What have you done? The Vault is done for!

Officer Richards is a member of Vault 101 security in 2277.


A little less relentless than Officer O'Brian in his beating of those milling about Vault 101 during the escape of the Lone Wanderer, Officer Richards is still under orders to stop those from breaching the vault door.[1]

Officer Richards guards the locked atrium door to the Vault 101 entrance together with Officer O'Brian.

Interactions with the player characterEdit

Interactions overviewEdit

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  • Escape!: Officer Richards will attempt to neutralize the player during their escape from Vault 101.

Effects of player's actionsEdit

  • O'Brian and Richards kill Tom and Mary Holden unless the player is seen by the officers before Tom reaches them. This will cause them to start shooting and scare away Tom and Mary.
  • If you do not kill Richards in the Atrium he will appear later to stop you at the Vault Door.



Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout 3 cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Originally, if he was left alive in Escape! he would appear in Trouble on the Homefront.

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Officer Richards appears only in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide