Fanfic: Strategic Cyborg Evangelion

"I too serve a higher power - one whose existence you cannot even comprehend."
"Think the guy will be pissed I killed one of his people?"
"You really are as dumb as you look, aren't you? Why do you presume Sachiel and I serve the same power? All that needs to be said is that the more you kill of Them, the better for us."
Kaworu and Tabris

Strategic Cyborg Evangelion is a Real Robot Genre crossover between Neon Genesis Evangelion and Half-Life. It's basic premise is simple: what if the Black Mesa Incident and the subsequent Combine invasion was Second Impact? And what if it happened two years ahead of SEELE's schedule, massively interfering with their plans? Humanity recovered from this calamity and even managed to carve out a small interstellar empire... only for the Angels to start attacking Earth in 2041, 23 years after the Combine occupation force was defeated. And the G-Man is definitely up to something as well.

Good thing then that the Artificial Evolution Laboratory secretly and illegally developed Evangelions, even if they're only prototypes and the pilots are Ordinary High School Students... or are they?

The primary changes regarding the cast are Kaworu replacing Shinji as main protagonist and pilot of Unit-01, Rei having the surname Ikari and living with Yui, Yui not having undergone the contact experiment as the Evas now contain sentient AIs and Asuka not being involved with the Eva project until later. While there's plenty of Early Installment Weirdness, the author is performing an ongoing rewrite and restructuring of the story, currently complete up to chapter 19 - as such, all tropes below are subject to change.

There are also two omakes. The Present serves as a prequel of sorts by introducing Rei's character as a Pintsized Powerhouse Action Girl, while Valentine Shenanigans has Kaworu learning the hard way that most bishies have an Unwanted Harem.


Strategic Cyborg Evangelion has examples of:

  • Action Prologue - The first chapter opens with what appears to be a Curbstomp Battle ending with a Class 4 apocalypse via Orbital Bombardment.
  • Adaptational Badass:
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier - The Confederate Navy's Nexus-class escort carriers. One appears shortly after the Israfel battle, scrambling its fighter wing during atmospheric reentry.
  • Alien Geometries - The graphical user interface of the Spear of Longinus. Kaworu's brain starts bleeding just from him looking at it.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like - Averted. It's specifically mentioned that Earth is the only planet where humans can survive without EVA equipment. Three other Goldilocks planets have been colonized but only Earth has natural surface water.
    • Case in point is Polygonus: while being a Goldilocks planet, it has higher surface gravity, an unbreathable nitrogen-helium-CO2 atmosphere and no surface water. The former two is being corrected via terraforming.
      • Heavy Worlder is also averted. Children born on Polygonus are mentioned to have a noticeably higher risk of developing skeletal deformities as simply being born on a planet with 1.1g does not make a human adapted to it.
  • Ancestral Weapon - the Beretta Shephard gives to Asuka as birthday present is implied to be the very same gun he carried back in Opposing Force.
  • Apocalypse How - Planetary societal disruption as per the Half-Life verse. Had the Combine occupation lasted another decade, it would've devolved to societal collapse.
  • Artificial Gravity - Averted. All space scenes have the characters free-floating in zero G.
  • Axes at School - Rei brings at least one knife to school, hidden in her boots.
  • Bang Bang BANG - Averted. Kaworu gets a ruptured eardrum from standing too close to a coilgun going off, which also shatters every single window nearby.
  • Beige Prose - English isn't the author's first language, plaguing the early chapters with this. It got better as the story progressed, though.
  • BFG - Unit-00's assault cannon, a hip-fired weapon whose barrel alone is 22 meters long. Caliber-wise, it packs shells roughly equal in size of those used by the main guns of real-life Iowa-class battleships, with a lower muzzle velocity to make the recoil manageable.
  • Big Damn Heroes - The first half of the Iruel battle ended up with Asuka and Kaworu getting bailed out by a Mysterious Protector.
