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I guess there's only room for one hero in this family.
Jack Marston.


John "Jack" Marston, Jr. is a central character and the secondary protagonist of Red Dead Redemption, and a character in Red Dead Redemption II.

With the addition of the Liars and Cheats DLC pack, Jack Marston is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the 'Redemption' section of the Outfitter.

History

Background

Young Jack has grown up with the gang, although everyone has done their best to shield him from the more nefarious elements, especially his mother, Abigail. He loves everything about nature and the outdoor life, and is carefully watched over by his many aunts and uncles.
Rockstar Games' description of Jack for Red Dead Redemption II.

John Marston, Jr., better known as Jack, was born in 1895 as the first child of outlaw John Marston and his wife Abigail, two members of the Van der Linde gang. He would also have a younger sister, but she would die at some point after 1906.

As the child of John and Abigail, Jack spent time with other members of the gang, including Bill Williamson, Javier Escuella, Uncle and even Dutch van der Linde, seeing them all as surrogate uncles of sorts.

In 1906, John was badly injured during a bank robbery and left to die by his former brothers-in arms and left the gang with Jack and Abigail. By 1908[1] the Marston family owned a farm in Beecher's Hope, while John hired Uncle as manpower. The family also brought a dog called Rufus, to which Jack took a liking to.

In 1911, Jack and Abigail were taken hostage by Edgar Ross and Archer Fordham, two senior agents of the Bureau of Investigation, using them as leverage against John so he would hunt down Bill, Javier and Dutch.

Red Dead Redemption II

Jack is slated to appear as a supporting character in Red Dead Redemption II.

Red Dead Redemption

Early Chapters

No, he must be what, 15? 16? Doesn't time fly?
Dutch van der Linde to John in "Great Men are Not Always Wise".

While not physically present during the first three-fourths of Redemption's narrative, Jack is sporadically mentioned by his father during conversations with many of his allies and enemies, including Leigh Johnson, Javier Escuella and Dutch van der Linde.

Marston Ranch Chapter

Coyotes ate all the chickens and, poachers took the cattle. I tried, father, I tried.
Jack apologizes to John, "The Outlaw's Return".
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Jack practicing his aiming skills, with John by his side.

Jack first appears reuniting with his father after John finished his business with the Bureau of Investigation and is allowed to return back to the Marston Ranch. In a close hug, he apologizes to John for failing to maintain the ranch.

The next day, Jack and his father visit MacFarlane's Ranch, owned by John's friends Drew and Bonnie MacFarlane, to purchase cattle from them. During the ride back and forth, Jack inquires his father about his meeting with the MacFarlanes, as well as revealing it was his first time visiting Hennigan's Stead.

Sometime after helping both Abigail and Uncle, John takes time with teaching Jack hunting and skinning. The two go on a hunting trip with Rufus and take down a pair of elks. Afterward, John takes Jack to Manzanita Post to teach him about selling meat. In a later incident, Jack helps his father in killing a wolf pack that threatened the ranch's cattle.

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Jack rescued by his father.

Wishing to prove himself to his father, Jack decides to head up to Tall Trees and hunts down a grizzly bear by himself despite John's warnings. At Nekoti Rock, Jack is badly injured by a bear and his mount is killed in the process. John arrives with Rufus and kills the bear before taking Jack back to the ranch. During their ride back home, John expressed disappointment in his son's actions while Jack argued at his father's sparse involvement in his life.

Sometime after the grizzly hunt incident, Jack is found by his father at the barn where John praises his son for his skill with work tools. The tender moment between the two is cut short by a wide-scale attack by American soldiers and agents, led by Edgar Ross. Jack is ordered to stay in the Marston house with his mother while John and Uncle fight off the invaders.

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Jack and Abigail mourn John's death.

After one wave of attackers, Jack joins his father and Uncle in the fight, but the latter quickly dies of a fatal bullet much to Jack's dismay. Jack and John fight more waves of soldiers before running off to the barn with Abigail. At the barn, Jack and Abigail are ordered by John to get on a horse and ride off as far as they can, promising to join them after dealing with the attackers.

