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|name = Sonny Forelli
 
|name = Sonny Forelli
 
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|games = ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]''
[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] (mentioned)
 
 
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|pob = 1946
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|aka = Mr. Forello
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|status = [[Keep Your Friends Close...|Deceased]]
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|dod = [[1986]]
 
|dod = [[1986]]
 
|home = [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]]
 
|home = [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]]
|nationality = [[Italy|Italian]]-[[America|American]]
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|nationality = {{Flagicon|Italy|Flag of Italy}} [[Italy|Italian]]-<br/>{{Flagicon|United States of America|Flag of the United States}} [[United States of America|American]]
|family = [[Giorgio Forelli]] (cousin)<br>[[Franco Forelli]]<br>[[Mike Forelli]]<br>[[Marco Forelli]]
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|family = [[Franco Forelli]] <small>(unknown relation)</small><br>[[Mike Forelli]] <small>(unknown relation)</small><br>[[Marco Forelli]] <small>(unknown relation)</small><br>[[Giorgio Forelli]] <small>(cousin)</small>
|affiliations = [[Forelli Family]]<br>[[Sonny's right-hand man|Forelli Capo]]<br>[[Tommy Vercetti]]<br>[[Harry]]<br>[[Lee]]<br>[[Ken Rosenberg]]<br>[[Lance Vance]]
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|affiliations = [[Forelli Family]] <small>([[Don]]; 1970's-1986)</small>
 
|vehicles = White [[Stretch]]
 
|vehicles = White [[Stretch]]
|voice = [[Tom Sizemore]]|dob = |businesses = Drugs Dealing<br>[[Marco's Bistro]]|aka = Mr. Forelli<br> [[Cap the Collector|Mr. Forello]]
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|businesses = Drug Dealing<br>Gunrunning<br>Racketeering<br>[[Marco's Bistro]]
|status = [[Keep Your Friends Close...|Deceased]]}}
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|voice = [[Tom Sizemore]]
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{{Quote|Times are changing. The families can't keep their backs turned while our enemies reap the rewards. So we send someone down to do the dirty work for us and cut ourselves a nice, quiet slice...|Sonny Forelli}}
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{{Quote|Times are changing. The families can't keep their backs turned while our enemies reap the rewards. So we send someone down to do the dirty work for us and cut ourselves a nice, quiet slice...| Sonny Forelli}}
   
'''Sonny Forelli''' was a character in [[Grand Theft Auto]] series who appeared as the main [[antagonist]] in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] (set in [[1986]]) and was mentioned in [[The Introduction]], a prequel from [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] (set in [[1992]]).
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'''Sonny Forelli''' was a character in the ''[[Grand Theft Auto]]'' series, appearing as a central character and the main [[antagonist]] of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]'', and is mentioned in "[[The Introduction]]", a prequel for ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''.
   
Sonny was the [[Boss|Don]] of the [[Forelli Family]], with [[Vice City Police Department]] criminal files stating that he came to power young. Sonny's businesses included [[Marco's Bistro]] and drug dealing. He wears a blue sport coat, animal print shirt, black dress pants and shoes. An artwork shows him in a pink [[Soiree Suits|soiree suit]] with black shirt and aviator glasses.
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Sonny Forelli is an Italian-American mobster and the [[Boss|Don]] of the [[Liberty City (3D Universe)|Liberty City]]-based [[Forelli crime family]] as of [[1986]]. A friend and the boss of ''GTA Vice City'' [[Protagonist|protagonist]] [[Tommy Vercetti]], Sonny sends Vercetti to [[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]], wishing to establish drug trade businesses there.
   
 
Sonny was voiced by [[Tom Sizemore]].
 
Sonny was voiced by [[Tom Sizemore]].
   
==Background==
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==History==
===Early Life===
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===Background===
Sonny Forelli was born and raised in [[Liberty City in GTA III Era|Liberty City]]. Sonny joined and became the [[Boss|Don]] of the [[Forelli Family]] at a young age, according to the [[Vice City Police Department]] criminal files. During his youth, he became a good friend of [[Tommy Vercetti]], though Sonny's feelings toward Tommy changed over the time, with the latter's rapid rise within the family leading to jealousy.
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Sonny was born into the [[Liberty City (3D Universe)|Liberty City]]-based [[Forelli crime family]], an Italian-American mob; Sonny joined the family's ranks, eventually rising to power in a young age. Under Sonny's reign, the Forellis became the most powerful crime organization in Liberty City, with Sonny having a major influence in the business of racketeering, gambling, union trouble, corruption and [[Prostitution|prostitution]] in the area.
   
