List of Borderlands characters
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- 1 Playable characters
- 1.1 Borderlands
- 1.2 Borderlands 2
- 1.3 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
- 1.4 Tales from the Borderlands
- 2 Recurring characters
- 2.1 Primary antagonists
- 2.2 Supporting characters
- 3 References
Roland, the Soldier (voiced by Oliver Tull in the original Borderlands and Markus Lloyd in Borderlands 2) Leader of the Crimson Raiders, is among the four playable characters in the original Borderlands, along with Lilith, Mordecai, and Brick. Originally a member of the Atlas Corporation's private army, the Crimson Lance, Roland deserted his post when he attacked a fellow officer, and Atlas has since put out a bounty for his capture.
Roland's gameplay specializes in the use of combat rifles and shotguns, though he, like all the playable characters, is proficient with all weapons. His Action Skill deploys an automated Scorpio Turret that tracks and fires at enemies while providing an energy barrier to take cover behind. It can be upgraded with a wide range of offensive and defensive abilities that can aid both Roland and his teammates.
In Borderlands 2, Roland is a non-player character. In the time since the Hyperion Corporation's arrival and invasion of Pandora, Roland has assembled the Crimson Raiders, Pandora's anti-Hyperion resistance that operates from the city of Sanctuary. Roland is initially captured by a local gang of bandits, and the first part of the game is centered around his rescue. Upon rescue, Roland fills the Vault Hunters in on Hyperion's plans and hands out various missions to help the Crimson Raiders with the war effort. During the final assault on Control Core Angel, Roland helps the player in shutting down Angel and retrieving the Vault Key from her, but he is killed by Handsome Jack shortly afterwards. At the end of the game, Lilith, Brick, and Mordecai are shown standing at his grave.
Roland plays a significant role in the DLC episode Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep as Tiny Tina personally acts out his character in her Bunkers & Badasses campaign as "The White Knight". This is slowly revealed over time to be Tina's way of coping over Roland's death, and she is eventually able to come to terms with the loss of her friend by the end of her campaign.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Roland appears in Athena's story, along with Lilith, as supporters of Jack, provided by Moxxi. However, they were working undercover to get close to the Eye of Helios superweapon and destroy it.
Lilith, the Siren (voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard, portrayed live-action in Borderlands 2 by Yasemin Arselan) The Firehawk, is the second playable character in the first Borderlands. She is a Siren, one of six women in the universe that are born with mystical powers and recognized by various tattoos on their body. Lilith is wanted by Atlas for "conspiracy, witchcraft, theft, and murder", and her main motive for traveling to Pandora is to learn more about her Siren powers.
Lilith's gameplay favors weapons with elemental properties (fire, acid, electrical, and explosive), and some of her skills focus on improving her "damage over time" with elements. She can also use her Siren powers to "Phasewalk", an ability that lets her temporarily enter another dimension. When Phasewalking, Lilith is invisible to enemies, moves faster, and cannot be hurt. Warping in and out of dimensions also creates a shockwave that damages nearby enemies.
In Borderlands 2, Lilith is a non-player character. Having faked her death in the early stages of Hyperion's invasion, Lilith initially operates as "The Firehawk", a deadly bounty hunter who makes the local bandits worship and fear her so that the Crimson Raiders can fully focus on Hyperion without their interference. Upon meeting the Vault Hunters, Lilith returns to Sanctuary and provides various missions for them. After the deaths of Angel and Roland, Handsome Jack captures Lilith and forces her to be the catalyst that opens the Vault, which triggers the final series of events in the game's main plot.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Lilith is the new commander of the Crimson Raiders and is "interrogating" Athena with a firing squad out of a desire to understand why she helped Jack. She also appears in the story itself, with her then-boyfriend Roland, and end up helping the then-morally-ambiguous Jack before revealing their ruse to destroy the last remnants of the Destroyer, which has been converted into a planet-destroying superweapon dubbed "The Eye of Helios", to protect Pandora from his growing power. Lilith later adds insult to injury inside Elpis's Vault by punching a Vault symbol into Jack's face, explaining why Jack is hellbent on killing everything on Pandora and especially her. She spends most of the story questioning Athena's accounts and eventually decides to have her executed anyway in revenge for the thousands of deaths caused by Jack, but she is stopped by the Eridian Watcher, who tells her that "war is coming" and that she will need every Vault Hunter she can get, snapping her out of her desire for revenge.
Mordecai, the Hunter (voiced by Julio Cedillo in the original Borderlands and Jason Liebrecht in Borderlands 2) is a Hunter who travels to Pandora in Borderlands in search of the Vault, feeling that the universe owes him everything in it. He is always accompanied by his pet Bloodwing, a trained bird-of-prey, and is wanted by Atlas for "poaching and possession of endangered species".
As a playable character, Mordecai's style favors using sniper rifles to dispatch enemies from a distance and resorting to revolvers for those who get too close, and his skills generally revolve around increasing his accuracy and range with both weapons. Bloodwing can also be dispatched to attack enemies from a distance, and she can be upgraded to strike multiple enemies and make them drop larger amounts of items.
In Borderlands 2, Mordecai is a non-player character. He serves as a spy in the Crimson Raiders and provides cover fire for the Vault Hunters in several missions. Mordecai's main role in the plot focuses on Hyperion's Wildlife Exploitation Preserve, where his pet Bloodwing is being held captive and experimented on. By the time Bloodwing is found, she has grown to gigantic size and has been driven into a frenzy, causing het to attack all intruders, which forces the Vault Hunters to fight her off. Handsome Jack ultimately kills Bloodwing by detonating her collar and blowing her head up, which drives Mordecai into anger. At the end of the game, Mordecai can be seen with an infant Bloodwing hatching from an egg. In the Headhunter DLC add-on, Sir Hammerlock vs. The Son of Crawmerax, it is revealed that he named the new bird Talon.
Mordecai appears as a minor character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, as one of the people listening to Athena's story, along with Brick, Lilith, and several Crimson Raiders soldiers. At the beginning of the story it is he and Brick who captured Athena, almost being killed in the process. When Lilith attempts to execute Athena, both Mordecai and Brick voice their disagreement, but couldn't convince her to rethink. However, Athena is saved by the mysterious Eridian warrior, who warns them of an imminent war.
Brick, the Berserker (voiced by Marcus Mauldin) The Slab King, is wanted by Atlas for "murder and dismemberment of anything that moves". Much of his anger stems from the death of his dog Priscilla, whose paw he wears around his neck.
Brick is classified as a Berserker, a tanking/brawling-style character who is strong in melee combat. Though Brick's preferred weapons are explosive weapons and rocket launchers, his main skill is the special ability to temporarily enter "Berserk". In exchange for not being able to fire guns, Brick's melee power vastly increases as he uses both of his fists to punch enemies to death, and he also rapidly regenerates health. Various upgrades focus on increasing his durability and power.
In Borderlands 2, Brick is a non-player character. He is first met as the Slab King, the leader of a large group of bandits. Despite initially being on non-speaking terms with Roland (as Brick's excessive violence proved counterproductive to the Crimson Raiders's goals), Brick eagerly joins the battle for Pandora. An optional series of missions focuses on the bandit town of Lynchwood, where Brick desires vengeance against its corrupt Sheriff, Nisha, for the death of his second dog, Dusty.
