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Encyclopedia > Tommy Vercetti
Thomas "Tommy" Vercetti
Tommy Vercetti
Game series Grand Theft Auto
First game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
Voiced by Ray Liotta[1]
Motion capture actor(s) Jonathan Sale[2]

Thomas "Tommy" Vercetti is a fictional character, voiced by Ray Liotta, in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. He serves as the protagonist, anti-hero and playable character in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, where he would emerge as the leader of his own organization. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links GTAVC_TommyVercetti. ... Grand Theft Auto redirects here. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Ray Liotta[1] (born December 18, 1954) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor. ... A fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity whose existence originates from a work of fiction. ... Ray Liotta[1] (born December 18, 1954) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor. ... Grand Theft Auto redirects here. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... The Grand Theft Auto series of video games features a myriad of fictional gangs and criminal organizations of various ethnicities, histories and activities, which have served as both primary and secondly vehicles in the games plot points, as well as allies or foes of the games characters. ...

Contents

Role

Prologue

Tommy Vercetti indicates that his father worked all his life in a printing shop and adds that years later, he still has fond childhood memories of helping his father clean the rollers.[3] Vercetti once had dreams of following in his father's footsteps, but he has chosen a different path, instead becoming a criminal in the employment of the Forelli family of the Liberty City Mafia.[3] The Grand Theft Auto series of video games features a myriad of fictional gangs and criminal organizations of various ethnicities, histories and activities, which have served as both primary and secondly vehicles in the games plot points, as well as allies or foes of the games characters. ... Liberty City also refers to a real-life neighborhood in Miami, Florida. ... This article is about the criminal society. ...


Vercetti is sent to prison in Liberty City during the 1970s for multiple counts of homicide, apparently totaling eleven (although Tommy is originally sent by the Don of the Forelli family, Sonny Forelli, to assassinate just one man), earning him the nickname "The Harwood Butcher", a reference to the Liberty City neighborhood in which the murders occur. It appears that Tommy successfully assassinates the man he was sent to kill, but is then surrounded and has to fight his way out.[4] With the help of the Forelli family's connections, he is spared the death penalty and only serves 15 years for manslaughter. Homicide (Latin homicidium, homo human being + caedere to cut, kill) refers to the act of killing another human being. ... Liberty City also refers to a real-life neighborhood in Miami, Florida. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ...


Arrival in Vice City

Due to Sonny's influence, Tommy is released early from prison in 1986. Sonny quickly realizes that having "The Harwood Butcher" returning to Liberty City and working on behalf of the Forelli family would be harmful to business, so he decides to send Tommy to Vice City to oversee an important drug deal between the Forelli family and the Vance Crime Family. Tommy and the two Forelli soldatos sent along with him, Harry and Lee, meet with Ken Rosenberg, a bent lawyer serving as the Forelli family's contact in Vice City. The deal is supposed to be the beginning of the family's expansion "down south", but during the exchange, concealed masked gunmen kill three of the people involved in the deal (Harry, Lee and Victor Vance), stealing both the drugs and the money Tommy was charged with protecting. Having narrowly escaped with Ken, Tommy immediately informs Sonny of the botched deal. The furious Sonny demands that Tommy get back both the cocaine and the lost money, or lose his life as a consequence. Tommy assures Sonny that a painful death awaits those responsible for the ambush. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about a fictional city in the Grand Theft Auto computer and video game series. ... The Grand Theft Auto series of video games features a myriad of fictional gangs and criminal organizations of various ethnicities, histories and activities, which have served as both primary and secondly vehicles in the games plot points, as well as allies or foes of the games characters. ... Victor Vic Vance is a fictional character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. ...


