Top 10 Best Sword Art Online Characters

The Top Ten
1 Kirito / Kirigaya Kazuto Kazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Oh, so someone thinks Kirito is the worst character in the history of anime? Dude, if you don't like him, don't complain about him here! Besides, I've seen worse in other anime series as well. Cough *Makoto* cough *Ito* cough. Finally, who doesn't love Kirito? Kirito is a good guy, just like Klein said. And Klein's right! Kirito may look overpowered, but don't forget it's not like he saved everyone. There were some people who he wasn't able to save, but he wasn't going to give up, because he will never give up for their sake. So Kirito haters, go to hell!

Screw all his haters. Kirito is by far more complex than what people mistake for him to be a Gary Stu. Kirito isn't your average Gary Stu. Kirito was created by Reki Kawahara to create a character who could do as he liked and was laid-back since he was a teenager. Call it wish-fulfillment, but Kirito only started playing VRMMORPGs in order to escape reality. However, he has been through a lot in the virtual world and IRL. He shows true dedication to those he protects and loves and has a noble morality code. So you gotta love the guy for that. Kirito is awesome.

What is it with the haters? Sword Art Online wouldn't be as successful if it wasn't for Kirito. He is truly dedicated to protecting those he loves including Asuna and is willing to fight and protect her even at the cost of his life. So whoever called Kirito the worst character in the history of anime clearly has no brain. Besides, at least Kirito doesn't roll up and whine like a baby like that annoying Shinji Ikari.

Kirito is awesome. Whoever dislikes him because he's a "Gary Stu", just look at all the other male protagonists of other anime. Kirito was a Beta-tester which is why he's good at Sword Art Online, and being good at a game does NOT make you a Gary Stu. He has a nice balance of kindness and power, and he made relatable mistakes (like when he left Klein in the first episode). So I think he's one of the best anime characters ever.

2 Sinon / Shino Asada Shino Asada is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Sinon is totally the best. Why? Because she's pretty much the only character with a story arc. And her life is so much more upsetting and harder than any other character in this list, including Asuna. I honestly don't like Asuna to be honest. But Sinon made the entire series of Sword Art Online a rate-up! I ship her a Kirito, I don't know why, I guess they just seem much better for each other, and that she'd need someone like him the most.

I will be 100% honest right now. I actually didn't think highly of Sword Art Online during season one. Nothing amused me until SAO 2. Most of my interest in Sword Art went up an entire boost because of Sinon. She's SOOO SUPER PRETTY, and very headstrong. She tried facing her anxiety by playing GGO, and even when it didn't help, she kept going. To be honest, I think she's a better girl for Kirito than Asuna because
1. They have more stuff in common. 2. Asuna gets pretty weak around Kirito when Sinon is just helping out.
3. Sinon USB one of the most BEAUTIFUL characters in anime, in GGO or out. Much more characteristic than Asuna

Sinon may seem weak at the start but she is the only girl in the show to grow. Sinon was scared of a gun and afraid of many things. Through when Kirito helped her and spoke true words it help Sinon realise living in the past wasn't always gonna to be good and she had to take one step forward. Sinon has the most grown personality between all of the female anime girls in the show

Okay, despite the main characters, Kirito and Asuna. Sinon is a really great character. Even though the second half kinda ruined the series, she is a redeeming factor. Whenever I see her in the second season, I see her as a guilty pleasure to save the series. Her development is just good. Good enough.

3 Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Sword Art Online does not suck because of the characters. It sucks because of the haters thinking the characters made it suck. By the way, I love Kirito and Asuna, along with Sinon as well. As a lover of Sword Art Online, I have to say, "Shame on the haters for bothering to put hate comments on this list for the characters! ". Anyone who just comes here to hate on the characters should go to hell! Why do the haters even come here in the first place? Screw them! Asuna was a good character in the Aincrad and Mother's Rosario arcs!

Easily my favorite character. So much development yet people say she is bland and boring, I don't get it. She goes from hard core training let's beat SAO to understanding how to love the awful situation from Kirito. Also Kirito dies at least 3 times without her, the crazy guild member, when they fought the dungeon boss as just the 2 of them and the final boss. Without her I feel Kirito wouldn't have been able to finish the game from will power or his own strength.

I love Asuna! She's the perfect combination of badass, loyal, kind, and developed. Asuna gets hate for things that are no fault of hers. She gets hated for being a damsel in distress, when it wasn't her fault for getting kidnapped and locked up. She actually averts the stereotypical hero's love interest by showing she can be badass on her own.

Choosing between two of Cherami Leigh's roles, Asuna Yuuki and Lucy Heartfilia, I prefer Asuna. Asuna may have her flaws, but let's be honest. Asuna is more useful than Lucy and shows both sides of her being badass and independent and being kind and sensitive. Some might think she is annoying, but personally I don't think she is that bad.

4 Yuuki Konno Yuuki Konno is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

It's not true that she was weaker than Kirito. He was apparently fighting at his hardest in the middle of the battle, but lost anyway.

