The whole franchise is a in-universe novel series by Saiai Kinuhata, which exaggerates a lotThe Japanese version of Railgun is ""A Certain Super Railgun"" to be exact. Whose Verbal Tic? Saiai loves B- and R- movies, so she took real-life events in Academy City and the whole franchise world and beefed them up. Just like SCP Foundation to Real Life, it could be possible that most of the violence and conspiracy in the light novels are made up by her to amuse her readers. Real life there could be:
Accelerator's real name is Nate River from Death NoteJust think about it.He never reveals his name because the Kira investigation is still in process.They are both albinos,their clothing style matches.Remember season 2 how he deduced the location of Last Order.Also his brain has immense calculating powers(before he took the bullet),he can do complex calculations in miliseconds.And remember how in Death Note for Near there are scenes where buildings start to circle around him?Those were not just random graphic depictions,that was vector manipulation!
The Espers in Academy City are..All Conduits, whose top scientists reverse engineered the Conduit gene to unlock the supernatural potential of the students.
A Level 6's powers will be the manipulation of the 4 Fundamental Interactions of the universe.Basically, Level Fives are people who are the closest to completely controlling the interactions which govern every single aspect of the universe. They are: Gravity, the curvature of space-time caused by mass; Electromagnetism, which causes like-charged particles to repel and unlike-charged particles to attract; Strong Nuclear Force, which binds quarks to form nucleons and nucleons to form nuclei; and Weak Nuclear Force, which can bind all particles in the Standard Model together. Teitoku can already control the Nuclear Forces in order to create elementary particle combinations which are naturally impossible, to create new matter. Accelerator can already manipulate Gravity as a vector, and as a Level 6, might be able to manipulate space-time itself. Mikoto and Shizuri would have Electromagnetism. The former can already observe a wide spectrum of EM waves, and create a strong magnetic field for her railgun attack with her electricity; the latter uses Electromagnetism to direct electrons into strong lasers. This Troper thinks that Gunha already has the power of space-time manipulation but doesn't know how to use it besides using it subconsciously, evident by his OHKO punches, which accelerate to twice the speed of sound in a short time made possible by compressing space-time around his fist so that his fist can accelerate more per unit distance. Misaki's mind control ability is vaguely Electromagnetism, since she probably manipulates the electrochemical pulses in brains for mind control? Or maybe she's not an esper ansd actually a magician, evident by the time when she completely believes Touma about magic? The 6th Level 5 might control magnetism, similar to Magneto.
Since the greatest of God's miracles is life, especially sentient life, wouldn't the logical conclusion of Imagine Breaker be...That he can't dispel things that that aren't inherently supernatural. The miracle is the creation of life, not its continued existence, and so he doesn't have instant death powers.
Psychics and Magicians deteriorate reality bit by bit each time they use their powers.Tohma exists as a counter-force to keep the world in balance. Thus, the Imagine Breaker is the natural enemy of the supernatural, all for the sake of keeping the universe from imploding.
Touma is...An Anti-Spiral sleeper agent. The various magic and psychic powers are just how this world manifests spiral power. Touma was put in place like Nia in order to be awakened when the number of spirals in the planet reaches critical mass. Unlike Nia, however, he was made as a weapon, not just a messenger, and was given an experimental ability to negate spiral power. This is why he Chronic Hero Syndrome, he has a subconscious urge to use his Imagine Breaker every chance he gets.
Kuroko joins St. Millefeuille All-Girl High School from Otome Kikan Gretel after she graduates middle school.Let's see... Extraordinarily Empowered Girl? Check. Willing to do Ecchi things? Check. Schoolgirl Lesbian? Check. Loveable Sex Maniac? Not required but check. She's an absolutely perfect candidate for St. Millefeuille All-Girl High School.