===The Ambush===
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Prior to the 1970's, Sonny became a friend and the boss of fellow mobster [[Tommy Vercetti]], employing Tommy as his [[Hitmen|hitman]]. However, likely due to Tommy's rising reputation and power in Liberty City's underworld, the Forelli Don became disdainful and jealous towards the latter, opting to remove Tommy from the way.
In [[1971]], Sonny had led Tommy into an ambush in [[Harwood]] (located in Liberty City), telling Tommy he was to assassinate a key mobster. Tommy survived the ambush but was arrested by the [[LCPD in GTA III Era|Liberty City Police Department]] and imprisoned. Sonny continued in his various illegal activities, which by [[1986]] are believed to be racketeering, gambling, unions, corruption and prostitution, making the Forelli family the most powerful Mafia family at that time.
 
   
==Events of ''GTA Vice City''==
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In [[1971]], Sonny sent Tommy to [[Harwood]] to assassinate a key mobster; however, when Tommy arrived, he found himself surrounded by eleven hitmen. Despite being outnumbered, Tommy managed to kill the hitmen, but was arrested and convicted of eleven counts of murder. Unbeknownst to Tommy, the eleven man ambush was ordered by Sonny himself. Due to Sonny and the Forelli family's connections, the Forelli hitman was spared death penalty or life imprisonment.
===Tommy's release===
 
{{quote|Tommy Vercetti...Huh! Shit. Didn't think they'd ever let him out.|Sonny to his [[Sonny's Right-Hand Man|right-hand man]].}}
 
   
Upon Tommy's release, Sonny decides to send him down south. Through his contact in Vice City, [[Ken Rosenberg]], they organize a drug deal with the [[Vance crime family]]. The deal is ambushed, resulting in the deaths of Forelli mobsters [[Harry]] and [[Lee]] and Vance Crime Family boss [[Victor_Vance|Victor Vance]].
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===Events of ''GTA Vice City''===
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====Drug deal====
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{{quote|[[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]] is twenty-four carat gold these days. The [[Colombia|Colombians]], the [[Mexico|Mexicans]]. Hell, even those [[Cuba|Cuban]] refugees are cutting themselves a piece of some nice action.|Sonny, regarding Vice City, "[[In The Beginning...]]."}}
   
[[File:AnOldFriend-GTAVC2.jpg|thumb|200px|<small>Sonny talks with Tommy in phone after the failed drug deal.</small>]]
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[[File:InTheBeginning-GTAVC-ForelliMeeting.png|thumb|left|265px|Sonny discussing with fellow Forelli mobsters in [[Marco's Bistro]].]]
Tommy later [[An Old Friend|informs]] Sonny of the ambush, with Sonny reacting angrily, seemingly holding Tommy responsible for the recovery of the money and the drugs regardless of whose fault it was.
 
   
==='Behind the scenes'===
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By [[1986]], the Forellis are still the most powerful organization in Liberty City, with Sonny wishing to enter the family into the drug dealing business. Due to Tommy being released from prison the same year, Sonny decides to send him to [[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]], wishing to have Tommy establish a drug trading business in the city while also keeping him far away from Liberty City, believing Tommy's presence in LC will be bad for the Forellis' business.
Ken Rosenberg later begins to employ Tommy Vercetti and helps him establish himself in the city, introducing him to a number of the cities key people, including [[Juan Cortez|Colonel Juan Cortez]], who helped Rosenberg set up the deal, and real estate mogul [[Avery Carrington]]. Rosenberg, fearing Sonny's retribution, hides in his office for a number of days, but does send Tommy to [[Jury Fury|intimidate]] two jurors prosecuting Sonny's cousin [[Giorgio Forelli|Giorgio]].
 
