History FanFic / TheSecondTry

30th Apr '16 7:43:14 AM Tron80
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "love" Shinji blatantly admits it is his fault half of humanity is gone. Later, Asuka and he admit in one conversation they had been part of the trouble in the original timeline just so much like everything else.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "love" Asuka and Shinji blatantly admits it is his fault half lived for a while in a barren world because they were unknowingly furthering a "wipe humanity out" scheme when they were fighting alien monsters... and because Shinji was sick of everything. In the fourth chapter, Shinji states that all of humanity is gone. Later, gone because of him. Later on, Asuka and he admit in one conversation that they had been were part of the trouble in the original timeline just so much like everything else.



* NotSoStoic: Kaworu was calm and unflappable. But when [[spoiler:Asuka took him by surprise, he was so shocked that he actually screamed.]]
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[OfficialCouple Shinji and Asuka]] don't want people suspecting that they are timetravelers and HappilyMarried. They try and pretend that [[SecretRelationship they are not together]] but they are lousy actors, and every time they are caught making out or believe they have been caught or let slip that they are together they swear that "this is not what it looks like" and "it is not what you are thinking".

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* NotSoStoic: Kaworu was Kaworu's aura of unflappable calm and unflappable. But serenity shattered when [[spoiler:Asuka took him by surprise, surprise using her Unit-02 which he thought he was controlling.]] He was so shocked that he actually screamed.]]
screamed.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: [[OfficialCouple NotWhatItLooksLike:
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Shinji and Asuka]] Asuka don't want people suspecting that they are timetravelers and HappilyMarried. They try and pretend that [[SecretRelationship they are not together]] but they are lousy actors, and every time they are caught making out or believe they have been caught or let slip that they are together they swear that "this is not what it looks like" and "it is not what you are thinking".



* NotSoDifferent: At the last scene, Shinji admits he finally understands his father a bit, since when [[spoiler:he thought Asuka was dead he almost started the Instrumentality right on the spot. And he would have done if Asuka would have not reached him in time.]]

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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At the last scene, Shinji admits he finally understands his father a bit, since when [[spoiler:he thought Asuka was dead he almost started the Instrumentality right on the spot. And he would have done if Asuka would have not reached him in time.]]



* OhCrap: From the audience [[spoiler:when they learn that Gendo and Fuyutsuki learn something they shouldn't have after the Arael fight]].
** In-story, [[spoiler: from SEELE when the first MP-EVA is KilledOffForReal. The shock is even [[VillainousBSOD fatal in Keel Lorenz's case]].]]
* [[OlderAndWiser Older and]] [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wiser]] [[OlderThanTheyLook Than They Look]]: Shinji and Asuka, after they return to the past, are mentally in their early 20's. However, they have the emotional maturity of a person at least 10 years older than that.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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From the audience [[spoiler:when they learn that Gendo and Fuyutsuki learn something they shouldn't have after the Arael fight]].
** In-story, [[spoiler: from SEELE Shinji has this expression when the first MP-EVA is KilledOffForReal. The shock is even [[VillainousBSOD fatal in Keel Lorenz's case]].[[spoiler:several Section-2 agents arrest him, and he realizes his father has figured out [[PeggySue his and Asuka's secret]].]]
** The members of SEELE also display this expression when [[spoiler:the first MP-EVA is completely destroyed. The shock is even fatal in Keel Lorenz's case.]]
* [[OlderAndWiser Older and]] [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Wiser]] [[OlderThanTheyLook Than They Look]]: OlderThanTheyLook: Due to time-travel, Shinji and Asuka look teenagers, but they're in their early twenties.
* OlderAndWiser:
Shinji and Asuka, after they return to the past, are mentally in their early 20's. However, they have the emotional maturity of a person at least 10 years older than that.



* OtherMeAnnoysMe / FutureMeScaresMe / IHatePastMe: All ''three'' of them are discussed in "repeat". Asuka thinks her younger self would hate her for forsaking all what she had lived for since she was four. Shinji disagrees, stating she is being too hard on herself, and off-handily mutters ''his'' younger self would surely be shocked at him.

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* OtherMeAnnoysMe / FutureMeScaresMe / IHatePastMe: All ''three'' of them are discussed OtherMeAnnoysMe: Discussed in "repeat"."Repeat". Asuka thinks her younger self would hate her for forsaking all what she had lived for since she was four. Shinji disagrees, stating she is being too hard on herself, and off-handily mutters ''his'' younger self would surely be shocked at him.


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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Physically, Shinji and Asuka are teenagers. Mentally, they're in their early twenties, and they have the emotional maturity of a person at least 10 years older than that.
30th Apr '16 12:12:33 AM Tron80
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* SurprisePregnancy: Due to her mess of insecurities, [[spoiler:Asuka flipped out when she discovered she was pregnant and had tried to hide it from Shinji (She even went as far as to starve herself in a misguided attempt to induce a miscarriage). He only found out after a rat got into their trash and he stumbled onto a positive pregnancy test Asuka tried to hide. To say he was surprised would have been an understatement.
** Incidentally, Asuka avoids the usual markings of trope, as what tipped her off to her condition was missing one of her periods.]]

