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"A weapons dealer, a murderer, that was known. A dealer in human organs, that wasn't known."
Wilson Da Silva, regarding Becker.[src]

Colonel Armando Becker was the corrupt commander of the Unidade de Forças Especiais and the secondary antagonist of Max Payne 3. He is a friend and ally of Victor Branco and rival to Wilson Da Silva. He was killed by Max Payne in the airport shootout, he either died of his mortal wounds or executed by Max.


Early life[]

"Becker wasn't running a police force. He was running an army."
Max Payne.[src]

Almost nothing is known about Becker's life before the events of the body harvesting scandal. At some point, he met the Branco family, becoming a good friend of both Rodrigo and Victor, as well as Marcelo. A while later, at least since the early 2010's, Becker either discovered or was told about Victor's plan to overthrow Rodrigo, gaining political support, and become the mayor of São Paulo. Becker soon joined him, eventually becoming his right-hand man and sidekick. During that time, Becker either joined to, or founded the Unidade de Forças Especiais, allowing Victor to gain more power and a 'personal army'. Becker also chose Bachmeyer, a member of his unit, as his right-hand man.

Becker's unit of the UFE was heavily involved in human trafficking using people captured from raids on local favelas; a plan made by Victor in order to favored by the citizens of São Paulo, blaming the disappearances of people in poor favelas on the city's street gangs. Becker and Victor also had business dealings with the Crachá Preto paramilitary group, which was founded by Álvaro Neves, once a captain of the UFE.

Becker also knows Wilson Da Silva, a detective in São Paulo Police Department. The two dislike each other due to each other's way of investigating. Da Silva himself began to suspect of Becker's and Victor's motives, and tried to find out of the two men's actions, but lacked any evidence.

Organs harvesting scandal[]

War with the Comando Sombra[]

"That guy next to him, he's some kind of cop, uh...I think, I'm not sure. Serious though. Big-end cop, anti gang sort of thing."
Raul Passos describes Becker, at the party.[src]

By 2012, the Unidade de Forças Especiais were in war with the Comando Sombra, the biggest street gang in Sao Paulo. Becker targeted the gang's leader, Serrano, in four UFE operations, but failed to capture or kill him. Becker also targeted other major criminals, such as the leader of the Tropa Z.

In 2012, the Brancos held a chairty party on their manor's roof, with Becker as one of their guests. Becker was seen by Max Payne and Raul Passos talking to a woman at the party. Raul described Becker to Max, though he forgot Becker's name. Soon, the Comando Sombra attacked the party, and attempted to kidnap Rodrigo and his wife Fabiana. Max, working as Rodrigo's bodyguard, managed to rescue Fabiana and gunned down her kidnapper and set to rescue Rodrigo. Becker and Marcelo then arrived and tried to calm down Fabiana.

Da Silva and Becker arguing

After Max saved Rodrigo, Becker, and a few members of his unit, including Bachmeyer, arrived to execute the remaining CS members. However, da Silva arrived too and told Becker to not kill any more CS members, as he wished to investigate and interrogate them. This led to an argument between the two with Becker telling da Silva that he was sticking his nose where it didn't belong.

Later, after the CS successfully kidnapped Fabiana, Rodrigo tried to pay the ransom money, but another gang destroyed the deal. In a meeting following the incident, Rodrigo told that he'll move from São Paulo once Fabiana will be saved. Becker then said that he hopes that Rodrigo is not giving up living in "our city" and that he could almost certainly assure Fabiana's safe request "if you do as I ask." Victor supported Becker's words and tried to make his brother stay in São Paulo.

As Victor, Marcelo, and Raul left Rodrigo's office, Becker was about to leave with them as well, saying to Rodrigo that Fabiana will be rescued by his best men, before leaving the office. Soon, the Branco HQ was attacked by the Crachá Preto. During that time, Becker sent Bachmeyer to the Branco HQ, and mercilessly executed Rodrigo.

Becker later sent Bachmeyer to lead squads to Nova Esperança, in order to defeat the Comando Sombra, as well selling more people to the Crachá Preto. Bachmeyer led a large army of soldiers and armored vehicles, successfully defeating the Comando Sombra and taking at least one truckload of prisoners, if not more.

Confrontion at the UFE station[]

"BECKER! [...] Something funny about dying?!"
―Payne storms Becker's office.[src]

Max Payne, after finding out about Becker and Victor's true plans, as well their roles behind all the events that happened to him in 2012, attacked the UFE station in order to find and kill Becker.

Max fought his way through Becker's men, with the help of some gang members that entered the station as well. He found the tape containing Rodrigo's death, and killed Bachmeyer near Becker's office, using Bachmeyer's ID card to get into the office.

