Lifelong Mass Effect superfan Marsden Dawn fell in love with Garrus because of his loyalty. So many shabby characters floating in and out of Commander Shepard’s centrifugal orbit. There’s the polite, tortured assassin Thane, the psychotechnical Edgelord Jack, the quick-talking, cold-blooded Mordin Solus, and the robot who learned how to love Legion. All of them are integral parts of the boisterous culture in Normandy, and each of them gives its own eccentricity and expertise to the ship’s mind-boggling, 11-like schemes. But there is only one of them who has really stuck with Shepard through thick and thin: Right, the man with the lizard face.
“When we think of Mass Effect, loyalty is everything in the crew, but the connection between Shepard and Garrus is on another level. At the end of the day, it almost feels like Garrus’ world revolves around Shepard in a way,” says Dawn. “If he thinks Shepard is dead, he is literally running on his own suicide mission. Garrus Vakarian is literally on the verge of death and ready to die on Omega until he sees Shepard, and then it’s like gaining that will to live again. When you love him, of course Shepard and Garrus are lovers, but they are more than that. They are partners, two sides of the same coin fight together to the end. “
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, the long-awaited remastering of one of the greatest trilogies in modern video game history released on Steam. Cant wait to relive the blockbuster era of BioWare and the studio’s indelible cocktail of ’80s synth fuzz, dialogue tree clapbacks, and long, elliptical conversations with your friends in the dark darkness of space. Mass Effect has always been about people. The biotics and ammo are fun, the side quests are perfect, but mostly we just look forward to seeing all of our friends and lovers again. And in the nine years since the Shepard Bow ended, there’s one character who broke up with the pack. Garrus and Shepard are the main cannon at this point. Nobody comes closer.
Just check out these Reddit threads: “Who is your favorite mate and why is it Garrus? “ “”What did Garrus do great?“”Garrus is one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.“For the more lascivious Mass Effect fans who want more from Garrus than just his dedicated camaraderie and dedication, here is a 2017 Kotaku story entitled:”Why women want to have sex with Garrus. “(” He is confident in his job, loyal and wild as a friend and comrade, but insecure and gentle as a lover “, reads one of the quotes.” He has a pretty hot voice, “reads another.) The chemistry runs deep , and it only got deeper after a decade.
Most fans, including myself, are touting Mass Effect 2 as the starting point for their infatuation with Garrus. He was there in the first game – passionate and thoughtful as always – but like the rest of the original cast remained slightly wooden and stilted compared to the mushy genre flair that BioWare pumped into the rest of the series. When he appears after the disastrous opening of the middle chapter, in which Shepard is killed in a space battle and resurrected by a shadowy paramilitary group called Cerberus, it will be a sight for sore eyes.
“He’s a familiar face and a secure presence in a sea of new and different,” says Prolix, a 32-year-old Garrus Stan I contacted on Reddit about the story. “Most of your other Mass Effect 1 squadmates don’t participate in Mass Effect 2. They don’t trust Cerberus or have higher priorities. Not Garrus. He’s there for you. He doesn’t care if Cerberus is trustworthy. Shepard is here and trusts Shepard to make the right call. I think I really have heart eyes on that. “
Prolix remembers Dawn talking about Garrus’ loyalty. They find that even the other most devout personalities on Shepard’s crew – like Tali’Zorah nar Rayya, himself a fan favorite – always have a few higher vocations that remove them from Normandy. (In Tali’s case, she has to constantly take care of the flotilla and the fate of the quarians.) Meanwhile, Garrus is determined All-in. He believes in the mission, he believes in Shepard, and he never gets his feelings about how you run your business. In many ways, Mass Effect is a game about a dysfunctional group of discontented people who are constantly sabotaging and arguing themselves, even when it comes to the literal Milky Way. Garrus is one of the few reliefs from the endemic cattiness.
“Almost everyone else will leave you or play with you at some point. But no matter what he does, Garrus is always ready to drop everything and storm by their side into hell of Shepard’s choice,” says Prolix. “He’s always there for you. He’s a constant lamp in the fog of war, and he clearly sees Shepard the same way. That’s special. While other crew members always get into trouble and need to be rescued or demand it.” Of course, if you go awkwardly sideways or start fights or beat you endlessly, there is never any drama with Garrus.
“If you’re Femshep and you love him, this dynamic nature puts her in the role of ‘Normandy Mom & Dad’ in Mass Effect 2 and 3, who is also adorable.”
Of course, none of this gets around the fact that Garrus also has a granite exoskeleton, fluttering, mismatched mandibles, and a massive scar on his face. Mass Effect is an awesome video game, and its universe is not lacking in sexy aliens in the tradition of Captain Kirk, but Garrus doesn’t fit that archetype. He wasn’t romantic in the first game, but Liara, an asari – a species that has traditional reasons for being extremely hot – absolutely was.
For Dawn, Garrus’ scarred beak is part of his attraction. He wouldn’t be the same without him.
“I know I was basically raving about the emotional and personal aspects of Garrus Vakarian, but that voice, those scars? I’ll be taking a turian over a hundred asari every day of the week,” she says. “Those scars are pretty cute too, making the ladies crazy.”
So good luck to Garrus Nation when her husband finally returns from the war. Perhaps one day BioWare will completely reshape the ending of Mass Effect 3, and we can witness Garrus and Shepard’s salad days: both retired and relaxing beyond the edge with no smoldering interpersonal feuds destroying Normandy chemistry. Until then we will always have the first three games and the only man we can ever count on.