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19th Feb '17 5:17:09 PM steelserie
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* YamatoNadeshiko: Rei Ayanami is reminiscent of this. A "good old fashioned woman" who is reserved, modest and pretty, who also will fight for her family and country when necessary. Rei is reserved, beautiful and has little to no concerns fighting to the death to either protect or save the world/Shinji/NERV. However, she's somewhat of a {{Deconstruction}}, as Creator/HideakiAnno intended for her to show these traits in a realistic light and show how creepy they'd actually be in a real person - he failed [[MisaimedFandom at making her]] [[{{Moe}} a creepy character]], but her DeathSeeker nature is successfully deconstructed as a tragic, unsettling trait.
19th Feb '17 5:04:47 PM steelserie
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* HeroicSacrifice: Multiple, and subverted in some cases. It's worth noting that part of the series' mocking of the YamatoNadeshiko concept is a deconstrucion of the entire notion of a selfless sacrifice. Of all the characters who fight the Angels, everyone with the singular exception of [[spoiler:Rei]] has an ulterior, personal motive for doing so. [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka both pilot for the validation of others; Misato fights the Angels in an attempt to escape her father's influence; Gendou and Fuyutsuki both want to see Yui again (and Fuyutsuki will be killed if he doesn't); and Ritsuko does it for Gendou's affections. The only person who truly makes the sacrifice for the sake of humanity is Rei, and part of the meaning of her character is to show how creepily detached, lonely and suicidally uncaring about one's own life one would have to truly make a "selfless" sacrifice for humanity itself, as opposed to doing so for a personally selfish reason such as of glory, honor, or personal validation.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: Multiple, and subverted in some cases. It's worth noting that part of the series' mocking of the YamatoNadeshiko concept is a deconstrucion of the entire notion of a selfless sacrifice. Of all the characters who fight the Angels, everyone with the singular exception of [[spoiler:Rei]] has an ulterior, personal motive for doing so. [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka both pilot for the validation of others; Multiple. [[spoiler: Misato fights the Angels sacrifices herself in an attempt order to escape get Shinji to pilot, bravely fighting through several invading soldiers. Rei Ayanami also gives her father's influence; Gendou and Fuyutsuki life heroically in order to defeat Armisael, saving both want to see Yui again (and Fuyutsuki will be killed if he doesn't); children and Ritsuko does it for Gendou's affections. The only person who truly makes the sacrifice for the sake all of humanity is Rei, and part of the meaning of her character is to show how creepily detached, lonely and suicidally uncaring about one's own life one would have to truly make a "selfless" sacrifice for humanity itself, as opposed to doing so for a personally selfish reason such as of glory, honor, or personal validation.mankind. ]]
19th Feb '17 4:47:01 PM steelserie
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* {{Twinmaker}}: [[spoiler:Rei Ayanami]] appears as three clones over the course of the series, each replacing the last.
19th Feb '17 12:25:35 AM Az_Tech341
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* PlotHole: The manga version has a gigantic one in its final chapter: [[spoiler: If Shinji remembers everything that happened to him before the world was reconstructed, why doesn't he recognize Asuka & Kensuke? Sure, ''Eva'' is a MindScrew, but there's a difference between mind screws and making ''no logical sense.'']]
18th Feb '17 10:05:28 AM YasminPerry
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* PlotHole: The manga version has a gigantic one in its final chapter: [[spoiler: If Shinji remembers everything that happened to him before the world was reconstructed, why doesn't he recognize Asuka & Kensuke? Sure, ''Eva'' is a MindScrew, but there's a difference between mind screws and making ''no logical sense.'']]
31st Jan '17 6:39:50 PM Willbyr
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** The explosion of [[spoiler:Third Impact]] in ''End of Evangelion'' is shaped like an enormous eye that literally brings widespread death and destruction in its wake- thought it could be an artsy ShoutOut to Anno's previous anime, ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''.

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** The explosion of [[spoiler:Third Impact]] in ''End of Evangelion'' is shaped like an enormous eye that literally brings widespread death and destruction in its wake- thought wake--though it could be an artsy ShoutOut to Anno's previous anime, ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''.



** The Lance of Longinus is essentially two long spikes that bend inward and twist around each other in the middle.
** When the Lance is merged with Unit-01 in ''End'', the Eva is surrounded by twisting material that forms a titanic cross.