  • Binary Suns - One of the human-inhabited systems is a binary system with all the planets orbiting one of the starsnote . Also a case of Alien Sky as every planet's night side experiences a midnight red glow from the smaller star for a full half year.
  • Bi the Way - Asuka and Mari are both bisexuals but are hiding it from their parents. Hikari is a bit freaked out by it.
  • Boom Stick - The Spear of Longinus operates like this in the battle against Shamshel, first launching a Roboteching Beam Spam then a Wave Motion Gun.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick - Kaworu's musings about a sleeping Rei.
    Almost like that fairy tale he once heard as a kid: the one about the Sleeping Beauty, the brave resistance fighter and the Civil Protection officers keeping her locked up and sedated in their guard post. Although he had his suspicion that it wasn't the original format of the story...
  • Buxom Is Better - Asuka is highly envious of girls with larger busts: both Mari and Rei.
  • Captured Super Entity - The AEL have the Nihilanth's corpse stashed away in Terminal Dogma.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel - Averted. Waygates have a maximum speed of 99.187856c, requiring weeks to get anywhere - a fact Toji refers to as "warp lag".
  • The Chessmaster - The G-Man is evidently up to something: he's constantly watching Kaworu and it's revealed that he sent the winged Eva against Israfel
  • Christianity Is Catholic - Pointedly averted. Rei is not part of any denomination because she wasn't baptized, plus her interpretation of the scripture isn't in line with any of the existing ones.
  • Crapsack World - Let's see... we have a World Half Empty ravaged in the past by two Type 1 alien invasions and ravaged now by the occasional Negative Space Wedgie, all of it run by a Police State that violently cracks down on anyone not sharing their views, as well as yet another Type 1 Alien Invasion that will definitely happen sometime in the future.
  • Curbstomp Battle - Kaworu vs. the bullies in chapter 2. He took all three down in a matter of seconds.
    • Rei vs. Sachiel, in the former's favor. Sachiel barely manages to damage the Eva at all.
    • Kaworu vs. Shamshel, in both ways. Shamshel dominates Kaworu almost effortlessly until he acquires the Spear of Longinus, at which point the tables turn instantly.
    • Also the winged Evangelion killing all of Israfel's familiars with a single attack, cutting off the Angel's wings then finishing up with a Non-Lethal K.O. on Israfel.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy - most of the Angels. Just a few examples:
    • Shamshel: when Rei opened fire on her, Shamshel instantly dropped to street level and took cover behind the buildings. She only came back out once Kaworu no longer had a ranged weapon, allowing her to concentrate her AT-field in Rei's direction and just forget about her for the rest of the battle.
    • Ramiel: since it couldn't shoot and use an AT-field at the same time, it launched several attack drones to do offense while he shifted to defense. Justified in that it was being remote-controlled by Bardiel.
    • Gaghiel: you're an aquatic creature and is fighting against a flying opponent who can simply go higher if you try to catch her? No problem, you've got a Breath Weapon for that.
    • Israfel: although he can split in two, he brought a few thousand Starfish Alien familiars with him as Cannon Fodder.
  • Death from Above - As soon as Kaworu scored a melee hit on Shamshel, she instantly flew up into the air and resumed attacking from beyond arm's reach.
    • Asuka's debut battle against Gaghiel plays out with the Angel swimming and the Eva flying.
  • Deus ex Machina - Sort of. Kaworu has no weapons to attack Shamshel with and the Angel is deliberately keeping out of melee range via Flight. Rei's assault cannon is unable to penetrate the Angel's AT-field. And then the Spear of Longinus teleports onto the battlefield, takes over Unit-01 and blasts the Angel into oblivion.
    • The G-Man seemingly pulls one during the Israfel battle: if his conversation with Haruka is of any indication, he was the one who sent in the unknown Eva to help the heroes.
  • Disaster Democracy - How the Confederacy of Man started off before being covertly overtaken by SEELE.
