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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiki Evangelion) is a 26-episode science fiction/action/drama anime series by Studio Gainax which first aired on TV Tokyo and the TX Network from October 1995 through March 1996.In the year 2000, a global cataclysm known as Second Impact changed the entire world. The event annihilated Antarctica and shifted the planet's axis, resulting in catastrophic flooding and drastically altered climates worldwide. The ensuing destruction and international refugee crisis resulted in such extreme geopolitical unrest that nuclear exchanges broke out in mere days. By the time the dust finally settled, half of Earth's human population had perished. Fifteen years after Second Impact, 14 year-old Shinji Ikari finds himself summoned to the fortress city of Tokyo-3 by his estranged father, Gendo, for a single purpose: to pilot a Humongous Mecha called an Evangelion and battle physics-defying beings known as Angels, which threaten to destroy what remains of humanity — though exactly how this would happen, and why the Angels make it their goal, are top secret...Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })What starts off as a relatively standard Humongous Mecha premise gradually transforms into a dramatic study examining the implications of its genre and themes like societal alienation, depression, and the repressive pain of human subjectivity, surrounded by slick visual design and a unique air of religious mysticism. This unprecedented approach is credited with the work's runaway success and inspired a number of productions imitating the formula (with varying degrees of success).However, the series' mature content also resulted in pulled sponsorships, conflict with network censors, and a radical change in time slot (from evening to late-night, only increasing popularity among its older demographic). The production schedule and budget also became perpetual concerns as production wore on. The studio decided to cut their losses and threw out their original plans for a two-part, action-packed finale. The series would instead end with a decidedly literal (and, conveniently enough, visually conservative) summation of the work's themes: a deep introspection on the principle cast's respective motivations and neuroses, taking place in their own minds. This... didn't sit well with fans, partly motivating Gainax to adapt the scrapped series finale to a feature-length film. Budget was still an issue, however, and only 27 minutes of footage were completed and debuted as the second act of the Compilation Movie Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth. Eventually, Gainax was able to complete the rest of "Rebirth" and released the finished product four months later as The End of Evangelion, finally bringing the story to a definitive (but by no means uncontroversial) conclusion. Death and Rebirth would later be recut as Death(true), which was further modified into Death(True)2 and combined with End as Revival of Evangelion.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })Evangelion would come to define the career of its creator, Hideaki Anno, whose personal battles with depression during production directly inspired many of the show's themes. Anno has since come to fully own it, even as it's spun off into numerous adaptations which either play on the themes of the anime or outright ignore them to varying degrees. Also, the series' confusing and controversial ending (and the ending of The End of Evangelion to a slightly lesser degree) became the first instance of what would come to be known as the Gainax Ending, as the studio embraced the surrealism necessitated by budget shortages and made it a cornerstone of their later works.Plans for a Live-Action Adaptation were announced by ADV Films and WETA back in May 21, 2003. However, outside of concept art, the film has languished in Development Hell, with the most recent developments (Gainax withdrawing ADV's rights to adapting the material and ADV in turn suing Gainax for the withdrawal) indicating that the project is likely dead in the water. Some fans have interpreted the movie Pacific Rim as a Lighter and Softer Spiritual Adaptation of the series (though Guillermo del Toro strongly denies this), and may be the closest thing to a live-action adaptation that the series could receive. A crossover with the Transformers franchise has also been released.Netflix announced in November 2018 that they had obtained exclusive streaming rights to the series globally and will begin streaming all 26 episodes, Evangelion: Death(True)2, and The End of Evangelion in spring 2019.See here for more information about the Evangelion franchise as a whole.
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Charge-into-Combat Cut: This happens with the first Angel in Episode 1. We only find out how the first battle went through flashbacks in Episode 2.
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Applied Phlebotinum: The AT Fields and the LCL, whose nature is barely explored, and, to a lesser extent, bakelite.
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Single Specimen Species
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Single Specimen Species: Despite the common denomination of Angels, each of them is completely different from the others, with the exception of the red core near their center. Well, it's more accurate to say that most of them are completely unique...
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Tragedy
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Tragedy: The fatal flaws of the characters undo them in the movie.
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Arc Symbol: Both SEELE and NERV's logos. The former depicts seven eyes arranged in an asymmetrical triangle shape - this same symbol is emblazoned on the mask covering Lilith's face. It's unclear whether this is part of her body, though the implication is that the logo was copied from here. The latter is a fig leaf, which has a very distinct shape, and is the leaf Adam and Eve used to hide their nakedness after eating the fruit of the Tree.
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Kensuke notably averts this: Despite being an otaku, he functions normally in society, is quite charming, takes his army roleplay hobby with a grain of salt, and can rely on the knowledge he accumulated as a military otaku to correctly notice that Misato got a promotion (something even Shinji didn’t notice).
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Instant Expert
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Instant Expert: Triply subverted in the first two episodes. At first, everyone's really excited because it looks like Shinji just might save the day, despite having absolutely no experience piloting the Eva unit. Then he trips, gets beaten up rather brutally by the Angel, and the next thing we see is him waking up in a hospital bed. However, it turns out that he really did turn around and beat the Angel...but this turns out to be due less to Shinji's own abilities and more to the fact that the Eva units are actually alive and intelligent, and more specifically because Yui Ikari's soul is inside Unit 01. It's Mama Bear doing the fighting, not Shinji. It becomes more and more apparent as the series goes on that the "pilots" were chosen according to the "it's not what you know, it's who you know" principle ... they're there to keep the Evas from going berserk and are, almost uniformly, a hindrance as far as the whole fighting Angels thing goes; the Evas would be much more effective without them.
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Madness Mantra: A favorite of the series. To wit: Shinji: "I mustn't run away, I mustn't run away, I mustn't run away..." (Used as Arc Words, to the extent that they're practically his Catch-Phrase) Asuka: "I don't wanna die... I don't wanna die... I don't wanna die... I don't wanna die... I don't wanna die... [skip a few] I DON'T WANNA DIIIIIIIIIIIE!!" Shinji: "I can't take it anymore... I can't take it anymore... I can't take it anymore... I can't take it anymore... Ican'ttakeitanymore... Icanttakeitanymore..." Asuka: "I'll kill you... I'll kill you... I'll kill you... I'll kill you..."
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Heroic BSoD: Shinji and Asuka are the king and queen of this trope towards the end of the series, though it's debatable who's the king and who's the queen.
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Rescue Romance
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Rescue Romance: Although their relationship is really too complex to point to one thing as the source of Asuka's feelings for Shinji, it seems probable that him diving into a volcano to save her probably had something to do with it. However, when you consider that she wasn't just rescued by him, but also shown up by him by doing something really heroic looking, it takes on a new light. Considering her Inferiority Superiority Complex, being rescued while also being outshone by Shinji likely left her feeling very conflicted which is probably the reason she has so much difficulty acknowledging her feelings for him, even to herself.
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Darker and Edgier: The series is definitely this compared to other mecha series. For starters, the series has child pilots (who aren't the most mentally and emotionally sound to begin with) being sent to fight giant monsters, with each battle further mentally and emotionally scarring them. Then the series delves further and further into Psychological Horror, Fanservice and Mind Screw, capping it off with The End of the World as We Know It. Zig-Zagged with the manga. Some consider it even darker than the anime, with Evil Manga Kaworu, Touji dying instead of getting injured after Unit 03 is destroyed, Gendou's villainous traits being played up, and having him outright saying to Shinji's face that he doesn't love him.note (Although it's not entirely true) On the other hand, the main characters (especially Shinji) are generally more mentally stable than in the anime, and while the movie had an ambiguous ending that's subject to a variety of interpretations to this day, the manga ending is more of a clear-cut bittersweet, if not a downright Earn Your Happy Ending.
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This Loser Is You: Shinji gets this treatment a few times. It's been theorized that Shinji, and even the whole show, were meant as Take Thats against otakus. What makes it funnier is that Shinji might be an Author Avatar of Anno himself, so he'd be including himself as a target with that giant middle finger. Funnier, or possibly sadder, since Anno genuinely doesn't have a very high opinion of himself. Sadamoto confirms in the manga's Bonus Material that Shinji is based on Anno. Kensuke notably averts this: Despite being an otaku, he functions normally in society, is quite charming, takes his army roleplay hobby with a grain of salt, and can rely on the knowledge he accumulated as a military otaku to correctly notice that Misato got a promotion (something even Shinji didn’t notice).
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Tempting Fate: In episode 11, when the power goes out in the city, Fuyutsuki comments that it would be really bad if an Angel were to appear now. Cue next scene, showing an Angel appearing and approaching the now defenseless city. In episode 22, Asuka complains about how the Angel hasn't shown up—just before she gets hit by its Mind Rape beam.
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Badass Adorable: Shinji, Rei and Asuka all qualify for this trope in one way or another.
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All According to Plan
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All According to Plan: Used by Gendou and SEELE to indicate that current events have not upset "the plan" - specifically, they tend to say 'all according to the scenario', as the plan is based around the prophecies in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Considering that they ultimately have different motives, by the end of the series it becomes clear that this is just lampshading. Their differing scenarios diverge at the end, so it makes sense. At the point where something goes according to Gendo's scenario that is not according to SEELE's scenario, SEELE begins to distrust Gendo, realising they are being betrayed, and when he finally admits that he isn't going to go along with their plan for Instrumentality, SEELE sends the JSSDF to kill every single last person at NERV HQ.
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The Anti-Nihilist
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The Anti-Nihilist: Played straight, with all the bitterness and angst included.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Shinji; one of the central pillars of his character is to do something to get Gendou to acknowledge him.
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Genre Shift: The series moved from a shonen magazine (Shonen Ace) to a seinen magazine (Young Ace), more due to its infamous Schedule Slips than for actual changes in the content.
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As seen in All There in the Manual, there's some evidence to indicate the anime version was "I need you".
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Artistic License – Biology: A fairly mild form of it; it is SF biology, after all. Though it might be argued it's meant as metabiology and actual science has very little to do with the show. It's also not what a Hayflick limit is. The Hayflick limit is the number of times a (non-stem) cell can divide. Why is there a limit? Because cells that don't have it are cancerous.
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Title Drop: Episode 21:
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Villains Never Lie: Seen when SEELE turns Ritsuko against Gendou and Rei in Episode 23 by telling her the truth: that Gendou sent her to be interrogated instead of Rei, because she is not as vital to his plans. This causes her to realize she was being used the entire time. Gendou, on the other hand, averts this. He repeatedly lies to Kaji about the nature of Adam up until he is killed (by either Nerv or Seele, it's deliberately left ambiguous). Ritsuko, although it's debatable as to what extent she's really a villain, also averts this, repeatedly lying to Misato about the nature of the Evas and claiming that she's told her everything there is to know when there's a whole wealth of information she's keeping secret.
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Rei Ayanami is The Chick, the demure and feminine pilot of Unit 00 who is a cold Emotionless Girl with no understanding of human emotions or feelings.
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Rivers of Blood: Many of the Angels spill enough blood that the city streets end up flooded when they're killed, though this is understandable given their sheer size.
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Poor Communication Kills: Misato dies from a lack of preliminary discussion, careful placement, and cooperation on Shinji's behalf.
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Marshmallow Hell: Misato accidentally does this to Shinji when they, along with Asuka, Touji, Kensuke, and Kaji, are stuck in a too-small elevator.
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Touji and Kensuke, eventually extended to Shinji until the Unit 03 incident.
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Diabolus ex Machina: In End of Evangelion, Asuka manages to destroy the MP-Evas sent to terminate her and the rest of NERV after a Heroic Second Wind... and then the giant blades the MP-Evas suddenly turn into copies of the Lance of Longinus, impale Asuka, and the MP-Evas regenerate from their apparent deaths and maim her.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: Both the original ending and Evangelion: Death include visual references to a theater stage. The End of Evangelion takes it even further. A young Shinji is shown building a sand castle of the GeoFront...and then the camera backs up and shows that he's under stage lighting. Later on, there is a live-action sequence, which includes equivalents of several of the characters. The latter is even described as being a "dream" and "not Shinji's reality," hence the postmodern overtones of the movie.
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Scary Shiny Glasses: Gendo, to emphasise him being a case of Four Eyes, Zero Soul (well, actually a subversion).
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Ambiguous Situation: Numerous instances, most notably Gendou's silent line to Ritsuko before shooting her and the final scene of End.
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Obstructive Bureaucrat: During the Jet Alone incident, Misato has to deal with a five-person chain of command to force a deactivation command on the mech, who ultimately agree to grant her clearance... effective upon the arrival of the paperwork. Note that this is during an imminent nuclear disaster. After being given this message, she says "screw it", takes charge, and deploys Unit 01 to hold it steady so she can hang onto Jet Alone's back and manually input the shutdown command.
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Tanks for Nothing
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Tanks for Nothing: In both the opening episode and the movies, tanks will fire massive barrages at the Angels, and do no damage at all.
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Running on All Fours: Evas when Berserk.
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Incest Is Relative
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Incest Is Relative: Shinji's attraction to Rei, and vice versa, because Rei has Yui Ikari's DNA. They can even date or marry in some of the wacky schoolday video games and the mangas based on them.
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It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Being a pilot features: being yanked around by an uncaring dickhead of a commander who won't hesitate to dispose of his own son, being trapped in a horrific steel-and-flesh monstrosity, fighting horrific monsters that can drive you insane, feeling intense pain each time said monsters land a hit, a lack of a social life, and having to deal with bizarre co-pilots. In addition, being an EVA pilot usually means having your mother absorbed into the thing, and leaves the young pilots with some sort of trauma.
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Like Father, Like Son
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Like Father, Like Son: Not very obvious to begin with, but as the series delve deeper into their respective characters, especially near the end of the series, it becomes clear how alike Shinji and Gendo actually are, especially in their problems and shortcomings; both being at their cores, socially-awkward people who are stuck between their desire to be loved by the people around them, their problems with forming interpersonal relationships as they fear leaving themselves open to be hurt by other people, as well as dragging themselves down through constant low-intensity self-loathing stemming from a subconscious belief that they are unwanted people who are unworthy of love. The main difference between them is really that Gendo has given up hope than anyone but Yui could ever love him, while Shinji still has some hope that he will one day find love and acceptance, though he gets pretty damn close to completely losing that hope over the course of the series.
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Chekhov's Gun: Rei says she was born to be an Eva pilot, and when she stops being that, she will cease to exist. Neither is metaphorical. The Jet Alone foreshadows a much greater conspiracy. The AT Field? Everyone has one.
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Adaptation Expansion
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Adaptation Expansion: The manga details more of the odd relationship between Shinji and Rei (and Rei's character in general), gives Kaji a tragic backstory, makes Kaworu much more prominent, and the battle with the MP Evas is expanded since Shinji gets in on the action.
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May–December Romance
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May–December Romance: At the very least, toyed with.
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First Church of Mecha: Evas were made as a substitute for God, apparently. It's more complex than that, but there's no way to explain it in short. Oh, and they aren't just a substitute for God, going by the Japanese notion of 'kami', the Evas pretty much are Gods.
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No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
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No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The instances of Unit 01 going berserk, and the activation of the Dummy Plug. Honorable mention however, is the end of Episode 19, where we bear witness to a vicious one as the Dummy Plug-controlled Unit-01 overpowers the Angel-possessed Unit-03 and tears it to pieces in an animalistic rage that horrifies most seeing it...especially Shinji, as he's feeling everything the Eva is doing despite not being able to control it.
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Anime Theme Song: "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" is definitive of the franchise.
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Suggestive Collision: Shinji falls with Rei, causing him to land on top of her, with one hand on her breast. Being an Emotionless Girl, she doesn't react in any way.
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Hufflepuff House
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Hufflepuff House: Japan has ascended to the role of the world's one superpower following Second Impact, an alleged meteor strike that killed billions and completely altered the global climate. Despite the extinction-level threat posed by the Angels, nations that were powerful pre-Second Impact are close to absent from the story. America is noted to be alive but struggling, with little further elaboration. Meanwhile, the other UN Security Council nations—Britain, France, Russia, and China—are basically uninvolved outside of NERV's occasional communications with the UN and their seats on SEELE's committee.
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Same Content, Different Rating: The Evangelion manga moving from Shonen Ace to Young Ace, thus cementing its Seinen demography since 2009. The actual reason for moving was Sadamoto's infamous Schedule Slips and the fact that Young Ace's editorial puts less pressure on their manga-ka because the magazine is less mainstream than Shonen Ace but still is just as popular. With that said, the actual contents in the series did not change at all to justify its newfound mature demography. If it wasn't for Sadamoto's tight schedule Kadokawa Shoten surely would have transfered Evangelion to just another Shonen magazine.
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Regional Redecoration: Antarctica was destroyed by the Second Impact, leaving a sea devoid of all Lilith-based life, including microbes. After dropping an N2 bomb on an Angel, a NERV officer complains that they'll have to redraw the map of Japan again.
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More Than Mind Control
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More Than Mind Control: Manga Gendou uses Shinji's insecurities and loneliness to try to convince him he's every bit as evil, desperate and vengeful as Gendo is.
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Everyone Went to School Together
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Everyone Went to School Together: There are a lot of school-related trios in Evangelion. Ritsuko, Misato, and Kaji all went to college together. Gendou, Yui, and Fuyutsuki; Yui was Fuyutsuki's favorite student at university, and Gendou was his advisee and Yui's boyfriend. Shinji, Asuka, and Rei are all in the same homeroom. Also, Kensuke, Touji, and Shinji form their own trio, complete with an endearing label from Asuka. This one is justified, as all of the students in the pilots' homeroom are potential Eva pilots.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: Many. For example, the Japanese title for the last episode is "The Beast That Shouted 'Ai' at the Heart of the World". Because the "ai" is written in katakana, the word's meaning can only be inferred, allowing for two interpretations: "The Beast That Shouted 'I' at the Heart of the World" (fittingly, the episode features Shinji rejecting the Assimilation Plot), or "The Beast That Shouted 'Love' at the Heart of the World", the title of a classic science fiction story and anthology by Harlan Ellison.
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Parental Abandonment: Evangelion deals with its consequences.
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Easter Egg
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Easter Egg: Spike Spencer (Shinji's English dub actor)'s famous rant about the original ending from Shinji's POV, which includes gems such as "W-what's an Eva? Is that sort of a Freudian thing, or...um...am I real?" and "I mustn't run away, I mustn't run — okay, I got that, good, okay, now if I were to run away, let's analyze that, where the fuck would I go!?" Take a listen. It's even better if you think about how much Spencer's Shinji voice sounds like Larry the Cucumber from VeggieTales. The End of Evangelion has an awesome one. Early in the movie when Misato checks the computers, the screen with orange text has her saying "So that's what happened during Second Impact". However, the text is in fact a brief bio of Studio Gainax where every instance of the word Gainax is replaced by GEHIRN, and IMPORTANT-LOOKING, ALL-CAPS phrases like SECOND IMPACT and ADAM inserted at random. Additionally, there are some bogus "binary" numbers (10-bit instead of 8-bit), and there is a 4 among them. This could be a symbol for death, which is pronounced the same as the number in japanese (shi).
