Sword Art Online started as Japanese light novel created by Reki Kawahara. But, after A-1 Pictures adapted it into an anime series, it quickly became famous. While it’s not the same more than 1000 episodes like One Piece, SAO has been a mainstay in the world of anime. There are many fans cosplaying their favourite Sword Art Online characters at all anime conventions. In addition, with Sword Art Online Progressive Scherzo of Dark Dusk releasing in 2022 Here’s a list with the top five SAO characters as per the opinions of users on Ranker.
Strongest Sword Art Online Characters
The list will comprise a total of 20 characters. They will be ordered from 20 th up to the 1 1st position, with 20th lowest of this list as well as the 1st list being considered the most powerful.
Kirito is the leader member of her clan, the Sylph clan. Kirito helps her escape being attacked by the Salamanders in the course of talks among Sylphs and Cait Siths. Sylphs as well as the Cait Siths by battling and defeating their leader, Eugene, and funds their cause with all the money he raked in the game.
To express her gratitude for his kindness, she plans an expedition together with her companion Alicia Rue, the leader of the Cait Sith clan in order to a**ist her in completing through the “Great Quest” of ALfheim Online by achieving the unaccessible summit of the World Tree, and save Asuna.
Agil is a mature adult who is also addicted to online video games. He is Kirito’s most trusted friend within SAO. In the game, he manages an armory. In real life, he operates the pub. He participates in some raids run by guilds. He is using a huge Ax, which is why he’s heavily based on strong attacks.
The first time she was spotted in the first episode of Kirito at SAO to the very first time Silica was a 13-year old girl that, within the shortest amount of time, is able to control a rare animal called the dragon (named Pina), despite being a middle-level player. Silica has a name that has seen many players admire her and flatter her (being an idol of the Japanese Japanese idol) which has caused her to underestimate her own abilities.
She is usually averse to male players who provide her with weddings in-game despite her youth. A few days ago, Silica finds herself lost in the forest and loses her creature. However she is fortunate that she is swiftly rescued by Kirito. Kirito is extremely comfortable and is willing to help since her facial features remind him of his younger sister.
With the aid provided by Kirito, Silica manages to restore her dragon to life. She also finds out that a reputed “beater” has accompanied her however she doesn’t worry about him because she believes that there’s nothing to worry about in living close to such a generous person. Within ALO, Silica is an integral part of the group which Kirito and Asuna discovered, along with Lisbeth, Leafa, Klein, Sinon and Yui.
Klein is a beginner player who is a novice player. He meets Kirito at the official launch day for Sword Art Online and, after recognizing Kirito for being a beta tester Kirito asks him to show him the fundamentals of the game. They split at the same time, following the time that Kayaba gives everyone players what he calls”the SAO tutorial.
Klein is an open and friendly person who is a staunch supporter of Kirito despite the overwhelming and negative view of beta testers. If they do meet for the second time, Klein holds the position as chief of the Fuurinkazan guild that has members with equipment and weapons that are mostly devoted to the color red . They visually resemble the samurai of Sengoku time.
Although they don’t travel together the other, Klein regularly meets Kirito as well as his companions and often goes on quests with them.
She is the mainstay of Ordinal Scale as well as a host of other participants (including Keiko, Rika and Suguha) are ranked first on the leaderboard, and invincible thanks to the Ordinal system. She writes songs. Her goal is to be an artiste and perform on stage before millions of viewers.
Many doubt her authenticity and believe she is real, and appearing bigger than life to an unplayable character.
In the real world, Yuna is an artificial intelligence derived from one of the 4000 victim of Sword Art Online The child of the professor Shigemura, Yuna Shigemura, the bard’s weakest singer from Aincrad and the love from Eiji who was one of the first victims. She has lived through the information of Sword Art Online and that is trying together with the professor “resuscitate” by recovering the memories of players who were a part of her.
15. Vassago Casals
Miller is Miller’s friend and spiritual brother Miller is his brother’s spiritual and close friend. That’s why he is called “Brother”. Miller plays the role of his right-hand man in the private military that is, in real life and under the direction of the NSA will attack and take over the Ocean Turtle The Mobile base for the Rath group, where the body of Kirito and Asuna is kept.
