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Hey, me and shortness go a long way back, so shut up!

Shorty is one of the residents of Big Town in 2277.


Despite being of short stature, Shorty's nickname actually originates from his bad temper, with his neighbors in Big Town calling him "Short-T."[1] He has a generally negative attitude and a large ego. Even as a child in Little Lamplight, he did not believe the fantastical stories about Big Town, but did not want everyone he knew to go there without him. His current feelings on Big Town are summed up by his sarcastic answer when asked about Big Town's origins, stating that a super mutant likely sat down in a ditch and "shat" it out.[2] The Lone Wanderer first encounters Shorty in the basement kitchen of the Germantown police HQ, where he is being held captive, soon to become a super mutant meal.[3]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is a temporary companion.
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This character is involved in quests.
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This character can be enslaved with the Mesmetron.


Other interactions

  • If Shorty is undiscovered during Big Trouble in Big Town and encountered after completing this quest, he will act as if the player character had saved him.


Apparel Weapon Other items On death
Brahmin-skin outfit .32 pistol*

* Only if the Small Guns path is taken in Big Trouble in Big Town.


  • Shorty is one of the shortest non-child characters in the game (0.9 x player character's height).
  • Shorty is also one of the only people in Big Town who hasn't had a fling with Bittercup. The only other male exception is Dusty.

Notable quotes


Shorty appears only in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.96: "Shorty
    Although diminutive, Shorty received his nick-name from the fellow residents of Big Town due to his fiery temper: "Short-T." Currently, he's praying for a quick death in the basement kitchen of the Germantown Police Station."
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Do you know how Big Town got started?"
    Shorty: "From the look of things, I'd say a Super Mutant sat down in a ditch one day and shat out this town. I dragged myself here from Lamplight. I didn't believe all the stories about Bigtown, but I wasn't about to let everyone else go there without me. A few dozen attacks on the town later, and here I am. Almost an ingredient in a Super Mutant chile cook-off."
    (Shorty's dialogue)
  3. Events of Big Trouble in Big Town.