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State Sec
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State Sec: NERV. They are not only funded directly by the UN (actually SEELE), they have special legal protection and are the sole organisation operating Evas. There was one instance where an American admiral was forced to cooperate by a NERV captain, which shouldn't be possible in real life. In another example, the same captain requested a prototype weapon from the Japanese military and immediately got it without any red tape (they just waived a requisition order in their faces and had Rei's EVA fetch the cannon). It is said that their expenses involving Eva repairs and collateral damage could immediately bankrupt a small country. They also happen to have an Elaborate Underground Base as their main headquarters and a Captured Super-Entity in the basement.
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A Date with Rosie Palms
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A Date with Rosie Palms: Notoriously in The End of Evangelion, where Shinji masturbates to a comatose Asuka.
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Limited Wardrobe: While Misato and Asuka have pretty varied wardrobes, most of the other characters seem to have about two changes of clothes in their respective wardrobes. Granted, most of the following examples are justified (given that most of the character's clothes are uniforms, and many are only ever seen at NERV, but still. Rei has her plugsuit and her school uniform, and is rarely ever seen wearing anything other than these two costumes. Any moment when she's not seen wearing one or the other is when she's switching between them. Her lack of wardrobe might be tied to her lot as the Emotionless Girl, with clothing serving nothing more than a plain function. Shinji seems to be in a similar boat, having only his plugsuit and uniform, plus a few shirts and such. Ritsuko is usually seen with a few combinations of the same articles of clothing, plus or minus her labcoat (of which she has several). She does have a few formal dresses for weddings, though. Gendo and Fuyutsuki are pretty much always seen in their uniforms. Same goes for the command crew at NERV HQ, although at least they have a few different items of clothing.
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Readings Are Off the Scale
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Readings Are Off the Scale: At one point Shinji reaches a 400% synchro rate with the Eva. He dissolves into the LCL in the entry plug.
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Adam and/or Eve
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Adam and/or Eve: The names humanity gave to the Seeds of Life: Adam and Lilith, Lilith being Eve's predecessor as the first woman. For more fun: The short-hand term for Evangelion is "Eva", the form of "Eve" in most European languages, including most importantly Greek and Latin. The parallel is easier to see when you consider Evangelions are made from Adam's flesh, as Eve was made from Adam's rib.
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Dirty Business
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To a lesser degree this applies to Fuyutsuki—while he is the least "evil" of the characters listed here, he merely protests the human costs of NERV's projects and is still willing to help Gendo out of love for the same woman. However, it is later revealed that his true agenda was to help Yui derail SEELE's plans all along, arguably making him a co-Big Good to her.
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Awesome but Impractical
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Awesome, but Impractical: This applies to pretty much every bit of technology NERV owns. The Evas themselves are badass and extremely powerful, but can only operate for, at most, five minutes on a battery, and have various unpredictable problems caused by their only-vaguely-understood operating principles and immature pilots. Even more obviously, the Jet Alone, a gigantic, hammer-wielding, remotely-piloted, nuclear-powered mecha that lacks the Eva's AT field, making it pointless for Angel defense.
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Famous Last Words "Well, you're a little late, aren't you?" Ryouji Kaji "I thank you, Shinji Ikari. My life was meaningful because of you." Kaworu Nagisa, TV series. "If I had known it would end like this, I would have changed the carpet just like Asuka suggested... right, Pen-Pen? Kaji-kun [sub] Kaji, my love [dub]... I did do the right thing, didn't I...?" Misato Katsuragi "You liar." Ritsuko Akagi. "I'll kill you... I'll kill you... I'll kill you..." Asuka Langley Sohryu. She gets better "SOON INDIVIDUAL ENTITIES WILL BE UNABLE TO MAINTAIN THEIR SEPARATE FORMS!!!" Shigeru Aoba (actual last words are inaudible shrieking) "Ikari, did you also get to see Yui again...?" Kozo Fuyutsuki "Sempai... SEMPAI!!" (sub) "Ritsuko... RITSUKO!!" Maya Ibuki (dub) "The beginning and the end are one the same. Yes... all is right with the world." Keel Lorenz "And so this is my retribution. Forgive me, Shinji..." Gendo Ikari
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Gratuitous English
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Gratuitous English: Frequently. Also, each child pilot is referred to as a "Children" in the Japanese soundtrack: Rei Ayanami is called the "First Children"; Asuka Langley Soryu is called the "Second Children"; Shinji Ikari is called the "Third Children"; and so on.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The End Of Evangelion can be described as a happy ending as viewed in a cynical light. Instrumentality occurs along with the Third Impact, significantly changing the Earth's geography and atmosphere and causing all of humanity to morph into a single being - but Shinji chooses to give people the ability to escape from this state, knowing that even if people end up hurting one another, no one means to in the end. Shinji eventually wakes up on the surface of the Earth and finds that Asuka is alive, showing that people can actually recover from Instrumentality and that more could come soon. Humanity has another chance, but they'll have to adapt to an extremely altered environment that is more hostile than the world after the Second Impact. Given the how dark the movie is, it's hard to notice the "happy" part of the ending. Possibly even a Downer Ending, considering the movie ends with Shinji attempting to strangle Asuka to death then stopping and crying, with all Asuka saying in response is "Disgusting." Shinji is still a troubled fellow with no guarantee of recovery.
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Vocal Evolution
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Vocal Evolution: The voice actors' performances become more nuanced and multidimensional as the series does. This is more obvious in the English version, but it is true for the Japanese original as well.
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Tomato in the Mirror: Humanity, being the ultimate result of the terraforming process started by Lilith, is collectively the 18th Angel, and every sentient lifeform on Earth is just protoplasmic ooze held bodily together by energy fields which are the physical manifestation of the ego. Angels are another, alternate conception of humanity, with the ability to exert physical control but with limited self-understanding.
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Theme Music Power-Up
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Theme Music Power-Up: Whenever "The Beast II" plays, something's going to die.
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Number of the Beast
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Number of the Beast: Ritsuko uses a "Type 666" firewall to protect NERV's MAGI from hacking by SEELE in End of Evangelion. In "Rebirth" Misato is seen in (or in the bay next to) parking bay 667, which the English voice actors joked was the Neighbour of the Beast.
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Gratuitous Foreign Language
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Gratuitous Foreign Language: The title itself is gratuitous Greek which would translate into English as "New Beginning Gospel" or "Gospel of the New Genesis" which may be more appropriate considering the way Shinji and Asuka are left at the end of End of Evangelion...
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Cooldown Hug
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Cooldown Hug: Stroke rather than hug, but in End of Evangelion, when Asuka touches Shinji's face in the same way that Yui had done earlier, which stops him from strangling her.
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Deconstructor Fleet
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Deconstructor Fleet: The series answers a lot of the nagging questions about Humongous Mecha series and anime in general — "Why are all the central protagonists the same age?" "Why would a vehicle care about its pilot's mental state?" "Why are the mecha's abilities so closely matched to their enemies?" "How did the main character suddenly become the best fighter with zero experience?" etc. - and returns answers so simple, direct, and reasonable that they are also probably the most depressing and terrifying answers possible.
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Two-Keyed Lock
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Two-Keyed Lock: In episode 13, Hyuga and Aoba unsuccessfully try to do this to shut off the MAGI system before an Angel (which has taken the form of a computer virus) can infect it.
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Self-Abuse
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Self-Abuse: Shinji masturbates once, but the setting and the result testify that the show's creators/creator don't view it in a positive light.
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Inverted Portrait
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Inverted Portrait: At an early point in the opening credits, Asuka and Rei's naked silhouettes pan over the screen in the background. Asuka is upside-down while Rei is upright. Rei's silhouette can be seen, reflected upside-down in water, spinning against the dark blue background of the Closing Credits.
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Japan Takes Over the World
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Japan Takes Over the World: A later case. Japan is a major if not THE player in the world following second impact. The formally home-defence-only JSDF now deploys all over the world. NERV is entirely manned by Japanese personnel.
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Training Montage
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Training Montage: Shinji and Asuka training for the second battle with the 7th Angel.
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Closing Credits
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Rei's silhouette can be seen, reflected upside-down in water, spinning against the dark blue background of the Closing Credits.
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Humans Are Flawed
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Humans Are Flawed: NERV and SEELE's motivation is that humanity, as it exists, can't be happy. Kaworu, despite having been raised (and perhaps created) by SEELE values the achievements of human culture and respects Shinji's ability to pick himself up and keep going after heartbreak instead of giving up on life the way Gendou and SEELE have. The belief that humans, not Angels, should have the future is the motive for his Heroic Sacrifice, and he later appears after Third Impact as a Spirit Advisor and the symbol that not all Humans Are Bastards: he's the one person to ever show pure, untainted kindness to Shinji, and if even an Angel can do that...
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After the End
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After the End: The series is tragically set in an area of this and Just Before the End, taking place 15 years after the second horrific cataclysm, and right before the inevitable third one.
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I Can't Do This by Myself
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I Can't Do This by Myself: In End of Evangelion, Shinji says this to Asuka when the burden of creating a new world falls on his shoulders. She refuses.
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Gender Flip: Several fans have theorized that the three leads are examples; noting how few would speak ill of◊ a sad little Moe Shinji, Hot-Blooded Jerk Ass Asuka, and The Stoic Rei were they the opposite genders. This video shows a nice example of that idea.)
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Vapor Wear
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Vapor Wear: Seeing how Rei strips off all of her undergarments before putting on her plugsuit, it seems to imply that none of the pilots wear underwear while wearing their plugsuits in order to boost their synchronization rating. Asuka probably gets to have her panties on in her period, though.
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Gratuitous German
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Gratuitous German: GEHIRN = brain, NERV = nerve, SEELE = soul. Asuka's dub dialogue features the occasional German word or phrase, and she has an entire conversation in German on the phone in one episode. Her German is so bad, it does worse things to German-speakers' ears than Arael did to Asuka's mind. The English dub was even more fond of this , with Asuka shouting "PERVERSER MENSCH!" ('perverted human') where the Japanese original had the much less cumbersome "ecchi!", just to name one of the many examples. However, it's safe to say that the English voice actresses for her had a somewhat better grasp of the language and got the pronounciation at least kinda right.
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Official Couple: Amongst the tangled mess of unspoken/unrequited feelings, manipulations, and misunderstandings, Misato and Kaji as well as Gendo and Yui are stands out as the closest things the show has to this trope.
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Rule of Cool
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That's not what a Dirac sea is... at all. The show also fails quantum physics forever by throwing it around as a metaphor combined with Rule of Cool.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Falls on both the idealist end and the cynical end simultaneously, via Ambiguous Situations and playing planetary extinction and Meaningless Villain Victory completely straight, simultaneously.
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Zeerust
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Zeerust: No New Fashions in the Future? Check. Cassettes? Check. Video games? Asuka loves her Seca.
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The Smart Guy
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Kaworu Nagisa is The Smart Guy, The Wise Beyond Their Years philosopher and replacement pilot for Unit 02 who is completely naive to the nature of humanity and ends up as SEELE's patsy.
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Kill 'em All
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Kill 'em All: The movie looks like it, though it depends on your interpretation whether what happened to them actually counts as death. It is certainly implied that there can be a potential Everybody Lives. The manga goes through the same process, but does come to the Everybody Lives conclusion, save for characters who die the regular way as opposed to being turned to LCL. Then again, we briefly see Touji alive and well, so...
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Soaperizing
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Soaperizing: ...to the point where the last 2 episodes abandon the rest of the plot.
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Reality Warper
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Reality Warper: An AT-Field, the primary weapon of both the Evangelions and the Angels, is basically the territory within which you can alter reality to your own designs. It's mostly used to create Deflector Shields, but there are plenty of more exotic applications as well.
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Curtain Call: At the Grand Finale of the series, all of the named characters of the show appear at one final scene, congratulate Shinji on his epiphany, and then congratulate you, dear viewer.
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Out-of-Clothes Experience
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Out-of-Clothes Experience: Especially Shinji and Rei, but it happens once or twice to Asuka too. And to manga Yui. Also, to humankind in End.
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Trauma Swing
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Trauma Swing: During Asuka's Mind Rape and during a flashback to Shinji's childhood in The End of Evangelion. However, unlike other examples of this trope, neither one actually sits on a swing.
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Curb-Stomp Battle: Happens every time the Evas go berserk, and the first time the Dummy Plug is activated. In End of Evangelion, Asuka's fight against the JSSDF and the MP EVAs...at first.
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Fighter-Launching Sequence: The Evas are launched on elevator-like lifts that can get them from the Geofront to the streets of Tokyo-3 in just a few seconds.
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Grilling the Newbie
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Grilling the Newbie: Shortly after Shinji arrived in his class, there were already rumors he was the Eva pilot after his first fight. The moment he innocently confirmed it, everybody (save Hikari, Kensuke, and Touji) surrounded him to ask him questions related to the Eva.
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Because Destiny Says So
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Because Destiny Says So: According to the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is, however, an interesting interplay between destiny and human will.
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Sunglasses at Night
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Sunglasses at Night: With the exception of flashbacks, Gendou is never seen without his scary shades, even when NERV suffers a station-wide blackout in Episode 11.
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Infant Immortality
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Infant Immortality: In a blink-and-miss-it moment, this is averted in Episode 19 when Unit 02's head crashes into the shelter and kills several people, including a baby that was audibly laughing a few seconds earlier.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: The conclusion of Shinji's battle with the last Angel (Kaworu) comes across as this. The Angels are gone and mankind is safe - but Tokyo-3 has been ruined; Kaji is dead; Touji is a cripple; Kensuke, Hikari, and their families have moved away, taking Pen-Pen with them; Asuka is catatonic; Ritsuko is in prison; Misato is a nervous wreck; Rei is "the third one"; Shinji is utterly broken psychologically after having to kill the only person who has offered him unconditional love in the course of the whole series; and SEELE is still about to initiate their plot. The worst is still to come. The End Of Evangelion can be described as a happy ending as viewed in a cynical light. Instrumentality occurs along with the Third Impact, significantly changing the Earth's geography and atmosphere and causing all of humanity to morph into a single being - but Shinji chooses to give people the ability to escape from this state, knowing that even if people end up hurting one another, no one means to in the end. Shinji eventually wakes up on the surface of the Earth and finds that Asuka is alive, showing that people can actually recover from Instrumentality and that more could come soon. Humanity has another chance, but they'll have to adapt to an extremely altered environment that is more hostile than the world after the Second Impact. Given the how dark the movie is, it's hard to notice the "happy" part of the ending. Possibly even a Downer Ending, considering the movie ends with Shinji attempting to strangle Asuka to death then stopping and crying, with all Asuka saying in response is "Disgusting." Shinji is still a troubled fellow with no guarantee of recovery. Depending on how you interpret things, the manga ending is this. Humanity has been restored in the wake of the aborted Instrumentality, and everyone who survived to the end is shown to be living normal lives. However they've lost all of their memories from their time at Tokyo-3, but as Shinji's chance encounter with Asuka and Kensuke at Tokyo shows, there's still a possibility to re-establish those lost ties, as the future is now wide open for everyone to take advantage of.
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Spoiler Cover: The cover for The End of Evangelion is actually an epilogue of sorts to the film, depicting the immediate aftermath of the very last scene.
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Marilyn Maneuver
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Marilyn Maneuver: Asuka's introduction; her sun dress gets blown up by a breeze.
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Mostly averted; the MAGI computers never turn evil, but the most human of them betrays Ritsuko at the worst possible moment. Subverted with the Evas when you find out they aren't actually robots.
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Appendage Assimilation: Unit 01 tears off one of Zeruel's "arms", and reshapes it to replace the arm that was torn off earlier in the battle.
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Title Scream
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Title Scream: The eyecatches originally had this during the show's development. These versions can be heard on the S Works CD soundtrack set, where they are marked "F-0" and "F-1."
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LongRunner
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Long Runner: The anime series had a standard length of 26 episodes. The manga adaptation, on the other hand, ran for just under twenty years, starting in 1994 and concluding in 2013.
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Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book
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Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Shown in The End of Evangelion and the Director's Cut version of episode 22. The drawings are implied to be of Asuka's design.
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Small Steps Hero
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Gendou: An inability to let go of his late wife, leading to much misery for his son and the rest less the entire world.
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Hospital Surprise: People awake in hospital beds all the time.
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Alternate Continuity
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Alternate Continuity: Especially noticeable in the video games and mangas Girlfriend of Steel 2 and Shinji Ikari Raising Project as well as in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse and the Hobby Japan-exclusive "sequel" Evangelion ANIMA.
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Love Dodecahedron
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Love Dodecahedron: Played for angst rather than laughs. Here's◊ a schematic diagram.
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Utopia Justifies the Means
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Utopia Justifies the Means: SEELE's ultimate plot: bring humanity into a state of eternal peace through the destruction of individuality.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: While the plot focuses mainly on adolescent characters, the themes of self-loathing, social phobia, and the inevitability of hurting and being hurt by those close to us strike a nerve for many adult viewers, which is to say nothing of the conspiracy-related plot threads and the horrific portrayal of war (and the notion of being attacked by your own government and countrymen) in The End of Evangelion. It's also worth noting that the series contains what is probably one of the most thorough and realistic portrayals of manic depression in any medium. All of this is a case of Real Life Writes the Plot: Hideaki Anno was going through a very rough patch in his life.
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Drop the Hammer
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Drop the Hammer: Jet Alone Prime's primary weapon.
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Goth Spirals
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Goth Spirals: The Lance of Longinus is essentially two long shafts of metal that are twisted around each other then separate and spread into blades. In End, the Lance's blades twist together into a single point just before it penetrates Unit-01's core. As the Lance leaves Earth with Unit-01 at the end of End, its handle has almost completely separated, leaving only a small bit twisted together in the center. When the Lance is merged with Unit-01 in End, the Eva becomes surrounded by twisting material that forms a titanic cross.
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Four Is Death
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Four Is Death: Unit 04 explodes on its activation test. Unit 03, the actual fourth Evangelion, is infected by an Angel and eventually killed in a brutal manner by a dummy plug-controlled Unit 01. The pilot was, naturally, the Fourth Child, who just became the fourth person his new girlfriend makes lunches for. When Shinji reaches 400% synchronization rate, his body disintegrates into LCL.
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Defeat Equals Explosion
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Defeat Equals Explosion: When the Angel's cores are destroyed, they explode and leave a lake of red gunk.
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Stress Vomit
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Stress Vomit: Maya Ibuki does this after seeing Unit 01 devouring another Angel.
