Fan Fic: Thousand Shinji

Not quite like you know them.
Art by Justinedarkchylde
His name was Shinji Ikari, and he was a quiet, unassuming young man, who kept to himself, seemingly uninterested in the affairs of the world and the people in it around him. He often seemed to lack a spine, and would bend to the whims of anyone more powerful than he, lacking any self confidence or respect. He simply existed, ignorant of others, and they in turn ignorant of him.
It was a lie.
Thousand Shinji is a Neon Genesis Evangelion/Warhammer 40,000 Crossover Fanfic by Academia Nut.

In this reality, Warhammer 40,000 as a universe exists. Shinji was found as a young boy and trained by Khnemu, a displaced Sorcerer of the Thousand Sons Legion, and learns the ways of plotting and scheming, along with a few other useful skills.

When summoned by Gendo to Tokyo-3, Shinji begins his own machinations to repay Gendo for his "kindness". Step by step he earns Misato's loyalty, Rei's affection and Asuka's love, turns the latter two into powerful allies and converts them to Chaos, training them to use their newfound powers, at the same that he slays Angels in spectacularly gruesome ways.

And then, right when it looks like if nothing can stop him, things go awry.

It can be read here and here.

After completing the fic, Academia Nut wrote an uncanonical -and highly controversial and flammable- Mega Crossover side-story called The Open Door that never got finished. A while after he wrote still another non-canonical side-story -NGE Utter Insanity- using -an awfully out-ot-character- post-TS Shinji, but it got nowhere even more quickly than The Open Door. It became a Dead Fic after two chapters and no one cared about it.

Compare with Once More with Feeling, Shinji And Warhammer 40 K (another Warhammer 40,000 Crossover featuring a very different Shinji) and Children Of An Elder God, that uses similar themes (the Children becoming more than human due to the action Eldritch Abominations and picking up powers as they kill things), but merging the Eva universe with the Cthulhu Myths. Those stories are credited as the three biggest influences for Thousand Shinji.

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  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: After their ascension to godhood, the new Chaos Gods -a., k., a. Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato- have a miriad of shapes and faces visible to mortals, but they usually take human form to talk to their followers or keep themselves grounded.
  • A God Am I: The story ends with Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato ascending to becoming the new Chaos gods.
  • Aborted Arc: The story is completed, but after finishing it the author said that there might one day be a sequel, but he never got around to write it (and he declared that The Open Door was un-canonical and not the actual sequel).
  • Abstract Apotheosis: At the climax of the story, the main characters became the New Chaos Gods. So that Shinji became the god of Deceit, Change and Hope; Asuka, goddess of War, Wrath and Valour; Rei, Godess of Demise and Joy; and Misato, Goddess of Pleasure and Perfection.
  • Alien Geometries: The inside of the Black Moon during Third Impact fits this. It was a space of distorted reality where two diferent universes were mingling and two billions of souls were being collected to feed with their energies the gestation of four new gods. In that place things had many layers, and viewing something from different angles could change completely what was seen. Depending on the angle a particular room could look a cathedral-like chamber coated in repugnant organic issue, a void with a misshapen beast floating in the centre, or a huge, pregnant Rei Ayanami going into labour.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The MP Evas have abilities from all the Angels. Tzintchi also receives the knowledge of the canon!40k gods.
  • Always Save the Girl: His girlfriend Asuka, Rei and Misato were the three persons more precious to Shinji. When Asuka and Misato got killed and Rei showed up to grant him his deepest wish he asked her bringing them back, not matter the cost. The cost was Third Impact.
  • Amazon Chaser: Shinji was attracted to Asuka because she was beautiful, brilliant, temperamental, overwhelming passionate... and because she was a fierce, furious and skilled warrior. It actually turned him on watching her fighting and hacking enemies away.
    “No really. I was in awe of you when you were fighting with Israfel the other day. Your movements were so fluid, so sure, that I did not feel like I was looking at Unit 02, but you. It was incredible,” Shinji explains.
    “Should I feel ‘complimented’?” Asuka asks.
