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The eponymous heroines and the heroes of To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. These are the characters whose personal conflicts and choices drive the story. Chances are you'll find at least one of them you can identify with, and they each seem tailored to appeal to a certain portion of the fanbase.

The Eponymous Heroines

Tropes shared between the two.

Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Dedicatus545 -- The Lamb is Devoted to Protecting the Wisdom of the Strongest

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 Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi (Japanese) and Monica Rial (English)

The eponymous character of Toaru Majutsu no Index. Also known by her nickname of "Index", she is the main female character of the series and considered the main heroine of the Magic side. She’s a member of Necessarius and holds within her the 103,000 grimoires. Index was specifically chosen as the vessel for the 103,000 grimoires as she both has the ability to perfectly remember things and is unaffected by the books' madness-inducing effects since she possesses no mana to power the grimoires. She’s also known for her temper and un-Nun like activities, such as being a Freeloader Glutton. Much of her background is currently unknown, due to the periodic memory lost inflicted upon her.

 Touma: So... the English way of wearing a robe is such that the below (body) is not covered by any other clothes besides the robe itself. I didn't know that!"

 1. Her tendency to bite Touma whenever he somehow pisses her off.
2. Her large appetite, much to the chagrin of those who pay for her food, like Accelerator.
3. Her tendency of being hit by Touma whenever she’s changing clothes or taking a bath. Even Index herself lampshades this after being hit once again by Touma during the Daihaseisai:

Index: Touma?! How many times has it been?!
Touma: Wahhh! I’m really sorry! Please don't bite me again!

Mikoto Misaka

The Railgun

The Ace of Tokiwadai

The Electric Princess

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  "Do you know what a railgun is?"

 Voiced by: Rina Sato (Japanese) and Brittney Karbowski (English)

Mikoto Misaka, also known as Biri-Biri, is one of the main heroines and the protagonist of her own spin-off series, A Certain Scientific Railgun. Her power is Electromaster, and with it she is the third most powerful Level 5, the highest rank attainable for an Esper. Has a love/hate relationship with Touma.

  • A-Cup Angst: It does not help that some of Academy City's younger girls are more endowed than she is. And it's hinted that her Hot Mom (who's really well endowed herself, also to Mikoto's chagrin) wants to rectify this fast (through food). Considering she's no more than fourteen you have to wonder why she's so bothered about it. This is again Played for Laughs during her first meeting with Misaka Worst.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Zig-zagged for she doesn't like it when Kuroko gets too clingy.
    • But she does obviously care for her.
  • Action Girl: She has slightly violent tendencies, and is ranked third among the Level 5 Espers.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Subverted. Try as she might, Mikoto just cannot get a hit in.
  • Ax Crazy: In Episode 4 of Railgun, fighting Touma.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Touma.
    • Recently, she's also become Touma's only friend who knows about his amnesia. More to the point, she's the only other person, besides his doctor, that he's confided to about it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: To Lessar, twice, in the second Railgun SS.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Though not her sisters per-say, she really loves her clones as if they were and would go to hell and back to protect them.
  • Blood Knight: Though more from her inability to forgive slights than any actual bloodlust: she will forgive you after shes pounded the snerd out of you.
  • Blush Sticker: At times especially as a child [1].
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall

 If she let him get away, things would get very bad.

To put it in concrete terms, it was possible that she would end up with no scenes for three whole volumes.

Wait! Wait just a second!! This is my scene! If you’re going to do this, do it later!! Dammit, the guy-to-girl ratio here is completely out of balance. And is that group of huge breasts specifically targeted at me!? A-at this rate, I’ll be lost in the background…!! Did they create a forest to hide a leaf!?

