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Rhys Strongfork

Company man (you)

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"Calm down, Vaughn. Everything's going to be fine."
Played by: Troy Baker (Tales of the Borderlands), Ray Chase (Borderlands 3)

A mid-level Hyperion employee with ambitions of controlling the company. After getting screwed out of a promotion by his nemesis Vasquez, he catches wind of a deal for a Vault Key. With that, he and his best friend Vaughn set out to Pandora to steal the deal for themselves.


  • Action Survivor: Without his Loader Bot or his Stun Baton, Rhys is more or less useless in a fight. He injures his hand when throwing a punch and his attempt to choke out a bandit simply amuses said bandit. His robot arm is incredibly strong, though, and he can deliver a helluva right hook. He's got some impressive skill with a stun baton too.
  • Adorkable:
    • Occasionally, best seen in his interactions with Zer0.
    • He wears some questionably fashionable socks, but they make him look downright adorable.
    • He can potentially bond with the Handsome Jack AI over a Conan the Barbarian reference.
    • Depending on player choice, his flirting with Sasha is incredibly adorkable, and she seems to agree.
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • Falls down Jack's trapdoor in Episode Five and lands on the metal floor. He's not really worse for wear, except that he admits he's probably suffering severe internal bleeding.
    • Rhys injures his face a lot. It even appears in the title card in which the game introduces him. Vasquez can punch him there twice, and in most fights, he lands on it at least once. The last time he does it is when he throws himself out of an escape pod, and immediately faceplants. This is even referred to with the result of "why is it always the face?" when you choose a response that ends with getting punched in the face after the first two or three head injuries.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Is forced to mutilate himself to rid himself of Handsome Jack. In other words, he has to rip his own cybernetics out of his body, including his ECHO-eye!
  • Ascended Fanboy:
    • Getting a digital copy of your idol downloaded into your brain should qualify, but Rhys has very mixed feelings on his situation due to some poor first impressions and a desire to look "cool". Up to Eleven where the Handsome Jack AI declares him a worthy successor to ruling Hyperion.
    • As of 3, Zer0 is now working as his personal Corporate Samurai.
  • Author Avatar: A rather dark meta example. Several Telltale writers have admitted that Rhys became this for the team due to his character arc involving suffering under executive incompetence, much like many of the Telltale staff.
  • Authority in Name Only: Officially, Rhys is the CEO of Atlas. That said, he doesn't have much to his name.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: If Rhys accepts Jack's offer to rule Hyperion, after being uploaded, Jack announces to the entirety of Helios that Rhys is now the new President of Hyperion.
  • Badass Boast: Can make several, especially as "Rhysquez".
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Subverted. He impersonate Vasquez near-flawlessly and hilariously accurately, depending on your dialogue choices. It only fails when the voice modulator starts to break, but that's not necessarily his fault. His unmodulated Vasquez impression is pretty good, too.
  • Badass Transplant: Organically he's no different than any other Hyperion office lackey, but his cybernetic arm gives him much greater physical strength and can function like a mini-supercomputer; his cybernetic eye also allows him to scan and analyze anyone and anything in detail.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Played straight or Defied at the end of Episode Four. If you accept the offer to rule Hyperion Rhys will look pretty satisfied as Jack announces to all of Helios he's the new president. If you refuse, Jack will take over Rhys body and force him to upload him into Helios all while Rhys looks on in terror.
  • Benevolent Boss: He is one compared to the standards of the majority of corporate owners in the Borderlands series, by having Vaughn.note  Over the course of his debut though, he can trash this trope down or maintain it by choice.
    • It gets scaled up once he gets promoted to CEO of Hyperion by the Jack AI for the next five minutes, if he chose to eat a pizza over firing the entire accountant office or firing a moonshot cannon at (what he thought was) a bandit settlement.
    • In the current timeline, he is a successful one by being the new Atlas CEO. Cassius willingly offers his services to Rhys if he joins to help in the final boss battle.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: Goes through some personally.
    • Takes on a literal army of bandits with his stun baton in Episode One.
    • Fights a group of bandits on August's customized Bandit Technical in Episode Three.
    • Engages in a hilariously bizarre "gunfight" with a legion of Hyperion accountants in Episode Four.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Dreams of becoming Jack's successor. His odds of achieving this goal are best illustrated in how he utterly fails at strangling people, something Jack was quite adept with.
  • Broken Pedestal: To an extent. He doesn't blind himself to or celebrate the atrocities that Jack committed while he was alive, but he still finds the man worthy of his admiration. The pedestal finally crumbles in Episode 5, where Jack decides to make him the first robo-Jack.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not much ever goes right for him.
  • Captain Obvious: He tends to talk like this at times. It's also August's nickname for him. Even Gortys points it out in Episode Five.
    Gortys: Rhys, I love you, but please stop saying obvious things!
  • Character Development: He becomes much more resourceful and stops looking down on Pandora and its inhabitants as the story goes on, and while largely determinant, he'll eventually end his Hero Worship of Handsome Jack.
  • The Chessmaster: If you make the right choices, and choose to take over Helios at the end of Episode 4, everything could count as part of Rhys’ masterplan to take over.
  • The Chew Toy: VERY frequently injured for comedic effect.
  • Composite Character:
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Previous protagonists in the series were eccentric Vault Hunters or, in the instance of the Pre-Sequel, hired guns for Handsome Jack, with many of the Vault Hunters going on to be considered his worst enemies. Rhys is a relatively normal, mid-level Hyperion employee, who idolizes Handsome Jack to some degree.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • A Downplayed Trope as while it's mentioned Rhys and Vaughn had to do terrible things to get to the place where he could get his promotion, he can also be quite nice.
    • Before Vasquez gave him a "promotion", he used to have a personal bathroom that was bigger than Fiona's caravan.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Outside of things he could've done with his regular limb, Rhys' cybernetic arm seemed to be useless for anything that didn't involve hacking. However, in "Escape Plan Bravo" he realizes that his robot arm gives him a hell of a right-hook and can let him lift pretty heavy things.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Becomes this for the Children of Helios, who worship him as the one who "freed them from their corporate shackles".
  • Cyborg: He has a cybernetic arm, an ECHO-eye implant and a disc drive socket in the side of his head. As shown by his self-mutilation in Episode 5, unlike some fictional Cyborgs, Rhys' cybernetics are extensively connected to him and removing them is a gruesome process that causes Rhys to lose a lot of blood.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He spends most of Episode 4 impersonating Vasquez through the use of a Quick Change station and a voice changing device.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • He's quite smarmy just on his own, which can be increased even more through the dialogue options, should the player so desire.
    • Often subverted. The game often offers a choice that sounds cool and snarky, only for Rhys to nervously stumble over his words.
  • Determinator: Despite the pain and blood loss he's suffering, he removes all of his cybernetic components to rid himself of Handsome Jack forever.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?:
    • Rhys has a problem with his treatment at Hyperion. Which is to be expected given he's "promoted" to janitor.
    • Also there are moments where people will completely ignore his plans.
    • By Episode 4, he can come to be quite highly respected by both Fiona and Sasha.
  • Epic Fail: His attempt to choke a bandit to death. Even worse, it was initially an attempt to break his neck. To make it even more embarrassing, he was trying to choke the bandit with his organic arm. The cherry on the top of it is the bandit making fun of him and effortlessly breaking out of his chokehold.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His issue with Jack's actions in the past games isn't that people died because of them. It's that TOO many people died because of them.
  • Eye Scream: Rhys' Finishing Move when Jack took over Rhys' cybernetic hand once more. Forcibly ripping the socket out of his left eye, it's quite a long one actually, in order to finish Jack for good. Unless he keeps the eye, though.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: How fashionable it actually is is subjective but his pants, shirt, eyes, and arms are all asymmetrical.
  • Finger Gun: Even though it doesn't actually kill anyone, it was epicly executed to hundreds of Hyperion employees all by himself, all awhile disguised as Vasquez within said execution.
    • In the final battle, Rhys's legendary skill with the finger gun allows Gortys to fire actual bullets from her fingers.
  • Forgot About His Powers: His robot arm is orders of magnitude stronger than this flesh-and-blood arm, but it takes Rhys a while to realize he could actually use it in a fight. Justified somewhat, as Rhys is out of his depth in any fight that doesn't involve his fingers and saying "pew pew!"
  • Freudian Excuse: Believes that "patience sucks" because of his mother lying to him when he was 12.
  • Genius Ditz: He puts on the airs of a ball-cracking businessman and ruthless corporate executive, but in practice the only thing he seems to be good at is computers.
  • Going Commando: A cut exchange from the game between Sasha and Rhys would've revealed that he isn't wearing any underwear.
  • Good Counterpart: As of 3 he's starting to veer into this territory for Handsome Jack. Like Jack, he's a former corporate stooge who through a series of circumstances rose up to the top of the corporate ladder after opening a Vault. Unlike Jack however, Rhys opened the Vault with the aid of allies as a side benefit to saving a friend instead of tricking a group of Vault Hunters into doing it for him. Also unlike Jack, Rhys simply secured the Atlas deed from Jack's ruined office instead of lying, cheating and murdering his way to the top.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Depending on how you play him, Rhys can realize that he doesn't want to become like his former idol Handsome Jack and will desire to become a more heroic leader.
  • Hero-Worshipper:
    • He's stated to be absolutely obsessed with Handsome Jack to the point that he specifically styles himself after him. According to Vaughn, his office is filled with posters of the man. However, the player is also given several options in which he calls out Jack for being a psychotic egomaniac.
    • You also have the option of turning him into one for Zer0. There's always an option to Squee! over his cool stunts. If you take Zer0 along with you in Episode 5, Rhys will act this way regardless of how you had him act in Episode 1.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Vaughn, bro. If the player wills it.
  • Hollywood Hacking: His ECHO-Eye is capable of scanning and hacking into certain tech. Virtual!Jack is able to upgrade its capabilities even further.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: As the new owner of Atlas.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: He'd also like to run it someday.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: More than it being his job, Rhys likes being liked. Doesn't stop him from being pretty judgmental, though.
  • I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: If the player chooses Jack over Fiona at the end of episode 2, Rhys invokes this on Dumpy, a small Atlas security drone, "for some reason".
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: When his splash screen says "Company Man", it ain't kidding. When he was ten, he formed a club with his friends just so he would have an excuse to print business cards.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He can suffer a lot of abuse thanks to his metal-plated skull.
  • Irony: Rhys' main goal for most of the series is to climb to the top of the Hyperion corporate ladder like his idol Handsome Jack. By Episode 5, he ends up destroying Hyperion, defeating the A.I. Jack for good, and taking over Atlas, the company Hyperion came to replace after its downfall in the first Borderlands.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be played in this way. While he might be a greedy and ambitious jerk, he can be quite loyal to his friends and plan to take them along in his rise to power.
  • Jerkass: ...Or treat them and everybody else like crap, like Jack would.
  • Klingon Promotion: This can be his suggested response to Vasquez's taking his boss' position. He's forced to go another route.
    • This route involves literally ripping himself over against Jack's control in order to get his rights to control Atlas instead.
  • Licked by the Dog: Unlike every other denizen of Pandora that isn't Shade, Zer0 holds no grudge against Rhys for being affiliated with Hyperion. He even goes so far as to save his life and thank him for recovering his dropped sword for him.
  • Loony Fan: The Handsome Jack AI quickly begins to consider him as such.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Can lose his left shoe at the beginning of Episode 2 when Fiona tries to grab him when Vaughn and he fell out the destroyed back end of their caravan. He can get it back by asking Fiona for it in Old Haven. If he doesn't, he will get it back at the beginning of Episode Three when she throws it at him to wake him up.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: His August and Vasquez imitations are so good it's hard to tell it's still Troy Baker and not the character's VA's themselves.
  • Middle-Management Mook: While his exact job is unknown, Rhys was presumably somewhere in middle management along with Vaughn.
  • Miles Gloriosus: A mild case, known to embellish his exploits to seem more charismatic and charming than he really is.
  • Mismatched Eyes:
    • One brown and his ECHO implant makes the other blue (though it's gold by the time he recounts his tale to the Stranger). It's one more thing he shares with Handsome Jack. Atlas Mugged reveals that his ECHO eye only turns gold when the Jack AI is controlling him, raising serious questions about who's currently in charge.
    • As it turns out, Rhys tore out his eye implant in a last-ditch attempt to break AI Jack's hold on his body. His new eye (and arm) is a result of using Atlas technology to rebuild the implants.
  • Mythology Gag: Like his idol in the Pre-Sequel, Rhys' title card flashes onscreen after he's been slugged across the face by an armed, masked man.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had Rhys not attempted to screw Vasquez out of his Vault Key deal with August, then his hated rival might've destroyed himself without him having to lift a finger given how the key was a fake.
  • Non-Action Guy: Rhys isn't much of a fighter, but he can improvise with what he's got, especially with his hacking skills.
  • Non-Indicative Name: While his Stun Baton is indeed a baton, it just seems to straight-up murder people rather than stun them.
  • Nominal Hero: To begin with, he's not out for any heroic actions, and isn't even fighting Hyperion, unlike Fiona. His primary focus is screwing over Vasquez. This changes as he gets used to what life is like for non-executives on Pandora.
  • Not So Different:
    • Can point out Hyperion makes people violent, murderous, and desperate on Helios as well as Pandora.
    • He is also not so different from Jack himself, who also started as a low-ranking Hyperion programmer although the Jack AI believes him to be "all swagger" and "no substance".
    • As of episode 5, Rhys now has his own personality cult, the head of his own company and already working on prototype technology. Unlike Jack, however, he doesn't abuse these things.
    • He also expects Jack to deliver this speech in Episode 5. He doesn't, actually. He says Rhys is worse, reasoning that by destroying Helios, Rhys has killed more people in one go than Jack ever managed to in his entire career, and he did it all just to destroy a single enemy. However, this is mitigated by the fact that Jack killed and tortured billions of people on Pandora, and thus is likely only saying Rhys is worse in another effort to manipulate him. Also, while neither of them knew it at the time, many of the inhabitants of Helios did survive.
  • Obliviously Evil: Like most Hyperion workers, he's unaware of how badly Hyperion treated Pandora, and doesn't see himself, Jack, or Hyperion itself as doing anything necessarily "bad".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If you choose Jack over Fiona in Episode Two or choose to trust him in Episode Three, then he'll possess Rhys's body after a fall, and once Rhys starts acting like a complete asshole and speaking in a voice that sounds exactly like a higher-pitched Handsome Jack, and speaking in a way that he never even did before, the team know that something is definitely wrong with him.
  • Opposites Attract: If he fesses up to being attracted to Sasha in Episode 5, he says it's because she's everything he's not.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Refusing to betray Vaughn.
    • Equally, can be a Kick the Dog moment by agreeing to do so.
    • Saving Loader Bot is one, and the dog stays with you too!
    • Can be very sweet and downright romantic with Sasha, which she seems to enjoy quite a bit.
  • Porn Stache: As of 3, he now has a massive mustache.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: As a Hyperion office drone, he technically counts as this. Depending on dialog choices made, he might simply just be another person trying to climb the ladder or actually believe Jack's rhetoric of bringing order to Pandora.
  • Punny Name: His surname "Strongfork" as given in 3 is effectively an inversion of Witherspoon.
  • Pretty Boy:
    • Virtual!Jack calls him on this, but to a near Deconstruction, as his physique isn't as good as Vaughn's or Jack's. When he tries to strangle a random bandit with his own hands, he fails spectacularly.
    • He did sport an ex-girlfriend before the game even started.
    Rhys: Sorry, Stacy.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: When he reappears in the Borderlands 3 trailer, he's decked out in full Atlas colors befitting his position as head of the company, but whose side he's on remains to be seen. It should be noted however that Rhys only appears after a slide that reads "Your friends are here to save the worlds" and is accompanied by Zer0.
  • Remembered I Could Fly: It takes him up to the penultimate episode and Jack's help to realize that his robot arm is strong enough to throw out punches that can knock people out as opposed to his regular arm.
  • Sanity Slippage: Athena mistakes him talking to the Jack AI as this and warns him that he might end up becoming a Pandoran Psycho if he keeps it up.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • If Fiona fails to activate the EMP in time, he'll find out that the Vault Key is a fake and will try to leave Pandora with Vaughn only for Bossanova and Zer0 to come barging in.
    • Does this in the opening of Episode 5 regardless due to Jack's insanity and attempt to make him into a Robo-Jack.
  • Self-Made Man:
    • Working up the ranks of Hyperion is a start for him, with, of course, intentions to control Hyperion one day. It's zigzagged; after losing almost everything to his own mistakes, he steals the rights to Atlas from Jack's double-dead hands, and has to build the defunct corporations from the ground up.
    • Becomes a literal example in Episode 5, where it's heavily implied he used Atlas tech to build and possibly even installed his new cybernetic implants himself after destroying his original implants in order to kill Handsome Jack once and for all.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Rhys and Fiona are, notably, the two nicest dressed people on Pandora.
  • Sherlock Scan: Can do this literally with his cyborg-eye.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Optional with Sasha in episode 3. You can choose to be a jerkass, a friend, or develop a romance. The quiet walk in the jungle, especially, carries tons of romance if you let it. However, if Rhys and Jack are on good terms when Rhys takes a nasty fall, then things go south after Jack temporarily controls Rhys and has him act incredibly sleazy towards her. Luckily, this can be resolved in Episode 4; if so, even more hints of romance arise.
    • Cut lines from the game have Rhys trying to deny his attraction to her. And asking if she ever talks about him.
    • The last act of episode 5 has Rhys referring to both Fiona and Sasha by shortened variations of their names, and the last five minutes, Rhys has the option to imply interest in Fiona over Sasha given certain dialogue options.
  • Shock and Awe: He carries a powerful stun baton capable of sending enemies flying with a simple whack.
  • Skewed Priorities: He's less horrified by how Vasquez murdered their old boss and more annoyed that his three years kissing up literally went out the window and the resulting waste of a perfectly good tailored suit.
  • Smug Snake: A rare heroic example; Rhys definitely starts off as one. Even Handsome Jack calls him out on it.
  • The Southpaw: Him being left-handed lets the game do symmetrical shots with him and Fiona. Also, it might have something to do with his other arm being mechanical.
  • Socially Awkward Hero:
    • Some of his dialogue options will be delivered awkwardly, resulting in a temporary silence. But sometimes, his actions are awkward regardless. For example, he can give Sasha a flower, but doing so causes it to release a chemical that makes the surrounding creatures hostile to them.
    • Subverted before he came to Pandora, apparently. Even Vaughn remarks that in college Rhys was a partygoing ladies' man despite being an equally huge nerd due to his confidence, looks, and charisma.
  • Spanner in the Works: His attempt to screw over Vasquez creates a massive Gambit Pileup for several unsavory parties.
  • Stress Vomit:
    • His Running Gag, literally, in almost every situation a regular person would normally be terrified from. Most of it were avoided by his gang, at least.
    • Eventually, one of his stresses led to a Vomit Discretion Shot with August as his victim.
  • Techno Wizard: Appears to have been his role at Hyperion and main area of competence. "Rhyz W1nz.exe" indeed.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In Episode 1, he's a pretty cowardly office boy. In Episode 4, he's come a very long way on the Badass scale.
    • Consider this—in Episode 1, Rhys explicitly stated that one of his main desires in life was to be the next Handsome Jack, and idolized the guy as a hero. Now, after four episodes, a massive shift in perspective from his time on Pandora, and general character development, he can potentially tell Jack to shove his offer right up his holographic ass at the end of Episode 4 and call him out for being the genocidal psychopath that he is.
    • On the other hand, if Rhys and Jack are on good terms and Rhys accepts his offer, Jack makes him Hyperion's new President. Rhys appears much more confident and determined by this, coupled with quite a Badass scene of him looking out of Jack's office window at Pandora, now in command of one of the most powerful corporations of all time.
    • Rhys is also much more comfortable in getting his hands dirty. Compare to Episode 1 where he's basically scared out of his mind when having to fight bandits to Episode 3 where he goes to chase August with Loader Bot alongside Sasha to save Gortys. In Episode 5, he is willingly and methodically ripping or cutting out his cybernetics with glass fragements in a last attempt to stop AI Jack. Its as painful as it looks.
    • Rhys is now the new CEO of Atlas as well after swiping the deed from Jack's office, even successfully testing prototype technology.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When you get knocked out from your fall in the Atlas facility, Jack will take full control (unless you've consistently chosen not to trust Jack in episodes 2 and 3), speak like he does in Borderlands 2, complete in his own voice mixed with Rhys's, and proceeds insult everyone and slap Sasha's ass.
  • Tranquil Fury: If the player chooses to stun Yvette with either Dumpy or the stun rod while revealing his identity, Rhys's tone can only be described as this.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Depending on player choices, he can either be a stereotypical Hyperion Jerkass or a kind, loyal friend.
  • Villain Protagonist: Starts his story off by clarifying that he could be considered "one of the bad guys" in the game, but this being Pandora, he's naturally up against a series of "worse" guys.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shares elements of this with Fiona and Sasha.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Very apparent that he feels this towards Yvette. Based on player choice, this can be Subverted or played straight from Yvette's perspective as well.
    Rhys: I ran into an old friend, who I guess is a new enemy. Heh.
    Fiona: Yvette?
    Rhys: Yeah, she's dead to me.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Depending on how effective his elaborate plans are.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Episode 5, Jack reveals his plan to create an army of copies with his AI uploaded via stuffing robotic endoskeleton in corpses and decides that Rhys will be the first prototype regardless of whether or not he's been friendly to him in previous episodes.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: After defeating Jack once and for all, he steals the deed to Atlas, and is now the CEO. However, the "kill it" part is optional.

    Fiona 

Fiona

Con artist. Also you, too.

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Played by: Laura Bailey

Born and raised in Pandora, Fiona ekes out a living with her sister Sasha as con artists under the tutelage of Felix. With any luck, their newest con involving a Vault Key might just make them several million bucks richer.


  • Action Girl: While she's nowhere close to a Vault Hunter, Fiona generally fares better than Rhys in a fight and can hold her own against Psychos. After some training from Athena she becomes good enough to the point that she can at least survive a fight with Brick and Mordecai, with Athena's help.
  • Ambiguously Brown: By virtue of being Sasha's sister. Fiona herself looks more ambiguously Asian at times, especially in the old Polaroid in episode 1.
  • Anti-Hero: She's somewhat more traditional in her heroism than Rhys, to begin with, planning on conning Hyperion on her last job, whereas he is a far more Nominal Hero who just wants to screw over Vasquez and get back to work. That said, she's still a con artist.
  • Badass Normal: Not having any real training or any modifications to make herself stronger, she can still hold her own against Pandora's common threats.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Can be nicer than Rhys (it's up to the player). Is also the person who, canonically, tries to kill both Rhys and Vaughn. She can also kill Felix, her surrogate father.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She spends a lot of time when Athena is chasing her pushing Sasha out of the way of Athena's incoming shield.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: She gets hold of a purple-rarity, custom-made, Jakobs derringer in Episode One and a very rare aftermarket barrel which turn it into the triple-barreled, elemental, 'Roshambo' in Episode Two.
  • Cleavage Window: Downplayed. It is shaped like a necktie, emphasizing her businesslike attire.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her role to Sasha.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: In Episode Three, she develops a talent for visualizing potential possibilities that let her find ways to outmaneuver her enemies.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: She isn't a Vault Hunter (but likely on her way to becoming one), being just a con artist who has to rely on her mind and resourcefulness rather than a strong gun.
  • Con Men Hate Guns: While she's given a hidden derringer at the beginning of her storyline, she can voice a distaste for guns. Subverted if you instead have her say she'd prefer a bigger gun. According to Sasha, she's the better shot between the two of them and she certainly has no problems using guns in later episodes.
  • Deuteragonist: The story is just about her as it is about Rhys, but it's clear that Rhys gets more of the character development.
  • Easily Forgiven: Can do this to Felix, not letting money come between them. She can also go the route of ensuring a Karmic Death.
  • Emergency Weapon:
    • Her spring-loaded derringer tucked up her sleeve only has one shot, but with surprise and timing that can make all the difference. She later upgrades it with an attachment that gives it the ability to apply elemental damage.
    • Athena finds the idea of having only an Emergency Weapon on Pandora to be ridiculous and helps out by upgrading the elemental modifier and handing her a big case of bullets.
  • Evolving Weapon: As the series progresses, Fiona's derringer gets upgraded to not only be able to deal either fire, shock or corrosive damage but also gets it's limiters removed as well as enough ammo to let it serve as a practical weapon in it's own right.
  • Fangirl: Implied to be one of Moxxi. If you pay close attention, you'll notice similarities in their outfits, Fiona's seemingly being a (far more modest) Cosplay of her. Really does make you wonder what Scooter really saw in her note ...
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports a very slight one that splits her right eyebrow. It mostly demonstrates that her childhood wasn't exactly easy.
  • Guile Hero: With the right options, Fiona can be quite proficient in talking her way out of a problem.
  • Heroic BSoD: Played for Laughs if, when Fiona needs to get arrested during a tour, you opt to shoot the Butt Stallion statue. It starts to bleed, which causes her a brief psychological Freak Out.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Very good at hitting her target while on the move, and a very handy skill to have, considering her Derringer only holds one bullet at a time.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!:
    • Becomes very snippy towards Rhys after he says something flattering about Sasha. Never mind that he did it in an incredibly indirect, roundabout, and probably unintentional fashion.
    • In Episode 4's opening credits, she gives Rhys a Death Glare when she catches Rhys and Sasha smiling at one another... only to get Scooter smiling back at Fiona.
    • At the end of Episode 5, she confronts Rhys about his intentions towards Sasha. She can either voice her approval or disapproval... or say that at least he's better than August.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The fake Vault Key scam she tries to pull on August gives Vasquez enough company clout to murder Henderson for his position and demote Rhys to the janitorial sector out of spite. This, in turn, encouraged Rhys to come down to Pandora in an effort to take the deal for himself which subsequently ruined things for the rest of the cast, Fiona included.
  • Nice Hat: She sports a fancy bowler hat in her story and a nice-looking fedora in the present. Jack even considers her a 9/10 hottie because of her hat.
  • Not So Above It All: While presumably somewhat more honest than Rhys, chiding him for extravagant lies, she engages in her own outlandish lies in Episode 3, when speaking of their first encounter with Vallory.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: She has a one-shot derringer hidden up her sleeve. It's useful for distracting enemies with a lucky shot or simply to intimidate people. Athena later upgrades it to be a much more practical weapon.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Vaughn by the end of their death race.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • May reassure Vaughn when he's about to have a breakdown, even offering to protect him.
    • Also, claiming that Rhys and Vaughn are her friends so that Scooter leaves them alone. They all seem friendlier after this.
    • Genuinely thanks Rhys if he trusted her over Jack.
    • Also expresses pretty genuine sympathy for Rhys when Yvette betrays him.
    • She can also express kindness to August, rather than berating him and making him feel worse.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: A dialog choice when Sasha's dying.
  • Self-Made Orphan: An option for her to pursue with Felix.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: A rare female example. Fiona dresses better than anyone else on Pandora save Hyperion agents like Rhys. A clothing change later in the game takes her into Steam Punk territory while still looking sharp as ever.
  • Sherlock Scan: As of Episode 3, she can pull off one in order to hit the weak points of whatever she's fighting.
  • She's Got Legs: One of the tallest people in the group apart from Rhys, and has long, shapely legs to show for it.
  • Shipper on Deck: Becomes one with Loader Bot and Gortys. Soon after, the player can choose whether Fiona can be one for Rhys and Sasha.
  • Sibling Team: With her sister.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: If a red streak on her hair could count. She takes a major role throughout the game as the unofficial leader of the gang and a competent Guile Hero when situations call for it. Her action skill also involves dodging a sniper round aimed at her face.
  • Skunk Stripe: As mentioned above, she has a red one in her hair.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In episode 3, she's well on her way to becoming a Vault Hunter in more than just name. She develops a Combat Clairvoyance ability that could be her Action Skill, and even helps fight off Brick and Mordecai. She fails, but she puts up a pretty tough fight. Come the present in episode 5, this ability helps her take down several Vault Guardians without taking a single hit whilst also protecting Sasha from the same in zero gravity.
  • Training from Hell: In order to prepare her for being a Vault Hunter, Athena promptly forces Fiona fight a giant flower that wants to eat her with her pistol. On her own.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • She notes that she lacks the crazy abilities that Vault Hunters have and is more accustomed to talking her way out of fights, to which Athena tells her that she should use her wits to out-think her enemies.
    • It also extends to her choice of weapon, which is a tiny derringer that she hides up her sleeve and which at first only holds a single bullet. At numerous points she demonstrates that the right shot at the right time can be more effective than the More Dakka approach of the average Pandoran.
  • You Have Researched Breathing: One of the clothing sets you can purchase in episode 3 gives her a spiffy silver outfit that doesn't come with a hat and she can spend the rest of the chapter bareheaded from that point on.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: As with Rhys, she can be played as a total Jerkass or as a kind, caring friend.

