The cast of Rebuild of Evangelion. Please only list tropes that apply to the movie series, and not to the other mediums (though recurrent tropes may be listed), and beware of potential spoilers.
Tropes applying to the original TV series counterparts of these characters can be found here.
- Ambiguously Human: Something is obviously off about the Children come 3.0. They haven't aged since they started piloting, and at the end of the film Asuka conspicuously calls her WILLE colleagues "Lilim" (the series' term for humanity as a type of Angel) as if that term doesn't also apply to the Children. They are also able to survive unassisted in a place with conditions that are fatal to Lilith-based life. Exactly what they are, though, is yet to be revealed. Kaworu and Rei, meanwhile, are as human-esque as they were in the series—the former is clearly stated to be an angel and the latter is heavily implied to still carry Lilith's soul, though the worldbuilding changes in Rebuild mean their true natures are still mysterious.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Rei is the blonde (well, pale-haired, anyway), Mari is the brunette, and Asuka is the redhead.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Shinji Ikari (Leukine), Mari Makinami Illustrious (Sanguine), Asuka Shikinami Langley (Choleric), Rei Ayanami (Melancholic), Kaworu Nagisa (Phlegmatic)
- Men Like Dogs, Women Like Cats: Shinji, Asuka, and Mari have this dynamic going on with their Animal Motifs. Shinji, the only male pilot, is thematically associated with dogs, while both Asuka and Mari are associated with cats.
- Nice Mean And Inbetween: Shinji is the nice one, Asuka is the mean one, and Rei is the in between one. In the third movie, Kaworu is the nice one, the completely detached and alien Rei Q is the mean one, and Shinji is now the in between one.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: In 3.0 it is revealed that the Children are forever stunted at the age they were when they first made contact with an Eva. After 14 years, Asuka, Mari and Kaworu look no different as adults as they did as children, and while this doesn't happen to Shinji and Rei, it's pretty much stated that it will.
- Older Than They Look: In 3.0, despite taking place around 14 years later, Asuka, Mari and Kaworu all look exactly the same. While it's not really noticeable on Kaworu and Mari, Asuka certainly acts like a grizzled soldier. Shinji's suspended animation inside of Unit-01 prevented him from mentally aging past 14, but he's clearly stated to be just as affected by it as the others. Since the Rei in 3.0 is a clone, it's hard to tell what exactly her age is, but she's implied to be fairly fresh, thus reversing this trope all together.
- Power Trio: Asuka is the Id, Shinji is the Ego, and Rei is the Superego. In 3.0, the new Rei is the Id, Shinji is still the Ego, and Kaworu is the Superego.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: On a Scale from red to blue - Mari, Asuka, Shinji, Kaworu, Rei
- Theme Naming: The girl pilots Ayanami, Makinami and Shikinami.
- Two Girls to a Team: Inverted, while the Children could hardly be considered a team, there are five of them, and Shinji and Kaworu are the only boys. After Kaworu's death in the third movie, Shinji is now the only male among the Children.
Voiced by: Megumi Ogata (JP), Ryuunosuke Kamiki (3.0+1.0 timeskip, JP), Spike Spencer (EN), Albert Trifol Segarra (SP), Víctor Ugarte (Latin America)
Shinji from Rebuild is subtly different from the original, which is mostly attributed to the movies' different thematic focus.
- Accidental Pervert:
- His first actual conversation with Rei starts with this, and is notable for being one of the first major signs that Rei isn't normal.
- This happens again with Mari in Rebuild 2.0. Again, Shinji is the only one of the two who seems to care.
- Also with Asuka, who cares significantly more than the last two.
- Happens again with Rei Q in 3.0, for the sake of Ironic Echo.
- Adaptational Badass: Though he wasn't exactly a pushover in a fight in the original series, Shinji is both much more assertive and powerful this time around.
- Always Save the Girl:
- Deconstructed in 2.0. Shinji's quest to save Rei not only ends in failure, but dooms most of humanity as well.
- Also, in 3.0, he unconsciously activates his EVA to save Asuka from an angel when she screams at him to help her. Or at least it's assumed that was his doing, because all that gets him is being forced to wear a choker that will kill him if he Awakens an EVA again. Perhaps it would be better for him not to try and save his fellow female pilots. However, it's reversed at the conclusion of the film, where Mari saves Shinji from Unit-13. Although this is just as much to save everyone else as well.
- Ambiguously Bi: As in the original and The End of Evangelion, the nature of his attraction to Kaworu has been hotly-debated among the fandom.
- Angst Coma: By the end of 3.33, he's so overwhelmed by despair that he just shuts down.
- Animal Motifs: If Asuka's associated with felines, then Shinji is associated with canines. He is regularly likened to a puppy by other characters, the implication being that he is desperate for attention from his superiors and wants to be recognized by his "pack leader"that is, his father, and his obedient and meek attitude contrasts with Asuka's violent and brash attitude. For example, new pilot Mari nicknames him "Puppy Boy" as a joke about his meekness.
- Anti-Hero: Much like the original Shinji. However, this version of the character slides further down the scale than his counterpart, and he's less of a loser as well.
- Anti-Villain: A mix between Well-Intentioned and Villain in Name Only variants. In 3.33, while he did cause Third and Fourth Impacts, they were done out of ignorance and desperation rather than malice, and he genuinely wants to save the world—-he says so himself.
- Apocalypse Maiden: As one of the potential Impact Triggers with Kaworu.
- Awful Truth: During the course of 3.33, he gets told that Rei Ayanami is dead, something that is hinted when Rei-Q acts different to the Rei he knew; after some time, it becomes a coping (or Escapism) mechanism to deal with his part on causing Third Impact. It's only when Fuyutsuki tells him the truth that he faces both reality and the magnitude of his actions.
- The Atoner: In Rebuild 3.0., he tries to be this to make up for causing Third Impact in the last movie. Unfortunately, this is subverted, as it leads to another Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! moment.
- Being Good Sucks: Shinji's efforts to rescue Rei in 2.0 ultimately cost him everything and everyone that he loves.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's ultimately a shy kid who wants to love and be loved by the people around him. Hurt one of his friends though, and he will become a GOD to annihilate you.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to light-haired Rei and redhead Asuka.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: After sucessfully defrosting her, he has this dynamic with Rei in 2.0.
- Byronic Hero: Becomes more so as the series progresses.
- Chick Magnet: As of Rebuild 2.0, it's official. If you've met Shinji, you will want to screw Shinji. No exceptions.
- Classical Anti-Hero: In Rebuild 1.0. He's less of this in Rebuild 2.0 (save the end, where he becomes a full-out Nominal Hero), but he goes back to being this via Trauma Conga Line in Rebuild 3.0.
- Cold Sleep, Cold Future: The post Third Impact world is not pretty...
- Cosmic Plaything: Everything he did at the climax of Rebuild 2.0 was All for Nothing and nearly caused a planetary extinction in the process. Nearly everyone hates his guts for what he did, and his attempt to amend for his actions ends up making the situation worse. The kid needs a hug more than ever now.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: In 3.0, he becomes this for the Big Bad trope. While he is ultimately responsible for causing Near Third Impact and wiping out most of humanity, and is the major force his former friends have to stop, it's made clear that he would never have caused so much damage if anyone had been around to tell him what his initial actions would bring about and if anybody had bothered to tell him his failsafe would be worse than useless. In other words, he's only as screwed up as the rest of the world and becomes a convenient patsy.
- Despair Event Horizon: After he almost triggers Fourth Impact and loses Kaworu, Shinji completely loses his will to live and is left in a catatonic state. He recovers later on, but it takes some effort.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: His life becomes a struggle between piloting EVAs or fleeing. He goes from being a nobody kid into the savior of the world in a manner of hours and he finds out that it's nowhere as cookie-cutter simple as anyone thinks it is. He looks for the approval of a father who does not care for him other than him being a pilot; the problem with him piloting EVAs is the fact that they are so damn powerful and mighty that he causes two apocalyptic events by trying to do the right thing. Needless to say, Shinji is existence's Chew Toy.
- Destructive Saviour: Of the unintentional sort. Shinji inadvertently causes 3rd Impact at the climax of 2.0, which renders much of the world completely wrecked as expected and kills off much of humanity, but if he hadn't done it and therefore killed Zeruel in the process, the angel would have initiated 3rd Impact anyway and with no guarantee that it could be stopped, meaning all of humanity would have died off otherwise.
- Determinator: The major thing that sets him from his anime and manga counterparts. In the second Rebuild film, Shinji WILL save Ayanami, even if he has to initiate Third Impact and to sacrifice the world to do it and in the third film, he will retrieve the spears no matter what. 3.33 goes on to viciously deconstruct this, as Shinji's actions have turned out to have very grave consequences, namely the death of even more of the already diminished human race, leading to him being considered a criminal and pariah by almost everyone he comes across and the last time he attempts to do something, he only makes things go from bad to worse.
- The Dog Bites Back: Given all the crap the universe throws at him it surprisingly happens rarely, but when it does....
- Dogged Nice Guy: Acts this way towards Rei, to a degree.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After three whole movies of being a Cosmic Plaything, 3.0+1.0 sees Shinji not only regaining his will to live and finding closure with his friends and family, but also resetting the world back to its original state, along with possibly being in a relationship with Mari in the new world.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Kaji jokingly(?) flirts with him in Rebuild 2.0, and then there's Kaworu...
- Evil Costume Switch: He trades his white and blue Unit 01 plugsuit for the more ominous looking black and purple EVA-13 one at the climax of 3.0, where he is unwittingly on the bad guy's side.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: In 3.0., Shinji wakes up after being in Eva-01's core for 14 years.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: By the time of 3.0, this is his status with his former friends from NERV ever since Third Impact. While Misato does at least have compassion for Shinji, she and the rest of WILLE are antagonistic towards him for causing most of humanity to be wiped out. Asuka even calls him a little brat since she's mentally 14 years older than him. The bad blood between Shinji and WILLE likely had a factor in his eventual instigation of Fourth Impact.
- Generation Xerox: As the story goes on, it becomes increasingly apparent that Shinji and Gendo really aren't so different, in that both of them are determined to save their loved ones, even if it means wiping out the entirety of humanity.
Shinji: For Kaworu's sake, for everyone's sake, I'll pull out these lances and I'll restore the world.
- It appears to have been subverted by 3.33: if his "World of Cardboard" Speech in the climax of the movie is anything to go by.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When Shinji activates Unit-01's Awakening, his eyes are glowing red.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Towards the middle of 3.0, he's confronted with numerous shocking revelations in very short order, the "highlights" being that he inadvertently annihilated the remainder of the biosphere and that he did not actually save "his" Rei. He pretty much unravels on the spot.
- Hated by All: In 3.33, he's scorned by everyone he comes across for understandably kickstarting Third Impact. This is also one of the reasons why he's able to bond with Kaworu so easily, since the latter was equally feared as a monster.
- Heroic BSoD: He's bad at some point of 3.0, but Kaworu's gruesome death takes the last of Shinji's sanity. Lampshaded by Megumi Ogata, the preview of 4.0 (saying Shinji lost his will to live), and his bonus song "Famously". It remains to be seen how he'll snap out of this Despair Event Horizon.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: By the time of 3.0, Shinji has become a pariah among his former friends from NERV, as well as Asuka, for his involvement in causing Third Impact.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: His relationship with Kaworu is closer to this than it was in previous iterations of the series, with more screen time given to showing off their friendship and trust in each other. The Ho Yay is even more prevalent than ever because of this.
- Hey, You!: Honoring his pledge to "his" Rei about her being unique and irreplaceable to him, Shinji will not refer to the other clone he encounters in 3.0 as "Rei Ayanami" once he finds out the truth. He ends up referring to Rei Q in awkward, roundabout ("the... other pilot."), or indirect ("why aren't we alone?") ways.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Realizing he couldn't save "his" Rei is what pushes him to the border of the Despair Event Horizon.
- The Insomniac: He becomes this in 3.33, starting from the day he was told of what happened 14 years ago; the estimated amount of time he stayed like this varies between a day and a half and three days.
- Instant Expert:
- While in the original series he had his awesome moments, in Rebuild he is clearly a more than competent pilot even able to fight on par with Asuka who was trained to be a pilot since age 4 and had 14 years of extra experience even though he hadn't slept for days, fought very reluctantly, didn't even have a weapon, and was piloting a very unusual EVA for the first time. And ultimately won when she depleted her battery. Not that it made things better...
- In 3.0, he learns to play a very basic (but fancy-sounding)note piano-piece in thirty seconds. While the piece is simple, the inflection he gives it is what you'd normally expect of someone who actually knows how to play. It's primarily symbolic of his relationship with Kaworu and not plot-relevant in itself, but it's still weird.
- The piano-scene may appear to be irrelevant at first, but it's later revealed to have been a training for Shinji to learn to synchronize with Kaworu in order to activate EVA-13's special ability to break the seal to Lilith's Chamber. After all, it has been proven scientifically that when musicians play together, their heart-rates and even their minds start to synchronize. And Studio Khara have been known to do extensive research on everything EVA-related after all.
- In the original series Shinji is shown to be an extremely modest but superb cello player. Rebuild-Shinji may have learned the piano in the past (instead) and was being just as modest about his playing ability as he was with the cello. Even if not, a musician always finds it easier to learn a second instrument than someone starting from scratch.
- Played straight with the RS-Hoopers in the fight in Central Dogma.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Even worse than in the original series.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Rei is his mother's clone.
- However, this is subverted since Rei is a stoic Warrior Poet with a hidden caring side, while Yui is a manipulative, if possibly well intentioned Mad Scientist. It's implied that he would still have stuck with Rei Q if she had showed signs of still being the same person. The connection with Yui is more a creepy obstacle to their relationship than it is the reason he felt drawn to Rei, as showcased when he proves uninterested in a second Yui clone.
- The subversion is particularly apparent just before the climax of 2.0, where Rei is willing to risk her life to Shinji can have the normal life she will never have, while Yui refuses to budge unless Shinji pilots Unit-01 again so he can play his role in her plan; both women essentially work towards diametrically opposite goals.
- Mind Rape: Done by Fuyutsuki when he tells and shows him the truth behind Rei, his mother and parts of the Eva project.
- Must Make Amends: ...for once again causing Third Impact. Unfortunately, all his attempts to do so go horribly wrong...
