Far Cry 6 Reminds Players How Much Pagan Min Loves Food

Scattered around Far Cry 6’s fictional country, Yara, are magazines featuring the face of Far Cry 4’s food-loving villain, Pagan Min. The magazine is chocolate focused and advertises an interview with Pagan Min where he explains how he revolutionized the cacao of Kyrat (the setting of Far Cry 4). It is no surprise that Ubisoft included this reference as the Far Cry series focuses on its larger-than-life villains. Usually, the player must bring these tyrannical leaders down to liberate a fictional country.

In Far Cry 4, Pagan Min took over the small, failed state of Kyrat by killing the distant royal heir to the throne. Despite having a rebel faction called the Golden Path attempt to dispose of him, Pagan held onto power even when his daughter was assassinated. The game’s protagonist, Ajay, Pagan’s stepson, returns to Kyrat to return his mother's ashes but finds himself caught up in the Golden Path’s cause. Even though Pagan is technically an enemy to Ajay, Pagan is never hostile to him and exercises tough love. The player can choose whether to let Pagan live or die, leaving Kyrat's fate uncertain at Far Cry 4's end.

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Pagan Min’s face appearing on a chocolate magazine all over Yara is not an uncommon kind of Easter egg for Far Cry 6. The magazine is likely a teaser for the game’s Villains DLC, where Pagan Min's mind - and that of three other iconic Far Cry villains - is explored. Here the player gets to experience being Pagan Min, Joseph Seed, and Vaas Montenegro while also discovering the events that shaped their lives. In an unusual turn for Ubisoft, the seemingly evil Far Cry antagonists are turned into sympathetic heroes of their own story and are given traumatic backstories. There are plenty of obscure Easter eggs in Far Cry 6 for each villain, many of which relate to their personality and the DLC segments.

Why does Far Cry 4's Pagan Min Love Food?

Easter egg of Pagan Min's face on a magazine in Far Cry 6

Pagan's love of food is symbolic of the dining table, which appears in Far Cry 4 and the Pagan: Control DLC. The dining table, for Pagan, represents the desire for the family he never had. He often imagines his deceased partner Ishwari, dead daughter Lakshmana, and Ajay sitting at the dining table in Pagan: Control. In Far Cry 4, Pagan Min invites Ajay twice to sit and eat with him at the dining table in the Royal Palace. In these scenes, the table is covered with luxurious food and drink, often more than those present could eat. The desire for a typical family shows in Pagan’s behavior, but the empty chairs and many plates also reveal that Pagan can never achieve it. As Pagan's Far Cry 6 DLC episode explores his father, it indicates Pagan himself did not have a functional family as a child. He likely never got the experience the family dining table in a healthy way. This longing for the idealized family scene is a large part of Pagan's obsession with food.

As the Easter eggs in Far Cry 6 make clear, Pagan Min loves dining. It is the core of his identity, stemming from his unachievable desire to have a family. But there are several other speculations about what the Magazine Coco for Cacao means for the Far Cry series. As Far Cry 6 comes after Far Cry 4, many believe that Ubisoft intends to make the ending of Far Cry 4, where Pagan escapes with his life, the canonical one. This overwrites the endings where the player decides to kill him. Ubisoft's choice to put Pagan Min’s face all over Yara may suggest that he will make another appearance in the Far Cry series, one that will likely also involve food.

2022-07-27T01:03:51.000Z

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