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We are now approaching the C2 junction at Itabashi...This is ideal. I almost take a deep breath. Suppress it. This must be as unexpected as possible.

Then, in one smooth motion, I yank the door latch, shove the door open, and fling myself out of the car...

I hit the pavement arms-first...and skid, leaving not blood and torn flesh but sparks in my wake, as a torrent of stored mana floods all but a few square inches of my skin. I spring to my feet and press myself against the side wall of the highway, just in time for a car to miss hitting me by barely a centimetre...I look down: the drop is nearly twenty metres into the city below. I hope I am not overestimating the strength of this spell as I leap forward.

I have never been skydiving, or ridden a roller coaster, or done anything much more exciting than ride a fast elevator. As I go into free fall, as my entire body floods with adrenaline and my every sense tells me I am about to die, I feel something amazing, something

Is this what it feels like to be free?

The ToAruverse Rewrite Project is a planned series of Fix Fics for A Certain Magical Index/Railgun that rebuilds the story and setting from the ground up.

To explain, the first chapter of the first story is much like canon, where Touma provokes some thugs to try and save them from Mikoto.

The second chapter has Index leap out of a moving car, jump off a highway bridge, jury-rig a portable church, and sneak into Academy City just by using her wits, analytical skills, and two magical spells.

And then she falls onto Touma's balcony and eats all his food.

The series is written by Shockz. The first story In Memoriam, has been completed and can be found here or here. A discussion thread for the story can be found here or here. The second story A Thousand Shattered Mirrors, is currently in the works and can be found here and here, while a discussion thread for the story can be found here and here.


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    General Series Tropes 

  • 20 Minutes into the Future: According to the Interlude, the year is 2044.
  • Adaptational Badass: Part of the point is that many of the characters get a competence boost.
    • In-universe, Touma is now considered to be a Level 1 esper. This is not because he's more powerful, but rather because the esper ranking system has been changed to make more sense. On the other hand, he doesn't have a natural knack for picking up street fighting skills like his canon counterpart; instead of being completely self-taught, he takes self-defense lessons like everyone else. Specifically, Krav Maga.
    • There are now eight Level 5 espers. In addition, Meltdowner...err, Meltdown is now ranked third, Gunha is now ranked sixth, and in an inversion, Mikoto is now ranked fourth.
    • On that note, Mikoto doesn't have her canon hacking abilities. The in-universe explanation is that she needs to know how computers and programming work in detail, and she's not a computer person. The out-of-universe reason is probably to avoid Cast Speciation with Uiharu.
    • Index, who in canon was mostly The Load, is now a Guile Hero who makes use of Loophole Abuse to get around the restrictions of her Geas and uses her encyclopedic knowledge of magic to come up with highly unorthodox solutions to her problems, like the creation of a mobile church.
    • Maika is now a Playful Hacker...and she says that she's hacked into half the robots in Academy City. Tellingly, Uiharu thinks she might have esper powers.
    • On that note, Uiharu is much more confident and level headed than she is canon. To the point where she and Maika have created an extremely powerful computer that uses Uiharu's temperature control ability to operate at extraordinarily high speeds without needing a specialized cooling system.
    • Tsuzuri Tessō, who, in canon, was a meek Anti-Skill officer, is now Saten and Uiharu's teacher and a tough, no-nonsense ACPD/Anti-Skill officer where she chews out Mikoto for causing property damage during the Seventh Mist hostage situation.
    • In another inversion, magical grimoires are safe to read, unless they're specifically protected that way.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Motoharu and Pierce are straight in canon. In the fic, Motoharu is Bi the Way and is in an on-again, off-again relationship with, the blue haired guy whose name Touma can't remember.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The author has made a point of replacing any Engrish terms with better English. For example, "An Involuntary Movement", the full canon name for AIM, has been changed to "Involuntary Physical Distortion", or IPD. Other changes include Level Upper becoming Level Plus, Meltdowner becoming just Meltdown, Big Spider becoming the Tarantulas and Skill Out becoming Zero-Sum.
    • In canon, Anti-Skill is the entirety of Academy City's professional police force. Here, Anti-Skill is the Academy City Police Department's SWAT division.
