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Mr Whoopee
MrWhoopee-GTA3-front
Mr Whoopee in GTA III.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Commercial vehicle
Body style Frozen foods truck
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories


The Mr Whoopee is an ice-cream van found in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It is usually found driving around the suburban areas of each city. It doesn't appear in Grand Theft Auto IV, but the Mr. Tasty takes its place. The Mr. Whoopee is most likely a parody of Mister Softee or "Mr.Whippy", a brand of ice cream vans and products seen in Great Britain and Austraila.

Description

Design

The Mr Whoopee is evidently designed as a vehicle based on a van or box truck. In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Mr. Whoopee has a unique, modern design (the headlights and grille resemble those of a 1986 Ford Transit, while the van itself can also resemble a deformed 1992 Toyota Hiace); however, in GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City Stories, it resembles a modified Boxville step van (being similar in design but considerably smaller).

In most of its appearances, the decorations on top of the van serve as sexual references. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, it resembles a large pair of breasts, whereas in GTA San Andreas, it resembles a penis. The GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories renditions are exceptions, with only a single ice cream swirl and a chocolate bar.

One of the vehicle's special attributes is a musical jingle that can be toggled on or off with the horn button. The melody in GTA III and GTA Vice City is the same as that used by the Ice-Cream Van in Grand Theft Auto 2, but in GTA San Andreas, it is different. The melody is also same for the truck in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories.

Performance

Due to its size, the Mr Whoopee is fairly slow and suffers in steering and braking. In addition, the Boxville-style renditions are top heavy and is prone to rolling if not driven carefully. The van in GTA San Andreas is significantly slower than the van in other games. The van in GTA Liberty City Stories can also easily blow up after few collisions, thereby making it the weakest vehicle in GTA Liberty City Stories. The GTA III version, strangely, takes no physical damage, making it a good vehicle to drive when under fire. Most renditions have powerful-sounding diesel engines, however, GTA III's van has a gasoline engine, while the San Andreas van has a much weaker-sounding diesel. The Mr. Whoopee vans are front-wheel drive in GTA Vice City and GTA III, and rear-wheel in all other games.

Appearances in missions

  • In GTA III, there's a mission called I Scream, You Scream in which you have to pick up a bomb, get a Mr. Whoopee, park it in a lot in Atlantic Quays, wait for the Forellis, and detonate the bomb.
  • In GTA Vice City, the Mr. Whoopee has a mission called Distribution associated with it, in which the player uses a Mr. Whoopee truck as a front to sell an unspecified controlled substance to passing pedestrians. Four or more sales in a short time will earn the player a wanted star.

Trivia

  • The default radio stations for the Mr Whoopee are:
    • Rise FM in GTA Liberty City Stories.
  • In GTA Vice City, the Mr. Whoopee truck is among the vehicles on the third "wanted list" that appears on the lower level of Sunshine Autos once the player purchases that asset property.
  • As the GTA San Andreas version of the truck does appear on rare occasions in traffic in beach areas of Los Santos, the driver is depicted as an obese ice cream man posing as clown. His appearance is made to be similar to pictorial depictions of the Mr. Whoopee clown on parts of the Mr. Whoopee truck.
  • There is a way to obtain the Mr. Whoopee in GTA Liberty City Stories on both the PS2, and PSP. The player has to aim carefully at the head of the driver of the truck in the mission Scooter Shooter. When the driver falls out, the empty truck will remain where it is until you steal it.
  • It's the rarest vehicle in GTA III. Finding it in traffic is very difficult. However, on mobile versions, the truck is much easier to find, though still uncommon.
  • The GTA III version has no horn or radio. Holding the horn button will just turn on the jingle. The GTA VC version has a radio, but lacks a horn. Holding the horn button does nothing.
  • Both renditions set in Liberty City, make reference to the popular '99' ice cream commonly sold within the UK, as it contains an ice cream swirl with what appears to be a 'flake' protruding from it.
  • The jingle of the GTA III rendition is the same of that of "Mr Lolly", another Ice Cream van, from the DMA design (later Rockstar North) game titled Body Harvest

Locations

GTA III

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

  • Can be found in urban areas such as Los Santos in sunny weather. The beach party cheat makes it very common.
  • Spawns around beach areas in Los Santos.
  • Can be found outside a rest stop in Las Payasadas. Only spawns when arriving from the west. If the player arrives from any other direction a Hotdog and a Bobcat will spawn in its place. Tested and confirmed on Xbox 360.
  • It can also be spotted driving on the west side of San Fierro.
  • Spawns when driving a Faggio around the Verona Beach/Santa Maria Beach area.

GTA Liberty City Stories

  • Can be found in the "Scooter Shooter" mission acquired in Chinatown. It is rarely seen driving on the streets.
  • Can be obtained by using Cheat Device.

GTA Vice City Stories

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