Neon Genesis Evangelion, “The Beast that Shouted “I” at the Heart of the World” (1996)
"Look at Shinji. Why does he continue to fight as an Eva pilot? The story keeps changing. He said it’s because everyone tells him to. Because only he can do it. Because it has to be done to save humanity. Selfless and lofty sentiments for sure, and he believed those reasons to be genuine. Wrong; he wanted his father to approve of him. To say he was a good boy. How selfish of him, really, to be a human being." —Megumi Hayashibara
People are quick to oversimplify Shinji as a weak, irritating character.
But here’s the dirty little secret: Everyone is Shinji. Everyone is human. Overcoming your inherent weaknesses is something you must do to get what you want in life.