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Used to open in Paris. Paris. Now this.

Dean Domino, also known as the King of Swing,[1] is a famous pre-War lounge singer, now ghoulified and trapped in the Sierra Madre Villa in 2281.


Domino and his orchestra gave performances across the United States and Europe (including Paris,[2] and had a particularly bad experience in Madrid),[3] including the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

He was eventually invited to perform at the Sierra Madre, but there he quickly found himself in the shadow of the casino's founder, Frederick Sinclair. While Domino was quite irritated by this, it was the fact that Sinclair, despite suffering several quite severe financial losses throughout the 2070s, still maintained an unwavering optimistic and easy-going attitude that especially triggered his ire. Soon, Domino found himself consumed with jealousy and he became single-mindedly determined to put Sinclair "in his place" by taking everything from him that he held dear.[4] He enlisted the help of his former lover Vera Keyes, a starlet who had caught Sinclair's eye. Domino introduced them to each other as part of his plan to break into the casino vault, where he would take whatever it was that Sinclair had there that was so important. However, Keyes got cold feet, so in order to ensure her continued cooperation, Domino began to blackmail her with evidence of a Med-X addiction, unaware that her addiction was a result of her being terminally ill. His final gig was to be at the Tampico, but that all changed when the bombs dropped; the security holograms activated and the Gala Event turned into a massacre.

Domino survived the apocalypse, during which he began to undergo ghoulification. He stubbornly refused to let go of the Sierra Madre's treasure, having become obsessed with it, and so spent the next two hundred years evading and mapping out the casino's security system, while plotting his grand heist, oblivious to the fact that Sinclair had long since discovered Domino's plan and prepared a trap within the casino vault. However, he was captured by Dog, fitted with an explosive collar, and forced to work for Father Elijah in breaking into the casino (and already managed to trigger the Gala event at least once for him).[5] Although his ability to obtain the treasure may have diminished with this development, his lust for it most certainly has not. Nor did his desire for freedom: Dean has killed several victims Elijah tried to use to crack the Sierra Madre, in order to examine the workings of their collars and figure out a way to remove his own.[6]

Needing a replacement for Keyes' part of his plan, Domino finally found an opportunity when Christine Royce was captured by Dog and brought to the Sierra Madre. While she was still out cold, he dragged her to the Villa's clinic and placed her in an Auto-Doc, which he programmed to perform surgery on her vocal cords, altering her voice to sound like Keyes', so she could at some point be used to unlock the vault. It was something of a leap in the dark on his part, as he actually held some doubt towards Royce making the intended recovery from the procedure.

Personality and abilities

Domino is a quick thinker, and is quite skilled with guns, specifically pistols, having spent some of his free time back in the pre-War days at the shooting range, and uses a knife for a sidearm.[7] He is very paranoid, setting up many booby traps and hiding several 'secret stashes' throughout the Villa.

Dean has a rather fragile ego, and is very vengeful towards anyone who bruises it, making sure they meet dire consequences down the line. Expressing irritation, aggression, or contempt will earn his ire, as well as challenging his sense of self importance, as he will double cross able partners simply because he perceives their competence a personal insult.[8] His voice has been unaltered by ghoulification; it remains clear as opposed to gravelly like other ghouls.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed. Status expires when Curtain Call at the Tampico begins.
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This character is a permanent companion. They grant the Unclean Living perk.
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This character is involved in quests.


Effects of player's actions

  • If the first Barter check near the end of Find Collar 14: Dean Domino quest is passed, Domino will be made suspicious and angry at the Courier and will have unique dialogue then and throughout Dead Money expressing that. If one upsets Domino in this instance, it will affect his fate at the end of the main story line and makes keeping Dean Domino alive impossible.

Other interactions

  • Domino can make Sierra Madre martinis, and can give the Courier the Sierra Madre Martini perk with the correct dialogue choices.
  • Low-intelligence characters (3 or below), upon first meeting Domino, will have several options to say nothing more than questioning sounds, like "Hnh?" and "Ummmm.", which achieves nothing but frustrating Domino.

Companion comments

  • He has unique idle dialogue for locations around the Sierra Madre:
Dean Domino's comments
Location Comment
Villa clinic There's a picture, a bunch of headless saps all waiting for the pearly gates. Whoever did this... messed up.
The gate near the entrance to the residential district Oh, looks like you already forced the gate. Now, everybody and their mother can walk right in, thanks.
Any auto doc in the clinic Sinclair's little surgery carts. Kept them around for his lady friend.
Auto docs that line the corridor of the clinic What, you need surgery done? Let's get out of here... those speakers on the wall are making my nerves do a dance.
A broken catwalk in Salida del Sol South Guess we're going the long way around.
Villa clinic Watch for Hologram security, not as nice as the lady at the fountain, trust me.
Medical district What are we doing here? We're not going to find a doctor on call at this hour, trust me.
Medical district Place is haunted, got ghosts walking in it.
Villa police station The police station... Ghost People love this place, no idea why. Might be the Holograms nearby.
Salida del Sol, Campanas del Sol bell tower I'm not one for church, but there's a bell tower to the north that has a nice view of the Sierra Madre. Well, did, anyway.