This is done so as take advantage of ALICE technology, which is something that, as an individual is not his concern as it is merely an excuse to provide help to his friends and having the chance to be compensated to enjoy and excel in violence, combat and murder.
Yuki has been born on the 23rd of May the 23rd of May. In real life, she is a brunette-haired woman with a bob. She also is slim in build while her ALO avatar sports long black-purple hair and eyes that are red. She wears an obsidian armor as well as a purple skirt as well as a slim black scabbard that hangs at her waist.
Based on The Sleeping Knight guild leader, Yuki was a happy girl who made the most of her life, despite the challenges and stating that certain things are best transmitted through fighting. Famous for her invention of the Eleven-Stroke First Sword Skills Mother’s Rosario and dying of AIDS on the 29th of March 2026 at fifteen. She entrusted her skills to Asuna and Asuna, who was a great companion.
Though it is mentioned in the beginning of the sub-arc by a legend about the sword (discovered through Kirito, Eugeo and Alice of the dragon’s bones and his Blue Rose Sword, of which he was the keeper within the context of an ancient treasure found in the Northern Caverns) and briefly told (Cardinal’s story told to Kirito and Fanatio’s thoughts) He is seventh Integrity Knight who was physically presented into the history of.
The most experienced, oldest and skilled combatant of the Order as well as the Empire (also the closest to the Administrator of the brothers of his in arms) Master of the arms of Alice Synthesis Thirty who he considers spiritually his “daughter” – thus that is his great love and master of his smaller sister Fanatio Synthesis two (who is obsessed with his image of her as a Knight as well as an individual woman, has been battling the narcissism of her femininity for over a century).
Based on the experiences of Kirito who was fictitious, and instilled into the character, Eugeo is his best buddy since childhood in the realm of the Underworld along with Alice Zuberg.
Eugeo is, in actual fact the very first person the protagonist meets upon his arrival in the mysterious and dark realm of Underworld and who invites the protagonist to his home village in which he is employed as a woodcutter.
He acquires his Sword of the Blue Rose but is unable to make use of it. After five days of cutting Gigas, a massive cedar, a gathering is held within Rulid Village for the event in which Eugeo declares his intention to become knight.
11. Death Gun
The initial Death gun was Sinon’s friend and lover in real life. Sinon is the character Spiegel on GGO however he utilizes this Death Gun avatar to shoot XeXeeD who proved to be the best player.
Kyoji was averse to XeXeeD because they had propagated the notion of how increasing their agility of the model was the most effective option, and the progress of Spiegel was dependent on this. However, later XeXeeD himself had admitted that using agility as a primary factor is not the best option. Kyoji later tried to take down Sinon within the actual world.
The other was a member of an PK group within Sword Art Online, the Laughing Coffin, Shoichi, together alongside his older younger brother Kyoji as well as another member from the Laughing Coffin, find a method to take out people playing GGO in actual life, too. Then, he joins his first Bullet of Bullets tournament under the name of Sterben to take out the most experienced players.
He will usually disable the opponent using an sniper rifle and delivers the final blow with his fictitious “Death Gun”, a .30-caliber pistol. If Shoichi shoots another player within the world of virtual reality his brother and another members in his Laughing Coffin make sure to take him down in the real world by giving him the lethal injection. The avatar of his character on SAO is Zaza’s Red Eyes.
The primary villain in the Alicization Beginning sub-arc, she is the ruler in The Human Empire within the Underworld. She is the founder of the Church of the Axiom as and of the Module of Piety, which is a part of the Church and helps to please each Knight of Integrity and to ward off the enemies of Cardinal.
Their tale is recounted by the Cardinal in his letter to Kirito at The “Great Library”, where the Cardinal takes them along with Eugeo to safety following they getaway (and escape). She is most of the time in her home located on the top floor 100 in Centoria’s Great Cathedral in Centoria.
9. Kirigaya Suguha / Leafa
Kirito’s adopted sister and cousin. Suguha (sometimes known as “Sugu”) is a dedicated student with an passion for sports (in fact, she has been practicing Kendo for the past 8 years). When Kazuto finds herself within the nightclub of SAO, Suguha decides to play ALO and goes by the name “Leafa”.
