[[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation We could]] [[LoveItOrHateIt just say]] [[BrokenBase "everything"]] [[HypeBacklash and end]] [[FauxSymbolism the page]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory here]], but...

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[[folder:General]]

* AmericansHateTingle: While still respected for its creativity and originality, Evangelion has fallen into LoveItOrHateIt territory for many in the West, and isn't very popular with younger anime fans (unlike in Japan where it continues to be a hit with the [[UsefulNotes/ShonenDemographic Shonen]] demographic).
* CriticalDissonance: Has been almost unanimously positively reviewed by professional anime/manga critics, yet it's a ''very'' divisive series within the world of anime fandom, partly due to the ''very'' dark tone, [[DysfunctionJunction a cast with so many issues that they're under-developed or unlikable]], and [[GainaxEnding an ending that was hard for many to understand]], among others. In fact, saying you like it in certain places, you might as well call yourself a snob.
* FirstInstallmentWins: Despite the debates in the fandom on whether ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' is better or worse than the original series as well as ''Rebuild'' largely replacing ''Neon Genesis'' in merchandise, the TV series has always been the best-remembered and most iconic incarnation of the ''Evangelion'' franchise. The franchise is still (in)famous for its TrueArtIsAngsty reputation despite it being toned down in the first two ''Rebuild'' movies and most spinoffs, ''Rebuild'' Angels are frequently referred to by their original series names, and Asuka is better-remembered as "Soryu" than as "Shikinami".
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** In the West, the franchise is generally more popular with college/university-age anime fans (some of which grew up with the series) than it is with younger fans, who generally skew towards newer series such as ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' and ''Manga/OnePunchMan''.
** The show is very popular in Latin America, where at least one of its Spanish dubs is widely considered a SuperlativeDubbing and many fans grew up with the series. In an "evangelion shitposting"''[sic]'' group on Website/{{Facebook}}, many of the members are Latin Americans and a large portion of the posts are in Spanish despite English being the ''lingua franca'' of the group.
* HypeAversion[=/=]HypeBacklash: See SeinfeldIsUnfunny. Suffice to say, there's a divide between the people still singing its praises and the people who feel it hasn't aged particularly well. It doesn't help that people attached to shows that copy ''Evangelion''.
* LoveItOrHateIt: Most consider it either the most artistic and literary or one of the most overrated and pretentious series. ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' addresses some of the more controversial aspects of the series, and managed to win over some fans disillusioned with the show, resulting in a significant BrokenBase over which continuity is better.
* PeripheryDemographic: ''Evangelion'' was primarily meant for teens (hence the 14-year-old protagonists), but mostly due to the show's age and very mature and deep content, it has a very active adult fanbase that's much more prominent than for newer shonen series, with some fans even in their 30s or 40s (the late Creator/RobinWilliams was a fan of the show).
* SacredCow: Due to the anime's sterling reputation [[CriticalDissonance with critics]] and long-lasting legacy, many ''Eva'' fans treat their franchise as this, with some of them entering Berserk Mode as soon as anyone dares to criticize their coveted series. For all the debating over whether ''NGE'' or ''Rebuild'' is the superior canon, bashing ''NGE'' is largely considered a FandomHeresy while doing the same for ''Rebuild'' isn't met with as much opposition.
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[[folder:The Characters]]

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[WordOfGod Intentional on the creator's part]], but especially noteworthy in some cases: is Gendo a manipulative monster, a misunderstood genius, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a loving but misguided father who wants to make his son strong]], the show's biggest [[TheWoobie Woobie]], or a mix of the four? Is Yui a soft and idealized mother/Virgin Mary figure (close to being the series' Canon Sue), the actual manipulative monster who's responsible for messing up Shinji, Gendo and the fate of the world, or just off her rocker? Is Shinji a neurotic, obnoxious wimp, a normal person dealing with impossibly overwhelming odds, or actually a courageous young hero? Is he "pure" or a pervert with {{Yandere}} tendencies? Since we're at it, is Shinji similar to Gendo, his polar opposite, or a complex mix of the two?
** Don't forget the entire organization of Seele: is it a group of monsters [[spoiler: out to end the humanity just to create a god]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist a way too extreme but well-intentioned]] group who just wants to end the insecurities and suffering that humans suffer [[spoiler: because AT field separates them from each other and makes them unable to understand each other?]] Or maybe they are just {{b|lueAndOrangeMorality}}izarre.
** Is Kaworu a TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth TragicHero who doesn't understand how he hurts Shinji, an AntiVillain who pulls a HeelFaceTurn after Shinji shows him love, a ManipulativeBastard who played with Shinji's emotions, or some combination of them? There's enough evidence for each of them, and different depictions of Kaworu pick whichever one they agree with best.
** The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games also dabble in this (as they usually do with the series) giving Shinji a backbone and changing story details. For example [[spoiler:Toji does not suffer the fate that he does in the TV series and can occasionally join the team as a playable character. Likewise Asuka, in her famous scene from the movie, does not die when she is attacked by the group of [=EVAs=] but can actually wipe them out instead]].
* AmericansHateTingle: Shinji is a far more polarizing character in the West than he is in Japan.
* AngstDissonance: No matter how much hell he goes through, many viewers ''still'' attribute Shinji's issues to him just being a whiny, bratty wuss. Not even [[spoiler:discovering Unit-02 disemboweled]] is an adequate excuse for him not taking insane amounts of tragedy, misfortune, cosmic horrors, and near-constant abuse in stride.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: Most of the fight scenes are very visually impressive, especially considering that the show was made on a shoestring budget.
* AwesomeEgo: Asuka has a truly massive ego and is all the more entertaining and adorable for it, [[spoiler:even though it's a facade for her ''low'' self-esteem and eventually causes her to get into worse and worse situations]].
* BadassDecay
** Manga Gendo makes for a debatable case, as he's much more emo and pathetic compared to his anime version but also much more cynical, cruel and insane.
*** The same charge has been laid over his confession that he's a pile of self-hate with a social phobia in ''End of Evangelion'' as well.
** Some view Asuka's descent into depression as BadassDecay too (albeit an {{invoked}} example), as she was previously established as an incredibly assertive and combative character.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Pretty much every major character.]]
