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***Subverted later on, when he meets with [[spoiler:a false]] Aihane Etsu that brags his name to try and scare him with his identity only to be scared out of his wits due to his reputation the unaware Touma has in the dark side of Academy City.
15th May '16 2:47:34 PM ultimomant
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* PragmaticVillainy: Even when he considered himself a villain, he buys his groceries and meals instead of taking it by force. When questioned about this by Last Order, he explains that although he's powerful enough to just take anything he wants, it's too much hassle to have to deal with the authorities and others futilely trying to fight him off. Buying stuff without making a fuss means he gets it quickly and without any problems.
22nd Apr '16 2:23:56 PM sorako
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* SpecialOddHand: Touma's right hand, the Imagine Breaker, has the ability to negate any supernatural powers, including the effects of psychic, magic, and divine powers.
11th Apr '16 8:34:01 AM sorako
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* GuileHero: See Awesomeness by Analysis above. He might be unmotivated and willing to go along with people who'd presumably know better but he can really get into his enemies heads and he was arguably far more effective when he was moving independently during [[spoiler:World War III]]. Becomes even more noticeable in NT where he's much more prone to sneaking around on his own incentive.
** He becomes a scarily competent [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] for [[spoiler:the Ichihanaransai Arc where he flawlessly leads both major factions by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives]]. Albeit he was admittedly [[BewareTheNiceOnes vengeful]] about [[spoiler:Birdway's manipulations preceding that.]]



* GuileHero: See Awesomeness by Analysis above. He might be unmotivated and willing to go along with people who'd presumably know better but he can really get into his enemies heads and he was arguably far more effective when he was moving independently during [[spoiler:World War III]]. Becomes even more noticeable in NT where he's much more prone to sneaking around on his own incentive.
** He becomes a scarily competent [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] for [[spoiler:the Ichihanaransai Arc where he flawlessly leads both major factions by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives]]. Albeit he was admittedly [[BewareTheNiceOnes vengeful]] about [[spoiler:Birdway's manipulations preceding that.]]
11th Apr '16 8:31:18 AM sorako
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* AchillesHeel: Imagine Breaker can only negate the power itself, not the aftereffects. Then there's the fact that it only works from the right wrist down, so if a power hits somewhere ''besides'' his right hand first, he's screwed. It cannot instantly negate a power if it is extremely massive or maintained by an outside source... which he exploits to his advantage in Volume 20 [[spoiler:during his second fight with Accelerator, grabbing one of the latter's wings and throwing him off-balance, allowing him to get close.]]



* AllLovingHero: He just wants to protect everybody.



* AlternateCharacterReading: His name is written as "上条 当麻". Kanzaki reinterprets it in Volume 1 as "神浄 討魔", which is his epithet: "He Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil". In the epilogue of Volume 14, Kamachi gives an alternate reading to his surname: "神上", which means [[spoiler:"He Who is Above God"]]. His given name can also be read as "透魔", meaning "Invisible Demon", [[spoiler:which is also the name of the thing inside Touma's Imagine Breaker.]]



