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[[caption-width-right:350:You can (not) [[BrainBleach unwatch]] the original. But perhaps [[{{Reconstruction}} you don't need to.]]]]


->''"Breaking the world is easy enough. But rebuilding it, that isn't so easy."''
-->-- '''Kozo Fuyutsuki'''

In 1995, Hideaki Anno (fresh out of rehabilitation caused by problems during the production of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'') begins work on what started out as a mecha otaku's dream show. Anno's increasing [[ArtistDisillusionment disappointment]] in (and [[CreatorBacklash dismissive disdain]] for) the {{Otaku}} community, as well as [[CreatorBreakdown issues in his personal life]] and {{Gainax}}'s financial troubles, causes him to transform the show into the brutally depressing deconstruction of the SuperRobotGenre (and numerous anime tropes) known as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

In 2007, Hideaki Anno (now HappilyMarried, [[CashCowFranchise filthy rich]], and respected by his peers) decides to revisit the most popular and influential anime franchise of the past decade -- but without his previous depression influencing the story. Anno plans to re-tell the ''Evangelion'' saga by giving his ByronicHero cast a second chance ([[PeggySue literally]] [[EpilepticTrees or figuratively]]), making them somewhat more emotionally stable, and giving them hope and light at the end of the tunnel. (He also snags a massive theatrical budget to help his plan become a reality.)

Thus begins the salvation of Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, and Asuka Langley [[AlternateContinuity Shikinami]] in the four-film saga known as '''''Rebuild of Evangelion''''', directed by Creator/KazuyaTsurumaki of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' fame.

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* ''Evangelion: 序 ("Jo"; "Beginning")'' (Released September 1, 2007)
** ''1.0: You Are (Not) Alone.''
* ''Evangelion: 破 ("Ha", "Breaking")'' (Released June 27, 2009)
** ''2.0: 'You Can (Not) Advance.''
* ''Evangelion: Q''[[note]]''Quickening'', or 急 ("kyū"), if you like; see IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming below[[/note]] (Released November 17, 2012)
** ''3.0: You Can (Not) Redo.''
* ''Evangelion: || (Fine''[[note]]alternatively, it can be interpreted as [=:||=], which is a musical notation signaling a repeat.[[/note]]) (Release date TBA)
** ''Final''

In spite of Hideaki Anno’s improved mental state, ''Rebuild'' does not have a LighterAndSofter tone compared to ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'': horrific scenes from the original either remain equally horrific or end up more nightmarish than before. Each ''Rebuild'' film exponentially increases the dark tone to the point where people have argued that ''3.0'' is [[UpToEleven even grittier than the original series]]. Though the events of ''Rebuild'' don't always turn out well for the protagonists, this retelling seems to give enough glimmers of hope throughout its plot to promise that the story won't end up as soul-crushingly devastating as the original TV series. Think of ''Rebuild'' as [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs the original ''Evangelion'' on proper medication]]: ultimately no happier than before, but a hell of a lot more stable.

''1.0'' and about half of ''2.0'' slightly streamline episodes of the original series (episodes 1 to 6 and episodes 8 to 12, respectively). After that, the series goes OffTheRails; while ''3.0'' and the forthcoming ''4.0'' keep some details of the original series intact, they mostly venture straight into AlternateContinuity territory.

'''Note:''' When released on home media, each film receives a few enhancements to its audio and visuals; the film's number receives an update to reflect this. ''1.0'' became ''1.01'' (DVD) and ''1.11'' (BD), ''2.0'' became ''2.22'', and ''3.0'' became ''3.33''. The films also receive other minor additions, but they don't affect the plot in any way. You'll find both sets of numbers used interchangeably on all the pages related to ''Rebuild'' for this reason.

'''If you choose to continue reading, you can ([[RunningGag not]]) avoid spoilers. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.'''

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!! The ''Rebuild of Evangelion'' films contain ''Rebuild''-exclusive examples of the following tropes:

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* AbortedArc: [[spoiler:None of the events in the ''3.0.'' teaser trailer appear in the movie proper, though some of them may have occured during the 14 year TimeSkip between the two movies.]]
* AccidentalPervert: When Asuka, startled by [=PenPen=], runs out naked into the kitchen, Shinji turns around and accidentally sees her. She blushes and retaliates with a kick to the face.
* AcePilot: Both Asuka and Mari are presented as professional pilots, even though they have very different approaches to combat. Asuka's even an ex-Air Force pilot in this continuity.
* AchillesPowerCord: The Eva's use power cords to function for prolonged periods of time, limiting their range and combat abilities. By ''3.0.'' however, battery technology has advanced to the point that this is far less of an issue -- though it does [[spoiler:come conveniently in time for Asuka to be unable to stop Shinji executing Forth Impact. Luckily, Mari and Kaworu's... spirit are there to help.]]
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Between Asuka and Shinji in "You Can (Not) Advance", in a rare moment of sensitive interaction: the night after an Angel fight, Asuka enters Shinji's room - without knocking - and enters his bed, while he's still in it - without greeting him - deliberately facing away from him. She opens to him some of her thoughts (as delicately as she dares), and he reciprocates.
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication[=/=]AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Either to cut down on time or to avoid "angst" a lot of material have been cut from 1.11 and 2.22. This results in character actions coming from apparently nowhere and many events happening without any explanation as to why and how. 3.33 has apparently given up on trying to be friendly to new viewers at all. The film just assume you know that [[spoiler: Kaworu is an angel and how an "Impact" is activated]] while throwing images and phrases at you that only means anything to those familiar with the original show.
* AdaptationNameChange: Asuka's last name was changed from Soryu to Shikinami. Yui's maiden name was similarly changed from Ikari to Ayanami.[[note]]Gendo took Yui's last name in the original continuity.[[/note]]
* AfterTheEnd:
** As with the original series, the story takes place about 15 years after an event called "Second Impact" destroyed most of the world. In ''3.0'', [[spoiler:the story jumps to 14 years after the "Third Impact", which wiped out most of what was left of humanity as well.]]
* TheAgeless: [[spoiler:Being an Eva pilot may result in this, if Asuka and Mari are to be believed.]]
* [[spoiler: AllForNothing: Many of Shinji's actions in ''3.33''.]]
** What happened to Rei after his rescue attempt in ''2.22''? [[spoiler: She's dead or trapped inside the Evangelion]], not to mention his actions to save her meant [[spoiler: a Near-Third Impact, the dead of many and earned him the hate or resentment of all the people he used to know]].
** And by the end of the movie, [[spoiler: after having to fight Asuka and pretty much turning against those he used to trust, it turns out Gendo planned ahead of all this and it would only lead to creating a Fourth Impact, which, to prevent, meant the death of his last friend]].
* AlternateContinuity: ''Rebuild'' starts as a retelling of the original series, only to go completely OffTheRails in the second film and start telling an entirely new story.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''2.0'' [[spoiler:where Shinji eradicates most of humanity to try and save Rei.]]
** [[spoiler:And fails to do even that.]]
* AnimationBump: Pretty much the entire damn thing is a few hundred steps up from the TV series.
* AnimeThemeSong: UtadaHikaru with "Beautiful World" for ''1.0'', "Beautiful World [=PLANiTb=] Acoustica Mix" for ''2.0'', and "Sakura Nagashi" for ''3.0''.
* ApocalypseHow: ''Evangelion'' revolves around a number of world destroying events.
** Second Impact -- Planetary/Societal Disruption. A massive explosion melts the Antarctic ice cap and tilts the Earth's axis. The seas flooded most coastal areas and are now poisoned, unable to sustain any life. Species on land perished due to the change in seasons and weather and humanity nearly wiped itself out in war. The reformed humanity is far more united than before but also in heavy denial about how much the world has changed.
** Third Impact -- Projected to be Planetary/Total Extinction. All of humanity believes another "impact event" will leave no survivors. This is why the world's governments are willing to throw all their money and support behind the bizarre and mysterious [=NERV=].
*** "[[spoiler:Near-Third Impact]]" -- [[spoiler:It turns out to be another Planetary/Societal Disruption in ''3.0''; numerous people die, and the world is changed.]]
** [[spoiler:Fourth Impact]] -- [[spoiler:Just like in the original series this is Gendo's ultimate goal, ie: Instrumentality. It's simply been bumped up a number thanks to Shinji accidentally triggering Third Impact without Lilith/Rei/Yui to guide it along the path Gendo desired it to take ... although [[EndOfEvangelion we all know how well that worked out for him the first time around]].]]
* ApocalypseWow: The end of 3.0. [[spoiler:Remember Unit-01's halo slowly expanding into that vortex thing at the end of the second film? The third film names the phenomenon as the Door of Guf and at the beginning of Fourth Impact, Unit-13 opens one that's easily dozens of times as wide so violently it sweeps aside all clouds. Then the Geofront starts rising out of the ground and the Red Evas start to float ''by the millions'', circling the event with the same otherworldly shrieking as the original series' Second Impact flashback. And we haven't even talked about entire buildings being alternately pulverized by the shattering ground or floating weightlessly in the air as Shinji [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone stares in horror]].]] To ''[[SoundtrackDissonance Ode to Joy]]''.
* ArcWords: "Did I save you/her?" throughout ''3.0''. [[spoiler: This being EVA, the answer is ''no''.]]
* ArtShift: This occurs when Kaji tells Shinji about Misato and the Second Impact.
* AscendedExtra:
** MonsterOfTheWeek Kaworu becomes a major character in 2.0 and 3.0 [[spoiler:where he stops the Third Impact and then becomes a major ally of Shinji 14 years later.]]
** Touji's nameless sister, who was never even seen in the original, shows up in ''2.0'', [[spoiler:becomes a supporting character as an officer for WILLE named Sakura in ''3.0.''.]]
* AsYouKnow: Ritsuko's explains Operation Yashima to Misato, ''the one who came up with the plan in the first place''. In the English dub, the dialogue is changed to Ritsuko [[LetMeGetThisStraight incredulosuly listing all the potential failure-points of the operation before remarking]] that there's "[[SarcasmMode nothing crazy about that]]".
* AttackAttackAttack: Mari's default strategy.
** She does, however, ultimately ditch the [[UnskilledButStrong Unskilled but insanely determined]] mantle in favor of becoming an insanely effective sniper after [[spoiler:the TimeSkip. ]]
* AttackDrone: [[spoiler:The Nemesis Series. Also, the RS Hoppers (AKA Unit 13's AT-field drones).]]
* TheAtoner: Shinji tries to be this in ''3.0.'' in order to make up for [[spoiler:causing Third Impact. Subverted in that in the end, he only makes things worse.]]
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: Shinji tries to cope with his [[NiceJobBreakingItHero actions]] by telling himself that at least he saved Rei, when Fuyutsuki [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable shows him]] [[CloningBlues the truth]] [[WeHaveReserves behind Rei]], he breaks shortly]].
* AxCrazy: The dummy system rips targets into bloody shreds.
* {{Badass}}: All the Eva pilots. [[spoiler:Especially Shinji, circa the end of the second film.]]
* BalanceOfPower: The Three-Active-Evas-per-Country-Limit imposed by the Vatican Treaty, which leads to sealing off Eva-02. It's not really balanced, seeing as Japan has all the working [=EVAs=]. Provisional Unit-05 was destroyed along with Angel 3 and Mark.06 is going to stop by NERV HQ pretty early in 3.0, probably. And aside from those, Unit-04 is missing (or destroyed) and Unit-03 became dinner for EVA-01, so it's far from balanced, really, when only one country has the [=EVAs=], even if they get locked away.
** Considering all the Angels are [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse attacking Japan]], it's probably better for the safety of the world that they have more Evas than not.
* BandageBabe: Aside from the usual type of fanservice involved with gauze and band aids, bandages are used to a symbolic effect in ''2.0'' on more than one occasion.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: At the end of ''2.0'', Shinji is granted the object of his current desires and it seems everyone else pays the price. [[spoiler:Literally everyone else. On the planet. The Eva seems to hear "forget everything else and save Rei" as "annihilate everyone else in the world and save Rei".]] Luckily, the worst effects are deterred, but not before Shinji is granted some nifty, if worrisome, gifts--[[spoiler: A spiffy new paint job for his Eva, [[RedEyesOfDoom nifty glowy eyes]], and oh, yeah, about five minutes of godhood. 3.0 reveals that even if it's not the End of the World, Near-Third Impact is pretty much the end of the world.]]
* BerserkButton: Unless you want to be reduced to a bloody mess by Shinji, we suggest you be nice to Rei.
* BettyAndVeronica: Rei and Asuka fill the roles respectively in ''2.0'' for Shinji.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Gendo has become this as of the end of 3.0. Having manipulated the death of Kaworu, dethroning and removing SEELE from power, and has manipulated the events behind both third and fourth impact to fit his - and SEELE's - goal]].
* BigBudgetBeefUp: Everything got an upgrade for the films (even SEELE's logo!), but most notable amongst the Beef Ups are Ramiel (the Angel of [[WaveMotionGun Thunder]]) and Operation Yashima (which involves much more FiveRoundsRapid and property damage).
