Q: What are the Angels?
are beings that possess a variety of forms and threaten mankind's
existence. They have taken the shape of giants, microscopic
computer viruses, pure energy, and even that of a human boy.
Their only objectives
are to find and become one with Adam, the second classified Angel
who is in NERV's possession during the course of the story, and
to test the human spirit and will to survive and "evolve". Their
"returning" to Adam is prophecied as being the beginning
of the end, or the Third Impact which would effectively kill
all of mankind. As the seventeenth Angel (Kaworu) proved, they
do not want to initiate the Third Impact by coming in contact
No matter their
shape, every Angel has an AT Field, or "Light of
Mind" barrier that is considered Holy Territory and that
should not be befouled by unholy cretins (i.e. humans). *NOTE*
All humans have ATFields too, but they are not physical barriers
but mental barriers. The ATField is an actual term in Psychology
that refers mostly to autistic children and their mental force
fields they set up to keep human contact to a minimum. It is
said though, that humans' AT Fields are all that keeps us as
seperate and individual entities since we are technically one
being (seen in EoE).
Their coming was
foretold in the Dead Sea Scrolls which were written anywhere
from 200B.C. to 100A.D. The Evangelions were created from
Angels (originally as an attempt to initiate an artificial Impact
but eventually for the purpose of protecting man from them).
It was once
thought that they could be "Advanced Humans" who had
been able to evolve past their physical boundaries, but that
theory was trashed when the Third Impact occured and the final
stages of man's evolution were truly revealed.
Q: What do each of the Angels
look like and what were the fates of each?
were 17 Angels, each with a different physical appearance from
the other. Their pictures and fates are as follows:
fabled first wife of Adam (and initially one being with Adam
in the form of the almost God-like creature seen collecting humanity
in EoE before they split in the First Impact), and therefore
not the first Angel created, Lilith is none - the
- less the first Angel the mankind encounters. She has
been around since before the Second Impact and she is the reason
that SEELE came to be.
made from the same earth that created Adam, but she was not composed
of any part of him (like Eve), so she was not very loyal to her
mate (from the reallife folklore, people, not the series [sheesh!]).
Lilith left her husband, Adam, after they had a quarrel and wandered
the land where she eventually met Cain (Adam and Eve's son who
slew Abel) and they became the parents of all humanity (aka Lilim).
She is known as "the Specter", "Mother Nature"
and "the Enemy of Newborns", but she is also the one
from which mankind has come, and to which he must return (in
the form of the Third Impact [now this is from the series]).
The Seven Eyes of
God is the SEELE logo and the triangle symbol that decorates
Lilith's mask, and her being is what makes the Third Impact possible.
Her "blood" is the LCL that is used in the Eva Plugs
that allows the pilots to better communicate with the Evangelions
(it is like amniotic fluid, which protects babies in the womb
and allows them to breathe). She patiently awaits for one of
her kind to set her free and start the Third Impact which will
allow humanity to evolve beyond its normal means into one (Angel?)
being with her.
When and where she
came from, and how she was captured and lost her legs remains
a mystery (One very likely possibility is that she was found
where the GeoFront is now).
It is also said
that Lilith is a being far beyond the evolutionary status of
a simple Angel and that NERV only categorized her as such to
keep SEELE off their backs.
She merged with and
was freed by the third Rei clone and helped collect the souls
of all of mankind.
in God's image and the being that all Angels are from and must
return to, Adam was a harbinger of doom for mankind. He came
as "The Giant of Light" in Antarctica (where the White
Moon had lain dormant since the First Impact when he originally
split with Lilith) when testing of the S2 engine (the manmade
version of Angels' immortality) began. Mankind was attempting
to play God, and God was not happy.
It is assumed that
Adam also awoke to retrieve his wife in Lilith (the other half
of the God-like Lilith) , whom which other experiments were being
performed on (i.e. attempting to stimulate artificial Impacts
through cloning). But we captured Adam too, and shrunk him to
embryo size so that from him we could create our own Eve (or
Eva), keep his powers low so that it would be a lot more difficult
for more Heavenly messengers to find him, and (if we failed)
lessen the damage that would occur when the rest of the Angels
came and "returned" to him (as was prophecied in the
Dead Sea Scrolls). When we did shrink him, the energy released
from Adam was enormous, and the Second Impact occured.
