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Ted Strayer
race: Human, Caucasian
affiliation: Rivet City
role: Town Slacker
location: Rivet City
family: Jeff Strayer (father)
Miranda Strayer (mother)
appearances: Fallout 3
quests: You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head
SPECIAL: 4ST, 4PE, 3EN, 4CH, 4IN, 4AG, 4LK
base id: 000156BE
ref id: 0001E757

Ted Strayer is a 19-year old[1] laid-back character living inside Rivet City in Fallout 3.

He does not have any significant purpose in the city and is addicted to Chems. His favorite Chem seems to be Psycho. He lives off the money his father, Jeff Strayer, earned while doing a job for Allistair Tenpenny.



This character can be found in The Muddy Rudder Bar or in the Common Room. Sometimes he also wanders around the Flight Deck. This is the best place to snipe him from the upper decks, if you wish to kill him.

He may be found wandering the Capital Wasteland with Mister Lopez on the road near the Vault 101 entrance, this happens while doing You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head and the objective waypoint indicates his position.

Related Quests


You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head

He doesn't necessarily need to be killed for you to receive Ted Strayer's Special Key. You can buy it from him for 25 caps, acquire it by passing a speech check, steal it from him, or, if you have 6 or more Strength or the Toughness perk, you can intimidate him into giving you all of his stuff, including his bottlecaps and his key. It is also possible to stealthily kill Ted by giving him Psycho for free so that he will overdose.

Suicide Watch

Main article: Suicide Watch

If you wish to assist the suicidal Mister Lopez and convince him not to kill himself, ensure that you do not kill Ted Strayer until after you have done so. Lopez will teach Ted how to read if you stand around them for a while.


Apparel Weapon Other item On death
Brahmin Skin Outfit N99 10mm Pistol Ted Strayer's Key
Ted Strayer's Special Key


  • If you decide to kill him, make sure to do it not long before you take up You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head, as his body can disappear before you get a chance to remove the key. Unfortunately, there is no known way to counteract this on the 360 or PS3 versions of the game. PC gamers can bring up the console (~) and type player.additem 0002B8DA 1 to receive Ted Strayer's Special Key.
  • You can successfully assassinate Ted by mezzing him. Rivet City then turns hostile towards him which allows you to kill him without anybody turning hostile on you.
  • Sometimes the player may see a conversation between him and Father Clifford trying to convince him to believe in God, but he tells that there is no way in hell that he believes in God.
  • When first talking to Ted, if you should choose the dialog "I know your type, you're a freeloader and a waste of breath." He will enter "fleeing mode" and thus make it impossible to get his key peacefully.
  • If you accidentally finished the You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head quest via the bug in Operation Anchorage, Ted Strayer's Special Key can be pick-pocketed.
  • It's possible for Ted to disappear from the game for no apparent reason. This bug cannot be fixed and makes it impossible to retrieve Ted Strayer's Special Key.

Behind the scenes

  • Ted Strayer and Dr. Preston, both of whom are residents of Rivet City, may be references to the protagonists of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill S. Preston and Theodore (Ted) Logan. Ted Strayer's addiction to Chems and his laid-back attitude seem to back up this theory.


Ted Strayer appears only in Fallout 3.


  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide
Rivet City

This article uses material from the "Ted Strayer" article on the Fallout wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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