* BigDamnHeroes: Shinji pulls his last minute save of the BridgeBunnies again, just like in the series. Then he [[spoiler:gets his ass kicked by the Angel, again, just like in the series. Then, when the EVA shuts down, he starts breaking down emotionally, begg--wait. What? He DOESN'T break down? Nope! Shinji ends up ripping Rei directly out of the bastard... [[SubvertedTrope kicking off]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Third Impact]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero in the process]].]]
** [[spoiler:Kaworu pulls this off in the end of ''2.0'', preventing the Third Impact by showing up in his Evangelion Mark-06 and impaling EVA-01.]]
*** [[spoiler:''3.0.'' reveals that this wasn't enough to prevent the destruction of most of humanity from its effects, though.]]
* BlindWithoutEm: Mari
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Rei, Mari, and Asuka (Rei's not exactly blonde, but has a very light hair color nonetheless)
* BloodFromTheMouth: From both unit and pilot when Zeruel stabs through Eva-01 with its various [[CombatTentacles tentacle]] ... [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks sword]] ... [[BandageBabe bandage]] ... [[BuffySpeak thingies]].
* BloodierAndGorier: Oh ''hell'' yes. Now almost ''every'' Angel explodes into a shower of blood-red, not blue this time. Sahaqiel takes the cake, effectively drowning the ''entirety of Tokyo 3'' in a sea of gore. The effects of this are shown in the second film, where a giant water purifier is dedicated to undoing both Second Impact's red sea and Angel ichor.
* BloodKnight: Mari again.
* CanNotSpitItOut: The sheer lack of information given to Shinji drives the plot of 3.0:
** Justified: Though this trope drives the plot, [[JustifiedTrope the brevity of the plot of 3.0 also structurally supports the trope]]. The first ten-or-so minutes after Shinji's awakening are spent ascertaining his authenticity. [[spoiler: Strange, but considering that between the end of 2.0 and the beginning of 3.0 Shinji's friends in NERV discover that Rei is actually a, well, [[ExpendableClone an unauthentic]] [[UncannyValley human being]], and that it's been fourteen years since Shinji has had communication with any of them, the check is necessary.]] The next five-to-ten are spent engaging a hostile entity of angelic power, of which Shinji has no knowledge or means to engage and destroy, as he had done every other time [[spoiler: fourteen years ago]]; no one pays him the time to explain the new threat and/or the [[spoiler: new]] world in which they live because they are about to enter a battle of the highest stakes since NERV's confrontation with Zeruel. [[spoiler: After this first victory in fourteen years]], Misato, Ritsuko, [[spoiler: Touji's sister Sakura]], and Asuka finally confront Shinji [[spoiler: - all of them grieved at having to live in the [[CrapsackWorld world]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he created for them]], bitter because he had spent the entirety of that time [[MoralDissonance asleep inside the world's safest bed-chamber]] (cradled by their hard work), and regretful with the knowledge that they (namely [[HeroicBSOD Mis]][[BreakTheCutie ato]]) encouraged him to take the action that had caused Third Impact]]. Almost as soon as the reunion begins, another enemy engages the Wunder. [[spoiler:Said "enemy" is Rei "Q", piloting an EVA that looks like EVA-00, and all his old friends are trying to kill her]], prompting Shinji to escape from the Wunder [[spoiler: with Rei Q]] to NERV [[spoiler: - where it's of Gendo's interest that he knows as little as possible.]]
* CallBack: Many, both subtle and not.
* CallingTheOldManOut: After the Eva-03 incident, Shinji [[spoiler:attempts mutiny against Gendo by attacking Central Dogma with his Evangelion, and was only stopped by the timely application of excessive LCL cabin pressure.]]
* TheCameo: Kaworu after the credits of the first movie. [[spoiler:Rei in the third.]]
* CataclysmBackstory: As in the original series, the Second Impact is a very well-done example of this trope.
* CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve: Misato tries this with Shinji in ''2.0''[[spoiler:, but he steps away, rejecting her]].
* ChekhovsGun: Remember the Lance of Longinus and how it was used the last time to take out the [[MindRape Fifteenth Angel]]? Well, the Fifteenth Angel hasn't appeared yet in ''Rebuild'', and [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] can still be executed (as per ''EndOfEvangelion'').
** The DSS Choker, although [[spoiler:it's partially subverted because it kills Kaworu, not Shinji]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Touji's sister, Sakura, who is only mentioned in the first film and appears in a voiceless cameo for a few seconds in the second film, shows up in the third film as an officer of WILLE.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:It turns out Gendo not only knows that Kaworu is an Angel, he planned everything in 3.33. And it went just as planned.]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: [[spoiler:Kaji is the only cast member from ''2.0.'' who is absent in ''3.0.'' Whether he's dead or imprisoned is not explained.]]
** [[spoiler:In addition; Toji, Kensuke, Hikari and Pen-Pen are also missing. For Toji, it's especially strange as Shinji finding his nametag at NERV implies his death, yet Sakura being nice to Shinji all the time implies the opposite.]]
** [[spoiler: See the character page to know why.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mari seems to be a tad detached from reality, at least when she is inside an EVA.
* CombatTentacles: Shamshel and Zeruel as usual, as well as [[spoiler:the entity guarding the tesseract imprisoning Unit-01 at the beginning of 3.0]].
* ConspicuousCG
** Ramiel and Sahaqiel fit this to a tee, but there are other minor examples as well. An example of TropesAreNotBad, because although they stand out against the traditionally animated background they are also {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, so it works.
** Averted for the CG background characters. Who could have told all those people walking about Tokyo-3 were completely digital?
** Played straight in a few scenes where the Evas are CG.
** ''3.0'' takes this UpToEleven, and not just with the Evas and Angels - most of the Wunder is CG, bridge, cockpit, seats, and bulkheads included, as well as the Nemesis Angels.
* CoolPlane: Several examples, including an ekranoplan.
* CoolShades: [[spoiler:Misato and Gendo]] sport a pair in ''3.0.''
* CoolShip: The [[spoiler:''Wunder'', WILLE's flagship.]]
* CrashIntoHello: Mari to Shinji. With a ''parachute,'' no less.
* CreepyChild: Kaworu. Though he has yet to truly show his colors, so far it seems he picked up all the creepiness that was dropped by Rei. Unnatural absence of any and all self-preservation? Check. Cryptic discussions with the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness secretive cabal]] on the [[spoiler:surface of the Moon?]] Check. [[ShirtlessScene In the nude?]] Check.
** Subverted: [[spoiler: He's the only unambiguously good and heroic character in Evangelion in 3.0, concerned about the survival of the human kind and objecting SEELE plans of Instrumentality. More a case of TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth now. Or just DracoInLeatherPants has become AscendedFanon.]]
* {{Creepy|Doll}} HandPuppet: In something of a parallel ([[MythologyGag or antithesis]]?) to the main series, Asuka keeps (and talks to) a hand puppet that vaguely resembles herself. "ASUKA" is even written on its dress.
* CrewOfOne: ''3.0'' implies that [[spoiler:Gendo and Fuyutsuki have been running NERV all by themselves.]]
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Zeruel]] is on ''both'' ends of one.
** At the beginning of [[spoiler: ''3.0'', Unit-01 wakes up just long enough to ''[[EyeBeams julienne]]'' an Angel that was [[LightIsNotGood roasting]] Asuka]].
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler: Third Impact]] for almost the entire cast.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''3.0'', compared to the last two films.
* [[spoiler:DeathWorld]]: [[spoiler:The Earth goes from being simply post-apocalyptic to a much more empty wasteland after the Near Third Impact]].
* DelayedExplosion: During the climax of the first movie, there's a scene where Ramiel blasts down a bunch of missiles headed towards him. It takes about a second for the first one to explode, and about two more before the last one does.
* DemotedToExtra
** Formerly fleshed out, relevant supporting character Dr. Ritsuko Akagi is almost nonexistent as far as plot contributions go in ''Rebuild'', at least as of ''2.0''.
** ''2.0'' had to cut most of the standalone "Action Arc", covering 12 episodes while the first movie covered only 6 from the original series. The Bridge Bunnies also lost most of their relative character development as a result, e.g. both Ritsuko and the Bridge Bunnies got most of their character development in episodes 11 and 13, which don't exist in ''Rebuild''.
** Kaji also loses quite a bit of importance, with his subplot about investigating NERV and SEELE being nonexistent (as far as what has been seen). There's a brief moment in which Kaji IS spying on Gendo and Fuyutsuki. Then there's the scene where Misato asks him some info on SEELE.
*** [[spoiler:He's completely absent in ''3.0.'', and the events that have occurred have rendered his spying [[ShaggyDogStory completely meaningless]].]]
** Toji, Kensuke, and Hikari, who at least had some characterization in the series, have been reduced to [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]] in this version. Especially [[spoiler:Toji, who is no longer the pilot of Eva-03]], therefore losing any real plotline significance.
*** [[spoiler: Like Kaji neither of the 3 appear in 3.0. In fact it's implied they all perished in 3rd Impact.]]
** While certainly not an extra, Asuka also seems to lose quite a bit of an importance, even in [[spoiler:her absorption of Toji's major plot point]]. She's only a major factor for about half of ''Evangelion 2.0'', at which point [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus she falls into a coma]]]]. In ''3.0'', she's a major factor for the beginning and end segments of the movie, but is all but completely absent in the middle.
** Also, Rei is an important focus in 1.0 and 2.0, but is barely in 3.0 [[spoiler: mainly because it's not the same Rei.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:The Unit-03 test and its subsequent destruction affects Shinji so hard that he loses grip on reality, and he nearly destroys humanity when he kills Zeruel. Even worse, ''he doesn't care''.]]
** [[spoiler: It gets worse in ''3.0'' after Kaworu's death and near Fourth Impact.]]
** Interestingly, there's a possibility that the character in question can recover from this. [[spoiler:Like he did in ''End of Evangelion'', but possibly better.]]
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Shinji turns into this near the end of the second movie.]]
--> [[spoiler:Shinji: "I don't care what happens to me! I don't even care what happens to the world! But I'm bringing Rei back! I promise I'll save you, Rei! '''''Even if it's the last thing I do!!!'''''"]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}: A variation of this, since the role shifts with each movie.
** In 1.11 it's Misato; in 2.22, Rei; and in 3.33, Kaworu; it has yet to be seen who is the next one.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Asuka]] in 2.22.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: [[spoiler: The attitude of Shinji and Asuka to each other in their fight in ''3.0'']]
* DownTheRabbitHole: As {{Badass}} and [[TearJerker touching]] as the "Ayanami rescue" scene is, it should be noted that Shinji basically [[IRejectYourReality gives up]] [[RealityWarper on reality]]. This being Eva, it's not a good philosophy to follow [[spoiler: - and the results are shown in 3.33.]]
* DuctTapeForEverything: Misato's [[ChronicallyCrashedCar poor]] car.
** Asuka's plugsuit in the first half of 3.33.
* DVDCommentary: ''2.22'' features less a "commentary" in a traditional sense than a series of interviews between Creator/MikeMcFarland and various people involved with the English adaptation (in order: Creator/SpikeSpencer, Creator/BrinaPalencia, TiffanyGrant, Allison Keith-Shipp, Creator/JohnSwasey, Creator/TrinaNishimura, and a sound engineer). Highlights include Spike Spencer dispelling the myth that he hates Shinji, Tiffany Grant describing her unspeakably adorable encounter with the daughter of Creator/YukoMiyamura, and John Swasey invoking "TheOtherDarrin" by name.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Kaworu (natch), SEELE, and Lilith.
** [[spoiler:In ''3.0.'', assembly lines for parts for the Mass-Produced Evas seen in the trailer for ''Final'' are briefly shown.]]
* EndingTropes: The movies are all over the scale.
** [[spoiler:HappyEnding]]: ''You Are (Not) Alone''.
** [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]]: ''You Can (Not) Advance''. [[spoiler:With deliberate InferredHolocaust repercussions in the sequel.]]
** [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding]]: ''You Can (Not) Redo''.
*** EarnYourHappyEnding: If the story's progression is of any indication. ''Rebuild'' is not going to hand sunshine and rainbows on a plate to its cast, unless it's going to be under ''[[BloodierAndGorier raining blood]]''. But at least this time, it seems Anno is not going to have them grasp at thin air, either.
* EldritchAbomination: The technology behind the films has finally evolved to the point where the Angels have graduated from the freaky {{kaiju}} of the television series into truly mind-shattering, [[AlienGeometries reality-defying]] fiends. They routinely exist simultaneously in multiple states of matter, flicker in and out of our dimension, and fiddle with the variables of E=mc[[superscript:2]] like a child playing with Lincoln Logs.
* TheEmperor: [[spoiler:Kaworu calls Gendo the "King of Lilims" in 3.0]].
