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Shinko Ikari
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Full Name Ikari Shinko
Date of Birth June 6th, 2001
Age 14
Hair Brown (anime)
Black (manga)
Eyes Blue-gray (anime)
Brown (manga)
Race Japanese
Relations Genka Ikari (mother)
Yuichi Ikari (father)
Piloted Units Unit-01
Appearances TBA

Shinko Ikari is the genderbent alternate counterpart of Shinji Ikari. While it initially seems like there's no difference between the two other than Shinko's lack of a Y chromosome, there are subtle differences that distinguish them from each other.

EtymologyEdit

Ikari literally translates as "anchor", but can also mean "wrath/anger/rage".

The suffix "-ko" is a common girl's name in Japan and often literally translates to "child". However, "shin" can have several meanings, such as:

  • "God's Child"
  • "Divine Child"
  • "Truthful Child"
  • "Believing Child"
  • "New Child"
  • "Humble Child"
  • "Advanced Child"

Appearance Edit

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Shinko is a "plain" girl with short brown hair and blue-gray eyes. She's most commonly seen in the Tokyo-3 Middle School uniform, but contrary to popular conception, she does have casual clothes.

However, by the time the events of her universe's version of The End of Evangelion occur, her hair has grown to shoulder length to symbolize how far she's gone off the deep end (which is also a reference to how Shinji was originally supposed to have long hair to hide behind, but this idea was scrapped due to animation concerns).

Role and PersonalityEdit

At first, there's very little difference between her and Shinji. They're both very shy, meek and reluctant to "get in the f***ing robot", minus the social stigma because of her gender... well, for the most part anyway.

However, she still struggles with these flaws because of how they're not considered qualities of "strong women". As such, she aspires to be a Yamato Nadeshiko, the ideal woman in Japanese culture. Since she has meekness, humility and loyalty, but lacks maturity, wisdom and strength, these ideals are often twisted into cowardice, passiveness and self-hatred.