Characters are the representations of persons in works of art. In the Fallout series, the term refers to the various inhabitants of the Wasteland. Characters can be divided into non-player characters (NPCs), mentioned-only characters (MOCs) and player characters (PCs).
A non-player character is any person in a game that the player character can interact with. They are not controlled by anyone but a set AI. So basically, an NPC is just anyone you meet in a game besides yourself.
A mentioned-only character is any person that does not actually appear in a game, or is dead from the start of the game, that are mentioned in conversation with NPCs, on holodisks and notes, terminals, or any other source in the specific game.
The player character is a player's avatar in the game world. These can be designed by them, but some of the games offer pre-designed player characters as well. Player characters' decisions make a dramatic impact on the wasteland and its inhabitants.
|Fallout||Fallout 2||Fallout 3||Fallout: New Vegas||Fallout Tactics||Fallout: BoS|
|The Vault Dweller||The Chosen One||The Lone Wanderer||The Courier||The Warrior||The Initiate|
|Van Buren||Fallout: BoS 2||Fallout 4|
|The Prisoner||The Sole Survivor|