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It's time for the 'Lance Vance Dance'!
— Lance Vance in Supply & Demand

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 the deuteragonist in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Lance 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. The two are the main members of the Vance Crime Family, with Vic as the boss.

In GTA Vice City, he is always seen wearing a white soiree suit with a purple shirt. His artwork shows him wearing a light-purple suit. In GTA Vice City Stories, his outfit changes from a red shirt with jeans to a double breasted cyan suit.

Lance was voiced by Philip Michael Thomas, who played Ricardo Tubbs in the 1980s television-series Miami Vice.


Early Life

Aunt Enid raised us, not you.
— Lance to his mother

Lance Vance was born to a white mother, Janet Vance, and his father immigrated from the Dominican Republic.

He and his two brothers, Victor and Pete, grew up in poverty. Because their mother had a drug addiction, they were raised by their Aunt Enid who they, especially Lance, see as their sole maternal figure. Lance was often teased about his name in school, which he is still very sensitive about (when he works with Ricardo Diaz, he lies and says that his name is Quentin). During the mission Phnom Penh '86, Tommy Vercetti jokingly laughs at Lance, teasing "Vance? Your name's Lance Vance?!" and then "Lance Vance. Poor bastard." According to Vic, he got them kicked out of the Boy Scouts in his youth. Vic always treated Lance like a little kid and Lance would get them both in trouble, patterns that continued well into their adult lives.

Events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Joining Victor

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, set two 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. Forbes often attempted escape and tried to trick the brothers, even leading them to a gay bar called White Stallionz.

Working for The Mendez Cartel

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 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).

Last Stand

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.

In a final stand-off, Victor manages to kill both Diego and Martinez, thus winning the battle and getting his revenge. Shortly after the end of the battle, Victor's brother Lance arrives in a black and yellow Maverick supposedly coming to help him; however, as the battle has already ended, Victor and Lance agree to lay low for a while and get out of town. Lance offers Victor twenty kilos of cocaine for a deal ahead; however, Victor denies his interests and says that he doesn't ever want to touch drugs again, and then says that he sends some money to his sick brother, Pete, for the medical treatment required.

It is implied by a few unused lines from the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City introduction mission In The Beginning... that they stashed the twenty kilos of cocaine in a farm in Panama. It is unknown if this statement is still considered canon, although it is still implied during the final cutscene of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. [2][3][4]

Events of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

The Drug Deal

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.

Friendship with Tommy and revenge on Diaz

Oh, way to go, tough guy. Beat him to a pulp. That should make him real chatty.
— Lance to Tommy

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 slowly beginning to accept Lance.

This is for my brother!
— Lance to Diaz

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 from death in the nick of time by Tommy. Tommy had risked his own life to save Lance's fighting through a swarm of Diaz's men. Lance redeems himself by supplying the M4 Carbines to Tommy, 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. The only time Tommy however shouts of at Lance is during the cut scene of the mission Bar Brawl for his mistake. Tommy never told Lance to not establish himself while Tommy built his empire, but all Lance did was complain and expect everything to be handed to him. 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, as he did all the hard work in purchasing and establishing his assets and raising his gang while Lance just complained, and this was perhaps the last straw for Lance.

Sorry Tommy. This is Vice City. This is business.
— Lance betraying Tommy

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.

Death & Legacy

Lance: "No one to cover your ass now, eh Tommy?"
Tommy: "You're going down, you backstabbing prick!"
Lance: "Oh, you think so?"
—Tommy and Lance about to fight against each other
Tommy: "Come here, you double-crossing piece of shit!"
Lance: "You're history, Tommy, history!"
―Tommy and Lance, as the former chases the latter to the top of the mansion
Tommy: "This is the last dance for Lance Vance!"
Lance: "I said I had ENOUGH of that at school!"
―Tommy and Lance during their shoot-out
You picked the wrong side, Lance...
— Tommy Vercetti, upon killing Lance

In the ensuing gunfight, Tommy confronts and kills Lance on the roof of the mansion. Having killed the remaining Forelli henchmen in the process, Tommy proceeds to kill Sonny and cement his power in Vice City once and for all.

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. A billboard depicting a character using his model (with the face model of Cam Jones) can be found around the state. His character art can also be seen on the Jack of Spades card while playing Poker in Las Venturas

In a PC World article, Lance was voted as #17 of the top 47 "most diabolical videogame villains of all time."

Lance's Guide Book Bio

Lance is a well-dressed 32-year-old transient, just recently arrived to Vice City with his brother who got popped during Sonny Forelli's drug deal that went bad while under Tommy Vercetti's supervision. Now fighting alongside Tommy, Lance will stop at nothing to avenge his brother's death, no matter who steps up to the plate.

VCBI Crime Tree Record

Recently arrived in town with his brother. Asks a lot of questions. Trained helicopter pilot. Believed to be in narcotics trade.

  • Recently arrived in town with his brother.
  • Asks a lot of questions.
  • Trained helicopter pilot.
  • Believed to be in narcotics trade.
  • Hard mouthing off in a lot of nightclubs.
  • Believed to get aggressive or needy when he drinks. Possibly emotionally insecure.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Murders committed





  • Lance's favourite radio station is Fever 105, as it is the default radio station in his Infernus.
  • During the mission Snitch Hitch in GTA: Vice City Stories. Lance is seen ordering three suits (pink, blue and white) from the phone, before Victor throws it away, in which Lance tells the person on the other phone he'll talk to them later. The pink suit appears in his GTA: Vice City artwork, the white appears is worn in GTA Vice City, and the blue is worn after From Zero To Hero in GTA Vice City Stories.
  • Lance is stated to be 32 years of age in the guide book bio. However, this would be incorrect, as Lance is younger than his brother Vic, who was stated to be 28 years of age in the Vice City Stories guide book bio, making his age 30 during the events of GTA Vice City. Since the game's prequel, GTA Vice City Stories, was not planned during the time and Vic's age wasn't confirmed in the original game, it's possible that Lance's age was most likely a retcon to make Vic the older brother of the two.
  • Being a deuteragonist, tritagonist and antagonist to be related to a protagonist, he holds the following distinctions:
    • As deuteragonist, he is one of three deuteragonists to be related to a protagonist, the other two being Sweet Johnson and Roman Bellic.
    • As tritagonist, he is one of two tritagonists to be related to a protagonist, the other being Jimmy De Santa.
    • As antagonist, he is one of two antagonists to be related to a protagonist, the other being Wu Lee.
  • Lance Vance and Ken Rosenberg are the only two characters to appear in the ending of two GTA games.


  1. Lance is said to be 32 years old in 1986 in the BradyGames guide officially endorsed by Rockstar Games.
  2. Lance Vance: "...I been making moves. I got hold of 20 keys man."
    Victor Vance: "Are you crazy? Get rid of it."
    Lance Vance: "No. All we need to do is sit on it, it's hidden out of sight, out of town man. We lay low and then sell it."
    —Lance Vance in Last Stand (in the final cutscene of the game), foreshadowing the deal in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  3. Okay, so. They're brothers, okay. One operates the uh, the business, and the other one does the flying. Now they operate out of Mexico, no, no, no, wait... They own a farm in Panama...
    — Ken Rosenberg's unused dialogue from In The Beginning...
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