    • Combining this trope with a variation of Composite Character, all of the magical Christian groups like Necessarius, the Catholic Church and Annihilatus are now part of an organization named Pax Christiana.
    • Imagine Breaker actually doesn't have a name in this fic, but here's Touma's thoughts on the subject.
    • Stiyl Magnus has been renamed to Stephen Magnus.
  • Adapted Out: According to Word of God, Kakine "Dark Matter" Teitoku is not the second ranked Level-5 Esper in this fic, and in fact there are no plans for him to appear.
  • Age Lift: In the fic series, Touma is about 17-18, Mikoto is about 16-17, and Kuroko, Saten, and Uiharu are about 15-16. As the author puts it:
    I may have had a minor freakout when it suddenly hit me that Kuroko—freaking Kuroko—may be as young as 12 in canon.
    • For similar reasons, Komoe-sensei now looks like she's 15. She's not actually older though.
    •, Stephen is described as looking like he's in his thirties. In canon he was 14.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
    • Touma had this in canon, but this fanfic series emphasizes it more.
    • In canon, Index only had this ability when it came to magic. In this series, she has no such limitation.
  • Because I'm Good at It: Why Konori intends to become a police officer once she's old enough.
  • Big Eater: Index. Komoe-sensei had the misfortune of feeding her once and her response was to ask how much she could put away after going through an entire breakfast course.
    Komoe: "She's...she's so tiny, though...where does it all go?"
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: In this fic Touma has been learning Krav Maga under Yomikawa-sensei for eight years. (Granted, his only ability is Anti-Magic, but that's why he's learning self-defense).
  • Child Prodigy: Uiharu bluntly states Maika is smarter than her.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Touma as in canon. Mikoto tries to avoid this but ultimately can't look away when there's a problem. Index is eithier this or In Harm's Way - at one point in In Memoriam she's teleported out of danger only to sneak away to confront another danger.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe/Religion Is Magic: Played with. Magical power is tied to organized belief in something, whether it's a mythological deity, Christianity, or possibly even America. However, magicians can cast spells without needing to believe in the deity or concept the spell is dedicated to. What's important is that enough people did believe a deity or concept and created rituals dedicated to it's power.
  • Coca-Pepsi, Inc.: GoogleBaidu is the Mega-Corp that cyberpunk warned us about, or so some of the more paranoid people in-setting believe.
  • Composite Character: As confirmed here by Word of God the fic's version of the AIM Burst becomes the fic's version of Kazakiri Hyouka.
  • Dirty Cop: According to Konori, some branches of Judgement are as bad as the gang members they take in.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Hi, Touma!
  • Fanservice: Averted, as the author has taken a hatchet (or maybe Illusion Breaker) to any instances of this from the original series. There are no Anti-Magic Wardrobe Malfunctions, no little girls in maid-outfits that crush on their brothers, no Psycho Lesbian Lovable Sex Maniacs that might be prepubescent, etc. etc. etc.
  • First-Person Smartass: Touma. Mikoto to a lesser extent.
  • Fix Fic/The Remake: Some of the Archive of Our Own tags used for In Memoriam include: "Full Rewrite", "Fix-It", "And By 'It' I Mean Everything".
  • The Great Offscreen War: The Second Korean War is mentioned a few times in the story and is the reason why so many Koreans are present in Academy City. Other than the fact that Japan and Academy City were both involved in the conflict, little is known about what happened.
  • Guile Hero: Touma, as in canon. Index, not as in canon.
  • Iconic Outfit: Averted on two counts. Index does not wear a habit. Maika has also traded in her maid uniform for casual duds as part of the remake's emphasis on smiting violations of common sense...and Values Dissonant Fanservice
  • Japan Takes Over the World: As shown by In Memoriam's interlude. To be more precise, Academy City means Japan is only the second largest economy in the world (behind China) but they're catching up.
  • Noodle Incident: Touma once had a girlfriend which didn't end in good terms. He's now paranoid about meeting his ex-girlfriend who is hinted to be a powerful esper.
  • No Ontological Inertia: In contrast to canon, Touma's ability averts this. It stops powers from acting within its area of nullification, but it does nothing to prevent their secondary effects.
