Victor Vance

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Character
Victor Vance
Victor Vance
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Victor Vance
Appearances GTA Vice City
GTA Vice City Stories
Full Name Victor Vance
Aliases Vic Vance, Corporal Vance
Status

Deceased

Gender Gender::Male
Date of Birth 1956
Date of Death 1986
Age at Death 30
Nationality American
Home Vice City (1984)
Panama (? - 1986)
Family Janet Vance (mother)
Lance Vance (brother)
Pete Vance (brother)
Aunt Enid (aunt)
Main Affiliations The Army (1984)
Jerry Martinez (1984)
Phil Cassidy (1984 - 1986)
Vance Crime Family (1984 - 1986)
Ricardo Diaz (1984)
Trailer Park Mafia (1984)
Los Cabrones(1984 - 1986)
Mendez Cartel (1984)
Businesses Protection
Drugs trade
Prostitution
Robbery
Loan sharking
Smuggling
Voiced by Dorian Missick (GTA Vice City Stories)
Armando Riesco (GTA Vice City)

Victor "Vic" Vance born 1956 is the protagonist and playable character of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Victor also makes a brief appearance in the introductory cutscenes of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Early Life

Vic's father, unnamed, immigrated from the Dominican Republic. Vic's mother, Janet Vance, was a white American woman. Vic is the oldest of three brothers, born around 1956, followed by Lance Vance and Pete Vance. Their father presumably died and their mother, a drug addict, was unfit to care for them. Vic, Lance and Pete were raised by their Aunt Enid - it is not elaborated if she is the sibling of their mother or father. Pete had severe asthma and racked up expensive medical bills, while Janet and Lance continued to lead problematic lives. To provide for the rest of his family, Vic enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 at age 28.


GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA Vice City Stories, set in 1984, Vic arrives at Vice City's Fort Baxter Air Base under the watch of Sergeant Jerry Martinez. Unexpectedly, Martinez gives Vic orders such as picking up weed and hiding it for him, and bringing him a prostitute. He is dishonorably discharged from the army after drugs were found in his barracks and he was seen entering the base with a prostitute.

Vic is given work by gun runner Phil Cassidy, an associate of Martinez, who is in conflict with the Cholos, a street gang and rival gun runners. Vic then meets Phil's brother-in-law, Marty Jay Williams, leader of the Trailer Park Mafia, and his wife, Louise. Vic increases the Trailer Park Mafia's power in Vice City by fighting the Cholos, whom Marty also despises. Eventually Louise, tired of Marty's abusive nature, leaves her husband to live with her sister, Mary-Jo. Vic works for Louise, helping her weaken Marty's influence, eventually taking control of the Trailer Park Mafia's businesses in the city, prompting Marty to kidnap Louise. Vic saves her and kills Marty, disbanding the Trailer Park Mafia and initiating the rise of the Vance Crime Family. Vic is asked by Los Cabrones leader, Umberto Robina to come and talk about some stuff. After working for Umberto, Vic helps clearing out the Cholos out of Little Havana.

Vic later hooks up with his brother Lance and does jobs for shady figure Bryan Forbes. When they find out that Forbes is an undercover cop, they take him to an apartment and interrogate him on various jobs and deals within the city, in exchange for not killing him. However, he only leads the Vance brothers into trouble. Forbes is later killed after luring the brothers to a gay biker bar owned by white supremacists known as the White Stallionz. After securing more real estate in the city, the Vance brothers ambush the drug deal Forbes was talking about, Vic and Lance kill the thugs involved, stealing their supply trucks. Though Martinez pursues them in a Hunter helicopter and attempts to destroy the trucks, the Vances easily make it to the other half of the city.

Afterward, Victor calls Martinez to tell him how it feels to be backstabbed; Martinez states that the Mendez brothers, Diego and Armando Mendez, were behind the deal and will kill everyone involved in the accident, including Martinez himself. Vic and Lance eventually decide to work for the Mendez brothers, further increasing their influence in the city. Vic is put in contact with transsexual Reni Wassulmaier and makes several jobs for him/her, and ends up being put in contact with drug lord Ricardo Diaz.

At first, it's suggested that the Mendez brothers want an alliance with the Vance brothers, however, it turns out that they offer the Vic a deal, which is to hand over all his businesses to them and leave town or him and his family will be killed. Victor refuses to give up his interests after working for the Mendez brothers, and in retaliation, they knock Lance and him unconscious when their guard is down, then kidnap them. The Vance brothers wake up in an oil refinery in Viceport, and while attempting to escape, Mendez's men accidentally shoot at one of the gas tanks, causing it to explode. While this kills most of the henchmen, Lance is trapped in the inferno and separated from Vic. Luckily, Vic manages to save Lance before the oil refinery implodes.

