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10 Things Most Evangelion Fans Dont Know About EVA Unit Anatomy
Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most iconic anime series that turned the industry of Japanese Animation onto its head. The show exploded with a 26 episode series, theatrical films, directors cuts, games, remakes, and manga that have been consumed and dissected by countless fans around the world. Even a casual glance at the series reveals that in many ways, Evangelion is its own type of deep but rewarding monster of a series.
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But while most praise and analysis is thrust on the show's troubled protagonists, symbolic imagery, or weighty psychological themes, it almost feels like the EVA Units. The giant piloted cyborgs are forced to sit in the sidecar. Yet a closer look at the EVA Units' strange anatomy reveals some fascinating and disturbing facts that truly place these fearsome creatures in a league of their own.
10 EVA Bodies Are Humanoid
The lanky EVA Unit's elongated limbs and torso are similar to the body structure of a human. Although admittedly, the EVA's limbs and torso are way more exaggerated when it comes to its proportions, their bodies closely resemble a human's more so than your standard giant mech or kaiju.
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The similarities are to the point wherein the anime series, it's revealed that EVA Units not only have toes but fingernails underneath under all that armor plating. There isn't a tactical reason for the addition of toes and fingernails or their lanky reach, but it does reinforce just how organic EVA Units truly are.
9 EVAs Make Other Mechs Look Tiny
Exploring more on their lanky form, EVAs could easily gain dollar sign eyes from NBA team owners if they weren't built for destroying Angels or occasionally going berserk. Often, their height has varied in show episodes, sometimes reaching meters.
However, according to the Evangelion Complete Records, the units actually measure at 75 meters. Clearly, that's not , but it's also nothing to sneeze at as other giant popular mechs don't even come close. For reference, Mazinger Z measures at a measly 18 meters. And the real-life Gundam in Yokohama, Japan, only clocks in also at 18 meters.
8 EVAs Have A Variety Of Eyes
While the faceplates on top of the Evangelions give the impression that their eyes are robotic, that's not the case. Not only do EVAs have real eyes, but they also seem to differ in number and color depending on the Unit. Most of the Evas, including Rei's Unit and the mass produced units, have two organic eyes, although fans never get the chance to see them beyond screen readouts in the show officially.
Shinji's Unit also has two organic eyes, but they're also revealed to be green. Asuka's Unit differs the most, as her unit has four orange eyes. But in the end, it's the failed Eva Prototypes from Gehirn that win the eye count contest, as their EVA Units had five eyes.
7 EVAs Have Different Blood Types
The Evangelions may be powerful, but they can also be wounded. Throughout the original series and films, the units take damage. In other shows, this would be presented as an explosion of metal and oil, instead of the units actually bleed geysers from their wounds like a 90's martial arts film.
But what's unique is that almost all of the Eva Units bleed crimson except Asuka's Eva unit. Its blood is blue or purple. There isn't an official reason given for the difference of color. However, it could be due to Asuka's unit being the first successful Production Model EVA.
6 EVAs Have Skin Under Their Armor
While Evangelions might look like humongous heavy metal harbingers of destruction, the piloted creatures are actually just giant humanoids wearing armor. That's right; breaking apart some of the armor platings for these units will reveal that these units are just trying to protect their epidermis.
Or at least NERV is also using the armor to control the units better and keep them from going into a frenzy. Most of the non-mass production EVA Units have brown skin. However, just as with its eyes and blood, Asuka's Eva differs in this regard with its blue-gray skin.
5 EVAs Have Organs
Their organic anatomy isn't just skin deep. There may be cybernetic enhancements within EVA Units, but they also have organs. Fans get a chance to learn of this when peering through the display monitors present for the EVA pilots. But fans got a gruesome introduction to that fact at the End Of Evangelion film.
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More of its internal body is revealed during the aftermath of Asuka's last stand against a series of Mass Production Evangelions from SEELE. As Eva's power runs out and a replica Spear of Longinus strikes it, the Mass Production model violently tear apart at the unit. Eva is destroyed in a gory fashion that seems more in tune with a Mortal Kombat game.
4 EVA Skull Shapes Differ
Peering into their skulls' structure, it appears that Evangelions continue to serve as a visual link between living organic creatures and something else entirely. EVA skull shapes vary between each unit, but they seem to fall under two major types.
Most of the active Eva-Units, including the Mass Production models, have a skull shape that resembles more of an ocean mammal like a whale of dolphins. Generally, the skulls give off an alien vibe. However, the failed Eva Prototypes from Gehirn has a skull shape similar to humans, which provides another creepy link between EVAs, Angels, and humanity.
3 EVAs Are Made Of Particle Wave Matter
Evangelions get most of their inhuman features, thanks to being composed of the same matter as Angels. This matter is called Particle Wave and is unique in its subatomic structure as it contains properties of both wave and a particle. In the series, Ritsuko Akagi says that both wave and particle properties are similar to light.
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However, in addition to this, while the EVA and Angel matter properties are different from human matter properties, the way those properties are genetically structured is almost 99 percent similar to how human DNA structures itself. EVA's have this type of matter thanks to being created from the remains of the Seeds of Life. Because of this link, EVAs share the same matter as the Angels they are built to fight.
2 Pilots Sit In The Central Nervous System
For all this information that paints just how organic Evangelions are, it's almost hard to forget that they are still generally controlled by humans via pilot synch through an EVA's central nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spine for humans and is where bodily functions are controlled.
EVA Pilots are placed in an entry plug that goes within an EVA's spine and attempts to synch and control from there. Given how similar EVAs are to humans, it makes sense that it would have to be in its actual central hub of control for a pilot to control these creatures. It's another notable parallel to the human body.
1 EVAs Have Regenerative Abilities
Evangelions take a lot of gruesome damage throughout the series, and what's worse is pilots can feel their unit's pain. However, EVAs can heal and recover from some of the worst wounds better than the X-Men's Wolverine.
This is thanks to an S2 engine, which is actually less of an engine and more of an organ. It's located within the core of Angels and can provide limitless energy. Shinji's Eva obtains an S2 engine by eating it from the Angel Zeruel. And SEELE's Mass Production Evangelions come built with artificial S2 engines that help the units regenerate during their battle with Asuka in End Of Evangelion.
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"When Aoba called B Wing's construction sloppy he hadn't seen anything like THIS!"
An Evangelion (エヴァンゲリオン), or Eva for short, is a giant, cybernetically modified humanoid entity created by the organizations Gehirn and its successor Nerv. While the Evas' ostensible function is to serve as general-purpose weapons against the threat of the Angels and prevent the catastrophic event known as Third Impact, a more sinister truth to their existence hides beneath the surface.
Biology and appearance
Evangelions are often mistaken for giant robots, but as early as Episode 02 Evangelion Unit is seen without its helmet on, revealing that Evangelions are clearly not robots, but cyborgs, living creatures with mechanical components incorporated into their bodies.
