Because of this page's size, all posts about Instrumentality and Pen-Pen have been moved over to new pages. The Instrumentality page can be found here. The Pen-Pen page can be found here. All new posts about those topics should be made on their pages, not here. As is usual for a WMG page, Massive Spoilers ahead.
(Insert Here) resulted in (Insert Here) a.k.a. Infinitely Huge Grand Unifying GuessesThe truth of the matter is that, due to the show's widely interpretive style, Evangelion may theoretically have an infinitely huge dart board capable of accommodating an infinite number of Wild Mass Guess darts thrown at it.
Neon Feminist Evangelion!NGE is fundamentally a feminist work from a male perspective. It explores women's spiritual, familial, and societal roles, as well as typical personal dilemmas they must face. Many of the male characters, including the protagonist and his Magnificent Bastard father, are largely dependent on their relationships with women (Especially the protagonist and the Bastard, see also Oedipus Complex). The females are often defined by the conflicts that they, as women, encounter (Particular examples are Asuka, Misato and Ritsuko).
The canon has a very different order than most people think.The first 24 episodes are the first entry in the canon. However, the series doesn't have a clear end yet. After Episode 24, End of Evangelion takes place. After witnessing the horrors of what he has done and trying to strangle Asuka, Shinji and she return to LCL offscreen. This is when Episode 25 begins: the main characters all go through heavy psychoanalysis from their subconscious minds, which they interpret visually as other people, but which are just aspects of themselves. Between 25 and 26, Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 takes place: Shinji has a flashback to the first 6 episodes of the original series. This, along with the lessons he learns in Episode 26, persuade him to continue living in reality. Shinji, being in full control of Instrumentality, restores humanity to as it was right after Episode 6, but slightly different. Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 through Final are in sequential order.
The lance/spear at the end of 2.22 is the one Lilith lost during the First Impact.This is what SEELE were excavating out of the Moon.
The series is Shinji (failing at) imagining a harem-fantasy world with mecha elementsPlenty of the basic character archetypes are there: bottle fairy Misato, shy blue-haired girl Rei (who in a normal harem anime would eventually learn to love with Shinji's help), quirky school friends Toji and Kensuke, tsundere Asuka, gag character Pen-Pen, etc. The problem is, real!Shinji has as much emotional problems as anime!Shinji, and as a result, his dream world also falls apart:
Leliel's Sea of Dirac leads to Digimon Adventure 02's Ocean of Darkness.In episode 16, Shinji converse to a Shinji that was another side of him, and conversely, in Digimon 02, when Hikari visit the Ocean of Darkness, we see a side of her that was not usually dominant; to sum it up, it's a means of travel between universes.
Rei Ayanami is a Galatea.And Gendo is just like Pygmalion. Think about it. He finds a perfect girl, he loses it, and nobody's perfect for him. What does he do? Create his own! Additionally, all the Perverse Sexual Lust.
The EVA 02 is manufactured by BMW.Because Germany
The ending of End of Evangelion is the beginning of a Kenan & Kel sketch on orange soda.With all that LCL everywhere, you just know that somewhere out there Kel is screaming "WHO LOVES ORANGE SODA?". Rebuild of Evangelion were just the results of Shinji going insane from his tormented mind.
There is NO symbolismThe entire show is just Gainax loling at us. They just made massive money because we all desperately scour the internet, searching for the answers to why Neon Genesis Evangelion is so weird.
By the time of End of Evangelion, Shinji Ikari became an Omnicidal Maniac and a potential Nietzsche WannabeSeriously, he even exclaimed "Everyone just die" while simultaneously letting God kill off humanity and collect their souls, just because of his growing madness caused by his chains of Freudian Excuse after Freudian Excuse, and the realization on how pointless his efforts are when it still leads to The End of the World as We Know It. And since this is a fucked-up Shinji, he might even continue to force God to annihilate the entirety of the universe through a Reality-Breaking Paradox ala Space Runaway Ideon (seriously, it explains the ep.26 Mind Screw). Yui, Rei and Kaworu, who realized that this is wrong even by their eldritch standards, eventually talked him out of it with lectures about earning our happy endings, allowing Instrumentality to discontinue the world-annihilating process and make him come back from the LCL.
The First Ancestral Race is actually the Rei/Adam/Lilith/Shinji Merger from the future, sending itself back into time/another dimension to create Alternate Universes!First, we don't know much of anything about what the First Ancestral Race actually were, except that they made Adam and Lilith. And if somehow those two merged, they essentially become a God that can mess with reality/create new reality/whatever the hell it wants. Unless the First Ancestral Race itself has power equal to that, how can it make something so utterly mindboggling? Because it made itself....IN THE FUTURE/ORIGINAL ALTERNATE DIMENSION! And the reason it keeps crashing into Earth and doing...whatever, is because the Shinji Part the Merger of it really, really, wants a world where someone who shares his Soul is happy. The Lance of Longinus is actually not unique at all in the end though, since it could easily be replicated just by normal technology. Divine Merger Shinji/Rei sent copies of it to each new Earth/AU, just in case something goes wrong again. This all makes total sense. And the Dead Sea Scrolls was written by Kaworu! Who then sent it into the Past so SEELE could read it and engineer the events that would this insane Egg made it's own Chicken that would make it's Egg nonsense possible. I mean, how the hell could Humans magically understand an Alien Language so perfectly? Because Kaworu had already written it PRECISELY so SEELE could translate it! And those Spectral Rei's are all the representations of the Rei/Shinji/Adam/Lilith Merger checking on each Earth/AU's progress.
Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place from the perspective of a hedgehogHedgehog's Dilemma. Enough said.
The entire series has been written to make everyone feel disgusted towards classical music and jazzy pop songs.Hideaki Anno's aim was to take a classical piece or jazzy pop song, associate it with the most disturbing plot and images he could think of and then repeat that over and over again until noone on earth will ever experience pleasant thoughts of these songs and pieces again.
Crazy, mentally broken people who are isolated from humanity are the only ones who can effectively pilot EVAsSince these isolated kids are the most singled out from everyone else, they are the only ones whose condition has passed a threshold where their lonliness mainfests as a strong AT Fields. The more disconnected from humanity these kids are, the more powerful their AT- Fields are. Remember that none of these kids can empathize (Asuka and/ are socially awkward (Rei). This goes along with the Hedgehog's Dilemma theory, as it explains why these kids are unable to connect with other; the fear of being hurt by getting closer to others. Fearing others, the kids form natural mental barriers to keep others out. The more barriers, the stronger AT-Field. Of course is the case of the 5th pilot in Rebuild 2.0 she is so detached from everyone, she has AT -Fields, of course hers aren't as powerful as the other 3 as their detachment from humanity is more extreme than hers; she's only uninterested in humanity while the rest reject it. * Haruhi Suzumiya, anyone?
End of Eva takes place during the Hospital Scenewhich occurs after Asuka fought the Eva's and lost which explains why she's there. We've never seen, or heard about, Shinji doing anything like this before, so it could be his first time. This also explains why Shinji exclaims "I'm so fucked up" at the end of the scene, after realizing what he's done.
There is a scene missing from Eo EOk, ok, ok. This is more wishful thinking than Wild Mass Guessing. However, the tone at the end of the series is so irreconcilable with the very last scene of EoE, that one cannot help but scream WTF and think there is something missing. Here it is¦.. After Asuka's final line in the movie, Shinji wakes up with a start. The previous scene was a dream. Shinji and Asuka are still alone on the beach. However, things are slightly different. Shinji looks in one direction, and sees forests thick with vegetation. In the other direction, he sees Tokyo-3. The city appears to be empty, but the buildings are repaired and clean, and there are sounds coming from the city that suggests humans might already have returned. Shinji then looks at Asuka and stands up. He closes his eyes, clenches his fits, and remembers all of the speeches from the last two episodes of NGE and the parting words of Yui from Eo E. With courage in his voice, he says to Asuka, "Before you start screaming at me listen", and then proceeds to tell her that it was physically impossible for him to awake Unit 01 in time. He also tells her that he did not pull her out of the LCL, but that he is happy she is there, Because I wouldn't have anyone else by my side! Asuka gets up and tells Shinji she knows. She also says that she decided to leave the LCL herself. She then pulls in a shocked Shinji for a long and passionate kiss. As the two embrace, the camera pulls out, and Fly me too the moon plays.
The main characters are representative of the 7 deadly sinsShinji with his tendency to go berserk and kill everything is the representation of wrath. Asuka is the representation of envy because she quickly becomes jealous of Shinji and Rei. Extreme Doormat Rei is the representation of Sloth. Misato is representative of gluttony with her alcoholism. Gendo is the representation of pride (his Magnificent Bastard reputation among the fandom to the point that merely clasping your hands can give you an aura of magnificence, and his ambition of turning everyone into a single soul and resurrecting his own dead wife is pretty prideful, think of the other widows who have to live without the wives they adore). Ritsuko is greed because she wanted Gendo and the Magi system all to herself. Kaji represents Lust for obvious reasons. Feel free to move these around and mix up who is what sin because the only one I'm sure of is Gendo's pride and Shinji's wrath.
The album playing on Shinji's SDAT player is Pink Floyd's The Wall.If any album could serve as a metaphor/soundtrack for Shinji's life, this would be it. Not only that, but The Wall has 26 tracks, just like the music on the SDAT player. The continual moving back and forth between track 25 ('The Trial') and track 26 ('Outside the Wall') represents Shinji's wavering back and forth between feeling judged and desiring escape.
Shinji is in Hell.Take a moment and ask yourself what hell is like if you're an obsessed mecha otaku. It probably resembles Evangelion just a little: NGE is everything you would not want giant robots to be.
Shinji is in Ironic Hell, and he's there for being a rapist, murderer, and heretic in lifeThink about it. What are the worst things Shinji does during the series? He falls on Rei and accidentally gropes her while being attracted to her, with the expected slap coming long after the fact over something apparently unrelated; it's possibly symbolic of the delayed punishment for misdeeds during life a soul experiences in Hell after death. Then there's the... incident... with Asuka in End Of Evangelion; her reaction, too, is long delayed. As for the murder, there's the horror as he is shunted out of the driver's seat and forced to watch while his Eva rips apart one that turns out to contained his friend Touji, and his being forced to kill Kaworu. The blasphemy? It's his job to kill angels. Anvilicious enough for ya?
Shinji is the Antichrist and the inverse of Jesus.Think about it. Jesus sacrificed his life so that the sins of man are forgiven. Everyone died for Shinji's sins, which include Cowardice and at least one instance of the each of the Seven Sins. The Antichrist is foretold to unite the world against God. Shinji united every soul in the world during Instrumentality; what more can you do to spit in the face of God than to tamper with Creation?
The Eva Units are made using technology from Cybertron.Well, think about it. What other planet has robots that unquestionably are alive? Plus, the synchronization with the pilots and the Rei clones in the Dummy Plug system bears an eerie resemblance to the binary bonding of the Powermasters, Targetmasters, and especially Headmasters. . Since they can't create sparks for the Evas, it makes sense that NERV might try to use mankind's closest equivalent (human souls) as a substitute.
The entire series is inspired by the infamous Game 11982 of Freecell.◊Those who play a lot of Freecell will understand the joy in how the field slowly progresses from chaos to order with each deliberate move, ultimately reaching the point where all the loose ends simply fall into place (so simply that most versions do it for you). Just like a typical action series. Now, Windows users set up that particular game, or any reader deal it out and play it yourself. If you had tried that, over and over again, before it became public knowledge that not all Freecell games are winnable, wouldn't you have written something like Neon Genesis Evangelion?
Third Impact didn't last long.If the last two episodes are any indication of what Third Impact is like for those reduced to LCL (and what else could it be?), then it would make sense that humanity might come back relatively soon after Third Impact. If the movie went on a bit longer, it might have had a happy ending.
SEELE is The Illuminati or a parody of the Elders of Zion.Think about it. A cabal of old men with hooked noses running the UN, plotting the fate of humanity on their own, and using something that seems suspiciously like Jewish Kabbalistic magic. The only way they could have made it any more obvious would have been to make them all bankers.
The weird katakana spelling of "Evangelion" in Rebuild (Wevangeriwon) is a reference to Weta Workshop, which is co-producing the live action movie.Proposed here (Russian language), but it makes enough sense to be added here.
Evangelion is set in an Alternate History where the Axis won World War 2.Think about it... not only does Japan appear to be a military superpower, but all the most influential organizations have German names.
Germany runs the organizations that run the world for most of the series.In Real Life, the EU is basically run by Germany, France, and Britain. The Second Impact clearly caused a massive rise in sea levels; since Germany has less coastline than Britain or France, it would have been the least affected of the Big Three and hence would have emerged as overall leader of Europe. This would have given the secret societies within the German government the opportunity they needed to advance their master plan.
SEELE was founded by Van Hohenheim.At the end of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hohenheim is shown as a member of the Thule Gesellschaft, a German mystical organization to which all the top Nazis belonged. This group was heavily interested in occult, alchemical, masonic, and religious matters. Hohenheim was an alchemist during his life. In Real Life, the ultimate goal of alchemy is to purify the human form and essentially become God. Fuyutski remarks in End of Evangelion that Shinji has become God. Now, consider that SEELE is a German organization interested in many of the same matters as the Thule Gelleschcraft. Their attempts to advance humanity to the next level are analogous to the alchemical goal of purifying the human form. The rational theory is that Hohenheim's research eventually led to a great alchemical work which was carried out on Adam after his location was derived from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Furthermore, this suggests that the angels' and EVAs' cores are Philosopher's Stones, made using the souls of their pilots' mothers and possibly those of Adam and Lilith.
Rebuild of Evangelion is a Sequel!Quite a few people who have seen the first movie believe in this theory, since the first movie released has such things like the entire sea being red, like in ''End of Evangelion. There is also the final scene of the movie; although the exact translation is heavily debated, it is accepted that Kaworu says, "Number Three again, huh? You never change. I will enjoy meeting you Ikari Shinji." Some have rendered the last sentence as "I will enjoy meeting you again, Ikari Shinji-kun." It is heavily debated though, and the mechanisms of the sequel range from reincarnation to the "Glitched reset button idea".
Shinji Ikari is the unknown Third Angel of the movie trilogy, and the new "Glasses Girl" character (Mari) is his daughter from the future.
The series is based on Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth"Shinji as Wang Lung, Rei as O-lan, Asuka as Lotus. Shinji is struggling between one morality, outlook, course of action and another entirely, just as there is the struggle between riches and materialism and the land and basic humanity in "The Good Earth".
Maya is Shinji's half-sister, the result of an affair Gendo had before marrying Yui.This would explain why she bears such a strong physical resemblance to Shinji.
Ritsuko does reciprocate Maya's love.She's just too screwed-up to realize it. It sort-of comes out when they're fighting the computer virus angel.
The red water in Rebuild is a consequence of Second Impact.In the TV series, the ocean is shown similarly red where Antarctica once was. It isn't red around Tokyo 3 in the TV series because this stylistic idea didn't occur to them at that point, but they implemented it in the movies?
The god-like-warrior in Nausicaa is a Jet Alone.Jet Alones are an independantly operating giant machine with a nuclear power source. God-Like-Warriors shown in Naussica are similar to this. Especialy since we see that god-like-warriors poison the environment in a way similar to nuclear power.
Why Gendo made sure that Shinji had no photos of mother Yui.This was done for two main reasons:
Kaworu was cloned from Misato's father.
The show is actually a testament to the power of Metal.I mean, think about it. If Shinji had been a metalhead, don't you think the show would have turned out somewhat differently. Instead of "I musn't be afraid", it'll be "I must ROCK!". And what better power to fight Angels with than something that comes from Hell.
