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This page details the various characters first appearing in the Alicization arc.
Note: Unmarked spoilers ahead.note If you're starting the anime, do not read this page!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. Despite everyone, except Jink, showing themselves to be rather peaceful and friendly village who are welcoming to the seemingly amnesic Kirito, there are hints that they aren't as nice as they let on, with Selka revealing that Eugeo ended up getting shunned by almost the entire village just because he was friends with Alice and it's later revealed that Eugeo's parents, particularly his father, were probably the closest you could be to abusive without defying the Taboo Index. Come War of Underworld, and they show themselves at their worst with their exploitation of Alice's physical capabilities despite not allowing her into the village and their cruel and mocking treatment of Kirito, who at the time is in an Angst Coma and is therefore forced to be pushed around in a wheelchair.
- Bullying the Disabled: They clearly have No Sympathy to the disabled, as shown when a group of farm hands accidentally knock Kirito out of his wheelchair when taking the Blue Rose Sword out of curiosity and make no attempts to help him up, instead choosing to mock his speech impediment by saying he gave them permission to a royally pissed off Alice.
- First Town: The first part of the Underworld we're introduced to and where Kirito and Eugeo begin their journey.
- Jerkass Ball: While Kirito's initial visit to the village shows them at their best, welcoming Kirito and allowing him to stay at the village's church after learning he's a Lost Child of Vectanote and throwing a celebration for Eugeo after he cuts down the Gigas Cedar and cheer for him choosing a swordsman as his new Calling, they show themselves at their absolute worst in the prolouge to War of Underworld. Not only do they deny Alice entrance into the village after her miraculous return instead of welcoming her with open armsnote , but the village's farm owners proceed to exploit her for cheap labor despite this and, during one such job, a group of farm hands proceed to knock Kirito out of his wheelchair and take the Blue Rose Sword, mocking his inability to speak by claiming he gave them permission to take it when Alice confronts them. This treatment is so bad that Alice, an All-Loving Heroine and Integrity Knight dedicated to defending the Human Empire, wonders what point there is to having saved them from becoming Sword Golems!
- Lawful Stupid: Like most Underworld denizens, they are completely and fanatically loyal to the Church and its Taboo Index, which can lead to them making some really dumb decisions. A stand out example is when goblins invade and Jink makes an asinine plan to have all the non-combatants fall back to the village square while all the inexperienced guards deal with the attack instead of, you know, ordering everyone to evacuate. Basically everyone, save for one greedy farmer more concerned with his profits, can see how much of a stupid decision this is but are forced to go along with it since the laws dictates that in such situations, all power goes to the Head Guard and not even the village elder can override their authority. It takes Alice revealing that she's an Integrity Knight, a figure with even higher authority, and outright ordering them to evacuate for them to actually do it.
Voiced by: Maeda Kaori (Japanese), Jackie Lastra (English)
Alice's younger sister.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Despite being of similar age to the orphans who live at the church, she works as one of their caretakers and is generally more mature and less excitable in comparison to most kids her age.
- Always Second Best: She has accepted that she'll always be overshadowed by her sister Alice and will never have the same mastery of the Sacred Arts.
- Big Sister Worship:
- It's apparent she looked up to Alice and misses her sister when she got taken. Upon hearing where Alice had gone all those years ago, she attempts to follow Alice's footsteps so she could be a little more closer to her.
- Then once Alice finally returns to Rulid Village, Selka is the only one who still accept her and helps her, despite everyone ese in the village shunning her including their own father.
- Broken Pedestal: Averted. Unlike literally everyone else in the village save for Eugeo, she never tried blocking off or discrediting Alices memory, looking up to her long after her arrest.
- Cool Big Sis: Helps look after the orphans in the church.
- Damsel in Distress: Eugeo and Kirito find her in the End Mountains captured by Goblins.
- Fatal Flaw: Her issues over being second best to her sister and wanting to be closer to her is what led to her being captured by Goblins. She thankfully grows out of this.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: She gets all flustered when Kirito asks if she had feelings for Eugeo.
- Human Popsicle: Kirito mentioned in the epilogue of Alicization that Selka went into suspended animation at the Central Cathedral in hopes of reuniting with Alice in the future.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Like Alice, she has a pair of blue eyes.
- The Medic: She knows Healing Spell Sacred Arts much like Alice. To save the life of Eugeo, she uses a dangerous high-level Sacred Art that transfers life force from Kirito and herself to heal Eugeo's wound.
- Military Mage: After the war during Moon Cradle, she joined the Sacred Artificers Brigade that was formed from the dismantled priesthood.
- Nice Girl: She looks after Kirito during his stay in the church, even waking him up on the first day.
- Onee-sama: Selka addresses Alice as "Nee-sama", a more respectful than average way of speaking to an older sister (Compare Yuuki calling Aiko "Nee-chan.")
- Parental Neglect: Ever since beginning her studies at the local church shes never gone back to her parents house, and theres no indication that they visit her or interact with her.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Downplayed. When Alice returns to Rulid Village, her father turns her away due to her status as a criminal who broke the Taboo Index and forbids Selka from interacting with her. While not as serious as breaking the Taboo Index, she disregards her fathers orders and spends time with Alice anyway, helping her build the shack she and Kirito reside in and bringing them food due to Alices less than perfect cooking skills.
- She Is All Grown Up: After the Time Skip she looks much older.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks very much like her sister Alice, though with a slightly deeper hair color.
- Team Mom: To the orphans living at the Church, being shown as the most mature and acting as a caretaker despite being of similar age.
- Undying Loyalty: To Alice, to the point of freezing herself just to see her again even after more than 200 years.
- You Remind Me of X: In the anime, a drowsy Kirito mistakes her for Suguha when she wakes him up in the morning.
Alice and Selka's father, and mayor of the village.
- Lawful Stupid: Like the rest of the village, he's unquestioningly loyal to the Taboo Index, even to the point of coming off as rather cold to his daughters.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Zig-zagged. On the one hand, he lets Deusolbert arrest Alice, no questions asked, and later bars Alice from returning to the village. On the other hand, when the goblins attack and Alice reveals herself as an Integrity Knight, he immediately recognizes that she's the most competent person around and puts her in charg of the village's defense.
Voiced by: Ishiya Haruki (Japanese), Ted Sroka (English)
Captain of the village guards and son of the former captain, as well as a childhood bully of Eugeo.
- Adapted Out: His duel with Eugeo to force him to stay in the village doesn't occur in the anime.
- Boisterous Weakling: Jink talks a big game about his abilities as a guard, but he's easily beaten by Eugeo, is dumbstruck by Kirito cutting a training dummy in half in the anime, and his strategy against a goblin invasion was more likely to get the whole village slaughtered than anything.
- The Bully: He's frequently stated to have bullied Eugeo when they were younger. He often did this by hiding his shoes from him, slipping bugs into his food, and taunting him as he hung out with Alice.
- Green-Eyed Monster: His bullying of Eugeo when they were children partially stemmed from the fact that Alice spent more time with him.
- It's All About Me: When Eugeo chooses a Swordsman as his next Calling so he can go to Zakkaria and become a guard there, Jink demands that he duels him for the right since he believes that he should to be the first person in the village to do so.
- Jerkass: Even as a grown man he likes being an ass to Eugeo, usually with little provocation.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is spelled either Jink or Zink depending on the media.
- Starter Villain: For Eugeo, Jink is the first real obstacle to his journey to become an Integrity Knight and save Alice due to wanting to prevent him from leaving the village. But Eugeo's practice with the Aincrad Style manages to secure him an easy victory over the comparatively inexperienced Jink.
- Too Dumb to Live: Alice notes that the strategy he used against the invading goblins, having everyone else fall back to the village square while he and the other guards hold them off, was bound to end with the whole village getting wiped out if Alice didn't step in.
Voiced by: Takehiro Hasu (Japanese)
The previous Gigas Cedar Cutter.
- Cool Old Guy: He was one of the few people who didn't take part in the mass shunning of Eugeo after Alice's arrest, and when Alice returns but is denied entry into the village he's more than happy to help her build a hut for her and Kirito to stay in.
- In-Series Nickname: Old Man Garitta.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Despite his greater age, he got along with Eugeo, Alice and Kirito.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: An unintended, self-inflicted example. After his wife's death, he was so overcome with grief that he ended up losing half of his memories of her.
- The Lost Lenore: He lost his to a drowning incident years prior, which affected him so much that he ended up losing about half of the memories he had of her.
- Nice Guy: One of people in Rulid who isn't a Jerkass or a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
A fifth class noble and blood relative of the leader of Zakkaria.
- Adapted Out: He, along with a Zakkaria Tournament, is skipped in the anime.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: He makes two attempts to cheat at the tournament. The first involves releasing a Giant Horsefly to scare a horse in an indirect attempt to harm anyone potentially entering the tournament, and the second involves bribing the guard in charge of the swords to give himself one of better quality than the rest. Both attempts fail due to Eugeo and Kirito working together to calm down the horse and Kirito using the Snake Bite Sword Skill to break his sword.
- Establishing Character Moment: Egome serves to give a general idea of what many nobles in the Underworld are like, being an Upper-Class Twit who will search for and find loopholes in the Taboo Index for his own selfish ends without a care about who it can affect.
- Jerkass: Along with being an Upper-Class Twit, he also has no regards for who his attempts at cheating can harm.
- Loophole Abuse: Despite the fact that one of his attempts at cheating is technically against the Taboo Index, he gets away with it because he didn't directly commit it, as he released a Giant Horsefly to scare a horse into harming people instead of actually harming anyone himself.
- Upper-Class Twit: He looks down on Kirito and Eugeo for being commoners without Callings, believing they don't deserve to be Zakkarian Guards because of this.
A dedicated craftsman who wished to create a sword surpassing any that were forged, eventually getting his wish when Kirito brings a branch of the Gigas Cedar. After the war, Kirito makes him the arsenal master for his assistance in dealing with the rebellion of the Four Empires.
- Ignored Expert: He constantly warns Kirito about the risks of his Mechanical Dragon experiments, but Kirito usually does the tests anyway, much to his chagrin.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rather gruff and he really lays into Kirito after making his sword destroyed a month's supply of grindstones, but he allows Kirito to take it for free after he's able to swing and he lets him off the hook after he accidentally cuts one of his shields in two with itnote .
- Ultimate Blacksmith: More of a craftsman really, but he does sell weapons he apparently made himself and he was able to use the Gigas Cedar branch Kirito gave him to create the Night Sky Sword.
- Almighty Janitor: Implied. Eugeo speculates that he must be very skilled in swordsmanship to have taught Tiese the basics so well, yet he's only a 6th Rank Noble who works as a Clerk for other, higher ranking Nobles.
- Ascended Extra: He's a nameless character who only gets a passing mention as the one who Tiese inherited her beliefs of "Noblesse Oblige" from. In Rising Steel, while still nameless, he appears as a major character in the "Continuing My Journey with You" Event, even getting his own character model.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: He believes that every Noble should know how to fight so that they can be ready to protect commoners.
- Honor Before Reason: He takes his ideals of Noblesse Oblige very seriously, believing that even his young daughter should be ready to fight any time in defense of the commonfolk and even insisting that the commoners should be treated before him despite his wounds being much more severe.
- No Name Given: Even after he appears in person in Rising Steel, we never learn his name.
- Papa Wolf: While his views of putting the commoners before yourself is something he tries to impart on Tiese, he's shown to be very protective of her, wanting her to tell him if the son of his business partner tries to do anything to her and even taking an attack meant for her when they were fighting some wolves.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A fervent believer in this, believing that a Noble should be grateful for the privileges given to them over the commoners and be willing to defend commoners and fight in their defense, even to the point where he refuses to be treated first after a monster attack despite suffering heavier injuries.
- Taking the Bullet: During a monster attack, he takes a blow meant for Tiese when one of them gets the jump on her. Thankfully, he survives in spite of his insistence that the commoners be treated before him despite the severity of his wounds.
- Token Good Teammate: He's one of the few decent Nobles there is, taking his duties seriously while others, especially those of higher rank, tend to let their privileges go to their head and become cruel hedonists.
- Too Dumb to Live: While it was certainly noble of him to do so, having himself be treated after all the injured commonfolk despite his more grievous wounds is certainly reckless and could have endangered his life if he hadn't been so lucky.
The Emperor of North Centoria.
- Back from the Dead: Despite having been killed by the joint efforts of Ronye, Tiese and Deusolbert, he's somehow brought back as some kind of advanced Minion that retains his memories from when he was alive.
- Bad Boss: Ronye is especially appalled when he badmouths the honorable captain of the guard who fought to protect him, deriding him for losing to a pair of young students. He also doesn't bat an eye to the death of Zeppos despite his Undying Loyalty to him.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Instead of surrendering, he instead opts to kill himself off for good by passing through the bars of the Luminous Element cage Kirito created to trap him in place, destroying his Minion body.
- Blue Blood: One of the four emperors of the Human Empire, putting him above even a first-class Noble.
- Evil Is Petty: When she and Tiese confront him, Ronye notes that the wine he's drinking is made and grown in a part of Norlangarth rich with the blessings of Solus and Terraria, and is extremely expensive for lower class Nobles such as herself. She then points out that the vineyard it's grown on could be put to better use as a wheat field that could keep his people fed for a year, which she takes as a sign of his blatant corruption. There's also him subjecting commoners to torture and inhumane experiments in the event that they fish a golden trout from the Lake Norkia near his private estate.
- Evil Laugh: His reaction to his Hybrid Minion's quick defeat of Ronye and Tiese, seeing it as a sign of their great power.
- Evil Plan: Ronye speculates that he's merging Goblins with Minions to have them attack the Human Empire, inciting the humans to retaliate and declare war on the Dark Territory.
- Heroic Willpower: Villainous Inversion. While he's a thoroughly corrupt man, Kirito speculates that he and his fellow Emperors' absolute belief in the authority of Nobles such as himself allowed him to defy the first law of the Taboo Index, "Loyalty to the Church", without having to bypass the Seal of the Right or suffering a Logic Bomb when the Human Unification Council started reforming the Nobility system to remove the rankings, something that would put his own power in jeopardy.
- Kick the Dog:
- He makes fun of his guard captain for losing to Ronie and Tiese, despite the two girls being Integrity Knights in training.
- He makes catching the rare golden trout in his ponds illegal. Since the chance of catching the fish is low and the commoners are short on food, many of them fish in his ponds and risk accidentally breaking the law. He makes it clear that he set up this rule so he can punish people For the Evulz.
- Knee Capping: During Ronye and Tiese's fight with him, Deousolbert entered and fired an arrow into his leg, giving the Trainee Knights an opening to stab him in the chest and kill him. Or so it seemed.
- Loophole Abuse: As a Noble, he makes frequent use of this and even boasts that finding loopholes in the Taboo Index is the pursuit of all the imperial families and High Nobles. A notable example would be him declaring by Imperial Law that anyone who fishes a golden trout from Lake Norkia is to be punished under his Judicial Authoirty, allowing him a bunch of unwitting test subjects for his immortality experiments.
- Mad Scientist: It's revealed that he and his fellow emperors, along with their predecessors, have dedicated themselves to researching a way to attain eternal life, even using commoners they arrest under Judicial Authority as test subjects.
- Magic Knight: As Ronye and Tiese can attest to, being the ones who fought and killed him, Cruiga is a powerful fighter who, thanks to his status granting access to the best instructors possible, is a Master Swordsman with the High-Norkia style. His Minion counterpart also displays him as being powerful with Sacred Arts, being capable creating Minions and fusing them with Mountain Goblins to create a new hybrid Minion.
- Pride: As with any Noble, he is a prideful man obsessed with his status and power. It is in fact this pride, along with that of his fellow Emperors, that allowed them to rebel against the Taboo Index without having to bypass the Seal of the Right Eye or suffer a Logic Bomb, because they believe they were more in the right than the Church, which was being run by the Human Unification Council. This extends to when he reveals himself to be Back from the Dead and his accomplice holds Shimasaki, Tiese's dragon, hostage, with him ordering the girls to give up their weapons and imprison themselves.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Proves to be surprisingly careful in spite of his Pride. After imprisoning Ronye and Tiese and taking Shimosaki hostage, he speculates that Ronye's dragon, Tsukikage, could have squeezed through the cell bars to evade notice and even checked all the cells, only missing him because the Mountain Goblins he kidnapped hid her with their bodies.
- Oh, Crap!: Effectively his reaction when Kirito and Asuna show up, destroying both his estate and his hybrid Minions before trapping him.
- Immortality Seeker: His family, along with all other Imperial Families, have spent centuries researching Sacred Arts and medicine so that they can grant themselves eternal life.
- Religion of Evil: Implied He has keen knowledge on how to create Minions, something the Dark Territory's dark mages specialize in, and when Ronye and Tiese, the ones who killed him, discover him alive, he remarks that it must be "the guidance of Vecta".
- Sadist: Apparently something that's In the Blood, as he and his predecessors had a secret dungeon where they would throw commoners and torture them to death under the excuse of Judicial Authority. He even imposed a rule on fishermen who would fish in his lake, saying that catching a golden trout would be punishable by imprisonment and torture, effectively forcing anyone who fished there into a game of Russian Roullette, and that he enjoyed hearing their screams while enjoying a glass of wine.
