History YMMV / NeonGenesisEvangelion

26th Jul '16 3:33:12 PM Anddrix
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* BaseBreaker: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Pretty much every major character.]] A specific example is Gendo. He's ranked around 50% most hated anime character in quite a few polls. This likely overlaps with LoveToHate, though, so it may not be so bad.

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* BaseBreaker: BaseBreakingCharacter: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Pretty much every major character.]] A specific example is Gendo. He's ranked around 50% most hated anime character in quite a few polls. This likely overlaps with LoveToHate, though, so it may not be so bad.
22nd Jun '16 12:34:49 AM Mr.French
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** As improbable as it may sound, a Kaworu x Asuka ship seems to have recently emerged, as you can see [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909274-neon-genesis-evangelion here]] , [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909281-neon-genesis-evangelion here]] , [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909267-neon-genesis-evangelion and here]] . Also a case of ShipsThatPassInTheNight, given the two never interacted, at least in canon.

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** As improbable as it may sound, a Kaworu x Asuka ship seems to have recently emerged, has been astoundingly popular since the former's debut, as you can see seen [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909274-neon-genesis-evangelion here]] , [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909281-neon-genesis-evangelion here]] , [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909267-neon-genesis-evangelion and here]] . Also a case of ShipsThatPassInTheNight, given the two never interacted, at least in canon.canon.
** The series is both old and popular enough for almost every ''possible'' pairing to have been written and/or drawn about at least a few times no matter how improbable, up to and including Kensuke/Ritsuko. The VideoGameAdaptation ''NGE 2'' only adds fuel to the fire, as it allows the player to control ''any'' of the main and supporting cast and date whoever they want to.



* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: see CrackPairing above.

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: see CrackPairing above.Pairing Kaworu with Asuka is surprisingly popular, despite the fact that the latter spends the entirety of the former's screentime unconscious in a hospital room. Pairing Kaworu with Rei has much more plausibility, given their shared backgrounds and the subtle but powerful interactions they have in their limited screentime together, but is still mostly a case of this as they say all of three sentences to each other in total.
18th Jun '16 8:48:17 PM Angeldeb82
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[WordOfGod Intentional on the creator's part]], but especially noteworthy in some cases: is Gendo a manipulative monster, a misunderstood genius, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a loving but misguided father who wants to make his son strong]], the show's biggest {{Woobie}}, or a mix of the four? Is Yui a soft and idealized mother/Virgin Mary figure (close to being the series' Canon Sue), the actual manipulative monster who's responsible for messing up Shinji, Gendo and the fate of the world, or just off her rocker? Is Shinji a neurotic, obnoxious wimp, a normal person dealing with impossibly overwhelming odds, or actually a courageous young hero? Is he "pure" or a pervert with {{Yandere}} tendencies? Since we're at it, is Shinji similar to Gendo, his polar opposite, or a complex mix of the two?

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[WordOfGod Intentional on the creator's part]], but especially noteworthy in some cases: is Gendo a manipulative monster, a misunderstood genius, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a loving but misguided father who wants to make his son strong]], the show's biggest {{Woobie}}, [[TheWoobie Woobie]], or a mix of the four? Is Yui a soft and idealized mother/Virgin Mary figure (close to being the series' Canon Sue), the actual manipulative monster who's responsible for messing up Shinji, Gendo and the fate of the world, or just off her rocker? Is Shinji a neurotic, obnoxious wimp, a normal person dealing with impossibly overwhelming odds, or actually a courageous young hero? Is he "pure" or a pervert with {{Yandere}} tendencies? Since we're at it, is Shinji similar to Gendo, his polar opposite, or a complex mix of the two?
18th Jun '16 8:47:27 PM Angeldeb82
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[WordOfGod Intentional on the creator's part]], but especially noteworthy in some cases: is Gendo a manipulative monster, a misunderstood genius, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a loving but misguided father who wants to make his son strong]], the show's biggest {{Woobie}}, or a mix of the four? Is Yui a soft and idealized mother/Virgin Mary figure (close to being the series' CanonSue), the actual manipulative monster who's responsible for messing up Shinji, Gendo and the fate of the world, or just off her rocker? Is Shinji a neurotic, obnoxious wimp, a normal person dealing with impossibly overwhelming odds, or actually a courageous young hero? Is he "pure" or a pervert with {{Yandere}} tendencies? Since we're at it, is Shinji similar to Gendo, his polar opposite, or a complex mix of the two?
** Don't forget the entire organization of Seele: is it a group of monsters [[spoiler: out to end the humanity just to create a god]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist a way too well-intentioned]] group who just wants to end the insecurities and suffering that humans suffer [[spoiler: because AT field separates them from each other and makes them unable to understand each other?]] Or maybe they are just [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bizarre.]]

