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War never changes...— Male Sole Survivor

The Sole Survivor, also known as the Woman Out of Time,[1] Man Out of Time[2] or Blue,[3] is the player character and main protagonist in Fallout 4. Depending on the player character's gender, the Sole Survivor is either the husband or wife in a pre-War family and has a son, Shaun.


The Sole Survivor is either a male retired U.S. Army veteran or a female lawyer. According to pre-War records of the Lookout at the USS Constitution, Nate served in the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment,[4] while Nora was a lawyer (specifically a graduate of the Suffolk County School of Law).[5] If one of these characters is the protagonist, the player chooses the name, but the spouse names are either (Nate) or (Nora) respectively.

At some point during the Resource Wars, the Sole Survivor married, had a son named Shaun and bought a robotic butler named Codsworth. On October 23, 2077, the Sole Survivor was preparing for an event at the Veteran's Hall[6] in Concord,[7] when a Vault-Tec representative approached the family with pre-approved papers for access into Vault 111. Moments later, a newsreader announced that nuclear detonations were being reported, forcing the Sole Survivor and their family to rush to Vault 111. They were then sealed in cryogenic stasis under the pretense of being "decontaminated" by Vault-Tec scientists.

The Sole Survivor and their spouse are reawakened by two seen unknown individuals and one off-screen, who open the spouse's cryogenic tube with the intent of kidnapping Shaun. Though conscious, the Sole Survivor is trapped in their cryogenic pod and is powerless to do anything but watch their spouse being shot and their child abducted by two mysterious figures. The Sole Survivor is refrozen, awakening on October 10, 2287, and escaping the cryogenic tube. Learning that they are the sole survivor of Vault 111, they emerge from the vault and vow to avenge their spouse's death and locate Shaun.

Potential Affiliations


  • Like the Lone Wanderer from Fallout 3, the Sole Survivor is seen being accompanied by a dog in promotional material for the game.
  • The Sole Survivor is the first fully-voiced protagonist .
  • The Sole Survivor can correct Moe Cronin about what the sport of baseball entails.
  • In a departure from previous games, character customization is done without slider options. During the opening portion of the game, the character stands in front of a mirror which allows the player to alter their facial features using a cursor. While making changes, the spouse stands behind the Sole Survivor and makes comments about the alterations. It is here where gender can be changed, having the default male character step aside allowing the female to be altered and become the protagonist, and vice versa.
  • Once the Sole Survivor's gender is chosen, the other will become a non-playable character. The changes made to the spouse of the Sole Survivor in the customization screen will carry on in the game.
  • In the character creator, one can choose facial hair called "Lone Wanderer," which is a reference to the Lone Wanderer referred to with the same name from Fallout 3.
  • The Sole Survivor's appearance affects the appearance of their son Shaun, who will share the same eye color as the player character. Shaun's skin will be an amalgam of the player character's and their spouse's skin colors.
  • Codsworth can refer to the player character by name, as Bethesda has recorded over a thousand popular names for use in-game. This includes both real names and joke names.[8]
  • The Sole Survivor has the option to romance many of their Human companions (except Deacon and Old Longfellow), as well as the ghoul Hancock.
  • The Sole Survivor is the first player character to have lived in the pre-War era.
  • Prior to the release of the game, the universal default name for the male Sole Survivor was “Mr. Howard.” This was due to Bethesda Softworks director Todd Howard using this name during Bethesda's first E3 presentation.
  • The title of Sole Survivor is never actually used in-game. In-game radio refers to the protagonist as the “Vault Dweller.” However, they do sometimes call themselves the "only survivor," such as while in Vault 81.
  • When interacting with the dog bowl in the intro to the game, the Sole Survivor will say "never gonna find that dog," implying that the Sole Survivor owned a dog before the Great War.
  • Dialogue between the Sole Survivor and their spouse reveals that Shaun was conceived at a nearby park.[9]
  • If one skips dialogue during conversations, they may hear the Sole Survivor mumble sarcastic comments about the NPC they are talking to instead of just "mmmh" and "alright"-for example, they might say "Nice hat" when talking to Nick Valentine, "Minutemen, Jesus" when talking to Preston Garvey or "Ugh, old people" when talking to Mama Murphy.
  • After consuming alcohol, the Sole Survivor will attempt to initiate dialogue with NPCs in a slurred and stereotypically drunk fashion.
  • Depending on the character's gender, certain dialogues will change accordingly. For example, when Preston tells the Sole Survivor they are one of the "good guys," a female character has a choice to say, "I don't know how to break this to you, but I'm not a guy."
  • The Sole Survivor is chronologically the oldest playable character in the Fallout franchise.
  • The Sole Survivor's title is technically incorrect, as Shaun also left the vault alive.
  • The Sole Survivor refers only once to their spouse by name, during The Memory Den ("Oh my god. Nate/Nora... I can't watch this again...").
  • During dialogue with Roger Warwick, the Sole Survivor can reveal that they grew up in the Boston area.
  • In Vault 111, the Sole Survivor can use V.A.T.S. before finding their Pip-Boy.


