I made two characters and I noticed I get the Paragon Interrupt (the flashing icon that lets you interrupt a cutscene to say something Paragon/Renegade-y) when my character is mostly Paragon and I get Renegade when my character matches that. I haven't played with a neural character at all.

What determines which Interrupt you can perform? Do you just always get the Interrupt matching the morality you most commonly choose? Do I occasionally get the option of either Interrupt?


From the ME wiki:

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 will encounter the interrupt at the appropriate time, assuming they made the correct dialogue choices to reach that interrupt as described below (if any).

Shepard always has the option to perform both kinds of interrupt. If you don't see a Paragon / Renegade interrupt, it's because there isn't one, not because of your character's reputation.

For instance, as a paragon Shepard, I was able to take the Renegade interrupts while boxing with James Vega.

What Mass Effect 3 has added is variable reputation interrupts, that change based on whether your morality leans blue or red. This does not mean, however, that you cannot perform renegade interrupts, or that you will never see renegade interrupts as a paragon Shepard - it just means that, on average, you will see more Paragon interrupts than Renegade.

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  • This isn't entirely correct. For instance, when boarding the Normandy at the end of the tutorial, you'll have the option to rebuke James with an Interrupt. Whether that Interrupt is Paragon or Renegade depends on existing scores. – LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 8 '12 at 3:02
  • Yeah, I was just about to mention that, at least for that one there is a single choice, and it can be either one, but doesn't (always?) show both. It's what made me ask the question – Ben Brocka Mar 8 '12 at 3:16
  • @BenBrocka In all of my experiences with the interrupts, as a Paragon Shepard, if I've ignored the Renegade interrupt, a Paragon interrupt has happened briefly after that (during the same interaction). – Niro Mar 8 '12 at 3:59
  • I'm guessing then that they've tweaked the interrupt system from what it was in ME2. Would this be a correct assumption? – MBraedley Mar 8 '12 at 11:42

First off, Interrupts are scripted. Not every conversation has one, and not every opportunity to use a Paragon Interrupt has a corresponding Renegade Interrupt, and vice versa.

As for what determines whether you can use them, much like charm and intimidate options, there are occasionally minimum reputation or Paragon/Renegade scores that determine whether one is available to you. In other(/most?) cases, the interrupt will always be availiable, regardless of your existing reputation scores. Additionally, in some cases there are mirrored interrupt options, and the game will only provide you with the interrupt corresponding to the higher of your Paragon/Renegade scores.

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  • You got a source on the minimum requirements? – Raven Dreamer Mar 8 '12 at 3:01

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