Juan Cortez

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Character
Juan Garcia Cortez
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Appearances GTA Vice City
GTA Vice City Stories
Full Name Juan Garcia Cortez
Aliases Colonel Cortez
Colonel
Status

Alive

Gender Gender::Male
Home Yacht (previously docked in Ocean Beach, Vice City)
Family Unnamed wife (deceased)
Mercedes Cortez (daughter)
Main Affiliations Cortez Crew
Cortez' Maid
Gonzalez
Ricardo Diaz
Diaz' Gang
Ken Rosenberg
Lance Vance
Victor Vance
Tommy Vercetti
Vehicles Yacht
Speeder
Voiced by Robert Davi

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[[Mercedes Cortez]] (daughter) |affiliations = [[Cortez Crew]]
[[Cortez' Maid]]
[[Gonzalez]]
[[Ricardo Diaz]]
[[Diaz' Gang]]
[[Ken Rosenberg]]
[[Lance Vance]]
[[Victor Vance]]
[[Tommy Vercetti]] |vehicles = [[Cortez' Yacht|Yacht]]
[[Speeder]] |businesses = |voice = [[Robert Davi]] }} '''Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez''', also known as '''Colonel Cortez''' or simply, '''Cortez''', is a character in the [[3D Universe]] who appears as a main character in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] (set in [[1986]]) and is mentioned in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] (set in [[1984]]). He is the head of the [[Cortez Crew]] and is a retired army colonel from an unknown Central American country, and is the father of [[Mercedes Cortez]]. He is voiced by [[Robert Davi]]. ==Character history== ===Early life=== Juan Cortez was born in an unnamed Central American country and during his time in his home country survived thirty coups and nine death sentences, always managing to survive and get promoted. Cortez has a disliking of the French and accuses them of hypocrisy for stealing from poor nations for centuries while they accuse him of being a thief for stealing their missile chips. Cortez also married an unnamed woman before having a daughter, [[Mercedes Cortez|Mercedes]]. By [[1986]] his wife had died. At some point he became heavily involved in the narcotics trade, eventually deciding to move to [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]]. Cortez, however, first sends his right-hand man [[Gonzalez]], who establishes a place for Cortez in the city, although Gonzalez continues to steal some of Cortez' drugs to sell for a side profit. [[Ricardo Diaz]], another newly arrived drug dealer who has plans on becoming the cities drug baron, discovers Gonzalez' treachery and threatens to kill him if he does not begin to tell Diaz about Cortez' future drug deals in the city. ===Moving to Vice City=== By [[1986]] Cortez moved to Vice City and established himself in the city, often throwing parties on his [[Cortez' Yacht|yacht]], with the cities most prominent people attending, including Congressman [[Alex Shrub]], retired football star [[BJ Smith]], rock star [[Jezz Torrent]], drug baron Ricardo Diaz and real estate mogul [[Avery Carrington]]. Cortez, officially, resides in the city as a [[:wp:Cultural attaché|cultural attaché]] and thus has diplomatic immunity, although the [[VCPD in GTA III Era|Vice City Police Department]] still bugs his home. He helps [[Ken Rosenberg]] to establish a drugs trade between the [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]] based [[Forelli Family]], represented by [[Tommy Vercetti]], [[Harry]] and [[Lee]], and the [[Vance Crime Family]], represented by [[Lance Vance|Lance]] and [[Victor Vance]]. The deal, however, is ambushed by [[Ricardo Diaz|Ricardo Diaz']] [[Diaz' Gang|hitmen]]. Tommy Vercetti later attended one of Cortez' [[The Party|parties]] under the orders of Ken Rosenberg and Cortez agreed to look into the ambushed drug deal, later informing Vercetti that Gonzalez had been talking about the deal and sends Vercetti to [[Treacherous Swine|kill]] him with a chainsaw. He continues to look into the ambushed deal and later confirms his suspicions that Diaz was involved, informing Vercetti. Whilst looking into the ambushed deal, Cortez has Tommy [[Mall Shootout|steal missile technology chips]] that the French government had wanted and had Tommy [[Guardian Angels|protect]] Diaz in a drug deal with the [[Cubans]], allowing Tommy to become friends with Diaz and infiltrate his operation. Cortez allows Tommy to work for Diaz and openly suggests that he may have been involved in the ambushed deal, but refuses to accuse him because Diaz is a 'dangerous man'. Later, however, Cortez does phone Tommy and asks him to [[Sir, Yes Sir!