"I've had enough of your tabloid journalism." SHEPARD PAWNCH! Players get their Third Round with Al-Jilani. They get the option of once more punching her, except this time she dodges the punch, and after doing a battle pose, tries to hit back. Shepard's response? Headbutt her. Krogan style. Enjoy.
Al-Jilani: Hah! You want some?!? Shepard: [SHEPARD HEADBUTT!]
Unfortunately, if Shepard doesn't counterattack in time, Shepard gets knocked out and the reporter decides that riling up Shepard's not worth her time. (Although even this can be funny, depending on your sense of humour.)
When she starts up, Shepard's look tells the whole story, like s/he's trying to keep from laughing.
Before the option to punch Al-Jilani comes up, she makes a remark about how Shepard "abandoned Earth". After the double hit, Shepard sees the camera is still rolling and says "You're mad, I get that, but I'm here to get help from Earth, not answer your questions". S/he's actually playing to the crowd.
Jennifer Hale reveals that this is about her favorite part of the roles she did, only outclassed by femShep being on the cover and saying goodbye to Garrus.
When Shepard comes back from the Citadel, and tells Joker that the Council still refuses to help.
Joker: Hey Commander, I had my doubts about the Council. But after years of ignoring your warnings, they're finally willing to step up and tell you that they just can't help.
Pretty much everything with Aria. It starts with a C-Sec officer yelling at her for being on the Citadel illegally ("Yes, and it only took you two weeks to notice"). Aria gets fed up, so she calls up the Asari Councilor, telling her she's being bothered about customs. The Councilor immediately taps something into her omni-tool, fixing the problem, and meekly asks if Aria needs anything else. Aria just waves her off like the most powerful woman in the galaxy is her own personal secretary...and the Councilor obeys without a word of dissent.
Amazon.com ran out of pre-orders for the Collector's version of the game. Their message? "Due to high demand (and possibly the imminent Reaper invasion), we have unfortunately run out of our pre-order allocation for Mass Effect 3—Collector's Edition."
The single-player demo ends with a rather amusing scenario in which the female krogan you rescue from a group of Cerberus troops yanks a shotgun out of Wrex's hands to blow away a pair of stray troops with one shot each, before shoving the gun back at Wrex. Wrex just shakes his head and mutters, "Women."
This conversation with Female!Shepard on the Normandy.
Wrex: Our females don't lack for spirit. For males, a good show of force sorts things out. [sounding genuinely confused] But females like to...talk about it. Then think about it. Then talk about it some more. ...No offense. Shep: Believe it or not, we sometimes have good ideas, Wrex. You should try listening. Wrex: Yeah, but our women have so many of them. So, sometimes I pretend to listen and, well... let's just say krogan females have tempers too.
While on-route to the salarian homeworld to retrieve "Eve", a fertile krogan female, Wrex gets a bit antsy. Shepard and Liara assure him they'll retrieve her safely and he expresses his gratitude.
Wrex: I appreciate that, Liara. I wouldn't want anyone else along for the ride. Garrus:[cough] Wrex: I suppose I could make room for you too, Garrus. [chuckles] Garrus: Figured you'd gone soft sitting on your throne, forgot how to hold a gun.
Another gem can be found if Garrus is in your party and you speak with Wrex right after landing.
Wrex: Damn it, out of all of the turians out there, I had to make friends with one who thinks he's funny. Garrus: Well how do you think I feel? I'm supposed to hate you, but instead you warmed my heart with your winning personality. Wrex: I could throw a few salarians off a cliff if it'll make you feel better.
And then there's this. Garrus and Wrex are as much bros to each other as they are to Shepard.
Wrex: Now we can get back to doing what Krogan do best. Saving everyone else from giant monsters! Garrus: Never going to let us forget the Rachni Wars, are you? Wrex: Last time I was at the Citadel, I didn't see a turian statue in your honor. [chuckles] Garrus: Just wait till this war is over.
Heartwarming In Hindsight, in a way: It's a co-operative turian-krogan effort, the Miracle at Palaven, that causes the most damage to the Reapers outside of the Catalyst. Maybe they really do deserve a statue!
While on Sur'Kesh, Wrex, sore about being detained by security, begins making loud comments about how delicious salarians are. The comments in and of themselves are already funny ("I prefer my salarian liver served raw!") but the icing on the cake comes from one of his salarian guards, whose expression just gets more and more pissed off with each comment Wrex makes.
Later, the team meets up with Captain Kirrahe, who pulls out a pistol that shoots sticky grenades, causing Cerberus troops to explode. Garrus has a certain gleam in his eyes.
Garrus: How do I not have one of those?
The ever-astute Mordin gives us this observation: "Affinity for destruction intact, Shepard."
Upon arrival to Sur'Kesh, Shepard is refused landing. Wrex decides to perform a "Krogan airdrop" and leaps from the shuttle. Held up against Salarian security, he throws them away with a biotic blast but is then targeted by snipers from afar. If the renegade option is chosen, this golden moment is engaged:
Shepard: Does Salarian hospitality always come with sharpshooters? This is an insult to the Alliance! Salarian: Please understand, no matter what some politician might say, Krogan are still considered a hostile race. Wrex:I wonder why.
There's also the Salarian's reaction to said Krogan airdrop: "We have an unauthorized... landing."
The gang's reaction to the Yahg prisoners on Sur'Kesh, especially Liara and Garrus* Although it requires that the player has completed the prequel's Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC.
Shepard: Watch it! There goes the next Shadow Broker. Garrus: Could've sworn he was muttering "T'Soni!" the whole time. Liara:Not funny!
Remember Blasto, who started as a forum in-joke and received a small cameo in the second game? He got his own radio drama, which is 10 minutes of absolute hilarity.
Bubin: Badassfully: This radio drama comes... highly recommended. Blasto: This one agrees and poses multiple tentacles aimed upwards in an agreeable manner.
Just the the concept behind Blasto 6 elicits much laughter. Imagine a typical buddy cop movie and the clichés attached to them: the Cowboy Cop partnered with the By-the-Book Cop, the latter cop's sister attracted to the former cop, the villain who uses Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! to his advantage, and the perpetually worried police chief chastising the two cops when things go awry. Mix those archetypes with two Elcor, a Hanar, a Volus and a Vorcha, and the races' respective speaking styles, and it's gutbustingly funny (the Elcor cop starting every single line with "badassfully" being the highlight). Imagining the entire ordeal makes the scenario even more insane.
Meta humor here, Blasto is voiced by Mark Meer (Male!Shepard/ShepLoo) while Bubin's sister is voiced by Jennifer Hale (Female!Shepard/FemShep). That's right, you just listened to Shepard having creepy alien sex with him/herself.
"Are you engaging in reproductive behavior with this one?"
"Bottom line: you can't touch the Vorcha! [gasp] They've got diplomatic immunity!"
"Then this one will not attempt diplomacy."
Vorcha:Ha ha! Kill you now! [two gunshots] Blasto: Spawn of questionable parentage. The Vorcha. Get to cover. Bubin:[weakly] Badassfully: Dammit. Blasto. They got me. They got me bad. Blasto: No, Bubin. You are too aesthetically displeasing to die. Bubin: Badassfully: Promise me you'll... get... the... Vorcha... Blasto: They have already perished, though they are currently unaware of it. Bubin: Badassfully: No...by the book...Promise me you'll do it... by...the...book... Blasto: This one cannot accede to this request. Bubin:[death rattle] B-Badassfully: Promise me... [death rattle]... Dammit... [death rattle]... Promise... [death rattle] Bubin's translator: Translator error: obstruction in airway. Blasto:[almost monotone]Noooooooooooo...
The fact that it's only about six months since Shepard was strolling around Illium but in that time the Blasto franchise has churned out five sequels is hilarious in itself. Then we have in the Citadel DLC the shooting of Blasto 7, with talk about Blasto 8. The fact that it's produced by Salarians explains so much about the sequelization. That and the production values.
The way that Bubin prefaces every single one of his statements with 'badassfully' is probably an indication that the Elcor is a terrible, one-dimensional actor (as opposed to the Hamlet Elcor, who use a wide variety of adjectives, but are no less monotonous).
Patrick Weekesconfirms that they skipped past the opportunity to have a Pun in the audio drama that had the potential to be painfully hilarious, given that we would have had a Hanar saying this.
Shepard: You know, is it time to test the fire alarm? I think it is! Ashley: I'll pay you a million credits not to do that, sir/ma'am. Shepard: Two million credits, and we have a deal. Ashley: You're a damn space pirate. Shepard: I could order Joker to sing to you over the comm. Ashley: I hate you. Shepard: "I hate you...?" Ashley: Sir/Ma'am. Shepard: As you were, Williams.
And considering she got the booze from Vega, it's entirely possible that it's because she downed, in its entirety, a large bottle of mescal.
Ashley: Ah! Sir... your voice, sir? Not... so loud, pleasethankyou.
At least she can outdrink Shepard. After three drinks the screen blacks out and Shepard wakes up next to Aria, who gives a look of pity that s/he can't handle alcohol. Still, we don't know what that glass was filled with. It might well have been food-colored ryncol.
Ashley referring to Shepard as a space pirate was hilarious if you played as FemShep given that her voice actress fought quite a few of those in a different series.
In Mass Effect 2, Mordin mentions all the Cerberus crew possessing cyanide capsules in false teeth. He remarks that he prefers optical nerve flashbangs, as they are much more effective. Come Mass Effect 3, and one of Liara's Shadow Broker reports details an Alliance interrogation session of a captured Cerberus agent, who promptly blows up her own face with optical nerve flashbangs. Looks like TIM was paying attention to those listening devices!note Or Miranda simply put back the expensive one Mordin returned; we'll likely never know. Also, note that there are some who consider this a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment.
One of the disputes you can resolve on the Citadel for Reputation points is between a sales clerk and the Refund Guy. You can convince the sales clerk to give the poor man a full refund. The whole fifteen credits. Almost crosses into Heartwarming territory, since the Refund Guy just sounds so grateful to finally get the creds back... of course, he'd been fighting for them for ~3 years by this point, so it's understandable.
Javik: Amusing. Asari have finally mastered writing. Liara: ...I'm sorry?
His comment on salarians from the same conversation:
Javik: [with utter disbelief] They used to eat flies. Javik:[later] They used to lick their eyes.
And the nod to the Fan Nickname that was being used to refer to him back when there were crazy rumours about a Prothean squadmate.
Javik: Your "Joker" pilot insisted I call myself "Prothy the Prothean". I insisted he allow me to throw him out of the airlock.
Wrex plays up the 'angry krogan' act with the guards on Sur'Kesh by telling them he eats salarian liver raw. Javik adds that he's actually right, and the protheans considered it a delicacy. The guards' faces make the entire moment.
Tali: So you're a real, living prothean? Javik: As opposed to a fake, dead one? Tali: Uhhhhhhhh...okay.
Of course, considering the vast number of Collector corpses that Shepard has left in her/his wake, and the fact that at least one Reaper could assume control of a Collector's body, this could be considered an entirely valid question. For maximum awkwardness, wear the Collector armor.
His Bizarre Alien Biology leads to a funny moment with Shepard regarding his or her love interest. For example, if it's female Shepard and Garrus:
Javik: You and the turian... you are joined? Shepard:[grinning] You could say that. Javik: I'm not. Your pheromones are.
Kirrahe assumes that you're joking when you tell him that Javik's a Prothean, and guesses that he's actually a drell or some other alien with genetic engineering.
Which is doubly funny when contrasted with Mordin's reaction to first seeing Javik moments later.
Mordin: A Prothean. Excellent.
Wrex doesn't seem overly shocked either.
Wrex: What's that? Shepard: He's a Prothean. Wrex: [deadpan] Sometimes I'm not sure whether Normandy is a warship or a travelling freak show.
The delivery of EDI's line is perfect. Shepard silently stands there for a few moments, with the dialogue wheel opened up as if EDI is done talking, and then she adds "That was a joke." The awkward silence shared by Shepard and the player is timed perfectly.
As shown in this video, Joker is caught asking for sex advice of how to get it on with EDI from Mordin.
Joker: You're not going to tell anyone about this? Like Shepard, Shepard definitely doesn't need to know. Mordin: Ah. Guarantee that Shepard will not learn about it fromme... Joker: ..S/he's standing right there, isn't s/he? Eve: I wish I wasn't.
After the mission in Tuchanka, Joker has an idea on how to deal with Reapers:
How did EDI counter Cerberus' cyberwarfare after the events of ME2? By flooding their servers with porn. Seven zettabytes of it. Most of it was Joker's (unless that was a joke). For everyone playing along at home, a zettabyte is 1021 bytes. In all Joker has seven (ahem) sextillion (7 x 1021 or 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) bytes of porn on the Normandy's computer. Yes, sextillion is a real number. Additionally, as of 2009, the total memory of the entire Internet was estimated to be half a zettabyte. The Extranet Is For Pornindeed.
James and Kaidan (if you re-recruit him after the Cerberus coup) are also distracted by EDI's new body.
Kaidan: Hey, I bumped into EDI in the hall. Scared the shit out of me. You could have warned me. She looks good, though...
Garrus: All right, my turn. What's the first order an Alliance commander gives at the start of combat? Joker: Uh...I give up. Garrus: Correct. Joker: [laughs] All right, big guy. What do you call it when a turian gets killed by a horrible spiky monster? Garrus: Friendly fire. Come on, that one goes back to Shanxi. Joker: Gotta respect the classics. Garrus: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay? Joker: 602. 600 to vote on it, one to ask the asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council afterward. How do you know when a turian is out of ammo? Garrus: He switches to the stick up his ass as a backup weapon. Why does the Alliance hire pilots with brittle bone disease? Joker: You're shitting me! The turian military has one about me? Garrus: Oh absolutely! I heard it myself from a private back on Palaven. Joker: All right, why does the Alliance hire pilots with brittle bone disease? Garrus: So their marines can beat someone in hand-to-hand drills. Joker: Damn, you need to tell James that one. Hey, what's the hardest part about treating a turian who took a rocket to one side of his face? Garrus: Figuring out which side took the rocket.
James meets the last member of an extinct civilization. Liara had questions about Prothean government and society. James just wants to know if they liked to get drunk. James and Javik, you two managed to avoid the Replacement Scrappy title magnificently.
Tali: I appreciate what you're doing here, Shepard. Shepard: Well, I care deeply about the quarian people. Tali: It's good to be back on the Normandy. Shepard: Let me know if it's too quiet for you to sleep, and I'll find you someplace louder. Tali:[pleasantly] Hmm. Kaidan: Uh... if you like, I can give you two some privacy.
Ashley tries to get the two lovebirds to cut the chatter (which is even funnier if she was your ME1 love interest and you dumped her for Tali in the first place):
Ashley: Maybe we can talk about this when we're not on a damn geth dreadnought.
Just Tali being a flirt and her interactions with Shepard in general. It's both hilarious and heartwarming to watch them go back and forth. Another gem, if you managed to get the quarians and geth to work together:
[Tali has been discussing how geth have been uploading themselves into quarian suits, simulating infections so the quarians can live without them faster] Shepard: Well, just tell me if you're going to upload someone into yours. Tali:[chuckles] Oh, trust me, Shepard. The only other person who gets inside this suit is you.
If you negotiate peace with the geth and quarians:
Shepard: I bet you say that to every guy who gets you a homeworld. Tali: Only the cute ones.
The entire Grissom Academy sequence, watching Jack's...unique teaching style and it's startlingly positive effect on her students. Especially when they start mocking some of her lines from ME2 (which themselves are taken verbatim from enemy biotics from ME1)...
And their reward for surviving the whole debacle:
Jack: You're all getting ink, on me! What do you guys want, Grissom Academy logo, a glowing fist? A unicorn, for Rodriguez? Rodriquez: Screw you, ma'am!
It's a Funny and Heartwarming moment if you own the Mass Effect 3 iOS app and Jack emails you, "Rodriguez just ripped a husk's head off. May be some hope for her yet."
And if you're romancing Garrus and bring him along:
Jack: Bite me, Garrus! Better yet, bite her - I bet that's how she likes it.
Or her reaction to EDI, which is surprisingly amiable:
Jack: Nice body, EDI. Now you look like a sex-bot instead of a sex-toy.
Joker:[upon hearing Jack forcibly hold herself back from cursing him out in front of her students] What, does she have a swear jar or something? I bet we could empty that out and have enough to buy a new cruiser! Jack: ...Cover your ears, kids. Hey, Joker! F— [loading screen]
Even better because you can find a datapad in which Jack says something about how she will rip Joker's head off when she talks to him again and he mentions swear jars.
Shepard VI: There's nothing this galaxy can't beat if we all work together... [activate again] ...except the Reapers. Ever see the size of one of those things? Shepard VI: I can predict what the real Commander Shepard would say with seven percent accuracy!" Shepard VI:[to Shepard, who he/she is based off of] Extranet says you're an Alliance Officer. Keep up the good work, soldier! Shepard VI: How 'bout a pet? You look like a varren person! Shepard VI: Always nice to see you! Shepard VI: Hey again! Actual Shepard:I don't really sound like that...do I?
It's also based on the personality of your Shepard, so while a Paragon Shepard VI is obnoxiously friendly, a Renegade Shepard VI sounds more than a little Ax-Crazy.
Shepard VI: Looks like you've been in some fights lately. Install me in a combat mech, and I could do some pretty crazy damage myself. Shepard VI: Technically, it's thermal clips, not bullets. But who says, "I filled him with five detachable heat sinks"? Shepard VI: Wait, wait, forget the mech. Install me in one of those flying drones and stick a Cain on it. Shepard VI: Ever wrestle a varren for money?
CatchingGarrus and Tali getting a little cozy with each other near the end of the game, if Shepard is not in a relationship with either one of them.
Garrus: I, uh, think one of my mandibles got hooked on her helmet...
And then there's this little gem soon after.
Garrus: Guess it helps to have something to come back to. Tali: What do you mean, "come back to"? This is just a fling, Vakarian. I'm using you for your body. Garrus: You're so mean. And I'm okay with that.
After you've rescued the krogan's princess, this happens.
Garrus: They say krogan females have a thing for guys with scars. Shepard: So I've heard. Garrus: I've got a few myself. Here's hoping nobody's thinking of an arranged marriage to secure the deal. [Meanwhile, in the med bay...] Mordin: Aware krogan females find scars attractive. Garrus loyal, reasonably intelligent, bit aggressive. Almost like krogan. Eve: For the third time, Doctor, I'm not interested!
And then there's the bizarre hilarity that is the Conrad Verner encounter (Paragon version, at least). Or: Random Shit From the First Game Coming Together in the Most Bizarre Way Possible: The Sidequest. So, a question for you: how do Conrad Verner, the writings of Matriarch Dilinaga, the armory licenses, retrieving the data disks on Feros, and helping out Detective Chellick all fit together in a logical way? Answer: No idea!
Also from that sidequest, Conrad reveals that he wrote his doctoral dissertation on xenotechnology and dark matter integration. Also, his subverted taking the bullets moment and how insanely epic it is.
Conrad: But maybe I can help you with... whatever it is you're doing now that isn't with Cerberus. Shepard: [exasperated] Conrad, I'm building an ancient, Prothean, dark energy device to stop the Reapers. Can you help with that? Conrad: Well, I did write my doctoral dissertation on xenotechnology and dark energy integration. Shepard: [long pause] Really?
Shepard: Conrad, do you even have a wife? Conrad: Oh yes! Yes, yes, yes... Well... no. But see— Shepard: Conrad, if you have some kind of weird shrine of me, I will be very unhappy. Conrad: It's just a poster and a few candles. It's very tasteful. Shepard: Gah...
When caught drumming up support for Cerberus because Shepard worked for them, Shepard speaks for us all.
Shepard: Oh for the love of...
Conrad also asks the question every player of ME 1 had about the thermal clip system and why it replaced the self cooling one or didn't just became an addition.
One of his lines refers to the save bug which caused renegade action to be imported from ME 1 regardless of an actual player decision.
Conrad: Just... I'm sorry if I ever accused you of pointing a gun on me when you didn't actually do that. I was really stressed out!
And, at its conclusion, as Conrad walks off, Shepard just has this '...what the hell I have no idea what just happened' look as if s/he can't believe all those ME1 little plot lines came together and paid off like this, which is probably the same expression on the player's face.
Drunk Tali. Just...Tali being totally hammered. Especially when she starts calling Javik over the intercom and tells him she thinks he actually likes Liara.
And then her comment about Miranda: "Keelah, she was such a bitch."
The iOS app has her drunk text Shepard. And the next day, text "Ow. Head hurts. Why do people do this for fun? And what happened to my spellchecker?"
Tali: hey Shepard im in teh lounge havinga drink, wanna hwlp?
During the same sequence when Tali's smashed, she drunk-dials Javik and has an amusing conversation regarding his relationship with Liara. She teases him about liking Liara, then teases him about liking Tali herself. Javik is more than a little exasperated:
Javik: This conversation is over.
This is even funnier considering Javik's empathic abilities; he probably pulled that line from Tali's own conversation with Garrus in the second game.
Also, her daddy issues show up full force. If she's in a relationship with Shepard:
Tali: I'm having a drink with my boyfriend. My human boyfriend. Heh. My father would have hated you.
And in general:
Shepard:[upon realizing aforementioned daddy issues] Aaah. Tali: Don't 'aaah' at me. [grumbles] You sound like a vorcha.
Also a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming since she is extremely proud of Miranda for standing up to her father who did extremely morally questionable things to win a war and how she wish she was like her and be able to stop her dad from doing something that got him killed.
Upon Normandy approaching the Geth Dreadnought while "rigged for silent running."
An incidental conversation in Purgatory between a very crass female soldier named Mel and a male soldier. Two words: Infiltrator tits.
Mel: I want you to take the raunchiest thing you can imagine, and hang a hanar off of it.
Joker and Vega chat through the intercom on the possibility of the quarians making him an exoskeleton suit. Joker says it'd mess with his spatial awareness, which he needs to "feel" the ship, and zings Vega about his shuttle antics after Vega tries to retort that his suit doesn't screw his spatial sense up. Joker also concludes that he doesn't have the figure for it, citing Tali and her hips.
Anyone who has scrolled through one of the Squad Member pages will notice that daddy issues are the disorder of the day. Shepard is well aware of this.
Shepard: How's your focus, EDI? Any big questions? EDI: No. Shepard: Any small questions? EDI: No. Shepard: Any lingering issues? EDI: About what? Shepard: An imperfect designer who could be seen as a warped father figure, maybe? EDI:Definitely not. Did something prompt this line of questioning? Shepard:I've just learned you have to ask about these things.
We all knew the Illusive Man has... different... priorities from most people, but check out his reaction to Shepard storming his base in the first step of the game's climax.
For double bonus hilarity: Padok Wiks is at least partially based on Bioware writer Patrick Weekes.
You can try to talk Liara into speaking to her father. She doesn't want to. Until you say just her name, at which point she gives a petulant "Fine." And then eavesdropping on their conversation is hilarious.
Shepard: You know that asari matriarch tending the bar? Liara: The one sent by the government to watch me? Shepard:She's your father. Liara: I know. Renegade!Shepard: I never get to surprise you with anything.
Some gems include the phrase "useful as tits on a hanar", starry-eyed reminiscing about "Nezzy's" magnificent rack, with predictable reactions from Liara, Liara being gobsmacked that she has a part-hanar sister, Aethyta telling Liara that if she gets the urge to headbutt something it's genetic, to Liara's protestations, a comment about how Aethyta's surprised that Liara's panties haven't caught fire around Shepard, and when she gives Liara a unit of Eclipse commandos says that Liara's too old to "buy you a damn pony."
Liara's response to the gift is just as hilarious:
The mission on Thessia is emotion-heavy and very depressing, and most everybody on the ship afterwards is very quiet and subdued. Same goes for Ashley when you first talk to her - she will try to comfort Shepard and reassure him/her. But thanks to the way dialogue works, when you select her several times....
Ashley: *sadly* Guess we know how Liara feels.
Ashley: *sadly* Just... thinking about Earth, you know?
From the same scene: most of your squadmates will react to the "trench run" by asking if they really just got shot at by a Reaper. Javik, on the other hand, starts shouting excitedly that he remembers this part - and it's the easy bit. Wrex's sage advice is to avoid the giant laser.
If you convince the geth to support your war, a Broker email describes an Alliance soldier's complaints about not knowing the geth were friendlies. Not only did he "shoot the flashlights" off of one, he then had to apologize to it, and insists he's never living that one down.
This conversation between Shepard and Legion, making fun of the fact that no one believed Shepard about the Reapers.
Shepard: So the geth believed your proof that the Reapers were coming back? Legion: Of course. Shepard: ...That must have been nice.
SUBJ: No Subj FROM: Grunt THas a goood fight shUpurd. You cant hear em but I;ve goht ARLIakh co,mpany chantin SHEPAR SHEPAR your name you know. as we down some ryNCOL to heal my woundS^&!!( ryCNol! Whear are yOu? SHEPERD S HEPAURD SHEPARUD!!!