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** The [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/evangelion/images/5/5d/Lance_of_Longinus.png/revision/latest?cb=20120320234343 Lance of Longinus Longinus]] is essentially two long spikes shafts of metal that bend inward and twist 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. [[spoiler: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 middle.
center.]]
** When the Lance is merged with Unit-01 in ''End'', the Eva is becomes surrounded by twisting material that forms a titanic cross.



* GraspTheSun: [[spoiler:Asuka]] in ''End of Evangelion'', as [[spoiler:she's trying to get her critically-damaged Eva moving again. It doesn't work, and only provokes the remainder of the MP Evas to throw their fake Spears of Longinus down and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impale EVA 02]], then consume almost all of the remains.]]

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* GraspTheSun: [[spoiler:Asuka]] in ''End of Evangelion'', as [[spoiler:she's trying to get her critically-damaged Eva moving again. It doesn't work, and only provokes the remainder of the MP Evas to throw their fake Spears of Longinus down and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impale EVA 02]], then consume almost all of the remains.]]remains]].
30th Jan '17 7:08:28 PM Willbyr
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: '''The manga ending'''. [[spoiler: 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 a heavy ''snowfall'' on Shinji's hometown, whereas before Japan endured an eternal summer (due to global warming and the ruined sea levels from 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. The optimistic, confident way he carries himself, directly paralleled to the moody Shinji of the first chapter, says it all.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: '''The manga ending'''. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler: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 a heavy ''snowfall'' on Shinji's hometown, whereas before Japan endured an eternal summer (due to global warming and the ruined sea levels from 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. The optimistic, confident way he carries himself, directly paralleled to the moody Shinji of the first chapter, says it all.]]



** "Sempai... SEMPAI!!" [[spoiler:Maya Ibuki]] (sub)
*** "[[spoiler:Ritsuko... RITSUKO!!]]" [[spoiler:Maya Ibuki]] (dub)

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** "Sempai... SEMPAI!!" [[spoiler:Maya Ibuki]] (sub)
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(sub) "[[spoiler:Ritsuko... RITSUKO!!]]" [[spoiler:Maya Ibuki]] (dub)



* FighterLaunchingSequence: With mecha instead of fighters.

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* FighterLaunchingSequence: With mecha instead The Evas are launched on elevator-like lifts that can get them from the Geofront to the streets of fighters.Tokyo-3 in just a few seconds.



* GothSpirals: The Lance of Longinus and Lance form of Unit 01 qualify.

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* GothSpirals: GothSpirals:
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The Lance of Longinus is essentially two long spikes that bend inward and twist around each other in the middle.
** When the
Lance form of Unit 01 qualify.is merged with Unit-01 in ''End'', the Eva is surrounded by twisting material that forms a titanic cross.



* HeroicAlbino: Rei is actually a DoubleSubversion. She's borderline obsessed with making a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: She's also the series' ApocalypseMaiden and when Gendou gets her to cause Instrumentality she demonstrates she opposes it, rather graphically. She tries to reason to Shinji that everyone has the right to life and when Instrumentality does occur Rei reverses it.]]

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* HeroicAlbino: Rei is actually a DoubleSubversion. She's borderline obsessed with making a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: She's [[spoiler:She's also the series' ApocalypseMaiden and when Gendou gets her to cause Instrumentality she demonstrates she opposes it, rather graphically. She tries to reason to Shinji that everyone has the right to life and when Instrumentality does occur Rei reverses it.]]



* HintDropping: 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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* HintDropping: Asuka does this towards Shinji a couple of times. But 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.



* JigsawPuzzlePlot: 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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* JigsawPuzzlePlot: 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 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.



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Kaji; Naoko Akagi; Kyoko Soryu; Misato's father.]]
** [[spoiler:Touji in the manga.]]
** [[spoiler:Also in the manga there's Misato, Ritsuko, and Gendou, who apparently die normally and irreversably as opposed to through Instrumentality.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: KilledOffForReal:
** In the anime:
[[spoiler:Kaji; Naoko Akagi; Kyoko Soryu; Misato's father.]]
** [[spoiler:Touji The aforementioned also die in the manga.]]
** [[spoiler:Also in the manga there's
manga, as well as [[spoiler:Touji. Misato, Ritsuko, and Gendou, who Gendou also apparently die normally and irreversably as opposed to through Instrumentality.]]



