Name: Arael, Angel of Birds
Classification: The Fifteenth Angel
Appears in Episode: 22
Arael is the Fifteenth Angel, and is the first of three Angels that utilize psychological rather than physical means of attack. Its physical form resembles that of a glowing bird (though it is also often described as a crystallized skeleton). It has an exposed Core in the vicinity of its legs.
Arael appears in high orbit, where it remains out of range of the Evangelion Units. Long-range conventional weapons are deployed but prove ineffective against its AT Field. Arael's only form of attack is a concentrated energy wave with properties similar to that of a projected AT Field. This wave, appearing as a beam of bright light, is used against Evangelion Unit-02. While causing no physical damage, it inflicts severe mental trauma on the pilot, Asuka Langley Sohryu. The incident exposes Asuka to relive many of her long-repressed memories, in effect incapacitating her and Evangelion Unit-02.
While the attack is often portrayed as a form of psychological rape, it may also be an attempt by Arael to understand the human mind (and possibly communicate). This would in turn make it a highly intelligent Angel. Arael is ultimately destroyed by Rei Ayanami and Evangelion Unit-00 by the use of the Lance of Longinus, which as a result is lost in lunar orbit.