Character: Illusive Man

Illusive Man: I’m done helping you.

Shepard: When did you start?

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Illusive Man: I warned you. Control is the means to survival. Control of the Reapers… and of you, if necessary.

Anderson: They’re controlling you.

Illusive Man: I don’t think so, Admiral.

Shepard: Controlling me is a lot different than controlling a Reaper.

Illusive Man: Have a little faith.

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Illusive Man: When humanity first discovered the mass relays… when we learned there was more to the galaxy then we imagined… there were some who thought the relays should be destroyed. They were scared of what we’d find. Terrified of what we might let in. But look at what humanity has achieved! Since that discovery, our technology has
advanced more than the past 10,000 years combined. And the Reapers will do the same for us again. A thousand fold. But… only if we can harness their ability to control.

Anderson: Bullshit. We destroy them, or they destroy us.

Illusive Man: And waste this opportunity? Never.

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Illusive Man: Don’t interfere with my plans Shepard, I won’t warn you again.

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Illusive Man: Enjoy your little chat, but don’t overstay your welcome.

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Illusive Man: That’s what separates us, Shepard. Where you see a means to destroy, I see a way to control– to dominate and harness the Reapers’ power.

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Illusive Man: Cerberus isn’t just an organisation or the people behind it. Cerberus is an idea; that idea is not so easily destroyed.

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Illusive Man: Destroying the Reapers gains us nothing.

Shepard: How about peace?

Illusive Man: They’re just trying to control us. Think about it: If they wanted all organic life destroyed, they could it. There would be nothing left.

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Illusive Man: Shepard, you’re in my chair.

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Illusive Man: Commander Shepard.

Shepard: Illusive Man. I thought we would be meeting face-to-face.

Illusive Man: A necessary precaution. Not unusual for people who know what you and I know.

Shepard: And what exactly is it that “you and I know”?

Illusive Man: That our place in the universe is more fragile than we’d like to think.

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Illusive Man: Shepard. You’re making a habit of costing me more than time and money.

Shepard: You get the help you deserve.

Illusive Man: And what about the rest of humanity? Your ideals have cost us more than you could imagine. The technology from that base could have secured human dominance in the galaxy. Against the Reapers and beyond.

Shepard: Human dominance? Or just Cerberus?

Illusive Man: Strength for Cerberus is strength for every human. Cerberus is humanity. I should have known you choke on the hard decisions. Too idealistic from the start.

Shepard: I know what you are. And the price of dealing with you. We do things my way from now on. Harbinger is coming. And he won’t be alone. I’m going to make sure we’re ready when they get here. You can fall in line or step aside. But don’t get in my way.

Illusive Man: You’re sure that’s what you want? You’re taking a hell of a risk Shepard.

Shepard: I don’t think so. I’m going to stop the Reapers. But I won’t sacrifice the soul of our species to do it.

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Illusive Man: Miranda, do not let Shepard destroy the base.

Miranda: Or what? You’ll replace me next?

Illusive Man: I gave you an order, Miranda.

Miranda: I noticed. Consider this my resignation.

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Illusive Man: Shepard. You’re making a habit of costing me more than time and money.

Shepard: I’m sorry, I’m having trouble hearing you. I’m getting a lot of bullshit on this line.

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Illusive Man: Shepard. You’re making a habit of costing me more than time and money.

Shepard: Too many lives were lost in that base. I’m not sorry it’s gone.

Illusive Man: The first of many lives. The technology from that base could have secured human dominance in the galaxy. Against the Reapers and beyond.

Shepard: Human dominance, or just Cerberus?

Illusive Man: Strength for Cerberus is strength for every human. Cerberus is humanity. I should have known you’d choke on the hard decisions. Too idealistic from the start.

Shepard: I’m not looking for your approval. Harbringer is coming and he won’t be alone. Humanity needs a leader who’s looking out for them. From now on, I’m doing things my way, whether you agree or not.

Illusive Man: Don’t turn your back on me, Shepard! I made you. I brought you back from the dead.

Shepard: Joker. Lose this channel.

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