  • Playful Hacker: Uiharu, as in canon. Maika, not as in canon. This also makes her a...
  • Power Equals Rarity: To an extent, magic works this way - casting a spell through a ritual no-one uses anymore costs a lot less mana than a spell cast through a ritual commonly used by ordinary people. For example, it takes less mana to cast a spell in Latin simply because in the modern day it's an effectively dead language.
  • Switching P.O.V.: At the moment, between Touma, Mikoto, Index, and Saten. Each character also adds their own touches to the narration.
    • Touma, as noted above, is a First-Person Smartass, snarkily bemoaning his bad luck and the circumstances it gets him into.
    • Mikoto also makes snarky observations, but her narration usually portrays her thoughts as italicized Inner Monologue.
    • Chapter 14 of In Memoriam has Mikoto experience Harumi Kiyama's memories in a Pensieve Flashback. Kiyama's narration is fairly straightforward while Mikoto makes parenthetical observations.
    • Index's narration is detailed and straightforward. Even her love of food is done in the same tone.
    • Saten's narration is less formal and sophisticated than the other characters.
    • Chapter 10 of In Memoriam has narration from a third grade Saten, which is unsurprisingly childish.

    Tropes specific to In Memoriam 
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Saten's powers, for the brief time she has them. Instead of Aero Hand she gets electromagnetism like Mikoto. The change is for thematic reasons - she wanted to be like Mikoto, and so gets the same power set.
  • Affably Evil Cool Old Guy: Gensei Kihara.
  • Afraid of Blood: Mikoto.
  • Aluminium Christmas Trees: Index's mobile church...kind of. See Shout-Out.
  • Ancient Conspiracy/Church Militant: Pax Christiana, the renamed Church of Necessary Evil (as well as some of the other Chrstian-themed organizations). Loosely affiliated with some of the largest Christian churchesnote  and even some national governments, it's goal is to demonize magic and prevent the rest of the world from learning magic exists. They have a very good reason though - see The World Is Not Ready below.
  • And I Must Scream: Kiyama's final fate. She's so brain damaged that all she can do is lie in the hospital and recite her list of names.
  • And Then What?: Index planned on escaping into Academy City, but once she's there she realizes that she didn't think about what to do next.
  • Bad Liar: Index is not a very good liar. To be more precise, she's good at misrepresenting the truth, but she can't make up something completely false to save her life.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first readers were led to believe Maika won't let Index sleep on her brother's bunk bed due to A Date with Rosie Palms only to reveal that her brother farts a lot in bed.
  • Bargain with Heaven: In order to stop that IPD monster Index makes a bargain with a Greek god through a spell. She would stop the current act of vengeance (for the deaths of Kiyama's students) in exchange for seeking justice with the source (Gensei).
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: One of Index's grimoires was written by Archimedes, while another was a training manual for the OSS. She later claims The Black Death and both World Wars were caused by magicians.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Index has been given official permission to remain in Academy City and everyone else who had gone through the Level Plus has recovered, but Kiyama is barely more than a vegetable, the fallen children remain unavenged for now, and Saten has to start all over again - assuming she even opts to become an Esper again.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Touma's narration at a couple points.
  • Brought Down to Normal: The cure to Level Plus requires reversing the Kiriha Process, which gives the Espers their powers in the first place. They can retake the process to gain the ability to become Espers, but they have to start over from Level 0 again.
  • Buffy Speak: Mikoto sometimes slips into this in her narration. The speaker for the hostage takers also isn't the best at public speaking.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Both Kuroko and Uiharu put away their personality quirks when they go into Judgement mode.
  • The Cameo: Sadao and Emi from The Devil Is a Part-Timer! definitely do not appear in the second chapter while Index is at McDonald's. (After all, Sadao works at MgRonalds.)
  • Canon Character All Along: An interesting case, since it's an example of one canon character actually being another. It is implied in the Epilogue and confirmed here by Word of God that the fic's version of the AIM Burst became the fic's version of Kazakiri Hyouka.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Literally hours after getting powers from Level Plus Saten and her friends are confronted by Kuroko and Uiharu, who tell them that Level Plus causes progressive brain damage.