During his search for leads within Vice City's underworld, Tommy teams up with Lance Vance, the surviving member of the Vance Crime Family who is seeking vengeance for the death of his brother Victor. Together, and through the help of recently acquired friends and contacts Colonel Cortez and Kent Paul, they discover that Vice City's most powerful drug lord, Ricardo Diaz, was responsible for the ambushed deal and the death of Lance's brother. Tommy manages to gain Ricardo's trust over time by performing multiple tasks for him, and becomes a trusted member of Diaz's gang. However, Lance, who has already infiltrated the gang, is spurred by the death of his brother into staging a premature attempt on Diaz's life. A number of recurring characters appear during the various missions or cutscenes in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. ... The Grand Theft Auto series of video games features a myriad of fictional gangs and criminal organizations of various ethnicities, histories and activities, which have served as both primary and secondly vehicles in the games plot points, as well as allies or foes of the games characters. ...


Lance fails to kill Diaz and is captured by members of his gang to a junkyard to be tortured before Tommy manages to rescue him, blowing his cover as an associate of Diaz's gang in the process. After Lance recovers in a hospital, Tommy assures him it would be best to forcefully invade Diaz's estate in order to take him out before the drug baron has them both killed. The two men infiltrate the grounds of the mansion, killing Diaz's men while making their way to his office, where they murder him, thus exacting revenge for the ambushed deal. Tommy then assumes control of Diaz's huge mansion and its accompanying grounds, renaming it the "Vercetti Estate". Following the death of Diaz, Tommy becomes Vice City's new crime lord and sets up a huge and very successful criminal empire. Tommy then goes on to assume ownership of multiple businesses and assets within the city, and forms the very powerful Vercetti Gang in the process, becoming one of Vice City's richest, most powerful, and most influential men. However, Lance begins to feel that Tommy is treating him like a child, as his brother Victor used to, and repeatedly complains of his dissatisfaction with his cut of Tommy's vast profits. The Grand Theft Auto series of video games features a myriad of fictional gangs and criminal organizations of various ethnicities, histories and activities, which have served as both primary and secondly vehicles in the games plot points, as well as allies or foes of the games characters. ...


Sonny Forelli becomes increasingly infuriated with Tommy's obfuscation of his gradual lordship over Vice City's underworld, constantly phoning him and demanding that he not only locate the lost money and drugs, but also share his burgeoning wealth with the Forelli family. After it becomes clear that Tommy has officially abandoned the Forelli family, Sonny sends collectors to attempt to forcibly tax and take control of Vercetti's many businesses. His plans are immediately thwarted, when Tommy kills all of the collectors before they can accomplish their goals. After this, Sonny comes down to Vice City personally, accompanied by numerous Forelli family soldiers. Forewarned of Sonny's arrival, Tommy sets aside $20 million of the money he has been counterfeiting at the print works in an attempt to placate him. When Sonny arrives at the Vercetti Estate with his entourage, he makes clear his disappointment that Tommy could not see what was "good for business", and is about to accept the counterfeit cash when Lance openly betrays Tommy and informs Sonny that the real money is in Tommy's office safe (citing "business" as the reason for his betrayal).


As a result of these multiple revelations, a huge gunfight erupts in the mansion. Tommy holds off the Forelli members trying to storm the office, then heads to the roof to take out the trecherous Lance. The final showdown is at the foyer where Sonny reveals that he orchestrated the incident which resulted in Tommy's original imprisonment. This riles Tommy and he proceeds to finish off Sonny and the rest of the Forelli gang.


The final cut scene in the game depicts Tommy engaging with Ken Rosenberg, stating that because the Sonny has been eliminated, the Vercetti gang can now enjoy its dominance of the Vice City underworld, free of any allegiances. Although Tommy has eradicated all opposition, he feels somewhat guilt-ridden over having to kill Lance, whom he once trusted. He then goes on to say that "this could be the beginning of a beautiful business relationship" between him and Ken.


