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Real world names are in western naming order. Followed by their online name and worlds they played in.note 

This page details the characters first introduced playing in the international MMO known as Gun Gale Online (GGO for short).

Note: Unmarked spoilers ahead.note  If you're starting the anime, do not read this page!


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Introduced in Phantom Bullet

    Kyouji Shinkawa / Spiegel 

Kyouji Shinkawa / Spiegel (GGO)

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English), Rubén Felis (European Spanish), Alberto Bernal (Latin American Spanish)

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Shino's best friend, and the one who introduced her to Gun Gale Online. His avatar in GGO is "Spiegel", a Min-Maxed AGI build.

For Richter his gameverse counterpart see this page.


  • Amazon Chaser: He became infatuated with Shino after having heard about how she killed someone in real life, loving how cold and distant she was. He heavily dislikes how her interactions with Kirito brings out her emotion and makes her seem more normal.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Kyouji was bullied when he was younger, something he shares with Shino.
  • Beneath the Mask: Although usually he keeps up a kind Nice Guy demeanor, when he confronts Shino in her house after Death Gun's defeat, he loses all his calm demeanor and tries to rape her with a crazy look on his face.
  • Big Bad Friend: Worked with his older brother, a former Laughing Coffin member, to create Death Gun and was Sinon's Only Friend before Kirito and company came along.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He arrives to save Shino from Endou and the other bullies by bluffing and claiming to be leading a police officer there. It turns out that he was stalking her, so his showing up wasn't a coincidence.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seems quite friendly and supportive of Shino, and attempts to be there for her while she's trying to get over her past. Then it turns out he's the younger brother of XaXa of Laughing Coffin and helped set up the Death Gun incident, which he reveals as he's attacking Shino at home and trying to rape her. This is potentially foreshadowed earlier in the arc. When Shino first starts to become more assertive in the real world thanks to Kirito's influence, he starts acting slightly creepy. Most people would be happy that their best friend is becoming more capable and seemingly better able to take care of themselves. Kyouji instead wraps her into a hug and begs her to stop being assertive and angry and go back to her normal calm self so that he can protect her.
  • Casting Gag: Johnny Yong Bosch has played a nice guy who turns out to be a despicable person.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He really doesn't like how Shino and Kirito are getting closer to each other. He flat-out tries to murder and rape Shino and nearly does kill Kirito after the BoB is over all because he thinks Shino will leave him for Kirito.
  • Crippling Overspecialisation: "Spiegel" is an AGI-heavy build, relying entirely on evasion and reaction speed. When the GGO metagame evolved to favor balanced STR/VIT builds, Kyouji was left with a severely underpowered character that lacked the STR to equip anything but the lightest guns. This, in turn, leads him to associate himself with his brother, who is an SAO survivor and created what would become the virtual serial killer, Death Gun.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Part of the reason behind his creation of Death Gun was that he wanted revenge on players like XeXeed who promoted AGI-only builds, which would later become heavily Nerfed by the shifting metagame.
  • Dragon Their Feet: He's the last threat in the Phantom Bullet arc after his brother is defeated.
  • Education Mama: His parents are high-ranking doctors and put a lot of pressure on him to succeed.
  • Entitled to Have You: As the Phantom Bullet arc progresses Kyouji asks more and more like a jilted lover despite the fact that he and Shino aren't even dating. After giving a Love Confession he seems annoyed when Shino tells him that she has to focus on the BoB and she will give him an answer later. This reaches a head at the end of the arc when he demands to know what Shino thinks of him and that she promised to be his before he tries to rape her.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite his actions and trying to kill her, Shino can't bring herself to hate Kyouji and still cares for him, asking Kikuoka if she can visit him when he's allowed visitors to help in rehabilitating him. Alicization reveals that this is working.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Implied. When explaining the Shinkawa brother's backgrounds, Kikuoka mentions that Shouichi and Kyouji were close to each other growing up. Sadly however, this is likely what made Shouichi dragging Kyouji into his murder plot all the more easy.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's the Recon to Sinon, but then he's revealed to be part of a Big Bad Triumvirate.
  • Evil Is Petty: He helped Shouichi murder XeXeeD because he lost out in Gun Gale Online thanks to the man's false information.
  • Exact Words: Implied when he reassures Shino that he's getting the same grades that he did when he still attended school. In the light novel, he later reveals that he did poorly on the mock exam, so he never said those grades were good.
  • False Friend: Is Shino's Only Friend in the real world but he only got close to her because of the stories about her killing the bank robber and he gets unhinged when she starts becoming more assertive in real life.
  • Foil:
    • To Shinichi having affections to Suguha. Both are friends of the lead heroine of the respective arcs, debut in said arcs and are holding a torch for the girls. However, what makes Kyouji the foil of Shinichi is the fact that Kyouji is so fervently in love with Sinon that he's willing to rape and kill her, unlike how Shinichi is truly Suguha's friend. More so, given that Shinichi was willing to kamikaze his character (which in game ruins your stats), to help Suguha help Kirito (in other words, he put his friendship with Suguha above his game character). Kyouji on the other hand, was so delusional at the end he wanted to PERMANENTLY escape reality with Sinon.
    • He's also one to Shino. Both of them are bullied in real life, but while Shino hopes to one day conquer her own traumas, Kyouji has long since given up on the real world, and when his hopes of becoming the strongest in GGO are dashed, he begins a downward spiral.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • His first scene hints at his motive for the murders, his means of carrying them out and his accomplice, but the true significance of what he says only becomes evident later on.
    • His character name is German for "mirror." The character name for Death Gun's character, Sterben, is also German.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is particularly jealous of Kirito for catching Sinon's attention.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite one of his motives being that he flunked his medical school exams, there are hints that he's actually rather gifted when it comes to medicine. When he's threatening Shino IRL, he's able to practically fluently say "succinylchlone", is able to give a pretty accurate description to what it does and how it would kill her, and assuming he's the one who stole it from his dad's hospital, knew that it'd be perfect for Death Gun's murders, whereas Sinon knows next to nothing about it and admits that she has trouble pronouncing the name. This Implies that his failure of the exams is less because he's an idiot, but more from the stress from his parent's expectations, being bullied, and nearly losing his brother to SAO.
