Mass Effect 2 Antagonists And Npcs: Secondary Antagonists
This page is for listing the tropes related to secondary antagonists who first appeared in the second Mass Effect game.For the pages listing tropes related to Party Members, NPCs and Antagonists who first appeared in other games in the trilogy, see the Mass Effect Character Index.
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The Shadow Broker
The Shadow Broker, AKA Operative Kechlu
"I know your every secret, while you fumble in the dark."A powerful figure in the galaxy's black market who specializes in finding secret information and selling it to the highest bidder. In the first game, he/she hired Wrex to assassinate a former agent who betrayed him/her.
Voiced by: Steve Blum
- Ambiguous Gender: Of the very little that's known about the Broker, his/her gender (or, as Barla Von points out, even whether the Broker is a single person or a group of agents operating under a singular title) is not among it. The Broker is revealed to be male.
- Arch-Enemy: Liara considers the Broker to be hers after the events of Redemption.
- The Illusive Man considers also the Broker "his equal" in terms of influence and intelligence gathering, and vice versa.
- Arc Villain: Main antagonist of Redemption, a comic set between Shepard's death and revival.
- Authority Equals Asskicking:
- In the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, he's the biggest and second deadliest enemy you face, only Tela Vasir being stronger.
- Also Asskicking Equals Authority since he took control of the previous Shadow Broker's organization by starting off as a "pet" and then killing him.
- The codex mentions that his entire species are like this; they sort themselves into packs, and fight either physically or intellectually to discover the strongest. It also says that the losers generally accept the winner's authority without bearing grudges, and former enemies have no trouble working together once the hierarchy has been established.
- This provides a possible alternative reason for the fact that his personal computers lack any kind of security (beyond the rather significant fact that any intruder would have to get past him); Liara assumes it's because he never anticipated anyone being in a position to use them, but it's possible that the yahg tendency to not undermine those who have proven their superiority caused him to be a Graceful Loser with his resources, and not try to sabotage anyone who was strong enough to beat him. His predecessor tried to sabotage him in case he won, but was stopped before completing it.
- Bad Boss: Treats his "employees" as quite disposable. He allows a Spectre who works for him to off one of his agents to disguise her role in the killing of a loose end. He even dismisses the Spectre's death as costing him nothing but time. He tortures Feron for betraying him and has his agents watch to make sure they're properly motivated. When you've practically cleaned out his men, he basically shrugs and says they're easily replaceable.
- Berserk Button: Calling him a slave. Or a pet.
- Big Bad Ensemble: As much of a threat as Harbinger for the second game, though he's only encountered in Lair of the Shadow Broker.
- Villain Team-Up: Briefly with the Collector General in Redemption. Although not exactly allies, the Shadow Broker tried to give Shepard's body to the Collectors, before Liara stepped in. The Broker himself claims "it was a mutually beneficial partnership", but it's likely Harbinger would've back-stabbed him eventually.
- The Chessmaster: The best player in the game, according to Anderson. The Broker somehow manages to sell info to everybody, but ensures that no faction ever gains the upper hand with it, and has been successfully doing so for decades. (Gotta keep those customers somehow.)
- Clueless Mystery: His identity.
- Evil Sounds Deep: At first you think the Broker's using a computer to distort their voice/hide their identity. Then you meet him, and realize that it really is the Broker's voice, with subtle electronic alteration. Although it strains credibility for the synthesizer to transform Liara's voice into the same thing after she takes over, it's likely that the computer keeps the inflection and tone and converts the actual voice to a standard. It's also possible that Liara made the computer do that.
- Flipping the Table: He throws his solid metal desk at the party, knocking Shepard's other squaddie unconscious.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started off as the last Shadow Broker's pet.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The yahg were never even heard of until the DLC, and the species is completely different from any that had come before. It's handwaved by the yahg's homeworld being blacklisted by the Council due to their uncontrollably violent nature.
- Genius Bruiser: He speaks eleven languages without a translator (no small feat, considering how his mouth is shaped), and has the savvy needed to run his network. He also happens to be larger than most krogan, and uses The Berserker style of combat.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Once he takes enough damage he summons a totally bulletproof barrier to hide behind and recuperate. Shepard responds by seeing if it's fist-proof. It's not.
- Hannibal Lecture: He attempts one on Liara at the climax of his DLC. It didn't go well.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: Possibly the only antagonist more elusive than the Illusive Man.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Implied with one of Feron's lines about the Shadow Broker. Remember the Yahg are apex-predators on their homeworld, there's only one way in and out of his main room, and you never see anything that indicates it holds food in his quarters.
- Knowledge Broker: An incredibly good one, with access to the most privileged information in the universe. Even the Illusive Man, a figure so secretive that most people are unaware he even exists, can keep no secrets from the Shadow Broker, who knows about his private life in such detail that his dossier includes which specific suit he is wearing that day.
- Large and In Charge: The yahg Shadow Broker is even larger than a krogan.
- Legacy Character/Legacy Immortality/You Kill It, You Bought It:
- He became the Shadow Broker after secretly killing the previous one. As Liara ends up doing the exact same thing, it's implied that his predecessor wasn't the original Broker either.
- "Operative Kechlu" was the name of the agent the Shadow Broker sent to find him. After he was dead, the previous Shadow Broker sent a message that essentially said, "Congratulations, you are now Operative Kechlu".
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Seems to be a given among the yahg.
- N.G.O. Superpower: For good reason; when your organization spans most of the galaxy, has hands in business and political interests in nearly everything in said galaxy, and specializes in collecting and using information to both support those interests and manipulate governments and corporations, you definitely should have impressive resources. The Broker owns a personal army capable of deploying hundreds of loyal soldiers in minutes on Illium alone, along with a supremely well-engineered atmospheric airbase-warship, and the enormous amounts of money, hardware, and political influence one would expect from an organization of this scale.
- No Name Given: All he's/she's/they're/it's known by is "the Shadow Broker."
- Out-Gambitted: Despite being a Magnificent Bastard, he ends up being Out-Gambitted by Liara... who herself was an Unwitting Pawn to the Illusive Man.
