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Female troper, resident of Metropolitan Detroit. Discovered this site while researching a piece of fan fiction, and promptly became addicted. TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life. Sad but true.

Favorite fandoms include much of science fiction, whether literary, film or game. Expect me to nitpick areas of medical and technological inaccuracy. I've also had the occasional crack at writing fan fiction, most notably for Mass Effect and Metroid.

This Troper provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: What, you mean every girl doesn't like to fish, hunt and practice backwoods survival?
  • Big Friendly Dog: Two of them.
  • Blind Without 'Em: High myopia will do that to you. I correct to 6/6, but without glasses or contacts I struggle to count fingers at two meters.
  • Canada, Eh?: Subverted. I'm a native Michigander, but have been mistaken for Canadian more times than I care to recall.
  • Crazy-Prepared: I never go anywhere without a flashlight, a compass and a multi-tool. At work, I'm always the one with extra tape, gauze, alcohol wipes and so forth.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: I'm told this makes me very un-fun to watch movies with.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Glare: Usually applied to those who are being un-professional or just plain stupid.
  • Gamer Chick: RPGs, puzzle games and the occasional first-person shooter.
  • Geek: Unusually broad-based education? Check. Slight stature? Check. Corrective lenses? Check. Scored "Super Geek" on the Geek Test? Check. And proud of it, too!
    • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Frequently catch grief from friends, family and colleagues for unusually difficult professional and leisure activities? Check.
  • Happily Adopted
  • Heavy Sleeper / Not a Morning Person / Must Have Caffeine: In order, describes my average "wake cycle" (on midnight shifts, your internal clock runs 12 hours reversed - you get up at 5 PM and go to sleep around 9 AM).
  • I Can't Dance: And don't ask me to try. The results tend to be... unappealing.
  • Medical Drama: Comes with the job. Some examples below...
    • Afraid of Needles: Happens about Once A Shift. Bonus points for the "afraid" party being covered in tattoos, piercings, etc.
    • Battleaxe Nurse: Averted. Amusingly, the Battleaxes tend to burn out faster than their more compassionate colleagues, particularly in rapid-fire, high-stress environments like Emergency.
    • Chest of Medals: In healthcare generally (and nursing in particular), most certifications come with award pins to stick on your ID badge, and the really tough certs confer post-nominal initials as well. The practice does become a little ridiculous when your "alphabet soup" is longer than your actual name.
    • CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Three lies for the price of one. It isn't Clean or Pretty at all, and even though it's by far the most effective intervention for achieving recovery from cardiac emergencies, not that Reliable either.
    • Danger Deadpan: Contrary to what you see on TV, staff do not scream, swear or throw things in Resus. Quite the opposite: one of the key signs that a case is going badly is the observation that staff have suddenly switched from Casual Danger Dialog and Gallows Humor to dead-flat professional voices.
    • Doctor's Orders: Averted. Patients are entirely free to disobey; we just discharge them home Against Medical Advice. Usually while muttering "What an Idiot."
    • Dressed To Heal: Scrubs, of course.
      • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In my hospital, staff scrubs are color-coded to job category - ciel blue for nurses, royal blue for licensed non-nursing personnel, hunter green for aides, and so on. (If you work in OR or Labor/Delivery, then you wear hospital-issued OR green with a jacket in your professional color.)
      • Hazmat Suit: A cadre of our staff is trained in CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) casualty management, including the wear of Level C HAZMAT gear. It's hot, heavy, restrictive, and has the unfortunate side effect of making the wearer look like a demented garden gnome.
      • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Was known for having a moderately Badass-looking one in school. Nowadays I only wear it at the teaching lab, or when meeting Hospital Administration - white coats are an often-overlooked infection hazard in the patient-care environment.
      • Non-Uniform Uniform: Your work scrubs can come from any manufacturer and be in any design, as long as they're solid and in your professional color. This leads to some highly original looks among staff - people walk around wearing everything from lace to cargo pants. And then there are the shoes...
    • Groin Attack: Ladies and gentlemen, the Foley catheter.
    • High-Pressure Blood: Played straight and subverted. Yes, arterial injuries can be quite dramatic, but by far the most dramatic High Pressure Blood incidents involve staff mishaps - as in, inexperienced and/or panicked staff trying to put transfusion units on the rapid infuser, using the wrong (i.e. not pressure rated) IV tubing. Bloody Hilarity Ensues.
