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This page is for listing the tropes related to Non-Player Characters serving as the crew of Ryder's flagship, the Tempest, in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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Voiced by: Alexia Traverse-Healy

Short for Simulative Adaptive Matrix. An AI created by Alec Ryder who is permanently connected to all members of Ryder's Pathfinder team.

  • Appropriated Appelation: Invoked, possibly for convenience's sake. "SAM" stands for Simulative Adaptive Matrix, technically more of a label than a name, but Ryder refers to it as "Sam", similar to the way Commander Shepard treats EDI as an actual name.
  • Benevolent A.I.: SAM was designed to share the mind and body of its Pathfinder, so that there'd be no "master" to turn against and the relationship would be symbiotic — mutually beneficial. It is linked to all of Ryder's senses and thus has a unique understanding of organic experience that most synthetic intelligences lack. Screwing over Ryder, or humanity in general, would also screw over itself.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: On occasion it'll interpret a colloquialism literally, such as when Ryder makes a reference to "thieves with hearts of gold" on a sidequest. SAM says it needs more data to make any inferences about their circulatory systems.
  • Call-Back: The novel Mass Effect: Revelation first mentioned an AI project that humanity was working on that almost cost humanity its embassy on the Citadel. That project turns out to have been the research that eventually led to SAM.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: You can ask SAM to tell jokes, although it is terrible at them, unlike EDI. Reportedly, Alec told SAM to work on it. A lot. SAM even develops a special program for telling jokes... and they're all still terrible.
    SAM: Why do thresher maws not eat comedians?
    Ryder: I don't know.
    SAM: Because comedians taste funny.
    Ryder: Uhhh...
    • It should be said, that all of SAM's jokes are (variations of) well known groaners, not newly created ones.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite speaking in a monotone, some of SAM's lines later on in the game sure sound sarcastic. At one point, Ryder will ask SAM if it is being sarcastic. SAM notes that it didn't mean to be, but takes note that its response was understood that way. Which may be a sarcastic comment.
    SAM: Pathfinder, I am scanning the signature from the stolen Drive Core, but it's clearly not here.
    Ryder: Yeah, I got that part.
    SAM: Which is why I specified "clearly".
    Ryder: SAM... were you being sarcastic?
    SAM: Not intentionally. However I have noted that my response was regarded that way.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Like EDI, it's designed to be able to analyze, hack, detect, decrypt, translate, and automate just about anything and everything. Justified because Pathfinders have no idea what they'll run into during exploration, and need a solution to anything and everything.
  • Faking the Dead: During the Knight sub-quest, Ryder can convince SAM to "play dead" and claims Knight's virus destroyed it.
  • Grammar Nazi: Just like Addison, SAM corrects Ryder when they ask "by who?" instead of "by whom?"
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: Subtle, but as the game goes on SAM starts acting more "human" (for want of a better word). It even gets noted by the other Ryder sibling when SAM invokes luck.
    Other Ryder: When did you start believing in luck?
    SAM: I'm not sure.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: An invoked trope, and part of its programming. SAM is designed to learn as much about organic species and how they work as possible. This not only reduces the probability of it going rogue, but means it can make more empathetic decisions or take initiative to help. For instance, if something threatens the Nexus, SAM sends them a warning without being asked by Ryder. At one point, it even offers to help Ryder cheat at poker.