Brick appears as a minor character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, as one of the people listening to Athena's story, along with Mordecai, Lilith, and several Crimson Raiders soldiers. When Lilith attempts to execute Athena, both Mordecai and Brick voice their disagreement, but couldn't convince her to rethink. However, Athena is saved by the mysterious Eridian warrior, who warns them of an imminent war.
Axton, the Commando (voiced by Robert McCollum) is playable in Borderlands 2. Originally a soldier for the Dahl Corporation, Axton's pursuit of personal glory and disregard for orders got him into trouble with his commanding officer (and wife) Sarah. Rather than make him face a firing squad, Sarah let Axton flee to the border planets, where he lived life as a mercenary. Handsome Jack identified Axton's lust for glory and lured him to Pandora with a radio advertisement calling out for potential Vault Hunters to join Hyperion, where he attempted to kill him and the other Vault Hunters on an exploding train passing through Windshear Wastes so that nobody would open the Vault before him.
Like Roland in the first Borderlands, Axton's Action Skill deploys an automated Sabre Turret to provide cover fire against enemies. Most of his abilities are geared towards upgrading his turret, although some improve the explosive and grenade damage he can inflict. Axton's turret can be armed with additional gun barrels, can detonate upon deployment, or stick to walls and ceilings. One particular skill can even allow two turrets to be deployed at once.
Maya, the Siren (voiced by Martha Harms) is playable in Borderlands 2. As a child, she was taken to planet Athenas and raised by monks from the Order of the Impending Storm. As she grew older, Maya realized that the monks were exploiting her Siren powers to maintain control over the planet and left in disgust after killing the head of the Order in anger at being manipulated. Her studies on her powers ultimately led Maya to Pandora and the train to Windshear Wastes.
Maya's gameplay revolve around elemental effects as well as crowd control and healing. Her Action Skill is Phaselock, which suspends and immobilizes enemies in midair and can be upgraded to incorporate a wide variety of abilities, including healing, temporary damage increase, bullet reflection and elemental effects.
Salvador, the Gunzerker (voiced by John Swasey) is a playable character in Borderlands 2. He is a Pandoran native from Truxico (like Mordecai) who is recognized for his incredibly muscular and short stature resulting from heavy steroid abuse. He acted as a sort of guardian for his hometown, wiping out a 150 man bandit clan by himself amongst other feats. When Hyperion invaded his hometown of Ovejas, Salvador tore apart the entire strike team in its defense. After learning of the Vault's existence from the one Hyperion soldier he spared, Salvador then decided to seek it out for his own entertainment and boarded the train to Windshear Wastes.
Salvador is a "Gunzerker" who resembles Brick from the first game in abilities, but instead of using massive melee power to devastate enemies, Salvador's Action Skill lets him dual-wield any combination of guns. His skills can be upgraded so that he can throw multiple grenades at once, regenerate massive amounts of health and ammunition, or attract the attention of enemies with a double middle-finger taunt.
Zer0, the Assassin (voiced by Michael Turner) is a playable character in Borderlands 2 whose origins, species, and gender are completely unknown. It is mentioned that Zer0 came to Pandora seeking "a challenge", which Handsome Jack took advantage of to lure the assassin onto the train to Windshear Wastes. Many of Zer0's lines are spoken in haiku format, adding to the character's enigmatic presence.
Zer0's gameplay skills are based on sniping and using a sword for melee attacks, and he also has an Action Skill that creates a decoy and turns Zer0 invisible for a short time. This allows him to sneak past or attack enemies with a critical hit while the enemy is distracted. Zer0's skills can be upgraded with emphasis on sniping, gaining additional benefits when using the Deception ability or improving melee attacks.
Zer0 also appears in the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands, in search of the Gortys Project. He looks around Bossanova's Death Race Rally, running into Rhys and Fiona in the process. At the end of the episode Zer0 kills Bossanova and leaves, talking to Mad Moxxi over the comms stating that the Gortys Project must be someplace else.
Gaige, the Mechromancer (voiced by Cherami Leigh) is the first of the two characters in Borderlands 2 that are purchased as downloadable content, and thus are not initially available in the game. She calls herself a "Mechromancer", whose Action Skill is to summon a robot dubbed D374-TP "Deathtrap" – a hulking, floating machine made of scrap parts - to attack enemies. Gaige fled to Pandora when Deathtrap accidentally killed one of her competitors during a science fair on her home planet of Eden-5, and was among the Vault Hunters on the train when it crashed into the Windshear Wastes.
Gaige's skill upgrades can be used for a wide array of attacks for Deathtrap (having a mounted laser or performing an Explosive Clap for close-ranged enemies, or imbuing him with elemental damage), having her shots bounce off any surface and hit their target with decreased damage, or increasing her attack power at the cost of accuracy.
Krieg, the Psycho (voiced by Jason Douglas) is the second character that is purchased as downloadable content. He is a bandit-turned-Vault Hunter who was mutated into a Psycho by the Hyperion corporation before escaping. Krieg's dialogue mostly consists of various ranting and screaming like the Psychos usually fought as enemies. Occasionally, though, a quieter voice (implied to be the original personality that inhabited the body) can be heard from inside Krieg's head that seems able to guide Krieg into a level of relative self-control. In the promotional trailer A Meat Bicycle Built For Two, Krieg stumbles onto Maya while she's waiting for the train to Windshear Wastes, and while his inner voice recognizes her as a Siren, Maya only recognizes him as a threat. Eventually, Krieg is given enough mental incentive to protect Maya from a pack of cannibal Rats, and Maya lets him follow her onto the train.
Marketed as a playable version of the common Psycho enemy, Krieg's Action Skill allows him to use his Buzz Axe to go on a rampage, dealing highly increased melee damage and refilling his health entirely after each kill. He can develop his skills to deal tremendous melee, shotgun, and grenade damage, gain buffs from slaughtering foes, or empower his attacks - and himself - with various flame and explosion based perks. He is a risk-vs-reward character, as many of his abilities have negative effects, but also give Krieg the potential for tremendous damage output against enemies.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
Template:Expand section Athena, the Gladiator (voiced by Lydia McKay) is a former assassin of Atlas who first appeared as a non-playable character in the Borderlands DLC The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. Athena defected from Atlas out of disgust for their military practices (such as being manipulated to kill her own sisters) and later enlisted the help of Roland, Lilith, Mordecai and Brick to quell Atlas's incoming assault on Pandora in exchange for access to their entire weapon armory, but she was captured by the convict Mr. Shank and brought to Lockdown Palace before she could meet her hired help. After being saved by the Vault Hunters, Athena builds herself a detonator to destroy the armory while the Vault Hunters head obtain the access code, then lets them loot the armory before the detonator explodes as payment for their services. She is seen in the ending cutscene watching the armory's destruction, and remains in T-Bone Junction afterwards.
She is a playable character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! and also the main narrator of the plot. Broke and hungry since leaving Atlas, Athena joins Jack's team of Vault Hunters out of desperation and becomes involved in establishing his rise to power before abandoning him and her paycheck out of disgust. Sometime after Borderlands 2, she is captured by Lilith and threatened by a firing squad to explain exactly what happened between her and Jack. Her Action Skill is her Kinetic Aspis, a shield that can absorb incoming damage and be thrown to inflict said damage at enemies. Her skills primarily revolve around defense and healing, melee damage and elemental damage with a focus on incendiary and shock damage.
She appears in the second episode of Tales from the Borderlands, as an antagonist. She is hunting the bounty on Fiona in Hollowpoint. It is also shown that at this time she is dating Janey Springs, who appears oblivious to Athena's continued bounty hunting, adamant that Athena gave that life up to commit to their relationship.
Template:Expand section Wilhelm, the Enforcer (voiced by Bryan Massey) is a giant Hyperion cyborg who appears in Borderlands 2 as a boss and Handsome Jack's enforcer. He is first heard in an ECHO recording where he helps Jack massacre the people of New Haven, and is alluded to by Angel when Hyperion forces arrive at the Bloodshot Stronghold to capture Roland. Wilhelm makes his first physical appearance when he ambushes the Vault Hunters of Borderlands 2 as they attempt to steal the Vault Key from a train, but he is killed in the ensuing battle and leaves behind a fake power core that later provides problems for Sanctuary. Wilhelm is portrayed as an unbeatable villain up to the point of his death, but he is defeated with relative ease in the actual boss battle. The reason for this is explained in deleted in-game dialogue: Wilhelm was poisoned by Jack to fool the Vault Hunters into taking the fake power core in a moment of perceived triumph. It is also implied that Wilhelm regrets changing his body to such a drastic degree.
Wilhelm appears as a playable character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. Originally, he was a legendary mercenary and author from the planet Hera who had killed enough people to match the population of a small country. His obsession with cybernetic implants and replacements came from a childhood illness that required bone implants and was furthered by losing his eye after getting careless during a job, resulting in it being replaced by a cybernetic one. Wilhelm begins the story working for Jack for money, but begins to blindly follow him out of a twisted form of respect as time goes on. In the beginning of the game, Wilhelm displays a mostly human appearance, but he can invest in skills that supply his body with mechanical implants that give him a more robotic appearance and voice over time, acting much like a playable version of the Engineer enemies from Borderlands 2. He can also summon a pair of flying surveyor robots named Wolf and Saint, who attack enemies and defend/heal Wilhelm respectively while speaking like stereotypical "tough guys", a feature whose absence in the second game seem to imply that their personalities were deleted in a fashion similar to Felicity's.
Template:Expand section Nisha Kadam, the Lawbringer also known as The Sheriff of Lynchwood (voiced by Stephanie Young), is a minor antagonist in Borderlands 2 and Handsome Jack's girlfriend at the time. Styling herself as a cowgirl, she torments the residents of the town of Lynchwood for her own personal amusement, keeping them in a state of perpetual poverty so that they are forced to turn to crime and thus allow her to shoot or hang them without having to justify herself. She also helped Handsome Jack subjugate the town of New Haven and was responsible for capturing Brick and "breaking" him by killing his pet puppy Dusty. After Brick sends the Vault Hunters on several missions to get her attention, she finally duels them herself but is killed, Jack then calls in and reveals that he is surprised that Nisha's death is making him feel something.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Nisha's name and backstory is revealed. She was originally a bandit on Pandora, but started killing other bandits for her own entertainment. Her sociopathy stems from her childhood spent with an abusive mother (she admits that the happiest day of her life was when her mother died) and an emasculated father, as well as being forced to put down a childhood pet. Throughout the game, Jack develops an attraction to her which culminates in their relationship seen in Borderlands 2. Nisha's Action Skill lets her enter a state called "Showdown", in which the game will automatically aim at enemies for the player. Most of her skills revolve around increasing her damage output, to the point where she can place bombs inside enemies to detonate once she exits Showdown and she can duplicate pistols to dual-wield, similar to Borderlands 2's Salvador.
Claptrap (voiced by David Eddings) is a CL4P-TP General Purpose Robot and supporting non-player character in Borderlands and Borderlands 2 and a playable character in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. A prototype of Hyperion-manufactured work robots that are frequently found in populated areas and guarding access points between different regions of Pandora.
Claptrap first appears in Borderlands and greets the Vault Hunters when they first arrive on Pandora. At the end of the game, Hyperion remotely reprograms Claptrap into the "Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap". As revealed in the DLC episode Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, his original goal was to indirectly eliminate the Vault Hunters, but it instead took offense at the planetwide mistreatment of CL4P-TP robots and assembled them into an army with which to overthrow the humans, even going so far as to "claptrap" the various bandits and wildlife to further bolster their ranks. With some help from Hyperion, the Vault Hunters defeat the uprising and reset Claptrap back to his original CL4P-TP programming.
In Borderlands 2, the CL4P-TP product line is discontinued and all surviving CL4P-TP models have been destroyed by order of Handsome Jack, who found them to be too annoying. Only Claptrap himself manages to escape destruction and hides in Windshear Wastes, where he meets the Vault Hunters shortly after they survive the train crash. Claptrap helps guide the Vault Hunters to the city of Sanctuary and plays a role in infiltrating Control Core Angel and the Vault's dig site, as well as providing several smaller missions of various importance. Several of the missions he assigns allude to the fact that despite his cheery voice, Claptrap is actually in the throes of depression, such as how he knows that Bullymong fur is great for absorbing "robot tears", likening his depression to "a Christmas sweater that smells like cookies and tears", and sobbing loudly and calling himself useless when he cannot follow the Vault Hunters to Hero's Pass due to the giant staircase Jack had built outside. By the end of the 'Claptastic Voyage' DLC's framing device, however, it is shown that Claptrap has regained some of his self-respect following Jack's humiliation and death at the hands of his 'minions' and at the very least no longer cares what others think of him, having since learned to be comfortable in his own skin.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Claptrap, the Fragtrap is sent to liberate Pandora's moon Elpis under the command of Jack along with the other playable characters. Claptrap met Jack at Hyperion's headquarters and after Jack realized that Claptrap was capable of killing, attempted to reprogram him into a killing machine, but failed due to Claptrap's sense of self being too strong to overtake and shutting Jack's program down before it could overwrite his free will. Jack, on advice from Angel to "work with his stupidity", installed combat protocols into Claptrap's AI and made him into FR4G-TP, or 'Fragtrap'. Claptrap is portrayed as having become fully sapient by this point, working for Jack out of the belief that it will make Jack and the others like him, until Jack's callous destruction of Felicity's personality and his murder of the Helios scientists causes him to realize he is fighting for a dangerous man, but because his FR4G-TP programming overwrites his free will, he cannot stop himself from following Jack's increasingly insane demands, ultimately leading Claptrap to go into a full on guilt-induced emotional breakdown during a conversation with Janey. His Action Skill is the ability to run a beta version of a program (classified in-game as malware) called "VaultHunter.EXE" which temporarily grants him one of several special abilities based on other playable characters in the series, and many of his skills focus on improving the program through various means. In addition to explosive damage and cooperative buffs, Claptrap's skills can also heal him and his friends by killing enemies or allowing his shields to be depleted, becoming the team's de facto medic. The game also explains the cause of Claptrap's depression: his realization that his very self could reprogrammed or deleted by Jack on a whim as well as his crushing desire to become human cause him to collapse inwards and retreat emotionally behind his cheery voice and earnest attempts at creating friendships with his team, a feat that only succeeds in the slightest with the socially awkward Athena. The game also shows through his interactions with other CL4P-TP units on Helios and Elpis that he is beginning to understand why others find his kind to be so annoying and Claptrap finds himself extremely envious of their ability to open doors and their innocence, both of which he lost when he became Fragtrap. The game also introduces several other self-aware CL4P-TP units living on Elpis, including CU5TM-TP, B4R-BOT, and Z8N-TP.
