Fanfic / Superwomen of Eva 2: Blue Defiance
Even when she realized that her relationship with Gendo wasn't all she once thought it was, Ritsuko felt powerless to change anything. When she happens to find a certain insect shaped artifact, however, the equation changes. Drastically.Superwomen of Eva 2: Blue Defiance
is a Superwomen of Eva
story starring Dr. Ritsuko Akagi
as the Blue Beetle
During the Sahaquiel fight, Dr. Ritsuko Akagi
realizes her life has reached a dead end. While driving home, she gets hit with a series of minor inconveniences — including a flat tire, a missing jack, and a malfunctioning lighter — and finds a damaged alien superweapon
that binds with her overnight. After some thought, and appreciating the power it gives, Ritsuko resolves to stop Third Impact
as the Blue Beetle
- Alternate Self: The Scarlet Scarab, an Alternate Universe version of Ritsuko that got the same powers and was summoned by Leliel to protect itself when Ritsuko charges into the Dirac Sea to kill it. This version of Ritsuko had overall worse luck than BB-Ritsuko at keeping her identity secret, and was lobotomized by Gendo into becoming his personal superhuman weapon (even killing her own version of Misato/Green Lantern when she was ordered to fight her). Ritsuko manages to fix the lobotomy just enough for the Scarlet Scarab to regain her senses and decide to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to atone, and the Blue Beetle takes even further steps to try to prevent this from happening to her.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Ritsuko uses surviving Angel stems cells from Ireul to repair the Scarab.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Reach is scared off and NERV and SEELE's plans are defused-however, Ritsuko is forced to leave and become a wanderer because she has become a wanted woman due to her involvement in the Instrumentality Plan and Gendo releasing her identity as the Blue Beetle.
- Chekhov's Gun: The annihilator beam, first mentioned when Blue Beetle deals with some Yakuza.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Blue Beetle teleports Zeruel to Mercury but is unable to finish it off. Word of God confirmed at the end of that very chapter that we'll be seeing it again. Triggered during the final battle.
- City of Adventure: Tokyo-3, of course, complete with a part of town on the Wrong Side of the Tracks.
- Clingy Macguffin: The Scarab, of course.
- Cyberspace: How Ritsuko deals with Ireul, with the Scarab's help.
- Dead Alternate Counterpart: Ritsuko finds out that the Scarlet Scarab killed her own alternate version of Green Lantern/Misato Katsuragi (not that she had any other choice, being a lobotomized weapon for Gendo Ikari) and the Scarlet Scarab kills herself on a Heroic Sacrifice to destroy Leliel when Ritsuko manages to undo the lobotomy.
- Deus Angst Machina: In the prologue, Ritsuko realizes her life has fallen to this.
- Drunk with Power: Ritsuko's first flight and having the Yakuza afraid of her pushes Ritsuko a little into this territory.
- For Want of a Nail: There are strong hints that this story diverges from Superwomen Of Eva 2: Emerald Courage on the simple fact that Misato is not going paedophiliac for Shinji. In the other story Misato shows an attraction to Shinji early on and is more fed up with Kaji than in canon, so she ends up using her power ring to slam the elevator doors in his face shortly before the Big Blackout that coincided with Matarael's attack, and she takes that opportunity to defeat Matarael. After proving that her ring can take the fight to the Angels, she resigns her position as Tactical Operations Director. In Blue Defiance, she did not use her ring to slam the doors in Kaji's face and was then trapped in the elevator with Kaji, preventing her from facing Matarael, and because she didn't get the chance to face an Angel, she kept her position as Tactical Operations Director. In that story Kaji replaced Misato and ordered an evacuation when Sahaquiel arrived rather than having the Evas try to catch it; here, Misato used the same plan as in canon, which directly resulted in the Scarab being where it was for Ritsuko to pick it up. However, Blue Defiance has yet to specifically mention Power Girl, Supergirl, or Wonder Girl.
- Fugitive Arc: After the Wham Episode. And, interestingly, it never truly gets resolved on the story proper—Ritsuko saves the world, sure, but has to remain on the run on the epilogue.
- Godzilla Threshold:
- Blue Beetle apparently has determined her situation has crossed this after the Wham Episode, as she then proceeds to attack Seele and destroy the Mass Production Evas directly.
- The Annihilator Beam is labeled as only to use in this fashion by Ritsuko after hearing how much destruction it would cause as collateral damage. She even refuses to use it against Zeruel on their first encounter because of said potential devastation. It finally gets used by her to kill Zeruel on the final chapter, because they are in orbit and there will be no collateral damage. The blast can be seen from the ground with the naked eye.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The Scarab is a Psychopathic Manchild Blood Knight that firmly believes There Is No Kill Like Overkill and doesn't understand why Ritsuko doesn't want to use a Disintegrator Ray against some Yakuza enforcers.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: As a consequence of the Wham Episode.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: The Scarab, again.
- Let's You and Him Fight: The Scarab and Misato's Green Lantern Ring retain their comic book counterparts' animosity toward each other, leading to this trope. Ritsuko also ends up having to fight an alternate version of herself called the "Scarlet Scarab" after Leliel summons her to defend itself.
- Mama Bear: Misato to Shinji.
- Mirror Match: Blue Beetle versus the Scarlet Scarab within Leliel's Dirac Sea.
- Morality Chain: Ritsuko is this to the Scarab.
- Most Common Superpower: Thanks to the Scarab.
- Mythology Gag: It's rather appropriate that a major plot of the Blue Beetle story is a PR war.
- Oh, Crap!: Very, very justified when Ritsuko realizes she has to face down Bardiel in control of both Unit 03 and Misato's Green Lantern Ring, without hurting either Toji or Misato and without any Evangelion support whatsoever.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: The Scarab, at first.
- Professional Killer: At Seele's urging, Gendo hires Slade Wilson to dispose of Blue Beetle.
- Projected Man: Ritsuko uses one built with Scarab technology to help maintain her Secret Identity.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Zig-zagged. Initially averted when Ritsuko signs up with the JSSDF as Blue Beetle to be their anti-Angel weapon and shares technology from the Scarab, the aversion is then subverted when Deathstroke's attack and the events of the Wham Episode result in the destruction or grounding of most of the vehicles outfitted with Scarab technology.
- Room Full of Crazy: Ritsuko only manages to fill up the whiteboard before Misato interrupts her.
- Running Gag: The Scarab's repeated suggestions that they kill Gendo.
- Screw Destiny: Specifically, the alternate future Ritsuko saw in the memories of her Alternate Universe counterpart, the Scarlet Scarab. Barely.
- Secret Identity: Ritsuko has a much better grasp why she needs one than most of the Superwomen of Eva.
- Secret Keeper: Misato and Ritsuko become this to each other.
- Ship Tease: Between Ritsuko and Shinji.
- Villain Team-Up: Between SEELE and the Reach.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Gendo and Nerv in a particularly notable example, as Ritsuko deliberately attempts to subvert this.
- Void Between the Worlds: The Bleed.
- Weaponized Teleportation: How Blue Beetle defeats Zeruel.
- Wham Episode:
- When Gendo discovers Blue Beetle's Secret Identity and reverses all the PR manipulation she's been working on in one fell swoop.
- The Reach have arrived.
- Terra and Deathstroke have captured the Blue Beetle and are going to deliver her to Gendo.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: The Scarab would really like to know.
- Yakuza: The Blue Beetle debuts against Yakuza who are set to make an example of someone who ignored their warning that it would be a Shame If Something Happened to him.