This is the character page for the fanfiction From the Ashes by Erttheking.
- Adorkable: Has his moments once he is in an established relationship with Nora and Sheryl, such as constantly asking if they're ok with meeting his parents, clearly nervous while doing so to the point of repeating himself
- Anti-Hero: Not as bad as Norman, but his sour attitude and Combat Pragmatist fighting style stop him from being a full blown hero.
- Arm Cannon: Has a plasma cannon in his artificial arm. It's not as awesome as it sounds.
- Artificial Limbs: His arm. He lost it to a Deathclaw on Earth. And right leg, which he lost to a Rachni on Noveria.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult his mother. He will punch you in the face. Norman found that out the hard way.
- Big Brother Instinct: The whole reason he joined up with the military in the first place was to pay for his little sister's medical bills after she was paralyzed in a car accident.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Subverted. He appears to be on the brink of torturing a captive right before she talks, but after she does so he reveals to have been bluffing. He doesn't hesitate to rub it in. He also seems to be against the concept of torture in general.
- Combat Pragmatist: Sharpened the fingers of his cybernetic arm into claws.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Is the only cyborg in the crew and is noticeably less pleasant and less social than the others. Averted after Noveria when he starts becoming more friendly even after getting even more implants. The cause of his sour attitude wasn't the implants, but rather the traumatic events that made it so that he needed them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Joined the Earth Reclamation Project in an attempt to raise money for an operation so his sister could walk again, and was abandoned by his girlfriend and friends when he was ambushed by a Deathclaw. The experience nearly killed him and cost him his arm and eye, and none of them even showed up in the hospital to visit him. The experience gave him serious trust issues.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Wears black armor with glowing red eyes and a skull painted on the helmet, but he's not evil. Just a jerk.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: See Berserk Button.
- Glowing Eyes: His cybernetic eye grows bright red.
- The McCoy: To Norman's Spock and Sheryl's Kirk
- Jerkass: At first
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After Noveria.
- Mixed Ancestry: The chapters on Moriea reveal that his father is Hispanic.
- Polyamory: With Nora and Sheryl
- Real Men Dont Cry: Averted. He cries multiple times throughout the story. After having a nightmare when he was left to die, when he was seconds away from being killed by the Rachni, and after Jessica broke his cybernetic arm and left him defenseless on Cor Mali.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Swearing isn't exactly uncommon in the story, but he still manages to swear five times more than the average character.
- Token Good Teammate: Is ironically this for the Moriean shock troops despite his Jerkass tendencies. He voices disapproval of the more extreme actions they take when questioned.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After Ashley saves his life on Noveria, his attitude improves majorly, warming up to the rest of the crew and overall acting calmer and kinder.
- Working-Class Hero: Came from a family of miners.
- Artificial Limbs: Her arm, after a Krogan rips her original off.
- Cold Sniper: To her enemies.
- Friendly Sniper: To her friends.
- Combat Pragmatist: Her fight with Louis Heartly did a lot to show that she is not above fighting dirty. Among other things, a Groin Attack is employed.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Averted. She has been involved with wood carvings since her introduction and shows no signs of dropping it.
- Hollywood Healing: Averted After she gets her arm replace with a cybernetic prosthetic, she has to go through physical rehabilitation. When she is forced into combat before she has fully recovered, her aim is noticeably off because she isn't used to her new arm yet.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses an automatic crossbow in the 28th century.
- The Kirk: To Roger's Mccoy and Norman's Spock
- Noble Savage: A kind and honest woman, despite coming from a backwards, regressed tribe in Alaska.
- One Head Taller: A non-romantic example. Sheryl is noticeably shorter than the rest of the crew. She was raised in a barren wasteland, so many of the other characters suspect malnutrition to be the cause of this.
- Parental Abandonment: Never knew her parents. They abandoned her when she was a baby, most likely because of the stigma against albinos in the Post-War Alaskan tribes.
- Polyamory With Roger and Nora
- Shrinking Violet: A Downplayed and Zig-zagged example. She was very confident on the battlefield and when in a heated argument, it was only when someone complimented her did she start to get shy. And even then it was underplayed.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted.
