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    Series Plot Guide
    
    by Adam Marx
    
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    
    Introduction    [INT]
    Version History [VER]
    
    1971 [VICPRO]
    1986 [VICMAI]
    1987 [SANPRO]
    1992 [SANMAI]
    1994 [LIBPRO]
    1998 [LIBMAI]
    2000 [ADVMAI]
    2001 [IIIMAI]
    
    Dramatis Personae        [CHAR]
    8-Ball                   [CHAR001]
    'Big' Mitch Baker        [CHAR002]
    B Dup                    [CHAR003]
    Big Bear                 [CHAR004]
    Big Smoke                [CHAR005]
    Ned Burner               [CHAR006]
    Michelle Cannes          [CHAR007]
    Avery Carrington         [CHAR008]
    Catalina                 [CHAR009]
    Vincenzo 'Lucky' Chili   [CHAR010]
    Marty Chonks             [CHAR011]
    Ma Cipriani              [CHAR012]
    Toni Cipriani            [CHAR013]
    Cisco                    [CHAR014]
    Juan Garcia Cortez       [CHAR015]
    Mercedes Cortez          [CHAR016]
    Ricardo Diaz             [CHAR017]
    D-Ice                    [CHAR018]
    Dwaine                   [CHAR019]
    El Burro                 [CHAR020]
    Emmet                    [CHAR021]
    Claude Fido              [CHAR022]
    Frederico Fido           [CHAR023]
    Sonny Forelli            [CHAR024]
    Luigi Goterelli          [CHAR025]
    Guppy                    [CHAR026]
    Officer Jimmy Hernandez  [CHAR027]
    Jethro                   [CHAR028]
    Jizzy B                  [CHAR029]
    Jonnie                   [CHAR030]
    Beverly Johnson          [CHAR031]
    Brian Johnson            [CHAR032]
    Carl 'CJ' Johnson        [CHAR033]
    Kendl Johnson            [CHAR034]
    Sean 'Sweet' Johnson     [CHAR035]
    Cam Jones                [CHAR036]
    Kasen Asuka              [CHAR037]
    Kasen Kazuki             [CHAR038]
    Kasen Kenji              [CHAR039]
    Kasen Toshiko            [CHAR040]
    Kasen Yuka               [CHAR041]
    Ernest Kelly             [CHAR042]
    Hilary King              [CHAR043]
    King Courtney            [CHAR044]
    Joey Leone               [CHAR045]
    Salvatore Leone          [CHAR046]
    Jeffrey 'OG Loc'         [CHAR047]
    Donald Love              [CHAR048]
    Love Fist                [CHAR049]
    Ran Fa Li                [CHAR050]
    Maccer                   [CHAR051]
    Ray Machowski            [CHAR052]
    Madd Dogg                [CHAR053]
    Maria                    [CHAR054]
    Leon McAffrey            [CHAR055]
    Miguel                   [CHAR056]
    Mike                     [CHAR057]
    Misty                    [CHAR058]
    Wu Zi Mu                 [CHAR059]
    JD O'Toole               [CHAR060]
    Kent Paul                [CHAR061]
    Officer Ralph Pendelbury [CHAR062]
    Millie Perkins           [CHAR063]
    Auntie Poulet            [CHAR064]
    Officer Eddie Pulaski    [CHAR065]
    Umberto Robina           [CHAR066]
    Denise Robinson          [CHAR067]
    Ken Rosenberg            [CHAR068]
    Ryder                    [CHAR069]
    Barbara Schternvart      [CHAR070]
    Steve Scott              [CHAR071]
    Alex Shrub               [CHAR072]
    Johnny Sindacco          [CHAR073]
    The Snakehead            [CHAR074]
    Candy Suxxx              [CHAR075]
    Suzie                    [CHAR076]
    T-Bone                   [CHAR077]
    Officer Frank Tenpenny   [CHAR078]
    Mike Toreno              [CHAR079]
    Massimo Torini           [CHAR080]
    The Truth                [CHAR081]
    Lance Vance              [CHAR082]
    Tommy Vercetti           [CHARO83]
    Cesar Vialpando          [CHAR084]
    Vinnie                   [CHARO85]
    Helena Wankstein         [CHAR086]
    Zero                     [CHAR087]
    Katie Zhan               [CHAR088]
    
    Hives of Corruption [HOC]
    Liberty City [HOCLIB]
    Vice City    [HOCVIC]
    Los Santos   [HOCLOS]
    San Fierro   [HOCSAN]
    Las Venturas [HOCLAS]
    
    Gangs                      [GAN]
    Bikers                     [GANBIK]
    Blood Feather Triads       [GANBFT]
    Da Nang Boys               [GANDNB]
    Diablos                    [GANDIA]
    Forellis                   [GANFOR]
    Golfers                    [GANGOL]
    Handlers                   [GANHAN]
    Leones                     [GANLEO]
    Liberty Cartel             [GANLCC]
    Liberty Triads             [GANLCT]
    Los Santos Vagos           [GANLSV]
    Mountain Cloud Triads      [GANMCT]
    Orange Grove Families      [GANOGF]
    Port Authorities           [GANPOR]
    Purple Nines               [GANNIN]
    Red Jacks                  [GANJAC]
    Rollin' Heights Ballas     [GANBAL]
    San Fierro Rifa            [GANSFR]
    Seville Boulevard Families [GANSBF]
    Sharks                     [GANSHA]
    Sindaccos                  [GANSIN]
    Street Wannabes            [GANSTR]
    Temple Drive Families      [GANTDF]
    Varrios Los Aztecas        [GANVLA]
    Vercettis                  [GANVER]
    Vice Colombians            [GANVCO]
    Vice Cubans                [GANVCU]
    Vice Haitians              [GANVCH]
    Yakuza                     [GANYAK]
    Yardies                    [GANYAR]
    
    Legal Garbage [LEG]
    Thanks        [THA]
    In Closing    [CLO]
    
    Those letters in square brackets are handy-dandy codes. Use your browser's 
    Search function (Ctrl+F in Internet Explorer) and type in the letters, square 
    brackets and all, then click "Find" or whatever. Click it again and you'll be 
    instantaneously transported to the desired section. So for example, to find the 
    information for Las Venturas, hit Ctrl+F (in Explorer), type in "HOCLAS" (with 
    square brackets), and hit Find twice. You're there! Maybe I'm explaining this 
    too thoroughly though; unless you've never read a FAQs before this shouldn't be 
    anything new.
    
    I've tried to dictate the GTA plot by year because of the problems there 
    might be otherwise. The codes for them are derived from a combination of 
    which game the year relates to and which part of that game's story it 
    involves. Here's the key:
    
    VIC = Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PS2)
    SAN = Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (PS2)
    LIB = Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)
    ADV = Grand Theft Auto Advance (GBA)
    III = Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
    
    PRO = prologue
    MAI = main
    
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    |                              INTRODUCTION [INT]                           |
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    Grand Theft Auto is a great series of games. Actually, organized crime in 
    general seems to be in vogue right now. Visual entertainment such as The 
    Godfather or (more recently) The Sopranos are much-loved in North America as 
    mafia epics, and across the pond from me there are so many countries with 
    their own brand of gangster classics (Chinese movies about the Triads, 
    Japanese movies about the yakuza, European movies about biker gangs...) And 
    why not? It's compelling subject matter, after all. The freedom and poor 
    morale standards of the gangster are what attracted gamers to GTA in the 
    first place, after all.
    
    If this is getting too cerebral, I apologize. My point is, I've seen a lot of 
    Plot Guides, Ending Guides, and whatnot on GameFAQs, so I was dimly aware 
    that I wanted to write one of my own. I enjoy that sort of analysis. I 
    noticed there was no such guide for the GTA series, and it was all over.
    
    As you can see, this is a SERIES plot guide - I'm going in all the way, baby. 
    (Or at least as far in as I can go, which is not all the way, as I'll explain 
    in a minute.) I'm going to detail every aspect of the series, but only to a 
    certain degree - obviously, digging into the history of every radio station 
    and exploring every shop and hangout in the series would not only result in a 
    monster of a document mostly comprised of uninteresting information, it would 
    be hugely taxing on me personally! Never mind, rest assured I'll deliver the 
    best guide I possibly can.
    
    I explained part of the format earlier, in regards to the over-arcing plot 
    itself. You should also know much of what you read here is possibly just my 
    interpretation of the events portrayed. That said, I'll try to keep the guide 
    relatively free of personal narrative, but I will sneak in random thoughts 
    that occur to me while reading as well as additional notes that may be of 
    use. This shouldn't be surprising - take a look and you'll see it's hardly a 
    formal FAQs!
    
    We're not quite ready to begin - for the pedants among you, and I know there 
    will be a few, there are a few extremely important notes on how I wrote the 
    FAQs, and why I chose to do it the way I did.
    
    Regrettably, I could not include GTA or GTA II in the FAQs, nor the 
    original's two London expansion packs. It's definitely a shame, but there are 
    several very good reasons for this:
    1) The games aren't very good. They're also radically different from the 
    other five. Actually, this reason is weak, I direct your attention to the 
    other three.
    2) Temporal ambiguity. I have one source that both the first and second GTA 
    take place in the 30s, then another that says GTA takes place in the 60s and 
    GTA II at some undefined time in the near future. What the heck? Time is all-
    important in plot, and if I'm having difficulty even getting the DECADE 
    straight, it just gets harder from here on in.
    3) Geography issues. All the cities in the games I'm covering are based on 
    real cities, but aren't; London, on the other hand, is in fact a real city. 
    (Sure, it's specifically said that Vice City is in Florida, which is a real 
    state, whereas San Andreas is not, but that was ONE instance, so I'm willing 
    to let that one slide.)
    4) The lack of a reliable source. If I can't prove the sequence of events to 
    myself, the entire story is discredited.
    
    The player-controlled character in GTA III does not have an official name. So 
    I picked one for him. I decided his name is Claude Fido. I can't just not 
    give a name, because that would get EXTREMELY annoying for me as the typist, 
    and lots of people decide to call him Claude, because, I'm told, this was the 
    name of the character in GTA II. Furthermore, after you beat all missions in 
    San Andreas, CJ gets a call from Catalina while having sex, in order to make 
    him jealous - as the call goes on she calls out the name Claude. And Maria 
    calls him Fido once - and there is a character in GTA Advance named Fernando 
    Fido, whom Mike kills. I put two and two together and ended up with Claude 
    Fido. It doesn't really matter anyway. And no, Mike does NOT kill GTA III's 
    main character, he kills some random drug dealer - Advance takes place BEFORE 
    III (believe it or not, a lot of people don't realize this.)
    
    I shift between past- and present-tense as the situation demands it. If 
    you're a writer you'll understand why I do this when I do it, if not, just go 
    with it.
    
    
    
    WHOA! L'KOUT!
    
    
    
    THIS GUIDE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS.
    
    
    
    And I mean major.
    
    I shouldn't have to actually say this, but I don't want to ruin anyone's 
    enjoyment of a game. There's no way I'm shying away from anything here. 
    You'll be treated to all the plotlines and endings of the series. This is 
    great for those of you who want it, but you may want to tread lightly.
    
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    |                            VERSION HISTORY [VER]                          |
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    Listed sequentially, with newer edits at the bottom.
    
    Version 0.0
    My first attempt failed spectacularly due to my horrendous inexperience. 
    However, the advent of Liberty City Stories inspired me to completely 
    overhaul it and try again.
    
    Version 1.0
    The initial version of this FAQs, the state it was in when it was first 
    posted on GameFAQs.
    
    Version 1.1
    I was floored by the amount of e-mail I received in response to this FAQs, 
    and most of it had to do with minor corrections and continuity issues. After 
    consolidating all mail on the subject, I've finally gotten around to making 
    the edits.
    
    Version 1.2
    I've finally, finally been able to add the Liberty City Stories stuff! No 
    more will my inbox overflow with mail asking about when it's going up! That 
    includes seven new profiles and updates to a number of others. Also added a 
    bunch more tiny additions that nevertheless improve the overall quality of 
    the guide, mostly to the Characters section.
    
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    |                                1971 [VICPRO]                              |
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    The Forelli crime family has Liberty City in its iron grip. Tommy Vercetti is 
    the right-hand man of the Don, Sonny Forelli. This has been a way of life for 
    him for quite some time now.
    
    One day, Tommy is ambushed and arrested by the local police department. Tommy 
    is charged and convicted of drug dealing and serial murders (he killed eleven 
    men). He's sentenced to fifteen years in federal prison with mental 
    counselling and no chance for parole. His bosses could easily make bail, but 
    instead they disown him. Without outside help, he's doomed to serve the 
    entire term.
    
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    |                                1986 [VICMAI]                              |
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    After a decade and a half, Tommy Vercetti is finally released from prison 
    after serving his sentence. Sonny Forelli consults with his partners on how 
    to handle his problem student. Tommy caused a lot of trouble in the 
    seventies, and his sudden reappearance is liable to upset the locals.
    
    With a view of continuing to keep his operations out of sight, Sonny 
    immediately carts him off to Vice City. The Forellis' man there is a crooked 
    lawyer called Ken Rosenberg. He'll be in charge of directing Tommy. Sonny 
    really doesn't care what Tommy does as long as he stays far away from Liberty 
    City.
    
    Tommy catches the next flight to Vice City, where Rosenberg meets him at 
    Escobar International Airport. Unfortunately, things almost immediately take 
    a turn for the worst.
    
    Ken's worked for a while now to set up a drug deal between the Forellis' Vice 
    City men and some suppliers. As Ken intends it, they got to the grower, then 
    fly it every so often in their helicopter to a pre-decided point, where one 
    of his boys picks it up. They in turn send it off to Liberty City, where 
    Sonny makes a whole lot of money off it through re-sale, and rewards them 
    handsomely for their efforts.
    
    Tommy, Ken, Harry, and Lee meet on the Vice City docks as planned, but the 
    brothers quickly double-cross them. They kill Harry and Lee as Tommy and Ken 
    narrowly avoid the same fate, then run off with both the drugs and Sonny's 
    capital - three MILLION dollars.
    
    Needless to say, Sonny is not impressed. Anybody else would be dead for this, 
    but because it's Tommy, he gives him a chance to redeem himself. After 
    swearing to return the money and put those responsible to justice (?), Tommy 
    regroups with Ken at his law office off Vice Beach.
    
    Retired colonel Juan Garcia Cortez is holding a big party out on his yacht 
    and all the big names in Vice City are going to be there. Cortez was the man 
    who helped Ken set the cocaine deal in motion. Rosenberg obviously can't 
    attend, but he still has his invitation, and since Tommy is new in town, he 
    can go in his stead. After a quick trip to Rafael's to update his wardrobe, 
    Tommy jumps on board (literally) and rendezvous with Cortez. He has other 
    matters to attend to, being the sorta-life of the party after all, but asks 
    his daughter Mercedes to show Tommy a good time. She takes the liberty of 
    pointing out all the Vice City players.
    
    This is valuable information, but she is soon distracted by the appearance of 
    Ricardo Diaz, one of her daddy's army buddies, and Tommy is left alone for 
    the rest of the night. He returns to the office. Now Tommy figures they need 
    a streetear, so Rosenberg suggests Kent Paul, an old friend, at The Malibu. 
    Tommy 'persuades' Paul to give up some information. Paul admits that the chef 
    at the Oceans hotel might be involved. The conversation with the chef isn't 
    productive, but Tommy meets Lance Vance in the kitchens. Lance shows him 
    around town and gets him a piece.
    
    Tommy's already made some connections, but things aren't going so well - he 
    still hasn't found the money and his bosses are coming down to Vice City to 
    check up on him. To buy more time, Tommy has to intimidate a jury into 
    letting Sonny's cousin Giorgio go. Then, in another bid to keep the 
    barbarians outside the gate, Ken speaks with Avery Carrington, whom Tommy saw 
    at the yacht party. Carrington is interested in some land, but the owners 
    won't sell - Tommy convinces them it might be a good idea. In return, 
    Carrington promises to keep the locals off his back.
    
    Meanwhile, Tommy has also been working for others, including Cortez and Diaz. 
    Cortez, for example, requests that he takes care of the shamefully behaving 
    Gonzalez, yet another face TV recognizes from the party. Next, he steals some 
    kind of mysterious technological wonder from a Frenchman, and along with 
    Lance Vance he oversees a business transaction between Ricardo Diaz and some 
    Haitians. But the Haitians betray Diaz and run off with the money and their 
    produce - this is starting to sound familiar. Diaz is almost killed, but 
    makes it through thanks to Lance's quick trigger finger. Tommy gives chase, 
    kills the snakes and returns Diaz's property.
    
    Cortez really loves his toys. Being retired military, things that blow stuff 
    up are the best. He gives Tommy a big chance to put a bit of a dent in his 
    debt, hiring him to steal a bit of fancy new military hardware. Tommy duly 
    acquires it, but the French are quick on the riposte. Cortez now has two 
    pieces of their missile technology, and that's two more than they want him to 
    have. Cortez does the smart thing and quits while he's ahead, and alive. 
    Tommy escorts him to Vice City Docks and he races off back to his home 
    country, but not before offering Tommy his reserved boat launch as a token of 
    his appreciation.
    
    Cortez may be gone, but Diaz is intrigued after Tommy's performance at the 
    exchange. They at the horse racetrack (ever the popular gangster place of 
    good times.) Diaz, like so many others in this town, is obsessed with making 
    money, which is why he bets so heavily, and why he hires Tommy to track down 
    one of his minions who is scalping him for 3% of what he should be getting. 
    He pays up...and not literally, either.
    
    When Tommy sees him next, he's in a fury. Somebody's selling real estate on 
    his watch, and that's simply unacceptable. He orders Tommy to meet his friend 
    Quentin, who will fly him in so that Tommy can take care of business. In 
    reality, Quentin has Diaz completely fooled: He's actually Lance Vance. Diaz 
    killed Lance's brother and he suspects he intends to kill Vercetti as well. 
    Lance flies him in on a helicopter as Tommy rides shotgun. Eventually Lance 
    manages to land, then takes off, leaving Tommy to finish up.
    
    It's also become clear that Diaz is insane. Tommy finds him shooting at 
    pigeons who land on his car. Diaz has heard that the Vice City boatyard has 
    just completed work on a boat that's even faster than his, and he wants it. 
    Tommy, of course, steals it for him. Tommy sure must be one smooth thief. He 
    soon finds a use for the speedboat he just stole, however. Every month a 
    freelancer moors off Vice City's coast and sells his cargo to the first guy 
    there. With Lance in tow and the speed demon dinghy, Tommy beats the other 
    bidders to the yacht, though not without a fierce gunfight. Now he knows Diaz 
    is responsible for the deal going wrong and he's collected more than enough 
    information on him.
    
    Lance sees an opportunity and jumps Diaz, failing completely. Diaz holds him 
    at the junkyard. Kent Paul contacts Tommy unexpectedly and delivers the news. 
    Tommy breaks in and busts Lance loose, but thanks to that bit of idiocy all 
    his careful planning has gone to waste. Lance has forced Tommy's hand.
    
    It's time to move. Lance reveals that he has saved up an impressive armoury 
    over the year. Tommy and Lance assault Diaz's mansion and kill him. With Diaz 
    out of the picture, Tommy is free to turn his old haunt into the Vercetti 
    Estates, and also to buy other real estate as it suits him. Ken Rosenberg and 
    Avery Carrington join them and the newly inaugurated gang, the Vercettis, 
    sets up shop. Everyone agrees that Tommy needs to start earning some respect 
    and getting his name out there. He starts by extorting the overdue protection 
    racquets from local small business owners.
    
    Some problems arise when one of the Vercetti thugs is supposed to light up a 
    mall, but he gets the fuses wrong and the bomb ends up not going off. The 
    police are all over it like your dad on Velveeta. The cops are liable to 
    figure out who it was any second, and the Vercettis better not be at Vercetti 
    Estates when they do. Tommy thinks for a moment, then proposes the solution: 
    They steal some cops' uniforms, poke around the crime scene, then torch the 
    place, destroying all the evidence. They jump a few cops, steal their 
    uniforms and squad car, and take a look around the mall. When nobody's 
    looking, they set the bomb to blow and get the hell out of there.
    
    This is all well and good, but Sonny Forelli is quite tired of waiting at 
    this point. He sends a man down to collect his money. Tommy takes it in 
    stride and just caps him, but he has to work fast. He has Rosenberg load up a 
    briefcase with three million dollars in counterfeit cash. Tommy grudgingly 
    gives him the fakeitude, but all is not well. Lance Vance sold him out to the 
    Forellis. A gunfight ensues. Tommy kills first Lance and then Sonny. Now he 
    has his three million dollars back (he recovered the original paper) and his 
    revenge is complete.
    
    Ken returns and is aghast at the carnage. But he soon brightens up when he 
    realises what's happened. For now, Liberty City is out of the picture; it's 
    all about Vice City now. The remains of the Vercettis control the south. 
    Tommy has won.
    
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    |                                1987 [SANPRO]                              |
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    Carl 'CJ' Johnson was born in small-town Los Santos - hardly the greatest 
    place for a kid to grow up, but he called it home for a long time. Despite 
    his mother's Christian influence he wasn't exactly a model individual, 
    though, and on top of that the crooked police officers who roamed his 
    neighbourhood constantly harassed him - and the rest of his family, for that 
    matter, but they took particular pleasure in pushing CJ around. In 1987, he 
    leaves to pursue bigger opportunities in Liberty City - and because he 
    allowed his brother Brian to die. He stays for five years.
    
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    |                                1992 [SANMAI]                              |
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    CJ gets a call from his brother Sweet. Their mother is dead. Murdered, 
    perhaps. CJ returns to attend the funeral, but he arrives too late and misses 
    it. He takes a taxi away from the airport, but his old nemesis officer 
    Tenpenny and his cronies Pulaski and Hernandez pull him over and arrest him, 
    'confiscating' his money while they're at it. Tenpenny killed another officer 
    only moments ago because he threatened to expose them, though at this point 
    only the three officers know who did  it, and tries right there to pin it on 
    CJ. On their way to the station, they receive a radio message regarding the 
    officer they just killed. Forced to abandon CJ and return to the crime scene, 
    they drop him off in Rollin' Heights Ballas turf. He finds a wreck of a bike 
    and makes his way to his old house, now owned by Big Smoke.
    
    After Big Smoke's initial consternation at having a stranger in his house, 
    the two reunite as old friends. Big Smoke suggests they visit Sweet at the 
    cemetery, where CJ's mom is being interred momentarily. It is not a 
    particularly happy reunion. Sweet now leads the Grove Street Families, doing 
    his best and often failing to keep them clean, and in CJ's five-year absence 
    a lot of good boys have been killed in their turf wars with the Ballas, the 
    Grove Street's rivals since CJ was a kid. Meanwhile, Kendl is dating Cesar 
    Vialpando, whom Sweet heartily disapproves of. Los Santos has turned into one 
    big gangster battleground. In short, it is not a fun place to be. CJ is 
    determined not to get involved in all this, but he isn't given a choice. The 
    Ballas, knowing where they were going to be, have been staking out the 
    cemetery, and do a drive-by. Nobody is hurt, but Big Smoke's hot vintage car 
    gets caught in the crossfire and is totalled. The homies grab bikes and pedal 
    for all they're worth back to Grove Street, narrowly avoiding the Ballas' 
    wrath.
    
