Characters: Fallout New Vegas Other Factions
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You want to hear the story of the Great Khans? It's a long one, full of honor, glory and betrayal. We have suffered, but we will regain our glory.
— Papa Khan
A tribe of Mongolian-themed raiders that originated from the same vault as the NCR, their long-time enemy. As the NCR expanded through the Core Regions the Khans were pushed into the Mojave, only for Mr. House to evict them once he took control of New Vegas. The Great Khans resettled at Bitter Springs and raided from it for a few years, until the NCR retaliated with an attack that turned into a massacre. The remaining Great Khans have holed up in Red Rock Canyon, where they earn a meager existence by manufacturing and selling chems, but an alliance with Caesar's Legion might give the Khans a chance to strike back against their old foes and regain their past glory...
Provides examples of:
- A Father to His Men: As much as Papa Khan lets his hatred of the NCR blind him, he truly does care for his people and will actually listen to his advisers if they speak out against him, after which with some extra convincing from the Courier he'll break his alliance with the Legion.
- A Lighter Shade of Grey: Between the Powder Gangers, Fiends, Vipers, and of course the Legion, the Great Khans are practically the Token Good Teammates. At the least, they're considerably less evil than the Legion's other allies.
- Asshole Victim: While most members of the NCR agree that what happened at Bitter Springs was messed up, former Khan-turned-NCR soldier Bitter-Root maintains that they had it coming. Objectively speaking, the Khans did provoke the NCR with attacks on civilians and soldiers alike, ignoring warnings of reprisal as empty threats. Even after Bitter Springs, when the Followers of the Apocalypse tried to teach them how to make medicine, the Khans instead used that knowledge to become drug dealers, causing the Followers to withdraw their support in disgust.
- Defector from Decadence: From the original Khans. In their case, both Manny Vargas and Bitter Root are this for them. You can also help Jerry the Punk become a member of the Followers of the Apocalypse.
- Subverted with Manny as he's still on good terms with the other Khans.
- Drugs Are Bad: They're pretty much the prime chem providers in the Mojave, and it's strongly implied that their sales and manufacture is what keeps the Fiends going. Subverted in that the manufacturers can be convinced that there's money to be had in medical supplies, too, after which they'll begin making and selling Stimpacks on the cheap alongside their usual chems. However, their drug cook Jack is one of the nicer Khans.
- Death Seeker: If you convince the Khans to break the alliance with the Legion, it's possible to get them to launch a suicide attack against them in the battle for Hoover Dam.
- Friendly Enemy: Even if you're opposed to the Legion they'll still welcome you if you help them out.
- Genius Bruiser: Regis, who sleeps next to a stack of books.
- Glory Seeker: One of the main reasons they are siding with the Legion is to both get revenge against the NCR and to gain glory to their people. Giving them information about their namesake from the Followers of the Apocalypse and showing them the real intentions of the Legion convinces them to switch sides, however.
- Heel Face Turn: In the endgame slides, if you convince Papa Khan to decline the Legion offer and then inspire him with the history of the Mongols, the Khans reunite with the Followers of The Apocalypse and pick up some more useful knowledge than making chems: governance, commerce, and the like. They then go off and try their own hand at nation-building.
- Even better it works, the ending slideshow says they formed a "might empire" in Wyoming. Also the fact that the Followers helped them with hints towards a more civilized empire instead of another Legion.
- Honor Before Reason: Even after you provide proof to Papa Khan that the Legion's intentions are not pure, he's still hesitant to break off ties with them due to his Glory Seeker tendencies; he still leans on allying with them if only to have his tribe go out in a blaze of glory. It takes even more legwork to convince him that there are better ways to go about that.
- Klingon Promotion: If you impress Papa Khan enough, he will make you his heir. Then you can stealth-kill him if you want.
- Monster Sob Story: They've done a lot of shady things in the past, they're still doing them in the present, and they by and large brought most of their problems down upon themselves. But they lost a lot of (what they felt were) innocent lives to the NCR at Bitter Springs and they just haven't been able to find a good home for themselves.