* LotusEaterMachine: At some level, the Evas. Some of the Angel's attacks (notably Leliel's, Arael's, and Armisael's) and [[spoiler:Instrumentality]] are this.

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* LotusEaterMachine: At some level, the Evas. Some of the Angel's Angels' attacks (notably Leliel's, Arael's, and Armisael's) and [[spoiler:Instrumentality]] are this.



* MetaphoricallyTrue: In ''The End of Evangelion'', Asuka's MadnessMantra of "I'll kill you" [[spoiler:towards the MP Evas]] is basically this when you consider the sequence where [[spoiler:Instrumentality begins to fall apart. The scenes toward the end with Shinji, Kowaru 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]].
* MergerOfSouls: [[spoiler:The [[AssimilationPlot Third Impact]] as envisioned by [[AncientConspiracy Seele]]]] would've resulted in all human beings on the planet having their souls merged into one singular whole, with all individuality dissolved. [[spoiler: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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* MetaphoricallyTrue: In ''The End of Evangelion'', Asuka's MadnessMantra of "I'll kill you" [[spoiler:towards the MP Evas]] is basically this when you consider the sequence where [[spoiler:Instrumentality begins to fall apart. The scenes toward the end with Shinji, Kowaru 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]].
* MergerOfSouls: [[spoiler:The [[AssimilationPlot Third Impact]] as envisioned by [[AncientConspiracy Seele]]]] SEELE]]]] would've resulted in all human beings on the planet having their souls merged into one singular whole, with all individuality dissolved. [[spoiler: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]].



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Shinji's reaction to [[spoiler:his DudeShesLikeInAComa moment]].

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Shinji's reaction to [[spoiler:his DudeShesLikeInAComa moment]]. Such is his horror and disgust that he utterly gives up on himself and makes no effort to stop [[spoiler:the JSSDF soldiers that are seconds away from killing him]].



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: 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 horribly vicious one.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: 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 horribly vicious one.'''vicious''' one as [[spoiler: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]].



* PillarOfLight: The explosions set off by the Angels Sachiel and Zeruel turn into crosses and in one instance, an inverted cross. Likewise, the N[[superscript:2]] mine, the only conventional weapon capable of harming the Angels, forms a pillar of light when it explodes. [[spoiler: Second Impact also qualifies - twin pillars this time.]]

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* PillarOfLight: The explosions set off by the Angels Sachiel and Zeruel turn into crosses and in one instance, an inverted cross. Likewise, the N[[superscript:2]] mine, the only conventional weapon capable of harming the Angels, forms a pillar of light when it explodes. [[spoiler: Second [[spoiler:Second Impact also qualifies - twin pillars this time.]]



** In episode 11, when the power goes out in the city, one of the characters 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.

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** In episode 11, when the power goes out in the city, one of the characters 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.



* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Humanity, being the ultimate result of the terraforming process started by Lilith, is collectively the 18th Angel, and every single living thing 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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* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Humanity, being the ultimate result of the terraforming process started by Lilith, is collectively the 18th Angel, and every single living thing 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.]]



** Surprisingly, prior to the tail end, this remains of little issue to the cast in regards to [[spoiler:the Angels, whom display little sentience, and are annihilated consecutively without a second thought.]]

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** Surprisingly, prior to the tail end, this remains of little issue to the cast in regards to [[spoiler:the Angels, whom display little sentience, and are annihilated consecutively without a second thought.]]thought]].



* FeministFantasy: 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 {{deconstruction}}s of typical anime clichés. Rei was written as a brutal TakeThat towards the YamatoNadeshiko archetype; initially appearing to be submissive, shy and emotionless, she's later revealed to be [[spoiler: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; [[spoiler:in the end, this turns out to be a JerkassFacade to hide her own insecurities, and she becomes weaker and weaker as she finds herself no longer able to keep up.]] [[spoiler:However, she rebounds [[TookALevelInBadass 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, [[spoiler: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 MamaBear tendencies rather than from Shinji himself.]]
* FourIsDeath: Unit 04 explodes on its activation test. Unit 03, the actual fourth Evangelion, is [[spoiler: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.