  • If I Can't Have You…: Kyouji tries to kill Shino after he witnesses her crying in the arms of Kirito during the Bullet of Bullets tournament. Later on, he comes into her house right after she finished the BoB tournament, and threatens her with a dose of succinylcholine.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: His motivation for creating Death Gun is to be powerful and feared. The fact that his AGI heavy character was nerfed by a shifting metagame makes this worse.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: He points out to Sinon that his grades aren't nearly good enough for medical school, which is part of the reason why he gave up on the real world.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He became attracted to Shino after hearing about how she killed a bank robber.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: With the reveal that he was one of the people behind Death Gun, he's shown to have a Mask of Sanity and is actually dangerously unhinged underneath, being a Stalker with a Crush full of delusion.
  • Kick the Dog: First there's him gloating to Shino that he created the Death Gun plot, and then there's him going completely off the deep end and his subsequent Attempted Rape on her.
  • Last-Name Basis: He and Shino call the other "Asada-san" and "Shinkawa-kun," since while he's one of the few people Shino can really talk with, they're not exactly close friends. Shino does, however, refer to him by his first name, when his brother comes up in the conversation.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: At the start of the Phantom Bullet arc he is shown having feelings for Shino and, in turn Shino seems to have some feelings for him as well. However as the arc progresses Kyouji's creepy behaviour starts freaking her out and he eventually reveals himself to be part of Death Gun which might have killed any feelings Shino had for him.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Attempted to give a Love Confession to Shino, but the latter tells him to give her time to think about it. Then in episode 13, he's revealed to be one of the people helping Death Gun to kill people in real life, and develops an Ax-Crazy look when he attempts to have his way with her.
  • Love Redeems: Or rather, Rehabilitates. After being arrested and put into a rehabilitation center, Kyouji actually shows hope of regaining his sanity and humanity by the Alicization Arc, due to Shino continuing to visit him in prison to give her love and support as a friend.
  • Loving a Shadow: Played very darkly, as seen above in the In Love with Your Carnage entry. He doesn't realize how much Shino hates having killed someone and how traumatized it left her.
  • The Man in Front of the Man: It's revealed near the end of the Phantom Bullet arc that not only is he the brother of XaXa of Laughing Coffin, but Kyouji himself is the one who came up with the Death Gun plot in the first place.
  • Madness Mantra: "Asada-san, Asada-san, Asada-san!" note 
  • Meaningful Name: His name contains the kanji for two, since he's a second son.
  • Murder-Suicide: Once Death Gun is exposed and defeated by Kirito in GGO Kyouji goes to Shino and threatens to murder her with his dose of succinylcholine. He then starts talking about how the two of them can go to any world they want and get married before telling Shino to join him together in the next world. Fortunately Shino is able to escape her predicament and, with some help from Kirito, knock Kyouji out.
  • Nepotism: Arguably the crux of his issues. His father is the director of a high-profile Hospital and wants one of his sons to take over once he retires, and when Shouichi proves to be too sickly, the role immediately went to Kyouji. However, either due to the stress of it all or just not being gifted enough, Kyouji is unable to live up to these exceptions and they ultimately cause him to turn to VR gaming to escape the stress, only to get too absorbed in them.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He insisted on doing the real world job for Shino himself, which left his brother, SAO survivor XaXa, to handle Sterben. This had two separate effects that led to Death Gun's downfall: A), letting XaXa confront Kirito and clue him into him being ex-Laughing Coffin; and B), letting Kirito recognize Death Gun as "Red-Eyed XaXa", breaking his concentration enough for Kirito to overcome him, thus stopping him from shooting Shino and thus stopping Kyouji from finishing the job. To be fair, considering XaXa has a personal beef with Kirito anyways he probably would have insisted on being the one to handle Sterben regardless.
  • Only Friend: At the beginning of Phantom Bullet, he's this to Shino.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Surprisingly Played With. During his Villainous Breakdown, he tried to forcefully consummate his love for Shino before committing a murder-suicide so their "love" lasts forever. However, this isn't treated as a Moral Event Horizon like most other cases since he's clearly not in his right mind in this moment unlike other antagonists, and he later shows signs of rehabilitating thanks to Shino's support.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied. Despite his issues at home and his involvement in Death Gun, he generally acted cheerful and friendly around Shino. Shino admits that she never picked up on them, but felt it was more due to her focus on her own problems.
  • Together in Death: His delusional dialog with Shino while he is at her house certainly paints himself as wanting to be with her "in the next world" once the Death Gun plan falls apart. Fortunately Shino has none of that and knocks him out before he can go through with his threat.
  • Villain Ball: He's killed his enemies, established an alibi for himself, and only one thing stands between him and marrying his dream girl while his brother takes the fall for the murders: that creepy face he makes while proposing to Shino, which tips her off that there is something very wrong with him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes absolutely ballistic when Kirito throws him off of Shino, ranting at him maniacally before trying to kill him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Shinkawa's true personality and ties with Death Gun becomes this due to the subtlety of his foreshadowing.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Implied. As an AGI-Build player, he's among the weakest group of players in the game due to the Nerf that hit the build, causing the meta-game to favor STR-builds. Despite this, he is still able to make enough to pay for GGO's expensive connection fee, was able to reach the last BoB prelem's semi-finals according to Shino, and after Shino rants to him about how much Kirito enrages her, he's quick to suggest a number of strategies that she could use against him, such as ambushing him while he acts as bait or with some machine gunners or MPKing him, hinting at some tactical acumen. Deconstructed as it's clear that despite this, his ability to contend with equally skilled players with more powerful and accurate weapons is still severely hindered.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Light Novel's narration and some promotional art for Season II implies that Spiegel uses a Howa Type 89.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He was put under tremendous pressure by his parents, who expect him to be a doctor like them. He cannot withstand that pressure, and instead turns to playing GGO as a means of escape.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: While it doesn't justify what he's done, it's indicated that Kyouji has had a terrible life- suffering bullying, being unable to meet his parents' expectations and ultimately having his hopes of success in GGO dashed. In the end, even Shino feels sorry for him.
  • Yandere: Has an extreme obsession towards Shino, to the point he was willing to rape and kill her when he thought she loved Kirito.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Shortly before the BoB finals begin, he calls Sinon by her real name while making a Love Confession.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His GGO Avatar has grey hair.

