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« Our great and glorious leader who has risked his life and limb to bring Kyrat out of the past. He sacrifices everything for his adopted homeland and loves its people like his own children. May Pagan's light shine upon you all. »

King Min's Kyrat

Pagan Min (蒲甘明) is the main antagonist of Far Cry 4.

Pagan Min first seen in-game

Pagan is the autocratic self-proclaimed King of the Kingdom of Kyrat, and the former Mountain Master/Dragon Head of the Triad Empire.

Background

Pagan Min was born in Hong Kong in 1966, the son of a Golden Triangle drug lord. Min was extravagant and flamboyant, unlike his father, whom he deemed to be a 'dinosaur'. They had a tumultuous relationship due to his son's flamboyance. Gang would belittle Pagan by claiming he was his daughter and claim he deserved the bullying he faced at school for his behavior. Pagan grew to be a skilled and deadly gangster in his father's triad but became increasingly indulgent with his power. Gang froze his son's financial accounts after discovering he was having sexual relationships with men. Gang confronted Pagan over these humiliating instances but was killed by his son in a rage after being struck by his father.

Following his father's death and his inheritance of control of the cartel, Min adopted the moniker 'Pagan', in tribute to a Burmese King of the Konbaung dynasty who slaughtered his family in order to gain power.

Min had ambitions beyond the small-time operations of his cartel and began to build considerable assets and a large private army, causing severe tensions with many of his allies, who began plotting his downfall. Knowing that his death was an inevitability, Min became besieged by his own people and slaughtered his allies and chose to travel to the small failed state of Kyrat for his escape, and brought along Yuma Lau and their vast Triad gang.

Kyrat was ravaged in First Kyrati Civil War between the supporters and opponents of the already fallen monarchy, Pagan Min and Yuma Lau chose to ally with the Royalists and found a distant royal heir for them. After a few months of bloody fighting against the Nationalists, the Royalists stormed the Royal Palace and attempted to crown the young heir to the throne. Min, however, killed the heir and took the throne himself, brutally purging the Royalist leadership of his opponents. Min's betrayal led to Second Kyrati Civil War with the formation of the Golden Path resistance movement in 1987, who were committed to his downfall.

Up against Min's well trained and well-armed mercenaries, the Golden Path, led by Mohan Ghale met with little success. This led to tensions between Ghale and his wife, Ishwari Ghale. Ishwari wished to fight alongside the Golden Path, an activity deemed unsuitable by her husband, who instead chose to send Ishwari to Min's palace as a spy in an attempt to shock her. Contrary to Ghale's intentions, Ishwari instead fell in love with Min, eventually bearing him a daughter named Lakshmana Min, who was killed by Mohan shortly before her second birthday.

Soon after, Mohan was killed by Ishwari, who then fled with her three-year-old son Ajay to the United States of America, causing Min to become a recluse.

Far Cry 4

« "Stop". "Shoot". "Stop". "Shoot." Do those words sound the same? »

Pagan Min

Far Cry 4

Pagan is introduced to the player when Ajay, son of Mohan and Ishwari, returns to Kyrat to return his mother's ashes to Lakshmana. Pagan Min learned of Ajay's passage via the border with India and gave orders for Ajay's bus to be intercepted. The operation is botched, as the soldiers tasked with stopping the bus open fire on it when Golden Path members emerge from within. Immediately after, Pagan arrives via helicopter. Pagan becomes angry with the commander because his orders were to stop or capture the bus, not shoot the bus. He stabs the commander in the neck with his pen multiple times, using it as an improvised shiv, killing him. After this, Pagan takes a selfie with Ajay and has a bag placed over his head.

Ajay, along with Darpan, is brought to Paul "De Pleur" Harmon's compound. Ajay, Paul, Darpan, and Pagan are sat at a dinner table where Pagan properly introduces himself to Ajay and explains his intentions. However, Darpan is caught texting the Golden Path for help, which leads to De Pleur and Pagan leaving Ajay to himself. After these events, Ajay escapes the compound and meet up with the Golden Path rebels.

