Can You Name These “Neon Genesis Evangelion” Characters?

By: Ian Fortey

Can You Name These “Neon Genesis Evangelion” Characters?
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About This Quiz

Anime would not be what it is today without the influence of "Neon Genesis Evangelion." The series, the movies and the manga have all had a profound impact on the genre and left a lasting legacy that spans across the globe. Would a movie like "Pacific Rim" have ever been made without the influence of Evangelion? It seems pretty unlikely.

The reason for the series' popularity is one of those things that you could debate with other fans for ages. Some weighty existential issues are dealt with right alongside goofy stuff like super-intelligent penguins that can read the newspaper. It doesn't just show you battles between giant biomechanical robots and super powerful alien beings; it deals with issues of faith and the meaning of life and friendship and loss.

A series like "Evangelion" can't just rest on cool robot fights alone. It's the characters that draw you in, dynamic and quirky people like Asuka and tragic ones like Shinji. It's the unexpected twists with characters like Rei or Kaworu that keep you interested and engaged. And if you fell in love with the series then surely you can recognize most of the characters, right? It's time to take the quiz and prove it!

01_Rei Ayanami Who is the pilot of Unit 00?
Rei Ayanami
Rei Ayanami is known as the first child, the first to pilot an EVA unit, and something of a puzzle. There is a heavy implication that Rei is, in fact, a clone of Shinji's mother, or at least in some way created from her.
Misato Katsuragi
Gendo Ikari
Mari Illustrious Makinami

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02_Misato Katsuragi Shinji comes to live with which of these characters?
Naoko Akagi
Kaworu Nagisa
Misato Katsuragi
Misato Katsuragi runs the NERV program and is instrumental in bringing in Shinji as a pilot. Though Misato is twice Shinji's age and in some way seems to have taken him under her wing like a mother, there's a weird personal relationship between them that really comes out when she gives him a rather passionate kiss goodbye.
Kozo Fuyutsuki

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03_Asuka Langley Soryu Who curses in German?
Toji Suzuhara
Maya Ibuki
Shigeru Aoba
Asuka Langley Soryu
Asuka Langley Soryu is part American, part Japanese and part German, but she was raised in Germany and speaks the language as well. She is the second child and the pilot of Unit-02. Asuka has routinely appeared on lists of the best anime characters of all time.

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04_Shinji Ikari Do you know which character pilots Unit-01?
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu
Kensuke Aida
Shinji Ikari
The central character of the series, Shinji Ikari runs a very tragic but hopeful character arc that sees him fall deeply into despair by the end. However, one of the central themes of the series is exemplified in Shinji as he comes to terms with his own failings and pain and chooses to continue his struggle in life rather than give up.
Keel Lorenz

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05_Kaworu Nagisa Which character proved to be super popular, even though he's only in a couple of episodes?
Kaworu Nagisa
Kaworu Nagisa showed up near the end of the series to replace Asuka as the pilot of Unit-02. He's actually working on the sly, having been sent by SEELE, and is trying to find Adam. The big twist for Kaworu is that he's actually the angel Tabris.
Ritsuko Akagi
Naoko Akagi
Gendo Ikari

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06_Toji Suzuhara "The Stomach" was a nickname given to which of these characters?
Ritsuko Akagi
Yui Ikari
Toji Suzuhara
Toji Suzuhara was the fourth child chosen to pilot an EVA unit and is something of a jock. He manages to survive having his unit taken over by the angel Bardiel, but in the ensuring fight, he is severely injured and loses a leg.
Makato Hyuga

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07_Ryoji Kaji Which one of these characters is a spy?
Kozo Fuyutsuki
Ryoji Kaji
Ryoji Kaji works in NERV but also spies on them for the Japanese government. His fate is arguably the most mysterious of all characters in the series as he's shot by someone we, as the audience, never get to see.
Naoko Akagi
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu

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08_Ritsuko Akagi This character tried to destroy NERV in order to prevent Third Impact. Who is it?
Makato Hyuga
Midori Kitakami
Ritsuko Akagi
Ritsuko Akagi was a scientist at NERV who was, for a time, a close confidant of Gendo Ikari. She knew the true purpose of the entire EVA project but realized after a betrayal that it was a bad idea and tried to set off the self-destruct at NERV.
Kohji Takao

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09_Kozo Fuyutsuki Which character was Yui Ikari's sensei?
Kozo Fuyutsuki
Though he serves as Gendo's second-in-command, Kozo Fuyutsuki was originally a professor and the sensei of Shinji's mother, Yui. His name, Fuyutsuki, means "winter moon" and was the name of a WWII destroyer in the Japanese Navy.
Kensuke Aida
Makato Hyuga
Yui Ikari

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10_Gendo Ikari Can you name the Commander of NERV?
Shigeru Aoba
Adam
Gendo Ikari
Gendo Ikari is Shinji's father and a key member of the team that developed the Evangelions. He is revealed to have wanted to create a sort of Utopia in which he would be reunited with his wife and suffers the grisly fate of losing his head for it.
Hideki Tama

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11_Makato Hyuga Which technician was in love with Misato?
Mari Illustrious Makinami
Kensuke Aida
Sumire Nagama
Makato Hyuga
Makato Hyuga is one of the three computer techs at NERV. It's clear he has feelings for Misato over the course of the series, but his feelings betray him when Rei/Lilith appears to him as Misato and give him a kiss that liquifies him into LCL.

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12_Arael Can you remember which angel was able to attack people's minds?
Sandalphon
Arael
Arael looked like a bird made of energy and had the power to break into people's minds. Asuka is on the receiving end of Arael's psychic attack, and while it has little effect on her in the anime, in the manga it puts her in a coma.
Lillith
Lillin

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13_pen pen Do you know the name of Misato's pet?
Iruel
Zeruel
Adam
Pen Pen
Pen Pen is a penguin who, in the manga at least, is the product of a genetic engineering who was given increased intelligence and was supposed to have been destroyed, but Misato took him home instead. He's smart enough to watch TV and read the newspaper.

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14_neon genesis evangelion adam scene What's the name of the first angel?
Luke
Paul
Adam
Adam was supposed to be the only angel on Earth as a Seed of Life billions of years ago but Lilith crash-landed by accident and ruined the plan. He is the genetic basis for the Evangelion units and the father of all the angels, except Lilith.
Joseph

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15_lilith evangelion Whose space ship collided with Earth to create First Impact far in the past?
Lillith
Lilith is called the second angel, but she is not one of Adam's children and is actually on equal footing with him. While Adam is the parent of the angels, Lilith is the parent of the human race, and her legs were actually torn off to be the base for Unit-01.
Delilah
Mary
Salome

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16_Mari Illustrious Makinami Do you know who called Shinji "Puppy Boy"?
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu
Asuka Langley Soryu
Mari Illustrious Makinami
Mari Illustrious Makinami isn't introduced until "Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance." She's meant to be an exceptional pilot who actually enjoys the job in a way the others don't. Her name is a mix of the Japanese warship Makinami and the British warship HMS Illustrious.
Sakura Suzuhara

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17_Maya Ibuki Who works as Ritsuko's assistant at NERV?
Kohji Takao
Sumire Nagama
Hikari Horaki
Maya Ibuki
Maya Ibuki is one of the three techs at NERV and the one who works most closely with Ritsuko Akagi. Weirdly enough, Maya is a hugely popular character in terms of toys and other marketing tie-ins despite not having such a big role in the story.

