|Date of birth:||1966|
|Date of death:||2014 (Optional)|
|Cause of death:||(Optional) Shot by Ajay Ghale|
|Religion:||Cult of Personality (King Min's Kyrat)|
|Height:||5' 11¾" (1.82 m)|
|Hair Color:||Blonde (Dyed) Black (shaved)|
|Weight:||176 lbs (80 kg)|
|Affiliation:||The Royal Army |
Yuma Lau (deceased)
Paul De Pleur
Noore Najjar (deceased)
|Sibling(s):||Yuma Lau (adopted sister, deceased)|
|Significant other(s):||Ishwari Ghale (lover, deceased)|
|Children:||Lakshmana Min (daughter, deceased)|
|Played by:||Troy Baker|
|Games:||Far Cry 4|
|Last appeared:||Confront Pagan|
- "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 is the main antagonist of Far Cry 4.
Min serves as the monarch over the region of Kyrat.
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, who he deemed to be a 'dinosaur'. Following his death and inheritance of control of the cartel, Min adopted the moniker 'Pagan', in tribute to a Burmese king 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 chose the small failed-state of Kyrat for his escape.
Kyrat was racked by conflict; a civil war raged between the supporters and opponents of the aging monarch, and Min chose to ally himself with the Royalist forces, who, after a few months of bloody fighting, stormed the palace and attempted to crown the young heir to the throne. Min however killed the heir and took the Kyrati throne himself, brutally purging the Royalist leadership of his opponents. Min's betrayal led to the formation of the Golden Path resistance movement, 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. 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, who was eventually killed by Ghale.
Soon thereafter, Ghale was killed by his wife Ishwari, who then fled with her son Ajay to the United States of America, causing Min to become a recluse.
Far Cry 4Edit
- ""Stop". "Shoot". "Stop". "Shoot." Do those words sound the same?"
- — Pagan Min
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 the bus when the driver shoots the squad commander. Immediately subsequent to these events, Pagan arrives via helicopter. Pagan becomes angry with the apparent leader of the soldiers because his mission was to stop or capture the bus, not shoot the bus. He stabs the soldier in the neck with his pen, killing him. After this, Pagan has a bag placed over Ajay's head and he, along with Darpan, is brought to Paul "De Pleur" Harmon's compound. Ajay, De Pleur, Darpan, and Pagan are sat down at a dinner table where Pagan explains himself to Ajay. However, Darpan is caught texting Sabal for help, which leads to De Pleur and Pagan leaving Ajay to himself. After these events, Ajay then has the choice to either escape the compound and meet up with the Golden Path rebels, or wait near the table for Pagan to return, triggering an alternate ending. Pagan frequently interacts with Ajay via radio during the events of the game.
Throughout the game, Pagan's interactions with Ajay reveal an ambivalent attitude towards him, in spite of Ajay supporting the Golden Path. 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 in Lakshmana, as he originally intended. If the player spares Pagan and spreads Ishwari's ashes in the Lakshmana Memorial, Pagan will leave peacefully via his helicopter, leaving Kyrat in Ajay's hands. Or the player can kill Pagan as he attempts to leave Kyrat via shooting the helicopter where the game ends with credits. If this ending is chosen - after traveling through Pagan's Royal Fortress, there will be a crash site where the helicopter landed, (just beside the road leading up to Pagan's palace) with Pagan's body laying beside it. You have the option to loot his body and retrieve a pen, a pin, and 250,000 money.
Personality and Traits Edit
Pagan Min is known for his flamboyant dress, eccentric violence, and generally unconcerned approach even to highly climactic events. His attitude towards Ajay Ghale, despite Ajay working with the Golden Path and making an attempt on his life, is strangely ambivalent. In fact, over the course of Far Cry 4, Pagan has several opportunities where he could easily have taken Ajay's life, but chose not to. Pagan himself claims that he wants to change Kyrat and bring the nation into a glorious future in 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, even though Ishwari Ghale may or may not have had a positive influence on him. Pagan's rule of Kyrat is very much characteristic of a ruthless dictator, reminiscent of the totalitarian personality cults surrounding historical communist dictators such as Mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung, and Joseph Stalin. He controls all media in Kyrat, which he floods with propaganda for his rule and regime.
However, the events of Far Cry 4 reveals that Pagan Min has become a recluse in his royal palace, passing off the burden of leadership to his lieutenants 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 Ghale for this change in Pagan's disposition, suggesting that Pagan falling in love with Ishwari caused Pagan to temper the former strength and ruthlessness which Yuma was initially drawn to. Close reading of Mohan Ghale's journal imply 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 send medical students to Singapore for training. 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.
- Pagan Min's fountain pen is based off of a 146 solid gold Montblanc from its appearance and price.
- Despite being the main antagonist of Far Cry 4, he never actually acts hostile towards Ajay, and several times he actually directly assists him.
- It is heavily implied that Pagan currently does cocaine.
- The original Pagan Min was the ninth king of the Konbaung dynasty of Burma and ruled in the 19th century, though he killed his brothers to gain the throne, not his father (as the developers mistakenly claim here. ). The name "Pagan" or "Bagan" also refers to a kingdom and the capital city of that kingdom that existed in modern-day Burma between the 9th and 13th centuries.
- He is shown to have a liking towards fashion since he was angered when the blood had stained his shoes in the intro.
- A 9-inch figurine of Min will be made available through Uplay.
- According to the Kyrat Edition trailer, his palace is near to a place called the Royal Fortress and is named the Royal Palace. There is a family grave in the Palace Garden, which is revealed to be the Lakshmana Memorial.
- He is the only antagonist in the series who is directly or indirectly related to the Protagonist.
- 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/chef's family executed), meat pockets for all the raw meat Ajay stores as bait (and foreshadows Pagan Min looking forward to Ajay usurping him), all the hundreds of candles scattered around Kyrat that stay lit during a civil war for some strange reason (Min has them all banned as opposed to hiring people to blow them out daily), his body double Eric (after Ajay murders him), and the destruction of a solid gold statue.
- Pagan Min has 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, Australia, and according to Pagan, is not even Asian, but has the correct cheek bones to pose as his double.
- 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. The post-credits dialogue with either Amita or Sabal will reflect this choice, implying that this choice is a legitimate variation of the ending choices. If the player revisits the Royal Palace afterward, he or she will find the helicopter's wreckage, as well as Pagan's corpse which has several unique items to be looted. You can also choose to let Pagan to get away in his helicopter, this will give the same achievement as if you killed him.
- Looting Pagan Min's corpse yields Lapel Pin #2 and Pagan's Pen. The Lapel Pin #2 is one of the only copies in existence, and it has Pagan Min's real face with Pagan dead, this pin becomes extremely valuable. Pagan's Pen is revealed to be the knife that he used to stab the guard at the beginning of the game, which was dedicated to Ishwari and doubles as a pen. For some reason, you never get his phone.
- 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 among many 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 Inglorious 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.
- Map Editor, Pagan is twice as durable than a Royal Guard Defender and can survive up to 2 grenade explosions as well as having Royal Army traits such as firing from the hip and saying 'What the hell!' in Kyrati.
- 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 the player a unlimited supply of lapel pens.
- Much like with Paul Harmon and Noore Min doesn't display any actual dislike towards Ajay despite the fact that he is fighting against him, instead he regards him as either his son or someone he feels he can educate.