  • Breakout Character: Got her own spin-off series for a reason.
  • Break the Cutie: During the Sisters Arc.
  • Code Name / Badass Nickname: The Railgun, The Ace of Tokiwadai, The Electric Princess, The Electromaster. Take your pick.
  • Character Development: Her primary flaw in the early series is pride; as one of the most powerful espers in the city, it's hard for her to even consider that there might be things she can't do and needs help with. As the series progresses, she evolves into a character more capable of accepting support from others and trusting people (especially Touma) to be able to solve problems on their own.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite Kuroko constantly warning her that since she is a civilian, she should leave the heroics to Judgment or Anti-Skill, she just can't help jumping in and helping. Ironically, Mikoto can't understand why Touma does the same thing.
  • Cloning Blues: The Sisters.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts like this, especially in the Railgun series. Less so in the main series, since she hangs out a lot more with Touma who brings out her Tsundere side.
  • Cry Cute: When she cradles a hideously injured Touma in her lap. After all, she was the one who injured him.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Frogs. More specifically, she has a serious weakness in the form of the frog mascot "Gekota", so much so that she sees a real-life version of it in “Heaven Canceller”, of all people.
  • Determinator: Good God, this girl just DOESN'T. GIVE. UP.
  • Electric Torture: How she usually rewards Kuroko's attempts to have sex with her, and is always Played for Laughs.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Yup.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Touma used to call her "Biri-Biri", a name she doesn't like.
  • Erotic Dream: Has one of Touma in the beginning of Season II Episode 17. Sadly we don't get to see it, just her writhing and moaning in her bed while sleep-talking about what she will do to him.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Much to her chagrin.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: All her attempts to stop the Level 6 Shift Project are squashed by the Academy City's administration before Touma lends a hand.
  • Fan Nickname: "Terrorist Biri Biri" because of the Railgun manga.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Kuroko finds out, much to her delight, that Mikoto's underpants share the same "thumbs-up bunny" that the T-shirt she was given as a present has... unfortunately she then just had to skip and sing "Matches! Matches! It matches with Onee-sama's!", which equates to repeatedly jumping up and down on Mikoto's biggest Berserk Button...
  • Hair Flip: On occasions
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Is rather quick to anger over the smallest of slights, and has a vengeful streak three-miles-wide towards those who personally wrong her (namely Touma earlier in the franchise, chronologically); that said, she WILL forgive (and even befriend) you after she has exacted vengeance by pounding you into the ground.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted, as her quick rise from level 1 to level five is often held up as an example of how anyone can succeed with hard work, However, with the revelation that scientists in the Sisters experiment obtained her DNA map when she was much lower level, and the much later revelation of the existence of the parameter list, this becomes a Double Subversion since these mean that Mikoto had actually been pegged for greatness very early on in her development and was helped along the way much more than the average student.
  • The Hero: Shares this trope with Touma in her own series.
    • Though he still upstages her whenever he appears in Railgun.
  • Heroic BSOD: After seeing one of her sisters die and being unable to do anything to stop it.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: A plot point during the Shopping Mall Demonstration SS. Using a method of spreading rumors of a possible nuclear attack by her, every rioter in the area targeted her with rifles, axes, and every other weapon they could. This also counts as Mugging the Monster because if she wasn't The Fettered, she could have simply killed them all and been done with it.
  • Hey, You: She has yet to call Touma by his name. Save the PSP game intro and a small part in Volume 22 where she calls out to him.
  • Honor Before Reason: She really has trouble asking for help, at least at first (see Character Development above).
  • Hot-Blooded: More so than the comparatively laid-back Touma.
  • High-Pressure Emotion
  • Humble Heroine: When Saten was going to meet her, she was expecting another arrogant jerk who flaunted her power and looked down on others. Needless to say, she was pleasantly surprised to discover that Mikoto is nothing of the sort.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She makes fun of Touma for losing a 2000 yen bill to that evil vending machine, but in her first year she lost a 10000yen bill to it, which is why she feels so justified in kicking and shocking it.
    • While hypocritical, she was actually justified in making fun of Touma in this case. 2000 yen notes are quite rare (even rarer than $2 bills in the United States) and just having one is a conversation piece. Touma having managed to get one only to have nothing else in his wallet on a scorching day when he needed a drink was bad luck already. Losing such a rare bill and not even getting his drink (or change) is phenomenally bad luck. This is why Mikoto remarks that she can understand why the vending machine wanted to eat his bill and Touma doesn't argue that the bill Mikoto lost had a higher face value.
    • She gets mad at Touma for always calling her Biribiri instead of her name, but she never uses his name either. He's always 'you' or 'that guy' or 'idiot'.
  • I Am Not His Girlfriend: She gets put into this situation by Index, and in front of Touma and their parents too (cue massive blushing).
    • Then it gets hilariously played with along with drops of Les Yay when Kuroko arrives to meet the Misakas, acting her usual perverted self towards Misuzu (who thinks it's towards Mikoto), with the latter lampshading the Les Yay part.

 Misuzu: Mikoto, I didn't know you swung that way.

Mikoto: NO I DON'T!

  • Last-Name Basis: Virtually everyone refers her as Misaka. This is inverted in the fandom, where (due to the vast number of characters who can be called "Misaka") she's almost exclusively referred to as Mikoto.
  • Megaton Punch: The most common method to stop a clingy Kuroko.
  • Me's a Crowd: There are at least three different kinds of clones of her running around. The Imouto series counted 20,000 at the beginning.
  • Modesty Shorts: Trope Picture. Much to Kuroko Shirai's dismay.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: She's call the Railgun and is a Level 5. What did you expect?
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Well, Mikoto is a girl, but the chaser is female. In any case, Kuroko's clingy, perverted and creepy behavior clearly gets on Mikoto's nerves while she's friendly and generous to everyone else not named Touma. And unlike Touma, poor Kuroko isn't getting the tsundere treatment but rather the Vitriolic Best Buds treatment.
  • Not So Different: Mikoto is actually a lot more like Touma than she realises; both have Chronic Hero Syndrome, both have trouble asking others for help and both are willing to beat the crap out of someone one minute and defend them the next.
  • Oblivious to Love/What Is This Thing You Call Love?: She's actually oblivious to her own love. It takes her until Volume 16 to realize that she likes Touma.
  • The Ojou: Everybody in Tokiwadai treats her as one. While she has the wealth and the status, she prefers to act like a tomboy with childish habits and is annoyed that everyone expects her to be a proper lady.
  • Onee-Sama: To Kuroko and a legion of admirers.
  • Only Sane Woman: Is considered the only sane Level 5. However, this may be because some of her less savory hobbies are intentionally kept quiet, specifically in order to promote her image as the unofficial face of Academy City.
  • Out of Focus: In the Index series, where despite often being billed as a main character, she hasn't been very plot relevant since the Sisters Arc.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Touma's blue.
  • Self Made Girl: Mikoto climbed all the way from Level 1 to level 5 through hard work, but...
    • Subverted when it was revealed that the researchers of Academy City already knows what level every esper would grow to be...
  • Shock and Awe: The nature of her abilities. She's called "Railgun" for a reason.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal: Delivered to Therestina via railgun.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Before she starts to like him (probably) she always chases Touma around whenever she sees him because she wants to fight him. Or rather, she wants to be beat him since he always nulls her power and then apparently leaves. The one time he looks like he might fight back, she cowers away from his raised fist and he just gives up. Pissed at being looked down as a level five who has never had to really try to beat anyone in a fight, she starts chasing him around even more than usual.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her mother, to the point that Kuroko was attracted to her.
  • The Rival: Supposedly has a rivalry with "The Queen of Tokiwadai", the other Level 5 of Tokiwadai. In a subversion, neither of them are interested of being either rivals or friends with each other. The real rivalry is between their followers and their fanbases. Which makes this an in-universe example of Fandom Rivalry.
    • The girl she really sees as a rival is Index, because she's often with Touma.
  • Shorttank: And one who is quite embarrassed to show any sort of girlish behavior at that.
  • Skirt Over Slacks: Much to Kuroko's ire.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Although at that point the crush part was debatable, Mikoto did follow Touma quite excessively (including once chasing him around for a whole night).
  • Tender Tears
  • Teen Genius
  • The Worf Effect: Versus Touma.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Kuroko's Girly Girl. Kuroko even lampshades this, claiming that a lot of Mikoto's hobbies are beneath her.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She wears shorts under her skirt, and when allowed seems to prefer to do away with the skirt altogether. She's a bit violent and seems to enjoy a friendly fight. She's also a complete sucker for cute childish gekko items, and she likes large stuffed animals.
  • Tritagonist: To Touma's protagonist and Index's deuteragonist.
  • Tsundere: Again with Touma.
  • Unknown Rival: For Touma. Since his memories were destroyed he doesn't remember beating her the first time.
  • Unstoppable Rage: While destroying the facilities involved in the Level 6 Shift Project (especially in the case of one she attacked after she found out Tree Diagram had been shot down, ruining her plan of hacking it to save her sisters).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kuroko, unfortunately for her,
  • Weirdness Censor: With magic. She's met several magicians and seen magic preformed on a few occasions, but every time she either attributes it to Esper powers or some other scientific explanation. This is justified due to the city where she lives being full of supernatural powers and no one ever trying to explain it to her properly. The one time someone did, they gave up before they even got to the point because Misaka asked a question while still trying to frame it from a scientific point of view.
    • May also cross with Genre Blindness considering she is a prominent character in a show centered around the conflict between Science and Magic.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Kuroko has yet to figure out why Mikoto loves Touma; she thinks he's just a dumb brute and is completely unaware that he saves the world a lot and saved Mikoto and her Sisters.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of her methods to stop with a clingy Kuroko.
  • You Are Not Alone: When she properly reunites with Touma in New Testament Volume 2, she says this to him. Word of God states that she's now "entering the fight" meaning she's going to involve herself with Touma's next adventure with the magic side.

