Vertical Bird

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Vertical Bird

Carl Johnson, Kent Paul and Maccer in Madd Dogg's sound studio, shortly after being interupted by Mike Toreno
Game GTA San Andreas
For Mike Toreno
Target Spy Ships
Location Mulholland, Los Santos, San Andreas
Fail Player death, plane destroyed
Reward $50,000, Respect, Hydra spawns at Verdant Meadows
Unlocks Home Coming
Unlocked by A Home in the Hills

{{infobox character |name = Dimitri Rascalov |image = DimitriRascalov-GTAIV.jpg |size = 205px |game_1 = IV |game_2 = TLAD |gender = M |dob = 1969 |pob = Russia |dod = 2008 |home = [[Broker]], [[Liberty City in GTA IV Era|Liberty City]] |nationality = Russia |family = Unnamed cousin |affiliations = [[Rascalov Family]]
[[Mikhail Faustin]] and [[Faustin Family]] (? - 2008)
[[Russian Mafia]]
[[Ancelotti Family]]
[[Niko Bellic]] (2008)
[[Ray Bulgarin]] (? - 2008)
[[Kenny Petrovic]]
[[Petrovic Family]]
[[Andriy Maximov]]
[[Rascalov Family]] |vehicles = [[DF8-90]] |businesses = Drug Trafficking,kidnapping, gambling, extortion, loan sharking. |voice = [[Moti Margolin]] }} '''Dimitri Rascalov''' is the main [[antagonist]] of [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]. He initially serves as the right hand man to [[Mikhail Faustin]]; however, Faustin's instability would lead Dimitri to betray him. After Faustin's assassination, Dimitri becomes an influential criminal in [[Liberty City in GTA IV Era|Liberty City]]. == Biography == Dimitri was born in 1969 in Russia and fought in the [[wp:Red Army|Soviet Army]] during the Cold War as early as 1987, where he befriended [[Mikhail Faustin]]. They later spent time in a Siberian prison together, where Mikhail (who is much more aggressive and muscular) protected Dimitri from abuse by other inmates. They have matching tattoos on the palms of their hands, which means that they are "brothers". After the war, they began criminal activity in Russia, where they were both "selling hash to tourists in Red Square" and Dimitri was convicted of murder at least twice. In the mid 90s, he "exploited a loophole in the US immigration treaty" to move to [[Liberty City in GTA IV Era|Liberty City]], as did Mikhail. Mikhail moved with his wife [[Ilyena Faustin|Ilyena]] and young daughter [[Anna Faustin|Anna]], while Dimitri remained single his whole life. Dimitri was arrested in 1998 and 2000 for extortion and hijacking, respectively. In following years, Mikhail's addictions to alcohol and cocaine caused his anger and paranoia to spiral out of control. Dimitri abused painkillers, but remained calm. While Mikhail had taken to an extreme level of violence, even by organized crime standards, Dimitri favored reasoning with people to maximize profits (although he could still intimidate people if necessary, as seen in [[Do You Have Protection?]]), telling Mikhail time and time again that they had to "play by the rules". Dimitri first met [[Niko Bellic]] when he and his cousin [[Roman Bellic|Roman]] were kidnapped and interrogated for killing Mikhail's employee [[Vlad Glebov]]. Mikhail and Dimitri agreed to let Niko [[Crime and Punishment|begin working for them]], while Roman's wounds were treated. While Dimitri shows a kind gesture in having Roman's wounds stitched, he smugly tells Niko that the situation is "a problem for you and your cousin, not me", which foreshadows his betrayal. Later on, Mikhail orders Niko to [[Final Destination|kill]] [[Lenny Petrovic]], the son of the country's most powerful Russian mobster [[Kenny Petrovic]], because Mikhail has a vague, unfounded suspicion that Lenny is a snitch. Dimitri tries to reason with Mikhail, saying Lenny Petrovic is dating his cousin, but to no avail. A few days later, Dimitri meets with Niko privately, claiming that Kenny Petrovic would spare them both if Niko were to [[The Master and the Molotov|kill Mikhail]]. It's possible that Dimitri lied, but Niko seems to have never gotten any trouble from Petrovic as promised. After Faustin's death, Dimitri takes over the organization and later expands his criminal operations. When Niko was [[Russian Revolution|supposed to collect his payment]], Dimitri revealed that he was allied with [[Ray Bulgarin]], who employed Niko as a human trafficker across the Adriatic Sea until he blamed him for a sinking ship. Niko escaped with the aid of his friend [[Little Jacob|"Little" Jacob Hughes]], but failed to kill Dimitri or Bulgarin -- both would continue to pursue Niko from then on. The same day, his cousin Roman's apartment building and taxi depot were [[Roman's Sorrow|burned down]]. After they went into hiding in [[Bohan]], he discovered that Roman still frequented a gambling den in [[Broker]]; Dimitri [[Roman's Holiday|had Roman kidnapped]] to try to lure Niko to his death, but Niko [[Hostile Negotiation|successfully rescued his cousin]]. In the next month or so, he allied himself with Italian mob boss [[Giovanni Ancelotti]] to profit from mafia rackets. His first action was to extort deputy mayor [[Bryce Dawkins]] to help them control construction unions, blackmailing with knowledge of his gay affair with [[Bernie Crane]]. Coincidentally, Niko was an old friend of Bernie's and [[Union Drive|stopped]] the blackmailers. Niko then allied himself with [[Jon Gravelli]] and [[Liquidise the Assets|destroyed their shipment of cocaine]]. == Death == At the end of the game, Dimitri offered to buy heroin from [[Jimmy Pegorino]], who had Niko working for him at the time. Pegorino was made aware of their feud, but still [[One Last Thing|asked]] Niko to participate in the deal. The player is then given the choice of whether Niko will participate in the deal and be paid, or rebel and kill Dimitri. Dimitri is killed by Niko in either scenario. *'''Deal:''' In the deal, Dimitri was to collect heroin and and sell it to a third party, who would in turn pay Niko and [[Phil Bell]]. Dimitri betrays Niko as expected, while Niko and Phil must fight their way to the money and escape the compound. The very next day Niko's