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This page is for listing the tropes related to party members who first appeared in the third ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Mass Effect]]'' game.

!Party Members

[[folder:Lieutenant James Vega]]

[[caption-width-right:350: Not supposed to salute you, either.]]
--> [[LetsDance ''Think you can dance and talk at the same time?'']]

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/FreddiePrinzeJr

James Vega is a lieutenant in the Alliance Marines. He stars in the short comic ''Mass Effect: Conviction'', which ends with Anderson appointing him Shepard's guard while they're in the brig post-"Arrival", and is the main character of ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost'', an animated film set during ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* AbnormalAmmo: One of his powers is [[KillItWithFire Incendiary Ammo]].
* AbusiveParents: His father, as seen in the ''Mass Effect: Homeworlds'' comic.
* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: James likes to pepper his speech with GratuitousSpanish, and he always calls Steve Cortez, the shuttle pilot, "Esteban", which ''is'' the Spanish equivalent of the name. Only he pronounces that name as Estebán, with the third syllable stressed instead of the second one.
* {{Adorkable}}: In his more unguarded moments, he's kind of like a big kid at heart. He's a charming lug of a guy who really likes dinosaurs and sharks, and shamelessly flirting with pretty women (whether they're in his league or not) and just wants to be friends with everyone... unless they try to hurt him or his friends, [[BewareTheNiceOnes in which case watch out]].
* AllForNothing: Part of his backstory, as elaborated in ''Paragon Lost''. It's clear that during his boxing match with Shepard, [[spoiler:he's venting his anger over having sacrificed the colony that he's protecting for the intel on how to bring down the Collectors, only for it to be rendered ''useless'' because by the time they came up with a plan, Shepard had ''already'' destroyed/disabled the Collector Base.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: Although he's a seasoned soldier, James doesn't know much about galactic politics, allowing the other characters to explain bits of backstory to new players.
* BarBrawl: Ends up getting in a fight with a bunch of batarians in an Omega bar after he breaks a TV because of it playing a news story about the events of the Arrival DLC.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: His DLC outfits (Collector's Edition and From Ashes) don't have helmets -- when anyone else is at least wearing a rebreather, he'll just be wearing his suit's eyepiece or headset.
* BeehiveBarrier: Has the Fortification ability.
* TheBigGuy: More muscular than the other human squad members. He's definitely based more on [[StoneWall survivability]] than Ashley. Hell, he's pretty much a cross between the two ''krogan'' squaddies from the other games. Possibly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by him using the "excited fist pounding" animation otherwise only used for krogan.
* BigBrotherMentor: Shepard acts as this to James, even encouraging him to join the N7 program.
* BoisterousBruiser: Though he's perhaps a somewhat milder example of this. His first major conversation with Shepard on the Normandy is during an impromptu bare-knuckles boxing match, apparently to size up his new commander and because he thinks it would be fun.
* CallBack: If you complete the Grissom Academy mission and meet with Kahlee Sanders, James will remark about [[Literature/MassEffectRevelation her and Anderson]] [[Literature/MassEffectRetribution being a couple]]. Also see DevelopmentGag below.
* CaptainCrash: Cortez teases him about the below incident on Mars, though it only seems to have happened that once, or possibly twice if he's with you [[spoiler:during the Cerberus invasion]] of the Citadel.
* CarFu: On Mars, he [[spoiler:prevents Dr. Eva from escaping with the Crucible data]] by [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming the escaping shuttle with another shuttle]].
* CastingGag: Freddie Prinze, Jr. played an AcePilot-cum-SpaceMarine in the ill-fated ''Film/WingCommander'' film, making the shuttle crash thing even funnier.
* DareToBeBadass: Shepard can convince him to join the N7 Program, the same elite training they had.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost'' movie and ''Conviction'' comic.
* DeathSeeker: A mild case. Due to [[spoiler:his ShootTheShaggyDog moment in his backstory]], he doesn't really seem to care if he dies or not, making him incredibly reckless. Shepard can snap him out of this.
* DelinquentHair: He sports a fauxhawk.
* DevelopmentGag: If you speak to James after the mission at Grissom Academy, he brings up Kahlee Sanders and mentions how his father's last name was Sanders, quickly stating there's no relation. During the game's development, James' last name was originally going to be Sanders, but was changed, probably to [[OneSteveLimit avoid confusion]] with Kahlee.
* DisappearedDad: He's out there, but James is reluctant to call him family anymore. The ''Homeworlds'' comic reveals that Joshua turned to red sand after James' mom died, and even tricked James into helping with a deal so he could threaten him with blackmail.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Justified as him crashing into a shuttle stopped it from escaping with vital information. Still, [[ActorAllusion he drives like a SPAZZ!]]
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: [[spoiler:He receives an N7 commendation after the Cerberus attack on the Citadel, and Shepard can convince him to accept.]]
* EntendreFailure: When arguing with Cortez about ground vehicles, he expresses his fondness for one called the Grizzly, prompting Cortez to snark that James ''would'' like big grizzly bears. [[TheBear James doesn't get it]].
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: If you take him with you to Eden Prime, he'll ask Liara if she's ever uncovered any dinosaur bones on her digs. Liara then hopelessly tries to explain the difference between an archaeologist and a paleontologist to him before giving up, thinking he's just messing with her. Vega, it turns out, just ''really'' likes dinosaurs.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Spanish, actually, but same idea. In the Citadel DLC, if you didn't romance Ashley, you can get her to hook up with James. The next time you walk in on them, you can hear James wooing her in Spanish. She keeps [[WelcomeToCorneria asking him to repeat whatever he's saying]], and he never does say what it means.
* FanNickname: Even before ''Mass Effect 3'''s release, he's inherited [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFHlJ2voJHY the many names of David Ryder.]]
* GoodCounterpart: To Kai Leng.
* GratuitousSpanish: All over the place.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday:
** In ''[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'', if he's taken as Male Shepard's "date" to infiltrate the casino he'll say afterwards:
-->'''James:''' Hey, I shouldn't read to much into being your "date" tonight right? Because James Vega is all about the ladies.
** He is also insistent that he would like to try the hot tub... ''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial without]]'' [[StraightGay Cortez]].
* HeCleansUpNicely: According to female Shepard, when James puts on a tuxedo for the Casino Infiltration mission in the ''Citadel'' DLC.
* HeroicBSOD: He has one when he visits the ruins of Fehl Prime near the end of ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost''.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The main protagonist of ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost''.
* HeroWorshipper: Played with: he was one when he only knew Shepard by reputation. ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost'' shows that he used to think Shepard would have handled Fehl Prime better than him, and he reacts violently to hearing Shepard insulted in ''Conviction''. After they actually meet, he makes a point of saluting even while they're in the brig, but otherwise isn't too awestruck or deferential.
-->'''James:''' Don't get me wrong, you're good. Probably one of the best. But I know you're human, just like me.
* HiddenDepths:
** He's not a GeniusBruiser, but it's clear that there is quite a bit more to him than his muscles. ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost'' paints a lot of this which, surprisingly, wasn't shown much in ''[=ME3=]''.
** It [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense when you realise the last time he made tactical decisions]] he was forced to make the necessary decision to sacrifice a colony for intelligence. Intelligence that proved [[ShaggyDogStory worthless in the end.]] Such a trauma would leave Vega seem more then happy to leave it to [[TheChainsOfCommand someone else to make the hard choices.]]
* HopelessWithTech: If you ask him to disable the AA guns while on Rannoch, [[PercussiveMaintenance he will begin kicking the control panel]] much to Shepard's chagrin.
* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:He left the Fehl Prime colonists to die in exchange for saving the valuable intel on the Collectors, only for Shepard to destroy their base before it could be used.]] Even though he denies it, it's clear James deeply blames himself for this.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: He and a female Commander Shepard spar with each in their first major character interaction on the ''Normandy'', while also flirting like all hell.
* InVinoVeritas
** Played with, since on the one hand Steve implies it was just the alcohol talking, on the other James really does care about the guy. Obviously, you [[NoodleIncident never get to know what James actually said]].
--->'''Cortez''': So you do care, Mr. Vega, or is that the cerveza talking again?
