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* HealItWithWater: The main plot concerns the reactivation of a water purification system (which serves as a metaphor for healing the post-nuclear wasteland). It becomes an important factor in the "Broken Steel" DLC (set after the events of the main plot, where the system's been reactivated). In the game, distilled water (hard to come by) is a healing item (and one of the few that don't cause the PC to accumulate rads (although any water does some healing, at the cost of radiation poisoning).


* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A quest in Rivet City has you retrieve ant queen pheromones for Angela Staley so she can use them to [[ButLiquorIsQuicker drug and seduce]] an acolyte named Diego, who likes her but considers his vow of celibacy and duty to the church more important. She succeeds, leading him to abandon his lifelong dream of priesthood and marry her out of a sense of obligation. Despite the circumstances constituting DateRape, doing this gives you ''good'' karma and the rest of the town applauds it because they're "perfect for eachother".

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A quest in Rivet City has you retrieve mutant ant queen pheromones for Angela Staley so she can use them to [[ButLiquorIsQuicker drug and seduce]] an acolyte named Diego, who likes her but considers his vow of celibacy and duty to the church more important. She succeeds, leading him to abandon his lifelong dream of priesthood and marry her out of a sense of obligation. Despite the circumstances constituting DateRape, doing this gives you ''good'' karma and the rest of the town applauds it because they're "perfect for eachother".


** The protagonist gets a mangy CanineCompanion with pointed ears, a la ''Film/MadMax2'', who they name Dogmeat.

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** The protagonist gets a mangy CanineCompanion with pointed ears, a la ''Film/MadMax2'', ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'', who they name Dogmeat.

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* BallCannon: One of the types of traps is a pitching machine which fires baseballs at you if you set off a tripwire, although [[PaddedSumoGameplay it doesn't do enough damage to actually kill you]] unless your HP is very low to start with.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: A quest in Rivet City has you retrieve ant queen pheromones for Angela Staley so she can use them to [[ButLiquorIsQuicker drug and seduce]] an acolyte named Diego, who likes her but considers his vow of celibacy and duty to the church more important. She succeeds, leading him to abandon his lifelong dream of priesthood and marry her out of a sense of obligation. Despite the circumstances constituting DateRape, doing this gives you ''good'' karma and the rest of the town applauds it because they're "perfect for eachother".


** The Tenpenny Tower sidequest with Roy Phillips is a good example of this. Tenpenny Tower have an exclusionary "no ghouls" residence policy, but being around Roy Phillips for five minutes will clearly show you that he is every bit as a racist {{Jerkass}} as they are. Even if you work out a peaceful solution that will allow Roy and his ghouls in, Roy will eventually turn on the human residents and have them all killed. Sometimes you will meet people who cannot be swayed in their mindset or personal beliefs. But unfortunately, unlike every other evil character in the game, killing Roy will net you ''negative'' karma and the local DJ [[WhatTheHellHero will admonish you over the radio for it]] because he is [[HorriblyJudgeOfCharacter convinced that Roy is the real victim in this situation]] and [[HeroWithBadPublicity you are guilty of a cold-blooded racist "murder"]]. Journalists might be ethical and committed to reporting the truth, but they can still get the facts wrong.

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** The Tenpenny Tower sidequest with Roy Phillips is a good example of this. Tenpenny Tower have an exclusionary "no ghouls" residence policy, but being around Roy Phillips for five minutes will clearly show you that he is every bit as a racist {{Jerkass}} as they are. Even if you work out a peaceful solution that will allow Roy and his ghouls in, Roy will eventually turn on the human residents and have them all killed. Sometimes you will meet people who cannot be swayed in their mindset or personal beliefs. But unfortunately, unlike every other evil character in the game, killing Roy will net you ''negative'' karma and the local DJ [[WhatTheHellHero will admonish you over the radio for it]] because he is [[HorriblyJudgeOfCharacter [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter convinced that Roy is the real victim in this situation]] and [[HeroWithBadPublicity you are guilty of a cold-blooded racist "murder"]]. Journalists might be ethical and committed to reporting the truth, but they can still get the facts wrong.


* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:The Enclave's improved FEV targets anyone who was born outside of the Enclave or a Vault...including ''you''. If you plug the FEV into Project Purity and try drinking Aqua Pura in ''Broken Steel'', you will suffer debilitating status afflictions. If you drink three bottles, [[PressXToDie you will die instantly.]]]]

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[[spoiler:The Enclave's improved FEV targets anyone who was born outside of the Enclave or a Vault...including ''you''. If you plug the FEV into Project Purity and try drinking Aqua Pura in ''Broken Steel'', you will suffer debilitating status afflictions. If you drink three bottles, [[PressXToDie you will die instantly.]]]]]]]]
** If you have ''Broken Steel'' installed and activated Project Purity, you find in the PlayableEpilogue that bringing clean drinking water to the Wastes wasn't as simple as flicking on a switch. The Brotherhood of Steel have to set up a complex water distribution network practically overnight, and they are not too thrilled about you putting such a bureaucratic nightmare on them.
** The Tenpenny Tower sidequest with Roy Phillips is a good example of this. Tenpenny Tower have an exclusionary "no ghouls" residence policy, but being around Roy Phillips for five minutes will clearly show you that he is every bit as a racist {{Jerkass}} as they are. Even if you work out a peaceful solution that will allow Roy and his ghouls in, Roy will eventually turn on the human residents and have them all killed. Sometimes you will meet people who cannot be swayed in their mindset or personal beliefs. But unfortunately, unlike every other evil character in the game, killing Roy will net you ''negative'' karma and the local DJ [[WhatTheHellHero will admonish you over the radio for it]] because he is [[HorriblyJudgeOfCharacter convinced that Roy is the real victim in this situation]] and [[HeroWithBadPublicity you are guilty of a cold-blooded racist "murder"]]. Journalists might be ethical and committed to reporting the truth, but they can still get the facts wrong.

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** Tobar, the shady merchant and feryman who carries people to Point Lookout, carries a bonesaw, tweezers, and forceps in his inventory. [[spoiler:Turns out he lobotomizes people who try to join Point Lookout's tribe.]]
** Despite Vault 101 being a completely closed community, the female doctor who assists James during the childbirth custcene at the start of the game is nowhere to be seen during the Lone Wanderer's childhood. [[spoiler:Its's a clue about James, Catherine, and the Lone Wanderer ''not'' being from Vault 101. The scene actually happened in the Jefferson Memorial, and the woman is Madison Li, who works in Rivet City, next to said place.]]


* VasquezAlwaysDies: Averted, as none of the obvious [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] die plotline deaths. Not even the most blatant Vasquez, Brick from Reilly's Rangers. It's the [[NewMeat new recruit]] that gets killed instead.

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* VasquezAlwaysDies: Averted, as none of the obvious [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] targets die plotline deaths. Not even the most blatant Vasquez, Brick from Reilly's Rangers. It's the [[NewMeat new recruit]] that gets killed instead.


* TheDreaded: The Puppet Man, to the slavers in Paradise Falls, at least. When you find his Vault 77 jumpsuit, it is found with a holotape which is titled in all caps as "BURN THIS GODDAMN JUMPSUIT", in which a slaver advises another to burn the jumpsuit in fear of attracting the Puppet Man.
* DropTheHammer: Quite a lot can be found, also one of the favorite melee weapons for super mutants. They go from hand-hammers that are classed as VendorTrash, to wieldable sledgehammers, up to the high-tech Super-Sledge.



TheDreaded:the Puppet Man, to the slavers at least. When you find his Vault 77 jumpsuit, it is found with a holotape which is titled in all caps as "BURN THIS GODDAMN JUMPSUIT", in which a slaver advises another to burn the jumpsuit in fear of attracting the Puppet Man.
DropTheHammer: Quite a lot can be found, also one of the favorite melee weapons for super mutants. They go from hand-hammers that are classed as VendorTrash, to wieldable sledgehammers, up to the high-tech Super-Sledge.



