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Unfortunately, the Romance article on the Mass Effect Wikia doesn't have the options listed yet, and I'm a little paranoid about digging deeper on google for fear of running into major story spoilers (hell, I'm paranoid about those just on this site).

Who are the romance options (both same-sex and opposite-sex) that count for "Paramour" for male and female Shepards?

In addition, are there "side romances" that you can pursue in ME3? For instance, in 2, you could "romance" Kelly, Samara, or Morinth, but they did not count for the "Paramour" achievement (and one of those options ended very... uh... fatally).

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I like how the wikia's description of the Morinth romance is, "You do know what an Ardat-Yakshi is, right?" –  Raven Dreamer Mar 6 '12 at 13:07
    
According to one source, anyone and anything. http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=309 (NSFW) –  Matthew Read Mar 8 '12 at 23:34
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Related: gaming.stackexchange.com/q/55645/10260 –  Tharius Mar 13 '12 at 14:27
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I'm going to keep this to names only in the interest of minimizing spoilers.

Key

#: Only availiable as a continued romance if initiated in Mass Effect 2
^: Same Sex Romance option
%: Not a Squad Member
$: Does not count towards 'Paramour' achievement

All listed relationships except for Diana Allers count for Paramour.

Male Shepard

Ashley
Liara
Tali #
Miranda #%
Steve Cortez ^%
Kaidan ^
Jack #%
Diana Allers %$

Female Shepard

Kaidan
Liara ^
Garrus #
Samantha Traynor ^%
Diana Allers ^%$

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Asari are mono-gendered. They look female, but there is no gender distinction among them. I wouldn't consider it same-sex canonically speaking, especially since Bioware doesn't label it as a same-sex option. –  Raven Dreamer Mar 7 '12 at 20:33
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Asari don't just 'look' female. They present as female. They is female pronouns. They call their children daughters. They are monogendered, but at no time is it ever implied that they are hermaphrodites in our sense of the word either. Put another way, if Asari can be considered to have any gender, it's probably best marked as an F for fanservice. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 7 '12 at 20:36
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Male Shepard has several more options than Female Shepard. Most notably, Male Shepard can continue all of his romantic options from ME 2, whereas, Femsheps that romanced Thane or Jacob, will find that their paramour is dying or has found someone else respectively. Combined with the change to Kaidan to allow him to swing both ways, and Male Shep gets 3 extra options. –  LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 10 '12 at 17:54
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@LessPop_MoreFizz You're right, that's what I meant. It's better to say Asari lack gender than that they are exclusively female. –  Raven Dreamer Mar 12 '12 at 4:30
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What about the good old Thane and my favourite yeoman Kelly. –  deutschZuid Mar 15 '12 at 2:22
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