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Supporting Characters

    Vaughn 

Vaughn

Your best friend (the Money Man)

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Played by: Chris Hardwick

Rhys' loyal sidekick, Vaughn works at accounting. He accompanies Rhys on his adventure in Pandora.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: In some of the initial draft's of the game's story, he expresses interest in Fiona's "guns".
  • Action Survivor: Becomes one like Rhys, though more competent. A lot more.
  • Always Someone Better: In Episode 3, he reveals that he's always been somewhat jealous of Rhys due to the fact that while both are equally nerdy, people usually end up liking Rhys better due to being better-looking.
  • And I Must Scream: Choosing to trust Fiona over Jack during the climax of Episode 2 results in him getting paralyzed, but conscious for a large portion of the third chapter.
  • Badass Beard: He grows one by the current timeline. Combined with his ponytail, it makes him look like Jonas Venture Jr.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is revealed to have put a bomb in the Hyperion case. And, it's worth pointing out, he can steal 10 million dollars in seconds.
  • Break the Cutie: His time on Pandora has done nothing but horrify and terrify him. He starts taking a liking to it.
  • Broken Pedestal: Possibly the only Hyperion employee alive who doesn't think much of Handsome Jack.
  • Childhood Friends: Has been friends with Rhys since high school.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Underneath his dweeby get-up, Vaughn is actually rather muscular, something that he accredits to a gym bike he got a few months ago.
    Rhys: You are weirdly buff, dude.
  • Crazy-Prepared: There are several layers of security guarding the briefcase containing the 10 million dollars that he and Rhys abscond with. The first lies in the fact that he handcuffs it to his wrist. Next, the case has a tracker they can follow if they lose it. The case itself should only be opened by a biometric lock. The word "should" is very important since improperly forcing it open will cause it to explode, destroying the money and killing whoever was trying to get at it.
  • Demoted to Extra: In episode 3 and (potentially) 4, Vaughn won't play a major role in the story. That is until he comes back to save Rhys and Fiona in the finale.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: His surprisingly buff physique has made both Rhys and Vasquez rather weirded out and uncomfortable, to the point where Vasquez requests that one of his mooks get Vaughn a shirt because he's too distracted to finish a sentence. Jack, of all people, is more open in his admiration, and in Episode 3 the Jack-apedia rates Vaughn a 7/10 in hotness because of his abs.
  • Foreshadowing: Not as quite as a necessity compared to most of the characters, but players are steadily closes the idea of Vaughn adapting to Pandora from various occasions. Turns out, these traits actually makes him a new bandit king after Helios fell head on to Pandora.
    • Receives "weirdly buff" quotes from fairly a handful of men with a rather suspicious build, thanks to the training bicycle he got months ago. Rethink that idea with the psychos in Borderlands 2 and put the word "meat" in it before said "bicycle".
    • Gets easily excited in eating pretty much anything he finds edible.
    • Vallory calls him as the team's "little psycho".
    • Earnestly pokes the corpse of Vasquez out of interest.
    • Hyperion is also not innocent in keeping psychos in the rec room.
    • Yells at the Helios station that he's not afraid. His direct fear by Hyperion is ambiguous.
    • Finds his guilt of his assumed betrayal very nervously despite the weight of that guilt is as pathetic as Rhys.
    • He is able to do Psycho-speak well and ends up a "lifetime" friend with a local psycho.
  • Geek Physiques: Subverted. He looks skinny, but he has surprisingly good lithe muscle definition underneath his shirt. Although a conversation in Episode 3 reveals that he used to play the trope straight, being turned away from parties and clubs for being too nerdy, while Rhys was allowed in despite being just as nerdy because he was good-looking.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His glasses are linked to the Hyperion network on Helios, and consist of a Heads-Up Display and data manipulator. It's revealed in episode 3 that Hyperion accountants are not allowed to leave their offices under any circumstances. His glasses let him take his work on the go, allowing him freedom of movement so long as he does his job.
  • Going Native: By episode 2, Vaughn is having the time of his life, seeing his adventures on Pandora as the best thing that's ever happened to him. This becomes important in Episode 5, after Helios crash landed on Pandora. It gave him an edge to rally the survivors into rebuilding what was left of the space station into a livable tribe.
  • Hollywood Nerd: His entire physical appearance certainly fits every cliché of a nerd archetype.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Unwittingly with Jack and unintentionally with Rhys. Removed dialogue from the first episode would have had Fiona suggesting Vaughn kiss him to snap Rhys out of his catatonia.
  • Morality Pet: Potentially, for Rhys. While he's no Clementine, Rhys can be quite loyal to him and treat him more like a friend than a minion. Or not.
  • Non-Action Guy: Subverted. Despite manifestly being this, he adapts surprisingly quickly.
  • Only Sane Man: He reacts to the insanity around him as you probably would in that situation: with disgust and horror. At least until he decides that the insanity of Pandora is awesome.
  • Rules Lawyer: According to his website bio, he loves learning all the little rules and thrills at knowing how to bend and manipulate them without actually breaking them. However, since Pandora has no rules to speak of, he finds himself well outside his element.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's notably shorter than Rhys and his position at accounting means that he's great at moving money around.
  • Sidekick: For both Rhys and potentially Fiona as well.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the time of the current timeline, Vaughn has become the leader of the Children of Helios (later renamed "Helios Hellions"), a bandit clan consisting of the remnants of Hyperion due to being the only guy around with the most experience in surviving Pandora.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In the final DLC for Borderlands 2, Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary, The Crimson Raiders squat in the remains of the Helios Hellions camp as they try to retake Sanctuary from Colonel Hector. Given that they're a bunch of Vault Hunters and also that Hector wiped out his whole clan, there's nothing he can really do about it.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He gets his fair share of suffering throughout the game, but after all of it, he gets to become a respected leader of his own bandit clan, "The Children of Helios".
    • By the time of Fight for Sanctuary, he had them re-branded to "Helios Hellions", feeling the original name sounded too cult-y. After the Hellions are destroyed by New Pandora, Vaughn tries to build a new clan, "The Vaughnguard", but is repeatedly thwarted by the stupidity of his own recruits.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Rhys. He's the guy who made it possible for him to get "promoted." He also casually steals $10,000,000 for their plans. Subverted when Vasquez reveals that Vaughn accepted an offer to sell out Rhys to him, although Vaughn claims he only told Vasquez what he wanted to hear and wasn't actually going to do it. It's up to debate how loyal he is, but treat him right and he is quite hostile to Vasquez by the end of episode 2.
    • Even more so, when he becomes New Helios' bandit king with all of its surviving occupants literally worshiping Rhys.

    Sasha 

Sasha

Your kid sister, partner-in-crime

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Played by: Erin Yvette

Fiona's little sister who works alongside her as a con artist.


  • Action Girl: She's quite capable with a Maliwan SMG and can certainly snap necks better than Rhys.
  • All There in the Manual: Ran an anti-Hyperion pirate radio station out of Hollow Point. Cut content from Episode 3 would've referenced this with her and Rhys trolling the Atlas Chimeradome PA system.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Possibly because her job is to seduce targets.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Probably has the best one out of all the weapons seen so far. She wields the unique or possible legendary Atlas Silver, which is both a very good prototype and a one-of-a-kind weapon, as Atlas never made submachine guns in Borderlands 1.
  • Broken Pedestal: She takes Felix's betrayal much harder than Fiona.
  • Cargo Ship: invokedWith seemingly every new weapon she encounters. In some cut lines from Episode 2, she specifically refers to her new Atlas Silver as her "new baby".
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Frosty towards Rhys at first, but she slowly warms up to him after he proves to be somewhat useful and mostly harmless.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: She's an awesome Action Girl and sports a sweet hairstyle.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Gets one in the series finale.
  • Gun Nut: Somewhat of a given, considering she's a Pandoran. While she hates Hyperion like anyone on Pandora, she does like the weapons they make.
  • Foreshadowing: Some cut dialogue before Felix betrays the group for the money has her asking Rhys if he really will bring Vaughn along if he succeeds or if he'll just ditch him once he gets what he wants.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She remains in the Traveler to set off the explosives she and Fiona planted, taking fatal wounds in the process. She gets better, though.
  • Honey Trap: She's playing the role of August's girlfriend. That said, this role isn't exclusively used against male targets.
  • Honor Among Thieves: She deals in deception, but she's a firm believer of this trope as far as her "family" is concerned and takes note of Rhys' loyalty if he elects to not sell Vaughn out to Vasquez.
  • Love Interests: Her and Rhys, depending on player choices. She seems to grow genuinely affectionate for him.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: While there a lot of rough edges in their relationship, Sasha gets this with Rhys. Due to love of guns, being stronger than Rhys and letting herself put at risk than most of the team.
  • More Dakka: Fiona's a better shot than her, but she copes with this by being perfectly fine with using guns and by shooting more bullets.
  • Properly Paranoid: She's justifiably wary of Rhys and Vaughn (as they quickly prove themselves to be cons as well) during the first episode and expects them to betray her and Fiona at any moment. This makes Felix's betrayal at the end particularly harsh.
  • The Reveal: The fact that August's partner is Fiona's sister. Downplayed in that it's not treated as such in-universe, rather just left for the player to discover when they begin playing as Fiona.
  • Ship Tease: Has a bit of this with Rhys in the first two episodes and it ramps up in the third. Jack tries to dissuade Rhys from pursuing it further by reminding him that if they do anything "untoward", he'll see it.
  • Sibling Team: With her sister.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The slapstick just fell on her like an heir stopwatch when she finally recovers from a Near-Death Experience in the final episode, by simply falling to the ground, breaking her arm.
  • Sidekick: For Fiona.
  • Troll: Starts out as a particularly vicious one towards Rhys due to his affiliation with Hyperion, but becomes a less venomous example of this trope depending on his choices; perhaps best exemplified during a moment in Episode 3 involving a collapsed bridge and Sasha pretending to plummet to her death just so she could mess with him.
  • Tsundere: Has shades of this depending on the player's actions, specifically towards Rhys if they choose to develop a romance between the two.
  • Weapon of Choice: She favors SMGs, and owns a sleek purple-rarity Maliwan Vexation model, though she later moves on to an old never-released Atlas SMG.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Usually a rather rough and spiky relationship is held around Sasha and Rhys, as culture bounds them away by Pandora and Helios. Until Fiona gets to decide whether Rhys could date Sasha or not, in Episode 5.

    Yvette 

Yvette

Your other best friend (Requisitions & Lunch Leech).

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Played by: Sola Bamis

A friend of Rhys and Vaughn that works in Requisitions, Yvette is able to help them out by getting them stuff and using the Moonshot Cannon to deliver things to Pandora, as well as watching their backs to keep them safe.


  • The Atoner: If you allow her to pull a Heel–Face Turn, she'll attempt to make up for her cruel actions.
  • Back for the Finale: If Rhys decides to pull Yvette out of prison in the final Episode, she'll be seen along with Vaughn in the new Helios colony on Pandora, finally realized betraying Rhys was a mistake.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Episode 4 reveals she's been working with Vasquez to betray Rhys and Vaughn ever since they landed on Pandora.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She appears to be a loyal friend at first, but that quickly changed once Rhys and Vaughn left Helios; she took Vasquez's deal to betray the duo, and doesn't at all regret it, becoming quite the lying, greedy asshole.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
    • Episode 4 reveals this since she actually betray both Rhys and Vaughn out for her own self profit. She even go this far to do the same with 'Vasquez' although she didn't realize that Vasquez is Rhys in disguise.
    • Come episode 5, she'll gleefully backstab Hyperion in order to help Rhys, just because he seems in control at that point.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Rhys offers to buy her lunch to help in their scheme. It works.
  • Easily Forgiven: Should you choose to spare her, the fact that she betrayed Rhys and Vaughn is never brought up again and she's welcomed with open arms.
  • The Fixer: Works in the Hyperion requisition and supply department, and is able to pull strings to get Rhys and Vaughn what they need.
  • Heel–Face Turn: If Rhys chooses to spare her when at his mercy, she'll genuinely reform and accept Rhys' leadership for real.
    • Heel–Face Door-Slam: If Rhys lets her out of jail in episode five, she'll try to make amends by helping him escape. Rhys has the opportunity to drop her out an airlock soon after.
  • Hypocrite: She accuses Vasquez of being only out for himself...which she also is.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Easily takes the route much faster than Rhys, since Rhys himself was already at a respectable position in Helios. Why she took Vasquez as an offer is merely out of being more powerful than the former. Until then, she returned to Rhys since everything else on Helios is becoming more and more in shambles than they ever were.
  • The Mole: She sold Rhys and Vaughn out to Vasquez because she wants the reward for recovering the Handsome Jack AI in Rhys's head.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • If Rhys chooses to stun her, she recognizes his stun baton and has a priceless expression when she realizes that she's not talking to Vasquez.
    • Also happens if Rhys chooses to sic Dumpy on her, at which point he switches off his voice changer and tells her who he really is before letting her have it.
  • Only Sane Woman: Finds much of Rhys and Vaughn's plan to be lunacy. Which begs the question: why is she working for Hyperion?
  • Pretty Freeloader: Rhys considers her a mooch who makes him buy lunch for her, though she's at least much more useful than other examples.
  • Race Lift: Formerly Rhys' French (and less helpful) secretary in earlier versions of the script. Though it is possible that she was still black and just had a different accent.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:
    • After Vasquez finds out about Rhys and Vaughn's actions, she tells Rhys that she can't help him anymore for fear of being found out and killed. Subverted, as she's actually refusing to help them because she decided to sell them out to Vasquez.
    • If you keep her alive in episode 5 she'll eventually hijack a escape pod and leave Rhys behind. It gets subverted when she makes it at the finale, helping Vaughn control the Helios laser cannon.
  • Self-Serving Memory / Skewed Priorities: If Rhys shocks Yvette during episode 4, she confronts him about this "betrayal" when he runs into her in the cells during episode 5. If Rhys points out that she sold Vaughn and himself out to Vasquez and nearly got the two of them killed, she reacts as if being struck with a stun baton is the worse of the two deeds.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: If you allow her to pull a Heel–Face Turn.

    Felix 

Felix

Raised you (into a life of crime) ("The Inventor")

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Played by: Norman Hall

An old con man who raised Fiona and Sasha as his apprentices.