Touma's Imagine Breaker doesn't negate his luck, but actually bestows it in a roundabout way.I have a theory about Touma's Imagine Breaker. Have any of you read a Xanth book? My theory is based greatly on Bink's talent. Basically, the theory goes that the Imagine Breaker doesn't actually negate luck, but does it in a roundabout way. It constantly puts Touma in precarious positions in order to strengthen him, without having to do actual training that might attract the attention from powerful people. It's main objective is to gather as many as possible strong and varied mating candidates to pass on Touma's genes and extend his bloodline using a roundabout way that will cause them to fall in love. If Imagine Breaker really does negate luck, Touma should've been dead a long time ago. Instead he's got a growing harem of people from various fields. He's got a magical library, one of the strongest psychics in the world, 10k of her clones, a saint, several nuns-in-training, a teacher with possible anti-aging genes, another melee-based mage, and a loli bondage lover. Actually the 'loli bondage lover' is forced to wear that by her bondage-loving superiors, according to a more recent light novel. And she's not in the harem.
If Mikoto tapped into the Sisters Network her powers would be boosted to Level 6The Level Upper works by increasing the available mental processing power and leaked experience. That sounds a lot like the MISAKA Network and since Mikoto should theoretically be able to access the Network (being able to do everything the sisters can do and then some) she should get a similar effect. The fact that they can boost the brain damaged Accelerator back to his normal levels temporarily is further proof of that.
The goal of the Level 6 Project was never to get Accelerator to Level 6, it was to get Railgun to Level 6
Touma's bad luck made him Oblivious to Love.This editor somehow thinks that due to his bad luck, Touma came to believe he won't be able to get lucky in scoring girls; so he might as well forget it even if an opportunity exists right before him because his bad luck will interfere with it. Plus his childhood experiences with other people he won't be that opportunistic as to try to score with a girl. And then things turned out to be the reverse when he still hangs on to that perception of his... any observing fans can notice that the majority of his Harem are made of human extraordinaire.
Touma can share his Chick Magnet by hitting you.For examples look here. Chances a rising with the height difference.
Touma isn't a Level 0, he's a Level 6.Touma's esper powers are clearly unique, even for a level zero. This is commented on numerous times by people like Crowley and Fiamma, and his right hand apparently isn't the extent of his powers, at least according to Terra. The reason? Touma is actually a Level 6.
Touma isn't an esper or a magician... he's God!Or a part of him at least. He's good by default, he can match his Imagine Breaker to any power, however strange or reality breaking that power is, and a part of his name means "God". Also God is a certified damn bad ass.
Accelerator's final major act in the series will be redirect forces within the entire universeHis abilities have gotten pretty powerful and considering his original goal (to become so strong that it would be sinful to fight him) it would be pretty ironic.
Touma's adventures before Index?Considering Touma's luck, his ability and his tendency to charge into situations attempting to help people, the likelihood that he was involved in some other adventures before Index should be pretty high. Getting involved with Stiyl and Kanzaki wanting to erase Index's memories may not truly be his first interaction with magicians. Also, his memories are conveniently gone so we're not going to know for sure - unless some character from his past pops up soon.
Pierce Aogami is definitely NOT just a Level 0.When two out of the 'Idiot Trio' aren't who they seem to be and we STILL don't know his true name after 20 over novels, there's no way the author isn't planning for him to have some sort of significance.
Touma's right hand is a Power LimiterHis right hand instantly negates any power it touches, so maybe it was put on him to seal his true powers. His name does mean something like "He who is above God". Also his right arm does grow back.
Imagine Breaker doesn't work the way we think it doesIt bugs the fandom a lot that Touma can do things like block a stone golem mid-punch without any difficulty. What if, instead of just canceling magic and esper abilities, Imagine Breaker actually resets reality to its default state? So when blocking a railgun blast it actually brings the coin back down to the speed it would be going at if it were thrown by a normal unpowered Misaka. Imagine Breaker then is a reset button that undoes (to a degree) the effects abilities have on the real world.
Angelene and Saten are distantly relatedSince they're both implied to be serial skirt flippers. Nah, Saten's skirt flipping is only reserved for Uiharu. Angelene only flips someone's skirt to draw attention away from an argument.
