He is extremely dangerous and volatile individual behind the ambush of the Forelli family's drug deal. He is also the leader of his own gang, and the initial drug lord of Vice City.
Fearing the Liberty City Mafia is looking to gain a foothold in Vice City's expanding drug trade and also having Vance Crime Family taking over his drug business, Ricardo takes initiative and arranges the killing of multiple buyers and suppliers, which includes Tommy Vercetti and his crew, as well as the supplier Victor Vance.
Over time, Ricardo becomes less tolerant of competition, singling out aspiring dealers for assassination, no matter how small-time.
Tommy and Ricardo meet during the mission where Tommy and Lance Vance save Ricardo from an ambush by the Haitian Gang, while he was meeting with the Cubans to sell them drugs, where Tommy proceeds to run several errands for Ricardo like wiping out a thief stealing money from Diaz, and stealing the fastest boat in Vice City.
However, Tommy is soon informed by Colonel Cortez that Ricardo organised the ambush that ruined his drug deal. Upon hearing this, Lance Vance attempts to kill Ricardo but is captured and tortured in a junkyard.
Tommy then saves Lance but blows his cover as one of Ricardo's helpers. Fearing that Ricardo is now after them, Tommy and Lance load themselves up with a lot of guns and raid Ricardo's mansion, after all of Ricardo's men are killed, Tommy manages to shoot Ricardo in the stomach during a brief shootout in Ricardo's office.
Both Tommy and Lance then proceed to shoot a wounded Ricardo Diaz in the face, killing him. Ricardo bribed the INS for a green card in , after entering the country illegally from Colombia. His contacts there believe he is a major player in the illegal drug industry and anti-government activity. Ricardo took up residence in Vice City and operated as a drug smuggler before wiping out the competition, emerging as the premier Vice City drug baron in He is also a friend of Colonel Cortez.
Ricardo is a popular philanthropist who gives money to foundations across Vice City and Central and South America, but all are believed to be fronts.
He is short in stature and is thought to suffer from a Napoleon complex. His medical records show he has over-active glands and sweats more than is socially acceptable.
He is a noted gun collector and is almost always armed; and he has a private militia and is heavily guarded at all times. He has been involved in a long-running battle for control of the drug business in Vice City and has bribed most police officers and officials within the town.
Ricardo's foul tempered and hot headed nature is evidenced in game, damaging or destroying items either by hand or with whatever weapon is available, such as shooting his unplugged VCR when he thought that the device was malfunctioning, shooting pigeons when he found bird feces on his car, or knocking over and repeatedly stamping on a television set after watching a horse on which he has bet lose a race.
Ricardo lived in a huge mansion in the affluent neighborhood of Starfish Island. Dubbed as the Diaz Estate, the interior of the home closely resembles that of fictional drug lord Tony Montana from the film Scarface. His clothing is also an exact copy of what Tony Montana wore in Scarface's famous chainsaw torture scene. However, the estate was seized by Tommy Vercetti after his death.
Ricardo also appears to have once had a brother. In Grand Theft Auto: Ricardo says he understands, his brother did the same, so he killed him. He helped set up the failed exchange that brought Tommy Vercetti to Vice City, but was not involved in the ambush that resulted in the deal's failure. Tommy meets Colonel Cortez in person at an informal party on the Colonel's extravagant yacht.
Tommy continuously asks the Colonel when he is getting reimbursed for the money Tommy lost at the setup, but he tells Tommy that he is "not in Liberty anymore", and encourages him to take charge, which Tommy does, although the Colonel has set up his own "methods of inquiry" into finding out who ambushed Tommy's deal.
He more or less strings Tommy along, using Tommy's debt with the mob to make him work for him. Nevertheless, Juan is not unappreciative and behaves as such, paying Tommy for his work and thinking of him as a friend. While investigating, Juan discovers that his lieutenant, Gonzalez, is a mole and leaked the information about Tommy's deal to someone. He later suspects that Ricardo Diaz was behind the ambush, a lead that Tommy follows and discovers to be true.
In addition to hosting parties, the Colonel also ties together many areas of criminal activity, including narcotics, firearms, weapons, and stealing military secrets. In the mission Mall Shootout, Cortez sends Tommy to retrieve some chips containing top secret weapons information stolen from the French government by a courier. Tommy finds the courier, but the meeting is ambushed by GIGN , leading the Courier to escape and for Tommy to chase and kill him to retrieve the chips.
When the French begin to pursue Colonel Cortez for their stolen "missile technology" chips, he asks Tommy for help one more time to flee Vice City for safer harbor with his yacht. Recognizing that the Colonel is honorable, Tommy obliges and fends off the French authorities alongside the Colonel's crew and the Colonel himself. Once the boat is free of pursuers, the Colonel graciously gives Tommy a luxurious speedboat as a parting gift, and asks him to look after his daughter Mercedes.
The two men part on pleasant terms. Colonel Cortez phones again following the game's final mission to wish Tommy well, and to ask about his daughter, whom he heard to his great concern was studying law. Tommy tells him that he is mistaken, much to the Colonel's immense relief, but does not mention that she is instead starring in a pornographic film Tommy himself is financing.
Colonel Cortez hosts A-list parties on his yacht for celebrities and fellow crime figures. He also enjoys dining on endangered species, which he considers a hallmark of fine living. He has managed to survive up to thirty coups in his native country, has been sentenced to death nine times but he has always survived and received a promotion , and has diplomatic immunity.
Juan has also expressed his dislike for the French including the French secret service , claiming that they used to rob poor nations for centuries, but are now accusing him of stealing. The Colonel is also a widower. Colonel Juan Cortez is a well-hearted man, who is always calm and tries to make the situations easily. He is a good friend to Tommy and always tries to help him. He never panics or gets angry, he is only slightly disturbed when the French service is trying to retrieve the chips from him.
Colonel Juan Cortez was voiced by Robert Davi. Kent Paul[ edit ] Introduced in: He also goes by "KP", "Paulo" and "Kent". He tapped the local biker gang to provide security for the band he represents, but had a falling-out with Big Mitch Baker and was stripped and thrown out of their bar. Paul is a notorious kiss-up to all of Vice City's elite, and as such is very good "with rumors.
Tommy has, as such, used him several times for crucial information. He is also, however, a pathological liar and a suspected alcoholic. Kent serves as a manager to the metal band Love Fist and is usually found at the Malibu Club, Vice City's largest nightclub.
In a drunken phone call to Tommy at the end of the game, Paul insinuates he is seen as a disgrace back in England. Paul claimed to have moved to the United States in at the age of 18, which would suggest he was born in He also appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Kent Paul was voiced by Danny Dyer.
Avery Carrington[ edit ] Introduced in: He enjoys quoting his father " He is willing to do anything to manipulate property prices and land value, including arson, rioting, bribery, intimidation, and murder.
He always wears a cowboy hat and rides in a black limousine. Carrington is believed to be behind many lucrative development plans and responsible for violent slum-clearances. However, he is careful to be out of town on business when any violence arises. He is a frequent guest at Colonel Cortez' parties; and he is also Ken Rosenberg's biggest client, which is how he comes into acquaintance with Tommy Vercetti.
Liberty City Stories as a corrupt business tycoon. Carrington taking Love under his wing and teaching him about real estate explains Love's ruthlessness in later games.
It is also from Avery that Donald is believed to have learned a quote that has been repeated in almost the same manner in Grand Theft Auto 3. Carrington makes an appearances in Grant Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories where his former apprentice Donald Love, who is fleeing the country, tasks Toni Cipriani with killing him, which he is successful at. Toni then delivers his body to Donald where it's implied that Donald, a confirmed cannibal, eats Carrington's body.
Avery Carrington was voiced by Burt Reynolds. Umberto Robina[ edit ] Introduced in: He is an extremely macho man who wants to wage full-scale war with the Haitian Gang.
However, he has never been personally implicated in a crime and his bravery has been questioned within Cuban circles. He becomes good friends with Tommy Vercetti and treats him as an equal. His quote on it: Umberto's long time rivalry with the Haitians ends in mission Trojan Voodoo where he and Tommy sketch out a plan to destroy the Haitians' drug factory.
Tommy, Umberto and some Cubans steal a Haitian Voodoo and with it they enter the factory. There they kill every Haitian and set bombs up, after leaving the place the factory blows up, putting the Haitians out of business. He also placed a Cholo Gang out of business in , where he also blew their factory up.
Umberto Robina was voiced by Danny Trejo. Auntie Poulet[ edit ] Introduced in: She gives Tommy Vercetti mind-altering voodoo potions to get him to cooperate in the missions she wants him to undertake. This includes acting against the Cuban Gang, with whom he has friendly relations. However, when the potion's effects wear off, Tommy shows no memory of what he has done for the Haitian Gang.
Ultimately, she cuts her ties with him and wishes that he not return to Little Haiti, but when Tommy does do so, he receives a final phone call from Auntie Poulet "Why you [Tommy] coming here for?
Me tell you we don't want to see you around here no more. Following Poulet's final mission, Tommy destroys the Haitian Gang's base of operations and large drug plant, killing many members in the process and severing all ties with Poulet and her gang. Auntie Poulet was voiced by Youree Cleomili Harris , better known as infamous "psychic hotline" spokeswoman Miss Cleo.
Love Fist[ edit ] Introduced in: However, Jezz Torrent may be heard in an interview on the K-Chat radio station before the mission, and two Love Fist songs may be heard on the V-Rock radio station. The band's members are Jezz Torrent, Willy, Dick and Percy; Willy, Dick and Percy are all slang terms for penis, while Jezz Torrent, when said in a Scottish accent, is heard as "Jizz Torrent", a slang term for a very substantial amount of semen.
Many times lines of dialogue refer to the entire band as being bisexual.