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This page is for the protagonists of A Certain Magical Index. Touma is the primary protagonist, though later in the story Accelerator begins getting his own focus, and finally Shiage becomes the third protagonist. According to Aiwass, they all represent a different type of heroism: Touma does good because it is a natural instinct for him, Accelerator fights for redemption, and Shiage fights to protect his loved ones.

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    Touma Kamijou 

He Who Purifies God and Slays Demons

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Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (Japanese) and Micah Solusod (English)

Touma is the primary protagonist of A Certain Magical Index and a recurring character in A Certain Scientific Railgun. By all accounts Touma is an unremarkable tenth-grader in Academy City with a power rating of Level 0—one which belies his dreaded power, Imagine Breaker, with which he can cancel any power—magical, esper or divine—with his right hand alone, but also at the expense of his luck. Possessing a strong sense of justice, he helps anyone in need and will not hesitate to challenge stronger opponents, even if he has to protect erstwhile enemies. This willingness to help those in need has resulted in him receiving the affection of many women.


  • Action Survivor: Apart from his Imagine Breaker, he is, for intents and purposes, just a normal human being, meaning he can be killed by opponents way more powerful than him. Also, while he is a capable fighter, he can get curbstomped by more skilled fighters and multiple opponents. Due to his wits, tenacity, unpredictable luck, and Heaven Canceller, he barely manages to survive.
  • Above Good and Evil: As explained by Aiwass, Touma cares little about society's concepts of good and evil. He doesn't even have a consistent set of morals he follows in every occasion like Acqua of the Back, he simply does what he considers the right thing to do in a particular situation. That is why he will defeat an antagonist only to turn around and help them if he feels they deserve it, like when he saved Fiamma of the Right or when he decided to side with Othinus despite mostly everyone else in the world wanting to kill her. Even Touma lampshades on this after Fiamma claims he isn't such a good person because he lied to Index about his situation.
  • Accidental Pervert: Poor guy constantly ends up bumping into a girl, either accidentally groping her or seeing her naked. Taken to ridiculous extends when, during a stay in Italy, he walked in on Orsola in the shower, then Index opens the door of an adjacent one where she's in, giving Touma a second eyeful. In general, he doesn't seem to understand the concept of knocking before entering a room. He's apparently the only man who has seen Kaori Kanzaki naked and lived.
  • Achilles' Heel: Imagine Breaker can only negate the power itself, not the aftereffects. Then there's the fact that it only works from the right wrist down, so if a power hits somewhere besides his right hand first, he's screwed. It cannot instantly negate a power if it is extremely massive or maintained by an outside source... which he exploits to his advantage in Volume 20 during his second fight with Accelerator, grabbing one of the latter's wings and throwing him off-balance, allowing him to get close.
  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: He's very well acquainted with the hospital staff in Academy City, given he usually ends up there after fights with espers or magicians. In particular, the "Frog-Faced Doctor" gets to know him pretty well. On at least one occasion he showed up at the hospital despite not being badly hurt in the incident just to say hi to the staff and brag that he didn't get hurt this time.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The 'Invisible Thing' in his right arm comes out as his finishing move in the PSP games.
  • Aesop Amnesia: He never learns to knock before entering a room, and to watch where he's going and what he says. He also almost always leaves the others out of the loop and tries to solve everything on his own because he doesn't want to worry them, even though the others will surely help him.
  • All-Loving Hero: He just wants to protect everybody.
  • Almost Kiss
    • Itsuwa almost kisses Touma while lying in bed in Volume 16.
    • He also had another one with Fukiyose in Season 2 Episode 8.
  • Almighty Janitor: He's not really powerless—his Imagine Breaker is simply outside of Academy City's power rating system. This is especially true since Aleister incorporates Touma in his plans that involve removing his various problems.
  • Alternate Character Reading: His name is written as "上条 当麻". Kanzaki reinterprets it in Volume 1 as "神浄 討魔", which is his epithet: "He Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil". In the epilogue of Volume 14, Kamachi gives an alternate reading to his surname: "神上", which means "He Who is Above God". His given name can also be read as "透魔", meaning "Invisible Demon", which is also the name of the thing inside Touma's Imagine Breaker.
  • Always Save the Girl: Touma is frequently more concerned with the individuals than the long-term consequences.
  • Amnesiac Resonance:
    • Despite losing his memories in the very first volume of Index, Touma's reflexes are still as sharp as ever, as he can block Mikoto's lightning just as well as he could before through nothing but muscle memory, which is why it takes Mikoto a while to realize something's up.
    • In addition, it's noted that by those who knew him before he lost his memories that fundamentally he still hasn't changed that much from the Nice Guy All-Loving Hero he used to be. Granted, part of it is him trying his damndest to act the same to avoid that awkward conversation, but it just comes naturally to him.
  • Anti-Magic: Imagine Breaker.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Take a good look at the Alternate Character Reading above. "He Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil" alone makes it Awesome. To make it even more so, try not to shudder with He Who is Above God.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Touma is very good at analyzing the powers of others to search for weaknesses and blind spots that he can use to beat them. In fact, part of his fighting stle is based on how he subconsciously analyzes the involuntary movements of others, like their body language and facial expressions, to predict their attacks.
    • This even extends out of battle as seen in Volume 20, where he was able to determine the location of an enemy camp by using a simple map he bought from a local store in Russia.
  • Ax-Crazy: Deliberately invoked in Season 1 Episode 9 to disorient Aureolus.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: He can do this as long as he's facing a magical weapon. He even managed to catch Fiamma's 40km long Flaming Sword!
  • Barrier Warrior: Touma lives by the concept that "the best offense is an ass-kicking defense".
  • The Beard: Mikoto tries to get Touma to pretend to be her boyfriend to discourage another guy who keeps following her around—the grandson of her school's superintendent—so she doesn't get tempted to blow him off the usual way.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With the tsunderes in his harem.
  • Benched Hero: Briefly in volume 16, Touma is taken out of action after his first confrontation with Acqua that leaves him critically hospitalized.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a pretty laidback, optimistic and down-to-earth Nice Guy once you get to know him.... but God forbid if you hurt innocent people on his watch. He's also been noted to be very scary when someone makes him really mad, as seen when he chased and almost killed a terrified Aureolus Dummy by strangling him with his own chain after he killed several innocent students in front of him. Even a mass murderer like Salome is left unnerved by an angry Touma when he discovers she and the others members of the Kamisato Faction had used Mikoto Misaka and the Tokiwadai students as bait for Yuiitsu Kihara.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Several characters note that Imagine Breaker doesn't make any sense and defies the laws of both science and magic.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Is quite fond of these, usually coming out of nowhere. Examples include:
    • In the Sisters arc he interrupts Accelerator, who's beating down one of the Sisters.
    • In the Amakusa arc he faces 250 battle nuns by himself, all to protect this woman he met earlier in the day.
    • In Season 2 Episode 7 he and Mikoto save Kuroko from falling to her death, then punches a 4500kg object mid-teleport, breaking several laws of physics as he interferes with the 11th dimension to send it back. Yeah, Touma's been messing with space and time to save people.
    • He pulls off his best one yet in New Testament Volume 4 by breaking into a separated reality to grab Marian's hand before she can draw Dainsleif, and then bringing two characters back to life just by being there.
  • Bishie Sparkle: In Misaka vision.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Pre-amnesia Touma often told people his right hand was capable of negating miracles from God. Of course, he does later start backing up these claims... and then there's that "Invisible Thing" inside him.
  • Blessed with Suck: Touma's power also negates his luck (which is probably the reason why he's attracting such deadly trouble in the first place), causes him to be classified as Level 0 because his power can't be detected by normal means, and is hardly useful in mundane situations, either. Imagine Breaker prevents telepathy from affecting him, so he can't hear telepathic warnings. Healing magic is automatically negated in his presence. He can't be teleported to safety, etc.
  • Born Unlucky: Imagine Breaker gives him bad luck, but on the other hand gives him a great advantage against supernatural foes. However, before he entered Academy City, he caused misfortune to people around him as well, but that stopped at one point, hinting something caused the misfortune to not spill out onto the world.
  • Born Winner: He's had Imagine Breaker since birth, with all its benefits and drawbacks.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He can actually do well in certain subjects, such as practical physics and geography. However, he tends to apply them only in a pinch, has a hard time grasping the rest of the Power Curriculum Program, and is bad at other subjects, particularly those concerning language.
  • Brutal Honesty: He can be rather tactless at times. During his first real meeting with Misaki Shokuhou, he bluntly told her to adjust her position because he could see up her skirt.
  • Bully Hunter: Even if said bully has magical power, Touma always has his trusty right hand to fix that. It is for this reason that he has won the affection of Misaka's Sisters.
  • Busman's Holiday: He always ends up having to fight bad guys and save the day, even during his vacations.
  • Butt-Monkey: For Touma, every day is a bad day.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Played straight when Hamazura recommends that Touma drink after the latter returns to Academy City.
  • Catch and Return: Later in the series, he realizes that since Imagine Breaker cannot instantly negate very powerful attacks, then this means he can use his right hand to catch very powerful attacks and throw them back.
  • Catchphrase
    "Such misfortune."note 
    "I'm going to break that illusion."
  • Character Filibuster: Drops two to three minute long speeches off the top of his head at least once an arc (though usually more than that), usually to deconstruct the antagonist's motives or get someone to help him. See the Dare to Be Badass entry for just one of his many examples of this. Not bad for a high school student who is struggling through remedial classes.
    • Does this to himself at some point during NT 9. Tearjerker ensues.
  • Characterization Marches On: As the series progresses, Touma's memory loss became less of an issue, more so after the Angel Fall arc. Given that readers are introduced to him shortly before the fact, it's understandable that his characterization wouldn't change all that much, given little is known of the "old" Touma. This is only discussed again when he faces Terra of the Left and only regains importance when Fiamma uses the revelation to make Index go berserk.
  • Character-Magnetic Team: With Index.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a normal human except for Imagine Breaker, and yet he has exceptionally high levels of endurance, allowing him to survive injuries that could normally kill most people. He has also demonstrated some impressive feats of strength, with his punches launching people through the air and cratering the concrete when they land, and once knocking away a gigantic metal cross with his left arm.
  • Chick Magnet: Nearly every girl he meets ends up falling for him. Index and Komoe theorize that this is another side effect of Imagine Breaker, both from a magical and scientific perspective.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Quoth the guy...
    "I don't need a reason to save someone."
    • Taken to a certain extreme in New Testament Volume 4. Kagun Kihara seems to truly believe that Touma can and will save anyone within sight, given the omnicidal catastrophe set off in that arc. He wasn't too far off from the truth; at the end of the volume, just when all hope seems lost, it's Touma's unexpected presence that manages to prevent further deaths. Ironically, he was also too late to save Kagun, as Marian and Touma himself lampshaded.
    • Lampshaded by Thor, whom chastises Touma for not immediately going off to save Fraulein Kreutune. Justified because Touma was going through doubts over the events of New Testament Volume 3.
      Thor: Lies? Secret plans? I don’t care about any of that. A girl named Fraulein Kreutune is being imprisoned. That should be enough for you to go save her. What does it matter if there is more to the story or if someone else has some other goal!? If there is a girl closed up in some dark room being treated cruelly, that should be enough for you to go save her! I thought that was who the ‘wonderful enemy’ I had imagined was! Was I wrong!?
    • Mikoto also admits that she likes this aspect about him.
    • Later deconstructed in NT Volume 9, where it's revealed that he has several self-worth issues due to his self-deprecating nature, and after he's placed in a utopian world created by Othinus, he decides to give up and end his life to protect the world Othinus created... until the Will of the Misaka Network convinces him that it's alright to fight for his own sake rather than to fight for others. She also lampshades it, saying that if Touma knew she was slowly disappearing in the new world Othinus created, Touma wouldn't have hesitated to save her at the detriment of the world, but it was more important for her to convince Touma to fight for himself, to prevent Touma from giving up again in the future.
  • Cincinnatus: To a certain extent. No one's calling him to become leader of a country, but so far, he has amassed millions of connections with individuals with political power (like the Queen of England and the President of the United States), is friends with people who can decimate armies within minutes, and has developed a fearsome reputation among magicians, some espers, and eventually, some alleyway punks. What does he do with ALL of that power? NOTHING. He'd rather finish his homework than deal with it.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: His constant stream of bad luck earns him much sympathy from almost every single girl in his class, earning him the ire of most boys (probably except Aogami and Motoharu). The people who have met him try to justify this by saying that his Imagine Breaker even cancels the Red String of Fate. No fated lover means lots of possible options...
