Veronica Santangelo in Fallout: New Vegas

Veronica is an NPC in Fallout: New Vegas, who can be found at the 188 trading outpost. The player can recruit her as a companion character. During one conversation, if the player asks her if she has “ever been in love,” she will reveal that she was in love with a woman in the past. This woman left the Brotherhood because her parents were of a group of Brotherhood members who felt everyone should be in procreative relationships (text available here):

PC: “Ever been in love?”

Veronica: “{Sincere} I was, once. We were pretty young, but I like to think it was love. She left the Brotherhood. Wanted to put some distance between herself and her parents. Since our membership isn’t open to outsiders, some members think that obligates all of us to procreate. Since our membership isn’t open to outsiders, some members think that obligates all of us to procreate.”

PC: “You didn’t go with her?”

Veronica: “No. Couldn’t bring myself to leave everyone else behind. Couldn’t convince her to stay, either. I’d hoped love would be enough to influence her decision, but it wasn’t. We were both too stubborn. I don’t know where she is now, but I’m sure she’s moved on. I still think about her, though. Once in a while.”

A video of this scene is available here, though it is unclear why the poster indicates this is evidence of her being bisexual.

It is heavily implied, according to some players (see also here, here, and here), that Christine is Veronica’s lover in the game. Based on the dialogue posted for both characters, however, stories don’t precisely match up. According to Veronica’s dialogue, her girlfriend left because her parents were part of a group within the Brotherhood who felt members should only be in procreative relationships. She speaks highly of Elijah and we have found no evidence that she blamed Elijah for their separation. According to Christine’s dialogue (as posted), Christine was dispatched to catch Elijah following events that occurred after he left the Brotherhood (long after Veronica’s lover left). In the player readings. Christine went after Elijah in vengeance for having been separated from Veronica, but in terms of temporal order that doesn’t make sense. It is unclear if that is narrative inconsistency, if these two characters are simply unrelated, or if it has been left intentionally vague.

One wiki suggests that she gives different responses to male and female PCs who ask her to stay close. She does have three options for a response to this request, but it is unclear if PC gender affects which one is used:

  1. “Hey now, You’re gonna have to buy me dinner first.”
  2. “This is as close as I get until you turn into a leggy brunette.”
  3. “Sorry. I get distracted. Been scavenging too long.”

A video overviewing Veronica as a companion character can be viewed here.

LGBTQ references in this game:

Fallout (1997): Sexaulity

Fallout 2 (1998): Sexuality

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (2004): Sexuality

Fallout 3 (2008): Sexuality; Carol and Greta; Anthony Ling; Flak and Shrapnel

Fallout: New Vegas (2010): Sexuality; Arcade Gannon; Christine Royce; Veronica Santangelo; Jimmy; Corporal Betsy; Sergio; Major Knight; Alex RichardsConfirmed Bachelor and Cherchez La Femme perks; Mentions of homosexuality

Fallout 4 (2015): TBA

Citations:

  1. Are there lesbians in it? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://aretherelesbiansinit.tumblr.com/games
  2. belthazor3457. (2010, October 19). Veronica is bisexual! (fallout new vegas). YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onu4DGDGTr4
  3. Christine Royce’s dialogue. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://fallout.gamepedia.com/Christine_Royce’s_dialogue
  4. Christine Royce: Veronica’s Lover? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.reddit.com/r/Fallout/comments/27mjmr/christine_royce_veronicas_lover/
  5. Elijah. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Elijah
  6. LGBT characters in video games. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_characters_in_video_games
  7. Nilsor’s Vault. (2014, April 30). Fallout New Vegas 101: Veronica Santangelo. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP-EGgKfqls
  8. Openly Gay/Bi characters in New Vegas? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.250236-Openly-Gay-Bi-characters-in-New-Vegas
  9. *Spoilers* Dead Money: Is Christine…? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/959557-fallout-new-vegas/57578069
  10. Talk:Christine Royce. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://fallout.gamepedia.com/Talk:Christine_Royce
  11. Veronica Santangelo. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Veronica_Santangelo
  12. Veronica Santangelo dialogue. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://fallout.gamepedia.com/Veronica_Santangelo%27s_dialogue