List of .hack characters

This is a list of .hack characters along with their Character Classes.

The World

These are characters from the .hack media that took place in and around The World:


Artificially Intelligent Data Anomaly, shortened to AIDA, is described as a bug or virus, thought to have come from the disappearance of Aura, that defies all system parameters in The World. AIDA afflicts players in the .hack//G.U. series by attacking them and causing them to become insane over time or comatose in the real world. The eight Epitaph Users are immune to the effects of the virus, and use this advantage to fight it. The bad instances of AIDA are deleted at the end of the game series, though it is stated that good instances exist, and that they are happy that they were not removed.


is the main character of the first volume of the novel .hack//AI buster, and a central character in the second volume. Albireo is a powerful Long Arm character class, who mostly keeps to himself as a solo-player. In real life, Albireo is Kazushi Watarai, a system administrator and debugger for CC Corporation. His job is to work out any glitches in the game, as well as delete any system anomalies. He is set to hunt down a Vagrant AI, Lycoris, as part of his job, though he later meets her and befriends her, not knowing her true nature. He helps her regain various pieces of data, along with Hokuto, a newbie plater, and when completed, she realizes that she cannot exist and forces Albireo to delete her. He reappears in .hack//AI buster 2, chasing after Tsukasa, though he soon runs into Macha and is rendered comatose for several months.. He is forced to resign from CC Corporation as he is labelled as the one who caused the Twilight Incident. He then meets up with the person behind Hokuto, Haruka Mizuhara, and begin a relationship and live together.


is an advanced AI that takes the form of a young girl whose white hair, skin, and garments give her a ghostly appearance. She is created by Harald Hoerwick to be a symbol of his love for his deceased lover as the daughter that could have been. She is meant to be the perfect AI that will take in collected player information by Data Draining the current AI control program, Morganna, though Morganna intentionally keeps Aura in her sleep-like state in order to not lose her purpose. After Morganna's plot to keep her asleep by using Tsukasa in .hack//Sign fails, she awakens and becomes hunted by Morganna's Phases to prevent Aura from developing Data Drain.

Aura manages to cultivate this power into an installation book, which ends up in the hands of Kite. Aura becomes Data Drained afterward, which causes her to be scattered throughout The World. She manages to communicate with Kite and other players through corrupted e-mails, which leads to the defeat of most of the phases. During the final battle, Aura is scattered again and merges with Morganna to complete the Ultimate AI. She becomes an omnipresent yet mostly silent force within The World for some time. She eventually sets out to perfect herself by interacting with the world by giving two players, Shugo and Rena, chibi versions of the avatars of Kite and Blackrose in a contest, and giving birth to another AI, Zefie. This is also to help Shugo, whose goal it to become a hero. Aura eventually disappears, which causes The World to decline. This leads to CC Corp developing Project GU in order to recreate her.


, also referred to as Lord Balmung and "Balmung of Azure Sky", is a legendary player in The World. He gains his title be defeating an event thought to be unbeatable with his partner, Orca, causing them to be known as "The Descendants of Fianna." He is a Blademaster, who is given white wings after the event as a reward. He can use them to float and jump higher than other players. Balmung is originally very formal and assertive of his views, following a strict moral code of doing good in The World, leading some to consider him arrogant or rude at times. He truly loves The World, and takes playing it very seriously, to the point of investigating disturbances within it personally and refusing to speak with hackers or associate with them. By the time of .hack//Legend of the Twilight he's much more care-free and less serious with new players, though still completely business-like with his associates.


is a large, burly Blademaster. He wears relatively little clothes, and most of his body and face is covered in blue wave tattoos resembling Celtic woad. He uses The World to relax, having played computer games for over thirty years, and he likes to help out new players. He enjoys interacting with Mimiru and BT, having met the latter in person. His real name is , and he is a famous novelist. He enjoys various hobbies, like reading books by famous authors, and going to the theatre. He uses The World to interact with his son, with whom he has an estranged relationship. He later becomes the guardian of An Shouji, the player behind Tsukasa, and supports her financially as she attends boarding school.


a female Heavy Blade who meets Kite in the video game series. She is new to the The World like Kite, so the two adventure together. She reveals that her purpose for joining is to find a cure for the data bug that placed her brother in a coma. Her real name is Akira, who is a member of the tennis team at her high school.


