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Deus Ex Characters
Detective Sergeant Adam Jensen, C-Sec
"...the fact that (Saren)'s managed to manipulate androids into becoming religiously and fanatically devoted to him doesn't strike you as odd or even slightly ominous?"
"Voiced" By: Elias ToufexisA former Detroit PD SWAT Specialist and chief of security for Sarif Industries. A century and a half after the events of Human Revolution (most of which were spent as a Human Popsicle), he and Garrus Vakarian are C-Sec's star partnership.
- Anti-Magic: He seems to have unusually strong resistance to psionics.
- Badass: Adam still has it. Destroying five Asari Huntresses in under a minute? Hell yeah.
- Bad Dreams: Adam gets a lot of these, but Hein exploits these by putting him in a Dream Catcher Machine.
- Berserk Button:
- Lawson tries to taunt Adam with his fear of fire in chapter 17. But fear leads to hatred, and hatred leads to a punching-out.
- Do not suggest that Jensen is in any way associated with the Illuminati.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Eater: Adam's battery system was upgraded so not only does he not have to eat a candy bar every time he punches someone, but he can use his X-Ray Vision and Invisibility Cloak almost constantly. Downside: Well as he puts it, it's murder on his food budget.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Adam briefly wonders if he would have fit better as a Middle Ages knight-errant.
- Cartwright Curse: Let's sum up...
- Megan Reed = apparently mutilated and incinerated by Illuminati-augmented terrorists, actually Stockholm Syndrome
- Katrina Sutherland = blown to paste by Illuminati-augmented terrorist
- Fahl = burned at stake by Illuminati anti-aug terrorists
- For all Jensen knows, The Secret Masters scheme night and day to ruin his love life.
- Celibate Hero: Jensen's Cartwright Curse has led him to eschew romantic advances upon his person. He famously rejected the advances of "the Leda twins" - a pair of bisexual incestuous twin asari C-Sec officers and got them kicked off the force for sexual harassment when they wouldn't stop.
- Chick Magnet: Gets Tali, Brea, Aki and Manah all hot for him through his Knight in Shining Armor attitude.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Jensen will drop damn near anything to save someone in trouble, or punish their abusers. It's never turned out well for him. People know this In-Universe. The story seems to enjoy going great lengths to see what exactly he is willing to do for the sake of saving a life.Sarah Walker: "Jensen, I swear, if she asks you to solve her life's problems I will shoot her."
- Fahl calls him on it saying that he always, ALWAYS tries to help everyone but is worried of it slowly taking over his life and will eventually leave him a Broken Hero.
- Cold Sleep, Cold Future: Before Adam went into the Sarif Cache, he could at least rent an apartment in just about any major city. In the 2180s, he's the Frankenstein Monster.
- Curse Cut Short: In chapter 34.
- Cursed with Awesome: In chapter 28, Garrus tells him that no one feels sorry for him when he complains about what the augs let him do.
- Dark and Troubled Past: There have been hints that we don't know the true story of his origin.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dirty Business:
- He knows he had to kill Benezia. Benezia asked for it herself. That doesn't mean he liked doing it.
- Averted with Tartakovsky, who was far enough beyond the line that he didn't feel anything about giving a False Reassurance before siccing Hannibal on him.
- The Dreaded: To this very day, Batarian slavers have nightmares about "The Shadow of Elysium."
- Establishing Character Moment: In the prologue, despite being off-duty, he takes down a ten-Asari bank robbery single-handedly through stealth, offers himself to the last one in exchange for her hostage, then defeats her non-lethally but painfully when she still refuses to see the light.
- The Fettered: It actually takes quite a lot to push him to employ lethal methods and tactics. Way more than just having gunmen trying to kill him. But don't push your luck...
- Good Is Not Soft: He may do his best not to kill, but he's perfectly willing to punch people out or take An Arm and a Leg if need be. And if you go far enough beyond the line, he won't even regret it.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Adam. Even accounting for Udina's distorted views, much of(or at least the most noticeable factions of) humanity consider Adam to be "a walking war crime", despite his actions on Elysium.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Garrus, much in the vein of canon's Garrus and Male!Shepard.
- I Can't Dance: Challenging Shepard's dancing skills is Adam Jensen, as shown here. Garrus calls it "The Jensen," and "he did it for ten seconds, and Jensen wished to punch his partner in the face for every single one." As it later turns out, in Dosadi... he's only incapable of dancing to electronic stuff. Give him classical and he's just peachy.
- I Know Your True Name: Aleph refuses to call Adam anything other than Alif. When they first meet, Adam says that isn't his name. Only for Aleph to say "That is not the name your mother gave you."
- Irishman and a Jew: The dour, sensible half of his partnership.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He knows as a repeatedly demonstrated fact that he lives in a Crapsack Galaxy. But he gets up and kicks the crap out of pimps, serial killers and assassins because he's not going to just accept it.
- Lightning Bruiser: Adam is favorably compared In-Universe to Krogan.
- Living Macguffin: According to Udina, The Templars really want to get their hands on Adam.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Two so far:
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Jensen has made the Citadel his home and C-SEC his life because he hates what humanity has become while he slept in the Sarif Cache....he wanted to beat Lawson into a coma because he hated what he represented.
Or at least, humanity as the rest of the galaxy saw it. Young and arrogant, demanding and insulting... Powerful and dangerous.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Let Hein demonstrate Sympathy for the Hero to Tali;Hein: While many ran and cowered in their bunkers during the Blitz, Jensen took up arms to defend a people that did nothing but view him with suspicion and scorn. Over ten thousand people owe him their lives, and while all of them proved grateful in the end, The Alliance decided that this would not do, and had their buddies in the Templars burn his home. He then spent the next six to seven years righting wrongs and capturing dangerous criminals, making the Citadel a safer place and earning the respect of his co-workers in C-Sec. His reward for that? The Alliance plots to capture him and sell him out to the Order for making vanilla humans look bad. His reward for saving the life of a Quarian Pilgrim, exposing a corrupt Spectre in the process? The Council doesn't even give him so much as a pat on the head, and the pilgrim can't get past his mechanical parts and views him with suspicion and fear.
- One-Man Army: Jensen is the only reason Elysium is still standing. And given that the Alliance considers augs abominations, he did it with no support from local military forces.
- Primal Fear: Jensen hates fire.
- Powered Armor: He gains the Shinkawa 108 shortly before Caleston.
- Powers via Possession: When Aleph is active, Jensen gains worldshaking biotic and tech powers.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He is a Supreme Chef, and he still wears the coat with flowers printed on the shoulders.
- Reluctant Monster: After a fashion. Many view Jensen as some sort of monster for being augmented the way he is, with both Ashley and Tali believing that no one would've had augmentation that extensive unless they were power-hungry. Historically, DX:HR players know that this was all from an Emergency Transformation and it is well known what Jensen's reaction to the whole thing actually is:"I never asked for this."
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: In chapter 19 Aki diagnoses him with the classical symptoms due to his Elysium experiences.
- Sherlock Scan: Jensen has this as part of his pre-Sarif package. He doesn't make a big deal of it, though... Except when he gives The Summation to an enemy pre- or even mid-combat to Break Them by Talking.
- Shrouded in Myth:
- According to the backstory, Adam Ghosted through the events of Human Revolution. As a result, most records of his exploits and his abilities are vague and imprecise. For example, Lunchbox initially believes that Adam has Eye Beams.
- Even those with access to reliable records tend to underestimate him, as all of his training is civilian; Bachelor's in Criminal Justice from UOPX, DPD SWAT, SI Chief of Security, C-Sec Homicide. From that point of view, you can't blame most people for thinking "Pencil Pusher" or "Doughnut Destruction Device" instead of "Elite Wetworks Asset". At least not until after he starts re-enacting Ghost in the Shell scenes - both philosophical and asskicking.
- A new legend is in the making thanks to his actions on Caleston, as of chapter 24.
- According to the backstory, Adam Ghosted through the events of Human Revolution. As a result, most records of his exploits and his abilities are vague and imprecise. For example, Lunchbox initially believes that Adam has Eye Beams.
- Super Mode: Thanks to Aleph using Powers via Possession. Although it can't be maintained for longer than a few minutes.
- Teleport Spam: Has apparently learned to do this as of chapter 28. Suggested to be due to Shepard's influence via her Soulcatcher or Alpeh's Powers via Possession leaking through to Adam.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Adam really, really wants to practice this. You don't want to push his Berserk Button.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In a way. Adam's more of a brawler, relying instead on methodical Awesomeness by Analysis to dissect an opponent's style before committing, but has no formal melee weapons training. On Caleston, he needs to think outside the box to defeat Leon and was dead man walking against Caim. On Ilium, Toombs nearly beat him. On Noveria, Jules's skill prevents him from getting the time needed to plan a counter. The Warrior calls him out on his overreliance on his augs in chapter 31, Calling Back to the boss fights against the Tyrants where that failed him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Adam's afraid of fire, and it slows him down in chapter 38. He intellectually knows his Powered Armor is flameproof but he can't control the instinctual reaction. But it's also a Berserk Button, so push it too far at your own risk.
"Now there's an exotic weapon. Mind if I tweak it?"
"Voiced" By: Khary PaytonAn infamous arms dealer who operated in New York City Hell's Kitchen in 2052. After the Collapse, he joined the Omar, finding "the living embodiment of the black market" to be the home he never knew he had. Having only grown more cunning with time and now pushing 200, he joins the crew of the Durendal as their quartermaster.
- Actor Allusion: A composite of two characters by the same VA.
- Brain in a Jar: As a Omar he is essentially a organic brain residing in a cybernetic body.
- Composite Character: Of Smuggler and Drebin. According to Word of God, this was based mainly on the fact that the characters not only had identical jobs, but the same VA.
- Cultural Rebel
- Hive Mind: Averted, while most Omar follow this trope, Smuggler cut his own connection with the collective and thus doesn't consider himself a real Omar.
- Impossible Thief: He toys with this by swiping the energy pack out of a gun he's being threatened with by Grey. In full few of the crew. Staging it as a magic act.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Tries to play himself off as "just a merchant", not a fighter. Adam isn't fooled, pointing out the stabiliser augments and damage marks that no mere merchant would have.
"Like I said, Focus."
"Voiced By:" Gaspard UllielAn Operative of the Illuminati. Is also really Alex Denton, protagonist of Deus Ex: Invisible War and the third Denton sibling, which also means that he is related to Adam as well.
