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|“||These idiots, they're always trying to screw you. That's the problem with this business... soon every mom and pop will think they can sell gallo in Vice City!||„|
|~ Ricardo Diaz to Tommy Vercetti|
Ricardo Diaz is a major antagonist in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, being the main antagonist of the first half. He appears as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
He was voiced by Luis Guzmán in both games.
Not much is known about Diaz's backstory, however at one point he came to Vice City and then established himself as a violent and powerful drug baron in the city. He has a heroic side in GTA Vice City Stories, helping Victor in his vendetta against Sergeant Jerry Martinez. Diaz puts his money in an expensive mansion in Starfish Island. While he built, he does business with Victor and Lance. Upon successful completion of the case, he continues to give the job to Victor. After Diaz learned that Gonzalez gave Juan Cortez, Ricardo takes him under his wing and informs all the actions of Cortez.
His true nature was revealed in GTA Vice City when he was shown to be responsible for Tommy Vercetti's drug deal to go awry knowing it thanks to Gonzalez. While trying to avenge his brother's death in the ambush, Tommy's friend, Lance Vance, who worked with Diaz, is captured and tortured by Diaz's men until Tommy rescues him. The two later assault Diaz, his goons and mansion, resulting in the death of Diaz, as well as most of his guards. Tommy and Lance then takes over his business, using it as their new base of operations.
A trigger-happy drug lord, Diaz is quite wrathful. He is prone of violent outbursts, and often lashes out at his goons, as well as destroying various things (even expensive material) inside his villa such as brutally destroying a Ming vase in front of Tommy. A greedy egomaniacal, he is incredibly envious of others, going so far that he orders Tommy to steal a boat in order to keep the fastest boats of the east coast.
In spite of his short temper - which often leads him to take bad decisions - Diaz should not be underestimated as he can be deceitful and traitorous when money is at stake.
Diaz can also be friendly when everything is going well and according to his plans, and treats his associates in a somewhat fatherly bond. That is why he is surprised of Tommy's betrayal and assault of his palace, as he was not aware of Tommy's presence in the ambush, and thought Tommy could have been a great right-hand.