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[[caption-width-right:300: [[OCStandIn Yes]], that's [[GenderFlip Shinji]] [[BadassAdorable hugging]] a [[NukeEm nuclear]] [[MnogoNukes bomb]].]]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4673040/1/ And If That Don't Work?]]'' by Sunshine Temple is a ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' [[spoiler:and some VideoGame/TeamFortress2]] fanfic where with [[NukeEm enough gun]], even an Angel can be destroyed, AT field and all, without an Eva. Of course, this tactic usually means wiping out a fair chunk of the surrounding area. And you definitely don't want your pilot and Operations Director getting caught in the blast. Nevertheless, with a proven alternative available, NERV's political position has changed big time. And Shinji? Well...

Currently ''And If That Don't Work?'' clocks in at more than two hundred thousand words over a mere 12 chapters; it was started in 2008 and is still going.

Shinji rapidly becomes either [[OCStandIn unrecognizable]] or more "natural". A bit of AuthorAppeal with the militarization of NERV and the way a certain character dresses. The [[OriginalCharacter OCs]] are a lot of fun. By the same author is ''Fanfic/TheReturn'', a ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''/''Franchise/SailorMoon'' cross which does much the same thing with those franchises.

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!!This fic contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents - Neither Gendo or Dr. Insana are ''hostile'' to their children, but it's hard to categorize their parenting to either as anything else.
* AliceAllusion - Shinju's got the hairband, [[ElegantGothicLolita dress]], and morbid cuteness.
* AsteroidsMonster:
** Israfel keeps splitting and doesn't stop until it numbers in the hundreds. Then they start using tactics, proving that, yes, the Angels are getting smarter.
** [[spoiler:Matarael]] uses a very similar tactic in its attack.
* BadassAdorable - [[{{Moe}} Shinju]], [[ElegantGothicLolita just]] [[BloodKnight Shinju]]
* Main/BandOfBrothers - Used and Deconstructed. In ch 9, Shinju gives the Saint Crispin's Day speech from ''Theatre/HenryV'' to invoke this trope as part of a plan to get the public to accept the [[spoiler:HollywoodCyborg, [[HalfHumanHybrid half Evangelion]] Asuka/Kiko.]]
* BeehiveHairdo - Asuka (yes, Asuka) is talked into wearing one of these to a victory party.
** Likely a case of AuthorAppeal, especially given [[http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y44/sunshinetemple/FanArt_not_on_site/AsukasFancyDress.jpg the dress]] she wears with it.
*** And now [[spoiler:it's a permanent feature.]]
* {{BFG}} - The Evas are equipped with rifles built from Iowa Class Battleship guns.
* CloningBlues - Shinju and Misako (and of course Rei).
** There's no way to make this make sense without major spoilers, so here goes: Shinji and Misato are lethally irradiated by the nuke that kills Sachiel. Gendo has Ritsuko use the soul transfer technology to dump their souls into differently-aged Rei clones; thus, Shinji is now 12-year-old Shinju, and Misato is 19-year-old Misako. They are passed off as Rei's sisters.
** A common theme is just how much Misato and Shinji really are in the clones. Especially given how Shinju acts.
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror - Asuka is subjected to operand conditioning to keep her functional after [[spoiler: being burned by acid down to a "screaming potato" and then rebuilt as a cybernetic [[HalfHumanHybrid human-Evangelion hybrid]].]] She happily notes that she doesn't get nightmares about it, ever.
** Plus {{Brainwashing}} [[spoiler:for loyalty, obedience, and discomfort with old bodily functions]].
* CreepyChild - Shinju has two settings: this or {{Moe}}...especially when she's [[StepfordSmiler happily]] cleaning her [[KnifeNut various]] [[GunStripping weapons]].
* CreepyDoll - In keeping with the above, most people think Shinju's doll collection is cute. Asuka on the other hand...
* ElegantGothicLolita:
** This is essentially Shinju's default state outside of combat.
** Asuka also gets touched with this; see the BeehiveHairdo entry.
* {{Fembot}} - [[http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y44/sunshinetemple/FanArt_not_on_site/NigokikoplugsuitGlossy05.jpg Visually at least]] Kiko straddles the line between this and RobotGirl
* FirstEpisodeResurrection
** See CloningBlues above. As a result, Shinju ends up being more badass, assertive, and [[{{Newsreel}} popular]] than [[OCStandIn Shinji ever was]].
** A couple chapters later the cycle restarts with Asuka [[BookEnds seeing Shinju]] in her first scene and with Kaji seeing Misako. Apparently ItRunsInTheFamily.
* FlowerMotifs - Shinju is sent an unusual bouquet in ch. 6. As a GeniusBonus, [[spoiler:the flowers can all be negatively interpreted as Death, Revenge, Suspicion, and Loathing. This is a warning of Mikki's true intentions.]]
* ForScience - "Sciencier" Insana's motivation / CatchPhrase.
* FountainOfYouth - A side effect of what happens to Shinji and Misato; see CloningBlues above.
* FourIsDeath - This time Shinju is the Fourth Child. To ram the point home: after her fifth kill she gains the nickname "[[{{Pun}} Ace of Spades]]."
* GatlingGood - The [=YA11=] Dreadhog has a nuclear powered one of these.
