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In the anime and manga Neon Genesis Evangelion, Anxos (使徒, Shito) are beings which attack Tokyo-3 over the course of the story. They are the main antagonist of the series and were designed by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.

Description and information

All but two of the Angels are the progeny of Adam, itself the "First Angel". All Angels produce AT-Fields of varying strengths, and all are identified as "blood type: blue". The second Rebuild of Evangelion film had introduced sub-types for Angels; Bardiel has been noted as being an "invasive" type while Zeruel is a "rejection" type. They all possess S² engines, and most have an externalized core which serves as the seat of their soul; sufficient damage to an Angel’s core will kill it. Upon their death, many Angels self-destruct, either producing a massive explosion or simply disintegrating. At one point, it is stated that mankind ate of the "Fruit of Wisdom", hence their intelligence and technology, and Angels ate of the "Fruit of Life", hence their immortality and powers. At another point, it is stated that the Angels are merely different (evolutionary) paths that mankind could have taken. It is explicitly stated in the series that, even though they are composed of an altogether different form of matter ("characterized by both particulate and wave properties, like light") the Angelsgenetic code bears a 99.89% similarity to humans. The Japanese word used to refer to the Angels is shito (使徒, messenger, apostle, one who is dedicated to a holy cause). The word usually used for "angel" é tenshi (天使, messenger of heaven). The translation to "angel" was specified by Gainax. (Even in the original Japanese release, the English word "Angel" flashes onscreen in the opening sequence and appears on video screens in Nerv headquarters.) This is appropriate, given that the English word angel is derived from the Greek for "messenger" (γγελος, angelos), which is also the source of the word "Evangelion".

Adam

The first Angel is Adam (アダム, Adamu). It appeared just before Second Impact as a "giant of light" that resembles an Eva, and was also shown to have four wings (shown separately). All of the other Angels (apart from Lilith, Adam’s "equal") are descended from Adam, although it is not made clear whether this is in a biological sense or a metaphysical sense. Adam’s descendants possess the "Fruit of Life", the source of the Angelspower and immortality (also known as the S² Engine). Adam was discovered in the White Moon, buried under Antarctica. The Katsuragi Expedition attempted a "contact experiment" with Adam using the Lance of Longinus, which went out of control and triggered the Second Impact. Adam’s body was reduced to an embryonic form, and its soul was resurrected into Kaworu Nagisa (see below). Adam’s body was later retrieved and used as the basis for the Evangelions, with the exception of Unit 01 (see Lilith). Later, Ryoji Kaji delivered Adam, encased in dura-bakelite, to Nerv commander Gendo Ikari, who at an unspecified later time had Adam grafted to his right palm. The series did not reveal what purpose this served, but in The End of Evangelion, Gendo tried to physically merge Rei with Adam by pushing his right hand into her body. Adam is named for the first human created by God in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible.In Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s official manga of Evangelion, Gendo swallows the embryonic Adam and gains the ability to manifest an AT field. Instead of Adam’s embryonic form, he had an additional eye on his palm.In the spin off video game Neon Genesis Evangelion 2, it is said Adam was planted, along with the White Moon, by an unknown "First Ancestral Race" as the intended progenitor of life on Earth.

Lilith

The second Angel is Lilith (リリス, Ririsu). Lilith initially appears as a white, legless giant, whose face is covered with a mask displaying the logo of Seele. Numerous human-like legs protrude from its legless stumps. The Angel is crucified on a giant cross-like restraint in Terminal Dogma, the deepest level of Nerv headquarters. Lilith’s torso constantly leaks LCL from an unseen wound, forming a lake of LCL at the base of its restraint which is tapped to fill the Evasentry plugs. In First Impact, Lilith usurped Adam as the progenitor of life on Earth. All life on Earth is descended from this Angel. Lilith’s descendants possess the "Fruit of Wisdom", the source of human science and technology. The "Deleted Scenes" from episode 23 also reveal that Unit 01 is artificially derived from Lilith. Lilith was discovered in the Black Moon, underneath Japan. The Black Moon was converted into the GeoFront, and the site of Lilith’s body became Terminal Dogma. At some point after Yui Ikari’s contact experiment with Unit 01, Lilith’s soul was placed into Rei Ayanami. Later, once it was retrieved, the Lance of Longinus was used to impale the Angel. When Kaji revealed Lilith to Misato Katsuragi, both assumed it was Adam. Tabris later properly identified it as Lilith. The series does not explicitly reveal Lilith’s exact role in the plans for Instrumentality. En The End of Evangelion, Gendo Ikari tried to initiate his version of Instrumentality by pushing his right hand (to which had been grafted the embryonic body of the Angel Adam) into Rei’s body. Rei, however, absorbed Adam (along with most of Gendo’s arm) into herself, rejected Gendo’s control of her, and merged with Lilith on her own. Though Rei merged with Lilith, Lilith took the form of Rei for most of The End of Evangelion. The merged ADAM/Lilith freed itself from its bonds and transformed into a colossal winged version of Rei. It then generated an anti-AT field which covered the entire planet, nullifying the AT fields of every human and reverting humanity back into the primordial soup. Lilith is named for the first woman God created in Jewish mythology, who left the Garden of Eden after she refused to be subservient to Adam. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Lilith is revealed much earlier in the plot, and is identified by Misato. Her mask in this version resembles the face of Sachiel (now the fourth Angel), and there is a diagonal scar across her chest, the edges of which are marked by crucifix-shaped nails. In addition, she has already been impaled by the Lance of Longinus. In the video game Neon Genesis Evangelion 2, it is said Lilith, together with the Black Moon, was created to be a "Seed of Life" by an unknown "First Ancestral Race". It is also stated that the Lance of Longinus used to hold Lilith was originally created for Adam. Lilith’s own assigned Lance is presumed to have been lost during First Impact.