    Behemoth 

Behemoth (GGO)

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A particularly well known mercenary player, Behemoth is a largely built man and a highly capable player who offers his services at a price to join other players squadrons as a bodyguard, typically the more lightly armed Mob Hunting squads to defend them from player killer squads . He's devoted most of his attributes to his strength score, carrying a massive Gatling gun.


  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not really made clear what kind of relationship he has with Sinon and the other heroes, as their only interaction was on the battlefield where Sinon kills him. However in Ordinal Scale, he's one of the GGO players Yui called in to help take on the Final Boss and he fights alongside the other heroes.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Despite the mob hunting party he was a part of having its other supporting machine gunner eliminated by Sinon's first shot, he stayed calm and patiently waited for her second, and dodge out of the way the second the Bullet Path line appeared. Later on, he easily deduct's where Sinon was heading to reposition herself for another ambush, forces her out of that cover before she even get's another shot off, and even get's several hits on her left leg, temporarily disabling it when she tries jumping out of the building she was in.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His loadout. Yes, that gun is powerful. Yes, he can shoot through cover with it. Yes, he can destroy entire squads with it. However, it's heavy, applies a movement penalty to him, essentially roots him in place once he starts shooting, and even with his presumed high strength, only carries about 500 rounds of ammunition. To top this all off, his load outputs him over the Bullet of Bullets weight limit, thus he entirely relies on the pay from working as a squadron bodyguard. That said, if he gets respectable squad support, he is extremely powerful for both the damage and suppressing fire he can lay out.
  • BFG: His minigun is enormous and it has a lot of firepower. Deconstructed in that it’s sheer size and weight slows him down a lot.
  • Blood Knight: Despite his quiet demeanor, he really enjoys fighting and gets a Slasher Smile several times during the fight with Dyne’s Squadron, and laughs when he thinks he killed Sinon.
  • Chainsaw Grip BFG: As shown in the image, he carries his minigun this way.
  • The Dreaded: Played With. He’s certainly a respected player and other players can become frightened and lose their will to fight when fighting him, but he often requires Squadron support in order to fight properly and unless he’s aware of their presence and has an idea where they are, he’s a sitting duck for snipers due to his near inability to move quickly.
  • Gatling Good: Uses a GE M134 Minigun. That's 6 barrels of 7.62x51mm bullet spewing hell, and he carries the gun and ammo, and operates it, all by himself.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite his Weapon of Choice, he's hardly Dumb Muscle. He makes sure to hide his appearance and weapon to lessen his chances of being targeted, and he's able to anticipate Sinon's shots and avoid them for a time.
  • Informed Attribute: Dyne says that he is "a macho prick" but there's no indication of this outside the fact that he is clearly enjoying the firefight. It's worth noting that he was one of the GGO players who helps take down the boss in Ordinal Scale. That being said, considering how Dyne somewhat hypocritically disapproves of the monster hunter party hiring him as a bodyguard, he's probably not entirely credible when it comes to Behemoth.
  • Informed Flaw: Downplayed. Kyouji states that while his loadout is powerful, he’s greatly disadvantaged against snipers due to his slow movement making him an easy target. While Sinon did beat him in their duel, he put up a much better fight that this apparent weakness would imply, managing to avoid her bullets for a time, predicting her sniping positions, and even managing to take her leg off before getting finally killed.
  • In the Hood: In order to hide his identity and load-out in the field to make him a less likely target for snipers, he dons a mantle that hides his face and minigun, with the lack of apparent weaponry making it seem like he’s the guy in charge of carrying ammunition.
  • Meaningful Name: The term “Behemoth” is the name of a mythical beast from the bible that soon became a metaphor for a powerful or almighty monster, fitting with his ability to wipe out squadrons with his BFG.
  • Mighty Glacier: His weapon can tear through walls like paper and is powerful enough to where Sinon's team is terrified. However, it has a movement penalty bad enough that the party he is paid to guard is forced to slow down for him.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Has a very confident grin when he starts shooting, and when he figures out where Sinon was heading during Dyne's squadron ambush and gives out a haughty laugh when he blasts the cover Sinon had to jump from to avoid, knowing he scored some hits on her and thinking he's won. What he didn't expect, was Sinon to survive those hits, still falling from a high height (though temporarily missing a leg from her game avatar) and moving too fast to adjust his aim in time and at too high of an angle. His hubris is rewarded with a .50 caliber Headshot at point blank range while Sinon was still mid-air.
  • Spent Shells Shower: His Minigun produces this, with the added effect of the shells disappearing into light due to the way damaged items work in VRMMO games.

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    "Death Gun" 
The main antagonist of the Phantom Bullet arc, the "Death Gun" is a mysterious gunman said to be able to kill a player's avatar as well as the player in the real world. For more information on this character, see this page.

    Yamikaze 

Yamikaze (GGO)

Voiced by: Gou Shinomiya (Japanese), Chris Tergliafera (English)

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One of the top contestants in the third Bullet of Bullets tournament, Yamikaze scored second in the previous BoB, right behind XeXeeD.