    CJ intended to pay his respects and then get right back to his clean, 
    legitimate life in Liberty. He gets a haircut and puts on his colours, then 
    helps Ryder reclaim some of the Grove Street's tags, meanwhile blotting out 
    the Ballas. They're starting to reclaim their old hood. The former splendour 
    of Grove Street is starting to be restored. CJ and Ryder try to recruit their 
    old associates B Dup and Big Bear back into the fold, but are refused. CJ is 
    starting to realize that Los Santos, and Grove Street in particular, is way 
    more messed up than he thought. He's come home to a city of crackheads. He 
    resolves to start taking out the pushers. Several more confrontations with 
    the Ballas soon ensue, all of which CJ is involved in. They then strive to 
    procure firearms. All the gangsters have gotten more sophisticated and more 
    dangerous weaponry since CJ was last in town; their old supplier can hardly 
    even keep up nowadays. Nonetheless, they purchase some guns from him in case 
    the Ballas come marching down Grove Street. But with their new arms, they 
    strike back at the Ballas with a drive-by of their own.
    
    The Seville Boulevard Families aren't pleased with the Grove Street 
    activities. Word gets out and Sweet has to hole up with his girl inside a 
    Seville Boulevard house. CJ rushes over and drives them away in the nick of 
    time, but the damage is done.
    
    Sweet's dislike of Cesar Vialpando continues. When Kendl storms out of the 
    house to get to him and away from Sweet, Sweet tells CJ to follow her and 
    make sure Cesar doesn't try to pull anything cute. Kendl meets Cesar at a 
    low-riders car club, where CJ quickly schools Cesar. CJ and Cesar are 
    uneasily acquainted face-to-face. Afterwards, alone, CJ and Cesar decide that 
    although they aren't exactly friends and they definitely don't agree about 
    Cesar's relationship with Kendl, that doesn't mean they have to be on each 
    other's cases all the time. So they're cool, sort of.
    
    Even though Big Bear and B Dup have become slaves to drugs, rapper (and self-
    proclaimed gangsta) OG Loc is only too happy to rejoin them; he's just been 
    released from prison for a relatively minor infraction, and CJ, Sweet and Big 
    Smoke pick him up. OG Loc's first prerogative is to take his revenge on 
    Freddy, another rapper whom he claims stole OG's rhymes. They met in prison, 
    but that doesn't mean they're friends; OG kills him. For his part, CJ helps 
    out Big Smoke with a few small-time jobs, like busting up drug deals. 
    Meanwhile, Tenpenny is harrying Big Smoke for no reason in particular.
    
    CJ is in tight now. He and Ryder got to a house on the East Beach and steal a 
    whole lot of guns from an ex-army suit, then from a local Nation Guard depot, 
    more than tripling their inventory.
    
    OG Loc decides he's going to go hard-core gangsta rapper and get his image 
    out there. He decides he'll start building his reputation, and to do that he 
    needs to record a few songs. He's been working janitorial duty at the Burger 
    Shot, and he heard a van with a killer sound system come through the drive-
    thru one day. Overhearing their plans for a beach party that evening, he has 
    CJ steal the van, then rips it all out. Next, he wants the rhyme book of 
    famed Los Santos rapper Madd Dogg. CJ breaks into Madd Dogg's mansion in the 
    hills and makes his way past the rapper's personal security squad to steal it 
    right out of the recording studio. CJ then takes out Madd Dogg's promotions 
    manager, Scipio, because he's slandering OG and cramping his style big time. 
    
    Being fired from Burger Shot for mouthing off is just the catalyst he needs. 
    It's finally time to get heard! OG hosts a party at his Grove Street house. 
    It isn't very well received, mostly because his songs are horrible. Halfway 
    through, a GSF homie runs in and tells them they have five minutes before 
    Ballas start swarming Grove Street. CJ, Sweet, Ryder, and others suit up, and 
    a couple more GSF boys drive ahead to block the road. They then proceed to 
    take down every Balla who so much as glances at Grove Street.
    
    In the meantime, Tenpenny has come to see CJ as a potentially useful tool. 
    Using intimidation as a handy motivation, the first assignment he gives CJ is 
    to assassinate one of their problems, a Vagos ganger - no corpse, thanks. CJ 
    doesn't realize until after that he's trapped the guy's girl inside. He runs 
    in and drags out Denise Robinson. They agree to maybe go out or something, 
    sometime, yeah. Tenpenny alerts CJ to a meeting between the Russians and the 
    Ballas, which he listens in on. Next he pushes the Ballas out of Glen Park 
    with Sweet at his side. A Balla called Little Weasel gets dropped during that 
    fight. The Ballas hold a proper funeral for him, and the GSF homies jump 
    them, just like they had done to them at Beverly Johnson's burial. They catch 
    a ton of them in the same place at once, and the bloodshed is great. They 
    take out Kane, the Ballas leader. GSF is on the map!
    
    Sweet has a plan to unite all the Families into one big syndicate. CJ, Sweet, 
    Ryder and Big Smoke hop in the van to meet the rest of the Families at the 
    Jefferson Motel. Somehow, though, the Los Santos Police Department has found 
    out about the gig, and they start to rappel from helicopters to apprehend the 
    GSF homies. Ryder and Big Smoke split, but CJ runs into the motel and joins 
    Sweet. They fight their way out and Big Smoke doubles back to pick them up. 
    The police give chase, but they escape after some insane driving and the 
    sacrifice of the car.
    
    This failure is bad, but it's about to get much worse. Sweet plans to stick 
    it to the Ballas and tells a bunch of GSF homies to meet him under Mulholland 
    Bridge. Unfortunately, Big Smoke has sold them out. He too has become a slave 
    to drugs. Cesar Vialpando immediately takes it upon himself to show CJ. CJ is 
    alarmed as he realises Big Smoke knows about the rendezvous, and the GSF are 
    about to walk into a trap! He advises Cesar to take Kendl to a safe place and 
    races to head off Big Smoke and the Ballas. He arrives in the middle of a 
    heated gunfight between the GSF and the Ballas. CJ fights for so long, then 
    the police arrive to break it up. Tenpenny, Pulaski and Hernandez arrive, 
    dragging CJ out of the fray before he can be arrested. Sweet is caught and 
    put in prison hospital awaiting trial. Tenpenny wants CJ to do some more jobs 
    for them, as he needs them done. First, he has to take out a snitch who's 
    hiding on Mt Chiliad. He takes care of this job easily. CJ and Tenpenny are 
    sure to keep in touch.
    
    One day in a bar, CJ is surprised to find a spicy, knife-wielding Mexican 
    woman holding it up, rather than the expected sight of Cesar knocking back a 
    beer. She is Catalina, and she's very dangerous. CJ goes along with her to 
    keep her placid. He helps her rob a gas station to start. Thwarted by 
    bulletproof glass, Catalina steals the gas tanker instead and pulls it up to 
    a truck yard. She sells it and its contents to a man named Whittaker for a 
    nice chunk of cash.
    
    Tenpenny calls CJ to a motel. Here, he meets The Truth, an enigmatic 
    individual indeed. CJ helps him out with an aggressive problem he's having. 
    When CJ goes to The Truth's farm afterwards, he's still trying to sell him 
    drugs. CJ isn't interested at all. Cesar and Kendl are now hiding out in a 
    trailer park, and Cesar is convinced Big Smoke is selling drugs carted in 
    from San Fierro twice a week. That's supposedly how he's getting all his 
    money.
    
    CJ goes to Catalina's house to apologize for his earlier misbehaviour. She 
    tackles him to the ground, but he sweet-talks her out of shooting him. They 
    set off on a merry quest to rob banks and kill random people. They proceed to 
    hold up a whole lot of Los Santos liquor stores and other small businesses. 
    Next time, they rob a real bank. But after that, Catalina is very hostile 
    towards CJ, apparently because he never calls. When they rob another bank, 
    the police show up. They steal police motorcycles and split.
    
    Cesar calls CJ out to a farm to meet blind Triad leader Wu Zi Mu, or Woozie 
    as his friends call him. Even though he's blind, Woozie challenges CJ to a 
    car track-race (!) for pinks; CJ wins.
    
    His next race is under less friendly circumstances. Catalina shows up with 
    Claude Fido in tow. She's in an almighty fury now; she takes it out on CJ's 
    car with a crowbar. Catalina challenges CJ to race Claude. Again, CJ wins 
    without much trouble, earning himself the deed to a San Fierro garage. 
    Catalina scoffs at his skills anyway, claiming that Claude was actually doing 
    two things at once while he was racing. She announces her intention to leave 
    Los Santos forever: She's going to Liberty City. CJ wishes her well. 
    Ironically, Catalina doesn't even love Claude at all, she's just taking him 
    for business reasons, and to get back at CJ. Subsequently, The Truth's farm 
    is attacked by police. They quickly torch his weed fields, then have to run. 
    They can't stay where they are and Los Santos is closed to CJ for now. They 
    flee to San Fierro, and CJ's homies (including Cesar and Kendl) set up shop 
    in the garage he won. He recruits two mechanics, Jethro and Dwaine, and a 
    technician, Zero. Kendl, the sharp businesswoman, realises that what they're 
    doing has potential; they could develop and sell property. CJ and Cesar set 
    to work fixing up the garage as she thinks about it some more.
    
    Now that he's settled in, CJ decides to exert a little influence on the 
    landscape of San Fierro - a place which, by the way, he is thoroughly failing 
    to enjoy. He plants some drugs on a DA's car to get him off Tenpenny's back, 
    then takes over a construction site in retaliation for the workers thinking 
    Kendl is a prostitute. He also helps out Zero in his personal battles with 
    his nemesis, Berkley, which are really rather petty after the fact.
    
    CJ is still trying to figure out what the deal is with the San Fierro drug 
    running. Cesar and Woozie both provide him with some information to that end. 
    The Triads have information about the T-Bonez, who may be involved. CJ 
    befriends and begins to work for Jizzy, gang co-leader and owner of the 
    Pleasure Domes Club, in order to get in close and find out if and how the T-
    Bonez are involved. He's having a spat with T-Bone himself about how much 
    money he should be getting, but he soon sets it off to the side a little. 
    After getting in tight with the T-Bonez, he figures out when and where the 
    Ballas come to get their shipments, and decides to ambush them. Now that he 
    knows Jizzy is definitely involved in the Ballas' Los Santos drug operations, 
    he goes to the Pleasure Domes Club and pops him.
    
    Shortly after, CJ, Cesar and the Triads set up to crash the meet. CJ hoists a 
    sniper rifle from the roof alongside Cesar. CJ and friends shoot all the 
    Ballas hanging around. Sadly, Ryder, too, has fallen by the wayside. He, T-
    Bone and his sellers start showing up. Toreno flies by in a helicopter, sees 
    the bodies, panics, and floods the area with smoke bombs. CJ, Cesar and the 
    Triads work quickly to take out all the T-Bonez, T-Bone himself, and Ryder.
    
    After that, CJ starts to work for Woozie. This is somewhat untimely, as a 
    brutal gang war has just erupted. A Vietnamese gang, the Da Nang Boys, is 
    relocating to San Fierro, and they don't like the idea that the Chinese got 
    there first. They wipe out the Blood Feathers, one of the Mountain Cloud's 
    strongest friends. (The Mountain Cloud Triad being Woozie's gang.) When CJ 
    visits Woozie in his Chinatown hideout again, he learns the apartment is 
    under Da Nang watch. CJ leads them away so that Woozie and the other Triads 
    inside the apartment can escape to a safer location. He also bugs a Da Nang 
    boat in the San Fierro harbour. In the meantime, Woozie has found out where 
    CJ's former friends' crack lab is. CJ promptly blows it to bits. The Triads-
    Da Nang Boys war continues, but CJ leaves it alone for now. Cesar has a few 
    ideas for improving the business.
    
    CJ gets an idea and goes out to the desert to make a better acquaintance of 
    Mike Toreno. The Truth begins working for Toreno, too. As it turns out, 
    Toreno actually works for a government agency. He asks CJ to commandeer a 
    trucker, then perform all manner of other tasks. He proves time and again 
    that he knows much more than he's letting on. He has some information about 
    Sweet's prison condition, and he assures CJ that he's also ensuring Sweet's 
    safety while there, since no one else can. He messes with CJ's mind. He also 
    makes CJ learn to fly a helicopter. Government assassinations, equipment 
    delivery, it's all fair. 
    
    Eventually Toreno gets clearance to take out his tails, so naturally, he has 
    CJ take care of that one too. Thanks to CJ's hard work, Toreno is now much 
    freer to go about his business, and he's working on getting Sweet out of 
    prison. The Truth calls CJ back to the airfield, his latest secret personal-
    occult base. The Truth wants him to break into the Area 69 military research 
    base and retrieve the latest Black Project from inside. He then has CJ break 
    into a train in motion and steal a bucket of green goo. According to The 
    Truth, this is the ultimate knowledge of the universe. He's an interesting 
    guy, isn't he?
    
    The time has come to move on from San Fierro. Woozie recently opened the Four 
    Dragons Casino in Las Venturas, and that's where CJ and his homies head. It's 
    a stressful business, though; they're Triads and Las Venturas is completely 
    under mafia control, not to mention Woozie's new casino is now in direct 
    competition with Caligula's Casino, the established mafia one. They push 
    Woozie, so CJ elects to pull a heist on Caligula's. He gets a bundle of 
    dynamite from a Las Venturas mine, and after some discussion with Woozie he 
    realises he needs a map of the casino layout. He breaks into the back and 
    photographs the blueprints. He procures a key card from Millie, the croupier. 
    (Rockstar finds the sickest way possible for him to accomplish this, too...) 
    By this point, eight people are in on the heist, up from the original two. 
    They're ready. CJ parachutes in and sneaks into a power generator, planting 
    satchel charges. When they go off, it'll cut the power to about ten square 
    blocks. He's almost caught, but manages to make it back to their base of 
    operations. They decide they're going into the casino disguised as the usual 
    cash escort - an armoured car and a few police motorcycles. The bikes are 
    easy, but for the truck they have to first steal a sky crane, then haul the 
    armoured car off to a secure location awaiting deployment.
    
    Meanwhile, a fake chip is found in the casino. The Sindaccos, one of the 
    three primary partners in Caligula's, own a plastic factory across town. The 
    vengeful CJ blows it up.
    
    Then CJ finds out The Truth took an English band into the desert to partake 
    in his spiritual rituals (if they can truly be called spiritual) and he lost 
    them, waking up back in Las Venturas with no idea how he got there. CJ goes 
    out to collect them and they ask to be taken back to Caligula's Casino to see 
    a guy they call Rosie - Ken Rosenberg. Also, one of the band guys happens to 
    be Kent Paul. And all of this opens up an opportunity to observe Caligula's 
    without arousing mafia suspicion.
    
    It seems that although Rosie once stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Tommy 
    Vercetti, he's fallen on hard times. Any guesses what ruined his life? Yes, 
    drugs. After a stint with the Liberty City mob he wound up in Las Venturas, 
    running Caligula's as a neutral party - none of the three crime families 
    trusts the other two. The Sindaccos and the Forellis are now feuding. Rosie 
    is in fear for his life because there's a very good chance he'll get caught 
    in the crossfire. CJ, Rosie and others make a few house calls, however, and 
    soon all is well. Not so for Tenpenny. He realises 'the gig is almost up.' CJ 
    has more important things to think about.
    
    Tenpenny calls CJ out to a remote house in the desert. He arrives accompanied 
    by Pulaski and Hernandez. Pulaski hits Hernandez upside the head with a spade 
    as Tenpenny wanders back to town for a night of fun, then orders CJ at 
    gunpoint to dig his own grave, to share with Hernandez. CJ tries to persuade 
    him to turn against Tenpenny, which would indeed be the smarter thing to do, 
    but before he can finish digging Hernandez wakes up and attacks Pulaski. 
    Pulaski shoots him and he falls into the ditch. CJ takes the opportunity to 
    attack Pulaski, gives chase, and kills him.
    
    Back in Las Venturas another day, CJ comes across Madd Dogg standing on a 
    ledge; he's a jumper. Feeling guilty, CJ tries to coax him down. Madd Dogg 
    jumps anyway, but CJ is waiting with a pickup truck filled with cardboard 
    boxes. At the hospital, CJ offers to become his new manager - funny since he 
    was the guy who killed the old one. In other news, CJ, Maccer, Paul and Rosie 
    do a hit on the Forellis' St Marks Bistro in Liberty.
    
    It's finally time to pull off the heist. The van pulls up to Caligula's, 
    Woozie and Zero inside. They're the support team; CJ joins them and gets an 
    earpiece. After one last check that everything's in position, CJ enters 
    through the staff door. Planted gas bombs knock out the two guards in the 
    safe room. CJ heads for the security door this time and uses Millie's swipe 
    card. He opens a door for use by Woozie, Suzie, Woozie's assistant, and the 
    owner of the apartment they used to plan the heist. Using the satchel charges 
    CJ planted so long ago, they cut power, then break into the safe with more 
    ordinary explosives. Mafia rush to the scene, but CJ holds them off. The 
    group hurries back to the heist van where Zero is waiting along with two 
    motorcycles. Two of them take the bikes, the others hop in the van and they 
    all drive away.
    
    Back at the Four Dragons, Madd Dogg is back in action, and he wants to go 
    home. Trouble is, some pusher seized his mansion. Nonetheless, CJ decides 
    that everybody's going home to Los Santos. The Ballas got too strong to deal 
    with, but now it's time for him to push them out again. CJ and four Triads 
    parachute into Madd Dogg's mansion and kill everyone inside. They've 
    successfully repossessed it, and now they've got a place to work from.
    
    Toreno waltzes back into the picture and needs CJ to do a few more, highly 
    dangerous, jobs for him. CJ has grown quite weary of this by now. When he 
    approaches CJ with yet another, CJ actually pulls a gun on him. He has good 
    news, though. Sweet is being released from prison! CJ has to go pick him up! 
    Aww, yeah. Sweet wants to head back to Grove Street right away to see what's 
    been happening in his absence (and CJ's for that matter.) When they get 
    there, they find it's been overrun with lowlifes and crack dealers. They run 
    them out and kill the pushers. Now Sweet wants to stay and fix things up. CJ 
    is done with the hood, for...good. He heads back to the mansion.
    
    In a burst of insight, Madd Dogg realises who stole his rhyme book - it was 
    OG Loc! Actually, it was CJ, but he gave the book to OG, anyway. OG is 
    recording a video, so CJ proposes they crash the party. OG flees. They catch 
    up to him, along with his recorder, Jimmy Silverman.
    
    CJ and Sweet pay a visit to B Dup to teach him a lesson. Big Bear turns on 
    him and denounces his druggie ways. He wants back into the GSF. CJ returns to 
    Grove Street to have a chat with Sweet. Sweet still obstinately wants to stay 
    in Grove Street. CJ wants to move on, but agrees he's never going to forget 
    where he came from. Grove 4 Life!
    
    Back at the mansion, CJ, Sweet, Kendl, Cesar, Madd Dogg, The Truth, and 
    Maccer are watching a TV news report. Officers Tenpenny and Pulaski have been 
    charged with 'racketeering, corruption, narcotics and sexual assault.' 
    Ridiculously, all charges against Tenpenny are dropped due to lack of 
    evidence. Lack of evidence?? Come on! Los Santos is in a state of turmoil, so 
    Sweet, CJ and the gang take steps to make sure nobody messes with Grove 
    Street during the riots. Cesar plans to get the Varrios back in action. He, 
    CJ, and three Varrios boys get together and take Cesar's neighbourhood back 
    from the Vagos.
    
    There's only one thing left to be done: Payback on Big Smoke. CJ and Sweet go 
    to the Crack Fortress and bust in. CJ fights and sneaks his way to the top. 
    CJ finds Big Smoke on the fourth floor. They talk for a time about what 
    happened, where did Big Smoke go astray? But Smoke tires of this after so 
    long and pulls a gun on CJ. A scuffle ensues but though Smoke has 
    substantially greater body mass, CJ overpowers him thanks to experience and 
    the fact that he isn't stoned. Big Smoke dies of internal injuries shortly 
    after.
    
    Suddenly Tenpenny enters with a bead on CJ. He wants a nice fat bag of 
    Smoke's money, so CJ fills it up and carefully hands it over. Tenpenny is 
    about to kill CJ, but CJ tricks him and manages to jump behind cover. 
    Tenpenny fires madly at him but CJ is nowhere to be found. CJ gets away. They 
    both leave the building, separately of course, and Tenpenny commandeers a 
    fire engine. Just before it shoots away Sweet jumps on the back. There is a 
    struggle. Eventually Tenpenny manages to drive the truck off a bridge where 
    it lands in Grove Street. Tenpenny stumbles out then falls, dying on the 
    ground.
    
    Everybody heads back to the mansion. Rosie, Madd Dogg, Maccer and Paul join 
    them. Madd Dogg's had a hit! It's been a long, grim road, but it seems 
    they've won. The rapping, the garage, the casino - the GSF controls all of 
    San Andreas!
    
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    Throughout its history, no one entity has been able to maintain overall 
    control of Liberty City for long, but this is especially true of the early to 
    mid-90s. In particular, there could be observed brutal competition between 
    the three largest mafia families in the country: The Forellis, the Sindaccos, 
    and the Leones. The Forellis were in charge during the 80s, but after Sonny 
    Forelli's death they were pushed back. Salvatore Leone has his sights set on 
    taking over, but we're still in the opening moves. One of his earliest plays 
    is to have his most loyal mafioso, Toni Cipriani, whack a made man. This 
    could easily bring on a huge gang war as honour among thieves makes killing a 
    made man anything less than blasphemy if his family authorizes it. As such, 
    Toni, fearing for his life and those of his fellows, immediately flees to 
    Vice City, where he lies low for four years, waiting for the situation to 
    blow over.
    
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    |                                1998 [LIBMAI]                              |
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    After a term of cautious observation, the time is finally right for Toni to 
    return to Liberty City. The first thing he does is catch up with Don 
    Salvatore. Salvatore congratulates him, then assigns him to Vincezno Chili. 
    Now, Toni ranked much higher than Vinzenco when he left, so he feels cheated 
    to be working for him now after the sacrifices he's made. He reluctantly 
    signs on and Vincenzo sets him up with a safehouse in Atlantic Quays.
    
