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Civilians are a type of character in the Just Cause game series.

A civilian farmer in Panau.


Civilians refer to people who are not members of any armed factions. Every game has civilians as a neutral faction who are only there to make the game world look more realistic. Civilians can be seen walking around, farming, using vehicles, fishing and performing many other activities. Civilians are never armed as San Esperito and Panau both have a strict gun control laws. However, there is one exception in San Esperito.

In both games, if you get into the Stunt position of a civilian-driven car, the car will start speeding, but in Panau, the civilian will also begin to threaten you and demand you to get off. Oddly, if you just jump on the car, the car will drive as normal, unless you're in front of the driver, which causes him to stop.

Just Cause

Civilians in San Esperito are of Latino-Hispanic ethnicity.

Salvador Mendoza's dictatorship regime makes a minimal difference to any of the peoples lives, because unlike in Panau, there are no Roadblocks here. The military can rarely be seen killing civilians in politically unstable Provinces. A military vehicle can randomly stop and the soldiers can start shooting at everybody.

The military is quite benevolent to civilians, and often times, when the AI causes vehicles to crash, the military driver and the civilian driver gets out, do that reprimanding gesture, and then go off. The military even has an annual San Esperito International Arms Fair. Unfortunately, Rico disrupted the 2005 one.

It has been reported that a glitch can cause civilians to retaliate harassment by punching Rico.

All civilian settlements have lots of posters of Mendoza, until they're taken over by the Guerrillas. Then the posters are replaced by green and red Guerrilla posters featuring the Guerrilla leader, Jose Caramicas.

In game the civilians are harmless. Civilians can be seen driving all around San Esperito and usually do not possess a sports car or a vehicle that is expensive, showing the standard of living that the majority of the island has to live with on a daily basis.

Sometimes in a city, a car can stop and a pedestrian can get into the passenger seat. The car then continues to drive.

Very rarely, civilians can be seen punching government officials. See picture.

Memorable quotes

There's actually a very large number of pedestrian speech lines in JC1, so this list is only for examples:

  • Some dude, when threatened: "Buzz, buzz, buzz. One day, my mosquito-friend, I will have the upper hand."
  • Some woman randomly: "Another day, another dollar, aye senior?"
  • Some dude randomly: "Are you lost, senior? Very easy to get lost around here."
  • Some dude randomly: "You lost, hombre? Very easy to get lost around here."
  • Some dude randomly: "Moving on? That is a good idea."
  • Bikini woman at a cartel villa, the exotic dancers/prostitutes at the El Volcan whorehouse and the prostitutes on the streets of Esperito City: "Do you want me to show you a good time, or a bad time?"
  • A salesman at a village market: "Aguas frescas! Aguas frescas!" See also: San Esperitian cuisine.
  • A salesman at a village market: "Cocos frescas! Cocos frescas!"
  • Some woman randomly: "An honest woman can get no work around here."
  • Poor-looking man walking with a painful back: "Please senor, some spare change?"
  • If you crash into a civilian vehicle and stop your car, the driver will get out and over to you. They will then make a threatening hand gesture and angrily say any of the following. If a civilian car should crash into a San Esperito Police Department vehicle, the policeman will do the same to the civilian, because civilians can't get Heat.
    • "Now you did it!"
    • "Look what you did to my car!"
    • "Game on, asshole!"
  • A drunk man: "So I says to her one more time: "I don't care if it's breakfast time. The rum stays on the table.""
  • A woman when bumped into:
    • "I should kill that man. I really should."
    • "You brush up against me one more time and I'll call the police."
  • Some woman randomly: "I want a drink. No heh, I need a drink."
  • Some guy while talking to another guy: "I'm never going back to prison. At least not for a week."
  • Guerrilla soldier while talking to a prostitute (the exact wording may differ a little): "This is no life for you, baby. Run away with me... and bring all the girls."
  • A guy while talking to a prostitute: "Why yes, I was looking for some action."
  • Some woman randomly: "And then there is the rent and the bank loan."
  • Drunk-sounding guy: "I missed my mothers funeral because I was drunk."
  • Some dude while talking to another guy: "His wife cheats and everybody knows it."

The civilians, or possibly a small faction at the Hidden temple at Isla Maria Dolorosa have their unique lines of dialogue.

Jobs and employment

Main article: See the economy section of the San Esperito article.

There is great diversity in the wealth and jobs of civilians on the islands of San Esperito. The standard of living for in the coutryside is fairly equal, but there's a very notable divide of wealth and class between countryside and city people. Most civilians wear normal clothing and live in villages, while some civilians who are seen in cities and sometimes even at the El Volcan, wear suits and executive clothing, which obviously means that they are within the higher class of the civilian population and have an important job and/or a highly paid career.

In the cities, it is quite clear that there is some sort of brothel running, as some women are seen dressed in erotic clothing and offering their services at night. There's also a separate whore house, but this is more official and known more to businessmen, this being the El Volcan whorehouse. According to some civilian woman, "an honest woman can get no work around here".

Some of the employment on the island is aviation and cargo transportation, evident through civilians being thrown out of aircraft such as an Alexander AX-14 when Rico hijacks them. Several towns and villages have their own airfields.

