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An Esper (能力者 Nōryokusha?, lit. "Ability User") is a term used to refer to a person who emits AIM. Although, it is generally used to refer to people who have gone through Academy City's Power Curriculum Program. The term is also used to refer to magicians by those who are unaware of magic and can only rationally explain their powers by equating them as espers. 

TerminologyEdit

The term "esper" has never been used in the original Japanese light novels. The term esper was used by the majority of the English-speaking fandom to refer to the ability users of the series before the licensing of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun. Because its use has become widespread, this wiki uses the term instead, despite the correct term being "Ability User."

A queer event related to this is the official English translation of the first volume of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga, which opted to use Psychic instead, a term that has been used before by the fandom until esper become the standard to refer to Ability Users. Because of this, the English fans that have become used to the use of Esper lobbied for it to change, and SevenSeas acquiesced, even referencing the incident later.

The term "esper" does not automatically imply ESP, one of the two classifications of powers in Academy City, as it could also refer to ability users that do not have extrasensory perception, but could only influence objects outside to oneself, referred to as Psychokinesis. Abilities such as Pyrokinesis is an esper power despite the user not having extrasensory perception.[1]

CharacteristicsEdit

Index refers to espers as beings who have talent—most likely referring to Gemstones and as such unable to use magic without causing much harm to one's body.[2] All espers emit AIM, which is unique to the esper's powers, for example: a pyrokinetic esper will heat up their surroundings unconsciously than any other person due to their AIM.[3] Furthermore, all espers have what is called a Personal Reality, which is the basis of an esper's power and refers to the espers' ability to replace ordinary reality with his/her own.[4] It is in contrast with magic's Idol Theory.

Regarding abilities, all espers can only have one type of esper power, for example: Misaka Mikoto is an Electromaster and is in control of all eletrical phenomena.[5] Although, this did not stop researchers from finding of ways to achieve more than power such as Dual Skill and Multi-Skill. In contrast however, esper powers need no such preparation and elaborate rituals to create some sort of phenomenon or effect in reality.

Moreover, esper abilities are categorized as either Active or Passive abilities. Active refers to an esper knowingly having to use his power to create an effect on reality, whilst passive has the esper subconsciously effect reality with their abilities. However, both can be present at the same time in an esper, such as Accelerator's subconscious reflection ability.[6]

Their distortion of reality to create powers is based on quantum theories. This distortion is an isolated phenomenon, pertaining only to the observations of the world by an esper based upon their Personal Reality. This is in stark contrast with holism, where a large distortion of the laws of the world as a whole is used to create powers.[7]

Power Curriculum ProgramEdit

Main article: Power Curriculum Program

All those who enroll into the program are referred to as espers. The purpose of the program is to cut an esper from regular reality. Through the use of experiments, drugs and the like, a student can get cut-off from regular reality and achieve their own personal reality.[8] They are later given ranks depending on the results they have in a System Scan. It has been stated that even those who have a Level 0 rank have enough esper ability to barely pass grading on the esper curriculum.[9]

All espers are theoretically able to gain an ability or gain a level using the curriculum, such as Misaka Mikoto, a Level 1 at first becoming the 3rd Level 5.[10], of course, since there are exceptions such as the existence of Level 0s. Furthermore, with the Parameter List, it is apparent that there are certain limits that humans wanting to become espers using the curriculum, such as some having a slower development compared to the rest. As such, Academy City allocates their resources and money for the helping of students who would become an esper faster for example.

All those who have are part of the Power Curriculum Program will be listed within the Data Banks of the city, along with their power, level, as well as some comments regarding the person. Furthermore, certain espers such as Kamijou Touma have certain security protocols to protect the truth regarding their powers.

According to Uiharu Kazari, esper ability names are decided on by the school, simple one such as Electromaster or Telekinesis. However, there are also esper abilities that are decided by the student like Railgun.[11] It is unknown what criterias are required to have one name their own esper ability, though uniqueness of the ability may be a factor.