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[WordOfGod Intentional on the creator's part]], but especially noteworthy in some cases: is Gendo a manipulative monster, a misunderstood genius, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a loving but misguided father who wants to make his son strong]], the show's biggest {{Woobie}}, or a mix of the four? Is Yui a soft and idealized mother/Virgin Mary figure (close to being the series' CanonSue), Canon Sue), the actual manipulative monster who's responsible for messing up Shinji, Gendo and the fate of the world, or just off her rocker? Is Shinji a neurotic, obnoxious wimp, a normal person dealing with impossibly overwhelming odds, or actually a courageous young hero? Is he "pure" or a pervert with {{Yandere}} tendencies? Since we're at it, is Shinji similar to Gendo, his polar opposite, or a complex mix of the two?
** Don't forget the entire organization of Seele: is it a group of monsters [[spoiler: out to end the humanity just to create a god]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist a way too well-intentioned]] group who just wants to end the insecurities and suffering that humans suffer [[spoiler: because AT field separates them from each other and makes them unable to understand each other?]] Or maybe they are just [[BlueAndOrangeMorality bizarre.]]{{b|lueAndOrangeMorality}}izarre.



* AwesomeArt: Most of the fight scenes are very visually impressive, especially considering that the show was made on a shoestring budget.

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* AwesomeArt: SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: Most of the fight scenes are very visually impressive, especially considering that the show was made on a shoestring budget.



* BaseBreaker: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Pretty much every major character.]] A specific example is Gendo. He's ranked around 50% most hated anime character in quite a few polls. This likely overlaps with LoveToHate, though, so it may not be so bad.

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* BaseBreaker: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Pretty much every major character.]] A specific example is Gendo. He's ranked around 50% most hated anime character in quite a few polls. This likely overlaps with LoveToHate, though, so it may not be so bad.



** People just love to call Mana Kirishima a RelationshipSue.
* DoubleStandard: Some people consider Shinji and Asuka to both be [[TheScrappy annoying characters]] due to the former [[EmoTeen not being assertive enough]] and the latter being [[JerkAss too brash]]. When you look at their [[FreudianExcuse backstories]], it becomes clear that they were both essentially exposed to the same things as kids, but they dealt with them in two entirely different ways. Thus, Shinji becomes extremely quiet and introverted, while Asuka hid it by becoming [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex loud, prideful and aggressive]]. Both of them do this because they don't want to be hurt. Were their personalities swapped, there would likely be less complaining due to gender role stereotypes.

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** People just love to call Mana Kirishima a RelationshipSue.
Relationship Sue.
* DoubleStandard: Some people consider Shinji and Asuka to both be [[TheScrappy annoying characters]] due to the former [[EmoTeen not being assertive enough]] and the latter being [[JerkAss [[{{Jerkass}} too brash]]. When you look at their [[FreudianExcuse backstories]], it becomes clear that they were both essentially exposed to the same things as kids, but they dealt with them in two entirely different ways. Thus, Shinji becomes extremely quiet and introverted, while Asuka hid it by becoming [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex loud, prideful and aggressive]]. Both of them do this because they don't want to be hurt. Were their personalities swapped, there would likely be less complaining due to gender role stereotypes.



** Female example: Maya's crush on Ritsuko.



* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Shinji. Let's see, he gets paired up with Kaworu, Asuka, and Rei, like always. But he also gets paired with Hikari, Mana, Maya, Mayumi, Misato, Ritsuko, Toji, Kensuke, Kaji, even [[ParentalIncest ''his parents'']]... basically, ''everyone''.
* LesYay: Maya's crush on Ritsuko.

