"Did I ever tell you... the definition of insanity?"The Character Sheet for Far Cry 3.
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Played By: Gianpaolo Venuta
Talented, intelligent, and directionless, Jason Brody has drifted from one job to another without finding any that could sustain his interest. He instead devotes his passion to extreme sports (the sky-diving that landed on Rook is just one example among many) and his girlfriend, Liza, though they have clashed in the past on his unwillingness to find a place in life.On Rook, Jason must at last commit to a goal - rescuing his friends. In this he discovers a capacity for violence that frightens even himself, a remarkable talent for survival against overwhelming odds, an intense need for vengeance against those who have wronged him...and perhaps a place where he feels he can belong. But all these things demand a price. Whether he can or is willing to pay it remains to be determined.
- Action Survivor: At the start he is just an athletic young man who wants to get the hell out of the pirate camp.
- Anti-Hero: A befuddled, timid classical Anti-Hero. Initially. Pragmatic Anti-Hero or Nominal Hero later.
- The Anti-Nihilist: In the "Save Friends" ending, he comes to terms with the horrible things perpetrated by people on the island, much of which is of his own doing, and decides to stop himself from Jumping Off the Slippery Slope by leaving the island with his friends and accepting responsibility for the atrocities he's committed.
- Audience Surrogate: Jason fits this mold for the usual reasons at first. Later on, as he warms up to the Rakyat lifestyle to a disturbing extent, and his quest to save his friends consumes him, the similarities between him and the player aren't presented so much as a good thing.
- Ax-Crazy: Progressively. This reaches its culmination in the "Kill Liza" ending.
- Badass Normal: No specialized training and learns "on the job" to have all of the skills of a guerrilla warrior and master hunter.
- Bishounen: When walking around the Privateers Compound, Jason will get random quips from soldiers.Soldier: Well, well, Hoyt's hiring pretty boys now. You better pucker up that asshole.
- Blood Knight: Over the course of the game. This is pointed out by others.
- Born Lucky: He cheats death a lot and is a natural with a gun.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Jason is smart enough to think his way through just about every obstacle in the game, but before the events of the game he was a directionless college-age guy who didn't take any initiative.
- Buried In A Pile Of Corpses: In one of the game's more nightmarish sequences, Jason has to crawl his way out after Vaas shoots him and leaves him in one.
- Classical Anti-Hero: At the beginning of the game, at least. He eventually becomes a Sociopathic Hero.
- The Chosen One: Chosen by the Rakyat as the warrior against Vaas.
- Played with as Jason starts off as a Rakyat warrior recruited, primarily, for escaping from Vaas' camp and killing one of his men along the way. His later position is earned on mountains of corpses.
- Subverted, also, in that Citra has no intention of letting Jason Brody live.
- Played with as Jason starts off as a Rakyat warrior recruited, primarily, for escaping from Vaas' camp and killing one of his men along the way. His later position is earned on mountains of corpses.
- Combat Pragmatist: Jason can take on the pirates guns blazing if need be. Or he can just smack the lock off a tiger's cage and run like hell as it mauls its captors. Hey, a free outpost is a free outpost.
- Dead Person Impersonation/Dressing as the Enemy: Kills and impersonates one of Hoyt's recruits late in the game.
- Deadpan Snarker: Becomes more sarcastic as he gets more used to life on the islands.
- Death by Sex: In the "Join Citra" ending.
- The Dreaded: Eventually. At first the pirates don't really think of Jason as anything special, just another guy with a gun who is working with the Rakyat. Later on, they start referring to him by the "Snow White" moniker, but while derisive, it shows that they recognize him specifically. But after Jason finally kills Vaas, the pirates show a lot more respect, even calling him by his name in stark terror.
- Fingore: His left ring finger is cut off by Hoyt.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Rook Island is populated by mobsters, CIA spooks, pirates, and a Proud Warrior Race. Jason Brody is a rich college kid who they derisively nickname "Snow White." This proves to be a mistake.
- His nickname is even sillier in the French version, in which it becomes "biquette" ("goat", in a familiar tone).note
- Gaining the Will to Kill: His first kill was by accident and he is noticeably shocked after doing so. Not long after that, he's reluctant to take Dennis' money to buy a gun with the knowledge that he is soon going to be shooting other people with it. It's not much longer, though, that not only does he has no problem massacring a bunch of pirates, he starts liking it.
- Going Native: Though he snaps out of it in the "Save Friends" ending. And dies because of it in the "Join Citra" ending.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. Jason Brody may have an unusual talent for killing and mayhem but the amount of experience he must accumulate to level up means that he'll have to kill literally hundreds of animals and pirates to reach his full potential.
- Hot-Blooded: Increasingly, until the ending, in which he can choose to pull out of his dive. Even in that case, however, he acknowledges what he is deep down, but makes an effort to prove himself better.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Over the course of the game, he goes from a nerve-wracked Action Survivor trying to save his remaining friends from an Ax-Crazy Pirate to a Hot-Blooded Blood Knight hell-bent on revenge, a different kind of insanity to counter the Big Bad, and then a ruthlessness not far from the Greater Scope Villain.
- This fittingly ties into what the Jackal said all the way back in Far Cry 2. He claimed that tapping into the darkness to overcome your enemies can be useful - but if you get lost in it, then you become worse than your enemies. Ultimately, you lose sight of who you really are, in the dark, and that can wind up killing you.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Can inflict this on numerous different enemies in gameplay. From a story perspective, he kills Buck, Vaas, and Hoyt in this manner. Vaas even jams a knife into Jason's torso before Jason manages to kill Vaas, so he's been on both ends - and, unusually, survived being the receiver. Partially subverted however as Word of God confirms Jason was actually stabbed with a hypodermic needle, and even without knowing this it can be assumed he didn't really get stabbed, since Vaas somehow had the ancient Chinese dagger Jason had just recovered for Citra.
