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[[folder:The Quarian Admiralty Board]]
[[WMG: The Quarian Admiralty Board]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Keelah se'lai.]]
->''"This Conclave is brought to order..."''

The current members that govern the quarian Migrant Fleet, composed of Rael'Zorah, Shala'Raan vas Tonbay, Han'Gerrel vas Neema, Zaal'Koris vas Qwib Qwib, and Daro'Xen vas Moreh. They play major roles during Tali's loyalty mission, being the judges in her trial and each member has a unique outlook on the geth/quarian conflict.

They return in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', leading a massive Migrant Fleet strike on the heart of geth territory at Rannoch, the quarian homeworld.
!!The Admiralty in general
* TheFaceless: Quarians, obviously.
* FourStarBadass: While they're all admirals, special points go to Han'Gerrel. [[spoiler:And even more special points go to Zaal'Koris in ''3'']].
* GrayAndGreyMorality: All of the Admirals seemingly have the best interests of the Migrant Fleet at heart, but all of them have their vices. In rough order from lighter to darker shades of gray:
** Zaal'Koris is a {{Jerkass}} to Shepard and Tali in court, but is the sole admiral who wants to make peace with the geth, believing the other admirals are moving dangerously close to open war. Assuming Tali is acquitted and Shepard urges the Conclave to pursue peace with the geth, Koris warms up to the duo considerably.
** Shala'Raan wants to avoid open war with the geth and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but the other admirals imply that she keeps her opinions to herself and just jumps on the bandwagon of the majority.
** Rael'Zorah seemed to have been a strict officer and a clever fighter, but remained distant from his daughter Tali, though he still loves her dearly. Based on speaking to the other four admirals, Rael seemed to share Gerrel's opinion in driving the geth out of Rannoch. [[spoiler:To that end, Rael deliberately reprogrammed, captured or dismantled geth to perform experiments, in an effort to successfully hack their neural network. By experimenting on active geth, Rael not only violated sacred laws that predated the quarians' flight from the homeworld, but got everyone on the Alarei killed and endangered the entire fleet]].
** Daro'Xen is determined to help the quarians regain control of the geth with minimum bloodshed... by [[MindRape mind raping]] them back into slavery. Tali's responses indicate that Xen has a MadScientist or [[AGodAmI god]] complex.
** Han'Gerrel is a friendly and honorable man, but he believes total war against the geth, even with evidence they're not brainless murdering machines and that the geth who sided with the Reapers are heretics, is the only way to reclaim Rannoch.
* JustAMachine: Gerrel and Xen's views on the geth, while Raan doubts that "they have different factions" will convince people. Koris is an exception.
* ManipulativeBastard: The trial isn't about whether Tali really did endanger the Flotilla, but what course should the quarians take concerning the geth. Tali just got caught in the crossfire.

!!Admiral Shala'Raan vas Tonbay
[[caption-width-right:350:I am not giving you my opinion; I am merely telling you which way the wind is blowing.]]
--> ''"I was there when Tali was born; her mother and I had synced our suits so we could be in the same open-air room. I was sick for a week, but it was worth it."''

-->'''Voiced by''': Shohreh Aghdashloo

A close friend of Tali's mother, and flag officer of the Patrol Fleet. Her arm of the flotilla is responsible for picket lines, scouting, and extra-fleet escort duties. Stuck with the fairly thankless task of keeping the other admirals in line, she is sadly aware of the limits of her position and doesn't feel she can do much to change public opinion. If Tali dies in the SuicideMission, Raan fills her place on Rannoch.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: She says her main priority in the trial is getting Tali acquitted.
-->'''Raan''': ''[angry]'' I don't give a vorcha's ass about the fleet! I was trying to protect you, Tali!
* DaChief: One of the patrol fleet's main duties is internal fleet law enforcement; as an admiral, she's more police commissioner than soldier.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:If Tali's dead and you save the geth over the quarians]], she shoots herself in the head.
* HonoraryAunt: To Tali.
* MeaningfulRename: In the third game, if you've managed to help the Quarian [[spoiler: regain their homeworld]], she sends you an email signed "Admiral Shala'Raan vas [[spoiler: Rannoch]]".
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: If Shepard [[spoiler:experiences the geth consensus]], Raan reads his/her account of seeing it and seems, at the least, taken aback by it and its evidence that there isn't malice on that side of the RobotWar. She can tell Shepard that there was information there that she hadn't been aware of, but denies having second thoughts if Shepard inquires.
* NeutralNoLonger: [[spoiler:Initially was wishy-washy about her stance in the whole retaking-the-homeworld question, but once momentum started, she sided with Xen and Gerrel. While Xen wanted to test out all her new toys, and Gerrel was simply itchin' for a fight, Raan just wanted Rannoch reclaimed]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Cast the deciding vote that determined that the quarians would go to war against the geth, resulting in an entirely unnecessary conflict with numerous fatalities on both sides and creating a huge clusterfuck for Shepard to fix.
* ParentalSubstitute: Signs point to Raan becoming a surrogate mother to Tali after Tali's biological mother died in her youth. She's "Auntie Raan" to Tali.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She "wears holes in her suit" for Shepard and Tali's sake, has to keep Koris and Gerrel from bickering at each other in the middle of proceedings, and is the only Admiral not trying to push her personal agenda ahead of Tali's well-being.
* RulesLawyer: Serves as one on the Admiralty Board during Tali's trial, so that she can ensure that quarian law is upheld -- and that Tali is given a fair trial.
--> '''Koris''': Objection! This human has no business at a hearing involving such sensitive military matters!\\
'''Raan''': Then you should ''not'' have declared Tali crew of the ''Normandy'', Admiral Koris. By right as Tali's Captain, Shepard ''must'' stay!
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets one from Tali and Paragon Shepard for [[spoiler:not telling her about her father's (at the time) presumed death so her reaction would be more genuine]].
** Gives one herself towards the duo if the trial ends with [[spoiler:Tali simply being exiled.]]
** Gives one to Gerrel for [[spoiler:firing on the geth dreadnought with Shepard, Tali/Xen and their squadmate(s) inside]], although she does try to placate Shepard.

!!Admiral Zaal'Koris vas Qwib-Qwib
[[caption-width-right:350: Once you build the galaxy's biggest [[TheAllSolvingHammer hammer]], someone will always start looking for nails.]]
--> ''"They are our children, Shepard. We have all done horrible things to each other, but it has to end -- for both groups."''

-->'''Voiced by''': Martin Jarvis

An outspoken opponent of homeworld invasion plans, supporter of geth peace endeavours, and commander of the Civilian Fleet. He's responsible for the well-being of the majority of the fleet's ship numbers.
* AFatherToHisMen: To the point that he has to be talked into being rescued rather than saving his troops.
* ClothingSwitch: Swaps out the pink-trimmed suit for one in all black before [[spoiler: being shot down and crash-landing on Rannoch]].
* TheExtremistWasRight: No-one takes his belief in brokering a peace with the geth feasible, mainly because the geth have maintained a shoot-on-sight policy for all organics for the last 300 years, and the only geth who've tried to contact organics since then have been Sovereign's genocidal minions. [[spoiler: He's crucial in ''Mass Effect 3'' should you choose to secure the peace, proving he was right after all]].
* JerkassHasAPoint: A lot of the things he says to you in ''2'' make sense, even if he's a jerk when he says them. The ''Alarei'' was overrun by live geth; deactivated geth platforms hardly reactivate themselves, so something shady involving them ''must'' have gone down aboard it, [[spoiler:and it turns out something did]], whether or not Tali was knowingly abetting whatever it was. He opines as well that the geth who killed the crew weren't homicidal machines, they were ''living beings in pain'', a contrast to everyone around him. Tali tries to defend the Morning War by saying the geth attacked them and drove them from Rannoch, and Koris counters that ''of course'' they did -- the quarians tried to destroy them first. Even his reasons for opposing a war with the geth and wanting to have Tali found guilty are sound: the war is a long one, marked by brutalities on both sides, but if their people don't stop fighting they stand to lose everything; ergo experiments like the ones Rael'Zorah was running on the ''Alarei'' are things he cannot condone, because they treat the geth as less than people and he feels it's important to send a message that that view is untrue. Tali even admits she understands his position, despite not agreeing with it. [[spoiler:And ultimately, he is vindicated regarding Rael's experiments; they were so terrible that if the truth is revealed after Shepard uncovers it, the entire gathered crowd are shocked and appalled by it, excluding [[ForScience Admiral Xen]].]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Is a jerk in Tali's trial, but makes it clear that it is not personal as he respects her greatly. As well as seeking peace with the geth, if you ask him about the Admirals' infighting after the first part of the trial, he'll apologize for letting it interfere with the proceedings. If Tali is cleared, he'll thank Shepard for being there for her when the Admiralty board wasn't. He is also one of the lone quarians who support peace with the geth, and is [[spoiler:the only Admiral other than Tali who votes against going to war with them in the third game. He is essential to brokering peace between the two sides in the Rannoch arc]].
* KangarooCourt: Sets up one for Tali in ''2'', and goes so far as to try to deny her any legal representation at all. Shepard can shut the whole thing down simply by pointing out that Koris has no actual evidence of wrongdoing on her part and is only pushing the trial as a way to score political points.
* TheMenFirst: [[spoiler:After crash-landing on Rannoch, he's adamant that Shepard leaves him behind to save the rest of his crew. You can convince him otherwise, and despite feeling guilty, he agrees in hindsight that Shepard was right to do so, as he keeps his Civilian Fleet from faltering]].
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He was against the war with the geth, his Civilian Fleet was against the war too, but they came anyway when the Migrant Fleet moved against the synthetics.
* NotSoDifferent: While it doesn't appear so at first, he's actually very similar to ''Paragon Shepard''. Both actively desire to find a way for peace between the two sides and believe the preemptive attack on the geth was unjustified, while repeatedly calling the other quarians out on their denial that it ''was'' attempted genocide and their ''[[JustAMachine stubborn refusal]]'' to see the geth as a ''sentient'' species.
* NothingPersonal: If Shepard gets Tali acquitted [[spoiler: without showing the incriminating evidence]] at her trial, he says this to Tali about the attempt to get her killed or exiled. Shepard can optionally refuse to buy it.
* OnlySaneMan: In ''2'', he's the only quarian Admiral (in fact, one of the few quarians in general) who wants to avoid war with the geth. He is the only Admiral who realizes that an outright war is suicidal (justified, since he's in charge of the civilian fleets). This puts him at odds with [[GeneralRipper Admirals Gerrel]] and [[MadScientist Xen]], who often mock him for being a coward and geth apologist (a "suit-wetter", in Han's own words). The combination of all this pressure has made him extremely frustrated and desperate, and it makes your initial impression of him in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' a harsh one. By the third game, he has his act together. He is also one of few quarians who thinks that their ancestors were wrong to try and exterminate the geth.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: When a geth ground cannon starts ripping through the quarian fleet, he crashes his ship into it.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Not immediately obvious in ''2'', since he seems too willing to [[KickTheDog get Tali exiled for the sake of politics]], but by ''3'' he fits this trope just fine.
* ResignedToTheCall: [[spoiler:Should you rescue him after his crash-landing, he becomes a hero to his people, having set foot on the homeworld and lived to tell about it. He's reluctant because the entirety of the rest of his ship's crew perished in the process. Ironic, considering he thought the idea of taking back Rannoch was suicidal folly at best]].
* SenselessSacrifice: If you let him die to save his crew, it becomes harder to [[TakeAThirdOption avoid]] the GenocideDilemma later. Moreover, the death of such a high ranking figure causes morale to drop in the fleet and some civilian ships to flee, only to be butchered by the geth in the process, leading to thousands of senseless deaths that would not have happened otherwise.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The sensitive guy to Han'Gerrel's manly man. While Gerrel is a hawkish asskicker who leads the main battle fleet and would love nothing more than to get a piece of the geth, Koris looks out for the civilian fleet and wants nothing more than to make peace with the geth, even if that means forgoing the homeworld. He thinks the price of war is simply too high.
* StealthPun: He occasionally considers transferring to a ship with a respectable name like Defrahnz or Iktomi. [[spoiler: Which would make the last part of his name either "vas deferens", the part of the male anatomy that connects the testicles to the urethera, or "vasectomy", a procedure that permanently sterilizes a man by cutting the vas deferens]].
* TheSoCalledCoward: Han'Gerrel views him as a coward -- a "[[BringMyBrownPants suit-wetter]]", to be precise -- because he believes in looking for a peaceful resolution to the geth conflict. [[spoiler: In actuality, Koris is an exceedingly brave man, and proves it in ''3''. He crashes his ship into a geth planetary defense gun to save civilians, and then willingly volunteers to sacrifice himself to save his crew. Gerrel even tells Shepard if Koris dies that he would not have been able to accomplish the same thing]].
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Some dialogue options in ''3'' make it clear Shepard still absolutely detests him for his actions at Tali's trial, but works with him because of his strong leadership and the fact that Shepard needs as many fleets as possible for the war effort. The 'Intimidate' version of the conversation where Shepard convinces him to let himself get rescued basically consists of "CantKillYouStillNeedYou" and accusing him of being a moral coward.
* TookALevelInKindness: In ''3'', compared to Han'Gerrel's TookALevelInJerkass. Although this is partially because this time around, Shepard has an interest in stopping the war just like Koris does (because Shepard needs as many fleets as he/she can get to fight the Reapers, and the quarians' decision to fight the geth could potentially cause a waste of valuable quarian resources). Depending on previous interactions, if Tali is promoted to Admiral in her father's place, the two form an alliance in the concerns of the Admiralty and vote against the invasion for the same reason.
* UnfortunateNames: He is ''proud'' of the Qwib-Qwib, and refuses to transfer over "petty insults". Which may be a good thing for him, because the two ship names he suggests are even worse (Vas Defrahnz/Vas Iktomi), though in the quarian language, these are actually proud names.

