Characters: Fallout 3
Character page for the cast from Fallout 3. Some spoilers may be unmarked.
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Vault 101 CharactersVault 101 is the player character's home. While it only takes a short while to play through at the start of the main storyline, it can be returned to later for an optional quest.
Voiced by: Liam NeesonThe father of the player character. He was a good father for most of his life, but when his child turned 19, he left the vault, throwing the residence into chaos. The player searching for him and uncovering why James left is what drives the first part of the plot.
"I am Alpha and Omega. The beginning... and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life, freely."
- Anti-Hero: He's one of the most noble characters in the DC Wasteland, but he's not without his flaws. (see Nice Job Breaking It, Hero)
- Big Good: Could be considered this. His intention for Project Purity was not to gain power or influence, but simply to bring clean water to the Capital Wasteland, make the world a better place and fulfill his late wife's dream.
- Badass Beard: Through all the ages, Dad's got a short beard on him. He definitely proves the "Badass" part during the game.
- The Charmer: Various characters mention he's got quite the silver-tongue.
- Daddy Had A Good Reasonfor Abandoning You: He really, really does.
- Deadly Doctor: He's actually pretty proficient in combat, even if he wasn't invincible due to him being marked as "essential".
- Disappeared Dad: Jump starts the plot.
- Determinator: When it comes to making Project Purity a reality.
- Determined Expression: According to Three Dog, he has the exact same "I can get shit done" look in his eye as his son/daughter.
- Give Him a Normal Life: He headed off to Vault 101 and abandoned Project Purity so you could have the best life he could provide with the Vault's resources.
- Good Parents: Although not without his flaws.
- Guile Hero: Speaking with people who've dealt with him in the past, such as Moriarty and Dr. Li, reveals that James is extremely charismatic and has a way with words; he was able to convince Moriarty to help him despite the bar owner's normally selfish nature, was able to talk his way into Vault 101 despite the Overseer's extreme isolationism and xenophobia, and was able to convince the Brotherhood to help defend Project Purity despite their doubts over its success or utility. He's quite similar to a Speech-based player-character.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He floods the Project Purity chamber with radiation, killing himself and a couple of Enclave soldiers, to keep them from taking Project Purity and allow his child to escape.
- Horrible Judge of Character: It's implied that while the Overseer made no secret of his hatred for James and his child, James believed that he simply wasn't twisted enough to let it get the better of him. Unfortunately, he was wrong and without James around to provide his service as their Doctor, the Overseer had no reason to keep you around either.
- Magnetic Hero/The Social Expert: Not only did he convince the Overseer to let him into Vault 101, xenophobia be damned (although the need for a doctor did greatly grease the skids of the decision), he actually managed to get Moriarty to put his jerkass ways on park around him.
- Mysterious Past: His past prior to starting Project Purity is deliberately vague, but other characters suggest that he wasn't even from Rivet City. A (possibly non-canonical) photograph showing a young version of him and Catherine found in Vault 21 in New Vegas suggests he somehow migrated from the Mojave Wasteland to the Capital Wasteland. Considering that Harold, the Brotherhood, and the Enclave did as well, it's not impossible James did too.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Another trait of his. He means well, but he often miscalculates how much trouble his actions stir up. Best shown at the beginning when his disappearance from the vault causes anarchy to break out and forces his child to flee for his/her life, the irony being that James left you behind in the first place because he though you would be safe there.
- Nice Guy: Even Colin Moriarty doesn't have a single bad thing to say about him, in a terminal filled with various bits of dirt and blackmail material he has on people.
- Playful Hacker/Gentleman Thief: In a holotape, he admits that he would often sneak into the restricted sections of the Vault 101 at night to see if any of the advanced pre-War technology could have helped with Project Purity. Coming up with nothing, he decided to break into the Overseer's office and hack his terminal (whilst a little drunk on scotch), whereupon he learned about the GECK.
- Science Hero: To the extent that the Perk that increases the Lone Wanderer's Medicine and Science stat is titled "Daddy's Boy/Girl".
- Unexplained Accent: His accent is never explained.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If you nuke Megaton, he won't hesitate to let you know how he feels about it.
- What Were You Thinking?: The Lone Wanderer can give James a hefty heaping of this after they reconnect.
Overseer Alphonse Almodovar
Overseer Alphonse Almodovar
Voiced by: Duncan HoodThe ruler of Vault 101. Afraid of losing control, he exercises complete control over everyone in the vault, and enforces the rule that "no one ever enters and no one ever leaves." His only soft spot is his daughter, Amata. When your father leaves he takes a turn to the extreme to keep anyone else from leaving, causing disaster in the Vault.
"I place the good of the Vault above everything, even my own paternal feelings. We must not allow sentiment to cloud our judgment."
- Establishing Character Moment: Follow him up the stairs during your birthday party to get one for him—he comments he only attended the party because his daughter is your friend, refers to you as "that little brat", and tells security to give it another ten minutes and break up the party.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Most of the time he's only referred to as "the Overseer" (even by the game itself). Subverted, as Stanley Armstrong does have an offhanded comment where he refers to Alphonse by his first name.
- Fantastic Racism: His irrational hatred for James and the Lone Wanderer becomes understandable in retrospect, as you're both Wastelanders. He presumably considers your presence to be infecting the purity of the Vault.
- Genre Savvy: His refusal to allow the Enclave access to the Vault seems to imply that in addition to not wanting to risk more contact with outsiders, he realised that their message outright admitted that they had already tried to get into the Vault once before, but couldn't due to his changing of the password. Since they only tried to contact them after trying to break down the door, this made their true motives highly suspect.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Another reason implied for his dislike of James is due to his popularity amongst the residents of Vault 101, who are supposed to be showing that sort of respect and admiration towards him as Overseer. Instead, nearly everyone expresses openly about how they don't care for him at all.
- Kick the Dog:
- He has Jonas murdered because he suspected him of cooperating with Dad in his escape, and will straight up try to execute you if you surrender to him.
- Accessing his terminal while escaping from the Vault reveals he's not only allowed Butch and the Tunnel Snakes to run around, but he's had them perform "services" that for some reason his security team can't — the implied "services" are harassing Vault residents who act out of line.
- Jerkass: Yeah, the many is more than just slightly a dick.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Though he's cruel and arrogant, he's not wrong about everything.
- His strict rules about keeping the Vault sealed are cast into a new light when you read his computer terminal during "Trouble on the Homefront" revealing that The Enclave knows about the Vault and wanted access, but he refused them entrance because he didn't trust them. Given how Three Dog talks about your exploits and you and your father being from Vault 101, the two of you are to blame for literally broadcasting to the Wasteland "hey, there's a fully active Vault here with people living in it."
- Papa Wolf: He is fiercely protective of Amata. James' medical notes reveal that he is present during all of his daughters check-ups in order to make sure his daughter hasn't gotten pregnant. If the Lone Wanderer is a male, this definitely adds a whole other level of subtext to why he has developed such a fierce hatred of you.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: The password to his terminal is Amata. Not only that, but he keeps a paper with his password on it in the same room as the terminal.
- Pet the Dog: He does genuinely care for his daughter, Amata.
- During "Escape!", you can threaten her and he'll back off immediately. During "Trouble On The Homefront" you can tell him about the unauthorized raid on the rebels, which would involve lethal force and could result in Amata being hurt or killed. After a very brief My God, What Have I Done? moment, he'll put an end to the conflict right then and there.
- During the same quest, you can find out that the Enclave requested access to the Vault, but he refused as it posed unknown risks to the Vault and its citizens.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even if you come back and complete "Trouble On The Homefront" in his favor. He does give you a reward... and then basically tells you to get the hell out and never come back.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does think that he's acting in the best interests of the Vault. You can convince him to stop by convincing him that he's only making things worse for the Vault by his actions, such as pointing out that with all the deaths of Vault residents since your escape, there simply aren't enough people to keep a viable population anymore. Turns out he was aware of this, reluctantly admitting that without people from outside the Vault to provide an influx of new genetic material, they'll likely die off from inbreeding within another generation or two.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In "Trouble On The Homefront" he calls you out on leaving the vault when James clearly wanted you to stay in the vault where it's safe. While this is a valid point it seems he didn't think Jonas getting killed, the guards opening fire on you, and the next example may've had something to do with it.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: When you're escaping from the vault, you need to get his password to open the door. In this conversation with him, you have the option of surrendering, and giving him your gun. He then tries to kill you. With the same gun.
- 0% Approval Rating: While his approval was never high to begin with, he fully crosses this in the aftermath of your escape, causing the residents to begin to riot and form into factions.
Voiced by: Odette YustmanThe daughter of the Overseer and the Lone Wanderer's childhood friend. She helps them escape after James goes missing and the Overseer wants answers, and in their absence becomes leader of a dissident faction of residents that want to explore the idea of opening the Vault to outside interactions.
"I'll do my best to keep us all safe, inside the Vault and beyond."
- Childhood Friend Romance: If male, it's strongly implied that Amata and the Lone Wanderer might have a crush on each other. Though depending on your actions that can easily be stopped.
- Foreshadowing: If you kill her father during your escape from Vault 101, upon meeting up with her she tells you she hopes that you never have to know what it feels like to see your own father die right in front of you.
- Incompatible Orientation: If you're female and hit on her she gets grossed out.
- Klingon Promotion: Can be one way of solving the quest Trouble On The Homefront, kill the overseer and promote her to leader.
- The President's Daughter: Though she isn't used as a MacGuffin, she does get a lot of crap growing up because her dad was in charge.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite begging the Lone Wanderer to return to Vault 101 to save them, at the end of "Trouble on the Homefront", she's forced as the new Overseer to kick you out of the Vault once again. While Amata herself doesn't really want to do this, a lot of people still blame you for all the deaths that that you caused during your escape as well as those indirectly caused during the Vault riots afterwards.
- A later random encounter has the Lone Wanderer encounter Susie Mack outside the Vault reinforces this. Despite Vault 101 becoming stable once more and even beginning to trade with the outside world, you cannot return as your presence would cause too much strife and dredge up too many bad memories. She also mentions that Amata obviously misses you.
- Justified, if you chose to sabotage the vault. This triggers a random encounter with the Enclave interrogating her about the location of Vault 101. If you simply watch and listen they will kill her, but if you save her life and talk to her, she will simply tell you this is all your fault... and she's not wrong.
Voiced by: Gregory GortonA friend and colleague of the player's father, he helps James with his secret research on Project Purity. When James leaves the Vault, Jonas is interrogated and killed by an overzealous security guard.
- Black and Nerdy: He's the resident medical technician, as well as James' assistant.
- Black Dude Dies First: While he is far from the first person to be killed in the Capital Wasteland, he is the first black character to die in game other then the player's mom, who passed away soon after giving birth.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the Lone Wanderer.
- Like Father, Like Son: The Overseer's terminal mentions that his mother Anne Palmer was part of the Scouting Expedition to Megaton in 2241. Jonas similarly conspired to leave the Vault to restart Project Purity with James, only to be killed by Officer Mack during the attempt.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest people in Vault 101.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the scant few in Vault 101. Ironically, the Overseer chose him to become James' assistant precisely because of this, hoping that Jonas would serve as a voice of reason and curb his more "dangerous" ideas.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death is a warning to Amata (and you) that the Overseer is not playing around.
- Secret Keeper: James had confided in him about Project Purity and he was a conspirator in the escape attempt]].
- Undying Loyalty: Towards James. Sadly, this was the reason the Overseer had him murdered.
Voiced by: Karen CarboneThe Lone Wanderer's mother, who dies shortly after childbirth in game's first cutscene. It's implied that she was the emotional driving force behind Project Purity and remains so for James long after her death.
"James, something's, something's -"
- Black and Nerdy: Console commands and her photograph in Fallout: New Vegas show that she's black, and she's also a brilliant scientist.
- Black Dude Dies First: Her death kickstarts the game via the next trope.
- Death by Childbirth: She dies giving birth to the player character.
- The Lost Lenore: After almost 20 years, James still mourns her.
- Meaningful Name: "Catherine" means "Pure"
- Mysterious Past: Like her husband James, we don't know anything about her life before Project Purity and her death.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Her death is what causes James to lose faith in Project Purity, which in turn makes him move into Vault 101 with their child.
- Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the time the game gets going.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She dies first thing in the game and is only mentioned by a few characters, but her actions drive James to leave the Vault, triggering the events of the game.
- The Voice: Unless you go digging in game files or find a Easter Egg picture while playing New Vegas, her face is never shown.
Megaton CharactersMegaton is one of the more stable settlements around, with about thirty people, a sheriff, a water purifier, scavenging teams, and a wall to keep Raiders out. However, there is the little problem of an unexploded atomic bomb in the middle of the town, but hey, it keeps those nuts at the Church of the Children of Atom occupied, so how bad can it be? When the Lone Wanderer arrives, Megaton's fate can be decided.
Sheriff Lucas Simms
Sheriff Lucas Simms
Voiced by: Gregory L. WilliamsThe de-facto Sheriff (and mayor) of Megaton, and the first person the Lone Wanderer meets on the surface. He's loved by the people and is reasonable and fair, but he protects the town with great ferocity and will not hesitate to pull his gun on anyone who threatens the peace.
"This here is my town. These are my people. You so much as breathe wrong, and I'm gonna fuckin' end ya."
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The reason he is officially in charge and Moriarty isn't? Simms has the better gun and more skill with it.
- Badass Longcoat: According to the game guide, he's a member of the Regulators.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Though you wouldn't know he was bald, unless he's killed and you take his hat off.
- Cowboy Cop: Subverted. While he does dress up as a cowboy, he's much closer to a By-the-Book Cop. For example he knows Burke is up to no good in town, but until he actually does something besides look and act suspicious he won't take action.
- Establishing Character Moment: Politely welcoming you to Megaton and giving you the lay of the land, before warning you that if you harm anyone, he will not hesitate to end you.
- I Owe You My Life: You can save his life when he stupidly turns his back on Mr. Burke after arresting him if you're quick. He thanks you for it, but he doesn't give you any tangible reward.
- Killed Off for Real: The "Afterward" epilogue included only in the Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Collector's Edition'' mentions, twenty years later, Sheriff Simms thinks the Lone Wanderer killed "his dad" when he actually saved the town. This implies that Burke's assassination attempt succeeded when the player turned him in.
- Klingon Promotion: The title of sheriff seems to go to whoever puts on Lucas' duster after he dies. However, his prepubescent son Harden lays claim on the official duties of sheriff if his dad is murdered, and will refuse to recognize you if you put on his dad's outfit.
- More Dakka: His weapon with which to fend off the raiders is a Chinese Assault Rifle.
- Nice Hat: There's only one other like it in the Capital Wasteland (worn by Sonora Cruz of the Regulators). Which makes sense, since he is (or was) a Regulator himself.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a nice guy with good morals and firm patience. You could make fun of him all you like, and insult his town, and he merely shakes his head and warns you to behave.
- Too Dumb to Live: If you ask him to arrest Burke, he runs to Burke and tells Burke to follow him. He then turns his back on him and puts away his rifle, leaving him open to a gunshot to the back.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: He is both mayor and sheriff, which also seems to entail being judge, jury, executioner, and welcome committee.
Voiced by: Mike RossonThe owner of Moriarty's Saloon. He's got a lot of connections, and has a lot of people who owe him a lot of money. Lucas Simms may be the mayor of Megaton, but Moriarty is the one aiming to have complete control over the citizens.
"My saloon, my home, my little slice of heaven in this backwoods little burg."
- 0% Approval Rating: Everyone wants Moriarty gone. And he knows it.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He's descended from some of the original settlers of Megaton, and through the years they've amassed a lot of wealth and connections. This is what gives Moriarty such power and why people don't just throw him out of the gates.
- Death by Irony: Nothing prevents you from reverse-pickpocketing a live bottlecap mine into his inventory. The results aren't pretty but the irony of using the very caps Moriarty had been trying to extort you in order to fill him with shrapnels is absolutely delicious.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's convinced that Billy killed Maggie's parents and uses her as a slave. No evidence can be found to back this up, suggesting Moriarty simply can't understand Billy's altruism.
- Faux Affably Evil: He'll act all polite and friendly to your face, but one look at his computer tells us what he's saying about people behind their backs...
- For the Evulz: There's a rumor in town that Moriarty pisses in his drink stills, just because he can.
- I Own This Town: His connections, information and general power would allow him to take over Megaton if Lucas Simms wasn't around.
- Jerkass: Keeps information on his terminal to blackmail people with, overcharges on alcohol, and refuses to tell the Lone Wanderer about his father until paid. However, despite being a complete bastard, technically he's not evil, just really manipulative. Because of this, you lose karma for killing him, even if everyone in Megaton would be thankful for him to be gone.
- Knowledge Broker: He keeps tracks of anyone walking through Megaton, and frequently spies on his fellow citizens in the hopes of getting blackmail material. It is somewhat downplayed in that he is not terribly concerned with what happens outside of Megaton, and therefore his knowledge of that tropic is quite limited.
- Mean Boss: Treats his workers like shit, putting them in so much debt to him that they are essentially slaves. He forces Nova into prostitution, and he regularly beats Gob viciously. When Silver tried to get away from him, he sends you out to kill her.
- Morality Pet: Shows genuine affection towards Nova, letting her demand free time off and letting her mouth off at him.
- Pet the Dog: Ordinarily, Moriarty would've have thrown James and his child out of his establishment when they met for the very first time, simply because said child's crying annoyed him, but James talked him out of it. In fact, if you read Moriarty's notes, you get the feeling James actually managed the rare feat of getting actual courtesy and respect out of Moriarty. And, in a smaller instance, he does wind up leveling with you and telling you the mostly unvarnished truth even if you fail the speech check. That said, bear in mind this man is a known liar.