Sachiel

Sachiel (サキエル, Sakieru), the third Angel, is the first Angel to attack Tokyo-3. It is a massive, vaguely humanoid creature with large bony structures on its shoulders and torso, gill-like structures on its legs, tridactyl hands, and a distinctive beaked face (a second face, behind and slightly to the side of the first one, is generated after an N² bomb is dropped on the Angel). It has a powerful long-range energy blast, which distinctly forms a Christian cross on detonation, and two sharp spikes which slide through its arms and extend through holes in its palms as striking weapons (when retracted, the spikes extend from the Angel’s elbows) Its core is located prominently on its chest. After easily defeating the UN military forces sent to attack it, Sachiel was briefly stopped by an N² bomb, from which it quickly recovered. It then fought Unit 01, in Shinji Ikari’s first battle against an Angel. Initially, Sachiel defeated Unit 01, driving a spike through the Eva’s head. Con todo, the Eva went "berserk", re-engaged Sachiel, and inflicted massive damage to the Angel’s core with a broken piece of one of Sachiel’s ribs. The Angel then attached itself to Unit 01 and self-destructed, but failed to destroy Unit 01. Sachiel demonstrates impressive regenerative abilities, recovering from an N² bomb in a matter of hours. The Angel also seems to have a limited ability to alter its own body structure, as demonstrated when it bulges its arm muscles to stop a missile, when it snaps Unit 01’s arm, and when it partly envelops Unit 01 and self-destructs. Sachiel literally means Covering of God ou Price of God. It is named for the Angel of Water (水の天使, Mizu no Tenshi). Both forms of Sachiel’s bird-like face are used in Evangelion-related imagery and on Evangelion-related merchandise. It can also be seen at the beginning of the opening credits as the "face" of a drawing of a winged figure. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Lilith in Central Dogma and the Angel Shamshel are depicted with Sachiel masks. En Evangelion: 1.0 É (Non) Só, after enveloping Unit 01, Sachiel explodes into LCL before self-destructing. It is also designated as the fourth Angel instead of the third.

Shamshel

The fourth Angel, Shamshel (シャムシェル, Shamusheru), is a massive, vaguely arthropod-like creature, with a long cylindrical body, a roughly shovel-shaped head with two eyespot-like markings (but are not eyes), and eight retractable segmented limbs. It also has two short "arms" that project energy whips, which can easily slice through objects and may also be used to manipulate objects. Shamshel remains horizontal during flight; during combat it raises itself upright by 90 degrees, with the "head" remaining parallel to the ground. Its core is located under its "throat". Shamshel was engaged by Shinji in Unit 01. During the battle, Unit 01’s umbilical cable was severed by Shamshel’s energy whips, and Shinji had to fight the Angel on battery power. Ignoring orders to retreat, Shinji inflicted a fatal wound to the Angel’s core using Unit 01’s progressive knife, killing it seconds before Unit 01’s batteries expired. The minimal damage to Shamshel allowed Nerv to obtain a near-complete Angel specimen, although no report was ever submitted or published. Nerv was able to recover the Angel’s S² engine, which the Third Branch would later attempt to install in Unit 04. Shamshel literally means Lonely Conqueror of God. It is named for the Angel of the Morning (昼の天使, Hiru no Tenshi), charged with guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden, or ‘the angel of daytimeShamshel’s name is misspelled as "Shamsel" during Seele’s recollection of the Angel attacks up to Armisael in episode 23. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Shamshel has been redesigned: the segmented limbs under its head appear to be mobile rib-like structures connected to what resembles an exposed spine. It also has a small bone mask similar to Sachiel’s over its head. Shamshel totally collapsed into LCL when it died; only the whip arms remained and solidified. It has also been designated as the fifth Angel instead of the fourth. Shamshel’s character designer, Yoshitoh Asari, depicts the Angel as female in omake comics called "Angel Kiss". One of the omake was included in the bonus materials in volume 2 of the official manga.

Ramiel

The fifth Angel, Ramiel (ラミエル, Ramieru), is a hollow, translucent blue octahedron. Ramiel defends itself with a proton particle beam that automatically targets any hostile object within a certain radius or any direct threat outside of it; it also bears an AT field so powerful that it visibly warps light passing through it. It extends a drill bit from its bottom apex and attempts to bore through the armor above the GeoFront, in the first credible attempt to reach Terminal Dogma. Despite being one of the most powerful and formidable Angels, Ramiel is very passive in nature, using a slowly moving drill to bore into the GeoFront while using its deadly energy attacks only for defensive purposes. Ramiel’s core is not shown, but it is implied to be deep within the Angel’s body. Rebuild of Evangelion reveals Ramiel’s core at the center of its body. Ramiel was defeated by Rei and Shinji in a coordinated assault (the two pilotsfirst operation together). Shinji used a positron cannon appropriated from the JSSDF and powered with the entire Japanese power grid, and Rei protected Shinji using a special shield constructed from the heat shield of an SSTO spacecraft (in the anime series, the shield is said to come from the American Space Shuttle). The overall plan was named Yashima (ヤシマ作戦). Ramiel reacted and fired at the same time as Shinji. The two beams met each other, warping each other and causing both to miss. Ramiel fired a second shot before the positron cannon could fully recharge; Rei blocked the beam, first with the shield and then with Unit 00 itself after the shield was destroyed. This bought Shinji enough time to fire a second shot after the cannon recharged, which passed through Ramiel’s center and killed it. Like Shamshel, Ramiel’s corpse remained intact and was shown over the next several episodes being gradually deconstructed. Ramiel literally means Thunder of God. It is named for the Angel of Thunder (雷の天使, Kaminari no Tenshi) and divine visions, who guides the souls of the faithful to Heaven. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Ramiel has been changed significantly: it retains its original octahedral shape when acting passively, but when attacking or defending it morphs into symmetrical arrangements of multiple geometric shapes, with different configurations for different situationssuch as when performing a variety of offensive attacks (ranging from six pyramids on every side of the core then firing four beams into a one pyramid to enhance its power, then to wheel shape for a 360 degrees attack, etc. Also in the movie Ramiel is classified as the sixth Angel instead of the fifth.