Evangelions are covered from head to toe in metallic plate armor that hide their true organic form, and in part because they have pilots who sit in the cockpit-like Entry Plug, located in their central nervous system. This armor also serves to restrain them and bind them to Nerv's control, and they are restrained heavily at all times when not in combat. Whether the binding armor serves to restrain them physically, or uses some other mechanism to restrict their power, is not fully known as the functioning of the bindings is not elaborated upon within the series. The shoulder pylons serve as part of the restraint system, attaching to external restraints as well as serving as storage for weapons like the Progressive Knife and Eva's spike launcher.
An Eva has essentially the same physical form as a normal human, albeit with exaggerated torso/waist proportions and varying head forms. The limbs are identical to human limbs in structure, down to the point of the fingers having fingernails (Episode 03) and the feet having toes (as seen in End of Evangelion). Skull shape and features vary from Evangelion to Evangelion. Some of the failed Prototype Evangelions have a skull shape almost identical to that of a human, while the Mass Production Evangelions have no eyes and a vaguely cetacean head form. Production Model Evangelions vary in head shape, as well as in the number of eyes and nostril position. Evangelions do not have a fixed size in the show, and vary in size as the situation demands, going from 40 meters to a towering meters in height.
Evangelions have internal organs including a complete digestive tract, as evidenced by display monitors and Eva's attack on Zeruel, and visually seen during the dismemberment of Eva With the exception of Eva, which has blue-purple blood, all Evangelions have red blood, which sprays out of wounds in spectacular fashion.
Relative Relation with Angels
A most surprising attribute of Evas, are that their entire basis and creation stem from the Angels themselves. Created from the remains of the Seed of Life, Adam (with the exception of Eva, instead made from Lilith), their massive bodies are formed of Particle-Wave Matter, but their shape appears to be determined genetically rather than through their A.T. Fields since they were born without souls, having their soul inserted in a Contact Experiment with a human being. With the exception of Eva and possibly the Mass Production Evas, this is always the soul of the pilot's mother.
Like Adam and the Angels, all Evangelions have a core, located on the solar plexus region in a similar manner to the more humanoid Angels. Eva uniquely exhibits smaller cores of unknown function: two on either side at the main core's base, and another two positioned above and below axially. Nerv's technology allows the core to be prepared for a Contact Experiment or for piloting. Cores appear to be full of LCL, and it's unknown if they produce their own supply. Despite this, these cores serve only as a holding source for the unit's soul, and while bearing some use, this use is limited, as it can power the Evangelion for a short period of time without the umbilical cable before its complete shutdown. While Angels are gifted with the Fruit of Life, being the S² Engine, Evangelions are incapable of generating an S² Engine, which these cores are used to store them in; although later in the series, Eva acquires one and Mass Production Evangelions are all equipped with them.
Like the Angels, Evangelions have regenerative capabilities. It is directly stated that they are capable of regenerating damaged or destroyed organs.[Source needed] Eva in particular has demonstrated extremely fast, controlled regeneration, including the ability to convert foreign biomass to its own. Likewise, Evangelions can lose their limbs or even their head and have them reattached later. Eva's left leg is ripped off at the knee (which the script attributes to a blasting bolt), after which the torn off leg sinks deeper into the magma of the volcano, presumably beyond all hope of recovery; however, by next episode Eva is seen to be fully repaired with a full left leg. Nerv is either capable of creating replacement limbs for the Evas (as opposed to simply being able to reattach limbs that have been severed), or of making Evas regrow lost limbs from their torso. Its not known how long or difficult of a process this might be, as it's not clear how much time passes between episodes during the fairly standalone "Action Arc" of the series, although in Episode 19, Eva did not have time to grow a new left arm after the battle with Bardiel, implying that the regenerative process is fairly slow (at least for Eva). Like with any Angel, if the core is damaged, the regeneration process is likely slowed further or even negated to the point of the death of the Evangelion.
Evangelions seem to be created out a sort of asexual amoeba-like fission process with either Adam or Lilith, in which the torso of the Eva is 'pulled' out of the Seed; Bochan_bird's translation of the Japanese liner notes, Genesis , in the "Eva Tomo no Kai" section:
" Among these are an image of two giants lying stretched out. These apparently are Lilith and Eva at the stage of the experiment where Yui disappeared. Both are in the condition with most of their lower bodies missing, and the missing lower torsos appear to be joined. Yui probably performed contact in the condition with Lilith and Eva joined, and was taken/absorbed into [the Eva]."
Interaction and Human Interfacing
Evangelion Unit is designated the "Prototype", being the first successful Evangelion in a long line of failures. Evangelion Unit is designated "Test Type", possibly because of its unique method of creation, from Lilith. Eva was the first "Production Model" Evangelion, and Evangelions 03 to 06 were designated "Production Model". The original Eva and 06 were canceled and scrapped for parts, so the next Evangelions belonged to the "Mass Production Model" of identical Evangelions 05 to
Eva is referred to as "Zerogoki", which literally translates into "Zero Number Machine" (Although a loanword from English, Zero in Japanese is not pronounced the same as Zero in English) and Eva as "Shogoki", literally "First Number Machine" as opposed to "One Number Machine". From Eva (Nigoki, "Two Number Machine") onwards, the "#numeral Number Machine"(-goki) convention is followed. Eva, 01 and 02 use the Kanji numerals for zero, one and two respectively. Eva onwards are named with roman numerals instead.
The Evangelion has been imbued with the soul of its pilot's mother. Whether the soul or the pilot is chosen first is unknown. A pilot can easily synch only with a compatable soul. Synchronization depends upon the pilot's psychological condition. Synchronization rate and performance can be pulled down when the pilot is emotionally distressed and increase under duress or anger, reaching a high when in battle rage.
In Episode 14, Ritsuko's "mutual compatibility experiment" marked the first time that it was attempted to switch Eva pilots between Evangelions. Rei could synch with Eva fairly well, but when Shinji tried to synch with Eva, it went berserk. Evangelions are thus permanently associated with exclusively one pilot, and while Ritsuko considered the experiment enough of a success to begin work on the Dummy Plug system, pilots are never really switched between Evas in the series.
The Effect of Damage to the Evas upon their Pilots
- An Eva pilot feels everything their Evangelion feels when synchronized with the Eva, experiencing the pain of injuries the Eva sustains, i.e. Shinji feels like his left arm has been broken when Eva 01's arm is broken. Just exactly what is the real extent of these injuries?
- Apparently, Eva pilots feel the pain of injuries but do not actually sustain these injuries: Ritsuko points out to Shinji that "That's not your arm" when he feels the pain of Eva 01's arm being broken. Similarly, in Episode 10 Eva 02's left leg below the knee is completely bitten off, but Asuka's leg does not just spontaneously fall off as a result. Also, in Episode 19 both of Eva 02's arms are cut off, but Asuka's arms do not physically fall off. Even in this episode, Eva 01 is shot through the head, destroying its eye (which it later regenerates) but Shinji does not instantly lose an eye. The pilots appear to experience the pain and nervous system shock (which can actually result in severe forms of injury nonetheless) of injuries the Evas sustain, but do not actually suffer these injuries themselves. That said, it appears that if an Evangelion is severely damaged enough (even if the Entry Plug containing the pilot is not directly damaged itself), the pilot can indeed die from physical shock. For example, in Episode 19 Misato shouts for technicians to quickly cut the synchronization connection between Asuka and Eva 02 moments before the Angel Zeruel decapitates Eva 02, the sheer pain and shock of which would probably have killed Asuka. However, at odds with this is that during The End of Evangelion pilots appear to actually suffer the same physical injuries that their Eva Units suffer. This may be explained by the fact that in The End of Evangelion, the pilots were highly synchronized with their Evangelion Units. At an abnormally high synchronization ratio, it appears that pilots will really suffer injuries an Eva suffers.