* KillItWithFire: He has Incendiary Ammo and Carnage. Combining them with each other or his Frag Grenades allows him to create his own Fire Explosions relatively frequently.
* KnuckleCracking: Neck-cracking variant during his first ''Normandy'' conversation.
* LatinLover: If Ashley is the Virmire Survivor, survived the Citadel coup and is un-romanced by Shepard, James may pull out this move set on her late into the party in the Citadel DLC, much to her delight.
* LetsDance: His character quote.
* MrFanservice:
** Seems to have replaced Jacob as this, given his fondness for working out in ridiculously tight shirts. Unfortunately, unlike Jacob, he's not a romance option for Female Shepard. [[spoiler:Though, he can still be in a one night stand with her in ''Citadel''.]]
---> '''Cortez:''' I share [armory duty] with our illustrious Mister Vega. (yelling so Vega can hear) Though I believe the only weapon he really cares to maintain is himself!\\
'''Vega:'''(offscreen doing pull-ups) [[StraightGay You]] know [[EatingTheEyeCandy you love the show]], [[InSeriesNickname Esteban]].
** You can also meet him in the refugee camp on the Citadel having his back tattooed, which of course requires a ShirtlessScene where you can see that Creator/BioWare has not forgotten how to do some very pronounced chest muscles. In ''[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'', Shepard actually gets to see the tattoo, which of course requires another shirtless scene.
** He'll also potentially have a push-up contest with fellow Mr. Fanservice Jacob during the Citadel DLC, too. Kaidan can join in too if he survived the first game.
* MundaneSolution: When asked to deactivate a complex electronic device, he'll shrug and just kick it repeatedly.
* NaiveNewcomer: A subversion, as despite his lack of knowledge about galactic politics, he's an experienced soldier and doesn't let his teammates' reputations intimidate him. He can be found trying to [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun out-brag]] Garrus on the ''Normandy''.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe, no one will let James forget his [[RammingAlwaysWorks shuttle antics]]. Becomes a [[HypocriticalHumour tad bit hypocritical]] coming from Shepard, since we've seen how well they ''[[DrivesLikeCrazy drive]]''.
* NiceGuy: He's a really affable guy, and makes fast friends with most of the crew.
* TheNicknamer: It's his way of remembering people; he admits to giving people names when he feels their given name "doesn't fit". Calls Male Shepard "Loco"[[note]]On account of Shepard's CrazyAwesome tendencies.[[/note]] or Female Shepard "Lola"[[note]]When he was a kid, his best friend had a sister named Lola. In James' words: "Older sister. Hot. Tough."[[/note]] in their first talk aboard the ''Normandy''; you have the option of whether to allow him to continue using it. Also calls Garrus "Scars", Liara "Doc", Tali "Sparks", and Javik "Buggy".
** Cheekily [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] in regards to Cortez, whom he calls "Esteban". Given Cortez' Latino ancestry it's possible Esteban actually ''is'' his real name and Steve is his nickname, but there's never any confirmation one way or another about it.
* NightmareFetishist: In ''Leviathan'', he's fascinated by a ''severed husk head'' and encourages Shepard to take it as a cabin decoration after being ''bitten by it''.
* NomDeMom: The comic ''Homeworlds'' shows that Vega is his mother's family name, and his father's is Sanders. Also a ContinuityNod, as Sanders was his originally planned name.
* OneManArmy: Checking the leader boards reveals that he has a very high score in the Armax Arsenal Arena, which basically requires him to at least be a One Man Platoon.
* OneSteveLimit: Was originally going to be named Sanders, but changed to avoid rumors of him being related to Kahlee Sanders.
* PercussiveMaintenance: If he's sent to go "fix" something, he will walk over, stare hard at the object for a moment or two, then proceed to give it a good, firm kicking. Tech is not his thing. It always seems to do the job, though.
* PlatonicLifePartners: He and Cortez. It ''would'' be HeterosexualLifePartners, except Cortez isn't heterosexual.
* PlayingWithFire: Incendiary Ammo.
* PraetorianGuard: Seems to have served as a bodyguard/jailer to Shepard while they were under house arrest.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** When sparring with Shepard he'll assert that he's the only one who gives a fuck about doing what's needed to be done (re: sacrificing the colonists for intel and ramming a Cerberus shuttle).
** He also thinks the Illusive Man is fucking crazy, near the end, [[spoiler:for using human refugees seeking refuge from the war as test subjects to control the Reapers.]]
* PromotedFanboy: Freddie Prinze, Jr. is a fan of the first two games.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Rams his shuttle at Dr. Eva's shuttle on Mars to prevent her escape.
* RealMenCook: Vega's time aboard ''Normandy'' is spent in one of two places, the gym or the kitchen.
* RevengeBeforeReason: During the Reaper invasion of Earth, when the Normandy is ordered to bug out, Vega immediately threatens mutiny and wants to turn the ship around. Shepard furiously retorts that they don't like it either, but they were ''ordered'' to go to the Citadel and get reinforcements. Vega begrudgingly agrees to back down and later admits they were right.
* SadisticChoice: Near the end of ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost'', Vega is torn between saving the colonists who are on board on the crashing Collector ship and saving the asari Treeya who coincidentally has the intel on the Collectors from being spaced out. [[spoiler: He chose the latter.]]
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying:
** Whilst on the Citadel, Vega prefers spending time playing cards with the refugees in the docks, meeting up with fellow soldiers for drinks in [[BadGuyBar Purgatory]] and is implied by Steve and Ashley to [[MilitaryMoonshiner have set up a still]] on the ''Normandy''.
** In ''Leviathan'', he asks Shepard if they think Steve will mind if he sets up a bowling alley in the hangar bay. [[NightmareFetishist While playing with the Husk head.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The "manly" to Cortez's sensitive guy.
* ShipTease:
** With Female Shepard, although it never goes anywhere. When Shepard asks if he plans to do anything about all this flirting, James freezes up and stutters.
--->'''Shepard:''' [''smirks''] Uh-huh. That's what I thought.
** He has this with Ann Bryson in Leviathan as well as Maya Brooks in Citadel [[spoiler: until Brooks turns out to be evil]].
** He and [[spoiler: Ashley]] can hook up near the end of Shepard's party in the ''Citadel'' DLC.
** And if you play your cards right and flirt with him at every opportunity through the Citadel DLC, it is possible for [=FemShep=] to wake up with Vega the next morning. The tone of the morning after, however, suggests that he considers it a one-time occurrence.
** His dialogue with Steve also gets rather flirtatious at times.
* ShirtlessScene: [[spoiler:When he gets his N7 tattoo and when he shows it to Shepard.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog: His backstory featured in ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost''. [[spoiler:He sacrificed the colony to get vital data on the Collectors, but Shepard defeated the Collectors before the Alliance could use the data.]]
* SpaceMarine: As a member of the Alliance Military.
* StoneWall: And built like it, too. In-game, he has high health and possesses the Fortification ability.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To his maternal uncle.
* SurvivorGuilt: Suffers this near the end of ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost'' where he lost most of his squadmates and sacrificed the colony while defeating the Collectors.
* TeamChef: "Hope you don't mind, I was craving some of my ''[[GratuitousSpanish abuela's huevos rancheros]]''."
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: One of his powers is Frag Grenade. It's very useful if you don't have any of your own.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: During his sparring match with Shepard, he forgets that while physically, he's far more muscular than Shepard, they have numerous implants and genetic modifications that give them [[MadeOfIron enhanced strength and increased stamina.]] One ending of the fight sees Shepard perform an effortless flip that throws him ass over tea-kettle. Especially astonishing with female Shepard's slim build compared to James.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Say what you will, but serious or not, his banter with Cortez does get pretty flirty pretty often. And not quite in the [[GayBravado "I'm being so gay I'm obviously super straight" way]], either. [[HoYay Uh]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Cortez. Also with Garrus. They have a scene where they swap old war stories, eventually leading to one where they team up to save the galaxy from the reapers. When Garrus adds "with a little help from their friends", Vega corrects him. "Nah, it was just us. But mostly me."
* TheWatson: Mainly during the early missions. For example, on Menae he prompts dialogue on the bare-bones history of the genophage.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally named James Sanders. His surname was changed to Vega most likely to avoid having fans think that he was related to Kahlee Sanders. This is {{lampshaded}} in-game; see DevelopmentGag above.
* WhatTheHellHero: Near the end of ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost''. He gets called out by his remaining squadmate, Milque, for letting the colonists die while choosing to save Treeya with the intel. During ''Leviathan'', he'll chew out Shepard if they let [[spoiler: Ann's possession]] go too far.
* YouAreInCommandNow: His CO, Captain Toni, was injured during the mission on Fehl Prime, leaving Vega in charge of the squad.

