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Characters: Mass Effect 3 Party Members
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Lieutenant James Vega
Not supposed to salute you, either.
Voiced by: Freddie Prinze, Jr.
The first confirmed new party member. James Vega is a lieutenant in the Alliance Marines. He stars in the short comic Mass Effect: Conviction
, which ends with Anderson appointing him Shepard's guard while s/he is in the brig post-"Arrival", and is the main character of Mass Effect Paragon Lost
, an animated film set during Mass Effect 2
- Abnormal Ammo: One of his powers is Incendiary Ammo.
- Abusive Parents: His father, as seen in the Mass Effect: Homeworlds comic.
- Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: James likes to pepper his speech with Gratuitous Spanish, and he always calls Steve Cortez, the shuttle pilot, "Esteban", which is the Spanish equivalent of the name. Only he pronounces that name as Estebán, with the third syllable stressed instead of the second one.
- Adorkable: In his more unguarded moments, he's kind of like a big kid at heart. He's a charming lug of a guy who really likes dinosaurs and sharks, and shamelessly flirting with pretty women (whether they're in his league or not) and just wants to be friends with everyone... unless they try to hurt him or his friends, in which case watch out.
- All for Nothing: Part of his backstory. It's clear that during his boxing match with Shepard, he's venting his anger over having sacrificed the colony that he's protecting for the intel on how to bring down the Collectors, only for it to be rendered useless because by the time they came up with a plan, Shepard had already destroyed the Collector Base.
- Audience Surrogate: Although he's a seasoned soldier, James doesn't know much about galactic politics, allowing the other characters to explain bits of backstory to new players.
- Badass: Establishing him as one is pretty much the entire point of the Conviction tie-in comic, which among other things has him jumping with a batarian out of a 3rd story window.
- Bar Brawl: Ends up getting in a fight with a bunch of batarians in an Omega bar after he breaks a TV because of it playing a news story about the events of the Arrival DLC.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: His DLC outfits (Collector's Edition and From Ashes) don't have helmets — when anyone else is at least wearing a rebreather, he'll just be wearing his suit's eyepiece or headset.
- Beehive Barrier: Has the Fortification ability.
- The Big Guy: More muscular than the other human squad members. He's definitely based more on survivability than Ashley. Hell, he's pretty much a cross between the two krogan squaddies from the other games. Possibly lampshaded by him using the "excited fist pounding" animation otherwise only used for krogan.
- Big Brother Mentor: Shepard acts as this to James, even encouraging him to join the N7 program.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Though he's perhaps a somewhat milder example of this.
- Call Back: If you complete the Grissom Academy mission and meet with Kahlee Sanders, James will remark about her and Anderson being a couple. Also see Development Gag below.
- Captain Crash: Cortez teases him about the below incident on Mars, though it only seems to have happened that once, or possibly twice if he's with you during the Cerberus invasion of the Citadel.
- Car Fu: On Mars, he prevents Dr. Eva from escaping with the Crucible data by ramming the escaping shuttle with another shuttle.
- Casting Gag: Freddie Prinze, Jr. played an Ace Pilot-cum-Space Marine in the ill-fated Wing Commander film, making the shuttle crash thing even funnier.
- Dare to Be Badass: Shepard can convince him to join the N7 Program, the same elite training they had.
- A Day in the Limelight: Mass Effect Paragon Lost movie and Conviction comic.
- Death Seeker: A mild case. Due to his Shoot the Shaggy Dog moment in his backstory, he doesn't really seem to care if he dies or not, making him incredibly reckless. Shepard can snap him out of this.
- Delinquent Hair: He sports a fauxhawk.
- Development Gag: If you speak to James after the mission at Grissom Academy, he brings up Kahlee Sanders and mentions how his father's last name was Sanders, quickly stating there's no relation. During the game's development, James' last name was originally going to be Sanders, but was changed, probably to avoid confusion with Kahlee.
- Disappeared Dad: He's out there, but James is reluctant to call him family anymore. The Homeworlds comic reveals that Joshua turned to red sand after James' mom died, and even tricked James into helping with a deal so he could threaten him with blackmail.
- Drives Like Crazy: Justified as him crashing into a shuttle stopped it from escaping with vital information. Still, he drives like a SPAZZ!
