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[[caption-width-right:350:"By Mennen, Nice Shooting."]]

[[http://www.youtube.com/user/WaysideCreations#p/c/5E9CAB444A9CECB8 Fallout: Nuka Break]] is a FanFilm series set in the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Universe. It's made by Wayside Creations, created and written by Zack Finfrock and co-written by Creator/BrianClevinger of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' and ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' fame. Originally just a short film, positive reaction lead to it being revived as a continuing series.

The series stars three protagonists: Twig, a [[IdiotHero dim-witted]], overweight Vault Dweller; Scarlet, a [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon Laser-Rifle-toting]] former Legion slave; and [[KleptomaniacHero Ben]], an amoral ghoul. Together, they try to survive the Mojave Wasteland, and, in Twig's case, search for the perfect "Nuka Break."

Complicating matters, is a bounty put on the trio by Caesar's Legion for freeing Scar and Ben's [[KleptomaniacHero unscrupulous item-obtaining measures]] have put them in a tight spot where finding work is difficult.

A season 2, which according to Zack will be much wider in scope and ambition, went into production after [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waysidecreations/fallout-nuka-break-season-2-0 a very successful]] {{Kickstarter}} campaign, with Tim Cain, one of the founding fathers of the ''Fallout'' series, and Creator/ChrisAvellone, designer on ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas New Vegas]]'', being involved in the creative process. Season 2 has already been filmed and came out on October 28, 2013. Currently, plans are in motion for a prequel focusing on the Ranger.
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!! Fallout: Nuka Break contains the following tropes:
* AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: Ben's memories of life before the Great War [[TheFogOfAges are a little hazy]], leading him to the conclusion "By Mennen" is from a hymn, leading the trio to start using it in the same way as "by God". Mennen is the company that makes Gillette razors, among other things.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:Season 2 ends with Twig, Scar, Larry and Bessie heading off to return Bessie to her hometown.]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Leon attempts to give one to Scar, who had just lethally wounded him. [[KilledMidSentence She doesn't let him finish]]]].
* ArtEvolution: There is a noticeable increase in quality between the film and the first episode.
** And more between Season 1 and Red Star. Compare the Eyebot from the movie/Season 1 to the one that shows up in Red Star.
* ArtifactTitle: Or rather its importance and direct relevance to the plot. Twig's desired "Nuka Break" is achieved halfway through the first season, but the trio are still actively trying to find peace and stability while surviving in the Mojave Wasteland.
* ActionGirl: Scar. In episode 4, she beat the crap out of a [[spoiler: slaver merc]] who tried to disarm her. Even Twig was impressed. [[spoiler: Too bad another one shot her in the arm.]]
** Also it turns out that Twig and Ben's memory of when they rescued her from the slavers is more than a little self-serving. They tried to rescue her but got their asses kicked. She broke ''herself'' free and then rescued ''them''.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler: The NCR Veteran Ranger the group runs into is the straightest example so far.]]
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad / BiggerIsBetter: Vault 10 holds a similar attitude towards fatness. Being fat is considered normal and (comparatively) skinny people such as Twig are bullied and made fun of for their size (or lack thereof).
* BigDamnHeroes: By none other than the [[spoiler:Mysterious Stranger]] to Twig in episode 6.
* [[spoiler: BolivianArmyEnding: At the end of episode 4, Larry ambushes the crew for [[BigBad Leon Swallow]], Scar's owner. In the last moments of the episode, one of his men seemingly shoots her in the back (it's actually her arm, so she's okay.]]
* BountyHunter: They've run into a few, due to the Legion putting a price on their heads. Luckily for them, the only ones they've encountered so far have been [[TooDumbToLive completely incompetent.]]
** It's now pretty clear that the [[TooDumbToLive idiot raiders and mercs]] that came after Scar and company were misinformed. Leon's bounty on Scar was supposed to be '''2000 caps''', which is more than what [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the Courier gets paid for the Platinum Chip.]] [[spoiler: Episode 4 ends with Ben's old friend betraying them and getting a team of competent and numerous mercs to capture Scar.]]
