Hidden History: FALLOUT’s Characters

The world of Fallout is populated with every
kind of character imaginable. From ghouls and rangers, to vault dwellers and…crap.
I need a second one to round this out. Moiras? Anyway, it’s the characters that populate
the wasteland that make the world feel truly alive. So let’s take a look at a few pieces
of inspiration behind some of the strange personalities that make Fallout, Fallout.
First, let’s take a trip back in time to the original Fallout games, which featured
a deadly villain known as the Master. In Fallout 2, the Master’s actual name is revealed to
be Richard Moreau. This is believed to be a reference to the 1896 HG Wells novel “The
Island of Doctor Moreau”; a sci-fi novel about a scientist who conducts strange, disgusting
experiments on animals he has imported in an attempt to create different creatures out
of them. This, of course, is similar to the Master’s experimentation on human subjects.
In previous episodes, we’ve talked about Robert House’s connection to business tycoon
Howard Hughes, but that isn’t the only troubled millionaire he has something in common with.
House’s obsession with snow globes is actually a reference to Charles Foster Kane, the protagonist
of Orson Welles’ cinema classic Citizen Kane. The movie begins with a dying Kane dropping
a snow globe. Charles Kane himself is based on real-world newspaper mogul William Randolph
Hearst. So in a weird way, Robert House is derived from three separate powerful icons
of industry. Albert Cole, one of the residents of Vault
13 and a playable character in the first Fallout, is a reference to one of the franchise’s
favorite tales: Harlan Ellison’s “A Boy and His Dog”. The story, which follows a
morally challenged young man and his psychic canine in the post-apocalypse, has the dog
often calling the boy “Albert”, despite that not being his name. That’s not all
though, a callback to Albert Cole is found in Fallout 3. In the early previews of the
game, “Albert” was the name of the Lone Wanderer. Not all references come from literature, history or pop culture. Some come straight out of
the developer’s life. One of the programmers of Fallout 1, Jesse Heineg, based
the name and personality of the character Ian on his roommate Ian Dunteman. Connecting
the original game and Fallout: New Vegas, lead designer Josh Sawyer said the description
of the character Tycho in Fallout 1, which states he is “a man in dusty leather armor
with a trench coat and gas mask,” served as the inspiration behind the NCR Ranger combat
armor in New Vegas. Speaking of Fallout: New Vegas, while looking
into the White Glove Society, you may come across the dead body of an investigator named
Crusoe. This is a reference to television actor David Caruso, best known for his role
as investigators in NYPD Blue and CSI Miami. This made even clearer when the player has
the Wild Wasteland trait turned on, since Crusoe’s body now sports the actor’s signature
red hair and sunglasses. But of course we are forgetting about Fallout:
New Vegas’ most important character…no, no, not that Courier person. You know who
I’m talking about: Novac’s most prized resident, Dinky the T-Rex! Dinky is a reference
to Dinny and Mr.T-Rex, a pair of roadside attractions right off Interstate 10 in Cabazon,
California. The Cabazon Dinosaurs are actually having a pretty great year, since they were
recently featured in the Pixar film Inside Out.
And now it’s time for a quick word from our sponsors at RobCo. Oh, wait. No, it’s
not RobCo? Oh, it’s an actual sponsorship! Well then, cue the music! Today’s episode
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Alright, that’s over now. I know ads can be a bit of a bummer, but this stuff goes
directly into bringing you stuff like the fourth season of the Storyteller. I mean,
that takes the sting out a little, doesn’t it?
Now time for our Comments Showcase! This week’s comment comes from Ben Dover–hahahaha, classic,
who says “In Megaton in Fallout 3, Confessor Cromwell of the Church of the Children of
Atom cries out prayers about the bomb, Atom. At one point he says ‘Behold! He’s coming
with the clouds! And every eye shall be blind with his glory! Every ear shall be stricken
deaf to hear the thunder of his voice!’. This is a reference to the bible verse Revelations
1:7, which goes: ‘Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even
those who pierced him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him. So shall
it be! Amen’”. Thanks for that comment Ben…Dover. Hehehehe.
And now of course it’s time for the bad comment showcase. Mason Crider says “If
you do a hidden history showcase about the deer god I will be mauled by a wolf and reincarnated
as a deer just for this channel”. Um…alright Mason, we’re going to hold you to that.
We could always use more deer fans. So last week we asked you what animated film
Starcraft’s Tychus Findlay’s convict number is a reference to. And the answer was B. Lilo
& Stitch. Congratulations to everyone who got it right! Your prizes are in the mail…yeah,
they’re not in the mail. But we’re not going to leave you without another trivia
question. The Powder Ganger Phillip Lem is named after two characters in what American
sitcom? A. Arrested Development
B. Parks and Recreation C. 30 Rock
D. Better Off Ted

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