Why didn't Gendo account for the possibility of Rei seeing through him at any point in his plan...

Why didn't Gendo account for the possibility of Rei seeing through him at any point in his plan, and also the possibility of her becoming more attached to the caring, nice guy that is Shinji than she would be to him? His entire plan got shafted over this. How did he manage to fool the Illuminati, but not a girl who's only a couple years old?

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It's technically his wife and wives never listen to their husbands.

He should have been all the more careful about things like this, then.

He underestimated her just like he underestimated Yui.
Everything Gendo does is part of a selfish psychotic desire to bring his wife back, even though she WANTED to become part of the Eva. The Eva project was her master plan.
He was so consumed by the desire to see her again that he threw everything away and convinced himself that Yui would want what he wanted. That same inability to see her side is exactly why he didn't imagine Rei would betray him. He doesn't understand Yui and he doesn't understand Rei.

I know what you mean, but Gendo is still shown to be quite skilled at manipulating people. Was he simply unable to truly separate the First Child and the Third, even when knowing that the latter's personality would endear the first to them dearly given enough time? Did he forget the boy's kindness and his wife's heart?

The Gendo character make a lot more sense taking in consideration that during the mids-90s, Anno was obsessed with Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human.

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based yui villain Chad

there is nothing trippier than reading Evangelion nerds talking about it when you haven't seen any of it at all.
the shit that i think happens in that show is pretty wild.

What keeps you from watching it, user?

He was afraid of the boy and thought the girl was still a pliant tool. Also, a lot of things happen in Eva not because they make logical sense, but have the strongest emotional impact. Rei's womb eating Gendo's hand had a strong emotional punch.

Eva is a triumph of style over substance.

>a lot of things happen in Eva not because they make logical sense, but have the strongest emotional impact. Rei's womb eating Gendo's hand had a strong emotional punch.

But you have a literal 24 episode lead-up to that. It doesn't come out of nowhere.

>Why didn't Gendo account for the possibility of Rei seeing through him at any point in his plan
"muh clone waifu won't betray me"
>and also the possibility of her becoming more attached to the caring, nice guy that is Shinji than she would be to him?
"muh motherless, loveless, autistic son, no way he won't be as antissocial in his teens as I am after my wife died"
>His entire plan got shafted over this. How did he manage to fool the Illuminati, but not a girl who's only a couple years old?
She saw him in person everyday, the illuminati only saw him through screens and holoprojectors. Granted, the illuminati expected him to be hiding stuff, but he knew this and was able to pretend to hide minor shit, the people most susceptible for being scammed are overconfident ones who think they won't be scammed. He didn't expect his clone waifu to betray him so it was easier for him to let his eotions slip when near her, which would lead to her finding out he was lying.
Also, Gendo is Anno, Anno couldn't into women back then, that's why every female character is a multilayered trap while guys are mostly autists playing spycraft in Evangelion.

>Gendo is Anno

Gendo is shown to be way too much of a cool, in-control guy (on the surface) to be Anno's self-insert, let's get real. Gendo is also too much of a playboy, seducing three women, leading two of them to self-destruction, to be Anno's self-insert.

Self-inserts are usually what the author wishes he was, not what he is. In a way, Anno wishes he was Gendo, but makes Gendo as sad and driven as he is himself, except Gendo's white what is instrumentality, not anime, and Gendo's lack of love comes from Yui's death, not being socially inept.

white whale, I meant Gendo's white whale.

Gendo in NGE represents Anno’s father.
It’s only in 4.0 that Anno said he identifies with Gendo.

> ignore the massive psychological and physical trauma inflicted on Eva pilots in a metaphysical confrontation with alien beings.
> One of them even impersonates a human, the cloned Eva pilot gets infected and one Eva even gets puppeted.
> One of the pilots enters a multidimensional void space.
Imagine at this point choosing to take chances.

If more people accounted for the possibility they'd get outsmarted they wouldn't get outsmarted as often.

But that's the thing. Outsmarting the all-seeing illuminati is quite the feat, failing your plan by not being able to outsmart an amnesiac clone of your wife at the absolute last step is kind of embarrassing.

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Rei spent her entire life just doing what Gendo asked her to do.
It’s only Rei III that starts to resent Gendo. He just didn’t see that change coming.

Anno should be shamed for wasting all of 4.0s budget on stupid experiments and traveling with his barren old hag wife.

He doesn't really outsmart Seele that much, they're onto him for like half the series, its just that he serves too much of an important role and they know that trying to remove him while the angels are still a threat would be a risky move.