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The Rippers are the most ruthless gang in the Boneyard. When we sent people to convert them, the only thing we got back were their heads.Nicole

The Rippers were a gang from the Boneyard, prone to violently attacking anything and anyone not related to them.


The Rippers initially lived where the mother deathclaw is in the Boneyard, as evidenced by the "Ripper!" movie poster outside her house hutch. They had a fortified building with traps and landmines around it where they took prisoners to be tortured and killed. They were arch-enemies of the Blades. They were eventually exterminated by the Gun Runners who took over the fortress and started a business there, surrounded by a deadly toxic moat.

The leader of the Rippers was called Tangler, whose characteristic feature was a cybernetic hand. Morpheus, leader of the Children of the Cathedral, also used to be a member of this gang.[1]


The Rippers were initially to appear in Fallout, but later removed from the game. They are mentioned in the dialogue files of some Fallout characters, including Nicole and the Blades. Tangler's cybernetic hand is an unused item in the Fallout and Fallout 2 data files.


  1. Nicole: "They showed up around the same time we did, but no one knows how they came about. We've heard rumors that their leader, Morpheus, was part of the Rippers before he was 'enlightened' by their Dark God."
    (Nicole's dialogue)