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Introduced in Infinity Moment

    Strea 

Strea (SAO, ALO, SA:O, GGO)

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Click here to see Strea in Lost Song 
Click here to see Strea in Hollow Realization 
Voiced by: Sachika Misawa (Japanese)

An unknown player who started tailing Kirito after the events of the 75th Floor's boss fight. First appeared in Infinity Moment.


  • The Ace: Her Hiding skills can elude Kirito and she is one of the strongest in the raid team.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In Lost Song, Strea's avatar gets taken over by Black Lotus. Both of them are voiced by Sachika Misawa.
    • In Accel World VS Sword Art Online, during a "Say is Strea" segment, Strea is able to perfectly imitate Kuroyukihime's voice.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: As an AI, she has No Sense of Personal Space and has a profound memory loss.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: She's a Mental Health Counseling Program like Yui. The glitches in SAO are because of her overloading due to being unable to help the players like Yui.
  • Artificial Intelligence: She's a Mental Health Counseling Program, just like Yui, who even considers Strea to be her little sister.
  • Bandage Babe: In ALO, she sports two bandages on the side of her face as part of her Gnome avatar.
  • Beauty Mark: Has two moles on her left breast. Yes, they are actual moles and not some random artist choice.
  • BFS: Primarily uses a 2-handed sword in Infinity Moment & Hollow Fragment, but in Lost Song she can also use Axe and Spear.
  • BFG: In Fatal Bullet she, along with Agil, serve as heavy weapons specialists among the recruit-able cast. Both of their weapon loadouts consist of a gatling gun and a rocket launcher.
  • The Big Gal: She's so dammed strong, yet she's also very immature. So in essence, she can be very useful in battle, but also a handful to manage socially. Appropriately her Weapon of Choice in Fatal Bullet is a rocket launcher.
  • Big Little Sister: She is technically Yui's little sister, as they were derived from the same source code, however Yui has the appearance of a young child while Strea looks fully developed. One time Strea even comments that out of the two of them, people would think she's the big sister. But for the other variation of this trope, Yui does act more maturely than the impulsive Strea.
  • Bi the Way: During a party game in which she requested a kiss from Kirito, Asuna demanded Strea kiss her instead. Strea has absolutely no problem complying with her demands, and from everyone's reactions she goes at it with the same enthusiasm she gives to giving hugs.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Yuuki, a fellow Genki Girl. Their enthusiasm and go-lucky attitude practically rebound off each other.
  • Big Breast Pride: Strea is extremely proud of how large her bust is and is all too eager to show it off.
  • Big Eater: Often shows herself to have a large appetite, especially when it comes to the subject of meat. In Hollow Realization, one of the events is her enthusiastically taking a quest in which the reward was "a ton of meat".
  • Boobs of Steel: Is probably the most-stacked female protagonist (with a size rivaling and potentially surpassing Suguha) and she uses a 2-handed sword and has one of the highest HP counts among the players.
  • Brains and Brawn: She's the brawn to Yui's brains, being The Big Gal on the team while Yui is the informant.
  • Broken Ace: A literal case due to her origins as a Mental Health Counseling Program. She's one of the stronger SAO players, but she's been corrupted by all the players' negative motions to the degree that the events of Hollow Fragment happen due to them finally overloading her and causing all the glitches in SAO.
  • Cleavage Window: In Hollow Fragment and Hollow Realization, but averted in Lost Song courtesy of a breastplate. Very noticeable given the size of her chest.
  • Cloning Blues: In trying to save the real Strea using a test in the Hollow Area, Kirito and Yui encounter a Hollow Strea who was brought in as the next closest thing. Yui gets the idea to swap the data of the Hollow Strea with the real Strea, but is very hesitant to do so as that would mean subjecting Hollow Strea to what the real Strea was going through. However Hollow Strea herself volunteers to save the real Strea. Despite this, Kirito vows to save the Hollow Strea to, considering her a real friend despite being a copy.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Played with. In Hollow Fragment when she and the girls have a cooking contest to see who cold prepare the best meal from Kirito's S-Class ingredient, Strea's attempt had her making a mound of unnameable slop where even she wasn't sure what it was supposed to be. However Kirito tries it and is impressed by it, calling it a culinary revolution.
  • Crutch Character: Can start out this way as her weapon is actually meant to do more damage to bosses and she's around Kirito and Asuna's level. And there's also the fact that she isn't always available, especially after Floor 95 is reached.
  • Cuddle Bug: She loves giving hugs, especially to Kirito. Expect them to be spontaneous and catching others by surprise. At the 90th Floor Party, she thanks everyone by crushing them with very painful hugs.
  • Daddy's Girl: She possibly said it as a joke, but in both Lost Song and Hollow Realization she comes to the thought that since Yui's her big sister and Kirito's Yui's father, that would make her his daughter as well; she even calls him "Daddy" soon after saying this. Subsequent games have her constantly calling Kirito "Daddy" and it appears she genuinely thinks of him that way, she even considers Asuna her Mommy and says they're family.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She acts like a child, but she's incredibly strong. This along with the fact she loves giving hugs make for a deadly combination to her friends.
  • The Empath: Like Yui, she was designed to serve as AI counselor, but she got corrupted from experiencing all the players' negative emotions.
  • The Fashionista: Has quite decent sewing skills which she often uses to make outfits for the girls.
    • In Lost Song, she made lingerie for herself and Asuna in one event, different school uniforms for the other girls, while dressing herself as a teacher.
    • In Millenium Twilight, she made a machine that auto-generates costumes for all the girls.
  • Fun Personified: She embodies the "life of the party" even more than Klein does. Strea is so eternally happy that her friends want her there to lift everyone's spirits.
  • Fusion Dance: She ends up fusing with the Hollow Avatar when Sugou inflicts incurable poison on her. Later, Yui absorbs her data in the hopes of someday restoring her.
    • Subverted if you do a specific quest exclusive to Re: Hollow Fragment where you can get her back after the event with Sugou, causing the Hollow Avatar to fuse with a Hollow Clone of herself instead.
  • The Gadfly: It becomes hard to tell at times how much of it is her intentionally messing with Kirito for the fun or it and how often she's being Innocently Insensitive. But nonetheless, around her there's a high chance Kirito is in for trouble.
  • Genki Girl: She's very enthusiastic in anything she does. It highlights her childish nature.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She's shown with a lot of toys in her room at an inn. In Hollow Realizations, her Pillow Talk scenes also have her sleeping with a teddy bear.