Throughout the game, Pagan frequently interacts with Ajay via radio and consistently displays a warm attitude toward him despite Ajay supporting the Golden Path, albeit sometimes irritated (such as when Ajay kills Pagan's body double outside of Utkarsh or destroys his solid gold statue). Though they are not related, Pagan often displays a father-like demeanor toward Ajay, showing what he calls 'tough love' and, at times, going so far as to guide Ajay and even save his life. This alludes to the time that Ajay spent in the Royal Palace with him while Ishwari was involved with Pagan.

After storming the Royal Palace, Ajay is presented with the choice to either kill Pagan where he sits or spare his life and spread his mother's ashes as he originally intended. If the player kills Pagan as he is eating, the message will appear that "The King is Dead". Later on, Ajay will call either Amita or Sabal,(whichever one the player chose to keep alive and keep in power), to inform them that Pagan is dead. Either Amita or Sabal will ask him if they "found Lakshmana". Ajay will respond that he doesn't know what that means, but it isn't important. Amita/Sabal will answer that all that matters is that Kyrat is free and the hard part with the war is basically over [basically the developers telling the player to go back, play again, and not to shoot Pagan Min right there in the palace, so that they can find out about Lakshmana].

If the player spares Pagan, Ajay will sit down across from him to eat some food he had prepared for his arrival to the palace. Ajay will just angrily stare at him as they dine together. As Pagan eats, he will then ask Ajay if he had killed either Amita or Sabal; but will then give the answer that he already knows who he killed and who he didn't kill (meaning he knows for certain if one of them is already dead or just out of power). Pagan Min then says to Ajay that whomever of the two is left alive and in power, that he's just giving away his country to them; since he intended to pass down the crown of Kyrat's monarchy to Ajay as the new leader. He then suggests to Ajay that he could take back his power if he wanted to, saying to him, "You're half way there. One down, one to go. Not that I want to put ideas into your head. But at least now we know you have a taste for doing what it takes." [Bluntly telling to Ajay that it would be best to kill whoever is still alive and in power (meaning Amita or Sabal) after the ashes are spread].

After the short meal and short lecture from Pagan, Ajay is then being led back to a small shrine dedicated to Lakshmana, so that he can let go of the ashes. Pagan will explain the truth to Ajay that the Golden Path isn't who they seem to be, and also tells him the evils that his own father, Mohan Ghale, had... One of which included the killing of Min's daughter and Ajay's half sister, Lakshmana, whom was just a baby; and that his mother killed his father in revenge for her death. Min explains he used Lakshmana's passing as an excuse for what he did, just as Ajay used his mother's ashes the same way. At the door of the shrine, Pagan says to Ajay that once he gives his Mother the proper resting she deserves here in the shrine, he will come out a king. Once Ajay enters the shrine, he leaves his mother's urn beside Lakshmana's, letting them to rest peacefully together as mother and daughter.

Once Ajay does what he has to do and leaves his sister's shrine, Pagan will depart in his helicopter, leaving Kyrat in Ajay's hands while saying that he is "keeping the helicopter", iterating the fact that all choices have consequences. It is rumored that Pagan struck a deal with the Chinese government for asylum and he was escaping in his helicopter with many of Kyrat’s diamonds, to where he will continue to live a luxurious lifestyle. The player can choose to either let Pagan Min flee unharmed and live the rest of his life in peace; or shoot Pagan's helicopter down and kill him. If the helicopter is destroyed, the text that "The King is Dead" will show. Afterwards, Pagan's body can be found and searched at the crash site (alongside the road leading up to Pagan's palace). On him is a pen worth 300,000 rupees, a pin worth 350,000 rupees, and 250,000 rupees (assuming the rumored Kyrati diamonds were lost in the crash). If Pagan lives and leaves Kyrat, he will leave behind a radio message, immensely inebriated, on Royal Radio.[2]

