The point of divergence begins when a 10 years old Kirito discovered that he was adopted. Shocked and confused, he makes the hasty decision to run away...and quickly gets lost. While trying to find a way back he stumbles upon an odd abandoned clearing full of odd statues, seals, and drawings. Deciding to check it out, he then gets swallowed by the earth, never to be seen again...
...Until 4 years later at the beginning of SAO canon when an odd Overlord comes in and forces an early end to the Death Game to begin his own Evil Plans. Chaos Ensues...
OverGamer provides examples of:
- Accidental Kidnapping: When trying to escape from the police, Kirito accidentally abducts Silica(who he had been shielding from gunfire at the time) and takes her back to his lair.
- A-Cup Angst: As usual, Silica felt this upon seeing Suguha practicing Kendo on a livefeed
- Arc Words: "Evil always finds a way" same as Overlord canon, which has been repeated by several characters(mainly Kirito and Gnarl).
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Kayaba invokes and lampshades this when he offers to join Kirito's side by pointing out how the Cardinal System would be useful for his plans and asisting to steal it since his only other options are either getting killed, locked away in the dungeons, or go back outside where he's effectively the most wanted man alive.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Overlord Kirito and his legions of course.
- Dark Mistress: Just like in the canon games. Kirito declares Silica this in order to ensure her safety while she's captive in his lair.
- Death by Adaptation: Sugou, who after being magically lobotomized to becoming Kirito's brainwashed slave, ends up dying while assisting their escape when his escape car crashes and catches fire when Kirito abandons him in favor of saving Silica from a falling tree.
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: In order to distract the public in order to steal the Cardinal System from the Argus building, Kirito has his minions highjack a news broadcast to end a transmission to show his abduction of Kayaba who he then (pretends) to kill just before it cuts.
- Elite Mook: When Kirito Powers Up the Browns before fighting Leafa. It did nothing.
- Eviler Than Thou: Accidentally invoked by Kirito as when he claims his desire to save the captured gamers of SAO, his minions(mostly Gnarl) believe it is so that no one can be more Evil than him. Kirito decides to roll with it.
- Humiliation Conga: In his short appearance, Sugou was cornered by Kirito, magically lobotomized to becoming his mindless slave, then killed off ignominiously when his car crashes and catches fire when Kirito abandons him to save Silica.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Asuna, whom after being awakened from SAO prior to her canon Character Development, is determined to have nothing to do with VR ever again, and fully embrace the role of a normal model student her mother wants. A shame Kirito has other plans for her...
- In the Blood: Apparently, the reason Kirito was able to remove the seal that took him to the Overlord's lair is because he's descended from the previous one.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Kirito admits that he would like nothing more than to go back home to his family. Unfortunately, he's fully aware that if he were to do so, the minions would immediately track him down and would end badly for them. Same if he were to do anything hinting that he's Good would result in him losing control of his minions, which would be a disaster waiting to happen. When he accidentally abducts Silica later on, he also gives her this same explanation for why he can't release her as it would only result in the death of her and her family.
- Magitek: During his imprisonment, Kirito managed to figure out how to combine some of his Evil magic with technology to atleast gain a functioning(if poor) TV and internet connection with the outside world.
- Only Sane Man: Between Kirito's sanity slipping from the isolation, Gnarl being obsessed with molding Kirito to be Evil to a T, the Minion's stupidity, and Silica falling into Stockholm Syndrome, Kayaba ends up as this by default upon joining Kirito's side with all the headaches that come with it.
- Sanity Slippage: Downplayed, but its clear that spending years away from society with only the Minions and Gnarl for company have had a less than positive effect on Kirito's psyche.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Kirito, who casually sets off F-bombs. While this isn't anything new from Saint's other works, here its lampshaded and justified as a result of spending the last 4 years of his life surrounded by monsters Hellbent on having him embrace Evil.
- Spared by the Adaptation: As a result of forcing Kayaba to stop SAO almost immediately after his announcement, the only players who died were the 213 people whose Nervgears were removed prior to that, thus preventing the eventual bodycount that would reach over 4,000 in canon.
- Stockholm Syndrome: After several months in captivity, Silica has taken surprisingly well to living in the lair and embracing Evil as Kirito's mistress. Kayaba outright states the trope by name.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Kirito's eyes glow gold whenever he gets angry or uses his powers.