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* JumpedAtTheCall: Nel is all too happy to jump on board with Liara's missions after abandoning her old employers, and in general acts like she's some sort of action hero. She eventually reveals in a rant to Vik that all her life she [[IJustWantedToBeBadass an action hero]] [[IJustWantToBeSpecial just like in her vids]], which is why she joined the military and latter became a mercenary, proudly stating she's fought and killed criminals while saving lives and thus deserves the respect and recognition of others. [[spoiler:Also {{deconstructed}}, as her need to see herself as a hero and take the risks to do it was at least partially tied to her issues with her father and led her to take the War Spirit Blood, which resulted in her addiction.]]

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* JumpedAtTheCall: Nel is all too happy to jump on board with Liara's missions after abandoning her old employers, and in general acts like she's some sort of action hero. She eventually reveals in a rant to Vik that all her life she [[IJustWantedToBeBadass [[IJustWantToBeBadass wanted an action hero]] [[IJustWantToBeSpecial just like in her vids]], which is why she joined the military and latter became a mercenary, proudly stating she's fought and killed criminals while saving lives and thus deserves the respect and recognition of others. [[spoiler:Also {{deconstructed}}, as her need to see herself as a hero and take the risks to do it was at least partially tied to her issues with her father and led her to take the War Spirit Blood, which resulted in her addiction.]]


* DysfunctionJunction: Liara’s crew on the Lucen is this. Nelanax is a psychotic nymphomaniac who thinks she’s an action hero, Saya Empa is a racist antisocial loner, Vik’Sajee is a paranoid conspiracy nut who thinks the world’s out to get him, and Kayap is a brutalized former slave and a coward… meaning he’s probably the sanest of the bunch outside of Liara and Wrex.

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* DysfunctionJunction: Liara’s crew on the Lucen is this. Nelanax is a psychotic nymphomaniac who thinks she’s an action hero, hero and a chip on her shoulder for her dad, Saya Empa is a racist krogan-hating antisocial loner, Vik’Sajee is a paranoid conspiracy nut who thinks the world’s out to get him, him and has ''bad'' issues with batarians, and Kayap is a brutalized former slave and a coward… meaning he’s probably the sanest of the bunch outside of Liara and Wrex.



* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: When fleeing from Sangheli on Omega, Vik notes that it was lucky that they missed when shooting at him in a bar... until Liara points out that the Sangheli ''didn't'' miss- they were aiming at the humans.

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* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: When fleeing from Sangheli Sangheili on Omega, Vik notes that it was lucky that they missed when shooting at him in a bar... until Liara points out that the Sangheli Sangheili ''didn't'' miss- they were aiming at the humans.



* JumpedAtTheCall: Nel is all too happy to jump on board with Liara's missions after abandoning her old employers, and in general acts like she's some sort of action hero. She eventually reveals in a rant to Vik that all her life she [[IJustWantedToBeBadass an action hero]] [[IJustWantToBeSpecial just like in her vids]], which is why she joined the military and latter became a mercenary, proudly stating she's fought and killed criminals while saving lives and thus deserves the respect and recognition of others. [[spoiler:Also {{deconstructed}}, as her need to see herself as a hero and take the risks to do it was at least partially tied to her issues with her father and led her to take the War Spirit Blood, which resulted in her addiction.]]



* MauveShirt: Ben, a rookie Shadow Operative and the only one to [[NominalImportance be named]]. [[spoiler: What, did you expect him to survive being cornered by two Hunters? [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Not a chance]].]]

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* MauveShirt: Ben, a rookie Shadow Operative and the only one to [[NominalImportance be named]]. [[spoiler: What, [[spoiler:What, did you expect him to survive being cornered by two Hunters? [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Not a chance]].]]



* PowerHigh: Nel on "juice", an adrenaline boosting drug that she uses to perform her action hero stunts. Nel has a whole box of the stuff and as [[WordofGod General Rage]] said, her use of it is definitely going to come back to bite her.