The Three "Heroes"

Touma Kamijou

One Who Purifies God and Exorcises the Devil

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  "I don't need a reason to save someone."

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

Touma Kamijou is the primary protagonist of Toaru Majutsu no Index and a recurring character in the To Aru Kagaku no Railgun side stories.

He is a Level 0 Academy City high school student in his first year and possesses the mysterious Imagine Breaker, which cancels any magical, Esper-related, or divine power his right hand comes into contact with, but also brings him incredibly bad luck. Possessing a strong sense of justice, he helps anyone who is in need and will not hesitate to challenge anyone who is several times more powerful than himself. This willingness to help those in need has resulted in him receiving the affection of many females.

  • A God Am I: 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 you consider the "Invisible Thing" inside of him.
  • Above Good and Evil: According to Aiwass, Touma is this, someone who doesn't care about labels such as good and evil, but just doing what he considers to be the right thing to do. That would explain at least, why in one minute he can beat the crap out of someone, and in the next, risk his life to protect the same person. Heck, Touma even says something to that effect, when he gets out his funk, after Fiamma said that he isn't such a good person, because he lied to Index about his memory loss.
  • Accidental Pervert: Constantly. During his stay in Italy, he walked in on Orsola in the shower, before Index opens the door of the adjacent one where she's in, giving Touma a second eyeful.. In general, he constantly ends up bumping into a girl and accidentally touching her breasts or some other awkward situation.
  • All-Loving Hero: When asked why he would risk his life to save a random person, he simply replies that he doesn't see why he needs a reason to help somebody.
  • Almost Kiss: Itsuwa almost kisses Touma when he is lying in his bed in Volume 16.
    • Touma and Fukiyose nearly have one in Episode 8 of season two.
  • Almighty Janitor: Justified in that he's not really powerless -- Imagine Breaker just can't be measured by Academy City's Power Levels.
  • Always Save the Girl: Touma is frequently more concerned with the individuals than the long term consequences.
  • Anime Hair: It's actually invoked! You find out that Touma once saw someone with hair like that in a magazine and started to treat it to look like that.
  • Anti-Magic / Power Nullifier: Imagine Breaker.
    • Achilles Heel: Imagine Breaker can only negate the power itself, not the after effects. For example: He can cancel out magical fire, but not the ash and smoke it creates. Then there's the fact that the effect only applies from his 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 later learns to use to his advantage in Volume 20 when fighting Accelerator again. He grabs one of Accelerator's wings and uses it to throw Accelerator off balance allowing him to get close.
    • Blessed with Suck: Touma's power also negates his luck, is probably the reason why he's attracting such deadly trouble in the first place, causes him to be classified Level 0 because his power can't be detected, and isn't of any use 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 the beginning of his life, with all its benefits and drawbacks.
    • Chick Magnet: Index and Komoe theorize that this is another side effect of his Imagine Breaker, both from a magical and scientific perspective.
    • Cursed with Awesome: His powers are actually of divine origin, but he doesn't know it yet. As of Volume 2 of New Testament, he is aware of this and decides to learn more about it.
    • Healing Factor: Thinking back on it, its subtly implied throughout the novels. It was only made explicit when he regrew his right arm shortly after Fiamma chopped it off.
    • MacGuffin: Imagine Breaker becomes this for Fiamma, and we learn Aleister plans to use it for his plan, albeit in a far different way.
    • 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.
    • The Nudifier: WARNING: Don't touch Touma's right hand if you're wearing magical clothes.
    • Power Limiter: Imagine Breaker is sealing "the invisible thing" mentioned below.
    • Physical God: The "Invisible Thing", according to the power level chart, is the second most powerful being introduced in the story. And let us not start talking about his own power that sealed that Invisible Thing.
    • Sealed Inside a Person Shaped Can: The "Invisible Thing".
    • Spider Sense: He has always had this power (or at least has been slowly developing it) but its only recently been pointed out. He can sense changes in AIM Fields (Espers) and, although not outright stated, it is also been hinted he can do the same with Mana (Magicians). This allows him to react before the attack has even been properly launched.
    • Story-Breaker Power: The "Invisible Thing" that made someone as Fiamma of the Right think that everything he has isn't enough to defeat it. The Imagine Breaker is a borderline case as it can counter any power but in turn it can be countered if the opponent uses a gun or has superior physical abilities.
    • Superpower Lottery: First is Imagine Breaker, which makes most Esper powers and magics useless against him. Then he develops his Spider Sense, which means that he can see an attack coming and react accordingly, although he does it subconsciously. This combined with his Imagine Breaker means it's very hard to get under his guard and attack him fatally with any kind of supernatural attack. Finally, when his right arm is chopped off, he develops a power that makes everything Fiamma of the Right has pale in comparison.
  • Alternate Character Reading: His name, Kamijou Touma, is written as (上条 討魔). Kanzaki re-interprets this name in Volume 1 as (神浄 討魔), which is his epithet, "One who cleanses God and exorcises the devil". In the afterword to Volume 14, Kamachi gives an alternate reading to his last name: (神上), which means "The One Above God.", or La Persona Superiore a Dio. His first name can also be read as (透魔), meaning "Invisible Demon", which is also the name of the thing inside Touma's Imagine Breaker.
  • Awesomeness By Analysis: Mostly shown in Vol. 20 -- He was able to determine the location of an enemy camp by using a simple map he bought from a local Russian Store.
  • Badass: Very much so.
  • Barrier Warrior: Touma lives by the concept that "the best offense is an ass-kicking defense".
    • I believe it's an "anti-magic wrapped" fist to the face ..
  • 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 can't just blow him off the usual way.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With the tsunderes in his harem.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt innocent people, or he will beat you down. But if you do, make sure you do it somewhere he can't see it, because if he does he won't just knock you out, he will beat the everloving shit out of you. Just ask the terrorist who tried to strangle Index.
  • Beware the Honest Ones
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Big Damn Heroes: Is quite fond of these, usually coming out of nowhere. Examples include:
    • In the Sisters arc he interrupts Accelerator, who's Curb Kicking Misaka Imouto.
    • In Volume 7 he goes to fight against 250 battle nuns all by himself, all to protect this woman he met 6 hours ago.
    • In Episode 7 of the second season Touma, with the help of Misaka, charges up a very loose series of platforms in order to catch a falling-to-her-death Kuroko and then, as a follow up, punches a 4,500 kg 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.
  • Bishie Sparkle: In Misaka vision.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Actually have elements of both, but it depends on who you compare him to (he's the blue to Misaka's red, and red to Accelerator's blue).
  • Book Dumb: Averted. He's actually quite smart academically, and is at least decent in a number of subjects. The problem is that he's incapable of grasping the subjects in the Power Curriculum Program due to his inability to use any apparent powers.
    • It's a bit more complicated than that. Though he can calculate the flight path of a supersonic jet and his practical knowledge of physics and geography are very good, he only seems to be able to call upon such knowledge during critical situations. In other words, he just hates studying. Also, he seems to be genuinely bad at a number of subjects, mainly anything to do with language.
  • Butt Monkey: For Touma, every day is a bad day.
  • Catch Phrase: "Such misfortune." (Fukou Da.) To a lesser extent, Touma is also fond of telling people that he's going to "break that illusion".
    • Inverted in Episode 23, where he says "Let me show you now that in this world you reside in there's still hope! And I'll show you that your illusion won't break down because of small things like this!" to reassure Hyouka who isn't human.
  • Chaste Hero
  • Characterization Marches On: As the series progresses, the fact that Touma lost his memories becomes less and less significant and is barely ever brought up after the Angel Fall arc. Given that the readers are introduced to Touma only shortly before his memory loss occurs, it's understandable that his characterization wouldn't change all that much as we never really got to know the "old" Touma. The fact that his memories are gone is barely remembered until he faces Terra of the Left and only really becomes important again when Fiamma of the Right uses the revelation to make Index go berserk.