!!Admiral Han'Gerrel vas Neema
[[caption-width-right:350: Fight well and fly safe.]]
--> ''"Blow up some geth on the way."''

-->'''Voiced by''': Simon Templeman

Admiral of the Heavy Fleet, and a warhawk through and through. He's also a childhood friend of Tali's father. His fleet is the main military force of the Flotilla.
* AntiHero: Of the unscrupulous but mainly good variety, as he's pitted against the Reapers.
* AttackAttackAttack: Unless reined in, he ''will'' launch a full frontal assault on anything resembling a geth ship. This includes the geth dreadnought that a fellow Admiral and a hero of the fleet is aboard, and later on [[spoiler:he'll order the entire Migrant Fleet to open up on the geth fleet while they're disabled, and continue even when they've been upgraded with advanced Reaper coding unless Shepard, Tali, Koris, ''and'' Raan all order him to stop]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: He initially comes off as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but also supports RevengeBeforeReason when it comes to the geth.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Killing all the geth in the name of revenge is a-OK in his book, but what Rael'Zorah got up to aboard the Alarei -- [[spoiler:he reactivated geth platforms to use in weapons testing]] -- is going too far, even for Han.
-->(if Shepard keeps it a secret, then tells him afterwards) ''Keelah.''
* FireForgedFriends: With Rael when they teamed up to fight off a Batarian attack before they were of age.
-->'''Han:''' The crew called us heroes. The brass called us idiots. Slapped some medals on our chests and kicked us off to Pilgrimage a couple years ahead of schedule.
* {{Flanderization}}: In the second game, he was the most vocal admiral about wanting to go to war with the geth, but was otherwise incredibly respectful to Shepard and was one of the most sympathetic admirals towards Tali during her trial. Come to the war in the third game, and he becomes single-mindedly obsessed with destroying the geth at the cost of the Migrant Fleet's civilian ships and [[spoiler: even Tali and Shepard while they're on board the geth dreadnought]]. That said, we never saw him at war in ''2''.
* GeneralRipper: Puts destroying the geth as a higher priority than preserving quarian lives, [[WellIntentionedExtremist because he believes doing so will be beneficial in the long run.]]
* [[spoiler: GoingDownWithTheShip: If you choose the geth in Rannoch, he stays onboard while his crew tries to escape.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Seems to have switched places with Koris in ''3'', considering his over-eagerness to destroy the geth dreadnought before Shepard and crew were evacuated from it. But Gerrel and Koris never actually switched their primary goals. Shepard's ''own goal'' has switched from game to game; in ''2'', Shepard was primarily interested in exonerating Tali. Since Tali was the daughter of fellow warmonger Rael'Zorah and since Tali (initially) shared Rael's views, exonerating Tali would help Gerrel's cause and set Koris' cause back, so Gerrel is helpful to Shepard and Tali while Koris is a jerk. In ''3'', Shepard is gathering as many fleets as possible to take on the Reapers, so it's in Shepard's best interest that the quarians not be too busy fighting a war with the geth. So ''this'' time, Shepard's own switched goal helps Koris' cause and obstructs Gerrel's cause, so Gerrel is at odds with Shepard and Koris is on Shepard's side.
** JerkassHasAPoint: He's completely justified to dislike and distrust the geth, who have been nothing but 100% hostile to all organics since the Geth War began ("Revelation" even mentions that they butchered diplomats from the Council when they tried to contact them), and gave no indication peace ever was a realistic option to begin with. It doesn't help that the only geth that have left the Veil in 300 years have been the Heretics (who the 'true' geth made no attempt to stop or even differentiate themselves from), and that the only potential shred of evidence that he's wrong in his opinions were the words of Legion... who presents no evidence for its claims and cut communications with Tali in the gap between the second and third games when she tried to set up negotiations. [[spoiler: He comes across as especially justified if Legion died in ''2'', as peace between the two sides will then be impossible.]]
*** Shepard can also potentially concede that, given the options at the time, firing at the Geth Dreadnought immediately after the shields came down probably was the best option. Just warn Shepard about it next time.
*** Siding with him over Raan in their argument results in him [[WeHaveReserves sacrificing a bunch of frigates]], which ultimately allows him to save other, more important ships. This results in a net gain of war assets +25 for the Heavy Fleet. Jerk or not, he knows what he's doing when it comes to commanding a battle fleet.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His hatred towards the geth is motivated more by paranoia than actual malice. If Shepard can genuinely convince him that the geth will not be hostile, he backs down from attacking them after much deliberation, though arguably also out of self-preservation. After this, he goes along with the peace, leading his Heavy Fleet alongside the geth against the Reapers.
* KickedUpstairs[=/=]ReassignedToAntarctica: He tells Shepard that in his youth he and Rael went cowboy on a merchant ship they were assigned to, saving the ship and crew but incurring the disfavour of "the brass", who subsequently "slapped medals on [their] suits then kicked [them] off to Pilgrimage a bit earlier than usual".
* KnightTemplar: By ''3.'' As they say, WarIsHell.
* LeeroyJenkins: His general strategy in battle is to order the Heavy Fleet head-on into the enemy, and then warn the Civilian and Patrol Fleets that, without support, his fleet will be wiped out.
* ManipulativeBastard: Some of Gerrel's tactics reveal the admiral's cunning political mind; by forcing the attack on the geth dreadnought, he put Raan in a position where she either had to back him or risk the destruction of the whole fleet, giving him the chance to destroy the geth flagship and give the quarians a fighting chance again.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Well intentions or not, the conflict with the Geth clearly also has a personal stain for him, which causes his GeneralRipper tendencies to get the better of him sometimes.
* TalkToTheFist: When Gerrel orders the Migrant Fleet to [[spoiler: bombard the geth dreadnought Shepard and Tali/Xen are aboard]], the aftermath discussion gives Shepard a Renegade interrupt to gut-punch him and boot him off the ''Normandy''.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Tali and Legion in ''3'', as they don't agree with his approach in the war. Shepard also generally disagrees, but by how much is up to question.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He goes from being a good friend of Tali and her father to willing to sacrifice her and Shepard to destroy the geth dreadnought. And that's not even covering what he does [[note]]or at least intended to do before thinking better of it should peace happen[[/note]] at the end of the Rannoch arc.
* TheUnfettered: He will stop at ''nothing'' to have his vengeance on the geth. [[spoiler:Even if you manage to get the quarians and geth to make peace, it's clear that he's absolutely ''furious'']].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In ''2'', he reveals that he believes Tali and Shepard about the Reaper threat (and is one of the few people in any position of authority to do so), and justifies the need to go to war with the geth by claiming that without a planet to shelter their noncombatants, the quarians would be unable to devote the full force of their fleet to the fight against the Reapers. In ''3'' he only attacks the geth because he believes that there is no other way to get back Rannoch and save his race, and also because he believes they're allies of the Reapers. He'll back down if convinced that peace is a realistic option.
* WhatTheHellHero: He attacks a geth ship that Shepard's on as soon as the defenses go down. No one else is happy about it. There's even a [[QuickTimeEvent Renegade Interrupt]] to punch him and kick him off the Normandy when he tries to rationalize it to Shepard. Paragon Shepard is more understanding, and simply tells Gerrel to give a warning next time.