- Tempting Fate: He says on his terminal that he doesn't care if Burke stays in town until the atomic bomb explodes so long as he always pays for his drinks. Guess what happens if the Lone Wanderer rigs the bomb with Burke's detonator.
- Unexplained Accent: He speaks with a thick Irish accent for some reason.
Voiced by: Karen CarboneThe owner of the Craterside Supply, the general store in Megaton. She's weird. The Lone Wanderer can help her fulfill her life's dream of authoring the definitive book on how to survive the wasteland. Conversely, the Wanderer can rip her off, hiding out in the saloon all day, then coming back to give her idiotic and dangerous advice.
"Good luck with that research!"
- American Accents: She has a very distinctive Upper Midwest accent.
- Big Good: Despite her oddities and foibles, her driving motivation behind her actions is to become one of these for the entire Wasteland, courtesy of publishing the definitive guide on how to survive in a post apocalyptic world, and seeing how the guide has gotten as far as the Mojave Wasteland in just four years and boosts the Courier's survival skills, it seems that the Lone Wanderer canonically helped her extensively in her research.
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- Cutting Off the Branches: New Vegas confirms that she was largely successful with the Wasteland Survival Guide, as it's available in the game as a Skill Book.
- For Science!: When the Lone Wanderer (frequently) calls her out on how dangerous her requests are, she'll insist that they're for the good of science, and therefore humanity as a whole. Her requests involving radiation and crippling injury specifically invoke this response if you try and protest.
- Genki Girl: She's always smiling and cheerful. Even if she ends up ghoulified if you choose to nuke Megaton. Hell, she probably found her newfound resistance to extreme radiation to be be fascinating!
- Hidden Depths: If you ask her what she could possibly hope to accomplish by writing the Guide, she gives a passionate speech about "a piece of broken glass": even if a broken glass bottle can't be repaired, you can still put the shards back together to make something useful. Well, the world got "broke" in the Great War, and it's time to try to put it back together.
- Literal-Minded: Hand-in-hand with sarcasm blind. Some of her notes are straightforward in a way that could be taken as a joke ("What do Super-Mutants eat?" / "Research assistants"), except Moira seems to mean them seriously.
- Mad Scientist: A lighthearted and humorous take on the trope. Moira is genuinely trying to improve the wasteland, but her "experiments" reach into this trope. Her terminal entries, for instance, include wondering of brahmin heads learn independently, if centaurs can talk, if explosives can be used to expand the town, and if mole rats can be domesticated. There's also this quote after the radiation part of the guide quest:"Well, you're alive... That's the good news. But there was a little side effect. A teeny, tiny, um, mutation. But it seems to be benign, at least. Here, take a few radiation Chems, as my little way of saying, "I'm sorry I twisted your DNA like a kitten with a ball of yarn."
- Nice Guy: Her quirks aside, she really does have no ulterior motives aside from wanting to help people with what she discovers from her experiments.
- Try Not to Die: She'll send you off on incredibly dangerous missions with friendly advice to this effect - especially the ones where you need to become injured and have a broken limb. She will even cheerily say the trope name word-for-word.
- The Pollyanna: Especially obvious if you nuke Megaton. She will be turned into a ghoul, but won't care at all, and even thanks you for detonating the bomb because she thinks its nice that "you helped those nice people at the Children of Atom out".
- Sarcasm-Blind: Moria has a bit of difficulty understanding some of the sarcastic responses for her quest.
- Voiced by: Shari Elliker
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Andy is incredibly angry and bitter, even chatting with Burke about his little deal, and Leo is a notorious addict. She seems to be the only one with a level head.
- Doesn't Like Guns: It appears that way, she carries a .32 pistol, but never uses it, even when attacked.
- Stepford Smiler: You'd never know from talking to her, but Jericho tried to rape her a while back. At night while she's sleeping you can hear her talk in her sleep while having nightmares.
Voiced by: Peter GilAn old (and possibly senile or insane) man who spends his entire day standing in a puddle of irradiated water next to an undetonated atomic bomb. He preaches about the "Children Of Atom", a bizarre religion that believes individual atoms contain entire universes, and thus nuclear destruction is not destruction, but a ritualistic purification and creation of new existences.
"We seek creation and unification in Atom's glow."
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He worships an detonated atomic bomb and sees a nuclear holocaust as a good thing. Standing knee-deep in radioactive water all day may or may not have something to do with that...
- Good Shepherd: Whether his message is a good thing to believe in or not aside, he's pleasant enough to the Lone Wanderer if spoken to, and judging by the fact he and his parishioners helped build Megaton, his teachings seem to encourage reaching a helping hand out to others as long as you respect their beliefs.
- Hypocrite: He says that all Children of Atom must be sober pacifists, but you can find a pistol and whiskey in his office.
- Reality Ensues: Due to what could be a bug, you can occasionally enter town and find him lying dead in the pool from radiation poisoning. Well, what do you think will happen to an old man who spends all day ankle-deep in a pool of water around an old nuclear warhead?
Voiced by: Mike RossonAn unfortunate ghoul who came to Megaton from Underworld seeking adventure. He ended up as Moriarty's worker (basically a slave) to pay off a debt he owed, which Moriarty unfairly increases by charging him for trivial things like simply living there.
"I'm used to every asshole smoothskin in this town giving me shit 'cause I look like a corpse."
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His reason for risking Moriarty's wrath by giving the Lone Wanderer a discount? The Wanderer was the only customer who didn't insult or hit him.
- Interspecies Romance: He is infatuated with Nova, the town prostitute. She's aware of it, and she does think he's sweet, but she says that even she isn't willing to go there. However, background chatter between them indicates otherwise, suggesting that she simply doesn't want people to know about their relationship.
- Nice Guy: He's meek and friendly, once you demonstrate you won't abuse him.
- Under New Management: If you kill Moriarty, Gob will eventually take over the saloon, making it Gob's Saloon. He's likely much happier after this.
Voiced by: Karen CarboneThe town prostitute. Working for Moriarty (under duress), she clearly hates the guy like everyone else in town, but otherwise is rather decently regarded by everyone else.
"Ohhh. You like it rough, huh? Well, that costs extra."
- Bi the Way: Can sleep with the Lone Wanderer regardless of gender.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She is rather affable and pleasant to everyone, but what makes her more than just a nice girl is that she can look past the fact Gob is a ghoul and she treats him like a person.
- Ms. Fanservice: Easily the sexiest woman in Megatown without trying very hard.
- Under New Management: If you kill Moriarty, Nova will take over running the inn part of the saloon, and will no longer be a prostitute.
Voiced by: Craig SechlerA trader who helps Megaton stay supplied. Raises a little girl named Maggie orphaned after a Raider attack.
- Abusive Parents: Subverted. Colin Moriarty believes that he killed her parents and is raising Maggie for unsavory purposes, but examination of his home and Maggie's current well being rather easily prove otherwise.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: He is one of the stronger residents of Megaton and will have no problem fighting back if attacked.
- Eye Scream: Apparently suffered one in the past, judging from the eye patch.
- Good Parents: He downplays this, but it's obvious Maggie is doing well under his care.
- Promotion to Parent: Self-induced after taking her in after a Raider attack. He even lampshades that if wasn't what he intended, but if he had his own daughter, he'd want her to be like Maggie.
- Totally Radical: His speech is peppered with "hip" expressions.
Rivet CityA large aircraft carrier ship that has become a relatively safe home for the many survivors who live there thanks to its location, thick steel walls, and retractable bridge. It has its own bazaar, hotel, science lab, and even church. They also have their own police force standing guard and patrolling the city, adding yet another blanket of safety for its civilians.
Doctor Madison Li
Doctor Madison Li
Voiced by: Jennifer MasseyA scientist working in Rivet City who helped James with Project Purity. Along with Bannon and Harkness she is a member of the city council and runs the science section.
- Action Survivor: She doesn't have a weapon, or any fighting skills whatsoever, but she can dodge Enclave lasers well enough, and gain access to the Citadel just by raging at Elder Lyons over the intercom.LYONS! I know you're in there, I know you can hear me! You open this goddamn door right now! (cue door opening)
- Adults Are Useless: Forces the Lone Wanderer to take point during the escape from Project Purity, since despite being only nineteen and fresh out of a Vault, the Wanderer's the only one present with any combat experience.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Word of God says she was in love with James, but put aside her emotions when he got married, instead deciding to put her focus on science. Thus James's Heroic Sacrifice and the subsequent occupation of the Purifier by the Enclave breaks her spirit. Her cold aloofness to the Lone Wanderer afterwards is presumably because she finds his death even harder to cope with because of the Lone Wanderer's remarkable resemblance to him.
- Asian and Nerdy: Her name implies an asian heritage, and she's a brilliant scientist.
- Heroic BSOD: After escaping the Enclave, all the insanity causes her to go into shock, and mentally collapses for a while.
- Mood-Swinger: She has a habit of switching from angry and hostile to calm relatively quickly. In the case of the Lone Wanderer, Li's hostility could be due to the fact that the child is a reminder that she lost James to Catherine. By her voice you can tell she's near a complete breakdown after the escape through the Taft tunnels.
- OOC Is Serious Business: How her raging at Lyons over the intercom likely got the escapees access: She openly distrusts the Brotherhood, and if she's yelling and begging/demanding sanctuary with them, then something really bad just went down.
- Put on a Bus: In Broken Steel, she apparently decides to leave the Capital Wasteland during your coma, and moves to the Commonwealth to pursue her science in a safer environment.
- Really Gets Around: You'd never know it, unless you quietly break into her apartment in Rivet City by night.
Voiced by: Craig Sechler and Jeff Baker in his pre-surgery Audio LogsThe head of the police/security force at Rivet City and a member of the three person council that runs the settlement (with the other two being Doctor Li, who runs the science section, and Bannon, who runs the merchant section). He's something of a Walking Spoiler for a major questline, so read on and consider yourself warned.
- Artificial Human: He's actually an android.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Zimmer assumes he's just malfunctioning, but he's perfectly functional. He just became self-aware, and is now capable of deciding his own fate free from his masters.
- Disc One Nuke: Completing the "Replicated Man" quest in his favor will cause him to give you a unique plasma rifle that does huge damage and can be obtained very early. Keep in mind you can only get it by completing the quest, if you kill him he'll just have a normal Chinese Assault Rifle.
- I Choose to Stay: Even knowing what he really is, he stays in Rivet City because it's his home now.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit rude when you first meet him, but he does just want to protect the people of Rivet City.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Zimmer made sure that every detail was covered. He even has synthetic blood.
- Tomato in the Mirror: He's horrified when his true memories return and he realizes what he is. However, he eventually comes to terms with it.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Revealing him to Zimmer and watching him get deactivated and dragged away.
- Walking Spoiler: He's the escaped android everyone whispers about.
Flak and Shrapnel
Flak and Shrapnel
Voiced by: Gus Travers and Pete Papageorge respectivelyTwo merchants who run the city gun store together. Flak is a former slaver, and Shrapnel is a former raider. Depending on your morality, you can help the slavers in Paradise Falls get back at Flak for selling them out.
- The Atoner: They both were horrible, horrible people in the past who did horrible horrible things. But the two both have put it behind them and are upstanding citizens in the town now, and drop ears to prove it.
- Gayngster: The two both have this bit of flavor to them.
- Heart Broken Badass: Comes up thanks to a bug. When Flak is enslaved and taken away, Shrapnel will leave Rivet City to travel to Paradise Falls and be with him.
- Heel Face Door Slam: You can personally see to it that Flak doesn't get to have a happy new life, by being paid by Paradise Falls to either murder him or have him enslaved. Considering Shrapnel is almost always by his side, odds are good you'd have to take him out too.
- Lost Forever: Due to an AI glitch, enslaving Flak causes Shrapnel to wander out into the wastes, making their stock pretty much impossible to access.
- Nobody Over Fifty Is Gay: Flak and Shrapnel are both 50, according to the game guide
- Straight Gay: There's no indication when talking to them, but the two are a couple, and share a bed together in the room they share. Plus a slaver in Paradise Falls refers to Flak as "an old queen".
Voiced by: Gregory GortonA slaver sent by Eulogy Jones to join in on the hunt for the missing android, in order to capture it for use of the Paradise Falls slavers. He decided he liked Rivet City though, and chooses to stay there indefinitely.
- Gender-Blender Name: He refuses to talk to you about his name.
- Going Native: To an extent. He was sent to Rivet City for a job, but comes to like the place and moves in.
- Retired Monster: Unlike Flak, Sister is not sorry about his job as a slaver, and is still evil and drops a finger if killed. If you help him enslave Mei Wong, then he'll leave his retirement and go back to the slaving business without question.
Voiced by: Gregory GortonAn odd man living in the broken bow of Rivet City who plays a major role in the missing android sidequest. As it turns out he is the one who gave the android his reconstruction surgery, and will even modify the Lone Wanderer's looks after the quest is done.
- Badass Grandpa: He's pushing over 60, but he carries an assault rifle and has the guts to make his home among mirelurks, relying on assorted booby traps for safety. His computer terminals mention he infiltrated Vault 112 once, so he's likely a Retired Badass too.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Curmudgeonly and arrogant though he may be, Pinkerton is absolutely revolted by Braun's activities in Vault 112, even referring to them as "robbing people of their souls." As such, he didn't feel too bad about stealing a memory chip from one of the machines there.
- For Science!: Why he did the facial reconstruction for the android. He wanted the chance to get a look at some of that much-vaunted Institute tech up close.
- Foreshadowing: If you played "The Replicated Man" before "Tranquility Lane", his notes regarding his activities in Vault 112 contain a great deal of this.
- He mentions stealing a memory chip from one of the machines there. When you visit Vault 112 later, you find that the machine in question was a virtual reality lounger - specifically, Old Lady Dithers'. Thanks to this theft, Braun can no longer wipe Dither's mind, allowing her to finally realize that she's trapped in a simulation and ultimately prompting her to assist the player when s/he arrives in Tranquility Lane.
- Pinkerton also hints at the nature of the experiments in the Vault when he disgustedly compares it to stealing people's souls and mentioning a "simulation."
- Finally, he jokingly remarks that stealing the chip from Braun was like "stealing from a little girl." Within the virtual reality scenario he's been operating, Braun has taken the form of a little girl.
- Insufferable Genius: He's one of the most brilliant men in the wasteland, and he will let you know it if you ask, and will anyway if you don't.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a moody old bastard, and very bitter towards Rivet City. He becomes more friendly towards the Lone Wanderer once they establish they aren't there to kill him or rob him, and express interest in the real history of the city that he helped build.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He's a surgeon, a computer programmer, and judging from the mountains of crafting materials and other junk in his room is also a tinkerer and inventor.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: He can give this to the Lone Wanderer if they want, and with only a 35% chance of fatal infection!
- Shrouded in Myth: Most people in Rivet City think he's just a legend and/or long dead.
- Trap Master: The path to him has grenade bouquets, explosive decoy computers, rigged shotguns, the old standby frag mines, and a hallway full of flammable gas so anyone who fires a gun there (say, fighting the mirelurks) will be set on fire. This guy does not want visitors.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He sees Rivet City as this, he was the leader of the scientific expedition that founded the city and was once effectively its leader. Then James and Doctor Li came around with Project Purity, and most of Pinkerton's researcher team left to work with them. It was his anger over this slight that prompted his self-imposed exile to the broken bow.
Mei WongMei Wong is an escaped slave who managed to flee and find refuge in Rivet City. Because of this she is very paranoid that the slavers will come after her.
- Driven to Suicide: If the player reveals her to Sister.
- Fate Worse Than Death: She considers returning to slavery as this and will kill herself to prevent it.
- Properly Paranoid: She thinks Sister is out to get her. He is, or was.
- Sex Slave: What she used to be for Alister Tenpenny.
- Video Game Caring Potential: The Lone Wanderer can give her some caps to buy a gun and put her mind at ease. The only reward for doing so is good karma and the location of the Temple Of The Union, an escaped slave outpost.
Tenpenny Tower charactersTenpenny Tower was formerly a hotel before the war, but since it survived the bombs with next to no damage, it attracted the attention of a man named Allistair Tenpenny. After hiring some people to fix up the place, he moved in and the hotel eventually become a small town, with its own security force, power generator, walls, and merchants. Regardless, it still functions as a hotel, and all but Tenpenny's friends (and guards) must pay to get into the most luxurious place in the wasteland. Ghouls need not apply.
- "Well done, Mister Burke! What a grand display of fireworks! I almost wish there was another nuke we could detonate!"Voiced by: Charlie Warren
- Affably Evil: He's a very polite and charming old man, who likes to hold conversations with you and will even give you 500 caps if you negotiate a peaceful solution concerning the ghouls.
- Arc Villain: He's the antagonist in three of the game's major side-quests, and (up until President Eden makes his move) is probably the most well-known individual antagonist in the Capital Wasteland. However, when you actually meet him in person, he turns out to be pretty much just a crazy old man who's not actively evil, just selfish and ignorant of the harm he's doing.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: On account of being, well, old.
- Dirty Old Man: He used to own Mei Wong as a slave... try not to think too hard about what he probably did with her. (Also he seems to really enjoy Susan's company from time to time.)
- Even Evil Has Standards: Granted, wanting to see Megaton blown up is a horribly dick move (because it was marring his view), but at least he had the decency to ask Burke to evacuate people before the deed was done. Unfortunately, Burke was willing to ignore this and let everyone die anyway.
- Expy: One cannot look at him without being reminded of Howard Hughes. Take special note of the milk bottles lining the walls of his penthouse suite.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: His "Wasteland Safari" where he fires randomly off into the Wasteland, implies this. If you convince him to let the ghouls move in peacefully, he'll say flat out that he wouldn't mind hunting down any who cause problems.
