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Fanfic Recs: Neon Genesis Evangelion Shipping
These are recommendations made by Tropers for Neon Genesis Evangelion Shipping fics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

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    What the statuses mean 
  • Complete - Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Ongoing - The fic is being updated on a regular basisnote , or has received an update after being tagged as Dormant or Dead.
  • Dormant - Either: The author has placed the fic on hiatus; or the fic has gone for several months to a year or more without an update but the author has not pronounced it dead.
  • Dead - The fic has not been updated in several years, or the author has specifically said that it will not be updated.

Some of the fics on this page feature content intended for older audiences. Please pay attention to the Tags sections on the recs, and check the pages for any tags you're not familiar with. You've been warned.

Per the content policy, Lemon fics involving the pilots at their canon ages are not allowed.


RE-TAKE, by Studio Kimigabuchi (Official All-Ages version)
  • Recommended by: Nerdorama, Clendy 82, Irothtin, Willbyr, Kryptik, mrbits, liltyrant, SRW Fan, Zero XSEED
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Shinji/Asuka, Misato/Kaji (briefly)
  • Synopsis: A Peggy Sue story in which, after the events of End of Evangelion, Shinji finds himself back at NERV a few days before the battle with Bardiel, and determines to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. The major twist: while he repairs his relationship with Asuka in this rewound world, he's being haunted by visions of post-3I Asuka, who is very bitter about her fate and knows a lot more about what's happened to Shinji than he does.
The original version of this doujinshi contains explicit content and will not be linked; its parts should be read in this order: 1, 2, 3, 0, 4, After. The new All Ages version was re-edited and re-translated (apparently from scratch) by the original translator. It collects all 6 volumes into 3 condensed ones, removing the explicit sex, adding a few scenes, and correcting some mistranslations.
  •  10 reviews
  • The Lifespan of a Love Affair by Random1377
    • Recommended by: Extraintrovert, MAI 742
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Misato/Shinji
    • Synopsis: A delightfully well done, and disturbing, interpretation of one of the NGE fandom's most popular pairings (fourth, by our reckoning).
  •  2 reviews
  • Touch' by Random1377
    • Recommended by: D Mint, Ranchoth
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Shinji/Rei and Ritsuko/Gendo
    • Synopsis: Follows the overall second half of the canon story and EoE, with some changes both major and minor to events and character interactions, and spinning a completely new conclusion.
  •  3 reviews
  • Pages by Lara Bartram
    • Recommended by: D Mint
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: See the synopsis
    • Synopsis: A 65-page fanfic, one chapter per page, where the love triangle between Gendo Rokubungi, Yui Ikari, and Kozo Fuyutsuki is explored from its start in 1999 up to the Second Impact.
  •   add review 
  • When She Smiles by Fresh C
    • Recommended by: Fitz, MAI742, BornIn1142
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Asuka/Shinji
    • Synopsis: Shinji visits Asuka in the hospital
  •  3 reviews
  • Altered Destinies by Mike313 (AU, Age Regression, Cheerful)
    • Recommended by: The Tygre, Chuckg, Ranchoth, Gaston1991
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Shinji x Misato
    • Synopsis: Through random Deus Ex Machina goodness, Misato is reverted back to fourteen, designating her as the Fourth Child. Now a viable option, she and Shinji grow...closer, like you don't know what that means. All the while, the universe is shifted around, and Shinji is given a new reason to pilot the Eva; to protect Misato at all costs from the Eva's corrupting influence.
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  • Together We Stand, Divided We Fall, and Carpe Diem by Hotwire (AU, Cheerful)
    • Recommended by: Chuckg
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Shinji x Hikari, some Misato x Kaji
    • Synopsis: Hikari happens to overhear a remark from Shinji that he's forced to pilot the Eva the day he's "outed" as a pilot, and this worries her enough that she takes it upon herself to make sure he's all right. This leads to her crushing on Shinji instead of Touji, which leads to dating, which leads to... everything. The author's stated intent is to explore the Butterfly Effect of one little change and what it can lead to, and what it can't lead to. Things go better for some people, worse for others, don't change for the rest.
  •  2 reviews
    • The original links to darkscribes.org no longer work. The first two parts of this series can be found on fanfiction.net, but the the last one is missing. If anyone can find it, please replace the link!
      • Rest easy, readers: I've found a link to all three stories right here, though unfortunately the set-up means you need to scroll down to find them. The entire trilogy and its chapters are under the header "Stories by T. L. Webb".

