Just a friendly reminder that Anno and Co. originally intended for Rei Ayanami to creep the hell out of us.
Rei was, for all intents and purposes, a personified backlash against the hordes of 80s and early 90s fanboys who slobbered over female characters, and who figured that having a 2D girl that obeyed your every whim and had no voice as your own personal fuckdoll would be pretty damned sweet.
In other words, they wanted a placid, soulless little girl to wank over.
And Anno delivered. Oh, boy, did he deliver.
And then she got fetishized anyway and Gainax made merchandise to ride that.
So you know.
And people wonder why Anno hates 99% of you all.
“In other words, they wanted a placid, soulless little girl to wank over.”
Well as a Reifag I can tell you this is not why I like her, and is not why other Reifags which I have talked to like her.