!!Admiral Daro'Xen vas Moreh
[[caption-width-right:350: Many things are impossible until they are done.]]
--> ''"Rael should have felt no more guilt experimenting on geth than I did while performing surgery on a childhood toy!"''

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

An eccentric but brilliant researcher, Admiral Xen is responsible for various research vessels in the fleet. Though her arm of the fleet is small, they play a critical role in technical advancement. She does not regard the geth as alive, but as [[JustAMachine malfunctioning machines]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Her interest in Rael'Zorah's research. If you keep it hidden, she'll "thank" you in an email and gloat about how she plans to use it on the geth (expose what Rael did and she'll be furious). [[spoiler: Her use of Rael's research is what starts the quarian-geth war in ''3'']].
* DarkIsNotEvil: She wears a black suit, is voiced by Creator/ClaudiaBlack, is commonly called crazy, suggests dissecting Legion, and has a generally sinister air to her. However, even though she seems ObviouslyEvil, she never actually ''does'' anything villainous, and is on the same side as Shepard and co. Even if you effectively sabotage her eventual plan to subjugate the geth via making peace between the two sides, she doesn't make a big deal of it and proceeds to serve with distinction in the fight against the Reapers.
* ForScience: Introduce Legion to her and she'll express interest in experimenting on it, freaking it out a bit.
--> '''Xen:''' It has a ''name''. Fascinating. The things I could learn under slightly different circumstances...\\
'''Legion:''' This platform is not available for experimentation.
** She'll do so offer twice again in ''3'', once with Legion/the Geth VI, where Shepard can either cut her off or tell her to wait until later, and also with the Geth Primes to help Shepard find if they are trustworthy.
* JerkassHasAPoint: [[spoiler: Should the Quarians survive the war]] and Shepard sides with Xen over Tali in their argument, up to 45 war assets can be added towards the Crucible, much like siding with Gerrel in his clash with Raan.
* JustAMachine: Believes the geth are malfunctioning machines, comparing them to starships (that are superior in various ways but are still just tools), and, if Shepard refers to [[spoiler: Legion's]] help beating the Collectors, she states that the same could be said of his/her pistol. [[spoiler:Thankfully, nothing seems to comes of it to jeopardize peace should you achieve it in ''3''; she just gets shipped off to the Crucible]].
* MadScientist: If Tali dies in the suicide mission, she does all the hacking during the dreadnought mission. This includes making geth platforms dance for her (offscreen) amusement.
--> '''Ashley:''' She's not all the way sane, is she?
* OnlySaneWoman: In ''2'', she's the only judging Admiral at Tali's trial who's actually performing her duties correctly. While Koris and Gerrel try to score political points against each other, she's more or less objective. Though one could argue that that's only because of her lack of interest in the trial.
* TheSociopath: Comes across as one at times, showing a marked lack of empathy towards others and her indifferent tone while discussing how she she performed complex surgery on her childhood toys.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Mentions having performed complex surgery on a childhood toy. Tali thinks it explains a lot.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Her ultimate priority is to recover Rannoch for her people, and wishes for the quarians to regain control of the geth in the process.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[spoiler: An original script leak had her attempt to sabotage peace should it be made between the quarians and geth. You could confront her directly, or learn about a botched hack attempt from Hackett]].
* YoureInsane: Tali's opinion of her plan to retake control of the geth, indicating that even among quarians, her views are extreme.

!!Admiral Rael'Zorah

--> ''"I promised to build my daughter a house on the homeworld..."''

Tali's father. Somewhat distant to Tali due to the burden of being an admiral, he just wanted to build a house for his family on the homeworld.
* ApocalypticLog: [[spoiler:All we ever see of him]], and he uses it to give his only child more orders about what to do with his findings.
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler: When Tali finds his body on the ''Alarei'', she initially thinks he ''has'' to have an onboard stasis unit in his suit, masked lifesigns, or ''something!'' He ''always'' had a plan! When it becomes clear he's really gone, Tali breaks down before realizing that he would have thought to have sent her a message, just in case the worst happened. Turns out she's ''right'' and what's more, he knew that Tali would be eventually called back to the Fleet and that she'd attempt to mount a rescue. His final message for Tali is a set of instructions on how she can shut down all the geth onboard]].
* DisappearedDad: He wasn't as present in Tali's life as he could have been. In fact, she never even got to see his unmasked face.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Han's story about their pre-Pilgrimage adventure against batarian pirates tells us he has a reckless side and isn't afraid of bending the rules. [[spoiler: Apparently, promotion to Admiral only made this worse]].
* GadgeteerGenius: It's implied that Tali got her legendary technical prowess from him.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: See PapaWolf.
* MarriedToTheJob: Raan implies he wasn't always that way, but after Tali's mother died, he threw himself completely into [[{{Workaholic}} his work.]].
* TheMourningAfter: Tali indicates that after her mother died, Rael became even more obsessed with his work, likely as this was the only way he could find to deal with his grief.
* NotSoDifferent: Rael and Miranda's father, pointed out by Shepard and Tali after Miranda kills her father. When drunk, Tali is envious of Miranda's refusal to prioritize her father's approval over her own safety or personal ethics.
* OverprotectiveDad[=/=]PapaWolf: In his letter authorising Tali's transfer to Shepard's command, he notes his concern that Tali may be lead astray by Shepard's influence and that if any harm comes to her whatsoever, he will not hesitate to bring the full wrath of the quarian Admiralty Board down on Shepard's head. [[spoiler:He should've put the same thought into his own actions; despite Rael trying to minimize how much Tali sent him so that she won't be linked to his illegal doings, he and his crew end up getting killed and she gets charged with treason.]]
** If Tali is romanced, she implies in ''3'' that [[spoiler: this would have been Rael's reaction to the relationship]].
--> '''Tali''': I'm having a drink with my boyfriend. My ''human'' boyfriend! [[spoiler: Ha! My father would have ''hated'' you!]]
* PetTheDog: Despite not having been a part of her life as much as Tali would have liked, Rael legitimately cares for his daughter. [[spoiler:He ended up torturing and performing extremely morally questionable experiments on geth partly in the name of building Tali a house on Rannoch, and it can be inferred ([[AllThereInTheManual through the comic series]]) that his determination comes out of a need to make up for being so distant to her.]]
* [[spoiler:PosthumousCharacter]]: Nobody in the Migrant Fleet knows what became of him after they lost contact with the Alarei. [[spoiler:By the time we find him, it turns out he's been dead a while]].
* SinsOfOurFathers: When Rael's experiments go awry, Tali gets caught up in the political fallout.
* UnPerson: [[spoiler:If the truth of his actions is revealed to the public, Rael is posthumously exiled, and his name is struck from the register of every ship he served on. As far as anyone else is concerned, Rael never existed.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: He wanted to build Tali a house on the homeworld, and was prepared to torture sentient creatures in her name in order to do so]].
* {{Workaholic}}: Tali thinks it was his way of coping with his wife's death.

[[caption-width-right:350:Can't really comment on that, ma'am. I just shoot things.]]

->"The geth might get me, but I'm not gonna die from an infection in the middle of a battle. That's just ''insulting''!"

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

One of a squad of Migrant Fleet Marines assigned to protect Tali on their mission to Haestrom. He's also the only one still alive by the time you get there, and whether he lives to see the fleet again depends on you.
* BadassNormal: No known genetic mods, not a member of a species with extreme physical advantages over humans, and yet he successfully distracts an entire geth platoon, including one of their walking tanks, by himself.
* CharacterWitness: During Tali's trial, along with Veetor, assuming he survives and Shepard chooses to "Rally The Crowd".
* CulturedWarrior: Implied by some of his throwaway comments; Kal's tactical knowledge can be very useful when trying to navigate the last part of [[ThatOneLevel Tali's recruitment mission]], and if [[spoiler:he survives Tali's recruitment mission, he displays quite a bit of knowledge of the political machinations involved in Tali's trial in her loyalty mission.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In the third game. Rather jarring, given him being an EnsembleDarkhorse. [[spoiler: However, the bridge is far nicer to Kal than most examples of this trope: his death is sudden, but he dies a hero's death; thanks entirely to Kal and his squad, the turians don't get their communications messed up. He also gets a DLC weapon named after his family]].
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:He offers to distract a Geth Colossus with a rocket launcher. Shepard can save him either by refusing to let him do it or by destroying the Colossus before it kills Reegar]].
** [[spoiler: Fully happens in the third game; he and his squad fix a vital turian comm relay, then hold the position until krogan reinforcements show up]].
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler: If you bring Legion along to Tali's recruitment mission, Kal'Reegar does react in surprise, shouting that you've got a geth right behind you... but when Legion explains that Legion is an ally, Kal'Reegar's smart enough not to be picky about having some [[EnemyMine additional help]] in beating the ''Geth Colossus''. Also, if you manage to exonerate Tali without revealing the evidence of Rael's crimes, or if you simply withhold the evidence and allow Tali to be exiled, Reegar manages to figure out that you did in fact have evidence but simply withheld it, although it's not made clear exactly ''how'' he figures it out. Of course, as a life-long soldier who's used to dealing with the quarian admiralty, it's not hard to imagine he's gotten adept at [[BlatantLies recognising bullshit]] when he hears it]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Even if you save him on Haestrom, he's doomed to die ''off-screen''. An off-screen hero, however, whose squad is single-handedly responsible for the turians not losing an important communications relay]].
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Dies offscreen in the game after his appearance]].
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He thinks that the quarian fleet shouldn't go to war with the geth; nevertheless, he states that as a soldier he will follow any given order. Tali seems to imply that such thinking is common among quarians ("We are expected to be loyal, even when it is difficult").
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Insists he's "just a soldier," and he "just shoots things". However, he's smart enough to conclude that attacking the geth for the homeworld would be suicidal, and also that Tali withheld evidence at her trial if you don't use it.
--> '''Tali:''' ...I didn't ''say'' anything about finding evidence, Kal.\\
'''Kal'Reegar:''' Noticed that, ma'am.
* PrecisionFStrike: If you choose '[[GondorCallsForAid Rally the Crowd]]' during Tali's trial, Kal will speak up on her behalf and call out the Admiralty Board.
--> '''Kal'Reegar:''' Tali's done more for this fleet than you ''assholes'' ever will!