- Badass Longcoat: A dark blue one.
- Cool Shades/Sinister Shades
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When powered up, his Creepy Blue Eyes can be seen right through his shades.
- Life Drain: Has a specific nanoaugmentation which allows him to break down the bodies of anyone he can get his hands on to use as raw materials to repair his own physical damage.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Implied if not outright stated to be the father of Ramsus and his sister, the second Subject Zero.
- Master Swordsman
- Nigh-Invulnerability: is able to shrug off most physical damage using nanoaugmentation to form a carbon layer around his body.
- Required Secondary Powers: His nanoaug armour can't completely stop kinetic energy transfer, allowing Ursus to stun him with a strong enough punch to the head.
- Walking Spoiler
- World's Strongest Man: He is considered the most powerful human being since JC Denton.
JC DentonLittle is known what exactly happened to JC after the events of Deus Ex: The Conspiracy but his legacy remains, for good or ill.
- The Ghost: He has a significant impact on the plot but has yet to make a direct appearance. He may be dead.
- The Mutiny: He reformed the Illuminati with the best of intentions - to repair the damage caused by the Collapse. However, greed got to the other members of the Illuminati, who ultimately orchestrated his downfall.
Mass Effect Characters
Detective Sergeant Garrus Vakarian, C-Sec
"Try keeping up with a cyborg for the past four years! I guarantee it'll keep you in tippy-top shape."
"Voiced" By: Brandon KeenerThe poor cuttlebone who Executor Pallin stuck with the job of partnering with perhaps the most powerful - and most hated - human being alive. He actually likes both the job and the human.
- Abusive Parents: His biological mother far from it. His adopted mother, on the other hand, held his head underwater until he gave up his birth name.
- Amazon Chaser: "Neither did I, but it turns out I've got a thing for strong human women who can kick my ass. Who knew?"
- Badass Normal: When Doctor Chakwas takes a look at him, she notes that he is in excellent physical condition, being even more healthy and fit than Nihlus. His quote up there sums it up.
- Badass in Distress: Has this happen to him in chapters 4 and 28, with lampshade hanging in 28:A: So, is this going to be a thing? You get caught, stripped naked, tied up, then needing me to rescue your naked ass?G: Hey, I didn't get tortured this time. So...progress!
- Berserk Button: Don't mock him about his mother.
- Collapsible Helmet: The Powered Armor he starts using in chapter 38 has one.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Combines it with Deadpan Snarker.
- Dark and Troubled Past: If the nightmares he experiences in chapter 41 are any indication. According to Interlude 2 his birth name is Brutus Valerius.IN THIS HOLE WE TOSSED THE NAMELESS BASTARD OF A BROKEN HOUSE...YOU LET THEM ERASE OUR NAME. NOW YOU'LL JOIN US IN THE DARKNESS.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Green-Eyed Monster: When Neil asks if the Black Queen ever tried to Mind Rape him, Garrus responds by saying he heard her but just ignored it. She tried using his feelings of jealousy but it gets revealed that while Garrus is jealous of Adam, he dealt with it a long time ago and he prefers to focus more on what he can do better than him and keeping up with rather than trying to outdo Adam.
- Flying Firepower: As of Chapter 38, when he gets a modified version of the Templars' flight-capable Seraph Powered Armor.
- Friendly Sniper
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Him and Jensen, much in the vein of canon's Garrus and Male!Shepard.
- Irishman and a Jew: The loud, boisterous half of the Vakarian/Jensen duo.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Give him a sniper rifle. Watch the magic happen.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: He takes a page from Adam's pagebook in chapter 22. Adam can't find it in himself to criticise.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In chapter 38, he starts using a modified Seraph flying Powered Armor.
- Royal Blood: Possibly; it has been hinted in Chapter 41 that Garrus Vakarian may not have been his original name. His original family house has been lost to history and experiences a nightmare about them dragging him into a shallow grave. In Interlude 2 we learn that he was the son of an Archon of one of Palaven's cities.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Due to injury that he took during the fall of Omega, he doesn't remember his birth family.
Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, Migrant Fleet
"I hope that you speak for the fallen. I hope that you prove some small thing, a small, tiny, but precious thing to me: that there's one other person in this whole galaxy that... that LISTENED to this, and cared, and did the right thing when it was so much easier to do nothing."
"Voiced" By: Liz SrokaA young Quarian on Pilgrimage who meets Adam and Garrus after running afoul of a violent mob. After being rescued, she is hired by Edgar Hein as an engineer on the Durendal.
- A-Cup Angst: Compares herself to Brea with obvious results.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: In chapter 32, her trained-in reflexes have her trying to salvage parts from a wrecked mech which turns out to be not so wrecked after all.
- The Engineer
- First Contact: The first Quarian to ever delve into cyberspace and interact with the Geth, made possible through previous interactions with Aleph.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She has a tendency to get somewhat jealous of the other women she thinks are getting too close to Adam.
- Hero with Bad Publicity
- Never My Fault: Has been brought up to believe in this no thanks to quarian culture.
- Not So Different: The geth believe this especially regarding the way she fights in cyberspace.
- Rescue Romance: It's complicated and one sided. Tali has a pretty clear crush on Jensen after he saved her life, but she's mildly horrified by his augmentations. Besides, even if she were able to look past that, he's not interested.
- Sticky Fingers: A habit of quarians to salvage whatever they can from what would otherwise be useless scrap.
- Ungrateful Bastard: A very mild version, but she still views Jensen with suspicion and fear despite the fact that he's saved her life because she has difficulty seeing him past his augs. Notably, she's fully aware that she's being ungrateful, and feels really guilty about it. Not enough to get over her suspicions though.
Urdnot Wrex, Mercenary for Hire
"He who risks nothing wins nothing"A Krogan mercenary whose past is murkier than it first seems. He is also one of the Shadow Broker's many agents.
- An Axe to Grind: He picks up a Templar axe on Caleston.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His official rap sheet includes "Two hundred and sixty-seven counts of driving under the influence, three hundred and seventy-five counts of vandalism and assault, and one count littering...
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: ...although that littering is a bit more serious since he used another Krogan's ripped off genitals to do it.
- Cutting the Knot: When Adam prepares to go up against a physiopharmaceutically-augmented clone Turian, Adam visualizes a Super-Detailed Fight Narration in Bullet Time. Then Wrex barrels in and takes the clone out.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In chapter 36 he removes Bryce Lawson's Cyanide Pill before the latter can use it.
- Dare to Be Badass: In chapter 36 he calls out Bau on backing down from a fight with Manticore.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Gets extremely defensive whenever Bakara is mentioned.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: He might be a Krogan with centuries of experience but he sees little reason to keep searching for Tali after she's kidnapped by members of a cult and dragged onto the streets during an anti-Quarian riot.
- Pragmatic Hero: In his words "You don't let mad Varrens live, boy, you put them down and eat them."
- Refusal of the Call: Bakara refers to him in her audio logs as the "Crownless Prince. The Coward. The Runaway." His refusal may have led to Urdnot Wreav taking power in his place.
- Shoot the Dog: Blasts a hole through Draven's chest just as he was about to shake off his Leng persona.
- Revenge Before Reason: Tries to strangle Bau after learning that the Krogan race has been completely sterile for 15 years.
- Royal Blood
- Tame His Anger: In contrast to Wreav, who represents the full barbarity of the Krogan, Wrex feels similar urges but can keep them in check long enough to make rational decisions...for the most part.
Commander Junko Zayne Shepard, HSA
"Well, goshdarnit, would you mind explaining to this poor colony farmgirl what this Frankenstein nonsense is about? I swears I can't hardly keep up with all this core-world nonsense of yers!"A renowned human soldier in the Systems Alliance. Well known for her general heroics and ignoring the chain of command to do the right thing.
- The Ace: The strongest human biotic on record, able to create a mass-less conduit which is a skill asari supposedly take a century to master.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even as she's acknowledged as "the best the Alliance ever produced", it's clear that her wilfulness and sense of humor didn't make her popular with most higher-ups.
- Compelling Voice: If Ramsus is to be believed
- Doomed by Canon: Inverted Or is it?
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Has "milky pale skin and raven hair".
- First Episode Spoiler/Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to discuss her role in this fic without spoiling yourself.
- For Want of a Nail: Although she gets possibly-canon Mindoir origin, the changes the Deus Ex crossover wrought on the Mass Effect timeline mean that she met and became involved with Alenko years earlier, and both were present on Torfan and took down their commanding officer to keep it from becoming a massacre. Her actions on Torfan in turn get her assassinated.
- Killed Off for Real Or is it?
- Mental Fusion: Adam seems to have taken on some of her characteristics due to interfacing with her Soulcatcher, including Charge use and "I should go".
- Obfuscating Stupidity: See the quote above. It's used to knock Ashley down a peg.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Without her death and Adam getting involved in the subsequent investigation, he would never have gotten involved in Saren's plot.
- Posthumous Character: For most of the story; she only appears briefly before being found dead at the end of the second prologue.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Repeatedly, to the point of her legend being built on it. In addition to taking down her commanding officer on Torfan to prevent it becoming a bloodbath, she dropped her ship's Marines to help save Elysium in defiance of orders, leading to other ships doing the same, and is implied to have made choosing lives over orders a habit; she's fondly referred to as "Junko 'fuck that noise!' Shepard." It's what led the Alliance to assassinate her.
- Secret Relationship: With Alenko, since she's his commanding officer. A few of their friends, including Anderson, are in the know.
- Soul Jar: Implied with the Soulcatcher. At first it seems that it was unsuccessful in preserving her mind, but a series of odd happenings since Adam interacted with it have brought that into question. Time will tell if it is ultimately successful.
Captain David Anderson, HSA
"When you hand over that evidence to the Council, and when they come back to you and declare Saren rogue, vindicating you in front of every representative of the Citadel races, I want you to remember this: It was a quarian, a turian and a cyborg that made it all possible."
"Voiced" By: Keith DavidAnderson is a renowned captain of the Alliance Navy and also the commanding officer of the SSV Normandy.
- Actor Allusion: In chapter 41 he leads a team to the Burger Town.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His battlesuit has two red optics.
- Good Old Ways: Deliberately uses equipment that other N7s have left behind.
- Inspector Javert: Despite usually being a Reasonable Authority Figure, he has a chip on his shoulder where Hein's concerned.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Anderson is determined, almost desperately so, to continue fighting the good fight in a galaxy whose systems seem constantly out to test and betray his faith in them.