Alternatively, in a secret ending, if Ajay remains at the compound long enough, Pagan will return, grateful he stayed and apologizes for his lengthy absence, citing Golden Path terrorists were found near the area as an explanation. Without delay, Pagan brings Ajay to Lakshmana, where he reveals that Lakshmana is actually Pagan's daughter with Ishwari, whom Mohan had killed in rage. After Ajay leaves his mother's urn at Lakshmana's shrine, Pagan asks if Ajay is feeling better and if he got it out of his system. Ajay nods in approval and Pegan leads him back onto the helicopter while suggesting to him, "Maybe now we can finally shoot some goddamn guns" [jokingly telling the player to actually play through the story the way it should be played].

Far Cry 6

Pagan Min is the protagonist of the Far Cry 6 DLC, "Pagan: Control". The DLC itself is presented as a survival game depicting Pagan Min's mental struggle. The DLC can be accessed both from the main menu of Far Cry 6 and from within the game world by using gaming consoles located in various Libertad camps. This also indicates that the events unfolding in these DLCs are not canon, similar to the story of the Far Cry 5 DLC "Lost On Mars."

Far Cry 6 DLC: Control Trivia

  • At the end of Far Cry 6's DLC "Control", the secret ending features a cassette recording for Ajay left by Pagan, who was fully aware of the CIA involvement in Kyrat. He did not like the US meddling around in his affairs' so he made a secret stockpile of nuclear warheads stashed right underneath his temple. He states that they are "pointed right at America, probably somewhere near Montana to be exact." This would correlate with the nuclear ending of Far Cry 5, however, this narrative contradicts the background information about a widening global conflict reported in the news heard on the radio in Resistance camps and while riding in cars - Far Cry 5 clearly identifies North Korea as the most likely source of the nuclear strikes.
  • The Tyrant in Far Cry 6 "Pagan: Control" are theorized to be his younger self as he reminded Pagan about his past, his mistakes and his tyranny life as a King of Kyrat before his downfall.
  • In Far Cry 6 "Pagan: Control", it implied that in his mind he has a moral conflict between himself and his loved ones with exception of his enemy: Yuma, Mohan, his father and Tyrant. It indicated that the Tyrant are actually represented of Yin due to his Chinese nationality and Asian culture; his younger self, his sins, his dark history and his personality are much darker, sarcastic and revengeful, also he fashioned himself a dark suit rather than his pink suit. Compared to his older self which is represented Yang; his long loving for his family (mainly Lakshmana, Ishwari and Ajay), patience but recluse from everyone else he knew and willing to sacrifices himself for Ajay and Lakshmana as a way to atone his sins in his own mind even though Ajay have a grudges against him in a rogue vision.
  • In secret ending with his audio recorder cassette, he given Ajay his throne, his nuclear arsenals but he did mention about he thought himself either dead or alive in his recording leaving most of the player furthermore ambiguous about his canonical fate after Far Cry 4.
  • After Pagan save Ajay in his mind, he jokingly stated his fate: he mentions about him died in the dinner table or him dying on helicopter; much to Pagan frustrated and dismay as he is stated is not a fitting end for him. This is a dark and humor yet hilarious for every player to shoot a rocket at his helicopter after Ajay spreading his mother ashes next to Lakshmana in his ending should player spared Pagan.

Personality and Traits

« You don't text for help, you cry for help. Come on, let's cry for help. If you're going to do something, you're going to do it right. Here we go. Go on! Cry for help! ... oh, pathetic... like you mean it... Help, from your diaphragm! HELP! ... wait... listen... Nothing »