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* SurprisePregnancy: Due to her mess of insecurities, [[spoiler:Asuka flipped out when she discovered she was pregnant and had tried to hide it from Shinji (She even went as far as to starve herself in to ''starve herself'' in a misguided attempt to induce a miscarriage). He only found out after a rat got into their trash and he stumbled onto a positive pregnancy test Asuka tried to hide. ]] To say he was surprised would have been an understatement.
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understatement. Incidentally, Asuka [[spoiler:Asuka]] avoids the usual markings of trope, as what tipped her off to her condition was missing one of her periods.]]



* TooDumbTooLive: Go ahead, Gendo, torture the short-tempered combat-trained teenager with the name of [[spoiler:her missing child.]] Obviously nothing can go wrong with provoking [[spoiler:a MamaBear.]]

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* TooDumbTooLive: TooDumbToLive: Go ahead, Gendo, torture the short-tempered combat-trained teenager with the name of [[spoiler:her missing child.]] Obviously nothing can go wrong with provoking [[spoiler:a MamaBear.]]
30th Apr '16 12:05:00 AM Tron80
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* SkippingSchool: In “Repeat”, when Asuka has apparently gotten sick and Shinji wants to stay at home with her, Misato jokingly asks if they are trying to skip school.



* SoreLoser: When she [[spoiler:was again defeated by Bardiel,]] Asuka was sore, moody and irritable.



* StepfordSmiler: Shinji and Asuka try to pretend that everything is going well [[spoiler:despite of their daughter being gone.]]



* SurprisePregnancy: Due to her mess of insecurities, [[spoiler:Asuka flipped out when she discovered she was pregnant and had tried to hide it from Shinji (She even went as far as to starve herself in a misguided attempt to induce a miscarriage). He only found out after a rat got into their trash and he stumbled onto a positive pregnancy test Asuka tried to hide. To say he was surprised would have been an understatement.
** Incidentally, Asuka avoids the usual markings of trope, as what tipped her off to her condition was missing one of her periods.]]



* TalkingInBed:
** In chapter 4 “Love”, Shinji and Asuka talk several times while they share a bed, as their relationship grows stronger.
** In chapter 6, Shinji and Asuka have a bed argument after [[spoiler:Shinji found out that Asuka was pregnant.]]



* TheyDo: In chapter 4 "Love", Shinji and Asuka make up, get together and [[spoiler:get married.]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Before fighting Arael, Asuka asks Shinji not interfering, stating that is her fight and no one else’s.



* TooDumbTooLive: Go ahead, Gendo, torture the short-tempered combat-trained teenager with the name of [[spoiler:her missing child.]] Obviously nothing can go wrong with provoking [[spoiler:a MamaBear.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Shinji and Asuka are now more experienced and better fighters, without their immaturity and issues holding back their potential.
* TookALevelInCheerfulness:
** After [[spoiler:meeting Aki,]] Rei becomes more cheerful and smiles more often.
** After [[spoiler:saving the world]] and [[spoiler:meeting their daughter again,]] Shinji and Asuka are happier and less burdened.



* TookALevelInKindness: After Third Impact, Asuka gradually gets over her issues, matures and [[spoiler:becomes a mother,]] and in the process she becomes nicer and less bratty.
* TranquilFury: When [[spoiler:Gendo says he questioned Asuka about Aki,]] Shinji gets furious, but he doesn’t it show outwardly because he knows that his father wants to provoke him. So he decides to hold back, wait, and then make his father pay.



* {{Tykebomb}}: Asuka was one in the past, being groomed by NERV to be cannon fodder in the incoming war. After going back in the time, she tries to help Rei, who is still a puppet loyal to Gendo.
* UnbrokenVigil: When [[spoiler:Gendo is rendered comatose,]] Ritsuko visits him and keeps watch over him constantly. Don't ask her why, though.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Gendo thought that Asuka wasn't in a position to make threats after being arrested and handcuffed. He taunted her, and she nearly got him killed.




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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Shinji and Asuka until they got together. After Impact they danced around each other for a while, wanting to get together but being still too afraid to act on their feelings.
* UnstoppableRage: Subverted. When Gendo [[spoiler:used the name of Aki to taunt Asuka]] she got raving mad. She broke free despite of being handcuffed and surrounded by Gendo’s agents, leapt at his desk and tried to throttle him. However they managed to sedate her before she closed her hands around his neck.
* UnwittingPawn:
** Subverted. Gendo and SEELE believe that everyone are their pawns… but due to time-travel shenanigans, Shinji and Asuka know exactly what they intend to do [[spoiler:and later they tell Misato.]]
** From a certain point of view, Shinji and Asuka are reluctantly using everybody in NERV as their pawns to avert the end of the world.


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Subverted with Misato and Ritsuko. They almost broke their friendship off, but an unintended side-effect of Shinji and Asuka’s meddling with the timeline was they patched things up after [[spoiler:the destruction of the “Reiquarium”.]]


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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Subverted due to time-travel craziness. Shinji and Asuka had this in chapter 4. However, they were together in chapter 1.


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* YouAreNotAlone: During an argument in chapter 4, Asuka tells she'll always be alone, and Shinji replies that she doesn't have to.
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* BewareTheQuietOnes: Rei is usually quiet and composed. [[spoiler:Threatens her niece]] and she’ll make you wish you’re dead.



