I still liked Vercetti in a relatable way for one reason. He was well dressed, he was calm and clever on his good days, and he knew how to talk. He may have been a mass murdering killer drug lord, but he had a cadence to him I could appreciate.
By the time CJ reached that point, so much crazy bull**** happened in his Odyssey that he wasn't even a person anymore. He was just a vehicle to progress the story.
Nico was pretty close, because he was also nice and actually pretty funny in situations. But his story wasn't given much room to provide you with a care free, live fast lifestyle.
And now, Michael looks to take the spot. He seems much more sociable compared to Tommy, seems just as well dressed and just as sharp minded. But Michael also has a very cool, dysfunctional "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Quality to him. And that's something I endear.
History is written by those who have hanged heroes.