|Appearances||Far Cry 2|
"The Jackal" is the main antagonist of Far Cry 2 who supports the APR and the UFLL in order to prepare a battle. It is revealed that he is a subtle character more than an antagonist.
The Jackal is a notorious arms dealer who has been selling his weapons to many countries in Africa: recently, to the warring factions the United Front for Liberation and Labour and the Alliance for Popular Resistance. Aside from the two warring factions, he is known to sell his weapons to many Gun shops scattered thought The Unnamed African Country. He is wanted by the U.N. for breaking many arms laws, but has managed to avoid the authorities for many years now. The Jackal is known for selling his weapons at very low prices and being very good at hiding. He is a man of humanist and nihilist beliefs, even quoting Frederich Nietzche's Beyond Good and Evil when the player first encounters him.
The Jackal served in the United States Navy during the Cold War, running smuggled arms to rebels across the world from South America all the way to Africa. Eventually he found himself comfortable in Africa, selling weapons in the warzones, which has slowly justified his own actions.
The Jackal at one time agreed to an interview with Reuben Oluwagembi. The interview was recorded on tapes which were taken by the APR and the UFLL to cover up atrocities they committed. These tapes were somehow scattered by the mercenaries and ended up all over the country. Each tape features the Jackal's views on a particular subject, revealing his values, his experiences and his justifications for what he does.
According to a rumor discussed by Prosper Quassi and Walton Purefoy, the Jackal has brain cancer - and only has a few months left to live. This could possibly explain his sometimes strange and unpredictable behaviour towards the player.
- Contrary to the popular belief that he is voiced by actor James McCaffrey (most famous for his role as the voice of Max Payne), he was actually voiced by and modelled after Dwayne Hill. James McCaffrey was, in fact, uninvolved with Far Cry 2 in any way.
- He appears to be inspired by aspects of two of Fredrick Forsyth's novels, The Day of The Jackal and The Dogs of War. The Jackal uses the codename from the former and has telling similarities to the main character in the latter, who conducts a coup in an African nation which he then undermines to save the nation's people. Forsyth himself worked in central Africa, getting to know a host of real-life mercenaries and arms dealers.
- The Jackal is rumoured to be Jack Carver due to both of the characters' similar backgrounds (Ex-military, arms-dealers) and similar clothing and physical appearances.