* CheshireCatGrin: When [[spoiler:Gendo demands knowledge of the future,]] Shinji grins coldly and maniacally before replying that he’ll die.



* DeadpanSnarker: Shinji isn’t usually sarcastic, but he gives some good one-liners once in a while:
** When Shinji and Asuka are picking a name [[spoiler:for their baby]]:
--->'''Asuka:''' Making two lists is double the amount to bicker about.\\
'''Shinji:''' (muttering) Since when do you mind to bicker about something?
** When [[spoiler:Shinji is arrested,]] he feels pretty snarky.
--->"You seem to feel rather brave today," he allowed himself to comment sarcastically, tugging demonstratively at the over-the-top three-layered handcuffs that still encased his wrists.



* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Shinji and Asuka are married. She’s bold and straightforward, and he quiet and non-confrontational. During the AfterTheEnd section of the story, Asuka took care of physical chores (such like farming) as Shinji was tasked with the household chores and learning whatever knowledge that they needed (such like medical care). Asuka usually drove the two of them, made plans and handled everything while he calmed her down when she was angry or reassured her when she was depressed. She also loves fighting while he loathes it.



* TheMenInBlack: NERV’s Section-2 security detail look and act like this. One of their actions was [[spoiler:arresting Shinji and Asuka after Kaworu's death.]]



* MildlyMilitary: Played with. NERV is a semi-military organization, but Misato is very permissive with her subordinates despite of being a commanding officer. Gendo criticized her behavior when Shinji went against his orders.



* MotherlyScientist: Subverted with Ritsuko. She treats the pilots coldly and regards Rei as something less than human, and she even tried to destroy Rei’s spare bodies. However, after Rei covers up for her when Gendo questioned her, Ritsuko started treating the children a bit better.



* NiceGuy: Shinji thinks of himself as a throwaway, pathetic human being whose weakness and inability to deal with people and loneliness led to the extinction of humanity. According his wife, he’s one of the kindest, most compassionate persons she’s ever known.
-->He often said he was just selfish, wanting everyone to like him, and that's what she had thought for a long while herself. But compared with others, including herself, he was, even with that motive in mind, the most caring and compassionate person she knew.



* NightmareSequence: In “Survive” and “Love” Shinji and Asuka have several nightmares where they revive the events of Instrumentality.
* NonActionBigBad: Gendo was the BigBad, ManipulativeBastard and TheChessMaster who turned everyone into his unwitting pawns. Asuka almost killed him with her bare hands. Yes, he was nearly strangled to death by an angry teenager.



* NoSocialSkills: Shinji and Asuka had no social skills whatsoever. Ironically, they got better at socializing after all remaining humans were gone.
* NotSoStoic: Kaworu was calm and unflappable. But when [[spoiler:Asuka took him by surprise, he was so shocked that he actually screamed.]]



* ObliviousToHints: Subverted. Hikari thinks that Shinji is oblivious to all hints Asuka drops, but he’s only pretending to not see them because no one can know that he and Asuka got together.



* OldFlame: Misato and Kaji were rekindling their relationship in the first chapter, despite of Misato declaring that they were NOT together again. In the epilogue it’s revealed that [[spoiler:Misato is expecting his baby.]]



* OrphansOrdeal: Shinji and Asuka suffered a great deal because their mothers died. They needed to get over that trauma in order to [[spoiler:becoming good parents to Aki.]]



* ParentalAbandonment:
** Gendo abandoned Shinji when he was four. As far as Asuka –who was also abandoned by her father right after her mother’s funeral-, is concerned, [[spoiler:Gendo has no right to talk about his granddaughter]] after abandoning Shinji.
** Later on, Shinji stated that Gendo never understood that you can love another people only because they’re related to you.
* ParentalFavoritism: Subverted. Asuka thought that Shinji was Misato's favorite, but during “Love” she admits that maybe she misunderstood the situation.
* ParentalHypocrisy: [[spoiler:Asuka used to tell her daughter “Smile when you’re happy, cry when you’re sad”.]] However, when Shinji merges with Unit-01, she can’t show grief because she has to keep her façade. So, she sees herself as [[spoiler:a hypocritical mother.]]
* ParentalNeglect: During Instrumentality, Asuka states that she is resented with Misato because she neglected her when she was hurting and abandoned her when Asuka needed her the most.
* ParentalObliviousness: Shinji and Asuka kept their relationship and their time-traveler status from Misato for months.



* PeopleJars: Rei's clones are shown floating in their “aquarium” right after Armisael’s defeat.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Shinji almost ends humanity… ''twice''.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: Subverted. Everyone thinks Shinji and Asuka’s relationship is this because Shinji is wimpy and meek and Asuka is harsh and aggressive. In reality their relationship got over that phase several years ago, but they pretend otherwise in order to keep their time-travelling status secret.
* PlayingSick: Asuka plays sick right after returning to the past. Neither Shinji nor she are ready to go to school and face their classmates, so Shinji tells Misato that Asuka isn’t feeling well –which is actually true- and he wants to stay with her. Misato buys it.
* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:Kaji]] pretended to be dead after [[spoiler:getting shot by a SEELE’s henchman.]]



* PrimalScene: In “Raise”, [[spoiler:Aki]] can’t sleep at night so she rises, goes to her parents’ room and opens the door right when they’re making love. Subverted because she had no idea what they were doing.



* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Played straight with Rei, who is a fourteen-year-old mecha pilot. Subverted with Shinji and Asuka. Everyone believes that they're teenagers, but due to time-travel shenanigans, they are twenty-one.



* RedOniBlueOni: Asuka and Shinji were like this in the original series, but their relationship becomes a mellow version of this trope in the post-Third-Impact chapters.

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* RedIsHeroic: Asuka, as always, wears red and is a mecha pilot.
* RedheadedHero: Asuka is a redhead and one of the main characters.
* RedOniBlueOni: Asuka is the Red to Shinji's Blue. Although she's calmer and he's less timid due to their increased maturity, she's still daring, bold and passionate whereas he tries to be a calming, pacifying influence.
* RelationshipReveal: After several scenes, it’s revealed that
Shinji were like this in the original series, but their relationship becomes a mellow version of this trope in the post-Third-Impact chapters.and Asuka are together.




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* RippleEffectProofMemory: Shinji, Asuka [[spoiler:and Aki]] returned to the past with their memories intact.


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* ScienceFictionFanFic: It features humongous mechas, time-travel…


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* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend:
** In order to keep the {{Masquerade}}, Asuka is forced to declare that Shinji isn't her boyfriend, even though they're married.
** According Misato, she and Kaji haven't got back together. And they are NOT dating. They are merely hanging out together.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Shinji and Asuka were this after the Angel War and Third Impact. AfterTheEnd they had to mature and work together to survive and they got better.
* ShipperOnDeck:
** Misato is a Shinji/Asuka shipper. Ironically she doesn’t know they got together.
** Hikari tries to hint Shinji that Asuka likes him. Ironically she doesn’t know that he’s quite aware of it.
** Shinji and Asuka ship Touji and Hikari, and they secretly ship Misato and Kaji.
* ShipTease: Plenty tease between Shinji and Asuka since the first scene where Shinji hugs her when she's upset, even though he's risking to blow their cover.


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* SinisterGeometry: Leliel was a floating sphere. Armisael was a kind of solid energy whip.
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* EntertaininglyWrong: When Asuka's synchro ratio drops, Ritsuko blames it on Asuka getting upset after Zeruel defeated her. A reasonable conclusioin, since she doesn't know that Asuka “went through a hell that led to the destruction of the world, recently lost her child, then for some time her lover as well, now probably another close person, and is about to face that aforementioned hell once again.”

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* EntertaininglyWrong: When Asuka's synchro synch ratio drops, Ritsuko blames it on Asuka getting upset after Zeruel defeated her. A reasonable conclusioin, conclusion, since she doesn't know that Asuka “went through a hell that led to the destruction of the world, recently lost [[spoiler: her child, child]], then for some time her lover as well, now probably another close person, and is about to face that aforementioned hell once again.”
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** In the AfterTheEndChapters, Shinji and Asuka visited the Red Sea –humanity’s collective grave- periodically.

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** In the AfterTheEndChapters, AfterTheEnd chapters, Shinji and Asuka visited the Red Sea –humanity’s collective grave- periodically.



* GreenEyedMonster: Asuka strongly disliked Kaworu, partially because he lusted after Shinji. Ironically, she didn’t mind that Shinji had strong feelings towards Rei because she realized that she wasn’t a threat.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Asuka in The Second Try is pretty jealous. She strongly disliked Kaworu, partially because he lusted after Shinji. Ironically, she didn’t mind that She didn't like Rei either because Shinji had strong feelings towards her, but she stopped being jealous of Rei because she realized that she the blue-haired girl wasn’t a threat.



* HiddenDepths: Rei is apparently quite the artist.

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* HiddenDepths: After meeting [[spoiler:Aki]], Rei is apparently shows herself to be quite the artist.artist. Her pictures are pretty amazing, and she even got a letter from a gallery.



* HumanoidAbomination: Rei and Kaworu's souls are pieces of the spirits of alien gods. When they meet Rei again, Shinji and Asuka are shocked because she always seemed strange, but they never doubted that she were human.
-->There she was; that long-time enigma: cloned from remains of his mother; partial Angel; the one with the power to return every single human on the planet back to nothing. After seeing her for years only as that, in the tremendous form she had taken at the end, it seemed impossible to ever look at the delicate fourteen year old girl that was Rei Ayanami in the same way again.

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* HumanoidAbomination: HumanoidAbomination:
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Rei and Kaworu's souls are pieces of is a cloned human who acts as a vessel for the spirits soul of alien gods. an Eldritch Abomination. When they meet Rei again, Shinji and Asuka are shocked go back to the past and meet her again, they're unsettled because she always seemed strange, but they never doubted that she were was human.
-->There --->There she was; that long-time enigma: cloned from remains of his mother; partial Angel; the one with the power to return every single human on the planet back to nothing. After seeing her for years only as that, in the tremendous form she had taken at the end, it seemed impossible to ever look at the delicate fourteen year old girl that was Rei Ayanami in the same way again.again.
** Kaworu is another clone storing the soul of another alien Eldritch Abomination. Talking to him or being around him is unsettling because he looks human but he doesn't act or talk like one, and he blatantly tells that life, death, space, time... are meaningless concepts to him.



