pwhodges#889980 wrote:The Evangelions were specifically anti-angel weapons. Are they now being used as part of the normal human military? Well, I guess once you ditch the main part of the ending of the series, you are free to choose that kind of thing. Personally I prefer fanfiction that remains true to the canon, but I realise that for many people the opposite is true!
I went into the topic quite a bit for my own material. There, the Evas are originally intended as military weapons for facing down entire armies without the collateral damage of NBC weaponry, but get hastily repurposed for fighting Angels and turn out to be pretty much the only viable option at that job. Of course, the fact that a single Eva's cost is in the eleven-digit range, takes several years to grow (anything faster results in skeletal and muscular deformities ruining the Eva's performance) and requires its own support infrastructure means the military only even considers buying them due to SEELE having a foot in the door - and by the time the actual deal for handing over a unit for initial performance evaluation would've been made, Third Impact flips the table and the Evas suddenly find themselves without a buyer because everyone except NERV decided to use Tridents as a far cheaper alternative (in one-on-one combat, an Eva would scrap a Trident very quickly but is sharply outmatched against an entire wolfpack of them; against an Angel, though, Tridents are worth squat, though not for lack of trying on the part of the generals who'd rather not get NERV involved).
The original military-spec Evas (early 2040s, TV!Eva gear) are horribly outmatched against the Angels. In fact, they'd have trouble against even the canon Evas (as the canon Evas can shrug off everything with their AT-field and return the favor with complete impunity). It's only when NERV starts rolling out Gen2 specs (mid-2040s, Q!Eva gear and increased combat endurance) that they start becoming competitive, Gen3 (late 2050s, sustained flight and specialized anti-Angel weaponry) until they reach parity and Gen4 (late 2060s, "everything in that general direction must die" tier) until they're a major threat to Angels - with the sole exception of Unit-01, of course.