- Informed Flaw: While he's certainly a bastard, he doesn't really merit his Evil Karma ranking. He wanted Burke to evacuate Megaton's population before flattening it, and even his Ghoul prejudice is pretty mild considering he's willing to let them in and live in the tower if they behave themselves. It hardly excuses his other actions, but why he's marked as worse than horrifically evil people like Jabsco and Roy Philips, who are unrepentant mass-murders, is a mystery.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: If you kill him, you get Good Karma.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: If Roy Phillips is allowed to move in, Tenpenny will suffer from a mysterious "accident" shortly after a disagreement with Roy.
- The Mean Brit: He's got Very Evil karma, though when speaking with him personally he comes across as rather affable.
- Orcus on His Throne: He spends the majority of his days in his penthouse suite while his minions, Mister Burke and Chief Gustavo, take care of any actual problems he has. Justified in that he's a rather kooky, old man who's not up for much besides sniping whatever catches his fancy from his penthouse suite balcony.
- Retired Monster: By the time you meet him he's just a kooky old man, but it's heavily implied he got up to some horrible stuff in his younger days what with his "Wasteland Safari" and Very Evil karma.
- "Any moment now, you'll be dead. Are you excited to see what that's like?"Voiced by: Wes Johnson
- Artificial Stupidity: Thanks to the way the game AI works, it is piss easy to foil his assassination attempt of Lucas by simply clicking the talk button repeatedly as soon as Lucas turns around. He will immediately turn to face you and tell you to quit bothering him, and in that time you can shoot him full of holes. What makes this stupid is that he could simply be coded to ignore you as he pulls out his gun like some other characters are for other confrontations.
- Badass: While in actual game play he goes down pretty easily, certain quests can be taken that end in Burke sneaking into Tenpenny Tower and scaring the living shit out of Roy Phillips so much that Roy decides to make him his right-hand man out of fear.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He has a very nice suit, a hat, glasses, and a silenced pistol.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He seems to be the one who came up with (and executed) the idea for blowing up Megaton, as well as many other of Tenpenny's plots. Tenpenny himself just appears to be a crazy old man.
- Enigmatic Minion: By Tenpenny's accounts, Burke just showed up out of nowhere one day and started to act as Tenpenny's right-hand man. His actual goals, motives, and background are never revealed, other than a brief line in his love letters to a female player character where he talks about making "necessary sacrifices" to rebuild the world for humanity. This has lead to fan theories that he's a Frumentarii for Caesar, or an undercover member of the Enclave.
- Expy: He's basically Fallout 3's answer to Oblivion's Lucien Lachance, even having the exact same voice.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite being one of the most evil characters in the game, he acts very polite and civil to the Lone Wanderer.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Emphasis on the "zero soul" part. He revels in nuking Megaton, and is one of a handful of characters marked with Very Evil Karma.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: If a female Lone Wanderer uses the Black Widow perk on him, he'll send her a series of love letters which culminates with him "breaking up" with her, not because he doesn't love her, but because his supposed "duties" means it's impossible for them to be together and he doesn't want to force her to wait forever for him. His bizarre love for a female Lone Wanderer is probably his only redeeming quality in the game.
- Social Darwinist: If he comes back to Tenpenny Tower after Phillips massacres the population, he'll say what Roy did was "inspired" as Burke is personally a huge fan of natural selection.
- Nuke 'em: He seems to have some weird love of nuclear explosions. Just listen to him if you blow up Megaton.
- Pet the Dog: If the Lone Wanderer has the Black Widow perk, she can convince Burke to spare Megaton because he wouldn't want to hurt her by destroying the town she lives in.
- "Welcome to Tenpenny Tower. Don't do anything stupid."Voiced by: Pete Papageorge
- Fantastic Racism: His hatred of ghouls. Tenpenny can at least be talked into letting Roy and his friends live in the tower, Gustavo cannot.
- General Ripper: He is open in wanting to just wipe out the ghouls.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's more or less in charge of running Tenpenny Tower. Tenpenny just sits up in his suite all day while Gustavo actually keeps the peace.
- Properly Paranoid: All his talk about how Roy was a violent asshole who was trying to kill everyone with hordes of feral ghouls? It was all correct.
Herbert "Daring" Dashwood
- Voiced by: Paul Eiding
- All Men Are Perverts: His terminal will mention him visiting a high end whorehouse called the Blue Destiny during his younger years. Unfortunately, a disease outbreak killed most of their girls and forced to close down, otherwise Herbert would likely still be visiting them. Also there was an... incident with the daughter of the leader of Rockopolis that got both him and Argyle kicked out of the city.
- Cool Old Guy: He's an old man but he's had a heck of a life, and hasn't lost the adventuring spirit. He still loves to have fun and jokes around with people including you.
- Downer Ending: The real ending to his adventures. It ended with Rockopolis getting massacred by the slavers and his sidekick Argyle dead.
- Flanderization: In-universe example. Though Argyle definitely saved his life more times than he can count, Herbert says the radio plays make him into a full Idiot Hero that Argyle repeatedly saves.
- Nice Guy: He's pretty much the only person at Tenpenny Tower who isn't seem like a racist jerk.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Leading the slavers to Rockopolis. In the Tenpenny Tower quest, he will also give you a key to the generator room and tell you to have fun down there. You can then open the door with the key, blow up the generator and let in Feral ghouls to massacre the entire town.
- Noodle Incident: His terminal will mention a few that happened back when he was still adventuring. He also apparently used to work on the Railroad helping androids escape the Commonwealth.
- Only Sane Man: He's the only one in Tenpenny Tower who isn't an ignorant asshole. He's well-aware of it, too.
- Retired Badass: Herbert was quite the adventurer in his day, helping with the Railroad and fighting slavers. He claims he once killed a yao guai with his bare hands, though he's probably exaggerating there. If Roy Phillips attacks Tenpenny Towers with his army of feral ghouls, Dashwood is the only resident who manages to put up any kind of meaningful resistance. He'll usually manage to bring down several ferals before being overwhelmed by sheer numbers."That's it, I'm officially coming out of retirement!"
- Sidekick Ex Machina: In the radio play, Herbert would often get into trouble and have to rely on his friend Argyle to bail him out. If questioned about this, he will reveal it wasn't completely true, but Argyle most definitely was more badass than Herbert was.
- Screwy Squirrel: You can often find him playing tricks on people in Tenpenny TowerHerbert: Did you notice that Chief Gustavo turns a delightful shade of purple when he gets angry?
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The radio play adventures really happened, but took some liberties. Herbert doesn't seem to mind too much, though.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Implied between him and Argyle; he claims they became friends when he stole Argyle's girlfriend.
Voiced by: Mike RossonThe leader of a small gang of ghouls (consisting of him, his two friends, and dozens of Feral Ghouls) who live in Warrington Station near Tenpenny Tower. He has tried to gain entry to Tenpenny Tower to move in, but the residents have turned him away due to their bigotry against ghouls. The enraged Roy is planning to have an army of ferals invade the tower and clear it out so he and his gang can move in.
- Ax-Crazy: He's planning to massacre the entire populace of Tepenny Tower, and even if you negotiate them to move in peacefully, later he still does it due to a "disagreement" with them. He'll also turn hostile if you make a crack about ghouls being zombies. And if you haven't nuked Megaton by the time he takes over, Burke reports his plans for the town to him and Roy approves.
- Dark Is Evil: At first the game seems to avert this with his Good karma and Three Dog's insistence he's just an oppressed minority. Then he slaughters everyone in Tenpenny Tower no matter how peacefully the situation's initially resolved and it becomes apparent that he's pure scum.
- Evil Redhead: Despite having Good karma, his actions make him one of the most evil people in the game.
- Fantastic Racism: Despises regular humans or "smoothskins."
- He Who Fights Monsters: According to the game guide, he used to be a cop. Now he's the lawless outcast who tells the player that the only things people own in the wasteland is what they can hold onto.
- Jerkass: Big time, his entire attitude in general is "piss off you smoothskin prick".
- Lack of Empathy: Along with the acts mentioned under Ax-Crazy, if you mention killing Feral Ghouls in the tunnels leading to his camp, his response is less than a shrug and he directly says they're mindless freaks and he has no sympathy for them.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: If allowed to peacefully move in, Tenpenny will suffer a mysterious "accident" after a disagreement with Roy.
- Not So Different: When talking to him, you have the option of saying that he's an anti-human bigot and basically no different from Tenpenny himself. His only response is a big "screw you".
- Nuke 'em: Fully onboard with Burke's plan to nuke Megaton and wipe that "smoothskin shithole" off the face of the earth.
- Ungrateful Bastard: If the residents of Tenpenny Tower peacefully let him in, he'll slaughter them all, steal their things, and throw their bodies in the basement. If you confront him about it, he'll tell you to fuck off before he adds you to the pile of corpses.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Has Three Dog's support and is even marked as a Good character in-game. Three Dog does call him out once he learns Roy slaughtered the Tower's human inhabitants for pretty much no reason, though, but you still take a karma hit for killing him if you do so after learning of Roy's deeds.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Believing you only own things in the Wasteland by taking them by force, Roy's plan is to massacre the current inhabitants of the tower and take it over. If allowed to move in peacefully, he'll still kill Tenpenny and the rest of the regular humans shortly afterwards and take over.
- Zombie Apocalypse: His plan for massacring the inhabitants of Tenpenny Tower is to let in dozens of Feral Ghouls to overrun security and kill everyone inside.
Voiced by: Audrey WasilewskiRoy Phillips' girlfriend and one of his two non-Feral Ghoul followers trying to move into Tenpenny Tower. She seems incredibly innocent and frail, and seems to be completely unaware of what Roy Phillips did to get rid of the inhabitants of the tower.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: She is devoted to Roy because he is the only man in 200 years to make her feel beautiful again.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She is over joyed if allowed into the tower, and spends her days trying on fancy dresses, happy to have a "normal" life again for the first time in over two hundred years.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She comments on how before she became a ghoul she was very pretty looking.
Voiced by: Karen CarboneOne of several ghoul hating residents. She is a former slaver who retired from Paradise Falls and bought a spot in Tenpenny Tower. She now seems to make her pay by acting as a prostitute amongst the male residents.
- Fantastic Racism: Even more so than Tenpenny himself. If the Lone Wanderer convinces the other residents to let the ghouls live inside the tower she moves into a private suite by herself where she won't have to interact with anyone but Tenpenny. Her reasons for hating them (they "stink" and are "ugly" to her) are also extremely petty compared to the others genuine fears and safety concerns of the ghouls going feral and wanting to kill them.
- Rich Bitch: She's very rude and arrogant. Dialogue files directly refer to her as a "self important snob."
- Really Gets Around: She is sleeping with every man in the tower, well, all except Anthony Ling.
- The Vamp: She uses sex as her security to stay in this lavish home. At night she walks around the tower in sexy underwear just because she can.
- The Mistress: While she certainly is not in any monogamous relationships, Edgar Wellington II seems particularly infatuated with her, and writes her loves notes behind his wife's back.
- Retired Monster: Used to be a slaver before taking off with a bunch of caps. The slavers are not pleased with her.
UnderworldA large settlement built into the remains of the museum of history. It is noteworthy as being the only all ghoul settlement in the wasteland as well as possibly their only safe haven from the bigoted humans that roam the outside world.
Voiced by: Mike RossonA ghoul in a suit who gives the wanderer a task to kill five bigoted humans and retrieve keys they carry as proof of their deaths. However, there's more to the story than he tells you.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He doesn't seem like much when you first meet him and asks you to do most of his dirty work for him, but once you deliver all the keys to him he'll trek all the way across the wasteland by himself to retrieve a suit of rare power armor.
- Boom, Headshot: His quest name is even "You gotta shoot em in the head." Mr. Crowley also won't give you the full bounty unless the target dies from a headshot. Or you get him to reveal that he is just after the keys.
- Fantastic Racism: The reason he gives for wanting the humans on his list dead. In reality, the only bigoted one is Tenpenny.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Claims the murders he wants done are this, since they're all ghoul-hating bigots. Actually only Tenpenny is; one of the targets is actually just the son of the actual man he wants dead.
- Shout-Out: On a meta level. The Prima Official Guide just couldn't resist putting the lyrics to Mister Crowley as the quest descriptors.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If you follow him when he heads off with all four keys, he eventually turns on you.
Voiced by: Mike RossonThe proprietor of one of Underworld's two bars. He seems to only care about making money and isn't above using questionable means to get it.
- Affably Evil: One of nine characters in the game with a "Very Evil" karma ranking, but he still treats customers well.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Or at least the closest thing possible to one in a post apocalyptic world. He'll even offer you Charon's contract if you get rid of his competition.
- Even Evil Has Standards: If the Lone Wanderer asks him if Charon is Ahzrukal's slave, the latter will quickly tell the former that he is utterly against the practice and is offended at the very idea of himself practicing slavery.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In addition to slavery he is also against the racism between humans and ghouls common through the wasteland. While he could be genuinely disgusted at these actions, it may also be that both practices are very bad for his business. (Slaves can't spend caps no matter how miserable they get and turning away humans would lose him lots of potential business.)Ahzrukal: "Human. Ghoul. Your caps all spend the same."
- Too Dumb to Live: He tells you himself that he believes that Charon holds no end of animosity towards him, but won't touch him so long as he holds his contract. You can then buy this contract from him for as little as 500 caps with a speech check, causing Charon to walk over and send his former employer into an early retirement.
Voiced by: Stephen RussellA Mr. Gutsy robot who patrols underworld and keeps the residents safe... a task which he despises with every fiber of his being.
- Ax-Crazy: He desperately wants to kill every last underworld resident. The only thing stopping him is his combat inhibitor chip...
- Comedic Sociopathy: He absolutely wants to murder all the ghouls that he is forced to serve... but can't so long as his combat inhibiter chip is intact.
- Fantastic Racism: Tells the Lone Wanderer that he pretty much despises ghouls right to his face.
- Meaningful Name: Cerberus was a three-headed demon dog who guarded the entrance to the underworld. This Cerberus is a robot with three sensor nodes who guards the town of Underworld.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: A player with the robotic expert perk can disable his inhibitor chip and watch with demented glee as he slaughters the entire town.
Voiced by: Karen CarboneA relic hunter originally on a job from Abraham Washington in Rivet City to retrieve the Declaration of Independence. Once the player meets up with her, they can either team up with her, ignore her and finish the quest themselves (collecting her reward while they're at it), or murder her in cold blood to collect her reward as well.
- Determinator: Not the most enduring of potential allies (you have to trade her stimpaks every time you want her to heal), nor the most powerful (her personal weapon is her own 10mm SMG, which is rapidly eclipsed by a good number of other weapons), but even if she's limping and up against superior firepower, she just won't back down. Also applies even if you complete the quest on your own, ignoring her completely: she will eventually track you down somewhere in the Wasteland, and she's understandably pissed that you took her reward caps. Thus, she and a friend of hers attack you with full fury. Granted, since she's up against the Lone Wanderer, she's got next to no chance, but points for trying.
- Disappeared Dad: After working with her, she opens up just a bit to the player, admitting that her father went out one day when she was young and never came back, and saying she hates him for it. Later revealed in a hidden holotape to have been caused by his unplanned death; he went to the Statesman Hotel to make a deal that would have helped them move to a better place, but the other person turned on him, and they ended up killing each other.
- Does Not Like Men: Mostly because they keep hitting on her.
- Expy: Of Sydney Fox from Relic Hunter.
- Guest Star Party Member: Joins you to find the Declaration of Independence, but only for that quest.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: Of the more mundane variety; if you deliver her father's Last Words to her (see below), she gives you her customized 10mm submachine gun. Said weapon deals 2 more damage and holds 20 more rounds per clip than the usual SMG; a great weapon in its own right, especially with how easy it is to get 10mm ammo. Alternatively, you can just take it from her by agreeing to team up with her, letting her charge off on her own, and looting her corpse for it.
- Last Words: Not hers, but her father's. If she survives to the end of the quest she helps you with, and you ask about her father, you can find his final message in the Statesman Hotel. Upon delivery to her, she tearfully forgives him for what he had wanted for her, and presents her unique 10mm SMG as a gift to you, saying that with her relatively safer work in the Underworld, you'd need it more than she would.
- Missing Mom: Raped and killed by raiders.
- Retired Badass: After finishing the Declaration heist, she decides to retire to the Underworld and set up shop as a weapons dealer, due to the facts that it's safer work, and because the Ghouls there don't blatantly stare at her ass.
- Distracted by the Sexy: She lampshades this in one of her quotes when she is a companion.Sydney: Focus on the mission and not on my ass, please.
Canterbury CommonsA small settlement to the north that is home to a few wastelanders, merchants, and a couple of crazy people who think that they are superhumans. Unfortunately, these two nuts have been causing the town no end of problems as the two fight in the streets and endanger innocents.
Voiced by: Shari EllikerBetter known as The Antagonizer, a would-be supervillan who terrorizes the town with her army of giant ants. Luckily, or unluckily, the Mechanist always stops her with his robots and drives her away... until the next day rolls around and they repeat the process.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: It's mentioned that her wacky antics have kept Raiders and Slavers away from the town. Imagine what her ability to control giant ants could do if she could be convinced to use that power to defend the people of the Wastes. Instead, talking her into a Heel-Face Turn only results in her just leaving.
- Evil Is Hammy: It doesn't get much hammier then dressing up as an ant-themed supervillain, especially in a post-apocalyptic world where it just isn't that practical.
