Characters: A Certain Magical Index Protagonists
This page is for the protagonists of A Certain Magical Index
. Touma is the primary protagonist, though later in the story Accelerator begins getting his own focus and finally Shiage becomes the third protagonist. According to Aiwass, they all represent a different type of heroism: Touma does good because it is a natural instinct for him
, Accelerator fights for redemption
, and Shiage fights to protect his loved ones
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Touma is the primary protagonist of A Certain Magical Index
and a recurring character in A Certain Scientific Railgun
. By all accounts Touma is an unremarkable tenth-grader in Academy City with a power rating of Level 0—one which belies his dreaded power, "Imagine Breaker
", with which he can cancel any power—magical, esper or divine—with his right hand alone, but also at the expense of his luck. Possessing a strong sense of justice, he helps anyone in need and will not hesitate to challenge stronger opponents, even if he has to protect erstwhile enemies. This willingness to help those in need has resulted in him receiving the affection of many women
Provides examples of:
- Above Good and Evil: According to Aiwass, Touma cares less about such concepts as good and evil that simply doing what he considers the right thing to do. That would at least explain why he can beat someone to a pulp one minute, then stand in his/her defense the next. Even Touma lampshades on this after Fiamma claims he isn't such a good person because he lied to Index about his situation.
- Accidental Pervert: Poor guy constantly ends up bumping into a girl, either accidentally groping her or seeing her naked. Taken to ridiculous extends when, during a stay in Italy, he walked in on Orsola in the shower, then Index opens the door of an adjacent one where she's in, giving Touma a second eyeful. In general, he doesn't seem to understand the concept of knocking before entering a room. He's apparently the only man who has seen Kaori Kanzaki naked and lived.
- Adaptation Expansion: The 'Invisible Thing' in his right arm comes out as his finishing move in the PSP games.
- Aesop Amnesia: He never learns to knock before entering a room, and to watch where he's going and what he says. He also almost always leaves the others out of the loop and tries to solve everything on his own because he doesn't want to worry them, even though the others will surely help him.
- Almost Kiss
- Itsuwa almost kisses Touma while lying in bed in Volume 16.
- He also had another one with Fukiyose in Season 2 Episode 8.
- Almighty Janitor: He's not really powerless—his Imagine Breaker is simply outside of Academy City's power rating system. This is especially true since Aleister incorporates Touma in his plans that involve removing his various problems.
- Always Save the Girl: Touma is frequently more concerned with the individuals than the long-term consequences.
- Anime Hair: Actually invoked. Touma confessed that he styled his hair as such after seeing it in a magazine.
- Anti-Magic/Power Nullifier: Imagine Breaker.
- Achilles' Heel: 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 during his second fight with Accelerator, grabbing one of the latter's wings and throwing him off-balance, allowing him to get close.
- Blessed with Suck: Touma's power also negates his 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.
- Born Unlucky: 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, 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.
- Born Winner: He's had Imagine Breaker since birth, with all its benefits and drawbacks.
- Catch and Return: 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.
- Chick Magnet: Index and Komoe theorize that this is another side effect of Imagine Breaker, both from a magical and scientific perspective.
- Cursed with Awesome: 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.
- Healing Factor: Subtly implied throughout the novels, then made explicit when he regenerates his right arm after Fiamma severed it.
- MacGuffin: Imagine Breaker becomes this for Fiamma as well as Aleister.
- Power Incontinence: 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. Kazakiri is made of AIM, so he can never touch her with his right hand or she may be erased.
- The Nudifier: His right hand is the bane of people wearing magical clothing, as Index found out the hard way.
- Power Limiter: Imagine Breaker actually works as the seal to the "Invisible Thing".
- Physical God: 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.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The "Invisible Thing".
- Spider-Sense: 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.
- Story Breaker Power: 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 conventional weaponry (e.g. guns) or has superior hand-to-hand combat ability.
- Superpower Lottery: 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 stronger than God at the time.
- Alternate Character Reading: 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 "He Who is Above God". His given name can also be read as "透魔", meaning "Invisible Demon", which is also the name of the thing inside Touma's Imagine Breaker.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Take a good look at the Alternate Character Reading above. "He Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil" alone makes it Awesome. To make it even more so, try not to shudder with "He Who is Above God".
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Mostly shown in Volume 20, where he was able to determine the location of an enemy camp by using a simple map he bought from a local store in Russia.
- He's often adept at noticing patterns and weaknesses in his opponents' powers and attacks. He can also read body language and facial expressions to predict their movements.
- Ax-Crazy: Deliberately invoked in Season 1 Episode 9 to disorient Aureolus.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: He can do this as long as he's facing a magical weapon. He even managed to catch Fiamma's 40km long Flaming Sword!
- Barrier Warrior: Touma lives by the concept that "the best offense is an ass-kicking defense".
- The Beard: Mikoto tries to get Touma to pretend to be her boyfriend to discourage another guy who keeps following her around—the grandson of her school's superintendent—so she doesn't get tempted to blow him off the usual way.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With the tsunderes in his harem.
- Benched Hero: Briefly in volume 16, Touma is taken out of action after his first confrontation with Acqua that leaves him critically hospitalized.
- Berserk Button: Never, ever, hurt innocent people, let alone in his presence, or even be a hypocrite and use a Dark and Troubled Past as a flimsy Freudian Excuse to lash out at the world.
- Beware the Honest Ones/Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the kindest, most idealistic people in the world... and everybody gets shocked when he keeps beating up bad guys and saving people for no reward.
- Big Damn Heroes: Is quite fond of these, usually coming out of nowhere. Examples include:
- In the Sisters arc he interrupts Accelerator, who's beating down one of the Sisters.
- In the Amakusa arc he faces 250 battle nuns by himself, all to protect this woman he met earlier in the day.
- In Season 2 Episode 7 he and Mikoto save Kuroko from falling to her death, then punches a 4500kg object mid-teleport, breaking several laws of physics as he interferes with the 11th dimension to send it back. Yeah, Touma's been messing with space and time to save people.
- He pulls off his best one yet in New Testament Volume 4 by breaking into a separated reality to grab Marian's hand before she can draw Dainsleif, and then bringing two characters back to life just by being there.
- Bishie Sparkle: In Misaka vision◊.
- Blasphemous Boast: Pre-amnesia Touma often told people his right hand was capable of negating miracles from God. Of course, he does later start backing up these claims... and then there's that "Invisible Thing" inside him.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He can actually do well in certain subjects, such as practical physics and geography. However, he tends to apply them only in a pinch, has a hard time grasping the rest of the Power Curriculum Program, and is bad at other subjects, particularly those concerning language.
- Bully Hunter: Even if said bully has magical power, Touma always has his trusty right hand to fix that. It is for this reason that he has won the affection of Misaka's Sisters.
- Busman's Holiday: He always ends up having to fight bad guys and save the day, even during his vacations.
- Butt Monkey: For Touma, every day is a bad day.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Played straight when Hamazura recommends that Touma drink after the latter returns to Academy City.
- Catch Phrase
"I'm going to break that illusion."