Epilogue

Following the death of Don Sonny Forelli in Vice City, the Vercetti Gang no longer holds any ties to the "North" (i.e. the Liberty City Mafia), and Vercetti emerges as the richest and most powerful crime lord in the city. While the longevity of his reign is uncertain and contested, Tommy is indicated to be in control at least up until 1992 (the date and setting of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas), when Ken Rosenberg phones him from a rehab clinic on the outskirts of Las Venturas. Rosenberg tries to get in touch with his old boss in The Introduction prequel machinima film in order to find work, only to be turned away several times by one of Vercetti's associates, as Vercetti has apparently terminated his "employment" due to his cocaine addiction and propensity for liability. As Vercetti no longer takes Rosenberg's calls, their partnership is considered dissolved. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Las Venturas Strip, where the more renowned casinos are located. ... A scene from the popular machinima series Red vs. ...


Appearance

Tommy is portrayed with combed dark brown, almost black hair, and a five o' clock shadow. He first appears wearing a light blue-green Hawaiian shirt with dark blue palm trees printed on it, a shark tooth necklace around his neck, a gold watch around his left wrist, and a pair of blue jeans and white sneakers. This outfit becomes known as Tommy's "street" clothes. As the game progresses, Tommy is offered more wardrobe options: he obtains a blue-purple pastel suit with the sleeves rolled up over a black dress shirt and black loafers, as well as the option of a dark pinstripe suit labeled as "Mr. Vercetti". He is even able to wear the uniform for an allied gang.


Allies

Throughout the game, Tommy makes several allies by different manners, here are those allies:

  • "Big" Mitch Baker, he joins his gang, the Vice City Bikers and rescues his Angel Bike from the Streetwannabees.
  • Umberto Robina, he joins his gang, The Cubans, and helps him bring down his enemy gang, The Haitians.
  • Love Fist, he saves them from a psycho fan who tries to kill them by putting a bomb in their limo.
  • Kent Paul, Tommy has him as his "rumor man" throughout the entire game.
  • Colonel Cortez, Tommy runs errands for Cortez and helps him set sail with his yacht when the French are after him (Cortez) for stealing their missile technology.
  • Ken Rosenberg, Rosenberg is Tommy's first contact in Vice City as well as his lawyer. After Sonny Forelli and Lance Vance are defeated, Tommy makes Ken his right hand man.
  • Phil Cassidy, Tommy hires him to pull a bank job off with him. After the job is done Tommy starts working for Phil and eventually saves his life when a bottle of boomshine blows up right next to Phil and it blows off one of his arms.
  • Avery Carrington, Tommy helps him bring real estate prices in Vice City down.
  • Earnest Kelly, Tommy buys the VC Print Works where Earnest works and they start making counterfit money there. Eventually when Sonny start's charging Tommy's businesses money Tommy kills the collector's in a brutal manner because they attacked Earnest.
  • Steve Scott, Tommy buys his studio, Interglobal Films, and helps him launch his new porn movie.

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Enemies

Along with allies, Tommy also makes enemies along the way, here are those foes:

  • Ricardo Diaz, Ricardo ruins Tommy's drug deal and Tommy winds up killing him in his (Ricardo's) mansion.
  • Sonny Forelli, Sonny charges Tommy with recovering the money from the ruined deal and after Tommy takes over Vice City, he doesn't let Sonny in leading to their rivalry. The rivalry ends when Tommy kills Sonny in the final mission.
  • Lance Vance, Tommy is at first allies and great friends with Lance. However Lance eventually betrays Tommy in the final mission, joins Sonny and attempts to kill Tommy, only for Tommy to kill him on the roof of Vercetti Estate.
  • Leo Teal, Leo is one of the men who attacked Tommy during the deal and took his money, Tommy winds up beating Leo to death in an alley and taking his cell phone.
  • Auntie Poulet, she brainwashes Tommy into working with her. When Tommy breaks free of the trance he takes revenge by blowing up her drug processing plant.
  • Gonzalez, he is the one that leaks information about Tommy's deal to Ricardo Diaz, which leads to the deal getting ruined. When Tommy finds out about this, he cuts Gonzalez to pieces with a chainsaw.

