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I guess there's only room for one hero in this family.
~ Jack, to John in "Spare the Love, Spoil the Child".

John "Jack" Marston, Jr. (born 1895) is the deuteragonist of the 2010 video game Red Dead Redemption and a main character in its 2018 prequel Red Dead Redemption 2.

Jack was born to John Marston and Abigail Roberts, and spent the first four years of his life in Dutch van der Linde's gang. Once the gang fell apart, Jack moved to an old piece of land known as Beecher's Hope, where he lived until his father was shot and killed by government agent Edgar Ross' men. Years later, after his mother had passed from grief, Jack hunted down Ross in Mexico and killed him.

He was portrayed by Josh Blaylock (Red Dead Redemption), Marissa Buccianti (Red Dead Redemption 2; age 4), and Ted Sutherland (Red Dead Redemption 2; age 12).


Born into a gang of criminals, Jack's upbringing was that the gang was family to him and he called most of them his aunts and uncles. Even when he was only four years old, Jack could already read and write. He even learned how to fish through Arthur Morgan, and also learned some Italian after being taken by an Italian Crime Boss. When he is at this age he was much more open and wanted to be around people more but that wouldn't last long as by the time he is twelve he is shy and nervous and has started feeling inferior to his father. As a result of his upbringing, Jack initially lacked his father's courage and superior combat, farming, and survival skills, but possessed intelligence and empathy that far surpasses John's.

Jack was a bright young man and spent most of his time reading different books that further expand his knowledge. By his own admission, he greatly enjoyed reading about wild adventures and brave heroes, which gave him a more romanticized view on the Old West, and his remarks in 1914 suggest he looked up to the legendary Landon Rickets. His love for books and stories prompted him to aspire to become a writer or a scholar, which his parents partly approved, as they also wished for him to be a rancher.

At times he appeared to be somewhat timid and was often mild-mannered when speaking to his family or friends. A major theme of his character is his sense of inferiority when compared to his father John, a veteran and experienced gunslinger and hunter. This led Jack to feel insecure and frightful whenever John approached him and made him all the more desperate to prove his worth to both his father and himself.

Despite the mutual struggle to understand each other, Jack shared a very close bond with John. He also cared deeply for his mother Abigail, who worried about Jack's condition after the two were released from the Bureau control. He was also the only member of the Marstons who seemed to be in a constant positive relationship with Uncle, who taught him several inappropriate things much to John's disapproval.

The death of his family and the decline of the Marston ranch, all happening in a very short amount of time, greatly darkened Jack's personality. His grief and loneliness appear to have developed a severe case of depression and self-loathing. Many of the lines he says in different activities imply he became a death seeker with a subtle sadistic streak. He also appears to be both proud and ashamed of his heritage.

He became somewhat cold and ruthless, making some dark jokes whenever he kills a horse, an outlaw or a woman, but also shows signs of disgust at himself and questioning his own actions. He also developed an intense hatred for the American government and its law enforcement organizations, deeming them the real criminals and the people responsible for the demise of his family.

Jack's deep love for his family also ironically results in becoming the very thing his parents didn't want him to be: an outlaw. It was this love and grief that led him to hunt down Edgar Ross three years after his father's death, determined to avenge the Marstons even at the cost of his own innocence and future. At the same time, however, he also showed self-doubts about his motives, and even a hint of regret after gunning Ross down.

In his quest for revenge, Jack kept a rather calm and friendly demeanor, and had his anger in check, only showing his intense hatred for Ross when the latter dismissed John's death upon being confronted.


Scenario Quote
Combat I'm John Marston's boy!
My ma would turn in her grave.
Go ahead! I got nothin' to live for, anyway!
Aw, c'mon fellas, I'm just a kid!
This ain't gonna end well, friend.
Remember the name Marston?
My pa knew Landon Ricketts, friend!
I grew up with gunslingers, partner!
I'm sending you straight to hell!
Somebody taught me well!
I'm John Marston - Junior.
When you meet my pa in hell, tell him I said 'hi'!
Now do you believe I'm a Marston?
You're a joke!
You gonna shoot me or not?
This is where you die, mister!
Combat (Mexico) Give it up, amigo!
You're gonna be muerto!
So much for my Mexican vacation!
Killing a sheriff Y'all killed my pa!
This one's for you, pa.
I hate lawmen more than anything!
Killing someone Watch and learn!
I'm a Marston, fool!
Not bad for a youngster!
Yep, I'm a Marston alright.
Guess I didn't like the way you look.
You've gone and got yourself killed, friend.
This is one of those life-or-death moments, my friend.
Killing in Dead Eye Down they go!
Did you see that?!
I could do that in my sleep!
You don't learn that in school.
Landon Ricketts, eat your heart out.
Killing a lawman w/ low honor I'm doing the people a favor!
Killing a Mexican gangster How do you say 'corpse' in Spanish?
Killing with a gatling DIE!
Throwing fire bottle Ah, why not!
They want a hoodlum, I'll give them a hoodlum!
Brawling Jack Marston, remember it!
Pistol-whipping I'm gonna teach you a lesson about looking out!
Killing a horse Why the long face? Heh heh.
Killing an animal Bullseye!
I used to love animals.
If pa could see me now.
I love natural selection!
Killing a bird Bye, birdie!
Try flyin' now.
Come down here.
Sorry, my feathered friend.
Killing a dog Aw, I'm sorry, boy.
That didn't feel good.
I guess I just miss Rufus.
Knifing a predator I feel like a musketeer!
I'm gonna skin you like an elk!
Attacked by a dog/wolf I don't want yer rabies!
Accepting a duel I'm gonna enjoy killing you.
I can't wait to kill you.
Hope you can back that up, partner.
You talk some big words, mister.
Those are big words, my friend.
It would be my pleasure.
You're gonna regret this.
Lassoing someone How do you like that?
I just wanna talk!
Hogtying a woman And they say romance is dead.
Slicing a hogtie's throat Who's next?
I had a bad role model.
Sorry. I was raised bad.
It's kill or be killed, friend.
I guess I am my father's son.
I wasn't always like this, miss.
Hijacking a horse/cart Sorry, friend. My father was a killer, nothing more!
Saving a prostitute Stop that! Get away from her!
Skinning an animal Let me take your coat, madam.
Ugh. This one reeks.
Now for the nasty part.
Should be able to sell this.
This should fetch a good price.
Just like you showed me, pa!
And pa said I wasn't a hunter!
Skinning a horse This what I've become? A horse killer?
Finding treasure Jack's gettin' an automobile!
Oh my good lord!
I don't believe it!
Haha! I'm rich!
What do we got here?
Riding a horse Let's go!
Giddy up!
Let's get goin'!
C'mon! Faster!
Faster! Faster!
Let's go! Let's go!
Work, ya damn nag!
Stop dilly-dallyin' and work!
Come on, ya dumb nag, work!
Slow up, now.
Well done! Easy.
Whoa, boy. Easy.
Easy, boy! Great.
Let's slow down.
Slow down. Good.
C'mon, slow down!
Whoa whoa whoa, whoa.
Shopping That'll do me for now.
That'll keep me going.
Thank you very much.
I can't buy the whole store.
That's all I got.
That's about it.
Only the best, sir.
I wish I had more for you.
It's nice to have a little money in the pocket.
Mounting a hogtie I'll try to ride slow.
You comfortable?
Horse, meet idiot.
It's the only way to travel.
Stay there and don't annoy the horse.
Ah! Thank God for that!
Enjoy the ride.
We're going on a little journey.
I'm gonna enjoy this!
You'll enjoy this. I promise.
Don't fall off now.
You're going on a little ride.
Agh! You got someone else in there?
It's gonna be a bumpy ride.
Greeting Mexicans Hola, lady.
Como son, señora.
Si... hola, hombre.
Si... buenas, señor.
Uhh... Hola. Sorry, no hablo español.
Paying a bounty This is to clear my name.
I'm here to clean my record.
Name's Marston - Jack, not John.
Maybe now I can do my business without the law chasin' me.
Looting a body Hmm. Let's see.
I'm sorry, mister.
Just a quick look.
You won't be needing this.
What have you got for me?
Might as well be me, mister.
It's no wonder I've got problems.
Looting a woman I'm so sorry, miss.
No wonder I'm alone.
What have I become?
There goes the last of my innocence.
Bumping into an NPC Sorry. I was miles away.
Bumping into a woman My apologies, ma'am.
Stupid woman!
Talking to lawmen w/ low honor Oooh, look at the big, bad lawman!
Why don't you shove that badge up your ass, see if it makes you smile!
Bumping into a lawman w/ low honor Oh look, another dumb lawman.
I wish I could say that was a mistake.
Talking to prostitute I'll pay for it when I'm old!
I don't need to pay for it, lady.
What would Pa say about this?
Sorry, ma'am. I ain't interested.
I'm trying to be a good boy, miss.
My mama would turn in her grave.
I really wasn't raised this way, ma'am.
Uncle warned me about ladies like you.
My uncle told me about women like you.
I don't need any crotchrot right now, thanks.
You're doing terrible things to my hormones, miss.
Flirting with prostitute I hope you like it rough.
You'd better have a personality.
I hope you're as aroused as I am.
I could bring a smile to your face.
You got me feeling all funny inside.
You're a picture of masculinity, ma'am.
I'd give anything to be that petticoat right now.
They tell me I'm at my sexual peak, sweetheart.
You're doin' terrible things to my hormones, miss!
You must've been in your prime when I was only knee-high.
What do you say you and me? I've always liked an older woman.
Hunting bounties Sergio Abelda, I've come to collect on the bounty!
Show yourself, Winkler!
Are you gonna come quietly, Honovi/Dakota/Ralph?
You're coming with me, Dale!
Americus Roe, I know you're here!
End of the line, Ramiro!
You know why I'm here, Mo!
I've come for you, Artiz!
Taunts You call yourself a man?
You're one pitiful excuse for a man.
You ever been beaten by a teenager before?
I don't whether to call you Mr. or Mrs.
Are you always this stupid? Or making a special effort today?
Why don't you just walk away, mister?
Must be hard being you, mister.
You got one of those annoying faces, now move before it annoys me anymore.
You're an embarrassment to mankind.
Does your mama know you're out this late?
Hahaha! Did your ma drop you on your head when you was a baby?
I might be young but I know a fake when I see one.
Hahaha! Don't be scared mister I won't hurt you.
Don't they have special homes for people like you these days?
I could drop you with one hand behind my back.
I bet even the whores turned you down.
Look at this - the circus is in town.
Boy, you must be one happy man.
Your wife must be one ugly woman.
My god! Your father must've beaten you.
You know who my father was?
I'm a Marston, dammit!
Standing in rain Oh, come on!
I better get inside.
Always rains when you don't want it to.
Entering deserted location Somethin' don't feel right here...
Man, this place is deserted...
Where is everybody?
Manning a gatling This is gonna be fun!
Manning a cannon I never had any toys as a kid.
At a camp fire I think I read about that in a book once.
When someone folds in poker Someone forget to bring their balls?
Running out of ammo I thought I had more than that.
Failing mission That was NEVER gonna work!
Miscellaneous You taught me well, Pa.
You think I care about the law?
That was fun. Can we do it again?
'Course, Pa. Everyone knows about that.
If bumped into by John Oh God!


Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption

Undead Nightmare



  • Jack Marston and Edgar Ross are the only characters in the series to appear in all four time periods: 1899 and 1907 in RDR2; 1911 and 1914 in RDR.
  • Jack meets Ross only twice; during "A Fisher of Men" and "Remember My Family". In both instances, they were near a river and Ross was holding a shotgun.
  • Grand Theft Auto V, another Rockstar Games game, includes a reference to Jack in an easter egg for Red Dead Redemption; a book in Franklin's second house is called "Red Dead", written by J. Marston, possibly indicating he eventually gave up on being a gunslinger to pursue his dream of becoming a writer.

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Jack had a little sister that was born after Arthur's death, but she died before the Marston family's return to Strawberry.
  • A randomly occurring audio glitch became famous due to it changing the player's voice to one that sounds almost identical to Josh Blaylock's take on Jack from the first game. Upon discovery, it caused a great deal of speculation among players, but evidence that the lines seem to belong to a random NPC also voiced by Blaylock later surfaced.

Red Dead Redemption

  • Like John, Jack cannot swim.
  • When playable, Jack may mutter to himself - or even towards his dead father - when idle for stretches of time.
  • If Jack has low honor, he is the only Red Dead character not to reject prostitutes. However, in turn, he himself will be rejected instead.
  • The player can use a cheat code to play as an adult Jack before the final mission, though activating it locks any storyline missions and the ability to save.
  • During the last mission, the player can dismount the horse and freely roam as Jack. He has his own sprinting animation but uses John's other animations. It's the only time the player can control 16-year-old Jack.


This article contains content derived from the "Jack Marston/Quotes" article on the Red Dead Wiki, licensed under CC-BY-SA.


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