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Thank you, father, I'll do my best to keep us all safe, inside the Vault and beyond.

Amata Almodovar[1][Non-game 1] is a resident of Vault 101, the only child of Overseer Alphonse Almodovar, and a major character in Fallout 3. Along with Owyn Lyons and Sarah Lyons, she is one of only three characters in the game to have "Very Good" Karma.


The only daughter of the overseer, Amata is around the Lone Wanderer's age and the two grew up together ever since James arrived in the Vault with his child in tow.[2] They bonded over many things, from Grognak the Barbarian to being raised by single fathers after their mothers passed away at a young age: Amata lost her mother at two, leaving her father, the overseer, to raise her on his own. The burden of leading the Vault and enforcing his isolationist policy slowly drove Amata and Alphonse apart, despite her deep love for her father and an innate sense of loyalty.[Non-game 1]

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Amata at the Lone Wanderer's birthday party

The bond between Amata and the Lone Wanderer developed into a deep friendship over the years,[3] with the two becoming inseparable, best friends.[Non-game 1] Amata organized the Wanderer's 10th birthday party, when they became a full Vault 101 citizen and received the Pip-Boy 3000. Amata worked hard on the decorations on her own, with Alphonse providing only "appropriate parental support" and a permit for a short break in the usual daily work routine. Part of the reason was that Alphonse didn't want to appear to be compromising his position as overseer and play favorites by granting his daughter special privileges.[4] Another was that he simply didn't like the Lone Wanderer,[5] in part due to their father's stubborn, insubordinate personality.[6]

Amata did not enjoy being the overseer's daughter, and she preferred to tackle challenges and resolve problems on her own so that she could appear more independent to the other residents. This included coming up with ways to manage Butch DeLoria, as she realized at a young age that relying on her father's position would only lead to ostracism and worse.[7]

This independent streak was reinforced by Alphonse's controlling behavior. He was puzzled and frustrated by Amata pushing him away as she grew older. While she embraced the virtues he taught her (loyalty, honesty, commitment, hard work), growing into a fine young woman in Alphonse's eyes, she saw him less as a father figure, and more as the aloof, distant overseer.[8] A lack of trust was likely a factor: While he did not use his position to her advantage, he used it to keep close tabs on her, up to and including being present during Amata's routine medical examinations even in her teenage years. James, as the Vault's physician, considered it sad, as Amata was growing up to be a mature, responsible young woman, with minimal chances of contracting syphilis or becoming pregnant.[9]

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Amata being harassed by unruly Tunnel Snakes

Amata became the subject of bullying by the Tunnel Snakes, a "gang" that formed with her father's tacit approval under Butch DeLoria, though they shifted from insulting her familial ties to mocking her body image issues, calling her overweight, and making lewd suggestions.[10][11][12] Her father was well aware of her situation and kept close tabs on her troubles with the Tunnel Snakes, with their harassment of Amata a major factor in deciding whether to tolerate their continued existence or not.[13]

Amata refused to leverage her father's position, leaving her with only the Lone Wanderer as a source of help and support.[14] The G.O.A.T. placed her on the supervisory track, a path to replacing her father as overseer.[1]

James and his child's escape of Vault 101[]

Her opportunity would come sooner than she'd have liked. When James decided to flee Vault 101 to restart Project Purity, the overseer went crazy, letting his security force off the leash.[15] Risking everything, Amata stole her father's 10mm pistol and made her way through the locked down Vault, rousing the Lone Wanderer and helping them get out of the Vault. However, she was caught by security and brought before her father for questioning. Alphonse decided to have Officer Mack beat answers out of her, which is either successful or results in the death of the aforementioned Officer Mack depending on whether or not the Lone Wanderer accepted the pistol.[16]

She was freed by the Lone Wanderer and witnessed them exiting Vault 101 into the wasteland. Amata had no doubts that she'd be able to defuse the situation, falling back on the tried-and-true strategy of smiling and pretending that everything was all right, even the murder of Jonas Palmer on orders from her father.[17] However, she knew that it wasn't likely: Everything her generation was taught turned out to be a lie and the outside world was habitable.[18] Coupled with her old desire to venture beyond the tiny, dying world of the Vault, a rebellion was brewing,[Non-game 1] complicated by her feelings for her father: Alphonse may have been a power-hungry madman, but he was still her father and the only family she had left.[19][20]

Another rebellion[]