BT is a Wavemaster featured in .hack//Sign. Her avatar has blonde hair and dresses in light green robes. BT focuses her attention on finding the Key of the Twilight and seems to be the least concerned with Tsukasa's predicament. She meets with Bear and Crim often in The World and she also meets them in person. The name BT comes from her favorite food, a BLT sandwich, without lettuce, which she hates. She is a former model named Machiko in her real life, and now makes a career at a dispatch company in the Touhoku region.


is a Long Arm featured in .hack//Sign. His avatar is a male with spiky blue hair, a red jacket, flared red and yellow pants, and a wave symbol on his chest. Crim plays as a very happy-go-lucky character, easygoing and sociable. He enjoys testing his skills against strong opponents, and is always ready to help anybody in need. He founds the Crimson Knights with Subaru, though he eventually leaves. He is very close to her, as he knows that she is handicapped and offers his phone number to her if she feels the need to talk. He is a business man in his real life, and is frequently sent off on business trips to places all around the world.


Cubia is a monster in The World the 'opposite side' of the mystical "Twilight Bracelet", being born during the creation of the bracelet. It constantly attempts to prevent Kite from progressing until it is finally defeated, which results in the destruction of the bracelet. .hack//Xxxx features Cubia with a human avatar with a similar bracelet who befriends Kite. Cubia returns in GU as the anti-epitaph, giving it power equal to all eight. It spreads throughout the internet, and causes malfunctions all over the world. It is eventually defeated by Haseo with the help of Ovan.


Elk is a shy Wavemaster who only finds comfort in working with Mia. He eventually comes to accept Kite and his companions as they work together. the Temptress is created by the player of Elk in the next version of The World. He is cold towards other players, referring to them as "ugly dolls. He is online for most of the day, only breaking to sleep, though he only interacts with a small cat that he believes to be the reincarnation of Mia. It is actually an AIDA feeding off his emotions by acting as Mia, so Haseo destroys it while fighting Endrance. Endrance falls into a deep depression until he becomes connected to Haseo in a similar format, devoting his life to what he believes he owes. His real name is .

Harald Hoerwick

is the German programmer responsible for creating the The World. He meets his unrequited love interest, Emma Wielant, at a seminar for anthroposophy. She dies in a car accident, which leaves Harald grief stricken to the point where he feels the need to create a tangible expression of his love for Emma. He creates a virtual daughter, Aura, designed to receive data on humanity and its various emotions. His plan goes wrong when the program designed to nurture Aura, Morganna, decides to bend its own programming to stay in existence. Obsessed with completing Aura, he decides to rid himself of his physical body and become part of The World.

Morganna traps Harald and restricts him to inaccessible areas, leaving him as "The Broken Man", where he loops dialogue expressing his regrets and the error he made in creating Morganna. He eventually helps Bear and his companions get on the right path to Aura, but Morganna deletes him soon afterward. Remnants in the form of a stone tablet appear to Kite, giving him clues on how to proceed, before being destroyed by Cubia. The next version of The World also features remnants that appear to Haseo.


is a professional hacker of extraordinary skills both in and out of The World. She uses an edited Wavemaster with a white dress with purple triangular designs and what resembles a matching queen's helm, that hides her eyes behind a red visor trimmed by gold. She provides help and information to some of the main characters in the storylines, though she usually works in the background. Helba's name comes from the long lost net-distributed text, the Epitaph of Twilight. She finds files of an unused town, and creates a patchwork area which she names Net Slum. It is a sanctuary for Vagrant AI, trash data, and other illegal items.


is a Twin blade and the main character of the .hack//Games series. Kite is the close friend of Yasuhiko, who plays online as Orca, in their school, so he joins The World and meets up with him. Soon after, Yasuhiko is placed in a coma by Skeith, and Kite receives the Twilight Bracelet from Aura, allowing him to Data Drain. Following leads set by Aura, Kite defeats the various Phases and Cubia, the alternate side of the bracelet, which destroys it. Aura eventually gives him a new bracelet called the Dawn Bracelet. In .hack//G.U., Haseo gets a message from BlackRose, indicating that she and Kite finally meet each other offline, and that she has feelings for him.


is a blademaster with the appearance anthropomorphic cat with purple fur and long rabbit-like ears. While she believes herself to be a hacker with advanced skills, she is really incarnation of the Phase, Macha. She is close to Elk because she unconsciously sees the resemblance to Tsukasa, a friend from the previous incarnation, and she is constantly on the look out for an item called "Aromatic Grass." As The World becomes more corrupt, she eventually awakens as in her full phase form, Macha the Temptress. She is destroyed, though Aura revives her afterward. Mia is destroyed after the Project GU staff remove the Temptress data from her. The player of Elk, under the character Endrance, picks up a AI that he believes to be her, though she turns out to be an AIDA.