When Abigail hears gunshots from the ranch, she tells Jack to ride back to Beecher's Hope. The two find a recently deceased John in a pile of blood, and Jack comforts his mourning mother. Jack and Abigail then proceed to bury both John and Uncle on a hill overlooking the ranch.

Epilogue

I ain't going nowhere old man!
Jack confronting Ross, "Remember My Family".
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A 19-years old Jack, fresh after burying his mother.

In 1914, three years after John and Uncle's deaths, Abigail dies and Jack proceeds to bury her. Now a nineteen years old gunslinger and a spitting image of his father with similar skill in combat, Jack decides to hunt down his father's killer.

In Blackwater, Jack approaches an agent called Howard Sawicki, who he tricks into telling him of Edgar Ross. From Sawicki, Jack learns that Ross was awarded for killing John, and is now living his days out in a cabin on Lake Don Julio with his wife. With this, Jack departs Blackwater.

Visiting Don Julio, Jack meets Edgar's wife Emily, who greets him with a rant about how the government doesn't let Ross retire in peace, before apologizing and directing him towards the camp of Edgar and his brother Philip, close to the San Luis River. Meeting Philip, Jack finally locates Ross down the river hunting ducks.

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Jack confronts Ross about John's death before gunning him down.

Jack confronts the retired agent about his part in John's death, but Ross simply dismisses his actions as John's own fault. Unfazed by Ross' threats to kill him, Jack challenges the older man to a final duel. In a single moment, Jack guns down Ross and avenges his family's misfortune once and for all.

With Ross' death, Jack looks at his gun somberly, realizing he's close to becoming an outlaw, the very same life his father tried to have him avoid. Jack hostlers his sidearm and walks away from the scene.

Other stories

Undead Nightmare

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Jack, infected by the undead plague.

Jack appears as a supporting character in Undead Nightmare; he is first shown sitting with his mother at the Marston residence, reading a book while discussing swearing with Abigail. After John returns, he asks Jack about the book he's reading; an Aztec man who apparently must kill his people who have been infected by a virus or plague, which happens to foreshadow the events of the Undead Nightmare.

Later that night, the Marston family are attacked by an undead Uncle, who manages to bite and infect Abigail before being finished off by John. A worried Jack rushes to help his mother but is quickly infected as well, prompting John to hogtie them. Before being hogtied, Jack chases Rufus. Abigail and Jack are then brought to John and Abigail's bedroom, where John leaves them with some food before leaving to find a cure for both.

Jack is not seen again until the final mission, where he and Abigail are found by John to have returned to normal. Abigail's dialogue implies Jack was returned to normal after her. After being untied, Jack and Abigail embrace John.

His fate after John's death and return as an undead is unknown, and he can't be found anywhere.

Character

Personality

The arrogance of youth. He gets a little fur on his lip and he thinks he knows best all of a sudden.
John to Bonnie MacFarlane regarding Jack, "The Outlaw's Return".
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Jack reading a book.

Born as the son of two former criminals, Jack's parents worked their hardest to give Jack a brighter future and a better life than they ever had. As a result, Jack initially lacked his father's courage and superior combat, farming, and survival skills, but possessed intelligence and softness that far suppresses John's.

Jack was a bright young man and spent most of his time reading different books that further expand his knowledge. By his own admission, he greatly enjoyed reading about wild adventures and brave heroes, which gave him a more romanticized view on the Old West, and his remarks in 1914 suggest he looked up to the legendary Landon Ricketts. His love for books and stories prompted him to aspire to become a writer or a scholar, which his parents partly approved, as they also wished for him to be a rancher.

At times he appeared to be somewhat timid and was often mild-mannered when speaking to his family or friends. A major theme of his character is his sense of inferiority when compared to his father John, a veteran and experienced gunslinger and hunter. This led Jack to feel insecure and frightful whenever John approached him and made him all the more desperate to prove his worth to both his father and himself.

Despite the mutual struggle to understand each another, Jack shared a very close bond with John. He also cared deeply for his mother Abigail, who worried about Jack's condition after the two were released from the Bureau control. He was also the only member of the Marstons who seemed to be in a constant positive relationship with Uncle, who taught him several inappropriate things much to John's disapproval.

