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Samuel Cooke
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Biography and appearance
RaceHuman, African American
AffiliationPowder Gangers
RoleAnti-NCR revolutionary
LocationVault 19
Dialogue FileSamuel Cooke's dialogue
QuestsWhy Can't We Be Friends?
SPECIALStrength: 5
Perception: 6
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 3
Intelligence: 3
Agility: 5
Luck: 4
Derived StatsHit Points: 115 → 165
Tag SkillsExplosives: 64 → 100
Melee Weapons: 62 → 100
Guns: 62 → 100
Level10 → 20 (player level x 1.2)
Editor IDVVault19SamuelCooke
Base ID0013e4d6Ref ID0013ec00
ActorAvery K. Waddell

Their "republic" is a joke. They're a bunch of tyrants led by an even greater tyrant, that idiot Kimball. They think they have the right to annex every inch of dirt in the West and force their system on every man, woman, and child.

Samuel Cooke is a revolutionary with an agenda against the New California Republic, the original instigator of the NCRCF prison break, and the current leader of a small band of former convicts in Vault 19, circa 2281.


Samuel Cooke is an unique character among NCR convicts. His hatred of the Republic is motivated by politics, as he sees the NCR as a corrupt, imperialist, tyrannical beast that forces its system on every man, woman, and child in the wasteland.[1] His revolutionary zeal led him to wage a campaign of sabotage in New California, blowing up Republican caravans along Interstate 15. Although genuinely passionate about his cause, he was still only one man and was eventually captured.[2]

Cooke's sentence landed him in the NCR Correctional Facility in the Mojave wasteland. However, incarceration did nothing to extinguish the fire in his heart. Although he acted like a model prisoner, with only being anti-NCR,[3] together with a band of trusted inmates, Samuel secreted away small quantities of explosives used in railroad construction. Easy, considering Cooke was part of the chain gangs that labored away under the sweltering sun, clearing the way for NCR trains.[4]

Eventually, Cooke saw an opportunity. When the Republic redeployed another group of prison guards away to the Colorado, he and his men blasted their way out of the cell block, overwhelmed the guards, and earned their freedom. The rest of the prisoners joined in when they realized what happened. However, Cooke left the prison together with a group of followers, allowing Eddie to form the Powder Gangers.

Cooke took his men to Vault 19, where he plans to take advantage the local areas dangerous wildlife and the sulfur deposits beneath to arm himself with high explosives and kindle the fires of war against the Republic anew.[5][6] However, Cooke is dealing with insubordination from Philip Lem, a convict who helped with the prison break and tagged along when Cooke left but has begun to rethink his choice and now wants to leave with some others and surrender to the NCR, but Cooke won't let them.[7] causing confusion within the small group's ranks about who is actually in charge.[8]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

This character starts quests.


  • Why Can't We Be Friends?: Samuel will give the quest and request that the player forge an alliance with the Khans once fire geckos are cleared from the caverns below.


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Leather armor, reinforced
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Sawed-off shotgun
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Carried items
Red sector key card
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Drops on death


  • Sam Cooke's death at the hands of the player is scripted to turn all convicts in Vault 19 hostile, regardless of circumstances.

Notable quotes

Behind the scenes

  • Samuel Cooke is a reference to the 1950s soul singer Sam Cooke.


Samuel Cooke appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. The Courier: "Tell me about the NCR."
    Samuel Cooke: "Their "republic" is a joke. They're a bunch of tyrants led by an even greater tyrant, that idiot Kimball. They think they have the right to annex every inch of dirt in the West and force their system on every man, woman, and child."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "How did you end up in prison?"
    Samuel Cooke: "I was blowing up supply caravans along the 15 freeway. The NCR got wise to my ambush spots, picked me up and threw me in a cage."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  3. NCR Correctional Facility terminals; Warden's Terminal, Suspicions about prisoner conspiracy.
  4. The Courier: "Tell me about the prison break."
    Samuel Cooke: "A beautiful thing. Saved a little blast powder here, hid a makeshift weapon there, and one day I orchestrated a little symphony for the NCR."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "So, what brought you to this place?"
    Samuel Cooke: "Heard there was an abandoned vault along this mountain ridge, and that the wildlife here had teeth big enough to keep the NCR away."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "What do you want the sulfur for?"
    Samuel Cooke: "Explosives. Bombs. Big, big fucking bombs. You gonna help us or not?"
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "What's going on here?"
    Philip Lem: "Fucking Cooke has us trapped here. After we escaped from an NCR prison, he dragged us around the wasteland until we ended up in this shit hole. A group of us want to leave, go back to the NCR and surrender. But Cooke won't let us."
    (Philip Lem's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "What's going on here?"
    Samuel Cooke: "That coward Lem has been talking about surrendering to the NCR. Now the men are confused, not sure who's leading this gang."
    (Samuel Cooke's dialogue)

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