  • Character-Magnetic Team: With Index.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a normal human except for his Imagine Breaker, but he can take far more punishment than the average guy. He has also demonstrated some impressive feats of strength, including blocking a massive concrete golem's punch with one hand and not budging an inch, and later punching another concrete golem hard enough to shatter it.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: And HOW!
    • Taken to a certain extreme in New Testament vol.4. Basically, one of the characters (a Kihara, at that) seems to truly believe that Kamijou Touma can and will save anyone he sets his eyes on. On the other hand, he also believed that those who couldn't meet up with him would definitely die, at least in the particular catastrophe that was occurring in that volume. He wasn't too far off from the truth; at the end of the volume, just when all hope seems lost, it's Kamijou Touma's unexpected presence that manages to prevent further tragedies from occurring. Ironically, he was also too late; even though he managed to save many innocents, he was too late to save Kihara Kagun himself.
      • One of the main villains of the volume and he himself believe that if he got there sooner, Kagun would have lived.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Being kind and good-looking helps. His father is one as well except for the clueless part.
  • Code Name: On the Magic side, he's known as "Imagine Breaker".
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not above splashing boiling coffee to a terrorist's face to blind him.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Wanna know why so many women fall for him? Index theorizes that his Imagine Breaker even cancels out the Red String of Fate, effectively making almost every woman fall for him instead of just a few that he's "fated to connect with."
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus
  • 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 Dating Sim.
  • David Versus Goliath: All of his fights, but especially the ones against Accelerator and Fiamma of the Right.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He's made an art of it.
  • 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.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose In Life: Touma saw his right hand as a useless bother, and couldn't find a reason for it. Then he meets Index, and realizes that his useless right hand is the only thing that can save her, and with a glorious rant as narration does so, only to lose all his memory and that person effectively dies. In his place is the Touma afterwards, who is always helping people and values his right hand as a tool that can save lives. Effectively the Kamijou Touma who always wanted to help people dies as he finally succeeds and the Touma that follows saves people as a matter of course with no idea he is doing something his past self always wanted.
  • Determinator: Besides the trillion times he gets back up, battered and bloody (like a zombie), by pure force of will, he channeled a power even stronger than the invisible demon to eat it up (like a huge mouth), because he wanted to finish off Fiamma himself.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He literally punched out: Innocentius (a 3000 degree fire demon), Accelerator, Ellis (a massive concrete golem), Fiamma of the Right, and Archangel Gabriel.
  • The Dreaded: Although most of the science side have no clue who he is, most of the magic side is utterly terrified of him (or to be more precise, Imagine Breaker). It gets to the point that GREMLIN is perfectly willing to destroy the world, if it means they will be absolutely sure they'll be killing him.
    • In New Testament Volume 4, there's Kihara Byouri, an absolute sociopath who went up against GREMLIN with a cheerful (if not disturbing) smile on her face. The one time she ever shows fear in that entire volume was when Kamijou Touma's name was brought up. The narrative itself seems to imply that Kamijou Touma is the worst possible opponent for a Kihara to face. For comparison, the other more noteworthy Kihara of the series, Kihara Amata, showed absolutely no fear whatsoever when facing Accelerator, the most powerful Esper in Academy City.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The anime and novels both have this, beginning with Touma being chased by a group of thugs after stepping in to help a girl, which shows both of his most important traits; his abysmal luck and his impulsive inclination to help others, with him even lampshading the former.
  • Evil Laugh: He invokes this during his battle against Aureolus, with a Slasher Smile for additional bonus points.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: To the Magic side.
  • Fan Nickname: TouMAN.
  • Fastball Special: Performs a variation of one where Acqua launches Touma using Ascalon straight at Carissa to destroy Curtana Original. It earns extra points due to Touma and Aqcua doing it wordlessly in true Bash Brothers fashion, and to the ridiculous bullet-like speed Touma is sent flying.
  • Fetish: For Cool Big Sis type girls.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Fighter.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Since his power is to nullify others' powers, he has to get down-and-dirty to deal damage.
  • 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.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His general fighting style.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Despite all his incredible heroic deeds, most of Academy City is completely oblivious to his existence. Not that he's interested in becoming famous.
  • Harem Hero: A definite Type 2B.
  • The Hero: While Index is the title character, the story is ultimately Touma's.
  • Heroic Resolve: After getting beaten by Accelerator he stands up after Mikoto shows up. Asswhupping ensues.
  • Honor Before Reason: To the severe detriment of his own health.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so.
  • Identity Amnesia: After the first book. Surprisingly, he never gets his memories back.
  • Implacable Man: Get 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 his memory loss, he doesn't even know why.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Kamiyan" by Tsuchimikado and Aogami Pierce.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: A roaring giant dragon head grows out of the stump of Touma's arm in his battle against Izzard, after he'd managed to cut off Touma's Imagine Breaker.
    • And then something similar happens again in his battle against Fiamma of the Right.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Actually inverted. Esper powers are essentially low grade reality warping powers. Part of the training involved in increasing the level of an Esper's power is by teaching and strengthening their personal reality and making the triggers for them to unleash it easier. Therefore, his ability is to assert reality.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Switches between ore and watakushi.
  • Killed Off for Real: In a sense. Touma's memories are completely gone, period, essentially meaning the person he was before is dead.
  • Made of Iron: Say, how the hell does he have enough stamina for all of these:
    • Survived his encounter against Kanzaki and managed to throw a punch in her face before he got his ass handed over to him;
    • Challenged Accelerator of all people and won, despite being mortally electrocuted by Mikoto shortly beforehand;
    • Chased Oriana Thomson all over Academy City by running, then fought and defeated her;
    • Defeated several Skill-Outs and Shiage Hamazura in combat shortly after getting shot in the side;
    • Got beaten within an inch of his life by Acqua of the Back but survives. Then he goes to the Amakusa's rescue and managed to buy them some time for their "Saint Destroyer" spell even when he still hasn't recovered from his injuries from his encounter with Acqua;
    • Defeated Accelerator for the second time after he "awakened" and went berserk!
    • Heck, it's pretty much implied that the reason he's developed the ability to sense AIM fields and intercept incoming attacks is that he's simply gotten the shit kicked out of him by supernatural powers so many times that he's developed an affinity for sensing them.
  • Mage Killer
  • Magnetic Hero
  • Many Women Seeks His Kind Heart
  • Manly Tears
  • Martial Pacifist: He always tries to talk things out with his opponents before resorting to kicking their ass.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: He always says "I don't need a reason to save people", but always ends up badly injured.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname (Kamijou) is translated as "The One Above God". In Italian, it is "La Persona Superiore a Dio" which arguably makes it even more awesome
    • His name can also be translated as "One That Cleanses God and Exorcises the Devil".
    • Apparently his given name can be roughly translated as "Invisible Demon". It's dangerously close to being a Name To Run Away From Really Fast. His surname doesn't help any.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Index in the beginning of the series, and again in the ending of Volume 22.
  • Nice Guy: 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.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: No matter what he does or who he saves, the one who will inevitably pay the price for it is Kamijou Touma. 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.

