Individuals qualified to pilot the Evangelions. Limited to 14-year-old boys and girls who do not have mothers. They are all called Children and are identified as First, Second, etc., in the order that they are selected. Of these, the first (Rei Ayanami) and the Third (Shinji Ikari) have very similar patterns, and there have been experiments where the two switched units. The Children candidates have all been gathered at New Tokyo-3 Public Middle School 1, and all the students in class 2-A are candidates. It is unclear why they are called by the plural Children and not Child. Furthermore, "child" can also mean "fetus," "descendant," "something that was born," or "person born out of special circumstances."
Suitable candidates for the Kingdom of Heaven, perhaps due to their possession of spiritual and intuitive powers far in excess of those of adults. These powers are normally allowed to atrophy before they can be developed, simply because they do not fit in with the prevailing social order. (For ideas on how it might be possible to break this vicious circle, see the Piers view). Time spent observing, assisting and generally being around with children is an important aspect of one's path to Transition.