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For the citizens in Columbia, see Columbia Citizen.

Well, take a look around you. Do you see anything wrong with your neighbor?
― Need to Know Theater: The Greatness of Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum[src]

The Rapture Citizen is a designated type of character the player may encounter in the BioShock series. These are the civilized, human inhabitants of Rapture in direct contrast to the ADAM-addicted Splicers; as such, the Rapture Citizen does not attack the player.

BioShock 2[]


A trio of masked Rapture Citizens.

Main article: BioShock 2

The first time these individuals are formally identified as "Rapture Citizens" is in BioShock 2. Here, the Rapture Citizens utilize the Partygoer model. In the opening cinematic, Subject Delta briefly observes the upper class men and women of Rapture celebrating New Year's Eve at the Adonis Luxury Resort. Later on, the Rapture Citizens are also seen during one of the flashback sequences in Dionysus Park, and during the extended "Little Sister Vision" portion in Outer Persephone.


These models are not meant to be encountered under ordinary circumstances by Subject Delta, yet they can exhibit characteristics of normal enemies. Using Console Commands, the player can cheat their way back to the idealized version of the level. Eleanor Lamb, in her Big Sister suit, will instinctively attack the models like she would normal enemies. She attacks by lobbing fireballs or tackling them. Once dead, they will go ragdoll. Just like normal enemies, their bodies sometimes hold loot and are labeled as per their fighting style, in this case, "Rapture Citizen."

Burial at Sea - Episode 1[]


"It's our responsibility to strive."

Main article: Burial at Sea - Episode 1

By the time Jack arrives in the underwater city in 1960, there are very few sane, normal humans left to be found, and no one designated as a "Rapture Citizen". However, in 1958, during the events of the BioShock Infinite downloadable content Burial at Sea, the Rapture Citizens can be seen socializing and talking about current events before the New Year's festivities. Although the population of Rapture Citizens still outnumber the insane Splicers, dialogue reveals that many of these individuals were already indulging in ADAM, and would soon suffer its negative drawbacks.

Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth encounter countless Rapture Citizens while traversing Market Street and High Street on New Year's Eve, who use an entirely new set of models detailed below. These men and women are Booker's friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens in the city of Rapture.

Burial at Sea - Episode 2[]

Main article: Burial at Sea - Episode 2

A number of Rapture Citizens are seen trapped in Fontaine's alongside Frank Fontaine's "army" of Splicers. These few non-mutated, sane individuals were imprisoned because of their association with their former employer Fontaine. A vast majority of them joined ranks with Atlas, either by force or by choice.

The first Rapture Citizen to be encountered in gameplay during Episode 2 can be seen outside the Bathyspheres DeLuxe, singing a pro-Atlas song on a guitar. The only others seen are those in close ranks beside Atlas, or the ones holed up at Atlas' hideout in the Test-Drive facility. However, this latter group is armed and will attack Elizabeth if she gives them reason to.


For the Rapture Citizen's appearance in BioShock 2, see Partygoer.
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In Burial at Sea - Episode 1, Rapture Citizens are dressed in various states of businesswear or cocktail attire. It's a busy day on New Year's Eve. There are about five different outfit models per male and female Rapture Citizen, in various color combinations and accessories. There are several different head models and varying skin tones. To create the illusion of a greater variety of appearances, different head and outfit models are combined at random for the majority of citizens encountered.



The male Rapture Citizen variants have about nine head models. Six are white, with short, slicked back hair in blonde or brown shades. The seventh and eighth head options are men of African descent with black hair. The ninth variant appears to be an Asian man with neatly parted black hair. The male Rapture Citizen variants can wear color-variegated fedoras as an accessory. Some of the heads are re-used Columbia Citizens'.

Model 1: This model is dressed in a double-breasted, three-piece suit and tie. The outfit can consist of a silver pinstripe suit and red tie; a charcoal suit and blue tie with white and teal stripes; a grey pinstripe suit and tie; or a khaki pinstripe suit and red tie with black and yellow stripes. The outfit is meant to showcase what the Breadwinner Splicer model from BioShock looked like before the civil war.[1]

Model 2: This model is dressed in a double-breasted vest, dress shirt, trousers, and tie. The outfit can consist of a goldenrod vest, charcoal pinstripe pants, white dress shirt, and a red tie; a grey vest and pants, white dress shirt, and black tie; or a dark goldenrod vest and pants, white dress shirt, and grey tie. The outfit is meant to showcase what the Toasty Splicer model from BioShock looked like before the civil war.[2]

Model 3: This model wears the uniform of a waiter, bellhop, bartender, or Cohen's performers: white blazer and dress shirt, black trousers and bowtie, and a watch chain.