    Orchestrating the Silence by Serial Ravist.
  •  2 reviews
  • An Unwilling Angel by Ryan Xavier
  •  3 reviews
  • Variations on a Theme
    • Recommended by: Libita
    • Status: Dead
    • Pairings: Shinji/Rei (for the time being), Asuka/Hikari (possibly)
    • Synopsis: The story picks up after episode 20, i. e. after Shinji getting absorbed by his Eva. You have to read it to believe it: the 700 pages span over the course of 2-3 days and have no time skips, close to having the story progress in real time. The story comes highly-philosophical and thoughtful and stretches multiple genres like Drama, Comedy, Romance etc. What changes occur to the original storyline are created through the dynamics between — and in — the characters. It's a masterpiece, but sadly, it's unfinished.
    • Tags: Borderline Lemon
  •  1 reviews
  • The One I Love Is by Alain Gravel AKA Rakna (Found here, here, here, and here)
    • Recommended by: jaimeastorga2000, Crazael, SRW Fan, Willbyr
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing(s): Shinji/Asuka, Shinji/Rei, Shinji/Kaorunote , Toji/Hikari.
    • Synopsis: The fic follows Shinji Ikari from the middle to the end of the series (including The Movie) as he tries to figure out which of his two fellow pilots he would rather spend his life with.
      • If you read this through the fanfiction.net link or the Angelfire link, "Visions" is listed as a side story but should probably be read first, as it establishes why Rei is OOC and essentially gets the ball rolling. From the main link, "Visions" is the first link provided. Also, a lot of the images in the first link didn't survive the relocation to web.archive.org, and those pages load very slowly, so you're probably better off using one of the other links.
    • Tags: Lime
  •  2 reviews
  • In the Case of Asuka Langley Sohryu by Da Games Elite (AU, Lighter and Softer)
    • Recommended by: vK9Thefirst1, MAI 742
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Asuka/Shinji, Rei/Kaworu
    • Synopsis: In an attempt to boost the children's sync tests, Ritsuko carts the pilots off to a psychologist. Asuka is vainly against the idea, but slowly learns things about herself and the world around her.
  •  5 reviews
  • The Little Angel, by Da Games Elite
    • Recommended by: Yuusha Fan
    • Status: Dormant
    • Pairings: Asuka/Shinji
    • Synopsis: Taking place ten years After the End of The End of Evangelion, Asuka and Shinji are engaged, but there's a hurry to get married, and soon: their baby's on the way! But the rugrat's not the only thing on their minds; the re-emergence of Rei Ayanami, meeting with the Langley family, and a suprise party for a certain someone are just some of the other things on their minds!
  •  1 reviews
  • True Love Waits by Adam Kadmon
    • Recommended by: Willbyr, MAI 742, Kazmarov
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Shinji/Misato, Shinji/Mana
    • Synopsis: In an AU where Second Impact never happened, an older Shinji and Misato navigate the twists and turns of love, while Shinji deals with the trauma inflicted by his father and the betrayal of his former lover.
    • Tags: Lime
  •  3 reviews
  • Oedipus Ikari, by Serial Ravist
    • Recommended by: Willbyr, GentlemanOrcus, MAI 742
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Shinji/Rei
    • Synopsis: A fairly straightforward retelling of the latter half of NGE, re-worked to take Rei and Shinji's relationship much further.
    • Tags: Lime, Dark Fic
  •  2 reviews
  • Father, by Lord Talon
    • Recommended by: DKN117, Crazael
    • Status: Dormant (dead?)
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka, some Misato/Kaji
    • Synopsis: Two years after the main series (Third Impact having been averted, SEELE killed, and Kaji revealed alive; explanations are in the fic), Asuka, now 16, faces a terrifying revelation: she's pregnant... and no-one knows who the father is, as she doesn't even remember having sex (there was a Christmas Party involving alcohol, see...). Shinji instantly steps up to plate, and their burgeoning romance takes a flying leap forward as Shinji's backbone finally, fully manifests as he swears to be there for both Asuka and her unborn child, and to unleash hell on anyone who threatens them. What follows is a tumultuous yet heartwarming pathway of events as the two continue to grow ever closer. Needs a Better Description.
    • Tags: WAFF
  •  5 reviews
  • Shinji the Casanova by Strike Fiss
    • Recommended by: Crazael, SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: A berserk Unit-01 eats an angel, whose consciousness, through some Hand Waved effect, ends up sharing Shinji's head. This angel soon reveals himself to be Cupid. In apology for the trouble he's caused, Cupid decides to provide Shinji some help in the love department.
    • Tags: WAFF, one-shot
  •  1 reviews
  • Before and After by Muphrid
    • Recommended by: Dartz-IRL, Willbyr
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Rei/Shinji
    • Synopsis: Between battles with the angels, Rei begins to question her origins, her destiny. An instrument of fate should think of nothing but her purpose. How can she reject the man who gave her life, to embrace the boy who taught her what living is?
