- "I... I can't feel anything below the waist, man. I don't understand how I can still be alive. Just take care of Tonya for me will ya?"
- —Ross, on explaining his injuries
Ross Folk is a survivor appearing in Dead Rising. He is found in Run Like the Wind in Wonderland Plaza during the scoop Lovers. He is the injured boyfriend of Tonya Waters, and is very protective of her, even risking his life to guard her and making sure she is safe.
Ross and Tonya are found hiding in a shoe store in Wonderland Plaza. When Frank comes across them, Tonya asks for him to help Ross, who has been shot trying to protect her. Ross reveals that he is so badly wounded that he cannot feel anything below the waist, and demands Frank to get Tonya out of there. He asks for a handgun to take revenge.
If Frank obliges his wishes, Ross will then shoot himself in the head. Tonya, enraged and in grief, will blame Frank for her boyfriend's death and refuse to go with him. She will then remain by the side of her boyfriend's corpse
If Frank talks to Tonya instead, she can be convinced to help him get Ross to the Security Room. Ross's injuries make it impossible for him to walk far, and Frank has to carry him. Tonya will follow only Ross, even if Frank attempts to guide her with a waypoint.
Ross, instead of asking for a handgun, asks for handgun ammo. When he is being escorted to the Security Room, he is also much faster on foot, and he does not need to be carried. He rewards Frank with the Red 9, a very powerful handgun.
- Photo Op: Up to 10,000 PP
- Join Bonus: 15,000 PP
- Escort Complete Bonus: 30,000 PP
While the source of Ross' gunshot wound is never revealed, it is most likely from Jo Slade, a corrupt police officer who has captured several young women. This is supported by the fact that Jo is armed with a handgun, which most likely caused the injury (versus a high-powered machine gun Reginald Jenkins uses or a sniper rifle that the Hall Family uses, or even the buckshot of a shotgun Steven Chapman uses). In addition, Tonya stated that he was injured when he was protecting her from someone, which could have been Jo Slade, who tries to capture young women.
- When Frank mentions that he's a photojournalist, Ross asks him not to take a picture of him. Ironically, Ross' picture is used for Census Taker, which requires 50 survivors to have their pictures taken.
- Sometimes, Ross won't be able to get up the platform making it impossible to save him or Tonya because she will only follow Ross.