* BrickJoke: Twig returning a fallen hat to man shortly after arriving in Eastwood. [[spoiler: It belonged to the Mysterious Stranger, who saves his life from a Radroach attack a few episodes later]].
--> '''[[spoiler: Mysterious Stranger]]''': Now we're even.
* CerebusSyndrome: "Red Star" and Season 2 are far more serious than the original fan film and Season 1
* CombatDiplomacyStealth: The protagonists form the trifecta. When faced with a problem, Scar is shown to favour [[TalkToTheFist Combat]], Twig prefers [[GuileHero Diplomacy]], while Ben tends to use [[StealthHiBye Stealth]].
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: When the NCR Ranger drops the name of an important person from Ben's past, he immediately begins throwing punches. The Ranger deflects them easily and disables Ben in BulletTime. Then Twig attacks with his Shishkebab, which fares as well as you'd expect, while Scar's smart enough to not jump in. Really, the only reason the group is still alive is because the NCR Ranger wanted to talk.]]
** [[spoiler: The Mysterious Stranger]] versus... a radroach. Overkill at its finest.
** [[spoiler: In Red Star, the super mutant Bison delivers one of these to the Ranger.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Season 2 is a ''lot'' less funny than the first one, which is not to say it doesn't have totally ridiculous moments.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Unfortunately, {{inverted}} during the fight between [[spoiler: Leon and Ron. Ron is clad in his resilient PoweredArmor and uses a slow, powerful Super Sledge, while Leon is lightly armored and uses a basic sword. Leon uses his superior maneuverability to disarm, trip up, and prepare to execute his painfully slower opponent]].
* {{Defictionalization}}: The Nuka Breaker weapon, which started as a ShoutOut to this same series in Videogame/FalloutNewVegas, is now a weapon that Twig uses.
* DoomMagnet: Scar considers herself one in Season 2, because of how many people are dying due to Leon's drive to capture her again. [[spoiler: This almost causes her to give up escaping when captured again]].
* DualWielding: In the Season 2 finale, James uses both a knife and a [[AnAxeToGrind hatchet]] in combat, easily trumping a few {{mooks}}.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Twig receives the Nuka Breaker in the Season 2 finale and it is set up this way. [[spoiler:But it is ultimately subverted as he doesn't even get to swing it before getting run through by Leon's sword.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Leon was so crazy that Caesar's Legion, one of the most brutal societies in the franchise, kicked him out.
* ExposedToTheElements: Let's just say Scar must go through a lot of sunblock.
** Justified: Solar Powered Perk: +2 Strength and +1 HP per second while outside, from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
* ExplosiveOverclocking: During the Season 2 finale, Twig supercharges his Shishkebab with a Nuke Cola Quantum, providing a flashy blue flame and easily cutting down a few mooks. Then [[WreckedWeapon the blade melts away]]. Fortunately, he gets the Nuka Breaker.
* FacelessGoons: Face-concealing bandannas, scarves, and hockey masks are utilized on both sides, but more enemy {{mooks}} use them more than the [[RedShirt Red Shirts]] do. Justified as it's an effective way to shield oneself from the arid air of the Mojave desert and glare of the sun.
* FatAndProud: The residents of Vault 10. They were encouraged to constantly eat fatty-foods and were provided no exercise equipment whatsoever, so after 200 years, morbid obesity became the ideal weight in their society. Twig was bullied all his life for being the skinniest person in the vault, hence his nickname.
* TheFogOfAges: Ben's lost much of his memory of life before the Great War ("By Mennen").
* FreezeFrameBonus: Alot of them, usually with props or set pieces from other Fallout productions.
** Special one: an aversion of KatanasAreJustBetter in Episode 5. Shiskebab v. Katana? Shiskebab wins hand down.
** Plot relevent one: [[spoiler: The Ranger can be seen in the stand off scene in Season 1, Episode 3]].
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Twig meets [[spoiler: Goris, who's a giant, intelligent deathclaw. Goris exchanges some pleasant conversation and then provides Twig with a book on factory maintenance, which allows the Lockre to manufacture the munitions it needs to defend itself]].
