absurd fire rates, it's also literally the only weapon they collectively own, carrying no other weapons and anyone who so much as suggests such a thing being kicked out immediately, meaning they collectively suffer the same weaknesses as each other. They start to Downplay this down the line, basing their tactics on the strengths of their signature weapons instead of merely relying on their high firepower.
  • Dual Wielding: Their dream is to put enough points into their STR stat so they can dual wield machine guns.
  • Dumbass No More: ... Okay, they're still kind of dumb, but their rapid rising in the Squad Jam's rank can be attributed to them actually using their heads more and focusing on their Machine Gun's strengths as opposed to just their ability to fire loads of bullets.
    • In SJ2, they spawned on the top of a hill and quickly realized the terrain advantage it gave them over other teams and so stayed there and shot anyone who came by, only dying because they weren't prepared for an enemy with even higher ground.
    • In SJ3 they were able to create what was essentially mobile turrets with just their machine guns and some random stuff they found in a abandoned store that carried them to being one of the last six surviving teams and netting them fifth place in the end
    • And in the Test Play they manage to get their hands on backpacks that attach to their guns' feeding system to let them fire for longer.
  • Dumb Muscle: All five of them are big tough guys in game, and none of them are very bright either.
  • Failed a Spot Check: They often don't pay attention to their surroundings. A monster takes them by surprise when they hear the news about SJ2, and apparently kills them. Something similar happens when they hear about SJ4, but the intervention of a third party saves them.
  • Glass Cannon: Statistically, they are this. Their machine guns are plenty powerful with their high fire rate, but their weight combined with that of the ammo needed for them slows them down in spite of their STR-centric stat-builds, lessening their overall speed, also prevents them from donning heavy defensive equipment like T-S' Powered Armor.
  • Gun Nut: Specifically, they're Machine Gun Nuts, and they take this obsession to cult-like extremes, even claiming there's a "God of Machine Guns" who dictates their actions.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: During the first Squad Jam, they empty entire belts of ammo in the general direction LLENN is located, which does absolutely nothing, as LLENN has taken cover behind a tree. The only thing they accomplish is give away their position to other teams from the noise of the gunfire.
  • Joke Character: They are only present to showcase the Lighter and Softer attitude of Alternative; nobody in Squad Jam is of a comparable level to Bullet of Bullets qualifiers, but they're playing GGO as a game, to have fun, and these guys make both points emphatically clear.
  • Killed Offscreen: In the anime, the whole team gets effortlessly wiped out by Team T-S in Squad Jam 2 and we only learn about it when Fuka offhandedly notices they got taken out after LLENN is finished with the dome battle.
  • Large Ham: They're very flamboyant and make sure to announce their presence to everyone through shouts or gunfire.
  • Lethal Joke Character: They are ''still' large hams but they end up vastly improving, consistently making it into the top five since SJ2, and LPFM and SHINC acknowledge that they Took a Level in Badass after a fight with them during the Test Play.
  • MacGyvering: Surprisingly, they do this in Squad Jam 3. Upon finding a hardware store and plenty of tools, they begin by using hacksaws to cut down metal pipes to size, tying clusters of the pipes together, then duct-taping the pipe clusters to the sides of the carts to create makeshift armor. Then mounting their guns on the carts and stuffing backpacks full of ammo links in the bottom section, and you have shopping carts turned into mobile gun platforms!
  • Meaningful Name: The "All-Japan" part of their name comes from the fact that the five members of their team are spread out across the Japanese islands, all the way from Okinawa to Hokkaido.
  • More Dakka: Their favorite strategy is to endlessly fire until they're out of ammunition. By the time of the Test Play, they even get the blueprints for special backpacks that can carry huge stocks of bullets and link to a machine to reload it continuously, removing the need for them to reload so that they can fire bullets for much, much longer.
    Rapid-fire, rapid-fire! Strafe! Ack-ack! Random fire! As long as we've got bullets, keep firing! That's the way of life for the All-Japan Machine Gun Lovers!
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Volume 6 mentions that there's no "correct" way to pronounce ZEMAL, since it's an acronym.
  • Oblivious to Love: Shinohara's IRL teaching assistant is very clearly into him and makes it extremely obvious, but he doesn't seem to pick up on it.
  • Serious Business: Machine Guns, to the point where if a team member were to suggest they use another tactically sensible weapon for the situation, they would get kicked out of the squadron.
  • The Squadette: In SJ4, the team gains a new member, and leader, in the form of a female player wielding a modified RPD, who accepts their offer to become their leader and whip them into shape. They see her as a Goddess sent by the "God of Machine Guns".
  • Smarter Than They Look:
    • For an entire group of Dumb Muscle who have a cult-like obsession with Machine Guns, they've managed to come up with some good and effective strategies after their loss in the first Squad Jam that allow them to start consistently making the top tens.
    • Shinohara, the Rambo-lookalike, is revealed in Volume 6 to be A cram school teacher IRL.
  • Starter Villain: The first opponents LLENN encounters in the very first Squad Jam. Appropriately they turn out to be a complete joke.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • In the first Squad Jam tournament, they seem to think standing out in the open and resorting to More Dakka is a good strategy to beat LLENN. Ultimately all they accomplish is giving away their position due to the loud noises they're making from the continuous fire, making them easy pickings for other teams.
    • While they're preoccupied with looking at a computer, they fail to notice a giant sand worm rearing up behind to devour them.
    • In Squad Jam 2, the reason they got wiped out by Team T-S at a distance of only 50 meters away was because it never occurred to them that the satellite scan doesn't account for altitude, so they completely failed to look up.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Their skills have improved considerably by Squad Jam 3, to the point that they are among the last six teams still standing. It's lampshaded in Volume 6, in which they actually manage to present a significant threat to Teams SHINC and LPFM.
  • Unknown Rival: They seem to think of themselves as Worthy Opponents to LLENN, but in reality she doesn't heed them any attention after their first encounter.
  • Weapon of Choice: All of them exclusively carry machine guns. It is in their name, it is in their creed, and anyone who uses any other weapon, for any reason, is kicked out.

     New Soldiers 

A group of roleplayers who act like soldiers from different wars flung into the post-apocalyptic world of GGO.


  • Adapted Out: They make no appearance in the anime.
  • All for Nothing: In SJ2, The survivor's decision to retreat from KKHC proves to be for naught when they team up with the alliance of squadrons targeting PM4, leading to rest of them getting wiped out.
  • The Alcoholic: The Green Beret is apparently this, having a habit of logging in drunk, which annoys his teammates. He was however sober during SJ2 due to the West German, his IRL friend, making he was dry for the tournament, which makes his inability to see the Bullet Lines more surprising to his teammates.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In SJ3, they suffer one at the hands of the now more experienced ZEMAL and their shopping cart machine gun turrets.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: They roleplay as this, roleplaying as soldiers who were declared MIA during their respective wars and were flung to the futuristic world of GGO, and are working together to find a way home. Respectively, they consist of a Green Beret from the Vietnam War, a Russian paratrooper from the Soviet Afghanistan war, a merc from the Rhodesian Bush war, a West German soldier from the Cold War, and a English infantryman and Imperial Japanese officer from World War II, wearing equipment and wielding guns that match their chosen time periods.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After their leader and snipers are taken out by KKHC and their Lineless Shooting, the surviving three numbers show no shame in retreating.
  • Honor Before Reason: After the alliance of players fails to kill PM4, the Imperial Japanese soldier intends to go to the mountain and fight them, likely knowing that he'll die, and expresses to his fellow team leaders that it was a good strategy regardless and wishes them luck with a salute, inspiring them to team up with him in his attempt. This gets the rest of them killed.
  • The Squad:
    • The Green Beret is The Leader, but also seems to serve as one of their infantry with his superior speed and XMI77E2 Assault Rifle.
    • The West German and the English Infantryman serve as the team's snipers due to their respective use of G3A3ZF and Lee Enfield No. 4 Mk. I rifles.
    • The Russian appears to be their Demolitions Expert due to his AKS-74 having a grenade launcher with an 1,300 feet range.
    • The Mercenary and the Imperial Japanese appear to be their infantry based on their use of a FAL Rifle and a Type 100 SMG respectively.

