Fan Fic / Mobile Fighter Evangelion

The ad that started the whole thing.

"It's all about the journey. And seeing if even the extra advantages given by 'Super Robot Pills' can counter the 'Gainax Syndrome' inherent in Evangelion as a whole. Plus, as you've gathered with all the tidbits tossed around (a fourth MAGI consisting of a partially-pulverized Naoko Akagi, a Project Nephilim that apparently bred Angelically-enhanced humans for military clients, Rei having been in military service when she was chronologically less than seven years old, ZA GUNDAMS, ZA ANIMALS, AOBA'S A GIRL, Ibuki Twins, etc.), this world is a bit... different, from canon."

In a Post-Apocalyptic world, Shinji Ikari must battle horrifying monsters in a giant robot to prevent another disaster like that which almost wiped out humanity years before. ...If Doctor Akagi's mad science doesn't traumatize him first.

...wait, what?

Mobile Fighter Evangelion reinvisions Neon Genesis Evangelion, the notorious Deconstruction of the Super Robot genre, as one of the Super Robot shows it was deconstructing, based solely on the author's memory of a print advertisement he saw as a kid.

And it. Is. AWESOME!!! It's up there with Nobody Dies as the cream of the Fix Fics that reconstruct Eva as the very thing '''it''' deconstructed.

It really must be seen to be believed. Take note, however, that Word of God has stated that the very nature of Evangelion itself might be too much for the might of the Super Robot...but where's the fun in spoiling?

Note that there be spoilers below!

