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"It's so difficult having a rich and powerful father."
― Mercedes Cortez

Mercedes Cortez is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (set in 1986).

Mercedes is the daughter of Juan Cortez.

Mercedes is voiced by Fairuza Balk, who has also appeared in Return to Oz.


Mercedes Cortez was born and raised by her parents, Juan Cortez and Mrs. Cortez, who later died, in an unknown country. She and her father later moved to Vice City, establishing themselves with the rich and powerful in the city, often inviting their friends to parties including drug baron Ricardo Diaz, who Mercedes dislikes.

Mercedes informs Tommy Vercetti in The Party that she dislikes her name, telling him "You try living with it".

Cortez is shown as a possible love interest for Vercetti throughout GTA Vice City, although this plotline is never explored. Many phone calls between both of them were cut from the final game.

Events of GTA Vice City

The Party

Mercedes: "See you around, handsome."
Tommy: "I'm sure you will."
―Mercedes goes to the Pole Position Club

Mercedes first meets Tommy Vercetti at one of her father's parties, being introduced to Vercetti by her father, and taking it upon herself to introduce several of the party's other guests. Afterwards, she has Vercetti drive her to The Pole Position Club.

Love Fist

Tommy: "Listen, you fancy having Love Fist?"
Mercedes: "Ok, but just as a favor I expect returned.."
―Tommy recruits Mercedes

After Kent Paul calls Tommy telling him that the Love Fist members want some "company", Vercetti takes Mercedes to Love Fist members Jezz Torrent, Percy and Dick.

Film actor

After her father flees the city, she agrees to work in Tommy's porn studios. She appears in a porn film directed by Steve Scott, alongside Candy Suxxx.

VCPD Crime Tree Record

  • Daughter of Colonel Cortez. Likes to party, this one.

Mission Appearances

GTA Vice City



  • Her appearance in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is different from her artwork, as her hair is black and purple in the artwork, while it is a plain light purple in-game. Her breasts are small in the artwork, while they are a bigger size in-game. Also she wears a black leather jacket with pink and purple stockings whereas in the artwork, she has a blue cloth jacket and pink stockings. 
  • It is possible to play as Mercedes in GTA Vice City through the use of cheats.
  • A faded billboard of her can be spotted in-between Vinewood Hills or in West Vinewood in Grand Theft Auto V.
  • In "Cabmaggedon", Vice City Cabs lures Tommy Vercetti to their trap in Viceport by claiming that Mercedes Cortez is requesting a pickup specifically from Vercetti.


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