[[folder:Aria T'Loak]]
[[WMG:Aria T'Loak]]
[[caption-width-right:350:I ''am'' Omega.]]
->"''Don't. '''[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]]'''. With Aria.''"

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

The closest thing [[WretchedHive Omega]] has to a ruler[[note]]Queen, if you're feeling dramatic[[/note]], Aria and her forces maintain what passes for order on the station.
* AntiHero: She has her noble points and her nasty ones. She's a crime boss whose crimes are AllThereInTheManual, and she allows all manner of crime and misery on her station short of [[spoiler:Collector slaving]]. [[WildMassGuessing If she really is Wrex's old friend Aleena]], Wrex says Aleena chose to fight him on a station overrun with mercs with no one innocent to get in the way, and fondly says that she was always like that. In the Omega [=DLC=] Shepard can either soften her a little or get her to become more vicious.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: She seized Omega for herself after taking down the krogan who formerly ruled over it.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: In her backstory, she beat a Krogan Battlemaster to a pulp, and is implied to have fought Urdnot Wrex himself to a draw. In-game, all she needs is sheer presence to keep the position even without doing any fighting -- although she's quite capable of that, too. As shown in the comics and Omega DLC, being the "queen" of Omega hasn't dulled her battle skills any. A Cerberus scientist expresses amazement at her biotic capabilities.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With paragon Shepard.
* BiTheWay: As is the case with most Asari, since they're a OneGenderRace who are capable of HomosexualReproduction. In the ''Mass Effect 3: Omega'' DLC Her on-again off-again partner, the turian Nyreen Kandros, is female and whilst she's [[IfItsYouItsOkay grateful enough to kiss a suitably impressive male!Shepard]] as well as a female!Shepard, it's clear she prefers female Shepard more. Apparently she also had a fling with Mordin in the past, before trying to kill him.
* BlatantLies: She tells Shepard that Petrovsky is a brute who never shows mercy. Going by Nyreen's description of him, his backstory, the way he let Aria live when he took Omega, and his actions throughout the DLC, this couldn't be farther from the truth.
* CulturedBadass: After the events of ''Mass Effect: Invasion'', she reads up on human history, if only to catch up with Petrovsky's cryptic historical references. It's only made apparent in the game when she addresses the survivors on Omega: "People of Omega: I have returned." This is a reference to Douglas [=McArthur=]'s triumphant return to the Philippines after having famously promised that he would do so years earlier. The comics explicitly elaborate on Petrovsky's references, as well as the implication that he's on the losing side if Aria's playing the role of [=McArthur=].
* ADayInTheLimelight: She gets a short comic series from her perspective on Omega, ''Mass Effect: Incursion''.
** Stars in another 4 issue series called ''Mass Effect: Invasion''. The ''Omega'' DLC makes a whole lot more sense if you read this first before playing the DLC.
** She's also a central character in the Omega DLC for ''3'' in which she and Shepard take back Omega from Cerberus.
* DistressedDamsel: Unusually frequently in the Omega DLC.
** BadassInDistress: But there is no denying that Aria ''is'' a badass. She only ends up in distress because she allows her desire for revenge to get the best of her. [[spoiler:And even while bound during the final fight, she ''still'' manages to start tearing into the Cerberus troops and adjutants as soon as you blow up the first generator]].
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments in ''3''.
-->'''Shepard:''' How do you plan on [[spoiler:taking Omega back]]?\\
'''Aria:''' I ''think'' I'm going to employ violence.
* TheDon: She's the most powerful crimeboss in Omega and somehow has enough pull to influence the Asari Councilor. In ''3'', she can even potentially end up controlling three of the biggest mercenary companies in the galaxy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Think that Aria'd be okay with [[spoiler:Collector deals]] on her station if it doesn't bother her? Think again.
** Also, when told that an Ardat-Yakshi is in Omega, Aria is quick to point Shepard to the right direction. On the other hand, this may just be because she likes Shepard (and doesn't want a justicar making a scene). She comments that it doesn't matter to her so long as the Ardat-Yakshi doesn't try to seduce ''her''.
** With all the political maneuvering going on while ''the Reapers are invading the galaxy'', Aria's matter-of-fact statement that if Shepard doesn't defeat them "it won't matter where I'm sitting," followed by her freely-given military support and resources, is all kinds of refreshing. ReasonableAuthorityFigure is not a trope generally associated with the ruthless pirate queen, but at least she doesn't waste time with politics.
* EvilCounterpart: As shown in the ''Omega DLC'', Aria may qualify as this to Shepard. She even has her own equivalent to [[TheLancer Garrus Vakarian]], with whom she shares a...complex relationship. Like Garrus, Nyreen is a idealistic turian who felt boxed in by rules and red tape and decided to leave their organisation after meeting a powerful, charismatic person who "didn't let anyone else define [them]".
* FatalFlaw:
** {{Wrath}}. Aria is normally cold and calculating, but when she sees the chance to take back Omega, she lets her rage drive her so much that she makes many mistakes that would have been fatal if Shepard had not been there. [[spoiler: And that's just a ''quiet'' rage. When Nyreen Kandros sacrifices herself to take out a group of Adjutants, Aria goes into a ''berserk'' rage and starts wrecking everything in sight, charging into the Afterlife club and accidentally jumping right into General Oleg Petrovsky's trap]].
** Also, {{Pride}}. She's monumentally arrogant and, unlike Petrovsky, underestimates her enemies numerous times. Normally this would get her killed, but Shepard was with her and Petrovsky was unusually merciful the first time around.
* FemmeFatale: How she usurped control of Omega from Patriarch.
* {{Fiction 500}}: She has an [[{{Unobtainium}} eezo]] hoard so immense it's worth '''300''' War Asset points -- the same military value as ''an entire army of geth or krogan.''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the second game, you can find evidence that the merc groups of Omega are plotting to overthrow her behind her back. The fact that she missed such an obvious plot (the merc leaders literally leave notes containing the plan around their bases) is a hint that she's not quite as meticulous a schemer as she would like everyone to believe.
* GuestStarPartyMember: For the Omega DLC in 3.
* HavingABlast: Her Flare power allows her to make a biotic ''explosion'', much larger than Warp. The effects are comparable to a grenade or a missile burst. And on top of that, it's a combo detonator power, so there may be secondary explosions as well. The best part is that it's a selectable bonus power for Shepard back on the Normandy.
* IAmTheTrope:
-->'''Shepard:''' You run Omega?\\
'''Aria:''' I ''am'' Omega.
** The Paragon Ending of ''Omega'' has her invert this during her RousingSpeech;
--> '''Aria''': We may be bruised, we may be bloodied... but ''[[WeAreStrugglingTogether we]] are'' Omega!
* IronLady: Anybody who can keep power in [[WretchedHive Omega]] for centuries is not to be taken lightly. Also, ''Mass Effect 3'' shows that she has connections as high as the asari Councilor and can bypass the immigration process of the Citadel simply by asking her.
** Especially prominent in the ''Omega DLC'' during the [[spoiler: retaking of Omega]].
* KickTheDog: Midway through the ''Omega'' DLC, she insists that Shepard immediately shut down the barriers they've found themselves trapped in, even if doing so would also destroy several life-support mechanisms on Omega and subsequently kill off many civilians.
* LargeHam: While much more subdued than most examples, Aria can be quite bombastic for someone played by Carrie-Anne Moss.
* LysistrataGambit: One of the factors that led to her success in overthrowing the Patriarch for control of Omega was that -- as she puts it when telling Shepard the story -- the Patriarch's men had gotten used to "certain perks" that came with working with asari.
* MageMarksman: Uses shotguns and has heavily offense-oriented biotics. She also can launch [[PlayingWithFire Carnage]] blasts, like James. In many ways, she's like the Vanguard from Mass Effect 1.
* MamaBear: If she sees it as hers, she protects it, whether it's Omega itself, her underlings, or [[spoiler:her actual children]].
** In ''Literature/MassEffectRetribution'' she believes that [[spoiler:Grayson killed her daughter Liselle]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this made her fall right into Cerberus' plans, since it was actually Kai Leng]].
* MoralityChain: Nyreen and Paragon Shepard take turns in this role during the ''Omega DLC'', curbing Aria's more violent tendencies and suggesting other strategies that don't involve sacrificing troops as cannon-fodder for Cerberus.
* MysteriousPast: No one knows where she came from or who she was before she came to Omega, and her name is just a pseudonym. Once Shepard gains her trust (or as much as Aria ever gives), Aria will allude to certain aspects of her past. It's strongly hinted that she's Aleena, the asari commando that Wrex was friends with centuries ago.
-->'''Aria:''' Sometimes you'd rather disappear than be forced to kill someone.
-->'''Aria:''' Better luck next time.
* NeverMessWithGranny: In the novel ''Mass Effect: Retribution'', Aria reflects to herself that she's survived for "... over a thousand years." Since this is her internal monologue, there is no reason to suspect she's lying. Being over 1,000 years old puts her clearly in the Matriarch stage of her life and makes her old even by asari and krogan standards. Even though ''Mass Effect'' takes place in the future, Aria would have been born at least when ''Genghis Khan'' was alive on Earth.
* NGOSuperpower: If Shepard runs errands for her on the Citadel and helps her retake Omega, she provides the war effort with not one but ''two'' separate fleets which, combined with her aforementioned hoard of element zero, rival the military value of all the ships and commandos contributed by the Asari Republics.
* NobleDemon: She's by no means ''nice'', but she's forthcoming with vital information Shepard needs, she approves of Mordin trying to cure the plague (that and of Mordin's willingness to resort to shooting people if the doctor route doesn't work), she's quick to try to help Shepard solve the Ardat-Yakshi problem, she gives you a reward if you do her a couple of favors (specifically she tells you the location of a planet with supplies on it), and in the comics [[spoiler:she becomes extremely angry at the Collectors trying to make deals for live specimens on her station]]. Also, in ''3'', if you do a few errands for her, she gives you a Terminus Fleet with three "updates" each worth 50 War Asset points, which combined with the Fleet itself makes for a whopping ''200'' War Asset points (which is very noble of Aria because the majority of non-major-plotline War Assets are less than 100).
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When she first came to Omega, Patriarch thought she was just another dancer. After crushing a few of his organs and breaking half of his bones, she's been ruling Omega for centuries.
* NotSoStoic: Her entire persona consists largely of appearing emotionless and detached, aside from intimating her displeasure when her underlings get out of hand. Her expression when she realizes [[spoiler: Nyreen is going to sacrifice herself]] is anything but the disaffected mask we've come to expect from her.
** In addition, she is genuinely heartbroken by the loss of [[spoiler: her daughter Liselle]]. It's enough of a character trait that Petrovsky uses it to manipulate her into acting foolishly ''twice''. And it works both times.
* OddFriendship: She'd never admit it, but by the end of ''Omega'', it's clear to everyone she's got a great rapport with Shepard, paragon included.
** Particularly with Paragon Shepard, who manages to edge her into JerkWithAHeartOfGold territory.
-->'''Aria''': I'd been waiting to kill him for months. I spend a couple of hours running around with you then I go all soft. [[ContagiousHeroism You're like a]] [[VitriolicBestBuds disease.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: As noted elsewhere, Aria is normally very cold and calculating, which gives an idea of how enraged she is over the loss of Omega when she goes into a mindless fury when the time comes to retake it.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Over the course of ''Invasion''. The Illusive Man is probably lucky Shepard got to him first -- Aria wouldn't have made it so quick]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Easily one of the most purely destructive biotics in the series. One of her exclusive powers, 'Flare', is pretty much a biotic artillery strike.
* PetTheDog: Has a number of these off-screen, as befitting her NobleDemon status. She gives out Shepard's contact information to a wannabe-merc (if Shepard stopped him from joining the mercs going after Archangel) so he can thank Shepard, and gives Shepard's contact information to a grieving mother for the same reason. It's also implied that her reasons for asking Shepard to defend Patriarch aren't entirely to protect her standing.
** A minor one in ''3''. If Shepard drinks enough in [[GoodGuyBar Purgatory]] to pass out, s/he comes to next to Aria on her couch, despite the bar being a level and a half above where Aria is sitting. If Shepard then returns to the bar and gets that drunk ''[[IdiotBall again]]'', without leaving that level, she opts not to extend that kindness and Shep wakes up in the elevator.
** If Shepard talks the Patriarch into attacking the mercenaries by himself and his dies in a blaze of glory, Aria admits that it was better for him to go out that way than rotting away as her "advisor". If Shepard talks the Patriarch into letting Shepard serve as his krantt, then Aria is pleased that her old foe has rediscovered his lost pride.
** Much as she tries to hide it, it's clear during ''Omega'' that she is deeply fond of Nyreen still, nature of their parting aside. She openly states that she bears her old lover no ill will and doesn't wish any harm on the turian, and even makes it clear that she doesn't blame Nyreen alone for their relationship crumbling, despite resenting her code of ethics. Given how revenge-prone she can occasionally be when she's angry, it's a surprising display of empathy.
* PragmaticVillainy: Unlike the nominally heroic Council and many of Earth's other allies, she decides that her best bet of surviving the Reaper invasion is Commander Shepard, and to that end she willingly commits every resource at her disposal to the cause.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Omega has no titled ruler, and only one rule. Don't ''fuck'' with Aria."
** "[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest I like it. Easy to remember.]]"
** Alluded to in ''3''. [[CallBack "It looks like there's only one rule on the Citadel."]]
** And appropriately reprised in the Renegade end of the Omega DLC: "Don't ''fuck'' with Omega!"
* PsychoticSmirk: Shepard tends to elicit a few sideways grins from her.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She is one of the few leaders in the game to recognize that her political position won't matter if the Reapers kill everyone, so she unhesitatingly commits all her forces to Shepard to help stop them.
* ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma: She says something to this effect about Shepard if Shepard chooses a mix of Renegade and Paragon options during the ''Omega'' DLC, saying that she cannot tell if Shepard is just trying to jerk her around. Considering how much stock she places in being able to read and predict other people, this a pretty big admission on her part.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The Omega DLC. [[spoiler:Especially after Nyreen dies. Aria takes down Afterlife's defenses with biotics so powerful that Shepard gets knocked off balance... which leads to her getting captured]].
* RousingSpeech: Subverted. [[spoiler:She's not using the speech to instill heroism and courage in Omega's populace; she's doing it to manipulate Nyreen with the threat of civilian casualties. Nyreen sees right through it]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: In her first scene in the third game, C-Sec threatens to throw her off the station (it only took them three weeks to figure them out she was there illegally). She replies by ringing up the asari councilor (Tevos or Irissa), who waves her through at once.
* TheStarscream: Became this towards the former ruler of Omega, who she later made her [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** Although according to Aria, Patriarch betrayed ''her''; she simply retaliated. Violently.
* TattooedCrook: Although given that Omega has almost no "rule of law" to speak of and she herself is responsible for there being any "order" on Omega ''at all'', she's only a crook "de facto".
* TokenEvilTeammate: When paired with Paragon Shepard and Nyreen. They can soften her up though.
* UnderNewManagement:
** [[spoiler:As of the end of ''Mass Effect: Invasion'', Aria is no longer the ruler of Omega]].
** [[spoiler:After ''Mass Effect 3: Omega'', she's back. And potentially a little gentler if you steered her that way]].
* TranquilFury: If she isn't making a speech, Aria hardly ever raises her voice. She spends most of her DLC mission itching for revenge on Petrovsky, but still keeps the volume low even while she [[spoiler:slowly and painfully chokes the life from him]].
* UnstoppableRage: When her BerserkButton finally gets pushed in ''Omega''.
-->'''Petrovsky''': Now, it's over.
-->'''Aria''': This isn't over until your next of kin can't identify you!
* {{UST}}: Develops this with Shepard, both Renegade and Paragon.
* VillainProtagonist: In the ''Omega'' DLC, where she is perfectly willing to let thousands of innocents die just to save herself and preserve her power. Her level of RevengeBeforeReason and chilling brutality is not matched by any other squadmate in the series with the possible exception of Zaeed, and his was on a relatively smaller scale. No matter ''what'' allegiances the situation has forced her to make, the woman remains a crime lord openly simmering with rage. [[spoiler:You can potentially convince her to become an AntiHero at the end of the DLC]].
* VillainessesWantHeroes: ''Omega'' reveals that this was the case with Nyreen, who "[[TheParagon oozes virtue]]" according to Aria. It's explained that the relationship failed when they both realised that they couldn't make DatingCatwoman work without changing the other.
** Likewise implied with a subtle undercurrent of BelligerentSexualTension in conversations between Aria and Paragon Shepard.
* WeHaveReserves: She's willing to sacrifice millions of Omega's citizens to keep her own power by throwing them at Cerberus machine guns.
* WeWillMeetAgain: What she promises General Petrovsky after he [[spoiler:forces her to abandon Omega]]. [[DownloadableContent They do.]] Petrovsky doesn't much appreciate her keeping to her word.
* WorthyOpponent: She admits that she has a certain level of respect for the "Patriarch."
** She also comes to respect Shepard, even if she will deride a Paragon for being a "Boyscout/Girlscout".
* YouHaveFailedMe: The Omega DLC hints that she practices this. After she's informed that Nyreen has slipped away by the minion who she'd ordered to keep an eye on her, she glares at him and growls "if I wasn't already short-handed..."
* YouNeedToGetLaid: At one point, Aria will tell Shepard that he/she should find a "nice girl" (if Shepard is male) or a "nice young man" (if Shepard is female) to keep him/her warm in the meantime, since Shepard looks like he/she needs to "loosen up a little."
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Uses the Lash ability previously introduced in the multiplayer.