  • Machine Monotone: SAM speaks with no emotional inflection of any kind.
  • Me's a Crowd: There is actually more than one SAM; each Pathfinder has their own "partner AI". However, at least one is permanently lost during the chaos of the Initative arrival. Fortunately, SAM notes they can be in multiple places at once via quantum entanglement, though Scott and/or Sara will always be SAM's first priority.
  • Mission Control: SAM serves as your mission computer, providing intel and data to you while in the field. It's even incorporated into the HUD.
  • Mind over Matter: Because SAM incorporated Ellen Ryder's research into its programming for profiles, it can allow those linked to mimic biotic abilities, even if they aren't natural biotics. This seems to be unique to Alec's SAM, since Alec was the one who unlocked SAM's blocks on the Pathfinder's physiology.
  • Moment Killer: If Ryder romances Cora, then SAM interrupts them after what's implied to be an entire night of lovemaking to point out it's morning, just as the two were preparing to go at it again.
  • Mr. Exposition: Part of its role is to inform Ryder about important information.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Zig-Zagged. Once a SAM has been brought online in a Pathfinder's implant, the two become entwined and this symbiosis only increases as the two grow together. Forcibly removing SAM from a Pathfinder will, eventually, kill that Pathfinder unless the connection is reset. At the same time, however, once SAM has unlocked abilities or traits in a Pathfinder's mind and body, the Pathfinder can continue to use them without SAM, though not without great stress and effort. Again, continuing to do so will eventually lead to the Pathfinder's death if overtaxed.
  • The Philosopher:
    • When it isn't serving as your HUD, informing you about your environment or relaying any other information vital to your missions, SAM can have philosophical discussions with you and Suvi Anwar about existence.
    • A specific one where Ryder notes SAM's philosopher tendency is when the discovery that the angara were created by Andromeda's Precursors. SAM knows its creator, and knows its purpose. Those give shape to its life. It admits wondering how much of a shock this discovery must be to Jaal and the angara, not knowing those answers.
  • Power Perversion Potential: It's brought up by numerous squadmates that SAM is experiencing every physical sense Ryder does — even during sex. During her romance, Cora specifically asks SAM to stop receiving data during her love scene with Ryder.
  • Robot Buddy: Formerly to Alec and now to the player character and his/her companions.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: SAM knows what sarcasm is and knows how to use it, but doesn't catch it in every instance. At one point, when Ryder asks if it was using sarcasm, SAM says it wasn't but makes note of how it sounded.
  • Super Prototype: The SAM on the Hyperion (aka the "main" SAM that accompanies Ryder throughout the game) is the most advanced among all the others, with Alec Ryder having continue to modify it until just before the arks launched. The other 4 SAMs are less advanced versions (akin to mass produced models).
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: In more ways than one. SAM is physically housed in a quantum computer mainframe on the Hyperion but connected by a Subspace Ansible to Ryder's brain implant, letting SAM experience everything Ryder does and interface with objects via the omni-tool and HUD.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Even many technophobic people who think AI are evil feel that SAM is an impressive exception.

