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The Lone Wanderer (b. 13-7-2258) is the main protagonist of the video game, Fallout 3. He or she was voiced by Jake Howard, son of Todd Howard, but only as a one-year-old; it is unknown who voiced the Lone Wanderer's pain sounds as a teen.


The Lone Wanderer was born on Tuesday 13th July, 2258, under the Jefferson Memorial building in the irradiated ruins of Washington D.C. They were brought to Vault 101 by their father James after his/her mother Catherine died from cardiac arrest, due to child birth complications.

The Lone Wanderer spent their entire life in the vault. They even befriended the Overseer's daughter, but after their father left the vault without permission, disproving the idea that the vault had been permanently sealed, he/she was forced to flee in order to escape the Overseer's wrath.

After departing the vault, the Lone Wanderer travelled across the Capital Wasteland, defeating villains and helping those in need. Eventually, they went to find their father, making friends with some others along the way, such as their loyal hound Dogmeat, the supermutant Fawkes, Three Dog, and others.


The Lone Wanderer looks like their father. They can be Asian, African-American, Caucasian, or Hispanic. The Lone Wanderer can be female or male, and can come in a variety of different appearances.

They can wear just about any outfit in the Capital Wasteland, and use just about any weapon, with the effectiveness based on his/her skill in its category.

Wasteland Journeys

Upon leaving Vault 101 in an attempt to discover the whereabouts of their father, the Wanderer makes their way to the nearby settlement of Megaton. In Megaton, the Wanderer disarms a live atomic bomb in the center of town, gaining the respect and admiration of the residents. After speaking with the Sheriff, Lucas Simms, the Wanderer eventually makes their way to Moriarty's Saloon, where they speak to the owner, Colin Moriarty. The Lone Wanderer learns from Moriarty that they were not born within the walls of Vault 101, as they had been told their whole life, but had instead, been born out in the Capital Wasteland.

After dealings with Moriarty, the Wanderer moves to the next location where their father had been, Galaxy News Radio (GNR). When emerging from a subway into Chevy Chase, the Wanderer gets ambushed by a group of Super Mutants. Shortly after, the Wanderer meets up with a Brotherhood of Steel squad, lead by Sentinel Lyons. Working with the squad as they make their way to GNR, the Wanderer takes a 'Fat Man' weapon, and uses it to help fend off a massive, Super Mutant Behemoth. When entering the Building, the Wanderer meets Three Dog, the GNR radio host. Three Dog offers the Wanderer information of where their father went, but only after taking the dish from the Virgo II Lunar Lander in the D.C. Museum of History, and using it to restore the previously damaged radio signal of GNR. Three Dog then tells the Wanderer that their dad went to Rivet City, to see the scientist, Doctor Li.

When the Wanderer goes to see Doctor Li, they discover that their father moved on again, this time to the Jefferson Memorial. Before entering the memorial, the Wanderer finds that it has been occupied by Super Mutants. When the memorial is cleared, the Wanderer listens to some audio logs from their father. They learn that he returned to work on Project Purity, an attempt to build a water purifier that could purify all the water in the Tidal Basin. They also discover that their father went to Vault 112 in order to speak with Stanislaus Braun, a scientist who had worked on a tool known as the Garden of Eden Creation Kit (G.E.C.K.).

In Vault 112, the Wanderer enters a simulation known as Tranquility Lane, where they find themself a kid again. The Wanderer meets a girl named Betty, who turns out to be Stanislaus Braun in disguise. Braun tries to have the Wanderer kill all the residents in Tranquility Lane, but is directed towards the simulation's fail-safe program by one of the residents who didn't get her mind wiped. After permanently killing all the residents through the failsafe, therefore, ending their suffering by repeatedly dying for Braun's amusement, the Wanderer exits Tranquility Lane. They finally meet with their father who is happy to see the Wanderer, despite the fact that they left Vault 101.

With their father, the Wanderer makes their way to Rivet City to recruit Doctor Li for Project Purity. Li reluctantly agrees to come, along with some of her workers. The entire crew work diligently on restoring the project, but then the Enclave arrive while the Wanderer drains some intake pipes. After making their way back to the control room, fighting Enclave soldiers along the way, the Wanderer witnesses their father interacting with the Enclave's second-in-command, Colonel Autumn. Autumn demands that the Wanderer's father relinquish control of Project Purity to the Enclave. Instead the Wanderer's father sacrifices himself by flooding the control room with lethal levels of radiation, preventing the Enclave from taking control. The Wanderer takes all the surviving scientists through the Taft tunnels in order to escape the Enclave.