cousin Roman was getting married, and Dimitri sent a hitman to kill Niko. He accidentally killed Roman, after which Niko swore revenge on Dimitri more than ever. After Niko and Little Jacob find Dimitri and Pegorino at an [[Alderney Casino]], Dimitri kills Pegorino to claim all the profit for himself. Niko finally kills Dimitri on [[Happiness Island]]. *'''Revenge: '''Niko immediately kills Dimitri on the [[Platypus]] tanker ship, ironically the same ship that bought Niko to America. As a result, Pegorino loses most of his money and influence, and personally attempts to kill Niko at his cousin Roman's wedding. He accidentally kills their family friend [[Kate McReary]], after which Niko swears revenge. He tracks Pegorino to the exact same casino and also kills him on Happiness Island. ==Mission appearances== ;GTA IV *[[Crime and Punishment]] *[[Do You Have Protection?]] *[[Final Destination]] *[[Rigged to Blow (GTA IV)|Rigged to Blow]] *[[The Master and the Molotov]] (Boss) *[[Russian Revolution]] (Boss/Betrayal) *[[Roman's Sorrow]] (On the Phone after) *[[Hostile Negotiation]] (Voice) *[[Union Drive]] (On the Phone after) *[[Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend]] (On the Phone after) *[[If the Price is Right]] (Voice) *[[A Revenger's Tragedy]] (Killed, Deal) *[[A Dish Served Cold]] (Killed, Revenge) ==LCPD database record == '''Surname''': Rascalov '''First Name''': Dimitri '''Age''': 39 '''Place of Birth''': Russia '''Affiliations''': *Known associate of Mikhail Faustin. *Linked to Russian Organized Crime Syndicates throughout Liberty City. '''Criminal Record''': *1998 - Extortion *2000 - Hijacking '''Wanted For''': Money Laundering '''Notes''': *Prior murder convictions in Russia. *Exploited a loophole in the immigration treaty to gain US residency in the mid 90s. *Believed to be the right hand man of Mikhail Faustin, the Russian national in control of organized crime in the Hove Beach area. *Reported dealings with Russian mobster Kenny Petrovic and members of the Ancelotti Crime Syndicate. ==Trivia== *Dimitri is a Russian name, but not spelled correctly. A more exact transcription for the name is Dmitri or Dmitry. This mistake may be due to Rockstar's poor knowledge of most non-English languages or it may be due to out of story reasons. *It's possible that Dimitri may be short for Dimitar, but Dimitar is primarily a Bulgarian and Macedonian name, not Russian. *During the game's final battle in A Revenger's Tragedy, Dimitri has 100% body armor as well as 200% health, allowing him to sustain about 3 times as much damage as a standard enemy. He is also armed with a Carbine Rifle. If the Revenge path is chosen, he will not have the extra health and only have a Sub Machine Gun that he does not use. *Like many other characters, Dimitri features distinctive models for cutscenes and in-game sequences. However, Dimitri's in-game model is inconsistent with that of the cutscenes in that his tie is been fused with his shirt and textured to match its color, when cutscenes depict his tie in pink and capable of swinging in motion. Despite these differences, the shape of the "fused" tie can still be seen on Dimitri's in-game model, particularly during "A Dish Served Cold". After Niko has executed Dimitri in this mission however, the tie does not appear on Dimitri's corpse. The frame of his glasses is also different: Black in cutscenes and yellow in-game. *Dimitri's cousin was a girlfriend of Lenny Petrovic before his death. This is probably the reason why Dimitri could make a deal with Kenny Petrovic after Mikhail Faustin's hit. *As the story progresses, a Weazel News report on the radio will say that Russian businessman Dimitri Rascalov was held by police but released without charges though this event has nothing to do with the story. Although it does show that the police suspect him or know what he's up to and that he knows how to cover his tracks. *If the Revenge option is taken, Dimitri is the one of two antagonists not to be killed in the final mission. The other being [[Grand Theft Auto Advance|GTA Advance's]] [[Vinnie]] *Dimitri, like [[Massimo Torini]] and [[Ray Bulgarin]], is one of the three antagonists of the entire GTA series who is not seen in the introduction cutscene for their respective game. *Dimitri seems to have become very powerful after taking control of Faustin's gang as he has managed to set up numerous drug operations in [[Charge Island]] and [[Alderney]] and has become a serious problem for various powerful criminals and politicians, such as Jon Gravelli, [[Bobby Jefferson]] and Bryce Dawkins. *Dimitri was probably born or lived in [[wp:Moscow|Moscow]], as he says in "Do You Have Protection?": "...Or selling hash to tourists at [[wp:Red Square|Red Square]]." *The surname, Rascalov, may be a reference to Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, the protagonist in Fyodor Dostoevsky's book ''Crime and Punishment'' There is also a mission called [[Crime and Punishment]] where Dimitri makes his first apprearence. *According to [[Mikhail Faustin]] Dimitri is addicted to painkillers. *Dimitri's favorite radio station is [[Vladivostok FM]]. ==Gallery== File:DimitriRascalov-GTAIV-artwork.jpg|Concept artwork of Dimitri Rascalov. ==Murders committed== *[[Jimmy Pegorino]] (Deal only); killed because Dimitri didn't work so hard to "share the spoils of a victory" in [[A Revenger's Tragedy]]. {{GTA IV Characters}} [[Category:Characters|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Characters in GTA IV|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Characters in The Lost and Damned|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Characters in The Ballad of Gay Tony|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Antagonists|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Deceased Characters|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Bosses|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Gangsters|Rascalov, Dimitri]] [[Category:Gang Leaders|Rascalov, Dimitri]]

