20 Days of Video Game Characters: Day 6 – Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)

One of the things Bioware games (or at least traditional Bioware games) are known for, are crafting some of the greatest and most memorable characters in gaming. Their games have intricate stories with strong side narratives and believable characters that make the player become emotional attached/invested into the game. Mass Effect is a truly exceptional series that I could not recommend highly enough for anyone who’s a fan of epic space stories and characters you’ll fall in love with. One of my favourites, and many fans favourite, is Garrus Vakarian, the badass Turian who becomes one of Shepard’s greatest allies and true friend.

While I could have chosen one of the many other great characters from the series, such as Tali, Liara, Wrex or Mordin, I feel that Garrus is just much more down-to-earth and cool. He is also one of the few characters that can be a party member in all three games in the trilogy, meaning that his narrative and character arc is more fleshed out than some of the others. Garrus is a useful party member to have with you because of his proficiency as a sniper, allowing him to pick off enemies from afar while stying out of danger. However, he can also use shotguns and assault rifles for close up combat if need be.

He has a strong moral compass that who will appreciate when you decide on more paragon/good options. For my playthroughs as male Commander Shepard, you have a kind of bromance, spending your time together drinking, shooting stuff off roofs, you know your typical bro stuff. If you play as a female Shepard, he can even be a romantic option for those that want it. He is such a good and loyal character, that will stick by you through thick and thin. You’ll definitely want to do all you can to save him during the suicide mission at the end of Mass Effect 2.

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4 thoughts on “20 Days of Video Game Characters: Day 6 – Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)

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  1. I’ve only played the first game so far, but if I remember correctly, he’s more on the “bad” side. His questline is about taking the law into your own hands and vigilantism, and he seems to be a bit disgruntled if you’re lecturing him on being good.
    Or am I mixing something up?

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    1. The first game does go that route, but the sequels do expand his character arc more. It can be seen and taken from different perspectives. I always saw him as someone who is more leaning to vigilante, but because the authorities are ineffective and letting crime go unpunished.

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      1. Yeah, I saw him the same way, but I saw that the “good” conversation options did not please him. I was a bit disappointed that you only really could say “No, Garrus, revenge is bad, and you are stupid!” or “Hell yeah, let’s tear that dude a new one and kill everyone that stands between us!”. Kind of a missed opportunity, in my opinion.

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