Currently, only Academy City is able to produce Espers; although others have tried, such as the Stargate Project.[12]

Gemstones and speculationEdit

Main article: Gemstone

Gemstones are the type of espers who have not gone through any power development program, but is still able to emit AIM. They are most likely the beings that Index referred to as "talented", and the reason that ordinary beings created magic to compensate for their lack of powers.[13]There are currently 50 confirmed Gemstones in the world.[14]

In extension to this, it has been speculated that there maybe people who have not realized that they have powers, or that their certain propensities or idiosyncracies, as subtle as good looks, or good penmanship may actually have this power.[15]

List of EspersEdit

Name Ability Name Level Notes
Accelerator Accelerator 5 Second protagonist of Toaru Majutsu no Index; Ranked #1 Level 5 Esper; Former operative of GROUP. Can manipulate vectors.
Kakine Teitoku Dark Matter 5 Ranked #2 Level 5 Esper; Former leader of SCHOOL. Can create and control matter that does not exist in this universe.
Kakine Teitoku (Beetle 05) Dark Matter 5 The being that was created when Rhinoceros Beetle 05 usurped control over Kakine Teitoku's being in Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06.
Misaka Mikoto Railgun 5 Main character of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun; Ranked #3 Level 5 Esper. Can create and control electricity.
Mugino Shizuri Meltdowner 5 Ranked #4 Level 5 Esper; Leader of ITEM. Can shoot a beam of electrons.
Shokuhou Misaki Mental Out 5 Ranked #5 Level 5 Esper. Can manipulate the minds of people.
Unknown Unknown 5 Ranked #6 Level 5 Esper.
Sogiita Gunha Unknown 5 Ranked #7 Level 5 Esper; Gemstone. Ability is "impossible to define", but capabilities include but are not limited to: moving past the speed of sound, enduring otherwise fatal attacks, and creating forcefields.
Aizono Mio Military Oil 4 Was part of a project called White Alligator. Can manipulate oils breaking down and reconstructing them.
Kinuhata Saiai Offense Armor 4 Operative of ITEM. Can control nitrogen as a means of attack and defense.
Kirifu Megumi Telekinesis 4 Student of Tokiwadai Middle School.
Kongou Mitsuko Aero Hand 4 Can create a propulsion of wind wherever she lays her hands, which displaces objects or creates projectiles.
Kouzaku Mitori Liquid Shadow 4 Kihara Gensei's underling, ex-friend of Dolly. Can control liquids with a specific gravity of 20 or greater.
Kuroyoru Umidori Bomber Lance 4 Member of Freshmen; cyborg. Can create nitrogen lances from her hands.
Kushiro Katabira Synchrotron 4 Ex-user of Level Upper. Ability is hinted to allow the creation of large explosions from certain periodic elements.
Misaka Worst Electromaster 4 Clone of Misaka Mikoto.
Musujime Awaki Move Point 4 Former Operative of GROUP; Once considered a potential Level 5 candidate.[citation needed] Can teleport objects without the need to touch them.
Shirai Kuroko Teleport 4 Second protagonist of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun; Member of Judgment. Can teleport herself and other objects upon touch, as long as the total teleported weight is less than 130.7 kg.
Takitsubo Rikou AIM Stalker 4 Potential Level 5 candidate; Operative of ITEM. Can track down espers, copy their abilities, and manipulate their AIM fields.
Unabara Mitsuki Telekinesis 4 Appearance used by Etzali. Can move objects from afar. Can also turn his own body into a cryogenic state of invulnerability.
Yotsuba Telepathy 4 Member of Judgment. Mentioned by Komoe as a specialist in Mind Hound-related matters.
Awatsuki Maaya Float Dial 3 Student of Tokiwadai Middle School, and part of the swim team. Can manipulate bouyancy of herself and other objects.
Kobayashi Shimanaka Telepathy 3 Student of Tokiwadai Middle School.
Konori Mii Clairvoyance 3 Member of Judgment. Can see through things, which is akin to X-ray vision.
Last Order Electromaster 3 Clone of Misaka Mikoto.
Misaka 9982 Electromaster 3 Clone of Misaka Mikoto.
Misaka 10031 Electromaster 3 Clone of Misaka Mikoto.
Misaka 10032 Electromaster 3 Clone of Misaka Mikoto.
Misaka 10777 Electromaster 3 Clone of Misaka Mikoto.
Okahara Ryouta Pyrokinesis 3 Ex-user of Level Upper (anime only). Can shoot homing flames.
Usukinu Yasumi Side Arm/Insulation 3 Appears only in a Drama CD. Ability involves energy barriers.
Wannai Kinuho Hydro Hand 3 Student of Tokiwadai Middle School, and part of the swim team. Can manipulate water.
Haruue Erii Telepathy 2 Displays power beyond her Level class when exposed to certain frequencies.
