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Ladies, Ladies... What you should really be concerned about... are the guns pointed at your heads right now.
Actor: Zack Frinfrock
A vault-dweller from Vault 10, a vault filled with overweight people, Twig searches the wastes of Nevada and California in search of the perfect "Nuka Break" with his friends, Ben and ScarAssociated tropes:
Guile Hero: While he's good in combat, Twig can actually talk his way out of situations with Bounty Hunters and Raiders. Though usually this sets up his team to shoot them.
Healing Factor: He's drunk so much Nuka-Cola that it's altered his DNA to the point where drinking Nuka-Cola causes him to heal wounds more quickly. For instance, it causes a two day old gunshot wound to appear to have been healing for over a week.
A transfusion of Nuka-cola also allows him to survive being run-through by Leon.
Idiot Hero: Twig plays this role in the party. Zack Frinfrock has stated that Twig only survives because he has a 10 in his Luck S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat. His Charisma is apparently high as well, according to a recent panel
Scar: "Staying mad at you is like being mad at a puppy! It's too dumb to know any better."
Messianic Archetype: In Series 2, Twig quickly earns the loyalty of the people of the Lockre and rallies them to defend their home against Leon, instead of running away. He even sacrifices the use of his Pip-Boy to bring the weapons manufacturing plant back online, allowing their community to protect itself and remain free.
Mysterious Past: While Scar and Ben both have their pasts revealed over the course of the first and second season, we know very little about Twig, when and why he left Vault 10 or even his real name?!
Nice Guy: He's probably the most altruistic and optimistic character in the series.
Supporting Protagonist: He primarily lives through his mouth and luck. He's only been the hero twice, and only because the first time Ben "couldn't see shit" to snipe and because Scar and Ben finally got tired out during a fight and lost while he ran to grab a new weapon. But the other two are doing the heroic stuff for the most part.
And in the finale he obtains the Nuka Breaker. Not that it does him any good.
"This is the wastes, love is where you find it."
Actor: Tybee Diskin
A former slave in Caesar's Legion, Scar was saved by Ben and Twig when her new owner was seeking refuge from the desert heat while moving her across the Colorado River. The bounty on her head by the Legion proves to be the party's most dangerous problem.Associated tropes:
Action Girl: She may have been a slave, but Scar is good with her Laser Rifle and packs a pretty good punch.
Turns out Twig and Ben didn't save her. Twig was crying on the ground and Ben was severely injured. Scar broke herself free and saved them then sealed the cave with one of Ben's grenades.
Despair Event Horizon: Crosses this in Season 2, Episode 4. After Bonnie tells Scar her story and Leon reminds her of just how far he's willing to go to keep Scar under his control, she gives up on being free again when she realizes how many people will suffer the more she resists. It's only on Bonnie's insistence does she escape the next episode, and isn't free of it until Leon finally dies.
Damsel in Distress: Almost subverted, but ultimately played straight for most of Season 2. She makes an attempt to escape, but eventually gives up and is rescued by Larry and Ben.
Doom Magnet: Due to her having a bounty by the Legion, and eventually becomes a source of angst as she realizes just how many people whose lives have been ruined due to her.
Happiness in Slavery: Turns out she did have this. Leon bought, and legitimately freed her, and Scar stayed with him out of actual love. Then she learned about the Prophecy, tried running, and then was enslaved again, where she was considerably less happy.
Made a Slave: To Caesar's Legion in the past, before escaping.
"Here's how it's gonna work. You're going to call off your goddamn goons or I blow your head off!"
Actor: Aaron Giles
A ghoul with tendency to take what isn't his.Associated tropes:
Accidental Hero: Vault 7's experiment was to see how long its inhabitants could survive without any medical personal. By killing a guard so his wife, a nurse, could enter the Vault, Ben saved dozens of lives.
Badass: It's implied but it's not really seen until episode 5, when he sneaks away from his guards off screen and shoves his shotgun into the back of Larry's head.
Larry: "You were watching her, and WHO WAS WATCHING HIM!? "
Belligerent Sexual Tension: He seems to have this with Scar, who is the only person he likes. That said, he and Scar fight constantly but he always apologizes to her but never to Twig.
Comes to a head in Season 2, Episode 5 when Ben sacrifices himself to save Scar. Scar takes his death the hardest.
Character Development: In episode 3, Ben shows disgust at his old friend selling Jet. We also learned he worked for Myron during Fallout 2 and left due to moral reasons. He's even hating himself for even considering taking this job from a drug-dealer, friend or not.
