AT Field

Evangelion ScreenshotAppears in Episode: 2, 6, 12, 13, 19, 22

An abbreviation of Absolute Terror Field. The AT Field is initially portrayed as a barrier the Angels generate to create absolute territory. It is often deployed as a powerful defensive shield capable of repelling any physical attack.

The reason the Evangelion Units are the only weapons capable of opposing the Angels is largely due to their ability to generate and neutralize AT Fields. Neither the Strategic Self Defense Force nor the U.N. Forces have the ability to penetrate such fields, and despite their impressive arsenal of Bio-Chemical and N² weapons, they have proven incapable of combating the Angels.

Evangelion ScreenshotAll Angels and Evangelion Units posses AT Fields, although the strength of these fields vary. Later in the series an AT Field is also shown to be used offensively by Sahaqiel, the Tenth Angel.

At the end of the series, it is revealed that all humans generate AT Fields (which are referred to as the 'light of the Soul'). This in turn is what allows humanity to retain their separate forms and remain fractured among individuals. It is essentially the wall within one's mind that fosters a sense of incompleteness, and is therefore the cause of loneliness and pain (and thus is the root cause of mankind's suffering). To break down these AT Fields is the goal of the Human Instrumentality Project.

During the climax of The End of Evangelion, Lilith generates a global Anti-AT Field, thereby neutralizing the AT Fields of all humans on the planet. This has the effect of breaking down the walls that separate humanity into individuals, returning them to a unified state—a sea of L.C.L.

Analysis

  • Absolute Terror Field in Psychology

    The term Absolute Terror Field has its roots in mainstream psychology, and is comparable to the perceived physical (or mental) proximity at which an autistic person or someone similarly affected by conditions of a high ego will panic and become irrational or violent if someone or something that they do not recognize penetrates that proximity. In other terms, it is the threshold of violation of personal space. It would theoretically follow that all humans (and likely most animal organisms) have Absolute Terror Fields of lesser magnitudes. This can be illustrated by issues of trust: most people would not appreciate a total stranger touching them inappropriately or whispering in their ear, since such actions violate a sensibility concerning proximity that is tied directly to how much one trusts the other person.
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