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A number of recurring characters appear in person or speech during the various missions or cut scenes in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, set in 1984.


Major characters

Victor Vance

Victor Vance as depicted in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Introduced in: Introduction, Army Barracks cut scene

Victor "Vic" Vance is the playable protagonist in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. He first appears in the opening cutscene of Vice City, in which he is killed by gunmen during an ill-fated drug exchange with Tommy Vercetti, one of three survivors of the attack, the others being Vic's brother Lance and the Forelli family lawyer Ken Rosenberg. Vic's death stages the rest of the game's events, forcing Vercetti to root out the men responsible and re-acquire the 20 kilograms of cocaine and money he lost. Vic Vance is the first playable protagonist in the GTA series to be officially killed.[1]

In Vice City Stories, more is learned about Vic's past: He is known to be from Dominican Republic. He is a 28-year-old corporal in the U.S. Army, stationed in Vice City's Fort Baxter under the watch of Sgt. Jerry Martinez. He enlisted to financially support his dysfunctional family: his mother Janet is a drug addict, and his brother Pete suffers from severe asthma.[2] At the beginning of the game, Vic is persuaded by Martinez to shelter drugs and a prostitute on the base in exchange for money. However, the drugs are discovered in Vic's barracks and Vic is caught with the prostitute in his car. Martinez allows Vic to take the fall to save himself. Vic is dishonorably discharged and his promising career ended, leaving him on the street. He was forced to turn to organized crime, later emerging as the leader of the Vance Crime Family.

Vic is the first protagonist from the GTA universe to not adapt to crime and wants to lead a positive life along with helping his family. Although his outlook on life is dark, he can be cheerful until money becomes a big issue and he is forced to work with and against various thugs in Vice City. Vic's role in Vice City Stories is much like Tommy's role in Vice City: to take over Vice City and start a business with his brother Lance.

Vic Vance was voiced by Dorian Missick.

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition.

Lance Vance

Introduced in: "Jive Drive"

Lance Vance is Victor Vance's younger brother. He was first mentioned to Vic by Aunt Enid via pager messages. He is also mentioned by Vic in the opening cutscene, saying that Pete is sick with asthma, and that Lance is "sick in another way".

Lance arrives from his home (which is not stated) to share Victor's rise to power. Vic at first refuses Lance's offers, knowing full well Lance's penchant for falling into trouble, but he eventually agrees to work with him. Lance makes contact with drug dealer Bryan Forbes, who is really an undercover cop. After finding this out, Lance decides not to kill Forbes, hoping that holding him captive would force him to divulge the locations of numerous drug deals around the city. Victor eventually kills Forbes when he tries to escape, after Forbes tricks the Vance Brothers twice with false information, even leading them to a gay, white supremacist biker bar. After repeated failings, Lance finally gets the break he has been waiting for and successfully steals a huge shipment of drugs. Lance anticipates immediately becoming rich, and buys himself expensive suits.

Lance continually proves to be an unreliable, opportunistic nuisance, endangering the business more often than he helps. Although Lance does care about his brother, his primary focus is getting rich. That being the case, Lance mortgages two expensive apartments for himself and his brother without permission, financially pressuring Vic into dealing cocaine. To make matters worse, Lance starts sampling the merchandise, and is either passed out or too high on cocaine to be of any use. When Louise is kidnapped by the Mendez Brothers, Lance is reluctant to help. But when Armando Mendez's guards fire a rocket at his beloved sports car, Lance goes berserk and tries to kill the Mendez Brothers single-handedly, requiring Vic to rescue him again.

Just when Vic's patience with him is nearing its end, Lance eventually does try to help out. He allies with Phil Cassidy and Umberto Robina to help defend their businesses, then later gets in touch with Ricardo Diaz to discuss protection from the Mendez Brothers.

Lance is also a member of the Vance Crime Family.

Lance also has a big role in GTA: Vice City where he befriends Tommy Vercetti however betrays him later on in the game and is eventually killed by Tommy Vercetti

Lance Vance was voiced by Phillip Michael Thomas.

