Similar to the canon series, this story has Loads and Loads of Characters.
Beware of unmarked spoilers.
Kirigaya Kazuta - Kirito/KiritaThe genderbent counterpart of Kirito. Originally she went by the name Kirito in the Death Game, but she eventually changed her name to Kirita after the first boss battle.
- Abusive Grandfather: She had a less than pleasant relationship with her grandfather which caused her to become uncomfortable around men.
- The Ace / Broken Ace: Prior to Sword Art Online, she did well in school, was good at karate, and she was good looking. However, her decisions resulted in her becoming isolated, and she has admitted she made numerous mistakes that she regrets.
- Adorkable: Has shades of this whenever she has trouble speaking with the male players.
- Action Girl: Kazuta. Even before she ends up in Sword Art Online she saves Akio from bullies due to her karate lessons.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Kirita is more affected by the mistakes she made with her family, Coper's betrayal and death, and Diabel's death in this story than in canon.
- Adaptation Expansion: Kirita's past and some of her relationships with some of her family members prior to Sword Art Online are expanded upon.
- Alliterative Name
- Aloof Big Sister: Similar to canon, Kazuta distances herself from Suguha after learning the truth but not as much since Kazuta and Suguha still bonded over certain things, such as cooking. Now Kazuta regrets pushing Suguha away.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Adaptational Badass: Unlike canon, Kazuta actually kept up with a form of martial arts after quitting Kendo and was able to beat the crap out a number of people in the real world long before Sword Art Online.
- Badass Adorable: She is described as being rather cute.
- Badass Longcoat: As of Chapter Nine, she has obtained her first long coat.
- Boobs of Steel: Along with her skills in karate and SAO, she's quite well endowed, possibly even more than her sister.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: She's a devil with the sword, and she's working on her archery skills.
- Character Development: At the start of the story, it is made clear she is uncomfortable around males, but she has been taking more steps in trying to open up and conquer that problem.
- Cool Mask: Starting with Chapter Five, she has a habit of wearing masks to prevent people from not only seeing what she looks like but knowing her gender. She wears other clothing to help conceal her gender as best she can. Even if people know her gender, she considers her mask to be a 'barrier' that makes her more comfortable.
- There have been several instances where her masks are broken, but she quickly replaces them with spares she purchased and placed in her inventory.
- Cute Bruiser: She is very pretty - and pretty capable of beating you.
- Determinator: She is determined to escape from Sword Art Online despite the problems she faces, so she can see her family again.
- D-Cup Distress: This made her popular with the boys for a while, much to her discomfort. Its even implied hers are bigger than her sisters's due to her mentioning Suguha was among the girls who became jealous of her size once she hit puberty.
- Does Not Like Men: A zigzagged example.
- She does not necessarily dislike males, but her relationship with her grandfather, Kirigaya Riku, made it difficult for her to interact with men for long periods of time. She even pretended to be a male player and went by the name of Kirito in different games, so she would have an easier time talking to male players.
- Kazuta recognizes that she needs to work on this problem, and she has befriended a few male players, such as Argo and Akio.
- Dude Magnet: Due to Kazuta's good looks, she used to be popular with the boys in her school. However, this trope was subverted after she beat up a number of her karate club members which turned them off from trying to ask her out much to her relief.
- Friendless Background: Her past indicates she did not have any luck making friends in the real world prior to Sword Art Online.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She does not recognize meeting Akio in the real world before Sword Art Online until Akio tells her during chapter nine and she remembers their previous encounters.
- Hates Being Alone: It is revealed that while she is used to being alone, she does not like being isolated.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Similar to canon, she is labeled as a "Beater" after the first boss fight.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Due to the mistakes she made in the real world regarding her family and the events of the Death Game.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Chapters Two and Nine indicate that while Kirita did try to become friends with others in the real world, she was less than successful. This resulted in her valuing video games and the virtual world more, but she still had difficulties with making friends there.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: It goes along with her heroic self-depreciation.
- In the Hood: In Chapter Five, Kirita acquires a cloak and prefers to wear it to hide her long hair. It gets destroyed during Chapter Nine, and it is unknown if she will wear anymore in future chapters.
- Loners Are Freaks: She was labeled as a control freak by her classmates which caused her to become even more of a loner.
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Mask of Power: She wears masks to give herself confidence in speaking with males.
- Nice Girl: She will claim that she is not a good person due to her Heroic Self-Deprecation, but she is still more than willing to help someone she barely knows without hesitation.