  • Back for the Finale: If he's warned about the bomb in the suitcase, you can try to recruit him as a Vault Hunter. However, he reveals that he's gone in hiding but leaves you with the money from the briefcase, which is enough to hire the Mystery Vault Hunter.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: He has a purple-rarity Jakobs Iron revolver made up entirely of Jakobs parts.
  • The Cracker: If his profile accessed by Rhys's ECHO Eye is anything to go by. All of his personal details are mysteriously unavailable and it lists him as being "being an upstanding citizen and friend to all who would never even dream of committing a crime".
  • Death by Irony: Creates explosives out of junk for jobs and can potentially be killed by a bomb hidden in a Hyperion briefcase.
  • The Fagin: He raised Fiona and Sasha, teaching them all they know.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He has what seems to be a combination of an eyepatch and a magnifying glass.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After retrieving the stolen money, he decides to make a run for it and keep it for himself instead. However, a message that Fiona and Sasha find in their old hideout has him telling them that he was trying to protect them from Vallory and it's later revealed that he hired Athena to look out and mentor them, and the money he took is most likely the payment for Athena. Provided that he's alive, he reveals that it was all part of a long con that he didn't tell them about and leaves them with 9 million dollars.
  • Karmic Death: Fiona can arrange this for him by not warning him about Vaughn's bomb.
  • Master of Unlocking: He's a highly skilled locksmith capable of cracking almost any lock. Too bad that the Hyperion Briefcase is rigged with a bomb that'll explode without Vaughn's bio-signature.
    • Though if you don't shoot him and warn Felix about the bomb it turns out he knew about it and managed to take the money out before tricking everyone into believing he blew it up.
  • Treacherous Advisor: He ends up trying to take the money for himself, though he does seem honestly regretful about screwing over Fiona and Sasha since he was doing to keep them safe from an old enemy.
    • If he doesn't die, it's revealed in the finale that he was doing a long con and saved the real money for Fiona and Sasha all along.
  • Wiki Vandal: See The Cracker above. It's highly doubtful that anyone from Hyperion wrote any of the information Rhys can access about him.
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    Loader Bot 

Loader Bot

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Played by: Raison Varner

A Hyperion Loader sent by Yvette to protect Rhys and Vaughn.


  • Ace Custom: According to Jack, Loader Bot is a heavily customized BUL Loader.
  • Adaptational Badass: While regular loader bots aren't much of a challenge as long as you've got a good weapon in the main series, this loader bot is quite durable, capable of taking heavy gunfire with no problem and can equip fairly potent weaponry, as well as fly. Becomes an Exaggerated Trope by the Stranger when it sends Athena flying with a single throw. Bear in mind that Unreliable Narrator is very much a recurring theme. Given the Stranger is Loader Bot and isn't known to lie to anyone, it's likely that Fiona was lying, although it could also be possible that it did happen and Loader Bot was testing to see if Fiona wouldn't change her story to downplay being saved by a robot.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses a few limbs in episode 1 and both legs, in Episode 3. He spends the rest of the chapter running around on his hands.
  • Badass Boast: "Lo! I am become death, destroyer of bandits!"
  • Bilingual Bonus: The eventual subtitle he is given is binary for Friend.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: It has the legendary Quasar grenade as part of its arsenal.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Loader Bot's main purpose in the story is to save the characters when things get bad.
    • His intro in the series has him being fired from the Moonshot Cannon at a group of Bandits ready to murder Rhys and Vaughn for being Hyperion lackeys.
    • He can save Fiona and Sasha from Athena just as they were cornered in an alleyway.
    • Also can do this when Rhys and Vaungh are running away from Vasquez.
  • The Big Guy: As far as the group goes, Loader Bot's the most combat capable individual in the team and generally serves to bail the others out of sticky situations.
  • Brutal Honesty: He's rather frank about telling Gortys about all of Rhys' screw-ups while he's trying to get her caught up on current events.
    Loader Bot: I cannot hold back your tide of bad decisions.
  • Butt-Monkey: Suffers more than its fair share of abuse, but unlike those inflicted on Rhys, its injuries and mishaps are played more for drama.
  • Catchphrase: "Hi."
  • Cyber Cyclops: As per Hyperion Loaders, this Loader Bot only has one eye. It's an early hint that he's the Stranger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More deadpan than most, due to his robotic voice. Somehow, wearing the Stranger's mask to electronically distort his voice even further makes him sound less like a robot. He can still get pretty emotive though.
  • Determinator: To an almost ridiculous extent in Episode 3, and even further in Episode 5.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: It wasn't aware that Fiona and Sasha were in danger in Hollow Point if Rhys chose to take Vaughn and Loader Bot there, and just flung Athena halfway across town because she called it "stupid" and insulted its combat capabilities. Maybe. When Fiona brings this up, the Stranger is skeptical that a Loader Bot would be capable of doing such a thing which is justified because he is Loader Bot and knows what really happened.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Everyone just calls him Loader Bot.
  • Doomed New Clothes: If you somehow managed to scrounge up enough money to buy him a new paint job during Episode 3, he still ends up charred and torn up by the chapter's conclusion.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He goes through hell across the story, sacrificing himself multiple times to save his friends until the only thing left of him was his eye, and in the present has spent a long time gathering Gortys's parts and getting the team back together to save her from the Vault monster she's trapped with. He succeeds.
  • Eye Scream: No one knows how he managed to get his AI core for an eye mounted onto Jack's "immortality" robot, considering what's pretty much left of him since the series set off.
  • Flat "What": When he realizes that Vasquez has a universal remote for Loader Bots.
  • Gatling Good:
    • One of the primary weapons it can equip is a gatling gun.
    • 3 triple barreled gatling guns actually.
    • A Hyperion Autocannon specifically, that fires shock bullets, is terrifyingly accurate and extremely powerful.
  • Hero of Another Story: His reveal as the Stranger turns out to be playing this trope ever since Rhys left for months after taking Atlas into his own hands, having contacts of various people he, Rhys and Fiona have been throughout the series.
    • Even then, he is the main protagonist all along by saving Gortys.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: It can be equipped with a Riot Shield that it uses to either bulldoze bandits or to bash them aside.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In episode one, it is heavily injured while trying to help Rhys and Vaughn escape bandits. Rhys is given the option of ordering it to self-destruct or to escape.
    • Does it again, more permanently this time, in Episode 5. It was never going to fit on an escape pod, and so chooses to just throw Rhys into one before getting shot down by Kroger. However, it's later revealed that it survived Helios' destruction, replacing its body with Jack's prototype endoskeleton.
  • Hidden Depths: Scanning him with the ECHO-Eye reveals he has a poetry extension, fears Dying Alone, learning that life has no meaning, and clowns. Later on you learn he is the Stranger, and set into motion everything after the flashback to reunite himself with Gortys, who he clearly loves.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Huge Guy to Gortys' Tiny Girl. Even in his new body, he still towers over her base form.
  • Informed Attribute: The Grenades it's using are apparently Longbow Quasars, yet they act more or less like generic longbow shock grenades, with neither the tesla nor singularity effect of the Quasar.
  • Made of Iron: As mentioned prior, he goes through hell throughout the series, loses limbs on multiple occasions and survives the crashing of Helios whilst inside it and still keeps on going, using his remaining arm to drag himself to Jack's office and transplant his eye onto Jack's prototype endoskeleton. There's a reason he's one of the Vault Hunters in his own right by the end.
  • Not the Intended Use: In-Universe, Rhys ends up combining several of its weapons together and overriding the safety limiters to turn out some warranty-voiding carnage.
  • Out of Focus: Gets noticeably a lot less screen time and lines in episode 4 compared to previous ones. Then a lot more in Episode 5.
  • Robot Buddy: According to Vaughn, after Jack's death Hyperion robots have become more self-aware. In the case of this one, assuming that Rhys told him to save himself in the first episode, it is very loyal to him to the point that it can even consider him a father-figure.
    Loader Bot: Righteous father, I have found you! (thumbs up)
  • Sarcastic Devotee/Sour Supporter:
    • He becomes this if you decide to have him self-destruct rather than evacuate in Chapter 1, retaining his loyalty to Rhys while still holding a grudge.
    Loader Bot: Oh. Look who needs help again.
    • It's still pretty damn sarcastic even if you tell it to evacuate, but it only really shows in later episodes.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: Loses his legs and spends the last third of episode 3 running on his hands, and he hauls ass when he does so.
  • Ship Tease: With Gortys. Dialogue cut from episode 3 would have had Rhys question him about it.
  • Shock and Awe: It can be equipped with Quasar grenades that can stick to walls and electrocute enemies.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Rhys can equip a shoulder-mounted missile launcher on it.
  • Taking You with Me: Can go through two unwilling examples in episode 1. If you have him self-destruct, he'll take out what's left of the attacking bandits out in a huge explosion. If you have him evacuate, the surviving bandits will try to cling to him as he tries to leave and he'll smash them against the ground to throw them off so he doesn't literally take them with him.
  • Three-Laws Compliant: Averted. While killing bandits in the first episode makes him a Killer Robot to start with, this gets milder as the season goes on. By the final episode, Loader Bot fulfills the three laws completely.
    • One, he didn't injure Rhys nor Fiona throughout the series.
    • Two, obeys all commands Rhys given to him even if he is snarky about them.
    • Three, survived the fall of Helios and mounts himself on Jack's endoskeleton to continue his existence as the Stranger.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Already quite a bit more resilient than most Loaders in Borderlands 2, Loader Bot goes beyond them all by the end of the game, having wired his eye into Jack's near indestructible endoskeleton and become classed as a Vault Hunter in his own right.
  • The Worf Effect: If things get pretty bad, then expect Loader Bot to come into the scene to fix the situation. If things get REALLY bad, then expect it to get taken out of commission in some way.

    Spoiler Character 

Handsome Jack

Your New Best Frenemy!

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Played by: Dameon Clarke

Handsome Jack, past head of Hyperion, returned in the form of an AI stored in Nakayama's ID Drive.

For more information about him in previous games, see Borderlands 2 Enemies.


