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* BaitTheDog: Double Subverted. The Legion seem to be nothing more than well-trained savages... at first. However, meeting Caesar reveals he's a very thoughtful and cerebral individual who sees the Legion as the means to create a stable society. ''Then'' it turns out as soon as anyone ticks him off he drops all pretension of noble intentions, will remorselessly murder children and torture you to death for his personal amusement.

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* BaitTheDog: Double Subverted. The Legion seem to be nothing more than well-trained savages... at first. However, meeting When you meet Caesar reveals he's in person, he seems to be a very thoughtful and cerebral individual who sees the Legion as the a brutal but necessary means to create a stable society. ''Then'' it turns out as soon as anyone ticks As you work for him off he drops all pretension and get to know him though, it becomes apparent that his big talk is really his arrogance and delusions of noble intentions, grandeur, and he's a petty mass-murderer who is willing to massacre entire towns to satisfy his ego and will remorselessly murder children and torture have you beaten to death just for his personal amusement.talking to him when he has a headache.



* HiddenDepths: Twice over. When you see what the Legion is like over the first act of the game, you'll probably come to see Caesar as a barbaric EvilOverlord. Then you meet the man in person and discover he's actually very intelligent and well-spoken with a vast knowledge of philosophy, social science, history, and government. Then if you choose to side with the Legion and actually get to know the guy, his true nature as a violent sociopathic narcissist begins to come into focus.

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* HiddenDepths: Twice over. When you see what the Legion is like over the first act of the game, you'll probably come to see Caesar as a barbaric brutal and murderous EvilOverlord. Then you meet the man in person and discover he's actually very intelligent and well-spoken a VisionaryVillain, with a vast knowledge of philosophy, social science, history, and government. government, and plans for how to rebuild civilization. Then if you choose to side with the Legion and actually get to know the guy, his true nature as it turns out he ''is'' actually a violent sociopathic narcissist begins to come into focus.brutal and murderous EvilOverlord, just a well-educated and articulate one.


** The major reason behind his IdiotBall grab described below is because he presumes out of sheer arrogance that the Courier fall in line and obey him. The player can often ask for a reason why Caesar wants them to do something, and the only reason he gives is "because I told you to, I don't have to explain it to you."

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** The major reason behind his IdiotBall grab described below is because he presumes out of sheer arrogance that the Courier fall in line and obey him. The If the player does decide to work for the Legion, they can often ask for a reason why Caesar wants them to do something, the reasoning behind his orders, and the only reason he gives often his response is "because I told you to, I don't have to explain it to you.you shouldn't need any further reason than that."



* IdiotBall: Grabs a big one when he invites you to his camp. Even if you've killed every single Legion member you've ever seen up until that point, Caesar pardons you of all crimes against the Legion up to that point, and gives you an invitation to come to his camp and meet him face to face, then he returns your weapons and the Platinum Chip to you that were confiscated when you arrived, and orders you to go to a bunker beneath the camp and destroy what you find. While House and the NCR at least try to give you an appealing offer, the most Caesar offers is the opportunity to kill Benny if you haven't already done so. And if you have, he still invites you, seeming to presumes that the courier who has slaughtered dozens of Legion members will bow before him and start taking orders from him. He also just presumes you destroyed the bunker and never investigates it, even though it would be trivial to send a Legionary or two to confirm the destruction. You can even ask him why he trusts you, and Caesar gives a HandWave.

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* IdiotBall: Grabs a big one when he invites you to his camp. Even if you've killed every single Legion member you've ever seen up until that point, point and sabotaged them at every turn while aiding NCR, Caesar pardons will pardon you of all crimes against the Legion up to that point, when you receive the Mark of Caesar, and he gives you an invitation to come to his camp and meet him face to face, then face. Then he returns your weapons and the Platinum Chip to you that were confiscated when you arrived, and orders you to go to a bunker beneath the camp and destroy what you find. find, but he never has any Legion members check to make sure you did, nor does he check himself. While House and the NCR at least try have ''something'' to give entice you an appealing offer, the most with, all that Caesar offers could offer is the opportunity to kill Benny Benny, and if you haven't did that already done so. And if you have, then he still invites you, seeming to presumes has nothing. Caesar's reasoning for all this idiocy? Sheer '''''arrogance''''' that the courier who has slaughtered dozens of Legion members you will bow before work for him and start taking orders from him. He also just presumes because he tells you destroyed to, ignoring any evidence to the bunker and never investigates it, even though it would be trivial to send a Legionary or two to confirm the destruction. You can even ask him why he trusts you, and Caesar gives a HandWave.contrary.