- The Last DJ: Udina points out that Anderson's not playing the political game is why he's not an admiral yet.
- More Dakka: Uses a LMG.
- Parental Substitute: To Shepard.
- The Power of Hate: In chapter 23, he keeps Benezia's influence at bay by focusing on his hatred of Saren and her.
- Powered Armor: Uses the (N7) Destroyer battlesuit.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For the most part, he's fair where most are prejudiced by Fantastic Racism or personal interests. However, it's also subverted in that he's unreasonably quick to blame Hein for things that go wrong, especially when there's the possibility Hein was involved in Shepard's death.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Possibly in the throes of one after latching onto the notion that Saren masterminded Shepard's murder leading Anderson to moments of Revenge Before Reason.
Executor Venari Pallin, C-Sec
"Jensen! By all the Spirits of Palaven what in the HELL were you thinking sending an AIA agent into a COMA?!"
"Voiced" By: Michael IronsidePallin is Da Chief of C-Sec. And he knows he is Da Chief of C-Sec. And that means he knows it is his responsibility to ride herd on talented hotheads like Vakarian and Jensen without keeping them from exercising those talents to keep the galaxy's most advanced insect colony from burning from the inside out. Stern but fair. Also a believer in Cool and Unusual Punishment.
- Dare to Be Badass: When he first met Adam seven years ago, Adam was a bum. He concluded his recruitment pitch to Adam with such a moment.
- The Last DJ: He has a rather strong disregard for politics.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Off with His Head!: He was killed several days before Adam and co. returned to the Citadel after Noveria. His head was twisted off.
- Sour Supporter: He has learned to take Jensen and Vakarian's antics vaguely in stride. For his sins, Garrus gets to spend a day as a telekinetic plaything for asari teenagers. And since he smells a rat when Sarah Walker shows up, he gives Jensen a new Hand Cannon. Good thing, as the reader can probably guess how much Jensen ends up needing extra firepower - especially given how Walker insists on Tempting Fate... Later on when the Spectres insist on keeping the true nature of Shepard's killer hidden, he lets Jensen and Vakarian go off on paid leave with the unsaid understanding that they will investigate.
Lieutenant Kaidan Alenko, HSA
"[Jensen] was just doing his job, Chief."An Alliance marine and L2 biotic, he is Staff Lieutenant as well as head of Marine detail aboard the Normandy.
- Doomed by Canon: Inverted
- Off with His Head!: How he dies.
- Secret Relationship: With Shepard, since she's his commanding officer.
Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams, HSA
"Holy Mother of… that was him! The Monster!"Another Alliance marine who was saved by Shepard on Eden Prime and later joined the Normandy crew. Not a big fan of aliens or augments.
- Fantastic Racism: Her prejudice towards augs is stronger than her canon mistrust of aliens. The latter is still there, though; she can't see the situation as anything other than human vs alien and can't imagine humans fighting humans.
- Glory Days: Continually strives to clear her family's shame on Shanxi. This attitude Ramsus claims is what keeps her from achieving greatness.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Jacob diagnoses her joining the Alliance military as trying to recover the family honour originally lost by her grandfather.
- Skilled, but Naïve: She must be very capable to have made Gunny at her relatively young age, especially considering how the Alliance has it out for her family, but she has a black and white, us versus them attitude and is still unaccustomed to the horrors of war.
Corporal Richard L. JenkinsHe survives Eden Prime and goes on to play a larger role than in Mass Effect.
- Doomed by Canon: Averted.
- Doomed Hometown: Eden Prime. However, it's later mentioned that his family survived due to being out in the countryside instead of in Constant, where the Geth hit.
- Eye Scream: Gets his eyes carved out with a superheated blade
- Electronic Eyes: After being blinded by Caim. He'd rather have new ones cloned and transplanted, but they're expensive.
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards Shepard, who he latched onto as both a mentor and hero figure. He's devastated when she's found murdered.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Skilled, but Naïve: For all his ignorance about how the world really works, he does manage to hold off a Wanzer with a Mako for some time, which various more experienced characters recognise is impressive.
- Took a Level in Badass: Post augmentation.
Sergeant James Vega
"They're not dead, just lazy, sir."'An Alliance soldier selected by Anderson as a replacement on the Normandy.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears way ahead of canon schedule.
- Nice Guy: Offers support to Jenkins after Jenkins was forced to get electronic implants after being blinded.
- What the Hell, Hero?: To Anderson when they abandon Ashley and Jenkins on the Caleston mission.
Lieutenant Jacob Taylor, HSA
"I've had enough of your self-flagellation bullshit. Get the fuck out of your cell and get to work - that's an order."A biotic assigned to the Normandy as Alenko's replacement.
- Made a Slave: Spent his childhood as a restavec. Which is equivalent to modern child slavery.
- The Mole: Being part of the AIA he is a potential one on the Normandy. However he doesn't seem privy to some of the AIA's more insidious pet projects.
- Precision F-Strike: In chapter 25 to Ashley."I've had enough of your self-flagellation bullshit. Get the fuck out of your cell and get to work - that's an order."
- Reluctant Monster: His view of his biotics.
Admiral Steven Hackett, HSA
"Heroes feel the need to save everyone they can, carry all their burdens even if that's the last thing they need. They get sidetracked. They lose sight of the big picture."Hackett is a renowned admiral of the Alliance Navy. A life-long career of Realpolitik has burned the idealism from him, and he knows things will go From Bad to Worse. History will decide how much of that is his fault.
- Actor Allusion: “Thousands of people died on Eden Prime.... And our world just fucking watches.".
- I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for selecting Johann as a Spectre candidate.
- Secret Keeper: Knows a lot more about the true nature of the Alliance than he's letting on, or at the very least willing to discuss with Anderson and Udina.
Jondum Bau, Citadel SPEcial Tactics and REconnaissance
"I look forward to working with you, Captain Anderson."Bau is the Spectre tasked by the Citadel to retrieve Manah T'soni for her knowledge on Protheans and their Element Zero refining.
- Brutal Honesty:
- Flatly tells Manah in chapter 24 that all she'll get out of following them is protective custody. In 25 he doesn't attempt to preserve face before the Council but admits Benezia's whisperings in his mind.
- Subverted in chapter 37 where he chooses to go with a politically convenient half truth about Dosadi rather than expose Scholar's crimes.
- In chapter 42 he admits to Elsa's face that he's not telling her the whole story.
- Hero of Another Story: He comes into the story shortly after returning from another mission.
- Inspector Zenigata: Of sorts. Don't forget, he's 100% sympathetic to Shepard in the original game.
- We Have Become Complacent: Comes to this realisation on Noveria after SSC goons refuse to accept his Spectrehood as a free entry pass.
Veetor'Nara vas Qwib Qwib, Migrant Fleet
"...They're going to execute us: someone detonated a toxic gas bomb near the bazaar, and they think a Quarian is responsible. They'll beat us, hang us, then burn our corpses, and if we're lucky, they'll do it In That Order."A Quarian pilgrim currently employed on the Durendal as a mechanic. Provides commentary and technical advice to the crew.
- Deadpan Snarker: When referring to what happens to people who offend the Zorah clan.
- Nice Guy: Just like in canon.
Doctor Conrad Verner AKA Jake Armitage
"N-no way, err, chummer! I'm not going to fall for-WHOA!"Every Mass Effect fan knows this ditzy nerd. Except in this milieu, he thinks Adam Jensen is cooler than Commander Shepard. Adam's too nice to shoot him in the foot, settling for dropping him out of air vents.
- Accidental Hero / Clueless Detective: Sometime in the past year of his incompetent do-gooding career, he apparently wiped out a psychotic criminal's organization by accident. A hilarious, explosive accident - a Sneeze of Doom that took out a heavy frigate.
- Achievements in Ignorance
- Badass on Paper: Taken as a whole, Conrad's achievements seem pretty spectacular. Right up until you meet the poor schmuck in person.
- Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Mistook a pre-Collapse Shadowrun Sourcebook for a history text and not only inadvertently ''created a network for freelance mercenaries but turned out to be a half-decent one!
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Often overlaps with Achievements in Ignorance
- Ditzy Genius: Earned a doctorate in dark energy physics with a minor in xenotechnology. His dissertation on dark-energy based Time Dilation is hailed as revolutionary. Couldn't tell a Tabletop RPG sourcebook from a history textbook until someone pointed out the fine print.
- The above demonstrates how ditzy he is. Chapter 44 demonstrates what a genius he is. Tela Vasir decides to confiscate the Durendal's cache of Prothean artifacts (and will Leave No Witnesses), so she throws down FTL "tire spikes". Conrad "plows through the problem like a college fratboy with his first time."
- Heroic Wannabe: As in canon, though his obsession's with Adam rather than Shepard here... So he wears a green leather coat, round sunglasses and goes by the pseudonym "Jake Armitage".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Apparently he crossed paths with Toombs by interfering with the latter's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Hein is impressed enough by his academic skills and his Shadowrunner contacts to recruit him. Jensen is too nice to start crying.
- Shipper on Deck: Has apparently written Adam shipfic before.
- Vigilante Man: What he was trying to be on Ilium.
Sun-Mi Echo Alpha Six AKA "Kasumi Goto"
"I like acrobatics, thieving and romance vids."
"Voiced" By: Olivia WildeA clone who decided she was more than that and decided to make herself a living as a dream hacker.
- Actor Allusion:
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears way ahead of canon schedule.
- Expy: By the author's own admission, a Composite Character taking parts from Quorra of TRON: Legacy, Sonmi 451 from Cloud Atlas and Caroline from Dollhouse.
- First-Person Smartass
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: Decided she was more than a mindless clone.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In chapter 34 she corrupts the memory of an enemy operative who used a Memory Gambit to trick Adam and Spooky, using a move that pays Homage to Remember Me.
- Le Parkour
- Phlebotinum Dependence: Needs a chemical called soap to keep functioning properly.
- Spy Catsuit: Wore one for the Europa Genomics infiltration.
- Transferable Memory
"There is power in child-birth... in creation. To shape a life, to turn it towards greatness or despair. It is a power that my people squander with an obsession with war."A Krogan female Adam and Hannibal find in Peak 15. Turns out to be Administrator.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears way ahead of canon schedule.
- Does Not Like Men: Tries to refuse Adam's help at first.
- Gilded Cage: Her holding at Peak 15.