* [[JustToyingWithThem Just Toying with Her]]: When the [=MP-EVAs=] show themselves to be tougher to bring down than expected, it dawns to Asuka that this is most likely the reason why she seemed to slaughter them so easily the first time around. Although Shinji expresses doubts about it, this realization only serves to further fuel her RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* [[JustToyingWithThem Just Toying with Her]]: JerkassWoobie: Asuka was annoying and bratty but bad things kept happening to her, even after she matured, how [[spoiler:her daughter going missing.]]
* JustBeforeTheEnd: When they go back to the past, Shinji and Asuka are well aware of the incoming end of the world. At the beginning, Asuka is too depressed to make anything about it, but Shinji encourages him to try to avert it.
* JustToyingWithThem:
When the [=MP-EVAs=] show themselves to be tougher to bring down than expected, it dawns to Asuka that this is most likely the reason why she seemed to slaughter them so easily the first time around. Although Shinji expresses doubts about it, this realization only serves to further fuel her RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



* KidHero: Played straight with fourteen-year-old Rei and Touji. Subverted with Shinji and Asuka, since due to time-travel shenanigans, they’re physically teenagers but they’re mentally adults.
* KidHeroAllGrownUp: Due to the complexities inherent to time-travel Shinji and Asuka are in their early twenties.



* KnightInSourArmor: Asuka is delighted to save the world after it took everything from her again and then reset itself. She's determined to try and save it anyway.



* LatexSpaceSuit: In “Repeat” Shinji and Asuka wear their plugsuits for first time in years. Asuka noted that she used to wear her skintight pilot suit with pride, but it feels like a prison, now.
-->It was even worse than when she had first put her old school uniform on again. This pressurized red outfit that tightly encased her skin; she used to wear it proudly as a symbol of her rank and status as pilot, but now it just reminded her of a life she had been glad to have left behind when she had finally been able to. When she had pushed the button that caused the suit to contract around her until there was no interfering air between her body and the conductive material, she had almost felt imprisoned by it.



* LeaveMeAlone: At the beginning of chapter 4, Asuka tries to drive Shinji away, and she screams “Leave me alone!” When he says “No”, though, she asks if he promises never leaving her.
* LighterAndSofter: Although the story has dark and tear-jerking moments, it's happier than canon. Shinji and Asuka learn to deal with their psychological issues, [[spoiler:become parents,]] and the world is saved.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: When they return to the past, Shinji wants to tell Misato everything, but Asuka argues that she'll not believe them or she'll believe them but she'll get too worried or cautious, so they keep their time-travelling status from her [[spoiler:for a while.]]
-->"What about Misato?" he carefully tried again eventually. "We could tell her at least."\\
But Asuka shook her head before he even finished formulating his idea. "She already cares more for us than it's good for someone in her position," she mumbled. "If she were to know what we're going to endure in the upcoming fights, she might try to find some way to keep us out of them or at least somewhat safe, which would most likely just make them end up for the worse."




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* LuminescentBlush: Invoked. Shinji used to blush furiously when he was a teenager. When he doesn’t go red after she’s said something highly embarrassing, Misato has her first clue that something is amiss.
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* InterruptedIntimacy: In “Raise”, Shinji and Asuka are about to make love at night when Aki opens their bedroom’s door. They stop instantly.

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* InterruptedIntimacy: In “Raise”, Shinji and Asuka are about to make love at night when [[spoiler: Aki opens their bedroom’s door.door]]. They stop instantly.
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After Third Impact, Shinji and Asuka are the only humans left in the whole world, and they must carry on with only each other. And against all odds, they do, overcoming their own psychoses and insecurities and becoming better humans through it. Then one morning, they both wake up to find that mankind has returned, they are in their younger bodies and living in Misato's apartment again, and only they have any memories of what has happened, and what is happening again, the little world they built for themselves destroyed.

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After Third Impact, Shinji and Asuka are the only humans left in the whole world, and they must carry on with only each other. And against all odds, they do, overcoming their own psychoses and insecurities and becoming better humans through it. it.

Then one morning, they both wake up to find that mankind has returned, they are in their younger bodies and living in Misato's apartment again, and only they have any memories of what has happened, and what is happening again, the little world they built for themselves destroyed.



-->"How you like it?" she eventually ended Rei's wondering.\\
Taken aback, the teen didn't answer immediately. Being honest was likely to hurt the girl's feelings, and Rei didn't want that. But wouldn't she also do the same by lying to her?\\
"The... shade of blue is well chosen," she eventually settled for.



* DespairEventHorizon: Narrowly averted twice. [[spoiler:Once during the rematch with [[MindRape Arael]], and the second when Shinji thinks Asuka's dead, almost starting [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]] again]].

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* DespairEventHorizon: DespairEventHorizon:
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Narrowly averted twice. [[spoiler:Once during the rematch with [[MindRape Arael]], and the second when Shinji thinks Asuka's dead, almost starting [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]] again]].



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Chapter 11. Yep, Asuka just [[spoiler: punched Kaworu in the gut]].
** Better yet, in the same chapter she [[spoiler: gets the drop on him after he takes control of EVA-02 and uses it to tear apart NERV to get to Lilth. Unbeknownst to him, she hid herself inside Unit-02, and overrides his control right as Shinji makes his appearance in EVA-01. Kaworu is so surprised at this that he ''actually drops his usual smile [[NotSoStoic for a look of pure shock]]'']].

