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Vault Boy

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Vault Boy
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Artwork of the Vault Boy from Fallout: New Vegas promotional material.

Universe Fallout
Debut Fallout (1997)
Smash Bros. appearances Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Fallout Shelter Online (2020)
Console/platform of origin MS-DOS
Microsoft Windows
Species Human
Gender Male
Place of origin United States
Created by Leonard Boyarsky

The Vault Boy (Vaultボーイ, Vault Boy) is the mascot of the Fallout franchise.

Origin

The Vault Boy is the mascot of the company Vault-Tec from the Fallout franchise by Bethesda. Vault-Tec designed post-apocalyptic shelters called Vaults to enable humanity to survive in the aftermath of a worldwide nuclear war, though the majority of these Vaults were in reality controlled, often unethical human experiments. The Vault Boy illustrates character statistics and selectable attributes, and from Fallout 3 onward, models wearable equipment. Vault Boy should not be confused with the Pip Boy; the wearable computer used by the player to access their inventory.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As a costume

Vault Boy revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Mii Costume.
The Vault Boy Mii costume in Ultimate.

A DLC costume for Mii Gunner based on the Vault Boy was announced on June 22nd, 2020, and was made available for purchase on June 29th, 2020. Like Sans and Cuphead before him, Vault Boy appears as a fully modelled character. His "mask" is just his head instead of a mask with the Mii's head visible. His gun appears to be based off the Alien Blaster, an energy pistol that shows up multiple times throughout the series. His Vault Suit is labeled '111' on the back, a reference to the Sole Survivor's vault in Fallout 4. Unlike Sans and Cuphead, Vault Boy does not come with a music track due to most of the music in the Fallout series being licensed music.

In his reveal trailer, the opening features Mario performing his thumbs-up taunt. This is a reference to a thumbs-up being Vault Boy's signature pose. Later, Vault Boy fights Dark Samus, referencing various mutant enemies seen in the Fallout series, Finally, Vault Boy stands besides Duck Hunt. This is a reference to Dogmeat, a recurring dog companion throughout the Fallout series.

Trivia

  • Vault Boy is the first time Bethesda has been represented in Super Smash Bros.
  • Unlike other regions, the logo for Fallout, the series Vault Boy hails from, is absent in the American version of his Mii Costume reveal trailer, being replaced with a wordmark featuring the character's name. This is also the case with Altaïr. There has not been a explanation for this.
    • Despite this, Fallout is mentioned by name in the North American version via the “News” section, also the case with Altaïr.
  • The introduction to Vault Boy's Mii Costume references the "SPECIAL" rule-set (which is spelled out in-game as "S.P.E.C.I.A.L.") from the Fallout series by abbreviating "Smash" similarly.

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