One day Mama took me aside and said, "Boy, you're never going to go very far, but you're gonna make a whole lot of people come up short."

Jean-Baptiste Cutting is the head of security for the Mojave Wasteland branch of the Van Graffs crime syndicate and Gloria Van Graff's right-hand man, living at the Silver Rush weapon shop in Freeside in 2281.


Gametitle-VBThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Half-brother to Frieda Van Graff, Cutting was hauled off to prison a few years before the Prisoner's escape.[1] Separated from his brothers and sisters he was unable to regroup with them by 2253.[2] That is, if he is free, as it is not revealed.

Gametitle-VBEnd of information based on Van Buren.

Around 2281, Cutting has taken on the role of an enforcer, becoming the backbone of the Van Graff family security forces. He works in the Silver Rush alongside his half-sister, Gloria, and does his part in the politics of their operations in the only way he knows how; with the barrel of his laser rifle. He has Cutting as a surname, as opposed to Van Graff because it reminded his mother of her dead husband, who was also the enforcer's biological father.[3]

Interactions with the player characterEdit

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This character is involved in quests.


  • Birds of a Feather, Heartache by the Number: Jean-Baptiste wants to have a little chat with a woman called "Cassidy." The Courier will need to find her, and bring her back to the Silver Rush. This quest requires committing to either the Van Graffs or Cass as it is not possible to satisfy both parties. Jean Baptiste's death means immediate fail of Birds of a Feather quest.
  • Tend to Your Business: Jean-Baptiste will need to be killed along with all the Van Graff employees at the Silver Rush as a show of loyalty to the Brotherhood of Steel under Elder Hardin.


Apparel Weapon Other items
Black combat armor AER9 laser rifle 30x - 45x microfusion cells
1x - 8x Drained microfusion cells (75% chance)
Van Graff key


  • Jean-Baptiste Cutting has high health, more than most companions, as well as an incredible, and normally impossible, 117 Energy Weapons skill.
  • He is also notably taller than the Courier, much like Sammy Wins and Cursor Lucullus, although Cursor Lucullus is slightly shorter than these two.
  • While armed with a laser rifle, he will usually pick up the plasma caster in the middle of the store if engaged in combat, unless it was previously stolen by the Courier.
  • During Birds of a Feather, when he confronts Cass and shoots her, he might shoot the floor or ceiling and Cass will still die. This is because he is one of the only NPCs in the game that is fixed to kill another NPC by his own actions (i.e. through a quest).
  • Both he and Arcade Gannon were characters J. E. Sawyer played in his Fallout Pen & Paper game.


Jean-Baptiste Cutting appears only in Fallout: New Vegas. He was also going to be mentioned in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.


  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 If Jean-Baptiste is killed, his body sometimes cannot be looted. On PC, his inventory can be accessed through console by selecting the body with the mouse and entering activate player. This will bypass the activation script on the character and force the default interaction. [verified]
  • PCIcon pc Playstation 3Icon ps3 Xbox 360Icon xbox360 Jean-Baptiste has been known to disappear from the game. [verified]



  1. Hoover Dam design document/2 - Frieda Van Graff
  2. New Canaan design document/2 - Random Encounters Surrounding the Area: Accounts for eight siblings. Frieda is independent and totals nine.
  3. VFSJeanBaptisteCutting.txt - VMS29aVFSJeanBaptisteCuttingTopic025 (55 - 56)
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