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This article is about the character. For the mission, see Cesar Vialpando (mission)

Spoiler Warning: Plot details, ending details, or both are in the text which follows.
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Look holmes, I love your sister. I honor her, she's my girl for life. This is why I stopped you from being skinned just then.
— Cesar Vialpando to Carl Johnson in Cesar Vialpando.

Cesar Vialpando is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the tritagonist in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Little is known about Cesar's life prior to 1992, though at an unknown point in time he joined the Varrios Los Aztecas, a Hispanic street gang, eventually working his way up to become the leader. Cesar also began a relationship with Kendl Johnson, to the disapproval of her brother Sean, the leader of the Grove Street Families. Cesar displays excellent driving skills, especially when it comes to lowriders. During Customs Fast Track, Cesar reveals that he is acrophobic.

Events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

Cesar first meets Carl Johnson at a lowrider competition. Despite Carl's initial distrust of Cesar, the two eventually form a close friendship and a working relationship between their two gangs, wherein they realize their common ground: opposition to the drug trade in Los Santos.

Cesar's House

Cesar's house in El Corona.

With his newfound friendship with CJ and the Grove Street Families, Cesar does his duty to help them find justice for the drive-by shooting that killed Beverly Johnson. He began investigating the incident and found traces of its planning and execution. As CJ leads the Grove Street in a retaking ambush, Cesar calls him for a meeting at Verdant Bluffs, informing him of the evidence on the drive-by, which the former agrees. Inside a heavily-tinted Bravura, they spy on a Ballas hideout where CJ is horrified upon witnessing Ryder and Big Smoke's betrayal to the Ballas and C.R.A.S.H. head Frank Tenpenny. Cesar adds to the horror by pointing out Tenpenny's right-hand Eddie Pulaski reversing a green-colored Sabre car, which CJ realizes to be the same vehicle that was used in the shooting. Although CJ thanks Cesar for the investigation, he realizes that Sweet and Families are heading for a trap, ordering Cesar to keep Kendle safe, which Cesar agrees to.

Like Carl, Cesar and Kendl were forced to leave Los Santos after the incident and his gang's influence in the city diminished sharply. While in exile, he gets Carl into some grief by introducing him to his cousin, Catalina. After arriving in San Fierro, he and Carl cooperate to get revenge on the people who double-crossed them. Together, they were able to kill T-Bone Mendez. Later, Cesar puts his driving skills to good use by aiding Carl in obtaining several sports cars for their newly established car business.

The duo eventually return to Los Santos, and Cesar helps Carl and Sweet reclaim territories for the Grove Street Families. Carl repays Cesar's efforts by helping Cesar reclaim the Azteca's territories. During the same mission, Cesar informs Carl of his intention to propose to Kendl. Carl gives Cesar his blessing, but Cesar asks Carl to discuss it with Sweet because of the latter's earlier distrust of Cesar. Cesar appears in the final mission, where he witnesses Frank Tenpenny's death in the centre of Grove Street. He is later seen inside the Johnson House, and joins the celebrations when Madd Dogg announces his new gold record.


Cesar owns a red Savanna with a personalised number plate reading "LVA4L", which stands for "Los Varrios Aztecas for Life". During The Green Sabre, Cesar uses a grey Bravura with a tinted windscreen to spy on Ryder and Big Smoke and expose their betrayal of the Grove Street Families to Carl.

Murders Committed[]


Cesar is revealed to be a kind, loyal, caring, and selfless person. His loyalty comes from when he stops his gang members from fighting with Carl in the mission Cesar Vialpando. He also assures Carl he will take care of his sister Kendl and make sure she is brought no harm, which is exactly what he does. When it comes to Kendl, he is genuinely kind and protective towards her, as seen in the mission Deconstruction where he attempts to confront the construction workers for harassing her.

The only negative characteristic of Cesar's is his lack of patience, as he might lose his temper if things take longer than planned. This is seen in the mission Puncture Wounds, in which he becomes very angry just because he failed to steal a car on his own. Cesar is also revealed to be afraid of heights, as seen in Customs Fast Track.

Cesar is quite the opposite of his cousin Catalina, who is a ruthless, selfish, and extremely arrogant person. However, Cesar still does not want others to disrespect her, seen by his reaction when Carl calls her a "bitch" in front of him.

Mission Appearances[]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]



  • His appearance might be based on his voice actor Clifton Collins Jr. He may also based on Collins' other character bearing the same forename, Cesar Sanchez from the 1997 movie 187, which also features Samuel L. Jackson who lent his voice to Officer Tenpenny.
  • In the beta version, Cesar originally wore a black bandana and black trousers, as opposed to his grey ones in the final version of the game.


