->''[[KillAllHumans "Two million dead in the first day,]] [[FromBadToWorse another 7 million by the end of the first week]], [[CurbstompBattle every defense annihilated, all our forces on the run.]] [[TacticalWithdrawal Regrouping... Somewhere...]] [[ApocalypticLog Reports are coming in from other major cities.]] [[AlienInvasion It's a well-coordinated attack]], [[InferredHolocaust and so far it's been damned effective.]] [[EldritchAbomination Don't know what they are, what they want, or where they came from...]] [[DarkestHour Only one thing is certain:]] [[AllUpToYou If Shepard doesn't]] [[GondorCallsForAid bring help soon]], [[ApocalypseHow there won't be an Earth left to save."]]''\\
--'''Major Coats aka [[FanNickname "Big Ben"]]''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' [[AllBlueEntry announcement trailer]]

->'''Admiral Anderson''': How bad is it?\\
'''Admiral Hackett''': [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Bad.]]
->--The opening lines of the game, [[HopelessWar basically summing up its mood.]]

->'''Unnamed Alliance Councilor:''' ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt We need]] [[KillAllHumans a plan to stop]] [[EldritchAbomination them.]]''
->'''[[PlayerCharacter Shepard]]:''' ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu We fight]] [[DoNotGoGentle or we die!]] [[BadassBoast That's the plan.]]''
->--[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJvrN6JijuU "Fall of Earth" gameplay trailer]]

->'''[[PlayerCharacter Shepard]]:''' ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu I know a thing or two about killing Reapers.]]''
->--[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pShKKOV_gA "Reinstated" Female Shepard trailer]]

->'''Garrus:''' ''[[DareToBeBadass Go out there and give them hell. You were born to do this.]]''
->--[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bG2mdZ23eP8#! Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer]]

->''[[SpaceOpera In 2157]], humanity discovered [[FirstContact it was not alone in the Universe.]]''\\
''Thirty years later, they found [[TheFederation a peaceful place among dozens of galactic species.]]\\
But this idyllic future is [[EmpireWithADarkSecret overshadowed by a dark past;]]\\
[[EldritchAbomination Reapers]], a sentient race of machines [[AbusivePrecursors responsible for cleansing the galaxy of all organic life every 50,000 years]], [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt are about to return.]]\\
[[ObstructiveBureaucrat The leaders of the Galaxy are paralyzed by indecision]], [[WeirdnessCensor unable to accept the legend of the Reapers as fact.]]\\
But [[SpaceMarine one soldier]] has seen the legend come to life.''\\
''And now, [[ItsUpToYou the fate of the galaxy depends on him/her.]]''
->--Mass Effect 3 Opening Scroll

->'''Shepard:''' ''[[RunningGag I've had enough of your tabloid journalism!]]''
->'''Khalisah:''' Ha! You want some? / [[TheDogBitesBack Not this time, you military thug!]] (punch)
->'''Shepard:''' Gah!
->'''Khalisah:''' On second thought, never mind. I don't have any more questions for you.


->'''Shepard:''' ''[[RunningGag I've had enough of your tabloid journalism!]]''
->'''Khalisah:''' Ha! You want some? / [[TheDogBitesBack Not this time, you military thug!]] ([[UseYourHead head]][[TalkToTheFist butted]]) Urgh...
->'''Shepard:''' You're angry, I get that. But I came here to get help for Earth, not answer your questions. Stay down.

->'''Twitter:''' I loved 98% of [=ME3=]..but something has to be up w/ ending..too much talent at BW for that business. Keep my saves?
->'''Bioware:''' [[TeasingCreator We're keeping our saves, that's for sure.]]

->'''Twitter:''' Mass Effect 3 was brilliant, the whole series was, but while this probably won't be answered, is that really how Shepard ends?
->'''Bioware:''' [[RunningGag We can't saaaaay!]]

->'''Twitter:''' I still want to believe you guys are sneaky trolls and have something going on you don't tell us yet. [[InvokedTrope Can I get a cryptic reply?]]
->'''Bioware:''' [[RuleOfThree The sun, it shines.]]
--> Bioware is officially [[http://www.tentonhammer.com/me3/news/twitter-posts-hint-at-more-possible-surprises-for-mass-effect-3%20?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss trolling the audience]]

->'''Shepard''': ''Why me? Why put me in charge of all this?''
->'''Hackett''': ''Shepard, let me tell you something that I've learned the hard way. [[PunchClockHero You can pay a soldier to fire a gun. You can pay him to charge the enemy and take a hill]]. But you can't pay him to believe.''
->'''Shepard''': ''...I don't follow, sir.''
->'''Hackett''': ''When you went up against Sovereign, there was no good reason to believe you'd win. But your crew didn't seem to care -- they went along anyway. Your trip through the Omega 4 relay? That was a suicide mission if there ever was one. Yet there your crew was, standing beside you, proud to serve. With all you're facing out there, one thing impresses me most: you inspire confidence. I know everything hasn't gone as well as you'd hoped. [[WeAreStrugglingTogether Every war has its disagreements]], so to speak. But... Your crew has done things no one else would even try -- simply because you asked them to. Why? [[MagneticHero Because they believed in you]]. Their leader. That's what I need now.''