Pagan Min

Far Cry 4

Pagan Min is known for his flamboyant dress, eccentric violence, and generally, unconcerned approach even to highly climactic events. He is a rather soft-spoken sort of person, rarely expressing emotions stronger than minor annoyance. Pagan started out as an opium-dealing crime lord, but over the years he grew tired of running his father's criminal empire and nothing more. His greed led him to desire to rule his own nation, with Kyrat being his prime candidate. In fact, out of all of the government and Royal Army personnel in Kyrat, Pagan seems to be arguably the most calm and reserved, unlike his subordinates. His attitude towards Ajay, despite Ajay working with the Golden Path and making an attempt on his life, is strangely warm and father-like. He seems to view Ajay’s gradual destruction of his regime, and his takeover of Kyrat, almost as entertainment, and on occasion even takes steps to aid him in that endeavor. Pagan himself claims that he wants to change Kyrat and bring the nation into a glorious future from the ashes of the old society. Whether or not there is a single slice of truth in that, as he seems to only take care of his own needs, is unknown. Ishwari Ghale may have had a positive influence on him, though he explains at the end of the game, should the player choose to let him live, that it was only when he first visited Lakshmana's shrine that he walked in a sane man and came out 'like this'. Pagan's rule of Kyrat is very much characteristic of a ruthless autocrat, reminiscent of totalitarian personality cults. He controls all media in Kyrat, which he floods with propaganda, and seems to come up with new laws and regulations on a whim.

Despite being someone narcissistic, Pagan respected the concept of family, and loved Ishwari and Lakshmana deeply, even blaming the Golden Path for their deaths. However, Pagan Min is very much a recluse in his royal palace, passing off the burden of leadership to his governors Yuma Lau, Noore Najjar, and Paul "De Pleur" Harmon. Yuma, in particular, has become resentful of Pagan, lamenting that he has become weak compared to the ruthlessness of his younger self. Yuma blames Ishwari for this change in Pagan's disposition, suggesting that Pagan's love for Ishwari caused him to temper the former strength which Yuma was initially drawn to. Close reading of Mohan Ghale's Journal implies that Pagan met with other Golden Path leaders for peace talks around the time Lakshmana was born. Also, in one of his calls to Ajay, Pagan mentions that Ishwari once convinced him to sponsor students studying medicine in Singapore. They never return, so Paul "dealt with their families" in Kyrat while Pagan's contacts in Singapore tracked them down and "find a fitting end for each of them". He also admits to Ajay that he earned the worst of his reputation right after Lakshmana was killed and Ishwari fled Kyrat but acknowledges that his grief was an excuse to do whatever he wanted to do anyway.

As evident by his farewell message (assuming the player lets him escape), Pagan is also implied to be a heavy drinker.