They make their way to the Citadel, the Brotherhood of Steel's base of operations. Using Pre-war computers from the Citadel, the Wanderer finds a vault that was given a G.E.C.K., Vault 87. They attempt to enter Vault 87 through some caves known as Little Lamplight, as the entrance was heavily irradiated. Little Lamplight however, was occupied by many little kids. Mayor MacCready, refused to allow the Wanderer entrance until three of their residents returned safely.

After saving Penny, Sammy, and Squirrel, from slavers at the nearby Paradise Falls, the Wanderer Gains entrance to Little Lamplight, and enters Vault 87. Fighting their way through many Super Mutants, the Wanderer meets a captive Super Mutant with a capacity to think beyond that of his brethren. This Super Mutant, Fawkes, agrees to grab the G.E.C.K. from it's irradiated chamber if he is freed. The Wanderer frees him, then gains his help in fighting the other Super Mutants. Fawkes gives the G.E.C.K. to the Wanderer, then the Wanderer gets ambushed by the Enclave as they attempt to leave the Vault. Knocked out and unconscious, the Wanderer is dragged away by some Enclave soldiers lead by Colonel Autumn, who survived the radiation of Project Purity's control room.

The Wanderer wakes up inside Raven Rock, inside a containment field, being interrogated by Colonel Autumn. Autumn has the Wanderer meet with President John Eden, where he proposes to the Wanderer to aid in his plan to contaminate Project Purity with a modified strain of FEV. The Wanderer can either convince him with a Speech check, convincing him that he doesn't know what he's doing, can cause him to short circuit with a Science check, or use a self destruct code to destroy Raven Rock.

After leaving Raven Rock, the Lone Wanderer makes their way to the Citadel, where Owyn Lyons is briefing Sarah and Lyons' Pride in preparation for an assault on the purifier. Once informed, Sarah's squad is mobilized and Scribe Rothchild activates Liberty Prime, a large pre-war robot produced for the U.S. Military. Liberty Prime is hoisted out of the Citadel with the use of a crane, as it begins marching down the streets of the DC ruins. With Lyons Pride and the Wanderer following, Prime continues toward the Jefferson Memorial, killing everything in its path.

After entering the Jefferson Memorial, Lyons and the Wanderer make their way back to the purifier. Colonel Autumn will be waiting for the Lone Wanderer and Lyons, where he holds the Wanderer at gunpoint, leaving two options: The Wanderer can either talk Colonel Autumn out of attacking or fight him. Once resolved, the Wanderer is left with activating the purifier which has been damaged; and due to a malfunction, has left the room heavily irradiated. The Wanderer (or Lyons) activates Project Purity, and sacrifices themselves, saving the Capital wasteland and providing purified water for future generations.


Event Narration
Intro "And so it was that the Lone Wanderer ventured forth from Vault 101 intent on discovering the fate of a father who had once sacrificed the future of humanity for that of his only child."
Karma Neutral: "The Capital Wasteland proved a cruel, inhospitable place."
Good: "The Capital Wasteland proved a cruel, inhospitable place, but the Lone Wanderer refused to surrender to the vices that had claimed so many others. The values passed on from father to child – selflessness, compassion, honor – guided this noble soul through countless trials and triumphs."
Evil: "The Capital Wasteland proved a cruel, inhospitable place, and the Lone Wanderer ultimately surrendered to the vices that had claimed so many others – selfishness, greed, cruelty. These were the values that guided a lost soul through countless trials and triumphs."
Purifier Lone Wanderer: "But it was not until the end of this long road that the Lone Wanderer learned the true meaning of that greatest of virtues – sacrifice. Stepping into the irradiated control chamber of Project Purity, the child followed the example of the father, sacrificing life itself for the greater good of mankind."
Sarah Lyons: "It was not until the end of this long road that the Lone Wanderer was faced with that greatest of virtues – sacrifice. But the child refused to follow the father's selfless example - instead, allowing a true hero to venture into irradiated control chamber of project purity and sacrifice her own life for the greater good of mankind."
Companion: "It was not until the end of this long road that the Lone Wanderer was faced with that greatest of virtues – sacrifice. But the child refused to follow the father's selfless example - instead, allowing a true hero to venture into irradiated control chamber of project purity."
No Sacrifice: "It was not until the end of this long road that the Lone Wanderer was faced with that greatest of virtues – sacrifice. But the child refused to follow the father's selfless example."
Virus Refuse: "Thankfully, when selected by the sinister president to be his instrument of annihilation, the Wanderer refused. Humanity, with all its flaws, was deemed worthy of preservation. The waters of life flowed at last – free and pure, for any and all. The Capital Wasteland at long last was saved."
Accept: "Sadly, when selected by the sinister president to be his instrument of annihilation, the Wanderer agreed. Humanity will be preserved, but only in its purest form. The waters of life flowed at last, but the virus contained within soon eradicated all those deemed unworthy of salvation. The Capital Wasteland, despite its progress, became a graveyard."
Outro "So ends the story of the Lone Wanderer, who stepped through the great door of Vault 101 and into the annals of legend. But the tale of humanity will never come to a close, for the struggle of survival is a war without end, and war – war never changes."


