Really? And here I had expected you to be full of bullets and bravado, but short on brains. Perhaps you've grown up since you left our Vault. I regret the unfortunate events of that night, but I'm afraid that once your father left us, they were unavoidable. The sad truth is that his actions presented a real and direct threat to the future success of our Vault. And so, regrettably, they had to be opposed.

Alphonse Almodovar is the overseer of Vault 101 in 2277.


The Overseer is the incontestable leader of Vault 101, and his word is law.Fallout 3 loading screen

Growing up in Vault 101 during a time when the vault dwellers ventured freely into the outside world, Alphonse's parents believed the vault should have no contact with the dangers out there. As he got older, Alphonse knew he had to correct the gross lapses in security. He got his chance when the preceding overseer - a strong proponent of outside contact - disappeared one day while out in the wasteland. Many suspected foul play, but Alphonse Almodovar offered the vault dwellers new leadership, and they had little choice but to accept.[1]

In late 2258 or early 2259, Overseer Almodovar accepts James and his child into the vault, and James is assigned to be the new vault physician.

In 2260, Alphonse is widowed and left a single father when his wife dies from an unknown disease.

Unlike his predecessor, Alphonse adopts a policy of isolationism for Vault 101: "No one ever enters. No one ever leaves," and "Everyone was born here and everyone will die here."


Almodovar has one child named Amata. He is very heartless to almost all of the vault residents, including the Lone Wanderer and their father James.

The dossier on Amata, located in the overseer's terminal, reveals that he feels conflicted between his role as father and as overseer, attempting to find a balance between the duties that come with both. Despite his harsh and heartless interaction with all those who live in the vault, including Amata at times, it appears he desperately wants to connect with his daughter. He states that no matter what he tries, Amata just seems to see him as "The Overseer".[2]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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  • Growing Up Fast: The overseer presents the Lone Wanderer with their Pip-Boy 3000 at their 10th birthday party.
  • Escape!: When James escapes, Almodovar thinks that the Lone Wanderer had something to do with it, so he sends his security officers after them. He orders the death of Jonas after James' escape and interrogates his own daughter. Depending on whether or not he is killed, Amata will react differently to the situation.
  • Trouble on the Homefront: If Alphonse dies during Escape!, Trouble on the Homefront will still begin, only with Allen Mack as the new overseer.


* Only during Trouble on the Homefront.


  • There is a photograph of Alphonse and his daughter, a much younger Amata, in Amata's room.
  • His terminal reveals that he would use the Tunnel Snakes "services" on occasion, but has concerns that they were getting too "unruly."[3]
  • During Trouble on the Homefront his computer terminal reveals that, after leaving, the Enclave contacted the vault in an attempt to gain access, but he denied them entry as he would not trust the lives of the vault inhabitants to outsiders.[4]
  • He will call characters "young men" regardless of gender during dialogue in Trouble on the Homefront. He is also always identified as "The Overseer," even if he relinquishes the position to Amata. These are some of the many oversights in the interactions with Alphonse.
  • If the player character destroys the vault by flooding it during Trouble on the Homefront and lies to the overseer by saying the rebels did it, the overseer will kill himself out of shame.
  • At the 10th birthday before going to the reactor level, following the overseer as he goes past the reactor, up some stairs and engages in a dialogue with Officer John Kendall, he lets out that the only reason he came [to the party] is that Amata's friends with the brat (the Lone Wanderer).
  • If fought during the quest Escape!, he can sometimes say "The overseer will hear about this!" even though he is the overseer.
  • Moreover, if he is provoked into attacking and if left alive, he will relentlessly follow (even when talking with Amata) until Vault 101 is left.
    • If he is not fought and the agreement is to turn oneself in, he will confiscate the weapons and immediately use them himself against the player character.
  • Although Officer Mack killed Jonas, he will say he ordered Security Chief Hannon to in Trouble on the Homefront.
  • He will appear as one of the hallucinations in Vault 106.
  • If one fights him but doesn't kill him, Amata will act like they did when they are about to leave the vault.

Notable quotes

  • "I place the good of the Vault above everything, even my own paternal feelings. We must not allow sentiment to cloud our judgment! But I admire your protective instincts. Very well. I give you my word that Amata will not suffer further because of your actions. Now then. If you really care about Amata, you will see how dangerous your father's actions were. Hand over your weapons, and put an end to this dangerous situation. There's no need to join your father as a traitor to the Vault."
  • "And you expect me to believe that the only way to do that is to let them travel out in the Wastes and mingle with those savages? I suppose it would allow them to stay alive, and we could still keep the Vault as our safe haven. But it'd require a new type of leader. And I know only one person with the proper attitude to do that. I'll inform my daughter Amata that she is the new overseer, effective immediately."
  • "Really? And here I had expected you to be full of bullets and bravado, but short on brains. Perhaps you've grown up since you left our Vault. I regret the unfortunate events of that night, but I'm afraid that once your father left us, they were unavoidable. The sad truth is that his actions presented a real and direct threat to the future success of our Vault. And so, regrettably, they had to be opposed."
  • "And what makes you so certain about that? I can't imagine you're still so naive after spending time in that hell outside. None of them know what the outside is like, and most of them would die out there. Then the rest of us inside would eventually die out, too. I won't risk all of our lives just for few people's passing fancy of taking a Wasteland vacation. I hope you can understand that."


Alphonse Almodovar appears only in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

FB8 deco 301 color.pngThe following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and is speculative and may not be accurate.

In promotional content for Fallout 76, a teammate with the nickname "AAlmadovar" can be seen, a reference to Alphonse or his daughter, Amata.

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  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide
  2. Overseer's terminal - Amata: Every time I try to get Amata to open up, she just pushes me further and further away. Since she was a child, I've tried to instill in her those virtues that have made this Vault what it is today: loyalty, honesty, commitment, hard work.
    She does try, and with a lot of guidance has grown into a fine young woman. That makes it all the sadder that she continues to alienate me. She looks at me and sees the Overseer, not the father that has cared for her alone -- alone! -- since she was an infant.
  3. Overseers terminal - Tunnel Snakes: Their "services" have come in handy upon occasion, I must admit, but they're starting to become... unruly. If dogs become feral, they must be put down. I'll have to remind Butch of that upon our next meeting.
  4. Overseers terminal - View External Contact Report: After brief negotiation, I have refused entrance to this "Enclave." I cannot trust my Vault and its inhabitants to an unknown factor, much less one that would so gallantly suggest abandoning our vault's great mission.
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