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Shinji. Let's see, he gets paired up with Kaworu, Asuka, and Rei, like always. But he also gets paired with Hikari, Mana, Maya, Mayumi, Misato, Ritsuko, Toji, Kensuke, Kaji, even [[ParentalIncest ''his parents'']]... ''[[ParentalIncest his parents]]''... basically, ''everyone''.
* LesYay: Maya's crush on Ritsuko.
''everyone''.



** Gendo. He manipulated everything and everyone from the very beginning, using and discarding people like puppets for his own ends, and planning ahead in a manner that would make the original TropeNamer proud. What's ''really'' impressive is that he managed to completely manipulate SEELE, who are an entire evil ''council'' of [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bastards]]. The only reason he didn't get exactly what he wanted in the end was because he didn't count on Rei actually developing human feelings and growing to care for Shinji.

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** Gendo. He manipulated everything and everyone from the very beginning, using and discarding people like puppets for his own ends, and planning ahead in a manner that would make the original TropeNamer proud. What's ''really'' impressive is that he managed to completely manipulate SEELE, who are an entire evil ''council'' of [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bastards]].{{Manipulative Bastard}}s. The only reason he didn't get exactly what he wanted in the end was because he didn't count on Rei actually developing human feelings and growing to care for Shinji.



* MemeticBadass: People say Gendo's omniscient in his manipulations. [[GambitRoulette He might as well be]].

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* MemeticBadass: People say Gendo's omniscient in his manipulations. [[GambitRoulette He might as well be]].be.]]



* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/NeonGenesisEvangelion Enough to have its own page.]]



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Jet Alone episode... never comes up again. Aside from giving an AwesomeMoment to Misato, foreshadowing the Mass-production EVA units, and filling some space, it doesn't ever show up again.
* BrokenBase: One of the few irrefutable statements that can be made about ''Evangelion'' is that it is the most divisive anime ever. Virtually ''everything'' about this series has been, is, and will be the topic of heated debate. Is [insert character here] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation a sympathetic character]]? Do the [[CreepyCoolCrosses religious allusions]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory really mean]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic anything]]? Did the series change direction over its run, or was it all planned out from the beginning? Which ending is better? Are they the same, or do they conflict? Is the English dub as good as, better than, or vastly inferior to the Japanese? Is the series itself one of the greatest in the history of anime -- or even cinema -- or merely one of the [[HypeBacklash most overrated]]? Can the live-action movies be done right? Which girl would you [[PerverseSexualLust bang]]? If you wonder it for even a second, there is absolutely no question that it has been the subject of fierce debate inside or outside the fandom. The fact that, one way or the other, people generally tend to form ''very'' strong opinions about this series helps cement it firmly within this trope.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Jet Alone episode... never comes up again. Aside from giving an AwesomeMoment a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome to Misato, foreshadowing the Mass-production EVA units, and filling some space, it doesn't ever show up again.
* BrokenBase: One of the few irrefutable statements that can be made about ''Evangelion'' is that it is the most divisive anime ever. Virtually ''everything'' about this series has been, is, and will be the topic of heated debate. Is [insert character here] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation a sympathetic character]]? Do the [[CreepyCoolCrosses religious allusions]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory really mean]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic [[FauxSymbolism anything]]? Did the series change direction over its run, or was it all planned out from the beginning? Which ending is better? Are they the same, or do they conflict? Is the English dub as good as, better than, or vastly inferior to the Japanese? Is the series itself one of the greatest in the history of anime -- or even cinema -- or merely one of the [[HypeBacklash most overrated]]? Can the live-action movies be done right? Which girl would you [[PerverseSexualLust bang]]? If you wonder it for even a second, there is absolutely no question that it has been the subject of fierce debate inside or outside the fandom. The fact that, one way or the other, people generally tend to form ''very'' strong opinions about this series helps cement it firmly within this trope.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[AwesomeMusic/NeonGenesisEvangelion Enough to have its own page]].