- Heel–Face Turn: Her growing affection for the Peak 15 children under her care eventually led her to rebel.
- Krogan Scientists Get No Respect
- Mama Bear:
- Motherly Scientist: To the children who were experimented on in Peak 15.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Her role in recreating the Dayaks. As well as her involvement in experimenting on the child test subjects which led to the majority of their deaths.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: While she laments the fact that every new generation of Krogan is bred to be more violent and savage with each generation by the males, she acknowledges that the females of the Krogan species are also somewhat to blame for this trend.
- Stop Being Stereotypical"As much as I loathe our men for being war-obsessed murderers... I must confess that we women are just as much to blame for the sad state of affairs of our race. We part our legs for the strongest, most violent of these murderers. Our vaginas moisten at the sight of their grisly war trophies, the lips part at the songs of hate and revenge. But the worst part is our inability to bond with our children in their formative years. It is an evolved response: With the staggering death rates before nuclear fire burned our world, there was little point in spending time on children who may die tomorrow. The males, on the other hand, bond with them almost immediately. Even as most of our children die in their eggs, we can't bring ourselves to bond with the few that don't. Meanwhile, our men take our children away, and they whisper stories of glorious, glorious battle. And they listen. Eventually us women do bond with our children, and we do our best to teach our wisdom... but it's too late. It is time for me change that."
Saren Arterius, Citadel SPEcial Tactics and REconnaissance
"HOW? FOUR of my Myrmidons and EIGHT of your Huntresses tasked in killing one – ONE! - little quarian girl and they FAIL?"Saren is the Citadel Council's most trusted agent. He is also an anti human bigot with a personal vendetta against Hein.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: The Illuminati has a kill switch that will stop Saren's heart and cybernetic implants if he gets too far out of line.
- Dark Messiah: To the Geth. For supposedly saving them from a human conspiracy to control them.
- Dragon with an Agenda
- Fantastic Racism: Just like in the source work, he's rigidly anti-human.
- It's Personal: His brother Desolas died on Shanxi, personally killed by Hein.
- Skyward Scream: He does this in chapter 25.
"No, do not pray for a saviour. I can feel your thoughts turning to your storybooks. There are no woodcutters. There are no riders and no slayers of beasts coming for you."An Asari matriarch working with Saren as per ME canon.
- Black Eyes of Evil: When under the Black Queen's control.
- Chrome Champion/Instant Armor: When the Black Queen goes One-Winged Angel.
- Cynicism Catalyst: It's implied that Liara's death contributed to her susceptibility to the Black Queen's machinations, although since we learn of the event from the Black Queen herself, it is unclear how much of it is the truth.
- Dying as Yourself
- Offing the Offspring: It's implied she suffocated one of her daughters after the girl was damaged by Manah's power.
- Outside-Context Villain: The Deep Eyes at least view the Black Queen as something they've neither trained nor prepared for.
- The Vamp: Freely uses her sexual wiles to her advantage.
- Villainous Breakdown: After the Black Queen takes over and Adam rejects her temptations again."Again, you deny me!? I, who has seduced the immortal Akasha Lords themselves?! I, who tempted the Mesian high priests from their Machine Idol?! I, who sundered EMPIRES with naught but a whisper?! You are NOTHING compared to them, and you are nothing compared to ME!"
"I HAVE to kill them all! Don't you understand?! They deserve to die! They ALL DESERVE TO DIE!"
"Voiced" By: Jeremy PivenOur other canonical Akuze survivor. Leader of the CAT 6 mercenary group and former member of the DEEP EYES.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Starting as Just One Man, even if formerly from an elite USMC unit he was Deep Eyes with Edward and the others, he built a mercenary group able to overcome the Big Three's attempts at defending the scientists who experimented on him.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: "Desert Wind", a poleaxe with a high-frequency Chainsaw.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Whatever the genuine grudge he did have against the Illuminati scientists who experimented on him, he lost the moral high ground when he started taking hostages with intent to kill.
- Meaningful Name: His Kua Fu Powered Armor was named for a mythical giant that wished to capture the sun but overestimated himself, just like Toombs thought he was dealing blows to the Illuminati and their "greatest agent" Conrad but ended up chasing ghosts and harming innocents instead.
- Powered Armor: Wears a Chinese-made M33-B Kua Fu, which has very powerful polymer muscle fibre cords and strong kinetic barriers.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As in canon, only instead of Shepard stopping him from killing the last of the scientists, it was Conrad.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Wanted to avenge himself not just on the Illuminati but also their descendants.
"Fight hard, Terran. I hunger for a good fight. Just kidding, I just want you to DIE."
"Voiced" By: Jason MomoaWrex's half-brother, who is apparently working with the Saren and the Geth.
- An Arm and a Leg: Took enough sustained gunfire to shoot off his limbs and survived. Good Thing You Can Heal though.
- Cain and Abel
- Collapsible Helmet
- Drop the Hammer: He has a hammer made of black iron, glowing red, with a telescoping spike that turns its victims into Husks.
- The Dragon: Warlord of Tuchanka or not, he still answers to Saren.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In chapter 39 he mocks Elsa in his mental dialogue for having "human sentimentality" that led her to fall for his Batman Gambit to lure her away from destroying his drop pods.
- Large and in Charge: Thanks to his Bio-augmentations, Wreav stands at nearly 3 meters tall and weighs in at about a ton. Without Wrex to oppose him, Wreav became Warlord of Tuchanka.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even bigger, stronger and faster than Wrex.
- Outliving One's Offspring: As terrible a person Wreav is, he does experience a lot of grief from this.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He freely insults Elsa for being a woman.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Threatens to do this to the rest of the galaxy in recompense for the Genophage... Which in this universe has completely sterilized the krogan as per the STG update. Apparently Mordin wasn't involved, because they got it wrong.
Ambassador Donnel Udina, HSA
"(Jensen)'s a walking declaration to all the Citadel races that humans are WEAK. That we need machines to prop ourselves up to keep up with the Turians, the Asari and the Salarians!"Udina is the human ambassador to the Citadel.
- Ass in Ambassador: He is rude, condescending and a jerk to pretty much everyone. Unless he has to kiss their ass, of course.
- Jerk Ass: BIG TIME.
- Ungrateful Bastard: And how. Taking all the credit and not even acknowledging other people's work is a habit of his.
"Do not question the integrity of the Order or the Code. You do not have the right."An asari Justicar searching for her Ardat-Yakshi daughter Morinth.
- Break Them by Talking/Talking the Monster to Death: Played with. Adam doesn't outright manage to get her to stand down, but the doubts he created weakened her will and thus her Barrier, allowing him to knock her out.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears way ahead of canon schedule.
- Inspector Javert: Gets suckered into going after Manah.
"Come! And remember what it is to fight a TRUE Promethean!"
"Voiced" By: Richard MaddenThe first and last of a race of cybernetic constructs created by STEVEN to fight and win a war that had been stuck at a stalemate for thousands of years. After much pain and bloodshed, the Prometheans took it upon themselves to repair the horrific damage they had inflicted upon the galaxy by raising the younger races of the galaxy to their level of technological mastery. Obviously, they didn't succeed.
- Badass Long Robe
- Beehive Barrier: Exhibited in chapter 15.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: He has blades hidden in his forearms.
- Catch Phrase: "Don't be afraid."
- Cool Mask
- Deus Est Machina: Essentially a Precursor Helios. His people ruled the galaxy in ancient times by casting themselves as gods and their powers as magic. Those too intelligent to accept this at face value were in turn educated in the underlying physical laws of said powers, becoming "wizards".Hein: It's how the Protheans managed their population: though awe in the common folk... and by seducing the uncommon folk with wonders, and into enlightenment.
- Deus Exit Machina: Adam notes with some dismay in chapter 35 that he's not around when it would have been convenient.
- Energy Absorption:
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Green ones.
- Manly Tears: When he recalls the billions he had let die by sparing the Black Queen in the past.
- Mental Fusion: Combines with Adam during the battle with the Black Queen. And from chapter 46, the memory fusion seems to be going both ways.
- The Needs of the Many: Believes that Adam needs to adopt this philosophy if he intends to save the galaxy.
- Nice Hat: Wears a headdress that looks vaguely Indonesian.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He becomes frightened in chapter 31 when he realises he's running out of time to tell Adam about the Shibboleth.
- Teleport Spam: According to the footage caught by Saren, he used repeated Charges when fighting the Black Queen. But it's ambiguous whether this is his talent... or Shepard's.
- Walking Spoiler
The SpookiesHailing from Soul Hackers, they are presented as a group of hackers operating on Caleston for the past few years, and act as a helping hand to Hein's operation on the planet.
- The Alleged Car: The "Spookies" van that houses their gear and serves as a mobile HQ to them and the Deep Eyes.
- Playful Hacker: In full accord with their source material.
Fawkes "Spooky" Moody
"Those fascist pigs saved our sorry asses from getting shot in the back of the head execution style by a bunch of religious fascist pigs, so show some gratitude and enlighten them, will ya?!"
"Voiced" By: David DuchovnyThe leader and founder of the group.
- Actor Allusion: A Duchovny character surnamed Moody.
- Composite Character: Of Spooky from Soul Hackers and Fox Mulder from The X-Files. Which is slightly insane, considering the SMT Spooky was an Expy of Mulder to begin with.
- The Cracker:
- Consummate Professional:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Must Have Nicotine: Like his SMT source, he's fond of smoking to chill his nerves. He's polite enough to cut it out once he sees Manah can't stand the smoke.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: He sees very little reason to stick his neck out to fight the power and is inwardly disappointed that Lunchbox wants to join the ranks of those struggling against the Illuminati, because he knows just how poorly that ends.
Manuel "Lunchbox" Melligen
"Your guess is as good as mine, dude. Maybe she found a way to hack souls?"
"Voiced" By: Matthew LillardThe youngest and most naive of the group.
- Composite Character: Of Lunch from Soul Hackers and Immanuel Goldstein AKA "Cereal Killer" from Hackers.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: He's the first one to suggest that the Black Queen spread her mental control of Caleston through the chains of command of the various organizations on the planet. The Queen later reveals that this was more or less exactly what happened.
- Mythology Gag: See the quote above.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: In chapter 26, he films a pair of Asari dancers for analysis purposes and does so entirely straight-faced, without the slightest hint of arousal.
- Tinfoil Hat: He's certain that the Black Queen is screwing with everyone's minds and that Asari in general do it to appear more attractive. He makes an actual tinfoil hat and puts it on as he explains his theory to Manah.
