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[[caption-width-right:350:Click [[labelnote:here]]http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Harbinger_890.png[[/labelnote]] to see his true form.]]


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

The name for Collector drones possessed by the General to fight Shepard directly. As revealed by the ending, however, the Collector General himself is also possessed by Harbinger, who's actually a Reaper. If the ''Arrival'' DLC mission is done after the suicide mission, Shepard can have a brief conversation with it near the end. (If done ''before'' the suicide mission, Shepard talks with an image of the Collector General instead.) ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' (the ''Leviathan'' DLC, to be specific) further reveals that Harbinger is not just a Reaper -- ''he was the first''.
* AceCustom: In regards to [[spoiler:other Reapers, Harbinger's design is unique and far more powerful: he is larger overall, has a "crest" on top of his chassis, features glowing yellow spots on the front no other Reaper has, is missing the center "tentacle" and seems to have at least half a dozen of those Reaper beams compared to the one or two other Reapers are shown using.]]
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:The Catalyst implies that Harbinger was the first species to be turned into a Reaper as a solution to the endless conflict its race had with synthetics. It was not happy with this solution. Now, the only remnants of the Catalyst's creators, who it mercilessly slaughtered, are stuck serving the very being that killed them for all eternity]]. This is later confirmed in the Leviathan DLC.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler: Being a Reaper and all]]. He's also apparently [[spoiler:the oldest and most powerful Reaper. [[TheJuggernaut Considering even one regular capital Reaper can wipe out an entire organic fleet and depopulate a city in under an hour]], [[BiggerStick Harbinger]]'s power must be incredibly impressive. Too bad we never see him tearing through other ships]].
* BadassBoast: '''"I WILL SHOW YOU TRUE POWER."''' '''"THIS IS WHAT YOU FACE."''' And many, many more.
** You can listen to it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re9C1-CdKUE here]], at the 58 second mark. (Warning: ''[=ME2=]'' ending spoilers.)
--->'''Harbinger:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Human, you've changed nothing. Your species has the attention of those infinitely your greater. That which you know as Reapers are your salvation through destruction. ]]
'''Harbinger:''' (''to the Collector General'') [[/folder]]

[[folder: You have failed|Me. We will find another way. Releasing control. ]]

