There are two types of Interrupts, each corresponding to a side of the morality scale, Paragon and Renegade.
During conversations the player may be presented with an Interrupt icon, either a blue icon in the bottom left corner (right on the PC) of the screen, for Paragon interrupts, or a red icon in the bottom right corner (left on the PC) of the screen, for Renegade Interrupts. Pressing the corresponding mouse button (PC), or trigger (Xbox 360, PS3), will activate the interrupt, allowing Shepard to take some form of direct action. A Renegade interrupt, for example, may have Shepard physically assault another character, while a Paragon interrupt might have Shepard intervene to prevent one character from harming another.
Interrupts are usually available for no more than a couple of seconds, and are entirely optional. However, as with Charm and Intimidate dialogue options, they may allow Shepard to avoid, or decrease the severity of, some conflicts.
Using a Renegade or Paragon interrupt will typically result in a significant number of the appropriate Renegade or Paragon points being awarded. Usually, not using an interrupt is not considered a moral choice, I.E. not using a Paragon interrupt is not considered a Renegade choice, or vice versa. However there are a few exceptions to this rule in various points throughout the game.
Unlike Charm and Intimidate, Shepard is not required to have any minimum amount of Paragon or Renegade points in order for an interrupt to be presented. All characters (with the exception of one class-exclusive interrupt in the Mass Effect 3: Omega DLC) will encounter the interrupt at the appropriate time, assuming they made the correct dialogue choices to reach that interrupt as described below (if any).
It is impossible to skip past interrupt chances by using the dialogue-skip button. That button will be inactive for the duration of the dialogue line or cutscene bit where the interrupt becomes available. However, it is possible to inadvertently cause the interrupt to not appear at all if the "fire" button is pressed just prior to the interrupt's appearance.
Plot Missions Edit
Priority: Mars Edit
- Main article: Priority: Mars
After leaving Admiral Anderson behind, James wants to know why the Normandy is leaving Earth. Unsatisfied with Shepard's answer, he demands to be dropped off. The player is presented with a Paragon or Renegade interrupt, depending on whether a Renegade or Paragon dialogue option is chosen.
|Shepard will interrupt James, saying, "Stow it, Lieutenant. You don't want to go - we get it - but this isn't a democracy!"|
|Shepard will interrupt James, saying, "Enough! Don't you think I want to stay and fight?"|
Priority: Sur'Kesh Edit
- Main article: Priority: Sur'Kesh
Near the end of the war summit at the beginning of this mission, after Dalatrass Linron reluctantly agrees to release the krogan females being held on Sur'Kesh, she starts to warn Shepard that "the consequences of this will be felt for centuries to come."
|Shepard interrupts the Dalatrass and angrily retorts, "Will be nothing compared to what happens if the Reapers win."|
Priority: Tuchanka Edit
- Main article: Priority: Tuchanka
|Before summoning Kalros to the Shroud, if Shepard saved Maelon's data, or alternatively apologized for destroying Maelson's data earlier and then later revealed the Shroud sabotage in the truck, Urdnot Wrex thanks Shepard for all they have done, and the interrupt gives the opportunity to shake his hand.|
If Shepard chose not to reveal the Shroud sabotage earlier and Renegade dialogue is chosen during the confrontation with Mordin, Shepard will threaten Mordin with a gun. Mordin is not intimidated and goes to the elevator.
| Shepard shoots and mortally wounds Mordin, ensuring the Shroud sabotage is not fixed and that the Genophage Cure doesn't work. |
If this interrupt is not used, Mordin will nod to Shepard before taking the elevator up to the Shroud control room.
If Shepard chose to reveal the Shroud sabotage earlier, Mordin heads to the elevator to counter the sabotage.
| Shepard says, "Mordin, no!" Mordin replies that it has to be him. |
If this interrupt is not used, Shepard asks, "You're sure you can do it?" Mordin reiterates that it has to be him, and that someone else might have gotten it wrong.
Priority: The Citadel II Edit
- Main article: Priority: The Citadel II
When Shepard confronts Udina and is forced into a standoff with Ashley/Kaidan, a Paragon Interrupt and Renegade Interrupt are presented depending on the dialogue chosen.
|Shepard lowers their weapon and signals for the other two squadmates to do the same. Shepard then says they don't have time for this and that they've been fooled by Udina.|
|Shepard signals for the two squadmates to raise their weapons, then steps forward and angrily asks Ashley/Kaidan if they would really do this unless they were certain.|
If Shepard cannot talk down Ashley/Kaidan, the standoff continues, and a Renegade Interrupt is presented.
| Shepard shoots and mortally wounds Ashley/Kaidan. |
If Shepard does not use this Interrupt, one of the squadmates will take the shot instead.
