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Team LPFM

    In General 

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.
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Action Girl: Like all female GGO players.
  • 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 SJ.
  • 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 Motif: 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.
  • 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 this, 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 off 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.
  • Born Lucky: Insists that she is a "lucky girl" when asked by M. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is 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. Furthermore, there's a very noticeable difference between their fighting styles. Kirito is 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 many 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.
  • 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).
  • Cute Girl With Psycho Weapon: Don’t let her short stature and adorable apoearance fool you. The P90 submachine gun she wields will turn all who stand in her way into Swiss cheese.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Instantly becomes excitable after she finally gets an avatar with the appearance of a cute, short girl. 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.
    • With that being said, Karen's natural beauty, excellent figure, coupled with her sweet and kind personality, makes her real self equally as cute as LLLENN is.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
    • 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.
    • To Kirito. Parallels can be seen in how both were solo players who were able to become exceptionally strong by taking on mobs by themselves rather than as part of a squad (allowing them to gain more EXP). 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.
  • 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.
  • Fun Size: As LLENN she's less than 150 cm, which is the shortest known GGO avatar.
  • 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.
  • Girls with Guns: By virtue of being a female player in a shooter game.
  • 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 suatains 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 finds out she's a gaming prodigy with natural talent, 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 advantageous avatar that gives her Super Speed and a short stature, 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. note  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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Thanks to Japanese social expectations that a girl "should" be short to be considered beautiful, Karen does not realize that in any other series/genre/country, she has a wonderful figure with supermodel-material beauty, which coupled with her sweet and kind personality, ironically makes her just as cute as her online avatar Llen is.
  • 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".
  • Important Hair Cut: 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.
  • 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".
  • Heroic BSoD: She lapses into this in Episode 11 where she loses her will to fight after seeing just how overpowered Pitohui is.
  • 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.
  • 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 is 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.
  • The Narrator: Much like Kirito, certain points of the story are narrated by her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 lampshades 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: The central protagonist of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Significant Haircut: After winning the first Squad Jam, she cuts her hair short as a sign of getting over her height complex.
  • 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.
  • 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: A rare female example, but nonetheless still falls into this due to being Wish Fulfillment for a Feminist Fantasy. She starts off as an ordinary college student who decides to try out VR gaming. Upon landing in Gun Gale Online she gets given an advantageously short and speedy avatar which made her one of the deadliest players in the game. Noted for being able to defy the conventional laws of physics and proving to be a Godlike Gamer in her own right, she ends up single-handedly winning the first Squad Jam tournament and becomes Famed In-Story. While the harem aspect is mostly absent due to her being a female, she still ends up garnering a few female admirers to her annoyance.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Her tiny size will often lead others to underestimate her, getting caught off guard by her sheer speed.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: 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.
  • 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.

    Elsa Kanzaki / Pitohui 

Elsa Kanzaki / Pitohui

Voiced by: Yoko 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 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.
  • 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 and even Villain Protagonist.
  • Animal Motif:
    • 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 draw 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.
  • Bi the Way: According to M, she swings both ways. LLENN learns this first-hand when Pitohui becomes interested in her throughout their interactions in GGO and steals her first kiss when they meet in real life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Yoko Hikasa. It plays perfectly into how dangerous she is. Contrast this with her real life counterpart's voice.
  • 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.
  • 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".
    • Finally averted in Episode 11. For all her posing as a Death Seeker, Pito reveals that ultimately she is still scared of dying.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Is incredibly abusive to M both online and real life and frequently uses him as a sextoy, while also acting really flirty with LLENN, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 be The Mentor to her.
  • 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. Becomes inverted for the real life Pitohui with the reveal she is Elsa Kanzaki.
  • 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.
  • Final Boss: The final opponent for LLENN in Squad Jam 2.
  • 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 demeanour 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 slaughtering several allied teams in Squad Jam 2, Pito is basically dancing 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 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.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Goushi in real life, given how tiny she is.
  • Idol Singer: Is a singer and song writer in real life.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: She really gets off on LLENN mowing down enemies. Reaches new heights during their final battle in Squad Jam 2, 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, LLENN decided she'd rather not do it again.
  • 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.
  • The Mentor: 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 The 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.
  • 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, but in terms of personality the two couldn't be more different.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 LLENN's idol.
  • 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.
  • 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 Sociopath: She's an Ax-Crazy sadist who uses GGO add an excuse to vent her urges to shed blood.
  • 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 "Elsa" in official light novel translations and most subs, but an anime visual spells it as "Elza" on a sign. The website for her singer, ReoNa, also uses the "Elza" spelling.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: Elsa's singing style is a J-Pop version of this.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Is easily the most amoral and violent of the four main characters.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: As Pitohui she sports a ponytail and she's far from the stereotypical elegant lady.
  • 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 stalker.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Pito lives by this, making sure she's as cruel as possible in the virtual world, 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her real life identity.
  • Weapon of Choice: Averted trope, 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.
  • You Have Failed Me: Pito coldly executes M for subtly helping Team LF. M explains he did so out of love, 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.
  • A-Cup Angst: While quite fond of her cute GGO avatar, Fuka is disappointed that she's now lacking in the chest department.
  • 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.
  • Always with You: Not her, rather her late pet dog. Miyu named her in-game avatar after it.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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 this, 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.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A rare female example. Miyu is always cheerful, Fun Personified, and extremely hammy. She says very outlandish things, but is also very strong and reliable in combat.
  • Bound and Gagged: When she's captured by M in episode 12
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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), 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.
  • Hair Decorations: A really unusual example: she uses a Mark I Trench Knife to hold her hair in a bun! It becomes important in the final moments of Squad Jam 2, where Fuka uses it to cut her bound hands free and takes it out as her last weapon to use against Pitohui.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Big Guy: Gets treated like one by Pitohui, though 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. M had done this because he loved Pito, though she still shoots M dead for his trouble.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    Goushi: Those were wonderful days...
    Karen/Miyu: What.
    Goushi: Being near a beautiful woman, serving her every whim... As a man, there could've been no greater blessing.
  • 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. Inverted in real life. At 175cm, he's actually shorter than Karen.
    • Also applies to him and Pitohui in real life, who is tiny in stature.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His aim is so good he doesn't even 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 that most bullets will bounce off.
  • 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 deduce that it could mean "Masochist" after Goushi reveals his "time" serving Pitohui.
  • The Mentor: LLENN's second GGO mentor after Pitohui 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!.
  • 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 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.
  • The One Guy: The only male member on Team LPMF.
  • One-Letter Name: His in-game handle M, of course.
  • O.O.C. 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.
  • 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:
    • When LLENN asks M what equipment he deployed during the fight against the hovercraft team, he gives a very unexpected response to her, and considering what happens later after that...
    "I'm a chicken, so this is my too-chicken protective gear."
    • Shortly before the second Squad Jam, LLENN notices someone following her around.
    "Please don't scream! It's me, Llenn! It's M!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 vs. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Leader: She's the Boss of Team SHINC.
  • 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", even LLENN addresses her as that by Squad Jam 2.
  • The Rival: LLENN's main rival in Squad Jam 1, considering each other Worthy Opponents and get along well inbetween tournaments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Blue-eyed, blonde-haired, and Russian.