[[folder:Jonn Whitson]]
[[WMG: Jonn Whitson]]

-->'''Jonn:''' I grew up on Omega, I know how to use a gun!\\
'''Jacob:''' So does Archangel.\\
'''Miranda:''' You'll need to know more than that if you want to survive.\\
'''Zaeed:''' Yeah, you know enough to get yourself killed!\\
'''Kasumi:''' A five-year-old can figure out how to use a gun.\\
'''Mordin:''' Don't be stupid. Dangerous work. Clear you're not suited for it.\\
'''Grunt:''' He's soft and new. Dead in the first wave.

-->'''Voiced by''': Josh Dean

A young, overenthusiastic wannabe mercenary on Omega. He tries to sign up as a freelancer to go after Archangel, but it's immediately clear that he's got no clue what he's doing. A Paragon interrupt allows you to prevent him from getting his head blown off, and he'll later thank Shepard for preventing him from signing up.
* CallBack: Looks and sounds exactly like Jenkins from the first game, so much so that they're both voiced by the same actor.
* {{Expy}}: Of Jenkins. It's likely that the irony was not lost on Shepard. A little bit of FridgeBrilliance: Same voice, same face. Shepard is remembering Jenkins, and they're not going to [[MyGreatestSecondChance let it happen again]].
* GoodFeelsGood: Stopping him from signing up and later receiving a message from him that he'll make the most of what Shepard did for him.
* InstantExpert: How he sees himself, thinking that all he has to do is know how to use a pistol. All of Shep's squadmates make varying comments about Jonn's incompetence on this matter.
* LeeroyJenkins: And unlike Jenkins himself, Jonn fulfills this trope completely. If you don't prevent him from signing up, he's the first freelancer to be killed by Archangel during the assault.
* PetTheDog[=/=]VideoGameCaringPotential: Using the Paragon interrupt to break his gun before he can get himself killed. Since Shepard does this right after he mentions spending a lot to buy the gun, this implies their other reason for jamming the heat-sink was to ensure he got a good refund.

[[folder:Warlord Okeer]]
[[WMG: Warlord Okeer]]
-> ''"I will inflict upon the genophage the worst insult an enemy can suffer: [[NotWorthKilling to be ignored."]]''

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

A krogan warlord and scientist, Okeer was working on creating the ultimate krogan soldier to use against his personal enemies. In his lab on Korlus, he worked alongside a Blue Suns group led by Jedore, who wanted a krogan army.

