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* NotGoodWithPeople: Several times, people who knew him admitted that Alec's social skills were pretty terrible. Cora outright calls him a "prickly bastard".

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* NotGoodWithPeople: NoSocialSkills: Several times, people who knew him admitted that Alec's social skills were pretty terrible. Cora outright calls him a "prickly bastard". In conversation with SAM, Ryder states that most conversations with his kids resulting in awkward silences that lasted for hours.



* BubbleGirl: Darla mentions having spent her entire childhood in a quarian environment suit.

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* BubbleGirl: BubbleBoy: Darla mentions having spent her entire childhood in a quarian environment suit.



* {{Jerkass}}: Hunter, while not quite as awful as some other folks, is pretty rude and irritating to others.




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* UltimateJobSecurity: Hunter declares that, thanks to the situation the Initiative's in, the whole thing is an organizational nightmare. Which is good for him, since it means job security.


** He also seems to have a bit of a condescending attitude toward the angara and a very colonialist attitude in general. During a conversation with an angaran diplomat, the diplomat asks what the Initiative can offer the angaran people and Tann responds with "knowledge and wisdom." The diplomat immediately fires back with "We have plenty of that." Near the endgame, [[spoiler:if Ryder nominates the Moshae to server as ambassador, Tann will immediately complain that they're surrendering a lot of influence, only to be told that that's the entire point.]]

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** He also seems to have a bit of a condescending attitude toward the angara and a very colonialist attitude in general. During a conversation with an angaran diplomat, the diplomat asks what the Initiative can offer the angaran people and Tann responds with "knowledge and wisdom." The diplomat immediately fires back with "We have plenty of that." Near the endgame, [[spoiler:if Ryder nominates the Moshae to server serve as ambassador, Tann will immediately complain that they're surrendering a lot of influence, only to be told that that's the entire point.]]

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** He also seems to have a bit of a condescending attitude toward the angara and a very colonialist attitude in general. During a conversation with an angaran diplomat, the diplomat asks what the Initiative can offer the angaran people and Tann responds with "knowledge and wisdom." The diplomat immediately fires back with "We have plenty of that." Near the endgame, [[spoiler:if Ryder nominates the Moshae to server as ambassador, Tann will immediately complain that they're surrendering a lot of influence, only to be told that that's the entire point.]]

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* AdultFear:
** On his first day in Andromeda, Alec has one of his children get put into a coma because their ship ran into trouble at the exact wrong time, then the other one almost suffocates to death because their helmet was irreparably damaged in a freak accident.
--->'''Alec:''' The doctors say he/she'll be okay, be it's my son/daughter. How can I not be worried?
** Prior to the game, most of Alec's actions were driven by watching his wife slowly die from a terminal illness.


-->'''Sarissa:''' [[spoiler: The kett killed her. I had to make sure the ark could escape them.]]
-->'''Atandra:''' [[spoiler: And we did... again and again while they hunted us down! It's only dumb luck that Ryder found us!]]

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-->'''Sarissa:''' [[spoiler: [[NeverMyFault The kett killed her.her]]. I had to make sure the ark could escape them.]]
-->'''Atandra:''' [[spoiler: [[MetaphoricallyTrue And we did...did]]... again and again while they hunted us down! It's only dumb luck that Ryder found us!]]


-->'''Sarissa:''' I was doing this before you ancestors were alive.

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-->'''Sarissa:''' I was doing this before you your ancestors were alive.

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-->'''Cora:''' You can survive without forgiveness. They train us for that, too.


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-->'''Atandra:''' [[spoiler: One of your harebrained schemes got Ishara killed?]]
-->'''Sarissa:''' [[spoiler: The kett killed her. I had to make sure the ark could escape them.]]
-->'''Atandra:''' [[spoiler: And we did... again and again while they hunted us down! It's only dumb luck that Ryder found us!]]


* BoyInTheBubble: Darla mentions having spent her entire childhood in a quarian environment suit.

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* BoyInTheBubble: BubbleGirl: Darla mentions having spent her entire childhood in a quarian environment suit.



* LastEpisodeNewCharacters: They only appear after the end credits, because it's only by that point the situation has calmed down enough for their jobs to be required.

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* LastEpisodeNewCharacters: LastEpisodeNewCharacter: They only appear after the end credits, because it's only by that point the situation has calmed down enough for their jobs to be required.

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* MeaningfulName: A sarissa is a Greek polearm popularized by the [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Macedonian Phalanx]].

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: She looks surprisingly ''young'' for someone whose kid is at least somewhere near his twenties. Admittedly, in the ''Mass Effect'' universe, humans live longer, but still...


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* AllThereInTheManual: Turians with no facial markings are considered liars. Nilken has no facial markings.


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[[folder:Second Wave Specialists]]

A trio of humans from the ''Hyperion'', woken up at the beginning of the second wave of colonization. Consists of Iora Pilay, Hunter Kerry and Darla vas Hyperion.

* BoyInTheBubble: Darla mentions having spent her entire childhood in a quarian environment suit.
* HappilyAdopted: Darla lived on a quarian ship growing up, which is why she uses their naming structure.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacters: They only appear after the end credits, because it's only by that point the situation has calmed down enough for their jobs to be required.
* NoSocialSkills: Iora's second conversation with Ryder has her snap at them, before apologizing and admitting human interaction takes her a bit of a run-up.

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-->'''Alec Ryder:''' When your back's against the wall, if you can't run from it... [[{{Determinator}} use it]].


* {{Expy}}: The N7 designation is iconic to the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' franchise thanks to Commander Shepard, and Bioware milked that by making Alec (or his armor and other effects) front and center of the marketing campaign. Further, Alec Ryder is basically Commander Shepard, if he/she were past their glory days and made an effort to start a family. The fact that Pathfinder Ryder, the child of an N7, is directly picked as successor parallels with the fact that Pathfinder Ryder has symbolically been passed the torch from Commander Shepard.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: [[spoiler: After getting kicked out of the Alliance, Alec turned to the Shadow Broker for help with his AI research, but he drew the line at Cerberus.]]
* {{Expy}}: The N7 designation is iconic to the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' franchise thanks to Commander Shepard, and Bioware milked that by making Alec (or his armor and other effects) [[DecoyProtagonist front and center of the marketing campaign.campaign]]. Further, Alec Ryder is basically Commander Shepard, if he/she were past their glory days and made an effort to start a family. The fact that Pathfinder Ryder, the child of an N7, is directly picked as successor parallels with the fact that Pathfinder Ryder has symbolically been passed the torch from Commander Shepard.



* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Favors the N7 Crusader shotgun in combat.



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[[folder:Danny Messer]]

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[[folder:Danny Messer]]
Messier]]



* MeaningfulName: Named after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Messier Charles Messier]], the famed astronomer who originally catalogued many of the RealLife star clusters depicted in the original trilogy.



[[folder:Mayor Christmas Jones]]
The snarky mayor of the outpost on Kadara. Distinctly not ''[[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough that Christmas Jones]]''.

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[[folder:Mayor Christmas Jones]]
Tate]]
The snarky mayor of the Ditaeon outpost on Kadara. Distinctly Definitely not to be confused with ''[[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough that Christmas Jones]]''.



* EmbarrassingFirstName: Not that he tries to hide it. He blames his mother, Holiday Jones.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Not that he tries to hide it. He blames his mother, Holiday Jones.Holiday.


* {{Adorkable}}: As Sara tells it, his first meeting with Ellen had him trying to turn on the bad-boy charm... and utterly failing to get a word out. They still managed to wind up loving married.

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* {{Adorkable}}: As Sara tells it, his first meeting with Ellen had him trying to turn on the bad-boy charm... and utterly failing to get a word out.out; [[NotSoAboveItAll he neglected to share this detail with Scott]]. They still managed to wind up loving married.



* BeenThereShapedHistory: She helped develop the infamously flawed L2 biotic implants.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: She helped develop both the infamously flawed L2 biotic implants.implants and the stable but weaker L3 implants that replaced them.


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: She is implied to have had this reaction when she learned about the "long list of horrific side effects" her L2 implants caused, as she then went on to develop the L3 implants that sacrifice a lot of power in exchange for not hurting their users.


* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:Her coroner's report mentions her body was severely burned. The Initiative higher-ups blamed it on the Scourge and tried not to think about it afterwards.]]