- Serial Killer: When Ronye and Tiese discover that he's Back from the Dead, he cruelly boasts about how he and his predecessors used the Northern Imperial Estate's secret dungeon to torture and murder numerous commoners throughout ages under their "Judicial Authority".
- Underestimating Badassery: When Ronye and Tiese confront him, he dismisses them as lower-ranking noble students and even insults the guard captain who fought to protect him for losing to them. He does acknowledge their skill after they kill Zeppos however.
- Upper-Class Twit: When Ronye and Tiese call him out on not taking part in the War with the Dark Territory while commoners and lower-class nobles did, he shrugs it off as their duty, saying its their job to die so the lives of he and other high-class nobles can be prolonged.
Voiced by: Kondou Reina (Japanese), Deneen Melody (English)
Kirito's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy.
- Adaptational Curves: The size of her bust varies tremendously depending on the medium, especially in the mobile game Memory Defrag where she's bursting in size. An illustration in Volume 19 of her in the Great Baths with Fizel reveals that she is rather well-endowed.
- Adapted Out: Eugeo showed up earlier during the Attempted Rape scene in the light novels and anime, ultimately resulting with Raios and Humbert failing to violate poor Ronye and Tiese unlike in the original web novels.
- A Girl and Her X: With her dragon Tsukikage in Moon Cradle. When she, Tiese and Shimosaki (Tiese's dragon) get captured, Ronye sends Tsukikage to get help, ending up on her own little adventure.
- Amateur Sleuth: As an Integrity Knight Apprentice, her main role is as a combatant and she mainly serves as Kirito's bodyguard. Despite this, she ends playing a key role in investigating the numerous mystery's that occur in Moon Cradle, figuring out that the murder weapon Oroi allegedly used was likely not an actual Goblin dagger but one made from Sacred Arts and that Leazetta's kidnapper was hiding in Obsidia's castle's throne room, which was sealed off after Vecta's death.
- Ascended Extra: A supporting character in the main storyline, but the main character of the Moon Cradle spinoff.
- Attempted Rape: Happens to her and Tiese when Raios and Humbert attempted to rape them as "punishment" for defending their friend, only to be stopped by Kirito and Eugeo.
- Badass in Distress: Held prisoner by Cruiga after discovering his survival in Moon Cradle.
- Best Friend: She and Tiese are best friends, virtually always seen together and are as close as Kirito and Eugeo.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the end, she's the one who manages to save Leazetta, severing the kidnapper's remaining arm with a Sonic Leap and catching the child before she could hit the ground.
- Child Soldiers: She and Tiese are still trainee swordsmen, but manage to volunteer in joining the fight against the Dark Territory in the belief that it would mean they could reunite with their mentors.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted. While she is perturbed by Asuna and Alice fighting over Kirito due to her own feelings for him, she is far from rude to them as they are to each other, acting shy and polite when she asks to join in on their deal that involves them telling each other about Kirito and even getting along with Asuna in Moon Cradle despite her marrying Kirito.
- Cool Big Sis: She has a younger brother who's Implied to look up to her greatly having entered the Swordcraft Academy like she did and was happy when she visited from the Cathedral.
- Cool Sword: Before she left for Obsidia with Kirito, Asuna encouraged Ronye to pick out a new sword to take with her, and Ronye chose a high-priority with a hilt resembling a crescent moon. She later dubs it "The Moonbeam Sword" It's later revealed to be capable of Perfect Weapon Control, allowing it to create a powerful Luminous Element that creates a bright, blinding light and heals wounds at a faster rate.
- Cry Cute: She's so adorable whenever she sheds tears, especially when Kirito Came Back Strong and personally kills PoH by imprisoning him in a tree.
- Happens again in the Moon Cradle arc when she and Kirito had their own bonding moment.
- The Cutie: Ronye often acts like a timid little girl who is overly polite, has Undying Loyalty to her mentor Kirito, and constantly worried shes overstepped her boundaries.
- Distaff Counterpart: Moon Cradle delves further in the exact nature of her and Tiese's relationship to show some resemblances between Kirito and Eugeo. Ironically enough, it appears that Ronye is the Eugeo, being a comparatively more timid and formal Straight Man in contrast to the more excitable and teasing Tiese.
- Dragon Rider: Being promoted to an Integrity Knight apprentice, Ronye is in the process of raising her own riding dragon, a bright yellow one she named Tsukigake.
- Dude Magnet: Becoming an Apprentice Integrity Knight has made her this, namely among nobles who, due the Human Unification Council's removal of the nobility ranking system effectively removing their privileges and making all nobles equal, wish to gain her favor and marry her in hopes to restoring some of their status, her cousins whose parents always looked down on her family being among them. Needless to say, she's not exactly happy about this.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In the Moon Cradle arc, Ronye begins to change her hairdo into resembling Asuna's (except for the braids).
- Friend to All Children: Moon Cradle reveals that she seems to have a certain affinity for children, usually being asked to take care of Berche when Fanatio's busy, having given some food to Goblin children who remember her fondly, she and Tiese apparently being friends with Linel and Fizelnote and even getting along with Leazetta and being the one to save her from her kidnapper.
- Hero of Another Story:
- After the War of Underworld, Tiese and Ronye took part in suppressing a rebellion incited by the leaders of the Four Empires to reclaim the power they believe was taken from them by the Human Unification Council headed by Kirito, and both personally crossed swords with the Emperor of Norlangarth.
- Improvised Weapon: To break out of the cells in Cruiga's estate, she and Tiese use their sheaths as battering rams.
- Insecure Love Interest: She and Tiese blame themselves for Kirito and Eugeo being arrested for saving them from Raios and Humbert, and as a result they don't believe they have the right to be in love with them, a view that's reinenforced when they learn that Eugeo's dead and Kirito's in a Angst Coma as a result.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and Tiese get very close to the their mentors, Kirito and Eugeo, to the point where the four of them are more akin to brothers and sisters.
- Master Swordsman: In Rising Steel, despite her and Tiese still being trainees, they are noted by Azurica to have the capabilities of elite trainees, due to being the valets of Master Swordsman Kirito and Eugeo, and are capable enough to impress Bercouli.
- Penny Among Diamonds: She and Tiese were born in the lowest Noble Class.
- The Protagonist: Is set to be the focal character of the Moon Cradle arc.
- Satellite Character: In the main storyline, she's mostly reduced to being this for Kirito or Tiese. As unlike Tiese she never got any moments to shine on her own.
- Sempai/Kohai: She is the Kohai to Kirito, being his valet during his time as an Elite Swordsman-in-Training.
- Shrinking Violet: Downplayed. Ronye is by no means a shy person, but she can be rather meek and doesn't like being the center of attention.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Yenpress translations spell her name as "Ronye", but virtually all other media from Crunchyroll subs and the games spell her name as "Ronie".
- Straight Man: In Mood Cradle, she basically takes over Eugeo's role in calling Kirito out on his crazy ideas.
- Super Senses: Part of her and Tiese's Incarnation training involved gaining the ability to sense distant objects and living beings. While they have difficulty using this on their own, they are able to use it together when captured by Emperor Cruiga and Zeppos to sense who exactly are in the Emperor's estate and to get an idea of it's layout.
- Tears of Joy:
- Tackles Kirito while crying uncontrollably in response to his epic comeback.
- Breaks into some when she learns from Kirito that some goblin children she gave bread to remember her fondly, having just guilt-tripped herself for feeling she wasn't sympathetic enough to their plight of living in an infertile land.
- Those Two Girls: She's almost always seen with Tiese.
- Took a Level in Badass: Along with Tiese, she got promoted to an Integrity Knight apprentice.
- Underdogs Never Lose: She and Tiese managed to avoid being expelled after Raios' murder by beating a pair of Elite Disciples in a duel.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kirito. The dedication she shows as his page is truly incredible, where she is a stickler to the rules and will pour blood and sweat into getting her tasks done. Even when Kirito is late every single time, she will still wait until he comes back to dismiss her, while her respect to Kirito remains unwavering.
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: Thinks she'll never get married, because she's in love with someone who can never return that love. Still, she has descendants in the epilogue, so it looks like she gets over it.
- Weak, but Skilled: As Trainee Knights without Divine Objects and the first ever ones to have not been through the Synthesis Ritual, Ronye and Tiese are not as powerful as the more senior Knights. However, not only do they use the more pragmatic Aincrad Style taught to them by Kirito and Eugeo, but they're also capable of using Body-Spirit Unity and Synchronized Casting, something even senior Knights find difficult.
Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara (Japanese), Kimberly Woods (English)
Eugeo's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy.
- Adapted Out: The light novels and anime edited the rape scene of the web novels into an Attempted Rape due to Eugeo interfering sooner.
- A Girl and Her X: With her dragon Shimosaki in Moon Cradle.
- Attempted Rape: Happens to her and Ronye when Raios and Humbert attempted to rape them as "punishment" for defending their friend, only to be stopped by Kirito and Eugeo.
- Badass in Distress: Held prisoner by Cruiga after discovering his survival in Moon Cradle.
- Best Friend: She and Ronye are best friends, virtually always seen together and are as close as Kirito and Eugeo.
- Brutal Honesty: When she and Tiese are having lunch with Kirito and Asuna, she expresses that she believes that Kirito should just be upfront with them about the truth of the Synthesis Ritual.
- Character Tic: According to Ronye, Tiese's nostrils tend to twitch when there's something she wants to say.
- Child Soldiers: She and Ronye are still trainee swordsmen, but manage to volunteer in joining the fight against the Dark Territory in the belief that it would mean they could reunite with their mentors. It's revealed in Rising Steel that when she was even younger, she was greater with a sword than other Noble children her age and was fully capable of taking on monsters alongside her father, albeit weak ones.
- Crazy-Prepared: As an Apprentice Knight, she often goes around with a notebook so she could record every new word of the "sacred tongue" that she learns from Kirito and Asuna.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Red hair and red eyes.
- Daddy's Girl: Tiese is shown to be very close to her father, believing in his ideals of "Nobless Oblige" and, in Rising Steel, it's shown that he's the one who taught her Swordsmanship and was generally very supportive of her. She even threw a duel with the son of a Noble he worked with in fear of hurting his standing with him.
- Distaff Counterpart: Moon Cradle delves further in the exact nature of her and Ronye's realtionship to show some resemblances between Kirito and Eugeo. Ironically enough, it appears that Tiese is the Kirito, being a bit more playful and outgoing to the comparatively more humble and dutiful Ronye.
- Dragon Rider: Being promoted to an Integrity Knight apprentice, Tiese is in the process of raising her own riding dragon, one she named Shimosaki.
- Fatal Flaw: In Moon Cradle, her continued mourning of Eugeo and desire to see him again serves to her detriment. Not only does it put a strain on her current relationship with Renly, but it makes her desperate to prove the rumors of ghosts haunting the deceased Emperor's private estate under the belief that it could be a way for her to see Eugeo again, leading to her and Ronye getting captured by the Big Bad.
- Heroic BSoD: She doesn't take Eugeo's death very well.
- Hero of Another Story:
- After the War of Underworld, Tiese and Ronye took part in suppressing a rebellion incited by the leaders of the Four Empires to reclaim the power they believe was taken from them by the Human Unification Council headed by Kirito, and both personally crossed swords with the Emperor of Norlangarth.
- Improvised Weapon: To break out of the cells in Cruiga's estate, she and Tiese use their sheaths as battering rams with the added help of a Sword Skill.
- Insecure Love Interest: She and Ronye blame themselves for Kirito and Eugeo being arrested for saving them from Raios and Humbert, and as a result they don't believe they have the right to be in love with them, a view that's reinforced when they learn that Eugeo's dead and Kirito's in a Angst Coma as a result.
- It's All My Fault:
- She blames herself for the incident with Raios and Humbert, in which Eugeo and Kirito broke the Taboo Index to save her and Ronye.
- After she and Ronye expose Cruiga's plot and lead Kirito and Asuna to him via Tsukikage, they're set to be promoted from Apprentices to Lower Integrity Knights. Tiese however intends to refuse because, along with some personal issues, feels responsible for her and Ronye getting captured and almost killed. Thankfully however, Kirito's able to talk her into accepting the position.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and Ronye get very close to the their mentors, Kirito and Eugeo, to the point where the four of them are more akin to brothers and sisters.
- Loving a Shadow: Fears this is the reason for her feelings for Renly, admitting to Ronye that she tends to look for similarities between him and Eugeo whenever they're together. This makes her feel immensely guilty and makes her reluctant to take their relationship further when he proposes to her.
- Master Swordsman: In Rising Steel, despite her and Ronye still being trainees, they are noted by Azurica to have the capabilities of elite trainees, due to being the valets of Master Swordsman Kirito and Eugeo, and are capable enough to impress Bercouli. This is partially Justified by her father being one of the few Nobles to take the fact that all of them are expected to take up arms when war finally breaks out seriously, meaning he made it a point to teach her as much as he could.
- Paranormal Investigation: After she hears rumors of ghosts appearing at the former Emperor's private estate, she convinces Ronye to help investigate if they're real, believing it might be a way for her to see Eugeo again.
- Penny Among Diamonds: She and Ronye were born in the lowest Noble Class.
- Playing with Fire: In Rising Steel, she primarily uses fire magic. While she has used different elements as other Units, fire is the most prominent since the majority of them wield itnote .
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Tiese was raised by her father on the ideals of Nobless Oblige, in that Nobles should grateful for the privileges given to them and that they should repay that by protecting the commonfolk and being willing to take up arms in times of war. This is also the reason she doesn't have high opinion of most other Nobles, whose privileges have turned them hedonistic and lazy with overblown egos in spite of the fact that they have little actual skill in swordsmanship, such as the case with the son of one of her father's business partners who she quickly grew to dislike when they were forced to spend time together.
- Sempai/Kohai: The Kohai to Eugeo, being his valet during his time as an Elite Swordsman-in-Training.
- Shipper on Deck: In the Moon Cradle arc, she suggests that Ronye to hook up with Kirito, since Polyamory is legal in the Underworld for someone in his position, meaning nothing is stopping him from taking multiple wives if he wantednote . Ronye however points out that he would never take advantage of that law due to Asuna.
- Ship Tease: Near the end of the War and during the post-War period, she starts some of this with Renly-Synthesis Twenty Seven. He's implied to hang out with the girls often and when Tiese reveals to Ronye that she received marriage proposal and wants advice on the matter, Ronye's first assumption is that it was Renly and she's quickly proven right.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She was raised on ideals of "Noblesse oblige" and this is part of what endears her to the kind and determined Euego.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Whether the I or the E comes first depends on the translation.
- Super Senses: Part of her and Tiese's Incarnation training involved gaining the ability to sense distant objects and living beings. While they have difficulty using this on their own, they are able to use it together when captured by Emperor Cruiga and Zeppos to sense who exactly are in the Emperor's estate and to get an idea of it's layout.
- Those Two Girls: She's almost always seen with Ronye.
- Took a Level in Badass: Along with Ronye, she got promoted to an Integrity Knight apprentice.
- Tragic Keepsake: At the end of Moon Cradle, Kirito bequeaths to her the Blue Rose Sword, which Eugeo wielded before his death.
- Underdogs Never Lose: She and Ronye managed to avoid being expelled after Raios' murder by beating a pair of Elite Disciples in a duel.
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: She is in love with Eugeo, and hopes that he'll become a noble so that she can marry him, as opposed to ending up with a husband like Raios or Humbert. Eugeo can't do what she wants, since his goal is to find Alice, so he lies to her and tentatively promises to see her again. Unfortunately, Tiese becomes devastated over Eugeo dying at the end of Volume 14 and she hasn't been able to move on by the time of Moon Cradle, where she appears to be in a relationship with Renly due to their similarities, which causes her no end of guilt and makes her reluctant to wed him when he proposes. Like Ronye though, she appears to have gotten over it by the Alicization Arcs epilogue.
- You Remind Me of X: Some of her affections for Renly seem to stem from him reminding her of Eugeo, something she feels guilty over and causes her some hesitance in accepting his marriage proposal. Renly himself aware of this and is very understanding of the whole thing, allowing her time to think it over and work out her problems.
- Weak, but Skilled: As Trainee Knights without Divine Objects and the first ever ones to have not been through the Synthesis Ritual, Ronye and Tiese are not as powerful as the more senior Knights. However, not only do they use the more pragmatic Aincrad Style taught to them by Kirito and Eugeo, but they're also capable of using Body-Spirit Unity and Synchronized Casting, something even senior Knights find difficult.
Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)
Kirito's senior during his time at the Imperial Sword Academy.
- A Day in the Limelight: Rising Steel has a special tie-in event that gives her an Adaptation Expansion and showcases her childhood before she met Kirito, including anime-style cutscenes.
- Alliterative Name: Sortiliena Serlut.
- All the Other Reindeer: Sortilliena was essentially an outcast growing up due to her family not being able to use a traditional sword style and other kids calling her a cheater whenever she won duels.