With Phil and Umberto Robina's help, the Vance Crime Family defend their businesses from being attacked by the Mendez brothers' goons. However, Louise is kidnapped by Martinez and beaten viciously before Vic saves her. Later on Armando Mendez's men once again capture Louise, with Armando ending her life. In a rage, Vic slaughters Armando's bodyguards and enters the Mendez Mansion to confront Armando. Vic asks where Lance and Louise are; Armando replies that they are dead, however he tells Vic they did not feel a thing and pulls out a Flamethrower to kill him. Vic then kills Armando and finds Louise shot several times and an injured Lance who wakes up as Louise says her last words to Vic. Soon after, with the aid of drug lord, Ricardo Diaz and Louise's brother Phil Cassidy, Vic breaks up into his old army barracks and steals a Hunter helicopter under heavy guarding. Vic, later on, uses the helicopter to attack the Mendez Building in Downtown and ends up being shot down, but manages to make it to the roof of the building. Vic continues his way inside and kills all the goons on his way while finally finding Diego and enemy Jerry Martinez arriving in a Maverick. Vic takes out everyone and is confronted by both Diego and Martinez on the roof. Vic manages to win the battle and decides to lay low for a while on the money he's made along with his brother, Lance. While Lance offers a drug deal worth 20kg of cocaine, Vic refuses his interests and says he never wants to touch drugs ever again, to which Lance says 'whatever you say bro'.

Personality

Artwork of Victor Vance. Notice the full head of hair.
Alternative artwork for Victor.

Victor's personality differs from most of his previous counterparts. Throughout Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, he claims that he wants out of the drug game but has no choice. Victor also shows emotion and feels regretful for having committed all the crime and killing. He always shows a serious attitude with a calm but angry personality and always wants to get everything he came for instead of doing it for nothing (as seen in "Taking the Fall"). However like most other GTA characters, he has little problems with killing anyone who stands in his way and he often insults the people he is about to kill. He is also quite hypocritical as he is always saying that he wants out and doesn't want to be in the drug game any more, but still continues to deal with drugs throughout his life. Ironically, Vic's hypocrisy led to his death two years later.

Death

Victor Vance as he appears in 1986.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, set two years later, Victor Vance is shown about to engage in a drug deal with Tommy Vercetti and his escorts, Harry and Lee. Lance can be sighted in the helicopter. Victor Vance is killed by the gunmen of drug lord Ricardo Diaz, who sabotaged the deal. Ever since the release of GTA Vice City Stories, fans have argued about whether the brother killed in the ambush was Victor or his brother Pete Vance, but it was confirmed on Rockstar's website that it was Victor who died in GTA Vice City[1].

Murders committed

  • Marty Jay Williams (killed while attempting to kidnap his own wife)
  • Marty's Cousin (killed while attempting to burn down his brothel)
  • Bryan Forbes (killed while trying to escape after having led Victor and Lance into a trap and admitting to being a cop)
  • Armando Mendez (killed for killing Louise, attacking Lance and setting Victor up)
  • Diego Mendez (killed to destroy the Mendez Cartel)
  • Jerry Martinez (killed for setting up Victor at the beginning of the game and causing trouble for Vic later on)

Mission appearances

Vice City Stories
GTA Vice City

Trivia

  • Victor Vance is the only protagonist to be killed on screen, or at all.
  • Victor Vance is one of the two protagonista known to serve in the army, the other being Niko Bellic.
  • Victor Vance, Carl Johnson, Niko Bellic, and Luis Lopez are the only protagonists who did not want to get involved in the drug underworld.
  • Victor is the protagonist who has killed the fewest named people in the GTA III Era, a total of five. He is also the protagonist who has committed the second fewest murders in the GTA series, only behind Huang Lee, who has committed four murders.
  • In the events of GTA Vice City Stories, Vic has an American accent; however in GTA Vice City, Vic has a thick Dominican accent. This is just a continuity error.
  • Victor Vance's clothing that he wore during the drug deal with Tommy Vercetti, Harry and Lee is similar in appearance to the clothing Tony Montana wore during the first half of the film Scarface.
  • Victor Vance is one of seven characters in GTA Vice City Stories that also appears in GTA Vice City. The other six are Lance Vance, Umberto Robina, Phil Cassidy, Ricardo Diaz, Gonzalez and Alberto Robina.
  • Victor Vance, along with Luis Fernando Lopez, is one of only two Dominican protagonists in the series.
  • Victor's physical appearance in GTA Vice City Stories is remarkably similar to talk show host Montel Williams and they were both born in the same year (1956).
  • It is revealed in hidden text files in Vice City that the Vance Brothers operate out of Mexico by 1986, and own a farm in Panama, most likely where they keep their stash.
  • Ironically, in GTA Vice City Stories, while committing crimes Vic will shout "What goes around comes around buddy!" somewhat foreshadowing his own downfall in the next couple of years.

References

  1. Rockstar News Wire, September 18, 2009