* HairTriggerTemper: Red, in the movie. She shoots [[spoiler:one of her teammates]] in the face. She later [[spoiler: shoots [[VicMignogna Trader Vic]] when he finds her unconscious at the end of the film]].
** Scar, too; in the first episode, she puts a gun to Ben's head, and in Episode 2, she slugs Ben for being a JerkAss.
* ICallItVera: Leon has a Fat Man named "Artemis".
* IdiotHero: Played with, [[WordOfGod Zack Frinfrock]] said at [[PennyArcade PAX]] the only reason why Twig is still alive is a 10 in his Luck stat.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Legion soldiers don't like using guns, and it definitely shows. Leon's men fail to hit targets at ranges where the heroes use the [[ShortRangeShotgun Fallout shotguns]] to take them out. In one case, two mooks with assault rifles can't hit two people ''stuck in the open, standing still,'' who then have time to line up a shot [[SniperPistol with a pistol]] and headshot them!
** Twig admits to being a terrible shot without using VATS, although we never get to see how terrible.
* InsultBackfire: Whenever Twig is insulted for being fat (typically by Ben, but other characters get their turn), he will be very flattered, because in the Vault he grew up in, everyone was morbidly obese - he was ostracized for being very thin compared to everyone else, hence his nickname.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Leon meets his end at the hands of Scar, who he had spent the entire series tormenting.]]
* KleptomaniacHero: Ben. Besides looting every corpse he finds, Ben thought their Courier job was a scam, stole all the objects and replaced them with "useless crap" which led to them getting kicked out of [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Goodsprings]].
-->"Woo! Free shit! Woo!"
* LandMineGoesClick: Ron steps on a landmine in [=S2E4=], and can't step off it until it's disarmed. Bad enough, but it's part of an armed ambush and he's now stuck in the open. After a close fight, the enemy is killed and Twig manages to defuse it.
* LetsGetDangerous: Episode 5 features the trio doing this, with Twig robbing a merchant for a Shishkebab, Scar beating the crap out of the mercs who captured them and Ben deciding the only way the situation they're in is going to end is if they go after BigBad Leon Swallow, or else the mercs will keep coming.
** Season 2: When [[spoiler:Ron]] [[PoweredArmor suits up]], you know heavy stuff's about to go down.
* MookChivalry: Used throughout the series, but the Season 2 finale plays it straightest. {{Mooks}} switch to melee weapons to engage the heroes wielding melee weapons, don't gang up on said melee heroes, and nobody shoots the main characters when they're walking out in the open. Somewhat justified, as they're fighting [[BarbarianTribe the Legion]], and they can't resist the chance to best their foes in melee combat.
* MythologyGag: Just about every gun, outfit, and item in the series is a replica of something from Fallout, including Vault Jumpsuits, Laser Rifles, Bottlecap Mines, That Gun, and of course, Nuka Cola.
** Of particular note is Scar's Tri-Beam Laser Rifle, which does fire 3 laser beams as in game each time it's fired.
** Episode 3 reveals that Ben and Larry worked in the [[VideoGame/{{Fallout2}} stables of New Reno]] with [[TokenEvilTeammate Myron.]]
** Larry has the Eyebot from the movie on the shelf behind his Jet stall.
** At the end of Episode 2 and the beginning of episode 3 there are several [[RedShirtArmy NCR Civilian Rangers]] and one [[EliteMooks NCR Veteran]] [[GasMaskLongcoat Desert]] [[BadassLongcoat Ranger.]]
** Episode 4 features a very faithful recreation of a Legion Slave camp.
** Episode 5 features the Shishkebab and a Nuka Cola Quantum. It also has an internal mythology gag with [[spoiler:the return of Red]].
