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Ranking Far Cry’s Villians

Far cry is known for interesting landscapes, great gunplay, and tons of action, but what makes the series stand out is its amazing cast of villains. They truly are the standouts in the series even shadowing the heroes. While some are more memorable than others for sure, they are all deserving of their role, so let us break down the baddest of the bad.

9) Dr. Krieger: Far Cry

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Obviously at the bottom of the list here is Dr. Kreiger, given the time when the game was released and is the first entry in the series, Far Cry was trying to figure out who they were. So insert your generic bad guy who gets all hopped up on the equivalent of super-soldier serum and turns into Mr. X from Resident Evil. Your most basic of the basic, but hey every list has to start somewhere.

8) The Jackal: Far Cry 2

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The Jackal is a notorious arms dealer, who has been selling his weapons to many countries in Africa for at least 16 wars: recently, to the warring factions the United Front for Liberation and Labour and the Alliance for Popular Resistance. Aside from the two warring factions, he is known to sell his weapons to many Gun shops scattered throughout The Unnamed African Country. As it has been stated at the beginning of the game, every gun, bullet, and corpse is traced back to him. This is the first time we saw the landscape and captivating villain model used in Far Cry for years to come.

7) Ike Sloan: Far Cry Blood Dragon

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Now Blood Dargon might be the most “out there” of the Far Cry games, and that’s because basically, it’s an 80’s action movie sci-fi romp of complete insanity. And because of this the characters and bosses are quite shallow, the game is a blast of course though, just not a lot of meat on the bones here.

The former commanding officer of Sgt. “Power” Colt and Lt. T.T. Brown, Col. Ike Sloan is a Mark V Cyber-Commando and leader of the cyborg army known only as Omega Force.

After consuming Dragon Blood, Col. Sloan’s already advanced Mark V cybernetics became “supercharged.” Using the research of Dr. Darling and Dr. Carlyle, Sloan weaponized dragon blood into an aerosolized agent that could “make slaves or monsters of men”.

6) Batari: Far Cry Primal

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While Far Cry Primal is probably my least favorite Far Cry game Batari fits right here on the list.

Batari is the divine matriarch of the Izila tribe. Zealous, vindictive, and arrogant, she has ushered her people into a new age of agrarian prosperity with the harsh but benevolent hand of a spiritual leader. Batari has enjoyed the reverence of the Izila ever since she was born during a solar eclipse and deemed a descendant of the sun goddess, Suxli. The Izila people now venerate her as the “sun daughter,” a divine savior who will protect them from danger.

Like the Izila sun goddess, Batari presents herself as an icon of warmth, nourishment, and fertility. But beneath her warm exterior burns the heart of a prideful tyrant consumed by vanity and paranoia. She is obsessed with superiority – first over her fellow tribespeople, and second over the inhuman Wenja and Udam pests that populate other tribes.

Only one name haunts the Izila matriarch: Krati, the name of her beloved son. He betrayed Batari’s trust many years ago and sparked a revolt, forcing Batari to burn him alive for his crimes. She uses the myth of Krati the Destroyer to keep the Izila under her thumb, but deep down she fears her son will one day return to kill her.

You have to be a certain kind of crazy to burn your son alive right? Not to mention she was pulling the strings behind the cannibalistic UII that was out to get you as well.

5) Lou and Mickey: Far Cry New Dawn

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Ruthless, Cunning, and Sadistic are the best ways, to sum up, these sisters.

Michelle “Mickey” and Louise “Lou” were born around 2009 to 2015 to Vince and an unnamed mother in the United States and managed to survive the nuclear holocaust in 2018. When the dust settled, Mickey and Lou were raised by their parents, with Vince becoming the founder and leader of a gang called the Highwaymen. Mickey and Lou were trained by Vince to see those that didn’t support their vision as enemies and to put people into two categories – problem solvers or problem makers. As a result, Mickey and Lou adopted his mentality at a young age despite being discouraged so by their mother, who knew that Vince’s plans only ended in violence. When Vince decided to take his daughters from his wife, Mickey spoke with her mother, who made her promise to watch over Lou and not become like her father.