- Characterization Marches On: As the series progresses, Touma's memory loss became less of an issue, more so after the Angel Fall arc. Given that readers are introduced to him shortly before the fact, it's understandable that his characterization wouldn't change all that much, given little is known of the "old" Touma. This is only discussed again when he faces Terra of the Left and only regains importance when Fiamma uses the revelation to make Index go berserk.
- Character Magnetic Team: With Index.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a normal human except for Imagine Breaker, but he can take far more punishment than the average guy. He has also demonstrated some impressive feats of strength, including his punches launching people through the air and cratering the concrete when they land, and knocking away a gigantic metal cross with his left arm.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Quoth the guy...
"I don't need a reason to save someone."
- Taken to a certain extreme in New Testament Volume 4. Kagun Kihara seems to truly believe that Touma can and will save anyone within sight, given the omnicidal catastrophe set off in that arc. He wasn't too far off from the truth; at the end of the volume, just when all hope seems lost, it's Touma's unexpected presence that manages to prevent further deaths. Ironically, he was also too late to save Kagun, as Marian and Touma himself lampshaded.
- Lampshaded by Thor, whom chastises Touma for not immediately going off to save Fraulein Kreutune. Justified because Touma was going through doubts over the events of New Testament Volume 3.
Thor: Lies? Secret plans? I donít care about any of that. A girl named Fraulein Kreutune is being imprisoned. That should be enough for you to go save her. What does it matter if there is more to the story or if someone else has some other goal!? If there is a girl closed up in some dark room being treated cruelly, that should be enough for you to go save her! I thought that was who the Ďwonderful enemyí I had imagined was! Was I wrong!?
- Misaki also admits that she likes this aspect about him.
- Deconstructed in NT Volume 9, where his Chronic Hero Syndrome prevents him from trying to save himself and makes him give up ... until the Will of the Misaka Network convinces him that it's alright to be selfish. She also lampshades it, saying that if Touma knew she was slowly disappearing in the new world Othinus created, Touma wouldn't have hesitated to save her at the detriment of the world. But it was more important to convince Touma to fight for himself, to prevent Touma from giving up again in the future.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: His constant stream of bad luck earns him much sympathy from almost every single girl in his class, earning him the ire of most boys (probably except Aogami and Motoharu). The people who have met him try to justify this by saying that his Imagine Breaker even cancels the Red String of Fate. No fated lover means lots of possible options...
- Code Name: On the Magic side, he's known as "Imagine Breaker".
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above using psychological warfare on one guy, throwing a shovel full of dust at another, or splashing boiling coffee to a terrorist's face to blind him. He fights dirty.
- Though if you look at the people he fights against, you can hardly blame him.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Dare to Be Badass
"Just answer me one question, Magician. Don't you want to save Index? You guys have been waiting for this, haven't you? A method where you don't need to take away Index's memories... a method where you don't need to be Index's enemies... a method where everyone is smiling and that everyone wants... that leads to the ultimate happy ending! You've been waiting forever for this, haven't you?! For this development? What have you guys been clenching your teeth all this time for?! Didn't you swear you'd save this one girl with your own hands? You'd like to be the main characters of the story too, right?! Quit being content staying a side character! Didn't you put your lives on the line to protect this one girl?! Then it's not over yet! It hasn't even begun! Quit getting depressed in this kinda long prologue! You can reach her if you stretch your hand out! Let's get this thing started already, Magician!"
- Dating Sim: According to Aisa, his life is a walking Dating Sim.
- David Versus Goliath: All his fights, but especially the ones against Accelerator, Fiamma of the Right, and Othinus.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death of Personality: Pre-amnesia Touma is gone and never coming back.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: He's made an art of it.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Almost all of his former enemies become his allies later.
- Delinquent: Touma's not really a delinquent, but to most outsiders he probably seems like one. It's not like he's not trying to do well in school, but it's pretty much gotten to the point where the forces of karma are against it.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Touma saw his right hand as a useless bother, and couldn't find a good use for it. Then he meets Index, and realizes that his hand is the only thing that can save her, and with a glorious rant as narration does so, only to lose all his memories. In his place is the "second" Touma, who always helps people and values his hand as a saving tool. Then he also "dies" at the end of Volume 22, and in his place is the "third" Touma, who saves people as a matter of course with no idea as to what he is doing.
- Besides the many times he gets back up, battered and bloody, by the power of his sheer will, he channeled a power even stronger than the "Invisible Thing" in order to stop Fiamma once and for all.
- Touma utilizing this trope against his fight with Accelerator causes the latter to start worrying about potentially losing a fight for the first time. Unlike other thugs who tried to take him on before, and regretted it the moment he lopped one of their limbs off, Touma has a very fierce look on his face that makes the latter rather uneasy despite getting hit a lot of times.
- This was pretty much the only thing he had going for him against Othinus. He essentially refuses to break so many times (implied to be on the order of millions) that Othinus just gives up.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He literally punched out Innocentius (a 3000į fire demon), Accelerator, Ellis (a massive concrete golem), Fiamma of the Right, and even the Archangel Gabriel.
- The Dreaded: Although most of the Science Side have no clue who he is as a "level zero" on paper (although Accelerator, the most dangerous Esper in the Dark Side of Academy City, is afraid of him), most of the Magic Side is utterly terrified of him and his Imagine Breaker. It gets to the point that GREMLIN is perfectly willing to destroy the world if it means taking Touma with it.
- In New Testament Volume 4, there's Kihara Byouri, a sociopath who fought GREMLIN (the same Magic organization designed to FIGHT TOUMA) with a cheerful (if not disturbing) smile on her face. The one time she ever shows fear was when Touma's name was brought up. The narrative itself seems to imply that Touma is the worst possible opponent for a Kihara to face. In contrast, Amata, another Kihara, shows no fear when he was pitted against Accelerator, the most powerful Esper in Academy City.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's saved people, the city and even the entire world on several occasions. And he gets absolutely no respect for it.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He will work his ass off to save anyone, even if he's only known them for a few minutes.
- Enemies Equals Greatness: A large premise of the latter half of the first series is that because Touma defied great entities, Accelerator, the Catholic Church, etc, he is considered a great being. Itsuwa even lampshades this at the start of the 16th volume.
- Evil Laugh: Deliberately invokes this during his battle against Aureolus Izzard, with a Slasher Smile for additional bonus points.
- Extremity Extremist: Tends to concentrate on right-hand punches.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: To the Magic side.
- Fastball Special: Performs a variation of one where Acqua launches him using the Ascalon straight at Carissa to destroy Curtana Original. It earns extra points due to Touma and Acqua doing it wordlessly in true Bash Brothers fashion, and to the ridiculous bullet-like speed Touma is sent flying.
- Also gets tossed by Gunha in the Railgun manga (which takes place before the above).
- Fetish: For Cool Big Sis-type girls.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Fighter to Accelerator's Mage and Shiage's Thief.
If one thought about it, Kamijouís ability to negate only the enemyís magic and Thorís direct firepower was the ideal combination.
- Fighting Your Friend: While he's a vocal supporter of Defeat Means Friendship, he really doesn't take well to this. Case in point; in NT 6 he spends the whole fight against Thor panicking and worrying about his injuries, only fighting so that he can put him down and make him get treatment once it's apparent he can't get out of it. In NT 7 he's reduced to tears and broken screaming as he's beating Tsuchimikado down. By the end he's shaken enough to threaten a relatively innocent old man to make sure he'll be alright.
- Basically the entire plot of NT10 as friends, allies and acquaintances all pop up to eliminate him and Othinus.
- Fights Like a Normal: Since his power is to nullify others' powers, he has to get down-and-dirty to deal damage.
- Fingore: Breaks two of his fingers by destroying Gungnir, but shrugs it off.
- First Episode Spoiler: He loses his memories irrevocably. This goes on to have massive implications for the rest of the series. Pre-memory loss Touma, however, was a very different person, and is treated as a Posthumous Character.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Touma goes from an unknown existence in Academy City to the mortal enemy of the Catholic Church and many other magical groups over the course of the series.
- Generation Xerox: Shares his father's chick magnetism.
- Genre Savvy: It's the only reason he was able to fool his friends after losing his memories.
- Global Ignorance: He is very ignorant about topics like geography and history, which the other characters find really annoying. He tries to use the excuse that he's a Japanese student and shouldn't be expected to be knowledgeable about countries like Denmark, but none of the other Japanese characters have this problem.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He says he just doesn't get why people are assholes who grab power at the expense of others, constantly asking them why they don't use their abilities to make the world a happier place. However, this doesn't diminish his effectiveness at all. Just because he doesn't know why people do bad things, doesn't mean he's unaware that they do.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: His general fighting style.
- The Greatest Story Never Told:
- Despite all his death-defying feats of heroism, most of Academy City is completely oblivious to his existence. He can save the world and then get in trouble for missing school. Not that he's interested in becoming famous, though. He even let Mikoto get the credit for saving everyone from the Graviton Bomber.
- Mind you, this is not the case with the Magic Side.
- In NT Vol 9, he goes through a Hell that would have broken any other man, then manages to get Othinus to pull a Heel-Face Turn. Only Othinus and the Will of the Misaka Network know about this, leaving everybody else confused as to why he's suddenly defending Othinus, the world's enemy.
- The Hero
- Guile Hero: 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 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 chessmaster for 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 vengeful about Birdway's manipulations preceding that.
- Heroic BSOD: Had many moment of regret and depressions but never lingered on them and let himself be set back but then came Baggage City on top of Hawaii which left him a disillusioned mess of trust issues and irrational guilt. It took Thor forcing his way into his life, repeatedly punching him in the face and breaking HIS illusions with a "Reason you currently suck" speech snowballing into a verbal fight then a full blown brawl to snap him out of it.
- Heroic Neutral/Small Steps Hero: Most see him as an Ideal Hero while he claims to be doing it all for himself but he's mostly this. Index, Thor and Aiwass are the only ones to really notice this side of him so far. Accelerator too stopped putting him on a pedestal by NT.
- Heroic Resolve: After getting beaten by Accelerator, he stands up after Mikoto shows up. Curbstomp ensues.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite everything he has accomplished, he still considers himself a mere Level 0, and openly says everybody else can do things he cannot. He also freely admits that his fighting style and skills are not suited to fight multiple opponents, opponents with superior speed, and opponents who can fly.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Saving everyone doesn't pay. He constantly struggles to pay for his rent, groceries, hospital bills, etc.
- Honor Before Reason: To the severe detriment of his own health. He absolutely refuses to ignore or abandon anyone in trouble. He altso used to have a problem with asking others for help.
- And just when you thought Touma couldn't possibly get any worse with this trope, in NT9, he doesn't hesitate at all to protect a girl who is now the target of the entire world.
- Hope Bringer: When all seems lost, he inspires almost everyone that everything will be all right. Part of it is from Imagine Breaker, the other is from how nice and reassuring he is. Taken Up to Eleven in New Testament Volume 4, where his very presence inspires Maria Kumokawa and her friends not to be afraid of Ragnarok.
- Hot-Blooded: Very much so.
- How Do I Shot Web?: He has no idea how Imagine Breaker works (to be fair, nobody knows how Imagine Breaker works except possibly Aiwass) and it takes him a while to figure out its limitations and that he can use it to play Catch and Return with powerful attacks.
- Identity Amnesia: After Volume 1.
- Implacable Man: Got your arm chopped off? Keep going. Have a car dropped on you? Walk it off. Get hit with a massive bolt of electricity twice? Gonna have to do better than that.
- Innocent Cohabitation: Living with Index and later Itsuwa. And thanks to memory loss, he doesn't even know why.
- Innocently Insensitive: Has a habit of insulting people with causal comments, such as saying he's not attracted to Mikoto or Index because they're just kids, not understanding why this pisses them off.
- In-Series Nickname: Called "Kamiyan" by Tsuchimikado and Aogami (just "Kami" in the dub).
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Grows a roaring giant dragon head out of the stump of Touma's right arm in his battle against Aureolus, and again during the fight against Fiamma, after both severed said arm.
- Interrupted Suicide: He briefly gives up hope when Othinus puts him in a world that doesn't need heroes like him and decides to jump off a building, but the Will of the Misaka Network stops him and convinces him to keep going.
- Japanese Pronouns: Switches between ore and watakushi.
- The Jinx: Part of his bad luck includes vending machines, ATM machines, his refrigerator, and other devices breaking down around him. It stops being funny when his parachute malfunctions.
- Kid Hero: Starts the series at 17.
- The McCoy: Between Accelerator's Spock and Shiage's and Misaka's Kirk
- Knight in Sour Armor: Eventually becomes this after the events of New Testament 4, having been used in the plans of several people. Thor knocks it out of him.
- Language Barrier: He only knows Japanese, which often puts him at a disadvantage with foreigners. His attempts to learn English and other languages have met with constant failure.
- But this is actually subverted because even though he only knows Japanese, everyone else knows Japanese too even if their backstory makes it illogical that they bothered to learn it.
- Made of Iron: To wit, he has...
- Survived his encounter against Kaori and managed to throw a punch in her face before he got his ass handed over to him.
- Challenged Accelerator and won, despite being mortally electrocuted by Mikoto shortly beforehand.
- Chased Oriana all over Academy City by running before fighting.
- Defeated several Skill-Outs and Shiage in combat shortly after getting shot in the side.
- Got beaten within an inch of his life by Acqua but survives, then goes to the Amakusa Catholics' rescue and managed to buy them some time for the "Saint Destroyer" spell even while still recuperating.
- Defeated Accelerator again after the latter "awakened" and went berserk.
- It's also implied that his ability to sense AIM Fields and intercept incoming attacks resulted from his growing attuning to the supernatural beatdowns delivered to him on a constant basis.
- To avoid getting questioned and possibly arrested by Anti-Skill, he escapes from the hospital a short time after being shot several times.
- NT8, 9 and 10 is basically an extremely long day for him, the course of which he fought various Gremlin magicians to get to Othinus, then faced Othinus' attempts to break his mind by creating millions of different worlds where he was forced to experience various horrifying things, then went up against (takes a deep breath) Accelerator, Misaka, 150 Five Overs, Index, Birdway, Sasha, Vasilisa, Kanzaki Kaori, Acqua of the Black, Knight Leader, Second Princess Carissa, Silva, Brunhild, Thor, Agnese Sanctis and her nuns, Marian Slingeneyer and her summons such as Ocelot, Surtr, and even Vishnu, and for the final boss, Othinus herself. This list can be expanded.