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Butt-Monkey
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Episode 17 ("Fourth Children") is a textbook example of dramatic irony. At Shinji's expense, of course. Everybody except Shinji knows that Touji is the Fourth Child, and the plot of the episode is centered on the fact that everybody conceals that fact from Shinji (either intentionally or unintentionallynote Asuka, for example, had mistakenly assumed that he knew all along, and when she realized during the sortie that nobody bothered to tell him even now, she was started to spill the beans to him before she was cut off by a surprise attack from the Angel.) until it's too late.
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Stock Footage
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Stock Footage: Note how much time the characters spend on elevators and escalators in most episodes; also, Eva launch sequences. The end of the Unit 01 vs. Kaworu scene was also the longest still shot in anime history back then and might still be (but the end of the "Ode to Joy" sounded good!). Let's also not forget the original episodes 25 and 26, which consist almost entirely of reused footage, as the studio had run out of budget by that point. The same clip of Shinji eating breakfast is reused several times, as is a clip of Misato drinking beer. One scene of a forest being destroyed was actually recycled from Nadia. The clip of Shinji waking up with a start in the hospital is used numerous times.
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Finger-Tenting
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Finger-Tenting: Gendo is pretty much the poster boy for this trope, doing it in almost every scene in which he's sitting down; sometimes also combined with a Psychotic Smirk. His trademark covering-the-mouth variant is often called "the Gendo pose". (As a bonus, using the pose repeatedly helped cut down on animation costs and nobody had to worry about matching lip flaps when dubbing into another language.) Scans from the original designs show Shinji doing a happy version of the pose. It must be a tradition in the Ikari family. Rei also does this several times. She must unconsciously have copied it from Gendo. Misato can be seen doing it too.
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Our Angels Are Different
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Our Angels Are Different: Ironically, these are a lot closer to the actual, very trippy angel descriptions in The Bible, such as "beryl-coloured wheel within a wheel, each rim covered with eyes" and the like. Of course, they're not really angels, though. They're aliens. But they weren't meant to be.
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Scenery Gorn
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Scenery Gorn: The End of Evangelion is unprecedentedly, lovingly meticulous in its depictions of violence and destruction on a massive scale.
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Scenery Porn
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Scenery Porn: Especially notable whenever Shinji runs away.
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Gory Discretion Shot: All that is shown of Kaworu's death in the anime is the silhouette of his head falling into the LCL lake. The manga represents his death as Shinji strangling him in a field similar to where they first met.
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Sacred First Kiss
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Sacred First Kiss: Subverted. Shinji and Asuka kiss, but it's painfully unromantic, it doesn't lead anywhere, and she never does stop bullying him, although she is later on revealed to be very hurt by the fact that he wasn't more enthusiastic about it. A different subversion happens in the manga; Shinji and Asuka are just about to kiss, but are interrupted by Kaji and Misato.
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Humans Are the Real Monsters
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Humans Are the Real Monsters: The reason for the plot. The First Ancestral Race sent Adam to Earth, and Lilith ended up there too. Lilith didn't know what to do, so she just used her blood as the basis for life. This life, the Lilim/human race, ended up populating the planet. So the Angels are now trying to reunite with daddy and eradicate the human race so that they can have their own planet.
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Break the Cutie: Every last character you found the faintest bit sympathetic, in End of Evangelion, and several other instances that begin much earlier. Shinji and Asuka (especially Shinji) embody this trope.
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The World Mocks Your Loss: Rei embodies this trope for Shinji due to her being a clone of his (not-really dead) mother, though he doesn't fully realise this until it's spelt out for him near the end of the series by Ritsuko.
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You Are Too Late
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Shinji: A crippling fear of being rejected and hated by others. It ultimately lead to him being too late to save Asuka in episode 25.
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Screamer Trailer
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Screamer Trailer: The show and, by extension, its director are very fond of this effect. Even the DVD menus could qualify for this description.
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Lonely Together
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Lonely Together: Basically subverted. The conditions are there, but the characters are ultimately too screwed up to really help each other, as demonstrated by scenes like Misato's failed attempt to console Shinji after Rei's death. Asuka in particular is very bitter that Shinji only wants to be with her because he doesn't have anyone else.
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It's Always Spring: Justified. The Second Impact caused a dramatic shift in the Earth's axis, not only causing worldwide environmental damage, but also forcing significant climate changes (Japan, like the rest of the planet, is now trapped within an eternal Heat Wave). The End takes place on December 31st, and the weather looks just as it did when Shinji first arrived in Tokyo-3, some months earlier. It's Always Sunny in Tokyo-3, indeed.
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Downer Ending: Episode 26, depending on interpretation (the ambiguity of Shinji's epiphany doesn't help). Whatever the hell happened, at least Shinji ends it finally happy. The same goes for End; although a brighter future is possible and the main conspiracy has been averted, the film ends with Shinji weeping after trying to strangle Asuka and Asuka horrified and disgusted with Shinji, and the Earth in ruin. An even darker ending, "Last B", was in the storyboard stages for End at some point. It starts with Shinji lying on the beach while holding hands with someone. He notices that he will probably never see his friends again, but that he also will keep on living anyways. He then squeezes the hand he is holding and sees a short flash of Rei. It is then revealed that nobody is lying next to him, and the hand he is holding belongs to that arm Rei lost earlier in the film.
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The series is definitely this compared to other mecha series. For starters, the series has child pilots (who aren't the most mentally and emotionally sound to begin with) being sent to fight giant monsters, with each battle further mentally and emotionally scarring them. Then the series delves further and further into Psychological Horror, Fanservice and Mind Screw, capping it off with The End of the World as We Know It.
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Wham Line: In End of Evangelion; "We are the Eighteenth Angel."
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Wham Shot: In Chapter 96.5 of the manga, a unnamed friend of Yui Ikari grows jealous of her budding relationship with Gendo Rokubungi and her upcoming hiring at NERV. As the two reconcile, Yui ties her friend's hair in twintails and puts an old pair of glasses on her. revealing her identity to the audience as Mari Makinami. Admittedly, it is subverted a bit by the fact that Yoshiyuki Sadamoto has later stated that the scene is Canon Discontinuity and was just something he did for fun.
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Author Tract
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Author Tract: Having been inspired by Anno's own battle with depression, the series contains numerous in-depth discussions of the human condition and concludes with a lengthy expose on the thought process that leads Shinji to overcome his own depression, go on living and reject the Assimilation Plot he finds himself a part of.
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Kavorka Man: Gendou, even after growing into a scraggled hard-ass when his wife 'died', managed to woo Dr. Akagi's mother and the doctor herself completely and utterly. hence the ReDeath meme "IT'S GENDO!". Shinji also, as he is fourteen, lacks self-confidence and social skills to a spectacular extent, is rather average looking, and still has at least Rei, Asuka, and Kaworu expressing interest in him, with some continuities taking it up to a pretty huge Unwanted Harem.
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If You Can Read This
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If You Can Read This: The show's scripts are periodically used as dummy texts. On the other hand, in one episode freeze-framing the show during a particular scene will reveal a shockingly detailed account (written in Surprisingly Good English, no less) of the official cover story for Second Impact. Misato, in End, was reading what really happened during the Second Impact. If a curious person decides to read it, they find that it's really a company biography detailing the history of Gainax with words like GEHIRN inserted in all caps here and there to make it look plot relevant to the casual observer.
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The Big Guy
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Touji Suzuhara is The Big Guy, the bulky jock and pilot of Unit 03 who gets severely crippled before he ever gets to do any fighting and also proves to be one of the most rational characters in the series.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: Certain Angels will invoke this with infectious attacks, like Bardiel and Armisael.
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Sinister Geometry: Ramiel. Unlike other Angels, defeating him required a very precise shot that Shinji had only two chances of making, using all of the electricity in Japan, as it was impossible to approach or shoot from a distance otherwise; this made Ramiel arguably the strongest Angel in the series.
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We Used to Be Friends
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Despite being friends since college, Ritsuko keeps Misato in the dark about all of NERV's most important secrets until near the end of the series. She also gets into frequent (and sometimes physically violent) arguments with Misato about how to handle situations which could endanger the pilots, and while she never misses an opportunity to poke fun at Misato, her jibes become very cruel after things really blow up between Misato, Shinji, and Asuka. It gets to the point where their relationship at the end of the series can best be described as just a few steps away from full-on We Used to Be Friends territory. And eventually, after the events of Episode 23, it ends up there. It may be argued with some justification that Ritsuko never really considered Misato a friend, and was just manipulating her the entire time.
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Cosmopolitan Council: The members of SEELE seen in person are German, American, British, French, and Russian.
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Latex Space Suit: The plugsuits for both sexes have a button that once pressed automatically makes the suit shrink to conform to the pilot's body. However, it is shown in episode 8 that they don't conform entirely to the pilot's body, with Shinji rather embarrassed to wear Asuka's shapely, feminine plugsuit, and Toju and Kensuke taking a humourous interest in Shinji's chest as a result. This is subverted in episode 10, "Magmadiver," where Asuka wears a special plugsuit that expands to a balloon-like shape and causes her no small amount of embarrassment.
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No Pronunciation Guide: In the English dub, "Eva" is pronounced like "ey-va" in the series, while in End Of Evangelion it's closer to "evva". Going by the Greek/Latin form of both "evangel" and "Eve", it should be pronounced "ey-va". Going by the Japanese, it's either or.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: The bookend Reis, one in the first episode and the other in End. Another easily-overlooked example, probably Fridge Brilliance: Shinji's first line inside Unit 01 is "Kimochi warui" (something akin to "I feel disgusted/unwell.") This is more famously Asuka's last line in End. Episodes 1 and 24 have an interesting case of bookends. In episode 1, the Angel towers over Shinji. In episode 24, however, Unit-01 towers over the Angel. The boat Ritsuko is riding during her first appearance is visible in the foreground during her death scene. The manga begins and ends with Shinji walking through the streets by himself depressingly in the first chapter, triumphantly in the last.
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Super Robot Genre
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Many tropes that Eva deconstructs have actually been deconstructed in older Super Robot Genre shows, notably the ones that come from the 1970's; in fact the stream of Lighter and Softer shows that defines the Super Robot Genre as a whole isn't so apparent in the 1970's era of Super Robots.
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Flashback
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Flash Back: Episode 21 is dedicated entirely to this, delving into the lives of the adult cast, pre- and post-Second Impact.
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Bridge Bunnies
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A meta example also appears in the American dub of the series, as the voice actors for the Bridge Bunnies and the voice actors for the pilots all got married after the production for the series was done. Tiffany Grant (Asuka) married Matt Greenfield (Hyuga), Amanda Winn (Rei) married Jason C Lee (Aoba), and Spike Spencer (Shinji) married Kendra Benham (Maya).
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The Alleged Boss
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The Alleged Boss: Misato is qualified. Her orders come off as more motherly than bossy, and she acts like a sister at home.
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Alternate Character Interpretation: Invoked, come episodes 25 and 26. "The you which exists in my mind and the me which exists in your mind" is this.
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Lotus-Eater Machine
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Lotus-Eater Machine: At some level, the Evas. Some of the Angels' attacks (notably Leliel's, Arael's, and Armisael's) and Instrumentality are this.
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Cryptic Conversation
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Cryptic Conversation: Gendou and Fuyutski's interactions are made almost entirely of this trope. Any scene involving SEELE.
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Lovecraft Lite
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Lovecraft Lite: Despite the Cosmic Horror Story atmosphere, humanity manages to be competent in the technological sense with the Evangelions. The punching out doesn't negate the psychological sacrifices, however. And in the end, the Eldritch Abominations are really only a secondary threat in the end, as the real enemy of mankind turns out to be mankind itself.
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10-Minute Retirement: Shinji does this frequently: when he runs away in episode 04, when he leaves NERV after the Unit 03 debacle, when he breaks down in the movie...
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Meat Sack Robot
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Meat Sack Robot: The titular Evangelions piloted by Shinji, Asuka, and Rei, and etc. were made from organic bodies cloned from the Angels with armor, weapons, computer networks, and other technological features. They were intended to be this, but some of the Evangelions themselves subvert this trope by managing to develop their own consciousnesses, with the case of EVA-01 (Shinji Ikari's) being due to having the soul of his mother Yui Ikari due to her body being merged into it.
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Smoking Hot Sex
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Smoking Hot Sex: In episode 20, Misato is shown to have lit up a cigarette after an intimate meeting with Kaji. He comments on it, saying that he wasn't aware she still smoked, she replies that she only ever smokes after "things like this".
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Ambiguous Robots
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Ambiguous Robots: The Evas themselves. While it's said that they're "organic" to an extent, it's left vague as to how much. In supplemental material, and if you watch close enough, it turns out the Evas are almost entirely organic, with their armor and the entry plug mechanisms being the only mechanical pieces. They are essentially clones of the first Angel, Adam, implanted with the souls of the pilot's mothers (save for Unit 00 as Rei has no mother).
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Body Motifs
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Body Motifs: The series places a lot of attention on hands, eyes, (symbolic) vaginas and combinations thereof. In particular, a wounded/damaged right eye and broken left arm is a recurring combination, to the extent that when Rei first appears in the OP a window pane is covering said eye and arm. The manga places more attention on hands than the anime ever did, even playing into the story's resolution. During Instrumentality Shinji concludes with Rei that even though people in his life hurt him with their hands, or he hurt them with his, he still had much happiness with all of them, so even if he might get hurt again, he still wants to be with them one more time.
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Domestic Abuse
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Non-canon: In Shinji Ikari Instrumentality Project, Yui is a Type B with violent approaches and Hilarity Ensues, whereas Rei tends to be a Type B who gives the cold shoulder to Shinji whenever she can't deal with her feelings towards him.
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Panty Shot
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Panty Shot: Played straight in episode 8: Asuka + sun dress + breeze = "viewing fee". Subverted twice in the manga, first when Touji tries to teach Shinji how to turn cleaning the stairs into a peeping opportunity and gets caught by Hikari, and then when Shinji, Touji, and Kensuke first meet Asuka in the arcade. Implied in the Alternate Universe sequence in episode 26, when Rei thinks Shinji looked up her skirt, as well as in one of the Petit EVA shorts, when both Shinji and Unit 01 get a look up Asuka's skirt while tunneling under the school grounds (don't ask, just go watch the clip).
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The Un-Reveal
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The Unreveal: So many examples, but two very noteworthy [and memetic] examples are who killed Ryouji Kajinote Word of God is that it was by a random Mook and "Ritsuko Akagi, the truth is..."Japanese 赤木リツコ君、本当は…. The manga had this to offer out for the latter - "Ritsuko Akagi. Until now, your work was quite exemplary. I did love you." As seen in All There in the Manual, there's some evidence to indicate the anime version was "I need you".
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Adaptation Distillation
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Adaptation Distillation: The manga, to a degree. Some fans consider some of its changes to be an improvement upon the original anime. More attention is devoted to character relationships, several filler plots (including some of the less consequential Angels) are cut altogether, and a very controversial scene (you know the one) is changed to be more acceptable and more appropriate. On the other hand, Asuka's screentime (so to speak) is cut down some since it was in many of those filler plots, although the core parts of her story are preserved, and others are addednote the arcade fight scene, expandednote the tragedy with her mother, or alluded tonote the battle with Gaghiel. Ditto for other characters such as Misato and Kaji.
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Government Conspiracy
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Government Conspiracy: The coverup regarding Second Impact.
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Tell Me About My Father
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Tell Me About My Father: Shinji asks both Rei and Kaji about Gendou at different points. Neither of them offer up much info. He also asks about his mother at one point... to Gendou, of course, so it had much the same result.
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Guilt Complex: Shinji, in spades. It's his fault Touji's sister got hurt because he should’ve been more careful when fighting the Angel that almost killed him. It’s his fault Asuka hates him because he can’t do anything right. It's his fault he had to kill Kaworu because he could've chosen to Take a Third Option. It's his fault Asuka died because he couldn't get his Eva out of its restraints in order to save her... This behavior is so ingrained in him that some fans think it was a minor breakthrough for him when he was angry at his father during the Unit 03 incident. But then he goes back to kicking himself in the head again. Misato also blames herself often for things she had no control over.
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Million-to-One Chance
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Million-to-One Chance: Ritsuko likes to predict that there's a 0.000000001% chance of Misato's plan succeeding, with lower probabilities as the series progress. There's also a subversion since the chances were actually 100% each time, as the happenings ride on a pretty accurate prophecy-based schedule.
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Through the Eyes of Madness
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Through the Eyes of Madness: It's debatable whether the final two anime episodes really happened or were all taking place in Shinji and the other protagonist's heads.
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Omniscient Morality License
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In End, Rei and Kaworu become this. This raises questions about Omniscient Morality License, though, as they all do some pretty questionable stuff.
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Takes One to Kill One
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Takes One to Kill One: The Evas are basically the only weapons humanity has which can go toe to toe with the Angels themselves, partially because they are derived from Angels.
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Bug Buzz
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Bug Buzz: Cicada chirps frequently accompany outdoor scenes. The reason given for this is that Japan has been in a perpetual summer since Second Impact, and since the ecosystem is returning to its former state, cicadas are coming back to Tokyo-3. They're also used to dramatic effect in episode 4, where Shinji is overwhelmed by the din of cicada sounds at one point.
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Public Domain Soundtrack
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Public Domain Soundtrack: The series uses various pieces of classical music for half or more of its soundtrack. The frequency of classical music appearing goes up as things get worse. Also when they started to run out of money.
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The Lancer
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Asuka Langley Soryu is The Lancer, the hyper-competitive loud-mouthed pilot of Unit 02 who is actually far more similar to Shinji than she initially appears, but hides her guilt and insecurity through false bravado.
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Lonely Piano Piece "Rei I." "The Sorrow of Losing the Object of One's Dependence." "Opening of Dream," as well as the other versions of it found on the S2 Works set.
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Riding into the Sunset
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Riding into the Sunset: Occurs in a very odd and somewhat disturbing fashion in The End of Evangelion as after Instrumentality is overturned, Unit 01, fossilized and still carrying Yui's soul, flies into space accompanied by the Lance of Longinus, beginning its "eternal reminder" journey.
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Do You Want to Copulate?
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Do You Want to Copulate?: Rei has no visible reaction whatsoever to Shinji seeing her naked, then falling on her and accidentally groping her. In the manga, she actually looks surprised but doesn't say anything.
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Trope Overdosed
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Trope Overdosed: As is evident, there are tons and tons of tropes that can be applied to this series.
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We Have Reserves
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We Have Reserves: The "Reiquarium", where all of Rei's soulless clone bodies are kept. All of Shinji's classmates are potential Eva pilots.
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Sanity Slippage
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Sanity Slippage: Oh so much... Episode 22, in particular, pretty much revolved around Asuka's mental breakdown. Shinji goes through a gradual one over the latter half of the series, and finally cracks in End.
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After-School Cleaning Duty
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After-School Cleaning Duty: Shown in one scene where Shinji and Rei stay behind to clean the school, and Shinji causes Rei to blush by remarking on how she has very motherly mannerisms, and would perhaps be good as a housewife.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: Multiple. Misato sacrifices herself in order to get Shinji to pilot, bravely fighting through several invading soldiers. Rei Ayanami also gives her life heroically in order to defeat Armisael, saving both children and all of mankind.
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Bath of Poverty
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Bath of Poverty: Asuka, who suffered a mental breakdown after being Mind Raped by an Angel and ceased being able to pilot her Eva, is found by NERV personnel in a destroyed house sitting in a tub filled with nasty brown water...which, under the circumstances, might not have all been water. Things just keep getting worse for her from there.
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Rei Ayanami Expy
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Rei, who throughout the series is tormented by the knowledge that she is replaceable and struggles to establish an identity of her own, has become one of the most archetypal anime characters in history, and most of her "clones" lack the Hidden Depths of her character.
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Family-Unfriendly Violence
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Family-Unfriendly Violence: So much, it is rumoured the series generated a reinforcement of censorship laws in Japan.
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Spirit Advisor
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Spirit Advisor: Yui Ikari to Shinji and Gendo — and also to Fuyutsuki in the videogame Evangelion: Another Cases. In End, Rei and Kaworu become this. This raises questions about Omniscient Morality License, though, as they all do some pretty questionable stuff.
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Cannot Spit It Out
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Cannot Spit It Out: A central theme of the series is that characters can't admit their deeper feelings for one another, and/or can't find the right way to comfort those they care about. So many examples, it's almost easier to list the aversions, and even the aversions tend to have a tragic cast to them. Asuka is a simultaneous example and subversion; she has no problem letting everyone know the "depths" of her feelings for Kaji, but this becomes a way of deflecting attention from her developing feelings for Shinji. Another exception: Kaworu, the final Angel, is the only character in the whole series (and possibly the only person in-universe since the death of Yui) who expresses love to Shinji in so many words. Misato finally comes to terms with just how deeply she cares for Kaji...after he's dead. Even Gendou admits to his fear of bonding with his son once his vague apocalyptic plan has failed and he realizes he's going to be killed.
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: The Judeo-Christian overtones, giant Adams, etc. probably also count as Author Appeal, when you compare Eva to Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and other Gainax/Khara series. So do the angsty characters, ethical debates about biotechnologies, DNA imagery, etc.
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Author Avatar: Word of God says Shinji is this, but Anno has mentioned that there are small aspects of himself in every main character; for instance, he is a vegetarian like Rei and was edgy (before his marriage) like Asuka.
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"Well, you're a little late, aren't you?" Ryouji Kaji
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Hot-Blooded
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Hot-Blooded: Deconstructed in more ways than one. Characters in combat fly into berserker rages which prove either to be completely ineffectual or come at great cost to the characters. Also, while Asuka seems to be the typical Hot-Blooded Ace Pilot, it becomes apparent that her sense of self worth is possibly even worse than Shinji's, and that her brash attitude covers up the fact that she requires the praise of others for validation.
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Prefers the Illusion
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Prefers the Illusion: The ending involves protagonist Shinji Ikari having to choose between staying with all of humanity in the sea of LCL or returning to Earth as a singular being. He chooses the latter, but since no one appears alongside him at the beach except Asuka, we can infer the rest of humanity preferred to stay in the "perfect", unthinking, unfeeling LCL sea. Well, possibly.
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Room Full of Crazy
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Room Full of Crazy: Post-its all over the guts of the Magi; quantum physics graffiti in the room where Rei was born; random religious symbols and artifacts strewn about the place; graphs from a particle accelerator...heck, we're talking about a massive underground complex full of crazy here.
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Gigantic Moon: The distant moon is drawn larger than nearby objects. In Episode 6, for example, it is shown bigger than Rei's body.
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Cosmic Horror Story
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Cosmic Horror Story: But the Psychological Horror of it all is also coupled with contemplations on existentialism.
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Hidden Eyes
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Hidden Eyes: Shinji and Asuka on various occasions. Shinji's uncle, aunt, and bullies in the manga. Yui does this a few times, too.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: Quite a few later on, but like everything at that point in the show, there are times when it can get a little hard to figure what exactly is being revealed.
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Un-Robotic Reveal
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Unrobotic Reveal: Twice, first with the Evas and then with the dummy plugs. The former are Angel clones, and the latter are Rei clones.
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Techno Babble: Averted. The technological jargon makes sense if you make an effort to follow it, even though there is a lot of it.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Quite a few: "Shinji" ironically evokes the words for "truth" or "to believe" and can also mean "divine child." Shinji's name is even punned on in Rebuild 1.0; Misato exhorts Gendou to "believe in his own son", invoking of course the word shinji. "Rei" can mean, among other things, "zero," "ghost/soul", and "cold." "Yui" puns on the word "yui" meaning "the only one." "Gendou" is "limit" or "boundary." "Ikari" uses the character for "anchor" (part of the nautical theme), but with a different character would be "wrath" or "anger." "Nagisa" means "shore", but if you split the kanji in two you could read it as either "messenger" or "dead person." The Japanese word given to the Angels, "shito," actually means "apostle" and in the original draft they were named accordingly in English. The "shi" in it is the same as in "shisha" (messenger; the literal meaning of Greek angelos and the Aramaic term it served as the translation of) and "tenshi" (heavenly messenger, i.e. angel in the English sense). It also sounds very close to the Japanese word for "person" or "human being," "hito", maybe hinting at one of the deep secrets of the series. The Angels are given names that match their appearances and abilities. For example, Sandalphon, the angel of embryos, starts off as an embryo in a volcano; Arael, a feathered being who attacks from orbit, is the angel of birds; Israfel, who is killed through coordinated dance, is the angel of music; Kaworu aka Tabris is the angel of free will, and chooses to die rather than kill humanity and Shinji in the process. "Evangelion" comes from "eüangélion", the Anglicanized version of the Greek word meaning "gospel" or "good news", which has led the series' title to sometimes be interpreted as "New Century Gospel" or "New Beginning Gospel". "Seele" is German for "soul"; "Nerv" for, well, "nerve"; and "Gehirn" for "brain".
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Everybody Laughs Ending: It has precisely one, during an ending scene that is Actually Pretty Funny, with Shinji and Asuka getting into a spat that is broadcast live to the whole NERV complex.
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Behemoth Battle: The eponymous Evangelions are used by NERV to fight Angels, which resemble weird giant aliens with no uniform appearance. The only thing that qualifies them as "Angel" is that they have a "blood pattern blue".
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Surrealism
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Surrealism: Eva's usage of metaphor and symbolism to depict characters' psychological experiences is a heavily surrealist technique. The most notable instances of this are probably the Mind Rape and sandbox sequences, although really it's omnipresent throughout the series.
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Unwanted Harem: Shinji is quite pimpin', for a skinny teen with a crippling social phobia.
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Mind Screwdriver: By actually showing the events of Instrumentality and filling out the plot, End is supposed to be this to the TV ending. End itself is so weird and intense, though, that your might be even more confused afterwards.
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Murderer P.O.V.
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Murderer P.O.V.: Kaji's death.
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Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: The series has a lot of foreshadowing and little revealed details in the first half, and it takes a while for the latter half to start revealing more details about SEELE’s conspiracy, the nature of the Angels and the Evas, etc. Generally, the show requires some serious attention to detail and details that receive fairly little attention to understand in full.
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Taken Up to Eleven in The End of Evangelion.
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Zettai Ryouiki: Literally "Absolute territory", but has since taken a life of its own.
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Trauma Conga Line
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Trauma Conga Line: Most of the main characters suffer from this to different degrees.
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Adaptational Early Appearance: Kaworu Nagisa only first appears in episode 24 of the 26 episode long TV series, but he is seen in the first movie of the new Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy. He also shows up quite a bit earlier in the manga adaptation, and is among the first introduced characters in pretty much every Alternate Continuity. This may have something to do with the creators acknowledging him as being a a popular character with the fanbase and thus deciding to given a more prominent role in the stories of adaptation by introducing him earlier.
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Giant Eye of Doom: Shinji comes face to face with his Eva, in episode 2. Here's looking at you, kid. In a way, Matariel, because it has camouflage that looks like eyes, and its actual working eye cries tears of acid. Sahaquiel is a gigantic eye with wings that bombs the planet from space, leaving giant craters that get ever closer to Tokyo-3. It's taken to an even greater extreme in Rebuild. The explosion of Third Impact in End of Evangelion is shaped like an enormous eye that literally brings widespread death and destruction in its wake—though it could be an artsy Shout-Out to Anno's previous anime, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
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Surreal Horror
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Surreal Horror: The series periodically slips into this, particularly during encounters with the Angels and The End of Evangelion.
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Invoked Trope
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Rei invokes this in End, giving the responsibility to Shinji.
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Covers Always Lie
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Covers Always Lie: A mild example at the back cover of End Of Evangelion's DVD; Touji and Kaworu are shown wearing plug suits, even though Touji does not appear at all and Kaworu only appears in the film as part of the Adam/Lilith hybrid that convinces Shinji to begin Third Impact.
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Grey and Gray Morality
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Grey and Gray Morality: Opponents NERV/SEELE and the Angels share a common goal: to defeat the opponent and initiate Third Impact for their own ends. NERV and SEELE want to hijack it and start the Human Instrumentality Project, and the Angels want their planet back.
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The Watson
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The Watson: Sometimes Maya, sometimes Misato, sometimes Shinji. Actually, so few characters know what's really going on that they all have their Watson moments.
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Arc Words
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Shinji: "I mustn't run away, I mustn't run away, I mustn't run away..." (Used as Arc Words, to the extent that they're practically his Catch-Phrase)
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Two Girls to a Team
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Two Girls to a Team: Asuka and Rei are the two girls to the other guys - Touji, Shinji and Kaworu. This is inverted in Rebuild where Shinji and Kaworu are the two guys to the other girls.
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Belligerent Sexual Tension: Asuka Langley Soryu and Shinji Ikari. Everyone Can See It. Even Toji can see it: Asuka starts chewing out Shinji for not bringing their lunches, while he tries to get his side in. Toji tosses off a remark that they're arguing Like an Old Married Couple. Cue double Luminescent Blush (they had kissed not many days earlier), then simultaneous denial in perfect stereo. But due to their personality problems, neither can actually tell the other, leading to... well, The End of the World as We Know It. Luckily, many fanfiction authors go out of their way to fix these problems. So did the canon author in the Rebuild series; her Tsundere and his Shrinking Violet tendencies are toned down considerably. Kaworu and Shinji in the manga. Compared to the immediate friendship the two develop in the anime, manga-Kaworu's relationship with Shinji is built around tension and the uneasiness Shinji feels around him. Kaworu is also no less interested in Shinji, but is presented as far more naive and a rather big Jerkass. Sadamoto described their relationship as two schoolboys who are constantly bickering but secretly desire to impress the other.
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Furo Scene
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Furo Scene: Numerous instances, but most memorably Asuka's in episode 22...which, typically for the series, is not so much titillating as it is disturbing, what with it showcasing her mental breakdown and all.
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Just for Pun
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End features a couple. The "Shinji wanking" sequence is an Unsexy Discretion Shot; we hear what's going on but only see the output. Later on, Shinji is treated to a trippy flashback of Misato and Kaji screwing around in college. We mostly just see their feet, but the movement (and Misato's squealing) during the scene makes it decidedly more graphic than any of the TV sex scenes.
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The Comically Serious
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The Comically Serious: Some of the bumbling, useless UN officers.
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Lovecraftian Superpower
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Lovecraftian Superpower: The Evas are literally Powered by a Forsaken Child, and Leliel (Alien Geometries), Iruel (nanites), Sahaquiel (Cast from Hit Points), Arael (Mind Rape), Armisael (more Body Horror), and Giant Naked Rei (Assimilation Plot, Go Mad from the Revelation, and associated tropes, in addition to dissolving) all certainly qualify. Not to mention the And I Must Scream factor of the dummy plug: Picture being unable to control your body, but you can still feel the bloodlust of the thing controlling your body, only to learn that it just killed one of your closest friends.
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Hot Scientist
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Hot Scientist: Yui Ikari, Ritsuko, and her mother Naoko are all very attractive women and extremely capable in their fields.
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From Bad to Worse
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However, later on when things go From Bad to Worse, this stops being funny.note This happens right about the same time everyone starts having their respective mental breakdowns.
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Nostalgia Heaven
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Nostalgia Heaven: The end of the last episode, if you get past the Mind Screw location.
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"Save the World" Climax: Every fight has the fate of humanity hang in the balance, but it's all a plan by a few fractions of humanity to initiate the end of the world on their own terms. As their plans collide, the end of the world ends up in the hands of a mentally fractured teenager, with disastrous results.
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For Want of a Nail
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For Want of a Nail: A number of the Alternate Universe works differ in varying degrees. Evangelion ANIMA in particular takes place three years after the anime wherein Third Impact never happens in part due to Kaji staying alive to warn NERV of SEELE's planned attack.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Shell-Shocked Veteran: Kaji may actually be the most damaged of NGE's cast, just the best at hiding it, says Sadamoto. Misato is also one, and Shinji and Asuka too by the end. Gendou is one as well.
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Real Event, Fictional Cause: The Giant Impact (also known as "First Impact" in-universe) is stated to have been the result of Lilith's starfaring vessel, the Black Moon, crashing into primordial Earth about 4 billion years ago, with said vessel's rocky exterior separating from the vessel and coalescing into the Moon; as for the real-life explanation, it's a cover-up story by Seele in-universe.
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Extinct in the Future
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Extinct in the Future: Thousands of plant and animal species were wiped out by Second Impact, which also rendered Antarctica and much of the area surrounding it completely barren of life.
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Tsundere
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Tsundere: Anime: Asuka is a glorious Type A; Misato has a few tsundere characteristics too. Manga: Some fans view manga!Shinji as a tsundere character, mainly in his sarcastic treatment of Asuka and Kaworu. Non-canon: In Shinji Ikari Instrumentality Project, Yui is a Type B with violent approaches and Hilarity Ensues, whereas Rei tends to be a Type B who gives the cold shoulder to Shinji whenever she can't deal with her feelings towards him.
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Driving Question
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Driving Question: Many, but possibly the biggest one is the nature of the Evas, which is also the closest one to getting a straight answer.
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He's Back
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He's Back: Played straight with Shinji; subverted with Asuka, who comes out of her coma, but simply dies fighting 5 minutes later.
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Bloody Horror
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Bloody Horror: Gendou takes control of Shinji's Eva through the Dummy Plug and forces him to kill Unit 03 against his will, forcing him to experience (through the mech) ripping someone apart and having blood splattered all over him. It was traumatic enough to teach Shinji to never disobey Gendou's orders.
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Dysfunction Junction
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Dysfunction Junction: One of the defining examples of this trope in anime. The psychological issues of virtually every single member of the main cast could fill a sizable portion of the DSM-IV.
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Gainax Ending
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Gainax Ending: What The Prisoner was for the UK, Evangelion was for Japan. After 24 episodes of mecha action and conspiracy plotting, the show ends with a look into Shinji's psyche, where he ultimately finds peace of mind. Some fans consider End Of Evangelion (the alledgedly planned ending that is also concurrent with the TV show's last episodes) to be this, but ultimately it provides more of a conclusion than the TV series, not least because it follows up on a lot of the Foreshadowing from the series and closes many of the running plotlines due to its blatant Kill 'em All nature.
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Signature Style
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Signature Style: This work pretty much codified Anno’s. Just look at his works from before this series (Gunbuster and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water) and after (Kare Kano, Love & Pop, Shiki-Jitsu), noticeable on this trope’s entry on his page and vice-versa.
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BFG
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BFG: Any Eva gun, but especially the Positron Rifle, which is the size of a train and utilizes the entire power output of an industrialized country.
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Asuka and Rei, who've taken up where Kei and Yuri left off and ran with it. 3-4 paired figure sets a year for more than a decade. Also notice that their hair and eye colors are inverted — Rei's red eyes and blue hair vs. Asuka's blue eyes and red hair. It even carries over to their Evas once Asuka is introduced.
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Alternate Universe
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The Death sequence of Death and Rebirth is a clip show version of the entire series...26 episodes packed into 70 minutes. But then again, it also contained some new scenes that would later be used in the Director’s Cut episodes, and some scenes from what appears to be an Alternate Universe in which Asuka and Rei are friends, Kaworu interacts with them and with Shinji freely, and the four are part of a string quartet at school.
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Last Kiss
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Misato and Shinji's Last Kiss.
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Humanoid Abomination
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Humanoid Abomination: Kaworu, who is actually the 17th Angel, Tabris.
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Action Insurance Gag
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Action Insurance Gag: Both the TV series and the manga feature Misato getting angry about her car being thrashed by a N2 Mine going off close to it and having payments left.
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No Communities Were Harmed
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No Communities Were Harmed: See New Neo City above; Tokyo-3 itself is a fictional stand in for the real-life town of Hakone, located in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan.
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Eldritch Abomination
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Eldritch Abomination: The Angels are bizarre, extremely alien beings who are capable of destroying physical and psychological barriers. Some of them don't even look like organisms, such as the infamous Ramiel, a beam-shooting blue octohedron. Evangelion also takes the "eldritch" to a level that many other works of fiction don't by explicitly pointing out how deeply they violate the laws of physics—for example, their flesh exhibits wave-particle duality, and one Angel is a fourth-dimensional being who has a two-dimensional appearance and casts a three-dimensional "shadow".
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Murder-Suicide
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Murder-Suicide: Attempted by Asuka's mother, except the "Asuka" that was murdered was the rag doll that Kyoko thought to be Asuka. It's not clear whether Asuka's more angry that her mother committed suicide or that she didn't get to die along with her.
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Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy
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Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Gender role subversion runs rampant in Evangelion, especially with Shinji and Asuka. Played for drama in that Shinji wants Asuka to be more feminine, and Asuka wants Shinji to be more masculine, but they just end up clashing against each other due to wanting the other to change first and neither knowing how to effectively express their feelings.
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Spell My Name with an
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Spell My Name with an "S": Somewhat justified with Ka(w)oru. The Japanese spelling would correctly be transcribed Kaworu, but the "w," depending on speaker, can become near silent to totally nonexistent. More generally, the "o" particle in the language is in fact "wo," but with the same issue, typically being transcribed without the "w" in romaji. The synch tests a few minutes into episode 24 show that the official romanization of his name is "Kaworu." This also shows up on the Mass-Produced Evas' dummy plugs. Asuka's last name as well. Is it Soryu, or perhaps Souryu or Sohryu?
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Living Relic
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Living Relic: Revealed near the end of End of Evangelion to be the ultimate fate of Unit 01, and by association Yui Ikari.
