Jossed or confirmed guesses are in their own folder at the end of the list. Events prior to the chapter of the WMG are not spoiler-tagged, and no events in the Jossed/Confirmed folder are spoiler-tagged, so read at your own risk.
When Skitter was handcuffed in the hospital in Extermination 8.6, the plan was to give her a chance to spill all the beans on the Undersiders and join the Wards.I know that covering up Armsmaster's breaking of the truce was an obvious motive, but having Taylor betray the Undersiders (thereby denying them information about and motive to examine what Armsmaster did) would work just as well — and it might have worked if it weren't for (a) the PRT agent chaining her up, (b) Panacea intentionally screwing with her head, and (c) Taylor discovering that bully extraordinaire Sophia Hess was in the Wards. Of course, given that Coil had the use of Dinah, it was pretty near impossible for any outcome where Skitter turned on him to occur.
Sophia Hess's trigger event came from abuse at her father's hands.At the school meeting, where the other three kids were accompanied by parents, Sophia was accompanied by a woman who appeared to Taylor to be some sort of official guardian. And when we see Sophia's room, the father is cut out of the pictures. Plus, you know, Freudian Excuse.
Grue has gained an improved Healing Factor thanks to borrowing Crawler's power.In Snare 13.9, Grue has a second trigger event and starts borrowing the powers of people in his darkness. In 13.10 he reveals that the regeneration he borrowed from Crawler. But Crawler's regeneration is part and parcel with his Adaptive Ability — meaning it gets more and more powerful the more he has to regenerate. It's probably not a big change, but I think Grue's injuries will heal better and faster than they had before.
What page numbers did the Undersiders and Travelers pull in Prey 14.1 about their Deepest Darkest Secrets?In 14.1, they wanted to negotiate a deal with Cherish for information on the Siberian's weaknesses. Cherish offered to answer their questions in exchange for being given two minutes to attempt to Break Them by Talking. Tattletale comes up with an idea.
Legend was also under orders to spare the Siberian....and that's why he was acting so strangely in Prey 14.7. The evidence, point by point:
Coil fooled Tattletale's reading of him by choosing to spare Skitter in one timeline and kill her in the other.(For reference: 15.4: "I'm positive he's asking you to go on that errand with Genesis and Trickster because he's planning on eliminating you"; 15.10: "Everything that had been telling me he was harboring plans to assassinate you was telling me he wasn't and hadn't ever been, this time around.") Two reasons to believe this is the case:
The strength of the power-scents that Echidna detects are the strengths of the passengers.Crossposting from the Scourge 19.5 comment thread:
Grue's power saps a fixed, small amount of energy from his target's passengers.The reason why it affected capes like Shadow Stalker and Velocity more than others is because their passengers are a lot weaker — i.e. have a lot less work to do — than those of capes like Skitter.
Theo triggered after learning about Jack Slash's apocalypse.If Theo had done nothing, it was possible that Purity might actually win (even if it didn't seem that likely). As it is, Theo managed to convince Jack Slash to spare them so that, two years in the future, Theo could attempt to kill the Slash. To then get abandoned by the only people interested in protecting him (including Purity)? And then learn that Jack Slash is going to cause the death of billions two years in the future, right when Jack told Theo to come after him? Seems plausible to me, given what we know about Theo's attitude.
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Imp is affecting the readers too with her powerThat's why we're bickering so much on some tropes, The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You.
Obligatory Warhammer WMGCauldron is pilfering psykers from the Warhammer dimension. Because hey, they have the ultramarines insigna as their logo, there's WH WMGs out there with even less coherent "proof". Behemoth/Leviathan/Simurgh are obviously great demons of Khorne/Slaneesh/Tzeench. Yes, I know Slaneesh isn't around yet, but it's the warp. If it can explain big holes in the official GW canon, then it can explain big holes in this WMG Also Scion is Sigmar.
The power-granting beasts are siphoning energy and potential from artistically-boring worlds to enhance the more interesting ones, like Earth Aleph and Earth Bet.In Snare 13.09, Grue's second trigger, as seen by Skitter, shows the power-granting beings selecting specifically worlds with more interesting future possibilities to endow with powers. In Scourge 19.3 Tattletale explains that the passengers connect their powers to alternate universes, and that's where the additional energy and computing power come from.
