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The Third Child

Shinji Ikari

14 years old, the "Third Child " and pilot of Evangelion Unit 01. When he arrives at NERV Headquarters, Tokyo-3 in the first episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion, it has been ten years since he has seen his father, Gendo Ikari. On the same day, an Angel attacks the city.

His father's absence, coupled with the death of his mother when he was very young, has forced Shinji to develop an odd sort of self-sufficiency but left him unable to relate well to others. Despite his seeming calm when piloting Evangelion Unit 01, Shinji is given to bouts of paralyzing fear followed by fits of berserk rage. He is strongly attracted to the mysterious Rei Ayanami, though he does not know why. He is often referred to as the Third Child (The Third Evangelion pilot Qualifier).

Name: Shinji Ikari Age: 14

The First Child

Rei Ayanami Designated pilot of Evangelion Unit 00. Rei has been undergoing special training since the Evangelion Development Project began. She suffered serious injuries that occurred during a re-activation testing.

Rei is a girl of a few words and has considerable difficulty in expressing emotion.

Name: Rei Ayanami Age: 14

The Second Child

Asuka Langley Sohryu Designated pilot of Evangelion Unit 02. Like Rei Ayanami, Asuka has undergone special training. She is three-quarters German and one-quarter Japanese. Born and raised in the United States, Asuka hates to lose at anything. She is referred to as The Second Child (The Second Qualifier).

As the series develops, we find out that Asuka's outside personality was meant to mask her own true feelings about herself, her family and everyone around her. Within her, Asuka feels almost the same way as Shinji: lonely.

Name: Asuka Langley Soryu Age: 14

NERV Operations Chief

Misato Katsuragi Misato Katsuragi is the Evangelion pilots' main superior officer. Responsible for the operations of the whole NERV headquarters whenever the commander is not present, Misato has only one goal in life: to destroy the angels that killed her father during the Second Impact.

During the course of the series, she becomes Shinji's guardian, a caretaker figure. An attractive woman with a cheerful, optimistic personality, Misato is also the only living human being to witness the Second Impact first hand and to have survived. She, in Fuyutski's terms, witnessed hell.

Name: Misato Katsuragi Age: 29

Head of Evangelion Development Project

Ritsuko Akagi Misato and Ritsuko have known each other since they were still in school. Ritsuko Akagi is the head of Evangelion Development Project, which means that she heads all things that are concerned with the increased ability of the Evangelions.

Ritsuko's personality is cool and intellectual.

Name: Ritsuko Akagi Age: 30

The Fourth Child

Touji Suzuhara A classmate and close friend of Shinji Ikari, Touji is a hothead who is very direct in expressing his feelings.

Touji's sister was hurt during Shinji's first fight inside the Evangelion, however, Touji has learned to forgive Shinji for this, and instead has become a close friend of Shinji.

Name: Touji Suzuhara Age: 14

Shinji's Friend

Kensuke Aida Another close friend and classmate of Shinji. Kensuke always tags along with Touji and vice-versa. A military fanatic, Kensuke always carries his camera with him where ever he goes.

Name: Kensuke Aida Age: 14

NERV Supreme Commander

Gendo Ikari and Yui Ikari Supreme Commander of special agency, NERV. Simultaneously, Chief Director of the Evangelion Development Project. Above all, he is the father of Shinji Ikari.

There is a great mystery surrounding the past and present of Gendo Ikari. He rarely appears on the mission deck and most of the time, he is away on another mission. His son, Shinji and he share a hateful relationship, especially after Yui Ikari, Shinji's mother, died when he was only four years old.

Gendo was originally the designated leader of the Geihrin Project as well as the Human Instrumentality Project.

Name: Gendo Ikari Age: 48

NERV Assistant Commander

Kouzou Fuyutski One of the few people who actually know what is going on within the series of Evangelion. He, along with Gendo Ikari know if human fate is projected on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

However, unlike Gendo, Kouzou has learned to be a little closer to the rest of the NERV staff than Gendo. However, he has learned to control himself when telling secrets about NERV and all that is behind it.

Originally from the University of Tokyo, Fuyutski was the teacher of Yui Ikari and was commissioned by Gendo on Project Geihrin.

An outwardly open, yet very secretive person.

Name: Kouzou Fuyutski Age: 58

NERV Special Force

Ryouji Kaji Together with Asuka Langley Soryu, he comes to Japan from NERV Section Three in Germany. He is an old friend of Misato and Ritsuko.

Despite his handsome appearance and ready smile, Ryouji has different intentions rather than serving NERV and Gendo Ikari.

Name: Ryouji Kaji Age: 30

Shinji's Mother

Yui Ikari Little is known about Yui Ikari except for a few facts presented in the series. She was the student of Kouzou Fuyutski at the University of Tokyo. There, she also met Gendo who later became her husband.

She was a very loving mother to Shinji and a wife to Gendo. However, during one of her experiments which was witnessed by Shinji first-hand, Yui Ikari was tragically killed while trying to connect with the Evangelion.

She then was cloned by Gendo in the form of Rei Ayanami and explains Rei's resemblance to Shinji's mother.

Name: Yui Ikari Age: 27

The Fifth Child

Kaoru Nagisa Born on the same day as the Second Impact, little is known about Kaoru Nagisa. He suddenly appeared in Tokyo-3, sent by SEELE themselves to replace Asuka Langley Soryu who lost her ability to pilot the Evangelion Unit 02.

Within days, Kaoru was able to surpass the 2 other children in terms of synch tests and was the highest synch pilot of Evangelion (he can actually choose his synch rate at will). His synch rate was high enough that he did not require to sit inside the entry plug to control the Evangelion.

Name: Kaoru Nagisa Age: 14

Misato's Pet

Pen-Pen The other roommate of Shiji, Pen-Pen, is not to be mistaken for an Antarctic penguin. Pen-Pen is the new breed of Tropical Penguins.

Pen-Pen was actually part of an experiment, but when they were ready to get rid of Pen-Pen, Misato felt sorry and took Pen-Pen home with her.

Pen-Pen has learned to eat curry and drink beer.

Because of the potential dangers that face Misato, Misato has in-trusted Hikari Horaki to take care of Pen-Pen.

Name: Pen-Pen Age: --

Evangelion Technical Assistant

Maya Ibuki Maya Ibuki is often seen with Dr. Ritsuko Akagi whenever Ritsuko is about to prepare any experiments relating to the Evangelions or even regarding the Magis.

Maya knows a lot of technical stuff within the series, however there are things that she is also kept in the dark about.

Name: Maya Ibuki Age: 23

The Class Rep

Hikaru Horaki Hikari Horaki is also known as the Class Rep in Shinji's class.

Hikari also became a close friend of Asuka Langely when Asuka arrived from Germany from NERV Branch 3.

Name: Hikari Horaki Age: 14

NERV Assistant Strategist

Hyuga Hyuga is the assistant strategist of NERV. Whenever the opponent strikes (Angels, etc.) Misato and Hyuga are often the ones to discuss strategy to maximize the use of the Evangelions without doing much harm to the pilots.

Because of being kept in the dark too long, Makoto Hyuga begins to search the truth behind NERV and the Evangelions. With the help of Kaji and Misato, the three discover things that should be kept secret.

Name: Makoto Hyuga Age: 23

NERV Computer Technician

Aoba Often seen with Hyuga and Maya in the front part of the terminals in the Geo-Front, Aoba is often quiet and doesn't talk about anything much. However, one thing is for certain: Aoba likes guitars - he brings his guitar to work,but plays it safe when on duty by practicing a few chords with an imaginary guitar.
Name: Shigeru Aoba Age: 23

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