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!
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.
Always Save the Girl: Deconstructed in 2.0 where Shinji eradicates most of humanity to try and save Rei. Made worse by the fact he apparently didn't save her after all.
Also, in 3.0, he unconsciously activates his EVA to save Asuka from an angel when she screams at him to help her. Or at least it's assumed that was his doing, because all that gets him is being forced to wear a choker that will kill him if he ever tries to pilot an EVA again. Perhaps it would be better for him not to try and save his fellow female pilots...
Reversed by the end of 3.0, where Mari saves Shinji from Unit-13. Although this is just as much to save everyone else as well.
Ambiguously Bi: As in the original and The End of Evangelion, the nature of his attraction to Kaworu has been hotly-debated among the fandom.
All of the Other Reindeer: In 3.33, due to his part in Near-Third Impact, he's treated as a war criminal; its also one of the reasons why he's able to bond with Kaworu so easily.
Awful Truth: During the course of 3.33, he gets told that Rei Ayanami is dead, something that is hinted when Rei-Q acts different to the Rei he knew; after some time, it becomes a coping (or Escapism) mechanism to deal with his part on causing Third Impact. It's only when Fuyutsuki tells him the truth that he faces both reality and the magnitude of his actions.
The Atoner: In Rebuild 3.0., he tries to be this to make up for causing Third Impact in the last movie. Unfortunately, this is subverted, as it leads to another Nice Job Breaking It, Hero moment.
Berserk Button: Anyone (or anything) hurting Rei gets a dose of Shinji's new-found rage. This comes to a head in Rebuild 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance when Rei is devoured by Zeruel, and he decides to take a page from Kamina and rip the angel to pieces with glowing eyes of rage to save her.
Cosmic Plaything: Everything he did at the climax of Rebuild 2.0 was All for Nothing and nearly caused a planetary extinction in the process. Nearly everyone hates his guts for what he did, and his attempt to amend for his actions ends up making the situation worse. The kid needs a hug more than ever now.
Despair Event Horizon: After he almost triggers Fourth Impact and loses Kaworu, Shinji completely loses his will to live and is left in a catatonic state.
Determinator: The major thing that sets him from his anime and manga counterparts. In the second Rebuild film, Shinji WILL save Ayanami, even if he has to initiate Third Impact and to sacrifice the world to do it and in the third film, he will retrieve the spears no matter what. 3.33 goes on to viciously deconstruct this, as Shinji's actions have turned out to have very grave consequences, namely the death of even more of the already diminished human race, leading to him getting treated like a criminal and pariah by almost every other character and the last time he attempts to do something, he only makes things worse.
Generation Xerox: As the story goes on, it becomes increasingly apparent that Shinji and Gendo really aren't so different, in that both of them are determined to save their loved ones, even if it means wiping out the entirety of humanity.
Go Mad from the Revelation: Towards the middle of 3.0, he's confronted with numerous shocking revelations in very short order, the "highlights" being that he inadvertently annihilated the remainder of the biosphere and that he did not actually save "his" Rei. He pretty much unravels on the spot.
Heroic BSOD: He's bad at some point of 3.0, but Kaworu's gruesome death takes the last of Shinji's sanity. Lampshaded by his seiyuu, the preview of 4.0 (saying Shinji lost his will to live), and his bonus song "Famously". It remains to be seen how he'll snap out this Despair Event Horizon.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: His relationship with Kaworu is closer to this than it was in previous iterations of the series, with more screen time given to showing off their friendship and trust in each other. The Ho Yay is even more prevalent than ever because of this.
Hey, You!: Honoring his pledge to "his" Rei about her being unique and irreplaceable to him, Shinji will not refer to the other clone he encounters in 3.0 as "Rei Ayanami" once he finds out the truth. He ends up referring to Rei Q in awkward, roundabout ("the... other pilot."), or indirect ("why aren't we alone?") ways.
The Insomniac: He becomes this in 3.33, starting from the day he was told of what happened 14 years ago; the estimated amount of time he stayed like this varies between a day and a half and three days.
