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

This page details characters who are introduced as video game exclusive characters.

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For the Gameverse main supporting castnote  who play major roles and appear in multiple games, see this page.


Introduced in Infinity Moment / (Re:)Hollow Fragment




Noboyuki Sugou / Alberich (SAO)

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese)

A mysterious player with a high-level avatar but very little skill who attempts to join the Assault Team. Later revealed to be none other than Noboyuki Sugou and the true villain of the game.

For his canon self see this page

  • Abled in the Adaptation: Kirito doesn't torture him with the Pain Absorber, so Sugou never suffers phantom pains or goes blind in his right eye.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He's a fair bit more competent in the game adaptation, with his more Bond Villain Stupidity moments being removed. As Alberich, he's no longer an Orcus on His Throne and actively carries out his Evil Plan, proving to be far more of a threat to Kirito. He's also more subtle in his approach, playing the nice guy and pretending to be an ally, rather than stupidly revealing his entire plan to Kirito in an act of Evil Gloating. He also very nearly succeeds in killing all of the Assault Team and was only stopped by last minute intervention from Strea, rather than his canon counterpart's stupid decision to force Kirito to watch and inevitably giving Kirito time to be freed by Kayaba's Virtual Ghost.
  • Adaptational Villainy: As much of a bastard as he is in canon, he manages to be even worse in the games. In canon, he hijacked the minds of a few hundred SAO survivors and ran experiments on them, but for the most they seem unaware of the tests that are done on them. In the games he creates a super powerful avatar called Alberich and uses everyone in Aincrad as test subjects and directly tortures them. In addition, in canon he kept Asuna captive, and once Kirito finds her tries to rape her in front of him. In the games he has already actively sexually assaulted several female players, using his admin privileges to override the Harassment Code put in place. But worst of all, in canon for the most he never tried to kill anyone, other than Kirito after his plans get foiled. Here his endgame is to slaughter the entire Assault Team as part of his Engineered Heroics.
  • Big Bad: Heathcliff/Kayaba turned out to be a Decoy Antagonist and was pulled away from the action before the start of the game during his duel with Kirito on Floor 75. The primary villain instead shifts to Alberich who proceeds to hijack SAO so that he could use it for his experiments and used a super account to enter the game as Alberich.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Even when he manages to usurp the title of Big Bad from Kayaba, it's only because Kayaba was indisposed in dealing with the glitches in the Cardinal System and couldn't take care of Sugou himself, forcing Kirito and company to do it instead.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As Alberich, he tries to act polite in order to get into the raid team, but Kirito and Asuna can tell that he's insincere.
  • Bright Is Not Good: His Alberich avatar is decked out in late-game white armor, but he's just as evil as his canon version.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Asuna fears this may be the case for Sugou, since Kayaba will most likely get the blame for the actions of Laughing Coffin as well. It's ultimately subverted, because unlike Laughing Coffin, Sugou does not escape justice; all the surviving players band together and tell the authorities about his crimes, and the resulting investigations turn up enough dirt that he's stripped of his position, arrested, and incarcerated.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His plan to become the hero of Aincrad as "Alberich" falls apart at step one. For one, even with his high stats and equipment, his skills are as horrible as you would expect of someone who just joined recently, which makes him too much of a hindrance to join the Assault Team. In fact, the fact that he has such a powerful character when he has such poor skills (especially under the circumstances of the Death Game), the fact that he just showed up out of the blue, and his abuses of Game Master powers such as ignoring the Harassment Code, tips the heroes off that there's something fishy about "Alberich".
  • Faux Affably Evil: Unlike canon Sugou, who was hammy, smug, and couldn't resist gloating about his plan to Kirito. As Alberich he is a lot more subtle and able to put on a polite facade to appear as a humble player. Although Kirito and Asuna are still able to sense something off about him with the main clue being Alberich possessing a very powerful avatar but no skill in controlling it.
  • Engineered Heroics: Part of his plot here. As he gloats to Kirito and company, once he's done keeping the death game going for his experiments, he'll personally beat the game and be seen as a hero for saving everyone from it.
  • Game Master: He uses his administrator account and the fact Kayaba's not around to make a super-powerful avatar named Alberich.
  • GMPC: Much like in canon, he is a Game Master playing the game and also one who abuses his power to give himself an unfair advantage over everyone else.
  • Humiliation Conga: He hacks into the game with a super account to create a powerful avatar named Alberich and intends to use all the players in his mind-control experiments, but Kirito manages to show him up in their duels, he's rejected from the Clearing group due to his total lack of skill, Strea takes away his GM privileges in order to let Kirito and company land him his well-deserved beatdown, and then he's arrested and imprisoned for the rest of the game. Once SAO is cleared, he's arrested and stripped of his position in real-life due to the players revealing his crimes and the subsequent investigations turning up the necessary proof, and once again loses his engagement to Asuna. His only saving grace here is that Kirito doesn't torture him with the Pain Absorber and leave him with a Wound That Will Not Heal.
  • If I Can't Have You…: He flat-out states he will do this, since he is torturing and killing her friends right in front of her with the Hollow Avatar.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Much like his canon self, he brandishes such a sword as Alberich as well.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Unlike the players in Laughing Coffin, he does not get off scot-free because all the surviving players banded together and told the authorities about his crimes, and the resulting investigations turned up enough dirt that he was stripped of his position, arrested, and sent to jail.
  • Light Is Not Good: His avatar has the appearance of The Paladin, but he is not a good person.
  • Mad Scientist: He flat-out attempts to use all the trapped SAO players in his experiments and keep the death game going until he's perfected his work.
  • Mythology Gag: In the game continuity, while Sugou's role is drastically different during Hollow Fragment, having entered SAO using an overpowered avatar called Alberich and posing as a player. His canon "Oberon" counterpart can still be encountered in Accel World vs Sword Art Online as an AI, who's pretty much in-line with the lecherous creep who has a stalkerish obsession with Asuna and proclaims her to be Titania. Though thankfully unlike canon, this time he doesn't have Asuna trapped in a cage and at her mercy. When Asuna approaches him she immediately gets an unexplained feeling of dread, almost as if she can feel traces of memories of her canon counterpart from the Alternate Timeline.
  • Near-Villain Victory: He comes very close to winning, having paralyzed the entire Assault Team and was about to have them killed, before timely intervention from Strea has her perform a Heroic Sacrifice by taking away Sugou's GM privileges and take a blow meant for Kirito.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: He confesses that he ended up in SAO by accident, but inherited a super account and took advantage of the situation for the sake of his research.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Taken to a depraved extreme, since he takes full advantage of his Game Master status and admin privileges to override Kayaba's Harassment Code.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: This side of him is still very much present, only this time rather than Attempted Rape on Asuna, he has already succeeded in sexually assaulting several female players by using his Game Master powers to overcome the Harassment Code.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As Alberich, Kirito notes his avatar has ridiculously high stats and equipment, but his combat skill is very poor and lacking in any sort of technique or experience. Kirito compares it to a novice player controlling a powerful avatar, with no skill in handling his powers. In the end, Kirito resolves that he would only hinder the Assault Team. This is actually what tips Kirito and the gang off that there's something wrong, since they can't fathom how someone can have such high stats and powerful equipment and yet be such a lousy fighter.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: This is his final intent, with him aiming to pretend he was one member of the Assault Team who failed to save the others and being the Sole Survivor.

    Hollow PoH 

Hollow PoH (SAO)

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara

The Hollow AI counterpart of the infamous Laughing Coffin leader.

  • Adaptational Ugliness: The description of PoH in the Light Novel and his appearance in the anime make him rather attractive with his exotic Latino look, with long dark locks that hang from his head. The gameverse by contrast makes him look a lot more creepier, with more narrow snake-like eyes, no visible hair that almost makes him look bald underneath his hood, and a much raspier voice, giving him a strangely Lord Voldemort-esque appearance.
  • Ascended Extra: Canon PoH was part of a Big Bad Ensemble but otherwise scarcely appeared. Hollow PoH gets upgraded to the Big Bad of the Hollow Area.
  • Ax-Crazy: He wants to slaughter everyone in Aincrad For the Evulz.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Hollow PoH serves as another example of this trope and nearly succeeds in killing and replacing everyone with their Hollows, including the real PoH.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Of Hollow Fragment. ...he plots to initiate an update that would make Cardinal reverse the designations of players and the Hollow AI counterparts. Since Hollow Data is not allowed in Aincrad, this would cause a whole heap of trouble. However, his defeat does not spell the end of the death game, and Alberich/Sugou still needs to be defeated. Beating him also doesn't stop the Cardinal update, which requires the player to beat a Hollow version of Kirito.
  • Duel Boss: In Hollow Fragment, Kirito has to fight his Hollow AI by himself, which means no partners to help restore SP faster.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: While both his gameverse and his anime coutnerparts have deep voices, this PoH has a noticeably raspier sounding voice, in contrast to the anime where he has No Indoor Voice.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: In the gameverse he has a guttural, raspy voice. This is absent in the anime where his voice actor was recast.
  • For the Evulz: Much like the real PoH, his only motive for the amount of killing and bloodshed he spreads is solely because of the pleasure he takes in it.
  • In the Hood: This PoH never takes off his hood.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His end goal is to invade Aincrad and kill everyone and everything, player or NPC.
  • Sadist: Every bit as sadistic as the real PoH, taking great pleasure in torturing Philia and wishing to kill players For the Evulz.
  • Serial Killer: Even more so than his original counterpart, as Hollow PoH has no restraint.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: PoH is a uniquely self-aware Hollow AI, and just as monstrous as the original.

Introduced in Lost Song




Ryota Sumeragi / Sumeragi (ALO)
Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi

An Undine swordsman who also happens to be the leader in practice of Shamrock and Seven's bodyguard.