** AchillesHeel: Imagine Breaker can only negate the power itself, not the aftereffects. Then there's the fact that it only works from the right wrist down, so if a power hits somewhere ''besides'' his right hand first, he's screwed. It cannot instantly negate a power if it is extremely massive or maintained by an outside source... which he exploits to his advantage in Volume 20 [[spoiler:during his second fight with Accelerator, grabbing one of the latter's wings and throwing him off-balance, allowing him to get close.]]
** BeyondTheImpossible: Several characters note that Imagine Breaker doesn't make any sense and defies the laws of both science and magic.
** BlessedWithSuck: Touma's power also negates his ''[[CosmicPlaything luck]]'' (which is probably the reason why he's attracting such deadly trouble in the first place), causes him to be classified as Level 0 because his power can't be detected by normal means, and is hardly useful in mundane situations, either. Imagine Breaker prevents telepathy from affecting him, so he can't hear telepathic warnings. Healing magic is automatically negated in his presence. He can't be teleported to safety, etc.
** BornUnlucky: Imagine Breaker gives him bad luck, but on the other hand gives him a great advantage against supernatural foes. However, before he entered Academy City, [[spoiler:he caused misfortune to people around him as well, but that stopped at one point, hinting something caused the misfortune to not spill out onto the world.]]
** BornWinner: He's had Imagine Breaker since birth, with all its benefits and drawbacks.
** CatchAndReturn: Later in the series, he realizes that since Imagine Breaker cannot instantly negate very powerful attacks, then this means he can use his right hand to catch very powerful attacks and throw them back.
** ChickMagnet: Index and Komoe theorize that this is another side effect of Imagine Breaker, both from a magical and scientific perspective.
** CursedWithAwesome: [[spoiler:His powers are actually of divine origin, but doesn't learn of it until New Testament Volume 2, after which he endeavors to learn more about it.]]
** HealingFactor: [[spoiler:Subtly implied throughout the novels, then made explicit when he ''regenerates his right arm'' after [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Fiamma severed it]].]]
** MacGuffin: [[spoiler:Imagine Breaker becomes this for Fiamma as well as Aleister.]]
** PowerIncontinence: Imagine Breaker is ''always'' on. Which sucks because he could accidentally negate and destroy something he doesn't want to just by touching it, like someone's magical outfit. [[spoiler:Kazakiri is made of AIM, so he can never touch her with his right hand or she may be erased.]]
** TheNudifier: His right hand is the bane of people wearing magical clothing, as Index found out the hard way.
** PowerLimiter: [[spoiler:Imagine Breaker actually works as the seal to the "Invisible Thing".]]
** PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:The "Invisible Thing", according to the power level chart, is the second most powerful being introduced in the story. Which implies that Imagine Breaker could be even more powerful than that.]]
** SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: [[spoiler:The "Invisible Thing".]]
** SpiderSense: [[spoiler:Touma had this power all along (or at least has been slowly developing it), but it's only recently been pointed out. He can sense changes in AIM Fields from Espers and, implicitly, Mana from Sorcerers. This allows him to react before an attack has even been properly launched.]]
** StoryBreakerPower: [[spoiler:The "Invisible Thing" that even made Fiamma think twice about his chances to defeat it. Imagine Breaker is a borderline case, as it can counter any power but in turn it can be countered if the opponent uses [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim conventional weaponry (e.g. guns)]] or has [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours superior hand-to-hand combat ability]].]]
** SuperpowerLottery: [[spoiler:When his right arm is chopped off, he develops a power that makes everything Fiamma has pale in comparison. This is with Fiamma having been [[BeyondTheImpossible stronger than God]] at the time.]]
* AlternateCharacterReading: His name is written as "上条 当麻". Kanzaki reinterprets it in Volume 1 as "神浄 討魔", which is his epithet: "He Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil". In the epilogue of Volume 14, Kamachi gives an alternate reading to his surname: "神上", which means [[spoiler:"He Who is Above God"]]. His given name can also be read as "透魔", meaning "Invisible Demon", [[spoiler:which is also the name of the thing inside Touma's Imagine Breaker.]]



* BeyondTheImpossible: Several characters note that Imagine Breaker doesn't make any sense and defies the laws of both science and magic.



* BlessedWithSuck: Touma's power also negates his ''[[CosmicPlaything luck]]'' (which is probably the reason why he's attracting such deadly trouble in the first place), causes him to be classified as Level 0 because his power can't be detected by normal means, and is hardly useful in mundane situations, either. Imagine Breaker prevents telepathy from affecting him, so he can't hear telepathic warnings. Healing magic is automatically negated in his presence. He can't be teleported to safety, etc.
* BornUnlucky: Imagine Breaker gives him bad luck, but on the other hand gives him a great advantage against supernatural foes. However, before he entered Academy City, [[spoiler:he caused misfortune to people around him as well, but that stopped at one point, hinting something caused the misfortune to not spill out onto the world.]]
* BornWinner: He's had Imagine Breaker since birth, with all its benefits and drawbacks.



* CatchAndReturn: Later in the series, he realizes that since Imagine Breaker cannot instantly negate very powerful attacks, then this means he can use his right hand to catch very powerful attacks and throw them back.



* ChickMagnet: Nearly every girl he meets ends up falling for him. Index and Komoe theorize that this is another side effect of Imagine Breaker, both from a magical and scientific perspective.



* CursedWithAwesome: [[spoiler:His powers are actually of divine origin, but doesn't learn of it until New Testament Volume 2, after which he endeavors to learn more about it.]]



* HealingFactor: [[spoiler:Subtly implied throughout the novels, then made explicit when he ''regenerates his right arm'' after [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Fiamma severed it]].]]



** NeutralNoLonger: Most arcs boil down to this. He likes peace and doesn't actively go looking for trouble. But he acts if he sees something he personally finds tasteless even if the other person has a FreudianExcuse or even a legitimately [[WellIntentionedExtremist good reason]] regardless of [[TrueNeutral which side they belong to]].



* IdealHero: The guy will do anything, say anything, help anyone, fight anyone ([[WouldHitAGirl gender be damned]]), and throw himself in front of any person who is in need simply because he wants to. His IncorruptiblePurePureness is so intense that he's even gotten multiple (and in some cases, all-powerful) villains to join his side.