Gaghiel

The sixth Angel, Gaghiel (ガギエル, Gagieru), is an aquatic being with a massive body and long jaws filled with sharp teeth. It also has a small "face" similar to Sachiel’s on its forehead, and its core is located in its mouth. It is extremely strong, and can use parts of its body to easily slice up combat warships. Unlike the preceding Angels, it does not generate a visible AT field (though it does not appear to be damaged by any fire from the naval vessels around it). Gaghiel attacked the UN Pacific fleet as it was delivering Unit 02 e (secretly) the preserved embryonic Adam to Nerv. Gaghiel was searching for the Adam embryo, but because the presence of the embryo was secret (apparently even from Seele), Nerv officially reported that Gaghiel was drawn by Unit 02. It managed to damage or destroy almost one third of the UN’s combined fleet. Gaghiel fought with Unit 02, piloted jointly by Asuka Langley Soryu and Shinji Ikari in their first battle together. Asuka brashly challenges Gaghiel in Unit 02 wearing only B-type equipment (unsuited for marine combat). Gaghiel does not knock Unit 02 into the ocean. Instead, a miscalculation by Asuka makes Unit 02 step onto a flight deck elevator which collapses, throwing the Eva and the Angel into the water, where Asuka and Shinji find themselves immobilized. The Angel bites down on them, trapping them in its jaws. Misato hatches a plan, and Unit 02 forces the Angel’s mouth open (though only with Asuka and Shinji working and thinking in unison), allowing a pair of scuttled Iowa-class battleships (o Illinois e Kentucky) to lodge in its mouth (knocking out most of its teeth in the process) and fire (via remote control) at the Angel’s core, then self-destruct inside the Angel, killing it. Gaghiel literally means Roaring Beast of God. It is named after the Angel of the Fish (魚の天使, Sakana no Tenshi). In the manga, Gaghiel’s appearance is limited to a video shown to Misato, Rei, and Shinji by Ritsuko Akagi, showing Unit 02 engaging the Angel and inflicting massive damage with its progressive knife. Ritsuko states that Gaghiel was killed by a point-blank assault from ships accompanying Unit 02, a similar tactic to that used in the anime. Gaghiel does not appear in Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación.

Israfel

The seventh Angel, Israfel (イスラフェル, Isuraferu), has the appearance of a massive, vaguely humanoid creature, similar to Sachiel. Israfel has a face/mask, reminiscent of Sachiel’s, which resembles a yin-yang symbol. Israfel has a pair of razor sharp claws and a weak energy beam (compared to other Angels). Its AT field appears to be relatively weak. It has two cores located in its chest, matched on either side of its center torso by four external bone-like rib structures. Israfel’s most notable weapon is its ability to split itself into separate, twin Angels, referred to as "Alpha" and "Beta" in the English translation and (, "Subject A") e Otsu (, "Subject B") in the original Japanese. The twin Angels are almost identical in appearance and properties to the original (except in color scheme). Both have faces/masks with three eye holes and possess their own cores, but without the rib structures. They (apparently) use synchronized tactics to fight enemies. Both cores must be destroyed at the same time, or they will heal each other. After emerging from the ocean, Israfel was engaged by Asuka and Shinji. Defying orders to attack in synch with Shinji, Asuka assaulted the Angel alone, cleaving it in two. Shocking everyone, Israfel split into its twins, and decisively defeated Asuka and Shinji. To Nerv’s embarrassment, the UN Secondary Command was allowed to take over the battle, and an N² bomb was dropped on the Angel, vaporizing 28% of its mass. The Angel was incapacitated for roughly six days, during which time it recovered from its injuries. Israfel was defeated through a synchronized attack by Shinji and Asuka, concerted via a musical score and with the memorization of numerous dance moves, first forcing the Angel to split into its twins, then back into its singular mode, this time with the two cores exposed which were destroyed simultaneously. Israfel is named for the twin Angels of Poetry, Music and Dance (音楽の天使, Ongaku no Tenshi). In the manga, Israfel remains split into its "twins" after it initially divides. Israfel does not appear in Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación.

Sandalphon

The eighth Angel, Sandalphon (サンダルフォン, Sandarufon), is similar in form to a flatfish, but with two arm-like appendages and two knobs on its "top" side. It appears to have no abilities beyond its extraordinary resistance to heat and pressure, up to the point of being able to open its mouth in magma. Its own AT field was never strong enough to physically manifest. Its core was never depicted. Sandalphon was discovered in an embryonic state deep inside the Mount Asama volcano. Nerv was determined to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to strike first against an Angel. Asuka, in Unit 02, was sent to capture the Angel using a special electromagnetic cage. The Eva’s normal B-type equipment was not designed for extreme environments, so Unit 02 was equipped with the D-type Equipment, specifically designed for extreme conditions like magma. During the operation the Angel awoke, rapidly developed into its adult form, and attacked Unit 02, damaging it, however Unit 02 could not take any countermeasure due to the fact that it had lost its progressive knife earlier from the pressure of the lava (It was sent over the depth limit of the D-type equipment). Sandalphon was defeated by Asuka using the D-type equipment’s coolant (inspired by an earlier conversation with Shinji regarding thermal expansion) and Unit 01’s progressive knife. Sandalphon is named for the Angel of Tears and the master of heavenly song, whose duty is to deliver prayers to God, and is also the Angel of Embryos (胎児の天使, Taiji no Tenshi). Sandalphon did not appear in the manga adaptation of Evangelion nor in Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación.