    Kallo Jath

Voiced by: Garett Ross

The salarian pilot of the Tempest. He was one of the engineers who helped design the Tempest and the only member of the team who went to Andromeda.

  • Ace Pilot: Naturally. He's been piloting Tempest-class ships since their early prototype days. Unlike Joker from the Shepard trilogy, he's restricted to flying as a Plugger since the Tempest doesn't have any guns on it: your first time heading to Aya, he evades an ambush by the Archon's flagship by pulling a Han Solo and flying through a patch of Scourge to force pursuing fighters to crash.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More emphasis on the "deadpan" than Joker. For instance, his reaction to the incredibly awkward flirting Sara Ryder attempts toward Suvi:
    Kallo: (after yet another bout of flirting) Do I have to be here for this?
  • The Engineer: In addition to piloting the Tempest he was also one of the people who built it and others like it. He is also the only member of the engineering team to make the trip to Andromeda.
  • Faking the Dead: Played for Laughs with Ryder when mocking an old turian vid.
  • Never Lend to a Friend: A fairly heartwarming example but Kallo is constantly borrowing credits from Suvi, to the point where Suvi can't help but wonder what he does with the money. It turns out he uses the credits to support the widow of one of the pilots he has been training how to fly through the Scourge, telling Suvi that it was the least he could do.
  • Not So Above It All: Gets really into acting out a dramatic, fake death scene with Ryder during movie night.
  • Not So Stoic: He drops all pretense on the mission to retrieve the salarian ark. After all, they are his people.
    • If Ryder chooses to have the salarian conspirators arrested, Kallo says he would've rather just incinerated them with the Tempest's engines.
    • Furthermore, when Gil makes one "improvement" to the Tempest too many, he loses it, escalating their war of words.
  • Photographic Memory: Like all salarians, Kallo can perfectly recall everything he experiences. However, Kallo's memory is even stronger than most salarians: he describes it as being able to relive the past, but is otherwise reluctant to discuss it. This is why Gil's modifications to the Tempest upset Kallo so badly; to Kallo, it's as if all the work and camaraderie that went into its construction is still happening, and he can't stand to see that disrespected.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Develops a close relationship with Suvi over the course of the game, even referring to her as his "best friend".
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Given his status as one of the original engineers for the Tempest, he and Gil butt heads frequently. Ends up being Played for Drama once the real reason for his antagonism towards Gil is revealed.
  • Sole Survivor: Being the only member of the Tempest's design team to make the trip to Andromeda, he's the only one of them that's still alive. Realizing this makes him depressed and often very lonely.
  • Troll: Once altered data during the Tempest's construction to convince a fellow designer that turning the bathroom lights on would overload the engine core. He also convinced Liam that there were secret compartments in the ship and apparently he's been looking for them ever since.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He is not pleased if Ryder lets the traitor who sold out Ark Paachero go. Also played for laughs when he dryly comments regarding Peebee's loyalty mission that "I think that Peebee needs to read a few safety manuals."

