- "It's so difficult having a rich and powerful father."
- ― Mercedes Cortez
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, which is similar to the luxury car maker Mercedes, hinting her dislike of the name, although this is unconfirmed.
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
- 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.
- Tommy: "Listen, you fancy having Love Fist?"
- Mercedes: "Ok, but just as a favor I expect returned.."
- ―Tommy recruits Mercedes
VCPD Crime Tree Record
- Daughter of Colonel Cortez. Likes to party, this one.
- 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.
- Mercedes is considered to be a love interest for Tommy Vercetti.
- A faded billboard of her can be spotted in-between Vinewood Hills or in West Vinewood in Grand Theft Auto V.