- Noble Savage: Zigzagged, while they have a personal code of honor, are much more civilized than the other raider tribes, and will engage in reasonable diplomacy, they're also mass-murdering anarchists who provide much of the region with street drugs.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Unlike other Raider groups, the Khans don't kill for shit and giggles, they only do so if you have something they actually want. Otherwise, they leave you alone and may even be open to trade (as long as it's drugs you want, because that's all they have). It might not seem like much, but in the Crapsack World of Fallout it's enough for non-Khan Mojave residents to credit the group with at least a small amount of respect. It helps that their primary targets are NCR communities, whom Mojave communities generally resent.
- Properly Paranoid: Regis. He thinks joining the Legion would be bad for the Khans and Papa is letting his hatred of the NCR blind him. He's absolutely right.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The mindset of most of the tribe, especially Papa Khan. His motivation for siding with the Legion is that he feels his once-mighty tribe has been disgraced with their defeat by NCR, and Caesar will help them return to their glory days.
- The Quisling: Papa is so keen for vengeance against the NCR that he's easily swayed by Karl's rhetoric, and sides with the Legion despite their practice of backstabbing and pressganging every tribe who allied with them in the past. His second-in-command, Regis, is the reverse; less motivated by hatred of the NCR than his brethren, and mistrustful of the Legion, he'd happily call a truce between the Khans and NCR in the name of long-term stability in the Mojave. -
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For all his faults, Papa Khan will listen to his people and will not ignore evidence putting the Legion in a bad light.
- The Remnant: The tribe was founded by survivors from The New Khans, who in turn was founded by the sole surviving member of the original Khans. Both of these groups were hunted to near extinction by the NCR, with help from respectively the Chosen One and the Vault Dweller.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After convincing Papa Khan to break the alliance with the Legion, you can tell them to leave the Mojave to seek their fates elsewhere. Nonetheless, it's possible that they'll come to the Courier's aid in the final battle.
- Papa Khan also was the one of lead the Khans to leave California.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: They attacked the NCR even after the NCR proved to be way more powerful than them. This resulted in the Great Khans being forced out of Bitter Springs, with most of them dying. By the time the game starts, they are just a small, isolated village in the canyons, yet they still insist on allying against the NCR, which rules over all of California and most of Nevada at this point.
- It's heavly implied it was to keep the NCR away. Didn't work.
- The Spartan Way: The way that they train their children to become warriors is not nice at all. Some don't survive, though if you fail and survive, you're allowed to try again.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: The All Roads comic really makes you feel sorry for them.
- Token Good Teammate: They're a rough and ruthless bunch but are by far the least evil of the Legion and its allies. They're also the only one that can be dealt with completly peacefully.
- Too Dumb to Live: Papa Khan, I know that you really want to get your revenge against the NCR. But do you really think Caesar will keep his promise of letting you rule all the land west of the Colorado just because you allied with him? He will however listen to his advisers and reconsider if you convince enough of them to speak out against him.
- It probably doesn't help that a Frumentarius is there specifically to sweet-talk him and the Khans into thinking how awesome the Legion are, even telling a female Khan about being a Legionnaire.
- True Companions
- The Usual Adversaries: For the NCR and arguably for the series as a whole.
Followers Of The Apocalypse
A quasi-religious order and humanitarian organization that originated from the Los Angeles Boneyard, headquartered in the ruins of the former LA Public Library. The Followers are dedicated to help the less fortunate people in the wasteland by providing them with education and medical aid with the long term goal of ensuring that humanity does not repeat the mistakes that led to the Great War.
Provides examples of:
- Being Good Sucks: Most of their endings see them kicked out of the Mojave, overwhelmed with patients, or simply hunted down and killed. Though if the NCR wins and you can convince the Followers to work with them they will continue to provide their services with full government support, while if Caesar is alive for a Legion victory he lets them go out of respect for his old life.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchists: They're accused of this, but they're not. Usually.
- Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Despite sporting a prominent mohawk, Julie Farkas is one of the kindest individuals of the game.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: As one of the most moral organizations in the Fallout universe, they have some very serious publicity issues. At best, people view them as well intentioned Wide Eyed Idealists that are too naive to survive in this Crapsack World. At worst, they are seen as anarchistic cultists with dangerous ideas that needs to be destroyed.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't get an ending for them with Mr. House.
