Characters: A Certain Magical Index Schools
Academy City, as the name suggests, is a city built around schools. As such, there are a large number of students and teachers in the city, though the degree of quality between them goes from as great as Tokiwadai middle school to as poor as Touma's unnamed high school.Click here to go back to the main character page
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A Level 4 and 2nd-year transfer student of Tokiwadai Middle School. A rival to Kuroko Shirai, she is confident, boastful, and desires to become a Level 5. Although often boastful of her abilities, she usually finds herself the victim of several attacks.
- Alternate Continuity: Has irreconcilable differences between how she is portrayed in the anime and in the manga. In both the manga and a cameo in the novels she is introduced as a New Transfer Student about a month after the events of the Railgun anime's first season, and quickly became good friends with Mikoto as well. The problem is that in the Railgun anime, she shows up in the very first episode, and has some important roles throughout the first season.
- Auntie Pennybags: Though she is not shy about showing-off how wealthy and chic she is, she is equally generous about sharing all the perks and benefits of her wealth with her friends.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Kuroko in Railgun Episode 24.
- Badass Adorable
- Big Damn Heroes: Twice, with Lampshade Hanging.
- Blow You Away: Her ability, Aero Hand, lets her generate gusts from her hands powerful enough to launch trucks as projectiles and knock over walls. She can also make a delayed wind attack to ambush enemies. At full power, she can launch things into outer space!
- Butt Monkey
- Buxom Is Better: She is a swimwear model at fourteen years old for two very good reasons...
- Catch Phrase
"Do you, (person), know that you're (description) with Kongou Mitsuko of Tokidawai?"
- There's also this variation:
"Do you persist in committing this outrage knowing that I am Tokidawai's Kongou Mitsuko?"
- Cuteness Proximity: She really likes children, and can barely contain herself around Febri.
- Feather Boa Constrictor: During the Beach Episode. It is her pet, Ekaterina.
- Forehead of Doom
- Friend to All Children: Much like Kuroko, though she's more open about it.
- Hidden Depths: Mikoto is surprised to find that Kongou was well aware that the girl participating in the tag competition wasn't actually Mikoto. Of course, Kongou assumed she was Mikoto's twin sister rather than her clone, but close enough.
- I Just Want to Have Friends
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While arrogant, she honestly cares for her underclassmen and comes twice to the rescue of her self-proclaimed rival/friend Mikoto and is kind to children.
- Large Ham: She just loves to talk.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch
- Ms. Fanservice:
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: And she knows it; combining her generous proportions with heart-stoppingly erotic mastery of suggestive poses to make her one of the most poular models in Academy City.
- New Transfer Student: At least in the manga.
- Ojou: The vocabulary she uses is extremely refined and genteel, even more-so than Kuroko's, as the thugs trying to mug her Episode 15 point out, annoyed by the noble arrogance it carried.
- One Woman Army: No matter how many opponents, she can mow them down with Aero Hand.
- Rich Bitch: Intentionally acted like this initially, because she misguidedly thought it would be the best way to get friends.
- Start My Own: Sometime after arriving as a transferee in Tokiwadai, she notes how there are several cliques/factions in the school. She couldn't decide which one to join, so she opts to start one of her own, but is discouraged after seeing the largest clique, led by the Queen of Tokiwadai. Then after failing to get anyone to join, when Wannai and Awatsuki offer to join her clique, she says they should be friends instead.
- The Rival: With Kuroko, whom she dislikes, and the feeling's mutual. However they come to grudgingly respect each other as warriors after fighting side-by-side in Railgun Episode 24.
- Unknown Rival: Aims to be the Ace of Tokiwadai, but Mikoto isn't aware of it at all.
The mysterious fifth Level 5 Esper. Being the second Level 5 to attend Tokiwadai, her followers and Misaka's followers often come into conflict. Her ability, Mental Out, involves the manipulation of memories and the human mind. She is also the leader of the largest clique in Tokiwadai.
She set herself up to be the Arc Villain
of the ongoing Raligun Daihaseisai Arc, but was proven to be (mostly) innocent and was working against the real villains to begin with despite causing a lot of confusion and problems for Mikoto and her friends
. Her true motives are still unclear.
The Dormitory Supervisor
Tokiwadai Dormitory Supervisor
If there is one reason why you don't break Tokiwadai's rules, this woman is that reason. As Supervisor of Tokiwadai, it's her job to make sure the tenants don't break the rules, and she provides plenty of reason to keep them from doing so. Though a mere Level 0, her skills in "subduing" (i.e., Neck Snap
) troublemakers are... effective. She can and she will
find out which rules were broken, and she will always be there to administer her brand of discipline.
