Lee Oliver

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You ain't pissing on me right now, you're pissing on the Bear.

— Lee Oliver

General Lee Oliver is the commanding officer of the New California Republic Army in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.


He was present at the First Battle of Hoover Dam in 2277, and was also stationed at Camp McCarran before he left to be "present at Hoover Dam" according to Radio New Vegas. He meets the Courier in 2281 during the Second Battle of Hoover Dam. Through conversations with a number of non-player characters such as Chief Hanlon at Camp Golf, impressions of the general make him out to be someone who is eager for glory and victory at the expense of the lives under their command as well as unwilling to listen to subordinates that may question his strategies; Boone suggests he owes his command due to his strong support of President Kimball. If the player sides with the Legion or Mr. House, Lee Oliver shows his dedication to the NCR willing to fight to the death for its honor, but won't throw his men's lives away just for victory. Many in the NCR disparagingly refer to him as General "Wait and see" Oliver, due to the fact that he gives strict orders to hold position, and not to pursue any attackers, namely Caesar's Legion and the Fiends. His ultimate goal is to mass troops at the Dam in order to gain a decisive victory over the Legion - he feels only a total victory in a straight up battle of attrition would eclipse Chief Hanlon's tactical ingenuity and instrumental role in the First Battle of Hoover Dam; a victory frequently credited to Chief Hanlon.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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  • Eureka!: If the Courier sides with the NCR, General Oliver is the one to brief you on your objectives at the beginning of the battle. After the victory Oliver personally congratulates the Courier in the Legate's Camp.
  • All or Nothing, No Gods, No Masters: If the Courier chose either to work with Mr. House or to fight for independent Vegas, Lee Oliver also appears after Lanius is dealt with. He can be talked down with a Barter or Speech check (100) or killed by the Securitrons.
  • Veni, Vidi, Vici: If the Courier has chosen to aid Caesar, General Oliver becomes the main antagonist. The player has to battle his way through his defenses and reach his personal compound within the dam. There, Oliver can be persuaded to surrender. If not, he escapes to his office, being protected by force fields. The Courier will then have to fight their way through to him, eventually cornering him and killing him.



  • In the independent path, after convincing the General to surrender with the speech check, it is possible to tell Yes Man to throw him off the dam, resulting in a special cut scene showing him ragdoll over the side of the Hoover Dam.

Notable quotes

  • "This "paper" of yours isn't fit to wipe my ass with."
  • "Give those plumed fucks the what-for."
  • "I would sooner spit on my dead mother's grave than have some Courier walk-the-wasteland-fuck tell me what to do!"
  • "What the hell?! No, get away from me, you goddamn TV on wheels!"


General Lee Oliver appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes

  • Question on Joshua Sawyer's Formspring: General Oliver doesn't seem to grasp basic military strategy. What real life persons were an inspiration for his character? Would you agree Oliver's the main cause the war is going badly for the NCR?

He's a mishmash of various aggressive, blockheaded military commanders. General LeMay is an obvious example, though completely without the forethought of this man.


  • pcIcon pc xbox360Icon xbox360 Killing him might cause him to become "Unconscious", but never getting back up, making it impossible for the player to loot his body.


Design Document
CharactersGovernor Joseph Dodge · Mjr. Jack Fleming · Guido Giordano · Enzo Giordano · Vinnie Giordano · Dorris · Ailis McLafferty · Ralph Peoples · Mitch Stiller · Candice Morris · Pierre LaPoubelle · Dr. Yuri Polivich · Pablo Riviera · Frieda Van Graff · Milko · Dusty Heart · Beatrice · Otto Steed · Dianne · Farmer Dave · Bob · Mary-Joe · Billy-Bob · Mallet McBride · Ginger Flowers · Nancy Haggard · Arcade Gannon · Mike Lawson · Hoover Dam commoner
LocationsThe Rim (Fancy PC pad) · Downtown (Frieda's Firearms · Dusty's Desires · Hock-it to Bob) · Baseline · Scum Pits · Sub-Level 1C
QuestsGet Meeting with Governor Dodge · Negotiate Peace between NCR and BOS · Get City Council attendance back to norm · Join up with the 3-Some Caravan Company  · Spy on Crimson Caravan for 3-Some Caravan · Join up with the Crimson Caravan Company as spy for 3-Some · Successfully frame 3-Some Caravan Co. for extortion and murder · Successfully extort money out of Ailis McLafferty using evidence · Expose Crimson Caravan to Governor Dodge  · Give filtration schematics to former BOS scribes · Get school attendance up to norm · Teach class on Wasteland survival · Clear out critters in Scum Pits for possible hydroponics lab · Get shipments from Denver for materials to build hydroponics lab · Discover Sub-level 1 · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Get Mary-Joe to stop turning tricks & get access to Scum Pits · Discover lost Hoover Dam war and Sub-level 1 history · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Help Beatrice in a bar fight · Do Bob's bounty hunter jobs · Recalibrate the two working power generators to be more efficient and increase power · Get liquor for Pablo
OrganizationsNew California Republic · Crimson Caravan · 3-Some Caravan · Followers of the Apocalypse

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