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This page details the various characters first appearing in the Alicization arc.

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Rulid Village

    In General 
The Village where Eugeo, Alice and Kirito, when he was logged in, grew up in as children.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: Selka accuses them, or at least the farmers Barbossa and Ridack, of being this, since they're turning to Alice to do difficult manual labor for them yet they're also among those who argue against letting her live in the village.
  • 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.
    Eugeo 

    Alice Zuberg 

    Selka Zuberg 

Selka Zuberg

Voiced by: Maeda Kaori (Japanese), Jackie Lastra (English)

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Click here to see Selka two years later 

Alice's younger sister.


  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed, but in Lycoris she's a playable character with no weapon and instead must relay on her Sacred Arts ability instead, with her ability focusing more on giving support than fighting directly. Eventually played straight in the DLC, where it's announced that every arc hero of each DLC would gain their own Divine Object in the form of a weapon and a gear that outclass other Divine Object. Meaning Selka would eventually able to fight at the same degree as the other party member.
  • 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.
  • Arc Hero: Alicization Lycoris places her as the lead in The Bruised King DLC Chapter alongside Alice, where they, along with Kirito, search for a way to dispel a curse plaguing Alice's body.
  • 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 Alice’s 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. She's later released at the end of Volume 26.
  • 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.
  • Older Than They Look: By the time she and Alice met again in Unital Ring, she still looks no older than a woman in her mid-twenties despite spending more than a century being a Human Popsicle.
  • 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 she’s never gone back to her parent’s house, and there’s 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 father’s orders and spends time with Alice anyway, helping her build the shack she and Kirito reside in and bringing them food due to Alice’s… 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.
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    Gasfut Zuberg 

Gasfut Zuberg

Voiced by: Kanehira Yamamoto (Japanese), Jalen K. Cassell (English)

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.
  • Parents as People: Downplayed. He is hinted to care for his daughters and is secretly proud of Alice. However, as the Village Chief, and more than likely due to the Seal of the Right Eye, he's forced to go along with the Taboo Index even if it requires him to be cold to them, such as handing over Alice to Deusolbert to brought to the Cathedral for her crime and denying her entry back into the village due to there being no certainty that she has been exonerated by the Church.
  • 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 charge of the village's defense.

    Jink 

Jink

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.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Zink and his family aren't exactly the most popular in Rulid, in large part due to their Jerkass behavior and arrogance.
  • 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.

     Garitta 

Garitta

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.

Zakkaria

    Egome Zakkarite 

Egome Zakkarite

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.

Swordcraft Academy

    Ronye Arabel 

Ronye Arabel

Voiced by: Reina Kondo (Japanese), Deneen Melody (English)

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Click here to see Ronye in Moon Cradle (SPOILER) 

Kirito's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy.


  • Adaptational Badass: In Rising Steel, any mention of Deusolbert's assistance in her and Tiese's fight against Cruiga is Adapted Out, hinting they beat him on their own.
  • 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.
  • Companion Cube: Based on some advice imparted to her and Tiese from Eugeo, Ronye is shown to get attached to the swords she wields, such as her training sword in the academy. When Asuna offers her a new sword to take with her to Obsidia and she chooses the Moonbeam Sword, she briefly displays reluctance to part with her current sword, which she used during the war.
  • 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 she’s 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 Fizel and even getting along with Leazetta and being the one to save her from her kidnapper. She's also revealed to be a Cool Big Sis who her younger brother looks up to.
    • In the "Seal of the Right Eye" Event in Rising Steel, she confirms with Shirley about the multi-racial nature of her orphanage, and hopes that they'll be friends with her. She also takes the time to teach them some Sacred Arts, such as how to form shapes with them
  • 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.
  • Hidden Buxom: Her Swordcraft Academy Uniform, chestplate during the War of Underworld and Integrity Knight Trainee uniform hides it, but the mobile games such as Memory Defrag and Rising Steel and a bath scene in Moon Cradle reveals that Ronye sports a rather impressive bust.
  • Human Popsicle: She and Tiese spent the next fifty years in suspended animation to keep Selka company before Kirito's group released all three of them in Unital Ring.
  • Humble Hero: Despite all she's done, even taking out Norlangarth with Tiese, she sees herself as "not great with a sword". Before their inaguration as Integrity Knight apprentices, she's very nervous and Tiese has to give her a pep talk.
  • 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A sub-plot in Moon Cradle is Ronye trying to come terms with her unrequited feelings for Kirito and trying to move on from them, especially with her newfound friendship with Asuna. Asuna recognises this from her experiences with the other girls doing the same and wants to help her through them.
  • Light 'em Up: Her Moonbeam Sword is revealed to have a Memory Release Technique that emits a bright Luminious Element.
    • In Rising Steel, her initial unit is a Light-Element Healer unit.
  • 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.
  • Mutual Envy: As the homescreen character in Rising Steel, Ronye will imply at having envy of Tiese's long hair, not knowing that Tiese is envious of her shorter hair.
  • Oh, Crap!: She's in the middle of admiring Kirito's dragoncraft before realising that the heat elements are about to explode.
  • Older Than They Look: As a result of the Life Freeze Art in Unital Ring, she's now fifty years older in a mental sense.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: She and Tiese were born in the lowest Noble Class.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: As [Seductive Fumes] Ronye, this applies to her Enhance Mode and Incarnate Attack. While former plays out similarly to [Overflowing Affection] Eydis who came before her, her Incarnate has her Freak Out upon noticing the enemy and summon a large spear made of earth elements to chuck at them.
  • Playing with Fire: She doesn't get as much association with the element as Tiese, but it's stated in Moon Cradle that among the Sacred Arts, she's best with heat elements. It's for this reason that Asuna gets her help in checking if the heat elements in Kirito's dragoncraft are about to go haywire.
  • 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. Moon Cradle rectifies this by making her The Protagonist.
  • 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:
    • Kirito taught her to not just rely on her eyes, but also all her other senses. This proves useful when Vassago tries getting the drop on her.
    • 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 its 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 in Moon Cradle, and then became a full-fledged Integrity Knight prior to the events of Unital Ring.
  • 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. Deconstructed as Rising Steel reveals that it led to her getting sick one time.
  • 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.

    Tiese Schtrinen 

Tiese Schtrinen

Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara (Japanese), Kimberly Woods (English)

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Click here to see Tiese as a child 

Eugeo's valet during his time in the Master Swordsman Academy.


  • Adaptational Badass: In Rising Steel, any mention of Deusolbert's assistance in her and Ronye's fight against Cruiga is Adapted Out, hinting they beat him on their own.
  • 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.
  • Arc Hero: Lycoris gave her the spotlight as the main protagonist for a special after story DLC The Knights Of Contradictions with Eugeo and Kirito as the Deuteragonist.
  • 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 Ronye are having lunch with Kirito and Asuna, she expresses that Kirito should be this and just be upfront with the Integrity Knights about the truth of the Synthesis Ritual, not realizing that he fears it could cause them to suffer a Logic Bomb.
  • 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.
  • Dance Battler: In Rising Steel, she gets an unlockable character featured in the first season pass called [Shall We Dance] Tiese, which is Tiese dressed in formal wear at a dance party. This presents itself in gameplay via a unique Enhanced Mode, giving her a 40% chance to dodge a physical attack while increasing it by an extra 20% when she attacks at the expense of lowering her magic resistance.
  • 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.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed, but she's this compared to Ronye, being more outspoken and cheerful.
  • The Gadfly: She seems fond of teasing Ronye for her feelings for Kirito, such as in Moon Cradle where she suggests that since Kirito is a Physical God, he could marry Asuna along with three or four other woman, suggesting Ronye be one of them.
  • 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.
  • Human Popsicle: She and Ronye spent the next fifty years in suspended animation to keep Selka company before Kirito's group released all three of them in Unital Ring.
  • Humble Hero: Despite all she's done, even taking out Norlangarth with Ronye, she sees herself as "not great with a sword". She's however a bit better about this, giving Ronye a pep talk before their inauguration as Integrity Knight apprentices, saying that the higher ups still believe they earned the right.
  • An Ice Person: At the end of Moon Cradle, Kirito grants her the Blue Rose Sword.
  • 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.
    • Also feels this way towards Renly, believing that the fact that she views him as a Replacement Goldfish for Eugeo is unfair to him. Renly for his part doesn't mind this at all, even proposing to her in spite of it and even allowing her time to sort out her feelings before giving an answer.
  • 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, she 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.
  • Mutual Envy: As the homescreen character in Rising Steel, Tiese will admit that she's envious of Ronye's short hair, not knowing that Ronye is envious of her long hair.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: The bio for [Beauty of the Harvest Festival] Tiese has her getting ready for the Harvest Festivalnote  and putting on a dress she prepared for the occasion. As she makes her way out of the dorms, she's surprised to see all the students staring at her in awe, prompting her to briskly leave, oblivious as to why they were staring. Afterwards, rumors of a mysterious beauty started circulating.
  • Older Than They Look: As of Unital Ring, she's mentally fifty years older after being released from the Life Freeze Art.
  • 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 .
  • Royal Rapier: While canonically speaking she wields a One-Handed Sword like her and Ronye's mentors, Rising Steel and Alicization Lycoris depict her as being knowledgeable with a Rapier, with the former giving her four Rapier Unitsnote , while the latter has a DLC chapter where she gets a Divine Object in the form of a rapier that shoots lightning.
  • 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.
  • Shock and Awe: In contrast to her association with fire and her canon status as the current owner of the Blue Rose Sword, the Taboo Knight DLC chapter for Alicization Lycoris has her gain a unique Divine Object in the form of a rapier that shoots bolts of lighting under Enhance Armament. It also grants her special gear made out of the Hollow Guardian Divine Beast that the rapier was made from.
  • 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. In Moon Cradle she's hinted to have gotten together with Renly, who's similar to Eugeo in that regard.
  • 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 its 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 in Moon Cradle, and then became a full-fledged Integrity Knight prior to the events of Unital Ring.
  • 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 Are Not Alone: In "Peace Treaty" after discovering Kirito privately mourning Eugeo during the festivities, she's quick to comfort him when he apologizes for looking pathetic for crying, saying he shouldn't have to hold back his tears, convincing him to drop the Stepford Smile and properly mourn.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a brief but well-intentioned one to a nervous Ronye before their inauguration as Integrity Knight apprentices, claiming her nervousness and talking down of her abilities reflects poorly on Kirito, who recommended her in the first place.
  • 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.

