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Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact...same f-cking thing, over and over again, expecting...shit to change. That is crazy; but the first time somebody told me that...I dunno, I thought they were bullshitting me, so boom – I shot him. The thing is, okay...he was right. And then I started seeing: everywhere I looked, everywhere I looked, all these f-cking pricks, everywhere I looked, doing the exact same f-cking thing. Over and over and over and over again, thinking: "This time, it's gonna be different; no, no, no, no, no, please...this time it's gonna be different." ...I am sorry, I don't like the way you are looking at me. Okay? Do you have a f-cking problem in your head? Do you think I am bullshitting you? Do you think I am lying? F-ck you, okay?! F-CK! YOU! It's okay, man. I'm gonna chill, hermano. I'm gonna chill. The thing is...alright, the thing is I killed you once already, and it's not like I am f-cking crazy. It's okay. It's like water under the bridge. Did I ever tell you the definition...of insanity?
~ Vaas Montenegro giving his famous "definition of insanity" in his monologue to Jason.
I'm sorry, what did you say? What did you say? Do you want me to slice you open like I did to your friend? SHUT THE F-CK UP! Okay? I'm the one with the f-cking d-ck! Look at me, look me in the f-cking eye. HEY! YOU F-CK! Look me in the eye. You're my bitch. I rule this f-cking kingdom. Shut the f-ck up, or you die.
~ Vaas to Grant.
You are me...and I am you.
~ Vaas in Jason's hallucination.

Vaas Montenegro is the central antagonist of the 2012 first-person-shooter video game Far Cry 3, returning in the post-credits scene of Far Cry 6, and is the titular protagonist of the DLC Vaas: Insanity.

He is the leader of the pirates on Rook Island and the brother of the Rakyat leader Citra. As part of a major running theme in the game, Vaas and all of the other villains are mentally unstable. Vaas is also known to be a charismatic but psychotic man at the same time. He is also responsible for kidnapping the young adults who came to Rook Island and torturing them as well as Jason Brody's archenemy.

He was voiced by Michael Mando (who also played Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul and Mac Gargan in Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Richie Lawrence young.


Early life

Vaas was born in 1984 on the Rook Islands and, since a young age, when he was a child, he was a member of the native Rakyat. He was particularly close to his sister Citra and mentions that his first kill was for her.

Meeting Hoyt Volker

He left me, the tribe, his birthright. Hoyt Volker lured him away with money. Drugs. He became a monster. But he was still my brother.
~ Citra about Vaas.

Sometime before 2012, Vaas became addicted to drugs, brought to the islands by deranged slave and drug trafficker Hoyt Volker. Vaas eventually established contact with Volker who found potential in Vaas and promoted him to right-hand man. Vaas went on to become the leader of the Pirates, a faction consisting of pirates that came to the Rook Islands to rape, pillage, steal, and murder.

Vaas and his men would help Volker with his business (such as growing marijuana fields and kidnapping and selling into slavery people who land in the North Island) and strike terror and injustice in the Rakyat and the islands that are rightfully theirs. Vaas would operate from a hidden fortress in the North Island from where he would oversee the deaths and destruction he caused on the natives and the Rakyat who were once considered his family.

Far Cry 3

During Jason's and his friend’s trip in Bangkok, they hear about an island where you "can do anything" from Doug, the nightclub DJ that works as a spotter for Vaas. They then decided to do a blind skydive over the Rook Islands. After landing, they are soon captured by Vaas and his Pirates. While Jason and his older brother Grant are tied up, Vaas explains how he is going to ransom them for large amounts of money from their parents. It is revealed later that even after receiving the ransom money, Vaas would sell them all as slaves for increased profit.

After Jason and Grant escape and brew up an escape plan for everyone, Vaas shoots Grant in the neck, the latter of whom bleeds to death. Vaas decides that instead of killing Jason, he lets him run, with the clear intent to hunt him down for sport. This would later be his undoing as Jason managed to escape.

While on his campaign to save his friends, Jason learns that Vaas is keeping Liza Snow hostage personally, as a way to make Jason come to him. When Jason assaults a slave prison that is said to hold Liza, he is knocked out and captured by Vaas. When he wakes, he, Liza, and Oliver are tied up in chairs in an old abandoned hotel, while Vaas is pouring and covering them in gasoline. He then sets fire to the building and leaves Jason and Liza to die, but he takes Oliver with him. They escape just as the building is engulfed in flames and collapses on itself.