  • Badass Baritone: Has a deep voice and is contender for World's Best Warrior.
  • Badass Bookworm: In-game he's considered the strongest member of the Shamrock guild and IRL he's Seven's lab assistant and Kikuoka's agent.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Friends might be pushing it, but he at least comes to respect Kirito after being defeated by him in a climactic duel and sees him as a Worthy Opponent who allowed him to experience the thrill of a true fight.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He had no clue Kirito could chain Sword Skills together with his Dual Wielding and thus ignore the cooldown drawback almost entirely, which leads to his Oh, Crap! moment upon realizing he's about to be in for a world of hurt.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Seven may be the leader of the Shamrock guild, but it's generally acknowledged within that she's mostly a figure head to preoccupied with her singing and research and that he's the one whose really in charge.
  • Expy: He seems to be the game continuity's stand-in for General Eugene who has been Demoted to Extra, being the former World's Best Warrior who comes to see Kirito as a Worthy Opponent after being defeated in battle.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite Kirito ultimately besting him in their duel, he congratulated him regardless, though it was tempered by his belief they still wouldn't defeat Seven.
  • The Heavy: Seven may have been the Big Bad of Lost Song, but he's the most constant threat Kirito has to deal with throughout the game.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Sumeragi turns out to be his last name IRL.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His main weapon in combat, and unique in that he can use it with one-hand just as well as most can with two.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Shamrock takes the place of the otherwise unnamed raiding guild that prevents the Sleeping Knights from taking on the boss in the Mother's Rosario arc.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Despite his loyalty to Seven, he kept ignoring the pressure that was being put on her. Kirito clearly calls him out on this, but he ignores it, and due to how Seven ultimately ends up becoming the final boss from this...
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets a pretty epic one while fighting Kirito for the final time. Kirito misses him while using one of his sword skills and goes flying right past, and so Sumeragi turns around charging his own while completely confident he's got the duel in the bag thanks to the cooldown time. The Oh, Crap! comes when he sees Kirito's already turned around and using another Sword Skill and he has no way to dodge, and it keeps going as Kirito keeps chaining Sword Skills with his two swords and he has no way to defend himself.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: He can use his katana (normally a two-handed weapon) with one hand just as proficiently as most players. It's the basis for his OSS, One-Handed Tyr.
  • Real Name as an Alias: He uses his real surname as his gamer name.
  • The Rival: Becomes one to Kirito in Lost Song after the Seven incident is resolved and the two of them no longer remain hostile towards each other.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Seven. Zig-Zagged as he was actually an agent for Kikuoka sent to watch over her, but he did genuinely care about her as well.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Played with. In Accel World vs Sword Art Online, he anticipated that Kirito would have gotten much stronger due to the Twilight of the Gods incident, so Sumeragi was busy grinding in another game to try catch up to Kirito, but as Seven points out he couldn't convert all of his EXP back from the other game.
  • World's Best Warrior: In the game continuity, he's said to be the strongest player in ALO, prior to Kirito besting him. Except Kirito thinks Rain is even stronger than him.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Kirito, with their final battle taking place as a one-on-one duel. Sumeragi contemplating quitting ALO made Kirito feel lonely now that there was no one to challenge him in power.
  • You Remind Me of X: Kirito himself remarks that he sees a bit of himself in Sumeragi and for that reason wishes to party with him.

Introduced in Hollow Realization



Genesis (SA:O)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu

A mysterious new player in Sword Art: Origin who's gained a reputation for defeating high-level monsters by himself and stealing the kills of other high-level players. Nicknamed this game's "Black Swordsman", his motives and origin are shrouded in mystery...

  • The Berserker: His fighting style once he juices up on his digital drugs is essentially hack his enemy until it dies. The fact he uses a BFS, has Super Reflexes good enough that he can Speed Blitz high-level players, and deals crazy damage makes it a very useful fighting style. Kirito even outright calls him a berserker.
  • BFS: Uses a massive two-handed sword in combat, not unlike another Black Swordsman.
  • Big Bad: Of Hollow Realization, as he is the one actively pushing to complete the quest that will destroy Ainground and Aincrad.
  • Blood Knight: Is quite eager to fight, and given that he only steals from high-level players he seems well-confident in his ability to fend their potential angered retaliations off.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He makes it no secret he's evil, mocking Kirito as the hero trying to stop him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: He's the first game continuity Big Bad who's a Card-Carrying Villain with no redeeming qualities whatsoevernote . He also doesn't have GM privileges nor does he conduct experiments, he's just a standard player who's a massive asshole.
  • The Corrupter: To Tia, Premiere's twin. His methods of training and behavior twist her into a dark person who would willing slaughter her fellow NPCs at his command.
  • Dark Is Evil: In contrast to Kirito's Dark Is Not Evil, Genesis is a Black Swordsman and a very bad man.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: After his defeat, Tia takes over as the main villain and continues carrying out the destruction of Ainground.
  • Driven by Envy: A big part of why he originally decided to take Tia under his wing was because he was pissed that Kirito and the gang figured out the secret of the third main area and defeated the secret real boss to advance the beta. He couldn't stand the idea of a bunch of apparent nobodies showing him up, figured it had something to do with Premiere, and so decided that he'd follow this apparent "quest" about the Two Goddesses for himself to show them up himself.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Even in the digital sense. His liberal usage of "digital drugs" does give him unbelievable power, enough that he can solo bosses that require raids and easily best someone of Asuna's caliber in a fight, but the psychological and addictive effects on his mind are noted to just as dangerous as if he was doing real drugs. At several points he even comes dangerously close to a crash, which causes him real pain in both VR and reality.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Kirito tricks him into admitting that he illegally modified his AmuSphere to an eavesdropping Seven, who brings this information to the SA:O admins and gives them the necessary proof to not only permaban him from the game but also report him to the authorities (since such an act is considered a crime due to no one wanting the chance of Kayaba 2.0).
  • Evil Counterpart: He's literally an evil Black Swordsman, who goes up against Kirito the original heroic one, and both of them being partnered with an AI goddess of SA:O. Kirito initially assumed that the secret behind Genesis's strength was the same as his own, extensive experience in FullDive, but it turns out he was just a hacker who modified his own Amusphere. Further contrasts can be seen with how Kirito and Genesis treat their respective AI goddesses. Kirito is protective and caring of Premiere like an older brother or even a father, while Genesis sees Tia as nothing but a slave to carry out his bidding.
  • Evil Is Hammy: When he gets going, every word in his text box is in capital letters and he's screaming at the top of his lungs.
  • Evil Redhead: His in-game avatar has it and it's clear he's not a nice guy.
  • For the Evulz: His reason for wanting to complete the questline that will destroy Ainground and Aincrad? Because it's not everyday you get to watch a world go boom! What pushes him into this over It Amused Me is because he knows this will cause the death of all the NPCs in Sword Art: Origin and he still doesn't care.
  • Glory Seeker: He really loves to rub in the fact he's one of the strongest players in the game to just about everyone he meets and goes out his way to prove it by fighting high-level opponents. When someone shows him up though, he gets pissed.
  • Guttural Growler: Speaks in a quite a throaty voice.
  • Hate Sink: He's a Smug Super who cheats using substance abuse, Kill Steals from his fellow players, wants to end the world of Ainground For the Evulz, and treats his AI goddess like a slave.
  • Humiliation Conga: His last encounter; First off, Kirito duels him and gains the upper hand. Then Kirito tricks him into confessing to an eavesdropping Seven that he made illegal modifications to the Amusphere (hacking the Amusphere is a serious crime as no one wants a Kayaba 2.0 to appear), giving the admins plenty of proof to not only delete his character, but send the police to arrest him. Finally, in rage, he decides to at least PK Kirito before his character gets deleted, activating his hacks to do so. Kirito not only defeats him, but he did so without his signature dual wielding, and Genesis disappears as Kirito tells him he's not worthy of being called The Black Swordsman.
  • Internet Jerk: He believes it's fine to be an pretentious prick online. Except he's so bad that he's crossed over into illegal territory and ends up getting arrested.
  • Jerkass: Laughs off the complaints of players he kill-stealed from, stating that maybe they shouldn't have been so pathetic that he had to step in and stop the display. Note that the people he kill-stealed were high-level players, so it was especially insulting. Agil even gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech when he comes along insulting Kirito for finding the true boss in the third area of the game and taking away his "credit".
  • Kill Steal: What he's infamous for, but it's noted that he only does this to high-level players. Argo and Kirito compare him to being a jerk version of Robin Hood.
  • Laughing Mad: When he really gets into fighting, he's laughing like a maniac as he wails on his opponent.
  • The Nicknamer: Mockingly refers to Kirito as "Hero".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed and is only known by his player name Genesis or his monikers.
  • Pet the Dog: While he's undoubtedly a colossal jerkass, he does care about Tia more than he publicly appeared to, naming her and teaching her how to survive (in his own twisted way) in the game world. It's for this very reason she chooses to continue his mission of destroying Ainground and Aincrad.
  • Phlebotinum Pills: In a digital sense. The reason Genesis is so powerful is because he's using what are referred to as "digital drugs", which are programs that stimulate the brain in much the same way that real drugs do. When used while in-game with the AmuSphere, they boost his perception and abilities to massive levels akin to a Super Mode. The reason he can do this without the AmuSphere's safety protocols locking him out of the game is because he's modified his AmuSphere's safety functions to get around that.
  • Red Baron:
    • "The Black Swordsman". Since many of Aincrad's original players aren't in Ainground due to the obvious bad memories, most of the player base don't know that this is Kirito's original title and attribute it to him. Agil and Asuna think he's just a pretender, on the other hand; Kirito in particular tells him point-blank he isn't worthy of the name.
    • He has another nickname among the hacker community, The God of Cheats.
  • Sadistic Choice: He orders Tia to attack Kirito; forcing him to decide between defending himself and killing an NPC or letting himself be killed.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: In stark contrast to Kirito, he treats his AI goddess like a slave.
  • Social Darwinist: Believes that Might Makes Right and that the weak deserve to die.
  • Sore Loser: When he learns that the "boss" he killed in the Sword Art: Origin's third area was a decoy and Kirito and company found and killed the real one, he gets completely pissed that some so-called "heroes" figured out something he didn't.
  • Super Speed: He's so fast when he gets serious that both Asuna and Kirito working together couldn't find time to counterattack.
  • Theme Naming: Genesis to coincide with Premiere, which both mean beginning.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Impossibly strong as he is, he lacks the skill of someone with exceptional skill from extensive VR experience like Kirito. As shown in their Final Battle, Genesis resorts to overwhelming his opponents with brute strength, continuously striking with very uneconomically and doesn't appear to resort to dodging, allowing Kirito to land several lethal blows upon him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After his Engineered Public Confession, he loses it and spends the rest of the boss fight using his digital drugs to try and eliminate Kirito. By the end, he can only stare in shock as he's beaten and ask how the hell Kirito could beat him even with his hacks before his avatar explodes.


Tia (SA:O)
Click here to see Tia in Abyss of the Shrine Maiden 
Voiced by: Yuiko Tatsumi

The second Goddess spoken of in the Creation Myth of Aincrad and Premiere's "twin". Found by Genesis, she seeks to bring about the events of the Great Separation and destroy both Ainground and Aincrad.