Model 4: This model wears the uniform of a surgeon or scientist, similar to the ones worn by the doctors at Comstock House. The outfit consists of a clean white lab coat with black trousers, with black gloves and loafers.

Model 5: This model wears the uniform of a shoeshiner and news vendor: an apron over a single-breasted vest, dress shirt, trousers, and tie. The outfit can consist of a goldenrod vest and trousers, white dress shirt and tan tie; a grey vest and pants, white shirt, and black tie


The bellhop in Andalusian Arms shares the same model as Model 3, but has a unique head model of an older African man with graying mutton chops and a white cap.

Little Wonders Educational Facility's security guard and the shopkeeper for The Golden Rule share a unique character model with the exception for their heads. They wear a monochrome single-breasted, three-piece suit and tie with black dress shoes. The security guard is a white man with combed-over blonde hair while the shopkeep is a white man with slicked-back graying hair and a thin mustache.

The shopkeeper for The Artist's Struggle has a unique character model. He wears a gray double-breasted vest with purple lapels and white pockets, gray pinstripe dress shirt with a white collar and cuffs, gray trousers, a red ascot, and off-brown dress shoes. He is a white man wearing glasses with circle lens and a black bowl cut.

The shopkeeper for Rapture Records has a unique character model. He wears a gray sweater vest with a white dress shirt, goldenrod trousers, and a red tie. He is a white man with short brown hair and a sweaty complexion.

The male performer in Cohen's has a unique character model. He wears a yellow monochromatic double-breasted, three-piece suit and tie with a headpiece representing the sun and his skin is tinted yellow.

The guitar player outside Bathyspheres DeLuxe will sometimes wear the outfit of a dockworker. A green knitted jumper underneath light brown overalls.



The female Rapture Citizen variants have about seven head models. The first four are white. Two of the options are blondes with blue eyes. One wears her hair in a parted undo and the other worn down in a short style. The other two have brown eyes and brunette hair, one worn up in a bun while the other in a side part. The remaining three represent women of color. One head model has afro-style curly hair, another has her hair pulled back in a low roll, and the last one's is worn up and tight in short spit-curls. 

Model 1: This model wears an ensemble reminiscent of the 'Bar' suit from the famous post-war "New Look" collection by Christian Dior. The outfit consists of a full skirt, a long-sleeved blouse with a small, nipped-in waist and a line of buttons, gloves, and a string of pearls. This outfit comes in buff or ivory.

Model 2: This model wears a halter style party dress, which gathers at the waist and emphasizes the bust, and dotes a pearl necklace with a brooch centerpiece. The outfit comes in light blue, cobalt blue, red, gold, or ivory.

Model 3: This model wears a scoop neck, cap-sleeved dress with white detailing around a cinched waist, a necklace, and white gloves. The outfit comes in lime green, cardinal, off-white, grey, or yellow.

Model 4: This model wears an ensemble very similar to model 1. Instead of a blouse, she wears a three-buttoned suit top over a white mock turtleneck. This outfit comes in copper, slate grey, yellow, or taupe.


The woman seen educating the Little Sisters outside of the Little Wonders Educational Facility has a unique outfit. She wears a black button up jacket over a black, floor-length skirt, and black gloves.

The female performer in Cohen's has a unique character model. She wears a light blue dress with a headpiece representing the moon and her skin is tinted blue.

The female baby in the carriage on Market Street is the only baby seen in Rapture. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and is wrapped in a pink blanket.


Behind the scenes[]

  • The Survivor was originally planned to be a Rapture Citizen, before being used as a Splicer model for the BioShock 2 demo and then scrapped from the game entirely, only making a brief appearance in the opening cutscene.
Sam Mans Citizen

Sam Mans as a Columbia Citizen.

  • The head of one of the Citizen is based of Sam Mans, the winner of the casting at PAX East 2012, whose likeness was originally used for BioShock Infinite.[3]
  • Some of the Rapture Citizens seen close to Atlas will use the body models normally used for Splicers. This does not make them act violently however, and is simply used for aesthetic purposes.
  • Unlike Splicers, Rapture Citizens only speak scripted dialogue.
    • Some Rapture Citizen model types can also be seen conversing as French townsfolk in the opening sequence from Burial at Sea - Episode 2, alongside Columbia Citizen models, although some head models have been replaced with more appropriate clothing, given the era and region.
      • The translation for the French is seen in the subtitles of the game.


  1. The model is named MaleBody_Breadwinner in the game files.
  2. The model is named MaleBody_Toasty in the game files.
  3. PAX East Casting Winners Now In-Game! on Ghost Story Games