Touma is a reincarnated LuciferThink about it, Michael presumably used a previous form of Imagine Breaker to seal Lucifer away for a thousand years. A thousand years is quite obviously over. So Lucifer returns to Earth in a reincarnated form (you could argue Touma as his first and only reincarnated form or just the latest in a series of reincarnations), but to make sure he doesn't cause any chaos or anything, Imagine Breaker follows him into his reincarnations. The strongest evidence for this would come from when Imagine Breaker was hacked off Touma in Volume 22. Something tried to come out of Touma's shoulder, but Touma himself utilized ANOTHER power that could literally swallow that something - and it is implied that this power that Touma utilized has always been held back/kept in check by Imagine Breaker. A power so great it requires the constant presence of Imagine Breaker to negate it? The answer is Lucifer's strength, the power of the strongest angel who once sat at God's Right Seat. As for the whole Messiah thing Touma has going on, before Lucifer fell, HE WAS A GOOD GUY. And it would make for wonderful irony if the guy running around convincing people to make Heel Face Turns turns out to be worse than all of them put together.
Touma is sealing an angel similar to AiwassOkay, hear me out. As the previous "Touma is Lucifer" entry says, the Dragon symbolise an angel stained with evil among other things (within Christianity, straight from Volume 18), and since Aiwass says DRAGON is the most accurate title to refer to itself, then maybe what Touma is sealing is an evil angel of the Horus Age similar to Aiwass. Imagine Breaker, from what we know, is of Divine Origin—though it might not be God's creation, so it would kinda fit considering Aiwass is, and I'm quoting directly from Fiamma's talk with Aleister:
Touma is sealing Choronzon, the Horusian Lucifer from ThelemaEnough said. More of a theory based on the previous entry. http://forums.animesuki.com/showpost.php?p=4272320&postcount=1182
Kinuhata Saiai and Franky are SUUUUUPAAHHH related.There is not more I can add to that.
Saten will become a MagicianWasn't magic, if I remember early Index correctly, specifically designed so that people without powers would be able to compete with natural born psychics. To take it a step further, Saten already comes from a line of magicians. That charm her mother gave her actually can work. The only real hitch is that Saten's experiences with Level Upper make her enough of a psychic to cause her to suffer the magical backlash effect.
Saten's true Esper-power is luck
Teitoku Kakine will return with a vengeanceHe will break out of his Brain in a Jar predicament and create a new body for himself out of Dark Matter. If Shizuri Mugino could make a new arm and face for herself with her energy, Kakine should be able to do something similar.
Saten's charm does work and it gives her great luckHow else can you explain her falling out of her chair causing the mouse to move over the link to level upper?
Aleister Crowley's real plan is to help the Level 0s.Aleister has indicated in part that his plans involve things like the creation of artificial angels and even an artificial heaven generated by esper AIM fields. If that is the case, then he is most likely a Well-Intentioned Extremist who is trying to open the doors to power to all the powerless people by breaking the rules that govern the world (ie, the fact that only certain people can reach the upper limits of power as espers and so on). In essence, he is applying his skill as a Magician who has turned to Science to create a back door to people who have no hope for obtaining power as espers but are unable to turn to magic. Unfortunately, he has been so driven by his desire to accomplish this, he has thrown away all principles (as is the norm for this trope) in order to accomplish it. Adding to this is that obtaining his desire might very well break the world itself and you have a stage that is set for a very effective villain.
It is possible to create a successful Esper/Magician hybrid.Currently, the only "example" of an esper/magician hybrid happens to be Motoharu, whose esper power just so happens to prevent him from dying whenever he uses magic. This basically implies that as far as the parties involved are concerned, an esper/magician hybrid is an esper who can use magic or a magician who can use esper powers. In truth, the way around this is redefining what an esper/magician hybrid is. Such hybrids will fall under one of two categories: first, an esper who utilizes his/her personal reality and ability as the device for activating magic and second, a magician who utilizes a spell to invoke a personal reality. In this manner, the interaction of powers will be such that an esper/magician hybrid can be created without the usual side-effects.
The end of Volume one is not the first time Touma's memories have been erased.This basically comes from his conversation with Terra of the Left during the Document of Constantine Arc, where Terra is able to figure out that Touma has lost his memories by questioning him about his Imagine Breaker. The giveaway is that the questions Terra asks pertain especially to the Imagine Breaker. However (unless there is some evidence to the contrary), Touma was not aware of Imagine Breaker's true purpose and he certainly didn't know about that invisible thing that's being sealed by his arm even before he lost his memories in Volume One. In other words, even before the series started, Touma had his memories related to the true nature of Imagine Breaker and its purpose erased well before the series started.
