Darkel was scheduled to be a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who was dropped from Grand Theft Auto III during its development. Darkel was to be a revolutionary urchin who would vow to bring down the city's economy. One known mission for Darkel involved stealing an ice cream van, using it to attract pedestrians and then blowing it up (this mission was given to El Burro as I Scream, You Scream). Darkel was originally expected to give out Rampage-esque missions. There is no official reason as to why Darkel was removed, although it is suspected that Darkel was removed due to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Rockstar may have removed him to stop any unwanted attention with 9/11, since Darkel wanted to take the economy of Liberty City (Fictional cameo of New York City) down. It is unknown still, this is just a suggestion.
Darkel's was scheduled to be voiced by Bill Fiore, although was never used in the final game. Darkel, however, remains listed in the GTA III manual credits and the character texture remained in the games data files.