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CL4P-TP General Purpose Robots, more commonly known as Claptraps are Hyperion manufactured work robots.

Background

In Borderlands CL4P-TPs served as the stewards of Pandora, and were found in populated areas and guarding access points between different maps. They were more commonly found in need of repair, and would give rewards when fixed.

Lawrence De Quidt founded Hyperion's artificial intelligence branch, prototyping the CL4P-TP robots. In his later years, De Quidt dedicated his life to correcting personality flaws in the early prototypes for the CL4P-TP steward bots. He passed away before making this dream a reality.

Cl4P-TP units were all programmed with smart-aleck and overtly eccentric personalities. Although each CL4P-TP was slightly different, they almost universally exhibited eccentric behaviour and annoying tendencies and habits, such as regularly shirking responsibilities. Because of this, and their relative uselessness when it came to even the most menial jobs, when Hyperion took control of Pandora, Handsome Jack attempted to have them all destroyed. After the events of the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and the DLC Claptastic Voyage, he obtained the H-source and the codes within, which he used to destroy nearly every CL4P-TP in existence. However Claptrap, the original Fyrestone CL4P-TP, survived and helps the new Vault Hunters throughout Borderlands 2.

Involvement

When the Vault Hunters leave the bus at the very beginning of Borderlands they are met by Claptrap, who introduces them to Dr. Zed. He later takes them to the Fyrestone gate in the mission Claptrap Rescue, where he is damaged by bandits. The Guardian Angel then says to get a repair kit and perform the first CL4P-TP rescue.

CL4P-TPS are later met throughout the storyline, and are used to open the travel points between new areas. They also notify players when new missions are available, from either bounty boards or NPCs.

Damaged Claptrap Rescues

Main article: Claptrap Rescue missions

Despite their friendly nature, CL4P-TPs were typically abused and used as target practice by bandits. Players are alerted to the presence of damaged robots by their moaning and complaining ("I'm leaking! Leeeaaaking!"). Talking to the CL4P-TP triggers a mission to find and return with a Repair Kit. Once the CL4P-TP is fixed, it may give a Backpack SDU on the first play-through. As an additional reward, certain CL4P-TPs will also lead the way to hidden chests by unlocking a door or removing a concealing panel. On the second play-through, the CL4P-TPs generally give grenade mods or shields.

Claptrap's New Robot Revolution

Clapninja

At the conclusion Borderlands' story, Claptrap was reprogrammed by Hyperion to attempt to kill the Vault Hunters. However, when he saw how CL4P-TPs were abused throughout Pandora, he broke his programming and created a Claptrap army.

In the fourth DLC Claptrap's New Robot Revolution the Vault Hunters are tasked with destroying him, now called the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap.

Notable Claptraps

Appearances

Strategy

Claptraps are fragile enemies when fought. They uniformly have a vulnerable point in their centrally-mounted optic sensor. Claptrap Partisans are basic gunnery units, Kamikaze Claptraps wheel themselves into point blank range and self-destruct, and Stabby Claptraps wheel into close range in order to attack with a series of melee strikes.

Quotes

Generic, Idle Quotes & Messages
  • "Don't forget to check out Marcus's store!" (Heard from the Claptrap in Fyrestone, likely referring to the weapon shop across from the Bounty Board)
  • "Greetings Traveller! There are new missions available at the Fyrestone Bounty-board!" (Heard from the Claptrap in Fyrestone)
  • "There are new bounties available in Fyrestone!" (Heard from the Claptrap in Fyrestone. May be said even if there are no new bounties.)
  • "Wow! You're not dead?"
  • "Hey, check me out everybody! I'm dancin', I'm dancin'!" (Could be a reference to a line spoken by the character Bobby C. from the movie "Saturday Night Fever".)
  • "Unce! Unce! Unce! Unce! Ooo, oh check me out. Unce! Unce! Unce! Unce! Oh, come on get down." (beatboxing)
  • "Yoo hoooooooooo!"
  • "I am the best robot. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I am the best robot. Ooh, ooh, here we go!"
  • "Hey! Over here! I'm over heere!"
  • "Still haven't found the Vault?" (Can be heard from the Claptraps in Fyrestone and Jakobs Cove)
  • "I'm over here!
  • "Rrrrrgh...this isn't working!"
  • "Unce! Unce! I think I lost the beat... but, Unce! Unce!" (beatboxing)
  • "Wanna hear a new dubstep song I wrote? Wub! Wub" (beatboxing/dubstep)
  • "Scooter asked me to tell you about a, uh, "little sumthin' sumthin' " he needs done. You should ask him about it!" (ECHO message announcing that Scooter has a mission available.)
  • "Did you find the Vault yet?"
  • "Sure is lonely around here."

Some of these quotes are available in a zip file here thanks to gearbox software Note: These audio clips are provided for personal, non-commercial use only!

Damaged Claptraps
  • "Oh my God, I'm leaking! I think I'm leaking! Ahhhh, I'm leaking! There's oil everywhere!" (damaged)
  • "I can see through time..." (May be a reference to an episode of The Simpsons in which Lisa eats some extremely hot curry and states exactly the same thing)
  • "My servos... are seizing..."
  • "I can see... the code"
Panicking Claptraps / Zed's Claptrap in New Haven
  • "I don't like this... this is making me nervous. Take a deep breath- I can't breathe! This is just a recording of someone breathing! It's not real! It's just making me more nervous!"
  • "I'm detecting a motor unit malfunction... I can't move! I'm paralyzed with fear!" (May be a reference to Metal Gear from 'Snatcher' who says "Please save yourself! I am paralyzed with fear!")
  • "Please don't shoot me, please don't shoot me, please don't shoot me!"
  • "Turning off the optics... they can't see me..."
  • "The traveler will protect me. The traveler will protect me."
Rescued Claptraps
  • "Good as new, I think. Am I leaking?" (after repair)
  • "I'll lead the way!" (Claptrap about to unlock or open something.)
  • "Follow me!" (Leading the way to a chest or door.)
  • "This way!" (Commonly said by all claptraps.)
  • "The box is awaiting your attention." (Chest revealed.)
  • "Please open the box." (Chest revealed.)
  • "Yeah? Well, hmph!" (emphasising a parody action of giving the finger to a bandit camp.)
  • "Good luck!" (Chest revealed.)

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