Professor Nakayama in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!


Image credit: Professor Nakayama. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Professor Nakayama is a reoccurring character in the Borderlands universe who first appeared as an enemy in Borderlands 2 where he is incredibly distraught over Handsome Jack’s death. In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Nakayama is working for Handsome Jack and the player is tasked with a couple missions to get Jack to noticeProfessor Nakayama. This includes delivering a clumsy romantic message and a bunch of flowers to Jack on Nakayama’s behalf. However, despite Nakayama’s efforts, Handsome Jack doesn’t seem to ever notice or care about these gestures.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Borderlands (2009): Mad Moxxi, Mr. Shank and Chaz, Brick, Patricia Tannis

Borderlands 2 (2012): Audio files at the Wildlife Exploitation Preserve, Sir Hammerlock, Axton, Tiny Tina, Mr. Torgue, Maya, Motor Momma, Zer0

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! (2014): Athena and Janey, Rose Yin, Professor Nakayama

See QRM’s entry for this game.


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  2. Various. (n.d.). Professor Nakayama (character page). Borderlands Wiki. Retrieved from