- Mage Killer: By negating their spells, magicians become extremely vulnerable to getting punched in the face by him.
- Magnetic Hero: He has a gift for getting people to want to follow him, which he doesn't notice.
- Manly Tears/Tender Tears: Being a fighter doesn't stop him from feeling for friends and foes alike.
- Martial Pacifist: He always tries to talk things out with his opponents before resorting to kicking their ass. Amusingly, when told that the entire world is his enemy, his first thought is to study English so he can talk to them.
- Martyr Without a Cause: He always says he needs no reason to help, but always ends up badly injured. This becomes his key personality come the New Testament series.
- Meaningful Name/Prophetic Name
- His surname is translated as "He Who is Above God" ("La Persona Superiore a Dio" in Italian).
- His name can also be translated as "He Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil".
- His given name can also be roughly translated as "Invisible Demon".
- My Hero Zero: Mocked as a Level 0, total ass-kicker.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: Both played true and averted. When he was little, he was outcast by the people in his hometown due to his bad luck, and was called the "The God of Plague"/"Jinx". When he moved to Academy City, he ended up becoming just your typical, unknown and unimportant Level 0, with just a few people belonging to the dark side of Academy City knowing about his importance to Aleister Crowley. On the other hand, he's infamous among the magic organizations outside Academy City, with people in the Magic Side wanting to kill him, join him, use him, or all of the above.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Index in the beginning of the series, and again in the ending of Volume 22.
- Nice Guy: Even to his enemies.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While most of his actions do at least some good, many of his decisions cause a lot of trouble later on.
- However, while Touma knows his actions may have negative consequences in the future, he still won't hesitate to save those in front of him because worrying about the future is not a good reason for inaction in his opinion.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: No matter what he does or who he saves, Touma always has to face the dire consequences. He will suffer terrible injuries in the place of others, and his efforts will never be rewarded. He even has to pay for the resulting hospital bills.
Aisa: "In other words, even if he does anything for Himegami, Kamijou is just helping others pay the bill meaninglessly. In most situations, what he pays would often become his wounds."
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He himself has acknowledged that while Imagine Breaker makes him one of the most powerful fighters in Academy City and the Magic Side, when up against normal opponents, he's just a regular guy who street fights.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Whenever he fights, Touma would never care whether the woman he's fighting is exposed. In general he seems to ignore a girl's sexiness if she's unclothed, instead he reacts due to the Unprovoked Pervert Payback that usually follows.
Kazakiri: "He's also the kind of guy who speaks to you with a straight face even when you're naked..."
- Not So Different:
- Heaven Canceller compares Touma's ideals with Accelerator's: Both want to save those they care for, except Touma wants to do it without sacrificing anyone, while Accelerator is willing to kill if needed.
- Othinus realizes that his adventure in NT9 caused him to become just like her, a traveler trying to return home, and that he's the only person in existence who truly understands her.
- Oblivious to Love: In spades.
- In Volume 18, his reaction to Itsuwa having a Luminescent Blush is to think that she must be wanting to save Index.
- It's even more ridiculous in the case for Index, who blatantly expressed her love for him early in the series. Either he's aware of it and just not reciprocating, or he's mistaking it for platonic love.
- However, he's not oblivious to other people's love. He can often tell if someone has feelings for another, like when he listened to Ouma Yamisaka talk about the girl he was trying to help over the phone.
- An Odd Place to Sleep: Tends to sleep in his bathtub, even though it is uncomfortable, because Index tends to sleepwalk and attack him.
- One-Man Army: Once took on about 200 battle nuns all armed with swords, spears, and magic with his bare hands and won. Then he faced a massive crazed mob in NT Vol 7 and held his own until the others arrived to help.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Subverted.
- Our Hero Is Dead: At the end of Volume 22, lasting through NT 1. He makes a triumphant return that is quickly cut short by a swift kick to the balls from Birdway.
- The Paragon: If you get preached to or punched out by him, chances are high you'll become quite heroic somewhere down the road.
- Patrick Stewart Speech: Gives one to Fiamma in Volume 22, pointing out that if humanity was really as wicked as he claimed, then Fiamma would have been able to wipe it out instantly, as his power is increased by the malice in his enemies.
- Perpetual Poverty: Always complaining about how Index's antics and bottomless stomach empty his wallet.
- Power Levels: Although technically classified as Level 0, in practice his power is greater than pretty much anyone else in the series. Even the almighty "Breath of Saint George's Dragon" only manages to make his hand bleed a little from the strain of holding it back. At first Academy City's power ratings are implied to be flawed. Then it turns out that this is only partly true — the ratings are largely determined by a person's usefulness to Crowley's master plan. While Touma's power is, on paper, enough to ensure him a high ranking, it is so problematic analyzers had to brand him Level 0.
- 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 tenacity, hard earned street fighting skills, and a Power Nullifier right arm. His opponents, however, see a fighting machine who can nullify their powers of any kind and 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.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Every time he utters his Catch Phrases.
- Properly Paranoid: Touma is extremely suspicious of a generous bounty of good luck, believing that it will ultimately screw him over. When he won a trip to Italy in Volume 11, he went through every possible scenario of what could go wrong, from a terrorist attack all the way to landing in an airport controlled by either Necessarius or the Roman Catholics. Ironically, he actually wasn't too wrong about his guess. This results in a Brick Joke in Volume 17, where his plane gets involved in a terrorist plot and after foiling their plan, the plane lands in a Necessarius controlled airport.
- Rage Against the Heavens
"God, if the world really goes by your rules then I'm gonna smash that illusion apart!"
- Red Baron: "Imagine Breaker" especially from from the Magic Side.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Misaka's Red, Red to Accelerator's Blue.
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Imagine Breaker protects him from alterations in reality.
- Running Gag:
- Whenever he gets injured he always ends up in the same hospital, in the same room, treated by the same doctor. Even on that rare moment when he isn't fantastically injured, he'd still pop up to greet the staff.
Touma: "Hey, frog-man! I didn't get injured this time!"
Heaven Canceler: "That's not something most people would be proud of..."
- Then there's his habit of walking into girls in unfortunate situations.
- Save Scumming: After over 10,000 battles with Othinus, he memorized her attack patterns to the point that he can nearly effortlessly evade her attacks.
- Selective Obliviousness: If someone directly confronts him about his popularity with women, he'll say he has no idea what they're talking about.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Whenever a bad guy tries to justify his or her actions, Touma will almost always manage to prove they're nothing but hypocrites and then punch them into next week.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Never mind Imagine Breaker's theorized ability to attract women. Touma's a genuine Nice Guy, and that turns women on (especially after he rescues them).
- Skewed Priorities: He often focuses on something other than what everybody else is thinking about.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: 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 essentially takes on the Big Bad 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.
- Spanner in the Works: While not as good at this as Shiage, he can derail any complex plan by simply showing up and kicking ass.
- Stone Wall: Touma is a fairly average street fighter, but his Imagine Breaker, combined with Spider-Sense, makes him Nigh Invulnerable against superpowered foes.
- Supreme Chef: Has learned to cook due to living on his own for several years. A good thing because of Index's bottomless stomach.
- That Man Is Dead: Admits in private that he is not his pre-amnesia self.
