Anonymous asked: what were kaworu's ulterior motives? (i'm genuinely curious/don't remember much haha)
well like. theres a lot of theories because obv there no Definitive interpretation
but what i interpret him as is as a destabilizer for shinji, setting him up for the depression at the beginning of end of eva
if you look at the angels before that - arael cracks asuka, rendering her useless and broken, and armisael kills rei ii, forcing rei iii into the picture - she becomes “destabilized” due to the fact that she has no relationships and no memories, and she becomes functionally useless except as a tool for gendo to use for the remainder of the show
kaworu does the same thing by acting with supposed love towards shinji - shinji latches onto this love even though it comes from a boy (a direct opposition to the otherwise heterosexual suggestions we’ve received throughout the show. then, kaworu betrays him and forces shinji to kill him.
think about it - why would kaworu get close to shinji if he knew that he’d have to fight him eventually? most of all, why would he make shinji kill him?
i think the answer is that kaworu knew all along he wouldnt find adam and that his “purpose” was to hurt shinji as much as he could, by making him feel love for kaworu and them forcing him to murder him, setting up for end of evangelion - where shinji is left broken due to the previous three angels actions
I D K. thats my interpretation