- Beware the Nice Ones: After the boss fight in Chapter Nine, she threatens other players to not follow her which does frighten a few of them.
- Properly Paranoid: She has been right to be weary of other players trapped in the death game. She has nearly been killed several times by her fellow players within the first month of Sword Art Online.
- The Scapegoat: She becomes one after the first boss fight so the other beta testers won't suffer discrimination.
- Skirt over Slacks
- Supreme Chef: Is quite a good cook.
- Survivor's Guilt: She has seen people die in front of her, people she couldn't save in spite of her efforts.
- Tomboy: Prefers playing video games to fashion, and she can kick ass both in the real world and Sword art Online
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Kazuta has taken karate classes and has admitted to herself she finds it easier to beat up boys than to talk to them. Prior to the beginning of the Death Game, she preferred using a male player avatar, she enjoys fighting in virtual reality games, and she was the best Beta Tester for Sword Art Online. However, she is proud of her long hair, she enjoys cooking and she squeed when Akio gifted her a pair of gloves he had made himself.
- Wall Run: Her Sprint ability is so high that she can run up walls to avert monsters and bosses, allowing her to then drop on their heads.
- When She Smiles: Akio becomes entranced when he sees her smile.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She has arachnophobia, because once, while helping clean their home, a bunch of spiders fell on her, and she spent a week cleaning up her hair, trying to make sure they didn't have the chance to put eggs on her.
- More dramatically, she's scared of deep water, because she almost died by drowning when she was a small girl - which also feeds into her not knowing how to swin.
Yuuki Akio - AkioThe genderbent counterpart of Asuna.
- Adaptational Heroism: In canon Asuna was generally a Nice Girl, but in this story Akio is much nicer by comparison from the start. Unlike canon where Asuna was suspicious and threatened Kirito after he saved her, Akio was more grateful and polite.
- Amazon Chaser: Downplayed example. Kirita's abilities are only a part of the reason he is interested in her.
- Berserk Button: Really hates it when people call Kirita "Beater".
- Boy Meets Girl: Akio meeting Kirita, but in more than one occasion.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of this during his duel with Kirita during Chapter Eight.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Subverted. His meetings with Kirita in the real world influenced him greatly. When he saw her face in Sword Art Online, he instantly recognized her. He even tells her about their previous first meetings to convince her to let him travel with her after the first boss battle.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Akio's classmates in the real world were only trying to be friends with him because they could have him as a connection for their future.
- Nice Guy: Might be nicer in this story than canon.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As seen in Chapters Eight and Nine, he is not afraid to give other players a piece of his mind.
- Reality Ensues: Unlike canon, this takes a more realistic perspective of a player who has very little experience playing games.
- While Akio was not incompetent, he made several mistakes during the first month of the Death Game that nearly got him killed.
- He did not stand a chance against Kirita who was not only stronger but had far more experience playing these types of games.
- He does contribute to defeating Illfang, but when the boss concentrates on fighting him, he does not stand a chance due to never fighting a boss fight before and not having enough skill to take on the boss alone. He not only broke his arm but without Kirita's interference, Akio would have died.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Decides to take up sewing as a skill so he can make things for Kirita.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: He has been on the receiving and giving end of this trope several times.
- Rescue Romance: Prior to Sword Art Online, Kirita saved him from several bullies. Even though he did not know her name, he developed an attraction towards her. After meeting and being saved by her in Sword Art Online, his feelings seem to be increasing even though he doesn't know too much about her yet.
- Sheltered Aristocrat
- Single-Target Sexuality: While Akio has not had too many onscreen interactions with girls, the only girl he has showed any real interested in was Kirita even before he knew her name. However, Knowledgeseeker 66 has confirmed that he does not feel anything more than a crush at this point.
- Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to Argo's guidebook and advice as well as Kirita's lessons.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Kirita. She saved his life and is helping him become a better fighter. Why shouldn't he?
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He tells this to Kirita during Chapter Nine after she is labeled as a Beater.
Arakaki Gouki - ArgoWhile he retains the same name as Argo from canon, he is also the genderbent counterpart of her.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Argo never appeared to have anything to angst about in canon but his flashback indicates otherwise in this story.
- Adaptation Expansion: In this story, you learn more about his Information Broker business which involves him recruiting other players and creating his own guild to establish. Unlike canon, you learn more about the past for this version of the character.
- Ascended Extra: In canon, the female counterpart is a minor character who only appears in one episode of the anime and a few side stories in the Light Novel. In this story, he is a main character.