* SelfServingMemory: After the credits roll, he claims it's ''his'' sage advice and council that helped Ryder succeed, and that he always had faith in them. Yeah...



* SmugSnake: Is thoroughly incompetent and is extremely unpopular, even with the leadership, and yet he is able to keep his job despite efforts to remove him from his position. Addison remarks that while she thinks he's a jerk, he's the only one who will take on the near-impossible duties.

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* SmugSnake: Is thoroughly incompetent and is extremely unpopular, even with the leadership, and yet he is able to keep his job despite efforts to remove him from his position. Addison remarks that while she thinks he's a jerk, he's the only one who will take on the near-impossible duties. [[spoiler:Even when he's caught out, he's utterly unapologetic about his deeds.]]



* WhileYouWereInDiapers: If Ryder criticizes Sarissa for risking the entire ark by stealing kett navigational data, Sarissa snidely remarks that she was studying tactics when Ryder's ancestors were toddlers.

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* WhileYouWereInDiapers: If Ryder criticizes Sarissa for risking the entire ark by stealing kett navigational data, Sarissa snidely remarks that she was studying tactics when Ryder's ancestors were toddlers. Of course, Ryder shoots right back.
-->'''Sarissa:''' I was doing this before you ancestors were alive.
-->'''Ryder:''' And yet, here we are.



* EnsignNewbie: Vederia lacks experience and it shows during the mission. [[spoiler:After she is made Pathfinder, Vederia can be seen in Pathfinder HQ on the Nexus, asking Cora for advice]].

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* EnsignNewbie: Vederia lacks experience and it shows during the mission.mission, having only gotten the job a week before Ryder showed up (on account of everyone else being dead or gone). [[spoiler:After she is made Pathfinder, Vederia can be seen in Pathfinder HQ on the Nexus, asking Cora for advice]].


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* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:If Ryder allows Lon to go free, Varn warns them that if he gets the chance, the only way they'll be able to identify Lon is by his dental records.]]


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* TheCavalry: She's one of the potential allies in the final battle.


* {{Adorkable}}: As Sara tells it, his first meeting with Ellen had him trying to turn on the bad-boy charm... and utterly failing to get a word out. They still managed to wind up loving married.



* TheCharmer: According to Zevin Raeka, he could be surprisingly charming when prompted.



* {{Determinator}}: She spent over twenty years trying to drum up support for the Initiative.



** During "Path of a Hero", if called on arresting Keri, he notes that Tann had wanted to ''exile'' her. He just went with temporarily putting her in a cell.



* NiceGirl: Her very first words are in defense of you and showing you support.

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* NiceGirl: Her very first words are in defense of you and showing you support. Notable if [[spoiler:Ryder saves Raeka instead of the krogan scouts. While Kesh is massively pissed, she never actually yells at Ryder for it, the closest she comes being warning them to avoid Drack until he calms down.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: If you give Keri the kind of answers that Director Tann doesn't like (i.e. the truth) he'll have her arrested. He lets her go, however. Eventually.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: If you give Keri the kind of answers that Director Tann doesn't like (i.e. the truth) he'll have her arrested.arrested (with the mention he wanted to exile her as a first resort). He lets her go, however. Eventually.



* IntriguedByHumanity: Vetra mentions Sid has a lot of interest in human stuff, and borrows some of their turns of phrase.




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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Believes that if SAM is seen as too successful, the Initiative higher-ups will force them on people, including those who aren't capable of handling the responsibility. So she tries to kill SAM, and destroy the Nexus' computers to prevent them making more.]]



* ItsAllMyFault: [[spoiler:She feels tremendously guilty if Ryder saves her instead of the scouts, saying she should never have sent the call saying goodbye, as it pressured Ryder into making a choice.]]



* GiverOfLameNames: Ryder and their party aren't exactly impressed by some of the names Lito's given to Eos' features, like the Flattop ("because [[ShapedLikeItself it is]]") or the Presson Dunes ("because we have to press on").

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* GiverOfLameNames: Ryder and their party aren't exactly impressed by some of the names Lito's given to Eos' features, like the Flattop Sheartop ("because [[ShapedLikeItself it is]]") or the Presson Dunes ("because we have to press on").

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