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The Angels of Evangelion

Evangelion features battles against large creatures known as Angels―but these so-called "angels" are nothing like the ones you normally hear about in churches. Find out more about them and how they serve as the antagonists in the world of Evangelion.

by ljaesch1
Nov 23, 2015 5:34 PM | 67,593 views

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Evangelion is set in the year 2015. Creatures known as Angels begin appearing on Earth, and it’s up to the EVA pilots at NERV to defeat each one in order to keep them from accomplishing their terrifying goal. Read on to learn more about the Angels and how they fit into the series.


Neon Genesis Evangelion Lilith

Adam and Lilith are Seed of Life organisms that were created by the First Ancestral Race to spread life on the planets of the Milky Way, with the intention that only one organism, along with their Spear of Longinus, would seed a planet. Adam was sent to Earth, but Lilith’s transport container had a violent collision with Earth and caused the First Impact. Terrestrial life sprang from Lilith’s blood, and this life evolved over billions of years. Adam was subdued by his spear and was inactive until he was forcibly awakened by the Second Impact. Adam is considered to be the First Angel, while Lilith is the second.

The Angels are Adam’s 15 children, but it is unknown how these offspring were generated. They began appearing on Earth 15 years after the Second Impact.

Traits of the Angels

Neon Genesis Evangelion Zeruel

Every Angel has a soul that ties in with an A.T. Field, an almost impenetrable force field that generates paranormal abilities. Several of the Angels have an ability to harness energy to either trigger explosions or to create focused energy beams or energy-based projectiles.

Each Angel has a core, which is a spherical red organ that contains its soul, and an S² Engine. The S² Engine, which is also known as the Fruit of Life, serves as the source of their limitless energy. Most of the Angels seem to have blue blood, although an occasional one will have orange blood instead.

The 3rd through 17th Angels

Sachiel (3rd Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Sachiel

Shamshel (4th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Shamshel

Ramiel (5th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Ramiel

Gaghiel (6th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Gaghiel

Israfel (7th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Israfel

Sandalphon (8th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Sandalphon

Matarael (9th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Matarael

Sahaquiel (10th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Sahaquiel

Iruel (11th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Iruel

Leliel (12th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Leliel

Bardiel (13th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Bardiel

Zeruel (14th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Zeruel

Arael (15th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Arael

Armisael (16th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Armisael

Kaworu/Tabris (17th Angel)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Kaworu

Tabris is a Seed of Life inhabiting a human body that resembles a 15-year-old male. He is known as Kaworu Nagisa and befriends Shinji Ikari, the main protagonist.

As you can see, the Angels of Evangelion have very distinct traits that make them true forces to be reckoned with. Watch the series and check them out for yourself!

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