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An evil race of aliens set to invade and take over the Earth in Saints Row IV. Not much is known about them aside from the fact that they apparently have access to advanced virtual reality technology which they use to trap the Saints.
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  • Alien Invasion: Um, duh. Quite the change from hordes of Gang Bangers, no?
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: In his autobiography, Zinyak mentions in passing that Zin learn to read in the womb and that infant Zin are covered in hair.
  • The Greys: They bear a distinct resemblance to the archetype, although a bit more spikey.
  • Planet of Steves: All named Zin individuals have names that start with "Zin-". Same for all their cities and states.
  • Proud Warrior Race: They have universal military service, an expansionist foreign policy, and a tradition of forcing children to fight their siblings in duels to the death.
  • Punny Name: Saints fighting Sin.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Used inside the simulation and out. If an object is red or black about 90% of the time, it'll belong to the Zin.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Their whole race has these naturally, being aliens and all.
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    Emperor Zinyak 

Emperor Zinyak

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Played by JB Blanc
Appearances: Saints Row IV | Enter the Dominatrix
The leader of the Zin empire and commander of its vast army. He has now set his sights upon the Earth and intends to add it to his ranks.

  • Affably Evil: Just check out his Twitter account.
  • Aliens of London: Former president of the Zin Empire's English Language Appreciation Society.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Invades earth, kidnaps humanity, and fucks up Biz Markie.
  • Ascended Extra: According to the Enter the Dominatrix DLC, he originally was just going to be a minor character, but his role got expanded when they scrapped the DLC and decided to do Saints Row IV.
  • Bad Boss: He stuffed Zinjai into the simulation that he built rather than testing it on one of his own enemies, and can sometimes be heard threatening his own men.
  • Big Bad: Of Saints Row IV.
  • Bigger Bad: Of Saints Row The Third.
  • Collector of the Strange: He abducts historically significant Earthlings and preserves them as Human Popsicles.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Zinyak admits to doing this during his interview in Enter the Dominatrix.
  • Cultured Badass: He's the ruler of a galactic empire, strong enough to knock out the Boss, and casually quotes Beowulf.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zinyak enjoys employing sarcastic humour.
  • Dirty Coward: He spends the latter part of his boss fight behind a forcefield while he sends Zin and explosive C.I.D.s after you.
  • Egopolis: Every single sign that had somebody's face on it in the third game is replaced with an image of Zinyak. Even the almighty Magarac statue is remade in Zinyak's image.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The collectibles that reveal his origin shows that he was very fond of his mother. She's the reason why he likes art.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • During one of his text adventures, should anyone click the "kill your parents option", he finds whoever selected that option barbaric.
    • Also, when clicking the option to "Play selections from the Zin Orchestra at high volume", he admits that no one, not even his enemies, deserves to hear songs from them (since Zinyak mentions that they're famous for making horrible songs).
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • The loyalty missions show off just how big of an asshole Zinyak can be, from ruining Matt's carefully constructed NyteBlade fan fiction/simulation to missinging Biz Markie so wretchedly that even Pierce is astounded.
    • In his text-adventure-style autobiography, he details how he conquered one civilization and accepted a bet from their leader to spare him and his people on the outcome of an arm wrestling match. When Zinyak loses (due to not taking into account the leader's cephalopodic anatomy and the species differing idea of tables) he still casually shoots him in the eye and orders the slaughter of the rest. He keeps that leader's tongue as a good luck charm.
  • Expy: Zinyak looks and acts very similar to Killface. However, unlike Killface, Zinyak actually succeeds in destroying Earth.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: On Klassic 102.4, he tells his subjects that anyone who refers to "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" as "The Dracula Song" will be executed.
  • Final Boss: The toughest one the series has had to date.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The collectible text adventures which tells his origins reveals that he started out working at a Pastry Shop. He also reveals he wanted to be a museum curator at one point.
  • Galactic Conqueror: He expanded the Zin empire with his military campaign.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's easily twice as tall as any human, yet he loves Earth literature.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Attempts to convince the Boss in one mission that regardless of the fact that he conquered and destroyed Earth it's still Boss' fault. After all, he did warn him what would happen. He goes on to claim that Earth was already a Crapsack World with the Boss running it, and all he ever caused was pain and misery.
  • Karmic Death: The Boss does threaten to rip his head off when they first meet. Guess what happens in the final battle?
  • Hero Killer: By blowing up earth, he single handedly thins out the Saints to just 9 members.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: A QTE one at the beginning. The Boss actually doesn't do too badly against him at first and if it wasn't for Zinyak's powers, would've killed him on their first meeting.
  • Hypocrite: He really wants to drive the point home that The President is a sociopath...despite, y'know, the fact that he's a tyrannical dictator with billions of lives taken, with the icing on the cake being his reaction to blowing up earth: "Whoops."