    • Taken Up to Eleven with the fact that all the Misaka clones are in love with him due to what he said in the Accelerator battle; ALL TEN THOUSAND OF THEM. note 
  • Code Name: On the Magic side, he's known as "Imagine Breaker".
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not above using psychological warfare on one guy, throwing a shovel full of dust at another, or splashing boiling coffee to a terrorist's face to blind him. He fights dirty.
  • Conveniently Seated: Touma sits on the second-last seat next to the window.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Once you get far enough into the series, it isn't a question of whether God hates him or not, it's a question of how many hate him.
  • Cursed with Awesome: His powers are actually of divine origin, but doesn't learn of it until New Testament Volume 2, after which he endeavors to learn more about it.
  • Dare to Be Badass
    "Just answer me one question, Magician. Don't you want to save Index? You guys have been waiting for this, haven't you? A method where you don't need to take away Index's memories... a method where you don't need to be Index's enemies... a method where everyone is smiling and that everyone wants... that leads to the ultimate happy ending! You've been waiting forever for this, haven't you?! For this development? What have you guys been clenching your teeth all this time for?! Didn't you swear you'd save this one girl with your own hands? You'd like to be the main characters of the story too, right?! Quit being content staying a side character! Didn't you put your lives on the line to protect this one girl?! Then it's not over yet! It hasn't even begun! Quit getting depressed in this kinda long prologue! You can reach her if you stretch your hand out! Let's get this thing started already, Magician!"
  • Dating Sim: According to Aisa, his life is a walking Dating Sim.
  • David vs. Goliath: All of his fights, but especially the ones against Accelerator, Fiamma of the Right, and Othinus.
  • Death of Personality: Pre-amnesia Touma is gone and never coming back.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Pre-amnesia Touma is this.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He's made an art of it.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Almost all of his former enemies become his allies later.
  • Delinquent: Touma's not really a delinquent, but to most outsiders he probably seems like one. It's not like he's not trying to do well in school, but it's pretty much gotten to the point where the forces of karma are against it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, he apparently caused so much misfortune to others, that a man tries to kill him because simply shaking Touma's hand caused him to lose his job, and had his entire life secretly become a reality show by a greedy television company.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Touma saw his right hand as a useless bother, and couldn't find a good use for it. Then he meets Index, and realizes that his hand is the only thing that can save her, and with a glorious rant as narration does so, only to lose all his memories. In his place is the "second" Touma, who always helps people and values his hand as a saving tool.
  • Determinator
    • Besides the many times he gets back up, battered and bloody, by the power of his sheer will, he channeled a power even stronger than the "Invisible Thing" in order to stop Fiamma once and for all.
    • Touma utilizing this trope against his fight with Accelerator causes the latter to start worrying about potentially losing a fight for the first time. Unlike other thugs who tried to take him on before, and regretted it the moment he lopped one of their limbs off, Touma has a very fierce look on his face that makes the latter rather uneasy despite getting hit a lot of times.
    • This was pretty much the only thing he had going for him against Othinus. He essentially refuses to break so many times (implied to be on the order of billions) that Othinus just gives up.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He literally punched out Innocentius (a 3000° fire demon), Accelerator, Ellis (a massive concrete golem), Fiamma of the Right, and even the Archangel Gabriel.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: When the plane he and Index are riding on is taken hostage by terrorists, it's up to Touma to put a stop to the terrorists' plans, a la John McClane.
  • The Dreaded: Although most of the Science Side have no clue who he is as a "level zero" on paper (although Accelerator, the most dangerous Esper in the Dark Side of Academy City, is afraid of him), most of the Magic Side is utterly terrified of him and his Imagine Breaker. It gets to the point that GREMLIN is perfectly willing to destroy the world if it means taking Touma with it. It works.... 10031 times to be exact.
    • In New Testament Volume 4, there's Kihara Byouri, a sociopath who fought GREMLIN (the same Magic organization designed to FIGHT TOUMA) with a cheerful (if not disturbing) smile on her face. The one time she ever shows fear was when Touma's name was brought up. The narrative itself seems to imply that Touma is the worst possible opponent for a Kihara to face. In contrast, Amata, another Kihara, shows no fear when he was pitted against Accelerator, the most powerful Esper in Academy City.
    • After the events of New Testament Volume 10, he develops a reputation as the guy who'll foil your plans, kick your ass, and steal your girl. He's depressed and annoyed about this, but can't actually refute any of it.
  • Drunken Master: After taking a bottle of beer (which Shiage encouraged him to), completely drunk on his way back home, he nonchalantly dodged one of Mikoto's bolts, and scored up a harem implied to be in the millions.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's saved people, the city, and even the entire world on several occasions. And he gets absolutely no respect for it. Not even the freaking President of the United States endorsing him can get people to cut him some slack.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: He will work his ass off to save anyone, even if he's only known them for a few minutes.
  • Enemies Equals Greatness: A large premise of the latter half of the first series is that because Touma defied great entities, Accelerator, the Catholic Church, etc, he is considered a great figure. Itsuwa even lampshades this at the start of the 16th volume.
  • Evil Laugh: Deliberately invokes this during his battle against Aureolus Izzard, with a Slasher Smile for additional bonus points.
  • Extremity Extremist: Tends to concentrate on right-hand punches.
  • Fastball Special: Performs a variation of one where Acqua launches him using his Ascalon straight at Carissa to destroy Curtana Original. It earns extra points due to Touma and Acqua doing it wordlessly in true Bash Brothers fashion, and the ridiculous bullet-like speed Touma is sent flying.
    • Also gets tossed by Gunha in the Railgun manga (which takes place before the above).
  • Fetish: For Cool Big Sis-type girls. He doesn't talk about it much.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Fighter to Accelerator's Mage and Shiage's Thief.
    • Sword and Sorcerer: He'd be the Sword with most offensive espers and magicians when teaming up with, but the narrative specifically emphasized this with him and Thor.
    If one thought about it, Kamijou’s ability to negate only the enemy’s magic and Thor’s direct firepower was the ideal combination.
  • Fighting Your Friend: While he's a vocal supporter of Defeat Means Friendship, he really doesn't take well to this. Case in point; in NT 6 he spends the whole fight against Thor panicking and worrying about his injuries, only fighting so that he can put him down and make him get treatment once it's apparent he can't get out of it. In NT 7 he's reduced to tears and broken screaming as he's beating Tsuchimikado down. By the end he's shaken enough to threaten a relatively innocent old man to make sure he'll be alright.
    • Basically the entire plot of NT 10 as friends, allies and acquaintances all pop up to eliminate him and Othinus.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Since his only power is to nullify others' powers with his right hand, he has to get down-and-dirty to deal damage.
  • Fingore: While Index is in John's Pen Mode, several of his fingers audibly break with visibly blood as he holds back the Dragon's Breath spell. He also breaks two of his fingers by destroying Gungnir, but shrugs it off.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: He loses his memories irrevocably. This goes on to have massive implications for the rest of the series. Pre-memory loss Touma, however, was a very different person, and is treated as a Posthumous Character. There's also the satellite that He and Kaori destroyed in their attempt to restrain Index... it's the one of the cruxes of the Sisters arc.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Touma goes from an unknown existence in Academy City to the mortal enemy of the Catholic Church and many other magical groups over the course of the series.
  • Generation Xerox: Shares his father's chick magnetism.
  • Global Ignorance: He is very ignorant about topics like geography and history, which the other characters find really annoying. He tries to use the excuse that he's a Japanese student and shouldn't be expected to be knowledgeable about countries like Denmark, but none of the other Japanese characters have this problem.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He says he just doesn't get why people are assholes who grab power at the expense of others, constantly asking them why they don't use their abilities to make the world a happier place. However, this doesn't diminish his effectiveness at all. Just because he doesn't know why people do bad things, doesn't mean he's unaware that they do.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He is one of the kindest and most compassionate people in the series... and everybody gets shocked when he starts beating up bad guys and saving people without expecting any reward at all.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: He's no genius, like Accelerator, or is someone good with gadgets and weapons, like Shiage, so when he faces off against powerful opponents, he has to improvise. He also possesses a high level of charisma (heightened only with his Imagine Breaker), so that the people who know him are unfailingly loyal to him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His general fighting style. Justified in a lot of cases, because his right hand nullifying the enemy's abilities is generally the only thing he has going for him. Taken Up to Eleven in the battle against Accelerator, where he can ONLY hit him with his right hand, and brings a new meaning to winning single-handedly.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told:
    • Despite all his death-defying feats of heroism, most of Academy City is completely oblivious to his existence. He can save the world and then get in trouble for missing school. Not that he's interested in becoming famous, though. He even let Mikoto get the credit for saving everyone from the Graviton Bomber.
      • Subverted later on, when he meets with a false Aihane Etsu that brags his name to try and scare him with his identity only to be scared out of his wits due to his reputation the unaware Touma has in the dark side of Academy City.
    • Mind you, this is not the case with the Magic Side.
    • In NT Vol 9, he goes through a Hell that would have broken any other man, then manages to get Othinus to pull a Heel–Face Turn. Only Othinus and the Will of the Misaka Network know about this, leaving everybody else confused as to why he's suddenly defending Othinus, the world's enemy.
  • Guile Hero: See Awesomeness by Analysis above. He might be unmotivated and willing to go along with people who'd presumably know better but he can really get into his enemies heads and he was arguably far more effective when he was moving independently during World War III. Becomes even more noticeable in NT where he's much more prone to sneaking around on his own incentive.
    • He becomes a scarily competent chessmaster during the Ichihanaransai Arc where he flawlessly leads both major factions by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives. Albeit he was admittedly vengeful about Birdway's manipulations preceding that.
  • Has a Type: Admits he has a thing for reliable older girls. Doesn't really talk about it that much, though. Ironically, amongst his harem the one who fits the bill best is Kanzaki, but even she's rather shy when it comes to the concept of romance.
  • Healing Factor: Subtly implied throughout the novels and anime, then made explicit when he regenerates his right arm after Fiamma severed it.
  • Heroic BSoD: Had many moment of regret and depressions but never lingered on them and let himself be set back but then came Baggage City on top of Hawaii which left him a disillusioned mess of trust issues and irrational guilt. It took Thor forcing his way into his life, repeatedly punching him in the face and breaking HIS illusions with a "Reason you currently suck" speech snowballing into a verbal fight then a full blown brawl to snap him out of it.
  • Heroic Neutral: Most see him as an Ideal Hero while he claims to be doing it all for himself, but he's mostly this (still blurring the line since a true Heroic Neutral wouldn't go nearly as far as he does for the sake of total strangers in need). Index, Thor and Aiwass are the only ones to really notice this side of him so far. Accelerator too stopped putting him on a pedestal by NT.
  • Heroic Resolve: After getting beaten by Accelerator, he stands up after Mikoto shows up. Curbstomp ensues.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite everything he has accomplished, he still considers himself a mere Level 0, and openly says everybody else can do things he cannot. He also freely admits that his fighting style and skills are not suited to fight multiple opponents, opponents with superior speed, opponents who can fly, and opponents who have superior fighting skills.
  • Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Saving everyone doesn't pay. He constantly struggles to pay for his rent, groceries, hospital bills, etc.
  • Honor Before Reason: To the severe detriment of his own health. He absolutely refuses to ignore or abandon anyone in trouble. He also used to have a problem with asking others for help.
    • And just when you thought Touma couldn't possibly get any worse with this trope, in NT9, he doesn't hesitate at all to protect a girl who is now the target of the entire world.
  • Hope Bringer: When all seems lost, he inspires almost everyone that everything will be all right. Part of it is from Imagine Breaker, the other is from how nice and reassuring he is. Taken Up to Eleven in New Testament Volume 4, where his very presence inspires Maria Kumokawa and her friends not to be afraid of Ragnarok.
  • Hot-Blooded: Not usually, but piss him off enough and he'll definitely be pumped up and raring to punch your lights out.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He has no idea how Imagine Breaker works (to be fair, nobody knows how Imagine Breaker works except Aleister and Aiwass) and it takes him a while to figure out its limitations and that he can use it to play Catch and Return with powerful attacks.
  • Humble Hero: He'd rather goof off with his friends and cook meals for Index than to take credit for his heroic deeds.
  • Identity Amnesia: After Volume 1. (But he's too badass to really give a fuck.)