    Sortiliena Serlut 

Sortiliena Serlut

Voiced by: Megumi Han (Japanese), Jeannie Tirado (English)

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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. While she had great pride and confidence in the Serlut Style's Techniques, she was always plagued with doubts that it could truly surpass the High-Norkia, negatively affecting her Incarnation when pitted against Volo, who was for all intents and purposes a master of the High-Norkia Style. It was only after seeing Kirito, her page who wielded a similarly unorthodox style, reflect Volo's best technique to score a tie, that she gained the confidence that her style could surpass Volo's, powering up her Incarnation and allowing her to best him before graduation.
  • Appropriated Appellation: As the homescreen character in Rising Steel, she decides to take her nickname of "Walking Tactics Manual" as a compliment.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Does this with Eiji in the "What I Can Do Now" Event in Rising Steel, when he helps her platoon beat back some American players. She also, upon noticing a cut on his arm, heals him.
  • Bearer of Bad News: She's the one who informed Kirito and the Human Unification Council of the Uprising of the Four Empires.
  • 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.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Downplayed. It'd be hard to call Liena an odd person by any means, but between her non-traditional Serlut Style, her tendency to act rather playful towards Kirito, and the fact that she chose a commoner with a similarly unorthodox style as her page, whereas other Nobles are hinted to choose fellow Nobles with more flashy styles, she can come off as one towards other Nobles.
  • 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.
  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: Apparently part of the reason she's called the Walking Tactics Manual, namely in regards to combat. It seems to even go beyond that however, as evidenced by when Kirito, who's in the beginning process of creating his Dragoncraft, goes to her to see if there's any armour or weapons made from materials immune to cold; while she doesn't identify a metal material, she does inform him of a species of centipede that lives in cold temperature and can survive being frozen thanks to their outer shells.
  • Everybody Has Standards: She effectively prides herself on her unconventional methods, which is why she decided to teach Kirito due to his unconventional Aincrad-style, but there are times when even she's baffled by his antics, such as when he tells her about his Dragoncraft idea when trying to get ideas from the materials for the exhaust pipe. Doesn't stop her from helping and even asking for ride when it's complete though.
  • 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: Both Kirito and Eugeo admit that she's quite beautiful, but during a sparring session Kirito notes that she has all the fierceness of a warrior. She also participates in the war against the Dark Territory, where her graceful fighting style sees much use.
  • Making a Splash: In Rising Steel as [Noble Aspiration] and [Young Serlut Style], she is a Water-Element Unit. This is likely to correlate with the name her style's Signature Move, Whirling Current.
  • Master Swordsman: After defeating Volo, she graduates as the Academy's first seat.
  • No Respect Guy: In part due to her family's history, she can be prone to receiving this treatment, such as when she was younger and everyone she bested with the Serlut Style called her a cheater for not using a traditional style, ignoring the fact that she legally can't. Another such example is her underclassman Raios and Humbert, the latter being a rank lower than her, mocking her choice to have Kirito as her page, though not to her face. When she taunts a Noble over his self-entitlement in regards to their privileges being removed, he's quick to talk back but falters when Volo backs her up, the latter even Lampshading this.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Prefers to be referred to as Liena.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even when tied into her usual Tomboyish Ponytail, her hair goes down past her waist.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When one Noble expresses outrage at the Human Unification Council removing the Noble's privileges, citing that they're expected to lead the commoners and lower-ranked and citing war as an example, she's quick to call him, and might as well every other Noble, out on the fact that they never took part in the war they literally just had.
    Oh, interesting. Now let me ask you this: Where were you during the war we just had? I don't recall seeing your face in our platoons.
  • Red Baron: The "Walking Tactics Manual".
  • Sempai/Kohai: The Senpai to Kirito's Kohai. This ends up eliciting the envy of Asuna, Alice and Ronye when she mentions it to them.
  • Smashing Watermelons: Her Incarnate Attack as [In the Midst of Sunlight] Sortiliena is this. After stretching and blindfolding herself, she uses her equipped weapon to swing down at the melon... only to miss. Embarrassed, she tries against using the Serlut Style's Whirling Current, not only cleanly cutting the watermelon in two, but also hitting all the enemy targets.
  • So Proud of You: Praises Kirito for his improved swordsmanship, not knowing that he's the famed "Black Swordsman" of Aincrad.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: When in uniform or in combat, she'll wear her hair in this style with a white ribbon so it won't hinder her in combat. An encounter with Kirito and Eugeo in town suggests she lets it down on more casual occasions.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a dedicated warrior and swordswoman who's described to speak in a boyish tone, though she's also a skilled baker, something taught by her mother, and what she wears when Kirito and Eugeo bump into her on a day of rest suggest she has a good sense of fashion.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Volo, she is this. While he relies on and has all but mastered a traditional, One-Hit Kill swordsmanship style and his Incarnation, which generates from his family's oath and the weight on those who came before him, gives him a great deal of strength, Sortiliena's style marks her as more of a Combat Pragmatist and uses more unique and varied moves, such as the Whirling Currentnote , which can be activated in succession as a counter move against the High-Norkia style's Signature Move, the Mountain Splitting Wavenote . While her lack of confidence that her Serlut Style could surpass the High-Norkia affected her Incarnation and weakened her against Volo, seeing Kirito, her pupil who also used an unorthodox style, be able to reflect and score a tie against Volo, gave her more confidence in her own style, allowing her to shift to Strong and Skilled and best Volo in their final duel.
  • Whip It Good: She frequently uses a whip as a weapon.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: While she won't force him to visit Kirito when he hints they were previously enemies, Sortiliena tells Eiji that she's certain Kirito wouldn't hold anything against him and would welcome him with open arms.
  • Your Tradition Is Not Mine: She admits to Kirito that she somewhat broke tradition when she chose him as her page; as a 2nd Class Noble, she was expected to choose another Noble of a lower rank than her, but instead chose Kirito, a commoner. This apparently led to a bunch of her fellow Nobles coming to her room to complain.

    Golgorosso Balto 

Golgorosso Balto

Voiced by: Ryocirc Sugisaki (Japanese), Mick Lauer (English)

Eugeo's senior during his time at the Imperial Sword Academy.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Platonic example with Sortiliena, who refers to him as Rosso.
  • 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. Though of course strength isn't everything and he is fully aware that Sortiliena and Volo would still kick his ass.
  • 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.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: Implied. Based on one of Eugeo's Social Mode Events, where he sees no issue with having Eugeo strip in the middle of a restaurant he frequents to check his muscle growth and saying that he also checks his muscles there often, he's probably this.
  • Stout Strength: He's a very stocky and burly man. In terms of raw strength, very few rival him.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Based on his large size and physique, you wouldn't think that he's actually twenty years old.

    Volo Levantein 

Volo Levantein

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.
  • Ascended Extra: After his first appearance, he only gets a passing mention of his loss to Eldrie later on and nothing more. Rising Steel expands on his character in the "Gathering of Swordsman" by showing him joining Sortiliena and Golgorosso in the war against the Dark Territory, and in the "Birth of the Human Unification Council" Event, showing him help in enforcing the Nobility reforms in Norlangarth in exchange for a duel against Kirito, declaring himself The Rival to him after his loss.
  • 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.
  • Cool Sword: Like most Nobles, his sword is very distinct from normal ones, having a rectangular gold cross-guard and pommel, and the blade possessing a short ricasso and a deep fuller going up to near the point. Unlike those of other Nobles though, such as Raios and Humbert's BFS, it possesses a sleeker and less showy design that appears more practical, reflecting his greater concern with his growth as a swordsman than his status.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Subverted. While his challenging Kirito to a duel over Kirito getting mud on his uniform seems like a textbook case of this, he's merely using it as a pretext to get a duel. After Azurica stops the duel, Volo lets Kirito off with a warning.
  • Graceful Loser: To his credit, he takes his tie with Kirito and the loss of his final duel against Sortiliena rather well.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside from extorting a duel out of Kirito, he's shown to be not so bad of a person. He has his own sense of honor, believing power has to be earned. Post-war, he also assists Kirito in convincing other nobles about the reform using his own second-class noble rank.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While subdued, he does manipulate Kirito into fighting him with real blades for the sake of of empowering his own sword-style and he's hinted to largely be concerned with his own growth as a swordsman. 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, which is rather fitting considering his attempt to legally assault Kirito.
  • Light Is Not Good: Downplayed. He wears a bright white uniform, and isn't exactly a friendly person who is willing to resort to sneaky tactics. Though he isn't really evil by any means and later on displays his own form of honor.
  • Loophole Abuse: He admits to using the Noble-born gift of finding these in the rules to find ways to practice on days of rest, which is part of the reason why he doesn't object to Kirito practicing on his day off.
  • 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.
  • Misery Builds Character: Outright misery might be a stretch, but Rising Steel shows that he has no care for his Noble privileges or status and is more focused on honing his skills. He outright threatened to leave his family if his father didn't allow him to take part in the war against the Dark Territory and when another Noble tries appealing for his support when the Human Unification Council is removing the Ranks system, he's quick to retort that any born into nobility and have done nothing to earn their rank don't deserve it, stating that true power must be earned through hard work.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: While they're not as blatant as Golgorosso's, he has some visible muscles peeking through his uniform.
  • One-Hit Kill: Like most Nobles, Volo utilizes a traditional Underworld swordsmanship style, which revolves around settling fights in a single, powerful strike.
  • The Rival: To Sortilliena, being who she wishes to beat to prove the worth of her family's sword style. After she bests him in their final academy duel, the two seem to have struck up a Friendly Rivalry by the time they join the Human Army and he looks forward to dueling her in the future.
    • Also becomes one to Kirito after he becomes Swordsman Delegate, challenging him to a duel in exchange for helping enforce the reformation of the Nobility System and, after losing, vowing to challenge him again.
  • 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: 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.
  • 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.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In "Gathering of Swordsman", he claims that he didn't bring as much troops as Sortiliena, but she asserts that many decided to join the Human Army upon hearing that he'd be joining.
  • Worthy Opponent: View both Kirito and Sortiliena as this.
    • During the "Birth of the Human Unification Council", he helps in enforcing the removal of the Nobility Ranking System, not in exchange for money or favors, but in exchange for a rematch against Kirito to make up for Azurica interrupting them.

