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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Psycho-Pass
This future legal system is actually a plot to control human overpopulation.

It's Urobutcher we're talking about after all. Just as (Puella Magi Madoka Magica spoiler) Kyubey was trying to turn countless girls into monsters to fight universal entropy, every third or fourth person or so in this world is to be designated a menace to society and summarily executed in order to keep the human population stable. You heard it here first!
  • Jossed. Sybil is basically a toy for super lucky psychopaths for playing God.

Some of Enforcers were Inspectors before developing high crime coefficent.

Crime coefficent is said to be contagious. Spending time in close proximity of latent criminals can turn you into one. And who spends more time, with more latent criminals than Inspectors? Consider what Tomomi said about crime coefficent as well - ability to commit crime as well as ability to predict it/to be effective law enforcer is also connected. It doesn't sound much out realm of possibility that one or more of Enforcers only became latent criminals during their service in PSB.
  • This theory is especially lent greater credence by Tomomi's demeanor; he's acting alot like the typical Old Cop detective who bends the rules and works on gut instinct, and he can still remember a time before the Sibyl system and Psycho-Pass came about. Before Sibyl came along, he was an actual homicide detective, and was very good at his job because of how he'd Seen It All and was able to get into the minds of criminals; unfortunately, that also raised his Crime Coefficient to what he termed as a ridiculously high level.
  • With the revelations in episode 5, confirmed.

Shinya was once an Inspector.

Or at least wanted to be one before his Crime Coefficient went crazy. This is based mostly on his talk with Akane in Episode 2 about being able to work as a real detective and the fact that this is the sort of character Urobutcher is likely to write.
  • Confirmed as of episode 5.

Akane will be forced to shoot one of the Enforcers with the Lethality mode activated.

It will likely be Shinya, as that's exactly the type of situation Gen likes to put characters in. But Tomomi is possible as well given his Obi-Wan like status as a cool old guy mentor who seems to be near his limit. Shinya might survive his shooting somehow though, but Tomomi would probably be Killed Off for Real and cause a Heroic BSOD for Akane.
  • Jossed.
Nobuchika will develop a criminal-level Crime Coefficient and have a Tomato in the Mirror style Freak Out.

The pressure of always remaining calm even when dealing with the most horrible crimes will get to him and drive up his Crime Coefficient. Akane and the Enforcers will try to help him deal with it. If he survives, this will change his view on the Psycho-Pass system. Alternatively, he already qualifies as a latent criminal and is somehow hiding it.
  • Not yet, but his Psycho Pass is steadily going worse due to him starting to question the system.
  • Mostly jossed by the ending, his crime-coeffcient does get so high that he had to become an enforcer, but no freak-outs. In fact, if anything it actually made him more mature and confident, having gotten over Masaoka's death, he no longer has to constantly worry about his hue getting cloudy anymore.
  • He was indeed demoted to Enforcer caste.

Akane will end up having a criminal level Crime Coefficient by or before the end of the series.

So far, it's been pretty rough for Akane because of how innocent she is in comparison to all the other characters. As the series goes on, she'll lose more and more of her naivety until she can't stand working for the Public Safety Bureau anymore and go rogue or something similar. Akane's often not very happy with the Bureau's policies, which justifies this. And I'm drawing this from the opening, but Shinya will have to hunt her down.
  • Developing it further: the story may finish with book ends where Akane, an expirienced enforcer, is given a newbie inspector.
    • It's probably the other way round. Episode 13 suggests that Akane might be one of criminally asymptomatic people (like Touma and Makishima), whose cymatic scans don't match their psychology and who therefore always display clean Psycho Passes and low Criminal Coefficients, only not really a criminal. That means that she's physically unable to develop into a potential criminal in Sybil's eyes, but Ginoza is.
  • Jossed, see above.

C'mon, it's obvious that there's more to his grudge than just his hatred of latent criminals. And in episode 6 it's confirmed that His father is a latent criminal.
  • Confirmed in episode 13.