  • Cardboard Prison: During the Epilogue Kanzaki and Steven are being held in jail until someone casts a spell over the phone, befuddling the police into letting them go.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • When Touma is talking about the weird things in Academy City at the end of the first chapter, he mentions "middle-schoolers with robot armies". The next chapter introduces Playful Hacker Maika, who has hacked into half of Academy City's robots.
    • In the fifth chapter Mikoto mentions being helped by a redhead in a black coat. Chapter 7 confirms it's, Stephen. May count as a sort of Early-Bird Cameo.
  • Cliffhanger: The third chapter ends with a bomb going off. Chapters 12 and 13 also end in this.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu : As an In-Universe superpower. Kanzaki is always as strong as the sum of all the opponents facing her at any one time. This makes Zerg Rush and escalation very bad tactics against her because it only makes her that much stronger — for example, a SWAT team unloading their automatic assault rifles at her made Kanzaki capable of dodging bullets and parrying them with her sword. Touma Exploits this by making sure of fighting her alone, limiting her strength to that of a single unarmed (almost) normal person and counting on his Anti-Magic hand to deal with surprises. He ends up winning as planned, but Kanzaki was still far from an easy opponent even in that situation.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Index makes a meal like this in Chapter 9. Turns out she's a good cook from reading recipe books.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Chapter 5. Kuroko versus one of the bombers. Her opponent didn't stand a chance.
    • Chapter 14. Kaori ends up defeating several Academy City police and Anti-Skill Officers.
  • Darker and Edgier: The story itself has become darker than what was canon:
    • The Graviton Bomber incident: Actual causalities are a result of the bombing and one of them got shot.
    • Level Upper (Level Plus): It causes progressive brain damage.
    • The orphans that drove Kiyama to make Level Upper (Level Plus): All but one dead from brain hemorrhaging, no coma. The last one turns out to be another canon character...
  • Deadly Upgrade: Instead of merely putting people into comas, Level Plus causes progressive brain damage.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: In the Epilogue, it's suggested Index's false identity may be a case of this, since it's one of the names on Kiyama's list. The character seems unaware of this, however.
  • Death by Adaptation: Harumi Kiyama's class. It should also be mentioned that Kiyama's class includes Erii Haruue in this fic.
  • Delayed Reaction: Mikoto's narration when she first meets Uiharu. After getting over Uiharu's headband, she describes her age, size, hair color, eye color, bare feet, clothing...and then does a mental Double Take at the bare feet. It happens again when Uiharu comments on Mikoto's pajamas.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Chapter 13 Stephen reappears and tells Index he's on her side. When Index asks why she should believe that, he wonders the same thing himself and admits he should have made a better plan.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Mikoto obliterates most of the IPD entity by shooting construction beams at it. Then Index kills it with what is basically a large dispel magic spell.
  • Discard and Draw: A subversion. In Chapter 7, Index learns that Touma has broken her geis, allowing her to use magic freely. However, the geis was apparently tied to her "quick-lookup array" which let Index search for spells in her mind quickly. The result is that Index loses this ability, but she quickly finds it's not really a problem thanks to her Eidetic Memory.
  • Discontinuity Nod:
    • In the first chapter, Touma says he has reason to believe he was going to be ranked at Level 0.
    • In the third chapter, Mikoto notes that she does not have hacking skills, and actually isn't a computer person.
    • Touma's complete ignorance of Christianity in the seventh chapter likely refers to the liberties taken by the source material.
    • Chapter 10 establishes that Saten and Uiharu acted more like their canonical selves when they were children. (Saten only stopped flipping Uiharu's skirt when Uiharu showed their seventh grade class Saten's baby pictures).
    • In Chapter 16 Index thinks about making a choice to run to safety. " that the direction I want to go? Towards safety, and inaction, and irrelevance?" Also in the same chapter, Touma compares memory loss to the death of self, which hopefully isn't Foreshadowing.
  • Dispel Magic: Index casts an overcharged one to destroy the IPD entity. Even Mikoto temporarily loses her powers afterward.
