Fanfic: Superwomen of Eva
The Superwomen of Eva
series is an on going Fanfic
project by Mike313
, and several other authors that crosses over Neon Genesis Evangelion
with either Marvel Comics
or DC Comics
. Formed in response to a glut of fics that gave Eva's leading boy, Shinji Ikari, superpowers
, the SoE stories seek to do the same for the women of Eva — hence the name. As such, each story is a Fusion Fic
that focuses on one of the female Evangelion characters getting the powers of a known superhero (with two exceptions
) and can largely be divided into two series based on which universe is being fused. In addition, there is the SOE Alterverse
, which is different enough to deserve a separate mention, and a few other Follow the Leader
false starts which are not listed here.
- Superwomen of Eva is mostly written by orionpax09 and focuses on the Evangelion girls gaining the powers of Marvel superheroes and superheroines (plus the two exceptions noted above). As the name suggests, this is the original SoE series, itself starting with Superwomen of Eva: Emerald Fury. It currently contains 14 different stories (and one sequel) by four different authors.
- Superwomen of Eva 2 is mostly written by Mike313 and focuses on the Evangelion girls gaining the powers of DC superheroes and superheroines. It is the second SoE 'verse to be formed and was originally started by Mike313 with Superwomen of Eva 2: Emerald Courage on the basis that he simply preferred DC Comics. It currently has 13 stories, all by Mike313 with two exceptions.
- The SOE Alterverse is written by Archdruid-Sephiroth and takes a completely different approach, starting five years after a failed Third Impact and written as a single continuity, currently consisting of three stories: Duality, Fringe, and Doom. Like the original Superwomen of Eva series, it is a crossover with the Marvel Universe.
With three exceptions (Superwomen of Eva: Codename XJ9
, Superwomen of Eva 2: Soaring High
, and SOE Alterverse: Doom
), the stories can be found here
, while their trope pages are linked below. Obviously, they are still under construction.
Superwomen of Eva
Superwomen of Eva 2
Tropes that apply to the Superwomen of Eva series in general include:
- Action Girl: Kind of the whole point, by way of Adaptational Badass.
- Adaptational Badass: Aside from the titular Action Girls (which are also an example of this), many characters take a level in badass before the stories are done.
- Adaptational Muscles: Several of the superwomen get this as part of their power package.
- Amazonian Beauty: Many of the superwomen can be considered examples of this, and if it's not emphasized in the story you can sure as heck bet that it'll be emphasized in the Fanart. (As seen on DeviantArt.)
- Apocalypse Cult: The Light of the Divine — which believes that the Angels are God's messengers and that The End of the World as We Know It is God's will — appears in multiple SoE2 stories, sometimes as part of the background, other times as a Starter Villain.
- Ascended Extra: The objective in the stories is to give the female cast of the series A Day in the Limelight. Some of the members of said cast are only minor characters, and several have only appeared in non-canonical videogames and manga (and one semi-official Tabletop RPG). Most of them only available in Japan. Also, some have very little available information about them... but this hasn't stopped the authors from making them awesome.
- Audience Surrogate: Shinji's main role whenever he appears.
- Battle Harem: In the meta sense. None of the stories feature a harem per se, but the vast majority of SoE stories have the resident superheroine hooking up with the canon Audience Surrogate Shinji Ikari.
- This is pretty ironic when one considers that this torpedoes any chance of the vast majority of superheroines being involved in team-ups that are in-continuity for both stories, one of the main staples of the superhero genre; and has the girl hooking up with the everyman Audience Surrogate, one of the main staples of the Super Fic genre the stories were meant to be a counterpart to.
- Broad Strokes: The stories that have other superwomen besides the main character take this approach with events described in the other superwomen's stories. This is necessary due to the incompatible 'shipping, if for no other reason (see Battle Harem above).
- Butt Monkey: Shinji, in the omake. In the stories proper, he sometimes suffers problems and is sometimes a Non-Action Guy outside of the Evangelion, but he is useful somehow, either by having a Big Damn Heroes moment with said Evangelion or just by being The Heart. On the omake, either said Battle Harem thrashes the apartment (to not mention the rest of Tokyo-3) competing for his affections, he's given crappy powers, given cool powers for just a couple of seconds, and generally given hell. Not even alternate versions of him are safe around the superwomen.
- City of Adventure: Tokyo-3 is this in pretty much every story in the series. Depending on the story, it also can have some traces of being a Wretched Hive (at least, whenever Nerv is involved).