   
Sonny allows Tommy to establish a business empire in the city, realising it is the only way for Tommy to repay his debt and hoping the new influence in Florida will bring great rewards for the family in Liberty City. However, after Tommy manages to find and eliminate those responsible for the ambushed drug deal, [[Gonzalez]] and the city's ruling drug baron [[Ricardo Diaz]], and still shows no sign of paying back the stolen money, Sonny begins to become impatient. Eventually, Sonny takes matters into his own hands and sends some of his [[Cap the Collector|men to forcibly collect money]] from Tommy's numerous businesses.
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Sonny has [[Ken Rosenberg]], a Vice City-based lawyer who works for the Forellis, set a cocaine deal with [[Lance Vance|Lance]] and [[Victor Vance]], with the deal is also being organized by Rosenberg's associate, [[Juan Cortez]]. With the deal set in [[Viceport]] next to a [[Phil's Depot|compound]], Tommy is sent accompanied by Rosenberg and fellow Forelli men [[Harry]] and [[Lee]]. The deal, however, goes wrong when a group of hitmen kills Harry, Lee and one of the dealers, forcing Tommy and Ken to abandon the cocaine and Sonny's [[money]].
   
===Death===
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[[File:AnOldFriend-GTAVC-AngrySonnyOnPhone.png|thumb|right|265px|Sonny yelling at Tommy over the phone, after the drug deal.]]
{{Dialogue|Tommy|You took fifteen years from me, Sonny, and now I'm gonna make you pay!|Sonny|You still don't get it do you? I own you, Tommy! Those fifteen years were mine to spend! Get him, boys; he never understood a thing.|Tommy and Sonny's last conversation before Sonny's death.}}
 
   
[[File:KeepYourFriendsClose...-GTAVC5.jpg|thumb|right|200px|<small>Sonny's last moments.</small>]]
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Shortly afterwards, Tommy [[An Old Friend|contacts]] Sonny from the [[Ocean View Hotel]], revealing of the ambush on the deal. Furious over Tommy's failure, Sonny agrees to let Tommy investigate and punish the men responsible for the ambush, although the Forelli Don also warns Tommy of not making a fool of himself.
   
Tommy eliminates Sonny's men, but, realizing retaliation will swiftly follow, devises a plan to pay Sonny off using counterfeit money printed at his [[Vice City Print Works|print works]]. When Sonny arrives in Vice City to collect, however, he reveals that [[Lance Vance]], Tommy's closest friend, has joined forces with him and informed him of the counterfeiting scheme. Being forewarned about Tommy's deception, Sonny arrives at the Vercetti estate in force, accompanied by a large number of gunmen, intending to eliminate Tommy and seize his businesses for the Forelli Family.
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====Supervision over Tommy====
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{{quote|Where's the goddamn money!? Where's the goddamn stuff!? And where's my cut of your new action!? You are making an idiot out of me, Tommy, and I'm not laughing yet.|Sonny, in his third phone call to Tommy.}}
   
A [[Keep Your Friends Close...|huge gun fight erupts]], during which Sonny finally confirms Tommy's suspicions that he was in fact set up in 1971. The shootout concludes with the deaths of Lance and Sonny, alongside countless Forelli Family mobsters.
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While Tommy continues searching for suspects related to the drug deal, Sonny remains with contact with him, supervisioning Tommy's actions. Throughout Tommy's time in Vice City, Sonny contacts him three times. In his first call, after Tommy has [[Jury Fury|intimidated]] juries who were on Sonny's cousin [[Giorgio Forelli|Giorgio's]] case, Sonny merely reminds Tommy to find the stolen money, while also warning him about being a potentially unreliable person.
   
