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Mafia members in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The Mafia (also known as the Mob or La Cosa Nostra), is a real-life criminal secret society, which also appears in the Grand Theft Auto series.

Real-life Summary

The Mafia is a real-life secret criminal society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily, Italy. An offshoot emerged on the East Coast of the United States during the late 19th century following waves of immigration. In the United States, the Mafia often refers to Italian-American organized crime in general, rather than just Sicilian American organized crime. Each Mafia family is lead by a don, as well as the don's second-in-command, the underboss, and a consigliere.

The organization's name derives from the Italian adjective mafiusu, which roughly translates to swagger, boldness, or bravado. In the 19th century, when used to describe a man, the adjective could mean "fearless", "enterprising" or "proud", while in reference to a woman it would mean "beautiful" or "attractive".

In the Grand Theft Auto series

The Mafia has appeared in almost every game in the Grand Theft Auto series, usually as an antagonistic group. The Mafia organizations seen in the games are most often parodies of various pieces of media about the Mafia, such as the 1972 crime film The Godfather, or the 1999-2007 crime drama television series The Sopranos.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, members of a Mafia are also seen in Caligula's Palace acting as casino security guards. Like other casinos in Las Venturas, they are programmed to behave like police officers in which the player will gain one-star wanted level if they aim a weapon at them or fire a gun inside the casino while two if they continue to retaliate against security and kills them with a gun. They also hold their pistols with two hands, like police officers.

The Mafia Families

3D Universe

In the 3D Universe games, there are four Mafia families present in the storyline, three of them being part of the "Liberty Families" organization. The Liberty Families also plays a large role in all 3D Universe games, prominently in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

An unidentified Mafia family, simply referred to as the Mafia, also appears in Grand Theft Auto Advance. They are heavily implied to be the Leone Family due to their meetings happening at Momma's Restaurante.

The Vercetti Gang is a street gang structured to resemble a Mafia family by former Forelli Crime Family member Tommy Vercetti, however it is not considered a "real" Mafia family. However, the gang is referred to as a mafia in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas by The Truth, who mentions that Dwaine and Jethro had their business bought out by "The Mob".

Name Leader(s) Members Based Appearances
Sicilian Mafia Uncle Leone Massimo Torini (deceased) Sicily (presently)
Liberty City (briefly)
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Liberty Families

Name Leader(s) Members Based Appearances
Leone Crime Family Salvatore Leone (deceased) Toni Cipriani
Joey Leone
Luigi Goterelli
Mickey Hamfists
Vincenzo Cilli (deceased)
Joseph Daniel O'Toole (deceased)
Maria Latore (formerly)
Liberty City (presently)
Las Venturas (presently)
Sicily (formerly)
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Forelli Crime Family (also known as the Forelli Brothers by 2001) Franco Forelli (unknown fate)
Sonny Forelli (deceased)
Giorgio Forelli
Mike Forelli (deceased)
Marco Forelli (deceased)
Forelli Capo (unknown fate)
Liberty City (formerly)
Las Venturas (formerly)
Vice City (formerly)
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Sindacco Crime Family Paulie Sindacco (deceased) Johnny Sindacco (deceased)
Joseph Daniel O'Toole (deceased)
Bobby
Las Venturas (formerly)
Liberty City (formerly)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

HD Universe

In the HD Universe games, there are five Mafia families operating in Liberty City who holds seats in The Commission (inspired by the real-life Five Families and the real-life The Commission).

It is unknown if the Pegorino Crime Family from the State of Alderney gets a seat in The Commission or is just about to by the event of Grand Theft Auto IV. Pegorino seems happy when he rings Niko if the player decides to do the deal with Dimitri Rascalov, though this could be because he thinks he will be able to buy a place in The Commission with the money he earns from the deal.

In Grand Theft Auto V, Enzo Bonelli is described as an ex-mafia guy turned real estate developer, however it is not specified which Mafia family from which American state he was affiliated with.

Name Leader(s) Members Based Appearances
Pavano Family Mary Valvona Arthur Zepulla
Mario Venturella
Vito Menotti
Alderney State
Algonquin, Liberty City (presently)
Grand Theft Auto IV
Lupisella Family Mark Lupisella Vincent Lupisella
Sonny Onorato
Moe Schwartz
Algonquin, Liberty City
Bohan, Liberty City (presently)
Grand Theft Auto IV
Gambetti Family Jon Gravelli (deceased) Sammy Bottino
Rosario Zito
Broker, Liberty City
Dukes, Liberty City
Algonquin, Liberty City (presently)
Grand Theft Auto IV
Messina Family Harvey Noto Jimmy Capra
Harry Hall
Mark Volpe
Algonquin, Liberty City
Dukes, Liberty City (presently)
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Ancelotti Family Giovanni Ancelotti Charles Matteo (deceased)
Anthony Spoleto (deceased)
Frank Garone (deceased)
Rocco Pelosi (formerly, deceased)
Vincenzo Pelosi (deceased)
Algonquin, Liberty City
Alderney State (presently)
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Pegorino Family Jimmy Pegorino (deceased) Phil Bell (Formerly)
Ray Boccino (deceased)
Anthony Corrado (deceased)
Alderney State (presently) Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned

Mafia Structure

Trivia

  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, there is code in the game that shows the Mafia was able to own gray-colored territory. They can still be made visible by using the Territory Glitch which may cause them to appear at random spots on the map. The Mafia patrol their turfs driving Admirals, Sentinels and Feltzers.

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