  • A God Am I: In Episode 4's finale.
    Handsome Jack: I am Handsome goddamn JACK!
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Of course, he's Handsome Jack. Being an AI has not made a jot of difference to his basic personality. He's constantly interjecting to torment Rhys as the series goes on until taking it Up to Eleven, either because he's not allowed to take over Hyperion or simply Narcissistic to a horrifying extreme. Even Rhys ultimately gives up on him.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The final episode emphasizes the basic tragedy of Jack's life. He breaks down and begs Rhys not to kill him after his "partner" has had enough of him.
  • And I Must Scream: Rhys can choose whether or not to physically destroy the last of the cybernetics containing Jack's personality. If you decide not to destroy it, this is most likely Jack's fate.
  • Ascended Extra: The AI was created by Nakayama during the events of Pre-Sequel, years before the original died.
  • Ax-Crazy: As in previous appearances, he's neither mentally stable nor slow to resort to violence. One of the first things he does is try to strangle Rhys, regardless of what Rhys says. He also clearly enjoys mowing down August and Vazquez's men with the Atlas facility drones. And if the player chooses to reject Jack's offer to rule Hyperion in Episode 4, Jack will say that he should have grabbed Rhys by the skull and bashed his brains against a rock.
    • It really shows in Episode 5 where he wants to shove Rhys' corpse into a robotic endoskeleton, murders a hapless employee who doesn't know where Rhys is... or who Rhys is, and tries to strangle Rhys to death with his own cybernetic arm.
  • Badass Boast:
    Handsome Jack: Get ready to lick my boots, you raging douchebags! A-hahah-hahahaha!
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Short of saying his name, he does an awful job at impersonating Rhys when he temporarily takes over his body in episode 3.
  • Bad Boss: Vasquez fondly remembers being used as Jack's punching bag, thinking it meant that Jack took a special interest in him whereas Rhys will recall when Jack spat on him without even looking at him. Jack finds the former hilarious, since he treats everybody like a punching bag. He's even punched his own mother! One of the first things he does with Rhys is try and strangle him to death, even telling him to stay still when his arm keeps phasing through his neck.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Hey, Rhys, remember how much you wanted to be just like Handsome Jack? To become him, even? Here's your chance...
  • Bait the Dog: Once he's past the initial shock of being revived, he seems to have mellowed from the megalomaniacal, sociopathic, rage-filled dictator he was when he died and become less dangerous, especially because he has none of his old power. As the story progresses, however, he starts working to get his power back and proves just as bad as he always was. Similarly, some of his dialog suggests that he cares about his lost friends and family. While it may be true that he loves them (or at least believes that he does), if you've played Borderlands 2 you know that he was exactly as horrible to them as he was to everyone else, just under the belief that he was helping them. Some examples:
    • When Rhys comes across Jack's picture of Angel as a child, Jack becomes quite depressed and seems to genuinely miss her. Keep in mind that Jack had Angel imprisoned, enslaved, wired into a computer network and used her both as his personal databank and to charge a Vault Key using her Siren powers, a situation that she chose to escape by killing herself.
    • If you scan the hat that belonged to Nisha (who was Jack's girlfriend) in Jack's Office with the Jack-apedia, you'll only get a single line; "I miss my girlfriend." Knowing what Nisha was actually like and the nature of their relationship, it's both a little bit sad and a little bit disturbing. This is made sadder by the fact that in Borderlands 2, Nisha makes it clear she genuinely loves him, while Jack is utterly indifferent when she dies and makes almost no mention of her at all throughout the entire game.
    • He's all over this in his final confrontation with Rhys, giving heartfelt speeches about his own failures and praising Rhys for beating him... before going right back to trying to kill the guy and ranting about his evil plans. Rhys points this out, asking if Jack really thinks anyone's going to fall for the pity routine at this point.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Not getting his way. Rhys can learn this if he chooses not to help Jack, which usually results in Jack threatening to kill him, take over his body, and kill his friends. Using Rhys' body.
    • Bringing up his daughter. He even politely warns Rhys not to speak of his daughter or to scan her photo. More troubling is that he doesn't seem to be aware that Angel's dead. Considering how he reacted to her death, it won't be pretty if his AI form discovers she's gone. Then he doesn't just find out, he relives everything that occurred in Borderlands 2 upon discovering the recording Hyperion made of those events.
  • Big Bad Friend: Spends most of the narrative as a devil on Rhys' shoulder, before inevitably revealing his true colors and taking over Helios.
  • Break the Haughty: By Episode 5, Jack has lost everything he's been trying to reclaim. His company is destroyed, Rhys loses his faith in him, and the once feared villain finds himself begging his former fan not to remove him forever.
  • Broken Pedestal: In Episode 5, he's become this to Rhys after betraying his number one fan's trust when revealing his true colors.
  • Character Development: Not of Handsome Jack himself, but of Nakayama's initial "Robo-Jack" prototype. While he's still a hateful digital lump of narcissism, recalcitrance, viciousness, and vice, he's much more eloquent about it and can do more than just stomp around and talk about how awesome his nonexistent abs are. Evidentially Nakayama really did work out the bugs, possibly even performing some sort of personality upload, to the point where Jack seems back from the dead.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike the original who only cares for himself and prefers to manipulate others into doing his dirty work, the AI seems to care about Rhys' care being though it is mostly because he too will die if anything happens to Rhys. Also, while the original refuses to take responsibility for Angel's death and fully blames the Vault Hunters, the AI understands why his daughter betrayed him and willingly allowed to be killed.
  • Driven to Suicide: If you keep scanning mushrooms while Jack-apedia is active, you'll get an entry stating that Jack has killed himself due to Rhys' mushroom-based idiocy and that he's leaving behind a bunch of cash and a picture of his awesome abs.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: To an extent. He 'dies' in the final episode, but right at the very beginning. The actual climax doesn't involve him at all.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his horrible treatment of his daughter, Angel, he is shown to miss her in a conversation with Rhys.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He finds it rather creepy when Vasquez happily mentions how he'll skin Rhys' corpse to make a wallet out of or if he expresses a desire to cut off all of Rhys's hair for a very morbid toupee. Yep, the Corporate Space Stalin who shock-tortured his own daughter frequently is slightly creeped out by Vasquez.
    • He's also dismayed when Vasquez gleefully elbows Rhys in the gut for no reason whatsoever.
  • Enemy Within: He plays this role to Rhys with a hint of Evil Mentor, existing as an AI entity that only Rhys can see and hear.
  • Electronic Speech Impediment: As a Virtual Ghost, his voice stutters and distorts when he loses his temper.
  • Evil Hand:
    • Rhys can allow Jack to temporarily power up his ECHO eye in order to remotely hack nearby electronic objects. However, doing so also gives Jack full control of Rhys' cybernetic arm. If you actually let Jack take control a second time at the end of Chapter 2, he seems to be able to control Rhys' body completely. He goes even further in Episode 3, where he effectively takes over Rhys' brain temporarily after he's knocked out. The result is Handsome Jack walking around and talking to others by using Rhys like a meatsuit.
    • Rhys finally kills him by cutting out and crushing his cybernetic implants.
  • Evil Mentor: He serves as this to Rhys, often trying to make him surrender more control while also making him a tougher, more adaptable individual. In Episode 4, he even states that his purpose as an AI is to find a worth successor to Hyperion, and Rhys is a promising candidate.
  • Faux Affably Evil: At first, Handsome Jack seems friendlier and much less malevolent than he was in Borderlands 2, and even shows a tiny degree of self-reflection. He also seems to have no hard feelings towards Athena, even if he's aware that she'd kill Rhys as soon as she learned about him. But it's only surface deep - his composure absolutely shatters when things don't go his way, just as easily as it did before.
  • Flipping the Bird: If Rhys continues scanning mushrooms, he will appear behind Vaughn, and pulling this trope off with both hands.
  • For the Evulz: If you don't tell Fiona and Sasha about him, and Rhys doesn't take control Hyperion, he wants to use Rhys' body to strangle Fiona, simply because he finds the idea of Fiona being suddenly, senselessly and brutally murdered by "Rhys" hilarious.
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • Declares in no uncertain terms he desires to do this to Rhys, particularly if Rhys hasn't been very nice to Jack.
    • In episode 4, should Rhys refuse to accept Jack's offer, Jack simply takes control of him, has him tell Fiona that everything's fine and jacks himself into Helios.
  • Guardian Entity: Acts as one off and on. He either can't or doesn't want to appear all that often, usually only when Rhys suffers some kind of head trauma, but when he's around, he usually gets quite involved, whether it be making sarcastic jokes or actually saving Rhys and Vaughn's lives from Vasquez. He can also internally upgrade Rhys's cybernetics, and even allow him to control robotics and machinery telepathically.
  • The Heavy: He ends up playing a focal role in Tales, as with past installments in the franchise; it's with his help that Rhys and Fiona secure Gortys, make it to Hyperion, and ultimately re-take Helios. Him being in Rhys' head is also why most of Hyperion is after him in such force.
  • Heel Realization: Rhys can give him several over the course of the game. He still tries to kill you in Episode 5, so it was either an act, or he decided that yes, he's an evil bastard, and he's going to keep being one.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A fittingly twisted example. In Episode 5, this is how he describes his last-ditch Taking You with Me attempt against Rhys. He's really not fooling anybody.
  • Hypocrite: He is creeped out by Vasquez's desire to take a body part of Rhys as a trophy (either his skin to make a wallet or his hair to make a toupee), yet he keeps Tassiter's goatee as a trophy and enjoys wearing it in order to mock Tassiter.
  • Insane Troll Logic: So what if people died because of his actions? Everyone's gotta go some time, right? People die every day. THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DO! (He's not wrong; it is Pandora. He's wrong in thinking it justifies everything he did, though.)
  • Intangible Man: So, fun fact. In a video game, it takes a lot of resources to prevent characters passing through each other. Jack abuses his intangibility to torment Rhys in several inventive ways after figuring out that strangling him is out of the picture.
  • Ironic Hell: In a myriad of ways. The man who hid behind waves of minions and loads of defenses loses the ability to kill people with even his bare hands (something he really enjoyed). The same guy who wanted to be adored, respected, and feared by everyone winds up in the head of a Loony Fan who modeled his appearance after him, plastered posters of his image around his office, and looks back fondly on an occasion where he spat on him; Jack is understandably not very flattered. There's also the fact that he owes his existence to Nakayama, a guy he had immense contempt for when he remembered he existed at all.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite some slightly softer moments, this Jack does not take disagreement well at all. Rhys not listening to him after one of his more friendly, loyal moments sends him into a rage. Examples include refusing to work with him in Episode 3 or rejecting his offer of Presidency of Hyperion. Rhys is pretty abrupt in his refusal, but Jack's rage is way out of any reasonable proportion.
  • Karmic Death: He tells Rhys that as long as he has his cybernetics, he'll have as many shots as he wants to kill Rhys. After Rhys mutilates himself to remove his cybernetics, Jack is left begging for his life and, depending on the player's choice, meets his end as the ECHO-Eye is crushed.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During your conversation with him on the caravan in Episode 3, he'll ask what the hell the "Handsome Jack will remember that." message is.
  • Like a Son to Me: He even jokingly calls Rhys his son if he accepts taking control of Hyperion alongside Jack.
  • Long Dead Badass: Once the most powerful and feared man on Pandora and half the galaxy, he's now resigned to being little more than a virtual ghost tagging along with Rhys. Until Episode 4, but even then he's not really 'alive' again.
  • Never My Fault:
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The cyborg armor he intended to implant in Rhys in order to take full control over him is taken by Loader Bot so he could make a new body to begin his search for his missing friends and resurrect Gortys.
  • The Nicknamer: He fondly recalls that he used to call Hugo Vasquez "Wallethead", after his habit of sticking money to Vasquez's then-new, atrocious hair implants. He's also fond of calling Rhys "Dum-dum" or "Cupcake".
  • The Nothing After Death: As an A.I he's painfully aware that this is what's waiting for him once he bites it, and tries to plead with Rhys to spare him in Episode 5 to avoid this fate. Whether he meets it or not is up to player choice.
  • Not So Different:
    • For all his hatred of Vault Hunters, Marcus notes that Jack is by definition a Vault Hunter in the intro of Episode 1, albeit one with "unsporting" means.
    • When he tries to butter up to Rhys in Episode 3, he describes the both of them as "two unstoppable, intelligent guys with great hair."
    • In a broader sense, he says that it's a little tricky telling your friends from your foes on a planet like Pandora, which is true.
    • Rhys fully expects Jack to give a speech like this during their final confrontation, and tells him to get it over with, only for Jack to gleefully subvert the trope. Not only does he think the two of them are different, he thinks Rhys is worse. After all, Rhys just managed to kill more people at once than Jack managed to over the course of his entire life, and he did it all to put down one hated enemy.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has an incredibly cathartic one when after boasting that he'd just wait in Rhys' cybernetics until he was forgotten and then kill him when he least expected it, Rhys starts using a shard of Jacks office window to carve out his disc drive. It spirals into a full blown Villainous Breakdown as he realizes that since Rhys tore off his cybernetic arm, Jack has no way of stopping him.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Rhys getting hit on the head is Jack's on/off switch.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Surprisingly. He's actually quite concerned about Rhys at times, and looks horrified when Vasquez beats up Rhys for fun in Episode 2. That said, it's probably self-interest - Rhys is currently serving as his Soul Jar.
    • His Jack-apedia entry on Athena is surprisingly respectful and he excitedly outs Dr. Cassius as a former Atlas employee to her because he knows that she'd very much enjoy murdering the guy.
    • Show genuine affection for both his deceased girlfriend and daughter. If you know all the details it's less nice than it sounds, but it's still a bit nice.
    • Depending on Rhys' actions, he sometimes gives pretty earnest compliments, and eventually calls him the only capable successor to Hyperion.
    • If the player chose Rhys to tell Jack to "just spit out" the info of the Gortys beacon, you'll get this heartwarming feedback.
      Rhys: You know, I know you love hearing yourself yammer on, but just spit it out, willya?
      Jack: Whoa-whoa-whoa... Do I seriously talk too much? Rhys? I'm sorry, man. No one's ever told me the truth before. Thank you. Thanks for your honesty. I really appreciate it, man.
      Rhys: You're welcome?
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": When Rhys tells him the real Handsome Jack is dead.
  • Revenge Before Reason: During their final confrontation in Episode 5, Jack attempts to kill Rhys even though he knows that this will result in his own death. Moments later, Rhys gets the upper hand and finds a way to "kill" Jack; suddenly, Jack is on his knees terrified at the idea of dying.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Retreats into Rhys during the climax of episode 3, because the abilities and upgrades he'd usually bestow would have no real effect on Vallory and her forces.
  • Spanner in the Works: His entire discovery is a spanner that results to Rhys' misery as Vasquez, Yvette and the rest of Hyperion hunt him down to rip the AI duplicate out of his head.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: His Jack-apedia entry for one particular mushroom includes its correct scientific name. He claims he only knows what it is because it's an active ingredient in the ENGORGE! penis enlargement drug, which he's totally never used or even heard of for that matter.
  • The Svengali: His mentoring of Rhys is really him just trying to convince Rhys to do what Jack wants, which is mostly handing Jack more power, either over Rhys' body, or Helios itself. Of course, Jack doesn't see it that way. If you were buddies with him the whole time, he takes Rhys's unwillingness to become the very first Robo-Jack pretty hard, as if he doesn't understand how anyone could not want to be killed and have a robotic endoskeleton shoved into their corpse for Jack's AI to inhabit.
  • Taking You with Me: In the final episode, after jacking back into Rhys' mind, he makes Rhys strangle himself with his own arm, forcing Rhys to pry the arm off.
  • Techno Wizard: Just like his former self, Jack's AI copy is a master of machines and technology, able to take over an entire Atlas Facility with a few hand movements. This especially comes in handy at Helios, which he mostly designed and programmed personally.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The main antagonist of Borderlands, he fits the bill despite everyone else being morally questionable at best.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Played With. While he is much more benevolent to Rhys, even having calm discussions with him and encouraging him as he progresses (albeit with a healthy dose of trolling), it becomes evident in Episode 4 that this version of him was programmed before Angel's death and does not know it occurred, so he's yet to develop the extremes of rage he showed after that point. All of this said, he's still an insane murderous douchebag, as is noted by basically every last one of the protagonists at one point or another. However, Episode 5 reveals that all of it was likely a ruse and once he's out of Rhys' head he has no problems with having him killed, either out of rage or as his own idea of a "reward".
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • If Rhys refuses his offer to rule Hyperion, Jack completely loses it, dispensing with all niceties and just straight-up hijacking Rhys' body before raging at him as Helios' new AI.
    • In his final moments, he begs Rhys not to tear out his cybernetics, stating that he doesn't want to go back to being nothing. Considering he's an AI made long before the real Jack died, he's lying to save his digital skin.
  • Villain Has a Point: He's adamant that Rhys keeps the AI a secret because Athena will kill him on the spot and Fiona and Sasha will sever all ties to him. If Rhys does tell Fiona and Sasha that he has an AI of Handsome Jack then they proceed to lose all respect for him. Good intentions or not, Handsome Jack is not someone they want back.
  • Virtual Ghost: He's an AI with an exact copy of Jack's mind, personality, and memories created by Professor Nakayama as a way for Jack to live on if he ever died, and was stored inside Nakayama's ID chip (after all, Nakayama was planning on cloning Jack when he met his embarrassing demise, can't have the body without the mind). He can apparently see and feel independently of Rhys, which makes him a bit of a fuzzy example. It took him a rather long time to accept that he isn't the real flesh-and-blood Jack, and since he was programmed (cut dialog suggests he's more of a digital snapshot of Jack's neural patterns that Nakayama took and plugged into the AI he'd been working on) shortly before 2, he also lacks the real Jack's memories of that game's later events.
  • Walking Spoiler: Doesn't appear until the very end of Episode 1, and his appearance is somewhat of a twist.
  • We Can Rule Together: At the end of Episode 4, Jack offers Rhys the chance to take over Hyperion with him by jacking himself into Helios. If Rhys refuses, Jack angrily takes over his body and does it anyway. Either way, he wasn't planning on letting Rhys live for long.
  • Wiki Vandal: When Jack is active, the scan function of Rhys's ECHO-eye can't connect to the Hyperion database for analysis. Jack is forced to provide the information himself via the "Jack-apedia". Of course, he doesn't know any of the information, so it's usually just snarky remarks, rating the hotness of Rhys's party members, praise for himself, etc. Pretty much what you'd expect from Jack.
    • However once Hyperion falls, whenever Rhys pulls up the ECHO-Eye and tries to scan something, all it says is "Jack-apedia is offline."
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Except not really.
  • Your Mom: Should Rhys choose to trust him at the end of episode 2, but refuse an alliance in Episode 3, he'll try to send him a dream of him "doing someone that looks just like (his) mom".

    Spoiler Character 

Gortys

Very excited to meet you! (Older than she looks)

My, she has grown! (This is her final form)

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Played by: Ashley Johnson

Atlas' "crown jewel" and the titular Gortys Project hinted at in the first two episodes, this small, scarlet robot was going to help Atlas open the Vault of the Traveler before the company's collapse.