A technologically advanced tribe originated from a group of emigrants from Vault 34, a vault in which the armory was overstocked and cannot be locked. They left after the Overseer attempted to implement gun control laws. They are currently living in Nellis Air Force Base to the northeast of Vegas and have developed a culture based around the use of weapons. The Boomer are very xenophobic and use artillery to blow up all outsiders that tries to approach their camp.
Provides examples of:
— Random Powder Ganger
A group of escaped convicts originated from NCR territory. The NCR originally from the west to use as cheap labor to work on a railway line. But the convicts managed to take control of their prison and formed into a loosely organized group of thugs and raiders.
Provides examples of:
- A House Divided: There are actually two main groups of Powder Gangers: The "main" group led by Eddie and based in the NCRCF, and a splinter group based in Vault 19 led by Samuel Cooke.
- Though those groups aren't struggling against each other - Cooke left because "he had a plan", and went away to implement it. The Vault 19 Powder Gangers, on the other hand, have an internal struggle - Cooke wants to make bombs and be a pain in the ass to the NCR, Lem has come to think of it all as a bad idea and wants to surrender to the NCR.
- Bit Part Badguys: To an extent; they're a mild challenge at first, when dynamite is still considered threatening. They never upgrade beyond that. You do. Towards the end of the game they're not even a speedbump, but you'll still run across them from time to time on the west side.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchists: Samuel Cooke. It's what got him tossed into prison in the first place. The others however are just petty thugs.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They end up on the wrong end of this trope when the NCR Troopers come back to clean them out at the NCRCF during "I Fought The Law".
- Five-Bad Band:
- Genre Savvy: To a limited extent, most of the Powder Gangers are in some ways. Instead of running away after they killed their gaolers, most realized they had control of a great fortress they could stage raids and mugging from, so they stuck around and used the existing facilities as their base of operations, even redeploying the explosives around the perimeter to deter trespassers. Eddie even worries (with good reason) about why the NCR didn't immediately try to retake the facility and tasks the Courier with finding out as opposed to throwing one of his own men into the meat grinder.
- Genre Blind: Unfortunately, in other areas the Powder Gangers are idiots. They barely tried to fortify the NCRCF building after their breakout weakened the defenses, their guard force was dense enough to let some nameless schmuck run around their bases unmolested after paying a hundred cap toll, and it never occurred to Eddie that hiring said nameless schmuck could potentially (no pun intended) blow up in his face.
- Goldfish Poop Gang
- Oh Crap: In Nipton, the Powder Ganger Boxcars, who already had to watch many people die horribly and got his legs broken by the Legion, will freak out when he sees you, calling you the Powder Gangers' "grim fucking reaper". He calms down once you give him some Med X.
- The Rustler
- The Grunt/The Goomba: The Powder Ganger's are weak to an almost pathetic extent, and basically exist to give something for the player to kill in the first few hours of the game.
- Starter Villain: Joe Cobb especially.
- The Starscream: Philip Lem, who thinks Cooke will drag the Vault 19 gang to their death and wants to surrender to the NCR before that happens.
- Tempting Fate: Build a prison in a remote and isolated location, fill it with violent criminals, give them access to a large cache of explosives, and then leave the prison undermanned and poorly-equipped to handle a mass break-out. Nope, don't see anything wrong there.
- Wake Up Call Boss: Eddie's plasma pistol packs a punch if you assault the NCRCF at lower levels. Some people may not call this bad, since helping the NCR troopers retake the facility can get you access to a lot of loot, early on.
Brotherhood Of Steel
We do not help them or let them in. We keep knowledge that they must never have.
— The Brotherhood Codex
An exclusive and isolationist order of technology collectors, originally founded by a group of deserters from the US military, which have their headquarters in the Lost Hill bunker of Southern California. Their great mastery of pre-war technology meant that the organization at one point had a tight grip on the entire Core Region. But their dismissive and overbearing attitude towards outsiders and closed structure, from which they once drew their strength, have since dwindled their numbers and influence considerably, and they are now far past their prime. Their ongoing war against the NCR, due to a major disagreement about ownership of pre-war tech, have not helped matters, having resulted in many defeats, and only a few victories for the Brotherhood, which has cost them many of their strongholds, and forced quite a few of their local detachments either on the run or deep underground. One of these is the Mojave chapter, which has taken refuge in the old government bunker, Hidden Valley, from which they desperately keep trying to carry out the duties described in their Codex and reestablish contact with the HQ.