- Entendre Failure: When arguing with Cortez about ground vehicles, he expresses his fondness for one called the Grizzly, prompting Cortez to snark that James would like big grizzly bears. James doesn't get it.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: If you take him with you to Eden Prime, he'll ask Liara if she's ever uncovered any dinosaur bones on her digs. Liara then hopelessly tries to explain the difference between an archaeologist and a paleontologist to him before giving up, thinking he's just messing with her. Vega, it turns out, just really likes dinosaurs.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Spanish, actually, but same idea. In the Citadel DLC, if you didn't romance Ashley, you can get her to hook up with James. The next time you walk in on them, you can hear James wooing her in Spanish. She keeps asking him to repeat whatever he's saying, and he never does say what it means.
- Fan Nickname: Even before Mass Effect 3's release, he's inherited the many names of David Ryder.
- Good Counterpart: To Kai Leng.
- Gratuitous Spanish: All over the place.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: In Citadel, if he's taken as Male Shephard's "date" to infiltrate the casino he'll say afterwards:
James: Hey, I shouldn't read to much into being your "date" tonight right? Because James Vega is all about the ladies.
- He is also insistent that he would like to try the hot tub... without Cortez.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: According to female Shepard, when James puts on a tuxedo for the Casino Infiltration mission in the Citadel DLC.
- Also according to male Shepard.
- Heroic BSOD: He has one when he visits the ruins of Fehl Prime near the end of Mass Effect Paragon Lost.
- Hero of Another Story: The main protagonist of Mass Effect Paragon Lost.
- Hero-Worshipper: Played with: he was one when he only knew Shepard by reputation. Mass Effect Paragon Lost shows that he used to think Shepard would have handled Fehl Prime better than him, and he reacts violently to hearing Shepard insulted in Conviction. After they actually meet, he makes a point of saluting even while they're in the brig, but otherwise isn't too awestruck or deferential.
James: Don't get me wrong, you're good. Probably one of the best. But I know you're human, just like me.
- Hidden Depths: He's not a Genius Bruiser, but it's clear that there is quite a bit more to him than his muscles. Mass Effect Paragon Lost paints a lot of this which, surprisingly, wasn't shown much in ME3.
- It's All My Fault: He left the Fehl Prime colonists to die in exchange for saving the valuable intel on the Collectors, only for Shepard to destroy their base before it could be used. Even though he denies it, it's clear James deeply blames himself for this.
- In Vino Veritas
- Kill It with Fire: He has Incendiary Ammo and Carnage. Combining them with each other or his Frag Grenades allows him to create his own Fire Explosions relatively frequently.
- Knuckle Cracking: Neck-cracking variant during his first Normandy conversation.
- Latin Lover: If Ashley is the Virmire Survivor, survived the Citadel coup and is un-romanced by Shepard, James may pull out this move set on her late into the party in the Citadel DLC, much to her delight.
- Mr. Fanservice:
- Seems to have replaced Jacob as this, given his fondness for working out in ridiculously tight shirts. Unfortunately, unlike Jacob, he's not a romance option for Female Shepard.
I share [armory duty] with our illustrious Mister Vega. (yelling so Vega can hear) Though I believe the only weapon he really cares to maintain is himself! Vega:
know you love the show
- You can also meet him in the refugee camp on the Citadel having his back tattooed, which of course requires a Shirtless Scene where you can see that BioWare has not forgotten how to do some very pronounced chest muscles. In Citadel, Shepard actually gets to see the tattoo, which of course requires another shirtless scene.
- Naïve Newcomer: A subversion, as despite his lack of knowledge about galactic politics, he's an experienced soldier and doesn't let his teammates' reputations intimidate him. He can be found trying to out-brag Garrus on the Normandy.
- Never Live It Down: In-universe, no one will let James forget his shuttle antics. Becomes a tad bit hypocritical coming from Shepard, since we've seen how well s/he drives.
- Nice Guy: He's a really affable guy, and makes fast friends with most of the crew.
- The Nicknamer: It's his way of remembering people; he admits to giving people names when he feels their given name "doesn't fit". Calls Male Shepard "Loco"note or Female Shepard "Lola"note in their first talk aboard the Normandy; you have the option of whether to allow him to continue using it. Also calls Garrus "Scars", Liara "Doc", Tali "Sparks", and Javik "Buggy".
- Nightmare Fetishist: In Leviathan, he's fascinated by a severed husk head and encourages Shepard to take it as a cabin decoration after being bitten by it.
- Nom de Mom: The comic Homeworlds shows that Vega is his mother's family name, and his father's is Sanders.
- Which is also a Continuity Nod as Sanders was his originally planned name.
- One-Man Army: Checking the leader boards reveals that he has a very high score in the Armax Arsenal Arena, which basically requires him to at least be a One Man Platoon.
- One Steve Limit: Was originally going to be named Sanders, but changed to avoid rumors of him being related to Kahlee Sanders.