==Legacy==
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Tommy eventually finds out that drug baron [[Ricardo Diaz]] was the man who ordered the hit on the drug deal, and [[Rub Out|kills]] him, slowly becoming the new crimelord in Vice City. After hearing about Tommy's latest actions while the latter didn't inform him of finding out and killing the man responsible, Sonny calls him again, warning to not forget about the Forellis.
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Irritated at Tommy for ignoring the Forellis, not giving them a cut from his businesses, and not even repaying his debt, Sonny calls Tommy again, furiously questioning him over his actions and lack of contact with the family. Sonny also threatens to have Ken's family killed.
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====Arrival in Vice City and death====
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{{Dialogue|Tommy|You took fifteen years from me Sonny... And now I'm gonna make you pay!|Sonny|You still don't get it do you! I own you, Tommy. Those fifteen years were mine to spend! Get him boys, he never understood a thing.|Tommy and Sonny shortly before their final showdown, "[[Keep Your Friends Close...]]."}}
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Tired of waiting Tommy to pay him from his cuts, Sonny sends his men over to Vice City to collect taxes from various [[Assets|assets]] and businesses owned by Tommy, beginning with the [[Print Works]] managed by Tommy's associate [[Earnest Kelly]]. However, Tommy learns of the Forellis' actions shortly afterwards, and eliminates Sonny's men, finally openly revealing his unwilling to pay the Forellis, while also proclaiming that Vice City is his, not Sonny's.
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Around this time, Tommy's associate Lance Vance, who has become very disillusioned with Tommy due to receiving little to no credit from him, is contacted by Sonny, who manages to have Lance turn his back on Tommy.
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[[File:KeepYourFriendsClose...-GTAVC2.png|thumb|left|265px|Tommy confronting Sonny and Lance Vance before their gunfight.]]
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Expecting Sonny's arrival in Vice City, Tommy prints fake cash which he aims to give to Sonny. Upon Sonny's arrival at the [[Vercetti Estate]] and after a somewhat hostile exchange of words between Tommy and Sonny over their ruined friendship and business, Lance reveals his alliance with Sonny, and the location of Tommy's real money, in the latter's office.
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A massive gunfight begins between Sonny's men and Tommy, although Sonny chooses to stay out of it initially. After killing Lance on the estate's rooftops, Tommy confronts Sonny at his mansion's entrance. With Sonny's involvement in the Harwood incident fifteen years ago are finally confirmed, Tommy engages in a final shootout with the Forelli Don and his men, concluding in Sonny's death.
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===Post-''Vice City''===
 
{{quote|Ever since Sonny Forelli got himself pasted all over Florida, you think you run things in this town.|[[Salvatore Leone]] to [[Johnny Sindacco]].}}
 
{{quote|Ever since Sonny Forelli got himself pasted all over Florida, you think you run things in this town.|[[Salvatore Leone]] to [[Johnny Sindacco]].}}
   
[[Salvatore Leone]], the [[Boss|Don]] of the [[Leone Family]], in [[1992]] informs [[Johnny Sindacco]] of the [[Sindacco Family]] that the death of Sonny Forelli dealt a severe blow to the Forelli Family, allowing the Sindacco Family to gain a signifigant amount of power in Liberty City. Salvatore states that "ever since Sonny Forelli got himself pasted all over Florida", criminals such as the [[Sindacco Family]] think that they can rule the Forellis' former businesses. A film about Sonny's life, entitled "''[[Sonny Forelli: A True Story]]''" is advertised in Liberty City in [[1998]].
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[[File:SonnyForelliATrueStory-GTALCS-poster.jpg|thumb|right|100px|A poster of ''Sonny Forelli: A True Story'', circa 1998.]]
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Sonny's demise marks the beginning of the Forelli crime family's downfall. His death is noted by [[Leone crime family]] Don and fellow mobster [[Salvatore Leone]] to have dealt a severe blow to the Forellis, enough to let the [[Sindacco crime family]] gain power in Liberty City by the 1990's. By [[1998]], a film titled "''[[Sonny Forelli: A True Story]]''" is advertised in Liberty City.
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==Character==
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===Personality===
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Sonny is shown to be a power-hungry, impulsive, ruthless and short-tempered man, becoming furious when things don't go in his way or get delayed, as shown through his phone calls with Tommy, where he eventually lost his temper and yelled at Tommy as his patience began to slowly decline.
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He is willing to do anything to obtain more power, influence and money for himself and his organization, going as far as planning to begin drug trade businesses, despite it's traditionally being a red area for the Liberty City mafia families. He also had no problem of betraying his friend and ally Tommy in 1971, simply out of jealousy and possible paranoia over the latter's rapid rise in reputation.
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Despite his greed, Sonny appears to be a strong, charismatic and manipulative leader, and during his reign as a Don the Forelli crime family was the most powerful crime organization in Liberty City, while his successors never achieved the same power or influence as he had. His charisma and manipulation also helped him in converting Lance Vance to his side, after the latter felt he was unappreciated by Tommy.
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===Appearance===
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{{quote|Notoriously poor taste in clothes.|The [[Vice City Police Department]], regarding Sonny's apparel.}}
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Sonny is a middle-aged man of average size, who appears to be a bit overweighted. His skin tone is fair, while his eyes are blue and his hair is dark-colored, short and combed backwards. In ''GTA: Vice City'', Sonny wears a blue sport coat, animal print shirt, white dress pants and black shoes. In his official artwork, Sonny is seen wearing a pink business suit, and sunglasses.
   
