World's Deadliest 13 year old
A thirteen-year-old demolitions specialist who is completely bonkers. Also a friend of the Crimson Raiders, and bears a deep grudge against both Handsome Jack and a particularly nasty bandit named Flesh-Stick.
- A Day in the Limelight: She's the central character of the fourth DLC, "Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep".
- Along with Brick, she's also the protagonist of the + 5 to Punching short film, which sets up the events of said DLC.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Probably the main reason why she had Butt Stallion as the queen of her campaign.
- In the Fight for Sanctuary DLC, Tina is overjoyed to become Butt Stallion's new owner after she and the Vault Hunters recover her from the Helios ruins.
- Ambiguously Gay: It's ambiguous because she's thirteen, but she only sexualizes the "female" members of her tea party and her original motivation for training you in the second DLC was that she was going to have a Precocious Crush on Moxxi.
- Assault On Dragon Keep further supports this - she always addresses the entire group with female terms. Girls, Ladies, Hos, etc. She also gets distracted by the thought of how the Queen's legs "Go on for miles." Mordecai has to snap her back to focus on the game.Sorry, was still thinking about them legs. Mm!
- Worth noting that the queen is a horse.
- In her invitation◊ to Maya for the "Bunkers & Badasses" games, she basically asks the Siren out. It's kind of sweet, actually.youre real pretty and I like you do you like me please mark one __ Yes __ No
- It's worth mentioning that this article by Anthony Burch, wherein he confirms Axton and Torgue are bi and Hammerlock is gay, doesn't so much as mention Tina.
- It's probably safe to say that, due to her being such an extreme Cloud Cuckoolander, her sexual preferences depend on whatever is funniest at the time.
- Assault On Dragon Keep further supports this - she always addresses the entire group with female terms. Girls, Ladies, Hos, etc. She also gets distracted by the thought of how the Queen's legs "Go on for miles." Mordecai has to snap her back to focus on the game.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Frequently.Tiny Tina: Counting Down! TEN! NINE! (missiles launch and explode) ...I got bored.
- Animal Motifs: Rabbits, most of her tech is designed after a rabbit and she wears a pouch with a rabbits face on it. Considering her eccentric nature, it could be a reference to Alice in Wonderland.
- Arc Villain: Of Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep technically, seeing as though she's the DM.
- Axe-Crazy: This girl sings "Pop Goes the Weasel" with alternate lyrics to make it an unsubtle Murder Ballad, while dancing around and committing actual murder. (With her victim clearly able to hear her, no less.) And that's just her first appearance. She could give Harley Quinn a run for the title of "best psychotic female".
- Badass Adorable: She's an adorable if not-so-slightly nutty thirteen-year-old who also happens to be the most gifted demolitions expert on Pandora.
- Best Served Cold: Or, in this case, served with enough volts to completely vaporize.
- Berserk Button: Tina absolutely HATES oatmeal raisin cookies. During the "Eat Cookies and Crap Thunder" quest in the Torgue DLC, when Tina discovers that what she thought were chocolate chip cookies are actually oatmeal raisin cookies, she goes absolutely ballistic, ordering you to destroy every one of the dispensers.
- Break the Cutie:
- Her backstory: her parents were put through horrendous slag experiments after being sold to Hyperion by a bandit named Flesh-Stick, and the only thing that saved her life was some explosives her parents had smuggled which helped her escape. This both traumatized her into the Cloud Cuckoolander she currently is and fed her obsession with explosives.
- The Climax of her DLC has her finally confronting the fact that Roland is dead, with her literally dropping to her knees crying. Her fellow Crimson Raiders realized just how bad they'd hurt her and allows her to play out her fantasy to get some measure of closure.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being a crazed 13-year old, she's the best bomb maker that Roland knows.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Oh, so very much. Implied to be a coping mechanism for her trauma."I'm a little teapot, bloody and cut. Here is my handle, here is my butt."
"Squishy. Squishy squishy squishy."
- Cope by Pretending: The "Assault on Dragon Keep" DLC reveals that Tina is trying to cope with Roland's death by denying that it happened and pretending that everything's all right. The climax reveals that Tina is very very aware that Roland is dead and is using the pretending as a defense mechanism.
