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Keep it moving, detective.
~ Armando to Marcus
Armando Aretas is the secondary antagonist turned tritagonist of the 2020 American film Bad Boys for Life. He is the son of Isabel Aretas and Mike Lowrey.
Armando Armas is working for his mother Isabel Aretas, who is a drug kingpin and killer, as her right hand man. He helped her to escape from a Mexican prison. Isabel sends him to Miami, asking him to recover a large sum of money that her husband Benito had hidden, as well as to assassinate the people responsible for Benito's arrest and his death in prison. Isabel demands that Armando kill Miami detective Mike Lowrey last. At a party celebrating the birth of Marcus' grandson, Mike is gunned down by Armando and left in a coma for 6 months.
Armando is Chastened by Isabel for targeting Mike first, which he justifies as he saw Mike as the greater threat. Armando continues to murder other targets on his list during Mike's recovery. After his recovery, Mike is determined to take revenge and tries without success to recruit Marcus now retired, causing a rift between them. Mike violently obtains the identity of an arms dealer Booker Grassie from an informer.
Realizing that Mike will ignore orders not to investigate, Captain Howard reluctantly allows him to work with the tech team in charge, Advanced Miami Metro Operations (AMMO), led by Mike's ex-girlfriend, Lieutenant Rita Secada. While the team watches Grassie during an arms market, Mike determines that the buyers intend to kill Grassie and intervenes, but fails to save him. Later, Marcus is called by Carver Remy, a former informer who believes that the assassin is after him. Marcus contacts Mike and the pair go to Carver, but are too late to save him. Armando escapes after a fight with Mike.
Captain Howard later reveals his intention to also retire, offering Mike the advice he needs to find a path in life. He is brutally murdered by Armando a few moments later. As Armando prepares to shoot Mike, a female pedestrian gets involved, resulting in Armando in not wanting to shoot a civilian. Armando later arrives in a helicopter to rescue his partner Zway-Lo, but accidently kills him when he blocks Armando's ability to shoot Mike. As he lines up a shot, Armando says to Mike "Hasta el Fuego". Shots from his partner Marcus create a cover for Mike, who falls into the nearby river.
AMMO is closed due to the failure of the operation. In private, Mike reveals to Marcus that Armando is his son. Before joining Marcus, Mike worked as an undercover agent in the Aretas cartel where he met Isabel. They fell in love and intended to flee together, using "Hasta el Fuego" as a secret slogan. Mike eventually remained loyal to the police, realizing how dangerous Isabel had become. Despite Mike's opposition, Marcus and AMMO join him in Mexico to confront her. At the Hildago Palace, Mike meets Isabel and scolds her for hiding the truth from her.
A shooting ensues quickly between AMMO and the men of Isabel. Marcus shoots the pilot of Isabel's support helicopter, causing him to crash into the central hall and start a fire. Marcus confronts Isabel, while Mike tries to explain the truth to Armando. A fight begins between the two, but Mike refuses to fight back. Demanding the truth from her mother, she confirms to Armando that Mike is his father. Isabel inadvertently shoots Armando in the chest while aiming at Mike. Enraged, she tries to kill Mike, but Rita intervenes and shoots Isabel, sending her to fall into the flames below.
Some time later, Mike visits a remorseful Armando in prison, offering him a chance to gain some redemption. Armando accepts.
It's possible that Armando will return in the upcoming fourth Bad Boys film, possibly in a main role and serving as a supporting protagonist instead of antagonist. If this is the case, then he will have been released from prison in exchange for working with both his father Mike and his partner Marcus, further cementing his redemption.
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