    Vincenzo has a few jobs he needs Toni to do. He's got the best at his 
    disposal, after all, so he might as well use him. Toni's first task is to 
    motivate a Chinatown dealer who hasn't been bringing home the bacon. This 
    encounter yields some troubling news: The Sindaccos are moving in on 
    Chinatown. We can't have that! Toni methodically moves through Chinatown 
    icing every Sindacco dealer he can find. Next Toni reacquaints himself with 
    JD O'Toole, an old friend who runs a gentleman's club and is in the 
    mainstream of Liberty City activity. After taking care of O'Toole's Sindacco 
    babysitter, he becomes the Leone's streetear.
    
    Remembering the very large debt that O'Toole owes him, Toni heads over to 
    collect. O'Toole needs a few things done first, so Toni helps him out. At one 
    point O'Toole gets quite anxious as the police prepare to storm the club, 
    where Salvatore is paying a special visit. Toni whisks him away and receives 
    an invitation to do some special jobs directly for Salvatore. O'Toole proves 
    his worth, tipping Toni off about a Sindacco plan to blow a Leone gambling 
    house sky-high. Using further information from him, Toni reciprocates by 
    bombing a Sindacco establishment.
    
    Toni performs other menial tasks for Vincenzo, such as firing (at) inept 
    associates, and picking up a car loaded with drugs. Unfortunately, the cops 
    were watching the car and took off after him as soon as Toni pulled away. 
    Toni fully believes that Vincenzo set him up, and leaves angry. Vincenzo 
    surely won't stand for that. He lures Toni down to the Portland docks, 
    promising not to treat him like dirt anymore. When he gets there, a number of 
    angry men with chainsaws ambush him. Toni barely fights them off, and 
    Vincenzo proceeds to attack him himself. Toni kills Vincenzo, straining their 
    relationship even further.
    
    Salvatore makes use of O'Toole's services, both informational and commercial. 
    After leaving the club one session, some Sindaccos kidnap Salvatore with the 
    intent of executing him, overlooking the fact that it would be easier to just 
    shoot him on the spot rather than driving across town. Toni gives chase and 
    saves Salvatore's life. He does the same thing when Salvatore goes on the 
    rampage in the area around O'Toole's club, killing every Sindacco he can 
    find. Toni covers him with sniper fire. O'Toole has done so well, Salvatore 
    decides to make him a made man! Or so he thinks. Salvatore is an extremely 
    paranoid little man. He asserts that O'Toole screwed over his old boss and 
    would therefore do the same to him, and has the Irishman killed.
    
    Toni hasn't spoken to his mother in four years, it would have been too 
    dangerous, so he pays her a visit. Ma Cipriani sternly admonishes Toni for 
    never calling, comparing him to her new Sicilian boyfriend, Giovanni Casa. 
    Though nobody else knows it yet, the Sicilians are poised to wreak havoc on 
    Liberty City's hierarchy. Toni stymies this one in particular, getting some 
    deprecating snapshots of Casa indulging his fetishes. Ma doesn't care. She 
    further scolds him for being afraid of the Triads, but Toni quickly proves 
    himself and kills a number of them. She further complains that if Toni were a 
    real man, like his father, he'd win the street race happening that day. Toni 
    obliges her. But after Toni took those photos of Casa, he stopped paying his 
    protection money, so Toni puts him through his own meat grinder, selling the 
    product. Even after all this, Ma still isn't satisfied. She explains to Toni 
    that he is a worthless shell of a human being, and she's called in a hit on 
    him. Dozens of mafia gangsters descend on his position and Toni frantically 
    fights them off. He stops trying to please her after this.
    
    Meanwhile, Toni has taken up Salvatore's offer and has been doing jobs for 
    him. Salvatore's having some serious difficulties in Portland. For one thing, 
    although he was instrumental in orchestrating (ha ha, get it?) the rash of 
    union strikes going on in Liberty, they're not repaying the favour. Toni pays 
    off union foreman Jane Hopper so that Salvatore can get 24 hour access to the 
    docks to offload drugs, but she isn't having any of it. He goes after her 
    boys instead. Most of them are persuaded, and Toni intimidates the remainder. 
    Now all that's left is Hopper, so Toni takes her for a little ride and she 
    folds like deuce/five off-suit.
    
    Toni once met Salvatore's wife Maria in his office. She goes through his 
    address book and calls up Toni. She has Toni drive her around so she can 
    steal things from various places. Another time, he chauffeurs her to a drug 
    spot as she's throwing a party. She's really taken quite a liking to him and 
    tires very hard to get him to sleep with her. She even puts herself up as 
    first prize in a street race, daring Toni to attend and win it. She's 
    Salvatore's girl, though. She hooks up with a guy called Wayne instead, but 
    he beats her, so Toni kills him. The next time he stumbles upon her, she's 
    dying of a drug overdose. Fortunately she has just the cure, which is another 
    drug that balances the first one out, though it takes her quite some time to 
    remember where she left it. When she comes to her senses she ends the 
    perceived relationship.
    
    Toni has continued working for Salvatore, and picks up a drug shipment from 
    cartel leader Miguel (you might think it's spank, but it almost certainly 
    isn't.) And then, fresh off the curve from a war with the Sindaccos, they're 
    right smack in the middle of another one, this time with the Diablos. They're 
    trying to take over Hepburn Heights. Toni fends them off, but remarks the 
    Diablos will eventually be successful (he's correct.) Toni also picks up a 
    bunch of cash from a drop at Callahan Point and delivers it to Salvatore, 
    much to the Triads' chagrin. Salvatore is also in trouble with the current 
    mayor, who's trying to take him down for all the crime in Liberty. Toni 
    drives Salvatore down to the docks to take care of it, but it's crawling with 
    police and they've got the fuzz on them like a knitted sweater. They have 
    only one chance - to jump the unfinished Callahan Bridge! They soar 
    majestically over the open water and land with a thud. Portland had been cut 
    off up to this point, but with the strikes toned down for the time being 
    Salvatore decides he should move more into Portland.
    
    But by this point, Salvatore is fed up with the mayor. Toni ambushes him on 
    his run and shoots him. This effectively forces a bi-election, and Salvatore 
    is ready to capitalize on the opportunity. Then Salvatore drops a real 
    bombshell: He's making Toni! He experiences a ritual eerily similar to 
    O'Toole's execution, but he is indeed a made man after the experience. Toni's 
    really starting to get some respect in this town! He even gets a 
    congratulatory phone call from Ma Cipriani. He's finally won her approval.
    
    Salvatore wastes no time. He knows exactly who he wants in office: Media and 
    entertainment millionaire Donald Love. First, he and Toni talk to a man who 
    knows about Don Franco Forelli, who had the mayor in his pocket. He did at 
    the behest of the Sicilians, who are trying to foster a feud between the 
    Liberty Families so they can take over. Apparently they've been somewhat 
    successful as war breaks out between the Forellis and Sindaccos, with a hit 
    called on Salvatore! Once again, Toni drives him out of there. Paulie 
    Sindacco tries to diffuse the situation but Toni run him down in a van. When 
    Franco Forelli starts to figure things out, Toni kills him.
    
    Around the same time, Toni is approached my crooked LCPD cop Leon McAffrey. 
    He makes a proposition to Toni, offering protection from the law in exchange 
    for some services. He and Toni personally take down some Sindaccos. King 
    Courtney's Yardies are eyeing up Forelli turf, so Toni lures them into a trap 
    and the Yardies slaughter them. And when they have trouble keeping Newport, 
    Toni chases the Forellis out once more. Lastly, Toni demilitarizes a Forelli 
    munitions dump.
    
    At the church, Toni meets 'Father' Ned Burner, a journalist posing as a 
    preacher so he can keep the stories coming. Toni covers up a doping story 
    that would have eclipsed Ned, and ends up stealing diamonds for him as well. 
    Toni also bangs up cars as they defile the holy atmosphere, and destroys a 
    false idol who did a radio interview instead of giving Ned a break. He feels 
    much better after this.
    
    He gets a call from Donald and now they need to focus on the election. Toni 
    helps out Donald with some personal matters, namely a morgue party. Toni 
    helps him campaign as well, running against a man named O'Donovan. Toni beats 
    up the people covering O'Donovan's Forelli ties. It also turns out the 
    Forellis own a silent share in the company that manufactures the voting 
    machines, so Toni makes sure they're unusable. Toni also ensures that no 
    physical harm comes to Love on election day, which is no easy task and 
    involves a shotgun. Love sees he's down and has Toni rig the polls, putting 
    Love's name on uncounted votes. But it looks like there's some evidence 
    linking Love to the Leones, which Toni destroys. This effectively links Love 
    to Toni, and he loses the election by a landslide, along with his entire 
    fortune. He's out twenty million dollars. Makes Tommy Vercetti look downright 
    wealthy, doesn't he?
    
    What's worse, the police have caught up to Salvatore and thrown him in 
    prison! Toni talks to Salvatore, posing as his lawyer in order to avoid 
    getting arrested. He instructs Toni to take the Hoods gang and go on rampage, 
    beating up every Forelli and Sindacco in town. That'll teach 'em. The Liberty 
    Sindaccos are pretty much dead anyway, but Toni has their leader Paulie 
    follow suit. But just because the Forellis and Sindaccos are now 100% out of 
    the picture doesn't mean that all is well. Not only have the Triads destroyed 
    their Chinatown monopoly and the Diablos are set to take over Hepburn 
    Heights, the yakuza are stockpiling weapons in Aspatria. Toni is stunned at 
    the sheer volume, but he takes care of it nonetheless. Despite his best 
    efforts, though, the yakuza will eventually control all of Torrington.
    
    This has dealt a severe blow to local yakuza boss Kasen Kazuki. Shortly after 
    this little escapade, Toni receives a call from his wife, Toshiko. Toshiko 
    has been ignored for as long as they've been married, and is none too happy 
    about it. She wants to see him humiliated, defeated, and finally dead, and 
    she enlists Toni to that end. Although his inventory was decimated he is 
    picking up another order that day, which Toni scoops up first. Kazuki also 
    runs the biggest casino in Liberty. Toni intercepts the armoured van doing 
    the cash drop and burns Kazuki's money in the streets. She takes him on a 
    sort of date to the opera where she discusses the nature of life; this angers 
    Kazuki's men and they attack. Kazuki has worked out what's going on and is 
    gathering his men to kill Toshiko and Toni. Before he can attack, Toni meets 
    him in Belleville. After taking out the assembled yakuza, Toni kills Kazuki 
    in a duel on the rooftop. Toshiko is glad at this news, but she's lost 
    everything now and commits suicide.
    
    Donald Love, meanwhile, is living pretty much in the streets. He has a plan, 
    though, and he needs Toni to help him. His old mentor, Avery Carrington, is 
    in town with some plans for some prime real estate development. Toni kills 
    him and hands them over to Love. Ned Burner witnesses the act and gets some 
    pictures of Carrington's death, but Toni quickly heads down to the church and 
    stops them going to press by killing Ned. With the help of Carrington and 
    Burner's corpses, Love throws another morgue party. Using the plans for the 
    Panlantic Corporation, Love is putting a deal together, but he needs some 
    land - he puts in an order for an 8-Ball exclusive, which Toni eventually 
    picks up and sets to work with. He destroys the Forellis' Fort Staunton, 
    opening up some space. The cartel are angry with him, though, and swarming 
    around his living quarters. Toni ships him out and gets him to Carrington's 
    private jet, which he no longer has any sue for. After some thanks and 
    promises, Donald leaves Liberty...for the time being.
    
    And with that, Salvatore is released from prison. The Sicilians try to 
    interfere but Toni puts a stop to that. Salvatore is now royally pissed at 
    them, since they're responsible for every inch of his lost power. They want 
    peace now but Salvatore wants to ensure it's on his terms. He has a hunch 
    they're going after O'Donovan. They get there first, but Toni and Salvatore 
    chase them down and recover Liberty's beloved administrator. He now has the 
    mayor in his pocket and kills the treacherous Sicilian Massimo as an added 
    bonus. They head back to Leone HQ to celebrate. More than half their turf may 
    be at risk, but with the other two families gone the Leones are in some ways 
    even more powerful than they were to begin with. In reality, though, they are 
    only a shadow of their former selves, and in a few short years will 
    experience a violent fall from grace...
    
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    Mike and his friend Vinnie have been working for the Liberty City mafia for 
    years now. Since they've started, Vinnie's been trying to get them out. 
    Finally, after a long, long term of servitude, they've almost built up enough 
    brownie points to leave Liberty for good.
    
    Before they can leave, they have to run a few more jobs for the mafia. After 
    that, Vinnie promises, they'll be outta there and on the road to a better 
    life (which, as you may know, has a lot of traffic). Mike's first job is to 
    take out a pusher named Frederico Fido: The mob provides him with the stuff 
    to sell, but he's been using more of it than he's selling, which is not a 
    very good profit margin at all. This service along with some valuable 
    information Vinnie offered up have has made the mafia only too happy to help 
    them out. Mike steals a Banshee from the lot in Atlantic Quays and they're 
    almost ready to roll. Mike's next job is to collect monthly protection money 
    from unwilling tenants. Vinnie and Mike will also need some fake ID's, so 
    Mike gets some from esteemed explosives expert and black market dealer 8-
    Ball. Shortly after, Vinnie tells Mike to meet him at Calhallan Point. Mike 
    arrives just in time to watch his best friend die as Vinnie's car explodes.
    
    After his recent hits, the cops are now onto Mike and think this one is his 
    as well. 8-Ball offers him refuge. As an old friend of Vinnie's, he promises 
    to try and find out who killed him in order to exact their revenge. In the 
    meantime, he's got some work to throw Mike. He disposes of Vinnie's body and 
    escorts some of 8-Ball's girls to their offices, and delivers a shipment of 
    raw nitro-glycerine to some of 8-Ball's clients. 8-Ball also hates a mob guy 
    named Scorelli. He has Mike take out his thugs and steal his favourite car. 
    Score one 8-Ball!
    
    Mike returns to learn that Vinnie was involved with a barkeep named Johnnie. 
    He meets with him to find out what the deal is. Johnnie is another guy who 
    wants to find out who offed Vinnie, and while he's doing that Mike can pay 
    off Vinnie's massive debts to Johnnie (of the monetary variety.) His first 
    job is to escort his girlfriend home; her father is a big politician and he'd 
    rather not get caught. Unfortunately, she's quite drunk and more than a 
    little footloose, so the first thing she wants to do is go to another club. 
    This spirals into a huge romp around half of Liberty City. Mike's next task 
    is to collect Johnnie's shipment of fake liquor. A disco opens right across 
    the street, and that's not exactly the kind of people Johnnie wants hanging 
    around, so he gets Mike to sabotage the business with a car bomb. He also 
    gets Mike to steal a rocket launcher from the docks. His research, by the 
    way, has revealed that Vinnie's death was unrelated to the mafia. Mike also 
    intimidates a local senator into tabling his proposal to ban smoking in bars 
    and restaurants - again, this would be bad for Johnnie's business.
    
    Johnnie would probably admit that he is himself an unscrupulous individual, 
    but that hardly means he'll tolerate other such people in his establishment. 
    Some guy beats the house using marked cards, so Johnnie sends Mike to teach 
    him a lesson and extort ten thousand dollars from his winnings. Mike returns 
    to the bar to find Johnnie dead and somebody high-tailing it out of there. He 
    catches up with the guy on the docks. He's King Courtney, Yardie leader, and 
    he claims Johnnie was already dead when he got there. Looks like Mike's going 
    to need a new boss. King Courtney recruits Mike as a driver in the most 
    important race of the season, Yardies versus yakuza. After Mike's admirable 
    performance in this race, Courtney gets him to test-drive a Formula One racer 
    that his Yardie friend intends to use in the Staunton Grand Prix. Mike 
    proceeds to help King Courtney deliver coffee. O_o
    
    Courtney has a lead. He suspects Colombian Cartel leader Cisco of murdering 
    both Vinnie and Johnnie, and maybe some of his Yardies as well. Mike crashes 
    a Cartel meeting and strikes a blow to their operations, killing a handful of 
    Cisco's lieutenants. One of King Courtney's boys spots Cisco relaxing at a 
    local caf‚. Mike storms in and beats him to a pulp. Cisco did not, in fact, 
    kill any of King Courtney's friends or associates, but he is impressed with 
    Mike's brutality and rewards him by meeting him at his place. He's done with 
    King Courtney for now. Cisco has a few more ideas about who offed 
    Vinnie...the road goes ever onward.
    
    Cisco starts out by having Mike runs a special drug-smuggling shoe for him. 
    One of the suppliers refuses to get to work until Cisco pays what he owes 
    her, so Cisco kidnaps her favourite doggie, then has Mike stuff the shoe's 
    secret compartment with bad, day-old organic meat, tell her it's her doggie, 
    and warn her she'll meet the same fate if she doesn't get to work straight 
    away. There would have been a million easier ways to persuade her, of course, 
    but no. He then has Mike blow up a facility than manufactures surveillance 
    equipment.
    
    Liberty City yakuza boss Kassen Asuka currently has her niece Yuka in her 
    charge, and she isn't letting Cisco sell on her turf. Cisco orders Mike to 
    jack Yuka's limousine, pick her up from school and bring her back to Cisco's 
    hideout. Yuka's now an excellent blackmailing chip for Cisco, but it seems 
    Mike has outstayed his usefulness and he gets cut loose.
    
    Coincidentally, he almost immediately gets a call from Asuka. She's heard a 
    lot about him and would be thrilled to meet him. Actually, she has some work 
    for him. Her niece Yuka has been tragically kidnapped! Do you suppose Mike 
    knows anything about this? He might. He's in deep, after all. Anyway, Asuka 
    wants her back, and Mike is just the guy to get her out of Cisco's clutches. 
    Mike agrees to it as long as Asuka helps him find Vinnie's killer. (The man's 
    obsessed!) Asuka promises to start working on it right away. Mike rescues 
    Yuka from the very men he turned her over to. She reveres him. (Mikesama!)
    
    This success leads to Mike doing other jobs for Asuka, such as beating up a 
    casino owner who's been refusing to pay his protection racquet. Mike also 
    beats up a Vice City quarterback in town for a game against the Liberty City 
    team so that Asuka can profit greatly from the early betting rounds. Asuka 
    doesn't take rejection well and is starting to want Mike badly. Mike learns 
    what happens if you actually refuse Asuka, though: She tells somebody to kill 
    you. She wants Biff Rock's alligator shoes as a memento. When Mike gets 
    jumped at the studio, he kills the security guards. Biff wants the footage, 
    so Mike gives it to him in exchange for his alligator shoes. How sneaky.
    
    Somebody is trying to sabotage Asuka's chain of sushi restaurants with rotten 
    blowfish. Mike tracks them down, steals the fishermen's delivery trucks and 
    brings back the evidence to charge the fishermen's union with sabotage. It 
    seems King Courtney is behind it all. Asuka kills the Yardies' delivery man 
    by feeding him in pieces to the very blowfish he would have rot in her 
    restaurants. The mafia want to screw with her business, too. She has some 
    operations going on back in Asia so she decides to kill two birds with one 
    stone and get some mafia 'volunteers.' Mike beats up a bunch of them, throws 
    them in the back of his trucks and drives them to the docks where Asuka will 
    have them deported to her labour camps.
    
    And Asuka has finally got a solid lead! To get it, all he has to do is take 
    out one bad pimp who's been harassing Asuka's girls. Her resources are too 
    strained because of the yakuza-mafia turf war, but with that task completed 
    she divulges the location of the bomber who rigged Vinnie's car. When Mike 
    arrives, though, the bomber is already dead. The bomber's pager has a message 
    telling him to meet somebody at Wichita Gardens; he needs another bombing 
    like the one at Callahan Point. Mike doesn't know it yet, but the customer is 
    Vinnie, alive and well! Asuka informs Mike the police are after him for the 
    bomber's murder, so he gets out of there. He then receives a page from 
    someone called Xox (it's Vinnie) to meet him in Wichita Gardens. Cisco warns 
    him not to go - it's a trap. He summons him to his airport headquarters.
    
    As it turns out, the bomber was one of Cisco's men. Mike guardedly goes to 
    Wichita Gardens. Two thugs are waiting to jump him. Mike takes them out, then 
    rejoins Cisco at the airport. Cisco wants to kill the assassin who killed the 
    bomber who (supposedly) killed Vinnie. Unfortunately, Mike's really no closer 
    to resolution.
    
    All at once, Liberty City is declared a bubonic plague-infested area. Who 
    knew? Cisco needs to attend the meeting discussing this turn of events, but 
    if he steps outside he'll get killed, so he needs Mike to be his decoy 
    driver. As he hits the main drag, the Yardies start to chase after Cisco - 
    that is, Mike. The hoods and mafia come after him as well, but Mike's slick 
    driving skills keep him out of danger. Meanwhile, Cisco coasts on over to the 
    conference. Cisco finds out at that moment the assassin of the bomber is 
    hiding out in Pike Creek. Mike goes to check things out, but the assassin is 
    now after Cisco!
    
    Mike arrives too late to save Cisco's worthless life. A car is speeding away 
    from Cisco's airport. Mike tails it, stopping it dead. Inside is - Vinnie! 
    All this time, Vinnie's been hiding in the shadows, pulling strings from the 
    background. Vinnie betrayed him. Vinnie now sics his boys on Mike, but Mike 
    takes care of them and attacks Vinnie. Everything bad that's happened to Mike 
    has been Vinnie's fault. He kills him.
    
    He has Vinnie's money now, too. He gets a page from 8-Ball calling him back 
    to Pike Creek. 8-Ball's been hiding out for some time. Vinnie sent some guys 
    to take him out but he's fine now. 8-Ball warns Mike that the entire town 
    wants Mike's head because they think he has Vinnie's money - this is true, 
    but Vinnie wasted almost all of it, and all Mike got off him was $1000. 
    Cisco's men interrupt their conversation, thinking Mike killed him. He 
    decimates almost the cartel. The cops show up and arrest 8-Ball. Mike roughs 
    up Paul, the cartel's second-in-command and therefore new leader, for 
    information. The Yardies, Paul says, were holding back because they didn't 
    want to have to compete for Mike's money with the cartel, but now they'll be 
    after Mike in force. Mike kills Paul, and now it's time to face King 
    Courtney.
    
    Mike parades through town killing every Yardie in sight. The police notice 
    and try to apprehend him. Just then, Asuka pages him again and asks him to 
    meet her in Wichita Gardens. She's not too keen on King Courtney either; he's 
    trying to push into her turf. She knows Courtney's situation, where he's 
    hiding, who's with him, etc. He's holed up in a veritable fortress but there 
    may be another way in. Asuka lends him a few men but she doesn't love him 
    anymore. How sad. To make matters worse, the mafia attack just as she leaves. 
    Looks like she knew about it and didn't say anything. She's an enemy now. At 
    the fortress, the men she sent turn and run just as he begins his assault! 
    Still, Mike breaks in and lays a bead on King Courtney. Yardie thugs attack 
    but Mike takes on all comers, then beats Courtney to a pulp. The Yardie 
    leader concedes defeat. There's that taken care of.
    