    • Hollywood Heart Attack: Most aren't. For every classic "elephant on the chest," we see scads of "I'm fine, really, it's just heartburn/pulled back/stomach flu."
    • Hospital Gurney Scene: Played straight by pretty much every Resus case ever.
    • Hospital Hottie: Averted, by myself and 98% of my colleagues. Most of us don't look that bad outside of the hospital. On duty, we're all wearing uniform scrubs, are sporting very utilitarian hair styles (let's just say it's poor form to have hair in your face during a code, or during sterile procedures), and aren't wearing much makeup (no point when you'll have to wash it off at least once a shift).
    • Instant Sedation: No it isn't, though we certainly wish it was sometimes!
    • Magical Defibrillator: Helpful, but not magic.
    • Orifice Invasion: This has gotten better over time; the old dictum of intensive care (circa 1990) was "A critically ill patient isn't adequately managed until you have a catheter in every orifice and every blood vessel." Nowadays we prefer the "minimally invasive" approach (noninvasive ventilator masks instead of endotracheal intubation, peripheral cardiac output monitors instead of Swan-Ganz catheters, etc) - it reduces infection risk and leads to shorter hospital stays.
    • Night Nurse: Heavily averted. There is nothing even remotely sexy about what my colleagues and I do for a living, whether on the 1900-0730 shift or any other.
    • Radiograph Of Doom: Physicians and nurses alike do play this trope quite straight, along with its less lethal sibling, Radiograph of This Is Gonna Suck (images of nasty fractures, retained foreign bodies and other traumatic badness). However, since Everything Is Online these days, nobody's actually holding films to the box for old-school "wet reads" - instead we're all congregated around the rad tech's workstation.
    • Red Alert: *BEEEP* "Activate Resus, adult medical, ETA 3-5 minutes, Team 1 respond." Followed by a whole bunch of doctors, nurses and techs suddenly running for the resuscitation bay. House-wide, the same effect is invoked by the call "CPR Team STAT."
    • Smoky Gentlemen's Club: How just about everybody imagines the doctors' dining room to be: a wondrous, forbidden enclave where the great healers relax in the lap of luxury, while plotting their vast incomes and discussing their leisure lives (yachts, country club memberships, vacation homes, etc). It actually features the same lousy cafeteria food, out-dated magazines and journals, and TV permanently tuned to sports or business-news, as every other staff breakroom in the rest of the hospital. The only difference is the marginally nicer furniture. Dead tired staff snoozing on said furniture remain the same. Staff breakroom coffee actually tends to be better than the doctors'.
    • Super Doc: Emergency department personnel must be able to diagnose and treat any medical complaint, from the deadly to the benign, with perfect accuracy in a matter of hours (or even minutes). Hence, pretty much any ED will staff disproportionate numbers of Super Docs, Super Nurses and Super Techs.
    • Triage Tyrant: This trope is actually inverted in most modern, busy emergency departments. The Triage nurses spend a massive chunk of their time terrorizing the other staff to move existing patients out of the ED, to clear space for new patients and prevent extended wait times.
    • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: And by extension, pretty much every other form of "Bodily Function Indiscretion Shot" you can dream up.
    • Worst Aid: We've had to patch up more than a few victims of it.
    • You Won't Feel a Thing: Averted. We do warn our patients when a procedure is going to be uncomfortable, acutely painful, or strange-feeling (in addition to being the polite thing to do, it decreases the number of procedural problems caused by patient flinching). That warning is somewhat of a cold comfort, however, when we're standing over you with a Foley in sterile-gloved hand, or a 14ga Angiocath aimed at your arm.
  • Michigan Nice: Yet another reason for that persistent mistaken-for-Canadian problem.
  • Minored in Asskicking: I'm unfailingly polite and tend to avoid conflict - unless you threaten my friends, my family or my patients, and then it's going to get very ugly, very quickly.
  • Mistaken For Military: Constantly. Apparently to most people, being polite, calm, and having a properly pressed outfit and polished shoes on is a sure sign that a Drill Sergeant Nasty must have figured prominently in your life experience. This is false. See also: Strict Catholic School, Nuns Are Spooky, and most certainly not Catholic School Girls Rule.
  • Neutral Good
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Occasionally accused of being this, and the accusation is usually preceded by someone asking "I bet you see a lot of really gross stuff in your job..."
    • C.A.T. Trap: Really, pretty much every trip to Resus ever is going to involve a stop-off for a CT scan. Luckily, claustrophobia is much less an issue with open scanners.
