Characters from Borderlands 2.
- Characters from the first game
- Characters from the Pre-Sequel!
- Characters from Tales From the Borderlands
- The Vault Hunters
- Borderlands 2 Supporting Characters
- Borderlands 2 Enemies
- Borderlands Weapon Manufacturers
Your new BFF
The (only) resident of the town of Oasis. He's really happy to see another living person who doesn't want him dead.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's strung up the corpses of residents and hooked them up to speakers to pretend that they're still alive.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: The last person alive in Oasis, he has since gone completely insane and is desperate to befriend the Vault Hunters. That he also seems to be suffering from dehydration and sun exposure probably contributes to his.... demeanor.
- Gonk: Giant crooked teeth, puffy lips and an ever-present bit of spittle-foam dribbling out of his mouth, and an over-sized head on a too-small neck. note
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Almost every other sentence he says involves praising the player and talking about how awesome they are in a desperate attempt to make them stay around just a little bit longer. He's equally as desperate in Tales from the Borderlands, where his general creepiness and tendency to pop out of nowhere causes the characters to find him really annoying.
- Killed Off for Real: A possible fate in Tales from the Borderlands, if the player (while playing as Fiona) tells him to go away while she's creeping around in the vents, he will get shot by August.
- Laughing Mad: As the only survivor of a town where everyone else died of thirst, he does not take the revelation that there was an entire spring underneath Oasis all that well.
- Mayor of a Ghost Town: He tries to run Oasis all by himself.
- Mission Control: For early story missions and side quests. He takes over again once Scarlett (inevitably) betrays you.
- Nice Guy: Is one of the few friendly people you'll meet in the DLC, and generally is just happy to talk with someone who doesn't want to kill him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks exactly like Hunter S. Thompson's famous alter ego, Raoul Duke.
- Of Corpse He's Alive: With everyone in Oasis but him dead, Shade strung up their bodies and pretends they are all still alive, even using tapes and speakers placed around the town to make them "talk". It's ridiculously transparent, but it's all he has. He's gone so far as to voice out a marriage proposal rejection for a townswoman he planned on proposing to.
- Oral Fixation: That thing he's chewing on is a bottle rocket.
- Sole Survivor: A combination of drought and pirate raids killed the population of Oasis... except for him. By Tales from the Borderlands he's moved out and lives in Prospector Junction operating his grandfather's Museum of Mysteries.
- Stepford Smiler: Shade has an extremely toothy grin on his face at all times, and always sounds chipper and excited, but he's nothing if not miserable.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Everyone in Oasis is definitely alive, and not dead from thirst.
Will absolutely stab you in the back
Your "ally" throughout the Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty DLC.
- Ace Custom: Her weapon, Greed, is a Jakobs revolver customized with aftermarket parts to give it fire damage.
- Adorkable: She's noticeably awkward in an endearing way. At one point she makes a "No fatties" joke and spends the rest of that sidequest apologizing for it.Scarlett: I actually prefer overweight men.
- Affably Evil: Well, she is evil, but one might forget that she willingly killed children (she just thinks it's in bad taste to brag about it) when she praises your badassitude, thinks that you are a pretty amazing fighter, tells you straight to your face that she will betray you eventually, and when she loses the treasure, she doesn't hold any ill will towards you and lets you go on your way to the treasure.
- According to Grandma Flexington, she met Scarlett and her crew right outside her house, killing things, and the Captain told her that she thought that the Vault Hunter beat her fair and square and was awesome in general.
- Bi the Way: Scarlett is yet another woman of the Borderlands who may ask you if Moxxi's said anything about them as random dialogue by talking to them.
- Brain Bleach: Doubtlessly needs some after she has you deal with Herbert. Given his rather creepy obsession with her, this is quite justified.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: You'd never guess she's as fearsome a pirate as she is when she talks about catching up on the latest issue of "Crimefighter Frog" or spouts baby talk about her beloved pet Roscoe.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Tried to backstab her best friend, Sandman, in which she learned a valuable lesson after the attempt failed. She even admits that she'll feel a bit bad after she inevitably betrays you.Scarlett: Never betray your friends... until you're absolutely certain you have the upper hand.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Kind of subverted: she considers bragging about killing children to be distasteful. Not the act itself, just bragging about it.
- She also feels guilty about making a fat joke.
- Even though she is a pirate and loves backstabbing, she pleads you to not pick her gun when she accidentally drops it. Because that would be stealing. And stealing is wrong. Though she congratulates you if you actually do it.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch to look more badass instead of getting a robotic eye.
- Fluffy Tamer: Her pet, Roscoe. The way she describes him makes him sound like a chubby Big, Friendly Dog. Turns out he's a young Rakk Hive.
- Graceful Loser: Once you defeat Roscoe, she encourages you to proceed to the treasure yourself and says that you'll meet her again.
- Hook Hand: Her cyborg hand has a hook on it instead of an actual hand.
- Hypocritical Humor: After you defeat her pet she drops her gun and tells you not to steal it because stealing is wrong. If you do take it she congratulates you.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Runs like HECK when you defeat Roscoe, which is how she pulls her Karma Houdini.
- Karma Houdini: She manages to escape the Vault Hunters after they kill Roscoe.
- Mission Control: Takes over for the bulk of the story missions after Shade, up until You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
- Nice Hat: Wears a nifty pirate hat with lots of shiny metal hoops.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: It's the far flung future, and yet she acts an awfully like a pirate from the 1600s. At one point she even goes through a list of stock pirate catchphrases to find one of her own, but finds them all annoyingly clichéd.
- Pirate Girl: Is a good looking woman in a crew full of male pirates and bandits.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Instead of initially competing against you, she wants to work with you until the location of the treasure is revealed. At one point she even points out there's no good reason to betray you until you've gotten a certain distance through the quest. She learned this from when she tried to betray Sandman right off the bat and lost a knife and a leg for it. Of course, when the time comes, she betrays you like she promised.
- Self-Made Orphan: According to her official profile, she gutted her father after he threw her out of a ship, causing the loss of her left eye in the process.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Well, she tries to, at least. Like many of the pirates in the DLC, she speaks with a Cockney accent rather than the standard accent.
- The Unfought: She doesn't fight you directly, instead riding upon Roscoe as she sics him on you.
- According to cut dialog, the player was originally intended to kill her while Roscoe would be a raid boss.
- Villain: "Exit, Stage Left!": She just disappears after you defeat Roscoe. She encourages you to kill the Leviathan right afterwards, but after that she is nowhere to be found.
- Villain Teleportation: She evidently has a personal teleporter.
- We Will Meet Again: Her last words to the Vault Hunters as she escapes.
- Worthy Opponent: What she sees the Vault Hunters as.
Totally the Brains of the Operation
A midget pirate holding the second piece of Captain Blade's compass. Used to work with Scarlett, until she stabbed him in the back. Literally. The knife broke off and everything. She considers the whole event pretty embarrassing.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: As you near his lair in Hayter's Folly he chimes in on your ECHO and threatens to kill your friends and family. Scarlett notes that he can't possibly know where your family lives, making this a completely empty threat.
- Brains and Brawn: "Totally the brains of the operation", that operation being himself and his enforcer the Big Sleep.
- Contrived Coincidence: After you kill him, Scarlett admits she has no idea where the third compass piece is. In the chest with the second piece, you find Sandman's diary, where he reveals he knows where the third is.Scarlett: Well, that's convenient.