Jason continues his campaign of saving his friends. During a meeting with CIA agent Willis Huntley, Huntley puts on a recording of a conversation between Vaas and Hoyt in which Hoyt briefly chastises Vaas for not taking matters seriously with Jason and urges him to take care of him while he searches Beras Town for transportation manifest that holds the name of Oliver Carswell, who happens to be one of Jason's kidnapped friends.

After being given a mission by Citra to save some of her kidnapped warriors, Jason and some Rakyat members ambush Hoyt's men who are transporting Citra's warriors. However, Jason is ambushed by Vaas again, when opening a truck that he believed to house the captured warriors. Vaas then ties Jason to a cinder block and introduces him to his insanity monologue before kicking him into a cenote, intending to drown him.

Jason escapes, then proceeds to kill more of Vaas’ men to acquire a helicopter and escape. After the helicopter is shot down by an RPG, Vaas comes up to Jason and shoots him point-blank in the chest. It is later shown that Jason survived the shot by way of a lighter, the same one Vaas tried to light him and Liza on fire within the abandoned hotel.


After becoming intimate with Citra in her temple, Jason is finally given the task to kill Vaas at his compound, who is throwing a party in celebration of Jason’s "death". Jason is led to believe that he is infiltrating the compound successfully, but is surprised when Vaas sounds the alarm and broadcasts that he knew Jason was coming. After killing all of the pirates, Jason stumbles into a larger warehouse looking to confront and kill Vaas once and for all.

When he confronts Vaas, Vaas stabs Jason in the chest and then seemingly walks away. Jason enters a similar dreamy state in which he confronted Buck and kills several visions of Vaas, before finally confronting the true Vaas. After some struggle, Jason plunges his knife into Vaas' chest again and again until Vaas falls to the ground wounded. In the last scene, when Jason collapses next to Vaas after the long fight, Vaas’ eyes look straight into Jason’s one more time before Jason wakes up.

As Jason approaches Citra in the final dream sequence, Vaas, or at least a voice in Jason's head that sounds like him, says that she's going to make him a warrior.

The Far Cry Experience

Vaas is featured in The Far Cry Experience, a web-series promoting the game, where he somewhat humorously tortures famous actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse who is filming a reality show/documentary. He is played in live-action by his voice actor Michael Mando.

Far Cry 6

Where the f-ck am I?
~ Vaas in the Season Pass trailer.

Vaas, along with Pagan and Joseph, appear as playable characters in the Season Pass of Far Cry 6.

Vaas: Insanity

Following his death by Jason, Vaas awakens in a hallucination, where Citra tasks him with becoming her warrior by collecting three pieces of the broken Silver Dragon blade. Despite not caring for becoming her warrior, he agrees to do so as she states that collecting the pieces will allow him to escape his mind. During his pursuit, Vaas comes across numerous enemies, including Jason, corrupted Rakyat, and his sister. When returning with the blade, Citra breaks it and demands that he fight countless waves to prove that he is her warrior, but he defeats them. Vaas then leaves his hallucination despite Citra's pleads, realizing that she was a negative influence on his life.

In a post credit sequence, an older Vaas appears on a beach speaking with a tennis ball, explaining what he would say if he could speak to God. Though it's thought to still be somehow alive and his smuggling weapons to Juan to fuel the liber tad revolution in Yara, it's left ambiguous if he survived.


The world is on a diagonal. I am the balancing point.
~ Vaas to Jason.

What is known about Vaas' personality comes from his close (and dangerous) encounters with the main protagonists. Close observation shows that he is an extremely, reckless, violent, sadistic, brutal, loathsome, unpredictable, cynical, traitorous, Machiavellian, psychopathic, clinically insane, prideful, oppressive, and remorseless pirate lord with a dark sense of humor in killing anyone who looks at him the wrong way and a frighteningly obstreperous personality who is feared even by his own men, some of whom are as chaotic and mentally unstable as Vaas.

Despite being more crazier and mentally unstable than the other antagonists, he was the charismatic and masculine leader and provided most of the jokes in the Far Cry Experience which saw the torture of Christopher Mintz-Plasse and his cameraman at the hands of Vaas. However one can notice that once Christopher is not moving for the last time he begins to attempt a resuscitate Chris, after failing however he begins to mourn him just before a fellow pirate announces Jason's arrival, he then humorously begins to bury him in the sand. This marks one of the few (if any) times in which he shows remorse towards one of his victims.