** Gendo is ranked around 50% most hated anime character in quite a few polls. This likely overlaps with LoveToHate, though, so it may not be so bad, and many fans praise him for his role as a villain in the series.
** Shinji is an infamous example; fans either love him for being a very relatable AudienceSurrogate with personal issues that hit home for many viewers, or hate him for being an ineffective wuss unlike most other shonen protagonists. Most other continuities try to make Shinji into [[AdaptationalBadass a more competent character]], possibly for this reason.
** Asuka is one of the most beloved characters ([[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in the West]]), for being a BadassAdorable FieryRedhead {{tsundere}} with [[JerkassWoobie a very sympathetic backstory]]. However, some fans can't stand her abrasive and obnoxious attitude. Asuka also suffers from quite a bit of HypeBacklash due to her popularity, with quite a few people criticizing her and her fanbase for worshipping and overestimating her (similar to the fanbase for [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charizard]], another red-themed BloodKnight BreakoutCharacter). Creator/TiffanyGrant[='s=] performance in the English dub doesn't help matters either; some people find her voice endearing, appreciate her more over-the-top histrionics and more fluent German than in the original, and consider Grant to be the definitive voice for Asuka (despite being a dubbed version), while others find that she sounds too old, scratchy, whiny and generally annoying. The former camp also points to the fact that Grant was [[OneOfUs a genuine fan of the series and her character in it]], unlike how Creator/AmandaWinnLee (ADR director and voice of Rei) seemed to treat ''Evangelion'' with [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer poor understanding]] and [[MoneyDearBoy apathy]].
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: The franchise is infamous for churning out [[TheMerch merchandise]] of Rei and Asuka [[MisaimedMarketing in various gimmicky, sexualized outfits]] like clockwork. [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/astro-toy/2009-01-25/with-rob-bricken/evangelion-aerocat-ex An example]].
* CrazyAwesome: In direct opposition to the above trope is the more recent trend in fanon to think of/portray Shinji as this.
* CrackPairing
** As improbable as it may sound, a Kaworu x Asuka ship has been astoundingly popular since the former's debut, as seen [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909274-neon-genesis-evangelion here]] , [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909281-neon-genesis-evangelion here]] , [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/909267-neon-genesis-evangelion and here]] . Also a case of ShipsThatPassInTheNight, given the two never interacted, at least in canon. The fact that Kaworu hijacked Asuka's Eva unit also makes for ample FanficFuel of the SlapSlapKiss variety.
** The series is both old and popular enough for almost every ''possible'' pairing to have been written and/or drawn about at least a few times no matter how improbable, up to and including Kensuke/Ritsuko. The VideoGameAdaptation ''NGE 2'' only adds fuel to the fire, as it allows the player to control ''any'' of the main and supporting cast and date whoever they want to.
* DieForOurShip
** People just love to call Mana Kirishima a RelationshipSue.
* DoubleStandard: Some people consider Shinji and Asuka to both be [[TheScrappy annoying characters]] due to the former [[EmoTeen not being assertive enough]] and the latter being [[{{Jerkass}} too brash]]. When you look at their [[FreudianExcuse backstories]], it becomes clear that they were both essentially exposed to the same things as kids, but they dealt with them in two entirely different ways. Thus, Shinji becomes [[ShrinkingViolet extremely quiet and introverted]], while Asuka hid it by becoming [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex loud, prideful and aggressive]]. Both of them do this because they don't want to be hurt. Were their personalities swapped, there would likely be less complaining due to gender role stereotypes.
** There's also all the flak Shinji gets for being "whiny", [[AmericansHateTingle especially in the West]], when throughout the course of the show, it's probably ''Asuka'' who spends the most time angsting -- not that she doesn't have cause to -- particularly when you consider that she's not quite as major a character as Shinji, and only arrived on the show several episodes in anyway. It's just that Shinji happens to be our main protagonist, so we get his point of view for the most part.
* DracoInLeatherPants:
** Fans of [[MonsterOfTheWeek Kaworu]] tend to play up his fascination with humanity, love for Shinji, and final HeroicSacrifice, while ignoring the fact that, as an Angel, his inborn goal[[note]][[EnigmaticMinion but probably not his absolute desire...]][[/note]] ''was'' to unite with Adam (fully aware this would set off TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt) and, up until finding Lilith, seemed very resistant to being stopped. [[Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject Alternate]] [[Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse portrayals]] [[Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays where]] he ''doesn't'' play the antagonist typically make him much LighterAndSofter, except for Sadamoto's manga, where his [[TheAce Ace-like]] qualities are stripped, and the fans are surprised enough at his new flaws to label him, [[FanNickname "Evil Manga Kaworu"]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse
** ''Kaworu''. From being the ''only'' person to [[HoYay express love]] for [[TheWoobie Shinji]] to being the only Child who's [[DissonantSerenity generally happy]]-[[StepfordSmiler looking]], he's well loved by the fans.
*** In a Newtype poll in 2010, Kaworu was ranked as the 2nd most popular male anime character of the 1990's. Yeah...
** Kaji, to a lesser degree. Toji Suzuhara is also popular. Maybe the reason he ultimately ended up more important than his classmates Kensuke and Hikari.
** On the villainous side, the Angel Zeruel and Ramiel are incredibly popular to this day.
* EpilepticTrees: The series never explicitly states just ''whose'' soul is in Unit-00. However, implications and dug-up evidence points towards it being a part of Rei's soul, specifically the Rei I version, in a case similar to what happened to Kyoko's split soul in Unit-02.
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* EvilIsCool:
** Gendo Ikari is quite popular in the fanbase for being a cool, endearing, well-developed, menacing and somewhat sympathetic villain.
** Some of the Angels also have their fans, such as Sachiel and Ramiel.
** Subverted for Kaworu. While he's an Angel and inherently an antagonist, not only is he morally ambiguous, but his less-than-villainous role and kind personality are part of ''why'' he's such a popular character; a popular fan nickname for him is "[[HoYay Gay]] [[MessianicArchetype Space Jesus]]".
* FanPreferredCouple: Shinji/Asuka is the fan-favorite pairing due to the obvious BelligerentSexualTension between the two. It's very common in fan works for the two to finally express their feelings to each other and get together.