Vertical Bird is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, given to protagonist Carl Johnson by government agent Mike Toreno from Madd Dogg's Crib at the Mulholland district of Los Santos, San Andreas.


Carl drops by Madd Dogg's Crib in Mulholland, his "new" home, and listens to Madd Dogg while he's rapping after having recovered from the suicide attempt. All of a sudden, all the audio is cut off and Mike Toreno's voice is heard. He tells Carl to come out of the mansion. He does so, and finds Toreno. He gets inside the vehicle of Toreno, who has one more job needing to be done. This job is to steal a military jet off an aircraft carrier, and to use the jet to destroy a flotilla of spy ships. Toreno says if he does this job, his brother Sweet will be released from prison. CJ agrees and hops on a speedboat docked on the water with a knife and a Silenced 9mm in it.

He heads over to the Easter Basin Naval Station in Easter Basin, San Fierro, all while Toreno is guiding him, telling him to sneak inside the carrier. Carl then gets off the boat and swims inside the base, but now, Toreno cannot help him. (Once inside, the player can choose to either stealthily and silently make their way to the carrier deck, or loudly blast their way there). Carl makes his way to the flight deck, and disables the S.A.M. sites. Carl then kills the remaining soldiers and proceeds to steal a Hydra, just as Toreno tasked him to do

Toreno now reminds Carl that he has to head over to Tierra Robada and destroy five spy ships with the Hydra's missiles; however, other jets start to follow him in the air. He, however, succesfully manages to destroy the enemy jets. He then proceeds to destroy the five spy ships moored out in the waters. Carl, infuriated, now asks Toreno what to do with the jet. Since Toreno doesn't want to deal with the jet, Carl just lands and parks the jet at a hangar in Verdant Meadows.


Upon completing this mission, the player is rewarded with $50,000 and an increase in respect. The mission Home Coming is unlocked. Also, the Hydra is always available at the hangar in Verdant Meadows. Another thing to note is that the S.A.M. sites will not shoot at the player anymore whenever flying over or near the Easter Basin Naval Station, but will still get a 5-star wanted level.


  • It may be noted that this is the only mission that takes place across each of the three major areas in the State of San Andreas. It starts at Madd Dogg's Crib (Los Santos), CJ steals the Hydra from the Easter Basin Naval Station (San Fierro), and destroys spy ships in Tierra Robada and land the jet at Verdant Meadows (Las Venturas).
  • Usually, if the player enters the naval base, they will attain a 5-star wanted level, but this does not apply in this mission. No wanted level would be attained for entering the base.
  • If the player destroys all the other planes on the ship, only one enemy jet will give chase; however, if the player doesn't destroy any, three jets will give chase; if only one is destroyed, two will give chase.
  • Occasionally, as can be seen on the official San Andreas website, a red mist can be seen coming from behind Toreno's Washington at the Panopticon.
  • The game is programmed to take place at night and have stormy weather when doing this mission.

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