You must gather your party before venturing forth. Explanation An annoying message that plays, often multiple times, whenever you attempt to have one party member leave an area and the rest of the party isn't close enough.
Press a button, something awesome happens! Button. Awesome. Button. Awesome. Awesome button! Explanation A phrase used by one member of the dev team during the promotional period of Dragon Age II. Quickly caught on as a way to mock BioWare's advertising.
Shepard removes Tali's mask to reveal... <Insert photoshopped face here> Explanation The player has never seen a quarian without a helmet on—the first time Tali takes hers off, the camera cuts away, and fans decided to supplement for themselves.
In the third game, if Tali is romanced, she leaves behind a picture of herself, which is... a photoshopped face. Probably intentional.
Tali's Hips Explanation Tali has some impressive Hartman Hips, and it's mandatory to mention them whenever she's talked about.
Mass Effect 3 gives us the same treatment with Kaidan, if he was romanced since Mass Effect 1. Explanation He turns around to walk on the Normandy, and Shepard, and the camera, stare straight at his ass the whole time with a huge smirk on her face.
Ah, yes. (airquotes) "Reapers". Explanation The Council are desperate to conceal all evidence of the Reapers. This line from the Turian Councilor is used to summarize their mentality.
Oh, we have dismissed that claim.Explanation The unexpected exploitive properties of the subsequent quote have gotten to the point where the Turian Councilor can dismiss just about any claim anyone's ever made.
Garrus is impressed.Explanation If you land a headshot while Garrus is with you, he will occasionally comment "Impressive!" in an enthusiastic fashion. Fans took this and ran with it.
He says it again in ME3 when you blow up a door with a Cerberus fighter.
Thane, on the other hand, is excellent.Explanation One of Thane's combat shouts, in the same manner as Garrus.
"Can it wait for a bit? I'm in the middle of some calibrations." Explanation Garrus says this whenever the player wants to talk to him when he has no conversations at that point. It becomes common practice to check up on characters after completing an important mission to see whether they have anything new to say, but Garrus' events don't trigger for a relatively long time, so the player hears this phrase a lot.
If you romance Liara in Mass Effect 1 but move on to Garrus in ME2 with the Shadow Broker DLC downloaded, Liara will sardonically remark at one point that the ship's weapons aren't the only thing Garrus is calibrating.
Talibrations Explanation Tali and Garrus hook up in the third game if neither was romanced by Shepard. Talibrations is the Portmanteau Couple Name for the couple. In the Citadel DLC, if Garrus is romanced by Shepard, a hungover Tali fantasises that he'd be up for including her in a threesome.
Geth do not intentionally infiltrate.Explanation Citadel security is laughably incompetent.
Toyed with now to insanity: Bioware added playable Geth to multiplayer, and of the two classes they can play, one of them is Infiltrator.
Legion's passive skill is Geth Infiltrator
"What can you tell me about memes?"
"Well, Shepard, memes are—"
"I should go."Explanation Shepard seems to have a tendency to start conversations and then abruptly excuse him/herself. People are beginning to suspect it's being done on purpose... Part of the problem is that the skip dialog button is the same as the select dialog button, and the dialog wheel doesn't always wait for the person to stop talking before showing up, often resulting in unanticipated dialog choices.
"I should go." is memetic in itself for how frequently Shepard ends a conversation with it.
You humans are all racist!Explanation Said repeatedly by a turian to a human C-Sec Customs worker on the Citadel for not letting him board a shuttle due to, among other things, attempting to bring a ceremonial knife on board. Popular for its blatant hypocrisy.
Blasto, the firstHanar Spectre. Explanation Fans created several Spectres they wanted to appear in Mass Effect 2, Blasto being one of them. Then the actual game contained previews for an in-universe film staring Blasto that is one huge Dirty Harry/Blaxploitation parody. The third game went even further, with a good ten minutes of audio from a Blasto movie available for players to listen to.
It's Kelly's fault! Explanation Mordin comments that an STD normally found only in varren, also known as "fishdogs," somehow made its way onto the Normandy. General consensus in the community is that Kelly Chambers is the infection vector.
Don't. Fuck. With Aria. Explanation Aria T'Loak's well-known Precision F-Strike. Despite being something of a Forced Meme, it's caught on with the community and made Aria a fan favorite.