    It's time to go. There's no chance of getting out of the city by car; the 
    police want him too, and they've set up roadblocks among other things. His 
    only shot is to head to the Shoreside airport and take Cisco's private plane. 
    He blows outta there and there's nothing anybody can do to stop him. As he 
    leaves Liberty City in the sunset, Mike reflects on the people he's met, and 
    expresses regret for not being able to save Cisco's life or do something more 
    for 8-Ball. Perhaps, he muses, he could settle down in Cisco's beloved 
    Colombia. In any event, he's free from the filth and corruption of his former 
    life forever.
    
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    Feeling rejected, Catalina leaves Carl Johnson and takes Claude Fido as her 
    new lover. The happy couple leaves San Andreas behind to start out in Liberty 
    City. We catch up to them now, nine years later.
    
    Catalina, as I've explained, actually sees Claude as just a tool. She's 
    secretly become involved in the Colombian Cartel since her arrival in 
    Liberty. When Mike went on rampage, she and Claude decided to lie low, then 
    take advantage of the chaos to pull a bank heist. Traitorous witch! She 
    shoots Claude and leaves him for dead, then takes off. Claude is loaded into 
    a police-escorted prison van along with 8-Ball and someone else. The cartel 
    halt the convoy as it's going across Callahan bridge and throw open the 
    doors. They're looking for the other guy, but Claude and 8-Ball take the 
    chance and make a run for it.
    
    They spy a nearby car. 8-Ball can't drive because of his hands, so Claude 
    does, but he does know where they can take cover. He directs the mute Claude 
    to Portland's Red Light District, where he has an acquaintance in Luigi 
    Goterelli. The bomb the cartel used to assault the police convoy took out 
    Callahan Bridge, so for the time being they're stuck there too. Luigi always 
    needs a good driver, so he hires Claude to take his girls from place to 
    place. There's also a new drug on the street called spank; Luigi asks Claude 
    to kill the pusher, steal his car and get it re-sprayed.
    
    Incidentally, Claude ends up getting to meet Joey Leone, the son of Don 
    Salvatore, the man who currently has most of Liberty in his grip. Claude also 
    ensures that Luigi's business isn't threatened by competition. When the 
    annual policeman's ball rolls around, Claude makes sure Luigi's hos get there 
    for a handy profit. Meeting Joey Leone later proves to be a stroke of luck 
    for Claude, as it turns out Leone Jr has some work for him too. He gives 
    Claude a car, 8-Ball installs a car bomb, and Claude parks it in front of 
    Lips Forelli at St Marco's Bistro - always pay up when you owe a Leone. Joey 
    isn't any more pleased with the advent of spank than Luigi, and Claude ends 
    up killing another pusher, this one in Chinatown. He follows up by stealing 
    the Chinatown payroll van and handing it over to Joey, who filches it for 
    every penny in it.
    
    The next time Claude sees Joey, he's with Salvatore Leone's capo, Toni 
    Cipriani. Cipriani has him on chauffeur service, first to Chinatown to 
    collect some protection money, then to St Marks. Joey has him on a few more 
    driving missions, to dispose of a corpse at a junkyard crusher, as the driver 
    in a bank heist, that sort of thing. This gets the attention of El Burro, 
    leader of the Diablos gang. The Diablos love racing, and Claude proves his 
    worth in a street race near Callahan Bridge. El Burro is impressed. Claude 
    performs yet another car bombing; he's becoming quite proficient at them by 
    now. When some Triads wreck his car, Claude teaches them a lesson. When a van 
    filled with Diablo-made pornography is stolen, Claude jacks it and directs it 
    to its intended destination.
    
    Claude finds himself under the employ of Marty Chonks, owner of the Bitch'n 
    Dog Food Factory in Chinatown. His crooked bank manager has been scalping 
    him, so Claude escorts him to Marty's hood so he can execute him. He does the 
    same thing to some thieves who want a cut of his house insurance scam (though 
    this is really only fair since he hired them for it.) It just gets colder 
    from here. It seems he's got some serious money issues. He cashes in on his 
    wife's life insurance as well. The man she's having an affair with doesn't 
    look on that too kindly, and kills Chonks. Claude is short one boss. He turns 
    to Toni Cipriani.
    
    The Triads have really been bugging Toni lately, so the first thing Claude 
    needs to do is wreak some Chinatown havoc to show them who's boss. Next thing 
    you know, Don Salvatore's called a meeting. The Triads have become a real 
    problem. Claude drives Joey Leone, Luigi Goterelli and Toni Cipriani to the 
    meeting. Halfway through the Triads chase after them with their fish vans, 
    but Claude evades them. The four enter Salvatore's conference room to discuss 
    the issue. In the meantime, Salvatore has Claude drive his girl Maria around 
    town. She has him drive her to her drug-dealing friend Chico, who tells her 
    about a party that night in Atlantic Quays that she decides to check out. The 
    police show up and they jet out of there. Before she retires for the night, 
    she thanks him for the first genuinely fun evening she's had in a long time.
    
    The meeting doesn't go so well. There's only one solution, and that's all-out 
    war between Leones and Triads. Toni has a few ideas for Claude to take on, 
    and they all involve killing Triads. Claude uses another Triad fish van for a 
    car bomb, but this time he lets it off next to the gas canisters in the Triad 
    fish factory. BOOM! Up it goes! And that's a good temporary fix for the Triad 
    problem.
    
    With that out of the way, Salvatore turns his attention towards the spank-
    selling Colombian cartel. All his efforts to uncover the cartel schemes have 
    been thwarted. There's a rat someplace! Salvatore suspects a guy named Curly 
    Bob, so Claude tails him. The don's instincts were right. Curly Bob meets 
    with Catalina and cartel co-leader assistant Miguel at the docks next to a 
    big boat. He's a rat, all right. Claude kills him.
    
    Salvatore realises the cartel must be using the boat as their spank factory, 
    and he wants Claude to blow it sky-high. He gets 8-Ball to handle the 'boom' 
    department. It's a pricey venture, but worth it. Claude and 8-Ball drive over 
    to the docks; 8-Ball sets the bomb while Claude provides covering fire with a 
    rifle. Salvatore is most pleased.
    
    Despite his promise that Claude would be a made man, though, he sets Claude 
    up. He says all he wants Claude to do is take an incriminating vehicle to the 
    trash compactor, but Maria phones for Claude to meet her at Callahan Point 
    instead. The job's a trap; Salvatore thinks Claude and Maria are going behind 
    his back. He offered up Claude to the cartel. Maria isn't about to let that 
    happen. She's with Kasen Asuka, fresh off a curve from trying to double-cross 
    Mike. They take a boat to Staunton Island. It looks like Claude will be 
    staying there for a while. Asuka leaves with the invitation to set up in her 
    Belleville warehouse and visit her at her condo once he has. A short time 
    after, a news report tells of Callahan Bridge's repair.
    
    Asuka is willing to let Claude work for the yakuza, but she wants to make 
    sure she has Claude's unswerving loyalty; after all, the mafia and the yakuza 
    are in the middle of a very bloody gang war. Claude duly takes out Salvatore 
    Leone and returns to Asuka's condo. Her brother Kenji is there waiting with 
    her and Maria. He now owns the casino and he'll have some work for Claude 
    later on. For now, Asuka tasks Claude with taking out all the meddlesome 
    mafia spying on her assets. That's the final push. The mafia are done. Claude 
    goes to the condo again, but it seems a reporter has been hiding out in the 
    bay and spying on Asuka and Maria. Claude takes care of him. He also delivers 
    a man named Ray his paycheque from Asuka. She's his man inside the LCPD. He's 
    having some troubles right now, which Claude agrees to help him with later, 
    but he does provide useful information: For example, one of Asuka's drivers 
    is an undercover cop whom Claude needs to fire.
    
    Other Staunton residents are starting to become aware of Claude, and his 
    services are in high demand. Without Mike to drive for him anymore, King 
    Courtney needs a new skilled driver. He invites Claude to a competition among 
    Yardies and other hopefuls from the outside. The winner becomes Courtney's 
    new official driver. Claude wins, if you can believe it. Courtney tests 
    Claude's ability by challenging him to drive up to Hepburn Heights and kill a 
    bunch of Diablos. Claude passes. (Turning his back on his old boss, El 
    Burro...harsh stuff.) His first big mission is to steal some cars for a few 
    of King Courtney's hits - specifically, a mafia Sentinel, a yakuza Stinger 
    and a Diablo Stallion.
    
    Courtney needs a stash from a car he has at Bedford Point. When Claude 
    searches the car, he finds a note from Catalina. She knows he's been up to no 
    good. Also, she's sent a small army of suicide bombers to take him out. 
    Everybody's a critic. Claude barely manages to escape with his life. That's 
    the last of Claude's dealings with King Courtney, then, isn't it. He takes up 
    Kenji on his offer.
    
    Claude soon returns to Bedford Point, but this time he's with a kanbu Kenji's 
    had him bust out of jail. Kenji also has a debt to repay; a man once did him 
    a favour and he's only now found out how to reciprocate. The man loves 
    motorcars, so Kenji makes a long list of hot wheels to offer him as a gift. 
    Claude jacks one model of each and drives them to a garage in Newport. Even 
    though the yakuza's mafia troubles are effectively over, they're still facing 
    war from the cartel, and the Colombians are negotiating an alliance with the 
    Yardies. Claude breaks up the meeting as well as its attendees. Apparently, 
    he doesn't do so well. Yardie spank-dealers are everywhere! Kenji gives 
    Claude one chance to redeem himself. Claude accepts, killing every Yardie 
    dealer on the streets of Liberty! Kenji still isn't very happy, though, so 
    Claude leaves well enough alone. Where to now?
    
    Ray has some work for him, so it'd be a pity to pass it up. Ray wants him to 
    protect his friend Phil Cassidy from the cartel, whom he's maddened. In 
    return, from that point on Phil gives him great rates on any hardware he buys 
    from him. Claude also collects some embarrassing evidence against Donald 
    Love, stopping it from becoming public knowledge. When Ray suspects his 
    partner is a rat, he hires Claude to take him out. Unfortunately he does it 
    all wrong. The guy survives! Claude ambushes his van between Carson General 
    Hospital and the courthouse. Whew! Crisis averted.
    
    Mr Donald Love, grateful for Claude's previous service, has some further uses 
    for him. Love's first task for Claude is to rescue one of his contacts from 
    some South Americans - the same guy the cartel were looking for when they 
    jumped the convoy on Callahan Bridge and unwittingly set Claude and 8-Ball 
    loose. Love then wants him to turn his back on Kenji. In order to buy more 
    real estate, he wants a gang war. The yakuza and cartel are already mad at 
    each other anyway, so Claude steals a cartel car, hops out and fires a rocket 
    launcher at a window. Kenji and everyone else inside dies instantly. It's on.
    
    Love has an interesting way to transport goods from outside the country to 
    Liberty: A private plane does a flyby and drops them into the water. He asks 
    Claude to retrieve them. As it turns out, though, they were actually just 
    decoys. Now it's time to retrieve the real merchandise. Claude finally finds 
    its location after traipsing around all of Shoreside. While there, he happens 
    to spot Catalina, Miguel and Asuka having a little chat. Catalina has it. 
    Asuka was effectively fooled by Claude's using a Colombian car: She thinks 
    Miguel killed Kenji. Miguel denies it but Asuka isn't buying. Catalina takes 
    off, but not before Asuka requests her services at a later date. She proceeds 
    to torture Miguel.
    
    Claude next acts as escort for Love's friend. Love delivers the package to 
    his friend, but others want it. SWAT teams surround him. Claude has to see 
    him safely through the situation. The next time he goes to see Love, though, 
    he's gone. What? Oh well. Ray needs to get out of town, fast. Claude drives 
    him to Francis International Airport. Now there's a nice, easy way to make 
    some cash. D-Ice, leader of the Red Jacks, has some more interesting stuff 
    for him to do.
    
    Recently a new gang has surfaced, the Purple Nines. D-Ice sees himself as 
    oldschool gangster, while the Nines are worthless young punks. It's bad for 
    his rep to have them marching around, so Claude roars around D-Ice's turf 
    blowing them away. They respond by getting armoured vehicles, but it requires 
    a great deal of armour to withstand an explosion. Then D-Ice takes a break to 
    deal with some other issues, namely the rigging of his car and a whole bunch 
    of platinum suddenly up for grabs at the airstrip (a Federal Reserve flight 
    crashed.) Okay, back to the Nines. One street brawl pushes them out of the 
    picture - for the time being. Asuka needs Claude again.
    
    Actually, to start with she does him a nice service. Catalina has three 
    squads roaming Liberty whose sole purpose is to hunt down Claude. Claude 
    lures the squads to Pike Creek where some of Asuka's men are waiting to cut 
    them down. Catalina also has plans for making spank way big. She's using The 
    Kappa Coffeehouse as a front for selling it. Sell drugs on Asuka's turf? I 
    don't think so. Claude blows it away. Asuka continues to press Miguel for 
    information. She's able to warn Claude of a spank shipment coming in by 
    plane; Claude goes out on the water and shoots it down as it's coming in. 
    Claude returns to the condo.
    
    Asuka is dead. Maria has been kidnapped. Catalina has left a ransom note in 
    the amount of $500,000. Claude gets the money and shows up; he's got no other 
    choice. He hands it over, but Catalina isn't about to just let him walk away. 
    She orders her Colombian lackeys to kill him, then takes off in a helicopter. 
    Claude wrestles his way free and chases after her by car. Catalina thought 
    she was safe, but when she spies Claude she immediately tries to get airborne 
    again. Claude rescues Maria and shoots down the helicopter using a rocket 
    launcher.
    
    The two escape and prepare to lie low for a while. Maria admits that she 
    loves him. Her incessant chatter seems to irritate him somewhat, however. A 
    shot is heard.
    
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    |                             DRAMATIS PERSONAE [CHAR]                      |
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    So now you know the entire GTA story, back-to-front. (That is, assuming 
    you're reading this guide in the order it is presented.) If you did in fact 
    read the entire thing - I'll be impressed if you are, it's a wall of text 
    more than seventeen pages long - you'll have been intrigued by the many and 
    varied characters who inhabit the Grand Theft Auto universe. Unfortunately, 
    we were blazing through the story so we didn't have time to look at each and 
    every one in-depth. But wait! This section is filled with general 
    information, scant biographies and interesting thoughts as they occur to me. 
    Enjoy it; this one was a lot of typing.
    
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    |                                8-Ball [CHAR001]                           |
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: 8-Ball
    Affiliation: Free agent
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Bald
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    8-Ball is Liberty City's local explosives expert and black marketer. He's not 
    so much a gangster as he is a shopkeeper; if you need a bomb, you go to him 
    and buy one, and he doesn't discriminate as long as you have the cash. He's 
    also willing to actually set a bomb if you need him to, or even to rig a car 
    bomb.
    
    Toni obtains his services on behalf of Donald Love, 'clearing' some land so 
    that Love can work his deal with Panlantic Corporation.
    
    8-Ball befriends Mike early in the game (both figuratively and literally) and 
    offers to help him find Vinnie's killer. He also throws him some work now 
    that he's got nobody to lean on. Soon, however, Vinnie catches on and sends 
    some punks to ruin his day. 8-Ball has to go into hiding and disappears 
    without a trace. By the time he and Mike meet again, they've both got it all 
    figured out. The Colombians attack as they're talking, however, and 8-Ball is 
    injured too badly to run. Mike gets out of there but 8-Ball is arrested. Mike 
    escapes Liberty City shortly after but can't help feeling he could have done 
    more to help 8-Ball.
    
    As the police are escorting him across Callahan Bridge, the Colombians 
    inadvertently bust both he and Claude Fido loose. They take refuge in the 
    employ of Luigi Goterelli. 8-Ball soon returns to his fine establishment and 
    eventually runs a few missions alongside Claude. He disappears near the end 
    of the game, and nobody knows where he went.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    8-Ball references the damage to his hands several times during GTAIII. This 
    is because a policeman accidentally dropped a pot of boiling fat over his 
    hands during his arrest. Ouch. No wonder he can't drive.
    
    But if that's true, how come if you raise a weapon at him in GTAIII, he pulls 
    out a shotgun and blows you away? Apparently he has enough dexterity in his 
    hands to fire a shotgun but not a pistol yet he can still manufacture 
    volatile explosives. Isn't that backwards?
    
    Oh yeah, he also had a shop in Vice City.
    
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    |                           'Big' Mitch Baker [CHAR002]                     |
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    Full name: Mitch Baker
    Nicknames: Big Mitch
    Affiliation: Bikers
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Bald
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Big Mitch led Vice City's biker gang in the 80s. Kent Paul is interested in 
    procuring his services as security for a gig he has planned, so Tommy 
    Vercetti politely requests them. Baker tests Tommy's worth by seeing how well 
    he rides a motorbike, as that is the measure of a man to him. Baker's 
    lieutenants were impressed, so Tommy is then charged with delivering Vice 
    City a sharp kick in the slats while riding a bike. That'll show America. His 
    final rite of initiation is to steal back Baker's personal bike. After this, 
    Big Mitch is only too happy to lend Paul his services.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Baker is a Vietnam War veteran.
    
    Baker and Kent Paul are not exactly friends (which is why Paul sent Tommy 
    instead of just going himself.
    
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    |                               B Dup [CHAR003]                             |
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    Full name: Mark Wayne
    Nicknames: B Dup
    Affiliation: None; formerly Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    B Dup was once a proud member of the Grove Street Families. Unfortunately, he 
    soon fell victim to crack. He even helped the Ballas with their shipments. 
    Big Bear became his slave just for a few sniffs of it once in a while. CJ, 
    Sweet and Big Smoke approached him to try and get him back into the fold, but 
    he refused. They visit him again after they return to Los Santos. Big Bear 
    wants back in, but B Dup still obstinately stays out of it. His loss.
    
    RANDOM
    B Dup sounds kind of like Beat Up. Mark Wayne sounds kind of like Mark Twain.
    
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    |                              Big Bear [CHAR004]                           |
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    Full name: Barry Thorne
    Nicknames: Big Bear
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Like B Dup, Big Bear was originally a proud member of the Grove Street 
    Families. Unfortunately, he found crack and became B Dup's slave for just a 
    few sniffs of it once in a while. CJ, Sweet and Big Smoke approached him to 
    try and get him back into the fold, but he refused. They visit again after 
    they return to Los Santos. B Dup still wants nothing to do with them, but Big 
    Bear is tired of it all by now; he turns on B Dup and rejoins his old homies.
    
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    |                             Big Smoke [CHAR005]                           |
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    Full name: Melvin Harris
    Nicknames: Big Smoke
    Affiliation: Rollin' Heights Ballas
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Big Smoke was once a true-blue Grove Street Families homie, but the Ballas 
    introduced him to crack and that was it. He sold out the GSF to the Ballas 
    and led them to a near-slaughter, but CJ and the police showed up before it 
    turned into a GSF bloodbath. He continued to work for the Ballas and helped 
    them with their shipments. Big Smoke actually did a lot to help the community 
    - donating to children's hospitals and orphanages, opening new recreation 
    centres, and other forms of charity work. Of course, he did it with the money 
    and status he gained by destroying the hood and selling out his closest 
    friends, so there's two sides to every coin. CJ infiltrates the Ballas crack 
    fortress and makes his way to the top floor where Big Smoke is. He's a wreck. 
    They scuffle and CJ is forced to kill him.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    I was surprised to learn that Big Smoke was a turncoat. He seemed like such a 
    nice guy!
    
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    |                                Ned Burner [CHAR006]                       |
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    Full name: Ned Burner
    Nicknames: Father Ned
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Ned Burner was a newspaper reporter who posed as a preacher in St Mark's 
    church. From this position he was able to manipulate a number of people, 
    including Toni Cipriani, whom he had do some work for him. Ned is willing to 
    do anything for a good story to further his career, even if it means he has 
    to create one himself. Toni causes all manner of havoc that Ned is able to 
    write about. He eventually photographs Toni and Donald Love killing Avery 
    Carrington, but Toni kills Ned before they can go to press. Ned later attends 
    Love's morgue party.
    
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    |                           Michelle Cannes [CHAR007]                       |
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    Full name: Michelle Cannes
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A San Fierro mechanic, one of CJ's lovers. She prefers men with high fat and 
    high sex appeal. On dates, she prefers bars, nightclubs and dangerously fast 
    driving.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Her first car was a Perennial.
    
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    |                           Avery Carrington [CHAR008]                      |
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    Full name: Avery Carrington
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Carrington is a big-time Vice City real estate developer. He gets Tommy to 
    help him out on quite a few jobs and helps the Vercettis acquire quite a few 
    properties of their own, including Vercetti Estates, where Tommy sets up his 
    gang's right and proper base of operations. He also introduces him to his 
    prot‚g‚, Donald Love, and he soon becomes Tommy's financial advisor. 
    Eventually he begins plans for the Panlantic Corporation in Liberty City, but 
    Love needs the money and has Toni Cipriani kill Carrington so Love can broker 
    the deal instead. Carrington later attends Love's morgue party.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Avery Carrington is responsible for one of the most famous quotes in GTA 
    history: 'Donald, you just shut up and listen, and you might learn something. 
    Now, nothing brings down real estate prices quicker than a good old-fashioned 
    gang war, except maybe a disaster, like a biblical plague or something, but 
    that may be going too far in this case. You getting this down, you four-eyed 
    prick?' He is. In GTAIII, Donald says, 'Nothing drives down real estate 
    prices like a good old-fashioned gang war, except maybe an outbreak of 
    plague...but that may be going too far in this case.'
    
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    |                               Catalina [CHAR009]                          |
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    Full name: Catalina, surname unknown
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Colombian Cartel
    Nationality: Mexican
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: Cousin - Cesar Vialpando
    Base: Originally Los Santos and San Fierro, later Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Catalina is traitorous and quite insane. CJ first met Catalina as she was 
    robbing a store in Los Santos. Somewhat in fear for his life, CJ went along 
    with her and helped her commit all manner of crimes. The two pursued a 
    romantic relationship, but fell out. Catalina took a new lover, Claude Fido, 
    even though she was just exploiting him. Claude challenged CJ to a car race, 
    but CJ won handily. Catalina left in anger for Liberty City.
    
    After a bank heist in the chaos that was late-2000 Liberty City, Catalina 
    turned on Claude and shot him. How long she had been involved with the 
    Colombian cartel before this time is unknown, but from that point she openly 
    declared herself as its leader. Her spank-selling operations drove the masses 
    wild. To take her revenge on Claude, at the end of the game she kidnaps his 
    new flame Maria, killing Kasen Asuka in the process (heartless--!). Claude 
    hunts her down and kills her, rescuing Maria.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    I have a metaphor for you to ponder. 'Catalina is a pet viper.' As your 
    friend, she's docile and loyal. But at any moment she could turn and sink her 
    fangs into your neck. Okay, so it's a pretty lame metaphor.
    