Matariel

The ninth Angel, Matariel (マトリエル, Matorieru), has the appearance of a massive opilionid-like creature with numerous eyes. The central eye on the underbelly secretes a strong solvent which can easily melt through both concrete and steel. The Angel attempts to burn a tunnel directly into the Geofront using the solvent. The Angel appears to possess no armament beyond this solvent, and its AT-Field never physically manifests, though the battle plan against it made mention of using Unit 02 to nullify its AT field before it would be fired upon. Matariel’s core is not revealed. Matariel emerged from the ocean during a near-total power outage in Tokyo-3 (caused by an unnamed individual or party). It was defeated through the coordinated efforts of Units 00, 01, e 02, in the first simultaneous deployment of all three Evas. Due to the power outage, the Evas ran on their internal batteries, supplemented by large additional batteries mounted to the shoulder boxes, and had to be launched manually. The Angel was killed using standard-issue Eva firearms, the only successful attempt at doing so. Matariel literally means Premonition of God. It is named for the Angel of Rain (雨の天使, Ame no Tenshi). Matariel did not appear in the manga adaptation of Evangelion nor in Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación.

Sahaquiel

The tenth Angel, Sahaquiel (サハクィエル, Sahakwieru), is a massive and bizarrely-shaped creature. It has an elongated body, with three eye-like markings (one in the center and one on either end of the body), and three stem-like growths projecting radially at both ends. Sahaquiel’s AT field is comparatively powerful, able to shield the Angel from several dozen N² bombs. It also seems to have an ability to jam satellite communications. The Angel’s most devastating weapon is itself: utilizing both kinetic energy and its AT field, it drops pieces of itself onto Earth as bombs. Its core appears as the pupil of the central "eye". Sahaquiel first appeared in low-earth orbit. The Angel’s jamming ability prevented Nerv HQ from contacting Commander Ikari or Sub-Commander Fuyutsuki in Antarctica. When Nerv attempted to analyze the Angel, it crushed the scanning satellites with its AT field (although they were able to complete the scan). Attempts to destroy the Angel using N² bombs utterly failed. The Angel began dropping pieces of itself onto Earth. The first hit landed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (far from Tokyo-3) but with each successive hit the Angel’s aim improved. For the final blow, the attack that would land on Nerv proper, Sahaquiel intended to drop its entire body onto Tokyo-3. The resulting blast would have been so powerful that Tokyo-3 would have been transformed into an extension of the Pacific Ocean. Sahaquiel was intercepted and killed through the combined efforts of all three Evas. They first stopped the Angel’s physical descent and canceled out its AT field, negating both of its main means of attack, then killed the Angel by stabbing its core with a Progressive Knife. Sahaquiel literally means Ingenuity of God. It is named for the Angel of the Skies (空の天使, Sora no Tenshi). In the manga, it is considered the 7th Angel (Vol.5, Stage 30, p.81) even though Israfel is already the 7th Angel. Eva Unit 01 also achieves amazing speeds and a shockwave is visible in the dust rings formed from its run but does appear in the 2nd Rebuild of Evangelion Películas. It has undergone a massive redesign with various stages. It starts out in space as a giant ball with eyes similar to Leliel. Then when it is about to land it begins to resemble its anime counterpart, only this version of Sahaquiel is much larger (miles across) and has sharp spikes trailing it. When Shinji and Eva 01 use their A.T. Field to stop its descent a body resembling Sachiel comes out of the central eye and attacks Shinji. Its core is also moveable and avoids attacks from Eva 02 until Rei in Unit 00 is able to physically grab hold of it and stop it (greatly hurting herself in the process). When defeated, Sahaquiel explodes into a massive geyser of blood and floods a great portion of the city.

Iruel

The eleventh Angel, Iruel (イロウル, Irouru), is a nano-scale entity, similar to a virus. In addition to its AT field, it demonstrates an ability to adapt and evolve to almost anything. Rather than "moving" in the conventional sense, the Angel seems to simply spread by rapidly reproducing at the cellular level. It is not known whether or not Iruel has a core. It appears in the Pribnow Box deep in the GeoFront, where it is initially mistaken for corrosion before spreading to where the pilots are taking part in tests. Ritsuko and Misato, prior to understanding what they were up against, attempted to destroy the "corrosion" with lasers, only to have an AT field materialize to block their efforts. They soon discovered that the Angel is vulnerable to ozone and so pumped large amounts of it into the area of infection. The tactic temporarily stopped the Angel’s spread, but after only a few seconds, it adapted to the ozone, and even absorbed it to increase its strength before suddenly mutating into a form resembling electronic circuitry. Linked into the Pribnow box computer systems, the Angel electronically hacked into the MAGI computer systems, protecting the hard connections with an AT field on the cables to prevent it from being cut off. While inside, it read many critical files and initiated a self-destruct sequence before being slowed down long enough by Ritsuko to allow her in turn to initiate the Angel’s destruction by using the last "free" MAGI to set the Angel on an evolutionary path to its own annihilation. Iruel literally means Fear of God. It is named for the Angel of Terror (恐怖の天使, Kyōfu no Tenshi). Iruel did not appear in the manga, though MAGI was programmed directly to stop an attempt to hack into MAGI by Seele with two or three other MAGI systems in other branches of Seele.

Leliel

The twelfth Angel, Leliel (レリエル, Rerieru), has a misleading appearance and possesses bizarre properties and powers. The Angel initially appears as a large, floating, black-and-white patterned sphere, e, when attacked, it re-manifests as a large black shadow. The Angel’s true body is the shadow itself, and the "shadow" of the Angel is the floating sphere, this makes this Angel one of the most difficult to combat as it is impossible to attack a virtually 2-D creature. Leliel is explained as possessing an inverted AT field, which allows the Angel to take into itself anything in range of its shadow-like body, but keeping it contained. (An analogy would be a two-way mirror.) Within the inverted AT field is a Dirac sea, which "could lead to another universe." At its fullest extension, the Angel’s body is 600 meters in diameter and 3 nanometers thick. It is unknown whether Leliel had a core. Leliel appeared (literally out of thin air) over Tokyo-3, and all three Evas were sortied against it. Shinji, in Unit 01, impulsively fired upon the Angel’s spherical "body", which vanished before his shots hit it. Immediately after the "body" disappeared, a shadow appeared under Unit 01’s feet, absorbing both the Eva and a substantial portion of Tokyo-3. Unit 01 was cut off from all power and communication. Once Nerv realized the properties of the Angel, in order to kill it they planned to drop the 992 remaining N² bombs into the Angel while Units 00 e 02 negated its AT field, in spite of the possibility of losing Shinji in process. Within the Angel, Shinji experienced a bizarre sort of self-psychoanalysis (speculated by Seele to be an attempt by the Angel to establish contact with a human). Moments before dropping the N² mines into Leliel, Unit 01, out of battery power at this point, activated berserker mode and tore its way out of the spherical shadow, shattering its 2-dimensional body. The spherical shadow released torrents of blood as Unit 01 emerged. Leliel literally means Jaws of God. It is named for the Angel of the Night (夜の天使, Yoru no Tenshi). Leliel did not appear in the manga nor in Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación.