- Creepy Child: Generally played for laughs.Tiny Tina: (singing a song and skipping) All around the stactus plant, the stalker chased the bandit. The stalker thought it was all in fun - POP! (jumps on the detonator plunger that is linked to a bandit wrapped in dynamite and blows the bandit to pieces) goes the bandit.
- It's not so laugh-inducing when you finally learn the fate of her parents. The poor kid's had it rough.
- Cute and Psycho: She's a cute girl who has no issue killing entire gangs, blowing up rail lines and torturing her captives.
- Demolitions Expert: And completely crazy about bombs, to the point that when she appears in the Torgue DLC, she blows off the door to her camper van just to make an entrance.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Inverted."You disarmed my proxy-boomer? Damn, gurl, you got skills to pay the billzzzzzzz!"
- Dungeon Master: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep centers around her being the DM for a game of Bunkers & Badasses, with Brick, Mordecai, and Lilith as the other players.
- Killer Game Master: She attempts to start off the campaign with a Hopeless Boss Fight against The Handsome Sorcerer's Dragon. When Lilith protests this, she change the fight to a generic Elite Mook Skeleton. Unlike other examples, she's just bad at balancing combat.
- Off the Rails: If you explore the side paths in the forest, Tina admits that she didn't balance the combat for that situation. Cue a "Super Mega Badass Treant" showing up, it's level roughly 25 higher than everything else in the area. Tina quickly reworks things back to normal and apologizes for her lack of foresight.
- Electric Torture: Subjects Flesh-Stick to this during her "tea party", while you have the job of keeping the generator running by taking out Flesh-Stick's buddies.
- Establishing Character Moment: We first meet Tina while singing her own equivalent of "Pop Goes the Weasel", during which she detonates a bomb held by a bandit tied to a stactus plant in her workshop, killing the bandit.
- Exhausted Eye Bags: Has huge, dark bags under her eyes. Part of the reason is her diet is terrible, consisting of nothing but crumpets. Lilith actually forced her to eat other stuff during their Bunkers & Badasses game. The other reason is probably nerves from the emotional trauma of her parents' deaths.
- Expy: She's more or less what would happen if Radical Edward lived on Pandora and rather than computers, she became obsessed with bombs.
- Fish Eyes: Her left eye strays some at times. It was originally a glitch, but the developers enjoyed it enough to leave it in.
- Fluffy the Terrible: She gets a new puppy named Enrique in Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage DLC. It's a Badass Fire Skag.
- Freudian Excuse: Her obsession with explosives is because her mother saved her from the Hyperion labs by slipping her a grenade.
- From the Mouths of Babes: A 13 year old that talks like equal parts raving psycho and lunatic pimp.
- Genki Girl: Is incredibly hyper when it comes to explosives.
- Harmful to Minors: Saw her parents violently butchered for Slag research by Hyperion. The resulting trauma made her the off-kilter nutcase she is now.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: A sketch at the end of Borderlands 2 has her perched on Brick's shoulders, both of them killing bandits. This is also a callback to some of Brick's earlier dialogue; he mentions running around the bandit camps with Tina riding on his back, punching out bandits whilst Tina threw explosives around.
- In The Pre-Sequel!, she and Brick are the ones listening to Athena's story in New Game+.
- Intergenerational Friendship: She's friends with Brick and Roland as well as Mr. Torgue. She evidently has the latter on her cellphone.
- Also with Moxxi, although their relationship is of the Vitriolic Best Buds variety.
- Her DLC shows that she's pretty close with most of the original Vault Hunters, with the possible exception of Mordecai, who mostly just tolerates her. By the Commander Lilith DLC she considers him a friend, and shows great concern for him.
- Killer Rabbit: With emphasis on killer. Bonus points for having rabbit-themed graffiti wherever she hangs out and stuffing plush toys with explosive warheads.
- Little Miss Badass: A 13 year old Demolitions Expert.
- Mad Bomber: She's an Ax-Crazy Demolitions Expert.
- Nepotism: An unintentional meta example. When Anthony Burch wrote the character of Tina, he unthinkingly created her based around his sister Ashly. When he realized it, he figured he might as well ask her to audition for the part. While other actresses placed an audition, Ashly ultimately earned the role.