- Theme Music Power-Up: "Gensou Koroshi (Illusion Killer/Imagine Breaker)", which can serve as a leitmotif along with its allegro cover, "Break Through".
- Think Nothing of It: He helps people not for praise, honor or reward, but simply because it's "the right thing for a man to do".
- Third-Person Person: On occasion.
- Tranquil Fury: Surprisingly enough, he has displayed this trait a few times, primarily when he is enraged past a certain breaking point. The greatest example is in Volume 2, where he witnesses Aureolus Dummy murder several students. Touma is so enraged by this that he completely clams up and proceeds to effortlessly beat him down, even using the Dummy's own chain to choke him to death. He only manages to stop at the last minute when Aureolus Dummy begs for his life, and Touma realizes that he doesn't have what it takes to kill another human being.
- Trauma Conga Line: NT Vol 9, where Othinus traps him in several alternate worlds, each worse than the last. It didn't break him.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Move over, Son Goku, we have a new contender.
- Unluckily Lucky: He's extremely unlucky, thanks to the "Imagine Breaker" power of his right arm cancelling out the good fortune he would otherwise receive. However, it also negates the powers of both magicians and espers. He has the bad luck of getting dragged into battle against powerful members of both factions, but also the good luck of having the power to defeat them.
- Unlucky Everydude
- Unskilled, but Strong: Naturally talented and powerful, but with no known formal training. When up against trained martial artists like Kaori and Motoharu, he gets his ass handed to him, and the latter even recalls that Touma wasn't even able to land a single hit on him.
- Unwanted Harem: All the other guys in his class hate him for unwittingly making all the girls fall for him, joking that unless he is stopped, humanity may go extinct because of his charm. Basically, he can charm the skirt off any girl just by his presence. This goes up a notch when he made all surviving Misaka's Sisters fall for him after defeating Accelerator. And he's just getting started...
- Unwitting Pawn: He's always someone's pawn without realizing it until it is too late, which winds up crippling Academy City because of his involvement with GREMLIN. In New Testament Vol. 5, he finally gets sick of it and manages to form a plan that outwits GREMLIN and Levinia Birdway's faction at the same time. NT Vol 10 reveals that he has been this to the true GREMLIN — as in, the Magic Gods from all of the world's religions — for a while. The entire conflict with Othinus was merely a trial to manipulate Touma's growth.
- Warrior Therapist: In some ways, it's his modus operandi. Notably subjected are Misaka, Accelerator (twice) and Unabara. He even strives to learn English just so he can talk the whole world out of World War III.
- It's lampshaded by Thor about how he follows his usual speeches with his trademark punch.
- Weak, but Skilled: His only power is the Imagine Breaker which is limited to his right hand and can't negate powers that are too strong, but he is still able to regularly take out Super Power Lottery Winners because he uses it so well.
- Though Touma is really a Superpower Lottery Winner himself. Other than the Imagine Breaker, he has the Invisible Thing Imagine Breaker is sealing and something else that is even greater than the Invisible Thing and made everything Fiamma had pale in comparison. It's more like Touma doesn't really understand and cannot control his other powers.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The original Touma, who "died" after saving Index.
- Weirdness Magnet: He will somehow always find himself conviently dragged into whatever major incident is happening at the moment. Justified due to Imagine Breaker erasing his luck and people wanting to use him as their pawn so they intentionally ensure that he somehow gets involved.
- What You Are in the Dark: Even though nobody really knows he exists and his accomplishments will never be acknowledged, he will never choose to walk away from somebody in trouble.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Given that his only ability is that his right hand cancels out all supernatural events, Touma's strategy in combat tends to boil down to "run up and punch them in the face".
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He believes in a world where everybody can be happy and nobody has to be sacrificed. Until he gets it, he won't stop fighting.
- Wife-Basher Basher: Even though he's more than willing to hit a woman if she tries to cause a lot of harm, he will hunt you down like a dog and kick you into the middle of next week if you harm helpless and nice girls.
- Wild Card: Is seen as one by the Magic Side. It's because he knows about the Magic Side, is not actually an Esper and with no real affiliation with Academy City other than being a student there. As a result, he is often manipulated and used by the Magic Side to further their overall goals and interfering/solving problems that they cannot deal with. Some Magic groups fears the creation of a "Kamijou Faction" consisting of people from both the Science/Magic sides that Touma had met due to his wild card status, which could destabilize the balance of power between the Science/Magic sides. Aleister Crowley himself relies on Touma having this status in order to further his overall plans, and thus freely allows others to use him, but should he ever choose a side, he would immediately be captured and confined.
- The Woobie: In-universe example. While his misfortune is pretty much exclusively Played for Laughs in the context of the story, apparently all the girls in his class feel sorry for all the bad luck he has to go through. It's part of the reason for the offscreen parts of his harem.
- The Worf Effect: In New Testament Volume 4, One-Eyed Othinus casually beats the crap out of him and tears off his arm. The "Invisible Thing", which is easily more powerful than Fiamma, emerges from the stump... and Othinus casually crushes it. She muses that it was boring. Ollerus had to come in time to fight her into a draw before she can finish Touma off.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech:
- A simple one in the conclusion of NT Vol 7 when he is asked, "What are you going to do now?"
"The same thing as always. No matter how many times I reach game over and no matter how many times I must pathetically hit continue, I will not stop moving forward."
- Near the end of NT Vol 9 where he declares that he's finally fighting a battle for his own sake instead of to save someone.
- Would Hit a Girl: While he's normally a gentleman, dare hurt innocent people, and Touma will smash your face in, male or female.
- Would Hurt a Child/Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Zigzags the line. He refuses to harm Index and Mikoto no matter how much they annoy or attack him because they're just kids. However, he doesn't hesitate to attack Agnese and Birdway, who are even younger.
- Wrestler in All of Us: When he is attacked by a huge crowd in NT Vol 7, he mows them down with clotheslines.
- You Are Not Alone: Tells this to Misaka at the conclusion of the Sister's Arc, who returns the favor at the end of New Testament 2. Ironically, while he tells people he would help them no matter what, he never seeks help from others and always tries to do everything on his own.
- You Leave Her Alone!
- His challenge to stop Accelerator from murdering Misaka 10032, armed with nothing but bravery, kindness, and a mean right jab.
- To the entire world after he decides to save Othinus.
See this scrawny albino kid? If you do, be afraid. Very afraid. Accelerator is the most powerful Level 5 Esper in Academy City, gifted with "Redirection", a type of telekinesis which lets him control the vector direction of anything
that acts upon his body can be controlled. His powers are also automatic
, so anything
that tries to hit him, regardless of whether he's aware or not, gets sent back where it came from — hard
He was part of an experiment called "Level 6 Shift", which ostensibly aims to turn him into the first Level 6 Esper by killing 20,000 of Mikoto's Sisters—only to be stopped dead by Touma. After the experiment was canceled and some soul searching, he pulls off a Heel-Face Turn
and starts on his long hard path to redemption by saving the very last Sister created — a little girl named "Last Order".
