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-> [[ArcWords "I feel sick."]]

-> ''"Didn't you know? One does not 'get' answers...normally, one is forced to receive them."''

'''''RE-TAKE''''', a multi-volume {{doujinshi}} produced by Studio Kimigabuchi, presents an alternate storyline and ending to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (and, by extension, ''The End of Evangelion''). Due to its art and story, ''RE-TAKE'' has become one of the most popular fan-created works amongst ''Evangelion's'' international fanbase -- it has likely become the most famous ''Eva'' doujinshi in existence.

After seeing [[EndOfEvangelion visions of a horrible future]] [[spoiler:(which actually happened)]], Shinji Ikari wakes up just before Bardiel attacks. Armed with the knowledge of his potential fate, Shinji aims to prevent every problem leading up to it -- and his new determination allows him to single-handedly defeat three Angels and raise his synch-ratio with EVA Unit-01 to previously unheard-of levels. Over time, Shinji falls in love with Asuka and dedicates himself to living with her. Asuka learns to share his affection, and the two plan to spend the rest of their lives with each other.

They just have one small problem standing in his way: Shinji's visions of a ghost who looks exactly like Asuka and doesn't appear the least bit happy to see Asuka and Shinji together...

The original version of ''RE-TAKE'' (which contains explicit sexual content) consists of six volumes published in the following order: ''RE-TAKE 1'', ''RE-TAKE 2'', ''RE-TAKE 3'', ''RE-TAKE 0'' (which provides the experiences of the first three volumes from a different perspective), ''RE-TAKE 4'', ''RE-TAKE After'', and the in-between chapter ''RE-TAKE 1.5''. ([[http://www.mediafire.com/?lhg9ss104yyyacd An "All-Ages" version]], which features a completely new translation, condenses the story into three volumes and eliminates the original version's sex scenes while retaining the violence.)

'''Please limit trope examples to the All Ages version.'''

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!! This doujinshi contains examples of the following tropes:

* AGodAmI: [[CaptainObvious "God"]], [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka's unborn child.]]
* AllJustADream: How the first book starts out.
* ArcWords:
** "I feel sick." (Less so in the all ages version)
** "You're going to regret this."
* AngelUnaware: [[spoiler:Shinji]], literally.
* AwfulTruth: Ghost-Asuka to Shinji: [[spoiler:"You are an Angel."]]
* BackFromTheDead: Asuka, in an extremely convoluted way that involves [[spoiler:her and Shinji's unborn child using its AT field to save her from Unit 02's destruction, with the consequence of regressing her to a child-like mind. She eventually gets better.]]
* BleachedUnderpants: The All Ages version.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Poor Shinji.
* BreakTheCutie: ''Everyone'', especially the pilots.
* [[spoiler:CosmicRetcon]]: This is practically the best definition for what happened in the ending.
* DespairEventHorizon: Around once a volume, each with a different character.
** Rei gets one in book one ([[spoiler:she hangs herself]]).
** For Shinji, this happens around the end of book 2 ([[spoiler:the supposed "death" of Asuka]]) and book 3 ([[spoiler:Ghost-Asuka playing with his mind]]).
** [[invoked]] In book 0 and 4 (damn ordering), Ghost-Asuka suffers from this, and in the last part of After, Asuka gets this [[spoiler:upon realising that she gave up her chance to be happy with Shinji]]. Swiftly subverted when [[spoiler:she opens the door to go to the airport and back to Japan, only to find that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Shinji is walking down her street looking for her house.]]]]
* {{Doujinshi}}: Well, obviously.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Rei]], as a result of [[spoiler:Shinji rejecting her for Asuka]].
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Asuka]], though not necessarily by choice.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For both [[spoiler:canon!Shinji and Ghost-Asuka]] and [[spoiler:RE-TAKE!Shinji and his companions]].
* EyeScream: As is evident in the page pic, Shinji loses an eye during [[spoiler:the fight against the MP Evas]].
* FandomSpecificPlot: ''The'' most popular of the ''Evangelion'' PeggySue stories, and possibly the reason they are such a popular ''Evangelion'' plot. [[spoiler: Even though it's not actually a Peggy Sue.]] It can be argued that ''RE-TAKE'' has [[IncrediblyLamePun fertilized]] the StealthSequel EpilepticTrees for ''RebuildOfEvangelion''.
* FirstNameBasis: In one of the most {{TearJerk|er}}ing examples ever, involving Rei and Asuka. [[spoiler:The night Rei (II) hangs herself, Asuka falls to sleep promising to start calling Rei by name: "Maybe from now on I should start treating her better...Starting tomorrow, I'll call her by her name, at least...Ayanami Rei" *last words of volume 1* (Not counting Shinji's scream.)]] Asuka tries later with Rei III, but gets a...cold reaction: [[spoiler:"Umm... Rei, are you feeling alright?" "Why?" "You were hospitalized..." "Not that. Why do you refer to me by my first name?" "N...No reason in particular." "Then cease, Second. It is most unsettling."]]
* ForeignLanguageTirade: At the end, Asuka gives has a fairly romantic one, which is subtitled for the viewers. [[spoiler:Shinji]], however, doesn't speak German, and so has to ask for clarification. [[spoiler:Asuka provides clarification via a tackle-hug and kiss.]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: The ending consists of [[spoiler:Shinji viewing an ideal, normal future with Asuka, with barely any reference the [=EVAs=], and then proceeds to ''shatter'' the fourth wall and stating that it's a possible future for Shinji.]] It got [[MindScrew extremely weird]] from there.
* FromBadToWorse: As they got worse in the main series, they inevitably start getting worse [[spoiler: with Asuka nearly dying and the when it reaches the events of ''End'']]
* GainaxEnding: There are two different "endings" for [[spoiler:each set of Shinjis]]. While the first is pretty comprehensible, the second goes into this territory.
* GoIntoTheLight: Asuka.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:Kaworu's death]], although his remains are actually shown.
* GraspTheSun: [[spoiler:Asuka's "death"]], as it was in the movie.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka's unborn child, who is part angel and part human. She simply introduces herself as God. Though a scene from ''After'' implies that she is also from another universe like Ghost-Asuka and Ghost-Shinji.]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Almost reached in ''RE-TAKE 2'', and apparently reached by the end of ''RE-TAKE After''.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: This is a S/A history, so this comes in play. Full-force. In a scene Ghost-Asuka theorizes Shinji noticed her because her hair colour is red.
* HeroicSacrifice: Asuka, Shinji, Ghost-Asuka, [[spoiler:Ghost-Shinji]] (I guess that would be the "correct" definition...), Rei ([[spoiler:III]]), [[spoiler:God]], ''[[spoiler:Gendo]]''...most everyone, really.
** [[spoiler:Subverted as everyone, save Gendo, survives. In Ghost-Asuka's and Ghost-Shinji's case (and likely God's as well) they simply return to their own world, their past unchanged, but emotionally healed, and they have granted their other selves a chance at a normal life.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Rei using the positron rifle on the MP Evas, they still regenerate from it despite it blasting holes in them.]]
* HourglassPlot: Shinji and Ghost-Asuka end up almost exactly mirroring each other's roles in ''The End of Evangelion''.
** [[spoiler: We also have another occur, though it's with Shinji in place of Ghost-Shinji. After the MP-Evas are defeated and Misato is leaving to fight the remains of SEELE, she states she won't go after Kaji saying they haven't the right to be together, but Ghost-Shinji convinces her otherwise. After Ghost-Shinji and Ghost-Asuka leave we have the roles reverse, with Shinji afraid to go after Asuka since all the things that led to the two of them getting together before Asuka lost her memories weren't his doing, but Misato encourages him to go ahead.]]
* ImmuneToBullets: [[spoiler: After TheReveal, Misato tires to shoot Shinji only for the bullets to be stopped by an AT field.]]
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Shinji screams that he'll kill Gendo when Gendo orders [[spoiler:the destruction of Unit 02 and Asuka]]. He doesn't. [[spoiler:Gendo still dies at the end - surprisingly, while acting like a father to Shinji.]]
* IntertwinedFingers: The last image of ''RE-TAKE 4''.
* [[spoiler:KidFromTheFuture]]
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: Ghost]] Asuka, providing the first seen that this is NOT some regular PeggySue fic.
* KillTheCutie: Asuka (sorta), Rei (sorta)
* LiveActionAdaptation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSr3TZdGKDQ Yep.]] Considered inferior to the original by many a fan though.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Shinji starts hallucinating in 3. [[spoiler:having a vengeful "Ghost" constantly messing with his mind probably helped this along.]]
** The fact that he [[spoiler: ''EATS'' Kaworu]] to ingest a S2 engine is also a pretty good example.
* LoveMakesYouEvil:
** Shinji, very nearly - [[spoiler:"I will throw the world into the pits of hell to find Asuka again!"]]
** [[spoiler:Gendo's BatmanGambit was based off this: force Shinji into a situation where he would initiate 3rd Impact of his own will just to see Asuka again, giving Gendo the opportunity to meet Yui.]]
* LoveTriangle: This is what causes Rei to [[spoiler:hang herself in ''RE-TAKE 1'']]. She then seems to get over it in the later volumes.
* TheMasochismTango
* MindScrew: Especially after [[spoiler:"God"]] shows up.