** TechnicalPacifist: Touma normally can't bring himself to kill anyone. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by [[spoiler:Heaven Canceller]] when he compared Touma to Accelerator in regards to how [[NotSoDifferent both protect the people they care about]].



* MookHorrorShow: When Touma fights, readers/viewers see a high-school boy fighting and winning against opponents who are objectively much more powerful than him thanks to his [[{{Determinator}} tenacity]], hard earned [[BadassNormal street fighting skills]], and a PowerNullifier right arm. His opponents, however, see a fighting machine who can [[AntiMagic nullify their powers of any kind]] and [[ImplacableMan rise from a severe beatdown]] as often as needed. When even ''Accelerator'' dreads him, you know Touma is a household name among some power users.



* NeutralNoLonger: Most arcs boil down to this. He likes peace and doesn't actively go looking for trouble. But he acts if he sees something he personally finds tasteless even if the other person has a FreudianExcuse or even a legitimately [[WellIntentionedExtremist good reason]] regardless of [[TrueNeutral which side they belong to]].



* TheNudifier: His right hand is the bane of people wearing magical clothing, as Index found out the hard way.



* PowerIncontinence: Imagine Breaker is ''always'' on. Which sucks because he could accidentally negate and destroy something he doesn't want to just by touching it, like someone's magical outfit. [[spoiler:Kazakiri is made of AIM, so he can never touch her with his right hand or she may be erased.]]



* [[MookHorrorShow Power User Horror Show]]: When Touma fights, readers/viewers see a high-school boy fighting and winning against opponents who are objectively much more powerful than him thanks to his [[{{Determinator}} tenacity]], hard earned [[BadassNormal street fighting skills]], and a PowerNullifier right arm. His opponents, however, see a fighting machine who can [[AntiMagic nullify their powers of any kind]] and [[ImplacableMan rise from a severe beatdown]] as often as needed. When even ''Accelerator'' dreads him, you know Touma is a household name among some power users.

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* [[MookHorrorShow Power User Horror Show]]: When Touma fights, readers/viewers see a high-school boy fighting and winning against opponents who are objectively much more powerful than him thanks PowerLimiter: [[spoiler:Imagine Breaker actually works as the seal to his [[{{Determinator}} tenacity]], hard earned [[BadassNormal street fighting skills]], and a PowerNullifier right arm. His opponents, however, see a fighting machine who can [[AntiMagic nullify their powers of any kind]] and [[ImplacableMan rise from a severe beatdown]] as often as needed. When even ''Accelerator'' dreads him, you know Touma is a household name among some power users.the "Invisible Thing".]]



* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:The "Invisible Thing", according to the power level chart, is the second most powerful being introduced in the story. Which implies that Imagine Breaker could be even more powerful than that.]]



* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: [[spoiler:The "Invisible Thing".]]



* SpotlightStealingSquad: You wouldn't think he'd qualify for this, seeing as how he's the main character. However, in ''Railgun'', where Mikoto is the protagonist, Touma essentially becomes this. This is particularly obvious in the Sisters arc, where Touma [[spoiler:essentially takes on the BigBad of the arc on his own while all Mikoto can do is watch]]. Since the two stories happen in the same city and often overlap, this can't really be avoided.


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* SpiderSense: [[spoiler:Touma had this power all along (or at least has been slowly developing it), but it's only recently been pointed out. He can sense changes in AIM Fields from Espers and, implicitly, Mana from Sorcerers. This allows him to react before an attack has even been properly launched.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: You wouldn't think he'd qualify for this, seeing as how he's the main character. However, in ''Railgun'', where Mikoto is the protagonist, Touma essentially becomes this. This is particularly obvious in the Sisters arc, where Touma [[spoiler:essentially takes on the BigBad of the arc on his own while all Mikoto can do is watch]]. Since the two stories happen in the same city and often overlap, this can't really be avoided.


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* StoryBreakerPower: [[spoiler:The "Invisible Thing" that even made Fiamma think twice about his chances to defeat it. Imagine Breaker is a borderline case, as it can counter any power but in turn it can be countered if the opponent uses [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim conventional weaponry (e.g. guns)]] or has [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours superior hand-to-hand combat ability]].]]


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* SuperpowerLottery: [[spoiler:When his right arm is chopped off, he develops a power that makes everything Fiamma has pale in comparison. This is with Fiamma having been [[BeyondTheImpossible stronger than God]] at the time.]]


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* TechnicalPacifist: Touma normally can't bring himself to kill anyone. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by [[spoiler:Heaven Canceller]] when he compared Touma to Accelerator in regards to how [[NotSoDifferent both protect the people they care about]].
10th Apr '16 2:45:15 PM knowmenot101
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** ByronicHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn, he'd go rescue people and still act like a {{Jerkass}}, as [[spoiler:Misuzu]] found out.