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Talking to her after clearing the Abyss of the Shrine Maiden DLC reveals that she can now change between her adult form and her child form at will. In the actual game, this only changes her appearance and has no effect on her stats.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Unlike Premiere, she has embraced her role as Ainground's destroyer.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: A blue orb (labeled the Prayer Conduit) is her only damageable spot in both phases. Her Antimatter minions become this during the second phase, as destroying them leaves said weak spot open and paralyzes her (though not her energy beams).
  • Beam Spam: Constantly fires off massive laser beams during the second phase of her boss battle.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In a twisted way. While Genesis wasn't the best teacher, he did name her and teach her how to fight and survive, which was the most kindness anyone ever gave her. Watching him be ridiculed by others (which was mostly his own fault) and defeated cost her the first person who ever cared for her, and in her anger she chooses to destroy Ainground and Aincrad in order to see his final wish through.
  • BFS : Her weapon in Abyss of the Shrine Maiden, likely as a tribute to Genesis given it was his preferred weapon in combat.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Premiere's Abel.
  • Character Tic: Clutching her right arm with her left appears to be this, as the portrait where she does this is the only one she doesn't share with Premiere and her default portrait as an adult has her doing this.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Being around Genesis did not do her mental state any favors.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The third gameverse girl to end up being the main antagonistic force, but unlike Strea and Seven, Tia isn't part of Kirito's party for most of the game, instead being taken up by Genesis. It's also a great deal more harder to pull her over to the hero's side, as being antagonistic was pretty much her reason to exist to begin with.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Throughout the course of the Abyss of the Shrine Maiden DLC, she gradually warms up to Kirito and the party and admits that she's starting to feel more comfortable in a group, much to Premiere's delight.
  • The Dragon: To Genesis. She's his closest ally and the one whose presence is key to trigger Ainground's destruction. After he's defeated, she chooses to go through with it regardless.
  • Driven to Suicide: After being defeated in the final battle, she tries to kill herself after believing everything she's fought for was for nothing, only to be barely talked out of it by Premiere, who tells her she still has much to live for.
  • Emotionless Girl: Subverted. At first she acts much like Premiere did when she and Kirito first met, but she does develop a full personality eventually. Unfortunately, she built that personality from being around Genesis...
  • Evil Twin: Subverted in that she's not truly evil. However she's the polar opposite foil to Premiere, being her twin sister who is determined to cause Ainground's destruction.
  • Fanservice Pack: In Hollow Realization, she's a little girl like Premiere. In Abyss of the Shrine Maiden, she's grown into an adult body but covers herself up with a dark hooded cloak for the first and second parts of the DLC. In the third, she switches her attire for a white cape and an outfit that bares her midriff and accentuates her newfound figure.
  • Freudian Excuse: With that excuse being Genesis, who ingrained her with a hatred for humans and sought their destruction. See Humans Are Bastards for a more detailed explanation.
  • Flunky Boss: Summons floating orbs called Antimatter around her that can attack her opponents in both phases. In her second phase, destroying all of them is the only way to stun her and leave her open to combos.
  • Guest-Star Party Member : In the Abyss of the Shrine Maiden DLC. Completing it has her join Kirito's group for real.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Develops this mindset from being around Genesis, but with the twist that it wasn't because of his own behavior. Rather, it was watching how everyone else treated him and her by extension with such open hostility and contempt (mainly in reaction to Genesis's own bad attitude) and culminating in Kirito deleting him from the game world that finally convinced her that Genesis' highly negative outlook on life and people was correct. From her perspective, Genesis was a hero who gave her existence meaning, and to take him from her was unforgivable. She eventually reconsiders her views as she spends more time with Kirito and the others in Abyss of the Shrine Maiden.
  • Humongous Mecha: She rides in a massive construct (actually the destruction module coding for Aincrad's destruction) to fight Kirito and company for the final battle.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Unlike Premiere, Tia's eyes are often shown as dull and lifeless, almost grey, which ups her creepiness factor. Shown in special detail after Kirito and Premiere find her after slaughtering some NPCs for their Sacred Stone.
  • Imperfect Ritual: The Great Separation can only be successfully done with both Goddesses. Tia choosing to go through with it alone without Premiere results in a half-formed Aincrad forming in the sky, mainly created from the outermost areas of Ainground where there are isolated ares and missing from the mass populations like the Town of Beginnings.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Ultimately it was all Kirito and his friends' fault for Tia deciding to follow through as Ainground's destroyer, as like Premiere, she's a null NPC and her personality is built up from her own experiences. By constantly displaying nothing but open hostility to Genesis to eventually deleting him from the game world, it ultimately proved to Tia that Genesis' highly negative outlook on life and people to be the correct one.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being one of the focal characters of Hollow Realization and ending things squarely on the heroes' side, Tia is absent from subsequent games despite other game exclusive characters showing up in some form. Notably, she does not return in Fatal Bullet whereas Premiere does.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Due to being 'raised' by Genesis, she develops a completely different personality to Premiere. Tia is far from being an Emotionless Girl with there being a lot of variation in her tone when she speaks, and she inherits Genesis' sociopathic beliefs that the weak must be destroyed.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Once, Tia was no different that Premiere, a null NPC without purpose. Unlike Premiere, who found friends and family among Kirito and company and grew to become a kind and gentle person who would fight for her friends, Tia was found by Genesis and was trained to be a merciless fighter who developed unbreakable loyalty to the one person who meant everything to her to the point she would destroy the world for him.
  • Royal Rapier: Just like Premiere, she uses a rapier in combat, but it wasn't because an officer like Asuna trained her. Later, she casts it aside for a BFS ala Genesis.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In Abyss of the Shrine Maiden, which threw off Kirito, the gang, and even Premiere so much at first they didn't even realize she and the mysterious masked figure were one and the same until she revealed herself.
  • Shock and Awe: Occasionally fires off massive shockwaves of electricity and energy during her second phase.
  • Social Darwinist: Inherited Genesis's beliefs that the strong survive and the weak deserve to perish. It nearly leads her to kill herself after she's defeated and is only barely talked out of it.
  • This Is a Drill: Her Humongous Mecha has two giants drills as its main melee weapons and multiple smaller ones floating around it firing lasers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She went from an NPC with zero combat ability to wiping out parties of high-level players on her own with a BFS.
  • Trap Master: Can laid down traps that unleashes thorn-like growths if stepped on during the first phase of her boss battle.
  • Walking Spoiler: All of those spoiler tags should be enough to indicate that she's very important to the plot of Hollow Realization. She also manages to become this a second time for her role in the Abyss of the Shrine Maiden DLC.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Once she initiates the Great Separation, deciding to destroy Sword Art: Origin out of hatred, her black hair turns silvery-white and stays that way even when she's defeated. After Abyss of the Shrine Maiden, she's grown out of this.


Kyouji Shinkawa / Richter / Spiegel (GGO)

Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese)

A strange player in Sword Art: Origin who began stalking Sinon. Later revealed to be Kyouji Shinkawa.

For his canon self see this page.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the canon plot line he only debuts in the Phantom Bullet arc. In the game adaptation, he shows up in Hollow Realizations, before Gun Gale Online is even introduced.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He's subjected to this in Hollow Realizations as Richter. In canon, he was at least a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing with enough acting skills to make himself seem like a Nice Guy that Shino trusted. In the games he's a full out Stalker with a Crush who thoroughly creeps Sinon out and attempted to destroy her friendship with Kirito and co by exposing her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Amazon Chaser: This much is unchanged from canon, still very much infatuated with Shino due to being fascinated with her being a killer.
  • Beneath the Mask: This is even more prominent here. While in canon, he was able to act perfectly normal most of the time, here he barely holds it together and acts far more unhinged. After he learns Sinon has become more normal through being accepted by her friends, he tries to get the 'real' Sinon back by attacking her. His cursor turns orange showing he's become a Red Player, which he is gleefully proud of and finally understanding what his brother told him about. His face becomes twisted with crazy and he starts screaming like a mad man.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While at first he just comes across as a nervous guy who's friends with Shino in the real world and just doesn't feel comfortable around Kirito and his friends. As the events go on though, it becomes quite clear that he wants Shino to stay by his side only and not-so-subtly threatens Kirito to stay away. He even says Shino's secret about killing the robber with a handgun out loud in front of Kirito despite Sinon practically having a panic attack, and later attacks Sinon in an effort to make her "wake up" and be the "real" her again, becoming an orange player in the process.
  • Call-Forward: Near the end of the game, someone else using his Richter avatar threatens Kirito and promises to come for him. Kirito never pieces together who this is, but the viewers know this must be XaXa.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Far more than his canon self. He not-so-subtly threatens Kirito similarly when Shino's out of earshot (though Kirito, not knowing him well, just thinks he's being way too overprotective). Later, he willingly attacks Sinon and becomes an orange player in an effort to make her "wake up" and fights Kirito when he tries to break it up, but is easily beaten. He also threatens Kirito that his "big brother" will come and kill him for this.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His response to Kirito getting between him and Sinon is to basically threaten that he'll send his brother after him. Though at this point, Kirito doesn't realize that him and XaXa are related.
  • Entitled to Have You: Even more than canon, where he is much more aggressive in his possessiveness over Sinon. He is immensely hostile towards Kirito for being close to Sinon and it even leads him to become a red player.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He acts like a jilted lover whenever he sees Kirito around Sinon and eventually starts making this dislike known right when she's there. He's perfectly willing to kill either him or Shino for it.
  • Hate Sink: Unlike canon, where he is given some redeeming qualities justifying his fall to villainy, his gameverse counterpart has the creep factor amplified and his more altruistic traits removed. Sinon also seems to be outright repulsed by him here without any of her canon self’s sympathy.
  • Loving a Shadow: He loves the cold, distant, and emotionally closed-off version of Sinon, completely unable to comprehend that that is merely a mask she puts up around everyone except Kirito and co. as a method of dealing with her trauma.
  • Mythology Gag: While Fatal Bullet tweaks the Death Gun story to fit into the gameverse, certain scenes from canon make it straight into the game, including Kyouji assaulting Shino at her house.
  • Obviously Evil: Unlike in canon, his Richter avatar makes it a lot more apparent he's not one of the good guys, with him often having a creepy expression on his face and talking in a stalkerish manner.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Shino. She flat-out thinks he's a stalker after learning that he tried to buy info about her from Argo (though she didn't realize it was him at the time and tells him all he had to do was man up and talk to her after she does). Eventually though, she starts getting really disturbed with how much he wants to spend time with her, even if he never attempts anything. Borders on a Villainous Crush when it is revealed he was part of Death Gun all along. It also explains why he was able to conveniently help Shino with her bullies.
  • Yandere: Far more than his canon self, as here he is a full on Stalker with a Crush who antagonizes anyone who so much looks at Sinon.

