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Cesar Vialpando

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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 a main character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Cesar is Kendl's boyfriend and leader of the hispanic street gang, Varrios Los Aztecas. At first, CJ does have some difficulties with him, but he becomes CJ's best friend. He introduces himself to CJ after CJ wins a lowrider contest, helps CJ and the Grove Street Families get back to the top, and remains a loyal friend to CJ for the duration of the game. He is also an excellent lowrider driver. CJ has called Cesar his "brother".

Like CJ, Cesar was forced to leave Los Santos with Kendl 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 CJ into some grief by introducing him to his cousin, Catalina. After arriving in San Fierro, he and CJ 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 CJ in obtaining several sports cars for their newly established car business. During one of the last missions of the game - Los Desperados - Cesar tells CJ he wants to propose to Kendl. He wants CJ talk to Sweet about this because Sweet expresses his disapproval of Cesar in the early stages of the game.

Cesar's vehicle is a red Savanna with a plate number reading "LVA4L" which stands for "Los Varrios Aztecas for Life".

Cesar was voiced by Clifton Collins Jr., who broke into mainstream in 1997 as gang thug Cesar in the film 187.

Murders committed

Mission Appearances

GTA San Andreas


  • Cesar is the boss for the mission "Farewell, My Love...", but he is never seen or heard during the mission.
  • Cesar reveals in "Customs Fast Track" that he is afraid of heights and is unable to properly scale ladder, thus requiring a dock crane be operated by the player instead.
  • His look might be based on Clifton Collins Jr., who also voices him. 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 mission High Stakes, Low-Rider, Cesar's red Savanna can be pushed into the nearby safehouse, thus making the car bulletproof.
  • Cesar is one of the only 2 characters featured on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas cover, the other character being The Truth.
  • Despite being CJ's friend, his gang would still attack CJ.
  • Altough he's the leader of the Varrios Los Aztecas, Cesar doesn't wear his gang's colors (teal). He never reveals the reason, altough after The Green Sabre it makes sense, because he doesn't want to be recognised by the Vagos and Ballas who control Los Santos. Instead, he uses an outfit simmilar to what CJ is wearing  in the beginning of the game.
  • Several haircuts the player can get are named after Cesar. CJ initially has the "Cesar" haircut. Other available haircuts include other facial hair, such as a goatee or beard, apropriately named "Cesar & goatee" and "Cesar & beard". "Cesar" is actually the haircut Cesar has. The Cesar haircuts are also the cheapest, consisting of  simple, almost shaved hair.


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