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This article is about the character. For the mission, see Cesar Vialpando (mission)

"We already know who the fucking bad guys are, man. Your stinking Grove Street brother Smoke and those chota pigs Tenpenny and Pulaski!"
― Cesar Vialpando

Cesar Vialpando is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the tritagonist in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Little is known about Cesar's life prior to 1992, though at an unknown point in time he joined the Varrios Los Aztecas, a Hispanic street gang, eventually working his way up to become the gang's leader. Cesar also began a relationship with Kendl Johnson, to the disapproval of her brother Sean, the leader of the Grove Street Families. Cesar displays excellent driving skills, especially when it comes to lowriders. During Customs Fast Track, Cesar reveals that he is afraid of heights.

Events of GTA San Andreas

Cesar first meets Carl Johnson at a lowrider competition. Despite getting into an argument when they are introduced, Carl and Cesar eventually form a friendship and a working relationship between the two gangs.

Like Carl, Cesar and Kendl were forced to leave Los Santos after the brutal Ballas' ambush on the Grove Street Families, and his gang's influence in the city diminished sharply. While in exile, he gets Carl into some grief by introducing him to his cousin, Catalina. After arriving in San Fierro, he and Carl work together to get revenge on the people who double crossed them. Together, they were able to kill T-Bone Mendez. Later, Cesar puts his driving skills to good use by aiding Carl in obtaining several sports cars for their newly established car business.

The duo eventually return to Los Santos, and Cesar helps Carl and Sweet reclaim territories for the Grove Street Families. Carl repays Cesar's efforts by helping Cesar reclaim the Azteca's territories. During the same mission, Cesar informs Carl of his intention to propose to Kendl. Carl gives Cesar his blessing, but Cesar asks Carl to discuss it with Sweet because of the latter's earlier distrust of Cesar. Cesar appears in the final mission, where he witnesses Frank Tenpenny's death in the centre of Grove Street. He is later seen inside the Johnson House, and joins the celebrations when Madd Dogg announces his new gold record.


Cesar owns a red Savanna with a personalised number plate reading "LVA4L", which stands for "Los Varrios Aztecas for Life", although in the mission The Green Sabre, he used a Bravura with a tinted windscreen to spy on Big Smoke and Ryder, subsequently revealing to CJ that the two have already betrayed him. It is also a possibility that he could have borrowed that Bravura temporarily in order to avoid being identified, or he might simply own a spare car.

Murders committed

Mission Appearances

GTA San Andreas



  • His look might be based on his voice actor Clifton Collins Jr. He may also based on Collins' other Cesar character Cesar Sanchez from the 1997 movie 187, which also features Samuel L. Jackson who lent his voice to Officer Tenpenny.
  • In the beta version, Cesar originally wore a black bandana and black trousers, as opposed to his grey ones in the final game.


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