  • Door Stopper - On the way to becoming one. The story is already over 150,000 words and according to Word of God, we're only about one-third into the plot.
  • Earth That Used to Be Better - Earth's population is barely half of what it was before Second Impact, the ecosystem is in shambles due to the introduction of several invasive alien predators, the surface is being ravaged by Negative Space Wedgies... as usual for something set in the source universes.
  • Establishing Character Moment
    • In the second chapter, Kaworu saves a boy from bullies. Later that afternoon, the bullies ambush him outside school... only for Kaworu to fight them off with barely any effort, thanks to his streetfighting experience.
    • Then comes chapter 6 and Sachiel finds out the hard way just how deep Kaworu's resentment of those who misuse their power runs.
    • Chapter 16 gave one to Zeruel, of all people. When Sahaquiel insults a heavily injured Shamshel for running away, Zeruel comes to his sister's defense by challenging Sahaquiel to a duel.
  • Explosive Overclocking - The F-type equipment's railguns have an adjustable power level. Repeatedly firing it on maximum output is mentioned as not really healthy for the machine's superstructure.
  • Extended Disarming: Rei of all people does this trope as part of her Xenafication. She produces two customized revolvers, two Micro Uzis, over three dozen knives, a sword, four shurikens, two chakrams, a grenade launcher and all the assorted ammunition in the form of speedloaders, drum magazines and HE grenades. Above all that she possesses a .50cal anti-tank rifle but doesn't usually carry it with her because it's impossible to conceal.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel - The Waygate system, created from a combination of human displacement and Combine tunneling entanglement technologies.
  • Fire-Forged Friends - Asuka and Kaworu after the second battle with Israfel.
  • Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon - In chapter 6, a frigate fires a spinal-mounted coilgun at Sachiel, almost deafening Kaworu in the process.
  • Flawed Prototype - Unit-00 still has this distinction, revealed in chapter 15 to have a structural problem inside its cartilage tissue that causes the joints to degrade if subjected to high-strain activities like close combat.
  • Flight - Evas with A-type equipment are capable of flying around at subsonic speeds.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble - Kaworu is the Optimist, Shephard is the Realist, Yui is the Cynic. Rei is somewhere between the Cynic and the Apathetic.
  • Framing Device - According to the first chapter, the story is based on memoirs Kaworu wrote specifically to ensure the actual events will be known to later generations, not a version Shrouded in Myth.
  • Frickin' Particle Beams - Upon realizing conventional bullets don't have enough kinetic force to penetrate AT-fields, the AEL quickly equips their Evangelions with handheld Tau cannons. These ones do work... but not much better.
  • Full-Frontal Assault - The famous Rei-exiting-shower-to-find-someone scene is repeated with a twist: Kaworu is on the receiving end and Rei attacks him without warning.
  • Fuuma Shuriken - Rei has a collapsible one.
  • Gatling Good - Unit-00 ahas a pair of triple-barreled gatling cannons built into its chest and ends up killing Sachiel with it.
  • Hand Cannon - Rei has two. Revolvers, of course.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard - Shamshel, whose tentacle was grabbed by Unit-01 to yank the Angel into knife range.
  • Homeworld Evacuation - Invoked. Millions of humans were relocated to self-sustaining colonies in other star systems so that another Combine invasion cannot find and kill them all.
  • Humongous Mecha - Earlier battleframe models. They're confirmed to be nothing more than assault guns on legs, as armoring them enough for front-line combat would be impractically expensive and heavy, not to mention slow.
    • Meta Mecha - F-type equipment, a powered armor for Evangelions
    • Mini-Mecha - The Mk-III/B Durandal, designed for urban combat. A Fragile Speedster in that it can shrug off small arms fire... but not much else, preferring to avoid being hit in the first place instead.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum - Lots of Combine technology was abandoned when Overwatch fled the planet. Humanity put all that to good use...
