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I read a tumblr post over the weekend that posited that Edna Mode may have had some sort of precognitive powers, since she seemed to know Jack-Jack would have powers before anyone else seemed to. It also posited that the seeming government connections she has might imply their choice to have a Super design for Supers.

It dovetailed with a theory I'd been brewing that she had Super intelligence. The creations in the new film alone, the incredibly adaptive outfit for Jack-Jack, all created overnight, which even she agrees was quite a feat, could easily be described as Super.

Being incredibly intelligent is quite a power, but could easily be "hidden" by simply saying you read a lot, you glean, things like that, so there's less need to have to go underground as the rest of the Supers have.

So... Is Edna Mode a Super?

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    I think someone posted a comment/answer on how super-intelligence didn't make you a Super in this universe. Might have been @Valorum, I'll try to get it back. EDIT: my bad, he was actually praising the exact opposite, lol. See the comments on this question about super-intelligence in the Incredibles universe, for what it's worth :) – Jenayah Jul 5 '18 at 13:13
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    @Jenayah As I said in the comments there Syndrome is not a Super. Not having watched the new film the things Edna have done seem similar to Syndrome so I would suggest she is not a Super. However, I have no evidence beyond those parallels. – TheLethalCarrot Jul 5 '18 at 13:34
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    It seems like the question here is perception. Syndrome certainly didn't consider himself a Super, but being able to build jet books at the age of ten, and inventing an energy that pretty much requires solving the Unified Field Theory to generate sure sounds super to me. It would seem to me that the government with want to either work with or simply keep tabs on people with that kind of intelligence, almost at the same level that they'd want to do so with Supers. – VBartilucci Jul 5 '18 at 13:47
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    @VBartilucci Aye but that doesn't make you a Super, just exceptional. For Syndrome there is a direct quote on Pixar to say he's not a Super. – TheLethalCarrot Jul 5 '18 at 13:48
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    She's super fabulous. – jwodder Jul 5 '18 at 14:09
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No

Now it's a strong claim to say no here but there doesn't seem to be any evidence that she is a Super and there is a case of someone similar who was not one.

The Supers were born with their powers

In my answer to the question: Were the Supers born or created? I come to the conclusion that the Supers were born with their powers.

Syndrome

Syndrome is perhaps the closest person we've seen to Edna in terms of his intelligence and what he can create with technology. Yet he is not a Super, or wasn't born one anyway (implying from the above that he wasn't one).

Syndrome wasn’t born with superpowers, but envied the attention and admiration the Supers received. Of all the Supers, Mr. Incredible embodied everything Syndrome desired: strength, fame, and popularity. Highly intelligent and cunning, Syndrome now spends his days on a remote island on the other side of the world inventing gadgets and robots to carry out a diabolical plot.

Pixar, The Incredibles, Syndrome

Edna

Now onto Edna herself, on the Pixar pages for both films she is described as working with the latest technology and being able to use it very well. No where is it mentioned that she is a Super or has Super intelligence, just that she's certainly at the top of her field.

Brilliant and successful, Edna Mode got her start in the industry as the world’s leading superhero costume designer. With her now-mature sense of design, she remains the top designer in the field, taking her clothing designs to Milan, Paris and other internationally important fashion centers. However, E longs for the return of the superheroes, for a real design challenge, so she can fuse the latest technology with her impeccable fashion sense and unfurl her incredible creations for the adoring public.

Pixar, The Incredibles, Edna "E" Mode

Edna "E" Mod possesses impeccable design sense, a keen understanding of cutting-edge technology and an unmatched skillset. A creative visionary, she longs for the return of Supers so she can once again create functional yet edgy supersuits. The petite and powerful fashionista treats her clients like family, dahling, but sticks firmly to her long-held assertion: No capes!

Pixar, Incredibles 2, Edna "E" Mode

With a lack of evidence to say she is a Super and evidence that is probably there to say she isn't we have to lean towards no.


To answer the actual "theory" that she is a Super...

Edna Mode may have had some sort of precognitive powers, since she seemed to know Jack-Jack would have powers before anyone else seemed to.

This doesn't really seem to be the case, as far as I can tell she just assumed Jack-Jack had powers because Bob and Helen do and both of their first kids, Violet and Dashiell, did.

Edna: Well, I'm sure I don't know, darling. Luck favors the prepared. I didn't know the baby's powers, so I covered the basics.

Helen: Jack-Jack doesn't have any powers.

Edna: No? Well, he'll look fabulous anyway.

The Incredibles

It also posited that the seeming government connections she has might imply their choice to have a Super design for Supers.

Whilst I have no evidence either way here the following quote (taken from one of the quotes above) does say she wasn't the only designer for the Supers. This doesn't exactly say she isn't a Super but does poke a hole in the theory.

Brilliant and successful, Edna Mode got her start in the industry as the world’s leading superhero costume designer.

It's been pointed out that this quote is ambiguous and could read as (superhero costume) designer or superhero (costume designer). I personally believe that it is the former from the context of the quote but if you want to interpret it as the latter that seems valid too.

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    While you make a solid defense for your case, the final quote does nothing for your case - there are two equally valid interpretations because English: "as the world's leading superhero costume designer" ?= (superhero costume) designer || superhero (costume designer). I.e., designer of superhero-costumes OR superhero who also is a costume designer. At the very least, that quote/portion is ambiguous on its own. – Delioth Jul 5 '18 at 20:20
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    @Delioth - I agree on the ambiguous phrasing, but given that the phrasing of that sentence seems to be the only real "evidence", I'm going to agree with OP and say she doesn't have powers, and they meant "...as the world's leading superhero-costume designer". – BruceWayne Jul 5 '18 at 22:04
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    @Delioth The quote may be ambiguous but I'd argue, like Bruce, that given the context of it, it means (superhero costume) designer. – TheLethalCarrot Jul 6 '18 at 8:00
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We have confirmation from The Art of the Incredibles that Edna isn't a powered superhero.

Secret Power: None — unless one counts being super fabulous

That being said, while Edna may not be 'powered', we do have confirmation from The Incredibles: Essential Guide factbook that Edna wears super-fabrics.

Edna designs all her own stylish outfits.

E's clothes are made of the same high-tech fabrics and materials that she invents for Super suits.

As a minimum you'd expect her outfit/s to be made of whatever fabric she invented to replace the outdated 'mega-mesh' and that she's wearing clothes that are bulletproof and fire-resistant, which is pretty super, albeit not superheroic.

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