[[folder: Javik]]

[[caption-width-right:350: I am the anger of a dead people, demanding blood be spilled for the blood we lost.]]
->''"Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls, and ask the ghosts if honor matters. The silence is your answer."''

-->'''Voiced by:''' Ike Amadi

A Prothean found in a stasis chamber on Eden Prime. Javik is a veteran of the Protheans' centuries-long war with the Reapers, spending all of his life as a warrior, and was intended to be part of a plan to outlast the Reaper invasion by sealing millions of soldiers and specialists in stasis pods to emerge after the Reapers departed, and rebuild their civilization (needless to say, this didn't work out right). Javik was one of many Prothean "avatars" of various concepts and virtues such as bravery, compassion, and loyalty; in Javik's case, however, that virtue was ''vengeance'', and he joins Shepard's team to enact revenge for the total destruction of his people. Made available in the day-one DLC "From Ashes".
* AscendedMeme: Fans once proposed calling him "[[FanNickname Prothy The Prothean]]" during the development stages of the third game, when they speculated that a Prothean would be a future squadmate. Come the ''From Ashes'' DLC, he lampshades it, and is actually not pleased.
-->'''Javik:''' Your Joker-pilot insisted I call myself "Prothy the Prothean". I insisted that he allow me to throw him out of the airlock.
* AntiHero: His "virtue" ''is'' vengeance, after all, and in all arguments with the rest of the crew, he's always in favor of the most extreme and aggressive solutions.
* TheAntiNihilist: If you convince him not to reminisce via the Echo Shard, [[spoiler:he states that he faces the prospect of outliving his purpose, and he will need to find a new one. He considers either co-writing Liara's book[[note]]provided that you quickly resolve the quarrel between them after the Thessia mission[[/note]], or live as a king among the ''Hanar''.]]
* AppealToNature: Javik points out that "extinction is the rule of the cosmos", and argues that since this is the order of things in the natural world, civilizations must also enforce this order.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The quote above when he questions Shepard's insistence on diplomacy and decency against the onslaught of the Reapers. This is one of the few instances when Shepard has absolutely no rebuttal.
-->'''Javik:''' You still have hope that this war will end with your honor intact. Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls, and ask the ghosts if honor matters. ''(long pause)'' The silence is your answer.
* BadassBaritone: Has a very deep voice to accent his badassery.
* BadassCreed: See introductory quote.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Take him into vacuum and he doesn't even bother with the face-mask other characters put on. Oxygen is for primitives.
* BoldlyComing / MarsNeedsWomen: In ''Citadel'', it's possible for him to have a one night stand with [[spoiler: female Shepard]], leading to this hilarious exchange:
--> '''Javik:''' It turns out there is ''one'' thing primitives are good at.
--> [[spoiler: '''Shepard''']]: [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Not a word]].
* BrokenPedestal:
** To Liara. After [[spoiler: Thessia falls to the Reapers]], she flips out at him because she spent her entire life studying the Protheans and feels like it was all for nothing.
---> '''Liara''': You're a ''Prothean!'' You were supposed to have ''all the answers!''
** It's not just the Protheans' impotence that she resents, mind you. It came as a nasty surprise for her to spend most of her life thinking that they were sage, kindly BenevolentPrecursors and then be confronted with, well... [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Javik]]. An exchange on the topic of the Ardat-Yakshi is particularly telling about how disillusioned she's become. In Javik's defense, he points out that he was one of the Prothean's ''warriors'' as opposed to one of their scientists or scholars and, in his own words, is "skilled in only one thing; killing" - but even with that in mind, Javik's stories seem to imply that Protheans as a whole still weren't anywhere near the enlightened and peaceful society Liara thought they were.
---> '''Javik''': My people would never have let such monsters survive.\\
'''Liara''': They didn't care for the competition?
* CantHoldHisLiquor: He gets drunk very quickly during the party in "Citadel". During the aftermath, he's the only guest (outside of Tali after an energetic party) to be so hungover that he can barely move.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "[[WhileYouWereInDiapers In my cycle...]]"
* ColorCodedWizardry: Javik's biotic powers are colored green instead of the usual blue, possibly signifying that Prothean biotics are different and/or even more advanced than those used by the modern races.
** ColorCodedForYourConvenience[=/=]FridgeBrilliance: All of the Prothean artifacts from the previous game glowed green, such as the Beacon.
* TheComicallySerious: A lot of the comedy surrounding Javik depends on how deadpan he is at all times.
* CommanderContrarian: For every benevolent Paragon decision Shepard makes, Javik has a very well thought out counterpoint to illuminate the flaws in Shepard's idealism. Very often Paragon!Shepard can't properly rebut without using vague ideals and platitudes against his logic. This works both ways, especially when the results of that idealism do show themselves. This is primarily the reason Javik eventually ends up having so much respect for a Paragon Shepard.
* ContinuityNod: Many of his features were chosen to mirror those of the Collectors[[note]]Protheans altered by the Reapers.[[/note]] from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
** This also resorted in a BrokenBase for fans, one side who enjoys his design being based off the Collectors while others were disappointed that [=BioWare=] didn't go with the earlier depictions of the Protheans from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', particularly, how they were [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} depicted]] on the statues found on Ilos. The disparity is lampshaded by Javik, who reveals that the statues on Ilos depict the race that came ''before'' the Protheans, the Inusannon.
* ConsummateProfessional: Cares only about stopping the Reapers, not making friends with the crew.
* CovertPervert:
** If Shepard is romancing Tali, just take a look at the amused grin he's wearing when he comments that no-one knows what the quarians look like... ''except'' the Commander. Did we mention that Protheans are capable of viewing a person's ''memories'', again?
** In the ''Citadel'' DLC [[spoiler:if certain criteria are met, he and Female Shepard have a one night stand. See quote on BoldlyComing entry...]]
* CrackPairing: An in-universe and canonical one at that! [[spoiler:Female Shepard and Javik potentially have a one-night-stand in ''Citadel'']].
* CulturalPosturing: Bordering on FantasticRacism (and crossing into it sometimes), he's very quick to remind everyone how asari, humans, and turians were all laughably primitive during his time. He's shocked to learn that the salarians evolved ''at all'', remembering them as the "lizard men" who "used to eat flies". Of course, for him that was minutes before you met him.
** However, he's the first to admit that the Protheans' monolithic culture was one of the cores of their undoing, and that the fact that this cycle is filled with so many different cultures is one of the very few advantages that we have.
** He also has very little tolerance for synthetics and A.I. entities. His reaction to Legion is urge Shepard (repeatedly) to throw it out the airlock, he personally goes into EDI's AI core to argue with her and he finds Glyph ''annoying''.
* CuteLittleFangs: Although you rarely see him stop frowning long enough to see them.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Implied in the ''Citadel DLC'', though he easily could've been joking.
-->'''Jack:''' Hey, Collector looking asshole, maybe go touch yourself?\\
'''Javik:''' [[DeadpanSnarker That does not happen until the end of the party]].
* DeadpanSnarker: ''Heavy'' emphasis on "deadpan." So much that you can't be completely certain whether he's joking, sometimes.
-->'''James:''' So, how about smoking? You ever do that?\\
'''Javik:''' Only when my armor became inflamed.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:If you convince him to re-experience the memories he stored in the Echo Shard, he tells you his plans for the future -- to find the graves of his fallen comrades and "put their ghosts to rest", and then to join them himself.]]
* DefrostingIceKing:
** Over the course of the game, he gradually warms up, and even starts joking around with other members of your squad. Tali, calling him while drunk after Horizon, can conclude that he acts angry all the time but actually likes and cares about them. If she calls him while sober she says she's sorry that he's seen worse and gotten numb to it, and he tells her that her sympathy is not necessary but it is appreciated.
** On your first visit to the Citadel with him, if you convince him to change the tone of his motivational speech and have encouraged him with more Paragon choices throughout conversations he will, after spending the entire time referring to the Council races as "primitives," offer this very subtle shift in perspective:
---> '''Javik:''' Thank you for meeting with me, Commander. I have enjoyed my time here walking among the... young.