    “Hell yes! You’re that good. When you spun your Eva about to deliver that axe blow to the half behind you, it was like I was seeing you there, hair flashing behind you and skirt twirling about your legs dramatically. I was a little turned on by it,” Shinji says, pausing in his work to savour the memory.
    “Pervert,” Asuka mutters sarcastically. There was however a small smile on her face.
    Shrugging, Shinji says, “Hey, what can I say? I like my women confident, wielding a huge axe, and blood drenched. Ensures they’ll be wild in bed.”
  • And Then What?: At one point Shinji wondered what he would do after getting revenge on his father and Seele.
  • Anti-Hero: This version of Shinji is a violent jerkass, manipulates people's feelings and often displays a disturbing lack of empathy. Still he fights Eldritch Abominations and eviler people than him.
  • Anti-Villain Protagonist: Shinji qualifies, depending on which side of the thin Anti-Hero-Anti-Villain line you see him as falling into.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: After the events of the fic, Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato became the New Chaos Gods. Their predecessors were humongous masses of sheer human emotion given sentience, but they are humans ascended to Physical Gods and the personifications of Chaos. Each one of them has a myriad of shapes, but usually they use their mortal forms to interact with others. Shinji is the embodiment of Deceit, Change and Hope; Asuka of War, Wrath and Bravery; Rei of Demise, Decay and Joy; and Misato of Lust, Passion and Perfection.
  • Anyone Can Die: For the end of the fic, the only Evangelion characters left alive are Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Misato, Toji, Kensuke and Hikari. Everyone else is dead. The body count is even greater than it looks, since Asuka, Misato and Hikari got murdered and were brought back from the dead.
  • An Axe to Grind: Asuka is her world's champion of physical combat and masters all kind of weapons, but axes are her Weapon of Choice (she is a Khornate berserker so it goes with the territory). Throughout the history she handles from tiny hatchets to huge bronze battle-axes capable to cleave a man in half in a single blow. Her Unit-02 is equiped with a chain-axe, and eventually replaced by a Bloodthirster axe against the MP Evas.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the climax of the story, Rei set Third Impact off to bring Asuka and Misato back from the dead at the behest of Shinji. She collected two thirds of souls of the whole humankind (rather than all human souls as she did in the original timeline), pumped energies of the Warp -a dimension of pure, raw energy- into Shinji, Asuka, Misato and herself and used the harvested souls to shape their new bodies. The four of them ascended and were reborn as the New Chaos Gods.
  • Babies Ever After: It is revealed in the side-story that Shinji and Asuka had a daughter, Kali, named after the Hindu Goddess of Death and Destruction. A line seems to imply that Shinji and his three wives -Asuka, Rei and Misato- had several children, but only Kali is known, and that subplot got dropped and forgotten straight after.
  • Back from the Dead: Hikari amongst others.
  • Badass:
    • No doubts about it, this version of Shinji is one bad motherfucker. The skill to hurl lightning bolts together with psychic powers help to achieve that label.
    • Asuka is a berserker axe-wielding Super Soldier devout of the embodiment of war, anger and bloodshed. Make the math.
    • Stoic, quiet Rei is a devout of Nurgle, god of decay and corruption. Her body can bio-engineer plagues that can wipe out the whole humankind in one mere day.
  • Barbarian Hero: As her transformation in a Khornate berserker advances -eventually leading to her becoming the next Goddess of War-, Asuka resembles this: she becomes an impressively muscled and powerful warrior, armed with primitive-looking, gigantic axes and barely clad in a tarp.
  • Battle Couple: Shinji and Asuka began to strongly bond when Shinji told Asuka that they should fight together to destroy their enemies. From that point they became partners-in-battle and shortly after they got together. The results were bloody for their enemies.
    Still holding her close, Shinji says, “No… no. I cannot take that away from you, only you can. I made a mistake earlier today. You and I, we are different. I am cast from the mould of a soldier. For me, fighting is a living, a means to an end. You… you are a warrior, for whom fighting is life. You carry conflict with you wherever you go.”
