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** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of Geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of Quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a Geth dropship for added awesome. Even better, a scene very similar to this was actually found in the November 2011 ME3 script leak but it never made it into the game.

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** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of Geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of Quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a Geth dropship for added awesome. Even better, a scene very similar to this was actually found in the November 2011 ME3 ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' script leak but it never made it into the game.


* Shepard fights Weyrloc Guld in a [[DuelBoss one-on-one match]] while Kasumi, Thane, and Mordin are busy [[LockedOutOfTheFight dealing with his lackeys.]] Shepard wins with the help of his still-untrained biotic powers. After seeing their boss die, the rest of the krogan pause and figure it's probably best to let [[{{Badass}} the guy]] who killed their leader [[KnowWhenToFoldEm take his friends with him and go.]]

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* Shepard fights Weyrloc Guld in a [[DuelBoss one-on-one match]] while Kasumi, Thane, and Mordin are busy [[LockedOutOfTheFight dealing with his lackeys.]] Shepard wins with the help of his still-untrained biotic powers. After seeing their boss die, the rest of the krogan pause and figure it's probably best to let [[{{Badass}} the guy]] guy who killed their leader [[KnowWhenToFoldEm take his friends with him and go.]]


** Kai Leng's death is even better than it was in the game. [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead]]

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** Kai Leng's death is even better than it was in the game. [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead]]OffWithHisHead]]
* The final battle on Earth plays out rather differently than in the game, mostly due to the fact that the rachni and geth play a much bigger role in it. Perhaps the most impressive moment is the reworked scene from the Extended Cut when the ''Normandy'' comes to save Garrus and Tali from the rush to the Conduit: Harbinger is about to blow everyone away, [[spoiler: but the rachni queen's hiveship [[GunshipRescue shows up and hits Harbinger with a biotic blast so powerful it momentarily knocks it offline]], and eventually [[RammingAlwaysWorks smashes into Harbinger full force]], permanently putting the Reaper out of commission [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of the queen's life.]]]]


** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of Geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of Quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a Geth dropship for added awesome.

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** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of Geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of Quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a Geth dropship for added awesome. Even better, a scene very similar to this was actually found in the November 2011 ME3 script leak but it never made it into the game.



** Zaeed pulls off [[spoiler: a big time DyingMomentOfAwesome when he volunteers to be a sacrifice to clear out the hundreds-strong horde of Adjutants blocking the way to Afterlife by detonating an explosive that ruptures a plasma conduit and floods the whole area with superheated plasma. After, of course, making sure to down almost a dozen of them with [[ImprobableAimingSkills pinpoint shot from a pair of pistols.]]]]

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** Zaeed pulls off [[spoiler: a big time DyingMomentOfAwesome when he volunteers to be a sacrifice to clear out the hundreds-strong horde of Adjutants blocking the way to Afterlife by detonating an explosive that ruptures a plasma conduit and floods the whole area with superheated plasma. After, of course, making sure to down almost a dozen of them with [[ImprobableAimingSkills pinpoint shot from a pair of pistols.]]]]]] Even better is that this explosion kills all the Adjutants that were the cause of Nyreen's death in the game, so she survives the assault.]]


** When they finally make it into Afterlife, General Petrovsky unleashes [[DidntSeeThatComing an experimental, hulking beast of an Adjutant]] that is [[LightningBruiser far stronger and faster]] than the hordes they've been battling. [[ShootingSuperman Gunfire tickles it.]] [[NoSell Biotics don't even make it flinch.]] It's unstoppable... except that Miranda knows the best weapon to use is ''physics.'' Specifically, reinforced alloy rods a quarter-inch thick, with biotically reduced mass traveling at a thousand meters/second, and said biotic field removed at the last moment = dead Adjutant.

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** When they finally make it into Afterlife, General Petrovsky unleashes [[DidntSeeThatComing an experimental, hulking beast of an Adjutant]] that is [[LightningBruiser far stronger and faster]] than the hordes they've been battling. [[ShootingSuperman Gunfire tickles it.]] [[NoSell Biotics don't even make it flinch.]] It's unstoppable... except that Miranda knows the best weapon to use is ''physics.'' Specifically, reinforced alloy rods a quarter-inch thick, with biotically reduced mass traveling at a thousand meters/second, and said biotic field removed at the last moment = dead Adjutant.Adjutant.
* The raid on Cronos Station. Kai Leng tries to demoralize Shepard and his team by playing the video of how Cerberus found his body [[BodyHorror in the state it was in after the SR-1 destruction]] and the usage of Reaper technology to resurrect him. Shepard isn't fazed at all by it.
--> '''Shepard''': "Maybe I'm not the same man that died over Alchera. Maybe he died and I'm what they pieced back together. A VI that just thinks it's Commander Shepard or nothing more than a clone. [[ShutUpHannibal But whatever I am... is going to enjoy snapping your neck, Leng.]]"
** Kai Leng's death is even better than it was in the game. [[spoiler: OffWithHisHead]]


* Shepard calms Grunt down from his blood rage by standing his ground when Grunt charges him, flipping Grunt over him and slamming Grunt into the floor. Shepard then jams a pistol into Grunt's neck and stares him down until Grunt cools off.