Provides examples of:
- Anti-Hero: Mc Namara is a Type I, Hardin and the group as whole are a Type IV. Or depending on who you side with...
- Anti-Villain: Mc Namara is a Type IV. Haridn and the group as whole are a Type III.
- Armor Is Useless: Their power armor is far from useless, but it doesn't help much when you're outnumbered fifteen to one...
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Apparently one day, they just decided that the NCR didn't deserve anything that used electricity, so they attacked them and got slaughtered. Then they deployed to the Mojave and took Helios, then... got slaughtered again. They still haven't stopped hostilities by the time the game begins.
- In the Legion ending, if you spare them, the NCR is driven out by the Legion and the Brotherhood use this to attack HELIOS One and directly oppose the marching armies of the Legion. Three guesses on what happens to them.
- In the case of HELIOS, that was all Elijah's fault since both Hardin and Ramos knew that trying to hold HELIOS One against the NCR was tactical suicide.
- Can't Catch Up: In the era of the earlier Fallout games, the Bo S' access to Pre-War tech made them the undisputed most powerful faction in the Wasteland, second only to the Enclave, given that they had power armor, energy weapons, and military-grade heavy weaponry while everyone else was still living in huts and fighting with jury-rigged guns and armor. By the time of New Vegas, Pre-War tech (including energy weapons, robotics, and computers) have spread significantly and is now available to a wide variety of factions, most notably the NCR, and while the Brotherhood still has a very slight tech edge (maintaining their monopoly on Power Armor) they haven't managed to advance at all since the old days and overall have since been eclipsed by NCR as the Wasteland's dominant faction.
- Creative Sterility: One of the major problems they're running into is they've basically run out of ideas, which is going to happen when you live in a hole in the ground for decades. Veronica and the former Elder (who went nuts trying to activate the Helios station and got half his men killed in the process) are about the only ones trying to get the Brotherhood out of this slump.
- Death by Irony: Other then just shooting up Hidden Valley, there are two ways other ways that you can wipe out the Brotherhood. The first is by reseting the targeting data of the lasers security turrets at the first floor, killing everyone caught outside. The second is by making the bunker's reactor overload in a self-destruct sequence. This is extra ironic when you think about the Brotherhood's views on technology and how you just turned it against them.
- Elaborate Underground Base
- Even Evil Has Standards: Elijah's absolutely insane obsession with technology and disregard for the lives of his men shocked even them. They've since dispatched assassins after him.
- Expy: McNamara and Hardin are expies of Elder Lyons and Protector Casdin, respectively.
- Fantastic Racism: If you being Lily to their bunker they'll threaten to 'Put it down'. Though not touched on much in the game Marcus's dialouge in Fallout 2 and the citizens of Underworld reveal they swear on oath to destroy all Super Mutants regardless of intelligence and shoot Ghouls on sight.
- Though McNamara does mention that he was willing to leave the super mutant community on Black Mountain alone while it was still under Marcus' leadership.
- The Fundamentalist: Many of its members obsessively follow their codex to the letter.
- Gas Mask Mooks
- Heavily Armored Mook
- Honor Before Reason: The Brotherhood follow their codex to the letter, even when it means that they will eventually die out as a result.
- More along the lines of "dogma before reason", as they're certainly not above cold-blooded murder if their codex dictates.
- Internal Affairs: The Circle of Steel group, under whom Christine is an operative.
- Jerkass: Most of them, anyway. Aside from their obsessive worship of technology, the faction's main defining characteristic is their extreme xenophobia - they're not nice to outsiders. This is pretty much exactly the way the faction has always behaved in the franchise - if anything, the Mojave branch is more lenient than usual. Well, except for the guys in the Capital Wasteland.
Veronica: Sorry about that. Just because I love them, that doesn't mean some of them aren't assholes.
