Ah, Yes, Reapers

Ah, Yes, Reapers

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“Ah, Yes, Reapers” is a phrase taken from Mass Effect 2[1] that is used to point out unrealistic disbelief in a situation. It usually takes the form of Demotivational Posters, but also can be seen in other forms, such as Youtube videos.


“Ah, Yes, Reapers” originates from a scene in Mass Effect 2, where Commander Shepard is speaking to the council. After Shepard brings up the Reapers, the main antagonist of the series, one of the council members dismisses the idea by saying:

“Ah, yes, ‘Reapers’. The immortal race of sentient starships allegedly waiting in dark space. We have dismissed this claim.”

What makes the line especially noticeable are the air quotes the council member uses around “Reapers”. That, combined with the general reaction of the council member, caused the whole ordeal to be seen as hilarious by the gaming community.


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Many references to the phrase began to pop immediately, days after the game came out. The earliest instance found so far is a thread on the forum of the site “Saber-Scorpion’s Lair”[2], which is named after the phrase (it is unknown whether it was named such originally, or edited later). On February 13, a video titled “AH YES, REAPERS” was uploaded by user jj0ck33[3], which featured the clip where the original phrase was used compiled with scenes of Reapers.

Two days later, a image was posted on DeviantART by “soccerdemon”[4]:

External References

[1]Wikipedia – Mass Effect 2

[2]Saber-Scorpion’s Lair: Ah Yes, Reapers

[3]Youtube – jj0ck33

[4]DeviantART – soccerdemon

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