  • "Everything can change in an instant, whether or not you're ready. This wasn't the world I wanted, but it was the one I found myself in. This time I'm ready. Because I know... War. War never changes."
  • "I'll find who did this. And I'll get Shaun back. I promise." – To their spouse's corpse
  • "I'm calling it right here. This world can officially bite my ass." – To Wolfgang during Order Up
  • "In 100 years, when I finally die, I only hope I go to hell just so I can kill you all over again you piece of shit." – Right before the fight with Kellogg
  • "It was just me and a thousand guinea pigs. They turned... Carnivorous." – To Piper
  • "Behold! I am immortal!" – To Piper
  • "I'm here to pick up an order. Two large pepperoni and a calzone, name is "Fuck you."" – To Z2-47
  • "Let's go, pal."
  • "Ready to fuck some shit up?"
  • "It's good to be back." – To Dogmeat
  • "Look dumbass, that's not how baseball was played." – To Moe Cronin
  • "It was America's pasttime. A sport that united families on warm summer days. And it wasn't violent. Mostly."
  • "There were balls, strikes, three bases and home runs. You kept score by how many runners made it to home plate."
  • "The players would also beat the spectators to death. That's how the term "spectator sport" got started."
  • "Goddamn it you mercenary motherfucker. Where. Is. My. Son?" – To Kellogg
  • "I'm going to make you SUFFER." – To Kellogg
  • "Commie bastard! You destroyed my country! Die!" – To Captain Zao
  • "Eddie! It's me, your old pal, Shamus/Marie McFuckYourself!" – To Eddie Winter
  • "I eat danger for breakfast. Tastes like chicken." – To H2-22
  • "Vault-Tec calling! But I, ah... guess you guys are all set." – To Edward Deegan
  • "Me? Playing a game. First idiot who grabs my ass gets his arm broken. Ten bonus points if he's drunk." – Female only, to Magnolia
  • "I woke up here. Just me, my pants, and a lot of regrets." – Male, to Magnolia
  • "Unless it's "keep-dumb-assholes-away-from-me" insurance, I'm not interested." – to Finn
  • "Could you say that like Doctor Frankenstein? "Igor, fetch me the brain!"...Sorry." – To Doctor Amari
  • "I don't have time for a dick-measuring contest. What do you actually want?" – to Ronnie Shaw
  • "Well, I was going to connect your head to Liberty Prime's body, but I decided to do a little arts and crafts instead. Disappointed?" – To Jezebel, after completing Liberty Reprimed
  • "We should try plugging you into a toaster next... Mmmm, fresh toast." – To Nick Valentine before entering Kellogg's memories during Dangerous Minds
  • "A magic boat ride! Will there be sea monsters?" – To Kenji Nakano
  • "I love work. I could sit and watch it all day." – To Sturges
  • "Oh, god....let me guess, You were raised by apes." – To Cito
  • "Well, damn, I was sure the letters spelled "fresh ginger." That stuff is great in hot tea with honey, lemon, a little brandy...a lot of brandy... " – To Sierra Petrovita


The Sole Survivor appears in Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter Online and Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.


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Fallout 4



  1. Nat Wright: "Read about the "Woman Out of Time!" Vault Dweller wakes up after 200 years!"
    (Nat Wright/Dialogue#68)
  2. Nat Wright: "Read about the "Man Out of Time!" Vault Dweller wakes up after 200 years!"
    (Nat Wright/Dialogue#69)
  3. Piper: "Ready for that interview, Blue?"
    Sole Survivor: "Why are you calling me that?"
    Piper: "'Cause of the blue jumpsuit you're wearing? You're a Vault dweller."
  4. Lookout: "Scanning. Scanning. Accessing pre-war records. Record found. 108th Infantry Regiment. Second Battalion. Ahoy there. 'Tis Providence a member of the Congressional Army is delivered to us in our hour of need."
    (Lookout's dialogue)
  5. Diploma in Sanctuary Hills pre-War
  6. Nate: "War never changes..."
    Nora: "You're gonna knock 'em dead at the Veteran's Hall tonight, hon."
    Nate: "You think?"
    Nora: "Absolutely. Now get ready and stop hogging the mirror..."
    (Nate and Nora's dialogue)
  7. Fraternal Post 115 terminal entries; executive terminal, Speech Memo
  8. A list of names recognized by Codsworth can be found here.
  9. Nate: "Is it gonna be like the last time we went to the park?"
    Nora: "Right. The park. With you. Because I want to get pregnant again."
    (Nate and Nora's dialogue)