She is in love with Kazuto However, she doesn’t realize the feelings he has for Asuna are strong enough for any obstacle to stand between them. She happens to meet Kirito in ALO where players don’t have their true features. They a**ist Kirito in the search for as well as rescue Asuna. When she realizes the magnitude of Kirito’s affection for Asuna and realizes she is Kirito is Kazuto She decides to leave Kirito.
8. General Eugene
He is the son of the leader of the Salamaders and his son. He is a well-known swordsman. Before losing to Kirito the shrewd fighter, he was believed to be the best fighter at ALfheim Online. Motivated by his battle the two of them, he is hoping to take on Kirito again in single-fight and his motive to challenge opponents on the level of his.
In the film’s story Ordinal Scale, he’s among the gamers who are loyal towards virtual-reality games. They are featured in an online report on the declining server traffic. They also express their disinterest in playing Ordinal Scale. He boasts before the camera, and then is tricked to the screen by Alicia Rue. He is part of a group with his friends as well as their companions in the final fight against the extremely formidable Boss in the 100th Tier New Aincrad.
Within the War of Underworld sub-arc, the savior saves Kirito and his comrades in the Underworld together with others ALO as well as GGO players.
7. Asada Shino / Sinon
GGO player Sinon can be described as a proficient Sniper, who is also known as “Hecate” for the weapon she is using the PGM Hecate II. When she lost her dad in the early age, she became extremely cautious of her mother, whose mood was fragile following the loss of her husband.
After being victimized in an attempted armed theft Shino becomes traumatized and starts to be afraid of men and weapons and becomes paranoid, which made her into an irritable victim during high school. Shino decides to take part in GGO where the fire-related injuries are made up in order to conquer her fear of herself.
Sinon teaches the fundamentals gameplay to Kirito whom she initially thinks is one of her friends due to the feminine characteristics of his character in this VRMMORPG. Sinon is also seen in ALO as an Caith Sith archer, who a**ists Kirito get her Excalibur sword.
In the beginning, Alice was an apprentice of the sacred arts along with Sister Arizaya. She also delivered food at the table for Eugeo and Kirito each day. One day, she is lost in the process and is shocked to realize she’s gone wrong when she reaches the Dark Territory, where she is the final frontier of in the World of Humans, when she comes across in front of a ferocious battle between knights.
In a state of panic, Alice tries to flee but gets trapped in the hostile zone, however, she is swiftly helped from the danger by Kirito as well as Eugeo. While unintentionally, she ventures in the Dark Territory, Alice breaks the taboo and is likely to be executed at the hands of The Knight of Integrity. When he arrives at Alice, Eugeo is paralyzed by her fear, and Kirito is not able to save her before she’s taken.
After six years, a glimmering image of her is revealed before Kirito’s eyes. It reveals that he’s waiting to meet Kirito at the Cathedral.
In the beginning, a character will be featured in the stories that are dedicated to SAO and later, he’ll a**ume the role of a the support PG in ALO as a character as “Pixie”. Yui was initially thought to be a mistaken impression to be an undiscovered child is actually an artificial intelligence-based program inside the game. Her full name in operation will be “MHCP v.1” (“Mental Health-Counseling Program”) and is also known as “Yui” for gamers.
The primary function for this artificial intelligence is track the emotions and thoughts of players, in order to help them, and a**ist them. In the wake of the drastic change the SAO world SAO went through on the opening day of their first official game She is now strictly prohibited from interacting with players and their families, so her role is gone.
Unable to a**ist and instead, observe the misery of the players, her meeting to Kirito and Asuna is a moment that she experiences for the first time with feelings of happiness and peace. At first, she is mistaken for an amnesiac child who has been lost and the two decide to take her in their care. Her real identity is revealed after, in the form of an automated program removal from SAO is ruled out.
Yui is saved by Kirito who has her personal information within his NerveGear. Yui generally uses the term Kirito in the form of “dad” and Asuna as “mom”.
4. Sugou Nobuyuki / Oberon
The antagonist principal of the story’s second arc Nobuyuki has the position of director at the institute “RECTO Progress Inc.”. He was chosen by the father of Asuna in order to wed his daughter He became a part of the Yuki family due to this reason.
