” I really wish that Shepard alone developed more as a character. The whole trilogy may be “about Shepard” but it always felt more like what he/she did than about her/himself. Maybe instead of solving everyone else’s problems, some missions could be focused on getting some of Shepard’s personal demons. I would have loved to see Shepard shed a tear or two in Mass Effect 3.”
Everyone’s Shepard is different. Your Shepard’s personal demons are not necessarily my Shepard’s demons. Even if we start the series with the same history for our Shepards and make the same choices in the games: my Shepard is not your Shepard.
I disagree. People’s “different Shepards” are mostly just a product of imagination and headcanon. Imagination and headcanon =/= actual canon character. Shepard is not an OC, you can’t just make shit up about Shepard and claim it as valid just because you wrote a fanfiction about it.
People in the Mass Effect fandom need to learn to distinguish between their fanfiction and headcanons regarding Shepard and Shepard as an actual character within the video game series.
But Reya, I don’t agree with you on that one. The whole point of Shepard was to make up his or her personality, and make it your own. If that involves headcanon-ing certain points in their life that aren’t touched upon so be it. I think Bioware intended for Shepard to be like that. Shepard is a character that you can build on in your head, even though there is “canon” choices, you can always expand on those.
Sure, some people have some pretty out there headcanon’s, but Shepard for the most part is like a blank slate that the fans can create on.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, as each Shepard really is an individual of their own. Headcanoning that Shepard grew up with Varren is completely out there, but headcanoning that Shepard’s best friend is Mordin (for example) and that they get along with him best, is something that fans can expand on and have fun with.
I have too many feels for Shep, like many of the rest of the fandom does, but I really think that creating a personality for Shepard in your head, can still stay true to their character in game.