* GenderFlip - ...and an especially twisted one, at that.
* HalfHumanHybrid - The Ayanamis and Kiko.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters - From the Angels' perspective. They just want to rescue "mother".
* HumansAreCthulhu - Another part of the Angels' views on humans.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes - From ch. 5 on, the fic is starting to feature scenes from the Angels' perspective. For them, humans are monsters that consort with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and perverted Angelic flesh to make war machines. Nuclear weapons are particularly horrifying to them, being machines capable of destroying souls.
* INeedAFreakingDrink - Ritsuko goes for her office liquor stash while discussing [[spoiler: Kiko and the Ayanamis' ability to generate AT fields, Insana's proposed built-in armaments, and general discipline issues.]]
* ImMelting - [[spoiler:Asuka]] basically gets partially liquefied by [[spoiler:Matarael's acid attack]] in ch. 7. Practically {{Gorn}}.
* ItsRainingMen - Nerv hard drops far more than often than canon, such as the [[spoiler:Ramiel]] battle. Unlike the canon this time the pilots regularly sing paratrooper songs. It's that kind [[RealRobot of fic]].
* LossOfIdentity
** Shinju is unrecognizable as Shinji after a couple of chapters [[spoiler:and is picking up bits of Rei.]]
** Misato is mostly herself, [[spoiler:but she does refer to "Katsuragi" as another person.]]
** [[spoiler:And poor [[strike:Asuka]] Kiko. Shinju even encourages her to give up on her old self.]]
* MadScientist - Given all the cloning, Angel-killing nukes, and the Evangelions themselves...seems to be a theme.
** It should be noted that the "sanest" one is an {{expy}} of [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 The Engineer]] who designed and built a plane armed with a [[{{BFG}} giant nuclear-powered Gatling rail gun]].
** Insana is after ch. 7 the undisputed king of this trope amongst the characters of this story.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter - And the man that embraces the above to the fullest just happens to be ''Asuka's'' father. [[spoiler:Former MIT Professor Tino Noah Insana. You can guess his [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment nickname.]] Arguably a weirder father than Gendo, and in charge of S2 research.]]
* MeaningfulName - Dr. Insana. Hoo boy.
* MeaningfulRename - [[spoiler:Asuka --> Nigokiko/Kiko after Asuka was turned into a human/EVA-02 hybrid]].
* MildlyMilitary - NERV is seen as this by JSSDF and Azazel. One of the key themes of the fic is NERV being forced to become more transparent.
* MnogoNukes - The Russians drop the Bomb on an Angel.
* {{Newsreel}} - The Azazel and Nerv pilots are frequently in these.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo - Very much {{averted}}, though the political (and other) fallout of using nukes keeps NERV in business.
* NukeEm - How Sachiel meets his end.
* OCStandIn - Arguably what happens to Shinji and then to Asuka.
* OxymoronicBeing - Kiko is a miniature giant robot. That is, she's [[HalfHumanHybrid half]] [[HumongousMecha Evangelion]] but [[RobotGirl human sized.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild - In chapter 5, Misako [[InvokedTrope uses this exact phrase]] when discussing [[spoiler:the dummy plugs]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning - All three Ayanamis
* RedsWithRockets - Azazel
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun - Asuka is constantly reminded that she blew up a mountain as a high point of her first battle, despite her complaints of it being covered with Angels and rather small.
** Shinju too, just ask about Operation Excelsior around her.
* RobotGirl - Subverted by Kiko, who is [[spoiler:a [[OrganicTechnology human/Eva hybrid]] ]].
* ShoutOut - ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'', ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers,'' ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''
* ShovelStrike - The Evangelions have Spetsnaz-style prog shovels.
* SovietSuperscience - Mostly averted. The Angel Buster nukes are slight modifications of real weapons.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids - Nigokiko was designed ''to be a Sapiency Driver for Unit 02''... to enable [[spoiler: Asuka]] to Pilot Unit 02, being able to [[spoiler: generate AT fields]] is just a side effect.
* SurvivalMantra / MadnessMantra - Latching onto a bit of advice from Rei, Shinju has "Open your heart" which she chants while gutting Angels.
* TailorMadePrison - Ever wonder where Nerv was planning to put Sandalphon? Enter the Caina Containment Complex, a prison for Angels. It's secured by a nuclear SwordOfDamocles DeadManSwitch, much to [[spoiler:Iry's]] chagrin.
* TheyCalledMeMad - Ritsuko says this exact like in the first chapter.
** [[LampshadeHanging "We know, Intro to Theater."]]
* TokenHuman: [[spoiler:Toji is currently the only pilot who is not partly Angel/Evangelion]].
* UnusualEars - Kiko, as expected.
* [[spoiler:[[WeCanRebuildHim We Can Rebuild Her]]]] - This is Insana's plan to [[spoiler:save Asuka's life after the Matarael battle]].
* WhiteVoidRoom - Where [[spoiler:Mikki]] and the other Angels plot.
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