Going with the Above, Rock and Rule comes after Evangelion.A post-apocalyptic world with no humans, only near human creatures, where the power of rock reigns supreme?
Also going with the above, Shinji (and by extension, the other pilots) was actually a failed project, and the EVAs were a desperate backup-plan.His upbringing and experiences were engineered, not to make him a neurotic, wangsty Mecha pilot, but rather, to make him neurotic and outright psychotic enough to form and lead the Evangelion version of Deathklok.
And Now For Something Completely Different: The entire show takes place in the Lotus-Eater Machine at the end of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.... But not in the way you were expecting. It's not in the generation shown on the show, for it is noted that the AntiSpirals did this before, and there were other people trapped forever, you see — Shinji is actually trapped in the Alternate Universes, things started out Normal, how the kid always wanted to live, not having to risk his life for others, but then, because it is apparent that true Lotus Eater Machines have conflict to give just the right amount of meaning to their victims' lives, the events of NGE occur.
Eva 01 is actually Lilith.At the end of EoE, we see Eva 01 drifting off into space to be a "messenger" of sorts for humanity. It crashes on another lifeless planet, outputting its "recording" of Earth in the form of LCL (A.K.A primordial ooze/soup) and millions of years later is discovered by the humans of that time, and is mistaken for "Adam" (which is actually part of the decaying Rei/Lilith hybrid). This event of Eva 01 crashing into the planet is considered "First Impact".
In a reverse of most theories, Neon Genesis Evangelion occurs in the Warhammer 40K universe!No, not those. This is totally inspired by ultima+ exterminatus this 4chan thread. It makes an awful lot of sense though, especially if the Angels are simply Greater Demons of Chaos...
NGE takes place in this world......after the Scientologists succeeded in destroying all "psychs" (psychologists and psychiatrists, not psychics) with a well-placed "meteor strike" at a world psychiatry convention, hence why There Are No Therapists in the future.
NGE takes place on the world Dr. Manhattan intended to create after he left earth for good.It's a lot more complicated then he thought it'd be, and strangely it contains quite a few similar characters: An emotionless artificial god (or gods, if need be) who ends up becoming a world destroying/creating naked giant, a brilliant Magnificent Bastard who helps cause world peace by eliminating a large chunk of humanity, a woman pushed by and rebelling against memories of her mother, a DNA Frankenstein's monster of a pet, and scores of people who were unwittingly aiding in the end of the world.... (Note: This troper has no idea if the creator of NGE ever read Watchmen; if he did that's cool; if not that's crazy, because the similarities are odd. Alternatively, has Allan Moore seen NGE?)
NGE takes place on the normal Earth of WatchmenAlternative to the above. Without Dr. Manhattan the US failed to remain a super power and when the USSR fell apart in the late 80s/early 90s Japan arose as the world's new Military power. The Angels are just attempts by Ozy to keep the world peace brought on by the Squid that killed half of New York. After discovering the First Angel Adam, he lets it loose too early and causes the Second Impact on incident in which he himself perishes. The other Angels have either broke out of their confines on their own or have been released by SEELE.
The "First Earth" from Battlestar Galactica is NGE-Earth thousands of years laterHow Did We Miss This One?? Anyway, enough people managed to separate from Mega-Rei (who went on to "seed" the colonies with humans and animals) to repopulate the planet using NERV's technology. The Colonies' gods are Rei's memories of her human friends and otherworldly enemies while the Cylon's god is a gender-shifted Rei (Rei = Dei = Deus = Zeus(?)). Either that or a variation of the first Watchmen theory: Dr. Manhattan's world's creation Rei tries to create her own world; Earth Shattering KaBooms, deconstructed archetypes, and fucked-up love affairs ensue (apparently things would be worse if the blond Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter and the Aloof Dark Haired Lady of War were actually lovers; the Well Done Son Guy and Well Done Daughter Gal get off comparatively easy (which is to say they survive ...ish).
Rei and Dr. Manhattan are the "parents" of all Deconstructor Fleet universesAnd of course the conception and births are pure Nightmare Fuel.
The Evangelions each contain the soul of their pilot's mother.True. Or possibly False. Some signs point to only Eva 01 having a soul, others point to the rest getting in on the soul action.
The Evangelions DON'T contain the soul of their pilot's mother.They are Eve, the biblical mother of all humanity. The link to the pilot works by the love between mother and child, so the Eva serves as a surrogate mother. This works best if the person in question needs a surrogate; in other words, a child whose mother is dead! Anyone piloting an Eva would sense their mother's presence, but only a motherless child would need that presence badly enough to fully accept it and achieve a useful synch ratio.
The Evangelions contain their own souls, which have imprinted upon the souls of their absorbed test subjectsCompromise! But really: the Evas are independent, sentient beings that are influenced by the souls they have consumed.
The Evangelions can't be piloted unless they have absorbed a soul. However, they can get by with only absorbing PART of a soulShinji's unit contained his mother's full soul. Asuka's unit contained the "maternal" part of her mother's soul. The rest of her mother's soul remained within her mother's body after the contact experiment with Asuka's Eva unit, but since the maternal part of her soul was missing, Asuka's mother refused to recognize and bond with her daughter. Then she went mad and committed suicide. Rei's unit contained a piece of the Lilith Soul that was within Rei. Since Rei had no mother (and since the Eva unit—indeed ANY cloned body in the Evangelion universe—can only move with the aid of a soul,) they had to engineer a workaround solution. The part of the Lilith soul that was placed into the Eva unit contained Rei's emotions—and as a result Rei 2 was largely unemotional throughout her life. When Rei 2 and her Eva unit were destroyed, Rei 3 inherited the part of the soul that was within Rei 2 AND she inherited the emotional part of Lilith's soul that was in within Rei's Eva unit. This is the reason that Rei 3 seems a bit more emotional than her predecessor. She now has Lilith's full soul within her.
SEELE is led not by Keel Lorenz, but run behind the scenes by...Seal. Because it would just be hilarious.
Shinji isn't a maladjusted humanHe's a Dwarf. From Dwarf Fortress. Which would actually make him rather sane, by those standards. He's moody and when he gets unhappy enough, he tantrums.
Angelic Days is the 'real world. The regular Evangelion is actually a fanfiction written by Rei, disgruntled after being dumped by Shinji.
The entire series is a fantasy of Mesousa.Many other entries theorise that their series are Shinji's fantasies, but think about it: For Mesousa, Shinji's life would be a definite improvement over his own.
AT Fields are actually souls and the EVA's souls can act as shields due to their massive energy inputOh wait, that's true.
Rei Ayanami is actually a clone of Shinji's mother, Yui.Oh, wait — that was true.
Rei Ayanami is NOT the clone of Shinji's mother. Rei was actually an unrelated human drawn from Lilith using genetic engineering, and was then molded by Gendo in Yui's own image. Which makes Lilith the biblical Adam and Rei the biblical Eve. This might be Jossed, but This Troper was simply concerned of the Rei / Shinji fan pairings, and the canonical fact that Rei is Shinji's mother will give lots and lots and lots of Squick.......
The Angels are an alternately-evolved form of Man.Oops, that was true, too.
Gendo Ikari is double-crossing NERV and SEELE (who are also double-crossing NERV) to further his own agenda — to resurrect his dead wife.Um... yeah, true.
The MAGI computer trio is Ritsuko's mother.True.
The entire series is Shinji's dream. The only "real" part is the "normal world" in episode 25.True — in at least one Alternate Continuity now being published in Japan.
Shinji wrote the scenario of Evangelion based on his dreams.The dream was so impressive, he thought it would make the greatest horror story ever. It went horribly right.
The Angels are all female, including Kaworu.From a biological standpoint, female — having an XX chromosome — is the default sex. This is why asexual animals like worker ants and bees are considered female despite having no need for procreation. All animals are built on a female template, with males (XY) being a necessary deviation from that to facillitate reproduction (and males still have vestigal female traits, such as nipples). Thus it stands to reason that the Angels, being an asexual species, are all female as they have no need for males — including Adam, despite having a male name. Kaworu is biologically male, his body (I say "his" because that's what's used in the text) apparently being a clone of some unnamed Japanese man in the same way Rei is a clone of Yui Ikari, but his "soul"/psychic imprint/whatever is Adam's, and Adam is female. Thus it's possible that while Kaworu has the physical traits of a male human, "he" views himself as female.
The Rei clones faked their deaths, changed their faces and hair, and got work in other anime.Since Rei was such a popular character, it would have been easy for them to find work with how popular a character type Rei became.
Kaworu has ascended to self-awareness of the plotIn rebirth he is able to appear to Gendo along with Rei and Yui. In the "remake"/"Sequel" it is debated if he is aware he has met Shinji before. I am stuck on how much he can do about it, but think about it...
Shinji's Three Love Interests are an Intentional Corruption of the Maiden/Mother/Crone dynamicMisato is the crone, skewed in that though she is still young and beautiful, she believes herself to be Christmas Cake... an old maid convinced that her married friends have passed her by, despite all evidence to the contrary. Asuka plays the traditional role of the maiden to Shinji, while at the same time being as truly NOT maiden-like as possible. Rei is positioned as the mother, a relationship position whose skewing should be obvious.
Gendo abandoned Shinji as a Take That to Yui choosing to be adsorbed into Eva 01While it is true that Gendo is so fixated on Yui that he cannot cope without her in his life, a part of Gendo resents Yui for leaving him the way she did and as a Take That in the form of an eye for an eye by abandoning Shinji.
Third Impact was an attempt by God to get rid of the Human race and replace them with his true chosen raceThe Penguins.
Digimon Seasons 1 and 2 are a TV show in the EVA world.Agumon's upper digivolutions look like EVA, and the light-hearted message of banding together with your friends, some of whom look weird and have self-esteem issues, to fight scary, evil monsters is meant to help the general public accept the existence of the EV As and NERV (someone's gonna ask where those big robot-things come from, right?) as part of the battle for good. Gendo is a fan of the Digimon Emperor, who he emulates by wearing glove and acting like a BAMF.
Asuka has Bipolar Disorder, specifically Bipolar-IIWhen we first meet her, she's on top of the world, better than everyone, and can do anything. She acts rashly and without thinking about the consequences, which is more or less the symptoms of hypomania (Hypomania = Lesser form of full-blown mania). At her lowest, she has the classic symptoms of depression. While she did indeed have a screwed up childhood, and what she suffered would mess anyone up, her shifts in overall mood are just so incredibly drastic that being Bipolar would just explain a whole lot. It's a pity that There Are No Psychatrists in Evangelion.
Evangelion is about learning to driveSeriously, think about it:
Shinji's class is made up of any child who had a parent die anywhere near an Evangelion.From scientist mums whose souls were sucked inside Evas to contractor dads who tripped over and broke their necks while walking through the NERV building. We know that Shinji's classmates are all potential Eva pilots, but there's a difference between being a potential pilot and actually being able to pilot it. SEELE knew the parent-soul-thing worked with Asuka and Shinji, but didn't know how it happened and decided to leave a large margin for error. :I'm pretty sure this one's true. Kensuke and Hikari don't have mothers either, I think.
When the Evas go into berserker mode, they instinctively manifest their AT Fields to the contours of their bodies.That's the only reason I can think of to explain why Zeruel's razor ribbons failed to cut through EVA-01's fingers. In addition, it's the reason why the 3rd angel's suicide explosion didn't do diddly squat. 4th angel in rebuild. . .
The separate continuities are all part of an unstable time loop.The alternate universe was the original universe. As seen in the main series, this world is a fairly perfect version of the NGE world. When the angels came to that world, it was much more of a shock and most of the cast were killed due to the absence of the EV As. At that point, Shinji became god, (like in EoE) rebooted reality, and hoped for the best. This produced the universe seen in the anime. Shinji is so depressed partly due to the fact that he subconsciously realizes that he's only made the world worse. This world progresses to EoE and he gets the power to reboot reality once again. Attempting to stabilize the loop, he takes the opportunity, causing Rebuild of Evangelion. The other continuities can easily be contained within this theory as separate steps within Shinji's time altering operation. RahXephon or Petit Eva are ideal timelines in Shinji's mind.
In Rebuild, Mari and Asuka are also (modified) clones of Yui.If you've been keeping up with the Rebuild spoilers, you'll know by now that Asuka attempts to pilot EVA-03 before it goes haywire, and Mari successfully pilots EVA-02. The general consensus seems to be that the "EVA only works if the soul contained within it is the pilot's mother" rule has been changed. THIS IS A LIE. First I'll go into an earlier theory I had before this information came to light. As you may know, most Eva characters are named after World War 2 warships. Rei Ayanami, Mari Makinami and Asuka (Sohryu in the original, Shikinami in Rebuild) are no exception. See a pattern with the Rebuild names? Ayanami, Makinami, Shikinami. Here's the thing, though. While all three of those were indeed ships in the Imperial Navy in WW2, the interesting part comes later, after they were decommissioned. In the late fifties and early sixties, the JMSDF commissioned a new Ayanami, Shikinami, and Makinami (among several others). All of them are considered Ayanami-class destroyers. Now, assuming this is intentional and not just me reading WAY too deeply into Anno or whoever's ship-otaku-ness, this could be a hint that Rebuild Asuka and Mari are based on the same "template" as Rei—in other words that they are ALSO clones of Yui. Rei was presumably considered a failure due to lack of aggressiveness. So they modified the genetic template to compensate, and came up with Asuka. Except they overcompensated, and ended up with an egotistical borderline psychopath. Mari is the third attempt, and most successful so far—fairly normal when she needs to be, but goes just as batshit (if not more so) as Asuka in combat. Now, since every EVA pilot (except Shinji) is a modified clone of Yui Ikari and therefore, in a sense, her "daughter", NERV does not have to match each EVA to a single pilot. They can simply use a copy or piece of Yui's soul in every single EVA, making them much easier to mass produce. When we see the Reiquarium in 3.0 or Final, it ain't gonna be the Reiquarium. More likely the Mariquarium.
Mari is the Eva-verse's version of Hayato Jin of Getter Robo fameHer Evangelion has a claw-arm and a drill-esque weapon, much like Getter Two, and her love of battle and intelligence both are reminiscent of Hayato. She also does a good batshit insane berserker thing.
Rei Ayanami is a ghola.She was grown in a creepy tank from Yui's salvaged remains, according to The Other Wiki, comes out a bit of a blank slate yet with motherly nuances, and every time she gets killed, there's a new copy waiting down below. There, I said it.
Rebuild-Shinji is the Eva-verse's Kouji KabutoHe fights for those he loves, demonstrated when his decision to pilot Eva 01 again was when Rei got eaten by Zeruel, and then somehow figuring out a way to extract her from said Angel. He will never give up, as shown in his getting pissed off enough to force Eva 01 to work without power and an S2 Engine, no 'whah mommy halp', it's all Shinji. And the most convincing evidence: He made Eva 01 do an AT Field-based Rocket Punch and then gained the power to become either a God or Devil.