  • The Bus Came Back:
    • He makes a return in Ordinal Scale after being absent since the Phantom Bullet arc.
    • In War of Underworld he is among the Japanese players called in as reinforcements, seen fighting with a crossbow in place of a gun.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • According to Sinon, XeXeed beat him quickly due to the Nerf.
    • He can also be on the giving end as long as he can dodge efficiently, as shown by a brief flashback where he killed multiple enemy players who were surrounding him just by dodging their shots and returning fire.
  • Expy: His color scheme, otherwise Stoic demeanor, status as contender for World's Best Warrior, and use of Super Speed brings Shadow the Hedgehog to mind. The fact that Shadow is well-known for having wielded guns in his own game certainly helps.
  • Fragile Speedster: When introduced, Yamikaze was regarded as the fastest player in GGO and, as a brief scene in the anime shows, has good enough reflexes to dodge multiple players who are surrounding and unloading their magazines at him while returning fire and killing them all. However for him to have this unbelievable speed, he’s been forced to favor his AGI over his VIT and he has to wear very light but under-fortified equipment while carrying only his gun, some magazines and a single plasma grenade.
  • Informed Ability: Is regarded as being a top-ranked player yet his skills never get properly showcased.
  • Meaningful Name: Yamikaze literally means "Darkwind". As he's an experienced GGO player, and one that uses the classic Agility Focus builds, he has amazing run speeds. His playstyle and attire makes him more like a Cyberpunk ninja, and was able to run at the 9:45 P.M. scan from his position, a total of 6 km in a few minutes to reach Kirito's location.
  • Mercy Kill: Gets taken out by Sinon just so Death Gun cannot orchestrate his possible death.
  • Minor Major Character: A top GGO player and the runner-up in the previous BoB, but we barely see any of him and he gets quickly taken out by Sinon sniping him.
  • More Dakka: He got his hands on a rare sub-machine gun that is at once powerful enough to participate in BoB and light enough to be handled by a pure AGI character.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Averted. Her wears red and black, but he's shown a few times to be a fairly decent person, helping the main characters fight the Incarnation of the Radius and takes part in the War of Underworld.
  • Red Baron: Some players call him by his epithet, the "Run-Gun Demon".
    Kirito: Run-Gun?
    Sinon: Run-and-Gun!
  • Red Herring: Gets a lot of focus throughout the arc and his standing in GGO indicates a bigger role. He gets offed before we see his skills.
  • Rare Guns: Uses a Calico M-900A carbine.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's enough of a high-level player that Kirito and Sinon mark him as a possible target for Death Gun, so Sinon takes him out from range to avoid the possibility. Only a sniper's first shot from a prone position lacks a Prediction Line, so when she promptly locates Death Gun, the Line gives him enough warning to react and counter-fire, which leads him to a drawn-out battle with Kirito, which directly leads to Kirito figuring out who's under the mask. Yamikaze surviving long enough to be at risk leads directly to the climax of the BoB.
  • Super Speed: He plays an AGI heavy-build which, combined with his light equipment, allows him to run a total of 6km from one area to another in mere minutes.
  • Those Two Guys: Whenever he appears, he is almost always paired with Dyne.
  • Weak, but Skilled: According to Sinon, many players regarded Yamikaze being far more skilled than XeXeed even though the latter won. He also seems to be aware when he tells XeXeed there is more to winning than just stats.
    • An Early-Bird Cameo in the manga also displays the "Skilled" part. When Kirito and Sinon enter the waiting room, that's full of participants showing off their guns in an effort to look tough and intimidate the competition, Sinon notes how stupid this is when they reach the changing room, since it gives competitors a chance to think up countermeasures. Notably, he and Pale Rider are shown to not bothering with intimidation tactics, not having their guns on their person.
  • The Worf Effect: Hyped up in-universe as a top player, but he gets quickly sniped by Sinon just to reestablish her as GGO's greatest sniper.
  • Worthy Opponent: Appears to view Sinon as this. When Sinon shoots and him and he’s unable to react in time, she notices that his eyes seemed to show shock, regret and admiration before he’s hit and killed. He also shows up in Ordinal Scale to help against the Incarnation of the Radius, likely knowing that she was there.

    Dyne 

Dyne (GGO)

Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (Japanese), Dan Woren (English), Esteban Desco (Latin American Spanish), Rafael Ordóñez Arrieta (European Spanish)

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The leader of Sinon's team, which is a PvP-oriented squad that targets low-risk opponents, usually monster-hunting parties. He also ends up participating in the Bullet of Bullets tournament.


