Ricardo Diaz

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Character
Ricardo Diaz
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Appearances [[Appearance::GTA Vice City
GTA Vice City Stories]]
Full Name Ricardo Diaz
Aliases Mr. Diaz
Gender Gender::Male
Place of Birth Colombia
Date of Death [[Error: Invalid time.|1986]][[DOD::1986| ]]
Nationality [[Colombian|Colombian]][[Nationality::Colombian| ]]
Home Diaz' Mansion, Starfish Island, Vice City
Main Affiliations Victor Vance
Lance Vance
Diaz' Gang
Gonzalez
Juan Cortez
Tommy Vercetti
Mike
Vehicles Grey Admiral
Cheetah
Infernus
Stretch
Businesses Drugs Trade
Protection
Voiced by Luis Guzmán

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[[Lance Vance]]
[[Diaz's Gang|Diaz' Gang]]
[[Gonzalez]]
[[Juan Cortez]]
[[Tommy Vercetti]]
[[Mike (GTA VC)|Mike]] |vehicles = Grey [[Admiral]]
[[Cheetah]]
[[Infernus]]
[[Stretch]] |businesses = Drugs Trade
Protection |voice = [[Luis Guzmán]] }} '''Ricardo Diaz''' is a recurring character in the [[Grand Theft Auto]] series appearing in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] (set in [[1986]]) and in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] (set in [[1984]]). He is the leader of his own [[Diaz's Gang|gang]] and, by 1986, is the drug baron of [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]]. [[Luis Guzmán]], who has also starred in such films as ‘‘Out of Sight’’ voices him. ==Character history== ===Up to 1984=== [[Image:RicardoDiaz-GTAVCS.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Ricardo Diaz in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]].]] Ricardo Diaz grew up in [[Colombia]] and moved to the [[United States]] in 1978, bribing the INS for a green card, before moving to [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]] in the early 1980s. He invests money into a [[Vercetti Estate|mansion]] on the expensive [[Starfish Island]] and, whilst his home is partially built, meets and befriends [[Lance Vance|Lance]] and [[Victor Vance]]. He has them [[Steal the Deal|steal]] a drugs shipment of [[Juan Cortez]], under the supervision of [[Gonzalez]], which Victor does successfully. Following his success, Diaz decides to employ Victor more work and has him go to a [[The Exchange (GTA VCS)|meeting]] with the DEA, which is ambushed by Gonzalez and his crew, although Victor manages to kill Gonzalez' men and make the deal with the DEA, securing Diaz gets a large supply of heavy duty guns. Diaz becomes aware that Gonzalez has betrayed [[Juan Cortez|Colonel Juan Cortez]] and [[Farewell to Arms|explains]] to Gonzalez that he will inform him of all of Cortez' drug deals, with Diaz ordering Victor to drive Gonzalez to the [[Escobar International Airport|airport]]. Lance Vance then borrows money from Diaz and has his brother work to repay the debt, with Diaz having Victor [[Domo Arigato Domestoboto|destroy]] [[Diego and Armando Mendez|Armando Mendez']] bearer bonds using a [[Domestobot]], before having him [[Over The Top|steal]] an attack helicopter from the [[Fort Baxter Air Base]] in order to attack the [[Mendez Compound]] in [[Downtown Vice City|Downtown]], Vice City. Having been successful in stealing the helicopter, Victor [[Last Stand|attacks]] the Mendez Compound on Diaz' orders and kills both Diego Mendez and [[Jerry Martinez]]. Following this, Victor and Lance decide to leave Vice City. ===Final years=== In between 1984 and 1986, Diaz establishes himself as the drug baron of Vice City and finishes the building of his mansion. His drug habit continues and he has become far more paranoid. Diaz sets up a number of foundations across Vice City and Latin America, although the [[Vice City Police Department]] believe them to be a front, whilst they also suspect him of eighteen murders. Diaz has also established a protection racket in the city. Diaz, continuing to use information from Gonzalez, has a drug deal between the [[Forelli Family]] and the [[Vance Crime Family]] ambushed, stealing both the drugs and money. He later appears at one of Juan Cortez' [[The Party|parties]], which was also attended by Forelli representative [[Tommy Vercetti]]. Cortez begins to