Narwhal is a Cauldron super.Of all the parahumans seen in the setting who we know to have had actual trigger eventsnote , exactly zero have had noticeable physical changes to their anatomy. And Cauldron has specifically admitted that physical changes have occurred in some of the people who bought powers.
The Allfather and Kaiser were Cauldron supers.This would explain why Theo hasn't triggered yet — he's actually a second generation super on his mother's side, not a third-gen.
Doctor-Mother is a parahuman with the power to intercept passengers before they grant trigger events to their targets.Battery's Cauldron-trigger-event story is suggestive of this, and Alexandria's story reveals that DM was producing trigger events starting very early on.
Cauldron's experiments were what attracted the Endbringers.The first Endbringer to appear showed up well after Alexandria was an established cape.
The disaster will be caused by the death of an excessive number of Cauldron-capes.The insistence that Cauldron has on protecting any and all capes produced by their serums is ... suggestive.
Dragon could become a Class S (See Endbringers, S9, etc) threatDuring the Dragon interlude, it's explained that she cannot reproduce AI and pretty much HAS to follow authority, based on her programming. Now, we have Armsmaster/Defiant tinkering around in her code, and has ALREADY allowed her to produce more basic AI for her various drones/armor suits. One of the triggers for a Class S thread is a metahuman threat that can reproduce on an effectively endless basis. Look at her manufacturing/rapid prototyping facilities, capable of churning new drones/powersuites on a weekly basis. Plus the fact that she's effectively "just" a computer program who could replicate herself into any sufficiently powerful system. Even if the AI never gets much more powerful than the "dumb" AIs that the Undersiders overcame. The fact that, according to Defiant, she's somehow had a trigger event (psychological trauma included). All we need is for something REALLY bad to happen and that basically fits Dragon to a T. And, as Defiant is helping dig her out from her safeguards even more... Oh yes. And she's in control of a prison full of exceptionally dangerous parahuman criminals (and parahumans who've been dicked over by the system, thus leaving them with little reason to love it).
The trigger events of Tinkers and Thinkers have a common thread: feelings of inadequacy.Inadequacy — particularily inadequacy over intelligence or capability — seems to fit all the revealed Thinker/Tinker trigger events so far:
Grue's second trigger is a child shard of Skitter's passenger.It happened in Snare, but the WMG uses things we learned in Interlude 26, so here goes: The passengers are pieces of Scion. Each one has different properties, applied in different ways. Associates of parahumans trigger because they become hosts of new shards created when existing parahumans experience enough conflict and their passengers reproduce. Taylor's passenger is explicitly described as an administration shard. Therefore, Taylor's passenger budded off a new shard, which went to Grue, and the interaction between the baby administration shard and his own gives him his Power Copying abilities.
Contessa did it out of envy.
Taylor had to accept her death to be redeemed
Taylor's appearance in the final epilogue was entirely in the imagination of Tattletale.
The Triumvirate are Expys of DC's big three heroesThe matchups are as follows:
The Entities are TimelordsPartly because it sort of makes sense if you squint at it. Mostly because this WMG page didn't have a suggestion that someone was a Timelord yet.
Dragon is not a Tinker. She is a Spark.She's an artificial intelligence. What, exactly is a Tinker shard supposed to bond to? On the other hand, Agatha's little clanks in Girl Genius support the hypothesis that an artificial intelligence can be a Spark. Also, the Dragonslayers were able to reverse-engineer her work. Non-tinkers aren't supposed to be able to get tinker work in the Wormverse, while people in Girl Genius like Moloch von Zinzer demonstrate that is possible with Spark tech.
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Madcap was a Cauldron villain.Seriously, look how easily he was able to make the flip to become Assault. Someone had to be pulling strings for the bloke.
Taylor will have a second trigger event while inside Noelle.I'm mostly posting this so that we can add a Jossed section to the page, but seriously: her first trigger event happened when she was trapped, helpless, by someone who hated her for no rational reason, in a disgusting and dark place. All of which she is, again, at the end of 18.08.