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18_Sahaquiel Which angel uses pieces of its own body as bombs?
Ramiel
Sachiel
Sahaquiel
Sahaquiel was the 10th angel in the anime, but the 8th in the movies. The movie version had a few style tweaks over the anime version, not the least of which was the fact it died in an absolute explosion of blood that partially flooded the city.
Leliel

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19_Tabris By what other name is Kaworu Nagisa known?
Zeruel
Azrael
Tabris
At first, it seems like Kaworu is a normal person, but we come to learn he's not even human. He is Adam's fifth child and the 17th angel known as Tabris. Though he seems like he's going to cause Third Impact and end the human race, he refuses at the last moment and sacrifices himself.
Shogun

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20_matriel evangelion Which of these angels looked like a creepy daddy long legs spider?
Seraphiel
Jophiel
Uriel
Matriel
Since no one likes giant spiders, Matriel is an especially creepy angel. Not only is it a giant spider covered in eyes, but the eye that exists on its underside is able to produce an acid that can melt through steel and stone.

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21_sandalphon evangelion This angel was found inside a volcano. What's it called?
Gaghiel
Sandalphon
Sandalphon was an embryonic angel discovered inside a volcano. Despite the fact it was a baby and making baby sounds when it was discovered, Asuka still kills the little guy with a Progressive Knife that was modified to handle the heat.
Matriel
Bardiel

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22_Sachiel evangelion What is the name of the first angel to attack Tokyo-3?
Sachiel
Though Sachiel is the third angel, it is also the first to attack Tokyo-3 and one of the few in the series that pops up in more than one episode. It also has the ability to create an energy explosion that looks like a traditional Christian cross.
Ireul
Leliel
Lillin

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23_Shigeru Aoba Who plays guitar so much they even air guitar at work?
Keel Lorenz
Sumire Nagama
Shigeru Aoba
Shigeru Aoba is a computer tech at NERV. While we don't get to know a ton about him as a person, he does die one of the most bizarre and terrifying deaths in the series during the Third Impact when he's taken out by an army of giggling Reis.
Kohji Takao

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24_Kensuke Aida Do you know which character seems to always have a camera in his hand?
Kensuke Aida
Kensuke Aida is best friends with Toji, and though he really wants to be an EVA pilot, he hasn't managed to get called up. His enthusiasm seems to indicate he's not 100% aware of just how intense and stressful being a pilot can be.
Midori Kitakami
Ryoji Kaji
Makato Hyuga

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25_ramiel evangelion This powerful angel uses a drill to get into GeoFront. What's it called?
Shamshel
Bardiel
Israfel
Ramiel
Ramiel is the second strongest of the angels but also oddly passive. Ramiel's form is mostly the same from the anime to the movies, but the movie version has shape-shifting abilities that the original did not display.

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26_Hikari Horaki What's the name of the class representative of Class 2-A?
Hikari Horaki
Hikari Horaki is Asuka's best friend and the class rep for the class that all the EVA pilots attend. She is also shown to be in love with Toji but afraid to express her feelings openly. In the movies, for whatever reason, Hikari and Asuka aren't actually friends.
Sakura Suzuhara
Hideki Tama
Naoko Akagi

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27_Naoko Akagi Can you name the scientist who put their own personality into the Magi computer system?
Sumire Nagama
Midori Kitakami
Naoko Akagi
Naoko Akagi was Ritsuko's mother and one of the scientists who developed the Evangelion project. We don't really get to meet her in the show, but we learn about her in the stories that Ritsuko tells.
Mari Illustrious Makinami

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28_Yui Ikari Unit-01 contains the soul of which of these people?
Keel Lorenz
Sumire Nagama
Yui Ikari
Yui Ikari is the mother of Shinji and the wife of Gendo. She was a scientist who specialized in genetic engineering, but things didn't work out well for her since she died in the midst of an experiment. Somehow that transferred part of her soul into Unit 01.
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu

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29_Asuka's mother Who is Asuka's mother?
Sumire Nagama
Sakura Suzuhara
Kensuke Aida
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu
Clearly the Soryu are fond of unusual middle names, with Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu following Asuka Langley Soryu. Kyoko is a tragic character who is driven mad and eventually believes a doll is her daughter rather than Asuka.