- Tender Tears: Breaks down crying after she wakes up in the hospital and realizes that her arm has been replaced due to a battle injury, while simultaneously confronting her feelings towards Roger and Nora.
Adam Archibald Anderson
- Ambiguously Brown: He is described as dark skinned, with no further information given on his nationality beyond that.
- Asexual: Has absolutely zero sexual urges.
- Badass Preacher: Is officially a Catholic priest.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When he confronted the cultists on Demeter, he went on a violent rampage and killed all of them, even going so far as to shove one in an iron maiden. When he calmed down he was horrified by his actions.
- Celibate Hero: Has no interest in sex and flat out describes himself as asexual.
- Cool Old Guy: Over a hundred years old and still enjoys an ice cold bottle of Nuka-Cola
- The Fundamentalist: Averted. He was quite disgusted at a group of them who insulted a Muslim woman, indicating he thinks very poorly of the mindset.
- Good Is Not Dumb: During the Blitz a Batarian engineer attempted to surrender to him. He accepted the surrender and immediately put the Batarian into a sleeper hold because he had spotted the pistol the Batarian had been hiding.
- Good Is Not Nice: While generally a nice, decent guy he did completly wipe out an insane Catholic Cult to the point of shoving one into an Iron Maiden.
- Good Shepherd
- Heroic BSoD: Has one after wiping out a Cult.
- Light Is Good: Wears bright white and gold armor, which accurately reflects his personality.
- Mr. Fanservice: Shot a Nuka-Cola commercial while shirtless.
- Nice Guy: Calm, polite, and all around a decent person to be around.
- Old Soldier: Fought in the First Contact War and still joined up with the Normandy Crew despite his age. He even met the Shepard twins at a ceremony honoring veterans.
- Shout-Out: His last name is Anderson, his official rank is that of a Paladin, is a Catholic priest and he has a twin pair of bayonets as a weapon, all being traits he shares with Alexander Anderson. Despite that though, their personalities are near polar opposites.
- Technical Pacifist: He understands that sometimes violence is the only way to solve a problem, but views it as a last resort only.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Loves his Nuka-Cola
Norman Hawkins Real name Nora Hawkins
- Anti-Hero: Means well and is firmly a good guy, but he takes far too much pleasure in causing harm to those he thinks deserves it.
- Ax-Crazy: Shows signs of it.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a dust coat as a uniform.
- Black and White Insanity: Suffers from a fairly bad case of it, viewing certain people such as rapists and murders as people to be killed without question.
- Dual Wielding: Wields a pistol in each hand.
- Easy Evangelism: Averted. Despite Roger and Sheryl talking her down from killing her father and telling her that her sadistic tendancies were wrong, she still experiences them even though she is trying to suppress them. This is seen quite clearly in chapter 92 when she brutally maims a Batarian by smashing his face through a window, feeling a very warm sensation while she does so
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Averted. When she is talked down from killing her father, it is a combination of Roger reasoning that killing him would result in a massive negative backlash from the citizens of the Coalition, and that her sadistic tendencies were a bad problem that she had that she really shouldn't be feeding.
- Knight Templar: Has a very strong sense of justice, and is more than willing to violently enforce it.
- Nice Hat
- Tragic Keepsake: It used to be her brother's.
- Pet the Dog: Is very polite and friendly to Liara.
- Polyamory: With Roger and Sheryl
- Samus Is a Girl: Her real name is Nora Hawkins
- "Shut Up" Kiss: When Roger is nervously babbling and her telling him to relax multiple times failed, she gave him one of these, albeit a closed lip version.
- The Goggles Do Nothing: He wears tinted goggles as part of his uniform, although he actually wears them over his eyes, partially subverting the trope.
- Took a Level in Kindness. Starts calming down after her true gender is revealed to Sheryl and Roger and she confronts both of her parents.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Always enjoyed dressing as a man, but after a violent incident with her father over the matter, she pretended to be a man out of fear of rejection.
