Jacoren (Fallout)

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If you thought the Overseer from Fallout 3 was bad, think again...

Jacoren is a character from the 1997 turn-based roleplaying game Fallout, being the Vault 13 Overseer and a supporting character of the game. His job is to keep the vault safe, unopened and tasks the main protagonist, the Vault Dweller to find a functional water chip and later, prevent the super mutant army from taking over the wasteland.

Why He Sucks

  1. Despite his purpose is to protect the population within the vault from the nuclear holocaust, he's actually working on a certain experiment where the Vault 13 is supposed to be locked for two centuries before being opened and releasing the dwellers to repopulate the Earth. According to the cancelled Fallout: Van Buren, the experiment was conducted by the Enclave!
  2. If you attempt to kill Jacoren in Vault 13 while he's sitting in the command center during your main quest, he's completely immune to damage. And also, he'll pull out two miniguns (similar to the Gatling lasers used by Richard Grey AKA The Master) and instantly kill you!
  3. After defeating the super mutant army, Jacoren claims that he's worried about the rest of the vault dwellers following the protagonist's steps and leave the vault, leading to the population's safety being threatened. To rub more salt to the wound, you get kicked out of Vault 13 and the ending cutscene shows your player character wandering to the wasteland, broken after all the mess he/she cleaned up and trying so hard to save the vault for good.
  4. The reason why he exiled the Vault Dweller is not to make sure the safety of the Vault 13 population doesn't get compromised, he did it in order to avoid him from disrupting the experiment started by his predecessors and revealing the truth.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Great voice acting, with the courtesy of the late Kenneth Mars (1935-2011), who also played King Triton from The Little Mermaid (1989) and King Colbert from Young Frankenstein (1974).
  2. After the final speech, if you're quick enough, it's possible to kill him regardless if you have the "Bloody Mess" perk or which weapon you're using. Doing so will cause the Vault Dweller (the game's protagonist) to blow Jacoren's half of his limbs, making him crawl back only to twitch violently and die from sustained injuries (having one of the most gruesome but satisfying deaths in the entire game besides the Lieutenant). However, he was canonically overthrown and executed by the other Vault 13 dwellers before the events of Fallout 2.
  3. His final speech to the Vault Dweller in the game's canon ending can be very heartwrenching. Specially the line "I'm sorry. You're a hero... and you have to leave." And also, he (at least) showed some remorse for using him/her as a tool before kicking the latter out of the Vault 13 permanently, despite the flaws mentioned above.