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition.

bitch jerry martinez shit coke

Killed in: "Last Stand"

Sergeant Jerry Martinez is one of Vic's superior officers at the Fort Baxter Air Base and the main antagonist of the game.

Martinez does not take his position seriously and is shown to have few morals. At the beginning of the game, Martinez orders Victor to get a shipment of drugs for him and hide them in Vic's own barracks. He introduces Vic to Phil Cassidy, a gun supplier. Later, he tells Victor, who is increasingly uneasy about housing the drugs, that he will collect the marijuana once Victor picks up his girlfriend, who instead turns out to be a prostitute. Victor is confronted at the airbase by a drill sergeant who questions the drugs in Victor's barracks and the prostitute accompanying him. Victor is given a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

When Phil, Martinez's business partner, threatens to sever their relationship, Martinez shows his vindictive side again when he betrays him, sending both Vic and Phil to an ambush. Martinez later works for the Mendez Brothers, overseeing their shipment of cocaine arriving into Vice City. When the cocaine is stolen by Victor and Lance, Martinez enters a witness protection program in fear of the Mendez Cartel. In retaliation for forcing him to turning state evidence, Martinez kidnaps Vic's girlfriend Louise and beats her savagely, leaving her in a car for Vic to locate. After Vic steals an army helicopter right from under Martinez's nose, the sergeant decides to meet Vic on top of the Mendez Building. Martinez is killed along side Diego Mendez and Victor spits on his corpse as Lance arrives in a helicopter.

Conceptual drawings drawn before the games release depict Martinez as a sinister and villinous soldier. However, his in-game personalty is more that of a buffoonish sociopath.

Jerry Martinez was voiced by Felix Solis.

The Mendez Brothers

Both introduced in: "The Mugshot Longshot"

Armando killed in: "Light My Pyre"

Diego killed in: "Last Stand"

The Mendez Brothers, Armando and Diego, are two of three antagonists in the game and the two biggest cocaine dealers in Vice City. Diego is the more quiet of the two and predominantly speaks Spanish, while the more charismatic Armando acts as the "face" of the Mendez Cartel, the organization the Mendez Brothers lead. Reni implies that he had relations with Diego. The Vance Crime Family attract the unwanted attention of the Mendez Brothers when they mistakenly steal a cocaine shipment belonging to them. Vic and Lance are brought before Armando and Diego to explain themselves; faced with certain death, Lance lies and claims Sgt. Jerry Martinez stole the coke. The Vance Brothers manage to frame Martinez to prove their claim, but Armando refuses to let them off the hook so easily, forcibly making them "partners" -- although it is clear that the partnership is merely a way for Armando and Diego to use Vic and Lance to do their dirty work and even take the fall for them if necessary. When Vic and Lance retrieve the drugs and money back for them, Armando says they are free to go, but that they must hand over their businesses to them. Vic and Lance refuse to do so and are soon tied up and taken to an area with gas tanks.

After Victor bankrupts the Mendez brothers by exploiting Armando's Domestobot to burn his bearer bonds, Armando kidnaps Vic's love interest Louise. After Vic & Lance drive to the Mendez estate to save Louise and Lance is nearly killed. Vic confronts Armando, armed with a flamethrower, in the Mendez's basement. Armando claims that he killed both Louise and Lance. After the ensuing confrontation, Vic kills him. Vic runs into Armando's study to find the dying Louise and the living Lance.

In the game's finale, Vic pilots an army attack gunship stolen from Fort Baxter and launches an attack on the Mendez Building. After killing several guards, Vic is shot down and crash lands on the roof of the building, where he infiltrates the office block and chases Diego onto the roof, where Diego and the recently arrived Martinez argue in Spanish. This distracts the two long enough for Vic to kill both in a three way gun battle.

Diego Mendez was voiced by Ruben Trujillo and Armando Mendez was voiced by Yul Vazquez.

Their names are derived from the Argentine ex-football player Diego Armando Maradona.