    He kissed her on the forehead and she did not flinch away from the contact, and then said, “We must learn to work together. You must learn to accept my brutal, sneaky, underhanded ways, and I must learn to accept your passionate, headstrong ways. We can complement one another wonderfully and make the battlefield our dance floor. The Evas were made to fight the Angels, so your mother died fighting them. If not for them, you would be home in Germany, going to school like a normal girl and your mother would still be around tuck you in at night. Hate them. Hate them for all they have stolen from you. Let all your sorrow turn to wrath, and if your breast be a cannon, shoot your burning heart at them. We shall make their blood flow, and we shall stack their skulls into a grand throne that shall let all know of your victory over your pain.”
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Keel and the rest of Seele sought reaching Instrumentality to create a new god and become one with it. When Third Impact happened, it turned Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato -the four persons in the whole world who had suffered the most at the Seele's hands- into gods. And they were pissed off. Cue the Seele members receiving horrible, horrible punishments.
    “You and the other members of SEELE wanted to shed your bodies and become one with a new god… well, no one ever said that God would be nice or particularly like you and your cronies for your involvement in its birth. I hope you prepared for the eventuality of an eternity being horrifically tortured by your worst nightmares.”
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Shinji and Asuka's first meeting consisted of arguing, snarking and peeping at each other when they thought that nobody was looking. Shinji loved taunting her as loving inwardly how beautiful, intelligent and passionate she was, and Asuka tried to hit him as developing a crush on him. Their relationship was scarily similar to Kouji and Sayaka's one.
    Misato:"Alright, fun is fun, but now is the time to put this behind you and shut up. Now, Asuka, stop trying to kill Shinji, and Shinji, stop encouraging her to try."
  • The Berserker:
    • Shinji tends to become one when he gets pissed off... which is a very usual occurrence in this story.
    • On the other hand, Asuka IS one. Shinji and Rei call her a berserker several times even before she becomes a follower of Khorne, god of war and anger. Not only her Eva gets painted like a Khornate berserker but she steadily trasnforms into a Super Soldier capable to summon massive war-axes out of thin air.
  • Berserker Tears: During her breakdown, caused by Shinji's loss, Asuka cried after a fight, when she got furious or angsty. And she shed blood tears.
  • Big Damn Heroes: "I hate playing the Big Damn Hero."
  • Black and Grey Morality: Shinji will do nasty things in defence of his friends or as revenge for things done to them, but compared to Gendo or the SEELE men he looks a lot better.
  • Blood Knight: In this story Asuka Langley Sohryu is a berserker of Khorne, God of War, Anger and Blood. She is a consumate warrior, fighting is her life and she can barely control her battle-lust and eventually becomes the Goddess of War.
  • Blood Lust: Asuka is a Hot-Blooded Khornate berserker. She craves fighting, spilling the enemy's blood and even drinking it. Shinji finds her arousing. Her bloodlust increased when she ascended to godhood and became Goddess of War, Rage and Blood. Her followers sacrifice their enemies' blood to her.
  • Broken Bird: When Asuka was four her mother went crazy and hang herself (and her daughter was the one found her corpse). Shortly after her father remarried and virtually abandoned her. In response to it she tried to become stronger, tougher and fully self-reliant. Shinji discusses it at one point:
    “Passing the favour forward? Yeah. I’ve been helping Rei since I got here, she was far worse than she is now socially, and then you came along. You were the kid, the one in a million, who chose to become strong instead of break in response to such monumental adversity. But I could see it in your eyes, the tone of your voice in sheltered moments that you still carried the wounds, that you were more fragile than you seemed,” Shinji explains.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Rei was in love with Shinji even though she was his mother's clon. However Shinji regarded her like a sister and was in love with Asuka. Still when Rei revealed her genetic make-up to him and Shinji figured out her feelings he did not seem concerned about her origins. In fact he told: "If you wanted a threesome with us why didn't you ask us?". After the Final Battle, Shinji claimed Rei, Asuka and Misato as his wives.
  • Cat Fight: Asuka and Rei got in a very violent one in chapter 14 when Rei attempted to seduce Shinji.
  • Chainsaw Good: A chain-axe for Unit 02.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Shinji makes repeated use of the Rubric Marines within Khnemu's jars, but at the end it is the canon!40k gods who emerge from them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The soldiers who finish off Ramiel.
  • Cherry Tapping: The 4th Angel is killed by two soldiers with a TOW missile.