  • Dramatic Irony: Attentive readers will notice that Kiyama mistakes Mikoto for a clone when they first meet.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • In the first chapter Mikoto mentally ticks off some of the other Level 5 espers.
    • When she arrives in Academy City, Index passes by Accelerator. Maika's introduction later in the chapter can also be considered this.
    • The third chapter references Konori Mii, though she doesn't actually appear.
    • In the fifth chapter, one of the hostage takers complains about hearing names, one of which is Erii Haruue. In chapter 14 it's revealed that Erii was in Harumi Kiyama's class...but see below.
    • Similarly in the tenth chapter one of the names is Banri Edasaki. In chapter 14 both Banri and Erii appear in the Whole Episode Flashback. Said flashback ends in the reveal that Kiyama's students aren't in comas...instead,they're all dead. (Well one survived, but see below.)
    • In the epilogue, Othinus and Hyouka appear. Also Accelerator appears again, and it's implied he was Kiyama's surviving student.
  • Electric Slide: Mikoto does this in chapter five.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Index's escape - which shows you EXACTLY how she's changed.
  • Establishing Series Moment: Index's escape is the first true deviation from the series canon, as well as showing the fic's premise.
  • Facepalm: Kuroko does this in the fifth chapter after verbally wondering why she can't teleport Touma, and when Mikoto decides to go after the hostage takers instead of letting the police handle it.
  • Fangirl: Saten is introduced in this series as a fan of Mikoto herself.
  • Fantastic Drug: Even though it's really a Brown Note, Level Plus is compared to one.
  • Fetus Terrible: As in canon. Except this time it calls Kiyama mother.
  • Fictional Document: The Interlude is a news column written by Mikoto's mother.
  • Foreshadowing: Overlapping with Early-Bird Cameo, Chapter 14 includes references to the Misaka clones as well as a mention of "Project Radio Noise".
  • For Science!: The last words Harumi Kiyama says to any of her students.
  • From a Single Cell: The IPD entity is heavily implied to be physically indestructible; it can take damage but it will eventually regenerate it's physical form.
  • From Bad to Worse: Touma's group escapes from Kanzaki and runs right into Kiyama blowing stuff up.
  • The Gadfly: Uiharu.
  • Geas: Part of Index's Power Limiter. There's also a kind of geis that makes the recipient die if they don't complete a specific task. According to Word of God, a geis is unbreakable. Unless Touma touches you with his Anti-Magic arm.
  • Get It Over With: In Chapter 18 Touma defeats and questions Kanzaki. Kanzaki eventually tells Touma that he should just knock her unconscious. He obliges.
  • Ghostapo: According to Index, the Nazis had magicians. In fact magicians were present on all sides during World War II. Pax Christiana has actually supported the existence of this trope in-universe, hoping to make magic look bad by tying it to Nazis.
  • Gilligan Cut: In chapter nine.
    "So can we not go anywhere near Garden Street ever please?"
    (Scene break)
    "Now approaching: Garden Street."
  • The Glomp: Kuroko's default greeting to Mikoto, who has learned to duck.
  • Godzilla Threshold: When the Academy City Police and Anti-Skills fails to stop Kaori, a Level 5 Esper is sent to deal with her.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Stephen pulls this on Index with Kanzaki as the "bad cop"...despite Kanzaki not actually being present.
  • Gratuitous Latin:
    • The title is a small example: In memoriam is a Latin phrase equivalent to "in the memory of", mostly found in obituaries and epitaphs.
    • "Pax Christiana" of course. The name is a reference to the Pax Romana.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Saten's problem.
  • He Had a Name: The reason Harumi Kiyama is so insistent on remembering her students names. In fact, she wants everyone to know who they were.
  • He Knows Too Much: When one of the hostage takers starts to list a series of names, he gets shot by a sniper. Touma lampshades how suspicious that is.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Index decides the best place to hide herself is in Academy City - where there are plenty of people with unnatural abilities.
  • Hostage Situation: The Seventh Mist bombings, with Uiharu playing the negotiator.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Index. Free to jump off buildings in this case.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Kanzaki, who can use her sword to block bullets.
