Emp is a bargainer, with herself!
Willy Pete is actually an alternate personality of Maidman.
The World is in an Economic Depression, and Superheroes/Alien Tech are partly to blame.
Emp purposely grew Godiva Hair because she can't wear a cape.She's stated that she's wished she could cover up her rear with a waist-length cape like other female supers, so the hair would be the next best thing.
The suit's powers are relative to her self-esteem and/or confidence.There's hints in vol. 3 where she wielded godlike powers even with the suit in tatters. Naturally, she doesn't remember any of it later.
The suit is fed by sexual energy.It's shown regenerating whilst Emp's receiving some 'tender loving care' from Thugboy. This could also be why it enhances sensation for her - it's providing an incentive for her and increasing the amount of 'food' it gets, in a classic case of symbiosis.
The suit is a Magic Feather.Emp herself is the source of powers, the suit is merely an "excuse" generated by her subconscious, since her conscious mind has such crappy self-esteem that she can't accept the idea that she's superhuman. This explains why it only works for her — to anyone else, it's just like gluing Emp's dead skin cells to their body and expecting it to give them powers. This also explains some of the suits more unusual properties: why it can block bullets one second and tear with a touch the next, why it doesn't show her naughty bits while intact yet constantly exposes her, etc. — the suit reflects her desire to be protected, but also her fears of injury and humiliation.
The suit is an alternate and dead Sister SpookyEMP when not relying on her suit is an incredibly dangerous badass normal. And would have become a powerful and dangerous super-resistance fighter. Yet the suit does behave like a more friendly Sister Spooky and even has the same name as of Vol 6. Sister Spooky is a bargain baby herself.
Emp joined the Superhomies because she was a Capitan Rivet/Superhomies fangirl.Really not much of a stretch. She does wear Capitan Rivet panties, after all. Once she got the supersuit, I'll bet it was the first team she applied to, ignoring any other offers.
Mind***'s brother is going to show up in vol 6 and will be a Brain in a JarYeah it's a no-brainer (heh) - he's going to show up at Mindf*ck's funeral and based on what he did to her, he would do the same to himself.
Kaburagi Oyuki-chan is a Gender Bender who took on a new identity with Ninjette's helpThe "massive debt" Ninjette mentioned was teaching him/her the technique to permanently change his/her appearance to avoid some serious crime against the clan. We've seen how they intended to treat the princess for merely running away, so the punishment for anyone lower-ranked would probably be simple and fatal. The evidence:
Willy Pete is a military experiment gone wrongHis name is military slang for White Phosphorus and he's an artificially constructed intelligence. Kind of obvious when you think about it.
Willy Pete is a mix of various superheroes killed in the San Antonio disasterWe only get indirect hints about what went wrong in San Antonio, but it was bad enough to replace the city with a supervolcano. Also don't forget Thug Boy's strategy with capes was to Kill It with Fire, that capes are less than nice people even when nominally heroic, and that powers often animate dead heroes. Finally, it'd tie in well with the book's theme of the past catching up with you.
Alternatively, WP is a kludge mind of all ThugBoy's capekilling team that was created by a real D&D spell - a pact of eternal vengeance with a demonLet's look at the hints:
The winner of the Capey for "Suprahuman Most Deserving of Recognition" was...
Willy Pete is an alternate personality of Major HavokWilly Pete shows up unexpectedly, nobody sees a firey guy walking around, and his brain is an unreadable patchwork of brain patterns. Who's to say that one of them can't be Major Havok? It would explain how he may have survived the massacre at the end of volume 5. (I rather doubt Adam Warren will give up a main character so quickly)
Emp is going to at least attempt to destroy that suitSooner or later she will stumble upon the fact that it has a mind of it's own. If she figures out the thoughtstream trick as well she is bright enough to realize that Mindf**k was reading it instead of her own doubts when she dumped her out the emergency portal. If so, she will be less than appreciative.
The suit is a symbioteI haven't read far enough in the series to see if it's explained how/where Emp got the suit (until vol. 5 included, it isn't), but it does seem to have rather a resemblance to Spider-Man / Venom's suit and indeed, it is sentient. My theory is that while the Venom costume is powered by adrenaline, Emp's is powered by endorphins, which explains why it works better when she's happy (and why she doesn't need to eat people). While of course it's not as crazy/evil as the Marvel versions tend to be, it did kill that Ninja clan in a pretty brutal manner. As far as why she is able to remove the suit, my theory is that she really isn't. The suit is on some level in her bloodstream, and that's why it regenerates no matter how damaged it seems to be.
