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That's a shame. A conversation with a genuine mutant like you? It'd certainly paint me a picture of what life's like in that radioactive hell on the mainland.

President Dick Richardson is an Enclave executive who presides on the Enclave Oil Rig in 2242. He is the overarching antagonist of Fallout 2.


Dick Richardson's political career began sometime prior to 2215. In August 2215, he rose to power as a congressman within the Enclave, aided by political pressure from his father, President Richardson.[Non-canon 1] Five years later, on March 5, 2220, Dick was elected president, once again aided by his father.[Non-canon 2][1] He began serving the first out of his five terms.

As president, Dick Richardson continued the Enclave's plans for achieving dominance within the wasteland, including the development of the advanced power armor, a project initiated by his father. Completed in October 2220, Dick immediately classified the research data and undesirable prototype results (including related accidents, explosions and deaths) to preserve Enclave morale.[Non-canon 3]

Under Dick Richardson's administration, the Enclave also began the development of FEV Curling-13. In July 2236, Enclave scouts discovered the ruins of the partially-destroyed Mariposa Military Base.[Non-canon 4] Excavation teams began working to uncover the ruins, finally yielding a pure sample of the FEV in 2238.[2] Although causing heavy causalities and the loss of resources, the sample allowed the Enclave to begin developing a biological agent to exterminate mutants worldwide.[3]

Under LTC Dr. Charles Curling, the Chemical Corps immediately began developing a viable toxin. By 2242, the project neared completion and FEV Curling-13 was almost ready for release. To Richardson, it was the dawn of a new era and humanity's last, best, hope.[4] He considered himself a patriot and servant of humanity, returning Earth to "real" humanity, wrestling it away from the hands of mutants.[5][6] Richardson was adamant in his disregard for non-Enclave humans, despite being based on deliberately obscured ideologies. In his eyes, humans not a part of the Enclave were certainly, undoubtedly subhuman.[7]

In 2242, Richardson is described as a thin, nervous older man who looks as worn and frayed as the suit he wears.[8] By the end of 2242, Richardson was killed by the Chosen One, hours before his dream could be achieved.[Non-canon 5] The nuclear detonation that followed erased all traces of the president from history, save for what remained in isolated Enclave databanks.[9]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.
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This character is allied with the following faction(s).

Enclave Oil Rig Enclave personnel

Other interactions

Dick Richardson can be spoken to at great length to reveal numerous pieces of information with topics including the Forced Evolutionary Virus, the Project, Vice President Daniel Bird's condition, China and the Great War, the purpose of vaults, mutation and the fate of the Chosen One's kidnapped villagers.[10]

He also holds the presidential access keycard, which can only be obtained by killing him using one of the following options:

  • Using conventional means (alerts Enclave).
  • Using eight super stimpaks on him and then waiting for the after-effects to kill him. (does not alert the Enclave).
  • Planting an active explosive on him and leave for another section, he will either die or be weakened (does not alert anyone).
  • Successfully killing him while sneaking him on the first shot/burst (Enclave sometimes alerted, sometimes not).


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Smoking Presidential access key


Dick Richardson appears only in Fallout 2 as a talking head. He is mentioned in Fallout 3 as well as in Fallout: New Vegas.[11]



  1. Dick Richardson: "{174}{prs19}{I am the elected representative of the people. The United States does still exist. God bless us, every one. We've just had to adapt in order to survive after the war.}"
  2. Military base holodisk 5
  3. Richardson: "{242}{prs42}{Yes, the F.E.V. virus. It was originally developed to turn soldiers into super-warriors but it failed. The warriors were tough and strong, but far too stupid. However, our brilliant Chemical Corps altered it.}"
    The Chosen One: "{243}{}{Altered the virus? Why?}"
    Richardson: "{244}{prs43}{To turn it into a staggeringly effective killer. Any humanoid that isn't inoculated against its effects before its release, will die. That is the Project.}"
  4. The Chosen One: "{243}{}{Altered the virus? Why?}"
    Richardson: "{244}{prs43}{To turn it into a staggeringly effective killer. Any humanoid that isn't inoculated against its effects before its release, will die. That is the Project.}"
    The Chosen One: "{245}{}{That's insane.}"
    Richardson: "{246}{prs43a}{No, no. That's humanity's last, best, hope. That's what we've been working towards all these years.}"
  5. Richardson: "{277}{prs56}{You might find that tougher than you think. If you do, I'll go to my reward knowing that I died a patriot and a servant of humanity.}"
  6. Richardson: "{203}{prs28}{It's tiny mocking minds like yours that prove the superiority of real humans over mutants.}"
  7. Dick Richardson: "{262}{prs49}{Never. Part of the president's job is to make the tough decisions. A lot of near-humans will sacrifice their lives for the return of humanity. Humans will prevail.}"
    The Chosen One: "{264}{}{Just because everyone out there doesn't have an exact copy of your DNA that doesn't give you a license to exterminate them.}"
    Dick Richardson: "{267}{prs51}{Oh, I don't relish this decision. If there was another way- but there isn't. No price is too high for the survival of the human race. If you were human, you'd feel the same way.}"
  8. Dick Richardson's description: "{100}{}{You see a man in a suit. He's staring into space. Like he's lookin' at you but he ain't lookin' at you.}"
    "{101}{}{You see the head of the free world, the President of the United States.}"
    "{102}{}{You see a thin, nervous, older man who looks as tired and frayed as the suit he's wearing.}"
  9. Fallout 2 ending: "The destruction of the Enclave erased all trace of President Richardson from history. Now the title of "President" is used as a bogeyman to frighten children."
  10. Qhprzrch.msg
    For FEV, see lines 110, 201, 242, 256, 258, & 287.
    For the Project, see lines 124, 145, 146, 234, 237, 244, 252, & 298.
    For Daniel Bird, see lines 199, 201, & 206.
    For China and Great War, see lines 216 & 218.
    For Vaults, see lines 222-224, 226, 228, & 232.
    For mutation, see lines 208, 228, 232, & 280.
    For villagers, see lines 232, 258, 265, & 280.
  11. W. Brandice.27s terminal & ElderLyons.txt#22: For Fallout 3 mention.
    VFSArcadeGannon.txt#GREETING: For Fallout: New Vegas mention, see GREETING 12, box 2.


  1. Fallout Bible 0: "2215 August 1: Congressman Richardson rises to power within the Enclave, aided by pressure from his father, President Richardson."
  2. Fallout Bible 0 Timeline repair: Second strike: "2220 March 5: Congressman Richardson is elected president for the first term of five, through aid and political pressure by his father (President Richardson)."
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2220 October: Enclave scientists develop a reliable version of the Mark II Power Armor. The prototype results (and accidents... and explosions... and deaths) are classified by order of the President Richardson for the sake of morale."
  4. Fallout Bible 0: "2236 July 20: Enclave scouts discover the remains of the Mariposa Military Base and find it partially destroyed."
  5. Fallout Bible 0: "Fall 2242: Fallout 2 Ends: The Chosen One enters the Enclave using the damaged tanker and destroys the Poseidon oil platform, killing the President of the United States and ending the Enclave's plans for world domination.
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