- Percussive Maintenance: If he's sent to go "fix" something, he will walk over, stare hard at the object for a moment or two, then proceed to give it a good, firm kicking. Tech is not his thing. It always seems to do the job, though.
- Playing with Fire: Incendiary Ammo.
- Praetorian Guard: Seems to have served as a bodyguard/jailer to Shepard while s/he was under house arrest.
- Precision F-Strike: When sparring with Shepard he'll assert that he's the only one who gives a fuck about doing what's needed to be done (re: sacrificing the colonists for intel and ramming a Cerberus shuttle).
- He also thinks the Illusive Man is fucking crazy, near the end, for using human refugees seeking refuge from the war as test subjects to control the Reapers.
- Promoted Fanboy: Freddie Prinze, Jr. is a fan of the first two games.
- Ramming Always Works: Rams his shuttle at Dr. Eva's shuttle on Mars to prevent her escape.
- Revenge Before Reason: During the Reaper invasion of Earth, when the Normandy is ordered to bug out, Vega immediately threatens mutiny and wants to turn the ship around. Shepard furiously retorts that s/he doesn't like it either, but they were ordered to go to the Citadel and get reinforcements. Vega begrudgingly agrees to back down and later admits s/he was right.
- Sadistic Choice: Near the end of Mass Effect Paragon Lost, Vega is torn between saving the colonists who are on board on the crashing Collector ship and saving the asari Treeya who coincidentally has the intel on the Collectors from being spaced out. He chose the latter.
- Screw the War, We're Partying!: Whilst on the Citadel, Vega prefers spending time playing cards with the refugees in the docks, meeting up with fellow soldiers for drinks in Purgatory and is implied by Steve and Ashley to have set up a still on the Normandy.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The "manly" to Cortez's sensitive guy.
- Ship Tease:
- Shirtless Scene: When he gets his N7 tattoo and when he shows it to Shepard.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: His backstory featured in Mass Effect Paragon Lost. He sacrificed the colony to get vital data on the Collectors, but Shepard defeated the Collectors before the Alliance could use the data.
- Space Marine: As a member of the Alliance Military.
- Stone Wall: And built like it, too. In-game, he has high health and possesses the Fortification ability.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his maternal uncle.
- Survivor Guilt: Suffers this near the end of Mass Effect Paragon Lost where he lost most of his squadmates and let the colony died while defeating the Collectors.
- Team Chef: "Hope you don't mind, I was craving some of my abuela's huevos rancheros."
- Throw Down the Bomblet: One of his powers is Frag Grenade. It's very useful if you don't have any of your own.
- Underestimating Badassery: During his sparring match with Shepard, he forgets that while physically, he's far more muscular than Shepard, s/he has numerous implants and genetic modifications that give them enhanced strength and increased stamina. One ending of the fight sees Shepard perform an effortless flip that throws him ass over tea-kettle. Especially astonishing with female Shepard's slim build compared to James.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Say what you will, but serious or not, his banter with Cortez does get pretty flirty pretty often. And not quite in the "I'm being so gay I'm obviously super straight" way, either. Uh.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cortez. Also with Garrus. They have a scene where they swap old war stories, eventually leading to one where they team up to save the galaxy from the reapers. When Garrus adds "with a little help from their friends", Vega corrects him. "Nah, it was just us. But mostly me."
- The Watson: Mainly during the early missions.
- What Could Have Been: Originally named James Sanders. His surname was changed to Vega most likely to avoid having fans think that he was related to Kahlee Sanders. This is lampshaded in-game; see Development Gag above.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Near the end of Mass Effect Paragon Lost. He gets called out by his remaining squadmate, Milque, for letting the colonists die while choosing to save Treeya with the intel. During Leviathan, he'll chew out Shepard if they let Ann's possession go too far.
- You Are in Command Now: His CO, Captain Toni, was injured during the mission on Fehl Prime, leaving Vega in charge of the squad.
I am the anger of a dead people, demanding blood be spilled for the blood we lost.
Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls, and ask the ghosts if honor matters. The silence is your answer.
Voiced by: Ike Amadi
A Prothean found in a stasis chamber on Eden Prime. Javik is a veteran of the Protheans' centuries-long war with the Reapers, spending all of his life as a warrior, and was intended to be part of a plan to outlast the Reaper invasion by sealing millions of soldiers and specialists in stasis pods to emerge after the Reapers departed, and rebuild their civilization (needless to say, this didn't work out right). Javik was one of many Prothean "avatars" of various concepts and virtues such as bravery, compassion, and loyalty; in Javik's case, however, that virtue was vengeance
, and he joins Shepard's team to enact revenge for the total destruction of his people. Made available in the day-one DLC "From Ashes".