Jufuku Miho Dummy Check 2 Ex-user of Level Upper. Can make people less aware of her presence.
Kaitabi Hatsuya Synchrotron 2 Ex-user of Level Upper; Perpetrator of the Graviton bombings. Can create explosions by accelerating gravitons found in objects made of aluminum.
Kumokawa Maria Violence Doughnut 2 Ex-student of Kihara Kagun, younger sister of Kumokawa Seria. Can increase the centrifugal force of her attacks by 0.5 to 2 times.
Uiharu Kazari Thermal Hand 1 Member of Judgment. Can keep part of an object's temperature constant.
Akemi Telekinesis 0 Ex-user of Level Upper. Ability involved levitation of objects when under effect of Level Upper.
Fremea Seivelun Agitate Halation 0 Younger sister of Frenda Seivelun.
Hamazura Shiage Unknown 0 Third protagonist of Toaru Majutsu no Index; Former leader of Skill-Out; Member of ITEM.
Hattori Hanzou Unknown 0 Leader of Skill-Out.
Hebitani Tsuguo Unknown 0 Usurping leader of ex-Skill-Out group Big Spider.
Kamijou Touma Unknown 0 Main protagonist of Toaru Majutsu no Index; Any supernatural power manifestation gets cancelled by his Imagine Breaker. Though classified as a Level 0 Esper by Academy City, Touma is not an Esper, nor a Gemstone, as his ability does not utilise AIM principles. Originator of Kamijou Faction.
Komaba Ritoku Unknown 0 Former leader of Skill-Out.
Koujun Kikuhiko Unknown 0 Ex-user of Level Upper.
Kurozuma Wataru Unknown 0 Founder and ex-leader of ex-Skill-Out group Big Spider.
Mako Unknown 0 Ex-user of Level Upper.
Muu Unknown 0 Ex-user of Level Upper. Ability involved levitation of objects when under effect of Level Upper.
Saten Ruiko Aero Hand 0 Ex-user of Level Upper. Ability involved manipulation of wind when under effect of Level Upper.
Tamezou Unknown 0 Former member of ex-Skill-Out group Big Spider.
Trick Trick Art 0 Ex-user of Level Upper. Ability allows him to distort light, which can be used to create illusions.
Tsuchimikado Motoharu Auto-Rebirth 0 Magician and Esper; Former operative of GROUP. Ability heals all injuries (unspecified time period), but can fail at any time.
Yokosuka Unknown 0 Leader of his own Skill-Out band in District 7.
Amime Unknown Unknown Ability involves manipulation of frictional coefficients.
Anzai Telepathy Unknown Ability mentioned to involve telepathy.
Aoki Unknown Unknown Ability involves the manipulation of earth to create crags.
Aogami Pierce Unknown Unknown Student of A Certain High School; one of the Delta Force, alongside Kamijou Touma and Tsuchimikado Motoharu.
Boy with goggles Unknown Unknown Operative of SCHOOL. Can rip vehicles apart and attack with some sort of force. Ability theorized to be Level 4 and a form of telekinesis.
Edasaki Banri Telepathy Unknown Can communicate with other telepaths.
Elder Sister Flux Coat Unknown Ex-user of Level Upper. Ability allows the manipulation of the viscosity of asphalt to the point of reshaping it.
Ellis Warrior Unknown Unknown Participant in failed experiment to create a Magician-Esper hybrid twenty years ago.
Full Tuning Unknown Unknown Clone of Misaka Mikoto.
Girl in the dress Measure Heart Unknown Former operative of SCHOOL. Can regulate the perceived relationship between two targets; can set herself as a target.
Himegami Aisa Deep Blood Unknown Gemstone. Attracts and kills vampires.
Junta (Railgun anime) Unknown Unknown Ex-user and dealer of Level Upper. Member of Elder Sister's gang.
Junta (Railgun manga) Unknown Unknown Ex-user and dealer of Level Upper.
Kazakiri Hyouka Counter Stop Unknown An aggregation of AIM dispersion fields of the entire Academy City. Key to the Imaginary Number District.
Kounoe Haruki Unknown Unknown Avid video gamer and ex-"delinquent".
Naoya Electromaster Unknown Can create a spark if he concentrates hard enough.
Nunotaba Shinobu Critical Unknown Ability unconfirmed but said to involve touching the target.
Saraku Unknown Unknown Operative of MEMBER. Can teleport directly behind a target. Ability dubbed as 'Kill Point' by Accelerator.
Silvercross Alpha Unknown Unknown Operative of Freshmen; A cyborg who apparently displayed no ESP ability.
Tetsumou Skill Polygraph Unknown Operative of BLOCK.
Therestina Kihara Lifeline Unknown Unknown Provider of the First Sample of the Crystallized Esper Essence; Former captain of Multi-Active Rescue; Creator of Capacity Down.
Todoroki Unknown Unknown Ability involves manipulation of water particles.
Unknown Equal Speed Unknown Bank robber. Can maintain inertia of his projectiles continuously.
Yanagisako Aomi Unknown Unknown Member of Judgment; Roommate of Konori Mii.

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