- Kick the Dog: If you complete Veronica's side quest and convince her to leave the Brotherhood, she will try to join the Followers Of The Apocalypse in one of their hospitals. The Followers will be happy to accept her but tell the two of you to return tomorrow. If you return 24 hours later, you will discovered that the BOS has massacred the entire hospital of unarmed doctors and even the patients to prevent Veronica from sharing her knowledge with them.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: If Hardin replaced McNamara as Elder, than he quickly transforms the Mojave Chapter from a bunch of heavily armed isolationists into little more than a Raider tribe in power armor that the Courier will likely be force to massacre. Inverted if McNamara stays in power, where they actually start a slow process of shaping up, but only if the NCR is around as a constant threat.
- Knight Templar: Until either the Courier or Veronica show them their mistakes. Sadly, it still doesn't work. This only ends in the NCR ending (if you don't blow them up like Colonel Moore told you to) where they signed a truce with the NCR, who stay around to make it matter.
- Last Stand: The Mojave Wasteland Brotherhood of Steel was almost destroyed by the New California Republic's army at Helios One, though they gave as good as they got. Turns out all the combat training, Powered Armor, and high-tech weaponry in the world isn't enough when you're virtually surrounded and outnumbered fifteen to one.
- Machine Worship: They don't worship technology per se, but the degree to which they revere and pursue it really does border on religious mania at times.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: McNamara is all too aware that the Brotherhood is likely going to crash and burn the way things are going but will not dare go against the codex, unlike Lyons in Fallout 3 who decided to disregard it.
- Not So Different: Veronica notes that they're quite like the Boomers, being xenophobic isolationists who hoard military tech.
- However, the resemblance ends there. Unlike the Boomers, the Brotherhood of Steel have had a long history of involvement with the outside world from a position of outright superiority. Their isolation and xenophobia stems from the fact that they've never had to rely on others to survive, and little motivation to actually share their technology and expertise with other communities. Moreover, up until the war with the NCR, the Brotherhood had yet to fight an opponent that could actually challenge them on an equal footing: this led them to believe that they were invincible, further reinforcing the view that things could remain the same.
- Oddly Small Organization: Justified in that most of them are, well, dead.
- Power Armor: Standard issue among their members. While it does make them powerful, it leads to...
- Smug Snake: They won't hesitate to let you know how much better they are than you. They'll talk down to you and act like you and everybody else are idiots who shouldn't even be allowed to touch a laser pistol. Which then ties into...
- Suicidal Overconfidence: They think Power Armor and energy weapons will let them take on anything. It gets over half of the Mojave chapter killed when they try to hold HELIOS One (a tactically indefensible position) with just over a hundred paladins against a few thousand NCR troopers, and would have likely kept on trying to hold it if Elijah didn't ditch them, leading his replacement to make the sensible decision to withdraw. Later on, you find a couple of dead paladins scattered across the wasteland: it's likely that at least two of the patrols perished because they were trying to get their hands on advanced weapons technology, only to get cut down by a dozen heavily armed robots or pulverized by a direct hit from an artillery shell.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Elder McNamara genuinely cares about his fellow Brothers, and will even agree to a truce with the NCR since he thinks its the best course of action for the Brotherhood and Mojave in general. Unfortunately, not even he is reasonable enough to go against the Codex.
- Serious Business: To them, their codex is serious business. Progressive members are prone to getting flat out murdered by the regressive members for even thinking about something that doesn't follow the codex to the letter.
- Skilled, but Naive: An unusual case, given the fact that the Brotherhood of Steel is one of the oldest factions still in existence. Although their military training and technological expertise is almost unmatched, their close-mindedness is making them increasingly out-of-touch with reality. This in turn has led to increasingly poor judgment which, among other astoundingly bad decisions, is directly responsible for the disastrous operation at HELIOS One and the decline of the Brotherhood's power in the West.
- The Remnant: The Brotherhood was already a Remnant to begin with, being descended from a group of US Army soldiers who mutinied around the time of the Great War, but the group you encounter in the Mojave takes it a step further, being a remnant of this remnant - they're the survivors of the last battle of the NCR/Brotherhood war. As they've had no contact from any other Brotherhood bases, they may as well be the only members of the faction left west of the Mississippi as far as they are concerned.