* {{Fanon}}: A general note: so many things about the series and its mythos are implied and left open to interpretation, rather than explicitly stated, that drawing the line between canon and fanon can in some cases be extremely difficult, if not downright impossible. As a rule of thumb: if you heard it from somebody on the Internet (including ThisVeryWiki and even TheOtherWiki), or in a magazine, or at a convention, or even in the freaking DVD special features - don't assume it's canon. Hell, even the ''creators themselves'' [[ShrugOfGod tend to make contradictory statements about the series]], so you might not want to trust them so much either.

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* {{Fanon}}: A general note: so many things about the series and its mythos are implied and left open to interpretation, rather than explicitly stated, that drawing the line between canon and fanon can in some cases be extremely difficult, if not downright impossible. As a rule of thumb: if you heard it from somebody on the Internet (including ThisVeryWiki and even TheOtherWiki), Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}), or in a magazine, or at a convention, or even in the freaking DVD special features - don't assume it's canon. Hell, even the ''creators themselves'' [[ShrugOfGod tend to make contradictory statements about the series]], so you might not want to trust them so much either.



** Come ''End of Evangelion'', where [[spoiler:''everyone'' -- save Shinji, and later Asuka, who ''are'' actually stuck in Nowhereland, surrounded by a sea of Lilith's blood and decomposing body parts -- has become part of the sea of LCL.]] Despite that, however, there's still an underlying hope that [[spoiler:others, like Asuka has done, will come back, because they have the will to live and find happiness, and eventually rebuild civilization.]]

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** Come ''End of Evangelion'', where [[spoiler:''everyone'' -- save Shinji, and later Asuka, who ''are'' actually stuck in Nowhereland, surrounded by a sea of Lilith's blood and decomposing body parts -- has become part of the sea of LCL.]] LCL]]. Despite that, however, there's still an underlying hope that [[spoiler:others, like Asuka has done, will come back, because they have the will to live and find happiness, and eventually rebuild civilization.]]



** Shinji fights Angels and arguably [[spoiler:falls in love with one]] (or, in the manga, [[spoiler:admits to being attracted to one]]). Megumi Ogata, who voiced Shinji, later voiced [[spoiler:[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura the angelesque Yue]], plus the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan person-shaped can]] heís sealed in, Yukito Tsukishiro]]. Even more hillarious when you compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQNSLB3Lpk NGEís intro]] and [[spoiler:''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''ís [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQjCFvaNwJQ third intro]]]].

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** Shinji fights Angels and arguably [[spoiler:falls in love with one]] (or, in the manga, [[spoiler:admits to being attracted to one]]). Megumi Ogata, who voiced Shinji, later voiced [[spoiler:[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura the angelesque Yue]], plus the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan person-shaped can]] heís sealed in, Yukito Tsukishiro]]. Even more hillarious hilarious when you compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQNSLB3Lpk NGEís intro]] and [[spoiler:''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''ís [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQjCFvaNwJQ third intro]]]].



* SoCoolItsAwesome: A contender for the title of the best anime series ever made, and for good reason.

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* SoCoolItsAwesome: SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome: A contender for the title of the best anime series ever made, and for good reason.
2nd Jun '16 10:51:23 AM Quanyails
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* EsotericHappyEnding: In ''[=EoE=]''. [[spoiler:Almost all of humanity has [[AssimilationPlot become one]]. They have the power to go back to their individual selves, if they have the will to live and find happiness, but apparently... most chose not to.]] Subverted if you read Eva as a prequel to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.

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* EsotericHappyEnding: In ''[=EoE=]''.''The End of Evangelion''. [[spoiler:Almost all of humanity has [[AssimilationPlot become one]]. They have the power to go back to their individual selves, if they have the will to live and find happiness, but apparently... most chose not to.]] Subverted if you read Eva as a prequel to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
13th May '16 9:00:25 PM Xteme19
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* CriticalDissonance: It has been almost unanimously positively reviewed by professional anime/manga critics, yet it's a very divisive series within the world of anime fandom.
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8th May '16 10:18:48 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Shinji. Let's see, he gets paired up with Kaworu, Asuka, and Rei, like always. But he also gets paired with Hikari, Mana, Maya, Mayumi, Misato, Ritsuko, Toji, Kensuke, even [[ParentalIncest ''his parents'']]... basically, ''everyone''.

