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14 Insanely Creepy Vault Backstories In Fallout

Updated March 23, 2020 32.8k votes 7.5k voters 1.6m views14 items

The vaults in the Fallout series are an absolute staple of the games, but who knew there would be so many scary vaults with haunting backstories? Below, we showcase some of the weirdest and creepiest vaults in Fallout, including the original titles, as well as Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Fans know that vaults are a staple of the series - when the nuclear apocalypse occurs, people seal themselves into the vaults in the hopes of continuing humanity as the radioactive Earth calms down and until people can survive above ground once again. However, Vault-Tec uses the vaults to run disturbing experiments on people, leading to disastrous effects. 

Vaults include everything from Vault 12, which creates the scourge of ghouls, to tragic vaults, like Vault 3, where people are slaughtered by outsiders. But when thinking about creepy vaults in Fallout games, the scariest one of all has to be Vault 11, where the people are forced to vote an Overseer to be slain in order to protect the remainder of the vault. 

We've rounded up some of the best vaults with creepy backstories. Check out each Fallout vault backstory and vote for your favorites.

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    Vault 87 - FEV Vault

    Vault 87 - FEV Vault
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    The first experiment for the vault was scrapped and a new experiment was designed to look into the Forced Evolutionary Virus, attempting to create humans who could adapt to the nuclear wasteland. The result? Mutants that broke out of their holding cells and started dipping security forces into the virus, forcing them to mutate as well.

    They then captured humans across the wasteland and took them back into the vault to continue their species. 

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    Vault 77 - Puppet Vault

    Vault 77 - Puppet Vault
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    Drawn up and written by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade, this Vault might be the creepiest of all - one man was placed in the vault, with nothing else but a crate of puppets.

    He slowly descended into insanity. 

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    Vault 68 - One Woman

    Vault 68 - One Woman
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    Vault 68 had a thousand people comprised of 999 men and 1 woman in probably the most sadistic experiment that we can only imagine the results of.

    We don't know what's become of Vault 68, but the imagination runs wild. 

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    Vault 11 - Sacrifice Vault

    Vault 11 - Sacrifice Vault
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    Vault 11 might have left behind some of the more disturbing recordings, showing the election of an Overseer who had to sacrifice himself to the Vault, lest everyone perish.

    Except, after a conflict within the vault left only five survivors, they learned that choosing no one to perish meant that everyone would have been let go. The survivors decided to take their own lives - except for one. 

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