@cfatalis: do you actually thinks it's reasonable for someone to sign a contract for doing something without thinking and asking about the consequences? The point that I mentioned about Kyubey was not that he was by definition evil, but that the show makes it fairly obvious who we are supposed to empathize by over-dramatizing the suffering of the magical girls. But in my opinion all the girls are simple weak-willed and naive for signing the contract. The very basis of the show is, a bunch of girls being approach by a stranger, stranger persuades them to sign a contract, girls trust the stranger and do so, girls find out it's not as it originally seemed, cue regrets and suffering. Evangelion is far more complicated than this and more interesting.