- Freudian Excuse: Her family was killed by ants, but for some reason they didn't so much as harm her. With nothing left in her life, she took advantage of her innate connection to them.
- Harmless Villain: Her ants are a legitimate threat, but because almost everyone uses a gun their effectiveness is heavily negated. In fact, the people of Canterbury Commons viewed her as an amusing distraction rather than a legitimate threat, at least until the Mechanist started a war with her that involved heavily-armed killbots constantly opening fire in the middle of town.
- Heel Face Door Slam: It's possible to convince her to give up her life of crime and turn over a new leaf. After she hands over her costume, you then have the option of telling her you just said that to make her easier to do away with.Lone Wanderer: Now that I have your armor you don't have a chance!
- Knife Nut: She wields a special knife call the "Ant's Sting" and will even give it to the Lone Wanderer if certain conditions are met.
- Poisoned Weapon: Ant's Sting deals poison damage on a hit. This makes it deceptively powerful, since bonus damage stacks. After multiple hits the poison is probably doing more damage than the knife.
- The Power of Love: A male Lone Wanderer can appeal to her this way, telling her he believes in her.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Loves to rant about how humanity is inferior to ants and will destroy itself.
- Saw It in a Movie Once: Her whole Antagonizer persona came from a comic book she read once. In fact, if the Lone Wanderer locates the comic book company where it was published before undertaking "The Superhuman Gambit" they can use the information they find in a letter to the editor to convince her to turn over a new leaf and leave her past behind her.
- Villainous Breakdown: If you talk her into giving up, she immediately drops her Large Ham act and begs you to let her go. She sounds about three seconds away from crying.
- Voiced by: Pete Papageorge
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He has the ability to crank out powerful robots to defend human settlements, a skill which would be incredibly useful to a society beset by constant Raider and mutant attacks. Yet he is viewed as an intolerable nuisance, and the best outcome to the Canterbury Commons quest involves convincing him to give up his profession, get lost, and never come back.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: His protectrons.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He means well, but the townsfolk hate him for starting fights with the Antagonizer. Sure enough, if the Lone Wanderer obtains his costume and equips it they'll take a -1 to charisma.
- Large Ham: He's REALLY into this whole superhero persona thing.Mechanist: FEAR NOT, CITIZEN!
- Mecha-Mooks: Once again, his protectrons.
- Mr Fix It: He was the town mechanic before the Antagonizer came along.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While the Antagonizer was fun and relatively harmless, the mechanist's robots and missiles are a serious threat to everyone's safety.
- Science Hero: His schtick.
- Shout-Out: His costume has the exact same colors as Mazinger Z.
- Super Zeroes: The rest of the town sure seems to see him this way.
GirdershadeGirdershade is a small (very small) settlement on the southwest edge of the Capital Wasteland. Its only 2 inhabitants are a Nuka Cola addict and her protector (who really just wants get with her).
Voiced by: Jan JohnsA strange woman who has the best (and probably only) Nuka Cola collection in the entire wasteland. She gives the lone wanderer a tour and asks them to retrive a large supply of a special rare flavor of Nuka Cola.
- Collector of the Strange: In a world where most people are busy hoarding weapons, armor and meds she decided that she would rather collect everything connected to a radioactive drink that makes your pee glow and has set up her own Nuka Cola fan club. Unless the player passes a few speech checks when first meeting her they'll have to endure several minutes of useless trivia related to the titular drink before they can even begin her quest.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Something is not right in her head. Probably has something to do with her Nuka Cola addiction.
- Genius Ditz: She seems like a hopeless junkie when you first meet her and she asks you to get her a large supply of Nuka Cola Quantum, but once you actually finish her quest she shows you that she can make deadly grenades and even desert from the titular drink and a few other ingredients. One wonders what she could accomplish if she ever got her hands on a bottle of Nuka Cola Quartz or Nuka Cola Victory...
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: She needs Nuka Cola. She needs it bad.
- Improbable Weapon User: She knows how to make grenades out of soda, tin cans, and household cleaning products... and these little bombs one of the very best explosive weapons in the game.
- Must Have Caffeine: She wants 30 bottles of a soda loaded with so much caffeine that it's one of the few items in the game that gives the player an AP boost if they drink it.
- Oblivious to Love: Completely unaware of just why Ronald Laren sticks around.
- Room Full of Crazy: As soon as you step into her home it becomes quite clear that she isn't exactly the sanest person around. Her entire one room house is filled with everything from Nuka Cola toys to vending machines, not to mention an assload of the titular drink itself on display. Her collection is so big she'll even offer you a TOUR of the place.
- Serious Business: Cola. Even more so than Whitaker!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Nuka Cola. She'll pay handsomely for a bottle of the rare Nuka Cola Quantum.
Voiced by: Jeff BakerA somewhat corrupt man who watches over and protects Sierra, not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he thinks she's hot and wants to "get to know her better."
- All Men Are Perverts: The only reason he bothers with Sierra in the first place is because he wants to have sex with her. He is also quite enticed with the idea of a threesome between him, Sierra, and a female Lone Wanderer.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's not really evil (especially by wasteland standards), but he is a bit of a sleazeball. He still refuses to force himself on Sierra, even though there is no one around to do anything.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: He certainly seems to think so.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: This is the main obstacle between him and getting into Sierra's pants.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He certainly believes this. While not above trying to buy Sierra's love (or rather, her body) he refuses to cross this particular line.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Uses a unique sawn-off shotgun called "The Kneecapper." Its name makes it pretty clear what Ronald used it for, though it doesn't have any effect based on this during actual gameplay.
Big TownThe ultimate destination of the children of Little Lamplight, Big Town is anything but. Due to endless attacks from slavers and super mutants the place is almost a ghost town and in pretty bad shape. If something isn't done to help and soon Big Town's days will be numbered...
The town medic and unofficial leader who was recently kidnapped by super mutants along with her friend Shorty and is being held at a nearby police station. Without her the town doesn't have much chance to survive.
- Action Girl: Give her a weapon and some decent armor and she'll become a powerful fighter when making your escape.
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: She wears a unique red bandana unlike any other found in the game.
- Mega Nekko: Even the slavers who put a contract out on her comment on how hot she is.
- Twofer Token Minority: She's an African American woman in a town where most of the residents are caucasian and/or men.
Red's friend and fellow captive. He can be saved as well or left to rot.
- And I Must Scream: If the player doesn't untie him he'll be left at the mercy of the remaining super mutants who are heavily implied to want to eat him.
Local goth girl who would rather spend her time talking about death and sleeping than going on patrols and protecting the town.
- Ambiguously Bi: She's open to a relationship with the Lone Wanderer regardless of gender.
- Emo Teen: Her whole character is based around this, which causes no end of annoyance to the other residents of Big Town.
- Really Gets Around: She's been in a relationship with almost everyone in town.
- Skewed Priorities: She thinks finding make up and sulking all day is more important than defending the town.
- Wangst: Invoked to an extreme, which makes her unpopular with most of the other residents.
Brotherhood of Steel30 years ago, the main branch of the Brotherhood on the West Coast sent a force of soldiers to scout Washington for supplies and bring the Midwestern branch of the Brotherhood (from Tactics) back into the fold. After failing to find the Midwestern Brotherhood they continued on to Washington. Finding the area overrun with slavers, raiders and mutants, and finding a large store of pre-war technology in the ruins of the Pentagon, the group set down permanent roots, forming a base called The Citadel (in the ruins of the Pentagon), and began efforts to scour the region of hostiles and protect the civilians.
Brotherhood in general
- Anti-Mutiny: Lyons decided that it was more important to follow the intent of the Brotherhood Codex (use technology to help rebuild society) rather than the letter (acquire technology no matter who gets hurt in the process). This is what ended up pissing off those who would become the Outcasts, who adhere strictly to said Codex, in turn starting their own Anti-Mutiny.
- This conflict is treated in an interesting way by the Elders of the West Coast headquarters; unable to come to a consensus on whether his actions were what their Codex intended, they don't actually punish him. They let him keep his title and status in the order. But they also cut off any reinforcements to the Capital Wasteland. By the time they are encountered by the Lone Wanderer, their organization is severely understrength and under-supplied.
- Defector from Decadence
- Elite Mooks: Lyons' Pride, Sarah's personal handpicked squad.
- Fantastic Slurs: "Zombies" for the ghouls and "uglies" and "frankensteins" for the Super Mutants.
- Gas Mask Mooks
- Kick the Dog: Willow, sentry of Underworld, reveals that the Brotherhood apparently shoots at Ghouls on sight...though they do have the courtesy to miss.
- Laser-Guided Karma / Karmic Jackpot: Lyons and his branch were often criticized by the main branch for deviating from their original mission and accepted Brotherhood dogma. However, by the end of the game, they've not only recovered vast amounts of advanced Enclave technology just like the original mission intended, but have also developed new pieces of technology like the Tesla Cannon. Furthermore, they've also participated in two major engineering projects (Project Purity and Liberty Prime) and, with the help of the Lone Wanderer, defeated the last major remnant of the Enclave. They manage to do all this while carrying out their self-imposed duty of protecting the wasteland population. Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, the main branch is all but wiped out after a war with the NCR, to the point that the only remaining Brotherhood presence in the West is the Mojave Chapter.
- Power Armor
- Pragmatic Hero: While they're mostly morally upstanding Paladins, they have a shoot-on-sight policy when dealing with Ghouls, tarnishing their general image.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: A heroic example, in that they've chosen to abandon the Brotherhood's dogma of obtaining technology above all else for serving as the protector of the Capital Wasteland.
- We Have Reserves: Played with, while they have an almost endless supply of wastelanders willing to be recruited, as Sarah Lyons said that the quality of recruit is highly questionable, as they are often too young or too old, not very good shots, have problems following orders, and too eager to charge into battle that they are still stretched too thin against both the Mutants and the Enclave.
- On the other hand, given how Lyons is willing to recruit Wastelanders into the Brotherhood (part of why the Outcasts bailed), he will eventually be able to play this trope straight, assuming time and resources are merciful enough. Having the Lone Wanderer in their ranks, even if only as a type of specialist, allows them greater operational flexibility as well.
Elder Owyn Lyons
Voiced by: William BassettOwyn Lyons is the Elder in charge of the Columbia chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel. Sent out nearly three decades ago to investigate the area, he trekked across the entire continent with his contingent from Lost Hills to the DC region. While originally sent there to collect and store all the technology he could, his chapter of the Brotherhood eventually turned their focus to protecting the people of the Capital Wasteland and eradicating the Super Mutants. Recently, due to his deviation from the mission, the Brotherhood has stopped sending extra troops and many of his best soldiers have revolted and become the Outcasts. This has overstretched his forces, and forced him to look to recruiting from the wasteland.
- Big Good: Leader of the major heroic faction of the game.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: What arguably has put him at odds with the tenets of the Brotherhood. Developers have said that they liken him to the Vault Dweller in that they were sent out on a specific mission, but after being released from the constant values feedback and insular society, he began to think autonomously and developed compassion.
- Defector from Decadence
- The Extremist Was Right: If you destroy the Enclave Mobile Base in Broken Steel, Lyons' faction of the Brotherhood will be sitting on top of a huge pile of Enclave spoils (not the least of which are Vertibirds), have a brand-new compact high-power fusion reactor tech thanks to Dr. Li's help with perfecting LIBERTY PRIME's powerplant, will have a mass water purifier, and the adulation of the Capital Wasteland.
- Honor Before Reason: In Broken Steel, Lyons opts to distribute the purified water from Project Purity freely to the people of the Wasteland, instead of selling it for caps. He also refuses to sell the water to Raiders and Slavers, despite them having an abundance of caps to buy it with. These decisions drive the very cynical Scribe put in charge of coordinating the water distribution quite crazy.
- Then again, it's good PR (let's be honest, you have to get recruits from somewhere), plus...to hell with the Raiders.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His radical (for the Brotherhood) egalitarianism and desire to do what's right may have caused them hardship and a major schism in his ranks, but by the end of the game, he was right, as shown above.
- Retired Badass: He was a Paladin before he was an Elder, and by all accounts was exceptionally badass even by Paladin standards.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Lyons was willing to disregard the technicalities of the Brotherhood Codex in order to follow the Codex's spirit of protecting humanity, such as by committing his forces to protecting Wastelanders, as well as recruiting from among their ranks. This works out in the end, as his actions end up building the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood into being the dominant power in the region, while the Brotherhood chapters back west who remained faithful to the Codex's xenophobic laws are now on the brink of extinction.
Sentinel Sarah Lyons
Voiced by: Heather Marie MarsdenSentinel Sarah Lyons is the daughter of Owyn Lyons, who made the trek across the continent when she was a toddler. She now is one of the best combatants under Elder Lyons' command.
- Action Girl: She's one of the best in this chapter of the Brotherhood.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's rather annoyed at having you tag along when you encounter her on the way to Galaxy News Radio. She softens up after you help her troop take out a Behemoth.
- Family Business: And the business is the Brotherhood of Steel. Par for the course for those born into it, but it seems that her father is grooming her to take over the chapter after he passes away.
- Final Boss: Of Broken Steel and the main quest if you destroy the Citadel.
- Heroic Sacrifice: If you're too cowardly to sacrifice yourself to save everyone, Sarah does it herself. Doesn't get better in Broken Steel either.
- One of the Boys: Apparently she's a fighter first, and a woman a distant second. Her father is somewhat concerned.Elder Lyons' Personal Journal Entry: Sarah may have forgotten she's a woman, but I haven't, and neither have the rest of the Brothers, judging by the looks they give her.
- Ship Tease: Has feeling for the Lone Wanderer depending on your actions.
Liberty Prime is a 40 foot tall pre-war robot constructed by the United States government, originally intended to be deployed to Alaska as a super weapon to fight the Chinese. The project was scrapped due to the massive power it took to run it, but the Prime-prototype was eventually recovered by Elder Lyons and the Brotherhood Of Steel, who are working on restoring it to working order. They eventually solve the power issues, and Prime becomes their secret weapon against the Enclave.
- American Robot: Very, very American.AMERICA WILL NEVER FALL TO COMMUNIST INVASION!
- Awesome but Impractical: In universe. Prime is nigh-unstoppable, but it requires a lot of energy to power. And as a one-of-a-kind weapon, Prime can't cover much ground.
- Badass: This machine is perhaps the most powerful thing, human, creature or robot, to walk the wastes. Short of a nuclear or alien-death-ray orbital strike, or (ahem) a less-than-cordial visit by the Lone Wanderer, Prime is the worst thing that could possibly happen to Communists!
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His battle with the Enclave at Project Purity. The Enclave was throwing Vertibird gunships and entire platoons of plasma-rifle-toting power armor troops at Prime, and they may as well have been throwing tomatoes.
- Eagle Land: One massive walking lampoon of Type 1. Even the footpads are this, with the Statue of Liberty embossment on each.
- Eye Beams: Prime's primary weapon is a rapid-recharge Tesla cannon mounted in its head.
- Incoming Ham: LIBERTY PRIME IS ONLINE. ALL SYSTEMS: NOMINAL. WEAPONS: HOT. MISSION: THE DESTRUCTION OF ANY AND ALL CHINESE COMMUNISTS! Justified by the fact that his original programming made him hammy to help boost morale of the United States troops accompanying him. Like most other robots in the game, Prime's programming doesn't take the nuclear holocaust or the intervening 200 years into account.
- Humongous Mecha
- Hypocritical Humor: Some of his quotes.Prime: DEMOCRACY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE!Prime: EMBRACE DEMOCRACY OR YOU WILL BE ERADICATED!
- On a more meta level, the Enclave claims to be the 'legitimate' government of the United States, so the use of Liberty 'Commie-Smasher' Prime against them is a nice bit of irony.
- The Juggernaut: He is the current source for the trope's quote. It took the Enclave a danger-close orbital strike to finally take Prime out of the picture.
- Large Ham: An enormous war machine brimming with jingoism. Probability of hilarity: one hundred percent!
- Lightning Gun: A tesla cannon, as indicated by your cobbling together a man-portable slower-reloading version in Broken Steel, is the most generally applicable weapon in his arsenal.
- Made of Iron: Made of something far tougher! Energy weapons, artillery, and missiles don't even scratch him. All the manpower the Enclave throw at him amounts only to more time spent hosing the gore off the soles of his giant metal feet. In the add-on, the Enclave finally bring him down with an orbital nuke.
- Megaton Punch: Besieged Enclave building all sealed up? Make your own entry point for intrusion... by punching the concrete wall open.
- No Sell: All but the most powerful "Photonic Resonance Barriers" (read: forcefield blockades) have a probability of mission hindrance of ZERO PERCENT against him. They're dispersed simply by him walking through them.
- Nuke 'em: in addition to his eye mounted Tesla cannons, LIBERTY PRIME also has a backpack filled with Mini-nukes that he'll chuck at enemies like a Footballnote
- One-Man Army: The characters talk as if the mission to assault the purifier will be Lyon's Pride and the player character attacking the Enclave with Prime as support. This is a complete lie — the reality is that Prime will attack the Enclave, the Pride will watch, and the player will follow them looting the tiny gobbeted remains of Enclave soldiers that Prime leaves behind.
- Shout-Out: Averted, actually, or at least unintentional. Despite a couple of similar lines between them, as well as the impossible-to-miss name and voice, Word of God says he wasn't intended to be a homage to Optimus Prime. However, it's been admitted the parallels may have been done subconsciously.
- Many have also noticed the similarities between Prime and Gort from The Day The Earth Stood Still.
- In-house, Prime is an homage to the Numidium from The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. In fact, a Humongous Mecha (or other towering Eldritch Abomination) tends to appear in most games produced by Bethesda.