Trivia

  • Pagan treats Ajay like his son even though he is his step-father. Pagan is very patient towards Ajay and gives him plenty of chances.
  • Pagan Min is not the uncle of Ajay, but in one of the radio chats, he says, "Just checking in on my favorite nephew" and referred to himself as "Uncle Pagan here."
  • He is the only antagonist in the series who is indirectly related to the protagonist.
  • Pagan Min shares the same name as the real-life ruler of the Burmese Kingdom who was 9th King of Konbaung Dynasty in 19th century, though he killed his brothers to gain the throne, not his father (as the developers mistakenly claimed).[3]
  • Pagan's voice actor, Troy Baker, is a prominent voice actor known for such roles as Joel in The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, Talion in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4, Jack Mitchell in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, in addition to numerous others.
  • Troy Baker has stated that his portrayal of Pagan was partly inspired by Christoph Waltz's portrayal of Hans Landa in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds. He also recalled that he was given the part when a casting assistant walked in during his audition, at which point he improvised and, still in character as Pagan, declared that he intended to murder her in front of casting directors.
  • Pagan's face is quite similar to Chef Wan, a famous chef in Malaysia.
  • Pagan's style appears to be modeled off of Pol Pot, notably the hairstyle and the fact that his inner circle including himself are all ethnic Chinese, just like most of Pol Pot regime inner circle, including Pol Pot himself. They ruled over Kyrat and Cambodia, both were Indianized civilizations with Hindu & Buddhist influenced culture. Pagan Min regime was backed up by a wave of Triads from Hong Kong, similar to how Pol Pot regime was backed by 15 thousands "advisors" from China. Pagan Min and Pol Pot both share hatred toward religion and their reign saw rampant destruction of religious sites.
  • Despite being the main antagonist of Far Cry 4, he never actually acts hostile towards Ajay, and several times he directly assists him.
  • Much like with Paul Harmon and Noore, Pagan doesn't display any actual dislike towards Ajay even though he is fighting against him, instead, he regards him as either his son or someone he feels he can educate.
  • In actuality, Pagan is quite friendly towards Ajay, and the few times he loses his temper with him, he casually disregards his animosity as though Ajay's actions are no more than a minor inconvenience. This is most evident after Ajay destroys Pagan's solid gold statue.
  • Pagan Min had a body-double, Eric, who has been surgically altered to look like Pagan Min and show up for most of his public appointments, including the money portraits and a solid gold statue. Eric is from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and so, is not even Chinese, but has the correct cheekbones to pose as his double.
  • Pagan Min will periodically call Ajay to comment on his progress. Lampshades include criticizing the Crab Rangoon meal that Ajay ignored (and had the chef and his family executed), meat pockets for all the raw meat Ajay stores as bait (and fore-shadows Pagan Min looking forward to Ajay usurping him), his body-double Eric (after Ajay kills him), and the destruction of his solid gold statue.
  • He is shown to have a liking towards fashion since he was angered when blood had stained his shoes in the prologue.
  • A 22.86-centimeter figurine of Min was available through the Ubisoft Store.
  • There is a family grave in the Palace Garden, which is the Lakshmana Memorial.
  • Shooting Pagan Min at the dining table prevents the player from returning Ishwari's ashes to the Lakshmana Memorial, even if Ajay makes the trek back. However, he can loot Pagan Min's corpse, which is in a different position than how Ajay left it.
  • It is possible to shoot down Pagan's helicopter after refusing to shoot him at the dining table. If the helicopter is shot down after exiting Lakshmana's memorial, it will award the player with the same achievement as if he or she had initially killed him.
  • Looting Pagan Min's corpse yields the Lapel Pin #2 and Pagan's Pen. The Lapel Pin #2 is the only copy in existence, and it has Pagan Min's real face with Pagan dead, so it is extremely valuable. Pagan's Pen is the pen that he used to stab the Commander at the beginning of the game, which was dedicated to Ishwari. For some reason, you cannot get his phone.
  • Pagan is apparently bisexual, although he denies this: "So tell me Ajay, who are you rooting for so far? Have you fallen into Amita’s honey pot, or have you been dazzled by Sabal’s flowing locks and bad-boy jawline? Hey, each to his own, that’s your lifestyle choice to make. He isn’t my cup of tea, contrary to the rash assumptions some may make about my appearance, I am indeed batting for the other team. You more than most should know that there was only ever one woman for me, my boy".
  • Pagan Min's fountain pen is based on a 149 solid gold Montblanc from its appearance and price.
  • There is a glitch where Pagan's corpse can be looted multiple times if the player keeps fast-traveling out of the area and traveling back, giving the player an unlimited supply of lapel pins and golden pens, and in turn, unlimited rupees.
  • Pagan Min is also in Far Cry 5 as a bobblehead and there is a special outfit of Pagan for the Junior Deputy.
  • Pagan is a huge fan of Kanye West. He describes his Twitter feed as “gold” and would love to “shoot the breeze” with him sometime.
  • Pagan along with Vaas and Joseph, returns as a playable character in Far Cry 6's Season Pass. Pagans part will focus on his inner mind of how he wanted his happy family to be together (Him, Ishwari, Ajay and Lakshmana)
  • In the opening cutscene at De Pleur's Compound, it's implied Pagan is bisexual due to the following quote by him: The last time I saw Ishwari was years ago. She told me she loved me. Women, they can do that. They can tell you they love you in the moment and mean it, men on the other hand. No, men only really love you in hindsight. When too much distance has built up. The emboldened part of the quote indicates that Pagan has had some sort of romantic relationship with both men and women, thus indicating that he's a bisexual. Far Cry 6's DLC "Pagan: Control" shows that Pagan has had relationships with both men and women.

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