Stars in his own spinoff manga, A Certain Scientific Accelerator
Provides examples of:
- Achilles' Heel: Expertly timed pulled punches can get attracted to him instead of being reflected. Disrupting his signal from the MISAKA Network is an even bigger one. He can't reflect something if he doesn't know the correct vector equations for it, which is why it took him a while to defeat Teitoku Kakine, since Dark Matter doesn't follow the normal laws of physics. Also, his ability can't defend him against voodoo doll-like attacks or similar magic attacks, because there is no vector to redirect.
- A God Am I: His apparent ambition early on, with his goal of becoming so powerful it "would be a sin" to fight him. Turns out he only wanted to become powerful enough to make people stop picking fights with him.
- Above Good and Evil: What he ultimately becomes due to Character Development.
- Accidental Pervert/Ignore the Fanservice: When he enters the shower only to find Yoshikawa, Yomikawa, and Last Order naked inside, he just gets pissed that they didn't close the door.
- Always Someone Better: Accelerator sees Touma as his personal idol, and as time goes by, he adopts his philosophy.
- Always Save the Girl: Last Order, Index, Misaka WORST, Fremea, Birdway (almost in New Testament Volume 3), Yomikawa, Yoshikawa, etc. At this rate, he will also end up with an Unwanted Harem.
- All Guys Want Sorority Women: Played for Laughs, but seriously, It's a wonder why he puts up with Misaka WORST.
- Alternate Character Reading: His given name is spelled in kanji as "一方通行" (one-way road).
- Antagonist Abilities: Attack Reflector and not even Misaka who's also a Level 5 can touch him.
- Arc Villain: Of the Sisters Arc.
- The Atoner: To his credit, Accelerator has come to know the error of his ways and is trying to be a better person. Not that he's going to be particularly nice about it, though.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Briefly at the end of World War III, where he temporarily turns into an angel.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Very good at reverse engineering techniques and devices, can learn on the fly how to convert air into plasma, can comprehend the movements of electrons, and able to figure out the correct vector calculations to manipulate Dark Matter.
- Awesome McCoolname
- Ax-Crazy: Throughout his initial appearances. But as of New Testament, after ascending to the Age of Horus, he shows a composed and cool attitude towards his opponents and refrains from killing them, as Umidori can attest.
- Badass: The most powerful Esper in Academy City. Even after being severely weakened, he hasn't lost that position.
- Badass Boast:
"The strongest in Academy City? Level 6? Your pathetic titles don't do me justice. Nothing in existence can stop The Accelerator!"
"This is not a negotiation, a suggestion, a deal, an entreaty, an agreement, a compromise, or a capitulation. Itís my triumphant return, fuckers
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Musujime Awaki (they even mockingly call one another husband and wife), and later on, Misaka WORST.
- Berserk Button: Don't even think about harming Last Order, the Sisters, Yomikawa, Yoshikawa, Misaka WORST, or any other innocent folk, because that's going to invite his wrath.
- Black and White Insanity: Suffers from this for quite a while, until Touma tells him it's a load of crap.
- Blessed with Suck: His powers make him the strongest Esper in Academy City, but they also make everyone else intensely interested in him. Said interest got to the point where he was causing destruction at an incredibly young age. He also has to consciously let gravity affect him.
- Bloodier and Gorier: In the stories centered around him, which carries a blood curdling, unwholesome cynicism and brutality that is lacking in the yarns centered around Touma.
- Blood Knight: He enjoys his fights, but he would really like to avoid getting into them in the first place.
- Blow You Away: One of his most common uses of his power as the series goes on. One time, he even boasts that the entire atmosphere is his weapon.
- Breakout Character: Was so popular with the fans that he was redeemed and made the Deuteragonist. He also got his own manga spinoff in late 2013.
- Broken Bird: For a good part of the series, to the point of calling himself a villain beyond all redemption, but since his rematch with Touma, he has stopped caring about good and evil, realizing it only weighs him down from his new sword duty to protect his friends.
- Broken Ace: He is pretty much good at everything he does. He even displayed a perfect control at a subatomic level and considering his tormented childhood, he's this, at least until Volume 22, where he turns over a new leaf.
- Brought Down to Normal: Played with. After Volume 5 he could only use his powers for 15 minutes at a time, but thanks to GROUP technicians that limit was doubled. Still, because the Sisters can't match him in processing power heís weaker than before. It is also revealed that his calculations can become unstable while underground due to the distortion to the Sisters' signal. Also, his employers had put a kill switch in his choker — probably while doubling his time limit — to disable it, thus blocking basic calculations needed so he can walk and speak. Accelerator recovers his choker's blueprint from Heaven Canceller to attempt to build a new one, only to see it is nearly impossible. He instead uses his custom cane in Volume 19 to discover what frequency is used to mess with his choker, and blocks it out using a sort of jammer installed in his cane.
- Brought Down to Badass: On two separate occasions (the fight against the Hound Dogs in the warehouse during the September 30 incident, and during the Skill-Out uprising shortly afterward) he has found himself facing a large number of armed Level 0s with only a handgun to defend himself. He still manages to take down all his foes and accomplish his objectives.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Even post-Heel-Face Turn, he'd still consider himself already way beyond redemption. Touma and Last Order would beg to digress, and as of New Testament he's finally succeeding in leading a new life.
- Catch and Return: While he typically just reflects attacks, he can also catch an attack and amplify it before throwing it. Leads to moments where he teams up with Hyouka Kazakiri and Shizuri Mugino, catches their blasts and makes them more powerful before throwing them at the enemy.
- Byronic Hero: Post-Heel-Face Turn, he'd go rescue people and still act like a Jerkass, as Misuzu found out.
- Character Development: He's introduced as an Ax-Crazy antagonist in Volume 3 with a Dark and Troubled Past. After a humbling defeat by Touma and gaining a sense of purpose in protecting Last Order, this trope is in full force. Being Brought Down to Normal is his Laser-Guided Karma devastating enough to make him reconsider his actions and, in a twist of Irony, defend one of the last surviving Sisters as part of his long hard path to redemption.
- A Chat with Satan: A large premise of the first novel series is this. Accelerator constantly tangles with the violent, trigger-happy nature of himself until he faces Misaka WORST and comes to final terms with himself.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Since he decided to start anew, his responsibilities have increased a lot, and he barely manages to handle them.
- The Comically Serious: Watching him fight with Last Order or get caught up in any sort of comedy scene is hilarious because of how he acts most of the time.
- Death Glare: His default expression, though it is noted he has developed a softer expression and voice around small girls, like Last Order and Birdway, which the latter lampshades.
- Death Seeker: He's trying to redeem himself for all his sins, so he tries to protect the remaining Sisters and the people he cares for even if at the cost of his life. In New Testament Vol 6, Shizuri Mugino (who is also trying to redeem herself) calls him out on how stupid this is, saying it's better to struggle to live, so that they can continue to protect their loved ones.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Sort of. He needed to have his illusions broken by Touma to understand that killing the sisters was bad. He ends up worshipping him.
- The Dreaded: Everyone in Academy City fears him, with the exception of Touma, Shiage, Last Order, his legal guardians, and some bullies who are Too Dumb to Live.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: When they first meet, Last Order asks him if he is a guy or a girl because she can't really tell.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Back when he was a villain, he couldn't fathom why Mikoto and Touma were trying to stop him from killing the Sisters. He concluded that Mikoto's reason was that she was embarrassed that people with her face were being slaughtered so easily. This was a result of him rationalizing his actions by telling himself the sisters weren't really humans.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Quote the guy...