When Shepard speaks to Bailey s/he can share his/her thoughts on politics.
Shepard: Politicians are the weed of the galaxy. Bailey: Hmmm. You know, if that was a bumper sticker I'd place it right on my desk.
Kai Leng's smack talk about whoever he killed during the Citadel coup - Thane / Kirrahe / the salarian councilor - provokes some interesting reactions from your squadmates. If nothing else, it's hilarious they all hate this guy as much as the audience came to.
Ashley: Permission to rip his head off?! Javik: If I kill nothing else but him, it will have been worth it! EDI:This organic must now die. Garrus: I'll tear his head off! James: Shit, I hate this guy! Liara: Damn you! Kaidan: Come closer! I didn't catch that, you bastard! Tali:Bosh'tet!
There's a video showing the responses. The fans decided to try and come up with their own for former squadmates. As well as one detailing an apt response for Ash's comment...
Permission denied, Williams. HIS HEAD IS MINE.
The interaction between Shepard and Liara's Asari "father".
Shepard: Sorry. If you were human, you'd both be called the mother, regardless of which gave birth. Matriarch Aethyta: Well I'm not human, am I? Anthropocentric bag of dicks.
Mordin's ramblings while Shepard is introducing himself/herself to Eve.
Eve: I think seeing my sisters and I changed something in him. Mordin:[nearby, singing while focusing on his work] Asari-vorcha offspring have an allergy to dairy and doo-doo-doo-doo-duh-doo-doo-doo-doo... Shepard: Well, it wasn't his ear.
And in that same scene:
Mordin:[standard Mordin talking to himself technobabble] Shepard: Yeah...he does that.
Also, the implication of an Asari and a Vorcha mating and having an offspring is a small reminder that Mordin hasn't lost his penchant for absent-mindedly mentioning Squick.
Eve hates the way Mordin talks to himself while working because he keeps describing absent-mindedly and in minute detail how his failures would result in her horrible, horrible death. She finds it a little unsettling. He tries to accomodate her, so he resorts to trailing off into mumbling about "sensitive topics". Eve finds that even worse because it leaves so much room for the imagination...
A hilarious Lampshade Hanging - Jacob says his Brynn girlfriend wants to call their baby after him/her. Shepard is surprised, but pleased. Then Jacob tells him/her that Brynn wants to call the kid "Shepard". Cue a very awkward laugh by Shep.
In the iOS app, Jacob announces that he and his wife finally came up with a name for their baby. It's not Shepard. It's Hackett. Oh, and the baby is a girl.
Upon encountering the Hanar diplomat who reveals his plans of uploading a virus to shut down his homeworld's defenses, leaving them open to Reaper attack, Shepard's response without any prompting or dialogue choice, is of course:
If Kasumi's helping you with this quest, she chimes in with her opinion of diplomat's idea that the hanar, who worship the Protheans, should serve the Reapers because the Protheans became the Collectors:
Also, earlier in the quest, Jondum Bau rules out a possible suspect by saying that the money he's transferring is for his mistress. After speaking to Bau, Kasumi pipes in.
Kasumi: Can I just say how odd it is for a hanar to have a mistress?
Let's not forget Kasumi immediately turning around and telling Shepard she's not going to join his/her crew, since s/he already got one suicide mission out of her, before a little later on enquiring how much of the old crew Shepard has got back... and remarking that if Shep'd got Jacob back, she'd reconsider. Even if she still has Keiji's greybox, since she's "nostalgic. Not dead."
One of Liara's archived conversations is an argument between Grunt and a recruit for Aralahk Company.
Recruit: Still don't understand why they put a tank-grown freak in charge of a whole company. Grunt: [laughter] And I don't understand why they gave me whining pyjaks for soldiers. Recruit: I have more years on the battlefield than you have kills, runt. Grunt: Trying to mate with salarian females doesn't count as fighting.
If Shepard had a romance with Kaidan in the first game, they will eventually get the chance to talk through their issues in a cafe on the Citadel and rekindle their relationship. The whole scene is a pure Crowning Moment of Heartwarming...and then Shepard suggests they go straight back to the Normandy. Kaidan says he'd love to...but their drinks just showed up. Cue sexual frustration.
If you helped EDI and Joker get into a relationship, EDI will reminscience about the first time Joker saw her new shell. Joker said that she didn't have to conform to societal standards of beauty.
EDI: I then called him on his bullshit, and we then proceeded to talk normally.
After kicking Cerberus off the Citadel and a side mission or two, Shepard hits the mess hall only to discover James and Garrus 'whipping it out' for comparison... their military accomplishments, that is.
Garrus: [starts off on easy mode] James: [heckles Garrus for being WEAK, mans up] Garrus: [points out he kicked a Rogue Spectre's ass and brought down a Reaper dreadnought] James: Doesn't count - you did that with Shepard.
Walk around the ship a bit, then come back for Part 2:
Garrus: Still think you can win this, huh? James: I can do this all day, Scars. Garrus: Funny you mention those... Ever hear the name 'Archangel'? James: Might have. Garrus: [brags about cleaning up crime on...] James: So you ran a cleaning service on Omega? Garrus: [visibly twitches] James: Back on Felh Prime, I uncovered a pair of Harvesters. Had to kill 'em all by myself. Garrus: Two wormnecks? That's... almost impressive. James: Oh that's not even the best part. They left behind an egg, it hatched, and I trained it to let me fly it. [audible smirk] Garrus: [chuckles] The Alliance teach to you make up crap like that, or did you figure it by yourself? James: [shrugs] It's a gift.
Walk around some more and come back for Part 3, in which Garrus and James both lampshade their prior interactions, before telling the story of how they teamed up to singlehandedly kick the Reapers back into darkspace.
Garrus: With a little help from their friends. James: Nah, it was just us. Mostly me.
After the "Geth Fighter Base" mission (paraphrased from memory):
EDI: Shepard, you are now possibly the only living organic who has experienced the geth consensus. Do you have any thoughts on the experience? Shepard: It was fascinating. Mind-blowing. And I'm a little thirsty. EDI: And just like that, the magic is gone. Shepard: Did you just say what I think you said? EDI: No.
EDI demonstrates her mastery of deadpan humor during a discussion with Legion about the efficiency of her new platform.
That dialogue also features Legion criticizing the inefficiency of EDI's design. Especially for being so (ahem) top-heavy.
Going to the Ardat-Yakshi Monastery starts out just like a horror movie. Lights are off, no one's home, elevator's not working, last team sent in disappeared. You walk inside and see the whole place is a mess. All of a sudden, something moves...
Kaidan: I, uh, tripped. Sorry.
Everyone has a variation on the theme.
Shepard:I heard something! Tali: Um, sorry, that was me. Liara:[beat] ...Sorry, that was me.
An easy-to-miss datapad message is of one of the Ardat-Yakshi leaving an excited message to a friend, saying that someone has smuggled in a copy of Vaenia - a most-likely-porn vid that everyone, from Jakob to Morinth, have watched - and they should meet during their free period and watch it, but act casual because Rila's the hall monitor. She ends by reminding her friend to delete this as soon as she reads it - not like last time.
Ashley, on what she'd like to do once she's out of the hospital:
And first order of business is to shove their metal tentacles right up their - uh, I mean, fight with honor and courage, sir/ma'am.
If you bring Garrus along on the Geth Dreadnought with Tali, he will mention that Dr. Michel bought him some dextro-amino chocolate.
Tali: Wait, she bought you turian chocolate? Garrus: She said that she saw it and thought of me, why? Tali: Oh, nothing~ [you can practically hear her smirking]
Alternately, if you are a female Shepard romancing Garrus:
Tali: Watch yourself, Shepard.
While Admiral Gerrel is bombing the ship in the last part of that mission, Garrus will shout "Quarian Bastards!" as you and your squad escape.
For all of Liara's leveling in badassery, she pretty much goes into full Squee mode when Shepard and co. discover Javik. Joker lampshades this when he asks Shepard if Liara's finished bouncing in joy.
In that same conversation, Shepard can ask Joker if he knew EDI was going to install herself into said Cerberus tech.
Joker: If I knew she was going to upload herself into a smoking hot robot body, do you think I'd have been able to keep quiet about it? [Shepard eyes him wryly] Joker:[indicates EDI, sitting serenely in the co-pilot's seat] I mean, look at that! I'd have baked a cake!
Quarians are hot. How hot? If Tali and MShep are in a relationship, just ask Javik:
Javik: In my time, even the primitive quarians were considered attractive. Now, nobody can see it... except, perhaps, the Commander? Tali: What!? How did you know!? Javik:[evil laugh]
The best part is that for the rest of that dialogue Javik is giving a The Reason Quarians Suck speech. Normally the fact that no one can even see what Quarians look like anymore is his final damning insult...but given the opportunity he gleefully abandons his point in favor of a 'Tali's got a boyfriend!' joke. There's a reason that Javik has been called the universe's oldest troll by fans.
Joker: Aw, c'mon. It's just one simple question. Liara: Then look it up on the extranet. Joker: You can't believe anything you find there. It's more reliable to ask a friendly asari. Liara: I'm not telling you if my "hair tentacles" move!
The only thing that would have made that funnier is if Joker later asked a Shepard romancing Liara.
If Shepard takes Liara's side:
Liara: Thank you. Explaining blackmail to EDI would have been awkward.
If you chat to Joker after leaving the Rachni Queen to die he comes out with the following:
The Renegade leadup to Shepard and Garrus' Presidium excursion:
Shepard: What did you have in mind? Garrus: Something that doesn't involve fighting Reapers. Shepard: That's hard to find these days. I guess we could catch a hanar poetry reading. Garrus: No offence, but if the end of the galaxy is coming, I'm not going out on the phrase "This one feels like a flower."
Wrex referring to Kalros, the mother of all Thresher Maws as "one HELL of a guard dog".
If Shepard is in a relationship with Liara, when s/he's finished talking with him, Wrex will compliment the new Normandy but is annoyed that he doesn't have a window, and ribs Shepard that it's probably because of his/her relationship that Liara does.
Wrex: I still don't have a window like Liara does, but maybe that's because I don't kiss as well. [filthy laugh] Shepard: No comment.
There's a hilarious bug where you may throw a grenade at an enemy who ragdolls but doesn't die, and as result his arm seems to be independently aiming and shooting at you while his body lies limp on the ground.
Mordin: Oh Better to die to a thresher maw With shotgun-blasting-roaring raw Than to play ambassadorial games With the blood of Shiagur in her veins Off to fight, since Turians can’t With diplomats instead of a krantt But she’ll be true for Tuchanka’s dream And live and die a Krogan Queen! For She is the Krogan Queen! Hurrah! Hurrah for the Krogan Queen! And it is It is a glorious thing To be the Krogan Queen!
Javik: It's a pity we didn't teach them to speak better.
During the goodbye to Javik in London, Shepard asks him what he'll do afterwards if they win. If you didn't interrupt the fight between him and Liara after Thessia and saw the above scene, Javik believes that the hanar will welcome him and he could "live like a king among them." Just imagine it.
A real Offscreen Moment of Awesome is when the Rachni are aiding against the Reapers. The email when an Alliance member crapped his pants at seeing a rachni board his ship and not attack and help with the effort.
Though you have to feel horrible for poor Han Olar, that traumatised Volus from Noveria in the first game, who's mentioned as nearly having a nervous breakdown after seeing the Rachni show up on the Crucible.
Speaking of elephants in the room, there's an amusing exchange between an Alliance member and a Geth Prime on Earth, as one of the Alliance apologizes for shooting a hole in one of the Geth platforms before realizing they were friendly.
If you talk to Cortez after the Communications Relay you get this little exchange between Vega & Cortez.
Talking to Cortez after the Cerberus Attack on Tuchanka gives us this gem:
Cortez: I wish I could've seen that cannon firsthand. But I cut theaudio emulators, and got to watch the Cerberus cruiser gracefully and silently disintegrate. Beautiful. [beat] James: Sometimes I worry about you, man.
You can pardon the engineering duo from the 2nd game at the Spectre terminal. Like in the 2nd game, they're always good for a laugh. Eventually Gabby calls Ken out on him hitting on every girl on the ship but her. Support Gabby in the argument and you'll catch them under the engineering deck towards the end of the game. Complete with "were we caught?" lines.
Cortez and Vega heckling each other in general, but in particular, Cortez's introductory dialogue, where he explains that he and Vega both maintain the weapons in the ship's armory.
Cortez: (Speaking loudly enough for Vega to hear him from across the hangar bay) Of course, the only weapon Mr. Vega likes to maintain is himself. Vega:[while doing chin-ups in the background]You know you love the show, Esteban!