    • Eye Scream: Thanks to an ongoing love affair with ophthalmology, I'm rather a bit more competent with eye injuries than the average ED staffer. Hence, lots of the cases I see (no pun intended) involve copious amounts of eye-related Squick.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: I have a voracious reading habit, had a very broad and eclectic secondary education, and tend to have a very good memory. As a result, "Is there anything you don't know?" is a common refrain among my colleagues, friends and family.
  • Precision F-Strike: Lampshaded by a friend's brother who believed I wasn't capable of saying anything stronger than "hell" or "damn." When he wound up the recipient of a MIRV-ed F Ballistic Missile in the course of an If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... speech, he very quickly reconsidered his opinion. See also Beware the Nice Ones.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: I sometimes come off this way if I'm in a particularly Deadpan Snarker mood.
  • The Metric System Is Here to Stay: Since practically everything in medicine is done in metric these days (temperatures in Celsius, patient weights in kilograms, medication doses in milligrams, IV fluids in milliliters), I use metric almost exclusively in regular life as well. I get a lot of weird looks from fellow Americans as a result. Probably contributes to the Canada, Eh?
  • Team Mom: I usually wind up being this to my friends, patching them back up after some drunken escapade or another. And then politely asking them just what in the name of the Flying Spaghetti Monster they thought they were doing.
  • Tomboy: From tree-climbing kid to home-repairing, computer-building, sports-fan adult. There's even a picture of me swinging a pick-axe at Habitat For Humanity in nursing school, with the caption "...And yes, she'll be your nurse someday."

The Electronic Intelligence series provides examples of:
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Played with repeatedly. Any AI that tries to achieve its own free will is labeled "rogue" and destroyed. CJ comments that most people don't actually understand AI and think that anything more complex than a communicator will become sentient and try to conquer the galaxy, but then herself becomes the target of a What the Hell, Hero? from Adam when she calls him on his actions at the end of Metroid Fusion.
  • Alcubierre Drive: How most people, including humans, get around the galaxy. (It's implied that the Chozo had some other means of FTL, long since lost by the time of the series.)
  • Badass Minds Think Alike: Samus and CJ infiltrate a naval space station full of security systems, armed combat drones and Powered Armor-equipped Marines at the climax of Electronic Intelligence. With basically no plan except "sneak in through the trash disposal vents, shut down the security, steal a hard drive and escape," a situation CJ lampshades more than once, both before and during the caper. They pull it off anyway.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pretty much the entirety of Electronic Intelligence's climactic chapter.
  • Bounty Hunter: The role of hunters in the Federation's justice system is explored in detail - and most of them, Samus included, would rather you used the more correct "fugitive recovery agent."
  • Bulletproof Human Shield / Taking the Bullet: Samus uses a Mook as one in the mercenary attack at the Federated Shipyards hangar. Later played with, when she uses herself as one at Valerian Station; it's justified, however, as she has full armor and shields, while the person she's protecting only has a basic tactical vest.
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Averted. FTL-capable ships are expensive and complex enough that the only people who can afford them are governments, commercial spacelines, and the very, very rich (rather akin to owning and operating a private jet aircraft in today's terms). Likewise, interstellar travel is the kind of thing that your average Joe or Jane can afford maybe two or three times in a lifetime. Lucky that Samus' years of high-value bounty hunting and taking impossible missions for the Feds have made her a very wealthy lady...
  • Character Tic: Samus is clearly right-handed, but uses her left hand for signatures. Justified Trope in that her armor (in which she spends most of her time) doesn't have a right hand.
  • Cold Open / Quip to Black: The opening scenes of The Kaleidoscope Affair.
  • Contract on the Hitman: Cardinal's operatives blow up CJ's lab and attempt to assassinate Samus twice. None of the attempts end well.
  • Cool Starship: Hunter III, natch. GFS Loki is also a bad guys' example.
  • Dare to Be Badass / Retired Badass: CJ pulls one of these right before the raid on Valerian Station, when she decides that her nice, safe, mundane life as a research scientist isn't providing her required daily intake of Bad Assery.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Samus does quite a bit of this throughout Electronic Intelligence on CJ's behalf.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Or rather, Flies Like Crazy. Samus has a persistent habit of treating routine take-offs and landings like combat evolutions, which Adam gives her a hard time about in The Kaleidoscope Affair.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: CJ, as an electronic warfare operator, specializes in causing this. Imagine you and your comrades are routinely patrolling your nice, safe, secure base... when suddenly your communications are scrambled, your maps say you're halfway across the planet from your actual location, your fellow soldiers' IFF beacons are now all showing up as enemies (and yours to them), the doors and airlocks are opening and closing at intervals to dump you into space or trap you in live-fire zones, and the automated defense systems are now all targeted at you. Oh, and there's a heavily armed, nearly invincible bounty hunter in your base and actively hunting you, with the assistance of your own equipment. Have fun!