[ ve ]Grove Street Families (3D Universe)
LeaderSean "Sweet" Johnson
MembersCarl Johnson (underboss) | Big Smoke(lieutenant, formerly) | Ryder(lieutenant; formerly) | OG Loc | B Dup (formerly) | Big Bear | Emmet | Big Devil † | Little Devil † | Tony † | Dope
AssociatesPeople: Beverly Johnson † | Kendl Johnson | Cesar Vialpando | Denise Robinson | LB | Ran Fa Li | Wu Zi Mu
Gangs: San Fierro Triads | Varrios Los Aztecas
EnemiesPeople: Big Smoke † | Eddie Pulaski † | Frank Tenpenny † | Ryder
Gangs: Ballas | C.R.A.S.H. | Los Santos Vagos | Russian Mafia | San Fierro Rifa | Loco Syndicate
FrontsEmmet's | Johnson House | Sweet Johnson's House
TurfOwn Turf: Ganton | Playa del Seville | Santa Maria Beach | Temple
Acquirable Turf: East Beach | East Los Santos | Glen Park | Idlewood | Jefferson | Las Colinas | Los Flores | Verona Beach | Vinewood | Willowfield
SetsSeville Boulevard Families | Temple Drive Families
[ ve ]Characters in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
ProtagonistCarl Johnson
Sean "Sweet" Johnson | Kendl Johnson | Frank Tenpenny† | Big Smoke (Melvin Harris)† | Wu Zi Mu | The Truth | Cesar Vialpando | Catalina† | Salvatore Leone† | Madd Dogg | Kent Paul | Eddie Pulaski† | Ken Rosenberg | Mike Toreno | Ryder (Lance Wilson)† | Jizzy B.† | OG Loc (Jeffrey Cross) | T-Bone Mendez† | Zero | Maccer |
Andre† |Benny† | Bettina | Berkley | Big Poppa† | Bogman | Claude | Construction Foreman† | Alan Crawford† | Derek | District Attorney | Dope | Dwaine | Emmet | Freddy† | Colonel Fuhrberger | Gal | Guppy | Hazer | Janitor | Jimmy Hernandez† | Jethro | Jose | Kane† | Maria Latore | Ran Fa Li | Little Bill | Little Lion† | Little Weasel† | Mike | Su Xi Mu | Ralph Pendelbury† | Marco Forelli† | Mickey† | Old Reece | Jimmy Silverman | Johnny Sindacco† | The Snakehead† | The Triad Leader | Sunny | Big Bear (Barry Thorne) | Tony | Vagos gang members (Running Dog)† | B Dup (Mark Wayne) | Mr. Whittaker | Pizza Clerk | Preacher Bishop† | Rival Pimp† | Sweet's Girlfriend | The Dossier Carrier† | The Informant† | The Journalist† | The Reporter† | Unnamed Burger Shot Employee | Unnamed Crack Whore | Gasso Employee | Alan Crawford's Female Associate† | Mafia Goon 1 | Forelli Crime Family's pilot† | C.R.A.S.H. Rookies† | Cesar's Informant | Salvatore Leone's Bodyguard | Tim† | Tammy† | Loco Low Co. Mechanic | Driving School Tutor | Ammu-Nation Clerk | Triad Assistant 1 | Triad Assistant 2 | Triad Mechanic | Jordan | Larry | Unnamed LVPD Officer | Ballas Snitch
GirlfriendsDenise Robinson | Millie Perkins | Helena Wankstein | Katie Zhan | Michelle Cannes | Barbara Schternvart
Radio station characters
Radio DJsForth Right MC | The Funktipus | Julio G | Johnny Lawton | Mary-Beth Maybell | Phillip Michaels | Hans Oberlander | Johnny Parkinson | James Pedeaston | Marshall Peters | Mary Phillips | Peyton Phillips | Sage | Tommy Smith
Talk show hostsMarvin Trill | Christy MacIntyre | Maurice | James Pedeaston | Mary Phillips | Peyton Phillips | Derrick Thackery | Billy Dexter† | Lazlow
Talk show guestsAdam First | The Truth | Truck Driver | Emanuel | Julie | Hector | Rick | Vivian | Mill | Mike | 632369439 | Stewart | Kevin | Montag | Zero | Jizzy B.† | Jack Howitzer | OG Loc | Cris Formage | Darius Fontaine
News broadcastingRichard Burns | Lianne Forget | Madd Dogg | Big Smoke
Radio guestsThe Truth | OG Loc (Jeffrey Cross) | Big Wayne | Darius Fontaine | Jenna Forbes | Cris Formage | Jack Howitzer | Michael Hunt | Jimmy | Fernando Martinez | Tim | Reed Tucker
Mary Alexander | Mike Andrews | Big Devil† | Bobby | CM Pink | Joey Leone | Tommy Vercetti | James Earl Cash | Mary Ellen | Herbie | Ho Chi | Beverly Johnson† | Brian Johnson† | Carl Johnson's Father | Ah Ah Kung | LB | Little Devil† | General Mills | Tony† | Jezz Torrent | Avrindar
Fraser Ashley | Morgan August | G.M. Berlotti | Big Smilky | Dr. Diablo | Gern Blanston | Henry Bolt† | D. Claremont | John Craig | Mary Fortune | Frank Gold | Hammerfist | Philip K. Jones | Ed Karson | Turk Martin | Cluck Norris | Jane Pole | Brontosaurus Rex | Rochell'le | Jeremy Smith | Brian Van Ginsberg | Scott Wilson
Officer Carver | Poncho | Psycho
† denotes Deceased, Italics denotes a status determined by the player's choice
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