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Biography and appearance
AffiliationJunktown, Gizmo's Casino
RoleCasino Owner
LocationJunktown, Gizmo's Casino
Dialogue FileGIZMO.MSG
QuestsGet Gizmo's confession
Kill Killian.
Save Killian's life
Stop Gizmo.
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 9
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 6
Intelligence: 7
Agility: 4
Luck: 6
Derived StatsHit points: 70
Armor class: 4
Action points: 7
Carry weight: 150
Unarmed damage: 5
Melee damage: 1
Sequence: 18
Healing rate: 2
Experience points: 300
Normal DT/DR: 0/0%
Laser DT/DR: 0/0%
Fire DT/DR: 0/0%
Plasma DT/DR: 0/0%
Electrical DT/DR: 0/0%
EMP DT/DR: 0/500%
Explode DT/DR: 0/0%
Tag SkillsSmall Guns: 61%
Barter: 74%
Proto id00000049 (Gizmo)
ActorJames Jonah Cummings
All right, here's the deal. Junktown, it ain't what it used to be. The only reason it's still here is because of my gambling establishment. Even so, Killian's been breathing down my neck, and I'm starting to take it personal. And that's where you come in, slick.
— Gizmo

Gizmo[1] is the richest man in Junktown and its crime boss in Fallout.


The richest man in Junktown is the biggest figure in the town. His large influence is a result of his owning the casino and the boxing ring, two entertainment venues that bring plenty of visitors to Junktown and lots of money to Gizmo's coffers. Of course, any influential man with riches is going to want more. Gizmo's ambition is simple: Control Junktown and turn it into a true oasis. This makes Killian Darkwater a natural rival of Gizmo's, particularly his attempts to shut the entrepreneur down.[2]

Killian's opposition to Gizmo isn't baseless. Gizmo favors direct action, in the sense of taking the kneecaps of those who try to cheat him,[3] anatomy-based art executed by Gizmo's personal bodyguard, Izo,[4] and political assassination by hired hitmen.[5] On Killian, of course, in a way that leaves Gizmo free of the crime.[6]

Gizmo's greatest weakness is his sheer size. Years of prosperity left him a giant, fat man who can't move on his own. If he wants to get anywhere, he has to be helped by his guards and even then, they have to use a little tricycle to ease the process.[7]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.


Tell me about

Gizmo's Tell-Me-About's
Query Response
Casino, Gizmo's, Gizmos, Junktown "Well, most people gamble here. You ask stupid questions."
Darkwater, Killian "[Gizmo grunts.] Killian's the mayor of this town. Thinks he knows everything... well, [Gizmo laughs] we'll just see how much he knows, won't we?"
Darkwaters "That's Killian's place the north end of town. He sells crap."
Gizmo "[Gizmo coughs.] That's me, stupid. I run the . . . gambling establishment here."


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Assault carbine icon.png
9mm Mauser
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Carried items
27x 9mm ball
3x iguana-on-a-stick
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Drops on death

Behind the scenes

  • Early variants of the game's script had Gizmo's ending be the positive one (Junktown prospers) and Killian's the negative one (harsh frontier justice greatly limits Junktown's growth). This was cut after the marketing department demanded a more clear cut situation.
  • While many think Gizmo is a reference to the 1984 film Gremlins, Gizmo's name actually comes from Tim Cain's childhood pet skunk.[8]



Gizmo appears only in Fallout.


  1. Don is an Italian honorific, a title given to people in positions of influence, power or respect, not a first name.
  2. The Vault Dweller: ""
    Gizmo: "{110}{gizmo_4}{All right, [Gizmo snorts] here's the deal. Junktown, it ain't what it used to be. The only reason it's still here is because of my gambling establishment. Even so, Killian's been breathing down my neck, and I'm starting to take it personal. [Gizmo snorts] And that's where you come in, slick.}"
  3. The Vault Dweller: ""
    Gizmo: "{127}{gizmo_7}{[Gizmo wheezes.] I knew you'd see it my way. As proof, I want the dog tags Killian wears around his neck. Ya' get them, ya' get your money. Now, just get. And don't cross me. I still got the kneecaps from the last one who tried.}"
  4. The Vault Dweller: ""
    Gizmo: "{164}{gizmo_20}{No tags, no money. You come back without the tags again and Izo gets creative with your anatomy. Now get out!}"
  5. Kenji: "{103}{}{Gizmo sends his regards!}"
  6. The Vault Dweller: ""
    Gizmo: "{120}{gizmo_6}{I would, but there must be no connection between me and Killian's unfortunate demise.}"
  7. The Vault Dweller: "{159}{}{Does he have any weaknesses?}"
    Sinthia: "{163}{}{Only that he thinks he doesn't have any. Well, that and he's a fat slob, who can't move for a damn. He's got to have his guards help him move around. Even then, they gotta use a little tricycle. Heh heh.}"
  8. Tim Cain GDC talk, @25:27–25:53: "Another example that probably no one would no about because it's so deeply embedded was Gizmo, which is one of the main characters who had a voice-over and nice 3D-generated head, he was one of the people who could fight for control of a place called Junktown. Well, Gizmo is a good name for somebody running a place called "Junktown" – a lot of people think it's a reference to the movie "Gremlins"; it's actually an inside joke: it was the name of the skunk I owned when I was twelve years old."