* BeamSpam: While Reaper Destroyers only get one main cannon and Sovereign-class Reapers get one for the mouth and one on each leg, Harbinger has ''numerous'' hydrodynamic cannons in his mouth area alone and probably more in his legs too (though only the former sees use). He's not called the most powerful Reaper for nothing, [[spoiler:[[CurbStompBattle as Hammer Group finds out]].]]
* BigBad: Prime antagonist for the main storyline of the second game, controlling the actions of his surrogates in much the same way as Sovereign did. [[spoiler: {{Subverted}} in ''Mass Effect 3''. Despite being the oldest of them all, he is just another pawn of the Catalyst]].
* BigBadEnsemble: While he's the top dog, the [[ArcVillain Shadow Broker]] (in ''2'') and the [[TheHeavy Illusive Man]] (in ''3'') are still separate threats in their own right.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: He sincerely believes that turning organics into Reapers is helping them, cut dialogue from the 2nd game has him actually express frustration at Shepard's efforts, believing that being made into a Reaper means that humanity will be immortal and that destroying a Reaper is a senseless waste of life.
* BossInMookClothing: Taken very literally. He doesn't appear in person, but [[DemonicPossession takes over]] regular {{Mooks}}, turning that particular Mook into a hyper-powered biotic killing machine. What's more, it doesn't take a lot out of him, so even if you beat his host, he just possesses one of its buddies.
* CatchPhrase: '''"ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL"''' and all variations thereupon.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Think you're safely in cover? Think again. He can knock you out of it at will.
* CrazyPrepared: Even after sending the Collectors to destroy the ''Normandy'', he has them make an effort to retrieve Shepard's body to make sure the attack worked, only failing because the Illusive Man got it first.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Towards the end of ''3'', Harbinger personally, physically comes down to Earth to annihilate the Alliance ground forces. The battle is over in a minute, with most of Hammer Group dead and Shepard left severely injured]].
* DemonicPossession: '''"ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL."''' More efficient than [[spoiler:Sovereign]]; while he keeled over and got utterly wrecked after feedback from one interrupted DemonicPossession, Harbinger can spam them in succession because [[spoiler:he is performing them through his intermediary, the Collector General]].
* DemotedToExtra: He's still the apparent leader of the Reapers and thus the BigBad of the game, but his only appearance in ''3'' is [[spoiler:showing up at the very end to attempt to stop Alliance soldiers from beaming up to the Citadel]].
** To further emphasize this, remember how much he loved to speak and just wouldn't shut up in the second game? [[spoiler: He gets nary a peep in ''3''. Odd, considering you will hear Keith Szarabajka's voice in other parts of the game]].
* DragonInChief: [[spoiler:Since it's revealed that the Citadel is home to the AI that controls all of the Reapers, that would imply that Harbinger is its second-in-command. However, the Catalyst itself doesn't seem to do much, while Harbinger is the driving force of much of the invasion. It isn't even clear if he knows about the Catalyst at all.]]
* TheDreaded: To ''Shepard''. You can hear his/her hesitation and concern upon hearing that Harbinger is physically coming to the battlefield and basically tells Hammer Group to haul ass to the Conduit.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: He's a Reaper, and, like Sovereign, just loves reminding you of how far beyond your comprehension he is]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: [[spoiler:"Harbinger": the first of many. A synonym to [[AbusivePrecursors precursor]].]]
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: '''"IF I MUST TEAR YOU APART, SHEPARD, I WILL."'''
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:In the Synthesis ending, the synthesized people of the galaxy sure don't seem to mind Harbinger and the rest of Reapers helping them rebuild, despite the fact that the Reapers were trying to wipe out all life in the galaxy not too long ago. Possibly justified in that Harbinger was freed of the Catalyst's influence, and of course, all organics also gained understanding of synthetics in the process. Ditto for Control, although in that case, Harbinger is now a minion of Shepard, the new Catalyst]].
** Then again, [[{{BullyingTheDragon}} what are the alternatives?]]
* EvilGloating: Less so than Sovereign, but still.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Almost on par with Sovereign.
* FantasticRacism:
** Sort of. He's very interested in humanity in general and Shepard in particular (which makes him less condescending than Sovereign), but makes dismissive comments about any non-human party members and their species.
** It's a lot worse when you find out the reasons [[spoiler:why their species weren't picked to be made into Reaper babies.]] The drell and krogan were dismissed out of hand due to lack of numbers, while the quarians were actually considered due to their aptitude for cybernetics.
* FightingAShadow: His favorite tactic.
* {{Fireballs}}: He's capable of shooting them. They're kind of like the Warp power that Shepard and co can use, except it's colored differently and also lights things on fire.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* HeroKiller: After humanity proved itself a threat, he sent the Collectors to target them specifically. First on the list: that upstart who got Sovereign blown up...
** In actual gameplay, whenever he comes on the screen and you're on a higher difficulty, wave goodbye to your squadmates. Their AI tend to make them hide behind cover while periodically popping out and shooting, which doesn't work so well when Harbinger has the ability to knock them out at will while at the same time setting them on fire. Also, half the squad's powers don't even hurt him because he has armor instead of health.
** Also, in the SuicideMission, if you pick the wrong tech expert, squad leader, or both, then Harbinger kills your tech expert with a fireball.
** At the climax of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Harbinger ''personally'' comes down and [[spoiler: blasts Shepard, who is ''on foot'']]. Amazingly enough, [[spoiler: ''Shepard lives and keeps on going'']]. However, if your military score is too low, [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRNR3RbcVXI&feature=relmfu both of the squadmates]] with you are killed]].
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler:When he appears in London, all you can do is dodge his attacks. There is no way to defeat him and he'll get you eventually]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:In the Control Ending Shepard becomes the guiding intelligence of Harbinger and the rest of the Reapers - in other words s/he ASSUMES DIRECT CONTROL of him]].
* ImplacableMan: '''"I WILL FIND YOU AGAIN."'''
* IAmLegion: Alternates between using "I" and "we"; not only does he have an entire species worth of potential vessels, but [[spoiler: Harbinger himself is an entire organic species uploaded into a Reaper shell]].
* IShallTauntYou: He is a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaRdcVYTjRw very verbal]] guy.
* IncomingHam: '''"ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL."'''
* ItsPersonal: It becomes increasingly obvious as the games and battles rage on that Shepard's touched a nerve in him, to say the least.
--> '''[[/folder]]

