List of gangs in the Grand Theft Auto series

List of gangs in the Grand Theft Auto series

The "Grand Theft Auto" series of video games features a myriad of fictional gangs and criminal organizations of various ethnicities, histories and activities, which have served as both primary and secondary vehicles in the games' plot points, as well as allies or foes of the game's characters.

The following is a list of prominent criminal gangs in the series. This article primarily deals with gangs appearing within "Grand Theft Auto" titles set in the "Grand Theft Auto III" and "Grand Theft Auto IV" canons. Games in the GTA III canon include:

* "Grand Theft Auto III" ("GTA III"), set in 2001.
* "" ("GTA:VC"), set in 1986.
* "" ("GTA:SA"), set in 1992.
* "" ("GTA:LCS"), set in 1998.
* "Grand Theft Auto Advance" ("GTAA"), set in 2000
* "" ("GTA:VCS"), set in 1984.

Games in the GTA IV canon include:

* "Grand Theft Auto IV" ("GTA IV"), set in 2008.
* "" ("GTA:CW"), setting unknown.

For gangs in "Grand Theft Auto 2", see list of gangs in the "Grand Theft Auto 2" article.

Note that a gang's fitness for inclusion in this article is determined by its importance to the storyline of any "Grand Theft Auto" game, including the advancement of the plot or prominent characters featured. Specific criteria for determining a gang's impact on the series have been achieved by a consensus of interested parties. For the details of this consensus, see the .


Street gangs and criminal organizations are an integral part of the Grand Theft Auto series serving as both ally and antagonist throughout the storyline, sometimes simultaneously. In "Grand Theft Auto 2", the way you interacted with each gang in the game was monitored by the "respect" system it had: if the player attacks members of a certain gang or completed missions detrimental to a gang, the gang would dislike the player and attack him or her on sight, but if the player does missions for a gang, then the player gains respect from that gang which allowed for more missions to be completed for that particular gang.

While gang interaction had its relevant pros and cons in "Grand Theft Auto 2", in "Grand Theft Auto III", gang missions had a stronger and more storyline-oriented affect on gameplay that in previous installments cite web | url = | title = IGN: The Gangs of GTA III | work = IGN | accessmonthday = February 28 | accessyear = 2008 ] . For example, if a player accomplishes a gang mission that encompasses the assassination of a rival gang leader, it should come as no surprise that the gang of the assassinated leader will not wish to do business with the player and may even attack him in the game.

Les Benzies, a DMA Design employee who oversaw the development of "Grand Theft Auto III", cited such movies as Bullitt, Casino, and The Warriors as inspiration for the creation of the gangs in the seriescite web | url = | title = IGN: An Interview with DMA's Les Benzies | work = IGN | accessmonthday = March 2 | accessyear = 2008] .

Italian-American/Sicilian gangs

Mafia families from the GTA IV saga

The Commission

"Appearances: GTA IV"

The Commission is the name given to the "GTA IV" version of the Five Families. They can usually be found in Little Italy as well as parts of Alderney. Vehicles of choice appear to be PMP-600s and Sentinels. The Commission is made up of the following families:

Gambetti Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA IV"

Arguably the most powerful of the Five Families of Liberty City in "Grand Theft Auto IV". The Gambetti family is based in Broker and are led by the aging Jon Gravelli.

Pavano Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA IV"

One of the five families of Liberty City. Led by 60 year old, Maria "Mary" Valvona, a Sicilian born matriarch. During the course of the GTA IV storyline Niko accompanies Jimmy Pegorino to a deal with the Pavanos which turns out to be a trap where they attempt to whack Pegorino.

Ancelotti Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA IV"

Part of the Cosa Nostra "Commission". Formed in the late 50's by Giovanni Ancelotti, an Italian immigrant from Naples, who managed to reach the top of the Liberty City underworld. Many of Ancelotti's men work at the Alderney City Fruit Markets, while the rest of the family's businesses are set in Algonquin. According to the Don of the Gambetti family, Jon Gravelli, he was going to kill Giovanni's uncle many years ago but decided to spare him. The Ancelloti family are the weakest of the Five Families, needing to hire Albanian thugs for extra muscle. Because of this, the Ancelottis are often the target of the Pegorinos and their hired muscle, the McReary Irish Mob. They also start to work with the Russian Mafiya, earning the wrath of Gravelli's Gambetti family, who consider it an insult to work with foreign crime syndicates.

Messina Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA IV"

One of the oldest Italian-American crime family of Liberty City. The Messina criminal syndicate is based in Dukes. The family is believed to be led by Harvey Noto, 66, who was able to establish himself at the top of the organization after a long and bloody power struggle.

Lupisella Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA IV"

Bohan based crime family. The Lupisella organization is believed to be one of the most powerful and influental Cosa Nostra families of Liberty City. The family is still ruled by its original boss, 78-year old Vincent Lupisella. Also may be a threat to the Gambetti Family.

Pegorino Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA IV"

Led by James "Jimmy the Peg" Pegorino, the Pegorino family is not one of the Five Families and is considered a smaller mafia outfit, which Jimmy wants to change. Other key members of the family include associate Phil Bell and capo Ray Boccino. Despite Pegorino's efforts to get his organization on the Liberty City Commission, the other Families continue to view the Pegorino family as a joke.

The Pegorino family begins to unravel when Jimmy and other members are indicted, mainly because Pegorino's personal bodyguard Anthony Corrado snitched to the law (he is killed before he can testify in court). Ray Boccino is also killed on suspicion of being a snitch. With the law closing in all around, Pegorino becomes desperate to be rid of any evidence that would implicate him and his organization, most notably a large amount of heroin that the Pegorino family stole from a Triad gang. He enters into a partnership with the leader of Liberty City's Russian mafiya, Dimitri Rascalov, who agrees to find a buyer for the heroin in exchange for half the profit. Niko, who has worked for the Pegorino family in the past, is asked by Pegorino to oversee one half of the deal.

If the player chooses not to go through with the deal and kill Dimitri, the Pegorino family is ruined and Phil Bell leaves the dying organization. A furious Pegorino attempts to get revenge on Niko by shooting him at Roman Bellic's wedding, but kills Kate McReary by accident. After the shooting, everyone in town wants Pegorino dead, according to Little Jacob. After a long shootout and chase, Niko kills Pegorino on Happiness Island. It is suggested that the Pegorino family ceases to exist after his death.

If the player chooses to go through with the deal, Niko and Phil Bell meet with the buyers at one location to pick up the money, while Dimitri sells the heroin at a different location. However, Dimitri ends up killing the buyers and keeping the heroin for himself. Niko and Phil manage to fight their way to the money and retrieve it. With the Russians taking the heroin off his hands and the Pegorinos managing to get the money regardless, the Pegorino family gains a lot of power. According to Little Jacob, Pegorino considers himself the "Don of Dons" afterwards. However, Dimitri betrays Pegorino and kills him, wishing to keep the money for himself. It is unknown if the Pegorino family ceases to exist after this, due to Phil Bell still being with the organization and the money possibly still in their hands. The Pegorino Family drives Black Sentinels and PMP-600s.

Mafia families from the GTA III saga

Leone Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA III, GTA:SA, GTA:LCS, GTA"

The Leone family is an Italian-American Mafia criminal organization, originating from Sicily - referred to by Salvatore Leone as "the old country"- whose main base of operations is in Liberty City. They hold various assets in Portland including Cipriani's Restaurante, Sex Club 7 and Joey's Auto Painting Shop. Their main base of operations, however, is Salvatore's mansion, which is in the northeast end of the Saint Mark's district near the beach. Their principal modus operandi is protection, extortion, and robbery.

Salvatore Leone became the Don of the Leone family after a bloody power struggle during the mid-1980s. He has a son, Joey Leone, who, much to Salvatore's dismay, is not yet wed. It is assumed that Salvatore became Don after his unnamed brother was killed.

The Leone family was also active in Las Venturas, where they held a stake in Caligula's Casino with the Sindacco and Forelli families, as agreed upon in 1992 ("San Andreas"), possibly in an attempt to unite the organizations. Salvatore Leone would eventually seize total control of the casino in 1992 after the death of Johnny Sindacco and the murder of Giorgio Forelli, only to have his casino robbed later in a heist organized by former ally . It is assumed that because of the great loss of money from the heist, Salvatore abandons his investments in Las Venturas and returns to Liberty City, allowing the Sindacco family to retake their position within the city, however this is merely speculation. Not only that, but the shock of Carl (previously a loyal associate) betraying him and stealing so much of his money right from under his nose drove the Don to paranoia.

The Leone family are engaged in the First Gang War of 1998 with the Sindacco family in "Liberty City Stories", which they win, with Toni Cipriani, the Leone family's Caporegime, eventually killing Don Paulie Sindacco. In the process, they take over Paulie's Revue Bar (later renamed as "Sex Club 7") as well as the Red Light District and Hepburn Heights, destroying all the influence the Sindacco family once held in Portland. They also engage in some open warfare against the Forelli family, but are mostly content to prolong the hostilities between the Sindacco and Forelli families, allowing them to wipe each other out. The Forelli family's power is seemingly broken when Toni unknowingly obliterated their main base of operations on Staunton Island while working for Donald Love, which inadvertently kills Don Franco Forelli. With Toni and Salvatore taking out the Sicilians responsible for starting the gang wars, the Leone family becomes the pre-eminent Mafia family in Liberty City.

Three years later in "GTA III", the Leone family has declined in power, although they are still one of the strongest crime syndicates in town. Their territory in Chinatown has been openly taken by the Triads (although they still have businesses there), Hepburn Heights now belongs to the Diablos (as Toni Cipriani predicted it would in "Liberty City Stories") and the Colombian Cartel is undermining them by selling cheap SPANK from their freighter in the harbor. Joey Leone, the Underboss of the Leone family, engages in a small, subtle war with the now-weakened Forelli family, ordering the killing of Mike "Lips" Forelli, the speculated Don of the Forelli family. In the same year, the Leone family engage in a full-scale war with the Liberty City Triads after certain businesses in Chinatown stop paying their protection money to the Leone family. The war is long and concludes in three of the Triad Warlords being killed, as well as the Triad Fish Factory being destroyed by a bomb set off from a garbage truck.