->''What's the difference between [[{{Badass}} Commander Shepard]] and a [[ProudWarriorRace krogan]]? One is a [[OneManArmy headbutting juggernaut of mass destruction]] - the other has [[BizarreAlienBiology four]] [[BaitAndSwitchComparison testicles]].''
->--Alliance joke

->'''Garrus:''' Alright, my turn. What's the first order an Alliance commander gives at the start of combat?
->'''Joker:''' Uh... I give up.
->'''Garrus:''' ''(chuckles)'' [[NeverLiveItDown Correct.]]
->'''Joker:''' Ohohoh... alright, big guy. What do you call it when a turian gets killed by a horrible spiky monster?
->'''Garrus:''' Friendly fire - come on, that one goes back to Shanxi!
->'''Joker:''' Well, you gotta respect the classics!
->'''Garrus:''' How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?
->'''Joker:''' ''(exasperated)'' 602. [[ObstructiveBureaucrat 600 to vote on it]], one to ask the asari for technical help and one to [[DudeWheresMyRespect request a seat on the Council afterwards]]. How do you know when a turian is out of ammo?
->'''Garrus:''' He switches to [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the stick up his ass]] as a backup weapon. Why does the Alliance hire [[HandicappedBadass pilots... with brittle bone disease]]?
->'''Joker:''' Y... you're shittin' me! The turian military has one about me?
->'''Garrus:''' Oh, absolutely. I heard it myself from a private back on Palaven.
->'''Joker:''' Okay, why ''does'' the Alliance hire pilots with brittle bone disease?
->'''Garrus:''' So that their marines can beat someone in hand-to-hand drills.
->'''Joker:''' ...damn, you need to tell James that one. Hey, what's the hardest part about treating a turian who took a rocket to one side of his face?
->'''Garrus:''' ''(deadpan)'' Figuring out which side took the rocket.

->'''Shepard:''' How are you even getting drunk?
->'''Tali:''' Verrrry ''carefully.'' Turian brandy, triple-filterrred, and introduced into my suit through an [[MemeticMutation emergency induction port]].
->'''Shepard:''' ...That's a straw, Tali.
->'''Tali:''' ''[[InsistentTerminology Emeeeergency induction port.]]''

->'''Tali:''' [[ParentalIssues When do we get to stop reacting to our parents and start living for ourselves?]]
->'''Shepard:''' The answer to ''that'' one's at the bottom of that glass.
->'''Tali:''' I might need some help with the induction straw. Port. You know.

->''[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Somewhere, deep in the fabric of reality, our actions are recorded and remembered. Yours will be remembered for eternity.]]''
->--'''Padok Wiks'''

->'''Sam Hulick's Twitter:''' Tossing in piano and muted strings for this one particular piece. High potential for tears. [[{{Foreshadowing}} #MEDLC]]
->'''Website/{{Tumblr}}:''' [[PlayerPunch IT HURTS ALREADY]]

->''The Reapers have destroyed thousands of civilizations. But they have never destroyed ours. Nor will they.''

-> ''None have possessed the strength in [[YouCannotFightFate previous Cycles]]. Your own species could be destroyed with a [[PunyEarthling single thought]]. But ''[[TheChosenOne you]]'' are different. I have witnessed your actions in this Cycle: the [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu destruction of Sovereign]]; the [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs fall of the Collectors]]. The [[EldritchAbomination Reapers]] perceive [[WorthyOpponent you]] as [[TheDreaded a threat]]. [[WhatTheHellAreYou And I]] ''[[WhatTheHellAreYou must]]'' [[WhatTheHellAreYou understand]] '''[[WhatTheHellAreYou why?!]]'''''
->-- '''[[AbusivePrecursors Leviathan]]'''

->'''Shepard:''' Okay, everyone say "Normandy"!
->'''TrueCompanions:''' NORMANDY! ''(CLICK!)''
-->--[[GroupPictureEnding Group photo taking]] the end of the '''Citadel DLC'''

->'''Squad Member/Love Interest:''' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall We've had a good ride.]]
->'''Shepard:''' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The best.]]
-->--'''Final words of the Citadel DLC''', and by extent, [[TearJerker the entire Mass Effect Trilogy]]