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Character Profile: Rei Ayanami

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Japanese Info
Rei Ayanami Rei Ayanami Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
The First Child The First Child
Humanoid with human & angel DNA Humanoid with human & angel DNA
Female Female
14 years 14 years
Light blue Light blue
Red Red
Pilot of Eva Unit 00 Pilot of Eva Unit 00
Amanda Winn Lee, Brina Palencia(Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone) Megumi Hayashibara
Episode 1: "Angel Attack" Episode 1: "Angel Attack"
Neon Genesis Evangelion Shin Seiki Evangelion
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijou-ban: Shito Shinsei
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion Shin Seiki Evangelion, Gekijou-ban: Air/ Magokoro Wo, Kimi Ni

Last I checked, this character's cosplay outfit was available at Milanoo.

Character Description: Rei Ayanami

Rei Ayanami is one of the most enigmatic characters one can ever meet. Her career and genetic background up to the present have been erased, and even when one's been around her for a while, it's impossible to decipher much about her. No one talks to her, and she rarely speaks. She is a silent, solitary soul, and even when she does speak, her words leave no clue about her.

The first impression we get of her is quite shocking: wrapped in bandages and definitely not in good physical shape (it had resulted from a Unit 00 activation accident one week before). Yet, she's called upon to pilot Unit 01 (which Shinji Ikari refused to pilot at first). However, so as not to have her go through more ordeal, Shinji changes his mind.

As Ritsuko Akagi once commented, "she's not very adept at living." Rei lives alone in her apartment. The surrounding area is under construction and very noisy, and the apartment itself isn't too clean.

Rei seems to smile for only one person: Gendo Ikari, whom she treats like a father. This only appears to complicate the situation between Shinji and his father, yet she seems to show her own affections for Shinji, especially when she helps him in EVA combat (even though she did slap him once when he spoke bad of Gendo).

As the war draws on, however, Rei finds herself in dire straits at the hands of the 16th Angel, so Rei makes a grand sacrifice by destroying her EVA and herself. And then...she seems to have miraculously recovered.

Rei, you see, was created by Gendo from a combination of an Angel's DNA (Lilith) and the late Yui Ikari's (Shinji's mother) DNA. In fact, there are numerous clones of her hidden away in Terminal Dogma. These Reis are in fact the key to the "Dummy Plug" system. Her genetic background would explain her distinct similarity in appearance to Yui Ikari. Also, the Rei Ayanami most people see is in fact the second. The first was choked to death by Dr. Naoko Akagi (Ritsuko's mother) when she let loose a startling secret. And so the miraculous recovery wasn't really what it seems. Rei did die, but another Rei then awakened.

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