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You've gotten a lot farther than you should have, but then you haven't met Frank Horrigan either. Your ride's over, mutie. Time to die.— Frank to the Chosen One

Frank Horrigan is a Super Mutant and an agent of the Enclave's Secret Service in Fallout 2.[1][2] He serves as the final boss of Fallout 2.

Background

Referred to as a "huge man-like armored figure." and a "genetically engineered freak," Horrigan used to be the president's bodyguard.[3][4] Granite states that he is part of the Secret Service, and "more than half machine."[3] Several mechanisms are used by Horrigan to control his arm and leg rotation. In addition, he has a bionic eye.[5]

Horrigan was deployed to the wasteland, tasked with resolving any situations that may affect the Enclave. He was tasked with hunting down and recruiting an elderly farmer whose knowledge could prove dangerous, killing him when he refused.[6] He also killed Matthew at the San Francisco Brotherhood bunker following his acquisition of Vertibird plans.[7]

When the Chosen One invaded Control Station ENCLAVE and destroyed its computer, triggering a meltdown, Horrigan personally secured the exit to the PMV Valdez, to prevent them from leaving.[8] In the ensuing fight, Horrigan was mortally wounded, but told them he had activated the self-destruct program and that they will all die in a "big ol' mushroom cloud sendoff."[9]

Gameplay

Horrigan has 999 HP, and is equipped with two unique weapons normally unobtainable, an End Boss plasma gun and an End Boss knife. He is also very fast, having a great amount of AP (being able to attack several times per round). If his weapons are disabled (either due to running out of ammo, or if his limbs are crippled by repeated aimed shots) Horrigan will engage in hand-to-hand combat with his enemies to the death. Normally, he continually fires his gun until he runs out of ammo, at which point he changes for his knife.

Interactions overview

Interactions
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This character has a talking head.
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This character is involved in quests.

Inventory

Apparel Weapon Other items
Frank Horrigan's armor End Boss plasma gun
End Boss knife

Notes

  • Horrigan's personal weapons can be obtained either by killing him and positioning an NPC in the same hex he was standing in when he died, killing that follower, and then looting both. His armor is not obtainable in any way.
  • The mutagenic serum does not work on Horrigan.
  • Though he has placeholder graphics for both reactions, Horrigan is the only character with a talking head that cannot be impressed or made furious.
  • If blinded, he switches from the plasma gun to his knife.
  • When killed, he appears as a new entry in the Pip-Boy 2000 kills section. His section is named "Big Bad Boss Kills," and within it, he is described as a "genetically engineered total homicidal maniac cyborg bodyguard."
  • Frank Horrigan, along with Colonel Royez, Gaius Magnus and Ulysses are the only antagonists in the series that have 10 points in all of the SPECIAL stats.
  • After completing the game, Skeev will offer to buy pieces of Frank Horrigan's corpse, promising the Chosen One a 10% cut of the profits.[10]

Quotes

  • "Dumping the F.E.V. toxin into our air doesn't make you a hero. You're just another mutant that needs to be put down. Making our reactor melt-down means things are going to be pretty hot in here soon. Pity you won't live long enough to see it. You're not a hero, you're just a walking corpse.""
    In-game spelling, punctuation and/or grammar
  • "We just did. Time for talking's over."
    In-game spelling, punctuation and/or grammar
  • "Me, Frank Horrigan, that's who. United States Secret Service. You aren't going anywhere from here."
    In-game spelling, punctuation and/or grammar
  • "You mutant scum! Just like you to try a trick like that. It won't help you though, nothing will... now."
  • (Defeated) "You (cough), you haven't won here. You and your mutie-bastard friends are gonna join me in a big ol' mushroom cloud sendoff. I just triggered the self-destruct. (Heh, heh; cough, cough,...) The work will go on. You didn't do nothing here, 'cept seal your own death warrants. Duty, (cough) honor... courage... Semper Fiiiii........"
    In-game spelling, punctuation and/or grammar

Appearances

Frank Horrigan appears in Fallout 2.

