"Humanity is dead, my friend. The time has come for you to follow suit."
- Zinyak, during his final showdown with The Protagonist.
Zinyak is an extraterrestrial warlord and the leader of the alien race known as the Zin. During the events of Saints Row IV he invades Earth and kidnaps the The Protagonist, now the President of the United States, and puts them into a virtual simulation of Steelport.
- The supreme alien commander speaks with an upper class English accent and is described as being a fan of literature. Indeed, he states in his Text_Adventures that it his love for literature that inspired him and ultimately lead him to Earth. He makes several references to this throughout the game: he can be heard reading the entire first chapter of Pride and Prejudice on Klassic 102.4; he quotes an entire passage of Macbeth in "Miller-Space", and later in the mission the text adventure consists of several elements of Edgar Allan Poe's works; he compares his final confrontation with The Protagonist to that of Mercutio and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet; and in a post-credits scene, Zinjai reveals that Zinyak used time travel to "build a menagerie of his favorite humans" before destroying Earth, and among them abducted English novelist Jane Austen (who serves as the game's narrator).
Zinyak is first introduced in the mission The Saints Wing when he and his Empire begin their attack on Earth. He comes in through the ceiling of the presidents press conference and abducts Kinzie Kensington and then Shaundi before disappearing. He also appears later in the mission in the destroyed gunship where he fights The Protagonist and eventually triumphs over them. After The Protagonist is defeated Zinyak puts them and all their friends into their own simulation based on their worst fears.
When The Protagonist began openly defying their simulation based on pleasantry and order, Zinyak took notices. He remarked that he should've known that a "prison of peace couldn't hold a sociopath" like The Protagonist, who insists that they're a "puckish rogue". He then throws The Protagonist into a Zin-dominated version of Steelport, threatening to destroy the Earth if they attempt to escape. Later, when The Protagonist does escape, Zinyak carries out his threat and destroys the Earth. But this only hardens The Protagonist, who goes back into the simulation to rescue the other Saints and then get revenge for Earth by killing Zinyak.
He talks to The Protagonist through out the game telling them that they will fail and that fighting will cause the extinction of the human race in an effort to discourage him and break their will.
In the mission He Lives, Zinyak managed to convince Keith David to turn against the Saints and kidnap Kinzie with the promise that he will be able to bring back Earth. When Keith sees The Protagonist being brutalized by two Zin, he has a change of heart and saves his friend, only to be put back into his own simulation moments later by Zinyak.
In the final mission Grand Finale, The Protagonist must break the simulation and fight their way to Zinyak. The Protagonist arrives in Zinyak's throne room donning a stolen Zin power armor that replicated their powers from within the simulation. Broadcasting to the entire Zin Empire so they could watch their leader extinguish humanity's last hope, Zinyak calls upon his own giant mech suit to fight The Protagonist. After a long battle, when his suit came close to destruction, Zinyak retreated behind a forcefield and relied on explosive CIDs to cover him, but The Protagonist used telekinesis to throw the CIDs through the shield. Zinyak then summoned his minions to wear down The Protagonist, but the other Saints arrive to back up their leader. The Protagonist then destroys Zinyak's mech, leaving him vulnerable. Even as the Saints leader was in the process of ripping off Zinyak's head, he defiantly claimed that his minions would avenge his death and exterminate humanity, shortly before his head is torn off, spinal cord included. The Zin then bow down before The Protagonist, who assumes control of the Zin Empire.
Assuming all the Saints' loyalty missions have been completed, it is revealed by Zinjai, Zinyak's second-in command, that Zinyak told Keith a half-truth; the Zin don't have any technology that could restore it but they have time travel technology that could enable the Saints to revisit Earth before it's destruction. Zinjai then shows The Protagonist the many humans in stasis Zinyak had collected from across history, including his favourite author, Jane Austen.
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