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    |                         Vincenzo 'Lucky' Chili [CHAR010]                  |
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    Full name: Vincenzo Chili
    Nicknames: Lucky
    Affiliation: Mafia
    Nationality: Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Vincenzo was a lower-ranking mobster than Toni when he left, but he's risen 
    above him during his absence. During those four years, Vincenzo worked very 
    hard to get in good with Salvatore. When Toni returned, Vincenzo set him up 
    and gave him work to do. Toni saw this reversal as a betrayal and their 
    relationship was less than cordial. Vincenzo eventually set up Toni, but Toni 
    turned the tables and killed Vincenzo instead.
    
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    |                              Marty Chonks [CHAR011]                       |
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    Full name: Marty Chonks
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: Chinese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: Wife - name unknown
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Marty has some serious financial problems. He hires Claude to take care of a 
    few of them. He's as low a lowlife as it gets, even killing his own wife to 
    cash in on her insurance policy. Unfortunately, his wife was having an 
    affair, and the guy she was seeing gets mad and kills Marty. Well, he had it 
    coming, didn't he?
    
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    |                               Ma Cipriani [CHAR012]                       |
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    Full name: Cipriani, first name unknown
    Nicknames: Ma Cipriani
    Affiliation: Mafia
    Nationality: Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Husband - name unknown, deceased
            Son - Toni
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Grey
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Mother of Toni Cipriani. Her husband was in the mafia, too. She sees her 
    husband as the ideal human being and tries to hold up Toni to that standard, 
    and as such he's constantly disappointing her - not that she isn't proud of 
    him. She passes off her constant admonishments as encouragement, even the hit 
    she calls on him (and later ends once he gets made.) She may be old, but she 
    still packs a wallop.
    
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    |                              Toni Cipriani [CHAR013]                      |
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    Full name: Antonio Cipriani
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Mafia
    Nationality: Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Father - name unknown, deceased
            Mother - Ma Cipriani
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Toni followed in the footsteps of his father, who was once a big-time mafia 
    player in Liberty City. He joined his father's crime family, the Leones, one 
    of the three Liberty Families. He was eventually tasked with whacking a made 
    man. After this he was forced to skip town and wait for the whole thing to 
    blow over. He returned once it did, but things back home were less than 
    peaceful.
    
    This begins Liberty City Stories. Read its section for more information. 
    Here's the abbreviated version: Toni starts working for the mob again, 
    getting tighter and tighter with Don Salvatore Leone until essentially 
    becoming his right-hand gangster, as he performs many invaluable services for 
    him. He reacquaints himself with old friends and makes new ones, such as JD 
    O'Toole, his mom, and Maria. He runs jobs for big names like Love and Kasen, 
    among others. Salvatore sets in motion a plan to remove the other two 
    families, Forellis and Sindaccos, from Liberty, permanently, and gain total 
    control of the city. Toni helps him and they half-succeed, but at terrible 
    costs. Victory is fleeting.
    
    Toni became Salvatore's capo and maintained some measure of influence. He had 
    some jobs for Claude to do after Catalina betrayed him, but ironically it was 
    Claude who ended up killing his boss.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    With Don Salvatore out of the picture, what's left of the Leone crime family 
    would need a new head. It's kind of hard to say whether Toni or Joey 
    succeeded Salvatore. The laws of inheritance make Joey the natural choice, 
    but because he's young and immature, Toni might have stepped up to the plate 
    instead. We will see.
    
    Toni Cipriani is the first character to be a non-player character BEFORE he 
    was a playable one. That's a pretty benign distinction, though.
    
    It's implied that Toni has anger issues.
    
    He also has some really great tidbits of dialogue, a few of which made me 
    laugh out loud. Plus his missions are the wittiest of any GTA game - The 
    Portland Chainsaw Masquerade, Don in 60 Seconds, The Guns of Leone, The 
    Trouble with Triads, Love on the Rocks, The Whole 9 Yardies, Passion of the 
    Heist...to name a few! That stuff is gold.
    
    There are repeated references in LCS to Toni being too thin. In III, he's a 
    big huge fat guy.
    
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    |                                Cisco [CHAR014]                            |
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Cisco
    Affiliation: Colombian Cartel
    Nationality: Colombian
    Ethnicity: South American
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Cisco was the Colombian cartel leader in GTAA. He had an extremely prissy, 
    uptight, high-falootin' nature and style of living. He greatly prized his 
    home country, high fashion and the virtues of illegal importation. He took 
    Mike under his wing and treated him like a son. Cisco was eventually forced 
    to hide out at the Shoreside airport, but Vinnie found him out anyway and 
    sent some men to kill him. Mike was blamed for the murder, one more problem 
    for him in a city full of them.
    
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    |                          Juan Garcia Cortez [CHAR015]                     |
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    Full name: General Juan Garcia Cortez
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Former military
    Nationality: Cuban
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: Daughter - Mercedes
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: White
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Cortez served with Ricardo Diaz in at least one war. They're old friends; 
    Cortez doesn't yet know that Diaz is evil. The game begins with Cortez 
    holding a yacht party, which is referred to several times throughout the game 
    because all the Vice City playas are in attendance. Cortez is keeping his 
    military ties strong and abuses them to gain restricted weapons and a great 
    deal of influence. He also steals some of his weapons from France. He gives 
    Tommy a great deal of work when he's first starting out, partly because when 
    the thugs ran off with Sonny Forelli's money Cortez got burned to; he was the 
    one who set up the exchange. Halfway through the game he gets spooked and 
    must hastily return to his home country. Presumably he comes back a year or 
    two later, he said he would.
    
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    |                             Mercedes Cortez [CHAR016]                     |
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    Full name: Caramia Mercedes Cortez
    Nicknames: Mercedes
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American; second-generation Cuban
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: Father - Juan
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Daughter of one of the most influential men in Vice City. General Cortez is 
    quite protective of her but she's quite capable. After Cortez leaves he asks 
    Tommy Vercetti to keep an eye out for her while he's away. Inviting her into 
    the mob was probably not what he had in mind. Mercedes assists Tommy in 
    acquiring several high-value real estate packages, such as The Malibu club. 
    She also 'acts' in one or two of Steve Scott's 'films.'
    
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    |                              Ricardo Diaz [CHAR017]                       |
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    Full name: Colonel Ricardo Diaz
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Former military
    Nationality: Cuban
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: White
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Served with General Cortez in at least one war. An old friend of Cortez's, 
    who doesn't yet know he's evil. In reality, Diaz killed Lance Vance's 
    brother. Lance has been plotting his revenge ever since. Diaz was also 
    responsible for Tommy's chunk of cash going missing. Tommy gets in tight with 
    Diaz to pump him for information, then they kill him after so long. Good 
    riddance.
    
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    |                                 D-Ice [CHAR018]                           |
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: D-Ice
    Affiliation: Red Jacks
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Brother - name unknown
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Ice, ice, baby... D-Ice leads the Red Jacks. He's also one of Claude's 
    bosses. All of his missions revolve around getting spank off his streets. The 
    cartel are dealing it so he wants them gone. More to the point, a new gang 
    called the Purple Nines is pushing into his turf, and every day they stay 
    there the Red Jacks look weak. Claude effectively wipes out the Purple Nines. 
    D-Ice's brother is only seen during one mission, 'Rumble,' in which he and 
    Claude beat the living tar out of a bunch of Purple Nines in a street brawl.
    
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    |                                Dwaine [CHAR019]                           |
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Dwaine
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Unknown
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Hew and Jethro used to work at the Vice City seaport until Tommy bought the 
    business and shipped them out, so to speak. Dwaine is one of three guys who 
    becomes a mechanic at CJ's San Fierro garage. He continues working there the 
    entire game. Dwaine is a close friend of The Truth's, and is wise to all his 
    inside info on the government and snake-headed aliens.
    
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    |                              El Burro [CHAR020]                           |
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: El Burro
    Affiliation: Diablos
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Brown
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    The Diablos leader loves fast cars and he loves racing them. This puts him in 
    stiff competition with King Courtney and his Yardies, who also love street 
    racing. It doesn't help that they just plain dislike each other. Claude 
    becomes his driver for a while, but later kills a bunch of Diablos to prove 
    his guts and his new loyalty for King Courtney. It's a harsh world.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    He has a Spanish motif. Diablo means devil. El means the. I'm told Burro 
    means donkey.
    
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    |                                Emmet [CHAR021]                            |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Emmet
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Before CJ left Los Santos, the turf wars between GSF and Ballas weren't quite 
    so fierce. Emmet sold them their firearms, but they were all pretty lame and 
    outdated. By the time San Andreas starts, they need much more powerful 
    weaponry. They only visit Emmet to tide them over until they can find a 
    better arms dealer (it's kind of like building a better mousetrap.)
    
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    |                            Claude Fido [CHAR022]                          |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Claude Fido
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Various
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Originally San Fierro, later Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Claude Fido started out in San Fierro, where he owned a garage. It was from 
    here that he learned his madd driving skillz. In 1992 he met Catalina who 
    took him as her new lover. He challenged the guy she was mad at, Carl 
    Johnson, to a race. CJ won. Claude lost the garage but it didn't matter 
    because he was leaving San Fierro anyway: He and Catalina were off to start a 
    new life together in Liberty City.
    
    Catalina only chose to love him for revenge and business matters, however. 
    After the chaos Mike caused in late 2000 she and Claude pulled a bank heist, 
    where she then shot him. He was being escorted in a police convoy when the 
    cartel blew his prison van open, inadvertently freeing both he and 8-Ball. 8-
    Ball suggested they go to Luigi Goterelli for cover, and here begins GTAIII. 
    Read its section if you want to know more.
    
    Summarized version: Claude begins to work for Luigi Goterelli and eventually 
    works his way up in the mafia, running jobs for the likes of Toni Cipriani 
    and Salvatore Leone. He befriends Maria and they become a de facto item. 
    Around the time Callahan Bridge is repaired, Claude starts to work for yakuza 
    leader and Maria's friend Kasen Asuka as well as her brother Kenji, among 
    others. Eventually he kills Kenji to start a cartel-yakuza gang war, and it 
    all snowballs from here. He has several confrontations with Catalina as she 
    tries to off him once and for all. He returns to Asuka's condo one day to 
    find her dead and Maria gone. He pursues Catalina, kills her and rescues 
    Maria. In short, he gets a lot more accomplished in Liberty City than he ever 
    did in San Fierro. It would have still been better for him to stay, though. 
    Curse you, Cat.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Remember, he doesn't officially have a name. Claude Fido is the name I gave 
    him. You can read my rationale in the Introduction.
    
    The fact that Claude never speaks is sort of an interesting issue. Well, back 
    in 2001, main characters in video games didn't necessarily have to speak 
    because the supporting characters could supposedly hold the show all by 
    themselves, and giving him a voice would expend development resources that 
    could be put to other things. In other words, his dialogue was assumed. 
    Players noticed his abnormal silence; he didn't so much as grunt in pain when 
    shot. Rockstar finally put this point to rest in San Andreas: He's mute.
    
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    |                            Frederico Fido [CHAR023]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Frederico Fido
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Mafia
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Frederico is a pusher who's using more of his merchandise than he's selling, 
    so the mafia have Mike make an example out of him.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Frederico's presence totally violates my code of inclusion because he only 
    appears in one mission. But I want to make sure my theory on Claude Fido's 
    name remains solid, so here he is. Voila.
    
    Actually, if you're wondering Mike can't say his name. 'Here I come 
    Federa...Fido...ahh...Freddy, to take you down.' You heard the man, he called 
    him Fido. Okay, so it's weak, shoot me.
    
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    |                             Sonny Forelli [CHAR024]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Sonny Forelli
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Forellis
    Nationality: American; ethnic Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Sonny Forelli was leader of the Forelli crime family in the 80s and held 
    Liberty City in his iron grip. When Tommy Vercetti was released him down 
    Sonny decided to ship him down to Vice City in order to keep him out of the 
    way. Tommy promptly lost $3 million of Sonny's and he continued to harass him 
    throughout the game. Tommy eventually renounced the Forellis as his bosses. 
    When Sonny personally came down to collect his money, Tommy killed him. 
    Somehow the Forelli family continued anyway, but without Sonny it lost much 
    of its influence in Liberty City.
    
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    |                            Luigi Goterelli [CHAR025]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Luigi Goterelli
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Leones
    Nationality: Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Mafia man who has an establishment in Portland's Red Light District. An old 
    friend of 8-Ball's, he offers refuge to he and Claude at the beginning of 
    GTAIII. His boys start trying to kill Claude after he takes out Salvatore 
    Leone.
    
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    |                                Guppy [CHAR026]                            |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Guppy
    Affiliation: Mountain Cloud Triads
    Nationality: Chinese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Woozie's left-hand man. He does some important jobs for Woozie, particularly 
    in fighting the Da Nang Boys, and delivers CJ some of his assignments. Guppy 
    leads the final assault on the container ship. He, CJ and some Triads 
    approach in a helicopter, but it gets shot down. CJ is the only survivor. 
    Poor Guppy.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    
    A guppy is a small fish, but it probably doesn't mean anything - although the 
    Triads in Liberty City are fishmongers.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                        Officer Jimmy Hernandez [CHAR027]                  |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Officer Jimmy Hernandez
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Los Santos Police Department
    Nationality: Mexican
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    One of crooked cop Frank Tenpenny's two partners. He joined their cell 
    shortly before San Andreas begins. Tenpenny trusts him less than he does 
    Pulaski. He is actually a good kid at heart like Tenpenny probably was at 
    some point. Tenpenny and Pulaski were forced to accept him, and they 
    attempted to initiate him by making him handle all the dirty work. While 
    Tenpenny was responsible for Pendelbury's death, it was Hernandez who 
    actually pulled the trigger. Late in the game Tenpenny gets scared that 
    Hernandez is going to turn on him, so he tries to kill both Hernandez and CJ. 
    Pulaski knocks out Hernandez with a shovel then makes CJ dig their grave. In 
    the meantime Hernandez wakes up and gets the jump on Pulaski, but Pulaski 
    shoots him and he falls into the grave. CJ escapes.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                               Jethro [CHAR028]                            |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Jethro
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    He and Dwaine used to work in the Vice City seaport until Tommy bought the 
    business and shipped them out, so to speak. Jethro is one of three guys who 
    becomes a mechanic at CJ's San Fierro garage. He continues working there the 
    entire game. Jethro is a friend of The Truth's, and is wise to all his inside 
    info on the government and snake-headed aliens.
    
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    |                              Jizzy B [CHAR029]                            |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Jizzy B
    Affiliation: T-Bonez
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Owns the Pleasure Domes Club in San Fierro, co-leader of the T-Bonez. The T-
    Bonez are providing the Los Santos Ballas their crack. CJ infiltrates the 
    gang to learn more on a tip from Woozie. CJ befriends him and runs a few jobs 
    for him. Eventually he learns beyond doubt that Jizzy is involved with the 
    crack that's been ruining his home, goes to the club and pops him.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                               Jonnie [CHAR030]                            |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: John, surname unknown
    Nicknames: Jonnie
    Affiliation: Nobody
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Owns a bar in the Red Light District, former partner of Vinnie. Mike 
    confronts him about Vinnie's death and starts to work for him. Eventually 
    Vinnie gets wise and kills him.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                           Beverly Johnson [CHAR031]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Beverly Johnson
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Son - Sean
            Son - Carl
            Son - Brian (deceased)
            Daughter - Kendl
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Beverly was always loyal to Grove Street. She raised her children well, 
    taught them values and to never forget where they came from. Her murder is 
    what compels CJ to return to Los Santos. Evidently, she was murdered by the 
    Ballas driving a Green Sabre shortly before the game begins.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                            Brian Johnson [CHAR032]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Brian Johnson
    Nicknames: None (BJ maybe?)
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Mother - Beverly (deceased)
            Brother - Sean
            Brother - Carl
            Sister - Kendl
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A GSF homie all the way, Brian was apparently an upstanding citizen in that 
    regard. He died five years before San Andreas begins because CJ screwed up.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                           Carl 'CJ' Johnson [CHAR033]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Carl Johnson
    Nicknames: CJ
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Mother - Beverly (deceased)
            Brother - Sean
            Brother - Brian (deceased)
            Sister - Kendl
    Base: San Andreas state
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    CJ was once a true-blue GSF homie but he tired of the lifestyle after a 
    while. He snapped when a mistake he made allowed his brother Brian to die. He 
    left in 1987 for Liberty City. His mother's murder prompted him to return to 
    Los Santos. It's an interesting parallel, isn't it? One death in the family 
    compels him to leave, and a second one compels him to return.
    
    Anyway, this begins San Andreas. Read its section for more information. 
    Here's the abbreviated version: CJ goes around trying to make things right in 
    his hometown, but they're just too messed up to fix. The GSF's turf war with 
    the Ballas doesn't make it any easier, and thanks to Big Smoke's treachery 
    there's almost a GSF wipe-out by the Ballas. CJ flees to the desert just 
    outside Los Santos, where he meets Woozie. After winning a garage from Claude 
    Fido, he reunites with Woozie in San Fierro and takes the whole team (Kendl, 
    Cesar, etc - not Sweet, he's in jail) with him. Things aren't much better 
    there than they were in Los Santos. Eventually Woozie builds his resources 
    and opens a Triad casino in Las Venturas called the Four Dragons. He and CJ 
    spend much time trying to end the competition from Caligula's, the mafia-
    owned casino. Eventually he sees fit to return to Los Santos where he stays 
    in the pad of Madd Dogg, a new friend, and eventually reclaims Grove Street 
    from the Families and Cesar's neighbourhood from the Vagos. All is well. CJ 
    still on top!
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                             Kendl Johnson [CHAR034]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Kendl Johnson
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Mother - Beverly (deceased)
            Brother - Sean
            Brother - Brian (deceased)
            Brother - Carl
    Base: San Andreas state
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    CJ's sister. Neither CJ nor Sweet approves of her boyfriend Cesar Vialpando 
    initially, but as time goes on they become good friends. Kendl isn't too keen 
    on her brothers' GSF activities at first, but she loosens up eventually. She 
    joins CJ at his new San Fierro garage and elects to handle the business end 
    of it. She follows him to Las Venturas, too, and eventually all the way back 
    to Grove Street before returning to the garage.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                           Sean 'Sweet' Johnson [CHAR035]                  |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Sean Johnson
    Nicknames: Sweet
    Affiliation: All the Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Mother - Beverly (deceased)
            Brother - Brian (deceased)
            Brother - Carl
            Sister - Kendl
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Sweet looks down on CJ for running away when the going got too tough and 
    hardly welcomes his return when Beverly dies. Even by the end of the game he 
    hasn't softened any. Sweet completely believes that nothing, nothing, is more 
    important than the hood. Big Smoke therefore failed to persuade him to sell 
    out where he had succeeded with almost everybody else. Sweet disapproved of 
    the crazy idea but never expected Smoke to actually follow throw. When Smoke 
    lures the GSF into a Ballas trap, Sweet is apprehended halfway through the 
    fight. Actually, Sweet spends the overwhelming majority of the game in 
    prison. His release inspires CJ and his crew to return to Los Santos, where 
    they kick the Ballas and the Vagos out of their neighbourhoods. CJ has other 
    things to work on - the garage in San Fierro and the casino in Las Venturas, 
    just to name two - but all Sweet wants to do is stay in Grove Street. Grove 4 
    life, man.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                               Cam Jones [CHAR036]                         |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Cam Jones
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Vercettis
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Cam Jones was in jail when Tommy first came to town, but he busted him out 
    and recruited him for a heist at The Malibu. Cam is a renowned safecracker; 
    Rosenberg recommended him.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Cam sometimes ends up getting killed in the final bank heist mission, but you 
    can still pass if he does. Hilary always dies. Phil Cassidy can die too, but 
    he needs to survive for you to pass the mission because he appears in III.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Kasen Asuka [CHAR037]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Kasen Asuka
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Yakuza
    Nationality: Japanese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: Brother - Kazuki
            Brother - Kenji
            Niece - Yuka
            Sister-in-law - Toshiko
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Overall leader of the Liberty City yakuza during GTA III. Because she's the 
    overall leader rather than her brother, she's probably older. Mike kidnapped 
    her niece Yuka so that Cisco, his then-current boss, could use her for 
    blackmail against Asuka, but ironically, Asuka, not knowing it was Mike who 
    did the original kidnapping, immediately hired him to retrieve her. She 
    proceeds to contract his services for a number of jobs. Most of them could 
    probably be done cheaper by her own men, but she is quite attracted to Mike. 
    This only lasts so long, however; late in the game she apparently doesn't 
    love him anymore, as she was aware of the mafia closing in on him at Wichita 
    Gardens but didn't tip him off - even though the yakuza and the mafia were 
    right in the middle of an extremely taxing and bloody turf war at the time.
    
    She continues to work, but until the Staunton Island portion of GTAIII nobody 
    knows quite what she does. Maria is an old friend of hers, and she and Claude 
    seek asylum with her. She has Claude run all manner of missions for her 
    organization and has lots of fun hanging out with Maria. At Donald Love's 
    instruction, Claude manages to start another huge gang war, this time between 
    yakuza and the Colombian cartel. Nobody is really winning. One day when 
    Claude returns to her Staunton condo after a mission, he finds Maria gone, 
    her ransom note on a table, and Asuka dead.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Asuka is my favourite character in all of GTA. o^0^o
    
    The game renders her pretty ugly, but she's actually gorgeous. For that 
    matter, though, her art isn't particularly flattering either.
    
    I list all of the Kasentachi by surname first, because this is how nihonjin 
    actually write their names.
    
    Rockstar apparently wants Asuka's sexual promiscuity to be very clear. There 
    are a bunch of references to sex toys in her various hideouts. Moreover, over 
    the course of two games she sleeps with four confirmed people: Biff Rock, 
    Mike, Maria, and Miguel. Okay, so she can't hold a candle to CJ for sheer 
    volume.
    
    The first mission Asuka assigns Claude is the assassination of Don Salvatore 
    Leone. If she had told one of her men to do it or even if she'd done it 
    herself, this would be against her yakuza code of ethics: Yakuza have a 
    strict policy dictating no covert activities. Relegating such tasks to 
    individuals outside the gang is always fair game, however.
    
    Kazuki was the waka-gashira of Liberty City. Since Asuka took over from him, 
    that probably means her rank is waka-gashira as well.
    