  • The Heart: Aside from how physically strong she is, this is Strea's main contribution to the team. Due to her nature as a Mental Health Counseling Program AI, she's always conscious of other's feelings and wants nothing more than all her friends to be happy, even if her methods of doing so are quite unorthodox and lead to embarrassment or pain on the receiver's end.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: After regaining her memories, she wants to prevent the world from getting destroyed, which pits her against Kirito and the raid team. She later performs a Heroic Sacrifice for Kirito and takes away Sugou's GM privileges, only to merge with the original Final Boss.
    • If you're playing Re: Hollow Fragment, the door revolves one more time through an additional quest where you can free her from the Final Boss by having a Hollow Clone of herself be merged with it in her place, allowing you to use her in the last battle.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She takes the sword for Kirito, much like Asuna did in the canon series. Only Strea does so against Sugou and gets stabbed with an Infinity +1 Sword that slowly drains her HP.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Firmly believes that her boobs can achieve anything and that they give pleasure to any guy, especially Kirito.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl:
    • One time she very nearly takes off her clothes in public after feeling sweaty and hot. She's unable to understand there is anything wrong with this and expected Kirito to do the same. Kirito had to distract her out of going through with it.
    • Another time in Accel World VS Sword Art Online, Strea mysteriously finds she's become heavier, so to lighten up she takes off all of her gear, to which Kirito has to discipline her like a father and make her put her clothes back on.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's an AI about the same age as Yui, and lacks understanding about things like personal space, societal conventions, and taboos. Often Played for Laughs.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Inverted. It's Strea who sees Kirito as her daddy, whether he wants it or not.
  • Male Gaze: Her outfits leave little to the imagination and she's not shy about it at all. In fact she's the only girl who will insist Kirtio check her out rather than telling him to look away when she's wearing something revealing.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Loves putting Kirito through this.
  • Mood-Swinger: She can switch from distressed to cheery in mere moments.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She has Boobs of Steel, a Stripperific outfit that shows off her body quite well, and can be quite The Tease at times. In Hollow Realization, Bare Your Midriff gets added into the mix.
  • Mysterious Past: It took a very long time for her true origins to come out. Whenever Kirito tried to uncover her past, she would skirt around the question, changing the subject or bailing off. Kirito was originally under the impression she's an ordinary player, before finding out much later on that she's an AI serving as a MHCP much like Yui.
  • No Social Skills: Asuna describes her a "social whirlwind". Her behavior is very odd and uncharacteristic for someone her age, having no filter in her conversations, being overly friendly to the point of being intimate, having No Sense of Personal Space, and being unable to understand others embarrassment or feelings of awkwardness.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She really loves giving people hugs.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The rare times Strea isn't her happy and cheerful self, things are definitely dire.
  • Playing Sick: In Hollow Realizations, one event had her pretending to be sick to try get Kirito to take care of her. She fakes coughing, to which Kirito tries to give her all sorts of potions to no effect, brings her food, and very nearly gets made to kiss her to take her infection away. It isn't until he gets a message from Asuna that Strea had been asking her what sick people tend to do, that Kirito finally catches on.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her hair and attire is purple, and she's an extremely strong player.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She starts to develop hints of this with Yuuki during the events of Hollow Realization, to the point Asuna starts to worry that she herself is just being a burden on Yuuki. She even helps Yuuki make a bouquet of flowers to thank Asuna for her help in studying for a real-world test.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: In Lost Song she creates some hand-made underwear for Asuna and insists she show it off to Kirito. She ends up liking it so much that she also strips down to show hers off. In another event, when she makes school uniforms for all the girls, she begins to strip down and change into hers in front of Kirito, leading the rest of the girls to form a human wall around her. She nearly does it again Millennium Twilight.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Yui who is technically her older sister. While Yui is an adviser who excels at gathering intel to help out her friends but has very little in the way of physical ability, Strea is exceptional at aiding in combat but has very little knowledge to give. This overall gives the sisters a Brains and Brawn dynamic, though they are both very nice and cheerful.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Whenever she dresses as a teacher, she always dons a pair of glasses.
  • Stealth Expert: She's an exceptional stalker, even able to keep her presence hidden from someone with as high of a searching skill as Kirito.
  • Stripperific: Her outfit in Hollow Fragment boasts a Cleavage Window, very little covering her upper backside, and thigh-high leggings. It's more conservative in Lost Song by way of losing the Cleavage Window, but in Hollow Realization it's back plus a bit of Bare Your Midriff and missing one sleeve.
  • The Tease: Her very first CG is putting Kirito through Marshmallow Hell, and it gets better from here.
  • Voice Changeling: In Accel World VS Sword Art Online she's able to perfectly imitate Kuroyukihime's voice. It helps they're both voiced by Sachika Misawa.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about her origins without mentioning she's a Mental Health Counseling Program like Yui, or how the glitches in SAO came from her having a meltdown even worse than Yui's.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • Womanchild: She looks like a fully grown adult, but is the same age as Yui, and acts even more immaturely. Amusingly, she considers Kirito to be her "Daddy".
    • Justified by the fact she's only able to fight as a player due to merging with unused character data, meaning she's essentially a little girl in the body of a developed woman.
    • Problem is despite her childish personality, she is as strong as she physically looks which makes her difficult to handle. Her love of hugging others often leads to suffocation for the receiver of said hug.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She was inadvertently causing the glitches in SAO, due to her being a MHCP who was overloading from being unable to help players. She also tries to hinder the heroes from clearing the game, due to fear that not only would she cease to exist but she would never be able to see Kirito and friends again.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Like Yui, she felt powerless in helping the players cope with the horrors of Aincrad, but Kirito assures her that she actually did help by befriending the raid team as a player character.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is colored pink.
  • Younger Than They Look: She looks like a fully developed, but she's only a few years old as an AI. This is because she merged with unused player data which had a mature appearance.

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Introduced in (Re:)Hollow Fragment

    Philia 

Philia/Kotone Takemiya (SAO, ALO, SA:O, GGO)

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Click here to see Philia in Lost Song 
Click here to see Philia in Hollow Realization 
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa (Japanese)

An "Orange player" and treasure hunter. Philia and Kirito first meet immediately after Kirito is suddenly teleported to the Hollow Area region of Aincrad then fight a weakened version of the Skull Reaper.


  • Adventurer Archaeologist: She fancies herself a treasure hunter in VRMMO games as well as being an Action Girl. When she plays ALO in Lost Song, she chooses to play as a Spriggan because of their specialty in treasure hunting.
  • The Atoner: She feels guilty over letting PoH manipulating into betraying Kirito, even though he forgave her.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her default outfits in all three games all have this to some extent. Her outfit in Fatal Bullet is the first time this is averted.
  • Broken Ace: She's strong enough to survive in the Brutal Bonus Level, but the isolation is clearly getting to her, to the point where she's not even sure if she's the real Philia.
  • Butt-Monkey: She has some pretty bad luck in Lost Song events. When she goes to the in-game festival with Kirito, she takes a bite out of some grilled squid that's still alive and almost chokes on its tentacle. And she's the first one to find and get captured by the lake guardian during the swimming race event.
  • Cloning Blues: Hollow PoH convinces her that she's actually a Hollow AI clone of the real Philia and that she killed the real one. This is backed up by how she cannot return to Aincrad, unlike Kirito. It turns out that she's the real one.
  • Color Motif: Is always associated with blue. All her outfits are blue as well as that being the color of her eyes.
  • Crash-Into Hello: She and Kirito first meet when Kirito accidentally teleports into her path while she's running from a Boss monster.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was trapped in the Hollow Area for a month, forced to fight for her life and carry the burden of an orange cursor due to killing another player her Hollow counterpart.
  • Easily Forgiven: She feels that Kirito forgave her betrayal too easily and starts a sidequest to find out how he really feels. As a heartwarming example, she discovers that this trope is played completely straight.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Is introduced running from a Boss monster in the Hollow Area, before crashing into a newly teleported Kirito. Her first reaction is to attack him with her dagger and clashing blades with him.
  • Gratuitous English: Philia tends to throw in the occasional English word during conversation.
  • Fire Forged Friendship: She and Kirito meet by crashing into each other, before crossing blades after mistaking each other for hostiles. They then find themselves having to join forces when a Skull Reaper attacks, with this incident earning them some level of trust. However what really brings them closer is after Kirito helps her to beat the Hollow Area and return to Aincrad.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one when she realizes that Kirito might have been killed instead of merely trapped and that PoH is going to have everyone killed and replaced by Hollows. Luckily, Kirito saves her and they eventually stop PoH's plan.
  • I Owe You My Life: Has eternal gratitude to Kirito for helping her survive and eventually escape the Hollow Area of SAO. She views him as her knight in shining armor who came to her rescue when she was in need.
  • Knife Nut: Primarily uses daggers in Hollow Fragment, but in Lost Song she can also use one handed swords and bows.
  • Mark of Shame: She's the first friendly orange player in the series. This is due to a system glitch where she killed her Hollow counterpart. She later gets her status back to green.
  • Only Friend: During he time trapped in the Hollow Area, Kirito was her only companion. Him being there kept her sane and gave her hope.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: She and Kirito are as close as two people of opposite genders can get without being in a relationship, due to Philia feeling indebted to Kirito for saving her life. There are also hints that she has feelings for Kirito, but she never pursues it further due to Kirito already being with Asuna.
  • The Prankster: Has pranked Kirito on several occasions, with some attempts being more successful than others.
    • She tries to trick Kirito into eating some extremely spicy food, which backfires spectacularly due to Kirito's Bizarre Taste in Food. After being surprised by his lack of reaction, she decides to test it out by trying one herself which ends in her mouth getting burned.
    • One time, she and Sinon give Kirito a 'present', which is a foul tasting smoothie which they guilt him into drinking before running off laughing.
    • Later, during a trip to the hotspring, when it's Kirito's turn to bathe, rather than call him over they decide to scream in terror to get him to run over, which leads him to trip into the hotspring with his clothes still on.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Shares this with Leafa though it gets special focus in Hollow Realization during their shared events for preparing Leafa for a kendo tournament. Philia becomes extremely determined to help Leafa win and prepares a whole bunch of activities to train her up, she gets very depressed when Leafa ends up spraining her ankle and being unable to compete and thinks that maybe she put too much pressure on her, and ultimately she chooses to give up a really rare item during a quest for a golden cup that looks like a trophy as a consolidation award for Leafa. She outright calls her memories of these events "treasures worth more than anything" to her.
  • Ship Tease: It's strongly implied she develops feelings for Kirito, but it never escalates past fleeting moments of wanting to spend time with Kirito, likely due to Philia knowing Kirito is already with Asuna.
  • Treasure Hunter: Her favorite part of gaming is searching for treasure.
  • Unknown Rival: In Accel World VS Sword Art Online, Philia finds out a young girl named Amelia has declared herself her eternal rival treasure hunter, even though Philia has never even heard of her.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To PoH, who invokes Cloning Blues to manipulate her into betraying Kirito.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her backstory is tied to the Hollow Area and why she can't leave it initially like Kirito can.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • She primarily favors daggers in combat.
    • In Fatal Bullet, she uses a VSS Vintorez as her firearm, and carries a photon saber as her secondary.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Being trapped in a Death Game is one thing, but somehow, she is unable to return to Aincrad to join the rest of the players. She returns to Aincrad once the Hollow Area is beaten, though, like everyone else, she can't return to below floor 76.

Introduced in Lost Song

    Rain 

Rain/Nijika Karatachi (SAO, ALO, SA:O, GGO)

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Click here to see Rain in Hollow Realization 
Voiced by: Miyu Takagi

A dual wielding Leprechaun with high proficiency in Hiding skills, and has a habit of following Kirito and his fellow players around.


