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Tōji Suzuhara (鈴原トウジ, "Suzuhara Tōji") is a fictional character from the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Toji is a student that unlike other students, wears a black tracksuit with white and red details in school. He does have a short black hair and his skin is darker than the rest of his friends. He speaks in Okinawan accent and is seen usually with Kensuke. His personality is of a jokester but also serious when his relatives are involved. He speaks with an Okinawan accent.
His adult appearance is of a tall man, wearing black shoes, blue pants, with an white shirt with sleeves rolled up and a light brown blazer over it. When working, he removes his blazer to wear a white coat with a stethoscope around his neck, a pen in the chest pocket and an watch around his left wrist.
Story[edit | edit source]
In Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone not much is known about Tōji's past. He lives in Tokyo-3 with his grandfather, father and little sister. His father works at NERV forcing Tōji to take care of his grandfather and sister almost alone. He attends Tokyo-3 middle school and is friends with Kensuke Aida. During the fight between Evangelion Unit-01 and the Fourth Angel, Tōji's little sister is injured by the colateral damage. Toji later, punches Shinji for piloting the Evangelion, causing Sakura Suzuhara to get hurt in the process, and when Shinji retorts, he comes back and punches Shinji again. When the Fifth Angel attacks, he and Kensuke leaves the shelter to see the Evangelion fights and gets almost killed when Unit-01 is thrown at the mountain where they were. Toji and Kensuke are ordered to get inside the Entry Plug and swim inside holding on the seat as Shinji fights the angel. Later, he understands the terror of piloting the Evangelion and regrets his actions and apologizes to Shinji. He and Kensuke leave a voice mail for Shinji telling him to be safe and good luck. This helps give Shinji confidence before the mission against the Sixth Angel.
In the second film, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance Toji has become a friend to Shinji and visits the Ocean restoration project with Kensuke, Shinji, Rei, Asuka and Pen², where they see the ocean life before the Second Impact and eat food prepared by Shinji. Toji also appears visiting his little sister in the hospital after she is discharged. His last scene in the movie is when the Tenth Angel attacks and he is seen protecting Hikari, with Kensuke and Pen² as the attack happens.
So far til 2.0, Toji does not have a crush on Misato as in NGE.
Toji doesn't appear in Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, although Shinji does find a shirt that has Toji's nametag.
Toji returns in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time. He works as a doctor in the survivor's village, and is married with Hikari Horaki, now Hikari Suzuhara, with whom he has a daughter, Tsubame Suzuhara. He does not show any resentment to Shinji, and is very helpful and supportive of him, guiding him in his recovery, same as Kensuke, also present in the village. He is however puzzled at Rei, not initially realizing she is not the same Rei they knew, calling her "lookalike". When the Wunder arrives to pickup Asuka, he insists that Shinji stay there and live with them.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Toji is named after one of the main characters in the novel The Fascism of Love and Fantasy (Ai to Gensou no Fascism) by Ryu Murakami.