Introduced in Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight

    Persona Vabel 

Persona Vabel (ALO, Brain Burst)
Twilight Witch
Voiced by: Kanae Itō

A mysterious figure who lives a thousand years in the future and the main antagonist of Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: She very nearly succeeds in erasing her own existence to end her suffering.
  • Alternate Self: Is actually Yui from a thousand years in the future.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Achieving time travel for a series set in modern day Japan with slightly advanced VR technology gets this reaction from most characters.
  • Broken Bird: After hitting a Despair Event Horizon due to her parents dying, Yui becomes the bitter death seeking Persona Vabel who is willing to cause trouble in the past to prevent her own existence.
  • The Chessmaster: Orchestrated the invasion of ALO from 1000 years in the past, manipulated the Accel World characters into doing her bidding, then when they discover the truth she created various obstacles including ghost data copies of Burst Linker Kings to keep them all occupied, all with her end game of kidnapping Yui and making sure she gets erased from existence so that Vabel will have never existed.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The first Gameverse Big Bad to be played fully serious as a Knight of Cerebus, with the game being a great deal Darker and Edgier than previous games and the stakes much higher. She's also one of the more cunning villains who relies on manipulation and long thought out plans, with most of the previous villains relying on raw power. She's also the first instance in the entire franchise of a villain who was one of the heroes turned rogue.
  • Creepy Monotone: Most of her dialogue is said in a flat emotionless tone.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Most of her dialogue is intentionally cryptic and vague, alluding to some sort of Bad Future and keeping her motives in the dark.
  • Dark Is Evil: Dresses in purple and is the villain of Accel World vs Sword Art Online.
  • Death Seeker: After having outlived Kirito and Asuna for several hundred years, she set out to return to past and force the Cardinal system reveal its GM console so she could erase herself from existence rather than live with the pain of outliving for them for all eternity.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She had to watch her "parents" die of old age and live on for centuries afterwards, trying her best to fulfill their dreams before she finally decided to break time and go back to the past to erase herself from existence so she wouldn't have to go through it.
  • Driven to Villainy: All she desires is to end her own existence so she no longer has to continue living on in pain.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Speaks in a very unsettling low voice.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: She traps Yui inside one and keeps it sealed off for a vast portion of the game.
  • Fusion Dance: In the end, rather than leave Vabel behind in the future, Kirito resorts to merging Vabel with the Past Yui and bringing them both back to the present. Although due to the conflict of memories it results in the new Yui getting a memory reset.
  • Foreshadowing: When Klein and Yuuki try to attack her, they are hit a barrier that sends them flying back without depleting any of their HP. This is the same barrier that activates when players hit an Immortal Object, giving away that Persona Vabel is an NPC.
  • Future Badass: She's actually Yui from the future.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: As an MHCP, she is programmed to operate eternally, forbidden from ending her own life and from others ending it for her.
  • It's Personal: The first game villain to do so, directly inflicting harm upon Kirito and Asuna by kidnapping Yui. It becomes all the more personal when it's revealed she is Yui.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Compared to previous video game antagonists who were all Lighter and Softer than the anime, Persona Vabel is never played for laughs and brings about a air of seriousness whenever she shows up. None of the previous antagonists aside from Hollow PoH and Alberich/Sugou gave the stakes of someone's life being on the line, and even they pale in comparison to Vabel. Her reveal that she is a Tragic Villain plays up her seriousness even further.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: She always dons a mask to hide her real identity.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tricked Black Lotus into believing Kirito and Asuna were trying to kill her, in order to make Lotus stall them while she carried out her Evil Plan.
  • Mercy Kill: What she thinks she's doing for her younger self Yui, sparing her the pain of living for centuries without her parents when they inevitably die and leave her behind.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Eventually a heart-to-heart talk with her parents makes her horrified at what she's done and she tries to have them take Yui back in her young pure form and telling them to forget the corrupted version she had become.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: Sword Art Online is set in a semi-scifi setting 20 Minutes into the Future which might be possible one day. Persona Vabel is a being who time traveled from 1000 years in the future. Time travel is way out of the realms of realism, even by the standards of this franchise, which makes her character feel very out of place.
  • Promoted to Playable: Yui has always been an NPC in the games, but Vabel, being a future version of Yui, is playable via DLC.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her entire attire is purple in color.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's not only from over 1000 years in the future, she is over 1000 years old. Having lived for so long all alone with no means of ending her own existence made her hit the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Red Baron: Her title is the "Twilight Witch".
  • She Is All Grown Up: She is actually a version of Yui from 1000 years in the future.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: She illicit sympathy from both the in-universe characters and the out universe players due to being a Tragic Villain Driven to Villainy and the fact she's Yui.
  • Tragic Villain: She's the main antagonistic threat for Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight, but her backstory is absolutely heart-wrenching to both in-universe characters and real world players alike. It's revealed she's a version of Yui from thousands of years in the future, and has hit the Despair Event Horizon due to outliving her parents and is unable to end her own life due to her programming which has led to her living alone in misery for eons.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Back then, she was a kind Yui, after her parents died, not anymore.
  • Vocal Evolution: She's also voiced by Yui's voice actress, but instead using a deeper adult version of Yui's voice.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her role in game especially toward the end of the story.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Has spent a thousand years attempting to realize Kirito and Asuna's dream of a better world where real and virtual worlds coexist peacefully, but as an AI she has since outlived both of them and spent hundreds of years alone.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She tricks Black Lotus into helping her by pretending to be a defenseless NPC under attack from two fairies, leading Black Lotus to fight Kirito and stall him long enough for Vabel to capture Yui.

    Burst Linkers 

(Brain Burst, ALO)
(From left to right) Ash Roller, Sky Raker/Fuko, Cyan Pile/Takuma, Lime Bell/Chiyuri, Black Lotus/Kuroyukihime, Silver Crow/Haruyuki, Metatron (Not featured) Scarlet Rain/Yuniko, Ardor Maiden/Utai, Blood Leopard, Aqua Current/Akira
Brain Burst players from 21 years in the future who traveled to ALO via a portal and joined forces with the SAO gang.

See this page for information about the individual characters.

  • Actor Allusion:
    • The fact that Strea and Black Lotus are both voiced by Sachika Misawa is referenced quite a few times, see the section under Strea above for more details.
    • In Accel World vs Sword Art Online, Haruyuki comments how Niko and Silica have similar sounding voices. In fact they do have the same voice, with both of them being voiced by Rina Hidaka. The two of them consider the possibility that they're related, but end up dismissing this and settle for being 'voice related' instead.
  • Ambiguous Situation: There are several similarities between the two time periods that characters notice and discuss:
    • Whether the Sword Art Online and Accel World time periods are the same timeline or alternate.
    • Kirito and Kuroyukihime possessing Sword Skills with identical names, leading them to wonder where Kuroyukihime's master (Graphite Edge) acquired the skills.
    • Black Lotus' master is Graphite Edge who may or may not be Kirito himself. Kirito notices several similarities between himself and Graphite Edge such as; the swords he uses being similar to his old pair, his Dual Wielding fighting style, being dressed all in black, and his speaking patterns. If you listen closely he even sounds like Yoshitsugu Matsuoka.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • Klein and Ash Roller immediately become best buds, with both of them being the larger than life Boisterous Bruisers. Everyone else is really worried about these two becoming friends.
    • Kirito clicks quite well with Kuroyukihime, with both of them being the defacto leaders of their teams, and both being sword users clad in black. They also find out they both know identically named Sword Skills, hinting at a connection between them.
    • Sinon, Leopard, and Akira form up after a comment from Haruyuki that the three of them would make a great Hit Squad, since they have in their ranks: a sniper, an assassin, and a bodyguard.
    • Leafa and Rin bond over the fact that they both have experiences with older brothers in comas.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • All of the Burst Linkers and the SAO gang are surprised that being in ALO allows them to change to their Network avatar, especially Haruyuki who has his pig avatar again.
    • Chrome Disaster's return in ALO. The Burst Linkers worst nightmare is back and working for Persona Vabel.
    • The SAO characters are on the receiving end of this when Ash Roller's real identity is Rin, a shy little girl. Klein takes it the worst and has passes out from shock.
  • Distaff Counterpart: It becomes very apparent that Kuroyukihime/Black Lotus is meant to be a female Kirito.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Black Lotus makes her first appearance in Lost Song where she somehow hacks and takes over Strea's avatar, before attacking a confused Kirito.
    • Graphite Edge makes his first animated and voiced debut in this game, well before Season 2 of Accel World.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The reason why they switch from their Duel avatars to their Network avatars, as robotic armored players really stand out in the fairy-inhabited ALO.
  • Future Badass: It's strongly teased that Graphite Edge is a future version of Kirito.
  • Kid from the Future: All of them traveled back from 21 years in the future through a portal in the sky.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Several of them clash with the SAO characters.
    • Kirito and Black Lotus fight in their first encounter, after Lotus is manipulated into doing so by Persona Vabel.
    • Kirito gets attacked by Silver Crow after the latter mistakenly believes Black Lotus is in trouble.
    • Leafa and Sinon fight against Sky Raker and Ardor Maiden after mistaking them for NPC enemies.
    • The The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Kirito vs Silver Crow!
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: The virtual world being data allows players to travel through time, be that 20 years or a millennia.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Scarlett Rain is introduced as engaging in a battle against an Evil Knockoff of herself. The Burst Linkers figure out which one is the real Scarlett Rain as one asked for help and the other told them not to intervene, reasoning the real Scarlett Rain would be too prideful to directly ask for help from a rival legion like Nega Nebulus despite their truce.
  • Worthy Opponent: Both Silver Crow and Black Lotus come to see Kirito as this, being awed by his sheer power and skill with a sword.
  • You Remind Me of X:

Introduced in Fatal Bullet

    Player Character / Protagonist 

Player Character (GGO)

Player Character of Fatal Bullet. They were invited into the game by their childhood friend Kureha, and quickly makes a name for themselves when they discover an incredibly rare item practically by dumb luck: An ArFA-sys that immediately registers them as their master.