** Shinji/Kaworu for yaoi shippers, the fandom exploded after the release of ''3.0: You Can (Not) Redo''.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** Historically, Asuka has been a far more popular character than Rei among Western audiences, whereas the complete opposite is true in Japan -- even WordOfGod has commented on this. Of course, Rei is still quite popular in the US and Asuka popular in Japan as well, as evidenced by all the {{Fanservice}}-based merchandise for them in both areas. However, this generalization isn't completely clear-cut, as both Asuka and Rei win character popularity polls in Japan; Rei was the clear winner on both sides of the Pacific during the series' heyday, while Asuka [[PopularityPolynomial has become more popular over time]] to the point of rivaling and occasionally surpassing Rei.
** Speaking of Asuka, she's popular enough on this wiki to be the ImageSource for several tropes (FieryRedhead, JerkassWoobie, BrokenSmile, OffingTheOffspring and LeaveTheCameraRunning to name a few).
** Ramiel is inexplicably popular in the English-speaking fanbase.
* HoYay: Kaworu and Shinji. Episode 24 basically drives it home as hard as it possibly can in under twenty-five minutes of time, what with the two explicitly stating their love for one another on separate occasions, the whole holding hands-in-the-shower scene, and Shinji almost constantly blushing and being incredibly open to Kaworu in almost all of their scenes together, Kaworu blushing and telling Shinji "I really was born to meet you"... yeah. The manga, while it portrays a more antagonistic and one-sided relationship (although eventually realized as mutual) between the two, goes even further than the anime in this regard, and explicitly makes Kaworu kiss Shinji at one point (well, Shinji ''was'' hyperventilating, and Kaworu couldnít find a bag, but the nature of the scene is ambiguous).
** Female example: Maya's crush on Ritsuko.
* HypeBacklash: Given its enduring popularity and its status as one of the most talked-about and [[FollowTheLeader imitated]] anime, this is to be expected.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Asuka. She even provides the page image.
** The original anime's Gendo is sometimes considered one too due to his [[LoveMakesYouEvil backstory and motivation]] contrasted with [[MagnificentBastard what those things turned him into]].
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Shinji. Let's see, he gets paired up with Kaworu, Asuka, and Rei, like always. But he also gets paired with Hikari, Mana, Maya, Mayumi, Misato, Ritsuko, Toji, Kensuke, Kaji, even ''[[ParentalIncest his parents]]''... basically, ''everyone''.
* LoveToHate: ''Gendo''.
* MagnificentBastard
** Gendo. He manipulated everything and everyone from the very beginning, using and discarding people like puppets for his own ends, and planning ahead in a manner that would make the original TropeNamer proud. What's ''really'' impressive is that he managed to completely manipulate SEELE, who are an entire evil ''council'' of {{Manipulative Bastard}}s. The only reason he didn't get exactly what he wanted in the end was because he didn't count on Rei actually developing human feelings and growing to care for Shinji.
*** That's also the only reason ''Seele'' didn't get exactly what they wanted, and they arguably still did. They certainly came closer than Gendo to their ultimate goal.
** Yui Ikari also qualifies, thanks to certain scenes during ''End of Evangelion''.
* MemeticBadass:
** People say Gendo's omniscient in his manipulations. [[GambitRoulette He might as well be.]] Because of Gendo, [[FingerTenting steepled fingers]] have become a way to make you feel like a MagnificentBastard. See also the "Gendo pose" on the Internet. One word: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PALxktAMw3I GENDOWNED]]. Ironic in a way, as his final words make it quite clear that he's actually an adult Shinji, terrible understanding of people and all.
** In a similar vein to [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]], Asuka is often held up as the series' "ultimate badass" due to her HotBlooded attitude and her in-universe reputation, along with [[MsFanservice her looks]] and her cute {{tsundere}} personality giving fans more reasons to admire her. This is despite the fact that she starts to frequently suffer from TheWorfEffect, has severe BadassDecay as an important part of her character arc, and [[spoiler:actually has very low self-esteem and is an emotional wreck much like Shinji, but expressed in a different way]]. As such, some fans hold her up as an "overrated" character due to her popularity and inflated fan reputation.
* MemeticLoser: Shinji was meant to be a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of a typical anime action hero, a guy who really wasn't cut out for fighting horrifying monsters and who suffered extreme emotional problems because of it. He also lacks a backbone when dealing with the other characters, and almost never stands up for himself. Some viewers expected he would [[TookALevelInBadass come into his own]] like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon the Digger]], but the angst fest the series became means he only got more and more screwed up. It's a topic of heavy debate whether he was an effective examination of his character type, or if he was just too whiny [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic to be sympathetic]]. Pretty much every spin off (including the manga and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies) writes Shinji to be more confident, which makes it seem like it wasn't just the casual viewers who had a problem with his portrayal. [[note]]"I musn't run away, I musn't run away". Let's analyze this, where the fuck would I ''go''?[[/note]]
* MisaimedFandom: Rei Ayanami, as noted under {{Moe}} below. This was arguably because she was portrayed sympathetically; instead of thinking she was creepy, [[TheWoobie viewers wanted to give her a hug]].
* {{Moe}}:
** Rei was an UnbuiltTrope. Anno's original intent was a living parody of the YamatoNadeshiko, to show to otakus and misogynists how such a completely submissive ExtremeDoormat fuckdoll would be extremely creepy in Real Life. ''[[MisaimedFandom It failed on epic proportions you couldn't believe.]]''
** Played straight with [[LipstickLesbian Maya]] [[IgnoredEnamoredUnderling Ibuki]]. She's quite adorable.
** Shinji has quite a few stereotypical moe characteristics, to the point that if he was a girl ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen as was originally planned]]), he probably would've been considered one of the very first moe characters.
** Fellow BadassAdorable Asuka can come across as this, in spite of (or even ''because'' of) her archetypical {{tsundere}} tendencies. The -ANIMA- light novel sequel series plays up her "cute" side, by portraying her as cheerier and more mellow thanks to [[CharacterDevelopment her having gotten over her mental trauma]]; illustrations even portray her with more prominent GirlishPigtails, [[http://miotd.com/images/20080716.jpg giving her a more innocent look]].
** The ''Ayanami Raising Project'' video games, where the player helps take care of Rei (and Asuka in some installments), are absolutely ''oozing'' with moe.
* MostWonderfulSound: Whenever Asuka says "anta baka?!"/"what are you, stupid?!". [[{{Moe}} D'awww.]]
* PlayingAgainstType
** Rei's voice actresses all invoke this. Her Japanese VA, Music/MegumiHayashibara, is famous for her roles as [[{{LightNovel/Slayers}} Lina Inverse]] and [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf the female Ranma]]. Her original English VA, Creator/AmandaWinnLee, is well-known for her roles as [[Anime/BurnUp Rio Kinezono]] and [[Anime/ReadOrDie Miss Deep]]. Finally, her English VA for the Rebuild series, Creator/BrinaPalencia, made her mark in anime as [[Anime/GenesisOfAquarion Silvia de Alicia]] and [[Anime/RomeoXJuliet Juliet Capulet]].
** The Mexican Spanish dub pull this out, albeit in lesser degree: Victor Ugarte (Shinji's Mexican VA) was previously associated with voicing hotblooded kids like [[Manga/KishinDoujiZenki young Zenki]] or jerkasses like [[Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne Dilandau]], and after EVA, he's sometimes typecasted with voicing wimps like [[WesternAnimation/CampLazlo Raj]], [[Anime/{{Hamtaro}} Oxnard]] and others. Circe Luna (Rei's Mexican VA) is normallly typecasted with voicing [[GenkiGirl hyperactive]] or sweet girls like [[Anime/DragonBallGT Pan]] or [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]].
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Asuka and Shinji's "Asushin", Kaworu and Shinji's "Kawoshin", and, interestingly enough, Rei and Asuka's "Asurei".
* RonTheDeathEater: There are a surprising large amount of fanfics out there that have Kaji cheating on Misato as the reason they originally broke up, despite extended scenes in the anime directly contradicting this. And that's saying nothing on what some fans do to Kaworu in Shinji shippings.
** [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]] was by no means the most pleasant [[JerkassWoobie character]] in the series but she had her [[PetTheDog sympathetic]] [[FriendshipMoment moments]]. However in many fanfics, [[DieForOurShip particularly those that ship Shinji with another character]], she is portrayed as a [[{{Jerkass}} constantly ticked]], [[DomesticAbuser physically abusive]] psycho who is unworthy of Shinji's affections and [[BreakTheHaughty needs to be put in her place]] often with {{no sympathy}} for her [[FreudianExcuse tragic backstory.]]
* TheScrappy
** Many fans think Pen Pen doesn't really fit in with ''Eva'''s mood.
** Naoko Akagi is especially hated for [[spoiler:strangling a ''small child to death'']].
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Pairing Kaworu with Asuka is surprisingly popular, despite the fact that the latter spends the entirety of the former's screentime unconscious in a hospital room. Pairing Kaworu with Rei has much more plausibility, given their shared backgrounds and the subtle but powerful interactions they have in their limited screentime together, but is still mostly a case of this as they say all of three sentences to each other in total.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: The representative dismissing NERVís methods. He criticizes their use of manned Evas that put a huge emotional strain on their pilots and generally rely too heavily on fallible humans, canít be controlled when they go berserk (ĎLike a hysterical woman!í), are energy-inefficient (they can go for only 5 minutes when not plugged to an energy source, while the Jet Alone can go on for months), and cost a lot of money that is sorely needed elsewhere, e.g. employment opportunities in the US (the only opponent of increasing NERVís budget) and the 20,000 people dying of starvation in Japan alone. Even worse, he makes the Ďhysterical womaní comparison while talking to Ritsuko, who [[spoiler:later on destroys the Rei clones in a fit of jealousy]], and [[spoiler:Casper, the computer based on her motherís personality as a woman, foils her attempt to make NERVís HQ self-destruct and stop Instrumentality]]. It can be argued just how much of a point he actually has though, considering other events in the series.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Asuka's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy9ap83IYvk singing voice]] is unusually babyish and adorable, which is ironic considering how she's the most aggressive and callous of the three female leads. [[FridgeBrilliance It makes sense]] considering [[spoiler: her childhood trauma and SourOutsideSadInside]], as well as the "dere-dere" half of her [[{{Tsundere}} character archetype]].
* TooCoolToLive
** Charismatic, wisecracking, and perhaps the main person Shinji (and in the manga, Asuka too) can have for a good [[spoiler:[[ParentalSubstitute father replacement]]]]? Way to seal your fate, [[spoiler:Kaji]].
** [[spoiler:Kaworu is incredibly kind, compassionate, and selflessly loving towards Shinji, aka the boy who has been shunned and rejected by other people for nearly his whole life, either because his own actions or not... and he dies in the same episode he is introduced.]]
* UglyCute: Believe it or not, some fans consider Sachiel to be this.
* UncannyValley: Anno wrote and designed Rei to serve as this. For the major part -- which is really an understatement -- it ''completely and utterly failed''. Even so, there are still people here and there who see her as creepy and inhumane.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Rei Ayanami. See MisaimedFandom above.
* UnwantedHarem: Being the only major fighting male pilot in the series [[spoiler:that lasts the whole series]], Shinji is often hooked up with the female cast, even if some are ''way'' too old for him.
* VanillaProtagonist: Similar to his status as a MemeticLoser, many fans find Shinji to be overshadowed by the highly varied, highly unique supporting cast.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Occasionally happens when Maya is mistaken for Shinji, and the other way around. The source of this confusion is that, Word of God, Shinji's character design is actually a female head slapped onto a male body: he's based on Nadia, the main character from Gainax's previous series, ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', just with shorter bangs and the jewelry removed. So when people accuse Maya of looking "butch" it's actually the other way around: Shinji is based on a girl. Maya is just how Gainax draws generic girls. This has actually led to some EpilepticTrees saying that Shinji and Maya are related in some way.
** It happens a ''lot'' in the AlternateContinuity ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse'', where Shinji is at his most androgynous and ''really'' looks like Maya and where it's sometimes necessary to have a close look to realize that the cute short-haired girl is actually him.
* {{Wangst}}: This is a common complaint about the show, ''especially'' about Shinji himself. Of course, opinions on whether the characters have justified reasons for their angst are subjective, like other things on the show. Shinji is a very special case when it comes to {{Wangst}} designation, in that people agree that the amount of Shinji's angst is completely justified considering [[TraumaCongaLine what happens to him]], but they still find it excessive anyway. Asuka also gets stuck with the same situation, and it seems to be one of the more inevitable consequences of having a DysfunctionJunction series with such a high Dysfunction[=/=]Instability quotient that it's a wonder any of the characters can actually function at ''all''.
* TheWoobie: ''Everyone'', to some extent. Except possibly SEELE.
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[[folder:The Story]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: Did you know that people are full of ugly fears and impulses? Also, did you know that modern technologies are a mixed blessing? Or that science don't have the answer to everything?
** SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The show's messages themselves are pretty hard-hitting and effective.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Although it ''has'' obtained fans, and hard-core ones at that, the reality is that taking the elements at face value will drive one type of audience or another off. Those who want a typical SuperRobot show (especially with GAINAX now having produced shows like ''Gurren Lagann'') will be driven off by the show's [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy unrelenting darkness]] and focus on character drama (or rather the absurd amounts of DysfunctionJunction) and those who want character drama may not like the fact that said character drama depends greatly on demolishing SuperRobot tropes. There is a third camp to note, as well-those who come to see the show because it defined a certain approach to Mecha anime [[FollowTheLeader that is now occasionally copied]]... and for ''this'' group the possibility exists of the show falling into SeinfeldIsUnfunny territory (as explained below).
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/NeonGenesisEvangelion Enough to have its own page.]]
* BetterThanCanon: Thanks in part to AdaptationDistillation and less [[ContemplateOurNavels navel gazing]], there are those who feel that the manga has produced a stronger story than the anime.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The Jet Alone episode... never comes up again. Aside from giving a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome to Misato, foreshadowing the Mass-production EVA units, and filling some space, it doesn't ever show up again.
* BrokenBase: One of the few irrefutable statements that can be made about ''Evangelion'' is that it is the most divisive anime ever. Virtually ''everything'' about this series has been, is, and will be the topic of heated debate. Is [insert character here] [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation a sympathetic character]]? Do the [[CreepyCoolCrosses religious allusions]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory really mean]] [[FauxSymbolism anything]]? Did the series change direction over its run, or was it all planned out from the beginning? Which ending is better? Are they the same, or do they conflict? Is the English dub as good as, better than, or vastly inferior to the Japanese? Is the series itself one of the greatest in the history of anime -- or even cinema -- or merely one of the [[HypeBacklash most overrated]]? Can the live-action movies be done right? Which girl would you [[PerverseSexualLust bang]]? If you wonder it for even a second, there is absolutely no question that it has been the subject of fierce debate inside or outside the fandom. The fact that, one way or the other, people generally tend to form ''very'' strong opinions about this series helps cement it firmly within this trope.
* TheChrisCarterEffect: The original series hit this trope hard by [[spoiler:''completely dropping the plot for the last two episodes'']], but with the addition of ''The End of Evangelion'', its placement under this trope became ambiguous. Some felt that TheMovie provided an adequate payoff for all, or at least most of the plot threads built up over the course of the series; others felt that it was just another cop-out.
* CultClassic: The series itself, outside of Japan, especially as the fandom has aged over time. While obscure outside of the anime fandom, it's very well-known and held up as an anime milestone (good or bad) ''within'' it. In Japan, it's about as mainstream as ''Franchise/StarTrek'' or ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A high possibility exists of feeling this, because the show goes out of its way to deny the characters any happiness (and if they ''do'' obtain it, expect it [[YankTheDogsChain to be taken away from them with extreme prejudice in short order]]), "everything goes FromBadToWorse" is an ''understatement'', the BigBadEnsemble holds all the cards throughout the show and in the end, by all means and purposes, ''win'' (except for the little detail [[spoiler:that Rei gives control of Third Impact to Shinji instead of Gendo--but Shinji is so shattered by then that the ending is a very small reed of hope in [[GainaxEnding an insanely weird and depressive sea of uncertainty]].]])
* EarWorm
** Listening to "Cruel Angel's Thesis" is like eating Pringles: you can't do it just once.
** ''Komm, Süsser Todd'' (Come, Sweet Death). Tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down...
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67a5FTa1U1A Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude]] (the piece that played during the MindScrew [[MediumBlending live action]] sequence) is a piano piece that's equally melancholy and soothing.
** ''Twenty-two versions'' of "Fly Me To The Moon" will catch up to you. There's also "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" (the theme song), the infamous "Komm, Süsser Tod" (which becomes really creepy when you consider the lyrics), and "Good or Don't Be", the instrumental version of the main theme that plays in the background of the infamous "Congratulations!" scene.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYNZ-x8lf28 Spanish version of Cruel Angel's Thesis]] is very good.
* EndingAversion: For the half of the fans that hate ''End'' and consider it to be a horribly written, pointless ShootTheShaggyDog ending that involves numerous {{Ass Pull}}s and TakeThatAudience. The ending is so badly received that a sizable portion of the fanfics are devoted to fans coming up with their endings, which some argue are BetterThanCanon.
* EpilepticTrees: If you thought that ''the show'' was disturbing and insane, you ''clearly'' haven't read the FanWank. One could basically go on forever given just ''how much'' there is out there.
* EsotericHappyEnding: In ''The End of Evangelion''. [[spoiler:Almost all of humanity has [[AssimilationPlot become one]]. They have the power to go back to their individual selves, if they have the will to live and find happiness, but apparently... most chose not to.]] Subverted if you read Eva as a prequel to ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Works ''particularly'' well. Shinji as a pathetic messiah/Jesus figure; the Jesus imagery[=/=]connotations that can be applied to Yui, Rei and Kaworu; Gendo as Judas, Satan or the antichrist, or alternately as the God of the Old Testament; angels/apostles; crosses... It's hard to tell whether the ''Eva'' verse is meant as a kind of Hell or as a purgatory, though...
* FandomBerserkButton: Due to the series' aforementioned [[InternetBackdraft divisive]] nature, so much as starting a discussion thread about it on certain message boards can result in this.