Claude was seen working for the Leone family in "GTA III", killing Lips Forelli, acting as their main agent against the Triads and destroying the Colombian Cartel's freighter; however, Don Salvatore Leone eventually betrays Claude, ordering him to retrieve a car secretly rigged with explosives. It was later revealed that Salvatore had grown paranoid of Claude. Salvatore had offered Claude's death as a deal to the Colombian Cartel, in an attempt to create peace between the organizations. As a result, Claude assassinates Salvatore as a final gesture to the Leone family, which strengthens his own ties with the Liberty City Yakuza.

In "GTA III" and "GTA:LCS" Leone members don black suits with black/red ties; some with sunglasses and gloves, and they carry pistols and shotguns. In "GTA:SA" the mobsters (presumed to be the Leone family) dress in either brown leather jackets with gray pants, light blue shirts with chains or in black jogging suits. In Liberty City, the Leone family controls the area in and around Marco's Bistro.

Forelli Crime Family


The Forelli family is an Italian-American Mafia family based in Liberty City. The Don of the Forelli family in 1986 is , who would be killed by Tommy Vercetti, a renegade Forelli family member in "Vice City". They had planned to expand their empire "down south", by opening relations with local drug cartels through Tommy Vercetti, but that never happened due to Sonny's death and Tommy's defection. The main base of operations for this once powerful organization was Marco's Bistro before Sonny's death. The Forelli family used to be the most powerful family in Liberty City, but the deaths of many high-ranking members (such as Sonny, Giorgio and Franco) have led to their subsequent downfall over time.

In "San Andreas", it was agreed that the Forelli family would own an equal share of Caligula's Casino, along with the Sindacco and Leone families in 1992. However, their part in the deal would quickly end as Salvatore Leone (the Don of the Leone family) ordered Carl Johnson to gun down the Underboss of the Forelli family (Giorgio Forelli) at Marco's Bistro (having already destroyed the Sindacco family's influence in Las Venturas) so the Leone family could fully control the Casino.

In "Liberty City Stories", Salvatore Leone mentions as the Don of the Forelli family at the time, likely taking control of the reigns after Sonny Forelli's death in 1986. "Liberty City Stories" also reveals a Little Italy district in Fort Staunton that served as the main base of the Forelli family's operations after Sonny's death. They got into a gang war with the Sindacco family after the latter fled Portland - a gang war that the Leone family were only too happy to prolong, weakening both sides. The entire district was destroyed by Toni Cipriani on orders from Donald Love, using plans stolen from Avery Carrington, effectively taking all their assets and power with it. What was once Little Italy would become the construction site disputed by the Colombian Cartel and Liberty City Yakuza by "GTA III". It is highly likely that Franco Forelli was killed in the explosion, as he is neither seen nor mentioned thereafter in "GTA:LCS" and "GTA III".

By "GTA III", the Forelli family seems to have been weakened considerably, with the killing of several more Forelli members (including Mike "Lips" Forelli, the speculated Don after Franco's death) by Claude on Joey Leone's orders. It is assumed that the Forelli family has been reduced to servitude under the Leone family and their organization on the whole is now considered a brotherhood. At this point in time, the Forelli family's territory is assumed to consist solely of Marco's Bistro, but that might also be under majority control of the Leone family as a Leone Sentinel was seen parked there in "Liberty City Stories." It is possible by the end of "GTA III", the Forellis would cease to exist. The Forelli family has also been called the Forelli Brothers.

In "GTA:LCS", Forelli members don blue/dark red shirts with light blue/white jackets over and carry pistols. In "GTA:SA" the mobsters (presumed to be the Forelli family) dress in either brown leather jackets with gray pants, light blue shirts with chains or in black jogging suits. In "GTA III", they dressed like the Leone family as seen in one of Joey Leone's missions as they were in disguise. In "GTA:VC" they wear white or red Hawaiian shirts with tan or brown pants.

indacco Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA:SA, GTA:LCS"

The Sindacco family is another Italian-American Mafia family which is based in Las Venturas, and, formerly, Liberty City, where they originated. The Sindacco family also had a stake in Caligula's Casino, alongside the Forelli and Leone families. The Sindacco family wanted to do business with the Leone family and unite the two organizations, and this involved Don Salvatore Leone pledging 5 million dollars to the Sindacco family, which Salvatore reluctantly agreed to. Both outfits argued over who should run the casino, and so (once working with the Forelli family, but then abandoned by the very powerful Vercetti Gang) was put forward as a neutral party. Ken was in the middle of the Three Families, so if one attacked the other, Ken would most likely be the target of revenge.

The Sindacco family was formerly represented by , the Underboss of the Sindacco family, who would die from shock-induced heart failure in "GTA:SA" after meeting Carl Johnson for a second time. It was revealed that Johnny had previously been captured by the San Fierro Triads, tied onto a car driven by Carl and scared into revealing information. He then went into a coma, suffering a period of psychological and physical trauma. "The Introduction" prequel also indicates Johnny is in fact the son of the Sindacco's Don, most likely , as he mentioned that his father wanted to unite their organization with the Leone family. It is suspected that after the Leone family abandon Caligula's Casino and return to Liberty City that the Sindaccos move in and re-take the casino, however there is no proof of this.

By the end of 1998, Don decided to expand further throughout Liberty City, moving into Leone family territory in Chinatown, dealing drugs. In "Liberty City Stories", on orders from Salvatore Leone, Toni Cipriani used J.D. O'Toole, who was running Paulie's Revue Bar in Liberty City's Red Light District for the Sindacco family, as an inside-man to help weaken the Sindacco family and claim the Red Light District and Paulie's Revue Bar (renamed Sex Club 7) as Leone territory. Later on, Toni Cipriani would kill Paulie Sindacco, the Don of the Sindacco family, in 1998.

After their defeat by the Leone family in the First Gang War of 1998, the Sindacco family left Portland for Staunton Island, moving into Forelli family territory. This resulted in the Second Gang War of 1998, this time between the Sindacco and the Forelli families. Don Franco Forelli and Don Paulie Sindacco attempted to establish a truce between the Forelli and Sindacco families, possibly to defeat the Leone family together. Before a truce could be created, however, Toni Cipriani uses a remote control device to assume control of Paulie Sindacco's car and run over dozens of Forelli family members with it. This fueled the Sindacco family war with the Forelli family, which doesn't end until the assassination of Paulie Sindacco in Shoreside Vale later that same year and the (possible) death of Franco Forelli in the Little Italy explosion, all caused by Leone family Caporegime Toni Cipriani. The Sindacco family also owned territory in Torrington, including The Big Shot Casino, until the Yakuza decided to expand their influence in Liberty City by taking over Torrington, and in the process The Big Shot Casino as well, and subsequently they changed its name to Kenji's Casino after his older brother's (Kazuki Kasen) death.

With no turf or front companies whatosever remaining in Liberty City, the Sindacco family have very little influence (if any at all) remaining in Liberty City by "GTA III". The family's fate remains unknown, as their activity outside Liberty City after Paulie's death is never disclosed.

In "GTA:LCS", Sindacco members wear black shirts, black pants and brown jackets (leather or not) with/without sunglasses and carry pistols. In "GTA:SA" the mobsters (presumed to be the Sindacco family) dress in either brown leather jackets with gray pants, light blue shirts with chains or in black jogging suits.

Vercetti Gang

"Appearances: GTA:VC"

The Vercetti Gang is a very powerful underworld outfit based in Vice City. It is led by Tommy Vercetti, a renegade Forelli family member who has assumed control of numerous businesses and property ventures in Vice City, circa 1986. The organization is known to be involved in various illegal enterprises, including extortion, drug dealing, counterfeiting, protection racketeering and prostitution.

Tommy Vercetti is originally dispatched by the Forelli family to Vice City to oversee a drug deal funded by Forelli money; the deal was supposed to be the beginning of the family's expansion "down south". However, after the deal is ambushed by Diaz's gang members, Tommy is forced to start over in a new town with no money or property, and aided only by , a bent lawyer with Forelli family connections. He eventually kills the perpetrator of the drug deal ambush, , aided by new associate, Lance Vance. Following the killing, he personally seizes several properties and business assets in the city, with no assistance from the Forelli family, forming the powerful Vercetti Gang in the process. The expansion of the Vercetti Gang throughout Vice City makes Tommy a very rich, powerful, and influential man, infuriating , the Don of the Forelli family, who demands his cut of the substantial profits. Tommy's refusual to give in prompts Sonny to send collectors to Vice City to attempt to cut into Tommy's businesses. However, Sonny's plans are immediately thwarted by Tommy's massacre of the Forelli family's collectors, precipitating a personal confrontation between Sonny and Tommy in the huge Vercetti Estate. Tommy attempts to pay Sonny with counterfeit money, but Lance reveals his scheme, resulting in a massive gunfight that leads to the deaths of Lance and many Forelli family members, including Sonny himself.

The Vercetti Gang is presumed to remain in power for an undisclosed time, until at least 1992. In the prequel film to "San Andreas", "The Introduction", , who is also initiated into the Vercetti Gang in 1986, is assumed to have been abandoned by Tommy after Ken is forced into rehabilitation for prolonged cocaine abuse. Following his release, Vercetti no longer takes his calls and their relationship is dissolved. This leads to Ken's subsequent assignment as a middleman for the Leone, Forelli and Sindacco families over Caligula's Casino in Las Venturas, and his later employment as an accountant to rapper .

Members of the Vercetti Gang wear blue or Hawaiian shirts, long pants and sunglasses. The term "Vercetti Gang" is used only once in the game, by , the Kaufman Cabs dispatcher.

icilian Mafia

"Appearances: GTA:LCS"

In 1998, under the leadership of , the Sicilian Mafia spark several wars between rival families in Liberty City in the hope of controlling the city once the existing families destroy each other.