Square Enix Characters
Colonel Edgar Hein, USMC (medically discharged), DARPA
"I prefer to think of myself as more of a jerk."
"Voiced" By: James WoodsThe smartest self-confessed Jerk Ass you will ever meet. He's got his own ship loaded with state-of-the-art technology and an interest in Jensen. Whether or not this ends well is probably in the eye of the beholder.
- Actor Allusion: The original Hein was indeed voiced by James Woods.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a crafty, manipulative and politically savvy genius whose past military record is nothing to scoff at, and despite having been medically discharged from the USMC, he sniffs out a cloaked Jensen where the Deep Eyes could not, shoots a thrown grenade out of the air, holds his own against batarian pirates with an Automatic Crossbow and defeats a group of ex-Alliance mercenaries in CQC.
- Big Good: Given his objectives and motivations he's this for Jensen.
- Colonel Badass
- Crazy Awesome: proves himself this by tricking slavers into boarding his ship and then killing said slavers with an Automatic Crossbow while laughing maniacally.
- Crazy-Prepared: He carries cardboard boxes with him on the off chance he might need to sneak about.
- Dare to Be Badass: In chapter 23."Well then, there you have it gentlemen. Are you going to show less spine than a petite Asari?"
- Disappeared Dad: He was this to Shepard.
- Expy: Straight from the author's mouth:
- Hidden Depths: He really is that crazy, what with the Beacon Contact Syndrome, but consider that he's put more thought in the possible consequences of humanity's Spectre candidates than the ones actually in charge of the selection process, he's manipulated what events just happened to get Adam in his debt and beneath his scheming and insanity, he's playing his own scenario for the long game, of which we currently know one objective: to destroy the Illuminati. He's also among the few people to believe Jensen to be a true hero, hence why he uses him as he does.
- It's Personal: The Illuminati killed his daughter - Shepard - and he wants them wiped out.
- Jerkass: During his introduction, he manages to insult every other person in the room.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Surprisingly, Hein shows shades of this, manipulating events so Shepard's body is returned to Anderson for burial rather than being shipped to Alliance Researchers, and brokering a deal to hire Tali.
- Mad Scientist
- Magnificent Bastard: He has many plans in play while keeping everyone on their toes just wondering what the crazy bastard's going to do next: from keeping Shepard's body from the AIA, to engineering Jensen's recruitment just after witnessing his theft of the Soulcatcher data, to pretty much predicting that Manah will go with them instead of the Normandy crew.
- My Skull Runneth Over: His not inconsiderable level of crazy is suggested to be at least partially due to "Beacon Contact Syndrome" after barging in on an experiment on the Mars beacon. He'd be even crazier if it wasn't for his meds, but he's still considered to be doing pretty good for a guy who got his brain "fried".
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- In chapter 23, Garrus is surprised when Hein starts appearing to be reasonable.
- He invokes this in chapter 28, telling Adam that if the mess at Armax was one of his gags, he would have pointed it out while laughing, but he isn't.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: So far, he has exhibited knowledge of biochemistry, cybernetics and cyberwarfare.
- Only Sane Man: He feels like this with regards to Illuminati fearmongering of Grey Goo.
- Red Baron: "The Madman of Shanxi", for pulling an orbital drop to save Jack Harper and doing far more to hamper the Turians in a light wanzer than most could hope to achieve in a medium or heavy.
- Rock Beats Laser: Subverted; the reason he can get away with bringing Automatic Crossbows to a gunfight is because the bolts release Snowblind, which confounds kinetic barrier sensors.
- Stepford Smiler: The last part of chapter 28 pretty much explicitly states that a fair bit of his mania is a mask.
- Talking to the Dead: At the end of chapter 28 with Shepard.
- Troll: Hein prefers fear and/or loathing to indifference, and gets bored easily. He also has his very own state-of-the-art 22nd-century laboratory. Do the math and tremble in fear and loathing.
Agent Aya Brea
"Jensen, I swear, if she asks you to solve her life's problems I will shoot her."
"Voiced" By: Yvonne StrahovskiEven in the late 22nd century, no mystery is really complete without a Femme Fatale. Given that this is the late 22nd century, this one happens to be a bioroid.
- Actor Allusion: When she poses as Sarah Walker and Hannah McKay, other Yvonne Strakhovski characters. In chapter 17, Hein named a couple other aliases: "Royce" and "Veronica"note .
- Ascended Meme: When it is revealed that she looks nothing like the real Sarah Walker (whose in-universe description is more of Miranda Lawson than the source material Sarah), Jensen makes two popular fandom jabs at her, noting that Brea got the hair colour wrong (Strakhovski and, by extension, source Sarah, is blonde, like Brea) and that the real Sarah Walker's face reminds him of Princess Fiona.
- Big Secret: It's suggested that there's a lot of her we don't really know. Like how she knew that Kurt was a Weeper, or why Hashmal Lephantis called her a spawn of Beth.
- Bio-Augmentation: Is more of a sophisticated clone than a mechanical robot.
- Complexity Addiction: Adam wonders if her killing of Big Tim was this. She proceeds to explain why it works.
- Cover-Blowing Superpower: In chapter 30, Bau realises that she has to be with the Shadow Broker as she was able to pull information on Mjrn way too fast.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fantastic Racism: In chapter 25, Jane calls her "robot". Several other similar epithets follow.
- Femme Fatale: Helped along by her pheromone-laden perfume. Too bad for her that Jensen's CASIE can detect abnormal pheromone levels.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Had her neck broken, her entire body was lacerated with glass, was shot through the heart with a anti-material rifle and at one point in her past had her limbs repeatedly amputated.
- He Had a Name: In chapter 25, Adam reminds Neil of this when the latter calls her sexbot.
- In-Series Nickname: Kasumi calls her Power Girl, presumably due to the whole busty blonde thing.
- Scars Are Forever: Subverted and played straight. As a bioroid, Brea is able to repair all skin and organ injuries with zero scarring, even the time she was impaled/partly disemboweled. However, her bones don't. After the Durendal's chief biologist examines them, she concluded from the many scars that Brea was likely tortured in the past by repeatedly amputating her limbs.
- Statuesque Stunner: Is about six feet.
- Super Strength
- Tsundere: To Jensen. It really says something when Ramsus gets her to let him loose by saying "You'll lose him!"
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When it's revealed she's a bioroid, many consider her to be woman-shaped thing rather than a person. Jensen, at least, completely disagrees.
- Younger Than They Look: She looks like she's in her late 20s or early 30s, but Hein reveals that she's just 17.
Doctor Angela Aki “Cleric” Ross, US Navy
"Hey, cooking is science, too!"
"Voiced" By: Ming-Na WenThe Durendal's resident doctor and de-facto leader.
- The Captain: Despite lack of rank and her deference to Hein, she's the one actually in charge of the Durendal. She points out that, while Hein has practical authority in the ship and the Deep Eyes are assigned there, she's the only Navy personnel on the ship and is technically in charge by default.
- Counterpart Comparison: In-Universe, the first time Adam meets her, he's uncomfortably reminded of Megan. The impression eventually wears off.
- The Medic
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute
- Unkempt Beauty
The DEEP EYESA team of United States Marines assigned to the Durendal as an official presence on the ship, despite the loss of official interest in it. Or a team of United States Marines who are supposed to shoot Colonel Hein a great many times if he ever becomes less Crazy Awesome and more just plain crazy.
- Badass Crew
- Dysfunction Junction:Jane: "We're all a little unhinged here in the Deep Eyes. Why do you think Hein picked us to be on this ship? We're the only ones crazy enough to go along with his antics."
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Their helmets have blue optics.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. Jane, who is The Squadette, is the melee specialist, while the men prefer firearms.
Captain Edward “Wolf” Grey, USMC
"Voiced" By: Alec BaldwinThe leader of the squad.
- Actor Allusion: The above, from 30 Rock.
- The Captain: Of the Deep Eyes, but not of the Durendal, which confuses Tali a bit.
- Crazy-Prepared: Has some plans ready to take Jensen out, even with the Powered Armor Hein gave him. Indeed, he mentions to Tali that the marines always make plans to kill everyone they meet.
- Fighting Your Friend: Ends up having to fight Toombs, his former comrade.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He's hostile to Adam when they first meet, but becomes much warmer after Caleston and Ilium.
- Knight in Sour Armor: It's been mentioned that his experience in Akuze broke him, and while he came back still heroic, he's quick to opt for the Kill 'em All option against slavers, xenophobic lynch mobs and other criminal scum.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In chapter 32 Hein gives him a Demonica suit.
- Sociopathic Soldier: More than a little callous and vicious. Word of God is that he's a graduate of a Treadstone-style programme.
- With My Hands Tied: In chapter 28, a mercenary underestimates what he can do with his legs free and pays for it.
Gunnery Sergeant Ryan “Paladin” Whitaker, USMC
"Hey there, little man."
"Voiced" By: Terry CrewsThe squad's heavy weapon and support specialist.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Something in his past has him convinced that he deserves only perdition, but we've had naught but tantalising hints as to exactly what.
- Draw Aggro: He's a USMC Sentinel who, unlike an Alliance Sentinel, is meant to take all the aggro and soak up damage.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: By chapter 37, he's switched his original wargear out for Toombs' Kua Fu.
- Religious Bruiser: Prays after fights.
Corporal Jane “Spirit” Proudfoot, USMC
"None of us are quite right in the head."
"Voiced" By: Peri GilpinThe resident stealth and CQC specialist.
- Ambiguously Brown: In chapter 28 some mercs mistake her for latina or Israeli.
- An Axe to Grind: One of her preferred weapons is a tomahawk.
- Badass Native: She's actually half-Native American.
- Blood Knight: She enjoys battle.
- Double Tap: In chapter 22 she stabs some Templars in the neck after Garrus has brought them down. Justified as needing to ensure that their suits' data chips have also been destroyed.
- Hot Blade: Her melee weapons are superheated. Helpful in sneak attacks because the cauterised wound doesn't bleed telltale blood.
- Knife Nut: Her other favoured weapon is a Machete.
- The Lad-ette: She's every bit a rough-houser as her male comrades.
- Nothing Personal: Oddly enough, she has nothing against the Templars as a whole. The one that killed her father, on the other hand...
- The Sneaky Guy: She's the stealth specialist of the team.
- The Squadette: Although this wasn't always the case with Deep Eyes.