[[folder: "FOCUS ON SHEPARD!" ]]
* TheJuggernaut: [[spoiler: Like other Reapers]].
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:In the Synthesis ending, where he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and helps the galaxy rebuild along with the rest of the Reapers. Also in the Refusal ending, where he and the Reapers succeed in their harvest, though they're stopped the next time around]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The ''only'' way to kill him, along with the rest of the Reapers, is to choose the Destroy ending in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'']].
* LargeAndInCharge: The largest and oldest of the Reapers, and unquestionably their leader.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: He tends to glow yellow instead of red like the rest of the Reapers.
* ManBehindTheMan: The first time you fight the Collectors, you'll be shown the Collector General possessing lower ranking minions. [[spoiler: At the end of the game, when the Collector General dies, you see the actual Reaper, Harbinger. Shepard can have a conversation with him at the end of ''Arrival'']].
* MeaningfulName:
** [[spoiler: It's the spokes-monster of the Reaper fleet, and claims that the ''real'' war is coming all too soon]].
** [[spoiler: According to Leviathan, Harbinger was the first Reaper, which makes its name doubly meaningful -- it's the first of many Reapers. The harbinger of many, as it were]].
* MindOverMatter: Possessed Collectors gain advanced biotic abilities.
* MonsterProgenitor: [[spoiler: According to Leviathan, Harbinger was the first Reaper, and created all other Reapers in its own image]].
* NoNonsenseNemesis: Regardless of its many verbal taunts, Harbinger does not fuck around with Shepard. He has the Collectors ambush and kill Shepard in the first ten minutes of the second game and then spent years attempting to acquire his/her body to be completely sure that s/he's dead. Afterwards, he pulls all the stops and traps possible to kill Shepard again. This culminates in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', when he abandons the space battle over Earth to personally come down and blast Shepard himself.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: [[spoiler:He's the oldest of the Reapers, formed from the Leviathans, and his design reflects this: the "tentacles" are fewer, his "eyes" glow yellow and his "tail" section is doubled by a crest]].
* NotSoStoic: He's very unflappable, but when Shepard begins throwing his plans down the poop chute, his stoicism begins to crack.
* PeoplePuppets: Between possessing Collectors at will, and [[MoreThanMindControl indoctrination]], you expected less?
* PossessionBurnout: He visibly burns his hosts alive - their health is replaced with armor and they crumble to dust after defeat.
* PowersViaPossession: He can apparently force this upon those he controls. Includes heavy shield/armor upgrades and biotic-singularity-throwing as a package deal.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler: Hammer Group attempts an all-or-nothing dash towards the Conduit as he's blasting them to pieces; not surprisingly, [[CurbStompBattle they're all but completely annihilated.]]]]
* RecurringBoss: Every time a Collector level rolls around, you'll encounter him again. And again. And again. [[ImplacableMan And again...]]
* ResistanceIsFutile: '''"YOU CANNOT RESIST."''' '''"WHY DO YOU RESIST US, SHEPARD?"''' '''"EVOLUTION CANNOT BE STOPPED."''' And so on.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:He's a Reaper and the ManBehindTheMan]]. Taken further in the third game's ''Leviathan'' DLC: [[spoiler:he was the first Reaper ever made]].
* SapientShip: [[spoiler:Like all Reapers.]]
* ScriptedBattle: His single appearance in ''Mass Effect 3'' is less of a battle and more you frantically trying to dodge his [[spoiler:lasers while you run to the Conduit. No matter what happens, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption he ends up hitting you]]]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's Har'''binger'''. Not Har'''bringer'''. There is no R in the middle.
* SuperPrototype: [[spoiler:He's the very first Reaper and boasts more raw firepower than any other member of his fleet.]]
* TimeAbyss: [[spoiler:He's the oldest of the Reapers. This makes him, at a minimum, well over a billion years old]].
* TragicVillain: [[spoiler: See AndIMustScream]].
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Averted. His TransformationSequence is several seconds long and he doesn't do anything else in the meantime. Since the sequence causes him to briefly rise into the air and out of cover, this is always the best time to attack him.
* TransformationSequence
* TheUnfought: Not counting the innumerable fights with possessed Collectors, you never directly confront Harbinger. [[spoiler:Subverted in Mass Effect 3. [[CurbStompBattle Harbinger confronts the Alliance ground team directly and destroys them in less than a minute.]]]]
* UnholyNuke: His version of Warp is a sci-fi equivalent.
* VillainOverride: Basically his primary schtick in the second game as its greater-scope antagonist, [[spoiler:having already taken control of the Collector General prior to the start of the game.]] Expect him in-game to be bellowing out one of his many {{Catch Phrase}}s whilst taking over a Collector mook. Surprisingly, he did away with the trope come the third game, probably because he brought in ''the entire Reaper Fleet'' with him.
-->'''Harbinger:''' '''''[[Pantheon/EvilActions ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL]]'''''
* WaveMotionGun: Taken to an even more absurd degree than the lesser Reapers, who at are most limited to a laser on each of their tentacles, totaling five. Harbinger has one in each of his six eyes and one on either mandible - that's ''eight on his face alone''. [[spoiler:And they see use at the climax of ''3''. CurbStompBattle doesn't even begin to describe it.]]
** (after having its current vessel destroyed) '''"THIS FORM IS IRRELEVANT."'''
* WhatTheHellAreYou / WorthyOpponent: Gives a backhanded compliment that he considers Shepard to be one in ''Arrival''. Considering the massive ego of Reapers, this is actually quite high praise.
--> '''Harbinger''': Shepard, you have become an ''annoyance''.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted, has his Collector goons simply destroy the ''Normandy'' and kill Shepard in the first ten minutes of the game. [[NoNonsenseNemesis No drama, no gloating, just surprise and overwhelming firepower]].
** [[BatmanGambit Then, regardless of whether or not Harbinger could have foreseen his/her resurrection by Cerberus]], Harbinger has clearly read the EvilOverlordList as he attempted to verify Shepard's demise when he attempted to buy Shepard's body from the Shadow Broker. It didn't pan out, but he wanted proof and [[NeverFoundTheBody didn't just assume Shepard was dead]].
** Played ''literally'' when doing a VillainOverride. He's trying ''to kill Shepard himself''.
** [[spoiler: In the third game, he wastes no time firing at Shepard with his main gun. In the low EMS endings anyway; if the EMS is high enough, he won't fire at Shepard until after his/her squadmates have evacuated the battlefield. But either way, he hits his target with ease and it's a miracle Shepard survived the blast at all.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:'''"YOU HAVE FAILED. WE WILL FIND ANOTHER WAY."''']]


