Shinji Ikari is a character from Neon Genesis Evangelion and is a major character introduced in the second season of The Knights of the Multiverse. Originally the pilot of Evangelion Unit 1, he was taken in by Axis Zeon to "fight the evils" of the Multiverse, where he would pilot the ferocious Gundam Epyon.
Personality[edit | edit source]
To call Shinji a hero would be a lie. He used to be very laid-back and passive, but after being forced to kill Kaworu, the only person to show him blind loyalty and love, he's turned bitter, dark-hearted and cold. He's grown a near sociopathic inability to understand other people's emotions, only believes what he wants to believe, but in his rationale, nobody wants him, so they can all just die. Nobody cares whether or not he exists, nothing ever changes, so they can all just die. It would be better if he never existed, so he should just die, too.1 He is aware of all these faults, but with how far down the rabbit hole he's gone, he only blames the world and other people for it all for not being tailor-made specifically for his wants and desires. But despite everything, despite how much it hurts him to be around other people, he can't bare the thought of being left alone, so he still needs them. He needs their help.
With his joining of Zeon, he seemingly got just what he wanted: constant attention from comrades who valued his opinion, praise for when he participated in a successful mission, and even assistance on how to better his piloting skills. However, this caused something else to change inside of him: something dark. Although he often projected himself as a pacifist in the past, deep down he's an animal, a ferocious beast with a burning desire to lash out at all the people that hurt him and made him suffer, and his new position as a Zeon pilot finally broke the beast out of its cage. Now, if anyone tells him something he doesn't like, he has the strength and power to punish anyone for not being his perfect dolls, for not say what he wants them to say, and wanting all of them to suffer for making him suffer.
History[edit | edit source]
Pre-Series[edit | edit source]
Around the age of three, Shinji lost his mother to the Unit-01 Contact Experiment. As he witnessed this event, he was subjected to considerable trauma that had lingering effects upon him. Shortly afterward, his father abandoned him, leaving him to live with his "sensei", where, to quote Shinji himself "nothing ever happened".
Season 2[edit | edit source]
When SEELE's ground forces busted into NERV HQ, Shinji did what he did best: run away. To try and get out of the way, he crawled up and hid underneath a staircase, ready to die. Soon enough though, three grunts found him, but as one of the soldiers pointed a gun to his head, a woman in a silver helmet and red jacket ran up and incapacitated them all. The woman introduced himself as Haman Karn, and that she had come personally to assist the young boy.
Haman then took Shinji into Central Dogma (which he had discovered through very thorough research after he was defeated by the Knights) where the two met Gendo. As the leader of Axis pointed her pistol at him and reprimanded for being prime target of why Axis Zeon was doing this in the first place (men trying to play god while not caring how it affects the rest of the world), and when Gendo asked if this was the part where he shot him and end his "crusade", Haman handed her weapon to Shinji, believing that it would only be appropriate for the son to judge his father's fate. And she wasn't wrong: Shinji did shoot him. Twice.
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Kaworu Nagisa[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
1This is in reference to Shinji's dialogue during his introspection during the middle of the second half of End of Evangelion.