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Character Profile

Gaige is one of the playable characters in Borderlands 2. She is the Mechromancer class of the game. Gaige was the first DLC character and features skills that could help new FPS players on their way. She is able to spawn a mech onto the battlefield to help you crush your enemies.

Action Skill

Deathtrap: Gaige’s action skill summons her robotic combat companion. When deployed, Deathtrap will attack the closest enemy with whatever skills you have equipped him with. Deathtrap is especially effective at decimating ground hostiles and can act as a distraction to draw enemy fire from you and your crew. Don’t count him out in an air fight, his laser attack and flight capabilities come in handy for aerial combat. Deathtrap stays on the battlefield for 60 seconds and has a 60-second base cooldown

Skill Tree Overview

  • Best Friends Forever
    • The Best Friends Forever tree focuses on survival and aiming.
  • Little Big Trouble
    • The Little Big Trouble tree focuses on elemental effects and damage, favoring Shock damage out of the four elements available. It also adds some elemental power to Deathtrap, in the form of high-powered heat beams, shock blasts, and, later on, even the ability to mimic the element of any weapon Gaige shoots him with.
  • Ordered Chaos
    • The Ordered Chaos tree focuses on Anarchy, which increases damage but decreases accuracy.

Gaige skill tree builder


  • Height: 162cm (5′ 3.75″)
  • Age: 18
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Allegiances: Her Dad who supports her with love and encouragement and her robot, who supports her with lasers.
  • Planet of Origin: Eden 5
  • Likes: Electricity, Fire, Giant Robots, Cupcakes.
  • Dislikes: Authority Figures, Her Classmate Marcy, Country Music.
  • Attacks to look out for: Deathtrap, Anarchy.
  • Wanted for: Creation of Unautorized Technology, Excessive Adorability.
  • Last Known Whereabouts: Fleeing the flaming, blood-soaked auditorium that contained her high school science fair.


Gaige was a high school student from the planet Eden-5. She originally conceived Deathtrap, then called DT, as a science fair project to combat bullying. Her rival, Marcie Holloway, was a contestant in the science fair as well and used her father’s money to buy her way through the competition. Marcie apparently stole Gaige’s DT designs and sold them to Eden-5’s police force.

On the day of the science fair, Marcie’s father bribed the judges, helping win her first place with a defective robot based on Deathtrap’s blueprints. Gaige placed third. Marcie then shoved Gaige, causing Deathtrap to identify her as hostile. Deathtrap attacked with its claws, causing her to explode due to a miscalibration by Gaige. Gaige was escorted to the principal’s office and faced expulsion and arrest for accidentally murdering her rival. She called her father to create a distraction to help her evade arrest and bought a ticket to Pandora, where she stowed away on a train leading to Windshear Waste.


  • Gaige is the first playable character to be released as a DLC for the Borderlands franchise.
  • Gaige is the first playable character to not have an ECHO log in her inventory at the start of the game, nor does she have a personal trophy/achievement for the use of her personal skill.
  • The intro of the game wasn’t renewed after her release, so she was the first playable character who isn’t featured in the intro of the game.
    • Gaige and Deathtrap are, however, featured in the “Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty” intro together with the four original Vault Hunters.
    • She is also seen more prominently in the “Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt” intro movie.
    • In the intro of Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, a Gaige figurine is seen on the table during the scene where Tina is explaining the available character classes. She is also seen in silhouette during the ending with the rest of the Vault Hunters.
  • Gaige likes cupcakes and hot chocolate, and her favorite color is purple.
  • Gaige dislikes country music.
  • According to Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre, Gaige seems to have a crush on Sir Hammerlock and she has a very close relationship with Axton, calling him an “unparalleled stud”, according to their chat with Athena.
  • One of her random lines while opening treasure chests – “It’s like Hanukkah!” – is a parody of Roland’s, “It’s like Christmas!”
  • A few of her general combat quotes (the ‘unstoppable’, ‘dominating’, ‘multi-kill’, and ‘monster kill’ lines) are references to the announcer voice in the Unreal Tournament series of games.
  • The bounty on Gaige’s head is $820,000,000,000 which is the highest among all playable Borderlands characters to date. She is wanted for the “creation of unauthorized technology” and “excessive adorability.” No wanted posters of Gaige exist in the game, however, the $820 billion figure is from her intro movie.
  • When using the Handsome Jack voice modulator, Gaige’s voice remains the same the first time it is picked up.
    • The line Gaige says after picking up the voice modulator is exactly the same as Axton’s.
    • Only the English voice of Gaige using the voice modulator currently exists, being played in all versions of the game.
    • She also doesn’t use any of her Anarchy stacks gain quotes while using Jack’s voice.
  • When building stacks of Anarchy, Gaige’s personality undergoes a gradual shift from normal, to highly excited, to full-blown god-complex and fourth-wall breaking.
  • The original concept art of Gaige featured her robot hand as being cruder and with only four digits. The arm in her final design has a full set of digits and a more complete appearance. Aside from the arm, little else seemed to have been changed from the original design.
  • Many of Gaige’s skills are based on phrases from the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
  • Her line said when she`s summoning Deathtrap “It`s robot fighting time” is a reference to BattleBots “The box is locked the lights are on: It`s robot fighting time”
  • Klaatu Barada Nikto is a line from the 1951 movie “The Day the Earth stood still”. From Wikipedia: The humanoid alien protagonist of the film, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), commanded Helen Benson (Patricia Neal) that, were anything to happen to him she must say the phrase to the robot Gort (Lockard Martin). In response, Gort relented from destroying the Earth and resurrected Klaatu from death.
  • When Gaige summons Deathtrap and says “To hell with the first law” she refers to The First Law of Robotics which states that no Robot may harm a human or allow a human to come to harm.
  • The quote “Number Five Alive!” Gaige utters when summoning Deathtrap is a reference to the 1986 movie Short Circuit in which robot “Number Five”, also called “Johnny Five”, is considered a sentient being. The line “Number Five is Alive.” is the actual phrase used in the movie.
  • Gaige’s Necromancer class mod, introduced in Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is the only class mod from that DLC to not be named after a standard playable class in Dungeons & Dragons.
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