YMMV / Fallout

  • Demonic Spiders: The Deathclaws.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Friendly Fandoms: Due to the somewhat bizarre and stupid nature of Sips' playthrough, he gets quoted a lot on the Fallout subreddit as well as giving his character, Mike Tyson, the Memetic Badass treatment.
  • Game-Breaker:
    • The Gifted trait. It gives you an extra point in each of your primary statistics in exchange for slower skill progress. The fact that there is normally no way to increase your primary statistics after character creation but you can still max out all important skills with relative ease means this trait gives you a huge advantage for almost no tradeoff, especially if your Intelligence is high.
    • With a Gambling skill over 50%, you can go to the casino in the Hub, go to the dealer by the roulette tables, hold down the 1 and 4 keys to continuously bet 50 caps, and win over 60,000 caps within 10 minutes. With this infinite source of money, besides being able to buy tons of stimpaks and some really great weapons and armor, you can buy skill books from the library in the same area of town until you can't gain skill increases from them anymore, ending up with around a 90% level for each skill.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It's possible to convince Harry the super mutant that you're a highly advanced robot that simply looks like a human. Fast-forward to Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, where such things are commonplace in the Commonwealth.
  • Memetic Loser: Ian is the first companion in the game and is quite useful, particularly during early-game areas such as the radscorpion cave and Vault 15. Unfortunately, many players will soon forget this thanks to his unfortunate tendency to shoot the Vault Dweller in the back if you give him an SMG.
  • Mood Dissonance: The intro movie has a pair of soldiers giving the newsreel camera a cheerful wave after callously executing a captive.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Unprepared players can easily run into the Super Mutants and find themselves imprisoned in jail, with the Lieutenant practically sneering at them and no easy way to get out.
    • The Master. Every single thing about him is creepy and unnatural.
    • The Game Over screen can look startling for first time players. A white fade out to an image of the skeletal remains of your character. Can be especially startling if your character dies of dehydration or radiation poisoning, as one might not even know what killed them and thus the screen seems to appear as a Jump Scare.
  • The Scrappy: A lot of people loathe the Overseer for exiling the Vault Dweller at the end of the game because, if he sticks around, the next generation will look up to him and eventually want to leave the vault. It's to the point that the bad Karma/Bloody Mess ending where the Vault Dweller gorily executes him as he's walking back to the Vault is often seen as the most satisfying one. And even if he's spared, the second game reveals that he was eventually tried and executed for presumable treason.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The time limit, which severely limits the time one can do for quests. Mitigated a bit by the second timer being removed in an update and replaced by an invisible timer where Super Mutants will be overrunning towns after a while.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The Overseer banishing you despite all you had done was a horrible thing to do, but Fallout 2 shows that his predictions about the consequences of your actions for the vault proved essentially correct.
  • Tear Jerker:
    The Master: But it cannot be. This would mean that all my work has been for nothing. Everything that I have tried to . . . a failure! It can't be. Be. Be. Be.
    Vault Dweller: Sorry, this isn't an option for you. Your race will die out after this generation.
    The Master: I . . . don't think that I can continue. Continue? To have done the things I have done in the name of progress and healing. It was madness. I can see that now. Madness. Madness? There is no hope. Leave now, leave while you still have hope . . .
    • When the Overseer exiles you from the Vault at the end.
  • Uncanny Valley: The animated cutscenes where characters talk can look strange looking for new players due to characters using clay models. A clearly deliberate extreme example though is the Master who not only looks vaguely human, but has four different voices that shifts even in the same sentence based on what he says. They're the calm and dominant male, aggressive and robotic male and kindly female.
  • What Could Have Been: One of the concepts dropped from the game during development to meet release deadlines was a race of FEV-mutated Noble Savage raccoons, descended from two pairs of FEV test subjects that escaped from the research facility that ended up as the Glow. It was scrapped because to the devs, the idea didn't feel Fallout enough; as such, the only hint left in the game about their existence is the FEV experiment holodisk at the Glow mentioning that when the virus made the test subjects smart enough to escape from the laboratory, the guards hunted them down and exterminated them, but two pairs remained unaccounted for.
  • The Woobie: You, if you go with low intelligence. Nobody wants to talk to you and you find yourself limited in what you can do.