The original "Macha" is an AI character created by Morganna to follow Tsukasa and make sure he never leaves the game. It eventually turns on Morganna and sacrifices herself to save Tsukasa and the others.


is a female Heavyblade who appears in .hack//Sign. Her avatar appears as a teenage girl dressed in an armored bikini top, and a short skirt, with large greaves on her legs. Mimiru plays as a "tough-it-out-through-anything" player, who is poor at planning things out and following through on them. She meets Tsukasa and soon becomes one of the few he trusts and he eventually sees her as a friend. She also teams up with Bear, who she refers to as an "old man." She eventually meets with An Shouji, Tsukasa's real identity, and the two go shopping together in Shimokita. She is really a 15 year old teenage girl, who's an only child and has few friends.

Morganna Mode Gone

is an AI system created by Harald Hoerwick to oversee the birth of Aura by gathering personality data of the players of The World and allowing herself to be absorbed into Aura. She eventually attempts to stall the growth of Aura indefinitely, resulting in many of the events in the .hack series. She is able to bend her programming by succumbing to a paradox, though she eventually brakes her programming and takes on the persona of the Cursed Wave from the Epitaph of Twilight. She exists everywhere in The World with the exception of glitched areas, and when she is damaged, the world becomes corrupted. After failing to keep Aura sealed with Tsukasa and failing to kill her with the Phases, Morganna is eventually merged with her to create her perfect form.


is a male Blademaster played by a fourteen year old boy named Yasuhiko. Orca is a high-level Blademaster who is given the title "Orca of the Azure Sea" after beating a event thought to be unbeatable with Balmung. After having his friend, Kite, join the game, he is given the Book of Twilight by Aura due to his reputation. Soon afterward, he is data drained by Skieth, leaving Yasuhiko in a coma until Kite manages to help complete Aura.


is a player that originally plays as a female BladeMaster named Brigit until she wins a special chibi version of Blackrose's avatar in a contest developed by Aura. She originally becomes bored of The World until she learns of the exploits of Kite and his companions. She starts playing The World along with her brother, who also won a version of Kite's avatar, as her new character to support him in becoming a hero as well. The two work to reunite Aura's daughter, Zefie, with her.

Silver Knight

is a Blademaster who is the second-in-command of the Crimson Knights under Subaru. His avatar is an edited version of the standard Crimson Knight design, with full chest and back plates added to his armor, horns added to his helmet, and red eyes instead of blue. He possesses a strong sense of justice, but is also extremely naïve, leading him to end up as more of a tool to be used by whoever is in control. He is extremely overprotective of Subaru, more so than anyone else. Silver Knight also appears in the .hack//Legend of the Twilight anime, where he helps Shugo until his character is deleted by the Cobalt Knights. He makes a third appearance in .hack//Roots, where he offers Haseo his assistance after stating that he has been in a similar situation. Haseo refuses his help.


is a player who wins a special chibi version of Kite's avatar in a contest developed by Aura. He originally believes himself to have outgrown video games, but after winning the character along with his sister, who won a version of BlackRose's avatar, the two join the game. He lacks planning skills and he is incapable of turning down the requests of others. He is given a version of Kite's Twilight Bracelet by Aura that does not harm humans. Aura's plan is to motivate Shugo by allowing him to be a hero, having met and talked to her using another player's character.


, known as Skeith, the Terror of Death, is the first of Morganna's phases to be created. He first absorbs Sora using Data Drain and he is sent out to find Aura. His avatar appears as a humanoid seemingly comprised of rounded rock, having floating disjointed appendages, and a two-piece ring shaped horn. Skeith carries a red staff, upon which he 'crucifies' his victims prior to Data Draining them. He resides in an amnesiac Sora until he finally is able to track Aura, and seal Sora within his staff. While hunting Aura, he drains Orca, which places him into a coma, leading Kite to eventually fight and defeat Skeith.