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Chapter 11. Yep, In chapter 11 Asuka just [[spoiler: punched Kaworu in the gut]].
** Better yet, in the same chapter she [[spoiler:
gut. Later on, [[spoiler:she gets the drop on him after he takes control of EVA-02 and uses it to tear apart NERV to get to Lilth. Unbeknownst to him, she hid herself inside Unit-02, and overrides his control right as Shinji makes his appearance in EVA-01. Kaworu is so surprised at this that he ''actually actually drops his usual smile [[NotSoStoic for a look of pure shock]]'']].shock.]]



* DoesNotLikeShoes: [[spoiler: Aki Ikari.]]

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* DoesNotLikeShoes: [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Aki]] ''hates'' wearing shoes. Since she inherited her mother's stubbornness, her parents gave trying to force the issue unless it was necessary [[spoiler:(such as dropping her off for Kindergarten; Aki Ikari.]]was ''not'' happy about this)]]



* DudeShesLikeInAComa: After the defeat of the Seventeeth Angel, Shinji visits a sleeping Asuka in the hospital, and unlike [[{{Squick}} what he did in the original timeline]], he kisses her. Asuka wakes up during the kiss and jokingly tells maybe he should have tried that the last time instead.

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* DudeShesLikeInAComa: DudeShesLikeInAComa:
**
After the defeat of the Seventeeth Angel, Shinji visits a sleeping Asuka in the hospital, and unlike [[{{Squick}} what he did in the original timeline]], he kisses her. Asuka wakes up during the kiss and jokingly tells maybe he should have tried that the last time instead.



* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: No. [[SubvertedTrope No they are not.]]

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: No. [[SubvertedTrope No they are not.]]Subverted. [[spoiler:Aki]] thought that monkeys were cute and funny. So did their parents... until three monkeys tried to kidnap their daughter.



* HardWorkHardlyWorks: In “Raise”, Asuka remembers what she could never catch up with Shinji in spite of working hard to become the best. She also realizes that it doesn’t bother or hurt her anymore.



* HeartbrokenBadass: When [[spoiler:Unit-02 blew itself up during the FinalBattle, Shinji believed that Asuka was dead.]] He was so heart-broken that he almost ended humanity again.



* IMissMom: This was a key part of the personalities of Asuka and Shinji in the original timeline, and the irony was they did not know they were closer to them than ever when they rode their robots. Now they know it, but unfortunately they can not make the most of it since if their synch rates rocketed up it would draw suspicion. Of course, in the final chapter, [[spoiler:Aki misses both of her parents (especially her mother) until she meets them again.]]

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* IMissMom: This was HotBlooded: Even though Asuka mellowed a key part bit when she got older, and she's constantly depressed, she's still fiery, passionate and battle-hungry. When she charges an Angel, she's so furious and determined that she's scary.
* HopelessSuitor: Subverted. Asuka has to pretend that she's still a hopeless crush on Kaji, even though she's not interested in him anymore.
* HumanoidAbomination: Rei and Kaworu's souls are pieces
of the personalities spirits of alien gods. When they meet Rei again, Shinji and Asuka are shocked because she always seemed strange, but they never doubted that she were human.
-->There she was; that long-time enigma: cloned from remains of his mother; partial Angel; the one with the power to return every single human on the planet back to nothing. After seeing her for years only as that, in the tremendous form she had taken at the end, it seemed impossible to ever look at the delicate fourteen year old girl that was Rei Ayanami in the same way again.
* HumongousMecha: The Evangelions and the Jet Alone.
* HurtingHero: Shinji and Asuka had gone through numerous psychological traumas before becoming ChildSoldiers. After the end of the world, they finally got over their problems and insecurities, matured, [[spoiler:became parents]]… and then they were thrown back to the past without previous warning and without [[spoiler:their daughter.]]
* IdealizedSex: Subverted. Shinji and Asuka’s first time was awkward. Shinji hurt her when he entered her, and he tried to hold back his orgasm as long as possible because he didn’t want to deprive her of her own climax. Back in the past she told him that he owed her a better first time.
* IHatePastMe: Discussed. Asuka thinks her younger self would hate her since during her Character Development she forsook all what she had lived for during her childhood and became a very different person who does not mind showing her emotions, letting other close and loves being a wife and a mother. Shinji disagrees, stating she is being too hard on herself. Straight after he states he thinks his deeply-insecure, self-loathing, shy younger self would be shocked at seeing him... but he does not hate him since he knows why he was so full of insecurities and neurosis.
* IMissMom:
** Shinji and Asuka missed their mothers, never knowing that they were trapped in their Evangelions until it was too late. So their first synch test after time-travelling was very emotional because they could feel their presence and talk to them again.
** After travelling to the past, [[spoiler:Aki]] asks constantly where her parents have gone.
* ImportantHaircut: Asuka got her hair cut [[spoiler:after Aki's birth because her daughter kept pulling it.]] It felt pretty dramatic to her, since she had spent years taking care of it, but [[spoiler:she felt better when Shinji said she looked like a mother.]]
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Rei Ayanami of all people ends up doing this after finding an adorable four year-old girl lost in the middle of Tokyo-3, though to her credit she had the sense to contact the authorities and try to find the child's parents first. It's just as well she did take the girl home, though, as she was Shinji and Asuka's KidFromTheFuture.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: It has one develop between [[spoiler:4 year old Aki and 14 year old Rei]]. This is especially interesting because the former technically hasn't been born yet when the two meet. And because she is also [[spoiler:the child
of Asuka and Shinji, therefore she's Rei's niece. Sorta.]]
* InterruptedIntimacy: In “Raise”,
Shinji in the original timeline, and the irony was they did not know they were closer Asuka are about to them than ever make love at night when they rode Aki opens their robots. Now they know it, but unfortunately they can not make the most of it since if their synch rates rocketed up it would draw suspicion. Of course, in the final chapter, [[spoiler:Aki misses both of her parents (especially her mother) until she meets them again.]]bedroom’s door. They stop instantly.
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* AllForNothing: When [[spoiler:Gendo interrogates his son,]] Shinji warns him that all his scheming and planning would be for nothing since everyone will die and Yui will never come back to him. [[spoiler:Gendo]] refuses to believe it, but when he realizes Shinji is right, [[spoiler:he tries to kill himself.]]