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Shinji. Let's see, he gets paired up with Kaworu, Asuka, and Rei, like always. But he also gets paired with Hikari, Mana, Maya, Mayumi, Misato, Ritsuko, Toji, Kensuke, Kaji, even [[ParentalIncest ''his parents'']]... basically, ''everyone''.



* MemeticLoser: Shinji was meant to be a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of a typical anime action hero, a guy who really wasn't cut out for fighting horrifying monsters and who suffered extreme emotional problems because of it. He also lacks a backbone when dealing with the other characters, and almost never stands up for himself. Some viewers expected he would come onto his own like Simon above, but the angst fest the series became means he only got more and more screwed up. It's a topic of heavy debate whether he was an effective examination of his character type, or if he was just too whiny [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to be sympathetic]]. Pretty much every spin off (including the manga and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies) writes Shinji to be more confident, which makes it seem like it wasn't just the casual viewers who had a problem with his portrayal. [[note]]"I musn't run away, I musn't run away". Let's analyze this, where the fuck would I ''go''?[[/note]]

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* MemeticLoser: Shinji was meant to be a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of a typical anime action hero, a guy who really wasn't cut out for fighting horrifying monsters and who suffered extreme emotional problems because of it. He also lacks a backbone when dealing with the other characters, and almost never stands up for himself. Some viewers expected he would [[TookALevelInBadass come onto into his own own]] like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon above, the Digger]], but the angst fest the series became means he only got more and more screwed up. It's a topic of heavy debate whether he was an effective examination of his character type, or if he was just too whiny [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to be sympathetic]]. Pretty much every spin off (including the manga and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies) writes Shinji to be more confident, which makes it seem like it wasn't just the casual viewers who had a problem with his portrayal. [[note]]"I musn't run away, I musn't run away". Let's analyze this, where the fuck would I ''go''?[[/note]]
5th May '16 8:56:58 AM Pren
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** ''Evangelion'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fans have formed rivalries over which entry is the better GenreDeconstruction (respectively of HumongousMecha and MagicalGirl). The same rivalry occurs between ''Evangelion'' fellow mecha deconstruction ''{{Manga/Bokurano}}''.

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** ''Evangelion'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fans have formed rivalries over which entry is the better GenreDeconstruction (respectively of HumongousMecha and MagicalGirl). The same rivalry occurs between ''Evangelion'' fellow mecha deconstruction ''{{Manga/Bokurano}}''. Although Hideaki Anno himself is a ''huge'' fan of ''Madoka'', praising it for the same kind of ruthless {{Deconstruction}} of a popular genre that he was trying to do.
19th Apr '16 11:56:38 AM Willbyr
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* HoYay: Kaworu and Shinji. Episode 24 basically drives it home as hard as it possibly can in under twenty-five minutes of time, what with the two explicitly stating their love for one another on separate occasions, the whole holding hands-in-the-shower scene, and Shinji almost constantly blushing and being incredibly open to Kaworu in almost all of their scenes together, Kaworu blushing and telling Shinji "I really was born to meet you"... yeah. The manga, while it portrays a more antagonistic and one-sided relationship (although eventually realized as mutual) between the two, goes even further than the anime in this regard, and explicitly makes Kaworu kiss Shinji at one point (well, he ''was'' hyperventilating, and he couldnít find a bag, but the nature of the scene is ambiguous).

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* HoYay: Kaworu and Shinji. Episode 24 basically drives it home as hard as it possibly can in under twenty-five minutes of time, what with the two explicitly stating their love for one another on separate occasions, the whole holding hands-in-the-shower scene, and Shinji almost constantly blushing and being incredibly open to Kaworu in almost all of their scenes together, Kaworu blushing and telling Shinji "I really was born to meet you"... yeah. The manga, while it portrays a more antagonistic and one-sided relationship (although eventually realized as mutual) between the two, goes even further than the anime in this regard, and explicitly makes Kaworu kiss Shinji at one point (well, he Shinji ''was'' hyperventilating, and he Kaworu couldnít find a bag, but the nature of the scene is ambiguous).



