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T.K. Baha
TKBaha
"You shoulda seen the look on your face!"
Title Citizen
Gender Male
Race Human
Faction NPC
Status Deceased
Location Arid Badlands
Game Borderlands
Appearances Borderlands

Teddy "T.K." Baha is a blind, one-legged, weapons inventor widower living in a shack near the settlement of Fyrestone. He is a mission provider early in the story and is a friend of Scooter.

Background

T.K. is a loner, preferring to keep to himself, but he's friendly enough. He first came to Pandora from Isolus after he and his wife, Marian, were targeted by the Hyperion Corporation, which stole many of T.K.'s designs. Mr. Blake contacted him, saying that they have stolen the design for one of his creations, T.K's Wave, and that assassins were en route to their home and suggested leaving the solar system prompting his departure to Pandora. 

After settling down in the outskirts of Fyrestone, Marian was killed by the large, vicious Skag called Scar. T.K. then confronted Scar. This ended with T.K. losing one of his legs, along with his sight. He wears goggles to hide his blind eyes and doesn't get out much due to his missing leg. He lost both his original leg and the prosthetic leg given to him by Dr. Zed in subsequent fights with Scar who is also much worse for the wear.

After Dr. Zed leaves Fyrestone, T.K. is left all by himself. Eventually, Psychos raid his house and kill him, hanging him by his wooden leg from the fan in his shack. The Psychos who did this are located to left of his shack in his garden.

In The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, T.K. makes a surprise reappearance. After having been killed in the Arid Badlands, he is found to have joined the ranks of the undead and continues his new zombie existence in Hallow's End as Zombie TK Baha. In this incarnation T.K. returns once more in the Borderlands 2 DLC T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest.

Involvement

T.K. offers several missions to a starting player. He offers a few main ones, as well as some side missions upon completing T.K. Has More Work.

If his prosthetic leg is retrieved from Scar, T.K. will reward with a unique shotgun, T.K's Wave.

In Borderlands 2, his niece, Una Baha, wishes to obtain the schematics for T.K's Wave so that she can sue Hyperion. T.K hid the schematics in the weapons Vending Machine in his basement, and it can be mailed to either Una or Hyperion. In the DLC T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest, he offers Halloween-themed missions.

Missions

Main story missions:

Side Missions:

Notes

  • T.K. Baha's name is inconsistently presented throughout Borderlands.
    • In Borderlands he is referred to as "T.K. Baha", yet his splash screen presents a modified version as "TK Baha". In English it is common practice to append initials of a name with a period, although this trend is diminishing as the presence of all capital letters is deemed sufficient to indicate an acronym.
    • In The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, his undead variant is referred to as "Zombie TK Baha". Similarly, items carrying his name acquire the same update, for example, "TK Baha's Leg".

Quotes

  • "You! One more step and it'll be your last! ... You should have seen the look on your face!" - intro cinematic
  • (Sniffs) "You're not a Skag, are ya? Good, I only shoot Skags... Well, mostly anyways. Heehee."
  • "Don't worry about me I can take care of myself. I get by just fine. Alright? I'm O.K."
  • "I uh, I hate to send you away, you're great company and all... but I, I gotta go take a dump. I gotta take a dump something awful! Something real awful! Oh.. never mind... it's gone now."
  • "Hey! Why don't you come over here and chat a while. Always nice for a fellow to have company out here!"
  • "Hmm... smells like off-worlder. How are you liking our planet anyways?"
  • "Thanks. There are just some things that are too difficult without the use of my eyes."
  • "Heh, you should have seen the look on your face!"
  • "I'll be seeing you. I'll see you all right? I'm gunna see you. See you later. I'll see you."
  • "Be seeing you! ...You don't get it do you?"
  • "Now don't let them son-of-a-biscuit-eating-Skags get to you."
  • "Hey, uh... If you ever need anything, anything at all, uh... Just let me know."
  • "You! One more step an' it'll be your last."
  • "Can't say how much having someone's help is... um... well... rather helpful."

Trivia

  • T.K. makes jokes about his blindness such as "You should have seen the look on your face!" and his obsession with the phrase, "Be seeing you."
  • T.K. seemed to live his life with an almost crazy amount of optimism. Even when the bandits came to string him up, he had high hopes. Even becoming the undead couldn't dent it.
  • T.K. Baha (Ahab spelled backwards) may be a reference to Captain Ahab of the novel Moby-Dick which tells the story of the seaman's obsession with revenge on Moby-Dick. Scar replaces the whale as Baha's nemesis.
  • If a player takes the mission Is T.K. O.K.? from Scooter through multiplayer without having finished T.K.'s side missions in Skag Gully, they can check on T.K.'s dead body inside his house while T.K. is still alive on his porch.
  • T.K. is left hanging in the "Hanged Man" position as found on tarot cards.
  • His wooden leg can be found in a burning barrel, behind the closed teller window, in the second DLC, Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot.
  • After the completion of the mission Powering The Fast Travel Network, players will be given the option to accept the mission Is T.K. O.K.?. Accepting this mission is the trigger to T.K.'s death. Avoiding this mission altogether will keep T.K. alive regardless of progression.
  • In Borderlands 2, T.K.'s niece reveals that his first name is Teddy.

See also

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