    Asuka was probably responsible for the takeover of Torrington, since Kazuki 
    dies before he can act on his intentions to take over Liberty. She also has a 
    warehouse in Belleville, and Kazuki was amassing his munitions in Belleville. 
    Coincidence? Absolutely not.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                               Kasen Kazuki [CHAR038]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Kasen Kazuki
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Yakuza
    Nationality: Japanese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: Wife - Toshiko
            Sister - Asuka
            Brother - Kenji
            Daughter - Yuka
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Kazuki was the overall leader of the Liberty City yakuza during the LCS era. 
    He amassed a huge supply of weapons and could well have taken over the entire 
    city had Toni not destroyed most of his supply. When his wife started to 
    humiliate and destroy him, Kazuki figured it out and was about to kill both 
    her and Toni, but Toni took it to him instead. He eventually had a samurai's 
    duel with Toni on his Belleville rooftop, in which he was killed.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Kasen Kenji [CHAR039]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Kasen Kenji
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Yakuza
    Nationality: Japanese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: Brother - Kazuki
            Sister - Asuka
            Niece - Yuka
            Sister-in-law - Toshiko
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Bald
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Asuka's little brother and co-leader of the Liberty City yakuza. He owns a 
    casino on Staunton Island which is where most of his income comes from, since 
    he's a bit of a wimp and doesn't mix things up too much. Many yakuza see 
    themselves as culturally descended from the ancient samurai, but Kenji takes 
    the idea to a whole new level. Like any good samurai, he is obsessed with 
    honour, always remembering his debts, fighting fair, and being dismayed when 
    others do not do the same. He tried to pass on a little of this to Claude 
    when he had him run some missions, but ironically Claude was the guy who 
    turned around and stabbed him in the back. For personal gain Donald Love 
    desired a turf war between yakuza and cartel, so Claude disguised himself as 
    a cartel and fired a rocket launcher at the boardroom Kenji was in. Kenji and 
    everyone else inside died instantly.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    As a semi-fluent Japanese speaker, I am sometimes perplexed by the Kasens' 
    Japanese. Example: Kenji refers to Claude as a 'gaijin.' But usually gaijin 
    doesn't mean non-Japanese, it just means foreigner. So he's calling Claude a 
    foreigner in his own country. (Though it has been suggested to me that this 
    may not be entirely incorrect...but it was just the only example I had off 
    the top of my head.)
    
    Yuka's presence raised some questions about her origins. Since Asuka is 
    definitely her aunt, I assumed she was Kenji's daughter by whatever means. 
    But with LCS comes Kazuki and Toshiko, so I assume she's theirs since they're 
    married. I rather liked my Kenji idea, though.
    
    Kenji doesn't appear at all in GTAA, so either he was out of town at the 
    time, not yet in town, or was even smaller-time then than he was in GTAIII.
    
    Kazuki ran the casino in addition to being waka-gashira. After his death, the 
    brother and sister split responsibilities: Asuka took control of the 
    organization as a whole while Kenji administrated the casino. It's not 
    exactly a 50/50 relationship.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Kasen Toshiko [CHAR040]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Kasen Toshiko
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Yakuza
    Nationality: Japanese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: Husband - Kazuki
            Sister-in-law - Asuka
            Brother-in-law - Kenji
            Daughter - Yuka
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Kazuki only married Toshiko so that he could become waka-gashira of Liberty 
    City. He never truly loved her and never spent time with her, so Toshiko 
    spent many years in pain and loneliness. When Toni destroys Kazuki's huge 
    munitions supply, he deals him a severe blow and Toshiko sees in him an 
    opportunity to keep the ball rolling. After intercepting a weapons run, 
    burning his cash in the streets, and cheating on him with Toni, she's utterly 
    humiliated and destroyed him. He mobilizes to kill her and Toni, but Toni 
    takes the fight to him and kills Kazuki. Toshiko, finally happy, bids Toni 
    goodbye and crashes out of her high apartment window to plummet to the 
    concrete, killing herself.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                              Kasen Yuka [CHAR041]                         |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Kasen Yuka
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Yakuza
    Nationality: Japanese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: Father - Kazuki
            Mother - Toshiko
            Aunt - Asuka
            Uncle - Kenji
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Asuka's niece. Very cute, innocent and na‹ve little schoolgirl. After her 
    father gets killed and her mother commits suicide, she is left in Asuka's 
    care. Mike kidnaps her for Cisco then kidnaps her back for Asuka, earning a 
    tidy sum in the process. At least he was concerned for her safety when he 
    handed her over to the cartel.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                             Earnest Kelly [CHAR042]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Earnest Kelly
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Vercettis
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Helps Tommy print some counterfeit money when he buys The Print Works. 
    Becomes more involved in the gang later on. Sonny Forelli and his friends 
    beat him up when they came to collect at the end of Vice City, but he seems 
    to have survived that encounter.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                              Hilary King [CHAR043]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Hilary King
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Vercettis
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Professional racecar driver whom Tommy recruited for his heist at The Malibu. 
    He operated as the necessary getaway driver. Ken recommended him from past 
    experience. In the final bank heist mission, Hilary leaps out of the car to 
    cover the rest of the crew with his MP5. While vulnerable he is shot and 
    killed by police fire. There's no way to save him.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Hilary is, in fact, a man. I thought I'd put that in because I've only ever 
    heard it used as a woman's name elsewhere, so please pardon my cultural 
    insensitivity.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                              King Courtney [CHAR044]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: King Courtney
    Affiliation: Yardies
    Nationality: Jamaican English
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    King Courtney falls perfectly in step with the stereotype of the laid-back, 
    ambivalent Jamaican guy. There's no question that he has weight to throw 
    around, but he takes it easy and rarely gets stressed out. He's still a cold-
    blooded killer, though. King Courtney approaches the hero early in both 
    Advance and III, and both times he needs a driver. Various driving missions 
    soon escalate into Mike and Claude, respectively, becoming his favourite 
    driver. Eventually he turns on Mike, however, and even tries to kill him and 
    steal Vinnie's money nearing the end of Advance - Mike retaliates and stops 
    just short of killing King Courtney. Claude, on the other hand, just kind of 
    wanders off when more interesting opportunities rear their heads.
    
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    |                               Joey Leone [CHAR045]                        |
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    Full name: Joey Leone
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Leones
    Nationality: American, second-generation Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Father - Salvatore
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Don Salvatore's son, Joey spends much of his time goofing off and not 
    contributing much to the gang. Actually, much of his work is highly 
    detrimental to the gang; there is stiff competition between the Leones and 
    the opposing Forelli family, but they're hardly enemies. Joey's dealings with 
    and later assassinations of the Forelli brothers stir up bad relations the 
    Leones hardly need. He owns a garage in Portland, and he lends its services 
    to Claude, who also takes on some assignments for him. He's connected quite 
    well thanks to his father, which made him pretty reckless, but he also 
    vouches for Claude, who needs as many friends as he can get in this town. He 
    was also friends with Carl Johnson when he was in Liberty City.
    
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    |                              Salvatore Leone [CHAR046]                    |
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    Full name: Salvatore Leone
    Nicknames: Don Salvatore (does this count?)
    Affiliation: Leones
    Nationality: Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Son - Joey
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Leone family patriarch and formerly all-powerful ruler of Portland. (In the 
    early 90s he owned a third-share in Las Venturas' Caligula's Casino.) Toni 
    Cipriani helped him take out the other two Liberty Families, but they didn't 
    quite clinch total control of Liberty. Later on, Luigi Goterelli introduced 
    him to Claude, who'd proven himself reliable with several driving and 
    drugging missions. You can always use a good driver, so Salvatore snatched 
    him up and gave him a few missions. He is very well known and carries much 
    influence while it lasts, but his constituents in Chinatown are somewhat 
    defiant. He has a girlfriend, Maria, but their relationship is far from 
    stable; she soon latches onto Claude. It doesn't help that Claude 
    assassinates Salvatore on behalf of the yakuza, immediately after the 
    Callahan Bridge is repaired.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    His name is a reference to The Godfather's Vito Corleone. Vito is sometimes 
    called Don Corleone. Leone is sometimes called Don Salvatore. Get it?
    
    I might as well put this here. Caligula was an ancient emperor of Rome, that 
    is, modern-day Italy. The mob is Italian and so is the casino. Ha ha!
    
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    |                              Jeffrey 'OG Loc' [CHAR047]                   |
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    Full name: Jeffrey Cross
    Nicknames: OG Loc
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A rapper from the hood, his rhymes are not very good. Mostly with CJ's 
    assistance, he holds all kinds of parties and other events to display his 
    portfolio, but they all bust because his rapping is so ugly to listen to. CJ 
    even steals awesome rapper Madd Dogg's rhyme book, but it doesn't help; it's 
    like trying to read without understanding how the letters fit together. OG 
    Loc never even had a chance at fame, and so much the better. On the plus 
    side, as far as I can remember he's one of the few homies who didn't sell out 
    the GSF. Then again, he didn't exactly oppose Big Smoke's takeover because it 
    helped him further his career; in fact, they get real tight as the game 
    progresses. Big Smoke becomes his front man, introducing him and telling 
    people he can kill them and whatnot. So in that sense he's still an enemy of 
    the GSF, I suppose.
    
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    |                               Donald Love [CHAR048]                       |
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    Full name: Donald Love
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Originally Vice City, later Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Donald Love is a big-time realtor and real estate developer, owner of Love 
    Media. Owing to that, he is extremely rich; so much so, in fact, that he has 
    more than enough money to throw around with abandon, put some away for a 
    retirement house in the Bahamas and still indulge himself. He enjoys getting 
    mixed up in gang affairs even though there's no real reason for him to do so. 
    Originally he was Avery Carrington's disciple in Vice City, but he soon moved 
    on to much bigger things in Liberty. He was a successful businessman for some 
    time but losing the election to O'Donovan put him out $20 million. After 
    killing Carrington and taking over his plans for the Panlantic Corporation, 
    he starts to build his fortune and becomes a media and entertainment mogul. 
    He makes a nice fat wad of cash plus nest-egg during his time in Liberty, and 
    assigns Claude a few missions. He's primarily concerned with a package whose 
    contents are never revealed and his friend, 'an Oriental gentleman,' who's 
    involved with it. He also spends much of his time beating back the cartel, 
    even inciting a yakuza-cartel gang war to distract them. He disappears near 
    the end of the game. Nobody knows where either he or 8-Ball went. I guess 
    we'll have to wait for PS3 GTA to find out.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    It's hinted at in GTA III that he is a cannibal, necropheliac and morgue 
    party patron. But in LCS he actually demonstrates himself to be a cannibal, 
    necropheliac and morgue party patron.
    
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    |                                Love Fist [CHAR049]                        |
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    Members: Vice City - Kent Paul, Jezz Torrent, Percy, Dick, Willy
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: Australian and American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Originally Vice City, later San Andreas
    Hair colour: Varying
    Eye colour: Varying
    
    Originally an 80s band who lived in Vice City. They were somewhat well known, 
    but hardly on the best-sellers list. Tommy got involved with them through 
    Kent Paul, who had him do a few services for them, including obtaining Big 
    Mitch Baker's security services for a gig. Eventually some of the members 
    dropped out, and by the 90s they really had to work to even stay in the 
    picture. Somebody on the radio (I forget who) even says, 'Hey, whatever 
    happened to Love Fist?'
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    
    Jezz Torrent's name is a reference to the Internet download client 
    BitTorrent.
    
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    |                                Ran Fa Li [CHAR050]                        |
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    Full name: Ran Fa Li
    Nicknames: Farlie
    Affiliation: Mountain Cloud Triads
    Nationality: Chinese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro, Las Venturas
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    His rank is unclear, but Woozie treats him as an honoured guest. We're not 
    quite sure why he's even in the picture. The most likely explanation seems to 
    be that Woozie is that he's reviewing Woozie's effectiveness as a Dai Dai Lo. 
    Perhaps Woozie's up for promotion? Farlie seems to prefer grunting to any 
    widely accepted form of human communication. He accompanies CJ on a couple of 
    missions and helps out with Woozie's Four Dragons casino as well as the 
    Caligula's Casino heist.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Ran Fa Li is a representative at the Tang meetings. It seems the Tang is the 
    overall Triad organization of San Andreas, or at least Las Venturas.
    
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    |                                 Maccer [CHAR051]                          |
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Maccer
    Affiliation: Guerney Chimps, Grove Street Families
    Nationality: English
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro, Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A Mancunian friend of The Truth's and Kent Paul's, CJ rescues him from the 
    desert when they were drunk. He seems to have a penchant for doing nothing, 
    but he becomes one of CJ's loyal assistants. CJ helps the Love Fist band 
    rejuvenate. He was part of the English band Guerney Chimps. That's a monkey 
    reference. GTA talks about a monkey-related video game and monkey-related 
    movie, too. Somebody at Rockstar is obsessed. The band has dwindled to him 
    and Kent Paul, because the rest of them all died on The Truth's peyote 
    safari.
    
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    |                               Ray Machowski [CHAR052]                     |
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    Full name: Ray Machowski
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Yakuza, Liberty City Police Department
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Ray learned the ropes from Leon McAffrey, another cop who didn't exactly toe 
    the line. At the time, Ray was unwilling to deal with the devil or abuse his 
    authority, but he eventually changed his tune. As a crooked cop in Asuka's 
    employ, Ray worked from inside the Liberty City Police Department and fed the 
    yakuza useful information. He proved himself trustworthy to the yakuza, never 
    once providing them with intentionally false information (as far as we know) 
    or getting scared and running to the chief. He does fly off when his true 
    affiliation is about to be discovered, however. Before that, he has Claude do 
    some work for him because it's just easier that way.
    
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    |                                 Madd Dogg [CHAR053]                       |
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Madd Dogg
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Madd Dogg was a big-time Los Santos rapper until CJ stole his rhyme book on 
    behalf of OG Loc. Even though he sucked, OG still got much bigger than Madd 
    Dogg, who, in his humiliation, took up drinking and crack. He gave up his 
    mansion to Big Poppa, a local crack lord, because he couldn't actually afford 
    what he was buying. Madd Dogg retreated to Las Venturas. CJ came face-to-face 
    with him and saved him from suicide, then returned to Los Santos along with 
    an entourage of Woozie's Triads and a few GSF. The strike team quickly 
    reclaimed the mansion and CJ's homies took it as their new Los Santos base. 
    Madd Dogg got back in the game and soon people forgot all about OG Loc.
    
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    |                                  Maria [CHAR054]                          |
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    Full name: Maria, surname unknown
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Asuka's friend
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Originally Las Venturas, later Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Maria originally worked in Las Venturas' Caligula's Casino, where she became 
    Don Salvatore's girlfriend - Salvatore owned a third-share in the casino at 
    the time, sharing with the Forellis and Sindaccos. When he relocated to 
    Liberty City, she went with him. She first meets Toni in Salvatore's office, 
    and calls on him to drive her around town for shopping, drug running and the 
    like. She tries to fall into bed with him but Toni doesn't reciprocate her 
    feelings, which she eventually abandons. She first met Claude when he was 
    paid to ferry her all around Liberty City for the night. They had further 
    encounters and developed a quasi-romantic relationship, in part due to 
    Maria's frustration with Salvatore's jealousy. She's a good friend (and more) 
    of Asuka's. When she has to flee his wrath, she hooks up with Asuka again and 
    takes shelter in her condo. Catalina eventually finds Maria and kidnaps her 
    (killing Asuka in the process!), leaving Claude a ransom note for $500,000. 
    Claude rescues her, but...
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    GTAIII's ending is a little ambiguous. You hear a shot fired but don't see 
    what happens, so either Claude killed Maria for no good reason, or somebody 
    attacked them, or he fired to make her shut up...another reason to anticipate 
    the PS3 game, I guess.
    
    Maria's affections for Claude are paralleled in those for Toni. A little 
    Easter egg for vets, I guess. Asuka's relationship with Mike is similar to 
    these two.
    
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    |                               Leon McAffrey [CHAR055]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Leon McAffrey
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Mafia, Liberty City Police Department
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Leon was a crooked cop in the Liberty City Police Department. He supplied 
    information and protection from the law for the mafia, especially the Leones, 
    in exchange for cash and services. He has Toni do some of his dirty work for 
    him, including paying off some debts. He has an apprentice in Ray Machowski. 
    He leaves town shortly after.
    
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    |                                 Miguel [CHAR056]                          |
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    Full name: Miguel, surname unknown
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Colombian Cartel
    Nationality: Colombian
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Co-leader of the Colombian cartel with Catalina. During the LCS era, he was 
    the sole leader, as Catalina did not become openly cartel until after 
    betraying Claude. Toni Cipriani had a few dealings with Miguel at this time, 
    mostly with drugs. Miguel was part of Catalina's conspiracy to double-cross 
    Claude, peddle spank and eventually take over Liberty City. He's a bit of a 
    wimp and quails under Catalina's intimidating presence. Asuka eventually 
    captures him and tortures him for information. She's quite good at it (years 
    of experience, I'll bet) and manages to squeeze quite a bit out of him. 
    Catalina kills Miguel when she storms Asuka's condo at the end of GTAIII.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                  Mike [CHAR057]                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Mike, surname unknown
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Various (Colombian cartel in a way)
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Mike used to be a street punk, peddling violence for drug money. Then he met 
    Vinnie, who 'got him off the street and back on his feet.' (Man, this game 
    has the cheesiest dialogue ever.) They work for a long time to accumulate 
    enough money to get out of Liberty City. But one job leads to another, and it 
    all snowballs...
    
    This begins GTAA. Read its section for more information. Here's the 
    abbreviated version: Mike runs a few missions for the mafia, then witnesses 
    Vinnie's death by car bomb. 8-Ball helps him stay alive and Mike begins his 
    quest for vengeance. He works for a number of different bosses, including 
    barkeep Johnnie and Kasen Asuka, as well as cartel leader Cisco. He sort of 
    becomes Cisco's disciple. Mike gets closer and closer to Vinnie's killer, 
    until he finally learns the truth: Vinnie faked his death to screw over Mike. 
    Mike kills Vinnie and takes his money, which is almost nothing, but not very 
    many people know that; the whole city wants it and Mike is in big trouble. 
    Cisco is dead, so he's got no help there either. He settles old feuds until 
    finally he has enough leverage to get away. He heads for Cisco's airfield and 
    flies off in a private plane to his mentor's homeland which he loved so much, 
    Colombia.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    GTA is hardly supposed to be realistic. I can therefore cut Rockstar slack on 
    a lot of things. But failing to give a playable character a last name is 
    simply inexcusable. It's taking every ounce of self-restraint I have to keep 
    from SHOUTING right now.
    
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    |                                 Misty [CHAR058]                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Misty
    Affiliation: Leones
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    One of Luigi Goterelli's girls, she's a top moneymaker for him. She's also 
    Joey Leone's main girl.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Misty is probably not her real name, hence the first two lines of text.
    
    Misty's packing heat. Heh heh.
    
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    |                                Wu Zi Mu [CHAR059]                         |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Wu Zi Mu
    Nicknames: Woozie
    Affiliation: Mountain Cloud Triads
    Nationality: Chinese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro, Las Venturas
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Leader of the Mountain Cloud Triads, Woozie is blind. His disability (his 
    curse as the Triads call it) doesn't stop him from enjoying his favourite 
    activities, however, such as golf and car racing. CJ first met him during a 
    race, in fact. When he moved to San Fierro Woozie approached him again, this 
    time with information on the Ballas' drug-running San Fierro sources. CJ and 
    Woozie become fast friends, and CJ works for the Triads for a bit. Woozie 
    commands incredible respect from his men.
    
    Woozie eventually opens the Four Dragons casino in Las Venturas, and the crew 
    relocates. Woozie faces some stiff and unwelcoming competition from the 
    existing casino, Caligula's. CJ helps weaken them until Four Dragons is where 
    it's at. Woozie participates in the casino heist, as well. Additionally, 
    Woozie sends some Triads to help reclaim Madd Dogg's mansion.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    I'm pretty sure his name is Romanised wrong. I'm thinking it should be Wu Xi 
    Mu, if not Wuxi Mu. Phillip Hum has this kind of complicated explanation:
    
    'In Chinese, there is sometimes, English letters underneath word to help the 
    reader pronounce it, and is called "pinyin." In Pinyin, Woozie's name would 
    be Wu Xi Mu, and it would be awkward for English readers to pronounce the 
    "Xi" so it is changed to "Zi." Although the X in pinyin, sounds exactly the 
    same as S in both English and pinyin, S in pinyin is usually used with an H 
    after it, so its X in pinyin, so they changed it to Z. (At least that's what 
    I think.)'
    
    Oh, and Wu is his surname.
    
    His rank is Dai Dai Lo. Phillip Hum tells me it means Big Brother in 
    Cantonese, and for practical purposes makes him a respected and powerful 
    Triad. This rank makes him a representative at the Tang meetings. It seems 
    the Tang is the overall Triad organization of San Andreas, or at least Las 
    Venturas. Phillip Hum also has this to say:
    
    'There is no need to repeat the Dai twice (which means big), but I think they 
    want it to mean BIG respected triad. Which makes him a leader, the Dai Dai 
    Lo, the only rank higher than Dai Lo.'
    
    Does that mean Suzie and Guppy are Dai Lo?
    
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    |                               JD O'Toole [CHAR060]                        |
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    Full name: O'Toole, first name unknown
    Nicknames: JD
    Affiliation: Mafia
    Nationality: American-Irish
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    JD O'Toole worked for the Sindaccos for many years, but was never rewarded 
    for his tireless services. When Salvatore moved to kick out the Sindaccos and 
    Forellis, JD signed on as an informant of sorts. Toni Cipriani ran a few jobs 
    for him as well. Eventually Salvatore, being very paranoid, became suspicious 
    of O'Toole's motives and pretended to make him, but in reality had him 
    whacked.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    After O'Toole kicked it, the Leones appropriated his gentleman's club. It has 
    an 'under new management' sign on it for the rest of the game, but by the 
    time GTA III rolls around, it's become Luigi Goterelli's Sex Club 7.
    
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    |                                Kent Paul [CHAR061]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Kent Paul
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Love Fist, Guerney Chimps, Grove Street Families
    Nationality: English
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Originally Vice City, later San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Kent Paul was part of the 80s band Love Fist, when it was still the 80s that 
    is. He lived in Vice City and had a modicum of influence, a little of which 
    he used to help out Tommy Vercetti in his quest to reclaim his money. In 
    return, Tommy helps him keep the band afloat, even persuading Big Mitch Baker 
    to lend his security services. Paul assists in The Malibu heist.
    
    Love Fist eventually loses some members and relocates to San Andreas, where 
    they meet The Truth and commune with the lizard king. They pass out one night 
    in the desert so CJ has to go pick them up, then give them a ride into town 
    so they can hook up with Ken Rosenberg again. This gives CJ an opportunity to 
    study Caligula's Casino from the inside. Paul and Maccer become CJ's two main 
    guys when he's running a mission, and assist in the casino heist. They follow 
    him back to Los Santos when the time is right and continue to help him out 
    there. The band has dwindled, because the rest all died on the safari.
    
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    |                       Officer Ralph Pendelbury [CHAR062]                  |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Officer Ralph Pendelbury
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Los Santos Police Department
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Pendelbury was a well-respected officer of the law. He's dead before San 
    Andreas even begins, though. Pendelbury starts looking into crooked cop Frank 
    Tenpenny's activities and threatens to turn him in to the chief if he doesn't 
    knock it off. Tenpenny gets a little worried and, just to be safe, forces 
    Hernandez to kill him as a little initiation ritual. He blames it on CJ, of 
    course.
    
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    |                               Millie Perkins [CHAR063]                    |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Camilla Perkins
    Nicknames: Millie
    Affiliation: Civilian; Caligula's Casino employee
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Las Venturas
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A Las Venturas Caligula's Casino employee, one of CJ's lovers. On dates, she 
    prefers restaurants, the Camel's Toe dance club and calm driving. CJ 
    disguises himself as her boyfriend in order to get her casino keycard. 
    Madwoman.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Millie enjoys kinky sex. One of CJ's random quotes after a Gimp Suit date is 
    'How can you enjoy this?!'
    
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    |                               Auntie Poulet [CHAR04]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Auntie Poulet
    Affiliation: Vice Haitians
    Nationality: Haitian
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Grey
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A madwoman who hates Cubans and has a serious speech impediment, Auntie 
    Poulet leads the Vice City Haitians. By drugging him extensively, she gets 
    Tommy to help her out in her quest for dominance, probably because she saw 
    the work he did for the Cubans and wants him on her side. He collects some 
    drugs for her (at her insistence that the drugs are not drugs) and bombs the 
    Cuban drug-running boats. This starts a full-scale turf war between the two 
    in Little Haiti. Tommy started it, so he finishes it, too, killing a large 
    number of Cubans with a Poulet-provided assault rifle.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    As though Rockstar doesn't have enough controversy to bask in, many American 
    Cubans were understandably upset with Auntie Poulet's missions.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                            Officer Eddie Pulaski [CHAR065]                |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Officer Eddie Pulaski
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Los Santos Police Department
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Grey
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    One of crooked cop Frank Tenpenny's two partners. Tenpenny trusts him more 
    than he does Hernandez, but still has his suspicions. He went along with 
    everything Tenpenny did, taking a cut of the action for himself. Late in the 
    game Tenpenny gets scared that Hernandez is going to turn on him, so he tries 
    to kill both Hernandez and CJ. Pulaski knocks out Hernandez with a shovel 
    then makes CJ dig their grave. In the meantime Hernandez wakes up and gets 
    the jump on Pulaski, but Pulaski shoots him and he falls into the grave. CJ 
    escapes and Pulaski pursues. CJ kills him in the ensuing chase.
    
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    |                                Umberto Robina [CHAR066]                   |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Umberto Robina
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Vice Cubans
    Nationality: Cuban
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: Father - Alberto
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Hates Haitians. He goes to great lengths to kill as many of them as possible, 
    but his father just kind of hangs around and pretends he's tough while 
    accomplishing not much of anything, which is why he doesn't get his own 
    profile even though he has multiple appearances. Tommy proves his worth in 
    stunt boat racing challenge, then becomes Umberto's driver in his bid to 
    cause carnage in the streets. He proceeds to bust the Haitian drug shipping 
    operations then deals the final blow by blowing up their processing plant.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    The GTA playable characters are all pretty turncoat by nature, but you have 
    to draw the line somewhere. Not only does Tommy help a Cuban kill Haitians, 
    he helps a Haitian kill Cubans. Of course, he was being heavily drugged at 
    the time (See Auntie Poulet's profile.)
    
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    |                               Denise Robinson [CHAR067]                   |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Denise Robinson
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A Los Santos resident, one of CJ's lovers. She was originally going out with 
    a Vagos ganger, but Tenpenny had CJ kill him; CJ but torched his house and he 
    left no corpse, as per his instructions, but he quickly realised Denise was 
    trapped inside. They started going out after he saved her life, since she 
    didn't realise he was the one who almost killed her, too. On dates, she 
    prefers restaurants, dancing clubs and doing drive-bys (how romantic).
    
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    |                               Ken Rosenberg [CHAR068]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    Full name: Kenneth Rosenberg
    Nicknames: Rosie
    Affiliation: Forellis, then Vercettis; later Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Originally Vice City, later Las Venturas
    Hair colour: Brown
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Ken Rosenberg was a Vice City lawyer in the 80s. According to him, he had it 
    all. The Forelli crime family, based in Liberty City, made him their man in 
    Vice. He had a serious cocaine addiction throughout his time here and was 
    eventually forced into rehab after getting disbarred. The Forellis eventually 
    bought a third-share in Caligula's Casino in Las Venturas. None of the three 
    families was willing to hand over control to any of the others, so Rosenberg 
    was put forth as a neutral party when he got out. He had tried to contact 
    Tommy, but he had either cut ties with Ken or hired a really bitchy 
    secretary. He moved to Las Venturas to run the casino, but his problems were 
    hardly over; his cut was unfairly tiny, and he was right in the middle of an 
    extremely volatile situation. The three families were feuding, and Rosenberg 
    was caught in the middle. He stayed inside his room as much as possible with 
    his parrot Tony for company. CJ eventually showed up along with Rosie's old 
    acquaintance, Kent Paul, and after some time helped him back on his feet 
    (tearing down Caligula's in the process.) Rosie followed CJ back to Los 
    Santos and did his small part in helping the GSF reclaim its deserved turf.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    The Introduction, a disc that preludes the action of San Andreas, is a little 
    ambiguous about whether or not Tommy still remembered all the little people 
    after his rise to power. When Rosenberg tries to call him, his secretary 
    turns him away. So either he ordered her to block Rosenberg, or she's really 
    mean.
    
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    |                                  Ryder [CHAR069]                          |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Lance William
    Nicknames: Ryder
    Affiliation: Rollin' Heights Ballas
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    One of CJ's old homies. Ryder was Sweet's de facto second-in-command, 
    ordering a handful of missions for CJ and others while rallying posses 
    (usually including himself, CJ and Big Smoke). He isn't really a bad person, 
    just weak. He tried to teach CJ to return to his GSF roots, which is ironic 
    because he soon sold them out to the Ballas. Can you guess why? Yes, crack.
    
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    |                           Barbara Schternvart [CHAR070]                   |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Barbara Schternvart
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Las Venturas Police Department
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: Two children - names unknown
            Ex-husband - name unknown
    Base: El Quebrados (Las Venturas)
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A Las Venturas crooked cop, one of CJ's lovers. She uses her position to get 
    CJ out of some tough legal scrapes. She prefers men with high fat and high 
    sex appeal. On dates, she prefers diners, dance clubs and slow, romantic 
    drives.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Her ex-husband thought she was a control freak. She hasn't stopped yet, 
    either, since she tends to boss CJ around on dates. 
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Steve Scott [CHAR071]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Steve Scott
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Adult film director whose business Tommy buys out. Tommy helps turn his 
    business up so many notches it makes his head spin, collaborating with him on 
    his latest work of art. When Alex Shrub tries to put the smackdown on Scott's 
    industry, Tommy blackmails him into submission (with the help of Candy 
    Suxxx.) They hold a gala event for the film's premiere, with searchlights and 
    limousines and everything.
    
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    |                               Alex Shrub [CHAR072]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Alex Shrub
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: United States Congress
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Congressman Shrub wants to ban the adult film industry or at least put a 
    clamp on it. This is self-destructive behaviour, as he actually thinks quite 
    highly of the profession.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    The Liberty Tree newspaper talks about a prosecutor called Phillip Hedges. 
    Shrub, Hedges, get it? Silly.
    
    Actually, it gets even better. Alex Shrub may be a parody of US president 
    George W Bush (probably junior.)
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Johnny Sindacco [CHAR073]                    |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Johnny Sindacco
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Sindaccos
    Nationality: Italian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Las Venturas
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Like the other mafia in Las Venturas, Johnny is most displeased with Woozie 
    opening the Four Dragons casino in a city he considers to be his turf. He 
    makes several attempts to sabotage the casino. CJ ended up putting him in the 
    hospital after trying to find out who he worked for. The Forellis ambushed 
    his ambulance en route but CJ stopped their attempts at murder and 
    successfully delivered him to Sindacco headquarters. When CJ accompanies Ken 
    to Sindacco headquarters he tries not to let Johnny see him because he knows 
    his face. Johnny does catch a glimpse of him, shouts in terror, suffers 
    cardiac arrest and dies.
    
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    |                               The Snakehead [CHAR074]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: The Snakehead
    Affiliation: Da Nang Boys
    Nationality: Vietnamese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Leader of the Da Nang Boys in San Fierro. CJ killed him in a sword duel on 
    board his personal drug freighter.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                Candy Suxx [CHAR075]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Candy Suxx
    Affiliation: Civilian; adult film industry
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A Vice City porn star whom Tommy hires for Steve Scott's film. She wouldn't 
    seem like a VC playa, but she is. She has a no-boundaries policy in her 
    interpersonal encounters.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Candy Suxx is almost certainly not her real name, hence the first two lines 
    of text.
    
    In fact, her name is actually a pun. It's a combination of 'sucks' and 'XXX,' 
    if you hadn't noticed already.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 Suzie [CHAR076]                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Su Zi, surname unknown
    Nicknames: Suzie
    Affiliation: Mountain Cloud Triads
    Nationality: Chinese
    Ethnicity: Asian
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro, Las Venturas
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Woozie's right-hand man. He performs many important specific tasks for Woozie 
    in addition to his services in the day-to-day operation of the gang. He 
    assists in fighting the Da Nang Boys, and delivers CJ some of his 
    assignments, participating in one or two of them. He later works right 
    alongside CJ. He helps out with the Four Dragons casino when it opens and 
    participates in the Caligula's Casino heist as well. When CJ retakes Madd 
    Dogg's mansion, Suzie commands the Triads. Sadly, he gets his head blown off 
    immediately after they parachute down.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 T-Bone [CHAR077]                          |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Mendez, given name unknown
    Nicknames: T-Bone
    Affiliation: San Fierro Rifa
    Nationality: Mexican
    Ethnicity: Hispanic
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Leader of the San Fierro Rifa, who are apparently providing the Los Santos 
    Ballas their crack. He and Jizzy B are old friends. CJ infiltrates the gang 
    to learn more on a tip from Woozie. CJ befriends him and runs a few jobs for 
    him. Eventually he learns beyond doubt that T-Bone is involved with the crack 
    that's been ruining his home, sets him up, and wipes out most of the gang at 
    the docks. Cesar and CJ shoot T-Bone in tandem and he falls off the pier and 
    dies.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    I previously had him listed as the leader of the T-Bonez, a subsidiary of the 
    Rifa. But as it turns out, the T-Bonez existed only in my mind. So where the 
    hell did I come up with that?? I was positive Kendl said it. Can somebody 
    help me out with this? Also, there are still places I missed, so when you're 
    reading other parts of the guide replace every instance of the word 'T-Bonez' 
    with 'San Fierro Rifa.'
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                          Officer Frank Tenpenny [CHAR078]                 |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Sergeant Frank Tenpenny
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Los Santos Police Department
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Los Santos
    Hair colour: Brown
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Tenpenny was a crooked cop who operated out of Los Santos for a long time 
    before he was found out. Tenpenny abused his position and was a john and 
    narcotics user. He also beat up anyone who annoyed him. His two lackeys, 
    Hernandez and Pulaski, went along with anything he said and took advantage of 
    his brutality to their own advantage. He harassed CJ in his youth and 
    continued to do so when he came back to Los Santos to bury Beverly Johnson. 
    He then blackmailed him into getting his hands dirt on a whole bunch of jobs 
    he'd rather not have to do himself.
    
    His moments of pleasure lasted only so long. Shortly before the game begins, 
    Ralph Pendelbury threatens to turn him in; Tenpenny kills him just to be on 
    the safe side. He pins it on CJ, who isn't apprehended on account of there 
    being no evidence whatsoever to suggest he committed such a crime. Late in 
    the game Hernandez gets spooked and goes to the higher-ups at the LSPD. 
    Tenpenny kills him in retaliation. Pulaski tries to bury Hernandez and kill 
    CJ while he's at it, but ends up dead himself.
    
    Tenpenny was responsible for many of the bad things that happened in Los 
    Santos and Grove Street in particular; he was a known pusher and may even 
    have had dealings with the Ballas. His last act of tracks-covering is to 
    attempt to kill CJ, but he manages to escape. Tenpenny flees in a fire engine 
    but CJ and Sweet are hot on his tail. A chase ensues. Tenpenny eventually 
    crashes the truck (flying a long distance and landing in Grove Street by 
    complete coincidence - puh-leeze) and dies of internal injuries.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Tenpenny is a key player in a programme called CRASH, which was instated in 
    Los Santos to deal with the rampant gang crime. Pulaski and Hernandez, 
    therefore, were also a part of it. Tenpenny kind of went against it by being 
    in league with gangs and all, but he justifies it by explaining that you have 
    to pick your battles - let the small-time boys go so you have a better shot 
    at the big fish.
    
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    |                              Mike Toreno [CHAR079]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Mike Toreno
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: A government agency (would not reveal which)
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: San Andreas desert
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    At first, Toreno seems like just another pusher, but after busting up Jizzy 
    and T-Bone's crack syndicate he reveals that he is actually a government 
    agent. We never find out very much about his past, operations, or superiors, 
    but he often employs CJ, who grows increasingly weary of Toreno's baiting. He 
    even teaches CJ how to fly and gets him a pilot's license so he can do aerial 
    missions as well. Toreno's assignments don't target just criminals, either; 
    CJ is often asked to assault the operations of other government agency's that 
    Toreno's is supposedly at odds with. He tends to disappear suddenly only to 
    reappear at a later date. He eventually follows through on his promise to 
    bail Sweet out of prison as a token of his appreciation for CJ's assistance, 
    shortly before disappearing once and for all.
    
    (This bio written by Lancet Jades, edited by me.)
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    The van that The Truth insists CJ follow while picking up Duane, Jethro and 
    Zero apparently belongs to Toreno. This points to their past dealings with 
    one another.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                            Massimo Torini [CHAR080]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Massimo Torini
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Sicilians
    Nationality: Sicilian
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: Unknown
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Torini is responsible for the entire mess that was Liberty City Stories. The 
    man from the old company conspired to pit the three Liberty Families against 
    one another, hopefully wiping each other out. With the three most powerful 
    gangs gone, the Sicilians would be able to move in and take over. Toni 
    Cipriani put an end to Torini's efforts, ultimately killing him.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                               The Truth [CHAR081]                         |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: The Truth
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: San Andreas state
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    It's difficult for me to say whether The Truth has a mental illness, a drug 
    addiction, or simply an inexplicable weirdness. Regardless, his oddity makes 
    him one of the most memorable characters in the entire GTA franchise. 
    Tenpenny introduces him to CJ one time and they soon become good friends 
    (I've said that quite a few times by now - CJ is one personable guy.) He's 
    also an acquaintance of Kent Paul and Maccer. The Truth mostly sits around 
    and says cryptic things that have no real meaning if you think about them 
    long enough. Before that, he had a massive field of weed at a farm outside 
    Los Santos, but he and CJ had to burn it when the feds found him.
    
    Despite the fact that the vast majority of the things he says are 
    questionable, he seems to have a very intimate knowledge of government 
    projects and initiatives. He doesn't let CJ in on everything, though, for his 
    own protection.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    What's so weird about The Truth? Well, some of his lines are pretty 
    interesting. 'I took some fellow travellers deep into the desert on a peyote 
    safari the other night. We faced the inner light and communed with the lizard 
    king.' '[Putting oneself first] is the surest path to hell, man. Well - that 
    or microdots and an ounce of mescaline.' Other things complete the package. I 
    mean, he calls his car the Mothership. Now that's just something else, no?
    
    By the way, here are some of the specific conspiracies he cites:
    -JFK is alive and well, living in Janis Joplin, Scotland
    -The reason we've been in a Cold War for the last 40 years is that snake-
    headed aliens control the world's oil.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Lance Vance [CHAR082]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Lance Vance
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Himself; Vercettis
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: Black
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Ricardo Diaz killed his brother and he's out for revenge. Lance meets Tommy 
    at The Malibu and the two become fast friends. Lance endeavours to help Tommy 
    find his money. Tommy works very hard to get in a good position to take out 
    Diaz, but Lance gets impatient, jumps the gun and tries to finish it himself. 
    Tommy has to haul him out of the fire and now they've got to work fast to 
    kill him. Lance joins Tommy at the new Vercetti Estates, but after a time he 
    double-crosses him and hands him over the Forellis. Tommy kills him in a 
    brawl. So much for that.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    His name really is Lance Vance, hence the first two lines of text.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                             Tommy Vercetti [CHAR083]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Tommy Vercetti
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Vercettis
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Vice City
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Tommy was put in jail for fifteen years. When he finally got out, the locals 
    were restless; the Forellis, whom he worked for at that point, sent him to 
    Vice City where he'd be out of the way. Unfortunately, he got burned the very 
    first deal he made and lost three million dollars. He strives to reclaim it, 
    him and the rest of Vice City.
    
    This begins Vice City. Read its section for more information. Here's the 
    abbreviated version: Ken Rosenberg, the Forellis' man in Vice City, uses 
    Tommy as an expendable asset to try and fix the situation. Tommy makes 
    several shiny new friends in Vice, including Lance Vance, Colonel Cortez, and 
    his daughter Mercedes. He works for all the big Vice City players, sometimes 
    for two or more sides in a single conflict. He also acquires real estate, 
    eventually opening Vercetti Estates, denouncing the Forellis. Lance Vance 
    betrays Tommy and the Forellis come down from Liberty to collect their 
    missing money. Tommy kills both Sonny Forelli and Lance, and with nothing to 
    stand in his way, the Vercettis own all of Vice City. Tommy is king! 
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                             Cesar Vialpando [CHAR084]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Cesar Vialpando
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Varrios Los Aztecas
    Nationality: Mexican
    Ethnicity: Latino
    Family: Cousin - Catalina (surname unknown)
    Base: San Andreas state
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Kendl Johnson's new boyfriend at the beginning of San Andreas and Aztecas 
    gang leader. Lives in El Corona. Owns a racetrack. Sweet heartily disapproves 
    of him. He makes CJ follow him and Kendl on their date, after which they 
    decide not to dislike each other. In fact, they soon become good friends. 
    They eventually run some jobs for one another, helping each other out and 
    fighting alongside one another. It is Cesar who shows CJ the Green Sabre 
    whose owners killed his moms in a drive-by, along with Ryder, Big Smoke and 
    some Ballas. Cesar follows CJ to San Fierro where his past experience comes 
    in handy. He accompanies the crew to Las Venturas and finally back to Los 
    Santos as well. In his absence, the Aztecas' old rivals, the Vagos, have 
    seized Cesar's old turf, but he quickly rectifies the situation.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 Vinnie [CHAR085]                          |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Vinnie, surname unknown
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Himself
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Liberty City
    Hair colour: Blonde
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Vinnie worked for the Liberty City mafia and used Mike as a puppet before 
    faking his own death in order to steal Mike's share of the money they had 
    made in order to escape Liberty and start a new life. This way, he got twice 
    the money! He continued to work from behind the scenes after this, all the 
    while completely squandering his nestegg. He eventually lured Mike into a 
    trap, but Mike turned the tables on Vinnie and killed him.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Boy, Vinnie sure is good at faking his death. He not only increases the 
    illusion of being a corpse by starting to rot, he allows himself to be 
    crushed in a trash compactor! Now that's a level of ninjutsu the rest of us 
    can only dream of.
    
    Vinnie's handle is Xox. What kind of idiot handle is that?
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                             Helena Wankstein [CHAR086]                    |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Helena Wankstein
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: Red County
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A divorce lawyer and firearms expert, one of CJ's lovers. She prefers men 
    with low muscle, low fat and high sex appeal. On dates, she prefers 
    restaurants, dance clubs and countryside drives.
    
    RANDOM FACTS
    Stein is a surname suffix commonly associated with German etymology. Wank is 
    slang for a word I'll get in trouble for saying. Real mature, Rockstar.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 Zero [CHAR087]                            |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Unknown
    Nicknames: Zero
    Affiliation: Grove Street Families
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    Zero is one of three guys who becomes a mechanic at CJ's San Fierro garage. 
    He continues working there the entire game. Zero is a super-nerd who has all 
    kinds of weird gadgets. His main rival is another nerd called Berkley. They 
    end up having a full-scale turf war, nerd style. CJ helps Zero prevail. He is 
    completely inept with women; he says on the radio that he doesn't know ANY 
    women. At all.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                Katie Zhan [CHAR088]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Full name: Katie Zhan
    Nicknames: None
    Affiliation: Civilian
    Nationality: American
    Ethnicity: White
    Family: None
    Base: San Fierro
    Hair colour: Black
    Eye colour: Brown
    
    A San Fierro nurse, one of CJ's lovers. She uses her position (ha ha) to get 
    CJ free medical care. She prefers men with high muscle and high sex appeal. 
    On dates, she prefers diners, clubs and drives across the Gant Bridge.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                                                           |
    |                             HIVES OF CORRUPTION [HOC]                     |
    |                                                                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    And it takes place where? The Grand Theft Auto universe is currently 
    comprised of five distinct cities, each based on one found in real-world USA. 
    All of the cities chosen, by the way, are either very large, famous, known 
    for high crime rates, or a combination of these. Unfortunately, while much of 
    this is exact, there is still some annoying geographic ambiguity.
    
    For example, is San Fierro supposed to be San Diego or San Francisco? 
    Apparently, both, which breaks the mould by combining cities. But Los 
    Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are all in California, so San Andreas 
    state must be based on California, right? Except Las Vegas is in Nevada.
    
    It's also said Vice City is in Florida. Now this is admittedly one single 
    mention, but it's obviously a real state, whereas San Andreas is not. Never 
    mind that San Andreas is too small to be a state and is certainly not a 
    county because it contains counties itself. This next one's just a guess, but 
    if we're using parodies of entire states now as well, does that mean that New 
    York, New York manifests itself in the GTA universe as Liberty City, Liberty?
    
    If we ARE using fake states, though, does that not mean that we're dealing 
    with a real country filled with fictional states? The mind boggles...
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                               Liberty City [HOCLIB]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Real-world counterpart: New York
    
    Composed of Portland, Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale, Liberty is easily 
    the most-featured city in GTA. Think about it. Of five games, three - III, 
    Advance, and Liberty City Stories - take place in Liberty for the duration of 
    the whole game. Tommy Vercetti worked there before he was arrested and was 
    presumably detained in Liberty City penitentiary. Furthermore, the opening 
    cutscene starts in Liberty, and Tommy gets numerous calls from Liberty 
    residents wondering where their money is. San Andreas even features an entire 
    mission that takes place in Liberty, and with some tricky manoeuvring you can 
    even explore (sort of like III's Ghost Town, in a way...)! And let us not 
    forget CJ spent five years there before going back to Los Santos.
    