    Team RGB 
A team of energy weapon lovers who compete in Squad Jam 2 & 3. Their name stands for Ray Gun Boys.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: LLENN and Fuka utterly annihilate them in Squad Jam 2 with their improvised artillery barrage. And then Team SHINC wipes the floor with them in Squad Jam 3 in their POV segment at the start of Volume 5.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're fond of ray guns.
  • Joke Character: They more or less exist as a fodder team for the main characters to take down on the way to their confrontation with their primary rivals. In Squad Jam 2, it's Team LF that does it, and in Squad Jam 3 it's SHINC's turn to roll right over them.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: Team RGB ends up falling victim to this trope. Lasers do have some advantages over live ammo, such as not being affected by the wind, and power packs for laser weapons being a great deal lighter, but none of them offset the fact that GGO is designed from the get-go for every player to have in-built shields that protect against lasers.
  • Meaningful Name: While not the intended meaning in-universe, RGB can refer to red, green and blue, the primary colors of light.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Amazingly enough, their stubbornness in using energy weapons works out well for them in Squad Jam 4. The anti-camping measure in SJ4 is to have monster hordes spawning to attack players every five minutes, so for once, their weapons are actually useful in fighting in the tournament as they make short work of monsters much faster than players using conventional bullet-firing guns.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They go into a PvP tournament with weapons specifically designed for PvE. As hotheaded and inept as Team ZEMAL is, at least they have the right tools for the job.

    Team TOMS 
A team of Fragile Speedsters who take part in the third Squad Jam.
  • Crippling Overspecialisation: Considering they're an entire team of Fragile Speedsters.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: As explained, the AGI build is not the Game-Breaker it was when GGO launched, but TOMS can still use it effectively enough to be one of the last surviving teams, albeit with two casualties.
  • Fragile Speedster: This is TOMS' main gimmick. They're all players with AGI builds and light weaponry that rely on fast movement to make up for their low defence.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: They try to form an alliance with Team ZEMAL, who proceed to kill them after they admit to not liking machine guns.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: They're the only one of the six SJ3 finalists to have lost teammates along the way, losing two of their number. This puts them in the worst scenario when Cole, the fastest member, is chosen for Team BTRY, as it leaves them with only three.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: They also take part in the Test Play, but decided to quit after seeing how deadly the NPC team were.
  • Weapon of Choice: Due to their stat build, the team primarily uses SMGs and light, compact assault rifles.

Cole

The fastest member of the team.
  • Fragile Speedster: Like the rest of his team, but he’s noted to be the fastest.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: This is how he meets his end in SJ3, being shot by Team SHINC’s PTRD-41 while his back is turned.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Subverted. He planned on doing this on Team BTRY and maybe ZEMAL after his teammates are killed by the latter, but he’s killed by SHINC before he has the chance.
  • The Starscream: Attempts to be this for Team BTRY so that his team can score the win. Unfortunately, they’re wiped out by ZEMAL before he can make his move and he’s killed shortly after before he can try avenging them.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his team, which is shown when unlike the other traitors, he decides to not play along with SJ3’s traitor rule and planned to betray Team BTRY so his team can win.
  • True Companions: His (failed) betrayal is motivated by him wanting his team to win.
  • Weapon of Choice: His preferred firearm is a H&K MP7A1 SMG.

    Team DOOM 

A new team in Squad Jam 4. Their main tactic is using suicide bombings.