  • The Bus Came Back:
    • He makes a return in Ordinal Scale after being absent since the Phantom Bullet arc.
    • In War of Underworld he is among the Japanese players called in as reinforcements, seen fighting with a crossbow in place of a gun.
  • The Cameo: Dyne makes a cameo appearance in Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online during a montage of GGO players that Pitohui is describing.
  • Closet Geek: Based on his attire, it's safe to assume that Dyne is a fan of western media, namely cowboys.
  • Cool Guns: His SIG SG550 is a rare gun in GGO and boasts good accuracy, part of the reason for his success as a PvPer and a BoB finalist.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Implied. While he prefers fighting Monster Hunting Squadrons who would be disadvantaged against the Live-Ammo Guns his squad uses and he was more than willing to log out when Behemoth with his powerful and fast firing minigun showed up, Dyne can present himself as a very skilled player when push comes to shove, as shown by him staying to fight after some convincing from Sinon and willingly pulling a Suicide Attack against the monster hunting squad despite Sinon not saying he had to. He also seems to have enough confidence to enter the BoB multiple times, where’d he have to fight up to 29 people with Live-Ammo guns.
  • Dirty Coward: Sinon thinks of him as one given his and his team's preference for ambushing and killing opponents who don't put up much of a fight, and how easily he considers giving up when he faces an opponent who actually gives him trouble.
  • Hypocrite: Complains about how the teams he hunts down (i.e. monster hunters) have no pride, particularly when they hire a "bodyguard" to protect them. He then gets half his squad taken out by Behemoth and seriously considers logging out rather than letting them gloat (Sinon has to tell his ass off to get him to keep fighting).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's effectively a bandit who spends his time attacking other players who he knows he has an advantage against, and he's also something of a Dirty Coward who'd preferably run away unless given proper motivation to stay and fight, as shown with his encounter with Behemoth and how Sinn had to talk him into staying and fighting. That being said, Sinon acknowledges that he's a rather decent guy behind that and he's shown to be among the GGO players to show up to protect the Underworld.
  • The Leader: He’s appears to be a downplayed version of the Levelheaded variety since, while he does make good plans that he bases on logic, his overconfidence prevents him from considering other possibilities and causes him to underestimate his opponent.
  • Nice Hat: Dons a cowboy hat as part of his avatar.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Has a major one when he realizes that the cloaked guy he told Sinon to not bother shooting was actually Behemoth, making him consider logging out to conserve his points and not risk losing his rare assault rifle.
    • Has a more minor one when he notices that Sinon shows up at BoB, where he just hides his face and walks away before she notices. Understandable since seeing as Sinon has Improbable Aiming Skills and knows his skillset from them working together, her participation is a major obstacle in his pursuit to victory so it’d be best if he gained an element of surprise against her… assuming she didn’t look at the match list and saw his name.
    • He wasn't expecting Pale Rider to have amazing acrobatic skills.
  • Right Behind Me: Just before the finals for the Bullet of Bullets, there's a guy in the hub talking smack about Dyne and how he'd be lucky to place fifteenth. Dyne taps him on the shoulder and he has an Oh, Crap! moment.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A subversion; with the unexpected appearance of Behemoth foiling the usual ambush, Dyne contemplates logging out to preserve his points, but then Sinon convinces him and the rest of the team to keep on fighting until the very end.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He talks a big game, but he's revealed to be a Dirty Coward. Though he's still a decent person when push comes to shove.
  • Strong and Skilled: Despite his shortcomings, Dyne is a veteran GGO player with high stats and excellent equipment, namely his rare SIG SG550 with a long range and excellent accuracy, and is noted by Sinon while watching him and Pale Rider fight to be very skilled in using an assault rifle, taking up a firing position that would make most targets a sitting duck (albeit at the cost of leaving his back exposed), having a high-level of concentration as he aimed down the sights, and was even able to finish reloading his gun after being shot, with Sinon noting that his only real weakness is that he never bothers with hip-firing in close-range combat.
  • Taking You with Me: Near the end of Phantom Bullet's introductory raid, he blows himself up with a grenade to clear out the remaining monster hunters, leaving only Sinon and Behemoth to duel each other.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Although Sinon is part of his PK squad and obediently carries out his orders, it's evident she secretly holds little respect for him and his reckless decisions. She vows that if they were ever on different sides she would finish him off quick.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He's this with Sinon in spades. Sinon considers him a friend, but she has a large batch of complaints over his attitude and incompetence, not afraid to berate him whenever she gets annoyed at him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sinon notes, while she doesn't respect him much as a person, she does recognize his skill with an assault rifle.

     Uemaru 

Uemaru

Kirito's first opponent in the BoB preliminaries.
  • Combat Pragmatist: His whole strategy revolves around sneaking around and catching his opponents off-guard.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Implied. If his preliminary fight with Kirito is any indication, he has multiple sets of gear that are suited to camouflaging him in certain environments, allowing him to sneak around and get the drop on his opponents. This allowed him to enter his fight with Kirito in proper camo for the "abandoned ancient temple", so he could take Kirito by surprise.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After reflecting his bullets and shooting him to briefly stun him, Kirito finishes him off with an impromptu Vorpal Strike.
  • More Dakka: In contrast to his otherwise stealthy build, he wields an unsilenced H&K G3A3 battle rifle.
  • Oh, Crap!: Out of all the things he expected to happen in his fight with Kirito, him cutting his bullets before they can hit him was not one of them.
  • The Sneaky Guy: His main combat strategy appears to be wearing equipment and camo that blends into whatever environment he ends up in and performing a surprise attack on his opponent while they’re looking for him.

     Stinger 

Stinger

An assault rifle user named after the Stinger Missile.
  • Arms and Armor Theme Naming: He’s noted to have named his avatar after the portable surface-to-air missile launcher. This is despite not using it in combat.
  • Badass Driver: During his fight with Sinon in the Prelims, he discovers a Humvee and, after tricking Sinon into shooting a rock to give away her position, starts driving over to her, attempting to cross the inter-section while she was reloading. Unfortunately for him, she shoots him through the window which, if it somehow didn't kill him, causes him to crash, eliminating him.
  • Ironic Name: Despite his username, he doesn't actually use a rocket launcher, let along a stinger missile launcher.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In his first appearance he’s taken out by Sinon during the BoB preliminaries. By the time of Alicization, he’s shown to have reached the main tournament and got into the top ten at 9th place.
  • The Unseen: Downplayed. Despite being a BoB participant and us seeing him in action, we never see what he looks like or even learn much about him from his Ironic Name or Weapon of Choice.
  • Weapon of Choice: He wields an FN SCAR as his primary weapon.