Now for one to piss off half the fanbase: Evangelions have no physical gender."No physical gender" here is defined as 'Does not have genitals', XX chromosomes and maternal souls aren't the topic here. Evangelions are copies of either Adam or Lilith, and share more in common with Angels than humans. We know that Adam and Lilith did not give birth to the Angels and Humanity respectively through 'conventional' means, as the legs sticking out of Lilith suggest that the first humans were originally produced by something not unlike budding. Adam's means of propagating angels was probably something vaguely similar. (freezeframes in the Director's Cut also suggests that Eva 01 was 'pulled' out of Lilith and not made from an embryo as per common fanon) Adam and Lilith were also meant to propagate lifeforms by themselves, which requires an asexual form of reproduction/spawning/whatever; therefore sex is not necessary, ergo no true gender. The Evangelions are NERV's attempts at making more beings like Adam and Lilith and/or the Angels, it would be logical that they share many of the same properties. As for Lilith's 'menstrual LCL' ...that's probably just Anno throwing in yet another one of those psychosexual things he so loves, like Eva 02 having vagina eyes in End of Evangelion. (I'm not joking)
The AT Field cannot account for all of the phenomena surrounding Evas and AngelsSomewhere along the line, Eva fandom got this weird idea that the AT Field could do anything it ever wanted forever and ever and ever, amen. With such gems as: "AT Fields can make things fly, it can make things explode, it can conduct electricity", and the strangest so far: "AT Fields can work like glue". I blame Kaworu and his cryptic lines about souls and lights and whatever. It's fully possible that the AT Field's sole purpose is being just that, a forcefield of some manner, and that many of the unique abilities of the Angels and Evas are caused by other properties.
Rebuild of Evangelion is a ReconstructionThus far it is a more accesible version of the series with the charecters bieng in better shape emotionally. Evangelion is pretty well known for bieng a deconstruction of the Mecha genre, so in some ways it would be fitting if a remake of a deconstruction is a reconstruction. After all how do you deconstruct a deconstruction?
Kaworu is a Time Diver like Ingram and Corbay, he is the same one in each continuityThis is why he said 'The third again' at the end of Rebuild, Just like Ingram asked Ryusei if it was 'that time again?' during the final battle of Alpha Kaworu is aware that this is a new universe. The Kaworu in SRW 4/F/F Final, Alpha, MX, Angelic Days, Raising Project, ALL OF THEM are the same Kaworu who has the same memories. He only brings up old memories when he realizes the world is moving differently (Read: Rebuild)
Rebuild takes place after End of EvangelionThe blood on the moon might still be there because of Third Impact (remember that blood fountain when GNR died?), Kaworu uttered something along "The Third again, huh?" (in my version at ~1:32), which might be referring to Shinji as the Third Child who will be once again in the middle of prophecy. Image this with me together: After Third Impact, Eo E style, the world began from zero again. We know there are some chances because the LCL puddle could still spawn people together. We don't know what happened to Shinji and Asuka after Third Impact, maybe they died because there's no food around, maybe they joined the LCL - the primeval soup from which new life will spawn. Imagine the world is going through the almost the same (/similar) destiny and process again and again and is reset again and again when Shinji gets his impact-wish-fulfillment (remember, Keel/Kiel said the beginning was the same as the end or something like that). My guess is Seele knows this and tries to change history in their favor now. Kaworu also seems to know such things, maybe he gave them some info. Maybe Anno's message this time is that everything we need to be happy is already in our lifes, we just need to find it. And Shinji may need to relive his life some times before he realizes that. On the other hand, maybe Haruhi's Endless Eight left brain damage on me. Also, for maximum symbolism, I hereby say the world's resurrection started 3 days after it's end!
Makinami Mari Illustrious is actually Adam.Before we get to the main WMG, let's look at the Angel battles in '2.0 You can (not) advance.':
Kaworu traveled to the Rebuild Universe from the EOE universe after his "death".
Angels are not actually "alternate evolutions" of humans themselves, but their representativesIt makes no sense for creatures so large like the angels to become the dominant species — the earth doesn't have enough resources to support creatures that large and they don't look like anything seen on Earth. However, they are a similar size to the Evas, and many are similarly styled and shaped. While the Evas were made in man's image and therefore look like stylized versions of humans, the Angels were built from their respective species' images, and therefore represent stylized traits of their respective species. This would also explain why the Angels seem to end up by Tokyo-3 — that's a space where these representatives can come from their respective dimensions to fight. It's not so unbelievable that some of these Angels would have pilots, too, and that NERV and SEELE were concealing their existences from the pilots because knowing that they were fighting and killing intelligent beings would discourage them from fighting. For example:
Our guess is as good as yours.Yes, this means all our crazy theories are correct.
In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Doritos are perishable goodsIn 'Neon Genesis Evangelion: Rebuild', when Shinji first moves in with Misato, he inspects her kitchen. He pulls out three drawers, one containing ice, one containing snacks (Doritos), and one containing beer. The 'snack' drawer is pulled out in between the ice and beer drawers which are implied to be refrigerated, so the drawer holding the Doritos is most likely also refrigerated. Why else would Misato put Doritos in the refrigerator if they weren't perishable? They may not be perishable now, but perhaps after Second Impact, the types of preservatives Doritos use may be difficult to afford, so Doritos in Evangelion are a perishable good.
AT Fields are realThroughout the series AT Fields are described not as a shield for Humongous Mecha, but as the definition of our individuality. AT Fields also provide a good reason for our individuality and limited sensory perception (meaning the AT Fields are the reason why we have only 5 senses). If we never had an AT Field, then our perception should have been increased hundredfold, such as the the usage of telepathy and other psionic powers, the existence of Reality Warpers and the development of a Hive Mind. We simply forgot how to use it.
Neon Genesis Evangelion was a plan used by Plato (or some other philosopher) to bring the philosophical-dialogues genre back to popular mediaHe got control of the World of Forms in some way..... and with it he transcended time and space....
Eighty percent of the series is Shinji suffering from long-term serotonin deficiency.It was kicked into overdrive by piloting the EVAs. Results include being small, weak, pale, depression with an eventual (and extreme) rise in aggressiveness, religious experiences... He was strapped into a giant mecha, told to stab some "angels" and get along with a crazy German girl who was transferred to be a pilot, and eventually snapped, deciding that his friend was Jesus and after the end, going all homicidal at Asuka. It's likely inherited from Gendo, who had a history of hotheaded violence (probably Depression, hence why he is so dependent on Yui as his reason to live, or Bipolar, hence why Yui said to Fuyutsuki that he's actually quite cute once you get to know him), and whose "stoicism" was the result of addiction to psychiatric drugs after Yui died.
The S2 Engine generates Spiral Energy.Well, the organ is supposed to harness some sort of helical energy.... Giant Naked Rei, who was retconned as the first living thing, Ymir (who later became the building material for the Yggdrasil), while Eva-01 became the cow Audumbla. The cow Audhumbla licked on a salt stone. On the first day after this a man's hair appeared on the stone, on the second day a head and on the third day an entire man emerged from the stone. The man is Shinji Ikari, who emerged from the Instrumentality. Shinji got over his issues through the god powers he gained from the Instrumentality, and with Asuka he fathered Bor, the father of Odin, Vili and Ve. The rest of Norse Mythology (or Greek Mythology, or Egyptian Mythology, or The Bible, what-have-you) takes off from there. Not to mention the Proud Warrior Race Guy attitudes of the Norse could be inherited from Asuka herself, and the emergence of Shinji during the creation process basically resulted in the destruction of GNR / Ymir.
Everybody is Shinji in Purgatory, and Kaworu died for our sins.It's addictive.
Lilith is in fact the Sophia from GnosticismAnd lilim/humans, the "materialistic" angels, are the Demiurge. The all-powerful Adam, on the other hand, is the Pleroma.
Angels, as they are portrayed in Evangelion, are RealBecause they are celestial beings, their true form is comparable to an Eldritch Abomination. Don't believe those people who keeps on saying angels are The Beautiful Elite.
In Rebuild of Evangelion, Eva-01 becomes Eva-08. REBUILD SPOILERS AHEAD.
This whole show was supposed to be a metaphorical warning from the future about Sonichu.
Asuka's Nerve Clips are permanently attachedAs the Second child, she's got
And in case you think this is a joke WMG, it's not.
Humanity is just a stage in the life cycle of GodsInspired by Science Fiction: more specifically, by Arthur C. Clarke 's "Childhood's End" and Tiptree/Sheldon's "A momentary Taste of Being" Angels are essentially sperm: Third Impact is essentially conception. Humanity merges into a unified mind which is a new God. Gods, in turn, seed the tree of life, which creates ever-new variants on Adam, Lilith and Eve which will make new worlds into seedbeds of consciousness. SEELE hoped to create a distorted Third Impact (their own "End of the World" Special) so that rather than humanity merging into a common mind, they will become the "core" of the new divine consciousness, esentially becoming a God while everyone else is reduced to just thoughts running around inside their head. (Keel probably planned to double-cross his partners at some point, once he no longer needs them). Sometimes the cycle fails, and the new "zygote" disintegrates back into its component parts, although in most cases it simply sheds a percentage of unfit elements.
Kaworu, Kazuhiro Mitogawa from Ga-Rei Zero, Nagi Homura from Mai-Hi ME and Full Metal Panic!'s Leonard Testarossa are all the same personThere are a few reasons why I thought up this. First, at the behest of a friend, I watched Mai-Hi ME, and noticed Nagi, a white haired relatively Bishōnen boy. Kaworu comparisons were automatic. Again at the behest of said friend, I watched Ga-Rei Zero, and saw Mitogawa, a white-haired relatively bishonen boy. While thinking this over, Leonard Testarossa from FMP came into the mix. The only difference with him is that he's older. Now, these four have moe similarities than just appearance. A simple place to start is between the first two I compared: Kaworu to Nagi. First point? They have the same seiyuu. Yep, Akira Ishida voiced both Kaworu and Nagi, two remarkably similar characters. Both characters are quite the tricksters. Even though Kaworu did understand Shinji (at least from Shinji's perspective), his goal was pretty much to cause Third Impact by coercing Shinji into letting him get to Adam (but this gets messed up a bit). Simply put, he was manipulating Shinji. Keep that in mind, as it's very important to link these four characters. Now, let's move on to Nagi. He starts out as more of an observer type guy, albeit with a creepy air to him, most likely due to the visual similarities to Kaworu. Later, it's revealed that he was behind the Orphan attacks on the Academy, though admittedly, he is not entirely behind everything that goes on, which actually makes his identity as a manipulative trickster, despite his trickery being much less harmful than the other three in this WMG. He is also Really 700 Years Old (give or take), adding to the supernatural theme shared by all four. But, time to move onto perhaps the most evil of the four, Kazuhiro Mitogawa. This guy, nicknamed "Evil butterfly dude" by myself and some others, manages to place himself in situations where he can manipulate characters into being corrupted by their own hatred and dark desires. He, like the others, is quite enigmatic and does his work on the sidelines. Due to his manipulation, the main character, Yomi, kills her 'sister', who usurped her place as head of her adoptive family branch, and also critically wounds Yomi so that she has major temptation to accept his offer of dark power. Pretty important stuff. To add to the connection between Mai-Hi ME and this series, Ga-Rei Zero has a character named "Natsuki Kasuga" who appears in the first two episodes, rides a motorcycle, and has a similar appearance to Mai-Hi ME's Katsuki Kuga. It's pretty much a given that she's an expy, leading to other possible connections betweent Mai-Hi ME and Ga-Rei Zero. And unlike Kaworu and Nagi, Mitogawa has pretty much no shreads of goodness in him. Which leads nicely into Leonard Testarossa, who also happens to be a not very nice guy. To be honest, Leonard doesn't have as strong a connection to Kaworu as the other two. He could be seen as an adult version of the younger three. To keep with the somewhat supernatural nature of these characters, Leonard is a Whispered, having knowledge of powerful technology, much like his sister. He is a manipulative (yet definitely not Magnificent) bastard, though. And FMP can be loosely connected to Eva in that they're both non-standard Mecha series, giving each of these series a general connection to one another, some stronger than others. In the end, though, given this evidence, it's very likely that these four characters could be the same person, just hopping from 'Verse to 'Verse. If anything, this merits some closer attention, which I'll try to give it in the future. I'm totally on to something here, mark my words.
Neon Genesis Evangelion was created to be easy for its fans to think up crossoversTake the WMG pages for example.
Shinji is the Immortal God-Emperor of MankindNo, not just Shinji And Warhammer 40 K. Why did Yui plan to grant Shinji a bright future, when it actually turns out to be one of the biggest Grim Dark Nightmare Fuel he ever experienced? Answer: it was to make him the God-Emperor of Mankind. The Sea of LCL / Instrumentalized Humanity evolves into the Warp. Shinji, being able to draw powers from LCL / Warp, became an immortal powerful psyker, and being the only surviving man, decides he can finally strip off his Butt Monkey tendencies and unify humanity (his descendants) as more of a Ubermensch this time, molding history form millenia and finally leading to the creation of the Imperium of Man. This of course would also make a good Freudian Excuse for the Imperium's actions. Alternatively, both Shinji And Warhammer 40k and Warhammer 40000 canon are Alternate Universes Shinji created during Instrumentality with him placing himself into the role of the possible God-Emperor.
All the characters are representations of Anno's mind.Not so much a WMG as Anno stated Mia as being the sole exception to this, but what are they?
World after End become World of GooMost peaple was changed to goo, rest rebuild civilisiation and create World of Goo Corporation. World start being less cynical and angsty , more cartoony and also some how mor realistic in case of phisic laws, but little Mind Srew remein
Humans themselves are an Evangelion to an unknown species, and there are in fact infinite Evangelions, nestled within each other.Think about it: Evangelions can replicate near-human emotions and feeling, and are apparently biological in nature, like humans. Evas are also described as the actual "humans" in the series, NOT the humans (which are termed Lilim, or demons). Also, look closer to the AT Field: it seems to possess a layered structure, like an onion. In EOE, the Evangelion becomes assimilated to a Giant Naked Rei, which itself is a giant human. In instrumentality, when the humans became Tang, red dots break outside the humans and join the Giant Rei. If that's the case, then an Evangelion is a human, and the human itself is an Evangelion, possibly to another lifeform (the red dots), which itself is an Evangelion to another lifeform, and so on. The conclusion: In NGE, there are infinite humans nestled within each other. Instrumentality is simply the process of replacing the "useless" layers. The same can also apply to Angels. A better comparison might be a matryoshka doll.
It's all Haruhi Suzumiya's delusion.Hey, who else has a WMG dart board as infinite as NGE?
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a sentient Meme.Not only that it is a sentient Meme that is also an Eldritch Abomination determinded to take over the globe and then feast on humanity's collective sanity and leave us all in howling madness. Read this page and deny it doesn't make sense
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a literal God.Like the above it is an Eldritch Abomination, but because it has lots of plot holes, it also achieved instrumentality for all fiction, uniting them all together and ascending to a higher plane of existence, becoming God and the moderator between different types of fiction, hence why the infinite WMG dart board
Shikinami and all -nami names are codenames/alias/cover identities.After all, it's improbable that 3 out of 4 Eva Pilots would just happen to have names like that, and we already know that Ayanami isn't really Rei's proper name (since she should be Rei Ikari(or Ikari Rei)).Of course the fact that Illustrious isn't a person name at all adds even more support to this.
There is no coherence in NGE whatsoever. Any appearance of actual cohesion or symbolism is purely coincidental.As You Know NGE was produced as an attempt to utilize a loophole in Japanese tax laws, and it became a blockbuster completely by accident. The production crew was intended to have a loose grip on reality, and they just threw in as many random things as possible just because they sounded good individually. There is no real meaning to any of it; the fans just assume that there must be, so they create Epileptic Trees to convince themselves that there is an actual plot and meaning to this story.
NGE is set in the future of the Watchmen-verse. Think about. Ozymandias could be as well The Man Behind the Man of SEELE. He had a base where the first Angel was found (Antarctica), the necessary highly advanced technology to develop the EV As & Co., the moral that anything justifes the result and most of all, the motive, the wish to unite humanity. Dr. Manhatten could be as well an early Angel/human hybrid. The parallels between him and Rei, Kaworu, GNR and the first Angels are obvious.
End of Evangelion's Third Impact and Rebuild of Evangelion's Third Impact are Angst and GAR overloads respectivelyIt makes sense since in Eo E, Third Impact happened because of how depressed and sad Shinji was. In Rebuild, he took so many levels in badass that Third Impact happened all over.
