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The protagonist of Neon Genesis Evangelion. A Child Soldier who fought in a war against Eldritch Abominations, Shinji has been hibernating within Eva-01 for an unknown amount of time at the start of the story, and upon waking up, finds himself in the hands of Aria T'Loak in the Mass Effect universe. Book 1 and 2 chronicle his many misadventures, as well as his relationship with the Queen of Omega.
Due to certain reveals in Book 2, refer to as NGE!Shinji for clarity.
- Action Survivor: From a put upon Child Soldier out of his depth in the original series, to a more assured, self sufficient teenager capable of pulling off Indy Ploy and gunfights with surprising ablomb.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He openly admits that he'd get down on his knees and beg for help saving Tevos' life if he wasn't in such rough shape that he'd likely be unable to stand back up again.
- Anti-Hero: Type III, with shades of Type V. A total sweet heart under normal circumstances, Shinji nevertheless has no problems riling up interrogators, taking hostages, or even killing trained troops in cold blood, if he feels it necessary to secure his freedom, or save someone he cares about.
- Beware the Nice Ones=/=Good Is Not Soft: He's as polite and sweet natured as in the series, though more assertive, but Shinji's experiences have made him more ruthless, to the point of being willing to gun down hardened soldiers if he feels their endangering someone he cares for, without hesitation. Looking at you, WILLE.
- Aria is mildly disturbed that he prefers Cryo rounds because "it's easier to clean up the mess afterwards".
- Casual Danger Dialogue: His only reaction to several soldiers pointing guns at him is to wonder why everyone seems to have a Nice Hat and asking if Rei has one too.
- Clothes Make the Legend: He dresses almost identically to Aria as a statement that he belongs to her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets fairly sarcastic, especially in Book 2, given who he ends up dealing with.
- Early in Book 1, Aria asks if Shinji can't hold his liquor. He snarks back that since he grew up outside of time, he wouldn't know; there wasn't a bar.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: At separate points he offers both Misato and her soldiers the opportunity to simply stand down and let him save Tevos, stating he's perfectly willing to end things with no more violence. However, he's also perfectly willing to climb over their still warm corpses to save her.
- Eye Beams: Gains them upon realizing his angelic nature. Unfortunately for him, doubles as an Eye Scream moment also, due to what using one does to a human eyeball.
- Knife Nut: Prefers knives to guns due to having more experience with them.
- Last of His Kind: Though he looks human, Shinji is technically a Human Alien as he is the last Lilim.
- MayDecember Romance: Regardless of how you look at it, there is a huge age gap between Aria and Shinji, moreso due to the Time Abyss.
- Older Than They Look: Chronologically speaking, he turns out to be impossibly old on account of the Time Abyss of staying in Eva. Physically speaking however, he looks no older than 18 or 19.
- Only Sane Man: He's frequently acting as one to WILLE through Book 2, calling them out on their tendencies to shoot themselves, and everyone around them in the foot.
- Percussive Pickpocket: Every time he bumps into a woman, he steals her gun.
- Pet the Dog: Tries to do right by both Rebuild!Shinji and Rei, even offering them a ride to anywhere in the galaxy they want to go.
- Sex God: Justified in that Yui downloaded her entire memory into him, including tantric massage. It helps that most of his partners are asari and he studied their physiology heavily.
- Time Abyss: As in, older than the last trillion universes.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Gets more ruthless and angrier in Book 2, on account of Tevos being incapacitated by WILLE. He calms down once she recovers.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Hacks the MAGI and adds himself into the chain of command as "Supreme Fleet Rear Admiral Commander Brigadier General Ikari."
- Unwitting Pawn: Defied. He joins up with Aria and becomes a criminal because, as he explains to Misato, he's really sick and tired of being used as a tool by other people, and suffering for it, and doesn't have to answer to anyone as a criminal. When she rebukes that everyone has to answer to someone, he snarks that she and Sederis would have gotten along.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives one upon realizing that he's not just the last Lilim, he is Lilim the last angel.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tells NGE!Shinji that he is the only one who ever really accomplished anything in NERV and they blamed and shunned him until they came crawling back to him, having accomplished nothing in the 14 years he was in stasis.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Apparently, Kaworu contacted him to explain that he's been dropped into the Rebuild universe. Shinji assumes he's joking, until he realizes who's conducting his medical examination.