    • The Evas themselves run on dark fusion reactors, the same technology that powered the Citadel's top reactor in Half-Life 2 - and sure enough, Yui confirms that they can be rigged to blow in the same way.
  • Impossibly Graceful Giant - Despite their size, Evas are extremely agile. Unit-00 in particular pulls acrobatic maneuvers like mid-air flips, somersaults and barrel rolls.
  • Insistent Terminology - The author specifically writes the designations of all Evas with a dash (eg. "Unit-00") to distinguish them from their canon counterparts, written without a dash ("Unit 00").
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique - Asuka and Kaworu attempt this to Israfel.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better - The Confederate Armed Forces use kinetic weapons exclusively.
  • Kung-Fu Sonic Boom - The result of two AT-fields colliding, powerful enough to knock down a Humongous Mecha weighing several thousand tons from kilometers away.
  • Lampshade Hanging - Frequently delievered from various sources.
  • Laser Blade - The winged Evangelion uses one against Israfel, to devastating effect
  • Lighter and Softer - While the Half-Life universe is even more of a Crapsack World than the Evaverse, Kaworu doesn't have the same emotional baggage canon!Shinji does.
    • On the other hand, he already came very close to death by aneurysm - and this was only his first battle.
  • The Little Detecto - Gravimetric sensors. They detect the minuscule spacetime distortions caused by the presence of mass and therefore cannot be confused by stealth. Lots of tightly-packed objects however WILL make them ineffective, hence the need for radars. AT-fields and dark energy are instantly spotted from a VERY long distance due to their spacetime warping properties.
  • Magnetic Hero - Kaworu.
    • Type 2: Asuka doesn't really like him but fights alongside him anyway because she doesn't have a choice in the matter.
    • Type 5: Most of his vigilante group follow him because they sympathize with his ideals.
  • Magnetic Weapons - Spinal coilguns are standard armament on Confederate warships. Rei also whips out a bolt-action sniper railgun later on.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack - The Evas have several. The ones seen so far:
  • The Metric System Is Here to Stay - The Confederacy uses the metric system. Shephard once uses US pints out of habit but an author's note includes the equivalent in liters.
  • Mind Rape - The Spear of Longinus accidentally inflicts this on Kaworu the first time he uses it. He spends three days in a coma afterwards.
  • Minovsky Physics - Xenium, AKA the crystals from Xen in Half-Life.
    • It is a Period 8 transuranic element that cannot fit onto the periodic table of elements due to being exotic matter.
    • There are four known isotopes, all of them solid at room temperature. The base isotope is a yellow crystalline material used in various ways. The second isotope and the only other one occurring naturally is a light blue fluorescent crystal. The third is a chemically inert violet crystal. The fourth is the only one to have received its own name (xenite) and is being researched as a possible power source.
    • It reacts violently to being bombarded with high-energy particles by releasing gravitational waves. Only a few kilograms of the material can generate waves powerful enough to damage steel and concrete structures and open microfractures in the fabric of space-time.
    • It has an atomic mass of over 300 but due to the adverse reaction to mass spectrometers, its exact mass and atomic number cannot be determined.
    • Waygates generate wormholes by using specially prepared crystals of the first isotope that contain artificial impurities of certain superconductors. These are capable of near-instantaneous wormhole generation across interstellar distances when electrically charged.
    • The second isotope can destabilize interdimensional portals to the point of implosion.
  • Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness - 4. Basically, everything is either an extrapolation of already-existing real-life technology or was copied from Combine technology.
    • There are however a few that stretch belief. Especially gravimetric sensors, Waygates and of course the Evangelions themselves.
  • Mook Horror Show - Rei exterminates the entire crew of a truck convoy to get their cargo, taking advantage of the night and the thick fog to play Deadly Guest with them.
  • More Dakka - The military unleashed a helluva lot of firepower against Sachiel. Naturally, to no effect.