- Amusing Injuries: She gives people unfortunate enough to cross her the pleasure of having their necks broken and still live to tell the tale.
- Badass Normal: When even Level 5s cringe at the mere mention of her name, you know she always means business. On an omake segment, she was even shown taking down a group of Hound Dog commandos virtually unarmed, and in one incident scares even the normally energetic Gunha into running away.
- Blatant Lies: When speaking to her crush, who runs an orphanage.
Supervisor: I've never scolded my dormitory students.
- Cannot Spit It Out: She developed a crush on her coworker Daigo, and often blushed and stammered in his presence. Kuroko and her friends encouraged her to ask him out, but he turned out to already have a girlfriend.
- Christmas Cake: Lampshaded by Kuroko with delightful viciousness.
Kuroko: Oh, I understand your anxiousness, esteemed Dorm Mother. To be in the latter half of your twenty-ninth year, the twilight of your eligibility for marriage, must be so unimaginably frustrating...
- Death Glare: Her default expression, which terrifies everybody.
- The Dreaded: To the girls of Tokiwadai.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She tries her very best to hide the fact that she’s a kind, gentle, and loving teacher at a kindergarten full of orphans when not administering her brand of discipline at the Dormitory.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After Daigo revealed he already had a girlfriend, she was clearly crying inside, but smiled and congratulated the couple.
- Knight Templar: When it comes to dorm rules.
Supervisor: Oh I see. "Extenuating circumstances", you say? However... [grabs Kuroko, breaks her neck, and tosses her aside like a ragdoll] were I to accept that as an excuse, I would not be able to maintain the peace of this dormitory. Those who break the rules ought to be punished. Don't you agree, Misaka?
Kinuho Wannai and Maaya Awatsuki
Kinuho Wannai and Maaya Awatsuki
Kinuho (right) is voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
(Japanese) and Kristi Kang (English)
Maaya (left) is voiced by:
Yoshino Nanjou (Japanese) and Tia Ballard
A pair of Level 3s in Tokiwadai's Swimming Team who hang around with Mitsuko a lot. Neither of them play a very prominent role in the series.
Kinuho's ability is Hydro Hand
(water manipulation), while Maaya's is Float Dial
- Big Damn Heroes:
- In the Railgun manga, they show up just in time to save Kongou and Saten from Baba Yoshio.
- They also help out in the last episode of Railgun S, along with all of Judgement.
- The Dividual: They almost always appear together, and apart from their appearance and their abilities, they have very little differentiating them.
- Gravity Master: Maaya's buoyancy ability basically works like this.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Maaya's ability to manipulate the buoyancy force doesn't seem too useful in combat at first, but it allows her to alter projectile motion, to make leaps In a Single Bound, to Walk on Water, and to make heavy objects lighter. She can even turn off buoyancy in a given area so that nothing can fly.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Maaya's voice actor is also the vocalist of fripSide, who performs both opening theme songs of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.
- Is This What Anger Feels Like?: Kinuho mentions in Railgun Chapter 45 that she's never really gotten angry before and Maaya's attempt at getting angry was cute instead, but seeing Kongou getting beat up and her beliefs insulted in Chapter 50 seems to have finally gotten both of them quite angry.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Against Baba Yoshi.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: They have this reaction when they return to help clean the pool in episode 2 and find Mikoto trying to fend off Kuroko who's under the influence of her own Love Potion.
- Making a Splash: Kinuho can control up to four clumps of water at a time, but she's not skilled enough to control water that has been scattered on the ground.
- Mundane Utility: They offer to use their powers to help Mikoto and Kuroko clean the pool in episode 2. Its also suggested they may use their powers to help them get better times in swimming club.
Touma's High School (unnamed)
Voiced by: Nozomi Masu
A Level 3 first year student of Tokiwadai who appears exclusively in the Radio Drama
. She is obsessed with Mikoto and eventually challenged her to a fight, believing that if she won, then Mikoto would fall in love with her (she had heard a rumor that Mikoto was attracted to people who were stronger than her, based on Mikoto constantly challenging Touma to fights). Mikoto defeated her due to unexpected outside interference and sent her off, annoyed that she found someone just like Kuroko.
- Deer in the Headlights: She froze when a billboard broke and starting falling toward her. Mikoto had to save her.
- Didn't See That Coming: She almost defeated Mikoto, only for a stray blast from a magician Touma had been fighting somewhere else in the city to almost hit her. This scared her out of her wits and gave Mikoto enough time to recover.
- Man of Kryptonite: Her main ability is to emit a field that prevents electricity other than natural bio-electricity from flowing. Thus, she negated Mikoto's powers and was able to corner her. Mikoto eventually managed to generate enough electricity to overpower the field.
- Mind over Matter: A minor component of her ability is telekinesis. She can only lift and throw relatively light objects like chairs.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: In love with her classmate Mikoto.
- Stalker with a Crush: For Mikoto.
- Too Kinky to Torture: After her defeat, she enjoys getting shocked by Mikoto, who gets annoyed that she reacts like Kuroko does to her punishments.
One of the Seven Wonders of a Certain High School
The White Smoker
Chemistry professor of Touma's high school. She looks nowhere like a teacher, but it has been said that she's one of the older characters in the novels. She hasn't undergone the Ability Development Program, allowing her to use magic to heal Index in the first arc.
- A-Cup Angst: Gets upset when she loans Index her pajamas, and the latter complains that the chest area is too small for her (herself also suffering from this trope).
- Cat Smile: In the comfort of a hot bath.
- Chekhov's Skill: The healing spell Index taught her early on comes in handy when Aisa is nearly killed by Oriana.
- Clock King: Mild example. She can accurately tell the exact time and date in any circumstance without having to look at a clock.
- Color Failure: An epic one.◊
- Cool Teacher: All of her students love and respect her for her personality, looks, and wisdom.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: A chain smoking alcoholic young girl...
- Hot for Student: Towards her "Kamijou-chan".
- Kawaiiko: Her students just can't get over how cute she is.
- Legal Jailbait: In-Universe — legal in age but lusted over by her Lolicon-inclined detention students.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Despite having been taught a healing spell by Index, she is unaware of the Magic Side and whenever Touma comes back from having saved the world, she scolds him for skipping school.
- Mama Bear: During the Daihasei school festival, she defended her students against a teacher who insulted them during the Daihasei sports festival. Hearing her defense actually inspired the students to do their best to prove her right.
- Nice Girl
- Older Than She Looks:
- And exactly why she still looks like a kid is a mystery for the ages. The story's been dropping hints that "age-delaying" and/or "fountain of youth" experiments have occurred in the past, so there's the possibility that she may have been a test subject.
- In New Testament Volume 6, Mikoto refuses to believe her when she says she is a teacher, assuming she is just a kid playing pretend.
- One of the Kids: In mentality and appearance.
- Rose-Haired Girl: As seen in the picture.
- Sensei-chan: She is, after all, a teacher that looks like a child.
- Team Mom: Appearance aside, she’s the closest thing to a mother figure the children of the cast have, and a strong and nurturing one at that too.
- The Unreveal: She drives a normal-sized car. When Touma gets confused at how she is able to drive it when her legs are too short to reach the pedals, she just snaps at him for doubting her ability instead of explaining how. In the movie, her car is shown having support devices typically used by the disabled to reach all the controls.
A math teacher at Touma's school and the daughter of Monaka Oyafune, a member of Academy City's Board of Directors.
- Berserk Button: Getting caught in "unfortunate" situations, especially involving Touma.
- The Fashionista: Collects high-quality clothes in an effort to improve her looks.
- Hot Teacher: Despite what she thinks, people do find her attractive.
- I Am Not Pretty: Despite other people's positive reactions to her looks, she doesn't believe so.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Although her mother is rather nice, she is still one of Academy City's directors, which has a hand in everything going on in Academy City.
- Meganekko: As shown in the picture.
Touma's friend and classmate whose real name is unknown. A funny individual who tends to notice his bad luck, and calls him "Kami-yan" in a different way. He is a self-confessed pervert, lolicon, and masochist who enjoys being punished by his teacher, Tsukuyomi. He is always seen with Motoharu. He, Motoharu, and Touma are known as the three idiots in their class as they have the lowest test scores.
- Anything That Moves: His stated type is basically anything that can (even technically) be classified as a human female.
“Ha, you’re too naïve, Kami-yan. I have a wide range of acceptance when it comes to women: not just fallen female main characters but also foster sisters, foster mothers, foster daughters, twins, widows, senpais, kouhais,
fellow classmates, teachers
, childhood friends, ojou-samas
, blondes, brunettes, brown-haired, silver-haired, long-haired, medium-haired, short-haired, girls wearing bobby pins, wavy-haired, twintails, ponytails, one-sided ponytails, twin braids, ahoges
, curly-haired, girls in sailor clothes
, blazers, judogi, kyuudougi, kindergarten nurses, maids
, policewomen, witches
, shrine maidens
, nuns, military women, secretaries, lolis
, cheerleaders, stewardesses, waitresses
, goth girls wearing black, goth girls wearing white
, girls in China dresses
, frail girls
, albino girls, fantasists, girls with split personalities, queens, princesses
, thigh-high socks
, garterbelts, girls who cross-dress as guys
, girls who wear glasses
, girls who wear an eyepatch, girls who wear bandages
, girls in school swimsuits
, one-piece swimsuits, bikinis, V-shaped bikinis, bikinis that barely cover anything
, youkai, ghosts, animal-eared girls
, etc. — any female is within my area of acceptance.”
