Technically, it doesn't claim that it's the trope maker, only the trope namer. And as a really popular anime it'd be better than most things you can name something after. However, it's still pretty nonindicative and I personally didn't even remember that Eva's units had shoulder fins.
I can support a rename provided we can show it's not thriving. The usage appears to be fairly low and it has been around since 2009, which does indicate issues if this is a common trope. That's the last question that appears to need addressing: How common are Eva Fins anyway?
These are not very common at all even in Mecha, they were a design fad at one time but mostly has been ditched.
As for an alternate name I have no idea, Hyaku Shiki in Zeta Gundam had them and were called them Wing Binders. Part of the AMBAC system for space flight.
The number of wicks and examples are about equal. While it does seem like something that would be easy to pothole, I don't think it's something most people even think about. A better name could help, though.
Most of the examples are not shoulder fins at all so that one is misleading. (this trope seems to think any shoulder attachment is this trope too looking at a few of the misuse on it an entry for shoulder drill weapons?.)
Unless we want to split the examples and
Broden Back fins to include the likes of Freedom Gundam with adjustable back fins in addition to stationary ones, back ones usually serve some kind of purpose like attachments to ships, weapon holders, engines, Attack Drones, etc and look intimidating, and maybe Fins That Do Nothing.
Shoulder Fins just merge with Shoulders of Doom or the weapon based Shoulder variety of them as that is pretty much what they are.
The shoulder fins held various things depending on which unit and what the equipment was. I believe Unit 1 kept a knife and a pistol in its two fins, Unit 2 had several weapons including knives, short swords and "spike" cannons. Unit 0 had some kind of thrusters in it. They're also detachable and appear to function as batteries or something.
Overall, I can say that I rarely see the fins. Rounded or Samurai style shoulder guards◊ (however, this is usually reserved for The Hero or equivalent) and short trapezoidal maybe with attached shields◊ are among the most common. Greeble up as necessary. Straight vertical versions aren't something I see very commonly.
I too, support Mecha Fins or something along those lines. Like Spark 9, I find that the name and the trope don't immediately go together in my mind; it's just one of those titles that will be immediately "Ah, I get it" to the Evangelion fanbase and less so to everyone else.
The description could potentially use a small amount of reworking to make it less of a requirement that they be specifically very tall or exclusively shoulder / back mounted. A lot of Mecha have head fins that are mostly there for Rule of Cool reasons.
I support a rename; I always thought Eva Fins was a little obscure. I vote for Vertical Fins because it's the defining visual feature we're trying to describe, as opposed to, say, simple Shoulders of Doom on a mech. Heck, I don't even know that it needs to be limited to mechas, but could refer to any silhouette involving tall, slender extentions off the upper torso.
Alternative Titles: Eva Fins 2
6th Jul '13 11:36:26 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.