- My God, What Have I Done?: At least thrice throughout 3.0. Once after Kaworu shows him the devastation he inadvertently caused, one more, word for word, when it sinks in that he couldn't save Rei after all, and one last time once things Go Horribly Wrong at the end of 3.0.
- Nice Guy: Just like in the original, he's still one of the kindest characters in the series, even to those who don't deserve any kindness.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His storylines in 2.0 and 3.0 can be considered a two-part version of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Movie. This time around, his attempt to save Rei triggered Third Impact and killed a sizable chunk of the human population. Then he almost triggers Fourth Impact by pulling out the lances despite Kaworu telling him not to.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Although if you give it some real hard and deep thinking, Shinji's actions actually saved humanity. Because had he not triggered Third Impact then the 10th Angel would have done so anyway and wiped out all of humanity rather just a good chunk. Thus 3.0 Misato, Asuka and what's left of humanity may hate him for what he did and forcing them to spend 14 years in a living hell, but those years were simply borrowed time they had been given because of Shinji's actions. Unfortunately they're too bitter and self-righteously blind to realize this, much less acknowledge it and when they bring Shinji back they're only too willing to antagonize him, which if The End of Evangelion is anything to go by could have even worse implications. Time will tell what the final results will be.
- Not So Different:
- To Wille. After learning the truth about the new Rei, he lashes out at her in anger in grief, then becomes cold and distant, refusing to acknowledge her as a person. The same treatment that made him flee in the first place.
- As with Generation Xerox above, to Gendo. After bonding with Rei in the first film, and saving her in the second, their relationship has made Shinji obsessed with staying together with Rei as part of his justification for starting Third Impact, not unlike how reuniting with Yui became Gendo's motivation for starting the Final Impact. They both won't accept other Rei clones as their own and treat them as unworthy of their attention, and both father and son are anti-social men who find it difficult to bond with other people, responsible for instigating The End of the World as We Know It. For bonus points, both Rei and Yui, the two women who both share the same DNA, and who they both respectively care about are trapped in Unit 01 in the third film.
- Obliviously Evil: In 3.0, with WILLE refusing to tell him anything about what happened after 2.0, he instead ends up going right back to Gendo and SEELE and playing right into their hands to restart Third Impact.
- Parental Abandonment: As in the original series, but this time, he does learn that it was intentional on Yui's part and that she was one of the masterminds behind the Evangelion Project, after which he names her along with Gendo and Misato as people he no longer trusts. After the Time Skip, Gendo will not even talk to him beyond "Pilot the Eva!" even though it was him who got Shinji into that clusterfuck in the first place, and as if two parents abandoning him wasn't enough, Misato has completely disowned him.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Naturally, it gets Deconstructed. Compared to the original series, Shinji is far more decisive with his actions, but this also leads for him to do what only he considers immediately right with no regard to how the consequences will effect those around him.
- Rage Breaking Point: When Gendo activates the Dummy System against Bardiel, Shinji thinks he killed Asuka. Once he regains control of Unit-01, he attacks NERV's HQ himself attempting to kill everyone inside.
- Real Men Cook: In 2.0, his excellent cooking skills cause Asuka and Rei to try to reciprocate.
- Rip Van Winkle: After defeating Zeruel.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- When Shinji refuses to fight Bardiel the Ninth Angel, which has taken over Unit-03, for fear of harming Asuka. Gendo activates the Dummy System, making Unit-01 autonomous and enabling her to rip Unit-03 to shreds, crushing its cockpit in her mouth. Upon regaining control of Unit-01, Shinji tries to literally stomp a mudhole through NERV's HQ out of anger at his father's callousness.
- When Rei is devoured by Zeruel, and he decides to take a page from Kamina and rip the angel to pieces with glowing eyes of rage to save her. Cue Third Impact.
- Rookie Red Ranger: Much like his original counterpart, but his ability to fight on par with an Asuka who has 14 years of extra experience deserves an extra mention. Again, he is not better off for it, as he could only control the immense power he summoned from EVA 01 for a limited amount of time, and paid with 14 years of his life and all that was ever dear to him when its unhindered "return to its original form" once again triggered Third Impact...
- Sanity Slippage: In 3.33, he loses his sanity this time around due to a combination of lack of sleep, learning that he destroyed the biosphere, the truth about Rei and the fact that he didn't saved her.
- The Scapegoat: He becomes one to WILLE in 3.0, since he accidentally caused Third Impact and wiped out most of humanity.
- Skilled, but Naïve: As a more competent pilot this time around, this becomes a Fatal Flaw for him, spending the first three films (particularly 3.0) being played like an absolute fiddle by Gendo and SEELE.
- Smells Sexy: According to Mari, though the LCL-parfume apparently helps, at least as far as Mari is concerned.
- Supreme Chef: Even better than in the original series.
- Survivor Guilt: According to the bonus song Famously, towards all of his friends who died in Third Impact and Kaworu, who died due to his mistake and by activating the DSS Choker.
- They Died Because of You: After awakening from Unit-01 fourteen years after Third Impact, Misato and Kaworu inform him that he wiped out most of humanity in the aftermath. Shinji doesn't take it well.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Shinji's unwillingness to listen to Sakura's advice causes him to awaken EVA-13. Furthermore, he impulsively retrieves the spears despite Kaworu and Asuka's warnings, resulting in Kaworu's death and Shinji's Heroic BSoD.
- Tragic Mistake: He loses everyone he loves via unintentionally causing Third Impact while trying to rescue Rei.
- Transhuman: If the runes on the DSS Choker are something to go by, he may have become this as a side effect of Eva-01's awakening and deification in 2.0.
- Trauma Conga Line: The result type shifts to a variation of a result D...until the events from 3.0 leads him directly to C again. The sheer amount of breaking he has to endure there makes even ''The End of Evangelion'' look silly.
- Took a Level in Badass: He's presented as having a bit more of a backbone and manages to ascend to godhood at the climax of the second movie. Unfortunately, this is harshly deconstructed in 3.0, where his reckless actions proved to have been more harmful than they were worth.
- He's still subtly presented as this in 3.0, where he's on more even footing with Kaworu in their relationship and manages to gain the upperhand against Asuka, whose had 14 more years of experience than him, in a fight.
- Unwitting Pawn: It only takes a few choice words from Gendo for Shinji to manipulate him into causing Third Impact. And when he actually tries to subvert Gendo's plans in 3.0 he ends up playing into SEELE's hands...
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Just like in the original, he craves Gendo's approval despite outwardly seeming to despise his father.
- We Used to Be Friends: This is played with in 3.0. Everyone who even knew him before the time skip, especially Asuka, have already turned on him for inadvertently causing Third Impact.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Twice, both on accident.
- Would Hit a Girl: He reluctantly defends himself and Kaworu from Asuka so they could save the world (or so he thought) during the fight in Central. She gave him no choice when she kept attacking them without bothering to explain herself..
- Wrong Side All Along: He waltzes back to NERV only to find out that they're plotting the apocalypse. He gets tricked into nearly destroying the world, twice, the second time while actively trying to save it, having to fight his former allies in the process.
- You Are Number 6: In 3.33, he's labeled as "Subject BM-03" by WILLE's medical staff.
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Brina Palencia (EN), Joël Mulachs (SP, 1.01), Carmen Ambrós (SP, 2.22), Circe Luna (Latin America), Ana Lobo (Latin America, 3.00)
Rei's portrayal in Rebuild appears to blend the anime and manga versions. In the first movie, she is essentially the same as in the anime. In the second movie, she begins to open up to Shinji in a manner similar to the manga, even going as far as to try to host a dinner so that Shinji and Gendo can spend time together. Given the ending of the second movie, it remains to be seen if/how things will change between the two of them and if/how she herself will change in light of her origins in the anime and manga.
- Action Girl: 2.0 in particular shows us what she's made of, taking on Zeruel all by herself with Mari and Asuka out of commission.
- Bandage Babe: Like in the original Evangelion, Rei first appears bandaged up from her injuries the first time Shinji sees her.
- Betty and Veronica: With Asuka for Shinji in 2.0 and this time she fits better the role of Betty.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The blonde (sort-of) to brunette Shinji and Mari and redhead Asuka.
- Body Backup Drive: The Rei that appears in 3.0 (Rei Q) is a clone. The "original" Rei's soul is stated to still be inside Unit-01.
- Cloning Blues: As in the original continuity, Rei is just an Expendable Clone, and following her death is replaced.
- Dead All Along: Subverted in 3.0. Although it seems that Shinji never saved her to begin with, Unit 01 is holding on to her for now.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In 2.0 she warms up considerably towards Shinji.
- Determinator: Demonstrated twice: in the Sahaquiel fight (in which she grabbed its core so that Asuka could get a clean shot); and in the Zeruel fight (where she was ready to sacrifice herself for Shinji).Rei: <utterly focused look> "AT Field - max level. I can do this. For him. So he never - has to pilot-"<cut to Shinji's SDAT Player, at her waist>Rei: "- Again!"
- Disappeared In Your Arms Tonight: Thinking he just saved her, Shinji pulls her into a close embrace after yanking her soul out of Zeruel and into Unit-01. Unfortunately, it ends up being the last time he ever sees her, at least to date. Especially painful since this is probably the first and only time either of them ever got hugged.
- Emotionless Girl: Subverted. She is actually very curious; she goes from basically inert to merely stoic (believe it, that's a giant step for someone like her).
- Expendable Clone: Just like the original Rei, she says, and seems to earnestly believe, she can be replaced if she dies. Shinji doesn't accept this at all, tells her during her "rescue" that she's the one and only Rei, and even refuses to consider the clone that appears in 3.0 "his" Ayanami.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted; the cooking idea only occurs to her because Shinji cooked for her first and Gendo frequently took her out to dinner, and regardless of her gender, it still takes her a while to manage it without cutting up her fingers, as you'd expect it of a spartan Child Soldier.
- Generation Xerox: Becomes this in 3.0, when you realize that just like Yui, she has become the light in Shinji's heart (the same way Yui was to Gendo, to the point where both troubled, brooding anti-social father and son respectively would even be willing to forsake the world just to be with them), which speaks volumes of just how broken Shinji would be without her presence, the same way Gendo was. She's also trapped in Unit 01 with Yui in the third movie.
- The Gwen Stacy: Shinji goes berserk trying to save her, and has a Despair Event Horizon upon realizing he failed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted for Shinji's sake numerous times. Never quite played straight.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Her suicide run against Zeruel not only fails to stop the Angel, it gets herself and Unit-00 devoured, unintentionally making it the final catalyst for Third Impact when Shinji goes Unstoppable Rage to try to save her, destroying most of what's left of the planet in the process.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Just like in the original series, her reaction to Shinji walking in on her naked, falling on top of her, and accidentally groping her was limited to politely asking him to move.
- Insistent Terminology: In 3.0, she in particular is referred to as "a person" by Asuka; other Ayanamis are just clones from the Ayanami Series; meaning, she wasn't just another clone.
- The Lost Lenore: She becomes one to Shinji after he realizes he failed to save her in 3.0. Subverted though: She's not exactly dead, merely trapped inside Unit-01 so there's likely a chance she can still be saved. Time will tell.
- Love Interest: More overtly so for Shinji than in the original series, unfortunately comes with an added dose of Love Makes You Crazy when Shinji unwittingly destroys most the world trying to save her life.
- Meaningful Name: With 3.0 as a retroactive example. Because she's cloned from Shinji's mother and Gendo's wife, maiden name Yui Ayanami, and the fact that Rei means spirit/ghost (or nothing using different kanji), her name means the spirit of Ayanami, or nothing, signifying Gendo's obsession with using Rei as a Replacement Goldfish for Yui, yet recognizing that she's nothing like his Yui.
- Ms. Fanservice: Even moreso than the original. Read the list on the other page for why she qualifies. If anything Rei here is portrayed less for Fan Disservice and has considerably more warmth to go with her other traits.
- Mystical Waif: As in the original Evangelion, there's something not-quite human about her.
- Never Found the Body: In 3.0. When Shinji is extracted, Rei is nowhere to be found... but the tape player Shinji had left with her is. While most everyone believes she's dead and gone, Shinji adamantly refuses to believe she's really gone, especially when Rei suddenly appears to make him escape from the AAA Wunder(even if she doesn't behaves as usual). At least until Fuyutsuki reveals to him that she's still trapped inside EVA-01 alongside Yui, and that the Rei that rescued him earlier is a clone.
- No Social Skills: Comes from being an expendable clone raised as a Replacement Goldfish.
- Oblivious to Love: She has no idea she's in love with Shinji and Asuka has to spell it out for her.
- OOC Is Serious Business: She says "Good morning" when walking into class one day. Her classmates freak out. She also actually sees the Eva 3 fight for herself and is horrified, suggesting Ritsuko's hinting that This Is Unforgivable! and beforehand when disaster hits and NERV picks her up her reaction screams, "Shit."
- Phlebotinum Girl: She's made from the remaining genetic pattern left by Yui when she disappeared plus genes from Lilith; as such, she's a composite copy of Yui and Lilith.
- Present Absence: In 3.0. Although not physically present, she gets mentioned in every other scene and Shinji's ill-fated attempt to save and reunite with her prove crucial to the plot.
- Rapunzel Hair: When Shinji reunites with Rei in 3.0+1.0, it's shown that her hair has grown past her waist during the 14 year timeskip.
- Replacement Goldfish: For Gendo, in a sense since Rei is his wife's clone. In 3.0 it's revealed that the maiden name of Shinji's mom was Yui Ayanami.
- Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: She has a bob haircut like in the original series until 3.0+1.0, where it's revealed that her hair has grown to her waist as a result of being trapped in the Eva 01 for 14 years.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Moreso than in the original series, but she also defrosts quicker.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Rei II did a Heroic Suicide against Armisael, while Rei III merged with Lilith and presumably died when Lilith fell apart in The End of Evangelion. In 3.0+1.0, it's revealed that Rei's (aka Rei II) soul was waiting for Shinji to return to pilot the Eva 01 once more. Additionally, when Shinji initiates the Final Impact to recreate a universe without Angels or Evas, Rei is shown to be alive and well in that reality, interacting with Kaworu at the train station.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She generally only shows the "sugar" part to Shinji and Gendo - although in 2.0, the classroom scene and the last act of the movie indicate that the latter might since have lost that privilege.