Skeith is recreated with the other Phases as part of a plan to reconstruct Morganna, though it backfires on CC Corperation. Based on Sora's condition, they give them the ability to fuse with players. The other seven absorb the consciousness of their players, while Skeith becomes part of Haseo, a new character created by the player of Sora. He is able to use Skeith to Data Drain on Haseo's opponents.


is a Twin Blade Player Killer who seeks out attractive female characters and attempts to obtain their personal member addresses. He is the fourth grade Ryou Misaki in real life. He interacts with Mimiru, who finds him to be a nuisance, and BT, who exchanges information with Sora and is often on the receiving end of his player killer activities. He searches for interesting activities, which leads him to Tsukasa and the Key of the Twilight, Aura. He eventually comes into contact with Morganna, and works with her until he finds her boring. She has Skeith Data Drain and absorb him, causing the player to fall into a coma.

Skeith uses Sora's body, which is covered in rags and with no recollection of past events, in order to track down Aura. He is later absorbed into Skeith's wand until he is freed by Kite. Ryou awakes from his coma after Morganna is destroyed, but he does not have any memories of playing The World. He later creates the character Haseo in The World R:2.


is a female Heavy Axeman with has blue-green hair, a Puce colored tattoo on her forehead, and rudimentary wings on her back. She first joins The World hoping to meet people, though she knows nothing of the game and just wanders around for hours. She eventually meets Crim, who teaches her to stand up against other players, and the two form an unofficial player organization designed to bring order, the Crimsion Knights. She eventually comes into contact with Tsukasa and forms a bond with him. Her real name is , a paraplegic girl who spends so much time in The World because it is the only place where she can roam freely on her own. At the end of the series, she meets An Shouji, Tsukasa's player, and the two begin dating.


is a Wavemaster whose consciousness becomes trapped in The World, while his real body is in a coma. He is a young silver-haired boy clad in grey robes. He is chosen by Morganna to prevent Aura from awakening by corrupting her with Tsukasa's negative emotions. Tsukasa is distant at first, but he eventually connects with Mimiru, Subarua, and Bear. Aura is eventually awakened, and Tsukasa is able to log out. Tsukasa is actually a female in real life named . She is raised by her father after the death of her mother. She is physically and mentally abused by him. He even temporarrily un-plugs the life-support machine while she is in the coma. His abusive behavior also distances her from her gender. He treats her like a boy, refusing to allow her to use feminine products and basic hygiene products. After awaking from her coma, Ryo Sakuma, the player behind Bear, becomes her legal guardian and allows her to go to a boarding school. She meets with Mariko, Subaru's player, and the two start dating.


is a Vagrant AI and Aura's daughter. She becomes separated from Aura and becomes attached to Shugo when she smell Aura's scent on his bracelet. She is always trying to get the affections of Shugo, and is rude to all who try to stop her. She can control The World and avatar appearances however she sees fit. At first, Zefie is selfish, spoiled, rude, and fixated on her own goals rather than the needs of others, though interaction with Shugo and Rena allows her to mature somewhat.