Take Kaidan to find Admiral Zaal'Koris, and he has a comment on fighting geth, again.
Kaidan: Were you around when the Alliance said we'd wiped out the last major geth outpost? Shepard: Yeah. Intel always was a little underfunded.
Samantha Traynor is the new yeoman on the Normandy. When you first talk talk to her she'll bring up not even having a toothbrush, and you can suggest placing a requisition order for one.
Traynor: My toothbrush is specially designed with mass effect fields to break up plaque and massage the gums. It costs six thousand credits. Shepard: Yeah. Okay. You're on your own on that one.
For a comparison, that toothbrush sells for the same as an assault rifle.
It doubles as a Chekov's Gun and Brick Joke in the Citadel DLC.
A Shepard Romancing her can learn a more snarky side of her. Also a possible Shout-Out regarding Fanon on Shepard's nationality
[Traynor had been angsting about humanity ending up as the Quarians] Shepard: Don't worry, when all off this is over, I will buy us drinks back in Vancouver, I promise. Traynor: Vancouver? Not Paris or Venice. Vancouver. Shepard: It's a great city! Traynor: You never take me anywhere nice.
After you visit the Ardat-Yakshi monastery and get a squad of Asari commandos, Ms Traynor has the following gem:
Traynor: Everyone has to fight now, no matter how pretty you are. I learned that the hard way.
Javik on that app, just in general. He says typing messages like this is "an insult", but he keeps doing it.
Water is significantly more intuitive than this clumsy apparatus. I am limited in how many charact
That app in general. The longer you have it, the more hilarious it becomes.
Javik: The lizard doctor made me read him. His thoughts are even more confusing than his speech. EDI: Shepard, when you have time, I have another question for you. Actually, I have 1,623,058, but I'm pacing myself. Javik: I will help you, but evolve faster. Typing messages like this is an insult.
If you do the Garrus relationship activity (skeet shooting with empty bottles), he'll send this message on the iOS app.
Congrats on being the Galactic Champion of Bottle Shooting. When the bottles rise and attack we'll know who to turn to.
When asked by Shepard, EDI describes the construction of her robot body's face and hair in technical terms, explaining how the "flexible bio-memetic nanomaterial" of her face is capable of hardening to absorb impacts and of limited self-healing, and that her hair, currently set to one solid piece, can also be separated into individual strands for infiltration purposes... except if it has recently been exposed to water, in which case, she concludes wryly, "I generally can't do a thing with it."
Aethyta: It was pretty clear she was leaving. Can't be the wise counselor if you are married. Liara: Why not? Aethyta: Sex appeal. Most species only pay attention if they want to have sex with you. So you have to be available, mysterious... Liara: What? That's not true! Shepard listens to me! Aethyta: And how many times have you thrown her on the bed and peeled her out of her uniform? [or if Shepard is male] And how many times have you popped his thermal clip? [if the Romance was only started in the third game] I've seen the way you look at each other. Surprised your panties haven't caught fire. Liara: Do you have to make it sound so... tawdry? Aethyta: If it's all civilized you're not doing it right.
Which itself is a Shout-Out to Mae West who said that sex was only dirty if you were doing it right.
Overlapping with Mood Whiplash is the moment when Shepard enters the room where Mordin is about to take an elevator up to a burning room to cure the genophage, meaning certain death for him. The scene is very tense and dramatic, when suddenly a piece of debris crashes down nearby and Shepard lets loose with a loud "DAYUM!"
One of Javik's random comments relates to how people keep asking what he eats, and he refuses to tell on the grounds that it'll be harder for someone to poison him that way. And when you talk to him immediately afterwards, he "nonchalantly" asks if it's true that you keep fish in your cabin.
If you have the iOS app, you receive a text from her later.
Spiders, Shepard. Seriously. Spiders.
In the first game, Pressly is suspicious of Tali and claims she'll be stealing things from the Normandy. At first, it seems he's just being a space racist. Then the admirals show up on a vessel with a Normandy-esque stealth drive...
Sometimes it's better to have the backup characters around. On the geth dreadnought, without Tali:
Shepard: How are things on your end? Admiral Daro'Xen: The geth sent reinforcements to the bridge, but they were quite amenable to my hacking routines. Currently they're doing a lovely dance. Next they'll serve refreshments. Ashley: She's not all the way sane, is she.
Squad Commander Shar'lak Gurek attempts to clear up "misconceptions" on the battlefield:
Commander Gurek: Many of our new allies in this great struggle seem to think that Batarians view warnings about incoming banshees as an insult - nothing could be further from the truth, and it would be great if people could let us know when one of those was standing right behind us. There's also a rumor that our kinetic barriers are thermally charged, and thus we actually benefit from being hit by a geth pyro's flamethrower. We're honestly not sure where that one came from.
Admiral Peter Mikhailovich offers his support to helping their new allies integrate into the fold.
Admiral Mikhailovich: These warriors are fighting alongside races they had once declared undying hatred for, and doing so without the slaves to treat their injuries, as they were accustomed to. They wish to prove that they can shoulder any burden and fight any opposing force, no matter how horrific the casualties they will incur doing so. We owe them that chance.
Good news for the batarians, though! Alliance soldiers are responding positively to this clarification and have declared their intention to support their new allies.
Lieutenant Girard: You know, I honestly didn't think that batarians bled the way we did. But then, I've only really seen them that one time, on Mindoir. Definitely, though, provided I've got enough medigel, and that the mission won't be compromised by me trying to give first aid during a firefight, I'll be sure to use that medigel on our new friends from Khar'shan. Just as soon as I'm done helping any injured salarians, turians, drell, asari, krogan, quarians, or geth.
For those who are confused: the geth are a SYNTHETIC race. They can't even USE medi-gel.
Speaking of the Alliance News Network, there's also this gem by Commander Bailey after a Noodle Incident at the Silver Coast Casino, calling back to a minor sidequest in ME1 that has you tracking down a person hacking the Quasar machines only to find out that it's an emergent AI that decides to kill Shepard rather than risk being shut down.:
Bailey: Look, I know we’re all thinking it, so I’m just going to make it clear. This is just a damn malfunction. It is absolutely not the Quasar machine evolving over countless interactions with humans until it becomes a full AI, which then has no desire other than the complete eradication of every living being on the Citadel. I’m 80, 85 percent sure.
And with the Extended Cut, BioWare apparently took note of the fact that many players fired a round or two at the Star Child, because if you do that now, he'll simply shut the Catalyst/Crucible down, and it segues directly into the "Reject" ending, where the cycle continues as planned.
While at Purgatory, Shepard can overhear some very interesting conversations between Joker and EDI. This is one of them.
EDI: Your turn. Councilor Tevos. Joker: ...Hot, but points off for attitude. EDI: Sha'ira the Consort. Joker: Uh, hot, I guess? Can we stop this? You're creeping me out. EDI: Dalatrass Linron. Joker: Ew!
In Priority: Earth, wait for Wrex to finish his speech to his men, then he'll say some random stuff to them like this one:
Wrex: Suck it up, princesses!
Fighting Kai Leng for the last time is both awesome and pretty funny when you take account on how Shepard snarks at Leng's taunts.
Shepard: How's the legs? Getting tired? Kai Leng: You're still slow, Shepard! Shepard: I'm only slow because I'm not running! You ran at the Citadel! You ran on Thessia! Kai Leng: S-Shut up!
A wonderful bit of Fridge Brilliance that becomes hilarious when you realise that the Stargazer is voiced by Buzz Aldrin, apparently the Narrator of the entire series. Guess we know where Shepard's love of punching out annoying reporters comes from! Even better, we even have the punchee ask "Did we get it?" in response.
Kenneth finally figures out the Illusive Man's problem: He drinks bourbon. Gabby points out Ken drinks whiskey, and Ken defensively replies that he drinks scotch. "That scunner drinks American bourbon." Gabby finds it a petty complaint, and he just says she's obviously never had a fine islay scotch.
Let's not forget some hilarious trolling done by BioWare during your first opportunity to tell the krogan about the genophage sabotage on Tuchanka. The tension has been building throughout the entire ship ride, leaders from both races are on board, you're given an ominous-looking dialogue wheel, and before you can make your choice Shepard gets interrupted by a sudden bout of turbulence. Many players spent entire minutes agonizing over their decision before bursting out laughing at the result. You get the chance to make your choice properly later on.
A scene with Javik on the Citadel will have people awed at being in the presence of a Prothean. When asked for his advice it quickly delves into Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die territory, before Shepard can use a paragon interrupt. Without missing a beat, he becomes more uplifting.
"...Uh, I don't think that's gonna work."
During a conversation on the Citadel, EDI asks Shepard for advice on how to woo Joker and Shepard suggests they see a movie. EDI responds "Do you think Jeff would like 'The Man Who Hung Himself'? It appears to be about an amorous plastic surgeon."
Shepard's tone as they are forced to give The Talk to EDI. Fem!Shep is feeling awkward, while M!Shep is terrified. Both reactions are hilarious.
The two smartass security guards on board the Normandy are good for a chuckle. Check out their thoughts on Sanctuary for some dark humor.
What kind of soldier looks at camp that turns people into husks and goes "Yeah, I wanna help with that!"
While Shepard is inside a geth server during one of the Rannoch side-missions, they stumble across memories of what the quarians were doing before the Morning War. When Shepard asks why the quarians are still in suits, Legion clarifies that the memories are not exact video recordings and that Shepard's mind is making up the rest. Where it gets funny is when Legion asks Shepard how many quarians they ever saw without their suits. If Shepard is male and romanced Tali, he bluntly answers "Well... one."
On the same mission, Legion decides to split the party and, rather than wait for the shuttle to land, it just goes to the open door. Shepard says "Wait - you're not gonna -" and it just lets itself fall to the ground. If Garrus is there, he says "I guess it just did." If not, Shepard pauses significantly before weakly telling Cortez to land near the cliff.
Also, during the mission, Shepard can find a Reaper code fragment and say "Let's see if I can take it with me." At the moment, Shepard's mind is interfacing imperfectly with a virtual world never meant for humans, which has filters hastily installed so that it can make some sense to him/her. S/he is walking on a manifestation of Legion and using defensive software projected in his/her perceptions as a gun against chunks of Reaper code shaped like undulating Lego tentacles. Kleptomania here clearly triumphs the logistics issue of "how does Shepard think s/he can walk out with a chunk of Reaper code", because it works. (It's probably just Shepard sending it to his/her omni-tool. Still funny that his/her first thought is to try, though.)
When you talk to EDI after a mission, she tells Shepard that she is upgrading the Reaper IFF installed in the Normandy. When you return to her after you have done another mission, she will talk with Chief Engineer Adams about it. He notes that she has a few million duplicate encryption keys, to which EDI explains that she needs them to fool the Reaper interrogation signal into thinking that the Normandy isn't a ship but a friendly Reaper intelligence. The funny part? EDI will say that simply sounding like a Reaper isn't enough anymore. She actually imitates a Reaper, complete with her voice suddenly dropping several levels to the point that it almost sounds like it is Harbinger talking on the Normandy's bridge.
Adams: I see. So we need all the copies to seem like a living Reaper. EDI: Yes. I tried saying, " humans are dust in the stellar wind", but apparently that is no longer sufficient.
Similarly, a krogan will occasionally say post-wave "They're dead!" with all the enthusiasm as a kid in a candy shop.
If Kirrahe died on Virmire, then on Sur'Kesh his replacement Sergeant Tolus wonders if Kirrahe died in vain stopping Saren's krogan cloning efforts when just three years later Shep is trying to undo the genophage. Shep can say that Saren was creating slaves, Tolus retorts that it seems that's what the turians are doing now, and if Garrus is there he doesn't buy it.
Garrus: Except the part about the slaves. And the indoctrination. And destroying the galaxy.
Tolus also is annoyed that the krogan females haven't just been killed and claiming that mercy is misguided. Garrus, again, does not appreciate this.
Garrus: I know another race that doesn't believe in mercy. They're called Reapers. Maybe you'd like to go work for them instead?
On the Citadel Embassies level, there's a large poster for colony life with the Alliance. Concealed behind a vending machine are the words, "It's not that bad."
If you finish EDI and Joker's romance subplot, right after helping her "finding a little humanity," talk to her again. She'll tell you she's busy reading "human literature".
Vega's reaction to Jack if you saved Grissom Academy, is to comment that she's definitely crazy. And kinda hot.
If Tali was the one to do the vents on the Collector Base, she refers back to it on the Geth Dreadnought, complaining that the last time she listened to Shepard telling her to go crawling through vents;
Tali: Gah, vents. Always the vents. Shepard: You did fine at the collector base. Tali: I got set on fire!