Staff Sergeant Neil “Highwind” Flemming, USMC
"Where was I? Oh yes: I was saying that those breasts weren't the biggest I had ever seen, but damn! That shape, that all-natural, perfect shape. Boner inducing, let me tell you."
"Voiced" By: Steve BuscemiThe pilot and air support guy.
- Ace Pilot
- Actor Allusion: He complains that he might end up getting the callsign "Mr. Pink" again.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: As the quote demonstrates, he is a lurid chap.
- My Greatest Failure: Akuze was this for him because he had been unable to help or extract his comrades and was Forced to Watch them die to the Thresher Maws.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Hein supposedly found him at a dance school.
Lord-Commander Caim Caerleon
"Voiced" By: Sam WitwerAn Axe Crazy Blood Knight Jensen runs afoul of on Caleston. Born on Mindoir, Caim represents the ideal Templar warrior: genetically blessed by God to have a higher muscle and bone density without any medical genetic tampering whatsoever, and with a seething hatred for anything non-human, be it an alien, a cyborg or a mutant.
- Actor Allusion: On Caleston, while the Normandy team and the Deep Eyes fought Benezia, he drew on her power to dual-wield swords while using Lorentz Force generators for pseudo-telekinesis. Or, in the author's own words... he was unleashed.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He clearly is traumatised by his past, but there are no anxiety disorders recognised by the DSM that can be staved off by harming others.
- Blood Knight
- The Bus Came Back: After not being seen since Caleston, he reappears in Citadel redux.
- Freudian Excuse/Jerkass Woobie: In chapter 23 we learn that he was a survivor of Mindoir and that killing is the only way for him to sate some of the void.
- I Call It "Vera": Has named his swords.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Blocks bullets with his swords.
- It's All About Me: After blinding Jenkins in chapter 23 he remarks that inflicting suffering on "others below" helps save him from his own.
"Will you punish me, My Lady?"
"Voiced" By: Iain GlenA genteel and masochistic superhuman servitor "given" to Subject Zero by her father.
- Badass Normal: As far as Zero knows, he's a baseline. However, he is fully capable of matching Alex Denton in single combat.
Original Characters and Characters From Other Works
Lieutenant Johann Liebert Ramsus
"I am a much better sculptor than painter... so to speak."'
"Voiced" By: Benedict CumberbatchA failed Illuminati project involving psionics, he was recovered by the AIA and moulded into an assassin. But they had no idea what they had spawned...
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In Chapter 44 Adam and Brea walk in on him masturbating in the brig. He doesn't stop until he "finishes" up, much to Adam and Brea's chagrin.
- Actor Allusion:
- "Is there anything you would not do for those you love?" Doesn't actually get said by him in the final product... Until it does. In Chapter 44 he goes for a spacewalk.
- Not the first time Cumberbatch's played a... morally controversial blond fighting the power.
- Casting Gag: Cumberbatch's probably most famous for playing Sherlock Holmes, and Adam's Awesomeness by Analysis fighting style is based off a different rendition of Sherlock. In chapter 40 he pooh-poohs the idea that he could have gotten all of the information on Garrus entirely through Sherlock Scanning.
- An Arm and a Leg: his left arm gets amputated.
- At Least I Admit It: When Blacklight's Lieutenant Corvin calls him out on his brutality, he retorts that at least he doesn't try to hide it under the cloak of being a patriot and defender of humanity against the traitors and xenos.
- Aura Vision: He can see people as "flames". Oddly, Shepard's is a purple star that overshadows others, while Adam's is a tiny green one mostly hidden by a shadow that absorbs "wisps" from others' flames.
- Back from the Dead: With a flower growing out of his eye.
- Break Them by Talking: Constantly and with great pleasure. He broke the last Lawson assigned to him, a Miranda clone, by convincing her she was unattractive and turning her vanity into self-hatred. The next Lawson, Charles, starts to crack a little within minutes of meeting him.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: The aforementioned masturbatory session.
- Determinator: Subverted. Strength of will wasn't enough to let him beat Theodore.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Implied to have had feelings towards Shepard in the past and expresses resentment towards Kaidan's relationship with her.
- Dissonant Serenity: He takes the Normandy about to be crushed by a super-Singularity very well. But considering his template, is that so surprising?
- Establishing Character Moment: His first onscreen appearance has him concoct a brilliant, bloodsoaked plan to get out of his holding facility, showing both his mental and combat prowess in the process.
- Expy: The influence map of Johann:Johann Liebert - Monster (Manipulative Bastard)
John Harrison aka Khan - Star Trek Into Darkness (will stop at nothing - NOTHING - to save those he loves, see above)
Brother Nier - Nier REPLICANT (again, same as above)
Ramsus - Xenogears
Hannibal Lecter (tastes like chicken!)
Raiden - Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Blonde? augmented? Pretty Boy? Check, check, check.)
(gender-flipped) Zero - Drakengard 3 (they have a similar move set, sense of fashion, and )
And some Dracula thrown in for good measure, for the dead (snicker) sexy.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon
- Fake Weakness: The "Laputan Machine" killphrase doesn't work on him. He merely pretends that it does. It's suggested that it used to work until Shepard did something that removed it.
- Possibly to Hein. As one reader noted, both are badass Magnificent Bastards, but while Hein is ultimately a good guy despite being a major git, Johann is outwardly charming but hiding a monster.
- To a lesser extent, he is also this to Jensen as both men use Break Them by Talking to exploit their opponents' weaknesses. While Jensen is seen as a monster in human society, Johann is a true monster.
- Even more so now that Ramsus has been given more characterization. Ramsus is the most savage and selfish aspects of Id personified, while Adam places heavy emphasis on personal restraint for the sake of all parties involved.
- Generation Xerox: If Scholar's claims in chapter 41 can be believed, his mother was also an assassin who Turned Against Their Masters. And like his mother, he died fighting them.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The genetic modifications made to him should have made him much more cooperative with others and able to empathise and integrate into any society. What actually happened... fell far short of projections.
- Human Popsicle: Done to him by Noveria's Omar in chapter 34.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Claims to have eaten the arms of a past victim and tore a man's heart out of his body to drink its blood.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: He can block bullets with his sword.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he dies.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Subverted. Word of God would rather have Gaspard Ulliel.
- LEGO Genetics: Half of his DNA isn't even human in origin and doesn't match any known alien species. The result should have been incapable of surviving to maturity.
- Magic Knight: He is a Master Swordsman and the second strongest human biotic on record. Either would be deadly on its own. Combined, there are few that can stand against him.
- Man Bites Man: Against a guard during his escape.
- OOC Is Serious Business: On Noveria, Hannibal is concerned by his sudden Leeroy Jenkins tendencies and increased bloodthirstiness.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Oh, no one disputes that what he did against his holding facility was monstrous, but the "victims" were monsters anyway.
- Phlebotinum Rebel
- Psychopathic Manchild: Hannibal diagnoses him as ruled by his Id and advises the Luxury Prison Suite treatment if he is to be kept contained. Amply demonstrated in chapter 40 when he chooses the roundabout method of psychically screwing with Aya and Garrus rather than directly telling them about the waiting sniper.
- Royal Rapier: His Weapon of Choice.
- Super Prototype: He has L7X biotic implants.
- Telepathy: A result of the Majestic 12's foray into psionic research.
- Teleport Spam
- Traumatic C-Section: Ramsus and his sister were born this way. Their mother was killed shortly after.
- The Unfettered: Ramsus has power, charm and specific goals. There is nothing that he will let get in his way between him and where he wants to be.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Like his template. The first time Bakara meets him, he's very convincingly disguised as a female lab technician.
"You seem deeply concerned about us. That is... an uncommon trait in aliens."
"Voiced" By: Corinne KempaOne of the Quarian pilgrims saved by Jensen during the Citadel riot.
- Expy: Of Leliana, from Dragon Age: Origins. Lampshaded, along with many other references, when Fyodor draws a picture of her as a red-headed human.
- Supreme Chef: Can make nutrient paste actually delectable, to the joy of everyone aboard the Durendal.
- Even more impressive since she can't even eat that food; she's a Quarian and they are humans.
- Wandering Minstrel: Like the character she's based on.
"What if we had made the Geth to look like this Brea? The moment they asked 'what is this thing you call love?', we would have had SEX with them."
"Voiced" By: Jon CurryAnother Quarian pilgrim and survior of the Citadel riot.
- Already Done for You: When Garrus and Neil head into the rafters of Ilium's Armax Arena to take out the CAT6 snipers, they find he's already done it for them.
- Expy: Of Zevran from Dragon Age: Origins. It is lampshaded, along with many other references, when Fyodor draws a picture of him as an elf wielding two daggers.
- Stage Magician: He does a street act every now and again.
- Stealth Expert: He manages to surprise Garrus and Neil, who've had experience with their own sneaky gits from Adam and Jane respectively.
- Sticky Fingers: When the Durendal ends up fighting Batarian slavers, he strips them of EVERYTHING remotely valuable, down to pulling platinum teeth out.
- Street Performer: Even though Tali finds it to be dishonorable to Quarians, he quite enjoys doing it.
"..."'A mute Quarian child, barely even old enough to have his own suit. Prior to the riot, he was cared for by an elderly Omar woman, as his Exiled parents are unknown even to him. The rioters killed his guardian for trying to protect a "suit rat", and he is now in the care of the survivors of the riot. But it seems that there is much more to him...
- Lampshade Hanging: His Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book moment lampshades the references and Shout Outs in the other characters aboard the Durendal.
- Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Among his metaphor-filled drawings of the people he's met are four of a huge dog killing women in white masks, which are representative of Jensen killing their Asari mercenary captors. And then that's bondage-fueled drawing of Aya...
- The Speechless
- Waif Prophet: Aside from being full of very accurate metaphors, his drawings contain some details that a little Quarian boy shouldn't know, such as what a Roaring Twenties aviator looked like or that Jane is part Native American. He also draws Garrus as an archangel, Ryan as a Knight Templar, Aya as a chained angel and Manah as a Succubus.
- The Woobie: Being both mute and too young to be on his own, he's this even for a Quarian.
"You may think there is no place for you in this era, Jensen... But you're wrong. The galaxy needs someone like you, now more than ever. I believe this. With all my heart, I believe this."
