Fanfic / Strategic Cyborg Evangelion
aka: Ascension

Strategic Cyborg Evangelion is a Real Robot Genre crossover between Neon Genesis Evangelion and Half-Life. Its 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 fiefdom... 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?

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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 - The entire damn cast.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attack Drone - Ramiel has these. Tabris also confirms that the Ramiels themselves are drones.
  • 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 ship-caliber coilgun going off, which also shatters every single window nearby.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Chest Blaster - Unit-00 and Unit-01 both have a pair of autocannons built into their chest. Rei even kills Sachiel with it.
  • 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 completely and utterly dominates the Evas, only ever taking damage from sneak attacks. Once he acquires the Spear of Longinus, the tables turn instantly.
  • 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.
    • Chapter 6 has Rei's debut as a pilot. Unlike in canon where Rei's mediocre pilot skills result in her only ever taking down a single Angel via Heroic Sacrifice, here she deploys the Waif-Fu and solos Sachiel in an insane display of acrobatics.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 this.
  • 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.
  • 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 when he asks her about her tattoo.
  • Fuuma Shuriken - Rei has a collapsible one.
  • Hand Cannon - Rei has two Mateba Model 6 Uniqa revolvers chambered for .454 Casull.
  • Heavyworlder - 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard - Kaworu, upon immobilizing Shamshel by stepping on her head while she's lying on the ground to keep her from getting up. Shamshel immediately coiled her snakelike body around the Eva in a stranglehold, forcing him to let go and turning the tables.
  • 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, something Asuka (who has had experience with mechas before) lampshades.
  • 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").
  • Ironic Echo - Kaworu taunts Shamshel about not paying attention at one point during their battle. Mere seconds later, the Angel regains the upper hand and taunts him right back.
    Shamshel: Now who wasn't paying attention...?
  • It Can Think - Shephard realizes the Angels are intelligent after re-watching footage of the battle against Shamshel and notices her trying to keep Unit-01 away from the Spear of Longinus. Even during the battle itself, he immediately recognized Shamshel's use of the city buildings as hard cover against Rei's sniping for what it was.
  • Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better - The Confederate Armed Forces use kinetic weapons exclusively.
  • Lampshade Hanging - Frequently delievered from various sources.
  • 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 - in 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 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 mentioned so far:
  • 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.
  • More Dakka - The military unleashed a helluva lot of firepower against Sachiel. Naturally, to no effect.
  • 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.
    • Adrian Shephard is also a regular cast member, being Asuka's father.
  • 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, Yui and Hikari being 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! - 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
  • 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 whacks anyone with it if they act out of line. Which usually happens to be Toji.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Swiss Army Weapon - The Spear of Longinus turns out to be one, 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 - 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.
  • 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 Sachiel disappeared to. After which the Angels proceed to probe the Evas' capabilities.
  • Zerg Rush - The military tries it against Shamshel. She massacred over half of them before the rest ran away.

Alternative Title(s): Ascension

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