Ricardo Diaz

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Ricardo Diaz

Ricardo Diaz (? - 1986) is the extremely dangerous and volatile individual behind the ambush of Tommy Vercetti's drug deal. He is also the head of his own gang, and the initial leader of the drug trade in the city. Diaz later recruits Vercetti to run errands for him, but eventually Vercetti discovers Diaz' role and takes him out, seizing his estate in the process. Diaz bribed the INS for a green card in 1978, after entering the country from Colombia. His contacts there believe he is a major player in the illegal drug industry and anti-government activity. Current status:deceased Cause of death:shot by Tommy and Vance

Artwork of Ricardo Diaz in Vice City.

Diaz is an extremely popular philanthropist who gives money to foundations across Vice City and Central and South America, but all are believed to be fronts. He is short in stature and is thought to suffer from a Napoleon complex. His medical records show he has over-active glands and sweats more than is socially acceptable. He is a noted gun collector and is almost always armed; he has a private militia and is heavily guarded at all times. He has been involved in a long-running battle for control of the drug business in Vice City and has bribed most police officers and officials within the town. He is feared due to his reputation of unpredictable behavior and may be responsible for 18 murders.

Ricardo's foul tempered and hot headed person is evidenced in game, damaging or destroying items either by hand or with whatever weapon is available, such as shooting his unplugged VCR when he thought that the device was malfunctioning, shooting birds when he learnt that there is bird feces on his car, or pushing down and repeatedly stamping on a television set after watching a horse on which he has bet lose a race.

Ricardo lives in a mansion in the affluent neighborhood of Starfish Island. Dubbed Diaz Mansion, the interior of the home closely resembles that of fictional drug lord Tony Montana from the 1983 film Scarface. His clothing is also an exact copy of what Tony Montana wore in Scarface's famous chainsaw torture scene. Ricardo Diaz's first name is also similar to that of Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, a major Miami Vice character.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the paranoid drug boss killed in Vice City by Tommy Vercetti and vengeful Lance Vance for the ambush which resulted in the death of Vic Vance, reappears in Vice City Stories. Ricardo Diaz hears much about Vic Vance from his regular customer and associate, Reni Wassulmaier. His missions mostly involve dealing with his and Vic's rivals, the Mendez brothers, and strengthening his empire. Diaz starts out as an aspiring drug baron, and thanks to the actions of Victor, achieves his dream and becomes one of the most powerful men in Vice City as the largest drug lord with the Mendezes gone. Diaz also trades drugs for guns with the DEA and forces Gonzales to join him or die. Throughout most of his missions he is seen using cocaine, whether it's for his own use or to test it for others. Vic tells Diaz that the coke is affecting his brain. This is similar to Tony Montana from Scarface, who also uses his own supply of drugs, which leads to his paranoia; this could be why Ricardo is highly suspicious of all in Vice City.

He was voiced both times by Luis Guzman.

GTA Vice City Stories Mission Appearances

GTA Vice City Mission Appearances