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* IndustrializedMercury: It is mentioned that Mercury is being used by the Alliance as a hub for solar energy production, housing a series of solar panels at both the north and south poles due to the planet's low axial tilt. In addition, you can also scour its surface for valuable minerals for crafting.


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* IndustrializedMercury: It is mentioned that Mercury is being used by the Alliance as a hub for solar energy production, housing a series of solar panels at both the north and south poles due to the planet's low axial tilt. In addition, you can also scour its surface for valuable minerals for crafting.

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* IndustrializedMercury: It is mentioned that Mercury is being used by the Alliance as a hub for solar energy production, housing a series of solar panels at both the north and south poles due to the planet's low axial tilt. In addition, you can also scour its surface for valuable minerals for crafting.


* LimitedSoundEffects: See MostAnnoyingSound.


* InventoryManagementPuzzle: One of the biggest complaints about the first game, right after the elevators and the vehicle sections. Completely gone in the second game, leaving behind a stunned group of RPG fans mouthing how they wanted the feature fixed, not axed.

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* InventoryManagementPuzzle: One of the biggest complaints about the first game, right after the elevators and the vehicle sections. Completely gone in the second game, leaving behind a stunned group of RPG fans mouthing how they wanted the feature fixed, not axed. It returns in ''Andromeda'', and lo, there was much complaining.



** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' reuses the slot system.



* LateToTheTragedy: [[spoiler: The whole freaking galaxy. ''Repeatedly.'' Nobody's managed to survive yet]].

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* LateToTheTragedy: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The whole freaking galaxy. ''Repeatedly.'' Nobody's managed to survive yet]].

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* LostColony: A story detailed in the Cerberus Daily News describes a story of an Asari ship passing through the Alpha Centauri system, where they were doing some research on the planets when they were suddenly ambushed by a human ship. The humans captured one of the scientists and the Asari contacted the Alliance for some assistance, only to be told that they were no records of any human colonies in the system. As it turns out, the Alpha Centauri group were the descendants of the Manswell Expedition of 2070. Victor Manswell, a billionaire who was frustrated at the slow pace of space exploration, funded his own private spaceflight to the system and took 300 people with him in cryonic suspension. Contact with them was lost and the expedition soon faded from collective memory. These humans had spent the last 110 years unaware of humanity's growth since then, the galactic community, and even mass effect technology. When the Alliance made contact, they were able to negotiate for the Asari's peaceful release and offered to allow the colonists to assimilate into the modern galaxy, although more half preferred to stay.


* IFoundYouLikeThis: In VideoGame/MassEffect1 Shepard collapses from an overwhelming amount of visions being given to him or her via a Prothean artifact. He/she awakens in the Normandy's medical bay.
** In VideoGame/MassEffect2 Shepard is thrown out into the vacuum of space with a punctured space suit and begins to fall into a nearby planet's atmosphere. Cerberus collects what remains of Shepard's body from [[spoiler:Liara]] and uses experimental technology to bring him/her back to life. Shepard awakens inside a Cerberus facility.

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* IFoundYouLikeThis: In VideoGame/MassEffect1 Shepard collapses from an overwhelming amount of visions being given to him or her via a Prothean artifact. He/she awakens They awaken in the Normandy's medical bay.
** In VideoGame/MassEffect2 Shepard is thrown out into the vacuum of space with a punctured space suit and begins to fall into a nearby planet's atmosphere. Cerberus collects what remains of Shepard's body from [[spoiler:Liara]] and uses experimental technology to bring him/her them back to life. Shepard awakens inside a Cerberus facility.



** This is actually a subversion, as Shepard orders Jenkins to take point, which is justified as Jenkins is a Soldier and specializes in direct combat, and the only other people available are Kaidan, who is a tech and biotic specialist, and Shepard him/herself, who is the commanding officer.

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** This is actually a subversion, as Shepard orders Jenkins to take point, which is justified as Jenkins is a Soldier and specializes in direct combat, and the only other people available are Kaidan, who is a tech and biotic specialist, and Shepard him/herself, themself, who is the commanding officer.


---> '''Conrad:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Sometimes I poke through crates too. You know, for extra credits.]]

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---> '''Conrad:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Sometimes I poke through crates too. You know, for extra credits.]]


** You also [[GearsOfWar can't take his helmet off]].

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** You also [[GearsOfWar [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar can't take his helmet off]].


* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: A cryptic carving on the ruins of one of the random scannable planets in [=ME1=]. The planet doubles as a ShoutOut to ForbiddenPlanet.

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* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: A cryptic carving on the ruins of one of the random scannable planets in [=ME1=]. The planet doubles as a ShoutOut to ForbiddenPlanet.''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''.


* InfantImmortality: Averted at the start of the third game, and implied throughout.


* InformedFlaw: Shepard's dancing. Also a case of SpecialEffectFailure or even TakeOurWordForIt, with characters commenting on how bad Shepard's dancing is while being indistinguishable from those around her, and some of the characters even using the exact same animation. Subverted in the Citadel DLC, but only with a romanced Garrus.

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* LastNameBasis: Pretty much a given considering the loads of spoken dialogue and only the ability to customize your first name. Lampshaded in [=ME3=].
-->'''drunk!Chakwas:''' You are ''Commander Shepard''. [[FamedInStory Hero of the Citadel]], [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Conqueror of]] [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal the Collectors]], [[HundredPercentHeroismRating Savior of the Galaxy]]. Using your first name disrespects everyone you're fighting for, alive or gone.\\
'''drunk!Shepard:''' ...That makes ''no'' sense.


** In the second game, BioWare pokes fun at this fact with [[HeroicWannabe Conrad Verner.]]

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** In the second game, BioWare Creator/BioWare pokes fun at this fact with [[HeroicWannabe Conrad Verner.]]



* LeakedExperience: BioWare's standard method for fighting CantCatchUp.

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* LeakedExperience: BioWare's Creator/BioWare's standard method for fighting CantCatchUp.

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* LensFlare: The series as a whole is absolutely coated in it.


** However, said people also have weapons that look like lasers but are not. Instead, they shoot molten metal at relativistic speeds.
*** Actually, the GARDIAN ship defense system is indeed a laser-based weapon. It actually exercises its ability to pierce shields as explained in the Codex entry.

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