Mechanics, Functions, and Technological Aspects
All Evas have an artificial section of spine, which is left incomplete by a circular gap that the Entry Plug fits in. Inserting the entry plug completes the nerve connections from the head to the the rest of the body. As an added precaution, a Signal Termination Plug is often kept in place of the Entry Plug to prevent neural impulses from flowing. While in operation, the entry plug is kept covered by a flush-fitting armor plate, although it can be lifted to eject the entry plug in an emergency.
The end of the Entry Plug is inserted into the core, which has a cylindrical cavity drilled out to accommodate it. The depth of the Plug inside the core can vary according to the synchronization rate and other factors, such as the Eva going berserk. The Entry Plug is flooded with LCL, which is either generated by the core itself or is pumped in from external storage before being processed and purified by the life-support systems. It serves to both provide oxygen and establish the link between the Entry Plug's occupants and the Eva, although the Interface Headset would appear to be necessary to actually pilot the Eva.
In addition, there appears to be an extensive computer interface between the pilot and the Eva, as the system must be set to the pilot's native language (the language in which the pilot thinks, see note below) to allow the Eva to activate and be piloted. It might also link to the viewscreens in the Eva cockpit (Which can flicker on and off depending on the activation state of the Eva).
The shoulder-armor pylons on Evangelions do not actually contain any biological part of the Eva, underneath the armor. The entire pylon is just an extension of the Eva's outer armor. As seen in Episode 14, the pylons can actually be removed should the need arise, in this case to fit them into external restraints; besides Eva, both Eva and Eva, which always had shoulder-armor pylons, are here seen without them.
Operational Capabilities and Equipment
Evas run off power from an umbilical cable, attached to a socket in the back of the artificial spine segment. How electrical energy is converted for the Eva's usage, or if the Eva indeed is capable of motion off raw electrical energy alone, is not elaborated in the show. If the cable is broken or disconnected (For increased speed and mobility), Evas have up to five minutes of Internal Battery power in reserve (Alternatively quoted as one minute at maximum and five minutes with gain- varying depending upon plot).
They are capable of creating protective A.T. Fields as well as eroding the A.T. Fields of Angels, and have tremendous strength in addition. In complete contrast to their size and mass, Evas are capable of acrobatic feats like drop-kicks and enormous spinning leaps into the air. Performance rises with increased synchronization, and an Eva in battle rage can inflict crippling physical damage on an Angel or even another Evangelion, or cast its A.T. Field as an offensive weapon. The height of Eva capabilities is the Berserk mode, when the resident soul has taken control from the pilot. It is characterized by savage, animal-like behavior. A berserker Evangelion has greatly enhanced physical strength, and, at the height of berserker mode, can run without any electrical power at all.
Evangelions have weapons and other equipment loaded on for combat purposes. Evas have computerized targeting systems, Radar and Sonar, as well as assorted weaponry.
All Evangelions (With the exception of Eva in its original armor) have a prog knife stored inside their left shoulder pylon, and Eva has a spike launcher in its right shoulder pylon. Eva's shoulder pylons have a rocket system that allows the Eva to slow down when making large jumps (or presumably increases jump height as well).
Although Evangelions were supposedly created to combat the Angel threat, their most important function (and one of their greatest secrets) is to initiate a Third Impact to evolve humanity further. A few continuities of these purposes exist:
Neon Genesis Evangelion 2
Upon the cloning of Adam's remains through Project E, to recreate Adam through the Evangelions, Seele, with the knowledge of the Dead Sea Scrolls, desired to unite both Fruits of Knowledge (through mankind's study of the workings, biology, and physics of the First Ancestral Race and the Angels, were able to create a host body through genetics and cloning resulting in the Evas) and Life (the S² Engine, the Angel's basis for their incredibly monstrous powers), they would then destroy the Lance of Longinous, having host bodies rivaling the powers of Adam and the First Ancestral Race, which they would transfer their souls into, and become god like beings for time immemorial for the sake of proving "humanity's pinnacle dominance".
Rebuild of Evangelion
Creation and Design Concept
The Evangelions were designed after a specific type of Japanese monster called "Oni", commonly translated into "demon" or "ogre". In the words of Anno himself-
- "There's a monster in Japan called the Oni; it has two horns sticking out of its head and the overall image of the Eva is based on that. I also wanted to give the impression that beneath this ‘robot monster’ image is not so much a robot, but a giant human."
Corresponding with Anno, Ikuto Yamashita worked to develop the design of the Evangelions (With the exception of the Mass Production Evangelions and the altered Eva design used in End of Evangelion). In his words-
- "So why did Evangelion wind up with that shape?" … The director instructed me to make, “the image of [an oni].” A giant just barely under the control of mankind. I get the feeling I've seen that correlation before … The image I had for the design concept was the fairy tale, Gulliver's Travels. Enormous Power Restrained. … What I came up with was a giant that looks like a relief on a wall. … I happily discarded the efficiency and feeling of giant size that you can guess at by sight alone. … after the designs were handed in, it caused a stir — even among the staff, positive and negative opinions were flying. And from here on out, I imagine it will cause a stir among comic readers and animation viewers."
Instead of being boxy and angular like previous mecha such as the Gundams, Evangelion design is characterized by smooth curves and flowing lines, giving the impression not of a robot, but of a giant human being.
The final Evangelion design is the result of a series of changes throughout early production. Most notably, the more "demonic" aspects of the Evangelions have largely been removed, such as the large horns (Although the Eva design in Rebuild has two small horns on top of its head, suggesting a restoration of some of the older aspects of the design). Head design, in particular, has been subject to a lot of changes.
- According to Ritsuko in Episode 01, the formal full name for the Evangelion Units (almost never actually used) is "Ultimate All-Purpose Humanoid Decisive Battle Weapon: Evangelion".
- Apparently, the internal controls of an Evangelion which interact directly with the pilot's mind which the pilot is synchronized with the Eva are set to the native language of the pilot, the "base thought language" which the Eva's systems are set to. For example, Shinji's native language is Japanese, and therefore he "thinks in" Japanese, so Eva is set to Japanese. The language mode of Eva, however, is set to German, because Asuka's native language is German and she "thinks in" German. However, Asuka speaks fluent Japanese, so she can apparently set the language mode to Japanese, but still function well enough (meanwhile, Shinji doesn't understand German at all, so he cannot function in an Eva set to anything other than Japanese).
- Ritsuko explicitly states that only 14 year old children can pilot Evangelions, but does not elaborate on why exactly this is so.
- Possibly it is because hormonal changes in late puberty make it impossible for adults to synchronize with Evangelions, but they want the oldest possible child pilots (i.e. if the pilot has to be before the later stages of puberty, they'd rather use a 14 year old than a four year old).
- All Evangelion pilots were conspicuously born in the year following Second Impact. There might be a connection with this.
- The pilot's mothers all died or were absorbed when the pilots were infants. The system may rely on suspended maternal instincts.
- Note that any supposition involving mothers will fail for Rei, as the soul in Eva is almost certainly Rei I.
- Evas are referred to as "copies" of Adam, and, in the Classified Information files, by the awkward phrase "clonal regenerations" (in reference to the "Adam Revival Project", or Project E). In real life use, "clone" means an exact genetic copy, which, considering the differences the Evas exhibit amongst themselves, they clearly cannot be.
- The term "Eva" is derived from the name "Eve" --in fact, this is how Eve is pronounced in most languages. In the Book of Genesis, Eve was created from Adam's rib, and the Evas were created as copies of Adam.
- ↑Bochan_bird: Incidentally, this image of Eva being grown/separated from Lilith matches with the word used in "Air" to describe Eva -- "bunshin". This word can be used for "clone", but the constituent kanji "bun" (divide) and "shin" (body) also point to the more ameobic-type reproduction of growth and separation."
- ↑Eva and Eva are said to have "very similar personal data patterns"; Rei's synch rate with Eva 01 is almost the same as it was with Eva, and Shinji's synch ratio with Eva is only slightly lower than what it normally is with Eva However, Misato says that she thinks Eva would definitely be incompatible: why? Further, it is strange that Misato is the one thinking this. It's been implied that Misato does not really understand the true inner workings of the Evangelions, that they each contain a human soul. If Rei, hypothetically, is synchronizing well with Eva because she is a clone of Yui Ikari, who's soul is contained in Eva, Misato wouldn't know it at this point. So if Eva probably wouldn't be interchangeable because its soul would be unrelated to another pilotwhy is Misato, who doesn't know Evas contain souls at all, the one thinking this? There is always the possibility that the director for the episode just wanted to vary up the dialogue and gave Misato a line which was actually better suited to Ritsuko: technically, Ritsuko is the only person in the room who knows the true nature about Evas and the souls they contain, and only giving relevant dialogue like that only to Ritsuko would have basically amount to a monologue by Dr. Akagi.
- What makes it even stranger is that Misato was with Asuka and Shinji in Episode 08, where both of them broke their synch records with Eva Aside from the initial problems with Shinji "thinking in Japanese", there seems to have been no problem at all with Shinji synching with Eva, and if Misato herself noted it, why would she suddenly dismiss Shinji as being incompatible with Eva?
- ↑Ritsuko explains in Episode 03 that Evangelions have limited internal battery power supply, and must rely on Umbilical Cables to supply external power. Ritsuko states that "In emergencies, it can switch to an internal battery with an active life of one minute at full power, and no more than five minutes using gain mode." This "one minute" limitation mentioned here is disregarded in all subsequent episodes, except Episode For all practical purposes, the Evas have a five minute operational time limit using battery power, not just one minute. In Episode 11 it is revealed that external batteries can be connected to all 3 Evas to extend their operational time limit when they are not connected to an Umbilical Cable. They connect to an Eva's shoulder armor fins, and are so long that they extend below the hips. Presumably these are not normally attached to an Eva because they restrict its mobility.
- ↑Whenever an Evangelion screams when it goes "berserk" in the series, it is part of the episode's dialogue track, not just the background effects sound track. As a result, when episodes such as this one are translated into different languages (such as the ADV Films English dub), the Evangelion screams have to actually be re-produced by different voice actors. The result is that Eva screams sound noticeably different between the original Japanese and English dub versions.
Fictional cyborgs in Neon Genesis Evangelion
In the science fictionanime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, Evangelions (エヴァンゲリオン, Evangerion), also referred to as Evas or EVAs, are fictionalbiomechanicalhumanoids that can only be piloted by specially chosen year-old children and created to defend the world from mysterious beings known as "Angels." The Evangelion Units were primarily designed by director Hideaki Anno and mechanical designer Ikuto Yamashita.
The Evangelions were initially inspired by the Oni, a folkloric Japanese creature. Although assumed to be entirely mechanical in nature, the Eva Units are revealed to be cybernetic organisms, a mostly biological being with a substantial mechanical infrastructure, including a capsule inserted into the spine called an "entry plug" in which the pilot sits and controls the Eva's actions, though the extent of this control can vary. The only people who can pilot Evas are children whose mothers have died after the Second Impact, who are chosen by the Marduk Institute and designated in numeral order as "children" (i.e. First Child, Second Child). The reason of this is not explained for some time, until it is revealed that the souls of the pilots' mothers are integrated with the Evas to enable a psychic link between the two. Once inserted inside and connected to the Eva, the entry plug is filled with a translucent, breathable liquid known as LCL, which allows the pilots to electrochemically control the Evas. LCL is repeatedly described as smelling like blood and is revealed later on to be derived from the blood of the second Angel, Lilith. The pilots wear uniforms called plug suits and devices called interface headsets on their heads to achieve better synchronization with the Eva. Although the Evas wear armor, their most significant defense is the Absolute Terror Field (AT Field for short), a form of force field which protects the Eva from all forms of conventional damage and can be used to disrupt an Angel's AT field.
All Evangelions save for one are derived from the first Angel, Adam (in the Book of Genesis, Eve is created from one of Adam's ribs). Unit is unique in having been born from the second Angel, Lilith. With these revelations, the true purpose of their armor is also revealed - it is actually to constrain and control their actions and true strength. Based on production sketches from Evangelion Complete Records Collection, all Evas are 75 meters tall; this presumably applies to the more humanoid Angels as well.
To power their massive frames, they use internal batteries, an umbilical cable, or an S² engine, an organ the Angels use to sustain themselves. Auxiliary batteries can be attached to extend an Eva's unplugged endurance. The Evas are controlled through their psychic link to the pilot via a combination of hand controls in the entry plug and direct nerve impulses that link to the pilot's plug suit and interface headset. The pilot's link with the Eva is expressed in a "synchronization ratio". The higher the synchronization, the greater the command over the Eva. A high synchronization permits direct feedback, including the ability for a pilot to directly experience pain induced by any damage against the Eva. This is why the pilots often undergo routine synchronization tests, in order to measure how well the pilots can synchronize with the souls that are bonded within the Evas. The Evas can also be controlled by an autopilot system, the Dummy Plugs, which are based on the thought patterns of either Rei Ayanami or Kaworu Nagisa. Evas can also lose control in certain circumstances and go "berserk", such as when the pilot is under extreme duress.
The Evas fight with their arms and legs, but they can also wield and use a wide variety of giant conventional weapons. Additionally, each Eva has a retractable bladed weapon known as a "progressive knife" in their shoulder pylon.
