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Diego and Armando Mendez are fictional characters in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as the secondary antagonists of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
They are powerful Bolivian drug lords and well known philanthropists in Vice City. Diego is the more quiet of the two and predominantly speaks Spanish, while the more charismatic Armando acts as the "face" of the Mendez Cartel, the organization the Mendez Brothers lead. The Vance Crime Family attract the unwanted attention of the Mendez certain death, Lance lies and claims Sergeant Jerry Martinez stole the coke shipment. Brothers when they mistakenly steal a cocaine shipment belonging to them. Vic and Lance are brought before Armando and Diego to explain themselves; faced with The Vance Brothers manage to frame Martinez to prove their claim, with changing his army record and printing Forbes's FBI record with Martinez's picture, but Armando refuses to let them off the hook so easily, forcibly making them "partners"—although it is clear that the partnership is merely a way for Armando and Diego to use Vic and Lance to do their dirty work and even take the fall for them if necessary. When Vic and Lance retrieve the drugs and money back for them, Armando says they are free to go, but that they must hand over their businesses to them. Vic and Lance refuse to do so and are soon tied up and taken to an area with gas tanks.
After Victor bankrupts the Mendez brothers by exploiting Armando's Domestobot to burn his bearer bonds, Armando kidnaps Vic's love interest Louise. After Vic & Lance drive to the Mendez estate to save Louise and Lance is nearly killed. Vic confronts Armando, armed with a flamethrower, in the Mendez's basement. Armando claims that he killed both Louise and Lance. After the ensuing confrontation, Vic kills him. Vic runs into Armando's study to find the dying Louise and the living Lance.
In the game's finale, Vic pilots an army attack gunship stolen from Fort Baxter and launches an attack on the Mendez Building. After killing several guards, Vic is shot down and crash lands on the roof of the building, where he infiltrates the office block and chases Diego onto the roof, where Diego and the recently arrived Jerry Martinez argue in Spanish. This distracts the two long enough for Vic to kill both in a three way gun battle.
- Their names are derived from the Argentine ex-football player and manager Diego Armando Maradona.
- They usually have two parked Sentinel XS in front of their mansion.
- They have a mansion on Prawn Island, which is turned into a gang safehouse in Vice City. However, in 1986, during the events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the mansion was "owned" by the Sharks and have a negelcted aspect, with graffitis and trash. Also, in 1986, the Mendez Building doesn't appear and a lower one appears instead on its place, meaning that it was demolished after the death of the Mendez before 1986.
- In the original version of the game, Armando was apparently set to survive the gunfire in "Light My Pyre" and was set to die along Diego and Sergeant Jerry Martinez in "Last Stand". However, it was believed that the third corpse in the Mendez Building was a guard of the building or a henchman of Ricardo Diaz that would help Vic. It was possibly scrapped as Diego and Martinez used AK-47s against Victor and Armando would have surely used some other heavy weapon as well, making more difficult the mission.
- Armando appears to resemble Alejandro Sosa from Scarface. As both are similar and design and are both Bolivian drug lords. Unlike Armando, Alejandro never engaged in a gunfight (at least in the movie).
- In the mission "Last Stand", it's a bit odd that Diego didn't take the opportunity to shoot either Vic or Martinez as they were talking unaware ahead him, even more when he talks to insult Martinez, as both men were unaware of Diego's presence and could have been killed by him. It's possible that Diego didn't think this through due to being enraged of Armando's death or that he feared that if he killed one of them, the other one would kill him.
- Armando is the elder brother and Diego is the younger brother. However, Diego looks more like the older brother rather than the younger brother.