* EnhancedOnDVD: Some footage has been added, along with some general touching up and redrawing, for both movies' video releases so far. To reflect this, the films' numbers were changed: ''1.11'' for ''You Are (Not) Alone''[='s=] initial DVD release and ''1.11'' for the further improved Blu-Ray, and ''2.22'' for the ''You Can (Not) Advance'' DVD/Blu-Ray.
* [[spoiler: EverybodysDeadDave: As of Q, all of Shinji's friends and classmates have kicked it. Touji, Kensuke, Hikari, Pen Pen, most likely even Kaji. ]]
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Yeah, there've been a couple so far... ''[[{{Gorn}} refracted through raining blood.]]''
** Every time an Angel dies, there is a rainbow.
*** Except for [[spoiler: Kaworu, but he ''did'' say Shinji they'll meet again]].
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:Unit-13 is seemingly this to Unit-01. Not only do they have the same coloration, armor design and Shinji as pilot, both enter into a [[SuperMode "pseudo-evolved form"]] after consuming an Angel (Zeruel for Unit-01, Twelfth Angel for Unit-13), starting an Impact in the process. The only difference is that Unit-01 triggering Third Impact was accidental, while Unit-13's triggering of Fourth Impact was completely deliberate, if not with the desired outcome.]]
* ExplosiveLeash: [[spoiler:WILLE puts one on Shinji to kill him in case he makes the situation worse again. Kaworu later takes it off him and puts it around his own neck, which he uses in the climax to sacrifice himself.]]
* ExplosiveOverclocking: [[spoiler:during the Wunder's startup scene, all the cables connecting the ship to the various generators and condensers carried by the escort fleet went yellow-hot and violently exploded from the sheer power pumped through them]].
* EyeBeams: One of the Angels' powers. Used by [[spoiler: Eva Unit-01 in ''2.0'' and ''3.0''.]]
* {{Eyecatch}}: Each film contains one around the midpoint, showcasing the film's English name in the same way that the episodes of the original show did.
* EyepatchOfPower: Asuka sports one in the ''3.0'' trailer, but then [[MythologyGag you realize]] [[FridgeHorror what it references]].
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler:After consuming Eva-00 and Rei, Zeruel [[MythologyGag grows a hundred foot-tall female body]]. The unnaturally long arms and Angel-body for a head only reinforce just how ''wrong'' it is.]]
* {{Fanservice}}
** Taken to such levels with the female characters that some American fans have been more annoyed by it than otherwise. The males get some too (especially Kaworu), but those clips aren't akin to the brief shot of Mari's breasts [[{{Gainaxing}} jiggling in her plugsuit]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Perhaps all the promises made by Misato during the episode previews are finally being acted upon.]]
** The only female plugsuit that doesn't seem to play this trope to the hilt is the Eva-05 one, which actually flattens the pilot's chest somewhat -- much to Mari's discomfort.
** Lampshaded when Asuka points out how revealing the test plugsuit is when she pilots Unit 3.
** As a rule of thumb, these movies are much less generous with censoring: although Asuka gets SceneryCensor assistance in ''2.0'', that's about all for the entire film. [[NippleAndDimed Neither she nor Rei enjoys]] the benefits of BarbieDollAnatomy anymore.
** Especially jarring in ''3.0'' when Mari gets a boob jiggle right after [[spoiler: [[MoodWhiplash Kaworu dies.]] ]]
* FemaleGaze: Kaworu on the second movie. [[DistractedByTheSexy Nice view...]]
* [[spoiler:FishOutOfTemporalWater: A major part of ''3.0.'' is Shinji waking up 14 years after ''2.0.'' and realizing/coming to terms with just how much has changed- and how much of it is his own fault.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''3.0'', Shinji ends up playing a game of shogi against Fuyutsuki, and Fuyutsuki tells Shinji that he will lose in 31 turns. Exactly 31 minutes later in the film, [[spoiler:Kaworu dies and Shinji is sent into another traumtic coma, with Gendo and SEELE's plan going on unhindered.]].
* FourIsDeath: Just like in the original series, Unit-03, the fourth numbered unit, needs to be terminated and severely wounds its pilot, and Unit-04 [[ApocalypseWow tang-raptures the entire state of Nevada]] during its activation test.
** There's even one of the symbolic variety: [[spoiler:Fourth Impact is supposed to invoke ''End of Evangelion'', all the way down to the final shot of the pilots leaving the Eva and into the wasteland.]]
* FromBadToWorse: The EVA-03 test [[spoiler:with Asuka as its pilot]], which is even more apparent compared to the series because of the [[MoodWhiplash more lighthearted first half]] and it being the starting point of going OffTheRails.
** [[spoiler: 3.0 starts off this way in relation to the previous movies, and ends with the situation getting much, ''much worse.'']]
* FunbagAirbag: How often does a girl ''drop from the sky by parachute'' with her breasts landing right in your face? And Shinji thinks life is so hard for him.
** Well, while his face had some protective padding, the ''back'' of his head gets clonked against the floor (ouch), which would take the fun out of that (or pretty much any) kind of situation.
* FunWithSubtitles: In one translation, while lots of TechnoBabble is floating around, there are too many voices at once, so all we read is BALLSBALLSBALLS.
* FuroScene: Not long, nor heavy with {{Fanservice}}, but one nonetheless.
* {{Gainaxing}}: ''Mari''. Complete with a blatant MaleGaze shot during the final battle. Naturally she lampshades it.
* GatlingGood: Shinji uses one against Shamshel.
* GeckoEnding: Not content with simply regrowing a new tail for the series, ''3.0'' ensures that [[spoiler:everything below the "neck" of ''Evangelion'' is going to be completely new thanks to Anno's [[TimeyWimeyBall timey wimey fuckery]]]].
* GenreSavvy: Mari, in the last act of 3.33, warns Asuka [[spoiler: not to kill the 12th and final Angel, because they don't know what could come next. Given this franchise absurd and ridiculous aproaches of ApocalypseHow, that's a very reasonable warning.]]
** Depending on the translation, she can say that [[spoiler:she's ''eager'' to see what will happen once the last Angel is dealt with... until the DSS Choker detects the presence of a ''13th Angel'', at which point she [[OhCrap realizes that Gendo has his own agenda and has manipulated everyone]].]]
* TheGhost: Averted; for the first time in franchise history, we see Toji's little sister in the second movie.
** Then in 3.0., not only does she finally get a name (Sakura), [[spoiler:she becomes a minor character, as a Second Lieutenant in WILLE.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Mari and Shinji at the end of ''2.0''.
** In 3.0 [[spoiler:Asuka's eye glows just like Mari's did when activating Unit-02's Beast Mode. Her left eye also appears to glow despite being presumably either damaged or lost, and being blue instead of the usual green associated with Beast Mode.]]
* {{Gorn}}: Each time an Angel is killed, it bursts into an ocean of blood and gore.
* GoneHorriblyRight: A meta example. "So, you want Shinji to be less of an {{Angst}}-ridden shmuck and more of a {{Badass}}? Here you go. [[spoiler:It's only going to cost ''most of what's left of humanity'' and almost every good relationship he had.]] Which adds more angst."
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The expedition to find Adam, like in the original series, is what causes the Second Impact.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Kaworu in ''3.0''.]]
* GratuitousFrench: The majority of the background tracks' titles.
* GutPunch: [[spoiler: The entirety of ''3.0'', especially everything involving Rei.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Asuka doesn't need [[EyepatchOfPower two eyes]] to kick ass and take names!
* HeroicBSOD: Shinji, once again [[spoiler:after the EVA-03 incident.]]
** [[spoiler:Shinji spends most of the second half of ''3.0.'' like this after it's revealed he caused Third Impact, which wiped out most of humanity. Then, after Kaworu sacrifices himself, he falls into an even worse state, mirroring his condition in the first half of ''End of Evangelion''.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Kaworu pulls one at the end of ''3.0'' in order to prevent Fourth Impact. Subverted in that it doesn't actually stop it- it's Mari ejecting Shinji's plug out of Eva-13 that does the trick.]]
** [[spoiler: The scene was extremely ambiguous. Mari was unable to pull the plug out until a very pale figure of Kaworu appeared on screen and afterwards, the Eva shut down completely, allowing Mari to pull out the plug. The ending has Ritsuko wondering who they should thank for this, indicating (just like the soundtrack God's Gift) it was Kaworu's interference that somewhat played on their favor. Of course his image only appeared after she got the entry plug eject also makes it possible that it was Mari, which is why its ambiguous.]]
*** [[spoiler:Slightly subverted in the fact that Shinji was added as the second pilot as a failsafe precisely because it was feared Kaworu would sabotage the plan.]]
* HeroicSecondWind: Shinji invokes this at the end of the second film after Unit-01's internal battery runs out.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler:Shinji]] becomes one in ''3.0.'', [[spoiler:as his causing of Third Impact, which wiped out most of humanity, has earned him universal hatred from almost everyone else.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Of all people, [[spoiler:''Shinji'']] shows signs of becoming this near the end of ''2.0''. [[spoiler:Like in the original series, he wants to avoid becoming like his father. In the end, his sole motivation is to be reunited with a loved one, even at the cost of killing everyone else in the world. [[FridgeHorror Like father, like son]].]] He does get better in ''3.0''. ''Kind'' of better, anyway.
** As anything else in Evangelion, this is subject to AlternateCharacterInterpretation. Unlike his father, Shinji had ''no bloody clue'' what was happening, or what was at stake. He does not "get better", he simply finds out what happened.
** In ''3.0'', [[spoiler:Misato]] walks the tight rope separating the AntiHero from the AntiVillain.
* HighPressureBlood:
** Unit 01's blood spray from its eye socket during the fight with Sachiel, just like the original series.
** It bursts up out of [[spoiler:Unit-00's ''legs'']] when [[spoiler:Zeruel eats its body]].
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: Asuka does this in her debut battle, dodging a multitude of projectiles fired by an Angel.
* HoldingYourShoulderMeansInjury: Shinji does it after being hit by the abrupt landing of a parachuting girl.
* HoldMe: Asuka does this in her {{tsundere}} fashion, entering Shinji's bed at night and lying with her back to him.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Kaworu's actions at the end of the second movie had quite a few fans believing (well, hoping) that he'll [[SparedByAdaptation be spared]] and live through the end of ''Rebuild''. He is gruesomely killed in the sequel.]]
* HotBlooded: Despite the naysayers, Asuka still has some pretty fiery blood coursing through her veins. And Mari... well, let's just say that she would fit into the cast of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' pretty neatly. To say nothing of Shinji channeling Simon the Digger, [[Anime/GunBuster Noriko]] and even some [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Naota]] in ''2.0''.
* HotterAndSexier: At times, the {{Fanservice}} is a lot more prevalent than in [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion the original series]].
** A blatant example would be Asuka's shower scene in ''2.0''.
* HumanPopsicle: [[spoiler: Shinji spends years dissolved inside EVA 01. When he awakens, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming
** The Japanese titles of the movies are derived from ''jo-ha-kyu'', a pacing system used in ''noh'' theater and other Japanese art forms. The three parts can be translated as "beginning, breakdown, crisis", meaning that an action begins slowly and becomes steadily faster and faster as it reaches the end.
** The title for 3.0 plays around with this a lot, taking advantage of the fact that "Q" sounds just like "kyu", and that "Quickening" is a suitable translation of the kanji involved. (Especially since, unlike a noh play, Rebuild will have a ''fourth'' act.)
** When we recall that "Evangelion" can be translated as "Gospel", "Q" also evokes [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_source the Q Document]], a hypothesized source of the Gospels.
** On another note, "Q" in Japanese is a {{pun}}: it can literally mean "decision". Rewriting the above, the "jo-ha-Q" can ''[[GeniusBonus also]]'' literally mean "beginning, breakdown, decision". Finally, in ThatOtherWiki, one area for decision is EpilepticTrees.
* IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing: Misato sums up her plan to literally catch the falling Sahaquiel with Units 00, 01, and 02 as coming from "[[GutFeeling woman's intuition]]."
* ImpaledPalm: Sahaquiel gives Shinji [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic stigmata]]. Later, he's seen with bandages.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In the aftercredits final scene of ''2.0'', [[spoiler:the Mark-06 piloted by Kaworu literally smites the recently transcended Eva-01 with a lance-like weapon (which has a very different design from the classical "Lance of Longinus".]] Though the appearance doesn't match the series, the [[spoiler:lances]] in ''[=EoE=]'' did change shape.
** [[spoiler: This is a different lance, known as the "Lance of Cassius."]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler: Shinji didn't just [[GutPunch fail to save Rei]], he might quite possibly have [[AndIMustScream trapped her in a metal monstrosity]], if she isn't just plain dead. Guilt and [[HeroicBSOD abject despair]] follow instantly.]]
* IronicEcho: ''3.0'' is full of these to Episode 24 of the TV Series and the ''End Of Evangelion'' Movies.
--> '''Exhibit A: ''Episode 24'' and ''End'' : ''' (1) Kaworu dies from having his ''body'' pulverized by Shinji and his ''head'' being all that remains. (2) A catatonic ''Asuka'' being strangled by ''Shinji'' (3) While a giant pale-''white'' Rei overlooks the desolation.