- The Nicknamer: Has a large variety of nicknames for people, such as Shorty or Huggabutt for the player.
- A Running Gag in Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep is that every time she refers to Lilith, she uses a new nickname for her.
- No One Could Survive That!: Apparently, Flesh-Stick thought Tina died with her parents.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- She drops her usual goofy demeanor for a completely deadpan, flat delivery when she finally gets her revenge on Flesh-Stick.Tiny Tina: (completely serious and deadpan) Best tea party ever.
- During Assault on the Dragon's Keep, she becomes uncharacteristically mean-spirited when talking about The Sorceror's Daughter (Angel's analogue in the game). She even says if Angel wasn't involved no one would have died. This is an early hint that she's aware Roland is dead and is using denial to cope.
- She drops her usual goofy demeanor for a completely deadpan, flat delivery when she finally gets her revenge on Flesh-Stick.
- Parental Substitute:
- Seems to view Roland as this, as she keeps a picture of herself with him on her nightstand.
- She was originally part of the Bearer of Bad News quest. Hearing of Roland's death snaps her out of her usually cheery guise and utterly devastates her.
- The Assault on Dragon's Keep has her in denial over Roland's death and she refuses to believe he's really gone. The entire DLC is her trying to cope with his death and trying to honor him and Bloodwing in her own way.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Lapses into stereotypical African American and upper-class British mannerisms, among others. During her DLC, she couldn't resist talking like this while voicing Roland, which turns him into a Jive Turkey. Mordecai lampshades it. For some reason, she can perfectly mimic the speech styles of Handsome Jack and Ellie, so she's doing it on purpose.
- Revenge: Her tea party quest involves capturing and then torturing Flesh-Stick, the bandit who sold her and her parents to Hyperion for human testing.Tina: Best tea party ever.
- Sleepyhead: Can often be found napping in between quests.
- She Is All Grown Up: She returns in 3 as a teenager.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: When she captures Flesh-Stick for her tea party, she says "You are cordially invited, BITCH!"
- Tranquil Fury: While she tortures and kills Flesh-Stick for his crimes, her demeanour is as cheery and polite as before, but it's very obvious that she's murderously enraged inside over what he did. When he finally dies, this little facade comes down slightly, to when the "fury" seeps through to the point that it's...noticeable.
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- Crumpets; and during 'Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep', she admits to having lived on nothing but a steady diet of crumpets for the last few years.Mordecai: Ever? Seriously? You should literally be dead.
Tina: (with her mouth full of crumpets) Naw dog, I'm gonna live forever.
- Chocolate chip cookies. She goes ballistic when she realizes that Torgue's vending machines sell oatmeal raisin cookies, ordering you to destroy them all.
- Crumpets; and during 'Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep', she admits to having lived on nothing but a steady diet of crumpets for the last few years.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Let's start with her pretending to pimp out two stuffed bunny missiles to you and go from there.
- Unreliable Narrator: Shows shades of this through her "Bunkers & Badasses" campaign in Assault on Dragon Keep
- What Is This Feeling?: Some of her dialogue in You Are Cordially Invited: RSVP has her remark the following after seeing Flesh-Stick again.Tina: Seein' him makes me scared as crap and I don't. remember. whyyyy.
- Write Who You Know: In-universe, she based many characters of her Bunkers & Badasses campaign on people she know or at least know of, if not outright just put them in the game with a fantasy-themed costume such as Moxxi or Ellie. She even puts in Butt Stallion even though that was mainly a joke between Jack and the Vault Hunters.
- Writing by the Seat of Your Pants: She admits 3/4s into her Bunkers & Badasses campaign that she's making stuff up on the spot because she didn't think the others would get that far so fast.
- You Killed My Father: She's after a bandit named Flesh-Stick because he turned her parents in to Hyperion.
Likes: cuddling, murder
Scooter's sister, who runs a vehicle garage in The Dust.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While her relationship with Moxxi is strained, if you visit Scooter's garage in the final mission, she'll tell him to tell their mom that she loves her.
- Big Beautiful Woman: While she's definitely on the higher end of the weight spectrum, it's not like she's really ugly.
