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Forgive the insubordination, but this old friend has an order for you... Go out there and give them hell. You were born to do this.
~ Garrus Vakarian to Commander Shepard before the Battle of London

Garrus Vakarian is one of the major characters in the original video game trilogy Mass Effect, as well as its remaster version, Legendary Edition.

He is a former C-Sec officer-turned-vigilante and one of Commander Shepard's closest allies during the fight against the Reapers. He is one of the only two characters to be available as a full-time squadmate in all three games, the other being Tali'Zorah vas Normandy.

He is voiced by Brandon Keener.


Mass Effect

Garrus is first encountered as a C-Sec officer that Shepard can ask in terms of hunting the rogue Spectre Saren Arterius, later joining him after saving Dr. Chloe Michel from thugs. With Garrus' help, Shepard is able to convince the Council that Saren is guilty and must be brought down. He joins Shepard in the Alliance ship SSV Normandy and assisted him in many battles until Saren is taken down.

Mass Effect 2

After Shepard dies in a Collector attack that destroys the Normandy, Garrus returns to C-Sec and becomes more disillusioned with its regulations in taking down criminals. He quits his position and relocates to Omega, where he becomes known as the vigilante 'Archangel'. He gathers a similar-minded group of vigilantes to exact justice towards many criminals, but he is later betrayed by a Turian named Sidonis, leading to his men dying in an ambush.

Garrus is cornered alone, fighting for his life in an abandoned building when all mercenary groups at Omega unite just to kill him. Thankfully, Shepard turns out to be alive and comes to Garrus' rescue. Shortly after the fight, Garrus learns that Shepard was brought back by the Illusive Man, the mysterious leader of Cerberus, and Garrus happens to be in the dossier of soldiers Shepard needs to assist him in defeating the Collectors. Even if Garrus doesn't trust Cerberus, he decides to trust Shepard and once again assist him/her.

Eventually, Garrus catches wind of where Sidonis is, and his heart is filled with vengeance, asking Shepard to assist him hunt and kill Sidonis. Depending on Shepard's actions, Garrus may go through with his vengeance, or not take it at all, finally realizing that his revenge will be empty, Sidonis already being punished with his own self-inflicted guilt due to the betrayal.

Around this time, if Shepard is female, then Garrus may start striking a romance with Shepard.

Mass Effect 3

After the Collectors are defeated, Shepard is put under house arrest for blowing up a mass relay in Batarian space in order to halt the Reaper advance temporarily. Garrus joins the Turian military, advising on the army on what the Reapers are. Shepard meets Garrus in the Turian homeworld of Palaven and he joins forces with the Commander again, this time against the Reapers.

If a female Shepard did not romance Garrus, near the end of the war against the Reapers, it is shown that he has struck up a relationship with Quarian Tali'Zorah vas Normandy (provided that a male Shepard did not romance Tali'Zorah).


It's so much easier to see the world in black and white. Gray... I don't know what to do with gray.
~ Garrus in regards to Sidonis' complex situation

Garrus is consistently portrayed as strong-willed, sarcastic, courteous, calm and reassuring. Although Ashley was initially suspicious of him (despite the fact he was a C-Sec officer), he tends to get along well with the rest of the crew, enjoying the chance to get off the Citadel and see how things are done outside C-Sec. Regardless of whether or not Shepard convinced him to be more by-the-book, Garrus quits C-Sec during the two years Shepard spends being rebuilt by Cerberus, having decided to take the law into his own hands, though now he prefers to avoid hurting innocents if he can help it. Garrus also appears to enjoy fighting, almost to the same level of a krogan, which was brought out in particular during his days as a vigilante on Omega. He even has favorite places to fight through, of which include gardens, electronic shops, antique stores (but only if they're classy) and the CIC of a warship. Hospitals, however, are not among these.

Although he's mostly a kind person, Garrus can also be innocently insensitive at times, such as when he said he was surprised by Wrex not being a savage brute and ridiculing Tali about her race unleashing the geth upon the galaxy. When Tali counters that the turians are no better for unleashing the genophage upon the krogan, he claims that they were in the right for doing that. He gets better in later games, however, and by the third game, apologizes to Tali for ever saying those things to her, despite it being three years ago and her saying it didn't matter anymore, since losing Palaven put things in perspective.

Despite being a turian, Garrus had no problem with hunting down Saren; in fact, he stated that this was the reason he chose to hunt him, as he considered Saren to be not only a threat, but a disgrace to their species. Garrus is also shown to be bitter at times, especially when it comes to being reminded of his failures. He blamed himself for the death of his squad by the hands of Sidonis and viewed bringing him to justice as his own personal task, saying no-one else knew or cared about what he had done and the thought of him getting away with his crimes disgusted him.

While he's by no means naive, Garrus generally prefers to see the universe in black and white, even admitting he doesn't know what to do with gray. It's because of this that it apparently never once occurred to him that while Sidonis betrayed him, which in turn cost the lives of all of their twelve-man team except the two of them, he was ridden with guilt over it to the point that he was haunted by the faces of his former teammates, in addition to being insomniac and borderline suicidal. All in all, Garrus tends to be driven solely by his emotions, a fault he's well-aware of and even admits if he's convinced to spare Sidonis.

In general, Garrus tends to be very honest about his faults, to borderline self-deprecation levels. An example of this is when he states that he doesn't consider himself a very good turian; turians are taught to value discipline and self-responsibility and their government is based on hierarchical meritocracy. As such, they are expected to always follow orders, regardless of how they may personally feel about them. Garrus, however, is nothing like that, as evident by his decision to quit C-Sec and take up life as a vigilante on Omega. He simply doesn't see the point in staying quiet and polite, especially if the galaxy is at stake. Despite his honesty, Garrus tends to be a very reserved person; Tali even claims the reason he uses a sniper rifle is because he prefers to keep everything at a distance.



  • He was not originally meant to be romanced, but fan feedback for it allowed him to become one for Female Shepard.