- Adaptational Badass: Argo's fighting capabilities are not really explored in canon but she does apparently run away. In this story, the male version of Argo is more willing to fight. Additionally, he is taking charge of his own guild in this story.
- Adaptational Heroism: While Argo in canon is not a villain and is considered to be friends with Kirito, she is still greedy. Argo in this story seems less greedy and selfish by comparison. As of now, he does not appear to give away information on his clients as readily as his canon counterpart.
- Cool Mask: He wears a rat mask.
- Darkand Troubled Past: His flashbacks indicate that certain things happened in his childhood that were not pretty.
- Flechette Storm: He carries plenty of weapons that can be thrown such as knives and nails underneath his clothes.
- Freudian Excuse: His reasoning for always attempting to have all the information necessary.
- In the Hood: Similar to his original canon counterpart, he wears hoods.
- The Informant: He acts as this to his regular customers, such as Kirita.
- Intrepid Reporter: The bonus content of the chapters indicate he will become this.
- Knife Nut: Knives are his preferred Choice of Weapon rather than Claws like in the canon storyline.
- Knowledge Broker: He is willing to provide information to anyone for a price, but he does put restrictions on what he will provide information on. For example, he won't provide information on the beta testers' identities, or on people's real life identities.
- The Leader: He is the leader of his guild, "The Argo Network".
- Only in It for the Money: He claims that is the case on numerous occasions. He states he would not want to lose his valuable clients and revenue, but it is clear that he sincerely doesn't want them to die even if he won't admit it.
- Pet the Dog: Has several of them during the story.
- His interactions with Kirita are filled with Pet the Dog moments between him showing some genuine concern for her safety and giving her advice.
- He hired Sasha to be his assistant, so she would have more money to take care of the children she is trying keep safe.
- He gives Akio several friendly suggestions on how to interact with Kirita, knowing how hard it is for her to speak with males.
- Secret Keeper: He did not reveal to anyone that Kirita was a girl. However, by the end of Chapter Nine, most of Sword Art Online will know Kirita is a girl after her cloak and mask were destroyed in the boss fight.
- Shipper on Deck: Quietly ships Kirita and Akio together. The way Argo sees it, he brings her out of her shell and she helps him become stronger. For example, when Akio comes to him to seek the means to get Kirita a bow, he tells him where he can get the materials - a quest in which he can easily pair up with Kirita.
- Troll: His interactions with Kirita and Akio do present him as being somewhat of a troll at times.
Kayaba Akihiko - HeathcliffSimilar to canon, he remains the main antagonist of the story.
- Adaptation Expansion: More depth is given to Kayaba during the beginning of Sword Art Online along with him beginning the recruitment of his guild.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is slightly more humane in this story.
- Affably Evil: Similar to his canon counterpart, he is polite despite his actions.
- Big Bad: Unknown to the players, he's meant to be Sword Art Online's Final Boss.
- Papa Wolf: He's a strange sort of this towards Kazuta. While he does not mind that Kazuta is stuck in the Death Game, he does mind when people insult her, and affirms that, should Akio do anything untoward towards Kirita, he will be in for a world of pain.
- Pet the Dog: He has several throughout the story.
- Chapter One: Provides Kirigaya Midori with enough money to adopt Kazuta.
- Chapter Seven: He helps saves Juho's life.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Due to Kirita being the daughter of his former mentor he is interested in what she will do. He is also interested in other Beta Testers too, such as Delano and Juho.
- Adaptation Expansion: More depth is given to her attempting to raise the children trapped in Sword Art Online.
- Ascended Extra: She was a minor character in the canon series but she is more set up to become more significant in this story.
- Nice Girl: Remains this way in the story.
- Parental Substitute: For the children trapped in Sword Art Online.
A former beta tester. After being saved by Kirita during Chapter Seven, he is recruited into Argo's guild.
- Cassandra Truth: He tried to warn the players he joined that there were things he did not know about the beta. Unfortunately, they took it for him trying to keep things secret.
- Left for Dead: A group of players he was working with decided to paralyze him and tie him to a tree so the mobs would kill him.
- Nice Guy
A former Beta Tester and a Sworn brother to Kikuchiyo.
He is Gorobei's Sworn brother.
KleinA twenty-some year old man in real life, Klein meets Kirito during the first day, before Kayaba reveals the beginning of the Death Game. His main aim becomes keeping his friends together so they can become strong and help in the aim of reaching Floor 100.