Louise Cassidy-Williams

Introduced in: "Shakedown"

Dies in: "Light My Pyre"

Louise Cassidy-Williams is the mother of Mary-Beth, sister of Mary-Jo and Phil Cassidy, wife of Marty Jay Williams the Trailer Park Mafia's leader (as mentioned by Phil Cassidy, by way of Vic's pager), whom Vic kills after he kidnaps Louise. Louise acts as a love interest to Vic during the game, although their relationship is very rocky later on, after Vic finds her in Lance's apartment after taking drugs. She is kidnapped by Martinez and his men takes her to a secluded area where Victor finds her savagely beaten. Louise is killed by Armando after Armando's men kidnap her and take her to the Mendez brothers' mansion. She is shot several times by Armando and before she dies, she tells Vic "We could have had something special.." to which Vic replies "Yeah..we did have something special.", and her last words were that she wants Mary-Jo to take care of her baby daughter.

Louise Cassidy-Williams was voiced by Chelsey Rives.

Supporting Characters

Umberto Robina

Introduced in: "Nice Package"

Umberto Robina has also reappeared in Vice City Stories, with roughly the same role as in Vice City. Umberto Robina was featured as the leader of the Cuban Gang in Vice City, which has been renamed "Los Cabrones" in Vice City Stories. As the leader of Los Cabrones, he sends Victor on missions to wipe out Los Cabrones' sworn enemy, the Cholos. Like his appearance in Vice City, Umberto is obsessed about how large the "cojones" (referring to both the courage and the actual testicle size) of his comrades are. Victor saves his father from the Cholos in one of Robina's missions. Umberto, along with Phil Cassidy, helps Lance and Vic defend their businesses from assaults by the Mendez Brothers' henchmen in one of the last missions of the game. It is the only time that Umberto actually does "dirty work". Umberto has a wall painting in his image on the southern end of the block he lives on.

Umberto Robina was voiced by Danny Trejo.

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition

Phil Cassidy

Introduced in: "Cleaning House"

Phil Cassidy, a recurring character in the Grand Theft Auto games, appears in Vice City Stories, serving as a weapons expert and dealer throughout the series. He offers Victor Vance his old residence, after Vic kills the Cholos there. Additional information on him reveals he is a war veteran who has served "with distinction" in several unspecified wars, has a strong sense of patriotism towards the United States, but has been dishonorably discharged from the catering corps, which he cited was the cause of his inability to find a job and his eventual involvement into crime,[3] and exhibiting symptoms of survivor guilt over a friend who died in Vietnam.

Phil is revealed in Vice City Stories to have two sisters, Louise Cassidy-Williams and Mary-Jo Cassidy. He also reveals that his father used to beat him, especially when he suspected that Phil was attracted to his own sister or cousin, even though he wasn't. He has his shooting range/weapons depot in Viceport next to the Boatyard. It is revealed that later, Victor probably gave him his residence in Little Haiti which became Phil's gun shop in GTA: Vice City circa 1986. Phil would later lose one arm in an explosion two years later in Vice City.

Vice City Stories is the fourth Grand Theft Auto game in which Phil appears. Phil Cassidy was voiced by Gary Busey, who was also Phil's voice in Vice City, but not in Grand Theft Auto III or Liberty City Stories. Phil is one of the few people that helps the protagonists throughout the games, rather than betraying them. He also owns a gun store (Phil Cassidy's Fully Cocked Gun Shop) in Liberty City.

See also: GTA III rendition, GTA: Vice City rendition and GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Marty J. Williams

Introduced in: "Shakedown"

Killed in: "D.I.V.O.R.C.E."

Marty J. Williams is the leader of the "Trailer Park Mafia." The Trailer Park Mafia dominate a wide range of criminal activities in Vice City's poorer communities, such as loan sharking, prostitution, and protection rackets. Victor works for Marty near the beginning of the game. He is a stereotypical redneck - he has a thick accent, is a drunk, and is also believed to be inbred and a pedophile. He is married to Louise Cassidy, and the marriage has produced one child, a baby girl by the name of Mary Beth. Marty Williams also verbally and physically abuses his wife. Vic and Phil are mostly disgusted by Marty's antics. He is the brother-in-law of Phil Cassidy and Mary Jo Cassidy. Louise eventually attempts to move out, but Marty kidnaps her. Vic tracks him down and kills him before he can get himself and Louise to a brothel in which he intends to use her as a prostitute. After Marty's death, Vic acquires all of the Trailer Park Mafia's businesses as his own, and forms the Vance Crime Family as a result.

