Liberty City Triads
|Leader:||Hsin Jaoming (possibly mid 1900s-2009)|
Huang Lee (2009-present)
|Type:||Chinese crime syndicate|
|Enemies:||McReary crime family|
The Lost MC
Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers
|Affiliations:||Angels of Death MC|
Midtown Gangsters (formerly)
Messina Family (formerly)
Ancelotti Family (through Rocco Pelosi)
|Fronts:||Sum Yung Gai Restaurant|
Algonquin Weapon Depot
Dragon Heart Plaza
Chan Jaoming (deceased)
Wu Lee (deceased)
Zhou Ming (deceased)
Ling Shan (deceased))
Xin Shan (deceased)
Wu Lee's brother (deceased)
Unknown triad boss
The Triads are the Chinese crime syndicate in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars that operate out of the Chinatown district in Algonquin as well as parts of Dukes in Liberty City. They are mostly involved with drug shipping. The LCPD database states that there are three different sets of the Triads. The most important group of Triads are under Hsin Jaoming and his son Chan Jaoming. Another group is led by Wu "Kenny" Lee and his nephew Huang Lee. The third group is controlled by Zhou Ming. The Jaoming Family is said to supply the The Angels of Death and Korean Mob with narcotics.
In Grand Theft Auto IV
The Algonquin Triads are first encountered in the mission Harboring a Grudge, where Niko Bellic and Patrick McReary ambush a drug shipment at the docks in Algonquin organised by the Triads and steal a truck loaded with antidepressants.
In The Lost and Damnned
In the mission Action/Reaction, Johnny Klebitz and The Lost Brotherhood destroy the Angels of Death clubhouse and steal their heroin. After an attempt to offload the heroin leads to Johnny narrowly escaping an LCPD sting, The Lost decide to sell the heroin back to the Algonquin Triads, as it is discovered that the Algonquin Triads originally smuggled the heroin into Liberty City through a cargo ship called the Platypus, before it was stolen by the Angels of Death. Unfortunately, the heroin deal turns into a Triad ambush, with Johnny and Jim escaping, Billy getting himself arrested by the LCPD, and the Triads regaining their heroin.
In The Ballad of Gay Tony
The Algonquin Triads are only encountered, mission-wise, in Chinese Takeout. Luis and Tony Prince head over to a high-rise building in Chinatown, as Rocco has promised a Triad gangster that they can resolve a licensing issue for them. This mission also confirms that Billy Grey betrayed the Lost Brotherhood by luring them into a Triad ambush.
In Chinatown Wars
Just prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Mr. Lee, father of Huang Lee and top contender to replace the retiring Hsin Jaoming as Triad leader, is murdered under mysterious circumstances in Kowloon. Huang travels to Liberty City to deliver his father's sword, Yu Jian, to the new head of the Lee family, Uncle Wu "Kenny" Lee, who intends to present it to Hsin in order to gain favor for the position of Triad boss. Unbeknownst to Hsin, the sword is actually worthless, it's tradition having been invented by Mr. Lee after he won it in a card game. As Huang Lee arrives at Francis International Airport, he is ambushed by several mysterious thugs, who steal the sword and leave Huang for dead.
Having fallen out of favor with Hsin for the loss of the sword, Kenny enlists his nephew's help in regaining lost territory and reputation, while Huang continues his search for both the burglars of Yu Jian and the identity of his father's killer. He goes on to work for top lieutenants Chan Jaoming, the feeble minded son of Hsin with a penchant for street races, and Zhou Ming, a narcissist who sometimes displays borderline psychotic behavior and is involved in audacious endeavours, including committing a bank robbery and using a Chinese Red Dragon costume to escape the police. The Algonquin Triads also frequently come under attack by the Spanish Lords, who have long been enemies of the Triads. The Spanish Lords interfere with Triad business in many ways: by turning on Chan and Huang at a drug deal between the two parties in Northwood, by attacking Uncle Kenny's merchandise at his East Island City warehouse, and by sabotaging a speedboat that Chan had stolen from them, leading to an attempt to assassinate him on open water.
Hsin's insistence that a federal informant is compromising Triad business leads to severe retribution. Under Hsin's orders, Huang executes several Triads suspected of being the rat, and a brief war between the Triads and the Korean Midtown Gangsters, who had long been loyal to the Triads, follows. With the aid of LCPD detective Wade Heston, Huang discovers that a sect of the Midtown Gangsters, a group of assassins known as the Wonsu Nodong, was responsible for the theft of Yu Jian and harboring the FIB rat. A document recovered by Heston names both Chan and Zhou as rats, and Huang kills them on Hsin's orders, because of an oath he delivered to The Tongs. Hsin promptly passes Triad leadership to Uncle Kenny and announces his intention to retire to Macau.
However, Heston learns the document incriminating Chan and Zhou was a fake, and at a meeting on Charge Island, Huang discovers that his uncle Kenny is the rat, murdered his brother, the father of Huang, and orchestrated the theft of Yu Jian with the Koreans. Huang pursues Kenny to Hsin's mansion, where he injures Hsin with Yu Jian, the weapon having been in his possession all along. Huang takes his revenge and kills Kenny, leaving the Triads without a leader. The wounded Hsin offers the position to Huang, who does not respond.
The Triads are seen to drive a number of customized vehicles from 2008 to 2009, the time periods of Grand Theft Auto IV and Chinatown Wars.
In GTA IV, a Triad variant of the Feroci, known as the JDM VIP, can be seen driven by Triad gangsters in Chinatown, Algonquin. It features a chin and spoiler not seen on standard Ferocis, as well as gold rims, a dark blue paintjob, and Chinese knotting hung from the rearview mirror. It displays superior performance to the standard Feroci.
In addition to the JDM VIP, the Triads also drive custom variants of the Intruder known as the Intruder VX, which sport a red paintjob, sideskirts and a spoiler, and the same knotting seen on the Triad Ferocis. Both of those cars play Electro-Choc or Radio Broker by default.
In GTA Chinatown Wars, the custom Ferocis and Intruders have seemingly been replaced by a custom variant of the Hellenbach. Painted in the Triad's signature lavender purple, it features a white stripe running the length of the car, large bumpers and sideskirts, blue neon underglow visible only at night, and nitrous-enhanced top speed. It can be seen patrolling Triad territory in Cerveza Heights, Chinatown and Lower Easton and typically contains one or two Triad gangsters armed with SMG's. In this game, they listen to Sinowav FM.
Additionally, other gang cars appear in GTA Chinatown Wars. These include a Triad Admiral variant, that is seen parked around Cerveza Heights. This one has a different engine and horn sound from the regular Admiral and plays the DJ Khalil radio station by default instead of the Admiral's Truth & Soul. Another car used by the Triads is a tuned Comet variant, this one has a better top speed from the regular Comet, and has a red neon underglow at night. It is used solely by the Jaoming Family, and as such can be found only in missions involving them and in rampages involving them. It plays Deadmau5 by default.
The Lost And The Damned
The Ballad Of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars (other than Huang himself and the bosses who give him missions)
- Recruitment Drive
- Pimp His Ride
- Whack the Racers
- Jackin' Chan
- Raw Deal
- Slaying With Fire
- Stealing the Show
- Bomb Disposal
- Dragon Haul Z
- Torpedo Run
- The Offshore Offload
- By Myriads of Swords
- A Shadow Of Doubt
- Friend or Foe?
- Arms Out of Harm's Way
- The Wages of Hsin
- Rat Race
- Clear the Pier
- Hit from the Tong
- Salt in the Wound