[[folder:The Collector General]]
[[WMG:The Collector General]]
[[caption-width-right:350:HUMAN, YOU'VE CHANGED NOTHING.]]


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

A special Collector that leads and coordinates the Collectors as a whole. Offering lucrative technological rewards in exchange for live test subjects, amongst the beings he's successfully retrieved were two dozen left-handed salarians, sixteen sets of batarian twins, a krogan born of parents from feuding clans, and two dozen quarians that never left the Migrant Fleet, but nobody knows what happens to the individuals concerned after the exchange is completed.

In addition, the General appears interested in human biotics, as well as Shepard in particular and the human race in general. Just as Saren used Husks to support his army of geth, the General also uses Husks to support his Collectors in a battle, but with three new types: Abominations (suicide runners), Scions (long-range bazooka men) and Praetorians (crab-like bosses).

The General appears to be the leader of the Collectors, using his drones as intermediaries to make contacts in the seedy criminal underbelly of the Terminus system. His most notable accomplishments include sending Golo to capture Paul and Gillian Grayson in ''Ascension'', ordering the Collector Cruiser to destroy the ''Normandy'' and murder Commander Shepard in the prologue of Mass Effect 2, consorting with the Shadow Broker to acquire Shepard's body in ''Redemption'', and ordering his drones to personally kidnap entire colonies of humans throughout the rest of the second game.