  • Colonel Kilgore: Being a Khornate berserker, Asuka is drawn to conflict like a moth to a flame. She loves fighting, crushing and brutally killing the enemy and spilling their blood. She will jump into a battle, skirmish or mere brawl, roaring "BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE" as hacking heads off. Later she became the Goddess of War.
  • Creepy Child: Rei, but Shinji gets in on the act too.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In the noncanonical side-story Shinji meets his counterpart of the original universe. To force his counterpart to know the price of failure and get his act together, Shinji makes his younger self believing that he is going to behead Asuka. When the younger Shinji screams "NO!" right before the axe-blow intentionally misses, Shinji suggests him earnestly stopping his self-pity party, growing a spine and fighting to defend Asuka and other people he cares about.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: 40 35 Special Forces agents under SEELE versus one three four Rubric Marines. No contest.

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  • Death of the Old Gods: Several deities from Warhammer 40,000 sacrificed themselves to create the New Chaos Gods so that the C'Tan can be defeated.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Due to the events of the fic, Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato became the New Chaos Gods. All of them have a myriad of shapes -some few of them humanoid and/or comprehensible to human eyes-, psychic powers and are able to manipulate souls and bodies. Shinji is the God of Deceit and is nearly omniscient, Asuka if the Goddess of War is her world's master of physical combat, Rei is the Goddess of Demise and her domain is decay and sickness, and Misato is Goddess of Pleasure and Pain.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Tzeentch's failure to see the C'tan plans coming was what forced the canon!40k gods to work together.
    "Despite all of our power we got blindsided by something that fell out of the purview of the things we normally kept track of."
  • Die for Our Ship: It is subtler than other examples, but Kaji got assassinated. Since it happened in the original series it should not raising eyebrows... until you realize that the new Chaos Gods later brought Hikari back to life but they did not bring him back. There was no good reason for it other than he remaining dead conveniently freed Misato to become Shinji's harem's member together with Asuka and Rei.
  • Discontinuity: Its side-story is less popular and many fans preferred forgetting that it exists because they feel that it ruined the original story, disregarding or obliterating the original themes, plotlines and Character Development and turning its Jerk with a Heart of Gold AntiHeroes in blatant VillainSues that have forgotten all what they learnt in Thousand Shinji. At any rate the author has stated that it was not a sequel but a side-story intended to be silly and non-serious and it is non-canonical, therefore it is easy ignoring it since it is out of continuity.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Invoked. Leliel slights Asuka, pissing off Shinji in the process. Shinji asks it if he dares to fight him, and then he realizes that taunting an Angel may not be a good idea.
    Shinji: "The ‘other’ as you call her is the master of the world of physical combat, something you disdain, but are you powerful enough to take me, a master of the mind?"
    Shinji (thinking): "In retrospect perhaps such taunting was a bad idea if Rei’s commentary on the method of attack used by the Fifteenth Angel is correct."
    Asuka:"Idiot!"
    Shinji:"Hey! I had no idea the situation would evolve like this!"
  • Enemy Civil War:
    • During the invasion of the Geofront, Shinji telepatically goads the invading soldiers to shoot each other.
      "This went beyond a simple cluster fuck, this transcended into the realm where future generations of soldiers would refer to a situation this badly screwed up that they would have to call such scenarios... Tokyo-3..."
    • Also, the only reason why the canon!40k gods had to work together was because their inter-factional fighting allowed the C'tan to gain a vital advantage.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: The explicit lack thereof due to the C'tan's machinations and the consequences of this is what forced the canon!40k gods to work together.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: What happens to Gendo and the SEELE committee.
  • Fetal Position Rebirth: In the second-to-last chapter, Shinji, Asuka and Misato assume these positions into embryonic sacs while they are being reborn and transformed into gods.
  • Fiery Redhead: Asuka is a berserker of Khorne, God of War. She is a FURNACE of rage, passion, temper, tenderness, aggressiveness and emotion. She is repeatedly described as passionate, fiery, fierce, furious... and later she actually becomes the embodiment of War and Wrath.
