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Throughout the course of the game, you end up allying yourself with various members of the Mass Effect 3 cast. Does the act of allying with a specific character change my own morality or reputation? That is, do certain characters have an inherent morality and, if so, does associating with those characters sway my morality the appropriate direction? In the same vein, does working with specific characters raise or lower my own reputation?

To put it in high school terms, if Shep hangs out with the popular and/or rebellious crowd, does it make him more popular and/or rebellious?

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Thanks for the catch, Sterno. I corrected the tag mistake. –  johnjon Mar 15 '12 at 4:24
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The game tries to make it pretty clear if a dialogue option you are choosing trends towards Paragon or Renegade. Essentially, options that you choose in the bottom left or bottom right may give you Renegade points. Options you choose in the top left or top right may give you Paragon points. Unless, of course, you're under one of the "Investigate" sub-dialogues, in which case all of the dialogue options tend to be different items of inquiry. Okay, maybe it doesn't sound clear when explained, but it becomes quickly apparent after playing a bit.

The image below does a pretty good job of summing up how the dialogue wheel works. I liked this one better but its watermarked to say it doesn't want to be used off-site, so I didn't embed it.

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Getting to your question, no, hanging out with certain people does not change your morality unless you had to specifically choose a dialogue option as shown above to do it. If so, the morality change will be immediate and obvious upon finishing the conversation. You won't randomly receive extra renegade or paragon points from previous choices later on in the game.

I can't think of any specific examples where this is the case as far as party members go, but it may well come into play when acquiring war assets. I'm pretty sure my dealings with the Salarians around the 1/3rd mark of the game were such a case. Regardless, you definitely won't affect your morality by accident, as you'll be able to tell what you're doing through the dialogue wheel.

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Note that previous character interactions can limit dialogue choices later in the game. Locking out a romance option is not a bad thing and won't give you renegade points, even though the lock out options are listed under the renegade section. –  MBraedley Mar 15 '12 at 10:56
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