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Favorite Borderlands playable cast?

LarsLars Registered User regular
Each Borderlands game features a new playable cast (though there are some recurring archetypes).

Which set was your favorite? Whether it be for their skills, personalities, designs, story, or whatever.

Borderlands 1 Cast:
Mordecai the Hunter, Lilith the Siren, Brick the Berserker, & Roland the Soldier
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Borderlands 2 Cast:
Gaige the Mechromancer, Zer0 the Assassin, Salvador the Gunzerker, Maya the Siren, Krieg the Psycho, & Axton the Commando
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Borderlands the Pre-Sequel Cast:
Wilhelm the Enforcer, Claptrap the Fragtrap, Athena the Gladiator, Aurelia the Baroness, Jack (Timothy) the Doppelganger, & Nisha the Lawbringer
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Borderlands 3 Cast:
Amara the Siren, Zane the Operative, Moze the Gunner, & FL4K the Beastmaster
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Borderlands Online Cast (Unreleased):
(I don't know their names, but classes are same as Borderlands 1 with Soldier, Berserker, Siren, and Hunter)
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I threw in the Online cast for people who like a dark horse.

I didn't include Rhys and Fiona from Tales or the Fatemaker from Wonderlands since they are a bit different from your traditional casts.

I'm expecting this will mostly come down to a war between the casts of the first two games. The cast from the first game has had the most development (though oddly, almost none of that was in their own game), while the cast from the second has the benefit of being in the most popular game and also the game that received the most content.

Favorite Borderlands playable cast? 41 votes

Borderlands 1 Cast
21%
MysstPreacherGinger Mijangoph blakeSirToastyrhylithPeenThePrimmAnzekay 9 votes
Borderlands 2 Cast
56%
MulysaSemproniusIndie WinterNova_CHacksawBroloTNTrooperBucketmanCraigopogoZilla360HadesHeadCreepsironsizideKing RiptorFig-DDeadfallDaebunzMarekRT800Mysterious FoxCaedwyr 23 votes
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
14%
Magic PinkElendilIblisArteenSorceAnalogWarlord 6 votes
Borderlands 3 Cast
7%
UnbrokenEvaHawkstoneTynnan 3 votes
Unreleased Borderlands Online Cast
0%
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    PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
    It's a tie between 1 and pre-sequel, because I like the pistol bullshit idiots.

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    TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    I can't remember who I played most, brb replaying all the games.

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    SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    As a group, I like the Pre-sequel cast the most.

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    2 for me despite 3 really trying to make them all as annoying as possible

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    JragghenJragghen Registered User regular
    Tales from the Borderlands, no contest.

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    LarsLars Registered User regular
    2 for me despite 3 really trying to make them all as annoying as possible

    I liked Gaige's new career as a wedding planner.

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    WearingglassesWearingglasses Of the friendly neighborhood variety Registered User regular
    2 was my first Borderlands, and I like Zero, and Maya and Salvador are cool, but Axton's pretty bland. The DLC characters are pretty funny tho.

    I've not played any other iterations barring Tales, which was Excellent. Sad to hear how they got used in their latest outing.

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    HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Esq. Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    2 was great because I could teleport Axton's turret into an enemy group and laugh as it chewed them up for me while I can strolling in to clean up whatever remained.

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    MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    Borderlands 1 Cast
    Brick was the best because you could punch, and then keep punching. I beat the vaultboss by punching it. guns are for suckers

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    CelloCello Registered User regular
    edited December 2022
    What about Tales from the Borderlands

    I know you didn't include them intentionally but also c'monnnnnnnnnn

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    rhylithrhylith Death Rabbits HoustonRegistered User regular
    Borderlands 1 Cast
    Mysst wrote: »
    Brick was the best because you could punch, and then keep punching. I beat the vaultboss by punching it. guns are for suckers

    This

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    Lars wrote: »
    2 for me despite 3 really trying to make them all as annoying as possible

    I liked Gaige's new career as a wedding planner.

    It's fine but we like have no idea why she left after 2 or anything and she's basically drunk most of that story
    I like that dlc as a whole but it's insane to me that they didn't save it until the final and also basically didn't have any of the cast from 1 or 2 there at all

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    TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    I once gunzerkered so hard in 2 that I killed my friend's PC.

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    Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    Maya, hands down, I cannot play Borderlands 2 as anyone else, or I just constantly think, "I wish I was playing Maya."

    Borderlands 3 spoiler:
    I completely lost interest in Borderlands 3 when she was killed. Won't ever finish it. Don't care. Franchise is over as far as I'm concerned.

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    SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    edited December 2022
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    @Nova_C
    You should play the Krieg DLC, Maya shows up in his brain.

    edit: The DLCs in general are better than the BL3 base game, really. But I totally get stopping where you did.

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    RanlinRanlin Oh gosh Registered User regular
    I enjoyed BL2 the most as a game.

    I think The Pre Sequel had the most fun cast mechanically.

    I don't really remember anything about BL3 personality wise. BL1 had next to no PC personality in it. BL2 probably wins for cast personality for me, which feels more like an indictment of the others than any positive for BL2.

    I really liked Maya and Athena.

    I seem to recall Claptrap actually being pretty funny to play as too, but not well enough to remember why that might be hah.

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    SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    Claptrap's skill was RaNdOm based on what you had points in and how many people were playing with him.

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    Indie WinterIndie Winter die Krähe Rudi Hurzlmeier (German, b. 1952)Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    I hate how badly they treated the BL2 characters compared to the BL1 cast

    especially my disaster bi boy Axton

    couldn't even put him in BL3 in an audio log or something? fucking brutal

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    Crippl3Crippl3 oh noRegistered User regular
    edited December 2022
    I hate how badly they treated the BL2 characters compared to the BL1 cast

    especially my disaster bi boy Axton

    couldn't even put him in BL3 in an audio log or something? fucking brutal

    him and Salvador are the hosts of a PUBG-style battle royale called Arms Race in one of the DLCs

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    I hate how badly they treated the BL2 characters compared to the BL1 cast

    especially my disaster bi boy Axton

    couldn't even put him in BL3 in an audio log or something? fucking brutal

    So the joke that he did porn and the Moze skin were great
    Then they shoved him and Sal in that shitty 4 player royale mode and like I can't think of a bigger fuck you to their fans beside what they did to Maya

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    pre sequal easy. claptrap, jack and the Duchess were an absolute blast

    last place to B3, they're all boring as dirt

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    I think the hunters in 3 are fine but the fact that the responses to their unique dialogue is just a canned reply that in some cases doesn't make any fucking sense really kills the fun

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    LarsLars Registered User regular
    I think the hunters in 3 are fine but the fact that the responses to their unique dialogue is just a canned reply that in some cases doesn't make any fucking sense really kills the fun

    The most egregious being the plot never acknowledging if Amara is there when Sirens are super important to the plot of Borderlands 3.

    There's only one scene in Borderlands 2 where it would matter that another Siren was present...
    ...when Jack kidnaps Lilith after Angel is killed because he needs another Siren...

    ...and it at least makes sense that Lilith would be chosen over Maya in that scene. Borderlands 3 doesn't have that at all.

    To switch topics, I think my favorite co-op experience was in Borderlands 2 where my friend was playing a sniping Zer0 and I was playing a melee Krieg who would run around crazily attracting all the enemies for him. That Krieg also had the skill that made him into a dynamite-throwing madman whenever he entered Fight for your Life.

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    ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    pre sequal easy. claptrap, jack and the Duchess were an absolute blast

    last place to B3, they're all boring as dirt
    i never did a run with aurelia but yes claptrap and jack double are easily enough by themselves

    i had a jakobs shotgun setup with jack that was broken, and lord i loved jakobs shotguns

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    ElendilElendil Registered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    Nova_C wrote: »
    Maya, hands down, I cannot play Borderlands 2 as anyone else, or I just constantly think, "I wish I was playing Maya."

    Borderlands 3 spoiler:
    I completely lost interest in Borderlands 3 when she was killed. Won't ever finish it. Don't care. Franchise is over as far as I'm concerned.
    maya was really strange because she was fun to play and probably my favorite, but phaselock was still somehow really quite bad

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    Elendil wrote: »
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    pre sequal easy. claptrap, jack and the Duchess were an absolute blast

    last place to B3, they're all boring as dirt
    i never did a run with aurelia but yes claptrap and jack double are easily enough by themselves

    i had a jakobs shotgun setup with jack that was broken, and lord i loved jakobs shotguns

    Aurelia really shines when you have someone to play her "servant" role.

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    TheySlashThemTheySlashThem Registered User regular
    write-in vote poker night at the inventory 2

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    Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    I think my favourite npc from the Borderlands series is General Knoxx, only because he spent all his dialogue talking about wanting to die, so you kill him, then in Claptrap's DLC he's zombified and is all: "I'M BACK! .......I'm back?.....DAMMIT"

    I very much enjoyed the black humour.