    Azurica 

Azurica

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.
  • Badass Teacher: She was a previous champion of the Four Empires Unity tournament and, while her current combat capabilities are unknown, she's a capable instructor and her influence allowed her to draw multiple people to joining the Human Army.
  • 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.

    Frenica Szeki 

Frenica Szeki

Voiced by: Miku Itou (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 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.


  • Accomplice by Inaction: Ronye and Tiese accuse Raios of being just as responsible for Humbert's mistreatment of Frenica as Humbert himself is, since it happened in the room the two shared. Since Raios' ultimate goal was to provoke Eugeo and Kirito into breaking the Taboo Index, his involvement most likely went beyond merely turning a blind eye to Humbert's behavior.
  • 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 and 4 Nobles respectively. 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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: When Eugeo meet Humbert again in Lycoris DLC The Knight Of Contradictions, he feels nothing but pity for him and it's become clear while Eugeo can't forgive him at all for what he did, he realized had Humbert actually tried to live as a kind man, he would likely never become what he is now. Instead, he lost everything because of his own greed and pride. A complete contrast to Kirito, who feels nothing but seething hatred for him.
  • 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 Rank 3 and 4 Nobles respectively, 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 back in the entrance exams to avoid placing in the top tens, which would have led to them becoming the Pages of an Elite Disciple.
  • The Bus Came Back: Humbert return in Lycoris after story DLC chapter The Knight Of Contradictions, where he manage to get his own left arm got fully healed, heavily implied by a special healer just like how Eugeo regain his destroyed right eye back. Though Humbert is revealed to have already gone mad due to the entire incident, to the point his own father lock him up out of shame for what he did which doesn't sit well with him at all. Out of hatred and lust for revenge he's implied to have already broke the Seal Of The Right Eye and by the chapter beginning, he turned into a Sociopathic Serial Killer with his own father as one of the victim.
  • 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 most of his left arm 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. And while Alicization Lycoris Implies that there are means for him to regain his arm, it also hints that he was likely driven mad by the experience.
  • 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 defense, so they can paint the whole thing as them, a pair of Rank 6 Nobles, badmouthing and threatening to spread rumors of them, two higher ranking 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.
  • 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.
  • Very Punchable Man: They are a pair of snobbish nobles who treat Kirito and Eugeo with contempt for being common citizens, and the two would eventually have parts of their body severed off by their victims in retaliation for an attempt to violate both Ronye and Tiese. Given their treatment towards their victims, it's hard to feel sorry for them.
  • 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.

Centoria

     Sadore 

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.


  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jokingly threatens to ban Kirito from his shop if he doesn't give the Elevator Operator a name.
  • 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.
  • Insult of Endearment: The moment he met Kirito, was given the branch of the Gigas Cedar, and ruined six black-brick grindstones turning it into a sword, he vowed to refer to him as "boy" from then on, and keeps it up even after he becomes the Swordsman Delegate.
  • 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 . He's also rather polite to Airy upon meeting her, asking for her help with making the Automated Wind lift, and being insistent on Kirito naming her when he learns of her circumstances.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He realizes that Kirito might not have the money to pay for his sword, and offers to give it to him for free should be able to swing it, which Kirito is able to do. He even lets him off when he accidentally slashes one of his shields in half in the process, recognizing it was an accidentnote .
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He's much older and typically acts gruff with Kirito and Eugeo, even after the former becomes the head of the Human Unification Council.
  • 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, making him the only known human besides Quinella to create a Divine Object. He was also Kirito's first choice for help when it came to automating the Cathedral's lifts and creating his mechanical dragon.
     Tiese's Father 
Tiese's father, a 6th Rank Noble who believes that as a Noble, he and his family have a duty to protect the commonfolk.


  • 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.

     Ronye's family 

Ronye's 6th ranked noble family, that's related to a 4th rank family on the father's side.


  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ronye describes her younger brother as a "scamp". When she visited after becoming a apprentice Integrity Knight, he tried to swing her sword (wouldn't budge from its scabbard) and then challenged her to an arm wrestle (couldn't even move her wrist half a cen). That being said, Ronye loves him all the same.
  • Badass Family: Along with Ronye, who was taught the Aincrad Style by Kirito and goes on to become an Integrity Knight, Ronye's father makes a living as a platoon leader in the Imperial Guard and Ronye's brother's follows in her sister's footstops and joined the North Centoria Imperial Swordcraft Academy.
  • Big Sister Worship: Ronye's little brother is stated to look up to her a good deal, even attending the North Imperial Swordcraft Academy like she did.
  • Evil Uncle/Aunt: Downplayed. Ronye's 4th ranked relatives aren't exactly evil, but they're elitist assholes who look down on Ronye's family for their lower-ranked status. Then when the nobility rank system is abolished, they're quick to try and regain their former status by marrying off Ronye, who's an Integrity Knight to be, since they assumed it would give them the privileges they once had. And when Ronye tries explaining how being related to Knight won't necessarily return their privileges, they're quick to grow petulant and accuse her of just hogging the luxuries that come with being a knight.
  • Good Parents: Ronye describes her father as stern but gentle and her mother as bright and fastidious. When she recounts a recent visit she made in Moon Cradle, she states that she had a great time talking with her father and eating her mother's cooking. And while it was marred by her Jerkass aunt and uncle having her meet various suitors despite the noble rank system being abolished, therefore making Arranged Marriages pointless, her father quickly got fed up when they made it clear they were only after her Integrity Knight status and kicked them out. He then assured Ronye that she was free to marry whoever she wished, even if she recognized that they did want her to marry at some point.
  • I Want Grandkids: Ronye suspects that despite saying she's free to marry whoever she wants, they do want her to wed at some point as they want to hold their grandchildren in their arms. This causes Ronye some guilt since she doesn't feel that she'll ever marry due to her unrequited feelings for Kirito.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Like most seen lower-class Nobles, the Arabels are effectively Token Good Teammates compared to higher class nobles like the father's relatives, being loving parents to both Ronye and her brother and raising the former up into the Nice Girl she is. After Kirito takes over as Swordsman Delegate and abolishes the nobility ranking system, the Arabel's go from what's effectively lower-class to technically having the most authority among the nobility alongside the Schtrinens, due to Ronye being an Apprentice Integrity Knight.
  • Papa Wolf: After Ronye's aunt and uncle reach a Rage Breaking Point with Ronye's refusal to marry and her attempts to convince them that marrying her off won't necessary get them back their prestige and accuse her of hogging the luxuries of being an Integrity Knight to herself, her father gets fed up with them and drives them out of the house.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Hard to call Ronye's aunt and uncle villains, just classist Jerkasses, but when the both of them show up during Ronye's visit in Moon Cradle with list of suitors so they can marry Ronye off for her Integrity Knight status, her aunt states the following when Ronye expresses no desire for marriage due to her training;
    Ronye's aunt: Don't forget that you're a lady, first and foremost! A lady's most noble Calling is to bear children and raise them into adulthood.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Ronye's aunt and uncle tried to pull this, wanting to marry Ronye off for for her Integrity Knight status in hopes that it would get them some the wealth they previously enjoyed. Fortunately, Ronye denies all the proposals and her father eventually kicks them out in frustration with their behaviour.
     Cruiga Norlangarth VI spoilers 

The Emperor of North Centoria.


