Characters: Rebuild of Evangelion
The cast of Rebuild of Evangelion
. Please only list tropes that apply to the movie series, and not to the other mediums (though recurrent tropes may be listed), and beware of potential spoilers
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- Ambiguously Human: As of 3.0, it's all but stated that Shinji, Asuka and Mari are no longer totally human, though what they are is currently unknown. Kaworu is clearly stated to be an angel and Rei is heavily implied to still carry Lilith's soul, though the altered backstory in Rebuild still leaves their identities a mystery.
- Ironically, by the time of 3.0 "Rei Q", the latest of a series of clones of Yui (of which Rei II belonged to), might be the most human of the pilots!
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Rei and Kaworu (Blonde), Brunette (Shinji and Mari), Redhead (Asuka)
- Nice, Mean and In-between: Shinji is the nice one, Asuka is mean one, and Rei is the in between one. In the third movie, Kaworu is the nice one, the completely detached and alien Rei Q is the mean one, and Shinji is now the in between one.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: In 3.0 it is revealed that the Children are forever stunted at the age they were when they first made contact with an Eva. After 14 years, Asuka, Mari and Kaworu look no different as adults as they did as children, and while this doesn't happen to Shinji and Rei, it's pretty much stated that it will.
- Older Than They Look: In 3.0, despite taking place around 14 years later, Asuka, Mari and Kaworu all look exactly the same. While it's not really noticeable on Kaworu and Mari, Asuka certainly acts like a grizzled soldier. Shinji's suspended animation inside of Unit-01 prevented him from mentally aging past 14, but he's clearly stated to be just as affected by it as the others. Since the Rei in 3.0 is a clone, it's hard to tell what exactly her age is, but she's implied to be fairly fresh, thus reversing this trope all together.
- Power Trio: Asuka is the Id, Shinji is the Ego, and Rei is the Superego. In 3.0, the new Rei is the Id, Shinji is still the Ego, and Kaworu is the Superego.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: On a Scale from red to blue - Mari, Asuka, Shinji, Kaworu, Rei
- Two Girls to a Team: Inverted, while the Children could hardly be considered a team, there are five of them, and Shinji and Kaworu are the only boys.
Shinji from Rebuild
is subtly different from the original, which is mostly attributed to the movies' different thematic focus.
Rei's portrayal in Rebuild
appears to blend the anime and manga versions. In the first movie, she is essentially the same as in the anime. In the second movie, she begins to open up to Shinji in a manner similar to the manga, even going as far as to try to host a dinner so that Shinji and Gendo can spend time together. Given the ending of the second movie, it remains to be seen if/how things will change between the two of them and if/how she herself will change in light of her origins in the anime and manga.
- Action Girl: 2.0 in particular shows us what she's made of.
- Bandage Babe: As in the original Evangelion.
- Betty and Veronica: With Asuka for Shinji in 2.0 and this time she fits better the role of Betty.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde (sort-of) to brunette Shinji and Mari and redhead Asuka.
- Body Backup Drive: The Rei that appears in 3.0 (Rei Q) is a clone. The "original" Rei's soul is stated to still be inside Unit-01.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Has this dynamic with Shinji in 2.0.
- Cloning Blues: She is just an Expendable Clone, and following her death is replaced.
- Dead All Along: In 3.0. Shinji never saved her to begin with...
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In 2.0 she warms up considerably towards Shinji.
- Determinator: Demonstrated twice: in the Sahaquiel fight (in which she grabbed its core so that Asuka could get a clean shot); and in the Zeruel fight (where she was ready to sacrifice herself for Shinji).
Rei: <utterly focused look> "AT Field - max level. I can do this. For him. So he never - has to pilot-"
<cut to Shinji's SDAT Player, at her waist>
Rei: "- Again!"
- Deuteragonist: In 2.0.
- Disappeared In Your Arms Tonight: Thinking he just saved her, Shinji pulls her into a close embrace after yanking her soul out of Zeruel and into Unit-01. Unfortunately, it ends up being the last time he ever sees her, at least to date. Especially painful since this is probably the first and only time either of them ever got hugged.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted.
- Expendable Clone: Just like the original Rei, she says, and seems to earnestly believe, she can be replaced if she dies. Shinji doesn't accept this at all, tells her during her "rescue" that she's the one and only Rei, and even refuses to consider the clone that appears in 3.0 "his" Ayanami.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted; The cooking idea only occurs to her because Shinji cooked for her first and Gendo frequently took her out to dinner, and regardless of her gender, it still takes her a while to manage it without cutting up her fingers, as you'd expect it of a spartan Child Soldier.
- The Gwen Stacy: Shinji goes berserk trying to save her, and has a Despair Event Horizon upon realizing he failed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted for Shinji's sake numerous times. Never quite played straight.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Just like in the original series, her reaction to Shinji walking in on her naked, falling on top of her, and accidentally groping her was limited to politely asking him to move.
- Last Name Basis: With Shinji.
- The Lost Lenore: To Shinji after he realizes he failed to save her in 3.0.
- Mystical Waif: As in the original Evangelion, there's something not-quite human about her.
- Never Found the Body: In 3.0. When Shinji is extracted, Rei is nowhere to be found... but the tape player Shinji had left with her is. While most everyone believes she's dead and gone, Shinji adamantly refuses to believe she's really gone, especially when Rei suddenly appears to make him escape from the AAA Wunder(even if she doesn't behaves as usual). At least until Fuyutsuki reveals to him that she's still trapped inside EVA-01 alongside Yui, and that the Rei that rescued him earlier is a clone.
- No Social Skills: Comes from being an expendable clone raised as a Replacement Goldfish.
- Oblivious to Love: She has no idea she's in love with Shinji and Asuka has to spell it out for her.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She says "Good morning" when walking into class one day. Her classmates freak out.
- Phlebotinum Girl
- Present Absence: In 3.0. Although not physically present, she gets mentioned in every other scene and Shinji's ill-fated attempt to save and reunite with her prove crucial to the plot.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Gendou, in a sense since Rei is his wife's clone. In 3.0 it's revealed that the maiden name of Shinji's mom was Yui Ayanami.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Moreso than in the original series, but she also defrosts quicker.
- The Spock: To Shinji's Kirk and Asuka's McCoy. Also to Asuka's Kirk and Mari's McCoy.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She generally only shows the "sugar" part to Shinji and Gendo - although in 2.0, the classroom scene and the last act of the movie indicate that the latter might since have lost that privilege.