  • Action Survivor: It's revealed she was actually one of the 10,000 players trapped in Aincrad and managed to survive all on her own. Whether she survived or was even there in canon is unknown.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The NPC Loki makes her questions the bonds of family, asking her what the meaning of who someone shared blood with or who raised you mattered at all. This makes Rain question whether revealing herself as Seven's sister was the right decision, as Seven had otherwise the perfect life and Rain felt she would be a burden upon her sister. Kirito ends up giving Rain a Cool Down Hug and reminds her of how happy Seven was to find out she had a sister.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She first made her presence known by following Kirito and his friends around because she was curious what the hero of Aincrad was like in person. After hearing her out, Kirito lets her party with them.
  • Badass Adorable: Though she acts all sweet and cute, she's one of the most powerful players in ALO. Her Thousand Rain OSS is able to give even Kirito a hard time.
  • Bad Liar: Kirito has learned to pick out the face she makes whenever she's lying.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: One of the nicest and sweetest characters in the franchise, but she's also possibly the World's Best Warrior of ALO who will tear her opponents apart.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Harm Seven and she will unleash her wrath upon you.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Lisbeth, especially in Memory Defrag due to both of them being Leprechauns who excel at crafting.
  • Blatant Lies: Throughout Lost Song Rain lied heavily about her past before it slowly got revealed. It got to the point where Kirito was able to tell when she was lying just by looking at the expression on her face.
  • The Blacksmith: As a Leprechaun, she is this and makes use of blacksmithing magic in her OSS.
  • Brains and Brawn: Has this dynamic with her sister Seven. Rain is an exceptional fighter and a contender for the World's Best Warrior, while Seven is a Child Prodigy with a doctorate at the age of 12.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Rain is known to be a bit of a klutz. She often getting swarmed by monsters in areas she didn't take caution in. She also shook up her fizzy ramune drink while trying to get the lid off, so when Kirito opened it he ended up getting soaked.
  • Cool Big Sis: As soon as she reveals to Seven that she's her real big sister, she embraces the role and is the kind loving sister that Seven had been without for so long.
  • Cooldown Hug:
    • Gives one to Seven, her little sister, after she's been defeated and crying, staying that way until her avatar fades away.
    • Shortly after she's on the receiving end of one, after she gets shaken up by Loki's Armor-Piercing Question and leads her to question whether her revealing herself to Seven as her sister was the right decision and if she was being selfish. Kirito assures her that selfish or not, what mattered that Seven was made happy by this revelation.
  • The Cutie: Perhaps even moreso than Seven, due to how sweet and innocent Rain is and how she's almost impossible to anger.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Rain has a habit of being very clutzy much to her embarrassment.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Kirito. She's a female dual wielder, an SAO survivor, a contender for World's Best Warrior of ALO, and has a younger sister who she was estranged too.
  • Dual Wielding: Like Kirito, she is one of the few characters in Lost Song who can duel wield. Unlike Kirito, she flat-out admits she's not truly a Dual-Wielder, but a Multi-Wielder.
  • Family Theme Naming: With her sister, her real name means "rainbow" where her sister Seven's real name means "seven colors", the amount of colors in a rainbow. In the American version, her name is simply her sister's name in Japanese.
  • Gratuitous Russian: Though extremely rare, she uses the same Russian greetings as Seven. This is not a coincidence.
  • Guns Akimbo: In lieu of swords, and the fact that photon sabers can't be dual-wielded in Fatal Bullet, she instead runs riot with a pair of suppressed PP-19 Bizon submachine guns.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: She hid her true strength for the longest time due to not wanting to draw attention to herself. Especially her trump card, "Thousand Rain" OSS, which she had kept hidden until Kirito finally coaxes her into using it in their duel.
  • Idol Singer: She's a good singer and wants to be one, just like Seven.
  • Long-Lost Relative: As her Russian greetings imply, she is actually Seven's long lost older sister.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "rainbow", however the meaningful part isn't revealed until you learn she's Seven's older sister, and the meaning of Seven's real name.
  • Meido: Wears the hairband and uses a typical maid default idle pose. She works at a maid cafe in Akiba outside ALO.
  • Not the Intended Use: As a Leprechaun she is able to use blacksmithing magic to summon hundreds of weapons at once for easy access in crafting at the forge. However Rain managed to exploit this into an offensive skill called "Thousand Rain" where she would summon the weapons from thin-air mid-battle and pelt them at her opponent.
  • One Steve Limit: In Accel World vs Sword Art Online, Scarlet Rain notices that Rain has the same avatar name as her, which would make things confusing. To avoid the problem, everyone settles on calling her Niko instead.
  • Signature Move: "Thousand Rain", her OSS where she magically summons forth weapons out of thin air and sends them hurtling at her opponent.
  • Solomon Divorce: Is a victim of this; her sister Seven ended up in the Americas while she was shipped over to Japan.
  • Storm of Blades: Her OSS, Thousand Rain, which uses blacksmith magic to summon weapons out of thin air around the user and launches the swords brought forth to a specific target in rapid succession.
  • Third-Person Person: Likes to refer to herself as "Rain-chan".
  • True Final Boss: Of Lost Song before post-game officially begins. Kirito even calls her this in their duel.
  • World's Best Warrior: Kirito believes Rain to be the true holder of this title for ALO rather than Sumeragi. Fittingly she's the True Final Boss of Lost Song.

    Seven 

Seven/Nanairo Alsharvin (ALO, SA:O, GGO)

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Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto

A young prodigy in the real world, de facto leader of Shamrock, and a rare member of the Pooka race in ALO.


