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People don't forget. Nothing gets forgiven.
~ John to Bonnie MacFarlane.

John Marston Sr. is one of the two main protagonists (along with Arthur Morgan) of the Red Dead Redemption duology, part of the Red Dead franchise, serving as the main protagonist of the 2010 video game, Red Dead Redemption and the deuteragonist of the 2018 prequel, Red Dead Redemption II. He was also mentioned in the online spin-off Red Dead Online.

He was a former outlaw and member of the Van der Linde gang, determined to make amends for his past by tracking down and killing the other members of his gang to rescue his family, who was kidnapped by the government. He is the father of Jack Marston and the husband of Abigail Roberts.

He was portrayed by Robert Allen Wiethoff in motion capture.


Early Life

Not much is known about John's early life despite the fact that he was an orphan living on the street, he was later picked up by Dutch van der Linde and Hosea Matthews, and taken into the Van der Linde gang a few years after they picked up Arthur Morgan.

Red Dead Redemption II

Colter Chapter

In the beginning of the game, we see that Arthur hates John, and mentions that John is a "Deadbeat Father" and makes fun of him for almost getting eaten by wolves. John is then saved by Arthur and Javier Escuella and is taken to the camp where Abigail berates him for almost getting eaten by wolves.

He later heals and participates in a train heist that they stole from Colm O'Driscoll.

Beaver Hollow Chapter

With John presumably dead, the gang or what's left of it, ride for Beaver Hollow. After Arthur and Sadie rescue Abigail, John will eventually turn up at Beaver Hollow during the standoff between Arthur and Micah Bell as Arthur calls out Micah as the traitor of the Van der Linde gang. Arthur eventually will send John to his family at Copperhead Landing as he stays to fight the Pinkertons, covering John's escape. After completing the mission "Red Dead Redemption", the player will have control of John Marston.

Beecher's Hope Chapter

John will eventually reunite with Charles and Sadie. They eventually hunt down Cleet to get information of Micah's whereabouts. John, Sadie and Charles ride to Mount Hagen to confront Micah. At some point prior to 1907, Dutch and Micah reunited after the fall out of the original gang and to start they're own gang. Micah is jointly killed by John and Dutch in revenge for betraying the old gang and ultimately causing Arthur's death.

Arthur's attempt at giving John a second chance at life will later be proven fruitful as he is now living peacefully with his family at Beecher's Hope as of 1907.


John has a strong dislike of birds and a rather dull imagination, especially when compared to his son Jack. When it comes to how he feels about religion, in-game quotes reveal that he is either an agnostic theist or a Christian who is not too overtly religious. John is also extremely polite to women, often calling Bonnie MacFarlane "Miss MacFarlane", even after she has asked him to call her "Bonnie." He also does anything possible to keep women safe, even pistol-whipping Irish to defend two nuns he was holding up.

In contrast to his politeness to women, John is unafraid to take the moral high-ground when dealing with less than reputable characters, like Irish with his alcoholism and Nigel West Dickens with his swindling of gullible people. John seems to be one of the only men in the game that is loyal to his wife. He also seems to get angrier when someone mentions his wife's past than his own. John is a fairly serious individual with very little patience for the eccentricities of the various people he meets during the story.

He frequently threatens Irish into sobering up to be of some use to him, and he is disturbed/disgusted by Seth's habitual grave robbing. He also tells West Dickens that he won't hesitate to put a bullet in his skull if he steps out of line. However, he is not above employing sarcasm in conversation with certain characters, particularly those he sees as exhibiting hypocrisy, such as Abraham Reyes. Like Arthur Morgan, John is not a racist man and holds disgust to those who are. A rare trait for people in the time.

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Red Dead Redemption
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Red Dead Redemption II
Van der Linde gang
Dutch van der Linde| Arthur Morgan | John Marston | Cleet and Joe | Leopold Strauss | Micah Bell | Hosea Matthews | Josiah Trelawny | Bill Williamson | Javier Escuella | Charles Smith | Lenny Summers | Karen Jones | Sean MacGuire | Sadie Adler | Susan Grimshaw

Chapter 1: Colter
Colm O'Driscoll | O'Driscoll Boys

Chapter 2: Horseshoe Overlook
Leviticus Cornwall | Andrew Milton | O'Driscoll Boys

Chapter 3: Clemens Point
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Chapter 4: Saint Denis
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Chapter 5: Guarma
Alberto Fusar | Cuban Military | Levi Simon

Chapter 6: Beaver Hollow
Colonel Henry Favours | United States Army | Leviticus Cornwall | Andrew Milton | Murfree Brood | O'Driscoll Boys | Pinkertons

Epilogue Part 1: Pronghorn Ranch
Laramie Gang Leader | Laramie Gang | Mr. Abel

Epilogue Part 2: Beecher's Hope
Micah Bell | Skinner Brothers | Micah's gang | Cleet and Joe

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