    Liberty City is also the most chaotic. No one gang can gain control of it for 
    very long. Indeed, just holding onto one's longstanding turf is a challenge! 
    The only people who controlled very much of it for any proper length of time 
    were the Forellis and the Leones, and even that only lasted a couple of 
    years. Mike caused a whole bunch of carnage when he went on rampage, and 
    shortly after Claude didn't exactly help the situation.
    
    In-game literature frequently calls it 'the worst place in America.' It has 
    an estimated population of four million. Motorcycles ownership and operation 
    was banned in 2001 due to public outcries and the support of the Maibatsu 
    corporation. Home to the Liberty City Cocks American football team.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                Vice City [HOCVIC]                         |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Real-world counterpart: Miami
    
    Vice City is a pretty laid-back and relaxed town, although it does pay to 
    pack heat and have friends in high places. It's also prime grounds for real 
    estate development and the entertainment industry. Some business is present 
    as well. Vice was the fastest-growing city in America in the 80s (and maybe 
    after that; it's hardly mentioned in any other games) due to its close 
    proximity to the Caribbean. Home to the Vice City Mambas American football 
    team. The Vercettis completely took over in 1986, but who knows how long it 
    stayed that way?
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                Los Santos [HOCLOS]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Real-world counterpart: Los Angeles
    
    The capital city of San Andreas state. In all of America, Los Santos has the 
    highest concentration of gangs and gang violence. Most of these are gangs who 
    cluster around their chosen 'neighbourhood,' like how the Grove Street 
    Families' neighbourhood is Grove Street. Los Santos is also famed for its 
    narcotics abuse and high crime rates. It is somewhat ironic, then, that it is 
    nicknamed the City of Saints.
    
    (Get it? Los Angeles, City of Angels, Los Santos, City of Saints.)
    
    It's much more affluent on the west side, but still torn apart by gang 
    warfare.
    
    I don't know about you, but Los Santos doesn't feel at all like Los Angeles 
    to me. Did I miss something?
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                San Fierro [HOCSAN]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Real-world counterparts: San Diego, San Francisco
    
    Home to the Triads, the San Fierro Rifa and the Da Nang Boys. Known for its 
    automobiles. Located in the west of San Andreas, just north of Mt Chiliad. 
    There's a beautiful bay to the north. It is still recovering from the 
    earthquake that wracked it in 1989. Home to the San Fierro 69ers American 
    football team.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Las Venturas [HOCLAS]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Real-world counterpart: Las Vegas
    
    Las Venturas' raison detre is gambling. It's home to all manner of casinos, 
    including Caligula's, The Mirage, Pirates in Men's Pants and Woozie's Four 
    Dragons. Its name means The Lucks.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                                                           |
    |                                   GANGS [GAN]                             |
    |                                                                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    The GTA universe is one great big broiling turf war, as I hope you'll have 
    realised by now. The various gangs who seek crime monopolies have completely 
    different origins, methods and intentions, but they all have one thing in 
    common: They're covered in this section.
    
    A word before we begin, though. You might think Threat Index and Influence is 
    the same thing. They are not. Threat Index is how dangerous they are on the 
    streets; how likely they are to begin a gang war and how much violence they 
    might cause once they have. Alternately, how much you would have to worry if 
    you were their enemy and you saw one walking down the street one day. 
    Influence, meanwhile, gauges their ability to exert control on their 
    respective city as a whole and alter it to their advantage.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 Bikers [GANBIK]                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Big Mitch Baker
    Idea: American biker gang
    Vehicles of Preference: Motorcycle (I assume a Hog)
    Weapons of Preference: Colt .45
    Clothes: Leather jackets and jeans
    Base: Vice City
    Turf: The area around the Greasy Chopper
    Allies: Vercettis
    Threat Index: Med-Hi
    Influence: Med
    
    Big Mitch and his band are known for being dumb muscles. All they really care 
    about is their bikes, which they are incredibly passionate about. It tears 
    them up inside to see a good bike go to waste. See, bikers are really great 
    big softies at heart.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                            Blood Feather Triads [GANBFT]                  |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Chinese criminal organization
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Various
    Clothes: Traditional and modern Chinese dress
    Base: San Fierro
    Turf: Chinatown
    Allies: Mountain Cloud Boys
    Threat Index: Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    The Da Nang Boys wiped them out when they first started making waves in San 
    Fierro.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                Da Nang Boys [GANDNB]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Current - unknown
            Former - The Snakehead
    Idea: Vietnamese
    Vehicles of Preference: Unknown
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, Micro-SMG
    Clothes: 
    Base: San Fierro
    Turf: Easter Basin
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Med-Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    Vietnamese gang and mortal enemies of the San Fierro Triad. They wiped out 
    the Blood Feathers. Woozie, the rest of the Mountain Cloud Boys, and CJ went 
    to great lengths to take them down, eventually succeeding in large part. CJ 
    dealt the final blow by killing gang leader The Snakehead and torching the Da 
    Nang Boys tanker after having freed the illegal immigrants it stowed. At 
    first I thought 'Da' was a corruption of 'the,' but while looking for 
    Malaysia on a globe I discovered Da Nang is a city in Vietnam.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                  Diablos [GANDIA]                         |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: El Burro
    Idea: Hispanic car-racers
    Vehicles of Preference: Diablo Stallion
    Weapons of Preference: Baseball bat, handgun
    Clothes: Ratty gangsta chique
    Base: Liberty City
    Turf: Hepburn Heights
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    Claude worked for them for a while but stopped after a time and worked for 
    the Yardies instead. The Diablos despise the Yardies, who would despise them 
    too if not for their worthlessness: The Diablos have tiny territory and are 
    poorly supplied. They do have awesome cars, however.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 Forellis [GANFOR]                         |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Current - unknown
            Former - Franco Forelli, Sonny Forelli
    Idea: Italian mafia
    Vehicles of Preference: Mafia Sentinel
    Weapons of Preference: Handgun, shotgun
    Clothes: Business suits
    Base: Liberty City, Vice City, Las Venturas
    Turf: Fluctuates
    Allies: Leones, Sindaccos
    Threat Index: Med
    Influence: Med
    
    The Forellis were very powerful during the 80s but have drastically declined 
    since then. They actually owned all of Liberty City and were working on Vice 
    City, but the street gangs reclaimed Liberty and the Vercettis appropriated 
    Vice. All that was left for them was Caligula's casino, and even that hold 
    was tenuous. They still try to make an impact but no one really cares about 
    them anymore.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 Golfers [GANGOL]                          |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Middle-aged men who do nothing but play golf all day
    Vehicles of Preference: Golf cart
    Weapons of Preference: Golf club
    Clothes: Laid-back style
    Base: Vice City
    Turf: Leaf Links golf course
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Very Low
    Influence: Very Low
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                             Grove Street Families [GANGSF]                |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Carl 'CJ' Johnson
    Idea: CJ's gang, boys from the hood
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Various
    Clothes: Hood style
    Base: San Andreas
    Turf: San Andreas
    Allies: Mountain Cloud Triads, Varrios Los Aztecas, the other Families
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    CJ's gang, completely took over San Andrea state. Wait, doesn't that qualify 
    them as a provincial threat?
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                Handlers [GANHAN]                          |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Mexican airport baggage handlers
    Vehicles of Preference: Baggage transport
    Weapons of Preference: Colt .45
    Clothes: Airport security uniform
    Base: Vice City
    Turf: Escobar International Airport, North Point Mall
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Very Low
    Influence: Very Low
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                 Leones [GANLEO]                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Current - either Joey Leone or Toni Cipriani
            Former - Salvatore Leone
    Idea: Italian mafia
    Vehicles of Preference: Mafia Sentinel
    Weapons of Preference: Handgun, shotgun
    Clothes: Business suit
    Base: Liberty City, Las Venturas
    Turf: Saint Mark's
    Allies: Forellis, Sindaccos
    Threat Index: Med-Hi
    Influence: Med-Hi
    
    The Leones own a third-share in Caligula's casino in Las Venturas, which 
    provides a tidy income. The Leones had a huge turf war with the yakuza in 
    Advance and this rivalry carried over to III. Claude killed Don Salvatore. 
    The Leones are still a force to be reckoned with, but they have lost much of 
    their previous power.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                               Liberty Cartel [GANLCC]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Current - leaderless
            Former - Catalina, Miguel, Cisco
    Idea: Colombian cartel
    Vehicles of Preference: Cartel Cruiser
    Weapons of Preference: Uzi, AK-47
    Clothes: Hawaiian shirts, jeans
    Base: Liberty City
    Turf: Fort Staunton, Cedar Grove
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    Mike worked for them before Cisco got killed. They attacked him and he was 
    forced to decimate their numbers. Catalina and Miguel took over but Asuka 
    captured Miguel in due course, leaving Catalina to her own devices. Catalina 
    planned to use the cartel as a vehicle to take over all of Liberty. Her plans 
    were cut short when Claude killed her. The cartel were probably in a state of 
    monstrous disarray after all this.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                               Liberty Triads [GANLCT]                     |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Chinese criminal organization
    Vehicles of Preference: Triad Fish Van
    Weapons of Preference: Baseball bat, handgun
    Clothes: Casual suits
    Base: Liberty City
    Turf: Chinatown
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    Chinatown residents were under the Leone protection racquet for a while but 
    eventually turned on them. A few Leones went to Chinatown on them to show 
    them who's boss. They ended up crippling the Liberty Triads, effectively 
    ousting them. The Triads of Liberty City also have a stupid yet amusing 
    vehicle.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                              Los Santos Vagos [GANLSV]                    |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Hispanic troublemakers
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, Tec-9
    Clothes: Casual
    Base: Los Santos
    Turf: Las Colinas, East Beach
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Med
    Influence: Med
    
    Mortal enemies of the Varrios Los Aztecas. They struggled for quite some time 
    until Cesar fled with CJ. The Vagos took over all Cesar's territory in his 
    absence, but he effectively wiped them out when he returned.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                            Mountain Cloud Triads [GANMCT]                 |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Wu Zi Mu
    Idea: Chinese criminal organization
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: AK-47
    Clothes: Traditional and modern Chinese dress
    Base: San Fierro, Las Venturas
    Turf: Chinatown, Four Dragons casino
    Allies: Grove Street Families, Blood Feather Triads
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    CJ befriends Woozie and runs a number of jobs for the Mountain Cloud Boys. 
    When the Da Nang Boys moved on San Fierro, they went to great lengths to make 
    sure they never gained a foothold. Woozie built the Four Dragons casino in 
    Las Venturas which was not well received by the owners of current big casino, 
    Caligula's Palace. They pulled a heist on Caligula's to weaken it and 
    eventually became the dominant Las Venturas casino. By the end of San 
    Andreas, the Mountain Clouds and the GSF had practically become as one, 
    making them extremely powerful.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                            Orange Grove Families [GANOGF]                 |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Sean 'Sweet' Johnson
    Idea: Part of the Families series
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, SMG
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: Los Santos
    Turf: Ganton, Playa del Seville, Orange Grove
    Allies: The other Families
    Threat Index: Med-Lo
    Influence: Med-Lo
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                               Port Authorities [GANPOR]                   |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Security at Vice City Port
    Vehicles of Preference: Mule
    Weapons of Preference: Unarmed (I guess they're rent-a-cops)
    Clothes: Jumpsuits
    Base: Vice City
    Turf: Vice City Port
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Very Low
    Influence: Very Low
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                Purple Nines [GANNIN]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Boys from the Liberty hood
    Vehicles of Preference: Hoods Rumpo XL
    Weapons of Preference: Handgun, Uzi
    Clothes: Hood-style; shirts have purple insignia
    Base: Liberty City
    Turf: Wichita Gardens
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    They saw themselves as an up-and-coming gang but they never did very much but 
    peddle spank from the sidewalks. The Red Jacks wiped them out with a little 
    help from Claude.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                 Red Jacks [GANJAC]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: D-Ice
    Idea: Boys from the Liberty hood
    Vehicles of Preference: Hoods Rumpo XL
    Weapons of Preference: Handgun, Uzi
    Clothes: Hood-style; shirts have red insignia
    Base: Liberty City
    Turf: Wichita Gardens
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Med-Lo
    Influence: Med-Lo
    
    The Red Jacks reigned supreme in Wichita Gardens until the Purple Nines 
    started horning in. This resulted in a huge turf war between the two gangs. 
    With a little help from Claude, D-Ice managed to eradicate the Purple Nines.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                             Rollin' Heights Ballas [GANBAL]               |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Boys from the hood
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, Micro-SMG
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: Los Santos
    Turf: Idlewood, Jefferson, Glen Park
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    The Ballas are responsible for all the bad things that happened in Los 
    Santos, including the crack and a fair share of the gang violence. They were 
    the mortal enemies of the Grove Street Families until they were wiped off the 
    map. Many GSF homies sold them out to the Ballas before they did, however. 
    The LSPD response to the Ballas threat was disgustingly inadequate. They may 
    be allies of the Vagos, but I'm not sure. There are also Front Street Ballas 
    and a couple more, but they're unimportant.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                               San Fierro Rifa [GANSFR]                    |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Boys from the hood
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: San Fierro
    Turf: Garcia, Doherty
    Allies: Rollin' Heights Ballas
    Threat Index: Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    Not very dangerous at all, but may have been involved in the Ballas drug 
    operations.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                          Seville Boulevard Families [GANSBF]              |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Sean 'Sweet' Johnson
    Idea: Part of the Families series
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, SMG
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: Los Santos
    Turf: Garcia, Playa del Seville
    Allies: The other Families
    Threat Index: Med-Lo
    Influence: Med-Lo
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                  Sharks [GANSHA]                          |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Gangsta wannabes
    Vehicles of Preference: Gang Burrito
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol
    Clothes: Hood-style; jackets have a picture of a shark on the back
    Base: Vice City
    Turf: North Point Mall, Prawn Island
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                 Sindaccos [GANSIN]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Johnny Sindacco
    Idea: Italian mafia
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Various
    Clothes: Business suits
    Base: Las Venturas, Liberty City
    Turf: Caligula's casino
    Allies: Leones, Forellis
    Threat Index: Med-Hi
    Influence: Med-Hi
    
    Own a third-share in Caligula's. Actually, they really don't accomplish very 
    much considering. They also held a big part of Liberty City before the Leones 
    wiped them out.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                Street Wannabes [GANSTR]                   |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Unknown
    Idea: Gangsta wannabes
    Vehicles of Preference: None
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: Vice City
    Turf: North Point Mall
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Lo
    Influence: Lo
    
    Kinda like the Orphans from The Warriors.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                             Temple Drive Families [GANTDF]                |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Sean 'Sweet' Johnson
    Idea: Part of the Families series
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, SMG
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: Los Santos 
    Turf: Ganton, Playa del Seville
    Allies: The other Families
    Threat Index: Med-Lo
    Influence: Med-Lo
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                               Varrios Los Aztecas [GANVLA]                |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Cesar Vialpando
    Idea: Hispanic boys from the hood
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, Tec-9
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: Los Santos 
    Turf: El Corona
    Allies: Grove Street Families
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    They had a long struggle against the Vagos. When Cesar left the Vagos claimed 
    the Aztecas territory, but Cesar got it back upon his return and destroyed 
    the Vagos. With the Vagos out of the way and the GSF on their side, the 
    Aztecas are now very powerful.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                 Vercettis [GANVER]                        |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Tommy Vercetti
    Idea: Tommy Vercetti's gang
    Vehicles of Preference: Various
    Weapons of Preference: Uzi
    Clothes: Casual
    Base: Vice City 
    Turf: Vice City
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    They took over Vice City in 1986 and reigned supreme, but who knows for how 
    long?
    
    Three gangs had a stake in Caligula's Casino. The Forellis and Sindaccos are 
    named. The only other big mafia family we know of is the Vercettis, so it may 
    have been them. This would of course point to their influence having 
    stretched over more than a few years. But if not the Vercettis, well then 
    who? Most probably the Leones, but hey.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                Vice Colombians [GANVCO]                   |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Ricardo Diaz
    Idea: Ricardo Diaz's gang
    Vehicles of Preference: None
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol, Uzi
    Clothes: Casual
    Base: Vice City 
    Turf: Diaz's Mansion
    Allies: Cortez (for a while)
    Threat Index: Med-Hi
    Influence: Med-Hi
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                Vice Cubans [GANVCU]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Umberto Robina
    Idea: Cuban smugglers
    Vehicles of Preference: Cuban Hermes
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol
    Clothes: Casual
    Base: Vice City 
    Turf: Little Havana
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Med-Lo
    Influence: Med-Lo
    
    Enemies of the Haitians.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                               Vice Haitians [GANVCH]                      |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Auntie Poulet
    Idea: Haitian smugglers
    Vehicles of Preference: Voodoo
    Weapons of Preference: Pistol
    Clothes: Casual
    Base: Vice City 
    Turf: Little Haiti
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Med-Lo
    Influence: Med-Lo
    
    Enemies of the Cubans.
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                 Yakuza [GANYAK]                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: Current - leaderless
            Former - Kasen Asuka, Kasen Kenji, Kasen Kazuki
    Idea: Japanese criminal organization
    Vehicles of Preference: Yakuza Stinger
    Weapons of Preference: 9mm pistol, handgun, Uzi
    Clothes: Black suits including ankle-length coats
    Base: Liberty City
    Turf: Torrington (ostensibly Japantown as well)
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    Coolest gang ever. They also get in the most turf wars - a ton of fighting 
    goes on with the mafia and the cartel. Plus, they've got Asuka, and also, 
    they're Japanese. What more do you want?
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
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    |                                Yardies [GANYAR]                           |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    Leader: King Courtney
    Idea: Jamaican English dudes
    Vehicles of Preference: Yardie Lobo
    Weapons of Preference: Baseball bat, handgun
    Clothes: Hood-style
    Base: Liberty City
    Turf: Newport
    Allies: None
    Threat Index: Hi
    Influence: Hi
    
    Mortal enemies of the Diablos until Claude killed them all, the Yardies love 
    nothing better than a good street race. Getting in fights is a respectable 
    second.
    
    
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    |                                 Legal Garbage [LEG]                       |
    /\_________________________________________________________________________/\
    \/                                                                         \/
    
    I'll get the important stuff out of the way first. Grand Theft Auto, all 
    associated games and all affiliated characters, places, et cetera are copyright 
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    During the course of writing this guide, I used a number of guides already on 
    GameFAQs for reference purposes. Most of them were small confirmations, so 
    there are too many to mention each one, but the most important were several 
    very well done Game Scripts:
    
    GTA III  - whitedragon
    GTA: VC  - eL dude
    GTAA     - Fasta Killa
    GTA: SA  - Omah
    GTA: LCS - Maggotkill
    
    The guide probably wouldn't have been possible without that, and I applaud 
    their work.
    
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    you see it on any other website, please contact me (see below.)
    
    If you are found to be in violation of the above regarding GameFAQs' 
    exclusivity or plagiarism of my work, you will be asked at minimum to remove my 
    guide from your publication, and may be required to pay some sum of money, 
    including any royalties earned, among other things.
    
    While I'm at it, the lame ASCII art - the headers for each section - are 
    copyright (c) Adam Marx. You may not use them for your guide, though why you 
    would want to I have no idea. I'll also take this opportunity to let you know 
    that the corners of the headers were supposed to look like Quidditch Cards, but 
    I kind of mangled them. I'm new at this.
    
    The cool ASCII art at the very top of the guide, however, is not mine. I got it 
    from an ASCII Art Generator but I forget which one. It uses the 'Speed' font. 
    Anybody know where I got it from? I'd like to give credit.
    
    I'll wrap up with the Contact Information. Questions, comments, praise, 
    criticisms, suggestions, and especially corrections and more are all welcomed. 
    If I get a lot of questions, perhaps I'll even start an FAQs section. Actually, 
    anything having to do with this guide or GTA in general is fun to get.
    
    There are a couple of ways to contact me. E-mail is probably going to be the 
    fastest. Here's my address:
    
    Roth/enb (a/t) oc/is (d/ot) ne/t
    
    This, too, has been disfigured beyond recognition. This is simply to stop spam 
    programs from latching onto my address and sending me even more schmut than I 
    get already. When you type in the e-mail, ignore the slashes and of course make 
    it all lower-case. Furthermore, (at) and (dot) are just for show. Type @ where 
    it says (at) and . where it says (dot). This is just another method of crowd 
    control, sorry.
    
    Make sure you be very clear in your subject or you'll be blocked. I need 'Grand 
    Theft Auto Plot Guide' or something similar to ensure I even open it, and even 
    then it might still get deleted. Sorry, but I share an e-mail account with 
    people who are very very worried about viruses, it's not my fault.
    
    Finally, I do pop into the various Grand Theft Auto boards from time to time, 
    but I rarely find any topics of much interest to me so it's usually not worthy 
    checking. It might be worth a try, though.
    
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    |                                 Thanks [THA]                               |
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    I was amazed by how much e-mail I received offering this guide praise and 
    corrections. It's only fair to name the people who make this guide so much 
    better than I could have without input, so they are credited in this section.
    
    Scott Blackwell - more on Claude's first name
    
    Lancet Jades (Johnny H) - an epic amount of contributions and corrections
    
    Ron - assorted stuff
    
    Ryforce - assorted stuff, El Burro
    
    Kim Biebeaut - assorted stuff
    
    Phillip Hum - Chinese naming conventions
    
    Patrick Thomson - assorted stuff
    
    Jonas Cope - prompted me to reexamine my assertion about Kenji's use of the 
    word gaijin, the connection between OG Loc and Big Smoke
    
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    |                                 In Closing [CLO]                           |
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    I've spent a long, long time writing this guide. It took me nine days of 
    near-solid writing to get where I am now. I shouldn't have to tell you that 
    you really need to be enjoying what you're doing to devote that kind of 
    effort to a project.
    
    I certainly enjoyed writing this guide. This is only the second FAQs I've 
    ever written and the first one was really more of a warm-up, so I'm quite 
    proud of myself to have done something on such a huge scale.
    
    Hopefully I managed to educate you on the great plot of the GTA series in 
    this guide. If you enjoyed it, or even if you hated it, or if you think the 
    way I portray the story is totally bogus, or if you have anything whatsoever 
    to say about it, feel free to drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you. I'm 
    especially concerned with corrections. I did everything I could to make this 
    FAQs as accurate as possible, but when you've got a 200kb monster going copy-
    editing becomes a tad harder. If enough people ask me questions, I may start 
    an actual Frequently Asked Questions section. We will see.
    
    As we move into new territory with the GTA franchise, rest assured that I 
    will continue to act as chronicler. There's always another story to be told.
    
    ~Adam
    
    EOF