    Dr. Lexi T'Perro

Voiced by: Natalie Dormer
The asari doctor of the Tempest. Lexi was born on Omega and her parents gave everything to ensure that she could become a doctor and live a better life than they did. Lexi is one of the best experts on alien biology in the Initiative, which led to her being the only non-human assigned to the Hyperion, and later to her assignment to the Tempest.
  • Actor Allusion: When discussing with Cora about a certain book series, Lexi makes a possible one to A Song of Ice and Fire, specifically alluding to a major fear among some fans that the series would not be finished due to Author Existence Failure.
    Lexi: Sorry, that's the last book in the series. The author...died before it was finished.
  • Admiring the Abomination: After learning about kett exaltation, she tries saying that from a purely objective point of view, the process is fascinating.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She seems to have a bit of a crush on resident krogan pirate and mercenary, Nakmor Drack. Somewhat subverted in that she isn't attracted to him because of his dangerous past, but because of his actual personality, noting that she's never met someone "so stubborn and so appreciative".
  • Blue-Skinned Space Babe: Asari? Check.
  • Brutal Honesty: In conversation with Jaal, after learning about exaltation, she tells him there's no evident way of undoing it, telling Ryder afterward that Jaal needs to come to terms with this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not afraid of a little dry humor.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Although she never really becomes as casually friendly with her team as most of the others, Lexi does mellow out a bit over the course of the Tempest's adventures. Certain dialogue choices in the late game can even elicit an honest laugh from her.
  • Doorstopper: She wrote a thousand page long thesis on krogan virility and its ties to aggression, as well as a shorter version she submitted to the Council, which lacks mating diagrams.
  • Dr. Jerk: Not intentionally, just lacking in the socialization department. At one point, Jaal is in a foul mood, which he attributes to foolishly having agreed to a physical from her.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: During her loyalty mission, Ryder can find her at a bar, struggling with self-loathing. The bartender, in fact, sends Ryder an email saying Lexi's been coming there more and more during leave on the Nexus.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody outright dislikes her besides Peebee, but they are turned off by her aloofness and habit of treating everyone as study subjects instead of people, causing them to constantly attempt to skip Lexi's exams.
  • Get Out!: She'll eventually ask Ryder how they manage to integrate their job with their private life as smoothly as they do, something she herself has a lot of trouble with. If the casual response is chosen, Ryder boils it down to being naturally awesome, which makes Lexi laugh and invoke this trope in an amicable manner.
  • Has a Type: How she rejects a Ryder who flirts with her. They just aren't her type. But Drack, apparently, is.
  • Hospital Hottie: Well, Medical Bay Hottie, rather, but there's a reason why some of her fans have taken to calling her Doctor Sexi. Emphasized by the sexy roles played by her voice actress (even though Lexi doesn't physically resemble Natalie Dormer).
  • Interspecies Romance: Par for the course for the asari and their preference for romance outside their own species, but she has no interest in finding it in her patients. That said, she has a bit of a crush on Ryder's krogan companion, Drack. Lexi herself is the product of an asari-turian relationship. She also mentions watching a series that features 'dreamy turians with fringes that can't be natural.'
    • When discussing her friendship with Dr. Harry Carlyle, she implies that more than friendship might be at play - at least from Harry's perspective.
  • Married to the Job: She doesn't have much of a life outside of her medical work and it weighs on her heavily. Her last few exes left her because they felt that she was viewing them more as research subjects than people.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Lexi' is a short form of Alexandra, which in Greek means 'defender of man.' Appropriately, Dr. Lexi is not only a doctor but the doctor for the human Pathfinder team. It also fits with the asari penchant for using Greek/Arabic names.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Lexi expresses concern over Cora's rosy view of the asari, saying that their long lifespans just mean the asari have more time to make mistakes.
  • Not Hyperbole: Lexi tells Casual!Ryder late in the game that she can break bones as easily as she can mend them. As an asari, Lexi is implicitly a biotic, so that is not an empty threat.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She flatly rejects any possibility of romance with (either) Ryder at their first attempt to flirt, but at one point, she tells Ryder that she'll always be there for them and always care for them — platonically.
  • Older Than They Look: Asari can live for a thousand years and look practically the same as they age. Lexi is 275 years old, and still young.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: She's the Hyperion's (and later the Tempest's) resident physician, xenobiologist, psychiatrist and psychologist. Justified, since she's 275 years old and has had time to pick up these specialties.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents were killed in a turf war on Omega.
  • Ship Sinking: Given that numerous NPCs can be romanced by Ryder, it's natural to assume Lexi is one of them. However the first time Ryder attempts to flirt, she makes it clear that medical ethics compel her to remain at a professional distance.
  • The Shrink: She tries, even distributing an email on psychological health to the entire crew to head off outbreaks of PTSD, and reaches out to Peebee after her loyalty mission, but in that instance it's rebuffed.
  • The Spock: She's mentioned to walk a line between this and The McCoy: she tries to remain a detached, professional doctor but she's not without emotion or compassion.
  • Team Mom: She is the ship's doctor, so it lends to a caring, mildly fussy demeanor. Because of her wealth of experience with all different types of aliens, she can effectively care for even the multi-racial Tempest crew.
  • Those Two Guys: She had this relationship with Dr. Harry Carlyle.