Bardiel

The thirteenth Angel, Bardiel (バルディエル, Barudieru), inhabits Unit 03. It apparently possesses all the properties and strengths of Unit 03, and it can also stretch the Eva’s arms to a distance roughly equal to the Eva’s height. The Angel’s core is never shown, but, given that it has taken over Unit 03, and the Evangelions all have cores, it can be assumed to possess Unit 03’s core. Bardiel initially appeared in a cloud, infecting Unit 03 as it passed through in the process of being transported from the USA to Japan. The Angel revealed itself during the activation test at the Matsushiro facility, at the instant the "Absolute Borderline" (the point in startup where a pilot interfaces with an Eva) was reached. Despite a quick cutoff of the external power cable, the Angel apparently had generated an S² engine capable of powering Unit 03, completely taking over the Eva and destroying the base in a huge detonation detected back at Nerv HQ. Responding to the explosion and detection of an unidentified object, Nerv sortied all three Evas against it. Seeing that the Angel was an Eva, the pilots hesitated. Bardiel defeated Asuka in Unit 02 almost immediately. Rei, considering the pilot inside the possessed Eva, did not respond to orders to attack fast enough, and was attacked and disabled by the Angel, which attempted to "fuse" with Unit 00. Commander Ikari ordered the infected portion of her Eva cut off, throwing Bardiel away in the explosion and paralyzing Rei’s left arm. The Angel then focused on Shinji. During the assault, Shinji was able to see that the Eva’s entry plug was still inside the Angel. Even as Bardiel attacked Unit 01, using its extendable arms for the first time, Shinji refused to fight back, refusing to harm the trapped Eva pilot. Commander Ikari ordered Shinji cut off from Unit 01 and the Dummy Plug (or Dummy System in Evangelion: 2.0) to be activated. Under the Dummy Plug’s control, Unit 01 broke Bardiel’s neck and literally tore the Eva to shreds, only stopping once Unit 03’s entry plugwith Toji Suzuhara inside itwas crushed. Seele specifically mentions the thirteenth Angel during their interrogation of Misato regarding the twelfth Angel. No reasons are given in the series for this mention. Con todo, the twelfth, thirteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth angels all contacted an EVA. Bardiel literally means Humiliated Son of God. It is named for the Angel of Haze (霞の天使, Kasumi no Tenshi). In the manga, Shinji is aware before the battle that Toji is inside Unit 03, unlike in the anime where he knew there was a pilot inside but does not discover that it was Toji until after the battle, seeing him being carried out of the wreckage of the entry plug. Additionally, Toji is actually killed when Unit 01 crushes Unit 03’s entry plug, while in the anime he survives but is severely injured. In the manga, Gendo refers to Bardiel as the 8th Angel. Con todo, even with the omission of some of the anime’s Angels, Bardiel should have been referred to as the 9th Angel. En Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación, Bardiel is confirmed as the 9th Angel, and attacks Unit 03, piloted by Asuka Langley Shikinami. This time, the Angel demonstrated a previously unseen ability: when Unit 01 forced the Angel’s hands away, it broke off Unit 03’s shoulder fins and grew a second pair of arms.