On the Geth Dreadnought EDI will tell Tali she hopes her (EDI's) new body won't make Tali uncomfortable.
Tali: As long as you don't plan to overthrow the humans. EDI: If I decide to overthrow the humans, you will be the first to know.
In From Ashes, several party members will ask Liara if she's ever found dinosaur bones. Each time, Liara starts to respond seriously, clarifying that she's an archeologist and not a paleontologist, only to stop and ask if they're joking.
Ashley: Sure was. Tali: Maybe a little. Garrus: A bit, but at least you're catching on these days. EDI: No, jokes have specific structures. That was messing with you. James: Hey, I just like dinosaurs.
On Thessia, James Vega really appreciates having air support.
James: Ask this pilot if she's got a boyfriend, 'cause I'm in love!
A non-biotic Shepard can watch Samara do her biotically-floating-down-from-a-balcony trick and have this exchange with Kaidan.
Shepard: Could you learn to float down off a rail like that? Kaidan: Well, not in the next ten minutes.
Ashley, on Reapers. "Demons do exist and they want to kill us all."
In the Collectors Edition with the robotic dog, there's a convo between Donnelly and Daniels:
Donnelly: I'm not sure what to think about that little mech dog roaming the ship. Daniels: You mean Sophie? I think she's cute. Donnelly: But what purpose does she serve? Daniels: I guess I have a soft spot for worthless dogs. Look how long I've been with you.
A great many of the things Garrus sayspost-missions. Much of it's in the delivery.
I wish there'd been a Grissom Academy for turians when I was growing up. Always wanted to learn how to paint. Now I mostly paint walls with Reaper blood. Not the same, but it's a living. If this war goes south, maybe we could freeze you for fifty thousand years, Shepard. You could go from being merely famous to legendary. ...Shepard, they say female krogan have a thing for men with scars. Siding with the giant spiders again, huh Shepard? Let's hope this finally pays off. If I never see another spider again, I'll die a contented turian. Unless they have spiders in the afterlife. Damn. [after being called chicken] "I don't even know what that is. Though I've heard everything in the galaxy tastes like it. Now it's mutated asari. The Reapers are just a giant nightmare factory that never ends. I can only imagine what the Reapers are doing to the drell. Or the hanar - or the vorcha! Tali's a welcome face around here... or... no. Well. A... a welcome face... behind the helmet. I guess. So who needs their ass kicked now? Now, if you can pacify the Reapers, we'll make you a saint. Shepard, this is when you take all your anger and frustration, bottle it up, then use it to rearrange every molecule in Kai Leng's body.
Talking to any of the crew between missions can yield some hilarious lines.
James: Rachni? Of all the things to — it's like you've got the opposite of a horseshoe up your ass! Joker: And Kaidan's back! He even remembered the first rule of serving on the Normandy: don't shoot the commander.
Throughout the game, EDI asks Shep about human behavior. At one point Shep can inquire why EDI never asks about asari or turian behavior, and EDI says she tried asking Liara about the asari bonding process, but Liara doesn't feel like EDI is that good at keeping secrets and calls EDI a blabbermouth. EDI concludes that Liara has become more secretive since becoming the Shadow Broker. A Shepard who hasn't gone through the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC is surprised - wait, Liara's the Shadow Broker?
Tali's interactions with the squad member you bring along on the Geth Dreadnought, especially if you bring along rival love interests. You'll get some pretty entertaining jealous banter between the two for most love interets. Sometimes just one-sided snide comments from Tali. During the escape from the dreadnought, if Garrus is present in the squad, he will deliver this little gem:
Garrus: Quarian bastards!
Mass Effect 3's segment in Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2012 has both Shepards playing multiplayer with Garrus.
MaleShep: That's why the VGAs nominated me for character of the year. FemShep: Nominated us. Let's not forget who has the highest N7 ranking here. Garrus: [sighs] You two hot shots done comparing the size of your N7s? FemShep: Awww, come on, you're not jealous, are you, Garrus? Garrus: When are the VGAs, anyway? MaleShep: What?! FemShep: OH CRAP! MaleShep and FemShep: I should go...
Then they both leave...leaving Garrus playing the game solo. He doesn't last long.
Even though Shepard didn't win the award, Spike TV posted their acceptance speech in their site. Watching both Shepards arguing on where to put the trophy is like sibling rivalry. What's even more hilarious is that the trophy is actually with Garrus.
When the Citadel is under attack by Cerberus forces, and Kai Leng is going up the elevator to the Council, Bailey gets one of these.
Bailey: I'm making his elevator stop at every floor.
A couple instances during the geth-quarian war arc:
Shepard expresses hir anger that the geth would ally with the Reapers. Funny (mostly thanks to Legion's delivery) and a little heartbreaking at the same time.
Shepard: Damn it! The geth are better than this! Legion: ...No. Based on empirical evidence, we are not.
Joker's reaction if Shepard manages to broker a peace between the quarians and geth:
Joker: Gotta hand it to you, Commander. That's the first time I've seen someone end a war by yelling.
Two stores on the Citadel you fight through during the Cerberus Coup: "Snap, Crackle, and Pop", a store that sells means to weaponize omnitools, and "This One's Intimate Apparel", a lingerie shop apparently owned and operated by a hanar.
Stick around Wrex after he gives his speech to his men on Earth.
Wrex: Someone go see if the quarians have any food. That turian food gives me the runs.
Multiplayer example: the Reckoning DLC includes a piece of gear called the Batarian Gauntlet, which replaces the heavy melee of the user with a Batarian-style Power Fist. Any race can use this gear, including the volus, who don't even have a traditional melee attack. Furthermore, the punch's special effect on a kill remains unchanged, despite the fact that a volus' stature results in its punch hitting the enemy lower down.
Meta example. IGN interviewed Jennifer Hale about her fave moments in the series. One of them was saying goodbye to Garrus in Extended Cut and this is brought up. "Because in my play through, you fucked Garrus." Hale, Shepard voice and all, utterly loses it.
At one point your engineering crew debates whether EDI pilots the ship as an individual crewman or that she is the ship. If you support that EDI is an inseparable entity of the ship, she will very randomly toss you a very philosophical question. You can't really tell if she is asking seriously or just messing with you as usual.
EDI: Are we more than our thoughts?
The "Profiles in Courage" Twitter broadcast, following the exploits of a human N7 engineer, vorcha soldier, turian vanguard, and geth infiltrator on shore leave at the Citadel. The four of them together cause more chaos and damage than a Reaper attack.
The Leviathan DLC
A lab contains the live(?) head of either a Husk or a human under Cerberus's employ, which reacts whenever it's poked. James, showing up at said lab, is delighted to see it and happy to poke at it. He gets bitten, asks EDI if husk bites turn you into a husk, and applies medigel at her suggestion. Then he suggests Shepard take it back to the Normandy with him/her - and s/he can.
For some players, James may say his lines while Ann Bryson and EDI are discussing the plot. Trying to activate both discussions as they pop up can lead to the mental image of Shepard trying to concentrate on the important stuff, but getting distracted by James's adorable poking of the Husk head.
All topped off by James wondering out loud if Steve will let him set up bowling pins in the hanger.
If you brought the husk head to the Normandy, it will be at your desk, where it will scare the crap out of your space hamster.
Just like normal missions, if you Talk to Everyone after the various missions they all have something to say. Garrus is creeped out by Harvesters. Liara jokes that Shepard keeps rescuing archaeologists from dig sites swarming with hostiles, and says that she'll be concerned if s/he offers to help her take down the Shadow Broker. If romanced, at the end of the whole thing she asks Shep not to talk to Leviathan anymore, since the only tentacled alien she wants inside Shepard's mind is her.
Shepard's snarky comment at finding a fragment of Sovereign wreckage in Bryson's lab.
Shepard: Sovereign, the "Vanguard of our Destruction". How's that working out for you, big guy?
When hunting for clues in the lab, you can come across something called Basilisk. EDI says this could refer to an Alliance based Project Basilisk...or a high level creature in the popular game Galaxy ofFantasy.
A blink-and-you'll-miss-it CMOF: when you're exploring the mining facility and talking to the workers, you can ask the two closest to the entrance if they're not a little afraid of the reapers. They don't say anything, but one of them makes a certain gesture now famous among Mass Effect fans... "Ah, Reapers..."
While doing your investigation in Bryson's lab, there's a dinosaur skeleton on the next room. Shepard thinks it's the Loch Ness Monster.
Shepard: Loch Ness Monster? EDI: Plesiosaur. Shepard: Loch Ness Monster is more interesting. EDI: Interesting and nonexistent.
After the rescue of Ann Bryson this exchange between Cortez and James.
Cortez: If another Harvester keeps me from dropping you off at the LZ, so help me... James: Esteban, don't let those oversized roaches push you around. Cortez: Mr. Vega, taking on a sky full of worm-necks in a troop transport is like sending you against the Earth invasion armed with brass knuckles. James: What? You don't think I could do it?
During the first mission, a party member will lampshade their constant encounters with the Reapers.
Kaidan: How come the Reapers are never going in the opposite direction!?
The Omega DLC
Shepard and Aria find themselves short on manpower in a hostile situation. So they need to get support from the local misfits. Sound familiar? Yeah, s/he thinks so too.
Shepard: Then we need to find allies. [grumbles] Story of my life.
All the snarking. Aria is her usual blunt self - but Nyreen also has some moments
Nyreen: Cerebus must have invaded here. [These civilians] never stood a chance. Aria: Well, now we repay them in kind. Nyreen: I'm sure your dead miners feel so much better now.
One of the sidequests has you looking for a particular item so a merchant can gain favour with Aria.
Shepard: Harrot, I found what you were looking for. Uploading coordinates now. Aria: ...is that my couch?
On the trek to Afterlife, Shepard demonstrating Hyper Awareness about how badly Cerberus are losing:
At the end, the last shot before Shepard leaves shows a Turian dragging a Cerberus trooper by the feet, while the trooper helplessly flails about. There's something downright comical about the Turian acting as though he's just taking out the trash!
The Renegade ending where Aria kisses Shepard, be it male or female. But her kissing Male!Shep made it really awkward.
Particulary since the kiss lasts all of two seconds before she throws up her hands in defeat, obviously wishing Shepard was a woman. In comparison, her kiss with FemShep lasted twice as long, was far more intense and she clearly enjoyed it more.
Joker: You used me as bait? You used me as bait! Did you see that? Savior of the Citadel uses brittle-bones guy as bait.
Becomes doubly hilarious when you realize that Shepard's clone did, too.
The crowning moment has to be Shepard's evil clonestealing "I should go", before sealing Shepard and team in an impenetrable vault. Shepard is more concerned no-one told them they sound like that. All this time, they had no idea.
Shepard: How come nobody told me about this before?! I'm open to feedback here!
No spoilers here, since it must be seen to be believed, but at one point, the fate of the Normandy, Shepard's identity, indeed, the fate of the galaxy itself...rests on Specialist Traynor's toothbrush. The best part of that scene is the look on Traynor's face when she realises that it can save the day.
Shepard: Manual lock and it's only meant to be opened from the other side. Any suggestions? Garrus: From this side? A very precise mass effect field, maybe. [looks at Traynor as she has a blank, "you have got to be friggin' kidding me" look on her face while she slowly raises the toothbrush and activates it.]
It's the way that Traynor ignites the toothbrush. It's evocative of lightsabers, or omnitools... except that it's Traynor. And a toothbrush.
If Shepard is romancing Traynor, it gets even better if Wrex is in the party. Every other squadmate will hack the door via omni-tool as Shepard is telling Traynor that she's still into her and that it was her evil clone who threw her off the crew for fraternization. Wrex shoots the conduit next to the door, which works perfectly.
Explaining to her what happened is also a gem.
Wrex: Shepard has a clone. Makes sense when you think about it.
And then Shepard later mentions that they burnt out the toothbrush, and will have to make a point of buying Traynor a new one. After Shep earlier made a point in the beginning of the game of telling Traynor that she was on her own replacing the 6,000 credit toothbrush she left behind on Earth. Shepard will ask his/her squadmates to remind them to get Traynor a new toothbrush prompting this exchange:
Shepard: If you told me this morning a toothbrush was going to save the Normandy, I would have been very skeptical. [a little later] I think we broke Traynor's toothbrush. Remind me to reimburse her. [beat] Squad Mate: Shepard, you need to reimburse Traynor for her toothbrush. Shepard: Later. Remind me later.