Willy Pete is an alternate personality of Thugboy.Because it would really hurt Emp. And because it would make sense if Thugboy's dreams of Willy Pete aren't just flashback nightmares but communication between the two personas. Also I think that if this is true, it's Mindf████'s brother's doing, and that he's going to be the ultimate Big Bad of the story. I toy with the idea that Thugboy and Willy Pete are both artificial personalities, and that he is Mindf████'s brother in reality.
Willy Pete is an alternate personality of Emp....Just because it's so horribly, horribly wrong.
Willy Pete is actually Mind████'s brotherThere were some hints from Mind████ that seemed to suggest Willy Pete. Maybe the Truth will come out in Volume 7....? Or...
Willy Pete is the Suit.That's what it does while Emp is asleep.
The suit expanded Emp's butt on purpose, to prevent Imperial Pimpotron Alpha from adding her to the Emperor's Harem. Alternately, it just made the "voluptuometer" measuring device give a false reading, or inflated itself over her butt.
Willy Pete is the Caged Demonwowlf.Notice what a horndog the Violator of Worlds is? Notice how he's always begging for displays of even vicarious nookie, and always having that desire frustrated? Perhaps his unsatisfied libido is strong enough to overcome the Power Limiter belt and project an energy-avatar to get some satisfaction. The avatar of a space-god might even be able to roam spacetime into the recent past, before the Demonwolf was Caged, allowing it to be responsible for Thugboy's trauma before he ever met Emp.
Major Havok is actually a mutated cocker spaniel wearing a very clever disguise.... It's true! I heard it from an anonymous inside source. That's the real reason why he calls everyone "dawg". (Every lie needs a bit of truth to make it believable, and Emp is smart enough to know that). No word yet on whether Captain Rivet is a soccer mom.
Major Havok is Ocelotina.Havok is really a low-level biomage; he normally uses this to buff up his abilities as Major Havok, but every so often his feminine side comes out and he becomes the Empverse's favorite catgirl. That's why 'Tina acts like the male-fantasy stereotype of a female nymphomaniac; she's really the product of Havok's fratboy mentality. Havok may or may not be aware of this state of affairs.
Thugboy will be the one to take down Willy Pete...By letting himself be possessed by the Caged Demonwolf. Willy Pete is too big a part of Thugboy's character arc to let anyone else handle it, and the Nigh Omnipotent Darkling Starspawn is one of the few things we've seen that could possibly out-class ol' Willy Pete in terms of raw power. And the aforementioned Eldritch Abomination is probably house-broken enough to not destroy the planet afterwards. Although I can see him having a price. At the very least he's going to want to watch the post victory celebration. Or stay in Thugboy during it.
Willy Pete is Mellow Mr. Monkey.Somebody had to say it.
The entire series up to this point has been a dying nightmare.Caused by when Emp jumped down the stairs as a child. She always wanted to be a super hero, but because her first attempt ended in disaster, she's been put into a worst version of her childhood desires.
Willy Pete is Sistah Spooky's negative feedbackWhen Sistah Spooky made a deal with the devil, it was that she'd have a perfect body and anything that would be bad for her would be pushed off onto the people around her. But she seems to have been a part of the Super Homies for years and none of them look fat or pimply. This may be because of the excess power she was given when she made the deal, she's forcing the feedback she's giving off to not go to other people around her but to nowhere, and it combined into an artificial intelligence.
Willy Pete has telepathic powersHe shows up in Thugboys dreams, and got the drop on the team sent to attack him, when they knew EXACTLY when he'd appear. He's already got a mind made up of a bunch of other minds, so why not give him some level of telepathic powers. Works even better with the above theory that he's really Mindf** k's brother.
The "Willy Pete is _____" theories are ALL rightHe's a "kludge" mind, an amalgamation of bits an pieces from multiple minds. Well each bit is from a different person on our list of suspects above.
Emp has a bondage fetish.Seriously, she gets tied up too often for it to be mere coincidence. And don't even get me started on how she actually gives people pointers on how to tie her up. She's just keeping it a secret because she isn't sure if it'll turn out to be a Conveniently Common Kink.
The suit will defeat Willy PeteThe suit will wrap around him and smother him to death.
Sistah Spooky will become closer to Emp and her friendsAfter the events of vol. 5, their relationship has definitely improved. Which opens many interesting possibilities. Like... a foursome? The caged Demonwolf definitely will love the idea (and in-comic, come up with it).