  • Ideal Hero: The guy will do anything, say anything, help anyone, fight anyone (gender be damned), and throw himself in front of any person who is in need simply because he wants to. His Incorruptible Pure Pureness is so intense that he's even gotten multiple (and in some cases, all-powerful) villains to join his side. Even though he personally identifies as a Heroic Neutral, it doesn't change the fact that if he sees someone in trouble, he'll lend a helping hand if he's able.
  • Implacable Man: Got your arm chopped off? Keep going. Have a car dropped on you? Walk it off. Get hit with a massive bolt of electricity twice? Gonna have to do better than that.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Living with Index and later Itsuwa. And thanks to memory loss, he doesn't even know why.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Has a habit of insulting people with causal comments.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Kami-yan" by Tsuchimikado and Aogami (just "Kami" in the dub).
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Grows a roaring giant dragon head out of the stump of Touma's right arm in his battle against Aureolus. Up to Eleven in A Certain Scientific Railgun Chapter 67 Tankobon version, where he grows an addition 7 dragon heads for a grand total of 8 dragon heads growing from his severed right arm in order to stop a rampaging Mikoto.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He briefly gives up hope when Othinus puts him in a world that doesn't need heroes like him and decides to jump off a building, but the Will of the Misaka Network stops him and convinces him to keep going.
  • I Work Alone: He rarely asks for any help from his more powerful friends, and prefers to do things himself.
  • The Jinx: Part of his bad luck includes vending machines, ATM machines, his refrigerator, and other devices breaking down around him. It stops being funny when his parachute malfunctions. In fact, "Jinx" was his Embarrassing Nickname before he moved to Academy City in the dub.
  • Kid Hero: Starts the series at 15, later turns 16.
  • The McCoy: Between Accelerator's Spock and Shiage's Kirk.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Eventually becomes this after the events of New Testament 4, having been used in the plans of several people. Thor knocks it out of him.
  • Language Barrier: He only knows Japanese and a bit of basic English, which often puts him at a disadvantage with foreigners. His attempts to learn more English and other languages have met with constant failure. But this is actually subverted because even though he only really knows Japanese, everyone else with any sort of importance knows Japanese due to Academy City's influence and are willing to translate for him.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Gets it in the very first volume thanks to being hit by the aftereffects of Index's Dragon's Breath on the head, which obliterates all of his memories before that point.
    • It is revealed that around a year before the series, Touma was seriously injured and nearly died while protecting Misaki. The operation that saved his life damaged his brain to the extent that he will never remember Misaki, past, present, or future. This extends to even after his second case of amnesia.
  • Made of Iron: To wit, he has...
    • Survived his encounter against Kaori and managed to throw a punch in her face before he got his ass handed over to him.
    • Challenged Accelerator and won, despite being mortally electrocuted by Mikoto shortly beforehand.
    • Chased Oriana Thompson all over Academy City by running before fighting.
    • Defeated several Skill-Outs and Shiage in combat shortly after getting shot in the side.
    • Got beaten within an inch of his life by Acqua but survives, then goes to the Amakusa Catholics' rescue and managed to buy them some time for the "Saint Destroyer" spell even while still recuperating.
    • Defeated Accelerator again after the latter "awakened" and went berserk.
    • It's also implied that his ability to sense AIM Fields and intercept incoming attacks resulted from his growing attuning to the supernatural beatdowns delivered to him on a constant basis.
    • To avoid getting questioned and possibly arrested by Anti-Skill, he escapes from the hospital a short time after being shot several times.
    • NT8, 9 and 10 is basically an extremely long day for him, the course of which he fought various Gremlin magicians to get to Othinus, then faced Othinus' attempts to break his mind by creating millions of different worlds where he was forced to experience various horrifying things, then went up against (takes a deep breath) Accelerator, Misaka, 150 Five Overs, Index, Birdway, Sasha, Vasilisa, Kanzaki Kaori, Acqua of the Black, Knight Leader, Second Princess Carissa, Silva, Brunhild, Thor, Agnese Sanctis and her nuns, Marian Slingeneyer and her summons such as Ocelot, Surtr, and even Vishnu, and for the final boss, Othinus herself. This list can be expanded.
  • Mage Killer: By negating their spells, magicians become extremely vulnerable to getting punched in the face by him.
  • Magnetic Hero: He has a gift for getting people to want to follow him, which he doesn't notice.
  • Manly Tears: Being a fighter doesn't stop him from feeling for friends and foes alike.
  • The Many Deaths of You: What he went through when Othinus tried to break him as she changed the world countless times. Among other things, the narration mentions that he was hung, paralyzed, stranded in space, eaten alive, and even decomposed.
  • Martial Pacifist: He always tries to talk things out with his opponents before resorting to kicking their ass. Amusingly, when told that the entire world is his enemy, his first thought is to study English so he can talk to them.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: He always says he needs no reason to help, but always ends up badly injured. This becomes his key personality come the New Testament series.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His surname is translated as "He Who is Above God" ("La Persona Superiore a Dio" in Italian).
    • His name can also be translated as "He Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil".
    • His given name can also be roughly translated as "Invisible Demon".
  • Mook Horror Show: When Touma fights, readers/viewers see a high-school boy fighting and winning against opponents who are objectively much more powerful than him thanks to his tenacity, hard earned street fighting skills, and a Power Nullifier right arm. His opponents, however, see a fighting machine who can nullify their powers of any kind and rise from a severe beatdown as often as needed. When even Accelerator dreads him, you know Touma is a household name among some power users.
  • Morality Chain: To Othinus. Ollerus has stated that if Touma were to die in front of Othinus, she would become an even bigger monster than she was before.
  • My Hero Zero: Mocked as a Level 0, total ass-kicker.
  • Neutral No Longer: Most arcs boil down to this. He likes peace and doesn't actively go looking for trouble. But he acts if he sees something he personally finds tasteless even if the other person has a Freudian Excuse or even a legitimately good reason regardless of which side they belong to.
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: Both played true and averted. When he was little, he was outcast by the people in his hometown due to his bad luck, and was called the "The God of Plague"/"Jinx". When he moved to Academy City, he ended up becoming just your typical, unknown and unimportant Level 0, with just a few people belonging to the dark side of Academy City knowing about his importance to Aleister Crowley. On the other hand, he's infamous among the magic organizations outside Academy City, with people in the Magic Side wanting to kill him, join him, use him, date him, potentially marry him,"use" him, or all of the above.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Index in the beginning of the series, and again in the ending of Volume 22.
  • Nice Guy: He's always friendly to everyone, even to his enemies.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While most of his actions do at least some good, many of his decisions cause a lot of trouble later on. However, while Touma knows his actions may have negative consequences in the future, he still won't hesitate to save those in front of him because worrying about the future is not a good reason for inaction in his opinion.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: No matter what he does or who he saves, Touma always has to face the dire consequences. He will suffer terrible injuries in the place of others, and his efforts will never be rewarded. He even has to pay for the resulting hospital bills.
    Aisa: "In other words, even if he does anything for Himegami, Kamijou is just helping others pay the bill meaninglessly. In most situations, what he pays would often become his wounds."
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He himself has acknowledged that while Imagine Breaker makes him one of the most powerful fighters in Academy City and the Magic Side, when up against normal opponents, he's just a regular guy who street fights. Fortunately, he happens to have gotten really damn good at street fighting.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Whenever he fights, Touma would never care whether the woman he's fighting is exposed. In general he seems to ignore a girl's sexiness if she's unclothed, instead he reacts due to the Unprovoked Pervert Payback that usually follows.
    Kazakiri: "He's also the kind of guy who speaks to you with a straight face even when you're naked..."
  • Not So Different:
    • Heaven Canceller compares Touma's ideals with Accelerator's: Both want to save those they care for, except Touma wants to do it without sacrificing anyone, while Accelerator is willing to kill if needed.
    • Othinus realizes that his adventure in NT9 caused him to become just like her, a traveler trying to return home, and that he's the only person in existence who truly understands her.
  • The Nudifier: His right hand is the bane of people wearing magical clothing, as Index found out the hard way.
  • Oblivious to Love: In spades.
    • In Volume 18, his reaction to Itsuwa having a Luminescent Blush is to think that she must be wanting to save Index.
    • It's even more ridiculous in the case for Index, who blatantly expressed her love for him early in the series. Either he's aware of it and just not reciprocating, or he's mistaking it for platonic love.
    • However, he's not oblivious to other people's love. He can often tell if someone has feelings for another, like when he listened to Ouma Yamisaka talk about the girl he was trying to help over the phone.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Tends to sleep in his bathtub, even though it is uncomfortable, because Index tends to sleepwalk and attack him.
  • Older Than They Look: While he is physically 16, he is actually billions of years old, thanks to his constant and countless deaths in Othinus' Phases, which in a few of them, he spent a lifetime on.
  • One-Man Army: Once took on about 200 battle nuns all armed with swords, spears, and magic with his bare hands and survived. Then he faced a massive crazed mob in NT Vol 7 and held his own until the others arrived to help.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Subverted. Obviously.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: At the end of Volume 22, lasting through NT 1. He makes a triumphant return that is quickly cut short by a swift kick to the balls from Birdway.
  • Out of Time, Out of Mind: After experiencing what is told to be billions of worlds of torture and death (some of which he spent an entire lifetime in) during his fight with Othinus, Touma seems to come back from the experience relatively the same, even joking about it at times. He tells Othinus that he subconsciously rearranged his own memories so it would look like their continuously repeating fight would instead feel like a single one to him. However, the trope seems to be averted at times, like how Touma still has trauma whenever he hears the word "Magic God" or encounters one, such as when he met St. Germain and it pretended to be one.
  • Outside-Context Problem: At first, none of the villains had ever heard of him and were at a loss at dealing with him and his Imagine Breaker.
  • The Paragon: If you get preached to or punched out by him, chances are high you'll become quite heroic somewhere down the road.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: Gives one to Fiamma in Volume 22, pointing out that if humanity was really as wicked as he claimed, then Fiamma would have been able to wipe it out instantly, as his power is increased by the malice in his enemies.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Thanks to Index and his general bad luck, he's always short on cash.
  • Physical God: The "Invisible Thing", according to the power level chart, is the second most powerful being introduced in the story. Which implies that Imagine Breaker could be even more powerful than that.
  • Power Incontinence: Imagine Breaker is always on. Which sucks because he could accidentally negate and destroy something he doesn't want to just by touching it, like someone's magical outfit. Kazakiri is made of AIM, so he can never touch her with his right hand or she may be erased.
  • Power Levels: Although technically classified as Level 0, in practice his power is greater than pretty much anyone else in the series. Even the almighty "Breath of Saint George's Dragon" only manages to make his hand bleed a little from the strain of holding it back. At first Academy City's power ratings are implied to be flawed. Then it turns out that this is only partly true — the ratings are largely determined by a person's usefulness to Crowley's master plan. While Touma's power is, on paper, enough to ensure him a high ranking, it is so problematic analyzers had to brand him Level 0.
  • Power Limiter: Imagine Breaker actually works as the seal to the "Invisible Thing".
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Every time he utters his Catch Phrases.
  • Properly Paranoid: Touma is extremely suspicious of a generous bounty of good luck, believing that it will ultimately screw him over. When he won a trip to Italy in Volume 11, he went through every possible scenario of what could go wrong, from a terrorist attack all the way to landing in an airport controlled by either Necessarius or the Roman Catholics. Ironically, he actually wasn't too wrong about his guess. This results in a Brick Joke in Volume 17, where his plane gets involved in a terrorist plot and after foiling their plan, the plane lands in a Necessarius controlled airport.
  • Punched Across the Room: He often launches people through the air when he punches them, especially if he gets a running or jumping start. The punchee sometimes makes a crater on landing. Taken to the extreme when he punches Princess Carissa after getting a warm up from being used as a Fastball Special by Acqua of the Back, where his punch not only breaks her weapon, but hits her in the face so hard she goes flying clean through part of the wrecked Buckingham Palace and away from it. The light novel describes her as ending up 2-3 kilometers away from the palace.
  • Rage Against the Heavens
    "God, if the world really goes by your rules then I'm gonna smash that illusion apart!"
  • Red Baron: "Imagine Breaker" especially from from the Magic Side.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Misaka's Red, Red to Accelerator's Blue.
  • Rescue Romance: Many of the girls in his harem fall in love with him after he saved them in some way.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Imagine Breaker protects him from alterations in reality.
  • Running Gag:
    • Whenever he gets injured he always ends up in the same hospital, in the same room, treated by the same doctor. Even on that rare moment when he isn't fantastically injured, he'd still pop up to greet the staff.
      Touma: "Hey, frog-man! I didn't get injured this time!"
      Heaven Canceler: "That's not something most people would be proud of..."
    • Then there's his habit of walking into girls in unfortunate situations.
  • Save Scumming: After over 10,000 battles with Othinus, he memorized her attack patterns to the point that he can nearly effortlessly evade her attacks.
  • Save the Villain: Touma will save both friend and foe as much as he's able. He saves Carissa from being killed by Fiamma despite her just minutes before having been trying to kill him and his comrades and willing to kill her family to achieve her goals, saves Fiamma later despite him starting World War III, and saves Othinus despite her killing him millions of times over. When he chooses to fight the world in order to save Othinus and succeeds, Queen Elizard points out on national television that while there are many stories of saints slaying dragons to save the people, Touma is the type of hero who manages to save the people and the dragon.
  • Scaled Up: Turns into a Dragon after losing Imagine Breaker.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The "Invisible Thing", though exactly what form it takes tends to vary (be it dragon head, at least eight different serpentine dragons, and just a vague thing which is visualized in the anime as a constantly-shifting mass of energy that pools out of the remains of his right arm), assuming they're not multiple separate things.
  • Selective Obliviousness: If someone directly confronts him about his popularity with women, he'll say he has no idea what they're talking about.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: He is traumatized by his battles with Othinus. Though he hides it well, he sometimes gets triggered when something reminds him of them.
  • Shounen Hair: Has distinct spiky hair. Later subverted when it's revealed he actually styled it from a fashion magazine he read before.
  • Shrouded in Myth: By the latter half of the New Testament novels, the name "Kamijou Touma" has spread so far that even two-bit street punks have heard the name, though they know next to nothing about him. The legend among them states that "Kamijou Touma" is an invincible force of justice that destroys all evil in his path and will sweep every woman he comes into contact with off her feet. Touma has a minor breakdown when he hears of this.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Whenever a bad guy tries to justify his or her actions, Touma will almost always manage to prove they're nothing but hypocrites and then punch them into next week.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Never mind Imagine Breaker's theorized ability to attract women. Touma's a genuine Nice Guy, and that turns women on (especially after he rescues them).
  • Skewed Priorities: He often focuses on something other than what everybody else is thinking about, mostly having to do with his Perpetual Poverty.
  • Spanner in the Works: While not as good at this as Shiage, he can derail any complex plan by simply showing up and kicking ass.
  • Special Odd Hand: Touma's right hand, the Imagine Breaker, has the ability to negate any supernatural powers, including the effects of psychic, magic, and divine powers.
  • Spider-Sense: Touma had this power all along (or at least has been slowly developing it), but it's only recently been pointed out. He can sense changes in AIM Fields from Espers and, implicitly, Mana from Sorcerers. This allows him to react before an attack has even been properly launched.
  • Stock Light-Novel Hero: Played With. While his Imagine Breaker definitely makes him near-unbeatable against magicians and espers, he can be easily defeated by others who are more skilled in combat than him/without powers/do not rely solely on their powers. Furthermore, his ability to take a beating, indomitable willpower, and being an All-Loving Hero make him more of a Stock Shōnen Hero than a Stock Light-Novel Hero. It is played straight, however, in his case of being a Chick Magnet, and having lots of girls having the hots for him, much to his dismay.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: You wouldn't think he'd qualify for this, seeing as how he's the main character. However, in Railgun, where Mikoto is the protagonist, Touma essentially becomes this. This is particularly obvious in the Sisters arc, where Touma essentially takes on the Big Bad of the arc on his own while all Mikoto can do is watch. Since the two stories happen in the same city and often overlap, this can't really be avoided.
  • Static Character: Despite being exposed to the worst things the world throws at him, he will never compromise his principles.
  • Stone Wall: Touma is a fairly average street fighter, but his Imagine Breaker, combined with Spider-Sense, makes him Nigh Invulnerable against superpowered foes.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The "Invisible Thing" that even made Fiamma think twice about his chances to defeat it. Imagine Breaker is a slightly borderline case, as it can counter any power, but in turn it can be countered if the opponent uses conventional weaponry (e.g. guns) or has superior hand-to-hand combat ability.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Regularly punches people across the room on a daily basis, and has once knocked away a gigantic metal cross without help.
  • Superhero Paradox: Several antagonists showed up just because he showed up, and a few people like Etzali even blame him for it.
  • Superpower Lottery: When his right arm is chopped off, he develops a power that makes everything Fiamma has pale in comparison. This is with Fiamma having been stronger than God at the time.
  • Super Reflexes: Since his Anti-Magic hand is useless if he can't react fast enough to bring it up to counter attacks, he needs these practically as Required Secondary Powers. It does help his body seemed to just move on instinct when he's faced with supernatural powers, although it's ultimately proven that what Touma has is a serious case of unconscious Spider-Sense that he thinks are Super Reflexes. He can react to the powers of espers, magicians, and even divine beings before they've even fired, but against mundane forms of attacks he's just better than average and wouldn't last long against a professional fighter.
  • Supreme Chef: Has learned to cook due to living on his own for several years. A good thing because of Index's bottomless stomach.
  • Taught by Experience: Thanks to his quick learning and constant battles with magicians, espers and trained martial artists, he could analyze magic himself without the need of magicians, and quickly find the weak point in his opponents' spells, fighting styles and personalities where he would use them to his advantage to force them to draw or defeat them.
  • Technical Pacifist: Touma normally can't bring himself to kill anyone. This is lampshaded by Heaven Canceller when he compared Touma to Accelerator in regards to how both protect the people they care about.
  • That Man Is Dead: Admits in private that he is not his pre-amnesia self.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "Gensou Koroshi (Illusion Killer/Imagine Breaker)", which can serve as a leitmotif along with its allegro cover, "Break Through".
  • Think Nothing of It: He helps people not for praise, honor or reward, but simply because it's "the right thing for a man to do".
  • Third-Person Person: On occasion.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: He tries to find a way in which a problem can be solved without killing another person, no matter how irrational it may seem. Accelerator even stated that this is what separates himself to Touma.
  • Tranquil Fury: Surprisingly enough, he has displayed this trait a few times, primarily when he is enraged past a certain breaking point. The greatest example is in Volume 2, where he witnesses Aureolus Dummy murder several students. Touma is so enraged by this that he completely clams up and proceeds to effortlessly beat him down, even using the Dummy's own chain to choke him to death. He only manages to stop at the last minute when Aureolus Dummy begs for his life, and Touma realizes that he doesn't have what it takes to kill another human being.
  • Trauma Conga Line: NT Vol 9, where Othinus traps him in several alternate worlds, each worse than the last. It didn't break him.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Move over, Son Goku, we have a new contender.
  • Unique Protagonist Asset: There can be only one Imagine Breaker, and he has it. Specifically, it is not that he happens to possess Imagine Breaker but rather Imagine Breaker exists solely in Kamijou Touma's right arm and nowhere else.
  • Unluckily Lucky: He's extremely unlucky, thanks to the Imagine Breaker cancelling out the good fortune he would otherwise receive. However, it also negates the powers of both magicians and espers. He has the bad luck of getting dragged into battle against powerful members of both factions, but also the good luck of having the power to defeat them.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Nothing ever goes right for him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Naturally talented and powerful, but with no known formal training, instead relying on his Imagine Breaker, street fighting methods and instincts. When up against trained martial artists like Kaori and Motoharu, he gets his ass handed to him, and the latter even recalls that Touma wasn't even able to land a single hit on him. Fortunately, he is a quick learner and eventually grows out of it.
  • Unwanted Harem: All the other guys in his class hate him for unwittingly making all the girls fall for him, joking that unless he is stopped, humanity may go extinct because of his charm. Basically, he can charm the skirt off any girl just by his presence. This goes up a notch when he made all surviving Misaka's Sisters fall for him after defeating Accelerator. And he's just getting started...
  • Unwitting Pawn: He's always someone's pawn without realizing it until it is too late, which winds up crippling Academy City because of his involvement with GREMLIN. In New Testament Vol. 5, he finally gets sick of it and manages to form a plan that outwits GREMLIN and Levinia Birdway's faction at the same time. NT Vol 10 reveals that he has been this to the true GREMLIN — as in, the Magic Gods from all of the world's religions — for a while. The entire conflict with Othinus was merely a trial to manipulate Touma's growth.
  • Warrior Therapist: In some ways, it's his modus operandi. Notably subjected are Misaka, Accelerator (twice) and Unabara. He even strives to learn English just so he can talk the whole world out of World War III.
    • It's lampshaded by Thor about how he follows his usual speeches with his trademark punch.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His only power is the Imagine Breaker which is limited to his right hand and can't negate powers that are too strong, but he is still able to regularly take out Superpower Lottery Winners because he uses it so well.
    • Though Touma is really a Superpower Lottery Winner himself. Other than the Imagine Breaker, he has the Invisible Thing Imagine Breaker is sealing and something else that is even greater than the Invisible Thing and made everything Fiamma had pale in comparison. It's more like Touma doesn't really understand and cannot control his other powers.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The original Touma, who "died" after saving Index.
  • Weirdness Magnet: He will somehow always find himself conviently dragged into whatever major incident is happening at the moment. Justified due to Imagine Breaker erasing his luck and people wanting to use him as their pawn so they intentionally ensure that he somehow gets involved.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Even though nobody really knows he exists and his accomplishments will never be acknowledged, he will never choose to walk away from somebody in trouble.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Given that his only ability is that his right hand cancels out all supernatural events, Touma's strategy in combat tends to boil down to "run up and punch them in the face".
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He believes in a world where everybody can be happy and nobody has to be sacrificed. Until he gets it, he won't stop fighting.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Even though he's more than willing to hit a woman if she tries to cause a lot of harm, he will hunt you down like a dog and kick you into the middle of next week if you harm helpless and nice girls.
  • Wild Card: Is seen as one by the Magic Side. It's because he knows about the Magic Side, is not actually an Esper and with no real affiliation with Academy City other than being a student there. As a result, he is often manipulated and used by the Magic Side to further their overall goals and interfering/solving problems that they cannot deal with. Some magical groups fear the creation of a "Kamijou Faction" consisting of people from both the Science/Magic sides that Touma had met due to his wild card status, which could destabilize the balance of power between the Science/Magic sides. Aleister Crowley himself relies on Touma having this status in order to further his overall plans, and thus freely allows others to use him, but should he ever choose a side, he would immediately be captured and confined.
  • The Woobie: In-universe example. While his misfortune is pretty much exclusively Played for Laughs in the context of the story, apparently all the girls in his class feel sorry for all the bad luck he has to go through. It's part of the reason for the offscreen parts of his harem.
  • The Worf Effect: In New Testament Volume 4, One-Eyed Othinus casually beats the crap out of him and tears off his arm. The "Invisible Thing", which is easily more powerful than Fiamma, emerges from the stump... and Othinus casually crushes it. She muses that it was boring. Ollerus had to come in time to fight her into a draw before she can finish Touma off. However...
  • Worf Had the Flu: ...when Kamijou's right hand was cut off by Kamisato's World Rejecter, the IT again appears, and nearly kills Kamisato (who can casually defeat magical gods like Othinus with a flick of his wrist), making Touma question if the Thing that defeated Kamisato was the same one Othinus easily crushed earlier, which begs the question if there are several Invisible Things inside Touma's arm.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech:
    • A simple one in the conclusion of NT Vol 7 when he is asked, "What are you going to do now?"
    • Near the end of NT Vol 9 where he declares that he's finally fighting a battle for his own sake instead of to save someone.
  • Would Hit a Girl: While he's normally a gentleman, dare hurt innocent people, and Touma will smash your face in, male or female.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: When he is attacked by a huge crowd in NT Vol 7, he mows them down with clotheslines.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: On the receiving end of this by the Will of the Misaka Network, who convinces him to fight Othinus to return to his world, after Othinus breaks Touma with her "perfect world".
  • You Are Not Alone: Tells this to Misaka at the conclusion of the Sister's Arc, who returns the favor at the end of New Testament 2. Ironically, while he tells people he would help them no matter what, he never seeks help from others and always tries to do everything on his own.
  • You Leave Him Alone!
    • His challenge to stop Accelerator from murdering Misaka 10032, armed with nothing but bravery, kindness, and a mean right jab.
    • To the entire world after he decides to save Othinus.

