As I said earlier, the psychological profile affects whether Shepard is Paragon, Renegade or Neutral. But after a bit more deliberation, I realized I made a mistake. The “War Hero” option is the Paragon option and the “Sole Survivor” option is the Neutral option. I realized this because, the morality points are added to Paragon if the player chooses it. This actually makes a lot more sense, because usually when the player completes a mission with a really good result the paragon conversion option that follows basically says; “I’m just doing my job.” Which implies that a lot of skill is required.
“I wish every soldier had your definition of just doing my job” -Admiral Hackett
The differences in Renegade and Paragon are a lot more defined in Mass Effect 2. In the first Mass Effect the line is a bit less clear. This makes a lot of sense, because the plot situation in ME2 gives you complete freedom, whereas ME1 is more about making a good impression. Having complete freedom definitely makes your true colours show. Isn’t that right Shepard?
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln