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The bottom line for NCR is productivity and growth. Politicians back in Shady Sands are completely detached from the people actually living here.

Tom Anderson is a member of the Followers of the Apocalypse, an engineer and co-owner of the Westside Cooperative, living in Westside in 2281.


Anderson is an agriculture and water specialist who trained with the Followers of the Apocalypse. He previously ran operations for the NCR's R&D branch Office of Science and Industry,[1] but has had a falling out with the NCR similar to other members of the Followers of the Apocalypse,[2][3]

Anderson assisted local Vegas residents in growing crops in the Westside area. Many of the citizens of Westside say that Anderson's assistance is the main reason why Westside can grow crops at all and survive.[4] This has allowed the area a level of self-sustainability not seen in the other outer communities of New Vegas. In order to aid Westside, Anderson diverted water from the NCR sharecropper farms to the Westside farms to prevent crop failure. When discovered and confronted by Corporal White, Anderson killed him to keep the water diversion secret.[1] Ironically, unknown to Anderson, the water is contaminated.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.




  • Joshua Sawyer was responsible for writing Anderson.[5]
  • Tom has a Pip-Boy on his arm, which could point to a connection with a vault.
  • Tom may glitch out of his cell after he turns himself in. Anderson walks out of Camp McCarran and one can converse with him normally.
  • When asked about the co-op, he will speak the words "co-op is lead by Clayton," but the subtitles read "run by Clayton."
  • He pronounces Clayton Ettienne's name incorrectly, as "et-TIN-ee." The name is actually pronounced as "eh-TEE-en."

Notable quotes

  • "I'm with the Followers of the Apocalypse, and I help the locals in Westside grow crops. Unlike the NCR, the Followers don't expect anything back."
  • "The bottom line for NCR is productivity and growth. Politicians back in Shady Sands are completely detached from the people actually living here."
  • "I suppose there's no point in denying it any longer. I killed Corporal White to protect Westside's self-reliance. It was rash, and I regret it now. We don't have the money to pay for the water, so I rigged the pump station to divert water to the local cisterns from time to time."


Tom Anderson appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  • Icon ps3.png While in prison in the Camp McCarran terminal building, Anderson may still talk as though he were still in Westside. [verified]
  • Icon ps3.png Icon xbox360.png Anderson can disappear into the wall of his apartment though he remains on your radar, if this happens prior to the White Wash quest, the quest becomes impossible to finish. [verified]
  • Icon xbox360.png Even though you can find him in the prison at the Camp McCarran terminal building at the end of the quest, you can still find him in Westside. There will be two non-player characters of Anderson. [verified]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Courier: "He was killed by a man named Anderson he caught stealing water from the NCR."
    Carrie Boyd: "Anderson. I've heard of him, if it's the same guy. Water nerd from the Followers of the Apocalypse. Used to handle some of the operations for OSI. I don't know what to think about the Followers. The things they do... hard to say if they're helping or hurting sometimes. Especially in Freeside. I'll have to send some people out there to make sure we don't lose any more water. That stuff's like gold out here. But you. I owe you for this. You saved me a lot of work. And I'm sure Corporal White's family will be grateful to at least get some closure. The MPs keep a bunch of junk around that's confiscated off of people who decide to screw with us. I haven't really sorted through it, but go ahead and see if there's anything you can use in there. We keep it in a trunk across the hall, by the prison cells."
    (Carrie Boyd's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Do you have a problem with the NCR?"
    Tom Anderson: "I don't go looking for fights with them, but they don't have the best interests of people in mind. Certainly not locals. The bottom line for NCR is productivity and growth. Politicians back in Shady Sands are completely detached from the people actually living here."
    (Tom Anderson's dialogue)
  3. Arcade Gannon: "Westside, huh? I heard about what happened with Anderson. Can't say I'm surprised. He was always a fringe operator in the Followers."
    The Courier: "If you say so. I'm not arguing."
    Arcade Gannon: "I do say so. The Followers aren't a military organization. If anyone knew what he was up to, they weren't talking. And if they knew he was stealing water, so what? Westside has more of a right to that water than the NCR."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Can you tell me anything about Anderson?"
    Marco: "Good man. He's one of the Followers of the Apocalypse. He's the one who taught people around here how to start growing crops. Westside wouldn't be what it is without Anderson helping us out, so I cut him a deal on his rent."
    (Marco's dialogue (Fallout: New Vegas))
  5. I just would like to compliment you on the design of Westside. I think many players overlook it but its diversity and resourcefulness are especially striking when compared to a more emphasized area like Freeside. Whoever the world builder was did well too
    Joshua Sawyer: Thanks. Most of the content of Westside was developed by Jeff Husges, though I wrote a few of the characters (Anderson, Meansonofabitch), John Gonzalez wrote some (maybe all?) of the characters in Casa Madrid, and Jorge Salgado developed the Thorn. Scott Everts did most of the world building.
    Josh Sawyer Formspring answers
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