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CHARACTER
Thomas Vercetti
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Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (mentioned)
Full name: Thomas Vercetti
Also known as: Tommy
Tomás
The Harwood Butcher
Mr. Vercetti
Mr. V
Tom
Fancy Clothes
Status: Alive
Gender:

Male

Date of birth: 1951
Place of birth: Liberty City
Home: Portland Island, Liberty City
Vice City
Ocean View Hotel room
Ocean Heights Apartments
Links View Apartment
El Swanko Casa
1102 Washington Street
3321 Vice Point
Hyman Condo
Skumole Shack
Vercetti Estate
Nationality: Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Italian-American
Family: Unnamed parents
Main affiliation: Vercetti Gang
Sonny Forelli (Formerly)
Forelli Family (Formerly)
Ken Rosenberg (Formerly)
Lance Vance (Formerly)
Colonel Juan Cortez
Mercedes Cortez
Avery Carrington
Ricardo Diaz (Formerly)
Umberto Robina
Auntie Poulet (Formerly)
Kent Paul (Formerly)
Mitch Baker
Steve Scott
Earnest Kelly
Mr. Black (Formerly)
Phil Cassidy
Vehicle(s): Red Speeder
Grey Admiral
White Infernus
White Stretch
Mavericks
Angel
Sea Sparrow
Sabre Turbo
Deluxo
Sandking
Hotring Racer
Sentinel
Cabbie
Zebra Cab
Player's choice
Businesses: Vercetti Estate
Boatyard
Cherry Popper Ice Cream Factory
InterGlobal Films
Kaufman Cabs
Malibu Club
The Pole Position Club
Print Works
Sunshine Autos
Phil's Place
Voiced by: Ray Liotta
"Wait, Sonny. You have my personal assurance you're gonna get your money back, and the drugs. And I'm gonna mail you the dicks of those responsible!"
―Tommy Vercetti

Thomas "Tommy" Vercetti is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the main protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (set in 1986) and mentioned in The Introduction, a prequel of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (set in 1992), and in the game itself during the mission The Meat Business.

Tommy is a former member of the Forelli Family, and the leader of the Vercetti crime family, based out of Vice City.

Biography

Early Life

Thomas Vercetti was born in Liberty City in 1951. His father owned a printing shop and as a boy Tommy helped him by cleaning the rollers. He had planned to follow in his father's footsteps, but in his own words, chose a different life. Dialogue spoken by Tommy while fleeing police indicates that he had a bad relationship with his mother.

Early 1970's

At some point prior to 1971, Tommy joined the Forelli Family. He continued to work with the Forelli Family, making his way up the ranks and, presumably, becoming a made man. In 1971, Sonny Forelli, growing apprehensive of Tommy's increasing power, attempted to set up an ambush for him, under the guise of a hit in Harwood. However, Tommy not only survived, but killed all eleven men sent to kill him. He was arrested and convicted of eleven counts of murder, but since he kept quiet and turned no evidence on the Forelli Family, they used judicial connections to spare him the death penalty or life imprisonment. Tommy remained in prison for fifteen years, never informing the LCPD of any Forelli Family secrets.

1986

In 1986, Tommy was released from prison after Sonny "pulled some strings". Sonny decides to send Tommy to Vice City, realizing that he is too well known in Liberty City; Sonny also wants to become involved in the drug trade. Tommy flies to Vice City along with Harry and Lee, meeting Ken Rosenberg at the airport, before immediately driving to a drug deal at the docks. The drug deal turns into an ambush, and Harry, Lee, and one of the drug dealers are killed. Only Tommy, Ken, and the other dealer escape the attack.

Tommy informs Sonny of the ambush and is reminded that Sonny is "not a man to be screwed with; Sonny makes it clear he wants his money and his drugs back. Tommy initially works for Ken, starting riots and intimidating jurors. While working for Ken, Tommy also meets Lance Vance, the other dealer, who seeks revenge for his brother who was killed during the initial drug deal. Tommy also works for Juan Cortez, an intermediary for the drug deal, who begins to look into the ambush for Tommy. Meanwhile, Cortez has Tommy steal missile technology chips and kill Gonzalez, who had talked about the deal.

Cortez, believing that Ricardo Diaz was responsible for the ambush, asks Tommy to act as protection for Diaz in a deal with the Cubans. The Haitians, enemies of the Cubans, ambush the deal, but are killed by Tommy and Lance. Diaz, seeing potential in Tommy and Lance, hires them to kill gang members who were stealing his money and steal the fastest boat in the city in order to purchase drugs from a dealer on a boat. Lance eventually attempts to kill Diaz for the death of his brother, but is captured by Diaz's men, though he is later freed by Tommy. The two subsequently go on to take revenge, killing Diaz in his own mansion.

