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Lance Wilson
[[Image::File:Ryder-GTASA.jpg| ]]
Appearances [[Appearance::Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]
Full Name Lance Wilson
Aliases Ryder, Shermhead
Gender Gender::Male
Place of Birth Los Santos, San Andreas
Date of Death 1992
Nationality [[American|American]][[Nationality::American| ]]
Home Grove Street, Ganton Los Santos
Main Affiliations Grove Street Families
Los Santos Vagos
San Fierro Rifa
Russian Mafia
Vehicles Brown Picador
Voiced by MC Eiht

Lance Wilson, better known as Ryder, was a long-time member of the Grove Street Families gang in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He is accused of always being the troublemaker; along with CJ, and is also said to go on rampages, attempting the impossible, and is always under the influence of some kind of drug, presumably cannabis blunts dipped in PCP or "water" as Ryder calls it. During most missions, he's seen holding a rolled up marijuana blunt. He is also the chatterbox of the group (which is probably the affect the drug he's on has on him), and likes to comment on people's driving. CJ revealed on one mission that he was kicked out of high school because he beat up his teacher for wearing Ballas colors. Ryder claims that it was because he was too intelligent for school.

Later in the game it turns out he has been bribed by Frank Tenpenny to join the Loco Syndicate and thus drops the "homies for life" and becomes an enemy of the Grove Street Families. He persuades Carl Johnson to steal weapons from a retired army colonel, steal ammunition from a freighter train, and raid a national guard compund obstensibly so that GSF could make a comeback in Los Santos. If the player fails to rob the colonel without making noise and the Colonel awakes, Ryder will abandon CJ to the colonel's wrath, and he says himself that he thought CJ would certainly die in the armory. Carl finally kills him in a boat chase (or with a precise shot from the pier).

Ryder bears a striking resemblance to the late rapper Eazy-E, wearing a black baseball cap and sporting a Jheri Curls hair style, while constantly seen with a pair of blacked out sunglasses worn on occasions by Eazy-E. He also has a habit of calling CJ a "buster." Ryder owns a Picador with a license plate which reads SHERM.


Ryder was voiced by MC Eiht. "Hood Took Me Under", a song produced by Compton's Most Wanted, including member MC Eiht, is featured on Radio Los Santos and San Andreas's game soundtrack.

Mission appearances

GTA San Andreas


  • During the mission Pier 69, if the player somehow reaches and gets on Ryder's boat, Ryder will get frightened and jump off the boat and drown (like a generic pedestrian), despite the fact that he swam to the boat.
  • During the mission Home Invasion, while driving home, Ryder is saying that one day he'll have wished that he hadn't pissed CJ off, which could be a potential reference to the mission Pier 69 were CJ kills him.
  • Ryder never receives any recognition from anyone and is almost never taken seriously. This was shown even after his and Smoke's betrayal, as Smoke became a powerful drug lord while Ryder just became his lieutenant. Also, it is always Smoke who betrayed Grove in the first place, never Ryder.