- Depraved Dwarf: Comes with the territory of being a midget on Pandora.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Murray of Scarlett's crew was Driven to Suicide after Sandman killed and ate his parents. In reality, they were killed by Scarlett's cook Mercer; no word whether he or Sandman actually eat people, though.
- Mister Big: As a consequence of being a midget pirate boss. Interestingly, nobody directly mentions his size except for him.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Scarlett is afraid of a one-on-one confrontation with him, and describes him as being very strong. He's also much, much tougher than just about any non-Loot midget in the game.
An old man enamored with Captain Scarlett in a most unhealthy way, and was, hence, kicked out of the crew. However, he's very knowledgeable about Captain Blade's treasure and knows where the fourth compass piece is.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Scarlett kicked him out of the crew for his creepy stalker tendencies.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Subverted; though Scarlett needed him to find Captain Blade's treasure, this wasn't enough for her to ignore his mania.
- Dirty Old Man: Old man with a creepy obsession over the attractive Captain Scarlett.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Quite literally, actually, when you shoot the lock off of the chest which he keeps the fourth compass piece in and end up breaking the piece in the process. Fortunately, he can make a new one.
- Schmuck Bait: Scarlett has you give him a present after you get the fourth compass piece. Guess what's in it.
- Stalker Shrine: Guess who it's to. It even has squeezy dolls and pilfered undies.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Scarlett. He actually has over forty recordings of her sleeping. This is the reason Scarlett kicked him out.
- Stylistic Suck: His haiku to Scarlett, detailing how nice her breasts and butt are. Of course, the only problem he sees is when he messes up the syllable count in the last stanza. Also his song to her, "Scarlett, I Would Like to Touch You in Places," which the player is, thankfully, spared listening to in its entirety.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Scarlett disposes of him after she gets the fourth compass piece, for understandable reasons as well as the usual ones.
The most feared pirate in history, and the one who buried the treasure Captain Scarlett and the others are looking for.
- Bad Boss: He was renowned as a pirate of great ruthlessness. In truth...
- A Father to His Men: He cared deeply for his men, and simply kept up the ruse to keep them in line. When a crew member of his was caught stealing from him, Blade not only faked his execution but also gave him enough money to live comfortably. When they find out, they attack him, and he feels he can't bring himself to fight back. But then he does anyway.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Never hurt anyone until his crew attacks him, at which point he kills them all.
- Irony: Was forced to kill his entire crew after they found out his reputation was a sham, and he had never actually killed anyone.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead by the time you reach the scene, but he drives the plot, and you hear about him in the ECHO logs he left behind.
- Miles Gloriosus: Actually invoked. Though not a coward, he hated violence and swore to never kill. Somewhere along the line though, someone built up a reputation of him as a fearless, bloodthirsty cutthroat. He uses this to maintain order among his crew.
- Sanity Slippage: According to Scarlett, Blade went insane later on in life, believing a conspiracy about sentient tacos. This might be related to him killing all of his crew members.
The spokesperson of the Torgue Corporation, who helps you out in the DLC "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage ҉ " He really, really likes explosions.
- Abusive Parents: Evidently Mr. Torgue had a rough childhood. During the Bar Brawl at Pete's Bar, he'll make a mention of an alcoholic father."THIS BAR FIGHT REMINDS ME OF MY DAD. ALCOHOLISM DESTROYS FAMILIES."
- All-Loving Hero: Mister Torgue doesn't hate anybody, and he actually goes out of his way to make friends with the Vault Hunters. He also breaks the fourth wall and tells players he loves them in the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! preview.Mister Torgue: HELLO, I'M MISTER TORGUE, AND I LOVE YOU.
- All There in the Manual: There's a lot of stuff in the AmA on Reddit that you don't learn in-game.
- Authority in Name Only: Despite being the founder of the Torgue Corporation, by the time of the Wattle Gobbler DLC, Torgue is no longer the head of his own company, having sold it to his shareholders and is simply a spokesperson kept on to flex his muscles and do air guitar solos. He loses that job as well by the end of the DLC, not that it bothers him.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: As noted above and under Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?, his legal name is "Mister Torgue High-Five Flexington".
- Extends to the rest of his family. His middle name is his grandfather's first name, which is a tradition in his family.
- Awesomeness Is Volatile: His life philosophy: absolutely nothing can't be made better by blowing it up.Regarding the SWORDSPLOSION!!! Gun: "THAT GUN SHOOTS EXPLODING SWORDS. I HAVE NOT KNOWN THE MEANING OF HAPPINESS UNTIL THIS MOMENT."
- Badass Mustache: He sports a prominent 'stache on his face. According to his grandma, he's had it since he was nine.
- Berserk Button:
Douchebag NPC: I'm sorry! I'll never say anything douchey ever again! [Beat] Bitch!
- Game reviewers who bash games he likes. This includes bad-mouthing mechanics he likes, such as a Stealth-Based Mission.
- Being rude to women deeply offends him. He even lashes out at ill-mannered non-existent characters in Tina's boardgame:
Torgue: THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. CHASE HIM DOWN. PUNCH HIM SO HARD HE EXPLODES.
- In the Pre-Sequel, he hates laser weapons because they're not explosive. During a mission where you get a light reactor for Janey Springs, he offers to give you a Torgue gun if you drop it into lava instead. Janey thinks his offer is a bit excessive, but she likes his enthusiasm. Later on, at the end of a mission to test out a laser prototype for Janey, he'll have you drop the laser next to a beacon, and then crash a spaceship loaded with fifty tons of high explosive into it.
- Bi the Way: He makes comments about how he considers the Vault Hunters attractive, no matter the gender or their appearance. Word of God confirms that he's bisexual.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's extremely muscular and ridiculously over-the-top personality-wise.
- Book Dumb: His weapon designs are very good and his company is one of the most successful on Pandora, even though he can't even count to ten. On the other hand, he's apparently read (or understands) Nietzsche and can be eloquent on exceedingly rare occasions, so it's possible he's just bored by math and would rather convert his calculator to an IED than do math problems.
- Blood Knight: Torgue loves nothing more than watching people fight and blow stuff up.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite the fact that his extreme manliness is not often a good way to run a company, it's made clear that he's still incredible at designing weapons and running a TV station. He designed them all himself!
- Captain Obvious: In case you hadn't figured out that the guy who always talks about fire likes fire, Mr. Torgue will gladly shout that fact at you.
Torgue: THE VAULT HUNTER JUST DEFEATED THE NUMBER THREE BADASS ON PANDORA, GOING FROM NUMBER FOUR ON THE LEADERBOARD TO NUMBER THREE. THIS IS ONE NUMBER HIGHER THAN FOUR.
- Also comes up when you beat Motor Mamma.
Moxxi: Well, uh... well said.
Torgue: YOUR KIND WORDS ARE APPRECIATED.
- Catch-Phrase: "YOU'RE WELCOME."
- Cloudcuckoolander: He lets his imagination get the best of him sometimes. It may overlap with In-Universe Product Placement, but considering how bizarre this tangent got....Torgue: THE VAULT HUNTER IS ATTACKING TORGUE SECURITY. HE'S LIKE A RENEGADE COP. A RENEGADE COP WHO DOESN'T PLAY BY THE RULES UNTIL HE'S GIVEN A ROBOT DOG PARTNER WHO HELPS HIM TRACK DOWN THE CRIME CARTEL THAT KILLED HIS FAMILY BUT NOT BEFORE TEACHING HIM A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT LIFE THURSDAYS AT NINE.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Looks a lot like Randy Savage.
