If this is how you treat your family, I'd hate to see what you do to your enemies!
Eli to John Marston

Deputy Eli is a supporting character featured in Red Dead Redemption.

With the addition of the Myths and Mavericks DLC pack, Deputy Eli is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the "Revolution" section of the Outfitter.



Eli is one of Marshal Johnson's deputies, and is the spotter of Bollard Twins Gang in the second mission that the Marshal gives John. Eli is overweight, possesses a lazy-eye and a strong Southern accent.

Eli is competent with a weapon, as demonstrated in his missions alongside John Marston. Eli has also demonstrated competence in policing duties, being the one to spot the Bollard Twins Gang in Pike's Basin. He is also very strong, getting one of Bill Williamson's men to talk with just one punch to the chest. Eli's dedication to his job and his honesty despite his awkwardness makes him an unlikely asset to the Marshal - these are qualities in short supply in Armadillo.

Events of Red Dead Redemption

Eli fights alongside John Marston in the missions "Justice in Pike's Basin", "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit", "Hanging Bonnie MacFarlane", and "The Assault on Fort Mercer". Eli is normally accompanied by Marshal Johnson and Jonah.

Events of Undead Nightmare

Rdr undead eli jonah
It was fast and they died with their bellies full... Well, one of them did.
Marston to Leigh Johnson

Eli appears in the side-mission "Dinner For Two". Marshal Johnson explains that he sent Jonah and Eli out into town, likely to watch over the survivors. Unfortunately, it would seem Eli became infected before turning on Jonah, devouring him.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption
Undead Nightmare


Ain't no survivors here, Marshal!
Are you some kind of Vigilante?
Where in Mexico, you little shit?!
Eli to Williamson's companion
Do you think they're heading for Fort Mercer, Marshal?
Eli to Marshal Johnson
Holy sweet mother of mercy!
Eli upon seeing the mutilated body in Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit


  • "You might as well give up now!"
  • "This is how we do things in Armadillo!"
  • "I'm gonna enjoy killin' you!"
  • "There ain't no prisoners today!"
  • "Come on! Do your worst!"
  • "Put the gun down!"
  • "Scum of the Earth, the lot of you!"


  • Eli has a lazy eye, just like Vincente de Santa, although Eli's is more noticeable.
  • He and the other deputy, Jonah, are very contrasting in appearance and personality. Eli wears light clothes, while Jonah wears dark clothes. Jonah has a lot of hair while Eli has almost none, Jonah is skinny while Eli is overweight. Personality-wise, Eli appears to be hard-working and friendly, while Jonah is lazy and rude.
  • During cutscenes, Eli walks with a limp, but in gameplay he walks normally, with the default action of NPCs.
  • Eli seems to be very gullible. At the start of the mission "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Bandit" when everyone leaves the Sheriff's office, Eli stays behind and takes a sip of Nigel West Dickens' Elixir. He then defends West Dickens and his products during the ride that begins the mission.
  • Despite calling Nigel West Dickens by his name in earlier missions, Eli repeatedly referes to him merely as "the Snake oil guy" in "The Assault on Fort Mercer". This may be due to Marshal Johnson's ridicule when Eli tried defending West Dickens' tonics to him earlier.
  • During Undead Nightmare, hogtying and picking him up may result in a glitch occurring, which does not allow the player to put him down.
  • Despite being overweight, in Undead Nightmare, he has the behavior of a fresh undead, not a bruiser.


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