Thugboy is the Author AvatarAdam Warren isn't half-Japanese, but maybe this is a hint to his art, which is American but manga-influenced.
Thugboy's family was killed by a superYou can see an East Asian woman and a little boy/girl in the "I can't show you all the dead people" scene. Presumably they were his mother and little brother. Maybe they were killed in the havoc one superhero caused (What Measure Is a Non-Super?), and he was told to shut up and accept them as collateral damage.
Baron Womb: Case of M Preg?It's definitely Baron, not The Baroness, so why the womb? If he can create new life in his womb, this might explain why Mind████ got confused - she was reading several minds.
Emp will discover that she has the power to create an E.M.P.What? Somebody had to say it!
The cape-killing group was themed after the attributes of Dungeons & Dragons.ThugBoy often wears his STR 18 (00) shirt. One of the other guys from San Antonio had a CHA 18 shirt. One wonders whether these are somehow related to the roles of the guys in their Five-Man Band. It would make ThugBoy The Big Guy. One wonders who the others are, and which attribute (DEX, CON, WIS) is missing. (Not counting comeliness, which those guys may rather use as a Dump Stat anyway.)
ThugBoy is a superhumanThe Snake villain he shot hinted at it: A garden variety thug couldn't have shot him in his mouth from 300 yards. Now if this was true: Why the self-hate? Even more WMG: Was it his fault that his family was killed?
WarhamsterIn the mausoleum story, there's one superhero looking like a hamster with a medieval helmet. That would make him... well, I said it already. A possible Shout-Out to Dork Tower?
Mind████'s brother created Willy PeteMaking him essentially the Man Behind the Man.
Baby Bird is Calimero grown upDuring his childhood, he was pretty much The Woobie. "They are big and I is small and that is not fair, oh no!" And we know what happens with some woobies eventually... Astonished that he chose a criminal career?
Ninjette is going to use the equipment Oyuki-chan gave her to...
MaidMan isn't a Split PersonalityHe's a man being subjected to possession, almost certainly by a female spirit and possibly by the ghost of an authentic Ninja Maid. The proof is in the fact that when he speaks (but only as Maidman), he does so in the same way as one of the superdead.
Willy Pete is a gestalt SuperDead created at the San Antonio incidentMaybe the powers/mind fragments of the supers the Cape Killers killed? Maybe innocent bystanders making a collective last-minute deal for revenge? The possibilities are endless. Still, the last scene of "Super Dirty Jobs" showing the Lotus Node portal over the vent of the San Antonio supervolcano is reminiscent of what Willy did to the d10.
What about Gary?The one guy ("Gary") from her second story, volume #1. He looks much like Thugboy (with the hair a bit wavier), but can't be the same one, since Thugboy fell in love when he met Emp the first time.
Someone will eventually put on the Caged Demonwolf beltI can just imagine a first time visitor seeing the cool looking belt on the coffee table and trying it on for fun — with disastrous results: the person will never be able to speak without using Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness ever again.
The Devil LiedMindf**k isn't actually in Hell. Think about it. What other "titles" does the devil have? Prince of Lies. Instead it's one giant, well, mindfuck, for Sistah Spooky. Thinking the only person who loved her is in hell (and it's all her fault) she's going to try and 'undo' the bargain. Cue alternate timeline where Mindf**k didn't meet Spookums and so committed suicide. Spooky still ends up in Hell (she did make the deal before and the devil still has a claim on her soul, but now Mindf**k is in hell as well ('cause suicides traditionally go to hell). Somehow Mindf**k finds Spooky, and finds traces of herself in her mind (the implanted versions were too ingrained in her mind to be completely wiped, even by having them never happen, hey it's WMG it doesn't have to make complete sense.) Somehow Mindf**k reactivates Spooky's powers and the two of them bust out of hell and join the superhomeys.