Goro - Hideyoshi
- Morality Pet: He seems to be like this to an extent with Kayaba Akihiko.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Kayaba Akihiko.
Juho - Shimizu Ryuunosuke
He is a childhood friend to Michiko who constantly wears armor, and he does not like letting people see what he really looks like.
- 24-Hour Armor: He wears this along with a helmet, and he does not like taking it off.
- Childhood Friends: With Michiko
- Childhood Friend Romance: Would like to have this with Michiko, but a certain incident in his past has prevented him from trying.
- Cool Helmet: He refuses to take off his helmet or armor when in the presence of other players, including Michiko.
- Death Seeker: He shows signs of this during Chapter Seven, and he nearly gets killed when protecting Michiko. The only thing that stopped him from giving up entirely was his memories of Michiko.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Narrowly averted due to Heathcliff's intervention.
- Nice Guy
She is Juho's childhood friend, and she is aware of why he does not like taking off his armor.
- Badass Adorable
- Childhood Friends: With Juho
- Childhood Friend Romance: She wishes to become more than just friends with Juho, but she has not had any luck yet.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Living Emotional Crutch: She is this to Juho.
- Morality Pet / Morality Chain: She might be one for Juho since she is the main reason he is still alive and wants to keep going.
- Nice Girl
- Jerkass: According to Juho and Michiko, which is more inline with his Light Novel counterpart rather than his Anime counterpart.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Michiko considers him to be this.
A former Beta Tester. He was paralyzed in the real world and the virtual world allows him to walk again.
- Broken Ace: He was once one of his school's best students and football players - until a car accident left him disabled waist down.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He takes this attitude with his guild's companions, driving them to train their hardest, because he wants them to be the best of the game.
- Escapist: Even before Sword Art Online, he enjoyed the virtual world because he enjoys being able to walk again. After the Death Game began, he was one of the first to embrace it.
- Good Is Not Nice: He is more than willing to save other player's lives, but he is not usually nice about doing it.
- Graceful Loser: After losing to Kirita during the Beta Test, he is accepting of his defeat.
- Handicapped Badass: Subverted because he is a badass in the game where he is capable of walking again.
- The Leader
- Meaningful Name: He picked his name from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a politician he greatly respects and that, like himself, was paralyzed from the waist down but nonetheless was capable of being The Leader in the time of need.
- Odd Friendship: With Johnny Black.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: He seems to love giving these.
- Chapter Two: To his mother when he makes it clear that even with the Nerve Gear it will not be enough to make him forgive her for causing his paralysis.
- Chapter Six: Criticizes Keita's poor leadership and how he and his guild would have died if he and Johnny Black didn't save them.
- Chapter Seven: Gives a minor one to Slade after he wins the duel and becomes the leader of the guild.
- Scars Are Forever: He has three scars on his face due to the car accident his mother caused, but he does not seem to mind the scars since he allowed his original Sword Art Online avatar to retain the scars on his face.
- Took A Levelin Jerkass: In his back story, losing the use of his legs caused him to become what he is.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: His past indicates he used to be a nice person prior to becoming disabled.
A middle aged man who lost to Delano and is now his subordinate.
- Graceful Loser: Even though he is pissed at losing to Delano, he still fulfills the bet by letting Delano become the leader.
- The Lancer
- Odd Friendship: With XaXa
A player saved by Delano during the first night of the Death Game.
- Adaptational Heroism: Saves people's lives in this story.
- Morality Pet: To Delano to an extent.
- Odd Friendship: With Delano.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Delano.
A player saved by Delano during the first month of the Death Game and appears to be a friend to Slade.
- Adaptational Heroism: He is far nicer in this story than his canon counterpart.
- Morality Pet: To Slade.
- Nice Guy: He seems to be this during his introduction.
- Odd Friendship: With Slade.
A young fighter that joins The Conquerors after Delano saves her.
GriseldaGrimlock's wife. In real life, she was a housewife that behaved very submissively, but getting trapped in Aincrad slowly turns her into a strong, capable woman that can lead her guild into battle.
The genderbent counterpart of Sachi.
- Adaptational Badass: He is more calm and competent then his canon female counterpart Sachi. However, he still lacks confidence similar to Sachi.
- Nice Guy
- Idiot Hero: Delano calls him an idiot.
- Adaptation Expansion: In the anime he only appears in two episodes and only has lines in one of them. In this story, he has appeared in multiple chapters and will be a reoccurring antagonist.