  • Arc Villain: He is the main villain of the Uprising in the Four Empires sub arc, being the most focused on Emperor and the only one of the Emperors who refuses to surrender.
  • 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.
  • Bullying the Dragon: When both Kirito and Deusolbert visit to explain the changes to Nobility's position, he acts like an arrogant Smug Snake and demeans them despite them being an Integrity Knight and the man who killed Vecta.
  • The Caligula: Behind all his posturing about the importance of Nobles, it's clear that Cruiga is simply a vain and selfish tyrant who's only out for himself. He views every commoner and lower-ranking Noble as cannon fodder expected to die for the lives and prosperity of higher-ranking Nobles like himself, and he makes the lives of his people needlessly difficult by using a field rich with the blessings of Terraria and Solus that could be used to grow enough wheat to last a whole year, for a vineyard that makes a wine that only someone as wealthy as himself can afford. And that's before we learn that he doubles as a Mad Scientist who performs horrific and torturous experiments on commoners he arrests under Judicial Authority to achieve eternal life, and outright admits to enjoying it.
  • Cool Sword: Fitting his high-born status, the Imperial Sword of his family has a rather grand appearance, being a long, slender blade with a gold cross-guard resembling outstretched wings, and a small, red gem embedded in the pommel.
  • Decapitated Army: To put an end to the uprising, the Human Unification Council had to resort to killing Cruiga and his fellow Emperors to force their Royal Guards to surrender.
  • 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 Old Folks: He's quite elderly, yet is a The Caligula and a Bad Boss.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: Like many nobles in the Human Empire, he is corrupt and selfish, abusing his status and oppressed the lower class citizens to a life of hardship and labor. He has no care towards the lives of the guards who serve him, showing no sympathy when they die. And then, it's revealed he's a Mad Scientist conducting experiments into immortality, not so differently from Quinella herself.
  • 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 Authority, 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.
  • A Man Of Wealth And Taste: The dude likes his wine, even dedicating an entire field rich with Solus and Terraria's blessings, which Ronye points out he could just as easily used for a wheat field to keep his people fed for a year, just to make a wine of high quality for himself to drink.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 inborn, 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.
  • Villain Has a Point: He's an evil, power-hungry bastard to be sure, but he's not wrong when he claims that Kirito doesn't know a thing about ruling, which is a concern Kirito himself had when he was appointed and is the reason why he's assisted by the Human Unification Council and Asuna.

Axiom Church

    In General 
The Ruling Entity of the Underworld with power over the Four Empires.
  • 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 Versus 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.

Leadership

    Quinella 

    Prime Senator Chudelkin 

Integrity Knights

Others

    Senators 
The enforcers of the Axiom Church who monitor anyone who has broken the Taboo Index.
  • 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.

    Elevator Operator / Airy 

Elevator Operator

Voiced by: Mao Ichimichi (Japanese), Jennie Kwan (as Minx Le) (English)

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A girl who is assigned to operating a floating platform for transportation in the Central Cathedral.


  • A Day in the Limelight: The "Girl Amongst Windy Skies" Event in Rising Steel details her being relieved from duty as an Elevator Operator and eventually finding work working for Sadore, which leads to her involvement in Kirito's mechanical dragon project.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It's Implied at the end of "Girl Amongst Windy Skies" that Airy falls for Kirito for naming her and helping fulfil her dream of flying her lift outside as she pleases, stating that part of the reason she wants to work for Sadore is because she knows he'll visit.
  • 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.
  • Humble Goal: When Kirito and Eugeo question if she has any dreams, she states that the only one she can think of is to fly the lift she operates freely outside. in "Girl Amongst Windy Skies", Kirito helps her fulfil this wish, removing her old lift still intact and making it so it can float properly despite the system restrictions it should have otherwise.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Kirito gives her, "Airy", is this on two fronts. The obvious one is that it basically just Air with a Y at the end. The second is that it has A and R in it, which under the Underworld naming convention represents sincerity and beauty, in reference to her hard-working nature and good looks. She immediately jumped onto it upon hearing it, which Kirito speculates is because it's close to her original name.
  • Name Amnesia: She has long since forgotten her true name after eons of serving as the elevator operator. However the name Kirito gives her, Airy, is speculated to be close to what her real name is.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • In "The Knight's Recollection", she actually appears to look concerned at Scheta's depressed attitude after she gives her a ride to Floor 75 after a meeting where another Knight was a Jerkass to her.
    • In "How the Dragoncraft Was Made", she expresses something resembling an Oh, Crap! when Asuna shows up, her eyes widening more than usual and letting out an "Oh!".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Due to the above-mentioned Name Amnesia, she doesn't go by anything other than "Operator" or "Airy".
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's been working as the Operator for 107 years, meaning she's likely older than that based on her physical age. In Moon Cradle, Tiese states that she might be as old as Duesolbert.
  • Shrinking Violet: As Sadore points out, she's rather reserved around pretty much everyone with the exception of Kirito, which is why he thinks he should be the one to name her.
  • When She Smiles: After getting her new name of "Airy", she smiles and thanks Kirito for it, and once again when Kirito helps her fulfil her Humble Goal of freely flying her lift outside.
  • Wrench Wench: After being relieved form her Calling as Elevator Operator, she chooses to work for Sadore as her new Calling due to him finding her skill in Wind Arts helpful in making the automated lift, and as a result helps Sadore in Kirito's more ambitious projects, such as the mechanical dragon.

    Sword Golem 
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Quinella's ultimate creation, a soulless monster of pure destruction.


  • 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.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Well, it is made of swords...

The Resistance

    Cardinal 

Cardinal

Voiced by: Sakura Tange (Japanese), Lizzie Freeman (English)

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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 against Gabriel.
  • An Arm and a Leg: One of her feet gets severed during her final confrontation with Quinella.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Quinella. Cardinal, being Quinella's Enemy Without, was created for the sole purpose of destroying her. The two have been at war for centuries and wish for nothing more than each other's deaths.
  • 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.
  • Badass in Charge: She became the new Administrator for Underworld in Lycoris, after Quinella death and she's currently in the process of fixing the gigantic flaw in the Taboo Index as well.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Once she survived her ordeal in Lycoris, Cardinal began to develop this trait once she Took a Level in Cheerfulness, with her sense of humor shows she loves to troll someone like Kirito due to his situation with the girls on his member and his personality as well.
  • 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.
  • Declaration of Protection: To snap Eydis out of her Berserker state in "Memories of the Abyss - Part 2", she vows to her through a Familiar to watch over Mary in her stead. This is able to calm Eydis down and, despite not remembering what happened, she feels more at peace upon waking up.
  • Didn't See That Coming: In Lycoris, Cardinal find out in a pleasent way that creating Divine Objects from Divine Beasts isn't limited to the weapon itself, but also a special gear that represents the beast and the wearer will synchronizing with each other, resulting in a even stronger Divine Objects than normal one due to its unique nature. Nevertheless to say, Cardinal decided to have Kirito slay more Divine Beasts to collect their parts and turn it into a Divine Object in order to strengthen the Human Empire power.
  • 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 .
  • It's All My Fault: In Lycoris, she blame herself for not only cause Charlotte death, but also for endangering Kirito, Eugeo and Alice life with her plan, which she admit she would likely get herself and the others killed hadn't she choose to forsaken herself to Quinella before Kirito decided to intervene with her plan instead.
  • Little Miss Badass:
    • She is the Cardinal System of UW split off from Quinella, and has all the power to go along with it.
    • She also became the new Administrator of Underworld after Quinella's death in Lycoris.
  • 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.
  • Mercy Kill: What she sees completely destroying the Underworld as, viewing it as a better alternative to it being pawns for Quinella or Rath.
  • 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.
  • My Greatest Failure: "Memories of the Abyss - Part 2" Implies that she regrets considering Eydis as an ally in her fight against Quinella since was able to get to her first and Synthesize her, especially after she loses control of her Dark Slash Sword and turns into a Berserker killing everything in her path to find and protect Mary, promising to protect her in her stead.
  • 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.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: In the Gameverse, Cardinal began to develop a more idealistic view of humanity in both Underworld and real world due to her interacting with the Integrity Knights and Kirito friends from the real world, realizing despite the fact many of the people in both world are quiet corrupted there are also kind people as well. Add up to the fact, she learned about Yui, a very advanced Top-Down AI, from Kirito and Asuna whom they adopted as their own children, which genuinely suprise her. This what ultimately droves her to put her plan to destroy Underworld to halt and decided to give them a chance to change with Kirito helping her to discuss with Rath to stop their plan on waging war in Underworld.
  • 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.

    Charlotte 

Charlotte

Voiced by: Yoko Honna (Japanese), Julia McIlvaine (English)

A spider working for Cardinal and one of her closest friends.


  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: It's revealed in the Cake Timeline that she's capable of taking a human form resembling a voluptuous tanned woman with short hair wearing a jet-black, yukata-like dress.
  • 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.
  • Silent Snarker: Throughout her time monitoring Kirito and Eugeo, she often finds herself exasperated at their, mainly Kirito's, antics. When they more formally meet in the Cake Timeline, she becomes more of a Deadpan Snarker.
  • 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.

