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  • Actor Allusion: Probably an unintentional example with Sebastian. A nobleman's son, who loses his father to betrayal and finds himself involved in events that will reshape the world. He's voiced by Alec Newman, who played Paul Atreides in the Dune miniseries.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: According to Bioware, the Hawke featured in the Destiny trailer is canonically a Blood Mage.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In fanfiction and even on this very wiki, Varric's nickname for Fenris is often said to be "Broody", despite the fact that in the game, he refers to him once as the "broody elf", and otherwise just calls him "Elf."
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  • Executive Meddling: The game's development was rushed in order to capitalize on the success of the previous installment.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Dragon Effect," because this game borrows some elements (voiced protagonist, dialogue wheel, greater focus on action than tactics) from Mass Effect.
      • The "Diplomatic" and "Aggressive" personalities are more commonly identified as "Paragon" and "Renegade." In fact, this is so ingrained that when the personalities are referred to by color the Diplomatic personality is almost always called "blue Hawke", despite the fact that in-game, the choices are green.
    • The female Hawke is called Lady Hawke (some use it deliberately because of the movie Ladyhawke) by some of the fanbase. "Mike" is a favorite name for Male Hawke, for some reason...
    • "Noodlehair" and variants for Cullen, since in certain lights his curls resemble a packet of ramen.
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    • Sebastian is sometimes (usually affectionately) called "Seabass."
  • I Knew It!: A few fans noticed that Qunari, other than Sten, likely possessed horns in Origins and that trait might turn up in future installments. Sure enough, the Qunari faction were redesigned with horned heads being the norm in the sequel. The hints came from a lone codex entry and the darkspawn Ogres (once you learn where they come from). Behind the scenes, Sten was originally supposed to be horned, but they proved problematic when mapping them to helmets, so he lost them.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Signature Edition, which was only available for pre-order before a certain date.
  • One Steve Limit: Ser Otto Alrik shares his name with Ser Otto, the blind Templar from Origins. The blind Ser Otto was an unambiguously good man, while the one in this game is unrepentantly evil; this is probably why the one in this game is always called Ser Alrik, and his first name is only found in a codex.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Isabela, who was voiced by Mika Simmons for her brief appearance in Origins, is voiced by Victoria Kruger here.
    • Merrill, who was previously voiced by Erin Matthews for the Dalish Warden's origin story in Origins, is voiced by Eve Myles here.
    • Anders, previously voiced by Cullen's VA, Greg Ellis, is voiced by Adam Howden here because unspecified "shenanigans" made it impossible to hire Ellis for such a large role.
  • Pre-Order Bonus: These were available and various, depending on where the game was pre-ordered. A later DLC allowed players to download all of them.
  • Similarly Named Works: The DLC The Exiled Prince shares its name with the second installment of the Dark Parables hidden object games. They were even released within ten days of each other in 2011.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Nicholas Boulton voices Male!Hawke, Malcolm Hawke in Legacy, and Baron Arlange in the Mark of the Assassin DLC.
    • A minor example, but as noted above, Sebastian is voiced by Alec Newman - who also voices Seneschal Bran. They can have a small interaction in Act 2 if Sebastian is in the party when Hawke speaks to Bran about the missing Qunari delegation.
  • Throw It In!: The initial decision to have Leandra Hawke have the maiden name Amell was apparently made while having forgotten it's also the name of a human Mage Warden. Bioware apparently only noticed when fans pointed out the connection and decided to roll with it by making them cousins.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Dragon Age II was originally going to be a Gaiden Game called Dragon Age: Exodus, with the plot for what would later become Dragon Age: Inquisition being planned for Dragon Age II. Among other differences, Hawke was originally intended to be an NPC named Ulrich von Hawke who was a werewolf with a tendency for Licking the Blade, thus explaining the blood splatter on the default character appearance.
    • Anders wasn't the only candidate for the "renegade mage" role. David Gaider has said that Velanna was also considered in early development to potentially join Hawke's companions and serve as the new host for Justice.
    • The boss fight against Orsino was originally going to be exclusive to the Templar endgame. However, it was added to the mage endgame for the sake of another boss fight.
    • Ser-Pounce-A-Lot was going to still be around, walking around in Anders's clinic. However, he was cut since it would require making a new character model, and Anders's dialogue about the Wardens forcing him to give his pet away was added to explain his absence.
    • The Exiled Prince DLC was originally going to have Nathaniel Howe play a major role. While Nathaniel can still appear in the main game, he was cut from the DLC due to the possibility of his death in Awakening.
    • Much like how Origins has Awakening, Dragon Age II was going to have an expansion pack called Exalted March, but this was cancelled due to other projects. Some of the story elements were kept for Dragon Age: Inquisition instead.
    • There was meant to be a third post-release story DLC, but it was at first lumped with Exalted March, and then canceled altogether along with it. The basic storyline, however, has been worked into Inquisition.
    • Those who lamented the fact that Varric was not a romance option could be either cheered or further disappointed by the statement that an extra scene was proposed for the very end of the game. According to Word of God, they considered adding a scene after Cassandra releases Varric, in which he reunites with an unromanced Hawke and reassures her/him that while he did tell the Seeker the whole story, "I didn't tell her anything about us." The scene in question, however, was never actually crafted or voiced.
    • According to David Gaider's now-defunct Tumblr, the Coterie was meant to have its own Sidequest Sidestory, mostly tied to Varric's character arc, but was cut due to lack of time and funding.
    • The ending of the cancelled Exalted March would have resulted in the death of Varric. Obviously, with him as a returning party member in the sequel, this has been scrapped completely; considering his Breakout Character status, this is for the best.
    • Check out some concept art here (the first part is Mass Effect - scroll down). Most of the cast are recognizable, but Merrill and Fenris "the widowmaker" had some drastically different looks. Some of the concept art can also be seen in the official strategy guide; interestingly, Bethany originally looked like a mage Sera, complete with choppy blonde hair.
  • Word of Gay: The Viscount's son, Saemus.


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