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Third Angel (第3使徒, Dai san no shito?) is the 3rd Angel belonging to the Rebuild of Evangelion film series. It was introduced in the Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance film.


Rebuild of EVANGELION 2

3D Model of the Third Angel, notice the "pseudo Entry Plug".

The Angel was excavated from permafrost (how it got there is not divulged) and captured by SEELE. Subsequently, it was contained in deep freeze in Bethany Base's Cocytus facility, where it was subjected to thorough experimentation and analysis, eventually reduced to nothing more than "some bones", its core, and mechanical additions. Most curious among the latter is the Pseudo Entry Plug for Third Angel control test (第3使徒制御試験用擬似エントリープラグ, Dai 3 shito seigyo shiken-yō giji Entorī Puragu?) dangling from the Angel's neck section. The artificial energy forced circulation system has two cables one red and other blue that gives power to the Third Angel, it is located alongside its spine.[1]

The Third Angel's range of powers include eye-facilitated explosions and concentrated energy beams, levitation, and using its halo as a cutting device. Its original physical appearance is unknown, as the Angel was "analysed" after excavation, presumably a dissection of some sort. What remains of the skeleton are skull, spine, and insectoid limbs. The Angel has very long neck and tail sections, with a deeply curved, bulbous vertebral midsection, held in alignment by a gold-plated brace, to which the limbs (four arms and four legs) attach. The skull possesses three mandibles and houses the core. A SEELE emblem is engraved on its head with the following markings: 3rd Angel Experimental Subject on its head and 3A-12482 on its various bones.


Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance[]

At the beginning of Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, the Angel escapes from Cocytus, an Angel containment facility in the Bethany Base, completely untouched by the lineup of tanks speeding beside it outside, it promptly enters the Styx Shaft and begins its ascent to the top of the base. The Provisional Unit-05, piloted by Mari Makinami Illustrious, is deployed and quickly intercepts the Angel. The Evangelion's initial lance strike is dodged by the Angel, and it proceeds to the Styx Shaft's outer perimeter unfettered while Mari struggles to maneuver inside the tight corridors while keeping connected with the pantograph-like wires supplying energy to the Evangelion.

Eva 05 vs third angel

Evangelion Provisional Unit-05 destroys the Angel's Entry Plug.

Using its halo, the Third Angel slices through the Limbo Area's outer hull and levitates to Bethany Base's rooftop, Acheron. While the Angel is scaling an Angel-sealing hex pillar, Provisional Unit-05 catches up and impales it through the mock entry plug. This disables the Angel for only a moment, and it swiftly retaliates with an optical beam to one of the EVA's prosthesis, and soon follows up by excising the legs altogether. Mari, struggling against depleting battery power that makes her unable to synchronize with the EVA's prosthetic limbs properly, is forced to yield control of one arm to the EVA itself, and together they crush the core.

Third Angel reach surface (Rebuild)

Third Angel leaves Bethany Base.

Evangelion Provisional Unit-05's self-destruct activates right as the Third Angel dies, and both they and the top of Bethany Base go up in two giant blazing crosses. Mari is ejected seconds prior to the explosion in a jet airplane, allowing her to bid farewell to her Evangelion.


The rough design was made by Hideaki Anno and the reworked design was done the mangaka Mohiro KitohWP, creator of Narutaru, Bokurano and Wings of Vendemiaire. In the Hideaki's Anno rough design is dated 25 October 2006, the head design was similar to the one used by the Fourth Angel. [2]

The design was requested to Kitoh before the release of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, around 2006 and was finished in the end of 2006. It was decided from the beginning that the design was going to be used in an 3DCG environment, and a model would be made anyway, so Mohiro Kitoh didn't simplify the design. [3]

The numbering of the Angels was changed in the Rebuild of Evangelion film series from the TV series because the introduction of this Third Angel was planned from the very beginning. All Angels were created and presented on screen primarily employing 3D-CGI. The spinal column portion of the Third Angel was designed with CGI in mind.[4]


  • The Third Angel's appearance has vague similarities to Gaghiel. Both are long, horizontally-built Angels with relatively small limbs, large jaws, and a Core in the back of their mouths.
  • Due to its large armored shell and serpentine tail it also bears some resemblance to the non-canonical Angel Iblis from Neon Genesis Evangelion RPG: The NERV White Paper. Interestingly in the scenario it appears in Iblis is also first encountered after it annihilates NERV Russia’s forces before tunneling it’s way to Tokyo-3. However in contrast to the Third Angel who has its core in its mouth Iblis has its core on the end of its tail and an eyeball attached to its tongue.
  • The song that plays during the fight between Unit-05P and the Third Angel is named "At The Very Beginning".


  1. ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版破 全記録全集 設定 資料版 p.142
  2. ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版破 全記録全集 設定 資料版 p.139
  3. ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版破 全記録全集 設定 資料版 p.139
  4. Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance DVD Booklet by Madman Anime Australian release