A bounty hunter is a character who is hired to find criminals, enemies or lost persons. What the bounty hunter does when they find their target depends on many factors, not least of which being whether it is a legal practice or not.
Fallout and Fallout 2Edit
See: Rescue Tandi from the Raiders for details.
By 2161 Chris Avellone has become the most feared bounty hunter across the Wastes, hunting down transgressors for profit and thrill with his entourage. He appears in Fallout and is still remembered by people during the events of Fallout 2.
The most prominent bounty outfits present in the Capital Wasteland are the Talon Company and the Regulators. Talon Company is a ruthless mercenary organization that, though hostile to all, are also motivated by the rewards of bounty hunting, most notably taking down the Lone Wanderer if he/she has/is going down a good Karma route. A private contract is taken out by an unknown antagonist causing Talon Company mercs to have a greater presence around the wasteland.
The Regulators are a vigilante group dedicated to "bringing the evil to justice" and are also motivated by the rewards of bounty hunting. They may also hunt the Lone Wanderer if he/she has/is going down a bad Karma route. A bounty notice is set up among the Regulators, that causes them to have a greater presence in the wasteland.
See: Fallout 3 Karma-related encounters for details.
The Lawbringer perk allows the Lone Wanderer to become a bounty hunter by rewarding the killing of 'bad' characters, a reward can be claimed from Sonora Cruz providing a finger from each of those killed is turned in. It also enables the Lone Wanderer to hunt down Junders Plunkett, a hostile outlaw who only appears after this perk is taken.
The opposing perk is Contract Killer, which opens up bounty rewards for the killing of 'good' characters, a reward can be claimed from Daniel Littlehorn, the head of Littlehorn & Associates, providing an ear from each of those killed is turned in.
Fallout: New VegasEdit
The most notable bounty hunting quest in Fallout: New Vegas is given by Major Dhatri, he will extend the task of hunting down some of the most notorious and feared Fiends among not just the NCR but to many inhabitants of the Mojave Wasteland. Dhatri will ask the Courier to hunt down Driver Nephi, Violet and Cook-Cook and retrieve their heads, preferably in good condition. These bounties became open when Little Buster, a bounty hunter, decides to get out of the game after only two successful hunts, Night Terror and Jackson, also Fiends.
Private James Sexton initiates an open bounty hunt that offers a reward for the killing of Legion soldiers, he only asks that the ears of those killed are turned in as proof, the reward scheme for this however is limited to thirty trade-ins.
The flip side to this is given by Aurelius of Phoenix who effectively places a bounty on the killing of NCR soldiers when asked to by the Courier. Aurelius asks that the dog tags of those who are killed are turned in as proof, the reward scheme does not have a limit.
Caleb McCaffery is the only other character established as a bounty hunter in the Mojave, but he is either working as a guard or on the run with a bounty on his head set by Francine Garret, who requests his hat as proof.
See: Debt Collector for details.
|The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
The most established bounty hunter in Van Buren is Bob. Since the early days of Hoover Dam as a settlement he built up his reputation and eventually runs a bounty hunting business offering bounties to those he deems can handle their own, which potentially includes the Prisoner. One of these bounties includes El Diablo, a serial killer referred to as the "Vampire Killer".
See: Do Bob's bounty hunter jobs for details.