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Gender Male
Race Human
Faction Hyperion
Level 15-19 (Normal Mode)
42 (True Vault Hunter Mode)
Location End of the Line
Game Borderlands 2
Appearances Borderlands 2
Voiced By Todd Haberkorn

Wilhelm is a Hyperion Engineer who serves Handsome Jack, and who nearly killed the original Vault Hunters after the events of Borderlands. He is one of the bosses in Borderlands 2.

Wilhelm is the first major boss of the game (Major bosses are indicated by health bars on the HUD instead of above the enemy). He is mentioned multiple times by the Guardian Angel, with considerable trepidation, before he is fought at the End of the Line.

Physically he is part Hyperion loader, with his body from the waist down replaced with loader legs. From the waist up, Wilhelm resembles an engineer with a constructor's optic sensor in the place of his right eye. Wilhelm also bears a shoulder-mounted mortar, which he uses for ranged attacks.

Wilhelm will be one of the four playable characters in the upcoming game, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. He stars alongside Claptrap, Nisha and Athena.


Main article: A Train to Catch


Wilhelm shares most of the quotes uttered by Hyperion loaders, with unique lines.

Losing Shields

  • "This is problematic."
  • "My shields are down!"
  • "Shields down!"

Tossing grenades

  • "Throwing explosives!"
  • "Grenade!"
  • "Have some of this!"


  • "Your pain is delicious."
  • "Exterminating."
  • "This is for the good of Pandora!"
  • "I will rip out your spine and defecate on it!"
  • "Time to die, bad guy!"
  • "Your struggle is meaningless!"
  • "Jack will win in the end!"
  • "This will hurt."
  • "I've fought Vault Hunter's before!"
  • "I am Jack's righteous fury."
  • "This will be easier than New Haven!"

Downing a Vault Hunter

  • "Stay down, bandit!"
  • "Feel the might of Hyperion!"
  • "Taste the dirt!"

Killing a Vault Hunter

  • "You are weak!"
  • "Ha!"
  • "Know the surprise!"
  • "As expected."
  • "Hehehahaha, this is unsurprising!"


  • "Is this... pain?"
  • "Someone has made a mistake!"
  • "This is literally impossible!"
  • "My movement is impaired!"

In range of a grenade

  • "That is a grenade!"
  • "A grenade!"
  • "Oh!"
  • "Crap!"

Responding to action skills

  • "Shut the hell up!"
  • "Let's go, 'zerker!"
  • "Gun on, 'zerker!"
  • "Bring it, gunzerker!"



Wilhelm Screamed
Wilhelm Screamed achievement
  • Wilhelm has no intro cutscene, despite his status.
  • Defeating Wilhelm unlocks the "Wilhelm Screamed" achievement, a reference to the stock sound recording used in many movies, television shows, and video games.
  • Wilhelm is first mentioned in the mission Handsome Jack Here!, when he is heard murdering a train full of refugees on their way to Sanctuary under orders from Handsome Jack.
  • An unused ECHO recording from Handsome Jack exists in which Jack says that he poisoned Wilhelm prior to his fight with the Vault Hunters, weakening him in order to ensure the power core he carried would be recovered without making the find seem too easy.
  • Wilhelm is German for the name William.


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