The mastermind connecting people with the will to kill is Sybil System itself.

Which leads back to the above overpopulation theory. (Puella Magi Madoka Magica spoiler ahoy.) Just as the Incubators kept drawing in more MagicalGirls to fight the monsters they would eventually become, The Powers That Be behind the Sybil System need more people to become homicial maniacs to be gunned down "for the greater good".

The guy fighting Shinya in the action prologue is Choe Gu-Sung.

You heard it here first! His right hand man that likes to tinker with technology. How could it be anyone else?
  • Nope! Turns out to be just a mook.

Sybil system has a really wide (or really loose) definition of "crime".
That thing with Crime Coefficient being contagious really bothered me since Episode 1. The possible answer to this "contagious" stuff is that clear Hue represents good mental health in general, not just absent of criminal plans. So maybe, along with true criminals and sociopaths, targeted are also people with schizophrenia, clinical depression, possibly autism, down to PTSD, which the victim girl from Ep.1 certainly started to develop(come on, who wouldn't?). That also means at least some of the incarcerated fellows weren't really that harmful, just needed mild psychological treatment.
  • Confirmed.

Akane's low Crime Coefficient will turn out to be plot relevant.
I'm not sure how, but the way they keep bringing it up makes me suspicious.
  • My theory is that She just like Makishima is a one in 2 milion criminally asymptomic person.
    • Quite heavily supported (if not said outright) in Episode 13.
  • Confirmed.

Makishima's Crime Coefficient is actually very low.
Mainly because Pure Is Not Good. This could be the reason why he hasn't been detected by the scanners and the statement that Akane's friend made ("I wonder if those people with the clearest Psycho-Pass hues are always people like her") could serve as a foreshadowing. After all, we do not know what Sybil System's criteria for the classifications is. The most likely result of this revelation would be forcing the person who discovers this (most likely Shinya) to result in hand-to-hand combat to either capture him or even kill him. If the other members of police don't know about this revelation, things may not go that well...
  • Confirmed. it's 0, NULL, NULL EVEN WHEN HE IS TORTURING AND KILLING YUKI.
    • It's even worse than that. It started at 79 then slowly decreased even as he's torturing Yuki until the moment he killed Yuki at which point it became 0.

The Sybil System judges people merely based on emotional stability and belief in one's actions.
Looking at what separates Makishima from the other criminals who do have high Crime Coefficient, it appears the key difference is that Makishima is incredibly calm and almost indifferent about killing others. The ones with high Crime Coefficients seem to be very emotionally unstable and experience pleasure or fear or some other heightened sense while murdering. They are also aware and believe that what they are doing is a criminal act. Makishima, however, seems to genuinely believe his acts to be merely observations. It also explains why the victim in episode 1 was judged as a criminal even though she did nothing wrong. She was simply emotionally unstable. This probably ties into the show's overall theme that technology can never replace human instinct and judgement on good and evil.
  • Confirmed.
    • Not completely confirmed. Rikako had the highest crime coefficient to date and remained entirely calm throughout the entire ordeal. Her Freak Out towards the end was caused by her being essentially hunted down and tortured, which makes things justified, and when she accepted her fate she was once again as calm as ever.

Rina is a descendant of one of the members of Houkago Tea Time.
Remember the "Fuwa Fuwa Time" music video? A century later, with musicians having to meet Sibyl approval, Life Imitates Art.

The Sybil System is operated with the help of "Criminally Asymptomatic People".
When Ginoza asks the Chief about the fate of Kouzaburou Touma after he was arrested, she dodges the question, merely telling him that the important thing is that he is no longer able to commit crimes. She is also very adamant that Ginoza and his team capture Makashima alive and bring him directly to her.
  • The finale, however, suggests that the Chief seems to be to the likes of Makishima what Makishima himself is to his pawns, mirroring Senguji's claims that the Sybil System doesn't work on him. Senguji was wrong, but there really might be such people.
  • Confirmed as of episode 17.