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* FeministFantasy: 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 {{deconstruction}}s of typical anime clichés. Rei was written as a brutal TakeThat towards the YamatoNadeshiko archetype; initially appearing to be submissive, shy and emotionless, she's later revealed to be [[spoiler: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; [[spoiler:in the end, this turns out to be a JerkassFacade to hide her own insecurities, and she becomes weaker and weaker as she finds herself no longer able to keep up.]] up]]. [[spoiler:However, she rebounds [[TookALevelInBadass 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, [[spoiler: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 MamaBear tendencies rather than from Shinji himself.]]
himself]].
* FourIsDeath: FourIsDeath:
**
Unit 04 explodes on its activation test. Unit 03, the actual fourth Evangelion, is [[spoiler: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.



* NewWaveScienceFiction: When you boil down the {{Cyberpunk}} elements and enter the Angel's domain, that's where things get really far out. ClassicalAntiHero? Check. StarfishAliens? Check. Post modernism? Dear Anno, there's so much subtext. Much of the controversy about this series stems from, in addition to RealLifeWritesThePlot, using anything (and EVERYTHING) as a symbolic device, to the point of [[FlipFlopOfGod inconsistent meanings per symbol]].

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* NewWaveScienceFiction: When you boil down the {{Cyberpunk}} elements and enter the Angel's Angels' domain, that's where things get really far out. ClassicalAntiHero? Check. StarfishAliens? Check. Post modernism? Dear Anno, there's so much subtext. Much of the controversy about this series stems from, in addition to RealLifeWritesThePlot, using anything (and EVERYTHING) as a symbolic device, to the point of [[FlipFlopOfGod inconsistent meanings per symbol]].



* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: Misato]] dies from a lack of preliminary discussion, careful placement, and cooperation on [[spoiler: Shinji's]] behalf.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: Misato]] [[spoiler:Misato]] dies from a lack of preliminary discussion, careful placement, and cooperation on [[spoiler: Shinji's]] behalf.



** There's also another few, most notable out of them being Reborn Zombie's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUn1O-1dcyc Evangelion Abridged]]'' and The Puerto Rican Pizza Dude's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo4dX233zFI 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 it's finale, the latter seems to have gone dormant.

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** There's also another few, most notable out of them being Reborn Zombie's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUn1O-1dcyc Evangelion Abridged]]'' and The Puerto Rican Pizza Dude's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo4dX233zFI 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 it's its finale, the latter seems to have gone dormant.



*** Adam was in the process of terraforming the Earth to support Angelic life as opposed to Lilim life. That's what caused the climate changes, not his subsequent explosion when they did whatever it was they did to regress him into embryonic form. That Earth is still habitable at all is only because they shut him down before he could finish. That it was caused by the explosion itself is just part of the cover story.



** The manga begins and ends with Shinji walking through the streets by himself [[spoiler: depressingly in the first chapter, triumphantly in the last.]]

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** The manga begins and ends with Shinji walking through the streets by himself [[spoiler: depressingly [[spoiler:depressingly in the first chapter, triumphantly in the last.]]last]].



* BraggingThemeTune: Played straight, despite the lyrics being about [[ThisLoserIsYou Shinji]].
** Shinji does save the world multiple times and [[spoiler: becomes a god during the final.]] So it is not like it is incorrect.

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* BraggingThemeTune: Played straight, despite Despite the lyrics being about [[ThisLoserIsYou Shinji]].
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Shinji]], the overall theme of the song is carried through in the anime, as Shinji does save the world multiple times and [[spoiler: becomes [[spoiler:eventually starts, then ends Instrumentality]]. "Young boy, become a god during the final.]] So it is not like it is incorrect.legend" indeed.



** It has also been revealed that some characterisation and appearances have been based off of many British drama series from the mid-20th century, such as ''Series/{{UFO}}''.
*** Gendo and Fuyutsuki are based off Ed Staker and Col. Alex Freeman, according to Sadamoto, whereas Kaji is based of Col. Foster, with elements of Emma Peel from ''Series/TheAvengers''.

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** It has also been revealed that some characterisation and appearances have been based off of many British drama series from the mid-20th century, such as ''Series/{{UFO}}''.
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century: Gendo and Fuyutsuki are based off Ed Staker and Col. Alex Freeman, Freeman from ''Series/{{UFO}}'', according to Sadamoto, whereas Kaji is based of off Col. Foster, with elements of Emma Peel from ''Series/TheAvengers''.