==Development==
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===VCPD Crime Tree Record===
Sonny Forelli is voiced by [[Tom Sizemore]]. His name is similar to ''[[:wp:Miami Vice|Miami Vice]]'' character Sonny Crockett, whilst his temper is similar to Santino Corleone (known as Sonny) from The Godfather novel and film series. Sonny Corleone also voices opinions about becoming involved in the heroin trade, as Sonny does, although Sonny Forelli wishes to deal in drugs in general, not just heroin.
 
==VCPD Crime Tree Record==
 
 
*Head of Forelli Crime Family.
 
*Head of Forelli Crime Family.
 
*Major crime family in Liberty City.
 
*Major crime family in Liberty City.
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*Notoriously poor taste in clothes.
 
*Notoriously poor taste in clothes.
   
==Mission appearances==
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==Mission Appearances==
 
;GTA Vice City
 
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*[[Introduction (GTA VC)|Introduction]] <small>(Boss)</small>
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*[[In The Beginning...]] <small>(Boss)</small>
*[[An Old Friend]] <small>(Boss, Betrayal)</small>
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*[[An Old Friend]] <small>(Boss)</small>
*[[Keep Your Friends Close...]] <small>(Killed by [[Tommy Vercetti]])</small>
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*[[Jury Fury]] <small>(Post-mission phone call)</small>
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*[[Rub Out]] <small>(Post-mission phone call)</small>
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*Random mission <small>(Post-mission phone call)</small>
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*[[Keep Your Friends Close...]] <small>(Killed)</small>
   
''Post-mission phone calls:''
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==Trivia==
*[[Jury Fury]]
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*Sonny makes the second fewest physical appearances in-game of all the main antagonists in the 3D Universe; he appears in cutscenes for the first and second missions, gives Tommy a phone call after three missions, and, finally, appears in person during the final mission. The antagonist with the fewest appearances is [[Massimo Torini]] from ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]]'', with only two mission appearances.
*[[Rub Out]]
 
*[[Recruitment Drive]]
 
   
 
==Gallery==
 
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Latest revision as of 04:00, May 17, 2015



CHARACTER
Sonny Forelli
SonnyForelli-GTAVC
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Full name: Sonny Forelli
Also known as: Mr. Forello
Status: Deceased
Gender: Male
Date of death: 1986
Home: Liberty City
Nationality: Flag of Italy Italian-
Flag of the United States American
Family: Franco Forelli (unknown relation)
Mike Forelli (unknown relation)
Marco Forelli (unknown relation)
Giorgio Forelli (cousin)
Main affiliation: Forelli Family (Don; 1970's-1986)
Vehicle(s): White Stretch
Businesses: Drug Dealing
Gunrunning
Racketeering
Marco's Bistro
Voiced by: Tom Sizemore
"Times are changing. The families can't keep their backs turned while our enemies reap the rewards. So we send someone down to do the dirty work for us and cut ourselves a nice, quiet slice..."
― Sonny Forelli

Sonny Forelli was a character in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as a central character and the main antagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and is mentioned in "The Introduction", a prequel for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Sonny Forelli is an Italian-American mobster and the Don of the Liberty City-based Forelli crime family as of 1986. A friend and the boss of GTA Vice City protagonist Tommy Vercetti, Sonny sends Vercetti to Vice City, wishing to establish drug trade businesses there.

Sonny was voiced by Tom Sizemore.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Sonny was born into the Liberty City-based Forelli crime family, an Italian-American mob; Sonny joined the family's ranks, eventually rising to power in a young age. Under Sonny's reign, the Forellis became the most powerful crime organization in Liberty City, with Sonny having a major influence in the business of racketeering, gambling, union trouble, corruption and prostitution in the area.