--> '''Exhibit B: ''You Cannot Redo: '' ''' [[spoiler: (1) Kaworu having his ''head'' pulverized in front of Shinji with his ''body'' being all that remains. (2) A catatonic ''Shinji'' being beaten and dragged by ''Asuka''. (3) While a ''black'' clad Rei follows them to saftety through the desolation. ]]
** In a musical sense, in ''2.22'', Shinji and Asuka's bonding scene has a slow paced piano piece as soundtrack; [[spoiler: when Shinji and Asuka meet again in ''3.33'', there's a fast paced piano piece on the background.]]
** By the end of the movie, when Asuka [[spoiler: finds Shinji, she later states that he didn't saved her]], given which were the ArcWords of ''3.33'' and what happened in the movie...
** In ''1.11'', Misato shows Lilith to Shinji, in a way of convincing him that he needs to pilot the Eva and do something for the world; [[spoiler: in ''3.33'', she coldly tells him that he would never do anything again.]]
* ItIsDehumanizing: [[spoiler: In ''3.33'', Shinji is refered to as Test Subject BM-03 by WILLE while Rei-Q is called by Asuka a clone of the Ayanami Types]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Asuka to Shinji. Basically her motivation for being the test pilot for Unit-03 in the end, allowing him to go to Rei's party.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Asuka, though she is introduced in ''2.0'' as a textbook {{Jerkass}}; after some CharacterDevelopment and a surprisingly mild case of BreakTheHaughty (which doesn't even involve actual breaking), she is shown to have a (somewhat) considerate, friendly and caring side as she reevaluates her opinion on some of the people around her and comes to some sort of tentative understanding with the introverted Rei Ayanami in this universe; she even takes her place in [[spoiler:piloting Unit-03 in its ill-fated testing run]] so that the quiet girl could host a dinner party in the hopes of getting Shinji and Gendo closer to each other. [[spoiler:It doesn't happen exactly because of the EVA-03 disaster.]]
* TheJuggernaut: Zeruel retains his status as the only Angel to breach [=NERV=] by brute strength alone. He blasts all the way through the 27 armored layers above the Geofront with just one attack. He even {{No Sell}}s an [=N2=] missile at point blank range ''without his [=AT=] field''.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Kaworu Can Breathe in Space]]: Well, he isn't exactly human. And it's shown the Angels can breathe in space. Him being an Angel, after all...
* KidsRock: Two examples in ''2.0'': "Give Me Wings" (''Tsubasa o Kudasai'') and "Goodbye to These Days" (''Kyou no Hi wa Sayounara''). This either comes off as incredibly creepy, [[TearJerker heartachingly tragic]], or [[{{Narm}} hilariously inappropriate]].
* KillTheGod: [[spoiler:Gendo proclaims that God is dead with the death of Kaworu in in ''3.0'', and that Fourth Impact will "kill God".]]
* LaResistance: [[spoiler:WILLE, comprised of ex-NERV members, is this to NERV and SEELE.]]
* LetMeGetThisStraight: English dub-only example; the scriptwriter turns the {{egregious}} example of AsYouKnow involving Ritsuko's explanation of Operation Yashima in the original into an example of this. It [[{{Woolseyism}} works]]... about as well as can be expected, anyway.
* LensmanArmsRace: "3.0" really hammers this one home. 14 years worth of post impact development has led to both sides making huge strides, including gigantic flying battleships, truly mass produced [=EVAs=], longer running times, particle beam weaponry, and a limited ability to create artificial Angels, mass AT fields, and use AT fields as propulsion.
* LetterMotif: ''Rebuild'' changes Asuka's surname from Soryu to Shiki''nami'' to fit in with both Rei Aya''nami'' and the new girl, Mari Maki''nami'' (while keeping the VehicularThemeNaming from the original).
* LighterAndSofter: Not that it doesn't have some decidedly dark moments, but so far ''Rebuild'' is most definitely this in comparison to the original series -- the characters angst less and aren't as emotionally crippled while still having the same base problems as before, and they aren't subjected to quite as much trauma and MindRape that they are in the original (not yet, anyway). Not that being less dark than ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is particularly difficult. [[spoiler:3.33 is much darker than previous films, with Shinji back to his ButtMonkey status and getting traumatized all over again.]]
** Of course, when one considers that the original series' first 15-16 episodes were also LighterAndSofter compared to last 10, this [[FridgeBrilliance actually makes some sense]]. [[spoiler: Just like in Rebuild, the depressing cynicism and darkness that the series is infamous for doesn't really start to become apparent until after the [[KnightofCerebus fight with Bardiel in Unit-03]].]]
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: At the climax of the First Act of ''3.0'', the Bridge Crew relay every piece of critical information that Shinji needs to hear . . . except ''one'' - [[spoiler: [[TurnOutLikeHisFather the knowledge that his Father's true intentions are to cause Fourth Impact]], and, by default, Fuyutski's as well]].
* LongSongShortScene: God's Gift. While the scene it plays in is very awesome, it's also very short, so the full awesomeness of the song is sadly not heard in the movie itself.
* TheLostLenore: As in the original show, Yui for Gendo, but as of Q, [[spoiler: the second Rei seems to have followed her footsteps. She is physically gone, but her shadow still hangs heavily over the movie - for once, her relationship with Shinji was instrumental to turning the setting into a [[AfterTheEnd postapocalyptic wasteland]], Shinji mentions her, his attempt to save her or other facets of her character and their relationship in half the scenes he's in, all of which ends up throwing her currently active clone into existential horror. ]]
* LoveEpiphany: Well, in a sense. [[spoiler:Rei describes to Asuka her feelings towards Shinji, which Asuka realizes is love.]] In short, the wrong person has the epiphany.
* LudicrousGibs: Each and every Angel dies this way.
** In a smaller-scale way, [[spoiler:the DSS Choker, apparently designed under the philosophy of ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill, does this to Kaworu]].
* MaleGaze: Having lost the {{Stripperiffic}} outfit she was complaining about towards the end of the previous movie, Asuka seems to have a lot of establishing shots in ''3.0'' featuring the groin or buttocks of her plug suit.
* MarshmallowHell: Or "why parachutes are fun". Even more hilarious because this is the ''second'' time that Shinji ends up being an AccidentalPervert, and also the second time that ''he's'' the only one freaked out by it (this isn't counting when he sees Asuka naked earlier in ''2.0'' -- referring strictly to boobs here).
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: 1.0 appeared in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ 3''.
* MeaningfulName: Jo-Ha-Kyu is a Japanese aesthetic whereby a performance art (theatre, [[UsefulNotes/TeaAndTeaCulture tea ceremony]], kendo, etc.) should begin slowly, break tempo, and then finish swiftly. Think the three acts of a Western play: set-up, confrontation, and resolution.
** "Quickening", in addition to referring to speeding up, also refers to an unborn child's first movements, or bringing something to life. [[spoiler: Given that at the end of ''2.0'', Shinji and Rei are stuck in Unit-01...]]
** Each of the English subtitles also bears meaning to the plot of their respective movies.
*** ''You Are (Not) Alone'': [[spoiler:Shinji is, indeed, not alone throughout the movie, since he has support from Misato and Rei.]]
*** ''You Can (Not) Advance'': [[spoiler:Shinji spends much of the movie trying to get close to his father and win his approval. When Gendo has Unit-01's dummy plug eviscerate Unit-03 and almost kill Asuka, though, all hopes (or desire) to earn his father's love go right out the window.]]
*** ''You Can (Not) Redo'': [[spoiler:Shinji tries to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong after nearly causing Third Impact at the end of the previous movie. [[FromBadToWorse His efforts have the opposite effect.]]]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Mari Illustrious Makinami.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: See that page image? As of the end of ''3.0'', [[spoiler:Shinji is the only male character in it who isn't dead. Two of them died offscreen in Third Impact. As for the women--Asuka, Mari, Misato, and Rei--they're all still alive (Rei got absorbed into Eva 01, but [[CloningBlues received a clone replacement]]; the others are the originals).]]
* TheMissingFaction: EVA Units 07, [[spoiler:10, 11, and 12]].
* [[spoiler: MoralityKitchenSink:]] If the original series were already ambiguous enough, then [[spoiler: 3.0]] takes it UpToEleven
* MoodSwinger: Asuka suffers a case of this in the movie, regarding her lunch. You know what about, you know EXACTLY what.
* MoodWhiplash: Compared to the series and ''1.0'', ''2.0'' has a much more LighterAndSofter feel to it, with everyone happier than the original series... [[spoiler:then Asuka becomes the pilot of EVA-03.]] Then in ''3.0.'', after the slightly hopeful ending of ''2.0.'', [[spoiler:we find out that Shinji's actions at the end of ''2.0. did'' cause Third Impact and wiped out most of humanity, sending the film into pure DarkerAndEdgier territory.]]
** The after-the-credits trailer for ''Final'' contains Misato's "[[{{Fanservice}} Service]], [[GratuitousEnglish service]]!" from the original series. This is after the ending that [[spoiler:leaves Shinji horribly traumatized (again) and Gendo poised to win and initiate Fifth Impact.]]
* MrExposition: While she was already fairly good with [[MindScrewdriver explaining what the hell was going on]] in the original series, Ritsuko Akagi's role has been reduced to this in ''Rebuild'' due to her being DemotedToExtra.
** Fuyutsyki gets to play this role in ''3.0'' when he has a conversation with Shinji over a game of shogi, as well as [[spoiler: when he explains part of the truth behind the Eva project and Rei]].
* MsFanservice: ''Rebuild'', being a film series that no child can accidentally see, allows Anno to bring-on-the-sexy by the '''truckload''' this time. Rei, Misato and '''especially''' Asuka get a LOT more screentime in extremely {{Nosebleed}} provoking poses and (lack of) clothing. However, they have really stiff new competition in the new Ms. ForeignFanservice, Mari Illustrious Makinami.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: [[spoiler: Eva 03 grows a second pair of arms from its shoulder pylons while grappling with Shinji.]]
** [[spoiler: Eva 13 from ''3.0.'']]
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: [[spoiler: Gendo talks to the dead severed head of Lilith and calls it Yui in 3.0]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Poor Shinji gets to have at least three such moments in Q. [[spoiler: Once when Kaworu shows him the devastation of [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Third Impact]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero which he inadvertedly caused]], once more once the latter really sinks in and he realizes that he [[GutPunch couldn't even save Rei]], and one last time when he realizes that his attempt to fix the situation with the spears has just made things worse.]]
* MythologyGag
** Many of the additions/changes from ''2.0'' reference ''Evangelion'' side projects. For example, the "experimental" plug suit was mentioned (but obviously never shown) in the radio drama on the ''Addition'' CD.
** And of course [[spoiler:Toji's]] reaction when the topic of Unit-03 comes up.
** The series also continues the RunningGag of Kensuke wanting to pilot an EVA but getting denied the chance. In the original series [[spoiler:NERV and SEELE switch over to the Dummy Plug system before his name comes up in the Marduk file]], the video games and mangas where he does become a pilot aren't canon, and in ''Rebuild'' [[spoiler:he (probably) dies in Near-Third Impact along with Toji and Hikari]].
** If you watch carefully, you'll notice that [[spoiler:Shinji's SDAT skips to track ''27'', which it never did in the TV show]], just before ''2.0'' goes completely OffTheRails. Even lampshaded by [[spoiler:Shinji's finding it odd]].
*** Taken even further in ''3.0.'', where [[spoiler:the main two tracks that Shinji's SDAT player plays are tracks ''27'' and ''28'']], symbolizing that the movies are now entirely OffTheRails.
** Don't forget the infamous Asuka and Rei scene on the elevator (awkward silence, thankfully only 12 seconds this time around).
** One that has fans particularly suspicious is Kaworu's claim that [[spoiler:he'll make Shinji happy ''this'' time]], although he says something different in the English dub.
** Sahaqiel's redesign has him looking sort of like [[spoiler:a combination of Matariel and Leliel, neither of whom made an appearance in the movie, before turning into something that more closely resembles his old GiantEyeOfDoom form]].
** Give ''2.0'''s version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOUYltDtsG0 The Beast]] a listen. (It plays as the contaminated [[spoiler:Unit-03]] attacks.) In the background, there's a bit of [[OminousLatinChanting ominous chanting]]. Some may argue that it's a pointless addition. You wouldn't notice it at first, since the syllables are spaced out, but they're chanting "hallelujah". Consider that [[spoiler:Asuka's inside 03]]. [[MindRape Definitely rings a few bells,]] [[FridgeBrilliance doesn't it?]]
** On this note: [[spoiler:when it came to the original Unit 03 fight in the TV series, a lot of people's reaction to the fight with Unit 03 was "Well, why the hell didn't Shinji think to at least grapple with it and prevent it from choking him, he didn't have to just give up". Come ''2.0'', Shinji does in fact manage to pry Unit 03's hands off of 01's neck and for a moment it seems he can at least fight it to a standstill... and then Unit 03 ''sprouts two more arms'', allowing it to pin 01's arms and strangle it at the same time, leaving Shinji ''properly'' helpless.]]