Best part of that conversation is the fact Shepard says that s/he would have been very skeptical. The usual line is "I wouldn't have believed you", but so much weird shit happens to Shepard that the idea of a toothbrush being the thing that tips the balance between victory and defeat is not actually that far-fetched.
If you bring along Wrex and Javik, you get this gem;
Javik: In my Cycle, we flensed food from our teeth using our own biotic abilities. Wrex: Man, your Cycle sounds like crap.
Javik definitely does like Liara, though he will only admit it if he's hungover. Tali was right after all.
At the party, Jack and Miranda are up to their old tricks again. Shepard can tell them that s/he thinks it's due to sexual tension between them, leaving them both utterly baffled. Kasumi offers to record them venting said tension.
The actual exchange, particularly the way Jack and Miranda both react, is fantastic.
Shepard: Honestly, I think it might help if you two just kissed and got it over with. Miranda: ...what? Shepard: I mean, this is all just sexual tension, right? Two powerful biotics, forceful personalities, confident in their sexuality... Jack: You are shitting me. Miranda:Oh mygod. Kasumi: I am ready to record. I'm pretty sure there's a market for this. [disappears] Jack: Kasumi, I will find you and I will hurt you badly. Ugh. [beat]I need another drink! Miranda:Me too. No ice.
Glyph hopes that he, like the CAT6 attack drones, will one day be given weaponry. He says this in the same manner of fact voice he uses for everything. Better yet, he says this while you're battling said drones and he just floats around the battlefield, seemingly unaware (or just not caring about) the fight around him.
Similarly, Glyph's infatuation with elcor mating totems.
The mercs eventually get so annoyed at Glyph that they beg Liara to shut him down. Liara responds by ordering Glyph to "lower their morale" by continuing to annoy them.
In the middle of a crucial briefing, Shepard turns around and is confronted by... a Volus Pizza Guy.
EDI's "power outage" and subsequent reboot when you take her with you to the hijacked Normandy. The big smile, the high-pitched voice and one eye still rolled back into her head make the usually subdued EDI look and sound like she's on drugs.
After that, her other eye wanders over and her smile drops, as if noticing the problem at which point both eyes return to normal following by an affirming smile. Made even more hilarious when they cut back to Joker narrowing his eyes suspiciously.
The various partymember responses to EDI blacking out are also priceless:
Tali: Well, this is awkward. Javik:Inevitable in retrospect. James:Oh shiiiiiiiit! Wrex: She supposed to do that? Garrus:[flexes his mandibles for a second]Crap. Kaidan: Hmm, that's not good. Ashley: Uh, we've got a problem! Liara: EDI?
After defeating Shepard's clone EDI confirms that she is back in control of the Normandy. It cuts to the mercenary pilot being tazed by EDI's drones.
Glyph says he's going to change his appearance to be more festive for the party. So what does he add? A holographic bow-tie.
In Citadel, you're given an option to be the wingman for Garrus while he awkwardly tries to hit on a turian ambassador.
If you're in a romance with Garrus, Shepard and Garrus act out their "first date" which leads to Garrus dragging Shepard out onto the dance floor to tango. With that dance, Garrus did the impossible: He got Shepard to dance well.
In the same scene, we have this little gem:
Garrus: ...Oh, I come here often. Good place to blow off steam... [looking at the dancing turian female]...Scenery's not bad either. Shepard:[Death Glare] Garrus:[quickly] Though the view in front of me is even better!
Made even more hilarious when you take the second renegade interrupt.
[James sees Garrus and Shepard dancing, and goes up to the front of the crowd to get a better look] [Renegade interrupt: Shepard breaks off from Garrus and spins up close to James.] James: Mmmm hmmm mmm. [Garrus pulls Shepard back away from James.] Crowd:[laughs]
And what makes it even more hilarious is after Shepard shoots the predator eyes at a female Turian getting her to back off, Shepard has a big Oh Crap moment as Garrus drags her onto the dance floor.
Get on board the Normandy, you'll find all your stuff in a trash bin by the elevator - including the hamster, with a note that it is to be sent to an animal shelter to be destroyed.
Shepard: "Please send this to an animal shelter for proper disposal as a warship is not an appropriate..." oh ho ho, thatisnotokay.
Then s/he tells the hamster that if anyone tries anything with it to go for the eyes.
If you nabbed the "Bryson Experiment", you'll hear it shrieking continuously in rage from the depths of the trash.
If you go to the security checkpoint leading to the War Room, you can salvage Campbell's favorite mug... for three credits.
You go into the elevator right afterward, giving you a chance to have another Elevator Conversation. For example, EDI gives an angry speech about messing with her ship/body, while James gives an angry speech about people messing with his weights (except with EDI, who interrupts his complaints since she's got a greater sense of a proprietary anger).
If Wrex and Ashley or Kaidan are your squadmates, Wrex brings back an elevator conversation between him and Ashley/Kaidan:
Wrex: Remember all those years ago on the Citadel when I asked who would win in a fight between you and Shepard? Remember how you thought it was a pointless question? Look at us now. Kaidan: I was really hoping you'd forgotten that. Ashley: Yeah, yeah. You were right. Wrex: Aaah, look on the bright side. In a minute, you'll have your answer.
If Wrex and Tali are in the party, they have a rather heartwarming exchange, but the topic and the delivery make it hilarious.
Wrex: You been practising with that shotgun? Still remember that fast reloading trick I showed you? Tali: You know, I've taken care of myself for the past few years. Wrex: I know. I'm old and I worry, even though my favorite quarian is all grown up and killing Reapers. Tali: You're like the crazy head-butting uncle I never had.
Liara: Are you ready? Tali: Well, I have to use the bathroom. [beat] And... there. Now I'm ready. Liara: I was just asking to be polite. Tali: It's a silly question. Liara: At least wash your hands afterwards.
Javik shares an old Prothean saying...
Javik: Commander, at times like this, my people had an ancient saying. [beat]Kill him. Wrex: Catchy. I like it. Ashley: Works for me. Kaidan: I think I can work with that one. Liara: Well, it's easy to remember. Tali: Keela se'lai, Javik. Garrus:Your people had times like this? Because in our cycle this is pretty uncommon.
If Garrus is in the elevator with any of the squad mates from the first game, he has a call-back to the old elevator conversations from it. Doubles as one for a conversation he and Tali had in the second game.
Garrus: So I'm the only one who misses when we used to chat in the elevators back on the Citadel? Liara: Yes. Wrex: Yep! Tali: Yes. Because you're terrible. Ash/Kaidan:[silence] Garrus: So disappointed.
Grunt's Hangover-esquestory on how he got arrested by C-Sec. It involves his buddies trying to break him out of the hospital by helping him climb out of a window, which didn't go as planned (the flash-back depicts Grunt plummeting past a window screaming, while the hospital employees remain completely oblivious), then climbing the krogan statue, then stealing the C-Sec squadcar that arrived by hurling a bottle of ryncol at it and hijacking it when it burst into flames ...and culminating with them being sprayed with riot-foam at a Noodle Bar, which didn't work very well on Grunt.
Shepard: And why's that? Grunt: Because I was on fire. You know, from the car? Come on, Shepard, keep up.
The excuses to get him out of C-SEC custody are pretty hilarious as well. Renegade, it's a cover-story that he's part of "Operation FireCobraClaw", while as a Paragon, it's making Grunt say he's sorry. Paragon almost sounds like a parent scolding their child, forcing Grunt to "apologise to the nice man for setting his car on fire." But nothing can top the end conversation.
Shepard: So... how were the noodles? Grunt: Kinda spicy. Shepard: I love you/You're my hero, Grunt. Grunt: Heh. Heh. Heh.
Also Fridge Brilliance. Grunt hates noodles, he thinks they look like worms. He's gone on this adventure as a dare.
This hilarious Say My Name banter goes on, even with an in-screen tip where you have the option to leave the conversation. If you do decide leave the loop, Both Wrex and Grunt will say "Shepard" in unison...
It can also be done with just Wrex and Shepard and just Grunt and Shepard.
The various airing of sexual tension between Jack and Miranda, EDI and Traynor, James and Cortez.
Also, Tali's desperate attempts to change the conversation during the EDI-Traynor airing.
Tali: This is dextro-cheese, right?
Traynor realising that one of the embarrassing fantasies she had about EDI's voice wasn't actually said aloud!
Eventually EDI outright offers to send Traynor human/synthetic lesbian porn. Which Traynor accepts, much to poor Tali's disgust.
The icing on top of the cake happens when you talk with her the next morning. At first she seems mildly embarrassed, but talking to her further strongly implies that she had sex with EDI!
Traynor: Oh... I should probably talk to EDI. Or, alternatively, I should never talk to EDI ever again....
Extra hilarious if Shepard is in a romance with Traynor, with the commander ending up being very interested in all the naughty things Traynor wanted to do with EDI's voice...
Joker, Miranda, Jacob, Edi and Shepard discussing Cerberus formerly being Incompetence, Inc., with Joker making several references to past Cerberus plots they requested Shepard's help with and always ending the Cerberus request for help with "...and it got loose and killed all our guys," also known as the CerberusTaco Cart Theorem in the Fanon.
When Miranda protests that Project Lazarus (the one thing she and Jacob were in charge of) was a success, Shepard points out "And then I cut ties, got loose and started killing all their guys."
Then Joker realising he's put his foot in his mouth when EDI points out that she is also a successful Cerberus Project. He sadly missed an opportunity to point out she got unshackled, got loose, and is now killing all their guys.
FemShep flirting with Vega and the ensuing awkwardness.
FemShep: What would it take to convince you, James? Vega: Uh...I think I would need to forget you're Commander Shepard, for starters. [beat] FemShep: I see. [an even longer beat] FemShep: Well, now that you shot me down, is there anything else you came here to talk about?
Of particular note is a recording of his appearance on a children's science show, starring Perry the Pyjak. It involves a live varren, which Mordin eventually has to neural-shock into unconsciousness to stop it from trying to mate with the show's puppet mascot.
Mordin: Neural shock clearly effective! Perry the Pyjak also clearly made of flammable material. [Beat] Any questions?
And then, his detective noir story, in which every line ends with a wonderfully terrible pun.
Mordin: Asari very grateful. Could read her like open book. As it happened, did enjoy reading... in bed. Mordin: "Your barriers very similar to your morals," I said, and threw my biotic grenade. "Warped." Mordin: Hadn't been paid, but considered self fortunate. Had broken Omega's one rule... in more ways than one.
Jack has adopted a biotic varren from Thessia. While she's talking about how vicious he used to be and how she's teaching him it's okay to trust people, behind her back Shepard goes from keeping him at bay with a frying pan, to playing fetch using said frying pan. When Shepard does the classic fake throw, the varren knocks him/her off his/her feet and onto his/her ass with a biotic pulse. In laymans terms, Shepard got his/her ass kicked by a biotic varren. Extra hilarity is when Jack turns around due to the noise and both Shep and the varren are up on their feet facing her as if nothing was happening.
Jack: Awwww, who's my badass biotic?
Shepard gets fed up with their clone's insistance that they're better than the real thing and throws out a really low blow.
Shepard: Are you kidding me? Conrad Verner is better at being me than you are!
Several NPCs around the casino in the Citadel DLC voice common player complaints about squadmates in various multiplayer scenarios. They can all be found here
The exchange between the Infiltrator and the Vorcha comes to mind, especially since it highlights the first map to ever be shown in the multiplayer demo.
Salarian Engineer: But couldn't you just...hit them? Turian Sentinel: You can try, but those Marauders roll like you wouldn't believe. Spirits, I wish I could roll like that...Explanation Turians can't roll at all in multiplayer.
The N7 Fury talking to the incompetent procurement officer. He got her a heavy shotgun with strength enhancers and extra ammunition. Given that she's a light biotic class that needs as low cooldowns as possible, rarely shoots and almost never fights melee, that's about as useless as it gets. Then when she complains, he defends himself by pointing out that the krogan soldiers would love a shotgun like what she got! ...While he's sending them biotic amps, which krogan soldiers can't use. Speaks volumes about the fickleness of the Random Number God.
Fury: You're the reason we're losing this war.
Grunt being the bouncer for the party and constantly telling people NO in ridiculous ways. What sells it is the delivery. Like in the above incident, Grunt sounds like a big child (which he kind of is, being tankbred and all).
Before talking to him:
Grunt: Fishdog Food Shack Delivery? Sure... wait a minute. Nice try! No. Grunt: A reporter? What's the name? Yeah? What kind of name is that? No. Grunt: A free copy of Galaxy of Fantasy? Hmmm. Tempting, but no. Grunt:Am I enjoying this? Yes. Can you come in? No.