- Censor Box: A digital one that the corporate shareholders decided needed to be attached directly to Mr. Torgue's voicebox.
- Character Blog: He was the second user of the ECHO Casts twitter account. He also held an AmA on Reddit.
- Character Development: At some point between the Dragon Keep and Wattle Gobbler DLCs, he's acknowledged that yes, badasses can cry too.
- Also between the Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2. In TPS after being turned down for a date by Janey, he complains of being "friend-zoned". Present day Torgue (who is apparently listening in on Athena tell the story) cuts in to point out that he was younger then, and now realizes that the friend-zone is a sexist concept.
- Chick Flick: Makes it obvious he does not approve of them when you sign up for his tournament.
- Cluster F-Bomb: A walking one, although this was severely toned down in Tiny Tina's DLC.Torgue: LOTTA PEOPLE BEEN ASKING ME WHY MY VOICE BEEPS ALL THE F*CKIN TIME. THE TORGUE SHAREHOLDERS WIRED MY VOICEBOX WITH A DIGITAL CENSOR SO I CAN'T SAY STUFF LIKE SH*T, C*CK, OR P*SSY-F*CKIN'-D*CKBALLS. THATS HALF MY F*CKIN' VOCABULARY, IT'S GODDAMN BULLSH*T.
- Crazy Awesome: Torgue has no regard for anyone's personal safety, loves to make things explode, and never thinks about the consequences of his actions for one moment. However, it's played in a rather comical and endearing light as opposed to a villainous one, so he comes across as awesome, yet completely out of his mind.
- Demolitions Expert: Subverted. He may be an expert at blowing sh*t up, but he's not subtle at all about it. Plus, in his bio it states that his worst enemies are explosives disposal experts, so he's certainly not into THAT aspect of demolitions expertise.
- Dumb Muscle: Back and forth. He's definitely got the muscle and quite a bit of the required dumb (he writes everything in crayon and struggles to count to two). But he's more of a Genius Ditz than anything else: he is a pyrotechnical genius, designs many of his own weapons, and founded one of the largest weapons companies on Pandora.
- Establishing Character Moment: His intro in his starring DLC pretty much sums up what kind of person he is.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Grandmother, in this case. He asks the Vault Hunters to say hello to her in the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler DLC, and the two of them have a very close and sweet relationship.
- Foil: To Handsome Jack. Where Jack is smooth, cultured, arrogant, cruel, well-dressed, and tries to build a perfectly-ordered world enforced by fascist policies of mass execution, intimidation, and terror, Mr. Torgue is friendly, kind, anarchic, loud, crude, childish, and focused on destruction.
- Friendless Background: Was made fun of in school for having a mustache at age nine. His social awkwardness seems to have carried over somewhat into adulthood; he considers playing Bunkers & Badasses with the other characters to be a cherished memory, even though he only had a few moments involvement, and Lilith was initially hostile to him.
- Friend to All Children: Well, Tiny Tina's the only child you encounter in the game, but Torgue is very polite to her when she takes over his show in one echo cast. She also allows him to play during the Bunkers & Badasses game she's running in the 4th DLC, although his only role in it is to provide some comedy relief and give you a couple of sidequests.
- Genius Ditz/Idiot Savant: He founded the Torgue Corporation and personally designed all the weapons, has a very good grasp of how to run a TV show, and he's absurdly good at predicting what's going to happen.
- Good Ol' Boy/Southern-Fried Genius: Implied. While he's never stated to be from Sweet Home Alabama, the Deep South, America, or even from Earth, he definitely ticks most of the boxes: Trigger Happy, explosion-loving, shotgun-wielding, space-truck-driving, uneducated Gun Nut.
- Gentle Giant: Played with. Yes, he loves shit blowing up and thinks fighting in the arena is f*cking awesome, but he's also very courteous to women and kids.
- Gun Nut: He founded the Torgue company, one of the more Gun Nut-oriented companies.Torgue Sales Pitch: "Torgue doesn't screw around making lightweight toys and we sure as hell aren't concerned with selling you a stylish accessory like those hip-huggers over at Maliwan."
- Hero with an F in Good: He's a good guy who wants to do good things and help Pandora, but Good Is Boring and explosions are awesome so all that "good" stuff can wait (thankfully his shareholders keep him from doing anything too destructive).
- Hidden Depths: Contrary to his image, Torgue actually considers being nice to women the epitome of badassitude. He's also surprisingly eco-friendly, not allowing littering in the Badass Crater of Badassitude (the debate of how eco-friendly blowing sh*t up is is left for more inquiring minds). He also seems to like kids, as he instantly bonds with Tiny Tina when she interrupts him while he's interviewing Moxxi. Also, he likes chocolate chip cookies. So much that the only two things the food dispensers provide are cookies and bacon.
Torgue: WITH A NAPKIN AND A SPOON LIKE A F*CKING GENTLEMAN.note
- During his IAmA on Reddit, he was asked how he eats stew:
- He also likes to say "thank you" and "you're welcome", a surprisingly civil attitude. Of course, he says this AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS.
- He also dislikes cheating and cowardice. He instantly takes a liking to you as you climb the ranks of the tournament because not only are you actively seeking out challengers but you also fight clean.
- He wants to play Tiny Tina's Bunkers & Badasses game and has an honest enthusiasm for nerd stuff, even if he mainly just to hang out with others.
- He also loves animals, having cried when his grandma's pet Rakk died and when his Grandma was about to kill a Squid-Whale (which was apparently attacking them at the time) he begged her to spare it.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Mister Torgue is his actual first name. See Who Names Their Kid "Dude"? below, and Awesome Mc Coolname above.
- Hot-Blooded: Boy howdy. This is not a man who does anything by halves. Everything he does, he throws himself into with a passion, be it showing emotions, designing weapons, or just being loud.
- Incompetence, Inc.: He runs it. Despite being a weapons manufacturer, Torgue's company seems to spend all of it's money on explosions and fighting rather than, y'know, anything company relevant. However, this might just be Torgue's poor management skills as President Smith has next to no tolerance for his shenanigans, eventually firing him for ruining their Thanksgiving publicity stunt.Torgue: You may have noticed that everyone here is trying to kill you. Torgue personnel included. You're WELCOME. I didn't want you to be bored so I was like, "F*ck it, give everybody guns." We've lost half our workforce in three days, but who gives a F*CK?
- Insane Troll Logic: In the Wattle Gobbler DLC, when President Smith tells him that the reason that the competition was rigged was so Torgue himself could kill it and be a hero, he answered back with this.Torgue: WHY BE A HERO WHEN YOU CAN EAT ONE.
Smith: ... You are the dumbest person in the world.
- His solution to a batch of poisoned beer is to have you kill the people who bought the beer. That way, they wouldn't die...oh.
- He also has you do a recording while using Torgue Weapons to kill people for an ad. A Radio Ad. Unlike the other times, he doesn't catch this one.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Bonds instantly with Tiny Tina, and hopes to hire her someday. It helps that they both love explosions. He even has her cell phone number.
- Lampshade Hanging: Very frequently, often to the point of absurd obviousness.