Nerv made numerous failed attempts in creating a functional Eva Unit. The remains of these failed Evas are hidden in one of the lowest levels of Nerv headquarters. Most of these failed Evas' organic structures have rotted away, leaving little more than an armored head connected to a spine, often with an incomplete number of limbs and many of the skeletons are badly warped. They have the word "reject" painted on their heads in large red letters.
In the originally aired episodes, the Prototypes were laid out on a massive empty floor, with what remained of their limbs carefully matched up with their spines and other body parts, and then circled by chalk marks. The Director's Cut episodes show the original concept with remaining body parts of dozens of failed Evas thrown into a series of waste pits. Some Eva rejects can also be seen in The End of Evangelion (), suspended vertically by their heads.
Three incomplete Evangelion Units are kept in the Pribnow Box at Nerv headquarters. They are unarmored, have no legs or cores, and have numerous cables exiting the neck instead of actual heads. These Units are used as training simulators and are eventually infected by the 11th Angel, Ireul.
The first Rebuild of Evangelion film reveals the firing range training simulator uses a simulation body, as opposed to the anime or manga which show Unit directly attached to simulation equipment. This simulation body appears to be an apparatus that consists of portions of the skeleton and nervous system of an Eva, but without any means of actual movement except for two small devices on the front of the head.
Unit (零号機, Zerogōki), is the Prototype, the first successful Evangelion, and is piloted by the First Child, Rei Ayanami. The head design is similar to that of the previous failed attempts, with a single round optic in the center. Unit is the only one of the original Evas that is never seen without its armor with the exception of Unit (Unit was revealed in End of Evangelion, and Unit on multiple occasions) or opening its mouth; thus the appearance of its organic body is unknown.
Unit was initially colored yellow like the previous prototypes, but its armor was damaged beyond repair by the Angel Ramiel and has since been refitted with blue armor plating in addition to other alterations made in order to make it more suitable for combat conditions, including shoulder pylons similar in appearance to the ones on Units and Because it is a prototype, Unit cannot be fitted with D-type equipment. Unit is also equipped with retro rockets as shown in the fight against Matarael. The true nature of the soul inside Unit is never specified, but it is implied to be the soul of the young Rei I. Unit was destroyed when the teenage Rei II self-destructed the Eva in order to destroy the 16th Angel, Armisael.
In Rebuild of Evangelion, Unit's design stays with its initial yellow color along with more white and gray. In the second film, Unit was the Eva Unit Seele recommended be placed in storage upon the arrival of Unit, as the Vatican treaty states that no country can have more than three active Units at one time, but Gendo Ikari chooses to place Unit in storage instead. After Unit fails to destroy the 10th Angel with its N² Missile, the Angel absorbs Unit and uses its identification code to disable Central Dogma's defenses.
Unit (初号機, Shogōki) was created in the Third Annex of Gehirn's Artificial Evolution Laboratory in Hakone and is piloted by Shinji Ikari (with the Dummy Plug as backup). It is the first and the only Evangelion to be created from Lilith, the Second Angel, instead of Adam, the First Angel, from whom all the other Evangelions were created. Concept art for the anime reveals that Unit 01's body was grown from biomass cultivated from Lilith's legs (the reason why its legs are missing throughout the series). Despite this fact, Unit bears no real morphological difference from other Units, possessing a core (unlike Lilith) and exaggerated proportions similar to Adam and the other Evas. Unit's armor is primarily purple; some components are colored neon green, light blue, orange, and black. Its helmet bears the signature unicorn-like single horn, and a 'frill', giving an appearance reminiscent of a ceratopsiandinosaur. It also has a distinctive chest plate resembling pectoral muscles, as opposed to the regular V-shaped chest plate the other Evas have. The entity beneath the armor has light brown skin, two emerald-green eyes, four small nostrils, flat white teeth, and red blood. It frequently acts independently, without the instructions of a pilot and without any apparent power source, moving freely even when the internal power source is depleted. The Eva will also take action to protect its pilot while sometimes servicing other interests. The Eva's resident soul, Yui Ikari (Shinji's mother), appears to be responsible for such events, in an attempt to protect her son. In such incidents, the Eva goes into a "berserker rage", characterized by inhuman savageness and animal-like behavior. In the height of its berserk state, Unit also demonstrates "Angelic" abilities such as regeneration (repairing its damaged arm in a matter of seconds in battle against Sachiel and Zeruel), forming cross-shaped energy explosions, as well as manifesting a powerful AT Field for offensive purposes. It is the only Eva to have gone berserk in direct combat, inflicting fatal damage to Sachiel before it self-detonates, ripping apart Leliel and savagely mauling Zeruel. Shinji is clearly not responsible for these events, having blacked out in the first two berserk episodes and having dissolved into LCL after reaching a synchronization level of % during the battle with Zeruel. A similar state of battle rage, displaying heightened physical power and savageness, can be achieved when the Eva is controlled by the Dummy System, though this does not qualify as a genuine berserk incident. Unit is called the "Test Type", in reference to its unusual method of creation.
Upon savagely disfiguring the 14th Angel, Zeruel, Unit used one of Zeruel's arms to regenerate its severed left arm and proceeded to devour the Angel and absorb its S² Engine (which seemed to be used only at Unit's discretion, as the Eva was afterwards still shown to be sent into battle with an umbilical cable). By acquiring an S² Engine (the biblical "Fruit of Life"), it is stated that the Eva has become a being equal to God, possessing both the Fruit of Life and Knowledge.
In The End of Evangelion (), Unit goes berserk for the final time, destroying Nerv HQ with a cross-shaped energy blast and growing enormous "Wings of Light," as seen in the series opening, similar to Adam's during Second Impact. From then on the resident soul of Yui Ikari seems to be in complete control of the Eva. Seele attempts to use the Eva in order to perform the Human Instrumentality Project in place of Lilith, who has been rendered unusable due to the loss of the Spear of Longinus. The Mass Production Evas impale Unit with spears similar to the Spear of Longinus, possibly in an attempt to open the Doors of Guf on the Eva's palms. Later, Unit and the Mass Production Units open their S² Engines, forming a giant Sephirot in the sky, signaling the beginning of the Third Impact and creating an enormous explosion which completely exposes the Geofront's true form as the Black Moon, the egg of Lilith. The original Spear of Longinus returns to Earth, merging with Unit to form a Tree of Life, becoming a complete God with the power to either save or destroy humanity. The Tree of Life is later absorbed by the giant Lilith/Adam/Rei hybrid during Instrumentality. Near the end of the film, Eva bursts out from the giant pupil of Lilith/Adam/Rei, roaring, and grows a complete set of twelve Wings of Light, then manipulates the Spear of Longinus to destroy the clone spears. At the conclusion, Unit is left floating adrift in space, fossilized and still containing the soul of Yui Ikari, an eternal testament to the existence of humanity.
