Augustus "Preacher" Cole was a soldier who fought in the Vietnam War and was part of a sleep eradication experiment. Cole and several others were processed so that they no longer needed to sleep, with the idea being that soldiers that never slept could fight indefinitely. However, most grew psychotic or otherwise had nervous breakdowns. Cole developed the psychic ability to make people envision horrific things. In the early 1990s, he took it upon himself to find and kill all the other soldiers who went through the same program he did. FBIAgentFox Mulder and his new partner, Alex Krycek, were sent to investigate. However, before Mulder could learn more about the experiments from Cole, Krycek shot him dead. (TXF: "Sleepless")
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The name Augustus Cole is shared with a more recent character, Augustus Cole of the video game series Gears of War. This may be entirely coincidental, although they share many characteristics. Both characters are African-American, both are special unit soldiers and both have a seemingly mental instability.