** Watch Eva-02 during the climax of 2.0 very closely. You'll notice that [[spoiler:once Beast Mode is activated and its armor starts breaking off, the head [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ANNO_2922.jpg elongates into a shape]] ''very'' reminiscent of the MP Evas from ''End of Evangelion'']].
** Speaking of this scene: the musical piece used to represent a berserk Eva throughout the franchise is called "The Beast", as noted above. [[spoiler:What passcode does Mari use to unlock Unit 02's "deliberate berserk" mode? "[[GratuitousEnglish Za Beasto]]", of course. Ironically a different, original musical number plays at this point.]]
** And then, of course, there's the fact that after a decade and a half, we finally get to see... ''Toji's sister''. And she's all better too!
** In ''End of Evangelion'', Shinji as a child builds a pyramid out of sand, then stomps on it. After the Bardiel incident in ''Rebuild'', in his anger Shinji stomps on the NERV headquarters pyramid for real.
** As noted below, the "Asuka kicks Shinji for seeing her naked" scene happened in ''Girlfriend of Steel'', though under slightly different circumstances.
** The opening shots of ''1.0'' (and the red sea in general) are rather evocative of ''End of Evangelion''.
** [[spoiler:''2.0'''s depiction of Second Impact is clearly ''End of Evangelion'' inspired.]] Right down to a song with clear {{Musical Nod}}s to both [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVW7ahL6p9s "Komm, Susser Tod"]] and its unused sister piece, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCuO2wWnKFY "Everything You've Ever Dreamed"]].
** The animation during Unit 02's introductory scene -- in which she dodges and weaves through a series of Angel limbs -- is an almost exact recreation from the scene in ''The End of Evangelion'' in which she dodges and weaves through a series of JSSDF missiles.
** [[spoiler:Shinji falls into a Heroic BSOD at the end of 3.0. that leaves him in a state where he can't even move and Asuka has to drag him around]], similar to ''End of Evangelion''. There are also several extreme close-ups of Shinji's widened eyes under duress.
** In the climax of ''3.0.'', the OdeToJoy plays again in a similar situation as the original.
** As with the manga, Kaworu is introduced playing Ode to Joy in a ruined area. However, unlike the manga Kaworu, Shinji takes an immediate liking to him.
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* NeverTrustATrailer:
** The teaser for ''2.0'' showed Misato slapping Ritsuko, suggesting that Leliel (the 12th Angel) would be present in ''2.0''; it was not. It wasn't just speculation bait: [[MissingTrailerScene even the slap itself was absent from the theatrical release]].
** A similar situation exists with Mari: in the trailer she was shown looking at a flight of birds that was fleeing the city... with what looks to be the opening barrage of cross-blasts from Zeruel. Mari also looks practically melancholy here... which is something she seems nearly ''incapable'' of in the final movie. In the end, [[spoiler:Mari was busy Evajacking Unit 02 when Big Z showed up]].
*** Oddly, a scene ''like'' the trailer one was included in the final movie... one that just showed her looking at the city at dusk as a flock of birds flew away from the city center. It seems to serve no purpose other than being brief eye candy now.
*** [[http://www.gwern.net/docs/2010-crc An interview with the staff]] indicates that there were significant script rewrites between ''1.0'' and ''2.0'', hence the altered and missing scenes in the teaser.
** How much of the ''3.0.'' teaser in ''2.0.'' ended up getting used in the movie proper? [[spoiler:''None'' of it.[[note]]Though certain elements in the trailers were used in the movie, such as Asuka with an eyepatch.[[/note]]]]
** In all the trailers for ''3.0.'', [[spoiler:Shinji's [[ExplosiveLeash bomb collar]]]] was edited out of all shots.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Some of the things Shinji does with the Unit 01 in ''2.0'' are completely amazing, especially since we haven't seen anything like them before. Particularly his [[spoiler:use of the AT Field to THROW an Angel across the Geofront, in the form of a giant ''FIST'' no less. And for that matter, replacing the cut-off arm not with a new one grown from Zeruel's cutter material, but forming ''a pure AT field arm''. Not to mention the previously-reserved-for-the-Angels EyeBeams.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: ''2.0'' ends with [[spoiler:Shinji saving Rei, but starting Third Impact in the process. The day ends up being saved by [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Kaworu.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Or so it seems. ''3.0.'' reveals that Third Impact still wiped out most of humanity. ''Then'' Shinji tries to make up for it by redoing the events with the Lance of Longinus and Spear of Cassius, which also requires two souls to wield. Kaworu aids him with Rei Q joining them on orders, but ''Kaworu'' realizes they've both been manipulated and tries to warn Shinji not to pull out the lances. However, Shinji ignores his pleas and causes Fourth Impact, leaving Kaworu to perform a HeroicSacrifice to fix things.]]
*** [[spoiler:[[PoorCommunicationKills To be fair, WILLE is probably as guilty of this as Shinji in 3.0.]]]]
* NoEndorHolocaust: During the operation against Sahaqiel, most of the Kanto Plain is crushed underfoot by the Evas moving at supersonic speeds. [[spoiler:After Sahaqiel's destruction, anything not leveled by the sonic boom is annihilated by a massive flood of "Angel Blood".]] No mention has yet been made of the billions of dollars in property damage.
** [[spoiler:Subverted in ''3.0''. Shinji starts the Third Impact at the end of ''2.0'', and Kaworu appears to have stopped it in time. Everyone let out a collective sigh of relief... until it was revealed that '''most of humanity got annihilated'''.]]
* NoExceptYes: [[spoiler:As Fuyutsuki shuts down each of the SEELE monoliths in ''3.0'', a brief flash of a brain shines in black and white, indicating that the monoliths [[KillEmAll may be their actual person]].]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: "Kind" is apparently a synonym for "fucked" in ''Rebuild''. [[spoiler:Asuka pilots EVA-03 for Shinji and Rei's sakes. Misato calls her "kind" for this, just like Hikari dubbed Toji kind before the same ordeal in the original. And then - [[CallBack just like Toji in the original series]] - her EVA becomes possessed by Bardiel and attempts to destroy the world: consequently, Gendo overrides Shinji's control over his Eva with a "Dummy System", by which EVA-01 unleashes a life-threatening, permanently shattering assault upon Asuka, completely destroying Bardiel.]]
** Happens ''twice'' in ''3.0.'': [[spoiler:At the beginning of the movie, it's implied that Shinji unconsciously awakened EVA-01 to save Asuka, who as in mortal danger in space. As a consequence, WILLE put an ExplosiveLeash on him by fear that he awakes an Eva again.]] Later, [[spoiler:Shinji tries to make up for causing Third Impact - despite Kaworu's protests. The result? Not only has he made things worse, it also resulted in Kaworu, the only person who treated him well throughout the whole movie dead.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Unit-01 under the influence of the Dummy Plug. Later, Zeruel on Mari, Rei, and briefly on Shinji while Unit-01's out of power, right up until [[WhosLaughingNow Shinji's]] HeroicSpirit [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] him.
* [[NoodlePeople Noodle Cyborgs]]: You may notice in this new version of Eva that along with redesigns of several of the Angels, the Evas are alot more stringy looking than they were in the original series [[note]]Such as when Unit 03 goes berserk or when Mari takes control of Unit 02 and uses its Beast Form.[[/note]]
* NoNameGiven: As of ''3.0.'', unlike in the TV series, the Angels themselves (except for Lilith) have no names. Officially, they are only referred to by numbers -- "the Fourth Angel," "the Fifth Angel," and so on. Even ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'', the only ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' game to showcase ''Rebuild'' thus far, uses this system. However, most of the fandom uses their TV series counterparts' names, where applicable, for simplicity's sake. This is especially important when comparing the two media, as the order of their appearance is significantly different.
* NoPlaceForMeThere: [[spoiler: While [[NiceGuy Kaworu]] wants to [[LoveMartyr help humanity]], he also states that people fear or/and hate him for being an angel; it's unknown whether Shinji will follow or not in ''4.44'']].
* NoRangeLikePointBlankRange: Mari seems to think so when she fires Unit 02's shoulder fin-mounted spike-launcher at Zeruel's face, with the English dubbed version even shouting "Point blank, shit-head!!!" as she pulls the trigger.
* NoSell
** The [=AT=] Field allows most Angels to do this against traditional weapons.
** Zeruel took this a step further. Even without his [=AT=] Field he survived a point-blank [=N2=] missile blast without a scratch.
* [[spoiler:NotGrowingUpSucks]]: [[spoiler: Asuka and Mari. See OlderThanTheyLook below for details.]]
* [[spoiler: NothingButSkulls]]: [[spoiler: In ''3.0'', Terminal Dogma is filled with a sea of giant humanoid skulls.]]
* NotHisSled: Fans who remember the battle against Zeruel from NGE will be hit hard by this trope when [[spoiler:Eva-01 shuts down in the middle of the fight, and instead of Shinji panicking and begging for the Eva to move again, [[RedEyesTakeWarning his eyes turn red]], he whispers "[[PreAsskickingOneLiner Give Ayanami back!]]" and [[CurbStompBattle he proceeds to destroy Zeruel]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome rescue Rei]], before [[NiceJobBreakingItHero nearly causing the world to end]]]]. Among a few others.
** The pilot of Eva-03? [[spoiler: Asuka, not Toji.]]
* NotQuiteDead: In the climax of the first movie, [[spoiler:as Shinji fires the first shot at Ramiel, it first appears that it hit, as Ramiel practically ''explodes'', making an utterly insane scream and [[LudicrousGibs covers several buildings with blood]]... Then he reforms himself and [[OhCrap blows up a mountain.]]]]
* NotSoDire: One scene in 2.0 is [[DeathSeeker Rei]] ominously holding a large kitchen knife. No, someone didn't goof and give her the opportunity to slit her wrists, she wants to learn how to cook.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:''Kaworu'', of [[DissonantSerenity all people]], displays this look in ''3.0.'' when he realizes that he and Shinji have been deceived into believing Fourth Impact would fix the damage from Third Impact, when it reality it'll just finish the job.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Asuka and Mari in ''3.0.'', (who are 28 years old) have not physically aged due to piloting the Evangelion, which stilts their aging in some way. Asuka even starts calling Shinji "brat" instead of "stupid" now that she's 14 years older than him mentally.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: At first impression the music that accompanies Angel battles seem to be this, but they're actually in grammatically correct English.
-->''Angels of doom come call-ing, with no mer-cy / No fear, no heart, no judgement, no cle-men-cy.''
* OneWayVisor: [[spoiler:Gendo]] wears one that closely resembles Keel's [[spoiler:in ''3.0.'']]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: That doll Asuka has with her in ''2.0''? [[MythologyGag That's the same one from the original series]], complete with "ASUKA" labeled on it. For some reason, she kept it, even though it was an indirect relation to ''her mother's death''. But that's not the main point: AllThereInTheManual states that Asuka talks to it whenever she feels OOC (i.e., [[{{Tsundere}} not her]] FieryRedhead, {{Jerkass}} side, but her ShrinkingViolet side). Considering the direction of ''Rebuild'', that doll may have an entirely new meaning.
** [[spoiler:And then there's Kaworu's looks of worry leading up to to his OhCrap moment in ''3.0.'' When ''Kaworu'' is the one freaking out, you instantly know something's wrong.]]
* OrchestralBombing: "The Anthem", which accompanies the ''Wunder''[='=]s launch in ''3.0'', is more epic than previous instances of this in the franchise or the ''Nautilus''[='=] theme from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', which this piece was based on.
** While the Japanese version keeps the same cast as the original version, the only ones that are the same in the dub are [[Creator/SpikeSpencer Shinji]], Misato, and [[TiffanyGrant Asuka]]. (Gendo is a half-example, as his [[Creator/JohnSwasey voice actor]] from the Director's Cut dubs was brought back, but he was ''already'' an Other Darrin to the voice of Gendo in the original series and movies, Tristan [=MacAvery=].)
** Averted in the Italian dub, where all voice actors from the original reprise their respective roles... except for Kaworu, who has the voice actor from the first dub of ''End of Evangelion'' (yeah, ''End of Evangelion'' has been dubbed ''twice'' in a five years span, ''with the same dubbing director and the same voice actors'' from the original series, except for Misato, Kaworu and Aoba in the first dub. Long story.)
** Another interesting example is the European Spanish dub. The only character who has maintained the same voice actor during the whole series is Shinji. The rest of the cast was completely changed, with some characters getting a new voice either in the original movies (like Misato, who changed in ''Death and Rebirth''), or at some point during ''Rebuild'' (like Rei, who changed in ''2.0''). However, Asuka, who was already "darrined" in ''End of Evangelion'' and ''2.0'', recovered her original voice actress from the TV show in ''3.0''.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Angels are even more Lovecraftian -- similar to the Cherubim's appearances in the Bible and the Talmud.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: SEELE is this mixed with TimeAbyss and TheAgeless type of immortality. They've been around since the beginning, gave man civilization, have changed their appearances over time, and have been working towards instrumentality since the beginning. Gendo kills them all off by simply turning them off.]]
