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CHARACTER
Pastor Richards
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Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto V (mentioned)
Full name: Pastor Richards
Status: Alive
Gender:

Male

Place of birth: Mars, Alabama
Home: Vice City
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Main affiliation: Juan Cortez
Businesses: Pastor Richards' Salvation Statue Organization
Televangelist
Voiced by: David Green

Pastor Richards is a character in Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Biography

Background

PastorRichards-Artwork

Artwork of Pastor Richards.

Richards is a corrupt and wholly insane televangelist from Mars, Alabama, who's head of the Pastor Richards' Salvation Statue Organization, which promises salvation (in the form of a radiation-proof giant living space/effigy of Richards) to all those who pay him very large donations (he later reveals that he was actually planning on using the money to build himself a palace mansion in Hawaii) when a guest on Pressing Issues (VCPR).

1980s

By the end of The segment, Pastor Richards snaps, and, disgusted by Barry Stark's nudism, pulls a gun on Stark and shoots him in the genitals, while Jan Brown passes out. Barry survives and "is in need of a proctologist". Pastor Richards also ends up claiming the station as his own for a short while. Pastor Richards was also once invited to a boat party by Juan Cortez, the only time he actually appears.

VCPD Crime Tree Record

  • Maniac firebrand preacher, obsessed with money.
  • Has written several awful books. All completely fabricated. Most given away.
  • Obsessed with degenerates.
  • Has been campaigning to build a large statue in his own image.
  • Has been attempting to bribe officials at NASA for rocket technology.
  • Believed to be embezzling money from the fund for a private mansion in Hawaii.
  • Possible polygamist.
  • Hates people who help others.
  • Fervent anti-communist.
  • Obsessed with nuclear winter.
  • Hateful human being, but menace to society uncertain at present.

Mission Appearances

GTA Vice City

Trivia

  • Along with several other past characters, Pastor Richards is one of the honored names on the sidewalk of Vinewood Boulevard.
  • He was supposed to have a larger role and be seen more in the game than his brief appearance on Cortez's Yacht.
  • He seems to be based off of real-life televangelist/con-artist Peter Popoff, as both rose to prominence in the 1980s and both promised salvation in exchange for monetary donations only to use the money solely for themselves. He also has some cues to preacher Jimmy Swaggart, which also was a very famous televangelist with dubious background and involved in several sex scandals.

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