|steal]] a [[Rhino|tank]] from [[Military|soldiers]] moving it through the town to an [[Viceport Military Garage|unknown military garage in Viceport]]. Tommy steals the tank and continues to work for Diaz, eventually [[Rub Out|killing him]] and taking over his empire. Cortez, however, would phone Tommy once again to request his help in [[All Hands on Deck!|fleeing Vice City]], as [[GIGN and DGSE|French government agents]] are going to try to get their technology back. Tommy helps Cortez escape to safer waters and is given [[Speeder|a boat]] to go back to shore, with Cortez asking Tommy to take care of his daughter, Mercedes. Cortez phones Tommy from an unknown location, after a major [[Keep Your Friends Close...|gun battle]] at the [[Vercetti Estate]] to ask about rumours that Mercedes was studying law, which to his relief turn out to be rumours. Cortez seems, however, to be unaware of Mercedes role in a film starring [[Candy Suxxx]]. ==Mission appearances== ;GTA Vice City *[[The Party]] *[[Riot (GTA VC)|Riot]] (post mission phone call) *[[Treacherous Swine]] (Boss) *[[Mall Shootout]] (Boss) *[[Guardian Angels]] (Boss) *[[Phnom Penh '86]] (post mission phone call) *[[Sir, Yes Sir!]] (Boss) *[[Death Row]] (post mission phone call) *[[All Hands on Deck!]] (Boss) *[[Keep Your Friends Close...]] (post mission phone call) == VCBI record == Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez has a record in the [[Vice City Bureau of Investigation]].{{cite web | url = http://www.rockstargames.com/vicecity/ | title = Vice City Crime Tree | work = [[Rockstar Games]] }} official GTA Vice City website: * Believed to facilitate trade in all areas of criminal activity, including, but not limited to, narcotics, firearms, weapons, and military secrets. * In own country, has been sentenced to death 9 times, but always survives and gets promoted. * Cultural Attaché. * Has diplomatic immunity - bear this in mind when bugging his house. * Has somehow survived up to 30 coups in his native country. * Likes to eat endangered species. Considers this to be fine living. * Lives with daughter. Widower. * Long term dislike for French secret service. ==Murder committed== *[[Gonzales]] - (sent [[Tommy Vercetti]] to kill him for speaking about Cortez' criminal activities.) ==Trivia== *Juan Cortez enjoys eating endangered species, including tapia snout, considering it a hallmark of fine living. *Juan Cortez is a parody of [[:wp:Manuel Noriega|Manuel Noriega]], the former military dictator of [[:wp:Panama|Panama]], who was also a major drug trafficker during the 1980s. Robert Davi, who voiced Cortez, also parodies Noriega in the James Bond film ''Licence to Kill''. *A [[Mobile Phone|phone]] conversation between Cortez and Tommy, that was deleted from the final game, states that Cortez has returned to his home country and had been involved in three revolutions, being promoted each time. The canonicity of this, however, is unknown. ==References== {{Navboxes |title= Navigation |list1={{characters|state=collapsed}} {{Gtavc characters|state=collapsed}} {{Gtavcs characters|state=collapsed}} }} [[Category:Characters|Cortez, Juan]] [[Category:Characters in GTA Vice City|Cortez, Juan]] [[Category:Characters in GTA Vice City Stories|Cortez, Juan]] [[Category:Characters in 3D Universe|Cortez, Juan]] [[Category:Bosses|Cortez, Juan]] [[Category:Gang Leaders|Cortez, Juan]] [[Category:Gangsters|Cortez, Juan]]

Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez, also known as Colonel Cortez or simply, Cortez, is a character in the 3D Universe who appears as a main character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (set in 1986) and is mentioned in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (set in 1984). He is the head of the Cortez Crew and is a retired army colonel from an unknown Central American country, and is the father of Mercedes Cortez. He is voiced by Robert Davi.