- Outside-Context Villain: Even if you've played both games. Even the usual tactics of assuming that loyalty missions play to the strength of the character involved won't help you too much. Expect the unexpected.
- The Reveal: "Lair Of The Shadow Broker" clears up several of the questions surrounding the Broker.
- Stranger Behind the Mask: After so much build up around his identity, the Lair of the Shadow Broker reveals that he's a member of a species that had never before been seen or mentioned in the series. At least unique in that while Shepard has no clue on what it is, Liara does, and manages to send it into a Villainous Breakdown based on a paragraph's worth of information on his species.
- Ungrateful Bastard: There's a side quest in Mass Effect in which you can provide the Shadow Broker with a copy of the data Shepard has gathered on Cerberus, after which his agent informs Shepard that the Shadow Broker will be there to help Shepard when s/he needs it. Ask Liara how well that went. His archives also reveal that he was going to kill Tali when he was offering her a sanctuary in return for her information about Saren and the geth in the first game, in order to ensure that the information would not end up in the wrong hands. So basically you saved Tali's life twice over when you first met her.
- Unwitting Pawn: To both Harbinger and the Illusive Man.
- Villainous Breakdown: He completely loses it after Liara figures out his backstory. A message left behind by the previous Shadow Broker points out that this is a Fatal Flaw of his; his normally-genius intellect becomes fogged when he gets angry.
- Walking Spoiler
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC reveals that the SB's reason for giving Shepard's body to the Collectors was his attempt to pacify the Reapers and save the galaxy. Of course, his primary reason was to save his own skin and his power.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Planned on doing this to Tali, although Fist betrayed him for Saren, leaving Tali unaware of how the Broker was going to betray her, too.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: How he got the job. And how his successor gets the job too.
"Now I'll show you what a REAL Spectre can do!"An asari Spectre introduced in "Lair of the Shadow Broker" who is handling the cases of the Shadow Broker's attempted assassination of Liara T'Soni. She joins Shepard in his/her effort to track down Liara after she was attacked in her home.
Voiced by: Jessica Anne Bogart
- Anti-Villain: Type III; she works with the Broker in order to get intelligence necessary for her Spectre duties, and sees doing the Broker's dirty work as an acceptable price to pay.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: She's a Spectre for a reason.
- Badass: She's a Spectre. It's a job requirement. She beats Shepard in a mid-air tussle. Not to mention providing a tough-as-nails fight after going through a large amount of abuse.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was mentioned in the Cerberus Daily News in February and July 2010.
- Combat Pragmatist: She indiscriminately bombs civilians, throws her own soldiers at Shepard, and uses human shields to escape. Of course, none of these tactics work.
- Dark Action Girl: Once her true colors are revealed.
- Deadpan Snarker: Drops a few choice quips while searching Liara's apartment.
- Determinator: See Implacable Man below.
- The Dragon: To the Shadow Broker, being his best fighter. A Spectre herself, Vasir justifies it by saying that her working for the Shadow Broker isn't any different from Shepard working with the Illusive Man.
- Evil Counterpart: To Commander Shepard, particularly a Paragon. Dips into Not So Different territory as well.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards "Purebloods."
- Flash Step: Does this to get to her hostage. Also does this almost all the time when you fight her.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Most players were taken by surprise by her special talent. Vanguards snapped out of it quicker than others and went "Hey! I can do that too!" Cue Charge spam.
- Foreshadowing: This Cerberus Daily News update provides a good dose of it in retrospect — so where exactly did Vasir get this "good intel," anyway?
- Get Back Here Boss: "Catch me if you can!"
- Grey and Grey Morality: She's a Spectre; it comes with the territory. It's also what gives her Shut Up, Kirk! and What the Hell, Hero? speeches more weight.
- Hypocrite: With that said, your Shepard probably hasn't done anything like casually murder who knows how many innocents to hide the Shadow Broker and taken a civilian hostage in order to escapenote , so it falls a little flat.
- I Did What I Had to Do: In an attempt to kill Liara, she bombs an entire building killing many innocents.
- Implacable Man: Thrown off a ledge, crashed a flying car at great speed, bleeds across a building, takes a metal table to the face and still provides a tough boss fight.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Although a Paragon Shepard's actions are far less questionable than Vasir's actions, her criticism of Shepard's involvement with Cerberus, considering their methods and ideology, is justified.
- Kick the Dog: Her remark about how her hostage's son will be scarred for life after losing his mother, within earshot of Liara, whose mother was killed in the last game. Liara isn't happy to hear this ("I'm going to end you, Vasir."). If Shepard is a Colonistnote or Earthbornnote , it could be intended for them as well.
- Lightning Bruiser: Thanks to her Charge attack.
- Made of Iron: Gets hit with a lot of attacks, but almost never shows up with a visible injury. Also probably the toughest boss fight in the entire game, partly due to the fact she charges around quickly and has 2 layers of crazy tough protection.
- Magic Knight: Comes with being a biotic. Her special ability makes her especially stand out from other examples in Mass Effect.
- Mind over Matter: Given that she's a biotic and all.
- The Mole: For the Shadow Broker.
- Not So Different: Picture Renegade female Vanguard Shepard as an asari, working for the Shadow Broker instead of the Illusive Man; that's Tela Vasir in a nutshell.
- Oh, Crap: She gets past it quickly, but she's visibly surprised when it turns out that Shepard is not going to go along with her hostage-taking.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Calls Liara a "pureblood bitch" before making another attempt to kill her. Liara previously claimed that no asari would be cruel enough to call her a pureblood to her face.note .
- Put Down Your Gun and Step Away:
- She resorts to taking a civilian hostage during the chase sequence. You can drop your thermal clips, keep her talking her long enough for Liara to hit her with a table, or shoot her through the hostage's shoulder. "You'll live."
- And as Paragon Shepard, you can sit there and list off some of the hard decisions made in the first game, such as sacrificing the Council or thousands of humans, depending on your choice, and ask her if she really thinks you'll disarm for a single person's life.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Calls Shepard out on judging her for working with the Shadow Broker while (s)he works for the equally-shady Cerberus. Falls a little flat if Shepard's gone through the Omega relay and quit the organization, though.
