Diego and Armando Mendez

Diego and Armando Mendez are the two most powerful drug kingpins and well known philanthropists in Vice City circa 1984, and the heads of their own crime organization, The Mendez Cartel when the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories takes place. The voice actor for Diego is Ruben Trujillo, while Armando is voiced by Yul Vasquez. It is unknown if they're related to T-Bone Mendez.

Diego Mendez
Armando Mendez
Diego (right) and Armando Mendez (left) in GTA Vice City Stories
Diego (right) and Armando Mendez (left) in GTA Vice City Stories

Diego (right) and Armando Mendez (left) in GTA Vice City Stories
Appearances GTA Vice City Stories
Full Name Diego Mendez
Armando Mendez
Aliases Mendez Brothers
Gender Gender::Male
Date of Death 1984
Nationality Bolivian
Home Mendez Mansion, Prawn Island, Vice City
Family Eachother (brothers)
Main Affiliations Victor Vance
Lance Vance
Reni Wassulmaier
Jerry Martinez
Mendez Cartel
Bryan Forbes
Vehicles Blue Sentinel XS (Diego)
Gray Sentinel XS (Armando)
Businesses Drug Dealing
Voiced by Ruben Trujillo (Diego)
Yul Vasquez (Armando)



In GTA Vice City Stories, Diego and Armando are first mentioned in mission Brawn of the Dead by Jerry Martinez, telling Vic Vance that the shipment of coke that Victor Vance and his brother Lance had stolen from them belonged to the Mendez Brothers.

Later, Diego and Armando have Vic and Lance brought to them, where they tell them Martinez stole the shipment, and use some pictures of Martinez with the cops and a fake license to prove this to the Mendez's. Vic and Lance keep working for the Mendez brothers until they decide to take over all of the Vance's businesses by dumping them in a burning oil storage and leaving them for dead.

Vic and Lance escape the burning oil storage and seek protection from Ricardo Diaz, who eventually helps them destroy the Mendez brothers' bonds with a Domestobot. In revenge for the destruction of their bonds, Armando has Louise Cassidy-Williams, Victor's girlfriend kidnapped, in the process of rescuing Louise, Lance is heavily injured, and Louise is killed by Armando Mendez. A vengenceful Vic then confronts a flamethrower wielding Armando and guns him to death.

Diego, after hearing his brother was killed, seeks refuge in his compound in Downtown. Then Vic Vance, with the help of Ricardo Diaz and Phil Cassidy, steals a Hunter helicopter and uses it to raid the compound. He is eventually shot down, but makes it to the compound and after slaughtering many of Diego's men, confronts Diego in the compound's roof. There they are joined by Jerry Martinez and a final confrontation starts where Victor manages to kill both Martinez And Diego for good.


Diego is the more quiet of the two and only speaks Spanish, while the more charismatic Armando is the one with greater control of the organization. Reni Wassulmaier implies that he/she had relations with Diego. They also own a Domestobot, which was destroyed by Armando when Victor took control of it and destroyed his bonds.

Character design

Armando seems to be based on Scarface's Alejandro Sosa, as he bears a striking resemblance to him both in appearance and personality, while Diego resembles Giorgio Moroder circa 1984. The brothers' names are a play on Argentinean soccer star, Diego Armando Maradona.

Murders commited by the Mendez brothers


  • In Diego's artwork, he is holding a Beretta M12 sub-machine gun, which is absent from the game.
  • Although Armando Mendez is the older of the two siblings, Diego looks more like the older sibling than the younger sibling.


Mission appearances

GTA Vice City Stories