Kirito

Aka: Black Swordsman, Kazuto KIRIGAYA, Kito

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

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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MrReally Sep 19, 2013

Okay not one of the best characters growth wise but after watching Sword Art Online how could you not like Kirito. A kid that is the best but is a laid back person Kirito is one of those characters that grows on you. You gotta give Kirito Credit even if you don't like him.

TheBoltOfShadow Sep 19, 2013

Everything about this main character is plot convinience or plot device. 

Just.....ugh, he's written as a fill in the blank for whatever the plot needs.

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.

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