Blonde female Commander Shepard wins BioWare's box art competition

At long last, and after months of heated debate and speculation, BioWare has revealed one of Mass Effect 3's key details: the default color of female Commander Shepard's hair. After tallying the results of its Facebook fan-poll, the studio announced via Twitter that the universe's most rough-and-tumble female space warrior will be blonde; leaving some to wonder what staggering impacts this will have on the fate of the human race, and others to wonder if BioWare is running out of ways to hype its upcoming sequel.

The Facebook promotion, which ended this week, asked visitors to 'like' their favorite female Commander Shepard character design. Out of the six possible candidates (most of which were near identical save for hair color and style), fans selected the blonde Commander Shepard by a generous margin, winning her the starring role on Mass Effect 3's Collector's Edition box. At last check, the space captain with the golden locks (pictured left) had garnered nearly 25,000 votes, while the retro-Posh Spice (pictured right) version languished in second place with 9,700.

So there it is: gentleman (and gentlewomen, of course) really do prefer blondes ... at least when it comes to those representing mankind's last great hope. Check her out in full below: 

The third and final chapter in the Mass Effect trilogy is scheduled to begin on March 6, 2012. In the meantime, check out our most recent hands-on preview for Mass Effect 3 from Comic-Con 2011.

Jul 26, 2011


Box Art


  • Spybreak8 - July 28, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    I voted for the blonde, def the best looking "Shepard" but really I don't care what the face is since the best thing about Bioware RPGs is customizing the character to your liking anyways.
  • hunter565 - July 28, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    She look's to soft her eyes and the expression on her face are serious but her skin look's like it's never has got any dirt on it, or any thing.Unlike male shapard you look's battle harden and been in a fight before.
  • fetalspray - July 27, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    Really... Is no one going to make a blond joke?
  • Crabhand - July 27, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    I voted for the blonde, but the one on the right was my second choice. Doesn't really matter to me though, if the import does my femshep justice I'll probably just continue to use her.
  • june27 - July 27, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    Whatever, I still say the other one is better
  • pimlicosound - July 27, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    All the default Shepards (male and female) look too young and inexperienced. The core of Shepard's character is his/her natural leadership forged through great struggles, and I just don't see that coming from a good-looking 28-year-old. That's why my Shep looks like he's about 40, with a proper military haircut and a face that says "I've seen shit you wouldn't believe, so back off!"
  • Clovin64 - July 27, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    But my FemShep has black hair... Anyhoo, the generic default Shepard on the previous games boxart always pissed me off because they looked nothing like my Shep. For the cover, why not just keep their helmet on? Everybody wins.
  • Craza - July 27, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    I dunno. The blonde one just looks like a real soldier/Commander, while the other one looks like Janet Jackson doing a Mass Effect cosplay.
  • Darth_Griffin - July 27, 2011 5:37 a.m.

    I still say the Ginger Renegade should have won. Redhead femShep was so much more badass than the Samus clone
  • NanoElite666 - July 27, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    No complaints here. Granted, I didn't know this was going on up until now and therefore have no idea what the other options were, so I might be a little biased...
  • purple_omlet - July 27, 2011 3:59 a.m.

    Femshep should not be on the box. don;t care how sexist it sounds, but male shepard is the only shepard.
  • Not Snake - July 27, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    Still hoping all six are precets included in the game.
  • BluegrassSmoker - July 27, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    Dark hair > Blonde hair
  • MegaPrime - July 26, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    I demand a recount! The one on the right should be the Universal Champ.
  • soren7550 - July 26, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    I think blond FemShep only won due to her hair style. Granted, she was my fave overall but ah well. I'm still going to stick with my Shep Roslyn, and she's not going to change one bit.
  • Yeager1122 - July 26, 2011 11:49 p.m.

    Really blonde woni like the one on the right better.
  • mockraven - July 26, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    I guess the long, unbound hair is ok since in the distant future it's less likely to get caught in the guns... right? :P If not... Ouch! I kinda like the brunette on the right better, although the the way her hair sits over her eye would limit visibility and her hair's dark colour kinda fades into the dark background; but, again, futuristic combat issues not-withstanding, I like the look better.
  • samsneeze - July 26, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    I prefer redheads myself. Oh well, miss generic blonde with non military reg hair it is. Off to the create-a-Shep it is.
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - July 26, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    This poll did not have enough redheads =(
  • Dylanmannen - July 26, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    not suprised about that at all ^^ the blond Shepard was the only one that lookt cool

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