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[[center: [- [[Characters/MassEffect Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/MassEffectCommanderShepard Commander Shepard]] | [[Characters/MassEffect1PartyMembers Party 1 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffectKaidanAlenko Kaidan Alenko]] | '''Ashley Williams''' | [[Characters/MassEffectGarrusVakarian Garrus Vakarian]] | [[Characters/MassEffectLiaraTSoni Liara T'Soni]] | [[Characters/MassEffectTaliZorah Tali'Zorah]] | [[Characters/MassEffectUrdnotWrex Urdnot Wrex]] | [[Characters/MassEffect1Antagonists Mass Effect 1 Antagonists]] | [[Characters/MassEffect1Npcs Mass Effect 1 NPCs]] | [[Characters/MassEffect2EarlyPartyMembers Early Party 2 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffect2LatePartyMembers Late Party 2 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffect2SecretPartyMembers Mass Effect 2 Secret Party Members]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/MainAntagonists Mass Effect 2 Main Antagonists]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/SecondaryAntagonists Mass Effect 2 Secondary Antagonists]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/NormandyCrew Normandy Crew]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/CouncilSpace Mass Effect 2 Council Space NPCs]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/NonCouncilSpace Mass Effect 2 Non Council Space NPCs]] | [[Characters/MassEffect3PartyMembers Party 3 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffect3AntagonistsAndNpcs Mass Effect 3 Antagonists and NPCs]] | [[Characters/MassEffect3MultiplayerCharacters Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Characters]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaPathfinderRyder Pathfinder Ryder]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaPartyMembers Party Andromeda Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaCrewOfTheTempest Crew of the Tempest]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaTheAndromedaInitiative The Andromeda Initiative]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaTheKett The Kett]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaTheAngara The Angara]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaOtherCharacters Andromeda Other Characters]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaMultiplayerCharacters Multiplayer Characters]]]]-]

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[[center: [- [[Characters/MassEffect Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/MassEffectCommanderShepard Commander Shepard]] | [[Characters/MassEffect1PartyMembers Party 1 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffectKaidanAlenko Kaidan Alenko]] | '''Ashley Williams''' | [[Characters/MassEffectGarrusVakarian Garrus Vakarian]] | [[Characters/MassEffectLiaraTSoni Liara T'Soni]] | [[Characters/MassEffectTaliZorah Tali'Zorah]] | [[Characters/MassEffectUrdnotWrex Urdnot Wrex]] | [[Characters/MassEffect1Antagonists Mass Effect 1 Antagonists]] | [[Characters/MassEffect1Npcs Mass Effect 1 NPCs]] | [[Characters/MassEffect2EarlyPartyMembers Early Party 2 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffect2LatePartyMembers Late Party 2 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffect2SecretPartyMembers Mass Effect 2 Secret Party Members]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/MainAntagonists [[Characters/MassEffect2MainAntagonists Mass Effect 2 Main Antagonists]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/SecondaryAntagonists [[Characters/MassEffect2SecondaryAntagonists Mass Effect 2 Secondary Antagonists]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/NormandyCrew [[Characters/MassEffect2NormandyCrew Normandy Crew]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/CouncilSpace [[Characters/MassEffect2CouncilSpaceNPCs Mass Effect 2 Council Space NPCs]] | [[MassEffect2AntagonistsAndNpcs/NonCouncilSpace [[Characters/MassEffect2NonCouncilSpaceNPCs Mass Effect 2 Non Council Non-Council Space NPCs]] | [[Characters/MassEffect3PartyMembers Party 3 Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffect3AntagonistsAndNpcs Mass Effect 3 Antagonists and NPCs]] | [[Characters/MassEffect3MultiplayerCharacters Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Characters]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaPathfinderRyder Pathfinder Ryder]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaPartyMembers Party Andromeda Members]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaCrewOfTheTempest Crew of the Tempest]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaTheAndromedaInitiative The Andromeda Initiative]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaTheKett The Kett]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaTheAngara The Angara]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaOtherCharacters Andromeda Other Characters]] | [[Characters/MassEffectAndromedaMultiplayerCharacters Multiplayer Characters]]]]-]


* ClingyJealousGirl: A mild case; she feels threatened by Liara's relationship with Shepard in the first game; even Liara lampshades this. In the third game, however, if he cheated on her with Tali in the second game, she takes it in stride if Shepard chooses to stay with Tali.