** If Dave loses the election he invades Old Olney and proclaims it The New Republic of Dave. Any Deathclaws living there will be quite opposed to this invasion.

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** If Dave loses the election he invades Old Olney and proclaims it The New Republic of Dave. Any Deathclaws living there will be quite opposed to this invasion. If by some chance you help him survive as he makes the place his new home, he'll eventually attack you for bothering him too much.


* DropTheHammer: Quite a lot can be found, also one of the favorite melee weapons for super mutants. They go from hand-hammers that are classed as VendorTrash, to wieldable sledgehammers, up to the high-tech Super-Sledge.

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* TheDreaded:the Puppet Man, to the slavers at least. When you find his Vault 77 jumpsuit, it is found with a holotape which is titled in all caps as "BURN THIS GODDAMN JUMPSUIT", in which a slaver advises another to burn the jumpsuit in fear of attracting the Puppet Man.
DropTheHammer: Quite a lot can be found, also one of the favorite melee weapons for super mutants. They go from hand-hammers that are classed as VendorTrash, to wieldable sledgehammers, up to the high-tech Super-Sledge.



** The Black Widow perk allows the player to bypass certain quest requirements by seducing men into doing her bidding.

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** The Black Widow perk allows the player to bypass certain certa in quest requirements by seducing men into doing her bidding.


* HumongousMecha: Liberty Prime, though "humongous" may be a stretch as "he" seems to be somewhere between 20-40 feet tall. It is also a bit of a Deconstruction, in that it takes a lot of power to operate. [[spoiler:Reconstructed at the end, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.]] And then he's [[spoiler:promptly destroyed]] in the quest ''Death From Above''. Senior Scribe Rothchild, while disappointed at what happened, immediately starts the project to [[spoiler:repair]] and upgrade the big lug. [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/Fallout4 Ten years later]], Prime's back.]]

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* HumongousMecha: Liberty Prime, though "humongous" may be a stretch as "he" seems to be somewhere between 20-40 feet tall. It is also a bit of a Deconstruction, in that it takes a lot of power to operate. [[spoiler:Reconstructed at the end, in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.end.]] And then he's [[spoiler:promptly destroyed]] in the quest ''Death From Above''. Senior Scribe Rothchild, while disappointed at what happened, immediately starts the project to [[spoiler:repair]] and upgrade the big lug. [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/Fallout4 Ten years later]], Prime's back.]]


* RuleOfDrama: The original ending forces the player [[spoiler: to make a heroic sacrifice. Even though logically speaking, several of your potential companions could ''easily'' perform the action for you and be unharmed.]] But the companions will refuse to help, with their reasoning being essentially "It's simply more dramatic if ''you'' do it."

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* RuleOfDrama: The original ending forces the player [[spoiler: to make a heroic sacrifice. Even though logically speaking, several of your potential companions could ''easily'' perform the action for you and be unharmed.]] unharmed]]. But all the companions will simply refuse to help, help -- even Clover and Charon, who are both slaves forced to obey your every whim (the former via the threat of an explosive collar around her neck, the latter through brainwashing that renders him incapable of refusing an order) -- with their reasoning being essentially "It's simply more dramatic if ''you'' do it."

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* DeconReconSwitch: The existence of Liberty Prime. It was costlier and consumes much more energy and resource than merely an army of PoweredArmor soldiers that it misses the Anchorage campaign as Liberty Prime was intended to be deployed. Later however, Brotherhood of Steel discovers it, and completed it underground before Enclave starts amassing its troops.

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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:The Enclave's improved FEV targets anyone who was born outside of the Enclave or a Vault...including ''you''. If you plug the FEV into Project Purity and try drinking Aqua Pura in ''Broken Steel'', you will suffer debilitating status afflictions. If you drink three bottles, [[PressXToDie you will die instantly.]]]]

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