** The Eastwood shopkeeper remarks that Twig must "have a lead belly" to drink so much irradiated Nuka Cola without getting sick (which happened in the fan film). "Lead Belly" is the name of a gameplay perk that cuts down on the poisoning incurred from eating foods and drinking irradiated liquids (though ironically not Nuka Cola).
** A two-way Mythology Gag: ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' added a unique Rebar Club called the Nuka Breaker in the Gun Runner's Arsenal DLC as a shout-out to this series. The creators of the series didn't realize it was a shout-out and included it in the background of an episode as a shout-out to ''New Vegas''. After realizing it, they have Twig using the weapon in the Season 2 finale.
** [[spoiler: In Season 2, Twig eventually meets Goris, a.k.a. the Albino Talking Deathclaw from Fallout 2. Goris is actually pretty helpful]].
* {{Narrator}}: Played by VicMignogna in both the movie and series!
** UnreliableNarrator: He tells things from [[CloudCuckooLander Twig's]] point of view.
* NiceHat: Mayor Conners of Eastwood has a foot tall top hat.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:James goes down in the final battle, complete with dramatic slow motion close up. After the battle, Ron tells Scar that they couldn't find his body. Sure enough, James turns out to have survived.]]
* NonIndicativeName: [[TheBigGuy Twig]]. Then again, he grew up in [[FatAndProud Vault 10]], where he was the skinniest, so to them it ''is'' an indicative name (in fact it's the nickname they called him to make fun of him).
* OddFriendship: A chubby Vault-Dweller, a [[KleptomaniacHero kleptomaniac]] ghoul, and a [[BadassAdorable badass]] former slave. We know how Ben and Twig met Scar, but how Ben and Twig ever hooked up as traveling companions is completely unimaginable.
--> '''Scar''': "Don't look at me, he's your friend."
--> '''Ben''': "''My'' friend? I don't even ''like'' the guy."
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: In the final battle, James gets stabbed between the shoulders and Twig gets stabbed through the kidneys. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Twig is excused]], James not so much, but they're both revealed to be just fine.]]
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Very common way for {{Mooks}} and [[RedShirt Red Shirts]] to die.
* PoweredArmor: The iconic Brotherhood Of Steel armor (modded with some road signage) makes an appearance in the second season finale.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: See TrashTheSet.
* RemonstratingWithAGun: Scar warns Ben about doing this in the FanFilm.
* RetiredBadass: [[spoiler:Ron. Turns out he was the Brotherhood of Steel Paladin that taught Scar how to survive in the Wasteland]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Many characters, but the Ranger in particular uses them to great effect, using them at close range. [[ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon Very close range]].
* SceneryGorn: The series uses visual effects to add post-apocalyptic rubble in wide shots, adding a very nice atmospheric effect.
* SchmuckBait: [[spoiler:When Larry is having Scarlett disarm his slave collar.]]
-->'''Larry:''' You feel that tiny little bar?
-->'''Scarlett:''' Yeah.
-->'''Larry:''' It's about a quarter-inch thick, has a blue stripe, really really tiny?
-->'''Scarlett:''' Yeah.
-->'''Larry:''' DON'T touch it! The thing next to it, pull it straight down, STRAIGHT down.
* SerialEscalation: Despite being a fan project with limited funding, they got full support from [[Creator/ChrisAvellone Chris]] [[MyRealDaddy Avellone]] at Obsidian, Bethesda has openly supported them, and had two high profile actors (VicMignogna and DougJones) work on their project.
** Then Obsidian gave the series a ShoutOut by adding the unique rebar club, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The Nuka Breaker]] in the Gun Runner's Arsenal DLC for VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas!
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: In the series, Ben's signature weapon is VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas's Hunting Shotgun.
* ShoutOut: The Ranger's combat style in the Season 2 finale seems kinda familiar. [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII Where else have we seen someone]] DualWielding a ReverseGrip [[KnifeNut knife in one hand]] [[AnAxeToGrind and a hatchet in the other]]?
** There appears to be an [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Operator symbol]] on a fuse box at The Lockre.