  • The Ace: The story implies that the player simply never loses any plot fight, ever, and outguns basically everyone that comes after them. It's to the point that they singlehandedly triumph in a five-way fight between Kirito, Sinon, Yuuki, and Kureha, and trounce the ever-escalating threats throughout the DLC story too. Multiple characters remark on this improbable capability, especially given how fresh to the game they were in the first place.
  • Action Girl: If the player is a girl.
  • Achievement In Ignorance:
    • Accidentally activates an ArFA-sys and gets registered as its master. On their first day.
    • It's also one of Itsuki's sore spots about them, in that their Incorruptible Pure Pureness always seems to miss the point of his sarcasm and jokes, and they just press on regardless of logic or circumstance.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is affectionately called "Master" by ArFA-sys.
  • Ambiguously Bi: If you're male, your character gets a bit close to Itsuki in his affinity chats to the point of calling their later meetups dates and letting him rest in their bed with them. The same goes for a female character with Kureha and Zeliska.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Kirito sort of gives the player basics in how to use a Photon Sword to block bullets as well as use a gun with the blade off-screen, but it's implied to mostly be from watching him do it. They figure out much the same from Bazalt Joe in how to wield two of the same gun simultaneously.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Kirito in the true ending, shortly before they presumably wipe out an entire squadron of enemy players together.
  • Born Lucky: Always seems to have the best luck in finding rare items, which other characters constantly bring up.
    • On their first day alone, they get registered as the master of an extremely rare Type-X ArFA-sys unit, gains the attention of GGO top player Kirito, and is given an ultra-rare unimplemented weapon; the Ultra Fiber Gun.
  • Chaste Hero: On one hand, occasional moments of Fanservice can be met with a response that can only be summed up as snarking or being a Covert Pervert; on the other hand, they're implied to be easily flustered and too meek to even accept someone like Zeliska hugging them in bed as they rest, something she teases them about quite a bit. Their reactions to some other bed-side scenes also tend to imply that anything sexual is the last thing they're looking for.
  • Chick Magnet: A few conversations indicate the Player Character also has a knack for attracting girls, much like Kirito. Zeliska even teases the Player that they could end up garnering an Unwanted Harem.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Occasionally a response like this can pop up, sometimes out of being a Deadpan Snarker and other times just quirky responses in general. Like when they're going to be scolded by Asuna for diving into Itsuki's death game without telling anyone, but getting everyone out alive in the Golden Ending anyway, they can respond with..
    "I wouldn't mind being scolded by Angelic Asuna."
  • Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: The first protagonist of a Sword Art Online game that isn't a customized Kirito. Canonically speaking, they also seem to prefer guns, contrasting Kirito's stubborn attachment to swords. This is best seen in the Golden Ending, where they go Guns Akimbo with a pair of TT-30s, back to back with Kirito.
  • Declaration of Protection: Before heading off to confront the alleged threat of Death Gun, the protagonist issues this for either Kureha or Zeliska. Depending on whether or not certain conditions are fulfilled, the one they didn't choose performs a Heroic Sacrifice to protect the player, dying by a Nerve Gear.
  • Determinator: Nothing seems to keep the player down. Not even the risk of death by Nerve Gear, when they're manipulated into wearing one under the threat of friends and family being targeted.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Has very little in the way of personality due to being a Heroic Mime with limited dialogue. In group conversations, other characters either overlook them or always speak for them. While in one-on-one conversations the character who the Player is talking to will generally spend a large duration monologuing unless being offered a direct question where the Player can pick between a few dialogue choices. Though aspects of their personality can be drawn from what others say about them. There are a few things established in their backstory, such as that they are the childhood friend of Kureha, they live in Japan, and that apparently they know how to ride a motorcycle. Given the in-universe mechanics of GGO it is also safe to assume that the Player Character's gender is the same as they are both in GGO and in (the in-game) "real life."
  • Game-Favored Gender: While the player can be a male or female, the writing generally seems to be written with a male protagonist in mind, with very few lines adjusted to compensate. The biggest indication would be the Player being considered a Chick Magnet by others.
  • The Gift: Seems to be naturally talented at GGO, displaying impressive prowess for a newbie. In fact Argo seems to think they are in the same league as Kirito, Asuna, Sinon, and Yuuki at being game prodigies.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: The UFG can serve as a digital one, firing a digitally generated rope to hoist the Player across maps.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Downplayed in that nothing ever truly comes out of it, but beating the game results in an option to either go back in-time just before the end of the SBC Flugel quest or to start over in New Game Plus. Doing the latter even results in certain dialogue options being altered. As Kayaba's will briefly speaks to the Protagonist before all this happens, it's implied that he may have had something to do with it.
  • Guns Akimbo: Can equip two of the same gun after learning the style late in the main quest from Bazalt Joe, allowing them to do this (firing both guns at the same enemy simultaneously). Or...
  • Gun And Sword: They have this option after learning the style from Kirito, pairing a beam sword with a matching handgun.
  • Heroic BSoD: Briefly in the normal endings, in that the death of either Kureha or Zeliska shakes them up significantly and they practically suffered a Near-Death Experience themselves after being betrayed by Itsuki. The implications of their dialogue and mannerisms imply a pretty sharp depression until everyone tries to cheer them up.
    • The worst part is that they performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save the player, because the player wasn't strong enough to hold out with how rough the battle was. It's all too plausible that they may be heavily thinking It's All My Fault and that they weren't strong enough to prevent it, akin to when Kirito had Sachi die right before his eyes due to his own mistake.
  • Heroic Mime: Doesn't speak audibly and most of the time uses gestures to converse. Sometimes you can choose between two or more responses via onscreen text without any audible speech.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Has a customizable name.
  • Informed Attribute: As a Featureless Protagonist, most of what we know about the Player Character and their personality is drawn from statements by others, however they are rarely shown displaying any of those descriptions themselves and remains almost a completely blank slate.
  • Informed Equipment: While the player has the freedom to have the PC use whatever weapons they desire, the player character actually has a canonical weapon loadout. In this case, the Ultimate Fiber Gun or UFG which was a gift from ArFA-sys, an original weapon for the game which has the main function of serving as a Grappling-Hook Pistol. The UFG is essential to the plot and is brought up by characters many times.
    • In the end game cutscenes, however, they specifically wield a Norinco Type 54 "Black Star" pistol. In the true ending, they even specifically use the Black Star Itsuki gave them, the first gun he ever bought in the game, as a personal heirloom of sorts. And by the ending cutscene, they're going Guns Akimbo with them.
  • The Leader: They are made the leader of the squadron comprised of the rest of the main cast.
  • Magnetic Hero: A modest, likable newbie that ends up befriending just about everyone they come across, even players that would normally prefer to stick solo.
  • Naïve Newcomer: As a new player to Gun Gale Online, and VRMMOs in general, they're supposed to echo yourself as someone unfamiliar with the game world. However, they improve on this fairly quickly. Seeing as they take charge of the main group part way through the game, they're also a bit of a time-delayed Rookie Red Ranger.
  • Nice Guy: The player character is inherently a kind-natured person, though they do get occasional Deadpan Snarker moments in their choices.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Several characters have stated the Player reminds them of Kirito. They do indeed have a lot of traits that take after him. Like Kirito, the Player is a Nice Guy/Girl with Chronic Hero Syndrome and will not hesitate to jump to the aid of others in trouble. They are naturally talented and rapidly ascended the game ranks shortly after starting. They even possess their own Unwanted Harem in the form of Kureha, Zeliska, and possibly Rei. Some characters also note that they share Kirito's habit of staring off into space.
  • Only Sane Man: Dialogue implies them to generally be this compared to the antics of Kirito's crew or their ArFA-sys AI companion.
  • Parental Substitute: Is officially the master of ArFA-sys, but their relationship is more like the Player Character teaching and guiding their AI companion.
  • The Quiet One: While audible in gameplay, your character is often fairly quiet in cutscenes unless dialogue options speak up. Kirito himself notes that they tend to stare off into space a bit too much.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Generally plays the blue to Kureha's red, and this can be taken literally by customization to contrast Kureha's reddish-pink color scheme.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: On a New Game Plus, the protagonist shows signs and dialogue tweaks of having been through the plot before.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: They eventually become a leader of a squadron consisting of themselves, Kureha, Itsuki, Zeliska, and as well Kirito and his group of friends.
  • The Stoic: Often fairly straight-faced, regardless of how hardened or gentle they look. Kirito even seems to think they just are sort of staring off into space a bit. But on the other hand..
    • Not So Stoic: They do emote at the beginning of the game in wonder of the VR world around them, and use more generic emote animations in cutscenes occasionally. Affinity conversations often imply they've got a bit of a Cheshire Cat Grin with Kureha's Tsundere habits and denials, or are incredibly dorky with the likes of Itsuki and Zeliska. And then they've got a Grin of Audacity in the true ending cutscene shared with Kirito, right before going to town on the players surrounding them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Just like with any MMO, the player starts out at level 1, and are already surrounded by not only Kureha, but Kirito's entire group of experienced players. By the mid-point of the story, before you're even probably mid-way to level 100, you beat Kirito, Sinon, Yuuki, and Kureha by yourself in a five-way battle royale to become group leader, and by the end you're considered at least one of the top players of the game.
  • Written-In Absence: During the Memory Defrag tie-in promotional quest for Fatal Bullet, most of the Fatal Bullet exclusive characters are present along with Kirito's crew, with the exception of the Player Character (by virtue they couldn't put a customizable character into a mobile game that doesn't offer that feature). Hence In-Universe it's explained that the Player was busy taking care of other business in the real world, while entrusting ArFA-sys to Kureha.
  • Worthy Opponent: Itsuki considers them to be interesting and develops a deep obsession with them.
  • You Remind Me of X: Over half the cast compare the Player Character and Kirito, both offhandedly and as an important kind of notice thing. Even Kirito himself makes this comparison in a private conversation with the player.