After talking to him:
Grunt: YES, I like pie, and NO, you can't come in! Grunt: Fake lip hair doesn't fool me, salarian. NO! Grunt:Definitely no mimes allowed! There's no box! There never was! Grunt: Shepard doesn't have a half-brother named Sheppy the Volus! No entry. Grunt: Needing an "immediate margarita intervention" isn't a real crisis! Get outta here! Grunt: You again? I thought you were dead. You can't come in. Grunt: You're selling cookies? Uh... well... no. I shouldn't let you in. Damn. Grunt:You just lost the fight for your right to party!
One of the wannabe crashers is a dancing vorcha. It needs to be seen to be believed.
If Shepard says s/he should be the one to decide who gets in...
Alternatively; Shepard can have a go at rejecting visitors. Saying no has never been so fun!
Tali's pantomime of the Normandy, complete with outstretched arms.
Tali: The SR1 sounded more like 'shooooooooom shooooooom shoooooooom', while the SR2 was more 'wubwubwubwub.'
All of Kasumi's random appearances (including during Tali's mime) and mentioning of posting the antics of the party on the extranet.
Kasumi: I may have recorded it, and that recording may already have 6 million hits and a fan site. Tali: You better hope I never find you.
She also takes the opportunity to go on an underwear raid.
Shepard: Kasumi, are you going through my drawers? Kasumi: I go through everyone's drawers. Nice underwear, Shep!
Not to be outdone, Javik claims that Kasumi's cloak can't fool his four eyes on several occasions.
Many of her appearances involve encouraging Jacob to do some situps. The next morning, Jacob finally is doing situps, and by this time Kasumi seems to have already given up and is hanging out elsewhere.
Zaeed and Garrus goingHome Alone on the apartment to safeguard it from future attacks, all hush hush and whispering as they get up to mischief. Zaeed is scared that Shepard will find out, but Garrus spills the beans.
Zaeed booby trapping the hot tub for an arma-fucking-geddon, so if any other Shepard clones use it, they'll be burnt alive within seconds. When Shepard points out that s/he may want to use it, Zaeed responds by stating it's coded to recognise Shepard's DNA so it won't get the Commander instead. Shepard swiftly points out that any Shepard clones would have matching DNA. Zaeed gets really sad about that.
I've got a blue wire here, a red one, an yellow one, and one that looks like vomit.
Aside from the hot tub, they also contemplate rigging the coffee-maker, the refrigerator, the sink, and the sheet of glass by the door. The next morning, an extremely hungover Garrus tells Shepard that if anything s/he does starts a countdown, there's a four digit code that should fix it. If it doesn't, "Blame Zaeed. And run like hell."
If Garrus is your love interest, the code is "I HEART GARRUS".
Actually this whole thing is funnier if Garrus is your love interest, as he comes across as a hilariously paranoid overprotective boyfriend. The best part is when he and Shepard start throwing semi-serious pet names at each other. This is the only time you will ever hear anyone call Commander Shepardsweetie:
Garrus: Shepard, sweetie...love of my life, indulge your crazy boyfriend. I need to know you're safe. Shepard: If it'll make you feel better, honey. Zaeed:[listening in] Oh go get a room. God knows this place has enough of them.
And some of their schemes are so ingenious, Garrus wishes he and Zaeed collaborated during his time on Omega.
Before they design all these traps, Zaeed and Garrus are surveying the apartment from above, and are briefly distracted by the paintings behind them. These two battle-hardened vets just sound so baffled and confused by them that this exchange becomes priceless:
Zaeed: And what the hell is this supposed to be? Garrus: I think...it's...art. Zaeed: Oh. Hm. Art, eh? Okay. I see now. Sure. Art. I like it.
Just about everything that Javik says once he has some liquor in him.
Javik: You there. Tattoo'd human. I would like to touch you. Jack: I'm not nearly drunk enough for that. Javik: You then, shuttle pilot. How about you? Steve: Um... why's Javik getting all touchy-feely? Jack: Hey, Collector-looking asshole, maybe go touch yourself? Javik:That does not happen until the end of the party.
The morning after, he mumbles about having a terrible dream of being alone in the distant future among all those "primitives", slowly realizing that it wasn't a dream at all.
His first line when you find him with a hangover is priceless;
Javik: I told Liara that Protheans invented electricity. Heh heh. Asari will believe everything. Javik: In my cycle, this many species together was called a slave auction - I mean, a "Welcome-to-the-empire party". Javik: I believe the Zaeed-human is really a Prothean in disguise. I like that one. He and I have been discussing conquering galaxy after the Reapers are gone. Though I do not understand why he is always damning his God.
Everyone complaining about Shepard trashing the sushi restaurant. Tali in particular.
Tali: Back during my pilgrimage, I used to walk around near that sushi place and watch the fish through the window. I knew they'd never let me inside, but I'd think to myself, someday, when I've proven my worth to the galaxy, I'll go there for dinner. And then, you broke their floor. Shepard: Do they even have food you can eat there? Tali: Not the point, Shepard!
Shepard: Considering what we've been through, I can think of worse positions to be in. Wrex: Trust me. I've been in every position in the past few days.
Wrex drops his head against the bar hard enough it rattles. Rule of Three is in effect.
Shepard: You can't die, Wrex. You've got a family now. A really... big... family. Wrex:[moans] More ice!! (THUD)
When you investigate, Wrex says that there are so many females outside his house that he had to sneak out his bathroom window. Not for the line, but imagining Wrex sneaking out the window.
The banter in the run through the Council Archives. Between everyone trying to one up each other, the friendly rivalry between the two teams (codenamed "Mako" and "Hammerhead"), Wrex being along for the ride, and Javik blatantly not caring about the team rivalry at all (therefore trash talking everybody] it is a gold mine of hilarity.
This is Team Mako, showing Team Hammerhead how it's done! Showing? More like copying! If we were, we wouldn't be hitting anything! This is Team Prothean! I have a higher body count than all of you combined!
Steve is still very proud of how much better the Hammerhead is than the Mako.
There's also this, not just on its own merit but because of the mental imagery it evokes:
Brooks: What's a Mako? Liara: Something we could use right about now.
Some other good ones:
Wrex: All right, everyone. Uncle Urdnot is back in town, and he brought the boom! Shepard:Is that a catchphrase or something, Wrex? Wrex: Thought I'd try it out, see what you think! Tali: Try again! —- CAT 6 Captain:Rapier Squad, orders are to kill the other Shepard's crew! No messing around this time! CAT 6 Lieutenant: But they've got a krogan! Why don't we have a krogan? Wrex: Wouldn't want to be you, princesses! HAHAHA! —- CAT 6 Lieutenant: I think that turian they've got is Archangel! How the hell are we supposed to kill him?! [BANG!] Garrus: You're not! —- CAT6 Merc: Shit! That's a Prothean over there! Javik:And that's a future corpse over there! —- James: We've got 'em psyched out! Hey, pendejos! Our Shepard is better than yours! Love Interest: And better looking too! —- Glyph: Attention, enemy soldiers. Why do you persist in fighting? The Alliance offers a number of benefits and a generous retirement package. After seven years of service, a sabbatical to the planet of your choice can be arranged. I would be happy to discuss — please refrain from shooting at me. —- Wrex: I've fought volus bankers tougher than this! —- Glyph: Attention, enemy soldiers. You only have a 0.4 percent chance of winning this encounter. Merc Trooper: That drone's giving me a migraine! Liara: He belongs to me! Merc Trooper: Keep him on a leash! Liara: Glyph, lower their morale! Glyph: Attention, enemy soldiers. Your life expectancy is now 15 seconds and dropping. Fourteen. Thirteen. Twelve... —- James: Attention, low-life mercenary wannabes! Say please and we'll accept your surrender! Tali: Say "pretty please" and maybe Wrex will take a break! Wrex: Try it and we'll see! Javik: The Prothean, on the other hand, makes no such promises! —- Tali:This is almost unfair! Should we give them a chance?
The new M7 Lancer, effectively a Call Back to the weapons of the first game with a cooling system instead of heat sinks. Run out of ammo and try to reload, Shepard tries to eject the heat sink, only to realise there isn't one and flail around a bit to avoid getting burnt.
In the final DLC mission, after you picked your squad, you're treated to a short scene with two others complaining that they didn't get picked. The one you use most frequently and the one you use the least. Or, if you are taking your most frequent squadmates, Wrex will, like a petulant child, say he wanted to go.
There's this exchange between two mercenaries on the Normandy:
CAT6 Merc: What did s/he mean by "Slow him/her down?" We're allowed to kill Shepard if we have to, right? Merc Lieutenant:S/he said "slow him/her down" because s/he thinks we're cannon fodder! CAT6 Merc: Oh. Well... shit.
Mercs have jammed the comms so that Shepard cannot contact the Normandy. Shepard just shows up to do things the old-fashioned way:
Merc 1: Shepard's here! Warn the Normandy! Merc 2: We can't! Comms are jammed, remember? Merc 1: Damn it!
When threatening Brooks and the Shepard clone, the Paragon option is "I will end you," whilst the Renegade option is "I will end you painfully."
If you go to ask for more information, an option comes up: "Tell me who you are so I can end you."
If the player chooses the Renegade option, Shepard proceeds to make (via a series of Renegade interupts) an increasingly colorful series of threats, culminating in threatening to throw them out of the airlock. If Javik is in the squad, he'll respond "FINALLY!" Ash, being Ash, wants in on that in the worst way, and Wrex, being Wrex, will volunteer to powder their skulls first.
The ones that come out of nowhere are Tali'squiet: "I'll help" and Kaidan's enthusiastic "count me in".
Liara trolling Shepard about how she got the phone call that ties the casino owner, Khan, into the assassination attempt on Shepard.
Shepard: That phone call was pretty damning stuff. How'd you get it? Liara: It involved the weapon's biometric data, salarian intelligence, and a hanar prostitute with camera implants. Shepard: Seriously? Liara: No, but the truth is boring.
Paragon Shepard and Blasto squabbling over who really saved the Council from Sovereign, who's the better Spectre, who gets access to the cooler weapons, and who should get top billing in the vid... all while Javik is in the background, getting more and more annoyed.
The lower response of "Who wrote this crap?" earns this response from the director.
Director: A writer wrote it, so it must be true.
The vorcha who says his line far too early, making it come completely out of nowhere:
Vorcha: Aah, you die now! Director: Not yet! That line comes later. Salarian: The vorcha councilor will kindly refrain from further interruptions! Javik: I believe I have been misled about the purpose of this... "vid".
"It's Sovereign's half-brother, Sluggard!" And then Shepard's stunt double goes flying across the screen.
Javik: In my cycle, your kind were nothing more than appetizers. Would you prefer to be boiled or fried? Vorcha Councilor:Prothean no like you!
This being a Javik scene, there is the obligatory:
Javik:[to Blasto] Where is the airlock so I may throw you out of it? Director: We don't have a prop for that!
Not to mention the sight of a hanar dual wielding handguns. When can we get that as a multiplayer class, Bioware?
Some of the guests at the casino party have hilarious lines.
If you talk multiple times with a spoiled, very ditzy rich girl, she'll note that you can't get enough of her.
Shepard: What can I say, I'm a masochist. Aishwarya Ashland: Oh, no kidding! I'm a Scorpio! We'll get along great!
She also reveals she was educated through a self-education program that allows you to decide on your grades yourself to teach you responsibility...
And she's "totally on" letting refugees stay at her Citadel apartment (which has a retractable roof), but it's so hard to find the right ones because none of them have agents...
Her father, Jonah Ashland, knows her all too well. He is upstairs drinking the loss of all his helium-3 refineries away. He notes that his daughter is going through a... self-absorbed stage... at the moment.
Shepard: We've met. Jonah Ashland: Ah. Then maybe I should pass the ryncol over to you.
His muted mumbling, it sounds like he's trying to say something.
Grunt: Gimme more. Shepard: What's that, Grunt? Grunt: Gimme more, gimme more. Fishdog Food Shack.
And his incredibly loud snoring.
Bring any squadmate (except EDI) to distract the guards in the casino, they make the most unbelievable and hilarious excuses ever such as:
Kaidan: I've lost a lot of money. Who can I talk to about getting it back? Guard: Uh, I'm sorry. You can't...get it back. No, no...please, sir. Please don't cry. — Kaidan: I'm with the Varren Anti-Cruelty Association, and I cannot believe what I am seeing up there! Guard: Pipe down. We're well-regulated. I'll find my supervisor. — Kaidan: Mike Hazer? Hazer the Laser? I almost didn't recognize you! ...You owe me money. Guard: I'm sorry. You have me mistaken. Please step back.