This page isn't wearing Heavy Armor; I cancelled my preorder. Explanation A mockery of some of the fandom's criticism of Ashley's ME3 outfit, which consists of a skin-tight uniform rather than the Phoenix armor she wore in the last two games. It turned out that she also had a heavy armor option (though of a different style than in the previous games).
"I canceled my pre-order" in general was used to make fun of people who complain that the game was ruined even before release.
Now we have to spend all day computing pi because Joker plugged in the overlord. Explanation A reference to Joker's hilarious reply to EDI when a spoilery event happens.
"That was a joke." Explanation After being unshackled, EDI develops a very deadpan sense of humor.
"I WILL DESTROY YOU!" Explanation Human mooks in Mass Effect 1 had a very limited sound set, and talked constantly. In Mass Effect 2, this was improved, Jack was given one of their lines as a shout-out. By Mass Effect 3, her students are teasing her about overusing it, too.
Shepard can't dance. Explanation Several locations in the series let you "dance," which means vaguely moving side to side while waving your arms pitifully. Later games give NPCs a variety of upgraded animations... but not Shepard, who might be good at every possible human pursuit except dancing. It's even lampshaded in-game by other characters.
Shepard can't drive, either. Explanation The interesting driving physics in the Mako led much of the fandom to believe Shepard is the galaxy's worst driver.
The dialogue during the car chase in Lair of the Shadow Broker may be a nod to this.
Liara: Still better than the Mako.
Jacob? Who's he? Explanation Poor Jacob Taylor from ME2, The Generic Guy, is by far the least cared-about character in the fandom; not quite The Scrappy, but only because nobody hates him any more than anybody likes him. Despite being around from the beginning of his game and being the only male human Love Interest in it, just try to find any fan art or fan fiction featuring this guy.
Emerrrrrgency induction port.Explanation During Mass Effect 3, after a certain mission Tali will head to the bar and get completely drunk, insisting her straw be referred to with more technical terminology. And she seems to have so much fun with it.
We'll bang, OK?Explanation From a Gamer Poop video that edited dialogue from the game into nonsensical jokes.
In that same vein, "I fucking love steak" and Garrus's Damn whore
Anderson was born in London. Explanation Anderson mentioned twice to Shepard that he was born in London. The second time was infamous for its awkwardness. His lack of a distinctive accent even though other characters in the setting have them also made the whole thing more jarring.
MarauderShields◊: the True Final Boss of Mass Effect 3Explanation (spoilers) With Mass Effect 3 lacking any sort of Final Boss fight, the fandom has seized on the last foe Shepard faces, a random marauder Mook which pops out of nowhere near the portal leading to the Citadel. The "shields" part comes from the fact that marauders have Energy Shields, which appears directly under their name; combine them and you get Marauder Shields.
Someone even made a whole webcomic out of this one.
One of the designers commenting they didn't have a final boss because it felt too 'videogamey' is also subject to a lot of this, since, if you weren't aware, Mass Effect 3 is a video game.
SPACEMAGIC. Explanation Most often used to refer to the Synthesis ending, as there is no explanation given for how it works. Occasionally used for the other two endings for similar reasons.
LOTS OF SPECULATION FROM EVERYONE!Explanation Line scribbled at the bottom of a design note seen in the iOS app Final Hours, which shows that the inconclusiveness of ME3's ending was intentional.
Artistic Integrity. Explanation The reason given by Bioware for the Extended Cut DLC merely expanding on the existing ending, rather than creating a new one from scratch as some fans had hoped. Unamused fans wasted no time tearing that statement apart, with some even finding an old Seinfeld clip bashing the idea.
We're sorry you didn't like [insert item]. What about [item] did you like? Explanation A line mocking Chris Priestly's comment about the backlash.
Kaidan can't find the Geth◊. Explanation On 2/23/12, Raphael Sbarge, the voice actor for Kaidan Alenko, was asked to say something in his character's voice during a livestream interview. The first thing he could come up with was, "Hello, my name is Kaidan, um... Where are the Geth?" Screenshots and GIFS of Kaidan looking for/being obsessed with Geth were all over Tumblr. Mr. Sbarge has been notified of this meme. He thinks it's quite funny.
Condescending Javik. Explanation A series of images with Javik, in which he trivializes someone's complaints by comparing them to the extinction of his entire species.
Still a better ending◊ than Mass Effect 3. Explanation Many consider the ending so bad that anything is better.
