Fan Fic / Delta Invasion
Neon Genesis Evangelion II: DELTA Invasion
, to give it its full title, is a self-insertion fanfic
written by Tom Dyron. Like many other Evangelion
fics, it was MSTed
at Elmer Studios
(link goes to a mirror, the old site was on the now-defunct Geocities) and an audiobook production
is also currently in the works. Set post-series (but ignoring both episodes 25-26 and End of Evangelion
), it concerns NERV's conflict with a new group of enemies called Invadors (yes, it's spelled like that throughout) and the adventures of new pilot Tom Dyron
Considered to be a "Cult Classic" of badfic in its day, DELTA Invasion still gets a giggle every now and then. No "raw", non-MSTed copies were known to exist until very recently
. Whether this is a good or bad thing is another matter.
In 2012, Elmer Studios themselves came out of retirement with an updated version of the MSTing, the "Rebuild of Delta"
, published on the Elmer Studios Blog
The MST also can be read here
Two sequels of sorts exist, AYNGEL Project
and The Apocalyptic Battle
fanfic provides examples of:
The Elmer Studios MSTings provide examples of:
- Ace Custom: Tom's rebuilt EVA-03, complete with custom paint job and "progressive grenades"
- Adults Are Useless: Tom and Shinji seem to come up with all the battle strategies. Mistato just agrees and lets them do it.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Tom genuinely feels bad about killing Matt Yazama. Never mind that Matt killed hundreds of innocent people during his rampage, attempted to start Third Impact and showed no hints of remorse for his actions (and actually seemed quite enthusiastic about it).
- Author Catchphrase: More like signature spelling and grammar errors; there's "The Invadors", the use of the term "children" for the singular, calling it "The Nerv" throughout, Ritsuko handing people mallets, the outdoor "floor" in the fight scenes, the "ombilical wire", the "swang" and so on. The misspellings are strangely consistent.
- Beta Couple: Shinji and Rei. Brother–Sister Incest is (sort of) averted by an Author's Saving Throw Retcon where it turns out Rei was unrelated to Shinji but injected with Yui's DNA for... um... some reason.
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: EVA-14, the Golden Evangelion
- Blood Knight: Tom. He enjoys fighting the Invadors and after each battle brags about how tough it was. When confronted with EVA-14, he wants to fight it alone with no help.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Keel Lorenz is crushed to death by high-fiving Evangelions.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of Tom's fights with the Invadors amount to this, with Tom quickly and effortlessly dispatching the Monster of the Week.
- Inverted with Asuka, who is usually easily defeated by the same Invadors.
- Department of Redundancy Department: There's a lot of repetition of statements throughout the fic.
- DELTA Shattering Kaboom
- Evil Counterpart: Matt Yazama and EVA-014 are this for Tom
- Evil Gloating: Justice
- Expansion Pack Past: Crossed with Continuity Snarl; John Barren's backstory seemed to constantly change and mutate with each retelling. His variable number of siblings (some of them called Charles) didn't help.
- Faux Action Girl: Asuka is pretty much helpless for much of the fic, constantly needing to be rescued by Tom.
- Filler: Chapters 2, 3, 5 and 8 pretty much are all filler, as well as chunks of several other chapters. The MSTers wonder if the author had set himself some word and/or chapter count that he had to reach.
- Filler Villain: Matt Yazama and EVA-14 appear without a single hint of foreshadowing in chapter 10 and are defeated shortly thereafter. They then come back in chapter 12 and are defeated again. They contribute nothing to the plot, have no effect on events other then giving Tom something to fight and could be easily written out with no effect.
- Flat Character: John Barren has no personality aside from being "Special". He rarely gets more then a couple of lines per chapter and almost never interacts with the rest of the cast.
- Forgotten Superweapon: the Blade of Souls. After being the focus of chapter eight, it isn't mentioned again until twelve.
- Genre Shift: Chapter 4 reads like a knockoff of a standard martial arts movie plot, with Tom entering a fighting contest to get revenge on Jeff.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Mostly averted, save for the inexplicable, constant use of "Hai".
- Ho Yay: Tom and Shinji. Just... Tom and Shinji.
- Improbable Age: At age 16, Tom has been a state kickboxing champion, singer in a world-famous band, and a fighter pilot. And all that's before the start of the fic.
- And then there's his size (6 feet, 3.5 inches). To quote Elmer Studios, "That's not a kid, that's Shawn friggin' Michaels!"
- Infinity +1 Sword: The Blade of Souls.
- Informed Attribute:
- John Barren is special, and you will be reminded of this fact constantly. Of course, he is actually an inferior Evangelion pilot to everyone else, is effortlessly trashed in virtually every fight he's in, never contributes to the plot and spends the last few chapters in a coma. But he's special. Really.
- Also, Jeff Garyn is supposedly a professional hitman who has killed fifty-seven people. His modus operandi would suggest otherwise.
- Info Dump: Huge blocks of stats are dolloped out when new characters show up.
- Knight of Cerebus: Arguably Justice. Up until that point, the monster battles have been goofy and fun, with little to no consequence or regard for what's going on. Justice kills thousands, leaves John in a coma, nearly kills the other Children and comes so very close to starting the Third Impact.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Keel Lorenz is John Barren's father. Maybe. Possibly. It's hard to tell.
