Kirigaya Suguha is raised with Kazuto as his sister since her parent took Kazuto in after his parents died in a traffic accident. Kazuto is Suguha's first cousin; his mother was Suguha's mother's sister. They were taught Kendo by their grandfather, who was a former policeman and a Kendo champion. Kazuto gave up after two years and embraced the world of technology, leaving her behind. The truth is, Kazuto found out he was not her real brother around this time and their distance became further and further apart, until they were practically strangers before the SAO Incident. She continued with Kendo and became a national quarter-finalist. Suguha originally disliked VRMMO's for the reason it hid people's nature and reality. She took up ALO in order to understand Kazuto better when he was trapped in SAO. She won the Sylph tournament earning the title as strongest Sylph before Volume 3. She learned how to play ALO from her classmate, Recon. Suguha became very good at ALO because all the years, she have practiced Kendo for many years and the skills learned there were very effective for fights in ALO. She enjoys flying in the game, Recon nicknamed her "Speed Holic" due to her joy of flying.
Unlike her cousin Kazuto, Suguha is upbeat and outgoing. She is much more social and converses easily with others. Even when Kazuto began to push her away after finding out they weren't really siblings, she still treated him with good spirits and tried to get back in his life. She can be very agressive towards those that annoy her or cross her and can lose her temper. This is demonstrated in one case when Recon attempts to kiss her after confessing to her; she punches him and then beats him up. Despite treating Recon most of the time with annoyance, she cares for him as a good friend, although she does not seem to return his feelings. She did, however, say she enjoyed seeing "this side" of him when he confessed, and was shocked and motivated by his sacrifice at the battle at the World Tree.
Despite her positive outlook and slighly aggressive behavior, Suguha can be somewhat fragile and delicate due to her young age espesically when her cousin, Kazuto is involved. Once finding out Kirito and Kazuto were the same person, she locked herself in her room away from her cousin and went into a slight depression. In addition, after seeing Kazuto comatose from being locked in SAO, she broke down crying for the first time in years. Most of the time she is quick to rebound from these moments and be the same upbeat girl she always is. She also is, besides Asuna and possibly Sinon, the only girl Yui will allow to interact with Kirito, most likely because the two are family.