'''''Mass Effect: Ascension''''' is a novel within the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe.
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!!''Mass Effect: Ascension'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* BigBad: The Illusive Man.
* TheBigGuy: Pel takes this in the psychotic larger than life direction. Hendel plays the gruff, stoic, but good-at-heart form completely straight. Though the big part is easy to miss, at one point he is described as half a foot taller than Grayson, a man who is himself described as tall. Which puts him at least at two meters.
* BittersweetEnding: Gillian is free from the Illusive Man's tests and getting better. However, she's doomed to a life on the run, split off from her father, and all but two of the people she ever loved. All of whom have managed to irritate a man with incredible power and drive.
* BullyingADragon: A particularly choice example, as the kid doing the bullying was himself suspended earlier for using his telekinetic powers on a fellow student. [[LaserGuidedKarma Hello, karma.]]
* CallForward: When you go to Freedom's Progress in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Prazza, a quarian, mentions that Cerberus invaded the Migrant Fleet and tried to blow up a ship.
* DaddysGirl: Gillian is completely devoted to her father, much to Hendel's chagrin.
* DangerousDeserter: Golo. Considered by the quarians to have committed the worst sort of crime, betrayal of the group as a whole. Manages to get numerous more quarians killed during the course of the novel, seemingly as an act of revenge for what he sees as their betrayal of him. Subverted, since he didn't desert the Migrant Fleet, he was exiled.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Gillian is a high functioning autistic. She is also significantly more powerful than a military biotic with decades of training, and more powerful (albeit riskier, with nasty side affects) implants.
* TheExile: Golo, and ''for very good reasons''.
* EyeScream: During a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, Hilo'Jaa vas Idenna has the lids of one eye ripped off, letting it dehydrate into a prune. Horrific in its own right, but possibly preferable to the entry for ''Literature/MassEffectRevelation''.
* FantasticRacism: Most obvious in Pel, yet present throughout. Sets up some conflict within Cerberus, between those ideologically motivated for a better future for humanity, and the racists that believe in human dominance.
* GoingColdTurkey: Grayson, by the end.
* GutFeeling: Hendel has a number of these. They are all on the mark. Almost.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: How Grayson gets rid of the evidence of his first kill for Cerberus.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Red sand has heavy elements of this, especially in the symptoms presenting in Grayson, though perhaps quite not as addictive or strong.
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Golo's fate when Grayson decides to change sides.]]
* IronicNickname: Pel calling Grayson 'Killer', which also serves as HypocriticalHumor.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Golo despises his entire species for "betraying" him with exile. The fact that he was kicked out for ''[[MoralEventHorizon selling innocent people to the Collectors]]'' doesn't seem to matter much to him.
* IWantThemAlive: The entire point of the Cerberus operation is to capture Gillian. Everybody else is expendable.
* KillTheCutie: Seeto, who was probably the friendliest quarian you'd ever meet. [[spoiler:He's killed by Cerberus when they attack the ''Idenna''.]]
* KnightTemplar: Cerberus.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:Paul Grayson may be a drug addict and a Cerberus agent, but his love for his adopted, autistic daughter [[PetTheDog is genuine]].]]
* NeverMyFault: Golo kills more quarians than anyone else in the novel to get revenge for them "betraying" him. He makes no mention of the fact that he was exiled from the fleet due to him ''trying to sell his people to the Collectors.''
* OlderThanTheyLook: The book notes that human longevity is a lot greater than it used to be, and many characters look younger than they actually are.
* OverrideCommand: Two codes need to be entered simultaneously to defuse a bomb in the finale.
* ParentsAsPeople: Grayson gets just as much characterization as Gillian, which adds a level of depth to the seemingly AbusiveParents element (of the neglectful kind).
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Grayson seeks to avert this, ''I'd like to think I can atone without dying.''
* ShoutOut: Features a brain-damaged teenage girl with incredible mental powers... taking refuge on a ship whose captain is named [[{{Series/Firefly}} Mal]].
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:Jiro]] is described as handsome and comes across as very cocky, two facts that don't help him when he turns out to be TheMole. His girlfriend ends up kicking his ass.
* SoftSpokenSadist: [[spoiler:Golo]] sounds like this in the audio version of the book.
* SquishyWizard: Gillian is an autistic girl on the cusp of puberty. Hendel averts this, also being TheBigGuy.
* StraightGay: Hendel is a badass, ex-military wall of muscle with a gruff personality to match. Who likes men, apparently.
* TwoKeyedLock
* TheUnseen: The Collectors, at least until ''ME 2''.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:The Illusive Man's]] carefully composed fašade slips when [[spoiler:Grayson quits Cerberus and tells TIM not to go after Gillian, Hendel or Kahlee or he'll tell the Alliance vital information that would cripple Cerberus]]. [[spoiler:The Illusive Man]] expresses visible and audible frustration and anger over this. Given how composed he [[spoiler: usually]] is, that's saying something.
* WouldHurtAChild: Implied. [[spoiler:Part of Golo's deal with the Collectors involved "two dozen pure quarians who have never left the Migrant Fleet." Since the Pilgrimrage where they leave the Fleet is a Rite of Passage, this could mean that [[FridgeHorror Golo may have been willing to sell quarian children to the Collectors]].]]
* WretchedHive: The Terminus "capital", a space station called "Omega".
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