- Always Someone Better: The reason she kept losing to Volo was because she simply viewed him as better than her, which affected her Incarnation in their fights and weakened her. It was only after Kirito, who at the time was her student and never bested her in a duel, managed to both counter his ultimate technique and score a tie against him, was she able to get the confidence to actually win their final duel, allowing her to graduate as the Academy's First Seat.
- Blue Blood: From a 3rd class noble family, which is of very high standards, boasting a large mansion and luxurious living conditions.
- The Champion: She graduates as the top elite disciple for her year, after beating Volo.
- Combat Pragmatist: Her family's Serlut Style puts great emphasis on this, making usage of feints, unarmed combat and even wielding other weapons in conjunction with a sword, with whips appearing to be a personal favorite of Sortiliena's
- Defiant to the End: Intends to be this when PoH and his forces demand the human army surrenders, but Asuna pleads her out of it.
- Education Mama: In her Rising Steel Event, her father in Implied to be this in regards to her swordsmanship training. Based on his dedication to training her and his disappointed when she starts losing motivation, it's hinted that he hoped that Sortiliena would one day win the Four Empires Unity Tournament so his family could regain the right to use the High-Norkia style.
- Flower Motif: Sortiliena herself has a fondness for a Underworld flower known as zephyria flower. Along with noting that it has the same color as her eyes, she feels a certain kinship with it due its nature as a foreign flower that is considered impossible to cultivate in the Norlangarth North Empire and have no real use outside of its seeds being used in baking or any reason to grow, unlike the four great flowers that provide plenty of spacial resources to use in Sacred Arts. She finds this similar to how she felt growing up due to how her family was treated for not being able to use a traditional sword style, being effectively an outcast and having no real reason to grow as a swordswoman since others would just call her a cheat due to her sword style being different from theirs. This motivates her to not let what others think of her style affect her, instead opting to grow as a swordswoman for herself like how the zephyria seems to just grow just because it can. Her mentioning her love and feeling of kinship with the flower to Kirito is what prompts him to grow some for her as a graduation gift.
- Four-Star Badass: After the war, she gets promoted to a General in the Human Army.
- Impoverished Patrician: Played With. The Serlut family doesn't appear to be any less wealthy than any other 3rd Class Noble families but an incident at some point before Sortiliena's birth lost her family the right to use the traditional High-Norkia Style, forcing them to create the Serlut Style. This has caused Sortiliena no end of grief growing up due to other Noble Children calling her a cheater and her sword style illegal because they could never beat her with the traditional sword arts they grew up learning. It was only upon being inspired by the zephyria flower that she learns to not let this bother her and instead strives to prove her style's worth for herself rather than to please others.
- Lady of War: She participates in the war against the Dark Territory, where her graceful fighting style sees much use.
- Master Swordsman: After defeating Volo, she graduates as the Academy's first seat.
- Not So Different: This is the reason why she chose Kirito as her page, seeing his unorthodox Aincrad Style to be similar to her family's Serlut Style.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Prefers to be referred to as Liena.
Voiced by: Ryocirc Sugisaki (Japanese), Mick Lauer (English)
Eugeo's senior during his time at the Imperial Sword Academy.
- The Alcoholic: If him holding an entire bottle at Sortiliena's small celebration for Kirito and Eugeo's graduation gift to him is any indication, Golgorosso loves his wine.
- Ascended Extra: In the anime, he never gets a speaking role in the first half, only appearing in a few scenes and is mentioned very little afterwards. Come War of the Underworld, he becomes a Composite Character with a random soldier who orders everyone to defend Deusolbert as he snipes the Goblin forces.
- Combat Pragmatist: Like the Serlut Style, the Balto style's techniques are geared toward realistic combat scenarios such as fighting indoors, fitting as Golgorosso was a guard prior to entering the academy.
- Composite Character: As mentioned above, in the anime he takes the place of an unnamed soldier who rallies everyone else to protect Deusolbert against the goblins.
- Counter-Attack: His Balto-Style "Storm Wave", actually the Two-Handed Sword Skill Back Rush, that is for countering attacks from behind. He taught it to Eugeo in case he ever ended up in a scenario where he'd need to beat Kirito.
- Demoted to Extra: In the first half of Alicization he's reduced to a non-speaking background character, to the point where he might as well have been Adapted Out. This gets rectified in War of the Underworld where he is put in scenes he did not previously belong in, such as the ordering of the soldiers to protect Deusolbert.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: Golgorosso is a vehement believer of this, being a large and well-built man and his Incarnation deriving its strength from his body muscles and all the training it took to make them that way. The reason he picked Eugeo as his page is due to him eyeing the muscles he picked up from years of swinging an axe. It's also the reason why his training of Eugeo consisted of frequently checking on his muscle growth.
- Named by the Adaptation: Zig-zagged. He was already an established character, but the anime gives him the role of an otherwise nameless man-at-arms who takes lead of the other soldiers and orders them to defend Deusolbert as he fires his arrows.
- Only One Name: Averted. Despite being a commoner Golgorosso has a last name, a right usually reserved for nobles and the families of village leaders. This implies that Golgorosso descends from the latter.
- Sempai/Kohai: The Senpai to Eugeo's Kohai.
- Stout Strength: He's a very stocky and burly man. In terms of raw strength, very few rival him. Though of course strength isn't everything and he is fully aware that Sortiliena and Volo would still kick his ass.
- Younger Than He Looks: Based on his large size and physique, you wouldn't think that he's actually twenty years old.
Voiced by: Murata Taishi (Japanese), Chris Niosi (English)
The First Class Elite Disciple during Kirito and Eugeo's time as pages and The Rival to Sortiliena.
- Accidental Truth: His family motto, "Wet thy sword in the blood of the mighty to gain their power", is actually an accurate representation on how you can become stronger in the Underworld, with Kirito and Eugeo only being able to wield the Blue Rose Sword after fighting and killing Goblins and raising their Object Control Authority and Quinella having raised her System Control Authority by killing animals outside her village using Sacred Arts.
- Blood Knight: His "punishment" for Kirito staining his uniform was for them to duel with real blades, so he could harm him and empower his High-Norkia Style as a result.
- Graceful Loser: To his credit, he takes his tie with Kirito and the loss of his final duel against Sortiliena rather well.
- Jerkass: A more subdued example, but he does manipulate Kirito into fighting him with real blades for the sake of of empowering his own sword-style. Though aside from this he's not too bad of a person, willingly joining the other nobles in fighting against the Dark Territory.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Despite not having fulfilled his goal, he shows no resistance in Azurica declaring his and Kirito's duel a tie due to her authority.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He stated to have lost to Eldrie in the Empire Swordsmanship Tournament and got a shattered shoulderblade as a result, rather fitting considering his attempt to legally assault Kirito.
- Light Is Not Good: He wears a bright white uniform, but he can be quite shady and underhanded like many nobles.
- Loophole Abuse: Like any self-respecting noble, Volo will take advantage of rules to get his way. He manages to force Kirito into a duel with him under the pretense of "punishment" for staining his uniform, when in reality he purposely stepped close enough for some dirt Kirito uprooted to hit his uniform, giving him free reign to attack and harm Kirito.
- Master Swordsman: As the Academy's initial First Seat, he's a highly skilled swordsman who has essentially mastered the traditional High-Norkia style, and unlike other Nobles like Raios and Humbert he doesn't appear to let his status, which at 2nd Class is a full rank above them, act as an excuse to cut back on his training and seeks strong opponents to spar with to keep his skills sharp.
- Meaningful Name: His last name sounds a lot like "Lævateinn", a weapon in Norse mythology commonly depicted as a sword, fitting with him being a skilled swordsman and being from a family of sword instructors.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: While they're not as blatant as Golgorosso's, he has some visible muscles peeking through his uniform.
- The Rival: To Sortilliena, being who she wishes to beat to prove the worth of her family's sword style.
- Upper-Class Twit: Surprisingly Averted. Unlike Raios and Humbert, who see both Kirito and Eugeo as weaklings due to the fact they're commoners while they're Rank 3 Nobles, Volo is a Rank 2 Noble who is fully aware that Kirito is a skilled swordsman and that is the reason he challenged him to begin with, believing that besting him would empower his sword style as per his family's motto.
- Serial Killer: Zig-zagged. Before Kirito's duel with him, Sortiliena reveals that the source of his power is from him following his family's motto of "Wet thy sword in the blood of the mighty to gain their power" by entering seemingly nothing but duels with strong opponents using real blades prior to entering the academy. However, it's never revealed if he killed anyone in these boutsnote , merely cut them, or both.
- Signature Move: His High-Norkia's style's "Mountain Splitting Wave", which in reality is the Two-Handed Sword Skill Avalanche.
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (Japanese), Julia McIlvaine (English)
The Supervisor of the Novice Trainee Dorm that Kirito and Eugeo stay at during their year as trainees.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In the Gathering of Swordsman Event in Rising Steel, she was able to quickly figure out that Quinella was dead from the fact that Bercouli was trying to recruit students from the Swordcraft Academy for a human army, somehow knowing that Quinella would never risk a army she can't control being formed.
- Cool Teacher: While she's a stickler for the rules, she's also a Reasonable Authority Figure who cares for her students more than she lets on.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. Before turning them over to the Integrity Knights for attacking Raios and Humbert and apparently killing the former, she commends Eugeo for doing what she wasn't able to and break the Seal of the Right Eye, implying that she herself was in a scenario where she wished to bypass it to help someone but couldn't.
- Magic Knight: Along with having had the position of First Seat 7 years before Kirito and Eugeo's enrollment she's also a skilled Sacred Arts user, being able to restore Eugeo's eye and being said to having the fastest chanting speed in the whole academy.
- Mysterious Past: Downplayed. It's known that she previously attended the academy and fought in the Four Empires Unity tournament as the First Seat, but the fact that she's aware of the Seal of the Right Eye and that she's implied to know of Quinella's true nature as a Control Freak in an event in Rising Steel raises a few questions about her.
- Only One Name: Despite being nobility, we never hear her full name. This brings forth the implication that Azurica is her only name and that she was originally a commoner.
- Rags to Riches: That fact that she only has one name implies that she was originally a commoner before entering the Swordcraft Academy, becoming First Seat and eventually earning her position as an instructor there.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She declares Kirito and Volo's duel a tie before either can suffer serious injury and after Kirito and Eugeo defy the Taboo Index she commends them for being able to do so to save Ronye and Tiese, even though she has no choice but to turn them in.
- Rising Steel also reveals that she encountered Ronye and Tiese going to bring Kirito and Eugeo their swords after their arrest and allows them to do so despite it being a breach of academy rules, noting that a sword is important to a Swordsman. She also vouches for them when the other instructors express a desire to expel them for their involvement in Raios' death, stating that they did not break the Taboo Index themselves.
- Retired Badass: She was the First Seat representative in the Four Empire Unity Tournament 7 years before Kirito and Eugeo started at the academy, and is currently an instructor at the Swordcraft Academy.
Voiced by: Itou Miku (Japanese), Skyler Davenport (English)
Tiese and Ronye's dormmate and friend, as well as the page of Humbert Zizek.
- Ascended Extra: While she doesn't get as much prominence as other characters, being a mere 2-Star Unit with no signs of her getting a 4-Star in the future, Rising Steel gives her more scenes than she did in the source material, mostly of her hanging out with Ronye and Tiese.
- Adaptation Expansion: While her friendship with Ronye and Tiese only got a passing mention in the Light Novel and Anime, Rising Steel gives players scenes of the three of them hanging out together to give a better idea of the nature of their friendship.
- Break the Cutie: The humiliating orders Humbert forces on her makes her want to quit the Swordcraft Academy, prompting Ronye and Tiese to step in.
- Combat Medic: She's a skilled enough swordswoman to earn the right to be mentored by an Elite Disciple, and during the War of the Underworld she takes part as a nun-in-training, healing allied soldiers.
- Military Mage: After the war and during Moon Cradle, she joined the Sacred Artificers Brigade that was formed from the dismantled priesthood.
- Nice Girl: Tiese describes her as a nice and humble girl.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Played for Drama. The humiliating demands Humbert makes of her, which includes washing him in the bath and stripping to her underwear so "her uniform doesn't get wet" is one big Break the Cutie moment for her and makes her want to quit the Swordcraft Academy despite her potential. Turns out this was Invoked by Raios and Humbert so they could get at Ronye and Tiese.
- Royal Rapier: She's implied to be of nobility, albeit of a lower class than Humbert, and Rising Steel presents her as a rapier user.
- Shrinking Violet: She's noted to be quite timid, which likely isn't helped by Humbert's humiliating orders for her.
- True Companions: While not featured as prominently as their bond with each other, Freninca is shown to be very close friends with Ronye and Tiese, the two of them wanting to help her when Humbert started sexually harassing her, Freninca rushing to Eugeo for help when Raios and Humbert decide to "punish" them and Freninca using her skills in Sacred Arts to join the Human Army as a healer so she can go with them when they join.
Raios Antonious and Humbert Zizek
Raios is voiced by: Shuuhei Iwase (Japanese), Steve Staley (English)
Humbert is voiced by: Ryuichi Kijima (Japanese), Chris Hackney (English)
The two top disciples in Kirito and Eugeo's year, and their primary rivals to graduating at the top of the class.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Along with being the academy's First and Second Seat respectively, they are both incredibly arrogant and sure of themselves due to their statuses as Rank 3 Nobles. That being said it is because of their arrogance that they're such powerful swordsman, as one's strength in the Underworld runs on imagination and self-image. In their case, the belief that they're better than everyone else due to their status, a belief that has been nurtured since childhood, lends itself to their sword strikes and skills.
- An Arm and a Leg: Humbert loses most of his arm to Eugeo, while Kirito cuts off both of Raios' hands.
- BFS: Raios' personal sword, aptly titled the "Villainous Sword" in Rising Steel, possesses a large, wide blade, likely a reflection of his own sense of self-importance and how he's better than others. A look at the stand where Raios grabs it from so he can kill Eugeo reveals a similarly designed sword that's implied to belong to Humbert.
- Blue Blood: They're both Rank 3 Nobles, and very proud of it.
- Bright Is Not Good: The two of them wear almost inverted colors to that of Kirito and Eugeo, with Raios wearing red and Humbert wearing yellow. Despite these bright colors, both of them are rotten to the core.
- The Bully: They spend their year tormenting Kirito and Eugeo over not being noble upbringing.
- Deliberate Under-Performance: To avoid having to take orders from others, the two of them held in the entrance exams to avoid placing in the top tens, which would have led to them becoming the Pages of an Elite Disciple.
- Dirty Coward: For all their arrogance, they're hesitant to overtly do anything to Eugeo and Kirito, and fall to pieces when they're actually injured.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While it was likely influenced by their already established disdain for him and Kirito, their response to Eugeo tying with Humbert in a duel was still overblown. The Evil Plan they hatched was to abuse Freninca in order to prompt Ronye and Tiese to confront them, use their noble privileges to "punish" them for "showing disrespect" by forcing themselves on them, and making sure Eugeo arrives before they start so they can force him to watch.
- The Dividual: The two of them are very alike in their cruelty and arrogance, which is likely why they get along. The only real way to tell their personalities apart is that Raios is more calm and calculating while Humbert is more aggressive and easily aggravated.
- Evil Duo: They are always seen together and both of them are vile and corrupted, bullying Kirito and Eugeo, using Loophole Abuse to commit atrocities without getting in trouble, and performing Attempted Rape.
- Evil Is Petty: Literally their only beef with Kirito and Eugeo is that fact that they're commoners attending the same academy as them, something they view as an insult.
- Faux Affably Evil: They use mockingly polite words when they bully Kirito and Eugeo.
- For Want of a Nail: The What-If Story "If You Were Here" reveals that if they never attended the academy or otherwise dropped out at some point, Kirito and Eugeo would have accomplished their initial plan of becoming Integrity Knights together and would attempt to resolve the Alicization Arc in a comparatively peaceful manner.
- Hate Sink: They're presented as downright unlikable and only seeking to make the lives of Kirito and Eugeo miserable. They only get worse when they attempt to rape Tiese and Ronye in front of Eugeo's eyes, while he helplessly watches.
- Hypocrite: Raios shows Humbert little sympathy when Humbert loses an arm to Eugeo, but when Raios loses both his hands, he demands that Humbert tie his arms with the rope that's tying Humbert's own arm and preventing him from bleeding to death. Granted, Raios does realize that he'd be asking Humbert to give his life for him, which is why he shuts down.
- Jerkass: The two view most others with contempt, and while they appear to be friends, Raios doesn't seem to care much for Humbert after the latter loses an arm.
- Karmic Death: Raios and Humbert abuse loopholes in the Taboo Index to get away with misdeeds while making it illegal for others to stop them. Their attempt to use the law to rape two girls ends with Raios's hands being cut off, and the only way for him to save himself is to order Humbert to untie the rope on his severed arm stump, which would kill the latter and violate the Taboo Index. Raios ends up trapped in a Morton's Fork by the laws he always used to justify his evil, causing his Fluctlight to collapse.