- Instant Expert: Downplayed Trope. Jason Brody learns wilderness and combat skills which would make Aragorn envious, but it's all on the job learning.
- Jason also is established as a fanatic when it comes to extreme sports and is noted by his brother to be excellent military material.
- It Gets Easier: Jason is horrified the first time he has to kill someone. The hundreds of other times after that? Not so much.
- Karmic Death: Death by Sex only happens to him in one ending because he murdered Liza and his remaining friends and family in cold blood at Citra's urging. As shaky as his mental state had become (not helped by the staggering quantity of drugs in his system), it was his choice to make.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Arguably the point of the game. Jason starts off as a pasty Neet California boy, but caught between torture, slavery, or death, he becomes the island's most terrifying guest in ages.
- Mighty Whitey:
- Though this is not met with a lot of enthusiasm at first, Jason is gradually chosen as the chosen warrior of the Rakyat for his prowess, first being his survival of an encounter with Vaas. Though he is more their errand boy than their leader.
- One of Dennis' early lines indicates that Rook Island draws "the strong" to itself. In which case, anyone who arrives on the island, for whatever reason, may invoke this trope regardless of race. Going by the background of Rook, it's apparently a repeating occurrence - outsiders come to the island, take over, enslave or claim leadership of the natives, eventually go insane, and get killed either in the jungle or by other outsiders come to do exactly the same thing. Even Citra's mythological tale of Rook Island's origin (the "prince from the northern kingdom" who came to slay the giant) reflects this. Jason's actions are just one iteration in a long line of repeating events.
- Also, played with due to the fact the Rakyat seem to include Caucasians as well as other ethnicities. Citra's betrayal calls into question how much of Jason was anything other than a convenient weapon to point at her brother, too.
- Number Two: To Big Good Citra. Subverted as she's anything but.
- One-Man Army: Jason pretty much does most of the work for the Rakyat. He single-handedly kills most of Vaas' pirates as well as Hoyt's privateers. By the end of the game, his body count could be in the four digits. The player can liberate all the outposts if they want, effectively overthrowing a heavily-armed regime alone.
- Player Character: Of the single-player campaign.
- Popcultured Badass: Makes references to a wide variety of media.
- Possession Implies Mastery: Despite the fact that Jason has no weapons training, he is an expert with every weapon he picks up in the entire game.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Killing Vaas and Hoyt does little to give Jason peace. He struggles with the monster he has become and how he is going to balance his peaceful home-life with his bloodthirsty nature in the future. As Vaas aptly describes the situation, "We are fucked."
- Real Life Superpowers: The tatau apparently gives you this in spades. Jason never really demonstrates powers or abilities beyond what any really talented person could do in Real Life note , but there's no denying that he takes it to such an extreme that no one would be faulted for thinking the tatau made him Superman.
- Played with as while the tatau might be considered a magical talisman, almost all of Jason Brody's powers are skills that he might learn hunting down pirates and wild animals as a necessary part of leveling up.
- Red Baron: "Snow White." That said, it's not really all that badass sounding.
- Appropriated Appellation: Pirates apparently gave him this name out of contempt, and at least one you kill may be heard to say, "Killed by Snow White? That sucks..."
- Given that the majority of the native population would never have heard the story of Snow White, and know very little about snow, the meaning they would apply to it would be The White Man Who Is A Cold Blooded Killer.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: As Jason's bodycount rises into the triple-digits against impossible odds, including killing Vaas, who was easily viewed as one of the most dangerous men on the entire island, it starts carrying much more weight among the pirates.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Compared to the rest of his friends at the beginning (An ex-National Guard older brother, licensed pilot younger brother, rich stoner friend, angry Wall Street broker), "Aimless Suburban White Guy With No Lasting Job And Some Interest In Extreme Sports" isn't a thing to brag about much. Subverted when the game does give him something.
- Averted in one of the hallucinations revealing that his brother Grant saw a lot of potential in Jason as a soldier but it being wasted with his thrill-seeking.
- Sanity Slippage: Becomes a Hot-Blooded Blood Knight as the game progresses, scaring his Action Survivor friends. In the "Save Friends" ending, he finally tries to come back from the brink, and he notes in the ending narration that he's going to be struggling with that nature for a very long time.
- Straw Nihilist: Prior to the events described in The Anti-Nihilist above, Jason slowly starts growing more enamored with the Rakyat's belief in this lifestyle, and becomes more willing to rationalize to all the killing he is forced to do. In the "Kill Liza" ending, he fully embraces this lifestyle at the cost of his friends' lives. He earns a post-coital stabbing for his choice.
- This Loser Is You: The intro and flashbacks show him to be a Neet, whose relationship with his girlfriend had become strained over his lack of direction. After spending more time on the islands, he gains a sense of purpose, though how healthy this is for him is debatable. All this is meant to mirror the player's situation in deciding to engage in the violent actions the game encourages.
- Took a Level in Badass: Through out the game Jason goes from scared college kid derisively called "Snow White" to being the second most crazed and (arguably) the most dangerous warrior the Rakyat have, slaughtering his way through every Pirate, Privateer, and animal that goes against him.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Citra and the Rakyat. Jason is little more than a useful tool with delusions of grandeur. While they may have not expected him to do quite as well as he later proves capable of being, it's obvious Citra never expected to let him be the island ruler he has visions of becoming.
- Villain Protagonist: In the Join Citra ending.
- What Have I Become?: Asks himself this after torturing Riley by punching him senseless and shoving his thumb into a bullet wound.