  • The Baby of the Bunch: Takes over this role from Silica in the game continuity, being introduced at the age of 12. In one event where Strea makes school uniforms for all the girls to wear, she gives Seven one intended for preschoolers.
  • Badass Bookworm: Possibly the most intelligent character in the franchise barring Kayaba, but still capable of holding her own in combat.
  • Big Bad: While not truly villainous per se, she does drive the main conflict of Lost Song and her defeat spells the climax of the story.
  • Big Good: In Hollow Realization, as she's the one who got Kirito and his friends into the beta test to check out any potential background purpose of Sword Art: Origin. She's also the one who reveals that Premiere's quest is the "Ground Quest" that's not even supposed to be finished by this point in the beta, which clues them in that something very wrong is going on and eventually results in discovering Cardinal's interference.
  • Big Little Sister: Played with. She's physically much younger than Rain, but due to being a Child Prodigy with a doctorate she at times acts more maturer. Though Rain points out that while she may be incredibly smart, at heart she's still a child and she'll be there to support her as a big sister whenever she needs it.
  • Blade on a Stick: In both Lost Song and Hollow Realization she uses lances in combat.
  • Brains and Brawn: Has this dynamic with her sister Rain. Seven is a Child Prodigy and an esteemed scientist who gained a doctorate at the age of 12, while Rain is a contender for the World's Best Warrior for ALO.
  • Broken Ace: She's a prodigy in the real world, blessed with genius-level intellect that allowed her to graduate college at 12 and become a scientist, is loved as an idol, and has the total respect and adoration of her guild Shamrock and many in ALO. However, her genius came at the cost of losing her older sister and mother because her father divorced them over the subject of allowing her ability to flourish as soon as possible, and being placed on a pedestal for so long without anyone she could truly relate to and burdened by the responsibility of someone several times her age didn't do wonders for her emotional stability either.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The feather accessories the Shamrock guild wear. They allow the players to transfer their OSS skills directly to Seven, regardless of relative locations, and at no reduction to their level.
  • Children Are Innocent: One of the main reasons why Kirito and everyone else are willing to forgive her for her deeds. For all her intelligence she's still a growing child who is learning from her mistakes.
  • Child Prodigy: Despite her age, she's well-known as an idol and has genius intellect to the point she graduated from college at age 12 and only went on to achieve even more fame. Emotionally, however, she's still very young, and the weight of the expectations upon her was not something that were healthy in the long run.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Seven takes pride in doing anything it takes to win, as being a scientist she doesn't make the rules but abuses them.
  • Cry Cute: After she finally loses, she's reduced to bawling and demanding to know why the heroes keep trying to stop her from just doing what she thinks is best for everyone. Rain eventually takes her into her arms and lets her vent out all her frustrations before her avatar finally fades away.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: One of the few SAO villains who isn't strictly evil. She was just broken due to the stress. She otherwise is considered a friend to Kirito and co. and after her defeat she comes around quite easily when she's snapped back to her senses.
  • Cultural Translation: Her real name is Rainbow Arshvarin in the American version of the game.
  • Evil Laugh: Yes, the The Cutie scientist devolves into evil laughter.
  • Family Theme Naming: With her sister, her real name means "seven colors" where her sister Rain's real name means "rainbow", a rainbow has sevne colors in it. In the American version, her name is Rainbow, making her sister's name simply her own in Japanese.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In Hollow Realizations, her Pillow Talk scenes have her holding a stuffed Ragout Rabbit when she sleeps.
  • Glory Seeker: Seven wants to be the 'hero' who clears Svart Alfheim for the glory of that achievement. This is in spite of being already well respected as a scientist and loved as an idol. Eventually, she also wants the glory of defeating Kirito, the 'hero' of Sword Art Online. It's eventually revealed that the stress of all her expectations and achievements with no one to vent to had begun to take their toll on her still-young psyche, which eventually manifested in a desire to become the greatest by any means necessary.
  • A God Am I: She wants to be adored in this way, outright declaring it near the end of Lost Song, though by that point her sanity had taken a few hits. Kirito and company beat some sense back into her.
  • Good Counterpart: To Kayaba Akihiko ....except not, but eventually she really is.
  • Gratuitous Russian: She's part-Russian, so it's to be expected. She learned it from her sister, Rain, when they were still living together.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Downplayed, she was never really much of a Heel if at all, the stress of being a prodigy was taking a heavy toll on her decisions. Once she's beaten she has her sense knocked back into her.
  • Idol Singer: One of her hobbies and part of why she's a celebrity in ALO, also justified in that the Pooka race can actually cast spells and buffs through singing. It's a passion she shares in common with her sister Rain.
  • Light Is Good: Seven, a.k.a. Dr. Rainbow, the popular scientist and idol, beloved by everyone, and preaches world peace through her music and research. She also wears primarily white, white, and gold, and has silver hair. It's an act at first, but she genuinely becomes this at the end of the game and into Hollow Realization.
  • Light Is Not Good: What she really was for the majority of Lost Song; a selfish child who uses her guild and fan club for her own end, and has an Evil Plan that is dangerously similar to Sugou and Kayaba's own plans. She dropped this after her defeat and became a better person.
  • Lonely at the Top: Because of her genius and fame despite being only a child, Seven had never managed to form meaningful relationships with others, be it coworkers or other her age, and had to content herself with just being the object of adoration by her fans and envy of others. The stress and weight of expectations upon her with no means of venting to an equal eventually started to manifest in...unsavory ways.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's actually Rain's little sister, divorced due to her father and mother disagreeing on how to allow her intellect to flourish. Unlike Rain, she doesn't remember her sister and it's not until the end of the game that she realizes why Rain is so dead-set on being with her.
  • Magic Music: As a Pooka, her race's ability is to sing music that gives buffs to other players.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "seven colors", however the meaningful part isn't revealed until you learn she's Rain's little sister, and the meaning of Rain's real name. The same applies for the American version where her name is literally "Rainbow".
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: She is a certified professor (at the mere age of 12) but is revealed to intend to conduct experiments that are just as amoral as Kayaba and Sugou. Though it's ultimately revealed to be result of flawed thinking from all the stress and she comes around quite easily.
  • Not So Different: To Kayaba Akihiko, surprisingly. Her goal, in the end, bears similarities, aiming to create something called the 'Cloud Brain' to join human brains together in a network in the Cloud, and create a Hive Mind supercomputer capable of processing even human emotion. She also wound up being the Final Boss of the game, though not in the same way as Kayaba.
  • One-Winged Angel: After her first defeat, Seven's rage at being beaten combined with the stress of having so many OSS skills inside one avatar causes her to transform into a massive winged angel form in an effort to defeat Kirito and company.
  • Only Friend: Kirito was this to her for a long while, being one of the only people who treated her like a normal person rather than as a celebrity. She would go to great lengths to ditch her Shamrock guild and spend time with him.
  • Out of Focus: She's absent from Fatal Bullet even though most previous game exclusive characters were featured. Unlike Accel World VS Sword Art Online, there's no explanation given this time.
  • Power Copying: While anyone can transfer their OSS skills between themselves and another player, the mass transfer of OSS directly to Seven is a rather extreme example. It also turns out to be quite dangerous, as the stress of having so many OSS skills in one avatar combined with her anger boiling over causes her to go One-Winged Angel.
  • Pride: She's very proud of the fact she's a genius scientist, a singing sensation, and renowned celebrity.
  • Solomon Divorce: Is the victim of one of these with her sister Rain. Notably, it's explained that the reason why is because of her genius; her father wanted to start using it immediately, while her mother wanted her to live as a child for at least a little longer.
  • Spoiled Brat: Ultimately, as a Child Prodigy and an idol adored by everyone, she's used to getting everything she wants and has trouble understanding why certain actions of hers are wrong and leads people to oppose her.
  • Tag Along Kid: She's barely older than Yui and the youngest player in Kirito's circle at the meager age of 12.
  • Third-Person Person: Sometimes refers to herself as "Seven-chan" as part of her idol persona.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Serves this role among the Gameverse girls. She's even younger than Silica, with Seven debuting at the age of 12.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: By virtue of being a Child Prodigy who gained a doctorate at the age of 12. However this is also deconstructed as it's shown when she lets down her public face, Miss Genius Scientist is actually all too happy to just indulge in the fun of playing and being a child.
  • Written-In Absence: She doesn't participate in the events of Accel World VS Sword Art Online because she took a trip to America at the time. However she does make a call into the virtual world when ALO starts going haywire, informing Kirito of how things are from the outside. She later appears in person once the main story line has wrapped up.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While she starts the final battle perfectly in control, when she loses round one against Kirito and Rain she loses it and starts ranting that she is the one who deserves to be worshiped as a goddess for clearing Svart Alfheim and defeating the "Hero of SAO". When she goes One-Winged Angel for round two and Kirito and Rain refuse to fall, she just gets worse and worse until she finally loses, where she's bawling on the ground and unable to understand how she lost, leading Rain to give her a Cooldown Hug.
  • Villains Never Lie: She outright states that she never forced anyone to do anything, nor did she technically lie to anyone and that everyone agreed to meet her ends. Worse, she isn't wrong.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her Avatar has grey hair.

    Sumeragi 

Sumeragi/Ryota Sumeragi (ALO)

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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 he's the de facto leadership.
  • Expy: He seems to be the game continuity's stand-in for General Eugene, 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 Sumragi 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 Gotta Have Blue Hair: His Avatar has blue hair.
  • 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.
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    Premiere 

Premiere (SA:O, GGO)

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Voiced by: Yuiko Tatsumi

A mysterious NPC inside of Sword Art: Origin who catches Kirito's eye and slowly integrates into his group of friends, eventually given the name "Premiere" as she doesn't know her own. Strangely possesses little emotion even when compared to her fellow NPCs...