With the door sealed again, she realized that isolation would mean the death of the Vault; eventually, it would reduce the population to a handful of inbred remnants.[21] Her leadership and charisma, coupled with a rising wave of resentment towards isolationism caused a second crisis immediately after James' and the Lone Wanderer's escape.[22] Amata was the first to speak of opening the Vault and starting building a life outside its walls, which prompted the overseer to clamp down on all dissent.[23]

Predictably, attempts to crush the rebellion only inflamed it. Amata and Edwin Brotch became its leaders, rallying the youth and idealists around the idea of re-opening the Vault. The Tunnel Snakes, once Amata's bane, became the movement's muscle, taking over the Vault's clinic and schoolroom, but crucially missing storerooms, allowing the overseer to try and starve them out. Amata became the sole leader of the rebellion after Brotch was arrested for trying to open the Vault door on his own.[24] However, the movement remained strong, and many people who resented Amata earlier sided with her, including Susie Mack, who developed a new perspective on life after the escape crisis.[Non-game 2]

While horrified at the idea of opening the Vault, Amata's father was proud of her natural talents for leadership, and viewed her as a worthy successor. In fact, it was her presence that prevented a violent crackdown, as he refused to make the mistake of giving the security force free reign in restoring order, unaware that the security officers were no longer fully under his control.[25] Knowing that outside help was needed to deal with the overseer, Amata set up a distress signal to try and get the Lone Wanderer to return to the Vault.[26]

Interactions with the player character[]

Interactions overview[]

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This character drops an ear upon death (Contract Killer).


  • Growing Up Fast: Amata organizes the Lone Wanderer's birthday party July 13, 2268, gifting them an intact copy of the 14th issue of Grognak the Barbarian, and demonstrating some of the reactivity of the game.
  • Future Imperfect: Amata takes the G.O.A.T. on August 3, 2274, together with the Lone Wanderer. Before entering the class room, she is harassed by the Tunnel Snakes, allowing the player to experiment with various approaches to resolving quests and introducing them to the Karma system.
  • Escape!: Amata awakens the Lone Wanderer with news of James' escape from the vault. She offers a gun and outlines a plan for the Lone Wanderer's own escape.[27] Toward the end of the quest, it turns out that she was captured and is interrogated by her father and Officer Mack.[28] Amata is coded as invulnerable, so she can take damage and be knocked out without permanent issues.
    • If she was told to keep the gun, she will pull it out, kill Officer Mack and run into another room. It is possible to intervene before she kills Officer Mack, in which case she will express her gratitude when next spoken to, saying she does not know what she might have done. Amata will not return the pistol at the Vault door if the player already grabbed one from the Vault officers.
    • The player's decision whether or not to kill her father drastically changes her attitude and affects the options in the next quest.
  • Trouble on the Homefront: After The Waters of Life, there is a new radio signal in the vicinity of Vault 101, the Vault 101 distress signal from Amata. She gives a brief explanation on the events leading up to that day and provides the password to open the Vault door.[29] Amata will mention the Vault is in trouble and that she needs help to stop the overseer. The player can resolve the quest in a variety of ways, including making Amata the new overseer.
    • Completing Trouble on the Homefront by sabotaging the Vault and telling Amata about it will make her hostile when attempted to be spoken to again. This also unlocks a special random encounter.
    • Amata's Fate: Destroying the Vault's reactor enables a random encounter involving Amata and an Enclave officer leading a pair of Enclave soldiers. After assuring her that the Enclave is always ready to assist citizens in distress, the officer asks if Amata has the vault's location. After she states that it's in her Pip-Boy, the officer orders soldiers to open fire and gun her down:

Amata tries to get help from the Enclave.

Enclave soldier: "Sorry, miss, but we need to ask you a few questions. We need to know where you got that suit."
Amata Almodovar: "I'm from Vault 101! Please, you've got to help me."
Enclave soldier: "Of course. We are always ready to assist American citizens in distress. Can you tell us where your Vault is?"
Amata Almodovar: "I've got the location right here on my Pip-Boy. Why?"
Enclave soldier: "Excellent. That's all we need from her. Open fire."
  • The soldiers will kill her, unless the player intervenes. If she lives, she will walk away, and scold the Lone Wanderer; saying to stay away from her because her situation is the Lone Wanderer's fault.[30]

Other interactions[]

  • Amata appears floating face down during the hallucination that occurs while intoxicated with punga plant seeds in the Point Lookout add-on.
  • Amata appears running down the hall towards the player character during a hallucination inside Vault 106. Firing on her figure will result in a Karma loss.