->''"To enslave them is to save them, to give them purpose and virtue."''
-->--'''Canyon Runner'''

->'''Courier:''' Why is the Legion so... strange?\\
'''Caesar:''' [[MotiveRant I used Imperial Rome as the model for my Legion precisely because it was so foreign, so alien. I'd seen what had become of the NCR's attempt to emulate the culture of Pre-War America the infighting, the corruption. Rome was a highly militarized autocracy that effectively integrated the foreign cultures it conquered. It dedicated its citizens to something higher than themselves to the idea of Rome itself. In Rome, I found a template for a society equal to the challenges of the post-apocalyptic world a society that could and would survive. A society that could prevent mankind from fracturing and destroying itself in this new world, by establishing a new Pax Romana.]]\\
'''Courier:''' What does "Pax Romana" mean?\\
'''Caesar:''' [[TotalitarianUtilitarian It means a nationalist, imperialist, totalitarian, homogeneous culture that obliterates the identity of every group it conquers. Long-term stability at all costs. The individual has no value beyond his utility to the state, whether as an instrument of war or production.]]


* {{Hypocrite}}:
** They always talk about how important loyalty is, and how they follow it, and apparently the lack of loyalty is the reason they butchered Nipton. However, they themselves are infamous for betraying their allies all the time. It's their official policy, actually.

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* {{Hypocrite}}:
{{Hypocrite}}: In many ways, the values the Legion champions in their words are not reflected in their actions.
** They always talk about how important loyalty is, and how they follow it, and apparently the lack of are defined by their fanatical loyalty to Caesar, and Nipton's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder is the reason they butchered Nipton. wiped it out. However, they themselves are infamous for betraying making alliances with others and then invoking YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness on them, either exterminating them because they are deemed unworthy for entry into the Legion, or pressing them into the Legion and suppressing their allies all the time. It's their official policy, actually.history and cultural identity.



** Apparently, the Legion are very big on AsskickingEqualsAuthority and general social Darwinism. They butcher and enslave Nipton primarily because they could, and justify it by arguing that they deserved it because they couldn't resist. If you kill Vulpes and by extension all his goons, the Legion will send assassins after you to avenge his death. Guess the whole "survival of the strongest" thing only applies when it's convenient to them.
** This even extends to ex-members, such as Joshua Graham and Ulysses. Joshua claims he doesn't enjoy killing, but his actions when fighting the White Legs speaks for itself. Ulysses (among other things) hates The Courier for [[spoiler:accidentally destroying his new home, The Divide. But he intentionally trained the White Legs to destroy New Canaan, Joshua's home, on Caesar's behalf]].
** The Legion considers NCR's victory in the First Battle of Hoover Dam dishonorable, as they did not fight the Legion head-on but instead retreated to draw the Legion's main force into an area heavily trapped with explosives. At the same time, the Legion employs equally underhanded tactics, such as hiding proximity mines under corpses of NCR soldiers and killing everyone in Searchlight with a suicide mission (which their operatives did not know would be suicide) to unleash radioactive waste on the town.

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** Apparently, the The Legion are is very big on AsskickingEqualsAuthority and general social Darwinism. They butcher Darwinism, and declare they can do things like conquer and enslave Nipton primarily people because they could, and justify it by arguing that they deserved it because they couldn't resist. If are weak. But if you kill Vulpes and by extension all his goons, Vulpes, the Legion will send assassins after you to avenge his death. Guess the whole "survival of the strongest" thing only applies when it's convenient to them.
** This even extends to ex-members, such as Joshua Graham
Then there's Caesar, who again, [[spoiler:is suffering from a fatal brain tumor and Ulysses. Joshua claims he doesn't enjoy killing, but his actions when fighting the White Legs speaks for itself. uses advanced technology to heal himself]]. Ulysses (among other things) hates The Courier for [[spoiler:accidentally destroying even invokes this if you tell him Caesar is dead, calling him "history's hypocrite", and if he died, then according to his new home, The Divide. But own philosophy, he intentionally trained the White Legs to destroy New Canaan, Joshua's home, on Caesar's behalf]].
had it coming.
** The Legion considers NCR's victory in the First Battle of Hoover Dam dishonorable, as they did not fight the Legion head-on but instead retreated to draw the Legion's main force into an area heavily trapped with explosives. At the same time, the Legion employs equally underhanded The Legion's tactics, especially those used by Vulpes, are even more underhanded, such as sending Legionnaires into Camp Searchlight on a suicide mission to release radiation on the town, using [[spoiler:a chlorine bomb]] to attack the Strip, and hiding proximity mines under the corpses of NCR soldiers and killing everyone in Searchlight with a suicide mission (which to kill any survivors who try to retrieve the bodies of their operatives did not know would be suicide) to unleash radioactive waste on the town.comrades.



** How about Caesar's reason for vehemently opposing the NCR? He hates how its corruption only benefits the higher ups. What does he do? Creates an enormous empire with him ruling as the eternal emperor.

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** How about Caesar's reason for vehemently opposing the NCR? He hates how its corruption Caesar sneers at NCR as corrupt, inefficient, and only benefits the higher ups. What does he do? Creates an enormous empire with him ruling as the eternal emperor.interested in benefiting its leaders and not caring for its people. Big words from a guy who declared himself a GodEmperor of a totalitarian regime that inflicts brutal atrocities on innocents.

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* SpareAMessenger: The Legion does a particularly sadistic version once they have subdued the population of Nipton. They hold a lottery. The winner gets to leave unharmed to tell others what happened there. There is also a second place prize, which is they leave you to also tell the story, but break your legs. All the other survivors are either killed on spot, crucified or taken as slaves. Whether these lotteries are common practice with the Legion is left unclear.


* {{Jerkass}}: Regardless of the Legion's morality Caesar himself is a venomously despicable individual. At his best he's smug, condescending and rude. At his worst he gleefully butchers the sick, old, children and communities for petty revenge with only his PetTheDog moments saving him. That said those moments of decency arguably make him worse since most legionaries have been conditioned from childhood to be monsters, while Caesar chose to be one.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Regardless of the Legion's morality morality, Caesar himself is a venomously despicable individual. At his best he's smug, condescending and rude. At his worst he gleefully butchers the sick, old, children and communities for petty revenge with only his PetTheDog moments saving him. That said those moments of decency arguably make him worse since most legionaries have been conditioned from childhood to be monsters, while Caesar chose to be one.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In contrast to Caesar (who doesn't really care about gender as long as he can exploit you), Lanius actively hates women, calling them 'bitches,' and even thinks NCR's treatment of them is its biggest shortcoming. Depending on your Karma, he'll even threaten to rape a female Courier if you challenge him to single combat.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: In contrast to Caesar (who doesn't really care about gender as long as he can exploit you), Lanius actively hates women, calling them 'bitches,' and even thinks NCR's treatment of them is its biggest shortcoming. Depending on your Karma, karma, he'll even threaten to rape a female Courier if you challenge him to single combat.



* {{Jerkass}}: He is very aggressive and dismissive of the Courier even if they have allied themselves with the legion. It's also implied he's a bit envious of them if they managed to complete his mission since he wanted the glory for himself.

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* {{Jerkass}}: He is very aggressive and dismissive of the Courier even if they have allied themselves with the legion.Legion, to the point where he's one of the few Legion members with evil karma. It's also implied he's a bit envious of them if they managed to complete his mission since he wanted the glory for himself.


* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: Averted. Despite being the leader of Caesar's elite Frumentarii, Vulpes is fairly weak compared to other high-ranking Legion [=NPCs=]. He is more brain than brawn.

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* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Averted. Despite being the leader of Caesar's elite Frumentarii, Vulpes is fairly weak compared to other high-ranking Legion [=NPCs=]. He is more brain than brawn.



* BlingOfWar: His [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Armor_of_the_87th_Tribe Armor Of The 87th Tribe]] which is so beautiful and impressive that it provides a small bonus to Charisma.

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* BlingOfWar: His [[http://fallout.wikia.[[https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Armor_of_the_87th_Tribe Armor Of The of the 87th Tribe]] which is so beautiful and impressive that it provides a small bonus to Charisma.



* NiceHat: He owns the only [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Well-heeled_gambler_hat Well-Heeled Gambler Hat]] in the entire game.

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* NiceHat: He owns the only [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Well-heeled_gambler_hat [[https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/Well-heeled_gambler_suit Well-Heeled Gambler Hat]] in the entire game.


!!This is a partial character sheet for the VideoGame ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Visit [[Characters/FalloutNewVegas here]] for the main character index. Subjective trope and audience reactions should go on the [[YMMV/FalloutNewVegas YMMV page]].

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!!This is a partial character sheet for the VideoGame ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Visit [[Characters/FalloutNewVegas here]] for the main character index. Subjective trope Subjectives and audience reactions should go on the [[YMMV/FalloutNewVegas YMMV page]].


* OddNameOut: Like Canyon Runner at Cottenwood Cove his name doesn't fit in with the rest of the legion, though it may refer to the fact that they found him as a child near the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

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* OddNameOut: Like Canyon Runner at Cottenwood Cove Cottonwood Cove, his name doesn't fit in with the rest of the legion, though it may refer to the fact that they found him as a child near the Great Salt Lake in Utah.


Another decanus stationed near Nelson who has managed to capture a group of NCR soldiers and is holding them captive in the Techatticup Mine of the outskirts of the small town. Unlike Dead Sea he provides no unique dialogue or quests and is just another target for the player to kill if they decided to side against the legion.

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Another decanus stationed near Nelson who has managed to capture a group of NCR soldiers and is holding them captive in the Techatticup Mine of the outskirts of the small town. Unlike Dead Sea he provides no unique dialogue or quests and is just another target for the player to kill if they decided to side against the legion.



* FlatCharacter: Despite having a name and being involved in a quest he has no unique items or dialogue. He's just a high ranking target to whack so the player can save some NCR soldiers.

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* FlatCharacter: Despite having a name and being involved in a quest quest, he has no unique items or dialogue. He's just a high ranking target to whack so the player can save some NCR soldiers.


* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Their tactics and objectives more closely mirror the various "barbarians" Rome fought and eventually was subsumed by than Rome itself, a fact which mortifies Caesar himself. Although entirely unintended at the time of the game's release, they also bear an eerie and disturbing similarity to the brutal "Islamic State" terrorist entity currently brutalizing parts of Iraq and Syria.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Their tactics and objectives more closely mirror the various "barbarians" Rome fought and eventually was subsumed by than Rome itself, a fact which mortifies Caesar himself. Although entirely unintended at the time of the game's release, as the group was relatively obscure then, they also bear an eerie and disturbing similarity to the brutal "Islamic State" Islamic State, terrorist entity currently brutalizing that has brutalized parts of Iraq from 2006 to the present and Syria.had a short run as a conquering unrecognized proto-state from 2014 to 2019 (when it expanded into Syria).


* BadassGrandpa: He's 55 and still one of the strongest warriors in the Legion.


* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can bring her beloved teddy bear back... and then rip it apart right in front of her. There really isn't any motivation or reward for doing this either, the option exists solely to allow the player to be the biggest, meanest asshole possible.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can bring her beloved teddy bear back... and then rip it apart right in front of her. There really isn't any motivation or reward for doing this either, either (aside from gaining some Legion fame); the option exists solely to allow the player to be the biggest, meanest asshole possible.



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->''"You're getting too close, Shamus!"''

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