If Shepard manages to talk down Ashley/Kaidan, leading to Udina drawing a gun, a Renegade Interrupt is presented.
| Shepard shoots and kills Udina. |
If this Interrupt is not used, Ashley/Kaidan will shoot Udina instead.
Priority: Geth Dreadnought Edit
- Main article: Priority: Geth Dreadnought
After Shepard escapes the Geth Dreadnought and if they choose to confront Admiral Gerrel over his decision to open fire on the Dreadnought while Shepard's team was still on board, Admiral Gerrel will start to protest that the Dreadnought was a perfect target.
Later, when Admiral Xen suggests experimenting on Legion for intelligence on the geth, the player is presented with a Paragon interrupt.
|Shepard will interrupt Xen and tell her that Legion is a friend and that she should not continue her current line of thinking.|
Priority: Rannoch Edit
- Main article: Priority: Rannoch
After completing either Rannoch: Admiral Koris or Rannoch: Geth Fighter Squadrons, Admiral Raan will inform Shepard about a Reaper Base on Rannoch, making this mission available. During the briefing, if Renegade dialogue is chosen in which Shepard supports destroying the geth rather than saving them, Legion/Geth VI will start to protest that the geth oppose the Reapers as much as Shepard does.
During the conversation with the dying Reaper near the end of this mission, the player will be presented with Renegade and Paragon interrupts, depending on the dialogue chosen.
|Shepard interrupts the Reaper and tells it that whatever species was harvested to create it is already dead and that now they can rest in peace. The Reaper powers down.|
If Shepard chooses to side with the geth over the quarians, leading to the quarians' destruction, Tali will jump off the cliff in despair.
|Shepard shouts, "Tali, no!" and tries to save her, but fails.|
If Shepard chooses to side with the quarians over the geth, Legion/Geth VI will attack the commander, forcing Tali to attack and disable it.
|Shepard shoots the disabled Legion/Geth VI in the head. This Interrupt can be done up to three times.|
Priority: The Citadel III Edit
- Main article: Priority: The Citadel III
If Shepard chose to sabotage the genophage cure in Priority: Tuchanka and Urdnot Wrex leads the krogan, Wrex will eventually discover the trick. He angrily confronts Shepard at the Citadel Dock Bay as the Commander is returning to the Normandy. Wrex knocks out a C-Sec officer, then reveals that he knows what Shepard did, before pointing his shotgun at the Commander.
The player is given a choice of dialogue during the confrontation, but Wrex cannot be talked down and will attempt to kill Shepard.
Shepard points their weapon at Wrex, who slowly tries to raise his weapon, saying, "I know what you did, Shepard."
| Shepard shoots once, knocking Wrex off the balcony to his death. |
If this interrupt is not used, Shepard steps aside and lets C-Sec kill Wrex instead.
Priority: Horizon Edit
- Main article: Priority: Horizon
If Miranda died in Mass Effect 2:
Priority: Cerberus Headquarters Edit
- Main article: Priority: Cerberus Headquarters
When Kai Leng attempts to sneak up behind Shepard and kill the Commander with his sword, the player is presented with a Renegade Interrupt.
| Shepard turns around and punches Kai Leng's sword, shattering it. Shepard then stabs Leng with an Omniblade, killing him. |
If this interrupt is not used, Shepard simply dodges Leng's stab, then turns around and kills him with the Omniblade.
After Kai Leng's death, Shepard speaks with Vendetta one last time. Vendetta tells the Commander that the Reapers are preparing to complete the harvest of Earth. Shepard says, "I'll stop them." Vendetta will start to say, "It is too late. I recommend investigating a means for conserving information for future species."
|Shepard interrupts Vendetta and repeats, "I'll stop them."|
Alternatively, if the player allows Vendetta to complete his statement, Vendetta will then start to say, "Perhaps you will succeed where we failed. Perhaps your warnings will be heard early enough."
| Shepard interrupts Vendetta and says, "You didn't fail. You gave us a chance. And we're not done yet." |
If this interrupt is not used, then Shepard simply leaves without saying anything.
