Over the years, very few video game protagonists have stuck around in gaming’s pop culture sphere quite like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’s iconic Tommy Vercetti. Mostly thanks to actor Ray Liotta’s legendary performance combined with Tommy’s ruthless do-or-die attitude and hilarious quotable one-liners, the character remains one of the Grand Theft Auto franchise’s all-time greatest playable protagonists. With this, it comes as no surprise that many Rockstar Games fans still pay tribute to Tommy, with one fan’s recent transformation of the kingpin going viral on Reddit.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a landmark entry in the franchise for many reasons. On top of improving the fun and addictive gameplay found in previous installments, Rockstar set about pushing the narrative experience in this sequel by introducing a more fully-fledged protagonist who can finally speak, unlike GTA 3’s Claude Speede. The developer then decided to set his story in an immersive 1980s world filled with some of the most memorable Grand Theft Auto characters. Influenced by the films and television of the era, the game sees Tommy slowly take control of Vice City, becoming the most powerful mobster in the process.
With all of these fascinating qualities in one character, the captivating Grand Theft Auto: Vice City protagonist has received countless amounts of art from gamers who simply cannot get enough of the somewhat lovable crime lord. But now, one fan has paid homage to Tommy in a way that is wholly unique by presenting a distinct interpretation of the character as a female, which has gone on to spark a wider community discussion on Reddit regarding how having a female protagonist may change the public perception of the legendary character.
As shown above, model dadahanych has shared their incredible homage to the community that shows fans a “female version [of] Tommy Vercetti.” Posting their accurate interpretation alongside several in-game images, dadahanych has captured the prominent visual elements of Tommy while also offering both a unique and reinvigorated take on the protagonist. Not only did dadahanych introduce props to better the imitation, but their Turquoise Hawaiian shirt, blue stone-washed jeans, and white sneakers appear as if they lifted it directly out of Grand Theft Auto Vice City.
Dadahanych’s post went viral on Reddit with over 1,700 upvotes, as fans on the thread seemed to enjoy seeing a female version of the Grand Theft Auto protagonist. In the replies, users were supportive and vocal, saying “we definitely need a GTA game with a female lead.” While there are several strong NPC women in some of Rockstar’s releases, like Red Dead Redemption 2’s Sadie Adler, it’s clear gamers want a playable female protagonist with her own storyline. Fortunately, despite Rockstar being hush-hush about future series developments, various leakers have hinted at a possible female protagonist in Grand Theft Auto 6.
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