Gaige's favorite color is purple.
When beginning the fight with BNK-3R some ones and zeros are be displayed on his title card. These numbers are the binary code for 42.
In Sanctuary, NPCs can occasionally say "I used to be a Vault Hunter like you, until I took a bullet to the knee." This is a reference to the Bethesda game Skyrim, where guards often say "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.”
Tiny Tina's lazy eye was originally a bug. The developers opted to leave it in the game, feeling that it fit her character.
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Lead Writer Anthony Burch said his inspiration for creating the NPC Face McShooty, the character that demands you shoot him in the face, was the "Close Range" video on The Onion, featuring a fictional video game in which the only gameplay is shooting people in their faces.
The commando for Borderlands 2, Axton, has been confirmed as bisexual by Borderlands 2 lead writer Anthony Burch.
The "these pretzels suck" and Butt Stallion dialogue spoken by Handsome Jack were ad-libbed by voice actor Dameon Clarke. Writer Anthony Burch was upset that these became Handsome Jack's most popular lines as he had no hand in writing them.
In the Hammerlock DLC there is a side quest "The Rack Dahlia Murder". The mission title is a reference to the unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder that occurred in California.
In the mission Assassinate the Assassins, the Assassins are called "Wot", "Reeth", "Rouf" and "Oney". "Wot", "Reeth" and "Rouf" are anagrams of "Two", "Three" and "Four" while "Oney" is just "one" with a "y" on the end.
According to Anthony Burch, the lead writer, Tiny Tina was going to have another quest before it was cut. "After a certain character Roland dies, you get a quest to go tell all of his friends that the person is dead." This would include Tina and, for the first and only time, it would cause her to drop her carefree and insane attitude. She would thank you, give you a new weapon, and then lock herself in her workshop, which she could be heard crying in. Burch did not give a reason for the quest's removal but it is believed that since she lives out in the Tundra rather than at Sanctuary, meaning that players would have to trudge through an area filled with low-level enemies simply for a bit of dialog and a possibly useless weapon, the developers saw it to be not worth it.
Ashly Burch (the voice of Tiny Tina and Bane the cursed gun) is the sister of the lead writer, Anthony Burch. Both siblings produce and star in the web series Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?.
In Borderlands 2, There's a character named Michael Mamaril that will give the player free (and usually rare) loot. This character is based on a real-life person who died at the age of 22. His friend wrote to Gearbox, the game's developers, asking them to do a eulogy using the voice of the fan-favorite character "Claptrap". Gearbox not only fulfilled his request, but also added Michael as a character in Borderlands 2, so he could live on forever in Borderlands.
According to "Inside the Vault: The Art & Design of Borderlands 2" that comes with the special edition of Borderlands 2, when the boss "BNK-3R" makes a noise, it's actually the game's sound designer Joshua Davidson yelling about tea.
To hell with the First Law! - Gaige when summoning Deathtrap
Third place. Third place! I built a robot that can turn human beings into jelly with the push of a button and that what's-his-face gives me THIRD PLACE! in the planet-wide science fair. At least around here people appreciate my talents. -Gaige while idle
If I don't shoot, repair, or screw something in the next few minutes, we're gonna have a problem. -Gaige while idle
Claptrap: Well done! Your ability to walk short distances without dying will be Handsome Jack's downfall!
Handsome Jack: You see, this is what I don't get about you bad guys: You know the hero's gonna win, but you don't just die quickly. Example: This one guy in New Haven, right? City's burning, people are dying left and right, yadda, yadda, yadda... This jackhole rushes me with a spoon, A FRICKIN' SPOON! And I'm dying laughing, right? So I scoop out his stupid little eyeballs with it and his kids are all, 'WAAAAAAH!' And-ahahaha... I can't even... ahahahahah! He can't see where he's going, he's bumping into stuff and... I dunno, maybe you had to be there. The moral is: you're a total b****.
Connection to Other Media
There is a challenge called "It's Not Easy Looting Green" which is a reference to Kermit the Frog's song "It's Not Easy Being Green".
Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep contains a reference to the YouTube user "Bro Team Pill". At the end of the optional mission "My Dead Brother", one of the mission completion messages reads "Bro Team Kill".