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* ClingyJealousGirl: A mild case; she feels threatened by Liara's relationship with Shepard in the first game; even Liara lampshades this. In the third game, however, if he cheated on her with dated Tali in the second game, she takes it in stride if Shepard chooses to stay with Tali.



** Should Shepard cheat on her with Miranda in the second game, she angrily notes that when she goes into battle it's in ''armor'', not ''[[TakeThat swimwear]]''. Which is hypocritically hilarious if you use the alternative outfit for Ashley in combat (which is her skin-tight leather suit).

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** Should Shepard cheat on her with romance Miranda in the second game, game after romancing her in the first, she angrily notes that when she goes into battle it's in ''armor'', not ''[[TakeThat swimwear]]''. Which is hypocritically hilarious if you use the alternative outfit for Ashley in combat (which is her skin-tight leather suit).



* ShipperOnDeck: If Shepard romances her but later cheats on her with Tali, Ashley actually approves of their relationship due to her sisterly relationship with Tali.

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* ShipperOnDeck: If Shepard romances her but later cheats on her with romances Tali, Ashley actually approves of their relationship due to her sisterly relationship with Tali.


* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Averted. If Shepard asks about her family in the first game, she relays the time one of her sisters was almost raped by her boyfriend Mike when they were teenagers, but thankfully the Williams sisters all knew self-defense. After Sar flattened him for trying to rape her on a "romantic walk" in the woods, and then flattened him on the pavement ''again'' when he tried to verbally and physically assault her in broad daylight over it, Sar forgave him. If Shepard expresses apprehension over this, Ashley casually dismisses it, saying he was just a kid.

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Averted. If Shepard asks about her family in the first game, she relays the time one of her sisters was almost raped by her boyfriend Mike when they were teenagers, but thankfully the Williams sisters all knew self-defense. After Sar flattened him for trying to rape her on a "romantic walk" in the woods, woods and then flattened him on the pavement ''again'' when he tried to verbally and physically assault her in broad daylight over it, Sar forgave him. If Shepard expresses apprehension over this, Ashley casually dismisses it, saying he was just a kid.kid.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Though obviously not a man, she's very tomboyish, and is also the only character other than maybe Liara to bring up her faith directly. Shepard can either agree with her (citing there's "[[PrayerIsALastResort no atheist in a foxhole]]," and Shepard's been in plenty of them) or disagree with varying levels of rudeness.


* LockedOutOfTheLoop: One of the main reasons why [[spoiler: the reunion on Horizon goes so badly]]. Shepard seems to be the only one to think it might be a good idea for Ashley to know what the hell is going on. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late since all that left her with were the reports Cerberus itself was leaking to keep Shepard away from his/her old contacts. In the third game, rectifying this is an essential part of getting back on her good side. The player also has the option of [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential continuing to leave her out of the loop]], [[spoiler: which potentially ends in her death because she can't be convinced that it's NotWhatItLooksLike]]. [[spoiler: This plays into helping diversify her from Kaidan in ''Mass Effect 3'' since, after dealing with corruption through must of the first game, she feels she was more than justified to rail at Shepard for seemingly leaving her in the dark]].

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: One of the main reasons why [[spoiler: the reunion on Horizon goes so badly]]. Shepard seems to be the only one to think it might be a good idea for Ashley to know what the hell is going on. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late since all that left her with were the reports Cerberus itself was leaking to keep Shepard away from his/her old contacts. In the third game, rectifying this is an essential part of getting back on her good side. The player also has the option of [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential continuing to leave her out of the loop]], [[spoiler: which potentially ends in her death because she can't be convinced that it's NotWhatItLooksLike]]. [[spoiler: This plays into helping diversify her from Kaidan in ''Mass Effect 3'' since, after dealing with corruption through must most of the first game, she feels she was more than justified to rail at Shepard for seemingly leaving her in the dark]].

