|“||This is the Gray's town. Always has been, always will be!||„|
Leigh Gray is a recurring character featured in the Red Dead series, appearing as a supporting character and secondary antagonist in Red Dead Redemption 2, and as a minor character in Red Dead Online.
A member of the wealthy Gray family, he is the brother of Tavish Gray, son of Murdo Gray, and uncle to Beau Gray. Leigh became the Sheriff of the family's main front, the town of Rhodes, at some point prior to 1898, although he is highly incompetent at his job.
Events of Red Dead Online
The protagonist first encounters Gray while examining the bounty poster board outside his office. He and his deputy Archibald MacGregor are waiting for the arrival of a bounty hunter that they hired to take out the remains of the Twin Rocks gang. Gray initially mistakes the protagonist for the bounty hunter, but Archibald points out the actual individual, who drives up in a wagon carrying the bodies of the gang members. Gray then orders Archibald to count the corpses and he points out that one is missing, whereupon the bounty hunter finds and executes the final gang member, who was hiding nearby. Disgusted at the sight, Gray then orders Archibald to clean up the mess and dispose of the bodies and subsequently pays the bounty hunter.
Following this, Gray can sell the protagonist a bounty hunter license, unlocking the Bounty Hunter Role. The protagonist can deliver him various bounty targets in exchange for the price on their head. Gray will make a comment depending on whether the criminals are alive or dead.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
Sheriff Gray is first seen in "The New South", where he and Archibald are seen transporting criminals by wagon and are waiting for a train to pass. Dutch, Arthur, and Hosea notice that Josiah Trelawny is among the apprehended, so Dutch rides up and greets them before asking Gray about Josiah's arrest. He explains that Trelawny was accused of running a gold mining investment scam, before Dutch responds by claiming it must've been a mistake, claiming Trelawny is merely a magician. However, during the conversation, one of the Anderson boys manages to lock pick the paddy wagon door and the three other members flee and jump on the train. Dutch offers to help recapture them, sending Arthur to chase after the train with Archibald MacGregor. After Anders Anderson is brought back to the Sheriff's Office, Dutch successfully persuades Leigh to release Trelawny.
Soon afterward, Dutch manages to get Gray drunk and convinces him to deputize himself, Arthur, and Bill. Leigh sends the three with Archibald MacGregor to take down a Braithwaite-affiliated moonshine operation.
Later on, after Arthur and Sean burn down the Gray-owned tobacco fields, the Gray family finally see through the Van der Linde gang's duplicity. They plan a trap for them, inviting them to act as security. Micah takes them up on the offer, bringing Bill, Sean, and Arthur along. The four are ambushed in the middle of the streets in Rhodes, where Sean is immediately shot dead by a sniper, leaving the other three to fight the Grays' hired guns. Bill is captured during the skirmish, leaving Arthur and Micah to fight the rest. After they eliminate the vast majority of the Gray henchmen, only Leigh Gray, his deputies and Jock Gray remain. Arthur and Micah approach the Sheriff's Office and demand the release of Bill. Gray and his deputies then come outside, holding Bill hostage. He threatens to kill Bill but is swiftly shot and killed by either Arthur of Micah.
Sometime after Leigh Gray's death, Harmon Thomas is elected the new Sheriff of Rhodes.
While Leigh is quite boastful about his family, he himself is shown to be an oaf and a drunk, as well as being corrupt. He is largely inept at his position of the sheriff, as evident to not only his susceptibility to alcohol but also to his own admission that he can't have any more scandal during the Anderson Boys' escape. He does, however, appear to have a sense of justice, as shown in his appreciation for the Red Dead Online protagonist when they bring in bounty targets.
Leigh has light red hair and a long, ginger mustache. He wears a checked shirt with a tan vest, a red neckerchief, and a sheriff badge.
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Red Dead Online
- His name and position as central lawman of a small town is likely a reference to Marshal Leigh Johnson from Red Dead Redemption.
- In Red Dead Redemption 2, Leigh Gray cannot be encountered outside of missions.
- There seems to be an inconsistency within the game regarding Leigh and Tavish. Members of the Van der Linde gang (i.e. Dutch and Arthur) refer to Leigh as Tavish's son while Beau says that Tavish is his father and Leigh is his uncle, making Tavish and Leigh brothers. This is likely a developer oversight, although in game terms it is plausible that the gang received false information about the family and the nature of its relationships.