Priority: Earth Edit
- Main article: Priority: Earth
| When Shepard realizes Anderson is in the shuttle that retrieved their squad, an interrupt allows them to hug him. |
If not taken, Shepard shakes Anderson's hand and says, "I appreciate the trust."
When confronting the Illusive Man in the Citadel, an interrupt will be offered if Shepard intimidates him, or has not used all the reputation checks in their conversations.
Galaxy at War Missions Edit
Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation Edit
- Main article: Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation
|Shepard and Jack passionately kiss on the shuttle at the end of the mission. This is only available if Shepard previously romanced Jack.|
Citadel: Hanar Diplomat Edit
- Main article: Citadel: Hanar Diplomat
After Zymandis uploads the virus to Kahje's defense system Jondum Bau starts his omni-tool in an attempt to stop the virus. The man guarding the door then chokes Bau. If Kasumi Goto is not present, Shepard will need to make a decision between saving Bau or the hanar homeworld.
|Shepard will turn to save Bau. Otherwise, Shepard will stop the upload.|
Kallini: Ardat-Yakshi Monastery Edit
- Main article: Kallini: Ardat-Yakshi Monastery
After rescuing Falere, Samara will attempt suicide as the Justicar Code cannot permit an Ardat-Yakshi to live outside a monastery that no longer exists, yet she cannot bring herself to lose her remaining daughter.
| Shepard will restrain Samara, convincing her she cannot throw her life away, and Falere states she will remain in the monastery.|
Otherwise, Samara will kill herself, and Shepard will have the option of sparing or executing Falere.
If Samara killed herself or is not present.
|Shepard shoots and kills Falere.|
Citadel: Dr. Bryson's Lab Edit
- Main article: Citadel: Dr. Bryson's Lab
Derek Hadley shoots and kills Dr. Bryson, then turns the gun toward Shepard.
|Shepard throws a datapad to disarm Hadley before he can shoot, then tackles him. Otherwise, Hadley shoots and misses, then Shepard throws him to the ground and punches him.|
After C-Sec arrives, Shepard begins interrogating Hadley.
Citadel: Leviathan Edit
Dr. Ann Bryson volunteers herself in order to track down Leviathan's signal. Once Leviathan has gained control of Bryson's body she begins to struggle while James tries to restrain her. When EDI reports that they have a partial lock, James wants to raise the containment shield to protect Bryson.
|Shepard orders, "Belay that, Lieutenant." Otherwise Shepard allows James to raise the shield.|
If Shepard ordered James to stay the course, then EDI is able to further refine the origin of the signal. James will again want to raise the containment shield for Bryson's sake.
|Shepard yells, "Back off!" at James and attempts to interrogate Leviathan through Bryson. Otherwise, Shepard allows him to raise the shield.|
Omega: Aria T'Loak Edit
- Main article: Omega: Aria T'Loak (Mass Effect 3)
After deactivating Omega's defenses, allowing for Aria's fleet to move in, Shepard notices a surveillance camera spying on them.
| Shepard shoots the camera. |
Otherwise, Shepard will warn Aria, who will shoot the camera herself.
After reaching the reactor that powers the force fields on Omega, General Oleg Petrovsky informs Shepard that deactivating it will also cut off life support to several wards. Aria doesn't care and wants Shepard to shut the reactor down now. Nyreen argues that Shepard should reroute power instead.
| An interrupt will appear three times, offering the choice to sacrifice many civilians on the station.|
Otherwise, Shepard will take up Nyreen Kandros's advice to reroute power from the force fields.
|If Shepard is an Engineer, an interrupt will allow them to reroute power quickly instead of waiting for the three Renegade Interrupts to pass.|
After the force fields are shut down, Aria will start to criticize Nyreen for her fear of facing the Adjutants.
|Shepard tells Aria to lay off and that Nyreen just saved her. Aria retorts that she's trying to help Nyreen.|
After retaking Omega, if Shepard has performed mostly paragon actions throughout the mission, then Aria will choose to hand Petrovsky over to Shepard. Petrovsky attempts to strike a deal with Shepard and offers to aid the Alliance in exchange for amnesty.
| Shepard points their gun at Petrovsky and says that maybe Aria was right about Petrovsky. |
Otherwise, Shepard orders Aria's henchmen to escort Petrovsky off the station.
If the above interrupt was taken, Petrovsky will protest that he is a prisoner and that Shepard can't just kill him.
| Shepard shoots Petrovsky in the head once, killing him instantly. |
Otherwise, Shepard will let Petrovsky live.
If Shepard has not influenced Aria to become less ruthless, then Aria continues to strangle Petrovsky to death.
Other Interactions Edit
Normandy: James post Priority: Mars Edit
James asks the Commander if they can "dance and talk at the same time." James describes his former commanding officer, Captain Toni.
|Shepard darts in and hits James in the face twice, bloodying his nose, to which he comments, "Nice." Otherwise, Shepard blocks James' punches.|
James relates his last mission, which involved a choice between intel and saving his squad. He chose the intel.
|Shepard steps backward to avoid James' punch and replies, "Sorry. That's a tough call." Otherwise, James hits Shepard and bloodies their nose. Shepard says, "Tough choice, but it was the right call."|
James asks, "Who says I'm blaming myself?"
|Shepard hits James twice in the face and replies, "I do." Otherwise, Shepard blocks James' punches and says, "Just a guess."|
James suggests that his potentially suicidal actions are what is needed to win the war.
|Shepard grabs James and flips him onto his back, then tells him that he's needed alive. Otherwise, James will punch Shepard in the abdomen. Shepard then says, "Good to hear it" and warns him about recklessness.|
Normandy: Garrus post Priority: Palaven Edit
|Shepard kisses Garrus. This can only be done if Garrus was romanced back in Mass Effect 2.|
Normandy: Kaidan post Priority: The Citadel II Edit
|Shepard tells Kaidan to think about Earth, how it looked when they left, and how it will look when they get back, guns blazing and the whole galaxy behind them.|
Normandy: Javik and Liara post Priority: Thessia Edit
After Priority: Thessia, Liara angrily confronts Javik in his room on the engineering deck.
Normandy: Liara post confrontation with Javik Edit
Afterwards, Liara will return to her bedroom, believing she did not do enough to prevent Thessia's fall.
Normandy: Maya Brooks Edit
After retaking the Normandy Maya Brooks is taken into custody: hands on her back and in omni-cuffs. If Shepard doesn't voice the desire to kill her, Maya secretly hacks the cuffs while distracting the Commander with talk.
If the interrupt isn't taken, Brooks breaks free and one of Shepard's squadmates shoots her down.
Citadel Embassies: Khalisah al-Jilani Edit
After leaving Commander Bailey's office, speak to Khalisah, who is standing near the Avina Terminal. She proceeds to berate Commander Shepard for leaving Earth.
|The Commander states, "I've had enough of your tabloid journalism," and takes a jab at Khalisah.|
Khalisah will dodge the Commander's first punch and get into a fighting stance, saying, "Ha! You want some?". If she was previously punched, then her dialogue changes to "Not this time, you military thug!"
If the first Renegade interrupt is ignored, Shepard will say, "I came to get help for Earth. For everyone." Khalisah will continue pressing the Commander, asking what they plan to do.
|The Commander reassures Khalisah by saying, "Khalisah. We're doing everything we can. I'm going to stop the Reapers or die trying, but I need your help. Keep asking the hard questions. Don't let the Council forget about Earth."|
If all interrupts are ignored, Shepard will say, "The same thing I've been doing for the past three years: Find way to stop the Reapers. Get some help Khalisah, I've got work to do," then walk away.
Purgatory: Lower Bar: James Vega Edit
Speaking to James at the bar, Shepard is advised to buy drinks for the troop of soldiers James was hanging out with. If Shepard agrees to pay for the drinks, James and the group of soldiers begin the lines of an old Scottish drinking toast: "Here's to us. Who's like us?" 
|Shepard will complete the toast with, "Damn few. And they're all dead!" Otherwise, James finishes the toast himself.|
Purgatory: Dance Floor: Steve Cortez Edit
The male Shepard has an opportunity to join Steve on the dance floor.
|If Shepard wants to be more than friends he can interrupt Steve's train of thought with a kiss.|
Refugee Holding Area: Cargo Hold: B: Kelly Chambers Edit
If Kelly survived the Collectors' abduction of the Normandy's crew, she can be found helping refugees. Kelly is happy to see Shepard and says she could just hug the Commander.
|Shepard responds by hugging Kelly and saying, "It's good to see you too, Kelly." Otherwise, the conversation continues.|
Presidium Commons: Apollo's Cafe: Matriarch Aethyta Edit
After speaking to Liara about getting some intel from Barla Von, Matriarch Aethyta can be found working behind the counter at Apollo's Cafe. While discussing Liara, she will make some insinuations about Commander Shepard.
|Shepard will claim, "I only worked with Cerberus to fight the Reapers." Aethyta says she knows, or else she would have not let Liara anywhere near the Commander. Otherwise, Shepard will say nothing.|
Aethyta says the other matriarchs might have ordered a hit on Liara without her intervention.