    Moe Annaka / Anna 

Moe Annaka / Anna

Voiced by: M·A·O (Japanese), Xanthe Huynh (English)

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


    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.
  • Bokukko: She refers to herself as "boku," the only member of the team to do so.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.

Other Teams

    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)
  • City Mouse: Averted: She was born and raised in Tokyo, but 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 hunter and nature guide.
  • Cold Sniper: Being a real life hunter she's a very skilled sniper. She manages to land a head shot on Pitohui and very nearly kills her.
  • 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.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Shirley's avatar has green hair.
  • 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 heroine of the story, going up against Pitohui to avenge her fallen team who was cruelly gunned down.
  • Nice Hat: She has a cap that's worn in the reverse position.
  • 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.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Shirley is the only female member of the team.
  • Sole Survivor: 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.
  • 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.
  • Those Two Girls: In Fatal Bullet she's partnered up with Clarence.
  • 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.

    Team Memento Mori (MMTM) 
A high-level GGO team who placed 3rd in the first Squad Jam tournament.
  • 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 HK 21 in 7.62x51mm, all their guns are chambered in 5.56x45mm and the five members of the team that use assault rifles have also modified their guns to take the same magazines so they can all share ammo when the situation calls for it.
  • 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.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In Squad Jam 2, one of their members gets killed by getting stabbed through the eye with Pitohui's photon sword.
    • David also 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The leader was unnamed in the original light novels, and his teammates only referred to him as "Leader". The anime shows that his in-game name is "David".
  • 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.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: They have definitely earned their reputation as one of GGO's best teams, but in both 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.
  • Say My Name: David screams Pitohui's name as she kills him.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The leader 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.

    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 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.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The light novel didn't give their team a name, it came from the anime.
  • Rage Quit: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 the whole 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 Federation Marines.
  • 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.
  • Faceless Goons: Their armor is completely face-covering.
  • 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.
  • No Bikes in the Apocalypse: They avert the trope, as they use bicycles to travel along the boundary wall.
  • Powered Armor: Their outfits look like this, and the light novel mentions it does enhance their defense stats at the cost of speed.
  • The Voiceless: Unlike the other teams, they never say a word throughout their appearances.

    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.
  • Dual Wielding: Their dream is to put enough points into their STR stat so they can dual wield machine guns.
  • Dumb Muscle: All five of them are big tough guys in game, and none of them are very bright either.
  • 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 there to be fodder and showing just how amateurish they are as players.
  • Killed Offscreen: The whole team gets effortlessly wiped out by Team T-S in Squad Jam 2. They don't even get the decency of an onscreen defeat, with Fuka offhandedly noticing they already got taken out after LLENN is finished with the dome battle.
  • Large Ham / The Ham Squad: They're very flamboyant and make sure to announce their presence to everyone through shouts or gunfire.
  • 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.
    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!
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: By the third Squad Jam, they're so heavily outclassed that they don't even make it past the preliminaries.
  • Serious Business: Machine Guns, to the point where if a team member were to suggest they use another tactically sensible weapon for the situation would get them kicked out of the squadron.
  • 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.
  • Unknown Rival: They seems 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.

Others

    Clarence 

Clarence

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

A participant in Squad Jam 2. Part of a team that tries to ambush LLENN.


  • Bi the Way: Openly confesses she likes both guys and girls, and becomes pretty giddy when she gets a kiss from LLENN.
  • 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.
  • Death Equals Redemption: For all her perverted behavior, 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.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Clarence" is a male name.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Takes the bullet meant for LLENN and tells her to win before dying.
  • Identical Stranger: Clarence's in-game avatar has a strong resemblance to Karen's real life appearance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Appears to be the only female member of her team.
  • Taking the Bullet: Shields LLENN from Team MMTM's gunfire at the cost of her own life.
  • Those Two Girls: In Fatal Bullet she's partnered up with Shirley.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    The Drill Sergeant 

The Drill Sergeant

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


    The Novelist 

The Novelist

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Voiced by: Keiichi Sigsawa

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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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