I'd like to point out that despite his apparent wussiness, Shinji's the one who seems to be inflicting more damage. Who was it that finished off Clover
? Shinji. Who was it that gored Deathwing in the eye and then later ripped him apart? Shinji. The point, everyone, is that Shinji is just as awesomely badass as Bit, Roger, and Van, and nearly as awesome as Simon
. The difference is that his home series
was written to make him suffer for it
. In fact, his suffering arguably makes him even MORE awesome. When Unit-01 gets damaged, Shinji feels the same pain, and if his sync ratio is high enough, then he suffers the same physical injury. That means that in his case alone, the PILOT takes as much damage as the robot, and STILL comes out victorious. That automatically makes pretty much any of his fights as awesome as Kamina's final battle in Gurren Lagann. Mech damaged, driven by a severely injured pilot who, despite grievous wounds, refuses to give up? Sounds pretty damn similar to me
- and Shinji does it on a regular basis
. Big O, Shinji might be act like a wimp, but damn if he isn't the most badass
wimp in history.