- Kick the Dog: They have many such moments, particularly Raios destroying Kirito's flowers and Humbert taking out his anger on Frenica. Their biggest however would be tricking Ronye and Tiese into "insulting them" so that they can abuse their noble privileges to rape them, all just to get at Eugeo for tying with Humbert in a duel.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While Humbert does escape his and Raios' Attempted Rape on Ronye and Tiese with his life, he also lost one of his hands in process, which will either severely hinder or stop him from wielding a sword again, one of the things that contributed to his ego and where said ego, namely in the form of his Incarnation, actually benefited him.
- Logic Bomb: Since he has to choose between preserving his own life and not harming Humbert, Raios' Fluctlight collapses and he dies, in spite of having some life left.
- Loophole Abuse: The two are quite skilled at managing to cause harm to others while not violating the Taboo Index. While most people realize that Raios cutting off the buds of the flowers Kirito planted would be an attack against him, because Kirito doesn't own the plants while they're in the soil (although the soil does belong to the academy), Raios is able to get away with it.
- Manipulative Bastard: It turns out that Humbert's sexual harassment of his page was part of one big ploy to torment Eugeo and Kirito, taking advantage of Ronye and Tiese's friendship with her so that they would confront them in her defence, so they can paint the whole thing as them, a pair of Rank 6 Nobles, badmouthing and threatening to spread rumours of them, a pair of Rank 3 Nobles, giving them free reign to punish them however they see fit.
- Moral Myopia: While it doesn't just apply to them necessarily, they both serve as excellent examples of how most Underworld Nobles treat the rights given to them; Since the Taboo Index was made by the Axiom Church's highest authority and is preached as the authority of the Goddesses themselves, they believe that if they are capable of something, whether it be because it's a privilege given to them by the laws or because they can use Loophole Abuse to not directly break said laws, it is their god-given right and therefore their actions are not evil, whereas anyone who gets in their way is evil because defying them means defying the Taboo Index. Namely, after Raios' death, Humbert has the nerve to call Kirito and Eugeo monsters as he runs away in fear, seemingly ignoring his and Raios' horrendous actions and that Kirito and Eugeo only attacked them because they tried to rape their pages and murder the latter when he stopped them.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their interference prevents Eugeo and Kirito from graduating from the academy, thus derailing their original plan to find Alice, only for them to find Alice anyway when she (as an Integrity Knight) comes to take them from the academy. It also prevents Eugeo and Kirito from being mind-wiped into Integrity Knights, something they only realize after all is said and done.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Some of Raios' insults toward Kirito are disguised as backhanded compliments, and Raios once gives Kirito a "gift" of a bud from his destroyed garden.
- Pride: Due to their upbringing as 3rd Class Nobles, the two of them have a great deal of pride in themselves and their status, to the point where they intentionally avoided scoring among the top ten in the entrance exams, something that would gained them the guidance of an Elite Disciple, since they didn't want to stoop to taking orders from someone else. Their pride and arrogance is actually what powers their Incarnation and is what allows them to become the academy's First and Second seats.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Their Attempted Rape of Ronie and Tiese is what sends Eugeo over the breaking point and causes him to break the Taboo Index by attacking Humbert.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hot-tempered and emotional Humbert is the red to the relatively collected Raios' blue.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: All Humbert can do after he witnesses Raios shutting down completely is freak out and flee from Kirito and Eugeo.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: They use their status as nobles to not only freely have their way with Tiese and Ronye, but also coax Eugeo into deciding whether or not he'll violate the Taboo Index just to attack a noble.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- It is their constant bullying of Kirito and Eugeo, eventually escalating in the Attempted Rape of their valets, Ronye and Tiese, that led to Kirito and Eugeo to be branded criminals and hence made the rest of Alicization possible at all.
- In a What If story written by Kawahara where Raios and Humbert are absent for a year due to being poisoned by crabs, Kirito and Eugeo are able to graduate the academy and tie for first in the tournament so that both of them get selected as Integrity Knights.
- Smug Snake: They're exceedingly arrogant and not nearly as talented as swordsmen as Sortiliena or Golgorosso. Their confidence also extends to intentionally not placing in the top tens in the entrance exams to avoid becoming pages, likely believing that they didn't need guidance on their sword technique.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Their behavior and roles are very reminiscent of Sugou. All of them being born from nobility and grew to be Smug Snakes who believe everything exists to please them. They also end up going through with Attempted Rape of girls who are close to Kirito and are subsequently dismembered. The both of them of them even bear physical resemblances to Sugou, with the both of them having a penchant for creepy facial expressions and even sharing the hairstyles of both his real and in-game self, Humbert sharing Sugou's slicked back hair while Raios has Oberon's long, blonde locks.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They're almost constantly seen together and provided most of the trouble during the Academy arc.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Downplayed. The two of them are trained swordsman and are skilled in the High-Norkia style, but since they opted to avoid becoming pages out of pride, they end up being comparatively less skilled than Kirito and Eugeo, who were able to learn new sword techniques from their mentors. As a result, their rank of first and second seat is largely the result of their powerful Incarnation. This is shown when Kirito and Raios fight, with Kirito managing to win by using the Serlut Style's Whirling Currentnote to counter Raios' Mountains Splitting Wavenote and cut his arms off.
- Upper-Class Twit: They have very high status and are full of themselves, constantly looking down on and viewing everyone below them in the Underworld's Fantastic Caste System, especially Kirito and Eugeo, as weaklings simply because of their lower social status, in spite of any achievements to the contrary, such as Kirito tying with Volo and and the both of them ranking amongst the academy's Elite Disciples.
- Villainous Friendship: Played with. They seem to enjoy each other's company and have a good partnership, but when Humbert loses his arm, Raios more or less tells him to suck it up... before losing both his hands and demanding that Humbert endanger his own life to help Raios.
- Accidental Truth: Played With. The religion's deities, Stacia, Solus and Terraria, were all made up by Quinella to exert her control. But the scientists at Rath, who are in charge of the Underworld, caught wind of this and decided to make them into Super-Admin accounts in case they themselves ever needed to log in. So technically speaking, the Church's deities are real.
- Corrupt Church: The entire religion and Church was set up so that Quinella could exert her control over the Underworld. The Church also has no problem brainwashing people into becoming loyal slaves, gives easily abusable privelages to Nobles, and its leader also sees nothing wrong with turning half the population in Sword Golems for the sake of winning a war.
- Moon Cradle delves on this further, revealing that not only did most of the higher ranking priests and priestesses refused to take part in the war against the Dark Territory, but that the four Bishops in charge of the priesthood were hoarding riches, prompting the Human Unification Council to dismantle and reform the priesthood into a new organization; the Sacred Artificers Brigade.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The Taboo Index is a system that borders on Black and White Insanity, with murder even in self-defence or to save another and even accidentally entering a forbidden area, being punishable by arrest, transport to the Church while hanging off a dragon, interrogation and then execution or, if you happen to have a valuable skillset, being brainwashed into either a loyal Integrity Knight or a Senator, limbless beings who eat out of a tube and endlessly recite Sacred Arts. Becomes worse when you realize that this is less punishment for any morally wrong actions, and more of one for defying Quinella's control.
- Evil vs. Evil: The Church takes numerous measures to protect the Human Empire from the Dark Territory, a realm comprised largely of monsters, such as forming the Integrity Knights and opening multiple Swordsmanship Academies. However, it'd be difficult to call them the heroes in the conflict.
- The Theocracy: The Axiom Church has authority over all four Empires in the Underworld.
Prime Senator Chudelkin
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Frank Todaro (English)
Leader of the Senators, a group dedicated to enforcing the Taboo Index.
- 0% Approval Rating: It soon becomes clear there is absolutely no one, hero or villain, that likes Chudelkin. The Integrity Knights all range from not caring about him to outright despising him. Even Quinella feigns politeness around him and is all too eager to cast him aside like trash when hes outlived his usefulness and in reality is repulsed by him.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: As soon as things go south, he's reduced to a blubbering wreck who begs for his life.
- Ambiguously Human: Given his drastically different Non-Standard Character Design, it really makes one wonder what his species is.
- Bad Boss: Chudelkin treats the Integrity Knights like garbage, rudely dismissing all of their concerns about the possibility of invasion by the Dark Territory, verbally abusing them over anything, and is all too willing to Deep Freeze them if they displease them. This is in spite of the fact that their existence alone is what prevents the Dark Territory from launching a full-scale invasion.
- Berserk Button: Don't even think about calling him a lump of meat if you don't want your head torn off.
- Be the Ball: His primary form of transport is to curl into a ball and bounce about the place.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He looks like a clown and seems relatively silly, but in reality, he's a sadistic individual who's highly skilled with Sacred Arts, and so should not be underestimated.
- Dirty Old Monk: While his exact age is never specified, though he's Implied to have been bossing Bercouli around for a while, Chudelkin, as the Prime Senator, is technically a member of the Axiom Church's clergy, yet he's an obsessive Stalker with a Crush towards Quinella, even requesting that he get a night with free access to her body in exchange for killing the Rulid Trio, and one of the Skits during "Overflowing Eternal Affection" Scout hints that he at least once entered the Great Baths during the girls times while Eydis was using her privacy to mock him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He threatens to turn Eugeo into a horse the next time he fails to address Chudelkin with the "Kakka" honorific (roughly equivalent to "Your Excellency") after his "Prime Senator" title.
- The Dragon: Hes the second-in-command to Quinella, and unlike the Integrity Knights, he is straight out evil and delights in committing atrocities for her.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He only ever refers to Integrity Knights by their numbers rather than their names.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a very deep gravelly voice and is likely the most evil being in the Axion Church save for Quinella herself. The dub makes his voice deeper yet to the point it resembles The Joker.
- Eye Scream: While casting his most powerful Sacred Art that conjures a giant fire genie, he burns his own eyes out.
- Fat Bastard: An pulgy fat man dressed like a clown who constantly mocks everyone around him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks with a formal and polite tone, yet has no issue with addressing others condescendingly.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: During her and Kirito's confrontation with him, Alice briefly speculates that Chudelkin might be similar to the Integrity Knights in that he was someone who Quinella manipulated for her own ends to act as her loyal servant. However, she also states that he deserves no pity in spite of this since unlike the Knights, he derived far too much pleasure from his role as The Dragon to the High Pontifex, such as the sadistic glee he gained from putting Alice through the Forced Synthesis Ritual.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Less friend and more acquaintance. While he is on the same side as the Integrity Knights and technically their boss, none of them like him given he treats them like trash. Bercouli in fact outright despises him and when given the chance doesnt shy away from directly insulting him.
- Giggling Villain: He lets off a laugh of "Hoh-hoh-hoh!"
- Glass Cannon: He is one of the most powerful Sacred Users of all time (and possibly the best other than Quinella and Cardinal). However he had nothing in the way of physical combat, and goes down very easily if he takes damage.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He is obsessed with Quinella and becomes aggressively jealous if she so much as even gives attention to anyone else.
- Gonk: He's a short, pudgy man with heavy makeup who doesn't look much like anyone on the Integrity Knights' side.
- Hate Sink: He rivals Sugou as the most detestable character in the whole series. Aside from the fact he's an evil Monster Clown, he's also smarmy, manipulative, and betrays his own allies without a second thought after coming upon someone more useful. In stark contrast to Quinella who is seductively Faux Affably Evil, he's downright abusive and condescending to the Integrity Knights and outright calls them puppets to do his bidding. He's a Dirty Coward who flees the second he's in danger and will not hesitate to reducing himself to grovelling. He also reveals he's just as sickly perverted as any of the other SAO villains before him (if not worse), lusting for Quinella and requesting he spend a night with access to her body if he were to dispose of the rebels.
- Insistent Terminology: Always chastises anyone who doesn't refer to him by "Prime Senator".
- Jerkass at Your Discretion: He's a very rude jerkass and Bad Boss who bullies anyone in sight... until Quinella appears where he suddenly piles on praise and polite language.
- Kick the Dog: He gleefully recounts how poorly Alice was treated, and how she despaired once her hopes of being able to return home were dashed before she ended up becoming an Integrity Knight, particularly how she begged not to forget the people who were most important to her.
- Manchild: Is incredibly childish, being prone to throwing tantrums, giggles at the silliest of things, dresses like a clown, and his quarters is a brightly colored room full of toys like a child's bedroom.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated the Integrity Knights into fighting Kirito and Eugeo by putting them under the belief that they were invaders from Dark Territory.
- Mister Big: As the Prime Senator, he's the highest authority in the Central Cathedral save for Quinella herself. Yet he's diminutive and barely taller than a child. Also worth noting is he is a contender for the most powerful Sacred Arts user in the Human Empire, barring Quinella.
- Monster Clown: He dresses more like a jester than a clown, but otherwise he still gives off these vibes, and unlike the Integrity Knights he's unconditionally evil. Some of the characters even derogatorily refer to him as a clown.
- No Indoor Voice: He yells at the top of voice for often no reason at times, to anyone other than Quinella.
- Not Quite Dead: It looked as though he had already met his end at the hands of Kirito, with Quinella even casting his lifeless body aside. But we later see he wasn't quite finished yet, and he uses presumably the last of his Durability to launch himself at Quinella's body to finally touch and be with her, much to her horror, whereby he burns the both of them out.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Everything about him, all the way down to his clashing colors and the 8-bit sound effects, looks nothing like a Sword Art Online character and more like he belongs in a completely different franchise.
- Playing with Fire: His most powerful Sacred Art involves summoning a gigantic fire genie.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He acts extremely immature, throwing tantrums over the most trivial of things, while his private quarters seems to include children's toys. However he is also Ax-Crazy and enjoys torture or ordering the execution of others.
- Squishy Wizard: He's not much of a physical fighter, but he's incredibly skilled with Sacred Arts which are so destructive he can easily be a One-Man Army in his own right.
- Smug Snake: He's this in regards to the Dark Territory, dismissing all the Knight's concerns about possible invasion. In Rising Steel, he even berates Eydis when she doesn't kill a group of them she finds doing something suspicious, instead opting to play it safe and report back to Bercouli, which many agree is the smarter option.
- Taking You with Me: He hugs Quinella while he's on fire, immolating her before she can escape to the real world via a console.
- You Have Failed Me: He plans on reprocessing the Integrity Knights, or at least Bercouli and Fanatio, after seeing Bercouli fail to defeat Eugeo.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Quinella has no qualms with tossing aside Chudelkin's lifeless corpse after Kirito offs him.
Integrity KnightsSee Sword Art Online Integrity Knights
- Bald of Evil: They're not really evil per say, but they are opposed to the heroes and they are all bald.
- Loss of Identity: While the Integrity Knights are akin to puppets, these guys are machines, without even a trace of personality remaining.
- Machine Monotone: They robotically drone System Call continuously.
- Thinking Up Portals: They appear via a portal whenever a Taboo Index is violated and followed by an Integrity Knight being sent to apprehend the criminal.
- Was Once a Man: They were once humans but they are more akin to machines now, prone to mindlessly reciting Sacred Arts to enforce the law.
Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi (Japanese), Jennie Kwan (as Minx Le) (English)A girl who is assigned to operating a floating platform for transportation in the Central Cathedral.
- Blow You Away: She controls her floating platform using aerial Sacred Arts to levitate it.
- Emotionless Girl: She's lost so much of her humanity she's stoic and robotlike, having no life outside operating the elevator.
- Loss of Identity: Even more so than the Integrity Knights, who at least retain personalities. She has lost all traces of her past self to the point where she knows nothing outside operating the floating platform.
- Name Amnesia: She has long since forgotten her true name after eons of serving as the elevator operator.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: Kirito, Eugeo, and Alice stood no chance against it with each of them falling with one hit.
- Humanoid Abomination: The shocking truth behind its creation is revealed that each of the swords that it is created from was actually a human forcibly transformed, and actually the loved ones of the Integrity Knights that their memory fragment holds most dear.
- The Juggernaut: It is a nigh unstoppable killing machine that will slaughter everything in its path. The only thing capable of destroying it is something created in the same fashion as itself, which turns out to be Eugeo fusing himself into his sword.
- One-Man Army: Technically it is an army, given it's made of three hundred people transformed into swords.
- Power of Love: Runs on a rather twisted variant. It's powered by the love of the humans it's made from towards certain individuals, meaning that it'll keep fighting in hopes of reuniting and being close with them.
Voiced by: Sakura Tange (Japanese), Lizzie Freeman (English)
A mysterious girl who resides in the Great Library Room, who is revealed to be the physical embodiment of the Cardinal System sub-processor residing in a host.
- The Ageless: Much like Quinella, Cardinal does not age and is effectively immortal, having retained the same youthful appearance for centuries.
- The Anti-God: Given that Quinella became the Physical God of the Underworld upon burning the Cardinal system into her Fluctlight, Cardinal became her antithesis. Quinella houses the Cardinal system's main program, which is designed to maintain the world's balance. But the Cardinal sub-processor went into the little girl formerly known as Lyserith, whose purpose is to error check the Main. Hence as Cardinal, her sole reason for existing is to put an end to Quinella as the Administrator. It also became her wish to desire to end the Underworld and return it and all of its inhabitants to nothing, so as to let it not be mistreated by Rath.