investigate the deal and discovers Gonzalez' involvement and has him [[Treacherous Swine|killed]]. Cortez openly suggests that Diaz may have been involved, but does not accuse him. Cortez does employ Vercetti and Lance Vance, who Diaz does not remember, to [[Guardian Angels|protect]] him in a deal with the [[Cubans]], which results in Diaz hiring the two for other jobs. Diaz first has the two deal with the [[Sharks]], who have been stealing three percent of his profits, first [[The Chase|following]] a gang member to an abandoned home and then [[Phnom Penh '86|attacking]] the home, killing a number of the gangs members. Later, Diaz has the two [[The Fastest Boat|steal the fastest boat]] in the city and then use the boat to [[Supply & Demand|purchase drugs]] from a dealer, before escaping the other potential buyers. Lance eventually decides to [[Death Row|avenge]] his brother’s death and kills Diaz, although his plan backfires. He is rescued by Vercetti and they later [[Rub Out|assault]] Diaz' mansion, resulting in the death of Diaz. ==Development== Concept art on the [[Rockstar North|Rockstar North's]] website shows that the working name for Ricardo Diaz was "Fernando Diaz". The name Ricardo may be a reference to Ricardo Tubs, a major character from the show ''Miami Vice''. The character Tony Montana, from the 1983 film ''Scarface'', may also be an influence of Ricardo Diaz' character. Diaz' mansion is similar to Montana's, whilst Diaz wears the exact same clothes as Montana during the famous chainsaw torture scene from Scarface. ==Gallery== RicardoDiaz-Artwork2.jpg|Concept artwork of Ricardo Diaz for GTA Vice City Stories TheExchange-GTAVCS.jpg|Ricardo Diaz with [[Lance Vance|Lance]] and [[Victor Vance]], from [[The Exchange (GTA VCS)|The Exchange]] GuardianAngels-GTAVC2.jpg|Ricardo Diaz meeting [[Tommy Vercetti]] and Lance Vance, from [[Guardian Angels]] TheChase-GTAVC.jpg|Ricardo Diaz giving Tommy Vercetti instructions, from [[The Chase]] RubOut-GTAVC3.jpg|Ricardo Diaz about to be killed by Tommy Vercetti and Lance Vance, from [[Rub Out]] DiazMansion.jpg|Ricardo Diaz' partially built mansion in [[1984]] VercettiEstate-GTAVC-exterior.jpg|Ricardo Diaz' mansion in [[1986]] Diaz's gang.jpg|Members of Ricardo Diaz' [[Diaz's Gang|Gang]] Ricardo Diaz Artwork.jpg|Ricardo Diaz' concept artwork with his beta name, Fernando Diaz. ==Trivia== *Ricardo Diaz is paranoid and hot headed, even destroying a VCR because it would not play a video. He later discovered that he had not plugged his VCR in. *Ricardo Diaz has over-active glands and sweats more than are socially acceptable. *The Vice City Police Department believe that Ricardo Diaz has a Napoleon Complex due to his short stature. *Ricardo Diaz is fan of [[El Burro|El Burro's]] pornography. *[[Mercedes Cortez]] dislikes Ricardo Diaz. ==Mission appearances== [[File:RicardoDiaz-Artwork.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Artwork of Ricardo Diaz in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]].]] ;GTA Vice City *[[The Party]] *[[Guardian Angels]] *[[The Chase]] (Boss) *[[Phnom Penh '86]] (Boss) *[[The Fastest Boat]] (Boss) *[[Supply & Demand]] (Boss) *[[Rub Out]] (Boss/Killed) ;GTA Vice City Stories *[[Steal the Deal]] (Boss) *[[The Exchange (GTA VCS)|The Exchange]] (Boss) *[[Farewell to Arms]] *[[Domo Arigato Domestoboto]] (Boss) *[[Over The Top]] (Boss) *[[Last Stand]] (Boss) {{GTAVC characters}} {{GTA Vice City Stories Characters}} [[Category:Characters|Diaz, Ricardo]] [[Category:Characters in GTA Vice City|Diaz, Ricardo]] [[Category:Characters in GTA Vice City Stories|Diaz, Ricardo]] [[Category:Bosses|Diaz, Ricardo]] [[Category:Deceased Characters|Diaz, Ricardo]] [[Category:Drug Dealers|Diaz, Ricardo]] [[Category:Gang Leaders|Diaz, Ricardo]] [[Category:Gangsters|Diaz, Ricardo]]

Ricardo Diaz is a recurring character in the Grand Theft Auto series appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (set in 1986) and in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (set in 1984). He is the leader of his own gang and, by 1986, is the drug baron of Vice City. Luis Guzmán, who has also starred in such films as ‘‘Out of Sight’’ voices him.

