- "Nothing brings down real estate prices quicker than a good ol' fashioned gang war. 'Cept maybe a disaster like a biblical plague or something, but that might be going too far in this case."
- ―Avery Carrington
Avery Carrington is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a main character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (set in 1986) and a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (set in 1998). A billboard of Avery Carrington also appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and he is mentioned on the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories website.
Avery Carrington owns the Shady Acres company and its advertisement can be heard on the in game radio. He may also have been involved with the company Avery Construction, a property development company working in Blueberry, Red County, San Andreas. Avery was an extreme capitalist, property magnate and real estate mogul based in Vice City.
Up to 1986
Avery Carrington was born and raised in Texas and later moved to Vice City, becoming, at some point, a successful property magnate and real estate mogul to his willingness to use any tactic including gang warfare, arson, intimidation, murder and demolishing opponents buildings. Avery is heavily influenced by his father and takes on a protégé, Donald Love, passing on his knowledge, which Love would later use to his own advantage.
In 1986 he is financing the construction of a building in Vice Point and is one of Vice City's social elite, attending Colonel Juan Cortez' party. Carrington, however, faces problems from the Spand Express company, who refuse to sell their land, and another further advanced construction site opposite his own. Ken Rosenberg, a lawyer introduces Carrington to Tommy Vercetti, who helps to Spand Express by causing a riot and destroying three Spand Express vans. Carrington, impressed with Vercetti's ability, later hires him to murder a man who refuses to sell some land to Carrington and to structurally weaken a construction site located opposite his own. Carrington continues with his business before asking Vercetti for help again, this time having him create a gang war between the Cubans and the Haitians in order to drive down property prices, and later gives Vercetti advice in how to build his criminal empire in the city following the death of drug baron Ricardo Diaz.
All of his missions in GTA Vice City except "Demolition Man" require the player to have a change of clothes.
Avery continues in his work and in 1998 he flies to Francis International Airport to meet with the Colombian Cartel to discuss plans to re-develop the organized crime ravaged, gang warefare ridden, Mafia controlled district of Fort Staunton on Staunton Island, Liberty City. Carrington's old protégé, Donald Love, hears of his impending return and hires Toni Cipriani to kill Carrington to acquire his real estate plans, as the Panlantic Corporation who 'do anything to get prime real estate'. Toni Cipriani later steals Carrington's body for Love, who eats the body on his flight away from Liberty City.
VCPD Crime Tree Record
- Texan property magnate and real estate developer.
- Likes to talk about his father. The good old days.
- Extreme Capitalist.
- Suspected of doing anything to manipulate property prices and land value, including, but not limited to arson, rioting, bribery, intimidation, murder.
- Always wears cowboy hat.
- Believed to be involved in several developments and slum-clearance programs.
- Known guest of Cortez.
- Uses Ken Rosenberg for legal advice - possible weak link?
- Hair suspected to be fake.
Prominent Appearances in Missions
- GTA Vice City
- GTA Liberty City Stories
- It is revealed in Morgue Party Resurrection that he was wearing a wig, which confirms both Tommy Vercetti's and the VCPD's suspicions.
- Avery bears visual similarities to M.F. Thatherton, a propane businessman from the FOX cartoon series King Of The Hill. Both are voiced by Burt Reynolds.
- Avery's character model seems to be unchanged from his Grand Theft Auto: Vice City appearance during the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories mission Panlantic Land Grab, despite the artwork depicting him having significantly aged 12 years later. It is possible that his GTA: Vice City character model was re-used for the aforementioned mission to conserve memory.
- In the Mobile version, his character model was updated and he now looks similar to his artwork.