[[Image:Rhino-GTA3-front.jpg|thumb|right|300px|A Rhino in GTA III.]]
The '''Rhino''' is the name of an armored fighting vehicle since [[Grand Theft Auto III]], commonly referred to by players simply as a Tank. The Rhino has since appeared in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]].
== Description ==
Like [[Tank|it's predecessor]] in [[Grand Theft Auto 2]], the Rhino appears when the player attains a six star [[Wanted Level in GTA III Era|wanted rating]]. In all games, the Rhino can be avoided without much difficulty because of its slow speed and bad handling, but it's extremely deadly if the player attempts engaging one and the soldier driving always carries strong weapons. Also, when successfully stolen, authorities can bust the player due to the Rhino's slow speed. When it hits a vehicle, the vehicle most of the time explodes straight away; if not, it starts to burn instead, in [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]] however, this does not happen. Although the Rhino has a cannon it is never used by law enforcement, this however is changed in GTA Chinatown Wars as the Army will fire the cannon which causes massive damage to, and usually kills, the player. The Rhino is practically invincible to small arms fire and crashes; and only [[Satchel Charges]], Dozens of other explosives and rockets and the [[Police Maverick]]'s mounted gun can cause damage to it. Also, flame weapons (such as the [[Molotov Cocktail|molotov cocktails]] and [[Flamethrower|flamethrower]]) can also be used to inflict damage.
=== Design ===
In GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories, the Rhino features a seemingly original but chunky design comparable a modified [[wp:M3 Lee|M3 tank]]. It is of heavy construction, with doors on both sides that can be easily damaged with even the slightest hit, and a truck-style 3-axle drivetrain with easily seen wheels. The turret can be rotated by pressing buttons, which made precise shooting almost impossible.
In its original appearance in GTA III, the Rhino assumes a stark appearance with little details on its armored body. The GTA Vice City rendition, however, added various equipment on the vehicle, as well as enlarging the turret's barrel. While the GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories would follow design ques of the GTA III and GTA Vice City renditions, the turret barrel of GTA Liberty Stories rendition is of the same size and length as that in GTA Vice City, while the GTA Vice City Stories' is even longer.
In GTA San Andreas, the Rhino looks like an [[wp:M1 Abrams|M1 Abrams]] and it is much more realistic. It is colored beige (desert camouflage), has a normal tank entrance in front and a new drivetrain with smaller wheels, which look almost like tracks. It also has a new steering system, that finally allows the player to make very tight turns. The turret is operated with the mouse or right thumbstick ([[PlayStation 2]]), which allows the player to shoot directly at the target. The Rhino in GTA San Andreas is also heavy enough to literary push aircraft, making the Rhnio an ideal vehicle to [[Andromada#Appearances|push the destroyed Andromada]] from "[[Stowaway]]".
Interestingly enough, neither the GTA San Andreas nor the non-GTA San Andreas versions have caterpillar tracks as their their real life counterparts; the reason for this is probably due to the limits of the game's engine.
The Rhino does not appear in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]; this is assumed to be because of Rockstar's goal of making GTA IV more realistic than previous games. However, GTA Chinatown Wars reintroduces the Rhino with an appearance similar to the original Rhino but depicts threads.
Celebrity in the GTA IV Era
Pop and Tabloid Culture
GTA IV's media is sprinkled with references to its own fictional pop culture universe, which parodies the 2000s-era wave of reality television and "famous for being famous" celebrities. Many of the celebrities have turbulent friendships or loose associations with each other, much like their real life counterparts; For example, Brody Jenner and Kim Kardashian are half-siblings, and many other celebrities are socially linked together via New York's Covenant of the Sacred Heart Catholic school.
Heirs and Heiresses:
|Cloe Parker||Import/export heiress||Paris Hilton, Britney Spears|
|Jill Von Crastenburg||Banking heiress||Nicole Richie, Mary-Kate Olsen|
|Unnamed British Prince||Royalty||Prince Harry|
|January Natasha Vasquez||Drug heiress||Kim Kardashian|
|Alfonso Vasquez Jr.||Drug heir||Rob Kardashian|
|Tyler Dixon||Cloe Parker's fiance||Kevin Federline|
|Lyle Cleethorpes V||Historic family heir||Josh Astor, David Mayer de Rothschild|
|Kerry McIntosh||Supermodel||Kate Moss, Britney Spears|
|Samantha Muldoon||Singer||Angelina Jolie, Madonna|
|Tony McTony||Social network founder||Mark Zuckerberg, Sean "Diddy" Combs|
|Ernesto Asaltacunas||Baseball player||Jose Canseco|
|Richard Bastion||Radio host||Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck|
|Poppy Mitchell||Actress||Lindsay Lohan|
|Clay "Pain Giver" Jackson||Rapper||Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Cam'Ron|
|Bruce Spade||Actor||Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio|
|Al Di Napoli||Actor||Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino|
|Blue Brothers||Singers||Jonas Brothers|
|Wayne Tearson||Actor||Heath Ledger|
Carried over from GTA III Era:
|Jack Howitzer||Actor||Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone|
|Love Fist||Rock band||Motley Crue, Guns 'n' Roses, Iron Maiden|
|Madd Dogg||Rapper||Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube|
|OG Loc||Rapper||MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice|
|Lazlow||Radio host||NA (as himself)|
Real-life celebrities: Considerably more famous people in real life agreed to portray themselves in GTA IV than any previous GTA game. Almost every in-game DJ is a prominent musician or personality in real life, Ricky Gervais and Katt Williams play themselves as comedians, and Busta Rhymes also appeared on the radio as himself to promote his new album (in-game and real life).
The political atmosphere of the game has a very strong sense of post-9/11 hysteria. Surprisingly, there are no references or parodies whatsoever to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, which was arguably the largest media frenzy of 2008, likely because the majority of GTA IV was completed before 2008, and well before Obama was considered a viable candidate for President.
|Joe Lawton||US President||George W. Bush|
|Charles Martin||Alderney Senator||Duke Cunningham, James Traficant, Webster Hubbell|
|Michael Graves||Liberty Gubernational candidate||Mark Foley|
|John Hunter||Liberty Gubernational candidate||Al Franken, Fred Thompson, Jesse Ventura|
|Thomas Stubbs III||Liberty House Representative||Kennedy family|
|Julio Ochoa||Liberty Mayor||Fernando "Freddy" Ferrer|
|Bryce Dawkins||Liberty Deputy Mayor||Larry Craig, Richard Curtis, Bob Allen|