The Fog of Ages: Ben's 200 years old and his failing memory is actually hinted at. While it's usually Played for Laughs (By Mennen!), there are also hints that Ben is at the early stages of what would be old age for a ghoul and is slowly losing his memory. He has problems remembering where Eastwood is and things he's said. It's because Ben is old enough now to start going Feral.
Friendly Enemy: With Larry, with the implication they were once partner in crimes together. This also seems to be one of the reasons he's so reluctant to kill him, even when he has the opportunity to on multiple occasions, simply telling him to get lost instead.
We also get a subversion, when it's revealed that during the Great War, he fully expected to die in the Wasteland after he forced his wife into Vault 7 without him. However, he ended up surviving and becoming a Ghoul instead.
Honor Before Reason: He lets Larry live despite trying to turn them into the Legion to pay off his debt to him Scar calls him out on it, but he points out that killing Larry isn't going to stop Leon from pursuing her and that they need to take him out instead.
Memetic Mutation: Like you didn't have "By Mennen!" stuck in your head after the first episode.
Now in-universe as well, as Twig uses it as a curse.
Mysterious Past: We don't know much about Ben's history, but the Season 1 finale reveals that an NCR Ranger has been protecting him (without his knowledge) and recognizes the ring he wears around his neck.
Previews for Season 2 show Giles sans make-up with a mysterious female implying not only will we get Ben's backstory... but we'll get to watch and see what the Great War was actually like.
It's revealed over the course of Season 2 that the Ranger is actually his descendant, Ben having killed a guard to get his wife to take his place in Vault 7, but being unable to join her due to his belief the fellow residents would hang them both since he was covered in blood.
Stealth Pun: He'a a Ghoul who absolutely adores looting corpses. Another name for a battlefield looter is a "ghoul."
The Hero: Is starting to seem to be the main protagonist as he has gotten the most character development, is an Ensemble Dark Horse of the series and season 1 ended with major implications about Ben's past.
Badass: He's an NCR Veteran Ranger! Actually, he's not. A flashback in Season 2 seems to imply that he took the armour from a Ranger that he beat up and most likely killed after getting information from him, which makes him even more badass than one.
Broken Pedestal: He grew up idolizing Ben like all members of the Eldridge family because Ben gave up his spot in Vault 7 for his wife (whom he had married after being accepted). She was pregnant at the time (neither knew it, when it happened) so Ben's family continued on while Ben walked into the wastes to die. The tale had Ben talking them into letting his wife in. The reality was him murdering the guard to force their way in, but because he was covered in blood and he knew that they'd both be hanged, he sent his wife in instead and was chose to remain outside.
Rebuilt Pedestal: However reconstructed when The Ranger reveals that the real reason his wife was rejected by Vault-Tec was because Vault 7 was never meant to survive, having been provided no medical staff as part of the Vault-Tec experiments. Because Ben's wife was a nurse, she taught others and the experiment failed, leading generations of people over their lives to Ben single-minded determination to get her into the Vault.
Blatant Lies: His claim to Ron that he's not an NCR Ranger. At least at first...
Cassandra Truth: Turns out he really wasn't lying. He simply beat up (or killed) a Ranger and took his stuff.
Chekhov's Gunman: He was the one who signaled to Twig where Eastwood was, makes a cameo appearance in Episode 3 and was presumably present during the events of Larry's ambush. There's a reason he's categorized as a member of Twig's party.
Early-Bird Cameo: He makes an appearance in episode 3 at some point in the background according to imdb.
Spell My Name with a "The": We don't know his actual name yet so fans have taken to calling him "The Protector." The press release for Red Star changes this slightly, calling him The Ranger instead of "The Protector."
Tragic Keepsake: In 'Red Star', it's learned the rifle he carries used to belong to Bill, his tracking partner.
The wedding ring belonging to Ben's wife (and his great-grandmother). After Ben's death, he takes Ben's ring too, and wears both of them around his neck on the same string.
Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Zig-Zagged. In the movie, she screams What the Fuck!? when she wakes up from a bottlecap mine going off in her face, but says "Aww, poop" when Larry "escapes".
Killed Off for Real: At the beginning of Season 2. After wounding Twig in the beginning and going in for the kill, she's immediately shot in the back by the group from the Lockre and apparently killed for good.
Too Dumb to Live: He forgets to pop-up when their targets arrive, read the bounty and then complains about his boss and his psycho girlfriend when they miss hitting Twig and Scar (which he missed as well).
Stealth Hi/Bye: Again, it's the Mysterious Stranger. He is powered by this trope.