* FandomRivalry: Given how it's one of the most (in)famous series in the anime world, it's bound to run into competition
** Since the 90s, several fans has started a rivalry between ''Evangelion'' and fellow HumongousMecha series ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''. Some people have come to believe that ''Evangelion'' is deep and philosophical while all of ''Gundam'' is childish and stupid, conveniently ignoring that Gundam also has a dark WarIsHell theme and has very serious entries like Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam and Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam. While mostly discredited, this stereotype prevails to this day, much to annoyance of Gundam fans. Conversely, the opposing belief is that ''Gundam'' is CloserToEarth and more relatable while ''Evangelion'' relies too much on grotesque shock value and pretentious FauxSymbolism. This latter view holds much ''more'' of a sway over today's anime fandom.
** ''Evangelion'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fans have formed rivalries over which entry is the better GenreDeconstruction (respectively of HumongousMecha and MagicalGirl). The same rivalry occurs between ''Evangelion'' fellow mecha deconstruction ''{{Manga/Bokurano}}''. Although Hideaki Anno himself is a ''huge'' fan of ''Madoka'', praising it for the same kind of ruthless {{Deconstruction}} of a popular genre that he was trying to do.
** ''Evangelion'' and ''Anime/RahXephon'' fans are rather contentious towards each other given how much ''[=RahXephon=]'' borrows from ''Eva''. This of course is rather ironic given how their respective directors are good friends who worked on many projects together.
* FanHater: Ditto.
* FanMyopia: Due to the amount of critical praise the show has received, the fandom has a tendency to overestimate itself. It's gotten to the point where it's seen very frequently on this wiki.
* {{Fanon}}: A general note: so many things about the series and its mythos are implied and left open to interpretation, rather than explicitly stated, that drawing the line between canon and fanon can in some cases be extremely difficult, if not downright impossible. As a rule of thumb: if you heard it from somebody on the Internet (including ThisVeryWiki and even Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}), or in a magazine, or at a convention, or even in the freaking DVD special features - don't assume it's canon. Hell, even the ''creators themselves'' [[ShrugOfGod tend to make contradictory statements about the series]], so you might not want to trust them so much either.
** No, Gendo and Fuyutsuki never actually have a drinking party in the series. And no, Shinji isn't some kind of sex master, thank you very much. This also extends to Misato's father's name; Hikari's sisters' personalities; Shinji's wardrobe; and many other things. The "SEELE dudes" have been given the fanon names Teddy, Vlad, Nigel, and Pierre.
** Also worth noting: No matter how you might remember it, Gendo does ''not'' officially have a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RsepQh342g theme song]].
* FanWank[=/=]WildMassGuessing: Sustains nourishment from these.
* FauxSymbolism: [[BrokenBase Debate]] [[InternetBackdraft rages]] to this day (and on this very wiki) regarding the degree to which the religious symbolism is meaningful, but at least according to one statement from assistant director Kazuya Tsurumaki (whose other work you [[Anime/{{FLCL}} may be familiar with]]), most of it was thrown in simply to make the series appear "mystical" as much of the "symbolism" is not actually used correctly.
* FreudWasRight: Straight from the Bible ([[AccidentalPun tee]] [[FauxSymbolism hee]]) of Freud, too!
** Shamshel is essentially a flying penis with tentacles.
** Ramiel's drill. 'Nuff said.
** Arael [[MindRape rapes Asuka's mind]].
** Armisael shifts from a halo-form into a single tentacle that tries to... "stab" Unit-00. And then there's all the sexual imagery and implications, both between the Angel psychologically contacting Rei in a similar -- but far less nightmarish -- way to Arael contacting Asuka, and attempting physical contact with Unit-00 in order to revive her sister angels...
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In episode 9, Toji wonders aloud if only weirdos are chosen to be Eva pilots. Come episodes 17 and 18...
** Especially because [[HarsherInHindsight he may actually be right]]. [[spoiler:As it's revealed towards the end of the series that the Evas all have to have the souls of their pilot's mother inside them, this means that ParentalAbandonment is essentially a requirement to qualify as an Eva pilot.]]
* GrowingTheBeard:
** The first half of the show is a fairly straightforward -- albeit highly entertaining -- character-driven mecha series. Starting around episodes 14 and 15, the focus shifts decisively from the MonsterOfTheWeek battles onto the relationships, internal struggles, and schemes of the characters as the pacing picks up, the action and drama become more intense, and the series gets [[CerebusSyndrome progressively darker]]. It's in the latter half of the series that it develops an identity truly its own.
** The English dub also takes some time to grow its beard. For the first few episodes it is admittedly rather clumsy and over-the-top (albeit no more so than most dubs of its time), leading many viewers to dismiss it entirely and question why it was ever so well-loved in the first place. Around the time of Asuka's introduction it starts noticeably improving, and the main cast become progressively better as the series goes on, until by the end of the show they are delivering the iconic, emotional performances that fans love them for.
** JumpTheShark: For fans who preferred it as a mecha series without heavy melodrama and MindScrew, the same turning point marks this.
* ItWasHisSled
** Who ''doesn't'' know about the endings to the series nowadays?
** [[spoiler:Unit 01 is Yui Ikari, aka Shinji's mother.]]
** [[spoiler:Kaworu dying in the ''very same episode'' he is introduced in.]]
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Shinji utters this quote in the DVD release in response to the series' GainaxEnding:
--->'''Shinji''': Okay, the movie better sure as Hell make up for this, I'm telling you right now, 'cause I'm stuck in Nowhereland!
** Come ''End of Evangelion'', where [[spoiler:''everyone'' -- save Shinji, and later Asuka, who ''are'' actually stuck in Nowhereland, surrounded by a sea of Lilith's blood and decomposing body parts -- has become part of the sea of LCL]]. Despite that, however, there's still an underlying hope that [[spoiler:others, like Asuka has done, will come back, because they have the will to live and find happiness, and eventually rebuild civilization.]]
** The suicide of [[spoiler:Ritsukoís mother Naoko]] comes off as way creepier after the suicide of Creator/RobinWilliams, who was probably ''Eva''’s most famous fan.