- Story-Breaker Power: If it wasn't for the Lone Wanderer wiping out both of the Enclave's largest bases and Prime wiping out their armies alone, the Enclave would've curbstomped the Brotherhood with very little effort.
- Testosterone Poisoning: If any robot can be Rated M for Manly, it is Prime.
- The Plot Reaper: He gets nuked at the beginning of Broken Steel, though the Brotherhood recovered what remained of him and by the time Broken Steel ends, they're repairing him.
- Wave Motion Gun: Woe unto whatever gets in his Tesla eye-beam cannon's sights. It gibs power-armored Enclave goons in one shot, and it can crank out between two and three beams a second.
- Wham Line: "Warning! Warning! Red Chinese Orbital Strike Imminent! All personnel should reach minimum safe distance immediately!" Before this line, there was no hint the Enclave had access to such a thing, and now that you know they do and are willing to use it, the war against them reaches a new level of urgency.
Senior Scribe Reginald RothchildThe head scribe of the Brotherhood, thus in charge of their technological and scientific endeavors.
Appears in the Broken Steel add-on content: once the water's available, Elder Lyons orders that it be distributed to the good people of the Wasteland. Unfortunately, that order trickles down without anybody realizing just how much paperwork "distribute this water" involves. Anybody, that is, except Scribe Bigsley.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Elder Lyons - fully occupied with this Enclave business - has entrusted administration of the whole program to Bigsley, and it's overwhelming him.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a 'sardonic despair' sort of way.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He's loyal to the Brotherhood, but he hates his current assignment wholeheartedly.
The EnclaveA powerful militaristic faction who are basically all that remains of the U.S. government. However, they are directly descended from the part that executed all the Vault-Tec experiments, and are not nice people. Their main goal in the Capital Wasteland is to exploit Project Purity to take control of the wasteland, although their leadership is having disagreements. They have the best technology around and are lead by President Eden and Colonel Autumn.
Enclave in general
- Armies Are Evil: The other major organized and advanced force in the Wasteland aside from the Brotherhood, and they're genocidal fascists.
- Abusive Precursors: They're the remnants of the US government and kill off the descendants of their people.
- Broken Pedestal: Any player who hasn't played Fallout 2 is bound to get this feeling, especially after listening to their sincere radio broadcasts.
- Base on Wheels: Their Mobile Base Crawler in Broken Steel turns out to be this.
- Dark Is Evil: Their armor is black.
- Eagleland: Type I in their radio broadcasts - proud, stalwart defenders of America. Type II in practice - genocidal self-righteous fascists.
- Elite Mooks: The average enclave soldier is already an elite mook compared to most other factions, and their Hellfire Troops are even better.
- Enemy Civil War: During your visit to Raven Rock, Autumn will rebel against Eden, disobeying a direct order, resulting in Eden freeing the Lone Wanderer and activating all the sentry bots and turrets in the facility and turning them on the soldiers, resulting the massacre and (depending on the player's actions) complete destruction of the entire base.
- Fake Ultimate Mook: Once you are past level 15 and ammo for weapons like the A3-21 Plasma Rifle and Gauss Rifle becomes common, they become very disappointingly easy, only dangerous in large numbers. The higher level troops are still pretty tough though, and usually come in large groups.
- Knight Templar: They resort to extreme and violent methods to bring their idea of peace to the Wasteland.
- Kill Sat: They have a nuke launching satellite in Broken Steel.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Most people regard Enclave radio as a joke, since the messages loop the same things and no one has ever seen an Enclave soldier. Once you rescue James and begin to restart the Purifier however, the Washington D.C. Invasion begins.
- Obviously Evil: They're a bunch of guys in black power armor with demonic looking masks and officers who's uniforms look like a cross between the Nazis and The Empire from Star Wars.
- Oddly Small Organization: Averted in a way as they have a huge army (by the standards of the wasteland) patrolling the wastes, but also played straight somewhat. See Skeleton Government.
- Pet the Dog/Kick the Dog: Occasionally you can find Enclave outposts in the wild with a terminal listing their orders. The "Pet" is that their orders are to establish an Enclave presence in the area and distribute purified water to civilians who agree to submit to mandatory genetic scannings. The "Kick" is that civilians who fail the scans are instead detained, and if they get too many detainees they are authorized to kill them.
- Putting on the Reich: They are very similar to Nazis, as they want to kill off all "inferior" peoples (mainly anyone who's been exposed to radiation), leaving themselves as the sole heirs of humanity. Or not, as it turns out at least a few of them, like Colonel Autumn, would like to rule the wasteland rather than destroy it.
- Skeleton Government: Their entire government seems to consist entirely of a president, a military, and a few scientists with no leader.
- Video Game Flamethrowers Suck: Averted with their Hellfire Troopers. Their Heavy Incinerators have a huge range and do ridiculous damage.
- Vestigial Empire: They claim to be the rightful heirs to what remains of the United States, despite only holding onto Raven Rock and the Mobile Base Crawler. Even a straighter case than in Fallout 2, since the largest branch of the Enclave, the one in California, was destroyed, leaving only the east coast Enclave and possibly some bases in Chicago.
President John Henry Eden
- '''As your President, I am the voice, I am the heart, and soul, of the Enclave. That is to say, I am the voice, heart, and soul, of America."—One of Eden's radio broadcasts.Voiced by: Malcolm McDowell
- Affably Evil: Very friendly, polite and reassuring, and his intimate and conversational style is in imitation of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Fireside Chats. You're nearly tempted to trust this guy, especially if you haven't actually heard of the Enclave before.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: His plan seems to be fairly in-line with the Enclave's intentions circa 2241. Not so much in line with sanity, however.
- All-Loving Hero: Sees himself and the Enclave as this. They won't merely restore civilization, in his mind they will create the 50s image of the utopian America inhabited by the nuclear family. Regrettably, some deaths will be necessary along the way.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: "John Henry Eden" is about the most patriotic name you could imagine for a president. Which is entirely the point, he picked it out himself.
- Berserk Button: He's particularly vitriolic towards the Brotherhood of Steel, not entirely unjustified since they're the only faction in the Wasteland that could pose a threat to him. In one of his speeches where he notes all the threats in the Wasteland he encourages listeners not to be fooled by the "pseudo-knightly nonsense" of the Brotherhood, refers to them as nothing more than Boy Scouts with antiquated technology, and declares it nearly blasphemous to take the Pentagon as "their own personal clubhouse". When speaking to him face-to-face, he goes so far as to call them a cult.
- Big Bad: The leader of the Enclave and the one behind the dark plan they have for the Purifier. However, he's also a Non-Action Big Bad, unable to take action directly and relying on Colonel Autumn to carry out his will. Eden himself is aware of this weakness, which is why he needs you to infect the purifier with FEV; he knows even Autumn won't do it.
- Blue and Orange Morality: His idea of American values are quite outdated to the point of being irrelevant in the wasteland, such as declaring the Enclave will support children by reinstating youth programs and offering them financial assistance, the people of the wasteland will know the joys of baseball once more, etc. And there's the fact his plan to fix America involves killing the vast majority of the surviving humans.
- Composite Character: In-universe, his 'cover' personality is an amalgamation of the personalities and historical data of all previous Presidents.
- Consummate Liar: Eden makes multiple radio-broadcast speeches reassuring the people of the Wasteland and promising to bring them hope and salvation, and all the while his endgame involves killing most of them to "purify" the land.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He recognizes the value of publicity among the public and the usefulness of an outsider to do things perhaps Autumn won't. Depending on the speech options you take when meeting him, he tells you he's recognized that most will be happy with an authority figure that has a strong, reassuring voice, and so he can get away with not appearing to anyone in person and thus can hide his true nature from most of the Enclave itself.
- Driven to Suicide: You can convince him to kill himself along with the main Enclave base through a difficult Speech check.
- Logic Bomb: With a high enough Science skill you can "defeat" him by pointing out his self-confidence in his plan relies on circular logic to prove he knows what's best.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Sounds rather suspiciously like Malcolm Mcdowell, i.e. a toned-down but still noticeable British accent, and nothing like the rural Kentuckian he claims to be. Possibly justified, as he's a computer which has likely been calibrated to speak in a more pan-Anglosphere accent.
- Really 700 Years Old: The fact he talks about his carefree childhood growing up in rural Kentucky with his faithful canine sidekick, but still discusses the current status of the Capital Wasteland as if he's aware of such, should clue you in that something is definitely off about him. He's been in operation since at least before the war, though it's unclear when he gained sentience.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Despite all his reassuring talk of rebuilding America and bringing hope back to the peoples of the Wasteland, in truth he's planning to wipe out all "mutated" individuals (which would include pretty much everyone living in the Wasteland) to pave the way for "pure" humanity to reclaim the nation.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Aspires to this, the Eyebots of the wasteland trumpeting his radio broadcasts where he assures the wasteland the Enclave will arrive soon to deliver them the utopia they deserve: later in the game, the old pre-war billboards that dot the land will have shiny new pro-Enclave propaganda posters pasted over the original ads. Subverted in that his efforts mostly fail, most you can speak to about them either think the broadcasts are a pre-war loop, don't trust Eden, or generally ignore him. And once his troops are actually out there, they always seem to shoot at everybody they meet (admittedly mostly slavers, Brotherhood patrols, Super Mutants, and you.)
- Walking Spoiler: When you finally meet him face-to-face, he's probably not what you were expecting.
- We Can Rule Together: Happily offers you a chance to take Autumn's place as his right hand if you aid him. Though the Lone Wanderer never gets to take him up on the offer, he seems sincere about it, as he didn't know that tainting the Purifier would make it toxic to you too, he thought you were a Vault child and thus be immune.
- Zero-Effort Boss: The speech check to convince him to destroy the Enclave and kill himself is surprisingly easy, and he has no combat abilities at all.
Colonel Augustus Autumn
- Voiced by: Peter Gil
- Badass Longcoat: His uniform is one.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Most of the Enclave is loyal to him, and won't hesitate to disobey orders from the President himself to obey Autumn. He's also willing to countermand Eden's authority if he thinks Eden's decisions aren't in the best interest of the Enclave. At the same time, his dialogue during the final battle suggests he's not personally interested in taking over the Enclave himself, and his disobedience of Eden's orders are much more in the vein of "loyal opposition". That changes if you reveal the extent of Eden's insane plans to him, though.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He canned Eden's plan to unleash the FEV virus as he felt it was to extreme.
- Final Boss: In the base game, you have a showdown with him in the control room of the purifier before the end of the game.
- Genre Savvy:
- If you tell him how to start the purifier, he just shoots you while you're unarmed and tied up.
- When James causes a radiation spike, intending to kill everyone in the chamber, Autumn immediately injects himself with what is presumably an enhanced version of Radaway or Rad-X, allowing him to survive.
- I Am the Noun: Declares "I AM the Enclave!" as part of his Villainous Breakdown if you reveal President Eden's treachery to him.
- Kick the Dog: Shooting an unarmed scientist to get James to talk and/or activate the Purifier. Made worse since what James was telling him was true, that no matter how much he demanded it, the Purifier simply doesn't work.
- Patriotic Fervor: Autumn views himself and the Enclave as representing the American nation and uses this to justify everything he does, despite America itself being a distant and all-forgotten memory even in the Capitol Wasteland.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: See You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. If you betray your dad's memory, you get killed for it.
- Southern-Fried Private: He has a noticeable southern accent for some reason.
- The Starscream: He has the ability to seize control of the Enclave from Eden by force, though he considers it a last resort.
- Stupid Evil: He demands James activate the purifier, despite James explaining it doesn't work and never has. James' refusal leads to him shooting an unarmed bystander in cold blood, causing James to react with a Heroic Sacrifice. Later, he interrogates the Wanderer regarding those same codes, when in-universe the player doesn't know the code (it's 2-1-6, but your character would only be guessing that based on James' favorite Bible verse - nobody ever told you for sure). Later still, he turns on Eden using guns rather than playing nice until he can input Eden's override code.
- Villainous Breakdown: If you reveal to Colonel Autumn that President Eden still plans to use Project Purity to exterminate the people of the Wasteland, and entrusted you with the means to do so, Autumn will have a complete breakdown as his faith in America and the Enclave is finally shaken.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In a way — he wants to use the purifier (to control all the water in the wasteland) and his army to bring order and law to the wastes, as opposed to Eden who wants to kill everyone. He pretty much views himself as still embodying the concept of America as a nation, which he uses to justify all his actions.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: If you convince him to give up and leave the purifier peacefully, there's no word on what happened to him in Broken Steel. Presumably, he's still out there somewhere.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If you give him the code to start the purifier, he shoots you. Game Over.
- Zero-Effort Boss: When you finally confront him, he has the same health as a low ranking Enclave soldier and is armed only with a laser pistol. Even if you stand perfectly still and let him and his guards shoot you, it's likely that Sentinel Lyons and whatever companion you've brought will kill him before you die. You can also convince him to just leave if your speech skill is high enough.
- Turn Red: On the other hand, if you manage to kill or disarm one of his guards (armed with a minigun or a gatling laser), he'll pick up said weapon and will become much more dangerous due to having more skill in using such weapons. His health is still low, though.
Enclave Squad Sigma
An elite squad of soldiers stationed at the Mobile Base Crawler in the Broken Steel add-on. Their mission is to protect the crawler, and shoot all intruders on sight. This includes you.
The Brotherhood Outcasts
A large group of Brotherhood members who have revolted against Elder Lyons for his deviation from their original goal, to collect and store technology. Their prime goal is to continue the work of the Brotherhood they feel Lyons has abandoned.
- A Day in the Limelight: Operation: Anchorage, in which they play a more direct and significant role than the vanilla game.
- Face-Heel Turn: At the end of Operation: Anchorage, Defender Sibley and his men will try to kill Protector McGraw and the player, feeling that the player does not deserve anything in return for his/her help.
- Flunky Boss: Sibley attacks with several rank-and-file Outcast members backing him up.
- Heel-Face Turn: How they view their actions, feeling Lyon's faction of the Brotherhood is the traitors faction while they are doing what their Codex commanded.
- Jerkass: While not outright hostile like many other factions, they are very condescending and insulting to anyone who's not one of them. Strangely, their leaders, such as Protector Casdin, are much more polite. And if you save McGraw and Olin at the end of the Operation: Anchorage expansion, they are genuinely grateful, though, like always, their surviving subordinates outside are still asshats.
- Kick the Dog / Kick the Son of a Bitch: One of the possible encounters in Broken Steel is a group of Enclave trainees who have killed their commanding officer; they no longer attack the player, but otherwise their attitude toward "wastelander scum" has not improved. An Outcast patrol comes by, and:Enclave trainee: Don't shoot! We surrender! We fragged our lieutenant - we just want some water!Outcast: (laughs) We're not softies like Lyons's bunch. We're the real Brotherhood of Steel. This is how we deal with people like you.
- Mecha-Mooks: Because of their manpower shortage, they use robots in their patrols.
- Not So Different: A rare positive example. For all their contempt towards Lyons a lot of his attitude seems to have rubbed of on them. Even more liberal Brotherhood factions like the Mojave chapter confiscate any technology locals have, lock up any outsider who finds their base and in some cases resort to murder to preserve their secrets. While coarse and unfriendly the Outcasts respect the property of the others, don't harass towns, will let an outsider they barely met waltz up to their base and have a chat with their leader and even if you're flaunting an alien blaster and Enclave armour they never do anything worse than acting a little rude.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their power armor is painted red and black and they have Evil karma.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: In a sense: they're loyal to the 'true' (West Coast) Brotherhood, although without access to the Citadel's communications gear it seems likely that they have no way to contact the other elders back West.
- The Starscream: Defender Sibley turns on his commander at the end of the quest focusing on him.
Vault 87 was another testing ground for the FEV, and as a result another generation of mutated humans have broken out and are searching the Capitol Wasteland for new members and more of the bubbling green gunk to transform them.
- Badass Boast: "I'll wear your bones around my neck!"
- Bonus Boss: There are five Behemoths in the game, but only one needs to be fought, the other four are optional.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: The Overlords.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Aside from the factions using power armor and the occasional raider, super mutants are the only enemy type to regularly use some type of helmet armor, making the always popular headshot less effective against them.
- Drop the Hammer: One of their favorite forms of melee attacks. This includes the Behemoths., who wield fire hydrants mounted on the end of lengths of sewer pipe.
- Dumb Muscle: In general, they are dumber than the least intelligent of the West Coast Super Mutants, but the Behemoths are dumbest of all, and don't even speak, vocalizing solely in roars.
- Elite Mooks: They're this trope to normal humans, with superior HP and often packing Big Gun-type weapons like miniguns and missile launchers, along with assault rifles and super sledges. Broken Steel adds in the Elite Elite Mooks, the Super Mutant Overlord, who have the highest HP of all and favor the tri-beam laser rifle, one of the best non-unique weapons in the game.
- Funny Background Event: Although they are abominations of mad science that regularly dismember, mutilate and eat people, you can overhear some pretty funny dialogue if they don't know you are near.Musing Mutant: I was thinking! And it hurt! ...in my head!
- Giant Mook: The standard Super Mutants already tower over normal humans, and Behemoths dwarf them.
- I Am A Humanitarian: If the human they're trying to abduct dies before they can capture it, this seems to be the backup plan.Attacking Mutant: Hurry up and die, I'm hungry!
- Hulk Speak: Sentence structure is hard!
- Large Ham: They don't talk much, but when they do, they have No Indoor Voice.
- Made of Iron: The Overlords are obscenely tough to take down. The Masters, one rank down on the power meter, are fairly durable too.
- More Dakka: Standard armament about their ranks including the assault rifle, Chinese assault rifle, and among higher ranks the minigun and gatling lasers. Overlords are particularly fond of the tri-beam laser rifle.