He is the one responsible for the inability to awaken 300 people who are who are connected to SAO and includes Asuna as of the time his VRMMORPG (“Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game”) is finished. All are the victimized by forced transfers, and are within the virtual realm of ALO where Nobuyuki is the avatar that is Oberon, the “King of the Elves Oberon” and is focused on studying the possibility of enslavement to the human mind by “FullDive” technology.
He’s had Asuna in prison and, regardless of her being prisoner, he regularly calls her and refers to her name as “titania”, “Queen of the Fairies”. By using his system’s commands Kirito is given Kirito who has climbed to the top of the tree Yggdrasil, to help Asuna and suffers a crushing defeat and attempts to a**ault Asuna however, the two save themselves by The “Ghost Program” of Akihiko Kayaba, a friend of Nobuyuki’s. Always viewed as an adversary.
After watching all his plans fail, Nobuyuki, blinded by hatred, decides to murder Kirito at any cost, even in real life. It’s an attempt which will fail and result in his being imprisoned.
Asuna is among the first people that Kirito will make a connection. Asuna is known for her speed, to the point that she’s known as “Asuna the lightning bolt”. Following the first encounter with Kirito The two split, and the next time they meet they discover that Asuna is now one of the vice-commanders in Kirito’s “Knights of Blood”, the most powerful guild of SAO.
The first thought of Asuna is to complete the game. She thinks that each day there is a day that is lost to the outside world. that is until she is in the love of Kirito and realizes that, even though it’s a virtual reality there is a relationship that is real.
2. Kayaba Akihiko / Heathcliff
Kayaba is the creator and director of Sword Art Online as well as the principal antagonist of the story’s first sequence. It is due to him that users who are connected to SAO cannot quit the game by simply logging out. It also blocks it from shutting down the NerveGear from being taken away by a third-party, since the device could destroy the brain of the user (through an electronic system that creates radio waves that are extremely powerful) when it is forcefully removed.
According to him, has been accomplished, in the form of creating an alternative world. He would like only to observe the events unfold. To fulfill his goals He hides in the revered guild of Heathcliff who is the who is the leader of the “Knights of Blood” guild active within the world of virtual reality.
While his avatar does have immortality protection, Kayaba does not strictly require such protections, as being the person who invented SAO Kayaba is a master of the game’s mechanics and the best strategy to stop them.
Because of this, Kayaba defeats Kirito in an initial duel. However, Kayaba is recognized by the boy who proves his invincibility to the whole “Knights of Blood” guild after the boss battle on the 75th floor Kayaba launches an attack against his opponent. Surprisingly, it could be deadly for the boy.
While he didn’t resort to hiding his real features to conceal his true identity, Kayaba has also chosen to activate his own NerveGear in the hope of eliminate his brain in the event failure.
1. Narusaka Kazuto / Kirito
Kirito is the main character in Sword Art Online (“SAO”). As one of the very few players who were able to play the game that he could play the game prior to its launch of the game, and has a remarkable experience with it.
A few minutes after the game starts, Kirito joins a guild in order to hide from them the fact that Kirito is a Beater (a term invented by Kirito himself to describe himself as the fusion that is Beta Tester as well as Cheater) however, as he travels through dungeons, he stumbles into traps Kirito’s fellow players become victims to enemies larger than them.
Kirito feels responsible for what transpired, will choose to go on his way to the 100th level on his own without the involvement of other players. Kirito’s skill will only increase when, surprisingly the next day, realizes that he is able to access an undiscovered skill that was never before previously seen in SAO and is called known as the “dual wield”; so to not create the anger or jealousy of other players, he’ll be careful to keep this skill secret.
Sword Art Online is a long-running franchise with many characters. Although many of the characters are intended to be cheered for and followed by viewers, there are some that are more relatable than others. They have clearer motives and are easier to understand.
There are also less popular characters. Some are villains so they are not necessarily liked by fans. Others are real headcratchers because they are protagonists who may not always do the right thing, or make the most sense for viewers.
Sword Art Online Characters Ranked By Likabilty
12. Subtilizer : Sometimes Kills To Experiment With Death
Subtilizer may be the most hated character in the series. He is not even remotely likeable. His curiosity about death, and the nature of the soul is the core of his personality. He kills regularly to explore this idea, often using animals. He is also responsible for the death of one of his childhood buddies because he wants to experience this in action as a human.