Most civilians are farmers and fishers, but there are also lots of jobs in the industry (factories; oil rigs; pump jacks; gas stations; industrial parts of Esperito City). The cartel villas employ lots of guards and probably also farmers (unless the guards do the farming).

According to general Jose Durango, unemployment is high among young people.


The civilians can be seen operating all the different non-armed vehicles. The nation even has relatively developed civil aviation, with many villages and small towns having their own airfields. Most vehicles that are driven by civilians tend to be either slow or of a mediocre performance. Although sometimes this is not the case with some people. Cars that are high in both performance and rarity values can be seen driven around the cities and towns.

When civilians crash into a government vehicle, the official will get out of the car and shout at them (the same as if Rico would crash into a civilian car). That's because the game will never give a usual Civilian a Heat level. The government factions can only shoot at Rico, the Guerrillas and the Riojas. The same will happen if any other civilian vehicle crashes into a government vehicle.

Gallery (JC1)

Note that this gallery has mostly 5% of the people.

Just Cause 2

The civilians are of Malayo-Polynesian descent and speak Singlish. Civilians can, when everything works as it should be commonly found all over the Panau. Minors (anyone under 18) are absent from the game. Many of them wear cone hats just like many rice farmers do. When people talk, their mouths never move. They likely don't have talking animations (or any animations that have their mouth move.)

All the civilians do is walk, yell, run and crouch (when scared), farm, sell goods, and drive. There are no passengers in cars anymore, unlike in Just Cause 1.


Most vehicles found on the Panauan roads belong to civilians. The vehicles can easily be stolen by Rico by getting up in Stunt position and press the action button. If just standing on the roof of a land vehicle, the civilians will drive faster then they usually do. Other cars on the road will also crash with things or turn to the sides in this situation. Civilians will complain loudly about you in the stunt position. If you shoot civilian cars, the person inside will stop the car and then run away. Also when shooting civilian cars, you will most likely get Heat after a few shots, even if the Panau Military is absent from the location.

Planes controlled by civilians can be found sometimes in the air above Panau. Hijacking these planes in mid-air will not give you Heat unlike the ones controlled by the military. The civil aviation in Panau is nearly non-existent in comparison to San Esperito, as Panau has very few airports and they're all controlled by the Panau Military.

The AI operating the vehicles is not the best, as sometimes a civilian driving a boat might crash onto land.

Jobs and employment

Most civilians are most likely poor and outside the few cities in Panau, most of them works as farmers, fishermen, and traders at marketplaces. There are also some of the shops in the cities and the more wealthy villages.

In the cities, there are probably many civilians working in various corporate, government, or other administrative positions and in private companies. Some are also working at the Panau Broadcasting Company. Most of these jobs are found in Panau City and for the last category, Bandar Baru Nipah.

Most of the Panauans in the Selatan Archipelago and the Senjakala Islands probably work as maids and workers at the many tourist resorts in Panau. Some Panauans might work at other attractions, such as the Panau Falls Casino, Gunung Hotel Ski Resort, Mile High Club, and the Three Kings Hotel.

Civilian workers can be found around most factories and also at military facilities. They are most frequently found at ports and airports. They are most likely paid minimum wage or have lower income salaries. They are also found at the power stations in the country. However, the one particular exception would be the Awan Cendawan Power Plant. The only explanation to this is that the facility is eventually controlled by engineers of the Panaun Military, and most likely a lot of them. It could be very well possible that the military engineers have the necessary training to handle a nuclear reactor because ordinary civilian engineers might not have adequate training and knowledge. The civilian workers also work at Offshore Rigs in the country's waters, though not at the two heavily guarded oil refineries in the country.

The standard of living for civilians is a lot more divided in Panau, with the majority of the civilian population being financially poor and cars such as the Mancini Cavallo 1001 being very rare among common vehicles like the Tuk-Tuk Rickshaw.


Panauans can most frequently be heard yelling or mumbling incomprehensively, but they do have a few speech lines in the absence of action. Sometimes they even have short discussions about how the military represses them, but these always end as they spot Rico and/or just walk off. Oddly enough, tourists don't have their own lines, and therefore say the same thing as oppressed citizens of Panau.

Said at random:

  • "My god, what are we even doing in this insane place?"
  • "I got to get a new pair of flip-flops, eh?"
  • "Something doesn't feel right..."
  • "I wish I could protect my family..."
  • "The government raided my home, lah!"
  • "I don't feel safe..."

When Rico is in the Stunt Position of a car:

  • "Hey! you! get off!"
  • "What are you doing to my car?"
  • "Get down from there!"
  • "Hey, that's my car!"
  • "What the hell are you doing?!"

When Rico bumps into a civilian:

  • "Watch where you're going!"
  • "Oh, you want a piece of me, huh?"
  • "Hey, watch it!"
  • "Who do you think you are?"
  • "Back off!"
  • "Stop that!"
  • "Go away!"
  • "Do you mind?"
  • "Aiya!", which is actually a common phrase used in distress in Burma and China.

