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Level 5s are espers who hold tremendous amounts of supernatural power, their talents far exceeding that of other espers.
Some of the most powerful Level 5s are among the few espers capable of using their abilities to exert control on the planetary environment or largescale climate, with Accelerator's vector control and Misaka Mikoto's high-voltage electricity capable of doing this.
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 sanest one out of all the Level 5s.
Sogiita Gunha believes himself to be an ally of justice and purposely acts in accordance of superheroes in fiction. 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 because they feel guilty about all the harm they've done. Misaki has also demonstrated that she does care about her friends 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. Even then, it is not unheard of for any of the Level 5s to be requested for demonstration.
That said, the essay The Wall Between Level 3 and Level 4 from Toaru Majutsu no Index no Subete seems to reject this premise, stating that gaining high level powers like Accelerator and Mikoto did is the result of having strong minds and firm ideologies and principles.
In addition to this, many of the Level 5s are not on good terms with each other, although they would still sometimes form alliances if the situation called for it.
Circumstances in Academy City
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Because the Power Curriculum Program is part of Academy City's curriculum, the strongest of its espers are most likely to be honor students. This is exemplified by both Mikoto, who is one of the top students of Tokiwadai Middle School, and Accelerator.
Most of the currently known Level 5 espers have been attributed a nickname that is either the name of their esper ability or related to it. Currently, Accelerator is known solely by his nickname.
Promotion and Ranking
The ranking of the Level 5s is dependent on the worth of their abilities to the ongoing researches rather than based on the relative strength of their power. It is unknown what the initial rankings were and how they got their current ranks: the only known cases are Misaka Mikoto and Shokuhou Misaki, both becoming Level 5s soon after reaching middle-school. Shokuhou was initially of a higher ranking than Mikoto, who was the lowest-ranked at the time, before she surpassed her a few months after the two entered Tokiwadai, with the two having acquired their current ranks by August of that year.
Research and Countermeasures
Level 5 espers have specialized research facilities that are dedicated to them; for example, Accelerator being part of the Special Ability Institute, Dark May Project, and many more. Most Level 5s participated or were subjected to inhumane experiments. Misaka Mikoto however is one Level 5 not associated with any research institute, partly due to her own effort and partly due to complementary education of Tokiwadai Middle School, which possesses its own subsidiary facility for Level 5s. Level 5s 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.
Because of their overwhelming power and the fact that their developing minds can make them act based on emotions rather than logic, the higher-ups of Academy City view Level 5 espers as a potential threat. To rest easy they 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, supposedly capable of defeating all seven of them. Other, more specialized, individual countermeasures have also conceived and developed by various parties.
The Five Overs are a series of experiments and technologies developed to replicate and exceed, hence the name, the power of the seven Level 5s, with principles based on macro engineering technology rather than micro quantum mechanics that produce esper abilities. Besides the main series, which uses similar methods as the original ability to reproduce their power, there is also the Five Over Outsider sub-series which uses methods different from the original ability to reproduce the phenomena, resembling the original esper power rather than closely replicating it.
Other creations have been made based on research of the Level 5 abilities and incorporate their principles, with some directly incorporating the abilities themselves (e.g. Exterior being a giant brown grown from a cultivated cerebral cortex sample to use Mental Out, Equ.DarkMatter and Sample Shoggoth being created from and utilizing Dark Matter etc).
Of note, the first modern esper, the Beginning Child, was developed before the current Level system was implemented, officially "disappearing" but being secretly frozen as she couldn't be controlled with the technology of the time. On witnessing her ability after her revival, including her manipulation of climatic weather conditions as part of her environmental modification and localized terraforming, Kamijou Touma and Kumokawa Seria speculated that she would be classed as Level 5 if ranked on the current system.
The legacies of past Level 5s were connected to events occurring around the same time as Shokuhou Misaki's participation in Tokiwadai's student council presidential election, involved the mysterious and rarely mentioned "previous generation" before the current generation. During these events, while infiltrating a facility, Kouzaku Mitori encountered a cube that communicated through vibrations, claiming to be her "Senior" academically and the previous #1 Level 5. In a conversation with Kamijou Touma one year previously, Shokuhou had mentioned that there was once a Level 5 capable of spatial control, heralded by a chill in the affected area. In the present, Shokuhou was dealing with a group connected to the previous generation, who used two squares (or cubes) as their symbol, and sought Shadow Metal said to exist as cubic crystals, as well as a "relic" connected to them and Tokiwadai. One of the election candidates, Kamino, had square-shaped eyes and used a spatial control ability affecting a cube-shaped area, the usage of which provoked a feeling that reminded Shokuhou of the past Level 5. The exact connection between all of these subjects is currently unknown.
List of Level 5 Espers
Former subject of the Special Ability Institute, participant of the Level 6 Shift Project and member of GROUP, later the second Board Chairman. Currently the only Level 5 with the potential to achieve a stable Level 6.
Only known by the name of his unique ability, Accelerator can control the vectors of anything he touches, including automatically reversing and redirecting the vectors of things that would touch him.
|2||Kakine Teitoku (Original)
Kakine Teitoku (Beetle 05) (Current)
Leader of SCHOOL.
His ability allows him to create an unknown matter that does not naturally exist and does not follow the normal laws of physics, controlling both the 'Dark Matter' and the phenomena it gives rise to.