11. Sugou nobuyuki : Greedy & Cowardly Fairy Queen Oberon
Sugou Nobuyuki (or Fairy King Oberon, as he is known in Sword Art Online) is the only character in the series that doesn’t possess one redeeming quality. He’s manipulative and greedy, with no moral center. Although he is supposed to be engaged to Asuna he treats her in an abusive and terrible manner. He is not a fighter and acts in a cowardly way when in pain.
10. PoH : Promotes the idea that players shouldn’t feel bad about killing others
PoH is the most hated main antagonist in the series. He uses the game to bring him sadistic pleasure. He believes that Sword Art Online is responsible for all deaths in the game. This means that no one should feel guilty about killing another person. This causes a killing frenzy among characters and leads to some of the first actual murders in the game. This is because he finds the game amusing.
9. Heathcliff : An Honorable Villain Who Isn’t See the Point in Human Life
Heathcliffe and Kirito have a lot in common. They both struggle to express themselves to others and to form real relationships because of their obsession with computers.
Heathcliff doesn’t see the point of human life and will even let anyone die if it is interesting in the virtual universe. He is also a honorable villain, who believes in fair play and accepts defeat with grace when Kirito beats them.
8 Kirito : Blunt Yet Kind, The Main Protagonist
Although Kirito is the main character of the series, he is sometimes not the most likeable person. He is often rude or blunt to people he talks to and doesn’t always understand the consequences of his actions or words. He’s kind and compassionate, and will go out of his way for others to help them, even if it seems that he will suffer. For example, he will take the blame for the beta testers so they don’t feel angry.
7. Sinon : Kind and Relaxed Despite a Tramatic Backstory
Sinon is a character with unique backstory. It involves Sinon having to kill an armed robber who broke into her home when she was a child. She suffers greatly from panic attacks after being reminded of this trauma.
Despite these characteristics, she is calm and collected even in the most difficult situations. She tries her best to be kind and helpful, but it can sometimes be hard to approach.
6. Asuna : Became more independent & determined
Asuna’s character has definitely improved over the series. She is much more likeable than she was when she first met Kirito. She isn’t as dependent on him and makes all the decisions for her, but she is more a**ertive and determined to voice her opinions and make sure her voice is heard. She is also determined to help others, and will not let anyone suffer if she can help.
5. Yuuki : Happy Despite A Declined Life Expectancy
Yuuki is a fascinating character. She is the main character in two Sword Art Online side tales, and not an overall protagonist. She is also afflicted with HIV and most of her family members (though science is not entirely clear). Despite the fact that her illness could reduce her life expectancy she is cheerful about her life and wants to make sure she does not die prematurely.
4. Alice Zuberg : Passionate about Adventure and Hardworking towards her Goal
Alice Zuberg stands out among many of the other female characters in Sword Art Online. Her personality is more reserved as she is serious about her studies in the Sacred Arts. She is determined to achieve her goal, and she works tirelessly. She enjoys adventure and pursues it with enthusiasm.
3. Leafa : Outgoing and tough, & related
Leafa is a great person to have fun with. Despite being in a difficult place, she is cheerful and outgoing. She doesn’t allow anyone to treat her in any way she doesn’t like or hasn’t authorized. Recon is a good example of this. She punches him in the face when he tries to kiss her without permission. Although she can be insecure about Kirito’s relationship, this only gives her a human side.
2. Eugeo : Kind and believes in doing what’s right
Eugeo is a character that grows in popularity with time. Although he is kind and compassionate and always thinks of others, his fear about getting in trouble and breaking the rules sometimes means that he allows bad behavior to slide. He is a strong believer in morality and recognizes the need to sometimes do things differently or do things that are not allowed by the rules to do what is right.
1 Silica : Optimistic, Supportive, & Devoted
Silica is a supporting character for most of the series, but she shines as the main character in Girls Ops. Because of her unwavering optimism and support from her friends, she is a cheerful and sweet person. She is a great friend to her Tamed Monster Pina and feels so devoted that she will even die for it.