What Could Have Been: Season 1 was going to end originally with Leon and the Stranger facing off. No points for guessing how it would have ended.
"We lied, we're raiders."
Bounty Hunter: They think they're raiding but one points out they're actually bounty hunting. This semantic makes it hard to tell what they are, despite what they are doing. Episode 2 reveals they were in fact bounty hunters.
Presumably the latter is more likely, since the large Legion presence in the area implies Eastwood is located right on the border between NCR and Legion territory.
What Could Have Been: Was definitely intended for a larger role in Season 1, before the whole set burning incident. Considering his hatred for Slavers and the Legion, him and Larry would have been in an interesting position.
Lawrence "Larry" Synder
"Well, well, well... if it isn't Benji."
Actor: Kevin Brooks
Butt Monkey: Everything he's done has backfired so badly, it's hard not to feel sorry for and/or laugh at his misery.
Fantastic Racism: Ghouls and "smoothskins" again, but Larry seems to be a step higher.
Ben: "I've got friends."
Larry: "You? Friends!?"
Ben: "Yeah. A couple of smoothskins."
Larry: "Not like you to keep pets, Benji."
Friendly Enemy: Most of his interaction with Ben, with the implication they were partners in crime at one point.
Heel-Face Turn: Switches sides in Season 2 after it becomes clear that Leon is gonna kill him anyways.
Fantastic Racism: To Ghouls and the NCR, but he reserves particular hatred towards Rangers. Justified as he's a former member of the Brotherhood Of Steel. His racism towards Ghouls is somewhat justifiable, as he later explains he's seen them go feral before and it's not pleasant.
Joke Character: Two random Eastwood natives armed with a baseball bat and BB gun respectfully. Chris even holds his bat by the wrong end.
Lethal Joke Character: In the finale, they still manage to successfully draw the fire of Leon's men and aid the heroes ins dispatching them.
Those Two Guys: They do pretty much nothing in the story except be laughably incompetent.
"Your incompetence is disgusting to me."
Actor: David Castro
Affably Evil: He owns slaves and is high ranking in the Legion, but Leon is actually fairly nice about it. He doesn't kill his men if they can at least show some responsibility for their actions, has a nice smile and is actually shown as being somewhat forgiving, which is unheard of in the Legion.
His entire scene when he talks to Larry is this.
Leon: (Cheerfully) "Hi Larr. My little wayward spy. I suppose you didn't capture Scarlet like you intended.
Larry: "No, Leon. I OBVIOUSLY did not.
Leon: (somewhat sadly) "Mhm. Well, that's a shame. Larry... You know what I do to people who fail me. Give me one good reason why I shouldn't do that to you."
Larry: "I know where they are."
Leon: (unconvinced) "Uh-huh."
Larry: "You have to give me a second chance, because I can bring her to you."
Leon: "Well where are they?"
Larry: "South of here. I set up an ambush for her and her friends but-"
Badass: Scares the crap out of his men and slaves, is implied to go through with overkill on his objectives, freaks out his scary black guy, and destroyed Eastwood with his fat man, Artemis, from a mile away.
Bad Boss: Failure among his subordinates is punished with crucifixion. When Scar holds Daniels hostage, he offers to help her slit his throat.
Because Destiny Says So: He's so obsessed with Scar because he has interpreted a prophecy to mean that their son will conquer the West. Everyone else thinks he's full of shit.
Expy: Of Legate Lanius. According to Red Star, he actually is a Legate.
General Ripper: It's unclear who or what he really is. All the audience knows is that he commands Legionaires and he is extremely wealthy in the Legion. He's also not hesitant to kill his right-hand man.
He and his men don't wear Legion armor either. It might because they are over the border in California, but they were dressed like this in Arizona. But that can easily be handwaved as them being on the frontlines and spying.
Stalker with a Crush / Yandere: Big time towards Scar. The guy honestly seems to believe that by doing the most horrific things imaginable, such as nuking Eastwood and wiping out her hometown to prevent her from going home are, he's proving his level of devotion to her. Scar is understandably horrified by this.
Genre Savvy / Hyper Awareness: Despite Scar stealthily sneaking the scissors away without her seeing the theft, Bonnie politely asks for them back, knowing that Scar would try to use them as a weapon and try to make an escape attempt.
Happiness in Slavery: All of his slaves except for Becca. According to Becca, he treats his slaves well and that none of the others would have wanted to leave even if the Ranger had tried to rescue them.
Misplaced Super Mutant: Oddly, he has the smooth lime-green skin of a Vault 87 super mutant, rather than the darker, pebbly skin of a Mariposa super mutant.