  • In Harm's Way: It's suggested Index might be enjoying jumping off high places. Later on, Index is teleported into a safe place to escape Kanzaki...and promptly sneaks out to see if she can help stop Kiyama.
  • Innocently Insensitive: At the end of Chapter 18 Saten is fully brought down to normal, to the point where she isn't even an esper anymore. Since she can just go through the Kihara process again, Mikoto encourages Saten to work hard to increase her powers. Saten nearly snaps and tells Mikoto she was working hard for six years already, and the only thing that gave her results kills people.
  • In-Series Nickname: At least one character calls Touma "Nullifier".
  • It Can Think: At the end of Chapter 17 the IPD entity actually starts talking. Unfortunately Index is already casting her spell...
  • It's Personal: After Saten ends up in a coma for treatment from Level Plus, Uiharu takes it personally and has to be talked down by both Kuroko and Konori.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: See He Knows Too Much above.
  • Lame Rhyme Dodge: When Index let's slip to Touma that esper powers and magic are different, she tries to cover it up by claiming she said matchsticks and esper powers instead.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Mikoto does this fairly frequently to try to make herself sound more refined.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In her narration, Index claims most of her outfits consisted of the same white dress.
  • Loophole Abuse: The geis that seals Index's magical knowledge unlocks whenever it senses that she's in danger as a self-defense measure. What it doesn't sense is whether Index deliberately placed herself in danger specifically to unlock the seal.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Touma's narration can sometimes dip into this. Apparently, his ability extends to precisely 6.39 millimeters above the skin of his right hand and forearm.
  • MacGyvering: To protect herself from searching spells, Index jury-rigs a portable church with a crucifix, a broken music box, a can of grape juice, a water bottle, a serving tray from McDonald's, and a piece of a Big Mac's bun. And in the fourth chapter it gets broken when Touma's arm breaks the backpack Index was carrying it in.
  • Magical Database: Index's mind is almost literally a magical database; she searches for spells by making a mental database query that resembles SQL. This ability is dispelled by Touma's arm but as Index has Eidetic Memory this isn't really a problem.
  • Mana: Index actually explains that it used to be called "life force", "vital energy" or "qi", and that the word "mana" is currently in vogue among magicians because of all the fictional works that use it.
  • Merchandise-Driven: In-universe, there are trading cards for many of the Level 4 and Level 5 espers. This is news to Mikoto, who wasn't aware she signed away the rights to use her likeness. When she finds out, she makes a mental note to ask her mother if she knows a good lawyer, and then wonders if there will be made-in-China knockoffs next.
  • Mind Rape: It's minor, but the IPD entity screms in people's heads.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Inversion, the monster considers itself someone's child.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 8. So Saten and her friends are all thrilled with their new powers. Well here come Kuroko and Uiharu, and Uiharu is crying...
  • Motive Decay: Kiyama originally planned to expose Kiraha and the corruption of Academy City to the world, but now all she wants to do is kill him to avenge the kids. Justified by the fact that Level Plus induced mental degeneration has caused her to forget what the plan was, and she most likely lacks the higher mental capacities necessary to carry it out anyway.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Index is utterly amazed when she gets taken to a mall. Touma then worries that Index is going to start trying to buy everything she sees, but his fear turns out to be completely misplaced.
  • Mundane Utility: It's implied Uiharu uses her power to keep her giant computer rig cool.
  • Mysterious Watcher: In the Epilogue, Othinus.
  • Not a Date: It eventually hits Touma that taking Index to a mall to make up for breaking her backpack and then treating her to lunch afterward might have other people drawing the obvious conclusion. And then Mikoto catches sight of them... Any shenanigans are preemptively cut off by explosions.
  • Not Quite Dead: In the Epilogue, it's hinted - and confirmed here by Word of God - that the IPD entity somehow became the "daughter" that visits Kiyama.
  • Orwellian Retcon: The author made a minor change to the end of chapter 6. The distorted voice coming out of the speaker was originally described as "A tired-sounding woman's voice".
  • Out-of-Character Moment: The normally cheerful and nice Uiharu suddenly turns cold on Mikoto and orders her to leave after the latter becomes Innocently Insensitive to Saten when she tries to cheer her up by telling her to work hard to gain espers powers even though Saten has been trying for years.