- Adaptational Villainy: He is evil in canon, but things are taken further in this story.
- Manipulative Bastard: He is playing Kira like a violin, and she never realizes it.
She is a female player who wears an eyepatch and can be quite violent - but has her own code of honor that makes her ignore some of the orders from her guildmaster.
- Big Damn Heroes / Villainous Rescue: She saves Agil's life as well as the lives of some of her team mates during the boss battle.
- Dark Action Girl
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's disgusted with the players that want to kill Kirita, much less the motives.
- Eye Patch Of Power
- Eye Scream: Wan Shotto is on both ends of this trope.
- She is missing her left eye and according to Knowledgeseeker 66 her eye was removed by force.
- She prefers to kill her enemies by shooting them in the eye, and she does not feel satisfied unless she does that.
- Hidden Depths: She is able to determine Kirita is a child even though she only briefly sees Kirita's face.
- Sadist: Admits she likes the sound of people screaming in pain.
- Scars are Forever: She has a scar on her nose and where her left eye would be.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before she lost her eye, she worked in a daycare, and children loved her.
- Villain Respect: Towards Kirita.
- Villain Takes an Interest: During Chapter Nine, she becomes rather interested in Kirita after she helps defeat Illfang and becomes labeled as a Beater.
- Would Not Hurt A Child: She has no interest in hunting down Kirita because she views Kirita as a child.
- Downplayed with Akio. She has no problem with giving him a beating in a safe-zone, but also tells him she won't do anything worse and actually warns him about some of Kira's plans.
- She beats the crap out of three ALF players when she finds them bullying two orphanage kids.
He is a Beta Tester and the leader of the boss raid group that attempts to defeat Illfang.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He was behind Kira's number at the boss raid meeting, because he wanted to flush out the other beta testers.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Had he not fed Kira's hatred for other Beta Testers, he would have probably lived through the fight against Illfang.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His actions before and during the Illfang boss fight lead to his death and to the beginning of the Beater plotline.
The genderbent version of Kibaou.
- Adaptational Villainy: For all the hatred Kibaou had, he probably never suggested murdering a teenager.
- Hypocrite: Hates all beta testers because, in her opinion, they left the normal players behind. She also adores Diabel, whom she knows is a beta tester.
- Proclaims that her guild is all about giving all players an equal chance - then gets angry because she was not warned about the Third Floor Boss Raid.
- Never My Fault: She is unwilling to accept any blame on Diabel's death, even though one of the things she did (using a rope to trip Kirita) directly contributed to Kirita not being able to warn or save Diabel. And, of course, she ignores the part where that almost got Kirita killed.
- Ungrateful Bitch
- Unwitting Pawn: She doesn't realize that PoH is manipulating her.
- Adaptation Expansion: He only appears in two episodes of the anime and does not receive much depth. In this story, he has much more screentime and his background is explored.
- Adaptational Heroism: He saves several players lives during Chapter Six alongside his friend Diabel.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He's very easy to rile up, something that Wan Shotto takes advantage of quite easily.
- The Oathbreaker: Swears to let Kirita and Akio go if they win in a double duel against him and four of his partners, and then asks everyone in hearing range to help capture them when he loses.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She makes one during Chapter Three of the story which takes place during the Beta Test. She continues to make appearances in following chapters.
- Nice Girl
- Big Damn Heroes: Similar to canon, he saves Kirita and Akio from Illfang and he is on the receiving end of this trope from both Wan Shotto and Kirita.
- Gentle Giant
- Nice Guy
He is another Beta Tester. Tends to be impulsive and somewhat arrogant.
- Adaptation Expansion: He appears during the Beta Test.
- Ascended Extra: His death plays a bigger role in this story than in canon.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Betrays Kirita so he can get the Anneal Blade for himself, but the trap he sets ends up backfiring on him.
- Improperly Paranoid: He thought that Kirita would betray him, so he chose to betray her first. Had he kept himself from acting, Kirita would have helped him as promised.
- Jerkass: Sees no problem in trying to get Kirita killed, even thinking no one will care about her death.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His betrayal and death continues to affect Kirita long after the first day.
- Too Dumb to Live: During the beta, he tried to get a boss' Last Attack Bonus, only to greatly miscalculate the boss reaction and nearly get killed, with only Kirito's rapid reaction saving his ass. Then he tries to set Kirita up to get killed by Little Nepents while he hides away, forgetting that hiding does not work against them.
- Ungrateful Bastard