  • Armor Is Useless: Averted they wear extremely heavy armor on their heads and fronts of their bodies which is impervious to almost all light-to-medium-caliber bullets. The only ways to reliably kill them are to either shoot them In the Back where they have not armored themselves or use a weapon that is an instant-kill... such as Pitohui's Photon Swords, as LLENN realized.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Their suicide attacks in a nutshell. Detonating their explosive packs results in a blast larger than most explosives, but it also costs the team the life of the user. The only way for their tactics to be remotely worthwhile is if they take several enemies out in a blast, so LLENN makes quick work of four of them by attacking by herself.
  • Badass Biker: All six of them use motorcycles, and prove to be skilled at riding them when they're able to dodge Fuka's grenades and Shirley's shots.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Downplayed. Due to requiring powerful explosives to pull off, their suicide bomber strategy is very expensive. However, their status as rich middle schoolers helps them get around this, as they can simply convert their high IRL allowances into Credits to buy them.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: They participate in SJ4 with only their explosives, and no guns whatsoever.
  • Determinator: These guys just don't let up. Even after losing one member without taking out LPFM, they still send another and when he's knocked off his bike, he just gets up and keeps running.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Naturally.
  • Glass Cannon: Kind of a given when your main strategy is blowing yourselves up with powerful explosives. You're bound to deal damage from even the shockwave, assuming the enemy lacks cover, but that doesn't change the fact that literally you're only attack kills you. Zig-Zagged however in that they wear heavy armor to help them get close to their targets.
  • Glory Seeker: While their strategy guarantees that they're not gonna win the Squad Jam, they are still eager to take down LPFM, the previous champs.
  • Graceful Loser: When they meet up in the waiting room, they're not at all bothered that they lost, choosing to root for LPFM the rest of the way.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Their skill in riding motorcycles stems from playing racing games before coming to GGO.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Played with. Their tactics are surprisingly deadly, but can also be easily countered if you know how.
  • Meaningful Name: Zigzagged. They certainly will bring doom if caught in their explosions, but in actuality their team name is just an anagram of domo, a basic Japanese greeting.
  • The Needs of the Many: Inverted. When LLENN charges at them with Pito's Photon Sword, the leader opts to not detonate when she gets close since taking out the rest of her team would be more efficient than taking out just her. While logically sound, this unfortunately bites him, and the team, in the ass.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: The final member of the team detonates and tries to take out LLENN, but she's able to avoid the blast in time.
  • Spoiled Sweet: They're rich middle schoolers who presumably get a high enough allowance to pay for their powerful suicide bombs, but they're all rather excitable and prove to be Graceful Losers when they're beaten.
  • Suicide Attack: They attack by detonating their explosive packs in a massive blast.
  • Taking You with Me: Their modus operandi.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Having all their members prepared to blow themselves up to take out large groups of the enemies does seem like a good idea, but the fact that they only use their Suicide Bombs with no other weapons effectively guarantees that they won't be winning the Squad Jam. Not that they seem to care.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The members of the team converted from other games, so while their basic stats are high, they don't know much about GGO.

Others

    The Drill Sergeant 

The Drill Sergeant

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Tamara Ryan (English)

A female NPC character who helps players get oriented to Gun Gale Online... by acting like a Drill Sergeant Nasty.


  • Ascended Extra: The NPC trainer wasn't even described in the light novel (to the point that its sex isn't even revealed) and only has one line recommending LLENN to use submachine guns, and was completely absent from the manga adaptation (where LLENN's tutorial was only one panel). The anime adaptation is the only medium where she gets to shine.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: As is fitting for the tutorial program of a gritty game setting like GGO, her entire personality is based on the idea of an intense training officer who does a lot of shouting. It nearly scares the crap out of LLENN.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Her shots upon demonstrating the pistol create, as they say in the gun community, a "ragged hole" in the bullseye of the target. Then again, she should expected to have perfect aim as she is a trainer NPC.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit is barely there, as it is.
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: She demands that LLENN reply with a "Yes, ma'am."

    The Novelist 

The Novelist

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Voiced by: Keiichi Sigsawa (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)