- Underestimating Badassery: She does seem visibly unnerved when Shepard lists off the reasons why she should back down now. Seemingly more so with the Paragon version;Shepard: Vasir, I sacrificed hundreds of human lives to save the Destiny Ascension. I unleashed the rachni on the galaxy. So for your own sake, I hope your escape plan doesn't hinge on me hesitating to shoot a damn hostage.
- Walking Spoiler: Due to being one of the Shadow Broker's top lieutenants.
Dr. Amanda Kenson
"Only a small fraction of the mass effect relays date back 50,000 years. The majority are far older, indicating they were created by a species predating even the Protheans."An old friend of Admiral Hackett, Dr. Kenson sent a shockwave through the galactic community by publishing research that proved the Mass Relays predated the Prothean civilization. She's later incarcerated by the batarians who claim they stopped her from committing terrorist acts.
Voiced by: Victoria Gay
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Who else would venture into batarian space to discover an artifact.
- Badass Bookworm: Not as badass as other examples in the series (she prefers to have her men fight for her), but she's decent in a fight and hardly someone you wanna cross.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She's been indoctrinated by the artifact.
- Cutscene Boss: She either blows herself up or gets shot via a Renegade action.
- Deep Cover Agent: Described as such by Admiral Hackett.
- Driven to Suicide: She blows herself up when a Paragon Shepard finally corners her and tries to talk her down. A Renegade action simply shoots her, but she's already pulled the pin.
- The Dragon: To Harbinger, as Saren was to Sovereign.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in Cerberus Daily News, revealing to the galaxy her findings that the mass relays were not made by Protheans.
- Escort Mission: Her rescue from the batarians plays out like this, though she can fight as well.
- Godzilla Threshold: Played with. Her initial plan to stop the Reapers will inevitably kill thousands of innocent people. However, she dropped the plan after becoming indoctrinated, realizing it to be horrible, but for the wrong reasons.
- Guest Star Party Member: In the Arrival DLC.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Once she and her team came to realize the importance of the Alpha Relay, they worked tirelessly to stop the Reapers from getting it. They worked tirelessly against the clock to devise a plan, but the very visions that gave them insight to the Reapers' motives were gradually indoctrinating them. In the end, they bought precious time for the galaxy, but at the cost of their free will and eventually their lives.
- Moral Myopia: When Shepard activates the Project, Kenson immediately calls out Shepard for what s/he's done. Not because Shepard's actions will kill thousands of innocent people, but because it would kill Kenson's crew and prevent Kenson from seeing the Reapers' arrival. This is, of course, a side-effect of getting indoctrinated.
- Taking You with Me: She tries to do this when she blows herself up, but Shepard survives the explosion.
- Tragic Villain: Lost her way when the Reaper artifact indoctrinated her.
- Villain Ball: Bringing Shepard to her base and explaining what the Project is and how to activate it, continuing on with refusing to kill Shepard after he/she is subdued, and finishing up by announcing to Shepard exactly what she plans to do to scuttle the asteroid and daring him/her to stop her. To be fair, this might be the mind degradation that indoctrination causes.
- Villainous Breakdown: Complete with whining and hitting things because she can't hear the whispers any more.
- Walking Spoiler
The Overlord/David Archer
The Overlord/David Archer
It all seemed harmless..."Project Overlord" is a Cerberus program whose goal is to control the geth by uploading a person's mind into a VI, creating a "virus with a face" that can exploit their religious impulses. David Archer, the project director's brother, volunteered for the procedure - unfortunately, the VI immediately went haywire and is now on a rampage to escape.
Voiced by: Jesse Gervais
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: It was created to commune with the geth and went on a rampage.
- And I Must Scream: It's not until the end of the DLC that the indecipherable noises that the Overlord was making suddenly clear up, and it's realized that it was David trying to call for help.
- Anti-Villain: He's just trying to escape the noise of the geth network.
- Arc Villain: He (and his small army of geth) only appears as the antagonist in his DLC, and isn't mentioned in the vanilla game.
- Autism: David is an autistic savant with unparalleled mathematical skills.
- Bald of Evil: Well, not really.
- Bald of Awesome: If you rescued him, he's upgraded to this in the third game.
- Big Brother Instinct: Invoked by Paragon Shepard, who's utterly furious at Gavin Archer for what he's done to his brother. After pistol whipping Gavin hard across the face, Shepard threatens him with a bullet through his head if he ever goes near David again.
- Body Horror/Medical Horror: The rig he's wired into. Yeesh.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: If Shepard did not do the Overlord DLC in 2, Archer will comment on how they eventually had to nuke David to stop him, and sighs, "It all seemed so harmless."
- Brain Uploading: David did this to tap into the geth consensus.
- Break the Cutie: David becomes very broken by the experience. Though once he gets to Grissom Academy, he begins a different kind of counting: the number of days Shepard lengthened his life.
- Broken Record: "Square root of 912.04 is 30.2... it all seemed harmless. Square root of 912.04 is 30.2... it all seemed harmless. Square root of..."
- Catch Phrase:
- David Archer has "Square root of nine hundred six point oh one is thirty point one..."
- On the other hand, the Overlord himself has a catchphrase in the electronically distorted howls it produces throughout the game. This is later revealed to be him screaming "QUIET PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!"
- Character Witness: If you send him to Grissom Academy, he vouches for you to some scared kids during the Cerberus raid there in 3.
- Contagious A.I.: Infects and controls an army of geth and security mechs. He can even overpower EDI if you're not quick enough during the boss fight. Thankfully, he can't do the same to Legion, but he does manage to hack Shepard's cybernetics.
- Cores and Turrets Boss: Sics geth holograms on Shepard between exposing its core.
- Digitized Hacker: As a VI, he can interface with any electronic device. It's noted that if he ever escaped his facility, he could cause a "technological apocalypse."
- Gone Horribly Wrong: "It all seemed harmless..."
- Killed Offscreen: If Shepard doesn't go on the Project Overlord DLC, s/he'll meet Gavin in Mass Effect 3, who sadly states that David died when they were forced to nuke the facility. He then sighs, "It all seemed so harmless...".