It's a story written by Shinji.A guy who's a fan of Super Robot shows and a need to work out his problems in his life. His dad is distant and cold. His wife died years ago, and he just remarried. His new wife (Misato) has an autistic daughter (Rei). Shinji regards her with a mix of fear, confusion, and sympathy. Asuka is bitchy girl at school he likes. After a while, pressure begins getting to him, and he seeks relief experimenting with LSD (the ending). A few years later, he decides to try rewriting it (rebuild).
Shinji is reincarnated....As Spooney/Doctor InsanoAfter the final scene in EOE, Asuka leaves Shinji (He is the trope namer for Dude She's in A Coma after all). As Shinji wanders the post-apocalyptic world, he starts to go mad, and is subject to occasional bouts of laughter. One day, he comes across a group of young people. They have formed their own little community, where they are surviving, but barely holding onto their sanity. Part of what keeps them going is that they have stumbled across a collection of old movies, tv shows, comics, games ,etc, and they will snark about them. Shinji falls into this crowd. They teach him the art of snark, along with how to be a strong person. However, he is still screwed up psychologically and feels guilty about causing Third Impact. His depression morphs into a habit of going on occasional wild rants and laughing uncontrollably. Throughout this all, he comes to consider his fellow snarkers as a family, and wants to save them from the maddness that they are slipping into as their collection is not infinite and an inevitable slide into maddness seems to be the most likely future. Shinji becomes obsessed with reversing the effects of Instrumentality. While he doesn't invent any breakthrough scientific devices, he does become obsessed with science...he goes to the lake where Rei's corpse is and run "experiments" using fanatical devotion to the scientific method to try and revive her/retake control of her. He succeeds (walks through her shown-to-be not entirely solid body? I dont know) to revive the hybrid. There is a tremendous, trippy psychological fight within the creature (this is eva after all) between the snarker in Shinji and the manic, mad scientist personality he has developed. Realizing he cant win, he decides the best gift he can give his friends is to bring back everyone, but scrub their minds of everything that happened after second impact...basically, everyone will think its the year 2000, and live their lives from there, although he will make sure the members of Seele remember nothing of eva, the dead sea scrolls, and will not be in control of the world. Shinji realizes that this means he will lose his memories as well, but he is fine with that. With the knowledge that everything will be alright, Shinji symbolically dies, content and at peace with himself at last... The world is reset, and the family that Shinji found becomes the team at TGWTG. Shinji's split-personality remains intact, however, resurfacing as the never-ending battle between Spooney and Insano. Asuka is reincarned as Scarlett (Spooney's girlfriend) Considering eva, I'd say this is a pretty happy ending ;).
Lilith / Yui Ikari / Rei Ayanami is in fact Jesus ChristAs Lilith she exists as YHWH/Adam's equivalent, is our Mother, and was crucified by the Lilin. As Yui she becomes a parental figure to Shinji, with some Philosopher tendencies, rejected SEELE (who represents the authority of the Jewish Sanhedrin) and was crucified in Unit 01 for the protection of humanity from both the Angels (the wrath of the Old Testament God) and SEELE (who wants to obliterate free will through Instrumentality). As Rei, she exists to protect Shinji, even though Shinji keeps rejecting her, and as seen in the fight against Armisael, she died for his (mankind's) sins. She rose again as The Third (Rei III), took control of Instrumentality from both SEELE and Gendo, became our universal Companion both in Fiction and Real Life, and died again for Shinji. In the end, Yui was the one who encouraged Shinji to reject Instrumentality and embrace individuality, allowing humans to reform themselves contrary to SEELE's vision of forcibly unifying mankind into God. "Anywhere can be paradise as long as you have the will to live". Because of her sacrifices, Yui-sama and free will in general won a Pyrrhic Victory over SEELE.
If the above theory is correct, then Kaworu was also a clone of Yui, added with some Y chromosomes for good measure.Kaworu is Jesus. The above theory says Yui is Jesus. If that's the case, then Kaworu is Yui. Q.E.D.
SEELE is Satan, Gendo is the Antichrist, Yui is Jesus, the series is an allegory, and the rest follows. Also, the message of the series is that you can't cheat your way to Utopia.The idea is that Satan is always vying for the throne of God, and as such, attempts to make himself a god. Humanity are pawns in this cosmic game, and the Angels are the attempt at stopping SEELE (Satan's) attack. SEELE attempts to obtain unholy power through obtaining the Fruit of Life and screwing with the very order of creation, triggering the Apocalypse (Second Impact) and Tribulation (the following years.) This brings the Wrath of God in the form of the Angels to earth—they didn't bother us until we forced Second Impact. Not in line with biblical chronology, after this Jesus (Yui) is crucified to the Evangelion for the sins of man, collectively represented by Shinji Ikari, who's being continually tempted to succumb to Despair Event Horizon and join SEELE in destroying the world. She returns on Judgment Day (As incarnated in Eo E), helps Shinji question whether it is really worth it to sacrifice humanity just to be be God, gives him hope in humanity thus allowing him to reject Instrumentality, and in the end spends the rest of eternity in space as an individual symbol to humanity's existence. Granted, this is more of a heavy borrowing of concepts from Christianity than an allegorical fulfillment of them; the series is not allegorical event-wise, but in a general, thematic sense: Those who attempt to become God both destroy the world and lose anyway. None of the correlations I've mentioned likely hold, but the theme seems reasonable. It's the old tale of hubris, with religious overlays. Also, the theme seems to be more or less a dystopian staple: true Utopia is earned organically, not imposed synthetically. Though Shinji's fantasy-world is great, it cannot be had in reality, and thus he rejects it. Like many Utopias' failures, the cause of failure is the imperfection of humans and how they cannot tolerate boredom; before evolution such as Instrumentality would bring can take place, we must actually change by ourselves to the point where it is natural to reach that state. Shinji's realization that human's can't truly co-exist in harmony for real—and thus, a free, intelligent and interesting life must include the painful chaos of individuality—is the reason that Instrumentality failed miserably. For other examples of collectivistic transhumanist utopias which get deconstructed because human nature isn't ready for it, see Film/The Matrix, Brave New World, and The Giver If we were able to live in peace, Bread and Circuses forever, there would be no more plot, our souls suffer death-by-boredom (which we may not notice superficially) and it would not be much different from an And I Must Scream state (hence why in dystopian literature fandom, the fates of the people living in "Brave New World" are compared with of all things those that live in the absolute Despair Event Horizon of all Dystopias, "1984"). The idea that we can't cheat our way to peace is actually one that would be very important to remember in real life.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a testament to Gestalt psychologyGestalt psychology centers on the belief that the brain has self-organizing tendencies, and are able to perceive patterns on otherwise meaningless objects. As seen earlier, NGE was a Springtime for Hitler attempt where they threw in random symbolism to confuse the audience, but still, the audience still sees a coherent plot, and a terrifically beautiful plot at that.
Everyone went to Heaven in the last episode
Being screwed up is a requirement for being an Eva pilot."Absolute Terror Field" is supposed to refer to the way traumatized people push others away from them, and are unable to make connections to other people. Interpreting it like that, in their Evas the strength of their AT-field depends on how badly they connect to others in real life. A very responsive and extroverted individual would let his field crumble instantly, subconsciously seeking to connect with the Angels, but a person who fears all close contact with others pushes them away, and strengthens the field with their anxiety. Now, is it any wonder that Shinji's AT-field is the strongest of them all? The effects of Asuka's mental collapse weren't directly caused by the loss of confidence, but from her increasingly passive mindset that couldn't even have the energy to shut others away properly
Several Gainax works are part of the same cosmologyThe stories were retold several times and were subjected to cultural syncretism and Adaptation Decay, but can still be linked together to form a coherent story:
Rei Ayanami is a Tardis.It travels the universe and the spacetime continuum (hence the Instrumentality Reis at the very beginning and the end), and stays in one place (the Giant Naked Rei).
The entire Neon Genesis Evangelion universe is powered.... by Epileptic Trees / Wild Mass GuessingThere was once an earlier WMG here which says that it is a Springtime for Hitler designed to deliberately fail and any actual cohesion or symbolism in NGE was purely coincidental, and fans create Epileptic Trees to convince themselves that there is an actual plot. The question is, why did it became successful? Answer: Eva is a massive Epileptic Tree garden. Its inherent meaninglessness and lots of circumstances which confuse and bug the audience makes it a fertile land for epileptic trees to grow. And remember, If there's something that most kinds of fans from intellectual critics to the dumbest of the dumb love, it's farming Epileptic Trees. Fans come and go into the Eva-verse to post their own Fan Wank and pet wild theories, some silly, some philosophical. If Fans lost their ability to create their own theories, then Eva would be the So Bad, It's Horrible flop it was intended to be. It wasn't just Hideaki Anno's art, It was the Epileptic Tree which helped push Eva to the top tiers of anime fame.
Based on the theory above, Neon Genesis Evangelion is set in the same world as LOSTBoth are populated by epileptic trees. Enough said.
Yui Ikari's maiden name is Hirasawa.No, this does not make any sense at all. I just wanted to see what would happen if you mixed a Tastes Like Diabetes Slice of Life anime from Kyo Ani with a deeply disturbing, super-Mind Screw anime from Gainax. I hope I don't get flamed for this. Though, if you think about it, this could happen, since K-On! Yui had SickeninglySweetheart parents, which could realistically translate into adult Yui (both K-On! and NGE) being kind and caring, which, from what little characterization we get for Shinji's mother, she seems to be. A more complete comparison/description can be found at the WMG.
There's a (somewhat) logical explanation as to why the pilots are so young.They didn't think all the Angels would appear to attack so close together, (afterall, the First and Second Impacts were a couple thousand years apart), so they thought they would have been older when they actually started training them. Although, this begs the question what would the series be like if Shinji was an EVA pilot at the age of 83.
Flemeth is behind EVERYTHING!She made you look.
The entire Neon Genesis Evangelion storyline is a "Princess and Dragon" fairytale storyWe all know the princess and dragon stories, where the Damsel in Distress was kidnapped by the Big Bad using The Dragon, and the Knight in Shining Armor try to rescue the beautiful princess from The Empire. This is also known as a manifestation of The Dulcinea Effect. Let's see, how do we deconstruct the whole premise? When you look at the whole setting, it seems that the Angels are trying to rescue Lilith from the civilization that is Humanity, but their instincts made them lose to Humanity's super science. Add fairy tale tropes, and you get the whole premise! The Angels are actually Knights In Shining Armor who are trying to rescue the hapless, imprisoned princess Lilith from The Empire that is Humanity, but their Don Quixote attitudes made them lose to Humanity's superior wizardry. Evangelions are obviously, The Dragon. The Instrumentality? It's maybe because Lilith is actually someone who resembles The Pillar Of Cephiro. The reason why angels look like them Eldritch Abominations is either because the angels possess magic of their own, which makes this somewhat an Elves VS Dwarves conflict (as evidenced by the S2 Engine), or because Humanity was so angsty and grimdark, they reject all forms of idealistic premises and caricature them as ugly. Or because it's a Take That and Deconstruction.
The main thing that Hideaki Anno was trying to tell us in End of Evangelion is...........that men will never truly understand women
Asuka is pregnant with Shinji's child in the last scene of the movie.Shinji and Asuka were both screwing around during Instrumentality, and the hospital scene sort of implies that Shinji had sex with his comatose friend and pulled out at the last minute. It would also explain both interperetations of the final line ("I feel sick" could refer to morning sickness and "How disgusting" could refer to her feeling of disgust towards her 'husband'). In addition, it reinforces the feeling of their (and subsequently, humanity's) uncertain future. Tiffany Grant, Asuka's VA, seems to believe this theory, according to The Other Wiki.
The angels are ordinary humansThat's right, you heard me. And the "humans" are insects, either ants or termites. Sachiel? He's just a police officer. The EVAS? Owners of the house, or environmentalists fighting for insect rights. Lilith? A dead hooker buried under the lawn. Israfel? Two kids playing piggyback. Gaghiel? He's just someone on the swimming pool. Sandalphon? A baby. Sahaquiel? An aeroplane seen from the distance. Zeruel? Probably an exterminator. Arael and Armisael? They're both entomologists (Mind Rape? That's just dissection). Instrumentality? A can of Raid. The octahedral one? A tiller. The one shaped like bacteria? A lawnmower.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is part of a cycle and the fate of all Humans was unavoidable.Unit-01/Lilith leaving Earth with the Lance of Longinus is the beggining of the cycle. Eventually she is going to collide on another planet, spill out LCL and create new life and a new Adam. This life will evolve to become either human or resemble humans, eventually discover Unit-01/Lilith, a new Adam and the Lance. And the whole thing starts over again.
The strength of an AT Field and its function in extroversion / introversion of an individual doesn't go between soft and hard....It goes between malleable and brittle. This Troper expanded on Kaworu's statement about the nature of AT Fields, that it is the energy that what separates people and makes introverts. Still, the nature of the AT Field being "introverted energy" doesn't explain everything: Asuka's Mind Rape, the Human Instrumentality Project, and if we would include Real Life, the majority of the internet (which is RL 's answer to Instrumentality) being introverted hikikomoris. Maybe, it is instead measured in malleability versus brittleness. Think about it. For example, Asuka's Mind Rape. Asuka has a very powerful AT Field, but after being mind raped by Arael, she fails to generate her own AT Field. If we would go by the traditional scale (no AT Field = extrovert and powerful AT Field = introvert), then after being mind raped, she should turn out to be a normal extroverted person! If we would measure her AT Field in the term of malleability versus brittleness, then her AT Field might be powerful, but still brittle (Remember, hard things, like diamonds, can be very hard, but still shatters into many pieces when struck with a powerful force). This explains why Instrumentality targets introverts, introverts have very powerful AT Fields, but can still be broken by a very powerful force. What about the other side, malleability? People with "malleable" AT Fields are very ductile, versatile and can bend to society, ergo, they do not require a ridiculously powerful force (Instrumentality) to break them. In other words, people with malleable AT Fields would end up sociable and extroverted.
The AT Field and Kaworu's conception of it as the energy that separates people is a lieTwo explanations: Take this literally, and the AT Field is simply some kind of force field that is utilized by beings made of particle-wave matter (Angels, Evas) and isn't related to the extroversion and introversion of people. Take this metaphorically, and the AT Field is what makes people lie to each other (which sounds like Code Geass ' own version of Instrumentality).
The Angels are War MachinesThe First Ancestral Race made at least two kinds of seeds: Black Moons with Lilith, who create "normal" terrestrial life that can eventually develop into sentient beings (they might also contain the original form of the First Ancestral Race), and the White Moons with Adam, who create the Angels which command great destructive power but have no real will of their own. The First Ancestral Race was not alone in the universe, but the "life" they encountered was so alien and malignant that they designated some worlds (such as Earth) as guardian worlds or some such, to be populated by Angels which would fight against such beings as they encountered them. However, when Lilith was knocked off course for whatever reason, Earth's case went pear shaped. The reason the Angels wish to reunite with Adam and cause Third Impact is so they can wipe Earth clean and set it up as a guardian world as originally intended.
What Gendou said to Ritsuko was that he loved her.Well...look at it this way, if Ritsuko said "You Liar!" it might possibly him confessing his love for her. Yuriko Yamaguchi, Ritsuko's JP VA, even stated this is what she thought Gendou said. What else do you think he might have said to her?
The First Ancestral Race are the ancestors of the ProtocultureAfter spreading the Seeds of Life around the galaxy, a lot of generations later the First Ancestral Race became what was later known as the Protoculture.