Other characters

  • A-20 - Twin Blade
  • Aihara, Yuki (Yuki-chin) online)
  • Alf - Wavemaster
  • Brigit (Kunisaki, Rena) - Blademaster
  • Chimney - Twin Blade
  • Corbenik, The Rebirth - Phase
  • Carl (Nimura, Junka) - Long Arm
  • Fairy - AI
  • Fidchell, The Prophet - Phase
  • Gardenia - Long Arm
  • Gorre, The Machinator - Phase
  • Hokuto (Mizuhara, Haruka) - Wavemaster
  • Hotaru - Wavemaster
  • Innis, The Mirage of Deceit - Phase
  • Kamui (Shibayama, Saki) - Long Arm
  • Komiyan the 3rd (Komiyama) - Heavy Axeman
  • Lin - AI
  • Lios - Administrator
  • Lycoris - AI
  • Magi (Saito, Asako) - Wavemaster
  • Magus, The Propagation - Phase
  • Maho - Wavemaster
  • Marlo - Blademaster
  • Mimika (Mirei, Miruko, and Misaki)
  • Minase, Mai
  • Mireille (Kurokawa, Mirei) - Wavemaster
  • Mistral (Kurokawa, Mayumi) - Wavemaster
  • Moonstone (Tsukiyomi) - Twin Blade
  • Moruti - AI
  • Natsume (Oguro, Natsume) - Twin Blade
  • NOVA - Heavy Blade
  • Nuke Usagimaru - Long Arm
  • Ouka - Werewolf
  • Piros (Matsuyama, Hiroshi) - Heavy Axeman
  • Rachel - Blademaster
  • Reki (Fujio, Satoshi) - Wavemaster
  • Rumor - Wavemaster
  • Sanjuro - Heavy Blade
  • Sieg (Kasumi, Tomonari) - Blademaster
  • Tarvos, The Avenger - Phase
  • Tohno, Kyoko (Kyo online)
  • Terajima Ryoko - Heavy Axeman
  • Tokuoka, Junichiro
  • Wielant, Emma
  • Wiseman (Hino, Takumi) - Wavemaster
  • Yukino (Makimura, Yukino) - Twin Blade

The World R:2

These are characters from the .hack media that took place in and around The World R:2


Alkaid is a female known as "Alkaid, Former Emperor of the Demon Palace." She is part of Icolo's guild, and takes part in the arena battles. She fights with Haseo after an argument, and looses after Haseo uses Skeith to fight for him. She thinks of him as a cheater while leaving. She later teams up with Haseo in order to enter the Holy Palace tournament to see Sirius. While searching for information, she is eventually drained and placed into a coma until the fight with Cubia. Her real name is Chika Kuramoto, a sixteen-year old Japanese girl. She lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido, and is on the library council for her high school. She values reading, and reads both Chinese classics and Western contemporary fiction.

Azure Kite

Azure Kite, also known as Azure Flame Kite, is a Twin Blade-type character who resembles a corrupted, stitched-together version of Kite. He does not talk, and only breathes loudly and growls. Azure Kite carries two triple-edged blades known as the "Empty Skies" and has access to a Data Drain. He can also transform into a floating azure orb of light to travel, and often arrives at areas in this form, surrounded by azure flames. He is an artificial intelligence created by Aura that exists to destroy computer viruses and AIDA. He is mistaken as the "Tri-Edge", which leads to Haseo attempting to fight him. He is scattered by Haseo, and later reforms himself, though he looses an arm to Ovan. He later joins with Haseo after Cubia is defeated.


Haseo is a Adept Rogue "Player Killer Killer" and the main protagonist of the .hack//G.U. video game series and the .hack//Roots anime series. He joins the game and he is quickly hunted by player killers until he joins with Ovan of the Twilight Brigade. Ovan eventually disapears, and Shino, Haseo's friend, is placed into a coma by Tri-Edge. Haseo attempts to find power, which leads him to Harald, who gives him power. He eventually tries to face Tri-Edge, though he is completely reset after being data drained.

Haseo then agrees to assist Yata and Pi, two System Administrators in The World R:2, in their efforts to discover the reason behind recent attacks on players and a sudden increase in AIDA activity. Haseo gains an "Avatar" named Skeith by awakening him, acquiring the ability to call Skeith and wield his abilities. His real name is Ryou Misaki, a social outcast who played as the player killer character, Sora, until he was placed into a coma by Skeith and awoke with amnesia.


is a Steam Gunner and the Epitaph-PC who controls Magus, the Propagation. Kuhn comes in contact with Haseo through the growing AIDA infection that is afflicting The World. Kuhn describes himself as more similar to Haseo than anyone else, despite Haseo's initial hostility towards him. Kuhn is light-hearted and brings laughter to the game players, but possesses the ability to remain calm and has an air of responsibility, especially towards Haseo's control of Skeith. He attempts to flirt with women avatars within the game, which leads to awkward situations.

Kuhn's real life persona is Tomonari Kasumi, who controlled the PC "Sieg" in the original The World, as well as the boyfriend of .hack//Liminality protagonist Mai Minase. Kuhn confesses to Haseo that the only serious girlfriend he had was in high school, but she had broken up with him due to his immaturity.