- Swallowed Whole: By Zeruel.
- Through Her Stomach: In Rebuild 2.0, Shinji sharing miso soup with her at the sea life preserve, and later preparing a lunch for her at school, are the major keys toward getting her to open up to people.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: When Asuka asks her how she feels about Shinji, Rei says she doesn't know but she feels "warm" when he is with her and wants him to feel the same way. Asuka then concludes she is in love with him.
- When She Smiles
- Woman in White: Her plugsuit.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Asuka Langley Shikinami
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version of Asuka differs quite a bit from the depiction in the original anime. Her last name is changed from Souryū to Shikinami, her loathing for dolls is seemingly gone, and so is her obsessive crush on Kaji. While still having made a remarkable achievement at her age, instead of graduating University at the age of 14, she joined the European Air Force, reaching the rank of Captain at age 14. While still kind of a jerk most of the time, Asuka Shikinami is merely hostile, selfish and arrogant as opposed to being pathologically histrionic
. Not only is she more emotionally healthy, she's actually willing to open up to other people, displaying some affection for Shinji and coming to, if not befriend
, at least accept
Rei. Her character design, while starting out the same way as in the anime, undergoes a small but rather drastic change at the very end of Rebuild 2.0, namely an Eyepatch of Power
- Action Girl
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair isn't the same shade of red as in the series, and learns more towards auburn.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her last name was changed from Soryu to Shikinami.
- Anger Born of Worry: Arguably Asuka ran to Shinji's plug to check on him in 3.33; after having a somewhat cruel (one-sided) conversation with him, she nearly leaves him, only to pick him up because she refuses to let him run away of reality.
- Arrogant Kung Fu Chick
- Badass Adorable
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Rei's Betty for Shinji's Archie in 2.0.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead (actually auburn brown) to blonde Rei and brunette Shinji and Mari.
- Broken Bird: In 3.0, years of living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland under near-constant combat appear to have made her bitter. Her voice-actress even compares her to an embittered mercenary.
- The Captain: She's a European Air Force Captain.
- Character Exaggeration: The tsundere aspect.
- Cruel to Be Kind: In 3.0, as cruel as her words may be, she still cares for Shinji, this doesn't mean, however, that she's going to make things easier for him.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She actually gets to become a better human being. However, she becomes even colder than before after the Time Skip.
- Demoted to Extra: While she is a major character in this continuity, her role is rather minor compared to that of the original series.
- That said, she's more important in 3.0 than in 2.0, serving as the Tritagonist (following behind Shinji and Kaworu.)
- Eyepatch After Time Skip
- Eyepatch of Power: In the preview for Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0, which makes her, implied disfigurement notwithstanding, even cuter. God save us from the tsundere that is to be unleashed. It's entirely possible that her left eye is intact, but covered up for reasons unknown. See Glowing Eyes below.
- Eye Scream: In Rebuild 2.0, the Eva she is piloting is infected by Bardiel and ripped apart by Unit-01, who chomps down on the plug with her still inside it. 3.0 shows her with an Eyepatch of Power.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: When she starts developing feelings for Shinji, she starts teaching herself how to cook to be more attractive to him, cutting and burning her hands in the process. The way she realizes that Rei loves Shinji too is that she sees the same injuries on Rei's hands.
- Fiery Redhead
- First Name Basis: With Shinji.
- Game Face: When she gents angry or when her EVA unit enters Beast mode in 3.0, her eyes glow blue, and the latter gets the addition of her teeth lengthening into fangs. The latter's effects disappear if she ejects out of her EVA unit or if she gets out of Beast mode.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When she finds a catatonic Shinji at the end of 3.0, she kicks him, calls him a brat, grabs his face, and physically drags him across the desert because she absolutely refuses to let him run away from his problems again.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes (including, you know, the one with the eyepatch) glow blue when she gets mad that Shinji leaves with Rei Q or when she activates Unit-02's Beast Mode.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She is clearly not happy of seeing Shinji and Rei getting along at first. However, she eventually realises he is better off with Rei.
- Hand Puppet: She is seen talking with one soon after moving in with Shinji and Misato. Unless her backstory has changed, it might mean she isn't quite as healthy as she seems to be. Though it also now seems possible that fourteen extra years of time to cope with the concept have left that part of her original backstory rather moot.
- Handicapped Badass: In 3.0, where she sports an Eyepatch of Power due to the Eye Scream incident.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Mari after the Timeskip, with a heavy dose of Vitriolic Best Buds. The fandom likes to think otherwise.
- Improbable Age: Becoming a European Air Force captain at 14.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Asuka determines that Rei loves Shinji, she decides to let them be together despite her own feelings for him.
- I Work Alone: Her attitude towards the other pilots, although after the timeskip she and Mari are frequently sortied together.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much moreso than in the original anime. Shikinami Asuka Langley has a genuinely considerate, caring and kind-hearted side that finally qualifies her as a traditional Tsundere as opposed to a mere female Jerkass.
- Lady of War
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Shinji during their time living together with Misato.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Shinji's Feminine Boy.
- The McCoy: To Shinji's Kirk and Rei's Spock. If it's between Rei and Mari, however, then she's The Kirk to Rei's Spock and Mari's McCoy.
- Mind Rape: Implied during the Bardiel incident, she seems to have gotten over it in 3.33.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though Mari, Misato and Rei still have their moments, Asuka gets the lion's-share of sexy scenes and shots in the Rebuild film series.
- Nice Hat: Her kitty-eared hat from 3.0, which is now available for sale.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: In 3.0 it's revealed she stopped aging when she was 14. She isn't particularly thrilled with this situation.
- Older Than She Looks: In 3.0., she's actually 28 years old, but hasn't physically aged due to piloting the Evangelion stilting her growth in some way.
- Pet the Dog: In Rebuild 2.0, she takes Rei's place piloting Unit 03 so that Rei can host her party (even though she insists it's just so she can pilot an Eva while Unit 02 is sealed off. Misato thinks otherwise.)
- Even after she Took a Level in Jerkass, she still seems to care for Shinji (although not in a healthy way perhaps) given that she apparently ran to Shinji's plug when she found it to check on him and she outright refuses to let him run away from his problems.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's able to crack the glass in the interrogation room with a punch from her fist in 3.0. (Although we don't know if it was simple glass or security glass, if it's the later case then it's this trope)
- Scary Teeth/More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When she activates Unit-02's Beast Mode, her teeth lengthen into fangs.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: By the time 3.0 rolls around, she, along with the rest of WILLE, spent a good 14 years fighting NERV, and when she gets to see Shinji again, she doesn't really munch her words on him.
