* ExecutiveMeddling: The game's development was rushed in order to capitalize on the success of the previous installment.
* FanNickname:
** "Dragon Effect", from detractors. Some people don't mind the [[InsultBackfire connotations]] at all.
** The female Hawke is called Lady Hawke by some of the fanbase. "[[PunnyName Mike]]" is a favorite name for Male Hawke, for [[IncrediblyLamePun some reason]]...
** Also, a Hawke with a diplomatic/nice personality is sometimes called "[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Paragon!Hawke]]", while a Hawke with an aggressive/serious personality is called "Renegade!Hawke." A Hawke that usually takes the middle dialogue options and develops a sarcastic personality is often called Silly!Hawke.
%% Do not Wiki Word Lady Hawke to the '80s movie, please. For the most part, the connection is coincidental.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Sebastian is SciFiChannel's [[Literature/{{Dune}} Muad'Dib]].
** Fenris is [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Balthier]], and [[Series/BurnNotice Fiona's brother]]. He's also Detective Chellick from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' and Taliesen from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
** [[Creator/BrianBloom Varric]] is [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Leske, Dywn,]] [[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes Captain America]], [[Film/TheATeam Pike]], [[VideoGame/TheDarkness Jackie Estacado]] and, surprisingly, [[VideoGame/StarcraftII Matt Horner]].
** Flemeth is still [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]].
** [[EveMyles Merrill]] is [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Gwen Cooper]]
** Leandra Hawke is [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Eleanor Cousland]].
** Isabela is [[VideoGame/{{Trine}} Zoya]].
** Bohdan Feddic is [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Lieutenant Barclay]]/[[Series/TheATeam Howlin' Mad Murdock]].
** Bethany is [[Series/DoctorWho Mother of Mine]] and [[Series/{{Rome}} Atia's cooking girl, Althea]].
** Merideth is [[VideoGame/AgeOfMythology Amanra]]
** Male Hawke is [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Bann Vaughn and Ser Bryant]]. He also [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E3Gridlock wore a bowler hat when he met the Doctor]]
** Female Hawke is [[RuleOfRose Jennifer]] after gaining [[TookALevelInBadass a couple hundred levels in badass]]. She later went on become pregnant by [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 Jacob Taylor.]]
** Jethann, the sassy elf prostitute, is [[Franchise/MassEffect Male Shepard]].
** DLC character Duke Prosper is voiced by Philippe Smolikowski, the French voice actor for [[Franchise/MetalGear Revolver Ocelot and Roy Campbell]].
** Bartrand is [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Harbinger-]]'''[[MemeticMutation ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL]].'''
** In the Japanese version:
*** Male Hawke [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa is]] [[Manga/BlackLagoon Rokuro "Rock" Okajima]], [[AxisPowersHetalia Italy]] and [[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Miyamoto Musashi]]
*** Female Hawke [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro is]] [[RozenMaiden Shinku]], [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Carl Clover]] and [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Cammy]]
*** Cassandra [[Creator/AtsukoTanaka is]] [[QueensBlade Claudette]], [[GhostInTheShell Motoko Kusanagi]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Konan]]
*** Bethany [[YukoKaida is]] [[QueensBlade Risty]] and [[GundamUnicorn Marida Cruz]]
*** Anders [[MasakiTerasoma is]] [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Jubei]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Hidan]]
*** Merrill [[Creator/IkueOtani is]] [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]], [[VisionOfEscaflowne Merle]] and [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Konohamaru]]
*** Fenris [[Creator/ToruOkawa is]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Gouken]]
*** Aveline [[Creator/AkemiOkamura is]] [[Manga/OnePiece Nami]]
*** Leandra [[Creator/KikukoInoue is]] [[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]] and [[GuiltyGear I-No]]
*** Bartrand Tethras [[YosukeAkimoto is]] [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Master Asia]]
*** The Arishok [[ShozoIizuka is]] [[Manga/FistOFTheNorthStar Mr. Heart]] and [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Bian Zoldark]]
*** Marethari [[IkukoTani is]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Chiyo]]
*** Meredith Stannard [[Creator/YoshikoSakakibara is]] [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Integra]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Haman Kahn]]
*** As an additional note, the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is the first game of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' saga with Japanese voice acting, since the prequel only had the original English voices with Japanese subtitles and text translations for everything else.[[note]]In fact this is the first BioWare game with ''any'' Japanese voice acting at all, since their other games weren't released there or without Japanese voice acting. It had something to do with the fact this game will be released in Japan by Spike and not by EA's Japanese branch unlike their other games.[[/note]]
* LetsPlay: One in German by LetsPlay/{{Gronkh}}.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Isabela has a different voice actress, since her voice was exactly like the character her previous voice actress played, Queen Anora.
** Merrill has a different voice actor in the second game since the Dalish now have Welsh and Irish accents.
** Anders too. Previously voiced by Greg Ellis, who also voiced Cullen (in both games), he is now voiced by Adam Howden (heard as Silas Corthwaite in Leliana's Song) because unspecified "shenanigans" made it impossible to hire Ellis for such a large role.
** Cassandra has a different voice actress in the anime, ''Dawn of the Seeker'', than in the game.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Dragon Age 2 was originally going to be a GaidenGame called "''Dragon Age: Exodus''" with the plot for what would later become ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Dragon Age III]]'' being planned for Dragon Age II. Among other differences, Hawke was originally intended to be an NPC named [[AwesomeMcCoolName Ulrich Von Hawke]] who was a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] with a tendency to [[LickingTheBlade Lick the blade]]: this is the origin of the out of place blood splatter on the default character appearance.
** Anders wasn't the only candidate for the "renegade mage" role. David Gaider has said that Velanna was also considered in early development to potentially join Hawke's companions and serve as the new host for Justice.
** The boss fight against [[spoiler: Orsino]] was originally going to be exclusive to the Templar endgame. However, it was added to the mage endgame for the sake of another boss fight.
** Anders' cat Ser-Pounce-A-Lot was going to still be around, walking around in Anders' clinic. However, he was cut since it would require making a new character model.
** The ''Exiled Prince'' DLC was originally going to have Nathaniel Howe play a major role. While Nathaniel can still appear in the main game, he was cut from the DLC due to the possibility of his death in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]''.
** Much like how ''Origins'' has ''Awakening'', ''Dragon Age II'' was going to have an expansion pack called ''Exalted March'' but was cancelled due to other projects. Some of the story elements are (apparently) being kept for ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Dragon Age III]]'' instead.
** There was [[http://dgaider.tumblr.com/post/73010278975/on-plots-returning-as-dlc supposed to be]] a third post-release story DLC, but it was at first lumped with ''Exalted March'', and then canceled altogether along with it. The basic storyline, however, has been worked into ''DAI''.
** Those who lamented the fact that Varric was not a romance option could be either cheered or further disappointed by the statement that an extra scene was cut from the very end of the game. According to WordOfGod, there was to have been a scene after Cassandra releases Varric, in which he reunites with Hawke and reassures her/him that while he did tell the Seeker the whole story, "I didn't tell her anything about ''us''."
** The Coterie ThievesGuild was [[http://dgaider.tumblr.com/post/73010278975/on-plots-returning-as-dlc supposed to have]] its own SidequestSidestory, mostly tied to Varric's character arc, but was cut due to lack of time and funding.
** Check out some concept art [[http://mattrhodesart.blogspot.ca/2013/07/concept-art-behind-scenes.html here]] (the first part is ''Mass Effect'' - scroll down). Most of the cast are recognizable, but Fenris "the widowmaker" had some ''drastically'' different looks.
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