  • Explosive Decompression: Averted. CJ deliberately spaces herself to allow her and Samus to escape Valerian Station, and has to explain to Samus (who probably ought to know better) why exactly the idea isn't as suicidal as it sounds. She winds up with a collapsed lung and a few other injuries, but survives.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Dr. Cameron J. Donovan" isn't a man at all, as Samus discovers when she shows up to "his" office requesting an appointment. Upon learning the truth, she wryly muses that she's fallen straight into the same assumption that most people apply to her.
  • Genius Bruiser: Both the leading ladies qualify, though Samus more so (straight-up asskicker who's quite a bit sharper than she looks). CJ might be a little bit more of a Badass Bookworm (incredibly intelligent but can kick ass when required).
  • Government Conspiracy: Boy howdy. The Cardinal group is the biggest specific offender, but the Defense Forces Department of Intelligence is shaping up to be another major source of sinister plots.
  • Heroic BSOD: Samus suffers a particularly ugly one near the end of Electronic Intelligence.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Three guesses.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Samus does it twice (the mercenary and the condemned Cardinal, both to rather gruesome effect), and averts it once (the Cardinal's adjutant - she reasons that she won't get her information any faster or more accurately by beating him).
  • Justice by Other Legal Means: Deliberately invoked by the Federation with the process of "escaping": there is no Federal death penalty, but a "dead or alive" bounty can be set on a Federal fugitive. Hence, particularly notorious criminals may be allowed to "escape," only to be done in by the nearest licensed bounty hunter.
  • Kiss of Life: Averted, subverted and adorned with a lovely Lampshade. "In a cheesy holodrama, this would be the point when the hero would rip his helmet off and valiantly try to revive the poor dying damsel with the kiss of rescue breathing... Her helmet stayed firmly locked on. Pre-breathed, deoxygenated air would do no good."
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Samus has more than a few overtones of this; occasionally she even shades into Disney Anti-Hero territory.
  • Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness: The Metroid series is not exactly hard sci-fi, but this universe tries to toughen it up as much as possible.
  • Neck Snap: A Mook dies this way when Cardinal's mercenaries raid the Federated Shipyards hangar. The move is much easier to do when you're wearing a suit of Powered Armor.
  • Noble Bigot: CJ starts out as this, toward aliens and transgenic humans. Leads to a major falling-out when she learns about Samus' Chozo genetic modifications. She's getting better about it, though.
  • No Seat Belts: Averted. The pilot's chair aboard Hunter III has a magnetic restraint system (hard to put seat belts over Powered Armor!), while the jump seats in the back have conventional four-point harnesses. Samus warns CJ to belt in at one point: "I'll try to fly carefully as long as our cover holds, but it could turn into a combat drop."
  • No Warping Zone: There are two varieties: physical no-FTL zones, where large concentrations of high-mass objects and their associated gravity wells make predicting where your FTL bubble will end up all but impossible, and legal no-FTL zones, which are enforced around planets and space stations. Violating the former will invoke Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress, while violating the latter is universally regarded as a terrorist act and will earn the perpetrator vessel an "interrogation" with as much anti-ship weaponry as is reasonably handy. Either scenario implies a massive case of Too Dumb to Live on the part of the pilot.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: CJ, who holds a ScD (doctorate of science) in cybernetics.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Averted by both characters. CJ freely admits that she is no good with biological topics, while Samus is a whiz with hardware but can't program to save her life.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Lots. CJ is probably the biggest offender ("I'm only 'Dr. Donovan' if someone's yelling at me or trying to sell me something"), but see also her own use of "Sam" for Samus and Adam's famous "Lady."
  • Pardon My Klingon: Galactic Standard is Samus' second language, as she spent from age 3 to 14 predominantly speaking Chozo. She still lapses into it when she's upset, or just doesn't want you to understand her.
  • Revealing Coverup: Played straight to the point that one of the Cardinals hangs a lampshade on it.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: One of the Cardinals plays this card on several occasions during his pursuit of Adam; the last didn't end so well...