Dark Territory

    In General 

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.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Kind of a given when you're all about Might Makes Right.
    • "Journey to the Future" reveals that they have an almost animal-esque definition of territory, initially displaying reluctance to cross borders into the Human Empire as a result.
  • 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.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Apparently encouraged but Subverted. Among the humans in the Dark Territory, it's seemingly expected for men to become Dark Knights and women to become Dark Mages, but that doesn't stop some women, such as Lipia, from becoming Dark Knights and excelling at it. This is Averted with the Pugilists and some of the monster tribes, with the Pugilists and Orcs, who are largely Close Range Combatants, having women in their ranks, and Ogres collectively wielding wrist-mounted crossbows.
  • 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 Spoilers 

Vixur Ul Shasta

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (Japanese), Steve Blum (English)

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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.
  • Child Prodigy: When he entered a cadet academy once he was old to wield a sword, Shasta consistently won duels against his fellow cadets, which got the attention of the previous Dark Knight Commander, who made him his apprentice.
  • 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 she’s 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.
  • 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.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His personal weapon is a naturally formed Divine Object akin to the Blue Rose Sword named Oborogasumi. 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.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: After losing his arm to Bercouli and realizing the effectiveness of Heroic Willpower over instinct, the previous Commander, Vixur's mentor, orders Vixur to duel him to the death so he can impart his own Incarnation onto Vixur, something that upset the young Vixur.
  • May–December Romance: At 42 years old, he's 17 years older than Lipia.
  • 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: Subverted. Under his mentor, the previous Commander of the Dark Knights, he was taught the "Empty Sword", which revolves around detaching yourself from emotion and thought in combat and attacking based solely on instinct. After his Commander loses his arm to Bercouli however, he encourages Vixur to instead to rely on Heroic Willpower in order to best him, with Bercouli commending him for not attacking him with a sword empowered by a desire to kill but instead by gratitude to his predecessors as well as a desire for his successors to succeed, which paved way for his desire for peace with the Human Realm. Double Subverted after Lipia dies, where he's so enraged at Vecta that he ends up activating his Oborogasumi's Memory Release Technique without even knowing how to perform Perfect Weapon Control and, after Fu Za poisons him with an extremely potent poison, he's able to keep going and fuse with his sword to turn into a giant tornado that imprints "death" onto the Fluctlights of anyone it touches to kill them and tear them into nothing. Unfortunately, Gabriel's empty nature means that he only gets absorbed by him.
  • 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 otherwise Strong and Skilled cadet just because they lost a simple sparring match 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.
  • Scars Are Forever: The prominent scar on Vixur's forehead is an unhealable wound he received in a duel to a death with his master at the latter's request, hoping to impart the knowledge of Incarnation that he learned from his fight with Bercouli onto the young Vixur.
  • 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. Bercouli, suspecting that he died, doubted that his sudden successor shared his more noble aspects.
  • 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.

    Lipia Zancale Spoilers 

Lipia Zancale

Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi (Japanese), Abby Trott (English)

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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.
  • Cool Big Sis: To the children at her old orphanage, to which she sent all the money she earned from her Dark Knight duties. In "Eydis and the Orphanage", it's shown they all looked up to her, with Eydis only needing to say they were acquainted for them to treat her kindly.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Rider: Like the Integrity Knights, the Dark Knights have their own riding dragons, and we first meet Lipia when she arrives at Obsidia Palace on the back of her own. The Cake Timeline reveals that he's called Miokake.
  • 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.
    • The "Eydis and the Orphanage" Event in Rising Steel reveals that the "All" part is quite literal, with the orphanage not just housing human children, but also demi-humans, represented by a goblin boy.
  • Handicapped Badass: Briefly. When she was a cadet, she was the victim of a "prank" from two Dark Mages that involved her getting poisoned and being attacked by a group of 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For the most part, Lipia can come off as assertive and Hot-Blooded, and wasn't so far detached from the Dark Territory's Might Makes Right views with her aggressive nature. However, she's also fiercly loyal to Vixur and she uses all her earnings as a Dark Territory for her orphanage, the children of which look up to her a good deal. Not to mention, her anger seems to be largely reserved to those who she feels slights her and Vixur, such as the Dark Mages from her academy days.
  • The Lad-ette: Considered this by the other trainees due to her decision to become a Dark Knight instead of a Dark Mage, which caused her to suffer frequent bullying from both the men and women.
    • In "Eydis and the Orphanage", Eydis visits her room to find a clue to her last living relatives, she discovers that all that's in there are swords and armor.
  • Lady of War: An eleventh ranked Dark Knight in the Dark Territory.
  • May–December Romance: At 25 years old, she's 17 years younger than Vixur.
  • 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.
  • Secret-Keeper: She keeps her involvement in funding her old orphanage a secret, even from Vixur. Despite this, Vixur already knew of it.
  • Ship Tease: Had plans of marrying Vixur, just before Vector's arrival.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Played With. Part of the reason Lipia faced harassment back in her academy days, and sometimes even in the present, is because she was of the few women who chose to become a Dark Knight, whereas the women mostly became Dark Mages while the Dark Knights largely consisted of men. In this case, it appears to be more "Practice Dark Magic" that "Stay in the Kitchen".
  • Stern Teacher: According to Shirley, her ward at the orphanage she supported, she was this in regards to teaching her swordsmanship. It's to point that when Shirley takes Sacred Arts lessons form Sonnes, who's infamous as being one in the Cathedral and is basically The Dreaded for Ronye, Tiese and Asuna, she saw her lenient in comparison.
  • Together in Death: Shirley, ones of the girls at her orphanage, is initially upset at her death, but takes solace with the fact she and Shasta are likely together now.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She is murdered by Vector shortly after being introduced.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shirley, one of the girls from her orphanage who looked up to her, admits to Eydis herself that Lipia respected her power.

    Iskahn 

Iskahn

Voiced by: Yashiro Taku (Japanese), Khoi Dao (English)

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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.
    • In the "Reconciliation and Engagement" event in Rising Steel, which depicts how the Peace Talks between the two realms went, he's impressed by the amount of strong women in the Human Empire.
  • 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 Heel–Face 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.
  • Backhanded Compliment: In Rising Steel when he first meets Kirito, he commends Kirito for being able to defeat Vecta despite being so "spindly" as he puts it. Scheta clarifies that he meant it as a compliment.
  • 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. Vixur also writes him off as the one who sent an assassin to kill Vecta, not knowing the assassin was Lipia, 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 abandoning 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, which has a lesser effect than actually powering through it entirely.
  • 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.
  • Fire Balls: His Incarnate Skill as [The Guide to the Future] Iskahn has him start by punching a fireball at the opponent.
  • Fish out of Water: "Journey to the Future" largely consists of him expressing bewilderment and amazement at the Human Empire's bounties, such as fields of wheat and lakes.
  • 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.
    • He also forms one with Kirito during the Peace Talks between their realms, literally opening their meetings by getting into a duel with to see if he's worthy of his position. Ever since, the both of them have apparently always test each other's strength whenever they meet again, such as during Moon Cradle.
  • A Good Way to Die:
    • When he think he's about to be overpowered and killed by Scheta during their duel, her remarks that it's not a bad way to go.
    • 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.
  • Heel–Face 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.
  • Heel Realization: A minor one in "Journey to the Future", seeing as he's had a Heel–Face Turn at that point. But upon seeing the wheat fields in the Human Empire, he seems to realize that even if the Dark Territory won the war and was able to loot the Human Empire for its resources, their lack of knowledge in farming would have led all the food and such running out eventually, which would put them back to square one.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instant Expert: Despite the lack of water in the Dark Territory making it something he's never done before, he's not only able to quickly pick up on how to swim, but he's able to beat Kirito in a race across a large lake, which he attributes to how much more muscle he's got.
  • Irony:
  • 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 Heel–Face 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.
    • When he first meets Kirito for the Peace Talks between their realms, his first order of business is challenging Kirito to a duel to see if he's worthy of his position.
    • He does to the same to Eydis when she offers her help in dealing with a Giant rebellion to test if she's capable of leaing the Dark Knights. Though Scheta quickly accuses him of just wanting a fight.
  • 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 .
  • Papa Wolf: He can only be assumed to be in a state of Tranquil Fury when Leazetta is kidnapped.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Iskahn is by no means short, but among the other members of the Dark Territory and even among the Pugilists there are many who surpass him in height. Doesn't stop him from being the World's Strongest Man among the Dark Territory though.
  • Playing with Fire: His incarnation tends to be represented by a flaming Battle Aura surrounding his fists. His insignia, and by extension that of his guild, even appears to be a flame with a diamond shape in the center.
  • 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. It's even to the point that, when Scheta opts to simply disarm his fellow Pugilists instead of killing them, he's more insulted than grateful.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Displays this as the new ruler of the Dark Territory.
    • He readily agrees to Kirito's request for Eydis to accompany him back to the Dark Territory as an envoy, and he goes as far as to give him a passport to keep more cautious Dark Territory residents off her back and even some money to buy food. Also, while he does state multiple times that he dislikes Lengyl, he does seem to be willing to give him a chance to appease for the Commerce Guild sticking around with him in charge.
    • After Leazetta is kidnapped and the two soldiers who were guarding her room offer their heads in repentance, he spares them and says they need all the help they can get to find the kidnapper.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Played With. It'd be hard to call him and Scheta this, but Eydis seems to see him praising her strength and combat ability as this, such as when he compared the two after she complained about all the walking they were doing to Obsidia Castle or later in "Peace Treat" where he claims Shceta's swordsmanship is better than Scheta.
    Eydis: Um... could you please stop gushing about your lady?
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Downplayed. They don't enter a relationship until after the war ends, but he and Scheta are forced to deal with the Giant's rebelling in opposition of their marriage and the peace treaty.
  • 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 through sheer force of will, 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.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: His Incarnate Skill as [The Guide to the Future] Iskahn has him finish things by delivering an uppercut that reduces his opponent to this.
  • 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.
  • Vacation Episode: The "Journey to the Future" Event in Rising Steel is essentially this; in order to encourage denizens of the Dark Territory to engage in tourism in the Human Empire, Iskahn and Scheta decide to have their official honeymoon in the Human Empire in hopes their subjects would follow their example.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: The "Reconciliation and Engagement" Event in Rising Steel reveals that this is how he proposed to Scheta, approaching her during the Peace Talks and telling her that the next time they meet they're getting married, to which she agrees with a smile. The suddenness of this ends up catching other Knights off-guard, even Eydis who actually picked up on their relationship first.
  • 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.