Played By: Mylène Dinh-Robic
An only child brought up in a dysfunctional household, Liza Snow was always the responsible one. Passionate, smart, and sensible, she enjoys helping others conquer their problems. After initially being attracted to Grant's self-possession, she saw Jason's untapped potential and fell in love. She passionately believes in Jason and sees great potential in him when no one else does, even him.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Citra's Veronica. Shows a lot less skin than Citra, and wants Jason to leave the Rook Islands and get a steady job.
- Distressed Damsel: Twice. Once, when she's held for a ransom video by Vaas, ending with a fire in the house where she is kept. Later, at the hands of the Rakyat.
- Nice Girl: She obviously cares greatly for Jason, and for the rest of their group.
- Slashed Throat: If Jason kills her.
- Wet Blanket Wife: Wants Jason to stop doing the cool stuff that the audience has paid to see.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Though all the survivors get in on the act a little, she's clearly the most disturbed and upset by Jason's free-fall into madness and doesn't hold back on letting him know.
Played By: Alex HarrouchThe youngest of the three Brody brothers.
- Ace Pilot: The reason Jason and the others are on the island is to celebrate him getting his pilot's license.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: At the hands of Jason himself as Jason is infiltrating Hoyt's privateers. For extra fun, there's recognition on both their parts a split second before Jason has to crack Riley in the jaw to avoid being given away and continue beating him mercilessly.
- Not Quite Dead: Keith says he saw Riley die, shot dead in an escape attempt. He was shot, and he fell, but the bullet didn't actually kill him. The privateers captured him to try and learn why Jason and his friends were on Rook.
Played By: Lane Edwards
Everything Grant does, he does well. All-American good looks, a killer work ethic and nuanced social skills carried him easily to the team captain position on the high school and college swim teams. After graduating, he joined the army reserve while training for the national swim team. As the eldest son of a household missing a father, Grant protects his friends and brothers.
- The Ace: Implied in the opening, since he's the reason Jason even gets a chance to live long enough to try to save their friends.
- Action Genre Hero Guy: Subverted. While he certainly fits much of the bill in both background, personality, and appearance, he is not the hero of the game and is already killed off in the tutorial.
- Crazy Awesome: According to Jason.
- Death by Origin Story: For Jason. Vaas shoots Grant in the neck at the end of the tutorial level, leaving him to bleed out.
- Decoy Protagonist: Inverted. Given the choice between the actual soldier and his panicking brother (Jason), it's quite clear he would have been the main character in any other story with a similar premise.
- The Mentor: Serves the purpose of mentoring Jason through the tutorial.
- Nerves of Steel: Despite Vaas threatening the hell out of Grant when he tries to mumble something through his tape gag, when Vaas later leaves the two alone with the guard, Grant immediately breaks out of his bonds and begins helping Jason and himself escape from the camp, clearly unfazed by the oppressive atmosphere and Vaas's intimidation attempts.
- Red Shirt: He is wearing one in the tutorial level. We'll clearly be seeing a lot more of him.
- Too Dumb to Live: His death is due to one glaring mistake: When you sneak under the bad guys you can clearly hear, two feet away in the open where anyone passing the massive lack of a wall or fence or anything is not where you go to check the map.
Played By: Natalie Brown
Daisy Lee was Grant Brody's girlfriend and is part of the group of friends Jason must rescue throughout the game. She has similar characteristics to Grant that may have drawn them together—strength of will, athleticism (as a champion swimmer) and extreme confidence in herself that she often lends to others to help them. However, she lacks his military experience and has no fondness for violence.
- Action Survivor: She is the only Action Survivor other than Jason to successfully escape her predicament on her own. Going by her injuries, she was also attacked at least once by either a tiger or leopard during her escape, but still managed to get away. The only reason she needs help when Jason finds her is because she didn't know she was running through a field of toxic plants while bleeding, and was poisoned.
- Damsel out of Distress: Not only is she tough as nails (see above), but she quickly gets over the death of her boyfriend, Jason's brother, Grant and quickly starts thinking about ways of getting the survivors off the island (see Wrench Wench), similar in some ways to Jason himself, just with less killing.
- Mistaken Identity: Doctor Earnhardt confuses her for "Agnes", his deceased daughter... who died at the age of two.
- Olympic Swimmer: Or at least a swimming champion.
- Wrench Wench: Works on a boat for the others to escape in.
Played By: Kristian HodkoOliver Carswell is a good friend of Jason, rich and an avid drug enthusiast. It's implied from the intro that he was the one who paid for the vacation which landed him and his friends on Rook Island.
- Action Survivor: Though a rich kid and stoner, Oliver will actually snatch up a fallen AK-47 when Jason rescues him and return fire. He still needs Jason to cover him to escape, but he's no slouch and adjusts very quickly to the situation, readily manning the escape boat.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As soon as Jason opens fire on Oliver's captors, he grabs a rifle and gets to cover. As long as Jason doesn't let too many pirates swarm him, he can take care of himself fairly competently.
- The Stoner: Almost the second he is safely hidden away in Earnhardt's cave, he begins to hit the doctor up for drugs.
Played By: James A. WoodsKeith Ramsay is a friend of Jason and a successful Wall Street banker. He decides to take some time off from his demanding job to go travelling with his friends.
- Bloody Handprint: A use of the trope with unconventional (but similarly horrifying) symbolism behind it. Before he was sold to Buck, Keith's shirt was clean white. When Jason finds him, it's marked all over with dark red handprints and stays that way, and Keith flinches from almost any touch. It's not hard to connect the dots.
- Break the Haughty: Flashbacks show him as confident, belligerent, and dismissive of any perceived weakness. After his experiences on Rook, he's... no longer like that.