A novelist responsible for sponsoring the Squad Jam tournament concept in Gun Gale Online.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Hardly anyone seems to like him In-Universe, especially after Squad Jam 3, in which the special rule he added split up teams and forced friends to fight each other.
  • Author Avatar: The In-Universe creator of Squad Jam is essentially the real life author of the Squad Jam light novel. Sigsawa even voices himself in Episode 3.
  • The Gadfly: Episode 5.5 reveals he took a lot of video clips from Squad Jam without consent and edited over the audio to turn it into a giant joke.
  • Gun Nut: A gun fanatic novelist, much like the real life Sigsawa who he based himself off of.
  • Manchild: Volume 7 has him described as a 50-year-old man who writes like a child.
  • Self-Deprecation: The novelist is based off of the real life Sigsawa. Pitohui voices her opinions on said individual, stating he's a gun otaku and if ever seeing someone like that in real life they should have the cops called on them. Volume 4 takes it Up to Eleven, with the short story in the afterword basically showing the novelist to be a loser with an over-inflated ego who isn't even that good with guns despite being totally obsessed with them! And then he gets taken out in-game by an enemy player named Kadokawa. As in, the light novel company that publishes the Sword Art Online franchise! Volume 5 also has LLENN getting very cross with the novelist for coming up with the "betrayer" rule for the third Squad Jam, which resulted in her being forced to fight her teammates and friends, despite thinking that Pito was the betrayer for much of the match. Volume 6 also has LLENN and Fuka making fun of the author's decision to have an Excuse Plot of reclaiming a WMD from a terrorist group, since it means little considering that most of humanity has already been wiped out, and calling the novelist "an idiot" and his writing "trash." At that point, the narration suggests that this is kicking the author when he's down.
  • Self-Insert Fic: He is basically Sigsawa himself. While he's not a main character, he's still crucial to the story being possible, due to him sponsoring the very first Squad Jam. He later sponsors Squad Jam 3 and 4, and the Test Play.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His sponsorship of the very first Squad Jam is what enabled the tradition in GGO and making the central plot of the series possible.

     Thane 

Thane

A frequent Squad Jam participant as part of Team ZATnote  who's an IRL video maker who records his participations to upload later.


  • Adapted Out: He made no appearance in SJ2 in the anime.
  • Camera Fiend: For his videos, his helmet has cameras affixed all around it to capture footage.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He appears friendly and affable enough, but when he's killed by SHINC in SJ3, he gets himself shot by saying he'd like to see some boobs before he dies.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Implied. He generally presents himself as kind of a goof and he dies every time he appears, but since he's not one of the top four participants, who are instantly exempt from having to take part in the preliminaries, it's suggested that he and his squad are good enough to get through them.
  • Famed in Story: His live-streaming has become well-known among Squad Jam participants and spectators, with some even finding them more entertaining that the actual live footage.
  • Loophole Abuse: While he could upload footage of he and his team fighting monsters, he couldn't do the same with PvP combat since uploading without permission of the players he fought would be a breach of privacy and possibly get him in trouble. However, since the footage of the Squad Jams is already aired to all of GGO and to anyone who may be watching elsewhere, there's no privacy concern since everyone signed up knowing that they'd be filmed, allowing him to record his participation.
  • Red Shirt: Whenever he appears, expect him to be killed, usually by one of the best teams.
    • In SJ2, he and his squadmates are sniped down by MMTM while engaging them in the snowy mountains. He's starts off attempting to return fire while giving commentary, and he attempts a Last Stand when he becomes the Sole Survivor, only to shot in the head by David.
    • In SJ3, he and his team are among the first victims of SHINC's initial rampage. He once again becomes the Sole Survivor and SHINC recognize him from having used his video for research. Tanya allows him some Famous Last Words, and he chooses "Before I die! I would be very happy if, just once, I got to touch some boobs!"
    • In SJ4, he and his teammates are among the first victims of the monsters that spawn, and are forced to fight them off. While they manage to emerge victorious, their excitement over their victory causes them to let their guard down, during which LPFM gets the drop on them, with Shirley shooting Thane in the chest before the rest are wiped out by LLENN, M and Pito.