Surprise, motherf-cker! You didn't think...I knew you were coming, right?
~ Vaas to Jason after trapping him in a burning building.
  • Master Tactician: Vaas is a highly skilled planner. He orchestrates his pirate groups activities. He uses a spotter to lure people to his island to ransom them only sell them off later anyways. The Survival Guide for the .44 Magnum tells that Vaas sent a package to Kim Jong il, who died upon receiving said delivery. He captured Christopher's camera man and the other party goers in order to lure him out and capture him. He lured Jason to him by using Liza as a hostage, even playing a pre-recorded video to bring him into his capture. He later used captured Rakyat warriors to lure Jason into a setup in order to ambush him from the convoy truck. He later tricked Jason into thinking he secretly infiltrated his base only to inform Jason he knew he was there, announce his arrival to his men, and smoked Jason out of the building. At an unknown point, Vaas had actually planned to start a coup and betray Hoyt Volker, though this never came about either due to it failing or due to Jason Brody's attack on his compound.
    • Leadership: Vaas leads his pirates behind the scenes and in person, proving to be a charismatic leader to his men.
Tune in for our daily tortures, (...) while I teach Chris how to be a man.
~ Vaas in the Far Cry Experience
  • Expert Torturer: Vaas is skilled in methods of torture such as sand burial, pulling teeth, electrocution, exposure to phobias, e.t.c. which he used on Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
I told him not to move. I was only gonna graze his ear.
~ Vaas after shooting someone behind him
  • Expert Marksman: Vaas is skilled at using firearms in combat such as handguns, assault rifles, and rocket launchers. He fatally shot Grant Brody in the neck from a raised platform from a few feet away. He fatally shot a mercenary captain in the leg with a quick turning motion. He was able to shoot someone running behind him without even looking.
  • Expert Combatant: Vaas is an expert combatant, being cited as the best warrior of the Rakyat. He was shown to step on a man's head hard enough to kill them, even killing someone with a punch. He repeatedly head butted Barry unconscious. He briefly went up against Jason Brody, dodging and blocking his attacks.
    • Knife Expertise: Vaas is skilled at using knives in combat such as tribal knives, combat knives, and machetes. He has used a tribal knife and machete when killing people for Citra. He stabbed Jason in the chest from behind a corner. It is implied that he fought Dennis Rogers where both got facial scars from a knife fight.
I think... you missed... my heart!
~ Vaas to Citra after pulling her knife from his chest
  • High Pain Tolerance/Indomitable Will: Vaas has a high threshold for pain and a fearless attitude owning to his insane mind. When stabbed in the chest by Citra, Vaas barely reacted to the pain and pulled the knife out with little discomfort. He regularly dares people to shoot him at gun point, even when Christopher aim an assault rifle at him he still wouldn't back down even taking a step forward.
  • Intimidation: Vaas is a feared figure on the Rook Islands due to his deranged personality and brutal acts of violence.
Peek-a-boo, motherf-cker!
~ Vaas ambushing Jason
  • Stealth: Vaas is skilled at stealth as he was able to ambush Jason Brody multiple times.


  • Kimber Warrior: Vaas uses this .45 semi-auto handgun as his sidearm of choice. He can even use it as a striking weapon such when he pistol whipped Jason unconscious with it.
  • Silver Dragon Knife: Vaas stabbed Jason with this knife when surprise attacking him from behind a corner when Brody attacked his compound.
  • Tribal Knife: Vaas has used a tribal knife most likely when killing for Citra.
  • Machete: Vaas used a machete when killing people for Citra.
  • AK-103: Vaas is sometimes portrayed carrying this assault rifle with him.
  • RPG: Vaas used a rocket launcher to blow up the cameraman, Barry.


  • Vincent Salas
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse (in the "Far Cry Experience")
  • Barry (in the "Far Cry Experience")
  • Numerous "reject" prisoners captured at the same time as Jason and his friends, for apparently being deemed not worthy to either ransom or sell into slavery
  • Grant Brody
  • Kim Jong il (Survival guide on .44 Magnum tells that Vaas had sent a package to Kim Jong il, who died upon receiving said delivery)
  • Four men (seen in Make a Break for It)
  • Hundreds others

Mission appearances

  • Make a Break for It
  • Prison Break-in
  • Island Port Hotel
  • Meet Citra
  • A Man Named Hoyt (voice)
  • Ambush
  • Warrior Rescue Service
  • Payback (killed)
  • Citra's Favor (voice)