- Spirited Competitor
- Stripperiffic: When given a translucent test plug suit to pilot Eva-03, Asuka complains about how revealing it is.
- Through His Stomach: Misato catches her trying to cook something for Shinji. Asuka quickly denies it and says it's for Hikari.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After the Time Skip, years of living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland under near-constant combat turned her into what is essentially an embittered mercenary. This being said, it doesn't undo her Character Development in 2.0 that made her better as a person so much as it made her more cynical.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her rant on Shinji being childish and thinking the world revolves around him and his desires does have a aura of truth. While Shinji didn't know at the time that he was causing the Third and later Fourth Impact, it doesn't change the fact that he messed up the world twice.
- Transhuman: As with Shinji, however, in her case it's subtly shown in a Freeze-Frame Bonus way when her eyes glow blue and the angel sealing runes appear in her eyepatch.
- Tyke Bomb: She entered the European Air Force and reached the rank of Captain at 14.
- Tritagonist: Arguably in 3.0. It's possible she'll become a full Deuteragonist in 4.0.
- Tsundere: While it's debatable whether or not Soryu ever was one, Shikinami is undeniably a tsundere, as she does clearly show more of a good side.
- In 3.33, the continous war during the Time Skip has taken much of her 'dere' side, specially towards Shinji.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo. Like everyone else in 3.0, aside from Fuyutsuki.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Apparently with Mari in 3.0. They have very good teamwork after working together for 14 years, but Asuka constantly belittles Mari as a "four-eyed favorite" and Mari disparages Asuka as a "princess".
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Her partner Mari even responds to her insults and demands by calling her "princess".
- We Used to Be Friends: Even if she wasn't truly a friend of hers, her change of way of referring to Rei in 3.0 shows signs of this, it might justified for the fact in the Time Skip she came to know her secret, that the Rei she's referring to is a different one from the Rei in 2.0, and is implied to have fought with her "spares" more than once.
- More obvious in Shinji's case. It's downright painful how he's so damn happy and relieved when he finds her alive, and, unlike the audience absolutely doesn't see that punch comming, however, it seems to be Zigzagged given that she's not going to let him die or run away from his problems again, as well as being affected by the fact that, during their fight in Central Dogma, he slaps her Eva.
- When She Smiles: Not to the degree of Rei, mind you, but at one point in 2.0 before everything goes to Hell, she gives a very relaxed, genuine one, and it's beautiful.
- Would Hurt a Child: Even if the child in question is reduced to a catatonic wreck, and all threat from him was all but neutralized. And then she has the gall to complain that he would attack a female opponent who, unlike him, had training and battle experience.
Mari Illustrious Makinami
A new character from the Rebuild
continuity, Mari Makinami is the designated pilot of Unit-05 and the undesignated pilot of Unit-02
later on in 2.0
when she makes off with it to join in the battle against Zeruel.
In contrast with Shinji, Asuka, and Rei, she's shown to genuinely enjoy piloting, taking pleasure in killing the Angels and describing it as "fun." Also in contrast with the rest of the main cast, she appears to be a relatively sane person — outside of battle, at least.
Her personality has a few feral aspects, such as her fixation on scent and her reckless style of fighting
- Action Girl
- Ascended Extra: Word of God indicated in an interview that she was originally going to have a much smaller role in 2.0. Viewer response to her brief appearance in 1.0's post-movie trailer changed that.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her default strategy.
- Ax-Crazy: When up against the Angels, there is nothing she loves more than ripping them to pieces.
- Badass Adorable
- The Berserker: And how! She makes EoE!Asuka look controlled, especially at the end of 2.0.
- Big Damn Heroes: Seems to have a fondness for this kind of entry. She loves to make an entrance, pulls her shots until the last possible second and generally does what she can to make her screen time memorable. She even manages to put an end to Fourth Impact when it seems like all hope is lost by tackling a mecha god in mid-air and forcing Shinji to eject.
- The Big Girl: She replaces Toji as a pilot in Rebuild. Her personality and fighting style certainly give leverage to this, as well.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to blonde Rei and redhead Asuka.
- Blood Knight
- Blind Without 'Em
- But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half British, according to the pamphlet included in the Evangelion 2.22 Blu-Ray.
- Catholic School Girls Rule
- Cat Smile: Keeps one on her face through much of 3.0.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She's pretty perky for an Eva pilot, retaining her cheerful, aloof outlook on life even in the face of gruesome pain and impending apocalypse.
- Not to mention charging into her battle with Unit-05 against the bone Angel while singing a jaunty little tune.
- With the exception of Sakura, she's also the only member of WILLE who seems to have any cheer left after Third Impact.
- Crash-Into Hello: Turned Up to Eleven - she crashes into poor Shinji with a parachute.
- Creepy Child: In almost the exact opposite way that Rei and Kaworu are. She's extremely perky, cheerful and energetic even in situations where she definitely shouldn't be which, compared to the much more human reactions of the rest of the cast makes her come off as... off. The fact that she's absolutely ruthlessness in an Eva also adds to this.
- Cute and Psycho: Her meganekko look is subverted by the Slasher Smile she sports whenever a good fight starts.
- D-Cup Distress: She complains her breasts make it hard to find fitting clothes.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Things just seem to work out for him, huh?"
- Dissonant Serenity: she reacts extremely casually to the prospect of Fourth Impact specially when compared to, well, every other character.
- Double Agent: Possibly. Her sneaking into Japanese territory via parachute indicates she's up to something, as does her line "I don't really feel comfortable bringing adults into my affairs." Plus, jacking Unit 02 without official approval isn't exactly standard NERV procedure.
- As of 3.0 it seems a moot point, as any organization she was working for has long since been disbanded or killed off after Third Impact. Now she works full time for WILLE along with most of the previous NERV staff.
- In an interview, Maaya Sakamoto says Mari is a simple, straightforward person with no hidden agenda.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Mari's first name was revealed in, of all things, Petit Eva. She appeared in her original outfit from 1.0's trailer.
- Foreign Fanservice
- Friendly Sniper: In 3.0., Mari specializes in powerful long ranged rifles, putting her in this territory.
