Catalina is a recurring character in the Grand Theft Auto series and the main antagonist in Grand Theft Auto III (set in 2001) who also appears as a character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (set in 1992). She is a criminal in Red County in GTA San Andreas and one of the leaders of the Colombian Cartel in GTA III. She is also the cousin of Varrios Los Aztecas leader Cesar Vialpando. She is voiced by Cynthia Farrell, who has also voiced characters in the video game Batman: Dark Tomorrow.
Character history
Life until 1992
Catalina, of mixed Mexican and Colombian descent, began her criminal activities at some point before 1992, when she met Carl Johnson at the recommendation of her cousin, Cesar Vialpando, meeting at The Welcome Pump in Dillimore, with Catalina fending off two men with a knife. The two become romantically involved, with Catalina putting Carl Johnson through an extreme form of BDSM before committing a robbery. The two begin to rob various 'soft targets' identified by Catalina, including a Gasso gas station in Dillimore, a bank in Palomino Creek, an Inside Track betting shop in Montgomery and a small liquor store in Blueberry. Their relationship, however, becomes strained over CJ's desire for money to help try and free his brother Sweet, who was incarcerated by the Los Santos Police Department. After the two separate, she begins a relationship with Claude and 'helps' him in two races involving Carl and Wu Zi Mu. Carl Johnson, who wins both races, wins a garage in Doherty, San Fierro from Claude, who leaves with Catalina to Liberty City. Catalina, however, continues to phone Carl and tease him about her relationship with Claude.
1992 to 2001
Catalina and Claude, after leaving San Andreas, move to Liberty City, going through many American states committing bank robberies, including Texas and New Mexico. The two, at some point, return to San Andreas and purchase airline tickets to Francis International Airport, which were discovered in Catalina's apartment in "Los Santos or San Fierro". .
Final Year
In Liberty City, Catalina begins discussions with and becomes one of the leaders of the Colombian Cartel and, with another leader (Miguel) rob a bank in the city. After robbing the bank she shoots Claude, leaving him for dead, and explaining that he is 'small time'. She continues her criminal activities with the Cartel, increasing the production of SPANK and attacking the Yakuza on Staunton Island and the Leone Family on Portland Island. During this period, Claude managed to escape from an LCPD convoy with, unintentionally, help from the Colombian Cartel (who were seeking to capture the Oriental Gentleman) and began working for Leone made man Luigi Goterelli. After proving himself, Claude begins to work for the Family Don, Salvatore Leone, who has him follow Luigi's Sex Club 7 barman Curly Bob to Portland Harbor, where he is seen to sell Leone secrets to Catalina and Miguel. Salvatore then has Claude destroy a freighter used by the Cartel to produce SPANK.
Claude later flees to Staunton Island and begins to work for Yakuza co-leader Asuka Kasen who begins to attack the Cartel following the attempted murder of her brother Kenji at the hands of a 'Cartel assassin', which was really Claude working on orders from Donald Love. Love later sends Claude to collect a package from a construction site in Fort Staunton, where he once again meets Catalina and Miguel, with Catalina shooting Miguel in the back and escaping with the package. Asuka, desperate to exact revenge for her brother's near death, begins to torture Miguel for information, with Claude then using the information to attack Cartel interests, including destroying stands selling SPANK run by the Uptown Yardies.

Catalina, however, strikes back and kills both Asuka (who is later revived) and Miguel, and kidnapping Maria Latore, using her as a hostage and demanding a $500,000 ransom be brought to the Cartel headquarters in Cedar Grove. Claude decides to take the ransom money to Catalina and manages to escape an ambush, set up by Catalina, who escapes in a helicopter and keeps Latore hostage. Claude follows Catalina to Cochrane Dam, where he destroys the helicopter with a rocket launcher, killing Catalina and severely weakening the Cartel.

Catalina is portrayed as a reckless and extremely aggressive psychotic who turns on even close partners if they cease to be useful to her (as seen with Carl Johnson, Claude and Miguel). Much more of Catalina's psyche is brought to light during her conversations with Carl Johnson, frequently shooting bystanders during heists and references cannibalism. She also suffers from a persecution complex, possibly due to cruel treatment by her stepfather as a child, telling CJ that "They had to die because YOU were slow and stupid, like a big fat brat that eats chocolates while his father gives nothing to his step daughter but stale bread!" She is supposedly based on Caterina Sforza, a medival/Italian noblewoman.
Murders committedEdit
Miguel (killed for telling Cartel secrets to Asuka)
Asuka Kasen (seemingly killed for torturing information about the Cartel from prisoner Miguel)
Mission appearances
Cutting The Grass
Grand Theft Aero
Kingdom Come (Note)
Ransom (Note/Boss)
The Exchange (Boss/Killed)
GTA San Andreas
First Date (Boss)
Tanker Commander (Boss)
First Base (Boss)
Against All Odds (Boss)
Gone Courting (Boss)
Local Liquor Store (Boss)
Made in Heaven (Boss)
Small Town Bank (Boss)
Farewell, My Loveā€¦ (Boss)
Lure (Voice)
N.O.E. (Voice)
Home Coming (Voice)
End of the Line (Voice)
Catalina is the only female antagonist in the Grand Theft Auto series.
Catalina's top is noticeably different from the original GTA III PS2 release than the later GTA III releases.
Her surname is never revealed, although being Cesar Vialpando's cousin, there is nothing to suggest her last name is Vialpando.
She is the only main antagonist in the GTA III Era to appear in more than one game.
Her name is a reference to Santa Catalina island. an island In California.