* DeterminedDefeatist: He's extremely pessimistic about the chances of Shepard's cycle and has to be loudly reprimanded to offer words of hope, but not even once does he suggest giving up. On [[spoiler:Thessia]] in particular, he's gunning for success.
* DevelopersForesight: You can recruit him before you go on the mission to Palaven. But he can't come along because the events of that mission are a PlotTailoredToTheParty. So if you do so, he will be unable to accompany you on missions until you complete the mission on Menae, citing the stasis equivalent of ResurrectionSickness, only to recover just in time for the next mission.
* DoesntTrustThoseGuys: Synthetics in general; partially by virtue that, unlike organics, AIs are aware of their creators, flaws and all; and partially because he was born when his race was already at war with the Reapers. Both EDI and Legion are targets of Javik's ideals on the matter.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:If Shepard urges him to open the Memory Shard, he decides to rejoin his fallen crew if he survives the final battle.]]
* DownloadableContent: Javik does not appear in the vanilla game.
* TheEmpath: Like all Protheans. Javik is able to determine complex ideas and concepts regarding another through physical contact, and can determine a great deal about another by simply walking through a room where they stayed for some time. In his own words, memory has its own chemical process, and the Protheans had developed their sensory abilities to such a degree that reading others' natures through analyzing their DNA was as simple as breathing.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Javik is somber, merciless and somewhat racist (especially against A.I's) and he encourages Shepard to be likewise, but even he finds Kai Leng rather repulsive.
-->'''Javik:''' If I kill nothing else but him, it will have been worth it!
* EverythingsBetterWithSamurai:
** His armor needed to have an "ancient" feel while still being high-tech. Pit him against Phantoms or Kai Leng and you have an [[CoolVersusAwesome alien samurai/cyborg ninja]] deathmatch. [[http://media.moddb.com/cache/images/groups/1/3/2632/thumb_620x2000/prothean-2-art-of-mass-effect-universe.jpg Seriously]].
** Crosses over into NinjaPirateZombieRobot. His armor has a samurai vibe, his accent is African and his people evolved as hunters and eventually developed into space-Rome.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: Each of his eyes has two pupils.
* ExtraEyes: He has four eyes.
-->'''Javik:''' How do you people see with only two eyes? Evolution has taken a strange turn in this cycle.
* FantasticRacism:
** He has an even stronger anti-AI prejudice than Tali: he's quite pleased if you [[spoiler:decide to let the quarians kill the geth.]] He doesn't seem put off by Shepard technically being a cyborg, though probably because they were organic to begin with and though they have synthetic implants, they still possess an organic mind.
** He also detests the krogan for ravaging Tuchanka without any help from the Reapers. He considers them little more than cannon fodder, argues against curing the genophage, and suggests they be wiped out altogether if they cause future problems.
** He's contemptuous of pretty much every species of this cycle.
* FightingYourFriend: This turns out to be a key part of his backstory. [[spoiler: He once had his own ship and many friends, but they were captured and indoctrinated. Years later, he cornered the last of them, slit their throats and watched them bleed out to be certain. Shepard, no stranger to tragic pasts, is lost for words.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Bonds with both Shepard and Garrus over mutual respect and experience with the Reapers.
* FirstContact: Obviously, as the last living Prothean. Shepard's guards comment that they needed to dust off the regulations regarding protocols for newly-contacted races, which included "assume hostilities".
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: He was in stasis for 50,000 years.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: He seems to piss off almost everybody in the crew, especially Liara, but they keep him around because he is a useful source of knowledge about the Protheans and an excellent combatant. Eventually they do start getting along a little better when Liara realizes she needs to stop judging him by what she assumed Protheans were like. By ''Citadel'', he's more or less integrated into the group, finding a niche alongside the more bloodthirsty members like Wrex.
* GalacticConqueror: The original plan was to hide a million Protheans in stasis to wait out the harvest, then leave Eden Prime and force the primitives to fight against the Reapers when the time comes. The Reapers screwed that plan up, so he's a conqueror without an army.
* GeniusBruiser: Seems to have been the Protheans' [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. He's very intelligent, and ''very'' warlike.
* GlowingEyes: In the promotional image, at least.
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: Gives one of these to various people on the Citadel, apparently in an attempt to scare them shitless to get the seriousness of their situation across. A Paragon interrupt lets you convince him to change it into a RousingSpeech.
* HandshakeRefusal: When you first introduce yourself to him on Eden Prime. Gets paid off at the end when he offers his own handshake at London.
* HeadbuttingHeroes:
** Gets along poorly with EDI, to the point of believing she should not be active.
** Occasionally with Shepard, since the Prothean solution to getting help from other races was to ''force'' them. He is utterly perplexed why the people in this cycle seem to want to ''talk'' about everything, even in the face of possible extinction.
* HumanPopsicle: Until he woke up, obviously.
* HypocriticalHumor: In ''Citadel'', he potentially [[spoiler: sleeps with female Shepard who hasn't romanced anyone]], despite protesting InterspeciesRomance as a "pointless exercise" during the Geth Dreadnought mission if he's brought along and male Shepard is romancing Tali. This is also after he stated that Protheans considered primitive quarians attractive and laments that no-one can appreciate that now (except male Shepard if Tali is romanced) [[note]] Of course, in that continuity he had never met ''Mrs.'' [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Shepard]] [[/note]].
* ImStandingRightHere: If you take him with you to Thessia:
-->'''Liara:''' ''[to Shepard]'' Incredible! The Beacon seems to think you are Prothean, Shepard. It must be from the Cipher you got back on Feros, all those years ago!\\
'''Javik:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Or it could be the Prothean standing next to you]].
* IronicEcho: On the receiving end of one from his own VI, Victory. "Their sacrifice will be honored in the coming empire."
* {{Irony}}: Javik learns English empathically from Shepard, the only person alive who actually can understand ''Prothean''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Paragon Shepard (as usual) can nudge him into this.
* JustAMachine
-->'''Javik''': ''[to EDI]'': What rights do you have? You are just a tool!
* KneelBeforeZod: Played for laughs after the wild party in ''Citadel''.
-->'''Hungover Javik:''' Is it time to rule the galaxy now? Kneel before Javik!
* LastOfHisKind: Naturally.
* LivingRelic: The only living member of a race that went extinct fifty-thousand years ago.
* MagicKnight: A biotic who carries an assault rifle.
* MeanBoss: After the mission with Primarch Victus' son, Javik states that if one of his men had screwed up as bad as Tarquin, Javik would've given them the SandNecktie treatment, and left them to die. If they managed to survive that and came back for more, Javik would shoot them between the eyes.
* MightMakesRight: ''Huge'' believer in this. He strongly argues against the methods Shepard employs to recruit allies, instead insisting that the best way to do so would be to ''force'' them to help. The whole reason he was frozen was to wait until after the harvest and forcibly uplift the remaining races to spend the entire cycle preparing for the next invasion, but his army was wiped out at the last minute and his reanimation equipment was damaged.
* MercyKill: When told of the Collectors and their deaths at the hands of Shepard by Liara, Javik's response is that Shepard's actions qualify as this.
* MindOverMatter: A biotic. It is not known how common it was among Protheans.
* MotivationalLie: [[spoiler: After the mission on Thessia goes sideways and the planet falls, Liara confronts Javik in his quarters. She angrily blames him for the Protheans not doing more to prepare the cycle for the next Reaper invasion and for shattering her expectations about them. He counters that the Protheans gave the asari their technology and guided their growth in order to prepare them to be the leaders of the next cycle when their own civilization had finally been destroyed. This is enough to calm her down. Afterwards, Shepard asks him if he meant what he said. Javik responds with either "She believes it. So she will keep fighting," or "[[ExactWords I will tell you what you want to hear]]: I meant what I said."]]
