Best Sword Art Online Characters

The Top Ten Best Sword Art Online Characters

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

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. - darthvadern

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.

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

Cool personality, Blue haired beauty and an amazing shooter. Kirito should end up with her.

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?

The only two good things to come out of SAO were Ignite and Sinon - RaidenRain

3 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.

The only thing I hate about her is her "you dummy" line in the dub

She is pretty, fierce and KICKS ASS. No other words needed. So get out haters. - NashiNextGen12

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? )

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.

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. - darthvadern

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.

Well written character with a good story. It's incredible how this girl had more charisma, personality and development than the main character.

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

He isn't a focused character but he does help Kirito move forward.

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. - darthvadern

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).

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.

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? - darthvadern

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

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

creator of the series

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

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. - darthvadern

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

9 Rika "Lisbeth" Shinozaki

She was a pretty good character. Although the character to start the harem, she's pretty hilarious at times. - darthvadern

Lizbeth is one of my favourite sao characters and DESERVES.MORE.SCREEN.TIME!

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. - notbirdlandstew

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.

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. - 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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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 - LuluKurosaki

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!

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! - HyperJ

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

13 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.

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. - darthvadern

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.

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

15 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 is just super gorgeous. She and Eugeo need to be together! - LuluKurosaki

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

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

16 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

17 Yuna


dead girl :'(

18 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. - darthvadern

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

I Love How Shy He Is It's Just Cute

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

19 Pina


It’s so cute

20 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

21 Quinella

So Sexy

22 Ronye
23 Shinkawa Shouichi

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

he is evil

24 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...

25 Argo

Best char ever

26 Renly
27 Sugou Nobuyuki Sugou Nobuyuki is a fictional character who appears in the Sword Art Online series of light novels by Reki Kawahara. He is the main antagonist of the Fairy Dance arc.

Oh, Sugou is so awesome! He's such a great character that deserves to be first in this list! *sarcasm* - Goku02

Wow Sugou is on this list. What sad pervert actually liked him enough to put him on this list. I laughed when Kirito was finished with him.

The donald trump of anime

Can this guy just commit Seppuku already? - Hoxton

28 Sterben

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.

Spoiler alert: sterben is death gun

29 Shinkawa Kyouji

I didn't think there would come a time where there'd be a character which I both could relate to and feel bad for, while at the same time being totally creeped out by. Every expression he makes, every act he commits is filled with reason and even if you don't like it, you can't deny that there's an understandable reason to why he does so. - darthvadern

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.

30 Pale Rider

Wasted badass

31 Selka (Kirito’s Sister)
32 Tiese
33 Bercouli
34 Kibaou
35 Thrym
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