Prior to the 1970's, Sonny became a friend and the boss of fellow mobster Tommy Vercetti, employing Tommy as his hitman. However, likely due to Tommy's rising reputation and power in Liberty City's underworld, the Forelli Don became disdainful and jealous towards the latter, opting to remove Tommy from the way.

In 1971, Sonny sent Tommy to Harwood to assassinate a key mobster; however, when Tommy arrived, he found himself surrounded by eleven hitmen. Despite being outnumbered, Tommy managed to kill the hitmen, but was arrested and convicted of eleven counts of murder. Unbeknownst to Tommy, the eleven man ambush was ordered by Sonny himself. Due to Sonny and the Forelli family's connections, the Forelli hitman was spared death penalty or life imprisonment.

Events of GTA Vice CityEdit

Drug dealEdit

"Vice City is twenty-four carat gold these days. The Colombians, the Mexicans. Hell, even those Cuban refugees are cutting themselves a piece of some nice action."
―Sonny, regarding Vice City, "In The Beginning...."
InTheBeginning-GTAVC-ForelliMeeting

Sonny discussing with fellow Forelli mobsters in Marco's Bistro.

By 1986, the Forellis are still the most powerful organization in Liberty City, with Sonny wishing to enter the family into the drug dealing business. Due to Tommy being released from prison the same year, Sonny decides to send him to Vice City, wishing to have Tommy establish a drug trading business in the city while also keeping him far away from Liberty City, believing Tommy's presence in LC will be bad for the Forellis' business.

Sonny has Ken Rosenberg, a Vice City-based lawyer who works for the Forellis, set a cocaine deal with Lance and Victor Vance, with the deal is also being organized by Rosenberg's associate, Juan Cortez. With the deal set in Viceport next to a compound, Tommy is sent accompanied by Rosenberg and fellow Forelli men Harry and Lee. The deal, however, goes wrong when a group of hitmen kills Harry, Lee and one of the dealers, forcing Tommy and Ken to abandon the cocaine and Sonny's money.

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Sonny yelling at Tommy over the phone, after the drug deal.

Shortly afterwards, Tommy contacts Sonny from the Ocean View Hotel, revealing of the ambush on the deal. Furious over Tommy's failure, Sonny agrees to let Tommy investigate and punish the men responsible for the ambush, although the Forelli Don also warns Tommy of not making a fool of himself.

Supervision over TommyEdit

"Where's the goddamn money!? Where's the goddamn stuff!? And where's my cut of your new action!? You are making an idiot out of me, Tommy, and I'm not laughing yet."
―Sonny, in his third phone call to Tommy.

While Tommy continues searching for suspects related to the drug deal, Sonny remains with contact with him, supervisioning Tommy's actions. Throughout Tommy's time in Vice City, Sonny contacts him three times. In his first call, after Tommy has intimidated juries who were on Sonny's cousin Giorgio's case, Sonny merely reminds Tommy to find the stolen money, while also warning him about being a potentially unreliable person.

Tommy eventually finds out that drug baron Ricardo Diaz was the man who ordered the hit on the drug deal, and kills him, slowly becoming the new crimelord in Vice City. After hearing about Tommy's latest actions while the latter didn't inform him of finding out and killing the man responsible, Sonny calls him again, warning to not forget about the Forellis.

Irritated at Tommy for ignoring the Forellis, not giving them a cut from his businesses, and not even repaying his debt, Sonny calls Tommy again, furiously questioning him over his actions and lack of contact with the family. Sonny also threatens to have Ken's family killed.

Arrival in Vice City and deathEdit

Tommy: "You took fifteen years from me Sonny... And now I'm gonna make you pay!"
Sonny: "You still don't get it do you! I own you, Tommy. Those fifteen years were mine to spend! Get him boys, he never understood a thing."
―Tommy and Sonny shortly before their final showdown, "Keep Your Friends Close...."

