Lance Vance

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Lance Vance (? - 1986) is a drug dealer who soon becomes the partner-in-crime of protagonist Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Lance worked in the narcotics trade with his brother, Victor (the protagonist of GTA Vice City Stories). Lance piloted the helicopter and Victor conducted the deals themselves. In Vice City Stories, the two make up the main members of the Vance Crime Family, with Victor as the boss.

GTA Vice City

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's opening cutscene, Lance flies Victor (unnamed) to a cocaine deal with Sonny Forelli's men (Ken Rosenberg, Tommy Vercetti, and two minor Forelli goons named Harry and Lee). But before the goods could change hands, Victor, Harry and Lee are shot down in an ambush. Lance, still in the helicopter, flies away unscathed, while Vercetti jumps into the car with Rosenberg and narrowly escapes.

Lance meets Vercetti face-to-face shortly after Tommy murders a small-time gangster/cook named Leo. Each agrees to help the other get revenge on whoever wrecked the cocaine deal. Lance, however, comes to resent Tommy's attitude and greater share of their money, and eventually betrays Tommy to Sonny in the last mission of the game. Lance is killed by Tommy during this mission.

Lance on the surface appears cool and collected, but he is very impulsive, and his quest for vengeance against Ricardo Diaz lands Tommy in a great deal of trouble. He's also very sensitive about his name, and will protest every time somebody makes fun of it. He told Ricardo Diaz that his name was "Quentin". Lance Vance is also well known on the Vice City club scene and the underworld for the infamous "Lance Vance Dance", and has been seen owning and driving a distinctive white Infernus.

GTA Vice City Stories

Lance Vance doing the Lance Vance Dance

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Lance Vance returns as protagonist Victor Vance's younger brother. He was first mentioned by messages via pager to Vic by Aunt Enid. He is also mentioned by Vic in the opening cutscene, saying that Pete is sick with asthma, and that Lance is sick in another way (suggesting his cocaine addiction or possibly mental illness). Lance arrives from his home (which is not stated) to share Victor's rise to power. Vic says no, knowing full well Lance's penchant for falling into trouble, but he eventually agrees to work with him. Lance makes contact with drug dealer Brian Forbes, who is really an undercover cop from the Vice City Police Department. After finding this out, Lance decides not to kill Forbes, hoping that holding him captive would force him to divulge the locations of numerous drug deals around the city (Victor eventually kills Forbes when he tries to escape, after Brian tricks the brothers three times, even leading them to a white supremists homosexual bar called The White Stallionz

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Lance Vance in GTA Vice City

Lance then suggests an attack on a drug deal with Martinez, the deal that Forbes was also talking about. Vic and Lance kill the dealers and steal two trucks worth of drugs, managing to escape to the other side of Vice City alive while Martinez uses a Hunter attack helicopter to destroy them. Afterwards Vic calls Jerry and rubs the failed deal in his face saying that it hurts to be betrayed, however Martinez warns Victor that they messed up a Mendez Brothers deal and that the Mendezes will kill all involved, including Jerry himself. Lance promises Victor to deal with the problem and actually manages to form an alliance with the Mendez Brothers. Lance's cocaine addiction becomes known when he lies about a shipment of cocaine being stolen by a biker gang. In the mission "Light my Pyre" Lance says Louise is a drug addict and explains he only does it for fun, stating there's a difference. When Victor learns that Louise has been kidnapped by Armando Mendez from Mary-Jo, Lance shows no feelings for her, saying that she's better off dead. Vic forces Lance to come as help, Mendez' men appear and tell Vic and Lance to leave Vice and Louise will be left alone. Lance only goes after Mendez when his henchmen destroy his car with a rocket launcher, after that Lance rushes to Armando and Diego's mansion to kill them, ignoring thugs shooting at him in cars; he even attacks Armando fully, even with a large amount of bodyguards blocking his way. After Louise dies, he tells Victor that she wasn't right for him and that family is what matters most (implying himself). At the end of the game, Lance arrives at the Mendez penthouse to back up Vic, but he arrives so late that the shootout is already over.

In GTA Vice City, the player learns in the middle of the storyline that Vic frequently treated him like a little kid, not helping the fact that Lance has a cocaine addiction and manages to always bring the Vance brothers into trouble wherever they go, a matter that is explored in the earlier-set GTA Vice City Stories, in the mission "Jive Drive", where Lance and Vic both make a statement about this matter.

Lance was voiced both times by Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas.

Mission Appearances

GTA Vice City

GTA Vice City Stories


In a PC World article, Lance was voted as #17 of the top 47 "most diabolical videogame villains of all time."

There is an age discrepancy between Victor and Lance Vance on who is older. In GTA Vice City, it is stated that Lance is the older, being 32 years old as of 1986. However, in Vice City Stories, Victor is portrayed as the older one, being 28 as of 1984 and 30 in 1986, and explicitly stating Lance is the younger one. The two brothers are two years apart in age. As a result, Lance would be 26 in Vice City Stories and 28 in Vice City. It is possible Vice City Stories retconned the discrepancy, so that Victor is the older sibling.

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