Their plan is foiled, however, when Leone family Don Salvatore Leone and his Caporegime, Toni Cipriani, are able to hold their own against all of the other criminal organizations in the city. To retaliate, the Sicilians attempt to intimidate the mayor into convicting Leone on racketeering charges. This strategy is never fully executed due to the fact that Cipriani, under orders from Salvatore, kills , the Caporegime of the Sicilian Mafia. After this, acknowledges defeat and the Sicilian Mafia leave Liberty City. When his nephew begins to insult him after their final confrontation, he simply replies, "Every dog has his day". Three years later Salvatore Leone is, in fact, killed by Claude, a man whom he betrays.

African-American gangs

Gangs from the GTA IV saga


"Appearances: GTA IV"

"Money Over Bitches" or M.O.B. is a gang that hangs around the Firefly Projects in Broker. An early mission has Niko picking up a friend of Roman's named Jermaine Andrews who is the leader of the Firefly Projects African-American Gang. There name is likely derived from the identical phrase commonly used by the real life Bloods gang. The M.O.B. might appear in Acter, sharing the same turf as the Lost Biker Gang, and may be having a turf war there, but it is unknown. The M.O.B. also drive Landstalkers with tinted windows and Patriots with grills on the front.

North Holland Hustlers

"Appearances: GTA IV"

A larger African-American gang operating in the North Holland neighborhood of Algonquin, with ties to the Torres Cartel in Bohan. The gang was originally led by Dwayne Forge until his incarceration. Trey "Playboy X" Stewart, a flashy gangster who is more focused on the actual money earned, not how he goes about earning it, took over. He was an apprentice of Forge before he went to jail. Upon his release from prison, Dwayne is displeased with how the gang is being run and vies for power in an ensuing turf war. Niko Bellic then chooses to kill either Playboy X or Dwayne Forge. If the player kills Playboy X the gang will be led by Dwayne Forge. They are rivals to the Money Over Bitches Gang (M.O.B.). The Hustlers can be found in North Holland. The Hustlers also drive Landstalkers with tinted windows and Patriots with grills on the front, but can be seen in Red PMP 600s and Red Presidentes when Niko calls Dwayne for backup.

Other notable members include Marlon Bridges and Jayvon Simson, both of whom Niko kills for Playboy and Dwayne.

East Holland Drug Crew

"Appearances in: GTA IV"

The East Holland Drug Crew is led by Clarence Little. The crews only turf is a group of projects in East Holland. Clarence may be killed by Niko Bellic on orders from Francis McReary. They may be associated with North Holland Hustlers, though they operate on what is generally considered Spanish Lords turf. The East Holland Drug Crew are destroyed after Niko either kills or spares Clarance. If spared, Clarance can be encountered on the streets and will want revenge on Niko for wiping out his business.

Gangs from the GTA III saga

outhside Hoods

"Appearances: GTA III, GTA:LCS, GTAA"

The Southside Hoods are a prominent African-American gang in Shoreside Vale, Liberty City who come to acquire their turf in Wichita Gardens while helping Toni Cipriani clear the Forelli family out of Wichita Gardens as payback for their part in having Salvatore Leone arrested.Salvatore Leone: "Those cunts the Sindaccos, or those cocksuckers the Forellis - who was it? Who ratted me out? Let's hit 'em both hard". ("Later in the same conversation") Salvatore Leone: "Use the Hoods okay?" (From the Rough Justice mission)] They are the Red Jacks and Purple Nines, both rival gangs. In "GTA III", the latter is known to supply the SPANK drug on local streets.D-Ice: "Those Nines are pressing me. These bitches got armored cars and now they're running SPANK". (From the Toyminator mission)] Their activities consist of drug dealing, prostitution, and street fighting.

The Red Jacks are a small scale street gang headed by D-Ice. Most of their missions in "GTA III" involve crippling Purple Nines activities.D-Ice: "I want you to teach punk ass bitches how a real drive-by works. Take these Nines off of here!" (From the Uzi Money mission). D-Ice: "There's some stuff in there to put these sissys (Purple Nines) on blass... and wreck all their armored stuff". (From the Toyminator mission). D-Ice: "They (Purple Nines) have agreed to go toe to toe". (From the Rumble mission).] Eventually, the Purple Nines become extinct, with their remaining members defeated in a mêlée battle.D-Ice: "The Nines are down to a few scabby herds... but they still wanna bring it. They have agreed to go toe to toe". (From the Rumble mission)]

The "GTA III" rendition of Southside Hoods members wear jackets of either red or purple, depending on which side they belong to, but are not seen attacking each other on the streets. Stranger yet, when a Red Jack is attacked, any nearby Purple Nines will rush to assist the gang member who is being assaulted; the same holds true in reverse. This is also suggested when D-Ice warned that Red Jacks would believe that they will also be shot at when they witness Purple Nines being killed by the player.D-Ice: "Watch your back though, there'll be Jacks on the street who'll think you're trying to blast them too!" (From the Uzi Money mission)] In "GTA:LCS", the Red Jacks and Purple Nines are apparently united, portrayed wearing brown jackets, over red hoodies with their hoods up (depicting a Red Jack) or purple shirts (depicting a Purple Nine), pants and boots.

Grove Street Families

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

The Grove Street Families (also known as "Grove Street Alliance", "Families" or "GSF" for short) are a street gang in Los Santos, San Andreas, the native gang of Carl "CJ" Johnson. As far as street gangs in "San Andreas" go, the GSF are depicted as more honorable than their rival gangs, as they are against hard drugs being sold on their turf,Sweet Johnson: "All they do is sell yay and ruin the place. No crack ever made a gang tight". (from the Cleaning the Hood mission)] Sweet Johnson ("talking to Big Smoke about the possibility of selling drugs"): "Nah. We just standing by our principles, homie". (From the Introduction DVD)] despite the numerous other crimes and violent acts they take part in. The Grove Street Families are headed by and his previous lieutenants were and . Sweet is adamantly anti-narcotic, but Smoke believes the GSF have fallen from power because of Sweet's refusal to have the gang sell drugs.Big Smoke ("talking to Sweet Johnson about the possibility of selling drugs"): "But our principles are making us bitches, man. Every day, Ballas getting stronger, and you and I get weaker. You and I get poorer, man". (From the San Andreas Introduction DVD)] Their unwillingness to enter the drug trade has dragged the Grove Street Families out of prominence in the years leading up to the game's storyline. This, coupled with the deaths of OGs such as Tony, Big Devil, and Little Devil, has led to the sorry state of the GSF upon CJ's return from Liberty City.

There are at least two other distinct sets of the Families: the Temple Drive Families and the Seville Boulevard Families, both of which were originally one with the Grove Street Families, but split up from the GSF during the five years of Carl's absence. Earlier in the game, they are not on good terms with each other,Big Smoke: "Emmet's Seville Boulevard Families, we ain't too close these days, but nonetheless, I'll take you to see him". (From the Nines and AK's mission)] which is why the gang has weakened. Carl will occasionally make reference to Orange Grove Families; gang graffiti tags with the initials "OGF" also exist in the game. This was the gang's original name, though Rockstar changed the name before the release of "San Andreas".cite web | url = | title = Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Weekend Update: Thug Life by Torres, Ricardo| work = GameSpot | accessmonthday = February 9 | accessyear = 2007] Some references to this remain in the game, including graffiti that can be seen around Los Santos, tattoos that CJ can get with the name Orange Grove Families, and phrases that CJ will shout out while fighting other people.

The rivalry between the sets mainly has to do with Grove Street's opposition to drug dealing, but later in the game, the Families are united into one gang. Grove Street member Carl Johnson is involved in a brief conflict with the Seville Boulevard Families, who try to pin Sweet while he was visiting his girlfriend in Seville. Following this incident, Carl and Sweet Johnson call for an end to "green on green" conflicts. The meeting to reunite the Families is interrupted because swat teams raid the hotel where the meeting is being held, causing the death of several Grove Street members. The families are seen working together to defend each other several times during this mission, indicating they joined forces before the raid happened.

While Carl's return helps revive the GSF to an extent, Ryder and Smoke's betrayal of the gang, coupled with an ambush on Sweet and other high-ranking members by the rival Ballas gang and the police, destroys much of the gang's influence in the city. Consequently, the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos seize all of GSF's turf in Los Santos. Sweet is imprisoned, and Carl is forced to continue working for CRASH, consisting of a corrupt group of police officers. However, Sweet's release from prison, courtesy of ,Mike Toreno: Hey, I got a little surprise for you here. You ready for this? Huh? ("phone rings") Answer it". Carl Johnson: "Hello?" Sweet Johnson: "Carl, it's me Sweet". Carl Johnson: "Aw, Sweet!" Sweet Johnson: "I don't know what happened, they just released me. No idea what's going on, but I'm in the square outside the precinct in Commerce. Carl Johnson: "Alright you hold tight, I'll be right there ("puts phone down"). So what was that little job you was talking about, Toreno?" Mike Toreno: "I just want you to pick up your brother. Get out of here". (From the Home Coming mission)] allows the gang to rise again (now co-headed by Carl and Sweet Johnson) and regain most of their lost turf from the Ballas and Vagos. Depending on the player's actions, it is possible to take some or all of the Ballas' and Vagos' turf for the GSF.

GSF members are always seen dressed in green clothing usually consisting of basketball jerseys, green bandanas, green hats, sweatshirts or plaid button-up shirts.

The Ballas

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

The Ballas are the GSF's primary enemy, having been around since the 1970s.cite web | url = | title = Gangs page| work = [ GTA Net] | accessmonthday = February 9 | accessyear = 2007] They are involved in drug dealing, gang banging, prostitution, arms dealing, vandalism, degeneracy, but mainly, the cocaine trade. The Ballas are rivals with GSF and the Aztecas, and have ties with the Los Santos Vagos, the San Fierro Rifa, the Loco Syndicate for narcotics, and the Russian Mafia for weapons. The Ballas also collaborate with C.R.A.S.H. In addition, Big Smoke defects against the GSF to lead the Ballas with his lieutenant Ryder. Unlike the GSF, the Ballas have no reservations about making money by selling drugs; the spread of crack cocaine into the Grove Street community is part of their strategy to wipe the GSF out.