* [[spoiler:TheMultiverse]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Shinji after [[spoiler:Rei commits suicide]], since he knows that it was his fault.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Asuka, [[spoiler:Kaworu, or at least his top half; see above.]]
* NonIndicativeName: The All Ages version still has all the gore from the original version, and even added some in. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Perfect for Jimmy!]]
* NotSoDifferent: Shinji [[spoiler: would throw the world into Hell to find the woman he loves again.]] Just like Gendo.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Ghost-Asuka is neither imaginary, nor (for the first 3-4 books) a friend.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Shinji fights the MP Evas, and we don't get to see most of the fight. Then when Unit 1 awakens and gets the Lance of Longinus with Asuka's help, he proceeds to slaughter the MP Evas, and ''we don't get to see it.'']]
* OriginalFlavor
* OhCrap: SEELE's reaction to [[spoiler:seeing Shinji and Ghost-Asuka working together, and takes the Lance of Longinus and Unit-01 getting back in the fight, seeing they completely lost.]]
* PeggySue: Subverted. [[spoiler:"The past" is in fact an AlternateUniverse, which Shinji experiences by possessing his analogue in that universe. While he is able to change some things in that universe, what happened in his own can not be undone, and in the end, he learns to accept that.]]
* PetTheDog: Teased when [[spoiler:Gendo changes his schedule to attend Shinji's wedding]]. Turns out it was [[ThePlan all part of the plan.]]
* RaceForYourLove: Done twice: once normally, with Misato [[spoiler:chasing down a departing Kaji]] in a [[TankGoodness tank]], and once as a subversion. [[spoiler:Shinji]] gets there in time (thanks to, among other things, Misato's car and ''[[SerialEscalation Rei's Evangelion]]''), but [[spoiler:Asuka]] decides that it would be kinder to [[spoiler:Shinji]] to let him keep the image of a strong, self-reliant love in his mind rather than a broken, depressed love physically. It doesn't quite work like she intends it.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Pulled off by ''[[spoiler:Gendo]]'' of all people.
* SpannerInTheWorks: No amount of planning by SEELE or Gendo could possibly prepare them what foils their plans this series.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Kaji, though it's never made clear if that was a result of Shinji messing with the past or he just survived normally in that timeline.]]
** [[spoiler:Also Touji, as Shinji knows that if doesn't do anything, Gendo will activate Unit 01's dummy plug, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome cripples it without killing him,]] though he's PutOnABus for the next two chapters since he was still injured during the fight.]]
* SurvivorGuilt: Shinji gets this. Twice. (Possibly thrice, if you count [[spoiler:1) Original EndOfEvangelion ending, 2) Rei's suicide, 3) Asuka's sacrifice.]]
* TankGoodness: Misato [[spoiler:[[RaceForYourLove chasing down a departing Kaji]]]] in one, no less.
* TimeyWimeyBall
* TomatoInTheMirror: See AwfulTruth above. [[spoiler: though if you want an explanation, here's an attempt: As explained above by PeggySue, RE-TAKE takes place in an AlternateUniverse, which canon-Shinji (or rather Ghost-Shinji) experiences by possessing his analogue in that universe. However, by bending the universes in this manner, he has unknowingly created a new kind of alternate human being (i.e. a human possessed by an other-worldly entity), meaning that '''he''' is the final angel instead of Kaworu.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** You wouldn't think it possible to make Gendo ''more'' of a bastard. '''''They did.'''''. [[spoiler:It is indicated that Gendo KNEW that sending Asuka out against Armisael (the 16th Angel -- the floating helix-ring) would result in her death, and did so anyway to make sure that Shinji, when implementing Instumentality, would follow Gendo's scheme to meet their loved ones.]] Let me just make this clear: [[spoiler:Gendo sent his soon-to-be-daughter-in-law (one day later, and it would have been daughter-in-law) and his grandchild to their deaths merely to make sure that Shinji followed Gendo's basic desire in Instrumentality.]] What. A. BASTARD!
** Shinji suffers from this a bit, at least in Volume 2: "No, it doesn't really matter. She's the third, anyway."
*** Granted, he knew that one hadn't developed any feelings, though Asuka didn't know that.
** To an extent, also Asuka...though only Ghost-Asuka, seeing as though she is following Shinji around everywhere he goes just to screw around with his head, though [[spoiler:her motivation is somewhat justified considering that she feels Shinji both left her to die in the real world and is disgusted by [[ADateWithRosiePalms what happened in the hospital room.]]]] She gets better, though...
* TragicDream: Ghost-Asuka sees Shinji's dream (married to Asuka, with a child and living peacefully in some sort of [[FateStayNight Avalonesque]] utopia) when repairing his mind. Needless to say, not everything is...quite right. Firstly, [[spoiler: the reason why Shinji's mind needs repairing is that just last volume, Asuka self-destructed her Evangelion [[HeroicSacrifice to save]] Shinji.]] Secondly, [[spoiler: Ghost-Asuka is bitter at Shinji for abandoning her in EndOfEvangelion and is repairing his mind so she can keep on punishing him.]] Lastly, [[spoiler: Shinji is being [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Shinji from EndOfEvangelion, so this might not really be that Shinji's dream.]]
** Subverted when Shinji has the chance to achieve his dream [[spoiler:but he turns it away because it would doom the world he has saved - he says himself being so selfish would be unforgivable... and because if he took it, Ghost-Asuka would be alone.]]
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: After the MP-Eva's are defeated, Shinji and Asuka (the pair from the alternate universe, not Ghost/Canon Asuka and Shinji) wake up but have no memories past the events of the 12th angel.]]
* WithThisRing: [[spoiler:The ending to ''RE-TAKE After''.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Shinji's reaction to [[spoiler: Gendo's]] swift change from nice, [[spoiler: almost fatherly figure to an uncompromising, uncaring nigh monster who orders, without flinching, the destruction of Unit 02 and Asuka, on the day Shinji was going to marry her]].
** Shinji [[spoiler: ''EATS KAWORU'']].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Shinji assumes he's in a conventional PeggySue fic. The end of the first chapter gives him a rude awakening. [[spoiler: Ghost]] Asuka assumes the story is every bit on the edge towards cynicism as the canon Evangelion [[spoiler: she starts to realize she's wrong around the point where she actually helps Shinji]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Subverted, as Shinji [[spoiler:ends his own existence rather than destroy the world.]] Shinji is still alive, but he loses all the memories of the events in ''RE-TAKE''.
** So let's explain it with spoilers! [[spoiler:Shinji, who is actually Shinji from Universe A (canon/ghost Shinji), possessing Shinji from Universe B, realizes that if he stays in Universe B, he will be the end of humankind in Universe B because '''HE''' (Canon/Ghost Shinji) is the final angel instead of Kaworu. Thus, to ensure survival of the people in Universe B, he relieves his control of Universe-B Shinji, who afterwards has none of Universe-A Shinji's memories (and is no longer an angel).]] [[MindScrew This is about close to as we get to an explanation.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Touji. And what a hit!

