Button Gwinnett (robot)

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For the second governor of Georgia, see Button Gwinnett. For the famous Boston brewer named after him, see Button Gwinnett.
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Button Gwinnett
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Biography and appearance
RaceRobot, Protectron
AffiliationNational Archives
RoleCurator
LocationNational Archives
Dialogue FileButton Gwinnett's dialogue (robot)
Gameplay
QuestsStealing Independence
Statistics
AlignmentNeutral
Technical
Base ID00003a78Ref ID00020122
 
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The Declaration must remain here! It is our symbol of hope, the one thing that cries out "We are a free nation!"

Button Gwinnett is a protectron robot who, for lack of any other authority, runs the National Archives in Fallout 3. Due to a memory malfunction, he believes himself to be the real Button Gwinnett.

Background[edit | edit source]

The powdered wig, the blue coat, the metal mandible appendages-this must be Button Gwinnett, second governor of Georgia! Look closely, and you may spot some tiny discrepancies in this fellow: the pulsing brain module, the clanking sound Button makes, and the fact that this is actually a protectron![1]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Button is the leader of the security robots in the National Archives basement levels.

Interactions with the player character[edit | edit source]

Interactions overview[edit | edit source]

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This character is involved in quests.

Quests[edit | edit source]

  • Stealing Independence: Button Gwinnett has total control over all the robots in the National Archives and addresses them with motivational messages as the Lone Wanderer progresses through the basement levels and gets closer to his quarters. When initiating dialogue with him, he will call you a redcoat, and claim that they are surrounded by redcoats.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

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Apparel
Button's wig (non-lootable)
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Weapon
-
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Carried items
Scrap metal
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Drops on death
empty

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike the other protectrons, Button Gwinnett's voice sounds human. He speaks with a colonial accent.
  • You can also find his wig in the corner of the room he is guarding. Strangely, you can't loot the wig he is currently wearing.
  • If you can convince him that you are Thomas Jefferson, he mentions that you should give his regards to "Sally". He's referring to Sally Hemings.[2]
  • If you help Button Gwinnett by telling him the war is over, he will actually salute.
  • He will still believe you're Thomas Jefferson even if your Lone Wanderer character is female.
  • Killing him will cause you to lose karma, while disabling him does not affect your karma.
  • While the protectron identified as Jefferson is offline for maintenance (due to someone replacing its voice software with a radio broadcast as described in the maintenance logs), the personality can be transferred over to the backup. If activated, it will wander around and start broadcasting Galaxy News Radio, though it cannot be interacted with. The broadcast is due to a pre-War prank mentioned on some of the terminals in the building, which included swapping the voice software of the protectron with a radio uplink and frequency scanning software. The recall signal does not function, but activating the Shutdown causes it to explode.
  • The maintenance terminal near Button's pod mentions previous problems with memory malfunctions, referred to as memory leaks. This causes his tour guide and reenactment subroutines to meld together and caused him to believe he is the real, human, Button Gwinnet who lived in the late 1700s. If you try to tell him it is 2277 and that he is a robot, he will adamantly deny it and get somewhat frustrated with the Lone Wanderer. Additionally, if the Lone Wanderer chooses to help him make a copy of the declaration of independence and got to Arlington Library to retrieve ink, the directions he will give you if asked are completely irrelevant, citing nonexistent landmarks such as a bell-tower and a fish market (most likely because his reenactment software included going to Arlington).

Notable quotes[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Button Gwinnett appears only in Fallout 3.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Telling Button to "Relinquish his post", or "Do whatever you want" while having Sergeant RL-3 as a companion, RL-3 will shut down with the rest of the robots in the archives.

References

  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.64: "Button Gwinnett
    The powdered wig, the blue coat, the metal mandible appendages-this must be Button Gwinnett, second governor of Georgia! Look closely, and you may spot some tiny discrepancies in this fellow: the pulsing brain module, the clanking sound Button makes, and the fact that this is actually a Protectron!"
    (Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition Wasteland Census)
  2. The Lone Wanderer: "Stand down, and honorably relinquish your post. You've earned a rest."
    Button Gwinnett: "Coming from you, that means all the world to me. It's been an honor and a privilege to serve my country. It's time for me to take a long-needed rest. I think you'll find that the rest of my men are long-due for the same. I hereby relinquish command and control of this fortification to you. Good luck to you, Mr. Jefferson... and give Sally my regards."
    (Button Gwinnett's dialogue (robot))