Fallout 3
Apparel Weapon Other items
Vault 101 jumpsuit
Pip-Boy 3000
10mm pistol*

* Only if she was told to keep the pistol during "Escape!"

Fallout Shelter

Notable quotes[]


Amata Almodovar appears in Fallout 3, Fallout Shelter and Fallout Shelter Online.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Amata's last name is mentioned exactly once in the game, by Edwin Brotch during her G.O.A.T. exam results.
  • Completing the Trouble on the Homefront quest by killing the overseer and convincing her it was the only option will result in her saying, "I'm sorry. You're a hero... and you have to leave." The Vault 13 overseer says the same line to the Vault Dweller at the end of Fallout.
  • In promotional content for Fallout 76, a teammate with the nickname "AAlmadovar" can be seen.
  • Chris Avellone, a developer on Fallout 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, mentioned in Fallout Apocrypha that one of his complaints with Fallout 3 was the inability to kill Amata or Andy from the outset, as he hated them both.


Fallout 3[]

Fallout Shelter series[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Amata: "Here you are, Mr. Brotch. I hope I did okay."
    Edwin Brotch: "Nothing for you to worry about, Miss Almodovar. Let's see... Very well done. Looks like it's the supervisory track for you."
    Amata: "Thanks. See you tomorrow."
    (Amata's and Mr. Brotch's dialogue)
  2. James: "All right. Come on. Let's go see if your little friend Amata wants to play...."
    (James' dialogue, during Baby Steps)
  3. Lone Wanderer: "It was kind of my fault. You know how easy it is to make Butch mad..."
    Amata: "You never learn, do you? You can't help shooting your mouth off even when you know it's going to get you a bloody nose. Uh oh, your dad is giving me a look. I'd better let everybody else have a turn with the birthday boy. "
    (Amata's dialogue, during Growing Up Fast)
  4. Lone Wanderer: "She did a great job. But couldn't you have helped out a bit more?"
    The Overseer: "I do not allow the fact that Amata is my daughter to compromise my position as Overseer. I gave her all the appropriate paternal encouragement, of course, but I could not contribute extra vault resources. That is simply what my position requires. No more, no less. I know Amata understands that perfectly well."
    (Overseer Almadovar's dialogue, during Growing Up Fast)
  5. The Overseer: "I hope you appreciate the effort Amata put into this party. She really seems to like you, for some reason."
  6. The Overseer: "What are you looking at? Stop gawking and get back to work. Selfish and insubordinate, just like your father…"
    (Overseer Almadovar's dialogue, during Growing Up Fast)
    Note: Heard during the transition.
  7. Lone Wanderer: "Your dad's the Overseer. Can't you talk to him about Butch?"
    Amata: "Come on. Don't ask me that. You know he would if I asked, but where would that leave me? It's bad enough being the Overseer's daughter. If everyone knew I ran to daddy every time I had a problem, nobody would ever talk to me again. We'll think of some way to get Butch back. I promise. But I'm not getting my father involved."
    (Amata's dialogue, during Growing Up Fast)
  8. Vault 101 terminal entries; overseer's terminal, Amata
  9. Vault 101 terminal entries; Vault 101 medical data system, Patient Files, Amata
  10. Butch DeLoria: "Amata's not fat, she's just 5 feet too short."
    "We're gonna run out of rations if Amata keeps eating."
    "Gonna go cry to your daddy, fatass?"
    "You put on a couple of pounds, Amata?"
    "What's the matter, Daddy's girl gonna cry?"
    "I can show you a real tunnel snake, Amata."
    "You think you're because your daddy is the Overseer?"
  11. Paul Hannon: "Hey, fatso, I got something you can put in your mouth!"
    "Watch out! Wide load coming frough!"
    "Hey, lardass!"
    "She thinks she's than us!"
    "Tell her, Butch!"
    "She's nothing, Butch!"
  12. Wally Mack:: "Amata's got more chins than a Chinese phone book!"
    "Amata's so fat, her clothes have stretch marks!"
    "Amata's so fat, she broke her leg and gravy poured out!"
    "Carefiul. Amata might eat us!"
    "Been spending some extra time in the diner, Amata?"
    "Let's go into the storeroom, Amata. I'll show you a good time...."
    "Daddy's girl! Daddy's girl!"
    "Show it to her, Butch!"
  13. Vault 101 terminal entries; overseer's terminal, Tunnel Snakes
  14. Future Imperfect
  15. Lone Wanderer: "I may have left, but this is still where I grew up. I can't leave it in chaos."