Character history

Early life

Juan Cortez was born in an unnamed Central American country and during his time in his home country survived thirty coups and nine death sentences, always managing to survive and get promoted. Cortez has a disliking of the French and accuses them of hypocrisy for stealing from poor nations for centuries while they accuse him of being a thief for stealing their missile chips. Cortez also married an unnamed woman before having a daughter, Mercedes. By 1986 his wife had died.

At some point he became heavily involved in the narcotics trade, eventually deciding to move to Vice City. Cortez, however, first sends his right-hand man Gonzalez, who establishes a place for Cortez in the city, although Gonzalez continues to steal some of Cortez' drugs to sell for a side profit. Ricardo Diaz, another newly arrived drug dealer who has plans on becoming the cities drug baron, discovers Gonzalez' treachery and threatens to kill him if he does not begin to tell Diaz about Cortez' future drug deals in the city.

Moving to Vice City

By 1986 Cortez moved to Vice City and established himself in the city, often throwing parties on his yacht, with the cities most prominent people attending, including Congressman Alex Shrub, retired football star BJ Smith, rock star Jezz Torrent, drug baron Ricardo Diaz and real estate mogul Avery Carrington. Cortez, officially, resides in the city as a cultural attaché and thus has diplomatic immunity, although the Vice City Police Department still bugs his home. He helps Ken Rosenberg to establish a drugs trade between the Liberty City based Forelli Family, represented by Tommy Vercetti, Harry and Lee, and the Vance Crime Family, represented by Lance and Victor Vance. The deal, however, is ambushed by Ricardo Diaz' hitmen.

Tommy Vercetti later attended one of Cortez' parties under the orders of Ken Rosenberg and Cortez agreed to look into the ambushed drug deal, later informing Vercetti that Gonzalez had been talking about the deal and sends Vercetti to kill him with a chainsaw. He continues to look into the ambushed deal and later confirms his suspicions that Diaz was involved, informing Vercetti. Whilst looking into the ambushed deal, Cortez has Tommy steal missile technology chips that the French government had wanted and had Tommy protect Diaz in a drug deal with the Cubans, allowing Tommy to become friends with Diaz and infiltrate his operation.

Cortez allows Tommy to work for Diaz and openly suggests that he may have been involved in the ambushed deal, but refuses to accuse him because Diaz is a 'dangerous man'. Later, however, Cortez does phone Tommy and asks him to steal a tank from soldiers moving it through the town to an unknown military garage in Viceport. Tommy steals the tank and continues to work for Diaz, eventually killing him and taking over his empire. Cortez, however, would phone Tommy once again to request his help in fleeing Vice City, as French government agents are going to try to get their technology back. Tommy helps Cortez escape to safer waters and is given a boat to go back to shore, with Cortez asking Tommy to take care of his daughter, Mercedes. Cortez phones Tommy from an unknown location, after a major gun battle at the Vercetti Estate to ask about rumours that Mercedes was studying law, which to his relief turn out to be rumours. Cortez seems, however, to be unaware of Mercedes role in a film starring Candy Suxxx.

Mission appearances

GTA Vice City

VCBI record

Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez has a record in the Vice City Bureau of Investigation.[1]:

  • Believed to facilitate trade in all areas of criminal activity, including, but not limited to, narcotics, firearms, weapons, and military secrets.
  • In own country, has been sentenced to death 9 times, but always survives and gets promoted.
  • Cultural Attaché.
  • Has diplomatic immunity - bear this in mind when bugging his house.
  • Has somehow survived up to 30 coups in his native country.
  • Likes to eat endangered species. Considers this to be fine living.
  • Lives with daughter. Widower.
  • Long term dislike for French secret service.

Murder committed

Trivia

  • Juan Cortez enjoys eating endangered species, including tapia snout, considering it a hallmark of fine living.
  • Juan Cortez is a parody of Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, who was also a major drug trafficker during the 1980s. Robert Davi, who voiced Cortez, also parodies Noriega in the James Bond film Licence to Kill.
  • A phone conversation between Cortez and Tommy, that was deleted from the final game, states that Cortez has returned to his home country and had been involved in three revolutions, being promoted each time. The canonicity of this, however, is unknown.

References

  1. Vice City Crime Tree. Rockstar Games. official GTA Vice City website