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* Shepard calms Grunt down from his blood rage by standing his ground when Grunt charges him, flipping Grunt over him and slamming Grunt him into the floor. Shepard then jams a pistol into Grunt's neck and stares him down until Grunt cools off.



* After meeting the Rachni Queen on Utukku, Shepard must make the choice of whether to spare her or kill her. However, the Queen has [[CrazyPrepared prepared]] for both eventualities, and offers Shepard her own choice: let her live and she will stand with the combined galactic forces and unleash the full might of the rachni against the Reapers... or kill her, and set in motion a massive ThanatosGambit that will guarantee the Reapers' destruction in the next cycle.

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* After meeting the Rachni Queen on Utukku, Shepard must make the choice of whether to spare her or kill her. However, the Queen has [[CrazyPrepared prepared]] for both eventualities, and offers Shepard her own choice: let her live and she will stand with the combined galactic forces and unleash the full might of the rachni Rachni against the Reapers... or kill her, and set in motion a massive ThanatosGambit that will guarantee the Reapers' destruction in the next cycle.



-->'''Reaper''': "'''[[NothingCanStopUsNow You cannot stop us, small machine]]. [[NoSell Your attacks cannot harm us]]. [[HannibalLecture You are merely an anomaly]].'''"

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-->'''Reaper''': "'''[[NothingCanStopUsNow You cannot stop us, small machine]]. [[NoSell Your attacks cannot harm us]]. [[HannibalLecture [[BreakingSpeech You are merely an anomaly]].'''"



* After the Cerberus siege of the Citadel has been repelled, Garrus goes frantically searching for Kasumi, who was badly injured by a bomb. Once he tracks her down to the hospital she was taken to, he identifies the turian doctor who was operating on her and asks how she's doing. Said doctor assumes her injuries are the result of [[DestructoNookie rough sex]] and has a less than approving opinion of InterspeciesRomance. Garrus puts him in his place:

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* After the Cerberus siege of the Citadel has been repelled, Garrus goes frantically searching for Kasumi, who was badly injured by a bomb. Once he tracks her down to the hospital she was taken to, he identifies the turian Turian doctor who was operating on her and asks how she's doing. Said doctor assumes her injuries are the result of [[DestructoNookie rough sex]] and has a less than approving opinion of InterspeciesRomance. Garrus puts him in his place:



** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a geth dropship for added awesome.
* After being ignored by the other admirals, then nearly killed on Rannoch and forced to abandon his men, then faced with Han'Gerrel's stubborn refusal to back down in the face of death, [[RageBreakingPoint Zaal'Koris has had enough]].

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** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of geth Geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of quarians Quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a geth Geth dropship for added awesome.
* After being ignored by the other admirals, then nearly killed on Rannoch and Rannoch, forced to abandon his men, and then faced with Han'Gerrel's stubborn refusal to back down in the face of death, [[RageBreakingPoint Zaal'Koris has had enough]].


** When they finally make it into Afterlife, General Petrovsky unleashes [[DidntSeeThatComing an experimental, hulking beast of an Adjutant]] that is [[LightningBruiser far stronger and faster]] than the hordes they've been battling. [[ShootingSuperman Gunfire tickles it.]] [[NoSell Biotics don't even make it flinch.]] It's unstoppable... except that Liara knows the best weapon to use is ''physics.'' Specifically, reinforced alloy rods a quarter-inch thick, with biotically reduced mass traveling at a thousand meters/second, and said biotic field removed at the last moment = dead Adjutant.

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** When they finally make it into Afterlife, General Petrovsky unleashes [[DidntSeeThatComing an experimental, hulking beast of an Adjutant]] that is [[LightningBruiser far stronger and faster]] than the hordes they've been battling. [[ShootingSuperman Gunfire tickles it.]] [[NoSell Biotics don't even make it flinch.]] It's unstoppable... except that Liara Miranda knows the best weapon to use is ''physics.'' Specifically, reinforced alloy rods a quarter-inch thick, with biotically reduced mass traveling at a thousand meters/second, and said biotic field removed at the last moment = dead Adjutant.