- Large and in Charge: CEO-Founder of the Torgue Corporation, and clocks in at 6'8" and several hundred pounds of explosion-obsessed musculature.
- However, the Wattle Gobbler DLC shows that the actual president of the Torgue Corporation is Anton Smith and Torgue is simply a spokesperson they kept on, having sold it for $12 and a high-five. By the end of the DLC, Smith fires Torgue for screwing up what was meant to be a publicity stunt (as well as just having enough of his bullshit).
- Large Ham: Almost all of Torgue's lines are delivered at the top of his lungs. Just look at the dialogue on this page!
- Mathematician's Answer: Frequent.Reddit Question: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF EXPLOSION?
Mister Torgue: YES.
- Meaningful Name:
- Not Torgue himself, but it's stated in his bio that his planet of origin is Hephaestus. Hephaestus was the Greek god of craft, the forge and volcanoes (and hence, explosions). He himself is a master craftsman (having developed all the technology his company's guns use) and he loves shit blowing up. This could also be foreshadowing: Hephaestus was married to the most beautiful goddess of the Greek pantheon, Aphrodite. At the end of his DLC, he becomes partners with Moxxi, generally recognized as the hottest female in the franchise. Perhaps he's on his way to becoming Husband #4?
- And then there's his middle name of High-Five, and his last name of Flexington, which are just silly.
- Medium Awareness: Surprisingly enough, he's pretty aware of what's going on, to the point of Breaking the Fourth Wall, at least in-universe.Mr. Torgue: NOW THAT YOU'VE IMPRESSED PYRO PETE, HE'S GONNA GIVE YOU THAT SPONSOR HE KIDNAPPED, EXCEPT HE'LL DOUBLE CROSS YOU, AND YOU'LL HAVE TO KILL HIM, AND IT'LL BE AWESOME. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD, PETE?
Pyro Pete: Uh, no, You, uh... covered it. Thanks... for that.
Mr. Torgue YOU ARE WELCOME.
Torgue: IS IT JUST ME, OR DOES THIS GUY SEEM LIKE HE'S GONNA BETRAY THE F*CK OUTTA YOU?
- There's also his opinion of current Tournament Champ, Piston:
Torgue: PLOT TWIST.
- Even though he declares you a coward after Piston claims that you ran away, he sends a message to you basically saying that he only did it for the ratings: he didn't buy Piston's story for a second.
- And after you rank up to Number 3 on the list, Piston locks down the next area that you're currently heading to. The announcement of the lockdown happens right in the middle of Torgue's talking, so he follows up with this.
- Men Don't Cry:
- And neither do badasses, which is why it's illegal for you to after signing up for his tournament.
- That being said, he pretty much does Inelegant Blubbering after he fails to answer the third question to prove his geek cred in a question for Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, causing Lilth to say he's not allowed to play Bunkers & Badasses with everyone else. In the Wattle Gobbler DLC, he states that real badasses are not afraid of showing their emotions.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Once tried to destroy an inhabited planet, while he and his shareholders were on it. His shareholders managed to talk him out of it.
Torgue: WHAT DO YOU THINK NEW-U STATIONS ARE FOR?
- His message in Reddit turns this into a Noodle Incident.
- Mission Control: For his DLC.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He's actually a Nice Guy and has genuinely good intentions, but his adoration of people fighting and blowing stuff up places him here.
- Nice Guy: Aside from the occasional over-the-top bout of bloodthirsty madness, he's pretty much everything Handsome Jack's not. Ecologically sensitive about Pandora: NO LITTERING. Courteous: NOTHING IS MORE BADASS THAN TREATING A WOMAN WITH RESPECT. And kind to children, giving Tiny Tina an interview when she barges into an interview between him and Moxxi.
- Given what we see of the other weapons manufacturers' corporate policies towards the people of Pandora, including their own employees, (in various and mixed flavors of apathy, Comedic Sociopathy, and incompetence) and the Vault Hunters in particular, Mr. Torgue is the most genuinely friendly, well-meaning, and reasonable executive since Jeffrey Blake, VP of Hyperion, from the first Borderlands. This means he is also possibly the most crazy and explosion-happy Honest Corporate Executive in existence, as his aforementioned Bad Boss tendencies are less about just being a cruel asshole for its own sake, and more about being much too dedicated to the idea of over-the-top, insanely awesome fights.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's basically Macho Man Randy Savage with No Indoor Voice and a penchant for explosions.
- No Indoor Voice: ALWAYS YELLING! ALL THE TIME! In his Twitter, he refuses to use exclamation points, since they look like upside down lower-case i's, and he doesn't do lower-case letters.
- One of the Kids: Severely downplayed, but still there, mostly in his almost instant bonding with Tiny Tina.
- Overwhelming Exception:Torgue: VIOLENCE NEVER SOLVES ANYTHING. EXCEPT IN THE SITUATIONS WHERE IT DOES.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: Invoked out of game on Borderland's Facebook page's End Of The World Confession app.Torgue: I FALL IN LOVE WITH SEXY PEOPLE ON BILLBOARDS. WILL YOU HELP ME MARRY ONE?
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Enters several of his own employees in the tournament. According to him, he's lost at least half of his workforce in three days because of this. His opinion on the possibility of the entire workforce in the Badass Crater of Badassitude starving in a few months is "THAT IS F*CKING AWESOME". Unlike Handsome Jack however, he isn't cruel so much as simply short-sighted.
- From Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep:Torgue: I'VE BEEN BUSY TRYING NOT TO GET THROWN OUT OF MY OWN COMPANY BY MY JERKASS SHAREHOLDERS. WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU?
- From Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep:
- Psychopathic Manchild: It's played down, but still, he writes everything in crayon and eats almost nothing but cookies, and then there's his love of kittens, overall childishness, the list goes on.
- He also instantly bonds with Tiny Tina as a kindred spirit, which says a lot about him.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Alluded to by signing up for his tournament has him say you've legally forfeited your right to eat tofu.
- The food vendors in the Crater of Badassitude only dispense bacon...
- He did try to become a vegetarian once. He lasted twelve seconds.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: ...And presumedly cookies. But averted for Mr. Torgue - the man loves himself some cookies.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A Badass Challenge in Assault on Dragon Keep involves finding Princess Fluffybutt (Tina's doll that she has you retrieve for her tea party in the main game) in The Forest. When you pick her up, Torgue starts Squeeing over how cute she is. Then again, she does have a live grenade for a head. Torgue would like that.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After Piston backstabs you early on, he's forced to officially call you a coward. Afterwards however, he calls you up and tells you that he knows full well that you aren't a coward and that he just did so because it makes for great TV and that you're still the 5th ranked badass on the leaderboards.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: His personal belief (according to the Reddit IAMA). Which explains a lot about his company's shotguns... Like, say, the Ravager.
- Sir Swearsalot: The situation was bad enough that the corporate shareholders decided to attach a cybernetic Censor Box directly to Mr. Torgue's voicebox.
- Sophisticated as Hell: "We here at Torgue operations sincerely believe this is F*CKING AWESOME."
Torgue: Wow, that quest was dark as HELL, a true look into the duplicitous of interpersonal relationships. NOW GET BACK HERE SO YOU CAN EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT THE F*CK I JUST SAID.
- He also likes to say YOU ARE WELCOME. and YOUR KIND WORDS ARE APPRECIATED. at the top of his lungs.
