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The Liberty City Triads are an antagonistic faction appearing in Grand Theft Auto III. They reappear in the spinoff Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
In the year 1998, the Liberty City Triads were founded by an unnamed gang leader. He assembled several criminals to become triads. They began by distributing drugs and extorting rival gangs such as the Leone Family Mafia.
Toni Cipriani, one of the Leone Family's members, decided to prove his loyalty by killing a handful of the Triads. Even though Tony was successful in killing Triads, he did not wipe out the entire gang.
Days later, the Triads managed to seize control of Chinatown in the Portland district of Liberty City. This caused the Leone Family to view the Triads as a potential threat. As a result, the Triads were monitored by the Sicilian Mafia who were rivals to the Leone Family.
Massimo Torini, one of the Sicilian Mafia's most valuable members, decided to speak with the Triad's boss. He secretly planned to gain more information that the Sicilian mafia could use to annihilate the Triads. During the same time, Massimo was followed by Toni. Several Triads spotted Toni and they opened fired on him. He managed to kill them but scared away Torini.
As revenge for Toni entering the Triads' territory, they destroyed a warehouse in Callahan Point. The warehouse belonged to Salvatore Leone who was the head of the Leone Mafia. In retaliation, Salvaire had his mafia seize control over Chinatown. Before anything else could be done, the Triads disappeared.
Three years later, the Triads resurfaced and continued their control over Chinatown.