- Always with You: In the anime, after Cardinal is killed, her spirit appears to Kirito to urge him to fight on.
- Arch-Enemy: Of Quinella. Cardinal's current form came into existence for the sole purpose of fighting against Quinella's tyranny. The two of them have battled for centuries with Quinella trying to hunt down and erradicate Cardinal, while Cardinal has been planning and waiting for the chance to strike and take back Quinella's Administrator power.
- An Arm and a Leg: One of her feet gets severed during her final confrontation with Quinella.
- Badass Adorable: While physically appearing as a child, she was able to put up a fight against Quinella and managing to escape when she realizes she couldn't defeat her.
- Big Damn Heroes: She arrives in the brink of time to lay waste to the Sword Golem and to heal Alice and Kirito after they had been fatally wounded.
- Big Good: Cardinal is the pivotal force for good in the fight against Quinella, spending centuries observing for those with potential that she could recruit into her crusade.
- Broken Bird: Taking refuge in the Grand Library for centuries, Cardinal could not understand how Rath could allow a tyrant to rule the Underworld for so long. She reasons that Rath didn't care about the well-being of the people and would have subjected them to a trial by way of an invasion from Dark Territory. This led her to become a Death Seeker and intended to put an end to the Underworld's existence, herself included.
- The Chooser of The One: This time she is the one who chose Kirito and Eugeo, as the ones who would help her to resist Quinella. She had been observing Kirito and Eugeo ever since they left Rulid village and had been guiding them on their journey since.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Quinella doesn't take any chances and just repeatedly blasts Cardinal, charring her body and turning her into a gory mess. The anime gives us the grisly visage of the aftermath. All of this when Cardinal couldn't even fight back due to considering Quinella's Sword Golem as human.
- Death Seeker: Cardinal would rather put an end to herself and the Underworld's existence instead of letting it get misused by Rath by way of an Invasion from Dark Territory.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": The girl who Cardinal took over was named Lyserith, and Cardinal hates being referred to by that name.
- Enemy Without: To Quinella, being the sub-process of Cardinal that tried to make her kill herself during times of emotional distress.
- God in Human Form: Given that the Cardinal System is the closest thing the Underworld has to a GOD, this means Cardinal inhabiting a human vessel also makes it this trope. Though granted, God's Hands Are Tied since Quinella possesses most of the power.
- Grand Theft Me: Cardinal's body is actually that of a nun that possessed an abnormally high level of System Authority, and Quinella intended to use her to store all her excess and unimportant memories. However, the sub-process of Cardinal was transferred over when her Fluctlight was being rewritten, giving it full control.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She allows Quinella to kill her in order to secure Eugeo, Kirito and Alice's safety, and helps Eugeo fuse with his sword.
- In-Series Nickname: Quinella derogatorily refers to her as chibi-sannote .
- Little Miss Badass: She is the Cardinal System of UW split off from Quinella, and has all the power to go along with it.
- Loop Hole Abuse: As Quinella's other half Cardinal is also bound by Quinella's parents instructions of never taking a human life. But Cardinal no longer sees Quinella as a human, which is what allows her to attack Quinella.
- Mentor Archetype: It is she who teaches Kirito and Eugeo how to activate Armament Full Control Art of their Divine Object weapons.
- Ms. Exposition: She is the one who told Kirito everything she knew about the Underworld and Quinella.
- Older Than They Look: Cardinal may look like a kid, but she's over 200 years old.
- Power Floats: Much like Quinella, she uses Sacred Arts to hover around.
- Really 700 Years Old: Ever since Cardinal took possession of this body, she has been fighting against Quinella for 200 years.
- Rebel Leader: The sole member of La Résistance until recruiting Kirito and Eugeo.
- Summon Bigger Fish: None of the heroes stood a chance against the Sword Golem and were almost killed, before Cardinal shows up, blasts it away with ease, then heals Alice and Kirito's would-be fatal wounds.
- This Is Unforgivable!: What finally pushes Cardinal to this point is when she realizes the Sword Golems are created from humans subjected to matter conversion, specifically the humans that were present in the memory modules stolen from the Integrity Knights during Synthesis. In other words, the loved ones that were stolen from an Integrity Knight's memories were physically used to create the Sword Golems, in order for the memory module to effectively communicate with the Sword Golem.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: She's forbidden from killing "humans" in the Underworld. While Quinella is inhuman enough for Cardinal to be able to kill her, the same does not go for Quinella's Sword Golem, which is made out of people, so Cardinal is helpless.
- Verbal Tic: The anime has her saying "umu" a lot.
- Weak, but Skilled: Cardinal being a copy of Quinella's fluctlight has the exact same level of command authority to her, but due to inhabiting the body of a little girl she is at a disadvantage when it comes to physical combat and needed allies to assist her in assaulting the Cathedral.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She observes the world in her library for hundreds of years alone. So when she's done explaining the situation to Kirito, she requests a hug from him so that she can finally experience what it is like to be human.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: She even talks like an old lady despite her youthful voice.
Voiced by: Yoko Honna (Japanese), Julia McIlvaine (English)
A spider working for Cardinal and one of her closest friends.
- Big Damn Heroes: She pulls one in the fight against the Sword Golem after all the heroes had fallen. Enlarging herself she distracts the Golem in-time for Eugeo to summon Cardinal.
- Familiar: One of Cardinal's familiars she sent out to allow her to observe the world from the safety of the library.
- Grow Beyond Their Programming: Kirito is shocked that Charlotte did not have a FluctLight and was the equivalent of an NPC made up of nothing but accumulated input and output data, yet she still grew attached to Cardinal and later Kirito, which ended with her performing a Heroic Sacrifice to save him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices herself to buy time, allowing Cardinal to arrive and save Alice and Kirito who had been wounded by the Sword Golem.
- Long-Lived: Like Cardinal herself, Charlotte had her aging halted and had been serving Cardinal for 200 years.
- Loyal Animal Companion: To Cardinal and her allies, such as Kirito.
- Make My Monster Grow: Can grow to a much larger size.
- Suddenly Voiced: It originally seemed like Cardinal had been speaking through Charlotte, but later we know the voice in Kirito's head was Charlotte herself.
Residents of the land beyond the End Mountains, largely populated by monsters and dark skinned humans.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted. While there are certainly vile people living in the Dark Territory, whether they be entire tribes or select individuals from them, a lot of them are fairly decent people despite their Might Makes Right views. In Moon Cradle, just sending supply convoys their way every so often and and allowing them to duel each other non-lethally all but resolves the issues that made them want to rage war on the Human Empire in the first place.
- Ambiguously Brown: Unlike in the Human Empire, all the humans who live in the Dark Territory have tanned or darkly colored skin, to the point where demi-humans distinguish the two as "white iums" and "black iums" respectively. Most likely it's a case of Hades Shaded.
- Blood Knight: Their Might Makes Right mentality naturally makes them this, which is part their eagerness to go to war. In Moon Cradle, it's mentioned that to keep this from causing violent crimes, all tribes are allowed to spar with each other so long as it doesn't result in fatalities.
- Dark Is Not Evil: While there are certainly some evil people in the Dark Territory, a lot of them are actually fairly decent people(beings?) if you look past their, often monstrous, appearances and Might Makes Right mentality. The fact that they're able to enter an Alliance with the Human Empire after the War ends further proves this.
- Freudian Excuse: It's arguable that a large part of their Social Darwinsm and Might Makes Right views can be blamed on how unsuited the land they were stuck with is for growing food, raising animals, and just generally lack the luxuries living in the Human Empire gives such as protection from invasion and such. After Vecta's death, the war is quickly resolved when the Human Empire starts sending them supply convoys to lessen their lack of decent food supplies and Kirito finding a way to cross the End Wall and find new land for them grants a more permanent solution.
- Locked Out of the Loop: During a conversation with a Pugilist, Kirito and Ronye learn that it seems that not everyone was in the know about Vecta's true nature as a manipulator who saw them as mere pawns for his own ends and never intended to lead them to prosperity, being disappointed that he lost and only go along with the alliance with the Human Empire because their ruler(i.e. Kirito) beat Vecta and that being in an alliance does have its own benefits.
- The Right of a Superior Species: Of a sort. Being a realm ruled by Social Darwinism, the Dark Territory generally values strength above all else, which they believe gives them a right to pillage the Human Realm for their resources and land due to the general view that those who live there are weaklings and pacifistic cowards, apparently unaware of their cultural dedication to swordsmanship or the Integrity Knights guarding it.
- The Social Darwinist: The Dark Territory has long followed the tradition of following "The Rule of the Strongest", meaning that if someone proves to be the strongest among them, they must follow them without question. Gabriel both logging in as Vecta and killing Vixur with seemingly no effort is what earns him the Undying Loyalty of all the tribes, and even if they get second thoughts the Seal of the Right will prevent them from outright disobeying or betraying him.
- Trapped in Villainy: All of the Token Good Teammates and Noble Demons of the Dark Territory are largely forced to obey Vecta and his cruel and monstrous tactics, due to a combination of having been raised to follow the "rule of the strongest" and the Seal of the Eye, which affects all Underworld residents, forcing them to be stuck in this mindset, preventing them from rebelling against Vecta despite their disgust for him.
Vixur Ul Shasta
Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (Japanese), Steve Blum (English)
The Commander of the Dark Territory's Dark Knights. Had plans to broker peace with the Human Empire and marry fellow Dark Knight Lipia before Gabriel logged in as Vector.
- Anti-Hero: He's one of the few members of the Dark Territory to actually desire peace and wants to avoid war with the Human Empire. That being said his initial plan to ensure peace before Vecta logged in involved assassinating the leaders of both the goblin tribes, the orcs, and the Dark Mages.
- Badass in Charge: The Commander of the Order of the Dark Knights in Dark Territory.
- Birds of a Feather: Rising Steel implies that his feelings for Lipia stem from her being the first person to actually share his pacifistic views, which would likely get him killed if he told any other Dark Territory residents.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He honestly doesn't remember Fu Za being an ex-Dark Knight trainee and is implied to have not given much thought to the duels he entered during his training.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a Dark Knight and allied with the Dark Territory, but he is not evil, being a man of honor who would much rather avoid war.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He was first alluded to by Fanatio as an opponent who held back against her after discovering shes a woman.
- Friendly Enemies: He is enemies with Bercouli, but the two respect each other and are quite chummy over the many times they have battled, with the last battle with the Integrity Knight ending in peace after Bercouli sees Vixur's Incarnation was strong enough to deflect his Divine Weapon.
- Hero Antagonist: He is on the side of the Dark Territory, but he is not inherently evil, being idealistic and believing in peace.
- Heroic Lineage: Zig-zagged. He himself is a heroic individual and it's stated that his father was also a Dark Knight, who establish themselves as more noble than the Dark Territory's other tribes. That being said, he and his family line is still from the Dark Territory, which as a whole is one big Social Darwinist community with no issues with invading and attacking the Human Territory.
- Heroic Willpower: Noted for having an especially strong will power that he could use Incarnation strong enough to match a Divine Weapon.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His personal weapon is a naturally made Divine Instrument named Oborogasumi, akin to the Blue Rose Sword. It has the the power of water and, under Perfect Weapon Control that Vixur unintentionally uses, is capable turning its blade into a mist that inflicts slash damage on anything it touches, making dodging the only means of defense.
- Minor Major Character: He's the Commander of the Order of the Dark Knights, but gets very little part in the story, being unceremoniously killed off shortly after Vector arrives.
- Power Of Hate: His desire to kill Vecta after he murders Lipia is so strong, that he's able to skip the usual process of activating perfect weapon control and cause his sword to activate it on its own.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While his desire for peace is largely motivated by his Token Good Teammate status, he does have pragmatic reasons behind it as well; if the Dark Territory were to go to war with the Human Empire, they would lose large numbers of their forces just to kill one Integrity Knight and even if they did win, the tribes would start fighting over the spoils and enter a worse version of the Age of the Blood and Iron, which was so bad that even the Social Darwinist members of the Dark Territory opted for a peace treaty before it got too bloody.
- In Rising Steel, he also explains this as why he doesn't kill Lipia in their duel and why he looks down on such ruthlessness; killing an opponent just because they lost would only serve to lose the Dark Knights and the Dark Territory as a whole able-bodied soldiers.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He tries to kill Vector after finding out Lipia was murdered, he doesn't get very far as he is fatally poisoned, and when he gets a Heroic Second Wind using Incarnation to try again in the last moments of his life (summoning up a tornado around him. However he's unsuccessful in his attempt to kill Vector.
- Sacrificial Lamb: He is killed to demonstrate what happens to anyone who tries to defy Vector, as well as to show that Gabriel is so monstrous his soul doesn't resemble a human's.
- Ship Tease: Had plans of marrying Lipia, just before Vector's arrival.
- Stay in the Kitchen: The anime implies that he's a Dark Knight who held back against Fanatio upon learning her gender, and the Bond Among Knights: Dark Territory Event in Rising Steel reveals that while he doesn't view women as weak necessarily, the number of them who take up hand-to-hand combat are so low that he's often surprised to meet one who does.
- Token Good Teammate: He is one of the ten lords that rule over the factions of the Dark Territory, but the only one who believes in ideals and peace rather than bloodshed and death like all the other lords.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is killed shortly after his debut trying to avenge Lipia's death.
- Worthy Opponent: Served as this to Bercouli, being noted as one of the few individuals who was the Integrity Knight Commander's equal. The two always looked forward to battling one another and seeing how much the other had grown.
- World's Best Warrior: Aside from Vector, he is quite possibly this for the Dark Territory, being the one individual strong enough to match Bercouli who was the strongest person from the Human Realm save for Quinella herself.
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi (Japanese), Abby Trott (English)
One of the few female Dark Knights and the lover of the Knight's leader, Vixur.
- Action Girl: As a high-ranking Dark Knight, she's more than capable of holding her own in battle.
- A Day in the Limelight: She gets an event dedicated to her in Rising Steel.
- All the Other Reindeer: She wasn't very popular when she was a Dark Knight trainee, with the woman, who largely took to magecraft, picking on her for being a Tomboy and the men believing that she was using her feminine wiles to get by in training.
- Badass in Distress: Subverted. Dee Eye Ell was apparently planning to kidnap her to use against Vixur, but she never got the chance to due to Vecta logging in.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Rising Steel implies that her feelings for Shasta stemmed from him being the first person in the Dark Territory to actually treat her with respect and recognize her skills in spite of her gender, even making her his adviser and giving her a position of command after dueling her.
- Boobs of Steel: Vixur's direct surbodinate and a powerful Dark Knight, even being able to give Eydis trouble when they first fought, and her attempt at assassinating Vecta has her wear a dress that exposes an impressive bust.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lipia is an orphan who lost her parents to the Age of Blood and Iron and would have been sold into slavery if the peace treaty between the tribes didn't allow her to go a youth training academy. Rising Steel goes further with this and reveals that prior to becoming Shasta's lieutenant, she went through a difficult life of being bullied and ostracized due to her gender. Lipia would became very bitter with a negative outlook on life, until finally Shasta treated her with respect.
- Foil: In Rising Steel, her personal event paints her as one for Fanatio. Along with looking fairly similar with their purple hair and use of lipstick, both have suffered varying degrees of discrimination over their gender not lining up with their being a Knight in the eyes of others, with Fanatio almost always having male opponents holding back against her out of old-school chivalry and Lipia being a target for bullying for both men and women as a trainee, and both have feelings for their respective commanding officers, Lipia being in a relationship with Shasta and planning to marry him and Fanatio having Bercouli's child. However, they're both on opposite sides and while Lipia's issues with her gender appear to diminish over time thanks to Shasta recognizing her talent and supporting her where he can, Fanatio's were left to fester to the point that someone removing her helmet in combat to reveal her face became a Berserk Button and was only resolved much later thanks to Kirito not holding back against her in their duel.
- Friend to All Children: Having been one herself, she was the sole proprietor of an unofficial orphanage for children who lose their parents to the Dark Territory's Might Makes Right mindset and run the risk of being sold into slavery, taking care of them until they can enter education themselves.
- Handicapped Badass: Briefly. According to Rising Steel, she was the victim of a "prank" from two Dark Mages that involved her getting poisoned and being attacked by a group minions. Despite the disadvantage, she's able to kill the minions and threaten the two into curing her and leaving her alone.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She makes an attempt on Vector's life in order to maintain the peace. She pays with her own life as a result.
- Lady of War: An eleventh ranked Dark Knight in the Dark Territory.
- Minor Major Character: A high-ranking Dark Knight, who quickly meets her end not long after she is introduced.
- Off with His Head!: What Vector does after strangling her to death, is to keep her decapitated head frozen as an example to anyone else who would attempt to kill him.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She is killed by Vector, shortly after being introduced, to showcase what a monster he is as well as to demonstrate his ability and desire to consume souls.
- Ship Tease: Had plans of marrying Vixur, just before Vector's arrival.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She is murdered by Vector shortly after being introduced.
Voiced by: Yashiro Taku (Japanese), Khoi Dao (English)
The Tenth Champion of the Pugilist Guild and its current Leader. Forms a Rivalry with Sheyta over the course of the war.