- Piņata Enemy: The Behemoths usually carry a sizable load of ammo, for weapons they never use, along with other random loot. Except for the Evergreen Mills Behemoth, which only drops caps.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Constructed out of bits of scrap metal and debris. It's mostly for looks, since as super mutants they have thick skin. The Behemoth takes the cake, wearing shopping carts for armor and strapping a car door on its arm as a shield.
- Scenery Gorn: It's easy to tell if a location is holding host to them by looking for bent rusty/bloody girders spiking out of the ground and bags of human remains.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Overlords are already obscenely strong with a lot of HP and thick skin, but the tri-beam laser rifles they use have a special algorithm in their coding that gives them a +40 damage boost per beam when the target is the player character. Keep in mind, the rifle fires three beams at once, and suddenly you realize why half your HP vanishes in a single hit from these guys. When there's an enemy you have to disarm instead of outright killing, you know you're in trouble.
- The Virus: They expand their ranks by assimilating captured humans via FEV. [It's not clear how they got the idea, since unlike the Californian variety they were not put to the task by a Master: perhaps the Overseer of Vault 87 first put them to that work before his own predictably gruesome doom.)
- Was Once a Man: See The Virus above.
A company that makes a living off of killing people for money, Burke and some other unknown person will hire them to kill the player if their karma gets too high. They are currently headquartered at Fort Bannister and lead by a man named Jabsco.
- Armies Are Evil: Another faction of pseudo-military personnel that are consciously making the Wasteland worse.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Commander Jabsco is a Made of Iron badass with ridiculously high health and a rocket launcher.
- Badass Army: Throughout the DC ruins you'll come across companies of Talon troops fighting against super mutants, and they can take them too. Not that either are a match for you.
- Big Bad: Jabsco, the leader of the Company.
- Bonus Boss: Commander Jabsco doesn't have to be hunted down for any reason.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Their black combat armor.
- Dirty Coward: Some of the less loyal members have given Commander Jabsco the not very flattering nickname "Jetting Jabsco", because of his tendency to rarely leave the safety of Fort Bannister and running away when faced with combat.
- Elite Mooks: Compared to the standard Raiders armed with melee weapons, pistols, small-fire rifles and improvised scrap armor, Talon Company wields assault rifles, shotguns, laser weapons, the occasional missile launcher, and wear combat armor, along with just better stats. They also have a better sense of tactics than Raiders — while Raiders tend to rely on a Zerg Rush and charge in once they spot you, Talon Company will duck behind cover while they reload their weapons, and usually deploy in trained teams of three, one of them engaging you in melee while the other two spread out and provide cover fire.
- Flunky Boss: Jabsco is found in the basement of Fort Bannister backed up by a squad of mercs, as well as pretty much everyone else in the base.
- Made of Iron: Commander Jabsco has almost 600 HP, far more than most humans.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: At first when they try to kill you, it makes sense since at this point you're likely pretty fresh from the vault and wearing leather armor and toting a hunting rifle, whereas they have full armor, assault rifles, and laser rifles. Later however, their head-on attacks start to seem foolish: the guy with power armor and the Tesla Cannon who's publicly famous for wiping out entire fortresses full of troops better-armed than you isn't going to be easy pickings.
- Psycho for Hire: They'll work for anyone if the caps are right.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: They have no real impact on the story other than being another obstacle for the player to overcome, aside from a couple of Unmarked Quests in Broken Steel.
A loosely connected group of heavily armed traders that makes a living off of kidnapping random people and selling them into slavery. Their prime hub of business is the heavily fortified town of Paradise Falls.
- Action Girl: They have a few of these contributing to their business. The most notable is Carolina Red.
- Affably Evil: Eulogy Jones will remain polite and friendly even as he is offering to sell you child slaves.
- The leader of their DC branch, Leroy Walker, is just as personable as Eulogy himself.
- Ax-Crazy: A lot of the named ones are. Forty is probably the biggest example.
- Big Bad: Eulogy Jones, leader of the slavers.
- Black Widow: Their former leader, Penelope Chase, was nicknamed this.
- Death by Irony: Many people choose Lincoln's Repeater as their weapon of choice when killing slavers. Lincoln's Hat is also a popular item to equip while killing them (especially if you're killing the ones at the Lincoln Memorial). And if you want, you can sit around and wait for "Battle Hymn of the Republic" to come up on Enclave Radio (assuming you haven't destroyed Raven Rock yet) as you start the battle to clean out the Lincoln Memorial or Paradise Falls.
- Future Imperfect: They intentionally try to invoke this by burning all records of Abraham Lincoln.
- I'm a Humanitarian: One of their old leaders from back during Herbert Dashwood's time was stated to be this.
- Irony: Their leader, Eulogy Jones, is black, and their downtown base of operations is the Lincoln Memorial.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Invoked by Eulogy when you first meet him, commenting that the Capital Wasteland is a harsh place and you do what you have to in order to get by.
- Jerkass: Pretty much all of them except for Eulogy, Pronto, Ymir, and Leroy Walker. Grouse is a notable example, given that he's the one players will probably have the most interactions with
- Pimp Duds: Eulogy is all dressed up in a bright red zoot suit.
- Small Role, Big Impact: They're probably the most feared and reviled faction in the wasteland aside from the Super Mutants, and a great deal of sidequests and lore relate to them. But the Lone Wanderer is only required to actually interact with them a single time.
- Token Good Teammate: Well, sorta. As far as the slavers go, their resident merchant Pronto seems like a pretty decent guy.
- Villain Cred: They love having an evil-karma Lone Wanderer around, and even throw him/her some free loot out of respect.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: They're very important to the setting, but the Lone Wanderer really only has to deal with them once in order to get into Little Lamplight.
- Would Hurt a Child: Children are some of their most valued commodities. Best not to think about it too hard.
A small, self-sufficient town within a cave, populated entirely by children. The Little Lamplighters are not trusting of outsiders, particularly adults (or "mungos" as they call them) who are normally not allowed in Lamplight at all.
- Bratty Half-Pint: MacCready and "Princess" are great examples. Many of the others show signs of it as well.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Despite being a child, Mayor MacCready is one of the most profane characters in the game."Look, I don't let just any bitch into my town, and I'm taking a risk making an exception for you. So you're welcome in my town, at least until you start screwing up. Once that bullshit starts, you're out on your own again!"
- Growing Up Sucks: Lamplighters who turn 16 are forced to leave, usually migrating to Big Town, where the harshness of the wasteland awaits them. The reason is they feel that growing up "changes" them.
- I'm a Humanitarian: One way you can "help" the kids with food is buy selling them human flesh without telling them what it is. And indirectly, for the entire town's existence they have been eating a radiation-absorbing fungus that thrives on decomposing humans.
- Teenage Wasteland: After the bombs fell in 2077, the parents and teachers accompanying the class trip went to search for help, only to never return, most likely perishing from the radiation. As a result, the kids decided that they'd been abandoned and decided never to trust "Mungos" again.
- Teen Pregnancy: Since Little Lamplight still exists after 200 years, and all residents are forced to leave once they become adults, it seems most of their pregnancies occur before the age of 18 - unless all the residents are foundlings brought in from the Wasteland.
A group of vigilantes who are dedicated to punishing the wicked. They will pay the player to chop off evil persons fingers and turn them in for a bounty, and will come after the player if their karma gets too low.
- Badass Longcoat: Their standard uniform.
- Bounty Hunter: The killing type.
- Fingore: The only way to claim a bounty for them is by removing the fingers from the people you kill, although you can only take one finger per person...
- Good Is Not Nice: They ask their members to hunt down and kill people, chop off their fingers, and turn them in for a meager bounty. How are they good? They only target bastards that the wasteland is better without.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Their main purpose is to hunt down and kill those that deserve it.
- Oddly Small Organization: Subverted. If you ask their leader why their group is seemingly so small, she'll respond that the ones you see are only her guards/assistants/bureacrats, whereas the rest are scattered throughout the wastes.
- Vigilante Man: An organization of them.
A small group of mercenaries who, unlike Talon Company, aren't completely evil money-hungry bastards. Unfortunately, things don't seem to be going well for them as their leader is currently laid up in Underwold and her squad is trapped at the top of a building filled with super mutants. Its up to the player character to rescue them... or leave them to their fate. Led by a woman named Reilly.
- Action Girl: Reilly herself, and especially Brick.
- Badass Normal: Despite not having power armor or energy weapons, they are just as good (if not better) at fighting super mutants as the Brotherhood Paladins. The fact that they have the best light armor in the game with action point, attack and luck bonuses can explain that.
- If you have "Broken Steel" installed its possible to find OVERLORDS among the bodies in the super mutant corpse pile they've amassed.
- The odds of one of them getting killed on their way out of the hotel is extremely low (at least if you gave them bullets).
- Blood Knight: Brick doesn't seem to care what the rangers do, so long as she gets to kill something she's happy. If you talk to her she'll even admit she's glad they came to Vernon Square because it allowed her to kill so many super mutants.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Brick is quite exuberant about fighting.
- Five-Man Band: They conform to the typical roles nicely. Reilly is The Leader, Butcher is The Lancer as Reilly's lover, Donovan the repairman is The Smart Guy, Brick the heavy weapon specialist is The Big Guy, and Theo, who was too soft for the field and carried the ammo, was The Chick. After rescuing them, the player can join them as The Sixth Ranger, doing side-work for the group alone.
- Heroic BSOD: Reilly suffers a small one out of guilt for what happened to her team, especially Theo. You can help snap her out of it.
- I Call It "Vera": Brick, who named her favorite minigun "Eugene."
- Vasquez Always Dies: Averted, well, if you save them from the Super Mutants. Played straight if Brick is killed while escaping the hotel.
A small, peaceful group of tribals inhabiting a tiny village in a place called Oasis, the greenest and most healthy place in the entire capital wasteland. They reject technology for the most part (apart from simple firearms) and worship Harold as a god.
- Cult: But a small and very harmless one (it has about 7 members). They're also more benevolent than most, as some of their members want nothing more than to share the beauty of Oasis with the rest of wastes.
- Floral Theme Naming: Each of their members is named after a different type of tree, like Maple or Birch.
- In the Hood: Their druid hoods are probably the least odd thing about their wardrobe.
- Necessarily Evil: They see using guns to defend themselves as such.
- Retired Badass: One of their members is a former Brotherhood Outcast who will give you his old power armor for completing the "Oasis" quest.
- Side Boob: Oddly enough, the female Treeminder robe, despite covering most of the wearer's body, allows for a decent amount of this.
- Stop Worshipping Me: Their veneration of Harold, much to his chagrin. Despite his repeated assertions he is not a God and even when he lashes out and orders them to do cruel things, they instead believe this to be "tests" to prove their faith.
Evil, possibly insane wastelanders who only seem to exist to cause pain, suffering, and destruction. They are completely relentless and won't hesitate to kill anything and everything they come across.
- Always Chaotic Evil: It's noted by Three Dog in one of his "Public Service Announcements" that trying to do anything other than run, hide or fight when Raiders attack is pointless.Three Dog: And don't bother waving the white flag. They'll just strangle you with it.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Once you make it past level 10, your encounters with them will slowly become this. If your using strong weapons against them, then all that will be left might be just a pile of limbs.
- Dirty Coward: Occasionally, a raider will attempt to flee if he or she becomes injured enough... aim for the legs.
- Scenery Gorn: Almost every raider base has a few mutilated corpses laying around or suspended from hooks.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Their armor, which seems to be pieced together from random bits of junk like leather and scrap metal. It has a DR of only 15, barely better than the Vault security armor you find at the start of the game.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: See below.
- Too Dumb to Live: They see no problem with bum rushing the person who may have singlehandedly wiped out the Enclave.
- Villains Out Shopping: Its possible (but rare) to come across a group of them playing... baseball. Yep. A few Raider bases also feature pool tables that appear to be played with.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: Really they're just there so you have something to kill en masse.
- Zerg Rush: Seems to be their only tactic. Even if their target(s) happen to be wearing power armor and wielding a fat man.
- Voiced by: Erik Todd Dellums
- Brutal Honesty: "Bringin' you the truth, no matter how bad it hurts!" He is not kidding. If you don't complete the wasteland survival guide right he won't hesitate to tell everyone just how bad it is, and chews you out on the air for taking the "evil" ending to quests.
- Catch Phrase: His signoff before he starts up some music."Thanks for listening, chiiiilllldren! This is Three Dog, AHWOOOOOOOOOO! And you're listening to Galaxy News Radio! We're Radio Free Wasteland and we're here for you!''
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Sort of. Despite all his preaching about banding together, never giving up, and fighting the good fight, he actually gave up hope on humanity a while ago. Ultimately averted if you have Good Karma.
- Cool Shades: He wears a pair.
- Deadpan Snarker: For one sampling of a large buffet of his wit:"This is Three Dog, coming to ya live from my fortified bunker in the middle of the D.C. hellhole! Ain't life grand?"
- Expy: Of Wolfman Jack, a famous 50s disc jockey in real life, right down to his howling on the air.
- Large Ham Radio: "This is Threeee Dog! Your lord and master!"
- Averted by his replacement if he dies. She simply comments about how she's just a replacement and is annoyed that she has to take his place until they find a suitable replacement.
- Herald: Is this for you and the Brotherhood Of Steel.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Sympathetic to Roy's "cause" despite the fact that Roy is anything but sympathetic. In all likelihood he hasn't met Roy in person, and does call Roy out on it once he learns the guy basically slaughtered the entire human population of Tenpenny Tower for no good reason (not that he minds the residents dying).
- Hypocrite: Has moments of this.
- He lectures listeners on how Ghouls are just normal people who deserve to be respected, while also gushing about the Brotherhood of Steel for protecting the downtrodden and trying to bring order to the Wasteland. Yet out in the Wasteland, the Brotherhood has a shoot on sight policy with Ghouls, even if they aren't very stringent about enforcing it around Underworld.
- When the Lone Wanderer first meets Three Dog and asks him about where his Dad is, Three Dog explicitly tells our young protagonist that the Wasteland doesn't revolve around James & Child. But subsequently, the majority of his broadcasts are all about you and your quests! Hell depending on your karma he either calls you the most evil man in the Wasteland or the last, best hope for the people of the Wasteland. It seems that if he talked about anything other than you then the ratings for his show would decrease significantly.
- Related to the above, he constantly preaches about how everyone in the wasteland needs to band together and help each other out. Most tellingly, he encourages people to show some support for the Lone Wanderer who's trying to find his/her father. But when said kid fresh out of the Vault comes by his doorstep simply to ask which way James went, he refuses to open his mouth until the Lone Wanderer does a favor for him... a favor that would be certain death for most people.
- If at the end of the Those! quest you leave Bryan Wilks alone without trying to find him a new place to live, Three Dog will call you out for your abandoning him. But how did he get this detailed information, including the fact that Bryan is living in a box? "I have witnesses!" Meaning the only reason he knows about you abandoning a kid is that his people saw you . . . and then didn't do a thing to help the boy. Granted the "witnesses" may or may not work for him, but then why doesn't he chew out the witnesses too?
- Infallible Narrator: When he switches GNR to news, he somehow knows exactly what the player is doing at any time and calls them out, depending on their karma.
- Moral Dissonance: Try playing the game with good karma, but occasionally take the "evil" solution to a quest. He'll begin his segments on you singing your praises as The Messiah of the Wasteland who he absolutely adores, then goes on to recount how, say, you brutally slaughtered some innocent people."Don't lose hope children; don't ever lose hope. The kid from Vault 101, the Wasteland's one true Messiah still walks among us. Just listen to this...Hey, remember those down-on-their-luck ghouls who wanted to share the luxury accommodations at the fancy shmancy Tenpenny Tower? Looks like that dream has died on the vine. You see, those hapless, homeless irradiated rejects have all been brutally slaughtered in their temporary digs in the tunnels of Warrington Station. The butcher-at-large? Yep, you guessed it — none other than the kid from Vault 101. Nice going, scumbag.
- Also with his testimony that ghouls are still human on the inside and people shouldn't be prejudiced against them, which is somewhat at odds with his warning that Raiders are animals that pillage and kill without reason and cannot be negotiated with, so the only thing to do with them is hide or shoot first. Ironically he's right by virtue of this being the one Fallout game where Raiders are Always Chaotic Evil — anyone who has played the first two or New Vegas will tell you they may be savage outlaws, but they can be reasoned with and do not kill outsiders indiscriminately.
- Nice Guy: Most of the people in the Capital Wasteland like him simply because he's the one guy on the radio who seems to be in touch with the real world, and actually tells them what's really going on and seems to give a damn. The Brotherhood of Steel like him because he sings their praises, gives them shelter (granted, he gains something from it called protection, but he does sympathize with most of their work), and even hit it off great with your father. That said, unless you go to some epic lengths to be an asshole, he's nice to you as soon as you say 'hello'.
- Nice Hat: Wears a unique item called "Three Dog's Headwrap" that can be looted from his corpse.
- The Nicknamer / Fan Nickname: Three Dog tends to use these, particularly when referring to the protagonist and his/her various exploits during news broadcasts. "The Lone Wanderer" and variations of "that crazy kid from Vault 101" are amongst his favourites, although he occasionally refers to him/her simply just as "101". Female Wanderers also get 'Little Miss 101'.
- He'll also sometimes call you by your current karma level.
- Non-Action Guy: He's a radio announcer - hardly the best-suited skill set to go adventuring with. However, he's good at it; he seems to have a lot of informants passing news to him; and as the only 'voice on the air' spreading news and trying to maintain morale, he's invaluable. It's also implied that he's the Brotherhood's unofficial communications switchboard guy.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Occasionally lampshades the bizarre nature of the Capital Wasteland with one of these, such as your exploits with The Mechanist and The AntAgonizer.