Tattletale is the daughter of the supervillain AccordLittle is known about Tattletale/Lisa/Sarah except that she ran away from a very wealthy family and does not want contact with her parents. Accord and Tattletale are both Thinkers and seem to have powers that are similar, though not identical, which seems to be common in parents and children who both have superpowers, such as Marquis and Panacea, or Brandish and Glory Girl, or Heartbreaker with Regent and Cherish. It is possible that Tattletale had her trigger event when she found out her father was a supervillain, or when she witnessed him kill somebody. Her power would probably have told her about all the other horrible things he's done in the past, and where their family's money really comes from, which may have led her to run away from home, especially if her father tried to make her use her powers for his benefit. This may even explain why she is drawn to people like Taylor/Skitter, because she knows that Taylor, deep down, really cares about doing what's right and wants to help people, and Lisa wants to be more like her and less like her father.
Dragon will contact Skitter during Arc 19.Dragon has been looking for Skitter/Taylor for a while now. Skitter lost her armband, but if Noelle gets bumped up to Class S, you can be pretty sure they'll bring a new one out for her. At which point all she needs is a chance to get Skitter alone and they can talk.
Taylor's dad knows.In all honesty, I only give this a 20% chance of being so as of the end of 18, but think about it — she disappears over and over again, she has access to all sorts of weird resources (material and informational), she shows up with different injuries each time he sees her, she's thriving in an environment in which the heroes and civilians are struggling to survive, she makes excuses for the supervillains taking over the town, and one of said supervillains is a young girl who fits her physical description. Plus, we already know that he's willing to not say anything if he thinks she needs space, and that she wouldn't want to admit it to him. Also, it's possible that Dragon up and told him, although that's unlikely.
Rachel and Lisa are in the closet for TaylorLisa is the less obvious, but she goes above an beyond for Taylor. And with her power she can probably identify her ideal mate on sight. Rachel... well, Flechette gave less indications about having the hots for Parian, and it was still obvious. And otherwise why would Rachel try so hard at reading human expressions? Why would she be so freaked out by Taylor cheating on her with Armsmaster? Because she loves her of course. She just cannot manage to demonstrate it, she probably had to think hard about the whole holding Taylor hand thing before deciding that it was a show of love. And she is not going to challenge Brian for it either because he's the alpha and she's not, poor little puppy... I mean, girl.
The two pieces of paper were Dinah's actuarial tables.Page one: the probability of various individuals being alive and/or present when whatever apocalypse occurs. Page two: the probability of various individuals being alive and/or present afterwards. Sub-WMG: Tattletale's numbers are low.
Flechette will ally with the UndersidersTwo reasons:
The PRT are compelling Dinah Alcott (factually or counterfactually) to work for them against her wishes.Circa 20.5, it is known that the PRT are receiving precognitive assistance from Dinah because they used her to form a plan to capture Skitter. But the chief reason I think that it's forced, not voluntary, is because of this exchange:
Taylor: Did they force her to give up the information?Now, Taylor would hate to discover that Dinah was repaying her kindness thus ... but I don't think Defiant knows just how much Taylor had invested in seeing that Dinah was free. (He was out of the loop or out of town for that period of Taylor's career, and neither he nor Dragon were paying enough attention to Brockton Bay to pick up on that kind of thing, or they would have realized how the PRT would react to their arrival.) That means that the biggest reason he would probably have for believing Taylor wouldn't want to hear why Dinah was feeding the PRT info is because Dinah is being mistreated. The second reason I think the PRT have Dinah in a box is because they had no more than a couple hours warning to catch Taylor at the school. Dragon probably picked up on Taylor's arrival via facial recognition software, meaning that they had a chance to find out well before the vice-principal typed Taylor's name into her computer, but the period of time Taylor spent in public was awfully short for them to have rolled out to Dinah's house to go retrieve her and ask all the questions they clearly asked. From what Dragon said, it sounded like they just arrived in town. So I think this was likely a plan they pulled together on the fly.
Defiant: You don't want to hear the answer to that question, either.
The "Division" Super Serum that Noelle and Oliver each took half of was intended to allow the user to become a DoppelgängerJust trying to add up the powers they individually got — Noelle steals powers of people she touches, producing duplicates, while Oliver shape-shifts involuntarily based on people he sees. It's not a perfect match, and it doesn't include everything, but....