- Gag Boobs: She complains that her original plugsuit is too tight around her chest, and then jiggles her boobs enthusiastically when she gets her new one.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Glowing Eyes: When she activates Beast Mode on Unit 02. Check out the picture in the description for Slasher Smile in this section. Oddly, her eyes glow green.
- Girly Bruiser: Don't be decieved by all the pink, she is very much capable of instant headshots.
- God Created Canon Foreigner: Anno apparently wrote her up specifically for the Rebuild movies, and has described her as the only character who is not "a part of him." See Mary Sue entry for possible explanation.
- Good Is Not Soft: When not piloting an Eva, she's one of the nicest characters in the movies.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Within canon her hair is brown, but in supplemental materials (like the picture above) and in fanart it often gets represented as violet.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Asuka after the Timeskip, with a heavy dose of Vitriolic Best Buds. The fandom likes to think otherwise.
- Hot-Blooded: People are calling her a female Kamina, for Heaven's sake. It doesn't help that she openly sympathizes with Unit 02 while it turns into a robotic, coked-up man-frog from the Wrath circle of Hell.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Or not so innocent, it's hard to tell with her.
- I Work Alone: Lampshaded by Misato. In contrast to Asuka, however, she will not hesitate to cooperate with Rei if it becomes necessary.
- She ends up as Asuka's frequent partner in 3.0, showing she gets over this.
- Lady of War: The irony is that Asuka was this in the anime.
- Marshmallow Hell: After she parachutes onto Shinji.
- The McCoy: To Rei's Spock and Asuka's Kirk.
- The Merch: Regardless of Mari's future relevance to the plot, Gainax is marketing the crap out of her. She gets a very popular schoolgirl uniform, two unique plugsuits, and is already catching up to Asuka and Rei in sheer number of non-canon outfits (such as yukatas and swimsuits — it's only a matter of time before she appears in Meido uniform and Gothic Lolita), making for a staggering diversity of dolls to unleash upon the already glutted Eva figure market. And let's not even get into her Awesome but Impractical EVA-05, a robot that only really makes sense as a toy. And now that she has her own hot pink EVA-08 (in different forms!), and all the pilots don new plugsuits for 3.0, we can only imagine the deluge of new toys waiting in the wings.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Girl: Her actions toward Shinji in 2.0 seem like this.
- She's also one of the few characters in 3.0 which doesn't want to kill/use Shinji and be done with him, although this time it's less out of kindness and mainly because she doesn't actually have a problem with the world post-Third Impact so long as she still gets to pilot Eva.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She seems, uh, awfully fond of LCL. While it remains to be seen what role LCL will play in Rebuild, it's difficult not to think of the original series, where it's essentially the blood of Lilith (and smells like it, according to Shinji). It's that and, of course, Tang.
- No Name Given: Outside of supplementary materials, her full name doesn't appear in her debut film at all with the exception of the credits and preview of 3.0.
- It's extremely difficult to hear, but the support crew uses her full name in 2.22 when they're switching Unit 02's core configuration. None of the on-screen characters address her by any name until 3.0.
- No Sense of Personal Space: To Shinji.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: In 3.0.
- Oh, Crap: She realizes what Gendo's plan is and drops the Cloud Cuckoolander act for a bit after Eva-13 absorbs Lilith.
- Older Than She Looks: In 3.0., she's actually 28 years old, but hasn't physically aged due to piloting the Evangelion stunting her growth in some way. Of course, she doesn't really make a big deal about it like Asuka does.
- OOC Is Serious Business: After Eva-13 awakens, she actually is worried and doesn't joke around.
- Parody Sue: One possible interpretation of her name and the unexpected introduction of her character is that she's an allusion to characters created by the fandom, specifically, a generally brave, well-adjusted and sane protagonist of a typical Evangelion Fix Fic. Turns out, determination of The Pollyanna is not enough to turn the plot on its head... and moreover, the movie demonstrates how such Genki Girl demeanor in Evangelion's setting would actually come across as unrealistic and creepy.
- Perverted Sniffing: Subverted/Played with. While she does enjoy the scent of LCL, Shinji's pheromones or some combination thereof and reacts with a blush, checking for residual LCL scent is actually a valid method to spot a fellow EVA pilot, and she seemed completely oblivious to any more sexual implications of her actions and the discomfort/awkwardness this was causing Shinji.
- Playing Against Type: Maaya Sakamoto's not always put in an Ax-Crazy role, and considering that her debut role is Hitomi Kanzaki, it is jarring enough.
- Psycho for Hire: When she's piloting an EVA unit.
- Precision F-Strike Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Just... fucking... die!!"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Asuka's Blue
- The Rival: Mari's development in 2.0 was intended to make her come across as one for Asuka, to the point of "usurping her" in piloting Unit-02. And then in 3.0, they become this and long-time teammates.
- Shipper on Deck: Seemingly of Shinji/Asuka if her comments on Shinji helping Asuka are anything to go by as she pulls him out of Eva-13.
- Her conversation with Asuka earlier in the movie has shades of this as well.
Mari: So how is the puppy boy?, is he obediently staying still?
Asuka: Nothing has changed about him! He still has that sorry face!
Mari: Ohh, so you went to see his face?
- Slasher Smile: Oh, yes.◊
- Sociopathic Heroine
- Sociopathic Soldier: The Psychopath type.
- Spot of Tea: Was to invite Shinji to have Tea with her in one of the ununsed scenes from the CR. 3.0 ultimately reveals that they kept her love of tea, to the point that she has bottles of it lying around in EVA 08's entry plug. This being Mari, she's seen taking a sip of it during freakin' Fourth Impact, in a capsule filling with LCL.
- Surprisingly Good English: Maaya Sakamoto speaks English just well enough that she can at least be understood without subtitles, which if nothing else puts her a few measures above Koichi Yamadera's "English" earlier in the film.
- She does the English again in 3.0, calling out "Hey, c'mon!" to Rei Q before headshotting the latter's Eva.
- Troll: A lot Mari's interactions with Asuka in 3.0 have her annoying Asuka For the Lulz.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Apparently with Asuka in 3.0. They have very good teamwork after working together for 14 years, but Asuka constantly belittles Mari as a "four-eyed favorite" and Mari disparages Asuka as a "princess."
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo. Just like Kaworu, she seemed to realize what his plan is - and much like Kaworu, she's not pleased to sit around and let it happen.
- Zettai Ryouiki
The time has come, Ikari Shinji-kun. This time, I'll bring you happiness.