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Actually deconstructed. The Angels now completely liquify into blood (LCL?) when they die instead of simply exploding, to the point of flooding Tokyo-3 ''each time''. The beginning of the second movie has a trip to an aquifer/aquarium made to purge both the red water from Second Impact and Angel blood left over. This might seem excessive, but when you think about the size of some of the Angels and the sheer volume of material converting to liquid....
* ParentalSubstitute: Misato to Shinji (as usual), this time sans the original series' UnresolvedSexualTension.
** In ''3.0'', [[spoiler:not so much. She feels extremely conflicted about Shinji for being the cause of Near-Third Impact and the death of most of the Earth.]]
* PepTalkSong: The lyrics to "Beautiful World" seem to pretty clearly have Shinji as their subject, apparently sung from the perspective of someone who cares for the boy and wants to see him grow into his potential. The versions ending each film even seem to reflect the person he makes the deepest emotional connection with in each film (Misato in the first, Rei in the second).
** Alternatively, and more fittingly, the lyrics are from Kaworu's POV. The pronouns "boku" and "kimi" in the song indicate that the speaker is a boy, and the song fits Kaworu's speech patterns. Both songs appear after (in 1.0) and before (2.0) Kaworu appears on screen, and the first movie even has it after Kaworu looks up to earth and says, "I look forward to meeting you, Shinji-kun." Wanting to meet Shinji is a recurring theme of the song. The ending then changes after they finally meet in 3.0 (to Sakura Nagashi, Shinji's [[spoiler:mourning for Kaworu's death).]]
* PetTheDog
** See JerkWithAHeartOfGold; even '''Gendo''', of all people, is showing signs of wanting to be a better person -- by '''agreeing''' to attend a party where everyone cooks a dish and where he can spend ''father-and-son-time'' with Shinji. This is a marked improvement over the Gendo from the original series, even if it did take some prodding on Rei's part ([[spoiler:or Yui's, to be precise]]). While the desire to reconcile with Shinji is actually quite genuine ([[spoiler:Gendo cannot say no to Yui, even if that Yui is result of him spacing out during the dinner with Rei]]), it's unknown if Gendo actually uses this occasion to further his plans (he states in ''1.0'' that making Shinji and Rei friends -- or something more -- is one of the crucial parts of his plan).
** Gendo [[spoiler:seems awfully insistent about why he activated the dummy plug. "You would have died." Either he's just playing the situation, or [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he's doing what must be done to keep his promise to Yui and to save his son]].]]
** Watch Gendo's face when Shinji asks to pilot Unit-01 again near the end of ''2.0'' -- watch the expression when "Father!" is yelled. THAT was unexpected.
** Not to mention that during the dummy plug sequence they removed the infamous shot of Gendo with the malicious smile as 01 viciously beats 03.
** By ''3.33'', [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog we have the confirmation of two throwaway lines in 1.0 and the end of 2.0 which implied that Gendo made Rei befriend Shinji in order to break him and manipulate him into causing Third Impact, resulting in his son becoming a pariah amongst those who knew him]]]].
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: In Q, [[spoiler: Shinji asks this of [[FanNickname ReiQ]] after he finds her naked in her quarters. What may have been funny under other circumstances becomes rather something of an IronicEcho to Shinji's fateful visit to Rei's appartment; During the following conversation, it becomes apparent that the person he's talking to is NOT our Rei...]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: ''3.0'' may as well be the poster boy for this trope. Shinji is trying to figure out what the hell happened after ''2.0'', but all his inquiries get him are [[spoiler:death threats by Misato, a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Asuka and collective, angry silence (or untimely interruptions, the beatdown being an example) from everyone else. And when they finally are telling what's happening, they are interrupted by Mark.09 attacking the Wunder. He doesn't even ''know'' that there are other Rei clones, or that he caused Near-Third Impact until two-thirds through the film. And to top it all off, it was ''Kaworu'' who ultimately had to fill him in.]]
** The ultimate communication failure is probably Shinji not listening to Kaworu when he tries to tell him not to [[spoiler:pull out the spears]]. They're both at fault really, because Kaworu doesn't bother to explain that doing so would [[spoiler:cause Fourth Impact]], while Shinji was so ''desperate'' to try to fix everything that Kaworu's vague warnings went through one ear and out the other.
*** Kaworu couldn't explain the situation more clearly, because he didn't seem to know exactly what would happen if [[spoiler: EVA 13 took the two spears of longinus]]. He just had a horrible feeling.
** Asuka joined too in the same scene when Shinji [[spoiler:explained clearly to her that he didn't have the intention to set off another Impact but wanted to repair the world with the spear]], instead of taking at least a few seconds to try to tell him ''why'' he should stop [[spoiler:and surrender, charged him with the intention to take him down, ending with her defeat and being powerless to stop Shinji from pulling out the spears]].
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Shinji reactivating Unit 01 to save Rei was only possible due to this.]]
** While not outright subverted or deconstructed, the basic trope is still warped in an interesting way: In most works, the power of love is what causes the villain's undoing, a force that screws up their plans because they cannot comprehend it. This includes EoE itself where Rei's love for Shinji makes her betray Gendo. Here, however, [[spoiler:the antagonists explicitly pushed the two of them together with the intentions of exploiting the strength of their connection and set Shinji up to inadvertedly blow up the earth in his attempt to save her. Also, whether he actually saved her or not is currently up in the air as of the GutPunch conga that was 3.0.]]
* PreAsskickingOneliner
** "[[spoiler:Give. Ayanami. Back.]]"
** [[spoiler:"ZA BEASTO!"]] Well, granted, the ass-kicking on that one [[DidntSeeThatComing didn't go exactly as planned]], but it still fits.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''"Just... fucking... die!!!"''
* ProductPlacement
** The camera lingers on brand-name foods occasionally.
** When Shinji first opens Misato's fridge, she has shelves packed full of Doritos and Yebisu beer.
** In the original series, Asuka's shipping boxes are labeled [[BlandNameProduct DHU]], but they clearly say Deutsche Post in ''Rebuild''.
** Misato's laptop is a Panasonic.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Shinji's actions in the second film. See the Alternate Character Interpretation for more.
** [[spoiler:Which all comes back to bite him back in the ass in the worst way possible in ''3.0.'']]
* PunBasedTitle: As noted in IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming, "Q" has multiple meanings in Japanese. Starting with the obvious, "Q" is used as a substitute for "kyu" [[note]]Quickening[[/note]], which indicates a faster-paced storyline than the previous. When used literally in Japanese, "Q" [[note]]Decision[[/note]] is used as an abbreviation. ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Both]]'' definitions are [[ShoutOut extremely climatic points]] present in the original series and ''EndOfEvangelion''. [[FridgeBrilliance In fact]], the former was used for the final two episodes of the series, and the latter was [[MindScrew mostly based around]] Shinji's decision for saving the world.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: [[spoiler:WILLE; an amalgamation of whatever military organisations survived Third Impact, including soldiers who grew to maturity since then who've been given whatever hasty training was possible during the struggle to survive.]]
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Subverted: [[spoiler:in the climax of ''3.0.'', the ''Wunder'' rams into Eva-13 in its new godly form, which, while still causing damage, isn't enough to stop it.]]
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of the source material. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It's even right there in the title]]. Seemingly used as an apology for [[DysfunctionJunction everything the]] [[TearJerker original series did]] [[MindScrew to the viewer]], though those things are still there just much milder.
** [[spoiler:And then there's 3.0, reminding everyone that this is indeed an Evangelion series, that said, some of the aspects of the movie indicate that things may turn for the better.]]
* RecycledSoundtrack
** Both films used a lot of music tracks that were already in the original ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** ''2.0'' uses several tracks from ''Manga/KareKano'' (Hideaki Anno's next series, with music by the same composer) and one track from the 1979 semiclassic ''The Man Who Stole the Sun''.
** Stilt-Angel's theme sounds plucked right out of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' (another soundtrack by Shirow Sagisu).
** God's Message, which plays during Asuka's fight with the Angel in 3.0's opening sequence, is a slightly remixed version of "[[{{Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater}} Light of Babel]]" (which Sagisu also composed).
** The ''Wunder'''s theme, "The Anthem," takes its melody from "[[{{Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater}} Our Almighty Battleship, New Nautilus]]."
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:When Shinji snaps.]]
** This also applies to [[spoiler: the Evangelions, infact, red eyes apparently precede an awakening.]]
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: [[spoiler: WILLE to NERV. Inverting the trope, WILLE's goals are benevolent compared to its progenitor agency.]]
* ResetButton: [[spoiler: In Q, the Lances of Cassius and Longinus (along with two souls to wield them) can be used as such, or rather, it's suggested it will simply restore the earth back into a planet humans can survive on as the earth is slowly becoming uninhabitable for humans. What they find instead is, in fact, two of the same lance that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero continues the obliteration of human civilisation]] rather than undo it, much to Shinji's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone immediate horror.]] ]]
* RestrainingBolt: Unit 02 has ''literal'' restraining bolts intended to limit is power and maintain its pseudo-human nature. Mari was able to release them to activate the Beast mode. It's likely that these restraints are also present in the other Evas, though 02 may have the most complete set as a production model.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Averted with Shinji and [[spoiler: Rei Q. Once he has acertained that she is not the same girl he knew and that her being a clone doesn't make her the same person, he mourns "his" Rei and treats Rei Q like the EmptyShell-like stranger she appeared to be at the time. This also shows that he wasn't just seeing Yui in her, because Rei Q still looks like Yui.]]
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: The finale of Q. So ''much.'' [[spoiler: Both Shinji and Asuka were actually trying to save the world - But only one of them had correct intel on what pulling those accursed spears would actually do. Meanwhile, Kaworu figures out what Gendo was really planning; but instead of listening to him, Shinji decides he must have gone nuts if he's taking Asuka's side, so he disconnects Kaworu's Eva controls and charges off to accidentally almost destroy the world again... almost a literal example.]]
* RoleReprisal: Shinji and Misato's original dub voice actors, SpikeSpencer and Allison Keith, reprise their roles. TiffanyGrant also returns as Asuka in ''2.0''.
* RousingSpeech: Misato to Shinji
* RuleOfDrama: The lack of communication in ''3.33'', [[spoiler: due to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Shinji's actions]], nobody in WILLE trusts him, they instead show their hatred and try to make him as useless as they can while not giving, or wanting to give, an explanation of their actions]].
* RuleOfSymbolism: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-C3ySFk9lI The piano from the teaser trailer for Q]]. ''Quatre Mains'' (four hands) is a duet song with the trailer focusing on a grand piano.
** Shinji's tape player counts as well in a SpotTheThread way, specially in 2.0 and 3.0; in the first, it's linked with his desire to bond with his father, [[spoiler: after the Eva-03 incident, he throws it away, only to be found by Rei afterwards, by the time of the fight with Zeruel and what happened afterwards, it comes to represent his hope]]; in the latter, this meaning is carried on but in a different context, [[spoiler: as in the hope of atonement and redemption that Kaworu gives to him, signified by him in bringing the tape into the entry plug of the Eva-13, after the near Fourth Impact and Kaworu's death, he accidentally drops the tape while Asuka drags him into the wild, reflecting his loss of hope and will to live.]]
* SameCharacterButDifferent
* [[spoiler:SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: What Shinji and Kaworu intend to do with the spears - By Kaworu's words, "What has been changed by EVA can also be changed back by EVA". Unfortunately, they didn't know the movie they were in was called "You can (not) redo".]] [[note]]Kaworu wanted to bring forth ''change'' (as his words explicitly say over there) for the lilin's survival and help Shinji atone for his sins, meanwhile Shinji wanted to bring back the world of the past and deny change ever happened or would happen. Shinji just tragically misunderstood in his desperation. There was a very distinctive difference between their intentions ultimately: Kaworu wanted to move forward and change, while Shinji wanted to move backwards and remain the same.[[/note]]
* SelfDestructiveCharge: [[spoiler:The final battle of the second movie is this, full-stop. Not only is Shinji increasing his plug depth to the point that his life is in mortal danger, but when he reaches for Rei, his skin starts to split open.]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses
** It wouldn't be ''Evangelion'' without'em. Though in at least one case, the shininess is shown to come from a screen rather than Gendo's sheer awesome.
** Mari can switch between {{Meganekko}} and ScaryShinyGlasses at the drop of a hat.
* SceneryCensor: Asuka becomes a victim of this trope after her shocked reaction at seeing Pen-Pen in the shower for the first time, standing in the exact same position where Shinji was when he was scared by the penguin... though this time, she got the addition of a bent straw to cover her nipples in ''2.0''. Shinji, however, gets to see her full frontal -- and receives a full-on [[MegatonPunch Megaton Kick]] to the face as punishment.