- Tragic Villain: Elder McNamara. He's fully aware that the road he's on will lead to the end of the Brotherhood, but he won't dare to go against the Codex.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Even if you help them get back on their feet in the Wild Card ending, they will, without the watchful eye of the NCR to keep them in check, start to harass and even straight up rob caravans on the Long 15 who carries technology they deem inappropriate. Moreso if you replace McNamara with Hardin.
- You Are in Command Now: McNamara became the Elder after Elijah left during the debacle at HELIOS One and as Head Paladin was the most senior member of the Brothehood.
"The Kings are about an idea. Where every man is free to follow his own path, do his own thing. Where every man is a king in his own right."
The only bigger gang to refuse House's ultimatum of a casino on the Strip in exchange for their subjugation. As a punishment, they were pushed back to the slum of Freeside, which they now uphold a loose control over.
Provides examples of:
- All Hail The Great God Elvis
- Elvis Impersonator: An entire gang of them, all convinced it's a pre-war religion. Only The King and Pacer put on the voice, but this might be justified since King says the tapes broke a few years ago. They're the oldest members and might be the only ones still alive to have heard them.
- Entitled Bastard: Zig-zagged, they aren't fond of the NCR squatters putting a drain on their resources, and The King is not pleased when he finds out the NCR is giving handouts to its citizens but not to the proper citizens of the area. However, it turns out NCR wanted to supply everyone, but the messenger they sent to negotiate with The King was beaten and turned away by Pacer, so they were only given enough support to take care of their own. The player has the option to eventually smooth things out and get the two to agree to a truce, which leads into NCR providing relief support to Freeside if you complete the game for NCR.
- Face Heel Turn: If you convince them to make peace with the NCR, Pacer becomes enraged over the King "selling" out and attacks him. In front of several loyal Kings, NCR Troopers, and your party. The only way to avoid this and still end the quest peacefully is to complete "King's Gambit" and use your favor to have the King agree to make peace.
- Heel Face Turn: Cut materiel shows that it would have been possible to talk down Pacer from his mutiny with a high enough speech skill. Certain mods restore this.
- Future Imperfect: The Kings actually have absolutely no idea who Elvis really is. When they first discovered the school of impersonation filed with holotapes, jackets, and a seemingly unlimited supply of hair gel, they concluded that Elvis was worshiped and the building was his temple.
- To be fair though, King does explain how they logically reached this conclusion. He explains the practices revolving around this man, dressing like him, acting like him, talking like him, obviously qualify as a form of worship. Otherwise, what else would you call it?
- Gang of Hats: See above.
- Greaser Delinquents: They're a hybrid of this trope and Elvis impersonators
- Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters: The Kings take this a step further by acting as Freeside's de facto police force.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The King is one of the few politically powerful figures out there motivated by a genuine desire to help the people. He dislikes the NCR squatters around, but it's due to pride and miscommunication, and it's possible to smooth things out and make peace between them.
- Establishing Character Moment: If you pay Pacer's toll to get in to talk to him and mention it to him, The King apologizes for Pacer acting up and refunds you personally.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The King. The awkwardness of the name is lampshaded by various characters.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: In a quest involving the NCR's and King's conflict, the NCR sends a platoon of fully armed soldiers to the King's HQ. The King tells you to explain what's going on before his gang kills the soldiers. You have the option of telling him to calm down since his gang stands no chance if they start a fight. He'll take this as a challenge, and order his gang to open fire, upon which they are all gunned down.
- This is basically what happens in all but a few of the King's endings. They decide to pick a fight with the victors of the Mojave and get themselves killed. The NCR is the only faction that's willing to even have a peaceful solution with them, while Mr. House will only go so far as to leave them alone.
- The Dragon/The Lancer: Pacer.
- The Starscream: Though he's the second in-command he does a lot of things The King would not approve of, and if the player proceeds down the NCR questline eventually Pacer will rebel when The King agrees to peace with NCR.