** On the Citadel, a crowd overhears that Javik is a Prothean. An Asari asks him what hope they have to defeat the Reapers if the Protheans failed. Javik will at first give a speech about how they are all doomed, but with a Paragon interrupt, Shepard can convince Javik to give a more uplifting speech. He'll explain how his people knew all the young races, saw how much potential they had, and how far they have come, and that this gives him hope for this cycle, reassuring the crowd. Speaking to Javik regularly makes it clear he doesn't actually believe much of what he actually said, and only said it because Shepard asked him to.
* MundaneUtility: [[UnreliableExpositor Claims]] that Protheans used their biotics to clean their teeth.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: A rare example of this trope ''not'' being played for laughs. While some instances are played for comedic effect, Javik is uniformly in favor of the most aggressive and violent solutions to problems, including killing enemies.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: He can tell who Shepard's on-ship love interest is by their pheromones.
* NoodleIncident: Often refers to events that occurred in his own cycle before anyone else was even close to being born, leaving them bewildered.
** He regrets that modern Thresher Maws are now too big to ''ride''.
** Also, he remembers that [[LeeroyJenkins charging headlong]] at a Reaper Destroyer hurling laser-fire and Brutes at you while trying to crush you with its legs was the ''easy'' part.
* NoSell: In the Citadel DLC, Javik will be amused at Kasumi's cloaking, saying she ''thinks'' she's invisible to him.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Initially. When James asks if Protheans actually tell jokes, he tells one that sounds like a CrypticBackgroundReference we just can't understand. He then reveals that he made it up to see if James would buy it (he did), and was, effectively, {{troll}}ing him. Then he laughs.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Throughout ''[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'', especially during the Party.
* NotSoDifferent:
** He's essentially the Prothean version of Commander Shepard who failed in his mission to stop the Reapers.
** Lampshaded when he calls Shepard an Avatar of ''[[TheChosenOne Victory]]'', compared to himself being an Avatar of ''[[RevengeBeforeReason Vengeance]]''.
** Javik's philosophy is similar to Duncan from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and Grey Wardens in general: what must be done must be done because the foe they fight is merciless, numberless and implacable.
* NotSoStoic: Occasionally lets his stoic façade drop. He's also taken aback and somewhat amused when Liara corrects him on his belief that salarians are "lizard-men", pointing out that they're ''clearly'' amphibians.
--> '''Javik''': ''[{{beat}}]'' They used to eat flies.
* OddFriendship:
** With a Paragon Shepard, due to having ''radically'' different approaches to how they should defeat the Reapers. Most of their dialogue shows that Javik is completely perplexed at their way of thinking. One reason for their friendship could be that, while everyone else judges Javik as The Last Prothean, the Enkindler, the Creator, Shepard is the ''only one'' who simply accepts Javik for who he is as a person, warts and all.
** Javik openly likes Zaeed. They discuss conquering the galaxy together. Though Javik doesn't understand why Zaeed is always "[[SirSwearsALot damning his God]]".
** He also gets along with Garrus, respecting the later's knowledge of war and history of warfare and in general looks well on the Turian militaristic culture as it closely resembles his own culture. The two trade stories of pointless wars that occurred in their cycle and likely only served to make things easier for the Reapers.
** If he never views the Shard, he admits he actually likes the idea of exploring the galaxy with Liara, and helping her with her book.
* OneManArmy: In the Citadel DLC, he boasts that he has more kills than every other member of the squad combined. Considering his background, the length of the Prothean-Reaper War, and his skills, this is most likely true.
* {{Omniglot}}: His empathic abilities let him learn English in moments by scanning Shepard's memories when they touched his shoulder. Of course, that Shepard already had the Prothean Cypher in their head from the first game probably helped in that regard.
* OptionalPartyMember: The From Ashes {{DLC}} allows you to recruit him.
* PerpetualFrowner: The picture above shows the expression he's got on almost constantly. It doesn't help that's the natural shape of a Prothean's mouth, making them ''all'' Perpetual Frowners. Still, when seeing [[spoiler:Vendetta on Thessia]], he throws in a smile.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: He could give ''Cerberus'' a run for their money with some of his views.
* PrecisionFStrike: Drops a completely random "Oh Shit!" in ''Citadel'' when he sees an Atlas.
* {{Precursor|s}}: The last living member of the current cycle's precursors.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: He was a soldier fighting for the survival and glory of the empire. It turns out the Protheans were a warlike people who elevated and conquered other races into their galactic empire, much to Liara's dismay. Wrex thinks he'd fit right in on Tuchanka. Interestingly, he averts the standard BloodKnight tendencies; when faced with a Reaper on the ground, he notes that his goal is "vengeance, not suicide." And when observing krogan behavior, notes that "war is not a sport. It is a means to an end."
** SealedBadassInACan: Spent fifty thousand years in a stasis pod before Cerberus found him.
* RefugeInAudacity: In ''[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'' if he's taken along to infiltrate the casino. One of his lines for distracting a guard is simply "You, human. I require your attention. I am a Prothean. What do you think of that?" The guard says he's the fourth one this week, though [[YourCostumeNeedsWork he has the best costume.]] And that's just the most blatant one. He's also the only one who doesn't get a change of clothes -- he's still wearing full armor, his rifle and pistol in the middle of the club.
* {{Revenge}}: His entire reason for existing now. He is the Prothean Avatar of Vengeance.
* SeriousBusiness: When prompted, Javik explains that, when the Protheans didn't fight Reapers, they would pass the time by having ''staring contests'' that lasted for ''hours''.
* ShadowArchetype: To a Paragon Shepard.
* SixthRanger: He doesn't have to be the last teammate to join, but everyone else except James is a veteran squaddie.
* ShellShockedVeteran: He shows shades of this, but it's muted by the memory shard taking away his most vivid memories. Touching the memory shard brings this trope forth fully.
* ShouldersOfDoom: His armor sports some enormous shoulder protection.
* SocialDarwinist:
** He explains this was the Prothean mindset. The strong flourish, the weak are doomed. Those who have nothing to offer society die out.
** He says this also extended to their societal view of caste. Everyone who joined the Protheans would eventually call themselves Prothean, regardless if it was their species or not, because Protheans were the apex of life in the galaxy. Despite still holding onto his latent racism, he also admits this bit them in the ass in the last cycle because the homogeneous culture this mindset enforced crippled their ability to fight the Reapers efficiently.
* SociopathicHero: His goal is to avenge his people by destroying the Reapers. There are no limits to how far he is willing to go to see this happen. This can be to his detriment, since he suggests betraying his allies to secure different allies, and suggests they keep the obviously insane [[spoiler: Rachni Breeder if you destroyed the Rachni Queen in the first game.]]
* TheSpock: Having the most experience dealing with the Reapers and being a member of the apex species of the previous cycle, Javik is uniquely suited to argue for the cold logic of sheer ruthlessness at all cost against their enemies.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: He has by far the most dialogue during missions. Almost everything of it reveals something from the past. Ergo, players will be encouraged to take him the most.
* StopWorshippingMe: Javik's a little perturbed by Liara's endless, [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee enthusiastic]] stream of questions, as well as discovering that the hanar have come to worship the Protheans as their Gods. However, he's mostly overcome this by the end of the game, having agreed to write a book with Liara about the Protheans and joking that after the Reaper War, he could retire to Kahje and "live like a king" among the hanar.
* SurroundedByIdiots: He kind of loses it during his encounter with Shepard and the entire cast and crew of ''Blasto 7'':
-->''(Once Shepard takes the Paragon interrupt on Blasto)''\\
'''Shepard:''' ''This one'' is the Hero of the Citadel. I'll handle it.\\
'''Blasto:''' This one insists.\\
'''Shepard:''' This one doesn't care.\\
'''Javik:''' This one...wishes he was still frozen in the refrigerator!\\
''(Fires a biotic blast at the "Vorcha Councilor")''
