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Virgil Minkler was the mayor of Hope County and leader of the Hope County Cougars, who are based out of the Hope County Jail in Far Cry 5. Virgil is very enthusiastic about the team spirit of the Hope County Cougars and hands out uniform badges to its members to encourage camaraderie and solidarity.


Virgil Minkler is the current mayor of Hope County. At first, he welcomed Joseph and his flock into his county, seeing them as benevolent due to their teachings and charity. However, Joseph's project has become more radical over time. His son became interested in the Project from his peers and ran away to join them. Shortly after, Virgil's wife left him for Joseph's teachings.

Several residents started to mysteriously vanish, and the Project was the first to blame. Virgil was notified with the arrest warrant for Joseph Seed, and reluctantly agreed he was responsible for the missing people.

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And I saw, and behold... a white horse!

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Unfortunately, the arrest went haywire and Joseph announced judgement day was imminent. His followers began to raid and "save" anyone they find, whether they wanted to be saved or not. Hope County turned into an all-out warzone. Faith Seed and her followers transformed the Henbane River into the Project's Bliss production, leading to her beloved Angels running amok, killing anything in their sights. Virgil and Tracey Lader gathered as many survivors as they could find, including Sheriff Whitehorse, and secured the Hope County Jail.

Virgil is first heard on the map when listening to the radio broadcast at the Hope County Jail, a refuge for civilians and Resistance fighters hiding from the Project at Eden's Gate.

Hope County Jail

Main Article: Hope County Jail (Mission)

After defending the jail from the Peggies who are assaulting the prison, the Sheriff introduces you to the residents of the prison.

The Lesson

Main Article: The Lesson

After raising the level of resistance in the Henbane River region, Faith Seed will strike back at the deputy, using her lingering influence over Marshal Burke to force him to murder Virgil, before turning his gun on himself.

After the Deputy rescues Tracey, they run to Virgil's room, only to find both Virgil and Cameron Burke dead. Tracey tries to revive Virgil, but in futility. Tracey tearfully mourns Virgil's death, and angrily tells the Deputy to kill Faith Seed.

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  • A photo of his son Ethan in his Hope County Cougars baseball uniform can be found near his desk, along with a note from his son requesting money.
  • Virgil does not like violence or vulgar language.
    • Virgil mentions how the cult took his wife and son from him, which could point to the money his son asked for in the note being for the cult.
    • The Baseball Bat near his desk was likely his son's.
  • After his death, his grave can be found alongside Burke's in the prison yard under a Cougar banner.
  • His surname was originally known as Knudson, but was changed before release.[2]


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Far Cry 5 Characters
Protagonists: The Junior Deputy (Far Cry 5 - Far Cry Arcade - Dead Living Zombies)  •  Wendell Redler (Hours of Darkness)  •  Nick Rye (Lost On Mars))
Antagonists: Project at Eden's Gate  •  Joseph Seed  •  John Seed  •  Jacob Seed  •  Faith Seed
Guns for Hire: Boomer  •  Nick Rye  •  Grace Armstrong  •  Cheeseburger  •  Hurk  •  Jess Black  •  Peaches  •  Sharky Boshaw  •  Adelaide Drubman
Holland Valley: Merle Briggs  •  Boomer  •  Willis Huntley  •  Nadine Abercrombie  •  Kenny Hyde  •  Zip Kupka  •  Joey Hudson  •  John Seed  •  Grace Armstrong  •  Larry Parker  •  Kim Rye  •  Nick Rye  •  Casey Fixman  •  Mary May Fairgrave  •  Jerome Jeffries  •  Wendell Redler
Whitetail Mountains: Wade Fowler  •  Jess Black  •  Staci Pratt  •  Jacob Seed  •  Bo Adams  •  Chad Wolanski  •  Cheeseburger  •  Hurk Drubman, Jr.  •  Hurk Drubman Sr.  •  Sarah Perkins  •  Eli Palmer  •  Tammy Barnes  •  Wheaty  •  George Wilson  •  Skylar Kohrs  •  Dave Fowler
Henbane River: Adelaide Drubman  •  Xander Flynn  •  Sherri Woodhouse  •  Miss Mable  •  Peaches  •  Charles Lindsey  •  Sharky Boshaw  •  Guy Marvel  •  Faith Seed  •  Cameron Burke  •  Aaron Kirby  •  Earl Whitehorse  •  Tracey Lader  •  Virgil Minkler
Others: Dutch  •  Clutch Nixon  •  Deputy Nancy
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