In both my ME1 and ME2 savefile I had anderson as a councilor. I just never liked Udina.

Yet this choice seems to have been ignored when importing my save.

Is this an error, or is the choice explained somewhere?

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    Maybe he got promoted, and you're not SUPPOSED to like Udina in ME3.
    – Resorath
    Mar 12, 2012 at 19:43

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If you appointed Anderson to the Council, he steps down later to prepare for the Reaper invasion. You can read up on this in the codex:

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After the Alliance victory in the Battle of the Citadel, Anderson briefly served as the Citadel's first human councilor. He soon became embroiled in a Cerberus plot to abduct his friend Kahlee Sanders, however, and learned that he was unable to live a life without action. He stepped down as councilor and returned to the military to prepare for the Reaper invasion. The Alliance Parliament named Donnel Udina as his successor.

The events mentioned in the codex take place in the book Mass Effect:Retribution.


In the novel Mass Effect: Retribution, Anderson hands over the political negotiations he was in charge of to Udina in order to assist Kahlee Sanders from the Grissom Academy with locating Paul Grayson.

If you had chosen Anderson to be the Councilor, it's mentioned in his codex entry that he transfers his office over to Udina as part of these events. With the pending Reaper invasion, and since he prefers the military life anyway, there's no reason for him to have attempted to retake the councilorship. You therefore rightly find him in military uniform in Mass Effect 3.


He steps down. But also its interesting to note if he was counsilor then his uniform displays 3 gold bars and 1 red on his shoulders and if not he has 4 gold bars

  • Hi Jim, and welcome to Arqade! This question already has a great answer, and your post doesn't add much to that. For questions that have an accepted answer, try to post only new and substantive information.
    – MBraedley
    Jul 28, 2013 at 15:32

I think ME3 continues from choosing Udina as councilor as Anderson is called "Admiral" and he is promoted to this status in ME2 if Udina is chosen as councilor.

Either that or you told Miranda that you recommended Udina at the start of ME2, this affects it as the councilor decision takes place after you destroy Sovereign, at which point the games doesnt save it as the final save is before Sovereign. This may be because of the fact that ME1 had no 'Aftermath'.

  • This does not seem accurate at all, and appears to be pure speculation. The other answers are supported by canonical citations.
    – Iszi
    Jan 11, 2013 at 17:52
  • It's in fact entirely incorrect based on the facts as stated in the question, let alone what a thirty second google search on the Mass Effect story would have yielded. Samuel, if you honestly don't actually know the answer and are just guessing, either do your research or don't bother answering in the first place.
    – Shadur
    Jul 28, 2013 at 16:55

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