Normandy Dock: Viewing Deck: Steve Cortez Edit
If the Commander convinced Steve to take a break off the Normandy, he can be found looking out the window near the Normandy's dock, watching the ships.
|Shepard pulls Steve's attention away from his grim memories of Robert by pointing out the presence of an old decommissioned Alliance cruiser. Shepard points out that people find a way to survive, given the circumstances.|
Refugee Holding Area: Memorial Wall: Steve Cortez Edit
Shepard watches as Steve has one last listen to the audio log between him and Robert. Steve then says his goodbyes.
|As he turns around, Shepard moves forward and gives him a reassuring pat. Otherwise, Shepard will stand still.|
Refugee Holding Area: Memorial Wall: Ashley Williams Edit
Ashley is watching her sister and voices her worries about her to Shepard.
|Shepard tells Ashley, "You'll get through this. You need to be strong for Sarah right now."|
Citadel Embassies: Javik Edit
Javik can be found looking out over the Presidium. When Shepard starts a conversation with him, a turian, asari, and hanar approach them, curious about the living Prothean. While addressing them Javik warns, "The Reapers killed trillions in my cycle."
|Shepard can interrupt his speech, stating, "Ah, I don't think that's gonna work." Javik immediately alters his speech to be optimistic and encouraging. Otherwise, he continues in his pessimistic vein, and the audience leaves, discouraged.|
Personal Apartment: James Edit
After Vega shows Shepard his N7 tattoo, he sets off towards the exit but gets distracted by the exercise equipment in the bedroom across from the door. Vega starts punching the punching bag and if Shepard interacts with the pull-up bar James mentions that his record for the pull-ups is 182.
|Shepard does a pull-up.|
|Shepard does another pull-up.|
Successfully doing 183 alternating and sometimes-shuffling paragon and renegade interrupts will cause James to compliment Shepard: "Damn. You still got it. Don't let anybody tell you different."
Personal Apartment: Jack Edit
Note: This Interrupt only appears if romancing Jack.
When Jack completes the tattoo on Shepard's back, he says that it looks nice. Jack then retorts that the tattoo is not for show, it's for identification should Shepard die. She starts to tell Shepard about how during a bad drop on Palaven, Rodriguez was buried under a pile of husks and would have died, had Jack not recognized her boot.
|Shepard embraces Jack, saying that she worries too much.|
Armax Arsenal Arena: Jack Edit
Note: This Interrupt only appears if romancing Jack.
When Shepard and Jack are discussing how to take down an Atlas, Jack suggests biotic detonations. While Jack fires at the Atlas, Shepard looks at her.
|Shepard says "You're cute when you talk dirty." while pulling her in for a kiss, backlit by the exploding Atlas.|
Silversun Strip: Javik Edit
Shepard accompanies Javik into a shooting of Blasto's new movie. When Blasto enters the scene, he laments how his warnings about the Reapers fell on "obstructed auditory senses."
|Shepard can cut that short and argue it was actually they who warned the Council. The volus Councilor however ad-libs that it was Blasto who took Sovereign and Saren down, destroying half the Citadel in the process. Not taking the interrupt just segues into the next scene: the salarian Councilor stating they've asked the Commander and their Prothean partner to assist.|
Later in the film it is revealed the vorcha Councilor is indoctrinated. Blasto prepares his guns while delivering a speech on killing the Councilor.
Silversun Strip: Jacob Edit
Note: This interrupt only appears if Jacob was romanced in Mass Effect 2.
When Jacob greets Shepard, she can respond by asking if Jacob had forgotten about their relationship. Jacob then attempts to defend himself by saying that he thought they "were good".
|Shepard slaps Jacob, and follows up by saying he "had it coming." If the interrupt is not taken, then Shepard will say that they are "a few things we still need to talk about."|
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