- Machine Worship: The purpose of the project was to get the geth to see him as a sort of god-figure, letting him control them.
- Master of Unlocking: When you meet him again in the third game, he hacks the lock on a security room door for you, providing some weapons and ammo.
- Mercy Kill: If you leave him with Cerberus, Gavin reveals that he eventually "ended his misery".
- Nuke 'em: In the event that you didn't play Overlord at all, a meeting with Gavin Archer reveals that Cerberus eventually dealt with the problem themselves via nuclear bomb.
- Photographic Memory: Combined with his mathematical abilities, it's the key to his ability to speak the geth language.
- The Rainman:
- He's extremely good with numbers, to the point where he can communicate with the geth (who use math as their language). This is the reason why he was selected for the project.
- In the third game, if you rescued him, he's putting his abilities to good use at Grissom Academy, and later, at the Crucible.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Only what it looks like. He's actually trying to cry for help, but he's so broken it doesn't work out.
- Sickly Green Glow: Everything it infects.
- Start of Darkness: Before you finally face him, The Overlord shows you his origin.
- Terrible Ticking: He's on the receiving end.
- Tragic Villain: Was forced into the experiment by his own brother, and went insane from being hooked to the geth network.
- Trust Password: If sent to Grissom Academy, Shepard finishes his catchphrase for him when they meet again in 3. David then vouches for Shepard to the other students, as the wo/man who saved his live from Cerberus.David: The square root of 906.01 is—
- The Unintelligible: While some of what he says is just noise, he also speaks heavily garbled sentences that become clearer over time. If you know what he's saying, you'll be able to understand him: QUIET PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!.
- Wetware CPU: A human uploaded to the geth consensus.
The Blue Suns
The Blue SunsThe Blue Suns are, ostensibly, a corporation of Private Military Contractors founded by Vido Santiago and Zaeed Massani. In reality, they are a wide spanning criminal empire involved in the trading of slaves and drugs, and are in control of many planets in the Terminus systems.The Blue Suns are a human dominated organization, however turians and batarians both also make up large parts of the group. Unlike the Eclipse, all races serve in all roles, from grunts to elite troops to commanders.
The Blue Suns in general
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Commanders.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Run by these.
- Enemy Mine: Aria can help Shepard get their allegiance in Mass Effect 3.
- The Empire: In all but name. See N.G.O. Superpower.
- Faceless Goons: All their mooks wear helmets.
- Face-Heel Turn/Villain with Good Publicity: Back Story revealed throughout the game, particularly from Codex entries and planet summaries, show that the Blue Suns have several Big Damn Heroes moments to their credit, though at least a few were less heroic intention and more circumstances working out that way while they achieved their main goals.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Played straight in gameplay, subverted in the Codex. During high-risk jobs, they make a point of removing anything that could affiliate them with the Blue Suns, including tattoos.
- Kill It with Fire: Blue Suns Pyros.
- Mooks: The most commonly battled mooks in the game.
- Elite Mooks: Centurions and Legionnaires. Like normal troopers, except with a Vindicator battle rifle or Scimitar shotgun instead of an Avenger series assault rifle, specialized ammo, and shields.
- King Mook: Blue Suns Commanders, soldiers with three thick layers of protection (shields, armor, and health) who wield BFGs such as Claymore shotguns or Revenant light machine guns as weapons.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Blue stars are very dangerous, as are the Blue Suns.
- N.G.O. Superpower: The amount of resources they have at their disposal is truly frightening. Among other things, they possess: millions of soldiers, heavy mechs, infantry fighting vehicles, and gunships, several front corporations, a krogan cloning lab (remember, Saren's krogan cloning lab was considered dangerous enough that the Council had to send to send the STG and a Spectre to nuke it), the materials to make city destroying weaponry, and the entire planet of Zorya, which has over 140 million people.
- Private Military Contractor: Their preferred means of doing business.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: The turians seem to think so. Excepting Warden Kuril, all the turian Blue Suns troops wield shotguns. It actually puts them at a disadvantage most of the time.
- The Jailer: They run a prison ship, the Purgatory.
- Villain Team-Up: They team up with the other big merc groups to defeat Archangel early in the game. They lose.
- "Actually, take your shot. Give me a reason to put you down like the mad dog you are. Again."Voiced By: Richard Green
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted — when he and Zaeed founded the Blue Suns, Vido ran the business while Zaeed was the field commander.
- Bad Boss: In Zaeed's loyalty mission, he threatens his soldiers with death if they retreat.
- Beard of Evil: Bearded and a complete dick.
- Brains and Brawn: With Zaeed.
- Bus Crash: Despite getting away in the Paragon ending, there's a new leader of the Suns in 3. Cut dialogue from the Mass Effect 3 leaked script indicates that between 2 and 3, Zaeed put together his own team of mercs, tracked Vido down to a remote human colony, and was about to execute him when a Reaper attacked. A Harvester then grabs Vido, and knowing what's about to happen to him, he begs Zaeed to kill him right then and there. But Zaeed simply turns and leaves him to his fate. This was all supposed to be in dialogue that Zaeed tells Shepard on the Citadel in 3.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Zaeed figured this out the hard way.
- You find another example when you raid a Blue Suns encampment in Mass Effect 2 and read correspondence between Vido and an archaeologist. The archaeologist had found a valuable artifact and wanted to hire the Blue Suns to protect his ship and its cargo from pirates as they made their way back home. Vido replied that the Blue Suns would be happy to help out. Instead, he has his Blue Suns kill his would-be employers and steal the artifact for themselves.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's directly responsible for almost everything the Blue Suns do in the game. Some of his business practices include turning on clients when their opponents have higher bids, raiding and massacring cargo ships, and using slave labor on the Blue Suns ruled world of Zorya.
- Cutscene Boss: If Zaeed kills him.
- Death by Irony: If you let Zaeed kill him.
- Dirty Coward: He turns tail and runs the moment he sees real danger.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In one side quest, you can find a datapad that mentions him by name even if you haven't downloaded the DLC where he actually appears.