- Ascended Meme: Fans once proposed calling him "Prothy The Prothean" during the development stages of the third game, when they speculated that a Prothean would be a future squadmate. Come the From Ashes DLC, he lampshades it, and is actually not pleased.
Javik: Your Joker-pilot insisted I call myself "Prothy the Prothean". I insisted that he allow me to throw him out of the airlock.
- Anti-Hero: His "virtue" is vengeance, after all, and in all arguments with the rest of the crew, he's always in favor of the most extreme and aggressive solutions.
- The Anti-Nihilist: If you convince him not to reminisce via the Echo Shard, he states that he faces the prospect of outliving his purpose, and he will need to find a new one. He considers either co-writing Liara's booknote , or live as a king among the Hanar.
- Armor-Piercing Question: The quote above when he questions Shepard's insistence on diplomacy and decency against the onslaught of the Reapers. This is one of the few instances when Shepard has absolutely no rebuttal.
- Badass: Oh hell yes. In his own cycle, he was basically a darker version of Shepard.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Take him into vacuum and he doesn't even bother with the face-mask other characters put on. Oxygen is for primitives.
- Boldly Coming / Mars Needs Women: In Citadel, it's possible for him to have a one night stand with female Shepard, leading to this hilarious exchange:
Javik: It turns out there is one thing primitives are good at.
- Broken Pedestal:
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He gets drunk very quickly during the party in "Citadel". During the aftermath, he's the only guest (outside of Tali after an energetic party) to be so hungover that he can barely move.
- Color-Coded Wizardry: Javik's biotic powers are colored green instead of the usual blue, possibly signifying that Prothean biotics are different and/or even more advanced than those used by the modern races.
- The Comically Serious: A lot of the comedy surrounding Javik depends on how deadpan he is at all times.
- Commander Contrarian: For every benevolent Paragon decision Shepard makes, Javik has a very well thought out counterpoint to illuminate the flaws in Shepard's idealism. Very often Paragon!Shepard can't properly rebut without using vague ideals and platitudes against his logic. This works both ways, especially when the results of that idealism do show themselves. This is primarily the reason Javik eventually ends up having so much respect for a Paragon Shepard.
- Continuity Nod: Many of his features were chosen to mirror those of the Collectorsnote from Mass Effect 2.
- This also resorted in a Broken Base for fans, one side who enjoys his design being based off the Collectors while others were disappointed that BioWare didn't go with the earlier depictions of the Protheans from Mass Effect 1, particularly, how they were depicted on the statues found on Ilos. The disparity is lampshaded by Javik, who reveals that the statues on Ilos depict the race that came before the Protheans, the Inusannon.
- Consummate Professional: Cares only about stopping the Reapers, not making friends with the crew.
- Covert Pervert:
- If Shepard is romancing Tali, just take a look at the amused grin he's wearing when he comments that no-one knows what the quarians look like... except the Commander. Did we mention that Protheans are capable of viewing a person's memories, again?
- In the Citadel DLC if certain criteria are met, he and Female Shepard have a one night stand. See quote on Boldly Coming entry...
- Crack Pairing: An in-universe and canonical one at that! Female Shepard and Javik potentially have a one-night-stand in Citadel.
- Cultural Posturing: Bordering on Fantastic Racism (and crossing into it sometimes), he's very quick to remind everyone how asari, humans, and turians were all laughably primitive during his time. He's shocked to learn that the salarians evolved at all, remembering them as the "lizard men" who "used to eat flies". Of course, for him that was minutes before you met him.
- However, he's the first to admit that the Protheans' monolithic culture was one of the cores of their undoing, and that the fact that this cycle is filled with so many different cultures is one of the very few advantages that we have.
- He also has very little tolerance for synthetics and A.I. entities. His reaction to Legion is urge Shepard (repeatedly) to throw it out the airlock, he personally goes into EDI's AI core to argue with her and he finds Glyph annoying.
- Cute Little Fangs: Although you rarely seem him stop frowning long enough to see them.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Implied in the Citadel DLC, though he easily could've been joking.
- Deadpan Snarker: Heavy emphasis on "deadpan." So much that you can't be completely certain whether he's joking, sometimes.
James: So, how about smoking? You ever do that?
Javik: Only when my armor became inflamed.
- Death Seeker: If you convince him to re-experience the memories he stored in the Echo Shard, he tells you his plans for the future — to find the graves of his fallen comrades and "put their ghosts to rest", and then to join them himself.