    Amata: "Chaos doesn't even cover it! It's a nightmare down here! People died that night, and all because my father went crazy to keep someone from opening the Vault. And worst of all, then we found out the Vault had been opened before - and they'd lied about it all our lives!"
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  17. Lone Wanderer: "Must not have been too bad. You're still alive, aren't you?"
    Amata: "You're right. Compared to Jonas, I'm just peachy. A few bruises, nothing more. What do I have to complain about?"
    "You seem to have come through in fine shape as well. Go on, then. The door's open. Time for you to leave. And I'll stay here and clean up the mess you and your dad made. Don't worry, I'm sure I can patch things up with my father. That's what we do down here, isn't it? Smile and pretend everything is just fine."
  18. Lone Wanderer: "It's good to see you, Amata. I'm sorry I didn't trust you earlier."
    Amata: "You did the right thing in the end. That's what counts. I don't know what my father would have done to me if you hadn't stopped him. I still can hardly believe we did it. The door... it's open. Everything they told us was a lie, wasn't it? Things can never go back to the way they were."
  19. Lone Wanderer: "Your father deserved to die. He was a murderer."
    Amata: "Oh, really? And who appointed you judge, jury, and executioner? I know he wasn't perfect, but he was my father. I thought you were my friend. He was the only family I had left. I thought you of all people would have understood that. You'd better get out of here before I change my mind and call the guards."
  20. Lone Wanderer: "I enjoyed killing him. Now get out of my way."
    Amata: "Gladly. The only reason I'm not calling the guards is out of respect for your dad. I don't want him to lose the only family he has left. You'd better get out of here before I change my mind."
  21. Amata: "But we can't stay isolated forever, or eventually all we'll have left is a handful of inbred remnants!"
  22. The Lone Wanderer: "That was never supposed to happen! That was the Overseer's fault!"
    Armstrong: "Really? Well, that would explain a few things, all right. It's a good thing you're here, after all. After that night, a lot of your friends started thinking, "If it's safe to go outside, why stay down here forever?" And that's not the sort of thing the Overseer likes to hear. Things have gotten pretty tense."
    (Armstrong's dialogue)
  23. The Lone Wanderer: "Could you escort me to Amata? I need to talk to her about all this."
    Armstrong: "As chance would have it, she was one of the first people to talk about life outside the vault after you left. No surprise; she always did like you. I hope you can talk some sense into her... or maybe the two of you can come up with some other plan? Just be careful about it."
    (Armstrong's dialogue)
  24. Vault 101 terminal entries, overseer's terminal, Security dossiers, Rebels
  25. Vault 101 terminal entries, overseer's terminal, Security dossiers, Amata
  26. Vault 101 emergency frequency
  27. The Lone Wanderer: "Huh? What's wrong, Amata?"
    Amata: "You've got to get out of here! Your dad is gone and my father's men are looking for you!"
    (Amata's dialogue)
  28. Amata: "I'm not telling you anything! And don't pretend you aren't enjoying this, Daddy. You're sick!"
    (Amata's dialogue)
  29. Amata: "It feels like you left home a long time ago, but I know you're still out there. I just hope you're still alive to hear this. Things got worse after you left. My father's gone mad with power. If you can hear this, please stop looking for your dad and help stop mine. I changed the door password to my name. If you're hearing this, and you still care enough to help me, you should remember it."
    (Amata's radio signal)
  30. Amata: "Stay away from me! This is all your fault!"
    (Amata's dialogue)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 60: "Amata Almodovar
    Amata is the Overseer's daughter. Her mother died when she was just two years old. She loves her father dearly and is very loyal to him, but she hopes to change his stance on isolationism. She does not want to defy Alphonse but longs to experience the outside world. You and Amata have been best friends all your life, drawn together by the common bond of not having known your mothers."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p. 99: "Susie Mack
    Wally's younger sister, Susie despises the Tunnel Snakes, and Wally won't dare tease her, because she will give worse than she gets. She has a secret crush on Freddie Gomez, but no time for you. However, she becomes more philosophical and befriends Amata after your escape."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)