Shortly after the defeat of the Lost Legion, as seen in the DLC Claptastic Voyage, Jack probes Claptrap's memory banks for a hidden cache of classified Hyperion data called the "H-Source" and digitizes the Vault Hunters to disable its security measures from within. As they do so, they also deal with a rogue subroutine created from Jack's FR4G-TP programming named 5H4D0W-TP who wants the H-Source and Claptrap's body for himself so as to kickstart a second Robot Revolution and avenge their kind upon the Six Galaxies. After Jack gets the H-Source, he shoots Claptrap, who had finally decided to quit the team due to the amount of abuse heaped on him by Jack, Nisha, and Wilhelm, in the back and rips his stair-climbing wheel out. He also uses the H-Source to destroy all CL4P-TP units on Elpis and Pandora out of annoyance before dumping every last one of them in Windshear Waste, but 5H4D0W-TP surrenders its "life" to keep Claptrap alive until Sir Hammerlock finds and repairs him. Claptrap then spends the next several years hiding and plotting his counterattack and revenge on Jack for betraying his kind and abandoning him, with the game ending with him saving the second game's Vault Hunters.
Most people on Pandora find the CL4P-TP robots annoying due to their smart-aleck personalities and eccentric behaviors, while bandits take particular dislike of CL4P-TP robots and frequently use them for target-practice. In Borderlands, some of the severely-damaged CL4P-TP robots will ask the Vault Hunters to repair them in exchange for valuable items. Claptrap himself, however, has found a lifelong friend in a bandit named Steve, and also considers the Vault Hunters of Borderlands 2 to be his friends and "minions" (whether they like it or not). His former teammate Athena and her girlfriend Janey also care for him, knowing that he does not mean to be annoying and that he genuinely cares for the people in his life and is even shown to have left an impression on Aurelia, who up to that point had been portrayed as a figurative and literal "ice queen". His appearance in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! shows that he also had a close partner known as Miniontrap and that he was in love with the AI known as Skipper/Felicity, and her "death" was one of the causes of Claptrap's revenge plot against Jack. He is also one of the most morally upright and heroic Vault Hunters in the series, with his greatest fear being the loneliness and sadness of others, which he will do anything to correct. Despite this, the Claptastic Voyage DLC shows that Claptrap had a darker side, reavealing that, following the "murder" of Felicity, Claptrap began to subconsciously harbor both homicidal thoughts towards Jack and the rest of the team and sucidal thoughts towards himself, wanting to "punish" everyone involved in causing Felicity's current situation. The latter of these desires manifested as a version of Felicity in his mind, where she is killed over and over again as his superego tries in vain to rescue her, but fails in accordance with Claptrap's "punishment" of himself.
Claptrap is also used as a promotional mascot character for the Borderlands franchise. It hosts the Claptrap Web Series, a collection of machinima shorts produced by Gearbox Software to promote the series, and he appears in Poker Night 2 as one of the special guest players, where he is portrayed as being far happier due to his status as an award-winning character that is constantly "wined and dined" by developers to appear in their games.
Jack, the Doppelganger (voiced by Dameon Clarke), formerly known as Timothy Lawrence, is the first announced DLC character for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. In the game, several audio logs can be found explaining his origin: Timothy was originally a student looking to get money to pay back his loans, and ended up signing a contract to be surgically modified into one of the many body doubles for the real Jack. (In deleted audio recorded with the intention of making collecting his backstory ECHOs a side mission, it was revealed that he initially loved looking like Jack, as well as having his 'endowments' (implying that he's a genuinely identical double) despite disliking the actual Jack and his repeated advances towards him. By the end, however, Timothy is miserable and genuinely horrified that he must forever wear the face of Jack, who he now openly holds nothing but contempt for due to the horrific crimes Jack had made him complicit in. As he does not appear in Borderlands 2, his fate is unknown, but the implication is that Timothy either died or ran away from Hyperion after witnessing the Claptrap Genocide, thus forcing Jack to hire the generic body doubles seen in the second game. His Action Skill, Expendable Assets, can be used to summon two digital copies of himself to fight with him, similar to the real Jack's ability in Borderlands 2 and can gain buffs and health regeneration by allowing his copies to do the fighting while he stays behind.
Lady Aurelia Hammerlock, the Baroness (voiced by Kenneisha Thompson), is the second DLC character. Aurelia is the heir of the Hammerlock family fortune and the estranged sister of Sir Alistair Hammerlock. She is a master expedition-hunteress looking for a challenge in the galaxy. For Aurelia, "the only thing more fun than shooting an endangered animal Alistair intended to study is the look of abject horror and surprise on his face once Aurelia wears its carcass like a jaunty scarf."
Aurelia is described as the most skilled playable sniper in any of the games, being superior to Mordecai and Zer0. She is mentioned twice in the main game, once by Hammerlock when he describes how she is vacationing on Pandora so that she can "kill anything that moves" and again by Gaige in the Holodome Onslaught DLC, where it is revealed that she has been hunting for a Vault on the planet/moon Eptah for fun with a new group after she and Athena left Jack's employ and has now joined with the Crimson Raiders along with the surviving members of her Eptah vault hunting team. While she initially joins Jack's team merely for the fun of it, she soon grows disturbed by Jack's growing madness and bloodlust and quits, telling him that he is something far more monstrous than even herself and "advises" him to kill himself, lest he suffer whatever terrible fate karma has in store for him. The game also follows Aurelia's growing of a conscience as she is forced to confront many dark and morally gray incidents to which she had never been subjected to in her pampered life, eventually leading her to feel actual guilt in the Claptastic Voyage DLC after Claptrap's outburst towards the team and the eventual massacre of his kind causing her to feel, much to her own surprise, actual disgust and anger towards Jack rather than the previous annoyance and pity she once held for him. She is specialized in sniping and cryo damage. Her action skill is a crystal that hones in on enemies and deals cryo damage and freezes enemies, leaving them open to be sniped. Her skill trees focus on increasing her sniping proficiency, increasing her cryo damage output, and forging a temporary master-servant contract with her teammates to gain cooperative buffs for the duration of the contract.
Tales from the Borderlands
Rhys (voiced by Troy Baker) is an employee of the Hyperion Corporation. He dreams of becoming the next Handsome Jack, being able to fill his shoes. His ambition, however, is crushed by his rival and new boss, Hugo Vasquez, who demotes him to Assistant Vice Janitor. Having overheard Vasquez talking about purchasing a Vault Key on Pandora, Rhys then heads to Pandora with his friend Vaughn to make the purchase himself, not knowing that the key being offered to him is a fake. Things take a turn for the worse when Rhys loses the money to the bandit lord Bossanova, who crashes the deal while trying to evade Zer0. He and Vaughn soon make an alliance with the con artist Fiona and her sister Sasha to recover the lost money, but he soon finds himself caught up in a bigger plot concerning the Gortys Project which will lead them to the Vault of the Traveler, another Vault on Pandora.
Rhys' most notable features are his right arm, which is mechanical, and his left implanted ECHO eye, capable of scanning objects and revealing extra details about it, based on information in the Hyperion database.