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->But... I'm alive. Alive. If I don't live my life to its fullest, I can't die. That's why I'll fight. Even if...I have no chance of winning. Even if...there's no future for me there.

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-> [[ArcWords "I feel sick."]]

-> ''"Didn't you know? One does not 'get' answers...normally, one is forced to receive them."''

'''''RE-TAKE''''', a multi-volume {{doujinshi}} produced by Studio Kimigabuchi, presents an alternate storyline and ending to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' (and, by extension, ''The End of Evangelion''). Due to its art and story, ''RE-TAKE'' has become one of the most popular fan-created works amongst ''Evangelion's'' international fanbase -- it has likely become the most famous ''Eva'' doujinshi in existence.

After seeing [[EndOfEvangelion visions of a horrible future]] [[spoiler:(which actually happened)]], Shinji Ikari wakes up just before Bardiel attacks. Armed with the knowledge of his potential fate, Shinji aims to prevent every problem leading up to it -- and his new determination allows him to single-handedly defeat three Angels and raise his synch-ratio with EVA Unit-01 to previously unheard-of levels. Over time, Shinji falls in love with Asuka and dedicates himself to living with her. Asuka learns to share his affection, and the two plan to spend the rest of their lives with each other.

They just have one small problem standing in his way: Shinji's visions of a ghost who looks exactly like Asuka and doesn't appear the least bit happy to see Asuka and Shinji together...

The original version of ''RE-TAKE'' (which contains explicit sexual content) consists of six volumes published in the following order: ''RE-TAKE 1'', ''RE-TAKE 2'', ''RE-TAKE 3'', ''RE-TAKE 0'' (which provides the experiences of the first three volumes from a different perspective), ''RE-TAKE 4'', ''RE-TAKE After'', and the in-between chapter ''RE-TAKE 1.5''. ([[http://www.mediafire.com/?lhg9ss104yyyacd An "All-Ages" version]], which features a completely new translation, condenses the story into three volumes and eliminates the original version's sex scenes while retaining the violence.)