    Gil Brodie 

Gil Brodie
Voiced by: Gethin Anthony

The human chief engineer of the Tempest. Gil is from one of Earth's megacities, although he is otherwise reluctant to discuss his past or personal life. He came to Andromeda alongside his best and only friend, Jill. He is a romance option for a male Ryder.

  • Actor Allusion: A gay male romance option voiced by Gethin Anthony, who played the gay Renly Baratheon in Game of Thones.
  • All Guys Want Bad Boys: If romanced, Gil says that he previously had a preference for "the dangerous type", and that it pretty much always ended badly. He goes on to say that he wants something different with Ryder.
  • Ambiguously Brown: His voice actor is white, but it's unclear if Gil shares that in common.
  • Baby Factory: Gil's friend Jill (whose job is help the Milky Way settlers repopulate in Andromeda) wants to use him to father a baby and also suggests having him raise the baby with Ryder if in a relationship with him.
  • Betty and Veronica: At launch, he was the Betty to Reyes's Veronica for gay male Ryders. Jaal, who was made a viable same-sex option in patch 1.08, is somewhere between the two.
  • Cowardly Lion: Gil begins to greatly regret coming to the Andromeda galaxy, as he impulsively signed up for the chance to do something risky and new before thinking it through. He grows increasingly worried when every mission sends them up against more and more dangerous threats, such as the Scourge and kett flagships. That being said, he stays loyal and does his duty.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Gil brings it up as little as possible, but his codex entry mentions that he grew up in the slums, not unlike Earthborn Shepard, and if romanced he alludes to having several bad relationships in the past.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: He's got a cheeky personality and loves to play poker.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gil is sarcastic most of the time, especially when people he doesn't know well try to inquire into his past.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He came to Andromeda to find a purpose for himself.
  • Did Not Think This Through:
    • He describes himself as impulsive, and his decision to join the Initiative was no different. He didn't really consider what it would be like waking up 600 years in the future, and when the kett appear, he argues that this wasn't what the crew signed up for. Cora and Drack remind him that being caught in a war with an alien race was always one of the likely scenarios, which he unfortunately failed to realize.
    • Also comes up in the aftergame, where he mentions wanting to name his and Jill's child either "Meri" or "Dian", after Meridian. Ryder then asks if Gil's asked Jill about this. He hadn't.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gil's father ran off before Gil was even born. Gil still apparently inherited his father's impulsive streak, though.
  • The Engineer: Is the chief engineer for the Tempest.
  • Gay Option: For male Ryders.
  • First Guy Wins: He is the first same-sex love interest encountered for Scott Ryder.
  • Has Two Daddies: His romance can culminate with him and Ryder agreeing to father a child by way of surrogacy with Jill, who apparently really likes Ryder and Gil as a couple.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: For a gay male Ryder.
  • I Am Not My Father: Implied to be the reason that Gil wouldn't be satisfied simply being a sperm donor. He would feel like he was abandoning his child the same way his father abandoned him.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Sara can flirt with Gil, but he makes it clear that he is not interested.
  • Is This Thing On?: "Pathfinder Ryder to engineering. Repeat: Ryder to engineering." (chuckles) "Shit! Is this thing on?!"
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Gil occasionally goes overboard with his antagonism towards Kallo, but he has a valid point that the Tempest wasn't built with the Scourge or the kett in mind, and he honestly thinks that Kallo's sentimentality will end up endangering the crew by preventing them from adapting to the threats they're facing.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: If Ryder expresses displeasure at Jill and her statements about Gil, he will say that they joke like this all the time and it doesn't mean anything. Ryder can point out that he's still putting a lot of thought into it, though.
  • Like Brother and Sister: He has this relationship with Jill, his best and only friend who currently works to help the Andromeda settlers repopulate. He says she was the only piece of the Milky Way he brought with him. She also volunteers to serve as surrogate for Ryder and Gil's child if the two are in a relationship.
  • Missing Mom: It's implied that Gil lost his mother as an early age.
  • Mysterious Past: Gil is very reluctant to discuss his life before the Initiative. The few hints Gil does give, combined with his codex entry, implies that he was orphaned at an early age and was a Street Urchin until someone "sentenced him to honest work."
  • Never Heard That One Before: He implies that he's heard plenty of jokes about Gil and Jill.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: At one point he helps strand Ryder and the team out in the middle of the Elaaden desert, thanks to his tinkering with the Tempest systems rendering the ship ground-bound. In his defense, Gil didn't know something was going to go wrong.
  • Scotty Time: In an early conversation, he admits he fudges his estimates and then hauls ass while working in order to not get caught out. Fortunately, he's a capable enough engineer that it's not much of a problem.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: If Sara tries flirting with him, he awkwardly says that he's not "susceptible" to being hit on by women, and that Liam is more his type, or at least would be if Liam weren't such a tool. If Sara skips that flirt option, she can take a later one and suggest that she and Gil play strip poker; Gil informs Sara that he only plays strip poker with men.
  • Straight Gay: Doesn't display any Camp or Manly traits.
  • Street Urchin: According to his codex entry, Gil had to fend for himself in the slums after his mother died, until he was caught tinkering in a nearby junkyard and "sentenced to honest work."
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Given his status as the chief engineer of the Tempest, he and Kallo, who was a part of the team that built the ship, butt heads frequently. For his part, Gil acknowledges that it is more a matter of differing styles than anything else, and the crew is better off for having them both around to balance each other out. It ends up being Played for Drama once Gil reveals the real reason for his frustration with Kallo.
  • Strip Poker: He's been known to play it at times, though he tells Sara that he only does so with men.
  • Troll: Gil takes almost perverse pleasure in beating the rest of the crew at poker. At one point he "accidentally" loses his notes on the rest of the crew's tells, and admits to Ryder that he did it to throw them all off. When he ends up losing to Jaal after the final battle, it's only because he let Jaal win to, again, mess with the rest of the crew.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds
    • When Jill finally appears, they show themselves to be this if Ryder chooses the professional dialogue option, with Jill poking fun at Gil's newfound maturity.
    • Gil ends up as this with Kallo once their conflict comes to a head and they work things out. Gil declares that he's fine as long as he can still make the occasional snide remark.

