The Van Der Linde gang that Dutch put together was comprised of some nasty fellows, troubled misfits, and those without family or home. Most of them weren't violent criminals, but rather a group of loyal souls strung along by their charismatic and ultimately foolish leader.
Charles Smith would have been the newest member to the gang if it wasn't for Sadie Adler, which he had a strong relationship with. Charles was a good and honorable man who deserved better. Here are 10 little known facts about Charles Smith from Red Dead Redemption 2.
As a young boy to an African American father and Native American mother, Charles saw firsthand how cruel the world could be. U.S. Army soldiers captured his mother and after that day he never saw her again. As a result of this, his father fell into depression hard and coped by becoming an alcoholic.
Wanting more out of his life Charles ran away from home at the age of 13. He wandered the country alone for many years becoming a veteran survivalist before ultimately joining the ranks of the Van Der Linde gang.
9 Don't Antagonize Him
The beauty of Red Dead Redemption 2 is that if a player likes to antagonize his other members and be a jerk he can easily do that. Consequences for such actions vary from character to character with some of them being subtle reactions, whereas others will vocally or physically respond.
Charles is one of the members that will do both and will push Arthur out of camp. The other members who will also do this to Arthur include Lenny Summers, Javier Escuella, Bill Williamson, and John Marston.
8 His Voice
Charles Smith is voiced by Noshir Dalal in Red Dead Redemption 2. His performance as Charles is his most prominent character work to date in a video game, but his stellar performance will likely lead to many other opportunities.
Dalal has also provided his voice to other video game projects like Uncharted 4, Fallout 4, Marvel's Spider-Man, and Call of Duty Black Ops 3 in smaller roles. On the surface, Charles Smith may seem like an easier character to portray, but making someone likable in a nomad type way takes some serious talent.
Charles Smith wasn't only the only Native American in the Van Der Linde gang, as far as anyone knows he was also the only interracial member. He was born to an African American father and a Native American mother and thus grew up understanding two different worlds.
His mother was captured and his father lost his mind, which left him all alone. Interracial children and relationships are a dime a dozen in modern times, but at the turn of the century, it was almost unheard of for fear of scrutiny and racism.
6 Shotgun Over Revolver
Almost every member of the Van Der Linde gang sports some type of revolver as their primary weapon. It makes sense for a bunch of outlaw cowboys who want to look the part and live out their wildest childhood fantasies. Charles, on the other hand, opts for a sawed-off shotgun as his primary weapon of choice.
For such an honorable and kind man, a shotgun is a very confrontational and violent choice. It seems that Charles may have lived by the iconic phrase of walking softly and carrying a big stick.
5 Oppression On Two Fronts
It's already been discussed that Charles was the result of an interracial relationship and how that likely affected the rest of his life. Well, if you know your history then you understand that for over a century both African Americans and Native Americans it's been a pretty difficult road towards rights, recognition, safety, and respect.
It's a fight that both are continuing to fight in 2019. Charles had to fight and endure racism, slavery, and much more simply due to his parents being of a race that has been seen as less for decades upon decades.
4 Dutch's Search Party
When Arthur Morgan is away from camp for an extended period Dutch will call upon one of his most trusted members to go out in search of Arthur in hopes of bringing him back. Charles is one of the members that Dutch may call upon to find Arthur, and when found Arthur will have the option to fast travel back to camp with him.
Canonically this makes a ton of sense as Arthur's relationship with Charles ends up being one of his closest, and he'd likely be the one to go out and make sure Arthur's doing okay.
3 Lone Wolf
A big reason why Charles joined the Van Der Linde gang was likely due to his feeling like he didn't have anyone in the world to call family. His mother was kidnapped and never seen again when he was a child, and his father let his vices consume him. This led to Charles running away in hopes of doing more with his life.
He's always been a lone wolf who developed a strong and diverse set of skills that made him an irreplaceable member of Dutch's gang. His fighting skills also earned him a meal or two along the way.
2 A Wanted Man
Charles and Sadie Adler quickly developed a strong friendship likely due to them being the newest members of the gang. Since others were slower to earn their trust, they were able to develop loyalty and trust with one another.
Sadie was lucky enough to never be associated with Dutch's gang by name and was able to get away from that life with no baggage. Charles, on the other hand, was still a wanted man at the end of the story, which is unfortunate for a man only looking out for those he cared about.
1 The Honorable One
Most players, if polled, would say that Arthur Morgan was the most honorable member of the Van Der Linde gang by story's end. Though there is a strong case for that, Arthur didn't start as an honorable fellow. Charles, on the other hand, is honorable, kind, helpful, and loyal and never has a turning point or regrettable action.
At his core, he's a good man who doesn't have a single shred of malice or ill intent in his body. He always represented the polar opposite of Micah Bell, whereas Arthur was the pendulum that could swing either way.