* ThatWasNotADream: In ''Citadel'', a ''very'' hungover Javik complains of the horrible dream he had about waking up, 50,000 years in the future when primitives ruled the galaxy... only to realise that he wasn't dreaming.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Insists on doing this on a few occasions, like when Joker insists on calling him "[[FandomNod Prothy the Prothean]]" or on any synthetic life-form simply for being [[JustAMachine synthetic]]. If Javik is in the squad when Shepard goes for the Renegade dialogue, once he or she gets imprisoned during the ''Citadel DLC'' main mission (where Shepard ends it with mentioning this trope), he exclaims "'''Finally!!!'''"
* ToServeMan: According to him, salarian kidney was a delicacy in his time and hanar were appetizers. He also drunkenly mentions that Prothean food is largely extinct, save for salarians, asari, turians and quarians. He might just be saying things to mess with people, though, since there are [[MirrorChemistry amino acid chirality]] issues with that...
* TokenEvilTeammate: His extremism makes Renegade Shepard look like a Paragon. Eventually he gets better and will come to respect our cycle's way of life and even expresses his enjoyment during his tour of the Citadel. [[spoiler:And if you convinced him to not relive the memories of his people through his shard, he'll decide to explore the galaxy after the war and experience the different cultures for himself]]. He explains that much of his extremism comes from his upbringing; he was born after the Reapers arrived, and was raised in the final struggles of the Prothean Empire. All throughout his life, he has never known anything but war. He even speculates a little wistfully that if he had not, he might well have been what Liara expected.
* TragicKeepsake: The Echo Shard, the small black monolith he keeps in his room. He explains how it contains the memories of the Protheans before him who all passed it one to the next, making it vaguely similar to the greybox which Kasumi holds. [[spoiler: It's relinquished to Shepard in London if Javik embraced its memories earlier.]]
* {{Troll}}: His new hobby -- there's a reason his FanNickname ''after'' the game was released was "Trollvik".
** If brought in Priority: Sur'Kesh without Liara, he'll respond to Wrex's dab at the Salarians:
-->'''Javik:''' He [Wrex] is correct. It was a... delicacy in our cycle.
** Javik tells James a Prothean joke that makes no sense to the current cycle. James laughs in attempt to show that he got it. Turns out, Javik lied and was simply screwing with him, then laughs at him for being so gullible. In the ''Citadel DLC'', we get this:
--->'''Javik:''' I'll never tire of tricking the primitives. That's a game I enjoy playing.
** According to ''Citadel'', he told Liara that Protheans invented electricity.
--->'''Javik:''' Heh heh. Asari will believe anything.
** In ''Citadel'', it doesn't appear like he'll let Shepard forget that they fell through a fish tank anytime soon.
--->'''Javik:''' Commander, in my cycle, when we fled combat by falling through tanks containing aquatic animals, we usually... Ooohhh, right. We never did! Hahahahaha! You are a trailblazer!
** He also has fun with the salarian film crew when he offers his presence for the filming of ''Blasto 7''.
--->'''Actor!Salarian Councilor:''' O wise, Prothean elder, what wisdom of the ages can you share with us?\\
'''Javik:''' Salarian kidney is best served at room temperature. It is even better when the salarian is still alive. The fear adds...''spice''.\\
'''Actor!Vorcha Councilor:''' Prothean no like you!\\
''(later, towards "Blasto the Hanar Spectre")''\\
'''Javik:''' In my cycle, your people were nothing more than appetizers. Would you prefer to be boiled, or fried?
* {{Tsundere}}:
** At least, he is if you ask a drunken Tali.
--->'''Tali''': I heard about your talk with Liara. You act so angry, but you really care about us.
** It's hidden ''very'' deep down, but he's actually somewhat fond of Liara. When he wakes up hungover in the Citadel DLC party, and he still thinks he's dreaming, he distinctly remembers her.
* TheUnfettered: If anything defines Javik most succinctly, this would be it. To him, everything should be about fighting the Reapers to the exclusion of all else. This can be a bit jarring at times, as he recommends things like saving the Rachni Breeder to use as a weapon despite its obvious insanity and the fact it was made by the Reapers.
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: He's had it rough from day one, his first memory being that of his planet being on fire. This can make him a {{Foil}} for Spacer Shepard (who had it pretty good and is Paragon-leaning) or NotSoDifferent from a Colonist or Earthborn Shepard (who are even-split/Renegade-leaning and suffered a traumatic experience as a teenager/also had a rough childhood, if not so dramatic). He himself notes that everyone is a product of their time, and that he might have been the wise scholar Liara expected him to be if he had been born in the present cycle.
* ValuesDissonance: Discussed in-universe with Liara. She's shocked by how warlike Javik is and by how imperialistic Prothean civilization was. It becomes clear that she had been viewing them through the lens of her own cultural norms when the reality was much different. Javik admits, eventually, that his views are a product of his time and had he lived in Liara's time, he might have seen the universe in a similar manner. Depending on how you interpret his words and tone, there might even seem to be some regret that he's not the "noble scholar" Liara believed/wanted the Protheans to be.
** He also thinks things may have been different before the Reapers came; by the time he was born, the war had been going for generations and was long past being obviously lost, and before the Reapers there was also the Metacon Wars. Basically, Prothean history at that point had been bloody struggle for survival against overwhelming foes, so the harsh attitude isn't all that unreasonable.
* VerbalTic: He tends to refer to people by name, followed by description. For example: "Joker pilot", "James soldier", "EDI machine", "Mordin salarian" and "Kai Leng enemy". Not "Shepard Commander", though -- that's Legion's thing.
* WarriorPoet: He's a taciturn fellow, but when he starts talking, his word choice is exquisite. He admits that he could have been a scholar or a poet like Liara envisioned him to be, if the Reapers had never invaded his people.
* WarriorTherapist:
** Javik is uncompromising in his beliefs, but he also knows how to deliver a scathing yet inspiring pep-talk to others. Gives a great one to Liara [[spoiler: after Thessia falls to the Reapers, and she comes dangerously close to despair. Javik forces her to confront the fact that everything she thinks she knows about Protheans is dangerously wrong, which almost causes her to attack Javik. But then Javik tells her that, whatever else she may think of them, the Protheans gave the beacon found on Thessia (apparently the most complete anywhere, giving the asari a major technological edge) to the asari because they believed ''them'' to be the best hope for their cycle. He actually uses her name for extra emphasis, having referred to her simply as "asari" up to that point. It helps her enormously, but when Shepard asks if any of it was true, Javik replies "She believes it, so she will keep fighting," and refuses to speak further on the subject in any way.]]
---> '''James:''' You're like Sun Tzu, but with more eyes.
** On the Citadel, this only applies if you take the Paragon interrupt. Otherwise his "pep-talk" comes off as rather depressing and hopeless.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives a major one to the [[spoiler:asari]], accusing them of squandering their gifts and explaining that the Protheans heavily influenced their early civilization to give them a headstart, intending them to be the ones to lead the next cycle against the Reapers. Instead, it's been left up to the ''humans'' to lead the fight against the Reapers.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: On a galactic level. For one, he praises Shepard, before remarking that's they've done well for a species he last remembered living in caves.
--> "Amusing. The asari have finally mastered writing."\\
"Did you know that salarians used to lick their own eyes?"\\
"[[RefugeInAudacity Human. I met your ancestors long ago. They were living in caves, throwing rocks at wildlife.]]"
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Javik's frequent suggestions on how to solve problems involve throwing them out the airlock.
* WorthyOpponent: Holds this view of Grunt, or at the very least thinks of him as a Worthy Threat.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Javik calls Liara by her given name instead of as a generic "asari" when she nears her DespairEventHorizon. Shepard later asks if he meant what he said; Javik tells you either it matters only that Liara believes, or [[ExactWords "I will tell you what you want to hear: I meant what I said."]]
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Alluded to.
-->'''Shepard:''' I'm just glad he's on our side. You haven't seen him angry.\\
'''Javik:''' Neither have you, Commander.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Taking Javik to the casino in the Citadel DLC will sometimes result in someone telling him his Prothean costume isn't the first he'd seen today and not the best, either.