She took the Stu out of Kirito. He was a large Gary Stu, and I will admit that. She's awesome. As a person hoping to be an official author soon, I can tell you that making a good character is very difficult. But she was the perfect combination of all of the spices, a firework that died away at the end. It was the grand finale. She was just the embodiment of a good TEMPORARY character. If she had stayed it would have been a bit boring after a while.

But while she was there, the death still left me shocked. THAT'S a good character. Kirito's "death" left me bored and emotionless, and he sprung back up anyway. It's not that I HATE him, but he was just a bit of a bland Stu in my opinion.

Yuuki, though, was just a perfect combination in the recipe of a character. It was a beautiful part of it. She was important in the series' development.

For a character who only had so much screen time in one arc, Konno Yuuki surprisingly has a lot of character development and has shown a very strong relationship with Asuna Yuuki. That's what makes a character like Konno Yuuki an unforgettable character.

She also has a very endearing personality, and while sheis just as "nice" as Asuna, she isn't as passive as her; because of her condition, she knows very well that sometimes you just can't afford to be passive and must not be affraid of conflicts if you want your point of view to be respected; words that helped Asuna a lot. She's a "genki girl", but not the kind that is too kind and therefore is at the mercy of everyone else.

This is one of the best characters. The most tragic and 3D-dimensional character in the series and her death is the only one that has made me cry. Despite only appearing in the Mother's Rosario arc and in six episodes, she is more developed and relatable than any other character.

5 Klein / Ryōtarō Tsuboi Ryoutarou Tsuboi is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

He, alongside Agil, are the only characters in the entire show that behave like a human would. You know, instead of a Harem Girl #69 or Count Edgelord Deathdark. Using this setting, with Klein as the main character, and the absolute removal of Kirito, it could have been a significantly more interesting show.
His skill would bring him to the front line in SAO, yet he's not particularly brave, and so the grim nature of the game would have been far more relevant with his likely constant fear of death. It also wouldn't have been a terrible harem anime with him in charge, either.

Klein is one of a million. A true good hearted person and understander as he was one of the few that knew how Kirito felt even when Kirito didn't say a word, he knew just basing on the little he knew of him. He's a character that inspires you comfort and cosiness in a way and you don't want him to suffer in any way. The only bad thing about this character is that the show didn't care of him that much.

Klein is definitely the best character. Kirito is maddeningly and unrealistically OP, while Asuna is just a weak little girl designed to be the waifu of everyone. Klein actually develops into a good fighter and swordsman and actually cares for the people around him. If Klein was the main protagonist of SAO I would have liked the series a LOT more.

My favorite supporting character in the series. Although he never really showed up in the series. He's one of the funniest characters in the series that I actually appreciated. Not like Ahem* Kirito Cough* and he wasn't as ridiculously overpowered either. He's just really cool in general.

6 Leafa / Suguha Kirigaya Suguha Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

A beautiful little sister, Suguha has a little brother complex, which I find a lot cuter than any other girls. She is also intelligent and always on the side of his brother.

Best supporting character. Incredible how she overcomes her feelings to be the support that inspires Kirito and gives him strength when in trouble.

I love her, one of the most interesting characters, I hate how all the interesting ones get the least screen time, Asuna has too much screen time..

I took pity on her. Never even thought of loving MY brother. I do love him as an elder brother, but NEVER, EVER romantically, really.

7 Heathcliff / Akihiko Kayaba

Kayaba Akihiko is great. The power to kill someone's real self through a VRMMO was pretty sinister, but if it weren't for his work, then Kirito and Asuna wouldn't have fallen in love, VRMMOs wouldn't have made it big, and Yuuki wouldn't have spent the last few years of her illness in pain. Also, he basically lived on as an AI because he uploaded his own consciousness. That's pretty cool.

Kayaba Akihiko is easily one of the best characters. To him, SAO wasn't a death game to a life no different from reality but more magical. He stayed everyone after the game ended and saved them in game as Heathcliff. He could have just had everyone die after the game was cleared. Also he made the medicuboid.

He managed to help Kirito once (and you'll have to watch to see when it happens).

He is basically a trolls god in red armor that completely rekt Kirito. However kirito came back and killed him because video games are legit

8 Yui

Sure, her "Mommy" gig can be a little annoying, but everything else about her is just beautiful. She is willing to do anything for Kirito and Asuna. Although she's just an AI character, she's the smartest and most helpful AI I've ever seen in a game.

I HATED Yui. She's a Mary Sue. She is a little Mary Sue. Her voice was so shrill and irritating that I want to just jump into the screen and stab her. I wanted to kill the kid.
The abridged version fortunately redeemed Yui. Abridged Yui was an amazing character.

Although she should've just died in Ep. 12 of Aincrad and not getting revided, that doesn't mean I depise the character though because ironically she was one of the best things of Aincrad. But after the arc she was just fan-service and served no purpose. That being said her "death" was likely the second-most sad of the series.

Okay, what's with the hate on Yui? She saved Kirito and Asuna one time even though she knew she would be deleted! What's to hate about that?

9 Agil / Andrew Gilbert Mills Andrew Gilbert Mills is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

The only black character on the show. And who doesn't love Agil? Everyone loves Klein and Agil.