    Accelerator 

He Who Wields the Power of God

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Let's not get him too excited...
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese) and Austin Tindle (English)

Accelerator is the most powerful Level 5 Esper in Academy City, gifted with "Redirection", a type of power which lets him manipulate and control vectors of anything that his body comes into contact with. His most commonly seen use of this power is for defensive purposes, in which his entire body is surrounded by a thin invisible vector field, with manually configured filters for what is allowed to pass through (mostly air, as to allow him to breathe). This field will reverse the directional vector of anything that comes into contact with it, effectively acting as a reflector for any and all attacks. Accelerator may also choose to alter the magnitude value as well, to send the attack back at the attacker with x times the original force. His powers are also automatic, so anything that tries to hit him, regardless of whether he's aware or not, gets sent back where it came from — hard.

He was part of an experiment called "Level 6 Shift", which ostensibly aims to turn him into the first Level 6 Esper by having him kill 20,000 of Mikoto's clone Sisters—only to be stopped dead by Touma. After the experiment was canceled and some soul searching, he pulls off a Heel–Face Turn and starts on his long and hard path to redemption by saving and protecting the very last Sister created — a little girl named "Last Order".

Stars in his own spinoff manga, A Certain Scientific Accelerator.


  • Achilles' Heel: Due to the nature of his Auto-Reflect ability, expertly timed pulled punches can get attracted to him instead of being reflected. Also, Accelerator can't reflect something if he doesn't know the correct vector equations for it, which will reduce the effectiveness of his barrier anywhere from simply deflecting the attack instead of reflecting it completely (most forms of magical attacks which have different vector equations than a physical attack) to getting bypassed (objects which do not follow normal laws of physics, such as Kakine's Dark Matter, in which case he has to manually 'feel' and find out the correct vector calculations to redirect it). Finally, he can't redirect any attack which has no vector equation in the first place (i.e. scalar quantities), which is why he speculates voodoo doll-like effects might be able to bypass his AIM.
  • A God Am I: His apparent ambition early on, with his goal of becoming so powerful it "would be a sin" to fight him. Turns out he only wanted to become powerful enough to make people stop picking fights with him.
  • Above Good and Evil: What he ultimately becomes after his Character Development following his rematch with Touma and confronting Misaka Worst.
  • Always Someone Better: Though he will loathe to admit it, Accelerator sees Touma as his personal idol, and as time goes by, he adopts his philosophy, at least until the later stages of New Testament.
  • Always Save the Girl: Last Order, Esther, Hasami, Index, Yomikawa, Yoshikawa, Misaka WORST, Fremea, Birdway (almost in New Testament Volume 3), Qliphah Puzzle 545, etc. At this rate, like Touma he will also end up with an Unwanted Harem.
  • All Guys Want Sorority Women: Played for Laughs, but seriously, It's a wonder why he puts up with Misaka WORST.
  • Alternate Character Reading: His given name is spelled in kanji as "一方通行" (one-way road).
  • Antagonist Abilities: He has a passive Attack Reflector so effective that not even Misaka, who's also a Level 5 Esper, can touch him. Should he go on the offensive, he has a Touch of Death that blows up his opponent's heart by reversing their blood flow or their bioelectricity. And that's not even mentioning the myriad applications of his Superpower Lottery... though he eventually becomes a protagonist.
  • Anti-Hero: He is a card carrying example of the '90s Anti-Hero. He has a rough but simple name, is ridiculously powerful, doesn't care about hurting people who get in his way, and a badass with angst and sarcasm to boot.
  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the Sisters Arc.
  • Attack Reflector: His Redirection ability automatically reverses any oncoming vector he runs into. As a result, he's nigh-untouchable against the vast majority of attacks in the series. There are only a handful of ways to get around this, including pulling back one's fist as it approaches Accelerator so that it will reverse the vector back into Accelerator's face (which takes ungodly precise timing), using an attack that doesn't follow the normal laws of physics (i.e. magic and Dark Matter), or to negate it all together (the way Touma does).
  • The Atoner: To his credit, Accelerator has come to know the error of his ways and is trying to be a better person. Not that he's going to be particularly nice about it, though.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Briefly at the end of World War III, in which his black distorted wings turn pure white as he ascends to the Aeon of Horus. It happens again near the very end of New Testament when he defeats Coronzon by creating a whole new cosmic tree based on science, unlike the magical Kabbalistic Tree of Life, signified by his white wings briefly turning into platinum, similar to Aiwass.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Very good at reverse engineering techniques and devices, can learn on the fly how to convert air into plasma, can comprehend the movements of electrons, and able to figure out the correct vector calculations to manipulate Dark Matter.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Accelerator, which also happens to mean One-Way Street in Japanese.
  • Ax-Crazy: Throughout his initial appearances, though it's worth noting that even before his Heel–Face Turn, he never attacked random people; he'd actually prefer to just be left alone. Only if you attacked him first would he retaliate as brutally as possible. He participated in the Level 6 Shift project under the notion that the clones he was killing weren't actual people (helped by their near-inhuman lack of emotion or sense of self-preservation) and expressed reluctance about the possibility of having to kill Touma for seeing the experiment, becoming more giddy about it when Touma insisted on challenging him. In fact, he was even rather friendly and cordial when he met the first Misaka clone, and only became extremely jaded and cynical after discovering what the experiment actually entailed.
    • As of New Testament, after ascending to the Age of Horus, he shows a composed and cool attitude towards his opponents and refrains from killing them, as Umidori can attest.
  • Badass Boast:
    "I strive for something beyond the strongest, that challenging me would be the most ridiculous thought ever, that fighting me would be an unforgivable sin!"
    "The strongest in Academy City? Level 6? Your pathetic titles don't do me justice. Nothing in existence can stop The Accelerator!"
    "This is not a negotiation, a suggestion, a deal, an entreaty, an agreement, a compromise, or a capitulation. It’s my triumphant return, fuckers."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Musujime Awaki (they even mockingly call one another husband and wife), and later on, Misaka WORST.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He sees Last Order like a little sister and so he spends time with her and looks out for her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Much like Touma, he's begun to develop a habit of doing this, which generally translates as "You're all screwed" for the opposing party.
  • Black and White Insanity: Suffers from this for quite a while, until Touma tells him it's a load of crap.
  • Bishounen: In the manga, he seems to be much more than in the Anime and novels where he is closer to a rougher image.
  • Blessed with Suck: His powers make him the strongest Esper in Academy City, but they also make everyone else intensely interested in him. Said interest got to the point where he was causing destruction at an incredibly young age (not helped by the fact by then he was barely able to control his powers). He also has to consciously let light enter his eyes and gravity affect his body.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: In the stories centered around him, which carries a blood curdling, unwholesome cynicism and brutality that is lacking in the yarns centered around Touma.
  • Blood Knight: While he does enjoy his fights, he would really like to avoid getting into them in the first place. In fact, that's the reason why he sought more power in the first place.
  • Blow You Away: One of his most common uses of his power as the series goes on. One time, he even boasts that the entire atmosphere is his weapon.
  • Breakout Character: Was so popular with the fans that he was redeemed and made the Deuteragonist. He also got his own manga spinoff in late 2013.
  • Broken Bird: For a good part of the series, to the point of calling himself a villain beyond all redemption, but since his rematch with Touma, he has stopped caring about good and evil, realizing it only weighs him down from his new sworn duty to protect his friends.
  • Broken Ace: He is pretty much good at everything he does. He even displayed a perfect control at a subatomic level and considering his tormented childhood, he's this, at least until Volume 22, where he turns over a new leaf.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Played with. After Volume 5, he can only use his powers when his brain is connected to the MISAKA Network, thus making him somewhat of a normal. But then he "awakens" his true nature of Esper powers and can now regain his full power plus some by summoning black, angelic wings at the cost of losing all control. Then he ascends into the Aeon of Horus, gaining white wings and capable of retaining his mind.
  • Brought Down to Badass: On two separate occasions (the fight against the Hound Dogs in the warehouse during the September 30 incident, and during the Skill-Out uprising shortly afterward) he has found himself facing a large number of armed Level 0s with only a handgun to defend himself. He still manages to take down all his foes and accomplish his objectives.
  • Byronic Hero: Post-Heel–Face Turn, he'd go rescue people and still act like a Jerkass, as Misuzu found out.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Even post-Heel–Face Turn, he'd still consider himself already way beyond redemption. Touma and Last Order would beg to digress, and as of New Testament he's finally succeeding in leading a new life.
  • Catch and Return: While he typically just reflects attacks by flipping the directional value, he can also catch an attack and amplify it before throwing it by simply increasing the magnitude as well. Leads to moments where he teams up with Hyouka Kazakiri and Shizuri Mugino, catches their blasts and makes them more powerful before throwing them at the enemy.
  • Character Development: He's introduced as an Ax-Crazy antagonist in Volume 3 with a Dark and Troubled Past. After a humbling defeat by Touma and gaining a sense of purpose in protecting Last Order, this trope is in full force. Being Brought Down to Normal is his Laser-Guided Karma devastating enough to make him reconsider his actions and, in a twist of Irony, defend one of the last surviving Sisters as part of his long hard path to redemption.
  • A Chat with Satan: A large premise of the first novel series is this. Accelerator constantly tangles with the violent, trigger-happy nature of himself until he faces Misaka WORST and comes to final terms with himself.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Since he decided to start anew in New Testament, his responsibilities have increased a lot, and he barely manages to handle them.
  • The Comically Serious: Watching him fight with Last Order or get caught up in any sort of comedy scene is hilarious because of how he acts most of the time.
  • Death Glare: His default expression, though it is noted he has developed a softer expression and voice around small girls, like Last Order and Birdway, which the latter lampshades.
  • Death Seeker: He's trying to redeem himself for all his sins, so he tries to protect the remaining Sisters and the people he cares for even if at the cost of his life. In New Testament Vol 6, Shizuri Mugino (who is also trying to redeem herself) calls him out on how stupid this is, saying it's better to struggle to live, so that they can continue to protect their loved ones.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Sort of. While they never become actual friends, he develops a profound respect for Touma after his first defeat. Following his second defeat at Touma's hands, and snapping him out of his Heroic BSoD, he ends up practically worshipping him as an idol.
  • Deuteragonist: He essentially becomes the second protagonist after Touma since his defeat.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Due to his brain damage, he can only use his powers while being connected to the MISAKA Network using his battery powered choker, which works for 15 minutes at a time. He is later given a new one from GROUP technicians with double the operating time. Still, because the Sisters can't match him in sheer processing power, even then his calculation ability is weaker than before. His connection to the Network can also be disrupted, either by electromagnetic forces or by being somewhere deep underground.
    • Also, his employers put a kill switch in his new choker to disable it when he goes against what they want. Accelerator later recovers his choker's blueprint from Heaven Canceller to attempt to build a new one, only to see that it is nearly impossible. He instead uses his custom cane in Volume 19 to discover what frequency is used to mess with his choker, and blocks it out using a sort of jammer installed in his cane.