Dismembered by Accelerator and preserved using Dark Legacy, later grew a Dark Matter body with his ability but was usurped by a creation and buried aspect of his personality, Beetle 05, that broke free of his control and assumed his identity.
Mikoto can sense, generate and manipulate electricity, with a maximum output of 1 billion volts, as well as phenomena connected to electricity, including electromagnetism, electromagnetic waves and Lorentz force, with a high degree of power, control and versatility, for numerous applications. The name is derived from her signature technique of firing metal objects at supersonic speeds.
Leader of ITEM.
Mugino's ability allows her to control electrons in a state where they are both particle and wave, and fire them off in highly destructive beams of light, with the technical classification of 'Particle Waveform High-Speed Cannon'.
|5||Shokuhou Misaki||Mental Out||
Her ability manipulates moisture in order to control the distribution of fluids and chemicals in the brain and alter the mind, with a wide variety of applications.
|6||Aihana Etsu||Number Six||Possesses the ability to give others power and make them into their imagined 'ideal self' under certain conditions, often approaching others himself or via proxy, offering power and lending them his name and identity on acceptance.|
|7||Sogiita Gunha||Number Seven||The most powerful Gemstone esper. His ability is currently unexplained and has a wide variety of applications.|
An unnamed individual in a cube or in the form of a cube, encountered by Kouzaku Mitori, calling themselves her "Senior" (
It hasn't been fully confirmed whether or not they are the same individual as the Level 5 who had a spatial control ability.
|N/A||Unnamed spatial control ability||
During a conversation with Kamijou Touma, Shokuhou Misaki mentioned that there was once a Level 5 who could create and control a special territory by enveloping space. Anyone entering the affected space would apparently feel an indescribable chill. She would later be reminded of this esper and their ability when inside a space sealed off by Kamino's ability.
It hasn't been fully confirmed whether or not they are the same individual as the "Senior" who claimed to be the previous #1 Level 5.
Level 5 Candidates
|Beginning Child||N/A||Unnamed environment modification ability||She is the first and oldest modern esper; whose development was used as a basis to construct modern Academy City. Has been stated that under the modern era's system, she would probably be ranked as a Level 5; with her control of weather conditions being stronger than even Accelerator and Misaka Mikoto. Her ability proved too powerful for Aleister Crowley to control with the technology of her time; thus her body was frozen.|
|Hokaze Junko||4||Rampage Dress||Stated to have the potential to become a Level 5, as the researchers of Ideal detected within her powers, but her subconscious defensive instincts prevent her from drawing out her full power.|
|Maidono Hoshimi (false name)||4||Telekinesis||Her power has been optimized by modifying her body to produce Level 5-class destructive output, but as its only application is destruction, it is less versatile and useful than the actual Level 5 powers.|
|Mitsuari Ayu||3||Mental Stinger||In the past, she and Shokuhou Misaki were roughly equal in power and Tree Diagram calculated that both had the potential to reach Level 5. However, only one could do so while the other would plateau and improve no further. Following the conclusions of the Parameter List, the higher-ups of Academy City decided to devote more resources to Misaki's development and kept Mitsuari as back-up in the event of the former's death, but permanently stuck at Level 3.|
|Musujime Awaki||4||Move Point||Was a Level 5 candidate two years prior to the current year of the timeline. Her school, Kirigaoka Girls' Academy, was actually pushing her to become a Level 5, to make her the strongest Teleport esper possible, but during one of these trials, she teleported her leg into a wall, severely injuring herself, and giving her a trauma that now prevents her from teleporting herself more than 2 or 3 consecutive times without getting sick as well as requiring 3 seconds to do it. Her trauma also stopped her improvement completely, meaning her path to becoming a Level 5 has been closed. According to the author, her power at Level 5 might be something similar to Almighty Thor.|
|Shundan Kimi||0||Unnamed ability involving black holes||Has the potential to become the 9th ranked Level 5 and has been theorized as being a Holistic Esper. Her use of her ability creates a black hole somewhere in the universe.|
|Takitsubo Rikou||4||AIM Stalker||Has the potential to become the 8th ranked Level 5, which would enable her control over the AIM Diffusion Fields and Personal Realities of other espers, enabling such things as increasing or decreasing Levels, give or rob powers, or even making Dual Skill possible, all of which would render the Power Curriculum Program and Academy City obsolete, leaving only Takitsubo as a so-called Academy Individual (学園個人 Gakuen Kojin?). However, her power had difficulties blooming, which led to her being made to ingest Ability Body Crystal in the hopes her potential would manifest if overloaded.|
- When discussing the existence of Anna Sprengel with Kamijou Touma and Accelerator, Aleister Crowley uses the term "#0 Level 5" as comparison, showing the mystique and persuasive ability of "a missing superior rank". As it was only an example, it is unknown if the 0th Level 5 exists even after Anna Sprengel was proven to be real.
- The light novel volumes and manga chapters in which each of the seven Level 5s debuted are as follows:
|2||Kakine Teitoku (Original)
Kakine Teitoku (Beetle 05) (Current)
|5||Shokuhou Misaki||Mental Out|
|6||Aihana Etsu||Number Six|
|7||Sogiita Gunha||Number Seven|
|#1 - Accelerator||#2 - Kakine Teitoku||#3 - Misaka Mikoto||#4 - Mugino Shizuri|