- Greed: The reason he betrayed Zaeed? Zaeed's ethics meant he wasn't making quite as much money as he could've.
- Gunship Rescue: Villainous version. If you choose to save the refinery workers instead of go after him, he and a few of his mooks escape in an A-61 Mantis gunship.
- Karma Houdini: Paragon ending of Zaeed's loyalty mission.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His betraying and cutting ties with Zaeed can be considered this; Zaeed is hardly ethical.
- Kill It with Fire: If you let Zaeed kill him, he'll die this way.
- Nothing Personal: He tries using the "it was just business" variation to convince Zaeed to spare him in the Renegade ending. It doesn't work.
- The Man Behind the Man: It's All There in the Manual. He appoints one of his batarian commanders as the 'official' CEO of the Blue Suns, but in reality Vido runs the company, with the other 'CEO' just being put there to protect him from assassination attempts.
- N.G.O. Superpower/Private Military Contractor: He runs one of these.
- Smug Snake: Especially during his initial confrontation with Zaeed.
- Villain Team-Up: Slightly. Comics reveal that he deals with the Shadow Broker and trades slaves with the Collectors. His soldiers also make up the majority of the resistance in the game.
"Maybe you'll solve my problem for me."The leader of the Blue Suns on Omega, Tarak is encountered during the mission to recruit Archangel. Fed up with losing men and shipments to the persistent vigilante, he convinced the other merc groups to work with him to end their mutual enemy.He and Zaeed also have a bit of history.
Voiced by: Brian Bloom
- Aggressive Negotiations/Informed Ability: According to his second-in-command Jentha, he can be quite the negotiator; given his temperament and the high likelihood that he's primarily dealing with other criminals, it's hard to imagine most of his negotiations would be particularly cordial.
- Bad Boss: Jentha mentions that he's been both taking his frustrations out on her and planning to shoot any freelancers who are still alive if his initial plan fails. From Jentha's point of view, Tarak is actually a pretty decent guy (for a batarian), it's just the stress of Archangel and working with the other gangs is putting a lot of pressure on him.
- Big Bad: In relation to his role in the Villain Team-Up on Omega, and from Archangel's perspective. From Shepard's perspective, he's just an Arc Villain.
- Death from Above: Attacks Archangel's hideout with a gunship.
- Enemy Mine: Teams up with rival gangs Eclipse and the Blood Pack to take down Archangel.
- Flunky Boss: Drops troops while shooting from his gunship.
- Old Friend: Of Zaeed. The details are never brought up, but if he's present Tarak immediately goes from "Get these scum out of my face" to "Answer any questions they have." He even says it's good to see Zaeed.
- Properly Paranoid: After one of Archangel's ambushes nearly killed him.
- The Strategist: He seemingly came up with most of the plan.
- Say My Name: "ARCHANGEL! You think you can screw with the Blue Suns?!"
- Storming the Castle: Planned on doing this to bring down Archangel.
- We Have Reserves: Although he makes sure that none of his men are the ones used as cannon fodder.
- Zerg Rush: The first part of his plan is to send the freelancers straight at Archangel's hideout. Subverted in that it's just a distraction to let the professionals get in close.
"You have to watch out for the other merc groups. They're almost as bad as Archangel."A Blue Suns Commander, and Tarak's second in command on Omega.
Voiced by: Cindy Robinson
- Affably Evil: She's very polite, considerate, and patient, and will gladly answer any and all of your questions. She also says not to be too hard on Tarak because he's under a lot of stress, and even warns you that he might kill all the freelancers regardless of what they do. She's still fanatically loyal to the Blue Suns.
- The Dragon: To Tarak. From Shepard's perspective, she's a mere Mook Lieutenant
- Dark Action Girl: She is a member of the Blue Suns, after all.
- Instant Armor: Tech Armor.
- More Dakka: Like other Blue Suns Commanders, she's equipped with a Revenant light machine gun.
- Punch Clock Villain
Prison Ship run by the Blue Suns that takes the kind of criminals no-one wants anywhere on their planet. He claims to be doing this "for the good of the galaxy", but regularly has prisoners beaten or spaced as an example to others, and much of his funding comes from selling inmates to people looking for payback. Cerberus arranges for Shepard to buy Jack from him, but it turns out his eyes are bigger than his stomach.
- All There in the Manual: In the Codex, it states that turians that do not wear the colonial identity facepaint markings are called "bareface", which in their language is also synonymous with slimy politicians and pathological liars. Lo and behold, the Warden is barefaced.
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: Whenever Kuril welcomes a prisoner, he gently asks the local authorities for a donation to keep the Purgatory running. If he isn't paid, he releases the prisoner back onto their homeworld.Kuril: At an unspecified place and time.
Squadmate: So it's an extortion racket?
- Bullying a Dragon: One of the biggest offenders in the entire series. Seriously, the guy thought that trying to capture the biggest badass in the galaxy would be a good idea.
- Death Glare: When Shepard insists on keeping his/her guns, they have a glare-off. Kuril blinks first.
- Evil Counterpart: It's not dwelt on, but Garrus and Kuril both got sick of seeing criminals escape justice and took matters into their own hands - with zero accountability. Garrus abandoned the rules altogether and went Serial-Killer Killer on Omega, while Kuril set up his own personal "system". Garrus remained heroic enough to inspire people, while Kuril brings out the worst in his underlings (the more times they beat a prisoner, the meaner they get).Garrus: I don't agree with everything they do here, but it's in the galaxy's best interests.
- Hypocrite: Says that he "makes the galaxy safer" by locking up dangerous individuals. But when comes the biggest hero(ine) that ever lived, he tries to capture him/her for the bounty.
- Instant Armor: Tech Armor.
- The Jailer: He's the one in charge of the Purgatory.
- I Want Them Alive: Towards Jack. He doesn't mind killing Shep, though.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Starts off as a Knight Templar, with questionable methods, but not harming innocents and trying to help the galaxy. Soon, you discover he is willing to leave dangerous criminals on planets that can't pay, and he is rather brutal to prisoners. All ambiguity goes out the airlock when tries to capture Shepard for a bounty.