 "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."

Hyouka 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, but the big difference is that the former wants to do it without sacrificing anyone but the later will kill anyone in his way.
  • Oblivious to Love: Touma, are you faking your obliviousness to how many girls worship the ground you walk on or are you really that big of a bloody tool?
    • In Volume 18 we get "Itsuwa’s face was all red and the others were physically holding her back from going with me. She must have really wanted to save Index. I guess the two of them must have become friends during all that Acqua of the Back stuff." when he's recalling meeting the Amasuka's on his way to help Index.
  • Ordinary High School Student: Averted, in that he knows he's not normal from the start.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: The end of Volume 22. It probably won't last.
    • It didn't. Touma is alive. At least as alive as any other ball-sacked protagonist.
  • The Paragon: If you get preached to or punched out by him, chances are high you'll become quite heroic somewhere down the road.
  • Power User Horror Show: When Touma fights, we see a Badass highschooler struggling to fight with opponents who are objectively much more powerful than him, and winning thanks to his tenacity, hard earned street fighting skills, and a Power Nullifier right arm. But that isn't what his opponents see. What they see, is something that can utterly nullify their powers, no matter how deadly they should normally be, and something that just won't go down no matter what they do, and it is terrifying. It's good to remember that the thing Accelerator fears the most is Touma.
  • Pre-Asskicking One Liner: Every time he utters his Catch Phrase or a variation of it: "I'll kill that illusion of yours!"
  • Properly Paranoid: Touma is extremely suspicious of a generous bounty of good luck, believing that in the end, he will only somehow get screwed over. When he won a trip to Italy, he went through every possible scenerio of what could go wrong on the trip, from a terrorist attack, all the way to landing in a Necessarius/Roman Catholic Church-controlled airport. Ironically, he actually wasn't too wrong about his guess.
  • The Protagonist
  • 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" from the Magic side and "The Boy Who Defeated Accelerator" from the Science side.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: With Accelerator as his more gifted rival on two different occasions. Also he interacted with Seiri Fukuyose in said series.
  • Running Gag: Whenever he gets injured he always ends up in the same hospital, in the same room, treated by the same doctor.
    • When he wasn't fantastically injured (for once), he still popped into the hospital to say "Hi" to everybody.