In Rebuild of Evangelion, Unit sports more neon green highlights on the head, chest, abdomen and arms. The progressive knife and its storage mechanism are also redesigned, but most of the armor has not changed. During its fight with Shamshel, the skin of the humanoid entity beneath the armor is revealed to a lighter color than in the series. During its battle with Zeruel, the Eva enters an 'awakened state' and undergoes several radical changes: the pilot's plug depth exceeds a value of , the 'Great Beyond Depth', at the risk of being unable to return to normal. While appearing to have gone berserk, the pilot still appears to retain full control over the Eva's actions. In addition, its neon green highlights turn glowing red along with the Eva's eyes. Most significant however is Unit's possession of Angelic abilities, including the manifestation of a halo, advanced AT Field manipulation to replace its lost arm with an ethereal one that can launch concussive blasts and the ability to release a powerful energy beam from its eyes, similar to the one used by the Angels but with much more devastating effects.
After defeating Zeruel, Unit undergoes several more changes, growing energy wings from its core and gaining the ability to bridge the entry plug to the Angel's core. After absorbing Zeruel's core, Unit begins transforming into a glowing energy being, as a divine entity equal to God, a 'radiant giant' with 'wings of light' extending upwards into a vortex at the center of multi-colored concentric circles, similar to the Adams seen during Second Impact. The mere existence of the awakened Eva triggers a phenomenon called Near Third Impact. It also seems that the Eva's awakening, triggered by Rei and Shinji through the battle against Zeruel, appears to have been planned from the beginning by Gendo, Shinji's father. While the Impact is aborted by Kaworu Nagisa in Evangelion Mark impaling Unit with the Spear of Cassius, it still results in the devastation of the entire planet, prompting the UN to seal Unit into a cross-shaped tesseract they subsequently launch into space where it remains for the next fourteen years.
In Evangelion: You Can (Not) Redo (), the tesseract is stolen by Wille in order to use the Evangelion as an energy source for powering their flying battleship, the AAA Wunder. The Unit ends up helping by blasting away the tesseract defense systems: it remains inside of the Wunder for the rest of the film, its only appearance being one of its face, one on a computer screen and one in a flashback.
In Evangelion: + Thrice Upon a Time (), Gendo forcibly removes Unit from the Wunder while piloting Unit and carries it into the "Anti-Universe" during Additional Impact, intending to reunite with Yui. Intending to stop Additional Impact, Shinji follows Gendo and boards Unit, taking control of it once more to battle his father, until Gendo declares that Shinji cannot defeat him through combat alone, and the Evangelion Units disappear as Shinji convinces Gendo to talk with him instead. Following their discussion, Unit appears one last time, when Yui and Gendo (in the form of Unit and Unit respectively) embrace and then impale once another with the Spear of Gaius, sacrificing themselves to end Instrumentality and grant Shinji's wish to create a world without Evangelions.
Production Model Units
Production model Eva units have varying numbers of eyes. Unit 02 has four, Units 03 and 04 have two, and Units 05 through 13 have no visible eyes.
Unit 02 (弐号機, Nigōki), built by Nerv Germany, is the first Production Model Eva. It is piloted by Asuka Langley Soryu and is the first Evangelion built specifically for combat. Unlike Unit 01, it only goes truly "berserk" once, just before its destruction. It has achieved an unusually high sync ratio with its pilot(s). The Eva's armor is primarily red with yellow and white on the arms and head. As a result of being constructed by Nerv Germany, and also as an accommodation for its three-quarters-German pilot, its default language setting is German. It is known to contain the maternal part of the soul of Asuka's mother. Unit 02 features a different progressive knife from earlier Eva units as well as an internal weapon rack in the right shoulder binder which fires dart-like weapons. In the new movie continuity, it used a row of spikes from its shoulder extension in the battle against Zeruel. It has dark blue skin and four orange eyes, first seen when the MP Evas tear it apart during The End of Evangelion. These eyes are normally hidden by its head armor, with four green lenses fitted to the armor. Its head armor is hinged in two places, allowing the eyes to be exposed when the Eva reaches a high sync ratio.
Unit 02 is damaged and incapacitated several times over the course of the series, and is finally destroyed in The End of Evangelion by the mass-produced Evas. Asuka was still highly synchronized with Unit 02 as it was destroyed, thus practically suffering every wound (the frames after the faux-Lance of Longinus is plunged just above the Eva's left eye show her bleeding profusely from her eye, a rapidly spreading bloodstain on her lower torso when the Eva is literally gutted, and then her arm splitting in sync with the Eva's as the faux-Lances are thrown into her). In the manga, Kaworu Nagisa piloted Unit 02 against Armisael since Asuka was left comatose after the battle with Arael. The weapon he used in the battle was a double-bladed chainsaw. Armisael partially merged with Unit 02 while it was still fusing with Unit 00 and Rei.
In the second Rebuild film, it is shown that Unit 02's helmet is redesigned to have what look like oni horns, and that its shoulder pylons are equipped with a pair of bladed weapons. It also sports more white in several places on its body. Of note, the Eva is able to open its mouth in Rebuild, which was not the case with the original. However, it seems to have lost the capability to partially 'open' its helmet to expose its organic eyes. Later in the film, Unit 02 is placed into storage in accordance with The Vatican Treaty- a law stating that no nation can have more than 3 Active Evas- and with Unit 03 arriving from America Gendo decided Unit 02 would be the mothballed Unit. Mari later hijacks Unit 02 to fight Zeruel, and in desperation, activates Unit 02's Beast Mode which significantly increases its combat ability and gives it a more feral appearance. However, Mari is unable to defeat the Angel and Unit 02 is severely damaged, losing its left arm and part of its head.
Unit 02 is featured prominently throughout Evangelion , appearing to be only partially repaired from the damage it sustained during the last film, being called Unit 02'(Dash) by Misato at the beginning. At the beginning of the film, Unit 02 is one of the two Evas that participate in the operation to hijack an inactive Unit 01 from low Earth orbit, with Unit 02's equipment consisting of a harpoon gun, a pair of massive rocket boosters several times larger than the Eva itself and a cocoon-like pair of ablative heat shields to withstand atmospheric reentry; the boosters are seen to utilize vernier thrusters but their primary function is to provide a ten-second deorbit burn and are thus unusable for combat maneuvers. In the middle of Evangelion: You Can (Not) Redo, it is modified into Unit'γ. Near the end of the film, Asuka is forced to engage "Mode (Triple Seven)" Beast Mode against Mark 09, giving it an even more animalistic appearance resembling a saber-toothed cat. However, Unit 02 is later self-destructed to defeat Mark
Unit 03 (参号機, Sangōki) was built in the United States by Nerv First Branch in Massachusetts, United States, Evangelion Unit 03 is one of two Units built with the Second Production Model design. It is the brother Unit of Unit 04 (Unit 3 and Unit 4 were the only Evangelion who were addressed as males during the series). The United States government insisted on having the rights to build Unit 03 and Unit A few minor changes were made between the first and second Production Models. Unit 03's color was unique, with much darker plates than any other Eva.
The pilot assigned to it was Toji Suzuhara, but in transit to Japan, it was possessed by the thirteenth Angel, Bardiel, which appeared from cloud, infecting it with fungus-like growths. As Bardiel, it was savagely torn apart by Unit 01, after the control of Unit 01 was switched from Shinji to the Dummy Plug system, designed to simulate an artificial pilot on the basis of Rei Ayanami's thought patterns. Toji, the pilot, is severely injured in the anime, but in the manga he dies.
