* BetterThanCanon: Some fans see it like this.
* ComeForTheXStayForTheY: Come for the PeggySue story, stay for the wonderful character development and heart-warming romance.
* FreudWasRight: ''"You know, we've both been 'thrown out' by our mothers. Wonder how people would interpret that."''
* HesJustHiding: [[spoiler:[[InUniverse Kaji]]. ...No, really!]]
* IronWoobie: Shinji.
* TheWoobie: Asuka, after returning to the past. Read Chapter 10.