Characters: A Certain Magical Index Gremlin
A new organization that emerged from the remains of WWIII that was formally introduced in New Testament 2, who are so far the main antagonists of New Testament. They are a group of Sorcerers that are going against the Science Side, who are considered the victors of the war after Fiamma's defeat.
A new generation of the occult that had only started being passed down by humans once the concept of machines had been created, in that world where the winners of World War III
, the Science side, had greatly spread, a type of occult that would devour it had been born.Click here to go back to the main character page
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Tropes common to the organization:
- Attack Its Weak Point: Gremlin hates and yet fears Touma so much that they have either crafted or gathered spells specifically to use against him.
- Colony Drop: They attempted to drop Radiosonde Castle on Academy City.
- Hostage Situation/I Have Your Wife: They LOVE this.
- It's Personal: They hold Touma Kamijou responsible for losing everything during the war and have marked him. They went so far as to level mountains and rivers to change the ley lines of the planet in order to track him down.
- Subverted as of Volume 3 of New Testament, where it is revealed in the end that the members who have a personal grudge against Touma and the Science Side are actually a front for the real GREMLIN and have no idea of the organization's true intentions. Not much has been revealed as of yet, but apparently it has something to do with Gungnir.
- Meaningful Name: They called themselves GREMLIN due to the fact their magic and tactics are specifically developed to combat Touma and the Espers of Academy City, like how stories of gremlins involve the creatures disrupting technology.
- Norse Mythology: Most of their magic and many of their names are based off this.
- The End of the World as We Know It: They would have caused an Ice Age that could wipe out the world if they had dropped Radiosonde Castle.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
- They were willing to cause an Ice Age in order to either destroy Academy City and the Espers, or just to track down Touma Kamijou. They even had the foresight to predict that there was a chance of him surviving it and left a message.
- It's implied that they planned for the Colony Drop to fail just so that they could locate/determine the existence of Touma. It's remarked upon by Kaori when she's fighting Mjölnir that the enemy seems rather apathetic and isn't opposed to destroying large portions of their own weapon during the battle, which indicates that they didn't put much stock in the attack actually succeeding.
- They triggered a volcanic eruption in Hawaii, causing untold destruction, just to use the volcano's heat to forge a replica of Gungnir.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tend to do this to lower henchmen after they finish their assignments.
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One-Eyed Othinus is the leader of GREMLIN and currently holds the title of current Majin (Magic God). It's just Odin to friends.
Hammer of the Thunder God
Mjölnir is a sorcerer who was at first mistaken for a spiritual item but in actuality has optimized their physical body into various the forms of the hammer. Guarded Radiosonde Castle and fought with Kanzaki Kaori on even ground for a time.
- Ambiguous Gender: Though the other members of GREMLIN tend to refer to it with female pronouns.
- Body Horror: What Mjölnir did to his/her body for the sake of power.
- More Dakka: Can deploy magical crossbows and flintlock pistols that fire at supersonic speeds.
- Rule of Symbolism: Mjölnir's magic has elements of its counterpart in Norse Mythology.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: He/She is one!
- Shock and Awe: Mjölnir is Thor's hammer, with all the powers that represents.
- Super Empowering: As Thor's hammer, it can grant Thor a massive power boost via a spiritual link.
- Talking Weapon: Can communicate by either vibrating or forming mouths along its surface.
- Undying Loyalty: To Marian Slingeneyer, obeying her, protecting her when she is downed, and expressing concern for Marian's mental health.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In the Toaruverse, flight spells are easy. But thanks to a certain parable from the Bible, flight-canceling spells are even easier. Mjölnir's strategy against Kanzaki revolves around keeping her from remembering that Mjölnir is a magician, not some sort of inhuman weapon. Once Kanzaki remembers that, she drops Mjölnir like a rock.
A French sorcerer of GREMLIN who first appears in New Testament 3. She uses Cinderella
as the basis of her magic, which is a lot more dangerous than you might think
- Badass/Dark Action Girl: It took Birdway to bring her down, after she pretty much held off Kamijou, Mikoto, Mark Space and Birdway's men, Hamazura, and she was about to nail Accelerator in the process.
- Body Horror/And I Must Scream: At the end of New Testament 3, she was turned into a table Mjölnir style—except against her will.
- Ollerus fixed her so she can shapeshift now.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Most of her powers come from her dress and shoes.
- Fountain of Youth: Because Mugino didn't use all of the powder when returning her to human form, she reconstituted as a younger girl.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: You would think magic based on a Rags to Riches Fairy Tale would be harmless? Not so fast.
- Rule of Symbolism: She is very agile based on how Cinderella's fairy godmother improved her dancing. She is very fast based on the pumpkin carriage driving Cinderella around. She can remotely mutilate anyone's feet that are not the same size as hers based on the glass slipper fitting. And her weakness is of course based on how Cinderella's gifts disappear When the Clock Strikes Twelve.