- Defrosting Ice King:
- Determined Defeatist: He's extremely pessimistic about the chances of Shepard's cycle and has to be loudly reprimanded to offer words of hope, but not even once does he suggest giving up. On Thessia in particular, he's gunning for success.
- Doesn't Trust Those Guys: Artificial intelligences, by virtue that, unlike organics, AI's are aware of their creators, flaws and all. Both EDI and Legion are targets of Javik's ideals on the matter.
- Driven to Suicide: If Shepard urges him to open the Memory Shard.
- Downloadable Content: Javik does not appear in the vanilla game.
- The Empath: Like all Protheans. Javik is able to determine complex ideas and concepts regarding another through physical contact, and can determine a great deal about another by simply walking through a room where they stayed for some time. In his own words, memory has its own chemical process, and the Protheans had developed their sensory abilities to such a degree that reading others' natures through analyzing their DNA was as simple as breathing.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Evil is really stretching it. But while he is a quite a jerk, even he found Kai Leng rather repulsive.
Javik: If I kill nothing else but him, it will have been worth it!
- Everything's Better with Samurai: His armor needed to have an "ancient" feel while still being high-tech. Pit him against Phantoms or Kai Leng and you have an alien samurai/cyborg ninja deathmatch. Seriously◊.
- Crosses over into Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot. His armor has a samurai vibe, his accent is African and his people evolved as hunters and eventually developed into space-Rome.
- Extra Eyes/Exotic Eye Designs: Each of his eyes has two pupils. And he has four eyes.
Javik: How do you people see with only two eyes? Evolution has taken a strange turn in this cycle.
- Fantastic Racism: He has an even stronger anti-AI prejudice than Tali; he's quite pleased if you decide to let the quarians kill the geth. He doesn't seem put off by Shepard technically being a cyborg, though probably because they were organic to begin with and though they have synthetic implants, they still possess an organic mind.
- He also detests the krogan for ravaging Tuchanka without any help from the Reapers. He considers them little more than cannon fodder, argues against curing the genophage, and suggests they be wiped out altogether if they cause future problems.
- He's contemptuous of pretty much every species of this cycle.
- Fighting Your Friend: This turns out to be a key part of his backstory. He once had his own ship and many friends, but they were captured and indoctrinated. Years later, he cornered the last of them, slit their throats and watched them bleed out to be certain. Shepard, no stranger to tragic pasts, is lost for words.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Bonds with both Shepard and Garrus over mutual respect and experience with the Reapers.
- First Contact: Obviously, as the last living Prothean. His guard comments that they needed to dust off the regulations regarding protocols for newly-contacted races, which included "assume hostilities".
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He was in stasis for 50,000 years.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He seems to piss off almost everybody in the crew, especially Liara, but they keep him around because he is a useful source of knowledge about the Protheans and an excellent combatant. Eventually they do start getting along a little better when Liara realizes she needs to stop judging him by what she assumed Protheans were like. By Citadel, he's more or less integrated into the group, finding a niche alongside the more bloodthirsty members like Wrex.
- Galactic Conqueror: The original plan was to hide a million Protheans in stasis to wait out the harvest, then leave Eden Prime and force the primitives to fight against the Reapers when the time comes. The Reapers screwed that plan up, so he's a conqueror without an army.
- Genius Bruiser: Seems to have been the Protheans' hat. He's very intelligent, and very warlike.
- Glowing Eyes: In the promotional image, at least.
- Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Gives one of these to various people on the Citadel, apparently in an attempt to scare them shitless to get the seriousness of their situation across. A Paragon interrupt lets you convince him to change it into a Rousing Speech.
- Headbutting Heroes:
- Gets along poorly with EDI, to the point of believing she should not be active.
- Occasionally with Shepard, since the Prothean solution to getting help from other races was to force them. He is utterly perplexed why the people in this cycle seem to want to talk about everything, even in the face of possible extinction.
- Human Popsicle: Until he woke up, obviously.
- I'm Standing Right Here: If you take him with you to Thessia:
- Ironic Echo: On the receiving end of one from his own VI, Victory. "Their sacrifice will be honored in the coming empire."
- Irony: Javik learns English empathically from Shepard, the only person alive who actually can understand Prothean.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Paragon Shepard (as usual) can nudge him into this.
- Just a Machine
Javik: [to EDI]: What rights do you have? You are just a tool!
- Kneel Before Zod: Played for laughs after the wild party in Citadel.
Javik: Is it time to rule the galaxy now? Kneel before Javik!
- Last of His Kind: Naturally.
- Living Relic: The only living member of a race that went extinct fifty-thousand years ago.