- Bi the Way: Will flirt with the player character regardless of gender. Definitely takes after her mother.
- Chainmail Bikini: In Tiny Tina's Assault On Dragon Keep, you can choose between giving Ellie a bikini or actual platemail for armor. She points out the flaws of this trope. If you give her the bikini, she says that she wishes she had a sweater as well.Ellie: That ain't armor! That's not even big enough to cover half a tit. Besides, it ain't like the bad guys are gonna be aimin' for my saucy bits.
- Fat and Proud: One of the reason she moved out to the Dust is because Moxxi kept nagging her to lose weight, and she didn't want to.
- The dev team actually was so insistent on getting her "fatness" right that her neck-rolls alone went through five different iterations before they were satisfied.
- She also is rather proud of her beauty and has a healthy sense self-worth, referring to the Hodunks' clan emblem being a skinny chick because they like skinny chicks.Ellie: And they love skinny chicks 'cause they's pussies.
- Gag Boobs: Even with her heavier-set frame, her breasts are proportionally bigger than Moxxi's by a huge margin.
- Gainaxing: Her boobs jiggle as much as, if not more than, her mother's.
- To the point that she and her mother are the only two female characters in the game whose models underwent additional work specifically to accommodate the two characters' breast movements.
- Insult Backfire: The bandits make hood ornaments in her likeness to mock her. Although she is aware they were meant to be insulting, she thinks the design is "badass" and has you steal some so she can put them around the shop.
- It Amused Me: Secretly instigates the clan war between the Zafords and the Hodunks primarily for kicks, as well as wanting to prove to Moxxi that she can survive in The Dust.
- Karma Houdini: Neither side ever catches on that she started it. However as of 4th Headhunter DLC, they're starting to put two & two together... and still never figure it out.
- It Runs in the Family: In the Pre-Sequel you can catch Moxxi "out of character" tinkering with a loader bot. She sounds remarkably like Ellie, especially with the same drawl and enthusiasm for tinkering.
- Leg Cling: Official artwork for Tiny Tina's Assault On Dragon Keep shows Ellie clinging to Roland's leg. She's wearing a Slave Leia outfit.
- Passing the Torch: Scooter's final ECHO request to Ellie is given in the Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary DLC, with his sister becoming the new owner of Catch-A-Ride in his passing.
- Southern-Fried Genius: She might not be all there, and speak with the same drawl as Scooter, but she knows her stuff when it comes to trucks n' stuff... when she isn't crushing them around a bandit in a trash compactor over an insult.
- Wrench Wench: Helps Scooter out and introduces the player to the new Bandit Technical, which the player first uses to get into the Bloodshot Stronghold.
- In Borderlands 3, Ellie runs all of the Catch-A-Ride stations as per Scooter's dying wishes.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: She can fit an entire suit of armor in her size in her cleavage, much like her mother with guns.
Sir Alistair Hammerlock
Hunter, Scholar, Gentleman
A Quintessential British Gentleman who is on Pandora to study the native fauna. Having lost his arm, leg, and desire to go into the field some time ago, he enlists the new Vault Hunters to help him conduct studies.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Played for laughs and subverted in "Big Game Hunt".Hammerlock: Thank you for joining me on this expedition, by the by. Things can get pretty lonely on treks such as these, and, with my right hand being made of metal, I am incapable of amusing myself in the way most other males would. Pahaahahaha! Some ribald humor for you there.
- A Day in the Limelight: Is the focus of the 3rd DLC expansion, Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt.
- Adventurer Outfit: Wears a futuristic version of a Victorian era safari outfit. With his robotic arm and leg, he wouldn't look that out of place at a Steam Punk convention.
- Ambiguously Brown: He has a notably dark complexion despite having traits of a Great White Hunter.
- An Arm and a Leg: A Thresher by the name of Old Slappy tore out Hammerlock's arm at the socket. The same thresher also got the leg on that side, and possibly even the other leg as well. He sends you after it in a sidequest.
- Artificial Limbs: See above. Easily removable, too!
- Awesome Mc Coolname: His title and name would put hairs on your chest with each utterance.