- The Ace: In Shinji's own words "You can do anything!", and indeed, Kaworu proves to be even more talented than he was established to have been. Ultimately subverted in the most brutal way possible, in that during the final battle Kaworu is completely outfoxed by Gendo and is rendered incapable of doing anything to stop Shinji from causing Fourth Impact.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Heavily implied to be his central problem. As an Angel, humanity views him as a monster and either shun him out of fear or attempt to destroy him (the DSS Choker put on Shinji in 3.0 was originally built for Kaworu). His few "allies" use him as a means to an end and rarely, if ever, interact with him directly. His fast friendship with Shinji is built around the fact that they are the only one the other has, especially in Shinji's case by the time of 3.0.
- All-Powerful Bystander: During the final battle of 3.0, Kaworu does almost nothing beyond talk to himself and freak out while Shinji struggles to fight Asuka. Justified in that he realizes that he has no reason to fight her, unlike Shinji and it's heavily implied that there were greater events taking place at the time that only Kaworu was aware of.
- Ambiguously Gay: Much like the original and the manga.
- Anti Anti Christ / Apocalypse Maiden: Like Shinji, but his personality and religious symbolism is closer to a Messianic Archetype.
- Art Evolution: By the time of his "official" debut in 3.0, Kaworu's hair has become shorter and spikier and his features softer and more friendly compared to in the previous movies.
- Ascended Extra: In Rebuild 3.0., he's essentially the main character alongside Shinji.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Rebuild he's shown on the moon without a spacesuit. Or any clothing for that matter. 3.0 shows him walking through gale force winds without so much as flinching, even as Shinji tries to keep up wearing a pressurized breathing suit.
- Bishōnen: Prettier than ever, thanks to the beefed up animation.
- Brutal Honesty: Shinji asked for the truth and Kaworu told him exactly what he did in 3.0. Oh yes, it is brutal.
- Chessmaster Sidekick: Kaworu is clearly both more powerful and more aware of the situation than Shinji is, however in their partnership he's more than happy to let Shinji take the lead. This may or may not be due to his well-established goal of bringing Shinji happiness.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his rather foreboding appearances in the first two movies and both of his plugsuits being primarily black and purple (featuring the numbers six and thirteen on them), Kaworu proves to be completely well intentioned and very kind to Shinji.
- Death Is Cheap: "We'll meet again, Shinji-kun." Unlike the other angels' deaths, there was no rainbow in Kaworu's demise and a ghostly apparition of him flashes briefly before the Fourth Impact ends. Without bringing up what Kaworu really is, it's obvious it won't be the last time we'll see him.
- Deuteragonist: In 3.0.
- Duet Bonding: He and Shinji become closer through playing piano duets. Justified in that it's clearly the only remotely normal thing in Shinji's life at the time, and is revealed to be a way of subconciously preparing them to pilot EVA-13.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Stops the Fourth Impact by making Shinji's collar, which he borrowed earlier, pop him like a zit. There's some hints that he's Not Quite Dead though.
- Didn't See That Coming: He didn't know that he would be the Thirteenth Angel in Rebuild. He only knew that he was the First.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The first Rebuild movie has him in a scene at the very end.
- Foil: His dynamic with Shinji is played up as this even more than in the original series due to his extended screen time allowing for their differences to become more emphasized.
- Four Is Death: To prevent the Fourth Impact, he performs a Heroic Sacrifice.
- God Was My Copilot: Seems to want to use his semi-omnipotence to tip the scales in Shinji's favor. Taken literally later on, in that Kaworu co-pilots EVA-13 with Shinji.
- The Heart: In 3.0.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Kaworu kills himself with Shinji's Explosive Leash in order to prevent Fourth Impact. It weakens Eva-13 enough to make it lose some power and starts falling from the sky, letting Mari ejecting Shinji from Eva-13 to end it completely.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Unlike in the original series, Kaworu and Shinji are presented as a more equal partnership in the Rebuild movies and both are shown to both admire and trust the other tremendously, making them come closer to this than they did in earlier incarnations. If anything, it increases the Ho Yay between them.
- Hope Spot: Kaworu delivers several of these to Shinji. Sadly, as hard as he might have tried, he never lives up to any of them.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Seems to be this way in 3.0.
- Knight of Cerebus: He arrives at the end of 2.0. 3.0 is his feature movie and it is dark.
- Leitmotif: No, not Ode to Joy this time, but Thème Q and its variants (though Ode to Joy does make an appearance, of course.).
- Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes this to Shinji in 3.0. His death sends Shinji over the Despair Event Horizon.
- Love Martyr: Not just for Shinji as a person, but also for how he feels for the lilin that is implied to fear/hate him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Toward Shinji somewhat, though he does really care for Shinji, many of his explanations doesn't add up with what we saw happening at the end of 2.0, and also enter in contradiction with what we see later in the movie, also he suspiciously omits to mention to Shinji that he interrupted Near Third Impact fourteen ago with the Spear of Cassius, that he was the former pilot of Mark.06, or even the existence of SEELE, who are the true masterminds behind the Human Instrumentality Project. It's probable that he only manipulates Shinji because he really believes it's for a good cause though (Shinji's happiness). He has no idea that he himself is being manipulated by Gendo.
- Messianic Archetype: Up to Eleven.
- More Hero Than Thou: Shinji regrets this. Deeply. Famously... Famously...
- Mystical White Hair
- Mythology Gag: In reverse. When he contemplates on what are the spears lodged in Lilith before making any action, he stands(?) completely motionless for over a minute, not talking.
- Naked on Arrival
- Nice Guy: Ridiculously nice, polite and shown to be very caring. And unlike in the original series, it's genuine from the get-go instead of him Becoming the Mask.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Downplayed, but still present. He's a lot more respectful of Shinji's personal space this time around, but there are a couple of times he gets closer to Shinji than the latter is (initially) comfortable with.
- Not So Different: No, not with Rei, it seems, but with Shinji.
- Obliviously Evil: He, like Shinji, has no idea he's being manipulated into apocalyptic villainy, though unlike Shinji, he realizes something is wrong.
- Oh, Crap: In Rebuild 3.0., he has one of these moments when he realizes that he and Shinji have been manipulated into wiping out the rest of humanity. Though he realized when they got there that something was wrong, but he was unable to stop Shinji from pulling out the lances.