    Test Play Team (Unmarked Spoilers) 
A team consisting of advanced NPC soldiers created and being tested by Zaskar. Or so it seems.
  • The Ace: The team as a whole is extremely competent.
  • Badass Crew: A group of elite soldiers who are display incredibly competent teamwork to deliver devastating Curb-Stomp Battles against the best players to have took part in the Squad Jam, to the point they're all forced to team up to actually make progress.
  • Badass Normal: From what can be gleamed, they don't possess the super-human abilities or equipment owned by players like LLENN or M. Despite this, they're able to deal a number of Curb-Stomp Battles to GGO's best squadrons.
  • Combat Pragmatist: They take full advantage of their terrain and superior weaponry to give the other Squadrons a hard time, which includes using RPG-7s against them and Roy shooting at them through a secret door to avoid being shot at.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They have quite a few to their name which, considering their opponents, is essentially them dealing out The Worf Effect.
    • Rock and Vodka are able to successfully take out LLENN, two-time Squad Jam champ, with Rock sniping her while Vodka lays covering fire on her and forces her to jump out of cover.
    • They manage to take out MMTM with some cleverly placed explosives, which they detonate the moment they entered the castle to take out four of them before killing the other two with a grenade.
    • Immediately afterwards, they're able to take out SHINC with some clever and well-practiced shoot and cover play before Rock takes out Tohma and Anna. Somewhat Justified since SHINC attacked at the same time as MMTM in hopes that they would divert their attention, not knowing they were already dead.
    • They delivered on to T-S offscreen.
  • Cold Sniper: Rock, being the one to wield the GM6 Lynx Anti-Material rifle to deadly effect.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Along with their great skill, the team has possession to weapons that are either extremely rare in GGO or are not even introduced into the game yet, including a PKP Pecheneg, the latest in PKM series, the GM6 Lynx, a versatile anti-material rifle, and a collection of RPG-7s, which is noted to be so much of a Game-Breaker in practice that a number of players aren't sure if it's ever going to be added to the game.
  • Handicapped Badass: Roy lost his finger after misfiring a gun while Jacob suffered a head injury and was apparently suffering from amnesia throughout the whole battle.
  • Kill 'Em All: After the alliance of squadrons perform a successful attack, they all start dropping like flies.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Tanya destroys Vodka's PKP Pecheneg is destroyed, Vodka calmly resigns from the test play.
  • Retired Badass: With the exception of Jacob and Doc, the entire squadron is comprised of retired soldiers who are trying to convince the former to finally retire from mercenary work.
  • Strong and Skilled: Similarly to Team Narrows, the squadron's IRL military experience allows them to easily work together and coordinate their attacks in order to defend the base despite also possessing realistic stat builds. The Strong part comes in with their advantages, namely the strong fortification of their castle and the rare and powerful weapons inside, whereas Team Narrows was forced on an even playing field with the other SJ competitors and had comparatively basic weaponry consisting of assault rifles and a sniper rifle. When the alliance of Squadrons are able to get some members in and take out some of the team's more troublesome weapons, they progressively start to become Weak, but Skilled like Narrows above, with LLENN taking out Doc and Jacob very quickly upon getting the jump on them.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to discuss Volume 6's epilogue without delving on The Reveal that the whole team were essentially real people, or at least A.I.s based on ones while the The Leader was an IRL Blood Knight going through Medicuboid therapy to convince him to retire from mercenary work.

Jacob:

A bearded soldier later revealed to the The Leader of the Squadron.
  • The Ace: Jacob is an excellent soldier and leader, with all his team never suffering a single casualty during his whole military career.
  • Badass Beard: His most noticeable feature is the large, thick beard he has.
  • Best Friend: With Roy, the two of them having served together.
  • Blood Knight: Deconstructed. Jacob is a soldier who, during his time in service to his country, became addicted to the battlefield to the point that what should have been one simple side-job for a security company led to him becoming a full-time mercenary. This caused a strain on his marriage and it's noted multiple times, especially by his Best Friend Roy, that he was constantly putting his life at risk and could die anytime. It takes the unwitting use of Medicuboid therapy where he lives out his worst fear, seeing his whole team dying, for him to finally retire.
  • Happily Married: He's married with two young girls and, despite his wife initially having reservations with him becoming a mercenary, the two love each other a great deal.
  • In-Series Nickname: Roy refers to him as "Jake"
  • The Leader: Of the Test Play Squadron. He was actually the leader of a squad during his time in the military, and was so competent at it that the only blood any of them shed under his command was Roy accidentally shooting his finger off.

    Fire Nishiyamada 

A man Karen meets while accompanying her father to a party.