** Zaeed pulls off [[spoiler: a big time DyingMomentOfAwesome when he volunteers to be a sacrifice to clear out the hundreds-strong horde of Adjutants blocking the way to Afterlife by detonating an explosive that ruptures a plasma conduit and floods the whole area with superheated plasma. After, of course, making sure to down almost a dozen of them with [[ImprobableAimingSkills pinpoint shot from a pair of pistols.]]

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** Zaeed pulls off [[spoiler: a big time DyingMomentOfAwesome when he volunteers to be a sacrifice to clear out the hundreds-strong horde of Adjutants blocking the way to Afterlife by detonating an explosive that ruptures a plasma conduit and floods the whole area with superheated plasma. After, of course, making sure to down almost a dozen of them with [[ImprobableAimingSkills pinpoint shot from a pair of pistols.]]]]]]


--> '''Zaal'Koris''': "If (Shepard won't destroy you,) then I will, Gerrel! You have called me a coward, a suit-wetter, a sympathizer! But I am ''Admiral'' and I have not forgotten that our first duty is to our people! With that power and responsibility I am ordering you to stand down or by the Ancestors I will be the one that orders your ship turned to scrap! This war is ''over''!"

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--> '''Zaal'Koris''': "If (Shepard won't destroy you,) then I will, Gerrel! You have called me a coward, a suit-wetter, a sympathizer! But I am ''Admiral'' and I have not forgotten that our first duty is to our people! With that power and responsibility I am ordering you to stand down or by the Ancestors I will be the one that orders your ship turned to scrap! This war is ''over''!"''over''!"
* Chapter 33 is filled with these:
** Javik takes on a wave of Adjutants on Omega with a [[{{BFG}} Revenant machine gun.]] No wait, with ''[[GunsAkimbo two of them.]]'' Then after their [[{{Overheating}} barrels have melted from the sustained fire]], he goes back to his [[FrickinLaserBeams Particle Rifle]] while declaring the Revenants were [[CulturalPosturing "sufficient."]]
** Zaeed pulls off [[spoiler: a big time DyingMomentOfAwesome when he volunteers to be a sacrifice to clear out the hundreds-strong horde of Adjutants blocking the way to Afterlife by detonating an explosive that ruptures a plasma conduit and floods the whole area with superheated plasma. After, of course, making sure to down almost a dozen of them with [[ImprobableAimingSkills pinpoint shot from a pair of pistols.]]
--> '''Zaeed Massani''': "Fuck retirement. And fuck you."
** When they finally make it into Afterlife, General Petrovsky unleashes [[DidntSeeThatComing an experimental, hulking beast of an Adjutant]] that is [[LightningBruiser far stronger and faster]] than the hordes they've been battling. [[ShootingSuperman Gunfire tickles it.]] [[NoSell Biotics don't even make it flinch.]] It's unstoppable... except that Liara knows the best weapon to use is ''physics.'' Specifically, reinforced alloy rods a quarter-inch thick, with biotically reduced mass traveling at a thousand meters/second, and said biotic field removed at the last moment = dead Adjutant.


** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a geth dropship for added awesome.

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** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a geth dropship for added awesome.awesome.
* After being ignored by the other admirals, then nearly killed on Rannoch and forced to abandon his men, then faced with Han'Gerrel's stubborn refusal to back down in the face of death, [[RageBreakingPoint Zaal'Koris has had enough]].
--> '''Zaal'Koris''': "If (Shepard won't destroy you,) then I will, Gerrel! You have called me a coward, a suit-wetter, a sympathizer! But I am ''Admiral'' and I have not forgotten that our first duty is to our people! With that power and responsibility I am ordering you to stand down or by the Ancestors I will be the one that orders your ship turned to scrap! This war is ''over''!"


* The fight against the Reaper on Rannoch is just one awesome moment after another.

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* The fight against the Reaper on Rannoch is just one awesome moment after another.another.
** One standout that does not appear in canon is Shepard and crew being saved from a ZergRush of geth by Kal'Reegar and a squad of quarians [[BigDamnHeroes at the last possible moment]]. Reegar [[CarFu crashes his transport]] into a geth dropship for added awesome.

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* The [[spoiler:Rachni]] [[TheCavalry arriving at the battle of the Citadel]] and turning a slow loss into a CurbStompBattle.

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* Shepard and his team hurry to Matriarch Aethyta's bar to intercept one of the Shadow Broker's teams of soldiers. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome By the time they arrive, Aethyta's already taken out all four of her opponents]].

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* Shepard takes out a team of assassins without armor, shields, or firearms. All he needs is his knife, his biotics, and his close-combat skills.

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* Shepard calms Grunt down from his blood rage by standing his ground when Grunt charges him, flipping Grunt over him and slamming Grunt into the floor. Shepard then jams a pistol into Grunt's neck and stares him down until Grunt cools off.

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