Rhys Strongfork is the current CEO of the Atlas corporation, a former middle manager of Hyperion, and one of the two main protagonists of Tales from the Borderlands.


Rhys is an ambitious man, and once dreamt of becoming the next Handsome Jack, trying his best to fill in his shoes. He got along with two co-workers, Vaughn and Yvette, but maintained a rivalry with Vasquez.

Rhys' most notable features are his ECHO eye implant, which allows him to scan objects and reveal information about them; and his mechanical right arm, which has a built-in interface. Rhys got his cyberware to help him get ahead in the data-mining department. It was paid for by his quarterly bonus, which he received for arranging a lucrative (though controversial) Eridium mining deal. While his old ECHO eye gave him access to all the information from the Hyperion database, it's unknown what features his current ECHO eye has, though it would presumably be accessing the Atlas database.


Borderlands 3

Rhys eventually managed to rebuild the Atlas corporation and settled himself on Promethea. After retaking Watershed Base, the Vault Hunters and Lorelei contact Rhys. He is excited when he hears that the Crimson Raiders sent Vault Hunters to Promethea, but is distraught upon hearing that they didn't bring any more troops with them. However, he quickly recomposes himself and tells the Vault Hunters that if Maliwan is helping the Calypsos go after the Vaults, then that information would be stored in Maliwan's Gigamind. He tells the Vault Hunters to go meet up with his top agent, who is already planning a strike on the Gigamind to steal Maliwan's data.

The Vault Hunters bring the Gigamind back to Rhys, but make him promise to help them get to the Vault. Reluctantly, Rhys agrees, and downloads the information on Maliwan's troops, battle plans, and movements. He tells the Vault Hunters that Maliwan is after Vault Key pieces, and have sent troops to Athenas to steal one.

Rhys calls the Vault Hunters back to Promethea after they collect the Key piece on Athenas. He needs help shutting down Maliwan's laser, which is being powered by the second Key piece. He has the Vault Hunters meet him at his ship, but before they can travel to Maliwan's base, Katagawa destroys the ship. Rhys gives the Vault Hunters an Atlas Viper Drive to hack a Maliwan shuttle instead. Once the Vault Hunters reach the base, Rhys helps walk them through the process of reaching the laser. He hacks a Death Sphere and uses it to gain access to the control room.

Rhys invites the Vault Hunters to Atlas HQ to give them the third Vault Key piece. However, as soon as they arrive, the Atlas defenses are sabotaged and Maliwan forces start invading. Rhys frantically tries to find Zer0 to help fight off Maliwan, and instructs the Vault Hunters on how to help get the defenses back online. Evidence starts suggesting that Zer0 betrayed Atlas, but Rhys refuses to believe it until he starts getting attacked by Zer0 in a Maliwan suit. As Maliwan Zer0 is about to kill Rhys, the real Zer0 shows up to save his friend. Maliwan Zer0 is revealed to be Katagawa in disguise, and the Vault Hunters have to kill him.

After Katagawa is defeated, Rhys asks the Vault Hunters what they think of his mustache, then gives them the Key piece.




Rhys, due to his cybernetics, is an excellent hacker. With some modifications by AI Jack, he can hack many different programs.


Main article: Rhys/Quotes


  • Rhys' colorful striped sock is a nod to Troy Baker's own love for colorful striped socks.[1]
  • Rhys' shoe size is 13 as stated by scanning Fiona in Episode 2 "Atlas Mugged".
  • Rhys' ex-girlfriend is named Stacey.
  • Rhys had posters of Handsome Jack on his wall when he was a Hyperion employee.
  • Chocolate dill pickle is his favorite frogurt flavor, based on his Viper Drive password hint and answer.


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