There is a challenge in Sanctuary Hole called "Down the Rabbit Hole" which is a reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Sir Hammerlock offers a mission to defeat a Bullymong named Grendel, a reference to the monster in the epic poem Beowulf.
Occasionally a psycho will recite the entire "Too solid flesh" soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
In the Wildlife Exploitation Preserve there is a skag named "Tumbaa" and a stalker named "Pimon". This is a reference to Timon and Pumbaa from the movie The Lion King.
Players can unlock a skin for Zer0 called "Why So Serious?" It is green, white, and purple and is a reference to a line delivered by the Joker in the film The Dark Knight.
Occasionally, a Crimson Raider in Sanctuary will say, "Winter is coming," a reference to the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.
Occasionally psychos will yell "I am the one who knocks!" while in combat, this is reference to a line from Walter White in the show Breaking Bad.
The dials on each radio on Pandora show each hundred from 100 to 800. What should be "900" is actually "9001" in reference to the Dragon Ball Z "It's over 9000!" meme.
In Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep, when exiting the Gun Shops Marcus will occasionally say, "The night is long and full of treasure," referencing a quote from the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by Melisandre: "The night is dark and full of terrors".
The sidequest, "Too Close for Missiles", contains a large number of reference to the film "Top Gun". The quest starts after talking to Loggins (a reference to Kenny Loggins, the writer of the song "Danger Zone" from the film's soundtrack) outside of Ellie's garage. During the mission, Loggins will repeatedly call the player "Goose", in reference to Maverick's wingman. The mission involves gathering volleyballs and gasoline to light a volleyball net on fire. Following that, 3 NPCs known as Shirtless Men spawn and attack the player. All of the objectives reference the infamous sand volleyball scene from the film. Loggins himself also says "Danger zone" multiple times during the quest.
The side mission "Rocko's Modern Strife" is a reference to the show Rocko's Modern Life.
The Bane side mission, and weapon, are both based off of the 1950's Western movie "Winchester '73" starring James Stewart. The movie revolves around a cursed rifle that leads to the death of anyone possessing it.
In Sanctuary, there is a chance that an NPC will say "I used to be a Vault Hunter like you, until I took a bullet to the knee." This is a reference to the infamous "I took an arrow in the knee" meme from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
There is a skill for the Mechromancer called "20% Cooler" This is a Reference to the TV Series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" where the character "Rainbow Dash" says "It needs to be about 20% Cooler".
There is a side mission in the Tiny Tina DLC called "Lost Souls." In the mission, the player helps an undead warrior by collecting souls at camp fires, just like in Dark Souls.
The mission title "Hungry like the Skag" refers to a Duran Duran song, Hungry Like the Wolf, as Skags are wolf/dog-like creatures in the game.
There is a unique relic in the game called the "Deputy's Badge" which is awarded for finishing the mission "The Showdown". Part of its description reads "Who the hell shot me?", a reference to the Bob Marley song "I Shot The Sheriff", the chorus for which begins with "I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy."
The skin "Vault Dweller" for the Siren is a reference to the outfits worn by the members of the vaults from the Fallout series. It follows its color pattern with blue body and yellow highlights.
In the Caustic Caverns, across the acid water, there is a small island with a Knight named Solitaire sitting on a ledge in front of a bonfire. White phantoms are also sitting in front of the bonfire. This is a reference to the video game Dark Souls, with Solitaire being a reference to the knight Solaire of Astora.
While fighting enemies as Axton, he may say "And YOU get a bullet, and YOU get a bullet! EVERYONE gets a bullet!" - a reference to Oprah's energetic nature and giving audience members gifts.
There is an enemy called "King Mong", an homage to King Kong, that can be found in the game.
There is a challenge in the 4th DLC called "FUSROHDIE". This is a reference to Skyrim's 'FUS RO DAH' dragon shout.
The mission "The Pretty Good Train Robbery" is a reference to the 1903 film, "The Great Train Robbery".