- Mind Screw: Chapter 11, also known as "Delta Theology". A mish-mash of Judeo-Christian mythology, astrophysics, martial arts movies, revising (and mangling) Evangelion's back-story and concepts, biology, theology and anything else that was thrown into the mix.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The Invadors are made of this trope; most of them are described by some variation on "body of an A, head of a B, arms of a C, legs of a D, etc.". Mercilessly parodied by the Random Delta Invasion Episode Generator.
- Mister Exposition: This is pretty much all Ritsuko does in the fic. Well, that and endless synch-tests.
- Monster of the Week: The Invadors pretty much define this trope.
- Moral Dissonance: Tom, many times over.
- In Chapter 10, he gleefully guns down SEELE Soldiers with out a second thought, but then lets Matt Yazama escape unharmed (and had more then enough opportunity to take him out.) Later in the same chapter, Matt and Tom fight, with Matt trying to kill Tom. Later, in Chapter 12, Matt goes on a second rampage, kills hundreds of innocent bystanders and tries to start the Third Impact. After his death, Tom feels genuinely bad for Matt, but doesn't express a hint of concern for his victims.
- At the same time that he let Matt escape unharmed, Tom captured Keel Lorenz and then gleefully crushed him to death.
- Similarly, Justice's rampage in chapter 12 again left hundreds or thousands dead. Yet Tom gleefully reminisces about the fight and how "awesome" it was.
- Tom viciously verbally assaults his ex-girlfriend for dumping him. Why did she do that? Because Tom had left home and moved halfway across the world and, while there, begun a relationship with Asuka. Yet Tom's Ex is singled out for leaving him.
- No Endor Holocaust: Both averted and played straight.
- Most of the Invadors are easily defeated with little to no mention of the damage done by their attacks and the subsequent battles.
- Justice, conversely, kills thousands during its attack, as well as nearly killing John.
- Pair the Spares: John is paired with Tom's ex-girlfriend for no obvious reason.
- Retcon: EVA-00, EVA-03, Tokyo-3, Toji's limbs and Kaji are all back in one piece with nary a reason given.
- Rated M for Manly: The entire fic... which makes chapter 13 that much more jarring.
- Satellite Love Interest: Asuka for Tom, Rei for Shinji. Also Kaji for Misato, as he does nothing in the fic other then take her out on long dates but never contributes to the plot in any way. Also possibly Jenya for John, but neither are exactly the deepest characters to begin with.
- Scifi Writers Have No Sense Of Scale:
- Chapter Nine is made of this trope. It features heavily throughout the series, but in that one chapter it becomes really, really glaring. Between the five-hundred meter long ship with a crew of eight (plus one passenger) and the six-week trip across the solar system, there's very little "in scale" to be had.
- Chapter Ten has a three-kilometer tall Invador.
- Chapter Eleven reveals that Earth's moon is the size of the Tokyo-3 Geo-front.
- Shaped Like Itself: The "Golden EVA" is an Evangelion that is gold-colored.
- Slut-Shaming: Tom's ex-girlfriend Jenya is mentioned several times before finally appearing in the last chapter. In each case, she has abuse heaped on her by Tom for dumping him and then hooking up with and dumping his best friend, Mike. Added to that, Tom compares her unfavorably with Asuka throughout. She contributes nothing to the plot, and the while thing feels very out of place and incredibly uncomfortable.
- Sociopathic Hero: Tom. He enjoys getting into fights and and killing Invadors, and gleefully relishes in mowing down SEELE soldiers. Not to mention his gratuitous killing of Jeff Garyn and the glee he takes in dispatching Keel. Tom even calls himself a psycho several time in the fic. This being Delta Invasion, everyone laughs it off.
- In the Rebuild of Delta, Rebecca even calls him a 'budding sociopath' at several points.
- The Determinator: Tom is shot in the gut at point-blank range and yet finds the strength to not only kill Jeff Garyn - who is seven feet tall and weighs over 400 pounds- with a knife, but throw him off a cliff and into a river.
- Aggressively lampshaded in the Rebuild of Delta. Rebecca points out that he'd either be dead or running on pure adrenaline and likely to die of shock when it wears off
- Took a Level in Badass: Bike riding, beer-swilling, metal guitar-playing Shinji. Sadly, probably the best treatment he's ever gotten in Evangelion fic.
- Artistic License - Biology: The Invadors are made of this trope.
- Artistic License - Economics: Tom tries to raise money by letting people challenge him... for a few yen each, as he apparently don't grasp exchange values. He makes a total of six hundred yen, which he spends on a lavish dinner at a restaurant for all his friends.
- One chapter has Tom's band signing a contract, recording a CD and having it released to million-plus sales... all within a week. The MSTers point out just how little sense this makes.
- Artistic License - Physics:
- The Progressive Grenades, The Nuclear Based Cannon... in fact, the entirety of the space trip to DELTA could be summarized as this.
- When the heroes' ship is attacked en-route to DELTA, there's a brawl with intercepting Invadors. When killed, the Invadors spiral down to their doom. In space.
- In the fic, the moon was formed when Lilith blasted Atlantis off Earth and into space. There are no words for how wrong this is. Also, Atlantis was in the Pacific ocean...
- Wave Motion Gun: The "nuclear based cannon".
- Weddings for Everyone/Babies Ever After: Chapter 13.