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Go Mad from the Revelation
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Go Mad from the Revelation: The ultimate result of Asuka's Mind Rape by Arael. The montage played as she is assaulted suggests that the Angel isn't so much poisoning or impregnating her, but shining an incredibly powerful mirror into her mind, so that all the ideas of her present and memories of her past (very powerful and uncomfortable ones) align themselves perfectly inside her head to create an overwhelming and arguably unbreakable dread that demands she acknowledge that her life isn't worth living.
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Quitting to Get Married
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Quitting to Get Married: A flashback in the manga has Yui Ikari, Shinji's mother, get asked by Dr. Fuyutsuki where she's planning to work after getting her doctorate. She answers she's actually planning to marry Gendou and start a family. It was only temporary, though, or else there wouldn't be a plot.
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Mind Rape
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In episode 22, Asuka complains about how the Angel hasn't shown up—just before she gets hit by its Mind Rape beam.
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United Nations Is a Superpower
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United Nations Is A Super Power: It underwent heavy reforms following the Second Impact and the Valentine Treaty of February 2001. To illustrate, all of the world's national militaries are explicitly under direct control of the UN, and are effectively subordinate to UN Special Agency NERV.
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Deconstruction
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Asuka probably deserves mention as well, though in her case the trope is deconstructed since her hostile behavior ends up driving most potential friends away.
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Kudzu Plot
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Kudzu Plot: Invoked by, and at the same time resulting in the Mind Screw.
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Creepy Doll
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Creepy Doll: Asuka's mother, Kyoko, kept one around during her confinement in a mental hospital, talking to the doll as if it were Asuka. The creepiness of this skyrockets when Kyoko asks the doll to "die with [her]", and later when Asuka discovers her mother hanged both herself and the doll.
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Flawed Prototype
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Flawed Prototype: Jet Alone. To be more specific, there were two Jet Alone models created. The first appeared in the television series. The second was improved and renamed Jet Alone Prime, appearing in the game Evangelion 2 for the PS2.
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Literal Metaphor
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Literal Metaphor: Kaworu's leitmotif. Notice that he's entering Heaven's Door as the choir sings "Und der Cherub steht vor Gott". Also, "Einen Freund geprüft im Tod" could describe his relationship to Shinji, other interpretations notwithstanding.
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Destructive Romance
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Destructive Romance: Oh yeah. The fallout of the one between Shinji and Asuka provides the impetus for many of the events of the plot, especially towards the end of the TV series and in The End of Evangelion. When you really get down to it, Eva is essentially the story of the most dysfunctional romance ever.
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Your Size May Vary
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Your Size May Vary: The Evas are exactly as tall as they need to be to look cool/imposing/sinister in whatever shot they're in. Particularly egregious during The End of Evangelion, when Giant Naked Rei emerges to be at least as tall as the earth is deep: EVA Unit 01, as it pierces GNR's forehead, is about an eighth of the width of that head. Try and imagine something that size traveling through the surface chutes it's been catapulted through numerous times in the series previous.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: Episodes 18 to 24, each to varying degrees, given the amount of information these episodes supply. To a lesser degree, Episode 14. Even though half of it is a clip show and nothing particularly dramatic happens, it's the point at which the show begins to switch tracks from a by-the-numbers mecha show to a bizarre Mind Screw with existentialist undertones. Notably, this is the first episode with a mind trip sequence, as well as hints about the connection between the pilots and their EVAs and the first appearance of the Lance of Longinus.
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Ancient Conspiracy
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Ancient Conspiracy: SEELE, Omniscient Council Of Vagueness that it is, has led one for an undefined amount of time, ever since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. By following the Scrolls' predictions and manipulating everyone in their path, their goal is to bring about the Human Instrumentality Project via Third Impact, effectively bringing about the entire series because of it.
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Apocalypse Maiden
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Rei also does this several times. She must unconsciously have copied it from Gendo.
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Hive Mind
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Hive Mind: This would be part and parcel of Instrumentality as envisioned by SEELE — the souls of all of humanity combined into a gestalt where individuality would be completely erased.
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Apocalypse How
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Apocalypse How: Second Impact was a Planetary event that bordered on Societal Collapse. The explosion melted the Antarctic ice cap and shifted the Earth's axis; coastal regions were flooded, and the entire ecosphere was thrown into chaos. Wars broke out, some going nuclear; many species went extinct; the oceans around Antarctica are completely dead; and roughly half of humanity is dead. The driving force behind the creation of NERV is that Third Impact, if initiated by an Angel, will raise the severity to Total Extinction.
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Apocalypse Wow
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Apocalypse Wow: The brief scenes of Second Impact in the series. Third Impact in End.
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Locked in a Room
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Locked in a Room: Asuka and Shinji's training to fight the Seventh Angel is a variant; they're not actually locked in a room, but they do have to spend almost every waking moment together. Kaji and Misato are stuck in an elevator for hours during the attack by the Ninth Angel.
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Precursors
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Precursors: The mysterious "First Ancestral Race" left Adam and Lilith on Earth, at least according to the first draft and one video game that pretty much just exists to deliver supplemental material. The show itself merely alludes to them; In episode 21, Gendou points out to Fuyutsuki that the Geofronts found under Antarctica and Japan were "left behind by someone, who was not us."
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Disastrous Demonstration
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Disastrous Demonstration: Invoked when Gendo has Ritsuko sabotage Jet Alone's demonstration. Justified in that it nearly suffering a nuclear melt down in a populated area after going out of control throws up all manner of red flags.
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Five-Man Band
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Five-Man Band: While the five Children superficially resemble this quite nicely, it is ultimately averted. Not only are their personalities far too complex to fit the typical characterizations of their positions, the Children are also never all together at once and thus never truly become one team. In fact, they can each be seen as a subversion of one of the roles in a typical Five-Man Band: Shinji Ikari is The Hero, the main protagonist and pilot of Unit 01 who is also incredibly timid, passive and hesitant to the point where he's almost never in control of the situation. Asuka Langley Soryu is The Lancer, the hyper-competitive loud-mouthed pilot of Unit 02 who is actually far more similar to Shinji than she initially appears, but hides her guilt and insecurity through false bravado. Touji Suzuhara is The Big Guy, the bulky jock and pilot of Unit 03 who gets severely crippled before he ever gets to do any fighting and also proves to be one of the most rational characters in the series. Rei Ayanami is The Chick, the demure and feminine pilot of Unit 00 who is a cold Emotionless Girl with no understanding of human emotions or feelings. Kaworu Nagisa is The Smart Guy, The Wise Beyond Their Years philosopher and replacement pilot for Unit 02 who is completely naive to the nature of humanity and ends up as SEELE's patsy.
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Transformation Trauma: Especially in End of Evangelion where Rei merges with Lilith and embryonic Adam and becomes a giant... something... and subsequently ushers in the infamous "Everyone hugs and turns into Tang" sequence. On the other hand, the trauma is noticeably absent in the case of Gendou merging his hand with Adam. Heck, he's so stone-faced about it that in the manga, he even eats Adam in a very insane and squicky scene. Later, when Adam appears as an eyeball in his left palm, Gendou's reaction is basically "Oh, there you are."
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White Mask of Doom: Several of the Angels have what looks like white masks with little more than eyeholes.
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Exact Time to Failure: The Evas can run for precisely 5 minutes disconnected from their power cord... except almost every time this happens they simply go berserk and kill the Angel anyway. It's also used a few other times to add drama to incoming disasters.
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Betty and Veronica: This goes two ways. In Japan, Rei is seen as the Betty because of her gentle disposition, reserved nature, and tendency to get horribly injured, whereas the Fiery Redhead foreigner Asuka is the cultural Veronica because her forceful and aggressive personality is just so strange to the generally reserved Japanese public. However, in the more demonstrative West, the more outgoing, more human, more badass, and more overtly in love Asuka is the familiar Betty, and the bizarre, cold, and strangely unsettling Rei is the exotic Veronica.
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Shinji, in spades. It's his fault Touji's sister got hurt because he should’ve been more careful when fighting the Angel that almost killed him. It’s his fault Asuka hates him because he can’t do anything right. It's his fault he had to kill Kaworu because he could've chosen to Take a Third Option. It's his fault Asuka died because he couldn't get his Eva out of its restraints in order to save her... This behavior is so ingrained in him that some fans think it was a minor breakthrough for him when he was angry at his father during the Unit 03 incident. But then he goes back to kicking himself in the head again.
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Bare Your Midriff: Misato's crop top. Not exactly appropriate attire for lounging around the house with two teens around (especially combined with short shorts), but that's Misato. Asuka has a couple of such tops in the manga. Whether she wears these to subtly flirt with Shinji or is just comfortable enough around him to show off a bit isn't clear, although given the manga's de-emphasis on their romantic angle and the first instance being one of the first evenings of their time together before the second Israfel battle, the latter seems more likely. She also wears only a short top and underwear in one of the chapter title still arts, the image conveying a tone of vulnerability and fragility.
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There Are No Therapists
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There Are No Therapists: The world would fare better with them. Using The Other Wiki as source, one could easily diagnose: Shinji with avoidant personality disorder. Asuka with histrionic personality disorder. Something of a case of narcissistic personality disorder, save that it stems from self-loathing rather than true self-love, meaning that she is easily a better fit for the "vulnerable" subtype of the disorder. Rei with schizoid personality disorder. Gendou, as shown in Episode 21 might also be a case of ASPD. And Misato could be a potential sufferer of borderline personality disorder. Specifically, "borderline" type. It should also go without saying that all of the above and a few others have post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Big Bad: SEELE. All the catastrophic events that take place in the series are all by-products of their plan to bring about Human Instrumentality. However, they may or may not subvert this by the end of End of Evangelion, as the rest of humanity may or may not be happy with the result.
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Never My Fault: Shinji is a universal target for people unfairly shifting blame.
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Sleep Cute: Shinji and Asuka do a take on this after defeating Israfel in the manga. They practiced all night for the battle, and it catches up to them almost immediately after everything's over, so they end up conking out in their tangled-up Evas (Shinji flubbed the landing, which Asuka chided him for) as Misato and the rest of the crew watch in bewilderment.
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Guardian Entity: In The End Of Evangelion, Asuka realizes her mom's soul is in Unit 02. She sees it as her mom protecting her in battle.
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Throw the Dog a Bone: Shinji's only moments of 'happiness' are so far and few they deserve their own drinking game. Let's see: when Gendou or Misato actually praise him overtly; when Rei reacts somewhat warmly to his presence; when he can hang around with Touji and Kensuke; when he thinks he's fusing with his mom; when Kaworu stands close to him looking handsome and saying ambiguous things. That's all. Every form of comfort has gotten out of his reach by the time The End of Evangelion happens. But congratulations, Shinji and all the children of the world!
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Medium Blending
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Medium Blending: The real-life photographs scattered throughout the series, particularly in the last two episodes, and an entire live-action sequence in The End of Evangelion.
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Gambit Roulette: A whole lot. Yui could have arranged her own "accidental" death in order to save humanity from being lost forever to Instrumentality. She would've been counting on Gendou's undying love for her to have him rescue her soul to inhabit Unit 01 where she could build up Shinji's confidence and ensure he was at the center of Instrumentality so that he could resist it and convince Lilith/Rei to let anyone come back who had the strength of will to rebuild their own AT Field.
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Creature-Hunter Organization: This is one of the roles of NERV, being the ones in charge of the Evangelions who were made specifically to fight Angels.
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Even more obviously, the Jet Alone, a gigantic, hammer-wielding, remotely-piloted, nuclear-powered mecha that lacks the Eva's AT field, making it pointless for Angel defense.
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Geodesic Cast: The casting for the show pretty much revolves around the Power Trio, with a few characters even being part of more than one. In fact, the only two characters that don't fit into a trio are Pen-Pen, that Jet Alone guy, and the students' teacher...crap, that's three! A meta example also appears in the American dub of the series, as the voice actors for the Bridge Bunnies and the voice actors for the pilots all got married after the production for the series was done. Tiffany Grant (Asuka) married Matt Greenfield (Hyuga), Amanda Winn (Rei) married Jason C Lee (Aoba), and Spike Spencer (Shinji) married Kendra Benham (Maya).
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Urban Legend Love Life: Misato and Kaji are both perceived (possibly even by each other) as far more flirty and promiscuous than they actually are.
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Anti-Escapism Aesop: Shinji Ikari occasionally tries to avoid his interpersonal problems and self-loathing, and at one point he even says, "What's wrong with running away from reality if it stinks?!" The show makes it apparent that trying to avoid problems will not make them go away, and, ultimately, he repeatedly steps up to take on any challenge he has to. This culminates in Shinji rejecting Instrumentality at the climax of The End of Evangelion. Instrumentality being the ultimate form of escapism (a literal escape from reality).
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Immune to Bullets: The Angels are for the most part immune to conventional weapons, and super-weapons only slow them down. Only an Eva can hurt most of them, due to their usage of "AT fields".
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Hit Me, Dammit!
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Hit Me, Dammit!: Touji tells Shinji to hit him back as a "macho" way of apologizing. The manga subverts the trope, with Shinji deciding it'd be more interesting to have Touji owe him one instead, and later pranking him in front of the girls in their class as payback. In Rebuild, he actually hits Touji right away.
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Rapid-Fire Typing: Played straight and subverted in episode 13, when it takes Ritsuko a significant amount of time to dismantle and restructure the Magi in order to program a back-hack for the attacking Angel.
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Lyrical Cold Open: "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" immediately begins with "Zankoku na tenshi no you ni".
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Took a Level in Badass: While Asuka has already proven to be a capable fighter, her taking on not only one but nine Mass Production Evangelions in End Of Evangelion and seemingly succeeding right after snapping out of her catatonic state clearly tops the previous displays of her fighting ability.
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Black Box: The Angels are described this way by the scientists "not in the know"; they also complain about how dangerous using the S2 organ is, since they know nothing about it.
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Shinji angsts about this after the double whammy of learning Rei's secret and being ordered to terminate Kaworu. Surprisingly, prior to the tail end, this remains of little issue to the cast in regards to the Angels, whom display little sentience, and are annihilated consecutively without a second thought.
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Last Episode Theme Reprise: Episode 26 features "The Heady Feeling of Freedom" and "Good, or Don't Be.", both of which are instrumental versions of the opening.
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Foreshadowing: In Episode 7, the representative from Japan Heavy Chemical Industries mockingly compares Evangelion Unit-01 to "a hysterical woman". In Episode 9, Asuka struggles to synchronise her movements with Shinji and gets angry when Rei does it with ease. This is a first indicator of her fragile ego and of the Assimilation Plot triggered in End of Evangelion. In Episode 11, Ritsuko talks about the three Magi supercomputers and how each one contains an aspect of her mother, Naoko Akagi. She talks about how much she admired her mother as a scientist and how much she hated her as a woman. In End of Evangelion, guess which personality belongs to the Magi supercomputer that chooses Gendou's scheme over Ritsuko? In Episode 22, Hyuga talks with Misato about the production of EVAs 05 through 13 having begun in several countries around the world. They finally appear in End of Evangelion as the tools of SEELE.
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Gendou, as shown in Episode 21 might also be a case of ASPD.
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Suspiciously Apropos Music: Not just music. Sometimes the characters will be watching a movie or TV show, or listening to the radio, or, hell, really any indirect dialogue, and what is being said always relates to their mindsets, their situations, their world at large, or philosophic inquiries that appear later in the series. For example, in episode 4, "The Hedgehog's Dilemma", after Shinji slips out of his 10-Minute Retirement he and Misato stare at each other at the train station right after his train leaves. The woman at the intercom then says:
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Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The events of End of Evangelion, according to Word of God, occur on New Year's Eve. That's right, we never see Christmas as this is Japan, and everyone gets Tanged to death just before 2016 comes. Great.
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Gag Dub: Evangelion: ReDeath, which is notable not only for becoming one of the first highly popular and meme-spawning Gag Dubs in Western fandom, but for doing so years before the genesis of YouTube and the Abridged Series phenomenon.
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Feminist Fantasy: While the lead character (Shinji Ikari) is male, his main character trait is his weakness and his tendency to be forced into situations that he's unprepared for. On the other hand, the franchise's female leads (Rei, Asuka and Misato) are stronger characters and deconstructions of typical anime clichés. Rei was written as a brutal Take That! towards the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype; initially appearing to be submissive, shy and emotionless, she's later revealed to be a pawn for main villain Gendo Ikari, a role which she starts breaking out of and ultimately usurps in the end by causing Third Impact of her own accord and under her control in order to help Shinji. Asuka is initially portrayed as a brutally competent EVA pilot with a very strong will and a harsh, haughty personality; in the end, this turns out to be a facade to hide her own insecurities, and she becomes weaker and weaker as she finds herself no longer able to keep up. However, she rebounds in spectacular fashion when her mother's soul within EVA-02 is able to reassure her. Finally, Misato can be seen as a feminist critique of the old "bottle fairy" archetype in anime; she's one of NERV's most competent and highest-ranking officers, but is a quirky, lovable slob at home. Due to a traumatic, complicated past, Misato keeps any relationships with men superficial and escapes from deep relationships. On top of that, the Evangelions themselves typically contain the souls of their pilots' mothers, meaning that much of EVA-01's strength and importance throughout the series came from Yui Ikari and her Mama Bear tendencies rather than from Shinji himself.
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Overly Long Gag: The elevator scene.
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The show was meant as a deconstruction of Merchandise-Driven Giant Robot series. It has become the most heavily marketed, publicized, referenced, and rereleased animated production ever.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Shinji's reaction to his Dude, She's Like, in a Coma! moment. Such is his horror and disgust that he utterly gives up on himself and makes no effort to stop the JSSDF soldiers that are seconds away from killing him.
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Eye Scream: A few times. Sachiel pierces Unit 01's right eye all the way to the other side of the skull. End of Evangelion has two major ones: when the MP Eva's Lance of Longinus hits Unit 02 in the face, with the resultant injury to Asuka and when Unit 01 bursts through Lilith/Rei's eye. The latter has come to symbolize for many how much of a Mind Screw End is.
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Sexy Discretion Shot: At one point, Misato and Kaji are in bed together, nude. The "camera" turns away, and stays focused, unmoving, on a nearby table while you hear the two of them going at it. End features a couple. The "Shinji wanking" sequence is an Unsexy Discretion Shot; we hear what's going on but only see the output. Later on, Shinji is treated to a trippy flashback of Misato and Kaji screwing around in college. We mostly just see their feet, but the movement (and Misato's squealing) during the scene makes it decidedly more graphic than any of the TV sex scenes.
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Mood Whiplash: Touji's just been nearly mortally wounded and is scarred for life? Cue cheery rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon". Episode 9 has the Angel Of The Week turn out to be an Asteroids Monster. One Gilligan Cut later and we're watching the after-action report, which shows... Units 01 and 02 both planted into the earth like vegetables, head first, while Asuka berates Shinji, neither of them the worse for wear. When set against the Angels of previous episodes, all of whom seemed perfectly willing to kill the Evas, it's kind of jarring. Episode 26 has after the first breakthrough in his introspective mindscape, Shinji experiences a reality that's played as a straight highschool romantic comedy. Contrasted against the Mind Screw that is Shinji's revelation sequence, the scene is incredibly jarring.