Mickey and Lou watched their father “solve” problems usually by killing anyone who didn’t support his vision, which only caused more problems than solutions. According to a charter leader of the Highwaymen, Vince became “soft” in the head, indicating that he was losing his insanity or was mentally declining, which resulted in his death by th4e twins. It’s theorized that Mickey and Lou killed him to become the leaders of the Highwaymen, however, it’s possible that the twins killed him due to Vince becoming a “problem maker”. After Vince was killed, Mickey and Lou became the co-leaders of the Highwaymen and started to become a dominant gang in the wasteland of America. The twins started to gain dominance in Hope County, as they took and pillage land despite survivors living there, and fought against New Eden under the leadership of Joseph Seed.

4) Pagan Min: Far Cry 4

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Pagan Min is the main antagonist of the 2014 video game Far Cry 4. He is the self-appointed leader of a region named Kyrat, located in the Himalayan Mountains. He rules with an iron fist, terrorizing the people with his militia and trafficking drugs. Under his leadership, the resistance group The Golden Path was formed to oppose his tyrannical leadership. He was a different breed of villain for the series as he never really shows hostility towards you in the game, he wants you to join him and is quite courteous to you, ya know after stabbing a man in the neck with a pen during the opening of the game.

3) Vaas Montenegro: Far Cry 3

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Vaas is easily the most psychotic on this list. He is the leader of the pirates on Rook Island and the brother of the Rakyat leader Citra. As part of a major running theme in the game, Vaas and all of the other villains are mentally unstable. Vaas is also known to be a charismatic but psychotic man at the same time.

Sometime before 2012, Vaas became addicted to drugs, brought to the islands by deranged slave and drug trafficker Hoyt Volker. Vaas eventually established contact with Volker who found potential in Vaas and promoted him to right-hand man. Vaas went on to become the leader of the Pirates, a faction consisting of pirates that came to the Rook Islands to rape, pillage, steal, and murder.

Vaas and his men would help Volker with his business (such as growing marijuana fields and kidnapping and selling into slavery people who land in the North Island) and strike terror and injustice in the Rakyat and the islands that are rightfully theirs. Vaas would operate from a hidden fortress in the North Island from where he would oversee the deaths and destruction he caused on the natives and the Rakyat who were once considered his family.

The funniest thing about Vaas (if there is such a thing) is that he wasn’t even the main villain in the game, but easily stole the spotlight and helped shape all of the future villains.

2) Joseph Seed: Far Cry 5

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Now you can’t have Joseph in this list without including his entire family, as they all are unique and twisted in their ways. But Joseph was without a doubt, the man holding all the cards. Joseph Seed (also known as “The Father”) is the main antagonist of Far Cry 5. He is the leader of the Project at Eden’s Gate – a militaristic doomsday cult that has overtaken rural Hope County in Montana. Believing the end of days is upon the world, Seed believes that he has been chosen by God to save the souls of Hope County (whether they like it or not) and uses torture, kidnapping, intimidation, drugs, and violence to achieve his goals. One of the scariest things about the Seed family is just how realistic it all could have been…

and our number one… Anton Castillo: Far Cry 6

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Since the game isn’t out yet I am going to stay spoiler-free here. Far Cry 6 takes place on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, which is inspired by Cuba and described as “the largest Far Cry playground to date” and “a tropical paradise frozen in time”. It is ruled by “El Presidente” Antón Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito), a fascist dictator with full control over the island. Castillo is guiding his son Diego (Anthony Gonzalez), who is unsure of his own future, to follow in his footsteps.  Esposito described his character as a leader “trying to empower the people to understand that they need strong leadership now”, but is stuck in the middle of a revolution. Esposito further added that “his father was a dictator before him and he wants to empower the people to take their country back. His goal is to use the resources that they have within the country to survive without allowing outsiders to come in and co-opt their scientists, their intellectual property, all of these things”. Esposito continued that Antón is “trying to empower his son to take up his mantle and really embrace ideas that would allow him to see that soon he will probably be the next leader in this country”. Anton is VERY calculated, methodical, and rules with an iron fist. He has amassed a staggeringly large army that is present throughout Yara. Play the game and see for yourself why this man is ranked number one on our list.

 

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blank Kevin Austin has been in gaming journalism in one way or another since the launch of the Nintendo Gamecube. Married and father of 3 children he has been gaming since the ripe age of 6 when he got his first NES system and over 30 years later he is still gaming almost daily. Kevin is also co-founder of the Play Some Video Games (PSVG) Podcast network which was founded over five years ago and is still going strong. Some of his favorite gaming series includes Fallout and Far Cry, he is a sucker for single player adventure games (hence his big reviews for Playstation), and can frequently be found getting down in one battle royale or another. If it's an oddball game, odds are he's all about it.

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