- Magic Knight: A biotic who carries an assault rifle.
- Might Makes Right: Huge believer in this. He strongly argues against the methods Shepard employs to recruit allies, instead insisting that the best way to do so would be to force them to help. The whole reason he was frozen was to wait until after the harvest and forcibly uplift the remaining races to spend the entire cycle preparing for the next invasion, but his army was wiped out at the last minute and his reanimation equipment was damaged.
- Mercy Kill: When told of the Collectors and their deaths at the hands of Shepard by Liara, Javik's response is that Shepard's actions qualify as this.
- Mind over Matter: A biotic. It is not known how common it was among Protheans.
- Motivational Lie: After the mission on Thessia goes sideways and the planet falls, Liara confronts Javik in his quarters. She angrily blames him for the Protheans not doing more to prepare the cycle for the next Reaper invasion and for shattering her expectations about them. He counters that the Protheans gave the asari their technology and guided their growth in order to prepare them to be the leaders of the next cycle when their own civilization had finally been destroyed. This is enough to calm her down. Afterwards, Shepard asks him if he meant what he said. Javik responds with either "She believes it. So she will keep fighting," or "I will tell you what you want to hear: I meant what I said."
- Mundane Utility: Claims that Protheans used their biotics to clean their teeth.
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: He can tell who Shepard's on-ship love interest is by their pheromones.
- Noodle Incident: Often refers to events that occurred in his own cycle before anyone else was even close to being born, leaving them bewildered.
- He regrets that modern Thresher Maws are now too big to ride.
- Also, he remembers that charging headlong at a Reaper Destroyer hurling laser-fire and Brutes at you while trying to crush you with its legs was the easy part.
- No Sense of Humor: Initially. When James asks if Protheans actually tell jokes, he tells one that sounds like a Cryptic Background Reference we just can't understand. He then reveals that he made it up to see if James would buy it (he did), and was, effectively, trolling him. Then he laughs.
- Not So Above It All: Throughout Citadel.
- Not So Different: He's essentially the Prothean version of Commander Shepard who failed in his mission to stop the Reapers.
- Lampshaded when he calls Shepard an Avatar of Victory, compared to himself being an Avatar of Vengeance.
- Javik's philosophy is similar to Duncan from Dragon Age: Origins and Grey Wardens in general: what must be done must be done because the foe they fight is merciless, numberless and implacable.
- Not So Stoic: Occasionally lets his stoic façade drop. He's also taken aback and somewhat amused when Liara corrects him on his belief that salarians are "lizard-men", pointing out that they're clearly amphibians.
They used to eat flies.
- Odd Friendship: With a Paragon Shepard, due to having radically different approaches to how they should defeat the Reapers. Most of their dialogue shows that Javik is completely perplexed at his/her way of thinking. One reason for their friendship could be that, while everyone else judges Javik as The Last Prothean, the Enkindler, the Creator, Shepard is the only one who simply accepts Javik for who he is as a person, warts and all.
- The only person Javik openly likes is Zaeed. They discuss conquering the galaxy together. Though Javik doesn't understand why Zaeed is always "damning his God".
- One-Man Army: In the Citadel DLC, he boasts that he has more kills than every other member of the squad combined. Considering his background, the length of the Prothean-Reaper War, and his skills, this is most likely true.
- Omniglot: His empathic abilities let him learn English in moments by scanning Shepard's memories when they touched his shoulder.
- Optional Party Member: The From Ashes DLC allows you to recruit him.
- Perpetual Frowner: The picture above shows the expression he's got on almost constantly. It doesn't help that's the natural shape of a Prothean's mouth, making them all Perpetual Frowners. Still, when seeing Vendetta on Thessia, he throws in a smile.
- Precision F-Strike: Drops a completely random "Oh Shit!" in Citadel when he sees an Atlas.
- Precursor: The last living member of the current cycle's precursors.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He was a soldier fighting for the survival and glory of the empire. It turns out the Protheans were a warlike people who elevated and conquered other races into their galactic empire, much to Liara's dismay. Wrex thinks he'd fit right in on Tuchanka. Interestingly, he averts the standard Blood Knight tendencies; when faced with a Reaper on the ground, he notes that his goal is "vengeance, not suicide." And when observing krogan behavior, notes that "war is not a sport. It is a means to an end."
- Refuge in Audacity: In Citadel if he's taken along to infiltrate the casino. One of his lines for distracting a guard is simply "You, human. I require your attention. I am a Prothean. What do you think of that?" The guard says he's the fourth one this week, though he has the best costume. And that's just the most blatant one. He's also the only one who doesn't get a change of clothes — he's still wearing full armor, his rifle and pistol in the middle of the club.
