2. Tali’Zorah vas Normandy
Several of my playthroughs of the first Mass Effect were all Tali and Garrus, all day, every day. Tali is a very unique character (and also who my cat is named after); She helps players see Quarians for who they really are, not what other species make them out to be. Thieves, third-world type people, and the race to put to blame for the Geth. Are the Quarians perfect? Absolutely not, but neither are any of the other races.
Tali is quick to join Shepard and help take down Saren, and continue her pilgrimage and save the galaxy. Like Kaidan, Liara, Wrex, and Garrus, Tali is among the most loyal squad members in the series. Tali had the choice of going back to her people in Mass Effect 2, but she kindly declined and let them know she’s not coming home until the mission is complete.
As Male Shepard, Tali is one of the best romantic options. Her strength and bravery to join Shepard by taking off her suit and exposing herself shows her true colors. She will do anything, and take any risks she needs to for the things she believes in, and the ones she loves. (Spoiler) When it came to the end of Legion on Rannoch, Tali choking on her tears asking Legion if he had a soul sent players across the world in tears, as well. Tali is young, powerful, and very brave. An unforgettable squad member.
As a squad member: Once you train her to use shotguns in the first installment, she is a great asset. In the second and third installments, her skills only got better, making her a great pick for any mission.