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Spear of Gaius (ガイウスの槍[?]) is a man-made artifact from the Rebuild of Evangelion film series.

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Created by Misato Katsuragi and the crew of the AAA Wunder, the spear of Gaius, also called the spear of WILLE, symbolizes the human will, contrasting the Spear of Longinus and Spear of Cassius representation despair and hope respectively.

The spear doesn't appear to have any fixed form changing in both shape and size however it takes on two notable forms, those being the form it is originally shown in and the form it shifts into once used.

Original form of the spear of Gaius.

In its original form, the spear is comprised of three sections, the right half, the left half and its core. At the center of the spear, the core is a vibrant, glowing yellow taking on a needle shape which goes from the tip to the middle, returning again at the base. Connected to this core are the right and left halves which are identical in shape however they vary greatly in color with the right half being a similar color of red as the other spears and the left half being a muted shade of blue. Both sections have a long point at the tip with a wing coming off the center before continuing on to the base. Like the other spears, the spear of Gaius makes use of a double helical motif with the red and blue halves intertwining across the tip, center and base of the spear leading to a striping pattern between the red and blue of the two halves with the yellow of the core they wrap around.

Alternate form of the spear of Gaius.

After transforming, the form radically changes from its original elaborate design to a far more simplified one. In this form, the spear becomes completely symmetrical on the axis perpendicular to the spear with the yellow of the core is relegated to the center with both tips of the spear being a double helical shape made with interlocking red and blue bands. These bands cross the core of the spear on either side leading to a loop shape on either side of the core. While the colors remain the same, almost all the extremities are removed leaving just a needle shape.

History

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time

Spine of the AAA Wunder being formed into the spear of Gaius.

After the destruction of the final two spears, in a final attempt to help Shinji Ikari, Misato and the crew of AAA Wunder theorize a new spear could be formed using the Wunder's spinal cord. In order to create the spear and send it to Shinji within the Minus Space, Misato launches the Wunder alongside Evangelion Unit-08 + 09 + 10 + 11 + 12 into the Evangelion Imaginary's eye, killing herself and destroying the ship.

Shinji holding the newly formed spear of Gaius.

Now holding the will of humanity in his hands, Shinji gives closure to those in his life before preparing to initiate Neon Genesis by stabbing Evangelion Unit-01 with the spear, destroying all of Evangelion and presumably himself in the process. Before being able to begin the process, the soul of Yui Ikari emerges from within unit-01 and expels Shinji to save him before initiating the process herself by stabbing the spear through Unit-01 and Evangelion 13 occoupied by Gendo Ikari. The spear proceeds to destroy all of Evangelion, pictured by the spear stabbing through every Evangelion shown over the course of the film series.

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Trivia

  • In the apocryphal Christian Gospel of Nicodemus, Longinus was named as the Roman soldier who speared Jesus Christ with what became the legendary Spear of Longinus. The Spear of Gaius (and spear of Cassius) takes its name from a Roman senator and general known for his involvement in the assassination of Julius Caesar with a similar name Gaius Cassius Longinus.
  • In addition, "Gaius Cassius" is also the famous prenomen and nomen added to the name of the aforementioned Longinus, the centurion who pierced the side of Jesus.
  • The Spear of Gaius' transformed state resembles Ultraman Taro's Bracelet Lancer.


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