He literally has more development than Kirito.

Only black dude

10 Lisbeth / Rika Shinozaki

Lizbeth deserves way more attention and recognition than what she gets! She's a great character, she just needs her own story arc and more appearances in the anime/manga to get more attention. I feel like she would be a great aspect to the show, it's all Sinnon show now. Sinnon is cool, but she is a screen hog. She takes up all the screen time, and some of that screen time could be going to Lizbeth.

Why is she so far down the list? She's amazing and sweet, and cute. Her persona is awesome and honestly deserves so much more and better then Kirito. The Asuna and Kirito couple can go to hell for all I care.

If you ever are down and need someone to motivate you, or if you're daydreaming too much, Llisbeth is the perfect character for you. Most underrated in the series, also she's a no-nonsense character too.

Personally, I think Silica was better in her episode than what Lisbeth did in her episode. At least Silica killed one monster without Kirito's help one time.

The Contenders
11 Silica / Keiko Ayano Keiko Ayano is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

I'm a Silica and Pina lover! I think she is the best. Me and Silica have a connection a bond! She is amazing at singing even better than me. Silica is THE strongest player. Anyone who does not love her is not living!

I'm surprised there are no hate comments here, for some despicable people think she's annoying. I'm glad to see people giving her some love.

This is my Waifu she should be on top she is to cute to be on 11th place she should at least be over Sinon and just look at her alo skin CHANGE THIS!

Yes! I knew Silica would make the top ten she is the best character

12 Eugeo

He has great character development in the first part of Alicization, and he literally broke the Seal in his right eye to save Tiese and Ronye. The man also dedicated most of his life to finding Alice, and regretted how he wasn't able to save her due to the Seal of the Right Eye. I'm not sure if his feelings were ever clearly stated in the anime or light novel, but he definitely held some form of affection towards Alice, which I found really beautiful. His friendship with Kirito was honestly also one of the reasons I watched the Alicization arc, the fact that they both lost their memories of each other but still became friends again was honestly great. Also, his death broke me. "This sorrowful world...envelop it as gently as the night sky."

My dear husbando, he is so cute! The Weeb in me loves him for his character, he and Sinon are about the only two who have development; but the Furry side of me prefers his Howl at The Moon form from Memory Defrag, Edge and Okamimi crossed with Eugeo, I could not ask for anything better. Regardless he is by far the best character in SAO no matter what. I love him more than I could ever love another human being.

He hasn't been seen in the anime series yet, so he seems to only be seen in the light novel. At least until the new Sword Art Online III comes out this summer in 2016.

Honestly, throughout all of Alicization I was crying because of him and Alice. I never thought I'd like Eugeo at first until I watched the anime and fell in love with him instantly

13 Alice Zuberg

I think that she's a super strong character, and cares about Kirito deeply. Although I argue that her feelings towards him are only platonic, but people can think what they think.

I am trying to make Engel and Alice on top. If only Alice and Eugeo were in the Sword Art Online Episodes already...

Alice is simply amazing if you ever read the LN. Is really strong, takes really good care of Kirito when he <spoiler>, and actually has her viewpoint unlike most other chars

If she were not such a new character she'd be top 5 easily. Maybe only behind Kirito and Asuna.

14 Sachi Sachi is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Now she's incredibly overrated and her death was way overhyped but she was a good character. Some people are incredibly afraid of dying and she's good for relating. The sad thing is that she in the end passed away, even when Kirito promised she would live. This makes her death sad but more shocking in my opinion.

Sachi's death was, in my opinion, the saddest death in the series. Most of Kirito's development was because of Sachi and I was very sad to see her die. If Sachi stayed, we could have seen a weak, scared girl become a badass like Asuna.

Sachi may only be in the show for a few episodes but she has a massive impact on Kirito and helps him grow the most.

She was very realistic and was a big part of Kirito's development. I personally favor her more than Asuna.

15 Yuna / Yuuna Shigemura
16 Eiji Nochizawa / Nautilus
17 Sterben / Death Gun

Was it really necessary to spoil it for people who haven't watched the Phantom Bullet arc yet?

Don't spoil it but sterben is a pretty hated character in sao.

Death by gun more like

Death gun sucks

18 Pina

Is pina a dragon or a wolf?

19 Recon / Shin'ichi Nagata

He was a pretty cool guy. I hate how he basically was absent after Fairy Dance because he was the best thing about it honestly.

The guy is a legend he never got the girl and had the most meaningless death in all of television

Sacrificed the most in the ALO arc, and still didn't get the girl.

20 Bercouli
21 Quinella / Administrator
22 Griselda

She's just a minor character. Though she kind of cemented the relationship of Kirito and Asuna together. I liked episode 10.

No one even has a reason for Griselda to be in the top 15 so...
If anyone can tell me a reason for her to be above silica, than be my guest.

23 Ronye Arabel
24 Tiese Schtrinen
25 Red-Eyed XaXa / Shōichi Shinkawa

A bit of a wasted badass. Barely has any personality other than loving to murder people. His brother was better

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