The death of Ricardo Diaz brings change to Vice City, allowing Tommy and Lance to step in and continue the crime ring established by Diaz. Tommy, however, begins to look beyond the protection rackets established by Diaz and purchases a number of businesses around the city, most prominently the Malibu Club, the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Factory (a front for a drug running business), InterGlobal Films and the Print Works. After purchasing each business, Tommy helps establish their influence in the city. During this time, Tommy also begins to work for a number of smaller time criminals in the city, including the Cuban leader Umberto Robina and the Haitian leader Auntie Poulet (due to her drugging him), helping both sides attack the other. He also works for Avery Carrington's real estate business, Phil Cassidy's gun running business, Mr. Black's hitman business, Mitch Baker's biker gang, and Kent Paul's management of Love Fist. Tommy also went on to help Juan Cortez escape the city when the GIGN assault his yacht for the missile technology.

Sonny Forelli, growing restless and impatient, sends some of his men to collect some of his money from Tommy's businesses. Tommy kills the collectors, although not in time to save Earnest Kelly, the owner of the Print Works, from being injured. Tommy decides to give Sonny fake money printed at the Print Works. Tommy meets Sonny in person at his estate to give him the counterfeit cash, but Sonny informs him that Lance has sided with him, betraying Tommy. A gun battle ensues, with Tommy killing both Lance and Sonny, who also confirms Tommy's suspicion that he was set up in Harwood. Following the deaths of Lance and Sonny, Tommy and Ken take over, becoming the most powerful men in Vice City.

Life After 1986

Tommy Vercetti continued to run the criminal underworld of Vice City after 1986; during that time, Tommy's relationship with Ken became increasingly strained due to Ken's cocaine addiction. Tommy eventually got Ken into rehab at the Fort Carson Medical Center in Fort Carson, San Andreas. Although Ken completed rehab and got clean of his addiction, Tommy refused to speak to him following this and essentially cut all ties. 

Tommy is mentioned by Ken in the mission The Meat Business in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, leading Carl Johnson to question, "Who the fuck is Tommy?" Rosenberg also calls Vercetti at the introduction video of the aforementioned game, this was also the moment where Rosenberg discovers that Vercetti was ignoring him.

Personality

Tommy Vercetti is depicted as both intelligent and temperamental. He is easily angered and quick to resort to violence. He has no hesitation about killing, though many of his victims are in turn trying to kill Tommy, or have done something that necessitates their deaths. The main storyline does not require Tommy to kill any innocent people, although the side mission Waste the Wife does. Tommy does also show a softer side as seen with his relations with Mercedes Cortez and Earnest Kelly, whom he views as a father-figure due to his childhood memories of working with his father at a printworks.

Tommy prefers doing his own work to trusting in other people to do things right. Even after he has his own gang and other subordinates working for him, he usually puts his plans in motion personally. He also personally gets involved if things aren't going as well as he'd like - for example, in the opening cutscene of Bar Brawl he is irritated by Lance's lazy attitude towards the bar refusing to pay protection money and immediately goes out to settle things himself.

Despite his temper and all that, Tommy tends to be loyal and trusting, especially toward those whom he feels helped him to achieve his goals. He went back to work for Sonny Forelli after being released from prison even though he strongly suspected that Sonny set him up. This is especially true of Lance Vance. Although Lance's competence was declining and his temperament was becoming negative, Tommy still viewed and attempted to treat Lance as an equal partner, even letting him in on the money laundering setup at the Vice City Print Works. Tommy was shocked at Lance's betrayal, leading Earnest Kelly to quip, "Tommy, for a raging lunatic, you sure are naïve".

After the events of GTA VC, Tommy sent Ken Rosenburg to rehabilitation for his cocaine addiction, another example of loyalty towards someone who helped him.

Inspiration

Tommy Vercetti shows many characteristics in common with Tony Montana, a drug lord from the film Scarface. The two both end up in exile, both arrive to the city in Hawaiian shirts, both rise to power in Miami using great amounts of violence, both build an empire from a large estate and mansion, both have short tempers and are prone to violence, both work as contract killers, and both killed their collaborators and took their ex-bosses' empires. The interior of the Vercetti Estate is even modeled after Montana's mansion, save for the lack of an indoor pool. There are, however, key differences, most notably that Tommy did not become addicted to his own narcotics and that Tommy survived the shootout in his mansion, as opposed to Montana who was killed, and Tony Montana is of Cuban descent, whereas Tommy Vercetti is of Italian descent.

