Best Sword Art Online Characters

The Top Ten

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

One of the coolest heroes I've ever seen. Hi willpower and heart are always ready to beat anything that is faced towards him. He is a kind but pessimistic person. He is always up for any challenge and helps those in need. However he can be somewhat dull and naive as when he tried to face guardians in Alfheim online and failed miserably twice if not for reifnforcements

A badass protagonist, Kirito's sheer will and intelligence is on a whole other level. If he makes up his mind to do something, he finishes it. He has what it takes to beat off SAO.

I've always liked his style of clothing and his edgy and calm personality. I'm a bit of a Kirigaya fanboy but he just looks badass. Sure he's a bit OP but he still has personality and emotions.

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

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

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

The first developed character in SAO with a backstory and one of my favourites. It's amazing how they made the real life version and video game avatar of Shino so different yet you felt they were the same. But I mean you couldn't imagine the real life Shino ragequitting at Kirito like in a video game. Great character.

As a person who identifies as Sinon and has changed there name to shino asada in real life she inspires me to be stronger to conquer my real life fears in video games because of tragic things that happen in my real life she still moves on despite it like I do so could you still pull the trigger though?

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

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!

She was badass in the Aincrad arc! My favourite there and the romance between her and Kirito is actually one I like a lot and Asuna herself develops a lot. Unfortunately it ends there because she was ruined in Fairy Dance and never reached the glory again in Aincrad because of clichés and Sugou.

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.

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

She was a great person. I get that she was only in the anime for a few episodes, but that was enough for me to make her one of my favourite characters from the SAO franchise.

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.

This is the best character. 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.

She is a cheerful, strong and a warrior and is actually stronger than Kirito (mentioned in the anime) and I love how she keeps on fighting no matter what.
(Also I cried my ass of when she died saddest death ever 😭😭 sniff)

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

Klein and Agil are like the least relevant main characters in Aincrad but at the same time they are the most funny and reallistic ones of the bunch. It's disappointing how the show was teasing us thinking Klein would be the "best friend" of Kirito but then rarely appeared but hey he's good.

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.

Scientific Evidence why Klein is the best character:
1) a good player, while not OP.
2) Not gravely in love with Kirito
3) A genuinely nice guy
4) not a total creep (most of the time)
5) has a semi-unique Sword skill (katanas).

6 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.

Decently written character and relatable for people with incest problems. Although the name is too close to Kirito's arch-nemesis Sugou. Just why?

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..

7 Heathcliff

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

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

8 Yui

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.

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!

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.

9 Rika "Lisbeth" 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.

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.

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.

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.

10 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.

SAO would be 20% better if they had gave him more screen time

He literally has more development than Kirito.

The best developed and only sane character

The Contenders

11 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."

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

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.

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!

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

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!

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!

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

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.

13 Alice Schuberg

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.

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.

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 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.

Leafa is pretty awesome except for how obvious it was Kirito when she was crushing on him. And her boobs are huge to but shes awesome any way

I think all the dislikes came from your comment on the "boobs being huge".

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.

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

15 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.

16 Death Gun

"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

Death by gun more like

Death gun sucks

boom boom

17 Nochizawa Eiji
18 Yuna
19 Pina
20 Tiese
21 Recon

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.

I Love How Shy He Is It's Just Cute

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.

She died

23 Quinella
24 Bercouli
25 Ronye
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