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Having watched a TON of anime in the past few months, I added this because it's just flat out true. I don't see any reason this should remain in the description.
Examples? Lovable Sex Maniac seems borderline mutually exclusive to this trope since it implies a sense of outgoingness that contradicts it.
I dont think this is prevalent enough to be a trait of this. Plus Loveable Sex Maniac type characters are generally extroverted (Rei expies generally are introverted). Maybe there's some Rei expies that are covert perverts but that's more of the exception than the norm.
No, it's VERY prevalent.
And that's JUST off the top of my head.
The reason it's not mutually exclusive to the trope is that their Emotionless Girl characteristics are used for deadpan humor when offset against their sexually aggressive nature.
For example, there's a scene with Origami in Date A Live where Shido visits her in the hospital, and her very clear and deadpan attempts to seduce him are played for humor.
Those are all fanservice/harem shows. Would the same be applicable if it wasn't a fanservice/harem show (i.e. Gargantia, Guilty Crown)
Um, maybe not? But we're just listing criteria, which can appear in a variety of stories. Not hard rules that must be followed at all times.
For example, not all Rei expies are Love Interests or Artificial Humans; the latter of which is generally limited to very specific genres.
Well, considering that Rei Ayanami exhibited each and every of those criteria (save for the now-removed Loveable Sex Maniac part) and she's the progenitor of this character archetype, I would say that the criteria be best limited to whatever she exhibited.
With all that said, though, how many characteristics are required for a person to qualify as this as there are 14.
Those are, in my opinion, bad ideas.
Tropes are not static, unchanging things. So, right off, I have to say that putting in the description "the Trope Namer exhibit each of these traits" both dates and limits the trope. Especially since the Loveable Sex Maniac variants demonstrate WHY people like the archetype in the first place; Rei's creator intended for the character to off-putting, creepy and disturbing...but fans found her monotone unintentionally sexy. So now, we have expies which embrace that dynamic, even if it wasn't at all what Rei was supposed to represent.
Also, putting a number on a "litmus test" style trope is a bad idea. There's no hard number of tropes that makes a character qualify.
Removed a portion of the text which claimed that Anno had intended such and such for the character, although there is no such citation or quote to be found about the intention.
Hoping discussion of that can go here, if someone is missing something that should be there.
I'm gonna suggest something that it shocks me hasn't been thought of before. But I think Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII might have based on Rei Ayanami.
He may be male and certainly not emotionless. But he is also the product of a cloning experiment that involving merging Human DNA with an Eldrich Abomination that the Usefull Notes/Gnostisim page labels a Sofia figure. Was raised to be a solider and has an unnatural hair color.
Not nearly close enough, I must say.
That we didn't call this trope "Rei Clone" is a waste I say.
So, what happens when an character predates the trope namer? To be more specific, I'm talking about Angel from One Must Fall 2097. One Must Fall came out in 1994. Evangelion first aired in 1995. I'm sorely tempted to just make a note that points out this fact.
Hmm, maybe not perfect matches, but how about Anju Maaka from Karin, or Kamiyama Meme from Kamisama Kazou?
What about Kanna from Inuyasha?
She may not be a teenager (physically something like ten or eleven, I believe), but she does have the pale skin and petite frame.
Again, her hair is not short, but it is white and her eyes are black.
Her odd behavior definitely comes from not being a human, but being made to be void.
It might just be me interpreting it, but she did seem to wish to be more 'normal' as time passed. She cared for Kagura and at the end Kagome learned she didn't want to die and she did have feelings, hinting at this.
Also, later, she controls a GIANT MIRROR MONSTER that reminded me personally of a mecha.
What about making this trope's name Rei Ayanami Clone? I know we did the same to a bunch of other characters, but this one is special... considering her background.
Rei Clone is already a redirect. But it probably would be a better name. We already have Char Clone and Shana Clone, and this is the trope that would be especially and awesomely fitting, and it would work well with the other two.
I agree, but we should probably make it Rei Ayanami Clone so we don't get confused with other Rei's that exist (the one from Sailor Moon, for instance.)
Took this out:
Near has white hair, controls his emotions and is a bit strange, but a kuudere? Are we ever shown signs of a hidden, "cute" inner person? He plays with toys, but not in secret, and he even uses them to help him think - that is, for intellectual purposes. Most importantly, though, he doesn't have a Become a Real Boy objective at all.
I would argue that he's a subversion (but it's pushing it even then), given that parts of his inner person are revealed: his disapproval at the dissolution of the SPK, his glee at meeting Light, and Light's Motive Rant about his ego. However, it is not shown as 'cute', thus subverting it
Why are Primula from Shuffle and Vanilla from Galaxy Angel not included? Is it the long hair? Otherwise I can't imagine why ....
Probably no one thought to add them yet. Feel free to do so yourself.
This isn't a definitive list, we are definitely missing some, so go ahead and add them.
Ahh indeed. I'm sometimes hesitant because I don't know what qualifications people assume to be part of a trope. In this case Vanilla and Primula both have excessively long hair and identifying them as members of the Rei brigade may not be inherently obvious unless the characters are well known.
Is the redirect "Teh Rei" supposed to be "The Rei"?
Nope. The misspelling of "Teh" is some sort of meme, I believe.
It came from 4chan as a response to whenever someone posted H images of her.
Example: Anon1 posts H image of Rei
Anon2 respondes: "ZOMG!!!11111!!! TEH REI!"
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How well does it match the trope?