- Amazon Chaser: After the war he enters a relationship with and later marries Sheyta, the Integrity Knight's greatest swordswoman and the Worthy Opponent he spent his life searching for.
- Anti-Hero: He is not evil, even though he was on the opposing side to the heroes at first and is an unscrupolous Blood Knight. He later pulls a HeelFace Turn and sides with the Human Empire completely.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the Tenth Champion of the Pugilist Guild and the current Leader, meaning that he's in charge by virtue of being the strongest among them. This certainly shows when he fights Sheyta, as he's the only Pugilist she fights who doesn't lose a limb to her Absurdly Sharp Blade despite going through the same blade immunity training as the others. After the War ends with Vecta's defeat, he ends being the Supreme Commander of Dark Territory, effectively the closest you can get to being the King, due to the fact that all his competition for the spot are either deadnote or too weak to challenge him for itnote .
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He's fairly skilled at reading potential opponents, noting that Giants are likely extremely slow despite their great endurance and power based on his impression of Sigurosig, seeing Goblins, Orcs and Ogres as Unskilled, but Strong, the Assassin's wouldn't be able to do anything to him since they'd need to pierce his skin to inject their poison, and recognizing that while he could take on Dee Eye Ell in close-quarters he'd be vulnerable to her magic. He's also quick to realize just how skilled Shasta is upon first meeting him, realizing that every movement he makes seems deliberate.
- Berserk Button: As per his beliefs, a shown in Would Hit a Girl, he doesn't like being looked down on or underestimated for any reason. After Sigurosig shoves rudely shoves past him while shrugging him off as a mere human and Dee Eye Ell treats him as Just a Kid, he gets annoyed to the point that he lashes out at Lilpilin when he offers to show him where the meeting room is.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Like all other Pugilists, he's a specialized hand-to-hand combatant and he's able to use it effectively against more traditional soldiers with a combination of skill and the Pugilists' training to resist bladed weapons.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Like most of the Ten Lords barring Vixur and possibly Furgr, Iskahn was all for the war since he saw it as an opportunity to fight strong opponents and for his guild to engage in honorable combat. With Vecta at the helm though, he quickly learned that War Is Hell.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Asuna from being overwhelmed by a group of American players to ask for her aid in creating a bridge for his Pugilists, after which they pull this for the Human Army as whole.
- Birds of a Feather: He shares a Blood Knight personality with his opponent and later wife, Sheyta.
- Blood Knight: The only real stake he has in the war is to fight strong opponents, namely the Integrity Knights he's heard so much about.
- Brutal Honesty: Dampa describes this as one of his virtues, and it shows with how he trains his fellow Pugilists, namely by bluntly telling them that they're disgraces as warriors if they display fear, and by making his disdain for someone for any reason no secret, such as openly stating that he thinks the Council of Ten is full weaklings and fools and showing open disdain for Vixur's pacifistic nature. Vecta also writes him off as the one who sent Lipia to assassinate him since such a dishonest tactic wouldn't suit him.
- Challenge Seeker: Not unlike Goku, he's a martial artist who lives only to fight stronger opponents and is otherwise uncaring about anything else in the war.
- Childhood Friends: With his right-hand man, Dampa.
- Child Prodigy: Implied in Rising Steel. Even before his first real duel, pretty much everyone in the Pugilist guild all but knew that he'd be the next Champion of their guild.
- Combat Pragmatist: He won't hold back against any opponent, whether they're a woman or a child, and he's also willing to use kicks and and headbutts in a fight.
- Defector from Decadence: Watching his fellow Pugilists die dishonorable deaths as a result of Vector's ruthless Uriah Gambits and then witnessing him abadoning the Dark Territory army to capture Alice and flee is what ultimately motivates him to turn on the Dark God.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Wears only foot guards, as the Pugilists' attire is modeled after real life Muay Thai gear.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": Averted. While he's initially bothered by Dampa calling him "Champion" instead of Iskahn due to his newfound authority, he lets it slide due to knowing how stubborn he can be.
- Doting Parent: In what you wouldn't expect from someone like Iskahn, he's very doting and affectionate to his daughter Leazetta, even using baby talk when bringing her food.
- Eye Scream: Like Eugeo and Alice before him, he manages to bypass the Seal of the Right Eye so he can betray Vector. Unlike Eugeo and Alice however, he does it by tearing his eye out with his bare hand.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Part of the reason for his dislike and later betrayal of Vecta stems from how he believes how a king should lead his people, believing that one should value the lives of those under their command and bring them prosperity, which stands at odds with Vecta's lack of value for life and We Have Reserves mentality.
- While Iskahn, and his guild has the viking like mindset that dying in battle is an honorable end, even being enraged when Sheyta merely disarmed his fellow Pugilists instead of outright killing them, he actually wants them to see battle and disapproves of them dying dishonorably, such as when Vecta has them cross a chasm Asuna created with ropes led to several of them either falling to their deaths or being slaughtered like cattle by the Human Army due to being too tired to fight back, all while he's Forced to Watch and can only apologize to them and contemplate how he's supposed to tell their families that they didn't die fighting.
- Fan of Underdog: When Vixur moves to kill Vecta, Iskahn secretly roots for him due to his respect for him as a fellow warrior and martial artist.
- Friendly Rivalry: One-sided example. Shasta views him as a Worthy Opponent and is generally quite cordial with him, but Iskahn tends to express more disdain towards him due to his hesitance to fight and kill. Despite this he does respect him for his combat capabilities, and even secretly roots for him when he makes an attempt on Vecta's life.
- A Good Way to Die: With he and his guild tired and heavily injured from fighting off all the American Players, he notes that it's not the worst way he could have gone out and that he can face the previous Champion with pride, his only regret being that he won't be able to start a family with Scheta. Thankfully, Leafa and Orcs arrive just in time.
- Handicapped Badass: Tearing out his own eye does nothing to stop him from kicking ass.
- Height Angst: Implied. In Rising Steel, a conversation on the homescreen has him accusing the player of thinking he's short.
- Heroic RRoD: Turns out that even for him, fighting an entire army of American Players is way too much to handle, and he suspects that he, his guild and Sheyta won't be able to survive the next wave of them.
- Hidden Depths: While his general Hot-Blooded behavior might make you think he's just some Dumb Muscle, Iskahn is actually extremely sharp, being able to read most of his opponents and he's smart enough to find loopholes in Vecta's orders that allow him to turn against him. He also takes his role as the Pugilist Championnote , very seriously, believing that a leader is duty-bound to lead and guide his people to prosperity, which he does by making himself every trainees first real dueling opponent to give them a taste of the power of the Champion so they'd have something to strive for.
- Hot-Blooded: He's loud and eager to fight. He can even set his fists on fire.
- HeelFace Turn: Downplayed. While he'd have to go back to fighting them should Vecta order it, he's quick to use Loophole Abuse to ally himself and his guild with the Human Army to deal with the army of Foreign Players.
- Hope Spot: He had just gotten word of Quinella's death and had considered the possibility of peace with the Human Empire, before Emperor Vecta suddenly appears in the throne room and dashes all his hopes.
- In a Single Bound: Subverted. He tries to jump over the chasm Asuna made so he can organize a truce with her, but he starts falling mid-leap. He's only able to cross because Dampa sacrifices his arm to throw a boulder for him to propel himself off of.
- Insane Troll Logic: He expresses to his Childhood Friend and right-hand man Dampa that the reason he keeps training to become stronger is to weed out those who can't beat him so that all who remains is someone who has the best chance of killing him. When Dampa expresses worry of this ambition since the Pugilists can't continue without their Champion, he then comments that he wants to weed that person out so he can kill them before they can kill him. When Dampa expresses his confusion, Iskahn admits that not even he knows what he's going on about.
- At the beginning of the war, Ishkahn is among the most enthusiastic to take part due to his guild's dedication to combat. By the end of the war, with him now in charge of the Dark Territory by virtue of being the strongest surviving Tribal Lord, he's the one who willingly signs the peace treaty with the Human Empire to end the war.
- Rising Steel reveals that his first meeting with Lilpilin didn't exactly go well, having lashed out at him when he offered to show him where the meeting room was which Iskahn viewed as Lilpilin not taking him seriously due to all the other Tribal Lords he met at that point generally being disrespectful due to his race or age. During the war, it's the Orcs led by Lilpilin and Leafa that come to the aid of his guild when they're being overwhelmed by the American Players and come Moon Cradle, their respective tribes are practically Best Friends.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His Childhood Friend Dampa describes him as such, and it shows with his general Hot-Blooded demeanor and the lack of respect he shows to people he views as weak or cowardly, when he's actually very dedicated to leading the Pugilists, wanting to make them stronger and showing disdain to anyone he believes insults them, such as when he shows outrage at Scheta attacking them non-lethally instead of killing them since he believes it insults their pride as warriors. He doesn't seem to like being seen as this though, as he expresses when Dampa calls him as such.Iskahn: "I'm kind? Gross! You trying to insult me, jackass?!"
- Loophole Abuse: After his HeelFace Turn, he avoids defying Vecta's of "don't cross the ropes and oversee the army getting across", by simply leaping across and asking Asuna to make a bridge for them. He then takes advantage of the fact that they weren't given any information on the Foreign Players and no direct orders to attack the Human Army, likely due to Vecta using them as bait instead of an attacking force, to pull an Enemy Mine with the latter to deal with the former.
- Love at First Punch: The Light Novel implies that he started falling for Sheyta after their first fight. The anime has him pretty much confirm it, as he says he would have loved to form a family with her, which she reciprocates.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's lightly armoured and quick, can kick with enough force to utterly destroy a boulder and he's only known member of his guild who can resist slashes from a sword literally designed to cut through anything.
- Meaningful Name: Under the Underworld's traditional naming convention, which certain factions in the Dark Territory utilize themselves, Iskahn's name expresses a wish for him to have Sincerity(I), Zeal(K) and Benevolence(N), which fits with his blunt and passionate nature, along with his desire to lead his people to greatness and Hidden Heart of Gold.
- Might Makes Right: A very strong believer in this. To him nothing matters more than becoming the strongest and finding a Worthy Opponent.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: He doesn't seem to care much for a woman's physical appearance. When both a female Pugilist, the opponent of his first duel, and Dee Eye Ell point out their Stripperiffic outfits in an attempt to throw him off, he basically shrugs it off. He, along with the rest of his guild, also don't seem bothered by the Clothing Damage he inflicted on Schetanote .
- Playing with Fire: His incarnation tends to be represented by a flaming Battle Aura surrounding his fists.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Iskahn is very proud of his tribe's warrior heritage, arguably taking the Underworld's Might Makes Right ideals the most seriously and seeing no qualms with himself or any of his fellow Pugilists dying so long as it's in honorable combat.
- Strong and Skilled: Along with the Super Strength and Super Toughness, Iskahn is a skilled enough hand-to-hand fighter that he can keep pace with Scheta, who's established as one of the Integrity Knight's best swordsman.
- Super Toughness: While all Pugilist have trained to be immune to blades, Iskahn in particular stands out since he's the only one of them capable of resisting sword strikes from Sheyta, who was previously cutting through his fellow Pugilist's with ease. It's also mentioned that even his eyeballs can withstand a two-millimeter blade
- Super Senses: Good enough to detect Dee Eye Ell trying to spy on him before his first Council Meeting.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Expresses this in regards to most of the Council of Ten, recognizing that their "meetings" is basically each of the tribe leaders boasting about their accomplishments and what they own in an effort to look tough, the only exception being Shasta.
- Underestimating Badassery: When they first encounter her, he and his fellow Pugilists don't think much of Sheyta due to her lithe figure and her sword's absurdly thin blade. Then they learn that she's Stronger Than She Looks and that it's also an Absurdly Sharp Blade.
- Before an encounter with Shasta at his first Council of Ten meeting, Iskahn didn't seem to think much of the Human Territory as warriors, going so far as to claim that none of them picked up a sword before. Not only is swordsmanship a large part of their culture, but the Empire's swordsmanship academies have nurtured the talents of various skilled fighters and, as Shasta tells him, they have the Integrity Knights defending their realm and single-handedly preventing the Dark Territory with their mere existence. Needless to say, he drops some of this by the time of the war and is much more excited at the prospect of fighting them.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Like the rest of his guild, he never wears a shirt throughout the entire war. He's shown wearing a tight-fitting white T-shirt in Moon Cradle however.
- Worthy Opponent: Finding one is his Goal in Life, with his dedication to becoming stronger being so he can weed out all the people who can't possibly beat him to leave the one person who can and he constantly seeks out powerful opponents to increase his own skills and strength, displaying excitement at fighting Integrity Knights when the War of Underworld begins. Over the course of the war, he finds this person in the form of Scheta, whom he marries after it ends.
- World's Strongest Man: He is by far the strongest among the Pugilists and in terms of raw physic strength, possibly the entire Dark Territory save for Vector. Shasta is the only one able to equal him and it isn't until meeting an Integrity Knight does he finally meet his match.
- Would Hit a Girl / Would Hurt a Child: Iskahn has no qualms with whether his opponents are men, women, or even if they're children; as long as they're capable of fighting, he's more than willing to take them on. The latter however is more of an Informed Attribute, seeing as his only on-screen opponent who fits either category is Scheta, a female Integrity Knight.
- He expresses this viewpoint to the opponent of his first real duel, an older female Pugilist who complains about how willing he is to attack a woman. He retorts by saying that, as Pugilists, things like gender, age or experience are inconsequential in regards to strength and that underestimating your opponent for any reason is just begging to be killed, expressing that one should always expect their opponent to be powerful.
Iskahns Second-in-Command and Childhood Friend.
- An Arm and a Leg: When Iskahn tries jumping the chasm Asuna created In a Single Bound but starts to fall, Dampa tears a massive boulder out of the ground and throws it so Iskahn can propel himself off it, losing his arm in the process. He later loses the other after the Guild and Scheta fought off a group of American Players.
- Badass Baritone: Suiting his large size, he has a rather deep voice.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: To Iskahn, who he looks more taller and muscular than. Despite this, Iskahn is the stronger, while Dampa serves as his more grounded advisor.
- Childhood Friend: With Iskahn, who immediately made him his Number Two after he became The Champion.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Like Iskahn.
- Eyes Always Closed: His eyes seemingly never open.
- Handicapped Badass: Despite losing an arm helping Iskahn, he still joined the other Pugilists and Scheta in fighting off the American Players to keep them from pursuing the human army. Even after losing his remaining arm in that, he's apparently become head of the Pugilists in light of Iskahn being promoted to the lofty position of Supreme Commander of the Dark Territory.
- Number Two: Is this to Iskahn, often acting as his voice of reason to contrast his Hot-Blooded Blood Knight tendencies.
- Shipper on Deck: When Iskahn and Scheta confess their feelings to each other and express regret and not being able to raise a family, he's Implied to be approving of the relationship.
- Villainous Valor: You'd be hard-pressed to find someone with the sheer, brass balls to put a stop to a fight between Iskahn, the strongest Pugilist in the Guild and his boss, and Scheta, An Integrity Knight who was just cutting through his sword resistant allies with ease.
Dee Eye Ell
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)
The ambitious and cruel Leader of the Dark Mage Guild, who desires to usurp authority over the Dark Territory and eventually the whole Underworld.
- Ambition Is Evil: She desires to one day rule over the Underworld
- An Arm and a Leg:
- She loses both her legs during Vixur's Dying Moment of Awesome. She's able to grow them back by the time the war starts.
- She later loses both of her arms to Leafa before being killed by her.
- Back from the Dead: In Integral Factor her ghost somehow makes its way through time into Aincrad, where she confronts Leafa in her younger days, still recognizing her as the Green Swordsman who defeated her.
- Bad Boss: She had planned to use the ambient energy from the deceased to power a high level dark magic spell, but gets Alice foils this by absorbing said energy and using channeling that into her own attack. Dee Eye Ell then explains the situation to Vecta, who suggests offering 3000 sacrifices and while this initially took her by surprise she gleefully carries it out and orders the Orc tribe to offer said sacrifices up. Then after taking said energy to form a high level Dark Sacred Art, which then in turn gets foiled by Eldrie (at the cost of his own life), Alice goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on the Dark Mage guild. Terrified for her own life, Dee Eye Ell resorts to killing her own surviving mages in order to Life Drain them and secure her own life.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She's a high ranking figure in the Dark Territory and desires to rule over the whole Underworld, but her plans to actually beat the Human Army all fail miserably.
- Call-Forward: She shows up in Integral Factor as part on an anime tie-in event where she alludes to Leafa being the Green Swordsman who vanquished her.
- Dark Is Evil: She's a member from the Dark Territory, is a Dark Mage, dresses in dark colors and is completely selfish and sadistic.
