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[[caption-width-right:365:[[YaoiFangirl Gender cannot stand in the way of love!]]]]

* Shinji and Kaworu. The blushing, the showering together, the hand-holding, the sleepover, and the declaration of love, all in one episode.
** And during the bathing scene, Kaworu places his hand on Shinji's, and rather than hesitate or pull back (as he did in a previous episode, when Misato attempted to touch him), Shinji allows Kaworu's hand to linger on his own. And shortly afterwards Kaworu tells Shinji that he loves him. At the end of the bathing scene, Shinji tells Kaworu that they need to go to bed, to which Kaworu is confused and asks, "Together?" Shinji is quick to decline Kaworu's offer, but he does spend the night at Kaworu's apartment, sleeping on the floor beside Kaworu's bed. Shinji finds it quite easy to talk to Kaworu about his conflicted feelings and Kaworu is shown smiling at Shinji in a fond manner, causing Shinji to blush, and Kaworu tells him "I think I was born just to meet you, Shinji Ikari." Later, Shinji is devastated by [[spoiler:his killing Kaworu]], and remarks that Kaworu was the only person in his life to tell him that he was loved.
*** Look where Shinji's staring when he blushes in the shower.
** In the movie Death and Rebirth, Kaworu is brought up as a prominent link between the TV series and End of Evangelion. The [[spoiler:death scene at the end echos the first scene of End of Evangelion, showing the sheer impact Kaworu's death had on Shinji.]]
** And finally, in EOE, Shinji meets Giant-Naked Rei and has a screaming fit of insanity (to be fair, [[NightmareFuel so did many fans]]) but a second later, she transforms into Giant Naked Kaworu and asks, "Is this better?" Shinji ''smiles'' for the first time since meeting Kaworu. Yep.
*** During Instrumentality, after Shinji parts from [[FanNickname "Reililth"]], Kaworu appears to him as the representative of the word "love" in Shinji's heart, and is the final proof he needs to reject instrumentality entirety.
** In the manga, meanwhile, the Ho Yay is much more sexualized but one-sided, with Kaworu as the aggressor. Shinji outright tells [[FanNickname "Evil Manga Kaworu"]] he doesn't even ''like'' him, and rebuffs anything resembling an advance he makes. That still doesn't stop him from kissing a feverish, hyperventilating Shinji in bed--covering it up as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation--then rather aggressively interrogating him on the nature of love. Throughout their scenes together, Shinji is unnerved by Kaworu's "weird" behavior, but acts as a classic tsundere archetype. Only later after [[spoiler:killing Kaworu at his request]] does Shinji admit he was attracted to Kaworu in a conversation with Misato.
** In the ''Campus Apocalypse'' manga, Kaworu says that he's only helping NERV for Shinji's sake and that otherwise he'd be out there enjoying life [[spoiler:until all reality fell apart without him as a CosmicKeystone.]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Because Shinji was nice to him]], true, but...
*** ''Campus Apocalypse'' Kaworu falls in love with Shinji because [[spoiler:they met as children and Shinji patted Kaworu on the head. Kaworu sacrifices himself for Shinji in the end.]]
*** After Kaworu reveals to Shinji that he [[spoiler: is the final angle]] he expects Shinji to reject him... only for Shinji to say that he doesn't care. Kaworu turns his head away and bursts into tears of joy.
** The Shinji/Kaworu HoYay is pretty much confirmed by some of the official artwork available through Gainax's Eva merchandise site.
** In ''Rebuild 1.0'', Kaworu awakens shirtless on the moon to promptly say "I'm looking forward to knowing you, Shinji Ikari." As lampshaded with many lulz by the fansubbing group, the Japanese word used can mean "to know in the biblical sense." And right after that statement, he says he's gonna make Shinji "happy" this time...
** They have a lot of HoYay in ''NeonGenesisEvangelionGakuenDatenroku'' and ''IkariShinjiRaisingProject'' too.
** In the ''Angelic Days ''manga, Kaworu obviously has [[{{Yandere}} a crush of some sort]] on Shinji.
** In the original drafts of Kaworu's appearance, the HoYay was meant to be even more blatant. Originally, they were going to go skinny dipping in the ocean together, [[http://anneemay.tumblr.com/post/41516408265/kawoshin-kiss-scene-that-was-supposed-to-be-in-the kiss]], and Shinji was actually going to confess his feelings for Kaworu.
** TheOtherWiki has placed Shinji into the "Fictional bisexuals" category. While this proves little, it does say a lot.
* In one of the previews for 3.0 has Misato say that Shinji wakes up next to a mysterious boy [[spoiler:however this has been disproven as the plot for 3.0 rendered the preview irrelevant. The implication was that the boy was Kaworu, though.]]