Situation Quote
Lady Killer, to Nova. "Look, sweetie. I'd love to spend time with you, but I need to find my dad."
Lady Killer, to Vikia. "Don't be so cold, Vikia. Don't you want a piece of this?"
Lady Killer, to Agatha. "If only you had something to help keep me safe, my little honey bee..."
Lady Killer, to Brianna. "Tell me how I can see Ian, and maybe we can talk... in private."
Lady Killer, to AntAgonizer. "We all make mistakes, but there's still a chance for us. I believe in you."
Lady Killer, to Olin. "Whoa, slow down! Can we just talk for a bit?"
Black Widow, to Mr. Burke. "I have a "proposition" of my own. Would you like to hear it, Mister Burke? [...] You see... I live here, lover. And surely you wouldn't want to hurt me..."
Black Widow, to Mechanist. "Darling, your fighting is scaring the whole town. Won't you stop for me?"
Black Widow, to Karl. "Hey, hot stuff. Why don't you tell me how I can see Ian?"
Black Widow, to Ronald. "Tell you what, handsome. Find me some Quantum, and we'll make it a threesome."
Black Widow, to Ramsey. "I'm whoever you want me to be, baby."
Black Widow, to Sibley. "Listen, sweetie. I'm kind of lost. Can I talk to whomever's in charge?"
Black Widow, to Wernher. "Sounds dangerous. How about helping a lady out?"
"Wernher, how about saving us both a lot of trouble and leaving quietly?"
Black Widow, to Paulson. "Oh, come on. You can tell me just about anything. I'll understand."



  • The Lone Wanderer is a brown-haired Caucasian male named Albert in Fallout 3 previews.
  • The Lone Wanderer and the Sole Survivor are inverses of one-another; the Sole Survivor lost their son, whilst the Lone Wanderer lost their father.
  • The Lone Wanderer has similarities to the Vault Dweller; both grew up in a vault and eventually left, becoming famous in the Wasteland, eventually returning to the vault, only be told that they have to leave forever, despite helping their respective overseers.
  • The legendary Fallout Shelter weapon, the Lone Wanderer, is a reference to the Lone Wanderer and the 10mm pistol that Amata offers them at the start of Fallout 3.
  • In Fallout 4, a beard, perk, and motorcycle brand are named after the Lone Wanderer.
  • The Lone Wanderer's physical features can all be customized.
    • Their eyes can be green, blue, hazel, or brown.
    • Their hair can be bleached, brown, platinum, suede, auburn, gold, honey, black, ginger, cornsilk, pecan, or chocolate.
    • Their hairstyle can be Sarge, Clean Cut, Buzz Cut, Bedraggled, Blast Back, and The Unsettler. A male can have Tunnel Snake, Pompadour, Waster, Balding, Buzz Saw, Combover, Smooth Wave, Shaggy Suave, Terrorsaur, Punked, Warhawk, and High Riser. A female can have Domestic Goddess, No Nonsense, Prim 'N Proper, Rough Nite, Wendy the Welder, The Sophisticate, Frazzled, Iron Maiden, Unladylike, Rude Ridge, Mangy, Fallen Angel, FairyTails, Shaved, L'il Devil, Seductress, Pretty Puff.

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Lone Wanderer | Dogmeat | Amata Almodovar | James | Owyn Lyons | Sarah Lyons | Star Paladin Cross | Head Scribe Rothchild | Squire Maxson | Fawkes | Dr. Madison Li | Charon | Moira Brown | Sonora Cruz | General Chase | Sergeant Montgomery | Nadine | Desmond Lockheart | Harold | Three Dog | Liberty Prime

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