    ArFA-sys / "Rei"
Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (male voice1), Hiromu Mineta (male voice2), Yuuki Amaezawa (male voice3)
Natsumi Takamori (female voice1), Yurina Furukawa (female voice2), Marie Miyake (female voice3), Karin Oda (female voice4)
A Type-X ArFA-sys unit that the Protagonist finds in the prologue and becomes their personal assistant. They can fight alongside the Protagonist and assist in managing his/her gaming expenses in GGO. Is nicknamed "Rei" by others.
  • Action Girl: If the player makes ArFA-sys a female.
  • All-Loving Hero: Wishes to be friends with just about everyone she meets.
  • Badass Bookworm: Considering their primary function is to manage the player's in-game finances and allowing them access to the SBC Flügel starship and they are perfectly capable of being a formidable gunfighter in their own right, ArFA-sys is easily this.
  • Benevolent A.I.: A helpful AI android companion for the player character.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT look down on the Protagonist. Every time she feels like someone is doing it Rei gets incredibly annoyed as seen when Zeliska does it. She even explodes into a rant when a random GGO player tries to call the Protagonist out as a cheater.
  • Character Customization: Just as customizable as the Protagonist.
  • Cheerful Child: Gives off the vibe of an ever excited child seeking to have fun.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: A natural airhead.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only applies to Itsuki and Bazalt Joe, who are the only character who refers to them as "ArFA-sys" as opposed to "Rei" which all other characters refer to them by.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Thanks to a complete misinterpretation on her part, Rei fails to realize that in order to first access the SBC Flugel the player and their ArFA-sys unit must approach by themselves without anybody else to accompany them.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Averted. "ArFA-sys" is not an easy to remember acronym and actually priorities what it stands for which is "Artificial Financial Adviser System". This led to other characters nicknaming them Rei.
  • Game-Favored Gender: While ArFA-sys's gender can be customized, story seems to lean more towards them being female. For instance, lots of dialogue still refer to them using the "-chan" honorific even when they are male and characters will call a male ArFA-sys cute.
  • Genki Girl: Their AI personality is set to be excessively cheerful.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: ArFA-sys's hair is customizable to any color.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: ArFA-sys's name can be customized just like the player character. Although their default name is Rei which is also what all other characters refer to them by.
  • Heroic BSoD: The Gatekeeper event that blocks the gang out from entering the ship is, for reasons unknown is "unbeatable". Turns out only the Player Character and the ArFA-sys are supposed to approach initially.
  • In-Series Nickname: Nicknamed "Rei", which means zero in Japanese, after their full ID name: ArFA-sys Type-X 290-00. All voiced dialogue by the other characters in Fatal Bullet will use this nickname for the player's ArFA-sys unit.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Personality-wise, they're only understanding things depending on what others effectively teach them, so their child-like mindset means they really wouldn't understand what something like Fanservice even means. Doesn't stop the player from putting them in a bikini or other provocative gear for the hell of it.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: It's apparent they are a lot less human than other AIs like Yui and Strea, given that they are designed to be an android, having to learn about human emotions before later coming to understand and mimic them.
  • Nice Girl: An All-Loving Hero who is kind and polite to everyone they come across.
  • Non-Player Companion: An AI android companion who serves the player.
  • No Social Skills: They are easily excited and doesn't have a full grasp of human emotions.
  • Pride: ArFA-sys is very proud of the fact they are a Type-X model (a very rare model that is superior to standard models like Type-A and Type-B), and will constantly remind other characters of this fact.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: A realistic-looking one implemented in GGO. They look so real that Silica initially mistook Kureha for ArFA-sys. Their ability to imitate human psyche is also exceptionally impressive, being even able to forget and become confused much like a real human.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Any female ArFA-sys will have this as their default hairstyle.
  • Ship Tease: While one can take the affinity scenes as more of a parent and child kind of thing, it's also entirely plausible to see their words as cases of a Love Confession.
  • What Is This Feeling?: ArFA-sys is slowly learning to understand human emotion, not fully able to grasp all the concepts. They will remark about certain emotions they experience over time such as stating "this must be what happiness feels like".


Momiji Takamine / Kureha (GGO)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

The protagonist's childhood friend, who invites him/her to join in Gun Gale Online and play together. She is somewhat chagrined to discover the protagonist received the ArFA-sys instead of her, but remains by their side nonetheless.

  • Action Girl: A given considering that she's a GGO player.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her belly.
  • Battle Couple: Kureha's insistence aside, she's this with the Protagonist. Kirito even insists that the both of them have better teamwork with one another than he himself does with Asuna and the others. Coming from Kirito, this means something.
  • BFG: Carries around a beam cannon almost as big as she is as her secondary weapon.
  • Big Sister Worship: Although she dislikes living in her shadow, dialogue from Kureha herself makes it clear that loves and admires her older sister.
  • Canon Immigrant: She and Zeliska have a cameo in Alicization Episode 1, where they are seen playing pool in bar together. As proof it is indeed them and not a case of Identical Stranger, Kureha's name is also seen on the 5th BoB rankings.
  • Can't Catch Up: Starts feelings this way towards the Protagonist after they defeat her, Kirito, Sinon, and Yuuki in a five-way battle royal to determine who becomes the leader of their new squadron. It's later taken further once Kureha challenges them to a one-on-one fight and again loses.
  • Childhood Friends: With the Player Character.
  • Evil Knockoff: In a DLC event, enemy ArFA-sys units began appearing that looked like GGO players, with Kureha being one of them. Kureha notices her double dresses and behaves how she used to.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride and Jealousy. Though she's not boastful per say, Kureha is quite prideful of her own skills and strives to prove herself from time to time. Once she invites the Protagonist to play GGO with her however, she starts shows increasing amounts of jealousy towards them as they quickly rise through the ranks of GGO's player base despite being a relative newbie. It eventually comes to ahead once the Protagonist becomes the top player after completing the SBC Flugel quest, wherein her jealousy reaches its peak and drives her to nearly ruin their friendship after she picks a fight and loses.
  • Foil: It's never really brought up much in-game, but she's this to Rain from Lost Song. To note:
    • Both of them are the red-headed heroines of their games. However, whereas Rain only initially knows of Kirito through his reputation and somewhat stalks him and his party before joining up, Kureha has known the Protagonist since they were children and was the one to invite them to play GGO in the first place.
    • Both of them are sisters to a much more talented sibling. However, Rain is an older sister who's filled with nothing but love towards Seven even years after their estrangement whereas Kureha is a younger sister who has a severe inferiority complex towards hers.
    • Both are avid VRMMORPG players. However, whereas Rain is skilled enough to give even someone like Kirito a hard time, Kureha is much less so which causes her no end of grief when the Protagonist starts to overshadow her despite being a newbie.
  • Freudian Excuse: Much of Kureha's personal flaws stems from having lived so long in the shadow of her much more talented older sister. This results in her acting stand-offish and prideful towards the Protagonist more than once, though she's quick to realize this and apologizes whenever it pops up.
  • Genki Girl: Downplayed compared to Rei, but she's generally quite cheerful and friendly.
  • Girls with Guns: A female player of a shoot-em-up VRMMO.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards the Protagonist for their innate talent and luck at playing GGO.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes to go along with the fact she's a Nice Girl.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Strives to become a Top Player in GGO just for the sake of having something to her name that her very talented older sister doesn't.
  • Meaningful Name: Her in-game name is Alternate Character Reading of her given name's kanji (紅葉).
  • Ms. Exposition: She largely serves as a tutorial for the player early in the game.
  • Nice Girl: Quite friendly with just about every character in-game.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her attire is predominantly pink.
  • Red-Headed Hero: A redheaded Action Girl and a major character in Fatal Bullet.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Despite everyone's belief that the two of them are dating, Kureha is insistent that she and the Player Character are just friends and nothing more.
  • Ship Tease: With the Protagonist. Their close bond is brought up by other characters who believe them to be a couple. And despite Kureha's repeated insistence otherwise, it's made rather evident during her affinity scenes that she thinks of the Protagonist as more than just a simple old friend.
  • Stepford Smiler: Despite normally upbeat behavior it's made clear that Kureha suffers from severe self-esteem issues after having lived in her sister's shadow for so long. She even admits that she doesn't want the Protagonist to meet her in real life because of how different she perceives herself to act compared to in-game.
  • Suicide by Cop: Downplayed. She's not out to intentionally end her life, but when faced with the threat of Death Gun she's quick to volunteer herself out of the belief that no one would miss her if she were to die which basically implies this trope.
  • Tsundere: A strong case of this towards the Player Character; usually Kureha's more on the dere side with a bit of spunk, but the moment the PC starts acting nice towards her or gets worried, she tries to brush it off, sometimes rather roughly with the tsun side. Even raising her affinity just makes the dere side come out more often with plenty of tsun along the way.
  • The Unfavorite: Kureha believes herself to be this in contrast to her talented older sister. How much of it is true however is dependent on player interpretation as none of her family makes an appearance during the game itself.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Constantly on the receiving end of this from the Protagonist and Zeliska as both strive to let Kureha know that she's already special enough the way she is.


Midoriko Hoshiyama / Zeliska (GGO)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

A renowned solo player of GGO known as the Uncrowned Queen. She is knowledgeable when it comes to the ArFA-sys units in the game and acts as an older sister figure towards other players.

  • Action Girl: Zeliska kicks ass in GGO, as seen in the game when she takes on Automatons by herself.
  • BFG: Uses a PKM machine gun as her primary.
  • The Ace: Is a GGO player who's gaining more popularity because of her experience.
  • Arms and Armor Theme Naming: The Pfeifer-Zeliska is an Austrian heavy revolver chambered in .600 Nitro Express.
  • Boobs of Steel: One of the bustiest characters in the game, next to Leafa and Strea. She's also a notoriously competent solo player that is considered to be in the top tiers.
  • Cool Big Sis: She looks and acts noticeably older than most of the other cast, and often comforts or looks out for younger players like Kureha or any of Kirito's friends.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She didn't expect Lievre to be so dedicated to their master's plans that they would overclock their systems and stay that way. Considering Zeliska coins herself as a bit of an ArFA-sys maniac that doesn't ever want to see them get harmed, this floors her.
  • Everyone Can See It: Inverted. Zeliska is immediately able to see Lisbeth and Silica's crushes on Kirito, despite their insistent denials.
  • Evil Knockoff: In a DLC event, enemy ArFA-sys units began appearing that looked like GGO players, with Zeliska being one of them. Zeliska notices her double dresses and behaves how she used to.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Zeliska's outfit is basically a mishmash of Fanservice tropes and doesn't leave a whole lot to the imagination.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the ending where she dies, as her HP hits zero, she smiles to the Player Character and tells them to keep living as she disappears.
  • Invisibility Cloak: The Player and ArFA-sys find an item that is able to grant the wearer invisibility. However the problem is it's very revealing. Zeliska agrees to wear it and has a lot of fun at being invisible, until she finds out the effects of the item are temporary.
  • Mysterious Stranger: Nothing is known about her, aside from her GGO background.
  • Mystical White Hair: Has white hair that goes well with her Mysterious Past.
  • Oh, Crap!: In one of her affinity scenes mentioned in Invisibility Cloak, the protagonist gets her a piece of cloaking gear that's meant to be more effective than usual. Naturally Finagle's Law applies, the suit runs out, and Zeliska appears in a skintight bodysuit and bikini unaware that they can actually see her until it's too late. You can admit to it or snark about it.
    Player Character: Nice bod, Zeliska.
    Zeliska: NOOOOOOOOO!!
  • Overprotective Mom: Towards Daisy. She dislikes the idea of her going out into battle and always wants to make sure that she's safe from people who may wish to take advantage of her as well.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Complains about having one of these, to the point that she outright states that she wishes she could just shove a live grenade in his mouth. Ironically, said boss happens to be in GGO himself as Taipan, who is essentially Itsuki's lackey.
  • Red Baron: The "Uncrowned Queen", referring to her unofficial status as a top-of-the-game solo player.
  • The Reveal: At the end of the game she reveals she's an employee for Zeskar, the company that runs GGO. However, she's just a humble programmer who happens to work under Taipan.
  • The Tease: Her affinity scenes where she shares the bed with the Player Character has her utterly finding it adorable how meek they are about the idea of someone hugging them in bed, although she still tries to coax them so that she has something warm to hug.
  • Totally Radical: Occasionally uses old net lingo phrases, like being "hit in the feels," or outright calling Itsuki a Troll. Notably, despite a lot of characters commonly using text emotes in e-mails, she's the only character that actually uses phrases like this.
  • Vague Age: Neither the story nor her affinity events really go into how old she is, just that she has a desk job of some sort as a programmer for GGO. Eventually averted in May 2019 when the Japanese game website published a profile for her that put her at 25 years old born on May 6th.


