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Gendou Ikari (碇 ゲンドウ)Affiliation(s): NERV
Birthday: April 29, 1967
Known relatives: Shinji Ikari (son), Yui Ikari (wife, deceased)
Gendou Ikari, formerly Gendo Rokubungi, is the Commander of NERV and is responsible for research and development of Project E and the Human Instrumentality Project. He is the father of Shinji Ikari, the Third Child and pilot of Evangelion Unit-01. He is also the guardian of Rei Ayanami, the First Child and pilot of Evangelion Unit-00 and the only person Rei reliably interacts with at the start of the series.
Neon Genesis Evangelion tackles heavy topics such as human identity, ambition, desire, regret and self-worth. Characters in the series are deeply flawed and spend a lot of time reflecting on personal issues. As such, the show is a goldmine of quotes on the subject of what it means to be human.