The Ballas briefly control the streets of Los Santos alongside the Vagos after Grove Street leader Sweet Johnson is gunned down and arrested. They control the influence of the Families by using crack cocaine to turn GSF members into hopeless addicts totally dependent on them. However, following the release of Sweet from prison and the return of Carl Johnson, the Grove Street Families dominate the Ballas. The Ballas' Crack Palace is heavily demolished by Officer Frank Tenpenny, resulting in significantly reduced influence by the Ballas in Los Santos. Added to their loss of influence, Ballas will run from CJ if other Ballas are killed quickly or if they are heavily outnumbered by GSF. The Ballas are seen with purple bandanas, black skullcaps, knee high socks and flip-flop sandals, khaki pants and dark blue shirts. The Ballas will cease to exist if the player decides to take all of their territory.

There are four known sets of Ballas: The Front Yard Ballas, The Rollin' Heights Ballas, the Kilo Trays, and the Temple Drive Ballas. The Ballas are recognizable by their purple attire, purple being the identifying color of the gang.

East Asian gangs

Gangs from the GTA IV saga

Liberty City Triads

"Appearances: GTA IV, GTA:CW"

In "GTA IV", the Triads appear in the game around China Town, but not much is known about them as they only appear in a few missions. It is said that there are three different sets making of the Liberty Triad in the LCPD Database. One group of Triads are under Hsin Jaoming and his son Chan Jaoming. Another is led by Wu "Kenny" Lee and his nephew Huang Lee. The third is controlled by Zhou Ming. The Jaoming Triad is said to supply the Angels of Death and Korean Mob with narcotics. The Triads drive Sporty like Ferocis and Intruders.

The forthcoming will feature a much more prominent version of the Liberty City Triads.

Korean Mob

"Appearances: GTA IV"

The Korean Mob is based in Alderney City, where they frequent Mr. Fuks Rice Box. Originally, they were led by a North Korean, Kim Young-Guk, whom Niko Bellic and Derrick McReary assist in bringing counterfeit money into Liberty City by boat. But Kim is later killed by Niko as a favor to Jon Gravelli and the government agent operating from the front of United Liberty Paper. In addition to their ties to the Irish Mob through Derrick McReary; the Koreans are also known to work with the Liberty City Triads. They appear to share the Alderney City turf with the Spanish Lords in relative peace. The Koreans drive Sultans with Spoilers on and Presidentes heavily amended with alloy wheels.

Gangs from the GTA III saga

Liberty City Triads

"Appearances: GTA III, GTA:LCS"

The Liberty City Triads are a gang made up of people of East Asian origin based in Portland Island, Liberty City. Though the Liberty City Triads appear to be a petty street gang, it is evident that they are beginning to dabble in organized crime; including extortion, most notably that of Mr. Wong's Laundrette, which is the source of several problems for the Leone family, as well as pushing drugs for the Colombian Cartel via "Chunky" Lee Chong. They also own The Turtle's Head Fish Factory in Callahan Point, Portland. They are the initial enemy of Claude, while he works for the Leone family. An all-out war between the Triads and the Leones erupts as the Triads attempt to muscle in on Leone businesses in Chinatown, which the Triads hold majority control over. The war concludes after three of the Triad warlords are assassinated and their fish factory is destroyed by a Mafia truck bomb (interestingly enough, the warehouse belonged to the Leones during Liberty City Stories until the Triads blew it up). While it is improbable to say that the Triads are finished in Liberty City, they have definitely been irrevocably weakened because of the loss of their most powerful front.

In "GTA III", Triad members wear blue boiler suits and black bandanas. In "GTA:LCS", they wear blue tracksuits with their gang logo on the back, black or blue pants, and black sunglasses.

an Fierro Triads

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

The San Fierro Triads are large gangs originating from Hong Kong, who have since moved to San Fierro. There are three Triad factions in San Fierro consisting of a set hierarchy with small sets answering to larger sets; the Blood Feather Triad, which are later slaughtered by the Da Nang Boys. The Red Gecko Tong led by , and the Mountain Cloud Boys, the most prominent gang in the group, operated by the blind and answers to the Red Gecko Tong.

The sets of the SF Triads are heavily involved in joint operations and avoid violent conflict between the Triad factions, with the Mountain Cloud Boys establishing an alliance with the Red Gecko Tong. The SF Triads are also allied with the Grove Street Families, and are rivals with the Italian Mafia, the Da Nang Boys, and the Loco Syndicate.

In addition to their bases of operations in San Fierro, the SF Triads also own and operate a casino hotel venture called The Four Dragons on the Las Venturas Strip; ownership shared between Wu Zi Mu, Ran Fa Li and Carl Johnson. Because of intense Mafia pressure in the city, the Chinese Triads attempt to flex their muscles to show the Mafia that they can hold their own on The Strip. While the SF Triad's prime business is gambling, Woozie has shown motivations towards robbery and street racing.

Carl Johnson, having been exiled from Los Santos after the fall of the Grove Street Families, works for Wu Zi Mu's faction and helps them to destroy the Loco Syndicate and neutralize the Da Nang Boys (the Triads, on the other hand, seem to be on neutral relations with San Fierro's other gang, the Rifa). In return the Triads aid Carl in robbing Caligula's Casino, give him a share in The Four Dragons Casino, and help him in seizing Madd Dogg's mansion back from a drug dealer so the Grove Street Families could spearhead their return. The mansion serves as CJ's own base of operations in his return to Los Santos.

SF Triad members don all-black suits or all-grey suits. Some carry AK-47s. While the Triad gang members appear on the streets in Chinatown, Calton Heights & Financial, San Fierro, they do not appear on Las Venturas streets, even areas surrounding The Four Dragons Casino, although they can be seen on several cut-scenes and missions.

Vice City Triads

"Appearances: GTA:VC"

The Vice City-based Triad is a gang that appears and are mentioned only briefly in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," and it is arguable that they are not Vice City based at all, but a Liberty City or San Andreas based group in Vice City on business. They are only known to be involved in counterfeiting business, supplying printing plates of money to an unspecified Florida-based counterfeiting syndicateKent Paul: "All I know about dodgy readys is the Triads supply the plates". (From the Spilling the Beans mission)] They are prominently involved in one mission where Tommy Vercetti is assigned to break into a container ship and extract information from the boss of the gang on the location of a printing plate shipment. The gang is also known to run a shipping company at Viceport,Kent Paul: "They've got a shipping company down the docks". (From the Spilling the Beans mission)] Vice City's harbor, where this gang is operating from a ship.

Liberty City Yakuza

"Appearances: GTA III, GTAA, GTA:LCS"

The Liberty City Yakuza is a Japanese criminal organization operating in Liberty City, assumed to have been around since the 1970s, headed by siblings Asuka Kasen and Kenji Kasen. Their prime activities are gambling and protection and they are the dominate crime syndicate on Staunton Island. The Yakuza are rivals with the Colombian Cartel, Yardies, and the Italian Mafia.

Initially, Claude is invited by the Yakuza to work for them, after having severing ties with the Leone family. However, while working for Donald Love, Claude frames the Colombian Cartel for the assassination of Kenji, resulting in a war between the Yakuza and the Cartel. Angered by the death of her brother, Asuka vows to "hunt down" the Colombian Cartel with the help of Claude, while capturing and torturing Cartel member Miguel for information. In the process, the Yakuza also take Fort Staunton, a Cartel turf. Later, Asuka is killed by Cartel members, although Fort Staunton remains in the control of the Yakuza. The successor to the Yakuza's leadership remains in doubt. The Yakuza is the only significant gang other than the Leone Family that aids Claude throughout its appearance in "Grand Theft Auto III".

In "Liberty City Stories", the Yakuza is led by , Asuka and Kenji's older brother. While not a major power in Liberty City yet, they are stocking up on weapons (including a tank) and are prepared to claim a large portion of the city as their turf. Their efforts are thwarted by Leone family Caporegime with the help of Kazuki's angry and neglected wife, , however they are successful in taking the Torrington District, including the Sindacco family-owned Big Shot Casino (which they have changed to Kenji's Casino by "GTA III").

Yakuza members wear colorful suits and jewelry. In "GTA:LCS", Yakuza members sport tattoos.

Da Nang Boys

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

The Da Nang Boys (named after the Vietnam region and city of Da Nang) are a Vietnamese criminal organization based in San Fierro, preparing a full move to the USWu Zi Mu: "...a Vietnamese crime family, the Da Nang Boys, are preparing to move to the United States". (From the Ran Fa Li mission)] . They are extremely violent, with major interests in protection, narcoticscite web | url = | title = Missions-San Fierro: Wu Zi Mu | work = IGN | accessmonthday = March 25 | accessyear = 2008] and human traffickingRefugee: "Please, the Snakehead tricked us, we are prisoners. Please help us escape!". (From the Da Nang Thang mission)] , they control the dockland/bay area in Easter Basin and possibly a freight ship anchored out in San Fierro bay, often causing disturbance. The Da Nang Boys are also at war with local Triad gangs and are responsible for the massacre of the Blood Feather Triad.Wu Zi Mu: "The Blood Feathers, wiped out?".
Triad: "Dai Dai Lo! Forgive me, I was too scared to fight, so I hid".
Wu Zi Mu: "Enough! What happened here?"
Triad: "Vietnamese surprised us, cut us all down". (From the Mountain Cloud Boys mission)] Wu Zi Mu: "...a Vietnamese crime family, the Da Nang Boys, are preparing to move to the United States. This may explain the cowardly attack on the Blood Feather Triad". (From the Ran Fa Li mission)] With the help of CJ, the Triads respond with an aerial massacre on one of the Da Nang Boy's freight shipscite web | url = | title = Missions-San Fierro: Wu Zi Mu | work = IGN | accessmonthday = March 25 | accessyear = 2008] , resulting in the death of many members and their leader, Snakehead.cite web | url = | title = Missions-San Fierro: Wu Zi Mu | work = IGN | accessmonthday = March 25 | accessyear = 2008]

While the Da Nang Boys are portrayed as a major Vietnamese gang in the city, two other sects, the Shining Razors and the Butterfly Children, are mentioned in the game and in the official "San Andreas" website, and are said to be active in Easter Basin.