  • Freakiness Shame: The first signs of Asuka was transforming into a Khornate berserker, were the white of her eyes becoming red and her crying blood tears. She tried to hide it and thought it meant that she was a freak, but Shinji told her that it was a gift and not something to be ashamed of... and he still found her hot, not matter what.

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  • Marry Them All: Subverted. For most of the story Shinji clearly considers Asuka his girlfriend, Rei his surrogate sister and Misato her surrogate mother. However, Rei's crush on Shinji (and her willingness to talk Asuka into a threesome) and Misato's proclivity to tease him complicate matters. Shinji did not plan getting married to anyone other than Asuka, but when the four of them ascend to godhood, Shinji takes the three of them as his wives out of a desire to make them happy.
  • Meaningful Name: Asukhon, the Eightfold Victor, Tzintchi, the Nine-Fingered King, Reigle of the Seven Lives and Mislaato of the Six Wounds, hint who they are sucessors from and describe a characteristic of them.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: L-Type Equipment for the Evas.
  • Mind Rape
  • Mind Hive: After Third Impact, the Well of Souls -an amalgam of the souls of all humans that got harvested during Instrumentality- is inside of the bodies of Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato.
  • Mind Screwdriver: A large part of the final chapter, following Academia Nut's Take That to the Gainax Ending.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Gendo abandoned his son Shinji when he was four. When summoned to Tokyo-3 by his father ten years later, Shinji has learnt the ways of scheming and plotting, and several useful skills, and he decides paying his father back. In the process Rei -who had been treated as a tool for Gendo- and Asuka -who had lost her mother and been turned into a Child Soldier cause Nerv and whom Gendo forced to attack her best friend- side with him.
  • Morality Chain: In this story Shinji is a psychotic, arrogant, manipulative Jerkass with little empathy. Believe it or not, if his girlfriend Asuka, his surrogate -or so he thinks- sister Rei, his surrogate mother Misato, his friends Touji and Kensuke... he would be way, way worse. Before moving in Tokyo-3 he regarded people as tools to be used and discarded or morons. But after finding them Shinji begins to show love, empathy, tenderness, caring, pity... when he is around them, and he even tries to use his well-trained manipulative skills for the good.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Zigzagged. When Shinji and Asuka got together Rei got extremely jealous. At the beginning she told herself that Asuka made Shinji happy and that was all that mattered. However she resented Asuka and often dreamt with killing her... and then she dreamt with Shinji killing her to avenge Asuka or killing himself, so she restrained herself. Paradoxically she also felt attracted to Asuka. She attempted getting a threesome with both, but due to her clumsy methods, Asuka (who had previously considered her a friend) thought she was trying to steal Shinji and killed her... but since Rei had several spare bodies she merely occuppied another. Finally, Shinji ended that conflict by talking them into a threesome.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: One of the reasons of Shinji to want to Take Over the World is he does not want anybody hurting him or Asuka ever again.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Asuka can drink an unholy amount of alcohol without getting drunk... and if she gets drunk, she recovers veeeeery fast. Shinji lampshaded it in chapter 14 when Rei explained her plan to get Asuka and him drunk in order to get her way with them.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: The Rubric Marines and this is justified the same way as with their immunity to bullets.
  • Noble Demon: Shinji.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: It is explicitly noted that Asuka should have been dead twice over during the fight against the MP Evas.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Inverted in Chapter 8. Shinji and Asuka tip over the chair they're sitting on while making out and end up with Shinji's hands on Asuka's breasts. When Misato walks in on them, Shinji states that the situation is exactly what it looks like. She doesn't believe a word of it.
  • Nuke 'em: N2 mines all over the place.
  • Off with His Head!: Asuka is a Khornate berserker. In battle she hacks her enemies' heads off to offer them up to Khorne, God of War. Sometimes Shinji cut an enemy's head off after defeating it to give it to Asuka as a present.
  • Oh My Gods!: Being followers of the Chaos Gods, Shinji, Asuka and Rei swear by them on several occasions. In chapter 14 Shinji moans "Oh, fucking Tzeentch" and in chapter 13 Asuka exclaims "Sweet Khorne!" as she and Shinji are making out.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Why did the God-Emperor have the others send a Keeper of Secrets instead of a Lord of Change back in time? So Shinji would become emotionally mature and not abuse humanity after his ascension to godhood.