- Sound-Effect Bleep: His company's shareholders installed some kind of device in him that bleeps his gratuitous swearing. The game isn't censoring him, he's being censored in-universe, and he doesn't like it one bit.
- Space Trucker: His "space truck" orbits Pandora.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Goes along completely with anything Tiny Tina says.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks just like his grandmother, with the exception of his mustache and his shirtlessness.
- Stuff Blowing Up: His favorite pastime.Reddit Question: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO BLOW SHIT UP MR. TORGUE?
Torgue: THAT QUESTION IMPLIES I HAVE A LEAST FAVORITE WAY TO BLOW THINGS UP WHICH IS F*CKING QUITTER TALK.Reddit Question: Mr. Torgue, what's better: an explosion that shoots guns, or a gun that shoots explosions?
Mr. Torgue: YOU ARE BREAKING DOWN MY WORLD-VIEW AND I LIKE IT.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: In the Wattle Gobbler DLC, the one time he attempts to whisper something "in secret" to the Vault Hunter lasts all off five seconds before he's yelling the secret at the top of his lungs.(Whispering) Real talk: the Gobbler fight is rigged. The board of directors made the Gobbler unkillable so it'd eat all the contestants and get us loads of hits on the Echonet, but I DON'T WANT YOU TO DIE CAUSE YOU'RE AWESOME AND OH CRAP I'M NOT WHISPERING ANYMORE MY BAD!!
- The Team Wannabe: In one sidequest during Tiny Tina's DLC, Torgue mentions just wanting to hang out with the Vault Hunters as they play the Bunkers & Badasses game. He sobs quite a bit about it, to the point that Lilith, who felt he just wanted to jump on the bandwagon since everyone else was playing it, feels a bit sorry and allows him to play with them. However, his only role in the DLC is to give you a couple of sidequests and provide some comedy relief.
- Testosterone Poisoning: See those weird circle things? Torgue calls them "expleriods," because periods aren't badass enough to use to end a sentence, and also because exclamation marks look like upside-down lower case Is, and he doesn't do lower case. PC Gamer magazine sums it up in the simplest sentence: "If a syringe containing the distilled souls of Dragon Ball Z's Hercule Satan, Team Fortress 2's Saxton Hale, and Hulk Hogan was injected into someones arm, you'd get Mr. Torgue."
- Too Dumb to Live:
- Once, he tried to destroy a planet while he was on said planet.
- The Wattle Gobbler DLC reveals that Torgue actually sold his corporation for 12 bucks and a high-five.
- Undying Loyalty: He considers the Vault Hunters his only friends, and is always helping them out whenever he can.
- Verbal Tic: His bleeped cussing. This is because a device was installed onto him by shareholders to bleep him.
- The Voice: Aside from the intro cutscene, you never actually see Torgue in his DLC as he's broadcasting to you from space. However, he does show in Assault on Dragon Keep after he calls up Tina to put him in her campaign as an NPC. He lampshades the fact that this is the first time that the players and him have actually met in person, though even then it's only in the context of the "Bunkers & Badasses" game. The Wattle Gobbler DLC is technically the first time you physically meet Torgue.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His picture when he's talking to you over the ECHO has him wearing a shirt, but in person he is this.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Turns out Torgue isn't actually his last name.Lilith: Wait, your first name is "Mister Torgue?" What's your last name?
- As it turns out, it seems that such names runs in his family, as he took his middle name (High-Five) from his grandfather.
Don't mess with number one
An extremely large and powerful fighter with huge pistons for hands.
- Arm Cannon: As you learn upon fighting him, his piston hands can fire slow-moving balls of plasma. They are quite easy to dodge though.
- Artistic License Biology: By his own account, he has less than 1% body fat and upwards of 13 Pectoralis Major muscles.
- Badass Grandpa: The extensive cybernetic modifications on his face make it hard to tell, but his white eyebrows do indicate he's fairly old. And, despite his cowardly nature, he's still a walking mountain of muscles and cyborg guns.
- Berserk Button: He hates being called a cheater. This wouldn't be such a big deal if he wasn't one through and through.
- Big Bad: Of the Campaign of Carnage DLC.
- The Chosen One: As it turns out, he's important to the prophesy involved in the opening of the Vault. Specifically, he is the Ultimate Coward while the player is the Ultimate Champion.
- Dirty Coward: The first time you fight him, it's because he interrupted your fight with Flyboy and blasted him out of the sky. Using an airship. The second time, he hides in a giant bulletproof mechanical dinosaur rather than face you man-to-man. Unsurprisingly, he turns out to be the Ultimate Coward as described in the beginning of the DLC.
- Dumb Muscle: He's incredibly ripped and packs a decent punch outside of his blimp or the Badassasaurus Rex. He also claims He has ''thirteen'' Pecs while mocking the Vault Hunters, and by the sound of his voice believes it.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: In his introduction, he beats a reporter to death for bringing up rumors that he cheated his way to the top. Then when you win your first fight, he has you gassed and thrown out of the arena, then claims you ran away.
- Heel: Piston has all the trappings of a classic pro wrestling heel. He cheats, betrays, and is an arrogant, cowardly blowhard. The crowd knows it and hates him for it, which Torgue doesn't mind because it helps the ratings.
- Insistent Terminology: It's not "cheating", it's "tactics".
- Jerk Ass / Hate Sink: His favourite pastime, it seems, is to verbally bully and be cruel to you/your friends in everything he says.
- Miles Gloriosus: Piston seems like a pretty tough guy, but he's a coward who refuses to fight fair, and is a relative pushover when you finally face him one-on-one.
- Scary Black Man: Piston has a very frightening appearance due to his tremendous size and creepy cyborg modifications. As you get to know him he becomes much less threatening, especially when it becomes clear that he's actually afraid of you.
- Testosterone Poisoning: He's a roided-up bodybuilder with cybernetic implants, and his dialogue definitely matches this.
- Third-Person Person: He's one of these when you first meet him, but doesn't stay that way for long. It was probably part of his "totally your friend" act.
- Trick Boss: The second time you fight him, you face off against the Badassaurus Rex that he pilots. Once that's destroyed, you fight Piston. He's something of a pushover compared to the Badassaurus, however. Likely because not long before the fight he'd barely escaped the destruction of his Blimp, which was pretty high up when it exploded.
Get ready for a burning sensation
A crazed bandit obsessed with fire.
- Alliterative Name: PP; Pyro Pete
- Bad "Bad Acting": When he lures you into his arena. It's likely he didn't see a point in putting any effort into it, since Torgue spoiled his plan and you walked into his trap anyway.
- One-Man Army: According to PA announcements in the Beatdown, he turned an entire planet into nothing but ash.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He sounds nuts when he first meets you. Then Torgue spoils his entire plan on national TV by simply announcing it to you, and we get:Uh, yeah. You covered it. That was it.
- Pyro Maniac: Just a little.
- As a raid boss he adds acid to the mix, becoming Pyrocaustic Pete.
- Talkative Loon: The first time you hear him talk; it's vaguely implied that this is a "character" he's playing as he immediately drops it after Torgue spoils his plans. He's actually one of the more quiet bosses in the actual fight.
- Took a Level in Badass: While nothing to scoff at before, he becomes the fourth raid boss after you defeat the main Torgue campaign. According to the description to the quest for taking him out, he's been training — hard.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: It's strongly implied that even with him as Pyrocaustic Pete, he's been holding back the entire time: Unlike Motor Momma, Flyboy, and Piston his name is not replaced with DEAD on the leaderboards when you beat him as Pyro Pete or Pyrocaustic Pete, and it's regularly announced in his area that he reduced a planet to ash. It's all just him maintaining the Kayfabe.