- Distressed Dude: For a while, courtesy of Buck.
- Fight Magnet: Implied in a drug-induced flashback.
- Rape as Drama: Heavily implied from Buck. And no double standard here.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: According to the Survival Guide, "he was caught cheating on several tests, but his pops bailed him out."
- Unreliable Narrator: He saw Riley get shot and fall, and assumed he died. However, Riley is proven to be very much alive near the end of the game.
Agent Willis Huntley
Played By: Alain GoulemAgent Willis Huntley is a CIA operative who provides Jason Brody with information about the islands and its inhabitants. To that effect he's also the writer of the in-game "Survival Guide".He reappears in Far Cry 4, intent on doing some "house cleaning" for the CIA. If we take one of his remarks there at face value, he does not remember Jason fondly.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Willis is a very strange man, but he has managed to gather quite a bit of information on the people, the native floura and fauna and locations on the island. He also manages to maintain a link with an agent in deep undercover in Hoyt's operation and knows enough to reliably point Jason in the right direction. It's pretty impressive he's managed to do this without getting his head chopped off at some point.
- Cultural Posturing: He seems unable to go for three sentences without comparing America to something foreign and distasteful; at one point he goes on a rant about how chewing gum being illegal in Singapore is "declaring war on Uncle Sam", and the Survival Guide info about a gun from there calls them "facists". It's not clear if this jingoism is how he always was, or if Rook Island has gotten to him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably the islander who exhibits the trait most strongly.
- Eaglelander: Type 1, heavily.
- Expy: Bears more than a passing resemblance to Det. Sonny Crockett from Miami Vice.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He swears copiously... with g-rated swearwords. "Pardon my French."
- The Informant: All of the info in the Survival Guide is written by him
- Lemony Narrator: Judging by the use of his Catch Phrase on your PDA, Willis is responsible for providing a lot of information about the things that you find on the islands. He makes some very unusual comparisons of animals. For instance;Manta RayManta Rays are American animals. They're strong. They soar like eagles underwater. They're always on the go. And fish from third world countries clean their gills for no pay.
- Politically Incorrect Agent: When he gets his first look at the Indian Ajay Ghale, Willis remarks that Ajay is "American on the inside, useful on the outside", as opposed to the white Jason.
- Put on a Bus: He has to go to Russia to help as a part of Task Force 141, implied to be "Operation Kingfish" from the third Modern Warfare, so he drops Jason off on the southern island and then leaves.
- Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Willis returns in Far Cry 4, where he tricks Ajay into killing a collection of CIA assets to remove the American footprint in Kyrat, then essentially sells him out to Yuma.
Played By: Stephen BogaertSam Becker was an infiltrated agent posing as a high ranking Privateer for Hoyt Volker through Rook Islands CIA agent Willis Huntley. Sam was born in Texas, who then moved and was raised in Germany due to his father, a Navy SEAL, being stationed there.
- All Germans Are Nazis: Averted In-Universe. He is automatically believed to be villainous enough to be one of Hoyt's top men simply because he is German. He's not really even German. His dad was a SEAL, and Sam was born when he had been recalled to Texas. Shortly thereafter, he was redeployed to Germany, so that's where Sam grew up. Precisely how he became so extremely German, speaking with a thick accent and using German words so regularly, is not clear, but he might have been influenced by the islands the same way that everyone else was.
- Artistic License – History: In-Universe. He thinks that "Uncle Sam" is one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.
- Bald of Evil: What he's pretending to be instead of Bald of Awesome.
- Battle Cry: BLITZKRIEG!
- Blood Knight: He calls an assault on a huge enemy encampment "the best day of his life".
- Deep Cover Agent: He's been embedded with Hoyt's privateers for years without hearing from his handler.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: He's your primary ally on the southern island, which is only visited in the latter third of the game.
- Gratuitous German: As one would expect. Particular cases include stating that Jason needs to disguise himself for safety from Hoyt or he'll be "blown into a thousand stücke" and outlining the plan to kill Hoyt as causing "chaos in his Gestapo" to keep him distracted.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During a poker game with Hoyt, who had found out about the plan to kill him.
- Nice Guy: One of the few characters that genuinely cares about the well-being of Jason and Riley, outside what he stands to gain from said well-being.
- Punny Name: Sam. As in Uncle Sam.
- Screaming Warrior: Sometimes.
- Tattooed Crook: Subverted, he's actually working to take down Hoyt's organization undercover.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: There is absolutely no warning before Hoyt drives a knife into his neck.
Doctor Alec Earnhardt
Played By: Martin KevanAlec Earnhardt basks in a artificial glow of life generated by the pills he takes daily. Originally hailing from Oxford, he went sailing around the world after personal tragedy, ultimately discovering Rook Island and all the wonderful hallucinogens and narcotics growing among the local flora. He set up a lab on the northwestern end of the island and now makes his living making and selling drugs to clients throughout the area- including Vaas.
- Almost Dead Guy: Tells Jason where his friends were taken and by whom before dying of his wounds.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He's noticeably not all there in the head, thanks to his habits.
- Dr. Feelgood: He left a few red pills by the cave if you want to relax.
- Drowning My Sorrows: One of the reasons he got into drugs in the first place.
- Erudite Stoner: He knows what he is doing even though he is on a bunch of drugs, only downside is that he thinks Daisy is his daughter at times, but aside from that he is knowledgable.
- Expy: A brilliant, cloudcuckoolander doctor with a a penchant for psychotropics? Sounds a lot like Fringe's Walter Bishop.
- Frontier Doctor: While not normally employed to act as this, Earnhardt does fall into this role while having to treat Daisy for exposure to poisonous plants.
