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Lay a hand on Doctor Zimmer, and I'll snap your neck like a chicken bone.”— Armitage, Fallout 3
At first glance, Zimmer's imposing bodyguard appears quite human, but this is only the genius of the Institute. In reality, Armitage one of Dr. Zimmer's androids. Manufactured in 2242, he is an older model of android, substantially inferior to A3-21, the escaped android he and Zimmer are hunting.
Aside from his base programming, Armitage has been scripted to protect Zimmer at all cost. As such, he has very little to say and will defend Zimmer to the death. He follows Zimmer everywhere the doctor goes; he sleeps when Zimmer sleeps and eats when Zimmer eats – not because he has to, but because he has been programmed to have behavior indistinguishable from a humans.
Armitage will remain next to Zimmer at all hours of the day until the quest "The Replicated Man" is completed.
Interactions with the player character
|This character is essential. Essential characters cannot be killed.|
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Drops on death
- He can be killed with no loss of Karma; subsequently killing him with Harkness' permission will not cause Rivet City security to turn hostile toward the Lone Wanderer.
- Despite being an android, the Lone Wanderer can devour him using the Cannibal perk.
- Armitage carries one of only four android components in the game (the other three are in the possession of Zimmer, Victoria Watts and Horace Pinkerton).
- Killing Zimmer before he tries to leave with Harkness at the conclusion of The Replicated Man will result in Armitage permanently residing in the Rivet City marketplace.
Behind the scenes
- Armitage is a common cyberpunk name due to William Gibson using it for the Wintermute-controlled mercenary in his 1984 novel Neuromancer.
Armitage appears only in Fallout 3.
- The Lone Wanderer: "Okay, so if others have escaped... why are you coming after this one?"
Zimmer: "This particular android... Designation A3-21, is... different. Special. The most advanced synthetic humanoid I've ever developed. The others, like my escort Armitage there, are all older models. Easily replicated. Ah, but A3-21... it would take years to recreate him! So you see, this android MUST be located. At all costs. The others are all... acceptable losses. But A3-21, he is... irreplaceable."
- Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.61: "Armitage
Armitage, 35, is Zimmer's imposing bodyguard. He has little to say and will defend Zimmer to the death. Of course, that's because Armitage is actually a robot, of the same class as the replicant they are searching for. Armitage has the same schedule as Zimmer; he sleeps in the same room and eats the same food—not because he has to, but because he's been programmed to replicate human behavior as closely as possible."
(Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)