      • Though as it turns out, this becomes less of a shipping fic as time goes on. Rather, the themes become about reaffirming your existence and finding a reason to live. It actually ends with a surprisingly uplifting ending, which the fic really gives the impression that Rei and the cast deserve.
  •  2 reviews
  • The Notebook by Hamstadini
    • Recommended by: A Handfulof Dust, Ranchoth
    • Status: Ongoing / On Hiatus
    • Pairing: Rei/Shinji
    • Synopsis: What if Shinji gave Rei a gift after the defeat of the Fifth Angel? How would she grow through using this gift, and how would her relationship with Shinji develop as a result? Told primarily through journal entries, the story uses Sadamoto's manga as its foundation, but begins to diverge from the source material in more recent chapters.
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  • I Mustn't Run Away by Andrew Huang
    • Recommended by: Gatotsu911, SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: An alternate take on the character relationships that starts some time around episode 22 of the anime and diverges from there. Part of a series of Shinji/Asuka fics called "The Heart, The Soul" set in the same continuity, the rest of which can be found here, here and here. Though technically a Fix Fic, it manages not to go overboard in being Lighter and Softer than the source material - the behavior of the characters is, for the most part, believable under the presumption that they ended up making different decisions than in the TV series. Cute, possibly Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for fans of Shinji/Asuka.
  •   add review 
  • Behind Closed Doors by sedemihcrA.
    • Recommended by: BornIn1142.
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka.
    • Synopsis: A year after Third Impact, Shinji and Asuka's school is holding a ceremony to honor them for saving humanity. Meanwhile, their troubled relationship is reaching a boiling point.
    • Tags: Dark Fic.
  •  1 reviews
  • Rolling Blackouts by hidinginplainsight.
    • Recommended by: Brendan Steere, Ranchoth, Sir Telekinetic Squirrel, SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka.
    • Synopsis: To conserve power for the Evangelions, Tokyo-3 institutes city-wide planned power outages. During one of these winter blackouts, Asuka craves warmth and turns to Shinji for assistance.
  •  1 reviews
  • The Blue Rose by S P Dudley.
    • Recommended by: Tropers/Grand Duke of Yashima
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Rei/OC.
    • Synopsis: The American side of NERV launches a secret pilot program for their Evangelions. On a training mission to Tokyo-3, the pilot of EVA-04 falls head over heels for a bewildered Rei. Drama + Intrigue (and some comedy thrown in).
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  • Altruism by Yami Paladinof Chaos.
    • Recommended by: amatakamata
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Yui/Gendo
    • Synopsis: Yui Ikari is a collector of strays and monsters, the first being a pastime and the second being a learned habit.
  •   add review 
  • The Best Laid Plans, by Ryoma
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Shinji/Asuka, Shinji/Rei, Shinji/Hikari
    • Synopsis: One year after the defeat of the 12th Angel, Shinji and Asuka are still living together with Misato. One day Asuka realizes Misato is intentionally fueling his and Shinji's Belligerent Sexual Tension to get out of trouble, and angrily plans for revenge. However, she does not know Shinji has a scheme of his own ongoing... It had two sequels, one of them a lemon one-shot -that will be not linked here-, and another a new story called The Best Laid Plans 2. Sadly the sequel has not got an update in eight years.
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  • The Ikaris by Jimmy Wolk (it also can be found here and here)
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Dormant
    • Pairings: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: After getting drunk at a party after the 12th Angel, Shinji and Asuka wake up... married! Asuka immediately claims she wants an annulment or a divorce, but among Gendo plotting to keep his son married, Rei getting curious about her and Shinji's new marital status, their marriage councilor determined to keep her perfect and unbroken record of saved marriages, and her own surpressed feelings, the odds of a divorce look slim.
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  • Holding Hands, by Strike Fiss
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: Fed up with Shinji being a pushover, Asuka decides the only way he will learn to stand up for himself is... picking on him until he snaps at her.
      • The fic has a borderline lime scene, but nothing graphic (and it happens several years after the end of the original series). The sequel -"Holding Hands 2", on the other hand, has a lemon scene and will be not linked to.
  •  2 reviews
  • Chain of Command by Random1377
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Shinji/Asuka, Misato/Kaji, Rei/Kensuke