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* PowerHigh: Nel on "juice", an adrenaline boosting drug that she uses to perform her action hero stunts. Nel has a whole box of the stuff and as [[WordofGod General Rage]] said, her use of it is definitely going to come eventually comes back to bite her.her when she starts overdosing on it and the crashes start hitting her worse and worse until she nearly compromises the mission on the batarian summit Rakavekyon (though in fairness, Vik and Saya's own issues contribute as well). [[spoiler:It turns out it's the reason she was discharged from the military. She was part of the testing for the War Spirit Blood to use it in the field, but eventually she started getting addicted to it and during one mission she took a "bad batch" that resulted in her killing multiple civilians and one of her squadmates in an UnstoppableRage. She was court martialed and kicked out, but she stole the notes on the formula (her father was the chief designer) and started cooking her own batches.]]


-->'''Sergeant Johnson''': I don't suppose you could whip up a cure in here for it?\\
'''Mordin''': ''*shaking his head sadly*'' Unlikely. Hosts already dead. Nervous system and body completely altered. No possible way to repair. Can't vaccinate for parasitic organism. Body can't defend or react quickly enough to attack. Mutagenic bio-organism extremely advanced. Highly intelligent. Possibly has own built-in defenses for medical procedures. Even if had idea where to start...lab unlikely adequate to meet challenge.



--> Thel Vadam: ''You are no longer the master, slaver.'' I AM!

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--> Thel Vadam: -->'''Thel Vadam''': ''You are no longer the master, slaver.'' I AM!


* ConflictingLoyalty: [[spoiler:The [=ODSTs=] and especially [=McKay=] are forced into this when Silva finally pulls his mutiny, with many of the former siding with him and the latter reluctantly siding with the heroes to stop him.]]



** He also hacked a [=CDEM=] satellite without being detected, which is like hacking a C.I.A. satelite in terms of skill.

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** He also hacked a [=CDEM=] satellite without being detected, which is like hacking a C.I.A. satelite satellite in terms of skill.



* [[spoiler: EnemyMine: Zek and Varvok decide the best course of action to get off of Halo and away from the Flood and the Covenant was to team up with the surviving humans to hijack a non-infested ship. Varvok and his batarians are not particularly [[TeethClenchedTeamwork fond of this plan due to their racism against humanity]].]]
* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives]]: In sharp contrast to [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the source material's]] [[EverybodysDeadDave ending]], [[spoiler: Every named character still alive in time for the finale, save Major Silva, manages to escape Halo, along with presumably several hundred Marines, Kig-Yar and Batarians who would have otherwise suffered some very RedShirt deaths]].

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* [[spoiler: EnemyMine: Zek [[spoiler:Zek and Varvok decide the best course of action to get off of Halo and away from the Flood and the Covenant was to team up with the surviving humans to hijack a non-infested ship. Varvok and his batarians are not particularly [[TeethClenchedTeamwork fond of this plan due to their racism against humanity]].]]
* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives]]: EverybodyLives: In sharp contrast to [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved the source material's]] [[EverybodysDeadDave ending]], [[spoiler: Every named character still alive in time for the finale, save Major Silva, manages to escape Halo, along with presumably several hundred Marines, Kig-Yar and Batarians who would have otherwise suffered some very RedShirt deaths]].



* FriendlySniper: A rare villainous example with Zek, who despite occasionally getting snippy with Vorvak, otherwise treats him with more respect than their Covenant contractors.
** Garrus and Jun also count.

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* FriendlySniper: A rare villainous example with Zek, who despite occasionally getting snippy with Vorvak, Varvok, otherwise treats him with more respect than their Covenant contractors.
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contractors. Garrus and Jun also count.count as more heroic examples.



* [[spoiler: MyMasterRightOrWrong: Nearly all of the ODSTs (except Buck, Romeo and Dutch) follow Major Silva after he mutinies, and go with his orders to shoot anyone who tries to escape the ''Truth and Reconciliation'' to side with Holland.]]

