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Nigel West Dickens
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Nickname(s) The Snake Oil Guy
Old Man
Gender Male
Location Transitory
Affiliations John Marston
Seth Briars
Irish
Weapon Cattleman Revolver
Voice Actor Don Creech
This is America, where a lying, cheating degenerate like myself can prosper.

Nigel West Dickens


Nigel West Dickens is a major character in Red Dead Redemption.

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

BackgroundEdit

West Dickens is an old swindler who poses as a traveling salesman when he is really a con man and is purported to have unique miracle cures for many medical and psychological problems, which he calls Nigel West Dickens' Elixir. He is an impeccable dresser and travels in an opulent emblazoned stagecoach.

InteractionsEdit

Red Dead RedemptionEdit

John Marston, after having worked with Marshal Leigh Johnson to clear Pike's Basin, is tipped off by deputy Eli that West Dickens has gone missing. He states that West Dickens is missed by his repeat customers in Armadillo. Marshal Johnson equates West Dickens with a drug dealer.

Marston finds West Dickens having been shot and exposed to the elements not far from his stagecoach south of Coot's Chapel, and returns him to the doctor in Armadillo while fighting off bandits who want to finish the job.

Despite Marston's personal dislike of him, West Dickens becomes the central networker and orchestrator of Marston's plan to assault Fort Mercer. West Dickens puts Marston in contact with Seth Briars and Irish, as well as supplying his newly armored stagecoach and uses the "Trojan horse" strategy to deceive the outlaws.

The attack does well, but they find out that Bill Williamson had escaped yesterday's morning. Irish then volunteers to take John into Mexico on a barge. West Dickens suggests that he intends to travel abroad, having exhausted customers in the New Austin region. When Marston meets Irish at his barge on the way to Mexico, West Dickens is seen talking with Irish. This is when he tells them he is off to Europe or China.

He is later seen in the Blackwater police building, being arrested for possession and distribution of narcotics. John recognizes him and tells the officers to release him, stating he helped him catch Bill Williamson, with Edgar Ross claiming (in a sarcastic manner) that he is a hero. He is then let go.

One of the first newspapers that can be bought in 1911 has an article about Dickens' "miracle tonic," stating it possesses extraordinary healing powers, saying a woman with one leg grew back her lost limb, and a man on his deathbed got up and went to the nearest brothel with the vigor of a 14 year old boy. It can be assumed that Dickens has greatly exaggerated, if not outright fabricated, these feats. On the other hand, the accounts could be true to provide a "well what do you know" moment. If one would pay attention, they can see that the game never shows what happens to an NPC after drinking the elixir. Also, after Marston drinks it he gains the second level of Dead-Eye, showing that the elixir may have something to it.

Undead NightmareEdit

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Dickens is first seen at Fort Mercer trying to sell his Elixir for 100 gold coins, claiming it cures the zombie plague, and repels zombies. He sees John and tries him to play along with his act but John ends up saying 100 coins is too much for a drink, and threatens him with his revolver to give people a free sample of the Elixir. Dickens has no choice but to reluctantly give the customers free samples. However, he and John watch a man drink the elixir and be immediately mauled by undead. Nigel gives John a bottle of elixir and tasks John with finding more plant ingredients so that he can attempt to make an actual cure for the plague.

Upon second encounter, Dickens sends John on an errand to Riley's Charge to acquire some metal parts he eventually uses to construct and complete a Blunderbuss. John, despite Dickens' hasty words, is unimpressed with the weapon.

Dickens also confides in John concerning a branch of soldiers "officially" crossing the border to help those in Mexico. Dickens' age would disallow him to pose as a member of the group, and informs John of a group of army deserters stationed at The Scratching Post that may be willing to lend him a uniform instead. When John asks Dickens where he's heading, Dickens optimistically replies that he's headed for either Baghdad or to meet his maker at the hands of one of the undead, smiling as he and John departs amicably. Dickens leaves the scene on foot and he is not seen again.