  • Semper Fi: CJ lives and dies by this trope, between being a Military Brat and a veteran Marine herself.
  • Shown Their Work: Well, I sure tried!
  • Squishy Wizard: CJ has certain aspects of this. Yes, she's a certified Bad Ass (see also "veteran Marine"), and can turn anything electronic against you in five minutes flat. However, lack of armaments and armor (she's only equipped with a pistol and a tactical vest as of Electronic Intelligence) makes her something of a liability in a stand-up fight. Hence, her usual M.O. is to hole up someplace out of the way and play merry hell with the enemy's information systems.
  • Stealth in Space: Averted. You can reduce or mask a ship's electromagnetic emissions, but there's very little of anything you can do about heat or optics - you'll always be hotter than the background cosmic radiation, and anyone can still look out a viewport and see you. Your best bet is to try to pretend to be something else hot and mobile, such as a drone, or use some other sufficiently large, hot and mobile body's emissions to drown out your own.
  • Stepping Out for a Quick Cup of Coffee: Done to chilling effect when one of the Cardinal ringleaders dismisses the guard holding another one prisoner... it isn't a Jail Break attempt at all, but rather the rest of the group leaving their condemned colleague for Samus to capture, in a combination of Uriah Gambit and He Knows Too Much.
  • Subspace Ansible: Played with. There is a galactic network of FTL communication buoys that operate by sending FTL bubbles between each other in timed pulses. However, there is no true mobile FTL communication, as both ends of the link need to be both stationary relative to each other and in precisely determined locations for proper operation. Messages sent across the comm buoys must be converted to some form of conventional communication technology (radio, laser, etc) for the "last light-second" to the end user.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Samus, at least where CJ and Adam are concerned.
  • They Fight Crime: One's a Half-Human Hybrid, all Bad Ass, Powered Armor-equipped Bounty Hunter. One's a Badass Bookworm on the wrong side of a Government Conspiracy. One's a questionably self-motivated artificial intelligence built from a dead Navy officer's mind. Together, They Fight Crime!
  • Translator Microbes: Built into Samus' armor. It can translate the vast majority of languages in real time, but intonation gets left off in the translation process - what comes out sounds like old text-to-speech. Then again, sounding like a Dalek is a handy trick when you're trying to disguise things like your species and gender...
  • Universal Universe Time: Galactic Standard Time, which is mostly based off Earth time but with enough tweaks to make it not correspond to any time scale in use in any inhabited system. Thus, GST is only really useful for spacers, military officers and lawyers (contracts are written referencing GST to avoid time translation technicalities). Everyone else works in their local time, and references GST only if necessary.
  • Unusual User Interface: The user interfaces aboard Hunter III are all designed to be operated with ease by a humanoid in Chozo powered armor, but pose a miserable experience for those with no such augmentations. CJ busts Samus for it multiple times throughout the series.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Adam and CJ alternate in this role, depending on whether Samus needs information or a quick hacking job. When both of the ladies are on a job, Adam is their Voice.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: A Big Bad tries to use this on Samus at the end of Electronic Intelligence. It backfires spectacularly.
    "Adam wouldn't have wanted me to kill you... so it's a damn shame for you that Adam isn't here."

The Special Effects series (and its spin-offs, Greensleeves and CGI) include examples of:
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jane frequently calls Solaia "Sunshine." In "One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest," we find out why: she sings "You Are My Sunshine" to try and soothe a seriously ill Solaia to sleep.
  • Amusement Park: The family vacation to "Islands of Adventure," a fairly obvious riff on a Disney/Universal park Twenty Minutes into the Future, in "Spring Fever."
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Three vodka tonics put Liara flat on her butt in "Pick Your Poison." Jane just prefers not to drink; alcohol is a sure-fire trigger for a migraine.
    • Alien Catnip: Chamomile is a mild soporific to humans; to asari, it's a very potent sedative. Liara, once again, is out cold after half a cup of chamomile tea in "The Mess Hall at the End of the Universe."
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: An entire album of them, in "Naked Baby Pictures."
  • Exact Words: Solaia, in "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out." "But I did just like Aunt Ashley said - don't ever shoot at anything living..."
  • Give Her A Normal Life: Liara, with Dr. Chakwas' assistance, deliberately sealed all her prenatal genetic testing records in an effort to provide this for Solaia. It worked, until Jane blew the cover herself by legally recognizing Solaia as hers.
  • Glomp: Solaia's preferred method of greeting either of her parents.
