Urban Legends (都市伝説 Toshi Densetsu?) are a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true. As with all folklore and mythology, the designation suggests nothing about the story's veracity, but merely that it is in circulation, exhibits variation over time, and carries some significance that motivates the community in preserving and propagating it.
Urban legends are a unique part of the world of Toaru Majutsu no Index, specifically Academy City. The legends and rumors are quite often important to the plot later on, and in Toaru Kagaku no Railgun is a central point in several storylines, having many storylines based on an urban legend.
In the Toaru Majutsu no Index universeEdit
Despite being the city of science, urban legends are still quite pervasive in Academy City, apparently having entire websites dedicated to following and recording details on urban legends. Because of the fact that they are in Academy City, the rumors and legends take a pseudo-scientific appearance, having basis in the Academy City.
They are first defined by Tsukuyomi Komoe as nothing but rumor talk related to the unknown "Seven Mysteries" that are supposed to be around Academy City. This is of course ironic since Komoe Sensei is herself considered one of the seven wonders.
Despite the many ridiculous and ludicrous situations that are featured in rumors and urban legends that a person may somehow run into and not escape. Urban legends and rumors are constantly "looked into" or change to accommodate weaknesses in order for the person that may run into one of the situations in urban legends and rumors to escape. And even then, such things continue to evolve to even more complicated rituals or change weaknesses or strengths regarding the contents of the rumors and urban legends.
For example, if a rumor was spreading that said no one could escape from a certain woman who could run 100 meters in 3 seconds, a different rumor would be created saying one would be safe as long as one had some hard candy or pomade. Then another rumor would crop up saying the hard candy and pomade only worked on the original woman, but they were completely ineffectual against the second one whose mouth had been split open by the original woman.
The urban legends and rumors of Academy City is apparently a never ending cycle of changing its contents, to weaken or strengthen it. It is unknown if a rumor or urban legend is proved or disproved, though one can assume that actual information regarding the rumor will eventually replace false information of the rumor.
List of known Urban Legends and RumorsEdit
|Sisters (妹達(シスターズ) Imōto-tachi?, lit. "Little Sister Group")||Misaka Mikoto's DNA map is being analyzed and used as the basis for the development of military sisters.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01||True|
|Maid Robot Project (メイドロボ計画 Meido Robo Keikaku?)||Himegami Aisa references it to compare it to Misaka 10032's demeanor.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03||Undetermined|
|Tree Diagram rumors||The Tree Diagram's one month's worth of weather forecasting is due to the fact that it used for research simulations most of the time.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03||True|
|250 Years Method (二五〇年法 Ni Go Rei Nenhō?)||A program which is meant to stop the aging of cells and thus increases the life span of the subject. Accelerator mentioned having heard about this during his time on the experiment, but refused to believe it until he meet in person and misunderstood the nature of Tsukuyomi Komoe. It is also cite Komoe as part of the rumors regarding the Imaginary Number District. There is also the possibility that Yakumi Hisako is part of the experiment as she is taking anti-aging drugs that causes her to have the body 20+ year old while being 70 in reality.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03||Undetermined|
|An unknown Level 0 who defeated Academy City's mightiest esper||According to Komoe this rumor was associated to the name Kamijou Touma, causing him to be hunted by those who wanted the title of "the mightiest Esper" to themselves. Supposedly, this rumor died down quickly due to Academy City higher up's influence.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 04||True|
|Windowless Building rumors||Rumor on how the highest leader of Academy City is living in a special building that can even absorb and remove a nuclear bomb attack. There are no windows or even entrances to the building, and they can only teleport in through the help of a guide. It was first mentioned as fact in volume 2, but is later referred to as a rumor in volume 8 of the Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novels. Most details have appeared true, and was shown to withstand an attack that used 5 minutes of the Earth's rotational energy. It has not been shown that it could withstand a nuclear attack, but that is highly probable.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02||Mostly True|
|Misaka Mikoto and Shirai Kuroko rumors||Rumors of teleporter who is unbelievably merciless and wicked, who would rip up someone's mind and body and leave them incapacitated. The teleporter has a partner whom she is crazy about, the strongest Electromaster, the Railgun.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 001||Mostly False|