However, by the time Shepard arrives to recruit him for the team, Okeer is betrayed by Jedore and killed when his lab is gassed. He lives just long enough, though, to make the final preparations for his ultimate soldier: Grunt.
* DeathByOriginStory: He dies during the mission, leaving Grunt to potentially take his place.
* TheDreaded: According to Wrex, Okeer is a very old, very hated name amongst the krogan.
* EliteArmy: His end goal is to turn the krogan from a vast horde to a numerically inferior but more powerful and skilled army.
* EvilGenius: Serves this role for Jedore, at first. He obviously has his own agenda, however.
* EvilutionaryBiologist[=/=]MadScientist: He's a geneticist and is more concerned with breeding the "perfect" krogan, rather than curing the genophage.
* ExactWords: Much is said about how "flawed" his cloned army of Krogan is, but he points out that they are healthy, strong Krogan soldiers, which is exactly what Jedore asked him for. The problem as he sees it is that she lacks the ability to command her own men, never mind a Krogan.
* GeniusBruiser: In addition to being a krogan, he's a brilliant scientist and used this to become a feared Warlord.
* KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect: Averted. Being a scientist is one of the reasons he is so feared and hated by the other krogan.
* NotWorthKilling: He intends to make the Genophage "ignorable" by changing the Krogan to an EliteArmy, and it starts with creating the perfect krogan soldier.
* RedHerring: Until the very end of the mission, the player is led to believe they are recruiting Okeer instead of bringing Grunt onboard.
* ScienceHero: The krogan equivalent. He used his talent for science to become one of the most feared krogan warlords ever.
* TheSocialDarwinist: Speaking to him reveals this is his basic mindset. He's proud of the Krogan, but only so far; the old Krogan horde (as well as Saren's horde) was designed to crush everything under weight of numbers, and the current Krogan spend resources on making sure every Krogan alive lives at least until adulthood. He believes that the current state of affairs enables the kind of coddling that allows "weak" Krogan to survive where they should be dying out. His plans to rejuvenate the Krogan start at creating a single super soldier that will serve as a template for other Krogan to aspire to match.
* WarriorPoet: Very eloquent, especially when describing Shepard's actions [[VideoGame/MassEffect1 at Saren's base on Virmire.]]
--> "Such a tale! Saren, the Spectre traitor, threatens the return of the krogan horde by curing the genophage, undoing the gentle genocide of the turians and the salarians. But before Saren can deliver his endless troops, in rides Shepard, securing victory through nuclear fire. I like that part. It has weight."
** It's more than likely that he used neural imprinting to pass this trait onto Grunt, since he similarly demonstrates an exquisite word-choice only seconds after being decanted from his tank.
* WeHaveReserves: Played with. On one hand, he cares very little for his failed krogan subjects and throws them away to buy Shepard time to reach him. On the other hand, he hates how his species rely on superior numbers to win battles and calls Saren's planned slave army of krogan a "pale horde", opining that numbers alone aren't enough to win battles. He wants to create the perfect krogan as a template for the rest of krogankind to follow, believing they would be better off as an EliteArmy than trying to ZergRush everything again.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Willing to strike deals with the Collectors to make his ultimate soldier.
* WorthyOpponent: In ''3'' it's mentioned by Grunt that he saw the rachni this way, likely for how they were the only other species in the galaxy who threatened the Citadel races like the krogan did.

[[folder:Urdnot Wreav]]
[[WMG: Urdnot Wreav]]
-> ''"Human sentiment tastes like piss. Don't spoil a death with it."''

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/JimCummings (2), Unknown VA (3)

Wrex's brood-brother who assumes leadership of Clan Urdnot if Wrex dies on Virmire (or you never recruited him at all). In ''Mass Effect 3'', he either fills Wrex's role as krogan leader, or appears briefly as a very reluctant follower of him.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: [[spoiler:If Kalros kills him in Mass Effect 3, Wrex isn't sad to see him go]].
* ArtEvolution: Looks pretty much like Wrex's twin brother minus the scarring in ''2''. In the third game, he has a darker colour.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Standard krogan procedure. He gets the other clans to let him represent them through "a time-honored tradition of intimidation, threats and violence."
* AssholeVictim: Wrex actually seems relieved after his death, calling him "a pain in the ass anyway." Considering his jerkass attitude and [[spoiler:his intentions as krogan leader if the Genophage is cured]], Wrex is probably right.
* BloodKnight: Far more "[[DumbMuscle traditional]]" than his brother. Whereas Wrex works to create a neutral zone where all clans are welcome, Wreav only co-operates with clan Gatatog because the two are at a stalemate.
* ButtMonkey: If Wrex is alive then Wreav does nothing but get headbutted by Wrex, pacified by Eve, and finally unceremoniously eaten alive by Kalros...and is promptly forgotten about seconds later.
* CainAndAbel: The Cain to Wrex's Abel.
* TheCakeIsALie: The promise of the genophage cure. [[spoiler: Shepard can promise ending the genophage in exchange for Wreav and the krogan joining the fight against the Reapers. However it's possible to sabotage the cure, and Wreav will be utterly oblivious he's getting nothing in return until the very moment he returns home to find no victory party.]]
* DemotedToExtra: He doesn't appear until the third game if Wrex survived Virmire... and is then killed shortly after.
* EatenAlive: If Wrex is alive, he gets swallowed by Kalros.
* EnemyMine: If he's the krogan leader in ''3'', then his interactions with any of the other races are this. It's made clear that he's almost certainly going to use the Genophage cure to bolster krogan forces and attack/threaten the rest of the galaxy when they're weak after the Reaper war.
-->'''Wreav:''' Violence can be a powerful tool, Shepard.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He apparently disapproves -- or would disapprove -- of [[spoiler:Maelon's]] experiments, forcing him to turn to Clan Weyrloc. However, like Wrex, [[{{Hypocrite}} he's angry if Shepard destroys the data]].
* FantasticRacism: He considers the krogan to be the apex race of the galaxy and has nothing but contempt for any of the others. The only non-krogan that he has ''any'' respect for is [[EnemiesEqualsGreatness Shepard]].
* {{Jerkass}}: He's pretty much a typical krogan thug, especially in comparison to Wrex.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:If Wrex is alive, Kalros destroys his vehicle. Wrex's reaction is a shrug and "He was a pain in the ass anyway."]]
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler: If Wrex is still alive, Wreav's tomkah gets consumed by Kalros during the Tuchanka mission in ''3'']].
* MilesGloriosus: Wreav will take credit for curing the genophage, claiming he'll be even more famous than Shepard.
* TheMcCoy: To the salarian dalatrass's Spock and the turian Primarch's Kirk, only he's a lot less nice about it than Wrex.
* TheOtherDarrin: Cummings is replaced as his voice actor for the third game. It's not even known who voices Wreav. Oddly, this also comes with a change in design. In 2, he had a red crest (similar to Wrex) but in 3 he has a brown crest.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Treats the fertile females in ''3'' like property and makes disparaging remarks about other species.
* PyrrhicVictory:
** If the genophage is cured to secure his aid Wreav is an invaluable asset in aiding the council races against the Reapers short term but a restored Krogan under his leadership may prove disastrous in the long term. Wreav makes no effort to hide his desire for a return to the warmongering days of old and the fact he knows the council races will be severely weakened by the Reaper conflict.
** On the other hand if the genophage is not cured, Wreav ([[spoiler:unlike Wrex]]) is tricked into providing aid in the fight against the Reapers. The krogan partake in the greatest victory in galactic history but are no closer to escaping their extinction and Wreav returns home to zero fanfare.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Wrex's blue.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Promises one against those responsible for [[spoiler:the bomb on Tuchanka if it goes off]].
* ShinyNewAustralia: Before the final battle, he tells Shepard he wants "this thing you call Australia" in exchange for his help.
* ShutUpHannibal: By Wrex (with a headbutt), and then by Eve (with her moral suasion).
* SmugSnake: Spends much of ''3'' trying to threaten Shepard. He basically exists to tell the player "You screwed up and now you're stuck with this guy instead of Wrex." Despite this, he does have a grudging respect for Shepard, but only [[EnemiesEqualsGreatness due to the enemies s/he's made]]. Everyone else -- squadmembers, [=NPCs=], politicians -- he treats like dirt. He also bites his tongue around Eve, but only because she's in a position to cause him trouble if he doesn't play nice with her.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Comes across as one of these for Wrex at first, but it soon becomes clear that they're very different in some ''very'' important ways -- namely, that Wrex is trying to unite the krogan and revive their long-forgotten culture, whereas Wreav thinks the krogan are just fine the way they are. And more critically, unlike Wrex, he won't notice if [[spoiler: you sabotage the cure for the genophage.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Is noticeably kinder and more reasonable in ME2 than ME3.
* TryNotToDie: Before you try to summon Kalros; it's the most concern he ever shows for you and your team (provided he doesn't completely distrust Shepard).
--> "Try not to get killed up there. Fight like a krogan, and you'll be fine."
* UnfitForGreatness: He's far too obvious about his plans for conquest, lacks any diplomatic tact and Shepard can use him as a mere pawn to secure further assistance for earth. You can even discuss this trope with Mordin in order to [[spoiler: convince him it's a bad idea to cure the krogan whilst they're under Wreav's leadship and Eve's not there to temper him. Mordin agrees another war with the krogan isn't worth the risk, so agrees to sabotage the cure and then fakes his own death.]]
* UngratefulBastard: He's much less grateful than Wrex toward Mordin if he cures the genophage [[spoiler:at the cost of his own life]].
* UnwittingPawn: Shepard can secure Wreav's help to bring the turians into the fight and get krogan boots on earth too, all without actually providing anything in return. [[spoiler: By the time Wreav learns of the fake genophage betrayal, he's in no position to retaliate and has likely lost the support of all who followed him.]] What's worse is Wreav's attitude practically ''encourages'' betraying him for the greater good in the long run, especially if Eve is no longer there to restrain him, as curing the krogan just means another inevitable galactic war on the horizon. [[spoiler: In fact sabotaging the genophage cure also earns the full support of the salarian leadership too.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives two to Shepard via e-mail in the third game, one if Shepard [[spoiler:spares the rachni queen, which causes many krogan in Aralakh Company to die]], and another if [[spoiler:the bomb on Tuchanka goes off]], promising a RoaringRampageOfRevenge in retaliation.