  • Affably Evil: He's a Stalker with a Crush who hints that he'd be a rather controlling husband and serves as the Big Bad in the 4th Squad Jam, but he honestly seems genuinely friendly and a lot of his rudeness could be seen as the result of ignorance as opposed to anything genuinely malicious.
  • Arc Villain: Appears to be the main antagonist of SJ4 as an opponent who's seeking Karen's hand in marriage.
  • Awesome McCoolname: No, that's not just his username. His name is literally Fire, which he notes that a lot of people are often caught off-guard by. That being said, he's a GGO beginner and not very powerful, forcing him into the role of Non-Action Big Bad.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason he fell for Karen is because she didn't judge him for his short and pudgy appearance IRL. Deconstructed in that LLENN isn't exactly keen on the idea, since they only shared a fifteen minute conversation, and he goes to some stalkerish when she refused.
  • Birds of a Feather: Part of the reason he and Karen hit it off when they meet is that she and Fire are similar in that they have complexes about their heights, and Karen's father seems to approve of the possibility of them getting married based on this.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. He appears genuinely affable, if ignorant, and aside from the mysterious reason he knows about LLENN's in-game identity, he's largely hinted to be an Honest Corporate Executive accoridng to Karen's father. However, him tracking down LLENN in-game displays him as a Stalker with a Crush and he hints himself to be rather misogynistic by stating his plans to outright ban LLENN from playing GGO once they're married, with no thought to LLENN's feelings on the matter.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: M speculates that due to his status as a new player, he'll use his IRL wealth to hire mercenary players to do the fighting for him. He's proven right when he hires 18 players, each of which make up 3 teams, to accompany him into the tournament. He then seemingly does the same with at least four more squadrons in the tournament, including SHINC.
  • Broken Pedestal: Downplayed and Played for Laughs. While she's not interested in marrying him, Karen didn't really have anything bad to say about Fire as a person. The moment he followed her into GGO, embarrassed her in front of the rest of LPFM, and said that he would forbid her from playing it if they got married, she immediately starts seeing him as an In-Universe Hate Sink, even seeming ready to take him outside and beat him up.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: In GGO, he's tall and handsome, while Karen is rather short.
  • Hypocritical Humour: While he overlooks it under her excuse that it's her roleplaying (it isn't), he's quick to call Pito pointing at him and everything she does after as "rude", which is rich coming from the guy who cyberstalked Karen, who quickly Lampshades this.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: As a beginner and and Actual Pacifist, he instead has to hire players to fight for him in the 4th Squad Jam.
  • No Social Skills: In GGO, the fact that he's a beginner is immediately obvious not just by his gear, but how he acts. He calls LLENN by her real name, which is practically unheard of in-game, he constantly observes the environment in interest, and feels sorry for LLENN having to "role play". And considering his actions in Stalker with a Crush below, he might lack some IRL too.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He seems to always be smiling, IRL and In-game.
  • Smug Snake: Not only does he agree to Pito's proposition to Best LLENN to Marry Her despite being a new player, but he even states he won't watch clips of previous Squad Jams due to his dislike of violence, meaning he's effectively going in blind.
  • Stalker with a Crush: After falling for LLENN in their first meeting, he's quick to contact her father and ask to marry her. When that fails, he decides the next best thing would be to find out who she is in-game, make an account, and search for her there to bring it up.
  • Start X to Stop X: Despite seeing GGO as barbaric and frightening, even claiming he'll forbid Karen from playing it when they're married, he opts to accept Pito's challenge to beat LLENN to win her hand in marriage.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In real life, he's short and rather portly, in comparison to the Huge Schoolgirl Karen.

    The Kohiruimaki Family 

Karen's family in real life. She has her two parents, two older brothers and two older sisters.


  • Adapted Out: Karen's eldest sister, who lives with her husband and daughter in the same apartment complex as Karen, is occasionally mentioned in the first two story arcs of the light novel, but isn't even hinted at in the anime.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Karen's family has a low opinion of VRMMO games after the SAO incident, so she doesn't tell them about playing GGO.
  • Good Parents: Despite their wealth, which contributed to Asuna's woes in the main series, Karen evidently has less relationship issues with her parents, with them giving her a regular allowance instead of forcing her to get a part time job, ensuring she gets a first class flight back home whenever she visits, and when Fire Nishiyamada sends an email asking for Karen's hand in marriage, her father, while approving of Nishiyamada for his work ethic and dedication, and feeling that someone who's had similar struggles would be good for Karen, he ultimately makes it her choice, citing that how she feels is most important.
  • Rich People: The Kohiruimakis have enough money to fly their daughter home first class and pay for her luxury apartment.

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