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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, Caucasian
AffiliationNew California Republic Army
The Misfits
RoleMisfit soldier
LocationCamp Golf
Dialogue FilePoindexter's dialogue
QuestsFlags of Our Foul-Ups
No, Not Much
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 5
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 5
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 50
Tag SkillsExplosives: 46
Melee Weapons: 46
Guns: 46
Editor ID2CPoindexter
Base ID00104311Ref ID0010431b
ActorLiam O'Brien

It's highly unlikely you'd understand anything I'd say. Suffice to say I'm a certified genius, and when I'm discharged from this pit of testosterone and failure, I'll have all the money I could ever need.

Private Poindexter is a soldier assigned to The Misfits platoon at Camp Golf in Fallout: New Vegas.


Soldiers tend to be an exceptional type of human. Selfless, brave, and unafraid of hard work. Poindexter is none of these things, compensating for it with an ego the size of Hoover Dam and thinly veiled contempt for his fellow troopers. To himself, he's a certified genius whom everyone at the Camp looks up to. To everyone else, he's an annoying know-it-all who cannot follow orders.[1][2][3][4][5]

If anyone wonders what someone like Poindexter is doing in the ranks of New California's military, it's simple: He figures that the benefits offered by the Army, both in terms of money and prestige, are worth the risk of bodily harm. To minimize the risk to himself, he deliberately rides the mediocrity gradient, doing just well enough to stay in service, but not good enough to be sent to the front lines. That way, he can eventually "work" his way to a cushy desk job back in New California as, technically, a veteran.[6][7][8] A veteran's pension is an added bonus.[8]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.


  • Flags of Our Foul-Ups: If asked for a solution to the problem of the Misfits' readiness, he will suggest hacking the readiness reports at Camp Golf. Doing so results in a bad enging for the Misfits and Camp Golf.[9]
    • Poindexter will also need convincing to work better with the squad if they elect to follow O'Hanrahan's advice. This is achieved with Speech 40 and helps the Misfits work better as a team.
  • No, Not Much: Completing the above quest and helping the Misfits is required for Camp Golf to send aid to Bitter Springs.


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NCR trooper armor
Reading glasses
Assault carbine icon.png
Service rifle
Frag grenade x4
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Carried items
Random Caravan card
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Drops on death

Behind the scenes

Poindexter's unused Caravan challenge dialogue
  • Leftover voice clips and dialogue options indicate that Poindexter was supposed to be a Caravan player at one point. However, the option is dummied out and Poindexter has no deck, scripting, money, or factions assigned that would allow for him to play with the player.
  • Poindexter's appearance is similar to that of Arnold Epstein, the main character from the 1985 play and 1988 film, Biloxi Blues.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Poindexter is marked as respawning and will reappear if killed after three in-game days.


Poindexter appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. The Courier: "Tell me about yourself."
    Poindexter: "To what purpose? It's highly unlikely you'd understand anything I'd say. Suffice to say I'm a certified genius, and when I'm discharged from this pit of testosterone and failure, I'll have all the money I could ever need."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Since you're so respected, maybe you can help get this unit into shape."
    Poindexter: "[SUCCEEDED] Hmm. You're trying to appeal to my ego. I must admit, it's an effective tactic. All right - I'll help. But only because I want to see if it's even possible."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  3. The Courier: "I think you'll find that the Misfits' records are now much improved."
    Poindexter: "You actually did it? My friend, I am without doubt a genius, but I must say, you've given me a run for my money. Bravo. Bravo."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Are you in charge around here?"
    Poindexter: "In a strictly official capacity, no. However, as I am by far the most intelligent and resourceful figure on this base, I feel it's safe to say the soldiers here look up to me."
    The Courier: "So, that's a no, then?"
    Poindexter: "I suppose if you must stick with your narrow, parochial view of "in charge," then yes, it's a no. Are we done?"
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "I wonder if anyone else would share that sentiment."
    Poindexter: "Genius is seldom appreciated in its own time."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "How'd a guy like you end up in the Army?"
    Poindexter: "It's a simple idea: the Army offers fiscal security and generous benefits at the cost of substantial personal risk - if you're on the front line. If you perform too poorly, they'll scrub you out. Perform too well, and you get sent to the front lines. All I have to do is ride that mediocrity gradient to a cushy, do-nothing job miles away from the war."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "Great, maybe you can help me get this squad working together!"
    Poindexter: "[FAILED] Why would I? If this unit improves its performance, we'll be shipped to the front lines. That's hardly conducive to living a long life."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Courier: "Sgt. McCredie asked me to talk to you about getting your squad in shape."
    Poindexter: "That seems highly illogical. What reason would he have for doing that?"
    The Courier: "He thinks you might respond better to someone who isn't an authority figure."
    Poindexter: "This is an unexpected variable. I had hoped to coast on an easy wave of mediocrity to a cushy government pension."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)
  9. The Courier: "Maybe I can help out."
    Poindexter: "And how would you propose accomplishing such a goal?"
    The Courier: "It occurs to me that I might cheat."
    Poindexter: "Hmm... an intriguing proposition. Company readiness reports are logged on the computer systems at the Resort. If you hack the system, you could alter our records. Such an attempt, however, is likely to thwart efforts to motivate the squad to do actual work. If such is your goal, you should look elsewhere."
    The Courier: "I'll do it. Work is overrated anyways."
    Poindexter: "Excellent! Squad readiness records can be accessed from two terminals at the resort: the main terminal in the lobby or a secure one in a back office. The main terminal is typically unlocked, but is also in the middle of a major thoroughfare, you'll have to be stealthy to access it. The office terminal is locked, but you might have an easier time accessing it, especially at night."
    (Poindexter's dialogue)