    • F-type equipment is focused on heavy fire support with no less than 48 barrels of autocannon, missile and railgun pointed at the target. When Rei opens up with it against Israfel's familiars, the results are quite spectacular.
  • Morph Weapon - The Spear of Longinus.
  • Mysterious Watcher - The G-Man, as usual.
  • Next Gen Fic - Of Half-Life. Chapter 8 reveals that Barney is the Confederate army's Commander-in-Chief.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero - The US government nuking Black Mesa is what started Second Impact this time around.
  • Nigh Invulnerable - The Spear of Longinus, having "ruined over three dozen diamond saws, shrugged off shaped charges and plasma cutters, completely ignored every single acid and solvent it was subjected to and not even industrial-strength lasers could heat it even a millionth degree above ambient room temperature".
  • Not of This Earth - Ditto. Yui outright confirms it.
  • Not Quite Dead - Shamshel.
  • Obligatory Swearing - Averted, as Yui and Hikari are quick to reprimand anyone who swears in earshot of them.
  • Offscreen Teleportation - The G-Man simply loves doing this, casually walking out from behind objects too small to hide behind or even the person he's talking to.
  • Oh, Crap - Asuka's reaction when she realizes that Kaworu is her new landlord
    • The bullies' reaction in chapter 2 upon finding out that the weird albino-looking guy voicing his displeasure at what they're doing was expelled from his previous school for fighting.
    • Sachiel gets this reaction upon seeing Unit-00.
    • Shamshel also loses it when she realizes the Spear of Longinus is within arm's reach of her opponent, but it only really kicks into gear once she finds herself on the receiving end of the Spear's full firepower.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness - SEELE, as usual.
    • The Angels, as well.
  • Oneesama - Rei's attitude towards Lilith
  • Operation Blank - Shephard names the plan to take down Ramiel Operation Nightfall. Which is also the name of the season finale said plan happens in.
  • Organization with Unlimited Funding - Averted. The AEL had to briefly cryofreeze Unit-01 so that they can redirect its maintenance costs to finishing Unit-02's development.
  • Paper Fan of Doom - Hikari has one and relentlessly whacks Touji with it, much to the amusement of the class.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny - Heavily implied that the Confederacy of Man is actually this: authoritarian government plus a not-so-Secret Police composed of Political Officers.
  • Portal Network - The Waygate network, linking an unspecifiednote  number of systems together. It's pretty slow (less than a parsec per day) and can't operate in gravity wells, an issue the Sol gate dodges by being anchored inside the Earth-Moon L1 Lagrangian point).
  • Powered Armor - F-type equipment is one for Evangelions.
  • Power Gives You Wings: The white Evangelion that shows up against Israfel has a pair of blue energy wings, confirmed in the next chapter to be technological in origin
  • President Evil - Keel is implied to be one.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni - Aside from the usual Asuka-Rei dynamic, several new ones were introduced.
  • The Reveal
    • Chapter 8: Breen was a member of SEELE and was using the Combine to expedite Instrumentality. Obviously, it didn't work out.
    • Same: The AEL already had Kaworu's genetic records and Yui knows who he is. The rewritten version of the chapter confirms that Kaworu's DNA is Not Quite Human.
    • Chapter 16: the Spear of Longinus was the Borealis' cargo.
    • Chapter 20: Kaworu and Rei has a mutual past but neither remembers the other.
    • Chapter 26: Kaworu and Rei are genetic siblings.
    • Season 2 chapter 11: the Source the Evangelions are based on is the Nihilanth.
  • Rollerblade Good - The Durandals are users of this trope, Code Geass-style. B-type equipment has a larger version with a spiked circumference.
  • Schmuck Bait - Subverted. Yui tells Kaworu where Unit-01's self-destruct switch is located and upon insisting that he is not to touch it, Kaworu asks back why is she even telling him where it is if she doesn't want him to touch it? Her answer is so that he doesn't find and activate it without knowing what it does.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right - Zeruel threatens to kill his direct superior if said superior sends Shamshel on a potential suicide mission again.