- Knight Templar: What he considers himself to be. It quickly becomes clear that he's just a slaver who uses this trope to justify his actions.
- More Dakka: He's armed with a Revenant Light Machine Gun.
- Tattooed Crook: Inverted. His lack of face tattoos is the first sign something's not right about him. See All There in the Manual.
- Too Dumb to Live: His plan on capturing Shepard was to order him/her to just walk into a cell.
- Made worse by allowing Shepard and his/her squad to board fully armored, including possibly carrying a mini-nuke. Dumb is just being generous at this point.
- Underestimating Badassery: One of the best examples imaginable.
- Wardens Are Evil: Especially when they work for a mercenary group like the Blue Suns.
- "Being hired is merely the beginning. You must earn your place in the mighty army we are building."
- Arc Villain: For the Korlus mission.
- Bad Boss: Spends the entirety of the mission where she's encountered insulting her troops over the intercom for being unable to kill Shepard right up until Shepard literally walks through her front door, and brushes off the dozens of dead Blue Suns, as well as Okeer and his vat-krogan, as replaceable. She refuses to send mechs to shield her men as they're panicking and being cut down, even though that's what mechs were, y'know, originally designed to do.
- Canned Orders over Loudspeaker: Trope Namer. Sort of.
- Flunky Boss: She fights alongside numerous krogan and a YMIR mech.
- General Failure: Okeer even describes her as such.
- Instant Armor: Tech Armor.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Just listen to her go on at the Blue Suns about her "mighty army". Okeer claims his rejected krogan would be adequate soldiers for Jedore were she not such an awful leader; this is born out by a reject "insane" krogan speaking to and obeying Shepard on sight, without question.
- Her ego's so unbearable that the first words out of Jack's mouth upon landing on Korlus are "I already want to kill this person." Jack's final remark before the fight is an exasperated "Can we shut this bitch up already?"
- Smug Snake: A bit too overconfident for her own good.
- Underestimating Badassery: Doesn't seem to realise that the one storming the rear guard of her platoon is Shepard."There are three of them! THREE! Anything can be killed if you'd just DO YOUR DAMNED JOBS!!"
The Blood Pack
The Blood PackThe Blood Pack is a legion of mercenaries founded by a krogan battlemaster exiled from Tuchanka for striking a female in anger. The group operates in the Terminus Systems, and members are fought throughout Mass Effect 2 on places like Omega, Tuchanka and Pragia. While Eclipse are weighted towards tech/biotics and the Blue Suns toward straight up soldiers, the Blood Pack are more likely to sic varren on you or shove a flamethrower in your face.Their hiring practices are somewhat narrower than the other two groups — they consist exclusively of krogan and vorcha. The latter make up the bulk of their ground forces but are treated with no greater respect than their attack varren; they're kidnapped and beaten into submission more often than they are "recruited."
The Blood Pack in general
- Always Chaotic Evil: Vorcha, which make up most of the group.
- Suverted in 3, in which one vorcha shows remarkable intelligence, doesn't speak in You No Take Candle, and is at the very least Affably Evil — and Genre Savvy enough to tell Shepard he's not stupid enough to betray him/her or Aria.
- Not to mention the affable, well-informed, and (comparatively) well-spoken vorcha who can be overheard discussing multiplayer strategy with a human female in the Citadel DLC.
- Angry Guard Dog: Varren. Duh.
- Boomerang Bigot: The galaxy's largest abuser of vorcha is led by a vorcha.
- Although that may have something to do with all the krogan mercenaries that went back to Tuchanka in the wake of the genophage cure. You'll notice that neither Aria nor Hackett ever mention krogan when discussing the Blood Pack, and it was basically led by krogan mercs in 2 — the krogan didn't even consider vorcha full members, more like varren that could shoot and didn't crap on the floor as often.
- Enemy Mine: Aria can help Shepard get their allegiance in Mass Effect 3.
- Faceless Goons: The krogan members all wear helmets.
- Grenade Launcher: According to the description for the grenade launcher available to the player, this is a popular weapon among them. In actuality, their troops just use the same ML-77 Rocket Launcher everyone else uses. However, the Blood Pack Warriors are able to fire some sort of red rocket/plasma ball thing from their shotguns (somewhat similar to the Carnage ability from the first game), which could make them an example.
- Healing Factor: Both the krogan and the vorcha. Can be countered with fire based powers like Incendiary Ammo and Incinerate.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform
- Kill It with Fire: Blood Pack Pyros.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: You might wanna avoid a group called the Blood Pack.
- Private Military Contractors: Though they're banned in Citadel Space.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: The krogan certainly seem to think so. The Blood Pack Warriors are all equipped with Scimitar assault shotguns.
- Villain Team-Up: Early in the game, the Omega chapters of all three big merc groups team up to get rid of Archangel. They lose.
The leader of Clan Weyrloc and the head of the Blood Pack on Tuchanka.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Comes with being a krogan, but he fits best, since he's in charge of the Blood Pack on Tuchanka.
- Arc Villain: For Mordin's loyalty mission, alongside Maelon himself.
- Born Lucky: Called as much by the Urdnot Scout Leader due to the fact that he has two children; a krogan having even one is unlikely because of the genophage. For this reason he is seen as The Chosen One by some of his followers, though that doesn't help him when he encounters Shepard. The fact that he is a biotic, them being rare among krogan, can also count towards this.
- The Faceless: Wears a helmet that covers his whole face.
- Fantastic Racism: His spokesman had a Rousing Speech that detailed how Weyrloc planned to crush all Council species. Though you can shut him up via Interrupt.
- Flunky Boss: Has several of his grunts fighting alongside him.
- It's All About Me: His goal in a nutshell.
- Killed Off for Real: It's pretty satisfying that you can butcher this guy however way you wish as you fight him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Successfully dupes the Urdnot Scout into thinking that he was helping all krogan by being a guinea pig for experiments. The truth, which Shepard can point out, is that Guld was only concerned about using the genophage cure to help his own clan, to hell with everything else.