- Revenge: His entire reason for existing now. He is the Prothean Avatar of Vengeance.
- Serious Business: When prompted, Javik explains that, when the Protheans didn't fight Reapers, they would pass the time by having staring contests that lasted for hours.
- Shadow Archetype: To a Paragon Shepard.
- Sixth Ranger: He doesn't have to be the last teammate to join, but everyone else except James is a veteran squaddie.
- Shoulders of Doom: His armor sports some enormous shoulder protection.
- Social Darwinist: He explains this was the Prothean mindset. The strong flourish, the weak are doomed. Those who have nothing to offer society die out.
- Sociopathic Hero: His goal is to avenge his people by destroying the Reapers. There are no limits to how far he is willing to go to see this happen. This can be to his detriment, since he suggests betraying his allies to secure different allies, and suggests they keep the obviously insane Rachni Breeder if you destroyed the Rachni Queen in the first game.
- The Spock: Having the most experience dealing with the Reapers and being a member of the apex species of the previous cycle, Javik is uniquely suited to argue for the cold logic of sheer ruthlessness at all cost against their enemies.
- Stop Worshipping Me: Javik's a little perturbed by Liara's endless, enthusiastic stream of questions, as well as discovering that the hanar have come to worship the Protheans as their Gods. However, he's mostly overcome this by the end of the game, having agreed to write a book with Liara about the Protheans and joking that after the Reaper War, he could retire to Kahje and "live like a king" among the hanar.
- That Was Not A Dream: In Citadel, a very hungover Javik complains of the horrible dream he had about waking up, 50,000 years in the future when primitives ruled the galaxy... only to realise that he wasn't dreaming.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Insists on doing this on a few occasions, like when Joker insists on calling him "Prothy the Prothean" or on any synthetic life-form simply for being synthetic.
- To Serve Man: According to him, salarian kidney was a delicacy in his time and hanar were appetizers. He also drunkenly mentions that Prothean food is largely extinct, save for salarians, asari, turians and quarians. He might just be saying things to mess with people, though.
- Token Evil Teammate: His extremism makes Renegade Shepard look like a Paragon. Eventually he gets better and will come to respect our cycle's way of life and even expresses his enjoyment during his tour of the Citadel. And if you convinced him to not relive the memories of his people through his shard, he'll decide to explore the galaxy after the war and experience the different cultures for himself. He explains that much of his extremism comes from his upbringing; he was born after the Reapers arrived, and was raised in the final struggles of the Prothean Empire. All throughout his life, he has never known anything but war. He even speculates a little wistfully that if he had not, he might well have been what Liara expected.
- Tragic Keepsake: The Echo Shard, the small black monolith he keeps in his room. He explains how it contains the memories of the Protheans before him who all passed it one to the next, making it vaguely similar to the greybox which Kasumi holds. It's relinquished to Shepard in London if Javik embraced its memories earlier.
- Javik tells James a Prothean joke that makes no sense to the current cycle. James laughs in attempt to show that he got it. Turns out, Javik lied and was simply screwing with him, then laughs at him for being so gullible. In the Citadel DLC, we get this:
Javik: I'll never tire of tricking the primitives. That's a game I enjoy playing.
- According to Citadel, he told Liara that Protheans invented electricity.
Javik: Heh heh. Asari will believe anything.
- In Citadel, it doesn't appear like he'll let Shepard forget that s/he fell through a fish tank anytime soon.
Javik: Commander, in my cycle, when we fled combat by falling through tanks containing aquatic animals, we usually...ooohhh, right. We never did! Hahahahaha! You are a trailblazer!
- He also has fun with the salarian film crew when he offers his presence for the filming of Blasto 7.
Actor!Salarian Councilor: O wise, Prothean elder, what wisdom of the ages can you share with us?
Javik: Salarian kidney is best served at room temperature. It is even better when the salarian is still alive. The fear adds...spice.
Actor!Vorcha Councilor: Prothean no like you!
- The Unfettered: If anything defines Javik most succinctly, this would be it. To him, everything should be about fighting the Reapers to the exclusion of all else. This can be a bit jarring at times, as he recommends things like saving the Rachni Breeder to use as a weapon despite its obvious insanity and the fact it was made by the Reapers.
- Values Dissonance: Discussed in-universe with Liara. She's shocked by how warlike Javik is and by how imperialistic Prothean civilization was. It becomes clear that she had been viewing them through the lens of her own cultural norms when the reality was much different. Javik admits, eventually, that his views are a product of his time and had he lived in Liara's time, he might have seen the universe in a similar manner. Depending on how you interpret his words and tone, there might even seem to be some regret that he's not the "noble scholar" Liara believed/wanted the Protheans to be.