  • Accidental Misnaming: She refers to Handsome Jack as "Gentle Jim".
  • All-Loving Hero: Likes nearly everybody, regardless of how well she knows them, even when they're holding her prisoner, unless they do something to scare or upset her. This does not extend to Vallory or the Traveler.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The final battle with the Traveler requires the assembled Vault Hunters to contribute their skills for her to use, as she doesn't have any combat protocols.
  • Ambiguously Bi: As bisexual as a robot can be, anyway. She loves to flirt.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She asks Athena if she'll try to kill her too for being part of Atlas after she's done murdering Dr. Cassius.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In the final battle with the Traveler, she states that she doesn't have any combat protocols programmed and must rely on copying whoever you brought along at that point. Once she does, her massive size and powerful weapons make those techniques surpassingly effective.
  • Badass Adorable: Episode 5 reveals she was built by Atlas to fight Vault Guardians, the giant doomsday monsters that always serve as each game's Final Boss. Unfortunately, they neglected to program her with any combat protocols, so she has to rely on copying the combat styles of whoever's piloting her.
  • BFS: Her final strike against the Traveler uses the beacon that calls the Vault (and by extension, the Traveler) to one specific location to summon a gigantic energy sword. What's more, this is the only time Gortys doesn't borrow a technique from one of her pilots; it appears regardless of who's piloting.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: During the fight with the Traveler, Rhys asks if she can get its attention. She tries, bless her.
    Gortys: Hey you! Big freaky... glowy... big handed... handy... thing monster... how was that?
    Rhys: Well, I mean, technically you got his attention.
  • Break the Cutie: If Fiona decides to side with Athena about killing Dr. Cassius.
  • Cuddle Bug: Generally goes for the shins.
  • Cute Machines: Even Fiona thinks that she's absolutely adorable.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She's practically a female Claptrap: a small, peppy, flirty, rolling, sentient robot whose fundamental purpose concerns opening doors (and dancing). She's round to his trapezoidal shape, coloured red and silver, and generally much less obnoxious, though. Even Jack likes her. Mostly because she's not Claptrap. This similarity becomes even more evident with the reveal of her final form. Like Claptrap's MINAC from the Robolution DLC, her new body is enormous, and like the Fragtrap, her attacks are all based on those of other Vault Hunters, though those Vault Hunters are the ones using them through her.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Made not only to locate Vaults and access them, but also to fight the monsters that inevitably turn out to be guarding them. To that end she has surprisingly good combat functions.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The way Rhys and Fiona assemble her in episode 2 is as suggestive as it is tasteful. Lot of grunting involved.
  • Forever War: Her situation with the Traveler can best be described as this, once she's fully upgraded. As long as she's fully assembled, the Traveler is anchored to her location, and they are doomed to fight until one of them is destroyed. The Traveler itself even knows this, and refrains from dealing any finishing blows to her to keep itself anchored. The only reason Gortys is unable to defeat it, however, is because she's inept at fighting on her own.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sports the pair of circular arm doors for headbuns, with energy to rival Gaige.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She has Fiona and Sasha shoot her weak point with Vallory's rocket launcher in order to destroy the Vault of the Traveler and take the Traveler with her. However, she is rebuilt for the finale.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Loader Bot's Huge Guy.
  • Humongous Mecha: She transforms into one after being upgraded with the beacon in Episode 5.
  • I Was Fabricated, Programmed and Wired Ready: She was also built to dance!
  • Morality Pet: Tries to be this to the group. Her success is dependent on the player's choices.
  • Older Than They Look: A living relic from when Atlas was the dominant ruling presence on Pandora.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Knows enough about the overall plot to understand that Athena's Atlas manhunt is the reason why she's currently incomplete and is ignorant enough of death to not realise that Vasquez is a corpse when she tries to drag him along for the adventure, thinking that he's just being lazy.
  • Power Copying: She can copy any fighting skills her pilot(s) know, and can even improve upon them. Rhys is skilled with finger guns, so her fingers become real guns. August's fistfighting skills let her do a Rocket Punch. She can apparently even tap into VaultHunter.exe. Although she can't improve that. Nobody can.
  • Robot Buddy: Even moreso than Loader Bot due to being much more cheerful and verbose.
  • The Pollyanna: She rivals Axton in terms of sheer cheerfulness and is optimistic about everything. Diamond horse statue spontaneously bleeds? Maybe it was just filled with strawberry jam. You have to climb through an enormous death trap? Think of it like a giant blender! Everyone loves smoothies!
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In her final form, she's bigger than most buildings, while Loader Bot is just above average human height in his new body. This is reversed again after the final battle, where she reverts to her base form.

Antagonists

    Vasquez 

Hugo Vasquez

Your Hyperion nemesis.

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A business rival to Rhys, Vasquez recently became Senior Vice-President of Securities Propaganda after the previous VP Henderson had an 'accident' with the airlock. He's in the process of making a deal for a Vault Key with August, which Rhys catches wind of and proceeds to screw up.


  • An Arm and a Leg: If Jack helps you take over the security bots at the Atlas facility, you have the option to target Vasquez and blast his arm off. Notably, this is the arm holding Loader Bot's remote control, which allows Vaughn to take the remote and smash it. Although he doesn't spend very much time this way because Vallory murders him soon after.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering that he's been trying to kill Rhys and Vaughn for the majority of the game, it's safe to say that nobody mourned her after his own Bad Boss guns him down.
  • Ax-Crazy: He can be a bit nonchalant about it sometimes, but still. Vasquez is generally a lot less calm than August, and he tries to kill Rhys and Vaughn three times. And while August tells his bandits to guard Fiona and Sasha, Vasquez tells his goons to shoot Rhys and Vaughn if they even move. Furthermore, he clearly wants them dead, as evidenced whenever he talks to the two friends.
  • Badass Baritone: God bless you, Mr. Warburton.
  • Bad Boss: To Rhys and Vaughn. His first business conversation with Rhys involves demoting him to janitor after nonchalantly threatening to kill him if he refuses.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a beard fitting for a corporate douchebag.
  • Berserk Button: If Rhys mocks him as "Wallethead", Vasquez drops all niceties and calmly threatens to make a wallet out of his skin.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: While he's a major problem and drives the characters to their goals in a majority of the first episode, he's barely more than a thug for August and Vallory's group when he winds up on Pandora and quickly dies in Episode 3 due to the latter growing tired of him and having accomplished his task anyway.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: His personal handgun is a purple-rarity Hyperion impact, and his Penetrating Overcompensator has the same colour scheme as purple Hyperion shotguns. He's later seen with what seems to be a Jakobs Coach Gun with a custom finish similar to Borderlands 2's "Citrine" one, which was only available in a DLC.
  • The Brute: Hateful, greedy, and dim in spots.
  • Catchphrase: According to his profile on Rhys's ECHO-Eye, he has a few; "Rock and Roll", "Lock and Load" and "Ain't No Thang" (the latter is apparently said ironically).
  • The Chessmaster: Episode 4 basically reveals he made an attempt at this in regards to the Hyperion crew, secretly making separate deals with Yvette, Vaughn, and Rhys to double cross one another (Rhys being the only possible exception if the player chooses not to accept his deal, and Vaughn claiming he only took the deal to keep Vasquez off their backs). Yvette took the deal hook line and sinker, though.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Standard protocol for Hyperion suits.
  • Cyborg: Marking the precise point at which the franchise has decided to start parodying its reliance on cybernetic limbs, he's replaced his left pinky finger.
  • Dirty Coward/Never My Fault: He becomes a blubbering wimp when Vallory confronts him, and repeatedly insists that it's not his fault that the deal was messed up, and that it never is his fault.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's a formidable threat in the first two acts. Not so much in the third.
  • Decoy Antagonist: Initially introduced as the initial antagonist who drives character motivations, he's revealed to be little more than a corporate lackey for Vallory in the end.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Wallethead", a nickname that Jack gave him when he stuffed money in his hair implants.
  • Evil Counterpart: Like Rhys, he was a low-level Hyperion goon who aspired to be something greater, thinks he's smarter than he actually is, and looks up to Handsome Jack. Unlike Rhys, he doesn't have any particularly loyal or pragmatic traits, is easy to anger and annoy when nothing goes his way, and his love of Handsome Jack creeps even Rhys out.
  • Evil Is Hammy: While he's trying to run Rhys and Vaughn down with his car. "I'M GONNA KILL YOU!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sure, he can talk to you in a pleasant tone of voice at times, but almost every line that comes from him implies that he would like to murder you horribly. After lecturing Rhys politely in Episode 2, he hits him in the gut for fun, which manages to disgust and stun even Jack.
  • Fingore: If you look closely, one of his pinky fingers is cybernetic, possibly from pissing off either Vallory or another Pandoran criminal in the past.
  • Freudian Excuse: Jack claims that Vasquez is the way he is because of him. He then laughs it off.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out working in Hyperion's mail room.
  • Gorn: Vallory murders him with his new Citrine Coach Gun in Episode 3. Oddly enough, he got off lucky. In Borderlands 2, when you shoot something with a shotgun at close range, they'll either get a giant bloody patch across their whole body, have a limb or two, or even three or four, hacked off or explode into dark red gibs. Here, the shot simply sends his ribcage poking through the gigantic hole in his chest. Then Psychos rip off his face to use as a mask and Rhys has to recover it.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Like Rhys, Vasquez claims to admire Handsome Jack, seeing his former role as the man's former punching bag as a sign that the two had a special bond. Jack for his part found it difficult to remember the man until he remembers him as the bald guy whose head he stuck money into.
  • Hypocrite: Despite all his hero-worship of Handsome Jack and his insistence on his cruel treatment of Rhys being for his betterment as a harsh mentor like he believed Jack was to him, he drops all friendly pretense the second Rhys calls him "Wallethead", the name Jack referred to Vasquez while tormenting him by sticking money into his hair plugs, and mentions morbid plans to have Rhys' skin turned into a wallet cover for doing so. Showing despite all his talk, Vasquez hated Jack as much as anyone else for his treatment and is using his empty excuses to justify his own viciousness.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Looks kind of like Patrick Warburton with a huge beard and fake pompadour.
  • Irony: His rise to power was partially due to him being cozy with the Pandoran underworld. These same connections wind up getting him killed.
    • For a double dose of Dramatic Irony, Vasquez makes grandiose claims that Jack used him as his personal punching bag and that he embodied Jack's legacy to Rhys, who has AI Jack currently living in his cyberbrain, the same AI who only remembered Vasquez a moment later because he used to be bald with bad hair implants.Making it a triple dose of Irony, In the 4th Episode, the Handsome Jack AI states that his purpose was to find Hyperion's throne a worthy successor, which he found in Rhys.
  • It's All About Me:
    • In Episodes 1 and 2, his constant egotistical dialogue and verbal abuse to everyone he sees makes Jack actually seem like a friendly guy who you would chat with over lunch. This is especially present in Episode 2, where Jack makes cheerful jokes to lighten the mood and stop Vasquez's boring and narcissistic lecture about how he became an amazing executive.
    • He stops in the middle of the corridor to lecture Rhys, but not before punching Rhys in the gut for fun.
  • Jerkass:
    • Within his introduction, Vasquez presents himself as an arrogant douchebag who sees everyone else as either inferiors or obstacles.
    • Also, you know that you're a definite jerk if you manage to disgust Handsome Jack himself.
    • In Episode 2, he annoys everyone in the Gortys facility. He insults Rhys and Vaughn, freezes Loader Bot with a remote, laughs and taunts August for getting shocked by the core and wastes a lot of time swaggering around while mocking Rhys and spouting egotistical dialogue.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Not only does he have Rhys "promoted" to Senior-Vice Janitor but socks him across the face if he shows defiance.
    • He tries to make Rhys and Vaughn dig their own graves in Episode 2.
    • In the facility, he verbally abuses everyone, including August, and laughs at them.
    • Later on, he elbows Rhys in the gut because he can, which shocks Jack.
  • Klingon Promotion: He had his predecessor Thrown Out the Airlock.
  • Loony Fan: Even more-so than Rhys when it comes to Handsome Jack, considering that Vasquez looks like he's trying to make his hair look like Jack's. Vasquez fondly remembers Jack publicly humiliating him, mocking his baldness, and punching him in the face every time they met (so hard that he once chipped a tooth). Vasquez believed this was because he was Jack's favorite; ironically, Jack barely even remembers him save for his disparaging nickname "Wallethead".
  • Not So Harmless: Dumb enough to be infuriating, smart enough to be a threat.
  • The Rival: To Rhys, whom he only just got a major one-up over.
  • Secret Test of Character: He claims that his "promoting" Rhys to head janitor was actually meant to make Rhys stronger by motivating him to get revenge. He's pretty clearly just screwing around with Rhys, though.
  • Smug Snake: He believes he's a Magnificent Bastard but he has his car stolen, his deal sabotaged, and is now implicated in a embezzlement scandal involving his employees. So much so he tries to get Rhys to deliver Vaughn as a scapegoat. Hammered home in Episode 2, where he insists that his past as Jack's punching bag makes him special. AI Jack only remembers him because he used to be bald. He also lost his office to Yvette shortly after Rhys and Vaughn stole the $10,000, and the accountant, or rather, accountant gangsters, are royally pissed off at him for the extra paperwork they had to do.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better:
    • Subverted with his Penetrating Overcompensator, which shorts out when he tries to use it and requires several minutes of fiddling with before he can even get it working. It's also a prototype shotgun that probably isn't even been ready for the galactic market yet.
    • It's also a stockless 4-barrel. Even if it doesn't short, it's likely to recoil straight into his face after shooting. It has the Jakobs shotgun stock, which increases accuracy but gives a nasty increase in recoil. The barrel is a Torgue one, which whacks up damage and magazine size, but uses up 4 shells per shot, increases pellet spread, severely lowers accuracy and fire rate and kicks up the recoil something fierce.
    • He's seen later with a Jakobs Coach Gun with the same stock and grip and the famous "Citrine" finish, but with the Jakobs sight and barrel instead. It works great, though. Vallory demonstrates that quite nicely.
  • Starter Villain: He's more or less the reason Rhys and Vaughn decide to go to Pandora, kickstarting the plot of Episode 1. While he comes down to Pandora to kill Rhys and Vaughn personally in Episode 2, he never quite stays relevant throughout the journey, and dies halfway into it.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Lost his after getting shot by Vallory.
    Handsome Jack: You better hope a psycho didn't use it for a skin-pizza.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Even in a franchise that's Rated M for Manly and has Mr. Torgue, Vasquez is obnoxiously masculine. Everything from his deep, rumbling voice to his constant dominance displays to his preference for the biggest and flashiest guns and cars to his Jerkass "alpha male" attitude oozes testosterone. Notable in that it doesn't make him any tougher or stronger - it more gives the impression that he's trying way too hard to impress people with his manliness, whereas all the more formidable villains aren't above showing a sensitive side on occasion.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He's rather cunning, but it takes a special kind of buffoon to go after two people that hate you with an untested prototype shotgun you also don't know how to use and some kind of dolt to try and headbutt a guy who has a metal-plated skull.
  • Wave Motion Gun: His shotgun is supposed to be one. Then it jams, and he spends the rest of Episode 2 with his Hyperion Impact.
  • Weapon of Choice: Both his "Penetrating Overcompensator" and Impact handgun are purple-rarity Hyperion firearms with Torgue barrels, which are big and powerful and shiny, but have horrific accuracy and massive recoil.
    • In the Commander Lilith DLC of Borderlands 2, the player can obtain an Overcompensator from Vaughn as a reward for completing one of his side-missions. It is presumed that at some point between Tales and Commander Lilith, Vaughn got hold of Vasquez's Overcompensator and fixed it to make it into a workable weapon.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Claims that "destiny" is why he got his promotion over Rhys and that real men like him make their own destiny. This leads to a darkly funny example of a Karmic Death in Episode Three, where he's guaranteed to die no matter what choice you pick.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes him on Helios. Nobody.