The Chief is the estranged mother of Makishima.
After seeing Makishima's face from the memory reconstruction, the Chief has a rather emotive response and refers to him as 'Makishima-kun'. Their appearances are somewhat similar, and the Chief seems just old enough to be Makishima's mother. It would be the ultimate twist in irony if the person who oversaw the Sybil System was the parent of the most dangerous threat to the System. Makishima could have even inherited his 'Asymptomatic' Crime Coefficient from his mother, who herself seems above the system. This relation would ultimately culminate in some intense confrontation between parent and child, with Makishima probably killing the Chief to symbolically usurp both his own parent and the 'parent to society' Sybil System.
  • Jossed. The Chief is actually a humanoid interface.

Real guns will be used.
The second opening shows Kogami with a revolver. Given that the Dominators don't work on him, they may be forced to use actual guns.
  • Episode 18 and onward equips Kogami with said revolver.

Shinya will have a Face-Heel Turn.
If you read the lyrics of the opening and closings, it all says something about hiding what a Complete Monster thinks. If we give Makishima the Draco in Leather Pants Syndrome and all, then we get an Alternate Character Interpretation of him being a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Shinya either goes Brainwashed and Crazy, More Than Mind Control, or We Can Rule Together, or something along those lines and joins Makishima's plight in making humans live their life like humans.
  • Remember Episode 1? There was a guy with a chainsaw wearing a helmet that Shinya pushed into the edge of a building before shooting him with his Dominator. Whenever someone uses the Dominator, we hear the status of someone's Psycho Pass before it implements a sentence. Then in Episode 10 Ginoza mentions that if Shinya didn't do anything wrong, then his Crime Coefficient wouldn't change. Then in Episode 14, we get helmets that copy from surrounding people's Psycho Pass. Back to Episode 1, the guy was wearing the same helmet. Make that of what you will.
    • Actually if you look closely it looks like the Dominator doesn't work until Kogami manages to damage the helmet. After that he seems to be able to use it
  • From the view of the System, he is an enemy and he had fled Japan.

Akane will have a Face-Heel Turn.
Shinya always looks pretty typical in the OP's and seemed fine in the cold opening of the first episode. It's Akane who always looks like she's either broken or being controlled in the OP's. Plus all this emphasis and focus on her Asymptomatically low Crime Coefficient leads me to believe she'll be the one who gets forced into working with Makashima.
  • [spoiler:Jossed. Somewhat. She goes against the Sibyl System all right, but her faith in law and humanity remains unshaken and she's still on the "good" side.]]
If what Choe Gusoeng said about sybill being able to process data at impossible rates, and that the tech for that has to be kept so secret they are willing to keep it in a centralized location, regardless of how risky that is, it wouldn't be impossible, even more so when the chief refuses to tell what happened to Kouzaburou Touma.
  • This is what I assume as well. It'd be a nice twist and kind of give the Sybil System almost a personality. For bonus points, the person running it (assuming it's not a brain) will have no eyes, because justice is blind.
  • A distinct possibility since in Episode 16, Choe and Kagari manage to get inside Sibyl's core and are shocked with what they see, with Choe proclaiming that if the public ever found out what was inside Sibyl, the nation would collapse.
  • Confirmed. Specifically, the brains of captured criminals with high sociopathic tendencies.

Makishima is Nyarlathothep.
Just like good old Nyarlathothep Makishima's plan is to make people realize that the only true way of living is living in complete chaos, doing everything as one wishes. Now, which being was known as the Crawling Chaos? Nyarlathothep! And there's more! Nyalathothep is shown to have interest in human affairs and to take multiple formes to spread chaos. One of these forms was even human! And he's shown to not just be very inteligent, charismatic but also very good at fighting. That's because he's a Great Old One! So, when he saw the entire Sybil System, he just tought that it needed more chaos and decided to make it happen by going there personally to introduce a bit of anarchy.