- He also thinks things may have been different before the Reapers came; by the time he was born, the war had been going for generations and was long past being obviously lost, and before the Reapers there was also the Metacon Wars. Basically, Prothean history at that point had been bloody struggle for survival against overwhelming foes, so the harsh attitude isn't all that unreasonable.
- Verbal Tic: He tends to refer to people by name, followed by description. For example: "Joker pilot", "James soldier", "EDI machine", "Mordin salarian" and "Kai Leng enemy". Not "Shepard Commander", though — that's Legion's thing.
- Warrior Poet: He's a taciturn fellow, but when he starts talking, his word choice is exquisite. He admits that he could have been a scholar or a poet like Liara envisioned him to be, if the Reapers had never invaded his people.
- Warrior Therapist:
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a major one to the asari, accusing them of squandering their gifts and explaining that the Protheans heavily influenced their early civilization to give them a headstart, intending them to be the ones to lead the next cycle against the Reapers. Instead, it's been left up to the humans to lead the fight against the Reapers.
- While You Were in Diapers: On a galactic level. For one, he praises Shepard, before remarking that's s/he's done well for a species he last remembered living in caves. Deified.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Javik's frequent suggestions on how to solve problems involve throwing them out the airlock.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Javik calls Liara by her given name instead of as a generic "asari" when she nears her Despair Event Horizon. Shepard later asks if he meant what he said; Javik tells you either it matters only that Liara believes, or "I will tell you what you want to hear: I meant what I said."
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Alluded to.
Shepard: I'm just glad he's on our side. You haven't seen him angry.
Javik: Neither have you, Commander.
Guest Party Members
A female turian who joins Shepard and Aria in taking back Omega from Cerberus in the Omega
DLC. Leader of the Talon mercenary group, and Aria's ex.
- Action Girl: And the first female turian we've laid eyes on in the main series.
- A Mother to Her Men: She cares greatly for the Talons.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Aria.
- Bury Your Gays: Generally, the fandom's sole complaint about her character is that no matter what choices you make, it's impossible to prevent her death. While ultimately her fate has nothing to do with her relationship with Aria, it is still an example of an intriguing same-sex relationship in which one partner is killed off to provide angst for the other.
- Dating Catwoman: Her relationship with Aria has this vibe.
- Distaff Counterpart: Given her location, reputation and modus operandi, she is basically a female Archangel.
- The Dreaded: The Cerberus troops on Omega designated her, "Priority Target Alpha".
- Good Running Evil: The Talons were Omega's most notorious gang before Cerberus invaded. After she took up leadership, she managed to turn the group into a heroic resistance movement.
- Guest Star Party Member: Shares the role with Aria for the Omega DLC.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dies while fighting a group of Adjutants.
- In the Hood: At first. Once she reveals herself as the new leader of the Talons, she spends the rest of the game more practically dressed in armor.
- Killed Off for Real: Blows up herself along with a group of Adjutants in a contained biotic field.
- La Résistance: She leads the Talons on Omega, the only group who are really resisting the Cerberus occupation. Everyone else is either going along with Cerberus or trying not to get killed by Adjutants.
- Last Stand: She went down fighting, that's for sure.
- The McCoy: Serves this role, forming a Power Trio alongside Aria and Shepard.
- Mind over Matter: The only other named turian biotic in the series other than Saren.
- Morality Chain: Serves as this to Aria. Furthermore, when she dies, Aria goes completely ballistic.
- The Paragon: Aria describes her this way, claiming she practically "oozes virtue".
- Rebel Leader: She leads the resistance movement on Omega.
- The Red Mage: She's a Sentinel equivalent — Incinerate, Overload, Lift Grenades and a Biotic Protector ability similar to the asari justicar's sphere.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Due to manifesting as a biotic, the prejudice of the turian military towards biotics meant she was reassigned from frontline duty to one of their Cabals. In response, Nyreen simply abandoned military life altogether.
- Stealth Pun: The leader of the Talons uses a Talon Heavy Pistol just before her Heroic Sacrifice.
- Straight Gay: Was once in a relationship with Aria.
- Token Good Teammate: When paired with Aria and Renegade Shepard.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Adjutants are about the only thing to actually scare her.
- Working with the Ex: With Aria.
Staff Analyst Maya Brooks
A human Alliance officer who assists Shepard throughout the Citadel
DLC. Her expertise lies in tracking hacking attempts and monitoring communications of Alliance channels.