"They may all look the same to you, but there are different kinds and different levels of evil. A first-class villain doesn't target honest lives."
- This is even lampshaded by Accelerator himself during his fight with Kakine.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Not even Accelerator remembers his original name, thus he considers "Accelerator" his name, so it could technically be a case of "His Name Really Is Barkeep".
- Evil Albino -> Heroic Albino: Post sisters Arc. He explains to Last Order that his albinism is related to his powers, since he can naturally reflect anything that comes at him, including UV radiation, meaning he has no use for natural pigmentation in his hair and eyes.
- Evil Laugh: Does this a lot, and it's pretty spectacular. "KHKHKHKHKHKHKHKHKUKUKUKHIKAKAKAKAKAKAKA!!!!"
- Failed a Spot Check: Because he often uses his powers to filter out unwanted background noises, he would sometimes fail to notice events happening around him.
- Fight Off the Kryptonite: When fighting Amata for the last time. Not only can the latter nullify Accelerator's powers, but can hit him. Accelerator keeps attacking until his collar battery runs out, removing his powers and mental ability completely. Despite being in a state where he shouldn't be able to think, let alone stand, Accelerator gets back up and keeps fighting, doing more damage than he did with his powers, largely because his "strategy" caught Amata off-guard. Accelerator keeps this up for a while until he awakens for the first time, where it elevates to a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Mage to Touma's Fighter and Shiage's Thief.
- Finger Poke of Doom/Touch of Death: With a single touch, he can pulverize objects or reverse the blood flow in people.
- Fingore: Touma broke his left index finger in the Railgun version of their fight in the Sisters arc.
- Flight: From manipulating air into mini-tornadoes behind his back.
- Gender Flip: Yes, Accelerator has one called Yuriko Suzushina! What started as a joke on Accelerator's gender by the novel artist, Yuriko became a hit with the fans.
- Good with Numbers: His calculation skills are phenomenal, so much so that it takes 9,000 Sisters to replicate these skills after he loses them to brain damage.
- Gravity Master: Gravity is nothing but another vector.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He idolizes and at the same time is jealous of Touma for his ability to save people without using lethal force.
- The Gunslinger: After Volume 13 he almost always carries a pistol in case he can't find a good time to use Redirect. If he doesn't, he'll usually strip a hapless mook off. And while not quite as good as Shiage, he is very deadly with one.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Handicapped Badass: Even after getting shot in the head and needing a cane to walk most of the time, he's still the #1 Esper.
- Has Two Mommies: After he and Last Order are adopted by Aiho Yomikawa and Kikyou Yoshikawa.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Heel Realization: In Railgun, we see the fight with Touma from his perspective. Touma's words coupled with the actions of the Sisters has it finally sink in that the Sisters are alive. He keeps fighting, but he doesn't keep fighting competently because he just doesn't want to win anymore. Further, part of Nunotaba's plan was the hope that if he saw the Sisters actually hesitating or afraid to go through with the experiment he might have a crisis of conscience and refuse to continue but Last Order herself blocked that plan.
- Heroic BSOD: A few times. His worst was in Volume 20, when he was forced to fight Misaka WORST, resulting in him losing all faith in the world and lashing out against in with Black Wings mode. It took a visit from Touma to snap him out of it.
- Heroic RROD: During the WWIII arc he has to cast a spell to save Last Order. It works, but he damn near explodes in the process.
- Heroic Wannabe: Since his Heel-Face Turn he wants to be a hero like Touma, to the point he imitates him by using only his right hand. In Volume 20, he comments that using the right hand doesn't suit him.
- Heroic Willpower: In Volume 15, after losing his mind against Kakine, he goes on a rampage, causing massive destruction. Even then thereís only one thing he doesn't do: kill.
- Hero-Worshipper: He became a Touma fan after his defeat. Seemingly subverted in NT 6.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He's from the Dark Side of Academy City.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Tried to keep Elizalinians safe by getting away from their country to keep them from getting involved in his battles... only to be discovered by Misaka WORST, to his great embarrassment.
- Hot-Blooded: Even without his powers!
- I'm a Humanitarian: He gives a few comments on the taste of human finger and cheek meat. The former is too chewy that it must be spat out, while the latter just tastes like normal meat. The people he killed and ate are Misaka 10031 and a Hound Dog operator.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: He refuses to be called a hero, because a hero would be able to save the day without killing anybody.
- Improvised Weapon: Once he threw a building. Said attack took him five minutes' worth of energy from the Earth's rotation before firing it. By standard laws of physics the sheer amount of force involved was enough to shatter the planet several times over.
- Incoming Ham: All the damn time, but especially around Amata Kihara.
- Irony: The use of his powers after he took a bullet to the head now depends on the very girls he butchered in his quest for godhood not too long ago.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shows spades of this post-Heel-Face Turn.
- The Juggernaut: As long as he maintains a connection with the MISAKA Network and doesn't face anyone who fights with magic like Archangel Gabriel, or can get around his powers like Touma, he is Nigh Invulnerable.
- Knight Templar/Knight Templar Big Brother: For the sake of the people he cares about like Last Order, Yomikawa, Yoshikawa, etc.
- Lack of Empathy: At least until Last Order came into his life and showed him that even he had hope of connecting with the rest of humanity as a human rather than a murdering monster.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: He eventually learns not to rely on his powers so much to avoid hits.
- Level Grinding: The whole point of the Level 6 Project. He becomes more skilled with his powers with every fight.
- Light Is Not Good: Accelerator dresses in light colors, has white hair, is a bishonen, and even can sport an almost angelic appearance. He's also enormously insane and is easily angered. This is inverted later by his Heel-Face Turn, where he doesn't become a straight-up example of Light is Good, but is probably getting there.
- Lolicon: Possibly. His magnetism with little girls was lampshaded both by Misaka WORST and Birdway.
- Lonely at the Top: As a kid, which was what convinced him to accept the experiment at first. He thought if he could achieve ultimate power no one would try to fight him and he would be accepted.
- Manly Tears: Of blood.
- Mind over Matter: His power, Redirection, though he can use it to manipulate forces as well.
- Mook Horror Show: Big time. Especially after he's Brought Down to Normal!
- Morality Pet: The most important people in his life are Last Order and the world around her and her guardians, Yomikawa and Kikyou.
- Mundane Utility: Among other things, he can redirect annoying background noise away from him so it doesn't bother him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Railgun manga shows much of his fight with Touma from his perspective. As the battle wears him down, horror slowly crept into his Internal Monologue, when he realized that the Sisters are actually human and that he only wanted to be strong so no one would dare challenge him again in the first place. The implication: he lost because his will to fight was being sapped.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Though there are people who still think he can be defeated.
- Necessarily Evil: As he explains to a little kid that wants to help him, only Accelerator himself should have to bear the burden of being the villain who kills the bad guys to protect people. A hero would save the bad guy too.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: During his fight against Kakine, Kakine was stunned when he noticed Accelerator was restraining himself the whole time to protect the people around them.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: He is a card carrying example of this. He has a rough but simple name, is ridiculously powerful, doesn't care about hurting people who get in his way, and a Badass with angst and sarcasm to boot.