Space Pirate, crime boss, and effective ruler of Omega, Aria finds herself in the unusual position of fishing a human teenager with no record within the Alliance out of the body of a Humongous Mecha. After a rocky start, she ends up in an unusual relationship with the bewildered chap.
- Anti-Hero: Type V. Aria is a crime lord who bluntly explains to Ritsuko that she has little interest in morality, or saving the world. She's a hero in the contemporary sense in that she works on Pragmatic Villainy, has some standards, and on account of her relationships with Shepard and Shinji encouraging her to keep a soft approach.
- Dating Catwoman: Crime boss in love with former Mecha Pilot and Child Soldier? Everyone's fairly bewildered as to what the two see in each other.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Doesn't allow slavery, organ trafficking, or biochemical weapon trading on Omega, and has several Pet the Dog moments.
- Early in Book 1, she kills Dr Rentola when he asks for permission to euthanise and dissect an unconscious Shinji For Science!.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: A given when the people you're up against are other ruthless crime lords, or general arseholes and troublemakers. Her treatment of Ritsuko deserves special mention, in spite of her Anti-Hero Antagonist status.
- Not Your Problem: When Ritsuko attempts to convince Aria to give up the assault on WILLE and let them keep NGE!Shinji, on the grounds that doing otherwise would doom the Rebuild Universe's human race, Aria bluntly makes it clear that she couldn't care less. Given that Shinji just wanted to go home, and WILLE responded to Shinji saving their captain by attempting to kill him, Aria's lack of sympathy is unsurprising.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Part of the reason for her blocking all eezo shipments from Omega is she then gets to charge people a second time for said shipments after the embargo is over.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Considerably less evil than in canon due to being exposed to a full paragon Shepard.
- Tranquil Fury: She keeps perfectly calm upon seeing WILLE attacking and considering gunning down a helpless Shinji, but everyone knows she's really freaking pissed, and her actions in response leave no ambiguity on the matter.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: When the Citadel kidnap Shinji, she blocks of all eezo shipments from Omega on the spot before pulling a rescue operation. When she witnesses upon exiting the mass relay, WILLE knocking Shinji out and threatening to kill him, she plots to invade and capture the Wunder there and then.
An asari and former Council Spectre, often seen with Shinji. Introduced early in Book 1 and pops up throughout. Takes the place of one of Shinji's most trusted friends throughout the story. Survived only due to Pragmatic Villainy on the part of Aria due to her actions early in the tale. Is revealed to have some serious PTSD
- The Ace: The reason Aria spares her early in Book 1. Even with her issues she considers her far too valuable to outright kill and leaves Shinji to resolve her problems later in the tale.
- Broken Ace: What she's revealed to be later in the story, and implied to also be the only reason Shinji managed to hold her off after she kidnapped him. She gets better though, invoking fully the I Am Not Left-Handed trope, according to Shinji, as a result.
- Sudden Principled Stand: She resigns immediately after turning Shinji into the Council, being disgusted at having to kidnap an innocent young man.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: During her fight with Shinji, she knocks away her gun when she thinks he's leaping for it and when Shinji reveals he was going for the omnitool, she points out that communications won't work. Shinji actually wanted it for the built in knife.
- Cunning Linguist: Besides being arguably the most diplomatic councilor, she's also fluent in nearly a dozen Earth languages.
- Damsel in Distress: Due to WILLE not knowing anything about asari biology, they're attempts to sedate her leave her in a coma for several chapters.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: Works for Aria while being identical to Misato.
- Give Me a Reason: Outright tells Misato that she's struggling not to kill her, especially after Misato brings up that she couldn't bring herself to kill Shinji.
- Mama Bear: Towards both Shinjis.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to ROE!Misato about how she's nothing compared to NGE!Misato who ended the war in a single year and without compromising her morals.
Protagonist of Rebuild of Evangelion, our readers find our alternate Shinji in the tragic aftermath of Rebuild 3.0, barely functioning as he is dragged to the WILLE fleet by Captain Shikinami. After having a rough time, his luck finally starts to turn around upon having a face-to-face with himself.
Refer to as ROE!Shinji for clarity.
- Actual Pacifist: Unlike the rest of the cast, who invariably engage in some death dealing for reasonable and not so reasonable reasons, Shinji hates killing, period, and even has the balls to say so to Aria, of all people.
- Anti-Hero: Type I. He's a troubled civilian forced into the role of a soldier, and never gets comfortable with it. After 3.0, he's a guilt ridden wreck trying and failing to cope with the sheer insanity he's been pushed into.