- You Killed My Father: Her brother was killed. By her own parents no less. It was technically an accident, but it happened when he tried to rescue Nora from thugs hired by her father to kidnap her, so her sympathy towards her parents is non-existent.
- Action Girl
- Artificial Human: An android made from the technology of the Commonwealth.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Had to be stopped from "Kicking the ass" of a Coalition officer who was harassing a bartender.
- Do Androids Dream?: She defies the trope, saying she really doesn't care about any of that philosophy. All she needs to know is that she is herself.
- Genki Girl: Very energetic. Also a major adrenaline junkie, to the point where she considers jumping out of a spaceship in high orbit to be fun.
- Good Bad Girl: On Moriea, she makes it very clear to Adam that she enjoys frequenting brothels with no guilt whatsoever. She does mention that she uses protection though.
- Hollywood Atheist: Averted. Her atheism is depicted as her simply not believing in a higher power, with her being incredibly good natured about it.
- Made of Iron Takes a Krogan two handed sword to the gut fairly well.
- Magic Knight / The Musketeer: Utilizes a combination of guns, swords and her biotic abilities into her fighting.
- Motif Is part of the Reman skirmishers, who base themselves off of Roman Legions.
- Never Gets Drunk: Type III example. Her android body metabolizes too well for her to be intoxicated.
- Sword and Gun: Her fighting style revolves around using a short sword in one hand and a SMG in the other.
- Plucky Girl
- The Pollyanna: Manages to keep an upbeat attitude most of the time.
- Amazon Chaser: Admitted that he finds strong women to be attractive.
- The Atoner: The whole reason he joined the Normandy's crew is because he wanted to stop fighting for injustice causes and actually do some good in the world.
- Defector from Decadence: Used to be a vocal supporter of the Third Reich. Then he learned about the Holocaust. His views changed almost at once.
- Hidden Depths: He's a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, despite the fact that he was abducted before Tolkien published Lord of the Rings. He's that big of a fan of The Hobbit.
- Human Popsicle: Was abducted by the aliens of Mothership Zeta and frozen in a cryo pod for well over seven hundred years.
- Inter Species Romance: With Tali
- My God, What Have I Done?: Was initially a enthusiastic supporter of the Third Reich. Time, experience, and the brutal honest truth have made it so that he looks back on this past stance with horror.
- Nice Guy
- Noble Bigot: While he is of the opinion that the Nazis were wrong, he still holds opinions about the nations of Earth that aren't exactly politically correct. Although that is only in regard to nations. He has proven to be very accepting of ethnic peoples, sexual minorities and women being equal to men, all of which would make him a radical progressive in his time. In one chapter, after he learns of Roger, Sheryl and Nora's equal, three way relationship, he's more taken aback by who exactly is in it, rather than the concept of it. Afterwards, he then remarks to himself that his world has been so thoroughly flipped upside down that something like that just doesn't phase him anymore.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After being brutalized by Moriean shock troops for standing in their way when they wanted to kill a Batarian teenager, everything else they had done and General Hill wanting to court martial for it, he decides to take advantage over never have officially enlisted and bails on the war
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He developed a bad case of PTSD during WW II
- Trauma Conga Line: Life's been hard on Volker.
- He was raised in a country during the middle of a massive rescission, making life hard for him and his family.
- He supported Hitler when he first rose to power, thinking that he would change Germany for the better. Then he learned about the horrors of the Holocaust.
- He and his family tried to shelter Jews in their home, but the S.S. found out and came to their home, killing all of the Jews they had been hiding before conscripting Volker into the Wehrmacht.
- He was forced to fight a losing battle against the advancing Red Army, developing a case of PTSD as well as seeing countless people die.
- Eventually the Wehrmacht was pushed back so far that his home village became the front line in the war. At that point both he and a former Red Army POW decided to take their chances with running west. They killed the five SS officers in the farm with Volker's family before running with German soldiers right behind him. Volker split off from the others in order to distract the soldiers before shaking him, but he was abducted by Mothership Zeta
- He was experimented on and possibly tortured by aliens before being stored in a cryo pod. When he was finally released by Humans, over 700 years had passed and everyone and everything that he had known was gone.