- Hour of Power: Her magic stops working at midnight or dawn, which Birdway emulated using a tanker truck...that she hit her with and set on fire to resemble a sunrise.
- Language Barrier: Is the only character in the series so far that does not speak Japanese. Fortunately, there is often someone around who can speak French (like Mikoto) to translate.
- Meaningful Name: Cendrillon is French for Cinderella.
- Naked on Arrival: After she gained the ability to shapeshift, she can't take her clothes with her. In New Testament 5, she smuggles herself into Academy City by turning into a powder and mailing herself. Mugino receives the package, "cooks" her, and she returns to human form naked.
- Revenge: What she wants against the main members of GREMLIN for the Body Horror incident. She's even willing to help Touma if that gets what she wants.
- Unwitting Pawn: GREMLIN doesn't care about her and sees her as an expendable lackey.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once she was captured. Subverted that she was faking her Fate Worse than Death as part of a plot to mislead the heroes in regards to Saronia's true abilities. But then there's a Double Subversion when she ends up encountering Marian Slingeneyer. Marian states that she's a true member of GREMLIN, while all those who participated in invading Hawaii were sacrificial pawns, whose actions distracted the rest of the world from GREMLIN's true objectives in Hawaii. Marian is also the one who turned Mjölnir into a cylinder, and now intends to use those same skills on Cendrillon.
Saronia A. Irivika
A Russian sorcerer of GREMLIN who appears as the major antagonist in in New Testament 3.
A Dvegr, and a central member of GREMLIN.
- Body Horror: Her human reshaping magic, used on Mjölnir and later Cendrillon. In fact her primary form of fighting revolves heavily upon this.
- And I Must Scream: Does this to everyone she doesn't kill.
- Bloodier and Gorier: Part of the reason she creates so much carnage is to get a psychological advantage over her opponents.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: What she does to everyone she does kill. One example is when she fused both of a mook's hands together and turned them into a faucet. Then she turned the faucet on and let him watch helplessly as all the blood drained from his body.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Cannot handle alcohol at all.
- Cool Sword: Dáinsleif - an incredibly dangerous weapon linked to Ragnarok which Marian is forbidden from unsheathing.
- Artifact of Doom: If the blade is unsheathed completely, it will trigger Ragnarok. Othinus eventually destroys the sword, considering it too dangerous.
- Emotion Bomb: When the blade is unsheathed slightly, it causes a foe's heart to stop out of fear of what would happen if the blade was fully unsheathed... It doesn't work on Touma, even without Imagine Breaker, because he does not fear it at all.
- Gravity Master: The scabbard can be used to create a miniature black hole, which sucks things in until the wielder decides to release it as a powerful blade due to the pent up energy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Morally absent or not, she didn't take Bersi AKA Kihara Kagun's death well.
- Girlish Pigtails: Has seen in the picture.
- Meganekko: As seen in the picture.
- Razor Wire: Loki's Net, a magical net that can move on its own and slice through nearly anything it touches. She has to use tongs to safely handle it.
- Rule of Symbolism: She represents the dwarves who forge the mystical tools and weapons in Norse Mythology.
- Summon Magic: She's able to summon her creations using gold as a conduit.
- Talking the Monster to Death: While fighting Touma, she gets so angry and frustrated over how well Touma is doing that she threatens to draw Dáinsleif completely and trigger Ragnarok. Touma counters that if she had the guts to do that, she would have done it immediately. Marian then realizes that she is too afraid to draw the sword.
- Teacher/Student Romance: She taught Bersi how to use magic, and they ended up in an intimate relationship.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Her true role in GREMLIN. She is to help forge Gungnir with her abilities.
- Vapor Wear: All she wears are overalls with nothing underneath.
Bersi is a sorcerer, who was once an Academy City researcher known as Kagun Kihara.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a coat that reaches to his ankles.
- Badass Teacher: Was a teacher in Academy City right before he left.
- Came Back Wrong: After his death, Othinus brought him back as one of her undead minions. He still has all his powers and memories, but he's now a Soulless Shell with no emotions who just does what is commanded of him with impersonal efficiency.
- Crazy-Prepared: He installed a device in his neck to allow him to break free from Othinus' control after being turned undead. He's still a Soulless Shell, but he's able to protect the innocent like he wanted.
- Death Seeker: He became this after killing an attacker manipulated by another Kihara. In New Testament Volume 4, he and Byouri Kihara take each other down in a Mutual Kill.
- Genre Savvy: When he finds a girl who seems to be in a situation way over her head, he tells her to find Touma Kamijou if she wants to live, as girls around him tend to do inexplicably fine, regardless of the situation.
- Laser Blade: His sword, Whitting, manifests as one of these.
- Man in White: His entire attire is white.