- Turns Red: As a raid boss. When his shield goes down, he releases a caustic flame wave that does damage over time until you die (or wash it off using one of the chemical showers in the arena), and he'll do it again every so often for the remainder of the fight.
Burn some rubber. And also flesh.
An obese cannibal biker with the voice of a sweet old lady.
- Alliterative Name: MM; Motor Momma.
- Badass Biker: Though the bike is about the size of a truck.
- Bi the Way: Used to date Moxxi, but has enough male paramours to have children. Which she eats.
- Cool Bike: It's big enough to support her gargantuan size, and has two sidecars fitted with gatling turrets.
- Eats Babies: As a disgusted Moxxi puts it, "She eats her own children."
- Faux Affably Evil: Never speaks in anything but a sweet voice with a hospitable demeanor. She even keeps up the air while telling you that she will ignore any request you have to not be eaten after she kills you.
- I'm a Humanitarian: See above. She also ate some of Moxxi's girlfriends (something Moxxi did NOT appreciate) and threatens to eat the Vault Hunters upon their defeat.
- Offing the Offspring: As mentioned under Eats Babies, she eats her own.
- Palette Swap: She's Ellie with darker skin, different colored clothing and some new accessories.
- Villainous Glutton: Seems to cultivate this, what with all the baby-eating (her own) and making sandwiches out of the bodies of her rivals. She has grown to such a size from doing so that she must be winched into her vehicle instead of mounting it under her own power.
- Vocal Dissonance: A massively obese cannibal who talks like a kindly old grandmother.
- What Could Have Been: In-game files indicate that like Pyro Pete, she would have become a Raid Boss after beating the main story.
This won't take long
A just-turned-16-year-old Buzzard pilot who thinks he's the hottest thing since fire.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: Gets shot by Piston's blimp, which you fight instead.
- Internet Tough Guy: Badmouths the bandits over the radio, but doesn't dare face them himself.
- Punny Name: He flies a copter, he's 16 years old. Flyboy.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He literally thinks there's nobody smarter, cooler, or more skillful than he is. Moxxi and Torgue chalk it up to youthful exuberance.
- Totally Radical: His speech is peppered with L33t L1ng0 and words he totally made up himself.Mr. Torgue: KIDS THESE DAYS AND THEIR CRAZY LANGUAGE, AM I RIGHT?
- More than that, he constantly name drops various references to Final Fantasy. To paraphase some of his lines:
- The Unfought: Piston kills him before you get the chance.
One of Handsome Jack's most loyal followers (whether he likes it or not), Professor Nakayama isn't very happy about what the Vault Hunters did to Jack. He convinces the savage natives of Aegrus to form a Cult dedicated to Handsome Jack.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Handsome Jack. Whether or not Jack knows how much Nakayama is obsessed with him, he still regards him as an incompetent creep and can barely get his name right.
- Arch-Enemy: He's thrilled to be one to the Vault Hunters, just as they and Jack were nemeses.Nakayama: Can I just say — super-pumped we're archenemies now.
- Avenging the Villain: He wants revenge for Jack's death.
- Back from the Dead: Wants to do this for Handsome Jack through cloning. Specifically, he wishes to create an army of Eridium-enhanced Jacks. At the very least, he successfully created an AI of Jack stored within his ID drive.
- Big Bad: Despite being treated as a complete joke, he's still the one in the DLC who is setting obstacles for the Vault Hunters to overcome.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Although the legitimate Big Bad of Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, the game mercilessly treats him as one, making him an Unknown Rival to the Vault Hunters, and who only go after him when Hammerlock deduces killing him is the only way to shut him up. And on top of all that, he dies by falling down some stairs before you actually get to fight him. He probably gives General Knoxx a run for the money in the Butt-Monkey department. When the Vault Hunters actually decide to go after him, he quickly realizes that he's in over his head and completely unprepared to deal with you.
- In fact, the storyline's structure indicates that it treats his plot as the side quest of the DLC, rather than the actual side quests, which were the nominal point of going to Aegrus in the first place.
- Body Horror: Aside from what seems to be Eridium growing all over his body, Nakayama has a cannon similar to the ones used by Hyperion Engineers built into his back.
- Knowing how Nakayama wants to be your next nemesis, he probably implanted the Eridium into himself like he did the cannon.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Tries to act like a stereotypical Borderlands Villain, but this quickly falls apart the moment you actually start messing up his plans and plowing through his men and monsters. By the end of it he realizes just how in over his head he was, to the point that Hammerlock was giving him pointers on how to be an effective villain (which he ignores due to the panic).
- Chekhov's Gun: The Handsome Jack AI that he built in Pre-Sequel will eventually plays a bigger role in Tales.
- Dragon Ascendant: A loyal follower and employee of Handsome Jack, who's the new Big Bad.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Sort of. If you look at the ads in Sanctuary, you'll see a few from him.
- Fan Boy: He's Handsome Jack's biggest fan. Meeting Jack in person made him the happiest man alive, in his words. Similarly, Jack's death made him the saddest man alive. He also thinks that by trying to be your nemesis, he's becoming just like Jack. He's evidently so devoted that he gives his most powerful minions/creations Jack masks, including an absolutely massive one for Woundspike.
- Freudian Excuse: Hinted at - one mission prompt has "Boys are mean to you because they really like you" as the flavor text. In which case, Nakayama had a really shitty mother.
- Genius Ditz: According to The Pre-Sequel, he actually has a degree in horticulture, and lied about being a geneticist just to get hired by Hyperion. However, he shows at least some skill in creating genetic abominations (though not always to scale, as he once created a Fun Size version of The Destroyer), and was somehow able to create a Virtual Ghost of Jack.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: He has a bad habit of blurting out important details of his plans and talking about how the only way to stop him is to kill him.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: His plans aren't very good, he comes off as pitiful at best in conversation, and he's scared to death of you. The fact that he doesn't even get a character intro should speak volumes about how insignificant he is in the grand scheme of things. It gets to a point where Hammerlock tries to give him advice on how to be a proper villain.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Upon learning of Jack's death, after he vows to avenge him, Nakayama breaks down in absolutely pathetic blubbering.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: In his ECHO Logs, he always starts off with "I'm the [adjective] man alive!" note
- Not So Harmless: Not directly, but after all his minions and creations have failed to slow down the Vault Hunters, he unleashes the monstrously powerful Jackenstein. But after it falls he is still pathetic.
- Oh, Crap!: Gets a serious case of this when you defeat Woundspike, who was apparently one of his tougher experiments and you took it down without breaking a sweat. He immediately gets a case of this again when he accidentally blurts out how to permanently stop him (see I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!).
- Remember the New Guy?: Parodied - when Nakayama assumes the Vault Hunters are after his "power" on Aegrus, Hammerlock bluntly tells him they were on a hunting expedition, and didn't know him. When Nakayama sputters his name, his nickname, the fact he poisoned Atlas' CEO, and how people are "terrified" of him, it still doesn't ring any bells for Hammerlock or the Vault Hunters, causing Nakayama to hang up in exasperation.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He refers to himself as the "Hyperion's Scourge", and mentions he poisoned Atlas' CEO. He also calls the Vault Hunter an asshole out of genuine surprise that they hadn't heard of him yet.