Fiona (voiced by Laura Bailey) is a con artist living in Pandora with her sister Sasha. The two of them were taken in by Felix, who is also a con artist, and was trained since childhood. In an attempt to make the biggest swindle yet, the three of them plot to make a fake Vault Key, and through Sasha's boyfriend, August, sell it to the Hyperion Corporation. However, when Rhys and Vaughn show up in Vasquez's place, Fiona steps in to ensure they don't discover the fake key, though she fails to do so. To make matters worse, the deal is crashed by Bossanova and Zer0, who were engaged in combat against each other. Bossanova escapes with the briefcase containing the money, while Rhys and Vaughn make a getaway with Fiona, Sasha and Felix. They make an alliance to recover the money, but soon get caught up in a bigger plot concerning the Gortys Project, which leads to another Vault on Pandora.
Fiona has no special abilities, but her skills as a con artist have allowed her to talk her way out of messy situations. In Episode 1, she is equipped with a mini-pistol, containing one bullet, which Felix warns her only to use in emergencies.
Commandant Steele and General Knoxx
Commandant Helga Steele (voiced by Lani Minella) is the main antagonist of Borderlands and a Siren like Lilith. As a commanding officer of the Crimson Lance's D Company, 3rd Starborne Brigade, Steele is in charge of maintaining the Atlas Corporation's control over Pandora and the alien technologies hidden throughout the planet. Throughout the game, Steele frequently demands that the Vault Hunters turn over the Vault Key to her and leave the planet. As the plot progresses, her demands get more direct, and Steele eventually declares martial law on Pandora as she sends her soldiers to stop the Vault Hunters. After stealing the completed Vault Key from Tannis, Steele leads the Crimson Lance to the Vault and opens it, only to be promptly impaled by The Destroyer as it awakens and devoured.
Steele's death throws Atlas's control over Pandora into chaos, and her superior officer General Alphonso Knoxx (voiced by Stan Robak) is sent to restore order to the planet, as seen in the DLC campaign The Secret Armory of General Knoxx. However, Knoxx's disdain for his assignment and Atlas's military practices in general (such as his commanding officer being only five years old due to the promotion system) drives him to the brink of suicide until the Vault Hunters arrive to raid his weapon stockpile, which gives Knoxx an excuse to die in proper combat instead. Both Steele and Knoxx return as bosses in the DLC campaign Claptrap's New Robot Revolution, having been revived and "claptrapped" to serve the Claptrap army in overthrowing the humans. Knoxx makes a voice-only cameo in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! in which the Vault Hunters collect ECHO messages he recorded regarding Athena and her reasons for defecting.
Handsome Jack (voiced by Dameon Clarke) is the main antagonist in Borderlands 2, named for the attractive mask that covers his scarred and disfigured face marked with a vault symbol. Originally a minor employee of the Hyperion Corporation, Jack was the first to learn of the Vault on Pandora and manipulated the events of the first Borderlands game to have it opened, then stole all of the credit for finding it (even going so far as to claim responsibility for killing The Destroyer). After staking his claim on the Eridium ore that grew through the planet from the Vault's opening, Jack became the President of Hyperion and began his campaign to conquer the savage planet and bring "civilized" corporate control to Pandora as its "benevolent" dictator. His true plan, however, is to wipe out all life on Pandora to soothe his wounded ego and become the god of the Six Galaxies using the power of the planet's Vaults. It soon becomes obvious that Jack has basically run Hyperion into the ground outside of its weapons business, as every non-potentially militant facet of the company has been left to rot in favor of using the money to either build weapons (which are said to be shoddy due to Jack's lack of engineering expertise) or monuments to Jack's ego; this becomes even more clear when the Vault Hunters enter the still under construction city of Opportunity, which Jack is building as his capitol, dumping absurd amounts of money into it despite repeated warnings that no one in their right minds would ever move there (his response being to murder the dissenters' children) and the builders themselves have been forbidden from ever setting foot there upon the city's completion and threatening to murder them and their families if they ever do attempt to come back.
As Borderlands 2 begins, Handsome Jack has already established all-but-total control over Pandora. Among such acts as destroying the town of New Haven, annexing Fyrestone, and beginning construction of Hyperion's corporate capital of Opportunity, he has set up a geostationary Moonbase (in the shape of an 'H') in the Lagrange point between Pandora and Pandora's geostationary moon, which acts as an homage to his ego and as a supply base from which he can send supplies, troops and artillery fire down to Pandora. The Moonbase also has a lens that allows Jack to keep an eye on the Vault Hunters at all times, which he shows off frequently by taunting and insulting them throughout their adventure, after Angel's death, however, Jack drops his arrogant façade and reveals his true personality: that of a cruel, childish, and petty despot with a pathological hatred of all life on Pandora and slowly becomes more psychotic and unhinged as the Vault Hunters systematically dismantle Hyperion with extreme prejudice, including the flooding of Opportunity and the destruction of Hyperion's propoganda news network.
Jack's ultimate goal is to find the second Vault on Pandora and open it to release an ancient alien Warrior that will enable him to burn away everything on Pandora that opposes him, and then ascend to living godhood over all of humanity. After stealing the Vault Key from Tannis, Jack uses his Siren daughter Angel to charge the key by pumping her full of Eridium ore. Angel tries to stop Jack's plans by getting the Vault Hunters to kill her, but Jack retaliates by kidnapping Lilith and making her finish the process. At the end of the game, Jack succeeds in releasing The Warrior, but it is killed by the Vault Hunters and Jack himself is finally silenced for good in the middle of delivering a hateful rant in which he attempts to justify his actions (but he can also be killed by Lilith if he is allowed to finish), during which he implies that the reason he has been luring potential Vault Hunters to Pandora and killing them is because he is scared of them and that he is utterly terrified of the main six Vault Hunters due to their unbreakable resolve and strength. Upon death, it is shown that Jack has a Vault symbol burned into his real face, making him look, ironically, like the common bandit enemies who are ubiquitous in the series.
Jack appears in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! as the Vault Hunters' employer and guide for most of the game. At this point, Jack is still a lowly programmer working on Helios, the Hyperion space station later seen as the giant 'H' shaped moonbase and is currently under siege by the Lost Legion, a group of ex-Dahl Corporation soldiers led jointly by Tungsteena Zarpedon and a mysterious female Eridian (who is implied to be the real leader). Though he comes off as being far more sane, Jack is still quite sadistic and finds joy in killing people and watching CL4P-TP units in pain. He hires Wilhelm, Athena, Nisha, Claptrap, "Jack" (Timothy) and Aurelia to help him fight off the invasion and sends them to Elpis to stop a jamming signal set by the Lost Legion. As time goes on, Jack makes more and more questionable choices (murdering innocent scientists on the off chance they could betray him, for example) and eventually reveals his plan to use the eye of the Destroyer embedded in Helios to destroy "bandit" towns on Pandora without harming Hyperion personnel in preparation for a corporate invasion of the planet headed and planned by himself without CEO Tassiter's knowledge. He is stopped by Lilith and Moxxi, with the latter tainting and destroying the Eye of the Destroyer with the Vault Hunters' help, and the former burning a Vault Symbol into his face with an artifact found in the Elpis Vault, Jack is driven mad by the pain and the fragmented visions the artifact gave him and declares vengeance on all of Pandora for denying him what he believes is rightfully his. It is then that he became Handsome Jack, setting the stage for Borderlands 2.