* SceneryPorn
** [[spoiler: SceneryGorn]]: By ''3.0''.
* SchizoTech: Rotary phones and Shinji's tape player exist harmoniously alongside modern laptops and cell phones. The Tape Player is said to be his father's, and it's one of Shinji's last possessions from him [[spoiler:(indeed, Shinji throws it away later when he rejects his father's orders, so he might have kept it as a keepsake rather than it being a common item)]]. Rotary phones require much less power than push button phones (being mechanically powered), and in the resource-scarce world after the Second Impact, that would make them useful.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Anno and crew actually seem to be trying to avert this as much as possible this time around. A good little example is during Unit 05's bootup sequence at the start of ''Rebuild 2.0''; evidently Joe Average Evangelion has ~250 ''terabytes'' of active memory, which seems about right for all the calculations an Eva would need to operate.
* SequelEscalation: The TV series / End of Evangelion ended with Third Impact. [[spoiler:In this version, "Near" Third Impact happens at the halfway mark, Fourth Impact partially occurs in ''3.0'', and there's still one more movie to go.]]
* SigilSpam: NERV puts their logo on ''everything!'' SEELE gets to join in on the fun, too.
* [[spoiler: SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids / SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers]]: The two are present in ''3.0'', the first [[spoiler: is shown in the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt consequences]] from Shinji's actions in ''2.0'' and to a lesser extent in the climax of ''3.0'' in which Shinji's desperation makes him trigger Fourth Impact]]; the latter, on the other hand, appears [[spoiler: at the first half and near end of ''3.0'': in the former, Misato's (and perhaps WILLE in general) bitterness and distrust towards Shinji is what makes him go with Rei Q when she comes for him; and at the end, Asuka's lack of will to talk or reason with Shinji is what pushes him to his break point and eventual retrieval of the lances.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Mari ''may'' be this in 3.0, or maybe she just likes teasing Asuka about Shinji.
-->'''Mari:''' ([[CatSmile Catsmiling]]) You sure you didn't visit him ''just'' to see his face?
-->'''Asuka:''' No! I went there just to punch it! Now I feel so much better!
** At the climax of the movie, she also tells Shinji to [[spoiler: "At least save the Princess! You're a man, aren't you?!"]] referring to Asuka.
* ShipSinking: Considering what Rei says when she tries to use an N2 missile on Zeruel [[spoiler:("I'll make it so Ikari never has to pilot again.")]] and just how far Shinji later goes [[spoiler:to save Rei]] in his fight with Zeruel in ''2.0'', some may think this is the case for [[spoiler:Asuka/Shinji]].
** As of ''3.0'', [[spoiler:The tables may have turned, interestingly enough. The real Rei is either flat-out ''dead'' or still [[EldritchLocation stuck elsewhere]], and Shinji absolutely will not accept Rei Q as a replacement. He seems to attach himself to Kaworu in the movie, and shows signs of partially taking attraction to Asuka. Asuka, however, does not return the sentiment, since she's now technically twice his age, and her words and actions make it very clear that she thinks of him as a selfish, immature child, to the point that she changes his nickname to "''brat'' Shinji."]]
** [[spoiler: At this point, Shinji may very well end up alone. ''Final'' shall reveal the end result....]]
* ShipTease: A lot more obvious this time, particularly between Shinji and Rei.
** ''3.0'' applies a bit more of this sort of shipping, as well as going off in a different direction. Namely, between Kaworu and Shinji, as well as some less prevalent teasing between Asuka and Shinji. [[spoiler:For the latter, there's the fact that he's happy that she's alive, even though she harbors a serious grudge against him, and there's also the fact that ''she's'' the one who drags him out of the cockpit after his serious HeroicBSOD]].
* ShoutOut
** After Unit-1 goes berserk in 1.0, Shinji can be seen wearing [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Naota's]] 90 Degree shirt.
** In ''2.0'', we're shown the image of [[http://dl.dropbox.com/u/948715/Evangelion/vlcsnap-2010-05-25-06h38m45s143.png a building that looks quite similar to Naota's house]]. It helps that there's a Vespa parked nearby.
** Eva Unit 02's introduction has ''{{Gunbuster}}'' written all over it in neon letters. Not only does 02 have its fins replaced with flight packs that look [[http://xover.es/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Evangelion-2.22-You-Can-Not-Avance02-15-00.jpg suspiciously similar]] to the Gunbuster's [[http://shinmaru.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/gunbuster.jpg main engines]], but it [[spoiler:defeats the clock Angel with an almost exact recreation of the Inazuma Kick]].
*** Similarly, Ramiel shooting down the inbound missiles in the climax of 1.11 is a direct reference to Gunbuster's legendary use of the Buster Beam to dispatch an entire fleet of space monsters.
** [[spoiler:EVA-02 in [[SuperMode Beast Mode]]]] looks, especially after getting shot to hell and back by Zeruel, like the God Warrior in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' (which was designed by [[Creator/HideakiAnno Anno]] himself, long before ''Evangelion'').
** Alternate mixes of "''Tsubasa o Kudasai''" and "''Kyou no Hi wa Sayonara''" on the ''2.0'' soundtrack are specified as "Tributes to '[[TheSoundOfMusic Sound of Music]]'".
** Misato's cell phone ring is one of the early roars/flight noises for the classic Kaiju [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} King Ghidorah]], and has then been re-used for various aliens through the 60s and 70s.
** Here's one to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', of all things. When Shinji gets his temporary ID card early in ''1.0'', "NCC-1701A" can clearly be seen on it.
** The ending of ''2.0'' was purposefully modeled after that of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
** The scenes at Nerv's moonbase contain several direct references to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', Especially in the design of the ships Gendo and Fuyutsuki travel in.
*** The trays of food (consisting of neat rectangular bricks of colored mush) that Shinji receives in ''3.0'' look exactly like the food dispensed aboard the ''Discovery''.
** This might be a stretch but the scene where where Shinji's spent cartridges fly and crush stuff around him could be a reference to episode 41 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' where the same thing happened in an extremely simmilar fashion.
** In ''3.0'', Misato refers to the Wunder as a "ship of hope". This line, as well as the concept of the ship itself, is an homage to ''[[UchuuSenkanYamato Space Battleship Yamato]]''.
** The ''3.33'' intro has a LiveAction switch into a homage to old {{kaiju}} films, as [[spoiler:some sort of Evangelion descends into Tokyo-3, made out of hi-quality cardboard cutouts, and proceeds to completely annihilate it with a mouth-laser similar to Godzilla's as more and more descend from the sky.]]
*** That's [[spoiler: not an Evangelion. It's a God Warrior from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.]]
** Ramiel’s high-pitched shrieks are the same as the ones produced by the [[spoiler:space monster]] from ''Anime/{{Diebuster}}''.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Wouldn't be ''Evangelion'' without it! Twice in ''2.0'': [[spoiler:A children's song plays while Unit-01 munches on the out-of-control Unit-03, and it plays again when Shinji kicks off the Third Impact.]]
** Q does it as well, with "Ode to Joy" playing [[spoiler: as Shinji accidentally sets off Fourth Impact.]] It wouldn't be ''Evangelion'' without Beethoven, either.
* SpaceBase: Tabgha Base, NERV's lunar base, the site of [[spoiler:Evangelion Mark.06]]'s construction and [[spoiler:Kaworu]]'s home until the end of 2.0.
* SpiderMech: EVA-05, though not by choice, since they sent it into combat in an emergency.
* SpotTheThread: There are several visual indications that ''Rebuild'' is more than a direct remake of the original ''Evangelion'', including:
** The red ocean at the beginning; it's a result of Second Impact in ''Rebuild'', but it distinctly mirrors the red/orange ocean from ''End of Evangelion'' and the framing is taken from scenes near the end of ''[=EoE=]'' as well.
** In the opening scene in 1.0, we see a picture of some houses flooded by the red water, with an outline of what looks like an MP EVA in the cross-position from the end of ''End'', where the MP [=EVAs=] had fallen to the ground.
** The scene right at the end where we see what looks like the original version of Lilith in a grave on the Moon.
** The enormous red streak running across the moon's surface, mirroring the blood spray that Rei/Lilith left on the moon in ''End'' when she died.
** Kaworu's line at the end of ''2.0'', "This time, I'll make you happy." This time?
** [[spoiler:In ''3.0'', Gendo briefly speaks to the head of a dead, smiling, Rei corpse.]]
** [[spoiler:Kaworu was the First Angel before being forced into acting as the Thirteenth in 3.0.]]
** [[spoiler: In ''3.0'', Kaworu tells Shinji "I ''really was'' born to meet you", paralleling a conversation from the original series where he told him "Maybe I was born to meet you"]].
** [[spoiler: In ''3.33'', people calling Shinji by his name: taking into account what he unwittingly did, it's a sign that they still see him as somebody rather than something]].
** The angel sealing runes count as this, specially in 3.0 [[spoiler: where they are featured in Shinji's [[ExplosiveLeash DSS Choker]] and Asuka's EyepatchOfPower]], amongst other examples.
* StealthHiBye: Misato pulls off a superb Stealth Hi on Shinji & Asuka while the latter is complaining about the "lack of privacy" (sliding doors) in Misato's house. The two are appropriately freaked out once they notice her.
* TheStinger: Each movie has one in the form of a "Next Episode Preview" recalling those of the original TV series, complete with Misato's promises of fan service. ''2.22'' goes one step further, adding an entire additional scene between the credits and the preview.
* AStormIsComing: The Eva being brought over from the United States is airlifted into a storm cloud approaching over the Arizona desert. Lightning flickers and thunder rolls ominously.
* SuperPrototype: As in the original series, EVA-01 (the "Test Type") seems to be a whole lot more powerful than the later production models. And then there is the Mark.06, Kaworu's very own EVA, which is openly described as [[spoiler:having an "odd" construction method. Which is to say, it's built on top of something that looked a ''lot'' like series-Lilith.]] This seems to be a reference to the mass grave of Eva-prototypes Ritsuko referred to as a "dumping ground" as she revealed it to Misato.
** In 3.0, the Mark.06 is revealed to be [[spoiler:the can for ''the Twelfth Angel itself'', which has its entire body being a core]]. The Mark.09 and Unit-13 counts as well:
*** The Mark.09, a Unit-00 lookalike, [[spoiler:is an Angel-like entity referred to as "Adams' Vessel" and is outright confirmed to have been the entity originally controlling the [[CoolAirship Wunder]]. It even tries to hijack the ship during the final battle.]]
*** Unit-13 [[spoiler:was built specifically for starting Fourth Impact. Uniquely among Evas, it has two entry plugs and accordingly two pilots. In the final battle, the Eva's "pseudo-evolved form" was impaled by not one but TWO Spears of Longinus AND one of its pilots committed suicide in the entry plug... yet the Eva still kept going until the other pilot's entry plug was forcibly ejected.]]
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: 1.0 and 2.0 has been featured in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL L]] and [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Z3: Jigoku-hen]]. 3.0 has yet to appear in any of the SRW games, but a lot of people suspect 3.0 and even ''Final'' may show up in Z3's inevitable second half.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish
** The opening of ''2.0'' is almost entirely in fluent, clear English (except for [[GratuitousEnglish Kaji]]). Mari's phone call later in the movie is also in English, albeit accented.
** Mari's voice actress -- the reknowned Creator/MaayaSakamoto -- is actually fairly fluent with English and ''finally'' gets to show it off for a major production.
** All of the English on the computer screens is grammatically and semantically accurate, too. There ''were'' a couple typos in the original release... which were all fixed for the Blu-ray.
*** Some of the English in the Bethany Base sequence is still a ''little'' off, but only compared to what a "real" computer display would read like. ("bound for Akron" when the actors are obviously saying "Acheron" is the most obvious.)
*** Forget English, ''Russian'' is correct on the same screens.
** The songs that play in background music in certain fight scenes had surprisingly good English as well.
* SwivelChairAntics: Misato spins around on a chair in 2.0.
* SymbolicBlood: When an Evangelion is injured, the corresponding body part of the pilot is wreathed in foamy bubbles.
* TakeMyHand: [[spoiler:Both ''1.0'' and ''2.0'' end with Shinji offering Rei his hand, with the latter being a Crowning Moment of...a lot of things, really (irony amongst them).]]
** [[spoiler:Kaworu offers his hand to Shinji, who takes it, symbolizing his trust in Kaworu and the extent of their friendship.]]
* TakeThat:
** Taking into account that Anno has gone into rehabilitation, then a possible interpretation of [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot some parts of the plot of]] ''3.33'' can be counted as a general slap to the face to the deep end of the scale of cyniscism [[spoiler: in the form of WILLE (and by extension, Asuka and Misato): their general attitude, overall bitterness and the obvious lack of communication is what alienates Shinji to leave them at the beginning. If that wasn't enough, the fight at Central Dogma and the following events could have been prevented had Asuka stopped to talk to Shinji, who was clearly confussed and willing to reason with her.]] In short, while reckless idealism leads to mistakes, complete cynicism accomplishes nothing, and in fact, can be even worse at times.
* TakingYouWithMe
** In her debut, Mari does this to take down an Angel. She ends up OK; her EVA and the Angel don't. This was apparently purposefully planned out by the NERV commanders.