    August 

August

The guy with the Key ("The Brawler")

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Played by: Nolan North

A criminal working with Fiona and Sasha to sell a Vault Key to Hyperion. August is a savvy and brutal criminal.


  • Affably Evil:
    • Fairly approachable, polite to even Hyperion suits... but never, ever lie to him or try to screw him over.
    • He seems reasonable enough to forgive the con that Fiona and Sasha pulled on him. He even wants to get back together with Sasha. He's also polite to his prisoners, unlike Vasquez, who decides to insult them constantly. And he tells his bandits to guard them, while Vasquez orders his to shoot Rhys and Vaughn if they do anything stupid. Furthermore, he keeps up polite banter with Fiona and even tries to smooth things over while Vasquez does nothing but brag and bully Rhys.
  • Batter Up!: In Episode 5, he's somehow gotten hold of Lucille.
  • Berserk Button: Dishonesty. Which is made rather ironic given how all his troubles past the first episode stem from him and Vasquez trying to cut Vallory out of a very lucrative deal without her knowing.
  • Big "NO!": Lets out one when Vallory is killed, followed up by a Little "No" as it sinks in.
  • Blatant Lies: Reassuring a debtor that everything will be all right directly before ordering said debtor's death via Tector's blue-rarity Dahl repeater.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!/Revolvers Are Just Better: He carries a Jakobs Widow Maker (with a Torgue grip and horrendous Tediore sight) as his primary weapon. And it's a purple rarity one, at that. Too bad he falls victim to the same A-Team Firing as everyone else. (Justified as the revolver has a Torgue barrel, which severely lowers accuracy.)
    • He also gets his hands on a purple-rarity Hyperion Transmurdera in Episode 5.
  • The Comically Serious: Usually pretty dry and very no-nonsense compared to much of the rest of the cast. As of Episode 4, this lends to interactions being at his expense with characters like Rhys and Cheerful Child Gortys.
  • Consummate Professional: He tends to be largely business-like in his dealings and generally avoids needless killing, though he hates being lied to. On a good day, he can be fairly personable and patient. On a bad day, he's a lot more intimidating and impatient.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Not that he's not already badass, but Fiona can potentially convince him to turn on Finch and Kroger on Helios via invoking this, encouraging him to stop putting up with their shit and finally step out of Vallory's shadow.
    August: Wait.
    Finch: [incredulously] What is this?
    Kroger: [notices that August's pulled out his gun] Look, dude, don't do this, man... this was always the plan.
    August: Plans change. [Blast Out ensues]
  • The Dragon: Implied to have been one to Vallory before trying to cut her out of the Vault key deal, considering he is her son and had access to some of her most important contacts, such as Vasquez.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As much as he and Vallory clash, he is clearly distraught when she's killed by the Traveler and if he's recruitable as a Vault Hunter then one of the reasons he joins is to seek vengeance for her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As of Episode 3, he clearly hates it (and probably finds it embarrassing) when his mom knifes people, and if Rhys panics when on the hood and curls up into a ball, August will reply that Rhys has no need to worry-he doesn't like shooting people in the fetal position.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: This is how he fights in Episode 5.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Episode 5, it's possible to convince him to turn against Kroger and Finch (and thus his own mother). Later on, he can even be recruited as a Vault Hunter as one of the default options.
  • Hypocrite: His hatred of dishonesty is a major trait, but he tries to cut his mother, Vallory, out of a deal involving a Vault Key, and helps kidnap Gortys in Episode 5, not telling the protagonists that they planned to drag Gortys out of their hands at all, although he does feel guilt for the latter.
  • Momma's Boy: A bizarre deconstruction. Despite trying to cut Vallory out of the Vault Key deal he's subservient to her and doesn't dare defy Vallory in her presence. He is also upset when Vallory is killed.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretends to be dumber than he really is when on the phone with Vasquez, feeling that some fancy Hyperion suit would be too nervous to do business with him if he didn't play up the part of the "dumb, illiterate bandit".
  • Nothing Personal:
    • Tries to calm Fiona during their walk in the Gortys facility by saying he doesn't hold a grudge against her over the Vault Key con. Fiona rebukes it immediately.
    • Fiona can then (if the player chooses) try and make it personal by rubbing in how Sasha saw August as nothing more than a mark and he's a moron for thinking otherwise.
    • He essentially tries to let everyone know this is how he works and that he'll always put business first and won't shoot someone over nothing like so many other bandits on Pandora do.
  • Power Fist: If you let him, he shows up to the final battle with brass knuckles on.
  • Pet the Dog: He constantly chooses to keep prisoners alive over shooting them, saves Zer0 and Fiona (indirectly), refuses to shoot Rhys if he doesn't flop over the hood and is (generally) polite to the group.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He remains obsessed with Sasha, even after it's clear to everybody but him that he was nothing more than another mark for her. However, in Episode 3 he tries to break up with her while the two are struggling over one of Gorty's parts on his car.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: August clearly doesn't like working with Vasquez all that much, and calls him a "jackass." He's not especially happy to be working with Rhys and friends, too, as shown in Episode 4. However, he will still thank them if chosen for the team in Episode 5, saying that he had fun battling the Traveler.
    I don't really like most of you, but I, uh, I enjoyed that. It was...fun...you know? Cathartic.
  • Tranquil Fury: His reaction to the discovery that Sasha and Fiona had been playing him and the Vault Key was a fake.
  • Villainous Rescue: He stops Vallory from killing Fiona and her friends with her shiv, as he considers it both disgusting and embarrassing (and he's terrified of Athena). In Episode 1, while shooting at Fiona and Sasha, he also shoots through the Psychos attempting to slice up Zer0. In Episode 5, he takes out an entire elevator full of Hyperion soldiers before they can kill Fiona and Sasha.
  • Weapon of Choice: Normally brings a Jakobs Widow Maker fitted with a Tediore sight. He temporarily switches to a purple-rarity Hyperion Transmurdera SMG (with all Hyperion parts), presumably stolen from a Hyperion member, during Episode 5.

    Kroger and Finch 

Kroger

Moustache. Hired to kill you.

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Finch

Don't talk about his hair. (Also trying to kill you)

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Kroger Played by: Adam Harrington
Finch Played by: Dave Fennoy

Two bounty hunters on Vallory's payroll looking to collect on Fiona's bounty.


  • Archenemy: The duo are mostly fighting Fiona and Sasha throughout the game.
  • Asshole Victim: When they die, all sympathy is lost for them since Finch laughs at Fiona for losing Sasha and Kroger tried to kill Fiona and Rhys in his final scene.
  • Avenging the Villain: In Episode 5, after Rhys and Fiona's interrogation, Kroger shows up to kill Fiona for Finch's death, whether or not she actually did the deed herself.
  • Badass Moustache: Kroger sports one that Fiona can mock.
  • Bald of Evil: If Finch is shot with the fire damage element, his topknot pretty much burns away. He's not happy about losing it.
  • Berserk Button: Finch does not take insults to his topknot lightly. Or shooting his topknot. Funnily enough, Vallory thinks Finch's topknot is stupid. And so is Kroger's Dali mustache.
  • Butt-Monkey: They suffer a lot of defeats throughout the game, not that they don't deserve it.
  • Facial Horror: Whatever element you have Fiona shoot Finch with, it does a small number on his face (and a humongous one on his topknot) come Episode 3.
  • Faux Affably Evil: They talk very calmly for murderers.
  • Foreshadowing: The golden pincers that Finch has tattooed on him represent the symbol of Vallory's gang.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Finch wears cool shades and works as hired muscle for a crime lord.
  • Guttural Growler: Kroger has a rather raspy voice.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Antagonists they may be, but they evidently work well together- they're drinking buddies, Kroger reassures Finch that he doesn't have to act tough about getting shot in the chest by Fiona in Episode 2, and the former wordlessly holds Finch's hand to reassure him when the former is having a mini-panic attack as the rocket in Episode 4 is taking off.
  • Humiliation Conga: They go through a massive one-Fiona gets to shoot Finch several times, and Sasha gets to fight Kroger. Oh, and as it turns out, Fiona is very dangerous when she's tied upside down to a swinging rope, and doubly so when Sasha's using her as a lethal swing set. Also, Vallory treats both of them like disobedient children.
  • Karmic Death: Finch can end up finally killed by Fiona after mocking her throughout the game. And no matter what choices you make, Kroger will be neck snapped by Loader Bot, after he gunned him down back on Helios.
  • Kick the Dog: Kroger shoots Loader Bot after he saves Rhys.
  • Macho Masochism: Finch invites Fiona to try and shoot him with her new Roshambo. Kroger then mentions that one of Finch's pastimes is letting people shoot him in the chest (to which Finch responds that he typically is drunk and charges them 40 bucks first). Unfortunately for them, they didn't expect the pistol to be able to deal elemental damage, which incapacitates Finch just enough for Fiona and Sasha to make an escape.
  • Made of Iron: Finch apparently has some sort of resistance to bullets, though how this works isn't elaborated on. Unfortunately for him, this resistance doesn't extend to elemental effects. Kroger somehow managed to survive the crashing of Helios despite all the escape pods having apparently been launched, possibly qualifying him for this too.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Both of them are the primary thugs encountered throughout the game, being significant members in Vallory's gang.
  • Neck Snap: How Kroger dies.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Episode 5, apparently Kroger survived the space station crashing on Pandora without a scratch and hunted down Vaughn by himself before meeting up with the Stranger.
  • Pet the Dog: After Scooter's sacrifice, Finch solemnly nods as Fiona decides to release Scooter's satellite, despite the fact that they were ready to shoot him for doing so earlier.
  • Rasputinian Death: Finch can be shot a total of three times throughout the course of the game, meaning the player can hit him with all three elements that Fiona has at her disposal. The first two shots are mandatory to progress through the game, while the third shot is optional. Taking the third shot kills him, but at that point the Traveler has kicked his ass badly enough that he'll die whether you shoot him or not, and Kroger will still blame Fiona for his death.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Kroger is too obsessed with trying to kill Rhys to see that the space station is crashing down and Handsome Jack took over the systems.
  • Scary Black Man: Finch is an intimidating thug.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They mainly serve to be goons for Vallory and August.
  • Villainous Friendship: The two of them are close friends who are always seen working together. In fact, Kroger tries to avenge Finch's death.
  • Weapon of Choice / Hand Cannon: Kroger carries a Dahl repeater with a custom finish, an accessory that lets you fire two bullets at the cost of more ammo consumption and the Torgue pistol sight. However, Finch packs two guns-one is a green-rarity Jakobs Longarm (the standard issue-sidearm for Vallory's goons) with a Jakobs grip and the other is the most powerful pistol in Borderlands 2, the legendary Torgue Unkempt Harold, complete with the most sought after-parts: the "Double Penetrating" accessory and a Torgue grip.

    Vallory 

Vallory

The Queenpin

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Played by: Susan Silo

A crime boss who happens to be August's mother. She's someone that you do not want to cross.


  • Big Bad: Ultimately, she's the one behind all the forces aligned against Fiona and Rhys.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Once she gets her hands on the fully assembled Gortys and opens the Vault, she turns out to be completely unprepared to handle the resulting Vault Guardian, and ends up squished like a bug.
  • Cleavage Window: Wrinkle-free! It still doesn't make her less terrifying, though.
  • Cool Old Lady: For an old lady, she's capable of intimidating Vault Hunters and is totally willing to have a knife-fight with Brick.
  • The Don: She's also known as The Godmother of Crime.
  • The Dreaded/The Mob Boss Is Scarier: Felix decided to betray Fiona and Sasha rather than risk Vallory's wrath. Even Brick and Mordecai, seasoned Vault Hunters who have faced down an Eldritch Abomination consider her intimidating as hell.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Has a number of (sane) bandit women in her employ.
  • Evil Matriarch: She's August's mother, and she's not above treating him like a teenager with an attitude. She's also more lenient on August than she is with Vasquez if you out the blame on August for the deal going wrong.
  • Evil Old Folks: She's at least around Felix's age.
  • Eye Scream: She has a blinded eye that seems to be caused by a creature attack.
  • Fat Bastard: She's a crime boss with a large heavy-set appearance.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She puts on a presentable, fairly nice persona, but it's quick to slip into bouts of Tranquil Fury if you fail or defy her.
  • Fur and Loathing: Her fancy mob boss outfit has a lot of fur.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: In Jack's opinion anyway.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Coerces Gortys into working for her to get at the Vault of the Traveler by threatening to murder all her friends starting with Loader Bot.
  • Kick the Dog: In episode 4, if Fiona continually defies her, Vallory proceeds to stab Sasha (or Vaughn if he's present) in the arm to make her more pliable.
  • Knife Nut: She carries a shiv as her personal weapon and is pretty eager to look for a reason to use it on anyone.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Compared to the other, more comical villains, she stands out as a very dangerous threat and events take on a much more serious tone whenever she appears onscreen.
  • Large and in Charge: She's a good head taller than most other characters, being almost as tall as Brick. She also bosses around Finch and scolds him for being a nuisance.
  • The Man Behind the Man: August and Vasquez are both working for her, and Felix betrays Fiona and Sasha in fear of her.
  • Sinister Shades: She sports a pair of shades in her initial appearance, which at least hides her bad eye.
  • Stout Strength: She can carry and wield her rocket launcher with ease, but Fiona gets pinned helplessly underneath it in Episode 3 and can barely lift it in Episode 5, needing Sasha's help to actually keep it steady.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: After Athena manages to fight off her thugs, she calls up Brick and Mordecai (who have their own reasons for capturing her) to deal with her.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pull this on Vasquez once she gets Gortys and would've done the same to the protagonists if Athena hadn't stepped in.
  • Weapon of Choice: She uses a shiv as her personal weapon, uses a green-rarity Bandit "fast actons Bombabarbardeer" rocket launcher at times and her sidearm seems to be a blue-rarity Jakobs Longarm, that also happens to be standard-issue for her bandits.