Instant Expert: In 3.0, he learns to play a very basic (but fancy-sounding)note Kaworu's part has all the fun stuff, inc. all the trills, but Shinji's part requires a basic sense of rhythm so as to avoid being put off when the parts diverge from the usual thirds-thirds into thirds (Kaworu) vs fourths/eighths (Shinji). piano-piece in thirty seconds. While the piece is simple, the inflection he gives it is what you'd normally expect of someone who actually knows how to play. It's primarily symbolic of his relationship with Kaworu and not plot-relevant in itself, but it's still weird.
The piano-scene may appear to be irrelevant at first, but it's later revealed to have been a training for Shinji to learn to synchronize with Kaworu in order to activate EVA-13's special ability to break the seal to Lilith's Chamber. After all, it has been proven scientifically that when musicians play together, their heart-rates and even their minds start to synchronize. And Gainax have been known to do extensive research on everything EVA-related after all.
In the original series Shinji is shown to be an extremely modest but superb cello player. Rebuild-Shinji may have learned the piano in the past (instead) and was being just as modest about his playing ability as he was with the cello. Even if not, a musician always finds it easier to learn a second instrument than someone starting from scratch.
Played straight with theRS-Hoopers in the fight in Central Dogma.
Just a Kid: Asuka starts calling him just a brat in 3.0, after all she's now 14 years mentally older than him.
Mind Rape: Done by Fuyutsuki when he tells and shows him the truth behind Rei, his mother and parts of the Eva project.
Must Make Amends: ...for Third Impact. Unfortunately, all his attempts to do so go horribly wrong...
My God, What Have I Done?: At least thrice throughout 3.0. Once after Kaworu shows him the devastation he inadvertently caused, one more, word for word, when it sinks in that he couldn't save Rei after all, and one last time once things Go Horribly Wrong at the end of 3.0.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His attempt to save Rei triggered Third Impact and killed a sizable chunk of the human population. Then he almost triggers Fourth Impact by pulling out the lances despite Kaworu telling him not to. Our hero, ladies and gentlemen. Can we give him a round of applause?
Rookie Red Ranger: Much like his original counterpart, but his ability to fight on par with an Asuka who has 14 years of extra experience deserves an extra mention. Again, he is not better off for it, as he could only control the immense power he summoned from EVA 01 for a limited amount of time, and paid with 14 years of his life and all that was ever dear to him when its unhindered "return to its original form" triggered Third Impact...
Sanity Slippage: In 3.33due to a combination of lack of sleep, learning that he destroyed the biosphere, the truth about Rei and the fact that he didn't saved her.
Took a Level in Badass: Presented as having a bit more of a backbone and manages to ascend to godhood at the climax of the second move. Harshly deconstructed in 3.0, where his reckless actions proved to have been more harm than they were worth.
He's still subtly presented as this in 3.0, where he's on more even footing with Kaworu in their relationship and manages to gain the upperhand against Asuka, whose had 14 more years of experience than him, in a fight.
Would Hit a Girl: He reluctantly defends himself and Kaworu from Asuka so they could save the world (or so he thought) during the fight in Central. She gave him no choice when she kept attacking them without bothering to explain herself..
Wrong Side All Along: Walzes back to NERV only to find out that they're plotting the apocalypse. Got tricked into nearly destroying the world, twice, the second time while actively trying to save it, having to fight his former alies in the process.
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.
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-"
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.
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: Seems to think so, at least, if she could figure out the first, second and third use of a knife is not to cut her own hands with. Her attempt to bring Shinji and Gendo closer together in Rebuild involved making them a home-cooked meal to share.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rebuild 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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".
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 2.0before 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.
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.Associated tropes:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 form 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
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.
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.
Generation Xerox: He is in many ways a dark mirror of what Shinji could grow into.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though reluctant to bond with his son at first, he makes more of an effort to as Rei opens up as a person... ... But all of that was only so he could manipulate Shinji psychologically, making sure that his plans could be advanced. What an asshole.
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.
Thank you for being friends with my brother. I'm his younger sister, Sakura.
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.In Rebuild, 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
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.
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.
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.
Shaped Like Itself: The Twelfth Angel has a full body core, meaning it's entire body is its core. Mark 09 as one of the Adams 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.
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.
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.
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.