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* [[spoiler: MyMasterRightOrWrong: Nearly [[spoiler:Nearly all of the ODSTs (except Buck, Romeo Romeo, Dutch and Dutch) [=McKay=]) follow Major Silva after he mutinies, and go with his orders to shoot anyone who tries to escape the ''Truth and Reconciliation'' to side with Holland.]]



* PropagandaMachine: Heritage Fields is an amusement park outside Khar'Shan's capital designed to indocrinate Batarian youth towards fanatical support of their emperor, clearly serving as an {{Expy}} of both [[Videogame/BioShock2 Ryan Amusements]] and [[Videogame/BioshockInfinite Soldier's Field]].

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* PropagandaMachine: Heritage Fields is an amusement park outside Khar'Shan's capital designed to indocrinate indoctrinate Batarian youth towards fanatical support of their emperor, clearly serving as an {{Expy}} of both [[Videogame/BioShock2 Ryan Amusements]] and [[Videogame/BioshockInfinite Soldier's Field]].



* RealityEnsues: one of the Author's notes points out that Mordin is ''good'', but for people who expected him to cure the Flood or find some way to immunize people so they can fight it off after only a few days of study, when ''centuries'' of Forerunners tried and failed to do the same with much better equipment, laboratories, and funding, is just not reasonable. He ''can'', however, make educated guesses and studies on how they work with samples brought to his lab.

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* RealityEnsues: one One of the Author's notes points out that Mordin is ''good'', but for people who expected him to cure the Flood or find some way to immunize people so they can fight it off after only a few days of study, when ''centuries'' of Forerunners tried and failed to do the same with much better equipment, laboratories, and funding, is just not reasonable. He ''can'', however, make educated guesses and studies on how they work with samples brought to his lab.



* WrongGenreSavvy: When they first face Combat Forms, Shepard, Varvok, and Zek all try for headshots, thinking they're like zombies (and given what Shepard's faced, he has some experience in that department). When this fails, it understandably freaks them out.
** Well, it freaks out Varvok and Zek. Shepard calls it "Bullshit," and "Cheating."

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* WrongGenreSavvy: When they first face Combat Forms, Shepard, Varvok, and Zek all try for headshots, thinking they're like zombies (and given what Shepard's faced, he has some experience in that department). When this fails, it understandably freaks them out.
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out. Well, it freaks out Varvok and Zek. Shepard calls it "Bullshit," and "Cheating."


* DoubleStandard: Thel is disgusted by Varvok's slaver credentials, yet does not consider the subjugation of the entire Unggoy race by the Covenant to be comparable to Hegemony practices. Varvok himself calls Thel out on this.

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* DoubleStandard: Thel is disgusted by Varvok's slaver credentials, yet does not consider the subjugation of the entire Unggoy race by the Covenant to be comparable to Hegemony practices. Varvok himself calls Thel out on this.this, to which Thel responds that they are showing the Unggoy enlightenment through their gods the Forerunners, while the batarians are just slavers, pure and simple.


** He also hacked a [=CDEM=] satalite without being detected, which is like hacking a C.I.A. satelite in terms of skill.

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** He also hacked a [=CDEM=] satalite satellite without being detected, which is like hacking a C.I.A. satelite in terms of skill.



* DemotedToExtra: Zuka 'Zamamee and Yayap have only ever appeared sporadically throughout the story, as opposed to being the [[VillainProtagonist villain protagonists]] they were treated as in the novelization. WordOfGod says that the changes caused by Mass Effect elements in the story [[InSpiteOfANail would not have changed their sub-plot significantly]] and with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to focus on (and Varvok and Zek playing [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute similar roles to boot]]), let them fall to the wayside. Their sub-plot from the book is still happening, just [[VillainOfAnotherStory off page]].
** This is lampshaded in his final appearance, in which [[spoiler: Zek ''thinks'' he recognizes him, but never names him. Miranda notices he seems especially determined to kill The Chief, but nothing is never made of it and he dies a fairly anonymous death]].