     Dampa 

Dampa

Iskahn's Second-in-Command and Childhood Friend.



    Dee Eye Ell 

Dee Eye Ell

Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English)

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The ambitious and cruel Leader of the Dark Mage Guild, who desires to usurp authority over the Dark Territory and eventually the whole Underworld.


  • All Men Are Perverts: She appears to believe this, quickly attempting to seduce Gabriel and wrap him around her finger and later "rewarding" Lilpilin for his capture of Leafa and giving her the chance to Life Drain her by tearing off her breastplate.
  • Ambition Is Evil: She desires to one day rule over the Underworld
  • The Archmage: She's a horrendous person, but that doesn't change the fact that she's an incredibly skilled Sacred Arts user, being to regenerate her limbs, possessing a Life Drain powerful enough to restore herself from basically nothing, and she can create Combat Tentacles and claws for fighting. It's noted that after she died, the Dark Mage guild basically fell apart since the new leader, Kay Yu Vee, was basically a novice compared to her.
  • 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 3,000 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.
    • When Promoted to Playable in Rising Steel, the preview for her Incarnate Skill has her using it against a Dark Mage underling.
  • 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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She describes sacrificing 3,000 Orcs to use the Deathworm Curse as "the greatest and most powerful act of terror that anyone has ever seen."
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Could be seen as one to Chudelkin. Both are Smug Snake Archmages for their respective sides with their great skill with Sacred/Dark Arts, are The Dragons to their respective Big Bad, are Bad Bosses, and both are rather Sadistic and frequently Kick the Dog. However, whereas Chudelkin is a Gonk Napoleon with an obsessive and lustful Undying Loyalty to Quinella, Dee Eye Ell is a Hot Witch (who granted, has her good looks marred by the occasional Nightmare Face) and is not truly loyal to Vecta, instead being a Professional Butt-Kisser trying to gain his favour and take advantage of him so she can take control of the Underworld as its ruler.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's one vicious and powerful Sacred Arts user.
  • 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.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Averted. When she apparently rapes Leafa with her Naughty Tentacles, it's depicted as Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil.
  • 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."
  • Failed a Spot Check: In her panic at the possibility of Outliving Her Usefulness after her two failed attacks on the Human Army, she doesn't seem to question the oddity of Vecta, the Dark Territory's god who supposedly created the Dark Arts she and her guild study and utilize, questioning her on how it works.
  • 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.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While it'd be a stretch to call the Lords in the Council of Ten "friends", with the closest being Vixur's mostly one-sided sense of Friendly Rivalry with Iskahn, Dee Eye Ell is widely distrusted by the other members due to her power-hungry and deceptive nature, which makes Vixur and Iskahn especially wary of her, and her Fantastic Racism does her no favors with the Demi-Human members such as Kosogi or Lilpilin.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: The Dark Mage's guild is an organization dedicated entirely to the advancement of Dark Arts, and are generally shown to look down on weapon-based combat and those who take part in it, especially if they're women like those in their ranks. While she is designated as a rapier wielder in Rising Steel, she's never actually shown using one, even having unique basic attack where she attacks enemies with Sacred Arts to deal magic damage, whereas every magic unit before her use their equipped weapon for their basic attacks, dealing physical damage.
  • 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 3,000 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.
  • Hot Witch: A voluptuously figured woman in a Stripperific outfit, and she certainly lives up to the "Witch" part in both skills and personality.
  • 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.
  • Immortality Seeker: Dee Eye Ell, in her bid to become empress of the world like Administrator, wishes to attain eternal life and youth, thus giving her ample motive to want to invade the Human Realm and oppose peace, since it'd allow her access to the Central Cathedral and a chance to find out how Quinella achieved it.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: She appears... oddly aroused when she sacrifices 3,000 Orcs to cast the Deathworm Curse to kill the Integrity Knights.
  • Kung Fu Wizrd: Dee Eye Ell is The Archmage of the Dark Territory, heading the Dark Mage's guild and knowing all manners of spells, including the creation of Minions, a Life Drain, and a spell that conjures a small army of worms that One Hit Kills anyone it attacks. However, when she comes Back from the Dead to attack Leafa and absorb her life, she turns her hands in Combat Tentacles and later Wolverine Claws when Lilpilin attacks her, suggesting she can handle herself in melee combat to an extent.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Face: Her otherwise attractive features are more often than not marred by her tendency to make these, usually a sharp-toothed sneer or Slasher Smile accompanied by Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises.
  • Oh, Crap!: A good few times.
    • She's able to realize that Vixur's Not Quite Dead and is about to do something, and quickly launches herself away with wind elements.
    • At least three over the course of the initial battle with the Human Empire. First when all the minions are killed by Bercouli's pre-emptive memory release attack, then when Alice, having absorbed all the spatial resources, wipes out most of the Dark Territory's forces, and lastly when her use of the Deathworm Curse fails and Alice comes after her and the Dark Mages.
    • Her final one occurs when Leafa cuts her arms off to save Lilpilin.
  • 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.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: When Gabriel logs in as Vecta, Dee wastes no time in kissing up to him and trying to gain his favour, immediately offering her guild and even herself to his whims, contemplating killing Shasta when he attacks Vecta to gain the latter's favour, and being quick to grovel before him for forgiveness after most of their forces are decimated with almost nothing to show for it.
    • As a homescreen character in Rising Steel, it's Implied that she sees the player as Vecta, with her fully exhibiting this attitude to the point that one could mistake her for obsessively loyal servant.
  • Promoted to Playable: In Rising Steel, she becomes playable as [Fulfilling Life] D.I.L, a Water-Element Break unit bearing a resemblance to [Angel of Death] Subtilizer, with a similar Incarnate skill that deals bonus damage against units with an Incarnate Charge of 150% or over and an Enhance Mode that increases her Break percentage. She differentiates herself however by putting more emphasis on magic-based damage dealing, having a higher MATK stat, her Assault Skill lowering Magic Resistance, and her Enhance Mode buffing her MATK, while her Break move is capable of debuffing an enemy's Charge to further help in Breaking an enemy's Incarnation.
  • 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.
  • Royal Rapier: Downplayed with her guild and outright Averted with her. Officially, her Weapon of Choice and those of her Dark Mages in Rising Steel are rapiers, the latter using low-level ones when they appear as enemies. However, she herself is never actually shown wielding whatever rapier she's equipped with, with it not appearing on her idle sprite and even being the first magic unit to utilize unique basic attacks that deal magic damage instead of physical damage.
  • 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.
  • Squishy Wizard: Downplayed. The narration explicitly states that at all times, even when bathing or sleeping, Dee has multiple defensive barriers to protect from all manners of attacks, including magic, thrown weapons, swords and poison, applied to herself at all time. This means that, while an all-out attack from someone sharing her level of priority like another of the Ten Lords can harm her, it wouldn't necessarily be an easy task to fight and kill her in a one-on-one confrontation. This itself serves as a Worf Effect in regards to Vixur fusing with his Oborogasumi in his last moments to take out Vecta, with it being powerful enough to destroy her legs with just a touch, as if the barriers never existed.
  • 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.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the Council of Ten, the rest of the guild leaders being male. This could also apply to her guild as a whole, being the only one to consist entirely of women whereas the other guilds are either mixed gender or predominantly male.
  • 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.

     Fu Za 

Fu Za

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 a 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 

Lengyl Gila Scobo

Voiced by: Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi (Japanese), Kellen Goff (English)

The Head of Dark Territory's Commerce Guild.


  • Adaptational Heroism: While in canon he was all for War for Fun and Profit, he's actively working with Shasta to achieve peace with the Human Empire in the Cake timeline, though his exact motives are unknown.
  • 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, and makes a subsequent appearance in "Eydis and the Orphanage".
  • Dirty Coward: He's a poor fighter who relies on hired help and flees if things get too dangerous.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's in a morally grey area at the time, but he's baffled when Eydis refuses his bribe to put in a good word for him to Iskahn for him, due to his belief that "money is power".
  • 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 the lords who survives Vixur's attempt on Vecta's life shown to not do any fighting.
  • No Respect Guy: Kind of inevitable when you're a Non-Action Guy businessman living in a place ruled by Social Darwinism and Might Makes Right. According to Rising Steel, Iskahn and Lilpilin didn't bother inviting him to the Peace Talks, feeling he wouldn't be able to contribute much.
  • Oh, Crap!: He's quick to panic when he sees Eydis in Obsidia Castle after the war.
  • 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 the Rules, I Have Money!: Tries to bribe Eydis to put in a good word for him to Iskahn so he can keep his position as head of the Commerce Guild.
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite being a Dirty Coward and a Non-Action Guy, he has a rather bloated ego, even claiming to Eydis that if anything were to happen to him, all five races would be up in arms, only for Iskahn to confirm that they wouldn't.
  • 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.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Vixur writes him off as the one who tried to assassinate Vecta, not knowing Lipia was the assassin, because of this, stating that the war gave him a good chance to turn in a profit. After Iskahn tells him about the Peace Treaty with the Human Empire, he's not exactly thrilled.
  • 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.

