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Actions have consequences, Mr. Marston! You can't just buy a few chickens and expect it to go away. YOU can't erase the past, John... but WE can.
~ Edgar Ross to John Marston.
Jack: You sent him to do your dirty work, then you shot him like a dog!
Ross: And I'll shoot you like one too, you little piece of trash. Now get out of here before I kill you as well!
Jack: I ain't going nowhere, old man.
~ Jack Martson confronts Ross about his father's murder, then shoots him down.

Edgar Ross is the secondary antagonist of the Red Dead Redemption series, serving as the main antagonist of the 2010 video game Red Dead Redemption, and a minor antagonist in its 2018 prequel Red Dead Redemption II. He is a corrupt government official who captures John Marston's wife and son and forces him to hunt and catch the members of his former gang.

For the first three chapters, Ross is actually an ally since he actually does helps Marston in capturing his last target, while at the same time forcing him to do his dirty work.

In the fourth and final chapter, Ross finally betrays John after the latter killed all of his targets, assaulting John's ranch and killing John himself. However, Jack and Abigail Marston survive, and in the Stranger side-mission "Remember my Family" Ross is hunted down by an older Jack (3 years after John's death) and killed in a duel, avenging John while at the same time making John's sacrifice in vain.

He was voiced by Jim Bentley.

Biography

Past

Born in 1861, Ross is the director of the early federal law enforcement body, the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), which is now known as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Ross is a purveyor of modernism and plays a strong role in both the narratives and themes of Red Dead Redemption. Ross, although older than Marston, chooses to ride in automobiles and use automatic weapons. Through dialogue, Ross advocates federalism and acknowledges the hypocrisy of his methods as necessary. Ross is portrayed as indifferent, unscrupulous, and sometimes even jubilant when at his most inequitable.

Red Dead Redemption II

During the late 1890s, Ross was a Pinkerton agent who served as the partner of Andrew Milton.

Red Dead Redemption

Twelve years later, Ross has Marston's family held away from Marston in order to strong-arm him into hunting down Bill Williamson.

He sends John Marston, the main protagonist in the game, to kill all his former gang members by kidnapping his wife and son and keeping them hostage. After John has killed or captured his two former friends/members, Ross still won't take him to his family until John gets rid of Dutch Van Der Linde. After John has finally killed Dutch, Ross finally lets John go to his family.

After John has spent some time on his ranch, Ross is revealed to have betrayed John by sending in the army on an assault on his farm, killing John's friend Uncle. John pulls out a revolver and shoots the most he can and sacrifices himself so that his family could have a better life, realizing what Ross wants is his death and not the death of his family. Ross lights a cigar and watches John take his last breath until he finally collapses on the ground. Ross then gets all the credit for what John Marston did and receives a chest full of medals, and John is mentioned as one of the criminals involved.

Three years later, John's son, Jack, has become a gunslinger and goes to get revenge on Ross. Ross retired about a year ago and now lives at Lake Don Julio with his wife. Jack approaches Ross' wife, Emily, who tells him that Ross is hunting with his brother Phil, so he rides to Mexico where he finally finds Ross duck hunting. Jack confronts Ross about his father and Ross shows no remorse for having betrayed and killed John and even threatens to kill Jack as well. Jack Marston refuses to go and Ross challenges him to a duel. Jack wins the duel, finally killing Ross but this makes him a murderer, something that his father tried to avoid Jack from becoming. Ross' body floats in the river, Jack walks away and the credits start.

Ross is gunned down, a long-running theme of hypocrisy in the actions of Ross are ironically concluded, recalling the statement that "...Everyone will eventually pay for what they've done". Ross paid the price for murdering John. Ross became a victim of revenge and died as a murderer.

Quotes

Mr. Morgan, Mr. Marston. You're trapped. Surrender and we will take you alive.
~ Edgar Ross threatening Arthur Morgan and John Marston in Red Dead Redemption II.
You see we - me and Archer - we're the bad guys. We enforce the rules. Now, while the rules may not be perfect, they're really not so bad. Yeah, see I'll tell you what the alternative is. It's not complicated. It's about one man and his gun versus another man. Sure, civilization may be dull, but the alternative, Mr. Marston, is hell.
~ Edgar Ross to John Marston.
eah, I know it's tough. You like Dutch. He's a charming fellow. He makes sense. He's like one of those nature writers from back East. Only he takes things a tiny little step too far. Rather than just loving the flowers and the animals and the harmony between man and beast, he shoots people in the head for money. And disagreeing with him. Now, I'm not a great intellect, but the metaphysical leap from admiring a flower to shooting a man in the head because he doesn't like a flower, is a leap too far.
~ Edgar Ross.
Your father killed himself with the life he lived.
~ Edgar Ross to Jack Marston.

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Trivia

  • In Red Dead Redemption II, Edgar Ross first meets young Jack Marston on the side of a riverbank, which is ironic because Jack eventually meets Ross again for the last time on the side of a riverbank in Red Dead Redemption.
  • Ross' death contributes to the central theme of the Red Dead series: the fact that you can't run from your actions, with Arthur dying from tuberculosis/Micah, then Micah being killed by John which leads the BOI to Marston and Edgar Ross killing him, leading Jack to gun down Edgar. In the end, Jack is the only one who is still alive because he has committed no truly immoral actions.

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