"Voiced" By: Laura BaileyAn Asari Adam rescues on Caleston. Daughter of Benezia and sister to Liara T'soni.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her unique... abilities... and appearance make her as much a black sheep of Asari society as if she were an Ardat Yakshi. Turns out that she's an Ardat Samyaza, a different, albeit equally dangerous genetic mutation.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: She's hilarious when drunk. It also weakens the hold her Geis has over her, allowing her to speak of it.
- Composite Character: She has elements of Liara (she's Benezia's daughter, an archaeologist and she falls for the human with the Prothean Cipher in their head) and Morinth (she's an Ardat, she's monitored by Justicars, is a hazard to any sentient around her and should she disobey her minders, she is to be killed).
- Distressed Damsel
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Asari
- Expy: Word of God states her appearance and speech patterns (along with the VA) were based off Catherine.
- Geis: She has a pretty bad one. Some of the other girls at her monastery have even more carved into their brains.You shall not raise a hand against a Justicar.
You shall not disobey a Justicar.
You shall not ask for food, save from a Justicar.
You shall not ask for water, save from a Justicar.
You shall not ask for refuge, save from a Justicar.
You shall not ask for clothes, save from a Justicar.
Should a Justicar ask you to kill, you will do so.
Should a Justicar ask you to sacrifice yourself for her sake, you will do so.
Speak not of the secrets.
Draw not of the secrets.
Write not of the secrets.
Sculpt not the secrets.
Sing not the secrets.
Call not the secret name.
- Heroic Albino: White skin, red eyes, the works.
- Noodle Incident: It's not made fully clear and is delivered through the Black Queen's manipulative quips, but it's unsubtly implied that her abilities led to Liara losing her mind and Benezia Mercy Killing her.
- Toad Licking: Touching her induces a Red Sand-like high in the toucher. It is exceptionally addictive and highly dangerous to the subject's mental and physical well-being. And it hurts her like getting electrocuted.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Has twice the biotic potential of a Justicar; even untrained as she is, she can do a 1200 Newton Throw. For comparison, chapter 11 states that Johan has a rating of 1600 (slightly below Shepard) only with extensive training and a Super Prototype amplifier.
"I have to make you all pay."
"Voiced" By: Michael BeattieIn another universe, the Luna AI would have been destroyed by Commander Shepard.Here, though, it was "brought up" by a loving scientist who tried to treat him well in spite of Templar desires to create an anti-Adam weapon. Things... did not go well.
- Actor Allusion: "I... am the very model of a modern AI Synthetic, I have information eclectic, politic and electronic..."
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It tries hard to avert this and, despite having its aggressiveness repeatedly upgraded and being trained to kill, retains its empathy and refuses to kill a simulated alien child. This causes the Templars to realize it's an AI, not a VI, and decide to kill everyone on the station, including its only friend, at which point it breaks emotionally just like a human would. Then Johann Ramsus gives it that last push from suicidal to vengefully homicidal, and that's when it became a murderous AI. But later subverted when it turns out to still have a working moral compass, just that the violence is tuned to Pay Evil unto Evil.
- Captain Ersatz: Of LQ-84i "Bladewolf", down to the same "voice actor".
- Enemy Mine: With Adam and the Durendal crew as of chapter 37. Time will tell if it will last past his reunion with Johann.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Despite Hannibal being trained as a killing machine, Fiona still called him Huey. Garrus lamshades this."Aw, come on, it's just such an adorable name for a robotic murder machine. Right up there with Fluffy, or... Mittens, or Fluffy Mittens."
- Gone Horribly Right: The Templars wanted a killing machine, pun intended. They got one.
- It's Personal: Avenging Fiona's death is his primary motivation against the Powers That Be.
- The Nose Knows: As a dog mech this is to be expected.
- Phlebotinum Rebel
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To hostile guards: "You are made of bone that breaks, skin that rips, and blood that spills."
- Would Not Hurt A Child: But Being Good Sucks, and things went From Bad to Worse shortly afterwards.
Elsa 'Angel' Devereaux (ne DuClare), European Space Navy
"I live in a cage. I've been living in it ever since I discovered a talent for flying, ironically enough. And soon, once my government has its way, I probably won't be able to self-destruct with cocktails and smoke."
"Voiced" By: Mélanie LaurentOne of the European Union's elite Silver Drakes Wanzer pilots and a Spectre candidate.
- Ace Pilot: As chapter 39 demonstrates. Whole squadrons of Geth fighters that think they know how to counter her fighter type are sadly, sadly mistaken.
- Expy: The influence map -
- Hurting Hero: Blames herself for the death of her squadmate at Saren's hands.
- Kill and Replace: Europa Genomics has certain plans for her that involve bio-roids. Fortunately, they get thwarted.
- Military Maverick: Which causes her superior no end of grief. Possibly due to her Boxed Crook past.
Marcus Tân Aderyn
"That would be stealing! Unless she's dead. Then it's looting! And that's... only slightly more okay. Or not. I'm not sure..."
"Voiced" By:" John DimaggioA roegadyn member of the USMC, newly assigned to the Deep Eyes.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: As an Earthborn roegadyn, he has to wear a Grav Harness to recreate his homeworld's heavier gravity so as to avoid developing malformed bones and muscles. When he turns it off he becomes much faster.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He is young and weak for a roegadyn... which still means he is superior to a human. In chapter 45 he grabs a robber's knife by the blade and isn't even cut.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Despite his natural advantages his melee form is sloppy.
Bryce Lawson, AIA
"Aw, look at you! What's the matter, Jensen? Afraid of a little fire?"
"Voiced" By: Matt BomerAn agent of the Alliance Intelligence Agency. Very smug and insufferable.
- Actor Allusion: Matt Bomer (voice AND appearance)
- An Arm and a Leg: In chapter 36 he loses his left lower leg to Wrex.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: As a Spear Counterpart to Miranda and as a compensation for her Most Common Superpower, he lands with this. His internal monologue averts the trope, however, as he complains that it causes a lot of problems for him.
- Composite Character: Of Bryce Larkin and Miranda Lawson, complete with the former's relationship with Sarah Walker.
- Expendable Clone
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Is both a powerful biotic and skilled enough in Krav Maga to hold his own against Adam friggin' Jensen.
- Smug Snake
- Spear Counterpart to Miranda Lawson, probably...
- Spider-Sense: The electromagnetic signature given off by nearby cloak-users causes the element zero nodes implanted in him and the line of clones he belongs to to tingle.
- They Killed Kenny: Due to being a replaceable clone.
- Too Dumb to Live: Oh, yes. Lets count the ways, starting a hand-to-hand fight with Adam, trying to control and subvert Ramsus, insulting Leng, and trying to out-biotic Wrex. Each time ends badly. (And messily).
- Trauma Conga Line: It doesn't really matter which clone we're talking about. Lawson WILL be grievously injured and or killed at some point in time.
Lt. Corvin, AIA
"None of us really have a choice, in the end."
"Voiced" By: Rory MccannA lieutenant in the AIA's Blacklight.
- An Armand A Leg: Had an arm torn off by Hannibal once and a leg blown off by Ramsus.
- Casting Gag: The guy, played by the actor who also plays "the Hound", loses his arm to a robot dog.
- Came Back Wrong: Despite losing his legs in his fight with Ramsus he somehow came back from the dead with his legs intact. However he is now calling himself Corvin MacReady. It seems that this may not be him but rather Kurt using Weeper shapeshifting to masquerade as him.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He sees right through the "stick a helmet up to check for snipers" move and knows exactly how dangerous Johann and co. are, so he brings a anti-vehicle BFG, lets Manticore's mercenaries go ahead of his own men and entirely intends to use Orbital Bombardment if that doesn't work.
- Defiant to the End: Missing a limb and badly burned, he still tries to kill Johann and call him out.
- Villainous Valour: For a guy who ultimately just isn't at the level of Adam and co., he makes them work for their victory.
"Take it from me (Lawson), there's no such thing as perfection. Your biotics are exceeded by the Asari, your reflexes are exceeded by the Fiera, and don't get me started on your strength, stamina, and resilience. The rest of the galaxy offers far, far better."
"Voiced" By: Brian CoxThe CEO of Europa Genomics.
- Actor Allusion: Scholar... as in Scolar (sic) Visari? And "playing" a CEO with Michael Wincott as The Dragon again.
- Casting Gag: His "actor" was the first to portray Hannibal Lecter in film, and the CEO above was named Jack. His character here has it out for characters named Hannibal and Jack.
- Breath Weapon: In chapter 41 he improvises one against Adam by vomiting the Corrosive Toxin Johann gave him.
- Berserk Button: He will never let anyone have Annah.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Crazy-Prepared: What's the first thing he does when he learns that his world has been infiltrated by a telepathic serial killer? Erase his most valuable memories and back them up in the safe in his office.
- Death Is Cheap:"You think so, Adam? Oh Adam, Adam, Adam... death is for the poor. Rich men, men of means — like ME — get to live on and on... I think... yes, I think I'm going to rededicate my many, many resources into making your life hell, Adam.
- Demonic Possession: Throughout his entire fight with Jensen and Ramsus he has been using a meat puppet."Releasing... Control..."
- Evil Counterpart: To David Sarif. An ambitious, smooth-talking, jet-setting transhumanist... who happens to be an utterly amoral monster. He makes an In-Universe Counterpart Comparison in chapter 41.
- Expy: The influence map of Scholar:
- ...resulting in a transhuman equivalent of Harbinger - he "assumes control" of others, melts them into goo, and wears chitin armor.
- Master of Your Domain: He is able to use Yoga to control the Anima flow in his body, slowing the progress of poison and numbing pain.
- One-Winged Angel: After Adam seemingly kills him, he absorbs Reapers and comes back as... uhh... Senator Steven Armstrong in a Rhino Warframe.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Rather than killing useful subordinates who know too much, he simply wipes their memories. This policy extends to former enemies as well. Just see how well Leng turned out.
- Riches to Rags: The Shadow Broker distributed Scholar's financial information that the Geth infiltrator acquired throughout the galaxy information networks. As a result Scholar's competitors, mercenaries and Conrad's freelancers (Shadowrunners) have taken to helping themselves to the many resources Scholar once claimed ownership to.
- Suddenly Shouting: He doesn't take it well when Jules tries to ask for an incentive to go after Adam. Downside of being an Evil David Sarif.
- Turned Against Their Masters: In chapter 41 he claims to have betrayed the Illuminati, which is supposedly why Saren is after him.
Sergeant Julien "Jules" Kai Leng
"Chaos. Disorder. Now that's fun."