Apart from a brief holographic image appearing in Joker's cockpit and a possible encounter with him on ''Arrival'', you never confront the General face-to-face, but you hear his taunts ''constantly'', and he possesses various Collectors to fight you off.

Like Saren in the first game, the Collector's theme is used as the Game Over music.
* AndIMustScream: What happens to the beings that he's received, including the abducted human colonists.
** This also happens to be [[spoiler:the very reason why he even exists]].
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: Played up as the BigBad behind the collectors, but is really just a puppet to Harbinger.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Seems to be this at first, but he turns out to be TheDragon]].
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Harbinger, being used as a mouthpiece]].
* EyeLightsOut: Just before he dies [[spoiler:because Harbinger has abandoned him]].
* MouthOfSauron: [[spoiler:An unusual case, in that we never meet the mouth in person either]], unless you play the ''Arrival'' DLC before the final mission.
* NightmareFace: There's something unsettling about its face.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:He's not the real villain, just a vessel Harbinger uses, and he was under Harbinger's control for 99% of his life]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:He's TheDragon]].
* ShoutOut: He looks an awful lot like [[Series/BabylonFive a member of another race of]] AbusivePrecursors.
* TheUnfought: Shepard never even sees him directly, and possibly never sees him at all.
* TragicVillain: [[spoiler: Since he was just being controlled by Harbinger the entire time]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** [[spoiler:Many people feel sorry for it considering it was most likely under Harbinger's control it's entire life and the ending cinematic has it looking around in what looks like confusion and sorrow when Harbinger releases control. Especially impressive considering it has less than ten minutes of screen time in the game and no dialogue outside being Harbinger's mouthpiece]].
** [[spoiler: If expressionless bug aliens could make an OhCrap face, that's what it would have done right then]].
** [[spoiler: Then again, there is an alternate interpretation. Given how the Collector General slowly turns its head towards the explosion and makes no move to escape, perhaps it was still self-aware enough to realise [[AndIMustScream what it had become]] [[DyingAsYourself and didn't try to escape so its suffering would end]] ]].

[[folder:Secret Character]]
!The Derelict Reaper

-->'''Voiced by''': N/A

A two-kilometer-long Reaper orbiting the Brown Dwarf Mnemosyne. It maintained a mass effect field that kept it from falling into the failed star, but massive holes had been blasted and melted into parts of the hull and remain unrepaired. The only logical conclusion is that the Reaper "died" or was at least reduced to minimal functioning a long time ago. According to Cerberus research, it was fatally damaged by fire from a mass accelerator weapon built by an unknown, long extinct species (presumably as [[DefiantToTheEnd a last act of defiance]] before the Reapers exterminated them).

The Illusive Man sends Commander Shepard to the Reaper to investigate why Dr. Chandana's team has ceased communication and to search for the Reaper's Identify Friend/Foe tag, which would allow the Normandy to safely utilize the Omega 4 Relay. When Shepard's squad boarded the Reaper, it's kinetic barriers engaged, trapping them aboard. The barriers can only be disengaged by destroying the ship's core, which will also disengage the mass effect field keeping the Reaper from falling into Mnemosyne's gravity well. Fighting through the husks made from the Cerberus team, Shepard acquires the IFF and reaches the core. There, the squad encounters a lone geth, who is incapacitated by a wave of attacking husks. Shepard fought through waves of Husks and destroyed the Reaper's core. He/She and his/her squad escaped with the inactive geth to the Normandy just before the Reaper was destroyed by Mnemosyne's atmosphere.