- In Universe Nickname: Dennis calls him "The Colonist."
- Killed Off for Real: By the Rakyat, who kidnap Jason's friends.
- Mad Doctor: He's a nice enough person (at least, in comparison with most major island inhabitants), but he has obvious mental health problems and samples the pharmaceutical wares he mixes and sells to the pirates. He's still a good guy, though.
- Nice Guy: He can look plenty creepy (picture above being a prime example) and is a bit touched in the head, but a proves himself to be a perfect decent guy.
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: While looking after Daisy and still a little hazy from his last round of drugs, Earnhardt actually mistakes her for his dead daughter, Agnes; it's for this reason that he agrees to let Jason's friends hide on his property.
Played By: Faye KingsleeKnown to the rebels as their warrior goddess, Citra is cloaked in the mystery of old ritual and superstition. Charismatic and beautiful, she yearns for power and wishes to return her tribe to its former glory. Citra doesn't like to lose and will do whatever it take to see her wishes fulfilled. Her followers believe in her, and more importantly, she believes in herself.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Her philosophy.
- Bare Your Midriff: Most of the time. In two instances, she bares more than just her midriff.
- Cain and Abel: With Vaas. It goes both ways.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Her last words if you choose to save your friends and Dennis accidentally kills her, mostly word for word.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She's a barefooter, fully channeling her tribalness as a Rakyat.
- Going Native: Like her brother Vaas, Citra is an outsider, but she really took to the Rakyat culture, to the point that she became the effective leader of the Rakyat and has a temple where she's worshipped as a warrior goddess.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: To Jason in the "Kill Liza" ending. Accidentally on the receiving end from Dennis in the "Save Friends" ending.
- In Love with Your Carnage: She is turned on when she narrate how a warrior from the northern kingdom beheaded the giant and really wants Jason to embrace his mass murdering side.
- Jungle Princess: The classic Jungle Princess is a Western woman who was raised by natives, rules them, and doesn't wear very much. Citra ticks all of the boxes except for "raised by natives" - it isn't clear how she came to the Rook Islands.
- Ms. Fanservice: Has two topless scenes, and the rest of the time she isn't wearing a whole lot more.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: To the point she kidnaps Jason's girlfriend, surviving brother, and the rest of his friends, and forces him to murder them all to cut his ties to his old life. And then murdering Jason if he goes through with killing them, and subsequently has sex with her, believing she's been impregnated with "The Perfect Warrior", who she wishes to lead the people of Rakyat.
- Rebel Leader: To the Rakyat.
- The Social Darwinist: In a sense, as she wanted the love of her own brother because she thought he was the only warrior strong enough for her, and only wanted Jason after he wiped out Vaas' Pirates and Volker's Mercenaries. The reason? After having sex with Jason, (and subsequently stabbing him after realizing she's pregnant), she claimed it was all to give birth to the "Perfect Warrior", who would command the destiny of the Rook Islands and the Rakyat. A Proud Warrior Race Girl, indeed.
- Stalker with a Test Tube: She guts Jason upon realizing she's pregnant with his child, but reassures him that their child would command the destiny of the Rakyat as the "The Perfect Warrior", and even whispers "You won." right before the screen blacks out. And from her tone of voice, she truly believes her own words and that Jason would be glad to take them into death.
- Taking the Bullet: Well, more like Taking The Knife, but in the "Save Friends" ending, she leaps between Jason and Dennis before the latter could stab the former, impaling herself in the process.
- The Vamp: As shown by the "Kill Liza" ending, she "loves" Jason's warrior side, and kills him as soon as she thinks she is pregnant with the "ultimate warrior".
- Yandere: She is very possessive of Jason. In the 'Save Friends' ending, she goes ballistic once Jason starts cutting his friends loose. In spite all of that, however, she throws herself upon Dennis's knife if Jason rejects her, even though she, of all people, logically would've taken his decision the worst. Whatever else one can say, Citra cares about Jason. In her own way.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Though she does it more out of "love" than out of callousness, she'll still kill Jason after he has sex with her in the "Kill Liza" ending, stating that now that she's pregnant with his child, she can raise him to be "The Perfect Warrior" to lead her people. She even tells Jason that he "won" while he dies.
Played By: Charles Malik WhitfieldBorn and raised in Liberia, Dennis Rogers is no stranger to war and poverty. He eventually left his home and immigrated to America. Ten years later, he left, disillusioned due to the constant alienation he felt there. After drifting from job to job he found his way to Rook Island and met Citra. He embraced her cause and proved himself as a dedicated warrior.
- Always Second Best: Dennis is an excellent leader, a great warrior, and a respected believer in the Rakyat philosophy. None of that matters when Jason comes to town.
- Berserk Button: Rejecting Citra. It may be fuelled just a little by jealousy.
- Blood Knight: It comes with being a Rakyat.
- In Vino Veritas: He gets very, very drunk indeed after Jason's full initiation into the Rakyat and rambles a bit about his past.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He makes it clear when you first meet him that he's completely in love with Citra, but doesn't show any animosity towards Jason when he becomes Citra's consort (although he does get himself drunk shortly afterwards). In fact, he becomes enraged if Jason turns down Citra's advances.
- Magical Negro: He's the one who saves Jason at the beginning of the game and tells him what he needs to do in order to survive on the Island and to save his friends. Given that he's also an outsider that became a Tattooed Warrior, it's a wonder why he didn't try to save the inhabitants from the Pirates himself.
- My God, What Have I Done?: If he kills Citra.
- Number Two: Implied to have been this to Citra until Jason came a long.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Begs for this regarding Citra's corpse if he kills her, while invoking Please Wake Up.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: More or less. He tattoos Jason in his sleep, hands him a gun, and tells him to go kill pirates.