- Oh, and all of this? All of this happens before the main events of the story even started. And even after he takes more than a few hard knocks.
- World War II: Fought in it on the German side against his will.
- Anti-Hero: Regularly allows the torture of POWs and the execution of surrendering enemies, making her a type IV. She would've been a full blown type V if it wasn't for the fact that she did so in the name of defending a planet that was constantly under attack. It doesn't help that her backstory is more or less the Ruthless background from the Mass Effect games.
- Eye Patch Of Power: Oddly enough, considering that she lives in a world where cybernetic replacements for eyes are common. There is a rumor that she has a genetic condition that causes her body to reject implants.
- Fantastic Racism: Implied. Rather causally refers to Batarians as "four eyes."
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has nasty burn scars all along one side of her face
- General Ripper: Acts as one for the Coalition, comes with being stationed on the border of the Terminus Systems.
- Jerkass: Overall just isn't a very pleasant person to be around.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a rather nasty one to Jane regarding her hand in starting the war between the Coalition and the Council about how she overstepped her authority.
- She in turn gets one from Volker, who chews her out after her scheme with the Sovereign Dominion of Adek falls apart and directly compares her to Hitler.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Feels that Colonel Decker is too soft when it comes to making hard decisions, but still feels value in him, and manages to cooperate with him.
- The Butcher: Earned the title after essentially reenacting the Ruthless background from the Mass Effect games.
- Colonel Badass
- I Love Nuclear Power: Is a Glowing One, giving him the abilities to produce radiation. He uses it to treat effect in the battle of Moreia, wiping out a good portion of an enemy platoon with a concentrated burst of radiation
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Actively opposes the brutal tactics of the Moriean shock troops, to the point where he has formed a counter-culture against it.
- Number Two: To Generall Hill
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is a much more level headed and kind leader than Hill.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He makes it very clear that he can't stand General Hill, but the two of them manage to work together when they have to.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Honest Corporate Executive: Is a general well meaning executive of a company that makes air cars. The CEO no less. She even makes a deal with the Coalition to shift production over to combat shuttles in order to help keep citizens on the colonies safer. It's worth noting that her company is described as being much smaller than the one owned by Corrupt Corporate Executive Andrew Hawkins.
- Damsel in Distress: Gets kidnapped by a cult on Demeter and narrowly avoids being tortured to death
- The Fundamentalist: Averted. She doesn't even blink upon learning someone has different religious views from her.
- Nice Gal gets along very well with Adam despite their difference in religion.
- Token Minority: The only Muslim character in the story.
- Abusive Parent: Norman had a very rough home life with him. Mainly because he didn't like his daughter acting like a tomboy, to the point where he tried to control Nora and when it failed, he hired thugs to kidnap her and beat her straight
- Arch Nemesis Dad: Norman has a very low opinion of him. See above as to why.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Founded his company off of the wave of fear and paranoia that came after first contact with alien life and dips into the drug trade to line his pockets. And that's without getting into how he sells slaves to the Enclave.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Seems genuinely distressed that his actions caused the death of his son
- Karma Houdini: Discussed. His crimes were uncovered by the Coalition and he will most likely go to jail for the rest of his life, but Nora feels like that's a slap on the wrist for someone who has caused as much pain and death as him. She herself was narrowly talked down from shooting him in the head.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: To a certain extent. While she has fought with her parents over rather stupid matters, she is at heart reasonable and caring.
- Children Forced to Kill: Shot a Batarian during the attack on Moreia to save her brother, which proved to be very traumatizing for her
- Noodle Incident: She apparently nearly pierced her tongue at one point. Roger talked her out of it though.
Samantha "Sam" Gaulle
- Big Damn Heroes: Her introductory scene involves her saving the Normandy crew from an Enclave ambush
- Chainsaw Good: Dual wields chainsaw swords.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Even when on an important mission, she stops to save a kid from a bunch of muggers. Even when the kid in question is pro-Enclave. Shepard chews her out for it later.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Has her skull crushed underfoot by a Yahg.