* JerkassWoobie:
** Asuka. She even provides the page image.
** The original anime's Gendo is sometimes considered one too due to his [[LoveMakesYouEvil backstory and motivation]] contrasted with [[MagnificentBastard what those things turned him into]].



** Yui Ikari also qualifies, thanks to certain scenes during the End of Evangelion.

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** Yui Ikari also qualifies, thanks to certain scenes during the End ''End of Evangelion.Evangelion''.



* MisaimedFandom
** Rei Ayanami, as noted under {{Moe}} below. This was arguably because she was portrayed sympathetically; instead of thinking she was creepy, [[TheWoobie viewers wanted to give her a hug]].

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* MisaimedFandom
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MisaimedFandom: Rei Ayanami, as noted under {{Moe}} below. This was arguably because she was portrayed sympathetically; instead of thinking she was creepy, [[TheWoobie viewers wanted to give her a hug]].



** [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] was by no means the most pleasant [[{{JerkassWoobie}} character]] in the series but she had her [[{{PettheDog}} sympathetic]] [[{{FriendshipMoment}} moments.]] However in many fanfics, [[{{DieforOurShip}} particularly those that ship Shinji with another character]], she is portrayed as a [[{{Jerkass}} constantly ticked]], [[{{DomesticAbuser}} physically abusive]], psycho who is unworthy of Shinji's affections and [[{{BreaktheHaughty}} needs to be put in her place]] often with {{no sympathy}} for her [[{{FreudianExcuse}} tragic backstory.]]

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** [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] was by no means the most pleasant [[{{JerkassWoobie}} [[JerkassWoobie character]] in the series but she had her [[{{PettheDog}} [[PetTheDog sympathetic]] [[{{FriendshipMoment}} moments.]] [[FriendshipMoment moments]]. However in many fanfics, [[{{DieforOurShip}} [[DieForOurShip particularly those that ship Shinji with another character]], she is portrayed as a [[{{Jerkass}} constantly ticked]], [[{{DomesticAbuser}} [[DomesticAbuser physically abusive]], abusive]] psycho who is unworthy of Shinji's affections and [[{{BreaktheHaughty}} [[BreakTheHaughty needs to be put in her place]] often with {{no sympathy}} for her [[{{FreudianExcuse}} [[FreudianExcuse tragic backstory.]]



* ShipsThatPassInTheNight : see CrackPairing above.

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight : ShipsThatPassInTheNight: see CrackPairing above.



* UncannyValley: Anno wrote and designed Rei to serve as this. For the major part -- which is really an {{Understatement}} -- it ''completely and utterly failed''. Even so, there are still people here and there who see her as creepy and inhumane.

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* UncannyValley: Anno wrote and designed Rei to serve as this. For the major part -- which is really an {{Understatement}} understatement -- it ''completely and utterly failed''. Even so, there are still people here and there who see her as creepy and inhumane.



* UnwantedHarem: Being the only major fighting male pilot in the series [[spoiler: that lasts the whole series]], Shinji is often hooked up with the female cast, even if some are ''way'' too old for him.

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* UnwantedHarem: Being the only major fighting male pilot in the series [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that lasts the whole series]], Shinji is often hooked up with the female cast, even if some are ''way'' too old for him.



* {{Wangst}}: This is a common complaint about the show, ''especially'' about Shinji himself. Of course, opinions on whether the characters' have justified reasons for their angst are subjective, like other things on the show. Shinji is a very special case when it comes to {{Wangst}} designation, in that people agree that the amount of Shinji's angst is completely justified considering [[TraumaCongaLine what happens to him]], but they still find it excessive anyway. Asuka also gets stuck with the same situation, and it seems to be one of the more inevitable consequences of having a DysfunctionJunction series with such a high Dysfunction[=/=]Instability quotient that it's a wonder any of the characters can actually function at ''all''.