  • Pensieve Flashback: Chapter 14. Mikoto sees Kiyama's memories and makes parenthetical observations.
  • Place of Protection: Being on holy ground generally protects against magic. Index MacGyvers a portable church to protect herself from searching spells.
  • Police are Useless: Not so much useless as outmatched. Kanzaki took down an entire police station and six Anti-Skills.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In Chapter 5, Uiharu obliquely warns Saten not to use Level Plus. Uiharu was under a gag order, which is why she couldn't be more explicit, but even then if she had phrased her warning in a better way it might have saved Saten and her friends a lot of trouble.
  • Post Modern Magick:
    • Index uses an Invisibility spell developed by the OSS, which has the incantation "Let Liberty be my cloak in the night."
    • She later explains to Touma that electric and telephone cables are used in magical rituals because of their modern day use in transferring energy and information.
  • Power Limiter: Index's geas only allows her to use magic when she's in danger. It's sensitive enough to activate just by Accelerator looking at her. Touma inadvertently breaks it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In chapter twelve, Konori reveals that Judgement is mostly a glorified neighborhood watch with esper abilities and that Kouroko and Uiharu are actually the exception in that they take it as seriously as they do.
    • In chapter thirteen, Komoe wisely takes Index and Touma to the police due to the fact she can't protect them, unlike in canon.
  • Recoil Boost: A pyrokinetic hopped up on Level Plus uses her fire to jump to the roof a building.
  • Refusal of the Call: An odd variation. Mikoto likes having superpowers, and she doesn't mind helping if she comes across someone in trouble. But she's not going to do something like join Judgement or go out of her way looking for trouble, because she thinks that's a slippery slope to becoming a costumed Super Hero. (She wants to be a particle physicist instead.) Though the call is becoming harder to resist as she gets drawn more and more into the Level Plus situation while trying to help out her friends.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Harumi Kiyama. She's not trying to save her students - they're all dead. Instead, she's going to try and make Gensei Kihara pay, and she wants to make sure everyone remembers her students' names. It's implied the IPD entity was literally born from this desire, making it a physical manifestation of this trope.
  • Science Destroys Magic: Touma asks if this happened when Index starts telling him about magic. She explicitly denies this and says that magic really should be considered a science itself
  • Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Invoked by Harumi Kiyama, in order to get the attention of her class.
  • Shock and Awe: In a change from canon, Saten gains this ability when she takes Level Plus.
  • Shout-Out:
    "And Akemi, what did you do there?" I ask. "Did you teleport or something?" I frown. "Wait, don't tell me you time-st—"
  • Simultaneous Arcs: In Memoriam roughly adapts Index's Index arc and Railgun's Level Upper arc. And simultaneous means Index is present at the Seventh Mist bombings.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Mikoto wonders about this when she sees just what Judgement can spy on. Uiharu makes a shocked Suspiciously Specific Denial...and then tells Mikoto her pajamas are adorable.
  • The Stations of the Canon: While the first chapter hews closely to canon, in later chapters it quickly becomes clear that the trains are coming in from different stations and have new paths that intersect with each other. By the end, the plot hasn't exactly gone off the rails, but it's been so remodeled that it feels very different.
  • Stealth Pun: Chapter 9
    I have been led to believe that it is something of a Mecca for fans and writers of a certain genre of romantic media. The vast number of lilies visible in every direction does nothing to disabuse me of this notion.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Index's solution to being dragged back to the Pax. Because of her vow, she has to remain in Academy City to get justice for the children Kiyama wanted vengeance for. If they try to force her back, Index dies. Now, Touma could remove it via touch, but she refuses since she does agree that justice must be done.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Index's attempts to hide the fact that she mentioned magic in front of Touma. Touma sees right through it...but he decides not to call Index out on it, thinking that she's probably both paranoid and delusional.
  • Take That!: In the fourth chapter, Touma is reading a book that he thinks is boring. He gets the impression that the book read better in its original language and that its translators got lazy. The author has confirmed this refers to a Fan Translation of the A Certain Magical Index light novels.
  • Tempting Fate: Touma, at the end of the first chapter.
