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Unit-01 trapped in Bakelite.

Bakelite (ベークライト) is a quickly hardening liquid from Neon Genesis Evangelion.


Sharing the same name as a real, resin based substance, Bakelite is a vibrant red liquid which is deployed as a liquid before quickly hardening into a solid, brittle substance, similar to quick setting concrete.

When deployed, Bakelite is bright red, high viscosity liquid. After hardening, it retains the same bright red colour but becomes extremely hard and brittle as it when broken, it explodes into many small shards. It is unknown just how strong Bakelite is, while it likely can't be broken by humans, Evangelion units have seemingly no issue breaking through the substance making it more of a deterrent than a preventative measure.


Adam Embryo

After Adam was reduced to an embryonic state, the embryo was encased in bakelite in order to freeze it and make it easy and safe to transport.

Unit-00 Activation Test

After Evangelion Unit-00 goes berserk during its initial activation test, Bakelite is used to minimize the damage the unit was able to do to the testing chamber.

Seige on NERV Headquarters

Bakelite being poured over exchange pipes in NERV Headquarters from End of Evangelion.

Bakelite is deployed inside of NERV HQ in the event that an Evangelion breaks loose and needs to be quickly restrained. Also, part of NERV HQ's defensive system is to flood presumably most or possibly all access corridors with bakelite, as means of cutting off the advance of an approaching enemy. It is used to block entire passage ways in an effort to stop the Japanese Strategic Self Defense Force troop movements inside NERV Headquarters.


  • Bakelite is actually a real-life substance; however, real bakelite doesn't have the properties that "bakelite" does in the series. Bakelite is a brand-name material developed in 1909 by Dr. Leo Baekeland. Although seldom used in consumer products today due to its high cost and complexity of production, its non-conductive and heat-resistant properties (and durability), made it an ideal material for electric plugs, switches, and even kitchenware. Real bakelite is "cured" from its liquid precursor under heat and pressure, and in its pure form is very brittle. Bakelite in the series is poured and sets at room temperature and has a tensile strength great enough to hold an Evangelion in place when it has dried.