     Shishigane 

Shishigane

An SMG user known for his heavily-armored playstyle.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: In the anime, he's shown wielding what looks like a machine gun, which the weight of his armor should prevent him from using.
  • Animal Motif: Downplayed. His helmet is said to make him look like a giant boar when the visor is down, but his combat style lacks any resemblances, being a slow Stone Wall instead of someone who charges his enemies.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Due to his Weapon of Choice, he has to get close to his opponents to fight them properly. Luckily for him, his defensive equipment can help him last long enough to close the distance, provided they don’t run.
  • The Faceless: Due to his helmet, not many players know what he actually looks like.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Since Sinon can’t kill him in the first shot due to his armor, she’s instead shoots one of the grenades on his belt and kills him with the explosion.
  • Stone Wall: He’s a heavily defense focused player and he wears so much armor that not even a powerful Anti-Material Rifle like Sinon’s Hecate can’t do enough damage to kill him in one shot. But because of the sheer weight of it all, he has to use a light SMG so that he won’t be rooted in place, meaning he can’t deal too much damage and has to get close to deal any. Doesn’t help that his equipment’s sheer weight makes him slower than the average player.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: He carries a few Plasma Grenades for when he can’t get close enough to use his SMG.

     Lion King Richie 

Lion King Richie

A BoB Participant known for finding a high point and shooting at anyone who comes by.
  • BFG: His Vickers Machine Gun is a pretty large gun despite looking pretty small in his hands.
  • Dirty Coward: He rarely engages in a fair fight, usually setting up camp in a place where he can ambush players with his Vickers machine gun and staying as long as he can.
  • Earn Your Title: Is called “CampeRichie” and “Richie the Camper” for his tendency to do just that in the BoBs.
  • Hated by All: Implied. He's well-known as "Richie the Camper", a derogative sounding nickname that hints that he's not exactly popular. The fact that two other participants teamed up to kill him, which as Sinon points out when discussing her partnership with Kirito is generally rare, certainly hints that even high-ranking GGO players are willing to put their differences aside just to take him out.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Suffered this in the second BoB; camping out on the high ground and shooting anyone who comes close is certainly an effective, if cheap, tactic, but his weapon being a Machine Gun and him never moving from his position, which could have given him the chance to loot enemy corpses for more ammo, caused him to run out of ammo quickly, forcing him to resign.
  • Killed Offscreen: He's revealed to have been killed by two players teaming up on him.
  • Not Worth Killing: When she notices him on the scan, Sinon decides not to bother going after him, citing that she shouldn't waste time on a target who wouldn't move.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He’s heavily reliant on a single, cheap tactic, but he has one of the best Machine Guns in GGO and he has enough STR to lug around plenty of ammo for it.

    Pale Rider 

Pale Rider (GGO)

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A newer participant in the Bullet of Bullets tournament, which initially made him a Death Gun suspect. Uses an agility based Shotgun build with high acrobatic skill, give him superb mobility.


  • Close-Range Combatant: His Weapon of Choice is a shotgun, which he needs to be within a certain range to use properly. Fortunately, he's capable of some impressive Combat Parkour that allows him to close distances with ease.
  • Combat Parkour: Uses a lot of acrobatics to get close to Dyne.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dyne failed to get a single hit on him.
  • Flat Character: We know nothing about him aside from the fact he's skilled at acrobatics and uses a shotgun.
  • Fragile Speedster: Pale Rider appears to have built his character this way, eschewing as much gear as he can save for a single shotgun so that he can take advantage of his low encumbrance to perform all sorts of fancy acrobatics that allow him to win his fight against Dyne. Not so helpful when the real Death Gun hits Pale Rider with a paralyzation dart so Death Gun can get up close to kill him, both in the game and in the real world.
  • Gun Fu: Leaps, twirls, and flips all over the field before blasting Dyne with his rifle.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Gets back up after Death Gun's sniper Stun bullet's paralysis effect wears off, thanks to a missed shot from Sinon distracting Death Gun delaying the shot from his pistol. Unfortunately, just as he points his shotgun at "Death Gun", the effects of a lethal drug dose kicks in, and his avatar falls, before being forcibly disconnected due to his Amusphere detecting critical vital signs, signaling that the player has been killed
  • Hidden Badass: He doesn't look out of the ordinary and carries a shotgun. Then he performs astounding acrobatic feats on a long bridge and wipes the floor with Dyne without a scratch. Even Sinon was impressed.
  • Implacable Man: Does not stop pursuing Dyne until he catches and kills his target. Pity, he stood no chance against Death Gun.
  • The Quiet One: He never says anything, even when dying from a heart attack.
  • Mechanically Unusual Class: He's an STR player like Death Gun's other victims, but instead of using the extra strength to carry powerful yet heavy weapons and equipment like most others, he decks himself out in the lightest gear he can manage in order to leap and jump great heights and move much quicker.
  • Rare Guns: His shotgun is an AR-17. It's quite impressive that Kawahara even knows of this weaponnote , considering only about 2,000 were ever produced in real life back in the 1960s. The NRA Museum has one gold-plated version, and the most recent public appearance of the gun was a modernized version that was shown at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
  • Red Herring: His handle is an allusion to the fourth horseman of the apocalypse, identified as "Death" in the Book of Revelation. This initially makes him stand out on the list of players suspected of being Death Gun. It's not him.
  • Reused Character Design: His character design is based on Silver Crow from Accel World, another series written by SAO's author, Reki Kawahara.
  • Strong and Skilled: Played With. His Combat Parkour Fragile Speedster playstyle might suggest he's Weak, but Skilled, but the way it works is that he's an STR-heavy player who uses extremely light equipment, allowing him to leap higher and move much quicker than other STR players.
    • An Early-Bird Cameo in the manga also displays the "Skilled" part. When Kirito and Sinon enter the waiting room, that's full of participants showing off their guns in an effort to look tough and intimidate the competition, Sinon notes how stupid this is when they reach the changing room, since it gives competitors a chance to think up countermeasures. Notably, he and Yamikaze are shown to not bothering with intimidation tactics, not having their guns on their person.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Presented as quite a competent player, but his only real purpose is to add another victim to Death Gun's growing list.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The only weapon we get to see him use. Thanks to extremely good skills at dodging and acrobatics, as well as a fast run speed, he' was able to get from side of a suspension bridge, to the other, where Dyne had taken up position to shoot him, dodging all of his shots until he was in effective range to use his shotgun.
  • Spared By Adaptation: In Fatal Bullet, Sinon narrowly manages to save Pale Rider by instead choosing to shoot him rather than Death Gun, allowing him to die in-game before Death Gun could shoot him and cause him to die in real life.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: His only appearance consists of him eliminating Dyne with style, before getting sniped by the "Death Gun" and subsequently murdered, both avatar and in the real world.
  • The Worf Effect: He is one of the most impressive players in the third BoB. Then he's promptly killed by Death Gun just to show how many leagues above the villain is.