    Dr. Suvi Anwar
Voiced by: Katy Townsend

The human science officer of the Tempest. An astrophysicist and molecular biologist who is also deeply religious. She is a romance option for a female Ryder.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: When Cora finds a coffee cup mag-locked sideways to a door frame aboard the Tempest, Suvi claims ownership and explains that she did it because she quickly needed her hands for something else. Cora understands but asks her to empty the cup first next time.
  • Action Girl: Averted. Suvi states outright that she's not cut out for squad work. However, towards the end of the game, an email can be found in which she states interest in taking weapons training, as she begins feeling she may have to use one eventually.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Particularly if you romance her as female Ryder.
    Ryder: (after awkwardly rambling about Suvi's accent) Okay, I should just go over the piloting...thing.
    Kallo: Kill. Me. Now.
    • And female Ryder isn't the only one who loves Suvi's accent: Vetra loves it, too, admitting that if someone could fall for a voice, it'd be Suvi's.
  • Birds of a Feather: If female Ryder states that she doesn't believe in a higher power, but respects Suvi's opinion and still flirts, Suvi will be appreciative and say in a later email that she's happy to have a reasonable discussion despite their differences. If female Ryder, however, says she agrees with her, Suvi is absolutely thrilled to finally find someone who feels the same way she does and expresses her appreciation in a very long email which oozes with romantic tension.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She has some odd quirks, like a tendency to lick rocks, or wanting to name a dog "Rabbit", but she's a skilled scientist. So skilled in fact that it's implied that Cerberus wanted Suvi for the Lazarus Project, but she turned them down.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Comes off as this at times (licking rocks, being so immersed in science she doesn't notice Ryder making a play for her, etc.). Tends to turn Ryder into one when flirting, much to Kallo's consternation.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A mutual example where she and Ryder misunderstand each other. Suvi misinterprets Ryder's disbelief that she wrote a sixty page report on bacteria and microfauna as interest in reading it. She proceeds to email a copy of the report to Ryder. Ryder, in turn, is shocked that Suvi wrote so much "about dirt", disregarding the fact that 60 pages of research on microbes and soil across galaxies is barely scratching the surface.
  • Endearingly Dorky:
    • In her final romance scene, Suvi squees over some alien genomes she's acquired for study, and Ryder can compliment her by saying how adorable she is when she gets worked up on this sort of thing.
    • Once Ryder makes it clear she's into Suvi, apparently shortly thereafter Suvi couldn't stop giggling at her post.
  • Family Business: Her neuroscientist mother and mathematician father exposed her and her siblings to science from a young age, which sparked a lifelong love of the subject.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Suvi remarks that during her teen years, she reacted from her very scientific and materialist parents by finding God. She adds that everyone else in her age group was finding batarian music.
  • Gay Option: For female Ryders.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: If romanced, she suggests she and Ryder use the Nexus' labs to clone a dog of their own.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: For a lesbian female Ryder.
  • The Idealist: Suvi is an optimistic, loving woman who wanted to see all Andromeda has to offer.
  • Incompatible Orientation: If Scott tries flirting with her, she politely refuse, stating that she prefers to have strictly professional relationships with men.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Even if Ryder takes every opportunity to flirt with her, she still thinks Ryder might just be insincere and asks her not to... at which point Ryder can initiate a Big Damn Kiss, and all that insecurity just boils away into nothingness.
  • Lethal Chef: She tasks Ryder with acquiring a special angaran plant she wants to turn into snacks for the movie night. When Vetra gets wind of Suvi's attempts at cooking, she immediately sends Ryder to Kadara to procure both dextro and levo-based popcorn before anyone is forced to eat Suvi's creation. Doubly funny since romancing Vetra reveals she herself is a Lethal Chef when it comes to non-turian food - which probably means she knows one when she sees one.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: The Initiative probably didn't expect anyone to use the Nexus science lab for that sort of "biological research".
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: In a screening interview, she stated that she was from a "large, rather boisterous family" of five children.
  • Meaningful Name: According to the previews which talk about her, Suvi likes to sit and watch the stars. Her surname, Anwar, means "a collection of lights."