Unit is also shown in Evangelion You Can (Not) Advance, with Asuka Langley Shikinami as the test pilot. She was put into quarantine due to possible contact with Bardiel and was confirmed to have been placed in a medically induced coma due to her injuries when the entry plug was crushed. In the teaser trailer for Evangelion attached at the end of the 2nd Rebuild film, she is shown awoken from her coma with an eye patch covering her left eye.
Unit 03 sports a predominantly black color scheme with white and red highlights and during its fight with Unit 01, it grows a separate pair of arms out of the top of its shoulders to help strangle Unit Both the original and the Rebuild version of the Eva have grey eyes, as evidenced by freeze-frame play of their destruction.
While EVA Unit 04 (四号機, Yongōki) never actually appears in the series, it still serves a function in the story. Unit 04 was constructed at the Second Branch of Nerv, a desert site in Nevada, United States, acting primarily as a test subject for S² Engine (provided by the Third Branch of Germany) experimentation. Unit 04 was destroyed along with the entire Second Branch and all facilities within an 89km radius. The cause of the accident remains unknown. Nerv determined that the incident occurred when the S² Engine was being installed in the unit, and that there were numerous factors that could have led to the accident. The very nature of the destruction itself is unknown as well. One theory behind Unit 04's destruction, suggested by Ritsuko Akagi, is that the S² Engine had opened up a Dirac sea similar to the one that was believed to comprise the twelfth Angel, Leliel. Unit 04's design is virtually identical to that of Unit According to Gainax material, this unit is silver in color, with black and red detail. While Unit 04 does not appear on-screen in the series, it does make appearances in the continuities of various Evangelion spin-offs and games. The pilot of Eva 04 is never specified in the series. In some spin-offs, Unit 04 is piloted by Kensuke Aida.
- In an official Evangelionpachinko machine in Japan (based specifically on the film "Evangelion You Are (Not) Alone"), once you reach a certain level, there is a short animation featuring Unit The scene shows the 6th Angel Ramiel during an attack on Tokyo-3 (the footage is spliced in from the film). When it destroys some missile launching sites, Unit suddenly appears floating over a hill, with Kaworu Nagisa controlling it by floating in front of its head. Ramiel fires, but Kaworu's AT Field protects Unit The EVA then charges forward with the Lance of Longinus. Ramiel reshapes itself and fires again, but Unit blocks the attack with a scaled-up riot shield (previously seen only in merchandise, never-onscreen because of its impracticality in favor of AT Fields). After Ramiel stops its attack, Unit hurls the Lance of Longinus at the Angel, which penetrates its own Field, and destroys it in this single shot. Kaworu and Unit are seen casually standing on top of a lake at the end of the video.
- This video seems to be the only known officially licensed appearance of Evangelion Unit, but does confirm, in a way, that its appearance is based on Evangelion Unit, and that its coloring is silver with black and red. (This video also establishes Unit in the coloring scheme of the Rebuild films, and shares similar decorations.)
Mass Production Units ()
These Evas appear in The End of Evangelion and were produced at seven different Nerv branches around the world, probably Germany (Third Branch), the United States (First Branch, Massachusetts), Japan (Matsushiro), the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China. Units 05 and 06 were made in Germany; Unit 08 was produced in China. Seele had them produced as part of their backup plan for initiating Instrumentality, but only nine out of an envisioned twelve were completed. They are controlled directly by Seele via Dummy Plugs based on Kaworu Nagisa. In dialogue, they are referred to as the Eva Series (エヴァシリーズ, Evashirīzu).
Their physical build is different from previous Evas, being narrower in the chest and shoulders and wider in the hips, and apparently covered by the same reinforced plastic that coats the arms. The long jaws have red muscular lips, metal-plated teeth, a large grey tongue, and produce large quantities of saliva. They have no apparent eyes. Their heads overall have a similar shape to that of a whale. They are equipped with large, mechanical, avian-style wings that enable them to fly, and which can be fully retracted into the back. They also lack the shoulder-mounted armor "blades" which were characteristic of previous Evas. Their primary weapons are double-bladed Heavy Lances, which eventually transform into their true form, dark gray replicas of the Lance of Longinus. Additionally, the MP Evas consistently behave in an animal-like manner; they show formidable savagery, and circle Unit 02 in the air in a manner similar to vultures before descending to fight the Eva and tear it apart.
Each MP Eva contains an internal S² Engine, which grants them complete mobility (being freed from the umbilical cable) and no operational time limit.
In the alternate universe game Girlfriend of Steel 2, Kaworu Nagisa pilots Eva Unit 05, which is otherwise the same as the Mass Production units, except that the Dummy Plug is replaced by a standard entry plug.
According to Misato, Unit 05 and Unit 06 were originally planned to be more or less a continuation of the production model design used for Units However, when Seele began construction of the mass production model Eva Units , these plans were scrapped. The unfinished original Units 05 and 06 were scrapped for spare parts used to repair Units 00 and 02 after their fight with the Angel Zeruel. Various different EVA units have originated in spin-off games and other various media.
In the Battle Orchestra game two new EVA units are introduced. EVA Unit-Alpha (甲号機, Kōgōki) is a green colored EVA with distance-controlled gun barrels mounted on its shoulders (possibly inspired by the Psycommu System from the Gundam franchise), its pilot is unknown. EVA Unit-Beta (乙号機, Otsugōki), piloted by Kaworu Nagisa, is gold in color with wings and a katana. EVA Unit 04 appears as well, painted a different shade of silver and piloted by Kensuke Aida.
Rebuild of Evangelion
Evangelion Provisional Unit
The EVA Provisional Unit 05 (仮設五号機, Kasetsu Gogōki), piloted by Mari Illustrious Makinami, features in the opening of the second film in the Rebuild of Evangelion tetralogy and is held at the joint U.S./Russian Nerv Bethany Base. Unit is designated as local specifications unit and less humanoid than the other Evas with a design that includes having shorter left and right arms that end in a pincer and a lance respectively, and instead of legs has four limbs that end in wheel like mechanisms. The Eva's torso is predominantly white with orange and gray areas; its limbs are a shade of green. Because of the inhuman design of the Eva, special tubes are attached to the wrists of the pilot's plug suit to help aid in movement and the pilot wears a helmet-like contraption. Rocket boosters and drills also feature in the design to help aid this speedy Eva once in action. It appears to lack an umbilical cord and gathers its energy from pantograph-like wires atop the shoulder pylons, which connect to the roofs of the tunnels of Bethany Base in Evangelion The odd build is most likely due to its provisional status as moving on various terrains might be difficult. The Eva is solely sent into action against the previously released Third Angel which attempts to escape. The melee results in the destruction of the Angel, Unit 05 and Bethany base. Its designation as "Provisional" may be a reference to the EVA being launched despite Bethany base still waiting on several components for installation.