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# Slide Voice-over narration In-game condition
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Dean Domino, entertainer, singer... thief... had his last show on the Sierra Madre stage. The heist he spent over two hundred years planning fell apart, just as the first, by underestimating his partner's strength. Not long after the Courier left the Villa, the lights in the theater shut off, one by one. Only Dean's Hologram remained on stage, singing silently to an empty room. Still... as consumed as he had been with its riches and ruin, the Sierra Madre had held him captive long ago. Dean is dead.
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Dean Domino, entertainer, singer... thief... explored the Sierra Madre not long after he was rescued by the Courier. Once he left the theater, the Sierra Madre recognized him as a guest, and many doors opened to him. He had to admit, it had been built to last. During his search, he came across the final records of Vera and Sinclair, and realized what happened the night the bombs fell. He felt strangely sad for a moment, and he had no idea why. Shrugging it off, his mind turned instead to where the Courier had come from. Vegas still survived, out there in the Mojave. Its sights, sounds... and casinos, ripe for the taking. So giving the Sierra Madre one last nod and a wink, he set off beyond the Cloud to begin again. Dean is alive.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Dean's tuxedo
Dean's glasses
Explosive collar
Dead Money jumpsuit (after Gala event if tuxedo is removed)
Dean's 9mm pistol


  • Dean's Hit Points regenerate slowly over time, similar to Mean Sonofabitch and God.
  • When the player character is traveling with Dean, he is able to protect them briefly from concentrated effects of the Cloud. In addition, he will offer them resistance to its health-depleting effects, reducing damage by 25%. This perk is known as Unclean Living.
  • Dean is the only Dead Money companion that has a default weapon, as both Christine, as well as Dog and God, are unarmed when they are first encountered. He has infinite companion ammo for his pistol.
  • Posters of Dean appear in the Mojave Wasteland such as in The King's room and one's room at the Lucky 38, and on loading screens in abandoned casinos, advertising a planned appearance by the singer.
  • Dean Domino sings the song "Something's Gotta Give" when the player character plays the rehearsal recording on the projector in the Tampico.
  • When crouching, he makes a similar comment as Raul about how it's "hell on his knees." When he is smoking and crouching, he won't bend his knees all the way.
  • When both Dean and Christine are not companions, they can initiate dialogue with each other (or at least to the extent that Christine can), and Dean will comment on her muteness by saying "You're not much for conversation, are you?" Likewise, Dean may engage God in conversation at the Villa fountain where God expresses his disdain for the ghoul for not leaving the Sierra Madre when he had the chance.
  • Though Dean says that he has learned how to use a knife, he does not have Melee as a tagged skill.
  • Dean smokes frequently. When found, he has a lit cigar in his room, and as a companion will frequently smoke a cigarette.
  • Dean is the only companion besides Boone who allows one to take his clothes. If his unique clothes are taken and he is dismissed as a companion, he will automatically equip a Dead Money jumpsuit, even though it was nowhere present in his inventory.
  • Despite how much he talks of wishing to stay away from ghost people, his apartment in the Residential District is brightly lit up with Christmas lights pointing directly to it.
  • Dean has hair in the icon for the Assemble Your Crew achievement/trophy but does not in-game.
  • Despite not having ears to hold them up, Dean is able to wear sunglasses.

Notable quotes

  • "Ah, aren't the trees lovely this time of year, all blooming and green..."
  • "He's not dead... it's a trick. Get an axe. Wild Wasteland"
  • "Getting real tired of tourist season. No offense, but you guys are really lowering the bar"


Dean Domino appears in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Dead Money, and is mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on Lonesome Road.[9]

Behind the scenes

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  • Dean Domino is an amalgamation of Dean Martin, an Italian-American singer/actor/comedian, and Fats Domino, an American rock and roll pianist and singer-songwriter. The Dean Domino poster resembles those of Fats Domino.
  • When asked about the nature of the ghost people, Dean will attempt to quote (though incorrectly both times) the famous exchange between Hamlet and Horatio: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
  • If the player character has the Wild Wasteland trait, Dean will reference Army of Darkness when he kills a ghost person for the first time, saying "he's not dead, it's a trick. Get an axe."


  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 If you kill Dean on a set of stairs, his body might glitch out of the map. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, when Dean is knocked unconscious, he may never wake up until you restart a save, or enter a new area. [verified]
  • PCPC Right after killing Dean on the stairs, a message might come up and say: "Dean is dead" over and over even after clicking Ok.[verified]
  • PCPC If Dean is talked to while he is still marked as "hostile", it will remove the hostile tag, making the quest unable to be completed.[verified]
  • PCPC Dean's tuxedo will show as equipped on Dean's unconscious body upon first entering the Sierra Madre lobby from the Villa even if it was taken from him by the player character and automatically replaced with a Dead Money jumpsuit.[verified]



  1. FNV Dean Domino Poster.png
  2. Dean Domino: "Used to open in Paris. Paris. Now this."
    (Dean Domino's dialogue)
  3. Dean Domino: "Hold it together, Dean, you've been in worse jams. Like Madrid. Christ - Madrid. {Tries to calm himself down in the middle of being pinned down.}"
    (Dean Domino's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "What was your problem with Sinclair?"
    Dean Domino: "Problem? All high-and-mighty. Lording it over everyone. Acting so self-righteous, like nothing could touch him. He was the one with the problem. Never got mad at anything. Nothing seemed to shake him. Even after... his life kept getting dragged through the dirt. Always kept looking for the bright, shining future in everything. So... I decided to take everything from him."
    (Dean Domino's dialogue)
  5. 546.14Hz ULF radio signal: "Waiting for the fireworks. Just like last time."
  6. Dean Domino: "There's a picture, a bunch of headless saps all waiting for the pearly gates. Whoever did this... messed up."
    (Dean Domino's dialogue) Note: NVDLC01DeanDialogueClinicBark
  7. The Courier: "What weapons are you skilled with?"
    Dean Domino: "Not one for fighting if we can avoid it. Still, wasn't bad at the pistol range and over the years, I've learned how to handle a knife... ...and explosives a bit. A bit. Made a lot of mistakes along the way. Still have my fingers, though."
    (Dean Domino's dialogue)
  8. Passing all the Barter skill checks in his dialogues will turn him hostile when encountered in the Tampico.
  9. Wastewater treatment plant terminal entries; Jackie's computer, Earthquakes Part 2