'''Please limit trope examples to the All Ages version.'''

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!! This doujinshi contains examples of the following tropes:

* AGodAmI: [[CaptainObvious "God"]], [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka's unborn child.]]
* AllJustADream: How the first book starts out.
* ArcWords:
** "I feel sick." (Less so in the all ages version)
** "You're going to regret this."
* AngelUnaware: [[spoiler:Shinji]], literally.
* AwfulTruth: Ghost-Asuka to Shinji: [[spoiler:"You are an Angel."]]
* BackFromTheDead: Asuka, in an extremely convoluted way that involves [[spoiler:her and Shinji's unborn child using its AT field to save her from Unit 02's destruction, with the consequence of regressing her to a child-like mind. She eventually gets better.]]
* BleachedUnderpants: The All Ages version.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Poor Shinji.
* BreakTheCutie: ''Everyone'', especially the pilots.
* [[spoiler:CosmicRetcon]]: This is practically the best definition for what happened in the ending.
* DespairEventHorizon: Around once a volume, each with a different character.
** Rei gets one in book one ([[spoiler:she hangs herself]]).
** For Shinji, this happens around the end of book 2 ([[spoiler:the supposed "death" of Asuka]]) and book 3 ([[spoiler:Ghost-Asuka playing with his mind]]).
** [[invoked]] In book 0 and 4 (damn ordering), Ghost-Asuka suffers from this, and in the last part of After, Asuka gets this [[spoiler:upon realising that she gave up her chance to be happy with Shinji]]. Swiftly subverted when [[spoiler:she opens the door to go to the airport and back to Japan, only to find that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Shinji is walking down her street looking for her house.]]]]
* {{Doujinshi}}: Well, obviously.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Rei]], as a result of [[spoiler:Shinji rejecting her for Asuka]].
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Asuka]], though not necessarily by choice.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For both [[spoiler:canon!Shinji and Ghost-Asuka]] and [[spoiler:RE-TAKE!Shinji and his companions]].
* EyeScream: As is evident in the page pic, Shinji loses an eye during [[spoiler:the fight against the MP Evas]].
* FandomSpecificPlot: ''The'' most popular of the ''Evangelion'' PeggySue stories, and possibly the reason they are such a popular ''Evangelion'' plot. [[spoiler: Even though it's not actually a Peggy Sue.]] It can be argued that ''RE-TAKE'' has [[IncrediblyLamePun fertilized]] the StealthSequel EpilepticTrees for ''RebuildOfEvangelion''.
* FirstNameBasis: In one of the most {{TearJerk|er}}ing examples ever, involving Rei and Asuka. [[spoiler:The night Rei (II) hangs herself, Asuka falls to sleep promising to start calling Rei by name: "Maybe from now on I should start treating her better...Starting tomorrow, I'll call her by her name, at least...Ayanami Rei" *last words of volume 1* (Not counting Shinji's scream.)]] Asuka tries later with Rei III, but gets a...cold reaction: [[spoiler:"Umm... Rei, are you feeling alright?" "Why?" "You were hospitalized..." "Not that. Why do you refer to me by my first name?" "N...No reason in particular." "Then cease, Second. It is most unsettling."]]
* ForeignLanguageTirade: At the end, Asuka gives has a fairly romantic one, which is subtitled for the viewers. [[spoiler:Shinji]], however, doesn't speak German, and so has to ask for clarification. [[spoiler:Asuka provides clarification via a tackle-hug and kiss.]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: The ending consists of [[spoiler:Shinji viewing an ideal, normal future with Asuka, with barely any reference the [=EVAs=], and then proceeds to ''shatter'' the fourth wall and stating that it's a possible future for Shinji.]] It got [[MindScrew extremely weird]] from there.
* FromBadToWorse: As they got worse in the main series, they inevitably start getting worse [[spoiler: with Asuka nearly dying and the when it reaches the events of ''End'']]
* GainaxEnding: There are two different "endings" for [[spoiler:each set of Shinjis]]. While the first is pretty comprehensible, the second goes into this territory.
* GoIntoTheLight: Asuka.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:Kaworu's death]], although his remains are actually shown.
* GraspTheSun: [[spoiler:Asuka's "death"]], as it was in the movie.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka's unborn child, who is part angel and part human. She simply introduces herself as God. Though a scene from ''After'' implies that she is also from another universe like Ghost-Asuka and Ghost-Shinji.]]
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Almost reached in ''RE-TAKE 2'', and apparently reached by the end of ''RE-TAKE After''.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: This is a S/A history, so this comes in play. Full-force. In a scene Ghost-Asuka theorizes Shinji noticed her because her hair colour is red.
* HeroicSacrifice: Asuka, Shinji, Ghost-Asuka, [[spoiler:Ghost-Shinji]] (I guess that would be the "correct" definition...), Rei ([[spoiler:III]]), [[spoiler:God]], ''[[spoiler:Gendo]]''...most everyone, really.
