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The Bodyguard is an ex-soldier who was formerly struggling to make a living. But with a psychotic Serial Killer, a mysterious Arsonist, and the Mafia in town, and considering the fact that he was one of the few Town members with a gun, he decided that he could make a pretty penny protecting people. It was definitely a dangerous job, but it was better than starving.

The job paid well – so well that the Mayor offered to pay the Bodyguard personally for protection – and so far, nobody the Bodyguard aided had been attacked. But one fateful night, seemingly so much like every other night he had experienced, would be his last.

It was 1:00 in the morning, and the Bodyguard was standing by the Mayor's house, listening and watching for any strange occurrences. Suddenly, he heard a bang - the door of the Mayor's house had been forced open. The Bodyguard sprinted into action. He turned the corner into the house, loaded his own gun, and yelled, “Freeze!” at the Mafioso bolting into the Mayor's study. The Mafioso had no choice: he turned around and unloaded his machine gun, fatally wounding the Bodyguard. But as the loyal guardsman crumpled in pain, he shot the Mafioso three times, killing him before he hit the floor.

The Bodyguard knew he would die, as there was no Doctor to be seen. But despite his fate, he had saved a fellow Town member from the Mafia. He had finally done his job. He closed his eyes, smiled wistfully, and passed into eternity. (credit)

Mechanics Edit

Bulletproof vest Edit

You have 1 bulletproof vest and gain Night Immunity the night you use it.

  • You will not counterattack if anyone attacks you.
  • Like the Survivor, your bulletproof vest provides no protection against being turned into a Vampire, being mauled by a Werewolf, or being ignited by an Arsonist.
  • If a Witch or Transporter causes you to target yourself, you will use your bulletproof vest.
  • If you used a bulletproof vest and get transported, you will protect whoever you were transported with, leaving you open to attacks. You will still counterattack if an attacking role attacks you new target.

Protection - normal counterattack Edit

You can protect your target from one attack during the night and counterattack their attacker. You will die if this happens.

Protection - no counterattack Edit

  • You will not be able to protect your target in the following situations:
    • You will not counterattack an attack made by the Veteran or the Jailor .
    • You will not counterattack another Bodyguard dying from killing their own target's attacker.
      • You can protect another Bodyguard from being attacked by a killer, but not their counterattack. Only Doctors can prevent a Bodyguard's counterattack from dying.
    • You will not be able to save your target from leaving the game, a Jester's haunt, or a Vigilante committing suicide over the guilt of killing a Townie.
    • You will not be able to protect a Veteran on alert from an attack by the Werewolf.
    • If your target is jailed by the Jailor, you will not counterattack any attackers or doused from an Arsonist.
      • If a Werewolf attacks a jailed target and you guard them, both you and the Jailor will be mauled by the Werewolf. However, the Werewolf will survive, along with the target.
    • If multiple killing roles attack your target, you will only kill one of them. Your target will be protected from one attack, but not from any others. In fact, you will counterattack whoever joins the lobby first.
  • If none of the above apply, yet your target still dies, at least one of the following may have occurred:
    • You were controlled by a Witch to visit a different target. You had received a message.
    • You were role blocked by an Escort or Consort. You had received a message.
    • Your target was transported with another target due to a Transporter. You will not know if this happens.
  • A Doctor can prevent you or the attacker from dying. If the Doctor heals your target, they will see that your target was attacked.
    • If you team up with a Doctor, you can also end up winning by an unlimited amount of healing and protecting for the both of you.
    • Being healed while counterattacking does not allow you to counter a second attacker on your target.
  • If the Werewolf attacks your target directly or indirectly, you will attack the Werewolf but only save your own target from death.
    • If you visit a Werewolf who stayed home that night, you will kill them (effectively "protecting" them from themselves), even if they didn't attack anyone else. You will die in the process as usual.

Strategy Edit

  • The Bodyguard serves as a Town Protective role in Town of Salem. Unlike most other roles, the Bodyguard can go through Night Immunity when someone attacks the person you guard at night. With this in mind, a Bodyguard can be critical in taking down a Serial Killer, Godfather, Werewolf, or Arsonist.
  • Many times, the Bodyguard will die early-game, usually taking down a Mafia member or a Neutral Killing with it. To use the Bodyguard most effectively, you should wait a night to see who else plays a key good role, and guard them. Most likely, a member of the Mafia will try to attack said person during the night. If they do, while you do die in the process, you will still eliminate a key member of the Mafia or Neutral Killing from play.
  • Find a Doctor (if there is one) and ally with them throughout the game. If both of you continuously select each other, you are both immune and whoever attacks the Doctor will die. However, either of you may be prevented from protecting the other by a Transporter, Witch, Escort, Consort, or the Jailor.
  • The Mayor is your priority. After being revealed, they cannot be healed by Doctors and are dangerous to killers, so they are an easy target.
  • In All Any, you can claim to be a Survivor on Day 1, use your bulletproof vest the same night, and then secretly guard others. This allows for you to secretly protect others while not being a target yourself.
  • If you have no leads (this applies especially on Day 2), guard the first person who talks that day. Since evil roles tend to be quiet, the person you guard will most likely be a Townie.
    • Take caution doing so, as that person may be a Veteran baiting people.
  • Claiming or trying to act as an Executioner. On Day 2, say, "[insert someone's name here] is a member of the Mafia. I'm Sheriff, lynch him." This will likely lead the killing roles to think he is innocent. Then, you guard them and hope a killing role attacks them, although it may seem like an obvious choice.
  • Remember that you will become the priority of most killing roles if you are revealed, since you can kill them. Having a Jailor, Doctor, a Lookout or even another Bodyguard to help you is a wise idea.
  • Since a Werewolf and an Arsonist can go through your bulletproof vest and are at the top of your priority list, try the best you can to get them hanged.
  • Try to predict if and who the Vigilante will shoot, because protecting his target will result in the death of two Townies when it could result in the death of a member of the Mafia or Neutral Killing role. Even if you think the person who will get shot is a Townie, protecting them will result in both of you dying instead of only one.
  • If a Retributionist revived someone, the revived person is more likely to be attacked, since they're a confirmed Townie. Because of this, you have more reasons to protect them. Another good thing is that you can be sure that Vigilantes won't shoot them (unless a Witch or Transporter interferes), making it impossible to kill a fellow Townie.
  • If you want to catch an Arsonist, try protecting the same person each night. The Arsonist would want to douse most of the Town before igniting, and protecting one person each night could catch them eventually. If they ignite, always guard those who aren't dead from the Arsonist if you are alive. If they try dousing your target, you can take them down.
  • While not as effective as a Bodyguard-Doctor pair, you could try and find another Bodyguard and always guard each other. If someone attacks either of you, the killing role will die. Of course, this can only be used once, so do this wisely. Any role blocker can disrupt your plan as well.
  • Unlike the Doctor, you should always try and guard someone every night despite no one being confirmed. Even if you save an evil role, you will still kill another attacker (but, of course, be careful of Vigilantes and Vampire Hunters).

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