Tiny Tina is one of the most memorable NPCs from the Borderlands shooter-looter series. She made her debut in the second installment in the series, in which she proved to be so popular that she received her own DLC called Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Tiny Tina:
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Tina is an orphan. For those who are curious, a bandit named Flesh-Stick sold her as well as her parents to Hyperion, which proceeded to use them as test subjects in slag experiments. Hyperion being Hyperion, it should come as no surprise to learn that Tina’s parents did not survive the experience. As for Tina herself, she managed to escape because her parents had managed to smuggle some explosives in with them, thus explaining much about her subsequent expertise and experience.
2. Some Fans Think Her Father Became Krieg
There are some Borderlands fans who think that Tina’s father became Krieg. The whole thing is based on Krieg having been a victim of Hyperion experimentation as well, which isn’t saying much because there have been a lot of people victimized one way or another by the mega-corporation. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that there is no real indication that Krieg has ever been a parent, though to be perfectly fair, that could be because Krieg’s sane personality has no real recollection of his past.
3. Good with Explosives
Tina is supposed to be very good with explosives. In fact, Roland outright called her one of the best experts in this regard who could be found on the whole of Pandora in the second installment in the series, which was particularly impressive for three reasons. One, Roland was one of the best Vault Hunters, meaning that he had a lot of credibility when it came to such matters. Two, Pandora was a murderous madhouse and remains a murderous madhouse, which presumably means that it has a higher threshold for what is considered to be exceptional expertise when it comes to explosives. Third, Tina was still a child when Roland made the comment.
4. Has Exotropia
One of Tina’s most notable physical characteristics is that she has a case of exotropia in her left eye. Basically, exotropia is an eye misalignment that can cause either one or both eyes to turn outward. As such, it can be considered the opposite problem as esotropia, 0which is when one or both eyes turn inward. Regardless, it is interesting to note that Tina’s exotropia started out as a bug, but since it amused the developers, they decided to leave it in.
5. Big Fan of Butt Stallion
Tina is a big fan of Butt Stallion. For those who are curious, Butt Stallion is mentioned by Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2 as one of his extravagant purchases, seeing as how said creature was described as a living pony made out of diamond. Initially, it seemed as though Butt Stallion would be nothing more than a throwaway mention. However, Butt Stallion was featured in not one but two pieces of DLC, which came with the very amusing revelation that Butt Stallion was a mare in spite of her rather misleading name.
6. New Caretaker of Butt Stallion
The DLC didn’t just make it clear that Tina is a big fan of Butt Stallion; the DLC also made her the new caretaker of Butt Stallion. In short, what happened was that Butt Stallion fell into a state of deep depression upon the death of Handsome Jack, with the result that she turned herself into a statue. Fortunately, some of the surviving Hyperion employees managed to get Butt Stallion off of Helios when it was destroyed, with the result that they took care of her until she was horse-napped by New Pandora with the intent of selling her for cash on the black market. The Vault Hunters managed to rescue Butt Stallion before Tina managed to coax her out of her statue form, thus resulting in Vaughn naming her Butt Stallion’s new caretaker.
7. Got Revenge On Flesh-Stick
There were a number of Tina-related missions in Borderlands 2. Two of them involved providing Tina with a helping hand when it came to Flesh-Stick, the Psycho who sold her as well as her parents to Hyperion. The first mission involved finding Flesh-Stick before luring him into a trap of Tina’s making. Meanwhile, the second mission involved fending off Flesh-Stick’s minions while Tina tortured him before executing him with an electric chair.
8. Participated in Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
It is interesting to note that Tina made a semi-important appearance in the DLC called Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage. In that one, the player had to go up against a number of powerful enemies before earning the right to challenge someone who had wronged them in the arena. One of those lead-up enemies was a cannibal named Motor Momma, who rode around on a vehicle packed with plenty of firepower. To help the player, Moxxi hired Tina to train the player in preparation for the fight, though to be perfectly honest, Tina’s training wasn’t very good. Amusing perhaps but not very good.
9. Hates Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Apparently, Tina survives on a diet of dessert items that should have left her very malnourished at the very least. However, she does have clear likes and dislikes when it comes to her menu options. For instance, while Tina is a big fan of chocolate chip cookies, she loathes oatmeal raisin cookies. In fact, she loathes them so much that when she found out that what she believed to be chocolate chip cookies were actually oatmeal raisin cookies, she asked the player to destroy all of the vending machines selling them in Torgue’s cafeteria for his employees.
10. Had a Rather Biased Opinion of Angel
Tina’s own DLC featured her running a tabletop RPG campaign that was very blatantly based on the events of the main game. However, her campaign was very much influenced by her own understanding of what happened. One excellent example can be seen in how she depicted Angel as a malicious individual who lured Roland to his death rather than a much more complicated person who both helped and was helped by the Vault Hunters because she blamed Angel for Roland’s death, which wasn’t fair but nonetheless understandable.