* During the fight against the 13th Angel, Shinji disobeys Gendo's orders and charges into battle to rescue Toji. Gendo responds like he originally did and has the Dummy Plug activated... for a few seconds before EVA-01 rejects it, allowing Shinji to carry on as he expected. This shocks Gendo so much he [[NotSoStoic briefly loses his composure]].
-->'''Shinji:''' Thank you, mother!
* During the Battle of Tokyo-3, Toji arrives to fight the JSSDF and the MP-Evas... ''[[spoiler:Piloting the Jet Alone!!]]''
* Kaji [[spoiler:blackmails the Prime Minister with a computer worm that'll release all the facts about SEELE and Second Impact]].
** [[spoiler: Then he returns to Tokyo-3 with [[TheCavalry several JSSDF squads sent to stop the attack on NERV]]. JustInTime to save Rei from being gunned down. By shooting the soldier threatening her. From a moving VTOL. Even if he only gets him in the shoulder with his third round, it's still impressive marksmanship]].
** [[spoiler: According to the last chapter, he conveniently "forgot" to stop the worm.]]
* The mere fact that Shinji and Asuka not only survived, but ''thrived'' and ''[[spoiler:raised a family]]'' in the Post-Impact world for so long.
* Kaworu [[spoiler: Pulling off a TimeyWimeyBall XanatosGambit to not only allow Shinji to be happy but to save every single surviving human on earth.]]