The Da Nang Boys are seen wearing either street attire (in the form of Army t-shirts and pants), or traditional robes.

Eastern-European gangs

Gangs from the GTA IV saga

Faustin Crew (Later Rascalov Crew)

Appearances: "GTA IV"

The Faustin Crew is a large Russian Mafiya crime syndicate who seem to run both Dukes and Broker, eventually becoming the main group of antagonists in the game. The Crew is headed by Mikhail Faustin, an erratic and paranoid cocaine addict who lives in a rich mansion on Shinnecock Avenue with his estranged wife Ilyena and rebellious teenage daughter Anna. It would seem that Mikhail Faustin is a member of the Bratski Krug, or Circle of Brothers, a Russian version of the Italian-American Commission. Broker is run by one of the Crew's Brigadiers, Vlad Glebov, a Russian loan-shark operating out of the Comrades Bar, until he is executed by Niko Bellic. Mikhail's orders for numerous hits on people for trivial matters draws unwanted attention from the law and upsets his partner, Dimitri Rascalov, who is angry that Mikhail has stopped following the unspoken rules of organized crime. Another Russian Mafiya family, the Petrovic Crew, almost wage a full-scale war on the Faustin Crew when Leonid "Lenny" Petrovic is murdered on orders from Faustin. This is averted when Dimitri secretly strikes a deal with Kenneth "Kenny" Petrovic to use Niko Bellic to kill Mikhail Faustin. Dimitri then assumes control of the Faustin Crew (renaming it the Rascalov Crew) with his new partner, Rodislav "Ray" Bulgarin, Niko's old boss in the human trafficking ring to whom Niko owes money. The Faustin Crew under Rascalov and Bulgarin's new leadership betrays Niko and attempts to kill him. They then set fire to Niko and Roman's apartment and taxi depot, running the cousins out of Broker and Dukes.

Later, the Rascalov Crew find out the cousins are hiding out in Bohan. They kidnap Roman Bellic while he is gambling in their private club in order to lure Niko into a trap. Dimitri sends a photo of a blooded Roman with a shotgun pointed to his head to Niko, who then goes to the abandoned warehouse and rescues Roman, ruining Dimitri's plot to kill Niko in the warehouse. Near the end of the game, Rascalov sends Bulgarin and his Crew to Charge Island to kill Niko (along with Patrick McReary). But their attempt fails and Dimitri probably kills Bulgarin after this.

Near the end of the game, Niko is told by Jimmy Pegorino to cut a deal with Dimitri for him. Niko has a choice: "Revenge or Deal". If Niko chooses Revenge, Niko kills Dimitri by shooting him in both legs and the head on the Platypus cargo ship. If Niko chooses Deal, Dimitri ends up killing the buyers and ends up having Phil Bell and Niko fight their way through the warehouse. Dimitri then sends Sergei (Last seen in the mission "No Love Lost") over to kill Niko during Roman's wedding, but ends up killing Roman during a struggle. Niko then murders Dimitri Rascalov on Happiness Island with the help of Little Jacob. With Dimitri's death, it is assumed that the Faustin/Rascalov Crew is destroyed, with the Petrovic Crew taking its former turf. The Faustin/Rascalov Crew are seen in Hove Beach, Firefly Island and Beachgate. The Faustin/Rascalov Crew drive Black Schafters, Reblas and Sentinels.

Petrovic Crew

"Appearances: GTA IV"

Another Russian Mafiya Family working in Broker, Dukes, and Bohan. The family is led by Pakhan Kenny Petrovic, presumably another member of Bratski Krug. It is mentioned on the LCPD database that Kenny Petrovic is the most powerful Russian kingpin in Liberty City and possibly the most powerful in America. The Petrovic and Faustin Families have a peace due to the Bratski Krug, until Mikhail Faustin orders the execution of Petrovic's son, Lenny. Kenny Petrovic then orders the deaths of Faustin's administration, including Dimitri, Niko and Mikhail himself. Dimitri strikes a deal with Petrovic that places blame solely on Mikhail, which would have Niko assassinate Mikhail and have Dimitri replace him as Pakhan. After the fall of the Pegorino Family and the Rascalov Crew (including the deaths of Jimmy Pegorino and Dimitri Rascalov), Kenny's Crew possibly takes over Westdyke (Pegorino turf) and the Rascalov's turf in South Broker.

The Petrovic Crew is prominently featured in some of the multiplayer modes. In Hangman's N.O.O.S.E., Kenny's men (the players) must rescue Kenny from N.O.O.S.E. agents at the airport after Kenny is flown in illegally. In Bomb Da Base II, Kenny wants the Albanian Mob destroyed along with their ship. In Deal Breaker, Kenny wants the Angels of Death's deal with the Mafia ruined. The Petrovic Crew share the same turf as the Faustin/Rascalov Crew but after Dimitri Rascalov's Death, the Petrovic's control the three areas in peace. The Petrovic Crew drive Black Schafters, Reblas and Sentinels.

Albanian Mob

"Appearances: GTA IV"

The Albanian Mob is the first gang that Niko runs into after his arrival in America. Albanian gangsters can be found in the neighborhood of Little Bay, Bohan, where they are involved in loan-sharking, prostitution, blackmailing and extortion. Dardan Petrela, Bledar Morina and Kalem Petrela are the only known members.

Roman Bellic owed money to them for a time, leading to the three aforementioned members to threaten him at his cab depot and chase him from a backroom card game. After they attempt to beat Roman at a basketball court, Bledar and Kalem are beaten into unconsciousness and Dardan is killed by Niko, causing them to drop the debt. Later on, while doing a mission for the Irish Mob, Gerry McReary tells Niko that the Ancelotti Crime Family hires many Albanians (nicknamed "Albos") as hitmen, bagmen, racketeerers and thugs. McReary then asks Niko to perform a hit on the Ancelottis while disguised as an Albanian, giving Niko a sport bike and a biker jacket emblazoned with the Albanian double-headed eagle. Later on, during the "Undertaker" mission, a crew of Albanian hitmen is seen attacking the McRearys after a family funeral.

In the multiplayer mode "Bomb Da Base II", the Albanian Mob appears as the main antagonist, shipping stolen cars back to Europe without Petrovic's permission.

Gangs from the GTA III saga

Russian Bratva

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

The Russian Mob (or Mafiya and Bratva) only appear in "San Andreas" for a short time, wearing a black t-shirt or grey sweater, jacket and pants. Though they have no permanent stake in San Andreas, they claim the Atrium as a temporary turf in a mission, and also appear in league with the Ballas, Vagos and Rifas in Big Smoke's "Crack Palace."

Latino gangs

Gangs from the GTA IV saga

Torres Cartel

"Appearances: GTA IV"

A small-time group of drug dealers operating out of Bohan. The Cartel is led by Elizabeta Torres, until her sudden incarceration in a joint effort by the FIB and DEA. Prior to her incarceration, Elizabeta tells Niko that all of her associates have been arrested and turned state's witness; it can thus be presumed that the organization collapsed in her absence. Elizabeta is seen as having many contacts throughout the city, including the Spanish Lords, the Lost Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the North Holland Hustlers, the East Liberty Yardies, and the McReary Family. Mallorie Bardas, Roman Bellic's girlfriend, has a police record that mentions affiliations with the group. The Torres Cartel are not involved in the heroin trade, instead mainly focusing on cocaine, but still offers support to any ally that deals heroin. It is unknown if it is Torres Cartel gangsters that Niko Bellic must kill for Manfred Escuela in the mission "Escuela of the Streets".

Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers

"Appearances: GTA IV"

The Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers are led by Willy Valerio and Ted Benavidez. Valerio's lieutenants are the Gomez Brothers, Alonso Gomez and Oscar Gomez. This small gang isn't very strong compared to its local competition, namely the North Holland Hustlers and Spanish Lords, but they are known to have recently begun working with Liberty City's Mafia families. The Gomez brothers have ties to Luis Lopez, the Dominican bodyguard of club owner and Ancelotti associate "Gay" Tony Prince. Benavidez is known to do business with the Pegorino Family through Ray Boccino.

The Spanish Lords

"Appearances: GTA IV"

The Spanish Lords are a primarily Puerto Rican gang based on the Latin Kings. They are one of the largest criminal organizations found in GTA IV, being found in Cerveza Heights, South Bohan, East Holland and Alderney City. Former members include Manny Escuela and Lyle Rivas. They are almost always found wearing clothing featuring the Puerto Rican flag and t-shirts with "Boricua" on them, in addition to their gang colors (yellow and black). The Spanish Lords drive Red Cavalcades with Gold Wheels and Red Primos also with Gold Wheels.

Note: The Spanish Lords is also the name of a real street gang in Chicago.

Gangs from the GTA III saga

Colombian Cartel

"Appearances: GTA III, GTAA, GTA:LCS"

The Colombian Cartel (aka the "Cartel" in "Grand Theft Auto Advance") is a shady South America syndicate and the main group of antagonists in "GTA III". They are exceptionally well armed, and are led by Catalina and Miguel to produce and supply the drug SPANK in Liberty City. It is suggested by Liberty City police records that the Colombian Cartel may be using local airport and harbor freight as a front to smuggle the SPANK drug into Liberty City, although they have yet to thoroughly prove this. After Claude's feud with the Liberty City Triads ceases, he faces the Colombian Cartel as a new and worse enemy for the rest of the game.

While listening to the DJ on Rise FM in "" he mentions having tried a new drug on the street called "SPANK". This means that SPANK is at least in production in 1998. Miguel leads the cartel during this period as well; Catalina does not join the organization until 2001, when she shoots her boyfriend Claude and takes off with money the pair had just robbed from a bank. There are hints during various cutscenes in "GTA III" that she and Miguel are lovers and she has used the money from the robbery to heighten her standing in the Cartel.