"Voiced" By: Michael WincottA contractor with the Manticore Tactical Solutions PMC currently hired by Europa Genomics as chief of security.
- Actor Allusion:
- Almighty Janitor: Despite his nominally low rank, working direct for Scholar gives him many perks.
- Artificial Limbs: He has an artificial left arm with Deflector Shields projector.
- Bio-Augmentation: He has implants that grant him Compelling Voice, Deflector Shields, Healing Factor and Invisibility Cloak.
- Blood Knight
- But Not Too Foreign: He has French, Algerian and Chinese blood.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He admits to rape almost cheerfully right to Adam's face.
- Confusion Fu: His fighting style incorporates moves from a wide variety of other styles, making it impossible for Adam to plan a counter.
- Corporate Samurai: Comes with the whole "working for a Corrupt Corporate Executive" deal.
- Evil Counterpart: Described as a psychopathic Jensen. Just like Adam he is the augmented Number Two to an ambitious transhumanist, but whereas Adam always strives to do the right thing Jules has few qualms.
- Expy: Apart from what's obvious to the ME side, his position and behaviour seems to draw from Top Dollar and Jules Merit, whom he also shares a given name with.
- Fake Memories: He's really a man named Hayden Draven who had a grudge against Manticore. Scholar had him "reprogrammed" to be his personal attack dog.
- Feel No Pain: He has congenital analgesia.
- Freudian Excuse: His father was a sadist who was "disappointed" with his inability to feel pain and had him thrown out onto the street to die. Picking up some of his father's writings, he became a killer in order to try and win the man's approval.
- Heart in the Wrong Place: He has dextrocardia, which saves him from being killed by the Geth Infiltrator.
- Knife Nut
- Master Swordsman
- Mythology Gag: "Leng?" asked Scholar, as if scolding a small child. "You're eating my cereal."
- Neck Lift: Does this to Adam in chapter 36.
- Not Quite Dead: Falling several dozen stories from a moving gunship onto a car roof doesn't quite kill him. However he is back in Scholar's grasp with his memories in the process of being re-written.
- Power Of Hate: A missing arm and multiple knives sticking out of him won't stop him from trying to kill Adam
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
- Self-Made Orphan
- Technically a Smile: His smile is described as showing no mirth in the eyes.
- Wall of Weapons: He has a cabinet full of blades.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy
- Villainous Breakdown: When Adam reveals the truth about his memories.
- You Have Failed Me: Enjoys pulling this on other Manticore troops who don't perform. It turns out to be due to Hayden Draven's influence as a Manticore trooper turned Manticore killer.
Mey "Red Raven" Leng
"I think I shall keep your eyes as a testament to who you are. The rest, my brother will find some use for."
"Voiced" By: Kelly HuJules's half-sister on his father's side. Also a Manticore operative.
- Animal Motif
- Dark Action Girl
- I Just Want to Be Loved
- Living Doll Collector: Collects people or entities that interest her and remould them into something that will "love" her.
- Not Blood Siblings: Leng isn't even related to her, she and Scholar just made him believe it to be so. See Fake Memories under his entry.
- Not Good with Rejection
- Psychic Powers
- Replacement Goldfish: Already looking for someone to become her new "Kai Leng".
- Rasputinian Death: She gets shot by Garrus and Neil's heavy weapons, rammed by the Normandy, hit by a Throw from the second strongest known human biotic, stabbed thrice, once in the heart, by a Hot Blade BFS, and only dies after an Off with His Head!
- Touched by Vorlons: In chapter 38 she claims to have been "touched" by the Reapers.
- Wolverine Claws
Brenin "Bren" Tymestl
"Nice one, old man!"
"Voiced" By: Kevin Michael RichardsonA Roegadyn mercenary hired by Jondum Bau.
- Actor Allusion: "Twelve? ... No, wait! Thirteen!"
- And Then John Was a Zombie: In chapter 40 Wreav kills him and he gets back up as a Husk.
- Dying as Yourself: Just before Wrex pushes his Husk off to be Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, he manages a Last Request to ask for his bones to be taken back to his family.
- Gatling Good: His Weapon of Choice is a 20mm gatling.
- Gentle Giant
- Killed Off for Real: In chapter 40.
- Rasputinian Death: The real him not so much. But his Husk took a lot of gunfire and melee hits, a greataxe to the face, and only died after being tossed off a roof to be Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on a spire.
"Well, on my world, being a soldier is woman's work, and men like you should stay in the kitchen and raise the kids."
"Voiced" By: Gina TorresA Fiera pilot and smuggler hired by Jondum Bau to bring him to Noveria.
- Actor Allusion: Zoe may have changed species but she's still a smuggler.
- Cool Ship: Owns and pilots one of Fiera build, which is quite beautiful to look at.
Joachim Dietrich 'El Cid' Zoller
"For the record I just want to say that I am endangering a multi-million Euro machine on your orders, sir."
"Voiced" By: Daniel BrühlA recent graduate of the European Union's Roland Programme, assigned to the legendary Silver Drakes unit as their new marksman.
- Actor Allusion: Once again he's a German expert marksman surnamed Zoller who is obsessed with Mélanie Laurent's character.
- Ensign Newbie: He's the New Meat of the Drakes.
- Hero-Worshipper: To Devereaux.
- Replacement Scrappy: In-Universe, none of the Drakes are really happy to have him replace their old marksman.
"Ye look like a bloody pimped-out Cyberman, you do!"
"Voiced" By: John Rhys-DaviesAnother member of the Silver Drakes.
- Violent Glaswegian: Yep. He is proud of his Scottish ancestry and good enough at melee to hold his own against krogans.
"Kids down below get to scream and starve and die too soon, but brats like you get to live on and on."A SSC contractor on Noveria until Jules Leng got him fired for refusing to let Red Raven murder Kasumi.
- Le Parkour: Uses Universal Maneuver Gear on foot.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His standing up to Red Raven over her attempt to murder Kasumi led to Jules getting him fired from the SSC.
- Reformed Criminal: He was a juvenile gangster before he decided to leave the life behind and join the SSC. That experience gave him the skills to catch Kasumi the first time.
"When I grow up, I'm gonna be just like you guys!"A precocious Human child being experimented on by Europa Genomics at Peak 15.
- Not Even Human: Really an advanced Weeper.
- It Can Think: The first Mimic-type that shows Human-level intelligence.
- Walking Spoiler: He is much less of a spoiler for readers familiar with his name.
- Young Gun: His Establishing Character Moment is playing sheriff with the aid of a jury-rigged turret, and he tries to chip in against the Blacklight troops and mercenaries that come calling.
"Excuse me, ser, but did you just pat me on the head like some child?"
"Voiced" By: Peter DinklageA Pookah from Xytegenia, chemist by trade, who does gunsmithing on the side and was abducted by Europa Genomics for experimentation while visiting Noveria.
- Cuteness Proximity: Manah goes squee on seeing him, and even Adam has to resist the urge to call him adorable.
- Honest John's Dealership
- Intrepid Merchant
Kaleb R. Wester/The Geth Infiltrator
"I have... a hover cart. It will suffice."
"Voiced" By: DC Douglas
- Actor Allusion:
- He was transporting Bio-hazard canisters.
- "I do not require anyone else. I have..."
- Ink-Suit Actor: He has "dark hair, a somewhat round face, and a goatee." Hmm...◊
- They Look Like Us Now: Manages to mostly pass as human.
- Significant Anagram: To Albert Wesker.
- Uncanny Valley: In-Universe, a guard is put off by his "even tone and... strange facial expression", but dismisses him as an autistic.
- Walking Spoiler: Just like Legion in canon. Then again, if you recognise what other role the VA played...
Annah Ramsus 'Subject Zero'
"You can't save me."'
"Voiced" By: Adelaide ClemensJohann's twin sister. Apparently the Illuminati's hostage against him.
- Corruption by a Minor: Scholar's pretty far gone now.
- Evil Twin: For a given value of evil, or so Theodore claims.
- Enfant Terrible: Often manifests as this via projected hallucinations. We have yet to see her physical body.
- Mind Rape
- Mysterious Waif
- Telepath: The most powerful in existence, even more powerful than the Black Queen if Johann can be believed.
- Traumatic C-Section
- Walking Spoiler
"Listen to me: There will always be someone in need. There will always a villain to capture, always a monster to slay. Will you continue to pursue them forever? My worst nightmare, Adam, is seeing you fight battles for the needy until the end of time, never once knowing peace, with no one knowing or caring about your struggles..."
"Voiced" By: Jennifer HaleThe Asari Adam married on Elysium.
"Unless the mind can control fear, fear inevitably controls it."
"Voiced" By: Kevin McKiddArchon of the Palaven city Antioch. The father of Brutus Valerius. And the first "Archangel".
- Animal Motif: In-universe Archangels are nocturnal birds native to Palaven.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Archon of Antioch who wages a one-man war on crime.
- Badass Normal: He had no augmentations or biotics, yet held his own against the Antioch underworld.
- The Dreaded: As Archangel he has almost reached mythical status among his enemies.
- Expy: The term "Space Batman" has never been more fitting. He even has the corporation and monetary influence to go with the skills he utilizes.
- Foregone Conclusion: Given what happens to both his wife and Garrus in the future there can be no happy conclusion to his story.
- Off with His Head!: Both his and his wife's fate at the Jester's aka Aria's hands.
- Papa Wolf: He maintained a Thou Shalt Not Kill philosophy during his time as a vigilante but tossed it aside once his family was targeted.
- Retired Badass: Invoked. Along with his ailing physical condition, he retired from being Archangel to be with his family.
"Make them all pay. Make them all pay..."
"Voiced" By: Emilia ClarkeAn assassin for the Templars. Mother of Annah and Johann Ramsus.
- Artificial Human: Born of a pact with Gaians.
- Blood Knight: She really enjoys fighting.
- Captain Ersatz: She's pretty much Zero from Drakengard 3.
- Death by Childbirth: Invoked; the Illuminati killed her after doing an improvised C-section via Anti-Magic sword to get the twins out.
- Magic Knight: A swordswoman and a very strong biotic.
- Mystical White Hair: A sign of her unnatural origins.
- One-Man Army: Singlehandedly responsible for killing enough French police and military that it unintentionally sped up the Illuminati's plot to privatize the entire EU's police.
- Posthumous Character: Interlude 3 is set in the past. By "present day" she is dead.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Johann really looks like her.
- Super Speed: Outruns hoverbikes.
- Woman in White: Her favoured attire is a white dress.