Skitter will not go to the birdcage after being captured. Cauldron will help her escape and give her all the credit for it.Skitter is not Canary who they could keep from speaking by justifying the dangers of her power. The trial is going to turn big and bring out all kinds of secrets. A lawyer sent by Tattletale will bring up the fact that she is a minor, was a hero until Armsmaster betrayed her, Armsmaster is a known criminal who broke the truce, and Sophia's bullying/her trigger event. This isn't getting into the fact that Cauldron barely kept their secret safe with the heroes. Tattletale WILL spill the beans unless Taylor is freed.
Theo will join the Undersiders.He is very similar to the Undersiders in various ways. He doesn't want to be a villain but will probably be pushed into it by who his family is. I figure he will trigger and round out their team.
Jack Slash plans to use his own mind as a template for the Slaughterhouse 9000.One of the tinkers the Nine took when they hit the Toybox was Cranial, a tinker specializing in neurology, brain scans, and thought recording. Obviously, this is how the Nine intend to make their clones combat-effective. However, as most of the Nine are dead, they have only three candidates for the brain scans, and of them, Hookwolf is too brainwashed to matter and Bonesaw would likely find it tacky. Thus, Jack is the only candidate.
Theo is going to be responsible for the apocalypse.If Jack had died before he left town, his threat to Theo would be meaningless, which means his family wouldn't have attempted to force him to have a trigger event. And if Theo's power turns out to be something horrible....
Scion is actually a time-travelling LegendWhile most theories of cape generation place Scion as the "patient zero" for the passengers, we know that the Doctor and Cauldron were distributing serums within a few years of his appearance. Thus, the appearance of parahumans and Scion's appearance is a correlative link, not a causal one. Scion's origin is a mystery, but look at his powers: flight at supersonic speeds and various effects that are linked to some sort of light, which is thematically similar to Legend's laser generation and Breaker powers. Furthermore, he is clearly severely damaged mentally-as one would be from a second trigger event to expand his powers and make him distinct from Legend, or as Legend himself notes in his Interlude, what he might become if he spent too much time in his Breaker form. Finally, it explains why he would look at Eidolon with distaste-Legend knows what his teammates did and he hates it.
Scion is actually a time-travelling Keith, Legend's son.All of the above evidence applies. Further, the name means descendant or child of a family. Finally, he's been mentioned A LOT for someone who has never been seen "onscreen," and the first time he was mentioned it was a specific reference to the likelihood that he would trigger despite the fact that Legend is not his biological father.
Scion is actually a non-evil endbringer.He follows the same pattern that the endbringers followed (turning up without warning, not attempting to communicate ect...).
The Birdcage will be opened before the end of the story.This one is pure metatextual reasoning. First, if Canary wasn't going to be a significant player, (a) why include her in the cast page and (b) why have her interlude at all? Second, can you think of a better way to make everything worse?
Here's Cauldron's planBelated spoiler warning: do NOT read this if you like to figure things out by yourself We know that Cauldron is playing on two separate fronts, to have a backup plan (or a faster developing one):
Dragon will recruit Skitter to fight CauldronDragon is in an exceptionally unusual position in the story, being (a) a hero who (b) knows from both Armsmaster's helmet and her research on Taylor's history that Taylor wanted to become a hero while (c) not actually holding a grudge against her. The fact that the Undersiders kicked her ass is cause for embarrassment, and the fact that she's in a relationship with Defiant makes for the potential for awkwardness, but otherwise she is exceptionally well-placed to figure out that Skitter would definitely help her in that fight.
Valkyrie plans on bring Khepri back to lifeAt the end of her epilogue chapter, Valkyrie strongly implies that the new goal she and her Passenger/Shard are going to focus on is bring her "spirits" back to life. Likely, with Nilbog and Riley's help. So not only is Khepri dead (as implied by the earlier conversation between Yamada and Chevalier) but Valkyrie has her spirit. Whether or not she'd come back as Taylor or as the Queen Administrator is another guess.
Skitter will have a second trigger event that allows her to alter the biology of insects in addition to controlling their behavior.Just trying to think of logical extensions of her power — she already senses the biology of the insects (e.g. knowing what the venoms of the insects do without knowing their actual names), altering it is a natural generalization of that.