Hyouka Kazakiri is the #6 Level 5.There must be a reason why Kazakiri can Awaken into FUZE=Kazakiri. However, if she can Awaken, it doesn't mean Mikoto (#3) and Shizuri (#4) and Misaki (#5) can Awaken either. But of course, a possible counter-argument is if you only count human espers, then she doesn't count, as she's only a phenomenon caused by the amalgamation of the AIM fields of all espers in Academy City. And also, there must be certain conditions to be met so that other people (for example, Touma and Index) can see her. So, there's no other possible way to prove this unless the author decides to reveal the full extent of Counter Stop's abilities.
Gunha Sogiita's powers work by turning him into his image of a superhero.If I understand the Schrodinger's cat psuedo-science of this series correctly, it boils down to "Whatever you believe will pop out of box (instead of a dead or an alive cat) will pop out of the box." In Sogiita's case, he believes that he's a Sentai Superhero, and he has all the powers of one. Alternatively, his esper powers run on Spiral Energy
Because magicians use their life force to refine magic to make it useable......they end up using up some of their life force and age a bit faster than they normally would. Hence why Styil, Kanzaki, and other magicians look older than they are.
Imagine Breaker's current power is not solely because of it containing the Invisible ThingIt was said that Touma used to bring bad luck to other people as well, and it is implied that Imagine Breaker could actually extend beyond just Touma's right hand, put them together, and one possible explanation is that Touma unwittingly held back on some of its power. This makes sense assuming Index's theory is correct: if Imagine Breaker is active as some sort of Anti-Magic force field (which seems to be the 'original functionality' Terra of the Left referred to in Vol 14), it would also cancel the luck of everyone in range, hence "bringing bad luck to others", and there doesn't seem to be any indication that the Invisible Thing wasn't there to begin with, by which it means that, even if the Invisible Thing does drain any power out of Imagine Breaker, it has done so since before Touma stop bringing bad luck on others.
Why Kakine's rank is second among the Level 5s....When you think about it, Kakine should actually be ranked higher than Accelerator, because while Accelerator's power is the ability to change the direction and velocity (i.e. vectors) of objects, Kakine's power is the ability to create matter from nothing...and not just any matter, but matter that has its own unique set of laws that he creates. From this perspective, Kakine should actually have a lot more potential than Accelerator, especially since one of the main factors in ranking the Level 5s is how much potential for further research their Ability represents. The main problem with Kakine's power and the reason why he's number 2 is not because he's weaker, but because of all the extra baggage that comes with his power. Think about it for a second, it's not that Kakine creates matter that does whatever he wants it to, but rather that he creates matter that has its own unique chemistry and follows its own unique laws of physics. That means that whenever Kakine creates a new kind of dark matter, he also has to create a completely new set of physical laws governing the nature of the matter he just created. In other words, he has to invent and entire universe-full of physics just to create a new kind of matter. And to make matters even more complicated, he then has to calculate the interference caused by the interactions between the unique rules of the matter he creates and the rules of the existing world. Because of that, the processing demands on his mind are probably tremendous and he can probably only limit the use of his Ability to a few kinds of matter that he created beforehand. In fact, I'm willing to wager that Kakine never actually awakened (as far as I can tell, it was never explicitly stated in the novels) and we only assume that because his power took the form of angel wings. But when you think about it, he probably set it up that way because that was one of the few ways he's found to deploy his Dark Matter in a useful manner. Because of that, he's locked into that form of combat and attack because right now he has no other way of employing Dark Matter in combat because he'd still have to create a complete set of laws governing that matter. That's why Kakine is number 2.
Touma is God, unknowingly.Magic has originally been just people forcing their reality onto the reality we know. Touma's powers get registered as a level 0 because his forces are the same as the ones that created the Earth. His reality is the reality that was original, so whenever he "disables" a power, he's turning the world "normal." Ride the Lightning, too.
Why was Megaupload taken down?It had the Level Upper on it. The site that Saten found it on only had a link to the Megaupload download.
One-eyed Othinus will be eaten by a wolf.She is an expy of Odin after all.
The Tokiwadai dorm supervisor is actually a saint.It explains how she is so powerful. The 16 other saints must be out there somewhere.
The Tokiwadai dorm supervisor's esper power is the ability to inflict injuries that should be fatal but aren't.Snapping people's necks without killing them simply can't not be something supernatural. Her power must allow her to inflict "fake injuries" that heal fully in minutes even if they would normally be fatal. It might be a form of illusion, or it might work by temporarily endowing the person with a Healing Factor. She may even be able to heal people from real injuries by doing this. (As in, you break your leg, she rips off your head, and minutes later both your head and your leg are suddenly good as new.)
Aleister Crowley is Index's father and either Laura Stuart or Fraulein Kreutune is her mother.The resemblances they all share is uncanny. Index and Aleister both have emerald green eyes and long white hair. The artist, Haimura Kiyotaka, even says that Laura Stuart is what Index will look like in her college years.
Touma and Misaki Shokuhou knew each other from before the start of the series.In Railgun's Daihasei Festival arc, when Touma encountered Mikoto and Misaki, we don't get to see Misaki's face directly◊, but her mood shifts suddenly and she knows his name without an introduction. Later in NT 6 she visited his school for unknown reasons even preventing Mikoto from getting there. Similarly Touma in volume one is aware of the extent of her abilities, though he doesn't directly name her, but he does seem to think that he can get her to help. This is likely to be Jossed or Confirmed very soon, but at the very least it seems like The Queen knows about Touma, for reasons independant of Mikoto. Either she got to know him through the Dark Side of Academy city, or perhaps they were Childhood Friends or couples before he lost his memories.
Kuroko's biological mother and father are Kuuko and MahiroAnd Kuuko and Nyaruko's adopted child. This explains the rampant single-target sexuality and her red hair.
The Final Story Arc shall have the Three Protagonists and their allies/harems come together of an epic final battle.One which shall bring down the corrupt administration of Academy City once and for all and bring down some of the more questionable elements of the magic side too.
In the end of the series, Accelerator will die in a Heroic Sacrifice.Because after all he has done, despite his best efforts to atone, Redemption Equals Death is probably the only option he really has.
The Sixth Level Five posses precognitive/temporal powers.He uses these abilities mainly to allow himself to see trouble coming in advance and to put himself in the best position to avoid it. That is why it is so hard to find him, whenever someone looks for him, he has already seen it coming and knows exactly how to evade him. He is mostly like living off the grid somewhere in the less nice parts of AC, posing as a level zero on mostly just wants to be left alone.
Touma's anti-magic has a minor psychological repellent effect when observed by mages.Upon observation; there is a natural inclination to ignore the ramifications. Magic in the Raildex-verse tends to "do the math itself", you just command it what to do. This results in a mental "weak muscle" in that regard. Thus, most mages upon having their abilities blocked by Touma will have the tendency to not think about it; thus not thinking about indirect (or non-magical) forms of attack.
Touma's Imagine Breaker is like the Avatar from 'Last airbender'.Maybe...JUST MAYBE...the Imagine Breaker has existed ever since the beginning of time in this universe and thus the power transfers from person to person each time the previous user dies. How it does this... I haven't the slightest Idea, but the Idea came to me when I thought about how Touma's power seems to reset supernatural things back to normal. If Touma is the 'only' person with that type of power in a world where Espers(?) and Magicians are pretty common, it would make one think that this sort of ability would be necessary to keep a balance. And what has Touma been doing for the majority of the series? Stopping magicians from fucking with Academy City!
Gunha is a mage, not an esperHe has all sorts of random, disconnected abilities, and seems to power them with GUTS! A girl uses fairy tales for her magic; why can't he use sentai shows? Considering that this all seems to be unconscious on his part, that probably also means he's a Saint...which also makes sense.