- Byronic Hero: A lot nicer and less flamboyant than traditional examples, but he becomes a broody, misunderstood outcast amongst the human race, due to mistakes he made with the best of intentions that snowballed out of control, and develops serious trust and authority issues on account of all the abuse and manipulations he suffers.
- Being Good Sucks: Much as he'd like to do otherwise, he keeps getting back into the Eva because he can't ignore the world's problems. Too bad that what would normally be morally good decisions in any other story instead keep screwing him over. Case in point: He legitimately gets killed, ala Commander Shepard in Mass Effect 2, and has to be brought back using the Lazarus Treatment, all for saving Misato from being ripped in half by an android that had been infected.
- Character Development: Starts Book 2 barely responsive in the wake of a trauma overdose. After a discussion and a You Are Better Than You Think You Are talk from his other self, he regains enough confidence to chew out WILLE for their mistreatment of him. After recovering from his injuries, he gains enough courage to return to his home planet to help, takes steps to repair his relationship with Misato, and tepidly enters a relationship with a perky asari.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Played straight towards NERV, given that it consists of his father and his lackey at this point. Played with in regards to WILLE, as while he does turn on them, he was never really of their crew to begin with, and he does work with them again after getting on equal terms with Misato.WILLE Bridge Bunny "So you're on their side now!?"Shinji: "Since when were any of you ever on my side?"
- Nice Guy: Whatever his flaws, he's a sweet, polite, accommodating teenager, who eventually takes steps to repair the relationships between himself and his former friends, even after they tried to kill or hurt him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! / No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He ends up triggering two impacts by accident in 3.0, the first because he tried to save a fellow comrade and Love Interest, the second because he wanted to undo the damage. Deconstructed as he ends up in an Angst Coma and is barely recovering as a direct consequence of the guilt he feels for being involved.
- NGE!Shinji pulls him out of it, however, by pointing out that Shinji actually subverts these tropes. Had Third Impact not happened, then the Angel would have broken through the Geofront, caused Third Impact, and everyone would have been screwed anyway. Similarly, Fourth Impact happened because he kept getting mixed signals from everyone, as they were either denying him info out of spite, or deliberately misinformed him for their own agenda, until it was too late to do anything about it. ROE!Shinji is being blamed for the Impacts not on the basis of his actual culpability, but because no one wants to take responsibility for causing the end of the world
- Only Mostly Dead: Gets torn in two when EDEN gets hijacked by MP Eva AI, only to be brought back by Miranda Lawson at the Lazarus Institute in the Mass Effect universe.
- Shrinking Violet: Due to his natural introversion, and some serious self esteem issues, especially due to recent events. Starts growing out of it.
- Unwitting Pawn: Deconstructed. Shinji was used as a tool of the apocalypse twice over despite it being the last thing he wanted. He gets saddled with all the blame anyway, despite the fact that he's a clear patsy, because no one wants the egg on their face, and the true mastermind is out of reach. It takes Aria taking over WILLE, and Shinji calling out both the crew and Misato over their delusional attitude for them to back off.
- We Used to Be Friends: His relationships with Misato and Asuka are strained by both his involvement, regardless of how innocent or unintentional, in the Third and Fourth Impacts, and by the fact that he missed out on 14 years of their lives that were lived fighting a war. Subverted however, in that Asuka still cares about him in spite of that, and wants him to recover, she just has a hard time showing it due to being a hardened, perpetually hormonal teenager. After her Heel Realisation, Misato likewise takes steps to bridge the gap between them, and eventually, they become a family again.
Asuka Langley ShikinamiThe Second Child, pilot of Eva Unit-02, and a 28 year old war veteran in the body of a 14 year old. Former friend and co-worker of Shinji Ikari, our reader finds her watching a trio of SEELE MP Evas overlooking a duplicate Unit-01 that fell out of the Room of Gauf, as she attempts to drag ROE!Shinji, Rei Q, and herself through the desert to the Wunder, in the aftermath of 3.0
- Anti-Hero: Type II. Much as she hates her job, it's what she's good at, and what the world needs, so she puts up with it. And while she is unpleasant to deal with on the surface, she does care about the people around her, even if she's frustrated by their quirks and mistakes.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's ultimately willing to forgive Shinji for causing Fourth impact, not that she wholly blames him to begin with. What she does have a harder time forgiving is the fact that Shinji returned to Eva for Rei, and later Rei Q, not for Asuka.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 14 years later, she's still just as obnoxious as she was before, calling people demeaning nicknames suck as 'brat', 'idiot', or 'doll', and generally being unfriendly even to the people she's close to. But she keeps a spare set of spectacles for Mari in case she loses them, keeps Shinji and Rei Q safe on the way to the Wunder, and when NGE!Shinji offers to help ROE!Shinji get of his Heroic BSoD, she takes him up on it, albeit in her seemingly uncaring way.