[[folder:Maelon Heplorn]]
[[WMG: Maelon Heplorn]]
[[caption-width-right:350: Nothing I do will ever be justified!]]
-> ''"[[BrokenPedestal For such a smart man, Professor, you always had trouble seeing evidence that disagreed with your preconceptions.]]"''

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

A salarian geneticist, former member of the salarian STG and student of Mordin Solus. Unfortunately, he ends up getting captured by a krogan clan, Weyrloc, who are attempting to reverse the effect of the genophage.
* AntiVillain: One of the most sympathetic antagonists in the series.
* TheAtoner:
** [[spoiler:He views his research to cure the genophage as this. Mordin on the other hand, views his experiments as far too extreme]].
** [[spoiler: If Shepard chooses to cure the krogan, and Maelon is still alive, he will send an ecstatic email to Shepard, revealing that he took Mordin's advice and opened another clinic on Omega. He had to scram when Weyrloc put a bounty on his head, but he's just relieved that something good came out of his work after all]].
** [[spoiler: He also desires to apologize to the krogan females and beg their forgiveness -- which basically amounts to just Eve, since she was the SoleSurvivor.]]
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Mordin executes him]] at point-blank range if you don't choose the Paragon interrupt.
* BrokenPedestal: He once idolized Mordin, but not anymore.
-->'''Mordin:''' Assumed... Never argued with necessity of Genophage.\\
'''Maelon:''' How was I supposed to disagree with ''the great Doctor Solus?'' I was your student! I LOOKED UP TO YOU!
* ChekhovsGun: His research data on the genophage. [[spoiler:If you save it, Mordin[=/=]Padok can synthesize a cure from Eve's tissue with much less trauma, keeping her alive, and making the krogan war assets more valuable]].
* TheExtremistWasRight: His data proves crucial to the Tuchanka arc of the third game if it's kept, and he feels relief knowing that his data helped solve the problem. Shepard can talk about how it seems wrong to use something created from atrocities for good (even though s/he was the one who authorized keeping the data).
* HeroWorshipper: [[spoiler: Prior to his breakdown, he looked up to Mordin. Unfortunately, between the mission to distribute the modified genophage and the effects it had on the krogan, the relationship fell to pieces]].
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler: Apparently, Maelon thought the krogan would be able to rebuild Tuchanka peacefully with [[AxCrazy Weyrloc Guld]] in charge. True, he joined Clan Weyrloc because they were willing to go to lengths that Clan Urdnot wouldn't, but Maelon's fantasy of a krogan cultural renaissance sounds a little hollow while he's working for a chief who brags about how he'll take over the galaxy and eat salarian eggs as a delicacy once the genophage is cured]].
* JustSmileAndNod: At the end of the loyalty mission, [[spoiler: Mordin loses his temper over the experiments Maelon has performed and puts a gun to his former student's head; in the event that you take the Paragon Interrupt, Shepard begs him not to pull the trigger, as -- in spite of everything that Maelon's said about him -- Mordin isn't a murderer]]. Maelon can only smile and nod helplessly.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:If you don't take the Paragon interrupt, Mordin blows his brains out]].
* MadScientist: A well-intentioned one, though.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He's been wracked with guilt [[spoiler: ever since he and Mordin upgraded the genophage]], thereby accounting for the worst of his behaviour. [[spoiler: The Shadow Broker archives show that it started during their first mission on Tuchanka, when they were discovered by krogan guards and had to fight their way out -- unknowingly killing female krogan in the process. When Maelon tried to issue a formal complaint, arguing that it went against the whole point of their mission, Mordin had him sedated. Apparently, the return to "normality" on Tuchanka and the rising stillbirths drove him even further over the edge; Mordin himself confesses that his failure to notice Maleon's distress or do anything about it only worsened the problem]]. Thankfully, assuming he survives the loyalty mission, Maelon recovers by the third game.
* NeverMyFault: When asked about why [[spoiler: he didn't originally disagree with the upgraded genophage]] he blames Mordin's influence on his behaviour. Furthermore, when he's actively confronted [[spoiler: over the test subjects killed in his search for a cure]] he once again blames Mordin's teachings, even going so far as to claim "[[spoiler:The experiments are monstrous because I was taught to be a monster!]]" Mordin, who deplores [[spoiler:the use of live test subjects]], ''strongly'' disagrees.
* WhatTheHellHero: Mordin did not mention that Maelon actually ''protested'' the genophage ''during'' its employment. According to a Shadow Broker dossier entry from Mordin's report:
-->Specialist Maelon makes formal protest, suggesting actions against female krogan violate mission parameters of maintaining population levels without negatively impacting culture. Specialist Solus requests protest be stricken from record due to Maelon's injured condition. Commander Kirrahe concurs. Maelon given additional sedatives, unconscious for remainder of operation. (Protest stricken from submitted copy of report.)
* WideEyedIdealist: In spite of everything he's seen and done, Maelon still manages to be both idealistic and shockingly naive, even during [[spoiler: a guilt-induced mental breakdown]]. Case in point: [[spoiler: he claims that if Mordin's team hadn't upgraded the genophage, an expanded krogan population would have stopped Saren at Eden Prime, if only because the turian fleets would have been forced to keep an eye on the new krogan colonies in the Traverse. Mordin, on the other hand, believes that the turian fleets would have just declared war on the krogan and killed every last one of them; the third game confirms this by revealing that a turian bomb had been planted under Tuchanka's crust after the Rebellions, to be used if the krogan ever rose up again]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He really does want to cure the genophage and save the krogan.


->''"Oh, Blue Rose of Illium!"''

A random krogan reciting poetry to try and impress [[http://youtu.be/pFpCSf4D1DY his asari girlfriend, Ereba]]. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' he's a scout looking into the rachni relay.
* {{Adorkable}}: If Shepard helps bring them back together, s/he points out to Ereba it's obvious that Charr is crazy about her! He's actually written poetry and is serenading her with it! When was the last time anyone saw a ''krogan'' doing that?!
-->'''Shepard:''' Awwwwww... look at him. It's obvious he's crazy about you.
* CulturedBadass: Not many krogan are known for their poetry skills. His poem dedicated to Ereba is ''O Blue Rose of Illium''.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Players will find his body during the Rachni Queen mission in ''3''.]]
* NoAccountingForTaste: Other asari in 3 have this attitude towards Ereba.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: In 3, he and Ereba have wed. Other asari look down on Ereba for having a krogan husband fighting in the war, with the idea that he won't know who to shoot. Ereba doesn't take kindly to their prejudices.
* NiceGuy: A krogan who's an {{Adorkable}}, hopeless romantic.
* ThePowerOfLove: If Ereba takes him back in 2 they're shown on Tuchanka, the krogan homeworld. She doesn't like it and is nervous about other krogan not wanting her there -- Charr had to talk the chief around, which was probably easier if said chief was Wrex -- but he believes that their love will make it okay.
* SonOfTropeDaughterOfIndex: Ereba worries that he only wants her as a way to have kids, since with the genophage and all... She also admits that he didn't seem to have been aware that these hypothetical kids would always have been asari, not krogan, and when she explained that to him, "Charr was quiet for a long time, then he said he'd love our girls no matter what color they are."
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: If Ereba is convinced to take him back, then he makes a poetic reference to their unborn child.
* WarriorPoet: A literal example, being a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] who writes poetry in his spare time.


-->'''Voiced by''': Keith Ferguson

An old friend of Miranda's who helps her rescue Oriana from her father on her loyalty mission.
%%* AntiVillain: Type III.
* FreudianExcuse: He grew up in poverty, so he believes that [[spoiler:Oriana will be happier with her wealthy father]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: He knew Miranda had spy programs in her father's system, so he never mentioned Oriana's exact location. When he admits this, Miranda declares him the only loose end and tries to shoot him. Even if you talk her down, he dies anyway.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:If you take the Paragon approach to dealing with him and stop Miranda from killing him, he is convinced to help Miranda keep Oriana safe. Before he can, however, Enyala kills him instead.]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[spoiler:The third game shows just how terrible a person Henry Lawson is. Miranda, however, does not fall into this trope regarding him, since he had, at least according to her, given no indication that he was untrustworthy or disapproved of her actions regarding Oriana. Niket does acknowledge that Henry's not good people, but he still thinks it wasn't right to steal a baby daughter from him, to the point where finding out makes him break his years-long streak of never talking to him or his allies.]]
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:If Enyala is the one to kill him.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:By Miranda or Enyala, regardless of what you do.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Despite being Miranda's oldest friend, he's now working for her father.]]
* OldFriend: Miranda's only pre-Cerberus associate.
* OnlyFriend: One of the few people Miranda trusts and her only friend while living with her father. [[spoiler:It turns out that trust was misplaced.]]
* SuicideByCop: Shepard suggests [[spoiler: letting Miranda kill him was this, as a way of apologising for his sins.]]
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:The revelation that the Eclipse mercenaries aren't hunting Niket down, but that he's working with them.]]
-->'''Enyala''': Niket has reached the terminal. [[spoiler:He'll switch the family over to our transport.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:He accuses Miranda of having stolen a child from her father merely for revenge.]]
-->'''Miranda''': [[spoiler: I didn't steal [Oriana], I rescued her!]]\\
'''Niket''': [[spoiler: From a life of wealth and happiness?! You weren't saving her, you were getting back at your father!]]

[[WMG: Urz]]

A prize-fighting varren on Tuchanka. Urz will follow the player around in the area he is located in after being fed, Urz will even take part in the pit-fights run by the krogan.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: According to the ''Alliance News Network'', turns out that Urz has been travelling across the galaxy to many of the same worlds that Shepard has visited and even been partially involved in several of their assignments.
* BigFriendlyDog: Very lovable for a mostly hostile creature. According to a [[http://blog.bioware.com/2013/03/05/lovable-varren-goes-from-home-to-home-changing-lives/ short story]] from Bioware, Urz has [[Series/TheLittlestHobo had many adventures throughout the galaxy]], acting as a positive influence to those who met him.
* IHaveManyNames: Apparently Urz is just one of the names he's gone under over the years. He's currently known as "[[TheMagnificent Prince Grimrender of Gembat]]".
* LickedByTheDog: Despite varren usually trying to kill and/or generally being vicious towards Shepard, even a hardass renegade gets nothing but love from Urz.
* PaletteSwap: Of every other varren ever seen.
* RetiredBadass: Is actually a former pit-fight champion. Can be brought back to the ring after you feed him, and has a higher chance of winning as well.
* TeamPet: On Tuchanka.