- Villain with Good Publicity: A krogan with one living child is unlikely because of the genophage. Having two is interpreted by some as a sign. It's a big part of how Guld even has followers to begin with.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to cure the genophage, but only so he can conquer the galaxy. He's willing to experiment on humans and members of his clan in order to achieve this goal.
- Shepard: (Grunt)'s a valuable part of my crew. What else does he need to know?Garm: How to live and die without fear. (shoots a vorcha underling) How to put that fear in the hearts of your enemies.
- Arc Villain Ensemble: With Tarak and Jaroth for Archangel's recruit mission.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Being a krogan battlemaster and all. He can apparently regenerate faster than most krogan can, according to Archangel.
- Bad Boss: If Grunt is present during the mission, he shoots one of his vorcha in the head just to prove a point.
- Boom, Headshot: See Bad Boss.
- The Brute: Serves as this in the Five-Bad Band on Omega.
- Enemy Mine: Works with the rival merc groups for the sole purpose of taking down Archangel.
- Healing Factor: Even among krogan, he can regenerate extremely fast. Garrus even calls him a freak of nature.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Garrus consider each other this. Garrus admires his toughness, Garm does not admire Garrus for trying to take him out at home.
- "They did such horrible things to us. They must have had good reasons."Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
- Alliterative Name: Only his first name is known, until an e-mail in the third game reveals his full name.
- Arc Villain: Only appears during Jack's loyalty mission, as the main antagonist.
- Badass Bystander: See Heroic Sacrifice.
- Brainwashed and Crazy:
- He doesn't scream and rave like most examples of this trope, but his staring, twitching and his very un-funny Insane Troll Logic with regards to the Teltin facility leave you in no doubt that he's mad. As for the brainwashed, well, he went through much of the same stuff Jack did.
- It's later mentioned that he turned to drugs after escaping Cerberus in order to cope with what had happened to him. That somewhat explains why he has a rather skewed way of thinking when you encounter him.
- Heroic Sacrifice: If you prevent Jack from killing him in the second game, he dies in the third game by saving a shuttle full of children evacuating from the Reapers.
- Redemption Equals Death: Wanted to restart the Teltin facility and abduct biotic children for experiments like Cerberus had. If you convince Jack to spare his life, he dies in 3 saving a shuttle evacuating children from the Reapers.
- Shout-Out: His last name is likely a reference to Shohreh Aghdashloo, the voice actress for Admiral Raan.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's convinced himself that everything he went through had to have some sort of value.
- "Fine. We'll put 'em down. Then I'm coming in there and we're gonna talk salvage."
EclipseEclipse is a mercenary corporation founded by an asari commando. They are employed as security or firepower. Mostly they use biotic or tech specialists (almost exclusively asari or salarians, though some humans are mixed in) along with robot support. They appear as commonly battled Mooks in Mass Effect 2, where they are encountered on places like Illium, Omega and Bekenstein.
Eclipse in general
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Like the other groups, some of their members, such as Wasea, Enyala, and Jaroth.
- Enemy Mine: Aria can help Shepard get their allegiance in Mass Effect 3.
- Faceless Goons: Only named members don't wear helmets.
- Highly Conspicuous Uniform: They wear all bright yellow armor.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Relative to the other merc groups, Eclipse has both Vanguards and Engineers. It's no wonder they comprise the mooks in Miranda's loyalty mission; her skill set allows her to deal with both barriers and shields.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Given the superstitions surrounding eclipses, it might be a good idea to avoid a group that uses the phenomenon as their name.
- Palette Swap: Their human units are just palette swapped versions of Blue Suns units, with at most one or two small attributes added (human vanguards have a slightly different head and toss Warps).
- Psycho for Hire: Anyone who wants to join the Eclipse Sisters based in Illium have to commit homicide as part of their initiation (this is also a hint to the seemingly innocent Elnora's true nature).
- Private Military Contractors: They're particularly prominent in asari space.
- Villain Team-Up: With the other two big merc groups on Omega, to take down Archangel. They lose.
"I'm just here to make as much money as I can. We didn't come to Omega to be constrained by laws and regulations."The leader of the Eclipse mercs on Omega. Heavily involved in the red sand trade. He teams up with the other merc groups to take down Archangel.
- Drugs Are Bad: He runs the red sand trade.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones/It's Personal: Archangel killed two of his top lieutenants before Shepard meets him on Omega. One of them was his brother.
- Evil Genius: From Archangel's perspective. He controls the mechs and helped Tarak plan the attack.
- Hand Cannon: He's equipped with an M-6 Carnifex.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: You can hack his heavy mech to kill all his mercs, and rarely him.
- Kill It with Fire: Like other Eclipse Operatives, he possesses the Incinerate power and holographic Combat Drones.
- Villainous Breakdown: After you kill all his mercs either way (through normal gunfire or hacking his heavy mech), he comes charging out with a Carnifex.
- We Have Reserves: He's perfectly happy throwing freelancers at Archangel for this reason.
- You Killed My Father: The main reason he hates Archangel is because he killed one of Jaroth's top lieutenants - who also happened to be his brother. "So yes, it's pretty damn personal."
"I was just waiting for you to finish getting dressed. Or does Cerberus really let you whore around in that outfit?"Asari captain of an Eclipse band on Ilium responsible for taking Miranda's sister, Oriana, for Henry Lawson.
- Arc Villain: For Miranda's loyalty mission, along with the then-unseen Henry Lawson.
- Bad Boss: Makes clear that she'll kill any of her men who try to run.
- Bond One-Liner: "Done.", after killing Niket when Miranda said that she never wanted to see him again.
- Catch Phrase: She and her lackeys are fond of referring to Miranda as "the bitch".
- Flunky Boss: Fights with other Eclipse members.
- The Heavy: For Henry Lawson.
- In the Back: To Niket, if you stop Miranda from killing him. Also to the completely innocent transport dock officer. Both were completely unnecessary.
- Ironic Echo: "I'm not stealing her, I'm rescuing her."
- Kick the Dog: She shoots a transport agent for not much reason when the latter tries to run off.
- Mind over Matter: A biotic like all asari.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: She wields a M-300 Claymore.