There are several references to the Predator franchise made throughout the game. The skill "Sexual Tyrannosaurs" and "You ugly mother..." are lines said in Predator by Blain Cooper. The achievement/trophy "Unseen Predator" is a reference to the Predators cloaking device. One of the loading screen tips says "if Bleeds we can kill it etc." which is also a reference to the original film.
The challenge titled "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Assault Rifle" is a reference to the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
There is an enemy called Rakkman located in a cave in the fridge, a homage to the "Batman" series. He may drop a weapon called the Gunerang, a reference to Batman's Batarang. In the second play through, his name is changed to Rakkman Forever, a reference to the film Batman Forever.
In the Tiny Tina DLC there is a side quest called "Winter is a Bloody Business.", which contains several references to Game of Thrones. King Jeffery is a reference to King Joffery, and the throne is similar to the show's Iron Throne, but made of guns instead of swords.
The mission "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a reference to the song of the same name by 'The Who' which is used as the theme tune of television series CSI: Miami. The mission requires the player to solve a murder and upon completion, Marshall Friedman will say a melodramatic one-liner like the main protagonist of the show 'Horatio Caine' does.
Salvador has a head titled 'Breaking Bald' which makes him look like Walter White from the TV show Breaking Bad.
Salvador has a skill called titled "Yippee Ki Yay," a reference to the film series Die Hard, in which this is the catch phrase of the main character.
One of the skins for Maya is named "Rose Tailor", a reference to the character Rose Tyler from the science fiction series "Doctor Who".
There is an unlockable color scheme for Zer0 titled "Why So Serious?" This is a reference to the film The Dark Knight and the Batman franchise, as it is a line used by the Joker. The color scheme also uses similar colors to the Joker.
Upon using Zer0's deception skill he may say "How Hilarious. You set off my trap card. Your death approaches." This is a reference to the Yu-Gi-Oh anime.
The side quest "3:10 to Kaboom" is a reference to the movie 3:10 To Yuma.
The challenge "Say Watt again" is reference to the film Pulp fiction where Jules Winnfield says it during an interrogation.
In the side mission "Hell Hath No Fury", after blowing up the dam, Handsome Jack will read out a list of the week's construction casulaties which are: Hartnell, W. Troughton, P. Pertwee, J. Baker, T.
Occasionally, one of the citizens may say "I'm missing the new episode of Constable What!", a parody of the series "Doctor Who".
On the radio dials, each number goes up by a hundred until it reaches 800 where then it moves straight to 9001. This is a reference to the line "It's over 9000" from "Dragon Ball Z".
The Wildlife Exploitation Preserve may contain two enemies called Pimon & Tumbaa. This is a reference to the characters Timon & Pumbaa from Disney's The Lion King.
In the Scarlet's Booty DLC there are enemies called Mr.Bubbles and Lil' Sis, which are spoofs of Bioshock's Big Daddies and Little Sisters. Defeating Mr.Bubbles without harming Lil' Sis will give the player a special reward.
An enemy that can randomly spawn in the Eridium Blight map is called Donkey Mong, an obvious reference to the Nintendo character "Donkey Kong". Not only is his name just a simple letter replacement, but he attacks the player by throwing barrels, similar to Donkey Kong's first title. Upon killing Donkey Mong, the player will earn the achievement "Definitely An Italian Plumber", a reference to the Mario series, also by Nintendo, as well as an achievement in the first Borderlands, "My Brother is an Italian Plumber".
In the Caustic Caverns is a cave with a number of pixelated blocks. These look very similar to blocks from Minecraft, which break when punched a number of times. Behind these blocks are a handful of enemies called Creepers, including a Badass Creeper, a kind of enemy also found in Minecraft. Among the loot they drop when killed is a new head skin with a pixelated look.
In The Fridge, there is a quest related enemy named Laney White, accompanied by 7 midgets, each named with a foul adjective. This is likely a play off of Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, further implied by the related achievements, "Fairest of Them All", and "It's Off to Hell We Go".
The targets of the mission "Splinter Group" are four mutated raiders named Mick, Lee, Ralph, and Dan. This is a play off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles named Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello. The other similarities include their hideout being in the sewers, their name "Splinter Group" after the rat master "Splinter", their surfer-like language ("dude", "brah") and their craving for pizza used to lure them out.
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