    • Whenever he "awakens" his black wings, all of the above mentioned handicaps no longer apply, as his wings give him more than enough computational ability to match and even surpass him when his brain was intact. He does have a new handicap though, since he cannot control himself whenever the black wings manifest. After he ascends to the Aeon of Horus and gains white wings, even that no longer applies to him.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone in Academy City fears him, with the exception of Touma, Shiage, Last Order, his legal guardians, and some bullies who are Too Dumb to Live.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: When they first meet, Last Order asks him if he is a guy or a girl because she can't really tell.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Back when he was a villain, he couldn't fathom why Mikoto and Touma were trying to stop him from killing the Sisters. He concluded that Mikoto's reason was that she was embarrassed that people with her face were being slaughtered so easily. This was a result of him rationalizing his actions by telling himself the sisters weren't really humans.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Quote the guy...
    "They may all look the same to you, but there are different kinds and different levels of evil. A first-class villain doesn't target honest lives."
    • This is even lampshaded by Accelerator himself during his fight with Kakine.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Not even Accelerator remembers his original name, thus he considers "Accelerator" his name, so it could technically be a case of His Name Really Is "Barkeep".
  • Evil Laugh: Does this a lot, and it's pretty spectacular in the anime.
    "KHKHKHKHKHKHKHKHKUKUKUKHIKAKAKAKAKAKAKA!!!!"
  • Failed a Spot Check: Back before his brain damage, he often uses his powers to filter out unwanted background noises, so he would sometimes fail to notice events happening around him.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: When fighting Amata for the last time. Not only can the latter nullify Accelerator's powers, but can hit him. Accelerator keeps attacking until his collar battery runs out, removing his powers and mental ability completely. Despite being in a state where he shouldn't be able to think, let alone stand, Accelerator gets back up and keeps fighting, doing more damage than he did with his powers, largely because his "strategy" caught Amata off-guard. Accelerator keeps this up for a while until he awakens for the first time, where it elevates to a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Mage to Touma's Fighter and Shiage's Thief.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: With a single touch, he can pulverize objects or reverse the blood flow in people.
  • Fingore: Touma broke his left index finger in the Railgun version of their fight in the Sisters arc.
  • Flight: From manipulating air into mini-tornadoes behind his back.
  • Gender Flip: Yes, Accelerator has one called Yuriko Suzushina! What started as a joke on Accelerator's gender by the novel artist, Yuriko became a hit with the fans.
  • Good Costume Switch: Following his Heel–Face Turn, Accelerator starts to wear white color outfits.
  • Good with Numbers: His calculation skills are phenomenal, so much so that it takes the remaining 9,969 Sisters to replicate these skills after he loses them to brain damage.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Accelerator doesn't hold back his harsh attitude even to those he is sworn to protect.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Following his Heel–Face Turn, the most you could probably say about how much the way he deals with problems has changed is that a) they probably aren't all dead and b) he's become more concerned about dragging innocent people into the crossfire. It seems he still can't really wrap his head around the concept of "property damage" yet, though.
  • Gravity Master: Gravity is nothing but another vector. He even has to consciously allow it to affect him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He idolizes and at the same time is jealous of Touma for his ability to save people without using lethal force.
  • The Gunslinger: After Volume 13 he almost always carries a pistol in case he can't find a good time to use Redirect. If he doesn't, he'll usually strip a hapless mook off. And while not quite as good as Shiage, he is still very deadly with one.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not hard to get Accelerator into a bad mood, courtesy of a childhood of dealing with violence.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even after getting shot in the head and needing a cane to walk most of the time, he's still the #1 Esper.
  • Has Two Mommies: After he and Last Order are adopted by Aiho Yomikawa and Kikyou Yoshikawa.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A good deal of his character arc is spent on how phenomenally difficult it is for someone whose spent of his life as a heel and killed thousands of people to reform, and equally important, to consider himself a face.
  • Heel Realization: In Railgun, we see the fight with Touma from his perspective. Touma's words coupled with the actions of the Sisters has it finally sink in that the Sisters are alive. He keeps fighting, but he doesn't keep fighting competently because he just doesn't want to win anymore. Further, part of Nunotaba's plan was the hope that if he saw the Sisters actually hesitating or afraid to go through with the experiment he might have a crisis of conscience and refuse to continue but Last Order herself blocked that plan.
  • Hellish Pupils: In the Manga.
  • Heroic BSoD: A few times. His worst is in Volume 20, when he was forced to fight Misaka WORST, resulting in him losing all faith in the world and lashing out against in with Black Wings mode. It took a visit from Touma to snap him out of it. He also suffers another major one in New Testament volume 6 when he faces the resurrected Kakine, who recreates the Misaka Sisters to remind him of his traumas.
  • Heroic Neutral: Long before he joined the Level 6 Esper project, Accelerator was a frequent target of assassinations and unscrupulous researchers because of his tremendous powers, and was forced to kill to protect himself. This simple desire to be left the hell alone eventually led him to join the Level 6 experiment, under the reasoning that since his powers won't go away the only way the get people to leave him be is to become so powerful that the idea of fighting him is an absurdity. After Touma beats the snot out of him, he becomes a slightly more traditional example, being mainly concerned with Last Order and a small group of his closest associates.
  • Heroic RRoD: During the WWIII arc he has to cast a spell to save Last Order. It works, but he damn near explodes in the process.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He doesn’t die, but saving Last Order from Amai’s virus required him to shut off his Attack Reflector in order to focus all his calculating power on ensuring he doesn't make a mistake and end up irreparably damaging Last Order's mind, leaving him vulnerable to a gunshot that causes irreparable brain damage.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Since his Heel–Face Turn he wants to be a hero like Touma, to the point he imitates him by using only his right hand. In Volume 20, he comments that using the right hand doesn't suit him.
  • Heroic Willpower: In Volume 15, after losing his mind against Kakine, he goes on a rampage, causing massive destruction. Even then there’s only one thing he doesn't do: kill.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He becomes something of a Touma fan after his defeat. It seems to be subverted by New Testament 6, though.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He's from the Dark Side of Academy City.
  • Hey, You!: He hardly ever addresses Touma by name. He instead refers to him as "Hero". He also tends to address Last Order as "brat".
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Tried to keep Elizalinians safe by getting away from their country to keep them from getting involved in his battles... only to be discovered by Misaka WORST, to his great embarrassment.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even without his powers!
  • Idol Singer: No, seriously. He gets his own comedic idol spinoff, A Certain Idol Accelerator-sama, and still has the same personality he has here.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: When he enters the shower only to find Yoshikawa, Yomikawa, and Last Order naked inside, he just gets pissed that they didn't close the door.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Moments before Touma lands the final blow during their battle, Accelerator remembers the true reason he participated in the Level 6 experiment. By acquiring a power that cannot be contested by anyone, Accelerator hopes that he will no be challenged by anyone else and maybe one day, he will have friends of his own.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He gives a few comments on the taste of human finger and cheek meat. The former is too chewy that it must be spat out, while the latter just tastes like normal meat. The people he killed and ate are Misaka 10031 and a Hound Dog operator.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: He refuses to be called a hero, because a hero would be able to save the day without killing anybody.
  • Improvised Weapon: Technically, he fights by making an Improvised Weapon of everything around him.
  • Incoming Ham: All the damn time, but especially around Amata Kihara.
    "KIIIIIHAAAAARAAAAAAAAAAAA!!"
  • Irony: The use of his powers after he took a bullet to the head depends on the very girls he butchered in his quest for godhood not too long before.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shows spades of this post-Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Juggernaut: If his powers are active, the only ones who can stop him are Touma and divine beings.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: For the sake of the people he cares about like Last Order, Yomikawa, Yoshikawa, etc.
  • Lack of Empathy: At least until Last Order came into his life and showed him that even he had hope of connecting with the rest of humanity as a human rather than a murdering monster.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: He eventually learns not to rely on his powers so much to avoid hits.
  • Lean and Mean: He is often noted to have a fairly scrawny build, likely because his powers relieve him of the need for physical exertion.
  • Level Grinding: The whole point of the Level 6 Project. He also becomes increasingly more skilled with his powers with every fight he is in.
  • Light Is Not Good: Accelerator dresses in light colors, has white hair, is a bishonen, and even can sport an almost angelic appearance. He's also enormously insane and is easily angered. This is inverted later by his Heel–Face Turn, where he doesn't become a straight-up example of Light Is Good, but is probably getting there.
  • Logical Weakness: He's Story-Breaker Power incarnate, but like all humans he still needs to breathe. Should the available oxygen around him somehow be taken away (like say, an explosion consuming it all, or a vacuum suddenly being forced into existence around him), his vectors won't make air where there's none and he'll suffocate, at least when he is not in an "awakened" state.
  • Lonely at the Top: As a kid, which was what convinced him to accept the experiment at first. He thought if he could achieve ultimate power no one would try to fight him and he would be accepted.
  • Made of Iron: Despite his frail appearance and overreliance on his powers, he possibly takes more blows from Touma than anyone else in their first fight, and he only gets tougher afterwards; later he takes massive beatdowns from Kihara Amata and he can still give the guy a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Manly Tears: Mixed as Tears of Blood.
  • Mind over Matter: His power, Vector Redirection, though it is noted to be distinct from actual Telekinesis Espers.
  • Misplaced Retribution: When Last Order becomes seriously ill and he has no idea how to help her, when he runs into Touma, he angrily attacks him, blaming him for being a hero, yet not doing anything to help her. Touma defeats him and points out he can't be everywhere at once.
  • Mook Horror Show: Heaven help you if you have to fight him. Even after he's given a massive Drama-Preserving Handicap and without using his powers, he still handily takes out a group of assassins to rescue Misuzu Misaka.
  • Morality Pet: The most important people in his life are Last Order and her guardians, Yomikawa and Kikyou.
  • Mundane Utility: Among other things, he can redirect annoying background noise away from him so it doesn't bother him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Railgun manga shows much of his fight with Touma from his perspective. As the battle wears him down, horror slowly crept into his Internal Monologue, when he realized that the Sisters are actually human and that he only wanted to be strong so no one would dare challenge him again in the first place. The implication: he lost because his will to fight was being sapped.
  • Name Amnesia: Accelerator mentioned that he once had a "normal name", but he forgot it. Volume 05 states his last name consists of two kanji and his first name three, yet his name had no real meaning in it.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Though there are people who still think he can be defeated.
  • Necessarily Evil: As he explains to a little kid that wants to help him, only Accelerator himself should have to bear the burden of being the villain who kills the bad guys to protect people. A hero would save the bad guy too.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: During his fight against Kakine, Kakine was stunned when he noticed Accelerator was restraining himself the whole time to protect the people around them.