Played By: Michael Mando
Simply put, Vaas is downright nuts. He's also violent, unpredictable, mercurial, prideful, and extremely dangerous. Vaas started on this downward spiral when he became addicted to drugs brought to Rook Island by Hoyt Volker. He eventually joined up with the self-appointed warlord after Hoyt promised him power and wealth. Now, on an island of madness, he is the most feared madman of them all.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Vaas may have been a homicidal maniac who needed to be killed, but Citra nonetheless mourns his death since he was still her brother and only became a monster due to Hoyt's Influence on him. Jason in turn promises to kill Hoyts for what he did to Vaas and how it caused his own brother's death.
- Antagonist in Mourning: In the live-action vids, Vaas actually seems quite upset when he finds that Christopher has died as a result of his torture, and when one of his pirates interrupts his moment of grief, he even sounds a little choked-up. Then the pirate tells him about the skydivers that have just landed on the island, whereupon Vaas immediately loses all interest in Chris and runs off to inspect his newest playthings—pausing only to bury what's left of the previous one.
- Averted when he believes that he's successfully killed Jason; Vaas celebrates by massacring an entire village.
- Arch-Enemy: To Jason. Meanwhile Vass himself probably saw Citra as this. See Cain and Abel below.
- Ax-Crazy: He'd give The Joker a run for his money in the psychotic department.
- Beard of Evil: Not a big one but it's there.
- Break Them by Talking: His primary way of dealing with his enemies before he kills them or puts them up for ransom.
- Cain and Abel: With Citra. It goes both ways.
- Death Seeker: More daring people to do it than actually wishing for it, though.
- Delinquent Hair: His mohawk let's us know just how rebellious of a man he is.
- Disc One Final Boss: Dies about two-thirds of the way through the game, despite being the most consistent antagonist until that point.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Sort of. In the lead up to his death, Jason has to kill hallucinatory Vaas copies that come at him with knives, randomly appearing, and sometimes on fire.
- The Dragon: Before Jason can set foot on Hoyt's island, he has to take care of Vaas, which requires him to complete all of his skill training and learn to be ruthless to survive.
- Dynamic Entry: His favorite way of greeting Jason is to pop up abruptly and commit violence upon his person. A significant number of the times Jason passes out are accompanied by Vaas's beaming face.
- Evil Counterpart: Numerous hints across the game seem to imply Vaas was in a situation much like Jason's not so long ago: that of a foreigner forced to adapt to a strange island and taken in by a warrior culture that sought to change his decadent ways. In his case however, he snapped under the pressure, struck out on his own, and eventually joined up with Hoyt.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a prominent scar running from his left eyebrow up over his forehead and into his scalp, ending roughly halfway to the back of his head. Though it doesn't seem to have affected any nerves or muscles and it's not that disfiguring, its placement does make a lot of his facial expressions that extra little bit more kooky.
- Hair-Trigger Temper/Mood-Swinger: It's impossible to predict what'll send him from smiling and speaking softly to shrieking expletives and threatening to set people on fire. By the same token, it's impossible to be sure what'll send him back the other way.
- The Heavy: Hoyt might be his boss but it's Vaas who is usually directly confronting Jason.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Jason kills him by brutally ramming a knife into his chest.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Not personally, but he forces this upon some of the people in captivity for giggles.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Vaas looks identical to Michael Mando, to the point where the live-action promotional videos feature him.
- Large Ham: Mr. Mando is obviously having the time of his life.
- It's Personal with the Dragon: Hoyt may be the leader of the pirates but it's Vaas who killed Jason's brother and is much more involved in making his life hell than Hoyt.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Like Jason, Vaas often quotes movies, although his timing and choice of reference runs more toward surreal than snarky.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He takes a gleeful interest and approach to killing and torture, treating his victims like toys he owns.
- Puzzle Boss: The quickest way to end the final boss fight with him is to just run past the clones.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Vaas claims that he and Jason are "fucked" no matter who wins. This is likely a commentary on the monsters that both of them have become. No matter which one of them dies, the other will have to live with the horrors of what he's seen and done. Jason actually acknowledges this in the ending.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: His dialogue in the entire intro sequence alone is peppered with many utterances of "fuck".
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Helps with his Psycho for Hire image.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He tends to pepper his philosophical monologues with profanity.
- Start of Darkness:
- Hoyt's corruption, by way of money and drugs.
- Early on, when he first mentions Citra, Vaas talks about her forcing him to choose between "them or me! ME or THEM!". At first it seems like more of his insane ranting, but by the end of the game it strongly suggests that Citra forced him to make the same "kill your old friends to cut ties with your former life" decision that she puts upon Jason at the end.
- Straw Nihilist: His "Definition Of Insanity" speech gives him shades of this. Contrary to everyone else he sees doing "the exact same fucking thing over and over again" hoping this would affect change, Vaas has since decided to simply do and take whatever he wants, whenever he wants, as this sets him apart from everyone else and makes him, by his own definition, not insane.
- Terms of Endangerment: Persistently refers to Jason as hermano - "brother". Knowing his feelings for his actual sibling, the term becomes even more ominous.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: A strange example, in that Vaas clearly doesn't believe Jason Brody is a match for him, yet would prefer to tie a cinderblock to his legs and toss him off a waterfall or leave him tied up in a burning hotel than just murder him outright.
- Wicked Cultured: Though not to the same degree as Buck and Hoyt. Vaas' "Definition of Insanity" quote is one attributed to Benjamin Franklin (though the exact origin is a bit fuzzy; it's also associated with Albert Einstein, author Rita Mae Browne and a Chinese proverb) and while not precisely canon, he prepares a dinner with some first-class presentation for his captive during the live action promotional videos, and briefly holds forth on the philosophical subject of whether all men are brothers.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: While it's really a case of his eyes being a very light hazel, some of the promotional material are definitely invoking this trope.