Miguel is later linked to the assassination of Yakuza leader Kenji Kasen,Asuka Kasen: "This worm (Miguel) killed my brother". Miguel: "I've never killed, no Yakuza". (From the Grand Theft Aero mission)] although he actually has nothing to do with it (real estate mogul Donald Love ordered Claude to make it look like the Cartel's doing to spark a gang war and drive real estate prices downDonald Love: "I want you to kill the Yakuza Waka-gashira: Kenji Kasen. Kenji is attending a meeting at the top of a multi-story carpark in Newport. Get a Cartel gangcar and eliminate him! The Yakuza must blame the Cartel for this declaration of war". (From the Waka-gashira Wipeout mission)] ). He is later tied up in the incomplete skyscraper in Fort Staunton by Kenji's sister Asuka and tortured non-stop for daysAsuka Kasen: "Miguel certainly has some of that famous Latin stamina. I'm quite exhausted". (From the Espresso-2-Go mission)] on end until he is killed by the Cartel when they kidnap Maria and kill Asuka. Catalina assumes command of the Cartel herself. After killing Asuka and trying to escape in a helicopter, her vehicle is shot down by Claude as revenge for shooting him in the opening.

It is apparent that the Cartel is linked to Panlantic Construction, a company serving as both a legitimate construction company and a front for illegal operations. In "Liberty City Stories", Cartel members are hired by Panlantic as bodyguards for ,Donald Love: "Hmmm, Panlantic must have employed the Cartel to protect Avery". (From the Panlantic Land Grab mission)] who works for Panlantic and arrives in Liberty City to acquire real estate for development. After Avery is killed by Toni Cipriani, Donald Love takes over negotiations with Panlantic to seal the deal on developing Fort Staunton, which is later destroyed by bombs planted by Cipriani. In "GTA III", the construction site in Fort Staunton serves as turf for the Cartel before it's seized by the Yakuza.

In "Grand Theft Auto Advance", the gang is initially allied to "Advance" protagonist Mike, but later turn against him after suspecting Mike of killing then Cartel leader CiscoCartel Leader: "You're (Mike) going to pay for killing Cisco". (From the Love of Money mission)] (which is revealed to actually be the work of VinnieMike: "I'd better track down that car that got away. Whoever is behind this ("death of Cisco") has got a lot to answer for". ("Later in the mission"), Mike: "Vinnie! I don't believe my eyes. I saw you blow up in your car!". (From the Truth Revealed mission)] ). He was succeeded by an un-named lieutenant. In "Advance", Cisco centers his gang operations at Francis International, Liberty City's airport.Donald Love: "Asuka (Asuka Kasen) didn't take kindly to my botched kidnapping of Yuka and I thought it'd be wise to be close to the airport to make a fast escape. Ha! I fooled you for a second, didn't I? You thought of me as a coward, as some sissy boy. No, amigo, I am here to track down the assassin that has taken out the bomber. I will provide you with whatever assistance I can". (From the Panlantic Land Grab mission)]

Cartel members wear Hawaiian shirts, combat pants, hats resembling Akubras and boots in "GTA III". In "GTA:LCS", the same members wear red or blue shirts with brown vests, pairs of pants and jewellery.

The Diablos

"Appearances: GTA III, GTA:LCS"

The Diablos are a Puerto Rican street gang. The leader of the Diablos is El Burro (who has been under observation by police since 1997, as mentioned in "GTA IIIs official website). The only activities known to be associated with the Diablos are prostitution, street violence and pornography,El Burro: "I started my exotic entertainment business with nothing but the sizable contents of my leather pants!" (From the I Screem, You Screem mission)] although they had also been known to engage in gun battles with the Liberty City Triads.El Burro"': "Take it ("a flamethrower") and teach these Triad vandals to feel El Burro's well-endowned wrath". (From the Trial by Fire mission)] The Diablos maintain control of Hepburn Heights in Liberty City.

The Diablos play an important role in "Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories", being one of the gangs used by the Sicilian Mafia to attack the interests of the Leone family. They are first seen when Toni Cipriani is enlisted to follow Massimo Torini, then a member of the Leone family, after Salvatore Leone suspected somebody was betraying him. Massimo meets with a group of Diablos at Hepburn Heights and tells them that if they worked with his associates (later revealed to be the Sicilian Mafia), Hepburn Heights would belong to them. [Massimo Torini: Come siaco rimasti d'accordo, if you do my associates work for them, you'll be well rewarded...Hepburn Heights will belong to the Diablos. ("Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories") Take Two Interactive, 2005] The Diablos then attacked the Leone family goons in a large scale battle in Hepburn Heights, [Salvatore Leone: What is the world coming to? We got the Diablos crawling all over us in Hepburn. They are kicking our asses! ("Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories") Take Two Interactive, 2005] where the Leones are overwhelmed by a large quantity of heavily-armed Diablos. Following the fight, the Diablos seize control of Hepburn Heights. [Salvatore Leone: Toni is it over? How did it go? Toni Cipriani: It’s not good Sal, I saved a few guys but we lost too many before I got here. I think we are going to lose this part of town. ("Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories") Take Two Interactive, 2005]

In "Grand Theft Auto III", they are involved in gang wars with the Liberty City Triads. They also appear to be having spats with the Yardies for dissing Queen Lizzy,Yardie: "We're going for a little ride into Hepburn Heights, kill me some filthy Diablos who's been bad to me lady Queen Lizzy". (From the Uzi Rider mission)] and with the Yakuza for trying to steal some protection money, both times ending up in the slaughter of a large number of Diablo gang members.

In "Grand Theft Auto III", Diablo members are seen wearing dark blue jackets donning the Diablos gang logo (a yellow crown) at the back, long pants and bandanas. In "Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories", Diablos members don fishnets or red bandanas on their heads, red shirts or jackets, and black or brown pants.

The Cholos

"Appearances: GTA:VCS", GTA:VC"

In "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories", the Cholos are the dominant Mexican gang in the Little Havana and Little Haiti districts of Vice City. They are involved in conflicts on various fronts - is fighting them for gun running dominance, while and his Trailer Park Mafia are fighting them for dominance of nearly every other criminal activity.Marty Jay Williams: "Now, we got some problems with them Cholos - they been threatening my girls". (From the Got Protection? mission)] Their control over Little Havana begins to be threatened in 1984, when Los Cabrones begin to move into Little Havana, sparking a deadly turf war for complete control of the neighborhood. The war comes to a head when the Cholos attempt (and fail) to kill Alberto Robina, the father of Los Cabrones leader Umberto Robina.Gang Member: "Alberto - that's his [Umberto Robina] Dad - he's over at the wrestling man".
Victor Vance: "So why the tears?".
Gang Member: "We just saw some Cholos driving out there". (From the Papi Don't Screech mission)] cite web | url = | title = GameSpot Game Guide Grand Theft Auto: Vice Stories - Umberto Robina | work = GameSpot | accessmonthday = March 25 | accessyear = 2008] After the attack, Umberto decides to launch an all out attack on the Cholos, which results in the Cholos' base of operations being destroyed.cite web | url = | title = GameSpot Game Guide Grand Theft Auto: Vice Stories - Umberto Robina | work = GameSpot | accessmonthday = March 25 | accessyear = 2008] This causes their disappearance from Little Havana. It is possible that the Cholos could have been reduced to just a gun running gang, since Phil sends Tommy to steal guns from an unnamed Mexican gun running organization.

Diaz's gang

"Appearances: GTA:VC, GTA:VCS"

Diaz's gang [ The "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" game stat refers to the organization as "Diaz's gang, emphasis on the lower-case 'gang'"] , headed by drug baron , is a Vice City-based Colombian cartel that enjoys immense power during the mid-1980s.

Prior to Tommy Vercetti's takeover of Vice City's underworld in 1986, Diaz's gang is by far the city's most powerful drug cartel, with Ricardo's aggressive fervor for dominating the narcotics smuggling business a defining factor in its success. He is known to request the theft of the fastest speed boat in the city for smuggling activities, and to kill all those who attempt to cut into his profits, even for stealing just a small percentage. In addition, Diaz's gang is also responsible for the ambush of Tommy Vercetti's initial drug deal with the Vance Crime Family, a botched exchange that not only forces Tommy to leave behind (and lose) both the money and narcotics as he flees the scene, but also results in the death of .

Later, Tommy Vercetti is given the opportunity to work for Ricardo, while infiltrates the gang under the name "Quentin". As Tommy is carefully concocting a plan to seize control of Ricardo's empire, Lance attempts his own overthrow prematurely, resulting not only in his failure to kill Ricardo, but his capture and torture by Diaz's gang as well. Tommy rushes to his impetuous associate's rescue, blowing his cover in the process. This forces the two to take preemptive measures before Ricardo has them both killed: the pair invade the grounds of the Diaz Mansion, killing dozens of Ricardo's men while making their way to his office, where they ruthlessly slaughter him. In "Vice City", members wear pink or purple Hawaiian shirts, long pants, and sunglasses.

The murder of its chief heralds the rapid demise of Diaz's gang, as Ricardo's mansion and all of his assets are immediately seized by the Vercetti Gang. Ricardo's organization is assumed to completely disband, due to the sudden conspicuous absence of Diaz gang members in Vice City (apart from rampages, during which they spawn infinitely, regardless of whether this chain of events has occurred).

Cuban Gang/Los Cabrones

"Appearances: GTA:VC, GTA:VCS"

The "Cuban Gang" (as named in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City"), also known as Los Cabrones (as named in "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories"), is a Cuban American gang led by .

In "Vice City", circa 1986, the Cuban Gang is the perpetual enemy of the Haitian Gang. Tommy Vercetti fights in the gang war between these two groups for both sides, but because the Haitian Gang tricks Vercetti into working with them, he completely destroys them and allies himself with the Cuban Gang, an alliance that lasts throughout the game. Umberto and Alberto Robina are also personally on good terms with Tommy himself, and regard him as Cuban. The Cuban Gang is also involved in the cocaine trade. In "Vice City Stories", the gang, two years prior, is dubbed "Los Cabrones" and is the sworn enemy of the Cholos Gang, another Hispanic gang based nearby. A war erupts between Los Cabrones and the Cholos for control of Little Havana, which sees the former emerging as the victor.