Kagari isn't dead.
When he was shot in episode 16, didn't the Dominator say it was in Non-leathal paralyzer mode? If so, then he can't be dead.
  • It changed into the Destroy Decompose mode at the end.
    • However, it didn't actually show him being killed, which could lead to...

Kagari survived but will be hunted as a fugitive.
This will seem to fit the foreshadowing of the team turning on each other. Plus, there needs to be some way for them to find out about the truth about Sibyl.
  • However, as seen through Choe Gu-Sung's recording on his phone, after the Chief fired the second shot of the Dominator (presumably at Kagari) her next action was immediately picking the phone up. If Kagari had survived, she most certainly wouldn't have picked the phone up so suddenly and instead would have aimed for a third shot to kill him. So Kagari probably is dead.
    • But the shot is still out of the frame, meaning there's still a chance.
    • It seems more likely it was out of frame simply to avoid having to animate Kagari's body being incinerated into chunky bits as that would have been a rather unnecessary scene to re-animate.

The Sibyl System is a Recursive Reality.
The Sibyl System is an entire simulation of the city undergoing repeated stressful scenarios. The results of those scenarios are what powers Sibyl's view of Right and Wrong.
  • The brains may have thought the scenarios over before.

Alternatively, the Sibyl System is Santa Claus.
The Psycho Pass and Hues are just his Naughtly list.
  • I can only say one thing: "LOL".
  • Needless to say, this is proven wrong.

The show will end with the uncannily calm yet altruistic Akane being fatally wounded but offering her non-sociopathic brain to power a more benevolent Sybil System after her death.
Sound familiar?
  • It seems unlikely that Akane's brain alone would be able to effect such change, though it's possible that she could form the basis of a brand-new System. Maybe one where potentially-useful individuals could voluntarily join, gaining a form of immortality.
  • Jossed. Akane remains alive at the end and continues to work as an Inspector.
    • There's season 2 in the works, so this is up in the air, if Urobuchi is staying that is.

The series will end with none, or at least only a few, of the protagonists being killed. And if any were killed, then they might be revealed to have actually survived.
For once, maybe Gen Urobuchi is gonna try something different than from what he normally does.
  • Surprisingly, mostly confirmed, poor old Masaoka and Kagari are the only two protagonists to kick the bucket.

Kougami's Ep. 17 "hallucination" is Makishima's Virtual Ghost.
Earlier in the episode, Makishima stated that he'd like to be part of life, as a "player," forever. This is impossible with a normal body, and even a physically-immortal cyborg like Senguji comes with a loss of "humanity." However, a digital body would be a perfect fit for the networked world. While Brain Uploading ostensibly doesn't exist yet, hence why Senguji settled, it's possible that it exists in some form; a purely-digital copy may be more feasible than trying to give a physical brain immortality, or perhaps the current result is more like an advanced AI modeled on the original rather than the original person, or maybe you can only maintain a fully-functioning, personality-formatted digital brain for more a short time. Anything with an expiration date would have been useless to Senguji, but for Makishima it might be worth a shot; even a brief life-extension would be worth it, if it gave him the chance to complete his work.

Makishima's physical body died in the crash, but his calm in the last shot is due to knowing that he'll live on. Kougami's "hallucination" was a hologram, and the call was in real-time despite the crash because it was a direct communication from a digitized Makishima, hence the "Unknown Caller" and despite Kougami's communications likely being monitored due to his criminal status. Makishima is still around and with Choe dead, he needs someone who can interact with the physical world: Why not the one who truly caught his interest, and who would act against Sibyl if he knew the truth?
  • Jossed. Makishima is killed again in Ep. 22.