* HellIsThatNoise: The [[FanNickname Helltrain]], and the sound inside the entry plugs. Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_253Mjna7_s&feature=related "Fragile Ego Boundary"]], the music that plays during [[spoiler:Asuka's mind-rape]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6swG7GU5oLk "Separation Anxiety"]], which heralds a MindScrew moment whenever it shows up.
** The hum of the Entry Plugs also gravitates from soothing to disturbing over the course of the series, as the events associated with being inside the Eva become progressively more nightmarish.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Aoba's Instrumentality scene can be downright hilarious once you realize his (English) voice actor is married to Rei's (English) [[Creator/AmandaWinnLee voice actress]]. Let the Freudian subtext wash over you.
** At the end of the DVDCommentary for ''The End of Evangelion'', Jason C. Lee and Taliesin Jaffe make a crack about the (un)likelihood of ''[[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo Eva 2: Electric Boogaloo]]''. 10 years later, guess what one of the fastest-growing fan theories about ''Rebuild'' is...
** Also in the commentary, at one point during Asuka's battle Amanda Winn Lee notes that ''The End of Evangelion'' came out around the same time as ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and notes how amusing it would be if Leonardo Dicaprio happened to be on one of the ships Asuka and Eva Unit-2 attack. A few years later, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFFX45iAZxw this clip]] gets made as part of WebVideo/AMVHell.
** In episode fifteen, before Asuka kisses Shinji, she says "Here I come!" triumphantly. Five minutes into ''End of Evangelion'' and... [[spoiler:[[DudeShesLikeInAComa he]] [[ADateWithRosiePalms did.]]]]
** Shinji fights Angels and arguably [[spoiler:falls in love with one]] (or, in the manga, [[spoiler:admits to being attracted to one]]). Megumi Ogata, who voiced Shinji, later voiced [[spoiler:[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura the angelesque Yue]], plus the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan person-shaped can]] heís sealed in, Yukito Tsukishiro]]. Even more hilarious when you compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQNSLB3Lpk NGEís intro]] and [[spoiler:''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''ís [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQjCFvaNwJQ third intro]]]].
** People always noted that Shinji continues to use a Walkman, even given the advanced technology present in the rest of the world. Come 2015, Sony announces an updated model, the same year the story takes place in.
* InternetBackdraft: ''Evangelion'' generates so much heated debate that some forums forbade launching threads about it.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/NeonGenesisEvangelion Has its own page.]]
* MisaimedFandom: Though what ''part'' of the fandom is misaimed is up for tremendous [[FlameWar debate]].
** Notable contenders include people who treat it as a [[HotBlooded standard]] [[RatedMForManly mecha]] [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin anime]] and people who see it as a [[HaremAnime love dramedy]] with giant robots. Of course, [[Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject some of the spin-offs]] don't exactly help matters.
* MostWonderfulSound: The characteristic "ping" of an AT field, regardless of whether it's used by friend or foe.
* {{Narm}}: Most of the series's more intense moments are so ''extremely'' serious that they will either come off as utterly spellbinding or hilariously over-the-top, depending on the viewer. Even many fans who adore the show agree that its dramatic extremes and rampant weirdness make it ripe for lampooning.
* NarmCharm: The English dub; while the quality [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny doesn't hold up that well 20 years on]], it was excellent and highly praised at the time, and many of the cast members [[OneOfUs were fellow geeks and fans of the show]] (most notably Creator/TiffanyGrant) and poured a lot of heart, soul and personality into their characters. Even some of the weaker moments have their fans, such as the now-[[MemeticMutation memetic]] "EVERY SINGLE MISSILE HIT THE TARGET!!!!"
* NeverLiveItDown
** ''Eva'' has the reputation of "that one robot show that nobody understands". In reality, it's actually pretty easy to understand on the surface, at least until the ending; it's only when you start looking deeper, and more into the symbolism of things, that it starts getting rather confusing. Supplementary information has also been released to clear up some of the more confusing areas... [[NoExportForYou but only in Japan]].
** The fandom doesn't show any signs of forgiving Shinji for [[spoiler:[[DudeShesLikeInAComa masturbating over Asuka while she was comatose]]]] anytime soon, even though he explicitly stated that he was disgusted with what he had just done.
** As noted above in DoubleStandard, Shinji has always flanderized by the general fandom into a wangsty coward who would faint or break into tears if he so much as get a paper cut. In the actual series, while still defined mostly by his emotional depression, Shinji actually doesn't whine as much as other characters like Asuka.
* NightmareRetardant: Rei was ''meant'' to fit in the UncannyValley as a deconstruction of the {{Moe}} archetype. Apparently someone in the animation department didn't get the memo, since half the time she's utterly ''adorable''.
* RewatchBonus: This series has a very dense plot. If you only watched it once, you probably missed something. Watch it again, and you'll notice a lot of foreshadowing.
* RunningTheAsylum: ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject'', like most of the show's spinoff products, is quite obviously done by a PromotedFanboy, is entirely powered by MythologyGag and {{Fanservice}}, and is incredibly {{Doujinshi}}-esque. The same could be said about the ''Angelic Days'' manga. Not that we complain; [[CashCowFranchise it's Eva characters, so we'll buy it]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
** Good ''gravy''. The show's a cracking good watch, even today; but to a modern viewer, some of it might seem pretty cliche, [[FountainOfExpies Rei]] [[ReiClone in]] [[EmotionlessGirl particular]]. However, you have to remember that ''everybody'' copied this show like ''mad'', after it aired in 1995. Strange, godlike robots; everyone having emotional problems, conspiracies within conspiracies; noodle-like protagonists... for anime, it all really did start here.
