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Tunnel Snakes
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The Tunnel Snakes harassing Amata outside of the classroom
Overview
LeadershipButch DeLoria
Wally Mack
FoundedButch DeLoria
Wally Mack
Paul Hannon Jr.
Territory
Notable LocationsVault 101
 
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The Tunnel Snakes are the gang of greasers in Vault 101, from 2268—2277.

Organization

They wear Grease-style brown leather jackets over their vault suits and have recognizable 1950s haircuts (In game their hair style is called "Tunnel Snake"). The members of the gang are Butch DeLoria, Wally Mack, and Paul Hannon Jr.. The leadership of the gang shifts consistently between Butch and Wally, with Paul following whomever is in charge at the moment. One other Vault resident, Freddie Gomez, desires membership in the "Tunnel Snakes" gang and the gang members approve of Freddie's bullying of his peers. Freddie's father, Officer Gomez, disapproves of his son's association with the gang.

Background

In the late 2260s, the young Butch is actively organizing the gang and recruiting new members. During the Lone Wanderer's tenth birthday, Butch holds an open panel for possible gang names. Wally suggests "Mackers" and "Hell's Overseers"; whereas, Paul suggests "Grease Weasels", "Vaultikins", and "Vault Dwellers". Butch suggests "Vault Rats" and "Vault Snakes". The name "Vault Snakes" was eventually accepted by the gang, and changed to "Tunnel Snakes". A carefully drawn and designed snake is sewn onto the leather surface of the jackets' backs. The snake's body forms the letter 'S'.

6 years later, on August 3, 2274, the gang members are harassing Amata Almodovar near the classroom. They are chiding her for being a daddy's girl and a daughter of the Overseer. Amata is offended and frustrated by the unwanted harassment of the gang members. In this situation, a player's character could chose one of three possible paths. The paths could involve a player's character helping Amata for good karma, helping the "Tunnel Snakes" for bad karma, or simply ignoring it and forcing Amata to resolve the situation herself.

It is later discovered by the Lone Wanderer while accessing the Overseer's computer that the Overseer has used them to harass people in secret in situations where having his security force do so would be undesirable. ("Escape!")

The gang pretty much ended in 2277 when Paul died, Wally left and Butch was the only member left.

Appearances

The Tunnel Snakes appear in Fallout 3 and are mentioned in Fallout 4.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • When Butch DeLoria, Wally Mack and Paul Hannon Jr. discuss the gang´s name during the Lone Wanderer's birthday party, one of the names proposed is "Vault Dwellers", which may be a reference to the main character of Fallout. Also, Butch negatively responds to the name, claiming it to be ridiculous.
  • Butch and his gang are modeled after 1950s-style juvenile delinquents known as "Greasers", seen in movies like West Side Story, The Wild One, Rebel Without a Cause, as well as later "retro" movies and TV programs that hearken back to the same era.

References

  1. Robert MacCready: "Tunnel snakes rule! *Laugh* Sorry, heard that a long time ago."
    (Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken in the catacombs of the Old North Church.