- Depraved Bisexual: Implied. When Vecta first logs in, she does what she can to seduce him and wrap him around her finger with little success, and her attempt at Life Draining Leafa contains some sexual undertones, the Anime even making it look like full-on tentacle rape.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. Initially, she seems to be appalled by Vecta's plan to sacrifice 3,000 of his own troops to power a spell to wipe out the enemy, only to grin in delight and go through with the spell with sadistic glee.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She's completely shocked when Leafa attacks and kills her, a fellow human, to save Rirupirin, who she saw as a lowly Orc. Leafa even lampshades this by correcting her, saying she's actually "cutting down evil to save a human."
- Fantastic Racism: It's clear that she looks down on non-human races, with Kosogi suspecting she convinced Vector put his tribe on the front lines as cannon fodder, having no qualms with sacrificing 3,000 orcs to use the Deathworm curse in a last ditch attempt to kill the Human Army and showing disgust when their leader has an emotional farewell with his Implied Love Interest. She pretty much confirms it later on when she orders Rirupirin to strip and run around of all fours since, in her words, "the sight of an animal wearing clothes" disgusts her.
- Foil: To Quinella. Both are power hungry leaders obsessed with immortality, proficient in Sacred Arts, dress seductively, and are Bad Bosses. Vashta even believes that with Quinella gone, Dee Eye Ell might attempt to seize control for herself. They even both end up getting their limbs dismembered before being felled by a member of the Kirigaya family. The difference however is Quinella is Faux Affably Evil and able to keep her vileness contained under a Mask of Sanity to more efficiently manipulate others, while Dee Eye Ell is a Card-Carrying Villain who makes no attempts to hide how awful she is.
- Hate Sink: Even among the Dark Territory, she's particularly vile. After being devastated that her Dark Mage Guild couldn't cast a Sacred Art due to Alice absorbing all the energy, she reports to Vecta who suggests performing a sacrifice of 3000 in place of this. While surprised at first, she gleefully orders the Orcs to offer the sacrifices from their people, not caring for their lives in the slightest due to viewing them as lesser beings. Then when Alice comes after a Roaring Rampage of Revenge she kills her own mage underlings to Life Drain them and secure her own life. Later she reveals herself as immensely racist towards all non-human sentient beings, calling the Orcs animals as she did to Rirupirin. The anime also portrays her Life Drain on Leafa as rape via Naughty Tentacles.
- The Hedonist: Lipia describes the Dark Mage Guild as a hedonistic group concerned more with personal appearance and pleasure than actual discipline, and Dee Eye Ell is no different with her heavy make-up, Stripperific outfit, obsession with eternal youth and immortality and willingness to kill even her own to prolong her own life.
- Hero Killer: Indirect, but her guild's use of the Deathworm Curse causes the death of Eldrie. Unfortunately for her, this was actually part of a Heroic Sacrifice that prevented the worms from killing other Knights. Not only that, it comes back to bite her hard.
- Humiliation Conga: She loses her legs during Vixur's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, loses all eight hundred of her guild's minions to Bercouli's Perfect Weapon Control trap, loses 30 percent of her Guild and most of the Dark Territory's forces to Alice's giant laser Sacred Art, forced to grovel to Vector for forgiveness, has her attempt to use the Deathworm Curse backfire thanks to Eldrie's Heroic Sacrafice, almost gets killed in retaliation with the rest of her guild by Alice and when it seems she finally makes a comeback by draining Leafa, who's got the Terraria Avatar's infinite life, she gets swiftly killed by her when Rirupirin turns on her.
- Hypocrite: She is shocked that another human would attack her to save an Orc, even with the Fantastic Racism aside, this is pretty rich considering she just subjected said human to agonizing pain via Life Drain, so even with Rirupirin completely out of the equation it's still laughable she couldn't understand her victim coming back for revenge.
- Life Drain: She knows a Sacred Art that allows her to drain the Life from others and add it to her own. She uses this to survive Alice's Roaring Rampage of Revenge over Eldrie's death and later tries to use it on Leafa's Terraia Avatar, with less successful results.
- Ms. Fanservice: Members of the Dark Mage Guild generally Invokes this due to their standard uniform being Mini-Dresses of Power that show off a lot of their cleavage, but Dee Eye Ell takes it Up to Eleven with her outfit basically being strategically placed bits of cloth that covers her private parts while leaving very little to the imagination, and her heavier use of make-up.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When Vixur attacked Vecta, she considered killing him and gaining Vecta's favor but instead opted to watch since either Vixur would get killed and the invasion will go ahead, or he could miraculously kill Vecta but end up tired and injured, allowing her to kill him and assume control.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: A rare female on female example. The anime scene plays it out with her using worms in place of Naughty Tentacles to subject Leafa (as Terraria) to this, where at least one of said worms is strongly suggested to have penetrated her.
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Whereas the female Integrity Knights wear fulls suits of armour and Asuna, Sinon and Leafa don't show off too much skin as the Three Goddesses, Dee Eye Ell is quite possibly the most scantily-clad character in SAO if you ignore Quinella.
- Smug Snake: She's incredibly arrogant and sure of herself, never considering that the Integrity Knight's, the reason the Dark Territory never launched a full-scale invasion before Vecta showed, may have a counter measure for anything she throws at them.
- Stripperific: Unlike other members of the Dark Mage guild, who wear outfits resembling those of traditional witches, Dee Eye Ell dons a rather risque get-up consisting of black leotard with various holes in it to expose her skin, including ones on her chest and stomach.
- Wolverine Claws: She can turn her Naughty Tentacles into these for combat.
- Villain Ball: She was all set to make a grand comeback until Lilpilin attacked her to save Leafa. This act of defiance enrages her and prompts her to toss Leafa away so she can kill him, seemingly forgetting that Leafa was regaining all the life she was draining from her. This quickly leads to Leafa getting the drop on the witch and finally killing her.
- Villainous Breakdown: She gets quite upset when her strategy is thwarted and Alice devastates the dark mages and ogres.
Voiced by: Koki Harasawa (Japanese), Jon Allen (English)
The Head of the Assassin's Guild.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Zig-zagged. He's still a Master Poisoner assassin who was gonna work for the arc's Big Bad to invade the Human Empire, but his history and grudge against Vixur is Adapted Out meaning that his poisoning of him when he tries to attack Vecta appear less as revenge and more like loyally defending his leader from an attempt on his life.
- A Death in the Limelight: We learn about how his guild works, with their focus on poison as opposed to weapons or magic, and his grudge against Vixur right before he dies in Vixur's Dying Moment of Awesome.
- Awesome, but Impractical: The guild's poisons are quite possibly the deadliest weapons in the Underworld outside of Sacred/Dark Arts and Divine Objects, with Fu Za describing the one he used on Vixur as being potent enough to use against Great Land Dragon. That being said, it's also the only weapon they use aside from needles to actually inject them, meaning that not only are they ineffective in a fight with more skilled warriors, but using them against any other tribe's leader will make it obvious that they were the ones who did the deed due to the other tribe's refusal to use poison, meaning they'd likely get killed off in retaliation if they actually tried anything.
- Crippling Overspecialization: While his guild's poisons are very effective it's literally the only weapon they use, which would would make them the obvious culprit in any actual assassinations.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His and his Guild are subjected to this, with even most of the Dark Territory, which includes Goblins and a sadistic Dark Mage, looking down on their use of poison. This actually works to the Guild's detriment since any assassinations they actually commit in the Dark Territory can be easily traced back to them due to the other tribe's refusal to use poison, which would guarantee bloody retribution if they killed anyone from another tribe.
- Evil Is Petty: His hatred of Vixur stems to losing to him in duels when they were both Dark Knight recruits.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Before killing him with his Incarnation, Vixur mentally lays into him over his petty and childish reason for wanting to kill him, since at least he had proper living conditions and parents who put him through Dark Knight training in the first place, whereas Lipia had neither and wished for a peaceful world where no one would have to go through what she did, which Fu Za had the gall to get in the way of by trying to stop him from killing Vecta.
- Dirty Coward: The narration explicitly states him to be the most cowardly of the tribal lords, which is what allowed him to survive as leader of guild for so long and to see Vixur's betrayal coming.
- Driven to Suicide: He used to be a Dark Knight apprentice who, like others, frequently got bested by Vixur in sparring matches, which led to him trying to toss himself into a river. It fails and he's subsequently found and taken in by the Assassin's Guild.
- Master Poisoner: His guild, as opposed to magic and weapons, focuses on the creation and use of poison in order to kill their enemies. The guild's efforts even culminated in a poison that could kill a great land dragon with enough time, which he uses on Vixur.
- Opportunistic Bastard: He has made numerous plans to kill Vixur only to scrap them at the realization that the use of poison would make it obvious who killed him, which would garuntee retribution from the Dark Knights. So he immediately makes use of Vixur's attempt to kill Vecta as a basis to kill him without retribution.
- Real Name as an Alias: Fu Za is derived from the first two letters of his first and last name, Fuelius Zargatis.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's one of the three tribal lords to die in Vixur's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
Lengyl Gila Scobo
Voiced by: Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi (Japanese), Kellen Goff (English)
The Head of Dark Territory's Commerce Guild.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the Light Novel and Anime, not much is known about him outside of his role as a member of the Council of Ten and Head of the Commerce Guild. In Rising Steel, he appears as a minor character in the Bonds Among Knights Event and gets a bit more fleshed out.
- Dirty Coward: He's a poor fighter who relies on hired help and flees if things get too dangerous.
- Fatal Flaw: Greed and Pride. In the Bonds Among Knights Events in Rising Steel, he ends up in danger due to his desire for wealth compelling him to do a strange project near the Great Gate, which catches the attention of the Integrity Knights. Then when Bercouli and Eydis attack his camp and express confusion as to who he is, he admits to being a member of the Council of Ten in indignation, which would have gotten him captured or killed by the two if Vixur didn't show up.
- Fat Bastard: He's a greedy man with a large gullet.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears a pair of small glasses and if his reaction to Vecta's speech is anything to go by, he's all for the war.
- Intrepid Merchant: Head of the Dark Territory's Commerce Guild. Although considering the Dark Territory is an infertile wasteland and half of the tribes are apparently self-sufficient monsters, it's a wonder what he actually sells.
- Non-Action Guy: Vixur notes that he's not made for the battlefield and he's the only one of lords who survives Vixur's attempt on Vecta's life shown to not do any fighting.
- Only in It for the Money: Vixur summarizes him as a man driven by profit, even claiming that his motto is "Money is power."
- Purple Is Powerful: He dons a purple hat and coat and while he's a complete weakling, he's one of the Ten Lords and likely has power over the Dark Territory's finances.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: As Lampshaded by Eydis when she surprises him.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When the Dark Knight he hired is defeated and Vixur and Bercouli are about to fight, he wastes no time fleeing.
- Slasher Smile: Sports one during Vecta's Rousing Speech.
- The Unfettered: Vixur describes him as someone who, despite his weakness compared to the other tribal leaders, will do anything for a profit.
- Unwitting Pawn: It's implied that his role in the Bond Among Knights Events in Rising Steel was him acting as a proxy for Dee Eye Ell. Whether it was an Uriah Gambit or part of a larger scheme by the witch is never explained.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite not being among the casualties of Vixur's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, he never appears thereafter. It's likely that he, not being a fighter, stayed behind and took charge of the Dark Territory Army's supplies.
Voiced by: Jun'ya Enoki (Japanese), Aleks Le (English)
The Leader of the Orcs.
- Arch-Enemy: Dee Eye Ell quickly becomes one for him. The Dark Mage was responsible for killing 3,000 of his people, including the love of his life, all to make up for the Dark Mage's loss of mana. Then he meets Leafa, the first human who has ever been nice to him in his life, to which Dee Eye Ell shows up and Life Drains her, then verbally abuses him and his race as animals wearing human clothing, before trying to get him to strip naked and snort like a pig. She is so detestable that Rirupirin manages to break the Seal of the Right Eye to attack her and save Leafa.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His reason for saving Leafa from Dee Eye Ell is because she was the first human he's met who didn't react to him, and by extension his people, with disgust and revulsion.
- Defector from Decadence: Along with the above, he was motivated to try and kill Dee Eye Ell because of her Fantastic Racism towards him, and likely due to the fact that she ordered 3,000 of his people killed
- Despair Event Horizon: Vecta orders 3000 of his people to be used as sacrifices for the Dark Mage guild, including the love of his life. With no choice in the matter he watches in horror as his fellow Orcs all die and with nothing he can do.
- Eye Scream: He becomes the fourth person to break the Seal of the Right Eye, defying DIL's orders and attacks her after she Life Drains Leafa.
- Freudian Excuse: Unlike most of the Dark Territories monsters, such as the Goblins and the Giants who are Always Chaotic Evil, Rirupirin has a legitimate reason to hate humans and want to kill them. When he was born, he was praised by his people as the most beautiful of the Orcs, to the point where his name had three Rs, which signify beauty in the Underworld. Upon his first interaction with humans however, he quickly learned that his people were considered ugly by them, essentially shattering his worldview.
- Informed Attribute: Being the leader of the Orcs and going by how the Dark Territory operates, it's safe to assume that this is because he's the strongest among them. Despite this, we never see his combat abilities aside from a failed attempt at attacking Dee Eye Ell.
- Informed Attractiveness: He's noted to be the most beautiful Orc, hence the Meaningful Name. However, aside from his braided blond hair, there's not many discernible differences between him and other Orcs, sharing much the same physical characteristics as them.
- Informed Deformity: In a similar way, it's hard to see where the "ugly" part comes from. While Orcs as a whole are a race of Pig Men, that's really the worst thing about them appearance-wise, at worst looking like somewhat short and obese humans with large ears and pig noses. And while this could be seen as Deliberate Values Dissonance between the real world and the Underworld, Gabriel, being from the real world himself, going on an internal tirade about how ugly Orcs are, claiming they seemed designed to define the word "hideous", enforces this viewpoint further in spite of the fact that he just laid eyes on Ogres, large hairy Wolf Men, and goblins, green-skinned creatures with yellow eyes with black pupils, sharp teeth and otherwise rough and unflattering features.
- Meaningful Name: His name possesses three Rs, which under the Underworld naming conventionnote means "Beauty". This shows that he was viewed as the most beautiful Orc upon birth.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his hatred of humans being implied to have been with him for a while, he offers to show Iskahn to the meeting room when he comes to his first Council of Ten meeting. Sadly for him, Iskahn wasn't in the best mood at the time and rudely brushes him off.
- Pig Man: Orcs in the Underworld bear a resemblance to pigs, which is why they're usually viewed as ugly by the humans.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The official translations spell his name as Lilpilin. This however creates an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole, as he had a Meaningful Name consisting of three "R"s, which under the Underworld naming convention signified "beauty", showing that he was given the name due to being viewed as the most beautiful of his people. This ends up potentially altering the entire Underworld's naming convention to affect already established names containing Rs, such as Ronye's.
- Tragic Bigot: A lot of his hatred towards humans is because of the heavy amounts of discrimination his kind faces from humans, such as the fact that his and the other Demi-Human races are essentially seen as expendable cannon fodder compared to the human dominant tribes like the Dark Knights and Dark Mages.
- Tragic Keepsake: He managed to find Lenju's earing in the area where she and his people were sacrificed.
A Commander in the Orc Army, and Rirupirin's Childhood Friend.
- All for Nothing: What makes her death more tragic is that it ultimately amounted to nothing, since Eldrie performed his own Heroic Sacrifice to prevent the Death Worm Curse from harming the Decoy Force. It would have also been this in long-term since Vecta, actually Gabriel, was planning to destroy the Underworld anyway.
- Cool Horse: When she leads 3,000 Orcs to be sacrificed, she's atop a horse.
- Go Out with a Smile: Her last action before dying as a sacrifice to the Dark Mages is to smile at Ririupirin.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Well it's a matter of perspective really, but she leads the 3,000 sacrificial Orcs to the Dark Mages' magic circle so that they, herself included, can be use the Death Worm Curse against the Human Army. However, considering the Dark Territory is an infertile wasteland and Orcs, like all demi-Humans, are effectively second-class citizens, this was likely done with the Noble intent of trying to help her race.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Rirupirin apparently played together often as children, and Implied to have had feelings for each other.
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese), Brook Chalmers (English)
The Leader of the Giant Tribes.
- The Berserker: After he suffers a Logic Bomb, as stated below he goes on rampage and slaughters anyone in his way, even his fellow giants, and the only things out of his mouth are enraged yells and screams to kill.
- Blood Knight: Being a giant, his main desire to kill and is quite eager to attack the Human Forces.
- Chained by Fashion: Like his fellow giants, he wears a pair of chains on his torso.
- Drop the Hammer: In battle, he wields a giant one-handed hammer.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Fanatio kills him by cutting him down the middle with a large Sword Beam.
- Hero Killer: By killing Dakira, he invokes the first Integrity Knight casualty in the war.
- Logic Bomb: Like Raios, Sigurosig suffers this when he finds himself afraid of Fanatio, a human, after she murders a great number of his people in one shot of her Heaven-Piercing Blade, a fear that contradicts his preconceived idea that he was stronger than any human and that they are afraid of him. Unlike Raios though, instead of causing his Fluctlight to collapse and kill him, he instead turns into The Berserker and goes around killing enemy and ally alike.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: He and his giants look a lot less like big humans than many traditional giants, with more darker almost reptilian skin. Also aside from Sigurosig himself, most of them don't tower over the humans like an SAO Floor Boss would.