Character history

Up to 1984

Ricardo Diaz grew up in Colombia and moved to the United States in 1978, bribing the INS for a green card, before moving to Vice City in the early 1980s. He invests money into a mansion on the expensive Starfish Island and, whilst his home is partially built, meets and befriends Lance and Victor Vance. He has them steal a drugs shipment of Juan Cortez, under the supervision of Gonzalez, which Victor does successfully. Following his success, Diaz decides to employ Victor more work and has him go to a meeting with the DEA, which is ambushed by Gonzalez and his crew, although Victor manages to kill Gonzalez' men and make the deal with the DEA, securing Diaz gets a large supply of heavy duty guns. Diaz becomes aware that Gonzalez has betrayed Colonel Juan Cortez and explains to Gonzalez that he will inform him of all of Cortez' drug deals, with Diaz ordering Victor to drive Gonzalez to the airport.

Lance Vance then borrows money from Diaz and has his brother work to repay the debt, with Diaz having Victor destroy Armando Mendez' bearer bonds using a Domestobot, before having him steal an attack helicopter from the Fort Baxter Air Base in order to attack the Mendez Compound in Downtown, Vice City. Having been successful in stealing the helicopter, Victor attacks the Mendez Compound on Diaz' orders and kills both Diego Mendez and Jerry Martinez. Following this, Victor and Lance decide to leave Vice City.

Final years

In between 1984 and 1986, Diaz establishes himself as the drug baron of Vice City and finishes the building of his mansion. His drug habit continues and he has become far more paranoid. Diaz sets up a number of foundations across Vice City and Latin America, although the Vice City Police Department believe them to be a front, whilst they also suspect him of eighteen murders. Diaz has also established a protection racket in the city. Diaz, continuing to use information from Gonzalez, has a drug deal between the Forelli Family and the Vance Crime Family ambushed, stealing both the drugs and money. He later appears at one of Juan Cortez' parties, which was also attended by Forelli representative Tommy Vercetti. Cortez begins to investigate the deal and discovers Gonzalez' involvement and has him killed. Cortez openly suggests that Diaz may have been involved, but does not accuse him.

Cortez does employ Vercetti and Lance Vance, who Diaz does not remember, to protect him in a deal with the Cubans, which results in Diaz hiring the two for other jobs. Diaz first has the two deal with the Sharks, who have been stealing three percent of his profits, first following a gang member to an abandoned home and then attacking the home, killing a number of the gangs members. Later, Diaz has the two steal the fastest boat in the city and then use the boat to purchase drugs from a dealer, before escaping the other potential buyers. Lance eventually decides to avenge his brother’s death and kills Diaz, although his plan backfires. He is rescued by Vercetti and they later assault Diaz' mansion, resulting in the death of Diaz.

Development

Concept art on the Rockstar North's website shows that the working name for Ricardo Diaz was "Fernando Diaz". The name Ricardo may be a reference to Ricardo Tubs, a major character from the show Miami Vice. The character Tony Montana, from the 1983 film Scarface, may also be an influence of Ricardo Diaz' character. Diaz' mansion is similar to Montana's, whilst Diaz wears the exact same clothes as Montana during the famous chainsaw torture scene from Scarface.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Ricardo Diaz is paranoid and hot headed, even destroying a VCR because it would not play a video. He later discovered that he had not plugged his VCR in.
  • Ricardo Diaz has over-active glands and sweats more than are socially acceptable.
  • The Vice City Police Department believe that Ricardo Diaz has a Napoleon Complex due to his short stature.
  • Ricardo Diaz is fan of El Burro's pornography.
  • Mercedes Cortez dislikes Ricardo Diaz.

Mission appearances

File:RicardoDiaz-Artwork.jpg
Artwork of Ricardo Diaz in GTA Vice City.
GTA Vice City
GTA Vice City Stories