|“||You seem to live by your own rules. In some ways I admire that, although maybe at times you seem a touch...Confused? Confusing? I don't know. But I hope, either way, good, bad or plain indifferent, after all she's done for you, that you will be loyal to my mistress.||„|
|—Horley to the protagonist during Kill Them, Each and Every One|
In Red Dead Online, the protagonist is a player-created character, with highly customizable traits.
At some point during their life, the protagonist visited Blackwater. Coincidentally, at around the same time of day, a man by the name of Philip LeClerk was murdered. As a result, the protagonist was accused of murdering the man, and was sent to Sisika Penitentiary, where they were meant to spend six months in manual labor before their execution.
Events of Red Dead Online
In 1898, roughly one week before they were meant to be executed, as the protagonist, alongside other inmates, was being transported by Milliken and another guard to perform penal labor outside of prison, Horley and two other armed men intercepted the wagon.
The protagonist was freed alongside the rest of prisoners, though they were instructed by Horley to stay with him. The protagonist followed their rescuer to a campsite and where they met Jessica LeClerk, the widowed wife of the man the protagonist was accused of having killed. Seeking to avenge her husband's death, Mrs. LeClerk charged the protagonist with finding the real culprits. The protagonist was also introduced to JB Cripps, who helps them establish a new camp.
In cutscenes, the protagonist seems to be a calm and collected individual when dealing with their associates and employers. The online protagonist’s psychosis and actions are determined by the player; they can be anything from a peaceful wanderer to a deranged outlaw, all depending on player choice. They also seem to be physically and mentally resilient as noted by Horley, who states they haven't "been broken in body or in spirit".
According to the height chart, the male protagonist stands at 6'3" (1.91 m), while the female protagonist stands at 5'9" (1.75 m). The heights cannot be altered. The player can determine the protagonist's physical appearance, gender, age, ethnicity, build, and name.
- Just like the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer GTA Online, the Red Dead Online protagonist does not speak in any of the cutscenes. However, they still may grunt in melee combat or when getting hurt, and scream while falling. When using certain emotes, the player will actually spout out phrases, such as "All right!".
- The player can select any age between 18 to 60 years old. This means that the protagonist was born between 1838 and 1880.