- Badass Adorable: According to his DLC, Hammerlock first came to Pandora as a child of six, after his father abandoned him for a month after "using colourful language in polite company". After throttling twenty skags into submission he started to enjoy the place.
- Badass Bookworm: He is a scientist who is trying to catalog Pandora's various flora and fauna for his almanac. He is however not above plagiarism of others' notes as one of the sidequests he gives is to track down his old boyfriend's notes.
- Badass Family: He is the brother of Aurelia Hammerlock, who was one of Jack's Vault Hunters in the Pre-Sequel. The two have a very bitter history together, which would explain why he never mentioned her.
- Badass Gay: A gay man who throttled twenty large predators at the age of six and would be a terrifying enemy if he wasn't so friendly.
- Badass in Distress:
- You first meet him when he's besieged by Captain Flynt's men. He won't come out until you've gotten rid of all the hostiles.
- In the Son of Crawmerax DLC, he is captured by the locals as a sacrifice to the titular Son of Crawmerax.
- Badass Mustache: Few will ever have facial hair as fine as his. It's officially part of the appeal in the opening video for his DLC.
- Character Blog: Took over the ECHO Cast blog used by Gaige and Mr. Torgue in preparation for his DLC. He also covered a week of the Loot Hunt event.
- Create Your Own Villain: In the Pre-Sequel!, he actually sends you on a mission to capture "moon threshers." They then escape shortly after you bring them to him and escape to Pandora.
- Door Stopper: One of the radio ads has him advertise his almanac. He highlights that if the info inside won't help you survive against whatever Pandoran fauna you are facing, smashing the book over it's head also works. Comes in 10 volumns too no less.
- Electronic Eyes: It's very hard to see, but his right eye (right behind the broken lens of his glasses) is mechanical. Where this happened is never mentioned, or explained.
- Gentleman Adventurer: He's the Quintessential British Gentleman who studies and hunts the creatures of Pandora.
- Friendly Sniper: He seems to prefer Jakobs sniper rifles as his main weapon, as he's often seen posing with one and he uses one at the beginning of his DLC.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Knows all about the creatures of Pandora, but also has an amusingly dark sense of humor.
- Great White Hunter: He even has three old rifle darts on his jacket. Fittingly his DLC has you hunting all kinds of boss monsters (including two raid bosses no less). Unfortunately he doesn't participate in any of them, with no explanation as to why either.
- High-Class Glass: Though it's not a monocle, it's a pair of glasses with one lens broken. Still meant to invoke the look though.
- I Am Very British: Has an extremely stereotypical upper-class RP (Received Pronounciation) accent.
- I Gave My Word: In his DLC Hammerlock refuses to investigate Professor Nakayama because he had promised the Vault Hunters a relaxing vacation of hunting, and "a gentleman always keeps his word". He only relents and directs the Vault Hunters to investigate Nakayama because the professor kept bugging them and Hammerlock realized that they wouldn't be able to get a moment's peace until they dealt with him.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: "[Blank, typically a noun], Ho!" note
- Mr. Exposition: He narrates many of the exposition trailers. Lampshaded in his first appearance.I'm spouting exposition again, aren't I? Apologies.
- He's also the narrator for several trailers in which he usually describes various game mechanics and story details.
- Nice Guy: Polite, well-spoken, honest, doesn't call you names even when you mess up (he politely elaborates on any specific requirements he might have if you mess up during a quest), and is genuinely thankful for your assistance regarding his various requests involving killing the wildlife. A wee bit sarcastic, but that mostly happens when he's annoyed by Claptrap.
- Nice Hat: That you can help him decorate with bullymong fur as a side quest.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, it's revealed that Threshers are apparently a sort of mutated plant and are not a native species to Pandora, being instead native to Elpis, where they were very puny and unimpressive. Hammerlock actually asks you to send him two Threshers so he can study them, which then get loose and become an invasive species. He comments that it shouldn't be a problem because of their small size, but by the events of Borderlands 2, Threshers thrive on Pandora and grow to gargantuan proportions in the planet's more favorable environment. Hammerlock screwed the planet's ecosystem. Not to mention that one of the Threshers you sent him is his own future archnemesis, Old Slappy, who would go on to make his mistake literally cost him An Arm and a Leg. The other Thresher, who Hammerlock named "Terry", is implied to have become Terramorphous the Invincible.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Aurelia's personal ECHO, he gives her a lengthy tirade about how she's a horrible person who he wants nothing to do with."Hello, "dear" sister. Im sure that necrotic lump of tissue you call a heart skipped a beat when I opened your condescending message. As PLEASED as I would be to have your emotionless, creature-murdering presence in my home, I must respectfully decline your request to be housed in my mobile surveying platform during your quote-unquote holiday on Pandora. By all means, spend some of mum and dads blood money on a ticket. By all means, indiscriminately murder the wondrous creatures I came here to study. By all means, get your butlers to carry you around in a palanquin sewed from the skins of crying children! But dont you DARE presume to be worthy of my presence after the DECADES of teasing and torment you put me through! I WANT NOTHING! TO DO! WITH YOU! SINCERELY, SIR HAMMERLOCK!
- Retired Badass: With the loss of two of his limbs he pays the Vault Hunters to go out and investigate Pandora's native fauna for his almanac.
- Smart People Speak the Queen's English: As a zoologist of some form, his speech is certainly more formal than most.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Despite his Gentleman and a Scholar image, he can be just as crude as everyone else sometimes. "Bonerfarts" comes to mind.
- Straight Gay: One sidequest in Borderlands 2 has you collect ECHO logs from an ex-boyfriend of his, and one sidequest in The Pre-Sequel has you meet up with a different ex-boyfriend who still owes him a favour, but other than that you'd never notice.
- Anthony Burch confirmed that he is indeed gay in this article here.
- Tempting Fate: In the Pre-Sequel he has you sneak two Threshers off of the moon to Pandora (which doesn't have them yet.) His post-quest dialogue imply that the two escaped, but it shouldn't be that bad since they're "tiny little buggers". One of them is named Terry, and the other one has a habit of Slapping. These were implied to have turned into Terramorphus the Invincible, a Raid Boss thresher the size of a a mountain, and Old Slappy, the gargantuan thresher that took off his limbs.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Has a one-sided friendship with Claptrap. Claptrap considers him a good friend while Hammerlock despises the little bastard and says that his voice kills his brain cells.
- Ironic given that Hammerlock was the one who repaired Claptrap after Jack left him for dead at the end of the Pre-Sequel's Claptastic Voyage DLC.
- White Sheep: His sister Aurelia is the epitome of a Rich Bitch, and while we never get to see his parents, the fact that he considers their fortune blood money suggests they're just as awful as Aurelia, if not worse. In contrast, Alistair himself is one of the few unambiguously decent people on Pandora.
- Weapon of Choice: He has a preference for Jakobs guns as three of his unique guns you can earn in his DLC are all of the Jakobs manufacture. He also favors sniper rifles, which is one of the few things he and his sister share, and often (but not always) give them out as rewards for quests.
A Vault Hunter who can randomly be encountered in Sanctuary, usually around the shops or the Crimson Raider headquarters.
- Cool Shades: Wears a pair of mirrored sunglasses that look very cool.
- Nice Guy: The fact that he just so happens to keep level-appropriate blue (and sometimes purple) weapons with him just to hand them off to you quickly makes him an endearing character, and he is very much loved by the fans, who often run around Sanctuary looking for him.
- Tuckerization: He's based on a fan of the original Borderlands who died before the release of the game. Gearbox was so moved and upset that they put him in the sequel, and let him try out the pre-release version before his death.
- Weapon of Choice: He spawns carrying a Legendary assault rifle on his back, and a sword similar to Mordecai's. Interestingly, he seems to prefer Jakobs rifles, or at least assault rifles with the Jakobs barrel, as he's most frequently seen with either the Smooth Scorpio, the Hammer Buster or the Stomper, which is a weapon that also doubles as a Call-Back to both a sidequest in the first game, and a combat rifle type.
- Cutting Off the Branches: Considering that Jimbo and Tector are still alive in Tales from the Borderlands, the Vault Hunters evidently sided with them in the Clan Wars.
