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Jean-Baptiste Cutting
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, African American
AffiliationVan Graffs
RoleElite bodyguard
Jack of Spades
New Plague carrier (Van Buren)
LocationSilver Rush
FamilyTiaret Van Graff (mother)
Gloria Van Graff - Half-Sister
Frieda Van Graff - Half-Sister
Dialogue FileJean-Baptiste Cutting's dialogue
QuestsBirds of a Feather
Tend to Your Business
Heartache by the Number
AlignmentVery Evil
SPECIALStrength: 8
Perception: 6
Endurance: 8
Charisma: 5
Intelligence: 5
Agility: 7
Luck: 5
Derived StatsHit Points: 435
DT: 15
Tag SkillsEnergy Weapons: 117
Guns: 34
Speech: 30
Base ID0010c681Ref ID0010d8e5
ActorEmerson Brooks

One day Mama took me aside and said, "Boy, you're never going to go very far, but you're gonna make a whole lot of people come up short."

— Jean-Baptiste Cutting

Jean-Baptiste Cutting is the second-in-command of the Mojave Wasteland branch of the Van Graffs crime syndicate, living at the Silver Rush in Freeside in Fallout: New Vegas.


Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

Half-brother to Frieda Van Graff and one of the escaped Tibbets prisoners, Jean-Baptiste was to play a fairly major role in the first act of Van Buren, but was only ever mentioned in Frieda's biography.

Gametitle-VB.pngEnd of information based on Van Buren.

In New Vegas, Cutting has taken on the role of an enforcer, forming the backbone of the might of the Van Graff family. He works in the Silver Rush alongside another of his half-sister, Gloria, and does his part in the politics of their operation in the only way he knows how; with the barrel of his laser rifle. He has Cutting as a surname, opposed to Van Graff because his mother only gave him the surname to remind her dead husband.

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.



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Combat armor
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Laser rifle
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Carried items
30x - 45x microfusion cells
1x - 8x Drained microfusion cells (75% chance)
Van Graff key
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Drops on death


  • Jean-Baptiste Cutting has extremely high health, more than most companions, as well as an incredible, and normally impossible, 117 Energy Weapons skill. The only reason for this seems to be to make him a "boss" character.
  • He is also notably taller than the player character.
  • Killing him won't award the player with positive karma, though he is considered an evil character.
  • Rose of Sharon Cassidy makes a point to make fun of his name, and, mispronounce "Canada" while doing so.[1]


Jean-Baptiste Cutting appears only in Fallout: New Vegas. He was also going to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.

Behind the scenes

Jean-Baptiste was pretty different in the tabletop game, but only in the nature of his nastiness. He wasn't a smooth talker or the sort of guy who would threaten people. He was tight-lipped and observant and would just do horrible things without any warning. Jean-Baptiste was focused on survival so he would do anything to anyone to stay alive. He's probably the worst character I've ever played, morally.

— J. E. Sawyer
  • Jean-Baptiste Cutting is likely a reference to Jean-Baptiste Carrier, a French Revolutionary infamous for his cruelty.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png If Jean-Baptiste is killed, his body sometimes cannot be looted. On PC, you can access his inventory by entering prid 10d8e5, then OpenTeammateContainer 1.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Jean-Baptiste, after the delivery in Birds of A Feather, tends to get stuck on the stairs and not move, unless provoke by an attack in Silver Rush, the quest will be failed if he's killed.
  • PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Jean-Baptiste, after the Cass related part of the quest tends to disappear and not come back.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png When he says, "Gloria's the one you want to talk about working for us.", the subtitles misspell "Gloria's", for "Glory's".
    • Not a glitch. "Glory" is just Jean-Baptiste's nickname for Gloria. He consistently calls her this if you talk to him after successful completion of Birds of a Feather.
  • PCIcon pc.png After Baptiste tells you to go retrieve the Cassidy girl in the "Birds of A Feather" Quest, when you return to the Silver Rush with the girl, Baptise is nowhere to be found, even though the map says otherwise.




  1. The Courier: "Jean-Baptiste in Freeside wanted to meet with you."
    Rose of Sharon Cassidy: "Jean-Baptiste? Sounds like someone got knocked out of the good book so hard his name broke. Either that or it's Canadarian or some such shit. So who is this... "Baptiste" and what does he want?"
    The Courier: "He's with the Van Graffs."
    Rose of Sharon Cassidy: "The only Van Graffs I know are the ones out West - well, except for Gloria Van Graff, and I don't know her all that well, nor do I want to. Don't have any objections speaking with him, though if he's with the Van Graffs, he should know I'm not looking to buy weapons."
    (Rose of Sharon Cassidy's dialogue)