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.
The original Japanese light novels used the term "Ability User", but before the licensing of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, the majority of the English-speaking fandom substituted it with "esper". Because its use has become widespread, this wiki uses the term "esper".
A queer event related to this is Seven Seas' English translation of the first volume of A Certain Scientific Railgun, which opted to use "psychic", a term that has been used before by the fandom until "esper" became the standard. Because of this, the English fans that were accustomed to the use of "esper" lobbied for "psychic" to be changed, and Seven Seas 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 an ability user that does not have extrasensory perception but instead influences objects in their surroundings, referred to as Psychokinesis. Abilities such as Pyrokinesis are considered esper powers despite the user not having extrasensory perception.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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., 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. It is unknown what criterias are required to have one name their own esper ability, though uniqueness of the ability may be a factor.
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.There are currently 50 confirmed Gemstones in the world.
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.
List of EspersEdit
|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.|
|Aihana Etsu||Unknown||5||Ranked #6 Level 5 Esper whose identity is impersonated by many people.|
|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||Radio Noise||4||Clone of Misaka Mikoto.|
|Musujime Awaki||Move Point||4||Former Operative of GROUP; Once considered a potential Level 5 candidate. 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.|
|Naru||Psychokinesis||3||Member of Scavenger. Ability involves manipulation of paper.|
|Okahara Ryouta||Pyrokinesis||3||Ex-user of Level Upper (anime only). Can shoot homing flames.|
|Saraku||Unknown||3||Operative of MEMBER. Can teleport directly behind a target. Ability dubbed as "Kill Point" by Accelerator.|
|Sisters||Radio Noise||2-3||Clones of Misaka Mikoto.|
|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.|
|Sakurazaka Fuuga||Malicious Fake||1||Student of Sakugawa Middle School. Can control computers directly without using any peripherals like a keyboard or mouse.|
|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.|
|Claire||Unknown||Unknown||Gemstone and member of the Kamisato Faction with body cells more like a plant's than an animal's and capable of manipulating plants.|
|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".|
|Miyama Shaei||Unknown||Unknown||4th-grade student of Matsuume Elementary School. Ability is similar to Precognition and Thoughtography.|
|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.|
|Seike||Unknown||Unknown||Member of Scavenger. Ability involves manipulation of frictional coefficients.|
|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.|
|Unknown||Predator||Unknown||Member of Scavenger.|
|Ya||Unknown||Unknown||Member of Scavenger.|
|Yanagisako Aomi||Unknown||Unknown||Member of Judgment; Roommate of Konori Mii.|
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index: Road to Endymion Chapter 2 Part 2
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 2 Part 1
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Manga Chapter 034
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Episode 12
- ↑ Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 11
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03 Prologue
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 04 Connection Process
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03 Chapter 2 Part 8
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Prologue
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Episode 10
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 15 Chapter 2 Part 10
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS2 Chapter 6
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Chapter 2 Part 1
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS2 Chapter 11
- ↑ Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS2 Chapter 10