GNR was only Rei and Lilith, not Adam or Kaworu like some people thinkNot like this is really a WMG, but whatever. People seem to think Giant Naked Rei is some kind of Lilith/Rei/Adam hybrid because of the giant Kaworu that appeared to Shinji, but that was just part of the whole "Rei appears to people in the forms of someone they love" gimmick. Besides, Adam got killed, remember?
Gendo gets reincarnated as Billy Ray CyrusYes.
The entirety of NGE is Shinji on a bad drug tripSee, Sninji is a regular normal student in Japan. Second Impact did happen, though it was a meteorite and only some of Antarctica was destroyed. Everyone really exists. Allow me to expand:
The sequel to Evangelion is... Real Life.Think about it, humanity can't decide where exactly it came from. Here's looking at it from both angles.:
Konata and Miyuki are Angels, Kagami is Asuka, and Tsukasa is Rei.And Minoru is Shinji. Hey, there are more than enough WMG's linking Haruhi Suzumiya and Evangelion, especially via Instrumentality. Why not go one step further? Tsundere Kagami makes a good Asuka, Tsukasa has the short hair (almost the same color) and slightly pushover personality. The fact that Kagami and Tsukasa are twins and Asuka hates Rei makes things deliciously ironic (although Tsukasa occasionally provokes the same reaction in Kagami). Miyuki is frequently judged by Konata to be the penultimate in Moe...a perfect definition of an Angel if there ever was one. And Otaku Konata seems to be adored by most of her peers, as opposed to most stereotypes of otakus. She's also athletic and a Genius Ditz when need be—hence a higher being in the eyes of most otakus.
Neon Genesis Evangelion was only the fruit of a complex interaction between the mind of Shinji with a new technology of therapeutic virtual reality technology ŕ la The CellOnce upon a time,there was a kid who lost any self esteem ,and with it his will to live. After he made several attempts to suicide , his family and friends were desperate, they did all what they could do , until they heard about a special reality-based therapy that has the potential to cure the most extreme cases of mental disorder.They put the boy under this treatment. Under its effect, his broken mind began to create an entire simulation of the earth from his POV, and began to confront his own issues . He recreated lookalikes of his loved ones as the cast of the NERV facilities ,imagined the evangelion as a way to fight his disorders,and the angels were the embodiment of his fears,problems,and issues. But because of his low_esteem , even those virtual heroes began to lose their fight,and his virtual world agonised, and died (end of evangelion),but he snapped back,and fixed (altought temporarlily) the earth (rebuild of evangelion),however the fate of this new simulacrum was still destruction,but at the very deep of his despair,he understood that even when the entire earth was killed off,he's still alive,and that he was something after all . Then he succeded , he conquered his mental sickness (the breaking sound at the very end of the episode 26) and he activated a happy ending program where he saw his family and buddies congratulating him for what he did , he was finally cured.
Gendo plans to take over the world by BotanyHow else do you explain a Snowdrop named Galanthus Ikariae?
Seele is actually the German pop-rock group SilbermondManuals state that the first two Angels are essentially two kinds of Terraforming technologies used to spread life across the universe, with all the Angels (except for Humanity) being off-shoots of Adam. Given what we've seen the Angels being capable of, the Idea of Eva somehow being involved in the Nanoha-verse makes a great deal of sense.
Nuclear weapons were banned and Tokyo-3 was built where it was precisely to ensure that Eva units are the only defence against the angels.It is obviously illogical to build a city over top of something that is sure to be attacked, no matter how much of a 'fortress' said city is. Building said city into a massive underground cavern is also a stupid idea in Japan; an area well-known for seismic activity. However, there can be an explanation for this: While power calculations done by fans have shown that a megaton-yield thermonuclear device could feasibly kill an angel, you wouldn't want to detonate one of those over a city, especially a city where "cave in" is a legitimate threat. The construction of Tokyo 3 in that specific location may be a deliberate ploy by SEELE to prevent the use of the only non-eva weapon theoretically capable of harming an angel. (Okay, there was that one plan involving 992 N-2 devices but, given the N-2 mine's calculated yield, that would hardly equal a 20mt nuke. To put that in perspective, 25mt weapons were commonly deployed by the US Air Force during the Cold War and Tsar Bomba, the largest thermonuclear device ever created, had a whopping 50mt yield — at half-power.) This forces humanity to rely on the Eva units, which is exactly what SEELE wants.
Angels are actually terrified and afraid of humanity and...well, everything elseO...k. This might be a stretch, but some facts (as far as I can recall). 1) Every living thing with awareness has an AT Field. 2) The AT Field is used to isolate the true self/soul from others. 3) Angels and Evangelions can PROJECT their AT Fields. 4) AT Fields are strong enough to stop anything up to the honestly-not-a-nuke N2 Mine. -And one more fact, this time not relating to AT Fields directly- 5) Angels are trying to reunite with Adam and cause 3rd Impact, which would, to quote the fandom "turn everybody into Tang" Drawing from these facts, This Troper proposes (insane smile here) that Angels have such a strong AT Field BECAUSE they are completely afraid, isolated, and alone. Completely. This means that the Angels' desire to cause 3rd Impact isn't out of any sort of maliciousness. They are genuinely terrified of EVERYTHING in reality. They want to cause 3rd impact to STOP being so isolated and afraid. This theory would go some way to explaining why Angels never work together. They feel more isolated and terrified of even others of their species than Shinji on a very very very bad day. Possibly they would even view their deaths as a kindness. If they thought that every living thing was like them then maybe they think that it would be an act of generosity to make everybody one without doubts or fears. But yeah, this is sorta a crack theory, even for the WMG page.
The End of Evangelion has no meaningIt was originally made to troll the people who hated the original ending, so why not.
AT Fields and The Force are opposing parts of the same metaphysical modelThe Force is a connection, binding everything in the galaxy / universe together. But if it existed on its own or if it became too powerful, the minds of every living thing would bleed together through that connection, and rapidly become a single, homogenized consciousness trapped in a state of nirvana, in other words, Human Instrumentality. There would have to be a counterbalancing existence to prevent that from happening. Conversely, if The Force didn't exist, if there were no connection between living things, then Human Instrumentality wouldn't have worked. The souls of mankind would not have been drawn together into a singular collective consciousness, but instead would have floated away individually into the void.
Actually, I thought that the Star Wars Universe is an Instrumentality by Iruel and midichlorians are all him and the Force is an AT Field.
Joshua and Kaworu are the same person.Think about it. Joshoru got bored with being Composer after Neku and the gang were returned to life, so he hopped on over to an alternate universe, which we know as Neon Genesis Evangelion. In that universe, his powers were converted to something like the angels while still retaining his human form. For some reason or another, he started calling himself Kaworu and started to mess with Shinji, porrbably because he somehow reminded him of Neku. When he got bored of being in the NGE-verse, he convinced Shinji to kill him. From time to time, he pops into the NGE-verse to check in on everyone and possibly wreak havoc.
Kaworu is omnipresentExpanding on the above and a number of previous WMGs, Kaworu has the power to not only transcend continuities, but to show up in any work of fiction he desires in Expy form.
Not only are Kaworu and Joshua the same person, Joshua came first and he's everywhere.It was proven in Another Day, the alternate universe bonus chapter in The World Ends With You that Joshua can transport himself to alternate dimentions. Therefore, we can asume that after The World Ends With You ended Joshua decided to try another reality. Enter Evangelion, a reality way more screwed up than his home reality. After he was done with that, he decided to do research into what other people are like. Shinji and Neku were similar, but Shinji was a much worse case. So he decided to insert himself into another reality. As Izaya Orihara of Durarara!!. As Izaya he decided to take a much more direct approach in researching humanity. He also tried a new look, something he didn't think of when he was Kaworu. He eventually pissed of Shizuo Heiwajima which led Joshua to partially abandon this reality, as he would still slip back in from time to time to do more research. He then became Itsuki Koizumi to research humans more. Until he realized that Haruhi had pretty much the same power as him. Except, she didn't know it. This is where Joshua discovered that if Haruhi willed it, everything woould dissapear. Never before had he met someone with the same, if not greater, power as himself. So he formulated a plan. He would need to have access to a vast ammount of power if he was to stop Haruhi if he ever needed to. Therefore he decided to enter more realities. He looked for power in many other worlds and eventually discovered that so many people were like Rei Ayanami. After thinking about it for some time, he figured it out. That he had people of another reality watching him and creating other realities for him and other people to occupy. But he didn't know which reality so he couldn't access it. To this day Joshua is living out these, and more, lives. At first it was due to boredom, but now, it was to prevent a fourth impact if you will. One that would consume all realities. That is what has happened, and there are more people who can traverse the realities as well.
The First Ancestral Race created the ReapersHey, mysterious god aliens can have more than one Eldritch Abomination creation, can't they? And the Reapers have an Assimilation Plot somewhat similar (though very different in the details) to Seele's plan of instrumentality.
...the First Ancestral Race was then wiped out by their creationsHence, why we haven't seen the First Ancestral Race pop by to check on their planet seeding and correct the disastrous accident that was Earth (which has both Adam-based life and Lilith-based life). Running off of this idea, Lilith-based life was a last ditch invention created to save themselves from Götterdämmerung.
The First Ancestral Race is Humanity.No not the Lilim or even the Instrumentalized Lilim, but Humanity as in like Real Life Humans, only they were so advanced and absurd to the point that they turned into a Sufficiently Advanced Alien Eldritch Abomination Singularity who looked totally incomprehensible when seen from the perspective of other lesser species. And of course Man Grew Proud, and created so much artificial lifeforms to entertain themselves they were wiped out by their own creations in the process. Running off of this idea, Lilith-based life was basically Humanity's last-ditch attempt to recolonize, reproduce and save itself from Götterdämmerung.
The Angels are childrenAdmittedly there's no real evidence of this but the idea that the combatants on both sides are children is disturbing in an appropriately Eva-ish way.
Unit 00 doesn't contain the soul of anyone on the show.Rei can pilot any Eva, regardless of whose soul is in it, so why should the soul in her preferred Eva be someone close to her?
The human race makes it through Third Impact only to suffocate to death.At the end of End of Evangelion every single Lillithian Life Form has been transformed into LCL. This is every organism on the planet. Then we're told that everyone with force of personality will come back, given that Shinji counted, we can assume that the definition of force of personality is pretty low. But probably not as low as say...a plant. You've got the entire human population of the world, probably a lot of animals but not a single plant which means there's nothing converting CO 2 to Oxygen
Kaworu LITERALLY has the ability to make people care about him.Shinji was just under his influence for the later parts of the series.
Kaworu's human donor was Dr. KatsuragiDescribed in detail [[forum.evageeks.org/viewtopic.php?t=1653 here]]. Obviously, like with all theories, it has problems, but why not?
Angels are the antitheses to Pokémon.Pokémon are loveable creatures that come in all shapes and sizes with different powers that can be harnessed by humans. Angels are (mostly) hideous Eldritch Abominations that come in all shapes and sizes with different powers that can be used to destroy humans. The Pokémon universe runs parallel to the Neon Genesis Evangelion universe, and so Pokémon can be regarded as "matter" and the Angels "antimatter".
Rei Ayanami has Aspergers.Think about it. She's got the lack of social understanding, formal speaking, has trouble showing/understanding her emotions, she's truthful, but completely blunt about it, she's a picky eater (at least, she doesn't eat meat), strong attachment to familiar objects (Gendo's glasses, and Shinji's tapeplayer in Rebuild), and (according to this video) trouble making eye contact, and stares off into space (implying she has an active imagination, and thus has no need for outside stimulation).
Straight from the Deus Angst Machina page...
Shinji Ikari doesn't like off-colour tomato soupThis entire theory that formulated in an incredibly slow afternoon as a response to a serious theory on an End video on YouTube is based around the "fact" that LCL is actually really shitty, watered down tomato soup created from people - like a sort of liquid Soylent Orange. Gendo was a douchebag so he made Rei get naked but she didn't want to so she got big and went into space. Then Shinji thought soup was cool so they all got made into soup. Shinji then realised that soup wasn't all that cool because he didn't like tomato so he stopped being soup. Asuka thinks that soup isn't coo l either so she was dead with bandages because she thinks bandages are sexy. Then Shinji strangles her back to life. Fuyutsuki doesn't care.
The Anti AT Field generated by Lilith during Third Impact that turns everyone to orange goo is the Anti-Life EquationWhen Darkseid fell backwards through time his death manifested in the Evangelion timeline as Third Impact and the Second Impact that preceded it. Everyone on Earth was merged into one being, one life, one will that is DARKSEID. End of Evangelion is so depressing and bleak because it's the Anti-Life Equation trying to manifest in our world. Give in.
The events of Evangelion happen in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.It explains all of the mind screw stuff and where the angels come from. The Earth in Evangelion universe is a planet cut off from outside contact by a Warp storm eons ago (perhaps during the Age of Strife), yet unlike most other planets engulfed by the Warp, the Earth entered into the period of relative stability, until the Second Impact came along. And Adam and Lilith? They may be Greater Demons, the new Chaos Gods, or something unimaginably horrible from another galaxy... Eons later, the Imperium finds the utterly devastated Earth emerging from the Warp storm. An inquisitor, looking at the planet, orders an Exterminatus. The end.
The First Ancestral Race were Time Lordsit took this long to say it? Time Lord blood is orange, they seeded a lot of the universe with life, they went extinct....
The Angels literally and metaphorically wanted a hug from their "parents", but all they got was being Mind Raped and murdered by Lilim, which feeds into the emotional theme of the series as a whole.The AT Field is the barrier that all living, feeling things have, their emotional personal space if you will. As referenced on the Mind Rape page, the Angels' external fields could be interpreted as a sign that they are the most lonely, frightened beings in the universe. They came to reconnect with their parents, who had been separated from them for billions of years, only to find that not only did their sibling actively not want them there, but that said sibling is willing to violate the Angels' boundaries, destroying them, in order to keep their way of life from being changed. Eventually, the Angels used revenge tactics to fight back on the terms that their opponent set, Sahaquiel paving the way for later Angels. Kaworu tried a different tactic: Love, embracing Lilim. It didn't work. The last we see of Lilim? Lilith/Adam/Rei remove the Lilim's ability to separate themselves from other beings, leaving only the two most emotionally stunted, separatist humans on the planet, who (in at least Shinji's case) couldn't even form a meaningful connection when their parent(s)/sibling/emotional lover Mind Raped them to be unable to not form whatever connection was available. This ties into the theme of the series, as it extends from the characters and their instabilities, to the way the EVA pilot system works- Even when Blue and Orange Morality comes into play, people need connections. To shut oneself off from the universe, even when one's environment and one's own body do more to foster that sense of separation than anything that single person can do, leads to problems, inherently contagious problems. The Angels tried to break their self-propagating loneliness, even when it meant lashing out when others were in the way, and Humanity raped their souls and killed their body for the attempt. Footnote 1: I'm not saying that Humans Are Bastards any more than the series already does (which is to say, not entirely but certainly more than a little, and everybody else is just as screwed up), but if you look at it this way, it really does reinforce every aspect of the main point that the series made. Footnote 2: Yes, I know I'm implying a weird pluralization. It's technically correct (whether or not that is the best kind of correct), but I preferred that over spoiler marking nearly every noun in the guess.
Shinji is the descendant of JesusWell, According to a legend, Jesus escaped to Japan, had 3 children and then returned to Judea, well, at least one of the children could have enough lineage to live until our days, and some of Jesus' descendants are Yui and Shinji. Just think about it, In EOE, Yui (In Eva-01 form) and Shinji are crucified in the same manner, then stabbed in the chest by the Longinus spear, then went through Judgement Day and Heaven (The Instrumentality) and Shinji, Being the Grand, Grand,....................Grand Son of God, "Resurrected" from the LCL sea.
The world of Evangelion is part of the Dominion, from the Star Trek universeWhat's golden-orange in colour, a liquid, and contains every member of a race essentially merged into one, when they revert from solid individual bodies into a formless unity? LCL? Or...the Great Link? The characters in Evangelion are Founder Changelings who forgot, over a great expanse of time, how to shapeshift or link effectively. Hence they experienced crippling loneliness. The Rei clones are a product of the same technology that cloned the Vorta, complete with the previous clone's memories. And when it comes to designing organic fighting machines, who better than the people who created the Jem'Hadar? What we have here is a lost colony of Founder Changelings cut off from the rest of the Dominion, who are having difficulty living as solid individuals and seek to recapture the lost Link. With the evas and Rei, they seek to incorporate their hazy recollections of the wider Dominion into this plan. Even their self-conscious use of "Child" as an official label for their young, socially-crippled heroes is a memory of their origins; it's connected to the idea of the Hundred; the young changelings sent out into the galaxy, thus to be the loneliest of changelings but upon whom the future supposedly depends.
Humanity does not need Evas to defeat the angels1. AT-field can only be breached with another AT-Field (excluding Frickin' Laser Beams, Nuclear Option and stuff).
2. AT-fields come from the desire for isolation.
Ergo, an army of depressed hikkikomori can punch out an angel.Also,
You can start your "Evangelion without Evangelions" fic now.
Shinji Ikari Raising Project is a version of Evangelion without the biblical influences or the mindscrew/angst elementsThere are several details that let me emit this supposition about this alternate continuity from what was shown until now:
The events of Shinji Ikari Raising Project are the result of Yui-sama/Eva Unit 01's crossing over to the past of an alternate timeline after the events of Eo EIf the "rebooted" elements are true, the angels aren't related to humankind's origin and destiny, then, there wouldn't be a reason for the NERV to build the evangelions, or in general, for this earth to follow the steps of NGE earth. In this case, the scenario below would solve some of these issues: In EOE, Yui-sama in her godlike Eva-01 body was doomed to wander space forever. After millennia of voyage between the stars, she fell into a space-time anomaly and got sent through space and time to the far past of an alternate timeline where she crashed in Antartica. That was this world version of the "First Impact". There is neither Adam nor lilith or any of the NGE earth's angels in this reality. Millennia later, she has recharged herself with the help of her S2 engine and reawakened temporarily, triggering this earth version of the "second impact", but at a much smaller scale. She attracted the angels, which are in this reality entities from Another Dimension, to earth and came there via the rift. SEELE was puzzled by the second impact and sent a team of scientists to investigate the phenomenon. They retrieved the Eva at ground zero deactivated. They brought it back to the NERV HQ and stored it at Terminal Dogma, a high-security containment warehouse. Afterwards, a young scientist coincidentally named Yui Ikari and her husband Gendo became the head scientists of the Project Evangelion. The goal of this project was to discover the nature and origin of the alien artifact (the Eva), and reverse-engineer its technology for practical uses. Meanwhile, the angels began to appear on earth searching for the cause of the dimensional rift wrecking (non-maliciously) amok. SEELE turns the situation to its advantage by using the angels' appearances as an excuse to turn the Evangelion project from minor mostly-ignored research to armament R&D that nations are willing to pour all their money into, enabling them to create the first prototypes of fully functional real robot mechas. They used them to fight the angels officially, but in fact they were testing breakthrough technologies developed through their studies of the Eva since the nineties, and looting of the corpses of the angels after the battles for analysis and autopsy, therefore amassing more and more of knowledge, which leads us to the conclusion that....
Solaris takes place in the far future of Shinji Ikari Raising Project Earth after the discovery of the far future alternate Earth of EOEAfter the defeat of the angels on Earth, SEELE gained enough technology and data from the Eva and the angels to bring a new golden age to the world. With the nigh-unlimited energy source given by the S2 Engine and the force field tech brought by the science of the AT Field, Mankind conquered space and flourished between the stars in relativistic spaceships. In the same time, interdimensional travel has been perfected, enabling those high-tech spaceships to achieve FTL speed and travel through the multiverse. Eventually, an interdimensional exploration ship stumbled on an earth-like world covered by a single sentient ocean and named it Solaris, unknown to them that this world is EOE Earth where Yui-sama originated, and that Solaris contains the collective consciousness of what was once called the Lilim, thus closing the loop. It also explain the hallucinations experienced by the characters as those were caused by the urge of the collective consciousness to bring more people into instrumentality. Then it gets much worse. The collective conscious of EOE Earth awakened S2 Engines in spaceships. The Engines gained sentience and realized they were being treated as little more than energy pools by humans. They rebelled against their masters, first by deliberately failing, and then hacking the spaceship's systems, then finally transforming into full-fledged Angels to wreck havoc on humanity. All but a few human colonies were exterminated, and those surviving colonies are at the mercy of ever growing powerful Angels...
EVA-01 was in Berserker mode when Shinji first saw itSeems far out, I know, but follow me either way. In the original version, you can clearly see that EVA-01 has its eyes open, though later, we only see the EVA with open eyes when it goes Berserk or when its head armor is removed for repair. However, because it doesn't have an Entry Plug or pilot, it is effectively paralyzed, and can't do a thing, thus making it safe enough. However, in Eo E, EVA-01 moves independently, but it still has its Entry Plug ready, thus allowing it to move at will. This might just be dismissed as a Blooper, but it's a pretty visible one.
Lilim is the only Angel without a core.We've been told in-series that "Humanity is the least perfect form of humanity". What if that's true? So far, all the Angels had cores, and then came Lilim. What if Lilim doesn't have a core? The only thing that seems somewhat plausible would be if every single human is an individual Angel, rather than Humanity in general, in which case the human brain might qualify as our cores. This also does make some sense, since it is the center of our ego (or as we like to call it, "soul") and we can't do anything without it, just like the EVA's have the cores as the center of their soul and can't move without it. However, the confusing thing is that Humanity is claimed to be the 18th Angel, not every individual human. The only other solution would be that Lilim's core is actually the red sphere Rei holds in End Of Evangelion.
Seelee is a religious cult trying to bring Biblical Armaggedon.It would fit the religious motif. Plus one interpetation of Heaven ends up with "all of humanity becoming one with God", eerily similar to everyone becoming one with Adam/Lilith, the creator of all life on Earth. Going by this, it may actually be Armageddon. Thus Kaworu(who decided not to destroy humanity) or Shinji or Rei(who both triggered Instrumentality) might be the Second Coming of Jesus. It also ties with Keel being Cain/the Wandering Jew: the Wandering Jew is destined to live forever until the End of Days. Keel is tired of living forever, so he decides to end it all.
Shinji is just a normal kid, being tortured by Pinhead. The Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise and fanfiction is his personal hell, and the other characters are other damned souls who were chosen to share in it.
Evangelion is a prototype of a real-life Brown Note for a psychological warfare.Think about it. The messed up characters, gore and violence, and nightmarish imagery... Whatever organization behind the anime wanted to bring the world to its knees by driving people insane with a single anime/movie/novel/viral video. During the process, those who made the Brown Note went mad, got cancers, got heart attacks, shed tears of blood all the time, etc. etc. The prototype, namely Neon Genesis Evangelion, despite being one of the most disturbing animes of all time, doesn't seem to be very successful...
Evangelion is an Eldritch Abomination in the form of anime.It was a horror beyond space and time, beyond cause and effect. It wrote itself into existence and created Hideaki Anno as its avatar.
Evangelion is the anime adaptation of the unabridged Necronomicon.Hideaki Anno went mad after reading the Necronomicon. Feeling the urge to inform what he had read, he did his best to faithfully represent the book's horror, earth-shattering truths, and incomprehensibility. (In a form a human being can somewhat comprehend)
Evangelion anime itself is The Ugly Barnacle.The anime, especially EOE and Episode 23, was so nightmarish that those who saw it died from shock and heart attack, became catatonic, began to murder anything that moves, or were Driven to Suicide. To make matters worse, the Giant Naked Rei popped out from the movie screen and forcefully fused with the remaining living beings. Thus, in the universe of SpongeBob SquarePants, all terrestrial life is extinct. However, the Giant Naked Rei soon gave birth in the Sea of LCL to the walking talking intelligent marine lives and told how she destroyed a dystopia and remade the world into the cheerful (but still dystopian) Bikini Bottom. However, the story now is largely forgotten, and Patrick Star is the only one who remembers the story, albeit in a heavily deformed way.
Adam and Lilith were originally intended to be two parts of one perfect God.Of course, canon may say otherwise, but who knows, who cares. Maybe canon got it wrong. Unlike Adam's children, who possess S2 Engines, Lilith's children (Lilin, aka humanity) seem to be nothing more than messed-up, incomplete, frail creatures unfit for long-term survival, with only intellectual capabilities to help them. Then why would the First Ancestral Race create such unfit organisms when trying to seed the universe with life? My hypothesis is that the First Ancestral Race experimented with trying to create a God (perhaps the Giant Naked Rei), with Adam providing The Fruit of Life (eternal energy) and Lilith providing The Fruit of Knowledge (superintelligence), but something went horribly wrong, separating them from each other. How about the Lances of Longinus attached to them? They kept Adam and Lilith in a comatose state so that they would not gain sentience and plan something else before they were fully grown and one with each other.
Adam's S2 Engines had severe flaws that would destroy the world.S2 Engines are like stars; they are powerful and seem to be eternal, but they do die and sometimes create black holes. S2 Engine's infinite energy would ultimately destroy it, perhaps warping and shattering the very fabric of space and time. In case Adam was destroyed by its own S2 Engine, First Ancestral Race created Lilith as a backup.
First Ancestral Race were not gods or Sufficiently Advanced Alien, but just a group of intelligent nanobots.Just like apes that evolved to become homo sapiens.
Adam and Lilith are the last members of First Ancestral Race.For some unknown reason, all members of First Ancestral Race but Adam and Lilith were wiped out. They were sent to the Earth to reproduce and eventually see it fully evolved into new members of FAR. Angels and Lilins are actually First Ancestral Race in embryonic / infant stage, having to take billions of years before maturing.
Lilith was severely damaged in the process of being transplanted to a new planet.Lilith does not have a core, and her descendants are frail, twisted, and make observers wonder if they were created for the sole purpose of providing sadistic entertainment to their creators. If things went perfectly, humans would have developed technology beyond our wildest dreams and would have built an ideal society eons ago.
Gendo was a former Hikikomori or nearly succumbed to hikikomorinessThat is why he wants Yui so badly: she was the only one who gave him the strength to come out of his dark ages. Without Yui, he felt isolated again and had to rely on a nearly-sociopathic facade just to cover up his past hikikomoriness.
NHK is actually Seele.Evangelion is an experimental Brown Note to drive us to despair and thus hikikomoriness, which would help the Instrumentality (fueled by loneliness and the will to be one with each other.)
Angels are pets of GendoFirstly, Angels are attacking during narrow period of time compare to humanity life. Secondly, Angels appears just in time, order and way it is useful for Gendo: (Sachiel appears when EVA is already finished, Matariel was too weak and can even appear during blackout, ridiculously strange appearing of Sandalophon in the volcano. Of course, there was the Mind Rape scene which was used exactly by Gendo to throw the Lance of Longinus away from SEELE). Thirdly, sometimes Gendo even suspiciously absent before or/and while Angel appearing. "How did he manage to get and keep them?" He got them as frozen embryons (like Adam) while first Antarctic expedition. "What about Kaworu? Gendo was clearly unaware of him at the beginning?" The best and most powerful, 17th embryon Tabris was given to SEELE as ensurance of his loyalty to them. Actually, SEELE were OK with that position until Ayanami use Longinius Spear on Arael. Then they try to force situation and use their wild card.
Gendo stopped Jet Alone because it would have worked.
All existing series of Evangelion are fanfics written in the Alternate Universe present in episode 26(also known as Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days).And their differences come from having different writers.
Kaworu was supposed to pilot Eva-01 until Gendo decided to try and make up with ShinjiBecause of this◊. Of course, Gendo had forgot all the emotive and mental problems of Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato...
The real reason Rei is emotionlessRei would otherwise be a psycho. Gendo had accidentally driven psycho the poor Rei I by trying to be a good father and royally embarrassing her, without Naoko and Ritsuko being able to stop his excesses (see Shinji Ikari Raising Project for details). After a few attempts at killing herself or other people failed and she had to stop because Nerv personnel learned to keep pointy objects away from her, Rei I encountered Naoko and provoked her into killing her... Only to find out she had cloned bodies and could be resurrected at will. When they were able to sedate her, Ritsuko took part of her soul and placed it into Eva-00, changing Rei into an Emotionless Girl. One who will still shoot Gendo if he comes too near her school (she doesn't want to be called 'the adopted daughter of the pedo'), but otherwise unable to express her emotions. In the meantime, Eva-00 has the tendency to try and kill anyone it mistakes for both Gendo and Naoko for inventing the procedure that resurrected her... And when Rei II and the Eva blowed up, Rei III came out whole and psycho again, waiting for the right moment to skewer Gendo and Asuka while still acting emotionless. Shinji's fall into psychosis provided that opportunity.
LCL stands for Lilith's Creation Liquidthe initials fit, and it's hinted that one of the Ls stands for Lilith.
The various series, mangas, etc. are not separate timelines or alternate universes.Each one is in fact the new world having been broken, reset and started up again. Every time we get to the end of the series, the Third Impact happens, and it ends up being left to Shinji to choose whether or not humanity gets another chance. After the run of the original Eva, Shinji was an emotionally battered wreck, but still had enough hope left inside of him to think it might be worth another shot (hence the ambiguous shot of dozens of people applauding him before it fades to white and ends); however his psyche was so fractured, the resulting universe was the even more depressing and nihilistic End Of Evangelion / Death & Rebirth. Each universe's series of events influences the next one, for better or worse, by influencing the new Shinji's mental make-up. The lynchpin in the whole thing? Kaworu, who is either the orchestrator of the events or an outside observer, given the fact that he progressively seems to be realizing and pointing out that he's not exactly in a single constrained universe. This puts his actions in Rebuild, where he stops Shinji from doing something weird to save Rei and set the Third Impact off early, as well as his phrase "This time I'll make sure you're happy", into an amazing perspective: he's seen this shit go on for long enough, and now he's going to try and guide it to at least the best possible of crapsack conclusions.
Humans have Cores.The Human Brain is the physical manifestation of the Fruit of Knowledge and also serves as the Throne of our mind and consciousness, or as we like to call it, "soul", generating distinctively human characteristics such as higher-order learning and individuality ("AT Fields" according to the philosophy behind Evangelion). Angels need Cores (S2 Organs) to move and generate AT Fields, similarly humans need Cores (Brains) to move, think and generate individuals. We know from NGE and Rebuild that if an Angel's Core is damaged, the Angel dies in an instant. We also know from real life that if the human brain is damaged, the human dies in an instant (or in the case of Phineas Gage and lobotomies, his personality is changed forever). This is why we consider brain death as legal absolute death itself because enough brain damage will result in complete and irreversible annihilation of a human's individual consciousness, reducing the brain-dead human into nothing more than a pile of meat, blood and organic compounds, like how destruction of the Core reduces an Angel into the primordial soup known as LCL. This is also why people who commit suicide using guns aim for the brain: because a Boom, Headshot at point blank will liquefy your brain before you can feel anything. In theory, other organs such as hearts are expendable and replaceable (through a transplant or machines) but never brains. Brain transplants or replacements are impossible and/or unethical because that means transferring one person's psyche with another, and we are yet to create a computer that can replace a dead brain (and even then, the exact similarity of the copied brain with the dead brain is questionable). If you perform a lobotomy, the damage to the person's psychological structure is pretty much permanent, hence why brain surgery is one of the most stressful jobs requiring absurd amounts of precision, intelligence and skill lest you face being cannibalized alive by an Army of Lawyers for just a nanometre level slip. Conclusion: The human brain is each individual human's Core.
