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Level 5 (超能力者(レベル5) Chōnōryokusha (Reberu 5)?, lit. "Person with Super Powers") is the highest current Level that espers have achieved in Academy City. Only seven people out of the 1.8 million students in Academy City have been given this rank, which shows how difficult it is to reach.[1]

All the currently known Level 5 espers have nicknames attributed to them that are related to their powers or are actually their powers. Most egregiously, Accelerator is known only by his nickname.

CharacteristicsEdit

Level 5s are espers that hold tremendous power and are far above any other person with powers the same as they are. They are so powerful that their primary powers are banned in the Daihaseisai.[2]

Furthermore, as power development is part of Academy City's curriculum, the strongest of Academy City's espers, such as the level 5s, are most likely also honor students.[3] This is displayed by Mikoto, who has enrolled in Tokiwadai Middle School, and is one of its top students, as well as Accelerator. The Level 5s, apart from their peers, have specialized analysis and research facilities created for them,[4] for example, Accelerator being part of the Special Ability Institute, Dark May Project, and many more.[5]

They most likely get paid with the most money amongst their other esper peers as part of the curriculum's payment program for the espers as being part of the experiment.[6]

Also, it seems that Academy City views Level 5 Espers (and others in general) as a threat, due to the fact that their developing minds can make them act based on emotions rather than logic. In order to rest easy, they have created Rensa, a cyborg that can use the abilities of the #1 up to #6 in order to deal with them in the case they decide to go against the city, and she supposedly can defeat all seven of them.[7]

The ranking of the Level 5s is dependent on the worth of their abilities to the ongoing researches rather than based on the level of their power.[8]

PersonalityEdit

A particular object of notability of all the Level 5 Espers is a recurring instance of mental instability, be it comedic or serious. Mikoto, the first Level 5 seen in the series, has a comedic obsession with defeating Kamijou Touma, although she has been referred to as the most sane of all the Level 5s.[9] Sogiita Gunha believes himself to be an ally of justice and purposely acts in accordance of superheroes in fiction.[2] Accelerator, Kakine Teitoku, Mugino Shizuri, and Shokuhou Misaki all demonstrate more sociopathic or psychopathic tendencies with the willingness to hurt people on a whim, though this may be more related to their background more than anything else. However, both Accelerator and Mugino have become less violent lately, but still feel guilty about all the harm they've done. Misaki has also demonstated that she does care about her friend and is willing to go out of her way to save them.

Due to this, only Mikoto is the one apparently competent enough to be used as a marketing mascot or demonstrator for Academy City.[10] Even then, it is not unheard of for any of the Level 5s to be requested for demonstration.[9]

In addition to this, many of the Level 5s are not on good terms with each other.

List of Level 5 EspersEdit

Rank Name Epithet Debut
1 Unknown

Accelerator

Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 022

Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator Manga Chapter 001

2 Kakine Teitoku Dark Matter Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 15

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 043

3 Misaka Mikoto Railgun Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 001

4 Mugino Shizuri Meltdowner Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 15

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 028

5 Shokuhou Misaki Mental Out Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 041

6 Unknown Number Six Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 10
7 Sogiita Gunha Unknown Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS2

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 044

ReferencesEdit


The Seven Level 5 Espers of Academy City

Accelerator Number2 Mikoto Misaka Mugino-Railgun
#1 #2 #3 #4
Misaki06 Template Placeholder other Number7
#5 #6 #7

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