  • Noble Demon: While working with GROUP, whenever anyone asks him what he is he always claims to be a villain despite always saving innocent lives, minimizing damages and putting his own life on the end. To Accelerator, you cannot claim to be a hero while knowingly trying to kill your opponent. Only someone like Touma who saves even his enemy can be considered a hero.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He briefly engages in this with Kihara Amata shortly before "awakening" his black wings. Notable because, at the time he was essentially brain dead and managed to do more harm to Kihara than with his powers.
  • No One Could Survive That!: While trying to save Last Order and the Sisters he's so busy with his power that he can't even spare the energy to block a simple bullet. We see it start tunneling through his skull... but his power block it before it can do too much brain damage. It does leave him partially crippled, however.
  • Not So Different: Heaven Canceller compares his ideals with Touma's who both want to save those they care about, except he's willing to kill if needed, while Touma wants to do this without much casualties — a philosophy he always wanted to emulate.
  • Obliviously Evil: According to the Railgun manga, Accelerator was honestly convinced that the clones were not really people or alive. To make sure of this, he would always talk to them beforehand to see if they didn't want to fight and when they did he would then proceed with the experiment. When he realizes mid fight that they were people all along, he stops trying to really win. Even accounting for this, however, his regard for life is pretty low: He attempts to kill Touma and Mikoto for getting in the way.
  • Odd Friendship: Him and Birdway in New Testament Volume 3.
  • One-Man Army: Even without his powers, he can use his marksmanship to take out an entire group of assassins. With his powers, he is practically untouchable.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He used to have a real, normal name. He even tells how many characters were in it but doesn't remember what it was. He's only called Accelerator now.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He's the strongest of the seven Level 5s and capable to slow down the Earth's rotation for 5 minutes. It's also not just that he's able to, he casually manages that to use the absorbed force, which mind you can easily split a continent in half, to launch an attack at Aleister Crowley's Windowless Building, although to no effect. That being said, Aleister does barely feel the attack.
  • Perspective Flip: His rematch against Touma was shown entirely from Accelerator's perspective.
  • Photographic Memory: After looking at a massive page of computer code, he comments that memorizing it is easy. It may only be for what he sees. He's forgotten his real name and he needed help to remember the lyrics of Index's healing song.
  • Physical God: Especially when he sprouts forth his wings. By the time he "awakens" his white wings and ascends to the Aeon of Horus, his powers are approaching those of Archangel Gabriel. Then, he gains platinum wings similar to the ones Aiwass has. Combined with his feat of creating an entirely new cosmic tree upon reality, it makes him quite possibly the strongest character in the series to date.
  • Powerful and Helpless: He experiences this when he realizes that for all his world-shaking power, he can't do anything to help Last Order when she becomes seriously ill during World War III.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Grows black, supernatural energy wings whenever he "awakens" his true nature of Esper powers. In fact, as Accelerator gains progressively stronger forms, his wings change colour to suit. He gains white wings after ascending the the Aeon of Horus in the end of WWIII. Much later near the end of New Testament, his wings turn platinum in order to defeat Coronzon.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Accelerator's power is passively on reflect, causing enemies to defeat themselves even when Accelerator is unconscious of the attack.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Even when he considered himself a villain, he buys his groceries and meals instead of taking it by force. When questioned about this by Last Order, he explains that although he's powerful enough to just take anything he wants, it's too much hassle to have to deal with the authorities and others futilely trying to fight him off. Buying stuff without making a fuss means he gets it quickly and without any problems.
  • Punny Name: Accelerator's name in kanji means "one-way street", referring to his personality.
    "I'm sorry, from here on the path is only a "one-way street"! You can't advance, just hide your tail and cry your way to home!"
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": And you thought Frieza was creepy already.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner
    "Now then. I'll teach you one thing about the aesthetics you lack... This is what a truly first-class villain is, fool."
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Despite being as powerful as ever, once word spreads that Accelerator got defeated by Touma, it emboldens other Espers to start trying to attack him on a daily basis.
    • Also, he still needs to breathe, and vector manipulation doesn't protect against suffocation.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Misaka WORST and Touma's red.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has them naturally thanks to his albinism, but when he goes full-on berserk from seeing Kakine stab Yomikawa, his entire eye turns red as he goes on a rampage.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: See Noble Demon, The Dreaded and Mook Horror Show. It takes him quite some time before he even starts to get the hang of helping people without causing mass destruction.
  • Reluctant Warrior: The driving force behind his quest for godhood. Accelerator's power has made him a target for assassinations and unscrupulous researchers throughout his life. Since his powers won't go away, the only way to make people stop picking fights with him is to become so powerful that the idea of fighting him is an absurdity.
  • Retired Monster: Originally he began as this. He gets better when he's gained a great sense of remorse for who he was, to the point he breaks down when faced by Misaka WORST.
  • The Rival: Holds a bitter one with the #2 Level 5, Kakine Teitoku, AKA "Dark Matter." While it's clear Accelerator wants to have as little to do with Kakine as he can, the latter has made it clear his hate and desire to kill him so that he can usurp his place as the #1. From Accelerator obliterating Kakine's original body to Kakine nearly breaking Accelerator's mind each of their confrontations has ended with each of them nearly killing the other.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: When Awaki Musujime figures out he no longer has his famous "Auto Reflect" always active, he answers with this trope plus a little speech.
    "... Ah, but just because I've became weaker doesn't necessarily make you stronger, does it?"
  • Screaming Warrior: Especially noticeable when he's up against Amata Kihara.
  • Shout-Out: His flashback to his first Esper power awakening strongly resembles several scenes with Testuo in the film version of AKIRA.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: This boy's normal everyday vocabulary would make Samuel L. Jackson blush in embarrassment. He very rarely even calls Last Order by name, preferring "kusogaki" (lit. "shitty brat") instead.
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: For quite a while he tries to copy Touma, such as using only his right hand to fight, or finishing up by punching the enemy in the face. However, he quickly realises just how difficult this is, causing his inferiority complex to grow even larger.
  • Slasher Smile: He never smiles normally, only viciously grinning in anticipation of bloodshed.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He still acts Ax-Crazy while curb-stomping bad guys.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Magic Side doesn't really have a clue who he is. In Volume 22, he manages to reflect a massive wave of Telesma (the much more powerful Angel version of Mana) that was about to crash onto the Earth, foiling Fiamma of the Right's final vengeance and shocking the hell out of him.
  • The Spock: Between Touma's McCoy and Shiage's Kirk, , although he has some McCoy traits of his own.
  • Squishy Wizard:
    • His automatic and near-perfect defense means that he’s Nigh Invulnerable. Still, if it's turned off for whatever reason, or otherwise negated, he's physically weak with almost zero defense and endurance.
    • Perfectly illustrated in his first fight with Touma. As it drags on, it starts to devolve into a fist fight and Accelerator ends up getting his ass handed to him, despite Touma still suffering from the effects of being blasted by Mikoto's lightning attacks not minutes prior.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He's immune to any attack based in normal physics and highly resistant to almost all magic, even the divine magic used by angels. Further, his power lets him fly, use superspeed and superstrength as well as basically anything else he can think of like control the wind. He's even a genius, so few people can even match him intellectually. Even with a Drama-Preserving Handicap of only being able to use his powers for fifteen minutes (later upgraded to thirty) a day, there is still almost nothing that can provide a meaningful challenge to him that isn't as broken as him or designed specifically to counter his powers, even more so when he "awakens" his supernatural black wings, which bypasses his handicap and grants him even more power at the cost of his consciousness (a deficiency that he overcomes later, after he awakens his white wings). As a result he gets less and less fights over time, and whenever he does, he is usually pitted against entities much stronger than him.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Redirection powers is one of the first among many, many examples this series has.
  • Tears of Blood: The first time he cries.
  • 'Tis Only a Bullet in the Brain: Even though he lost his abilities and some motor skills due to damage to the frontal lobe, it could have been much worse as the bullet used was custom-made for countering powerful Espers like him.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: "Ippou Tsuukou (One-Way Road)", which serves as his Leitmotif for the first season. For the second season, it is remixed as "Saikyou no Nanori (Introducing The Strongest)" as his Heel–Face Turn is reaping its rewards.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Misaka WORST lampshades on this.
  • Tragic Villain: Because of his life from his childhood until he meets Last Order.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In his first fight with Touma, Accelerator finds himself at a bit of a loss when he can't just curbstomp Touma like his previous enemies. Touma himself notes that once you get past his "unbeatable" defense, Accelerator's really just a skinny guy who's never been in a real physical tussle in his life, with no real skill in his strikes despite the raw power behind them.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before he was Accelerator, he was just a relatively-normal kid with above-average power. Then he got attacked by some bullies and accidentally broke their bones...and then he accidentally broke the bones of the teacher who tried to stop it...and then other adults...and then Judgement and Anti-Skills came to the scene...and by the end of it he was surrounded by unmanned attack helicopters and Anti-Skill robots like some sort of Kaiju monster and scared out of his 10-year-old mind.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During the Sister's arc, he finds that Touma is the first opponent to not show any signs of backing down or regret like so many others who tried to take him out before. Touma also managing to land punches on him also causes him to start freaking out forcing him to develop a new attack in order to take him out.
  • Vocal Evolution: Okamoto provided a lighter tone in Season 1 compared to the lower, perpetual snarl in later seasons.
  • Weirdness Censor: Until New Testament where it is properly explained to him, he mistook any magic he witnessed for esper powers.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Thanks to his Training from Hell by Amata Kihara.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Opposition: Among the most powerful Espers in the verse and yet, people try to hunt him anyways because for the sake of a challenge or wanting a bounty on his head. His attempts to become even more powerful are so that people will stop bothering him.
  • The Worf Effect: A bunch of low level thugs come after him after word about his loss to Touma gets out. Without even bothering to do anything his power automatically leaves their limbs twisted wrecks. So, not so much.
    • He gets a much more serious one when facing Aiwass just before he participates in World War III. Aiwass didn't even try when its platinum wings bypass through his vector redirection as if it wasn't even there, he could barely comprehend what happened when the wings came into contact. When he manifests his black wings, it is still obliterated by Aiwass. Even after Accelerator tries to destroy Aiwass through its Weaksauce Weakness of requiring heavily saturated AIM fields to manifest, he still fails to defeat it. This is when Accelerator truly realizes his need to grow stronger.
  • World's Strongest Man: He is the Number 1 Level 5 Esper in Academy City, the most powerful of them all by a wide margin. His reputation takes a hit when he loses to the first person able to damage him, however, and during World War III he learns even if he's the strongest esper he's not necessarily the strongest person with superhuman powers.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Pre-Heel–Face Turn, he killed thousands of Misaka Sisters. Post-turn, he absolutely wrecked Awaki's face with his fist, and then beat the crap out of Misaka WORST so hard he broke her arm. Just like Touma, he regularly faces female enemies without any hesitation.

