|Appearances:||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|
|Location:||Little Haiti, Vice City|
|Gang Type:||Street Gang|
|Businesses:||Drug and weapons trading|
|Fronts:||Haitian Drug Factory|
Unnamed Haitian Gang Lord (deceased)
The Haitians, also known simply as the Gangsters in edited versions of the game, is a street gang appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They are the main rivals of the Cubans, and they vie control over the poorer neighborhoods of Vice City (Little Haiti and Little Havana.)
The gang is headed by Auntie Poulet, an elderly haitian matriarch who uses them as her own protection. Their leader gives Tommy Vercetti mind-altering drugs to make him use less-than-honest tactics in their war against the Cubans.
Auntie Poulet has Tommy go out into Little Haiti and collect three briefcases before the police do, blow up some of the Cuban's boats with an RC Baron equipped with the ability to pick up bombs, and help the Haitians win a fist-to-fist war by killing some Cubans with a sniper rifle. Tommy, spurred by his friendship with the Cubans, massacres members of the gang, and completely destroys their large drug manufacturing plant (killing more members in the process), severing all ties with Poulet and the gang. After this, the Haitians will become hostile towards Tommy and later his gang, attacking both parties if seen in Little Haiti. The Haitians don't appear in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories meaning that they may have become active sometime between 1984 and 1986.
The Haitians don't prefer to patrol the streets separately, but congregate and move in groups. Until the mission Trojan Voodoo is completed, the Haitians are not ordinarily hostile towards Tommy, and will only attack him in self-defense. Haitian gang members will also attack the player if the player carjacks a fellow Haitian gangster from his vehicle, or does any harm to the gangster.
After the completion of Trojan Voodoo, the Haitians will become hostile towards Tommy, and will attack him on sight if spotted in Little Haiti, reguardless of what he's wearing and what car he's driving.
The Haitians may attack or be attacked by the Vercetti Gang if spotted around Print Works or the Kaufman Cabs depot. Likewise, Cubans will shoot and kill Haitian gang members if spotted in Little Havana. The gang is frequently in conflict with the Cubans over turf, and the Vercetti Gang over control of their assets. The police will act against both parties when gun battles occur.
The police will pursue and kill Haitian gang members in the same manner as they do with other gangs or street criminals. The player can can recieve a "Good Citizen Bonus" by helping the officer beat down the fleeing gangster. However, the player must be careful though, as the fleeing gangster or other gang members around the area will attack the player if seen. The player must also be careful, as the player will recieve a wanted level of one star if the cop is attacked or killed by the player.
One gangster appears to be wearing white baseball caps, blue shirts reading RELAX in white text, white pants and shoes. The other gangster wears a light purple bandana, light purple shirt, grey pants and shoes.
The primary weapon of choice that the gang uses is the Pistol, which they will attack the player or rival gangs with, or they can also be seen fighting with their fists. The gang uses a variety of other weapons in the game, but only during missions.
Haitian-American discrimination controversyThe third version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, mostly the PC version, had all references of the Haitian people removed, along with a number of other trademarks. In response of the Cuban and Haitian groups of the United States, the groups threatened to use action against Rockstar Games, on the basis that they were discriminated against. A Haitian organization in the US against racial oppression was highly offended by the comments used in the game, such as when Tommy Vercetti was ordered to "shoot the Haitian dickheads". Because of this, the word "Haitian" was removed from the game's subtitles and the gang was simply referred to as "Gangsters".
- In the beta version of GTA Vice City, the gangster wearing the white baseball cap had an ironed on picture of Uncle Sam's infamous "I want YOU for the U.S. Army" poster. Before the game was released, the game's developer settled on using a plain white "RELAX" text instead.
- After Trojan Voodoo, when the gang becomes hostile towards you, they won't attack you if you have a gun weilded. However, if the host of that group has a pistol and sees you, then that group will attack you.
- There is a Haitian gangster that spawns inside the pizza shop in Little Haiti. He can be seen behind the counter facing the cook as if he is helping out, or a job offered by the Vice City Police Department. This individual gangster isn't hostile towards you in any way even after the collapse of the drug factory.
- Even though the word "Haitian" isn't used in the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, it still appears under the "Least favorite gang" section if the player wastes more gangsters than any other gang.