[[WMG: Prazza]]

-->''"Now we're working with Cerberus?"''

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

A member of a Tali's squad on Freedom's Progress. He's openly hostile to Shepard and company when they arrive due to quarian animosity towards Cerberus. Despite Tali's best efforts, Prazza's actions lead to his death as well as the demise of most of his squad over the distrust.
* AssholeVictim: Tali says it best.
--> '''Tali''': Prazza was an idiot, and he and his men paid for it!
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Prazza defying Tali's orders, along with the later mission on Haestrom where again, most of her squad is killed, is an early warning that Tali isn't suited to lead either of the fire teams during the suicide mission.
* {{Jerkass}}: Abrasive, surly, and openly resentful of Tali's command.
** JerkassHasAPoint: That said, Shepard ''is'' working for Cerberus, and Cerberus doesn't have Veetor's best interests in mind and tried to destroy a ship from the Migrant Fleet.
* KarmicDeath: No tears are shed when he gets ripped apart by a security mech.
-->'''Miranda:''' [[GoneHorriblyRight They did want to get to Veetor first.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Continually belittles both Tali (by questioning her decisions and disobeying her orders) and Veetor (dismissively calling him "unstable" and "delirious", which is true but doesn't mean he can't defend himself). He disobeys Tali one last time and promptly gets shredded by an YMIR mech that Veetor reprogrammed.
* LeeroyJenkins: He and his team rush ahead of Tali and Shepard, and get killed by an YMIR mech for their troubles.
* RedShirt: Appears just to get killed.
* SacrificialLamb: He's there to set the tone for the game by getting killed.
* ShadowArchetype: Prazza is essentially what Shepard would have been if Miranda had her idea of a control chip implanted in Shepard's brain approved: UndyingLoyalty to his cause, FantasticRacism against aliens, and [[GeneralFailure being an idiot on the battlefield.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Tali sums it up.

-> ''I am...was...an information trader. Not a slaver.''

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

A drell information trafficker who teams up with Liara in the ''Redemption'' comic. Cerberus recruits them both to retrieve Shepard's corpse from the Shadow Broker, who turns out to be Feron's employer. Feron balks at the Broker's deal with the Collectors and helps Liara, only to be captured and tortured as an example to the Broker's other followers. In the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC, Shepard and Liara bust him out.
* BadassLongcoat: In ''Redemption''.
* CanonImmigrant: First appeared in the ''Redemption'' comic.
* DeadpanSnarker: Not even two years of imprisonment and ElectricTorture can quite suppress it.
--> '''Liara:''' We'll be back for you, Feron.\\
'''Feron:''' ''[still restrained]'' I'll try not to go anywhere.
* DistressedDude: The whole point of the Shadow Broker mission is finding him, [[RoaringRampageOfRescue no matter how many mercenaries, mechs or rogue Spectres]] try to stop you.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's more amoral than evil, but works for the Shadow Broker for the money until he learns that he's planning on selling Shepard to the Collectors. He also says it is not in his principles to betray a client or leave a job unfinished.
* FireForgedFriends: With Liara in Redemption. She distrusts him, especially after she learns of his ties with the Shadow Broker, but in the end, she succeeds with his help and devotes herself to rescuing him. After his rescue and recovery, he becomes [[spoiler:one of Shadow Broker Liara's top lieutenants]].
* GutturalGrowler: Like all drell.
* KilledOffForReal: If you don't get the ''Shadow Broker DLC'', [[spoiler:Liara's raid on the Broker's ship still happens, but Feron doesn't survive]].
* KnowledgeBroker: What he did for the Shadow Broker.
* NumberTwo: [[spoiler:To Liara as the Shadow Broker]], providing he survives.
* RescueRomance: Averted. If you romanced Liara, she clearly states she and Feron are just good friends. If not, she says it would be unethical to take advantage of Feron's gratitude given his state.
* ReverseMole: To the Shadow Broker, for Cerberus, in Redemption.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:Amongst the Shadow Broker operatives at least, he seems to be the only one who knows that Liara has taken over]].
* StealthHiBye: When the power to his torture chair fails, he vanishes in the second it takes a light to flick off and on. Must be a drell thing.
* YouShallNotPass: Holds off [[TheDragon Tazzik]], a burly and heavily armed salarian who is the Shadow Broker's top enforcer, so Liara can escape with Shepard's corpse in Redemption, leading to his capture.

[[folder:Ronald Taylor]]
!Ronald Taylor

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

Jacob's long-lost father, the First Officer of the MSV Hugo Gernsback. He and the ship disappeared years ago, but Jacob has received information on its location.
* BrokenPedestal: Jacob looked up to his father as a role model before his disappearance. [[spoiler:After he learns what Ronald did during his loyalty mission, however, Jacob effectively disowns him.]]
* DrunkWithPower: [[spoiler: Originally, the rationing of the food was necessary. If the officers didn't fix the beacon, they'd all be stuck as drooling primitives. Unfortunately, power corrupts and they started taking advantage of the situation. In the end, Ronald killed or drove off anyone that could be competition]].
* EveryoneHasStandards: Your team's comprised of terrorists (it's Jacob's loyalty mission even and he's one for Cerberus), vigilantes, mercenaries, thieves, psychopaths, and a geth. All of them with the possible exception of Morinth show utter disgust for what he's done, Jacob especially, and are in support of him being torn apart by those he victimized.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Taught Jacob that a man always admits to his mistakes. He ''doesn't'']].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:What he claims about his actions, but he is quite clearly lying]].
* IHaveNoSon: [[spoiler:By the end of Jacob's loyalty mission, Jacob no longer considers Ronald his father]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: [[spoiler: He preserves food rations for only himself and, at first, other officers. Everyone else is forced to eat the local flora, which damages their minds. Eventually, he starts assigning the ship's women to officers as slaves, then killing the other officers when they feel remorse, and exiling all men from the village (except the ones he trained as attack dogs) so they don't threaten them.]]
* LeaveBehindAPistol: If he is left to the mercy of the male members of his crew, Jacob gives him this option.
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler: When confronted on his actions, he insists that he had no choice, and everything he did was justified]].
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler: Initially, rationing the food supply made sense. Only a few people were capable of fixing the beacon and if they didn't, then everyone gets to be drooling idiots. Unfortunately, see DrunkWithPower]].
* UnfitForGreatness: Ronald was promoted to Acting Captain of the Gernsback following emergency protocols after the previous captain, Harris Fairchild, was killed in the crash landing. Unfortunately, the position of captain proved to be one he was thoroughly unsuited for. At first, he rationed the uncontaminated food for the scientists working to get them all off the planet. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:as time went by, he let the power go to his head, and he turned the camp and mindless crewmates into his personal kingdom.]] By the time Shepard and crew arrive, things have gotten bad.
** It's strongly implied no one on the ship, not even Fairchild, thought he was command material in the first place, and was basically Fairchild's assistant. The ''Gernsback'' was not a military ship, so command structure wasn't by rank.

[[folder:Info Drone/Glyph]]
! Info Drone/Glyph
[[caption-width-right:240:Attention enemy soldiers: Your life expectancy is now 15 seconds and dropping.]]

A specialized V.I. made to assist the Shadow Broker. Catalogues and organizes the vast quantities of information gathered by the Shadow Broker network. Originally didn't have a name, just being known as "Info Drone", it's eventually named Glyph.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. During the ''Citadel'' DLC, Glyph will continue to get distracted by random items and details during the trek through the Citadel archives and storage houses, but always immediately performs any task when called upon. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that its supposed to gather as much information as possible to assist the largest information broker in the galaxy.
* ExactWords: Will serve the Shadow Broker, regardless of who it is. Also see LiteralMinded.
* {{Expy}}: An excessively polite and strangely egotistical floating, spherical robot with a voice that characters seem to find annoying? Glyph or [[Franchise/{{Halo}} 343 Guilty Spark]]?
* {{Fetish}}: In ''Citadel'', Glyph seems to have a developed a bizarre fixation on elcor mating totems.
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: [[spoiler:Liara seeds many worlds with copies of Glyph containing an enormously sophisticated universal translator program, records of this cycle's galactic history, records of the war with the Reapers, accounts of Shepard, and blueprints for the Crucible for future cycles in the event that they cannot defeat the Reapers. Glyph is more than pleased to, saying "And it will be a ''privilege'' to guide future discoverers of these records."]].
* IJustWantToBeBadass: Glyph laments its lack of weapons when it sees [=CAT6=] Disruptor Drones, expressing the desire that [[spoiler: Liara]] may one day upgrade him to allow him to partake in combat. It seems he's noticed the [[FightMagnet sheer amount]] of firefights his owner gets into and wants to help out. As it is, Liara commands him to "lower their morale".
* IShallTauntYou: During the battle of the Citadel DLC, Liara will have Glyph demoralize enemy troops. Glyph will respond by blithely telling the enemy troops negative statistics about their survival.
* InsistentTerminology: Addresses ''everyone'' as "Shadow Broker" in ''2''. [[spoiler: Liara finally manages to program him to identify other people by the time of ''3'', although he has trouble dealing with Shepard and their clone during ''Citadel'']].
* LiteralMinded: Comes with being a V.I. When Shepard tells Glyph to "find Shepard" (when referring to his/her [[spoiler:clone and failing to be properly specific about the description]]), Glyph simply floats in front of Shepard and exclaims that Shepard has been found.
* LudicrousPrecision: When calculating life expectancies and odds of survival of [=CAT6=] mercs against Shepard and company.
* NiceGuy: The worst thing he's ever done is ramble a bit, and is always pleasant, helpful, and eager.
* NumberTwo: His entire purpose is serve as one for the Shadow Broker.
* RobotBuddy: To [[spoiler: Liara]].
* RomanticWingman: Plays some mood music for Shepard and a romanced Liara at ''just'' the right time during her visit to your apartment in the ''Citadel'' DLC.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: [[spoiler:Now assists Liara after she and Shepard killed the previous Shadow Broker]].