- Crossover: While the inter-franchise crossover element is fairly obvious, there are other crossover elements that also come into play thanks to frequent cameos of the series heroines in each other's stories, with a few exceptions.
- Distaff Counterpart: Originally formulated as this.
- Fanart: The series has a lot of art, most of which are done by OrionPax09 and marcoasalazarm, but there is art by others as well. Including at least two porn images. Seriously.
- Fan Verse: Most stories are self-contained, but some do cross over with each other (in a Broad Strokes sense, at least). As expected of a comic book universe, some of those encounters go pretty badly.
- Fix Fic: To the canon Evangelion events. Even with superpowers, the characters must fight for it.
- Fusion Fic: The premise is fusing comic book characters and Evangelion characters.
- Lighter and Softer: Than canon Evangelion.
- Omake: Frequent.
- Original Character: Chiron, head of Section Two, shows up in several SoE stories across both series, sometimes just as a Jerkass and other times as The Dragon. His right-hand man, Sato, has appeared in a few as well.
- Outside Context Heroine: A Running Gag throughout the stories is Nerv being blind-sided by the appearance of the superwoman (or superwomen) in question and Gendo scrambling to find a way to remove them from his beloved "scenario" (at the least creating a "try-to-kill-the-superwomen-on-sight" standing order for his subordinates to follow). How far he'll go to ensure their destruction changes slightly from fic to fic (but is usually nasty). Except for a handful of fics, Seele is also blind-sided by the superwomen (and even then, they underestimate the girls' chances, and don't step in at first because they don't want to show their hand to Gendo so early in the game).
- Patchwork Fic: Because of how much stuff there is on the mythos on both comic book and anime parts of the fusion, this is a given (example: Mari Illustrious Makinami interacting with a timeline mostly based on the TV series).
- Section Two Is Useless: A recurring theme in several of these stories (the ones where the superwoman in question is a member of Nerv) is how incompetent Section Two is note and how easily the superwoman of the story can slip her Section Two bodyguards, often even without using superpowers.
- Silliness Switch: A great many of the post-chapter omake are nuts, anything from retelling a scene in a more silly fashion to them interacting with the author (sometimes chewing him out for something that happens on the fic) to showing a MythBusters special being filmed on Tokyo-3 to small showcases of the girls having alternate power sets. Some of the most dramatic chapters do not have these omakes.
- The Stations of the Canon: Depending on the fic, followed to a 'T' or blown out of the water (at least on certain details like whether or not Gendo is still alive).
- Super Fic: Super hero mecha pilots! (Or support staff...)
- Villain with Good Publicity: The propensity for the authors to make Nerv the Big Bad (reserving Seele for the Bigger Bad role) tends to result in this, what with Nerv being an organization created to save the world from the Angels.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: A given, with many of the characters being high-schoolers. Finding ways to prevent Nerv from finding them and their fears of what Nerv could do if they do find them are important plot points on several of the stories.
- Wolverine Publicity: Examples in each of the series:
- SoE has Spirit showing up in a lot.
- For Superwomen of Eva 2, let's look at each superwoman's guest appearances and off-screen mentions:
- Power Girl/Supergirl/Asuka: Superwomen of Eva 2: Emerald Courage, Superwomen of Eva 2: Amazing Amazon, Superwomen of Eva 2: Girl of Steel, Superwomen of Eva 2: Soaring High: 4 guest appearances
- Wonder Girl/Rei: Superwomen of Eva 2: Emerald Courage, Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton, Superwomen of Eva 2: Girl of Steel (mention only), Superwomen of Eva 2: Soaring High (mention only): 2 guest appearances, 2 off-screen mentions
- Green Lantern/Misato: Superwomen of Eva 2: Blue Defiance, Superwomen of Eva 2: Soaring High (mention only): 1 guest appearance, 1 off-screen mention
- Batgirl/Mayumi: Superwomen of Eva 2: Girl of Steel, Superwomen of Eva 2: Soaring High (mention only): 1 guest appearance, 1 off-screen mention
- Blue Beetle/Ritsuko: Superwomen of Eva 2: Soaring High (mention only): 1 off-screen mention only
- Steel/Mana: Superwomen of Eva 2: Soaring High (mention only): 1 off-screen mention only
- None of the other superwomen have any guest appearances or even mentions outside their own stories.