Mission AppearancesEdit

Red Dead RedemptionEdit

Undead NightmareEdit

QuotesEdit

I know a cure for all ailments, Mr. Marston.
Nigel West Dickens
Skepticism is the bastard child of progress, son.
Nigel West Dickens
Let the battle commence!
Nigel West Dickens declares during the Battle for Fort Mercer.
Rednecks!
Nigel West Dickens
I have a soft spot for life's flotsam and jetsam.
Nigel West Dickens
Respect science!
Nigel West Dickens
You're an amusing man, Marston. After all the murders, robberies and kidnappings you've committed, a little hypocrisy is hardly a sin.
Nigel West Dickens
And I can tell you, with no uncertainty, that miracle cures are no laughing matter!
Nigel West Dickens to Nathanial Johnston
These yokels wouldn't know science if it crapped in their bed!
Nigel West Dickens
Bugger fuck! Goddammit! Good heavens!
Nigel West Dickens when Marston finds him at the side of the road during "Old Swindler Blues"
The spirit of free enterprise must be embraced!
Nigel West Dickens
I'll sink down to your level if I have to!
Nigel West Dickens
I'll show you, you inbred codhopper!
Nigel West Dickens
Ah! Sports, war and heartache!
Nigel West Dickens
Today, we are gladiators! Motivation, dear boy!
Nigel West Dickens
Have you been to Paris?
Nigel West Dickens
I refuse to let the blind stupidity of the proliteriate derail my calling in life!
Nigel West Dickens
Alas! No tonic can cure cowardice!
Nigel West Dickens
You'll rue the day you tangoed with Nigel West Dickens!
Nigel West Dickens
Oh me? London or Paris or maybe Pekeng. I'm a travelling man, sir.
Nigel West Dickens
This land is much too small for the likes of me.
Nigel West Dickens
The same to you, sir, the same to you.
Nigel West Dickens' last words to Marston during "We Shall be Together in Paradise"

TriviaEdit

  • His appearance, character, voice and mannerisms seem to be based upon the actor/comedian W.C. Fields. His outfit is also very similar to Fields' most popular role as "Mr. Micawber" in the original David Copperfield film. Also, Fields played many con artists in his films, one in particular involves Fields' character peddling a "miracle elixir".
  • Furthermore, West Dickens' characterization and interactions with John Marston appear to be influenced by the character "Carpetbagger" from the Clint Eastwood film The Outlaw Josey Wales.
  • After the mission "Can a Swindler Change His Spots?", if you stay at Cueve Seca you can see Nigel stand a foot off the ground urinating. Afterwards, he will stop, walk away, and go back and do it again.
  • Although Marston initially hated Dickens, he calls him a 'harmless old fraud' when he frees Dickens of his arrest in Blackwater. Marston most likely, despite disliking Dickens' lifestyle, probably sees him as an ally, if not a friend, due to his help on the assault on Fort Mercer.
  • When John introduces himself in "Old Swindler Blues", West Dickens recognizes John as an outlaw. If John wears the Walton's Gang Outfit or Bollard Twins Outfit, West Dickens will note his membership in the gang.
  • As seen in Undead Nightmare Nigel West Dickens apparently owns a small valuable item, as he has a small box that he handles very carefully, with rattling coming from the box. This item could also be some of West Dickens' Elixir ( Which has been reaveled to be a powerful Undead Bait ) that the old man keeps in a little box and handle carefully to avoid spilling it ( And so baiting every undead near ).
  • It seems he has been lynched at one point, shown by a scar stretching across his neck. This is likely due to him being caught as a con artist.
  • His relationship with Irish remains fairly ambiguous, considering he is rarely seen using heavy firearms. However, in dialogue, Irish mentions selling morphine to a friend named Shaky; Irish's drug trafficking may explain their relationship.
  • Both Dickens and Irish wish to become permanent partners with Marston in their schemes.
  • Despite constantly failing at "cures" and "miracles", West Dickens says he will not give up science.
  • In Undead Nightmare among the writing on the walls of the buildings in Blackwater one writing reads "I know a cure for all ailments." West Dickens says this to John on his way out of Doctor Johnston's office.
  • It is likely that the fraudulent salesman in the film, The Dangers of Doctors and Patent Medicines is intended to depict, or at least be reminiscent of, Nigel West Dickens. The character, like West Dickens, displays a shameless thirst for profit at the expense of customers' health and naiveté, and pawns off bogus 'remedies' whilst constantly having to relocate to avoid lynching. This is also plausible as one medicine bottle in the film reads, 'Doc West's Revitalizing Swig'.
  • Nigel West Dickens and Seth are the only un-infected major characters in Undead Nightmare to not battle the Undead in any way.
  • He is one of the three major characters who do not ride horses at all. The others are Agustin Allende, and  Luisa Fortuna .

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