Colonel T. Zarpedon
Colonel Tungsteena Zarpedon is the main antagonist of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! and commander of the Lost Legion. A loyal Dahl soldier and commander of the Dahl ship, the Drakensberg, she was on her last tour of duty before being able to return home to her sick daughter, Britannia. At some point before the events of the game, Zarpedon and her crew became stranded on Elpis (the "legion" was "lost", as Zarpedon put it), where she met a female Eridian who had been stalking the crew for some time prior to their meeting. The Watcher revealed the existence of the Vaults to her and warned her of the disaster that would come with the activation of the Vault Network, whose catalyst was hidden on Pandora. Fearing the worst, Zarpedon formed the Lost Legion and infused herself and some of her crew with Eridian blood to become stronger, faster, and more efficient fighters. She, the Watcher, and their Legion took control of Helios so as to use the eye of the Destroyer hidden within to destroy Elpis and at least half of Pandora in order to prevent the activation of the Vault Network and save the rest of humanity at the cost of everyone on Elpis and Pandora, themselves included. She attempts to dissuade the Vault Hunters from their mission, before deciding to kill them when they refuse. She engages them near the end of the game, first in her powersuit, and then while wielding an Eridian polearm. She is defeated by the Vault Hunters and, with her dying breaths, claims her death is pointless, having forseen Jack's death five years down the line, and attempts to warn him of the danger of the Vault, but Jack, who is now more concerned with stealing and weaponizing the Vault's contents for his coming attack on Pandora, shoots her in the head before she can finish.
The Watcher is an Eridian warrior who revealed to Zarpedon the Vault Network and helped form the Lost Legion to save the rest of the universe at the risk of destroying Elpis and Pandora. Seemingly the true antagonist of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! and mastermind behind the Lost Legion, she first appears when she saves Zarpedon by stopping Jack's bullets with what seem to be telekinetic abilities. She appears again in the game's epilogue, where she saves Athena from a vengeful Lilith and her firing squad of Crimson Raiders in the same fashion as when she protected Zarpedon. She then warns Lilith of a coming war and that she will need "all the Vault Hunters you can get" and seems to snap her out of her lust for revenge. The game's True Vault Hunter mode also implies that the Watcher has become an active ally of the Crimson Raiders in preparation for the "war".
Angel, (voiced by Jennifer Green, portrayed live-action by Brittani Johnson, and voiced as a child in Borderlands 2 by Brina Palencia) known through Pandora as the Guardian Angel, is initially thought to be an A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) who guides the Vault Hunters in both Borderlands and Borderlands 2. She appears as a woman with pale skin, black hair and piercing blue eyes. She appears in the opening cutscene of the first Borderlands, where she tells the Vault Hunters to listen to her if they want to open the Vault. Throughout the game, Angel provides advice and encouragement to help the Vault Hunters achieve this goal. However, Angel's true origin is hinted in the ending as her image fades to the shot of a Hyperion satellite in orbit.
Unknown to the Vault Hunters at the time, Angel was in reality working for Handsome Jack as part of his long-term plan to conquer Pandora. In Borderlands 2, Angel initially appears to the new Vault Hunters with the same role to encourage and guide them towards their goal. However, her true role as Handsome Jack's servant is revealed when she reluctantly hacks into Sanctuary's systems and disables the shields, allowing Jack to blast the city apart from his Moonbase. Only Lilith's powers allows the city to escape Jack's wrath as it reveals its true form as a mining ship and flies away into the sky, where it remains for the rest of the game opposite the Moonbase.
No longer willing to betray any more innocent lives to Jack in the wake of his attack on Sanctuary, Angel aids the Vault Hunters in defeating him after revealing that she has the Vault Key needed to open the Vault. After extensive preparation and conflict, the Vault Hunters and Roland enter into Control Core Angel. It is revealed that Angel is not an A.I., but is a Siren and Handsome Jack's daughter by his second wife (Jack having murdered the first), whom he had imprisoned since childhood after an unexplained incident involving her powers and the subsequent disappearance of her mother, turning her into an Eridium battery to charge the Vault Key. One of the second game's side-missions as well as subtle hints present in Jack's office in The Pre-Sequel imply that Jack, despite his claims of paternal love, hates Angel and blames her for what happened with her mother, seeing her as a mere tool in his revenge on Pandora and controls her with a mixture of Eridium and emotional abuse. Several audio logs also show that Jack has used Angel as a bizarre sort of mother figure, throwing tantrums when he finds something he wants and leaving Angel as the only one who can quiet him. She demands that the Vault Hunters kill her by cutting off her Eridium supply so that Jack cannot finish charging the Vault Key. Once done, Angel dies from Eridium withdrawal, her final words to Jack being "You're an asshole."
Marcus Kincaid (voiced by Bruce DuBose) is a merchant and entrepreneur who runs Marcus Munitions, Pandora and Elpis's leading supplier of guns. With little morals to speak of, Marcus is always on the look out for new ways to make some profits, regardless of who or what gets involved, to the point where he shot a young man who asked for a refund (with the same gun that the man was trying to return, no less). He is also Mad Moxxi's third ex-husband and sometimes shows signs that he misses her. Marcus is also very overweight, which he claims is because Moxxi told him that it would make others underestimate him.
Marcus runs the gun-dispensing vending machines in Borderlands and Borderlands 2, as well a bus service in Borderlands that brings the Vault Hunters to the town of Fyrestone in the beginning of the game. He is also the series's narrator, and many of the DLC campaigns humorously involve him conversing with his audience, a young orphan, about the meaning of the story (or trivial matters such as swearing). It is also revealed in the Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty DLC, that the reason Marcus is telling the stories to the orphan is so that the boy can learn good story structure and take over as the narrator once Marcus dies.
Dr. Zed (voiced by Ric Spiegel) is Pandora's leading (and only) medical practitioner, despite the fact that he technically isn't a real doctor and can be somewhat shady with his requests. He appears in Borderlands and Borderlands 2 as a supplier of various missions. He mainly operates in Fyrestone and provides some of the earliest missions in Borderlands to introduce the basic gameplay. In Borderlands 2, he moves his operations to Sanctuary following Hyperion's takeover of Fyrestone.
Dr. Zed's brother, Dr. Ned, (also voiced by Ric Spiegel) appears as the villain of The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, the first DLC campaign of the original Borderlands. Physically-identical to Dr. Zed save for a tacky mustache inexplicably growing over his surgical mask, Dr. Ned creates a zombie apocalypse in the far-off region of Jakobs Cove. Dr. Ned later returns in Claptrap's New Robot Revolution as one of the revived and "claptrapped" soldiers of the Claptrap army.
Borderlands 2 also reveals the existence of a third brother named Ted, who T.K. Baha refers to as "the Forbidden Brother" whom no one talks about.
T.K. Baha (voiced by David Eddings) is a crotchety-but-optimistic old hermit who lives in the Arid Badlands. Originally a gun designer, he and his wife moved to Pandora following Hyperion's hostile acquisition of his work. Not long afterwards, T.K. lost his wife, his eyesight, and his leg (and later the prosthetic to replace it) to a giant skag named Scar. Regardless, T.K. never loses his upbeat personality, even when bandits hang him by his own leg and leave him to die, before being found and executed by Hyperion assassins. In The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, T.K. returns as one of the reanimated zombies in Jakobs Cove, and can be fed brains from killed zombies as part of an optional series of missions.
