The Forelli Crime Family is an Italian-American Mafia family based in Liberty City and served as the main group of antagonists in GTA Vice City, as well as the secondary antagonists in Liberty City Stories alongside the Sindaccos and Portland Triads.
Acting under orders from Sonny Forelli, his friend and boss, Forelli Family associate Tommy Vercetti (about twenty years old) went to kill a key mobster but ended up killing eleven men in Harwood, Liberty City, thus earning him fifteen years in prison and the nickname "The Harwood Butcher". This was later revealed as being a setup by Sonny.
In GTA Vice City Stories, Giorgio Forelli attempts to kill Phil Collins in Vice City due to Barry Mickelthwaite owing Giorgio Forelli money. Victor Vance kills all the hitmen squads sent therefore saving both Phil and Barry.
By 1986, the Forelli family were the most powerful Mafia family in Liberty City. In GTA Vice City, the Forellis had decided to expand "down south" by establishing relations with local drug cartels through recent ex-con and former Forelli associate Tommy Vercetti and crooked lawyer Ken Rosenberg. However, this never happened due to Sonny Forelli's death and Tommy's defection. Giorgio Forelli faced charges for fraud, but is acquitted due to Tommy's interference. After Sonny's death, his brother, Marco Forelli, became the family's new don.
In GTA San Andreas, it was agreed the Forellis would own an equal share of Caligula's Palace casino in Las Venturas, along with the Sindacco and Leone families. The Families couldn't decide between themselves who should run the casino. Therefore, Ken Rosenberg was put forward as a neutral party, which any war between the families ignite, Rosenberg will be killed.
While Johnny Sindacco is at the hospital for being traumatized, Marco decided to take the moment to kill him, by sending his goons to hijack his ambulance. Rosenberg becomes aware of the hit, and sends Carl Johnson to retrieve Johnny's ambulance before a war is ignited between the families. However, Johnny later dies from an induced heart attack, and Salvatore Leone returns to Las Venturas to reclaim the money that he invested in the casino from Rosenberg. Marco later sends Forelli hitmen to kill Salvatore, who was aware of the hit, and he decides to send Carl to kill the hitmen in their flight before they arrive in Las Venturas. The hit leads to Salvatore to strike back by sending Carl to Liberty City, to kill Forelli members and Marco, himself, while at the Marco's Bistro.
In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Forellis deal with the death of Mayor Roger C. Hole, who was working for Franco Forelli, the leader of the Forellis following Marco's demise. He then had found another representative, Miles O'Donovan, to go against Donald Love, who was representing the Leone Family. However, O'Donovan wins as the voters found out that Love was unfit for office because he was working with Toni Cipriani.
Later on, a war was sparked between the Forellis and the Sindaccos in Fort Staunton, which was caused by the Sicilian Mob, after the Sindaccos had begun invading Forelli territory on Staunton Island. Toni is caught up in it, as Salvatore Leone takes advantage of the war to foil Massimo Torini's plan to take over the city. The war leads to both families to be weakened as upcoming gangs like the Uptown Yardies and the Yakuza take over their territory left behind. The families eventually try to broker a truce to which Salvatore bugs Paulie Sindacco's car to kill the Forellis attending the peace meeting. As the war continues, the Forellis continue to lose territory on Shoreside Vale, after Toni Cipriani and the Southside Hoods take over the last expanding turf the Forellis have occupation in. The war continues until Paulie Sindacco was killed after trying to flee Liberty City, after his involvement in getting Salvatore jailed.
The Forellis later target the Yakuza, after Kazuki Kasen had taken over most of the territory in Liberty City and began stocking up on powerful weapons such as a tank. The Forellis catch Kazuki's wife Toshiko Kasen attending the Fort Staunton Opera House with Toni Cipriani, and attempt to kill her (not knowing that Toshiko is against her husband's plots). The Forellis are later completely weakened after their main base of operations, Fort Staunton, was destroyed by underground explosives in the old subway main line running through southern Staunton Island. Franco was also killed in the explosion (as planned by Love in revenge for Franco trying to kill him during the campaign), which left the family completely devastated.
By 2001, the events of GTA III, they are now named the Forelli Brothers, and the gang now appears to share a very small presence in the city, presumably due to the events of 1998.