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* {{Wangst}}: This is a common complaint about the show, ''especially'' about Shinji himself. Of course, opinions on whether the characters' characters have justified reasons for their angst are subjective, like other things on the show. Shinji is a very special case when it comes to {{Wangst}} designation, in that people agree that the amount of Shinji's angst is completely justified considering [[TraumaCongaLine what happens to him]], but they still find it excessive anyway. Asuka also gets stuck with the same situation, and it seems to be one of the more inevitable consequences of having a DysfunctionJunction series with such a high Dysfunction[=/=]Instability quotient that it's a wonder any of the characters can actually function at ''all''.



** JerkassWoobie: Asuka. She even provides the page image. The original anime's Gendo is sometimes considered one too due to his [[LoveMakesYouEvil backstory and motivation]] contrasted with [[MagnificentBastard what those things turned him into]].



* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A high possibility exists of feeling this, because the show goes out of its way to deny the characters any happiness (and if they ''do'' obtain it, expect it [[YankTheDogsChain to be taken away from them with extreme prejudice in short order]]), "everything goes FromBadToWorse" is an ''understatement'', the BigBadEnsemble holds all the cards throughout the show and in the end, by all means and purposes, ''win'' (except for the little detail [[spoiler:that Rei gives control of Third Impact to Shinji instead of Gendo-but Shinji is so shattered by then that the ending is a very small reed of hope in [[GainaxEnding an insanely weird and depressive sea of uncertainty]].]])

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A high possibility exists of feeling this, because the show goes out of its way to deny the characters any happiness (and if they ''do'' obtain it, expect it [[YankTheDogsChain to be taken away from them with extreme prejudice in short order]]), "everything goes FromBadToWorse" is an ''understatement'', the BigBadEnsemble holds all the cards throughout the show and in the end, by all means and purposes, ''win'' (except for the little detail [[spoiler:that Rei gives control of Third Impact to Shinji instead of Gendo-but Gendo--but Shinji is so shattered by then that the ending is a very small reed of hope in [[GainaxEnding an insanely weird and depressive sea of uncertainty]].]])



** ''Evangelion'' and ''Anime/{{RahXephon}}'' fans are rather contentious towards each other given how much ''[=RahXephon=]'' borrows from ''Eva''. This of course is rather ironic given how their respective directors are good friends who worked on many projects together.

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** ''Evangelion'' and ''Anime/{{RahXephon}}'' ''Anime/RahXephon'' fans are rather contentious towards each other given how much ''[=RahXephon=]'' borrows from ''Eva''. This of course is rather ironic given how their respective directors are good friends who worked on many projects together.



** Armisael shifts from a halo-form into a single tentacle that tries to... "stab" Unit-00. And then there's all the sexual imagery and implications, both between the angel psychologically contacting Rei in a similar -- but far less nightmarish -- way to Arael contacting Asuka, and attempting physical contact with Unit-00 in order to revive her sister angels...

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** Armisael shifts from a halo-form into a single tentacle that tries to... "stab" Unit-00. And then there's all the sexual imagery and implications, both between the angel Angel psychologically contacting Rei in a similar -- but far less nightmarish -- way to Arael contacting Asuka, and attempting physical contact with Unit-00 in order to revive her sister angels...



** Especially because [[HarsherInHindsight he may actually be right]]. [[spoiler: As it's revealed towards the end of the series that the Eva's all have to have the souls of their pilot's mother inside them, this means that ParentalAbandonment is essentially a requirement to qualify as an Eva pilot.]]
* GrowingTheBeard: The first half of the show is a fairly straightforward -- albeit highly entertaining -- character-driven mecha series. Starting around episodes 14 and 15, the focus shifts decisively from the MonsterOfTheWeek battles onto the relationships, internal struggles, and schemes of the characters as the pacing picks up, the action and drama become more intense, and the series gets [[CerebusSyndrome progressively darker]]. It's in the latter half of the series that it develops an identity truly its own.