Tired of waiting Tommy to pay him from his cuts, Sonny sends his men over to Vice City to collect taxes from various assets and businesses owned by Tommy, beginning with the Print Works managed by Tommy's associate Earnest Kelly. However, Tommy learns of the Forellis' actions shortly afterwards, and eliminates Sonny's men, finally openly revealing his unwilling to pay the Forellis, while also proclaiming that Vice City is his, not Sonny's.

Around this time, Tommy's associate Lance Vance, who has become very disillusioned with Tommy due to receiving little to no credit from him, is contacted by Sonny, who manages to have Lance turn his back on Tommy.

KeepYourFriendsClose...-GTAVC2

Tommy confronting Sonny and Lance Vance before their gunfight.

Expecting Sonny's arrival in Vice City, Tommy prints fake cash which he aims to give to Sonny. Upon Sonny's arrival at the Vercetti Estate and after a somewhat hostile exchange of words between Tommy and Sonny over their ruined friendship and business, Lance reveals his alliance with Sonny, and the location of Tommy's real money, in the latter's office.

A massive gunfight begins between Sonny's men and Tommy, although Sonny chooses to stay out of it initially. After killing Lance on the estate's rooftops, Tommy confronts Sonny at his mansion's entrance. With Sonny's involvement in the Harwood incident fifteen years ago are finally confirmed, Tommy engages in a final shootout with the Forelli Don and his men, concluding in Sonny's death.

Post-Vice CityEdit

"Ever since Sonny Forelli got himself pasted all over Florida, you think you run things in this town."
Salvatore Leone to Johnny Sindacco.
SonnyForelliATrueStory-GTALCS-poster

A poster of Sonny Forelli: A True Story, circa 1998.

Sonny's demise marks the beginning of the Forelli crime family's downfall. His death is noted by Leone crime family Don and fellow mobster Salvatore Leone to have dealt a severe blow to the Forellis, enough to let the Sindacco crime family gain power in Liberty City by the 1990's. By 1998, a film titled "Sonny Forelli: A True Story" is advertised in Liberty City.

CharacterEdit

PersonalityEdit

Sonny is shown to be a power-hungry, impulsive, ruthless and short-tempered man, becoming furious when things don't go in his way or get delayed, as shown through his phone calls with Tommy, where he eventually lost his temper and yelled at Tommy as his patience began to slowly decline.

He is willing to do anything to obtain more power, influence and money for himself and his organization, going as far as planning to begin drug trade businesses, despite it's traditionally being a red area for the Liberty City mafia families. He also had no problem of betraying his friend and ally Tommy in 1971, simply out of jealousy and possible paranoia over the latter's rapid rise in reputation.

Despite his greed, Sonny appears to be a strong, charismatic and manipulative leader, and during his reign as a Don the Forelli crime family was the most powerful crime organization in Liberty City, while his successors never achieved the same power or influence as he had. His charisma and manipulation also helped him in converting Lance Vance to his side, after the latter felt he was unappreciated by Tommy.

AppearanceEdit

"Notoriously poor taste in clothes."
―The Vice City Police Department, regarding Sonny's apparel.

Sonny is a middle-aged man of average size, who appears to be a bit overweighted. His skin tone is fair, while his eyes are blue and his hair is dark-colored, short and combed backwards. In GTA: Vice City, Sonny wears a blue sport coat, animal print shirt, white dress pants and black shoes. In his official artwork, Sonny is seen wearing a pink business suit, and sunglasses.

VCPD Crime Tree RecordEdit

  • Head of Forelli Crime Family.
  • Major crime family in Liberty City.
  • Believed to have major influence in racketeering, gambling, union trouble, corruption and prostitution.
  • Came to power young.
  • Thought to have ordered several mob killings, including Harwood incident.
  • Only minor charges have ever stuck. Thought to be interested in entering narcotics trade, traditionally a no go area for Liberty City mob.
  • Phone records reveal calls to home address of Ken Rosenberg.
  • Notoriously poor taste in clothes.

Mission AppearancesEdit

GTA Vice City

TriviaEdit

  • Sonny makes the second fewest physical appearances in-game of all the main antagonists in the 3D Universe; he appears in cutscenes for the first and second missions, gives Tommy a phone call after three missions, and, finally, appears in person during the final mission. The antagonist with the fewest appearances is Massimo Torini from GTA Liberty City Stories, with only two mission appearances.

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