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Gene projector
Gene projector at the start of the game

The Gene Projector is a device which is capable of predicting a newborn baby's future appearance as a young adult by extrapolating physical characteristics from their genome. In Fallout 3, this device was used by James to show the Lone Wanderer how he/she would look "When you're all grown up".

Accessing Gene Projector

Facial reconstruction


Other than at "birth", there is only one other opportunities to use the Gene Projector to change your character's face: just before you exit Vault 101 after your escape. After that, the only facility to alter your facial appearance is with the Lasergrafter in the possession of Pinkerton in the broken bow of Rivet City.


Even though only Pinkerton allows you to change the character's face after the tutorial, there are multiple characters which allow you to change your hair style:

Customization options




Your character's name.


There are four races available. They are:

  • Caucasian
  • African-American
  • Hispanic
  • Asian


These are the different ways to customize your character's face.

General options:

Option Effect
Heavy/Light How fat or skinny your character's face is.
Thin/Wide The width of your character's face.


Option Effect
Small/Large How big or small your character's forehead is.
Tall/Short The height of your character's forehead.
Tilt forward/back The angle at which your character's forehead is tilted.


Option Effect
High/low Overall height of the eyebrows
Up/Down (Inner) Adjust the angle of the part of the brow close to the nose.
Up/Down (Outer) Adjust the angle of the part of the brow farther from the nose.


Option Effect
Up/Down Determines how far up or down your eyes are.
Small/Large The size of your eyes.
Together/Apart You can change the distance between your eyes.


Option Effect
Bridge Depth The height of the bridge of your character's nose.
Up/Down How long your character's nose is.
Flat/Pointed How pointy your character's nose is.
Nostril Tilt The angle at which your character's nose tilts.
Nostrils Wide/Thin The width of the nose at the nostrils
Sellion Height Adjusts the position where the bridge of the nose emerges from the forehead
Short/Long Adjusts the length of the nose from the upper lip to the tip


Option Effect
Large/Small How deep your character's lip goes in.
Overbite/Underbite Adjust the angle of the mouth


Option Effect
Low/High This determines how far up or down your character's cheeks are.
Shallow/Pronounced How shallow or pronounced you character's cheekbones are.
Concave/Convex How far out your cheeks extend from the side.


Option Effect
Retracted/Jutting This determines how far out your character's jaw extends.
Wide/Thin The width of the jaw.
Slope High/Low The angle from the jawline to the neck.
Concave/Convex The curvature of the jawbone.


Option Effect
Forward/Backward How far out your chin extends.
Broad/Recessed Determines how wide your chin is.
Shallow/Deep Adjusts the shape and position of the chin.
Tall/Short Determines how far your chin goes down.


The different skin tone options.

Option Effect
Shade Pretty much just the overall color of your character's skin depending on race.
Flushed The highlight of your character's skin.
Blue Tint The special blue tint of your character's skin.
Yellow Tint The special yellow tint of your character's skin.
Eye Sockets The tint of your character's eye sockets.
Eyebrows The tint of your character's eyebrows.
Eyeliner Mainly for females, this is the eyeliner for your character.
Nose The shade for your character's nose.
Lips The shade of your character's lips.
Moustache The tint of your character's moustache.
Cheeks The shade of your character's cheeks.
Beard The tint of your character's beard.

Eye Color

The color for your character's eyes. There are only four different colors.

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Hazel
  • Dark Brown


There are many types of hair-do's in Fallout 3.

Hair Color:

  • Bleached
  • Brown
  • Chocolate
  • Platinum
  • Cornsilk
  • Suede
  • Pecan
  • Auburn
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Gold
  • Rosewood
  • Black
  • Chestnut
  • Steel
  • Champagne
  • (Any wanted color via RGB setting)



  • Sarge
  • Buzz Cut
  • Bedraggled
  • Blast Back
  • The Unsettler


  • Clean Cut
  • Tunnel Snake
  • Pompadour
  • Waster
  • Balding
  • Buzz Saw
  • Combover
  • Smooth Wave
  • Shaggy Suave
  • Terrorsaur
  • Punked
  • Warhawk
  • High Riser


  • Domestic Goddess
  • No Nonsense
  • Prim 'N Proper
  • Rough Nite
  • Wendy the Welder
  • The Sophisticate
  • Frazzled
  • Iron Maiden
  • Unladylike
  • Rude Ridge
  • Mangy
  • Fallen Angel
  • FairyTails
  • Shaved
  • L'il Devil
  • Seductress
  • Clean Cut
  • Pretty Puff

Facial Hair:

  • Survivalist
  • Rough Beard
  • Goatee
  • Beatnick
  • Gunslinger
  • The Gentleman
  • Muttonstache
  • Shaggy Sideburns
  • Soul Patch
  • Old Coot
  • The Gettysburg
  • Chopper
  • Chin Strip
  • Honest Abe
  • Man's Man
  • Swashbuckler
  • Lady's Man
  • Tough Guy


  • The gene projector can be seen in the medical area of Project Purity, located in the sub-basement.
  • Another gene projector can be seen in the upstairs area of the REPCONN Test Site in Fallout: New Vegas, upside-down. The far right button on this unit is labeled "Body" instead of "Hair".
  • Yet another can be found in the Medical area of the Brotherhood of Steel's Hidden Valley bunker, turned sideways, in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • It is unknown which pre-War company developed and manufactured the gene projector, as there is no company logo on the device itself.