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Thomas "Tommy" Vercetti is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (set in 1986) and mentioned in The Introduction, a prequel of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (set in 1992), and in the game itself during the mission The Meat Business.

Tommy is a former member of the Forelli Family, and the leader of the Vercetti crime family in Vice City.

Biography Edit

Early Life Edit

Thomas Vercetti was born in Liberty City in 1951. His father owned a printing shop and as a boy Tommy helped him by cleaning the rollers. He had planned to follow in his father's footsteps, but in his own words, chose a different life. Dialogue spoken by Tommy while fleeing police indicates that he had a bad relationship with his mother.

Early 1970's Edit

Some time prior to 1971, Tommy joined the Forelli Family. He continued to work with the Forelli Family, making his way up the ranks and presumably becoming a made man. In 1971, Sonny Forelli, growing apprehensive of Tommy's increasing power, attempted to set up an ambush for him, under the guise of a hit in Harwood. However, Tommy not only survived, but killed all eleven men that were sent to kill him. He was arrested and convicted of eleven counts of murder. Tommy was sentenced to death for the murders, but, since he kept quiet and turned no evidence on the Forelli Family, Sonny Forelli used judicial connections to commute the sentence. Tommy remained in prison for fifteen years, refusing to divulge any Forelli Family secrets to the LCPD. He was nicknamed "the Harwood Butcher" by the press.

Events of Grand Theft Auto Vice City - 1986 Edit

In 1986, Tommy was released from prison after Sonny "pulled some strings". Fearing that Tommy is "too well known" in Liberty City, and also wanting to expand into the drugs trade in the south, Sonny sends Tommy to Vice City. Tommy flies to Vice City along with Harry and Lee, meeting Ken Rosenberg at the airport, before immediately driving to a drug deal at the docks. The drug deal turns into an ambush, and Harry, Lee, and one of the drug dealers are killed. Only Tommy, Ken, and the other dealer escape the attack.

Tommy informs Sonny of the ambush and is reminded that Sonny is "not a man to be screwed with"; Sonny makes it clear he wants his money and his drugs back. Tommy initially works for Ken, starting riots and intimidating jurors. While working for Ken, Tommy also meets Lance Vance, the other dealer, who seeks revenge for his brother who was killed during the initial drug deal. Tommy also works for Juan Cortez, an intermediary for the drug deal, who begins to look into the ambush for Tommy. Meanwhile, Cortez has Tommy steal missile technology chips and kill Gonzalez, who had talked about the deal.

Cortez, believing that Ricardo Diaz was responsible for the ambush, asks Tommy to act as protection for Diaz in a deal with the Cubans. The Haitians, enemies of the Cubans, ambush the deal, but are killed by Tommy and Lance. Diaz, seeing potential in Tommy and Lance, hires them to kill gang members who were stealing his money and steal the fastest boat in the city in order to purchase drugs from a dealer on a boat. Lance eventually attempts to kill Diaz for the death of his brother, but is captured by Diaz's men, though he is later freed by Tommy. The two subsequently go on to take revenge, killing Diaz in his own mansion.

The death of Ricardo Diaz brings change to Vice City, allowing Tommy and Lance to step in and continue the crime ring established by Diaz. Tommy, however, begins to look beyond the protection rackets established by Diaz and purchases a number of businesses around the city, most prominently the Malibu Club, the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Factory (a front for a drug running business), InterGlobal Films and the Print Works. After purchasing each business, Tommy helps establish their influence in the city. During this time, Tommy also begins to work for a number of smaller time criminals in the city, including the Cuban leader Umberto Robina and the Haitian leader Auntie Poulet (due to her drugging him), helping both sides attack the other. He also works for Avery Carrington's real estate business, Phil Cassidy's gun running business, Mr. Black's hitman business, Mitch Baker's biker gang, and Kent Paul's management of Love Fist. Tommy also went on to help Juan Cortez escape the city when the GIGN assault his yacht for the missile technology.

Sonny Forelli, growing restless and impatient, sends some of his men to collect some of his money from Tommy's businesses. Tommy kills the collectors, although not in time to save Earnest Kelly, the owner of the Print Works, from being injured. Tommy decides to give Sonny fake money printed at the Print Works. Tommy meets Sonny in person at his estate to give him the counterfeit cash, but Sonny informs him that Lance has sided with him, betraying Tommy. A gun battle ensues, with Tommy killing both Lance and Sonny, who also confirms Tommy's suspicion that he was set up in Harwood. Following the deaths of Lance and Sonny, Tommy and Ken taken over, becoming the most powerful men in Vice City.

Life After 1986 Edit

Tommy Vercetti continued to run the criminal underworld of Vice City after 1986; during that time, Tommy's relationship with Ken became increasingly strained due to Ken's cocaine addiction. Tommy eventually got Ken into rehab at the Fort Carson Medical Center in Fort Carson, San Andreas. Although Ken completed rehab and got clean of his addiction, Tommy refused to speak to him following this and essentially cut all ties. 

Tommy is mentioned by Ken in the mission The Meat Business in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, leading Carl Johnson to question, "Who the fuck is Tommy?" Rosenberg also calls Vercetti at the introduction video of the aforementioned game, Tommy's secretary answers and tells Ken that Tommy is not taking calls, this is the moment where Rosenberg discovers that Vercetti was ignoring him.

Tommy is also mentioned in Kent Paul's website under the list of social problems, saying, "(see, Tom, I didn't mention your name, nowhere. Maybe you won't get us killed now, okay?)" This could mean that Tommy is still alive and in power during the early 2000s.

Murders Committed by Tommy Vercetti Edit

Victim Mission Killed Reason
Leo Teal Back Alley Brawl Tommy murdered Leo due to his possible links with the ambushed drug deal.
Gonzalez Treacherous Swine Tommy murdered Gonzalez for leaking information about the drug deal between the Forelli Family and the Vance Crime Family.
Pierre La Ponce Mall Shootout Tommy murdered Pierre La Ponce to retrieve his stolen missile guidance chips.
Carl Pearson Road Kill Tommy murdered Carl Pearson under orders from Mr. Black.
Mrs. Dawson Waste the Wife Tommy murdered Mrs. Dawson under orders from Mr. Black.
Mike Griffin Autocide Tommy murdered Mike Griffin under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Dick Tanner Autocide Tommy murdered Dick Tanner under direct orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Franco Carter Autocide Tommy murdered Franco Carter under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Marcus Hammond Autocide Tommy murdered Marcus Hammond under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Nick Kong Autocide Tommy murdered Nick Kong under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Charlie Dilson Autocide Tommy murdered Charlie Dilson under orders from Mr. Black and for planning to rob a bank.
Sharks' Leader Phnom Penh '86 Tommy murdered the Sharks's Leader in order to get Diaz' money back.
HaitianWarlord Two Bit Hit Tommy murdered the Haitian gang lord while dressed as a Cuban gang member to start a gang war between the Haitians and Cubans.
Ricardo Diaz Rub Out Tommy and Lance Vance murdered Ricardo Diaz for organizing the ambush of the drug deal between the Forelli Family and the Vance Crime Family.
Pedro Garcia Gun Runner Tommy murdered Pedro Garcia under orders from Phil Cassidy, due to his being a rival in the gun-running business.
Candy's Agent Recruitment Drive Tommy murdered Candy's agent after he refused to let Candy appear in his movie.
Lance Vance Keep Your Friends Close... Tommy murdered Lance Vance for betraying him and attempting to kill him
Sonny Forelli Keep Your Friends Close... Tommy murdered Sonny Forelli for betraying him, setting up the Harwood massacre that resulted in his arrest, and attempting to kill him.

Optional Murders

Victim Mission Reason
Front Page Café Owner Bar Brawl Can be killed during Bar Brawl, though his death does not affect the storyline.
Cam Jones The Job Can be killed during The Job, though his death does not affect the storyline.
Rico Trojan Voodoo Can be killed during Trojan Voodoo, though his death does not affect the storyline.
Pepe Trojan Voodoo Can be killed during Trojan Voodoo, though his death does not affect the storyline.