There are at least two kinds of super-power bargains, and perhaps dozens moreAbout half of all capes get their powers through making a bargain. A minority of those become superdead after they die. It seems easy to assume that Spooky must be one of those who made a bargain to get her powers, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Since she is a senior member of the Superhomies, she would surely know about the superdead AND the fact that half of her peers gained their powers through a variety of deals they made with a variety of different patrons (tatted up indie Athena, quantum genie, etc,) and that none of those other capes seemed to think that they were destined to Hell. We don't know what they traded in exchange to get their powers, but it doesn't seem to have been their soul, or at least not in every case (If they did expect to go to Hell you think it would have been mentioned in the superdead exposition). So why doesn't Spooky conclude that she'd been fooled at the time she was making the deal and that she wasn't going to be damned once she died? She very clearly fears for her immortal soul, and Mind███k's, and the demon she struck the bargain with continues to contact her and act as if she really was trading with the dark powers to gain supersexyness and got superpowers as well. Mind███k wasn't a bargainer, her powers were (apparently) hereditary, and she is claimed to have been damned for her moral depravity (an obvious lie, see above), which shows that Spooky's demon for whatever reason wants to renegotiate. Because of this, Spooky seems to believe that she made a deal with an entirely different entity than the ones that make the bargains that sometimes create superdead, which implies either that the bargainer entity is deceiving her and for some reason she has fallen for it, or that there are at least two kinds of super-power bargains, perhaps many more as we don't know for sure that the super-power bargain granter is a singular entity or if there really was a tatted up indie chick Athena or a quantum genie or whatever and the superdead are mistaken by conflating them all together in a single entity with many faces.
Emp is one of the Superdead (spoilers for vol. 6).Emp really did suffocate on her own snot on her third super-outing when she was duct-taped inside that trunk. They buried her in an unmarked grave and she dug herself out later, but because of her childhood phobia about being buried alive she repressed the memory. The "nightmare" she had when Deathmonger knocked her out was her real memory bubbling to the surface, although she didn't realize it at the time. Her supersuit is keeping her body from decomposing.
Emp sent her super-suit to herself from the future.In volume 6 we saw where Emp got her suit. It was mailed to her, apparently via magic (since it appears out of thin air and flies into her window). Some time in the future Emp will retire from superheroing and settle down with Thugboy. Not knowing what else to do with her suit (she can't give it to another superhero because it only works for her) she will send it back in time to her past self, creating a Stable Time Loop.
The death of Mind*** wasn't an accidentAfter Emp's fight with Deathmonger and she escapes through the portal we see a message from it, specifically, that the intense heat on the other side from the nuclear blast caused automatic shutdown. Even if there were some computer issues on the satellite the automatic safety features should have kicked in. Someone may be trying to kill Emp.
Emp's suit will prove to be the key to defeating Willy PeteOkay, we know Emp's suit can easily protect her from the vacuum of space, even when it's torn up. What if there's other things it can protect her from? Like, say, fire? Have we ever seen Emp's suit take damage from fire? I don't think so. What if that's not a coincidence?
Thugboy's name is DudeEither his first or last. Frank calls him "Dude" a lot. It could be this is like "Kiddo" from Kill Bill, the character's actual name, not some cute nickname.
Emp's suit only controls her mind when the cowl/hood part regeneratesReally! When the suit is on the floor in 4 it clearly has a closed head/hood/cowl that would go over Emp's hair but her hair is never covered. She must cut that part off in order to expose her hair. When it regenerates enough to cover the top of her head it controls her mind.
Adam Warren writes the series as sex therapy for superhero fans with misogynistic BDSM fantasies.There's a pretty visible and nasty faction of superhero fans who follow female characters because they like seeing them sexually abused, and the series is designed to lure them in with bondage and then demonstrate to them that having sex with women you actually like can be fun as well.
How did Rubberneckerdie? He was still around on the Capeys Awards.
MaidMan's Secret Identity/Alternate Personality is a "Made Man"Admit it works, the suit he's putting on could work just as well for a gangster as an office worker and far be it for Adam Warren to miss a pun like that.
Deathmonger is actually the Purple PaladinAccording to Spooky's 'Friendly Neighbourhood Infernal Service Provider', he was contacting her via a Superdead for added scene, and in fact a few of them called out for Theresa in volume 6, so we know he was telling the truth in that and Deathmonger is a Superdead. So, why the Purple Paladin? Because it would be sick and wrong, and Deathmonger himself IS sick and wrong.
The San Antonio cape massacre happened at the Purple Paladin's funeralAfter all, the Purple Paladin died relatively recently, if that guy complaining about his fantasy league getting roasted by Willy Pete could complain of losing a league because the Purple Paladin died. Also, we've seen in a flashback that Thugboy planned about attacking a cape funeral because it was a target-rich environment, and the service of Willy Pete's victims was celebrated with something looking suspiciously like the San Antonio volcano in the background...
