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Pen Pen (also known as Pen²) is Misato's pet, although she refers to him as a member of the family. He is a warm-water penguin, who lives in a second freezer she keeps in her apartment. She apparently took him with her when she left her previous job.
There does not seem to be a direct real-world equivalent to the species of penguin that Pen Pen is, though the closest equivalent seems to be an Erect-crested Penguin. Pen Pen clearly possesses retractable claws (three on each "hand"), which no living bird species actually have. He also appears to have noticeably increased intelligence; watching television, reading newspapers, taking baths in hot springs, eating human food and drinking beer, and it seems to be subtly hinted that he has a near-human understanding of events around him. All of this suggests that Pen Pen is a new species, created through advanced genetic experimentation.
Through the course of the story, the existence of Pen Pen creates various comical situations, particularly in the first days of Shinji Ikari and Asuka Langley Sohryu, who are surprised to find Pen Pen taking a bath in the bathroom just when they were about to take one.
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Pen Pen is a Fiordland Penguin who was altered in an experiment that made him quite intelligent. After the experiment was done, he was to be killed, but Misato Katsuragi felt sorry for him and adopted him as a pet. He lives in Misato's apartment, having his own small refrigerated room to make him feel more in his natural ambiance.
|Primary Characters||Shinji Ikari • Misato Katsuragi • Rei Ayanami • Asuka Langley Sohryu • Gendo Ikari • Ritsuko Akagi • Ryoji Kaji • Yui Ikari • Kaworu Nagisa|
|Secondary Characters||Tōji Suzuhara • Kensuke Aida • Hikari Horaki • Kōzō Fuyutsuki • Keel Lorenz • Maya Ibuki • Makoto Hyuga • Shigeru Aoba|
|Tertiary Characters||Naoko Akagi • Kyoko Zeppelin Sohryu • Dr. Katsuragi • Pen Pen|
|Rebuild Characters||Asuka Shikinami Langley • Mari Makinami Illustrious • Sakura Suzuhara • Koji Takao • Sumire Nagara • Hideki Tama • Midori Kitakami|
|ANIMA Characters||Rei Quatre • Rei Cinq • Rei Six • Mari • Crimson A1|
|Other Characters||Maria Vincennes • Mayumi Yamagishi • Mana Kirishima|