- Meaningful Name: His given name means "Module".
- Near Death Experience: His field of study when he was a researcher.
- Rule of Symbolism: He represents Bersi, an Icelandic saga character who fought Kormak in a duel.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Marian taught him how to use magic, and they ended up in an intimate relationship.
- White Sheep: One of two 'Black Sheeps' of the Kihara clan. The second one is Nayuta.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: His sword, Whitting, alters luck. This is based on its counterpart from the Icelandic saga, which creates miracles for its wielder.
One of the true members of GREMLIN who was sent to oversee the events in Baggage City.
One of the true members of GREMLIN who was sent to oversee the events in Baggage City.
Leader of GREMLIN's direct combat.
- Ambiguously In Love With Your Heroic Resolve: He's obsessed with Touma and prone to sounding... rather* questionable* when* he's* displaying* it* .
- Badass: Kicked the crud out of Touma for a while until he turned the tables.
- Best Friend Manual: From the moment they met he knew exactly what to say and do to get Touma to move exactly the way he wants without even needing to lie, manipulate or even hide what he's trying to do. Friendship came later. He's so good, he can get Touma to fight him for real by taking his own self being hostage even after the former was already past the vitriolic stage in their relationship.
- Blood Knight: Relishes fighting a mighty opponent like Touma. Basically everything he did in New Testament 5 & 6 was to ensure that he would get a proper fight against Touma. He even shot himself with a handgun just to ensure that Touma and himself would start the battle with similar injuries.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed. He saves people in need, in the process gaining power, which he uses to save more people, gaining more power, and keeps repeating the cycle. Its gotten to the point where he doesn't even know if he wants power in order to save people, or saves people in order to gain more power.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he's most likely a Well-Intentioned Extremist at worst, he was absolutely done with GREMLIN after what they did in Hawaii and Baggage City. He even blames himself to some extent for not noticing it in time and preventing it.
- He LOVES fighting but hates getting innocents involved even more.
- Foreshadowing: In an off-hand comment, Bayloupe in vol 17 essentially reveals the true abilities of Thor almost 10 volumes before his actual appearance.
- The Gadfly: Approaches Touma as a girl and never lets him hear the end of it about his reputation with females even though he actually does know better. Also takes a crack at Mikoto later on.
- Gender Bender: Can transform into a girl. He's so good at this that he was able to briefly fool Touma into believing that he was actually Mikoto.
- Master Actor: Once he's transformed, you'd never be able to tell he isn't really a girl until he reveals himself.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: He's trying to avert this. He's not a Saint, someone with the power to save the world, or a Magic God, he's just a regular magician. His goal is to reach the levels of these beings through sheer effort and hard work.
- Honor Before Reason: In NT Vol 6, he shoots himself to make the fight even since Touma was also shot.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: In Norse Mythology, Thor was originally a God who controlled all forms of weather, the seasons, and natural disasters, only being restricted to the function of a Lightning God later on. GREMLIN's Thor can use much more than just the Lightning God power of Thor, but tends not to unless his opponent is powerful enough to force him to. He congratulates Touma for being able to force him to use his full power.
- Laser Blade: From his fingertips.
- Level Grinding: Says he seeks strong opponents because he becomes more powerful and skilled with every fight, with a bigger boost the stronger the opponent.
- Made of Iron: He can continue fighting even after getting shot and having his wrists broken.
- Magic Knight: One of the most straightforward examples in the series.
- Not So Different/Birds of a Feather: Take away the humility from misfortune along with the block on developing supernatural abilities and add the childishly extremist nature the magicians of Index verse tend to develop, he's basically Touma if he never had the Imagine Breaker.
- Person of Mass Destruction/One-Man Army: His speciality is war. It's gotten to the point where he can't "level up" any further without seriously fighting someone on his level...which would mean entire cities being destroyed in the process. This is the reason why he wishes to fight Touma so badly, as he can go all out without worrying about the damage due to Imagine Breaker.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Destroys TOUMA'S illusions -punch in the face and all- to snap him out of his Heroic BSOD. Also delivers a decent one to Silvia.
- Reliable Traitor: Touma forms an Enemy Mine with him in New Testament Volume 5, knowing full well that Thor will eventually try to betray him, since Thor is really effective at what he does. He's also not very loyal to GREMLIN.
- The Rival: For Touma, quote unquote ultimate "rival".
- Rule of Symbolism: Like his name suggests, his powers are based on Thor from Norse Mythology.
- Shock and Awe: Fitting for a mage based on Thor.
- Super Strength: Again, Thor based mage.
- Take a Third Option: He IS the third option during the conflict between GREMLIN and Birdway's faction for Fraulein Kreutune where Touma has a bone to pick with both sides.
- Wild Card: At the end of NT Vol 6, he defects from GREMLIN, and is now on nobody's side but his own.