Behind the scenes

Gallery

References

  1. Chosen One: "Huh? Frank who?"
    Frank Horrigan: "Me, Frank Horrigan, that's who. United States Secret Service. You aren't going anywhere from here."
    (Frank Horrigan's dialogue)
  2. Frank Horrigan's character description: "You see Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan."
    (Frank Horrigan's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Granite: "He's some genetically engineered freak is what he is. Used to be the president's bodyguard. Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan. Now he's more than half machine."
    (Granite's dialogue)
  4. Frank Horrigan's character description: "You see a huge brick of a man"
    (Ecbdygrd.msg)
  5. Frank Horrigan's critical hit messages: ", destroying his arm control mechanism"
    ", destroying his leg rotator mechanism"
    ", shattering his bionic eye"
    (COMBATAI.MSG (Fallout 2))
  6. Frank Horrigan: "Old man, you WILL come with us."
    Farmer: "Leave us alone. I will never support the cause of your superiors."
    Frank Horrigan: "I will not ask you again. Come now, or you will be made an example of."
    Farmer: "I would rather what knowledge I have disappear with me into the grave."
    Frank Horrigan: "So be it. Kill them all."
    (Ecbdygrd.msg)
  7. Chosen One: "What happened to Matt?"
    ACE: "Loading sequence..."
    Matthew: "You and your so-called President will not succeed."
    Frank Horrigan: "Is that so?"
    Matthew: "The Chosen One has come, and he will rid the world of your evil."
    Frank Horrigan: "I care nothing for your pathetic prophecies. Worse, you have become a nusiance In-game spelling through your meddling. That ends today!"
    Matthew: "Killing me will stop nothing."
    Frank Horrigan: "That may be, but seeing your body rotting on the ground will bring a smile to my face."
    (ACE's information)
  8. Frank Horrigan: "Making our reactor melt-down means things are going to be pretty hot in here soon. Pity you won't live long enough to see it. You're not a hero, you're just a walking corpse"
    (Frank Horrigan's dialogue)
  9. Frank Horrigan: "You (cough), you haven't won here. You and your mutie-bastard friends are gonna join me in a big ol' mushroom cloud sendoff. I just triggered the self-destruct. (Heh, heh; cough, cough,…) The work will go on. You didn't do nothing here, 'cept seal your own death warrants. Duty, (cough) honor... courage... Semper Fiiiii…….."
    (Frank Horrigan's dialogue)
  10. Skeev: "Hey, you got any pieces of Horrigan? I could sell 'em for fifty, hundred bucks a pop, give you 10% of the action."
    (Skeev's dialogue)
Developer Statements
  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout Bible 6: "Oh, I checked with the designer for Horrigan (Matt Norton, one of the lead designers for F2), and the deal is:
    1. He's a new model of super mutant, even bigger, stronger, and faster than other super mutants. He's like New, Improved Kleenex.
    2. Not only was he exposed to FEV, but he was also given controlled injections of a modified version of FEV to make him a complete muscle-bound jerkoff.
    3. He can't survive outside his armor. The armor continually injects him with drugs and other stabilizing agents. Ha ha ha, Frank.
    4. Frank Horrigan is also a reference to Clint Eastwood's character in "In the Line of Fire." Let the pop culture flaming begin.
    5. He is the secret service agent that the Chemical Corps officer in the Enclave mentions as having being experimented on."
  2. The Armageddon Rag, vol. 3: "Miller moved to look over Jenkins shoulder trying to find Vilars and see where he was looking. “SuperMutants? In powered armor? There was Horrigan, but he was a special case.” More for Elder Francis."
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2211 Frank Horrigan is born... unfortunately."
  4. Fallout Bible 0: 2236 July–August "Enclave scientists and chemical corps scour the remains of Mariposa, while assault squads comb the desert for slaves they can use to mine the military base and get to the Vats. One of the squads includes soldier Frank Horrigan, 25 at the time, recently removed from duty on the President's secret service to take some RNR time in the wastes after some undocumented psychotic blunder or another."
  5. Fallout Bible 0: "2236 September Enclave construction crews and super mutant slaves begin excavations. They uncover the FEV virus,In-game spelling and mutations begin to occur in the human workers. Frank Horrigan comes into contact with the FEV and is sent to the Enclave labs for study."
  6. Fallout Bible 0: "2236-2238 Horrigan gradually mutates from exposure to FEV, gaining the physique and slow, stupid, single-mindedness of a super mutant. He is kept heavily sedated, operated on, and studied. He is conscious for only brief periods at a time, then quickly sedated after the bloodshed is over."
  7. Fallout Bible 0: "7. What the heck was Frank Horrigan? A supermutant in powered armor? A cybernetically enhanced human? A robot? A cybernetically enhanced robotic super mutant in powered armor? Also, if he was mutated, why did the Enclave put up with him? Did they make a distinction between FEV induced mutation and radiation induced mutation? - Richard Grey"
    "Frank Horrigan is a munchkin's worse nightmare: as far as I can find in the documentation, he's a mutant in Power Armor (whether he's technically a super mutant is debatable, since the scientists operated on him so much and tweaked his DNA and physiology it's hard to tell what the final result would have been if he had been left to change on his own)." As for being a mutant, here's an excerpt from the last update:
    "It's important to note that Horrigan has never considered himself a mutant; only the scientists at the Enclave would consider him one, but they mostly referred to him as an "experiment," and even then, not to his face. Most soldiers considered Horrigan a walking nuke, something the tech boys built, and they were not generally aware of his mutant status. Most did consider him a freak, however, and there were few soldiers who wanted to accompany him on missions."
    "They didn't make a distinction as much as an exception. Not many people were aware of his mutant status or could recognize him as a mutant... and those people saw him as more of an altered human experiment than a mutant. It's all semantics. And selective bigotry."
  8. Fallout Bible 0: "2239 January 23 Tests begin to run dry on Frank Horrigan. It is suggested that he be used as a field operative and be used in tests in the wasteland against local populations."
  9. Fallout Bible 0: "2239 March 27 Frank Horrigan is manufactured for his new role. A new version of Power Armor is built to accommodate his mass, and he is sealed inside. After a few horrifically successful field tests, Horrigan becomes the Enclave's solution to numerous sticky problems."
  10. Fallout Bible 0: "Just to clarify..."
    "Horrigan is a mutant, but Horrigan was a monster before his exposure to FEV in the military base (he had many psychological problems which may be included in a Horrigan psychological profile in the future)."
    "It's important to note that Horrigan has never considered himself a mutant; only the scientists at the Enclave would consider him one, but they mostly referred to him as an "experiment," and even then, not to his face. Most soldiers considered Horrigan a walking nuke, something the tech boys built, and they were not generally aware of his mutant status. Most did consider him a freak, however, and there were few soldiers who wanted to accompany him on missions."
    "Horrigan has always been loyal to the Presidency, to the Enclave, and the armed forces - this loyalty was present before his exposure to FEV, and it was reinforced by Presidential Directive through various conditioning and testing programs developed by the Enclave. Horrigan's low Intelligence (which was further damaged by the FEV exposure) made these conditioning programs take root easily."
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