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Vargas was a character and minor antagonist in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and the main antagonist in Infernal Place. He was a corrupt warden at a Panamanian prison Nathan and Samuel Drake purposely infiltrated with the help of fellow treasure hunter Rafe Adler, whom Vargas was bribed by. He was later killed by Rafe himself, when he tried to get a cut from their treasure.


Background & Early Life[]

Not much is known about Vargas' early life. During his tenure as warden, Nate and his brother Sam worked with Rafe in order to gain access to an old Spanish fort on the prison's grounds. Once bribed by Rafe, Vargas allowed Nate access to the fort and subsequently Henry Avery's first mate Burnes' cell, where they hoped to find a clue leading to the pirate captain's treasure.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[]

During Chapter 2 (1999), a fight broke out between Nathan and Gustavo, another inmate. Vargas and his officers broke up the fight and soon sequestered Drake in solitary.

After some time, Vargas woke Drake up and escorted him through the prison's yards and sewer, leading him outside. It was revealed here that Vargas had made a deal with Drake's associate Rafe to allow them inside the prison and explore Avery's first mate's cell for clues.

However, Vargas found out their true goal is finding the $400 million in treasure that Avery plundered from the Gunsway. He demanded to be let in on the deal. After returning from the tower, he was fooled by Drake, as the latter claimed he found nothing and suspected that there might have been another tower that had collapsed centuries ago, and sent Vargas to look for the complex's blueprints. Nate went to tell his findings to Sam and Rafe, but was assaulted in the laundry room by Gustavo and his friends.

Vargas and several guards intercepted the fight, and Vargas, having found the St. Dismas cross Nate was hiding, moved the trio to his office. He blackmailed the three into giving him a share of the profits and suggested they get 25% each, but was stabbed twice by Rafe after he got Vargas to lower his guard during the negotiation. Before dying, Vargas managed to fire his gun, alerting everybody nearby, thus forcing the trio to make a quick escape. While Nate and Rafe made it, Sam was shot and imprisoned for thirteen years due to Rafe's actions.

Behind the scenes[]

When Drake's Fortune was still in early development, Elena Fisher was first drafted to be a Latina named Elena Vargas.[1] Vargas's name might be a slight nod to the pre-release plans.