- Never My Fault: Subverted. Much as it pains her to admit, she realises that she's just as, if not more responsible for Fourth Impact than Shinji, as she had the opportunity to tell the truth and talk him out of it, but wasted it in favour of trying to kill him.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! / Poor Communication Kills: Trying to kill Shinji, and only attempting to talk him out of pulling the spears when she literally had no other option, was not the wisest decision she's made. She knows it, and it's likely why she's relatively soft towards Shinji.
- Not Growing Up Sucks / Older Than They Look: Because of the Curse of Eva, she's a 28 year old soldier stuck as a teenager and she's not happy about it. The fact that she suffers 'childish' emotions as a consequence of being perpetually hormonal doesn't help either.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Sacrificed Unit-02 to take down Unit-13. NGE!Shinji is shocked that she did so.
- Pride: She's offended when SEELE's Evas ignore her, as it means they don't even consider her a threat, and she generally hates appearing weak and fearful in front of anyone, even if it's the smartest decision to make.
- Running Gag: Both NGE!Shinji and Aria call her Sohryu, and both times she corrects them, the first time with frustration, the second with a bit of shock.
- Undying Loyalty: To WILLE. When choosing between Unit-01 and saving her organisation, the organisation comes first.
Captain of the WILLE fleet, effectively the biggest threat to Gendo for the time being. In the aftermath of Fourth Impact, our dear captain is thrown for a loop when an older duplicate of her former charge, as well as a blue alien are found to have to passed through the Room of Gauf.
- Abusive Parent: While she isn't outright abusive, given that they haven't had time to talk again, there really is no other way to take strapping an Explosive Leash on your charge, regardless of the reasons. Fortunately, she gets better.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV. Mellows to a Type III after some defrosting.
- Being Good Sucks / Being Evil Sucks: Not killing ROE!Shinji lets Gendo use him to start Fourth impact, and having some limits left puts her at a disadvantage to NERV. But being a ruthless, aloof Iron Lady who does Kick the Dog clearly eats at her, and doesn't do any wonders for her personal relationships, especially with either Shinji.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: After a heart to heart with EDEN and ROE!Shinji, she takes steps to bridge the gap between herself and her former charge. It's slow going at first, but eventually, they're inseperable again.
- Drowning My Sorrows: While ROE!Shinji is recovering at the Lazarus Institute, she takes to drinking again out of a mixture of guilt, the suspense over Shinji's recovery, and frustration over not knowing what's happening back on Earth. Once Shinji recuperates, she cuts down immediately.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even after apologising to Shinji, and becoming a better human being, Misato generally comes across as stoic, sour, and difficult to get to know, with only ROE!Shinji and select others able to look past that.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Lampshaded by NGE!Shinji, who sarcastically asks if Misato's strategy to beat Gendo involves becoming him.
- Hidden Depths: In 3.0, Misato came across as The Unfettered, and an Abusive Parent to ROE!Shinji. Here, it becomes clear that she's actually something of a Token Good Teammate of WILLE, as she wants to be a good person, but has to compromise with the demands of taking on NERV, as well as satisfying her crew. After her Heel Realisation, she starts stepping up and repairing her relationship with Shinji.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Years of fighting a war have really frosted her up, but she eventually shows her warmer side to Shinji again.
- The Unfettered: Subverted. Turns out, she's got way more moral hang ups than anyone suspects, and Ritsuko spends a lot of her time trying to get her to become this. NGE!Shinji points out that she won't be able to beat Gendo as she is, since she's not wholly committed to the task.
- Unwitting Pawn: As NGE!Shinji points out, WILLE only got access to Unit-01 and ROE!Shinji because NERV let them. All of their actions, and even their treatment of Shinji, was calculated in advance by Gendo himself, and Misato played along perfectly.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Whilst arguing with EDEN, Misato attempts to justify her treatment of ROE!Shinji by pointing out she didn't detonate the DSS Choker when she had the chance. EDEN's understandably appalled, and points out in her "Reason You Suck" Speech that you don't get prizes for not killing people, especially 14 year olds.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Repeatedly, from a lot of people. NGE!Shinji is the main source, but even EDEN and ROE!Shinji get on the action.