** [[spoiler:Subverted as everyone, save Gendo, survives. In Ghost-Asuka's and Ghost-Shinji's case (and likely God's as well) they simply return to their own world, their past unchanged, but emotionally healed, and they have granted their other selves a chance at a normal life.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Rei using the positron rifle on the MP Evas, they still regenerate from it despite it blasting holes in them.]]
* HourglassPlot: Shinji and Ghost-Asuka end up almost exactly mirroring each other's roles in ''The End of Evangelion''.
** [[spoiler: We also have another occur, though it's with Shinji in place of Ghost-Shinji. After the MP-Evas are defeated and Misato is leaving to fight the remains of SEELE, she states she won't go after Kaji saying they haven't the right to be together, but Ghost-Shinji convinces her otherwise. After Ghost-Shinji and Ghost-Asuka leave we have the roles reverse, with Shinji afraid to go after Asuka since all the things that led to the two of them getting together before Asuka lost her memories weren't his doing, but Misato encourages him to go ahead.]]
* ImmuneToBullets: [[spoiler: After TheReveal, Misato tires to shoot Shinji only for the bullets to be stopped by an AT field.]]
* IneffectualDeathThreats: Shinji screams that he'll kill Gendo when Gendo orders [[spoiler:the destruction of Unit 02 and Asuka]]. He doesn't. [[spoiler:Gendo still dies at the end - surprisingly, while acting like a father to Shinji.]]
* IntertwinedFingers: The last image of ''RE-TAKE 4''.
* [[spoiler:KidFromTheFuture]]
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: Ghost]] Asuka, providing the first seen that this is NOT some regular PeggySue fic.
* KillTheCutie: Asuka (sorta), Rei (sorta)
* LiveActionAdaptation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSr3TZdGKDQ Yep.]] Considered inferior to the original by many a fan though.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Shinji starts hallucinating in 3. [[spoiler:having a vengeful "Ghost" constantly messing with his mind probably helped this along.]]
** The fact that he [[spoiler: ''EATS'' Kaworu]] to ingest a S2 engine is also a pretty good example.
* LoveMakesYouEvil:
** Shinji, very nearly - [[spoiler:"I will throw the world into the pits of hell to find Asuka again!"]]
** [[spoiler:Gendo's BatmanGambit was based off this: force Shinji into a situation where he would initiate 3rd Impact of his own will just to see Asuka again, giving Gendo the opportunity to meet Yui.]]
* LoveTriangle: This is what causes Rei to [[spoiler:hang herself in ''RE-TAKE 1'']]. She then seems to get over it in the later volumes.
* TheMasochismTango
* MindScrew: Especially after [[spoiler:"God"]] shows up.
* [[spoiler:TheMultiverse]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Shinji after [[spoiler:Rei commits suicide]], since he knows that it was his fault.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Asuka, [[spoiler:Kaworu, or at least his top half; see above.]]
* NonIndicativeName: The All Ages version still has all the gore from the original version, and even added some in. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Perfect for Jimmy!]]
* NotSoDifferent: Shinji [[spoiler: would throw the world into Hell to find the woman he loves again.]] Just like Gendo.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Ghost-Asuka is neither imaginary, nor (for the first 3-4 books) a friend.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Shinji fights the MP Evas, and we don't get to see most of the fight. Then when Unit 1 awakens and gets the Lance of Longinus with Asuka's help, he proceeds to slaughter the MP Evas, and ''we don't get to see it.'']]
* OriginalFlavor
* OhCrap: SEELE's reaction to [[spoiler:seeing Shinji and Ghost-Asuka working together, and takes the Lance of Longinus and Unit-01 getting back in the fight, seeing they completely lost.]]
* PeggySue: Subverted. [[spoiler:"The past" is in fact an AlternateUniverse, which Shinji experiences by possessing his analogue in that universe. While he is able to change some things in that universe, what happened in his own can not be undone, and in the end, he learns to accept that.]]
* PetTheDog: Teased when [[spoiler:Gendo changes his schedule to attend Shinji's wedding]]. Turns out it was [[ThePlan all part of the plan.]]
* RaceForYourLove: Done twice: once normally, with Misato [[spoiler:chasing down a departing Kaji]] in a [[TankGoodness tank]], and once as a subversion. [[spoiler:Shinji]] gets there in time (thanks to, among other things, Misato's car and ''[[SerialEscalation Rei's Evangelion]]''), but [[spoiler:Asuka]] decides that it would be kinder to [[spoiler:Shinji]] to let him keep the image of a strong, self-reliant love in his mind rather than a broken, depressed love physically. It doesn't quite work like she intends it.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Pulled off by ''[[spoiler:Gendo]]'' of all people.
* SpannerInTheWorks: No amount of planning by SEELE or Gendo could possibly prepare them what foils their plans this series.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Kaji, though it's never made clear if that was a result of Shinji messing with the past or he just survived normally in that timeline.]]