 Touma: Hey, frog-man! I didn't get injured this time!

Heaven Canceler: That's not something most people would be proud of...

    • If there is a girl in a closed room, and Touma does not open the door and walk in, is she still naked?
  • Shut Up, Hannibal: Does this all the time, whenever an enemy attempts to justify their crimes.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Never mind Imagine Breaker's theorized ability to attract women. Touma's a genuinely Nice Guy, and that turns women on (especially after he rescues them).
  • Skewed Priorities: His priorities can be pretty messed up at times.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: You wouldn't think he'd qualify for this, seeing as how he's the main character. However, in Railgun, where Misaka Mikoto is the protagonist, Touma essentially becomes this. This is particularly obvious in the latest arc, where Touma essentially takes on the Big Bad all on his own while Misaka can do little more than watch. Since the two stories happen in the same city and often overlap, this couldn't really have been avoided.
  • Spanner in the Works: While he's not as good at this as Shiage, he can derail villain's complex plans by simply showing up and kicking the crap out of anybody he sees threatening others.
  • Stone Wall: Touma is a fairly average street fighter, but his Imagine Breaker combined with Spider Sense makes him Nigh Invulnerable against superpowered foes.
  • Sympathy Sue: An in-universe example. Touma's constant, constant, constant stream of bad luck has earned the sympathy of just about every single female student in his class, and as a result nearly all of them have a crush on him. The boys, on the other hand...
  • Tender Tears: He's got a kind heart.
  • 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.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Gensou Koroshi (Illusion Killer/Imagine Breaker).Somebody is gonna get punched in the face. Also serves as a leitmotif along with Break Through which is basically the former in allegro.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: One of his defining traits. He absolutely refuses to kill or let others kill, always looking for an alternative and even sometimes defending the very people he had just punched in the face.

Touma: No killing. As far as I'm concerned there's always another solution besides death.

  • Turn the Other Cheek: Move over, Son Goku, we have a new contender.
  • Unlucky Everydude
  • Unskilled but Strong: Unlike most characters, Touma relies on the simple yet powerful effect of his right hand to combat complex spells and esper abilities. He's also a tough and experienced street fighter, though Kaori and Motoharu have beaten him.
    • Basically, his power means he's a holy terror to people who rely on supernatural abilities like magic or esper powers, but in terms of hand-to-hand combat, whenever Touma runs into someone who knows what they're doing (official assessments state that he's fairly competent as a street fighter but that's about it) he gets schooled. He also tends to get his ass whupped if the opponent just plain outclasses him in physical ability, meaning he has a hard time against Saints like Kaori and Aqua.
  • Unwanted Harem: You lucky bastard. Even lampshaded by Aisa.
    • The guys in his class hate him because all of their female classmates crush on him, and his whole class got pissed at him when a busty waitress showed him sympathy. That class is incredibly Genre Savvy to his charms.
    • It seems to be genetic. When his father first meets Mikoto's mother, she immediately starts getting close -- at which point Touma's mother says "Dear, you're doing it again."
    • He pretty much shatters whatever the previous record was when he beats Accelerator in Book 3, his heroic rescue prompting every single one of Misaka's Sisters to fall in love with him. That's right, as of book 3, Touma has a harem count that is literally Over Nine Thousand! And as a run of some nineteen books later will demonstrate, he's just getting warmed up.
    • Alcohol apparently dials Touma's harem making ability Up to Eleven. As in, when Touma walks home drunk one night, about a dozen girls come with him. One of whom he only met a few minutes ago.
  • 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.
  • Warrior Therapist: In some ways, it's his modus operandi. Notable victims include Misaka, Accelerator (twice:The first time began the conversion from Ax Crazy to Byronic Hero, the second seems to have finished the job), and Unabara.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist:
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Even though he's more than willing to hit a woman if she tries to cause the deaths of millions to further her own selfish agenda, he will hunt you down like a dog and kick you into the middle of next week if you harm helpless and nice girls.
  • Would Hit a Girl: While he's normally a gentleman, if you dare hurt innocent people Touma will smash your face in, male or female.
  • You Leave Her Alone! His challenge to stop Accelerator from murdering Misaka 10032, armed with nothing but bravery, kindness and a mean right jab.


The One Who Wields the Power of God

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  "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."

 Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese) and Austin Tindle (English)

See this scrawny albino kid? If you do, be afraid. Be very afraid. Accelerator is the most powerful Level 5 Esper in Academy City. His power is called Redirection, which is a type of telekinesis where the vector direction of anything, anything that acts upon his body can be controlled. His powers are also automatic, so anything that tries to hit him, regardless of whether he's aware of it or not, gets sent back where it came from--hard.

He was part of an experiment called the "Level 6 Shift", the goal of which was to make him the first Level 6 by killing 20,000 clones of Mikoto. The Level 6 Shift was actually meaningless and the true goal was to cover up the Sisters' purpose in Aleister's Artificial Heaven plan. It was meant to stop, but it hadn't been planned that it would occur at the hands of Touma. After the Experiment was cancelled, and some soul searching, he pulled a Heel Face Turn to make amends for his sins--starting by saving Last Order. Since then, he's become one of the main protagonists.