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Relation to Tony Montana

Tony Montana, a character with similarities to Tommy Vercetti.
Tony Montana, a character with similarities to Tommy Vercetti.

Tommy Vercetti, in several ways, exhibits characteristics of fictional drug lord Tony Montana from the 1983 film Scarface. This coincides with the heavy themes and appearance of the movie that has been implemented into Vice City. Among these characteristics, his exile from his old home (Liberty City), his rise to power (acquiring property and wealth in the city, and a mansion which also sports an interior similar to that of Montana's mansion), and his rather short-tempered behavior. Tommy is also a hired assassin, has killed his own collaborators (Lance Vance), took over his temporary boss's business (Ricardo Diaz) and rebelled against his former leader (Sonny Forelli), as Tony Montana had. The only notable differences are that Montana consumed his own narcotics to the point of severe addiction, a fatal flaw that Vercetti is not depicted to have, and that the final gunfight in Montana's mansion sees Montana eventually killed, whereas Tommy manages to single-handedly take down his captors and survive.[5] Image File history File links Scarfaceinthefall. ... Image File history File links Scarfaceinthefall. ... Antonio Tony Montana Scarface is a fictional character in the Brian DePalma film Scarface, portrayed by Al Pacino. ... Scarface is a 1983 film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as Antonio Tony Montana. ... Exile (band) may refer to: Exile - The American country music band Exile - The Japanese pop music band Category: ...


References

  1. ^ Full Grand Theft Auto: Vice City credits. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on October 1, 2006.
  2. ^ The Body Behind Vice City's Tommy Vercetti. GameStop.com. Retrieved on January 6, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Earnest Kelly: "Mr. Vercetti? Hey. You bought the old print works?" / Tommy Vercetti: "Yeah, my old man used to work on these [printing machines]...I used to spend the evenings with him, cleaning the rollers. I was going to follow him in his trade, but...I lived a different life." (Opening cut scene of "Spilling the Beans", Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.)
  4. ^ Sonny Forelli: "Didn't I say your temper would get you into trouble, huh?...How many was it? Ten? No, eleven men. That's how you get to be called the Harwood Butcher!" / Tommy Vercetti: "You sent me to kill one man, ONE MAN. They knew I was coming Sonny..." (Opening cut scene of "Keep Your Friends Close...", Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.)
  5. ^ O'Neill, Cliff. Examining Grand Theft Auto's Scarface Connection. Gamechronicles. Retrieved on 2008-03-29.
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IGN: Introducing Tommy Vercetti (1192 words)
Tommy has never voiced any dissatisfaction with the Forelli's, or questioned their integrity, but Sonny Forelli, head of the family and a childhood friend of Vercetti's doesn't want him in Liberty City, so he arranges for Vercetti to go down to Vice City on business.
Like the player, Tommy Vercetti, is new in Vice City and as he has just been released from prison, new to the 1980s, he turns up in Vice City knowing nothing but with a cynical attitude and a healthy knowledge of how to take someone's car without their permission.
Tommy, may have his own ideas about how to look cool while on a business trip down there, but you have to remember Tommy has spent a long time in prison and occasionally has to be told what to wear.
Tommy Vercetti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (650 words)
Vercetti had wanted to follow his father in the family business, but Tommy had lived a different life and instead became a criminal in the employment of the Forelli Crime Family of the Liberty City Mafia.
Vercetti was sent to prison in Liberty City in 1971 for multiple counts of homicide (which Sonny claimed totaled at eleven deaths), earning him the nickname of "The Harwood Butcher" (because Sonny Forelli called in favors and pulled strings, Tommy never received the death penalty or a life sentence in prison without parole).
Tommy was released 15 years later, in 1986 and was quickly sent by mob boss Sonny Forelli to the Miami-like Vice City to supervise an important drug deal.
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