    • Synopsis: The year is 2021. There has not been an angel attack for over five years, and the cast has moved on with their lives. That ends up when the Angels return and fighting them back is up to a new Nerv... led by Commander Rei Ayanami.
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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion Deviance by Random1377
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka, Touji/Hikari
    • Synopsis: The story begins in episode 15 and follows through the series and End of Evangelion, altering a key moment from interaction between two characters that changes everything for them.
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  • A Promise Made, A Promise Kept by Gun Metal Snail 429
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: After Bardiel brutally defeats Asuka and Rei, Shinji comes to a very serious realization and makes a promise to both girls. However, Zeruel will challenge everything he has come to feel and push him farther than any human should have to go...
  •   add review 
  • The Ikari Identity by AngelNo13Bardiel
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: Shinji Ikari awakens in an unfamiliar place and with his most recent memories erased. As he tries making sense of what is happening and going back home, he finds his world turned even more sideways... It has two sequels (The Ikari Supremacy and The Ikari Ultimatum), both completed, and a Lemon side-story obviously won't be linked here.
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  • The Freedom That Comes From Being Chained by Darren Demaine
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: After her fateful meeting with Arael, Asuka is lost in her mind, trying to find a reason to live. Though she finds acceptance and approval of the most unexpected of the people.
  •   add review 
  • Heil Asuka! by Toh Ee Long
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: One night Misato accidentally eavesdrops Shinji and Asuka and wonder what her wards are exactly up to.
  •   add review 
  • The Game by Red Horseman
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Dormant
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: After the defeat of the last angel, Shinji and Asuka ran from Nerv. Seven years later, they are still on the run from Seele, maintaining an uneasy relationship... and sick enough of being hunted to consider turn the tables on their hunters.
  •   add review 
  • The Child Of Love by Axel Terizaki
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: The whole cast's lives are turned upside down when it is revealed Asuka got pregnant with Shinji's baby. Now Asuka must go through the stages of pregnancy as trying sorting out her feelings about being something she never wanted to be -a mother- and her feelings towards the Third Child, unaware Gendo Ikari has designs of his own towards her baby. Inspired by a short fic called "She's What?" -which in turn was an unofficial sequel to a lemon fic called "Wet Dreams"-, it generated a bunch of spin-offs and side-stories and it's one of the great classics of Evangelion fanfiction.
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  • Wake by Hotwire
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: In a world that has been shattered by delusions of power and grandeur— Shinji Ikari and Asuka Langley Soryu are finding that the most dificult fight of their lives . . . is getting along with one another.
  •   add review 
  • Just Another Day by Red Horseman
    • Recommended by: SRW Fan
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: One year after Third Impact, humanity has returned from the Sea of Lcl and the cast is busy trying leading normal lives. It's Asuka's birthday, a day she faces with resignation. For as long as she can remember, it has been just another day. However a person is planning this time will be different.
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  • Frailty by phollie
    • Recommended by: Lye
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Kaworu
    • Synopsis: "You take up such little space, and yet you still remain the center of one's universe. How?" / Kawoshin. Philosophy meets longing.
  •  1 reviews
  • Maybe by TGP
    • Recommended by: Rotomyy
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Kaworu
    • Synopsis: "Tabris is the angel of free will. He thinks maybe it's time to use it." Kaworu gets a second chance and a happy ending.

    NGE: Runaways by hidinginplainsight
    • Recommended by: brendansteere
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: The Angels stopped coming to earth before the Third Impact was triggered, leading to the collapse of humanity by human means as opposed to alien ones. The pilots have to escape from under the omnipresent thumb of NERV and reunite.
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  • ''AFTER IMPACT and Destiny of One by J.Alana1
    • Recommended by: kah0922
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing: Shinji/Asuka
    • Synopsis: Continuation of End of Evangelion, AFTER IMPACT follows Shinji and Asuka as they struggle to survive in the post Third Impact world. Destiny of One is the sequel.
  •   add review 

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