** In 3.0 Kaworu and Shinji both play the piano under a heart shaped tree, with Shinji learning how to play the piano instantly with some help from Kaworu. Later on he blushes when Kaworu tells Shinji he can just call him by his first name.
* Far less blatant is the open admiration {{Bridge Bunn|ies}}y Maya has towards her superior Ritsuko, though unfortunately for her [[spoiler:Ritsuko is far too busy getting banged by Gendo]].
** In ''End of Evangelion'', compared to Shinji's Kaworu, the figure who Maya sees is Ritsuko who types "I need you" on Maya’s laptop with her hands over Maya’s, and then tenderly embraces her, with her knee planted in Maya's groin. Before she's turned into LCL Maya joyfully returns Ritsuko's hug and cries "Sempai! Sempai! Sempai! Sempai!" with a look of ecstasy on her face as tears flow from her eyes.
** And in ''ShinjiIkariRaisingProject'', guess who receives chocolates from Maya for Valentine's day...
** Ritsuko and Maya get a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in episode 13, when they defeat the Eleventh Angel by reprogramming a computer. This being [[LipstickLesbian Maya]], Ritsuko gets excessively fangirled for her contribution.
* Let's not forget the onsen bath scene with Misato and Asuka. Through suggestive dialogue and giggling it's hinted that Misato was feeling up her mutually naked charge in some rather provocative ways, under the blanket of being "innocent girlie fun."
* Some will also say the relationship between Gendou and Kouzou is loaded with subtext/vibes. Amusing as the idea may be, it's not canon, though you can really imagine what you want with Eva...
* And there's a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmHv2-fIwiM scene]] in Rebuild 2.0, Kaji asks Shinji if he wants to go on a date with him. Shinji reminds him that he's a boy and in response Kaji says "No problem. Gender shouldn't get in the way of love," places his hand on Shinji's, gets close to his face, and tries (or pretends to) to kiss him and Shinji blushes, letting out an almighty squeal.
** In episode 17, Kaji [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zzj-wISLS4 inexplicably flirts with Shinji.]]
---->'''Kaji:''' How about it? Wanna go out for tea?\\
'''Shinji:''' You know, I'm a boy.
** There's a deleted/alternate scene on the 2.22 DVD where Kaji is introduced in a tram car, which ends with him suddenly saying "I love you" to Shinji before ducking out. So if that had been the final version, Kaworu wouldn't have been the first person to say that to him.
* There's also some LesYay[=/=]FoeYay played with in regards to Asuka and Rei in the official art. Their interactions in "The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still" actually bordered on a bizarre case of BelligerentSexualTension, especially since they made temporary peace with each other in the end. They grow to be on better terms in ''RebuildOfEvangelion'', though.
** In ''RebuildOfEvangelion'', Asuka later volunteers to pilot Unit 03 so that Rei can bring Shinji and his father closer together. She does this for ''Rei'', who in most incarnations she doesn't care for at all.
** They're on better terms in Angelic Days as well, once even holding hands.
** In ''NeonGenesisEvangelionGakuenDatenroku'', there's a very LesYay scene between Asuka (playing the Virgin Mary) and Rei (playing Gabriel) during the Nativity Play. Quite frankly, it's impossible to miss. Either that or Asuka and Rei were sneakily insinuating that Jesus is Mary and Gabriel's lovechild.
*** After Rei reveals her true origins she expects Asuka to hate her, only for Asuka to ''scream'' at her that she doesn't care about what Rei is after all they've been through together. Remember that this is ''Asuka'' we're talking about, who hated Rei at the beginning.
* Hikari and Asuka? Hikari is pretty much Asuka's only friend. And after the battle with Arael, Asuka seeks out Hikari and stays with her for an unspecified time. During a late evening they share a bed and a tearful Asuka breaks down and reveals her inner insecurities to Hikari who comforts her, a testament to their friendship.
** The second film of the ''Rebuild'' series has a scene where Hikari approaches Asuka and shyly asks if she can sit with her at lunch. She's even blushing when asking it.
*** And pretty amusingly, when Misato finds Asuka trying to cook, and naturally correctly assumes that she's trying to do something nice for Shinji, for a change, Asuka flusters and tries to insist that it's for a girl. Alas, neither of them seem to think of the implications.
* ''IkariShinjiRaisingProject'' does this with Asuka/Rei on illustrations and in Shinji's dreams and even in real-life as they become more friendly toward each other late in the series, Maya/Ritsuko, Rei/Misato because Rei obsesses about boobs and can't help touching them, and also Ritsuko/Yui and the terrifying Rei/Yui because Yui has the largest breasts of the whole cast. Also, there is much Shinji/Kaworu to be had and Asuka once jokes about Touji and Shinji having an intimate relationship. And of the more NoYay variety, Gendo simply loves his son Shinji so dearly he wants to bear-hug him from behind or take a bath with him. Look hard and you can probably see some Mana/Asuka too.
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