!Guest Party Members

[[folder:Aria T'Loak ]]
!!Aria T'Loak
--> See MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/NonCouncilSpace.

[[folder:Nyreen Kandros]]

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SumaleeMontano

A female turian who joins Shepard and Aria in taking back Omega from Cerberus in the ''Omega'' DLC. Leader of the Talon mercenary group, and Aria's ex.
* ActionGirl: And the first female turian we've laid eyes on in the main series.
* AMotherToHerMen: She cares greatly for the Talons.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Aria.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: No matter what choices you make, she's killed off to provide angst for her partner.]]
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Blows up herself along with a group of Adjutants in a contained biotic field.]]
* DatingCatwoman: Her relationship with Aria has this vibe.
* DistaffCounterpart: Given her location, reputation and modus operandi, she is basically a female Archangel.
* TheDreaded: The Cerberus troops on Omega designated her "Priority Target Alpha".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Shortly before [[spoiler:her death at Afterlife (the club)]], Aria shouts that Nyreen is going on ahead "to Afterlife". [[HarsherInHindsight Ouch]].
* GoodRunningEvil: The Talons were Omega's most notorious gang before Cerberus invaded. After she took up leadership, she managed to turn the group into a heroic resistance movement.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Shares the role with Aria for the Omega DLC.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Dies while fighting a group of Adjutants]].
* InTheHood: At first. Once she reveals herself as the new leader of the Talons, she spends the rest of the game more practically dressed in armor.
* LaResistance: She leads the Talons on Omega, the only group who are really resisting the Cerberus occupation. Everyone else is either going along with Cerberus or trying not to get killed by Adjutants.
* LastStand: [[spoiler:She went down fighting, that's for sure.]]
* TheMcCoy: Serves this role, forming a PowerTrio alongside [[TheSpock Aria]] and [[TheKirk Shepard]].
* MindOverMatter: The only other named turian biotic in the series other than Saren.
* MoralityChain: Serves as this to Aria. [[spoiler: Furthermore, when she dies, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Aria goes completely ballistic]]]].
* TheParagon: Aria describes her this way, claiming she practically "oozes virtue".
* RebelLeader: She leads the resistance movement on Omega.
* TheRedMage: She's a Sentinel equivalent -- [[PlayingWithFire Incinerate]], [[ShockAndAwe Overload]], Lift Grenades and a Biotic Protector ability similar to the asari justicar's sphere.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Due to manifesting as a biotic, the [[FantasticRacism prejudice]] of the turian military towards biotics meant she was reassigned from frontline duty to one of their Cabals. In response, Nyreen simply abandoned military life altogether.
* StealthPun: The leader of the Talons uses a Talon Heavy Pistol [[spoiler:just before her HeroicSacrifice.]]
* StraightGay: Was once in a relationship with Aria.
* TokenGoodTeammate: When paired with Aria and Renegade Shepard.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Adjutants are about the only thing to actually scare her.
* WorkingWithTheEx: With Aria.