Misato's second in command, and key scientific and technological expert of the WILLE staff. Ends up triggering a set of Disaster Dominoes upon encountering Tevos and the other Shinji.
- Anti-Hero: Solid Type IV. She'll save the world, even if she has to use and kill a child, amongst other things, to do it.
- Asshole Victim: A non-fatal example. During Aria's infiltration of the Wunder, she takes her out, and starts interrogating her, with painful results. After everything's she's pulled, it's somewhat satisfying to see her knocked down a peg.
- Dirty Business: Her opinion on what she's done: If saving the human race means becoming a monster, then she's willing to pay that price.
- Jerkass: Even with her good intentions, she's still an unpleasant person to deal with, and it's pretty much hate at first sight between her and NGE!Shinji. Between injecting Tevos with a tranquilliser for rabid dogs, and considering execution for Shinji in spite of saving her and Misato's life, Shinji's admittance that he doesn't like her much is easy to understand.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She admits that she doesn't actually have anything personal against either Shinji, but believes that sacrifices have to be made to win, even if it involves killing children who's only crime was trying to do the right thing, and screwing up horrendously. She also points out that while principles and morals are good and all, they're hard to appreciate if people end up dead when trying to uphold them.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Played with. She is a scientific genius, after all, but there's really no denying that she makes some stupid decisions and assumptions due to not knowing her limits. For one, she doesn't even consider that as an asari, Tevos might react differently to chemicals than an animal or human would, with near lethal consequences. She also tries to deny that NGE!Shinji was an Eva pilot on the grounds that he hasn't suffered the Curse of Eva, without considering that even her knowledge of the Evas is somewhat limited.
- Morality Chain / Poisonous Friend: A rare simultaneous example of someone being both. As Misato's second in command, it's her job to give some perspective on the organisation's goals, and keep Misato on target, but her commitment to ending the war means she's willing to engage in fairly unethical means, and tries to encourage Misato to do likewise.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tranquillising Tevos instead gets her into a coma and very nearly causes brain death, because neither her nor the other WILLE doctors have dealt with an asari's physiology before. This causes a chain of events beginning with ROE!Shinji turning on WILLE, and ending with Aria and him conquering the organisation.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is one, and wants Misato to become a more extreme one.
- Would Hurt a Child: Encouraged Misato to decapitate ROE!Shinji with an Explosive Leash in 3.0.
Mari Illustrious MakinamiWILLE's other pilot, and Asuka's partner-in-crime. She's stuck in the same situation as her, being about the same age, and the same age body.
- Affably Evil / Wild Card: Downplayed on both counts. She's not evil, but she has little real loyalty to WILLE beyond their commitment to saving the world. She'll prevent Aria from taking NGE!Shinji, but only because WILLE would not tolerate her doing her doing otherwise. Outside of that, she proves surprisingly apathetic on what happens to her crew, just watching from the sidelines as Shinji ploughs through them.
- Anti-Hero: Type V. As she admits, her only concern is piloting Eva, and taking down NERV and SEELE. Beyond that, she's nowhere near as invested in WILLE as the rest of the crew.
- Bi the Way: Is very appreciative of the shower scene between Shinji and Tevos. Appreciative of both of them, that is.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Generally not on the same plane as everyone else. Ritsuko flat out asks if Mari knows she's weird, after she comments on the comatose Tevos' hotness.
- Covert Pervert: Averted. She's not remotely subtle in her enjoyment of seeing two people in the nude, and even asks Sakura why she isn't taking notes.
- Nice Girl / The Pollyanna: She's perpetually cheerful and full of support, even if she comes across as weird to everyone else. When ROE!Shinji, at the tail end of 3.0, freaks over the idea that there's another him walking around, she comforts him with an explanation, and refers to him as 'Puppy-kun' as a term of endearment.
- Older Than They Look: As with Asuka, she suffers from the Curse of Eva, and is a full grown woman in the body of a teenager, more or less.
- The Nicknamer: 'Puppy-kun', 'Doggy-kun', 'Princess,' 'Space Lady', she's very fond of these.