- You Monster!: Citra calls what he's become a monster, though he wasn't one before.
Bambi "Buck" Hughes
Played By: Julian CaseyAn ex-Australian military man, Buck is a sadistic murderer and slaver who is seeking an ancient Chinese knife. After being kicked out of the Australian military for brutality, Buck made his way to Rook Island, where he made his name as a gun-for-hire.
- Animal Motif: There is a rather obvious Deer motif to him such as his real name being a reference to the Disney film Bambi, his nickname is related to a male deer, his belt buckle depicting a wandering deer and his tattoo being a deer's head with a banner reading Buck.
- Awesome Aussie: And former military.
- Beard of Evil: He has a short one and the evil part is unquestionable.
- Depraved Homosexual: He even makes a joke about Keith screaming in terror about the things he's been doing to him.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Despite working for Hoyt (and by extension, affiliated with Vaas), He wants that knife and Jason bad and he's willing to send Jason to kill pirates (that he's probably affiliated with) for him to get both.
- Embarrassing First Name: Bambi, which is probably why everyone calls him Buck. Doubles as Fluffy the Terrible considering.
- Famous Last Words: "This is some fucked up foreplay, eh?"
- Faux Affably Evil: Sometimes friendly, sometimes vicious, sometimes vicious with an oily veneer of friendliness. He especially exhibits a fondness for toying with Jason's emotions - enraging him, chastising him for being impolite when his temper snaps, describing how Keith will suffer as punishment for Jason's impudence, then telling Jason to cheer up or simmer down as though they're friends. Unlike Vaas, he almost never loses his cheerful, affable demeanor, even when he's threatening to do horrible things to Keith.
- Foreshadowing: When Jason first hears about Buck, he makes a joke "His name is Buck and he likes to..." After going through the sacred knife trials to save Keith, you can guess what Buck has been doing with him the whole time, because he tries to do the same to Jason.
- "This is some fucked up foreplay, eh?" Guess what you do before sleeping with Citra.
- I Love the Dead: "I'll take you bloody if you like. I like my meat rare".
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: With the very knife he had Jason fetch for him.
- Knife Nut: The only weapon he is ever seen using is a combat knife, and his interactions with Jason are centered around an obsession with an ancient Chinese dagger, which Buck considers a work of beautiful art.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Throughout his arc of the game, which is repeatedly lampshaded by Jason.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Everyone just calls him Buck.
- Professional Killer: An ex-soldier turned gun-for-hire.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Strongly implied to have been molesting Keith while keeping him prisoner.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Why he was kicked out of the military.
- Villain Ball: There really wasn't any good reason for him to follow Jason into his rape basement, explain how he has decided to keep Jason and Keith, and then engage Jason in a knife fight. And it should be noted he had a gun in the back of his pants the entire time.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Half. His shirt is always unbuttoned and looks a size too small.
- Wicked Cultured: Mixed with Sophisticated as Hell. He makes Jason stand there and listen as he recounts how the knife wound up on Rook, a story that involves ancient Chinese history, gets genuinely angry when Jason refers to the Chinese knife as a knife (it's a piece of fucking art, mate!), quotes Robert Frost ("I know the woods are lovely, dark and deep... but get the fuck up! C'mon!"), and generally exhibits cunning along with all the evil.
Played By: Steve CumynHoyt Volker is the primary antagonist of Far Cry 3. He is described as 'Armageddon' compared to Vaas and works in slave trafficking and murder as well as drugs. He is the leader of the Privateers and also rules the South Island.
- Amoral Afrikaner: Seth Effrican dyed-in-the-bone, and an exceptionally cruel and brutal man, though unlike most examples he isn't a mercenary.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's pretty good with a knife. Jason's earlier knife fight with Buck is a Curbstomp Battle, whereas in the final fight Hoyt actually puts up a fairly even duel. That is, assuming that Brody didn't hallucinate him fighting Hoyt as he actually killed the guards, explaining why they were dead when the boss fight ended. He also swiftly kill Sam before he can react.
- Big Bad: Although Hoyt is seldom seen until Vaas is killed, he's in command of the pirates on the islands and the one creating and profiting the drug and slave trade that oppresses the natives.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Granted, the fact that he deals in human trafficking and the drugs trade should make him corrupt by default, but the detachment and professionalism with which he talks about his business really cements his status as one.
- The Corrupter: To Vaas, who became the monster we see in the game because of the drugs and power Hoyt offered him. At least that's what Citra says but some of Vaas lines shows his sister messed with him way before Hoyt showed up.
- The Dreaded: Everyone on the islands is terrified of him, with the exception of his privateers.
- Establishing Character Moment: Jason's first one-to-one meeting with Hoyt sees the Big Bad revealing his fondness for fine cigars and classical music, as well as an educated understanding of business, all of which he contrasts by the horrendous act of destroying a ship full of prisoners whose negotiators wouldn't hear Hoyt's demands for ransom money. Hoyt sees their deaths as nothing more than a failed business transaction and seems to enjoy the moment in his song at which the ship explodes, drawing a parallel between the two for himself.
- Faux Affably Evil: Is often, on the surface, very friendly to his men, speaking to them personally and inviting them up to his personal office for a private talk if he likes their potential. He also has no problem simultaneously demonstrating the punishment for disloyalty by burning a man alive in a hotbox or casually destroying a cruise ship full of innocent people he tried to sell.