- Noble Demon: 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.
- No One Could Survive That: While trying to save Last Order and the Sisters he's so busy with his power that he can't even spare the energy to block a simple bullet. We see it start tunneling through his skull... but his power block it before it can do too much brain damage. It does leave him partially crippled, however.
- Not So Different: Heaven Canceller compares his ideals with Touma's who both want to save those they care about, except he's willing to kill if needed, while Touma wants to do this without much casualties — a philosophy he always wanted to emulate.
- Obliviously Evil: According to the Railgun manga, Accelerator was honestly convinced that the clones were not really people or alive. To make sure of this, he would always talk to them beforehand to see if they didn't want to fight and when they did he would then proceed with the experiment. When he realizes mid fight that they were people all along, he stops trying to really win. Even accounting for this, however, his regard for life is pretty low: He attempts to kill Touma and Mikoto for getting in the way.
- Odd Friendship: Him and Birdway in New Testament Volume 3.
- One-Man Army: More so when his power began to approach that of Archangel Gabriel.
- Glass Cannon: His powers usually make him a Lightning Bruiser but if one can get past Redirection he can be taken down with only a few punches.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Most of the time he'd be the one dishing out the pain.
- Made of Iron: Despite his frail appearance and overreliance on his powers, he possibly takes more blows from Touma than anyone else in their first fight, and only gets tougher afterwards.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He's the strongest of the seven Level 5s and was able to slow down the Earth's rotation for 5 minutes. It's also not just that he's able to. He did that "casually" to use the absorbed energy to launch an attack at Crowley's "fortress" to no effect.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He used to have a real, normal name. He even tells how many characters were in it but doesn't remember what it was. He's only called Accelerator now.
- Papa Wolf: To Last Order.
- Parental Substitute: What he basically is to Last Order. In New Testament, he even pulls this on Misaka WORST. Funnily enough, Kamachi mentions this in his author's notes and says that itís unknown whether Accelerator is the father or mother figure to Last Order.
- Perspective Flip: His rematch against Touma was shown entirely from Accelerator's perspective.
- Photographic Memory: After looking at a massive page of computer code, he comments that memorizing it is easy. It may only be for what he sees. He's forgotten his real name and he needed help to remember the lyrics of Index's healing song.
- Physical God
- Powers Do The Fighting: Accelerator's power is passively on reflect, causing enemies to defeat themselves even when Accelerator is wholly unaware of the attack.
- Punny Name: Accelerator's name in kanji means "one-way street", referring to his personality.
"I'm sorry, from here on the path is only a "one-way street"! You can't advance, just hide your tail and cry your way to home!"
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": And you thought Freeza was creepy already.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner
"Now then. I'll teach you one thing about the aesthetics you lack... This is what a truly first-class villain is, fool."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Misaka WORST and Touma's red.
- Redemption Earns Life
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Reformed But Not Tamed: See Noble Demon, The Dreaded and Mook Horror Show. It takes him quite sometime before he even starts to get the hang of helping people without causing mass destruction.
- Reluctant Warrior: The driving force behind his quest for godhood. Accelerator's power has made him a target for assassinations and unscrupulous researchers throughout his life. Since his powers won't go away, the only way to make people stop picking fights with him is to become so powerful that the idea of fighting him is an absurdity.
- Retired Monster: Originally he began as this. He gets better when he's gained a great sense of remorse for who he was, to the point he breaks down when faced by Misaka WORST.
- Sarcastic Clapping: When Awaki Musujime figures out he no longer has his famous "Auto Reflect" active, he answers:
"... Ah, but just because I've became weaker doesn't mean you've became stronger, right?"
- Screaming Warrior: Especially noticeable when he's up against Amata Kihara.
- Shout-Out: His flashback to his powers first awakening strongly resembles several scenes with Testuo in the film version of AKIRA.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: This boy's normal everyday vocabulary would make Samuel L. Jackson blush in embarrassment. He very rarely even calls Last Order by name, preferring "kusogaki" (lit. "shitty brat") instead.
- Sincerest Form of Flattery: For quite a while he tries to copy Touma, such as using only his right hand to fight, or finishing up by punching the enemy in the face. However, he quickly realises just how difficult this is, causing his inferiority complex to grow even larger.
- Slasher Smile: If you see one of these on him, you're so screwed.
- Sociopathic Hero: He still acts Ax-Crazy while curb-stomping bad guys.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Does this a lot.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside
- Spanner in the Works: The Magic Side doesn't really have a clue who he is. In Volume 22, he manages to reflect a massive wave of Telesma (the much more powerful Angel version of Mana) that was about to crash onto the Earth, foiling Fiamma of the Right's final vengeance and shocking the hell out of him.
- Spell My Name with a "The": He's often refered to as "The" Accelerator.
- The Spock: Between Touma's McCoy and Shiage's Kirk, , although he has some McCoy traits of his own.
- Squishy Wizard: His automatic and near-perfect defense means that heís Nigh Invulnerable. Still, if it's turned off for whatever reason, or otherwise negated, he's physically weak with almost zero defense and endurance.
- Tears of Blood: The first time he cries.
- 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Even though he lost his abilities and some motor skills due to damage to the frontal lobe, it could have been much worse as the bullet used was custom-made for countering powerful Espers like him.
- Theme Music Power-Up: "Ippou Tsuukou (One-Way Road)", which serves as his Leitmotif for the first season. For the second season, it is remixed as "Saikyou no Nanori (Introducing The Strongest)" as his Heel-Face Turn is reaping its rewards.
- Tsundere: Type A. Misaka WORST lampshades on this.
- Tragic Villain: Because of his life from his childhood until he meets Last Order.
- Unscrupulous Hero or Pragmatic Hero: Post-Heel-Face Turn.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In his first fight with Touma, Accelerator finds himself at a bit of a loss when he can't just curbstomp Touma like his previous enemies.
- Villainous Breakdown: During the sister's arc, he finds that Touma is the first opponent to not show any signs of backing down or regret like so many others who tried to take him out before. Touma also managing to land punches on him also causes him to start freaking out forcing him to develop a new attack in order to take him out.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Thanks to his Training from Hell by Amata Kihara.
- The Worf Effect: A bunch of low level thugs come after him after word about his loss to Touma gets out. Without even bothering to do anything his power automatically leaves their limbs twisted wrecks. So, not so much.
- World's Strongest Man: He is the Number 1 Level 5 Esper in Academy City, the most powerful of them all by a wide margin. His reputation takes a hit when he loses to the first person able to damage him, however, and during World War III he learns that even if he's the strongest esper he's not necessarily the strongest person with superhuman powers.
- Would Hit a Girl: Pre-Heel-Face Turn, he killed thousands of Misaka Sisters. Post-turn, he absolutely wrecked Awaki's face with his fist, and then beat the crap out of Misaka WORST so hard he broke her arm.
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
(Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)
A Level 0 and former Skill-Out gangster. As a former lackey, grunt, chaffeur, and informant of Team ITEM, he delved into Academy City's Dark Side and turned into an anomaly that made a habit of spectacularly derailing carefully-planned schemes, including Aleister's, which made him a wanted man. It must suck to be him.
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