- Badass Normal: The Daihasei arc shows that even though he doesn't appear to have any esper abilities, he's skilled and agile enough to contend with espers.
- Book Dumb: It’s implied, as he, Touma and Tsuchimikado are collectively referred to as the Baka Trio. Yet...
- Class Representative: ... he’s somehow this despite the above.
- Continuity Cameo: He shows up briefly in the second season of Railgun, where he has a job as a Gekota mascot. He freaks out Febri when he takes the head off.
- Eyes Always Shut: As seen in the picture.
- Hot for Teacher: His shameless crush on Komoe-sensei.
- Kansai Regional Accent: He fakes one, for some reason.
- Lolicon: He enjoys the pleasure of being scolded by Komoe-sensei. And this is but one of his many fetishes.
- Meaningful Nickname: His "name" means "blue-haired-guy-with-piercings".
- Otaku: Taken Up to Eleven. See his rant above.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite having blue hair, he's most likely the Red Oni with Motoharu.
- Those Two Guys: With Tsuchimikado.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As seen in the picture.
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
(Japanese) and Lindsay Seidel (English)
A Japanese Christian
with a Miko
from Kirigaoka Girls' Academy. She possesses the ability to kill vampires with her blood, which also attracts them. This power also killed her friends and family after being turned into vampires, prompting her to look for a way to remove her abilities.
She is a naturally occurring esper, which is called a gemstone.
A member of Touma's class. She's very responsible, health-conscious and clean. Basically everything Touma is not. Is the only girl not to fall for Touma's "charms"... so far.
- Accidental Pervert: Once walked in on Touma when he was changing.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the novels she is described as a "pleasant looking girl without a shred of feminine sex appeal". In the anime, on the other hand, she is quite a beauty, with a bust that could give Kaori a run for her money.
- Berserk Button: She hates it when Touma or anyone else complains about bad luck. To her, luck is just a loser's excuse. She's completely unaware that Touma's bad luck is real.
- Class Representative: Subverted. Despite having all the classic characteristics she’s not the class representative.
- Forehead of Doom: Her "Forehead Deluxe".
- Gainaxing: Featured prominently in the season 2 OP, along with a number of her appearances in the show.
- In-Series Nickname: "Iron Wall Girl", because she's the only girl in the class that seems to be "immune" to Touma's charms.
- Ms. Fanservice: Played as such in the anime.
- Not so Above It All: Despite her constant chastising the "Delta Force" over their stupid antics, she occasionally finds herself getting dragged alongside their stupidity.
- Panty Shot: In one of Volume 14's illustrations.
- Relationship Voice Actor: This is the second time her and Touma's seiyuu appeared together as love interest.
- Sailor Fuku: Her normal school attire.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: A caring mother figure to her classmates beneath her impassive facade.
- Team Mom: To her class of underachieving misfits.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Health products from TV shopping channels. This also includes the infamous Musashino Full-Cream Milk introduced in Railgun. No wonder she developed so nicely...
- Tranquil Fury: She doesn't become openly angry with Touma's "unfortunate" actions.
- Tsundere: Towards Touma.
Sakugawa Middle School
A mysterious sempai in Touma's school, Seria has connections to one of the Board of Directors for the whole of Academy City. Both her motives, and the extent of her knowledge is unknown, but she seems to love the carefree life of a high school student. May or may not be in love with Touma.
- A Day in the Limelight: One of the short stories from one of Kiyotaka Haimura's art books, where she uses a love letter to Touma to catch a spy.
- Angst Coma: While not literally in coma, she became extremely lethargic and refused to work, just staring blankly, after Touma's "death".
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Her fighting style. This includes being able to dodge gunfire while walking at a leisurely pace by reading the angle of the gun.
- Battle of Wits: Kaziumi points out that these are fights that even Touma can't fight. Which is why Touma can do a lot of things they can't.
- Becoming the Mask: She chose to live a school life, as Touma's senpai, along with her Board work. She liked it.
- Didn't See That Coming: She beat Tsuchimikado down with ease... until he started using magic, which she has no knowledge of.