  • One-Winged Angel: Eva Unit-02. Yes.
  • One World Order: "Today there are no more nations, there is only humanity."

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  • Peggy Sue: It is not evident until the last chapter, but this IS a time-travel fic, since the canon!40k gods send a time-traveler back to the past to prevent an awful future.
  • Physical God: Due to the events of the fic, Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato became the New Chaos Gods. They have a myriad of shapes, but usually wear their old human forms -or humanoid shapes- when they interact with mortals (their "public relations" bodies to put it another way). Their powers include inmortality, psychic powers, and limited reality warping. Each one of them is attuned to a concept and has powers associated with it: Shinji, God of Trickery, has limited omniscience, the greatest psychic powers and shoots lightning bolts; Asuka, Goddess of War is super strong, super fast, nearly invulnerable and master of combat -armed or otherwise-; and so on...
  • The Plan: The events of the history are part of the plan of Tzeentch to defeat the C'Tan and the Necrontyr, and he hoped accomplishing this by manipulating events so that Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato transformed into the new Chaos Gods. The existence of a "plan" is revealed and mentioned several times in the final chapters until finally Tzeentch shows up, tells that "everything went just as planned", and explains exactly what the plan consisted of and what his goals were.
  • Please Wake Up: After Asuka has been killed by the MP-Evas Shinji is holding her as desperately pleading "Wake up, Asuka, wake up".
  • Power Echoes: Shinji ends up using this.
  • Power Floats: Shinji ends up using this.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Unit 02 gains Bloodthirster wings against the MP Evas.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Shinji does this repeatedly with Asuka. He uses his remote viewing to spy on her as she is undressing, and later he uses his telepathy and telekinesis to give her physical pleasure.
    Mmmm… remote viewing, it's a beautiful thing!
    • After their ascension to godhood, Shinji and their three queens can shape-shift. Misato implies that he uses that power during lovemaking when she states that they can teach someone how "to fuck three girls up the ass at the same time and blow their minds".
  • The Promise: Shinji promises Asuka that she will never lose him because he will always return to her:
    “I… I’m afraid that if I become attached to you, I’ll lose you,” Asuka admits, her voice trembling at it.
    “I would not fear that Asuka, for I promise you I shall always return to you,” Shinji reassures her.
    “You can’t promise that. No one can promise that,” she says morosely.
    “Remember that one of the selling points of
    Chaos is no angst and crap. I can promise you this Asuka that I will return from anything if it is to be back with you. If you should find my body broken and dead, then to whatever hell my soul travels I will find my way back to you,” Shinji tells her.
  • Psychic Powers: Wielded by Shinji amongst others. Asuka and Rei also have them, but theirs are weaker. All children born after Second Impact are psykers, so they may develop psychic powers.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Shinji badly wanted to punish his father for abandoning him, but he decided that Gendo was not worth of his time, so that he repressed his anger and focused on bonding with his new family: Asuka -his girlfriend-, Rei -his sister-, Misato -his surrogate mother-, Toji and Kensuke -his friends-... but then Gendo forced Asuka to cripple his best friend and kill her best friend. Shortly after Asuka's mind got shattered during a battle, Misato got jailed... and he found out that their mothers' souls were locked into the Evas to make them working. So he decided he would repair Asuka's mind, break Misato out -killing whoever got in the way-, obliterate the Geofront and kill and torture his father and the Seele members (in that order).
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Pick a tense and stick with it, will you?

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  • Scars Are Forever: Lord Tzintchi, the Nine Fingered King, although it may be deliberate.
  • Seeker White Blood Cells: VERY squicky example: when Iruel makes his appearance and tries to infect Rei, her body is transformed into a bloated, pus-dripping mass of flesh that is a literal FACTORY of all kinds of nasty viruses purpose-made to kill Iruel's nanites.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The reason for the canon!40k gods' Gambit Roulette.