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Chekhov's Classroom: Early on in "Magma Diver", Shinji is doing homework on thermal expansion. That episode's Angel, Sandalphon, which is able to somehow withstand the heat and pressure of swimming in magma, is defeated by pumping its body full of coolant.
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Surprisingly Good Foreign Language Surprisingly: While the Japanese voice actress for Asuka struggled with German, her English dub VA nails it. Ditto with the Mexican Spanish dub.
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Hates Being Touched: The Absolute Terror Field is essentially weaponized personal space. Later in the series it's revealed that all humans have A. T. Fields holding their shapes together, created by their fear of intimacy and rejection. There is a persistent Urban Legend among fans that "Absolute Terror" is a pre-existing psychological term, but this is false.
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Adults Are Useless: Zigzagged. Adults can't pilot the Evas, but they made, maintain, prepare, and otherwise function as integral team members around them. Played more strangely by the quasi-military setting, as the adult characters can go from a supervisory body to the pilots, to genuine help, to active hinderences and back, some times within the same episode.
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Working with the Ex
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Working with the Ex: This applies to Kaji and Misato, who was none-too-pleased when she found out that Kaji would be staying with NERV after delivering Asuka and Unit 02, and lashed out at him at nearly every chance she got afterwards. The bickering led Ritsuko to comment that they sounded like an old married couple.
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Youthful Freckles: Both Kensuke (energetic) and Hikari, combined with Girlish Pigtails to highlight her idealistic and innocent character.
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Apocalypse Cult: The members of SEELE like to dress themselves up in Judaeo-Christian Kabbalistic occult symbolism while bringing about their plans to awaken the Eldritch Abominations.
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Dramatic Irony: Episode 17 ("Fourth Children") is a textbook example of dramatic irony. At Shinji's expense, of course. Everybody except Shinji knows that Touji is the Fourth Child, and the plot of the episode is centered on the fact that everybody conceals that fact from Shinji (either intentionally or unintentionallynote Asuka, for example, had mistakenly assumed that he knew all along, and when she realized during the sortie that nobody bothered to tell him even now, she was started to spill the beans to him before she was cut off by a surprise attack from the Angel.) until it's too late. And then you have the scene where Shinji and Asuka kiss. Asuka liked Shinji and she wanted to kiss him, but she treated it like a game to waste time in case he was going to reject her (saying she was bored, pinching his nose...). And since Shinji stood still, gasping for air instead of kissing her back or hugging her, she thought he had rejected her and ran off. The sad thing is Shinji DID like Asuka, but because she was treating it like a game, he did not think she liked him back and he did not dare to do anything. So instead of getting them closer, their kiss made Shinji feel worse about himself and contributed to Asuka's breakdown (that scene played during her Mind Rape).
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Fatal Flaw: Every major character has one. Some have more than one. It could be said that during Instrumentality they are all forced to face them. Shinji: A crippling fear of being rejected and hated by others. It ultimately lead to him being too late to save Asuka in episode 25. Asuka: An overwhelming need to validate her own existence through the approval of others, which eventually leads to self-esteem so low that it renders her unable to pilot an EVA. Her brash character and abusive behaviour towards Shinji, especially after he outdoes her in the synchro test, completely messes up the group mentality and damages Shinji psychologically to the point he has to struggle to recover. Rei: A general disregard for her own life and being incapable of understanding the feelings of herself or others. Both are due to her being a clone. Misato: Much like Shinji, an overwhelming fear of rejection. As opposed to Shinji, she deals with it by never allowing her relationships to deepen to the point where she can be hurt to be begin with. Ritsuko: An inability to live outside of her mother’s shadow, despite her attempts otherwise. Naoko Akagi: Her lingering affection for Gendou prevents her from destroying NERV and preventing the Third Impact when Gendou brings Rei to initiate it. Gendou: An inability to let go of his late wife, leading to much misery for his son and the rest less the entire world.
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Soundtrack Dissonance
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Soundtrack Dissonance: Evangelion loves this trope. Examples include: At the beginning of Asuka's Mind Rape, the freaking Hallelujah Chorus starts playing while we see them go through a traumatic Freak Out. The battle with the Seventeenth Angel in Episode 24, accompanied by a rousing rendition of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". The ending credits of Death, a visage of an apocalyptic landscape with an overwhelming sense of foreboding, set to Pachelbel's "Canon in D". The brutal fight with the Mass Production Evas and confrontation between Ritsuko and Gendou in The End of Evangelion, set to the soothing strains of Bach's "Air on the G String". And of course, Instrumentality itself, mind-melting psychological trauma of epic proportions, accompanied by "Komm, süsser Tod", an original composition featuring upbeat, jazzy soft rock with lyrics about suicide. In an ironic twist, "Komm, süsser Tod" ends up being used in an entirely different soundtrack dissonance moment in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3. In sharp contrast to the nihilistic lyrics, an instrumental version of the song is played during the upbeat ending for the Evangelion campaign, which sees the events of the film averted and most of the cast alive and happily reunited.
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain: Ritsuko, and to some extent Gendou.
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Off-Model
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Off-Model: The show slips into this regularly, due to the general lack of money. Episodes 6 and 17 stand out in particular. In Episode 6, try drinking every time someone goes off-model. You'll be comatose. The Movie, on the other hand, has the deliberate, emphasis-of-emotions version out the ears. Compare normal Shinji◊ off-model Shinji. Due to the Big Budget Beef-Up, The Movie has some pretty good-looking animation throughout its entirety ([1]◊, [2]◊, [3]◊, & [4]◊), thus averting this trope. The QUALITY animation present in the show is much more noticeable on its Blu-ray, making all the animation flaws easy to see. Check out these screenshots, straight from the BD edition: [5]◊,[6]◊, [7]◊, & [8]◊. Of course, this is very much a double-edged sword, as the cases of great-looking animation in the show ([9]◊, [10]◊, [11]◊, and [12]◊) are (obviously) serviced quite well with the BD release. The third episode has a fun little visual continuity error. There's a close shot of Rei focusing on her bandages, with her arm in a sling. Then there's a closer shot of her a second later with the sling suddenly wrapped the other way.
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Myth Arc: The Angel war, NERV, the Evas, and the tangled web of secrets surrounding all three.
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The Masochism Tango
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The Masochism Tango: Shinji and Asuka's "relationship" is a never-ending waltz of personality clashes, misinterpreted emotions and communication failures. Misato and Kaji's relationship, once it is revealed that she may have been using him as a replacement for her father This can be the case with Touji and Hikari in the background, but it never gets developed because of the Unit 03 incident. Amusingly enough, Asuka is quick to put two and two together in this case.
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Blue with Shock
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Blue with Shock: Several instances.
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Living Shadow: Leliel, the 12th Angel.
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Fearful Symmetry
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Fearful Symmetry: The Angel Israfel, in the episode "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!", can split into two smaller copies of itself. In the series, it can recombine; in the manga, it remains split.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Catchphrase
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Catch-Phrase: In the anime, Shinji is constantly saying "I mustn't run away!"; also Asuka's repeated refrain of "What are you, stupid?" Let's also not forget all the times when Gendou tells Fuyutsuki to "handle the rest of this" "Scenario" and variants of "So," "Yes," and "I understand."
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Filk Song
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Filk Song: Everything by Fight Star. Also "A Thousand Angels" and "With Me Now" by Rachel Macwhirter.
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People in Rubber Suits
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People in Rubber Suits: A truly bizarre in-universe example. This is basically what the Evas are—cloned Angels in suits of restraint with some cybernetic implants. It's almost certainly a sly nod to the preferred special effect for giant city-destroying monsters in Anno's beloved Kaiju movies.
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Solar and Lunar
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Solar and Lunar: Rei is frequently associated with the moon, initially as a visual motif, but later it turns out to be foreshadowing — Rei is Lilith; Lilith arrived in an object called the Black Moon, and the First Impact, her arrival on earth, created the actual moon (it must be noted that the moon is actually believed to have been created by the debris from the impact of a large object with earth). Asuka, meanwhile, has occasional moments of being associated with the sun, but this is mostly done to strengthen her contrast to Rei.
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Leave the Camera Running: Appears frequently in the later episodes since the studio was getting increasingly short on money and time. This resulted in lots of still images, many scenes showing the characters from a great distance, and liberal use of Stock Footage, presumably to save some coin for the scenes where the Animation Bump was needed (and it was well worth saving the money for those stunningly animated fight scenes). Notable examples include: Misato watching the train Shinji has apparantly boarded leave the station. The elevator ride with Rei and Asuka. The Directors Cut version at least mixes it a little bit up. That is to say, Asuka moves briefly and only once. The same shot is reused in Evangelion: 2.0, but for a much shorter amount of time (making its inclusion a bit of a joke for fans). Misato being questioned by SEELE after Leliel's defeat: the longest still shot in the series at 80 seconds. Shinji holding Kaworu in Unit 01's hand for one full minute before he crushes him. Asuka curled up in Unit 02 at the bottom of the lake. Misato and Shinji's Last Kiss.
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Oedipus Complex: The relationship of the Ikari family, and whenever a character's parent comes up.
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Science Fantasy
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Science Fantasy: NGE is among the very softest science fiction. Those Humongous Mecha? They are revealed to be biological. CLONED FROM ANGELS! Who are aliens. Aliens with weaponized pseudo-Christian Kabbalah and existentialism-based force fields. And with human-like DNA but a different wavelength color(!?). All predicted by the Dead Sea Scrolls. The bodies of wizards and scientists alike are strewn across the field.
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Alien Geometries: Leliel. That cool marble looking thing that can disappear and reappear at random? That's its shadow, its four-dimensional shadow made of anti-matter.
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Raging Stiffie: Shinji gets one when he overhears Misato and Asuka’s slightly erotic-sounding tomfoolery at the onsen. Fortunately, the only one who notices is Pen Pen.
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Video Phone
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Video Phone: A variation is used, featuring full sized holograms when SEELE is talking to Gendou.
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Good Morning, Crono
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Good Morning, Crono: Spoofed in the final episode, when Shinji is shown what his life could have been like — a clichéd shounen series.
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Dying for Symbolism
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Dying for Symbolism: Really, all of these are up to anybody's guess, but in End of Evangelion Kaworu's death possibly represents the death of Shinji's sanity, Asuka's death could mean the death of Shinji's hope, Misato's death could represent the death of Shinji's love (Gendou might count), and the god-like Rei's death at the end could mean the death of Shinji's fear and return to peace. This movie is virtually the definition of Mind Screw, so you may have a different interpretation.
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Take That!
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Shinji gets this treatment a few times. It's been theorized that Shinji, and even the whole show, were meant as Take Thats against otakus. What makes it funnier is that Shinji might be an Author Avatar of Anno himself, so he'd be including himself as a target with that giant middle finger. Funnier, or possibly sadder, since Anno genuinely doesn't have a very high opinion of himself. Sadamoto confirms in the manga's Bonus Material that Shinji is based on Anno.
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Shadow Archetype
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Shadow Archetype: A good example is Gendou-Shinji: Gendou gives a pretty good idea of an embittered, corrupt and still antisocial adult Shinji. The Evangelions are also pretty good shadows for the pilots' mothers and possibly the pilots themselves. The Angels may also represent humankind's basest instincts.
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Hint Dropping
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Hint Dropping: Asuka does this towards Shinji a couple of times, but Shinji is too socially inept and unsure of himself to pick up on these attempts, which also fuels much of Asuka's anger towards him. Ironically, her anger towards him is also a big part of what keeps Shinji from realizing how she feels.
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Creepy Cool Crosses
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Creepy Cool Crosses: The Angels' energy blasts, and the shot of Misato's pendant in the final sequence of End of Evangelion, among many others.
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"End of the World" Special: Rei invokes this in End, giving the responsibility to Shinji. Shinji remade the world in the manga ending. Probably.
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Lost in Translation
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Lost in Translation: As a result of the varying translators and distributors, some nuances of the screenplay, particularly several instances of Arc Words and phrases, are lost or at least obscured by the English translations, especially in the dub. This is acknowledged in the DVD commentary of End of Evangelion.
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Smash Cut
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Smash Cut: Often, usually skipping from an Eva having its butt whooped to a replay of the damage.
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Only 0.2% Different
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Only 0.2% Different: The Angels because of panspermia. And it gets found out because a sequence in the Angel's Hard Light tissue is somehow comparable to a human genome.
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Empathic Weapon
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Empathic Weapon: Due to synchronization, the pain an Eva feels when it is damaged is felt by the pilot, and at a high enough synch level, the pilot actually suffers the same wounds. Asuka's fight with the MP Evas in End graphically demonstrates this, as she appears to lose an eye and have her guts ripped open inside her plugsuit, and actually has her right arm split in two as a result of the MP Evas' fake Lances damaging Unit 02. Thankfully, we don't see what happens when the Eva is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice at the end of the fight. The trope is also deconstructed in that Shinji's empathy with his Eva is psychologically dysfunctional. For example, Shinji describes Unit 01's destruction of the possessed Unit 03 along the lines of "Father used my own hands to hurt Touji," despite the fact that (a) it was the Eva's hands, not his own hands, and (b) he was not in control of the Eva at the time; the dummy plug was. Also, Shinji's apology to Asuka when he fights the Kaworu-controlled Unit 02 can be seen as Shinji seeing the Eva as an extension of Asuka, so that attacking it is at some level equivalent to attacking Asuka.
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Personal Horror
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Personal Horror: All the main cast, but Shinji Ikari might be the poster boy for this trope. A person with very high moral standards, but a fragile and tender heart that cannot shoulder them against the odds. He develops a bad case of self-loathing, reaching a Despair Event Horizon after the final angel and a Moral Event Horizon for himself after masturbating over a comatose Asuka.
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Rage Against the Heavens
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Rage Against the Heavens: Averted. While the Angels are often pondered upon as possible messengers from God, all existential rage by any character is directed either at society in general or at oneself.
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Conspicuous Gloves
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Conspicuous Gloves: Gendou always wears gloves, which cover burn scars he received rescuing Rei from an accident involving Unit 00. He later has an embryo Eldritch Abomination implanted in one of his hands, which make the gloves even more necessary.
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Assimilation Plot
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In Episode 9, Asuka struggles to synchronise her movements with Shinji and gets angry when Rei does it with ease. This is a first indicator of her fragile ego and of the Assimilation Plot triggered in End of Evangelion.
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Weakness Turns Her On
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Weakness Turns Her On: One way of looking at the causes of Asuka's attraction to Shinji.
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Metaphorically True
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Metaphorically True: In The End of Evangelion, Asuka's Madness Mantra of "I'll kill you" towards the MP Evas is basically this when you consider the sequence where Instrumentality begins to fall apart. The scenes toward the end with Shinji, Kaworu and Rei imply that Shinji ultimately chooses to reject Instrumentality because they made him regain faith in the possibility of finding love and happiness with other people in the real world. When he does return, Asuka is the one that he finds. Recall that the MP Evas die when Instrumentality and the GNR fall apart after Shinji leaves and Yui is able to leave with the Lance of Longinus.
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Extra Long Episode
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Extra Long Episode: The Director's Cut version of episodes 21-24 are several minutes longer than the others. Some scenes were cut out in their Original Airing to trim them down to the normal length, despite their vital role in filling out some bits and pieces in the massive Mind Screw that the series.
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Emotionless Girl
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Rei has her plugsuit and her school uniform, and is rarely ever seen wearing anything other than these two costumes. Any moment when she's not seen wearing one or the other is when she's switching between them. Her lack of wardrobe might be tied to her lot as the Emotionless Girl, with clothing serving nothing more than a plain function.
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Ironic Echo Cut
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Episode 11 sets up long chains of this and Ironic Echo Cut. After all, the whole point of the episode is how the characters, while isolated by a power outage, still manage to think the same.
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Cast Full of Crazy
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Cast Full of Crazy: Deconstructed. Although all of the cast is mentally broken in various ways, the reasons why are clearly explained and shown in detail. It's also notable in that the characters' various instabilities helps bring about the worst possible outcome. Or not...
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Captured Super-Entity
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The Geofront has one. It's meant as a last-ditch attempt at preventing an Angel from making contact with the Captured Super-Entity kept underground. Naturally, it ends up getting abused.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: The English dub of the series uses moderate swearing throughout, but does not drop the F-bomb until the movie, at which point it does so twice in suitably memorable fashion.
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Has its own page.
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Weirdness Magnet
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Weirdness Magnet: Primarily Shinji, as the plot mainly revolves around the Mind Screw that happens to him (and let's face it, how often do you accidentally fall on a naked blue-haired clone of your dead mother?); Misato, due to her wacky Angel-beating schemes and zany alcohol problem; Gendou has psychosis-induced plot-distorting abilities and lacks a sense of ridicule, especially in the manga and (on 'shrooms!) in Shinji Ikari Instrumentality Project; the rest of the cast, to various degrees.
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Vibroweapon
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Vibroweapon: The Progressive Knives, the enormous combat knives each Eva unit carries. They can hurt Angels, but are generally a last-resort weapon.
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Misato and Kaji (dark purple and sorta greenish respectively); both can be argued to be stylized blacks. Rei and Kaworu are subversions; her blue hair and his gray hair are side effects of her being partly cloned from Lilith and him being the 17th Angel.
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Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
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Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Ritsuko is probably the straightest example, but one might also be able to make a case for Misato, Rei, and Asuka.
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Mission Control
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Mission Control: Misato, and occasionally Ritsuko, serve as this for the pilots.
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Sempai/Kohai
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Sempai/Kohai: Maya sees Ritsuko as her sempai, but Ritsuko doesn't reciprocate. Surprisingly absent from Shinji's school, where all pupils seem to be the same age and in the same grade. This is a deliberate subversion, as all of the students in Shinji's class are potential Eva pilots.
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Mind Screw
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To a lesser degree, Episode 14. Even though half of it is a clip show and nothing particularly dramatic happens, it's the point at which the show begins to switch tracks from a by-the-numbers mecha show to a bizarre Mind Screw with existentialist undertones. Notably, this is the first episode with a mind trip sequence, as well as hints about the connection between the pilots and their EVAs and the first appearance of the Lance of Longinus.
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Cyber Cyclops
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Cyber Cyclops: Unit 00, and some of the failed Evangelion heads in End.
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Through His Stomach
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Through His Stomach: Hikari's method for getting close to Touji.
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted with Asuka verbally abusing Shinji. Auska's constant verbal bombardment and puts-downs push Shinji seem like typical tsundere behaviour, but due to Shinji not having much self-confidence only serves to push him further and further away from her, which only causes her more frustration trying to work out why he's being pushed away, which, in turn, causes her to be even more scathing.