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: In conversation about her sisters with Colonist Shepard, she might acknowledge that talking about her family to them is a little thoughtless, given Shepard's family were all killed in the raid on Mindoir.


* DrinkOrder: In the third game, to cope with the impending Reaper attack, James gives her a bottle of alcohol. She drinks the whole bottle.


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* INeedAFreakingDrink: In the third game, to cope with the impending Reaper attack, James gives her a bottle of alcohol. She drinks the whole bottle.

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* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:If anyone shoots Ashley besides Shepard when she defends Udina, she's a lot more forgiving towards Shepard.]]
-->'''Ashley:''' ''(half-smile)'' I had to take a stand, Shepard. You taught me that. ''(dies)''

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* FantasticallyIndifferent: Her reaction to the discovery of Leviathan in ''3''? Total indifference. As she explains to Shepard, she doesn't ''care'' about where the Reapers come from, she just wants 'em dead.


* DateRapeAverted: During one of her backstory conversations, she'll talk about how her Marine father taught all his daughters how to defend themselves. One foolish boy tried to put some unwanted moves on Ashley's younger sister. He got a ''very'' painful message - in a twist, he apologized to her.

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* DateRapeAverted: During one of her backstory conversations, she'll talk about how her Marine father taught all his daughters how to defend themselves. One foolish boy tried to put some unwanted moves on Ashley's younger sister. He got a ''very'' painful message - in a twist, he apologized to her.her, and they continued dating (seems some boundaries were set).

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* WarriorPoet: Inherited her love of poetry, particularly Creator/WaltWhitman, from her father.

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* MeaningfulEcho: In the first game, Ash makes the page quote about how 'with all due respect' really means 'kiss my ass.' During the Extended Cut in the third game, when Ash [[spoiler: is injured during the run to the conduit]] and Shepard [[spoiler: orders her to evacuate]], said retorts:
--> '''Ashley''': With all due respect, Commander...

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** If Shepard is played full Renegade towards her on Eden Prime, she'll call them out on it in the first conversation on the ''Normandy''. Whether Shepard apologizes is up to the player.


** She gets a brief one from Kaidan if she [[spoiler:kills Wrex]] on Shepard's orders. If she does so without being ordered, Shepard has the option of giving her one instead.

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** She gets a brief one from Kaidan if she [[spoiler:kills Wrex]] on Shepard's orders. Wrex]]. If she does so without being ordered, Shepard has the option of giving her one instead.as well.


** She also dislikes Terra Firma in the first game, saying that their platform is noble, but too many of their members just use it to spread racism.

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** She also dislikes Terra Firma in the first game, saying that their platform is noble, but too many of their members just use it to spread racism. The fact they keep using Shanxi as a rallying cry [[ItsPersonal also has something to do with her dislike of them]].


* UnwittingPawn: Because Ashley was unaware of the Lazarus Project, the Illusive Man was able to turn her against Shepard by strategically leaking information about his/her survival, [[spoiler:something Udina follows up on if Shepard makes no attempt to reestablish their friendship with Ashley]].



* UnwittingPawn: Because Ashley was unaware of the Lazarus Project, the Illusive Man was able to turn her against Shepard by strategically leaking information about his/her survival, [[spoiler:something Udina follows up on if Shepard makes no attempt to reestablish their friendship with Ashley]].