     Kakouton 

Kakouton

A skilled Assault Rifle user who dresses like a Chinese general.
  • Badass Beard: Has one on his chin with a fu manchu style moustache to match his Chinese general image.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He’s not above ambushing other players in the BoB.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears one resembling an ancient Chinese General's to match his aesthetic.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears one, which is actually an item that increases his accuracy.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Downplayed. He's not a Sniper, but he's known for having a playstyle that focuses on accuracy.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is the Japanese reading for Xiahou Dun, a Chinese general in the late Eastern Han Dynasty.
  • More Dakka: His response to Kirito reflecting his bullets in the anime is to grab a 100 round C-Mag for his gun.
  • Oh, Crap! After Kirito blocks all of his bullets, he looks surprised and then hurriedly starts reloading his gun.
  • This Cannot Be!: His last words as Sinon shoots him in the stomach and promptly rips him in half is “No Way…”
  • Took a Level in Badass: He came 6th in the Fourth BoB, when in the previous he didn’t even make the top tens.

    Musketeer X 

Musketeer X (GGO)

Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura (Fatal Bullet)

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A female GGO player and contestant in the third Bullet of Bullets who made it to the finals. Like Pale Rider, she was a possible Death Gun suspect due to being new to the BoB and her name, but is proven not to be due to her gender.


  • Adaptational Curves: Her brief appearance in Phantom Bullet depicts her with a rather modest looking bust. Her model in Fatal Bullet and this piece of promotional art for it depicts her as being a lot bustier.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a brief blink any you miss it cameo in War of Underworld as one of the Japanese player reinforcements come to aid Asuna.
  • Ascended Extra: Fatal Bullet has her Suddenly Voiced and we actually find out a bit more about her personality.
  • Flat Character: By virtue of having no lines at all, she's literally just 'female GGO player carrying sniper rifle and smoke grenades'. Fatal Bullet attempts to rectify this and flesh out her character a bit.
  • Friendly Sniper: Carries a sniper rifle and is quite a nice person overall. She tried to introduce herself to Kirito in the BoB, but Kirito was in such a hurry he killed her and took her equipment to save Sinon.
  • Gratuitous French: Fatal Bullet shows she likes throwing in a bit of French into her dialogue.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She doesn't even get the honor of an onscreen defeat, as Kirito takes care of her while Sinon gets confronted by Death Gun.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist.
  • Red Herring: She was one of the three potential candidates for Death Gun, due to being a new player and a name that is an allusion to "death", however Kirito quickly realizes it isn't her when he sees that she's a female.
  • Stripperific: Her outfit is particularly revealing, even more so than Sinon's.
  • Suddenly Voiced: She never says a word in the anime, however she gets voiced for the first time in Fatal Bullet.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Alicization reveals she made a major jump in the BoB rankings, going from 15th to 4th, just behind Yamikaze.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She gets defeated by Kirito completely offscreen and doesn't even get a voiced appearance.

Dyne's Squadron

     Ginrou 

Ginrou

A Sub-Machine Gun user in Dyne's Squadron.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He calls Sinon “Sinocchi” when he tries hitting on her. She doesn’t pay it much mind.
  • All Men Are Perverts: When he’s introduced, he tries hitting on Sinon and asking her out on a date while his eyes are clearly drawn to her legs and breasts with a dumb look on his face.
  • Amazon Chaser: If him hitting on Sinon is anything to go by.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He’s got above average speed and a powerful SMG which, especially against Optical Gun users who wouldn’t be able to do anything against him with his Optical Defense Field, makes him extremely arrogant. This becomes Subverted however as he’s the first person to be killed by Behemoth, suggesting a lack of experience against Live-Ammo Gun users.
  • Badass Cape: In the Light Novel and Manga, he wears a hoodless mantle in battle for seemingly no reason that to look cool, and maybe blend in with the desert environment. How badass he is is debatable.
  • Blatant Lies: He tries ask Sinon out on the pretense on getting her help on polishing his "sniping skills". Sinon is quick to take note of the fact that he uses an Submachine Gun.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He tries to act like a ladies man towards Sinon, but she's quick to shoot him down, and Jin and Miso poke fun at him for having no game in neither the real or virtual world.
  • Ephebophile: Played With. His first scene has him trying to hit on Sinon and clearly checking her out, but while Sinon is a High Schooler IRL, Dyne's squadron don't know this, at most just assuming that she's a college student.
  • Death by Irony: He's the first one to be taken out as a result of the monster hunter squadron taking precautions after last time, a concern he expressed to Dyne before the fight.
  • Fragile Speedster: He has an AGI heavy build and wears light clothing to make better use of it. However this, along with his lack of focus on VIT, makes him very quick to kill if someone can land a hit on him, as shown when he’s killed by Behemoth.
  • Informed Ability: His evasion skills in a fight is stated to be "above average", but when we actually see him fight, he doesn't bother evading the monster hunter's shots due to his defense field nullifying their optical rounds and he's quickly shot down when he tries escaping Behemoth's attack.
  • Guns Akimbo: He's shown holding two handguns in a brief segment explaining GGO.
  • Male Gaze: When trying to hit on Sinon, his eyes are mainly drawn to her chest and legs.
  • Motor Mouth: Downplayed. He’s this compared to his squad mates, being the most talkative out of them aside from Dyne, and that’s largely because Dyne’s responding to what he’s saying.
  • Properly Paranoid: Mixed with Dumbass Has a Point. While he’s reassured pretty easily after Dyne outlines their advantages and their target’s disadvantages, he’s right in that attacking the same monster hunting squadron they attacked last week might be a bad idea since there’s a chance they’ll prepare for another ambush. He turns out to be right, and realizes it shortly before he’s killed by Behemoth.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: More so than Dyne, who's at least a well-known and skilled BoB finalist. He's very boastful about his skills as a PKer and Fragile Speedster, yet he's also the first one taken out by Behemoth. Sinon even shrugs him off as unimportant when he tries hitting on her.