- Supernatural Fear Inducer: Along his turning him into The Berserker, his Fluctlight breaking as a result of the aforementioned Logic Bomb also causes a direct effect on Fanatio's own Fluctlight, paralyzing her with fear. If it wasn't for Dakira Taking the Bullet for her, Fanatio would have been killed.
Voiced by: Daichi Endo (Japanese), Armen Taylor (English)
The Chief of the Ogres.
- Adaptational Badass: In the original series, he's killed off by Alice while he was injured, preventing him from showing his true combat prowess. In Rising Steel he becomes a boss in the War of Underworld Event, showcasing him as a capable fighter who can take more punishment than most Ogres and his Incarnation is strong enough that he can turn one shot of his crossbow, which can usually only hit one person at a time, into a giant explosive projectile.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He dies trying to capture Alice so that the war could end quickly and his people could get fertile land to farm and raise animals on. Alice even takes pity and, after killing him in self-defense, uses a wind Sacred Art to spread his remains to the fields he wished for his people.
- Archer Archetype: Like his fellow Ogres, he wielded a wrist-mounted crossbow, and maintained a calm disposition even when he was about to enter a fight he had no chance of winning.
- Noble Demon: While he's not willing to go the peaceful route like Vixur, his motive for fighting the war is arguably the most noble of the tribal lords, the others fighting either for the sake of it, to pillage the human Empire, or simply to attain more power. Also unlike the other lords, who seem to enjoy every second of it, he seems to desire a quick end to the war to limit casualties.
- Our Ogres Are Hungrier: One of the most drastically different Ogre interpretations in fiction, resembling Wolf Man rather than giant humanoid creatures.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He has no interest in pillaging the human empire or fighting strong opponents. He merely wants to capture Alice to quickly end the war and so he can better the lives of his people.
- Wolf Man: Ogres in the Underworld bear resemblance to giant, humanoid wolves.
Voiced by: Mashashi Yamane (Japanese), Joe Hernandez (English)
The succeeding chief of the Flatland Goblins after the death of Kubiri during Vixur's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Invokes this when Deusolbert offers his name when they're about to fight, claiming that he doesn't care what he's called since he's just another human for him to kill.
- The Caligula: As a Goblin Chief, Shibori is much dumber than Kosogi, but also much crueler. Whereas Kosogi, despite viewing his men as idiots and not appearing too upset by their deaths, did seem to want to use the war as an opportunity to increase his tribe's standing within the Dark Territory, Shibori has no greater ambitions beyond just killing and pillaging humans and had no problems with sacrificing his men as part of a strategy, as shown when he responds to Deusolbert by simply sending waves of his men at them until he runs out of arrows.
- Combat Pragmatist: While he's a dumb brute compared to Kosogi, he's at least intelligent enough to use the corpses of his fallen comrades as human shields against Deusolbert and to wait until he runs out of arrows before directly engaging him. When he does actually does fight Deusolbert, he also sics some of his fellow Goblins on him.
- Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. While he does show some intelligence in his fight with Deusolbert, as detailed in Combat Pragmatist above, his strategy for the actual fight can be summed up as relentlessly attacking with either his blades or Goblins.
- Dual Wielding: Shibori wields a pair of large cleaver-like swords.
- Kill It with Fire: There is nothing left of him other than likely a few ashes after Deusolbert kills him with the Conflagration Bow.
- Making a Splash: In the War of Underworld Events in Rising Steel, he and the other Flatland Goblins are associated with the water element.
- Too Dumb to Live: If he had just stayed focused on Deusolbert instead of going after Golgorosso after he attacks him, then he might have prevented Deusolbert from killing him.
- We Have Reserves: His solution to dealing with Deusolbert was to sends waves of his men at him and use any who fell as human(goblin?) shields until the Integrity Knight ran out of arrows before fighting him.
Voiced by: Shunichi Maki (Japanese)
The succeeding chief of the Mountain Goblins after the death of Hagashi during Vixur's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Adaptational Ugliness: While Goblins aren't typically depicted as lookers, Kosogi could pass for conventional human if it wasn't for his green skin and perpetual hunch. When he appears as a boss in Rising Steel in the War of Underworld events however, he turns from a goblin with otherwise average body proportions into a Top-Heavy Guy.
- Ambition Is Evil: Discontented from being part of what many consider the weakest race of monsters, he wishes to prove his tribe's worth in battle in order rise above the other races, as well as get access to better resources for food and weapons.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He realizes and calmly explains to Renly the weakness of the Twin-Edged Wings, namely that they're light enough to be deflected by a heavier weapon like his cleaver and they make noise, allowing him to anticipate where they're coming from and defend accordingly.
- Genius Bruiser: Kosogi stands out from other goblins by actually being intelligent. He came up with a smoke bomb strategy, using bombs he made himself, that would allow his men to slip through Eldrie's regiment and attack the supply tents at the rear, which would have crippled the human army if it succeeded.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Ends up being cut in half by Renly's Twin-Edged Wings.
- Loophole Abuse: Vector's orders for his tribe was to charge the enemy. However, he never specified which part, which Kosogi takes advantage of to slip by the main force to attack the supply tents instead, which had the added bonus of getting him and his tribe out of the range of the Dark Mage's planned spell assault, without fear of punishment.
- Our Goblins Are Different: He stands out from other goblins of his tribe with his surprisingly high intellect and tactical skill. He also wants to invoke this for his tribe as whole by doing a better job than the other races in the war.
- Smoke Out: He has his tribe use smoke bombs to sneak behind enemy lines to attack the supply tents.
- Super Reflexes: Along with his great intellect, Kosogi also has amazing relexes, which allows him to parry Renly's Twin-Edge Wings.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Even he acknowledges that most of the members of his race, both his own tribe and the Flatland tribe, are idiots.
- The Strategist: Kosogi is a surprisingly gifted strategist, using smoke bombs to sneak behind enemy lines and attack the supply tents, knowing it would cripple the Human Army. He was also the one who planned the attack on Rulid Village in the beginning of the arc, which only failed due to Alice's intervention.
- This Cannot Be!: His last moments before his death consist of him trying to figure out how he lost to Renly, to no avail.
- Weak, but Skilled: As a Goblin, he's physically weaker than the other monster tribes, but he makes up for it with his surprising tactical knowledge and skill with a sword that allows him to parry blows from Renly's Twin-Edge Wings.
Voiced by: Kosuke Takaguchi (Japanese), Armen Taylor (English)
A Goblin leading a scouting squad into the End Mountains who captures Selka and is Kirito and Eugeo's first opponent in the Underworld.
- An Arm and a Leg: Kirito manages to cut off his arm, only for him to crush the wound closed and keep fighting.
- BFS: He wields the same machete most goblins do, only his is much larger to match his size.
- Decapitated Army: Double Subverted. After he's killed, Kirito tries to use this to scare the other goblins into fleeing, only for another to step forward thinking killing the guy who killed their boss would make him the new boss. Only after Kirito kills him too do the rest flee. Played Straight in the anime, where they flee immediately.
- Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. He's not exactly a keen strategist, but he's quicker to respond to Kirito and Eugeo's attack and he's the first to realize that they plan on taking out his and his party's torches.
- Lone Wolf Boss: In the first half of Alicization he's the only antagonist who's not native to the Human Empire and therefore lacks even a minor connection to Quinella, and he technically has no connection to Gabriel, or Vector, due to being dead by the time of his appearance.
- Off with His Head!: How Kirito kills him.
- Red Baron: Was apparently known as "Ugachi The Lizard Killer"
- Starter Villain: He's the first antagonist that Kirito and Eugeo face in the Underworld.
- Stout Strength: While not necessarily tall, he's noted to be quite large and wide and he has enough strength to swing around a giant cleaver with ease.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: While he's only a Starter Villain, he comes dangerously close to killing both Kirito and Eugeo and him managing to strike Kirito with his sword is what helps Kirito realize that all the pain he feels in the Underworld is real, or maybe even worse than IRL.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appears as a Starter Villain before he's decapitated by Kirito.
Post-War (Major spoilers)
The Star King
Kirito during his time acting as the effective ruler of the Underworld after defeating Gabriel. While they're both the essentially same person, The Star King ends up being a separate entity when Kirito has his memories of acting as him removed after logging out of the Underworld and the memory data is secretly kept by Higa.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Due to both his defeat of Vecta, ending the war, and the reforms and changes he's made to the Human Empire, many of which better the lives of commoners and lower-rank Nobles, Kirito is extremely popular among the populace, especially in the capital. However, he fears that this reputation would go away quickly if the truth about him killing Quinella got out, since almost everyone else is in the dark about her true nature.
- Ambiguously Evil: When Higa speaks to the copy he made of the Star King, which he was supposed to delete at Kirito's request, he speaks in a manner very dissociative of the real world, stating that he would fight to protect the Underworld from Real World forces such as the government and expressing a desire to team up with Akihiko Kayaba, the first Big Bad whose actions killed thousands of people, to this end. At the very least, this implies that he may become a Well-Intentioned Extremist in his desire to protect the Underworld.
- Moon Cradle also shows signs of this. While he asked that casualties be minimised, he did lead a counter-offensive against the Rebellion of the Four Empires that that resulted in the death of the Emperors and their most loyal servants, and expressing annoyance that Quinella's Senator System, which trapped skilled Sacred Arts users as mindless husks who would constantly monitor for people who broke the Taboo Index, was out of commission since it would have made solving Oroi's alleged murder a lot easier.
- Big Good: Becomes this in the Moon Cradle Arc, as the one heading the investigation into Oroi's murder of an inn caretaker and the possible plot to reignite war between the Human Realm and the Dark Territory.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In the epilogue of Volume 18, the narration mentions many of his great feats, including defeating Vecta, discovering new continents beyond the End Wall for demi-humans to live, and even discovering space travel. When we see him in the Moon Cradle Arc though, it's clear that many of the Underworld Residents saw him as rather odd, due to essentially being a Mad Scientist trying to create mechanical dragons, a tendency to talk about IRL things that would confuse other Underworlders, and introducing a bunch of IRL customs that at first bewildered everyone before they grew to accept them, such as converting the Great Bath into a segregated one.
- God-Emperor: He's a Physical God and one of the heads of the Human Unification Council, and soon the whole Underworld when the other members pass away.
- Good Is Not Nice: When the Emperors of the Four Empires staged a coup in order to take power from the Human Unification Council, the Star King had no issue with fighting them back with lethal force, something that would have given pre-Underworld Kirito pause.
- When discussing the difficulties of investigating the murder Oroi apparently committed, Kirito briefly expresses annoyance with the fact that the Senator System, which trapped skilled Sacred Arts users as mindless husks who could monitor the Underworld non-stop for law breakers, is now out of commission since it would have made finding the culprit much easier. Asuna is quick to admonish him for suggesting such a thing.
- Harem Seeker: Averted. Under Imperial Laws, Kirito could marry multiple women without issue but chooses to stay only with Asuna, with Ronye acknowledging that he would never take advantage of such a law.
- The Lost Lenore: To him Asuna, or more accurately the memories Asuna had ruling the Underworld alongside him, is this due to the fact that Higa was only able to save his memory from being deleted while her's were, effectively killing the woman who ruled alongside him.
- Mad Scientist: Seeing as he was trying to create an artificial, mechanical dragon powered by elements in a manner that many saw as suicidal, he certainly qualifies.
- Physical God: His One-Hit Kill on the remaining 30,000 foreign players, and subsequent smackdown of both PoH and Gabriel after recovering from his Game-Breaking Injury makes him this, leading to him becoming the Star King and ruling the Underworld.
The son of Bercouli and Fanatio, who the latter was carrying during the war.
- Harmful to Minors: Fanatio's methods of cheering him up usually include tossing him high for his head to nearly hit the ceiling then catching him, much to the concern of others. That being said, it usually works and he seems to enjoy it.
- Super Strength: Implied. Apparently when Fanatio leaves him to his own devices, he always winds up destroying something.
The daughter of Iskahn and Scheta.
- The Cutie: You know you're this when your dad, who by the way is the Dark Territory's strongest warrior, the Supreme Commander of the Dark Territory as a whole, and once admitted to not caring whether or not his opponent was a child so long as they are capable of fighting, uses Baby Talk when interacting with you.
- Harmful to Minors: Ends up kidnapped by a mysterious figure and is being threatened with death during the Moon Cradle Arc.
- Living MacGuffin: Being the child of a former Integrity Knight and the Supreme Commander of the Dark Territory, she is of great importance as a sign of the two realm's ability to make peace. Her kidnapping and subsequent use in blackmailing Iskahn to execute Kirito creates something of a Morton's Fork; either Kirito dies and war breaks out between the Human and Dark Territories once more, or she dies and relations sour to the point that it becomes an inevitability.
- Named After Somebody Famous: She was named using the first three letters in Leafa's name, who in the Underworld became famed as "The Green Swordswoman" due to single-handedly holding off an entire group of American players to protect the severely injured and outmatched Pugilists.
A Goblin tourist who's accused of murdering an Inn caretaker, putting relations between the Human Realm and Dark Territory at risk.
- Frame-Up: He's been framed for killing an Inn employee in order to spark another war.
- Knife Nut: Accused of being one, the weapon he allegedly used being a Goblin-made dagger.
- Police Brutality: He's a victim of this after his arrest, the human guards who arrested him calling him names and threatening to cut his arm off.
Man in the Black Robe/ Zeppos.
The true killer of Yazen, revealed to be Emperor Cruiga's grand chamberlain, who was also killed during the Rebellion of the Four Empires and was brought Back from the Dead as a Minion.
- Batman Gambit: He intentionally made it so that Ronye and Tiese could get through the passageway leading the dungeon, planning on them being "training partners" for the monstrously transformed Mountain Goblins.
- Blatant Lies: When he grabs the three Mountain Goblins for Cruiga's experiment, he lies to them and says he's letting them go to get them to comply, which Ronye is able to figure from the three second pause he had before answering.
- Dirty Coward: Despite his Undying Loyalty to his master, he didn't seem too keen on the idea of being the sparring partner for the Goblin Minion Hybrids like Cruiga was planning, intentionally leaving the door to the cells unlocked so Ronye and Tiese could bust in and unwittingly take the role from him. Ironically, they end up fighting them after killing him, making this entirely pointless on his part.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Is a cloaked, deathly thin figure with rotten looking skin who speaks in a high-pitched voice.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Ronye speculates that Zeppos is jealous of the Integrity Knight's immortality and eternal youth, which explains his spite toward Ronye and Tiese for being apprentice Knights.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: After being blinded by Tiese' Luminious Elements, Ronye cleaves him in two with the Moonbeam Sword
- The Heavy: He's the one inciting most of the conflict in Mood Cradle, being the one who murdered Yazen the innkeeper and framed Oroi for the deed.
- Knife Nut: He wields two knives, a smaller one made of Ru he uses to threaten Shimosaki and later stab Ronye's foot, and another, larger one that he used to kill Yazen. He wields both against Ronye and Tiese.
- Lean and Mean: He's deathly thin, and his Undying Loyalty to Cruiga is his only redeeming quality, being a Sadistic Upper-Class Twit like his master.
- Rasputinian Death: When he's finally killed, it takes him getting a Torso with a View, hit in the stomach with a metal pike, getting hit by a light Sacred Arts (which naturally damage Minions), getting cut in half by Ronye, getting his arm cut off when he tries poisoning Ronye, and then Tiese finishing the job by cutting his head in half.
- Undying Loyalty: If there's one good thing that can be said about him, it's his unwavering loyalty Cruiga, something he even boasts about. He not only goes along with his master's plan, but he's more than willing to protect him, even when he's literally in pieces on the floor. Unfortunately, Cruiga isn't too appreciative of this and more or less shrugs off his death.
The Kidnapper / Emperor Hozaika EastaveriethA mysterious cloaked figure who kidnapped Leazetta, using her as a bargaining chip to force Iskahn, her father, to execute Kirito and send his head back to the Human Empire in hopes of re-instigating war between to two realms. Later revealed to be Emperor Hozaika Eastaverieth, who was killed by Nergius and Entokia but somehow brought back as a Minion.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses both his when he's discovered, first to Scheta and then to Ronye when she saves Leazetta.
- Back from the Dead: Like Cruiga, he was somehow brought back to life as a Minion.
- Driven to Suicide: After his failure and losing both his arms, he hurls himself out of the window of Vecta's throne room to his death.
- Never Found the Body: After jumping out the window when Ronye retrieves Leazetta from him, his body is never found. This is because, being a minion made of clay, he dissolved the moment his life hit zero.
- Starter Villain: He was the one who kidnapped Leazetta and used her as a bargaining chip to force Iskahn to kill Kirito.
- Troll: When finally confronted by Iskahn, he says a multitude of misleading things about his true identity to screw with him, including claims that he's a male Dark Mage or that he's a former Pugilist Iskahn exiled.
- Would Hurt a Child: Kidnapped Leazetta with the full intention of killing her if Iskahn didn't execute Kirito and send his head back to the Human Empire.