  • A God Am I: Accelerator's ambition, at least early on. He doesn't state it in so many words, but he does say that he wants to become so powerful that it "would be a sin" to fight him. The implication is crystal clear.
  • Accidental Pervert/Ignore the Fanservice: When he enters the bathroom to take a shower and finds Yoshikawa, Yomikawa, and Last Order naked inside, he just gets pissed that they didn't close the door.
  • The Ace: He is pretty much good at everything he does. He even displayed a perfect control at a sub-atomic level.
    • Broken Ace: But considering the childhood and the torture he's endured to attain his powers, he's this. At least until Volume 22, where he turns over a new leaf.
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV, until New Testament, where he's shifted to Type III.
  • Above Good and Evil:What he ultimately becomes due to Character Development.
  • Always Someone Better: Touma, Touma, fuckin' Touma. Accelerator sees him as his personal idol, and as time goes by, he adopts his philosophy.
  • Always Save the Girl: Well let's name a few. Last Order, Index, Misaka WORST, Fremea, Birdway(almost in NT volume 3), Yomikawa, Yoshikawa, etc. At this rate, he will end up with a 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: The name "Accelerator" is spelled in kanji as 一方通行 (one-way road).
  • Attack Reflector: His whole power.
  • The Atoner: To the boy's credit, he's 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.
  • Ax Crazy: Much throughout the first series of novels. But as demonstrated by the New Testament series, after ascending to the Age of Horus, he shows a composed and cool attitude towards his opponents and refrains from killing them. For example, Umidori.
  • Badass

 Accelerator: "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!"

Accelerator: "This is not a negotiation, a suggestion, a deal, an entreaty, an agreement, a compromise, or a capitulation. It’s my triumphant return, you fuckers."

    • Badass Pacifist: This is more or less confirmed to be the reason why he's so ruthless and blood-thirsty in battle (most of the time), and why he strives to be the strongest ever. By being the most powerful, he figures no one would dare raise a finger against him, hence he wouldn't have to be involved in any sort of fights or conflicts--something he dearly wants. From the way he behaves in New Testament, he has taken a level in Technical Pacifist and has dropped the psycho element. If nothing where to come his way and threaten the people he cares for, he'd be a complete pacifist.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Musujime Awaki (they even mockingly call one another husband and wife), and later on, Misaka Worst.
  • Berserk Button: Don't even think about harming Last Order, or the Sisters, or Yomikawa and Yoshikawa, or Misaka Worst, or any little girls--hell, ANYBODY who's innocent--because he will fuck you up!
  • Big Bad: Of the Sisters Arc.
  • Black and White Insanity: Suffers from this for quite a while, until Touma tells him it's a load of crap.
  • Blood Knight
  • Blue Oni: To Misaka Worst's and Touma's red.
  • Broken Bird: For a good part of the series; to the point of calling himself an evil bastard who can't reach the light anymore.
    • But since his rematch with Touma, he stopped caring about labels like good and evil as it only serves to drag him down and never helps him protect what he wants.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Played with. After Volume 5 he could only use his powers for 15 minutes at a time, but thanks to GROUP technicians that limit was increased to 30 minutes. Still, because the Sisters can't match him in processing power he’s weaker than before.
    • We learn his calculations become quite unstable if he's underground because the Sisters' signal gets distorted.
    • Also, GROUP's employer and the higher-ups put a kill switch in his choker--probably when they tweaked it so he got 30 minutes of esper mode--to disable it, and outright block the basic calculations needed so he can walk and speak. Accelerator recovers his choker's plans from Heaven Canceller to attempt to build a new one, only to see it is nearly impossible. He instead uses his custom built 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.
    • Brought Down to Badass: On two separate occasions (In the warehouse against the Hound Dogs 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 without the use of his powers, and only possessing a gun to fight with. He still manages to take down all his foes and accomplish his objectives.
  • Byronic Hero
    • Furthermore, he sometimes tries to invoke Even Evil Has Standards when he decides to do something heroic, with lines like "A high-class villain doesn't target honest civilians." And then there's the time when he decided to rescue Misuzu from assassination, but since he's a "villain," he decides to do so in the most traumatizing way possible in order to make up for it.
  • Character Development: He's introduced as an Ax Crazy (very close to being a Complete Monster) 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. Accelerator is one of few characters to cross the Moral Event Horizon by accepting the 'Level 6 Shift' that involves massacring the 20,000 Misaka clones, over half of which he personally killed and all of it For the Evulz and yet gained and earned (the The Atoner, Brought Down to Normal, and Irony tropes are his punishment) enough development to become one of the main characters.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Since he decided to change his life his responsibilities have increased a lot, and he barely manages to handle them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His powers came from the darkness but that doesn't mean he’s evil.
  • 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 the sins he's committed, so he tries to protect the remaining clones and the people he cares for even if that means throwing away his life.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone in Academy City fears The Accelerator, with the exception of the other two protagonists, his legal guardians, and some bullies who are Too Dumb to Live.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lampshaded and outright showed by Accelerator himself during his fight with Kakine Teitoku.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Doubles as The Red Baron. As not even Accelerator remembers his original name, and considers "Accelerator" his name, it could technically be a case of His Name Really Is "Barkeep".
  • Evil Albino --> Heroic Albino
  • Evil Counterpart: To Touma.
  • Evil Laugh
  • For the Evulz: He loves to tell his victims how they are going to die to bring fear into them because it's fun and funny.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: When fighting Kihara for the last time. Not only can Kihara nullify Accelerator's powers, but also 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 Kihara. Doing more damage than he did with his powers, largely because his "strategy" caught Kihara completely 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.
  • Finger-Poke of Doom/Touch of Death: With a single touch, he can pulverize objects or reverse the blood-flow in people.
  • Gender Bender: Yes, Accelerator has one called Yuriko! What started as a joke on Accelerator's gender by the novel artist, Yuriko became a hit with the fans.
  • The Gunslinger: He almost always carries a pistol with him in case he can't find an opportune time to use Redirect. If he doesn't, he'll usually strip a hapless Mook off of one. And while not quite as good as Shiage, he is very deadly with one.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Has Two Mommies: After he and Last Order are adopted by Yomikawa Aiho and Yoshikawa Kikyou.
  • Heel Realization: During his internal monologue in the fight with Touma in the Railgun manga.
  • Heroic BSOD: A few times. His worst was in Volume 20 when he was forced to fight Misaka Worst, resulting in him losing all faith in everything and lashing out at the world in Black Wings mode. It takes a visit from Touma to snap him out of it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He risks his life to save Last Order. He survives.
  • 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 Antagonist: With Touma.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He's from the Dark Side of Academy City.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Tried to keep the Elizalinian people safe by getting away from their country so they wouldn't get involved in his battles... only to be discovered by Misaka Worst to his great embarrassment.
  • Hot-Blooded: With a shotgun and even without his powers!
  • I Just Want To Be A Hero: 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.
  • Improvised Weapon: Once he threw a building.
    • The original attack was even more Badass: He took five minutes-worth of energy from the Earth's rotation and fired it. An anonymous poster did the math and found that the sheer amount of force involved was enough to shatter the planet several times over.
  • Incoming Ham: All the damn time, but especially around Kihara.