* AbusivePrecursors: It is a Reaper.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Justified as it is a mechanical EldritchAbomination.
* CoolStarship: It ''is'' the starship.
* DentedIron: It has this appearance.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Was on the receiving end of this, [[ShoutOut but even a dead god can dream]].
* EldritchAbomination: It is a [[EldritchStarship squid-shaped starship]]. In fact, it's conscious and able to fight you, in a way, despite being dead.
* EldritchLocation: Played with. Its interior corridors are described as having disorienting, oppressive contours. See WombLevel below for more.
* FightingAShadow: Played with. At first the closest you get to fighting it in the game is through the waves of husks that attack you. Then you get to its power core and have to destroy it, during which it sends waves of husks to stop you.
* LoadBearingBoss: Justified as you're [[WombLevel fighting inside the boss]].
* MindControl: Indoctrination". This is where it's revealed that Reapers can do it even when they're dead.
* MindRape: Indoctrination.
* NighInvulnerability: Though it's badly damaged, a glancing shot from the weapon that crippled it gouged a canyon out of the surface of a planet that can be seen from space.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Summons waves of husks and scions to attack you, heavily implied to be made from the huskfied remains of the Cerberus team.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Justified as it is a bio-mechanical warship.
* SapientShip: Par for the course when it comes to the Reapers, though in this case, a nearly dead one.
* TimeAbyss: Doctor Chandana and his team establish that a race in a cycle 37 million years ago managed to hole it with a mass effect supergun. It predates modern mammals, and apparently Harbinger didn't know it was still intact since he never attempted to find and repair it, but it can still turn humans into various Husk-forms.
* TheVoiceless: It never speaks.
* WalkingSpoiler: Simply realizing its existence and that its nature infers it is ''a character'' is a spoiler in and of itself, as that's not revealed until after the attack on the Collector ship (more than halfway through the game, at minimum).
* WombLevel: The fight against the Derelict Reaper takes place inside it.


[[folder:'''Spoiler''' character]]
!The Human Reaper


A new Reaper that was being constructed by the Collectors. It was the reason for the Collectors abducting human colonies in the Terminus systems and taking the colonists to the Collector base. The colonists were broken down into genetic material and pumped through tubes that lead to the Reaper itself. The Reaper was destroyed by Commander Shepard while it was largely incomplete.
* AndIMustScream: According to Legion, individuals, despite being reduced to grey goo, all retain their intelligence (much like Geth run-times in a single platform.)
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Its eyes and chest, to be precise. Bonus points that said junctions are ''literally'' labeled "Weak Point".
* BackgroundBoss: Pops in and out of the background to make his attacks.
* BreathWeapon: Has a cannon in his mouth.
* TheCameo: Appears towards the end of the Cerberus Base in ''Mass Effect 3'', though it's inactive and heavily damaged. Depending on whether you left the Collector Base intact or not, you'll salvage either its heart or its brain as a War Asset.
* EldritchAbomination: Being a Reaper.
* FetusTerrible: In Reaper terms, it hasn't even come close to being born yet. It was even at one point [[WhatCouldHaveBeen supposed to be a giant Husk-ified human fetus]].
* FinalBoss: Of the second game.
* GoForTheEye: Its eyes are two of its weak points. The other points are in its mouth and on its stomach.
* HumongousMecha: And it's still mostly incomplete.
* LoadBearingBoss: The area it resides in starts falling apart after you defeat the Reaper.
* NightmareFace: Take the infamous Terminator skull coming through the flames, add a few extra bits and pieces, and bump up the size to a ten story skyscraper. That's this thing.
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: Compared to other Reapers, who's strange Cthulhu shape isn't even close to the humanoid appearance of the Human Reaper-Larva. It was [[WordOfGod eventually revealed by Bioware]] that the Larva would be the core of a Reaper "shell", which is the tentacled form we know from Harbinger and Sovereign, and that all other Reapers (perhaps with the exception of Harbinger) are made like this, preserving a sort of "effigy" of the race used to create it within each one.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Is filled with millions of humans who were turned into GrayGoo.
* ShoutOut: Bears a strong resemblance to the God Warriors from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', particularly the grotesque, incomplete movie version by Creator/HideakiAnno.
* SkeleBot9000: Even looks a lot like the Terminator.
* TheReveal: The Reapers have been kidnapping entire human colonies to create the biological component of this new Reaper.
* WalkingSpoiler: Its very existence is a major twist only revealed in the final level of ''Mass Effect 2''.