Antarctica was melted,
the Earth flooded, and billions of people died, but we managed
to obtain Adam in embrionic form. A great price to pay for a
little bit of Heaven.
it has been said that Adam is "beyond" an average Angel
and has only been categorized as one by NERV to throw SEELE off.
(A faithful reader
sent in this bit of information 'bout Adam taken from Jay Stevenson's
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Angels. Interesting stuff:
is an aspect of God and also an aspect of the original and eternal
human being known as Adam Kadmon. Adam Kadmon is the unfallen
Adam who bears the likeness of the angels.
say that before Adam fell from grace by disobeying God's command,
he was of enormous size and radiance, like the angels. As a result
of his sin, however, he was diminished in stature and glory.
The ten levels of Cabalist reality, figured as an arrangement
of the ten Sefirot, represent this glorious original human being.")
Fate: Adam had been "borrowed"
by Kaji from SEELE HQ and merged with me, but was freed by Rei
and melded with Lilith during the Third Impact.
The first Angel to be seen
in the series, Sachiel was one of the most humanoid in appearance.
He easily made his way to Tokyo-3 with little resistance from
the UN Forces due to his impenetrable AT Field.
Eva-01 was provided
with its initial substantive battle scenario with Sachiel, and
was only able to win when its first time pilot (Shinji Ikari)
allowed his mind to go savage therefore allowing the Eva Unit
to turn into a "Berserker", thereby eliminating the
Third Angel in a desperate hand to hand brawl.
were some sort of particle beam, a hammer-punch forarm device,
and the ability to amass muscle strength in its limbs.
Fate: Sachiel self-destructed
to try and destroy Eva-01 when it was clear that it had lost
the First Battle of Tokyo-3. It failed.
The Second Angel to attack
Tokyo-3 was the Insectoid Shamshel. It attacked with energy whips
that could be used to slice any object in two. It was able to
sever Eva-01's power cord thereby severely limiting the Test
Type's time to defend itself and attack.
It was able to destroy
many Armament Buildings and cause some damage to Eva-01's armor
and body, but it was not an equal match for the Evangelion and
its human pilot.
killed, but remained intact and was carefully studied by NERV
One of the best designed
Angels in terms of defense is Ramiel. Described as a "Floating
Fortress", the Fifth Angel glided to a spot directly over
Geofront with hardly any resistance from the EVAs and NERV. When
there, it began drilling straight down to NERV HQ.
It would attack
any object that came within several miles of it that might cause
the slightest threat. It attacked Unit 01 and caused major damage
to the Eva and its pilot when it appeared up from the ground.
Only the first
cooperative Eva operation was able to destroy Ramiel, and only
by using the combined electrical power of all of Japan to power
a giant sniper canon fired by Shinji in Eva-01. Its body remained
intact for the NERV scientists to study.
The first and only aquatic
Angel, Gaghiel attacked the UN Pacific fleet in search of the
Adam embryo that Ryoji Kaji was carrying with him from Germany
to NERV HQ in Tokyo-3. It was able to destroy more than half
of the fleet before the Production Model Eva-02 helped the UN
Navy penetrate its AT Field and destroy it.
In the first under-water
sortie between an Eva and an Angel it was proven that EVAs have
little defense when submersed in a large body of water. Only
with the combined synchro rates of its two pilots (Shinji Ikari
and Soryu Asuka Langley) was the Eva-02 able to overcome its
situation and help defeat the Angel.
up when Eva-02 dissolved its AT Field and opened it's mouth enough
for two explosive laden UN ships to enter and self-destruct.
The Seventh Angel turned
out to be a double threat. When openly attacked, it would split
itself into two seperate Angels proving very difficult to kill.
When it first appeared
off of Japan's coast, it made short work of Eva-02 and Eva-01,
causing great shame to NERV and the pilots.
Only after a synchronized
combined attack performed by the two EVAs was Israfel able to
The Seventh Angel's
defense and attack demonstrated how man had to start thinking
in new modes of strategy and assault if he hoped to survive God's
Fate: Israfel was defeated when
the "dance" of the two EVAs split it and forcibly re-combined
it with a powerful set of kicks. It exploded in a cross-shaped
pillar of fire.