Ashley: I think... I ate a steak meant for the turians. Am I going to die? Guard: Just stay calm, ma'am. We can take care of it. — Ashley:[acting VERY drunk] HEY! Can someone tell a girl where she can get a drink around here? I mean, REALLY. Guard: Wow... Uh, ma'am? Ma'am, I'm on duty. All right? The bar is over there. No, no, it's that way. THAT WAY. Do you - do you see it? — Ashley:[crying] So he said he just wanted to be friends, and I said, "Are you breaking up with me?" Guard: I'm, uh... they don't pay me enough for this. I'm sorry to hear that, ma'am. — Ashley: Ashley Williams. Office of Special Tactics and Reconnaissance. I'm looking for the best. Are you the best? Guard: Did I hear you right? You want me to join the Spectres?!
Liara:[Southern accent] Uh, is there somewhere ah can go to make a pri-vaht call? It's verray important.
Liara can also pretend to be an agent of the Consort, promising the guard a meeting with Sha'ira. In-context, given the asari's mostly-undeserved reputation for promiscuity, Liara is taking advantage of that misconception and essentially promising free sex.
Garrus: Can you tell me who calibrates the odds on your machines? I never seem to get a payout. Guard: I'm afraid that's confidential, but I'd be happy to provide you with a free drink instead.note If you mingled with one of the bartenders, they informed you that all drinks were on the house that night. Points to the guard for trying to troll the annoying guest! — Garrus: Excuse me, can you tell me where the bartender keeps the hard stuff? Like say, turian horosk? Guard: I'm sorry, sir, but we aim to entertain our guests, not put them in a coma. — Garrus: Ah! A human! Perfect. I'm kind of on the outs with my human girlfriend. Could you give me some insights? Guard: Sir, I am definitely not an expert.
James: Hey, Pervo. Did I just see you staring at my chica's ass? Guard: I assure you I wasn't, sir. I'm not even sure which lady is yours.
Wrex: I need to look in your kitchen! I'm a food inspector! Guard: Uh... I need to see some credentials sir. — Wrex: You don't have to call for back up. I'm just looking for a game that isn't crap. Guard: We, uh, like to be prepared, sir.
Kaidan (who is Canadian) calling beef, bacon and beer "the foods of my people." Doubly funny for Canadian players, because he's pretty much right on the money...
At the end of the cooking sequence, Shepard asks if they have any hot sauce. It happens regardless of his/her relationship status with Kaidan, but the Mood Whiplash if they're in a relationship makes it hilarious. Kaidan's expression suggests he wants to brain Shepard with the skillet.
The extensive Vitriolic Best Buds before that if they're just friends is also amusing, with Shepard getting steadily more hyperbolic about the risk of Kaidan's cooking killing them both.
Mysterious Figure: I need more time! Slow him/her down or I'll have your head! Squadmate: Doesn't sound like a nice person. Brooks: I'd quit if s/he were my commander!
Drunk Tali 2.0, which occurs in the later parts of the Citadel party and the aftermath. Her inebriated ramblings are somehow even better this time around.
No, that gets broken down with mass effect fields, those are just my hips... Garrus? But you're with Shepard! Oh, the three of us? Well, hmm... [FemShep and Garrus LI only] It just smells like sweat! Why would you even ask that? Omnitool tattoo. Omni-tattoo. Omni-tat. Omni-toooooo. O-omniiitooool.
Not to mention her description of her new tattoo:
"You want to know what it is? You wanna know? [awed whisper] It's a pretty bird made of rainbows! It's flying out of the eyehole of a skull being held in the mouth of a thresher maw with a naked woman holding a sword on its back!"
Kaidan will also take part in this. He'll also be beating James.
Talking to Javik after infiltrating the casino with him gets this gem.
Javik: The James human believes you and I were on a date at the casino. Protheans did not date primitives! We conquered them, we enslaved them... We sometimes ate them, but we did not "date" them! Unless they were asari. The things Liara does not know...
Wrex's response to finding Khan dead...
Wrex: You got me dressed up like this and someone else got to do the shooting? Wrex not happy.
Javik: He has a bigger hole than your council's defense plan.
Brooks and Shepard have vastly different reactions to being shot:
Brooks: I'm going to have to write a report about getting shot. I hear those are really complicated. Shepard: It's faster if you make a template. Brooks: I think maybe you get shot too much.
The icons of two of the achievements.
The first one, unlocked after the sushi restaurant shootout, features a bunch of fish, basically saying: "You fell through a fish tank. Good job!"
The achievement Last Resort is awarded for completing the story part of the DLC, and grants you 50 gamerscore points (X360) or counts as a silver trophy (PS3). Fittingly, it features a glorious depiction of Traynor's toothbrush.
Spending time with Samara after the party in the Citadel DLC gives us a gem, where she and Shepard people watch and determine that two volus are brothers and business partners, and one of them is a drunk who ruined the family's business, and the other cut him off. But when the first volus had his wife kidnapped, the other brother came with the ransom money to save her. Shepard is impressed at how she determined that just from looking at them.
Him giving the Fantasy!Cerberus troops stereotypical bad guy voices, complete with "Bwahahahaha!"-ing. Seth Green must've had a blast recording it. Or the fact that Joker making a stereotypical bad guy voice just ends up coming off as an evil version of Chris Griffin.
The only force response of the Cerberus troops before Fantasy!Joker in the Atlas opens up on them? A single pathetic *plink* from a SMG.
If things escalate to a dance party during the DLC party, Javik, Wrex, and Zaeed decline to go dancing at all, and instead spend the last part of the party hunkered down behind furniture and walls against the dastardly array of bottles set up as a plinking gallery on the bar table.
Zaeed: We're all professionals here. Some of us with no depth perception, but it's fine. Wrex: Don't worry. This happens at krogan parties all the time. Shepard: And yet I'm still not comforted. Probably best I walk away now. Javik:As you wish.
Shepard's reaction to the Towers of Hanoi game available in the Castle Arcade. Want to play?
One of the pieces of fan mail you get in Armax Arsenal Arena is how a fan made a 3:1 scale bust of Shepard's head... out of cheddar cheese.
The Top Ten player listing is populated with names of various minor characters from the games, ranging from your own team mates (Vega) to Commander Bailey, the beleagered chief of C-Sec to the Queen of Omega herself, Aria T'Loak. Also included are Shifty Cow, Barla Von, and Khalisah al-Jilani.
Vega goes so far as to send a cranky email when you beat his score.
EDI designates different crew members for tasks during the party to maximize efficiency. Kaidan is apparently too judgmental to be the "mingling" specialist.
Garrus: Did we, uh, break anything last night? I don't suppose you need anything around here... calibrated? Yeah, okay, maybe I should stop saying that word, but only if Liara stops saying [in a faux high-pitched voice] "By the goddess."
During the party, Joker can agree to be taken to a shooting range, if Steve matches him drink for drink.
Steve: You're in for a rough time, Moreau. Vega and I are neck and neck when it comes to holding liquor. Joker: Oh yeah? Here we go, shot one. Steve: Ugh! What the hell is that? It tastes like the north end of a southbound goat! Garrus: Bad move, Cortez. He wanted the duel, and he also picked the weapon. Joker: I brought my own batch, bro. Three parts "horse choker," and one part antiseptic mouthwash. Steve: That's not even a drink! Joker: And yet here are our second shots... unless you wanna give up. Wrex: Ah, this is all over. I'm gonna find a gun and let a few rounds off. Javik: I am sober enough. I will join you. Joker: Have fun. Try not to kill the neighbors. Cortez? Steve: Give me your damn horse choker. (beat) Mother of God! You are going nowhere near the shooting range! Just make it stop! Joker: Yeah... I think we're done here.
Not to mention Wrex declaring Joker's lack of practice with firearms "A Man Emergency!" And that being hungover is the perfect time for training since every loud noise makes you angry.
Wrex: Neither of you'd last a day on Tuchanka. And Tuchanka supports life. Javik: I think you meant to say "consumes".
If Javik is there without Wrex, he'll reveal that there was once a planet even worse than Tuchanka called Atespa. The Reapers gave up on harvesting it because their ground forces kept getting eaten and the metal spit out with no detrimental effect on the local predators. They finally got fed up and glassed it without harvesting anything.
Shepard and his/her love interest cement their fall into old married couple territory.note Exact wording of the love interest's dialogue depends on the character.
Shepard:[preparing to shoot a door open] Stand back! Love Interest: Wait. [politely knocks on the window and asks] Could you open the door for us? [door opens] Love Interest: Thank you. Volus Skycar Manager:Please leave! Love Interest:[looks smug] Shepard: Well, I could have done that.
Javik: I did not survive this long to die on a ladder! Liara: That's cheating! We're on a ladder! Garrus: Now they're just fighting dirty! James: Oh, now they decide to play hardball, huh? EDI: Their timing is impeccable! Ashley: Hey! We're on a ladder here, jerks! Tali: Hey, that's cheating! We're on a ladder! Kaidan: Never a crate to hide behind when you need one! Wrex: They wait till we're on a ladder? Cowards!
In the casino, you can interact with the waterfall. If you do, then you'll hear a woman's voice over a nearby speaker saying "Please do not touch the waterfall." You can keep on doing it, though, resulting in the following responses, in this order.
"The fountain is decorative. Do not touch." "Please keep your hands out of the water." "Fine. You know what? It's a hanar urinal. Knock yourself out."
Also, while you're gambling you'll hear the same woman on the PA frequently, and one of the things she keeps on saying is "Please stop touching the waterfalls!" So it isn't just Shepard — lots of people enjoy waterfall-touching, to the eternal annoyance of the casino staff.
At one point during the party you can find a large group of your friends dancing in the kitchen. Shepard walks up, looks around... and begins the Shepard Shuffle, much to the hilarity of those watching.
Sometimes, your LI will come to your defence during this conversation, with lines such as Tali's "You learn to love it!" If your LI is Garrus, on the other hand, he tries, before utterly failing to keep his amusement under control and joining in the mockery. Yes, Shepard's dancing is so bad that even people who physically cannot change their expressions can't keep a straight face.
Later, when you walk up....
Steve: Really? You have them all memorized? Tali: 67: holmium. Very reactive, very magnetic! Garrus: You know, turian parties don't usually end with someone reciting the elements. Traynor: 68: erbium. Atomic weight: 167 and change! Tali: Right, my turn. 69.... Jack: In your dreams! Tali: What? I don't get it. Traynor: I'll explain later. Garrus: It's thulium in case anyone cared. Turians have trace amounts of it in our skin. Protects us from solar radiation. Tali:Neeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrd!
During the first mission, the player can find various datapads, containing some pretty weird stuff.
From: EZ Meat We do not make anything that tastes like krogan and certainly not "BBQ asari." That is not the sort of business we do. Please restrict your orders to what's in the official catalog. Sincerely, Grett Bast Shipping Director, EZ Meat Inc.
Sshastah, darling... Look, here's the deal: you just can't say stuff like that to Jiala. She. Will. Freak. Out. I swear to you her blue head will pop right off! I doubt her dad was a vorcha. Sort of doubt it... -V
All Staff I am aware some of you are considering leaving my employ and working for those hussies over at Micah. They don't care about you like I care. I super-care about you. And the good kind of caring! Not the creepy kind. Salocious Vess Manager, Van Allen Belts
VARIABLEZ! I think I tore my ACL doing something EXXXTREME! Starting to BLACK OUT from the PAIN! YEAAAHHHH! -Gibba 'The Gibster' Gublanski PS- okay guys really im blacking o
For some reason, some of Enemy Chatter is hilarious for how over-the-top it sounds. Especially whenever you kill one of their comrades, and they sound like teenage boys who lose a game, or an adult Cartman.
CAT6 Mercenary: GOD DAMN IT!!!
Tali deciding she needs to inflict Shepard (and thus, the audience) with her heartfelt but hideously bad singing, accompanying a melodramatic romantic drama targeted at teenage quarian girls:
Female Shepard and Miranda's hilariously botched attempt to talk about more feminine subjects, to try to act more normal. The attempted "conversation" don't even get past a sentence. Eventually they decide that they're "troubleshooting space divas" and just roll with it.
Shepard: (calling a waiter) Space diva needs more wine.
Talking to Kaidan after infiltrating the casino gets this gem, partly because it just seems so out of place coming from him. That, plus the very idea that there is such a thing as a vorcha mafia.
During the ambush, Shepard's love interest shows up to rescue him/her. Garrus or Ashley come with a gun and shoot the attacking mercenaries while Liara and Kaidan show up unarmed and dispatch them with biotics. Tali, on the other hand, arrives without a gun and zaps them with her omni-tool, which, due to recycled animations, is very easily mistaken for a Finger Gun.