** NobleDemon: While working with GROUP, whenever anyone asks him what he is he always claims to be a villain despite always saving innocent lives, minimizing damages and putting his own life on the end. To Accelerator, you cannot claim to be a hero while knowingly trying to kill your opponent. Only someone like Touma who saves even his enemy can be considered a hero.
** SociopathicHero: He still acts AxCrazy while curb-stomping bad guys.


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* ByronicHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn, he'd go rescue people and still act like a {{Jerkass}}, as [[spoiler:Misuzu]] found out.


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* NobleDemon: While working with GROUP, whenever anyone asks him what he is he always claims to be a villain despite always saving innocent lives, minimizing damages and putting his own life on the end. To Accelerator, you cannot claim to be a hero while knowingly trying to kill your opponent. Only someone like Touma who saves even his enemy can be considered a hero.


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* SociopathicHero: He still acts AxCrazy while curb-stomping bad guys.
10th Apr '16 2:36:44 PM knowmenot101
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* AntiHero
** ByronicHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn, he'd go rescue people and still act like a {{Jerkass}}, as [[spoiler:Misuzu]] found out.
** NinetiesAntiHero: He is a card carrying example of this. He has a rough but simple name, [[SuperpowerLottery is ridiculously powerful]], [[ImplacableMan doesn't care about hurting people who get in his way]], and a {{Badass}} with angst and sarcasm to boot.
** NobleDemon: While working with GROUP, whenever anyone asks him what he is he always claims to be a villain despite always saving innocent lives, minimizing damages and putting his own life on the end. To Accelerator, you cannot claim to be a hero while knowingly trying to kill your opponent. Only someone like Touma who saves even his enemy can be considered a hero.
** SociopathicHero: He still acts AxCrazy while curb-stomping bad guys.
** UnscrupulousHero or PragmaticHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn.



* ByronicHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn, he'd go rescue people and still act like a {{Jerkass}}, as [[spoiler:Misuzu]] found out.



* NinetiesAntiHero: He is a card carrying example of this. He has a rough but simple name, [[SuperpowerLottery is ridiculously powerful]], [[ImplacableMan doesn't care about hurting people who get in his way]], and a {{Badass}} with angst and sarcasm to boot.
* NobleDemon: While working with GROUP, whenever anyone asks him what he is he always claims to be a villain despite always saving innocent lives, minimizing damages and putting his own life on the end. To Accelerator, you cannot claim to be a hero while knowingly trying to kill your opponent. Only someone like Touma who saves even his enemy can be considered a hero.



* SociopathicHero: He still acts AxCrazy while curb-stomping bad guys.



* UnscrupulousHero or PragmaticHero: Post-HeelFaceTurn.
4th Apr '16 8:54:50 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* AGodAmI: His apparent ambition early on, with his goal of becoming so powerful it "would be a sin" to fight him. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Turns out]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist he only wanted]] [[ConflictKiller to become powerful enough to make people stop picking fights with him.]]]]

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* AGodAmI: His apparent ambition early on, with his goal of becoming so powerful it "would be a sin" to fight him. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Turns out]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist out he only wanted]] [[ConflictKiller wanted to become powerful enough to make people stop picking fights with him.]]]]


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*BigBrotherInstinct: He sees Last Order like a little sister and so he spends time with her and looks out for her.
25th Mar '16 5:32:05 PM lilyofthevalley
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* AngstWhatAngst: Touma takes [[spoiler:permanently losing his memories]] with surprising calmness and it's brought up so rarely after it happens that it may seem to not even be relevant shortly after it happens. The only time he ever really stresses out over it is when he has to meet his parents for the first time since [[spoiler:losing his memoories]] and doesn't know if he can appear normal to them.

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* AngstWhatAngst: Touma takes [[spoiler:permanently permanently losing his memories]] memories with surprising calmness and it's brought up so rarely after it happens that it may seem to not even be relevant shortly after it happens. The only time he ever really stresses out over it is when he has to meet his parents for the first time since [[spoiler:losing losing his memoories]] memories and doesn't know if he can appear normal to them.
25th Mar '16 4:07:32 PM passivesmoking
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* AngstWhatAngst: Touma takes [[spoiler:permanently losing his memories]] with surprising calmness and it's brought up so rarely after it happens that it may seem to not even be relevant shortly after it happens. The only time he ever really stresses out over it is when he has to meet his parents for the first time since [[spoiler:losing his memoories]] and doesn't know if he can appear normal to them.
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