Aka: Black Swordsman, Kazuto KIRIGAYA, Kito

Gender: Male
Hair Color: Black
Rank #13
Rank #16

Kirito is one of 10,000 players trapped in the MMORPG known as Sword Art Online. He's recognized as a “Beater” to others for having restricted beta access before the death game started, and is harshly criticized for this unfair advantage. The skilled swordsman has condemned himself to a life of solitude as a result, and is determined to stay alive and reach Floor 100 to clear the game.

Though he refuses to join a guild and has made enemies along the way, Kirito also has gained several allies: Asuna, who he briefly partnered with, and Klein, a newbie player he helped train at the start of the game. Unlike the majority of Sword Art Online's players who only look out for themselves, Kirito lends a hand to those in need.

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Anime Roles

Eromanga Sensei Minor
He Wei Dao x Sword Art Online: Alicization Main
Sword Art Online Main
Sword Art Online: Alicization Main
Sword Art Online: Alicization - Recollection Main
Sword Art Online: Alicization - Reflection Secondary
Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Main
Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld: Part II Main
Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Recap Secondary
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Minor Non-Speaking Role
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition Main
Sword Art Online II Main
Sword Art Online II: Debriefing Main
Sword Art Online II: Sword Art Offline II Main
Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale Main
Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale - Sword Art Offline Main
Sword Art Online: Progressive Movie 1 - Aria of a Starless Night Secondary
Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline Main
Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline - Extra Edition Main

Manga Roles

Sword Art Online 4-koma Main
Sword Art Online: Aincrad Main
Sword Art Online: Aincrad Night of Kirito Main
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Main
Sword Art Online: Calibur Minor
Sword Art Online: Celeste no Yousei (Light Novel) Main
Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Main
Sword Art Online: Girls' Ops Minor
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Main
Sword Art Online (Light Novel) Main
Sword Art Online: Lisbeth Edition Main
Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosary Minor
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Main
Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Main
Sword Art Online: Progressive Main
Sword Art Online: Progressive - Barcarolle of Froth Main
Sword Art Online: Progressive - Kuraki Yuuyami no Scherzo Main
Sword Art Online: Progressive (Light Novel) Main
Sword Art Online: Progressive - Ougonritsu no Canon Main
Sword Art Online: Project Alicization Main
Sword Art Online Side Stories (Light Novel) Main
Sword Art Online SS: Calibur SS-han (Light Novel) Main

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Esira Sep 11, 2013

and I thought lelouch was the worst main character.

I was wrong.

machiko Jun 10, 2013

I really hate kirito, and the whole show in general. It was really disappointing and cheesy . I can't believe that a character like that made it to the top characters list :(

Funari Jun 8, 2013

If you're looking at one single episode of SAO, Kirito would... well, not be the best character around by a long shot, but at least passable. However, when putting portrayals of him from different episodes together and trying to make a consistent character out of them, he falls to pieces.

He's a loner who just wants to solo. He wants friends badly enough to lie to them. He randomly helps out people. He wants to raise a family. He's confident, he's cocky, he's crying about not being able to protect anyone. He just wants a fair fight. He tortures a disarmed guy. He's flirty. He fails to recognize flirting.

And no indication of any kind of change in his character is given. Basically, for the entirety of SAO arc, Kirito is not a character, he's merely what the plot currently requires him to be, whether it's a brooding loner anti-hero, a gallant knight in shining armor or a snarker with godlike power levels just looking for worthy opponents. ALO arc made him a bit more coherent, but to compensate his already raging Marty Stu powers went off the charts. He was undefeatable via conveniently ass-pulled new powers, his opinions were always correct, all the women wanted him. It was pretty much like watching a 14-year-old boy write himself as the main character in an escapist/revenge fantasy. He offered nothing of interest to watch.

Therefore I hope we'll never see leads like him again.

TheAngelofDeath May 26, 2013

great character, good story, but they should of built much more on SAO and not ALO. Kiritos character could of shined a lot better if they had.

And I must admit... too many girls fell in love with him too fast, there should of only been one other girl besides Asuna if even that.

His character is very straightforward which I like A LOT, and he follows his beliefs without hesitation which makes me like him even more. Those two reasons are the main reasons I like this character... and also he looks awesome!

To the haters below, sorry you feel that way but credit goes were credit is due. No amount of comments or context can change that.

hannes33 May 10, 2013

First things first. I never inteded to claim that all crtitsism is just baseless hate. I just sometimes get the impression when looking at the comments that certain people hate on it for no reason. And sadly beeing mainstream does play quite a reason to some people causing them to intolerately hate it just because they want to be different from the fans loving it. (it is the same thing everywhere, just take music as an example).

Your way of thinking is quite noble and I would be glad if everyone hating on SAO had issues they don't like. sadly most people don't even want to make the effort in thinking about what they dislike, they simply do. End of the story. And that is really disappointing if you ask me. Well but back to the topic. I really appreciate it when people like you place serious thoughtful critisism. Because blindly loving an anime is senseless in itself, since it is a fact that no anime is perfect. If you just dig deep enough, you'll find confusing, stupid, useless or senseless scenes all over. let us take my all time fave as an example: Code Geass. I completely adore that anime. the characters, story and concept of the anime is simply great and honestly sao is nothing compared to it. However, even in such a (in my opinion) masterpiece has contents that confuse or characters, that act quite unnaturaly.I don't want to spoiler anything. those who watched the anime will know.

That is why I like it when people like you too point those bad things out the fan base simply ignores. Of course kirito seems too perfect at times, of course nameless people die and the anime doesn't seem to care about and of course the plot get's more clichee the more the anime advances. that applies to character as well as the story itself. I know that fully well.

Nevertheless I don't think the first arc of sao isn't all too bad. Referring to the point concerning death game: I personally think that is the point where the anime is kind of unique. Normally you would see people beat the game and advance from level to level coming nearer to clearing the game the more episodes pass. but this does not appear to be the case in sao. They beat the game, yeah, but you also see how people start living in that world. you can see humanity adapting to a new environment and that is a point which can be rarely seen in the other animes.

Well enough of spamming the kirito character comment page. If you wish to continue this discussion head over to my profile or send me a message. I would love to head on with this discussion =)

See you. sorry for spamming this page =O

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