I also would like to give an honorable mention to Shigeru Aoba.
I heard rumors of a live-action adaption of Evangelion is in production. If it is true, I hope it doesn't turn out like Dragon Ball Evolution. ><
Tbh, not really but I thought even though the 3rd Impact was stopped, it did do extreme heavy damage to the world which is why most of the population died but some people did survive like Misato, Asuka and some others. I've read a lot of theories online about this and many other theories so who knows for sure until 3.0+1.0 is released. So what is your opinion of each Rebuild movie or are you still waiting for 3.0+1.0 before making a verdict?
I like Shinji as well but my favorite of all is Asuka Langley Soryu/Asuka Shikinami Langley. She's kind of a tragic character (like Misato and Shinji). It's sad what happened to her mom and how it affected her. But she is smart and confident even if she comes off as arrogant. Plus she's a red head. Her Rebuild counterpart (Shikinami) has some differences but is still overall similar to Soryu and imo still awesome.
If I had to make a list from favorite to least it would be like this:
1. Asuka Langley Soryu/Asuka Shikinami Langley
2. Rei Ayanami
3. Misato Katsuragi
4. Mari Illustrious Makinami
5. Shinji Ikari
6. Ritsuko Akagi
7. Maya Ibuki
8. Kaworu Nagisa
9. Hikari Horaki
10. Ryoji Kaji