- Deep South: Apparently their neck of the Dust is the Pandora equivalent. These guys leave no stereotype unturned, either. Playing the banjo, living in trailers, driving race cars...
- Enemy Mine: The ending of the Wedding Day Massacre DLC sees the Hodunks and Zafords allying together to swear vengeance against Moxxi and the Vault Hunters after the botched attempt to unite the clans by marriage.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: They're armed with shotguns in every mission. Tector has one too. For the most part, they seem to like Torgue shotguns very much.
- Southern-Fried Genius/Idiot Savant: Surprisingly. Despite all the genetic disorders and physical and mental development issues, the Hodunk clan are innate technological geniuses. They even run their own family race track.
- Too Dumb to Live: They never seem to realize that the same people that they're hiring to go after the Zafords are the same people that the Zafords are hiring to go after them. That or they don't care.
Jimbo "Papa" Hodunk
The patriarch of the clan, he's an unintelligible old coot stuck in a wheelchair.
- Badass Mustache: He has a very nice handlebar.
- Berserk Button: The sheer mention of Moxxi and her kids sends him into a gibbering rage since he sees them as traitors.
- Disappeared Dad: Is vaguely implied to be Scooter's father, but since Scooter's been kicked out of the clan it's doubtful he has much of a presence in his life.
- Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: [old coot gibberish]
- Handicapped Badass: He's missing his left leg and is normally confined to a wheelchair, but he still personally takes part in the final battle against the Zafords, riding on Tector's shoulders.
- The Patriarch: Generally referred to as "Papa Hodunk".
- The Unintelligible: Everything he says has to be translated by another member of the Hodunk clan.
- Weapon of Choice: Green-rarity Torgue MIRV grenades, by the final mission.
The eldest Hodunk son, and Jimbo's right-hand man.
- Book Dumb: From what we get from Tales, he can't read. Which is good, because Fiona's wanted poster is pretty much right next to him, outside the Purple Skag.
- The Dragon: To Jimbo in Borderlands 2 and to August in Tales from the Borderlands.
- Friendly Enemy: He seems to be on even personal terms with Moxxi, recommending her bar to people even though he knows it ticks his dad off.
- Gonk: Probably the most unusual looking human NPC in the game, if not the ugliest.
- They Killed Kenny Again: You can kill him at the end of the clan war, he reappears alive in "Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre" just to immediately get struck by lightning, and then appears in Tales from Borderlands.
- Translator Buddy: To his own father.
- Turns Red: If you kill his father, Tector turns into "Grieving Tector". It's sort of like making a Goliath mad, except he doesn't regenerate health.
- Weapon of Choice: He wields a shotgun at the end of the Clan War arc. In Tales, though, he uses a blue-rarity Dahl repeater.
- Cutting Off the Branches: Tales from the Borderlands implies that the Vault Hunters ended up killing Mick.
- Enemy Mine: By the end of the Wedding Day Massacre DLC, the Zafords and the Hodunks unite against Moxxi and the Vault Hunters.
- Fighting Irish: Irishmen obsessed with fighting the Hodunk clan. "I pay in blood, booze, and bullets!"
- Oireland: Shamelessly, although Played for Laughs. Lots of alcohol, ridiculous accents, shamrocks, and sooo much green.
- Too Dumb to Live: Like their rivals, they (or at the least Mick) never seem to realize that the same folks that they're hiring are the same ones being hired by their enemies. That or they don't care.
- Weapon of Choice: The Zafords like using elemental SMGs, and so does Mick. However, they have a tendency to use pistols as well, especially elemental ones or Jakobs revolvers.
Patriarch of the Zaford clan, he's a friendly, affable father who just wants to kill every single Hodunk he sees.
- Invisibility Cloak: Mick is probably the first human enemy you'll see with a cloak, so be wary.
- Meaningful Name: Mick is a pejorative often used for the Irish.
- Nice Hat: Wears a snazzy bowler.
- Papa Wolf: His response to the Hodunks killing his son Peter is to have the Vault Hunter go and burn them alive in their trailers, and he has enough when Lucky's wake is crashed.
- Weapon of Choice: He carries a submachine gun at the last mission, which usually spawns as a Bandit one.
Mick's son, a nice boy who might be a little insane.