- Grand Theft Prototype: Her armor is a set of prototype Enclave armor that she stole from them, and it seems to be the only one of its kind.
- Heroic Sacrifice: While the sacrifice was unintentional, she ended up trading her life to save General Moore from a Yahg advance.
- Powered Armor: Utilizes a set of armor that is capable of flight. See Grand Theft Prototype.
- Rebel Leader: Leads one of around fifty rebel cells that are opposing the Enclave.
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Took a cryo-gun from a member of the Enclave Special Forces that she killed.
Major Albert Black
- Anti-Villain: Follows the orders of President Woods without question, but does not kill out of malice. He even closes the eyes of a Quarian when the fleet he was with launched an unprompted attack on a survey team.
- Artificial Limbs: Both of his arms are cybernetic, with machine guns built into them.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Holds his own against the Normandy crew and Omega Squad
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Has his helmet crushed into an inhuman shape, his head still inside it.
- Due to the Dead: See the above example.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Is the leader of Sigma Squad, one of the Enclave Special Forces squads.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible sibling to Warren's foolish sibling.
- Majorly Awesome:
- The Stoic: Keeps a clam level head most of the time and is usually not that emotive.
- Not So Stoic: That being said, he gets PISSED when Admiral Crawford and Omega Squad betray Woods
Lieutenant Warren Black
- Anti-Villain: Less so than his brother, but at the end of the day he is only following orders.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Has a pair of them.
- Elites Are More Glamorous
- Even Evil Has Standards: Is horrified by many of Admiral Crawford's actions, including bombing New Boston as well as ordering his men to fire on civilians.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish sibling to Albert's responsible.
- Kick the Dog: Gleefully killed a wounded Quarian, insulting him as he did.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Has a tendency to charge in without really thinking. It ends up leading to his death, when he futilly charges a Yahg in an attempt to avenge his brother.
- The Rival: He butts heads with Grace Cain just about every time they're in the same room together.
Lieutenant Cadence Moore
- Action Girl:
- Artificial Limbs: Like Warren and Albert, she has cybernetic arms.
- Badass: Managed to take out two Nightkin with a single swing each.
- Berserk Button: Attacking her mother is a good way to get her mad and trying to smash your skull in with her hammer.
- Drop the Hammer: Uses a Super Sledge as her primary weapon
- Elites Are More Glamorous
- Mama Bear: Inverted. She is a daughter who is very protective of her mother.
Lieutenant Rose Cain
- Alas, Poor Villain
- Dead Man Writing: Left a message set to go out when she died, apologizing to Jessica and saying that she always loved her
- Death Seeker: She is so desperate to escape the hellish life she has in the Enclave that she actively seeks out the strongest enemy soldiers that she can in the hopes that she will be killed and finally set free. Upon fighting Sam after Crawford's betrayal, she finally gets her wish
- Elites Are More Glamorous
- Even Evil Has Standards: Flat out states that she hates Jessica, yet still criticizes Grace for attacking her knowing that she won't fight back. She also generally is disgusted by Grace's sadistic tendencies.
- Go Out with a Smile
- I Die Free:
- Jerkass: While she is nowhere near as vicious as Grace, she is still a highly unpleasant person to be around, insulting both of her sisters freely and even saying that she hates Jessica. It's all an act.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Easily the most headstrong of the three Cain sisters, often charging recklessly into battle Considering she's intentionally trying to get herself killed, it makes sense
- Playing with Fire: Has a pair of flamethrowers mounted into her arms.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Sam to be one. Because she thinks Sam would have the best chance at killing her
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Jessica says that she used to be the sweetest person she ever knew before Goeth turned her into a monster
Lieutenant Grace Cain
- Ax-Crazy: Is a very violent person who enjoys killing people and has a tendency to lash out at her own allies.
- Dying Curse: Simply says "fuck you" to Jessica before dying
- Sociopathic Soldier: Very much a type 2 as she takes sadistic glee in butchering enemy soldiers. Is a type 3 in reality, as she was kidnapped and forced into the military. She developed her sadistic personality as a coping mechanism.
