Kirito (キリト Kirito?) is the protagonist of the Sword Art Online Light Novel Series. He was chosen as one of the 1000 beta testers for the Closed Beta of «Sword Art Online», the first ever VRMMORPG for the Nerve Gear. His real name is Kirigaya Kazuto (桐ヶ谷和人 Kirigaya Kazuto).
Born October 7, 2008, Kirigaya Kazuto was adopted by his aunt and uncle a year after his birth when his biological parents died in an accident. Raised by his foster parents as a son, he originally trained with his cousin in the neighborhood kendo dojo under their grandfather's tutelage. Due to his aunt's influence as an editor for a computer systems magazine, however, Kazuto fell in love with computers and dropped kendo after two years.
In actual life he has a tendency to gravitate towards dark colored clothes, and his appearance is the same as in SAO.
Sword Art Online
During the beginning of the game and during the beta-testing phase, Kirito's avatar had the appearance of a ridiculously handsome protagonist. After Kayaba Akihiko gifted the «hand mirror» to all the participants, his appearance changed to his appearance in real life.
Kirito has slightly long but neat black hair and black eyes. His delicate face has no trace of masculinity, making people mistake him for a girl.
After the initial stages, he became well known in SAO as the «Black Swordsman Kirito» due to his tendency to wear black. He uses two swords after his Unique Skill «Dual Blades» was revealed, the black «Elucidator» and the white «Dark Repulser».
Kirito's initial appearance was that of a default «Spriggan», which he chose because of the race's black-themed equipment. Instead of the normal black forelocks hanging from his head, his black hair stood in natural spikes. His large eyes appeared mischievous, and he had pointy ears and dark grey-ish blue wings.
He is equipped with a large broadsword intended for larger players like «Imps». He will occasionally dual wield using his experience from SAO.