- OOC Is Serious Business]]: When Kaworu figures out he's been duped by Gendo all along, he has a Heroic BSOD!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted, he is one of the few people who's actually nice, even after Third Impact.
- Satellite Character: Somehow even more than in the original show, his sole motivations through the movies revolve around making Shinji happy, and has almost no other characterization beside that. He also doesn't interact with anyone but Shinji (except in the final scene of 1.0 where he talks to SEELE-01 on the Moon), to the point where in 3.0 it's extremely unclear whether or not WILLE knew that he was piloting EVA-13 alongside Shinji, or even if he was still alive after the time skip.
- Screw Destiny: He wanted to go against Gendo's plans for Instrumentality. He failed, because Gendo outgambitted him first.
- Shirtless Scene: In Rebuild 2.0, he gets a brief one on his first appearance, sitting there half naked on the Moon.
- Sixth Ranger
- Token Good Teammate: In 3.0 to NERV; though there's still some ambiguity on the matter, we have no reason to doubt that Kaworu was trying to help Shinji.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Shinji, for some as of yet unexplained reason. It's Shinji who betrays Kaworu this time around, not vice-versa.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo, though he's the only one, besides Mari, who realizes it.
- Worf Had the Flu: It is implied through his lines and almost sickly body language that getting "cast down to the thirteenth angel" had some sort of negative effect on Kaworu's powers, thus rendering him incapable of stopping Fourth Impact until it was already well underway.
- Your Head Asplode and/or Off with His Head!: How he dies in Rebuild 3.0.
A different Rei seen in Rebuild 3.0.
She's completely emotionless and submissive, lacking the original Rei's hidden caring side at least at first
. Shinji dislikes her for being so different from "his" Rei, yet so identical in appearance.
- Be Yourself: Eventually, Rei-Q is told that she should do what she thinks she should, not what the original Rei would do, by Asuka nonetheless.
- Cloning Blues
- Emotionless Girl: Rei Q is basically mechanical and seems to have less understanding of emotions than even the original Rei. She's even implied to be soulless, or at least that her soul is different than that of a normal human. But is subverted towards the end as she shows visual confusion on Shinji's declarations that she's "not Ayanami" and finds herself wondering just who she is, her confusion becoming more and more apparent as time goes on.
- Extreme Doormat: Rei Q is completely submissive and just follows orders. In fact, she literally won't do anything except wait unless ordered.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl
- Loss of Identity: Rei Q enters in an existential crisis after Shinji refuses to acknowledge her as "his" Ayanami.
- No Name Given: Shinji is the only one who calls her "Ayanami" ("Rei" in the English dub), and stop doing it after learning that she's not the same Rei than the one he knew. Everyone else refers to her by indirect ways, such as "Lilin imitation" (Kaworu), "SEELE's fill-in pilot" (Mari) or "Ayanami Type" (Asuka). The closest she have to an official name, according to the theatrical booklet, is "Tentative Name: Rei Ayanami".
- No Social Skills: Even moreso than the original Rei.
- Our Souls Are Different: One interpretation of Kaworu's comment that the "placement of her soul" is different than of other humans. For another interpretation, see Soulless Shell below.
- Replacement Goldfish: Averted. Shinji proceeds to throw the new Rei clone from 3.0 into an existential crisis by outright telling her that he doesn't consider her "his" Ayanami.
- Replacement Scrappy: For some, arguing that she's a reset to any improvement that the original Rei had, and in-universe apparently if count Shinji's way of refering to her when he finds out she's not the Rei he knew.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut
- Soulless Shell: Implied by Kaworu to be a soulless entity, while Rei's soul is still stuck in Eva Unit-01.
- Walking Spoiler
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: She doesn't even know what it means to "like" something.
- What Would X Do?: What would Rei Ayanami do?
- Woman in Black: Rei Q wears an all black plugsuit compared to the original's white one. Hence "Kuro Rei". She's not really a villain, but she's working for the bad guys regardless.
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Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Allison Keith (EN)
In the Rebuild
movies, she starts as a Lt. Colonel and the Second Impact looks quite different. In 3.0., she has become the leader of WILLE, an anti-NERV organization that she formed after Third Impact. She has become considerably colder in the 14 years that have passed, to the point where she fully blames Shinji for the Third Impact.
- Anti-Hero: Scales all the way to Type 4 by 3.0.
- Awful Truth: A part of her knows that she partially influenced Shinji into causing Third Impact.
- Broken Bird: Even moreso in Rebuild 3.0. than before.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets really angry when she sees Kaji flirting with Ritsuko.
- Colonel Badass: Starts off as a Lieutenant Colonel before becoming a full Colonel in Rebuild. In 3.0, she gets to be the Captain of a gargantuan flying battleship.
- Cool Big Sis/Parental Substitute: She tries hard to be a maternal/big-sister figure to Shinji and to guide him, with limited success. This falls apart, utterly, in 3.0 - she's too consumed by pain at the effects of Third Impact to be anything but cold towards him for his actions (not least because she'd encouraged him before learning just what he'd bring about).
- Deuteragonist: In 1.0.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: From long, wavy hair with parted bangs to a strict knot that takes away much of her warmth.
- I Have No Son: No biological one, but Shinji is just "Subject BM 03" to her now.
- Kill the Ones You Love: It is her duty to eliminate the potential impact trigger, which she resents for causing The End of the World as We Know It, and presumably, Kaji's death. But then, her earlier feelings for him resurface, and she fails to kill him...
- Knight Templar: Heads into this direction in 3.0.
- Never My Fault: She vocally blames Shinji for causing The End of the World as We Know It, not acknowledging that she urged him on at all. It's made more twisted because she does know deep down that she's partially to blame, and treats Shinji badly partially because his presence reminds her of that.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Urges Shinji to follow his heart at the end of 2.0, leading to him kicking off Third Impact.
- Parental Neglect: When Shinji wakes up after 14 years inside EVA-01's core in 3.0, her behavior toward him is curiously similar to Gendo's.
- Pet the Dog: Even after she Took a Level in Jerkass, she can't bring herself to activate the choker when Eva. Mark 09 takes Shinji from the Wunder.
- Revenge: Wants to avenge her father, as in the original. Then, of course, the harshness of the post-impact world did much to cultivate her already present, but moderate Captain-Ahab-tendencies. Ironically, it seems like she is now out to avenge Kaji, the man who was so much like her father...
- Slipknot-Hairknot: It comes off when the Wunder is attacked by the Mark 09, but, more realistically, doesn't completely unravel, but just 'decays' into the sideways ponytail it was "made of."
