Valorant Agent Cypher: Lore & Backstory
Cypher is a very mysterious character in-game, but even more mysterious when diving deep into the lore behind the character. Let's talk about everything we know about him so far!
Cypher's Origin Country
Unlike other agents in Valorant, we know where exactly Cypher originates from. The map, Bind, is based in Rabat, Morocco, and one of Cypher’s voice lines on Bind is "Get out of my city!" This means that, obviously, Cypher hails from Rabat. Cypher Hates Kingdom Corp for ruining Rabat, and specifically the area of Bind, with all of their Radianite.
Cypher is speculated to have grown up rough in a poor area of Rabat. One of his voice lines is "You think I don't know how to get by without money?", which seems to support this theory. He also is rumored to have had a past in heavy gambling. One of his abilities looks identical to a poker chip, and his voice line of "You forget. I always play high stakes" backs this idea even more. This makes us question if Cypher has been involved in illegal activities, and will they be the end of him?
During his life, Cypher has gathered secrets and intel, which in turn has made him many rivals. This is why Cypher wears a mask. The Cypher Dossier released by Fade, A.K.A The Blackmailer, tells us that he never takes it off or reveals himself to anyone. Cypher does this to protect himself, but also his family. The Same Dossier mentions a family; his wife, Nora, and a “little one,” his child.
Cypher’s safety is now at risk, with the dossier shocking Valorant players by revealing Cypher’s real name - Amir El Amari. It also revealed multiple safehouses of Cypher’s, based all over Morocco. These were revealed to be the basement in Rabat, the Tangler apartment, and Cypher’s lovely den in Marrakesh. With Fade being a threat that could potentially blow up all he has worked so hard towards, he will stop at nothing to neutralize Fade!
Why Cypher Joined Protocol?
Cypher joined the VALORANT Protocol as Agent 5. He is the best at surveilling any potential Spike locations and with an unmatched skill set. Maybe the reason for Cypher joining the VALORANT Protocol was to clear his name or to protect his family. Whilst we don’t know much as to why he joined, we do know that he only wants to protect his family, so there must be a reason why.
Other agents in Valorant have a significant amount more lore and backstory to their characters than Cypher has. There is a lot more history for Riot Games to reveal about Cypher, maybe we will see what he lost before and what will happen between Cypher and Fade.