- You Owe Me: After completing a series of quests for The King, he gives you the permission to ask for a favor, ranging from membership to a fake passport to the Strip. Later on, you can use this favor to make The King agree to a truce with the NCR.
Pack of drugged-out killers. They're addicted to every stim, every pill, every psychoactive enema on this fucked-up earth.
— Major Dhatri
A band of Raiders prowling New Vegas' outskirts, notorious for their drug-fueled savagery. This and their stockpile of advanced weaponry makes them a constant menace to the inhabitants of Westside and the NCR headquarters at Camp McCarran.
Provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Motor-Runner. Rather hilarious when you realize that the leader of the most evil faction in the game is the only member who isn't automatically hostile to you, probably because he's the only one not on a massive amount of drugs. Conversation indicates that he genuinely cares for the well-being of his people, which was why he led the Fiends to Vault 3.
- Always Chaotic Evil: They are basically a sightly organized band of raiders that kill, burn, steal and rape everything they see.
- The Beast Master: Violet has a whole pack of dogs at her beck and call.
- Benevolent Boss: Motor-Runner
- Berserk Button: If anything so much as happens to Queenie, Cook-Cook's favorite Brahmin, he will completely lose his shit. And his mind's already on the edge as it is.
- In the Dummied Out dialog, Violet gets especially angry if the players does anything with her dogs.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: It's implied that Cook-Cook really loves his Brahmin. As if being a cannibalistic Pyromaniac with a penchant for rape isn't enough to tell you how depraved he is.
- Big Bad: Motor Runner
- Decapitated Army: By killing their leaders, the Courier can weaken the Fiends to the point that they're essentially wiped out in the epilogue.
- Depraved Bisexual: Cook-Cook. When he purchased a family from slavers, he didn't even wait until the slavers turned around before he began raping them, beginning with their son.
- The Dragon: To the Legion. While most of its other allies are in the background taking care of other business, the Fiends are giving NCR almost as much trouble as the Legion itself.
- Drugs Are Bad: The main reason why they are so screwed up is because they are all drug addicts.
- Dummied Out: There are friendly dialogue scripts for the three Fiend bosses in the overworld.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In one quest where you track down two slave traders, their business log mentions that they won't be doing any more business with Cook-Cook after they sold him a young boy, whom he promptly burned to death in front of two young girls before the slavers even left earshot.
- In the aforementioned Dummied Out dialogue, Cook-Cook's colleague Driver Nephi will warn a female Courier about him: "Listen... you don't want to mess with Cook-Cook. And you really don't want to let him get you alone. Trust me."
- The other Dummied Out dialogue makes it rather clear that the others really don't like Cook-Cook and only keep him around because he's a great cook.
- Face Heel Turn: It's implied that Nephi was a former New Canaanite.
- Flunky Boss: All the Fiend leaders are accompanied by around four to six decently-armed fiends guarding them. Violetta has around eight dogs instead. Motor-Runner, however, is alone in his throne room with only two very weak dogs. Of course, you already had to fight through dozens of Fiends in the vault just to get to him... unless you Speech checked your way in or went on behalf of the Khans. Still have to fight your way out, of course, but he only has about six Fiends in his section, same as the others.
- Genius Ditz: Despite being completely off his gourd, Cook-Cook has an Intelligence score of 9. Might have something to do with the Mentats he takes.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Violet and possibly Cook-Cook, though his special stew doesn't use human flesh.
- Laughably Evil: The cut dialog for the Fiend bosses is actually kind of funny, albeit incredibly screwed up.
Cook-Cook: Hey there, sweet thing, want a ride on the Cook-Cook Express?
- Morality Pet: Cook-Cook has a pet brahmin named "Queenie". If you kill her he'll go berserk and attack the other Fiends.
- Orcus on His Throne: Motor-Runner, literally.
- The Pig Pen: None of the Fiends are all that clean as it is, but Cook-Cook is implied to really stink.
- Supreme Chef: Cook-Cook
- Tragic Monster: Of a sort. As noted by Corporal Betsy, there's no way to tell of any individual Fiend is genuinely pure evil (like the leaders) or a broken shell of a man/woman so hopelessly drugged out that they're literally incapable of discerning right from wrong.