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Subverted Trope
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Scans from the original designs show Shinji doing a happy version of the pose. It must be a tradition in the Ikari family.
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Antarctica was destroyed by the Second Impact, leaving a sea devoid of all Lilith-based life, including microbes.
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Angst
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Angst: Shinji may provide the cover image, but don't be fooled. EVERYONE has something to angst about.
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Big
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Big "NO!": Asuka, at the end of her Mind Rape.
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Irony
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Irony: The show was meant as a deconstruction of Merchandise-Driven Giant Robot series. It has become the most heavily marketed, publicized, referenced, and rereleased animated production ever. Rei, who throughout the series is tormented by the knowledge that she is replaceable and struggles to establish an identity of her own, has become one of the most archetypal anime characters in history, and most of her "clones" lack the Hidden Depths of her character. Euangelion means good news in Greek. Considering how it "ends," it's not exactly good news.
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Kaiju
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Kaiju: The show is directly inspired by Ultraman, and has as much in common with this mini-genre as Humongous Mecha (especially since the Humongous Mecha are actually semi-pilotable kaiju - People in Rubber Suits, no less).
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: A few. Most notably Asuka's very brief recovery in End.
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Unfamiliar Ceiling
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Unfamiliar Ceiling: The Japanese title of the second episode. Ironically, Shinji ends up in the NERV medical ward so often it eventually becomes a familiar ceiling.
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One-Woman Wail: The track "INTROJECTION" from the album Neon Genesis Evangelion III.
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Yank the Dog's Chain
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Yank the Dog's Chain: Shinji, over and over and over...
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Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe
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Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Why are the Angels attacking Tokyo-3? Turns out that the "Black Moon" from which all life on Earth emerged just happens to be right underneath Japan, (although according to the Classified Information it was originally at the South Pole before being shifted to underneath Japan by tectonic movement) and their ultimate goal is to get in there and reunite with Adam. Subverted when Adam wasn't there originally and they were completely heading the wrong direction, and then played straight after episode 8 when Gendou has Adam brought there.
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Defusing the Tyke Bomb
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Defusing The Tykebomb: Rei's the Apocalypse Maiden and Shinji's interactions with her is akin to him wandering around a powder keg with a zippo, not having a clue the crap's flammable. Surprisingly, it works to some extent, and in the movie Shinji becomes the tykebomb and Rei takes a stab at defusing him.
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Fan Disservice: Many instances, with Shinji masturbating over a comatose Asuka and the more bizarre aspects of the Rei/Lilith hybrid in End of Evangelion being two of the most extreme, as well as the "naked Yui tempting Shinji" sequence in the manga. A milder (and more humorous) instance is in Episode 10, where Asuka's Type D heat-resistant plugsuit inflates from the usual skintight bodysuit to an enormous balloon shape, much to her chagrin.
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Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Geofront has one. It's meant as a last-ditch attempt at preventing an Angel from making contact with the Captured Super-Entity kept underground. Naturally, it ends up getting abused. Unit-00 has one as well, as (presumably) the other Evas. It does its job when Rei explodes her Eva around Armisael.
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Shout-Out
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The explosion of Third Impact in End of Evangelion is shaped like an enormous eye that literally brings widespread death and destruction in its wake—though it could be an artsy Shout-Out to Anno's previous anime, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
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Never Be Hurt Again
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Never Be Hurt Again: This can be said to be one of the central themes of Evangelion at work. All characters want to avoid getting hurt in varying degrees. Even SEELE's ultimate plan can be said to be this trope taken to the extreme.
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Possession Implies Mastery
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Possession Implies Mastery: Significantly averted: Unit 01 keeps going out of control and doing things that Ritsuko and her staff can hardly believe. This is presumably because NERV didn't so much "invent" the Evas as copy them from the Angels that they possess.
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Description Cut
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Description Cut: Episode 11 sets up long chains of this and Ironic Echo Cut. After all, the whole point of the episode is how the characters, while isolated by a power outage, still manage to think the same. The Death segment of Death & Rebirth is practically nothing but these.
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Luke, I Am Your Father: Or rather, Mother. Unit 01 contains the soul of Shinji's long lost mother. Unit 02 actually holds the maternal aspect of Asuka's mother, Kyoko. At least that helps explain the term "Eva", which was made from Adam. Sounds like Everybody is Mecha Jesus In Purgatory, huh? Foreshadowed by Shinji's reaction the first time he's inserted in the entry plug: "It smells like blood... But I feel comfortable in here." He's nestled in a fluid-filled chamber inside a being that has the soul of his mother embedded in it. Pregnancy metaphor, anyone?
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Oh boy, where to begin? Every single main character is mentally unstable to some degree, as are most of the secondary characters. Given the crap they have been going through for the last 15 years, everyone has very good reasons for it.
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Kaji does this to Misato in episode 15 — also notable as one of the few (only?) scenes in which he is completely sincere. Happens twice in End of Evangelion: Shinji tries this to get Asuka out of her coma, but it doesn't work. Misato does this to Shinji later to try to get him to snap out of his shellshock and motivate himself to try to save Asuka.
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Troperiffic
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Troperiffic: Deconstructing them, playing them straight, codifying them, and subverting them among other things. Just look at the length of these pages.
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Self-Deprecation
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Self-Deprecation: Hideaki Anno's reaction to Evangelion's runaway success has been always a combination of bemusement and puzzlement, and he has made couple of scratching comments about it here and there.
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Messianic Archetype: Yui Ikari, the self-sacrificial Rei Ayanami, and Kaworu "He Died For Your Sins" Nagisa. Shinji even has a few "temptation scenes" involving the choice of rejecting the world completely and being Tanged forever or, in the manga, of going ballistic on humanity with his Luciferian dad. Granted, he's a darkly ironic and/or pathetic kind of messiah. Then again, to quote the Sermon on the Mount, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
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Child Soldiers
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Child Soldiers: The pilots, who are even called "Children" both individually and collectively.
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Dude Looks Like a Lady: Shinji is essentially a Gender Flip of Nadia (see here◊ for notes from Sadamoto himself). He was described by Sadamoto as looking like "a boyish young girl" (more evidence here◊), and was made as such to distinguish him from the mecha heroes at that time. Shinji's feminine facial features are brought up by Misato in the first episode, and during the eighth and ninth episodes he's made to look like a girl from nothing more than a wardrobe change◊. A scene from the Neon Genesis Evangelion 2 video game, had Fuyutsuki say that Shinji looked just like Yui and then crossdress Shinji for the role all while saying how beautiful "she" looks; Fuyutsuki's actions soon become overtly sexual. Shinji and Kaworu also make rather pretty girls with little more than a hair and eyelash change (and breasts); in the GenderFlip version of episode 24, longer haired Shinjiko ends up looking like a young version of Yui.
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Hammered into the Ground
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Hammered into the Ground: During the episode "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!", Shinji and Asuka are defeated when they first face the Angel. Each of their Evas somehow end up buried head-downwards with legs sticking up in the air.
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Power Trio
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The casting for the show pretty much revolves around the Power Trio, with a few characters even being part of more than one. In fact, the only two characters that don't fit into a trio are Pen-Pen, that Jet Alone guy, and the students' teacher...crap, that's three!
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New Wave Science Fiction
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New Wave Science Fiction: When you boil down the Cyberpunk elements and enter the Angels' domain, that's where things get really far out. Classical Anti-Hero? Check. Starfish Aliens? Check. Post modernism? Dear Anno, there's so much subtext. Much of the controversy about this series stems from, in addition to Real Life Writes the Plot, using anything (and EVERYTHING) as a symbolic device, to the point of inconsistent meanings per symbol.
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Rescue Introduction: Shinji meets Misato when she rescues him during the First Angel's attack.
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Word of God
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And then you have the scene where Shinji and Asuka kiss. Asuka liked Shinji and she wanted to kiss him, but she treated it like a game to waste time in case he was going to reject her (saying she was bored, pinching his nose...). And since Shinji stood still, gasping for air instead of kissing her back or hugging her, she thought he had rejected her and ran off. The sad thing is Shinji DID like Asuka, but because she was treating it like a game, he did not think she liked him back and he did not dare to do anything. So instead of getting them closer, their kiss made Shinji feel worse about himself and contributed to Asuka's breakdown (that scene played during her Mind Rape).
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We Have Been Researching Phlebotinum for Years
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We Have Been Researching Phlebotinum for Years: Shinji, a slightly disfunctional boy, witnesses an Eldritch Abomination attacking the city then is promptly thrown into the cockpit of a Humongous Mecha that's not really a mecha at all: it's alive and is VERY bloodthirsty. It takes a few episodes until he gets the explanation about what the hell is going on but never gets told about what he's piloting until three episodes from the end. It's unclear which is worse: that he was told so late or that he was told at all. Regardless which one is true, Shinji got an all-expenses-paid visit to the Despair Event Horizon for his effort.
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Ascended Fridge Horror: NGE takes the idea of a child as the pilot of a Humongous Mecha and strips it down to spotlight the fact that these shows are basically about Child Soldiers.
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Melancholy Moon: Rei is often visually paired with the moon, and often as a backdrop both in the original and follow up series.
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Spoiler Opening: Played straight and subverted. The opening is loaded with information from all over the series, including prominent shots of all major characters and Evas, thus spoiling their introduction up until nearly a third of the way through the series. On the other hand, the opening also contains Foreshadowing of events right up to The Movie that viewers will not appreciate as such except in retrospect.
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Killed Off for Real: In the anime: Kaji; Naoko Akagi; Kyoko Soryu; Misato's father. The aforementioned also die in the manga, as well as Touji. Misato, Ritsuko, and Gendou also apparently die normally and irreversably as opposed to through Instrumentality.
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Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Assuming that N2 Mines really are "non-nuclear".
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No Sense of Personal Space: Asuka, to both Kaji (mostly) and Shinji (when she's not shunning him). Kaworu in the manga, which is one of the reasons Shinji doesn't like him. This actually leads to a rather funny scene where Kaworu barges into Shinji's shower stall looking for soap, then wonders why Shinji's freaking out.
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Cerebus Syndrome: As the series progresses to its final episodes, all attempts at making jokes are dropped.
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Ritsuko, although it's debatable as to what extent she's really a villain, also averts this, repeatedly lying to Misato about the nature of the Evas and claiming that she's told her everything there is to know when there's a whole wealth of information she's keeping secret.
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Broken Bird: All the female characters, by the time it's all said and done. Of course, more than one were very broken already...
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No Periods, Period: Averted for Asuka in both the anime and the manga—her period causes her a realistic amount of discomfort, shame, anxiety, pain and mood swings. Her written-out thoughts show that "menarche" is as much a source of anxiety for her as "sex". Possibly implied to be the case with Rei by a cryptic piece of her dialogue in episode 14.
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Postmodernism: Oodles of it, especially in The Movie. The show is so postmodern the leaders of the superflat movement claim it as one of its precursors. Now that's some homage...
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Slap-Slap-Kiss
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Slap-Slap-Kiss: Deconstructed with the Shinji / Asuka pairing. The scene where they kiss was actually a heartbreakingly epic and twisted failure of communications for both of them contributing to Asuka's mental breakdown and Shinji's Despair Event Horizon. They are attracted to each other but both fear rejection, so Shinji doesn't dare believe it's anything more than just a way to pass the time and Asuka pinches his nose (ostensibly because his breathing is bothering her) to get at least some kind of reaction out of him AND to ensure some kind of "plausible deniability" of her own emotions in the face of possible rejection. And rejection is what she reads from his passiveness even if he doesn't mean it as such, because he doesn't understand there to BE anything to accept or reject... mostly because her words and actions just then and there give him no reason to actually think so! So after seeing Shinji's reaction (that is, gasping for air, not hugging or comforting her) she ran into the bathroom, making gargling noises as a front (as seen in ep. 22 director's cut version). Shinji is left feeling even worse.
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Big "SHUT UP!": From this exchange in episode 16:
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Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing
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Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: After a certain event, the only thing left of people are their clothes and pools of orange fluid.
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Teen Genius
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Teen Genius: Asuka claims to have a college degree, but it's never addressed.
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Citadel City
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Citadel City: Tokyo-3, designed to fight back against the Angels. Defense systems surround the city, buildings can retract underground, and there are structures holding scaled-up weapons to support the EVAs.
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Hoist by His Own Petard: The other reason Unit 01 wakes up when it runs out of power during the Zeruel battle is because Zeruel's merciless — and rhythmic — beating of Unit 01's core simulated a heartbeat in the entry plug. This is also how Gendo dies—EVA 01 devours him after Rei betrays him and slices off his arm. Overlaps with a Karmic Death—it only happened because Gendo had just given Rei the power sources needed to do so.
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Surprisingly Good English
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Averted, however, in the case of German. Asuka, who is German by birth, sounds even to a native English speaker distinctly not German when speaking in that language. This in itself is a bit of a meta-inversion of the trope in question: native English speakers tend to be, for obvious historical reasons, much more familiar with German phonetics than native Japanese speakers, making it more obvious to English viewers when a speaker is failing to approximate fluent German speech, whether or not the English viewer could themself fluently speak any dialect or extractionnote such as, uh, English of German.note Think about how recognisably obvious it is for a series or film to contain bad fake German, even if it was produced by English speakers who presumably could tell the difference but didn't care. Ditto here, it's even got its own trope!
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Eyes Do Not Belong There
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Eyes Do Not Belong There: In End, Rei/Lilith manifests a huge eye in her forehead that the Unit 01/Tree of Life is absorbed into. In the manga, Gendou has a large eyeball in the middle of his left palm due to swallowing Adam.
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The End of the World as We Know It
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The End of the World as We Know It: What apparently happens if an Angel ever merges with Adam. It happens anyway, but through other means. All sentient life is seemingly reduced into LCL, their souls joining together and forming a Hive Mind.
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Depending on the Artist
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Depending on the Artist: The show's artwork and animation quality varied a good bit from episode to episode. For example, episode 19 has noticeably thicker lineart in close-ups◊, 16's coloring is very saturated◊ & washed-out looking◊, and 9 brought us◊ a girly-faced Shinji. Episode 11, (ironically) despite being animated with help from Studio Ghibli, is one of the worst-looking episodes of the show, due to the bizarre◊ and lumpy◊ art style◊ making everyone◊ look "off". Also, due to the budget shrinkage that led to, well, you know, much of episodes 21-24 needed to be redrawn for DVD, leading to further variation in the styles. Also, see Off-Model below. Whether Misato has lipstick on◊ or not◊ rotates, sometimes several times in the same scene. Most of the female characters' hair lengths change frequently, particularly Misato who sometimes has fairly long hair and sometimes it appears to only reach down to her collarbones. The colour of Shinji's eyes seems to differ from scene to scene, sometimes being clearly drawn as black◊ or brown◊ instead of blue◊.
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This is best exemplified by Gendo, who through Yui's love was able to find happiness after a horrible upbringing, only to find himself so broken by sorrow after her "death" that he dedicates his life to sacrificing the entire human race for a chance to be with her again.
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Unusual Euphemism: One episode mentions thermal expansion in several different scenarios. One of these scenarios involves Shinji hearing Asuka and Misato giggling and talking about touching each other while at a hot spring. Shinji looks down and complains about "thermal expansion".
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Achilles' Power Cord: The Evas need an external power source and an early episode even has Shinji do a power cord transfer at one point to move into an area that his current cord doesn't reach. If the connection is severed, they can only function for a limited time on backup power.
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Evil Only Has to Win Once
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Evil Only Has to Win Once: Should an Angel ever manage to penetrate into the depths of Tokyo-3 and manage to merge with Adam, the need for protection will be rendered moot.
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When It All Began
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When It All Began: Second Impact is the linchpin event to everything that happens in the series.
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Cross-Popping Veins: Asuka, continuously. Misato, whenever she finds Kaji flirting with and/or groping another woman.
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Squat's in a Name
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Squat's in a Name: The Angels' names and some terminology may be biblical, but the series itself has nothing to do with Christianity.
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Sixth Ranger
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Sixth Ranger: Asuka, who joins in episode 8 and disrupts the social equilibrium and harasses Shinji to the point he starts to regress. Kaworu Nagisa, who joins in episode 24 and is revealed to be the last Angel, except humanity.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: Asuka, Misato and Rei. Asuka, in particular.
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Epiphanic Prison
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Episode 26 has after the first breakthrough in his introspective mindscape, Shinji experiences a reality that's played as a straight highschool romantic comedy. Contrasted against the Mind Screw that is Shinji's revelation sequence, the scene is incredibly jarring.
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Pillar of Light
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Pillar of Light: The explosions set off by the Angels Sachiel and Zeruel turn into crosses and in one instance, an inverted cross. Likewise, the N2 Mine, the only conventional weapon capable of harming the Angels, forms a pillar of light when it explodes. Second Impact also qualifies - twin pillars this time.
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Lyrical Dissonance
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And of course, Instrumentality itself, mind-melting psychological trauma of epic proportions, accompanied by "Komm, süsser Tod", an original composition featuring upbeat, jazzy soft rock with lyrics about suicide.
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High-Pressure Blood
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High-Pressure Blood: The Angels, and Unit 01 in the first episode, spray enormous fountains of blood that can literally paint the town red. The Rei/Lilith hybrid actually paints a stripe of blood on the moon when she dies. Justified, perhaps, when you consider how much blood there is in something taller than office buildings and what's needed to move it around, and when you consider how much pressure is required to pump blood in an organism that size.
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Ship Tease
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Ship Tease: Shinji/Asuka. Shinji/Misato. Shinji/Kaworu. Shinji/Rei. Kaji/Ritsuko. Gendou/Ritsuko. Maya/Ritsuko. Touji/Hikari. Plenty of others.
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Chekhov's Gunman
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Chekhov's Gunman: Touji's sister is his motivation for getting in Unit-03. SEELE's also a bit of a Chekhov’s Gunman.
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P.O.V. Sequel
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P.O.V. Sequel: The End of Evangelion is generally considered to show the the series' ending in a relatively objective light, whereas the last two episodes of the series show Shinji's personal experience.
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Artistic License
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Artistic License: Misato having a RHD Renault A310. Can be justified that she probably had brought the automobile to a professional car shop that converted the vehicle from LHD to RHD and from gas to electric.
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WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic
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What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: An in-universe example. All of the religious terms given to the elements of the seeding system cloud their (rather mundane) purposes. For instance, the "Spear of Longinus" is a control rod; the "Dead Sea Scrolls" is an instruction manual/troubleshooting guide.
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Heart Drive
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Heart Drive: The Angel's cores; they're the major weak point and a source of limitless life energy and "immortality." For good reason, his goes for the Evangelions too.
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Gambit Pileup
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Gambit Pileup: As the series goes on, it becomes increasingly difficult to know who knows what, who has what interests, and who's leading the game.