- Swallowed Whole: Zeruel swallows the cockpit of Eva 00, with her still inside.
- Through Her Stomach: In Rebuild 2.0, Shinji sharing miso soup with her at the sea life preserve, and later preparing a lunch for her at school, are the major keys toward getting her to open up to people.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo.
- Victory by Endurance: Played with.She is the Rei clone that has lived the longest bar Rei Q, who was awakened sometime between the 14 years since the Third Impact; this makes her the "main" Rei and the drive for most of the series.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: When Asuka asks her how she feels about Shinji, Rei says she doesn't know but she feels "warm" when he is with her and wants him to feel the same way. Asuka then concludes she is in love with him.
- When She Smiles: Like in the original series, Rei is a stoic frowner, always focused to complete the mission and not caring if she dies or not. This all changed when she interacts with Shinji and gradually opens up to him, culiminating into a beautiful smile when he opens the cockpit door at the end of 1.0.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair to signify her strange biological nature.
Asuka Shikinami Langley
Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN), Graciela Molina (SP, 2.22), Ana Pallejá (SP, 3.33), Georgina "Gina" Sánchez (Latin America)
The Rebuild version of Asuka differs quite a bit from the depiction in the original anime. Her last name is changed from Soryu to Shikinami, her loathing for dolls is seemingly gone, and so is her obsessive crush on Kaji. While still having made a remarkable achievement at her age, instead of graduating University at the age of 14, she joined the European Air Force, reaching the rank of Captain at age 14. While still kind of a jerk most of the time, Asuka Shikinami is merely hostile, selfish and arrogant as opposed to being pathologically histrionic. Not only is she more emotionally healthy, she's actually willing to open up to other people, displaying some affection for Shinji and coming to, if not befriend, at least accept Rei. Her character design, while starting out the same way as in the anime, undergoes a small but rather drastic change at the very end of Rebuild 2.0, namely an Eyepatch of Power.
- Action Girl: Just like her previous adaptations, she kicks various amounts of tail in her EVA.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In this film series, Asuka's hair is a bit more brown compared to the 1995 series, where her hair has some orange. Rebuild merchandise still depicts her hair with the same inconsistent range of colors that she had in previous merchandise, including hues closer to her original incarnation.
- Adaptation Name Change: Her last name was changed from Soryu to Shikinami. For 1.0 tie-in merchandise and video games, she still appeared as "Soryu" due to the fact that her role in the Rebuild continuity hadn't been established yet. Word of God is that Asuka and Rei both having -nami in their surnames is a hint to something important.
- Although according to Japanese naming customs the order of her name and surname are the same for both versions of the character with the Japanese-origin surname first (Soryu/Shikinami Asuka Langley), Khara states that the English spelling of her name is officially Asuka Shikinami Langley with the Japanese-origin surname in the middle, compare with the original one spelled Asuka Langley Soryu.
- Why the name change? 3.0+1.0 reveals that in this continuity, Asuka is a clone from a series of clones called the Shikinami-type. Just as Rei is an Ayanami-type clone.
- Adaptational Badass: While not as extreme an example as Shinji, original series Asuka became less and less competent as the series went on and was eventually the main target of The Worf Effect, while she herself became more mentally unstable. Here, Asuka defeats an Angel solo in her introductory battle, her role of getting Worfed in the Zeruel battle is passed over to Mari,note , and she recovers from the Ninth Angel incident to become much tougher and more hardened by the time of 3.33.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Her original counterpart was pretty much a bonafide jerkass and Smug Snake. Here, she has a more genuine kind side and isn't as cruel, and also has a much more tempered ego.
- Anger Born of Worry:
- Asuka greets Shinji with a proverbial punch to the face on 3.0. 14 years after he caused a bona-fide apocalypse for the sake of Rei he is still obliviously asking for her, eager to see her again; later, Mari teases her about going to Shinji just to see him again and she lashes at the suggestion, still visibly mad about the encounter.
- Asuka runs to Shinji's plug to check on him in 3.33; after having a somewhat cruel (one-sided) conversation with him, she nearly leaves him, only to pick him up because she refuses to let him give up on life.
- Animal Motifs: She's strongly associated with cats, especially in 3.0. Asuka wears a hat with cat ears, her helmet (like Mari's) looks like it has cat ears as well, and Unit-02's upgraded Beast mode resembles a saber-toothed tiger.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: She's just as prideful of her skills and aggressive as her TV series counterpart, but apparently she lacks Soryu's screwed-up backstory, so she's not a deconstruction of the trope.
- Badass Adorable: As usual, she's a cute tsundere girl who's also one of the most accomplished and capable Eva pilots upon her introduction.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Rei's Betty for Shinji's Archie in 2.0.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to light-haired Rei and brunette Shinji and Mari.
- Broken Bird: In 3.0, years of living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland under near-constant combat appear to have made her bitter. Her voice-actress even compares her to an embittered mercenary.
- The Captain: She's a European Air Force Captain.
- Char Clone: Even moreso than her original counterpart, where she pilots an EVA unit that has three forms and even wears an eyepatch as of the third film.
- Character Development: Asuka starts off as a cocky, jerkass loner and eventually starts to enjoy other people's company, eventually feeling her first true bit of happiness in the movie by doing a favor for Rei. Thanks to the Ninth Angel, it doesn't last. Fortunately, 3.0+1.0 has her slowly gain some development again.
- Character Exaggeration: The tsundere aspect, where she shows more of a "dere" (soft) side.
- Cloning Blues: 3.0+1.0 reveals that she is a clone like Rei, specifically the last of the Shikinami-types.
- Cruel to Be Kind: In 3.0, as cruel as her words may be, she still cares for Shinji; however, this doesn't mean that she's going to make things easier for him.
- A Day in the Limelight: Gets more focus than other Eva characters for the "Godzilla vs. Evangelion" promotion; for example, she got her own line of merchandise depicting her partially mutated into the King of Monsters, and the April Fools' Day movie trailer for the promotion has a random moment at the end where a red Mechagodzilla comes out of nowhere, accompanied by Asuka's signature battle cry (implying that she's piloting it).
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She actually gets to become a better human being. However, she becomes even colder than before after the Time Skip.
- Demoted to Extra: While she is a major character in this continuity, her role is heavily reduced compared to that of the original series, where she's a prominent supporting character instead of one of the leads.
- That said, she's more important in 3.0 than in 2.0, serving as the Tritagonist (following behind Shinji and Kaworu.)
- Didn't Think This Through: Sure Asuka, go ahead an attack Shinji in Unit-13 in Central Dogma without explaining yourself, knowing he is trying restore world and knowing he is being manipulated and you could solve this merely by explaining everything to him - including the important things you and WILLE left out last time you met. What could possibly go wrong?. Truth be told, this is a very consistent theme with Asuka.
- Eyepatch of Power: In 3.0 she wears an eyepatch over her left eye, which makes her, implied disfigurement notwithstanding, even cuter, at least in the rare occasions where she isn't scowling in rage. God save us from the tsundere that is to be unleashed. It's entirely possible that her left eye is intact, but covered up for reasons unknown. See Glowing Eyes below.
- Eye Scream: In Rebuild 2.0, the Eva she is piloting is infected by Bardiel and ripped apart by Unit-01, who chomps down on the plug with her still inside it. 3.0 shows her with an Eyepatch of Power which contains what remains of ''Bardiel itself''..
- Feminine Women Can Cook: When she starts developing feelings for Shinji, she starts teaching herself how to cook to be more attractive to him, cutting and burning her hands in the process. The way she realizes that Rei loves Shinji too is that she sees the same injuries on Rei's hands.
- Fiery Redhead: Much like the original, her loud manner of speaking and aggressive personality give her a demeanour as fiery as her hair. Both are toned down slightly here, but the latter isn't in illustrations and merchandise.
- First-Name Basis: With Shinji; granted, it's only in the lines of "Idiot Shinji" and "Brat Shinji".
- Foreshadowing: Unlike the original series, Asuka lacks mommy and daddy issues. 3.0+1.0 reveals that since she's a clone, she doesn't have parents.
- Game Face: When she gets angry or when her Evangelion unit enters Beast mode in 3.0, her eyes glow blue, and the latter gets the addition of her teeth lengthening into fangs. The latter's effects disappear if she ejects out of her EVA unit or if she gets out of Beast mode.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When she finds a catatonic Shinji at the end of 3.0, she shoves him, calls him a brat, grabs his face, and physically drags him across the desert because she absolutely refuses to let him run away from his problems again.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes (including, you know, the one with the eyepatch) glow blue when she gets mad that Shinji leaves with Rei Q or when she activates Unit-02's Beast Mode.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She is clearly not happy of seeing Shinji and Rei getting along at first. However, she eventually realises he is better off with Rei.
- Hand Puppet: She is seen talking with one soon after moving in with Shinji and Misato. Unless her backstory has changed, it might mean she isn't quite as healthy as she seems to be. Though it also now seems possible that fourteen extra years of time to cope with the concept have left that part of her original backstory rather moot.
- As ultimately revealed by 3.0+1.0, her backstory is very different. She is the last of the Shikinami-types, meaning she is also suffering from Cloning Blues as much as Rei.
- Handicapped Badass: In 3.0, where she sports an Eyepatch of Power due to the Eye Scream incident.
- Hypocrite: Let's just say Asuka's the last person you'd expect to give a What the Hell, Hero? to Shinji on his supposed selfishness (at least from her view) and escaping from reality when she herself is very much guilty of it herself.
- Image Song: Asuka already had a few from the original series, but a Rebuild pachinko game gave her two more: a cover of the original series song "Kokoro no Genshi ni Modore", and a new song, "Shiawase no Betsumei".
- Insistent Terminology:
- In 3.0, Asuka refers to the disappeared Rei in 2.0 as "a person" (albeit rather angrily); other Ayanamis are just clones from the Ayanami Series; meaning, she was not just another clone to Asuka.
- She won't refer to Shinji in any other way than "Baka Shinji" note ; he gets an upgrade in 3.0 by getting called "Gaki Shinji" note .
- Improbable Age: Becoming a European Air Force captain at 14. Lampshaded by Kensuke.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Asuka determines that Rei loves Shinji, she decides to let them be together despite her own feelings for him. In 3.0+1.0, she confesses to him that she loved him back in the day, and he in turn admits he did the same, though they agree that they have since grown apart.
- I Work Alone: Her attitude towards the other pilots, although after the timeskip she and Mari are frequently sortied together.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her rant on Shinji being childish and thinking the world revolves around him and his desires proves to be a reasonable point. While Shinji didn't know at the time that he was causing the Third and later Fourth Impact, it doesn't change the fact that he messed up the world twice.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much moreso than in the original anime. Shikinami Asuka Langley has a genuinely considerate, caring and kind-hearted side that qualifies her as a more traditional and well-balanced tsundere as opposed to a character mainly defined by being a jerkass.
- Just a Kid: This is her attitude toward Shinji following the timeskip.
- Knight in Sour Armor: In 3.0.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Although she isn't seen with one (except in some promotional art), the movies heavily imply that Asuka is fond of cats. Both her hat and her plugsuit helmet are designed to resemble cat ears, and in 3.0 Unit 02 gains a tiger-like "beast mode". The "kind-hearted" aspect is mostly downplayed, as she's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and only briefly becomes truly kind-hearted (not her fault, though).
- Lady of War: Her introductory battle has her performing all sorts of graceful acrobatic maneuvers in EVA-02.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Shinji during their time living together with Misato.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Shinji's Feminine Boy.
- The McCoy: To Shinji's Kirk and Rei's Spock. If it's between Rei and Mari, however, then she's The Kirk to Rei's Spock and Mari's McCoy.
- Meaningful Name: Just like her TV series incarnation, she's the only one among the _nami-named characters whose name uses a different first kanji from her namesake warship (式 instead of 敷), and indeed the only Rebuild character aside from Ritsuko Akagi whose surname only phonetically matches their namesake. Unlike her classic incarnation, however, the "fakeness" is significantly downplayed, as she seems to lack her prideful facade hiding abysmal self-esteem and instead trades it for being an apparent jerk who is actually kind and benevolent. In 3.0, she then trades that for being an adult in a teenager's body.
- Mind Rape: Implied during the Bardiel incident, she seems to have gotten over it in 3.33.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though Mari, Misato and Rei still have their moments, Asuka gets the lion's-share of sexy scenes and shots in the Rebuild film series.
- Nice Hat: Her kitty-eared hat from 3.0, which is now available for sale.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When she activates Unit-02's Beast Mode, her teeth lengthen into fangs.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: In 3.0 it's revealed she stopped aging when she was 14. She isn't particularly thrilled with this situation. This is made especially ironic, given that in the original series, she complained about having her periods and growing older.
- Older and Wiser: Subverted. Although she lived longer after the time skip, it is clearly shown that she has not grown both physically and emotionally. She is basically a more cynical and angrier version of herself before the time skip. Also, her "greeting" of Shinji at the beginning of 3.0 and completely unnecessary assault at terminal dogma (in which she lost to Shinji - who is supposedly still a rookie compared to her) implies both emotional instability and inability to see past herself.
- Overshadowedby Awesome: Is stated to be a european air force pilot and the pilot of Unit-2, but is consistently outperformed by Shinji in both 2.0 and 3.0 in achievments. In 3.0., she is not only saved by him while he is basicaly in a coma, but also beaten by him rather profoundly when she has been fighting a war for the past 14 years and he has been in suspended animation. The fact that his EVA unit was designed to piloted by two people, was experimental and not truely designed for combat, had not AT field and he was not actualy trying to hurt her speaks volumes of the difference in their respective abilities. Yeah, Asuka cannot cathch a break.
- Older Than She Looks: In 3.0., she's actually 28 years old, but hasn't physically aged due to piloting the Evangelion stilting her growth in some way.
- Pet the Dog: In Rebuild 2.0, she takes Rei's place piloting Unit 03 so that Rei can host her party (even though she insists it's just so she can pilot an Eva while Unit 02 is sealed off. Misato thinks otherwise.)
