Convinced by a certain melon farmer to get back in the Eva and save everyone, Shinji Ikaris Unit 01 falls silent just before the killing blow can land on Zeruel. A mysterious voice questions his resolve and offers him a chance to win.
You Are (Not) Complete, by BardInTheForest, is a Neon Genesis Evangelion Peggy Sue fanfic with a focus on rationale, consequences for actions and living with the complex psychological ramifications of abuse, trauma and isolation. All, of course, whilst fighting Kaiju, meddling masterminds, haunting past(s) and growing pains. Started in July 2018. In May 2019, the fic has 97 chapters and is at just shy of 1 million words.
The fic can be read here.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: After returning to the past, Shinji and Rei know that Asuka's bragging is a front to cover deep-seated issues and insecurities, so they try not to set her off (and she tries to be calmer and more open).
- Male Gaze: Subverted to a point. Only after significant encouragement, coaching and counseling can Shinji even glance at the bodies of the beautiful women in his life.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: The Evangelions, as well known as "the secret anti-kaiju weapon that will work."
- Percussive Therapy: Shinjis specifically engineered exercise room and industrial punching bag until he breaks all of it.