Introduced in Rebuild of Evangelion, Mark (マークシックス, Mākushikkusu) is first seen at the end of the first film and fully appears in the second film. It was initially designed with blue armor with a glowing red visor covering its eyes and head design similar to Unit Underneath its armor, the Eva unit has dark gray skin decorated on the torso with a seven-eyed purple face mask that is partially covered by a gray and red mask engraved with the words "Project Evangelion". In the DVD release, Mark has a glowing white halo. The narration states that it and its pilot "come down from the Moon". It is of SEELE's design who describe it as "the true Evangelion"; Gendo and Fuyutsuki had no hand in its creation.
In Evangelion , the unit's coloration is dark blue with gold highlights. It is piloted by Kaworu Nagisa. At the end of the film, Kaworu uses Mark to throw a spear through Unit 01 (neutralizing it and stopping Third Impact) and descend from the Moon, after that declaring that he will make Shinji happy.
The unit briefly appears in Evangelion where it is seen inactive and impaled in Terminal Dogma alongside Lilith. It was later revealed to have the Twelfth Angel sealed within it. This is the first Unit in the franchise that doesn't use the official Japanese naming convention for Evangelions (number + gōki) but instead has an English designation phonetically transcribed into Japanese.
First appeared in Evangelion , Evangelion Unit 08 (八号機, Hachigōki) is piloted by Mari Illustrious Makinami. The Unit seems similar to previous units, but the shoulder pylons are slightly different, and it appears to have thrusters on it. The head design is similar to the helmet of a suit of armor, with a protruding horn. Unlike its first depiction in the first teaser for the film, the Eva went through a significant redesign between films: while the teaser showed it having dark gray armor and a vaguely anchor-shaped pink visor, the final version - designated Unitα - has pink armor and a total of eight green eyes. Then partly through the movie, Unitα is modified by WILLE into Unitβ, unlike Unitα, is not shaped like a typical production model. It is bulkier in hips, shoulders, and most notably in the torso. The plating on the chest, abdomen, and legs is far bulkier as well, and does not match the thin, sleek plating seen on most Evangelion units. Unlike Unitα, it also has large, pink guards around its forearms and wrists which add significantly to the bulk of the arms. Its coloring is largely the same, the most notable difference being that the pink portions of the shoulder pylons on Unitα are now white, as well as the arm colors being switched to a different order. At the beginning of the film, the Eva participates in the operation to hijack an inactive Unit 01 from low Earth orbit alongside Unit 02 but fails to achieve the required orbital speed, commencing atmospheric reentry after only a few minutes of spaceflight. While in suborbital flight, the Eva is armed with a cannon that appears to be an energy weapon similar in function to a sniper rifle. It is also armed with rocket boosters and a cocoon-like pair of ablative heat shields identical to Unit 02's.
First appeared in Evangelion , Mark 09 is piloted by a Rei Ayanami clone. It has orange and white armor and a cyclopean head with a single red eye, closely resembling Unit It is first seen in the operation where NERV kidnaps Shinji from WILLE, with the EVA losing its head during the skirmish. The missing head is not restored and near the end of the film the still headless Eva reappears, wielding a massive scythe to hold back Unit 02 and Unit 08 on its own. At the end of the film, it attempts to hijack control of the Wunder battleship with a number of luminescent blue organic tendrils sprouting from its legs, causing both the EVA's entry plug and the Wunder's bridge to turn black and display a large number of SEELE logos. The EVA also grows a new head closely resembling the Wunder's primary bridge while its armor changes to black. Even without a head, the EVA is capable of utilizing a ranged energy attack like many of the Angels. When the EVA is attacked by Unitγ, it is revealed that the entire EVA is made up of core material at this point, making all attacks that fail to destroy the entire body at once useless. It is finally destroyed by Unitγ's self-destruct. During various scenes, the EVA is specifically referred to as "Adams' [sic] Vessel" by multiple characters, along with a confirmation that the EVA used to be the Wunder's "former master" and that it is attempting to take control "back" from Unit
First appeared in Evangelion , Unit 13 (第13号機, Dai Jū-san-gōki) has an appearance near-identical to that of Unit 01, excluding having four eyes and arms. Its most distinctive feature is the Double Entry system of two entry plugs, with the two pilots capable of seeing each other as if they were in a single plug; either pilot is capable of controlling the EVA on their own, although both of them working in tandem is preferred. Unusually, the EVA does not appear to have an AT-field, instead using a number of remote-controlled drones called RS Hoppers to protect itself; these drones are each capable of deploying their own AT-field, can fly without any apparent means of propulsion and explode violently when damaged. Without these drones, the EVA does not appear to have any offensive weaponry but is immune to progressive blades and specialized anti-AT ammunition fired by Unit 08 fails to affect it whatsoever. The unit itself is also referred to as an "Adams" [sic], although the precise meaning of that term is left unclear. At the end of the film, Unit 13 is piloted by Shinji Ikari and Kaworu Nagisa who proceed to remove the two Spears of Longinus from Lilith, setting in motion a chain of events that cause the EVA to enter an "awakened" or "pseudo-evolved" form where it spontaneously emits light, sprouts a pair of wing-like protrusions from its shoulders and manifests a pair of concentric halos that allow it to fly at high speeds. In this state, the EVA proceeds to start Fourth Impact on its own before Kaworu commits suicide and Mari ejects Shinji's entry plug, making the EVA dormant once more. There is no umbilical cable socket on the EVA's back and it is unclear what power source it uses, if any. The unit returns in Evangelion + as the medium for Gendo to begin the Human Instrumentality Project. To stop Gendo's plans, Wille launches an attack to destroy it, but fails and Gendo fuses himself with Unit Shinji pilots Unit 01 and fights Unit 13 in order to stop it, and after finally reaching a compromise with his son, Gendo sacrifices himself and destroys both Units to stop the Final Impact while saving Shinji from doing so in his place.
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Evangelion Unit (エヴァンゲリオン初号機[?], "Shogōki") is the first non-prototype Evangelion unit, and is referred to as the "Test Type". It houses the soul of Shinji's mother, Yui Ikari. It is mainly piloted by Shinji Ikari. Unit serves as the flagship model for the series.
Unit's armor is primarily purple; some components are colored neon green, periwinkle blue, orange, and black. The helmet, with its prominent horn and "frill", is vaguely evocative of an one horn Oni. The pectoral plates are different from those seen on any other Evangelion. The humanoid entity beneath the armor has light brown skin, two emerald-green eyes, four small nostrils positioned pre-orbitally, and red blood.
Unit stands out from the other units as it frequently acts independently (the "Berserk Mode"), without the instructions of a pilot and without any apparent power source. Unit will also take action to protect its pilot while sometimes servicing other interests. The Evangelion's resident soul, Yui Ikari (Shinji's mother), appears to be responsible for such events. Unit is called the "Test Type", perhaps because of the experimental way in which it was created: although Unit seems to be an Adam-derived cybernetic organism like all other Evangelions, it is the sole Evangelion to have been born from Lilith.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Created in the Third Annex of Gehirn's Artificial Evolution Laboratory in Hakone from to and deemed a functional Evangelion unit in , Unit is piloted by Shinji Ikari (with Rei Ayanami or a Rei dummy plug as backup pilots) and has the best battle record of all the Evangelions.
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