Sai Yukitsugu / Itsuki (GGO)
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki

A high-ranking player in Gun Gale Online who quickly becomes interested in the Protagonist during their first day in GGO. Often jokes to mess with the people around him.

  • Accidental Murder: Of either Kureha or Zeliska in the normal endings. Accidental in the sense that he never intended to murder either of them and that he actually left it up to Taipan on who to deliver the stolen NerveGear units to.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Even after his Jerkass Realization, he still holds shades of this. In private moments he hints at a more sinister side with ulterior motives, such as implications that he's deceiving the Player Character. Sure enough, he's revealed to be the Big Bad of the finale's Death Game scenario.
  • Big Bad: Notably, he makes himself this where there simply wasn't one previously, and only at the very end of the game while Death Gun is being dealt with by Kirito and Sinon.
  • Big Bad Friend: Even before his Face–Heel Turn he tries to steer the Protagonist into becoming a person similar to him with methods such as blatantly leading them into a trap during the squadron's exploration of SBC Flugel. Itsuki only fails thanks to the Protagonist being The Pollyanna.
  • Blatant Lies: In a DLC event where imposter ArFA-sys start showing up that have copied the appearance and behavior of GGO players' old data. Kureha and Zeliska notice that their clones look and act exactly how they used to. However Itsuki sees his double being all nice and wanting friends, and adamantly denies ever acting like that. Everyone sees right through Itsuki's act, until finally the Player Character gets him to admit it.
  • Born Unlucky: By his own admission, he has the worst luck in finding rare items.
  • Broken Tears: Incredibly downplayed, but when the Player Character effectively expresses a case of Love You and Everybody for the whole squadron as True Companions. Itsuki suddenly has his left eye start crying, unable to hide his emotions in real life as he both realizes that the player is not only his most precious person in the world at this moment in time, but they also see him in equal light with everyone else. Which doesn't sit well with Itsuki. Minutes later, he voluntarily becomes the Big Bad.
  • Canon Immigrant: His name gets a brief mention in the anime continuity as shown briefly in episode 1 of the Alicization Arc where he's in the Top 10 of the 5th BoB.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: After his plans to keep the Protagonist all to himself falls apart, he decides to reveal himself to them and openly announces that he's the villain to the Protagonist's hero.
  • Chick Magnet: Has his own fanclub of girls pursuing him. He's not really amused to be this.
  • Crazy-Prepared: None of his contacts knows anything about him in real life, due to him mixing up all his personal details and giving different accounts to everyone. Itsuki also never logged in from home so even his access location can't be used to track him.
  • Entitled to Have You: In a weird sort of non-sexual way towards the Protagonist. In Itsuki's eyes, they made life interesting for him again after years of boredom, and by the ending he even resorts to putting them into a Death Game scenario to make them believe he's the only one that they can count on and no one else.
  • Evil Knockoff: In a DLC event, enemy ArFA-sys units began appearing that looked like GGO players, with Itsuki being one of them. While he denies it behaves anything like him, he eventually confesses it's how he was when he just started playing GGO.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Pulls this around the time the SBC Flugel quest is completed. What fully cements his descent into villainy however is when the Protagonist affirms their love for everyone and not just him, driving Itsuki over the edge.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Even when he turns evil he still manages to keep up his politeness especially towards the Protagonist.
  • Foil: Has an almost opposite scenario to Seven. Both were introduced as another addition to Kirito's circle of friends before being revealed to secretly be the Big Bad. However while Seven was showered with fame and expectations which had a detrimental effect on her psyche leading to her villainy, Itsuki lived a reclusive, secretive life and it was his boredom that led him to pursue the Player Character who he found interesting before ultimately orchestrating his Evil Plan to have them all to himself. Plus, while Seven genuinely desired companionship and was able to be brought back to reality, Itsuki only pretended to be friendly and is truly a sociopath at heart. But most importantly Seven had a Heel–Face Turn after realizing the error of her ways, while Itsuki chose to be the Big Bad when there previously wasn't one.
  • Gay Option: He, and later Eugeo after he was added to Fatal Bullet, are the only males of the main character's bedtime companions, so this trope applies if the player uses a male main character.
  • I Hate Past Me: A rare non-time travel version. In a DLC event where ArFA-sys that copy the appearance and behavior of GGO players using old data, Itsuki is disgusted to see his counterpart acting like his past self who was cheerful and wanted to make friends. He's so thoroughly repulsed by his past self that he adamantly denies the ArFA-sys is anything like him, until much probing finally makes him confess.
  • Jerkass: As polite as Itsuki can be, he's also quite rude and dismissive especially towards those he deems not worth his time. The only real exception to this would be the Protagonist, but even then he acts like a Troll towards them more than once.
  • Karma Houdini: In the normal ending(s), he gets either Kureha or Zeliska killed by a NerveGear after one of them suffers a Heroic Sacrifice against Taipan's boss creation and then runs off with no real conclusion as to what happened to him. The True Ending still lets him get away, but his plans are in complete failure and the Protagonist effectively proves themselves to be on the moral high ground, making Itsuki's escape more of a loose end than a Pyrrhic Victory given that the police are on the search for him.
  • Mexican Stand Off: With the Protagonist in the True Ending, complete with Gunpoint Banter where Itsuki tries to goad them into shooting him, noting that doing so would kill him as he's also wearing the second NerveGear unit himself.
  • Mysterious Past: No one knows anything about Itsuki's real life, and he isn't exactly truthful about what he does tell folks. However, his affinity scenes imply that wherever he lives was probably hellish compared to an average person's life, as he envies the Player Character in that regard. Constant jokes about being a criminal of some sort combined with his actions could mean he's perhaps someone that grew up in slums or even a warzone; it's telling that he specifically calls where he lives a "desolate wasteland".
  • The Reveal: The Death Game scenario that he, the Protagonist, Kureha, and Zeliska end up going through? All thanks to Itsuki and Taipan pulling the strings, though Itsuki admits it was mostly the latter doing the heavy work.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Has this dynamic with Zeliska. Itsuki cannot stand being in the same room as her and most of his dialogue with her has him acting Passive Aggressively towards her. Zeliska for her part takes it in stride is more amused than anything at his attitude.
  • Schrödinger's Gun: Of the four NerveGear units given to the Protagonist, Kureha, Zeliska, and Itsuki, only two of them were actually real. One goes the Protagonist themselves, while the other goes to either Kureha or Zeliska in the normal endings, or to Itsuki himself in the True Ending.
  • The Sociopath: His affinity conversations and dialogue throughout the game imply that he doesn't really understand people, nor do they understand him, creating a sort of emotional gap. Thankfully though he's only a mild mannered jerk. About the only person he really connects with is the Protagonist. However, his relationship with them only serves to worsen Itsuki's faults as he develops an obsession with them and ends up turning him into the Big Bad of the finale.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: While no one forgives him for his heinous actions, other characters do feel sorry for the emotional dilemma he's in and how he's exiled himself to be eternally alone.
  • Troll: Loves completely tossing around all sorts of contradictory implications about his life, just to screw with people around him and especially the hordes of fangirls that can turn one little lie into an embellished story.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Who would have thought that at one point, lone-wolf pretty-boy Itsuki wanted nothing more than to make friends and have fun? Itsuki is ashamed of his past.
  • Walking Spoiler: As the laundry list of spoilers indicates, Itsuki's role is a lot more extensive than one may think at first glance. What's not tagged as spoilers are mostly things prior to The Reveal.
  • Yandere: By the end of the game he jumps the shark and reveals that he's specifically obsessed with the Protagonist and how they should only treat him as a close friend. In the normal endings, he's totally fine with Kureha or Zeliska being killed for getting in the way of this - but in the Golden Ending, the protagonist shuts his death game attempt down and yet refuses to kill him for it. Evil Cannot Comprehend Good ensues, before everyone's forced to log out and he makes his escape.

Zeliska's own personal ArFA-sys who follows her around and assists her. Like Rei, she's a rare Type-X model. But unlike Rei, she's far less clumsy and more serious minded.
  • Birds of a Feather: Becomes fast friends with the Player's ArFA-sys.
  • Brutal Honesty: Puts no filter on the problems she has with Zeliska, but at the same time showing she's concerned with about her wellbeing.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her overall appearance evokes this image, taken further during one of Zeliska's affinity events where the end up wearing dresses.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: She wears an elaborate eye-patch over one eye.
  • Literal-Minded: She avoids metaphors when speaking.
  • Minor Major Character: Daisy has a unique design, role, and emphasis as the same ultra-rare model of ArFA-sys as Rei, which means she's an integral method of access to the special Flügel event going down - but aside from helping the main cast as a support character outside of battle, she doesn't really get much to do which was invoked by her master. Technically speaking, she even does less than Yui, and she doesn't even get Affinity scenes, her personal arc being confined to Zeliska's events. Story-wise, Daisy mostly exists to contrast Rei's more proactive role and Character Development, and to give Zeliska a personal stake and reason to be in the ArFA-sys storyline. She does play more of a role in the DLC stories, but for the most part she remains on the sidelines.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her attempts to overload Lievre ends up causing the latter to overclock their systems, making them even more dangerous (albeit also damaging to their own systems.)
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Being an ArFA-sys has its traits. Like Rei, she's also a Type-X which gives her a distinct personality compared to standard models.
  • Robo Speak: Has a very literal and mechanical speech pattern.
  • Super Senses: Possesses very advanced detection and can locate hidden enemies.