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She is much colder in 3.0, to the point that she put an Explosive Leash around Shinji's neck so he can't cause another Impact.
- May ultimately be a subverted trope. While she's certainly colder, when trying to keep Shinji from leaving, she says she will ensure his safety and ultimately can't bring herself to kill him when given the opportunity. There are also several later scenes that show that she's not as cold as she appears. When unable to reach the Awakened Unit-13, instead of worrying about the world, she explicitly worries about Shinji. Time will have to tell, however.
- Tsundere: Towards Kaji.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo.
- We Have Reserves: Her 3.0 self. As Asuka puts it, "Prioritize the objective and expede human life is the Captain's Motto after all!" While this is realistic development, it marks a drastic departure from her pre-Time Skip self who was the most likely person to consider human lives, in contrast to Ritsuko or Gendo.
- We Used to Be Friends: There was a time where he was a lot more to her than "Test Subject BM-03". She even threatens and attempts to kill him, but ultimately cannot bring herself to actually pull the trigger on Shinji.
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- Adaptation Name Change: In the series, his "maiden name" was Gendo Rokubungi, and he took on Yui's surname, Ikari. In Rebuild, Ikari is his name.
- Big Bad: Shaping up to be this as of 3.0.
Doctor Kozo Fuyutsuki
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Kent Williams (EN)
- Affably Evil: As much as he wants to save Yui, he honestly would prefer to make Shinji cooperate with him and Gendo than manipulating him into doing so.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Shows signs of this by 3.0. He also wishes to save Yui, but he clearly does not like breaking Shinji the way he did and wants both Shinji and Gendo to interact with each other.
- Break Them by Talking: Does this to Shinji in 3.0.
- Brutal Honesty: He reveals the truth behind Rei, Yui, and what Gendo is willing to do to achieve his goal. Unlike Kaworu this was meant to manipulate Shinji.
- My Greatest Failure: It's hinted that he considered himself at fault for failing to prevent Yui's "death."
- Only Sane Man: He's decidedly more measured and sane compared to much of the cast.
- Smart People Play Chess: Shogi is a hobby of his and he uses it as a means to converse with Shinji.
- Ambiguously Bi: Flirts with Shinji, but he might be just teasing.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Is completely absent in Rebuild 3.0., and unlike Touji, Kensuke, or Hikari, he only gets referenced in a passing, off-handed comment by Koji, so whether or not he actually died is unknown.
- Engrish: Kaji's attempts to speak to Americans in Rebuild 2.0. Everyone else who speaks English in the film is really quite good, but Kaji is ear-crunchingly awful. If it weren't for the subtitles he'd almost be unintelligible. What makes it worse is that it's smack-dab in the middle of a dramatic scene, and the sheer Narminess of his accent almost completely ruins the tension.
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Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Felecia Angelle (EN)
Thank you for being friends with my brother. I'm his younger sister, Sakura.
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Touji's younger sister. She was injured badly in the first battle between Eva-01 and Sachiel, and is hospitalized for a long period of time as a result. Her injury is what angers Touji about Shinji at first, leading to him punching Shinji out (though she later scolds Touji for this, saying that Shinji protected them all with Eva-01, and didn't deserve that). Later, when Touji is offered to become the pilot of Eva-03, he agrees on the sole condition that she be transferred to NERV's medical facilities for improved treatment.
, her name is revealed to be Sakura, and in 2.0.
, she is discharged from the hospital shortly before the Eva-03 incident. In 3.0., she appears as an adult, now a Second Lieutenant in WILLE. She is the one responsible for watching over Shinji in the brief time he spends there.Associated tropes
Voiced by: Anri Katsu (JP), Aaron Roberts (EN)
- Bookworm: A bunch of books are lying around him in his introduction.
Voiced by: Mugihito (JP), Bill Jenkins (EN)
- Big Bad: Set up as this, working from behind the scenes. And then subverted when Gendo forces himself into the spot by offing him and the other leaders of SEELE.
- Crazy-Prepared: Designed EVA-13 with a dual entry plug system not only to break the seal to Lilith's Chamber, but also to have Shinji as a back-up Impact Trigger in case something happens to Kaworu (or vice-versa). On top of that, he installed a backdoor program in Mark.09 to make it go into Super Mode and hack the AAA Wunder, to prevent WILLE from interfering with Fourth Impact. The only thing he didn't planed was for Kaworu to betray them because the Spear of Cassius in Lilith's Chamber was actually a Longinus (by Gendo's doing somehow), making him unable to repair the world and make Shinji happy and thus forcing him to sacrifice himself to weaken EVA-13 so Mari stop Fourth Impact. If it weren't for that, SEELE would had won.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Of The Voice variety. Unlike the original television series, Lorenz is now represented solely by monolith.
- Out-Gambitted: Even though Gendo overthrows him and the rest of SEELE, he and the rest of SEELE were still thinking that Gendo was continuing to follow their scenario for Instrumentality for all living beings, killing them as part of the ritual so their soul could rejoin the rest of mankind in Instrumentality. He and the others died never realizing that Gendo double-crossed them and set up events so Fourth Impact would be stopped before Instrumentality is set in motion.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Initially spelled "Keel Lorenz" in the closing credits, this is changed to "Kiel" by the second film.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Most prominently Sahaquiel, who goes from "bright orange with creepy eye designs" to "pulsating black-striped rainbow."
- Alien Geometries: Ramiel; see Stance System below.
- Artificial Angel: Mark-04A and Mark-04B at the beginning of 3.0. There also appears to be the Nemesis series as a whole. One attacks the Wunder and Misato uses it to test the power of Wunder.
- Eldritch Abomination: Just like the original series. Then of course there's the Wunder, which originally belonged to the Adams and they can override WILLE's control of it.
- Energy Being: The four Giants of Light known as the Adams shown during 2nd Impact.
- Healing Factor: While it is currently a corpse, Lilith's body regenerated its missing legs in the past.
- Holy Halo: Wunder has two and uses them to fly. Both the 3rd Angel and Sachiel also use one when they are floating.
- Living Ship: The Wunder.
- Losing Your Head: Lilith's head is removed during the timeskip.
- Power Floats: The 3rd Angel does this in order to escape the base in 2.0. In 3.0 Wunder is not only able to fly itself, but it can make all ships in WILLE's fleet float alongside it.
- Rain of Blood: Sahaquiel's cilia curl up like a spider's legs when it dies and the entire island-sized creature explodes into a fountain of blood that floods most of the city. How they cleaned it all up is anyone's guess.
- Lilith's head does this when it explodes in front of Gendo.
- Sealed Angel In A Can: The 12th Angel of Rebuild is sealed inside Mark-06 during the timeskip.
- Shaped Like Itself: The Twelfth Angel has a full body core, meaning it's entire body is its core. Mark 09 as an Adams' Vessel is also a full body core.
- Stance System: The Rebuild incarnation of Ramiel changes form in extreme, often impossible ways to adapt its offense and defense to the constantly changing requirements of the battlefield.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Zeruel appears to do a version of this in Rebuild. After Shinji forces Unit-01 into activation, Zeruel rushes forward and attempts to use its Death Ray that has destroyed everything it has been used on so far, but 01 blocks it with an AT Field without flinching. 01's previously cut off arm then regenerates as pure energy and 01 prepares to use it to blast Zeruel away. Zeruel's reaction to having it pointed in its face before firing is to lean back and whimper.
- Tears of Blood: Lilith's head looks as if it's crying with a smile on its face.
- Wave Motion Gun: Ramiel's energy attack, at its maximum setting, can melt through a mountain.
- White Mask of Doom: Present on nearly every Angel, including Lilith.
- Adaptational Badass: In the series, the Evas essentially do a total of five things: Punch, stab, shoot giant man-made guns, project AT fields, and cause the extinction of humanity. Shinji, of all people, greatly adds to that list by the end of the second movie.
- Arm Cannon: The rebuilt Unit-02 has a fully cybernetic limb that can be swapped out for one of these.
- Badass Cape: Mark 09 has one that also functions as a rocket.
- The Berserker: Along with Unit 01, there's Unit 02 as "The Beast".
- Cats Are Mean/ Panthera Awesome: The rebuilt Unit-02's Beast Mode has a feline appearance, complete with paws, elongated canine teeth, and a tail.
- Convenient Color Change: The green parts on Unit 01 glow red when she enters God Mode in 2.0. Mark-09 turns Red and Black and Evil All Over during 4th Impact to go along with its role as the Vessel of the Adams.
- Combat Tentacles: Mark 09 is initially equipped with some.
- Cyber Cyclops: Along with Unit 00, the Mark-09.
- Energy Being: Unit-01 almost becomes one at the end of 02. Eva-13 follows its example in 3.0.
- Eye Beams: Unit-01 gains these when she becomes a Physical God at the end of 2.0, and uses them to pull a Big Damn Heroes at the beginning of 3.0 by dicing up an artificial Angel that was roasting Asuka.
- Extra Eyes: Along with Unit 02, Mark 08, and Eva-13. Mark 09's regrown head also has five glowing red eyes.
- Demonic Possession: Mark 09 is hijacked by SEELE in order to ensure it fulfills it programming.
- Flawed Prototype: Unit 05 is referred to as a prototype but suffers from Crippling Overspecialization: it can't leave Bethany's tunnels without switching to battery power, has no ranged attack capabilities and is restricted to using a freakin' jousting lance as its Weapon of Choice as its mechanical pincers can't hold anything else. On the other hand, Unit 05's ass is basically a rocket it uses for Flight.
- Fusion Dance: The Final teaser at the end of 3.33 features "Unit-08+02", which is formed from parts of Unit 02 being grafted onto a partially repainted Unit 08.
- Heroic RROD: Shinji forces Unit 01 to do this against Zeruel. The consequences are very grave...
- High-Pressure Blood:
- Zeruel causes this reaction when it impales Unit-01's torso. Interestingly, Shinji is projectile-vomiting blood at the same time.
- Unit-02 demonstrates the trope in both incarnations of the Zeruel battle: both arms in the original, one arm and a chunk of its head in Rebuild.
- Healing Factor: Mark-09 grows a new head after it is no longer controlled by Rei Q.
- Holy Halo: Unit-01, Unit-06, and Eva-13 gets two during Fourth Impact.
- Humanoid Abomination: With the "Abomination" part highlighted by Unit-02's Beast Mode and Unit-01's and Eva-13's God Mode. Several of the Evas are also Adams.
- Light Is Not Good: When a Eva becomes a Giant of Light it means a Impact is underway, and that said Eva is also an Adam.
- Lucky Seven: Asuka uses Code 777 to activate the Beast Mode.
- Jousting Lance: Unit-05 uses one to pierce AT-Fields.
- Living Battery: Eva-01 acts as the Wunder's battery and allows it flight.
- Losing Your Head: Mark 09 loses it early on but is still able to function fine during the rest of 3.0. Mark-06 loses its own head thanks to Mark 09 to unleash the Twelfth Angel. Unit 2 bites off Mark 9's regrown head while in Beast Mode, but it regenerates and returns the favor.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Unit 01, Unit 02, Unit 03, and Mark 09 all sport gaping maws full of sharp teeth during their rampages.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous:
- Unit-03 after Bardiel takes control of it, which grows two extra limbs in 2.0 to hold Eva-01 back as it chokes her.
- Eva-13 in 3.0.
- One-Way Visor: Mark 06.
- Power Floats: Mark 06 descends from the moon this way.
- Unit-01 and Unit-13 both start to hover in their Awakened form.
- Purple Is Powerful: Along with Unit 01, Eva-13 in 3.0.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Eva-13 eyes turn from Gold to Red when Kaworu's controls are shut off.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: Unit-01 is stuck in a tesseract-shaped cocoon at the beginning of 3.0 and still manages to annihilate an Angel.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Mark 06 is put inside Lilith's headless corpse during the timeskip.
- Sinister Scythe: Mark-09 wields one when assisting Mark 13.
- Sniper Rifle
- As in the original, a positron rifle was used by Unit 01 against Ramiel
- Eva-08 has one as one of its main weapons.
- Super Prototype: The Mark 06, which used to have the potential to become a True Evangelion... until it was turned into the can for the 12th Angel during the timeskip. The 4.0 preview implies it might be the basis for the local equivalent of the MP Evas.
- Taking You with Me: Asuka does this in 3.0 by having 2.0 detonate in order to destroy the Mark 09. She succeeds and survives along with most of Eva-02.
- The Missing Faction: Eva-07, Eva-10, Eva-11, and Eva-12.
- Throat Light: Unit 01 in the Zeruel battle.