* ChekhovsGun: The "Anonymous" letter that Shinji slips into Misato's jacket during chapter 3. [[spoiler:Misato finds it during the aftermath of the battle with the 14th angel, and leads to her learning of Shinji and Asuka's secret.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
** In chapter 2, Shinji and Asuka checked the Tokyo-3 hospital, and found that it seemed to be in perfect shape and the emergency power-generator was still working. Asuka stated that it could be useful in the future. In chapter 4, [[spoiler:Asuka gave birth Aki in that hospital.]]
**
The "Anonymous" letter that Shinji slips into Misato's jacket during chapter 3. [[spoiler:Misato finds it during the aftermath of the battle with the 14th angel, and leads to her learning of Shinji and Asuka's secret.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: In chapter 4, Asuka declares that Shinji will be responsible for the main medical care. In chapter 6, Shinji uses what he learnt to [[spoiler:take care of Asuka during her pregnancy, and delivering Aki safely.
]]



* ConverseWithTheUnconscious: In the last scene, [[spoiler:the Ikari family visits a comatose Gendo,]] and Shinji spends a while talking to him, telling what they’d been doing since the final battle, and finally confessing that maybe he can understand him a little better now.



* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: When Shinji is too depressed to take care of himself, Asuka delivers this trope almost word for word to Shinji in chapter 2, thankfully without the slapping.



* GirlishPigtails: Asuka wore this hairstyle when she was young. When she grew up, though, she had to get her hair cut. She saw it how another aspect of her childhood fading.



* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler:Misato and Kaji]] had a rather "emotional" reunion.

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* GladToBeAliveSex: [[spoiler:Misato and Kaji]] had a rather "emotional" reunion.reunion after the FinalBattle.



* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Subverted for Asuka when Aki was born. She and Shinji thought she was suffering DeathByChildBirth, when in reality she just passed out.]]
* GoThroughMe: [[spoiler:[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness In an uncharacteristic display of protectiveness]], Rei stands her ground against a JSSDF patrol to allow Aki to run and hide.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Rei''' ''(angrily)'']]: I WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO HARM HER!

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* GoodMorningCrono: Shinji and Asuka’s PeggySue adventures begin when they wake up and realize what they’ve gone back to the past.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Subverted for Asuka [[spoiler:Asuka when Aki was born. born.]] She and Shinji thought she was suffering DeathByChildBirth, [[spoiler:DeathByChildBirth,]] when in reality she just passed out.]]
out.
* GoThroughMe: [[spoiler:[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness In an uncharacteristic display of protectiveness]], Rei stands her ground against a JSSDF patrol to allow Aki [[spoiler:Aki]] to run and hide.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Rei''' ''(angrily)'']]:
hide.
-->'''Rei:''' (angrily)
I WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO HARM HER!


Added DiffLines:

* GratuitousJapanese: It keeps "baka" and "hentai"... almost exclusively for Asuka insulting Shinji. It also keeps a grand total of one honorific when referring to [[spoiler:Aki,]] which is mainly used to emphasize how adorable that particular character is.
* GraveMarkingScene:
** In the AfterTheEndChapters, Shinji and Asuka visited the Red Sea –humanity’s collective grave- periodically.
** In “Repeat”, Shinji and Gendo visited Yui’s grave. Shinji thought about dissuading his father from proceeding with his plans, but he realized right away that he’d be wasting his time, so he called his father out on abandoning him.
* GreenEyedMonster: Asuka strongly disliked Kaworu, partially because he lusted after Shinji. Ironically, she didn’t mind that Shinji had strong feelings towards Rei because she realized that she wasn’t a threat.
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* AntiHero: '''AVERTED'''. Shinji and Asuka may be this in the "AfterTheEnd" chapters, but in the "repeat" chapters they're straight up heroes [[spoiler: They really don't have any reason to pilot the [=EVAs=] anymore. They lost everything the first time around, they had dealt with their issues and regrets a long time ago, and now they've lost their daughter. They don't have any attachments to the world, nor anything to gain from saving it. But they ''choose to fight anyways'', just to give the world another chance.]]