  • Apocalypse Maiden: Though not by choice or even original purpose. In the end, she ultimately refuses to do so.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In one event she and Sinon are wandering around the forest looking for clues to her quest when Kirito shows up and offers to help. When he ends up getting them lost, Sinon calls him useless, but Premiere gets confused, as when they were alone earlier, Sinon told her all about how Kirito was a dependable friend and comrade who would always come through when it counted. It leaves Sinon and Kirito surprised and a little embarrassed.
    "Which is why I am confused. I am not sure which one was meant to be true. Do you have Sinon's trust or not?"
  • Beauty Mark: Has one right underneath her right eye. Her twin Tia does not, which is the clue to realizing when Kirito and company are interacting with her.
  • Big Eater: She really loves eating, especially Asuna's cooking.
    • Agil jokes that she got it from Kirito. Premiere herself confirms this in Fatal Bullet, as Kirito showing her around so many foods has left her unsatisfied without anything good to eat.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Tia's Cain.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Due to the fact she's building a new personality for herself through her interactions with Kirito and company along with her daily interactions with other players in Ainground, combined with her No Social Skills, some of Premiere's w/ording and sentences can be...quite out there.
  • Emotionless Girl: What she is at first, though her interactions with Kirito and company start to fix that. Yui explains that this is because she is a "null" NPC whose settings have been set to default, and her interactions with the group are starting to help her build a new personality.
  • God in Human Form: As Premiere's quest continues, Kirito and company eventually theorize she's somehow related to the "Goddess" that's mentioned in the Creation Myth, as either a handmaiden or even the goddess herself. Then they come across evidence to suggest there are two Goddesses...
  • Guns Akimbo: In Fatal Bullet, she uses a pair of FN Five-SeveNs as her sidearms as a backup to her Peacock storm gun.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes that appear almost grey in-game, and at first she actually unnerves Kirito due to her stoic and mysterious nature. Once she starts to open up, they turn to Innocent Blue Eyes.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As she becomes more accustomed to Kirito and company, she becomes much more open and friendly with them, revealing her inquisitive and child-like nature.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: It's all but directly stated that Kirito considers Premiere a surrogate daughter, nurturing her, being protective over her, and teaching her everything she knows. Premiere even mirrors Yui's speech when she declares "I always want to be with you."
  • Machine Monotone: Tends to speak very formally with no emotion, as well as her words showing she's Literal-Minded.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: She didn't know any better at first, but during an event with Silica she sees a squirrel and the first thing that comes out of her mouth is "Shall I slay the beast?"
  • Mystical Waif: A young girl dressed in fancy robes with a mysterious past and a rather odd way of interacting with the world? She's a dead ringer for the trope, and it's even commented upon in-universe since she IS an NPC.
  • Mysterious Past: Nobody knows what exactly Premiere's purpose in Sword Art: Origin is. It's clear that she's a quest-giving NPC and whatever that quest is involves Aincrad's original backstory, but the question of who she is and what that quest entails is part of the main story arc, not helped by the fact she herself literally can't answer that due to her condition. At first glance, it looks like she's supposed to be the Goddess who will eventually create Aincrad from Ainground, but it turns out that her quest is being edited from its original purpose by Cardinal to fit the Creation Myth in the Sword Art: Origin's backstory, all so it can fulfill its original purpose of destroying Aincrad.
  • No Social Skills: She only has the barest of personality at first, which leads to her often being extremely blunt and Literal-Minded to others with very little grasp on tact. She gets better as time goes on.
  • Not the Intended Use: Premiere's quest and purpose turns out to be one in the long run. Sword Art: Origin was directly copied from the original SAO, including the Cardinal system. What no one realized at the time was that Cardinal, due to the rampant similarities between Aincrad and Ainground, eventually triggered a module that coded for the destruction of Aincrad that would occur once SAO was cleared...but since Aincrad doesn't exist in Ainground, the module was left with no way to test its function, so it went out its way to trigger the events that would allow it to create Aincrad anew. Premiere's quest had enough similarities to the Creation Myth that it started tweaking and editing her quest in order to bring about the events necessary to commit Apocalypse How, which accounts for the bizarre events that make up her quest chain.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Physically she has the appearance of a very young girl, and Kirito is especially protective over her.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Premiere" is not her "real" name, but just one that Kirito and company gave her when she literally didn't have her own. Eventually, she comes to accept it as her true name and even sets it as such so that everyone in Ainground can see it.
  • Out of Focus: She's noticeably absent in Accel World vs Sword Art Online despite debuting in the previous game and the other game exclusive characters showing up in some form. Though she does return in Fatal Bullet.
  • The Power of Friendship: Premiere was originally a null NPC who had no personality, but her continued interactions with Kirito and company taught her the value of bonds and others, eventually allowing her to develop a personality far beyond what she would have had originally and become a fighter willing to protect them.
  • Royal Rapier: Kirito and Asuna train her in the use of rapiers in order to defend herself, possibly because Asuna uses them already. However, the "royal part" fits with her fancy clothes and her supposed role in Aincrad's Creation Myth.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: When she's nearly killed by a player who wanted to "reset" her, she approaches Kirito and asks him to teach her how to defend herself. He agrees and teaches her how to use a rapier, with Asuna continuing her training.
  • Visible Silence: Constantly at first, which leads to some rather awkward exchanges with Kirito and company. She begins to stop as the story goes on.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: She can be made a party member, but as an important storyline NPC if she dies it's Game Over since NPCs die for real. Luckily, there's a very generous timer that counts down 99 seconds before that happens which stops and resets if she's being revived and even if it fails, so it's a more forgiving example than most.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: As she interacts with Kirito more and more, she starts to develop feelings for him due to his kindness and protective nature, though she never outright says she "loves" him. Until the end of the game, where she asks, since Leafa is his "sister", Yui his "daughter", and Asuna his "spouse", if she can be his "lover". It's not made clear if she was kidding or not.

    Genesis 

Genesis (SA:O)

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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.
  • 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 boot him from the game and arrest him (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.
  • G.I.F.T.: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 

Tia (SA:O)

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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.
  • 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 Albino: Subverted since she's not truly evil, however when she goes Dragon Ascendant and decides carry out Aingroud's destruction on her own, her hair turns white in contrast with Premiere's black.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Introduced in Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight

    Persona Vabel 

Persona Vabel (ALO, Brain Burst)

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Twilight Witch
Voiced by: Kanae Ito

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.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches past her waist.
  • 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)

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(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 Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Kirito vs Silver Crow!
  • Not So Different:
    • It becomes apparent to everyone that Haruyuki experiences the same problem with girls that Kirito does.
    • Klein sympathizes with Takumu over the fact they are both guys kept in the shadows of their Chick Magnet best friends.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: The virtual world being data allows players to travel through time, be that 20 years or a millennia.
  • Role Reprisal: All of the actual Accel World cast were brought back to voice their characters in this game.
  • 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 

Player Character (GGO)

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The Protagonist for 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 ArFAsys that immediately registers them as their master.