- Eye Scream: Lost an eye in a battle with Tsuchimikado. She later gets a replacement.
- The Man Behind the Man: The previously mentioned Board member refers to her as his 'brain'.
- Locked Out of the Loop: She has great knowledge of Academy City's Dark Side, but is completely unaware of the Magic Side.
- Love Makes You Dumb: She used to be confident and brilliant. Then Touma "died". She then spent her time "blankly sitting around like an idiot" until he came back. She's still depressed that she couldn't help during WWIII though.
- Love Letter Lunacy: Invokes this in her A Day in the Limelight short story.
- Master of Your Domain: Can use autohypnosis to block out pain from injuries including having an eye removed.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Her calling Touma in to save her during New Testament 7 while under the effects of Agitate Halation.
- Secret Keeper: Is implied to know all about, or at least suspect, Touma's memory loss.
- Sempai Kohai: Sempai to Touma. A role she quite enjoys.
- Smug Snake: Though not a bad guy. Probably.
- Teen Genius: Said to be one, being the brain of a Board member and all.
A Child Error featured in the final arc of Railgun
season 1. She is a Level 2 Esper and a telepath
. She gets transferred to Sakugawa Middle School and becomes Uiharu's roommate.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Appears three episodes before she has any bearing on the plot.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Has a tendency to suddenly space out. Her comatose friend telepathically contacting her was the cause of some of this, but not all.
- Parental Abandonment: Possibly. She's a Child Error, after all.
- Red Herring: She's unable to cause the Poltergeist incidents on her own.
- Telepathy: A weaker version, in that she's primarily a receiver, and can't really do anything useful on her own. At least, not under normal circumstances.
A Child Error and childhood friend of Erii. She is a telepath, similar to Erii, but her level is unknown. She eventually ends up in the care of Kiyama Harumi as a student.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First appears in Kiyama Harumi's flashbacks.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Due to her (and the other Child Errors) attempting to wake up from being comatose, the Poltergeists occur in the city.
- Comatose Canary: Due to her ability, she was crying out to Erii every time Kiyama tried to wake her from her coma.
- Expy: Possibly one of Ritsu Tainaka. They not only look alike, they even have the same voice actress!
- Telepathy: Like Erii, she's pretty weak, and can usually only communicate with specific people.
He's Uiharu and Saten's teacher at Sakugawa Middle School, as well as a volunteer caretaker at Cypress Park who cares for the Child Errors.
- Innocently Insensitive: He broke the Tokiwadai Dorm Supervisor's heart and didn't even notice.
- Likes Older Women: His girlfriend and later fiance Kazuko Shigenomori is much older than him. He also had a positive reaction to seeing the Tokiwadai Dorm Supervisor all dressed up.
- Nice Guy
- Oblivious to Love: He did not pick up on the Tokiwadai Dorm Supervisor's very obvious crush on him, though this may be because he had been seeing Kazuko the whole time.
- Official Couple: With Kazuko. He eventually proposes to her.
- Only One Name: Everybody just calls him Daigo.
- Supreme Chef: He even says cooking is his favorite hobby.
An anime-exclusive character. A student from Sekishi Junior High School who took Level Upper, enhancing her ability, Dummy Check.
A geek who had been frequently bullied. Desiring revenge, he took Level Upper, gained the ability Synchrotron, and used it to terrorize Academy City as the Graviton Bomber.
- Disproportionate Retribution/Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He hated everyone, especially Judgment, because seemingly nobody helped him when he was bullied. He then tried to blow everybody up.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Before his official debut, he is often shown in the background wandering aimlessly while listening to earphones. It turns out he was taking Level Upper at this time.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He wanted power, both to get revenge on his bullies and because he was jealous of people with powers.
- Mad Bomber/Stuff Blowing Up: Synchrotron allows him to accelerate gravitons (the particle that mediates the force of gravitation) in aluminum until it explodes. The larger the piece of aluminum, the more powerful the explosion.
- Squishy Wizard: For all the power he gained, he's still a wimpy geek. To prove a point, Mikoto takes him down with a single, non-electrified punch.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Mikoto saved him from some bullies once, but he rudely brushed her off, asking why she didn't save him sooner.
- Villainous Breakdown: He loses it when Touma blocks the aluminum bomb he put in a child's toy, meaning he failed to kill anyone.
- Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: During his rampage, he would sneak aluminum everywhere and then detonate them. He was fond of putting the aluminum in children's toys and distributing the toys.
An anime-exclusive character. He had attended Nagatenjouki Academy. He is the leader of an organization called STUDY, which seeks to prove technology is superior to esper powers.