Marty Williams was voiced by Jim Burke.

Bryan Forbes

Introduced in: "Money for Nothing"

Killed in: "The Bum Deal"

Bryan Forbes is an undercover agent for the DEA according to the Vice City Stories official website. His white suit and lavender t-shirt resemble those of Sonny Crockett from the 1980s Miami Vice television series and a suit and shirt with the same respective colors would later be worn by Lance two years later.

Lance first makes contact with Forbes while searching for a way into the drug trade. Forbes acts an employer for Victor and Lance while posing as an upscale drug dealer. He proposes that if Vic is uncomfortable with dealing drugs, that he and Lance simply steal some from smugglers coming in from other countries. Forbes is cunning enough to trick the police into following Vic in a decoy van, while he and Lance offload the real shipment in an identical one. Not much is revealed about Forbes, but he is visibly frowning when the Vance brothers leave his apartment, indicating that he is unhappy with what he is doing. Forbes was most likely gathering as much information on Vic and Lance's organization as he could (posing as an employer), then planning to move in the rest of the DEA and bust them.

Lance eventually figures out that Forbes is an undercover cop and threatens him at gunpoint, but Forbes tries to talk his way, pleading that he needs money and that he isn't interested in busting them. When his pleas fail to convince Lance, Forbes breaks free and escapes; Lance and Victor manage to capture him and take him to an abandoned building, where they tie the bloodied DEA Agent to a chair for interrogation.

Forbes uses false info to lead the Vances into numerous traps, culminating in Lance and Vic unwittingly walking into a white supremacist gay bar (The White Stallion). Forbes somehow gets free while the Vances race back to the warehouse, and Victor is left with no choice but to kill him. Lance did not have any intention of killing him because he did not yet reveal where a big cocaine shipment was. However, Lance soon learns that Martinez will be overseeing the shipment, and he and Vic plot to seize it.

Although the incident with Forbes ended in a particularly messy way, Forbes was instrumental in Victor Vance's rise in Vice City. The official Vice City Stories website features a news report with pictures of a man in the same suit with his face blurred. The news report mentions "Agent BF", leading some to believe that the man in the picture is indeed Bryan Forbes.

Brian Forbes was voiced by Dan Oreskes.

Reni Wassulmaier

Introduced in: "Accidents Will Happen"

Reni Wassulmaier is a German effeminate transsexual avant-garde film director. Throughout most the game he is a woman before getting his fourth sex change operation at the end of his arc. He is known for shooting avant-garde art films which includes a rhinoceros making love to a neon sign. Reni moved his entire production company to Vice City, where he produces commercials and "edgy" pop music videos. Vic becomes Reni's coke dealer through his other client, Spitz (another film director). Vic also gets a job as a stunt driver in one of Reni's commercials. The Mendez Cartel eventually attacks Reni as he drives to the hospital to get his sex change operation, but is saved by Vic and makes it to the hospital. He has his sex change and abandons advertising for the exotic adult film industry in Europe. It seems he took a liking to Vic, even calling him his "Nubian Adonis." Reni implies that he had sexual encounters with Barry and Diego. It is also implied that he had sexual encounters with Lance and Ricardo.

It is implied that Reni also changed his name to the feminine "Renee" as while Phil Collins says goodbye, he addresses his as this.

Fourteen years later, Reni would work as a DJ for Flashback FM in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which takes place in 1998.

Reni Wassulmaier was voiced by Barbara Rosenblat, who also voiced the character as a DJ in GTA: Liberty City Stories.

Reni before the sex operation strongly resembles Steve Strange, vocalist of "Visage".