** [[spoiler:Also Touji, as Shinji knows that if doesn't do anything, Gendo will activate Unit 01's dummy plug, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome cripples it without killing him,]] though he's PutOnABus for the next two chapters since he was still injured during the fight.]]
* SurvivorGuilt: Shinji gets this. Twice. (Possibly thrice, if you count [[spoiler:1) Original EndOfEvangelion ending, 2) Rei's suicide, 3) Asuka's sacrifice.]]
* TankGoodness: Misato [[spoiler:[[RaceForYourLove chasing down a departing Kaji]]]] in one, no less.
* TimeyWimeyBall
* TomatoInTheMirror: See AwfulTruth above. [[spoiler: though if you want an explanation, here's an attempt: As explained above by PeggySue, RE-TAKE takes place in an AlternateUniverse, which canon-Shinji (or rather Ghost-Shinji) experiences by possessing his analogue in that universe. However, by bending the universes in this manner, he has unknowingly created a new kind of alternate human being (i.e. a human possessed by an other-worldly entity), meaning that '''he''' is the final angel instead of Kaworu.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** You wouldn't think it possible to make Gendo ''more'' of a bastard. '''''They did.'''''. [[spoiler:It is indicated that Gendo KNEW that sending Asuka out against Armisael (the 16th Angel -- the floating helix-ring) would result in her death, and did so anyway to make sure that Shinji, when implementing Instumentality, would follow Gendo's scheme to meet their loved ones.]] Let me just make this clear: [[spoiler:Gendo sent his soon-to-be-daughter-in-law (one day later, and it would have been daughter-in-law) and his grandchild to their deaths merely to make sure that Shinji followed Gendo's basic desire in Instrumentality.]] What. A. BASTARD!
** Shinji suffers from this a bit, at least in Volume 2: "No, it doesn't really matter. She's the third, anyway."
*** Granted, he knew that one hadn't developed any feelings, though Asuka didn't know that.
** To an extent, also Asuka...though only Ghost-Asuka, seeing as though she is following Shinji around everywhere he goes just to screw around with his head, though [[spoiler:her motivation is somewhat justified considering that she feels Shinji both left her to die in the real world and is disgusted by [[ADateWithRosiePalms what happened in the hospital room.]]]] She gets better, though...
* TragicDream: Ghost-Asuka sees Shinji's dream (married to Asuka, with a child and living peacefully in some sort of [[FateStayNight Avalonesque]] utopia) when repairing his mind. Needless to say, not everything is...quite right. Firstly, [[spoiler: the reason why Shinji's mind needs repairing is that just last volume, Asuka self-destructed her Evangelion [[HeroicSacrifice to save]] Shinji.]] Secondly, [[spoiler: Ghost-Asuka is bitter at Shinji for abandoning her in EndOfEvangelion and is repairing his mind so she can keep on punishing him.]] Lastly, [[spoiler: Shinji is being [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Shinji from EndOfEvangelion, so this might not really be that Shinji's dream.]]
** Subverted when Shinji has the chance to achieve his dream [[spoiler:but he turns it away because it would doom the world he has saved - he says himself being so selfish would be unforgivable... and because if he took it, Ghost-Asuka would be alone.]]
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: After the MP-Eva's are defeated, Shinji and Asuka (the pair from the alternate universe, not Ghost/Canon Asuka and Shinji) wake up but have no memories past the events of the 12th angel.]]
* WithThisRing: [[spoiler:The ending to ''RE-TAKE After''.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Shinji's reaction to [[spoiler: Gendo's]] swift change from nice, [[spoiler: almost fatherly figure to an uncompromising, uncaring nigh monster who orders, without flinching, the destruction of Unit 02 and Asuka, on the day Shinji was going to marry her]].
** Shinji [[spoiler: ''EATS KAWORU'']].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Shinji assumes he's in a conventional PeggySue fic. The end of the first chapter gives him a rude awakening. [[spoiler: Ghost]] Asuka assumes the story is every bit on the edge towards cynicism as the canon Evangelion [[spoiler: she starts to realize she's wrong around the point where she actually helps Shinji]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Subverted, as Shinji [[spoiler:ends his own existence rather than destroy the world.]] Shinji is still alive, but he loses all the memories of the events in ''RE-TAKE''.
** So let's explain it with spoilers! [[spoiler:Shinji, who is actually Shinji from Universe A (canon/ghost Shinji), possessing Shinji from Universe B, realizes that if he stays in Universe B, he will be the end of humankind in Universe B because '''HE''' (Canon/Ghost Shinji) is the final angel instead of Kaworu. Thus, to ensure survival of the people in Universe B, he relieves his control of Universe-B Shinji, who afterwards has none of Universe-A Shinji's memories (and is no longer an angel).]] [[MindScrew This is about close to as we get to an explanation.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: Touji. And what a hit!