- Stalker with a Crush: Although Handsome Jack's handsomeness is something of a running gag, Nakayama goes into enough detail to sound like a smitten teenage girl in the ECHO recording he made about meeting Jack in person. Even though Jack threatened to strangle him for making eye-contact. All the safes containing Jack's DNA samples also contain framed photographs. Also, just how did Nakayama get those DNA samples...?
- The Pre-Sequel shows that Nakayama was obsessed with Jack even before he became Handsome Jack. His sidequests are all about him attempting to show Jack his affections for him in various creepy ways.
- Small Role, Big Impact: While he only appears in a DLC in the second game as well a side quest in Pre-Sequel, his actions in both games plays a major role in Tales, namely creating an AI of Handsome Jack as part of the latter's resurrection.
- Stalker Shrine: While it's never seen, one of his idle dialogue in the Pre-Sequel has him mention having one.
- Too Dumb to Live: Antagonizing the Vault Hunters doesn't end well for him. Not to mention that having a creepy crush on a masked sociopath who absolutely hates you and voices it at every opportunity is pretty much the bottom of the intellectual barrel.
- Undignified Death: He's prepared to go out fighting the heroes but doesn't get the chance as he falls down a flight of stairs, ending his life.
- Undying Loyalty: For whatever reason, he's fanatically devoted to Handsome Jack, even though Jack can barely stand him.
- The Unfought: Falls down some stairs and dies before you get the chance to kill him. Fittingly, the final mission is titled "The Fall of Nakayama".
- Unknown Rival: Acts as this to the Vault Hunters, since they care more about Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt over his evil schemes, and only go after him to shut him up.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts to panic when he realizes the Vault Hunters are slaughtering his men. It gets worse when you go after him directly.
- We Can Rule Together: He tries this on the Vault Hunters in order to stop them from killing him, trying to list the upsides to cloning Jack that apply to them...and being unable to come up with any.
Dietmar von Henrichzimmerschneit
A Nature Documentary director who takes interest in the Vault Hunter to do his tasks while he provides commentary. Most of his tasks end up working towards his own personal amusement, all the while trying to sound "deep" and "philosophical" by asking just how and why things work in nature the way they do.
- Fauxlosophical Narration: His primary schtick.
- Gratuitous German: It's there to emphasize Herr Dietmar's German-ness, ja?
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's obviously a spoof of famed German filmmaker and documentarian Werner Herzog.
- Overly Long Name: "von Henrichzimmerschneit" isn't his real name. His real name is so long that you'd starve to death before you finished saying it.
- Purple Prose: Everything he narrates.
- The Von Trope Family: Given his overly-thick German accent, it'd be surprising if his name didn't have "von" in it.
- You Bastard!: Gives this vibe throughout his quests. One involves luring a borok called "Der Monstrositat", while he muses "but who is the real monster?". Another has you collect Drifter eggs, and then murder their mother. And no, it's not in self-defense, like the way Dietmar's commentary sets it up: you have to go out of your way to find and kill Arizona. And all the while, he describes you as cold, ruthless, and indifferent to the suffering of the creatures you encounter.
Gatekeeper and guide from Flamerock Refuge.
- Ass Pull: In-universe. Lilith complains that the reveal makes no sense. Tina ignores her. It is foreshadowed by his hair, and his clasp being the same as Jack's watch, but Lilith and the others presumably couldn't see that.
- Evil All Along: He's actually The Handsome Sorcerer under a disguise.
The Handsome Sorcerer
The main antagonist, being a fantacized version of Handsome Jack in Tiny Tina's Bunkers & Badasses campaign.
- An Ice Person: In his first form.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Unlike the main game, the Handsome Sorcerer's daughter is evil since Tina blames Angel for Roland's death.
- Evil Gloating: He makes fun of the adventurers when they start fighting the dwarves they were supposed to free.Mordecai: You're killin' me here, Brick. I'm being taunted by a thirteen year old girl doing the voice of a grown man.
- Evil Sorcerer: He's basically Handsome Jack if Jack had magic powers.
- King Mook: He's mostly an upgraded version of the wizard enemies of the DLC, changing abilities with each form.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: As befitting a fantasy wizard.
- Sequential Boss: Upon defeating him, he turns into the Necrotic Sorcerer and then the Demonic Sorcerer.
The White Knight
The protagonist of Tina's campaign, and the fantasized version of Roland.
- Deus ex Machina: Tina generally spawns him at random as back-up for the players, which bugs Lilith since not only does it not make any sense it's also a sign that Tina is in serious denial of Roland's death.
- Additionally, his death is averted by the arrival of Bloodwing (as a tribute to the dead real Bloodwing) as "a miracle."
- GMPC: He more or less serves this role, often appearing alongside the players just because Tina says so and is clearly intended by Tina to be the hero of the story. However, his presence in the game is mostly for Tina to cope with the death of the real Roland and to give him a better fate than his ignoble death at the hand of Jack.
- The Hero: Much like his real counterpart.
- Jive Turkey: Since Tina's the one behind his dialog, this Roland speaks in the same slang that she does, albeit much more awkwardly.
- Knight in Shining Armor: His role in the story, due to Tina's adoration of his real-life counterpart.
- Never Heard That One Before: Evidently, being asked why he's the White Knight is not a new thing for him. He warns you that asking is an invitation for him to punch you in the throat.
The Queen (Butt Stallion)
The Living MacGuffin of Tina's campaign, who you need to find in order to undo the Handsome Sorcerer's curse and bring light back to the world.
- Big Good: She's pretty much the only thing that can bring the light back into the corrupted world.
- Brick Joke: From an ad-libbed comment from Handsome Jack from the very beginning of the game to making an actual appearance.
- Cool Horse: Made of diamonds, naturally.
- Expy: She looks a lot like Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Except Butt Stallion doesn't speak. This is very much intentional.
- Extreme Omnivore: She eats Eridium, both to restore light to the world and to crap out loot.
- She's Got Legs: Tiny Tina thinks so.
- Solid Gold Poop: She leaves piles of diamonds as droppings early on in a trail. After you free her, she proceeds to prance around and literally crap out loot. After she's back in Flamerock Refuge, you can feed her Eridium to get loot from her. She also vomits rainbows.
- The Voiceless: She doesn't have any meaningful lines, due to being a horse.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Tina says that she's the "most beautiful queen in the history of forever" and gets distracted when thinking about the Queen's legs. The fact that Butt Stallion is a horse raises some questions. When the Vault Hunters finally see her they admit she's very beautiful.
Ragnar the EmancipatorKing of the dwarves and leader of their resistance against the Handsome Sorcerer. He wants to ally with the Vault Hunters so his army of dwarves can destroy the Sorcerer and free his people.
- Badass Beard: Being a dwarf, this is a given.
- Berserk Button: In this case, he's the Berserk Button for all the dwarves.
- The Good King: The rest of the dwarves are deeply loyal to him, believing he will save them from the Sorcerer. Which makes them really, really angry when Brick kills him.
- La Résistance: Head of the dwarves still fighting for freedom.
- Ludicrous Gibs: When Brick punches him, he rolls a natural 20. Ragnar explodes in a shower of gore.
- The Magnificent: If nothing, The Emancipator is a much nicer title than others.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: See above. The dwarves love him for a reason.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Barely gets in a couple of sentences before Brick explodes him.