Death Gun Victims

     General 
  • Four Is Death: In the end, there are four victims.
  • Super Strength: A common connection between them is that their stat builds leaned towards STR. This is because Kyouji resented STR players, XeXeeD chief among them, due to how they overtook AGI players due to the Nerf thanks to XeXeeD's scam, even believing that some were complicit in it.

    Tamotsu Shigemura / XeXeeD 

Tamotsu Shigemura / XeXeeD (GGO)

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Grant George (English)

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The winner of the second Bullet of Bullets tournament, XeXeeD was showcased in an interview when Death Gun suddenly appeared and shot his avatar, after which the former would mysteriously disconnect and be found dead in the real world, kickstarting the plot of Phantom Bullet arc.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Has a lot of confidence in winning the upcoming tournament solely on his build of choice and doesn't bother hiding it.
  • Asshole Victim: He's the only victim of Death Gun who gets much characterization, and none of it makes him very sympathetic.
  • Blatant Lies: He used his reputation as a professional player to promote AGI-only builds as the way to go while withholding knowledge of a forthcoming patch that would severely nerf them. This left his competitors without the STR to equip some of the newer and more effective guns, while he put just enough points into STR to equip the rare gun he would win BoB with.
  • Bright Is Not Good: His outfit is mostly white with some blue, and he's a Jerkass Con Artist.
  • Dead Star Walking: A GGO champion voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya, himself known for voicing lead characters, making a statement on the upcoming BoB tournament... before biting the dust at the hands of the "Death Gun" five minutes into the arc's beginning.
  • Hated by All: Implied. During his interview, much of the audience boo him in response to his show-boating and claims of the superiority of his stat build and weapon. Whether the booing patrons were entirely scammed AGI players or also consisted of players who disapproved of the stunt he pulled isn't outright confirmed.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Just before he disconnects and dies, he is clutching his chest. This is the first hint Death Gun's actual killing method involves external help.
  • Jerkass: In the short time he was on screen, the guy establishes himself as having an ego when he essentially calls all the players who followed his false information suckers and belittles the runner-up sitting next to him all while lecturing about the metagame shifting.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by an entity created by one of his scam's victims, with the victim himself being the one to pull the trigger on him in-game.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Implied. His stat build was STR-VIT, but he scammed GGO's playerbase by encouraging the use of AGI builds, hinting that he invested some of his points into AGI to give off the illusion that he utilized it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He used his fame to scam countless players so he would have an edge in an upcoming tournament.
  • Minor Major Character: The winner of the second BoB and one of GGO's top players, however he ends up being a Sacrificial Lamb after becoming Death Gun's first victim.
  • Noodle Incident: How did he learn about the Nerf that'd hit AGI builds when seemingly no one else did?
  • Rare Guns: Used an XM-29 OICW assault rifle in GGO, which was as rare in-game as it was in reality.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: His main role is to be Death Gun's first victim and showing the Serial Killer's mysterious ability of shooting players in-game which causes them to die in real life.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Implied. His first, and last scene has him boasting about how GGO is all about having the best stats and equipment, something Yamikaze disagrees with, and Sinon notes that when the two fought in the 2nd BoB, XeXeeD largely won because of the Nerf that hit the AGI builds, noting that Yamikaze was the more skilled fighter.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kept on bragging about how AGI builds were the best while he had already switched to an STR build, knowing that a Nerf would hit the former class really hard. This unfortunately screwed over Kyouji (Spiegel), and, completely mad at seeing hundreds of hours of gameplay wasted because of that false information, swore revenge on XeXeed and paved the way for "Death Gun"'s creation.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His GGO Avatar has dark blue hair.

     Usujio Tarako 

Usujijo Tarako

Another of Death Gun's Victims, The Leader of one of GGO's largest squadrons.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wore an orange bandana.
  • BFG: He wielded an Enfield LMG.
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: He was shot by Death Gun while giving a impassioned speech to his Squadron.
  • Cool Shades: Wore a pair of hollywood-esque sunglasses.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Usujio is the name of a type of soy sauce, while Tarako translates to "cod roe".
  • The Leader: He was in charge of the largest squadron in GGO, hinting that he was Charismatic variety if he was able to keep them all in check.
  • Posthumous Character: He's dead by the time we learn of him and the details of his death.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: The most Sinon can remember about Tarako personally was a brief, 2 or 3 minute conversation they had after the previous BoB about the prizes.
  • This Means Warpaint: He had three red streaks on both sides of his face.

     Garrett 

Garrett

A victim during the BoB, whose death is revealed after the tournament ends.


  • Badass Moustache: Had a prominent stache, likely to fit with his Mexican cowboy motif.
  • Cowboy: He wore a sombrero and cowboy-like attire, and he even went as far as to wield a Winchester Rifle to add to the image.
  • Killed Offscreen: Unlike Pale Rider, Kirito and Sinon don't witness Death Gun kill him, with implications that he was his first victim in the tournament.

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