What was almost NERV's biggest
break in the battle against the Angels turned into one of its
worst (almost)catastrophies. Sandalphon was originally found
in a live volcano still in its pupa form. It was at this point
that NERV ordered its aquisition in order to capture/kill an
Angel and study it before it became active and dangerous.
It awoke and grew
to its adult size in the middle of Eva-02's capture operation.
It almost destroyed Unit 02 but was destroyed itself. Eva-02
was only saved when a brave Shinji (in Eva-01) jumped into the
lava and pulled it out.
Fate: The Eighth Angel was disintegrated
by Eva-02's coolant system being force-fed into it in the middle
of the lava lake. It was only an adult for 2.5 minutes.
Matarael attacked at a lucky
time. NERV and all of Tokyo-3 were in the middle of a blackout
(deliberately caused by the powers that be so that the Geofront
could be mapped when the juice started flowing back in again)
when the spider-like Angel appeared and began burning an acid
hole directly through to Geofront from the surface.
With only five minutes
of energy a piece, the EVAs 00, 01, and 02 attacked the Angel
from below and killed it with little effort.
Fate: The Ninth Angel was easily
subdued with only a large machine gun (which proved useless on
previous Angels). It died without exploding and was therefore
another perfect specimen for the scientists at NERV.
The Tenth Angel was a very
unique aggressor. In its high Earth orbit, it would actually
drop pieces of itself to bombard the surface with. When it got
used to its aim, it dropped its entire body on top of Tokyo-3.
was stopped by the combined AT Fields of the three Eva Units
and blew up in a large cross-shaped explosion when Eva-02 drove
its psyonic knife into its core.
an attempt to avoid Eva combat, the Eleventh Angel (in the form
of billions of microscopic entities) attacked NERV in a soft
spot - the Three Magi Computers.
After taking over
the body of a Dummy Plug Test Eva, Ireul quickly adapted to any
attack that NERV threw at it. It soon began infiltrating the
Three Magi, starting with Melchior, in an attempt to override
them, rewrite them, and self-destruct them. With its AT Field
in place to deflect any physical attack, Ireul's only weakness
was the Super Computers themselves.
Ritsuko Akagi's quick thinking and typing skills, NERV was able
to stop the attack and purge the Magi of Ireul completely by
simply erasing the virus.
The Twelfth Angel appeared
without any warning over Tokyo-3 in what appeared to be a giant
"shadow ball". It silently hovered in place until the
EVAs attacked it.
It seemed that it
could disappear and reappear at will to easily avoid the firepower
thrown at it. It was only when the Eva-01 pilot got too cocky
and stepped on to its actual form (its supposed real shadow
on the ground that was less than a tenth of a centimeter thick)
and was sucked into a Dirac Sea that the real threat became obvious.
With no known or
obvious weakness and Shinji Ikari still trapped inside the Angel's
self, NERV was ready to drop all the world's remaining Non-Nuclear
(N2) bombs into its center in a desperate attempt to free the
children and destroy the threat.
Fate: In the final seconds before
the drop, the Eva-01 went Berserker again (this time with no
power) and burst free of its intended tomb in a bloody explosion
of rage and fear that killed Leliel.
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Originally the Eva-03, Bardiel
infected the Unit on its voyage to the synchro test site in Japan.
The Angel "Virus" became active during the test and
in the process of destroying the NERV base escaped and headed
A very dangerous
enemy, the Thirteenth Angel was quick, agile, and carried a human
hostage in its entry plug (the Fourth Children, Toji Suzuhara).
Bardiel made short work of Eva-00 and Eva-02 and attacked Eva-01
as a Berserker. With elongated arms as weapons, it started to
crush Eva-01's and Shinji Ikari's throat. The Third Children
refused to defend himself in fear of hurting the 14 year old
pilot in the Thirteenth Angel.
Gendo ordered his son to be taken off line and have the Dummy
Plug initiated to attack the Angel. Eva-01 killed Bardiel in
a heart beat and proceeded to rip its corpse apart severly damaging
the trapped pilot in the process.
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