  • Tracking Device: How Stephen and Kanzaki tracked Index down in chapter 13, rather than using any spell that she could hide from.
  • Unreliable Expositor: In chapter 9 Stephen Magnus tells Index that he secretly tried to help her escape and that Kanzaki put a completion geas on him. He goes on to say that he's willing to let the completion geis kill him if it means letting Index go free. Index accepts his words at face value, but Touma quickly sees that it's just an act to make Index go with Stephen willingly. In chapter 13 Stephen admits that while he was trying to get Index to go with him, what he said still was true.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Touma makes a plan in Chapter 16. We don't see what it is until he puts into practice two chapters later. The plan was simply that his anti-magic would let him fight off Kanzaki. It works.
  • Villain Has a Point: Between Kanzaki and Touma in Chapter 18. Touma asks Kanzaki if she really thinks Index will tell the secrets of magic to the first person she meets. Kanzaki says she already told Touma. Touma concedes the point.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Index produces little mana naturally, but she almost literally knows every spell in the book.
  • Wham Episode: The Epilogue. Accelerator turns out to have been one of Kiyama's students, Othinus was watching the whole thing, and it's implied that the fic's version of the AIM Burst somehow survived and became the fic's version of Kazakiri Hyouka.
  • Wham Line:
    • "With Friends Like These":
    I get up to try and get a closer look, or maybe just say hi. That's right about when the first bomb goes off.
    • "The Other Side"
    That's the last time we laugh for a long while...
    • "Gimme Shelter"
    It isn't the ex-girlfriend, is it?
    • "Breakdown"
    "It's not Kanzaki," Tessou says. "Kiyama god damn Harumi is here."
    Within six weeks, one student remained alive, though in critical condition and with major brain damage.
    The rest were dead.
    • "Labrys, part III"
    "Please...Why are you hurting me?..."
    "...I just wanted to help Mama..."
    • Two from "Epilogue: Watchers on the Wind"
      • The first occurs when Kiyama gets a guest.
      "Hi,'s me"
      • And shortly after:
      "...never had...a daughter...but if I had...would have named her..."
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Chapter 14.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Touma actually thinks Index's name is fake at first. When he finds out what it means, his response is basically this.
  • Worf Had the Flu: During his fight with Kanzaki, Touma notes that she's tired - presumably from fighting a powerful esper employed by Anti-Skill. On the other hand, Touma points out that he's tired too, and also injured on top of it.
  • The World Is Not Ready: Pax Christiana feels this way about magic. More precisely, they feel the world will never be ready because magic is a dangerous force that nearly anyone can learn - and many magicians throughout history have used magic to cause death and destruction.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The IPD entity is difficult to see; Mikoto narrates that her eyes can't really focus on it, leaving onlyimpressions rather than details.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: In Chapter 18, Kanzaki tells Touma she won't stop looking for Index unless Touma kills her...but also says that since he hasn't killed her already, she doubts he has the nerve to do so. She's right

    Tropes specific to A Thousand Shattered Mirrors 
  • Action Prologue: The Prologue opens with an experiment in progress between hunter and hunted. The catch? Accelerator is the prey and the Sister Clone is the hunter.
  • Bad Dreams: Mikoto suffers from these two weeks after the incident with the AIM Burst. It's implied to be the Sisters memories.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: How the experiment appears from Accelerator's perspective. He's constantly being hunted down by a Hunter that continues to come back and learns each and every time she's killed, with nothing but cold eyes that are meant to kill.
    But nonetheless, the prey flees. For the prey has looked into the eyes of the hunter, and seen nothing—no hate, no fury, no malice—nothing but the cold, unflinching desire to hunt, to kill. The prey saw this, and on that day the prey knew fear.
  • Perspective Flip: The act of one of the experiments has been flipped from the Sisters' perspective to Accelerator's.
  • Tired of Running: The reason Accelerator forces the confrontation at the end of the Action Prologue.
    The prey turns a corner and stops, out of breath, out of energy, out of time. Better to make a stand here, while it still has strength left to defend itself. It steels itself, knowing it cannot afford to show mercy now, that the briefest instant of weakness could be fatal.


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