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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's 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 tritagonist-turned-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.

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. They work with Bryan Forbes, before he reveals he's an undercover cop with VCPD and the brothers take him hostage. 

Lance with his brother Vic.

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 together with Tommy.

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 with Tommy Vercetti and Sonny Forelli.

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.

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.

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!!".

See Also



Grand Theft Auto
The Police

Grand Theft Auto 2
Claude Speed | Billy Bob Bean | Johnny Zoo

Grand Theft Auto III
Claude | Catalina | Salvatore Leone | Miguel | Donald Love | King Courtney | Toni Cipriani | Phil Cassidy | Curly Bob

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Tommy Vercetti | Sonny Forelli | Lance Vance | Ricardo Diaz | Phil Cassidy | Auntie Poulet | Gonzalez | Leo Teal | The Psycho | Donald Love | Victor Vance | Mr. Black

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Carl Johnson | Sweet Johnson | Cesar Vialpando | Frank Tenpenny | Big Smoke | Ryder | Eddie Pulaski | Jizzy B. | T-Bone Mendez | Catalina | OG Loc | Johnny Sindacco | Salvatore Leone | B Dup | Claude | Snakehead | Tommy Vercetti

Grand Theft Auto Advance
Mike | Vinnie | King Courtney | Donald Love

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Toni Cipriani | Massimo Torini | Paulie Sindacco | Vincenzo Cilli | Salvatore Leone | Leon McAffrey | Donald Love | JD O'Toole | Ned Burner | Phil Cassidy | Kazuki Kasen

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Victor Vance | Jerry Martinez | Diego & Armando Mendez | Marty Jay Williams | Lance Vance | Ricardo Diaz | Phil Cassidy | Bryan Forbes | Trailer Park Mafia

Grand Theft Auto IV
Niko Bellic | Dimitri Rascalov | Jimmy Pegorino | Darko Brevic | Vlad Glebov | Ray Bulgarin | Mikhail Faustin | Ray Boccino | Packie McReary | Derrick McReary | Francis McReary | Gerald McReary | Playboy X | Dwayne Forge | Johnny Klebitz | Luis Lopez | Roman's Kidnapper | Clarence Little | Dardan Petrela | Jim Fitzgerald | Teddy Benavidez | Eddie Low | The Fixer | Jon Gravelli | Wedding Assassin | Trunchez Brothers | Pegorino Family | Jeff Harlingford | Isaac Roth | United Liberty Paper Contact

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
Johnny Klebitz | Billy Grey | Ray Boccino | Brian Jeremy | Jim Fitzgerald | Terry Thorpe | Clay Simons | Niko Bellic | Luis Lopez | Dimitri Rascalov | Roman's Kidnapper | Ray's Goon | Lester Arnold

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Luis Lopez | Ray Bulgarin | Rocco Pelosi | Timur | Vince Pelosi | Yusuf Amir | Niko Bellic | Johnny Klebitz | Vic Manzano | Marki Ashvilli | Billy Grey | Dimitri Rascalov

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Huang Lee | Wu Lee | Zhou Ming | Chan Jaoming | Rudy D'Avanzo | Mini Gun Wonsu Assassin | Lester Arnold

Grand Theft Auto V
Michael De Santa | Trevor Philips | Franklin Clinton | Devin Weston | Steve Haines | Wei Cheng | Stretch | Molly Schultz | Don Percival | Lester Crest | Lamar Davis | Dave Norton | Brad Snider | Martin Madrazo | Jimmy De Santa | Simeon Yetarian | Andreas Sanchez | Cris Formage | Rocco Pelosi | Peter Dreyfuss | Clay Simons | Terry Thorpe | D | Patrick McReary | Johnny Klebitz | Paige Harris | Elwood O'Neil | Ortega | Enzo Bonelli | Billy Grey | United Liberty Paper Contact

Grand Theft Auto Online
Main Game
GTA Online Protagonists | Lester Crest | Trevor Philips | Cris Formage
The Doomsday Heist
Avon Hertz | Cliffford | United Liberty Paper Contact
The Diamond Casino & Resort
Thornton Duggan | Avery Duggan
The Diamond Casino Heist
Thornton Duggan
Los Santos Summer Special
The Boss
The Cayo Perico Heist
Juan Strickler

Gangs and Cartels
Angels of Death Motorcycle Club | Ballas | Cholos | Colombian Cartel | Da Nang Boys | Diaz's Gang | Grove Street Families Los Santos Vagos | O'Neil Brothers | San Fierro Rifa | Seville Boulevard Families | Southside Hoods | Street Sharks | Varrios Los Aztecas | Trailer Park Mafia | Trevor Philips Enterprises
Bulgarin Family | Faustin-Rascalov Family | Forelli Family | Trunchez Brothers | Kkangpae | Leone Family | Russian Mafia | Sicilian Mafia
Liberty City Triads | Los Santos Triads
The Law
Police | C.R.A.S.H. | Los Santos Police Department | Federal Investigation Bureau | International Affairs Agency
Altruist Cult | Epsilon Program
Cliffford Mercenaries | Crack Dealers | Liquor Store Bandits | Loco Syndicate | Merryweather Security | SRS | Survivalists | The Professionals | Zaibatsu Corporation | Zombotech Corporation

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