- Smug Snake: She's totally convinced she can take Shepard and Miranda. It doesn't end well for her.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: If you stop Miranda from killing Niket, Enyala kills him anyway, leading to Miranda yelling "You'll die for that, bitch!" at Enyala before flinging her across the room with her biotics.
The Eclipse Commander
- Beard of Evil: Bearded and he had to murder someone to get his uniform.
- Catch Phrase: More of a favorite word, but both he and Enyala are fond of referring to Miranda as "the bitch".
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The subtitles only refer to him as "Merc Leader".
- Famous Last Words: The above line, along with the next lines under Killed Mid-Sentence.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: If you take the Renegade interrupt.Eclipse Commander: Captain Enyala ordered us to give you one chance to walk away. But this whole time we've been talking, my men have been lining up shots. When I say the word, we unleash hell on your squad, so I suggest you walk away nicely, unless you want things-*SNAP*
- Mook Lieutenant: Runs Enyala's troops when she's not there.
- Mugging the Monster: What he does to Shepard and Miranda.
- Neck Snap: A Renegade interrupt allows Shepard to do this to him.
- Smug Snake: A trait he most definitely shares with his boss.
- Underestimating Badassery: To both Shep and Miranda. He doesn't even seem to know who Shepard is, given his flippancy while talking to them.Shepard: What do you mean, Niket won't be helping us?
Eclipse Commander: Nothing you need to worry about. Nobody's gonna get killed unless you do something stupid.
"At least I can take pleasure in turning your head into a pulpy mass!"Leader of an exclusively Asari band of mercenaries on Ilium in the Nos Astra spaceport, and responsible for smuggling Samara's target off world.
Voiced by: Gwendoline Yeo
- Amazon Brigade: She leads one.
- Arc Villain: For Samara's recruitment mission.
- Battle Aura: Does this before her fight.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Against Niftu Cal if he tries to take her on.
- Elite Mook: Despite being an Eclipse captain, she's not much more difficult to fight than a standard vanguard. Even the Eclipse commandos encountered during Thane's mission are tougher.
- Flunky Boss: Several other Eclipse trooper join her throughout the battle.
- Mind over Matter: A biotic like all asari.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike most Eclipse mercenaries, Wasea wears a purple outfit with no Eclipse markings.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts ranting the second that Shepard shows up, screaming that she's going to kill everyone who got in her way, including Shepard, her/his squad, and Detective Anaya.
"I thought being Elnora the mercenary would be cool, but I didn't know what they were really like!"A young asari mercenary with the Ilium branch of Eclipse. Pretends to be a Punch Clock Villain, but in actuality, she's responsible for murdering Pitne For's partner.
Voiced by: April Banigan
- Ax-Crazy: Very clearly enjoyed killing a volus.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She claims to be a newcomer who didn't know what the mercs were really like. You can later find a recording of her, where she gleefully brags about killing a volus merchant.
- Blatant Lies: She says that she's new, and that she's not an Eclipse merc. Every Eclipse merc has to commit homicide to earn their uniform. She's already wearing hers.
- Karma Houdini: If let go in 2, she doesn't get mentioned in 3, so we have no idea if Ilium's police eventually caught her.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Let her go, only to find out later that she killed Pitne's partner, and likely would be going after Pitne himself next.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Claims that she was ignorant about what Eclipse was really like. It's an act.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: If you choose to not forgive her so easily.
- Psycho for Hire: She joined Eclipse so she could be one of these.
- Punch Clock Villain: Subverted.
- Suicide by Cop: Presumably what she goes for if she fires on Shepard, who is technically a cop. There's no way, short of suicidal overconfidence, that she expected to take on three heavily armed people and come out alive.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: On the other hand, she's sadistic and violent enough that it's possible she did indeed think that she could take down Shepard and her/his crew.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: While playing as Fem Shep, if you (correctly) don't take her at her word, before gunning her down.Shepard: You chose your side, Elnora, and you lost.
Elnora: Screw that, bitch!
"You recite warlords, but you are the offspring of a syringe."Head of clan Gatatog, Uvenk is a very traditionalist krogan who opposes the idea of reform for the krogan people, feeling it would only weaken them and take away who they are.
Voiced by: Michael Dorn
- Arc Villain: For Grunt's loyalty mission.
- Actor Allusion: Michael Dorn once again plays a Proud Warrior Race Guy, albeit an evil one. And gets put in his place quite a few times.
- Blood Knight: Completely embraces it and feels all krogan should.
- Bullying a Dragon: Thinks nothing of picking a fight with three people who have just survived a fight with a thresher maw on foot... and may very well have actually killed it.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's a krogan who's voiced by Michael Dorn, no less.
- Fantastic Racism: He's not a fan of aliens or Grunt, a tank-bred krogan.
- Hypocrite: He hates Grunt and despises the very idea of a tank-bred krogan being granted adult status. But he's willing to exploit Grunt for political means once he's shown how Badass he is. He does acknowledge this and is not all that happy about it.Shepard: You talk like he's a thing. You're after his power. You don't really want him in your clan.
Uvenk: Of course not. I didn't really want to cooperate with Clan Urdnot either, but I had to.
- Jerkass: Especially towards Grunt and non-krogan.
- Magic Knight: A krogan biotic.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: A krogan.
- Tron Lines: He wears the Geth Armory Battlemaster suit from the previous game.
- Underestimating Badassery: Oh boy, he's almost as bad as Warden Kuril. Towards both Shepard, who even Wrex has nothing but respect for, and Grunt. The "deal" he offers Grunt consists of him being Clan Gatatog in name only, with no right to breed or serve on an alien ship. What most offends Grunt is how cushy a life it sounds.
- Use Your Head: Can fall victim to this three times. Once by Wrex, once by Shepard (a human), and once by Grunt.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: To an extent. He firmly believes that reforming the krogan would only weaken them and strip them of who they are. Therefore, he's willing to do everything to oppose Wrex's ideas, even if they're hypocritical in nature, which he himself acknowledges.
- Who Dares?: After Shepard headbutts him, a display of dominance among krogan.Uvenk: You...you dare!?