- Even after she Took a Level in Jerkass, she still seems to care for Shinji (although not in a healthy way perhaps) given that she apparently ran to Shinji's plug when she found it to check on him and she outright refuses to let him run away from his problems.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's able to crack the glass in the interrogation room with a punch from her fist in 3.0. (Although we don't know if it was simple glass or security glass, if it's the later case then it's this trope)
- Psychological Projection: In 3.0 she refers to Shinji as a "brat", supposedly because she perceives him to be immature and selfish after the 14 years she was stuck not growing up and he was in suspended animation. However, she has very little emotional control, acts incredibly bratty and is implied to not have grown much both in mentaly and emotionaly and in fact seems quite stuck in the past. This was a charctaristic with her in the original series as well.
- Red Is Heroic: Slightly flanderized from the original series; she's a ginger-haired girl with a red plugsuit who pilots a red EVA unit, but this time around she actually demonstrates that red is her favorite color when talking about EVA-03's paint job and the color of the test plugsuit she has to use. She's also the most consistently heroic Evangelion pilot this time around, even if she can be a bit of a jerk about it - Mari's a mystery, Shinji undergoes a temporary FaceHeel Turn, and the situation of Rei and her clones is as complicated as ever.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: By the time 3.0 rolls around, she, along with the rest of WILLE, spent a good 14 years fighting NERV, and when she gets to see Shinji again, she doesn't really munch her words on him.
- Single-Target Sexuality: In this continuity, Shinji is the only person she shows interest in. Even after everything that's happened between them over the course of the series, she finds herself begrudgingly happy when he finally admits he returns her feelings.
- Stripperiffic: When given a translucent test plug suit to pilot Eva-03, Asuka complains about how revealing it is.
- Through His Stomach: Misato catches her trying to cook something for Shinji. Asuka quickly denies it and says it's for Hikari.
- Too Dumb to Live: Her bullheadedness and attack on Shinji in Terminal Dogma without explaining herself to him is what partially drove him to remove the spears and cause the Near-Fourth Impact. Really makes you wonder how she survived 14 years of post apocalyptic war.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After the Time Skip, years of living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland under near-constant combat turned her into what is essentially an embittered mercenary. This being said, it doesn't undo her Character Development in 2.0 that made her better as a person so much as it made her more cynical.
- Transhuman: As with Shinji, however, in her case it's subtly shown in a Freeze-Frame Bonus way when her eyes glow blue and the angel sealing runes appear in her eyepatch.
- Tyke Bomb: She entered the European Air Force and reached the rank of Captain at 14.
- Tsundere: As per tradition, Asuka is a tsundere. However, in this film series, she does clearly show more of a good side. That is, until she loses her "dere" side by the time of 3.0.
- Ungrateful Bitch: In the opening of 3.0, she calls out for Shinji to do something to help her when the Nemesis Series is roasting her alive. Shinji apparently wakes up EVA-01 to save her life yet she does not care one bit.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo. Like everyone else in 3.0, aside from Fuyutsuki.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Apparently with Mari in 3.0. They have very good teamwork after working together for 14 years, but Asuka constantly belittles Mari as a "four-eyed favorite" and Mari disparages Asuka as a "princess".
- Vocal Evolution: By the time the dub of the second film was announced in 2010, fourteen years in real life had passed since Tiffany Grant first voiced Asuka. As a result, Asuka sounds older, more subdued and less histrionic due to Grant's aging.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Her partner Mari even responds to her insults and demands by calling her "princess".
- We Used to Be Friends:
- Even if she wasn't truly a friend of hers, her way of referring to Rei in 3.0 shows signs of this, it might justified for the fact in the Time Skip she came to know her secret, that the Rei she's referring to is a different one from the Rei in 2.0, and is implied to have fought with her "spares" more than once.
- This is more obvious in Shinji's case. It's downright painful how he's so damn happy and relieved when he finds her alive, and, unlike the audience absolutely doesn't see that punch coming, however, it seems to be Zigzagged given that she's not going to let him die or run away from his problems again, as well as being affected by the fact that, during their fight in Central Dogma, he slaps her Eva.
- Heavily implied with Misato post time skip. She refers to her as "colonel Katsuragi", sarcastically asks her to confirm that a single person is worth nothing post-Third Impact, and the two are implied to have only a professional relationship. This is inline with the original series, in which, near the end, Asuka felt abandoned by Misato, and the latter did little to dispel this notion.
- When She Smiles: Not to the degree of Rei, mind you, but at one point in 2.0 before everything goes to Hell, she gives a very relaxed, genuine one, and it's beautiful.
- Wolverine Publicity: While her role in the story proper has been reduced, her role in marketing has not, resulting in this trope. This got to the point that Asuka (still named "Soryu") was advertised as a major character in the 1.0 video game.
- Would Hurt a Child: Even if the child in question is reduced to a catatonic wreck, and all threat from him was all but neutralized. And then she has the gall to complain that he would attack a female opponent who, unlike him, had training and battle experience.
Mari Makinami Illustrious
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP), Trina Nishimura (EN), Marta Barbará (SP), Mireya Mendoza (Latin America)
A new character from the Rebuild continuity, Mari Makinami is the designated pilot of Unit-05 and the undesignated pilot of Unit-02 later on in 2.0 when she makes off with it to join in the battle against Zeruel.
In contrast with Shinji, Asuka, and Rei, she's shown to genuinely enjoy piloting, taking pleasure in killing the Angels and describing it as "fun." Also in contrast with the rest of the main cast, she appears to be a relatively sane person — outside of battle, at least.
Her personality has a few feral aspects, such as her fixation on scent and her reckless style of fighting.
- Action Girl: She's an EVA pilot, and when inside her mecha she demonstrates clear competence despite her highly aggressive approach to fighting Angels. She has one Angel kill under her belt in the second movie, and scores further kills during the third movie with an implication of having achieved other kills during the Time Skip.
- Age-Gap Romance: Her flirting with Asuka and Shinji become this upon 3.0+1.0 revealing that she's actually Yui and Gendo's contemporary, so she's actually old enough to be their mother. In the new universe, it's implied she's been aged down so she could be with Shinji.
- Ascended Extra: Word of God indicated in an interview that she was originally going to have a much smaller role in 2.0. Viewer response to her brief appearance in 1.0's post-movie trailer changed that.
- Ambiguously Bi: In the last pages of Sadamoto's manga, we are shown a young Mari crushing on Yui. Even if they follow separate canons, Mari has shown no overt interest in boys besides teasing Shinji.
- Some scenes have her playfully tease Asuka in 3.0+1.0.
- However, the ending of 3.0+1.0 implies that she gets romantically involved with Shinji.
- Animal Motifs: It's less obvious than Asuka, but Mari does seem to have a subtle cat theme, given her kitty-eared helmet and her tendency to insert "nya" into her sentences.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her default strategy.
- Badass Adorable: A dark type. She's a cute teenage girl but with the bloodlust and talent to destroy Angels when she's piloting an Eva.
- The Berserker: And how! She makes EoE!Asuka look controlled, especially at the end of 2.0.
- Big Damn Heroes: Seems to have a fondness for this kind of entry. She loves to make an entrance, pulls her shots until the last possible second and generally does what she can to make her screen time memorable. She even manages to put an end to Fourth Impact when it seems like all hope is lost by tackling a mecha god in mid-air and forcing Shinji to eject.
- The Big Girl: She replaces Toji as a pilot in Rebuild. Her personality and fighting style certainly give leverage to this, as well.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The brunette to light-haired Rei and redhead Asuka.
- Blood Knight: When up against the Angels, there is nothing she loves more than ripping them to pieces. And good Lord, she takes this to nightmarish levels. Even after having her Eva's arm, an eye, and a good chunk of brain knocked off by Zeruel (and feeling all the pain from the injuries), she asks Shinji why he doesn't fight, because fighting is so much fun.
- But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half British, according to the pamphlet included in the 2.0 Blu-Ray.
- Canon Immigrant: Mari appears in the epilogue of the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga as a college friend of Yui's in 1998, meaning that she predates the characters that are her fellow pilots in Rebuild. 3.0+1.0 confirms this is true in the Rebuild continuity as well.
- Cat Smile: Keeps one on her face through much of 3.0.
- She's pretty perky for an Eva pilot, retaining her cheerful, aloof outlook on life even in the face of gruesome pain and impending apocalypse.
- Not to mention charging into her battle with Unit-05 against the bone Angel while singing a jaunty little tune.
- With the exception of Sakura, she's also the only member of WILLE who seems to have any cheer left after Near Third Impact.
- Crash-Into Hello: Turned Up to Eleven - she crashes into poor Shinji with a parachute. Chest first.
- Crazy Cat Lady: One of the discarded plans for her in the second movie was that she would have owned a bunch of cats at home. Combine that with her personality, and you get this trope.
- Creepy Child: In almost the exact opposite way that Rei and Kaworu are. She's extremely perky, cheerful and energetic even in situations where she definitely shouldn't be which, compared to the much more human reactions of the rest of the cast makes her come off as... off. The fact that she's absolutely ruthless in an Eva also adds to this.
- Cute and Psycho: Her meganekko look is subverted by the Slasher Smile she sports whenever a good fight starts.
- D-Cup Distress: She complains her breasts make it hard to find fitting clothes.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Things just seem to work out for him, huh?"
- Dissonant Serenity: She reacts extremely casually to the prospect of Fourth Impact especially when compared to, well, every other character.
- Double Agent: Possibly. Her sneaking into Japanese territory via parachute indicates she's up to something, as does her line "I don't really feel comfortable bringing adults into my affairs." Plus, jacking Unit 02 without official approval isn't exactly standard NERV procedure.
- As of 3.0 it seems a moot point, as any organization she was working for has long since been disbanded or killed off after Near Third Impact. Now she works full time for WILLE along with most of the previous NERV staff.
- In an interview, Maaya Sakamoto says Mari is a simple, straightforward person with no hidden agenda.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Mari's first name was revealed in, of all things, Petit Eva. She appeared in her original outfit from 1.0's trailer.
- Foil: Possibly one to Kaworu. The two of them are gorgeous, nice and maintain a mostly positive attitude given their world, while actively caring about Shinji's well-being as a main concern even when he screws up, and somehow know more about their world than any of the other Children. They also are mysteriously off-putting to most other people yet are interested in Shinji, and express it in vague ways. The difference is that Kaworu is an Angel that relies more on his natural-born gifts, and Mari is more of an Evangelion geek that's exceptionally good at what she does because she dedicated her life, talents, and effort into living her dream of piloting an Eva.
- Foreshadowing: Why Shinji, Asuka, and Mari didn't age in the timeskip between 2.0 and 3.0 is because of the Curse of Eva, which is when prolongued exposure to LCL prevents the subject from biologically aging. Mari turns out to be as old as Yui, also presumably because of this, given she's been with NERV for a while.
- Friendly Sniper: In 3.0., Mari specializes in powerful long ranged rifles, putting her in this territory.
- Gag Boobs: She complains that her original plugsuit is too tight around her chest, and then jiggles her boobs enthusiastically when she gets her new one.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle incorporates a pair of pigtails gathered just around the level of her jawline, and it's befitting considering her playful and exuberant personality, as well as her apparent fondness for the color pink.
- Glowing Eyes: When she activates Beast Mode on Unit 02. Check out the picture in the description for Slasher Smile in this section. Oddly, her eyes glow green.
- Girly Bruiser: Don't be decieved by all the pink, she is very much capable of instant headshots.
- Good Is Not Soft: When not piloting an Eva, she's one of the nicest characters in the movies.
- Gorgeous Gaijin: She's a part-British girl with a noticeably large bust, her limited screen time in the second movie includes Shinji having his head stuck in her generously sized bosom after a Suggestive Collision and her deliberately bouncing her breasts after getting into her pink plugsuit for the battle against Zeruel, she gets another breast jiggle right after Kaworu dies in the third movie, and she quickly joined Asuka and Rei when it comes to the Evangelion merchandise milking her fanservice potential.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Within canon her hair is brown, but in supplemental materials (like the picture above) and in fanart it often gets represented as violet.
- Hidden Depths: Very strongly implied. She is remarkably intelligent, perceptive and intuitive. It's shown that she can see people's true intentions, whether they're lying, and can arrive to conclusions faster than other characters.
- Hot-Blooded: People are calling her a female Kamina, for Heaven's sake. It doesn't help that she openly sympathizes with Unit 02 while it turns into a robotic, coked-up ape-man from the Wrath circle of Hell.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Or not so innocent, it's hard to tell with her.
- I Work Alone: Lampshaded by Misato. In contrast to Asuka, however, she will not hesitate to cooperate with Rei if it becomes necessary. She ends up as Asuka's frequent partner in 3.0, showing she got over this.
- Last Girl Wins: Out of Shinji's four love interests, Mari, who was introduced into the franchise last and interacted with him the least, is implied to be his lover at the end of the film series.
- Marshmallow Hell: After she parachutes onto Shinji, his head ends up in her cleavage. He noticeably appears to have been unable to breathe properly until her breasts were removed from his face.
- The McCoy: To Rei's Spock and Asuka's Kirk.
- Meganekko: She appeared to be this when the first pictures of her were released, to the point where her Fan Nickname was Glasses Girl. It turns out that she's a Blood Knight who appears to be as mentally disturbed as the rest of the cast. She's also oddly fixated on her sense of smell to the point of spontaneously walking up to Shinji to sniff at him, and she actually likes fighting bizarre Eldritch Abominations, complete with the occasional Glowing Eyes of Doom, a huge grin on her face, and a secret password to give her mecha a fitting new look. Note that Word of God claims Mari's character wasn't finalized during her brief appearance in Evangelion 1.0's trailer. There was apparently a suggested scene where Mari and Shinji would have had tea on the roof (Mari being British), which would have placed her more under this trope.
- Ms. Fanservice: She doesn't get that much fanservice in the movies themselves, but she didn't take much time before rising to stand alongside Rei and Asuka when it came to the merchandise ramping the hell out of their fanservice-iness.
- Nice Girl: Her actions toward Shinji in 2.0 seem like this.
- She's also one of the few characters in 3.0 which doesn't want to kill/use Shinji and be done with him, although this time it's less out of kindness and mainly because she doesn't actually have a problem with the world post-Near Third Impact so long as she still gets to pilot Eva.
- The Nicknamer: Seems to prefer referring to people with nicknames than their real ones, in particular she mockingly calls Asuka "Princess" and Shinji "Puppy-boy."