     Lilpilin 

Rirupirin

Voiced by: Jun'ya Enoki (Japanese), Aleks Le (English)

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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: Dee Eye Ell, under Vecta orders, has 3,000 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.
  • Heroic Willpower: Like Alice and Eugeo, he's able to break through the Seal of the Right Eye, his eye exploding in the process, so he can attack Dee Eye Ell and save Leafa.
  • 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.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Leafa. She saved not just the lives of him and his people, but also their souls, teaching them they are just as important as every other race with her friendly attitude.
  • 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.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: While they have the traditional appearance, the Orcs here ultimately a type 2, having human-level intelligence and are a Proud Warrior Race with females in their army's ranks.
  • 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.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He has the guts to talk back to Dee Eye Ell when she orders him to offer 3,000 of his people to be sacrificed by claiming they came to fight, not to pay for her failure. He only relents when she says that it's Vecta's orders.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The official translations spell his name as Lilpilin. This manages to avoid an Adaptation Induced Plothole, since both "L" and "R" are vowels used to indicate beauty, thus allowing him to keep his Meaningful Name.
  • Stout Strength: Implied. As an Orc he's rather port-bellied, but he's likely a strong and able warrior if he's the leader of the Orcs.
  • Technical Pacifist: In "Budding Friendship", he claims that while Orcs aren't cowards, they oppose needless war. While his involvement in the War of Underworld was partially motivated by his dislike of humans, it did also seem to be for the purpose of helping his people by giving them more land and food.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His encounter with Leafa have given him a much more open mind in regards to humans, being willing to go along with Iskahn leading the Dark Territory and his village openly welcoming Kirito in "Budding Friendship".
  • 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.

     Lenju 

Lenju

Voiced by: Saori Onishi (Japanese), Stephanie Southerland (English)

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.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She and Rirupirin apparently played together often as children, and Implied to have had feelings for each other.
  • 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 Lilpilin.
  • 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 Terrgitory 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.
  • The Lost Lenore: Becomes this for Lilpilin when she offers to lead the sacrifices for the Dark Mages. He even organizes for a memorial statue of her to be built alongside the one for Leafa.

     Sigurosig 

Sigurosig

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.
  • Fantastic Racism: As part of his belief that he's stronger than all humans, he's incredibly rude and disrespectful towards them, such as when he rudely shoved past Iskahn when he came by for his first council meeting.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: His tribe utilizes the naming convention utilized by the Human Empire, though with a Dark Territory twist, with Sigurosig's name having two Ss for "agility", two Gs for "ferocity", and a lone R for "fearlessness".
  • 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.
  • Traumatic Super Power Awakening: The intense fear he feels for Fanatio after she kills an entire row of his people with one attack turns him into The Berserker and grants him a Supernatural Fear Inducer to use on her.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Sigurosig is a being who believes he's stronger than all humans, including Iskahn and the Integrity Knights. This ends up causing him to have an existential crisis when Fanatio, one of the latter, nearly kills him and several of his people with one shot of her Heaven-Piercing Sword.

     Furgr 

Furgr

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.
  • Made of Iron: Impressively enough, he appears to be the only survivor of Alice's Sacred Art Attack, albeit heavily injured in the process.
  • 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.
  • Nothing Personal: To Alice's surprise, Furgr displays no anger or resentment towards her for killing most of his people, stating that his duties as the Chief of the Ogres and bettering the lives of his people by presenting her to Vecta takes priority.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: One of the most drastically different Ogre interpretations in fiction, resembling a 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.
  • Worf Had the Flu: It's doubtful that he could have actually bested Alice, but considering how he leads the Ogres, which all but states that he's the strongest of his race, one has to wonder if he would have lasted longer if it wasn't from his injuries.

     Shibori 

Shibori

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.

     Kosogi 

Kosogi

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.
  • Meaningful Name: Following Goblin naming conventions, his name is derived from the Japanese verb "to scrape".
  • 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.

     Ugachi 

Ugachi

Voiced by: Kosuke Takaguchi (Japanese), Armen Taylor (English)

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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.

Past Characters

     Renly's Friend 

Renly's Best Friend from before his Synthesis, who he accidentally killed in the Four Empires Unity Tournament, leading to his current fear of fighting and killing.


  • Big Eater: In "The Knight's Longing" while out on the town, he suggests to Renly that they check out another restaurant upon smelling their food despite the fact that they just ate, with him shrugging off his previous meal as a snack.
  • Didn't Think This Through: As Renly points out, it's unlikely that a regular weapons shop would be carrying anything on par with a Divine Object.
  • Dumb Muscle: Implied. Like Kirito to Eugeo, he was the Red Oni to Renly's Blue Oni, but plays it more straight, seemingly lacking Kirito's penchant for guile and combat experience and not taking his Sacred Arts lessons seriously, whereas Kirito became an adept Magic Knight over time.
  • Hot-Blooded: Compared to Renly, who was generally calmer than him, the guy was practically a Keet who frequently doesn't think ahead, while Renly had to be the voice of reason.
  • Foil: Obviously, to Kirito. Both of the Red Oni Best Friends of a much calmer Blue Oni. The difference is that whereas Eugeo died while Kirito lived, the opposite happened with him and Renly. Also, whereas Kirito is the more seasoned warrior and does have moments of responsibility, Renly's friend isn't shown as anything but Hot-Blooded, Renly even claiming he never takes responsibility, and it's Implied that Renly was generally the better swordsman between the two of them.
    • The Rising Steel Event, "The Knight's Longing", a
  • Identical Stranger: He bears a striking resemblance to Kirito, sharing his hair colour, skin tone, is a more playful foil to his Best Friend like Kirito is to Eugoe. The main discernable differences that could be seen is that his compared to Kirito, his hair is messier, he has a bluish tint to his eyes, and his face looks rounder.
  • No Name Given: Despite his integral role in Renly's past, we never actually learn his name.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He tries being this when Renly talks about how they were able to get so far because they had each other, with him getting red and huffy, claiming that guys don't talk about their feelings, which has apparently happened before. Though he does agree with him under his breath.
  • Tsundere: A (possibly) platonic example towards to Renly, responding to his attempts at talking about how far they came together by blushing and griping about how "men don't talk about their feelings", only to reluctantly agree under his breath.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Implied. In "The Knights' Longing" after losing a duel to him, he remarks that he can't really compare to Renly, stating that he has a hard time reading him. Renly responds by saying that even so, his strikes are very powerful and that he honestly has some trouble blocking them.

Post-War (Major spoilers)