  • Sibling Team - Kaworu and Rei.
  • Space Fighter - The SF-144 Nova sixth-generation space superiority fighter. It can't leave the atmosphere on its own but is confirmed to be carrier-based and capable of surviving atmospheric reentry. Kensuke gleefully lists off its capabilities when he sees one in the second season, including the lack of stealth capabilities.
    • A squad of them appears in the second season, chasing the unknown Eva with what are basically additional engines tacked onto them. Does the latter part sound familiar?
  • Square/Cube Law - Lilith invokes it by name in her explanation about how Sachiel cannot be of natural origin and in fact shouldn't even exist.
  • Standard Sci-Fi History - The story currently appears to be at Stage 5; specifically, the "Empire at its Height" substage. The only main deviations are Stage 2 (the Seven Hour War) occurring before Stage 1, with Stage 4 taking place at the same time.
  • Swiss Army Weapon - The local equivalent of the canon pallet rifle, appearing in the second season. It has a rapid-firing particle cannon, an underslung dark plasma blast cannon and the whole thing is crowned with a chainsaw bayonet.
    • The Spear of Longinus turns out to be as well, being capable of shapeshifting between its canonical bident shape and a six-pronged "Bombardment Mode" that can unleash devastatingly powerful ranged energy attacks, in addition to already possessing Deflector Shields.
  • Technician vs. Performer - A strange three-way dynamic is present between the pilots.
    • Kaworu is a Performer, going through battles with just basic knowledge and a heaping help of improvisation; this is ultimately why he becomes the meat shield for the girls.
    • Asuka is a Technician, becoming a pilot with lots of prior training and knowledge. Her aptitude for mobility warfare and exploiting enemy weaknesses is reflected by her tactical use of flight and ranged weaponry to flank the opponent while Kaworu keeps it distracted.
    • Rei's status depends on who she's being compared to. She's the Technician to Kaworu's Performer, having far more skill and expertise; at the same time however, she's also the Performer to Asuka's Technician as Rei does far more flashy stunts which she backs up with Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • The Quiet One - Post-rewrite Tabris.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill - In The present, Rei headshots a thug with over a dozen bullets.
  • Translation Convention - Averted. Non-English dialogue is deliberately left unsubtitled - and in the case of Japanese, non-romanized. The latter part is excused with Kaworu not knowing Japanese himself.
  • Universal Universe Time - Averted. Upon arriving from another system via FTL, the CSS Odessa is asked to synchronize their chronometers by local flight control. Also, Shephard specifically tells Asuka to set her clocks to a 24-hour day.
  • Vigilante Man - Kaworu was expelled from his previous school because he helped a younger boy being bullied by the principal's son. As in, sent the bully to the hospital. And he almost did it again in the second chapter, until his would-be victims realized who they're dealing with and backed down.
  • Waif-Fu - The Present has Rei taking out two armed thugs without breaking a sweat.
  • Wave Motion Gun - The Tau cannon they borrow for taking down Ramiel blasts through the Angel and two hills before flying off into space and hitting a satellite on the horizon. Furthermore, the F-type equipment's railguns are confirmed to be capable of hitting stratospheric targets when turned to sufficiently high power (see Explosive Overclocking above).
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork - The Spear of Longinus in Bombardment Mode.
  • We Wait - SEELE's up to no good, as usual.
    • Averted in chapter 14: Shamshel is dispatched to find out where did Sachiel go. Then played straight when the Angels probe the Evangelions' capabilities from different directions instead of charging in.
  • Zerg Rush - The military tries it against Shamshel. She massacred over half of them before the rest ran away.
    • In the second season, Kaworu challenges Israfel to single combat. The Angel recognizes that it's outnumbered and responds by summoning a whole army of insectoid Starfish Aliens.

Alternative Title(s):

Ascension