  • Irony: The very continuation of his life is now dependent on the very girls he gleefully butchered in his quest for godhood.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite still being a Jerkass, he's at least somewhat nice, especially to Last Order.
  • Knight Templar / Knight Templar Big Brother: For the sake of the people he cares about like Last Order, Yomikawa, Yoshikawa, and many others.
  • 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 monster.
  • Lolicon: Not in-universe, but is widely regarded as one jokingly.
    • Misaka Worst even highlights this when he wants to save Fremea.
    • Birdway also points this out in NT volume 3.
  • 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.
  • Manly Tears: Of blood.
  • Mook Horror Show: Big time. Especially after he’s Brought Down to Normal!
  • Morality Pet: The most important people in his life: Last Order and the world around her and her guardians, Yomikawa and Kikyou.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Railgun manga shows much of the fight with Touma from his perspective. During these moments, there's a gradual creeping horror in his internal monologue as he realizes A. the Sisters really are people unlike what he was told B. they're not willing to go through with it anymore and C. he was doing all this in the first place to avoid having to hurt anyone again. Net result? An implication that he only lost because he was freaking out and didn't really want to win anymore.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Though there are people who still think he can be defeated.
  • 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: Progressively moreso with his gradual Character Development.
  • No One Could Survive That: The bullet which pierced his brain and made him a Handicapped Badass.
  • Normally I Would Be Dead Now: Detonating a grenade in his face or cutting him in half are good examples.
  • Not So Different: Heaven Canceller compares his ideals with Touma's who both want to save those they care about. The difference between the both of them is that the former will do it by killing anyone in his way while the latter wants to do it without sacrificing anyone. Interestingly enough, Accelerator wishes he could do the same.
  • One-Man Army
    • Angel Mode Sue: When he fully awakens, Accelerator's power is nearing that of Archangel Gabriel!
    • Determinator
    • Glass Cannon: His powers usually make him a Lightning Bruiser but if you have a way to get past his Redirection he can be taken down with only a few punches.
    • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The administer of them.
    • Made of Iron: Despite his frail appearance, and over-reliance on his powers for his entire life, he possibly takes more blows from Touma than anyone else in their first fight, and only gets tougher afterwards.
    • Person of Mass Destruction: He’s the strongest of the seven Level 5s and was able to slow down the Earth's rotation for 5 minutes! It's also not just that he's able to. He did that "casually" to use the absorbed energy to launch an attack at Crowley's 'fortress' to no effect.
  • Odd Friendship: Him and Birdway in New Testament 3.
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: What he basically is to Last Order. In New Testament, he even pulls this on Misaka Worst. Funnily enough, Kamachi mentions this in his author's notes and says that it’s unknown whether Accelerator is the father or mother figure to Last Order.
  • Photographic Memory: He comments after looking at a page of computer code once that memorizing it is easy.
  • Physical God
  • Power Incontinence: He temporarily goes berserk until Touma stops him.
  • Punny Name: Accelerator's name in kanji means "one-way street", referring to his personality.

 Accelerator: 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!

 Accelerator: "... Ah, but just because I've became weaker doesn't mean you've became stronger, right?"

Shiage Hamazura

He Who Defies Finality

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  “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.”

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

A Level 0 and former Skill-Out gangster. As a former lacky, 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 Aleister's plans, making him the most wanted man in Academy City and placing him firmly at the top of Aleister's hit-list. It must suck to be him.

  • Always Someone Better: Poor guy feels this way about both Accelerator and Touma.
  • Anti-Hero: Type III.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike Touma, he's a true Level 0 with absolutely no powers or abilities, yet still he 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: Implied to be the reason he decided to save Rikou in the first place.
  • Beware the Honest Ones
  • Blessed with Suck: One could argue that his luck is even worse than Touma's.
  • Book Dumb: He’s a Level 0 drop out, 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 the city.... only to get his ass kicked by Touma and Accelerator again on his first day! Then he became a informant/servant boy for ITEM, who treats him with no respect. Then, when he finally manned up, he is forced to runaway with his girlfriend after pissing off the head of Academy City and a psychotic Mugino! Good God, is he unlucky.
  • The Champion: For Rikou.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Esper powers? Magic? Screw that! He's got a gun.
  • Cool Bike: The Dragon Rider in New Testament 1.
  • David Versus Goliath: Despite the overwhelming odds he faces, he somehow manages to survive and win his fights. Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons some fans don't like him.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He can't claim to win against someone with a Superpower Lottery like Touma, but he still beat a Level 5, who are said to only to be capable of being defeated by other Level 5s, twice.
    • There's also him being a Spanner in the Works to Aleister, when no one else has been able to derail his plans quite like Shiage. This earned him his epithet, "He Who Defies Finality".
    • On the other hand, he did lose to Touma in a straight-up fight, where Touma's Superpower Lottery would have made no difference, seeing as they were both Level 0s.
  • Delinquents: A former Skill Out.
  • Determinator: Another reason why he is called "He who defies finality".
  • Do Not Go Gentle: To Acqua of the Back in Volume 21. The injured and now-powerless Acqua tells Shiage that he was nothing but dead weight, and Shiage should just leave him there to die and continue on to complete his objective. Shiage's response doubles as both a Crowning Moment of Awesome and a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:

 "... what about the person who is waiting for you at home? You've managed to survive in these situations for such 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! STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPP!!!"


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