- Foil: To his own Dragon, Vaas. Where Vaas is an unpredictable, deranged lunatic who is as likely to kill someone in a frenzy as he is to have an amicable chat with them about the nature of insanity, Hoyt is a relatively calm, calculating, stable businessman with a pragmatic approach to problems. Where Vaas falls victim to his own madness at times, proving to be Genre Blind often when dealing with Jason, Hoyt is much more of a No-Nonsense Nemesis. This even extends to their relative domains and minions. The northern island ruled by Vaas is wild and overgrown, with lots of dangerous animals and pirates roaming about without much in the way of organization. The southern island ruled by Hoyt is more controlled, with more open grassland, urbanized areas, military-style outposts, and frequent patrols by well-armed and organized privateers.
- Final Boss: Being the man who's behind Vaas and the rest of the pirates operating out of the island, it makes sense Jason chooses to come after Hoyt.
- Freudian Excuse: Technically, it's only in his character bio, but Hoyt apparently had a "a brutal upbringing by his father, a South African mining boss". Upon growing up, Hoyt "sought to outdo him", and did so by subverting and murdering the original leader of the Pirates, before expanding across the Rook Islands as a gun runner, sex trafficker, and leader of a ruthless legion of mercenaries.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Hoyt was born as the abused son of a miner and told he'd never amount to anything. Choosing piracy as his calling, Hoyt grew up to join the pirates of the Rook Islands and worked his way up to the top by brutally executing his boss in front of his family, before expanding his territories and becoming the most feared man in the area.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In his words, smoking won't be what kills people on the islands.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's left with not one but two knives in his body - one in the neck and the other wedged into his forehead.
- Knew It All Along: The reason why Sam dies and his plan fails. It's not made clear precisely when Hoyt figured out who was who, but by the time they reach the poker game, he knows Sam is a traitor and who "Foster" really is.
- Lack of Empathy:
- Hoyt doesn't give a shit about anything as long as he's making a profit. He tells his men to kill the natives because they're in his way, skipping right over any diplomatic solution and informs them they can do as they please with his slaves as long as they don't do anything that would cause permanent damage and impact what he can sell them for.
- At another point, he explains to Jason the value of capitalism and how inefficient it is to avoid trading with people, which he then leads in to the slave ship he's got for ransom, which his would be buyers refuse to negotiate for. With no more interest in their lives than a simple product, Hoyt uncaringly blows the ship up and cuts his losses.
- The Man Behind the Man: Vaas is the primary antagonist but all operations he undertakes are done to upkeep the parts of Hoyt's business he has been entrusted with.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Downplayed, but visible. He wears a blazer and proper button-down shirt as opposed to his mooks, who generally wear tattered, casual clothes. He also has a taste for opera, as well as fine spirits and cigars. And he has a very nice, stylish, well-kept office on the island, one that wouldn't be out of place for a CEO of a successful company - which, of course he is.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Subverted. He manages to figure out that Foster is actually Brody and that Sam is betraying him but then Hoyt delves into Bond Villain Stupidity by monologuing about how he's outsmarted them and, instead of simply having one of his gun-toting mooks shoot Jason, forces Brody into a game of poker to death. And it's not even that savvy to begin with since he had a video showing Jason and Riley identified him as his brother.
- Orcus on His Throne: He's Vaas' boss but allows his Dragon to operate under his own discretion and doesn't become a direct threat to Jason until Vaas is killed.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He hates the Rakyat to the point where he orders his men to shoot them on sight.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Does this when he reveals to Jason he was in on his and Sam's plot to kill him.
- Underestimating Badassery:
- He assumed that his own knife skills and a dozen bodyguards would be enough to take care of Jason. He was wrong.
- Jason and Sam are also on the receiving end of this. When they sat down on at the poker game, they both expected that they had the perfect cover, and that Hoyt didn't suspect a thing. Wrong on both counts.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a progressive one as Jason dismantles his organization. Jason even calls him out as afraid in their final battle.
- Wicked Cultured: A big fan of Wagnerian orchestra. He even has a preference for European rather than American orchestral renditions, claiming the brass section in the latter to be "too bombastic". Rather hypocritical considering his composer of choice.
Records indicate that Callum had a rough upbringing in the projects of Glasgow. He was a vandal, scammer and shoplifter, who survived the streets by living off unemployment checks, theft and the occasional odd job. Despite his situation, his cynical humor made him a leader among his friends. His education on the streets makes him handy in a fight.
Played By: Stuart Martin
The files show that as a street orphan in St. Petersburg, Mikhail’s youth was marked by abuse and abandonment. He joined a league of criminals as a teenager. After stints in jail and years of devotion, he became a gang leader known for being calm, collected, and merciless. Then he fell in love and eloped, breaking his league’s code. He fled and put his wife and daughter into hiding.
Played By: Nick Nevern
- Knife Nut: Appears to be one, judging by how many mooks he kills in cutscenes this way.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His default costume.
- Tattooed Crook: He has the tattoo of St. Basil's Cathedral endemic to Russian organized crime, with six steeples (so either imprisoned six times, or been imprisoned for six years).
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His "Hotshot" costume.
Police database shows that Leonard grew up as a city boy in Philadelphia and followed in his father’s steps as a police officer. As he climbed the ranks, his ethics dimmed, leading to a forced departure from the department. Notorious for vulgar humor, in battle he’s at the top of the food chain.
Played By: Nigel Whitmey
Records indicate that Tisha was raised in Nevada by a binge-drinking mother and an absent father. She joined the army as a combat medic after high school. In the field, she was respected for her aggressive and focused personality. After four tours overseas, a commanding officer with a grudge pulled some strings to get her booted from the army. Now she prefers combat to healing.
Played By: Alana Maria