Max confronted Becker, who started to laugh maniacally, leading the ex-detective to choke him to near death, yelling that he knows everything about Becker's actions. But was then stopped, being held at gunpoint by Victor, who cynically stated that Max did not know everything, and thanked him for taking out the Crachá Preto.

Before Victor was able to shoot, Max disarmed and injured Victor by ramming his own head into his eyes, making the politician yell in pain. Becker cursed the ex-detective as he electrocuted him with a taser, made off with Victor out of the office, and cut Max off by locking him in the office, escaping the angry avenger.

Battle in the airport and death[]

With his life in danger, both from Max and the fear of having his scandal exposed, Victor planned to escape the city. Max and da Silva found up about this plan and Max entered the airport, soon to be attacked by Becker's men.

After a long way of fighting, Becker, who helped Victor to get on the plane, was found by Max, who showed himself, yelling that he "has no where else to go." A massive shootout began between Becker and his men with Max.

During the the battle, Becker used a grenade launcher and a shield, and stood on plane stairs, as well sending his men to kill Max. The ex-detective, however, managed to defeat all of Becker's men. Becker then shot a grenade, but Max jumped off plane stairs and shot at the grenade, which exploded near Becker, mortally wounding him, severing his left arm, and throwing him a few meters from the place he was standing.

Becker, defeated and wounded, with Max aiming a handgun at his face.

Max then approached a wounded Becker and pointed his gun at the dying UFE commander, but spared him. Becker died from his wounds, sustained from Max, shortly afterwards. His boss Victor was captured a few minutes later, after his plane was destroyed, ironically by Becker's grenade launcher.

Following his death, the events of the body harvesting scandal were discovered to the city, Becker's Unidade de Forças Especiais was disbanded by the government. Victor himself was found hanged at his prison cell a week after Becker's death.



Becker is a short, yet somewhat bulky man, with a pale skin tone, short combed black hair, as well dark eyes. Becker's main outfit was a blue military outfit of the UFE unit, having a few patches related to his unit.


A grenade launcher, Armando Becker's weapon of choice.

  • Grenade Launcher - a powerful grenade launcher that fires long-ranged grenades. Becker uses it as his main weapon of choice, as well during his final battle with Max Payne at the airport. Ironically, this weapon led to his owner's death, and to Victor's capture. After his defeat by Max, the latter took the grenade launcher and used it blew up Victor Branco's plane, resulting his capture.[1]
  • Riot Shield - a personal lightweight protection device deployed by police and some military organizations. The riot shield Becker wields is bulletproof. Becker grabs a riot shield when he is confronted by Max at the airport. When a grenade was blown up near Becker, the riot shield fled away from its owner, along with his left arm.[2]
  • Taser - an incapacitant weapon used for incapacitating a person by administering electric shock aimed at disrupting superficial muscle functions. Becker owns a taser which he holds on his hip. He used the taser to shock Max in order to escape along with Victor, after the later was assaulted by the ex-detective. [3]

Behind the scenes[]

*Armando Becker first appeared in the 2012 video game Max Payne 3, serving as a major character and the secondary antagonist of the game. Becker also served as the final boss fight in the game, making him the first final boss to not be the main antagonist.

*Becker's first appearance in the Max Payne 3 media was as the writer of the UFE files found at the main website of Max Payne 3. [4] His first on-screen appearance was in the second main trailer of Max Payne 3, in which his uniform appeared to sightly darker than the one he wears in the final version of the game.

*like Arthur Fischer, Becker alledgedly has German ancestry due to his surname, 'Becker', being of German origin. 5% of Brazil's population has German ancestry and after WW2 many Nazi war criminals fled to South America, more specifically to Brazil and Argentina.


Max approaches a wounded Becker, moments after their battle.

After defeating him, the player has a choice of either killing or sparing Becker during One Card Left to Play. If the player spares him, they will earn a hidden trophy/achievement named "You Push A Man Too Far" and will also unlock a unique skin called "Bad Day Becker" for the deathmatch mode in the multiplayer of Max Payne 3. The "Bad Day Becker" skin is based on Becker's appearance after being defeated by the player.[5] Sparing Becker is most likely the canon ending of the game.

Alternate Ending[]

"Here I was, about to execute this poor bastard like some dime store angel of death."
―Max Payne.

Max then approaches a wounded Becker and points his gun at the dying UFE commander, and then shoots him in the head, killing him. Max then briefly observes Becker's corpse before leaving with Da Silva to finish Victor off. [6]

Boss Fight Strategy[]

For more information, see One Card Left to Play#Boss Fight Strategy.