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Borderlands character
First appearanceBorderlands (2009)
Created byGearbox Software
Voiced byDavid Eddings
Jim Foronda (Borderlands 3)

Claptrap is a fictional character from the Gearbox Software video game, Borderlands. Claptrap is a CL4P-TP general purpose robot manufactured by Hyperion and has been programmed with an overenthusiastic personality. It brags frequently, yet also expresses severe loneliness and cowardice. Claptrap received mostly negative reviews due to its perceived "annoyance".

Character development[edit]

Claptrap was developed from a random sketch in a low-level assignment made by the JIRA project-management software system.[1] In the German version, the initial Claptrap introduces itself as "CLP4P-TP", even though the subtitles read "CL4P-TP". Claptrap is the only robot of its kind that has been designated with an actual name, Claptrap P. Claptrappington.[2] Claptrap was voiced by David Eddings on Borderlands 2 DLC[3] but has been replaced by a new voice actor, Jim Foronda on Borderlands 3[4] after controversy surrounding it,[3] where Eddings claimed that the Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford assaulted him, calling him "bitter and disgruntled" after being fired from voicing the character.[5] Gearbox also wants Dwayne Johnson to voice the character.[6]


Claptrap first appeared in the original Borderlands game in 2009.[7] He appeared again in Borderlands: Pre-Sequel as a playable character,[8] and some various DLC including The Secret Armory of General Knoxx,[9] Claptrap's New Robot Revolution,[10] Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt,[11] Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep,[12] and Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary.[12] The eccentric robot appeared again in Claptastic Voyage as the main character,[13] and on the Claptastic Voyage at the final episode.[12] as well as Borderlands 2 as DLC.[14] He later returned in Borderlands 3, when he introduces Pandora[15] and has an ability to climb stairs.[16] He has made appearance in Fortnite on a minigame.[17]


Multiple journalists on PC Gamer claimed that Claptrap is "the worst character",[18] Andy Kelly said that "When he starts dancing and beatboxing I want to toss him in a car crusher then eject the resulting yellow cube into a wormhole that leads directly to the s..t dimension, where everything's made of s..t." Shaun Prescott stated that "Claptrap is more annoying than virtually every other character and dialogue line in every single Borderlands game." Joanna Nelius stated that the character "is good but only in fiction." Christopher Livingston stated that "Not good, but I'm sure not the worst. But definitely one of the worst." Jody Macgregor stated that "By the end of this imaginary conversation he's convinced himself it's really OK for bad dudes to kick the s..t out of him for no reason. Fraser Brown stated that the robot "It is just a minion, throw it in the bin." Wesley Fenlon claimed the character is "bad unless voiced by Keith David." Samuel Roberts claimed that "He wasn't bad until dubstep."[18] the character also has been made of fan-fiction and some NSFW.[19] TrustedReviews also claimed that Claptrap is "an annoying piece of trash".[20] Game Revolution also mentions that Claptrap is a slightly annoying mascot,[21] Rock Paper Shotgun said that it is an annoying but beloved character.[22] While The Verge claimed that the Claptrap is one of the most obnoxious robots.[7]

A variety of related merchandise portraying Claptrap as a bizarre talking car charger,[23] Pop Toys,[24] geek-themed controller holders,[25] and a deluxe figure from McFarlane Toys,[26] which Kotaku praised for its detail.[27]


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  13. ^ "Try to survive the mind of Claptrap in new Claptastic Voyage trailer". March 11, 2015.
  14. ^ "The New "Borderlands 2" DLC Throws More Shade at David Eddings".
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  18. ^ a b Gamer, P. C. (April 3, 2019). "Claptrap: good or the worst?".
  19. ^ Prescott, Shaun (April 4, 2019). "There's a lot of Claptrap fan fiction, and some of it's NSFW".
  20. ^ King, Jade. "Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition Review". Trusted Reviews.
  21. ^ "Borderlands 3 Characters | All returning characters revealed so far". GameRevolution. April 1, 2019.
  22. ^ Stanley, Alyse (May 21, 2019). "Reddit grants terminally ill fans' wishes to play Borderlands 3 & Total War: Three Kingdoms".
  23. ^ Wilde, Tyler (November 23, 2018). "What a nightmare: This Claptrap talking car charger is on sale for $20".
  24. ^ "New Borderlands Pop Toys Coming, See The Mock-Ups Here".
  25. ^ "The Cable Guys Offer Detailed Geek-Themed Controller Holders". Hardcore Gamer. June 28, 2019.
  26. ^ "Borderlands 2 Claptrap Gets a Deluxe Figure from McFarlane Toys".
  27. ^ McWhertor, Michael. "Borderlands' Claptrap Toy Is So Good We Won't Call It Cel-Shaded". Kotaku.