Gallery (JC2)

Just Cause 3

In Medici the civilians can be seen doing a lot more things than in Panau. There are also many more different civilians. Civilians can sometimes be seen complementing Rico, or making comments about his grappler and/or parachute. They also talk about how they dislike Di Ravello.


Citizens of Medici:

  • "Rico, bless you and all you have done for us. Run the general off our island and give Medici back to the people!"
  • "Rico Rodriguez? It's really you? I have your old race car tattooed on my back! Welcome home." - This can be spoken by both male and female persons.
  • "Rico, you've inspired us to take back our country. Viva la revolution!"
  • "Rico, our savior! Thank you for everything you do."
  • "I was a paratrooper in the war, you know."
  • "Lead us to victory, Rico!"
  • "Rico, be a dear and kill the General, won't you?"
  • "Hello Rico!"
  • "We all support you, Rico!"
  • "Rico! You've grown up since last time I saw you!"
  • "Rico Rodriguez, it's really you! I have your old race car tattooed on my back" *Laughs*"
  • "Crush the General, Rico."
  • "Rico, I knew your father, I'm proud of him."
  • "Thank you for everything you're doing, Rico."
  • "Lead us Rico!"
  • "Be careful shifting, it sticks in second" (after hijacking)


  • "Hey! I remember you from Panau. Quit ruining my vacations!"
  • "The brochure said nothing about free-falling parachuting."
  • "Hey, it's Rico! They warned us about you at the hotel."
  • "Is it legal around here to carry all those guns?"
  • "Hey, you're the guy they keep talking about... Nico, right?"
  • "Whoa, that guy looks dangerous."
  • "What are you? Some kind of action hero?"
  • "You're that guy I keep seeing in the sky, aren't you?"
  • "Nice jacket, do they sell those around here?"

When Rico is in the Stunt position of a car:

  • "Not going to tell an armed man what to do... nope, keeping my mouth shut."
  • "I-I-It's Rico! no one will believe this."
  • "AWWWW, I just waxed my car!"
  • "What are you doing up there?"
  • "Hey, that's my car!"
  • "Hey, what are you doing up there?"
  • "Get down from there! This is a company car!"
  • "Just driving, like, nothing's wrong." (Bug?)

When Rico bumps into a civilian:

  • "Who do you think you are?"
  • "Look where you're walking!"
  • "Hey, watch it!"
  • "You young people think you can walk where ever you want."
  • "Hey, watch where you're going."
  • "I'm walking here!"
  • "Do you mind?"
  • "Hey, at least say you're sorry."
  • "Watch where you're going!"
  • "Walking here!"
  • "Whoa, hello!"
  • "Do you mind?"
  • "Geez!"

When you grapple, use the parachute or wingsuit:

  • "Rico's flying! I'll admit, I was impressed..."
  • "Huh?"
  • "What's he doing?"
  • "What the?"
  • "Oh my."
  • "Keep on flying, Rico."
  • "I want one of those."
  • "What the heck is that thing?"

When Rico grapples a civilian:

  • "Focus on the General instead of poor, old ME!" - when grappling an old man
  • "Alright, we're all having a good laugh. Now let me go!" - when grappling a tourist 

Gallery (JC3)

Just Cause 4

Solís has by far the worst drivers. Getting run over by random cars is possible in the previous games, but the other civilians at least usually make some effort to avoid the crash. In Solís they often just run over who ever happens to get in the way.

The feature where cars may include passengers returns in Just Cause 4. SUVs, sports cars, sedans and any vehicle that isn't a bus or utility vehicle may include passengers.

Jobs and employment

Solís is possibly the worst known country in the Just Cause Universe. No other nation has homeless people. They can be seen sleeping on benches and digging through garbage at multiple towns and cities. Solís is also the only country so far to be known to have murders among its civilian population. As mention at the Lago Mitu description, murder weapons are commonly disposed of at that lake.

However, according to a caller on the Solís Hoy radio station, Solís is the best country and she is proud to have to work 70 hours per week at a factory to be able to afford basic things like food and rent. A pedestrian gentleman can at times be heard explaining that he has to work 60 hours per week for another decade to pay off his debts.

There are also some... somewhat strange, not to say outright suspicious NPC jobs seen at some locations. For example, Puerto Málaga has a number of shipping containers. It's possible that a civilian worker may spawn at one of these and he may be using a small welding torch in an attempt to cut open the container door. The only obvious reason to use a tool like that at a container door is to cut it open to steal the content, because the rightful owner should obviously have the key to any lock.

Many small towns and villages have civilians barbecuing, or as Tom Sheldon would explain it "just grilling".

Gallery (JC4)


  • For the most advanced AI in the Just Cause Game Series, it's extremely unusual for civilians in Just Cause 4 to be of the worst quality.
    • The Black Hand AI have near perfect aim in combat.
    • Drivers swerve around Rico whenever he is standing in traffic, but evidently don't care when they crash into other civilians.


Just Cause 1

Exotic dancers:

Black Hand attacking civilians during the mission Streets of Fire:

Just Cause 2

Some rare event in Just Cause 2: