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Cletus Samson is a psychopath and a antagonist minor in the videogame Dead Rising. He is a paranoid gun-shop owner who refuses to hand anyone his weapons as he is convinced they are trying to steal them.


When Frank West and a fellow survivor named James tried to convince Cletus to listen to them he tells them that he doesn't trust humans any more than he does Zombies. He then threatened James and demanded him to stay away from him. James, however, ignored the warning and proceeded to walk towards Cletus. In response, Cletus fatally shot him square in the chest, sending him flying out of the store. Cletus then pointed his shotgun at Frank and said that he couldn't afford to trust anybody.

After he was defeated by Frank, Cletus surrendered and fled out of the shop in terror to get away from Frank. He admonished Frank for wanting guns so bad that he was willing to kill for them. Cletus then accidentally stumbled into a zombified James, who then attacked and killed Cletus as Frank looked on.

While he dies in the official game, the Wii version Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop gives the player a chance to rescue Cletus from the fate his canon self-suffers. If Frank does, Cletus becomes an ally and opens up the shop to sell guns and will fix his broken handgun.


  • Cletus is voiced by Bill Farmer, who is best known as the voice of one of famous Disney characters, Goofy.
           Dead Rising Villains


Dead Rising
Paul Carson | Steven Chapman | Larry Chiang | Convicts | Hall Family | Cliff Hudson | True Eye | Sean Keanan | Adam the Clown | Cletus Samson | Jo Slade | Carlito Keyes | Isabela Keyes | Special Forces | Kent Swanson | Brock Mason | Russell Barnaby

Dead Rising: Case Zero
Jed Wright

Dead Rising 2
Looters | Antoine Thomas | Ted Smith | Snowflake the Tiger | Brandon Whittaker | Leon Bell | Mercenaries | TK's Associate and Bodyguards | Carl Schliff | Randy Tugman | Brent "Slappy" Ernst | Amber and Crystal Bailey | Reed Wallbeck | Roger Withers | Gas Zombies | Dwight Boykin | Seymour Redding | Hunters (Deetz Hartman | Johnny James | Earl Flaherty | Derrick Duggan |) Pearce Stephens | Mark Bradson | Bibi Love | Raymond Sullivan | Tyrone King | Phenotrans

Dead Rising 2: Case West
Harjit Singh | Marian Mallon

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Chuck Greene | Evan the Clown | Stacey Forsythe

Dead Rising 3
Hunter Thibodeaux | Albert Contiello | Darlene Fleischermacher | Dylan Fuentes | Sgt. Hilde Schmittendorf | Jherii Gallo | Kenny Dermot | Ronald "Red" Jackson | Theodore Lagerfeld Jr. | Harry "Zhi" Wong | General Hemlock | Adam Kane | Spider

Dead Rising 4
Sandra | Sadistic Claus | Captain Black Fridaybeard | Grim Gobbler | Cult Leader | Sibyle | Scare King | Tom Pickton | Fontana | Calder

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