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Jack holstering his handgun after killing Ross.

The death of his family and the decline of the Marston ranch, all happening in a very short amount of time, greatly darkened Jack's personality. His grief and loneliness appear to have developed a severe case of depression and self-loathing. Many of the lines he says in different activities imply he became a death seeker with a subtle sadistic streak. He also appears to be both proud and ashamed of his heritage.

He became somewhat cold and ruthless, making some dark jokes whenever he kills a horse, an outlaw or a woman, but also shows signs of disgust at himself and questioning his own actions. He also developed an intense hatred for the American government and its law enforcement organizations, deeming them the real criminals and the people responsible for the demise of his family.

Jack's deep love for his family also ironically results in becoming the very thing his parents didn't want him to be: an outlaw. It was this love and grief that led him to hunt down Edgar Ross three years after his father's death, determined to avenge the Marstons even at the cost of his own innocence and future. At the same time, however, he also showed self-doubts about his motives, and even a hint of regret after gunning Ross down.

In his quest for revenge, Jack kept a rather calm and friendly demeanor, and had his anger in check, only showing his intense hatred for Ross when the latter dismissed John's death upon being confronted.

Appearance

In 1911, Jack is a teenage boy roughly the same height as his father John. He wears a grey vest over a striped shirt whose sleeves he keeps folded, and a pair of dark brown pants. He keeps his hair short, which is dark brown in color and somewhat ruffed. He gains several facial scars following an encounter with a bear in "Spare the Love, Spoil the Child".

In 1914, Jack has aged considerably; he is slightly taller, sports a shoulder-length hair that resembles his father's, a goatee and a mustache, the last of which showcases a scar on the right side of his upper lip. His main attire consists of a beige colored jacket worn over a white shirt with a striped scarf around his neck, complete with dark grey pants. He also wears what appears to be his father's hat.

Gameplay

Jack can be found as an NPC at Beecher's Hope between the mission "The Outlaw's Return" and "The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed". He can be seen to do various different actions depending on the time of the day, playing with a Repeater Carbine during the day, and sitting next to the fireplace and playing the harmonica during the night.

Jack is first playable during the final sequence of the mission "The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed"; he is limited to only riding his horse back to the Marston Ranch, and it is the only time where his 16 years-old self is controlled by the player.

Following the completion of the aforementioned mission, Jack becomes the player-controlled character for the remainder of the game. Every weapon, horse, safehouse, Honor, Fame, bounty and outfit that John had is carried over to Jack. This also includes progress in most Strangers side-missions, for which he has his own recorded lines.

As the quest specifically deals with his father's past and eventual fate, Jack is unable to start or continue the side-mission "I Know You". In return, Jack gets the unique "Remember My Family" quest-line, which allows the player to hunt down Edgar Ross and acts as the epilogue and full ending to the game's events.

As the player character, Jack shares most of his animations with his father but is provided with his own unique voice and lines, which tend to include references to his father, mother, Uncle, Landon Ricketts, lawmen and animals. He is also capable of using the Dead Eye Targeting.

Jack gets his own take on the game's default outfit, the Cowboy Outfit, which sees him wearing a beige jacket. He also has access to three law enforcement outfits that cannot be legally obtained by John: the US Army Uniform, the US Marshal Uniform, and the Bureau Uniform.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption
Undead Nightmare

Trivia

  • The player can use a cheat code to play as an adult Jack Marston before the mission "The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed"; however, doing so will lock any storyline missions the player has and will make the game unavailable to save.
  • The 2013 game Grand Theft Auto V, another game developed by Rockstar Games, includes a reference to Jack and an easter egg for Red Dead Redemption; a book can be located in one of the protagonists' houses called "Red Dead" and written by a J. Marston.

Gallery

Red Dead Redemption II

Red Dead Redemption

Undead Nightmare

See also

References

  1. John Marston: Only been at it three years or so. I guess I'm kinda new to it.
    "This is Armadillo, USA", Red Dead Redemption.

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