Havoc is a villain.The reason he's spreading those rumors to Heronet? Subterfuge. He doesn't want someone sniffing his trail. Plus if someone did find out he was a villain, they'd probably take it more seriously and actually do something about it other than say, loads and loads of gossip. After all, idiocy aside, he's genuinely competent with his powers unlike Emp who has to be either steaming mad or focusing very, VERY hard for hers to work properly.
Spooky's prophecy really does mean they'll be "separated by death" - HIS deathAll it takes is one bad day:
Major Havoc will snap, try to kill Emp and she (or more likely the suit) will kill him in self-defence.Havoc has already moved from merely being a bully towards Emp to being an outright antagonist; he's already making a concerted effort to discredit her and ruin her career by spreding ruimours that he knows aren't true. But with the superdead primed to deliver a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Superhomies about how Emp had to save their asses from Deathmonger while the others were faffing about and Manny eventually about to come clean with the truth about dWARf/Fleshmaster, he's probably on the verge of screwing the niceties and simply trying to murder her. And of course, even if Emp wouldn't kill him, the suit would have no such qualms. (In fact, that's quite possibly the way Emp will learn the suit is alive.)
Empowered is on the same world of Kim PossibleIt would explain why Shego in the end preferred working for supervillains instead of staying superhero and Kim not knowing of Shego's past as a superheroine (seriously, The Dragon of a mad scientist being revealed as a former superhero is not something that would escape the news, and Shego still wears the old uniform): both are disgusted with the superjerks, with Shego switching for the side with the tolerable people and Kim staying away from the capes as much as she could.
The San Antonio capekilling incident was responsible for creating Willy PeteGlimpses of flashbacks in volume 7 show the Witless Minions attacking a cape with a Molotov cocktail and a white phosphorous ("Willy Pete") grenade. The WP grenade gets a lot of focus in those scenes.
The Caged Demonwolf will be released to save Empowered and the others from certain deathIt's been shown he truly cares about Empowered, Ninjette, and Thugboy, so it isn't much of a stretch to say that he would be willing to save them if he wasn't sealed within the gear.
Emp and Ninjette are actually half-sistersBoth of their fathers are He Who Must Not Be Seen. Maybe they're actually the same guy, and the difference in their upbringings was part of some twisted psychological experiment?
Emp will die defeating Willy Pete and the world will know her as a hero.There's some foreshadowing in an early volume about how the author tends to kill off his characters...
Thugboy's real name starts with a T.In the flashbacks to his time in San Antonio, one of his cohorts calls him "T-Boy." Since at that time he was a member of a revolutionary cell, and not a thug, there's no reason to suppose that he had the nickname Thugboy yet. So his real name probably starts with a T. Thomas, Timothy, Theodore, Thaddeus, Trevor, and Todd are all likely candidates.
Willy Pete is the sum of several energy waves.Consider the following facts: after the massacre, the joint super-team investigation determines that Willy Pete does not exist in their reality. Also, Mindf**k characterized him as a "kludge-mind," as if his psyche were the combination of several partial psyches that had been combined. So what if he is a combination of some sort of energy waves, each propagating invisibly in the vicinity of earth, periodically intersecting in such a way that their wave functions sum to form Willy Pete? That's what happens when he appears. When the waves are no longer in sync, that is, no long reinforce one another, but instead cancel one another out, Willy Pete disappears.
Ninjette's mother died in childbirth.We know that Ninjette's father is obsessed with procreation, and specifically with Ninjette bearing as many children as possible for the greater glory of Clan Kaburagi. If he had many other children of his own, he probably wouldn't be as concerned with her having children. Given that he appears not to have any other children, and that we have neither seen nor heard anything of Ninjette's mother, it is probable that she is dead. As for how she died, if she died giving birth to Kozue, that might partly explain why he resents her so much.
The story is set in the same universe as W.I.T.C.H.And the Capes being assholes is Cornelia's reason for wish to be normal.
Sistah Spooky received neither her beauty nor her powers from the demon she sold her soul to.If one accepts the traditional theological notion that the forces of darkness cannot create, how could the demon have given her a new body, or magical powers? She probably had the magical powers all along. After all, how else could she have summoned the demon in the first place? At most, the demon probably triggered those powers to fulfill her wish for beauty, and then told her that he had accidentally given her those powers, so that she would think that they came from him. This was all part of a long con to lure her into damnation and hell. Telling her that Mindf**k's soul is now in hell is probably simply the next step in the con.
Icy Mike's cryobomb will be the key to defeating Willy Pete.
Before Ninjette left the ninja village, she tried to kill her father, but had to settle for castration with a quick knife to the privates