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Player Characters

    Salvador The Gunzerker 

    Zer0 The Assassin 

    Axton the Commando 

    Maya the Siren 


Class Mods


    Gaige the Mechromancer 

    Krieg The Psycho 



Class Mods



    Introduced in the main game 

    Introduced in Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate's Booty 
  • There's an unique enemy that has a chance of spawning somewhere in Magnys Lighthouse. His name is Mr. Bubbles, and he is accompanied by a midget named Lil' Sis. If you kill Mr. Bubbles without harming Lil' Sis, she will stop being hostile and give you a gun called Little Evie.

    Introduced in Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage 
  • Some motorcycle-riding bikers are called Road Warriors in Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode.
  • Midgets occasionally ride into battle on the backs of goliaths, echoing the dynamic inherent to Master Blaster.

    Introduced in Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep 

    Introduced in the Headhunters packs 



    Vehicle Skins 



    Minor Dialogue 


Crazy Earl


Handsome Jack



  • One of her responses to being tipped is to remember a great piece of advice Pappy Hodunk once gave her, which is subtitled [Frontier Jibberish].

New-U Stations


Sanctuary citizens

Tiny Tina


Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty

Mister Torgue's Campaign of Carnage

Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt

  • Savages in Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt sometimes shout "La Li Lu Le Lo!"
  • Early on in Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, Professor Nakayama first addresses the Vault Hunters as "little moths"
  • Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt features a sidequest called "The Rakk Dahlia Murder," which is a reference to an infamous Hollywood murder case.
  • Candlerakk's Crag entrance is near the skeleton of a huge creature (with some reptile or fish features) holding a monolith of similar size.
  • Professor Nakayama's tinkering with animal genetics to create new war machines, combined with his physical appearance, attempts at being intimidating and coming across as pathetic, and the primary initial of his name give him more than a passing resemblance to Dr. Neo Cortex. To reinforce this, Krieg is awarded the head "MASKS MAKE ME LOOK FAT", a tribal mask similar to Uka Uka that brings to mind Crash Bandicoot himself with his physique, shirtless outfit, and being an escaped lab experiment.

Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep

  • Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep is filled with shout outs and references to MMOs, nerd culture, and other things.
    • There's a quest where you have to find Ellie a suit of armor. You can either get her a sensible, protective armor, or a Chainmail Bikini. The skimpier outfit is a dead ringer for Slave Girl Leia from Return of the Jedi.
    • One quest is nothing but a giant reference to Dark Souls with the Vault Hunter helping out what is, by all appearances, a Dark Souls player down on his luck. There's a part where you fight giant skeletons in a graveyard, the stuff you grab for him comes with the item description "You sense agony. Despair. Snapped controllers," and at the end of the quest, the game is 'invaded' by a huge, red-tinted knight who uses recognizable moves from the game. The player advises you at the end to "Hold on to your humanity."
    • One quest has you being sent after Prince Jeffery, who sits upon an Iron Throne made up of guns and has guards named Molehill and Canine (a reference to Gregor and Sandor Clegane, who are known as The Mountain and The Hound respectively). The main joke of the quest is that Mordecai doesn't get the references since he doesn't watch Game of Thrones, instead watching a show about duchesses getting married.
    • The quest for the raid boss of the DLC is called Raiders of the Last Boss.
      • Funnily enough, in the spanish version of the DLC, the dragon's names are references to other media.
        Healianth is called Tiamatzo. Could be also a shout-out to Final Fantasy.
        Brood is called Elliot.
        Incinerator is called Smaugón.
        Boost is called Spyroide.
    • During one quest where you help Claptrap become a wizard, he tries to summon a powerful demon, but ends up summoning brooms.
    • In one quest, you hunt down a crazed knight's friends to see which of them stole his loot. Their names are Sir Boil, Sir Mash, and Sir Stew.
    • The mission My Dead Brother has the rather simple description of "Bro team kill."
    • The mission Fake Geek Guy features Tiny Tina asking Mister Torgue various nerd culture related questions to test if he is a real nerd. These include references to Star Trek (the frequent deaths of Red Shirts specifically), The Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who.
    • One of the spell grenade mods is Fireball. Its flavor text? "Porkchop sandwiches!"
      • Similarly, Lightning Bolt (whose flavor text mentions jigawatts) and Magic Missile (point and shoot).
    • Butt Stallion finally makes an appearance, in which she's shown to be a white unicorn mare with curly, purple-indigo hair. Does that description remind you of someone who is also associated with diamonds? And lest people believe it's a coincidence, the game makers are well aware of the similarities. At one point a picture of Handsome Jack styling a Rarity toy was even posted on the game's facebook page.
  • Owing to the fantasy setting of the "Bunkers & Badasses" game, all the dialogue for the vending machines is changed. Thus:
  • The Dwarves make quite a few references when you kill them.
  • The various mages say magical incantations as well.
  • When you first get the "Post-Crumpocalyptic" quest, Moxxi says that "Times are tough, sugar...."
  • Mister Torgue wants you to blow up the ocean!
  • Claptrap at one point shouts "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" before slamming his staff down.
  • There's an "enemy" called "The Darkness". You get an achievement for throwing a Magic Missile grenade at it because you're attacking the darkness.
  • After Claptrap says "I love you guys!" at Roland's statue, we hear the last line of narration in the DLC, spoken by Marcus: "And then Claptrap said something stupid and ruined everything."
    Lyrics: "...and then I go and spoil it all by saying somethin' stupid like "I love you..."

Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary

  • The achievement/trophy for activating the Backburner's firewall is "Anyway Here's 'Firewall'."
  • The achievement/trophy for equipping effervescent-quality (rainbow) gear in all slots is "Painbow Connection."
  • There's a box of Torgue brand Eggos marked "Property of 11" in Mt Scarab Research Station.
  • Scooter's Memorial is See You, Space Cowboy.
  • One of the locations in the Dahl Abandon is called Sinon's Perch.
  • There is a sidequest named "My Brittle Pony", another goes "The Oddest Couple".
  • Chapter 7 is titled "Paradise Found", which is a reference to Paradise Lost.
  • Inside the Burrows is a small ice cave with a sword sticking out of a pile of frozen bones. When you try to take it out, a skag appears and attacks. His name is Ghost and the Relic he drops is called "Winter is Over."
  • Hector's troops are labelled with titles such as "Heavy", "Pyro", "Sniper", "Medic", and "Scout". Sound familiar?
    • The "Winging It" mission is a Hold the Line scenario against Hector's troops. You have to help Ellie repair some turrets with a 'bashwrench,' which she says can "fix anything by thwacking it a few times" with the wrench. Said wrench is a classic 1950s-era monkeywrench, and is found in front of a picture of Scooter, a Southern-accented mechanical genius. This means that you are now the Engineer.