Do you have any idea how f-cking rude that was?
~ Vaas after being shot at by Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Chris? Chris, you haven't been flossing, huh? That's really bad, you know that? You should always floss. That's f-cking embarrassing.
~ Vaas while tormenting Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
You boys think you're crazy, huh? Jumping out of airplanes... flying like birds? That is crazy! I like this phone. This is a nice f-cking phone. So, what do we have here? Grant...and Jason...from California, huh? Well, I hope your mama and papa really, really love you, cause you two white boys look expensive! And that's good because I like expensive things...
~ Vaas in the opening of Far Cry 3.
What is it, Jason? Jason, what is it? Why aren't you laughing now like you did back there? What, is this not fun any more? Have I failed to entertain you? You see, thing is, up there, you thought you had a chance. Waaaay, up in the f-cking skies, you thought you had your finger on the pussy trigger. But hermano, down here? You hit the ground.
~ Vaas to Jason.
What, you want to run? Huh? You want to run, you want to disrespect me? You want to f-ck with me? I mean, you come here, with your... with your pretty-boy face, right, and your pretty-boy phone, your dimwit brother, and you want to f-ck with me. You want to f-ck with me. I like that - no, I respect that. I'm gonna give you thirty seconds, and if the jungle doesn't eat you up alive, I will.
~ Vaas to Jason upon killing his brother Grant.
Are you f-cking deaf? I said get the f-ck out of here, you chicken f-ck! Run, Forrest! Run!
~ Vaas to Jason Brody.
Who gave you that ink, hmm? I asked you a question: who give you that ink, hmm? Citra give you that ink, my sister give you that ink, huh? You think that makes you one of us? You think that makes you like me, huh? California boy has got a hard-on for jungle fever. I'm gonna drive a bullet through my sister's skull, like I did your brother Grant.
~ Vaas to Jason.
You are angry Jason. You, are angry. I get that. I get it. I mean without family who the f-ck are we? There was a time I would do anything for my sister, I mean the first time I ever killed was for my sister. Not enough for her, no no no no no please. You see the thing about our loved ones, right, our F-CKING loved ones, they come and they BLINDSIDE you every f-cking time. So they say to me, they say Vaas, Vaas, who the F-CK is it going to be? THEM or ME, ME or THEM? like, like you know, like they f-cking think that I need to make a f-cking choice. By the way this lighter really sucks.
~ Vaas' speech in "Island Port Hotel".
You are so close to the end. Come on! End it!
~ Vaas in Jason's second hallucination.
Hey Jason, did you miss me?
~ Vaas to Jason.
Surprise, motherf-cker! You didn't think...I knew you were coming, right? I am so DISAPPOINTED! You showed so much promise, Jason. So much f-cking promise! Now here you are, trapped in the boxes of life like a f-cking rat. And the thing is, I did not bring you here. You walked in here by your own goddamn self! And that's what Citra does to you, right? She turns you f-ckers into rats and now I have to deal with the rodent problem. But... that's what brothers are good for, right?
~ Vaas ambushing Jason in "Payback".
Peek-a-boo, motherf-cker!
~ Vaas stabbing Jason.
Are you enjoying my sister's company? Huh? She's gonna make a warrior out you. You are so f-cked, Jason. C'mon pull the trigger. C'mon motherf-cker. Pull the trigger! Let's go, shoot me! Shoot me!
~ Vaas to Jason.
Take me into your heart! Accept me as your savior! Nail me to the f-cking cross and let me be REBORN!
~ Vaas' last words.
What is going on? Who's watching who?
~ Vaas in the Far Cry 6 season pass.
What kind of a god needs money, huh?
~ Vaas' response to the Televangelist, shooting his tv's.
You know...if death ever came for me, I would grab it by the throat, and I would kill it.
~ Vaas in the secret ending.


The Far Cry Experience

Far Cry 3

Far Cry 6


  • Due to Michael Mando's performance, Vaas became so popular with fans, critics and even the developers that he ended up becoming the poster boy of the game.
  • His surname is Spanish for "black mount" and Montenegro is also the name of a country in Southeastern Europe on the Adriatic Sea.
  • Despite having a Hispanic appearance, surname and accent, Vaas is actually Asian, due to the Rakyats being a Thai community from Indonesia. His Latin-American traits are influenced due to fact that Mando is of Mexican descent.
  • Initially, the only main antagonist in the game was supposed to be Hoyt Volker, until one day Michael Mando came to Ubisoft to audition. Ubisoft liked his performance so much that they made a separate character for him.

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