Tommy Vercetti also bears some resemblance to 'Mr. Blonde' from the film Reservoir Dogs, played by Michael Madsen who also voiced Toni Cipriani, protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. The film sees 'Mr. Blonde' released from prison after loyally doing time for his crime family, as Tommy did after the "Harwood Incident". Tommy later performs contract killings for a 'Mr. Black', whilst he is referred to as 'Mr. Teal' (a reference to the then deceased Leo Teal). He also has a small resemblance to his own voice actor Ray Liotta.

Murders Committed by Tommy Vercetti

Victim Mission Killed Reason
Leo Teal Back Alley Brawl Tommy murdered Leo due to his possible links with the ambushed drug deal.
Gonzalez Treacherous Swine Tommy murdered Gonzalez for leaking information about the drug deal between the Forelli Family and the Vance Crime Family.
Pierre La Ponce Mall Shootout Tommy murdered Pierre La Ponce to retrieve his stolen missile guidance chips.
Carl Pearson Road Kill Tommy murdered Carl Pearson under orders from Mr. Black.
Mrs. Dawson Waste the Wife Tommy murdered Mrs. Dawson under orders from Mr. Black.
Mike Griffin Autocide Tommy murdered Mike Griffin under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Dick Tanner Autocide Tommy murdered Dick Tanner under direct orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Franco Carter Autocide Tommy murdered Franco Carter under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Marcus Hammond Autocide Tommy murdered Marcus Hammond under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Nick Kong Autocide Tommy murdered Nick Kong under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Charlie Dilson Autocide Tommy murdered Charlie Dilson under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Sharks' Leader Phnom Penh '86 Tommy murdered the Sharks's Leader in order to get Diaz' money back.
Haitian Warlord Two Bit Hit Tommy murdered the Haitian gang lord while dressed as a Cuban gang member to start a gang war between the Haitians and Cubans.
Ricardo Diaz Rub Out Tommy and Lance Vance murdered Ricardo Diaz for organizing the ambush of the drug deal between the Forelli Family and the Vance Crime Family.
Pedro Garcia Gun Runner Tommy murdered Pedro Garcia under orders from Phil Cassidy, due to his being a rival in the gun-running business.
Candy's Agent Recruitment Drive Tommy murdered Candy's agent after he refused to let Candy appear in his movie.
Forelli Capo Keep Your Friends Close... Tommy murdered the Forelli Capo for working with Sonny and attempting to kill him.
Lance Vance Keep Your Friends Close... Tommy murdered Lance Vance for betraying him and attempting to kill him
Sonny Forelli Keep Your Friends Close... Tommy murdered Sonny Forelli for betraying him, setting up the Harwood massacre that resulted in his arrest, and attempting to kill him.

Optional Murders

Victim Mission Reason
Front Page Café Owner Bar Brawl Can be killed during Bar Brawl, though his death does not affect the storyline.
Cam Jones The Job Can be killed during The Job, though his death does not affect the storyline.
Pepe Trojan Voodoo Can be killed during Trojan Voodoo, though his death does not affect the storyline.

Mission appearances

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

Trivia

TommyShirt-GTAVCS

Tommy's shirt

  • Tommy has a few unique traits as compared to other GTA protagonists. He was the first one to speak. He was also the first one to be given a name - Claude of GTA III wasn't named until GTA SA. He was also the only vocal GTA protagonist to never say the word "fuck" as the GTA series didn't include that word until GTA SA.
  • In GTA IV, there is graffiti found around the map Tommy's name, along with the other 3D Universe protagonists. It states that they are all dead. Rockstar Games later told that it was a "little joke for the fans of the series".
  • Tommy's shirt can be seen in the wardrobe at The Compound safehouse in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
  • The video game DRIV3R featured Hawaiian shirt-wearing characters known as "Timmy Vermicelli" hidden throughout each of its 3 main maps, who could be killed to unlock bonuses, a parody of both Tommy and the hidden package system of GTA games. Additionally, the Timmy Vermicelli characters wore inflatable armbands, making fun of the fact Tommy Vercetti is unable to swim and will die upon entering the water.

Dialogue

This is Tommy's dialogue during free roam.

Part 1
GTA Vice City Tommy Vercetti Quotes Part 1 2-014:02

GTA Vice City Tommy Vercetti Quotes Part 1 2-0

Part 2
GTA Vice City Tommy Vercetti Quotes Part 2 2-114:19

GTA Vice City Tommy Vercetti Quotes Part 2 2-1

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