  • Sharing a Body: As a result of Third Impact and their ascension to godhood, the bodies of Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato are formed by the Well of Souls, an amalgam of the souls of all humans that got harvested during Instrumentality. It is complicated because their souls are part of the amalgamation -although they are fully in charge of it-, and the mass of souls shapes their individual bodies, but it is STILL a single merged mass of billions of humans manifesting itself as four different bodies.
  • Ship Tease: There were some Shinji/Rei and Shinji/Misato hints, but ninety percent of the teasing was Shinji/Asuka as soon as Asuka's first appearance (sooner, actually. Shinji was scanning the ship mentally, and when he found her mind burning with passion he was instantly drawn to it. And when they met he thought "So this is what lust feels like"). Teasing in that chapter included Shinji and Asuka sneaking peeks at each other when they were undressing and Shinji wondering if he could romance that wounded, hot-tempered red-haired berserker.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Reference is made to the many NGE AUs created with Possession Sue Shinjis, including but not limited to Once More with Feeling, The Second Try, Nobody Dies, Shinji And Warhammer 40 K and Children Of An Elder God.
    • As with the other well-known NGE/WH40K fic, the author seems to be a Troper, and refers to several tropes by name.
    • There's also a brief Shout-Out to Buffy in Chapter 18: "Bored now."
    • In Chapter 15, Kaworu imitates Dio Brando by telekinetically throwing knives at Shinji, and then dropping a steamroller on him.
    • Shinji pulls a Palpatine in Chapter 15, while clad in a black robe. "A pity you only learned this at the end. And now young Angel, you die," Shinji stated before pouring lightning into the body of the Seventeenth Angel.
    • Shinji quotes The Lord of the Rings when he says he feels: "like butter that has been scraped over too much bread".
    • Chapter 16 has a double shout out to the Terminator movies: Shinji says "I'll be back," then sinks into Leliel with a thumbs up being the last part that goes under.
  • Strange Bedfellows: Nothing less than an overwhelmingly bad situation could possibly force the canon!40k gods to work together. We're talking a reluctant agnostic/atheist turned God-Emperor of Man, the Four Ruinous Powers (whom are sufficiently powerful that the *only* reason they haven't taken over the world is because they A) *HATE* each other, B) like it just the way it is, and C) already have...), Gork & Mork (the deities of a bunch of genetically engineered fungal bio-weapon), and the Eldar Pantheon (and let's not talk about all the shit they got up to with each other! It's like the Olympians all over again! Er, I mean...).
  • Stress Vomit: In chapter 14, after waking up from a coma and hearing how everything had gone to Hell due to his scheming, Shinji threw up violently.
  • Super Strength: Asuka eventually develops this.
  • Take Over the World: Shinji often mentions in passing that he plots to conquer the world after the Angel War. His motivation for it varies depending on the time: he is ambitious just like that, he doesn't want anything hurt him and Asuka again, or in revenge for Asuka, Rei and Misato getting hurt. Whatever the case may be, for the end of the story he's become the God-King of humanity and Asuka, Rei and Misato are his three Queens ruling alongside him.
  • Take That:
    • "For those of you prepared to rant at me, there is one more chapter to this story, so unlike Gainax, you will actually get an explaination (sic) as part of the denouement."
    • When Shinji and Asuka sleep together during their synch training Asuka asks: "You are not going to jerk off over my comatose body now are you?" and Shinji replies: "Please, that would be pathetic."
  • Their First Time: Although they had gotten together and made out many times Shinji had not tried to take his relationship further. When Asuka asked him about it he answered he knew that she was still afraid and vulnerable, and if he tried to sped things up he might hurt her... and he would never forgive himself if it happened. So he would wait until she felt ready. In chapter 13 Asuka finally decided going a little further and she and Shinji bonded.
  • Tranquil Fury: Shinji goes into one of these after learning about the true fate of his and his friends' mothers.
  • Trash of the Titans: Misato's apartment is so messy it convinces Shinji that she's a "damned Slaaneshi daemon princess".
  • Unstoppable Rage: Asuka succeeds in making Unit 02 berserk, unlike in canon.

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  • Violently Protective Girlfriend:
    • Shinji is a violently protective boyfriend. Very violent and very protective. Hurt Asuka -or Rei or Misato for that matter- at any way, shape or form and your agony will be endless. Asuka finds his attitude... arousing.
