- "My family has been here two hundred years. I'm more American than you. Not that it's anything to boast about. "
- — Manuel
Events of GTA V
A man of Mexican descent, Manuel's family lived in the United States for over 200 years (meaning he is likely a Californio). He is wrongly accused by Joe and Josef of being an illegal immigrant. The two even go so far as to throwing away his legal citizenship papers for no good reason.
Manuel, ashamed of being wrongly arrested, recognizes Trevor Philips (who briefly helped Joe and Josef) in Paleto Bay, and orders him to find and kill the duo, which Trevor does, albeit reluctantly, as Manuel refuses to pay him.
Manuel is shown to be a proud man, not dropping his serious attitude even when being held at a gunpoint by Trevor, scolding him until he's motivated to kill the two, and that he will not pay him anything for the deed before walking away to his truck and driving away.
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Manuel is one of the very few people in Grand Theft Auto V who don't show fear when threatened by Trevor.