- The Dutiful Son: To hear him tell it.
- Hearing Voices: Or more specifically, a single voice, which he addresses as "voice in me 'ead."
- Leprechaun: Not a typical example. He's short and the family's bagman, but he's called a leprechaun. When fought, he teleports around the room as if by magic, and can drop a relic called the Pot O'Gold.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Oddly enough, he carries a corrosive E-Tech Bandit shotgun.
- Tempting Fate: As the player stalks him in order to find the Zafords' hidden money cache, Peter constantly and loudly talks to himself about how he hopes nobody is following him with the intention of ambushing him when he finally reaches the cache, and that he loves not getting ambushed as part of the trip.
- The Unfavorite: What he thinks himself to be. It's unknown if it's true or just a result of his insanity, but Mick does seem horribly torn up over his death.
- Ascended Fanon: Invoked. Karima has a stuttering problem as a result of the Skull Shivers that she (and the rest of the town) contracted due to Hyperion's decidedly haphazard approach to mining safety. After you cure her, she doesn't stutter anymore. However, Anthony Burch received feedback from people who have a stuttering problem in real life, and how they appreciated Karima's character because they didn't make her stutter just to make fun of her, but rather that you could still see that she was a sympathetic character and that she still had a bit of humanity left on a planet that's gone completely insane. Anthony said that if Karima ever got any new content in the future of the game, her stutter would become a permanent part of her character. In the Claptastic Voyage DLC of the Pre-Sequel, it's shown that Karima had her stutter even before Hyperion began mining.
- Flower in Her Hair: She wears a wreath in her hair, which makes for an odd contrast with her severe clothing.
- Nice Girl: One of the nicest people on Pandora, which is saying something.
- Beware the Nice Ones: But even she has her limits, as Dave learns the hard way.
- In the Claptastic Voyage, she was willing to give Claptrap a chance to prove himself after blowing up the VH Factor arena and half of Overlook by having him take medicine to her husband in the local church. Unfortunately, Claptrap ended up accidentally burning down the church and killing her husband alongside countless others.
- Meaningful Name: Take the "I" out and you get "karma". Guess what happens to Dave.
- Ms Fixit: She cobbles the shield for Overlook together from the cores of several personal shields.
- The Dog Bites Back: Dave gets his comeuppance for all his sexist jerkass remarks and for stealing the power core out of the medicine dispenser.
- Unexpected Successor: She was formerly a computer programmer and only became the mayor of Overlook after the previous one died.
The black sheep/village idiot of Overlook.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Specifically, on the part of Karima.Karima: Do you know the best part about Dave? He's dead.
- Asshole Victim: He's a sexist jerk no one in Overlook even likes. You really can't blame Karima for having him murdered.
- Hate Sink: His whole existence is to be a sexist douche, it seems.
- Jerkass: The guy gives Handsome Jack a run for his money in this department. However, the Claptastic Voyage DLC shows that he used to be somewhat less of a dick, or at least not nearly as outrageously sexist.
- it is implied that how Karima still let Claptrap help after Claptrap blew the town's stadium and set fire to the town (which lead to the church being set as a triage set on fire too, further killing the wounded survivors) turns Dave to this.
- Karmic Death: Karima has you test out the new shield surrounding Overlook... but not before having you drop the first mortar right on him.
- Men Are Uncultured: In "Claptastic Voyage", he apparently considers sandwiches to be a "fancy" food.
- Stay in the Kitchen/Politically Incorrect Villain: Loves making sexist comments towards Karima about how as a woman, she can't do anything right. Suffice it to say, it makes his demise all the more satisfying.
- Straw Misogynist: His entire dialogue is literally nothing but sexist remarks towards Karima.
- Too Dumb to Live: Takes the battery out from the medical dispenser to power a clock tower. As in, the medical dispenser that sells medicine the town desperately needs. He also lives in a shack suspended off the face of a cliff and supported by a few wooden planks.
- Ungrateful Bastard: If you give him the medicine for skull-shivers, he simply calls you a skag-licker. Everyone else is quite courteous.
- The Voice: You never actually see what Dave looks like. He doesn't have an ECHO portrait and he never leaves his house.