Trivia / Fallout


  • B-Team Sequel: Zig-Zagged. It's a little difficult to tell who exactly is the A-team and who's the B-team. Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 were created by Black Isle studios, which had dissolved by the time Bethesda bought the rights and released Fallout 3, which is almost more of a reboot than a sequel. The follow-up, the Obsidian-made Fallout: New Vegas, would be a straight example, filling a blank spot on the release schedule until Bethesda could get done with Skyrim and move onto the long-rumored Fallout 4... except that Obsidian hired several ex-Black-Isle creators to make it, and they reused several concepts from Black Isle's cancelled version, code named Van Buren. Whether Only the Creator Does It Right or My Real Daddy is just as good or better, or even who the "creator" and "my new daddy" ARE at this point, are points of debate among the fandom.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: A rather hilarious example, as some dubious journalists saw a Fallout 3 promo shot of a ruined Washington, D.C., without a watermark and assumed it was created by terrorists as a warning. Seriously.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason why two of the Multiple Endings in the original game were cut, because of the Grey and Grey Morality content. It's also the reason for Fallout 2 having the worst Justified Tutorial ever.
    • 'Med-X', which provides damage reduction, was originally called 'morphine'.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Name's the Same:
    • The Great War is the 2-hour long nuclear war which destroyed civilization in October of 2077. There is also the war between the Olympians and the Titans. Both Kratos and Wonder Woman waged their own Great Wars in their respective games.
    • The name of the military base which houses the FEV is called Mariposa. Lisa uses it as her Lucha Libre alias.
    • ED-E is the Enclave Eyebot who hooks up with The Courier. Edi.E is the crooked cop from Metro City. And EDI is also a robot buddy but in a completely different future.
    • Boomers are the tribe who originated from Vault 34 who has a habit of blowing shit up with heavy artillery. The plural version could either be a group of locusts who also like to blow shit up, or a fat zombie who can call other zombies.
    • The Citadel is the ruins of The Pentagon which serves as the headquarters of the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood of Steel. There's also the the Combine facility and the seat of the Council.
    • The Pitt is what used to be the city of Pittsburgh. The Pit is a stage in Mortal Kombat in which you can knock the opponent onto a bed of spikes, the hard stone floor, or a mass of spinning blades. This Pit is a winged warrior gunning for Medusa.
    • Ghost is a Ranger stationed at the Mojave Outpost. Jon Snow's pet direwolf shares the name, and drug lord James St. Patrick claims it as a nickname.
    • The Fiends are a group of chem-addicted Raiders in the Mojave Wasteland. We also have monsters who are unsent humans.
    • The King is the leader of a gang of Elvis impersonators in Freeside. [1], Sagat, and Ash Williams share the nickname.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes/Screwed by the Lawyers: As part of the fallout of the legal battles between Interplay and Bethesda regarding the games, Interplay took the games they produced off of GoG.com and Steam, at least until the games' copyrights reverted to Bethesda after the final settlement. Then they soon returned to Steam and later GoG.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, Fallout was going to be based on a licensed version of the paper RPG GURPS, from Steve Jackson Games, and would have published under the name Vault 13: A GURPS Post-Nuclear Adventure. But due to disagreements, including Steve Jackson disliking the appearance of Vault Boy on the character creation screen, and the execution of the insurgent from the intro, the deal was called off. Instead, Black Isle thought up the SPECIAL system, which has been used in every Fallout game ever since.
  • Word of Dante: The Fallout bibles put together by Chris Avellone.