Ovan is a Steam Gunner who leads the Twilight Brigade. He usually never shares any personal things to anyone with the exception of Shino, who knows him in the real world. Ovan's arm is encased in a lock, which leads to others thinking that he is a hacker. Inside the lock is a black hatchet-like weapon in his hand, long black blade coming out of his shoulders. This is revealed to be the AIDA known as Tri-Edge, who has been placing users into comas. Ovan wants to save the first victim of his arm, his little sister, Aina. Ovan seeks to purge the system of AIDA with his Avatar's Rebirth ability, which can only be used after the defeat of Corbenik at the hands of Haseo using the power of Skeith and the other phases.


is a legendary Player Killer, whose victims, "The Lost Ones", never log back into the game. His names comes from the fact that he leaves a triple pronged sign at the location where he has defeated his victims. Azure Kite is mistaken for Tri-Edge, though it turns out to be AIDA, an AIDA that infects Ovan's character. It forms on his arm, and sometimes takes control over him.

Other characters

  • Adamas - Blade Brandier
  • Aihara, Salvador
  • Aina (Indou, Aina)
  • Amagi, Jyotaro
  • Anfini - Adept Rogue
  • Antares (Ogata, Mikihisa) - Blade Brandier
  • Asta (Hori, Tatsumi) - Edge Punisher
  • Atoli, the Mirage of Deceit (Kusaka, Chigusa) - Harvest Cleric
  • Azure Balmung
  • Azure Orca
  • Banshoya, Jun
  • Bordeaux (Kircheis, Nina) - Blade Brandier
  • B set (Miura, Shizuka) - Steam Gunner
  • Cashmere (Sudou, Yuuta) - Blade Brandier
  • Ender (Saeki, Reiko) - Blade Brandier
  • Furufuru - Shadow Warlock
  • Gabi (Washio, Daijirou) - Edge Punisher
  • Gaspard (Maki, Kouta) - Shadow Warlock
  • Gord (Hori, Mayumi) - Tribal Grappler
  • Grein (Komiyama, Souji) - Edge Punisher
  • Hideyo (Yokoi, Seiichi) - Harvest Cleric
  • Hiiragi (Yuki, Fumihiko) - Macabre Dancer
  • Iita (Ohta, Ryuuji) - ???
  • IYOTEN (Sakai, Naoya) - Blade Brandier
  • Jinrai - Lord Partizan
  • Kaede (Kaga, Kyouko) - Blade Brandier
  • Matsu (Kudou Shingo) - Adept Rogue
  • Midori (Shimomura Midori) - Edge Punisher
  • Nanase (Yuasa) - Twin Blade
  • Naobi (Hino, Takumi) - Macabre Dancer
  • Nala (Hino, Takumi) - Lord Partizan
  • Nasubi - ???
  • Natsume (Oguro Natsume) - Twin Blade
  • Negimaru (Ohyama Kazushige) - Twin Blade
  • Ochi - Harvest Cleric
  • Phyllo (Nakamura, Kojirou) - Harvest Cleric
  • Pirokio (Nomura, Takeshi) - ???
  • Piros the 3rd (Matsuyama Hiroshi) - Lord Partizan
  • Reid - Blade Brandier
  • Saburo - Edge Punisher
  • Sakaki (Uike, Tohru) - Edge Punisher
  • Sakisaka (Sakamura, Shinnosuke)- Steam Gunner
  • Sakubo, the Machinator (Nakanishi, Iori) - Shadow Warlock
  • Seisaku (Noguchi, Ryouta) - Harvest Cleric
  • Senpuu - Macabre Dancer
  • Shino (Nanao, Shino) - Harvest Cleric
  • Silabus (Morino, Yuuichi) - Blade Brandier
  • Sirius - Tribal Grappler
  • Sophora (Yuasa)- Twin Blade
  • Tabby (Kubo, Moe) - Tribal Grappler
  • Taihaku (Kurokai, Keisuke) - Steam Gunner
  • Tawaraya (Murakami, Junya) - Shadow Warlock
  • Tenzan - Blade Brandier
  • Tohta (Murakami, Junya) - Shadow Warlock
  • Wool (Sudou, Kouta) - Blade Brandier
  • Yata, the Prophet (Hino, Takumi) - Macabre Dancer
  • Zelkova - Flick Reaper


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