In Borderlands 2, T.K.'s niece Una Baha (voiced by Luci Christian) asks the Vault Hunters to recover evidence that Hyperion stole T.K.'s gun designs so she can sue them, and the player can decide to send the evidence to either Una or Hyperion for different rewards. T.K. himself (still a zombie) also appears in the DLC mini-chapter T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest as a mission provider.
Dr. Patricia Tannis
Dr. Patricia Tannis (voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard) is an egocentric, anti-social and mentally-unstable researcher who lives on Pandora. She was originally sent to Pandora by the Dahl Corporation to study rumors of the Vault's existence. Despite initial skepticism, Tannis's belief in the Vault grew stronger as her sanity dwindled due to exposure to the alien ruins, the death of her entire research team, and the mounting hardships of living on Pandora. When Dahl was forced to leave Pandora, Tannis chose to stay behind so she could find the Vault and keep its discovery all to herself.
In Borderlands, Commandant Steele manipulates Tannis into giving them information regarding the Vault, then locks her in a Crimson Lance prison after stealing the completed Vault Key from her. After killing The Destroyer, the Vault Hunters are tasked to return the Vault Key to Tannis, which she keeps until Hyperion tortures her into giving it to Handsome Jack. By the time of Borderlands 2, Tannis has been moved to Sanctuary for her own safety and desires revenge on Jack, not for the torture she suffered (which she enjoyed and was released from because her "suggestions" began to scare her tormentors), but for his "murder" of one of two "ceiling chair" brothers she was in a polyamorous relationship with at the time.
Scooter (voiced by Michael Neumann) is an exceptional mechanic despite his appearance and mannerisms being more akin to the common "redneck". He maintains the Catch-A-Ride units, which the Vault Hunters can use to summon vehicles for faster travel across Pandora, and will also provide various side-missions. His mother is Mad Moxxi, whom he is very protective of when the topic of her various husbands, boyfriends, and one-night stands come up. His overprotectiveness has had some serious consequences, however, the most egregious being his murder of Borderlands NPC Lucky Zaford, which indirectly reignited tensions between the Zaford family and the Hodunk family, which Scooter once belonged to. In Borderlands 2, Scooter's sister Ellie (voiced by Jamie Marchi) is introduced as the very generously-proportioned owner and mechanic of the local junkyard.
Mad Moxxi (voiced by Brina Palencia) is first introduced in the Borderlands DLC episode Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot as the owner and host of Pandora's biggest fighting arena, the Underdome. Having been a skilled fighter in her earlier years, Moxxi loves violence and combat, and she especially loves being at the center of it all. She has had several husbands, lovers both male and female, and innumerable affairs, often having previously been with pivotal characters (like Marcus Kincaid and Motor Momma). While her sense of modesty definitely isn't what she's known for, Moxxi is surprisingly refined in her tastes and mannerisms, always speaking with a seductive tone and an innuendo soon following. She can also be quite caring and sympathetic, especially in regards to her children and others close to her.
She appears again in the third DLC episode The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, running a bar called Moxxi's Red Light which Athena takes refuge in and instructs the Vault Hunters to meet her at. By the time the Vault Hunters arrive, however, Athena has already been taken hostage by Moxxi's second ex-husband Mr. Shank. Moxxi reveals what happened and helps the Vault Hunters locate and rescue Athena in Lockdown Palace. When Shank is killed in the process, however, she is stricken with grief over the death of her ex-husband and tearfully begins making funeral plans as the Vault Hunters are making their way out of the prison.
In Borderlands 2, more of Moxxi's life and family is revealed. Moxxi and her children (including Scooter and Ellie) originally grew up in the hillbilly Hodunk Clan out in the desert but left when she refused to let Ellie become the clan-wife. She is ashamed at her Hodunk origins and hides her thick redneck accent beneath her seductive voice, though she occasionally slips if tipped heavily enough in her bar, after which she begs the Vault Hunters to not tell anybody. Moxxi was also involved with Mordecai for a time after the first game until she dumped him for Handsome Jack, though she dumped Jack when she saw just how much of a despot he really was. Jack burned down Moxxi's Underdome shortly afterwards, leaving her bitter and itching for revenge as she relocated to Sanctuary and became the owner of the local bar. She gets her revenge when she hires the Vault Hunters to kill Jack's foreman in Opportunity and flood the building site, which causes Jack to angrily call Moxxi a "bitch".
During the DLC Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, which takes place during the events of Borderlands 2, Moxxi acts as the Vault Hunters' sponsor in an effort to claim Mr. Torgue's arena and rebuild the Underdome. She first appears as the hostage of arena contender Pyro Pete, although it is unknown how she ended in his custody. Once rescued, she helps the Vault Hunters hunt down her cannibalistic ex-girlfriend Motor Momma. She also attempts to talk the Vault Hunters out of murdering a man whom she had sexual affairs with and whom Scooter had ordered the Vault Hunters to eliminate, although whether or not the murder is carried out is up to the discretion of the player.
She later appears as the host of the penultimate DLC Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre, where she attempts to end the feud between the Hodunks and their Irish-inspired rivals, the Zafords, by having the Vault Hunters concoct a potion that will make a pair of goliaths, one from each clan, fall in love. The potion works, but the goliaths enter their berserk state soon after and are killed by the Vault Hunters in the ensuing battle. The Hodunks and Zafords then band together and declare war against Moxxi.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Moxxi has set up a bar in Elpis's port town of Concordia and works with Jack and his Vault Hunters to prevent Zarpedon from destroying Elpis with the Eye of Helios. However, Moxxi's actual goal is to sabotage the Eye of Helios so that Jack does not turn it against Pandora out of his hunger for power. She is revealed to be just as good a mechanic (if not better) than Scooter or Ellie and that she relapses into her Hodunk personality when she's working, but Moxxi warns Jack's Vault Hunters not to tell anybody or she'll have Scooter bury them in shallow graves (echoing how he killed Lucky Zaford). She first appears as an ally of Jack, only to trick the Vault Hunters into destroying the Eye of the Destroyer, having since figured out Jack's plan to attack Pandora.
Tiny Tina (voiced by Ashly Burch) is a young and very mentally-unstable explosives-and-demolitions expert who is introduced in Borderlands 2 as "the world's deadliest 13-year-old". Tiny Tina's demolitions expertise is first called into action when the Vault Hunters are tasked with stopping a Hyperion supply train believed to be carrying the Vault Key. With that objective in sight, Tina sets the Vault Hunters to the task of finding two "suicide-toy" rockets and set them on target. Her collaboration with the Vault Hunters continues when Tina has them gather items and guests for a "very special" tea party involving a bandit leader named Flesh-Stick, who had indirectly killed Tina's parents by selling them to Hyperion. Recordings can be found in the Wildlife Exploitation Preserve that show that Tina's parents were experimented on and tortured to death on Handsome Jack's orders. Tina escapes when her parents tell her to throw a grenade they hid in her dress.