Zeruel

The fourteenth Angel, Zeruel (ゼルエル, Zerueru), appears as a floating creature as large as the Evas but lacking humanoid limbs, with a malformed "skull" as a face. Zeruel possesses the most powerful Angel beam attack to date (que, like Sachiel’s, detonates into the shape of a Christian cross) which it can fire several times in rapid succession, it also possesses folding foil-like "arms" that it uses as cutting weapons in close-range combat, the "arms" can breach most materials with relative ease. It also uses these "arms" to crawl about when it breaks into Central Dogma from the GeoFront. The Angel has a relatively powerful AT field, and its armor-like "skin" is strong enough to endure the point-blank detonation of an N² bomb completely undamaged even without the usage of an AT field. All in all, Zeruel is one of the most powerful Angels ever seen. Its core is located on its chest. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Zeruel is now far stronger then the original in the anime series, now it is shown as a creature similar in appearance to the original sans the legs, it is also far larger then the original. It now has multiple foil shaped arms that can merge together and separate at will and can be shot outward with enough force to cause fatal damage to an Eva while it is berserk (an almost impossible task even at the best of times), the arms were originally wrapped around its body like a mummy. Its Angel Beam attack power is far greater then the original which could blast through 18 layers of armour while the Rebuild version could blast through all 24. Perhaps its most devastating new ability is its multi-layered AT field which is used both as a powerful defence and as a devastating attack, it has shown a variety of uses of its multiple AT fields such as sending them outward at extreme speeds to blast Eva’s away, sending the AT field towards the ground to obliterate anything struck by it and layering them together to form an AT field so powerful no single Eva except Unit 1 could penetrate. Zeruel initially appeared and proceeded to the GeoFront, e, in a demonstration of power, blasted through 24 layers of the GeoFront’s armor with a single shot of its beam attack. Inside the GeoFront, the Angel was confronted first by Mari in Unit 02. Unit 02’s artillery attacks from its dual machine guns were completely ineffective. Mari weighing the situation discards the machine guns and picks up a rifle. Unit 02 then charges in with the switch blade on the rifle extended and attempts to penetrate Zeruel’s AT field. After having the blade positioned right on Zeruel’s face, Unit 02 then fires off a row of spikes from its shoulder extension to damage Zeruel, unfortunately it had no effect. Mari, realizing there was no feasible way to defeat Zeruel, activated the 2nd function of EVA. She used an invert code "the beast" to shed the humanity from EVA, transforming it into a complete combat mecha. Despite Mari willing to enter the contamination zone to manifest EVA’s true potential, Unit 02 alone was just not enough. It did manage to break through a considerable amount of AT shield before losing its arm and a quarter of its face. Rei in Unit 00 (which was still damaged from the battle with Bardiel) attempted to stop Zeruel in a kamikaze attack with an N² bomb, but after Unit 00 successfully pushed through the Angel’s AT field with the help of Unit 02 ripping the shield with its mouth, Zeruel covered its core with a protective membrane which the mine failed to penetrate. Zeruel disabled Unit 00 and proceeded to blast through and enter Central Dogma proper (the only Angel to do so from outside the GeoFront by force). Seconds before wiping out the bridge (and everyone in it), the Angel was confronted by Shinji in Unit 01. During the fight, Zeruel blew off Unit 01’s left arm, but Shinji still managed to force the Angel onto an Eva launch platform and launch both of them outside of Central Dogma. Unit 01 battered the Angel before attempting to rip off its head but Unit 01’s battery power ran out before Shinji could defeat the Angel. Zeruel, now unhindered, destroyed the Eva’s chest armor, revealing Unit 01’s core, which the Angel tried to break with its arms. Before it could land the final blow, Unit 01 went berserk (in the series, the rhythmic beating against the Eva’s core is what revives Unit 01, creating the sound of a heartbeat in the entry plug). The Eva stopped Zeruel’s right arm as it attempted to strike again, splitting it apart, then forcefully pulled Zeruel toward it, impaling the Angel’s right eye on its distinctive forehead protrusion. Unit 01 then kicked the Angel away, tearing the arm off and converting it into a new left arm for itself. The Angel then attacked Unit 01 with its remaining arm, which was destroyed by Unit 01’s AT-Field, causing the sharp fragments to rebound and severely wound the Angel. Unit 01 then smashed the Angel’s face into the ground when it attempted to fire a final beam at it. Unit 01 finished off the crippled Angel and devoured it, ingesting the Angel’s S² engine. During the battle, Unit 01 breaks free of its armour. After the battle, it was discovered that Shinji, having achieved a synchronization ratio of over 400%, had reverted to LCL in the entry plug and merged with Unit 01. Zeruel’s physical substance seems to change during the fight: early on, its face is hard and durable enough to strike sparks when forced against the Eva lift by Shinji, but following its demise even the apparently rock solid ‘skullon its face becomes limp, and pliable. Zeruel literally means Arm of God. It is named for the Angel of Strength (力の天使, Chikara no Tenshi). Zeruel is designated the 10th Angel in Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación, and while it plays a similar role to its anime counterpart, the final outcome is vastly different.

Arael

The fifteenth Angel, Arael (アラエル, Araeru), has the form of a massive, glowing winged creature. In addition to a conventional AT field, Arael’s main weapon appears as a beam of yellow-white light, which penetrates the target’s mind to directly attack their psyche (the beam itself is stated to have properties similar to an AT field). The Angel’s core is held outside of its body by the appendages on its underbelly. Arael initially appeared in low-earth orbit, outside of the range of both conventional weapons and the Evangelions. Ignoring orders to serve as Rei’s backup, Asuka confronted the Angel alone in Unit 02. Once she targeted the Angel, it used its weapon on her. The psychic attack forced Asuka to relive the horrors of her childhood and deconstruct her social and emotional facade, resulting in mental trauma sufficient to cause her to completely lose synchronization with Unit 02, which became inactive. After a particle beam weapon proved unable to penetrate Arael’s AT field at such an extreme range, Gendo ordered Rei, in Unit 00, to use the Lance of Longinus against it (an order that both Misato and Dept. Commander Fuyutsuki took issue with, albeit for different reasons). Rei descended to Terminal Dogma, removed the Lance from Lilith’s chest, e, once back at the surface, hurled the Lance at the Angel. The Lance broke through the Angel’s AT field and destroyed the Angel, but it drifted out to orbit (eventually landing on the moon) and Nerv was unable to retrieve it. Arael literally means Light of God ou Vision of God. It is named for the Angel of the Birds (鳥の天使, Tori no Tenshi). In the anime Asuka suffered no apparent physical aftereffects from the psychic attack, but in the manga she becomes comatose due to mental shock. In the anime, Arael’s beam attack is accompanied by the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel’s Mesías.

Armisael

The sixteenth Angel, Armisael (アルミサエル, Arumisaeru), appears as a large glowing floating torus which may represent a plasmid. In its initial dormant phase, the Angel’s body has a double helix structure. During battle, the double helix deconstructs into a single thread, which then lashes out at enemies, utilizing its entire body as a weapon. Its powers are potent enough to pierce the EvasAT fields. Armisael appeared, seemingly out of thin air, over the outskirts of Tokyo-3, and Rei in Unit 00 and Asuka in Unit 02 were sortied against it. Once the Evas approached it, Armisael assumed its "combat form". It pierced Unit 00’s AT field and core and began to fuse with the Eva. While it was in contact with Unit 00, the Angel also merged with Rei and mentally contacted her, expressing a desire to merge with her and forcing her to feel its pain, which Rei realized was actually loneliness. When ordered to assist Rei, Asuka proved unable to even move her Eva, and was consequently pulled out of the battle. Genda, apparently desperate to save Rei, ordered Unit 01 out of quarantine (which it had been kept in since the battle with Zeruel) to battle the Angel (an order he had declined to give while Asuka was attacked by Arael). When Unit 01 approached the Angel, it tried to fend him off, e, when that proved only a mixed success, it began to fuse with Unit 01 as well, taking the appearance of Lilith as in "End Of Evangelion". To keep the Angel from fusing with Shinji, Rei reversed her Eva’s AT field, pulling the Angel into Unit 00’s core. She then self-destructed her Eva, ‘killingher second body and destroying Unit 00, the Angel, and a sizable portion of the Tokyo-3 area. Armisael literally means Mountain of Judgment of God. It is named for the Angel of the Womb (子宮の天使, Shikyū no Tenshi). While merging with Armisael in the Director’s Cut and Platinum version (as well as in the manga), Unit 00 is shown growing a fleshy tumorous mass along its back which incorporates the shapes of almost all the previous Angels they have battled. Tamén, for a moment the Eva raises in the air and turns into an all white, naked, Rei, that appeared to resemble Lilith, with a halo over her head just prior to exploding.