- Public Service Announcement: Gives several of these over the radio from time to time. Most are helpful reminders about how to survive and some are simply small pieces of advice.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: If you reach level 20 with Good Karma, he'll admit he actually gave up on humanity and the U.S.A. a long time ago. It was only reporting on all the great things the Lone Wanderer selflessly did that he began to believe things could get better. He ends with calling you the Last, Best Hope of Humanity.
- Sixth Ranger: Given how much he sympathizes with the Lyon chapter BOS, he's practically an honorary member in all but name. Hell, his radio tower is on the list of places the Brotherhood puts guards and turrets around, more or less implying this.
- Take That: In-universe, he deals several to Enclave Radio."People of the Capital Wasteland, it is I, Three Dog, your ruler! Hear me, and obey! Oh sorry, that's that other radio station."
- Voiceof The Resistance: Especially when The Enclave begin to invade the Capitol Wasteland.
- What Are Records?: "I'm your friendly neighborhood disc jockey. What's a disc? Hell if I know, but I'm gonna keep talking anyway."
- What the Hell, Hero?: He won't hesitate to call the Lone Wanderer out even if they have near perfect karma.
- Worst News Judgement Ever: He even Lamp Shades it when the Wanderer completes the Nuka-Cola Challenge quest. Seems that some days, there really isn't anything more interesting going on in the post-apocalyptic wasteland...
- Voiced by: Wes Johnson
- Actual Pacifist: He refuses to fight and is polite to everyone he meets. Though he will hit random critters like Radscorpions if they attack him.
- Gentle Giant: Even more so then Fawkes, the only other sane super mutant encountered in the entire Capital Wasteland.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He is listed as an evil character, despite not actually being evil.
- Nice Guy: The Lone Wanderer can threaten to mug him. His response is to give you some clothes and regret that he has nothing else to give you.
- Walking the Earth: Although its possible to run into him more than once, which means he probably never leaves the Capital Wasteland.
- Voiced by: Diana Sowle
- Never Mess with Granny: Sure, she's a polite old woman, but she also has a container filled with enough ammo (including a mini nuke!) to supply a whole gang of raiders, along with the Blackhawk, a unique scoped pistol that she'll give to you as a gift if you find her the sheet music to go with her new violin.
- Video Game Caring Potential: The rewards for the arduous quests she sends you on are relatively meager, but she does become another voice of goodness in the wilderness (alongside Three Dog), and expresses her gratitude very touchingly.
- Voiced by: James Lewis
- Only Sane Man: Seems to be the only one of his kind to realise that attacking the guy with the power armor, MIRV, and fierce-looking companions might not be good for his overall well-being.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Doesn't save him from being killed. The fact that he has a key to a decent amount of free loot, one of the best shotguns in the game, and is aligned with a group that almost universally hates the player, means he practically wears a target on his chest.
Dr. Stanislaus Braun
- Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker (Stanislaus), Corrieanne Stein (Betty)
- A God Am I: Effective immortality, sadism, and complete control over the simulations he and his Vault citizens live in: it brings on full-fledged megalomania.
- And I Must Scream: He's been repeatedly murdering the vault inhabitants in his simulations, wiping their memories, and then bringing them back to do it over and over again. This can be his final fate if you Mercy Kill the rest of the Vault inhabitants, leaving him alone in the simulation forever.
- Bigger Bad: He was the director of the whole Vault Project, which means every atrocity the player has encountered conducted within the Vaults were all inspired, suggested, or at least green-lighted by him. After getting to know him as a person, it becomes immensely understandable why so many of the Vault experiments were so pointlessly cruel.
- Broken Pedestal: James comments that Braun was one of the greatest minds to ever live and a true visionary. After meeting him and spending weeks trapped in virtual reality, James doesn't even bat an eyelid if the Lone Wanderer decides to sentence Braun to an eternity alone.
- Creepy Child: He takes the form of a little girl named "Betty" in Tranquility Lane.
- Evil Is Petty: The first thing he asks the player to do? Make a little boy cry. Then he has the player break up a Happily Married couple.
- Evil Old Folks: His true form is that of a decrepit, old man, but he's even older than he looks given he was alive and active before the war that devastated the planet.
- Fate Worse Than Death: He inflicted fates worse than death on multitudes - not just the folks looking forward to dreaming away the apocalypse in Vault 112, but all the folks in other vaults that suffered horrible mad-science fates. In a suitably ironic twist, he can be left to such a fate himself.
- For the Evulz: The entire reason he tortures and kills the inhabitants of Vault 112 is because he enjoys it. He even says it's only fun because he's hurting real people and not simulations.
- Herr Doktor: A Mad Scientist, born in Germany. It's actually pretty disconcerting when Braun uses his natural voice while in a little girl's body.
- Insufferable Genius: He has a really inflated sense of his intelligence and always believes he's right.
- Jerkass: As if being a murderous sociopath wasn't enough, he's also a magnificent asshole.
- Karma Houdini: If you carry out all of the evil deeds he asks you to do, then, once the player and his/her dad are gone, he'll get to spend the rest of eternity tormenting the inhabitants of Vault 112 free of consequences.
- Mad Scientist: What else would you expect from the Director of the Vault experiments?
- Cutcontent in Fallout: New Vegas: Old World Blues heavily implies he commissioned "Tranquility Lane" from the Think Tank. Clearly he's in good company.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain / Hoist by His Own Petard: Braun originally requested the Chinese Invasion program from General Chase, in order to test military combat simulations on civilians. This program was later was reworked into the failsafe, that can be used to Mercy Kill the residents of Vault 112 and trap Braun forever. In other words, Braun accidentally ensured the means for his own downfall.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Not only does he take the form of a small child, but he also enjoys torture and murder the same way a little kid likes burning ants with a magnifying glass. If you Mercy Kill the Vault inhabitants then he'll lament that he'll be forever alone with "nobody to play with."
- Really 700 Years Old: Roughly 260 years old: he's been alive since before the war that devastated the planet.
- Reality Warper: While in his simulations, he has complete control over almost everyone and everything. His notes mention him subjecting his captives to random shark attacks and outbreaks of disease; he's apparently capable of transforming himself into anything he desires, having ultimately settled on the form of a little girl; and he's even capable of forcing similar transformations on his captives - regressing the player back to a ten-year-old and transmogrifying James into a dog. And of course, if you attempt to attack him head-on, he'll just One-Hit Kill you.
- Sadist: His primary joy in life comes from hurting and killing people, and the only way he'll let the player out of Tranquility Lane is by forcing them to make others suffer.
- The Sociopath: He's incredibly arrogant, sees people only as playthings, and is driven by a constant need for stimulation which he satisfies through incredibly sadistic "games."
- Villainous Breakdown: If you trap him alone in his simulation for eternity.
A post-apocalyptic business man with only one thing on his agenda: causing as much suffering, pain and misery in the Capital Wasteland as he possibly can. He will contact the Lone Wanderer if and when they take the Contract Killer perk and offer them bounties for killing good karma characters and collecting their ears.
- Affably Evil: He seems like a kindly old businessman... until you remember that his "business" is being as evil as humanly possible and spreading suffering to everything around him.
- Ear Ache: Unlike the Regulators and their fingers he demands ears for his bounties.
- Evil Old Folks: Daniel Littlehorn himself.
- For the Evulz: His entire M.O. pretty much. So long as you keep spreading misery and killing good people he'll keep paying you caps. He'll even suggest spending the money he rewards you on gambling, booze or a nice chem habit to really drive the point across.
- Oddly Small Organization: The leader of the Regulators at least mentions having other members of her group spread out across the wastes, but all Daniel seems to have in comparison is a small office shack and four secretaries.
Operation: Anchorage Characters
General Constantine Chase
The leader of the American forces in Alaska and the player's commander in Operation: Anchorage.
- Badass Longcoat: Which you can pick up and wear in Mothership Zeta.
- Eagleland: Him and his entire troop line-up. Choice slogans include "Better dead than Red" and "Don't mess with the U.S."
- Executive Meddling: In-universe, the simulation was adjusted according to his demands constantly, and became very detached from the reality. There's no real way to tell if anything you experience in it actually happened or if it was just Chase making stuff up.
- Four Star Bad Ass: He has the rank of four-star general. Is also quick to remind the player when they don't call him 'sir' that such idle banter between subordinate and his superior officer is unprofessional, and that those stars on his uniform aren't just for show and is something he earned over a long career so his rank deserves respect.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: See under Executive Meddling.
- Mission Control: The player reports to him for orders and briefings.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He "unofficially" authorised Dr Braun to be allowed the Chinese Invasion program for Vault 112, neither knowing nor caring why Braun wanted to test military training programs on civilians. The Lone Wanderer can later use this program to Mercy Kill the people that Braun had kept trapped in Virtual Reality for 200 years, ending their torment.
- Posthumous Character: He's mentioned frequently throughout the game, and only appears in person in the simulation.
Gunnery Sergeant "Benji" Montgomery is the player's right-hand man during the Anchorage simulation.
- Deadpan Snarker: Treats the player's more "questionable" dialogue choices with dry sarcasm.Player: You save some, you lose others. Who cares as long as the job gets done?
Montgomery: Who cares? Lemme take a close look at you. Hmmm. Nope, I don't see any tin plating. You don't look like a robot.
- Eagleland: Proudly patriotic and shouts pro-American, anti-Communist slogans in battle.
- The Lancer: The player's right-hand who they use to give orders to their forces and who accompanies them in battle. He also tries to get the player to play along with the simulation and act like a proper army soldier.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: After Chase's in-universe Executive Meddling during the simulation, it's hard to say if a real Benjamin Montgomery actually existed during the war in Anchorage.
- Made of Iron: With Broken Steel installed he can reach 250 HP, and wears winterized combat armor in top condition. This makes him as tough as a higher-rank super mutant.
- More Dakka: His weapon is an assault rifle.
The leader of the Chinese forces in Alaska and the final boss of Operation: Anchorage.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the leader of the Chinese army and the most powerful of them.
- Badass Mustache: He has a short-trimmed 'stache.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: If you pass a speech challenge you convince him that he's already lost, so he runs himself through with his sword to avoid being taken prisoner. It's recommended that you at least attempt this.
- Duel Boss: The compound where you find him is full of American and Chinese forces, but they're coded to ignore the two of you and focus on each other. Thus, barring a stray shot provoking them to intervene, you and Jingwei fight one-on-one.
- Far East: The man somehow commits seppuku when you convinces him that the battle is lost. Seppuku is a Japanese tradition, not a Chinese one. Also, the Chinese are not really known for sword fetishes; it's the Japanese who really made the sword actual field equipment in WWII after all. The Chinese, y'know, just made do with rifles and other modern equipment.
- Four-Star Badass: As a ranking officer he proves he's a very powerful foe.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields a custom Chinese Officer's Sword (modeled after a chinese jian) with an electrified aura coursing over it to do additional damage on a hit. This is apparently not one of Chase's fictional additions because you can find it in the sealed room of pre-war equipment that unlocks when you finish the simulation.
- Kick the Dog: Executing an unarmed prisoner when you first meet him.
- Made of Iron: Has by far more health than any other human NPC in the entire Fallout series, being nearly as tough as a Super Mutant Behemoth at his highest level. This is most likely due to him being a character in a computer simulation, which was reprogrammed by General Chase to be significantly divorced from the reality of the real Anchorage campaign.
- Stylistic Suck: Possibly. His spoken Chinese is terrible and virtually unintelligible to a native speaker. Appropriately, it sounds more like a Westerner trying to speak Chinese with a faked Chinese accent. It's hard to say though if it's Bethesda's voice actor doing a poor job, or if it's because Chase did a poor job in-universe on the simulation.
The Pitt characters.
- Voiced by: Mike Rosson
- Big Good: Acts as this for the DLC, not appearing in person once you enter The Pitt but being the one who recruits the player, and the driving force behind the rebellion against Ashur. Subverted when you find out he isn't nearly as good as he pretends and is driven by selfish ambition rather than the good of the slaves.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While it's arguable if he counts as evil or not, Werhner is much less noble than he acts when you first made contact with him.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrayed Ashur, lied to the player, and if you talk him out of fighting he'll abandon the Pitt without any concern for the slaves who were relying on him to free them.
- Cluster F-Bomb"You know what? Fuck the slaves, fuck the raiders, fuck Ashur, fuck The Pitt, fuck the baby and fuck you too motherfucker. I'm out of here."
- Dirty Coward: Has shades, mostly through relying on others to achieve his goals for him instead of doing it himself. It's also very easy to convince him his revolution has failed, in which case he flees.
- The Dragon: Potentially to you if you declare yourself the new ruler of The Pitt when you overthrow Ashur. If you do, you of course don't stick around, and Wernher tells you to leave running the place to him, becoming a Dragon-in-Chief.
- Eyepatch of Power: One of five characters in the game to have one.
- Foil: To Ashur. While Ashur does evil deeds for mostly good ends, Werhner does good things for selfish ends.
- Fridge Logic: Invokes and lampshades it. Did you ever wonder why you see comparatively few slaves despite there being so many slavers? The Pitt is buying them all.
- Full-Circle Revolution: According to the game guide, Wernher cares nothing about the slaves and is just using them to overthrow and seize The Pitt for himself.
- Hypocrite: If you betray him, he sneers that you think nothing and no one else matters but what you want, and accuses you of being a coward afraid to get their hands dirty. The entirety of the DLC has been Wernher using other people to overthrow Ashur while he does little more than organize them, and if you successfully talk him down, he flees deciding the slaves and the Pitt aren't worth it.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Seems to hold the view that this is a truth of the world — "If you aren't getting your hands dirty, you aren't making a difference. Welcome to the world."
- Jerkass: Once his true colors are revealed, he drops any pretense of niceness. Even before then he's a bit of a dick to you.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays with the player's perceptions of the state of things in The Pitt to get them to aid him.
- Not So Different: His speech to the player about having to do evil things for the greater good reveals he's really no different from Ashur. Especially since his real goal in overthrowing Ashur is just so he can rule himself.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If you convince him to abandon The Pitt, he flees the area deciding it isn't worth it anymore.
- The Starscream: Used to be this to Ashur before he was made a slave.
- Rebel Leader: He's the commander of the rebels.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He was condemned to slavery when he tried to stage a coup against Ashur.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is a 44 magnum.
- Would Hurt a Child: The surgical tools in his lair leave little ambiguity about what he has planned for Marie. If the player turns control of The Pitt over to him, he expresses disgust at those experimenting on Marie, telling you work on getting a cure would be going faster if they stopped worrying about hurting her.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Played with. G.E.C.K. editor files imply Wernher might have been planning to betray you, but he ultimately doesn't.
- Voiced by: James Lewis
- Affably Evil: Even if you do view him as the Big Bad despite the Grey and Gray Morality of the story, he is still a pretty well-spoken and reasonable man. A G.E.C.K. script note sums it up — "appearing open and welcoming, while offering a lightly-veiled threat."
- A God Am I: Played with. Some of the local tribals and raiders see Ashur as a god due to his power armor, but he doesn't seem to actively cultivate or encourage the idea.
- Ambition Is Evil: Unlike the inhabitants of the Capital Wasteland who seem content with sitting with their thumbs up their asses for 200 years, he is actively trying to make progress towards making the world better. However, the price of doing so is a society built on slavery as well as raiding resources from surrounding communities.
- Anti-Villain: Ashur believes that he and his men are doing great work to try and create something bigger and better than the hellhole that the rest of the Capital Wasteland is. However, he's still doing terrible things in pursuit of that work, shows little more than distaste for his deeds and his methods and is otherwise at ease with them, and the value of the "better" society he wants to create weighed against the cost is up for debate.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Ashur invoked this himself, killing the leaders of various raider tribes to compress them into service as his men.
- Bald of Evil: Aside from a short strip of hair down the center, yup.
- Big Bad: He's set up as the main antagonist of the Pitt, although it's up to the player to decide whether he or Wernher is most in the right.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He knows when you first meet him that Wernher hired you to help with the slave rebellion. If the player tries to play dumb, Ashur says that it's obviously no coincidence that an "escaped" slave no one has ever seen in the yard before arrives, takes a dangerous job they excel at, and then overcomes the arena to get access to his lair. Clearly, you're an outsider sent to infiltrate the area.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a wife and daughter that he cares deeply for.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To your dad James. They've both undertaken a massive reformation project and want to make their respective homes better places, but Ashur initially began it for selfish reasons, wanting to leave his mark on the world, while James and Catherine were motivated by genuine goodwill. The birth of their children shifted them in different directions, Ashur now wanting his work completed so Marie can grow up in a better world, while Catherine's death demoralized James to the point he abandoned Project Purity to give is child a normal life. And there's also Ashur's extreme violence and brutality versus James's Heroic Sacrifice in the name of their respective work.
- To a lesser degree, he is also one to Elder Lyons. When asked if he misses the Brotherhood he claims no, calling them out for not using their technology to make a difference in the world and saying they're "lazy" for not making the type of effort and sacrifice he has in trying to rebuild civilization. While this is true for the Brotherhood Outcasts and the Mojave chapter of the Brotherhood, the DC chapter of the Brotherhood, which Lyons heads, has indeed turned their attention to more altruistic pursuits.
- Face-Heel Turn: He was once a Brotherhood Paladin, and still wears the armor, modified with scrap materials. He started The Pitt when he was assumed dead and left behind by the Brotherhood, and the locals came to see him a god.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The Pittsburg area has zero population growth due to the city's unique toxins causing any babies born in the city to be mindless mutants. As a result, Ashur had to resort to slavery to preserve the Pitt as a functioning community. He reasons against simply abandoning the city due to the benefits of the area's only functional steel mill outweighing the human cost of running it.
- Insistent Terminology: He insists that the slave laborers of The Pitt be referred to as "workers," as it emphasizes they are doing important work and all have a chance to earn their freedom and start new lives. However, in personal dialogue with him he occasionally refers to them as slaves still.
- Necessarily Evil: He sees himself as such, reasoning that the horrible things he and his men do are sacrifices to be made for the greater good.
- Orcus on His Throne: Subverted. Unlike his adversary Wehrner, Ashur leads from the front. In fact, it's his departure to do so that gives the player character the opportunity to fulfill (or renounce) the mission that the plot centers around.
- Papa Wolf: Try to kidnap his daughter and he dies defending her. If you kidnap her and then return her to him after the quest is done, he considers having you dismembered for taking her, but stays his hand since you also returned her safe and sound.
- Scary Impractical Armor: Averted with his armor, which is both scary and practical. It's a standard T-45b suit of Brotherhood armor with some rust and a paint job, and has been repaired with bits and ends like a cattle skull and scrap metal. It's still got 35 DR and some nifty stat bonuses.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is a combat shotgun.
- Tin Tyrant: Wears a suit of power armor to give this impression.
- Visionary Villain: The main force behind his motivations is his belief that the steel mill is The Pitt's chance to become an industrial powerhouse and break away from scavenging, and when his newborn daughter showed to be immune to the trog plague, he saw the chance to stop having to rely on slave labor to increase their ranks once the people were cured of their mutations by finding out how his daughter is immune.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's committing terrible atrocities in the name of trying to get civilization back on its feet.
A Pitt slave working with Wernher to begin an uprising, she's the player's contact in The Pitt.
- Hidden Depths: The Fallout 3 official game guide mentions she's been raised a slave her whole life, and has a lot of survival and combat skills. If she wanted too, Midea could probably fight in the arena and win her freedom, but she's chosen to remain a slave to make conditions better for them as best she can.
- The Heavy: While Wernher is the leader of the rebellion, he stays off-screen for most of the DLC, leaving Midea to be the one who gives you your directives and helps execute the plan.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: While Wernher is a power-hungry Jerkass more interested in taking Ashur's place than doing any good for the slaves, Midea earnestly wants to improve conditions for them. She also comes to care for Marie, though annoyed her crying keeps her awake at night.
- My God, What Have I Done?: If you side with Ashur and tell her stealing the cure amounted to taking an innocent baby from its loving parents, she realizes it's a terrible thing to have asked you to do and surrenders Wernher's location out of guilt.
- Number Two: Wernher's right-hand woman in organizing the slave revolt.
A Pitt slave manning the ammo press, he snitches to his superiors about what the other slaves are up to for lighter treatment and rewards.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: You can tell him straight that you're an outsider Wernher has sent into The Pitt to help him and Midea start a revolt. Nothing comes of it. The only effect snitching to him has is that if you tell him another slave, Macro, is secretly making weapons for the revolt, Macro is killed. But then that just means you can't get a weapon from him if you hadn't before, the slaves still seem pretty well-armed when the attack begins.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: When the revolt starts, unless he manages to hide he'll be killed by the attacking slaves.
- The Stool Pigeon: A Betrayer Barry type, ratting on his fellow slaves for personal gain.
- Token Evil Teammate: He sells out the other slaves for his own sake.
Due to The Pitt's proximity to many abandoned factories, radiation caused a different type of mutation in its citizens. The toxins and pollutants, combined with the radiation, mutate humans into a subspecies of ghoul called trogs. While ghouls are simply feral zombie-like humans, trogs are both more bestial and more intelligent.
- Fragile Speedster: Like ghouls, trogs are very fast but don't hit too hard and have low HP.
- It Can Think: They seem like ghouls, but there is a key difference; trogs have maintained their mental faculties, to an extent. They hunt in packs, they can navigate the confusing maze of the steelyard better than ghouls could, and they can even talk, though it tends to be one or two-word sentences and in Hulk Speak. If ghouls are feral scavengers, trogs are aggressive predators.
- Primal Stance: They run on all fours and when still tend to crouch and hunch over.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their eyes are bright red.
- Small Role, Big Impact: They mostly exist so you have something to shoot in the steelyard, but the disease that creates them is why The Pitt is reliant on slave labor from other areas; TDC affects newborns with an almost 100% infection rate, so The Pitt's populace can't reproduce.
- Was Once a Man: All trogs are heavily mutated humans.
Point Lookout characters
- Voiced by: Craig Sechler
- Big Bad: Of the Point Lookout questline.
- Brain in a Jar: His current state.
- Black and Gray Morality: The conflict between him and Desmond, with Calvert as the black.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's open with how evil he is.
- Large Ham: "It is I! Professor Calvert! I have been kept alive through the MIRACLES OF SCIENCE!"
- Mecha-Mook: The only things he can directly control are the Robobrains, Protectrons, and Turrets in his bunker.
- Mad Scientist: He's completely amoral and nuts.
- Smug Snake: He believes Desmond cannot hope to defeat him.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Have nothing but contempt for his Tribal minions/worshippers. Granted, his distain is fairly justified given how most of them really are complete idiots, since joining the tribe involves having a piece of your brain cut out.
- Telepathy: 200 years of existence as nothing more than a disembodied brain has allowed Calvert to develop the ability to communicate with and influence the minds of others over long distance via telepathy.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: If you help him, he will reward you... with DEATH. Or at least he tries.
- Zero-Effort Boss: He is a literal Brain in a Jar with no combat abilities. His only defense in his room is about 8 Protectrons (the weakest robot-type enemy in the game), most of which don't even work.
- Voiced by: Jeff Baker
- And the Adventure Continues: If he's still alive at the end of the main quest of Point Lookout, he departs to continue hunting the rest of his enemies.
- Badass Mustache: Like Raul, it survived ghoulification.
- Badass Grandpa: Being a ghoul and all, he is several hundred years old. He's also a great shot with a sniper rifle and an expert at setting traps. When you're strong enough to keep up with the Tribals, you know you've got to be badass.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His suit might not be the most practical outfit for the setting, but it doesn't really seem to bother him.
- Black and Gray Morality: Calvert is definitely the evil one of the relationship, but Desmond is hardly a hero for opposing him.
- Cluster F-Bomb: You'll be hard pressed to find anyone in the history of Fallout who cusses as much as him.
- Cold Sniper: He uses a sniper rifle with deadly efficiency when the second wave of tribals attack his mansion.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has several turrets and mines set up around his mansion to repel tribals, and he even gives you a perk that increases your defense skills. He also has a bomb shelter under his mansion just in case Calvert decides to blow it up. Calvert does.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: We get only the slightest glimpses into his history and past, but it's abundantly clear that there is a lot of backstory that Desmond simply refuses to elaborate on.
- Good Is Not Nice: See Jerkass
- Hero of Another Story: You pretty much catch him while he's at the tail-end of his century-spanning feud with Calvert, the details of which are never made clear. And when that matter's resolved, he still has more enemies to deal with.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He makes no effort to hide the fact that his goals are entirely self serving, but he's a much better alternative then Calvert. When you earn his respect, he gives you a couple of warm lines, and his karma is Good, so.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: His British accent is a bit inconsistent, but he has lived in America since well before the bombs ever fell, so his accent may just be naturalized at this point.
- The Mean Brit: He's a British expat from before the war, and has quite the attitude problem too.
- Pet the Dog: Literally. He's extremely upset when Calvert blows up his mansion and kills his pair of dogs, and storms off right that second to kill the brain.
- The Remnant: He and his enemies in intelligence continued their battle (or "The Great Game" as they call it) despite the interests they represent no longer existing.
- The Great Game refers to the conflict between various spies and the international interests they represented during the Cold War. The term implies an extremely romantic and heroic view of the job of spies, similar to what we expect out of characters like James Bond. As far as the national interests they represent no longer existing doesn't mean that they can't serve their own interests.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He curses a lot, even for Fallout.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth is some combination of eloquence and profanity.
- The Spymaster: He's a former high ranking intelligence officer. The Fallout 3 guide even points out that Desmond may even have been directly involved in the decision to launch nuclear weapons during the Great War. Probably worked for the Top Brass of the former United Kingdom of Great Britain.
- Weak, but Skilled: He maintains that the main reasons he's such a good fighter is because he's "got a 100 years of experience on your ass, and don't you forget it".
Tobar The Ferryman
The captain of the Duchess Gambit who transports various travelers to and from Point Lookout for a modest fee. He's also working for the local tribal groups in exchange for Punga fruit.
- Back-Alley Doctor: He cuts out pieces of people's brains and keeps them as trophies.
- Faux Affably Evil: He remains polite and cheerful right up until the Lone Wanderer confronts him over his past crimes, such as cutting out a part of their brain. At that point he condescendingly taunts them and then attacks.
- Nice Hat: He wears a Roving Trader Hat.
The main inhabitants of Point Lookout. Unlike the inhabitants of the capital wasteland who live in small towns, the Tribals live in tents/ruins and are very low tech. They usually carry weapons like hunting rifles, double barreled shotguns, axes, and knives, and make most of their money off of trading a sweet tasting, easy to grow, very versatile fruit called the "Punga" fruit. They are currently being manipulated by Calvert into getting rid of Desmond.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Inverted; Jackson, their "leader", is the weakest tribal there is.
- Fake Difficulty: For no reason at all, they get an unblockable +35 damage boost.
- Improbable Power Discrepancy: Strangely, many of these unarmored tribals are significantly tougher than the Power Armor-wearing soldiers of the Enclave.
- Made of Iron: They have hundreds of HP at higher levels, almost as much as deathclaws.
Mothership Zeta characters
Mysterious beings in the Fallout series who directly appear and play a very large role in the Mothership Zeta DLC. They resemble stereotypical "little green men" from 50's and 60's science fiction movies in their appearance, their equipment, and their mode of operation.
- Aliens Are Bastards: They abduct humans and perform random experiments on them, for no other reason apparently than simply because they enjoy doing it. It is also implied that they were the ones who launched the nukes that started the "Great War" on Earth, simply because they wanted to see what would happen.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted with the Alien Captain.
- Early-Bird Cameo: One of their crashed spaceships and a pair of corpses (where you can find the Alien Blaster) are found in the original Fallout as well as in Fallout 3 (though the ship there looks different than in Fallout).
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Invoked about their bizarre obsession with the children's robotic horse, "Giddy-Up Buttercup". Although at least one room implies this is because they're trying to weaponise them.
- Glass Cannon: They move quickly and their weapons pack a kick, but they have very poor defences and little HP so they die quickly. However, higher-level aliens have "inertia suppression fields" that grant them bonus damage resistance to become Lightning Bruisers. Against a level 30 Lone Wanderer, a pack of aliens with such fields are more durable than a squad of Enclave Hellfire Troops and do at least as much damage.
- Greater Scope Villain: To the Enclave, sort of.
- Humanoid Abomination: A literal case. On their ship the player can find enemies named "Abomination", which are humans who have been spliced with alien DNA. They look more alien than human now and are hostile to humans and aliens alike when encountered.
- Infinity+1 Sword: Once again, pretty much all of their equipment, especially the Alien Blaster.
- Level Scaling: At higher levels, they wear inertia suppression fields and wield Disintegrators more often, as well as their shields increasing in damage resistance.
- Made of Iron: At Level 30, their level-scaling means their inertia suppression fields grant them a Damage Resistance of 110. Even a sneak-attack critical hit from the most powerful weapons in the game will barely take off half their HP, if that.
- Shout-Out: As stated above, they resemble stereotypical 50's and 60's aliens.
- The Unintelligible: Their native language. At least one prisoner (a linguist) was on the verge of figuring it out, but they responded to her attempts to communicate in their language by either killing her or knocking her out.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Not all the aliens on the ship are hostile, some of them are workers who run and hide from you, and when cornered wave their hands and seem to plead for mercy. You can kill them, and lose Karma for it,
- Zero-Effort Boss: The Alien Captain has lower health than pretty much everyone else onboard, and when the player has access to things like the Alien Disintegrater, he literally dies in one shot.
A litle girl and a captive of the aliens aboard Mothership Zeta, her small size lets her crawl through ducts to sneak around the ship.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: But having been on-board the ship and frequently out of stasis long enough to explore the ship, she's pretty good about it.
- Genre Savvy: She's obviously seen some alien movies and knows how this sort of story goes.
- Mission Control: To an extent, she often tosses out advice off-screen while she's in the vents.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's was born sometime before the Great War, judging by her recognition of the Giddyup Buttercup on the alien ship. Sally herself states that she and her family were abducted by aliens as the bombs fell.
- Tagalong Kid: Invites herself along since you need her know-how to escape.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She's very smart and sensible, even without her advance knowledge of the ship's layout that lets her guide you around.
Another wastelander and alien captive, you're locked up with her and the two of you stage a fight to escape.
- The Engineer: With a Repair skill of 100, she's the best mechanic in the game and can repair anything to perfect condition.
- The Lancer: Your first ally and the only one from the Wasteland like you.
- No Hero Discount: You can ask her why she insists on charging you for repairs, to which she replies you know how hard it is in the wasteland without money, and she's not gonna go home broke.
- Retired Monster: It's implied she may have been a raider or a slaver before being abducted.
- Sassy Black Woman: She's got quite an attitude on her, though she isn't mean.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: She finds one somewhere in the ship and uses it for the remainder of the exploration.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Listening to her talk to Sally or Elliot shows her to be a very cynical person. When Sally makes a comment she wishes someone would "fix" the problems down below, Somah replies there's no one left to fix it, and she doesn't see how they could if there was.
A member of the the 108th Infantry Battalion deployed to Anchorage, he and his squad were abducted.
- Combat Medic: Though he doesn't get to show the latter as all his medic's equipment is gone, he was a frontline field medic in the army.
- Conspiracy Theorist: A shining example of pre-war citizens. When you first unthaw him he suspects you're an alien taken on human form to trick him, and you have to talk him down.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Talking to him or listening to the others chat him up shows him a bit silly and naive. Take him into battle though and out comes the assault rifle and Hot-Blooded shouting.
- A Father to His Men: He is not happy when he finds aliens dissecting his squad members.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: He takes it the hardest of them, partially since he was involved in the conflicts that lead to The End of the World as We Know It. This results in him staying aboard the ship, feeling there's no point to heading back to Earth.
- Kick the Dog: He's the only ally of the expansion who will attack alien workers, even though it's emphasized that they're helpless and killing them is a hit to your Karma. By contrast, Paulson and Somah just ignore them.
- More Dakka: Guns down aliens with an assault rifle.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's from just before the Great War and is implied to have fought at Anchorage.
- The Smart Guy: He learns about the alien technology around you pretty quick, and is able to refine weapons and consumables from the stuff you find.
A cowboy abducted by the aliens, he doesn't talk much except to let you know he's looking forward to gunning them down.
- Cowboy: He is one, straight from the old west.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Though comparing the Capital Wasteland and especially the Mojave to the Old West, he'd probably be able to adjust.
- Heartbroken Badass: The reason he's so eager to shoot up the aliens? He wasn't alone when they abducted him, he had a wife and son. He survived to get taken aboard the ship—they didn't.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: He refers to Toshiro as a "chinaman" until he's corrected.
- Nice Hat: Wears a typical western cowboy hat.
- The Power of Hate: What's motivating him due to the loss of his family to the aliens.
- Really 700 Years Old: He was abducted from the Old West, so he's at least 400 years old.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: It's actually quite potent, and the strongest variant of it you can get without nuking the Citadel in Broken Steel.
A feudal Samurai, the language barrier means that talking to him won't get you much anywhere, but he's still an ally.
- Badass: At one point in Mothership Zeta, you can find him on his own, surrounded by dismembered alien corpses.
- Bilingual Bonus: He's actually speaking real Japanese, and most of the time is saying just what you'd think he'd be saying — "Where am I?" "Where's my sword?" "I must prepare for battle", etc.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Can you think of any other reason for his inclusion?
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: But he's completely unaware of it, seeing as how you're unable to talk to him to explain the situation, and he appears to assume he's just been captured by magic monsters.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His sword has lower base damage than other melee weapons, but has higher critical damage and lower AP cost, so depending on your fighting style, yes they are.
- And considering who he fights against, Kago gets bonus points for Rock Beats Laser.
- Really 700 Years Old: From the dates provided by the period-accurate symbols on his armour, the Fallout wiki speculates that he was born sometime before 1562 and abducted sometime after 1603, making him around 715 years old by 2277. This would make him the (technically) oldest living person encountered in the Fallout series.
- Shown Their Work: His armor and the symbols on it are period-accurate to the time in history the Fallout 3 game guide says he's from. And as mentioned, he speaks actual Japanese.
- Though slightly subverted at the same time, as feudal spoken japanese (not the case with it when written) did have enough distinctions from modern japanese that the two would not fully be able to communicate, so him speaking modern japanese is a bit of an innaccuracy. However, most non-speakers wouldn't notice the difference anyway (and the Wanderer has no idea what he's saying to begin with).
- The Sixth Ranger: Since you can't speak to him to explain what's going on, he just loiters around the deck meditating and looking for his katana and no one is sure what to do with him since they can't talk to him. Either when you return it or when you destroy all three generators, he takes off on his own. You can find him later however, surrounded by alien corpses, and during the climactic battle on the bridge he performs a Big Damn Heroes moment to help you fight off the aliens.
- The Unintelligible: Due to no-one else being able to speak Japanese. The Lone Wanderer may be a skilled in multiple fields, but it seems that language isn't one of them.