- Nightmare Fetishist: She seems, uh, awfully fond of LCL. While it remains to be seen what role LCL will play in Rebuild, it's difficult not to think of the original series, where it's essentially the blood of Lilith (and smells like it, according to Shinji). It's that and, of course, Tang.
- No Name Given: Outside of supplementary materials, her full name doesn't appear in her debut film at all with the exception of the credits and preview of 3.0.
- It's extremely difficult to hear, but the support crew uses her full name in 2.22 when they're switching Unit 02's core configuration. None of the on-screen characters address her by any name until 3.0.
- No Sense of Personal Space: To Shinji.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: In 3.0. 3.0+1.0 reveals that this has actually been the case since her first appearance in 2.0.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: For all her playfulness, she's the only one in WILLE side that realizes that Gendo had played them out and catches up to what he and Seele planned to do.
- Oh, Crap!: She realizes what Gendo's plan is and drops the Cloudcuckoolander act for a bit after Eva-13 absorbs Lilith.
- Older Than She Looks: She doesn't physically age between 2.0 and 3.0 due to piloting the Evangelion stunting her growth in some way, though she doesn't really make a big deal about it like Asuka does. 3.0+1.0 reveals that she's actually about as old as Yui.
- Only Sane Woman: Despite her bloodlust, she's the only well-adjusted child in the movies compared to the other four children despite the horrific situation surrounding her.
- OOC Is Serious Business: After Eva-13 awakens, she actually is worried and doesn't joke around.
- Parody Sue: One possible interpretation of her name and the unexpected introduction of her character is that she's an allusion to characters created by the fandom, specifically, a generally brave, well-adjusted and sane protagonist of a typical Evangelion Fix Fic. Turns out, determination of The Pollyanna is not enough to turn the plot on its head... and moreover, the movie demonstrates how such Genki Girl demeanor in Evangelion's setting would actually come across as unrealistic and creepy. In other words: She's a Deconstructive Parody of the average Evangelion OC.
- Perverted Sniffing: Subverted/Played with. While she does enjoy the scent of LCL, Shinji's pheromones or some combination thereof and reacts with a blush, checking for residual LCL scent is actually a valid method to spot a fellow EVA pilot, and she seemed completely oblivious to any more sexual implications of her actions and the discomfort/awkwardness this was causing Shinji.
- Psycho for Hire: When she's piloting an EVA unit.
- Precision F-Strike Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Just... fucking... die!!"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Asuka's Blue
- The Rival: Mari's development in 2.0 was intended to make her come across as one for Asuka, to the point of "usurping her" in piloting Unit-02. And then in 3.0, they become this and long-time teammates.
- Shipper on Deck: Seemingly of Shinji/Asuka if her comments on Shinji helping Asuka are anything to go by as she pulls him out of Eva-13.
Mari: So how is the puppy boy? Is he obediently staying still?Asuka: Nothing has changed about him! He still has that sorry face!Mari: Ohh, so you went to see his face?Asuka: No!
- Her conversation with Asuka earlier in the movie has shades of this as well.
- Slasher Smile: She bears one as she enters Beast Mode inside her Eva in the midst of combat.
- Spot of Tea: Was to invite Shinji to have Tea with her in one of the ununsed scenes from the CR. 3.0 ultimately reveals that they kept her love of tea, to the point that she has bottles of it lying around in EVA 08's entry plug. This being Mari, she's seen taking a sip of it during freakin' Fourth Impact, in a capsule filling with LCL.
- Suggestive Collision: Her first meeting with Shinji was via her parachuting onto his school's rooftop and crashing into him in the process, ending with her on top of him and his head stuck in her chest. Unlike most examples, however, she's completely nonchalant about the whole situation, the only thing making her flustered is when she notices that her glasses had fallen off.
- Surprisingly Good English: Maaya Sakamoto speaks English just well enough that she can at least be understood without subtitles, which if nothing else puts her a few measures above Koichi Yamadera's "English" earlier in the film.
- She does the English again in 3.0, calling out "Hey, c'mon!" to Rei Q before headshotting the latter's Eva.
- Transfer Student Uniforms: She wears a different, more conventional school uniform than the Tokyo-3 girls.
- Troll: A lot Mari's interactions with Asuka in 3.0 have her annoying Asuka For the Lulz.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Apparently with Asuka in 3.0. They have very good teamwork after working together for 14 years, but Asuka constantly belittles Mari as a "four-eyed favorite" and Mari disparages Asuka as a "princess."
- Unskilled, but Strong: Pre-timeskip. By 3.0 she has become an extremely effective sharpshooter.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo. Just like Kaworu, she seemed to realize what his plan is - and much like Kaworu, she's not pleased to sit around and let it happen.
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN), Jordi Naro (SP, 1.01), Sergio Mesa (SP, 2.22), David Jenner (SP, 3.33), Ernesto Lezama (Latin America)
- The Ace: In Shinji's own words "You can do anything!", and indeed, Kaworu proves to be even more talented than he was established to have been. Ultimately subverted in the most brutal way possible, in that during the final battle Kaworu is completely outfoxed by Gendo and is rendered incapable of doing anything to stop Shinji from causing Fourth Impact.
- Adaptational Heroism: There's nary a trace of open villainy or jerkassery found in this particular Kaworu, in stark contrast to his original television and manga counterparts.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Heavily implied to be his central problem. As an Angel, humanity views him as a monster and either shun him out of fear or attempt to destroy him (the DSS Choker put on Shinji in 3.0 was originally built for Kaworu). His few "allies" use him as a means to an end and rarely, if ever, interact with him directly. His fast friendship with Shinji is built around the fact that they are the only one the other has, especially in Shinji's case by the time of 3.0.
- All-Powerful Bystander: During the final battle of 3.0, Kaworu does almost nothing beyond talk to himself and freak out while Shinji struggles to fight Asuka. Justified in that he realizes that he has no reason to fight her, unlike Shinji and it's heavily implied that there were greater events taking place at the time that only Kaworu was aware of.
- Ambiguously Gay: Much like in the original series and the manga, Kaworu's feelings toward Shinji are hotly debated by the fanbase. While he never tells Shinji that he loves him in this version, there is a lot of soulmate imagery in the movie and his actions come off as more overtly romantic.
- Anti Anti Christ: Like Shinji, he is manipulated by Gendou to trigger the Fourth Impact, but his personality and religious symbolism is closer to a Messianic Archetype.
- Apocalypse Maiden: As one of the potential Impact Triggers with Shinji.
- Art Evolution: By the time of his "official" debut in 3.0, Kaworu's hair has become shorter and spikier and his features softer and more friendly compared to in the previous movies. Interestingly, his previous appearances had him looking closer to his manga counterpart.
- Ascended Extra: His role is greatly expanded in Rebuild 3.0. compared to the original Anime, where he's essentially the main character alongside Shinji.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Rebuild he's shown on the moon without a spacesuit. Or any clothing for that matter. 3.0 shows him walking through gale force winds without so much as flinching, even as Shinji tries to keep up wearing a pressurized breathing suit.
- Bishōnen: Prettier than ever, thanks to the beefed up animation.
- Brutal Honesty: Shinji asked for the truth and Kaworu told him exactly what he did in 2.0. Oh yes, it is brutal.
- Chessmaster Sidekick: Kaworu is clearly both more powerful and more aware of the situation than Shinji is, however in their partnership he's more than happy to let Shinji take the lead. This may or may not be due to his well-established goal of bringing Shinji happiness.
- Dark Is Not Evil: This time, despite his rather foreboding appearances in the first two movies and both of his plugsuits being primarily black and purple (featuring the numbers six and thirteen on them), Kaworu proves to be completely well intentioned and very kind to Shinji.
- Death Is Cheap: "We'll meet again, Shinji-kun." Unlike the other angels' deaths, there was no rainbow in Kaworu's demise and a ghostly apparition of him flashes briefly before the Fourth Impact ends. Without bringing up what Kaworu really is, it's obvious it won't be the last time we'll see him.
- Deuteragonist: In 3.0.
- Duet Bonding: He and Shinji become closer through playing piano duets. Justified in that it's clearly the only remotely normal thing in Shinji's life at the time, and is revealed to be a way of subconciously preparing them to pilot EVA-13.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: He stops the Fourth Impact by making Shinji's collar, which he borrowed earlier, pop him like a zit. There's some hints that he's Not Quite Dead though.
- Didn't See That Coming: He didn't know that he would be the Thirteenth Angel in Rebuild. He only knew that he was the First.
- Early-Bird Cameo: The first Rebuild movie has him in a scene at the very end.
- Foil: His dynamic with Shinji is played up as this even more than in the original series due to his extended screen time allowing for their differences to become more emphasized.
- Four Is Death: To prevent the Fourth Impact, he performs a Heroic Sacrifice.
- God Was My Copilot: Seems to want to use his semi-omnipotence to tip the scales in Shinji's favor. Taken literally later on, in that Kaworu co-pilots EVA-13 with Shinji.
- The Heart: In 3.0 he makes every effort to make Shinji happy and is the only person that doesn't lie or hiss at him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: This time, Kaworu kills himself with Shinji's Explosive Leash in order to prevent Fourth Impact. It weakens Eva-13 enough to make it lose some power and starts falling from the sky, letting Mari ejecting Shinji from Eva-13 to end it completely.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Unlike in the original series, Kaworu and Shinji are presented as a more equal partnership in the Rebuild movies and both are shown to both admire and trust the other tremendously, making them come closer to this than they did in earlier incarnations. If anything, it increases the Ho Yay between them.
- Hope Spot: Kaworu delivers several of these to Shinji. Sadly, as hard as he might have tried, he never lives up to any of them.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Seems to be this way in 3.0.
- Knight of Cerebus: He arrives at the end of 2.0. 3.0 is his feature movie and it is dark.
- Leitmotif: No, not Ode to Joy this time, but Thème Q and its variants (though Ode to Joy does make an appearance, of course.).
- Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes this to Shinji in 3.0. His death sends Shinji over the Despair Event Horizon.
- Love Martyr: Not just for Shinji as a person, but also for how he feels for the lilin that is implied to fear/hate him.
- Messianic Archetype: Up to Eleven.
- Meta Guy: Makes some comments (like the quote above) that imply some knowledge of the series' version of events. It's initially ambiguous whether he's in some sort of "Groundhog Day" Loop or a Fourth-Wall Observer or it's just a metafictional Mythology Gag for the viewer, until 3.0+1.0 reveals it's the first one.
- More Hero Than Thou: Shinji regrets this. Deeply. Famously... Famously...
- Mr. Fanservice: Cameos in the first move fully naked, second movie topless and then in the third movie, he gets a shitload of Ho Yay with Shinji as well as far more screen time than he did in the original Anime.
- Mystical White Hair: Downplayed. His hair is more of a grayish color.
- Mysterious Past: He's still as mysterious as ever, though we discover he developed a friendship with Kaji during the timeskip between 2.0 and 3.0.
- Mythology Gag: In reverse. When he contemplates on what are the spears lodged in Lilith before making any action, he stands(?) completely motionless for over a minute, not talking.
- Naked on Arrival: He cameos in the first movie devoid of all clothing.
- Nice Guy: Ridiculously nice, polite and shown to be very caring. And unlike in the original series, it's genuine from the get-go instead of him Becoming the Mask. This is played up in the game Evangelion: Battlefields, which takes place during the movie continuity, where a lot of his interactions with Shinji are him comforting him.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Downplayed, but still present. He's a lot more respectful of Shinji's personal space this time around, but there are a couple of times he gets closer to Shinji than the latter is (initially) comfortable with.
- Not So Different: No, not with Rei, it seems, but with Shinji.
- Obliviously Evil: He, like Shinji, has no idea he's being manipulated into apocalyptic villainy, though unlike Shinji, he realizes something is wrong.
- Oh, Crap!: In Rebuild 3.0., he has one of these moments when he realizes that he and Shinji have been manipulated into wiping out the rest of humanity. Though he realized when they got there that something was wrong, but he was unable to stop Shinji from pulling out the lances.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When Kaworu figures out he's been duped by Gendo all along, he has a Heroic BSoD!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted, he is one of the few people who's actually nice, even after Third Impact.
- Satellite Character: Somehow even more than in the original show, his sole motivation through the movies revolves around making Shinji happy, and he has almost no other characterization besides that. He also doesn't interact with anyone but Shinji (except in the final scene of 1.0 where he talks to SEELE-01 on the Moon), to the point where in 3.0 it's made incredibly vague whether or not WILLE even knows he exists.
- Screw Destiny: He wanted to go against Gendo's plans for Instrumentality. He failed, because Gendo outgambitted him first.
- Shirtless Scene: In Rebuild 2.0, he gets a brief one on his first appearance, sitting there half naked on the Moon.
- Technopath: How he was able to remove the DSS choker, and most probably how he fixed Shinji's SDAT.
- Token Good Teammate: In 3.0 to NERV. We have no reason to doubt that Kaworu was trying to help Shinji.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Shinji, for some as of yet unexplained reason. It's Shinji who betrays Kaworu this time around, not vice-versa.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Gendo, though he's the only one, besides Mari, who realizes it.
- Worf Had the Flu: It is implied through his lines and almost sickly body language that getting "cast down to the thirteenth angel" had some sort of negative effect on Kaworu's powers, thus rendering him incapable of stopping Fourth Impact until it was already well underway.
- You Don't Look Like You: Downplayed. While hes still recognizable as Kaworu Nagisa that debuted in the original anime, his design has been changed enough for him to easily pass as a different character.
- Your Head Asplode: In 3.0, he kills himself with Shinji's Explosive Leash in order to prevent Fourth Impact.
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Brina Palencia (EN), Carmen Ambrós (SP), Ana Lobo (Latin America)
A different Rei seen in Rebuild 3.0. She's completely emotionless and submissive, lacking the original Rei's hidden caring side. Shinji dislikes her for being so different from "his" Rei, yet so identical in appearance.
- Be Yourself: Eventually, Rei-Q is told that she should do what she thinks she should, not what the original Rei would do, by Asuka nonetheless.
- Character Development: Very minor towards the end but its a start. 3.0+1.0 has her becoming more open and human as she becomes curious with the world around her. Though she dies early on in 3.0+1.0 due to Clone Degeneration, her interactions with Shinji help in his recovery from Despair Event Horizon.
- Clone Degeneration: She must regularly bathe in LCL otherwise she explodes into a puddle of it, as what happens early on in 3.0+1.0.
- Cloning Blues: She is one of many clones of Yui and she is constantly compared to the second Rei, the one from the previous two movies. This sends her into an existential crisis.
- Decomposite Character: Rei III's story attributes are split between her and the "original" Rei in the Rebuild series, with Rei Q largely taking from Rei III's emptiness after the original's death but coming to grow out of her submissiveness.
- Emotionless Girl: Rei Q is basically mechanical and seems to have less understanding of emotions than even the original Rei. She's even implied to be soulless, or at least that her soul is different than that of a normal human. But is subverted towards the end as she shows visual confusion on Shinji's declarations that she's "not Ayanami" and finds herself wondering just who she is, her confusion becoming more and more apparent as time goes on.
- Extreme Doormat: Rei Q is completely submissive and just follows orders. In fact, she literally won't do anything except wait unless ordered.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Played with; she is not only innocent in the traditional sense, but also because she is almost completely blank compared to the original Rei. Whereas there was an ever growing personality with Rei, Rei Q is back to the first square; as such, her naked encounter with Shinji is not as eventful as the one he had with the original.
- Loss of Identity: Rei Q enters an existential crisis after Shinji refuses to acknowledge her as "his" Ayanami. In 3.0+1.0, after spending more time around normal humans, she develops an identity of her own and asks Shinji to give her a name rather than continue calling her a "lookalike", and by that point, he's okay with calling her "Ayanami" too.
- Meaningful Name: Once Shinji realizes who she really is, the name Rei Ayanami, which is given to her by Shinji, makes even more sense. Because Rei can be interpreted as "nothing", this clone is nothing like Shinji's version of Rei, and is treated as such, just like how all the clones are treated by Gendo when compared to Yui. Hell, Shinji and Kaworu both comment that she has no soul, unlike the Rei that's currently trapped in Unit-01.
- No Name Given: Shinji is the only one who calls her "Ayanami" ("Rei" in the English dub), and stops doing it after learning that she's not the same Rei than the one he knew... until 3.0+1.0. Everyone else refers to her by indirect ways, such as "Lilin imitation" (Kaworu), "SEELE's fill-in pilot" (Mari) or "Ayanami Type" (Asuka). The closest she have to an official name, according to the theatrical booklet, is "Tentative Name: Rei Ayanami".
- No Social Skills: Even moreso than the original Rei.
- Our Souls Are Different: One interpretation of Kaworu's comment that the "placement of her soul" is different than of other humans. For another interpretation, see Soulless Shell below.
- Replacement Goldfish: Averted. Shinji proceeds to throw the new Rei clone from 3.0 into an existential crisis by outright telling her that he doesn't consider her "his" Ayanami.
- Replacement Scrappy: An In-Universe case for Shinji; see above.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She storms out the moment Asuka tells her to stop wondering what the original Rei would do. Mere seconds later, EVA 02 blows itself up with the Vessel of Adam, who Rei Q was piloting.
- Soulless Shell: Implied by Kaworu to be a soulless entity, while Rei's soul is still stuck in Eva Unit-01.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Twice over. First, she attacks the Wunder fleet and takes Shinji before Wille can bring him up to speed, kicking off a chain of events that leads to him piloting Eva 13 with Kaworu. Then, she decapitates the Mark.06 on Gendo's orders, which frees the 12th Angel, awakens Eva 13 and starts Fourth Impact.
- Walking Spoiler: She is one of many Reis and doesn't do much; still, her presence is enough to sway Shinji away from WILLE.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: She doesn't even know what it means to "like" something.
- What Would X Do?: What would Rei Ayanami do?
Voiced by: Kotono Mitsuishi (JP), Allison Keith (EN), Carmen Calvell (SP), Yanelly Sandoval (Latin America, 1.01 and 2.22), Vivian Magos (Latin America, 3.33), Laurence Bréheret (European French)
In the Rebuild movies, she starts as a Lt. Colonel and the Second Impact looks quite different. In 3.0., she has become the leader of WILLE, an anti-NERV organization that she formed after Third Impact. She has become considerably colder in the 14 years that have passed, to the point where she fully blames Shinji for the Near-Third Impact, unable (or perhaps unwilling) to acknowledge or admit that she herself bears a good amount of responsibility for her pushing and encouraging his actions which caused the event.
- Anger Born of Worry: This is invoked in 3.0. Misato is too angry at Shinji to explain anything to him. She won't talk to him, but does want him to be safe and ultimately finds herself unable to kill him when he flees to NERV.
- Anti-Hero: Scales all the way to around Unscrupulous Hero by 3.0.
- Awful Truth: A part of her knows that she partially influenced Shinji into causing Third Impact. The final film has her accept this.
- Big Good: Despite all the unpleasant things Misato has become, she's still the closest thing in "3.0".
- The Captain: She becomes captain of her own Cool Ship in 3.0.
- Character Development: In 3.0+1.0, she accepts that Third Impact was her fault because she encouraged Shinji to do it and that it's time for her to take responsibility for that, and she also thanks Shinji for having saved the world back then.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets really angry when she sees Kaji flirting with Ritsuko. Though, her anger towards him doing that maybe because she knows he is trying to piss her off and she wants him gone.
- Colonel Badass: She starts off as a Lieutenant Colonel before becoming a full Colonel in Rebuild. In 3.0, she gets to be the Captain of a gargantuan flying battleship.
- Curious Qualms of Conscience: Several possible hints in 3.0, her hesitating and ultimately failing to activate Shinji's explosive collar is possibly the most clear example. Time will tell whether or not Misato regains her humanity.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: Verbally towards Shinji and literally to prevent him from leaving her ship when Rei Q comes to take him away, but when Shinji refuses and she then has no choice, Misato just can't bring herself to do it.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: From long, wavy hair with parted bangs to a strict knot that takes away much of her warmth.
- Fallen Hero: Type A In the third movie. This is ultimately subverted: She still means well and is still fighting for a just cause. But her methods, means and overall attitude....
- Freudian Excuse: While Shinji does bare a good amount of the blame, Misato is pretty much using him as a scapegoat to avoid having to take responsibility for her own.
- History Repeats: Just like her own father was towards her, Misato was absent in her son's life partially due to her work.
- Hypocrite: In 3.0, she is disdainful towards Shinji for inadvertently causing Third Impact when he tried to save Rei, in spite of having encouraged him to do exactly that.
- I Have No Son!: No biological one, but she is cold and aloof toward Shinji after Third Impact. Possibly subverted, as she still shows concern for him.
- Iron Lady: Minor shades in the first two movie, but come the 3rd...
- Just Giving Orders: She blames Shinji for causing Third Impact, even though she's his commanding officer and sent him on the mission where he did this.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Subverted. It's her duty to prevent Fourth Impact and keep an Impact Trigger out of Nerv's hands, but Misato cannot bring herself to kill Shinji. Even while Fourth Impact is going on, she tries to stop Eva 13 directly rather than use the DSS Choker.
- My Greatest Failure: She possibly considers 3rd Impact to be this judging by its influence on her later action. Misato says very little about herself and there are many mysteries surrounding 3rd Impact so this remains uncertain until 3.0+1.0.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She urges Shinji to follow his heart at the end of 2.0, leading to him kicking off Third Impact. If that weren't bad enough, when she has Shinji recovered 14 years later, she and Asuka treat him very harshly to the point of letting Rei Q take him back to NERV and play right into Gendo's hands. This eventually leads him to cause the Fourth Impact. If Misato or any of her crew had just taken the time to explain what happened to Shinji instead of pushing him away, then a lot of things could have been avoided.
- Not So Different: From Gendo in 3.0, But in general to Shinji more than anyone. Which could be the ''real'' reason for her loathing and mistreatment of him in 3.0.
- Out-Gambitted: in the begining of 3.0 focuses completly on protecting Unit-01 from NERV while Gendo simply takes Shinji from Wunder back to NERV headquarters. This failure is especialy agreggious since she and WILLE basically handed Shinji to him on a silver plater while knowing he could be used as an impact trigger. Also, Gendo predicts her actions exactly and plans accordingly and by the end of 3.0 has played her like a fiddle.
- Parental Neglect: When Shinji wakes up after 14 years inside EVA-01's core in 3.0, her behavior toward him is curiously similar to Gendo's.
- Parental Substitute:: Just like in the original series, Misato is the closest thing to a mother Shinji has first two movies. She tries hard to be a maternal/big-sister figure to Shinji and to guide him, with limited success. This falls apart, utterly, in 3.0 - she's too consumed by pain at the effects of Third Impact to be anything but cold towards him for his actions (not least because she encouraged him before learning just what he'd bring about).
- Pet the Dog: While her horrendous treatment of Shinji in 3.0 speaks volumes of how low Misato has fallen, she can't bring herself to activate the choker when Eva. Mark 09 takes Shinji from the Wunder.
- Revenge: She wants to avenge her father, as in the original. [[spoiler:Then, of course, the harshness of the post-Impact world did much to cultivate her already present, but moderate Captain-Ahab-tendencies.
- Revenge Before Reason: Ritsuko calls her out on this during the 8th Angel's attack. After the timeskip, Ritsuko has become her vice-captain and right hand, acting as a voice of reason to balance Misato's impulsiveness.
- Shadow Archetype: Misato was an adult Shinji, which means she becomes another Gendo; she becomes the cold, distant leader of an organization, becomes fiercely dedicated to her work, has a Number Two who serves as their voice of reason, wears face-hiding glasses, become distant parental figures to Shinji/their own child because they see themselves, their lost lenore, and their fears of failure in them.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Misato is the leader of the resistance against NERV in 3.0; after years of near-constant combat, she has gained traits that are much like Gendo Ikari's, the very man she is trying to defeat.
- Slipknot-Hairknot: It comes off when the Wunder is attacked by the Mark 09, but, more realistically, doesn't completely unravel, but just 'decays' into the sideways ponytail it was "made of."
- Take Care of the Kids: Before sacrificing herself, she asks Shinji to take care of her son, Ryoji.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She takes this trope to a great extent in 3.0 upon meeting Shinji again, although this is later subverted. Although she's bitter towards Shinji, she says she will ensure his safety and ultimately can't bring herself to kill him when given the opportunity. There are also several later scenes that show that she's not as cold as she appears. When unable to reach the Awakened Unit-13, instead of worrying about the world, she explicitly worries about Shinji. Time will have to tell, however.
- Tragic Mistake: By urging Shinji to follow his heart and rescue Rei, she unintentionally aids the former in instigating Third Impact.
- Tsundere: She has had a longtime on-off relationship with Kaji. She considers him a person that makes her self-destructive and tries to keep away from him as much as she can; the problem is that she turns into jelly when she's with him. Since she insists that she wants nothing to do with him, Kaji has very little qualms in flirting with anyone he comes across, which only serves to incense Misato. Regardless, they never rekindle their relationship in this continuity.
- The Unfettered: She's mostly become this by 3.0, but not quite to the extent of Gendo.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She sows the seeds for said doom in 2.22 by imploring Shinji to rescue Rei during their battle at the end of the film. Shinji further unleashes the doom by causing Third Impact seconds later; as a result, humanity is driven to near-extinction.
- Unwitting Pawn: She becomes one to Gendo in 2.22 and 3.33, and its implied that she's partially aware of this.
- We Have Reserves: Her 3.0 self. As Asuka puts it, "Prioritize the objective and expede human life is the Captain's Motto after all!" While this is realistic development, it marks a drastic departure from her pre-Time Skip self who was the most likely person to consider human lives, in contrast to Ritsuko or Gendo.
- We Used to Be Friends: What ultimately stays Misato's hand. Though he presents a huge danger in NERV's hands and causes two Impacts, Misato still cares about Shinji in some capacity and cannot bring herself to kill him. Time will tell what becomes of their bond after this.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In 3.0, she's willing to kill Shinji but ultimately can't bring herself to do it, thus showing she hasn't completely lost her old feelings for him along with her own better judgement.
- You Are What You Hate: She shows anger towards Shinji for almost destroying the planet when it was her encouragement that led him to do so. When you get right down to it, most of the mistakes Shinji has made have been because she(whether directly or indirectly) put him in the position to make those mistakes. Shinji is pretty much the embodiment of all of her failures. Misato might treat him with disdain but it's likely the person she really hates is herself. She painfully acknolwedges this to Shinji in the finale.
- You Know What You Did: Along with the rest of her crew on the Wunder, she subjects Shinji to this trope by the time the latter is rescued in 3.0. While there is some merit to it, Misato is the last person who should act this way towards him due to her own role in egging him on, yet she has the gall to threaten and use him as a scapegoat to avoid facing her own mistakes.
Voiced by: Yuriko Yamaguchi (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN), María Rosa Guillén (SP), Maru Guerrero (Latin America)
- Beauty Mark: She has a mole under the corner of her left eye.
- Boyish Short Hair: Post-Timeskip.
- Demoted to Extra: In the first two films, in comparison to the original series. She does have a somewhat expanded role in the third movie, though.
- Foil: In 3.0, out of all people, she becomes the Fuyutsuki to Misato's Gendo.
- Number Two: By the time of 3.0, she serves as Misato's second-in-command in WILLE.
Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), John Swasey (EN), Joan Massotkleiner (SP, 1.01 and 2.22), Domenech Farell (SP, 3.33), Humberto Solórzano (Latin America)
- Adaptational Badass: As shown under Non-Action Big Bad, Gendo is more successful, proactive and fuses with Unit 13 and fights all the cast at once.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the original series, he treated Shinji with cold distance because he was afraid that he would hurt Shinji if he got too close, not realizing he already was hurting him in the process. In the manga, while he was more of a blatant jerk, he came around to repenting when he died. None of those redeeming qualities are present here. At least not until 3.0 + 1.0, where something similar to both happens.
- Adaptational Villainy: By 3.0, he seems to be more manipulative and and successful in his own goals than in the series, where his Pet the Dog moments were more genuine, and his plans behind-the-scenes ultimately blew up in his face (or at least they would by now).
- Adaptation Name Change: In the series, his birth name was Gendo Rokubungi, and he took on Yui's surname, Ikari. In Rebuild, Ikari is his name.
- Archnemesis Dad: He's this to Shinji, and arguably even worse than before.
- Big Bad: Shaping up to be this as of 3.0, thanks to him betraying and killing SEELE-01. 3.0+1.0 goes all in, with him being the Final Boss for the entire franchise.
- The Chessmaster: He's very good at setting people up to act as he needs them and unlike the original series' Gendo, he's willing to even go so far as to make Shinji think he actually wants a relationship with him to further his goals. He cements this in 3.0 when he plays everyone, from SEELE to the resident God in Human Form, Kaworu to get what he wants.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He's employed by SEELE but with all of his scientific knowledge and expert manipulation skills, he's clearly the only reason their goals have any hope of coming to fruition. Additionally, he kills them off to take the position of main villain in name, in 3.0.
- Evil Counterpart: To his son.
- Heel Realization: In 3.0+1.0, just after finishing a grueling battle against his son, Shinji is able to break through to his closed off heart and make him realize that he always had Yui with him all along through their son. This motivates him to pull a Heroic Sacrifice, alongside Yui inside Unit-01, to help Shinji end Instrumentality and reset the universe to a better one without Evangelion out of renewed love for his son.
- Humanoid Abomination: Is revealed in 3.0+1.0 that he has turned into this at some point during the timeskip, having fused with Nebuchadnezzar's Key to become a hollowed-out being with Angel powers, completely forsaking his humanity in the process.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He acts like a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, as while he is reluctant to bond with his son at first he makes more of an effort to as Rei opens up as a person. The big twist of 2.0 is that this is all an act. 3.0 confirms it—he was merely getting Shinji and Rei together as part of a plot to awaken Unit-01.
- Kick the Dog: He breaks Shinji in 3.0 to ensure his goal is fulfilled. Yep, still the same Gendo we know and loathe.
- Love Makes You Evil: Yui's "death" clearly did a number on his grasp of morality.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Averted; in this continuity Yui's maiden name was Ayanami.
- Manipulative Bastard: Par the norm, but he establishes himself as being worse than the original in 3.0.
- In detail: he managed to make Shinji, Kaworu and WILLE to do what he wanted without having to do anything, rellying entirely on the fact that the crew of WILLE would be too emotionally damaged to be anything close to civil towards Shinji.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He's neither an Eva pilot nor possessive of expert combat skills like Misato. Instead, Gendo stays in the background and plots to see his schemes come to fruition. Completely demolishes this position by 3.0+1.0, directly possessing Unit-13 to kickstart his version of Instrumentality and fighting the entire cast, Shinji especially, til the very end.
- Not So Different: To Shinji. As well as Keel Lorenz from the original anime, highlighted by his visor in 3.0.
- One-Way Visor: He has a cybernetic visor installed in his head as of 3.0.
- Pet the Dog: This version of Gendo seems to care considerably more about Rei and Shinji, especially in 2.0. Turns out to be subverted trope by 3.0, where it's shown he only did it to advance his plans.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: He gives a long one to the whole council of SEELE while Fuyutsuki shuts them down, one by one.
- Shadow Archetype: He is in many ways a dark mirror of what Shinji could grow into. This is outright spelled out in 3.0+1.0 when they finally have a heartfelt talk.
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Kent Williams (EN), Antonio García Moral (SP, 1.01), Ricky Coello (SP, 2.22), Santi Lorenz (SP, 3.33), Jesse Conde (Latin America)
- Affably Evil: As much as he wants to save Yui, he honestly would prefer to make Shinji cooperate with him and Gendo than manipulating him into doing so.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Shows signs of this by 3.0. He also wishes to save Yui, but he clearly does not like breaking Shinji the way he did and wants both Shinji and Gendo to interact with each other.
- Break Them by Talking: Does this to Shinji in 3.0.
- Brutal Honesty: He reveals the truth behind Rei, Yui, and what Gendo is willing to do to achieve his goal. Unlike Kaworu this was meant to manipulate Shinji.
- The Dragon: To Gendo, as his most loyal follower and the only NERV operative to remain with him after the timeskip.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Much like his boss, although he hides it a lot better.
- Kick the Dog: There's no other way to describe how he tells the truth behind Rei and Yui to Shinji to manipulate him. His line afterwards implies he knew this would greatly wound Shinji's mind but he did it anyway.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The main reason he sees through Gendo's plans is for the sake of Yui; he points out that he is there to fulfill Yui's wishes regarding Shinji, which Gendo seems not to take into consideration.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not as much as Gendo, but he also helps manipulate Shinji and helps to break him by revealing the truth behind Yui and Rei.
- My Greatest Failure: It's hinted that he considered himself at fault for failing to prevent Yui's "death."
- Only Sane Man: He's decidedly more measured and sane compared to much of the cast. At first.
- Smart People Play Chess: Shogi is a hobby of his and he uses it as a means to converse with Shinji.
Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (JP), J. Michael Tatum (EN), Eduard Itchart (SP), Luis Tenorio (Latin America)
- Ambiguously Bi: Flirts with Shinji, but he might be just teasing.
- Big Good: As the founder of Wille, it's thanks to him for humanity's continued survival after Third Impact.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Is completely absent in Rebuild 3.0., and unlike Touji, Kensuke, or Hikari, he only gets referenced in a passing, off-handed comment by Koji, so whether or not he actually died is unknown.
- Revealed in 3.0+1.0 that he did die to stop the actual Third Impact.
- Engrish: Kaji's attempts to speak to Americans in Rebuild 2.0. Everyone else who speaks English in the film is really quite good, but Kaji is ear-crunchingly awful. If it weren't for the subtitles he'd almost be unintelligible. What makes it worse is that it's smack-dab in the middle of a dramatic scene, and the sheer Narminess of his accent almost completely ruins the tension.
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN), Nuria Trifol (SP, 1.01 and 2.22), Ana Valeiras (SP, 3.33), Mariana Ortiz (Latin America)
Voiced by: Hiro Yuki (JP), Mike McFarland (EN), Aleix Estadella (SP, 1.01 and 3.33), Ángel de Gracia (SP, 2.22), Enzo Fortuny (Latin America)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Phil Parsons (EN), Dani Albiac (SP, 1.01 and 2.22), Jordi Nogueras (SP, 3.33), Héctor Moreno (Latin America)
WILLE Staff (Spoilers)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (JP), Felecia Angelle (EN), Ariadna Jiménez (SP), Susana Romero (Latin America)
- Thank you for being friends with my brother. I'm his younger sister, Sakura.
Touji's younger sister. She was injured badly in the first battle between Eva-01 and Sachiel, and is hospitalized for a long period of time as a result. Her injury is what angers Touji about Shinji at first, leading to him punching Shinji out (though she later scolds Touji for this, saying that Shinji protected them all with Eva-01, and didn't deserve that). Later, when Touji is offered to become the pilot of Eva-03, he agrees on the sole condition that she be transferred to NERV's medical facilities for improved treatment.
In Rebuild, her name is revealed to be Sakura, and in 2.0., she is discharged from the hospital shortly before the Eva-03 incident. In 3.0., she appears as an adult, now a Second Lieutenant in WILLE. She is the one responsible for watching over Shinji in the brief time he spends there.
- Alliterative Name: Sakura Suzuhara.
- Ascended Extra: In 2.0., she goes from The Ghost to The Cameo, and in 3.0., she's an officer for WILLE.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She gives Shinji the time of day because he was Toji's friend, which is the least she can do considering she's alive because of him (though incidentally also much in spite of him).
- Chekhov's Gunman: Reappears as a minor character in 3.0.
- The Ghost: In the original series and manga, but averted in Rebuild. To be precise, she's been mentioned (and not by name) since 1995.
- Nice Girl: Mostly, although like most characters she isn't so nice to Shinji. Even so, she's still the only person in WILLE to treat Shinji with a decent amount of kindness and care during his stay with them.
- No Name Given: In all media up until Rebuild.
- She Is All Grown Up: In 3.0. she is at the very least between her late teens to early 20's. She's even older than Shinji and he points out that he thought that she's Toji's older sister.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Her brother was a Jerk Jock with an honest nice side, she, on the other side, well, refer to below.
- Stepford Smiler: Subverted. She is putting on her best behavior with Shinji because she wants to remember him as the protector of Tokyo-3 and Toji's friend rather than the cause of Near Third Impact and the death of her father. She chooses to try to forgive him and care for him rather than see the worst in him and treat him like Misato and the rest of her crewmates do.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A notable aversion. Quite a few viewers have noted that, while other related characters in the series have similar character designs (i.e. Shinji actually looking like a perfect blend between his mother and father), Sakura has remarkably little-to-no resemblance to her brother.
- Walking Spoiler: There's no way to justify her appearance in 3.0 without mentioning the 14 year Time Skip.
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (JP), Greg Dulcie (EN), Alfonso Vallés (SP), Ismael Verástegui(Latin America)
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Krishna Smitha (EN), Graciela Molina (SP), Karla Vega (Latin America)
Voiced by: Anri Katsu (JP), Aaron Roberts (EN), Cesc Martínez (SP), Hugo Núñez (Latin America)
- Bookworm: A bunch of books are lying around him in his introduction.
Voiced by: Mariya Ise (JP), Tia Ballard (EN), Maribel Pomar (SP), Vanessa Olea (Latin America)
- Bratty Half-Pint: Her immaturity compared to the more experienced soldiers is Played for Laughs.
- Relative Button: 3.0+1.0 reveals eventually that she hates Shinji's guts for his involvement in the Near-Third Impact that killed all of her family.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Her remarkably full lips (Sumire is drawn with lips too, but not to this degree) and bright pink hair (Misato might have purple hair, but that could be justified as being stylized black, and Rei might have blue hair, but that was clearly a result of her otherworldly origins), makes her stand out quite a bit.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Well, pink hair.
Yui Ikari (née Ayanami)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Stephanie Young (EN), Carmen Ambrós (SP), Desirée Sandoval(Latin America)
- Adaptation Name Change: Her maiden name was Ayanami in Rebuild, whereas in the series it was Ikari, and Gendo decided to take on her surname upon their marriage.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: It's never been made clear neither in the main series nor in the Rebuild movies why Yui subjected herself to be assimilated into EVA 01, what was her degree of involvement with SEELE or Gendo's agenda, or whether her motivations were egalitarian (though the main impression that the situation gives is that she was genuinely trying to save the world). If Gendo is vague (and that guy is vague), Yui is droves worse.
- The Lost Lenore: To Gendo and Fuyutsuki.
- Mad Scientist: In 3.0 Fuyutsuki reveals that Yui was the one that came up with the entry plug system and she subjected herself to test it, disappearing in the process.
- Maiden Name Debate: Averted with the revelation that her maiden name was Yui Ayanami.
- Mama Bear: She (as EVA 01) goes feral when something threatens Shinji. This comes into collation in 3.0 when Wille is able to procure EVA 01 to power the battleship Wunder by threatening to decapitate Shinji with an explosive DSS choker at the slightest sign of non-cooperation.
- Meaningful Rename: In 3.0, because her maiden name was actually Ayanami, it ties into how Gendo is still obsessed with her through Rei and how the latter is a ghost/shell of her presence that is really nothing like her, as seen in the kanji for Rei's own Meaningful Name above.
- Missing Mom: Similar to the original series, she disappeared years ago and is now inside Unit-01.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Partially carried over from the original series, her soul is Eva Unit-01's OS, and is willing to Curb-Stomp Battle anything that threatens her son - however, unlike in the original series, where she is quite explicitly the soul in the Eva, she is now described as the operating system, indicating a very different mechanic for the Eva's operation.
Voiced by: Mugihito (JP), Bill Jenkins (EN), Javier Roldán (SP), Carlos Becerril (Latin America)
The Leader of SEELE and Gendo's enigmatic superior.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the original series, he was The Chessmaster and the events of the show were All According to Plan. Here, he's more of a Non-Action Big Bad and relegates most of the planning to Gendo. He's also eventually usurped by Gendo, something that never happened in the original series.
- The Ageless: Thanks to having given up his physical body, now existing as a sentient monolith.
- All There in the Manual: In this series, he's never referred to by name, and only appears as his monolith, but he's still named Keel (later, Kiel) Lorenz by the credits of 2.0, and is voiced by Keel's seiyu from the original series.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Set up as the Big Bad, working from behind the scenes but when Gendo betrays him, he's utterly helpless to stop his former subordinate as he gives all of SEELE a "Reason You Suck" Speech while shutting down all their monoliths.
- Crazy-Prepared: Designed EVA-13 with a dual entry plug system not only to break the seal to Lilith's Chamber, but also to have Shinji as a back-up Impact Trigger in case something happens to Kaworu (or vice-versa). On top of that, he installed a backdoor program in Mark.09 to make it go into Super Mode and hack the AAA Wunder, to prevent WILLE from interfering with Fourth Impact.
- Didn't See That Coming: The only thing he didn't plan was for Kaworu to betray them because the Spear of Cassius in Lilith's Chamber was actually a Longinus (by Gendo's doing somehow), making him unable to repair the world and make Shinji happy and thus forcing him to sacrifice himself to weaken EVA-13 so Mari would stop Fourth Impact.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Begins in his original Big Bad role from the original series, but is outplayed and thoroughly usurped by Gendo by the end of 3.0.
- Graceful Loser: Is not remotely upset as Gendo shuts down his monolith, simply wanting Human Instrumentality to continue on even if he is not the one controlling it.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Of The Voice variety. Unlike the original television series, Lorenz is now represented solely by monolith. The ending of 3.0 all but confirms that he is the Monolith.
- Logical Weakness: As a living monolith, he's basically immortal and can't die by natural causes. He's also completely immobile since his whole body is literally just a slab of stone. This makes killing him as easy as walking into a room and flipping off the power switch.
- Out-Gambitted: Even though Gendo overthrows him and the rest of SEELE, he and the rest of SEELE were still thinking that Gendo was continuing to follow their scenario for Instrumentality for all living beings, killing them as part of the ritual so their soul could rejoin the rest of mankind in Instrumentality. He and the others died never realizing that Gendo double-crossed them and set up events so Fourth Impact would be stopped before Instrumentality is set in motion.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Initially spelled "Keel Lorenz" in the closing credits, this is changed to "Kiel" by the second film. This in fact corrects a spelling error carried from the original series, since the German word for "Keel" (The backbone of a boat or ship) is "Kiel", maintaining both the nautical theme in his name and linguistic accuracy.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Justin Cook (EN), Ángel de Gracia (SP, 1.01), Carlos Lladó (SP, 2.22), Jesús Barrero (Latin America)
- Babies Ever After: 3.0+1.0 reveals not only is he Happily Married with Hikari, but they have a baby named Tsubame.
- Demoted to Extra: His part in the story was given to Asuka in Rebuild, turning him and Kensuke into just Those Two Guys.
- Mythology Gag: In Rebuild, when Kensuke mentions that NERV is looking for a test pilot for the recently arrived Unit 03, the camera pans to Touji, who looks down at his bare popsicle stick and mutters, "Damn, I didn't get it." He's talking about a giveaway contest. In the dub, this becomes "Man, nothing lasts forever," turning it into Fauxshadowing.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Instead of his Eva being possessed by Bardiel and subsequently getting him badly injured/killed by the Eva-01's dummy system, his place is taken by Asuka.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Iwanaga (JP), Greg Ayres (EN), Carlos Lladó (SP, 1.01), Óscar Redondo (SP, 2.22), Eduardo Aranda (Latin America)
Voiced by: Junko Iwao (JP), Leah Clark (EN), Carmen Ambrós (SP, 1.01), Marta Estrada (SP, 2.22), Desirée Sandoval (Latin America)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Monica Rial (EN)
- Everything Is Better With Penguins: A genetically-altered penguin, nonetheless.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: As in the original series, he once again becomes less prominent as 2.22 reaches its climax, and he is entirely absent from 3.33. In the latter case, he probably was killed during Third Impact or died of old age somewhere between the fourteen-year timeskip.
- Team Pet: As usual.
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (JP)
The teenage son of Misato and Kaji who resides in the village.
- Dead Guy Junior: He's named after his father, who died shortly after the Third Impact.
- History Repeats: One of Ryoji's parents died when he was young and the other was absent from his life due to their own parenting issues and being Married to the Job, similar to his mother Misato and new friend Shinji.
- Morality Pet: Shinji gives Misato a photo of him and Ryoji at the village, which Misato looks at before sacrificing herself.
- Parental Abandonment: Kaji died when Misato was still pregnant with Ryoji or when Ryoji was a baby, and Misato is uninvolved in his life to the point that Ryoji doesn't even know who his parents are.
- Someone to Remember Him By: He's old enough that it's likely Misato was pregnant with him at the end of 2.0 or that he was conceived shortly after, as Kaji died in the Third Impact or its aftermath. Sadly, Misato chose to be absent in his life.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He has Kaji's hair, eyebrows, and jaw, and he has Misato's eyes, nose, mouth, and other facial features.
- Wham Line: "My name is Kaji. Ryoji Kaji. What's your name?", followed by a shot of Ryoji's nametag reading "R. Kaji".
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Most prominently Sahaquiel, who goes from "bright orange with creepy eye designs" to "pulsating black-striped rainbow."
- Adapted Out: All of the Angels between Ramiel and Bardiel (besides Sahaquiel) and after Zeruel are absent or have their aspects composited into other Angels. The primary exception of course being Kaworu and possibly the Twelfth Angel, which shares enough traits in form and function that it very could be Armisael.
- Alien Geometries: Ramiel, which reconstructs its body to prepare for various combat events.
- Artificial Human: Mark-04A and Mark-04B at the beginning of 3.0. There also appears to be the Nemesis series as a whole. One attacks the Wunder and Misato uses it to test the power of Wunder.
- Canon Fodder: Angels with numbers up through the final number in this continuity, 13, have been shown, but the 11th Angel is conspicuously missing as of yet.
- Composite Character: There are only 13 angels this time around including Kaworu and Lilith, so a few angels are condensed, starting with the second movie - which condenses roughly sixteen episodes of the original series into a two hour film. The unnamed 7th angel condenses Gaghiel and Matarael, while Sandalphon and Israfel are roughly condensed into the battle with Sahaqiuel, as the film's only tag team battle featuring all three original pilots. Bardiel takes on characteristics of Ireul and Arael, while Zeruel takes on characteristics of Leliel, Armisael, and eventually Lilith.
- Disc-One Final Boss : Zeruel is the last angel faced by NERV in Tokyo-3, who in this adaptation also condenses elements from Leliel and Armisael, leaves Mari powerless to defeat it, and devours Rei II whole, fusing with Lilith and beginning Third Impact, but not before Shinji's Unstoppable Rage has a say in the matter!
- Eldritch Abomination: Just like the original series. Then of course there's the Wunder, which originally belonged to the Adams and they can override WILLE's control of it.
- Energy Being: The four Giants of Light known as the Adams shown during 2nd Impact.
- Healing Factor: While it is currently a corpse, Lilith's body regenerated its missing legs in the past.
- Holy Halo: Wunder has two and uses them to fly. Both the 3rd Angel and Sachiel also use one when they are floating.
- Knight of Cerebus: Zeruel sends everything From Bad to Worse when it attacks, killing Rei and becoming the catalyst for Third Impact, leaving the world absolutely devastated by the time 3.0 rolls around.
- Losing Your Head: Lilith's head is removed during the timeskip.
- Making a Splash: The Seventh Angel shown after 2.22's prologue is able to freeze small areas of seawater to form a walking surface and can attack by generating enormous geysers.
- No Name Given: None of the numbered Angels besides Kaworu and Lilith are named in this continuity, though many of them are close enough to their original counterparts that fans refer to them by the original names out of convenience. Even beyond that, the 3rd, 7th and 12th Angels are distinct enough from any single angel that there's no official name fans can point to to use.
- Power Floats: The 3rd Angel does this in order to escape the base in 2.0. In 3.0 Wunder is not only able to fly itself, but it can make all ships in WILLE's fleet float alongside it.
- Rain of Blood: Sahaquiel's cilia curl up like a spider's legs when it dies and the entire island-sized creature explodes into a fountain of blood that floods most of the city. How they cleaned it all up is anyone's guess.
- Lilith's head does this when it explodes in front of Gendo.
- Sealed Angel In A Can: The 12th Angel of Rebuild is sealed inside Mark-06 during the timeskip.
- Shaped Like Itself: The Twelfth Angel has a full body core, meaning its entire body is its core. Mark 09 as an Adams' Vessel is also a full body core.
- Stance System: The Rebuild incarnation of Ramiel changes form in extreme, often impossible ways to adapt its offense and defense to the constantly changing requirements of the battlefield.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Zeruel appears to do a version of this in Rebuild. After Shinji forces Unit-01 into activation, Zeruel rushes forward and attempts to use its Death Ray that has destroyed everything it has been used on so far, but 01 blocks it with an AT Field without flinching. 01's previously cut off arm then regenerates as pure energy and 01 prepares to use it to blast Zeruel away. Zeruel's reaction to having it pointed in its face before firing is to lean back and whimper.
- Tears of Blood: Lilith's head looks as if it's crying with a smile on its face.
- Took a Level in Badass: Sahaquiel was an Angel that fell to the Earth, got stabbed in the eye and died. Its Rebuild incarnation ends up putting up a much greater fight against the Evas, producing a humanoid form to confront Unit-01 directly and a mobile core that is nigh untouchable, it takes Rei grabbing the core with Unit-00's bare hands before Asuka is able to even hit it.
- Wave-Motion Gun: Ramiel's energy attack, at its maximum setting, can melt through a mountain.
- White Mask of Doom: Present on nearly every Angel, including Lilith.
- Adaptational Badass: In the series, the Evas essentially do a total of five things: Punch, stab, shoot giant man-made guns, project AT fields, and cause the extinction of humanity. Shinji, of all people, greatly adds to that list by the end of the second movie.
- Arm Cannon: The rebuilt Unit-02 has a fully cybernetic limb that can be swapped out for one of these.
- Attack Drone:
- The Evangelion Mark.04 series are automated attack units.
- Unit-13 comes with four RS Hopper drones, capable of generating AT Fields.
- Eva-44A resemble these, though the presence of AT Fields make it ambiguous whether or not they have souls.
- Badass Cape: Mark.09 has one that also functions as a rocket.
- The Berserker: Along with Unit 01, there's Unit 02 as "The Beast".
- Convenient Color Change:
- The green parts on Unit-01 glow red when she enters God Mode in 2.0. Mark.09 turns Red and Black and Evil All Over during 4th Impact to go along with its role as the Vessel of the Adams.
- Unit 13's green parts also briefly turn red after it eats the Twelfth Angel and right before it enters its fully awakened state.
- Combat Tentacles: Mark.09 is initially equipped with some attached to her jetpack.
- Eva-4444C also has four, used for movement and grabbing Unit-08.
- Cyber Cyclops: Along with Unit-00, the Mark.09, Mark.10, Mark.11 and Mark.12.
- Energy Being: Unit-01 almost becomes one at the end of 02. Eva-13 follows its example in 3.0.
- Eye Beams: Unit-01 gains these when she becomes a Physical God at the end of 2.0, and uses them to pull a Big Damn Heroes at the beginning of 3.0 by dicing up an artificial Angel that was roasting Asuka.
- Extra Eyes: Along with Unit-02, Mark 08, and Eva-13. Mark 09's regrown head also has twelve glowing red eyes.
- Demonic Possession: Mark.09 is hijacked by SEELE in order to ensure it fulfils it programming.
- Flawed Prototype: Unit-05 is referred to as a prototype but suffers from Crippling Overspecialization: it can't leave Bethany's tunnels without switching to battery power, has no ranged attack capabilities and is restricted to using a freakin' jousting lance as its Weapon of Choice as its mechanical pincers can't hold anything else. On the other hand, Unit 05's ass is basically a rocket it uses for Flight.
- Flying Saucer: The Mark.04 units consists of a saucer-shaped core block with Evangelion shoulder pylons attached to the outside.
- Four Is Death: Unit-04 took out all of Nevada when its prototype S2 Engine exploded in 2.0, and the Attack Drones that appear after the timeskip are called Evangelion Mark.04s or Evangelion Mark.44s. Taken quite literally with Evangelion Mark.4444C, which is composed of four Evangelions.
- Fusion Dance: The Final teaser at the end of 3.33 features "Unit-08+02", which is formed from parts of Unit-02 being grafted onto a partially repainted Unit 08. It doesn't happen in ''3.0+1.0''..
- Unit-08 undergoes this in 3.0+1.0, fusing with Evangelions Mark.09 to Mark.12.
- Gatling Good: Unit-01 uses one in 1.0, and Unit-02 is equipped with one by 3.0+1.0.
- Heroic RRoD: Shinji forces Unit 01 to do this against Zeruel. The consequences are very grave...
- High-Pressure Blood:
- Zeruel causes this reaction when it impales Unit-01's torso. Interestingly, Shinji is projectile-vomiting blood at the same time.
- Unit-02 demonstrates the trope in both incarnations of the Zeruel battle: both arms in the original, one arm and a chunk of its head in Rebuild.
- After Zeruel eats most of it, Unit-00's severed lower legs release an impressive spray of blood.
- Healing Factor: Mark-09 grows a new head after it is no longer controlled by Rei Q.
- Hive Mind: Eva-44A are mentioned by Ritsuko to be able to form colonies.
- Holy Halo: Unit-01, Unit-06, Mark.09 and Eva-13 gets two during Fourth Impact.
- Humanoid Abomination: With the "Abomination" part highlighted by Unit-02's Beast Mode and Unit-01's and Eva-13's God Mode. Several of the Evas are also Adams.
- Light Is Not Good: When an Eva becomes a Giant of Light it means an Impact is underway, and that said Eva is also an Adam.
- Lucky Seven: Asuka uses Code 777 to activate the Beast Mode. Less lucky once you decrease every digit by one and realize what it represents...
- Jousting Lance: Unit-05 uses one to pierce AT-Fields. Said lance is actually an "Anti-Angel Extermination Weapon Spear of Longinus Basic Type (Pseudo-Restoration)."
- Living Battery: Eva-01 acts as the Wunder's battery and allows it to fly.
- Losing Your Head: Mark 09 loses it early on but is still able to function fine during the rest of 3.0. Mark-06 loses its own head thanks to Mark 09 to unleash the Twelfth Angel. Unit 2 bites off Mark 9's regrown head while in Beast Mode, but it regenerates and returns the favor.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Unit 01, Unit-02, Unit-03, Mark.09 and Eva-13 all sport gaping maws full of sharp teeth during their rampages.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous:
- Unit-03 after Bardiel takes control of it, which grows two extra limbs in 2.0 to hold Eva-01 back as it chokes her.
- Eva-13 in 3.0 has four arms, making it especially deadly in melee combat.
- Panthera Awesome: The rebuilt Unit-02's Beast Mode has a feline appearance, complete with paws, elongated canine teeth, and a tail.
- Power Floats:
- Mark.06 descends from the moon this way.
- Unit-01 and Unit-13 both start to hover in their Awakened form.
- Purple Is Powerful: Along with Unit-01, Eva-13 in 3.0.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Eva-13 eyes turn from Gold to Red when Kaworu's controls are shut off.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: Unit-01 is stuck in a tesseract-shaped cocoon at the beginning of 3.0 and still manages to annihilate an Angel.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Mark.06 is put inside Lilith's headless corpse during the timeskip.
- SkeleBot 9000: Mark.07 has this look, complete with a head modelled after a human skull.
- Sinister Scythe: Mark-09 wields one when assisting Unit-13.
- Sniper Rifle
- As in the original, a positron rifle was used by Unit-01 against Ramiel
- Eva-08 has one as one of its main weapons.
- Super Prototype: The Mark.06, which used to have the potential to become a True Evangelion... until it was turned into the can for the 12th Angel during the timeskip. The 3.0+1.0 preview implies it might be the basis for the local equivalent of the MP Evas though they never appear in the movie proper.
- Taking You with Me: Asuka does this in 3.0 by having 2.0 detonate in order to destroy the Mark.09. She succeeds and survives along with most of Unit-02.
- Throat Light: Unit-01's mouth glows red during her fight against Zeruel.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The Positron Rifle like in the original series.
- The Eva-4444C is armed with one and, with the support of a horde of Eva-44B, it is capable of unleashing a beam that decimates WILLE's fleet.