Tabris

Tabris (タブリス, Taburisu), the seventeenth and final Angel, holds the form of a human, Kaworu Nagisa. Like the other Angels, he is "born of Adam", although it is implied that he was created by Seele. He contains the soul of Adam, similar to how Rei contains the soul of Lilith. TabrisAT field is the most powerful ever detected, strong enough to block out "light, magnetism, subatomic particles, everything". He may control any Evangelion unit he wishes, even from outside the entry plug, so long as the soul inhabiting the Eva is dormant. Within the entry plug, he can set his synchronization ratio at any level he wishes. The nature or even the very existence of his core is not revealed. Tabris, as Kaworu, infiltrated Nerv under the pretense of being sent to replace Asuka as Unit 02’s pilot. During his stay in Tokyo-3, he formed an extremely close relationship with Shinji. Kaworu later revealed himself as an Angel, seizing control of Unit 02 and descending with it towards Terminal Dogma. Shinji, in Unit 01, was sent to stop him, but was forced to battle Unit 02 while Tabris proceeded to Terminal Dogma. TabrisAT field manifested during the battle, effectively cutting both of them off from all contact with anyone outside. After he reached Terminal Dogma, Tabris was surprised to discover that the Angel held there was not Adam, but Lilith. Shinji incapacitated Unit 02 and proceeded to try to stop the Angel. Tabris, gripped in Unit 01’s hand, stated his unwillingness to destroy mankind by causing Third Impact, and asked Shinji to kill him. Shinji, after a long period of hesitation, crushed the Angel in his Eva’s hand. "Tabris" is an alternate spelling of Tabbris, which loosely means Good of God in Hebrew (‘Tovטוב means ‘good’, and ‘Yahיה is a short for Yahweh יהוה). He is named for the Angel of Free Will and Alternatives (自由の天使, Jiyū no Tenshi). (This naming convention breaks from most of the other Angels in that it uses a Yah theophory, rather than an El theophory.) The back of the DVD containing episodes 24–26 spells his name as "Kaoru". Con todo, in The End of Evangelion, his name is written as "Kaworu" on the Dummy Plugs for the mass-production Evas. Kaworu Nagisa’s first appearance in the Rebuild of Evangelion series is shortly after the battle with Ramiel.

Lilim

The eighteenth Angel, Lilim (リリン, Ririn), is said by Misato in The End of Evangelion to be mankind itself. It is also the name used by Tabris to describe mankind, in reference to their progenitor, Lilith. As Lilith’s descendants, the Lilim are endowed with the "Fruit of Wisdom", which is the source of their intelligence and technology. Like the Angels, Lilim also have AT fields, but unlike the Angels who can physically manifest theirs, the AT fields of Lilim are merely what separates each human from all others, creating individual identity. In the manga, Misato tells Shinji that humans are the thirteenth Angel, born from Lilith, and should have never been born on Earth.

