about Mordecai from Borderlands

5. Extras and conclusion

I mentioned this before, but I would like to talk at more length about the horrible Borderlands: Origins comics. First of all, as a warning not to get them; they're shit, and this is not an opinion but a fact. I wish I could just complain that it's incompetently drawn and incompetently written, but there are far bigger problems than that: it has virtually no ties to the canon material - it completely disregards the one fucking paragraph of background information the main characters had! The thing is, these people presumably got paid for such a shitty job. So, I advise against buying it. You'll waste your money and you'll be disappointed.

Borderlands: Origins - wtf?

Anyway, I went on this tangent because I wanted to show this beautiful panel over there. In the context of the comic it even looked as if he was commenting on the bullshit going on in the panel above him. Now it kinda looks as if he's commenting on my tirade about the comic itself. That can make a good reaction picture. Please, save it for yourself. You can thank me later.

Different worlds

For the fun of it, I would also like to mention a few characters who are very much in the same vein as Mordecai. Some of them are other favorites of mine; you could probably make a chart of things I love to see in characters. If you can think of anything else that I'm missing, feel free to let me know!

Bass and Treble

Bass from the Mega Man videogame series has a lot to share with Mordecai. Bass is an antagonist to the titular character of the series; he bases his entire sense of self-worth on being stronger than Mega Man because of his huge "clone complex" - he was created from Mega Man's blueprints with the sole purpose to destroy him. Mordecai doesn't have that - he puts a lot of emphasis on his skills, but this is not the main reason why I think the two are very similar. As shown on the right, Bass has a canine robot companion that responds to the name of Treble. Personality-wise, Bass can be summed up as a rude asshole, but he would do anything for Treble. He is very much like Mordecai in this respect - he even experiences a similar personality switch when talking to Treble. Also, might I mention the fact that the helmet Bass wears makes him look as if he has a goatee...

Sniper Wolf

Sniper Wolf from the game Metal Gear Solid gets her name from the two important things about her - she's a sniper, and has a pet wolf. Very straightforward. These two things alone make her very similar to Mordecai, but there's more: not unlike him, Sniper Wolf takes part in a revolution, even though the player has to fight against her. To be fair, though - Handsome Jack is the hero of Borderlands 2, and in any other game you'd be playing from his perspective, so there's that. Mordecai can't claim to have Sniper Wolf's tragic background: she grew up in a war zone and she saw everyone she knew being murdered under the indifference of the world. Nevertheless, the end result is very similar to Mordecai: an emotionally distant loner. As she herself will say, what she's really looking for is freedom - both from the world and from herself. It's another take on one of Mordecai's themes.

It is known that Metal Gear Solid inspired another character from the Borderlands series: Zer0, who is an obvious homage to Gray Fox. It is not too far-fetched to think that maybe Sniper Wolf was in the back of the developers' minds when they thought of Mordecai.

Site information

This page was written within the scope of Amassment's One Page, One Month shrine marathon of Summer 2013. I did say that I wanted to write about Mordecai, and...holy shit if I did. I had to change the layout into the current one shortly after the end of the event because a single page couldn't possibly hold all this content, heh. You can see the previous layout at the layout archive.

This layout is hopefully Mordecai-approved for colorblindness. Here, have some teal in celebration of Mordecai's favorite color that he cannot see:

This page is named after the mission Rakkaholics Anonymous, the one where you have to bring the booze to him. Well, it fits - it describes both his love for alcohol and his love for birds, and it does so in the right tone, too. It wouldn't have been appropriate to name a dedication to Mordecai something fancy and flowery, heh.

Here, have a few linking buttons, in case you ever need them. The prettier ones were donated by Larissa for the Amassment Secret Santa event. Thank you!

88 x 31 - 01 88 x 31 - 02 88 x 31 - 03 88 x 31 - 04
100 x 35 - 01 100 x 35 - 02 100 x 35 - 03 100 x 35 - 04
200 x 40 - 01 200 x 40 - 02 200 x 40 - 03

If you have anything to tell me about this page (corrections, additions, or just for talking), feel free to send me a mail at this address:

dubiousdisc [at] gmail [dot] com


The Mordecai picture on this layout is my own work. It's also available in full on my artblog. The paper texture was scanned from one of my sketchbooks, if you were curious (and you weren't, I know).

The game screenshots were taken here and there; some of them came from multiple places and some others have been in my folders for a while so I can't credit anyone in particular. Well, I don't believe that anyone needs to be credited for screenshots but Gearbox Software itself. If I am wrong, though, don't hesitate to let me know. Almost all screenshots were slightly edited for better contrast and warmer colors that fit better with the site; most of them also come in huger sizes. You can easily find all the originals by reverse image searching. Oh, and one more thing - this picture in particular was edited a lot for wallpaper purposes. Take it. You know you want it.

Many thanks to the Borderlands Wiki for allowing me to look up stuff without having to go through the game again, and to Orcz.com for gathering the quotes from Borderlands 2.

And that's all. If you'd like to read some more bullshit I wrote about other fictional characters and stuff, feel free to have a look at rigelatin - perhaps I happened to write about something you care about! This page is proudly listed at Amassment and Emotion; check them out for more cool fansites.
Thank you for reading, and goodbye!