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    ArteenArteen Adept ValeRegistered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    Nova_C wrote: »
    Maya, hands down, I cannot play Borderlands 2 as anyone else, or I just constantly think, "I wish I was playing Maya."

    Borderlands 3 spoiler:
    I completely lost interest in Borderlands 3 when she was killed. Won't ever finish it. Don't care. Franchise is over as far as I'm concerned.

    The rest of the story continues to be awful, so you aren't missing out on anything.

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    RT800RT800 Registered User regular
    edited December 2022
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    I've mostly only ever played Borderlands in single-player, and usually as only once as one character since it's the same story with every character - just with maybe a little different flavor text.

    So I've mostly only seen the playable characters as blanks slates for the player to interact with the more vibrant NPCs.

    I actually didn't think much of the "story" and characters of Borderlands until Tales from the Borderlands came out. That game brought a lot more life to that universe and actually got me to buy the Pre-Sequel.

    Which was kind of a mistake, since I quit playing the pre-sequel halfway through out of boredom. Then when all the bad reviews hit for Borderlands 3 - coupled with the fact that they made it a timed exclusive on Epic - I pretty much dropped the series entirely.

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    CaedwyrCaedwyr Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    Arteen wrote: »
    Nova_C wrote: »
    Maya, hands down, I cannot play Borderlands 2 as anyone else, or I just constantly think, "I wish I was playing Maya."

    Borderlands 3 spoiler:
    I completely lost interest in Borderlands 3 when she was killed. Won't ever finish it. Don't care. Franchise is over as far as I'm concerned.

    The rest of the story continues to be awful, so you aren't missing out on anything.

    Earth Defence Force 5 had a more coherent and consistent narrative and handling of its characters.

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    King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    Nova_C wrote: »
    I think my favourite npc from the Borderlands series is General Knoxx, only because he spent all his dialogue talking about wanting to die, so you kill him, then in Claptrap's DLC he's zombified and is all: "I'M BACK! .......I'm back?.....DAMMIT"

    I very much enjoyed the black humour.

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    LarsLars Registered User regular
    In the Pre-Sequel, I think you start with an Echo Log in your inventory telling you some of your character's backstory. For Wilhelm, it's:
    Jack: Hey Wilhelm, want to help me search for Vaults on the moon?
    Wilhelm: No.
    Jack: I'll give you a few million dollars.
    Wilhelm: Okay.

    (pause)

    Wilhelm: That's it. That's my backstory.

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    PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    Borderlands 1 Cast
    OG cast for me. I played the shit out of Lillith and could solo Crawermax.

    I would like some money because these are artisanal nuggets of wisdom philistine.

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    reVersereVerse Attack and Dethrone God Registered User regular
    I don't really have a favourite crew, they're all pretty weak overall. My favourite characters though are Gaige and Aurelia because they get the automated murder buddies ("girlfriend mode").

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    WearingglassesWearingglasses Of the friendly neighborhood variety Registered User regular
    Suppose you jam all the characters into a game, which ones would keep up their power levels and which ones would be left behind? I think the original four would need some boost to keep up (isn't Axton basically Roland++?) I only played one game, so I don't know how much overlap they made with the other games' characters.

    And which four would be the most fun to blast through Pandora with, gameplay-wise? Triple Siren sounds kinda neat.

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    DeadfallDeadfall I don't think you realize just how rich he is. In fact, I should put on a monocle.Registered User regular
    edited December 2022
    Borderlands 2 Cast
    I spent an unhealthy amount of time with 2. My Sal and Gaige, when OP8 was the top level, were about as strong as you could get. Then OP10 came out and I was like I don't really want to grind that out.

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    TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
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    Suppose you jam all the characters into a game, which ones would keep up their power levels and which ones would be left behind? I think the original four would need some boost to keep up (isn't Axton basically Roland++?) I only played one game, so I don't know how much overlap they made with the other games' characters.

    And which four would be the most fun to blast through Pandora with, gameplay-wise? Triple Siren sounds kinda neat.

    Lilith would still be top tier since Phasewalk was pretty OP.

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    SorceSorce Not ThereRegistered User regular
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Cast
    Lilith is still top tier, the other three get outclassed by subsequent vault hunters.

    If I had to make a squad I pick Mordecai, Maya, Athena, and Zane. Maybe swap out Zane for Amara, but probably not.

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    LarsLars Registered User regular
    Presumably the original four would get expanded skill trees if they were put in a game with the rest, so they might be able to remain competitive (except Lilith who is competitive anyways).

    BL1 skill trees only had 4 rows of skills, as opposed to the 6 rows all the other games had.

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