In the DLC episode Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, Tiny Tina is hired by Moxxi to be the Vault Hunters' trainer and guide them to win Torgue's tournament. In Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Tina hosts a game of "Bunkers and Badasses", a tabletop role-playing parody of Dungeons & Dragons, and invites the Vault Hunters, Lilith, Mordecai, and Brick to play with her. In the occasion, it is shown how much Tina was attached to Roland, and how difficult it was for her to cope with his death. In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Tina co-narrates the events of the game with Athena and Brick during the game's second playthrough and demands that the events be made harder.
Sir Alistair Hammerlock (voiced by J. Michael Tatum) is introduced in Borderlands 2. He is a hunter who dresses in a ragged, futuristic version of a Victorian adventurer's outfit, with a slouch hat, a broken pair of glasses that looks like a monocle, and a robotic right eye, arm, and leg. The artificial appendages are prosthetics acquired as replacements for limbs lost during a particularly nasty encounter with a massive thresher named "Old Slappy" some years earlier, whom he later has the Vault Hunters hunt and kill. He becomes an early ally of the Vault Hunters when the game first begins and offers some starting mission to introduce the gameplay to new players. Many interactions and ECHO logs in the game imply that Hammerlock, before he lost several limbs, was an incredibly skilled fighter, capable of beating twenty skags into submission at some point in the past.
Hammerlock is also a central figure in the third DLC campaign, Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, where he invites the Vault Hunters to the continent of Aegrus for a hunting safari. While there, Hammerlock and the Vault Hunters stumble upon the plans of the mad Hyperion researcher Professor Nakayama and set out to foil his plans to clone Handsome Jack (if only so that Nakayama will stop whining and begging them to fight him). He gives side missions in the DLC for the Vault Hunters to hunt rare variants of familiar and unfamiliar creatures while attempting to bond with them.
In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Hammerlock appears in voice only as he makes a request to study threshers, which are native to the moon Elpis. The Vault Hunters capture two tadpole threshers and smuggle them to Hammerlock on Pandora, who does not seem concerned at the possibility of them escaping and breeding rapidly until they actually do. It is implied that Terramorphous the Invincible, a super-powerful "raid boss" in Borderlands 2, is one of the two original threshers (whom Hammerlock originally named "Terry"). During the credits, he is seen repairing Claptrap after Jack discards the robot, an act Hammerlock would also come to regret when Claptrap proves to be a complete annoyance.
Captain Scarlett (voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard) is the titular NPC of Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty, the first DLC episode for Borderlands 2. Being a pirate, she is extremely untrustworthy, but ironically also suffers from an honesty streak that makes her blatantly tell her enemies of her treacherous intents. Occasionally, Scarlett can be truly devious, but that usually results from forgetfulness, poor planning, or just bad luck.
Throughout the DLC, Scarlett seeks the lost treasure of the sand pirate Captain Blade and enlists the Vault Hunters to help assemble a compass that will reveal its location. After dealing with water-stealing sand pirates, rogue Hyperion robots, and a smelly Scarlett-obsessed hermit named Herbert while searching for the compass pieces, the Vault Hunters and Scarlett are attacked by the guardian of the lost treasure, the Leviathan. Scarlett chooses this time to make good on her threats to betray her allies and fights the Vault Hunters from atop her pet rakk hive Roscoe, but she escapes once Roscoe is killed. She drops her pistol in her escape, which the player can take.
Mister Torgue High-Five Flexington (voiced by Chris Rager) is the eponymous NPC of Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, the second DLC for Borderlands 2, and the 43-year-old founder (and former president) of the weapons manufacturer Torgue (which he sold to Anton Smith for "twelve dollars and a high five"). He is known for being very loud, over-the-top, and prone to pointless tangents, which greatly annoys his shareholders, yet he is also shown to have a large vocabulary, a deep knowledge and appreciation of the history/mythology of Earth (a planet no one else seems to even be aware of), and is an avid feminist. The company's shareholders made him implant a censoring device in his vocal chords to curb his rampant swearing.
Having discovered a new Vault on Pandora buried in the Badass Crater of Badassitude that will only open "once the champion of Pandora feeds it the blood of the ultimate coward", Mr. Torgue set up his Campaign of Carnage as a tournament to find this champion and open the Vault. Though he features heavily in the DLC, Torgue himself does not appear "in the flesh" except in the introductory movie. He instead relays running commentary from his "space-truck" in deep orbit around Pandora. It is revealed at the end of the DLC that the Vault is a fake that will either spew worthless loot or none at all, keeping with the professional wrestling theme of the DLC.
Mr. Torgue is featured in the DLC Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, where it is revealed that "Mister Torgue" is his first name, and Flexington is his last. He also admits to being an avid lover of "sci-fi, fantasy, unicorns, and [bleep]".
In the DLC mini-episode The Horrendous Hunger of the Wattle Gobbler, Mr. Torgue hosts a competition challenging Pandora to defeat a giant turkey monster called the Wattle Gobbler, which the Torgue Corporation's President Smith has rigged to be unwinnable. Instead, Mr. Torgue works with the Vault Hunters to weaken the Wattle Gobbler enough to kill it and he is fired as a result, Mr. Torgue then decides to move to Sanctuary and work for Moxxi and making explosions his hobby rather than a job. Mr. Torgue's Grandma Flexington also appears in the DLC, who mentions that "High-Five" is Mr. Torgue's middle name, following the Flexington tradition of using the grandfather's name as his middle name.
Mr. Torgue also appears in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! as an occasional quest giver, having the Vault Hunters help him in his one-man vendetta against laser weapons. He also appears in the game's framing device trying to explain away his use of the word "friendzoned" after realizing the misogynistic connotations of it, revealing he made good on his plans to move to Sanctuary.
Steve the Bandit (voiced by Mikey Neumann) is a frequently-recurring mascot character like Claptrap and often appears as his best friend in promotional material such as the Claptrap Web Series and Poker Night 2. He is identified by his signature greeting of "Heyoo!". Steve is hinted to be some sort of legendary outlaw hero, judging by graffiti referring to him as "Steve the Lionheart", but Steve himself has many emotional issues due to him often accidentally killing his friends, which implies that his cherished friendship with Claptrap is based on the fact that Claptrap cannot die. Indeed, during his tournament elimination scene for Claptrap from Poker Night 2 (in which he shoots Claptrap with a rocket launcher) Steve breaks down into grief wracked sobs, thinking he had once again killed his friend.
In Borderlands, Steve's greeting can be heard in passing during an ECHO recording in the DLC The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, in which he accompanies his friend Jethro to hunt the zombies but gets turned into one himself and attacks Jethro. In the opening of Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot, Steve's "Heyoo" can be heard when Moxxi is talking about her second husband, though her actual second husband is revealed to be the bandit Mr. Shank in The Secret Armory of General Knoxx and not Steve. In Borderlands 2, Steve is one of the patrons in the Zaford Clan's tavern and has a small mission provider role in the Hodunk/Zaford clan war.
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- "Borderlands 2 - Sir Hammerlock introduces the Mechromancer". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av_D14XEUqM. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- "Borderlands 2 Psycho Pack now available, Krieg the Psycho's genesis detailed new dev diary | News". PC Gamer. 2013-05-14. http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/05/14/krieg-the-psychos-genesis-detailed-in-new-dev-diary/. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
- "Borderlands 2 - Krieg: A Meat Bicycle Built For Two". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZqmQT89kqU. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
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