** Later on, [[spoiler:Rei attempted the same with Zeruel and an N2 missile. As it turns out, Zeruel's body is Ragnarok-proof; Unit-00 isn't]].
** In ''3.0.'', [[spoiler:realizing she can't defeat the Eva Mark-09 normally, Asuka self-destructs Eva-02 to take it out (though she ejects safely before the explosion).]]
* {{Tanabata}}:
** Both Sadamoto’s [[http://17th-angel.tumblr.com/post/39361279568/cake-slice-tanabata-the-meeting-of-the-deities poster]] for Q and Honda’s artwork have set Shinji and Kaworu in a sky full of stars with each under Vega and Altair and with the Milkyway running between them. A direct allusion to the star crossed lovers from the legend and the stars associated with them.
** Furthermore the official theater booklet for 3.0 held interviews by the Khara staff including Megui Ogata and Akira Ishida that described Kaworu and Shinji as having been linked through “past cycles” and only being able to be around each other for a brief time.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Both of Shinji's instances of this in the original series are repeated (after the Shamshiel fight and after the EVA-03 incident). [[RuleOfThree He does it a third time in 3.0 after learning that he caused Third Impact.]]]]
* ThemeNaming:
** The same as the original series, with a partial change (Asuka lost a carrier in her full name).
** Further, the female pilot's names are Rei [=AyaNAMI=], Asuka Langley [=ShikiNAMI=], and Mari Illustrious [=MakiNAMI=].
** [[spoiler:The trend of naming organizations after German words for the mind/soul continues in ''3.0''. After Gehirn (brain), Seele (soul) and Nerv (nerve) now comes Wille (will)]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists:
** A very meta aversion. No matter how this ends, it's nice to know Anno's a lot happier then when he started the franchise.
** Played straight for [[spoiler:many of the embittered survivors of Near Third Impact in ''3.0''.]]
*** This ''might'' be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in 3.0, since [[spoiler:Third Impact caused massive destruction and eliminated a large part of the Earth's (already reduced) population, so there really might be few to no therapists around, and no colleges/literature to instruct new ones.]]
* ThroatLight: Unit 01 vs. Zeruel, complete with breath that sounds like pissed-off winter. [[spoiler:But no breath weapon to accompany the EyeBeams.]]
* ThroughHisStomach: Rei's opening up in ''2.0'' is triggered by Shinji giving Rei some food. Both Asuka and Rei attempt to do this to Shinji, though in Rei's case it's to get Shinji and Gendo to reconcile.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: [[spoiler:In this version, Kaworu is the 13th Angel. We also have Eva-13, built to cause Fourth Impact.]]
* TimeSkip: [[spoiler: "3.0" starts off 14 years after the events of "2.0".]]
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Naturally, considering it's where Lilith is kept.
* TookALevelInBadass: Shinji once again against Zeruel. [[spoiler:And to top it off: while it's ambiguous why Unit 01 reactivates in the series... it's extremely obvious that it was ''Shinji himself'' forcing his Eva to reactivate this time around.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Specifically, [[spoiler:Asuka's eyepatch appearance]] during the trailer for ''3.0''. Although we knew they were still alive, we weren't sure if they were [[spoiler:''still human'']].
* TraumaCongaLine: Shinji goes through this ''big time'' in ''3.0.'' [[spoiler:He wakes up after thinking he saved Rei, only to find out not only was she not saved, 14 years have passed and all his friends and allies hate him. He goes back to NERV, only to find that the Rei there is nothing more than a clone, and that his attempts to communicate with her are useless. Then he finally manages to find comfort in Kaworu, the only one who treats him with kindness, only to find out that he caused Third Impact and wiped out most of humanity. Thinking he can fix this by causing Fourth Impact, he goes with Kaworu to try to fix things, only to end up making them worse when it's revealed that Fourth Impact will wipe out the rest of humanity, forcing Kaworu to sacrifice himself before Shinji's eyes.]] By the end, he's a complete wreck.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: The finale of 3.0. [[spoiler: Talk first, shoot later, Asuka, especially if the enemy seems willing to talk! Hear Kaworu out before you touch the artifacts of Doom, Shinji! And Kaworu...couldn't you have thought of ''any'' other course of action that the one you took?]]
* TrilogyCreep: Originally, the series was to be two individual features followed by two shorts packaged together as a third "film". After the resounding success of 2.0, however, plans apparently changed and 3.0 and 4.0 were both expanded and made into feature-length movies themselves.
* {{Tsundere}}: This time around, Asuka is closer to an ''actual'' Tsundere than just a female-{{Jerkass}}, in that she actually ''expresses'' her better side through kind behavior towards other people, rather than holding it in. [[spoiler:'''Far''' heavier on the ''tsun'' in ''3.0'', after what she's been through.]]
* TwoBeingsOneBody: Evangelion Unit-13 is piloted by both Shinji and Kaworu. In addition, the preview for ''Evangelion 4.0'' shows an [=EVA=] composed of one half of Unit-02's body and one half of Unit-08's body stuck together, entitled Unit 2+8. Whether Asuka and Mari pilot this [=EVA=] together or not is, as of yet, not known.
* UnholyHolySword: [[spoiler: What about those so called "Spears of hope" again, Shinji?" ]]
* UnstoppableRage: After Unit-01 takes out the infected Unit-03 [[spoiler:with Asuka inside]] using the dummy plugs, Shinji goes berserk and starts attacking the NERV pyramid himself until Gendo gets ''bored'' and orders the LCL pressure inside the EVA to unsafe levels, causing Shinji to pass out (so actually a Very Stoppable Rage, as it turns out). [[spoiler:And then, there is his behavior in the battle against Zeruel.]]
* UpdatedRerelease: ''1.01'' and ''1.11'', we're looking at you. ''1.01'' added several new elements to the original theatrical release of ''1.0'', and ''1.11'' fixes problems with that release (most notably, severe darkness issues). Although there were certainly American fans in a rage when Funimation announced they'd be releasing ''1.01''...given that ''1.11'' had already been out for ''months'' in Japan. Fans in the UK luckily did not have to suffer this; ''1.01'' and ''1.11'' were released as a double-disc set, albeit several months after the US release. Meanwhile ''2.0'' and ''3.0'' were similarly tweaked and released as ''2.22'' and ''3.33'', but without the problem of staggered DVD and BD releases.
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe example. Asuka grumbles at least thrice about the Japanese, including [[ApologizesALot apologizing a lot]], [[CannotSpitItOut not spitting it out]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Japanese doors]]. Misato interrupts one of these rants by demonstrating another annoying Japanese cultural Quirk: [[StealthHiBye Fucking Ninjas!]]
* VaporWear: As noted by Asuka, the experimental plugsuit [[spoiler:during the EVA-03 test]] is even tighter than standard issue and barely covers anything. It's actually a full-body-covering suit, but the lighter midsection ''looks'' like it's not there at all.
* {{Ventriloquism}}: Asuka having a 'conversation' with her doll about not needing others, in a highly unsettling scene.
* VictoryIsBoring: Discussed between Misato and Ritsuko during Shinji, Rei, and Asuka's Eva-test.
* VisualPun: If you're wondering, 0 (zero) is replaced with "Ř" in the titles, otherwise known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empty_set Empty set symbol]]. ''Final'', however, has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertical_bar the magnitude symbol]], but it would instead be more like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_%28geometry%29 the parallel symbol]]. In this context, you may want to rewrite the last title as: ''Evangelion: Final Parallel''.
** The symbol in ''Final'' is neither a parallel nor a magnitude symbol, but a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repeat_sign repeat sign]] in a musical score.
** The 3rd Angel in 2.0 is designed by MohiroKitoh, and it is shaped like the skeleton of a dragon. "Skeleton of a dragon" in Japanese is ''Ryugai'', the {{Mon}}s in Narutaru.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Mari and Asuka seem to be a mild form of this in 3.0. Half of the dialogue between them includes some form of put-down, but considering that they [[spoiler:have been [[BashBrothers fighting side by side for fourteen years]] after the events of 2.0,]] they work well together when the chips are down.
* WhamEpisode: One for each movie.
** ''1.0'' is more or less a shot-for-shot remake of the first 6 episodes of the series... Until Ramiel shows up, and completely wrecks Shinji. [[spoiler:Misato then shows him ''Lilith''.]] After Ramiel is defeated, things seem to go back to normal... but then, there's TheStinger, which has [[spoiler:Kaworu on the moon, with the tombs of other Angels]].
** The second half of ''2.0'' has [[spoiler:Asuka and Unit-03 being mauled (she survives, but is comatose) and Rei being eaten by Zeruel. Shinji then completely gives up on reality, life and himself by becoming ridiculously powerful with his EVA's AT Field. Furthermore, he unwittingly starts the Third Impact by trying to save Rei. It's only with the intervention of Kaworu that the apocalypse is averted, and even then most of the Evangelion Units have been demolished while there are still more Angels to come, with both Shinji and Rei trapped inside EVA-01.]]
** ''3.0'' ends on the note of [[spoiler:Shinji causing the 4th impact and Kaworu dying to stop it.]]
*** Hell, [[spoiler:'''All of ''3.0''''' could be considered one. From showing that Kaworu was too late to stop much of the damage from the Third Impact to Shinji's ''second'' fuck up, there's very little non-wham.]]
*** If you'd like a particular wham ''scene'', there's [[spoiler:Shinji finally seeing his a photo of his mother; and realizing the truth about Rei, Unit-01, and Gendo.]] This shoe has been waiting to drop since ''the original series.''
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:Everyone in ''3.0.'' (save Kaworu, Rei, Fuyutsuki, and Sakura) treats Shinji this way due to him causing Third Impact at the end of ''2.0.'', which only left a few remaining humans. [[HeroicSelfDeprecation He feels that he deserves this]], [[TheAtoner but wants to make up for it]].]]
** There's also the fact that they pulled him out of a box with an angel in it. They aren't ready to trust him right away (if ever).
* WeirdMoon: It's got an enormous bloodstain stretching across it. Perhaps a nod to [=EoE=].
* [[WorldOfBadass World of]] AdaptationalBadass
** Beginning at the start of 1.0, with ''Sachiel''. For one thing, the standard military hits the opening Angel with LOTS MoreDakka than in the original, and we get a better look at how destructive the N2 Mine/missile is. None of it works. And we also get a shot of the Angel levitating briefly, something it couldn't do before. Finally, although this is more backhanded, Sachiel vs. Unit-01. Yes, Unit-01 still {{CurbStomp|Battle}}s him. The difference, is that the sequence takes noticeably ''longer'' than it did in the series. Even if Sachiel can't hope to win, he can still [[VillainousValor last a bit longer than before]].
** Then, we skip to the battle against [[AlienGeometries Ramiel]]. For the sake of keeping a short example, just compare the original fight against the one in ''Rebuild''. Ramiel, Shinji, and to one degree even Rei have ''clearly'' [[TookALevelInBadass taken numerous levels in badass]].
** Moving on to ''2.0'', Asuka [[ActionGirl takes out an Angel all by herself]].
** Then, cue the Tenth Angel. What happens when TheJuggernaut [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Few Levels In Badass]]? '''[[OhCrap Zeruel]]'''. What happens when Shinji starts playing UnstoppableRage even better than Unit-01? [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Third]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Impact]].
** And then, [[BigDamnHeroes finally]], [[DynamicEntry Kaworu]].
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: [[spoiler:Shinji gives a variant of this, both to himself and those trying to talk him down, at the end of 2.0 as he finally realizes he has something to fight for.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Shinji:''' I don't care what happens to me. I don't care what happens to the world. But I'm bringing Rei back... I promise I'll save you, Rei... '''''EVEN IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO!!!''''']]
* YouAreNotAlone: The subtitle of the first of the ''Rebuild'' films is surprisingly appropriate.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Shinji wants to know what the chances are of catching an Angel. Although [[NeverTellMeTheOdds Ritsuko told her the odds earlier]], Misato cheerily replies that it's best if he doesn't know that.
* YouKnowWhatYouDid: [[spoiler: WILLE's treatment towards Shinji shows signs of this in the matter of Third Impact, however, this is {{Deconstructed|Trope}} because Shinji '''truly''' didn't knew what he had caused and eventually lead to him leaving them]].
* YourHeadAsplode: [[spoiler: Poor Kaworu.]]
* XtremeKoolLetterz/[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Ye Olde Butcherede Japanese]]: The new title is spelled very oddly. For some reason, it seems to be spelled in the Touhouku dialect. Originally, the gairaigo (transliterated into Japanese) spelling in katakana (alphabet used for foreign words) was ''E-va-n-ge-ri-o-n''. In ''Rebuild'', it's spelled ''Ye-va-n-ge-ri-wo-n'' in katakana. Even though /wo/ is pronounced the same as /o/ in modern Japanese, sort of making sense, the phoneme /ye/ isn't used in modern Japanese anymore, which is weird (neither is /wo/, outside of particles), which this isn't, but they've been using it for Kaworu's name since the original series.
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