** The English dub. It was highly acclaimed at the time for being full of {{woolseyism}}s and adapting the original script very well. Additionally, most televised anime in the West was aimed at children at the time,[[note]]headlined by ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/DragonballZ'' and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''[[/note]] which made the uncensored, adult-oriented ''Evangelion'' dub stand out more along with its brethren such as ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. However, it also suffered from a few awkward translation and pronunciation issues compared to modern anime. Because many viewers at the time were unacquainted with Japanese culture, some lines were translated awkwardly for easier understanding, such as "oni, a Japanese devil" in the first episode [[LogicBomb despite the show taking place in Japan]]. Additionally, many characters have a slight [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents Texan accent]] due to Creator/ADVFilms being located in Houston, and almost all Japanese names are pronounced with an American accent as well (rather than attempting the Japanese pronunciation as modern anime dubs do). Finally, some characters, such as Ritsuko, can come across as overacted or underacted. All of these problems would be addressed in later anime (including ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'') by Creator/{{FUNimation}} and other dubbing companies, which also have the benefit of larger budgets for dubbing than during TheNineties. As a result, the ''Evangelion'' dub can feel slightly dated to some people, and is a more of a LoveItOrHateIt case than it was during the show's heyday, especially with a more sophisticated Internet bringing easier access to the original Japanese versions of shows.
* ShallowParody: The ĎGet in the fucking robot Shinji’ meme. [[spoiler:The Evas are not robots!]]
* SignatureScene:
** [[spoiler:The Bardiel incident.]]
** Unit 01 curb-stomping [[spoiler:and eating]] the Zeruel.
** [[spoiler:Shinji masturbating over a comatose Asuka.]]
** And of course, the endings to both the TV series and ''The End of Evangelion''.
* SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome: A contender for the title of the best anime series ever made, and for good reason.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** Getting along with people and finding your own self-worth can be a long, hard struggle, but itís one thatís worth it.
** Basically, the entire last scene of episode 26 of the original airing.
** Running away from life because it's painful won't solve your problems.[[note]]This is actually a subversion, as Shinji confesses in the original episode 25 that [[spoiler:he never felt like there was anywhere for him to run anyway, making this a fairly moot point for him all along]].[[/note]]
** The HystericalWoman concept and the seemingly insurmountable rift between men and women are bullshit, men and women really are NotSoDifferent.[[note]]If this doesnít seem too {{Anvilicious}} to count, notice how the Jet Alone representative mentioning the HystericalWoman trope by name is juxtaposed with the menís ineptitude when it fails, and [[spoiler:Gendouís attempt to reunite with Yui after all the harm heís caused to do it is juxtaposed with Ritsuko trying to give him a DeathByWomanScorned and her motherís feminine aspect allows the Third Impact to happen]], and also how Kaji complains about the rift Ďwider than an ocean’ between men and women and [[spoiler:still reconciles with Misato two episodes later]], and Misato flat-out ruling out Ďsuch shallow physical conditionsí as menstruation affecting a pilotís competence.[[/note]] This is a message that, as [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] demonstrates, [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/snggjc/the-broads-must-be-crazy---belittled-women definitely bears repeating]] even in the mid-[[TheNewTens New Tens]].
* {{Squick}}
** ''End of Evangelion'' pegs the Squickometer multiple times; heck, even Shinji has been touched (ahem) by the disease. There's also pretty much everything Gendo does, especially in ''The End of Evangelion''.
** The ''whole'' Shinji-Rei relationship has [[ParentalIncest some subtext]] for you.
** The manga goes ''extremely'' far in making all the FreudWasRight explicit when Shinji, trapped in the Eva, is "tempted" by a seductive apparition of [[spoiler:naked Yui, or rather Unit 01's Angelic side in her guise]]. Even for ''Evangelion'', that scene was seriously disturbing.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K05gPSrsE-c Decisive Battle]]" track has quite a few similarities with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLpciaZzONY "007"]] theme used in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: A lot of the changes in the manga have gotten this reaction.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** When it comes to using religious symbolism so haphazardly, such as where every Angel explodes to the point where you'd start thinking it was VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} laying the fatmans. Now, before you hit the edit key, think: how many times did the crucifix relate to the scene it appeared in? (EverybodyIsJesusInPurgatory notwithstanding)
** Touji [[spoiler:He is rarely brought up again other than a few casual mentions. Mostly on the idea if it was really Shinji's fault for not fighting him or if he has hard feeling towards Shinji. He isn't mentioned in the movie when Shinji's at his lowest point. Some fans still question if he could have fought off or it was all his fault in the first place.]][[spoiler: They aren't alone because the manga blames Shinji entirely which kills Touji off instead of sparing him.]]
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Many people who love ''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' cite this as one of the series' strengths, and use it as a point against the first two ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies due to their lighter and saner tone.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: According to WordOfGod, the target demographic for the series is adolescents. Many people -- not least among them Japanese parents -- have found this claim a bit hard to swallow. Some people suggest that the show is similar to a {{seinen}} series in terms of graphic content, although ''Evangelion'' is far from unique in this regard - other teen-oriented {{shonen}} franchises such as ''Manga/DeathNote'' and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' have similarly mature and dark content, and teenage anime fans are quite often familiar with the level of violence and depth shown in series such as ''Evangelion''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic: The director actually researched some academic psychology, and when a man climbing out of a depression reads a psychology textbook you know he's paying attention. Consequently, its usage is fairly accurate in the show, although it suffers from AllPsychologyIsFreudian. For example, one of the episodes, "Oral Stage," is named after one of Freud's psychosexual development phases. Many of the music titles derive from mainstream psychology, e.g. "Borderline Case", "Separation Anxiety", "Mother Is the First Other", "A Fragile Ego Border", and "Hedgehog's Dilemma".
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: More likely is that series was made because Creator/HideakiAnno ''wasn't'' taking his meds.
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Shinji. Of course, [[{{Deconstruction}} some see this as the entire point of the series.]]
* {{Woolseyism}}: Ample amounts; see the entry on the Woolseyism page for Anime.
** A somewhat unusual case of Woolseyisms being enforced by the original creators: Anno himself oversaw the series' translation and dubbing, and personally selected translations for some of the terms in the series. These include the Angels (''shito'', which would ordinarily translate to "messenger", whereas ''tenshi'' would mean "angel"); the Human Instrumentality Project, more literally translated as "Human Complementation Project", was translated as such as a ShoutOut to the writings of Creator/CordwainerSmith; the English episode titles (see ShoutOut entry) were in most cases completely changed from the Japanese originals, initially to titles of songs from the series' soundtrack, but later to original titles, e.g. episode 16's "Splitting of the Breast"; and of course the title of the series, which is a pretty accurate translation from the Japanese - to Greek, not English, where it would be something like "Good News of the New Creation".
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