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30_shamshel evangelion What's the name of the angel that uses energy whips as a weapon?
Matriel
Gaghiel
Zeruel
Shamshel
Shamshel was the fourth Angel and looked a little bit like a squid. It was able to fly horizontally and stand vertically for battle, and while it looked like its giant head, it had a pair of eyes that were not actually eyes but distracting decorations.

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31_Leliel evangelion Do you know which angel is in the anime but not the manga?
Uriel
Metatron
Leliel
Leliel is not in the manga nor the "Rebuild of Evangelion" film series, but it does appear in the anime series. When it first appears, it's a black and white sphere, and its body is a shadow, making it a two-dimensional enemy.
Seraphim

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32_Keel Lorenz What is the name of the leader of SEELE?
Hideki Tama
Keel Lorenz
While the angels are obviously the biggest threats in the series, if you were picking a main villain, it would be Keel Lorenz. He wears a visor like Cyclops from "The X-Men" or Geordi La Forge from "Star Trek," but production drawings show that he's still supposed to have eyes beneath it.
Sakura Suzuhara
Sumire Nagama

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33_Midori Kitakami Who is this pink-haired member of WILLE?
Maya Ibuki
Sumire Nagama
Ryoji Kaji
Midori Kitakami
Midori Kitakami is a member of WILLE, the organization formed to oppose NERV. Like the rest of the crew of the AAA Wunder, she's pretty new at her job and inexperienced. When "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo" begins, they have very limited resources and clearly don't even know how to operate the Wunder.

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34_Bardiel evangelion Which angel takes over Unit 03?
Bardiel
Bardiel manages to infect Unit 03, which causes a serious problem for the team. Shinji Ikari is forced to destroy Unit 03 in order to prevent any further damage, and while in the movie this severely injures Toji, it actually killed him in the manga.
Gaghiel
Arael
Armisael

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35_Hideki Tama Do you know this engineer from the AAA Wunder?
Shigeru Aoba
Hideki Tama
Hideki Tama shows up in "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo" in the engineering section of the Wunder. The character is seen reading a lot of books and it's implied that he's actually so new to the job he's brushing up on what he needs to do.
Sumire Nagama
Toji Suzuhara

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36_Sumire Nagara Who controls the anti-gravity system on the Wunder?
Koji Takao
Sakura Suzuhara
Shigeru Aoba
Sumire Nagama
Sumire Nagara show up in "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo" as a member of WILLE. She works on the battleship known as the Autonomous Assault Ark Wunder, or AAA Wunder. The ship has a containment chamber that is set up to use an Evangelion as a power source.

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37_Koji Takao Which WILLE team member manages the ignition sequence?
Makato Hyuga
Ritsuko Akagi
Koji Takao
Koji Takao first appears in "Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo." Decked out with a goatee and a shaved head, he's good friends with Ryoji Kaji and is generally a calm guy. The name Takao is shared by a heavy cruiser from the Japanese navy.
Kozo Fuyutsuki

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38_Sakura Suzuhara Can you identify the character who is the Second Lieutenant of WILLE?
Sakura Suzuhara
Sakura Suzuhara is the younger sister of Toji Suzuhara. Sakura shows up for the first time in the second film "Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance," but she doesn't get a name until she returns in the third film of the series.
Yui Ikari
Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu
Keel Lorenz

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39_armisael evangelion Who was the 16th angel?
Zeruel
Bardiel
Armisael
Armisael appears as a ring that breaks into a thread, so it's not much to look at physically at first. It is able to merge with and sort of take over the things it touches though, which is how it starts turning Eva into a monster. It's the last of Adam's natural children
Adam

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40_Optimus Prime Do you know this popular robot character who crossed over with "Neon Genesis: Evangelion" in comics and in toys?
Optimus Prime
In the comic book that also had a crossover toy line, Optimus Prime and the Transformers come to the Earth of "Neon Genesis," and Optimus, rather than scanning a truck like in the normal "Transformers," scans Eva-01 and becomes a giant transforming Evangelion.
Astroboy
Robocop
Voltron

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