  • Action Girl: If the player is a girl.
  • Achievement In Ignorance:
    • Accidentally activates ArFAsys and gets registered as its master.
    • It's also one of Itsuki's sore spots about them, in that they're Incorruptible Pure Pureness that always seems to miss the point of his sarcasm and joking, and just press on regardless of logic or circumstance.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is affectionately called "Master" by ArFAsys.
  • 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 ArFAsys 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 customizable player protagonist for a Sword Art Online game, and by extension the first one who isn't Kirito.
  • Declaration of Protection: Before heading off to confront the alleged threat of Death Gun, the protagonist issues this for either Kureha or Zeliska - and 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.
  • 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.
  • The Leader: They are made the leader of the squadron comprised of the rest of the main cast.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Dialogue implies them to generally be this compared to the antics of Kirito's crew or their ArFAsys AI companion.
  • Parental Substitute: Is officially the master of ArFAsys, 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+, the protagonist shows signs and dialogue tweaks of having been through the plot before.
  • Stable Time Loop: Getting one of the bad endings, or getting the Golden Ending, seems to have Kayaba offering to rewind to before the Flügel's final battle. But if the player opts into New Game+, for reasons unknown the protagonist starts the game over again with all their levels, skills and gear - and what seems to be a vague memory of everything that occurred already, such as knowing characters ahead of time akin to Déjà Vu. Of course, this doesn't change the plot, creating an endless loop of the same events unless you opt to simply stick to a normal rewind and keep to post-game and DLC content while leaving the main story hanging.
  • 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 Adorkable 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.
  • Weapon of Choice: 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 ArFAsys, 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.
    • Alternatively, they are also associated with a FAMAS assault rifle and a pair of Beretta 93R machine pistols.
    • In the end game cutscenes, however, they specifically wield a modified TT-30 (Tula-Tokarev 1930) pistol. In the true ending, they even specifically use the model 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.
  • 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 ArFAsys 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.

    Kureha 

Kureha/Momiji Takamine (GGO)

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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 ArFAsys instead of her, but remains by their side nonetheless.


  • Action Girl: Considering that Kureha's been in GGO for some time now.
  • Adorkable: As revealed in "Betrayal of Companions" where an ArFAsys copy of Kureha depicting her past self. This younger Kureha who is a newbie was very sweet and innocent, being nervous about the game but also squeeing at the prospect of getting stronger, a far-cry from the confident tsundere Kureha of the present.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her outfit shows off her belly.
  • BFG: Carries around a beam cannon as her heavy weapon. You probably weren't expecting her to bust this humongous thing out, right?
  • Canon Immigrant: She and Zeliska have a cameo in Alicization Episode 1, where they are seen playing pool in a bar with Zeliska. As proof it is indeed Kureha and not an Identical Stranger, her name is also seen on the 5th BoB rankings.
  • Childhood Friends: With the Player Character.
  • Evil Knockoff: In a DLC event, enemy ArFAsys 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.
  • Foil: Of Rain's plotline from Lost Song, in that both of them are dealing with prodigious sisters whose capabilities overshadow their own. However, whereas Rain's sister Seven was directly involved in the plot, the two were estranged and didn't know about their relation until the game, and were able to reconcile by the end; Kureha's sister is implied to still be in the same house as her but doesn't personally play any role in the plot, and the situation drives Kureha to the point that she's willing to die and thinks no one will miss her if it means others can live. Her personal contention also gets no resolution in the game itself.
  • Freudian Excuse: Being The Unfavorite has shaped Kureha's entire life, to the point of moving away from the Player Character years prior. This has left her with more than a few issues, including her standoff-ish disposition and attempt to hold together some sort of pride.
  • Girls with Guns: A female player of a shoot-em-up VRMMO.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Kureha is very jealous of the Player Character being registered as ArFAsys's master before she did.
    • A non-love variant; in her urge to become a top player of Gun Gale Online so that she has something to her name that isn't overshadowed by her older sister, the Player Character managing to do this before her when Kureha was the one that introduced them to the game in the first place leaves her really bitter.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Kureha is insistent that she and the Player Character are just friends and nothing more, even though everyone assumes they are dating.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes to go along with the fact she's a Nice Girl.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She wants to become stronger and make a name for herself.
  • Might Makes Right: An avid believer in this, with one of the main drives on why she seeks to become stronger.
  • 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her attire is predominantly pink.
  • Red-Headed Hero: A redheaded Action Girl and a major character in Fatal Bullet.
  • Ship Tease: Has a bit of this with the Player Character. She gets pillow talks with them, while other characters assume they are together.
  • 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's always lived in the shadow of her older sister, which makes her more than a bit self-conscious.
  • Weapon of Choice: She uses an Uzi as her main weapon and a Deneb Kaitos launcher as her secondary weapon.

    Zeliska 

Zeliska/Midoriko Hoshiyama (GGO)

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Voiced by: Mamiko Noto

A mysterious female GGO player. Nothing is known about her, but she's a known player who's risking through the ranks.


  • 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys 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!!
  • 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 Python/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 game, she reveals she works for Zeskar, the company that runs GGO. However, she's just a humble programmer who happens to work under Python/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.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Peacock shotgun as her primary weapon and a PKM machine gun as her secondary weapon.

    ArFAsys / "Rei" 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/afasys_female_default.png
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)
An android AI assistant for the Player Character. 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 ArFAsys a female.
  • All-Loving Hero: Wishes to be friends with everyone and anyone.
  • 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, ArFasys is easily this.
  • Benevolent A.I.: A helpful AI android companion for the player character.
  • Cheerful Child: Gives off the vibe of an ever excited child seeking to have fun.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only applies to Itsuki and Bazalt Joe, who are the only character who refers to them as "ArFAsys" as opposed to "Rei" which all other characters refer to them by.
  • Game-Favored Gender: While ArFAsya'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 ArFAsya cute.
  • Genki Girl: Their AI personality is set to be excessively cheerful.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Averted. "ArFAsys" 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.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: ArFAsys's hair is customizable to any color.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: ArFAsys's name can be customized just like the player character. Although their default name is Rei which is also what all NPCs refer to them by.
  • Heroic BSoD: The Gatekeeper event that blocks the gang out from entering the ship is, for reasons unknown is "unbeatable". This causes the ArFAsys to wonder if they're defunct or broken somehow and run off when Kirito and Kureha perform a I Got This. Turns out only the Player Character and the ArFAsys are supposed to approach initially.
  • In-Series Nickname: Nicknamed "Rei", which means zero in Japanese, after their full ID name: ArFAsys Type-X 290-00. All voiced dialogue by the others in Fatal Bullet will use this nickname for the player's ArFAsys 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: ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys. 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 ArFAsys 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?: ArFAsys 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".
  • Weapon of Choice: Like the player character, the player can have Rei use whatever weapons are available, but Rei actually has one canonical weapon, a Glock 37 pistol. However, as that's the only weapon they're seen with, it's unknown what their long-gun of choice is.

    Daisy 

Zeliska has her own ArFAsys named Daisy.


  • Birds of a Feather: Becomes fast friends with the Player's ArFAsys.
  • 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.
  • 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys storyline.
  • 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.)
  • Overprotective Mom: Zeliska is quite protective towards Daisy, worried that a cutie like her will get preyed on by shady players.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Being an ArFasys has its traits.
  • Robo Speak: Has a very literal and mechanical speech pattern.
  • Super Senses: Possesses very advanced detection and can locate hidden enemies.