Shinji is a Chunnibyou and the entire series is nothing more then his Eighth Grader Syndrome induced delusionsEpisodes 25-26 are him having a moment of introspection to confront his *real* problems before finally snaping out of it and returning the real world.
Homura Akemi drove much of the plot.Shinji was a happy normal boy...until his girlfriend Homura's family moved away to Mitakihara Town. Homura keeps in contact with Shinji and talks about the how magical girl thing. Shinji is waiting for Kyubey to come so he can wish see Homura again.
The Red Orb seen in Unit 01 in episode 14 is the "womb"/cockpit of an Eva.Clearly, the Entry Plug has to be positioned somewhere inside of an Eva's body once inserted, and the entry point is at the back of the neck. Furthermore, after the Angel Zeruel starts pounding on the Red Orb, there's a brief shot of the Entry Plug hanging down in a cavernous space lined by curved, crimson-colored walls — walls that are cracking and shuddering in time to the sound of Zeruel's blows, no less — before we see inside the Entry Plug where Shinji is pleading for EVA to start, finally triggering Berserker Mode.
All Madoka Magica crossover theories will be proven true in a canon crossover.
Anno and Gainax predicted the rise of TV Tropes, and produced an anime that would fill Mild Mass Guessing pages foreverCome on, you want this to be true...
Gendo simply thought that Shinji really needed to get laidInspired by this◊. Gendo came up with what he thought would be a surefire plan to get him laid. If Shinji pilots the Eva, he realised, then girls would swoon over this world saving hero with an awesome Humongous Mecha and he'd practically have his pick of the women. However, Gendo, having not seen his son for 3 years or so failed to count on the fact that his son had in this time become shy, antisocial, and rather bicurious.
Gendo would leave Shinji in an Unwanted Harem in which he would be surrounded by potential partners, including many of the unnamed girls in his class, Asuka (an angry Tsundere who really just wants to be loved), and Rei, because Incest Is Relative and the world of Evangelion is incredibly Freudian. As things came to an end, Gendo notices Shinji's bicuriosity, and sends in Kaworu, a flamboyantly gay 15 year old who also happens to possess the potential to pilot Evas. However, it turns out Kaworu is the seventeenth angel, and things go downhill from there.
The simple fact relating to this WMG is that any of those kids in Shinji's class, and plenty of other kids his age too, could quite easily pilot Eva's, but Gendo's Uberpimp tendencies combined with his deep, hidden desire for his son to be a happy man, combined with the convenient fact that Yui's soul was trapped within Eva Unit-01, made Shinji by far his preferred candidate.
Evangelion is set 57 years after My Neighbour Totoro, with a surprisingly linked storyline.(As far as I can tell based off my own personal viewing of the film and what the internet tells me) My Neighbour Totoro is set in 1958, with Satsuki Kusakabe aged 10 at the time. This would mean Satsuki was born in 1948. It's entirely reasonable that she would grow up to get married in the late sixties or early seventies and in 1977 bears a child, but here's the twist. The man she married's name was Ikari. Having taken that family name she named the child Yui, who, wait for it, would grow to marry Gendo and give birth to Shinji. This would explain why (when the differing animation styles of the film are taken into account) Yui and Shinji appear so similar to Satsuki. Another twist comes with Mei (apparently born 1954). Say Mei marries at some point in the seventies, she may go on to have a family, and there's nothing to stop her doing that with a man named Ibuki. In 1991 (The year of Maya Ibukis birth) Mei would still only be 37, still a perfectly reasonable age to have children, and could well be Maya's mum. Although she may not have directly inherited the family appearance as dominant genes, she may still still carry the gene's recessively and pass them onto Maya, hence Maya looking so similar to Yui. Also, Totoro is Kaworu's earliest form to appear on earth!
The First Ancestral Race are the Xel'naga or something similar.The precursors drive their evolution by creating two species, one of purity of form, and one of purity of essence. Angels represent the Purity of Essence; they come in different shapes and sizes, but in their psyche given an overriding immutable directive to destroy and assimilate their counterpart (just like the Zerg Overmind, which like Kaworu, planned a gambit to give his species free will through himself being killed). Humanity represents the Purity of Form; they're imprisoned in a common form and shape, but have differing psyches and a degree of individuality, and they prefer to use technology and modifying the environment to suit their needs instead of evolving and changing their own form (just like the Protoss, which also have a conflict between an Assimilation Plot and the individualistic dark templar). Or maybe it's the opposite, Angels' powerful AT Fields represent Purity of Form, while LCL's evolution into Earth species represent Purity of Essence. They were planned to merge at the very beginning in order to continue the Precursors' evolution, but an intervening conspiracy (Seele/Duran/Narud) screwed it up to all hell.
Kaworu is actually high constantly.Kaworu smokes copious amounts of reefer off screen. Hence why his eyes are so red and he is so serene all the time. Rei also smokes a lot of weed, but she can't handle it and ends up looking freaked out all the time.
The show is loosely based off of Ender’s GameOk, this might be a stretch, but think about it: an alien race almost wipes out humanity, and years later they return, so young children are recruited and trained to fight the aliens. While training, the kids undergo severe psychological trauma, while the adult in charge (Colonel Graff/Gendo) cares less about the kids' wellbeing and more about eliminating the alien threat. Like I said, it's a stretch, but the basic premise is very similar when you think about it.
Both Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Gunbuster take place in the same universe at Evangelion, at different points in the timeline.Now, this is just going on the extra-canonical material I've read, which isn't close to all of it, so there may be inaccuracies. At some point in the past, there was the First Ancestral Race. They were a race of Spiral Precursors, likely humanoid, that eventually decided to experiment on Spiral Energy and Creating Life. That ended in disaster, so to preserve their legacy, they created the colony ships known as Moons and sent them out into the universe, both to spread life and to preserve their legacy. (This is based on information further up the WMG page describing the Eva PS1 game.) But they made sure that neither Humans nor Angels would be able to utilize Spiral Energy: they split up the two components (evolving to overcome adversity and generating limitless energy through emotion) into the Fruit of Knowledge and the Fruit of Life, respectively. The Humans got the former, the Angels the latter. They also sent the Moons in different directions to ensure they'd never meet, but two opposing Moons accidentally ended up landing on Earth. An unintended consequence of this are the AT Fields. Without the ability to generate Spiral Energy, both Humans and Angels feel incomplete, and unconsciously generate AT Fields to better defend themselves. The Fruits also affect the perception of their wielders: the Humans see reason and logic in everything, giving them fixed forms (echoes of the humanoid First Ancestral Race), but giving them weak AT Fields in comparison. The Angels, on the other hand, have much stronger AT Fields due to their S2 organs (I once read that "S2" stood for Super Spiral, though that may just be fanon), and can take on many different forms, but they lack the ability to do much with their raw power. Of course, the hybrids of Angel and Human - Rei, Kaworu and the Evangelions - are the most powerful of them all, since they possess pieces of both Fruits. The union of both Adam and Lilith, and thus the two Fruits, would reopen the ability to use Spiral Energy, the ability to create matter and energy from nothing - the power of God. The Angels plan on using this to wipe out all humans, while SEELE wants to achieve Instrumentality, unifying all of humanity into a godlike being that would wipe out all Angels. But even if they were possessed of both Fruits, a giant formless mass of all humanity (End of Evangelion) would probably not have a human shape, and thus would have little ability to generate Spiral Energy. However, as shown by Shinji and Asuka, the new humans can return to their physical shapes, and presumably, others do as well. But they don't realize their abilities just yet. Instead, they do their best to rebuild their civilization. (FLCL could take place in or around here if you were feeling generous.) They do fairly well, even getting to the point of FTL travel for mining and the like (Gunbuster). They even fight off the Space Monsters, the result of another Moon of Angels that landed somewhere - but since they developed without humanity to oppose them, they became enormous and spread throughout the galaxy. Humans do their best to fight off the Space Monsters with conventional technology, but as a nod to their past, they build giant robots powered by black-box technology (repurposed tech from the Evangelion project, likely incorporating S2 organs or some purely technological equivalent) and eventually defeat them by turning Jupiter into a huge bomb. This continues on through Diebuster, where the Buster Machines pull off impossible stunts thanks to unconscious use of tons of Spiral Energy. This attracts the attention of the First Ancestral Race. At some point between sending the Moons out and Gurren Lagann Parallel Works 8, the FAR realized the implications of the Spiral Nemesis, and so sealed themselves away and became the Anti-Spirals. So they go and blow the crap out of Earth, inadvertently waking up a Lagann unit (presumably part of the Moon, buried and forgotten all these years). Humanity reverse-engineers it and finally realizes the potential in themselves, allowing them to develop proper Spiral technology. They fight off the Anti-Spirals with a huge Spiral armada, but Lordgenome eventually turns heel and destroys all remaining human colonies and even Earth itself, though he allows humans to live on underground. Thus, Gurren Lagann. Presumably, one can fit Gainax's other works in there somewhere, but I don't have enough knowledge of them.
Unit-00 was not trying to kill Ritsuko or ReiUnit-00 was trying to kill itself hence it beating its head on the wall instead of trying to smash through the observation deck windows. This WMG also includes a little WMG-ing about Unit-00's soul. Unit-00 doesn't have a human soul, but rather the soul of an angle. We already know that the creation of an Eva involves cloning either Adam or Lilith, essentially lobotomizing it, cutting out huge chunks of its nervous system and replacing them with cybernetics including the entry plug, and then encasing it in armor before it has time to regenerate the excised parts of itself. Without a human soul being merged with it, Unit-00 is a sentient being who has been horribly mutilated with little or no understanding of why it was created. It's being forced to serve beings it hates. It wants to escape its captivity, but it can't survive on its own because it has no S2 unit so it tries twice to kill itself in the most destructive manner possible. It finally gets its wish when Rei self-destructs.
Kaworu is Shinji from the futureKaworu is Shinji from after the 3rd impact and is constantly resetting the timeline hoping for a better end that the last time. 1. Kaworu is instantly attracted to Shinji because he IS Shinji and understands the emotional turmoil that is going through his head. Shinji perceives his attraction toward Kaworu as love though it is in fact him just being drawn to another version of himself. 2. Shinji has an emotional freak out after he dies, causing everything to go to hell because after Kaworu dies all his memories flooded into the that worlds Shinji, all the pain/loss/fear he experienced after the impact occurred. 3. Asuka ignored Kaworu most of the time dealing how she only perceived the actual Shinji, while Kaworu being like an old forgotten memory that is just kind of there. 4. Kaworu acknowledges Rei because without her his existence is technically impossible, and possibly his time-bending powers, as proven by Mari from 2.0 with the Eva-Timey Whimy Ball thing. That is all.
The entire series is a form of Salvation War.The premise in The Salvation War: God has given up on Humanity, and so condemns everyone to Hell. Humanity does not like this, and so Rage Against the Heavens. That is why Humanity doesn't ask why they're killing off Angels. The method in NGE, however, is different: If the Angels reach Lilith, it would unleash The Legions of Hell and condemn everyone to Hell forever. Project Eva, up to and including the Instrumentality, is the way how Humanity responds to this: if God won't give them salvation, then they'll earn it themselves by making their own God. They possess 1/2 of God's power, the Fruit of Knowledge, and all they need is to combine it with the Fruit of Life in order to make their own God. Unfortunately, their God-substitute turns out to be an angsty Oedipal kid.
The title actually does have a meaning, and Anno lied when he said he just thought it sounded cool.Neon Genesis Evangelion. Rough literal translation: New Beginning Messengers. More sensical translation: Messengers of the New Beginning. Third Impact is the new beginning, and the show really is all about the people who made it happen - the ''Messengers of the New Beginning''. He just didn't say that because it would be a spoiler (that there would be a "new beginning" and thus that Third Impact would happen) and because of his obvious love for making people figure things out themselves and then seeing what they come up with.