    • Even more pronounced in his text-adventure-style autobiography, in which he extols on how his own sociopathic tendencies are to be lauded. Granted, he has nothing but a high opinion of himself.
    • While Zinyak tries to paint himself as a good guy (at least in comparison to the Boss), the biggest and perhaps most defining difference between them is this: Loyalty to the crew. During one mission, the Boss admits that he would gladly take a bullet for any member of his crew. Zinyak, however, treats his underlings, including his closest and most loyal underling, as though they were disposable.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: Fascinated by Earth literature, theater, and classical music. Particularly enamored of Shakespeare and Jane Austen, claiming that her works in particular inspired his rise to power. It turns out that he actually abducted Austen and kept her as a Human Popsicle. She's the game's narrator.
  • Klingon Promotion: How he got the job of Emperor. In the Grand Finale, the Boss inherits his throne after killing him in personal combat.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Affability aside, Zinyak is still one of the most threatening opponents that the Boss has ever faced, even going so far as to destroy the Earth itself.
  • Large and in Charge: Zinyak stands at least twice as tall as his minions, who are all human-sized.
  • Large Ham: A text adventure even as him admitting he doesn't talk meekly.
  • Leitmotif: He has a booming, industrial-esque theme that plays when he's shown on-screen. It's also remixed for the final fight against him.
  • Laughably Evil: Zinyak would make for a far more threatening and serious villains if his antics and quirks weren't so goddamn hilarious and contribute much to the game's humor.
  • Mind over Matter: Makes his entrance into invading Earth by showcasing Not Quite Flight and he tosses the Boss around like a ragdoll during their first confrontation in the second mission.
  • Neck Lift: He does this quite a bit. It helps when you're double everyone's height.
  • Neck Snap: He admits to killing a schoolyard bully in his youth this way.
  • Not So Above It All: Joins Pierce and the Boss in singing Biz Markie's Just A Friend at one point, much to their horror.
  • Pride: Man, does this guy have such an excess of it. Unlike SHODAN, he still keeps acting egotistical even after you defeat him.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: He invented a form of Time Travel...and uses it to fill his collection of historically significant humans.
  • Self-Made Man: He comes from humble beginning but his ruthlessness and cunning made him the emperor of Zin.
  • Shadow Archetype: To the Boss. Both are self-made individuals who rose from nothing to fame and power through determination, guile, and the application of extreme violence. Keith David lampshades the similarities between them in a speech in the mission "He Lives," also adding that they both are fans of Jane Austen.
  • Smug Snake: Nearly every word out of his mouth consists of him saying how he's better than you. Even as the Boss is kicking his ass, he doesn't stop with how your defeat is inevitable. Taken to ridiculous levels when he still doesn't stop even as the Boss is ripping off his head. His text-adventure-style autobiography half consists of how brilliant and peerless a commander he is.
  • The Sociopath: The collectibles reveal that he was considered as such by several Zin during his early military career. He killed most of them too.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: He has some sort of teleportation device on his wrist, which he uses to abduct Shaundi in "The Saints Wing" and in both of his fights with the Boss.
  • Troll: Olympic level skill at this. From wanting the Saints to suffer by being forced to live their worst nightmares to hijacking a radio station to mess with Boss and Pierce, everything Zinyak does is essentially to cause misery to people. Only Terumi Yuuki can match him in terms of dickassery.
  • Unreliable Narrator: While his description of his homeworld paints the Zin as boorish and crude, remember that this is from an autobiography written by a sociopathic intellectual with a big ego.
  • Villain Ball: The idiocy of Zinyak leaving the data clusters lying around simulated Steelport is lampshaded in the mission that introduces them. He compounds his error by failing to get rid of the remainder once it becomes clear that the Boss and the Saints are using them to undermine his control of the Simulation.
  • Viral Marketing: He has a Twitter account.
  • Warrior Poet: He clearly considers himself one.
  • Wicked Cultured: Seems like it, at least. He's a big fan of Downton Abbey, and he DJs the classical music radio station in the virtual Steelport.
    • He also does live readings of Shakespeare and Pride and Prejudice, with Jane reading opposite him.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: In the Enter the Dominatrix DLC. Not so much in the game itself.

    Zinjai 

Zinjai

Played by: Mark Allen Stuart
Zinyak's Manservant. He later becomes the Boss's manservant.

    The Dominatrix 

The Dominatrix

Appearances: Enter the Dominatrix
The simulation AI gained sentience and the personality of a ruthless dominatrix. She was originally set to be the villain of a Saints Row: The Third DLC that was scrapped and now appears as the Big Bad of... a Saints Row IV DLC.

  • Big Bad: Of the "Enter The Dominatrix" DLC.
  • Bondage Is Bad: She takes the form of a dominatrix and attempts to completely take over the entire simulation and turn everyone in it into her pets. Given that she is up against the Saints, it doesn't go too well.
  • Dark Action Girl: She has super powers of her own and an army of minions.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Well, she is a dominatrix after all.
  • Stripperiffic: It shouldn't be surprising that the outfit she wears is like this.
  • What Could Have Been: An in-universe example. The DLC is framed as a DVD extra explaining what the "Enter The Dominatrix" expansion for Saints Row 3 could have been like.

    Santa Clawz 

Santa Clawz

A psychopathic VR Santa Claus created to torment the real deal in his simulation by corrupting the meaning of Christmas and the Big Bad of "How The Saints Saved Christmas".

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