Fanfic: Superwomen of Eva 2: The Ultimate Rush
Mari Illustrious Makinami felt that piloting Eva was a pretty exciting gig. However, she had no idea that a freak accident would open the door to another extraordinary role that was even more of a rush.Superwomen of Eva 2: The Ultimate Rush
is a Superwomen of Eva
story that casts Mari Illustrious Makinami
in the roll of the latest Flash
. Yes, that's right, latest. In stark contrast to most other SoE fics, a good portion of the Flash mythos is still intact, especially the Jay Garrick and Barry Allen eras.
During an experiment to "correct" Mari's synch score using a chemical cocktail inserted into the LCL, a freak electrical surge shocks the entry plug and Mari herself with thousands of volts. Against all odds, Mari survives, but on the same night, she is involved in a car crash that would have killed her and her guardian had time not stopped and allowed her to rescue everyone. Soon after, Mari's best friend, Denise Myles, reveals to her that she might have the powers of the Flash and, after a trip to the Flash Museum, convinces her to don the crimson uniform and become the Vizier of Velocity to save Keystone City and the world. With the Angels running around and supervillains returning, this isn't as easy a prospect as it sounds.
This Superwomen of Eva 2 story contains examples of the following:
- Ascended Fangirl: Denise. She's a big student of Flash history (moreso than normal because her uncle is the curator of the Flash Museum), and getting to help Mari become the new Flash is practically a dream come true.
- The Atoner: Subverted with Zoom. He clearly thinks he's one, but its obvious that he's even more delusional than ever.
- Author Appeal: The Flash is stated to be the author's second favorite DC hero. The fic contains a ton of references to and characters and items from the Flash mythos. Coincidence?
- Badass Boast: Zoom delivers a rather impressive one and lives up to it.
Zoom: "Do you believe you can stop me, hero? What people say about Barry Allen is wrong.I am the Fastest Man Who Ever Lived.''
- Big Eater: After gaining her Flash powers, Mari can really pack away the pounds, and pack them away, and pack them away, and pack them away, and pack them away...
- Blind Without 'Em: Mari can't see very well without her glasses, so the goggles on her Flash suit are prescription.
- Blood Knight: Mari. She might be a superheroine now, but she's still just as violence prone as ever.
Mari: *when asked why she pilots* "Mostly because I enjoy wanton violence and destruction!"
- Cat Up a Tree: Specifically cited as something Mari does as the Flash.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: The Flash just won't save you; she'll save your bike, your house, and your stuffed toy too. note
- City of Adventure: In addition to the Superwomen of Eva staple for this trope of Tokyo-3, there's also the twin cities of Keystone City, Kansas, and Central City, Missouri, hometowns of the first two Flashes and our heroine Mari.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mari can seem like this at times... OK, most of the time.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Gendo knows you need a supervillain to beat a superhero and seems to be very well-versed in Flash lore.
- Darker and Edgier: While normally Lighter and Softer, when Zoom arrives, his no nonsense attack brings the story to a jarring level of darkness and shows himself capable of putting a damper on even Mari's boundless optimism.
- Destructive Savior: Mari, whenever she's in her Eva. When she's the Flash, though, there's not a lot of collateral damage.
- Freak Lab Accident: In true Flash fashion, this is what gives Mari her Super Speed.
- Fun Personified: We could give this trope to Mari. Perhaps we should, but we won't. We're giving it to the whole story instead.
- Genki Girl: Mari again. This time as the most perky, upbeat, and hyper member of the cast.
- Heroic RROD: Mari's first time running at full power makes her body develop rather fast, forcing her to conceal her... assets for a short period of time afterwards so as to not give anybody a clue that she's The Flash. During the battle with Zeruel, she runs fast enough to give him a Megaton Drop-Kick that kills it dead... but she smashes (and has to reset) several of her bones as a result.
- Hero Insurance: Oddly inverted. Mari the Flash often leaves places better than when she found them, but Mari the Eva pilot often destroys large swaths of city. No one seems to comment on the latter, other than Mari giving the excuse that she's giving the local economy a boost thanks to all the construction jobs created.
- Idiot Hero: Mari sometimes plays with this, and most of the time, it's just a joke... most of the time, because somehow Mari is such a Captain Oblivious that she actually lived nearly her entire life in Keystone City without knowing who The Flash is.
- Her best friend is appropriately shocked and appalled by this.
- Irony: Hunter Zolomon aka the Reverse Flash, aka Zoom is a psychologist, but he has even more mental disorders than the people he's supposed to be helping; he even comes off as more insane than the Eva cast.