     Swordsman Delegate SPOILERS 

The Star King

Kirito during his time acting as the effective ruler of the Underworld after defeating Gabriel. While they're both 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 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.
  • Badass Longcoat: Already a trademark with Kirito, but this one is notable for its regal appearance and the designs on the flap resembling stars and the moon.
  • 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.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: When a Guard Captain threatens to cut Oroi's arms off when interrogating of his apparent murder, Kirito uses his Incarnation to knock the blade from his hands.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He often skips out on things like paperwork in favour of doing more hands actions.
  • 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.
    • Nergius snarks that he often comes up with frivolous ideas, to the point that when he actually has a decent idea, such as making the lifts automated so Airy could be free to pursue other things, the rest of the council are left in a Stunned Silence.
  • Butt-Monkey: Despite being a Physical God and effective ruler of the world, Kirito still can't escape his status as this.
    • In "Eydis and the Orphanage" when Eydis and Shirley run into him while investigating a monster attacking the Orphanage, Eydis introduces him as some kind of womanizer and the both proceed to poke fun at him by comparing him to Shasta. Then later in "Seal of the Right Eye" when he visit Shirley's orphanage with Asuna and Ronye, Shirley is quick to recall Eydis' ladykiller claims, getting him trouble with the two of them.
    • During Iskahn and Scheta's honeymoon in the Human Empire in "Journey to the Future", Fanatio continues to call him "boy" in front of Iskahn, who's quick to poke fun at him for, loses a swim race to Iskahn despite him being a complete amateur, and he's easily intimidated into hurrying back out of fear of Hana not making dinner, which Iskahn dryly Lampshades.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His past as a computer nerd has its perks, as he uses the idea of a CPU's cooling system for his Dragoncraft to keep the heat elements from blowing it up.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Zig-Zagged. He certainly starts out as this, donning Kirito's normal colors while actively advocating for peace between the Human Empire and Dark Territory upon becoming head of the Human Unification Council and going out of his way to make the lives of both citizens of both the Human Empire and Dark Territory better. And while there are hints at the end of Alicization that he may end up being a future Big Bad, the context behind the scene hints that he'll become a Well-Intentioned Extremist at the very least.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He apparently wants to sell the unused weapons laying in the armoury to help in repair efforts and the funding of other facilities, though a lot of the Knights, including Ronye are opposed to the idea because of the possibility of needing them for future wars, a possibility he raised.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir":
    • In "How the Dragoncraft was Made", he briefly considers banning the use of "sir" altogether while talking to Airy.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Asuna shows after an explosion caused by his and Sadore's not-so-secret Dragoncraft experiment, he's too busy trying to figure alternative solutions to register her prescense, and almost explains what the problem is before realizing who he's talking to.
    Asuna: Ki. Ri. To.
    Kirito: Oh. Sorry, Asuna. I just had something on my mind.
    Asuna: Oh? It must be pretty important.
    Kirito: It is. You seee, it's like this... A-Asuna?! What're you doing here?
  • Friend to All Children: In "Budding Friendship", he notes to Lilpilin that the sight of children always make him happy, even if they're demi-human children like Orcs.
  • 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.
  • Guilt Complex: Wouldn't be Kirito without it. When Leazetta is kindapped by a mage leading minions, Kirito's quick to apologize and blame himself after they find a note ordering Iskahn to execute Kirito or else they'll kill Leazetta. Iskahn is quick to try and dissuade him from blaming himself.
  • 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.
  • Honor Before Reason: When Asuna points out that they could have easily repaired the Central Cathedral with Sacred Arts and his Incarnation after the Uprising of the Four Empires, he states that allowing repairman enter the Cathedral to help is a sign of change.
  • It Has Been an Honor: In "Peace Treaty", after finally achieiving peace between the human realm and Dark Territory, he speaks with Eugeo through the Blue Rose Sword and thanks him for his help and make a toast with him.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Has has this to say after witnessing Fanatio's parenting style.
    Kirito: Between Scheta's baby and him, the future's going to be a real disa- Um, a real delight.
  • Loophole Abuse: The reason for his dragoncraft experiments; in order to find fertile land for people living in the Dark Territory, he wants to go over the over the wall stationed at the End of the World. Problem is, the wall is apparently designed so that anyone who tries scaling it will be subjected to increased gravity. So he figures that while living beings can't get over, maybe something considered an object as opposed to a living being, like a plane, may be able to get over.
  • 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.
  • Might Makes Right: He was largely chosen as the Human Unification Council's leader, as well their representative in the peace talks with the Dark Territory, due to him being the one to kill Vecta.
  • No Badass to His Valet: While revered in the Human Empire and even the Dark Territory for his power and having put an end to the war, he's a practically a No Respect Guy among the Human Unification Council and others close to him or of similar status, with Fanatio and Sadore often calling him "Boy", which Iskahn mocks him for in "Journey to the Future"
  • Not Afraid to Die: Since dying in the Underworld won't kill him IRL, he often displays a lack of concern for his own life throughout Moon Cradle. After he offers to let himself be executed if it'll save Leazetta, Ronye calls him out on this since him dying will also mean he can't ever visit the Underworld again, which would mean she and the others won't get to see him again, in which case he might as well be dead.
  • Pet the Dog: Whereas Iskahn was happy to simply sign a Non-Aggression Pact and re-build the Great Gate, Kirito instead opted to leave the Great Gate as is and sign a proper Peace Treaty with the Dark Territory, including opening trade and travel between, believing that returning things to as they were before would only lead to another war down the line.
  • 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.
  • Power Gives You Wings: His preferred mode of transport is to turn the flaps of his Badass Longcoat into a pair of large, bat-like wings.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In "Seal of the Right Eye" when Eydis explains Shirley's status as the eldest of the orphans, hence her reluctance to act as a exchange student in the Human Empire for a month, he decides to have Entokia act as a temporary caretaker since he's in the Dark Territory for a trade mission, with Asuna suggesting that they make the base of operations for the mission a nearby village for ease of travel.
  • Reluctant Warrior: When the Four Empires ended up rebelling, he was reluctant to agree with a strategy that would invoke enemy casualties, instead opting to send Knights to confront the Emperors and either convince them to surrender or kill them, minimalizing casualties to just their their most loyal servants.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite effectively being the King of the Underworld, he will still perform tasks that would usually be expected of someone under his command, like when he personally took charge of the investigation into Yazan's death, or in "Budding Friendship" when, while visiting, he assisted the Orcs in fighting off some monsters.
    • "Eydis and the Orphanage Part 1.5" shows that when he was visiting the Mountain Goblins, he assisted in dealing with their monster infestation.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Lilpilin notes multiple times how similar Kirito and Leafa are in regards to their treatment of Demi-Humans such as Orcs, such as their lack of repulsion of their appearance and their outraged reaction to learning that Vecta sacrificed 3,000 of their people.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: A lot of his actions have led to some advancements or customs in Underworld culture, both in the Human Empire and Dark Territory.
    • His casual mentioning that Leafa might come back and visit the Orcs one day in "Budding Friendship" leads to the Orc Prophecy of the Return of the Green Swordswoman starting.
  • Stepford Smiler: Even now, Eugeo's death still haunts Kirito, but he keeps up a happy front so he won't be seen as weak as the new leader of the Human Empire. In the "Peace Treaty" event, Tiese discovers him privately mourning and convinces him that he doesn't have to act strong all the time, joining him in crying over Eugeo's death.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His status as a Physical God has made him this with Sacred Arts. He's more or less forgotten everything about incantations he learned at the Swordcraft Academy, but seeing as his Incarnation is strong enough for him to just summon the elements and shape them however he wants with just his imagination, it's not exactly a big loss. He's still very much Strong and Skilled in swordsmanship though.
  • You Remind Me of X: In "Uprising in the Four Empires - Part 2", he briefly gets reminded of Eugeo when seeing Renly interact with the citizens helping repair the Cathedral.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: During the Uprising of the Four Empires, he and Asuna held the Royal Guards at bay while the other soldiers retreated into the Cathedral.

     Swordswoman Subdelegate SPOILERS 

Asuna

Asuna during her time in the Underworld.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Asuna seems to get Rivals wherever she goes...
    • She gets a bit miffed about Kirito's Senpai Kouhai relationship with Sortiliena, which Eydis quickly teases her about.
    • Upon learning that Kirito bumped into Eydis when suddenly disappearing to visit the Mountain Goblins, Asuna questions if he snuck off to meet up with her in secret with her intimidating smile.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": While more formal than her husband, she doesn't like people, such as Ronye, calling her "Lady Asuna".
    • She also takes issue with Sadore doing so, especially due to the contrast of how he refers to Kirito as "boy".
  • Light Is Good: In contrast to her husband, and especially standing out from her previous outfits, Asuna dons completely white clothes as the Sub-Delegate.
  • The Lost Lenore: Is this to the Star King 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 the Underworld alongside him.
  • Magic Knight: Along with retaining Stacia's ability to alter the terrain to her whims, Asuna's also taking Sacred Arts lessons with Ronye and Tiese, with her Goddess account giving her a helpful boost. She's also able to learn a Sacred Art that was used by the Senators that allowed to scry into the past, which she uses in Oroi's room to investigate who actually killed Yazan.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Causes one for Kirito(after he realizes she's there), Entokia, Sadore and Airy when she shows after overhearing the explosion from their initial Dragoncraft Experiments.
  • Nice Girl: Another facet to her personality that remains unchanged. This is especially notable with Ronye, who she recognises has feelings for Kirito that she knows can't be reciprocated, and wants to help her through them and tries to be friendly and supportive towards her.
  • Number Two: Taking into account Kirito's lack of administrative skills, Asuna was appointed to her position of Subdelegate at Renly's suggestion and the other Knight's agreement, citing her charisma, amplified by the wide belief that she's really the Goddess Stacia in human form, her own skills as a swordswoman, and the leadership abilities she displayed during the War of Underworld.
  • Physical God: Still using the Stacia Account, Asuna is probably the most powerful being in the Underworld other than Kirito himself.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • While not exactly happy with the lack of proper safety precautions they took, she allows Kirito, along with Sadore, Airy and Entokia, to continue their Dragoncraft experiments experiments provided they're more careful and stop doing it in secrecy.
  • Royal Rapier: She still uses the Stacia account's rapier.
  • Supreme Chef: This much remains unchanged, with her quickly adapting to the minor differences to cooking in the Underworld. In fact, she's arguably world's best chef by the Underworld's standards due to being able to introduce IRL cooking techniques that haven't been tried, which leads to her striking up a friendship with Hana, Quinella's former personal Supreme Chef who's also dedicated to her craft.
    • In "Seal of the Right Eye", she helps Shirley in preparing dinner since she wants to learn some Dark Territory recipes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Kirito expresses annoyance with the fact that the Senators are out of commission, as it would have made proving Oroi's innocence easier, Asuna is quick to call him out on it due to the exact nature of it.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Narration reveals that a part of Asuna is glad to be stuck in the Underworld, since it means she's able to get away from the growing guilt she feels from seeing her friends hold back their feelings for Kirito for her sake. She also sees Ronye's unrequited feelings for Kirito and hesitance to admit them as a chance to help her through them, which she felt she couldn't do for the other girls.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: She assists Kirito in holding back Cruiga's Royal Guard during the Uprising of the Four Empires.

     Berche 

Berche

The son of Bercouli and Fanatio, who the latter was carrying during the war.


     Leazetta 

Leazetta

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.
  • Meaningful Name: Doubles as Named After Somebody Famous. Scheta told Iskahn that she was carrying her while the two were on their way back from the Human Empire in "Journey to the Future", where they happened upon the patch of land where she fought against the American Players, which was covered in grass and flowers due to her powers.
  • 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.
  • Nerves of Steel: Her response to Kirito and Iskahn entering a small, which creates a loud shockwave, is to giggle happily.
     Oroi 

Oroi

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.
  • Signature Headgear: Wears a decorative headband with yellow and blue feathers, which denotes as a member of the Ubori Clan of Saw Hill, which Kirito recognises.

     Yazen 

Yazen

The victim of the murder Oroi's accused, the elderly caretaker for the inn he and his friends were staying at.


  • Asshole Victim: Averted, which makes things worse for Oroi. He was stated to be kind to both humans and demi-humans, and the worse that could be said about him was that he was a former servant of Cruiga Norlangarth.
  • Cool Old Guy: Was said to be kind to both denizens of the Human Realm and the Dark Territory.
  • Posthumous Character: His murder kicks off the plot.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Downplayed. Before being an inn caretaker, he was a former servent of Emperor Cruiga.

     Man in the Black Robe SPOILERS 

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 to 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 SPOILERS 

The Kidnapper / Emperor Hozaika Eastaverieth

A 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.

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