* {{Fanservice}}: Every character below the age of 31. The anime actually lampshaded this in the "next episode" previews, as Misato always promised "more fanservice!"
** Ironically, episodes that Misato promised would have fanservice, always seemed to have ''less'' than episodes where no such promise was made in the previews.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Every character below the age of 31. The anime actually lampshaded this in the "next episode" previews, as Misato always promised "more fanservice!"
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fanservice!" Ironically, episodes that Misato promised would have fanservice, fanservice always seemed to have ''less'' than episodes where no such promise was made in the previews.



* GratuitousGerman: ''GEHIRN'' = brain, ''NERV'' = nerve, ''SEELE'' = soul. Also, 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. And her German is so bad, it does worse things to a German-speakers ears than Arael did to Asuka's mind.
** In the case of Asuka, the English dub was even more fond of this trope (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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* GratuitousGerman: GratuitousGerman:
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''GEHIRN'' = brain, ''NERV'' = nerve, ''SEELE'' = soul. Also, 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. And her Her German is so bad, it does worse things to a German-speakers German-speakers' ears than Arael did to Asuka's mind.
** In the case of Asuka, the
mind. The English dub was even more fond of this trope (with , 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).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.



** The Mass-Produced Eva Series [[spoiler: which kills Asuka and crucifies EVA 01]] is a neat name for a visual representation of a tv series that is "mass-produced", without giving much thought to the purest of its narrative's issues - which, it seems, is exactly the kind of plot [[Creator/HideakiAnno Anno]] and [[Main/StudioGainax StudioGainax]] wanted to avoid.

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** The Mass-Produced Eva Series [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which kills Asuka and crucifies EVA 01]] is a neat name for a visual representation of a tv TV series that is "mass-produced", without giving much thought to the purest of its narrative's issues - which, it seems, is exactly the kind of plot [[Creator/HideakiAnno Anno]] and [[Main/StudioGainax StudioGainax]] [[Creator/StudioGainax Gainax]] wanted to avoid.



* MindScrew: This show is the codifier for this trope in anime, especially in ''End''. The fact that it also named GainaxEnding should definitely tell you something.
** The plot basically goes like this: some aliens attacking Earth, and they need to be destroyed. The show is constantly setting you up for a big reveal by hinting at the truth and constantly introducing new plot threads that come from the aliens. And then... nothing. The final episodes, which in any other show would have given you TheReveal, got rid of the "alien attack" element and let the "psychoanalytical drama" element completely take over.

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* MindScrew: This show is the codifier for this trope in anime, especially in ''End''. The fact that it also named GainaxEnding should definitely tell you something.
**
something. The plot basically goes like this: some aliens are attacking Earth, and they need to be destroyed. The show is constantly setting you up for a big reveal by hinting at the truth and constantly introducing new plot threads that come from the aliens. And then... nothing. The final episodes, which in any other show would have given you TheReveal, got rid of the "alien attack" element and let the "psychoanalytical drama" element completely take over.



** Episode 26 has [[spoiler: after the first breakthrough in his [[EpiphanicPrison introspective mindscape]], Shinji experiences a reality that's played as a straight highschool ''romantic comedy.'' Contrasted against the MindScrew that is Shinji's [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind revelation sequence]], the scene is incredibly jarring.]]

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** Episode 26 has [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after the first breakthrough in his [[EpiphanicPrison introspective mindscape]], Shinji experiences a reality that's played as a straight highschool ''romantic comedy.'' Contrasted against the MindScrew that is Shinji's [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind revelation sequence]], the scene is incredibly jarring.]] jarring]].



'''Anno''': ''(to a man who had spent all his money for textbooks on Evangelion merchandise)'' You're an idiot. Study harder.\\\

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'''Anno''': ''(to [''to a man who had spent all his money for textbooks on Evangelion merchandise)'' merchandise''] You're an idiot. Study harder.\\\



** This series exemplifies this trope so much that examples alone could fill an entire page.



** 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 none existent. 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 [[spoiler:the Mass-Produced Evas' dummy plugs]].

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** 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 none existent. 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.
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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 [[spoiler:the Mass-Produced Evas' dummy plugs]].



* StealthPun: When Sachiel shanks Unit-01 through the eye in the second episode, it went berserk and jumped several city blocks at the Angel. Well, what do you expect from a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater?

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* StealthPun: When After Sachiel shanks shanked Unit-01 through the eye in the second episode, it went berserk and jumped several city blocks at the Angel. Well, what do you expect from a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater?