    Itsuki 

Itsuki (GGO)

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Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
A high-ranking player in Gun Gale Online.
  • Accidental Murder: If you choose to save Kureha and Zeliska bites it, Kirito points out that Itsuki probably had no idea that Zeliska was actually working for Python/Taipan and Zeskar as a programmer for the game before he put his plan into motion (which is true, though he thought she was a government or military worker or some such), though it's not known if this would've had him avoid letting Python/Taipan randomly ship a Nerve Gear unit to her house. In fact, Kirito speculates that he may not have intended to actually kill anyone given the randomness of the shipping, especially in the Golden Ending where he's wearing the second Nerve Gear unit - but in the normal endings, he rolls with the flow anyway.
  • 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.
  • Bishounen: Itsuki is quite the hunk.
  • Big Bad: Notably he makes himself this where there 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: He's one of the main party members that the Player can team up with and for the most is a friend, and then he decides to become the villain of the story.
  • Blatant Lies: In a DLC event where imposter ArFAsys 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: Like Kureha, his name is seen in Alicization Episode 1 on the rankings list for the 5th BoB.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Openly announces that he is the villain of this story.
  • Chick Magnet: Has his own fanclub of girls pursuing him.
  • 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; the Player Character made life interesting for Itsuki again to the point that he became obsessed with them, and intentionally drives a wedge between them and Kureha to tear apart the player's circle of friends while Death Gun complicated matters in the background. All so that either he'd be able to have them to himself.
  • Evil All Along: At first he seemed like a jerk before having a Defeat Means Friendship scenario with the Player Character, only for it to later be revealed he's actually the Big Bad.
  • Evil Knockoff: In a DLC event, enemy ArFAsys 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is polite and well mannered to the Player Character, but he had a tendency to mutter more sinister remarks under his breath or when the Player Character is out of earshot.
  • 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys is anything like him, until much probing finally makes him confess.
  • Jerkass: It's subtle at first, and he can have something of a false facade he puts on most of the time, but he can be rather dismissive and rude towards those he doesn't care about and generally doesn't care much about consequences. The only person he doesn't really do that to is the Player Character - but that doesn't stop him from being a Troll to them, or intentionally leading them into traps to see what happens.
  • Karma Houdini: In the normal ending(s), he gets either Kureha or Zeliska killed by a Nerve Gear after one of them suffers a Heroic Sacrifice against his boss creations, 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 Player Character 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: In the true ending, he and the Player Character point their weapons at each other and have some Gunpoint Banter, with Itsuki goading the Player that they didn't have what it takes to kill him (as he claims to be wearing a Nerve Gear and would die in real life).
  • 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".
  • Not So Different:
    • The Reveal that he's got the powers of a GM of GGO at his disposal (even if indirectly) as well as being the Big Bad, makes him one to Kayaba and Sugou, who were also villainous GMs who abused their power. Shortly before his plans begin to formulate in his head, he even specifically says that he "understands how Kayaba felt."
    • Kirito also compares him to Kyouji Shinkawa, with both boys seeking strength and ended up getting that mixed up with a person, with Kyouji doing so for Sinon and with Itsuki doing so for the Player Character.
  • Obviously Evil: Played with, in that he's mostly antagonistic as a fellow GGO player, and is only evil in the sense that you need to top him to hope to be one of the best players in the game - something that ultimately never happens when he joins your party without a fuss anyway. The fact that he's a bit of a Jerkass and a Troll doesn't help this perception, intentionally trying to let the player know he isn't as nice as he pretends to be. Then he makes himself the Big Bad where there wasn't one before and initiates a murderous gamble of a plot for his own selfish desires in the final hour, having heaped on the Foreshadowing intentionally to get a rise or something besides a stoic reaction and naivete out of the Player Character.
  • The Reveal: He's an associate of a GM of Gun Gale Online, and all too ready to use their subservience to him and the access they have to the game to make things interesting.
  • The Rival: Initially Kureha sees him as this, given that he's one of the best players of GGO, and he instead sees this in the Player Character. Things die down a bit once he comes around and joins the PC's party, but he has an agenda of his own and truly sees the PC as the most interesting person in the world in opposition to him.
  • Schrödinger's Gun: Turns out he only stole and shipped two Nerve Gear headsets between the Player Character, Kureha, and Zeliska. In the normal endings, the one that the PC did not make a Declaration of Protection for ends up getting the real deal and dying, while the other one got an Amu Sphere headset made to look like a Nerve Gear. In the true ending, he's got the second one.
  • 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, though thankfully he's only a bit of a Deadpan Snarker and mild-mannered. About the only person he really connects with is the Player Character, and this takes a turn for the worse at the end of the story.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: On the Player Character, thanks to their Magnetic Hero qualities that makes them so interesting to him. Depending on your interpretation, he could also fit being a Stalker with a Crush.
  • 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.
  • Unwanted Harem: Itsuki has his own following of fangirls trying to win over his affection.
  • 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.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Itsuki's got a lot of fangirls and people who want to emulate, speculate and so forth about him. One could say his reputation is squeaky clean besides some of his messing with people every once and a while. The fact that he's got a GM under his thumb and has been shutting down select player accounts in secret, however, implies he may have intentionally cultivated his reputation.
  • 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 player 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.

    Python/Taipan 

A bespectacled squadronmate of Itsuki.

  • Bad Boss: So much that his employee wishes she could blow him up. See Pointy-Haired Boss below.
  • The Evil Genius: Itsuki is the Big Bad, and Python/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: He is one of them for GGO.
    • GMPC: He's also playing the game.
    • Killer Game Master: Python/Taipan himself is responsible of stealing and distributing NerveGear units, making GGO a death game. 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.
  • 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.


  • 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 ArFAsys, 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 ArFAsys at all costs. That being said, it doesn't seem to stop him from challenging the main character for his ArFAsys at various points during the game.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: He really wants the player's ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys and made numerous attempts at beating the Player and getting ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys, 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys 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 ArFAsys 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 

Lievre

Voiced by: Akari Kito

A mysterious ArFAsys who looks exactly like Rei. She appears in the Fatal Bullet DLC story line.


  • Arc Villain: Of the Fatal Bullet DLC story line, even though it's revealed she's The Dragon to her master.
  • 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 ArFAsys 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.
  • Evil Laugh: Gives off an unsettling giggle.
  • Evil Twin: She impersonated Rei in order to come into physical contact with strong players, allowing her to copy their player data which she used to create imposter ArFAsys.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Towards humans in general, with her desire for the Flügel to take back the Glocken that the humans occupied.
    • Also one towards Rei, who Lievre puts down as an inferior ArFAsys model, since Lievre is a more advanced Type-Z model.
  • 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 ArFAsys mysteriously showing up in GGO. However she's not actually the mastermind, being The Dragon to her master, Subtilizer.
  • Heel–Face Turn:After completed DLC, Dissonance of the Nexus
  • Identical Stranger: Looks identical to Rei, except it's revealed that she's really an Evil Twin who impersonated Rei by changing her exterior appearance.
  • 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact she exists at all is quite a spoiler, but her real identity is even more so this.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her playable counterpart uses a gatling gun as a primary, and a Jati-Matic submachine gun as a backup.

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