- Worthy Opponent: Constantly looking for these but Touma seems to be his favorite.
"I can have a battle amidst such stinging tension that I have no idea who will win…and as a conflict between a ridiculously huge power and a negating power, it won’t even cause that much damage!! Has there ever been a more convenient or profitable battle than this, Kamijou-chan!?”
Introduced in New Testament 8. He is one of the guardians of GREMLIN's base.
Introduced in New Testament 8. She creates and controls several of GREMLIN's minions.
- Abusive Parents: See We Have Reserves.
- Ax-Crazy: For one thing, she laughs when Touma destroys several of her children.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When she became pregnant, everyone around her branded her unborn child evil and marked it for destruction. She went on the run, constantly trying to keep her unborn daughter safe. Her daughter, who is aware of everything, tried to commit suicide in the womb to spare her mother, but failed. Realizing her mother would never survive on her own, she took control of her so she could use her formidable magic that her mother could not. Acting through Freyja, she took sanctuary in GREMLIN.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When some random guy annoyed her by asking if he could borrow her cellphone, she casually killed him in broad daylight, terrifying everyone around them.
- Fetus Terrible: She's really an innocent woman who has no knowledge of the Magic side. Her daughter from within the womb is controlling her like a puppet and is extremely intelligent and skilled in magic.
- Heel-Face Turn: Freyja's daughter is convinced to stand down and return control to her when Touma points out that Index can perform the spell that will heal Freyja and allow her to be born safely.
- Locked Out of the Loop: When her daughter surrenders and returns control to her, she politely asks where she is and what is going on. Everybody just shrugs and has her carried to safety.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: She's been pregnant for two years. Her baby daughter stays inside her to power her up and keep her alive after she had been critically injured.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: She regularly gives birth to several monsters, including Níðhöggr, the dragon that gnaws at the roots of the World Tree, and Hræsvelgr, the eagle that devours the dead.
- Pregnant Badass: She's heavily pregnant, yet can do feats like jumping onto a moving train, and can run around at a normal pace.
- Rule of Symbolism: She represents Freyja, Goddess of Fertility, from Norse Mythology.
- Summon Magic: She can conjure up monsters at will. She also refers to them as her children and says that she draws power and material from her pregnant womb to create them, calling the process giving birth to them.
- We Have Reserves: She doesn't care when her children are killed, because she can always give birth to another indefinitely. This philosophy is best represented by her child Hildisvíni, a massive boar that devours everything around it, even her other children, to get bigger and stronger.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her unborn daughter controlling her is only working with GREMLIN to keep her mother, the only being she cares for, safe. Touma points out that Othinus is evil, sees everyone as expendable, and will kill them as soon as their part is completed, but she claims Othinus is a savior.
- Zerg Rush: Summons her children en mass to overwhelm Touma.
Introduced in New Testament 8. She is shown terrorizing a ship before being interrupted by Silvia and Brunhild.
- Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Her outfit.
- Dissonant Serenity: While slaughtering innocents, she lists her objectives as casually as someone reading off a grocery list.
- Rule of Symbolism: She represents Hel, ruler of those who did not die a glorious death in battle, from Norse Mythology.
- Superpower Lottery: Her power revolves around making people die.
Hel: I can draw out causes of death from the residual information of the dead, store them in existing weapons, and swap out the causes of death. I can strangle you with a sword, drown you with a train, crush you with a blowtorch, and burn you with a handgun. That is a suitable reason to bear the name of Hel, the queen of Niflheimr who rules over the dead.
- An Ice Person: By channeling death by freezing. She channeled it into a knife that freezes solid anything it stabs. By stabbing the ocean, she froze all the water in a 100 kilometer radius.
- Playing with Fire: By channeling death by burning. She channeled it into a gun that causes anything it shoots to burst into flames, even something like a ship made of metal.
- Two-Faced: Part of her looks young, part of her looks old, and part of her looks dead.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Collects the souls of anyone who did not die in battle. By the time she is introduced, she has 10,053 souls. For each soul she has, she can use its method of death for her ability.
Introduced in New Testament 8. He is shown attacking aircraft in flight before being interrupted by Stiyl.
- Flight: Can fly fast enough to catch up to airplanes.
- Hypocrite: He mocks flying machines and people who can fly, saying they make themselves vulnerable, despite flying himself.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He can shoot streams of poison at people on the ground while 10,000 feet in the air.
- Poisonous Person: Can release deadly poison, based on the serpent's poison that killed Thor.
- Required Secondary Powers: While flying, he is completely unaffected by wind and other flight hazards.
- Rule of Symbolism: He represents Jörmungandr, the serpent who wraps around the world and kills Thor during Ragnarok, from Norse Mythology.
Introduced in New Testament 8. He is shown attacking a NORAD base in Alaska before being interrupted by Oriana Thompson.