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It's time for the Lance Vance Dance!
~ Lance's famous quote.
Sorry, Tommy! This is Vice City! This is BUSINESS!
~ Lance revealing his true nature to Tommy Vercetti.
Lance Vance: No one to cover your ass now, eh Tommy?!
Tommy Vercetti: You're going down, you back-stabbing prick!
Lance Vance: Oh you think so?!
~ Lance taunting Tommy Vercetti.

Lance T. Vance, also simply known as Lance Vance, is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the secondary antagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and as the deuteragonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

At first he acts as a good partner of Tommy Vercetti, but after he feels disowned by Tommy, he is revealed as the secondary antagonist. Although his back story makes him more of a greedy villain, just thinking about money without seeing the consequences. He is a cocaine dealer who worked in the cocaine trade with his older brother, Victor Vance (the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories). Lance piloted the helicopter and Vic conducted the deals themselves.

In both games, he was voiced by Philip Michael Thomas, who also played Ricardo Tubbs in the 1980s television series Miami Vice.


Lance Vance was born in Florida in 1954. His drug-addicted mother Janet was white whereas his father was a black immigrant from the Dominican Republic.

Lance with his brother Vic.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, set 2 years before the events of GTA Vice City, Lance is first mentioned by Vic (telling his sergeant that Pete is sick with asthma, and Lance is sick in a psychological way, as well as messages from their Aunt Enid). Lance arrives from his home and slowly ushers Vic into drug trafficking,Lance will drive while his brother shoots, Lance states that he "is too handsome to die" then takes a ramp where he destroys the vehicle, then asks his brother to take him to the hotel. They work with Bryan Forbes where he and Lance prepared an ambitious plan, Lance arrives enraged pointing to Forbes claiming he is an undercover agent. he's an undercover cop with VCPD and the brothers take him hostage.

Lance decides to kidnap and beat Forbes, being questioned by his brother Vic. Forbes gives him information about the shipment and a contact who does not trust his shadow, during the deal Lance is kidnapped and Vic is in charge of following him there. infiltrates and unleashes Lance about to be interrogated where he says he is convinced of the large shipment.

Forbes often attempted escape and tried to trick the brothers, even leading them to a gay bar called White Stallionz (ironically, all the homosexual men in the bar were dually part of a violent biker drug ring and attacked the brothers). Lance then suggests stealing a large shipment of drugs from Jerry Martinez . After Vic calls Jerry to mock him, Jerry reveals that he was allied with the Mendez Brothers, two powerful drug lords who were now out for the Vance's blood.

Lance then contacts a producer at the mall to discuss "snow deals" while his brother is in charge of filming a Zombies movie, upon arrival he curses his mother for stealing their "Yeyo", then he and Vic defend their business from the men of the Mendez Brothers. Then both brothers are summoned by both brothers where Lance is beaten for his aggressive and direct behavior, then Armando Mendez tells them that they can collaborate or die, Lance incriminates Jerry Martinez and suggests that his brother take pictures of them with the feds and Lance will falsify the DEA's Forbes ID by changing the name of the deceased Forbes to Martinez.

Lance also becomes addicted to his own cocaine, as does Vic's girlfriend Louise Cassidy-Williams who both hide their habit from Vic. Lance often blamed the missing drugs on their addict mother or a biker gang. Vic finds out and first accuses them of an affair, which they respond that they only get high as friends and call him judgmental (a criticism Vic often receives). When Louise is kidnapped and eventually killed by the Mendez brothers (who they briefly made peace with before a second war), Lance shows little feelings for her and tries to console Vic by saying family is more important (namely, himself). He only becomes involved with the Mendez war after his car gets destroyed. At the end of the game, Lance arrives at the Mendez penthouse to back up Victor, but he arrives so late that the shootout is already over.

In 1986, Lance flies Victor to a cocaine deal with Sonny Forelli's men when Victor is shot by a third party ambushing the deal. Lance, still in the helicopter, flies away unscathed.

Lance meets Tommy Vercetti, the surviving Forelli mobster from the deal, when he kills Leo Teal (a cook/hitman who knew something about the deal, silenced when Tommy beat him to death). They agree to help each other get revenge, though Tommy is slow to accept Lance.

Then he makes another surprise appearance in his car to go protect Diaz. Later he appears as support for Ricardo Diaz to go to retrieve some Sharks briefcase, when going up Tommy insists that Diaz is beginning to trust him, during the flight Tommy asks him about his pseudonym "Quentin" and Lance answers that he always tells him has liked, then reveals that his name is not liked by the pun.

Lance together with Tommy.

Lance on the surface appears cool and collected, but he is very impulsive. His quest for vengeance against Ricardo Diaz, the boss who betrayed them in the first place, results in his capture and torture by Diaz's men, and he is only saved in the nick of time by Tommy. Lance redeems himself by supplying the M4 Carbines, on of the few times where Tommy lavishes praise, that the two of them use to finish off Diaz and his Colombian gang, there, Lance kicks a dying Diaz and they both finish him off and begin to monopolize Diaz's business.

Tommy finds Lance drinking in the minibar claiming that a bar refuses to pay but that he will handle it causing Tommy's fury, questioning his leadership and going to the place.

Then Lance is seen enraged by a gaffe by one of tommy's men, Tommy has a plan and he and Lance dress up as policemen to plant a bomb in a place which was heavily guarded by the military, when Lance arrives he balls to an officer who was at the door, after planting the bomb they both run away.

Lance with Tommy Vercetti and Sonny Forelli.

While and after the two of them overthrew Ricardo Diaz, Lance complains about being treated like a little kid (such as after Cop Land) and becomes irritated by Tommy's attitude and dominance in the gang. Tommy frequently berates Lance for his mistakes, also Tommy never really gives credit to Lance's contributions. Shortly before Sonny Forelli's arrival, Tommy declares the Vercetti business is "my operation mine", implying that he views the criminal enterprise as a sole proprietorship rather than a partnership, and this was perhaps the last straw for Lance.

Lance being decapitated with a samurai sword.

Eventually, Lance betrays Tommy to his old boss, Sonny Forelli, revealing that the cash payment was counterfeit, which prompts Sonny to come prepared bringing a large number of gunmen to the Vercetti Estate. Lance attacks Tommy before escaping onto the mansion's roof with a group of Forelli mobsters, but they are all killed by Tommy. Tommy then proceeds to finish off Sonny and the remaining mobsters.

Lance can be seen as an action figure in Zero RC along with Tommy, James Earl Cash, and Piggsy, the latter two from Manhunt, in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, circa 1992. Lance can also be on a billboard with the billboard's message stating "Let's go to Dundee!".

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