Tropes used for SCIENCE!! in MFE...
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Ritsuko Akagi has one, as she explains here.
    "Although symptoms vary from person to person, my little 'mood swings', as you might term them, aren't actually manic episodes as pertains to bipolar disorder. Trust me; I've gotten the professional opinion of some of Japan's best psychiatrists."
    "…then…what the heck is it?"
    Ritsuko chuckled. "They classified me…" The doctor suddenly pumped her fist. "AS UNCLASSIFIABLE! HOHOHAAAHAHAHAHAAAA!"
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Gendo's "Welcome to Tokyo-3" postcards. Several of them are amazingly epic pictures, but the last is Gendo eating a sandwich with the caption of "OM NOM NOM NOM."
  • Ascended Extra: Mana Kirishima and Mayumi Yamagishi have been upgraded to the assigned pilots for the Jet Alone Project. Also, they're Nephilim.
  • Badass: Gendo... yes, Gendo is a Badass.
  • Badass Boast: Gendo Ikari gives one on behalf of humanity as a whole in Episode 16, following Iruel's attack on the school.
    "So to the Angels that remain, wherever you are…because somehow, some way, I know that these words will reach you. No matter how you choose to strike us, we will fight. No matter how much blood of ours you seek to shed, we will make sure that you choke on it! No matter how many times you may catch us in a moment of weakness, we will band together and stand as one! You seek to usher in the end of the world? You see us as mere lambs to be slaughtered? JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE?! I’ll tell you who we are. We are humans. And we do not have to justify our existence to the likes of you."
  • Badass Cape: Gendo...again. Also seems to double as a Utility Belt.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Angels, according to Ramiel in Episode 9.
  • Bold Inflation: The psychic voices of the angels.
    • No Indoor Voice: All the Angels except Tabris speak in all caps. Zeruel additionally uses italics when not speaking in her human voice.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Same crew from canon, except all of them are changed in some way: Hyuga is good at haggling, Aoba is a girl, and Maya has a twin brother named Miyata...who's ALSO a Bridge Bunny.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gendo again. This time he's joined with Ritsuko.
  • Canon Immigrant: Mana Kirishima and Mayumi Yamagishi; see Ascended Extra.
    • Mari Illustrious Makinami of the the movies is now Mari Langley Sohryu, Asuka's eight-year old sister.
  • Child Soldiers: What Nephilim were created to be. Rei fought in the Central American Wars; Mana and Mayumi are on loan to the Jet Alone Project from the JSSDF.
  • Combining Mecha: The Jet Alone in this story has this as a feature.
  • Cool Bike: The "Misato Takes Shinji to NERV" scene is given a refreshing face-lift thanks to one of these. Observe.
  • Covers Always Lie: As mentioned above, it was the author assuming things about Neon Genesis Evangelion from seeing a poster when he was a kid that were very different from what the real thing was (and his desire to create a story worthy of said assumptions) that started this whole project.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Apparently, Nerv's idea of combat simulations "as comprehensive as possible" include a skirmish with a demon fox.
  • Cute Bruiser: Much to Rei's consternation, this is Misato's title for her during Shinji's training. There's a good reason for that.
  • Dead Fic: It was for a while, but not anymore.
  • The Determinator: Shinji Ikari may become one in the Rebuild films, but here he's one right off.
    • Episode 9 shows that Rei has much practice in this trope.
  • Expy: ...Let's say that we shouldn't let Ritsuko mess with corn and leave it at that.
    • Tomoe Ikari, Shinji's uncle and Yui's brother, is a character borrowed from Nobody Dies. However, unlike the effeminate design Gregg Landsman settled on, Tomoe here is essentially this guy.
    • Misato's team would look even more familiar if they started spontaneously shooting each other.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: MAGI-00, known as HEROD, is the partially pulverized body of Naoko Akagi. And she's still aware. It would lapse into And I Must Scream if she couldn't already interact with others.
  • Fetch Quest: The Angels aren't mistaking LILITH for ADAM in this story; they just think LILITH knows where he is.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Played with in Episode 16; Shinji and Ryo don't actually switch bodies or personalities...but everyone else thinks that Shinji is Ryo and vice-versa, due to Iruel's manipulation of their AT-Fields.
  • From Bad to Worse: Australia, already a death trap, no longer exists as a country because Second Impact mutated the wildlife.
  • Gambit Pileup: Gendo has the Plan. SEELE has the Scenario. Tabris has his own agenda. Ryoji Kaji is still playing the angles.
    • As of Episode 11, Iruel is around and going it alone.
  • Gender Flip: Shiori Aoba.
    • A semi-example with Yomiko Nagisa, aka Zeruel - before Rebuild Zeruel was considered the most masculine of the Angels.
  • Hot-Blooded: Shiro Tokita. You know, the head of the Jet Alone Project from canon.
    • Mana Kirishima definitely qualifies.
  • I Call It "Vera": Misato's Husky Russkie teammate Mr. Kasparov calls the Evangelion-scale minigun 'Olga'.
  • Insistent Terminology: Gendo coined the term LCL, though for some reason Ritsuko wanted to call it Tang.
  • Kuudere: Rei Ayanami, bearing elements of both Type 1 and Type 2.
  • Large Ham: Gendo (as seen in the original proposal), and Ritsuko... great merciful heavens Ritsuko...
    • Shiro Tokita, in spades.
  • Living Bodysuit: Ryo Sawamura is this for Iruel, the Tenth Angel.
  • Loss of Identity: How Iruel elects to make Shinji suffer for Ramiel's defeat.
  • Mad Scientist: ...just look at who's listed as a Ham.
  • Magnificent Bastard: invoked Gendo in Episode 8. Misato practically invokes the trope.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Doesn't matter how great of a dad he's become, Gendo would not be Gendo if he weren't this.
  • Mauve Shirt: The Sawamuras.
  • Mic Drop: This is how Gendo Ikari concludes his Badass Boast from Episode 16.
  • Motion Capture Mecha: The Jet Alone.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
  • Mythology Gag: In the third episode of the TV show, Kensuke and Toji sneaked out of the shelter during an Angel attack by asking to go to the restroom. In Episode 6 of the story, we see both Kensuke and Toji inside a shelter during an Angel attack, with the former wondering why they built the restrooms inside the shelter. Toji lampshades this by saying that building the restrooms outside of a shelter is "retarded".
    • Cue a Sneeze Cut from Anno-sensei that's sitting right beside them in the same shelter.
    • In Episode 8, a truant ninth-grader complains about his homeroom teacher always rambling on about Second Impact.
    • In Episode 9, Tabris references the Hedgehog's Dilemma.
    • In Episode 14, when discussing the plan to stop Sahaquiel - named Operation Shop Till You Colony Drop - it's mentioned that the original working title was Operation Fly Me To the Moon.
    • In Episode 16, when Gendo is flashing back to the time where he nearly strangled Shinji to death, he poignantly thinks: I'm so f***ed up.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The story was inspired by this. As a kid, the author saw the page image without knowing anything else about Evangelion, and made incorrect assumptions about the characters and setting. This fanfic is based off these original impressions.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: By Word of God, the design of Pieter Langley, Asuka and Mari's father, is based off of Liam Neeson.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth: Invoked by Gendo in Episode 6 regarding Unit-01.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Gendo plays up his wackiness for his own benefit. Meanwhile Kihl Lorenz pens the semi-comedic "Second Impact: The Book: An Irreverent Look at the Worst Disaster in the History of Humanity"
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; joining Hikari Horaki from canon is Hikari Kirishima, the overseer of Mana and Mayumi.
  • Papa Wolf: Pieter Langley, father of Asuka and Mari.
  • Red Baron: Pieter. His nickname, according to Kaji? The Jackal.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The three MAGI of canon - Balthasar, Melchior, and Caspar - are joined by a fourth MAGI named Herod.
  • Rousing Speech: In Episode 16, when morale is flagging after Iruel's assault on the school, Gendo delivers one that gets the whole crowd roaring.
  • Running Gag: In almost every episode, Gendo has pulled something out of his cloak, from the grapple gun to a bottle of root beer, from a flamethrower to a box of Pocky.
    • Unit-01 keeps wrecking Toji's home; once against Sachiel, a second time against Ramiel.
    • Randall keeps sneaking up on people without them noticing. His explanation is always "I AM A CAT."
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Mana and Mayumi, respectively.
    • Also with Kaworu and Yomiko.
  • Shout-Out: Has it's own page.
  • Sneeze Cut: Played with; see Insistent Terminology.
  • Super Prototype: The Jet Alone.
  • Super Robot: The Jet Alone in this continuity truly belongs to this class now. Its debut in Episode 8 alone satisfies at least five items on the checklist.
  • The Man Your Man Could Smell Like: Parodied at the beginning of the fourth episode.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted; Shinji is ordered to attend at least one therapy session with a psychiatrist after being 'eaten' by the Fifth Angel.
  • Transforming Mecha: The Jet Alone. So far, we have seen Jet Mode and Gundam Mode.
  • Tsundere: Annette seems to be this where her cousin Shinji is concerned. The story DOES mention that she's not romantically involved, and that she is a rare Platonic Tsundere.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ramiel after Unit-01 essentially cripples its soul.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Zeruel's psychic voice is described as "loud and rumbling like an avalanche" even though the Angel is in the form of a fourteen year old girl.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Ramiel's final attack had a power generation level of five million megawatts. In other words, after fifteen seconds of continuous use, you have the equivalent power of the Hiroshima bomb. Good thing Unit-00 stabbed its core before it could fire.