|Stripping Woman (脱ぎ女 Nugi Onna?)||Urban legend on how a woman randomly strips for no apparent reason in public. Further information states that the stripping is contagious or is a curse, and that those who come across her become stripping women as well. The ritual to remove the curse is to wear a panty on top of one's head and force the "contaminated" one to wear a panty on her head as well. Confirmed to be Kiyama Harumi, but most details are false.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 04||Mostly False|
|Wind Turbine Reversal urban legend||Urban legend on how when the wind turbine propellers begin turning the other way, something strange happens in the city. It is shown that when it occurs, a powerful gust of wind is created.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 04||True|
|Level Upper (幻想御手(レベルアッパー) Gensō Ote (Reberu Appā)?, lit. "Illusion Hand")||An item that increases your level just by using it: The Level Upper!||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 006||True|
|Ability negating person||A guy that has an ability that prevents other abilities being used on him. As the main premise of the Toaru Majutsu no Index series, it is clear to the reader that this rumor is true since the start.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 04||True|
|Level 0 that can match against the Railgun||Reports and rumors regarding an unknown Level 0 that can match against the Railgun using only his right hand that Accelerator recalled while Kamijou Touma was repelling his 1000 wings attack.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01||True|
|Someone's Watching You||According to Saten Ruiko, the famous Urban Legend at the time after the Level Upper Incidents, the legend consist about those being "the victim" feel a gaze piercing through their backs, but when they turn around no one was behind; even though "no one was there" one can feel how the gaze keeps closing in and closing in, and the gaze itself can be felt even at strange places. It has been shown that nobody is watching the esper, specifically, Electromasters, as it only uses abrasive electromagnetic wavelengths to make the esper feel that they are being gaze, which was caused by Jounan Asako.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun OVA 01||False|
|Destruction of Academy City via a supernatural phenomenon known as Poltergeist||Rumors spread on how a big Poltergeist event that causes powerful earthquakes, will destroy Academy City. The Poltergeist is referred to as waves from another dimension, some type of plasma, or some experiment done underground by the Board of Directors. Shown to be false, as the Poltergeist are caused by overloaded espers who are resonating with each other. Furthermore, the destruction of Academy City by Therestina Kihara Lifeline via Poltergeist was staved off by the efforts of Misaka Mikoto and branch 177 of Judgment.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 20||Mostly False|
|If one passes by abandoned alleyways, one can find cash cards||Rumors spread on how cash cards with varying amounts of money can be found in abandoned and narrow alleyways. Discovered to be a ploy by Nunotaba Shinobu in order to hinder the Level 6 Shift experiments.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 018||True|
|Shadow Metal (不在金属(シャドウメタル) Fuzai Kinzoku?, lit. "Absent Metal")||According to Saten Ruiko, when hundreds of esper abilities clash, there's a metal created that doesn't exist naturally in the world. Daihaseisai is apparently the only opportune time for multitudes of esper powers to clash, and for that metal to be purportedly created.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 044||True|
|Goalkeeper (守護神(ゴールキーパー) Shugoshin?, lit. "Tutelary")||There was a skilled hacker among Academy City’s keepers of the peace. He or she apparently created a security system that was in with the top 10 strongest systems in Academy City, with the use of his full knowledge and excellent skills. However, the Board of Directors did not believe in this person’s ability and he wasn’t put in charge of a public system. This had created an odd situation where the small office that hacker was a part of had stronger defenses than the databanks that held all of Academy City’s data. Whilst Uiharu Kazari is indeed the Goalkeeper, it is unknown if any of the attributed details towards her are true.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS2 Chapter 9||Undetermined|
|Bust Upper (巨乳御手(バストアッパー) Kyonyū Ote?, lit. "Bust Hand")||According to Saten Ruiko, she is searching for rumors of the Bust Upper that can easily make a girl's breasts grow. An Indian Poker card dealer has claimed to have a card containing the secret of the Bust Upper, and it is later shown to work as rumored.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS: Liberal Arts City Chapter 1||True|
|Black Garbage Truck (黒い清掃車 Kuroi Seisōsha?)||The Black Garbage Truck that would take away bad children that did not do what their teacher said.|
There are Black Garbage Trucks that are utilized by GROUP's cleanup division to remove dead bodies from the area where a mission was conducted, though it is unknown if they are the ones being referred, though it is unlikely they would be used for something as ridiculous as the claim.
|Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06 Epilogue||Mostly False|
|Specimen #502||Specimen #502 is the source of the strange groans heard coming from within manholes but should never be investigated.||Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06 Epilogue||Undetermined|
|Forbidden Name (禁じ手の名前 Kinjite no Namae?)||A forbidden name whose owner would kill anyone who entered the name into a search engine.||Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06 Epilogue||Undetermined|
|Human Bone-colored Tiles (人骨色のタイル?)||The human bone colored tiles that were said to increase in number around Academy City’s roads after people inconvenient to the city disappeared.||Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06 Epilogue||Undetermined|
|Urban Legends among Urban Legends (都市伝説の中の都市伝説?)||An urban legend that states that many urban legends and rumors were set rules and controlled by the AIM diffusion fields throughout the city and that they were a means of manipulating information.||Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06 Epilogue||Undetermined|
|Kakine Teitoku (Beetle 05) the Rhinoceros Beetle||Urban legend that states that if one runs into a scary people that is spoken of in the rumors, one need only to shout, "Help me, rhinoceros beetle!", for a person named Kakine Teitoku, the 2nd ranked level 5 to come and aid those who are in distress.|
Although indeed Kakine Teitoku that was reformed from Beetle 05 will most likely have the propensity to act when called upon, it is unknown yet if he actually does it.
|Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06 Epilogue||Undetermined|
|School District 22 is protected from earthquakes due to its design||Due to the spiraling design of the underground complex of School District 22, it acts like a spring that absorbs the impact of the earthquake.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 16||Undetermined|
|Tokiwadai Middle School buses are both bulletproof and explosion proof||According to Tsuchimikado Motoharu, rumors in the School Garden reek of lies, and that since information there is highly classified, he doubts that leaks like that are not made without reason. It is implied that it is simply a rumor that is made as a means to protect the students from attacks.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume SS||Mostly False|
|School District 19 was purposely abandoned||
Due to School District 19 being the center of old technology not seen in Academy City, there is a rumor that the district was purposely abandoned as so it could be used as a testing ground for old technology, despite the fact that there is still apparently a school there as evidenced by Haruue Erii who came from the district before moving to School District 7.
|Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01||Undetermined|
|The Spider Queen is an AI with no real form||The Spider Queen is an intermediary between the bosses and the thugs who do the dirty work. Has a large network or "web" of people under her to control the battlefield.||Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07||False|
|Listening to Meigo Arisa's song brings good luck||Meigo Arisa is a being born through a miracle in the emergency landing of the Spaceplane Orion, and though she likes to sing, and can make miracles through her voice. Her presence alone can create miracles without even singing.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Movie: Miracle of Endymion||Mostly True|
|The president of the Orbit Portal Company is a hologram or a robot||There is a rumor that the president of the Orbit Portal Company is in fact a hologram or a robot used for propaganda, most likely due to her doll-like appearance and her age allegedly being 10.||Toaru Majutsu no Index Movie: Miracle of Endymion||False|
|Sandal Granny||Saten Ruiko mentioned it before the Cursed Maid Outfit urban legend.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Archives 1 Audio Drama||Undetermined|
|Cursed Maid Outfit (呪いのメイド服 Noroi no Meido-fuku?)||According to Saten Ruiko, somewhere in Academy City there is a cursed maid outfit that cannot be removed once someone puts it on. The girl that fits it perfectly will become very popular among some men. The maid outfit, however, cannot be taken off for a bath, so its smell will get worse and worse. In the end, nobody will come near her and she will be completely alone.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Archives 1 Audio Drama||Mostly False|
|A machine which can reproduce abilities||This rumour, posted on Auribus oculi fideliores sunt, concerns a DNA computer, believed to be a machine which can produce esper abilities and housed in a facility in School District 2. The facility in question actually houses Exterior.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 045||Mostly False|
|Untrackable subways underneath Academy Ciy||An urban legend that states that there are so many subways underneath Academy City that the city can't track them all.||Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator Manga Chapter 006||Undetermined|
|A subway train that never stops running (永遠に走り続ける地下鉄?)||There is a subway train that is said to continue on forever without stopping at any stations. It is later shown to be the battle train of Nakimoto Rizou, one of the Board of Directors.||Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator Manga Chapter 006||True|
|Kamijou Touma||Rumor regarding Kamijou Touma according to Kanou Shinka that states that he "runs around the city at night knocking out even the most mighty warrior with his clenched fist and snatching up every girl in his path no matter how young or old."
It is an extremely simplified reference to Touma's adventures in Academy City, but overall has some truth to it.
|Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12||Mostly True|
|Level 0 who has met more than half the Level 5s||Another urban legend about Kamijou Touma and his escapades.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 089||True|
|Talking golden retriever (喋るゴールデンレトリバー Shaberu Gōrudenretoribā?)||Rumors tell of a golden retriever who speaks in a dandy voice and its successful effort to stop an attempted suicide. The physical characteristics, including the mechanical arms on its back and its preference to smoke cigars, suggest that it is Kihara Noukan.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 097||True|
|Child Errors abducted by a mad scientist||Uiharu Kazari told of three Child Errors who were abducted and experimented by a mad scientist and are currently working to burn Academy City to the ground. The names of the Child Errors are Flower Chomper Lahay Guillot (花齧りのラハエギーヨ Hana Kajiri no Rahaegīyo?), Feigned Innocence Emako (猫被りのエマコ Nekokaburi no Emako?), and Sweet Tooth Siegtogo (甘いもの好きのジークトウゴ Amaimonozuki no Jīkutougo?).||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 097||Undetermined|
|Arch of Jilted Lovers||Saten Ruiko tells of a small arched passageway in Academy City that causes those who walk under it in the afternoon to break up with their lover in the future.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 097||Undetermined|
|Guardian spirit of the reservoir||There are rumors of a white python which mutated into a giant serpent after exposure to toxic waste and took refuge in a reservoir in the area. This serpent was then considered the guardian spirit of the reservoir, but no such sightings of the snake can be found, even as the reservoir has started to dry up due to the warm weather.
Another version involves a sighting of a serpentine creature towering over the cityscape near the same reservoir during a fireworks display. The supposed witness attempted to take a picture of the "serpent", but captured a poor image, weakening the witness claim. The "serpent" was actually one of the dragons residing in Kamijou Touma's hand which were unleashed during the battle against Misaka Mikoto, who was forcibly transformed in an attempt to produce a Level 6.
|Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 097||Mostly false|
|District 7 Southern Station's Turtle Statue||There are a number of legends associated with the turtle statue in front of School District 7's Southern Station, a place originally considered a good meet-up point but had its image decline due to people using it to hand off sketchy items. The legends concerning the eerie statue are oddly justice-oriented, such as it shooting beams from its eyes at night, leaning on girls who had run away from home to drive them away from whoever they were meeting there, or being able to combine with the top of District 18's domed stadium to transform into the Ultimate Galactic Turtle Robot.||Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 19||Undetermined|
|Snail of the Trash Collection Area (ゴミ置き場のカタツムリ Gomiakiba no Katatsumuri?)||A mysterious person from an urban legend spreading amongst elementary school children. Carrying a huge tank on its back, it carries off children who are alone in the vacant lot and brings them to the trash collection area. When you encounter the snail, if you hand over severed hair, the snail will become unable to move.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 1||Undetermined|
|The Murder Tunnel (殺人トンネル Satsujin Tonneru?)||Somewhere in Academy City is a narrow tunnel, and it seems some bizarre people have made their hang out there. The last one to enter, they didn't come out alive so it's become a very very scary place. It is ordinarily safe and only concern at certain times.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 1||Undetermined|
|Longicorn of the Vacant Lot (空き地のカミキリムシ Akichi no Kamikirimushi?)||The mysterious person is an urban legend being gossiped about among elementary school children. She cuts the hair of children she discovers sleeping in the vacant lot using giant scissors. It’s said that in the worst case, should the child wake up, she’ll kill them. The Longicorn is weak against perfume named Omega Flower #43.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 1||Mostly False|
|If you request to have your portrait painted at the park in School District 9, you'll get scouted by the model office (第九学区の公園で似顔絵を描いて貰うとモデル事務所にスカウトされる?)||If one asks for a portrait in one of them, one could get scouted as a model. The veracity of the rumor is unconfirmed.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 1||Undetermined|
|The Mystery of the Kuruha Drink (クルハドリンクの怪 Kuruha Dorinku no Kai?)||In a room in a multi-tenant building somewhere, you can get your hands on a beverage called the Kuruha Drink. It strengthens your ability power when you drink it apparently. The ingredient used in Kuruha Drink is said to be the blood of espers. Therefore the old man who sells the drink remembers the face of whoever buys it, and after they drink it he comes to collect their blood.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 2||Undetermined|
|The Curse of the Nekomichi (ネコミチの呪い Nekomichi no Noroi?)||According to Saten Ruiko, there's a company that produces a cat toy called Nekomichi, and it places curses and such on people who speak with contempt towards cats.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 2||Undetermined|
|The Rumor of the Man-Eating Daruma (人食いダルマ?)||According to Misaka Mikoto, there is a red-colored security robot. This security robot, whose affiliation and appearance are unknown, suddenly appears in the middle of the night and attacks people. Even if it's running wild due to a bug, that says that the development company is secretly running test on a new robot. As for the red body, the rumor is that it's from basking in the blood of its victims.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 2||Undetermined|
|Z-Point Crystallization (Z点結晶?)||Z-Point Crystallization was mentioned by Misaka Mikoto while investigating of Disciplinary Guides. Yamashina of class 1-B at Kashiizaka Middle School disseminate an urban legend.||Toaru Kagaku no Railgun PSP Chapter 2||Undetermined|
|The Whispering Evil Spirit (悪霊の囁き声?)||In a back alley deep among School District 8's buildings, there is an unnamed shrine with unknown target of worship. If you steal the offerings left there, you apparently get possessed by an evil spirit. The evil spirit whispers awful things in your year and if you listen to it, your body will end up doing what it says. ||Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 004||Undetermined|
|The Mutilated Girl by your Pillow (枕元に立つ八つ裂け少女?)||Saten Ruiko mentioned it after the whispering evil spirit urban legend.||Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 004||Undetermined|
|The Grim Reaper that Brings You within a Step of Success (成功の直前まで協力して土壇場で裏切る死神?)||Saten Ruiko mentioned it after the whispering evil spirit urban legend.||Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 004||Undetermined|
|The Normal Transfer Student who Ends up Being a Ghost (一見普通の転校生が実は幽霊 Ikkenhutsuu no Tenkousei ga Jitsu wa Yuurei?)||Saten Ruiko mentioned it after the whispering evil spirit urban legend.||Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 004||Undetermined|
|Shoe-Wearing Cat Lives in a Blessed Tree (猫の精霊が住んでいる祝福の木?)||
||Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 004||Undetermined|
|Slaughter Maid (鏖のメイド Minagoroshi no Meido?)||Indian Poker Merchant obtained urban legend related Indian Poker that Saten requested earlier.||Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 004||Undetermined|
|Monster Athlete (怪人アスリート Kaisin Asurīto?)||Indian Poker Merchant obtained urban legend related Indian Poker that Saten requested earlier.||Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 004||Undetermined|
Imaginary Number District RumorsEdit
- Main article: Imaginary Number District Rumors
Rumors about the Imaginary Number District are pervasive in Academy City, with several rumors popping up declaring that it is the first First Research Organization, it has Imaginary Technology, and that it secretly controls Academy City behind the shadows.