A theory about the First Ancestral Race...If they didn't want Adam and Lilith to be in the same planet, why didn't they show up in prehistory and blow that planet up ASAP? Answer: The Precursors are absent, because they're mostly extinct. The First Ancestral Race were not the exact equivalent of the limitless Abrahamic God, because we know the FAR had technology (with in-series comments that the Moons are distinctively artificial) which means they needed a reason to develop this technology. A logical reason would be that they are intrinsically limited and fragile, just like humans, hence the need to compensate for and overcome these limitations, hence the development of technology. If they were never limited in the first place — e.g. had Angelic or Reality Warper powers — this would make technology somewhat unnecessary. The FAR were, instead, probably a civilization of Advanced Ancient Human Aliens (or humanoids) with technology so advanced it might just as well be "magic" from our perspective. They did all kinds of experiments with their fancy Magic from Technology, but they were never completely omnipotent Reality Warpers. They were still bound by the immutable Laws of Equivalent Exchange and Entropy, and despite the pinnacle of their science, they could not find any possible method to violate the Laws of Thermodynamics and hence simulate the conditions of the Big Bang through their technology (The Last Question by Isaac Asimov discusses the unsolvability of entropy). However, they discovered that there is a forbidden way to violate the Law of Equivalent Exchange, probably by experimenting on A.T. Field quantum physics and/or sacrificing souls (Philosophers' Stones from Fullmetal Alchemist or Soul Gems from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The Dimension of Guf might be related to this, as the Eva equivalent of the Immaterium, a chaotic dimension of psychic energy where all souls are stored and where neither time nor matter has any meaning). And without that pesky Law interwoven into the very fabric of causality, the use of Reality Warper abilities such as Time Travel (as demonstrated by God-Rei's quantum magic appearing everywhere both in the beginning and the end simultaneously) or the genesis of matter, energy, space and time out of nothing; Omnipotence, the power of God, becomes conceivable. A common theme with limited and technological beings is the desire to create or become gods, to have an existence that is timeless and extremely powerful and so forth, as with Transhumanism and the Technological Singularity. This would play some role in their motivation to experiment with Creating Life and invent a prototype S2 Engine connected to the power of God, to enable them to enjoy an Omega Point of existence, at the expense of the unique individual existence that accompanies limitation. And of course, with this discovery, they became hubristic. They implanted the S2 Organ into an Trans Human Physical God proto-Evangelion who would be a monument to the zenith of the Pride and Glory of the First Ancestral Race: "Adam Kadmon", according to the Kabbalah (a metaphorical dogma based on interpretation of First Ancestral Race historical documents that arrived on Earth, such as the Secret Dead Sea Scrolls). However, what would happen to Adam Kadmon and the FAR would be a tragedy. Adam Kadmon malfunctioned ("Original Sin", according to the Kabbalah) and his S2 Organ suffered a critical meltdown and exploded, annihilating the centre of First Ancestral civilization and consuming the souls of the vast majority of FAR. His inferior, infantile-minded fragments (the "Adams") scattered all over the universe and summoned legions of Eldritch Abominations (the "Angels"), heralds of the annihilation of First Ancestral civilization. This was the "Zeroth Impact", the extermination and downfall of the First Ancestral Race, and where we get the legends of the Fall of Eden, the Tower of Babel, the Antediluvian Era before Noah's Flood, and Atlantis from. The surviving FAR salvaged their remaining technology and created Eva-like living weapons, called by humans as the Lances of Longinus, in an attempt to search and subdue the Adams. However, the Adams themselves possess Nigh-Invulnerability and can never be completely destroyed, whether you hurl them into the Sun or a black hole, and tend to respond in self-defence against perceived destruction attempts by reducing themselves into embryonic form and summoning additional Angels (e.g. Second Impact). The Lances can only hibernate them, and so the FAR took the opportunity to convert selected planets into containment fortresses where the sleeping Adams are to be entombed never to be accessed again, while any remaining Angels that may be summoned there would be left alone. These Tombs are the White Moons. To preserve their legacy after the Angelic Deluge, the FAR instrumentalised themselves and injected their souls and genetic code into Arks to colonize untainted worlds and regenerate life after all the Adams are pacified and conditions are safe enough. Humans refer to these Arks as the Seeds of Life, Fruits of Knowledge or simply "Liliths". This is why Lilith was found without a Lance to hibernate her; why would you hibernate someone whose purpose is to spread and revive life? Liliths were sometimes accompanied by other FAR ships, computers, relics, FAR who chose not to be Instrumentalised, etc. preserving information about the civilization of the First Ancestral Race, their achievements, and their downfall. Some of these helped the development of modern human civilization (ala 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Ancient Astronauts trope) and some of these became the basis for various religions (e.g. Judaism, Kabbalah, Gnosticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, legends of Atlantis, Alchemy). Humans have mistaken the discovered archaeotech of the FAR for Magic or Miracles, and so considered them to be synonymous with God. Liliths and their descendants (technically FAR descendants) were never meant to be in contact with the planets containing the deadly Adams, but a Lilith crash-landed on an Adam-containment planet that humans now call Earth. This was the "First Impact". It might be due to bad luck. Or maybe it was caused by renegade FAR, the equivalents of Lucifer, who managed to hijack one of the Lilith ships and steered the ship towards an Adam-claimed planet, where they used cybernetics to make themselves immortal and waited in cryo-stasis 4 billion years later until they could manipulate the reincarnated human civilization to take Adam Kadmon back so they could become Gods. Fast forward billions of years later. A Cargo Cult made up of Jews, Platonists, Kabbalists, Gnostics, Hermeticists, Alchemists and other such Occultists (probably manipulated by the aforementioned Lucifer-equivalents) found lucky parts of the Secret Dead Sea Scrolls of the FAR describing what Adam Kadmon is, and considered the documents to be prophecy from God. They were the ones who assigned the biblical metaphorical symbolism such as "Adam Kadmon" in the first place. The use of the daemonic names "Lilith and "Lilin" as metaphors for the human race as a whole is probably from a Gnostic influence: the Gnostics believed that mortal human existence is an inferior Crapsack World (hence the daemonic name "Lilin" to refer to the human individual body and the Hell of existing in one, after all, Hell is Other People) made by a cruel False Creator they call the Demiurge (Human/Lilin Civilization, with their technological creations and the cruelty that they are capable of). Above the Demiurge's Platonic Cave is a higher reality inhabited by the true Godhead, who manifests itself in the form of the Aeons (symbolic of the FAR, Adams and Angels). The fall of the aeon Sophia (Lilith/Rei, who literally fell to Earth) is responsible for the birth of the Demiurge (the evolution of life, and the suffering that it has brought), but Sophia's fragments still exist in this world in the form of our souls, and thus it is possible to redeem ourselves from our daemonic existence (human individual bodies prone to disease, despair and death) and reconcile with her (Instrumentality/Giant Naked Godmode Rei). These neo-Occultists worshipped Adam Kadmon and the S2 Organs as the sacred "Fruits of Life" that shall lead to their Messianic Ascension and Universal Salvation from their Original Sin of existence under the Demiurge/Lilin, repeating the original First Ancestral ambition to use Adam Kadmon to ascend as a unified Reality Warper God. This neo-mystic Cargo Cult could not establish a public religion when their Catholic rivals became popular first (It is easier to censor Biblical apocrypha, suppress the Dead Sea Scrolls, and simply threaten people to either worship and pay or be tortured forever). And so they pretended that their religion is extinct in the public eye, when in fact they are manipulating the world from the shadows (probably through banking, finance and scientific ventures ever since the Renaissance when Catholic domination finally collapsed). The Omniscient Council of Vagueness went by many names, whether it's "The Illuminati" or its modern incarnation, "SEELE". Their central dogma that leads to the plot of Evangelion is the "Path to Adam Kadmon/God": To enslave the Aeons such as the Adams and Lilith under their control (thus the creation of the Evangelions, Kaworu and Rei), use an Adam to revive Lilith as an Ark, and use that Ark to redeem mankind from their inferior individual "daemonic" bodies and reconcile all human souls into a gestalt superconsciousness (the Human Instrumentality/Sophia Reunited/Giant Naked Rei) that will then locate and absorb the remaining fragments of Adam Kadmon in the universe, completing the Sacred Sephirotic Tree of Life and succeeding where the FAR had failed, the Genesis of God. However, the avatars of the Aeons (Rei and Kaworu), who have learned and appreciated the achievements of human individuality and culture, rebelled against SEELE and gave to Shinji the controls for this Path of God instead, leading to its failure.
Why did Gendo rebel against SEELE?SEELE constantly preaches about how humanity has reached its evolutionary limits, and so seek to use technology to evolve humanity further. On the other hand, Gendo only cares about his dead wife and messiah Yui, he doesn't care if the world is destroyed, as long as he can see Yui again. I think the conflict between Gendo and SEELE is a case of Romanticism Versus Enlightenment, with Gendo as Romantic while SEELE as Enlightened. SEELE is obsessed with the Future of Humanity, and thus they believe in a philosophy of Utopia Justifies the Means. They don't care about the present-day harm done to the people they manipulate, as long as Utopia arrives. On the other hand, Gendo symbolizes an obsession with the Past, an obsession with Yui. He lives in an eternal Past and makes monuments to the Past, the Reis. He doesn't care about the Present, about living with his own son, Shinji. This obsession with the past reaches its logical extreme when Rei, his monument to the Past, reverts everybody into primordial DNA soup that was life four billion years ago. Whatever their philosophies are, both of them don't appreciate the Present, and thus their obsessions reach their selfish and villainous extremes when they start ruthlessly manipulating other people, and thus in the end they are both Not So Different. The Existentialist theme of Evangelion deals with trying to find a balance between the two, about appreciating the Present as an individual. This is where Shinji learns to reject Instrumentality, a False Utopia made of the extreme combination of both Enlightenment (as a utopian singularity) and Romanticism (as mankind reverted to primordial soup and forcefully assimilated back into the Mother of All Mankind).
Gendo's life is one big "fuck you" to otakudom.And if you like Gendo Ikari and Rei Ayanami, then Anno hates you. We all know how Evangelion is one big Fuck You to the audience and all of otakudom in general, culminating with the masturbation of Shinji on a comatose Asuka representing otaku Perverse Sexual Lust. This is You, who masturbates to dead girls without true consciousness. This is You, who would actually be afraid if those Moe girls became conscious and turned out to be feminists, and would denounce them as evil bitches. If Asuka approached you in Real Life, you would fear. However, there is an even bigger Fuck You to the audience, because at least Shinji grew out of it. It's the guy with the awesome pose, who everybody admires as a Magnificent Bastard. Gendo Ikari is YOU; The emotionally stunted monomaniac who's so emotionally dependent upon his Moe waifu that he'd rather "just run away" back to her (Instrumentality), rather than accept his new reality, and then covers up his true incompetent self with a fake badass Marty Stu air, ala Self-Insert Fan Fic. He is Shinji all grown up and darker. Yui Ikari is the ideal selfless Moe Yamato Nadeshiko Messianic Archetype Goddess we all worship and masturbate on, and her clone Rei Ayanami is the intended brutal Deconstruction of that; Anno showed how such a completely submissive Extreme Doormat fuckdoll would be extremely creepy in Real Life, and portrayed Rei as someone with a severe case of Asperger's. Unfortunately, otakus didn't get the point and thus Rei, instead of being the Real Life nerd, became one of the ancestors of the Moe Archetype, because autism would result in helplessness and therefore Moexploitation. In the flashbacks describing the Birth of Nerv, Gendo was introduced as a Jerkass failure in life who keeps getting into trouble. For example, when Fuyutsuki first met him, it was during when Gendo was going to be bailed out of jail. Fuyutsuki could not comprehend why the beautiful genius Yui Ikari would be paired with a failure in life. Gendo then said that he was used to being hated by everybody else. Which means that he probably suffered from a severe case of Hedgehog's Dilemma, where contact with any others besides Yui ended in hurt, like porcupines trying to get close but can't because of their spines. He may have a bad reputation, as with real-life nerds, and may not know how to adapt in life by himself, needing Yui as a philosopher to teach him how to live, socialize and bypass the Hedgehog's Dilemma. That's why he always followed and stalked her. If Yui never existed, he would have stayed as an incompetent isolated in his Hedgehog's Dilemma, inevitably committing suicide directly or indirectly. Yui suffered And I Must Scream in Eva-01 to save mankind from the Angels and the ambition of SEELE who wanted to eradicate free will, while giving hope for Shinji and humanity to retain their free will and resurrect from the Instrumentality, with herself to drift in space forever as a monument to the existence and achievements of mankind, the pinnacle of which is Eva-01. She is a defender of free will against SEELE despite her Moe exterior, and her philosophy is "Anywhere can be paradise as long as you have the will to live". In the end of End of Evangelion, Shinji starts to adapt that philosophy for himself and abort the mass-suicide of the Instrumentality. But her own first student, Gendo, didn't get the fucking point in her lessons. Yui expected that he would understand and move on with Shinji in the fight against the Angels and SEELE, and that is why she asked Fuyutsuki to be his guardian. Gendo, being immature, instead Took a Level in Jerkass, and dumped Shinji into exile while teaching and manipulating the Akagis to kill themselves for him, and becoming the opposite of everything Yui stood up for. She became his Ego augmentation and only reason to live. Instead of moving on and enjoying free will with his son, he continued to follow her through death like a robot. Gendo, essentially, masturbated furiously and continuously to a dead girl, just like Shinji. Actually, he's worse than Shinji, because not only was he willing to masturbate to a dead girl, he is willing to initiate Biblical Armageddon and destroy the entire fucking world just to save his girl. That makes SEELE more selfless by comparison in their intentions to euthanize the human body and merge all human souls into God. This giant Fuck You against all of God's Creation Gendo is doing, simply to suffer And I Must Scream together with his beloved waifu Yui, both imprisoned in Eva-01 and drifting in space for all eternity. But Life ain't a Visual Novel Dating Sim, so all those "heroics" only made him a nerdy stalker necrophiliac in Real Life. I can see the ending. Look at End of Evangelion, when Rei grew a spine and betrayed him, therefore betraying his Moe ideal. It's Gendo's indirect fault on why Shinji, when given control to the powers of God, became an Omnicidal Maniac in his "Nobody understands me therefore everyone must fucking die" speech. Would Yui really have liked that, after all her efforts to preserve free will, Gendo and Shinji ended up destroying the world? During Instrumentality, Gendo himself admitted to his dead Moe-ssiah waifu Yui on how he's so pathetic, because he tries to run away back to his waifu, instead of facing the future together with his own son. He pretends to be cold and manipulative to Shinji and everybody else because he's actually scared of intimacy (Hedgehog's Dilemma), and he cannot cope psychologically unless Yui is with him, and that's why he keeps running away. He admitted that he deserved Punishment and thus visualized himself as eaten by berserk Eva-01. In the End, Shinji, condemned by the Fan Dumb as the most pathetic wimp in all of fiction, proved himself as stronger than Gendo by rejecting Instrumentality and living in the Hell that is post-Impact Earth. And he did it to live with one of the biggest feminist bitches in all of fiction, Asuka. No man can handle the cosmic amount of infernal bitchiness in Asuka, especially someone as highly dependent on Moe as Gendo. So, why is everybody calling Shinji a Wimp and Gendo a Badass? Of course, the impact completely backfired and Rei ended up as one of the ancestors and inspirations of the Moe Archetype, while Gendo is seen as a Magnificent Bastard simply because of his distinctive pose, even though he himself admitted that he is not. And that angered Anno a lot.
Maya Ibuki is the true protagonist.This would explain why she is the character most likely to state an opinion similar to that of the audience, why she is by far the most commonly depicted "minor" character in official artwork, and, of course, why she is the one who finds "the answer" in End of Evangelion, before she joyously embraces Ritsuko and turns into Orange Juice.
Angels and Humans can coexist.The justification for Kaworu's suicide by Shinji was the "Duel of the Seeds" theory that Adam's Children and Lilith's Children cannot coexist together. According to the released Classified Information by NERV, both species will inevitably destroy each other, and only one can become God. However, Kaworu's existence is the biggest refutation against the Duel of the Seeds; he proves, as the incarnation of Adam himself and therefore the representative of the Angels, that he can appreciate human culture and achievements. If Kaworu was not brainwashed by SEELE into the entire "Duel of the Seeds" dogma, it would have been entirely possible for him to reject his destiny of merging with Lilith, instead living a happy life with Shinji. And having the Eva equivalent of God Himself is bad for SEELE's agenda. The narrative of the story reveals that the goal of the Angels is to understand humanity. Their powerful A.T. Fields are representations of their loneliness and fear. The less intelligent of the Angels wanted to reach the representative of mankind, Lilith herself, in order to understand humanity and perhaps become human themselves. The more intelligent, such as Leliel, Arael and Armisael, resorted to psychoanalysis of the humans themselves. Their psychological contact may seem like Mind Rape to humans, however from the Angels' perspective it is just an attempt to seek a soul to experience its loneliness inside its own A.T. Field. For example, while Armisael was in contact with Unit 00, the Angel also merged with Rei and mentally contacted her, expressing a desire to merge with her and forcing her to feel its pain, which Rei realized was actually loneliness. The Angels got their chance to be with humans with the creation of Kaworu, the avatar of the soul of Adam himself. Kaworu showed an appreciation of the achievements of human society and culture, despite the conflict that tormented both mankind and angelkind. This appreciation would have been detrimental to SEELE dogma, who wanted him to merge with Lilith and usher in the euthanasia of mankind so that they would become God. This is why they fed him with the propaganda about the Duel of the Seeds, that his destiny is to merge with Lilith whether he liked it or not. If Kaworu merges with Lilith, then Instrumentality happens according to what SEELE originally intended. If Kaworu rejects his destiny to merge with Lilith, then he gets destroyed by Shinji or some other NERV agent, resulting in Shinji's psychological state being broken enough to use Eva-01 to start Instrumentality. SEELE put Kaworu into a Xanatos Gambit that will inevitably initiate Instrumentality one way or another. This is why Gendo said "SEELE wants to advance its schedule using us as its tool" to describe Kaworu's attack on Terminal Dogma.
Rei is able to pilot Unit 00 because she is an Angel, making her the final Angel.Recall episode 24, where Kaworu is able to manipulate Unit-02 using the power of will (or AT fields, it's not exactly stated]]) with no loss of control. He is revealed to be Tabris, but how he got into SEELE's possession is a mystery, unless you consider why Kaworu and Rei have an Uncanny Resemblance: they were both synthetic Angels the same way the EV As are. It's no secret that Rei was born in a test tube, which includes traits of Bizarre Alien Biology like being able to fight off a controlling parasite before committing kamikaze, loss of identity, and being able to merge with Lilith. In fact, a more fitting term to describe Lilith (and by extent, Rei, since she bonds with it to become a Physical God) would be Legion: for they are one who are many. By this method, she is psychically linking with whatever brain the EV As have left (for the case of 00), which can be prone to failure. For Unit-01, bonding with it nearly caused Third Impact in Rebuild of Evangelion, which puts a new light of the possibility if she got into Unit-01 in the first episode. It may also explain why Kaworu was so unexpected: there were only 16 Angels originally, not counting synthetic Angels.
Rei is just as apt as Xanatos Speed Chess as Gendou is.