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** Especially because [[HarsherInHindsight he may actually be right]]. [[spoiler: As [[spoiler:As it's revealed towards the end of the series that the Eva's Evas all have to have the souls of their pilot's mother inside them, this means that ParentalAbandonment is essentially a requirement to qualify as an Eva pilot.]]
* GrowingTheBeard: GrowingTheBeard:
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The first half of the show is a fairly straightforward -- albeit highly entertaining -- character-driven mecha series. Starting around episodes 14 and 15, the focus shifts decisively from the MonsterOfTheWeek battles onto the relationships, internal struggles, and schemes of the characters as the pacing picks up, the action and drama become more intense, and the series gets [[CerebusSyndrome progressively darker]]. It's in the latter half of the series that it develops an identity truly its own.



* HarsherInHindsight: Shinji utters this quote in the DVD release in response to the series' GainaxEnding:
-->Shinji: ''"Okay, the movie better sure as Hell make up for this, I'm telling you right now, 'cause I'm stuck in Nowhereland!"''

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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Shinji utters this quote in the DVD release in response to the series' GainaxEnding:
-->Shinji: ''"Okay, --->'''Shinji''': Okay, the movie better sure as Hell make up for this, I'm telling you right now, 'cause I'm stuck in Nowhereland!"''Nowhereland!



* HilariousInHindsight: Aoba's Instrumentality scene can be downright hilarious once you realize his (English) voice actor is married to Rei's (English) [[Creator/AmandaWinnLee voice actress]]. Let the Freudian subtext wash over you.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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Aoba's Instrumentality scene can be downright hilarious once you realize his (English) voice actor is married to Rei's (English) [[Creator/AmandaWinnLee voice actress]]. Let the Freudian subtext wash over you.



** Shinji fights angels and arguably [[spoiler:falls in love with one]] (or, in the manga, [[spoiler:admits to being attracted to one]]). Megumi Ogata, who voiced Shinji, later voiced [[spoiler:[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura the angelesque Yue]], plus the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan person-shaped can]] heís sealed in, Yukito Tsukishiro]]. Even more hillarious when you compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQNSLB3Lpk NGEís intro]] and [[spoiler:''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''ís [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQjCFvaNwJQ third intro]]]].

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** Shinji fights angels Angels and arguably [[spoiler:falls in love with one]] (or, in the manga, [[spoiler:admits to being attracted to one]]). Megumi Ogata, who voiced Shinji, later voiced [[spoiler:[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura the angelesque Yue]], plus the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan person-shaped can]] heís sealed in, Yukito Tsukishiro]]. Even more hillarious when you compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQNSLB3Lpk NGEís intro]] and [[spoiler:''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''ís [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQjCFvaNwJQ third intro]]]].



** The fandom doesn't show any signs of forgiving Shinji for [[spoiler:[[DudeShesLikeInAComa masturbating over Asuka while she was comatose]]]] anytime soon, even though he explicitly stated himself that was disgusted with what he had just done.

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** The fandom doesn't show any signs of forgiving Shinji for [[spoiler:[[DudeShesLikeInAComa masturbating over Asuka while she was comatose]]]] anytime soon, even though he explicitly stated himself that he was disgusted with what he had just done.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: When it comes to using religious symbolism so haphazardly, such as where every Angel explodes to the point where you'd start thinking it was VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} laying the fatmans. Now, before you hit the edit key, think: how many times did the crucifix relate to the scene it appeared in? (EverybodyIsJesusInPurgatory notwithstanding)

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
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When it comes to using religious symbolism so haphazardly, such as where every Angel explodes to the point where you'd start thinking it was VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} laying the fatmans. Now, before you hit the edit key, think: how many times did the crucifix relate to the scene it appeared in? (EverybodyIsJesusInPurgatory notwithstanding)



* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: More likely is that series was made because HideakiAnno ''wasn't'' taking his meds.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: More likely is that series was made because HideakiAnno Creator/HideakiAnno ''wasn't'' taking his meds.



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** Kaji, to a lesser degree.
** Toji Suzuhara is also popular. Maybe the reason he ultimately ended up more important than his classmates Kensuke and Hikari.

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** Kaji, to a lesser degree.
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degree. Toji Suzuhara is also popular. Maybe the reason he ultimately ended up more important than his classmates Kensuke and Hikari.
** On the villainous side, the Angel Zeruel and Ramiel are incredibly popular to this day.
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