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* DemotedToExtra: Zuka 'Zamamee and Yayap have only ever appeared appear sporadically throughout the story, as opposed to being the [[VillainProtagonist villain protagonists]] semi-protagonists]] they were treated as in the novelization. WordOfGod says that the changes caused by Mass Effect ''Mass Effect'' elements in the story [[InSpiteOfANail would not have changed their sub-plot significantly]] significantly]], and with given the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ''Guilty Sparks'' already had to focus on (and (with Varvok and Zek playing [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute similar roles to boot]]), the author figured it was best to let them fall to the wayside.original novelization tell their story. Their sub-plot from the book is still happening, just [[VillainOfAnotherStory off page]].
** This is lampshaded in his Zuka's final appearance, in which [[spoiler: Zek ''thinks'' he recognizes him, but never names him. Miranda notices he seems especially determined to kill The the Chief, but nothing is never made of it and he dies a fairly anonymous death]].







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** In his [[AscendedExtra only scene]] from ''Halo: The Flood,'' Orna 'Fulsamee hated humans as much as any Sangheili, but privately expressed thoughts that they should "aspire to more" than wanton bloodshed. In this story, however, he's just as zealous and fanatical as any other Elite.


** WordOfGod has said in simple terms that Emperor Narvkel, at least publically, is pretty much an EvilCounterpart to UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. His public persona is supportive and grandfatherly, even though he runs a dictatorship worthy of [[NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]].

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** WordOfGod has said in simple terms that Emperor Narvkel, at least publically, is pretty much an EvilCounterpart to UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan. His public persona is supportive and grandfatherly, even though he runs a dictatorship worthy of [[NineteenEightyFour [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]].



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* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance: Linda, as the Normandy's crew was able to clone her a new set of organs way ahead of schedule.


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** Not that this was any different from how he was in canon, mind you.


* IronicName: The Prophet of Empathy cares little for his men, and Varvok's men even less so.
** Prophets in Halo Canon tend to be ironic. For example, the Prophet of Truth is covering up the real reason for the war, the Prophet of Mercy usually shows none, and the Prophet of Regret is very impatient and doesn't think about his mistakes (like attacking Earth with only a token force) at all.

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* IronicName: The [[RunningGag Fittingly for his species]], the Prophet of Empathy cares little for his men, and Varvok's men even less so.
** Prophets in Halo Canon tend to be ironic. For example, the Prophet of Truth
is covering up the real reason for the war, the Prophet of Mercy usually shows none, and the Prophet of Regret is very impatient and doesn't think a complete JerkAss who does not care at all about his mistakes (like attacking Earth with only a token force) at all.men.


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* LovableCoward: Both Vik'Sajee and Kayap are both completely out of their depth, and know it. They're still trying their best.


* ShoutOut: Vik'Sajee's name sounds a lot like [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Vic Sage]].

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Vik'Sajee's name sounds a lot like [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Vic Sage]].


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** During the assault on the Cartographer, Shepard gives grunt an order to [[Film/TheAvengers2012 "smash"]].


* TheReveal: The epilogue finally reveals the Inquisitor's motives and reasons for helping the Covenant: [[spoiler: it's looking for the ''[[HaloFour Composer]]'' and allied with the Covenant because it is stored on the Halo rings, something the Covenant were already looking for]].

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* TheReveal: The epilogue finally reveals the Inquisitor's motives and reasons for helping the Covenant: [[spoiler: it's looking for the ''[[HaloFour ''[[Halo4 Composer]]'' and allied with the Covenant because it is stored on the Halo rings, something the Covenant were already looking for]].

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* TheReveal: The epilogue finally reveals the Inquisitor's motives and reasons for helping the Covenant: [[spoiler: it's looking for the ''[[HaloFour Composer]]'' and allied with the Covenant because it is stored on the Halo rings, something the Covenant were already looking for]].

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* AscendedExtra: Orna 'Fulsamee had only a single scene to himself in Literature/HaloTheFlood. Here, he is much more involved in the events of the story, functionally serving as Thel's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and ends up being an ArcVillain for [[spoiler: Zek and Varvok's plan to escape Halo]].

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