A high-ranking member of the gang, Mike Forelli, is killed in a car explosion by Claude, who rigged his car with an engine bomb on orders from Joey Leone. Joey soon after orders Claude to dispose the corpse of a Forelli lying in a car at Greasy Joe's. After getting past security, Claude disposes the car off at Harwood Autocrusher and Junkyard. Later, several members of the Forellis try to blackmail El Burro into giving them a cut of his pornographic material in threat of killing off an actor, but are also killed by Claude, who lured them into being blown up by a detonation bomb rigged Mr Whoopee truck.
In GTA Liberty City Stories, Forelli henchmen don blue/dark red shirts with light blue/white jackets over and carry pistols. In GTA III, they dressed like the Leones as seen in one of Joey Leone's missions, while the dead mobster in the Manana looks like a Leone too, except that he has no gloves. In GTA Vice City, the Forelli's are seen wearing light blue or brown Hawaiian shirts. In GTA San Andreas, the mobsters (presumed to be the Forelli's) either dress in brown jackets, light green shirts with black pants or black jogging suits. In GTA Vice City Stories, the Forelli hitman seen in a couple of missions wear dark colored shirts with black jackets over.
- Sonny Forelli - Don (deceased)
- Marco Forelli - Underboss, later Don / Owner of Marco's Bistro (deceased)
- Franco Forelli - Underboss, later Don (deceased)
- Sonny's Right-Hand Man - Capo (deceased)
- Mike Forelli - Capo (deceased)
- Giorgio Forelli - Loan Shark/Made Man (mentioned)
- Tommy Vercetti - Soldato (formerly)
- Unknown Forelli member - Soldato (deceased)
- Harry - Enforcer (deceased)
- Lee - Enforcer (deceased)
- Ken Rosenberg - Associate (formerly)
- Lou Bricant - Enforcer (multiplayer)
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
- Friggin' the Riggin'
- Love & Bullets
- Search and Rescue
- Taking the Peace
- Shoot the Messenger
- False Idols (If you attempt to steal the Maverick you will see that a Forelli member is being thrown out of it.)
- The Whole 9 Yardies
- Crazy '69'
- Munitions Dump
- Rough Justice
- A Date With Death
- Bringing the House Down
GTA Vice City Stories
- Forelli is Italian for "Holes".
- Salvatore Leone incorrectly refers to them as the "Corellis" in The Introduction movie for GTA San Andreas.
- The Forelli Family are the only gang to have appeared in every 3D Universe game, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto Advance (although they may have appeared, as there is only a reference to the Mafia, not a particular family). This makes the Forelli Family the gang to appear in most games in the GTA series.
- The Forelli Family are also known to be the only gang to have its members killed by every protagonist in the 3D Universe protagonists with named members being killed by all protagonists, except Victor Vance as he only kills Forelli Henchmen. Claude kills Mike Forelli, Tommy Vercetti kills Sonny Forelli, Carl Johnson kills Marco Forelli, and Toni Cipriani kills Franco Forelli.
- Sonny Forelli is the only family member who is not killed in Liberty City as he was killed by Tommy Vercetti in Vice City. Mike and Franco are killed by Liberty City based protagonists Toni Cipriani and Claude respectively while Marco is killed by Carl Johnson who travelled to Liberty City from Las Venturas.
- The Forelli Family is probably the most hated gang in the 3D Universe from the point of view of the protagonists. Claude killed them on Joey and El Burro's orders, Tommy Vercetti betrayed the Forellis, Mike betrayed the Mafia too, Carl Johnson killed some Forellis on Salvatore Leone's orders, Toni Cipriani is a capo of the Leone Family and therefore a natural enemy, and Victor Vance killed some Forelli hitmen.
- When playing the final mission "Keep Your Friends Close..." in GTA Vice City, after killing Lance Vance, Tommy Vercetti can actually leave the mansion. Head over towards Prawn Island, and you will begin to see some Forelli mobsters other than the Sharks.
- The Forelli Family is the only gang to have territories in all three locations in the GTA III Era, but they end up losing it all (possibly in Las Venturas).
- As with the Leone Family & the Sindacco Family, the favorite radio station of the Forelli Family is Double Clef FM.
- Since they are known as the "Forelli Brothers" in GTA III it is possible that they were (at least at one time) based on the Rosato Brothers from The Godfather Part II.
- If the player crashes into a Leone member's car in GTA III, they may explain "It's the Forelli Brothers!", although this is most likely due to the fact that the model of the Forellis in GTA III is re-used from Leone members.