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* AntiHero: '''AVERTED'''. Subverted. Shinji and Asuka may be were this in the "AfterTheEnd" chapters, original timeline and in the AfterTheEnd chapters (since they fought to save the world for selfish reasons or merely struggled to suvive), but in the "repeat" chapters they're straight up heroes [[spoiler: They heroes: [[spoiler:They really don't have any reason to pilot the [=EVAs=] Evangelions anymore. They lost everything the first time around, they had dealt with their issues and regrets a long time ago, and now they've lost their daughter. They don't have any attachments to the world, nor anything to gain from saving it. But they ''choose choose to fight anyways'', anyways, just to give the world another chance.]]



* TheAtoner: Shinji and Asuka [[spoiler: avert this, surprisingly. It becomes more apparent as the story goes on that they've largely come to terms with their failings, and they're not motivated by regret and/or guilt.]]

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* TheAtoner: Shinji and Asuka [[spoiler: avert subvert this, surprisingly. It At the beginning it looks like they're trying to save the world after going back to the past because they let it die in the original timeline. However, it becomes more apparent as the story goes on that they've largely come to terms with their failings, and they're not motivated by regret and/or guilt.]]



* BackToBackBadasses: Shinji and Asuka fighting together against the army (Asuka fought while Shinji protected her back) and the Mass-Production [=EVAs=].

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* BackToBackBadasses: During the SEELE's attack, Shinji and Asuka fighting together against did this when they were fought the army (Asuka fought while charged the enemy as Shinji protected stood behind her, protecting her back) and back). When the Mass-Production [=EVAs=].[=EVAs=] attacked them, [[spoiler:Touji]] joined them.



* BathSuicide: Invoked when Asuka is about to have a bath and spends a while staring at the tube, remembering when she tried to do this.

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* BathSuicide: Invoked when Mentioned. When Asuka is was about to have a bath and spends bath, she spent a while staring at the tube, remembering when tube because it reminded her that she tried to do this.sat in a bathtub and slit her wrists during a breakdown once upon a time.



* BondingOverMissingParents: During the AfterEnd chapters, Shinji and Asuka eventually talk about their deceased mothers, and their relationship strengthens.

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* BondingOverMissingParents: During the AfterEnd AfterTheEnd chapters, Shinji and Asuka eventually talk about their deceased mothers, and their relationship strengthens.



* BringMyRedJacket: Asuka usually takes the brunt of the fights due to her aggressive fighting style. Bardiel managed to take her down when she got distracted, Zeruel beheaded her Eva, Arael mind-raped her, Tabris cut her mecha’s hands off, and the MP-Evas nearly ate her alive again.

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* BringMyRedJacket: Asuka usually takes took the brunt of the fights due to her aggressive fighting style. Bardiel managed to take style, and her down when she got distracted, Zeruel beheaded her Eva, Arael mind-raped her, red mecha was maimed in nearly every battle: [[spoiler:Zeruel loped Unit-02 head's off, Tabris cut her mecha’s its hands off, and the MP-Evas nearly ate her alive again.again...]]



* BrotherSisterIncest: Discussed but ultimately averted.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Discussed but ultimately averted.Discussed. After Third Impact, Shinji and Asuka are the only surviving humans. At one point they argue that, if they have children and let them repopulate the world, sibling incest would be a problem.



* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:When Gendo confronts Shinji about his conversation with Asuka during the attack by the 15th Angel, Shinji tells him ''exactly'' what's going on. Gendo promptly dismisses his son's warnings as the ravings of a mad child...[[SubvertedTrope which is]] ''[[SubvertedTrope then]]'' [[SubvertedTrope revealed to have been a ploy by Gendo.]] He believed what he heard, all right, and it sent him into deep despair over never seeing Yui again.]]

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* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:When Gendo When [[spoiler:Gendo confronts Shinji about his conversation with Asuka during the attack by the 15th Angel, Angel,]] Shinji tells him ''exactly'' exactly what's going on. Gendo [[spoiler:Gendo promptly dismisses his son's warnings as the ravings of a mad child...[[SubvertedTrope which is]] ''[[SubvertedTrope then]]'' [[SubvertedTrope revealed child because he refuses to have been a ploy by Gendo.]] He believed what he heard, all right, and it sent him into deep despair over believe that he'll never seeing Yui see his wife again.]]



* TheChessmaster: Averted. Shinji and Asuka are ''not'' Gendo Ikari.
** Though they do have some small successes here and there, such as playing matchmaker for Toji and Hikari.

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* TheChessmaster: Averted. Subverted. Shinji and Asuka are try to use their knowledge of the future and of NERV and SEELE's goals to outwit them and avert TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but they're ''not'' Gendo Ikari.
**
Ikari [[spoiler:and he eventually figures their secret out.]] Though they do have some small successes here and there, such as playing matchmaker for Toji and Hikari.



* CruelMercy: Ritsuko claims this is why she [[spoiler:saved Gendo's life]], though it's not clear whether this is actually true.

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* CruelMercy: Ritsuko claims this is why that she [[spoiler:saved Gendo's life]], life because being in a coma]] is a fate worse than death to him, though it's not clear whether she's being sincere.
-->"Though you still would have died if Ritsuko hadn't found and helped you. At first she always said she didn't even know why she had done it. Later she changed it to 'Having to live in
this condition is actually true.a bigger punishment for him than death'."
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