- Knight of Cerebus: Just like in the comics, Zoom darkens the plot in a way Bardiel, Zeruel, and Gendo can only dream of.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Denise upon finding out that Mari can become the new Flash.
- And Mari herself upon facing the new Rogues.
- Legacy Character: The Flash, of course.
- Let's Get Dangerous: While Mari normally goofs off, when a truly powerful or viscous antagonist like Zeruel or Zoom shows up, she stops joking and becomes much more no nonsense.
- Lighter and Softer: The fic is much more humorous and lighthearted than other Superwomen of Eva stories, with the author saying that he made a conscious attempt to make The Ultimate Rush "the fun story."
- Mama Bear: Jessie Quinn, Mari's guardian, will go to any length to protect her.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Mari is definitely this to Shinji.
- Most Common Superpower: Again, Mari. Interestingly, she had a growth spurt as a side effect from going too fast on her first test run of her powers and has to spend some time in-story using chest bindings and slowly "growing" to her full size, else people will immediately deduce she's The Flash.
- Ms. Fanservice: Take a wild guess. It's Mari.
- Museum of the Strange and Unusual: The Flash Museum has seen better days. Since Second Impact and the previous Flash disappearing, few people even care about it, let alone visit. So nobody will mind if a certain someone borrows a spare Flash costume that was lying around...
- Musical Chores: Mari sings while running, often while on her way to save the day.
- Mythology Gag: There's a few.
- Mari's first Angel sortie is against the Angel she fought on the second Rebuild movie. Happening in Keystone, she cannot pull the same stunt with Unit-05 she did on the movie to take it out. She saves it for the Zeruel battle instead.
- The military unit where Jessie and Misato served together was nick-named "The Losers".
- The Nicknamer: Mari, our tropetastic protagonist.
- She names Shinji, "Puppy-kun."
- No Respect Guy: Jay Garrick, the first Flash; he's only mentioned in one scene and was described as unimportant.
- Plot Hole: A minor one. Despite the dummy plug test being so sensitive that the pilots are required to strip naked and go through a very thorough decontamination process, Mari somehow was allowed to keep her Flash ring with her (though since she was able to take a picture with her civilian self and her Flash persona side-by-side, it's not too far-fetched that she hid it with her powers).
- The Pollyanna: Mari, who is one of the rare positive examples of this trope. There's just nothing that can get her down.
- Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Gendo tells the Section Two chief to recruit a team of damaged people with neuroses of their own making to be the new Rogues. In other words, he doesn't want professionals to kill the Flash; he wants supervillains with attitude.
- Retired Badass: All of the original Rogues.
- Secret Keeper: Denise Myles, who isn't just Mari's best friend, but also the person who convinced her to become the new Crimson Comet in the first place.
- Sensual Spandex: This plus Most Common Superpower is what makes Mari as the Flash very hot.
- Shout-Out: Loads and loads.
- Some of the songs she sings are from the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
- Mari singing "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac while rampaging through the city on her way to stop the 10th Angel is a reference to a similar scene from The Simpsons where Bart sings the same song while rampaging through Springfield in a tank.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Mari's response to an Angel trying to give her a Hannibal Lecture is to laugh in its face and then reveal that she's been accelerating her brain functions to leave the Angel open to attack.
- She does the same to Zoom before throwing him in the Speed Force.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Mari loves using her Super Speed to pull this off.
- Swiss Army Superpower: As in The Flash comics, the Speed Force is more versatile than you'd think.
- Healing Factor: It comes very much in handy when her Entry Plug is crushed by the Dummy Plug-crazed Unit-01 during the Unit-03 disaster and when she breaks several of her bones as a side effect of her Crowning Moment of Awesome against Zeruel.
- Intangibility and Invisibility by vibrating, which she uses to infiltrate Nerv Central.
- Speed Lend/Steal: She can take speed from one thing and give it to another.
- Super Speed: Well, obviously.
- As well as the Required Secondary Powers to prevent her from creating sonic booms, keep her clothes from disintegrating, etc. etc.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: The old Rogues have this code, and later, when they're about to kill the new Rogues, Mari steps in to save them. She gives them a similar line about never killing the villains, and their reaction is almost heartwarming.
Mirror Master: "The lass is just like Allen all right!"
- Villainous Rescue: The old Rogues coming to save Mari from the new Rogues.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Bardiel's under the assumption that Mari is a gigantic pile of angst that he can break with the right words just like the rest of the cast of Neon Genesis Evangelion. There is no way to describe how wrong the Angel is.