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    Shiage Hamazura 

He Who Defies Finality

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Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)

A Level 0 and former Skill-Out gangster. As a former lackey, grunt, chaffeur, and informant of Team ITEM, he delved into Academy City's Dark Side and turned into an anomaly that made a habit of spectacularly derailing carefully-planned schemes, including Aleister's, which made him a wanted man. It must suck to be him.


  • Action Survivor: Compared to Touma, he has no superpowers, so he relies on guile, weapons, and luck to win and survive.
  • Always Someone Better: Poor guy feels this way about both Accelerator and Touma.
  • Anti-Hero: While he's not quite as...cavalier about killing as Accelerator, Shiage has absolutely no qualms executing people in cold blood if he perceives them to be a threat for even a second. Likewise, he has zero issues torturing for information. Anyone from sent from Academy City to hunt him down and kill him finds this out the hard way.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He uses his intelligence to his advantage to outsmart higher level espers who underestimate him or rely heavily on their powers. He also is shown to be a great tactician.
  • Badass Biker: Hopping onto the Dragon Rider qualifies him. But, that thing is so technologically advanced that just about anyone can kick ass with it.
  • Badass Driver: Most of what he does when with allied with high level espers. Its one of his few real skills and since he is very good at stealing cars as well he is able to employ his driving talents quite often.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike Touma, he's a true Level 0 with absolutely no powers or abilities, yet still manages to take down a Level 5 more than once. Also, unlike Touma, that was without anyone's help.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Rikou was the only member of ITEM who didn't just treat him as an errand boy, spurring him to help her when she begins suffering the side effects of Body Crystal, even confronting the #4 Level 5 Mugino for her sake. Mugino once scoffed that he's quite egocentric to judge the quality of others' character by on how they treat him specifically.
  • Book Dumb: He’s a Level 0 dropout, but that doesn't mean he's stupid in fights.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets his ass kicked by Accelerator, who succeeds in killing his boss. He then took over as leader of one of the biggest Skill-Out gangs in Academy city... only to be beaten up by Touma and Accelerator on his first day! Then he became an informant/errand boy for ITEM, who treats him with no respect. Then, when he finally manned up, he is forced to run away with his girlfriend after pissing off Aleister and a psychotic Mugino! Boy is he unlucky.
  • Can't Catch Up: Being a Badass Normal has its limits, especially if you hang out with exceptionally skilled and powerful people. In NT Vol 7, when they are attacked by a swarm of man-eating cockroaches, Saiai says he is useless in this situation and orders him to run while she holds them off, much to his chagrin.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Esper powers? Magic? Screw that! He's got a gun.
  • Cool Bike: The Dragon Rider in New Testament Volume 1.
  • Cooldown Hug: Gives one to none other than Mugino. It works, and she joins his harem.
  • David vs. Goliath: A completely powerless individual, and still he manages to beat down the opposition.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He can't claim to win against someone with a Superpower Lottery like Touma (in fact, he did lose to Touma in a straight-up fight), but he still beat a Level 5 three times. Then he sends all of Aleister's plans down the drain.
  • Delinquents: A former Skill-Out.
  • Determinator: Another reason why he is called "He Who Defies Finality".
    "Everyone has things I don’t. No matter how much I struggle, I just can't obtain them and yet I still have a final goal that I want to grab no matter what."
  • Do Not Go Gentle: In Volume 21, the injured, powerless Acqua of the Back tells him to leave him be to die so Shiage can proceed with his objective. His response...
    "...what about the person who is waiting for you at home? You've managed to survive such situations for a long time. That time you saved me and my friends, it didn't seem like anything special to you, as that was the path you walked. So a guy like you will never be alone. Even if you don't think about it, there are several people relying on you. What will happen to them? To die for the sake of the world, to die to protect others, who would accept such stupid excuses?! They are unacceptable! The reason you fight is not to let those waiting for you to not be able to do anything other than cry! Stand up, hero! Stand up!
  • Fetish: Has one for bunny girls, shown when he forwards a porn video to his ITEM teammates. It becomes his staple for the following volumes. He's so much into it that just having Saiai stick a bunny behind Rikou (thus making it look like she is wearing bunny-ears) is enough to give him a nosebleed.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Thief to Touma's Fighter and Accelerator's Mage.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just a completely unremarkable Level 0. Then he sent all of Aleister's plans crashing down.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He’s normally a kind, humble guy (as shown in Volume 15), but when push comes to shove he's willing to fight.
  • Guile Hero: Even to a much greater extent than Touma.
  • The Gunslinger: He isn't just skilled in the use of pistols, but is also quite proficient in high-power automatic rifles and spaz-shotguns.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It can be easy to forget that this guy tried to murder Mikoto's mother in his first appearance before he was defeated and turned over a new leaf.
  • Heroic Bystander: Became one to save Rikou in Volume 15.
  • Homage: To Kamen Rider in New Testament Volume 1.
  • Hollywood Hacking: He can break into a full-on Academy City security system with nothing but a cellphone. A system which, no doubt, Aleister had a hand in creating.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Like most members of Skill-Out, he was resentful and insecure about not having an esper ability. In New Testament, when he learns about magic, he jumps at the chance to learn it, only for Levinia Birdway to tell him he won't be able to use it, much to his disappointment.
  • Improv Fu: His usual method of fighting higher level opponents, which works surprisingly often.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Mess with his girl, and he will make you talk...
  • The Kirk: Between Touma's McCoy and Accelerator's Spock.
  • Last Episode, New Character: Of Season 2.
  • Love Redeems: Used to be a criminal delinquent while in Skill-Out before meeting Rikou.
  • MacGyvering: Especially evident in New Testament Volume 3.
  • Made of Iron: Like many a protagonist, he's taken some serious damage and kept on coming, like getting shrapnel in his back and then a screwdriver in his ear.
  • My Greatest Failure: He regards failing to stop Mugino from killing Frenda as this.
  • My Hero Zero: Mocked as a Level 0, total ass-kicker.
  • Nice Guy: Even if his bosses are bitchy, demanding girls.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: You just made Mugino even more unstable, and for that Aleister and his goons want you and everyone you care about dead.
  • Ninja Log: Once replaced himself with a stack of cardboard boxes. Mugino even asked if he was a ninja.
  • Odd Friendship: With Acqua of the Back in Volume 21, as well as Misaka WORST in New Testament Volume 3.
  • Official Couple: With Rikou.
  • The Power of Love: He will protect his girl from anyone who seeks to harm her, even if that person is Accelerator!
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's not a real bad guy, but his affiliations with Skill-Out and ITEM means he's taken plenty of unscrupulous jobs. Hell, his very first appearance involves him attempting to assassinate Mikoto's mother. All said and done, he's more or less The Heart of whatever respective group he's a part of.
  • Pragmatic Hero: No esper powers, no sorcery, no magical items, no real noteworthy skills. He has to rely entirely on his wits to stay ahead, which at times leads him to be ruthless.
  • Protectorate: Despite the circumstances, he would protect ITEM, especially Rikou from all dangers including itself.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: Played for Laughs, with Misaka WORST and Umidori in New Testament Volume 3.
  • Rebellious Spirit
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: At the beginning of New Testament volume 3 when Kuroyoru points out that he's alone with her.
  • Smoking Is Cool: In Volume 15.
  • Spanner in the Works: He was a complete nobody who somehow managed to screw over Aleister's plans time and time again, with the first act being defeating Mugino. The fact that he was capable of undermining such plans by his mere presence becomes discussed in the Coronzon Arc.
    Accelerator:While that board chairman was working on her godawful plan, there was someone she tried to have killed because he was a dangerous and unpredictable element. I know he came to England, but I want you to figure out if he ever made it to London. You can do that since all sorts of information finds its way to the capital, right? Now that I’ve experienced it for myself, I can tell. It’s a kind of stealth. His presence just disappeared. …So why does he exist? He barely has any presence at all, but at times like this, you never know when he’ll introduce a glitch onto the game board and make it all freeze up. He’s completely hidden. It’s the same uneasy feeling as noticing a mistake in the source code only to never find it again when you scroll back up. It shouldn’t matter, but if you ignore it, it could develop into a critical error.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is officially Hamadura, but is pronounced Hamazura.


Alternative Title(s): To Aru Majutsu No Index Protagonists

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