In their appearance in "Vice City", the Cuban Gang/Los Cabrones members are seen wearing white sleeveless shirts, red bandanas and jeans, or a fedora hat, light yellow shirts and black pants.

Los Santos Vagos

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

Los Santos Vagos is a Hispanic gang found to be in league with the Ballas.

Los Santos Vagos, like the Ballas, pose a threat to Carl "CJ" Johnson, and provide an opportunity to engage in gang wars. The Vagos and the Grove Street Families have experienced an intense rivalry, but the Vagos' arch-enemies are their Latino counterparts, the Varrios Los Aztecas. After Carl and Cesar Vialpando (the leader of the Aztecas) were exiled from Los Santos, the Vagos took over all of the Aztecas' territory, until the return of the Grove Street Families allowed Carl and Cesar to regain the territory. The Los Santos Vagos were once known to be rivals of the San Fierro Rifa, but have come into good terms with them due to cooperative drug trafficking between them.

Heavily involved in the drug trade, they have a major involvement in Big Smoke's short-lived, but powerful crack empire. The Vagos' drug leader, Big Poppa, even took control of the mansion of rapper Madd Dogg when the latter was unable to pay off his debt (however, Carl and the San Fierro Triads eventually launched an offensive on the mansion, seizing it back, with Carl personally killing Big Poppa). If the player takes over all of the Los Santos Vagos' Territory, the Vagos will cease to exist as a gang.

The Vagos are seen wearing yellow bandanas, dressed in white tank tops with tattoos & Khaki pants also they can be shirtless but heavily tatooed.

Varrios Los Aztecas

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

Significantly less prominent than the Vagos, the Varrios Los Aztecas are a Latino gang led by . They have formed an alliance with the Grove Street Families due to Cesar dating and intending to marry Kendl Johnson, sister of Cesar's close friend, Carl Johnson, and due to the gangs possessing common enemies. Indeed, Varrios will still challenge Carl Johnson if they see him on the streets, calling out insults against the Grove Street Families gang and attacking with fists or weapons. They will attack other GSF members on sight, and vice versa. The Varrios are rivals with the Vagos and the San Fierro Rifa, and are also believed to be on bad terms with the Ballas.

The Varrios are traditionally anti-narcotics, with heavy involvement in gun running and street violence, and they only have a few territories compared to other gangs, and these are clustered around the southwestern areas of Eastern Los Santos.

Varrios Los Aztecas members are mostly seen wearing turquoise bandanas and sunglasses, dressed in 'cholo' style clothing and can be seen driving lowriders and at the lowrider challenge.

an Fierro Rifa

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

San Fierro Rifa is the sole Hispanic gang based in San Fierro, later seen to be collaborating with the Ballas and Vagos in the narcotics business. The Rifa also appear to work as thugs for the Loco Syndicate, possibly because Rifa leader is a co-leader of the Loco Syndicate. The Rifa also had a dislike towards Latino gangs in Los Santos, until they joined the narcotics business linked to the Los Santos Vagos. They appear to be rather neutral with the local Chinese Triads and the Vietnamese Da Nang Boys.

Although the Rifa are known for various clashes with Grove Street Families member Carl Johnson, they are normally not hostile towards the Families. They are the least threatening and violent on the streets, but some armed Rifas may attack CJ on sight; when the player attacks them, they usually run. Rifa members are mostly recognizable with their light blue bandanas or white hats.

Despite the death of their leader, T-Bone Mendez, the gang remains in existence in their turf throughout San Fierro, although following the destruction of their crack lab and the closure of the Loco Syndicate, it is unclear whether or not they are involved in the drug trade any further.

Mendez Cartel

"Appearances: GTA:VCS"

The Mendez Cartel is a very powerful Bolivian drug cartel operating out of Vice City from the late '70s until 1984. They arrive in Vice City around the same time as Victor Vance and supply drugs to numerous high ranking officers at Fort Baxter. The Mendez Cartel also owned the mansion on Prawn Island, which has since been taken over by the Streetwannabes/Sharks between 1984 and 1986. After Victor Vance kills Armando and then Diego Mendez, the Cartel is officially disbanded. They are only seen inside their mansion and not the areas surrounding it.

In "Vice City Stories", Mendez Cartel members are depicted as wearing suits, with light colored shirts underneath, as well as having a notable moustache or ponytail.

Afro-Caribbean gangs

Gangs in the GTA IV saga

Hillside Posse

"Appearances: GTA IV"

A Jamaican gang operating out of Dukes, dealing drugs and weapons. Niko Bellic's friend, "Little" Jacob Hughes, is a member of this gang, along with his boss, Real Badman. Niko can do drug deals for this gang, as well as purchase weapons from Little Jacob's trunk when his friendship with him is high enough. Hangouts are Schottler, Beechwood City, and Willis, particularily around the Homebrew Cafe, which they would appear to own. The Posse drives Green, Gold and Black Huntley Sports and Voodoos

Gangs in the GTA III saga

Uptown Yardies

"Appearances: GTA III, GTAA, GTA:LCS"

The Yardies are a Jamaican gang, led by King Courtney. They are secretly in league with the Colombian Cartel and are known to push SPANK onto Staunton Island."'Asuka Kasen: "We underestimated Catalina's plans for SPANK. It reaches far beyond the Yardies selling it on the street corners". (From the Espresso-2-Go mission)] The Yardies and the Diablos are fighting against each other, due to derogatory comments made by the Diablos about Queen Lizzy.Yardie: "We're going for a little ride into Hepburn Heights, whack us some filthy Diablos been dissing Queen Lizzy". (From the Uzi Rider mission)] Yardie members are seen with dreadlocks and wear ex-army attire in "GTA III", while renditions in "GTA: LCS" depict them in brightly colored tank tops, with or without a yellow T-shirt worn inside, jeans and brown boots.

In "GTA: LCS" it is revealed that Toni Cipriani helps the Yardies take over their turf in Newport from the Forelli family as a way to help corrupt cop Leon McAffrey repay an unknown favour to the Yardies that they did for him.

Their use of Jamaican English and modern street slang with their heavy Jamaican accents make them relatively difficult to understand on occasions without the use of game subtitles.

Haitian Gang

"Appearances: GTA:VC"

The Cuban Gang's main rivals for control of the poorer neighborhoods of Little Haiti and Little Havana is the Haitian Gang, led by . Auntie Poulet gives Tommy Vercetti mind-altering drugs to make him use less-than-honest tactics in their war against the Cuban Gang. Vercetti, angered by this and spurred by his friendship with the Cuban Gang, decides to help the Cuban Gang and its leader Umberto Robina destroy the Haitan's large drug manufacturing plant (killing many more members in the process), thereby severing all ties with Poulet and her gang.

Haitian Gang members are seen wearing either blue shirts (reading "RELAX"), white pants and baseball caps, or sky blue sleeveless shirts, jeans and bandanas.

This gang attracted attention from some Haitian-Americans as many, including two community groups, believed it portrayed Haitians negatively. [cite web | url= | title=Haitian-Americans protest Vice City | author=Tor Thorsen | date=25 November, 2003 | accessdate=2007-05-25 | format=html]

White American gangs

Gangs in the GTA IV canon

Jewish Mob

"Appearances: GTA IV"

There is no clear Jewish Mob in GTA IV. However, there are two missions involving a diamond purchase gone wrong where Jewish blood diamond dealers connected to the Italian Mob appear. Isaac Roth, one of the Hasidim, appears to be the boss of the operation, with Mori Green, a standard Orthodox Jew, as his right hand. The LCPD database says that Roth and Green do deals often with African warlord Claude Wome, importing blood diamonds directly from Africa.

The LCPD database also mentions Moe Schwartz, the Italian-Jewish Accountant/Conseglieri of the Lupisella family, in addition to a scheme by Kenny Petrovic where he claimied Jewish heritage in order to take asylum in Israel, though it was proved false.

Irish Mob (The McReary Family)

"Appearances: GTA IV"

A larger Dukes based Irish-American gang, it is currently led by brothers Derrick McReary and Gerald "Gerry" McReary. Gerry often gives his orders through his younger brother, Patrick "Packie" McReary. Another brother, Francis McReary, is Deputy Commissioner of the Liberty City Police Department, but Francis is unable to take down his family due to corruption evidence that Gerry has against him. While not a participant in the family's criminal enterprises, Kate McReary, the only daughter in the male dominated clan, becomes a close friend to Niko Bellic. Derrick has recently returned from a period of hiding in Ireland doing work for the IRA, and does not seem to have much power in the family at this time due to a crippling drug and alcohol addiction. Other known members of the gang include Gordon Sargent and Michael Keane.

The McReary family used to be quite prominent in Liberty City, but their power has greatly diminished due to the rise of the Russian Mafiya in South Broker and the Italian Mafia's expansion into Algonquin. At their height of their power, the center of the McReary Family's territory was the Algonquin neighborhood of Purgatory, which is a nod to the days when the Westies ran the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. The Irish Mob drive Green Contenders and Oracles with an upgraded front bumper and grill.

The McReary Family has ties with the Torres Cartel in Bohan through Packie's good friend Elizabeta, and the Pegorino Family through Ray Boccino. The group's hangout is in Steinway.

Angels of Death Outlaw Motorcycle Gang

"Appearances: GTA IV"

The Angels of Death are a biker gang operating around Beechwood City, BOABO and East Hook in Broker. Their hang-out is an auto shop in Beechwood City and they frequently visit the Burger Shot in that neighborhood, but there is also a building underneath the highway in Varsity Heights, Algonquin that has their logo painted. This may be another hang-out, or a drug lab. The Jaoming Triad are said to supply them with narcotics. They drive Hellfury motorcycles and The Lost Brotherhood are their rivals. The A.O.D. drive Hellfury Motorcycles.

The Lost Brotherhood Motorcycle Gang

"Appearances: GTA IV"

A biker gang operating out of Alderney. It is led by a man named Jonathan Klebitz, introduced to Niko at one of Elizabeta's parties. Mikhail Faustin's daughter's boyfriend, Jason, was a member of the Lost Brotherhood until he was executed by Bellic on orders from Mr. Faustin, but if the player managed to kill Jason before he got to the other bikers, then only Jason would be killed. They are also called the Lost Biker Gang or simply The Lost. The Angels of Death are their rivals. The L.B. drive Zombie Motorcycles.


"Appearances: GTA IV"

This small-time gang is not very powerful, but they are furious fighters. It is unknown who their leader is. They can be found at night in Algonquin Middle Park, Star Junction, Easton, Presidents City and Lower Easton. Note that they might not appear there all the time.

Gangs in the GTA III canon

Vice City Biker Gang

"Appearances: GTA:VC, GTA:VCS"

"The biggest family of misfits, outcasts and badasses," as quoted by their leader, . A group of stereotypical bikers, they wear leather, give off a gruff, tough persona, have long beards and hair, wear biker attire and ride chopper style motorcycles. Circa 1986, they are the only gang, along with the Cuban Gang, with which Tommy Vercetti opens relations without forcibly taking it over. During the course of the game, the hair metal band Love Fist, with help from Tommy Vercetti, hires them to provide security at their concert in Vice City.

In "Vice City Stories", the Biker Gang is very powerful, owning several businesses across Vice City. It is assumed that, by the time of "GTA: Vice City", this once large gang is reduced to only the Greasy Chopper Bar in Downtown.

Victor Vance also stumbles upon a homosexual, racist subsect of the gang, the White Stallionz. The Stallionz are not to be confused with the whole Biker Gang itself, for they only own a portion of the territories that the Vice City Biker Gang owns. The entire gang is wiped out by Victor Vance.

Liberty City Biker Gang

"Appearances: GTA:LCS"

The Biker Gang in Liberty City, led by Cedric "Wayne" Fotheringay, is a biker gang primarily involved in drugs and street racing. The gang is mainly featured in the "Liberty City Stories" installment, mostly in missions centering around Maria. Wayne, the leader, sells drugs to Maria Latore, and is also romantically involved with her;Maria Latore: "This guy I'm seeing, Wayne". (From the Biker Heat mission)] Toni Cipriani discovers the gang whilst assisting Maria, who puts herself up as first prize in a street race between gang members and Toni.Maria Latore: "Dear Toni, I've put myself up as the first prize in a street-race". (From the Booby Prize mission)] Toni later kills Wayne, and meets the gang once more when Maria overdoses on drugsMaria Latore: "I felt like this before, I've OD'd". (From the Overdose of Trouble mission)] , believing the cure is at Rusty Brown Ring Donuts, an old haunt of Wayne's.Maria Latore: "Why have you brought me here [Rusty Browns Ring Donuts] ... this is where Wayne used to hang out!". (From the Overdose of Trouble mission)] Their only known turf is a bar in Chinatown.

They are believed to be on bad terms with the Avenging Angels vigilante group since they are known to cause trouble around Liberty City, circa 1998. Toni is required to kill many groups of Bikers during Avenging Angel missions.Maria Latore: "He deals at a bar down in Chinatown". (From the Biker Heat mission)]

By the time of "GTA III", the gang most likely ceases to exist as a result of the ban on motorcycles.

Trailer Park Mafia

"Appearances: GTA:VCS"

The "Trailer Park Mafia" is the name given to the former redneck gang in "GTA:VCS" based in a trailer park surrounding the Sunshine Autos Car Showroom, circa 1984. Their influence spans to Vice City's poorer communities, bringing further suffering to this bracket of the city's population.cite web | url = | title = Official "Vice City Stories" website | work = Rockstar Games | accessmonthday = September 7 | accessyear = 2006] Their leader, Marty Jay Williams, is murdered by Victor Vance in "" after being prevented from kidnapping his wife, Louise, and forcing her into prostitution. Victor and his brother Lance then acquires the Mafia's businesses and the gang is disbanded. By the time of "GTA: Vice City", even their former turf, the trailer park, has been bulldozed.

In "Vice City Stories", Trailer Park Mafia members are depicted wearing either shirts donning the Confederate flag and baseball caps or tank tops, sunglasses, and jeans.

Other gangs

Vance Crime Family

"Appearances: GTA:VC, GTA:VCS"

At the beginning of ', and throughout ', the Vance Crime Family is made up of two members, Victor and Lance Vance, of which Victor is the leader. Victor turns to dealing in narcotics and prostitution for his commanding officer in order to earn enough money to pay the medical costs of his ill brother, . These actions lead to his discharge from the United States Army, and his subsequent association with known members of the Vice City underworld. It is at this point that the Vance Crime Family is known to have been formed and to have seized control of many businesses and assets from other prominent gangs in Vice City, eventually becoming a large-scale operation with individual businesses protected by armed security hired by Victor. However, for two years after the events of "Vice City Stories", in which Victor and Lance agree to leave Vice City and temporarily "live off" the money they had made, the whereabouts of the Vance Crime Family remain a mystery until 1986, when we learn the fates of Victor and Lance. Victor is killed by members of Diaz's gang during the ambushed narcotics exchange that sets in motion the events portrayed in "". By this time, Vice City is under the complete control of the Vercetti Gang. Lance Vance is killed by the gang's leader, Tommy Vercetti, for having betrayed him.

Loco Syndicate

"Appearances: GTA:SA"

While better classified as a joint business venture, the Loco Syndicate is a collective illegal outfit dealing with drugs, primarily cocaine. The Syndicate has its main operations based in San Fierro, and is made up of San Fierro's most powerful pimp Jizzy B, the leader of the San Fierro Rifa T-Bone Mendez and the mysterious businessman (later revealed to be an undercover Government agent) Mike Toreno. Big Smoke, who started up a large crack-cocaine empire, later establishes a business deal with the Syndicate, sending his number two man, Ryder, as his formal representative to conduct business. The Loco Syndicate is the largest drug cartel in San Fierro and one of the most powerful in San Andreas, before Carl Johnson kills Ryder, Jizzy B and T-Bone Mendez consequently causing the Loco Syndicate to disband. Toreno then returns to his usual Government duties and Big Smoke's narcotics empire ceases transactions with San Fierro.


"Appearances: GTA:VC, GTA:VCS"

The Streetwannabes is a gang of thugs that hang out around outside the North Point Mall and in several dilapadated mansions in Prawn Island as of "GTA: VC", but are hardly a threat to any of the other gangs in Vice City. The only highlight of their gang's history was being part of an aerial massacre that resulted in many of them getting killed. It is also suggested that they are involved in arms running. They apparently are on bad terms with Mitch Baker's Biker Gang and in one mission they even steal his prized motorcycle and keep it captive in a motor garage in Downtown. The leader of the gang (name unknown) betrays Ricardo Diaz and steals his shipment of drugs and orders the killing of him (and many other members in the aforementioned aerial slaughter).

The Streetwannabes are known as the Sharks in "Vice City Stories" and are located in the East Island of Vice City; they manage a number of rackets, which Victor eventually takes over. An interesting note is that, after Victor takes over one of their businesses, the Sharks do not back down in their attacks until all of their businesses have been taken. Often, they chase Victor in their Gang Ranchers, or sometimes attempt to destroy his empire sites.

They are listed as the "Streetwannabe's," with use of the apostrophe, in the "Vice City" stats, but the Shark logos on the back of their denim jackets, along with graffiti on buildings and their gang cars, has led some to call them the Sharks. The Streetwannabes are mostly seen wearing denim jackets, jeans and red bandanas. In "GTA:VCS" the Sharks are seen wearing brightly coloured shirts, light brown or grey pants and berets.

Of interesting note is that certain unrelated "gangs" in "Vice City" are also listed as Streetwannabes. This includes army soldiers and "gangs" that show up in certain missions, such as the Forelli family in the final mission, the attackers in the "All Hands on Deck!" mission, and the courier and bodyguards of a counterfeiting syndicate in the "Hit the Courier" mission (it is unknown why the counterfeiting syndicate is made up of women).

Avenging Angels

"Appearances: GTA:LCS"

The Avenging Angels are a vigilante group who patrol various areas throughout Liberty City. In "GTA:LCS", the player may opt to work with the Avenging Angels and recruit members of the organization in side missions. Members are required to don a beret and jacket, similar to the uniform of the real-life Guardian Angels. However, Avenging Angels berets are black (although in the PS2 version, they wear black beanies instead) and the jackets are green, as opposed to the red used on both the berets and jackets of the Guardian Angels. Avenging Angels also sport long combat pants and a T-shirt of varied designs and colors.

Their leader is Jesus Sentenz, also known as "Max". Although Sentenz never appears in-game, the official "Liberty City Stories" website features an "e-mail" from him in which he explains that "We protect street people from tha streets, and the streets from street people. Cause the streets respect the Avenging Angels man, and if they don't, we put them down on tha streets" and "the cops don't stop no crime, the cops don't help people and all that, the cops ain't positive, man". He also explains that an old lady being beaten to death at the hands of the Avenging Angels was a case of mistaken identity and says "you show me someone whose hasn't bin falsely incarcerated or shot by police and I'll show you a liar".

ecurity Guards

"Appearances: GTA:VC, GTA:VCS" The Security guards are divided into two main subsects: Patrol Invest Group (P.I.G.) and DBP Security. Patrol Invest Group, is a security firm that mainly operates as a legitimate security force in Vice City, but they are involved in some illegal protection services. Their "turf," so to speak, are the areas of North Point Mall, Escobar International Airport, Leaf Links Golf Club, and Starfish Island. The P.I.G. appear in missions as hired protection for Congressman Alex Shrub and the band Love Fist. They also attack the Streetwannabes, Vercetti Gang, and the VCPD police officers. DBP Security are a smaller security firm that attempt to move in on some of Tommy Vercetti's protection rackets in Ocean Beach, which prompts him to kill all the guards involved and destroy their office. They also have links to the Vice City Triads, helping them with their illegal money printing operation by providing protection for them. In 1984, in Vice City Stories, the P.I.G. are still seen in the mall or around the airport, but they have not yet established themselves as a gang and haven't turned to crime yet.

Notes and References

*Official Brady Games Strategy Guides:
** GTA: Vice City
** GTA: San Andreas
** GTA: Liberty City Stories
** GTA: Vice City Stories

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