[[folder:'''Spoiler Character''']]
!Staff Analyst Maya Brooks
--> '''Voiced by:''' Siobhan Hewlett

A human Alliance officer who assists Shepard throughout the ''Citadel'' DLC. Her expertise lies in tracking hacking attempts and monitoring communications of Alliance channels. Of course, that turns out to be a lie-she's really a Cerberus operative who escaped indoctrination and revived a clone of Shepard to help her pursue its original mission of [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain human supremacy]].
* {{Adorkable}}: She gives off this vibe even when she's ''not'' hopped up on medi-gel, gushing over what legends the ''Normandy'' crew are and mentioning how she named a tracking program after her cat. Sadly, it's an act -- her real personality is a cold, confident SmugSnake. During the Armory fight, your squadmates comment they preferred her like this.
* AntiMutiny: Is loyal to Cerberus' mission and feels it started going wrong after aliens were brought on board.
* BigBadFriend: Turns out to be one of the main villains of the Citadel DLC.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: In the first issue of the ''ComicBook/MassEffectFoundation'' comic, she looked like a boy when she was a kid and was treated as one when she worked as a child laborer. None of the characters or even the readers knew her true gender until she shot the woman who saved her earlier at the back and tells her that she's a girl.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: You thought that she's a dorky, clumsy Alliance officer who rarely went into combat. Then, it turns out that it's just an act.
* CaptainObvious: Warns Shepard that someone wants to kill them. Shepard and Joker's response is a [[{{Beat}} blank stare]] and a reply that they're generally aware of that. She then clarifies that she means someone ''new''. She also felt the need to point out that it's bad to land troops on a gas giant.
* CloudCuckoolander: She overdoses on medi-gel after taking shots. Resulting conversations have her high as a kite. It's an act.
* DareToBeBadass: Shepard gradually nudges her out of her shell as the mission progresses. Then it turns out that she was perfectly competent all along.
* DeathByIrony: She stabs the real Shepard in the back for the cloned one. And if you decide to take the Renegade interrupt, you can pay her back by shooting her in the back as she's walking away. Just as Shepard didn't see the betrayal coming, Brooks won't see her death coming.
-->'''Brooks:''' Admit it, you'll miss me.\\
'''Shepard:''' [[BondOneLiner Not from this distance.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: She's a major character in the ''ComicBook/MassEffectFoundation'' comic series, where the first issue reveals her backstory. She made recurring appearances in the later issues where she studies the dossiers of Shepard's crew and ends up [[spoiler:leaving Cerberus with Shepard's clone to carve identities for the two of them]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Her backstory in the comics isn't really pleasant where she was a child laborer. She even shot the woman who saved her because she refused to accompany her. This explains her trust issues.
* TheDragon: To Clone!Shepard.
* DragonInChief: One gets the impression that despite Clone Shepard supposedly being in charge, she's the one really pulling the strings.
* DragonTheirFeet: Brooks did originally fight against Shepard side-by-side with the Commander's Clone, but once Clone Shepard is at risk of falling out of the ''Normandy'', Brooks hangs back rather than risk her life to save her boss.
* EscortMission: The one time she's a RequiredPartyMember, she's a non-combatant and you have no access to her stats; you're just there to help her accomplish various tasks without arousing suspicion.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Reveals that she left Cerberus because she disapproved of their slide into indoctrinated fanaticism.
-->'''Brooks:''' The Illusive Man and I no longer see eye to eye. He's a ruthless madman, whereas I'm just ruthless. He's indoctrinated, and I prefer the only voices in my head to be my own.
* EvilAllAlong: Revealed to have been in league with Clone!Shepard the whole time.
* EvilBrit: Her accent, anyway.
* EvilCounterpart: To Miranda, which Clone Shepard [[LampshadeHanging highlights]]. When she's in her blue Alliance combat armor, she also bears more than a striking resemblance to Ashley.
* {{Expy}}: Cute AmbiguouslyBrown {{Adorkable}} Alliance analyst with an English accent. Pretty much another Specialist Traynor. An ''evil'' Traynor. She also has some similarities to Tela Vasir from the previous game's Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, in that she is initially presented as an ally, but subsequently turns out to be in league with the mission's BigBad.
* HeroWorshipper: "You're the crew of the Normandy! You're legends to the rest of the Alliance." Subverted -- she prefers Clone!Shepard to the real one.
* FantasticRacism: She's an ex-Cerberus operative who put together the dossiers you used in ''2'', but disapproved of hiring aliens to help humans. Part of her motive for going after Shepard is that they're spending too much time helping other species rather than their own.
* IHaveManyNames: "My name doesn't matter. I never keep the same one for more than a few days." Miranda knew her as "Hope Lilium" back when they were in Cerberus. In the ''[[ComicBook/MassEffectFoundation Foundation]]'' comics, she goes by the name, "Rasa".
* InTheBack: If Brooks tries to escape, Shepard has the option of shooting her in the back while she runs. If Shepard doesn't do it, one of their squadmates is more than happy to.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: It takes a little... [[TerrorHero persuasion from Shepard]], but if they let Brooks know that their wanting Brooks to cooperate is not an attempt to save themselves but to save ''Brooks'', she gets the message.
* LettingHerHairDown: Initially has her hair in a ponytail. She lets it down from the casino infiltration onwards.
* LastSecondChance: Paragon Shepard coldly tells her why she shouldn't bother coming after them again. She takes the hint.
--> '''Brooks:''' Is the great Commander Shepard pleading for his/her life?\\
'''Shepard:''' ''[in a low, menacing tone]'' [[GoodIsNotSoft I'm pleading for]] ''[[GoodIsNotSoft yours]]''.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Thanks to a [[GoodBadBugs funny glitch]], you can blow her head off during the fight in the cargo bay of the Normandy if you score a headshot with a powerful enough weapon and she'll resurrect when Clone!Shepard uses a medigel. Sans head.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Clone!Shepard, whether they realize it or not.
* MissionControl: For the first few missions of the DLC.
* TheMole: She's in league with Clone!Shepard, who likens her to Miranda during the events of ''2''. "Mine has more bite."
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Is far more capable than she lets on.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: This is a pretty tell-tale sign she's not who she says she is.
* PragmaticVillainy: Nope, she's not indoctrinated, although she's well aware that the Illusive Man is. Taking out Shepard and replacing them with the clone is just the best way to help further humanity's interests.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Borrows the N7 Crusader when she and the clone fight you.
* SmugSnake: Her plan is actually pretty good and her act as an {{Adorkable}} HeroWorshipper is quite convincing, but once she reveals her true nature, her every word is filled with such raw, unbridled arrogance. She also succumbs to pointless sadism and BondVillainStupidity, leaving Shepard and their friends alive in an easily escapable AndIMustScream situation instead of just trying to kill all of them when they're at her mercy. [[LampshadeHanging Shepard even notes that a bullet would be easier and more reliable before this plan is even carried out.]]
* SpyCatsuit: For the archive mission, she's basically wearing Ashley's "From Ashes" DLC outfit.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: She ends up surviving the final fight, albeit she gets detained. She begins hacking her omni-handcuffs to escape. Note that she's on the Normandy which at this point is still in the air, with at least three armed people on board, each of whom may be among the galaxy's strongest biotics, not to mention an AI that can practically see everything going on inside the ship.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Kelly Chambers and Samantha Traynor, even with the latter on the ship.
* TakingTheBullet: Saves Shepard from a sniper, getting wounded in the process.
* WalkingSpoiler: Her role in the primary conflict of the ''Citadel'' DLC is extremely difficult to talk about without bringing up the fact that she's actually the DragonInChief to your clone.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: When you first meet her, her accent switches rapidly from American to British to Australian. Turns out she's faking it and her real accent is British.