* WeUsedToBeFriends: Basically has this with Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which carries over to ''Mass Effect 3''.
-->'''James:''' You know the Commander?\\
'''Ashley:''' [[BrokenPedestal I used to]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: If she becomes a War Asset in 3, she doesn't appear again, and her fate after the battle for Earth is unknown. Particularly jarring in that, while the other teammates-turned-War Assets can be contacted before the final push, she cannot.]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** She gets a brief one from Kaidan if she [[spoiler:kills Wrex]] on Shepard's orders. If she does so without being ordered, Shepard has the option of giving her one instead.
** [[spoiler: Like Kaidan, she doesn't take it well when she learns that Shepard had apparently faked his/her death to work for Cerberus in ''2''.]]
** If Shepard is forced to kill her in ''3'' when trying to arrest Udina, she says she had to take a stand like you did back in the day. If your relationship is negative, however, she instead gives Shepard these last words:
--->'''Shepard:''' Dammit Ash, he was with Cerberus.\\
'''Ash:''' So were ''you''. I hope the Reapers send you to ''HELL''. ''[dies]''
* WithDueRespect: She provides the page quote for the Trope.
** Despite her opinion of this line (note her head quote above), she uses it at least twice. Once in the first game when discussing alien crewmembers, and again in the Extended Cut if she's the injured squadmate during the airlift scene.
--->'''Shepard:''' You've gotta get out of here!\\
'''Ashley:''' ''[[ICanStillFight With all due respect]]'', Commander...
** Though her line from above may be an intentional callback on her part to what she said in the first game about what people really mean when they say that. Which makes it a bittersweet funny moment.



* VindicatedByHistory: [[spoiler: InUniverse. If you choose to let her die in the first game, then by the second game she had become a martyr and face of the human fight on Virmire. She gets memorials in her name and all of her family's shameful past is forgotten and has been redeemed.]]
** [[spoiler: Also happens if she is still alive in the third game where she is promoted to Lieutenant Commander and eventually becomes the second human Spectre. She even lampshades it in the game that the Williams family curse is finally broken.]]
** And, perhaps most alarmingly, her FantasticRacism -- the idea that the other species of the galaxy will let Earth burn down if they have their own problems to solve -- is proven 100% accurate in the third game. And by that we mean, "''is the plot'' of the third game."
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Comes into play if you romance her, especially if she [[spoiler:kills Wrex.]]



* VindicatedByHistory: [[spoiler: InUniverse. If you choose to let her die in the first game, then by the second game she had become a martyr and face of the human fight on Virmire. She gets memorials in her name and all of her family's shameful past is forgotten and has been redeemed.]]
** [[spoiler: Also happens if she is still alive in the third game where she is promoted to Lieutenant Commander and eventually becomes the second human Spectre. She even lampshades it in the game that the Williams family curse is finally broken.]]
** And, perhaps most alarmingly, her FantasticRacism -- the idea that the other species of the galaxy will let Earth burn down if they have their own problems to solve -- is proven 100% accurate in the third game. And by that we mean, "''is the plot'' of the third game."
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Comes into play if you romance her, especially if she [[spoiler:kills Wrex.]]


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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Basically has this with Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which carries over to ''Mass Effect 3''.
-->'''James:''' You know the Commander?\\
'''Ashley:''' [[BrokenPedestal I used to]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: If she becomes a War Asset in 3, she doesn't appear again, and her fate after the battle for Earth is unknown. Particularly jarring in that, while the other teammates-turned-War Assets can be contacted before the final push, she cannot.]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** She gets a brief one from Kaidan if she [[spoiler:kills Wrex]] on Shepard's orders. If she does so without being ordered, Shepard has the option of giving her one instead.
** [[spoiler: Like Kaidan, she doesn't take it well when she learns that Shepard had apparently faked his/her death to work for Cerberus in ''2''.]]
** If Shepard is forced to kill her in ''3'' when trying to arrest Udina, she says she had to take a stand like you did back in the day. If your relationship is negative, however, she instead gives Shepard these last words:
--->'''Shepard:''' Dammit Ash, he was with Cerberus.\\
'''Ash:''' So were ''you''. I hope the Reapers send you to ''HELL''. ''[dies]''
* WithDueRespect: She provides the page quote for the Trope.
** Despite her opinion of this line (note her head quote above), she uses it at least twice. Once in the first game when discussing alien crewmembers, and again in the Extended Cut if she's the injured squadmate during the airlift scene.
--->'''Shepard:''' You've gotta get out of here!\\
'''Ashley:''' ''[[ICanStillFight With all due respect]]'', Commander...
** Though her line from above may be an intentional callback on her part to what she said in the first game about what people really mean when they say that. Which makes it a bittersweet funny moment.

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