- Punch-Clock Hero / Punch-Clock Villain: She's with WILLE because she enjoys piloting Eva, and doesn't have anything against either Shinji despite the two being WILLE's Designated Villains. She doesn't even mind that NGE!Shinji is an Angel, but for WILLE, that's a big no-no, even for a loose cannon like her, so she can't willingly let Aria have him back.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She's one of the few amongst WILLE who averts this. Between 2.0 and 3.0, and 3.0 to Book 2, she's still as sweet, enthusiastic and extroverted as when she first appeared.
Rei Q Ayanami
Gendo IkariCommander of NERV, and the now driving force behind the Human Instrumentality Project. He's also ROE!Shinji's father, and a colossal prick.
- Abusive Parent: Really doesn't need mentioning at this point.
- Adaptational Villainy: Canonical Gendo did care about Shinji, and had a Heel Realisation when he dies. Hard to see anything like that in this Gendo.
- Assimilation Plot: The name of his game.
- Bad Boss: When they were still working for him, he used his NERV subordinates to kick start Third Impact. He then kept his own son in stasis for 14 years, allowing his enemy to bring him out solely so he can manipulate him into starting Fourth Impact, and abandons him to their mercies right afterwards. When Fuyutsuki understandably gets sick of his shit and bolts, he launches three Mass Production Units to find and kill him. Every relationship he has, with the exception of his wife (And even she's not safe) is mired with heavy exploitation from his end, with absolutely no consideration of how it affects anyone else beyond their long term usefulness.
- Big Bad: Of Book 2.
- Did Not See That Coming: A second Eva-01 and Shinji, plus a blue alien, are strange but he can accommodate. A whole battalion of futuristic Space Pirates outnumbering the WILLE fleet just warps through a Mass Relay? Less so. NGE!Shinji using the Evas to undo the damage of Near Third Impact and Fourth Impact upon the world, rapidly putting the odds of Gendo's success down the crapper? Floors him, and sends him on the bender.
- Evil Counterpart: He and Misato are both leaders of an organisation who demand utmost respect, both of them were once decent people hardened by personal tragedies, and both are Abusive Parents to ROE!Shinji. Misato, however, has her heart in the right place, and is willing to change when shown she's wrong. Whatever heart Gendo had shrivelled up long ago, and the time for him to change is long past.
- Similarly to Ritsuko. Their ends are diametric opposites, but the two share the same attitudes towards the means, i.e. anything that'll help them win is acceptable.
- Kick the Dog: Goes above and beyond with ROE!Shinji in 3.0. And very nearly kills him, albeit by accident, when his virus hijacks EDEN in an attempt to kill Misato.
- Pet the Dog: Upon learning that Shinji is near death, he agrees to a temporary truce, and allows WILLE to transfer him to the Mass Effect Universe without any trouble. We don't actually see his response, though, so it's difficult to say whether it was genuine kindness, or he simply saw no more use to this specific pawn, and thus, had no reason to interfere.
- The Sociopath: Yui Ikari is the only person he seems to remotely care for, given his treatment of his son, his subordinates, and the human race in general. And when she makes her disagreements clear, he overrides her, and pushes forward the Assimilation Plot, with the intention of forcing it on her regardless of her wants or needs..
Kozou FuyutsukiGendo's second in command, and his co-conspirator in the Human Instrumentality Project. Has relatively little presence in the story compared to Gendo.
- Affably Evil: Despite his involvement in Gendo's schemes, he comes across as a Cool Teacher, and a wise grandfather figure when not plotting world destruction.
- Anti-Villain: Type I. He'd be one of the heroes if he wasn't committed to the Assimilation Plot. He ends up joining WILLE and Aria after Yui is resurrected and Gendo goes off the deep end.
- Foil: To Ritsuko. Both are close subordinates to the leaders they work under. Ritsuko's a Knight Templar, however, who'll save the Earth no matter what the cost; Fuyutsuki looking to end it through an Assimilation Plot, but tries to take the nicest methods to do so, and would prefer cooperation to manipulation. Ritsuko tries to encourage Misato's ruthlessness, Fuyutsuki tries to counsel kindness in Gendo, both with very little success.
- Know When To Fold Them: Upon realising that Yui has recovered from the Eva, and rejects the Assimilation Plot, he eventually concedes his involvement, realising it probably wouldn't succeed at this point anyway, unlike Gendo.
- Resignations Not Accepted / Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Eventually abandons Gendo, who responds by sicking some Mass Production Units on his tail.