Appearances

Rebuild of Evangelion

In the remake franchise many of the old Angels return along with some new original creations. En Evangelion: 1.0 É (Non) Só Gendo and Fuyutsuki talk about the lengths they must go in order to defeat the Angels and based on the chronology of the narrative when they say this there are of a total of 12 Angels in this version of the story. The first film opens very much like the TV series with the attack of Sachiel. For the most part the Angel is unchanged except for instead of being the 3rd Angel it is designated as the 4th Angel. It plays a role almost identical to its TV counterpart. Shamshel, now known as the 5th Angel, has undergone a drastic redesign but plays the same role as its TV ancestor. The climax of the first film concerns the battle against Ramiel, now known as the 6th Angel who has undergone a huge redesign making the battle both longer and more kinetic. At the start of Evangelion: 2.0 Pode (Non) Antelación the first new Angel is introduced to the franchise. The missing Third Angel, unnamed and apparently captured before the narrative of film one began, escapes and runs amok at the joint U.S.Russian NERV base Bethany. This Angel has a body resembling a skeleton’s spinal cord with legs and has a bird-like skull for a head, according to Kaji, this is because the tests that had been run on it were so extensive, only its skeleton structure was left. The core is featured in its mouth (much like Gaghiel’s) and the Angel also has an odd bee-like torso that might help in its movement and has displayed the ability to fire laser like blasts from its "eyes". There are also signs of mechanical modification done to the Angel, including an installed Entry Plug and serial numbers grafted onto its vertebrae, that suggest the Angel had originally been dormant when recovered. The Angel is defeated by Provisional Evangelion Unit 05 which self-destructs in the process. Fans have dubbed this Angel "Tunneliel" or "Boneliel" because no official name has yet been given. Soon after the third Angel’s defeat the film introduces the second all-new Angel. Still unnamed, this massive creature is designated the 7th Angel. It moves around on two stilt-like legs (that on closer inspection are built like the DNA double helix) and is capable of walking on water by freezing the ocean through a projection of its A.T. Field. The upper portions of the Angel feature a body composed of intricate shapes in the form of diamonds and a head that resembles Sachiel’s face. Hanging from the Angel like a pendulum is a large sphere (slightly resembling Leliel) that holds the core. The "head" of the Angel acts like a clock with two separate hand-like components moving against one another, similar to a clock. When the "clock hands" meet, the Angel unleashes a devastating attack. Oddly enough, despite the Angel’s size and apparent threat, it is quickly defeated by Asuka and her Unit 02 (albeit, partly because she was dropped from the air right at its core) which has led some fans to mock the Angel as being nothing more than an effective way to introduce Asuka. Because an official name has not yet been given, the Angel is nicknamed "Clockliel" by the fans. The 8th Angel is a redesigned version of Sahaquiel from the anime. The Angel has undergone massive changes and is even capable of changing its shape, though its prime goal of acting as a bomb is the same. From space the Angel appears to be a whirling black sphere with dozens of white rotating eyes on its surface because its AT Field is powerful enough to distort incoming light. Once the Angel enters the atmosphere it alters its AT Field into an array of smaller ones, which it uses like the rudders of an aircraft to change its trajectory. This also reveals the Angel as a multi-colored ball that allows the colors to flow up and down its body. Before impact the ball opens up to slightly resemble the Sahaquiel of old but is much more angular and flower-like in its appearance with various petals. Trailing the Angel are hundreds of long spikes that act as energy boosters and when under stress can open up and exert extra pressure forcing the miles-long Angel closer to its target. When Evangelion Unit 01 uses its A.T. Field to stop the Angel, a slim humanoid shape with a long skull-like face emerges from the pupil-like center of the Angel. Its hands unfold and entwine themselves in Unit 01’s before metamorphosing into spears that pierce through the Eva’s flesh. The core is also capable of moving rapidly, circling the humanoid figure’s torso, and evades Unit 02’s attacks until Unit 00 physically stops it with her hands, causing great damage to herself. Once destroyed the Angel explodes in a massive tsunami of LCL. The 9th Angel is Bardiel, the Angel that infected and took over Evangelion Unit 03. The Angel has virtually the same role to its TV counterpart with the only differences being that Asuka is the designated pilot of the Eva instead of Toji Suzuhara and that the Angel is capable of growing extra limbs. The Angel’s actual body appears to be a luminescent blue sludge that traps the entry plug within the Eva. The 10th Angel, Zeruel, has also undergone massive changes and plays a vastly different role to its original counterpart. The Angel has more tendril-like appendages than the TV version and unravels itself like a mummy before attacking. It also appears to use its tentacles in two fashions: aside from the original cutting form, they are also capable of assuming cylinder-shaped forms the Angel uses as jackhammers. Upon entering the Geofront the Angel first battles Mari Illustrious Makinami in the hijacked Unit 02. Despite Mari’s best actions the Angel’s strong offensive A.T. Field prevents her from damaging it. Even after reverting to the inhuman "Beast Mode" the Angel is untouched. After defeating Unit 02, Rei in Unit 00 (piloting with Shinji’s headset and tape player by her side, instead of Gendo’s glasses) attacks with an N²-tipped missile but even after the severely damaged Unit 02 physically chews through the AT-field, Zeruel survives unharmed and swallows Unit 00 whole, from the knees up. This causes a metamorphosis wherein the Angel grows a white feminine body similar to Rei and starts to walk mostly upright, with the core now located between its breasts. Regarding the future of the Rebuild films, while it is certain that Kaworu Nagisa is one of the remaining Angels it is uncertain whether adaptations of old Angels or entirely new Angels will be seen in 3.0 and beyond. Much debate has hinted that the unique Evangelion Mark. 06 itself might be one of the remaining Angels but this remains a mystery. It is unclear if Gendo’s lines in 1.0, "We must defeat the remaining 8 Angels", which was said while Ramiel was attacking, included the (then) still captured third Angel. Logic seems to dictate that since the Angel was (at the time) already under NERV’s control it seems unlikely Gendo would include the Angel in his countdown, but conversely, hints present in 2.0 indicate Gendo, with Kaji’s help, may have triggered whatever it was that set the third Angel on a rampage and led to its ultimate defeat. If Gendo did include the third Angel in his countdown, then including Kaworu there remains only one undesignated Angel left in the Rebuild franquía. If Gendo did not, then Rebuild may very well still have two unidentified Angels left. What role the first Angel, Adam, and the second Angel, Lilith, will also play in the remaining films is unknown.

Other

Gainax has several other Angels appearing in non-canonical Evangelion-related titles. There is also a Gainax promotional artwork with Unit 01 fighting a white winged Angel. This creature is known as the "Diemay Angel" and was designed by a fan who won a contest to have his Angel featured in official artwork. In the game Evangelion 2nd Impression, Mayumi Yamagishi is an Angel known as the Insubstantial Angel. Gainax has released a number of tenth-anniversary figurines under the Angel Chromosome XX label. The figurines are designed by Keroro Gunso artist Mine Yoshizaki and are female anthropomorphized versions of several Angels. The packaging for the figurines gives the appearance of being a Nerv lab sample, and is marked with a biohazard symbol. Lilith, Sachiel, Zeruel, Armisael, and Tabris are featured under the "Angel-XX" line, as well as a figure called "Code:BE", which is virtually identical to the Lilith figure. Shamshel, Sahaquiel, and Arael are featured under the "Angel-XX: Next" line. Another line, "Angel-XX: nano!", features moe versions of the Lilith, Sachiel, Zeruel, and Tabris figurines, plus a Leliel figure unique to the ‘nanorange. Two additional Angels also appear in the Evangelion tabletop roleplaying game. Both are named after figures from the Qur’an, these being Iblis which appears as a turtle-like creature and Baraqijal, a coral-like being with a single enormous eye encased in a gelatinous orb that uses electricity-based attacks. En Neon Genesis Evangelion: Gakuen Datenroku, the actual Angels are just souls; they have to infect/take over the body of a creature which also kills the soul of the host. Example of this includes a Raven, as well as the body of a human, first done by Ramiel. Even when in human form, they are able to grow wings from the back of their body.

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