** And one scene of a forest being destroyed was actually recycled from [[Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater Nadia]].

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** And one One scene of a forest being destroyed was actually recycled from [[Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater Nadia]].



* UnroboticReveal: Twice, first with the Evas and then with the dummy plugs. [[spoiler: The former are Angel clones, and the latter are Rei clones.]]
* VideoPhone: A variation is used, featuring full sized holograms when Seele is talking to Gendou.

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* UnroboticReveal: Twice, first with the Evas and then with the dummy plugs. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The former are Angel clones, and the latter are Rei clones.]]
* VideoPhone: A variation is used, featuring full sized holograms when Seele SEELE is talking to Gendou.



** 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 MindScrew 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 [[PlotCoupon Lance of Longinus]].

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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 by-the-numbers mecha show to a bizarre MindScrew 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 [[PlotCoupon Lance of Longinus]].



* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: 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 [[spoiler: her being partly cloned from Lilith and him being the 17th Angel]].

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* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: 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 [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her being partly cloned from Lilith and him being the 17th Angel]].


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* FanDisservice: Many instances, with Shinji [[spoiler:masturbating over a comatose Asuka]] and the more bizarre aspects of [[spoiler:the Rei/Lilith hybrid]] in ''End of Evangelion'' being two of the most extreme, as well as the [[spoiler:"naked Yui tempting Shinji" sequence]] in the manga.

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* FanDisservice: Many instances, with Shinji [[spoiler:masturbating over a comatose Asuka]] and the more bizarre aspects of [[spoiler:the Rei/Lilith hybrid]] in ''End of Evangelion'' being two of the most extreme, as well as the [[spoiler:"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.



* ForWantOfANail[=/=]InSpiteOfANail: A number of the AlternateUniverse works differ in varying degrees. ''Evangelion ANIMA'' in particular takes place three years after the anime wherein Third Impact never happens [[spoiler:in part due to Kaji staying alive to warn NERV of SEELE's planned attack.]]

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* ForWantOfANail[=/=]InSpiteOfANail: A number of the AlternateUniverse works differ in varying degrees. ''Evangelion ANIMA'' in particular takes place three years after the anime wherein Third Impact never happens [[spoiler:in part due to Kaji staying alive to warn NERV of SEELE's planned attack.]]attack]].



* LeaveTheCameraRunning: 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 StockFootage, presumably to save some coin for the scenes where the AnimationBump was needed (and it was well worth saving the money for those stunningly animated fight scenes.) Notable examples include:

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* LeaveTheCameraRunning: 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 StockFootage, presumably to save some coin for the scenes where the AnimationBump was needed (and it was well worth saving the money for those stunningly animated fight scenes.) scenes). Notable examples include:



* LyricalColdOpen: "Zankoku na Tenshi no These."
* LyricalDissonance: "Komm, Süsser Tod", legendarily so. (It used to be right at the top of that trope's page.)

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* LyricalColdOpen: "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" immediately begins with "Zankoku na Tenshi tenshi no These."
you ni".
* LyricalDissonance: "Komm, Süsser Tod", legendarily so. (It used to be right at so, as it accompanies the top of that trope's page.)Rei/Lilith hybrid triggering Instrumentality and ending the world.
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* MoodWhiplash: Touji's just been nearly mortally wounded and is scarred for life? Cue cheery rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon".

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* MoodWhiplash: MoodWhiplash:
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Touji's just been nearly mortally wounded and is scarred for life? Cue cheery rendition of "Fly Me to the Moon".



** Or not so much a stand-in: the maybe-canon AllThereInTheManual documents in the PS2 game mention that the Black Moon (and therefore the [=GeoFront=]) ''was'' in Hakone, probably meaning that Tokyo-3 was built over it after the Second Impact.



* OffModel: 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.

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* OffModel: OffModel:
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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.



** However, according to AllThereInTheManual, the Dead Sea Scrolls really are the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls Dead Sea Scrolls]], most of which isn't Biblical apocrypha but an instruction manual / prophecy left by the [[{{Precursors}} First Ancestral Race]].
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** However, according to AllThereInTheManual, the Dead Sea Scrolls really are the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls Dead Sea Scrolls]], most of which isn't Biblical apocrypha but an instruction manual / prophecy left by the [[{{Precursors}} First Ancestral Race]].
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