GreedtoothThe other dwarven leader in the Mines of Avarice, Greedtooth is a vicious, angry dwarf who is allied with the Sorcerer, and guards the last rune for the dwarven passphrase.
- Badass Beard: Being a dwarf, well...
- Brainwashed and Crazy: He's loyal to the Sorcerer only because of the Weird-Ass Magic Globe. Once you destroy it, he calms down. Then he remembers you killed Ragnar.
- Convection Schmonvection: He leaps into a river of lava to reach the Gold Golem, and the entire battlefield is on a lake of magma just a few inches below the rocky surface.
- The Dragon: One of several of the Handsome Sorcerer's most powerful minions.
- HeelFace Turn: Destroying the Weird-Ass Magic Globe will turn him from hostile to friendly. For all of five seconds, until he remembers Ragnar.
- Humongous Mecha: The Gold Golem is a massive war machine that he pilots.
- Made of Iron: He takes an enormous beating to bring down (his exposed piloting position is the Gold Golem's weakpoint) and he happily immerses himself in magma to reach the Golem in the first place.
- Mind-Control Device: The "Weird-Ass Magic Glob" that's floating around during the fight with him. Tina recommends destroying it. He still wants to kill you afterwards, but now he's doing it of his own free will.
President Anton SmithThe president of Torgue Corporation who serves as an antagonist of the DLC.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Not nearly to the extent of Handsome Jack, but he does rig the competition of killing Wattle Gobbler. However, he was trying to rig it in favor of Mister Torgue, wanting him to be the one to kill the beast as a promotional stunt.
- Only Sane Man: Similar to Blake, Smith simply comes off as a man doing his job while forced to put up with Torgue's insane antics and seems to lack the insanity of other characters.
- Straight Man: He's forced to play this role to Mister Torgue.
- You Have Failed Me: He spends the entire DLC trying to pull this on Torgue and the Vault Hunters. By the end, he just straight-up fires him.
Grandma FlexingtonMr. Torgue's grandma who's a fan of the vault hunters.
- Brawn Hilda: She's essentially a palette swap of Mister Torgue without a mustache and in a pink t-shirt.
- Comically Small Bribe: As is the standard for all old people in fiction asking young'uns to run errands. Your reward for listening to her first story is one whole dollar! Averted with the second story, she is a bit more generous and gives you a Torgue rocket launcher of purple rarity.
- Indie Game: She loves indie games, particularly the kind that have nothing to do with combat at all; ironically all of the indie games she describes have names that make them sound like combat games.
- Man Bites Man: If Torgue's first DLC is to be believed, she gummed someone to death.
- Rambling Old Man Monologue: Her sidequest involves listening to her going on ridiculously long tangents. She'll even ask you a question in the middle of the story just to see if you're listening. Her second story is so long that the game lists it as "Raid Boss Difficulty".
- Strong Family Resemblance: Seems like we know where Torgue gets his looks from.
The Abominable Mister Tinder SnowflakeAn evil snowman terrorizing the citizens of Gingerton.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He speaks with a monstrously deep voice.
- Fluffy the Terrible: The name "Tinder Snowflake" doesn't exactly inspire terror.
- Nice Hat: Has a fancy top hat just like Frosty the Snowman. Like Frosty, it's also the source of his powers and removing it causes him to melt.
- Overly Long Name: His name gets longer each time you fight him. Eventually, it evolves into "His Abominableness, Sir Tinder Snowflake, Esquire".
Colin Zaford and Bridget HodunkTwo goliaths of opposing clans who had a drunken fling that resulted in a child that Moxxi attempts to marry in order to unite their clans peacefully.
- Battle Couple: Their boss name is even "The Happy Couple".
- Brawn Hilda: Bridget is simply a regular Goliath with a flower on her helmet.
- Didn't See That Coming: They're both Goliaths. NOBODY had taken into consideration what would happen if they removed their helmets.
- Dual Boss: You fight both of them together. If you bring down one, the other will run over to revive them and level themselves up.
- Dumb Muscle: While they're far more articulate than regular Goliaths, Bridget still didn't see anything wrong with purchasing a house that only had 2 walls.
- Hulk Speak: Averted. The two speak like regular members of their respective clans rather than the poor grammar of Goliaths.
- Jerkass: Neither of them like Vault Hunters much, and Bridget has nothing but bad things to say about Moxxi.
- Nice Hat: Colin wears a fancy top hat.
The Son of Crawmerax the InvincibleThe progeny of the Bonus Boss of the first game, it wishes to wreak vengeance upon the Vault Hunters for killing its father repeatedly for loot.
- Giant Enemy Crab: Like its father, it's a massive Crab Worm
- Revenge by Proxy: It plans to avenge its father by killing Sir Hammerlock.
- Took a Level in Badass: After killing it the first time, it becomes a proper Raid Boss and can be fought as The Invincible Son of Crawmerax the Invincible.
Victims of Vault HuntersA group of assassins gathered by Sparky Flynt, son of Captain Flynt, who have a score to settle with each of the six Vault Hunters.
- Already Done for You: All the assassins are dead by the time you get to them, to the frustration of Sparky. By the time you get to Clements, he's not even surprised anymore. Sal in particular is pretty bummed that he doesn't get to kill Blendo himself.
- Avenging the Villain: Most of them wish to avenge a family member killed by the Vault Hunters.
Salvador: That was a fuuuuun weekend!
- Sparky wants to avenge his father Captain Flynt, one of the first bosses of the main game.
- Grill Halloway wants to avenge his niece Marcie, who was accidently killed by Gaige.
- Mordo Sophis wants to avenge his brother Stephen (AKA Brother Sophis), who was killed by Maya.
- Blendo Chung is after Salvador because he killed... everyone. His entire bandit clan. All 150 of 'em.
- Clements is a Hyperion scientist who wants to avenge his co-workers who were killed by Krieg when he escaped.
- Sergeant Jarter is a subversion, in that he wants to avenge the soldiers who died as a result of Axton intentionally botching the diplomat rescue mission that caused his ex to send him to Pandora to begin with.
- The Faceless: Sparky wears his father's face-obscuring horned metal mask.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Subverted with Sparky, who is the only Flynt encountered so far whose name isn't also a title.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: All of them are killed in various brutal and bizarre ways.
- Sergeant Jarter is blown up by a remote bomb set off by Sarah, Axton's ex.
- Grill Halloway had his transport shuttle tampered with by Gaige's dad, sending him crashing into the planet.
- Mordo Sophis had his beer poisoned by Tannis.
- Blendo Chung was beaten and hanged by the resort staff who were hired by Sal's grandmother.
- Clements is seen stabbed with a bunch of syringes thanks to Dr. Samuels.
- Zer0's assassin is impaled in a way that confuses everyone else but Zer0 himself.
- Mad Scientist: Clements was one of the Hyperion scientists who experimented on Krieg.Krieg: HE WAS THERE FOR THE BIRTHING! HE BROUGHT THEM INTO THE METAL FUN PALACE SO SHE COULD START THE PARTY!
- No Name Given: Flynt knows nothing about Zer0's assassin, much less his name. He's listed in the objectives as "?1!?".
- The Unfought: The only person you end up fighting is Sparky himself.
- You Killed My Father: Sparky's reason for gathering a group of people who hate the Vault Hunters as much as him.