  • Mission Control: She often gives the team advice or relays information from the Tempest's sensors. Especially when exploring on the Galaxy Map.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: Suvi is a Finnish name that means "Summer," and Anwar is an Arabic name. Since in the Mass Effect universe the lines that separate humanity's different ethnicities and nationalities are to a certain extent blurred, a redheaded Scotswoman with a Finnish given name and an Arabic last name isn't that far out there.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Possibly. Suvi brought tea with her from the Milky Way, which she'll share with Ryder if romanced or befriended.
  • Non-Action Guy: When Ryder asks Suvi if she'll be fighting alongside the squad, she points out that she has no combat training and would probably wind up accidentally shooting Ryder in the back. Although she does mention she'd like to go out and explore alongside the team, she just doesn't think it's a great idea with the kett about. Towards the end of the game, however, she volunteers for Cora and Drack's target practice sessions.
  • Oblivious to Love: So downplayed that it lasts about four seconds, thanks to Ryder's bluntness. After Suvi fails to pick up on Ryder's initial signal, Ryder blurts out her feelings with zero tact. Suvi is shocked, but from that point on, there are no misunderstandings.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: She holds advanced degrees in astrophysics and molecular biology.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Averted. Suvi is a woman of science, but also a woman of faith. Indeed, a lot of her previews mention that she views science as a means of understanding "the divine intelligence behind all of creation."
    • Her quote actually paraphrasing a quote attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci, and later made by journalist and Christian apologetics author, Lee Strobel.
    • That said, she has few specifics on her faith. She appears to believe in an omnipresent monotheistic deity, but that's the extent of the details. She does say she conceives God as supreme artist or craftsman, not Rules Lawyer, making it sound that she ascribes to some form of Deism.
    • She regards the discovery of the Angara being a crafted species as proof of her feelings.
  • Playing Hard to Get: Several times in her romance, she tries to stay professional and focused, but all it takes is a little coaxing from female Ryder and she can't resist.
  • The Pollyanna: She has unbridled optimism and refuses to let the world get her down, even when others can criticize her.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Suvi is normally the most soft-spoken and proper member of the crew, which makes her statement about the Scourge near the end of the game all the more jarring.
      Suvi: Between the Remnant city, Meridian, and however the Scourge fits in... pardon my Martian, but it's all weird as shite.
    • And again when the Archon severs SAM and Ryder's connection and makes off with Ark Hyperion, when she says "shite" twice in a row.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Shortly after being officially introduced, there were accusations of her having a "fake Scottish accent". Katy Townsend is from Glasgow, and her accent is very real.
  • Running Gag: According to random dialogue heard on the Tempest, Suvi keeps getting ill trying to eat exotic Helius plants (this on top of her gastrointestinal misadventure related to licking rocks).
  • Serious Business: When the subject of celebratory champagne comes up, Suvi makes a point of fashioning champagne flutes to drink it in, rather than using a regular glass.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Subverted. She undoubtedly has red hair and her eyes appear to be green whenever you encounter her on the Tempest's bridge (which means, most of the time), but meeting her aboard the Nexus reveals her eyes to be actually grey.
  • Sniff Sniff Nom: Suvi accidentally poisons herself by trying this on an Andromeda rock. She said she did it unconsciously out of habit; when she was young, she would go on expeditions with her father and performed the "lick test" on local rocks. This is Truth in Television. Real Life geologists have been known to study rocks by putting them in their mouths if they don't have the proper tools, as it's a quick and efficient way of examining a material's porosity and strength. Of course, doing this on an alien planet may not be a good idea.
  • Straight Gay: Since she isn't particularly Butch or Lipstick, she fits here. In fact, she's so subtle about it that multiple players with Scott as their avatar only found out that she's a lesbian by looking it up on this site or the Mass Effect Wiki after their upteenth flirting attempt failed to produce results. The character herself never has a "Sorry, I'm Gay" moment if you play as the male twin.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Kallo asks Suvi if she ever met Jien Garson, Suvi answers that she shook her hand at a gathering and then blurted out that she really wanted to look under her dress. What Suvi actually meant was that she wanted to see what Garson's dress was made of. There was a lot of champagne involved.


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