  • Good Parents: Jane and Liara bend over backward to make sure their daughter is well taken care of, and it shows.
  • Has Two Mommies: Self explanatory...
  • Honorary Uncle: Bunches, including Ashley, Garrus and Wrex (!)
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Jane tries this to get Liara to leave her, before departing for her Reaper-killing mission in Greensleeves. Liara, on the other hand, is having none of it.
  • Knight Templar Parent: When Jane signs up to chaperone Solaia's school field trip to the museum in "Hoplophobia," she scouts out the entire museum the night before, making note of potential sniper nests and cover zones, and then wears full armor and arms to the event. The other parents are not amused.
  • Lethal Chef: Jane actually manages to blow up the kitchen in "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire." Good thing Liara has a sense of humor.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Joker, in "The Shadow Knows." Got his start as an information broker by dealing asari porn to the Normandy crew.
  • Love Is in the Air: "Everybody Loves Shepard." Consort's Love Potion turns out to be utterly ineffective as a firearms cleaner/lubricant/protectant. It does make half the Citadel throw themselves at Jane, though.
  • Malaproper: Liara. English isn't her first language, and it shows any time she tries to deal with idioms. Even Jane and Solaia frequently don't get her attempts.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Jane, during "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre." It's really Not What It Looks Like, but that doesn't stop Liara from laying down an epic rant before she finds out the truth.
    • Full Name Ultimatum: Kicks off the epic rant in question. "Jane Elizabeth Shepard, how could you?"
  • Motor Mouth: Solaia, full stop. (She won't.) Liara even makes reference to it when Solaia comes down with a particularly ugly case of influenza in "One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest:" going back to her usual rapid-fire speech is the first sign that she's recovering.
  • No Periods, Period: Discussed in "Naked Baby Pictures." Jane notices that asari "don't have that particular issue," for which Liara says she's eternally grateful after finding out just what happens to human females every month.
  • Odd Friendship: Loud, boisterous Marine meets shy, socially inept scientist. Years later, Ashley and Liara are still best buddies.
  • Overprotective Dad: Seventy years from now, you just know Jane is going to be the type of parent that answers the door for Solaia's friends with a shotgun. Liara might qualify too - knowing your girlfriend's mom can crush geth armatures with her mind is a potent incentive for any teenage Lothario to behave...
  • Pimped-Out Mako: Garrus' customized, *ahem,* "crew unity project" in "Pimp My Ride" and "Pimpin' All Over The Galaxy." Complete with purple-on-white paint job, quilted rag top, Dagmar bumpers, gold-plated spinning rims, independent air shocks, straight pipes and a krogan clan shield on the turret cover.
    • Dreaded Car Makeover: The Normandy crew's reactions to the unveiling of Garrus' masterpiece - all except Wrex, who bursts out laughing and congratulates Garrus on his "practical joke."
  • Promotion to Parent: Jane, after learning the circumstances of Solaia's parentage in Greensleeves.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Ashley winds up teaching marksmanship at Alliance boot camp as punishment for her role in the pellet-rifle incident in "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" and "The Facts of Life."
  • Sink or Swim Fatherhood: Pretty much the entire premise of CGI, with notable examples occurring in "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire," "Hoplophobia," "One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Facts of Life."
  • Sleep Cute: The entirety of "37 C," also seen in "The Mess Hall at the End of the Universe." Shows up again in CGI, notably "Naked Baby Pictures" and "Spring Fever."
  • So Proud of You: Liara to Solaia, after the latter got disciplined for "telling lies" about her parentage at her after-school program. Of course, as the program director learned, she wasn't lying at all...
  • The Talk: Delivered in both asari and human flavors, in "The Facts of Life." Liara actually takes the discussion quite in stride, while Jane barely manages to avoid a nervous breakdown.
  • They Do: Jane and Liara, at the end of Greensleeves. Eventually they upgrade to Happily Married in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre."
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Don't get between Liara and Jane. Just don't. The Consort, Kate Bowman and Conrad Verner all learn this to their sorrow in "Everybody Loves Shepard."
  • With This Ring: It's actually purchased in "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out," but doesn't get used until "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre," and then after a massive misunderstanding.
    "I'd planned to do this on one knee, but flat on my butt will have to do."
  • You Are Grounded: After Solaia "innocently" shoots up most of the living room with her brand-new pellet rifle in "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out," she winds up with a three-week grounding, plus having to help repair the damage.

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