Now that these other fools have all had their say and we know for a fact that the game is great, it’s time to blow past all the bullshit and just blurt out what we’ve all been thinking: Salvador is by far the best character in Borderlands 2!
It just sucks for all you guys that I got dibs on him.
Now, most of you are probably nodding your heads in agreement and also cutting on yourselves for not calling dibs sooner, but for the two of you in the audience who have yet to see the light, allow me to elaborate as to why I’m claiming ownership of this blue-haired beast of a man.
Pandora’s a big, ugly, scary place. So why would I want to traverse it with someone who doesn’t know the difference between a Skag and a Rakk? Unlike our other so-called heroes, Salvador was born and raised on the mean, Bandit-riddled streets of this crummy wasteland, and he knows it like the backs of his gun-totin’ hands.
And speaking of toting guns …
Two guns at the same time
What would you do if you had a million dollars? No wait, wrong question. What would you do if you had a bazillion goddamn guns and two perfectly good hands? Wield two of those guns at the same time, obviously!
Thanks to his Gunzerker skill, my main man Salvador can pull out and pop off any two weapons simultaneously, while the other, lamer Vault Hunters have to settle for a pathetic. Little. ONE. What a waste of potential!
Wanna roll with dual assault rifles? Go for it! A shotgun and a revolver? Nobody’s stopping you! Two goddamn rocket launchers? Boom and BOOM! No matter how you choose to slaughter Handsome Jack’s evil forces, you’ll always do it twice as fast with Salvador behind the trigger(s).
His skill tree is full of snakes and skulls and bullets and Band-Aids
Salvador knows his role on the battlefield, and he’s not ashamed to flaunt it. Just take a look at some of these badass skills:
- Inconceivable — Chance to not use any ammo while Gunzerking. Meaning even when you’ve finished Gunzerking, you’ll still have bullets leftover to go Gunzerk some more!
- Double Your Fun — Throwing a grenade while Gunzerking actually throws two grenades. Because fuck one grenade!
- Yippee Ki Yay — Killing an enemy while Gunzerking increases the amount of time you can Gunzerk. That’s like being awarded for killing … with more killing!
- No Kill Like Overkill — Any excess damage you dealt during your last kill is transferred to your next shot. See those little numbers flying out of enemies’ heads whenever you shoot them? Salvador makes sure none of them go to waste!
Not only that, but the man is built like a tank, so hiding behind tiny little turrets or turning invisible to avoid danger isn’t even in his playbook. And no matter how you spec him out he’ll always wear a Band-Aid on his nose and have a full head of long, luxurious hair. So eat your heart out, John McClane!
He’s worth rooting for
Like so many of history’s greatest heroes, Salvador has led a troubled life. Manslaughter, theft, arson, cannibalism, public indecency — his list of crimes is longer than the trail of bullets he’s left in his wake. Hell, they had to tape an extra page to his wanted poster!
But he’s trying to change; he really is! Probably. OK, maybe not. But either way, his life of crime has had one very noticeable drawback on his day-to-day dealings: the bounty on his head currently sits at $99,000,000,000.99 (which is totally more believable than some made up number like 720 billion). With this much money on the line, everyone wants a piece of him!
You see, he’s the victim here!
And yes, for the record that’s 99 billion dollars and 99 cents. Because 99 billion dollars just wasn’t convincing enough.
People named Salvador are always awesome
This is just an undisputed fact. Let’s run down the list: Salvador Dali, Salvador … um, from Borderlands 2 … uh … El Salvador. There are probably even more!
Not only that, but the name Salvador itself literally translates to “Savior”. Can you think of any other saviors of note? Yep, that’s right:
Forget Jesus of Nazareth; say hello to Jesus of Pandora!
He may not be the savior Pandora needs, but he’s certainly the one it deserves.
And yeah, I’m probably going to Hell now.