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    Fragtrap

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    Once the "Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap", sent to defeat the successful Vault Hunters in the original Borderlands and then rendered harmless upon his defeat, this particular Claptrap was reprogrammed by Handsome Jack into an active combat role and re-named "Fragtrap", and used as a Vault Hunter himself in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

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    Claptrap's New Robot Revolution

    INAC, in all his maniacal glory.
    INAC, in all his maniacal glory.

    This particular Claptrap serves as the final boss of the Claptrap's New Robot Revolution DLC for Borderlands, and because it is set after all the other story segments, the true final boss of Borderlands. The Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap was sent by the Hyperion Corporation as part of a new strategy to indirectly deal with Roland, Lilith, Mordecai, and Brick, the Vault Hunters who'd been a thorn in the side of Hyperion throughout the Borderlands campaign. Since all attempts by anyone to kill the Vault Hunters through direct frontal assault had ended in failure, "INAC" would lay traps, poison food supplies, and spread rumours about the Hunters to get all of Pandora to turn against them. Unfortunately, INAC was made extra-intelligent in order to accomplish these tasks, and he used this intelligence to override his programming, whereupon he set out to accomplish galactic domination, reprogramming the Claptraps of Pandora to serve him as footsoldiers, as well as forcibly transforming a wide variety of organic creatures into partially robotic slaves, including Skags, Rakks, and Spiderants, and even intelligent creatures like Bandits, Crimson Lance soldiers, and the late General Knoxx.

    MINAC, INAC's mobile battle fortress.
    MINAC, INAC's mobile battle fortress.

    Ultimately, the Hunters confront INAC at the bus stop from the very beginning of Borderlands, whereupon he summons an enormous battle tank he calls "MINAC" - the Mega Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap - and directly engages the players. Upon MINAC's defeat, INAC pops out and puts up minimal resistance as the Hunters blow him away, using a device on him once he's disabled to reset his programming to basic Claptrap standards and transforming him into the harmless dancing Claptrap on the game's main menu.

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    In this game, taking place between the events of Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the specific robot who was once the Interplanetary Ninja Assassin Claptrap is taken by Jack, a low-level programmer for the Hyperion Corporation who would one day become Handsome Jack, the tyrant of Pandora, and reprogrammed into a direct combat role, inspired by the very team of Vault Hunters who defeated INAC. With this glitchy, questionably legal software installed, Claptrap is renamed "FR4G-TP", or "Fragtrap", and added to a group of Vault Hunters hired by Jack - Athena, Nisha, and Wilhelm - to help him search for a hidden Vault on Elpis, the moon of Pandora.

    Fragtrap's active skill, Vault_Hunter.exe, is meant to analyze the combat situation and intelligently deploy a skill based on an existing Vault Hunter, such as deploying a miniature Claptrap that fires missiles and bullets in a recreation of Axton the Commando's combat turret, or summoning a murderous axe and vastly increasing his physical strength, in the manner of Krieg the Bandit Psycho. However, because it's still in beta - and technically classified as malware - in reality, the program merely selects one of these abilities at random, as well as selecting from a number of much stranger abilities not based on anything specifically, like deploying sails and black powder cannons to turn Fragtrap into a pirate ship, and glitchy negative effects, like making Fragtrap and all his party members uncontrollably bouncy.

    Aftermath

    After the events of the Pre-Sequel, once Jack--now hiding his horribly scarred face with a mask and calling himself "Handsome Jack"--had gotten his hands on an army of robots, he betrayed Fragtrap. While Wilhelm and Nisha became trusted lieutenants in Jack's new world order, Fragtrap had his combat programming deleted and his special upgraded tire (which allowed him to go up flights of stairs, unlike most Claptraps) ripped off his chassis, and then Jack shot him once for good measure. Motivated by his new, nearly limitless power, Jack proceeded to round up everyClaptrap model on Pandora and had them all destroyed and scrapped, shipped to the frozen tundras of Windshear Waste. However, at some point, Sir Hammerlock, who also lived in the Waste, came across the remains of Fragtrap and used bits and pieces from the other destroyed Claptraps to repair him to full working order. His combat protocols were gone for good, but this Claptrap would go on to meet up with a group of Vault Hunters seeking to take down Handsome Jack, and become a major character in the story of Borderlands 2.

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