    Bossanova 

Bossanova

Musician, motorcyclist, murderer.

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Played by: Jason Topolski

A bandit king who runs a death racing ring and literally emits dubstep.


  • Death by Looking Up: Both he and Zer0('s hologram) are crushed by the announcer box at the death race.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Zer0 stabs him through the subwoofer.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout/Musical Assassin: Blasts his dubstep out of the subwoofer on his chest loud enough to use as a supersonic weapon.
  • Starter Villain: He's the main antagonist of the first episode and otherwise has no real connection to the rest of the plot. His main role is to give Rhys and Vaughn a taste of Pandoran insanity.
  • Villain of Another Story: He doesn't really ever come into any sort of contact with the protagonists aside from taking the briefcase full of money (which he calls the "Hyperion Mystery Box of Wonder" anyway), and spends most of Episode 1 with him and his forces fighting Zer0.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's a pretty big man with a deep and booming voice fitting his stature, but that is due to a voice modifier he uses. At one point he forgets to turn it on and you can hear his real voice, which is rather high-pitched. You also hear it when Zer0 stabs him through the subwoofer.

    Spoiler Character 

The Traveler

Your journey ends here.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ITS PICTURE. 

The Vault Guardian of the Vault of the Traveler (naturally). Shows up as the Final Boss of Tales From the Borderlands, just like its predecessors.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Gortys, in a sense. When she is fully assembled, the Traveler becomes anchored to her location, and they are doomed to fight until one of them is destroyed.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: There is an organ inside the Traveler responsible for its teleportation powers. Fiona and Sasha are charged with destroying it so that the Traveler can be killed.
  • Final Boss: Of Tales from the Borderlands.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Like all Vault Guardians, it serves solely to be a giant monster that the characters have to deal with at the end of the game.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Shows up at the end of Episode 5's opening act, despite having received no foreshadowing at any point in the series (other than the narrator briefly mentioning that opening a Vault usually results in "complications"). Justified in that anyone familiar with the Borderlands games will know that every Vault has a Vault Guardian, who serve as the Final Boss of the game and (other than the Warrior) never receive any foreshadowing of their existence.
  • It Can Think: It's rather intelligent for a Vault Guardian. For instance, it knows that destroying Gortys will make it disappear, so it refrains from doing so.
    • In addition, when faced with something it thinks is a particularly hopeless way of stopping it, it laughs.
  • Kaiju: It makes the Destroyer, the Warrior, and the Sentinel look positively tiny by comparison. The prior Borderlands Vault Hunters even note that it's the largest Vault Guardian they've ever seen.
  • Money Spider: Comes with being a Borderlands boss. After it's death, it drops a ton of loot that the Vault Hunters take no time in gathering.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: As with all the other Vault Guardians.
  • Teleport Spam: To hell with its size, this is the main reason it's so extremely difficult to kill. It didn't get the name "Traveler" for nothing.

Others

    The Stranger 

The Stranger

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Played by: Roger L. Jackson

A bandit who's captured both Rhys and Fiona and is making them tell the story of their involvement with the Gortys Project.


  • Cast as a Mask: They don't share the same voice as their identity, Loader Bot, who is played by Raison Varner.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If Rhys or Fiona end up dying in the story, the Stranger will dryly ask them if they want to stick with that. In hindsight, this character trait was probably one of the biggest hints as to his true identity.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The final episode reveals their identity is none other than Loader Bot, using Jack's prototype robotic endoskeleton as a body after his old one was too badly damaged.
  • Duct Tape for Everything: Appears to be the method used to restrain Rhys and Fiona. This gets turned against him in the end.
  • Foreshadowing: The series drops a few hints as to their true identity:
    • Fiona in Episode 3 notes that they would have to be someone who already has an intimate understanding of the story, considering they know about Gortys, meaning that they would have to be someone they already know.
    • In Episode 4, Fiona states that she recognizes their outfit, but can't quite put her finger on who they are. In Episode 5, we see some Helios staff wearing these suits, and Fiona remembers that's where she originally saw them.
    • Also in Episode 4, a Conference Call with identical parts to the Stranger's (Hyperion grip, Torgue stock, Torgue sight) is seen in Handsome Jack's office. Loader Bot likely took it from the wreckage of Helios after getting his new body.
    • The comment they make about knowing what it's like to lose someone they care about in Episode 4 when giving condolences to Fiona over Scooter's death seems like a simple comment. It takes on new meaning when you learn that they're actually Loader Bot trying to get information from Fiona and Rhys on why the former killed Gortys, who Loader Bot became attached to through the course of the story.
    • In Episode 2 Loader Bot will arrive and toss away Athena, to which the Stranger says is impossible. Fiona then says that the stranger "wasn't there". The Stranger only objects like that to made-up parts of the story (with one exception where Sasha was trying to kick Rhys out, but Rhys confirmed it was true), hinting that, yes, he was there. Of course, considering he'll express equal levels of skepticism to all versions of the story, he may have in this case just been checking whether or not Fiona would undersell his importance.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: One of the reason for their interrogation of Rhys and Fiona was to learn why Fiona killed Gortys.
  • Freudian Threat: The Stranger threatens Rhys' nethers with a shotgun to not be a "smartass".
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: The Stranger only refers to themselves using gender-neutral pronouns ("I am not a patient person."), wears bulky and form-concealing body-armour, and speaks in a voice that's been heavily electronically distorted. Turns out he really isn't a patient person. Patient, maybe. But not a person.
  • Machine Monotone: On occasion, a hint at his true nature.
  • Mysterious Stranger: The character's true identity and motive is a recurring mystery of the series.
  • No Name Given: They are only ever referred to as "That guy" by Rhys or Fiona, though the credits list them as The Stranger.
  • Only Sane Man: Rapidly grows frustrated with Fiona and Rhys's constant arguing.
  • Pet the Dog: In Episode 4, they solemnly offer their condolences to Fiona after hearing her account of Scooter's death, going on to say that they also know what it's like to lose someone they care about.
  • The Lost Lenore: His true motivation is to find out why Fiona and Sasha destroyed Gortys, having shown up just in time to see the two of them blow her to bits but too late to hear her asking them to do it, making it appear to him like a betrayal.
  • The Reveal: The Stranger is actually Loader Bot, having plugged his eye onto Jack's robotic endoskeleton looking to learn about the circumstances surrounding Gortys' initial destruction as well as to reassemble her and kill the Traveler to ensure that she stays around for good.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: They carry the legendary Conference Call, which is one of the highest-sought-after legendary weapons in Borderlands 2.
  • The Faceless: They wear a face-obscuring gasmask. Turns out he doesn't have much of a face to obscure.
  • Weapon of Choice: Carries the legendary Hyperion Conference Call shotgun. Loader Bot presumably took the Conference Call from Jack's office with him when he reassembled his own body.

    Dr. Cassius 

Dr. Cassius Leclemaine

No idea ("The Scientist")

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Played by: Phil La Marr (Tales from the Borderlands), Jim White (Borderlands 2)

An enigmatic old man who the group meet in the abandoned dome.


  • Adorkable: He's got a certain dorky quality that's almost charming.
  • Ascended Extra: Cassius returns in the last Borderlands 2 DLC, Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary. Unfortunately, he's also Back for the Dead.
  • Apologetic Attacker: He's not in full control of his body when you fight him in Fight for Sanctuary, and as such remains in a containment chamber so as to not hurt anyone. Unfortunately, Mordecai's blood sample is damaged so he has to commit a Heroic Suicide by letting you release and kill him.
  • Bad Liar: He is very bad at covering up the fact that he's not new to the dome, what with all the evidence lying around.
  • Badass Grandpa: He's the oldest character in the game, but episode 5 reveals that he's a master at giant robot combat thanks to his taste in gaming.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's balding, but he's also a genius scientist. He's also a valuable squad member in the final battle thanks to his skills at gaming being useful to Gortys' combat moves.
  • Berserk Button: Do not insult his cat, or he will pull off a Nightmare Face that is actually pretty terrifying.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: If you recruit him as a Vault Hunter, his role basically seems to be just knowing about Atlas tech and being a doctor if one is needed. When all the Hunters take control of Gortys for various attacks, Cassius will vaguely remark that he's been working on a couple combat techniques. What are these techniques? Harnessing kinetic energy to launch laser beams and fireballs! Considering he's the most Badass Normal character of the bunch you can choose from (besides possibly Janey Springs), it's no surprise that the (sadly few) people who chose him were very impressed by what they got.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's dark skinned, a gifted scientist, and a huge fan of gaming.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a little anti-social, but in the finale he's genuinely one of the nicest teammates on your squad. The coolness only increases when he showcases his knowledge of videogame combat in order to have Gortys fight a giant monster.
  • Death Seeker: It's subtly implied that he's well aware that enemies want to kill him because of his connections to Atlas, as Athena was ready to kill him and he didn't fight back. However, he can outgrow this if the player chooses the alternative option.
    • Subverted in the Fight for Sanctuary DLC. Cassius is infected by Colonel Hector's plant spores, which he himself had been researching in an effort to make Pandora more hospitable. When the Vault Hunters find him in his lab, Cassius only barely resembles a human and begs to be killed so that his infected blood can be used to produce an antidote for the spores.
  • The Dog Bites Back: If you tried to persuade Athena to kill him in episode 3, then at the beginning of episode 4, Dr. Cassius will capture Vaughn off-screen and turn him in to Vallory in exchange for Vallory allowing Dr. Cassius to go back to his work unharmed.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: He has incredibly pale pupils that go beyond simple blue eyes.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He doesn't struggle when Athena tries to kill him and simply accepts his fate with simple dejection.
    • He also similarly dignified in the face of his own canonical death at the hands of the Vault Hunters in Fight for Sanctuary, as he knows his death will lead to protecting all of Pandora from his mistake.
  • Friendless Background: He informs the group that he has no friends. Of course, the player can befriend him if you choose so.
  • Good All Along: If the final episode is anything to go by, he's available as a teammate for your squad, but only if you chose to show him mercy.
  • Hidden Depths: Given some of the techniques and slang he uses if you choose him as a member of your team to help defeat the Traveler, it seems he's an avid fighting game fan.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Turns out, he's a fighting game aficionado who applies his experience into controlling Gortys, letting her pull off Street Fighter moves.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He says that he has a cat he loves dearly and is one of the few kind characters in the game.
  • Nice Guy: While far from honest, he's quick to help the characters after they explain their predicament and doesn't hesitate to help the characters in the finale episode should he survive Episode 3.
  • No Social Skills: He's not very good at bonding with people. This is meant to fool the player into thinking he has ulterior motives, but he can outgrow this if the player trusts him.
  • Last of His Kind: As far as he knows, he's the last Atlas employee on Pandora.
  • Lethal Joke Character: He serves as another comic relief, but the finale shows he's also a valuable squad mate to fight the Traveler.
  • The Medic: He's apparently got some medical knowledge since he can treat Vaughn's injuries and is consulted when Sasha is on the verge of death.
  • My Greatest Failure: He's very quickly revealed to be the one who developed Hector's Paradise Gas weapon, though he did it under the impression that it was going to be used to legitimately make Pandora a better place. Instead, Hector used it to begin a brutal military campaign with the intent of committing planet-wide genocide to ensure he and his men have their "paradise".
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Averted Trope, surprisingly enough. If you convince Athena to back down when she's about to kill him, he'll indirectly repay the favor in Episode 4 by rescuing Vaughn from Vallory, Finch and Kroger, as the latter reports to Vallory at the start of Episode 4 that Vaughn got away due to being grabbed by "some old guy with crazy hair". Doubly confirmed when Vaughn briefly manages to call Rhys while the latter's on Helios to let him know he's alive and safe with Cassius. He'll also be recruitable as a Vault Hunter in the end.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Helping a fatally wounded Sasha is out of his field. Of course, we never learn what his field is, though biology seems a good guess since he knows how to treat Vaughn's paralysis if he touched the plants.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: He apparently has a thorough knowledge on the rare plants in his facility and some medical knowledge.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears red and is a potential ally.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: When first introduced, the man comes across as suspicious and Ambiguously Evil. As you play through the facility, there are a lot of hints that he's not who he says he is. He's revealed to be the chief of an Atlas facility, but is genuinely a good person at heart. However, he'll turn against you if Fiona suggests killing him.
  • When He Smiles: If you recruit him in the finale, he gives off a very friendly smile at the thought that somebody needs his help, making the good doctor look much friendlier than he was when first encountered.
  • Zombie Infectee: He's infected with Paradise Gas, and given how far along it is he likely contracted his infection through developing it.

    Handsome Jack Fanclub 

The Handsome Jack Fanclub

Uhh...what???

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All played by: Xander Mobus

A group of guys on Helios who idolize Handsome Jack. They like him so much they all wear masks resembling Jack's face mask.


  • Jerkass: They all act rude and speak candidly to Fiona even when they assumed she was the VIP tour guide.
  • Loony Fan: If the masks don't tip you off already, their dialogue will.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Their leader insists that he can enter Handsome Jack's office because he paid a lot of money for the tour, and proceeds to get vaporised.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They take every word you say as fact. So even if you utterly bullshit them, they'll think you're telling the truth.

    Shade 

Shade

Not in the least bit insane.

See: Borderlands 2 DLC Characters

    Zer0 

Zer0

A bigger number than you. ("The Assassin")

See: Borderlands Vault Hunters

    Athena 

Athena

Bad Ass(assassin). Hates Atlas. [A lot of people are trying to kill you] ("The Gladiator")

See: Borderlands Vault Hunters

    Janey Springs 

Springs

Small Business Owner / Children's Book Author / Kraggon Slayer ("The Mechanic")

See: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

    Scooter 

Scooter

Loves Cars, Women, and Cars [in that order]

See: Borderlands

    Brick 

Brick

The Berserk Merc

See: Borderlands Vault Hunters

    Mordecai 

Mordecai

Boom. Headshot.

See: Borderlands Vault Hunters

    The Mystery Vault Hunter (Spoiler Warning) 
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