Touma is not human, but solely an avatar of a higher species, granted to the world to rescue it and make it a better placeIt has been confirmed that Touma is not a normal human. It is also quite plausible that he is not human at all, with his special power of his. But there actually are hints that he is solely the incarnated will of a higher existence.
Sogiita Gunha's true power is reality warpingHe believes himself to be superhero and that's the reason why he has various unconnected superhero powers. In reality, he could manifest almost any power — as long as he believed he can do so.
Esper powers act like Sympathetic MagicNew Testament has a number of cybernetic Espers, all of which severely undermine the Personal Reality explanation for powers. First, Umidori boosts her powers by having more hands to project lances from. This significantly increases the amount of nitrogen she can manipulate and does not cause her precision to decrease. Kakine is not strictly cybernetic, but close enough. He makes a large number of exact duplicates of himself, but the duplicates apparently do not have his full set of powers, since he doesn't geometrically replicate. Also, his core regenerated severe brain damage. Rensa is where things get really weird; she can duplicate the power of Espers by rearranging her internal structure. This marks the only instance where someone has duplicated a power without taking along the thoughts of the original user in some manner. Also, apparently she can't duplicate the power of a dead Esper. Between her and Kakine, it is pretty clear Esper powers are not entirely sourced from the thoughts of their users. But the way they work raises more questions: Why is it apparently impossible for Kakine to fully clone his powers, and why can't Rensa replicate the powers of dead people? It appears that being similar in structure to the original user allows a person or object to access their power, but there is a maximum amount available, and the original user anchors their ability to reality... somehow. Probably it's linked to their soul instead of their physical brain, since Kakine's power still works despite having become a networked consciousness. The mechanism is presumably linked to AIM fields because the AIM Stalker ability allows manipulating other people's powers, and Level Upper connected people via their AIM fields. Of course, this raises even more questions; what is up with the Misaka Sisters? The majority of them are structurally identical to Mikoto, but the most powerful two are not. So, clearly their powers are independently sourced, but that leaves the question of why the ones which are identical can't draw on their sister's powers as well as or instead of their own. Two possibilities exist:
The Five_OVER project is a form of grant fraudSupposedly, the Five_OVER project is an effort to duplicate and surpass esper powers with technology. But there's actually no evidence that's really worked. The most impressive result is the Railgun model, but it shows no particularly exotic electromagnetic manipulation abilities. Railguns are conceptually pretty simple. The other one is supposed to be based on Mental Out, but neither works on the same principle nor achieves the most notable results. It's an airborne hallucinogen, which does not allow mind-reading or total mental control, and Mental Out is definitely not based on inhaled chemicals. Equ.Dark Matter appears to be a successful duplication of a Level 5 power, but in reality it's just the original power being used by the same guy. They're certainly handy; Five_OVER Railgun vastly outmatches the standard battlesuits and the hallucinogenic mold is capable of effectively and harmlessly incapacitating people on a large scale. But they're not really meeting the official goal, and the second one is only vaguely related to what it's supposedly based on. Apparently, someone has decided they're being offered a lot of money to do something impossible, and is pretending to be making progress when they know they're going down a dead end.
The secret to ultimate power is pantsAll the most powerful people in the setting, particularly Kanzaki, Ollerus, the top three Level 5s, and Thor wear some form of pants regularly. In fact, Kanzaki's pants are known to be mystically significant. The Sisters, however, are exactly identical to Mikoto and have been imprinted with similar thought patterns but are notably weaker, and do not wear pants. The fifth-ranked level 5 has been through the same cirriculum as Mikoto, and there is no particular evidence to suggest she wears pants. The fourth-ranked level 5 wears pants on rare occasion.
Saten is actually a Level 6Her personal reality reshapes reality around her, sometimes retroactively. The fact that she believe all of the urban legends she reads about is the reason the gang keeps discovering that they are true.
Kakine will become a mage/esper hybridAfter all, the backlash reaction is not a big deal to someone who can create as much replacement matter as he wants.
Laura Stuart is a GemstoneBecause that would turn out to be such a twist and also balance out with Aleister being on the Science side. Also, to point out, just because she has used magic items before does not mean she has used magic; Himegami has a Walking Church, which is magical. So espers seem to be able to use magic other people have prepared.