OK - the above makes Gendou sound vaguely normal.
Gendou Ikari was a normal chapie up until somewhere around 2005, when his wife Yui
died (or alternatively was absorbed by Unit 01
) during an early Evangelion
activation test. Shinji
was sent away from home by his father - in many ways to protect him from Nerv and his father.
After this, Gendou turned in on himself, and became a hard-edged man that no-one could touch, someone who would use anyone and anything to achieve his goals. Even his son. Even his world.
Gendou is in charge of Nerv
- the top secret UN
organisation that is meant to be the last line of defense against the Angel
. The primary weapon for use against them was created by Project E
- the Evangelions
. These are fearsome creatures that are man's best attempt at building an Angel
However, this is just a cover up story - Nerv
and all of the technical might of Eva
is just a cover story for the Human Instrumentality Project
. The HIP is being run by Gendou Ikari for Seele
, the committee overseeing Nerv
. Gendou, however, is merely using Seele
and the HIP
to achieve his goals - returning his lost love Yui
The pawns in this game from Gendou's point of view are Nerv
(his son), Rei Ayanami
, and Dr Ritsuko Akagi
. There are many more (Kaji
, Misato Katsuraga
, Asuka Langley Soryu
, etc...) but they are all sub points - minor items to manipulate, and if needed, to deal with.