SOBEIT. Explanation (spoilers) When Bioware released the endings' Extended Cut, they added a 4th ending that allowed you to refuse choosing any of the Catalyst's actions. If you do that or shoot him, Starchild utters the aforementioned phrase before letting the Reapers finish the current cycle.
Eternal. Infinite. Immortal. Eternity by Calvin Klein◊ Explanation (spoilers) In the Extended Cut of the Control ending, Shepard's monologue starts with "Eternal. Infinite. Immortal." whilst Shepard is seen walking into focus from a white nothngness, causing people to comment it looked like an advertisement for men's fragrance; and Mark Vanderloo (The base for the default Male Shepard) is a male model, who actually did the advertising campaign for Eternity by Calvin Klein in real life.
Does it prove IT? Explanation After some of the more outlandish claims of "evidence" to the Indoctrination Theory, posters on Bioware's message boards asked if every discussion posted on the subject of Mass Effect 3's plot was proof of Shepard's indoctrination.
Thane is one hell of a drug.Explanation If you try to romance Thane, and have the infamous "Sex Talk" with Mordin, he will reveal that Drell (like Thane) secrete chemicals from their skins that, if ingested, cause hallucinations in humans.
"I had reach, she had flexibility." Explanation Garrus is talking about a female turian crew member on an old ship he served on. He says this line to emphasize their talents in combat... and in bed.
This line was available on an official T-shirt for a while.
"Humans are a blight on galactic purity!" Explanation A crazy "prophet" batarian on Omega is loudly announcing to anyone who can hear that humans are an abomination unto space.
"You, sir! You are a blight."
"What can you tell me about [x]?" Explanation Shepard has a very blunt way of asking about what s/he wants to know in the "Investigate" dialogue option.
Techno Turian.Explanation During Thane's loyalty quest, at one point you will stop at a bar/club area. You can watch as a turian (who looks suspiciously like the Groundskeeper) walks over to some humans and asari, then starts dancing like there's no tomorrow. And he's really good. Many players have admitted to failing the mission because they stopped to watch the guy.
"Unzipping a future blouse." Explanation From a bizarre ESRB description of Mass Effect 2, also including "space furniture" and "ground-based space battles".
"Throw it out the airlock." Explanation At least twice in Mass Effect 3, Javik will suggest throwing someone he doesn't like out the airlock.
There's a very gratifying Call Back to this in the Citadel DLC. When a Renegade Shepard is ranting about how s/he's going to vent a pair of villains' severed heads out of an airlock (further explanation would require spoiler tags), Javik exclaims: "Finally!"
"WELCOME TO TUCHANKA, MOTHERFUCKER!" Explanation The phrase to use when Kalrosclashes with a Reaper.
All aboardthe party temple!◊ Explanation The linked thread started on the Bioware forums using screencaps of the Youtube caption feature hilariously mistranslating spoken words from Mass Effect videos. A picture of a Reaper from Mass Effect 3 with the the caption 'Party Temple' stood out, and very soon an image of Sovereign with the aforementioned line was posted.
I like this human! S/He understands! Explanation The Urdnot Shaman's reaction to seeing Shepard headbutt Gatatog Uvenk.
They're fools. You should eat them. Explanation Wrex's suggestion in regards to dealing with unsavory people in the first game.
BRB, Virmire. Explanation Virmire is where you have to sacrifice either Kaiden or Ashley. In Mass Effect 3 her Fanservice Pack includes a boob job or six, leading many a fan who saved Kaiden to replay the series and save Ashley.
Do the words "political shitstorm" mean anything to you? Explanation Udina asks this question to both Shepard and Anderson in 2 after learning of the meeting between them and the Council regarding Shepard's reinstatement as a Spectre.
29:30 Explanation Comes from a leaked 90-minute video of early beta footage. Around the 29:30 mark is a scene with a Jedi being injected with a sedative that renders him unconscious, despite the fact that Jedi are generally trained to resist poisons. There's also the fact that the Jedi is standing completely still and not offering any resistance as all this is happening. Additionally the graphics were of less-than-stellar quality. Comes from /v/.
Dell gaming mouse Explanation From a forum poster that had connectivity problems and submitted a list of the specs from the overkill gaming computer he bought just to solve this issue, including irrelevant components such as the aforementioned mouse.