Best Sword Art Online Characters


The Top Ten

1 Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) 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!

He isn't a good character, he's just good. He doesn't have any character to him - styLIShT

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. - HollyNight

Best character ever and strongest

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

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.

She is SO pretty and I love her attitude. She might seem mean the first time you see her in an episode, but in the other episodes she's really sweet and kind. (Did I mention she was REALLY pretty? )

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!

Asuna is the best. I love her attitude. I also like the way she threatenes kirito. And she is more beautiful and cooler than sinon.sinon is so annoying.

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

Best girl and has more stuff in common with Kirito than Asuna does, people literally only watched season two because of Sinon and wished she would get her own show because of how interesting she is compared to Asuna.

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. - MissRWBY202

She is awesome and she should be with kirito and personally I don't like asuna, sinon is also much more beautiful

Sinon is the best gun user!

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4 Konno Yuuki Konno Yuuki 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. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Yuki didn't fall for Kirito even when he appeared that's an achievement


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

Klein is hilarious! Really sweet and tries to help everyone. He is also the first person Kirito meets in SAO.

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.

Dude, how is it possible to hate him? I love Klein! I do wish he can get more screen time though! But it's because I love Klein. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Klein is hilarious. Best friend Kirito ever had. - TheDarkOne_221b

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

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.

I ' adore sugu, she's so caring and loving and she accepted Asuna as Kirito's (unfortunately) girlfriend. in my opinion she is the best female character. she's so funny also

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7 Heathcliff Heathcliff

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

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. - Prospekt

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.

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8 Yui Yui

Yui is so cute! When she disappeared I was so sad I started to cry just a bit though but still! And she made the series so better and she even saved Kirito and Asuna even though she would be deleted! Yui sacrificed her life, so I BETTER NOT SEE ANYMORE HATE ON YUI!

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?

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. - Solacress

She's the only character than actually made me cry. He disappearance was easily the saddest part of the series. (still crying) - Solacress

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9 Silica Silica 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!

SILICA IS SO CUTE! She loves animals! If I was a sao character everyone would definitely pick her for me.

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. - Solacress

Even though I play a lot of fnaf silica is always better she reminds me of the human version of circus baby, she is the best and I hate it when people offend pina with the pina colada song SHOW PINA SOME LOVE

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10 Agil Agil 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. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

He helped out Kirito more than once

The best developed and only sane character

He's just so funny and helps out kirito a lot

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The Newcomers

? Pale Rider

Wasted badass

The Contenders

11 Leafa Leafa Leafa is the in-game avatar of Suguha Kirigaya, who is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

Why are Leafa and Suguha separate? Their the same person! - Coreylordo

I feel Leafa is kind of underrated. Although I think I can see why...

Why why she is so down I just love her so much I don't know why but I feel something Alec for her I don't know why but I love so much I can't even tell

Best girl deserves more love. So beautiful and a strong loyal sister.

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12 Kirito (SAO Abridged) Kirito (SAO Abridged) Kazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.

He was a lot better than the original Kirito. He developed well, subtly but well. He was (somehow) relatable and hilarious, all tying into being a very satisfying character in general.

I can't believe this guy is on here. But let's be real, this one is better than the original. (Fight me, yeah come at me bro).

He has a tongue just as sharp as his sword, you could say. (And yes, I know he's not a canon character)

I reject your reality and substitute my own

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13 Kirito Kirito Kazuto Kirigaya is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara.
14 Lizbeth

Well, at least she made the Dark Repulser sword for Kirito. If it wasn't for her, Kirito wouldn't have beaten The Gleam Eyes boss.

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.

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.

Lizbeth is such a great character who was not nearly used enough

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

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.

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

She was like Sword Art Online's very own dandere.

Kirito x Sachi is my OTP. Fight me.

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16 Eugeo

His death was sadder than both Sachi and Yuuki combined. RIP Eugeo

HOW IS HE SO LOW ON THE LIST! He sacrificed his life to save Kirito! His character development was the best that I've seen so far in this series. Come one guys, give Eugeo some appreciation. On another note, he's also super hot!

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.

He's the cutest looking guy ever!

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17 Death Gun

Death by gun more like

Death gun sucks

"It's showtime! " lol best catchphrase in the series for sure. Oddly it's spoken in English, even in the Japanese dub of the anime. O_o - Prospekt

boom boom

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18 Alice

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

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

Alice would be the third or fourth best character after Kirito and Asuna,her character development was impressive and she was a strong willed character.Let's admit it, someone who can pose a threat to Kirito x Asuna is not ordinary.

I think everyone doesn’t know who Eugeo or Alice is. It’s in alizization

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19 Recon Recon

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 Alice Schuberg Alice Schuberg
21 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.

She died

22 Shinozaki Rika

Lizabeth is agood player she helped kirito make a damn weapon

23 Seven

So uh she's a minor character in Lost Song, but she's considered... right? I personally like her. She's really cute in that Pooka avatar...

24 Argo Argo

Best char ever

25 Sugou

Is Sugou the worst anime character ever? NO! He is the WORST THING EVER! This filthy pervert deserves no fans at all! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Sorry AnimeAmerica, no one on this list wants to put an evil perverted scumbag like Sugou at number 1. If you want Sugou to be number 1 on a list, he's number 1 on Worst Sword Art Online characters. I hope I've made your day. LOL. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Wow, you put the worst character on the show on this list? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The donald trump of anime

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26 Sterben

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

Spoiler alert: sterben is death gun

27 Shinkawa Kyouji

He's an awful ugly character. He molested Sinon! Sick ugly pervert.

He's not as bad as sugou witch made 50% of the sao haters hate sword art online - ikerevievs

Correction. He ALMOST molested Sinon. Then she hit him with a radio.
THEN Kirito made a joke with her and she nearly hit HIM with a radio because after getting over the gun PTSD, now she had that lovely image.


28 Pina Pina

It’s so cute

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