All the brains undergo some level of mental conditioning.
When discussing what happened to him, Touma mentions intially being "confused." Judging by his evangelist-like promotion of Sibyl and their place in it, he's just as fanatical as whichever brain was in charge of the Chief's earlier speech on the virtues of the Sibyl System. While it could be argued that it just appealed to their vanity, it seems more likely that all of the brains undergo mental conditioning, both to allow them to function coherently in a Hive Mind and to make sure they take on the goals of the System as their own. It's likely that some of the "donors" were unwilling, and Touma says that they would normally have taken Makishima without bothering to ask, implying that his mindset wouldn't have mattered once he'd been installed; so the fact that Sibyl continues to act as a single entity implies that they have some way of "convincing" possible dissenters to ensure smooth operation. It's possible that undoing or reversing whatever conditioning the brains underwent might be enough to bring down the Sibyl System.

Rina is criminally asymptomatic and either her brain has already become part of the Sibyl System's Hive Mind after last seeing Yayoi, or she'll be captured for her brain.
When Rina said that Yayoi couldn't shoot her, I thought that she was calling Yayoi's bluff and/or she figured out, somehow, that Yayoi couldn't properly use her Dominator yet, but after the revelation of the existence of criminally asymptomatic people, as well as episode 17, made me think of this possibility.
  • It was more likely a Secret Test of Character Kougami put on her: as noted on the Fridge page, when Kougami gave Yayoi the Dominator, it never cleared her for use as an authorized user, so it would not have unlocked for her under any circumstances. The fact that she did try to shoot Rina meant she passed.

Akane bring down the Sibyl System through non-violence
Sybil's greatest weakness is its reliance upon the Inspectors and Enforcers — if they decide not to enforce the system's will, there's not much it can do except send out an army of Chief cyborgs which will (A) draw unwanted questions from the public, and (B) put Sybil's precious brains in danger. Akane will eventually realize this and talk all the Inspectors and Enforcers into going on strike.
  • Only good for a sequel, though I salute you.
  • Given the level of control Sibyl seems to have over the technology of urban Japan - which is to say, all of it - any "strike" may rapidly get out of hand, with rebelling agents sealed in/out by automatic locks, instigators being labeled as criminals and having their resources cut off, and so on. Add in that most Inspectors are unlikely to side against Sibyl and odds don't look good for our heroine, especially considering that her plan seems to be "Do what Sibyl wants and hope really hard that things will change somehow." Sibyl wouldn't need to pull out a cyborg army to make things difficult for Akane's non-violent efforts, and if she's determined not to hurt/kill people, she's unlikely to get anywhere, as things are; the only reason Makishima had the effect that he did was due to his willingness to cause rampant violence/chaos in order to counter Sibyl.

Morning Rescue is made from Hyper-Oats.
Hey, they (the producers of Hyper-Oats) had to start somewhere.

Akane will join the Sibyl System to bring it down or at least change it from the inside.
Considering there are lots of hints and WMGs floating around that Akane is criminally asymptomatic, she will trick the Sibyl System into accepting her as part of their group, where she will turn around and use her new powers to either bring down the Sibyl System completely or make it more benevolent.
  • It's unlikely that a single brain could somehow make the System "nicer," but it's plausible that she could destabilize it to the point where the entire collective collapses. Of course, this would mean Akane's death, but it would hew more closely to Urobuchi's style.
  • Jossed. Akane still resents the Sybil System, but continues to work under it to bring change from within.
    • Still plausible for the upcoming season, though.

The meaning of Psycho-Pass
”Psycho-Pass” looks to be a play on how the Japanese pronounce "Psychopath" which is essentially the same and use the same Katakana characters. And in a show about Psychopaths such as Makishima and The Sibyl System itself being the largest collection of Psychopaths in all of human existence, this makes for a clever use of Engrish.
  • Does this really count as WMG? While it hasn't been outright stated that they were going for a Psycho-Pass = Psychopath correlation, it's seemed fairly obvious since Episode One.

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