Introduced in: "The Colonel's Coke"

Gonzalez is the right hand man of Colonel Cortez, and is already showing signs of severe disloyalty. Gonzalez reveals to Vic Vance that he routinely skims some of Cortez's cocaine to make a side profit. He claims to learn a lot about a man by the way that he plays golf. Vic works for Gonzalez briefly, but Gonzalez cuts off his relationship with Vic after a large amount of cocaine he stole from Cortez was almost stolen by others.

After Gonzalez has some hairy encounters with drug baron Ricardo Diaz, Diaz blackmails him: Gonzalez must tell him about all of Cortez's shipments going down in Vice City, and in return, Diaz will keep quiet about Gonzalez' thievery of Cortez's coke. This explains how Diaz knew about and ambushed Tommy Vercetti's drug deal in Vice City, since Cortez was the one who arranged it.

After allying with Diaz, Gonzalez leaves town via the airport and is attacked by the Sharks en route. The reason for the Sharks' attack is unknown, but it is suggested that Gonzalez had unsettled business with the Sharks.

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition

Phil Collins

Introduced in: "Kill Phil"

Singer Phil Collins is the first real-life celebrity to appear in person in the Grand Theft Auto series. Previous celebrities have been spoofs of themselves while others were only mentioned and/or credited in-game for their songs and voice work.

Phil Collins is introduced to Vic in Vice City Stories by Barry Mickelthwaite, his manager and an associate of Reni. Barry owes Giorgio Forelli $3,000,000 but is unable to pay, so Giorgio decides to call a hit on Barry's client in retort. Barry hires Vic to escort his client in a bullet-proof limousine to his hotel. The three missions, "Kill Phil", "Kill Phil, Part 2" and "In the Air Tonight" sees Vic trying to protect Collins from Forelli hitmen. An in-game sequence of Collins singing "In the Air Tonight", during the mission of the same name, can be viewed anytime after the mission is complete at a cost of $6000.

Phil Collins was voiced by himself.

Minor characters

Barry Mickelthwaite

Introduced in: "Kill Phil"

Barry Mickelthwaite is Phil Collins' manager in the game. It is implied in one mission that he had a sexual experience with Reni in Monaco after becoming drunk. He also owes Giorgio Forelli (who is also mentioned in Vice City) money, which puts Phil's life in danger, but he refuses to call the police because he considers Vice City "bandit country." Barry has an accent which suggests he is from Birmingham. As far as managers go, he is of poor quality, putting Phil's life on the line just so he doesn't end up dead. Phil is very fortunate to have Victor become their personal bodyguard as Vic manages to save Phil many times throughout his stay in Vice City. After Reni's fourth sex change he/she tells Barry he should have breast implants and after the mission "In the Air Tonight", Phil goes on to say Barry should have taken Reni's advice.

The character is a slight reference to Timothy Spall's character in the popular British television show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, in which his character is an electrician from Birmingham named Barry also.

Barry Mickelthwaite was voiced by Timothy Spall.

Mary-Jo Cassidy

Introduced in: "D.I.V.O.R.C.E."

Mary-Jo Cassidy is Phil Cassidy's obese second sister. She seems to be desperate for attention from anyone. She appears to have a crush on Vic, but this is not elaborated upon. She also seems to be envious of Louise since she manages to win Vic's attention, and is also upset that criminals kidnap Louise instead of herself in order to get to Vic, as she seems to desperatly want the attention and tries to convince herself that it will be her one day. She also goes on talking about how Armando wanted her because Latin men love women of her type. It is implied that she ends up taking care of Louise's baby daughter when Louise is killed, as Louise's last wish was for her daughter Mary Beth to be under the care of Mary-Jo.

Mary-Jo Cassidy was voiced by Cathy Trien.

Alberto Robina

Introduced in: "Papi Don't Screech"

Making his second, but short, appearance in Vice City Stories, Alberto Robina is the father of the Cuban (Los Cabrones) gang leader, Umberto Robina. His only appearance was in one of Umberto's missions "Papi, Don't Screech", where Victor had to pick up Alberto from a wrestling match in Downtown, and drive him back to Robina's Cafe, without being seen by the Cholo gang. It is revealed in this mission that Alberto has a heart condition.

