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Basic Trope: A character modeled after Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

  • Straight: Suzu is a stoic teenage girl with short, blue hair and red eyes. She catches the eye of the hero, Ryuu, despite being almost robotic in her language and actions. She is heavily injured at one point, which is eventually judged to be a result of neglect by her father, Dr. Fukuoka. He used his deceased wife's DNA and some from an alien species to have someone to remember her by, but could never treat Suzu as a real daughter. Suzu later learns to feel stronger emotions, thanks to the efforts of Ryuu and their friends.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The whole cast is composed by nothing but Rei's Expies of all kinds.
    • Suzu is a literal Rei clone! As in, one of the multiple backup ones we saw near the end of the series, that somehow wasn't purged and escaped to a parallel universe.
  • Downplayed: Suzu is a mostly normal teenage girl who has trouble opening up to people and is distant from her father. She catches a minor illness during the course of the series.
  • Justified: Suzu identifies with Rei and deliberately models herself after her.
  • Inverted: Tsubame is a hot-headed girl with long, red hair and blue eyes. She and Ryuu don't get along well, and she speaks in a very casual manner. She gets powered up halfway through the story, but still learns a lesson about keeping her emotions in check.
  • Subverted: Suzu seems to be the cool, stoic beauty expected of the character type, up until she starts laughing at a terrible joke and demands to be told another.
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  • Double Subverted: That was a conscious effort at trying to be more emotional. Suzu develops more slowly out of her stoicism over the course of the series.
  • Parodied: Suzu's friends badger Dr. Fukuoka and accuse him of being a religious Evangelion watcher. He insists he's never seen a single second of it, only for Evangelion BDs to fall out of his labcoat.
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  • Enforced: "Rei's still popular, right? You should make one of the characters like her."
  • Lampshaded: "Even though she's odd, I can't help but think I've seen someone like her before..."
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