- Revenge Before Reason: Refused to stop attacking the Normandy crew in order to get revenge for the hand they had in killing Rose. She ignores how her surviving sister is defending them, they only killed Rose out of self defense, Rose WANTED them to kill her, and they were forced to fight agains their will by Woods and Crawford. This mindset ends up getting her killed when she attacks Jessica for standing in her way, forcing her older sister to kill her in self defense
- The Rival: Butts heads with Warren Black in just about every scene that they share.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Jessica, she used to be a shy quiet bookworm before Goeth's experiments turned her into what she was
Lieutenant Jessica Cain
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes as she attacks Roger, Sheryl and Nora, mainly due to her moving away from being an empty shell and spotting them watching the video of Goeth torturing her, proving that she serves the Enclave unwillingly.
- Broken Bird: She hid inside of herself to get away from all the pain Dr. Goeth's experiments were inflicting on her. When she opens up again, it's clear that she's still traumatized by the ordeal. And then she's forced to kill her own sister in self defense and watch another one die.
- Empty Shell: No noticeable personality, never says a word, does what others tell her to, and doesn't react to her sister's abuse at all. She snaps out of it later on though
- Extreme Door Mat: Does absolutely nothing when Grace punches her for literally looking at her wrong.
- Invisibility Cloak: Utilizes a tactical cloak in combat.
- HeelFace Turn: Joins the Coalition and Cerberus after she is freed from the Enclave
- The Speechless: Never says a word.
- Suddenly Voiced: That changes when Rose is killed though
- Anti-Villain: She is part of a government that is actively oppressing its people. She knows this and she hates it, to the point where she has turned to drinking to escape from it.
- Four-Star Badass: Averted for the most part, as she tends to stay off the battlefield. Later played straight as she is part of the team that directly storms the White House
- Going Cold Turkey: She drops a bottle of alcohol she was about to drink when Crawford betrays Woods out of pure shock and simple stops drinking from that point.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Inverted. She is an antagonist, but carries a rapier around with her.
- Tank Goodness: Leader of a tank division.
- The Alcoholic: Has a very bad drinking habit brought on by how depressed she is.
- Villainous Friendship: Is friendly enough with Woods that the two of them talk about their love lives without too much discomfort.
- General Ripper: Takes very extreme measures to ensure security is kept in the Enclave.
- The Starscream: Shoots Woods in the back and tries to take control of the Enclave
Rear-Admiral Gallows Later Admiral Gallows
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted. While he is described as going on a date with another man, afterwards he described the event sourly, referring to the other man as an "asshole" and heavily implying no sex had taken place.
- Anti-Villain: Does absolutely nothing malicious and is really only a villain because he's part of the Enclave.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Inverted. He severely doubts his own abilities and feels like jobs given to him would be better off handled by someone else.
- Formerly Fat: Is still a little chubby, but apparently he used to weigh a lot more until he got a dedicated workout routine and diet.
- Rank Up: Jumps up two ranks to a full fledged Admiral after Crawford's demotion.
- Shrinking Violet: A Rare Male Example. He overall has poor confidence and stutters badly when he is nervous.
- Speech Impediment: Suffers from a pretty bad stutter.
- Straight Gay:
- Undying Loyalty: To President Woods, to the point where his personal flotilla remained loyal to her even after the majority of the Enclave fleet turned on her
President Alice Woods
- Anti-Villain: Was willing to brainwash the Geth into a loyal army, but thought that doing so would help make the galaxy a safer place for Humans.
- Bad Boss: Played for laughs when she uses her new authority over Sam to Poke the Poodle over how she should be addressed.
- Cartwright Curse: NARROWLY averted and by sheer luck at that. Her wife was nearly killed in a car bombing that only failed because she ended up turning around halfway to it after forgetting the keys.
- Cigar Chomper: A fairly frequent smoker that favors cigars.
- Dark Horse Victory: How she was elected President. The two main candidates dedicated themselves to tearing each other appart so much that she was actually managed to get herself elected. The problem was that she had no support in senate, so she was unable to keep the promises she made about making the Enclave better
- Our Presidents Are Different: A bit of President Iron, a bit of President Evil. That being said she is honestly trying to make things better for the people of the Enclave and the galaxy as a whole, and views her stern decisions and morally questionable actions to be necessary evils.