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->But... I'm alive. Alive. If I don't live my life to its fullest, I can't die. That's why I'll fight. Even if...I have no chance of winning. Even if...there's no future for me there.
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5th Jan '14 6:14:10 PM megazilla
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* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler: Ghost]] Asuka, providing the first seen that this is NOT some regular PeggySue fic.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: Shinji assumes he's in a conventional PeggySue fic. The end of the first chapter gives him a rude awakening. [[spoiler: Ghost]] Asuka assumes the story is every bit on the edge towards cynicism as the canon Evangelion [[spoiler: she starts to realize she's wrong around the point where she actually helps Shinji]].
1st Jan '14 11:05:32 AM EKonoMai
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While well-known, this doujinshi is known to provoke [[BaseBreaker fairly polarizing reactions]] from Eva fans due to its [[FixFic strong restyling of canon]] and [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation characters]].
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* CharacterDerailment: In spades. Begins with Rei [[LoveMakesYouCrazy borrowing coloured contacts and dumping red paint over herself]] to make her seem more like Asuka so Shinji will love her, Shinji suddenly becoming the [[HotBlooded typical]] [[TheDeterminator shonen hero]] Anno exactly wanted to deconstruct, Gendo [[spoiler: making time to go to Shinji and Asuka's wedding then giving up on his plan to reunite with Yui]] and [[VillainDecay showing regret over how he treated Shinji]].
** Continues with Asuka becoming a schoolgirl enamoured with Shinji and only concerned with their love, then [[spoiler: becoming pregnant when she explicitly states she does not want children in canon]]. The kicker is probably Kaworu [[spoiler: literally changing species and becoming human]] while saying [[RonTheDeathEater he is there to kill Shinji]], when in canon he literally sacrifices himself out of love for Shinji and humanity.
1st Jan '14 11:02:06 AM Lye
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While well-known, this doujinshi is known to provoke [[BaseBreaker fairly polarizing reactions]] from Eva fans due to its [[FixFic strong restyling of canon]] and [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation characters]].
1st Jan '14 11:01:41 AM Lye
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** Shinji [[spoiler: ''EATS KAWORU'']].
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1st Jan '14 10:53:49 AM Lye
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* CharacterDerailment: In spades. Begins with Rei [[LoveMakesYouCrazy borrowing coloured contacts and dumping red paint over herself]] to make her seem more like Asuka so Shinji will love her, Shinji suddenly becoming the [[HotBlooded typical]] [[TheDeterminator shonen hero]] Anno exactly wanted to deconstruct, Gendo [[spoiler: making time to go to Shinji and Asuka's wedding then giving up on his plan to reunite with Yui]] and [[VillainDecay showing regret over how he treated Shinji]].
** Continues with Asuka becoming a schoolgirl enamoured with Shinji and only concerned with their love, then [[spoiler: becoming pregnant when she explicitly states she does not want children in canon]]. The kicker is probably Kaworu [[spoiler: literally changing species and becoming human]] while saying [[RonTheDeathEater he is there to kill Shinji]], when in canon he literally sacrifices himself out of love for Shinji and humanity.
1st Jan '14 10:48:04 AM Lye
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** The fact that he [[spoiler: ''EATS'' Kaworu]] to ingest a S2 engine is also a pretty good example.
1st Jan '14 10:46:06 AM Lye
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While well-known, this doujinshi is known to provoke [[BaseBreaker fairly polarizing reactions]] from Eva fans due to its [[FixFic strong restyling of canon]] and [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation characters]].
1st Jan '14 10:43:08 AM Lye
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