    Taipan (SPOILERS) 
A bespectacled squadronmate of Itsuki who accompanies him and also 2nd-in-command of Alphard. It turns out there's more to him than meets the eye at first glance.
  • Bad Boss: So much that his employee wishes she could blow him up. See Pointy-Haired Boss below.
  • The Dragon: Itsuki is the Big Bad, and Taipan helps him with his nefarious scheme.
  • Dub Name Change: He is referred to as "Python" in the Japanese version, but in the English translation "Taipan" is used instead.
  • Game Master: As it turns out he's one of the admins of GGO in real life. He also turns into a Killer Game-Master as Taipan himself, along with Itsuki, is responsible of stealing and distributing NerveGear units to the Original Generation main cast of Fatal Bullet, putting them a Death Game situation like SAO. He's not as big as Kayaba though, since only two people selected at random have a chance of being brain-cooked (due to them having received the genuine NVG.
  • Minor Major Character: While he has a unique appearance and personality, he almost never appears separate from Itsuki, but he's the primary reason Itsuki can pull his Face–Heel Turn and the finale's death game in the first place.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: He's actually the superior to Zeliska, but from how she wishes to shove a grenade in his mouth, he's a real Bad Boss.

    Bazalt Joe 
A burly yet gentle player in Gun Gale Online. He prevents the Protagonist and Rei from being taken advantage of during their early days in GGO, but later on ends up challenging them several times for ownership of Rei.
  • Anger Born of Worry: An interesting case, because it is anger on behalf of the Player Character. One of Joe's party banter lines is to chastise Rei for their clumsiness and risking getting themselves hurt, which could hurt the Player. Of course, given his own friendship with Rei, it is just as much a thinly-veiled statement that he would worry as well.
  • Arms and Armor Theme Naming: Bazalt is the Russian company that manufactures the RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launcher.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After he joins the squadron and you raise his affinity, he opens up a bit, revealing that he is a retired police officer from a small out-of-the-way town. His patrol car had an A.I. installed in it that acted very similar to the main character's ArFA-sys, which Joe considered his "partner." During a high speed chase he was forced to ram his car into the suspect's vehicle to stop them, but the crash destroyed the A.I. and the police station's I.T. department could not roll back or salvage it. Heartbroken over his partner's death, he erected a memorial to the A.I. in GGO on an isolated part of the map, which eventually grew as other players put up memorials for "deceased" A.I.'s, eventually forming the Data Grave.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: It takes a while, but after the third duel, he finally joins the player's party.
  • Gentle Giant: Is about the size of Agil, is said to be a nice guy, and will protect the main character's ArFA-sys at all costs. That being said, it doesn't seem to stop him from challenging the main character for his ArFA-sys at various points during the game.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: He really wants the player's ArFA-sys for himself, challenging them to duels repeatedly. Story-wise he and his squadron members are this, but gameplay-wise they'll probably eviscerate first-time players due to them spawning directly infront of you and blasting you away.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • He's very jealous of Kirito for being a sword wielder and being surrounded by girls.
    • He was also envious of the Player Character for having an ArFA-sys and made numerous attempts at beating the Player and getting ArFA-sys for himself.
  • Guns Akimbo: Carries two light machineguns as his primary weapons and is more than ready to roll over your face if you underestimate him in a fight. Besting him on the third duel grants the Player Character the ability to do this too, so long as they have at least double the stat requirements of a weapon and it isn't a gatling gun, sniper rifle or sword.
  • Hidden Depths: At first he seems like a stubborn and obsessive player who is bent on taking the protagonist's ArFA-sys from them, but as mentioned in his Dark and Troubled Past entry, he is a former cop who deeply mourns the loss of his A.I. partner from his police days. The player's ArFA-sys reminds him of his old partner, which is why he is so intent on obtaining them for himself. His later dialogue after befriending him also reveals his protective nature, such as when he chides the ArFA-sys for being clumsy on the basis that they could hurt themselves and worry the protagonist.
  • Leitmotif: A very distinctive guitar riff.
  • Nice Guy: He may be ready to challenge the player to duels to take their ArFA-sys, but he makes sure the terms are entirely fair and agreeable, and as it turns out he treats the AI like a genuine friend rather than any sort of rude or mean individual. Once he's befriended, he's also quite a pleasant person, if not a bit gung-ho and hard-headed.
  • Pet the Dog: He prevents the Player and ArFA-sys from getting ripped off by a conman who targets newbies.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It turns out that Joe was actually a police officer in real life, and worked with vehicles that had AI systems. The player's ArFA-sys happens to have an identical personality to his old 'partner', who he bonded with particularly closely despite the other members of the force hating the vehicles, but his attempts to ram a criminal to stop a car chase ended up destroying the AI. Thus he seeks to gain the ArFA-sys to fill the gap, in a sense; with the rest of his actions in mind, it implies he sees a surrogate daughter/son in them.

    Lievre (SPOILERS) 


Voiced by: Akari Kitou

A mysterious ArFA-sys who appears before the Protagonist and their friends during the first three episodes of the Fatal Bullet DLC storyline. Initially presenting herself as someone who looks exactly like Rei, she's quickly revealed to be an even rarer Type-Z model and the main antagonist responsible for the impostor ArFA-sys incidents.

  • Arc Villain: Of the first three Fatal Bullet DLC storyline episodes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretended to be Rei in order to get close to players, offering them hot scoops before she goes for a handshake and steals their player data.
  • Determinator: Lievre truly stops at nothing to fulfill the mission her master set for her, even going so far as to completely disable her limiter and burn her AI up if it meant succeeding.
  • The Dragon: She's the main villain in the Fatal Bullet DLC storyline, but it's established that she has a master who gave her orders that she is carrying out. Turns out, that master was Subtilizer from the Alicization arc.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rei, who is an ArFA-sys who became renowned for forging close bonds with humans and wishes to understand them better, while Lievre seeks to sever those ties by helping her master destroy SBC Glocken.
  • Fantastic Racism: Looks down on humans and on earlier ArFA-sys units such as Rei and Daisy. As a Type-Z model, she believes herself to be superior to both.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She loves to feign politeness by showering her enemies with praise just to further mess with them.
  • Giggling Villain: Her Evil Laugh is comprised of an unsettling giggle.
  • The Heavy: Of the Fatal Bullet DLC storyline. She's revealed to be the one behind all the imposter ArFA-sys mysteriously showing up in GGO. However she's not actually the mastermind as she's also acting on behalf of her master. Said master turns out to be Subtilizer.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Averted, as she bluntly tells the cast that she will eventually fulfill her mission to destroy Glocken, even after being rescued and treated by them. That said, Lievre's is not completely unappreciative: She assists Kirito to properly bring back Sachi, provides information on the new dungeon in Mask of the Abyss, and even offers the protagonist accomodation on the SBC Flügel should he/she ever need a place away from the hustle and bustle of Glocken.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks identical to Rei and even acts in a similar fashion to her. This is later revealed to eb all an act just so she could get close to the people that Rei is close with including the Protagonist.
  • Laughably Evil: She may be vile to the core, but she's so childish and hilarious, dotting on the boss monsters she summons as being cute.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She would pose as Rei and approach players to give them hot scoops on quest info to get them to trust her. She then goes for handshakes in a business like manner, which she was really using to acquire their player data. Her Evil Plan also involves removing the Glocken's safe-zone features so players would go PKing each other and destroy the city in the process.
  • Smug Super: Once her true colors are revealed, she's shown to be immensely arrogant, endlessly boasting how she's a superior Type-Z model and is "special" compared to everyone else. She mocks all of her opponents for being unintelligent and inferior, constantly toying with them and how powerless they are to stop her.
  • Super Mode: She has the ability to disable her limiter, which gives her access to much greater power. It also changes her appearance from tanned skin and blue clothes to pale skin and orange clothes. With her limiter fully disabled, her clothes turn magenta and red while starting to glow, while her irises have turned pink and her sclera pitch-black.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Zeliska and Rei are extremely concerned with Lievre's safety on disabling her limiter, even going so far as to save her when she burns her AI up and very nearly destroys herself.
  • Troll: She loves to mess with her enemies, often times pretending she's been outsmarted or beaten, only to reveal shortly afterwards she was faking it just to toy with the heroes.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Despite being full of herself and confident the humans did not have the slightest chance of stopping her from destroying Glocken, they still prevail. She then breaks down over a combination of her failure to carry out her master's missions, along with her fully disabled limiter burning her AI programming out. Only timely intervention from Daisy manages to shut her down before she's completely gone, and puts her into self-repair mode.

Introduced in Alicization Lycoris

    Medina Orthinanos 
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    Medina's Fiance 
Medina's fiance, who her father set her up with to help their financial woes before his death.

  • Arranged Marriage: With Medina, something he's not exactly happy about due to her status as a "defect", and takes advantage of to torment and abuse her with no repercussions in retaliation. He later uses Medina's decision to take care of a cat without his permission as an excuse to call off the marriage, but not before murdering the cat out of spite.
  • Hate Sink: Like Raios and Humbert, all of his actions are for the sake of garnering the hatred of the players.
  • Jerkass: Well, what do you expect from nobility at this point?
  • Kick the Dog: So many times, to the point that he'd probably make Raios and Humbert look like saints if it wasn't for them trying to rape Ronye and Tiese.
    • There's his general treatment of Medina in outrage of being betrothed to a "defect", which is uncomfortably reminiscent of actual Domestic Abuse.
    • At some point, a bunch of posters badmouthing the Orthinanos family appear on the bulletin boards across the Swordcraft Academy, and he expresses outrage at Medina for it in response and orders her to take them all down. However after she leaves to do so, he then reveals to his mistress that he's the one who planted the posters to humiliate Medina and then used them as an excuse to berate and even slap her.
    • Cat in this case. Despite the fact he could have simply called off the engagement with Medina due to her caring for a cat against without asking him, he opts to go the extra mile and outright murder the cat, rub it in her face, and then break off the engagement.
  • Straw Hypocrite: He constantly gripes about his Arranged Marriage to Medina and that he despises her for it, upset at the prospect at marrying a "defect". Despite this, he constantly uses said arrangement to abuse her with no repercussions and uses it to deter people like Kirito from getting in his way by threatening to call off the marriage.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He's basically Raios and Humbert, only instead of Kirito and Eugeo he spends his time tormenting Medina, the "defect" he's being forced to marry.

Voiced by: Herself

Yes, ReoNa herself is a playable character in Lyrocis. She shows up after the game gets a 1.03 patch update.