- Straight Gay:
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tries as hard as she can to be this for the Enclave, but the massive amount of obstructions and lack of support she receives makes it impossible.
- The One That Got Away: She used to be married, but her political career as President put a lot of stress on her marriage. Her wife finally left her after a car bombing nearly killed her.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She is disgusted by the atrocities she is forced to commit, including fighting revolutions and allowing Dr. Goeth to continue his work, but feels that she has no choice to achieve her goals.
- The Extremist Was Right: For all her troubles she still manages to get a bill of rights passed for the good of the people.
- 0% Approval Rating: Not quite there, but the overall opinion towards her is less than positive to the point where there are constant streams of protestors outside the White House
- 100% Adoration Rating: It takes a massive u-turn after she passes the Bill of Rights and is shot for her troubles, her approval ratings jumping to 90% overnight.
- Above Good and Evil: A weird example. It's not that he thinks good and evil don't apply to him, he just thinks that the concept of good and evil is stupid. He more or less is of the viewpoint that everyone should simply do what they please.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: He pretty much considers the concept of right and wrong to be laughable and the people who try and follow them end up being hypocrites anyway.
- Boxed Crook: It was never mentioned why, but Goeth was on death row when he was offered a position in the Enclave in exchange for a pardon.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He is a horrible, twisted Human being, something he makes no attempts whatsoever to hide.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: No tragic Start of Darkness. No explanation for his actions. No redeeming qualities.
- Combat Tentacles: His power armor has eight spiked versions.
- Died Standing Up: Justified. He planted his Combat Tentacles into the ground to support himself.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much the only reason he does what he does is that he considers the concepts of peace and stability to be beyond boring.
- Gold Tooth: One of his more noticeable traits.
- Go Out with a Smile: Died happily as he watched his creations rampage across New Washington D.C.
- Mad Scientist
- Non-Action Guy: Averted
- Only One Name: His first name is never revealed.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He dies in the same arc that he is introduced in, but the speech he makes to Saren plays a massive part in pushing him to even further extremes. See Spirit Advisor for more.
- Spirit Advisor: It is the result of hallucinations and Saren's decaying mental state, but Goeth plays this a taunting version of this role for Saren after his death, constantly urging Saren to embrace his more primal urges.
- Wild Card: He isn't loyal to any particular person in the Enclave or in the Enclave himself. He'll pretty much side with anyone he pleases and towards the end, simply goes off on his own.
High Chancellor Reginam
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She's the un-democratically elected leader of the Batarian Hegemony, a nation that was essentially described as North Korea in space. Her personality reflects it all too well.
- It's Personal: Primarch Fedorian notes that she takes defeats inflicted on the Hegemony as personal, something that terrifies him.
High Admiral Danux
- Anti-Villain: Is aware of the many flaws within the Batarian Hegemony and resents them, but doesn't speak out against them.
- Dirty Coward: By his own admission. He stands by and lets horrible things happen because he's too afraid of losing his comfortable life.
- The Alcoholic: Mainly as a coping mechanism for the crap she has to put up with under Hegemony rule. Though she drinks when she's in a good mood too.
- A Father to His Men: Takes command of a green Hegemony tank crew during the Coalition invasion of Adek, and acts as a leader and protector to them
- Boom, Headshot!: Her eventual fate.
- HeelFace Turn: Gleefully switches sides to fight against the Hegemony when given the chance.
- Trauma Conga Line: Ohhhhh boy. First, she's glassed in the face by a nameless Moriean trooper for no reason other than the bad blood between the the two species. After that, she's forced to undergo painful recovery, her injuries causing her agony. To rub salt in the wound, she's coerced by General Hill into dropping the charges against the trooper. Falo hates the concept, but goes along with it for the good of the planet. And just to top it all off, she's assassinated mid-speech.
- HeelFace Turn: A VERY reluctant example, as she was essentially blackmailed by General Hill into rebelling against the Hegemony.