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition

Janet Vance

Introduced in: "Snitch Hitch"

Janet Vance is the drug-addicted mother of the Vance brothers. Since she was not fit to be a parent, her children lived with their Aunt Enid. Janet appears in a cutscene with her boyfriend Javier swearing she would never take drugs again, only to end up stealing her sons' stash of cocaine. She is white American. Vic's father, as Vic mentions early in the game, came from Dominican Republic and as such it is assumed he was dark skinned. Victor Vance's father is believed to have died years before the games timeline, leaving Janet a widow who lacked the ability to care for her children due to her drug habits.

Janet Vance was voiced by Linda Ashe.


Introduced in: "Accidents Will Happen"

Frankie is Reni's assistant for his/her advertising company based in InterGlobal Studios. Frankie is later fired for not "spanking" Reni and satisfying "his" pleasure. Even though Frankie is told that he is fired, he is seen again with Reni watching an on set rehearsal during the mission, "Say Cheese".

Frankie was voiced by Garth Kravits.

Mary-Beth Williams

Introduced in: "Shakedown"

Mary-Beth is the new born baby from Louise and Marty that makes a few appearances in the game. It is thought that after both her parents die her aunt Mary-Jo takes care of her. She is the only infant to appear in the Grand Theft Auto series. She is seen briefly being cared for by Louise Cassidy-Williams in a blue Hawaiian baby blanket which has a similar pattern to that of Tommy Vercetti's aloha shirt, which he wears at the beginning of Grand Theft Auto Vice City.

Unseen characters

Pete Vance

Pete Vance is the third Vance brother. He does not have a part in the game, but is mentioned at the start by Victor and mentioned later by name by Lance. Pete suffers from severe asthma and requires constant medical attention. Victor joined the army so he could provide for Pete, since Lance is never up to any good, and their mother Janet is a hopeless drug addict. There is some debate among GTA fans whether or not it was actually Pete who was killed in a drug deal in the opening scene of Vice City, as Victor Vance resolved to stay away from drugs for the rest of his life and does not have a Latin accent as does the man killed.

Aunt Enid

Introduced after "Soldier" via pager.

Aunt Enid is Victor and Lance's aunt, who contacts Victor from time to time via pager. Lance credits Aunt Enid with raising the Vance brothers because their mother is a drug-addicted wreck. It is unknown if Aunt Enid is Victor Vance's maternal or paternal aunt.

Giorgio Forelli

Mentioned in: "Kill Phil"

Giorgio Forelli is mentioned by Phil Collins' in-game manager Barry due to the fact that he owes a couple of million that Giorgio Forelli had loaned him earlier. Giorgio sends hitmen to kill Barry and Phil only for the assassins to be killed by Victor Vance. He is almost sent to jail for fraud in Vice City (where Giorgio is again only mentioned), but his lawyer, Ken Rosenberg, asks Tommy Vercetti to intimidate the jury, resulting in Giorgio's freedom. Giorgio is the cousin of Sonny Forelli.

Colonel Juan García Cortez

Mentioned in: "The Colonel's Coke"

Colonel Juan García Cortez is a drug lord mentioned several times by his henchman Gonzales. It was revealed that Gonzales committed several acts of treachery against the Colonel, validating Cortez' orders for Tommy Vercetti to murder him in Vice City.

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition

See also

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories soundtrack, for radio disc jockeys and personalities.


  1. ^ Rockstar Games Newswire: Asked & Answered – Re: Vice City, Red Dead Redemption and Chinatown Wars. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  2. ^ Victor Vance: I got a difficult family. I got responsibilities. Jerry Martinez: What, kids? A broad giving you shit? Victor Vance: No, brothers. One is real sick, asthma and I gotta pay the bills, the other, well, maybe he's sick too - but in a different way... And my mom's a mess. (Cutscene from Vice City Stories mission, "Soldier")
  3. ^ "Official Vice City Stories website". Rockstar Games. Retrieved October 26, 2006.  

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