- The Usual Adversaries: Textbook examples, both from the prospective of the player and the NCR.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: They don't really have much significance in the story other than acting as yet another obstacle for the NCR (and the Courier) to overcome. Their origin isn't specified either.
- Weapon of Choice: Each Fiend boss has one:
- With Friends Like These: They have a loose alliance with the Legion who feed them intel about Camp Mc Carran. It doesn't stop them from firing at a Legion alligned Courier, and their relationship is strained to the point that Caesar has them exterminated should they survive into the endgame.
- Zerg Rush: Their tactics against Camp McCarran.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If Caesar wins Hoover Dam he exterminates them due to their reliance on Chems.
- You No Take Candle: How Violet talks in the Dummied Out dialogue:
"Dogs? Good dogs! My dogs! Fiend dogs. Tear you up, arf arf arf! HA HA!"
Dear old friends, remember Navarro.
With the loss of its bases at Navarro
and Raven Rock
, the Enclave is little more than a bad memory, its surviving members either in hiding or attempting to integrate into the new world. Six such men and women have settled in the Mojave Wasteland and have tried to put their past behind them... but they might be convinced to take up arms once more and decide the fate of their new home, for auld lang syne.
Provides examples of:
"We wish to escape the barbarity of the wasteland, especially the violence and bigotry of its human inhabitants. The creator has promised my flock a new land: a place of safety and healing...a paradise in the far beyond."
— Jason Bright
A cult of ghouls (and one human convinced he's a ghoul) living in the REPCONN test facility who believe their destiny from God is to live on the Moon using the rocket ships in the facility.
Provides examples of:
- Big Damn Heroes: For Novac, if their trip is successful.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Deceased Bright Followers are found in a few hidden corners throughout the southwest of the map. They usually have valuable early-game energy weapons. Without context, though, the player will have no idea who these dead ghouls in robes are.
- Crazy Survivalist: Harland, who manages to survive by himself against Nightkins by finding a good defensible position to snipe them and living off on radroaches and condensation from pipes.
- Cult: A benevolent version. They just want to find a place where ghouls can be free from persecution from the humans.
- Cult Colony: They plan to use the REPCONN rockets to travel to their 'promised land'.
- Fantastic Racism: Subverted in that the group itself for the most part bears no ill will towards humans, with only Chris being rude to the player. In fact, Jason believes that the Courier and Chris are the Chosen Ones of their faith and in his final speech grants both you and Chris sainthood.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: They're all armed with laser guns. There's quite a lot of ash piles that used to be nightkin around their home base, and the dead Bright Followers you find in various hidden areas are usually a good source of energy weapons.
- Good Shepherd: Jason really does care about all ghouls, even the Feral ones, and his only motive really is to give them a land where they can all be happy.
- Guttural Growler: Being ghouls, this is par for the course. Strangely averted by their leader, Jason Bright, who sounds as if he has a heavenly echo in the background. Chris Haversam also has this despite being the only non-ghoul of their group.
- Hollywood Science: Just look the the designs of the rockets that they are planning to use.
- Irony: From a gameplay standpoint, Jason is a walking example of this by mere virtue of being a Glowing One, which is Always Chaotic Evil by gameplay terms. He's also ironic in another way, since his cult revolves around the concept of a ghoul only society finding true peace, but to do so his cult requires absolute trust in two humans and using human technology (which in and of itself was partially responsible for making people ghouls due to its radioactive nature) to achieve their ends.
- Meaningful Name: Jason Bright, which can be lampshaded by both you and Jason, since it was his name even before he became a Glowing One ghoul.
- "Ride of the Valkyries": Plays when they launch their rockets.
- Properly Paranoid: A rather strange example found with Chris. Formerly the engineer of Vault 34 who worked on the reactor, he left after his hair fell out, which he took as evidence of his ghoulification. He becomes one of only a handful of non-Boomers to escape ghoulification, the other being a few survivors who are still trapped inside Vault 34.
- Too Dumb to Live: Subverted, as their fate upon launching their rockets is left ambiguous despite the prospect of them succeeding going against all known logic. In fact, in the ending for Novac they somehow manage to return in order to help defend the town from the Legion.