    • In turn, Asuka Langley Sohryu also gets very violent when someone threatens Shinji. How violent? She is a Khornate berserker.
  • Volleying Insults: During the first chapters before getting together, Shinji and Asuka often traded insults back and forth. Shinji even kept score of who won each one of their verbal spars.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Discussed. Shinji thinks of his mentor and of how they knew that even if they backstabbed each other, they would always care for each other. When he is starting to live with Misato he thinks that if he ever found the need to betray Misato (and he could think of some few scenarios where he would consider it) she would have to die instantly, without knowing what had happened (However that was a brief phase. Shortly after Asuka, Rei and Misato became his dearest people whom he would never betray, and if someone hurt them he would make that person dying extremely painfully).
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 14, where flashback reveal Shinji's plans going badly wrong. Some reviewers claimed that he was screwed over even worse than in canon.
  • Willfully Weak: For the middle point of the story, Shinji is able to blast lightning bolts, Asuka is a Super Soldier capable to punch through a concrete block and summon axes out of thin air, Rei is a living biological and bio-chemical weapon, and THE THREE OF THEM have psychic powers. However they are extra careful to conceal their true powers so that: they can led a relatively normal life; and Gendo never sees it coming when they decide to move against him.
  • Yandere: Deconstructed with -of all people- Rei. After Shinji and Asuka got together she realized her feelings towards Shinji. At the beginning she just tried to be happy for Shinji, but she got increasingly obsessed with Shinji and she yearned for getting Asuka out of the way. It got so bad that she often dreamt with killing Asuka. Still Rei restrained herself, thinking that if she killed Asuka, Shinji would hate her forever and kill her or -worse still- he would kill himself.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Within the Black Moon time is warped and it slips away differently between two points. Shinji spent a short while taking part in a meeting, and when he exited that area to meet Asuka and Rei found that at least one week had passed.
  • You Are Worth Hell: During a conversation in chapter 10, Asuka tells Shinji that she is is afraid of becoming attached to him and losing him. He promises her that she'll never lose him and he'll always return to her, even if he has to find his way back from Hell. When she asks him "What if you end up in Heaven?" he replies:
    Shinji: "No matter the surface trappings, any heaven would be a hell without you."
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form:
    • The Chaos Gods have horrible forms that are beyond human understanding.
    • Their sucessors -Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato- wear thousand forms each, and only a few of them are understandable to human beings. Usually they wear human shapes when they interact with people (their public relationships faces, so to speak).
  • You Just Told Me: When Kaworu shows up, he gives away his true nature to Shinji by referring to humanity as "Lilim".
  • You Need to Get Laid: A meta example. An artist drew pictures of the main characters after their ascension to godhood. Several fans -including the fic's writer- noted that they looked noticeable stable and sane, and mostly human instead of eldritch (although it was justifiable since they wore humanoid forms at specific times), and the artist replied:
    "Also, they're pleased in this picture because they've just gotten laid AND been to an awesome concert."


"Misato-san, the mother I missed during my childhood, for all her terribly human flaws. Rei-san, the sister I never had, as much as she can annoy me at times. And you, the girl who I never knew I wanted to steal my heart. If anything ill were to ever happen to any of you, it would be bad," Shinji says with a smile.
"How bad?" Asuka asks.
"Ah, so its more pillow talk you want now, is it? Well, first I would find those responsible and I would begin by… oh, let's say cutting their Achilles tendons so they can't get away. Then would begin the slow, methodical removal of limbs, inch by inch, each new wound being cauterized to avoid death by blood loss. By the end they would be skinless heads attached to torsos, eyes gouged out, noses cut off, tongues yanked free of mouths, lips sewn shut with rusty ten gauge wire, and tubes inserted to keep them alive and in pain. I would then probably conquer the world, or at least a large chunk of it, so as to build a suitably grand tribute to the loss, probably a pyramid to embarrass the ones in Egypt, only made out of the bodies of my enemies coated in resin to prevent decay and give better structural stability. This of course would be occurring while I try everything to undo the damage," Shinji describes vividly.
Shivering in a mix of fear and pleasure, Asuka says, "Sweet talker."