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Solemn Ending Theme: Several different versions of "Fly Me to the Moon".
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Translation Convention
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Translation Convention: Foreign dubs of the show (including English) make it clear that the characters are still speaking Japanese canonically.
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear: All the Evas (excepting Unit 00), but particularly Unit 01 to Shinji. This goes as far as the Unit 01 moving and behaving like a raging bear. Misato definitely deserves a mention for her very protective attitude towards Shinji and even the other pilots, whenever their safety was an issue. She even goes as far as to slap Ritsuko when she felt Shinji's life was being threatened.
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Hero Killer
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Hero Killer: The Mass-Produced EVA series, which tear Unit 02 apart and kill Asuka in End of Evangelion and then force Shinji to begin Instrumentality.
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Our Souls Are Different
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Our Souls Are Different: Souls are, in the Evaverse, not an ethereal/theological concept, but proven to exist as a form of entity/energy that is present in all living things, and controls the thought pattern, personality, and the sense of the self in a being. A whole (though relatively young) field of science, "metaphysical biology" is dedicated to the study of souls. It appears that souls are also capable of being split into fragments (although doing this seems to inevitably cause some sort of insanity in the person it happens to) which can re-merge with other fragments of the same soul, and can be extracted from the original host and transferred into another. This is the principle behind the clones named Rei Ayanami—Lilith's soul is housed in Rei and transferred to a new clone whenever a previous one dies.
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Magnetism Manipulation
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The S2 Engine inside the Angels' red cores apparently stands for Super Solenoid. Solenoids are long coils of wire, sometimes wrapped around a metal core, that generate magnetic fields. And they're inside biological alien heart things!
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Deus Angst Machina: At the start of the plot, Shinji hates his father and blames him for the absence of his mother because she died in mysterious circumstances involving his father, after which he sent him to live with his teacher (his aunt and uncle in the manga), being incompetent to raise him without her. When his father requests his presence again, it isn't apparently because of regret but of necessity: he needs Shinji to work for him; if Shinji doesn't comply, the world will end. After Shinji agrees to do this, he requests to live alone and was going to, but decides to live with Misato due to her insistence. Misato, we discover, was also abandoned by her father twice: once in favour of his job, the second time in favour of her life over his, and absolutely hates the Angels for robbing her of him. Rei, whom Shinji met during his reunion with his father, actually does live completely alone. This isolation is enforced by her caretakers on Gendou’s orders, because she plays a key part in Gendou’s Instrumentality scenario. Later, she undergoes a Suicide Mission to protect Shinji, who saves her from death; then, she undergoes another Suicide Mission to protect Shinji, and goes all the way. After meeting Rei, Shinji meets Touji, who resents him deeply because his sister was badly injured in Shinji’s first Eva fight. Eventually, Touji forgives and befriends him, and is later crippled (in the anime)/killed (in the manga) by Shinji’s Eva, despite Shinji’s protests. After he meets Touji, he meets Asuka, who takes a liking to him. She gambles that he'll reciprocate by kissing him; he doesn't. After this, her pride is further broken down by Shinji achieving a higher synch rate than her and thus displacing her as top pilot, and after being pyschologically assaulted by an angel that unearths all of her worst memories and experiences, she decides suicide is her best option. Finally, Shinji meets Kaworu: the only person to love him unconditionally; too bad that ceases when Shinji discovers that Kaworu is a disguised enemy and kills him (at Kaworu's insistence), crossing a line he’s never dreamed he would. All this blame, responsibility, and alienation prove too much for Shinji , who won’t bring himself to fight and save Asuka to prevent the Third Impact, and, when finally given the choice, decides to end the world rather than save it.
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Ridiculously Human Robots
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Ridiculously Human Robots: The Evas bleed and seem to have at least some kind of personal set of emotions. It turns out, of course, that they're not really robots at all.
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The Hero
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Shinji Ikari is The Hero, the main protagonist and pilot of Unit 01 who is also incredibly timid, passive and hesitant to the point where he's almost never in control of the situation.
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Five Rounds Rapid
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Five Rounds Rapid: Conventional military efforts tend to do precisely jack against the Angels, with one notable exception—the UN Pacific Fleet defeats Gaghiel by getting two battleships inside it and firing their cannons by remote, then self-destructing the ships and killing it. They did have Unit 02's help though.
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Expy
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Expy Shinji, Ritsuko, Asuka, and Kensuke are similar to Nadia, Electra, Grandis, and Jean from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, respectively. Also, Asuka may be viewed as a partial expy of Jung Freud of Gunbuster fame. Misato, meanwhile, is based on Usagi Tsukino, if she was an adult. It has also been revealed that some characterisation and appearances have been based on British drama series from the mid-20th century: Gendo and Fuyutsuki are based on Ed Staker and Col. Alex Freeman from UFO, according to Sadamoto, whereas Kaji is based on Col. Foster, with elements of Emma Peel from The Avengers. Additionally, the later Gainax productions FLCL and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann seem to exist to represent how Shinji would have turned out if he was raised more successfully. Gainax staff have said that while creating the male protagonists for their recent major productions, they asked themselves how Shinji would have turned out if he had been brought up in different circumstances. The Evas themselves are loosely based on the God Warriors, giant radioactive cyborgs from Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which Anno worked on during his brief stint as an animator for Studio Ghibli.
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Light Is Not Good
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Light Is Not Good: The Angels in general, along with the Mass Production Evangelions. Sandophlon appears as a glowing frog-like thing. Arael appears to be a gigantic bird-like construct of light carrying its core between its "feet", but is one of the most destructive Angels, starting with turning Asuka into a barely-functioning wreck. Armisael is a large double-helix ring of light that turns into a rope-like form to attack the Evas.
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Determinator
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Determinator: Deconstructed by Asuka, since playing it straight leads to her breakdown when she is no longer able to keep up.
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''Psycho'' Strings
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''Psycho'' Strings: Unit 00's leitmotif and its derivative, "The Beast." End also has the track "The End of Midsummer."
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108
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108: The Marduk Institute, ostensibly an advisory group put together to select Eva pilots, is actually just a group of 108 dummy companies owned by NERV and SEELE.
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Suspiciously Specific Denial
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Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Non"-nuclear mines.
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Humongous Mecha
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Humongous Mecha: The Evas, and the unmanned Jet Alone that matches them in size.
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Bishōnen Line
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Bishōnen Line: The Angels follow an interesting variation: their physical forms continue to vary wildly between monstrous and abstract, but there is a running theme among the later Angels of becoming better able to communicate with humans. Then, suddenly, Kaworu appears, and despite his power completely outclassing the previous Angels, he is a human-Angel hybrid who acts human and has a normal human appearance. After that, the Angels who serve as NERV's final opponents are the Lilim...actual human beings.
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Writer on Board
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Writer on Board: End of Evangelion apparently subverts this; Anno has made several statements (supported by hints in the TV series) to the effect that it was the planned ending, but there are still fans who say otherwise. A lot of people believe that the hospital scene is nothing but this.
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Monster of the Week
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Episode 9 has the Angel Of The Week turn out to be an Asteroids Monster. One Gilligan Cut later and we're watching the after-action report, which shows... Units 01 and 02 both planted into the earth like vegetables, head first, while Asuka berates Shinji, neither of them the worse for wear. When set against the Angels of previous episodes, all of whom seemed perfectly willing to kill the Evas, it's kind of jarring.
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Heroic Albino
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Heroic Albino: Rei is actually a Double Subversion. She's borderline obsessed with making a Heroic Sacrifice. She's also the series' Apocalypse Maiden and when Gendo attempts to use her to control Instrumentality, she rejects him rather graphically. She tries to reason to Shinji that everyone has the right to life and when Instrumentality does occur Rei reverses it at Shinji's request.
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Rousseau Was Right
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Rousseau Was Right: Hidden so carefully under a thick veil of cynicism that you'd be forgiven for missing it entirely. But at the end of the day, all of the characters — even Gendou and SEELE — want nothing more than to be loved and accepted, and their actions, however twisted, all stem from their fear and misunderstanding of themselves and others. See the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism entry for more details.
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Jerkass
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Kaworu and Shinji in the manga. Compared to the immediate friendship the two develop in the anime, manga-Kaworu's relationship with Shinji is built around tension and the uneasiness Shinji feels around him. Kaworu is also no less interested in Shinji, but is presented as far more naive and a rather big Jerkass. Sadamoto described their relationship as two schoolboys who are constantly bickering but secretly desire to impress the other.
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Deconstructed Character Archetype: Half the characters are first presented as classic anime stereotypes, but as the series progresses they are revealed to be extremely messed-up individuals whose behavior is an endless source of troubles.
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Bright Is Not Good
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Bright Is Not Good: The last two episodes are a complete psychological breakdown (and recovery!) which feature the brightest colors in the series at many parts.
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Eyelid Pull Taunt
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Eyelid Pull Taunt: In the manga, Asuka does this to Shinji after her initial strike against the Angel Israfel (seemingly) killed it.
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Over-the-Shoulder Murder Shot
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Over-the-Shoulder Murder Shot: Unit 01 does this to an Angel in an incredibly disturbing scene.
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Wall Slump
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Wall Slump: Misato's death in The End of Evangelion, where she leans against the wall to hide her mortal injuries after being shot from Shinji, then collapses against it when he leaves.
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Unbuilt Trope
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Unbuilt Trope: Many examples (leading to its "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny status among some modern viewers). The most obvious is Rei, who would appear to be a brilliant deconstruction of the Emotionless Girl archetype if not for the fact that she more or less created it. Many tropes that Eva deconstructs have actually been deconstructed in older Super Robot Genre shows, notably the ones that come from the 1970's; in fact the stream of Lighter and Softer shows that defines the Super Robot Genre as a whole isn't so apparent in the 1970's era of Super Robots.
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Redemption Equals Death
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Redemption Equals Death: Subverted with Gendou Ikari, who dies guilt-ridden and without making amends with his son.
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War Is Hell
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War Is Hell: In play in The End of Evangelion, in which NERV staff are stabbed slowly, ripped apart by machine gun fire, and torched alive with flamethrowers while attempting to flee to safety; the aggressors also target Asuka and Shinji.
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Non-Indicative First Episode: Anno reportedly complained about the first episode being "a failure" and out of tune with the rest. It was supposed to create an atmosphere of total despair.
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20 Minutes into the Future
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20 Minutes into the Future: Despite the series being set 20 years after its production, technology seems to have developed fairly little, the only obvious exception being the ubiquitous use of laptops in classrooms. Justified, given the tremendous effort needed to rebuild the world after the Second Impact.
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Worth Living For
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Worth Living For: The infamous ending of the series centers around Shinji deciding that his life is worth living. Interesting in that he doesn't find a reason so much as he learns to accept his own limitations.
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: Asuka plays a Sega Saturn in episode 23. Also, Yebisu/Yebichu beer. The manga has UCC Coffee and Coca-Cola vending machines, Kaji brings Misato food from McDonald's, a bottle of Evian water is seen, and also an iPod in at least one chapter.
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Heavy Mithril: Kinda. British rock band Fightstar are fans of the series and titled several songs from it. Their song "Lost Like Tears In Rain" even ends with the line "It's Neon Genesis".
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Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!
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Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: First subverted when Shinji tries to kiss Asuka in her sleep, but ultimately decides against it. Then, in End of Evangelion, Shinji pleases himself over a scantily clad and comatose Asuka.
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Earn Your Happy Ending: The manga ending. After enduring a slightly different version of the events of End of Evangelion, humanity seems to have been given a fresh start. Even the Earth seems to have recovered, with the first scene showing heavy snowfall on Shinji's hometown despite Japan's previously tropical climate due to Third Impact. However in return everyone who survived (Shinji, Asuka, etc.) have lost all their memories of the time they spent at Tokyo-3, and have all went their separate ways. That said, as Shinji's chance encounters with both Asuka and Kensuke at Tokyo demonstrate, it's still possible to re-establish ties anew, and as Shinji muses, the future is now full of possibilities. Touji's back too! The optimistic, confident way he carries himself, directly paralleled to the moody Shinji of the first chapter, says it all.
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Conveniently Interrupted Document: Played for dark humor with the note from Gendo. It probably started out as a long, somewhat flowery letter, but by the time it reached Shinji's hands, 95% of it had been blacked out, leaving only "COME—GENDO" remaining.
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School Uniforms Are the New Black
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School Uniforms Are the New Black: Shinji will wear his school uniform even when he goes out at night to wander the streets of Tokyo-3. Rei is also an example, although more justified than Shinji since she doesn't seem to own any clothes other than her uniform, school swimsuit and undergarments notwithstanding. While Asuka's wardrobe is a bit more diverse at home, she usually wears her school uniform when going out; in some video game spinoffs, she even wears it when going to the amusement park, when out to town, or when school's out.
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Love Makes You Evil
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Love Makes You Evil: One of the series' main themes is that love, despite being an overall good thing and an essential part of being human, can also be an incredibly destructive force when it turns into obsession. This is best exemplified by Gendo, who through Yui's love was able to find happiness after a horrible upbringing, only to find himself so broken by sorrow after her "death" that he dedicates his life to sacrificing the entire human race for a chance to be with her again. It is also in play with Ritsuko, whose love for Gendo, a man who will never reciprocate, leads her to help him with NERV's more morally dubious work and lie to her best friend Misato in the process. To a lesser degree this applies to Fuyutsuki—while he is the least "evil" of the characters listed here, he merely protests the human costs of NERV's projects and is still willing to help Gendo out of love for the same woman. However, it is later revealed that his true agenda was to help Yui derail SEELE's plans all along, arguably making him a co-Big Good to her.
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Blame Game
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Blame Game: When the Jet Alone goes rogue, the various executives and private investors related to the project are preemptively doing this by trying to avoid the direct responsibility of giving the emergency deactivation code.
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Darkest Hour
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Darkest Hour: Taken Up to Eleven in The End of Evangelion. One might argue that they already go here in the battle between Unit 01 and Unit 03, and again in Unit 01 vs. the last Angel.
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Shoo Out the Clowns
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Shoo Out the Clowns: While supporting characters with a more comedic disposition appear less and less frequently (especially after Touji loses a leg in Unit-03), when Pen Pen is sent off to live with the Horaki family in episode 24, you just know this episode will be extra-dark.
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Bonus Material
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Sadamoto confirms in the manga's Bonus Material that Shinji is based on Anno.
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Cyber Punk
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Cyberpunk: Evangelion has quite a few transhumanist, cyberpunk and post-cyberpunk traits, such as The Singularity.
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Merger of Souls
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Merger of Souls: The Third Impact as envisioned by SEELE would've resulted in all human beings on the planet having their souls merged into one singular whole, with all individuality dissolved. Although the process is initiated in the middle of the End of Evangelion movie, it fortunately gets aborted before it reaches the point of irreversibility.
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Gainaxing
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Gainaxing: Especially Misato.
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The War Room
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The War Room: Central Dogma's command center, with Mission Control, natch.
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The Abridged Series
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The Abridged Series: Evangelion Abridged. There's also another few, most notable out of them being Reborn Zombie's Evangelion Abridged and The Puerto Rican Pizza Dude's A Parody of Evangelion, although the majority of the latter seems to have been banned by Bandai Channel. The former is still active and pushing closer toward its finale, the latter seems to have gone dormant. Also see: Abridgelion and Yet Another NGE Abridged Series. LittleKuriboh made a one-episode abridgement for a charity event.
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Artistic License – Physics: That's not what a Dirac sea is... at all. The show also fails quantum physics forever by throwing it around as a metaphor combined with Rule of Cool. The S2 Engine inside the Angels' red cores apparently stands for Super Solenoid. Solenoids are long coils of wire, sometimes wrapped around a metal core, that generate magnetic fields. And they're inside biological alien heart things! An in-universe example for whoever came up with the "Second Impact" cover story. Regardless of speed, a meteor as small as they described would airburst from friction, not capable of surviving our atmosphere long enough to hit the ground. Also, regardless of speed or angle, it would take a gigantic (dozens or hundreds of kilometers) stellar body to knock the Earth's axis off enough to cause the changes in seasons shown (for that matter, how would Adam's self-destruct be forceful enough to cause that?). Not to mention that an impact that destructive would hurl a shitload of ejecta into the atmosphere, causing a global nuclear winter that would lead to far more negative long-term effects than shown in the show (maybe Adam's explosion was focused up and out, not down?).
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New Neo City
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New Neo City: Even moreso in Japanese, where Tokyo-3's name translates as "New Tokyo No. 3". Justified, though, in that it is, in terms of Evangelion's alternate-history, Exactly What It Says on the Tin — after the original Tokyo was destroyed, at least THREE new cities were built around Japan, all named New Tokyo.
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Theme Naming: More stylistic naming instead of thematic, but characters all have their last names in kanji and their first in katakana. Most characters' family names are those of Japanese ships that were sunk during World War II. Additionally, Asuka's second family name, "Langley" complements this scheme too: Langley was an American ship sunk in World War II. Similarly her mother's second family name Zeppelin in this case references a German aircraft carrier that wasn't completed (just like Kyouko's mind was left fractured). Maya Ibuki is both an example of the theme and an exception — while the HIJMS Maya was sunk at Leyte Gulf, the Ibuki would have led the Imperial Japanese Navy's "next generation" cruiser class, but the keel was never laid and the class was canceled. The few important human characters that don't fall into this category are named after ship parts, and Nagisa (shore) is close as well. Hikari and her two sisters Kodama and Nozomi are named after Shinkansen lines.
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With Friends Like These...
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With Friends Like These...: Despite being friends since college, Ritsuko keeps Misato in the dark about all of NERV's most important secrets until near the end of the series. She also gets into frequent (and sometimes physically violent) arguments with Misato about how to handle situations which could endanger the pilots, and while she never misses an opportunity to poke fun at Misato, her jibes become very cruel after things really blow up between Misato, Shinji, and Asuka. It gets to the point where their relationship at the end of the series can best be described as just a few steps away from full-on We Used to Be Friends territory. And eventually, after the events of Episode 23, it ends up there. It may be argued with some justification that Ritsuko never really considered Misato a friend, and was just manipulating her the entire time. Asuka probably deserves mention as well, though in her case the trope is deconstructed since her hostile behavior ends up driving most potential friends away.
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Bragging Theme Tune: Despite the lyrics being about Shinji, the overall theme of the song is carried through in the anime, as Shinji does save the world multiple times and eventually starts, then ends Instrumentality. "Young boy, become a legend" indeed.
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Cut Short: Not the series itself — controversial as it is, the TV ending does wrap things up pretty neatly, if only from a thematic standpoint. Rather, in the original cut of Death and Rebirth, the "Rebirth" episode just...ends. Right in the middle. This effectively pissed off a number of Japanese fans who saw the movie in theaters (and Western fans who bought the VHS/DVD) expecting the final conclusion to the series, only to find out that they had to wait for The End of Evangelion.
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