** [[invoked]]Looks like [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} George Costanza]] was right about "By Mennen" being an EarWorm.
* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon: Especially evident in the Season 2 finale. Characters on both sides walk out in the open shooting other people with guns and aren't cut down immediately by their support (which also have guns)).
* StealthHiBye: Ben somehow does this while standing in the middle of an ambush. [[BehindTheBlack The moment he's offscreen, he's gone.]] The ambushers actually have to look around to realize he's [[RightBehindMe right behind their leader.]] His Stealth skill must be maxed out.
** Ben somehow did this in the original fan film, too: Twig and Scar mention they killed a bunch of bounty hunters, and suddenly Ben's already behind them, running towards the bodies for loot.
** [[spoiler:The mysterious stranger who saved Twig in episode 6.]]
* StuffedIntoALocker: Twig has Claustrophobia due to this.
--> "Since I was the smallest, the other kids would make fun of me by stuffing me into small spaces. 'mua ha ha! You can fit into a refrigerator, whereas we cannot!'"
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Hatchet Always Works]]: James kills a mook behind Scar this way in the Season 2 Finale.
* ToiletHumor: "Hey Twig, have you seen our new water purifier... Well... it's still yellow but its coming along."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Twig and Nuka Cola.
--> '''Twig''': "You have any more Nuka Cola?"
--> '''Old Man''': "I got Sunset Sarsaparilla."
--> '''Twig''': "That's '''not''' Nuka Cola."
* TrashTheSet: Not a straight example, but the set Eastwood was filmed in burned down in a recent wildfire[[https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/293241_923644622218_60716319_40470551_518576408_n.jpg]]. [[WordOfGod Aaron Giles]] blamed the [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas fiends]].
** ThrowItIn: In Episode 6, aired after the [[TrashTheSet set-trashing]] above, Leon Swallow blows Eastwood to smithereens with a Fat Man.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ben and Twig, and Ben and Scar. Ben openly admits he's not too crazy about Twig and openly tries to get him killed, yet is completely willing to give him back-up. Scar is routinely offended by Ben's behavior, often [[WhatTheHellHero calling him out]] on such things, and he does apologize to her often.
--> Scar: "You're an ass, you know?"
--> Ben: "I know, sorry."
* WeaponOfChoice: Twig uses his .223/5.56 Pistol, you know, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas That]] [[Film/BladeRunner Gun]]. Ben uses a [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Hunting Shotgun]] and Scar has her [[FrickinLaserBeams Tri-Beam Laser Rifle]].
** Twig later takes up the [[FlamingSword Shishkebab]], and after it gets destroyed, he gets the Nuka-Breaker.
* WebcomicTime: An [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] example. Episode 5 was delayed a week because the VFX guys couldn't finish the big fight scene in the episode fast enough. When it turned out extremely well, they openly admitted on Twitter that they rushed to released the first four episodes and currently Nuka Break now airs once every three weeks instead of every two, giving the effects people more time and the actors the ability to do pick up scenes.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The last half of season 1 was filmed and then needed to be refilmed when a wildfire destroyed the Eastwood set. Many characters who were given names (like Raz) were intended to have much larger roles in the series... which can't happen now. As a result they truncated their last half of the season to end at episode 6 (the original intent was 9 for a decent length season) with the above mentioned ThrowItIn as their cliff-hanger for season 2, which will be ''nothing'' like the original intention. (They have, however, announced that there will be several survivors from Eastwood, including Mayor Connors.)
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[spoiler: When Leon bests Ron in melee combat, he insists on a flashy execution and is interrupted ''twice'' before he can finish, the second interruption resulting in his death]].
* WorfHadTheFlu: [[spoiler: Leon assaults the Lockre with only a platoon of men, rather than waiting for a battalion of legionaries for backup. This explains why the Legion's usual tactic of [[ZergRush zerg rushing]] isn't as effective as it ought to be]].
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Twig's reaction to being complimented on a steal by Scar and Ben.
--> "…That doesn't make me feel good."