Trivia / Mass Effect

  • Ascended Fanon: It was a common enough trope in Mass Effect Fan Fic to have both John and Jane Shepherd as protagonists, usually depicted as a Brother–Sister Team. note . What's Mass Effect: Andromeda got on the character creation screen? Yup. Ryder has an opposite-sex twin that you customize in the same way.
  • Banned in China: For about two days in Singapore.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Shepard's flirting can be cringeworthy, but s/he never says "We'll bang, okay?" in-game. That quote originated from a Youtube Poop that mashed together several Shepard lines out of context.
  • Canada, Eh?: Believe it or not, both Shepards Voice Actors are Canadian. While Jennifer Hale is fairly good at hiding the accent, Mark Meer tends to fall into saying "Aboot" every once and awhile.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Four novellas, two comics (plus two free mini-comics), and three spinoff iPhone games, so far.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: All over the place. Seth Green, Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski, Tricia Helfer, Martin Sheen, Claudia Black, Carrie-Anne Moss... the list goes on. In fact, it could be said that the in-development movie could very well be made with many of the characters literally being played by their voices (in fact, Fan Dumb might result if anything else were to happen in some cases!)
  • Doing It for the Art: BioWare had an entire animation team just for eyes.
  • Inspired by...: Mass Effect's technological aesthetics, particularly of the omni-tools and Alliance armor, were heavily influenced by box office bomb Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. The game's art director was a big fan of the movie's style.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Almost example, as Mark Meer (MaleShep) is married to Belinda Cornish, who voices Rana Thanoptis, the asari scientist who shows up on Virmire and has a minor role in the next two games. Don't forget that, in the first game, Shep has the option to ''shoot'' Rana. Turns out she was indoctrinated anyway.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Mass Effect Wiki.
  • What Could Have Been...: At one point, it was going to be possible to save both Kaidan and Ashley. This was removed when the developers realized no one would want to go on to further games with one of them dead if given the option.
    • When Drew Karpyshyn was still attached as head writer, the Reapers' motivation was originally linked to the buildup of dark matter in the galaxy from overuse of eezo; hence the strange readings from Haestrom's sun in Mass Effect 2 (see Aborted Arc). Their rationale was going to be that the energy can't accrue if there's nobody in the galaxy advanced enough to make it. When Karpyshyn was re-assigned to Star Wars: The Old Republic after Mass Effect 2, the new writers instead went with the general conflict between organics and synthetics we see in Mass Effect 3.
  • Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: Different interviews with writers across the series reveals that many things about the series' overall plot and some bits of lore was more or less constantly in flux and changed around quite a bit as members of the writing team were added or left (most notably the lead writer for the first Mass Effect, Drew Karpyshyn, left around half-way through the production of the second game and was replaced by Mac Walters). According to interviews in the interactive documentary about the third game, Final Hours, the (quite controversial) ending was not decided upon up until a few months before the game's release.

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