"I hope you're not drinking on the job, gentlemen? Ha ha.. just kidding, I hope you are. Just stay off the yayo hmm? I don't have enough to share. I'm kidding again! Aw, Mikey, even though we just, met I feel like we are good friends, you know?"
―Marcelo talking to Max Payne


Marcelo Branco is the younger brother of Rodrigo Branco and Victor Branco, and the youngest child of the Branco family. He is described as a "stupid party-loving Eurotrash playboy".

Graduated in 1992, Marcelo lives his life as a spoiled child who enjoys getting everything he wants. He enjoys parties, drinks, and drugs. More than anything, Marcelo loved his sister-in-law Fabiana, Rodrigo's wife. However she rejected him and didn't want to hear about his love for her.

Marcelo got involved in Victor's plan to overthrow Rodrigo, who, being the oldest brother, got all the money and businesses of the family, as well, his desire for Fabiana could be the reason why he worked against his brother.

His first known job for his brother was to bring money to a banker in Panama, with the help of Raul Passos, his bodyguard, and Max Payne, who didn't know at the time about much of Victor's plans.

Following the kidnapping of Fabiana at Club Moderno by the Comando Sombra, and the death of Rodrigo at the Branco HQ, Marcelo went along with Giovanna Taveres, Fabiana's sister, to the Nova Esperança in order to pay the ransom, but didn't have enough money. Soon the Unidade de Forças Especiais attacked the favela, and Marcelo and Giovanna were captured by the unit, and later sold to the Crachá Preto. The Crachá Preto Underboss Milo Rego, then ordered his men to burn Marcelo, killing him.


Early life

The youngest child in the Branco family, Marcelo graduted high school in 1992. At some point, Marcelo's father died in a brothel due to a heart attack. In March 2009, his brother Rodrigo married to Fabiana Taveres. Over the time, Marcelo and Fabiana has began to hang out together, and it was implied that Marcelo had a crush on Fabiana, who didn't want to know about that.

At some point prior to 2012, jealous of Rodrigo's wealth, Marcelo began to work for his second older brother Victor, in order to "teach Rodrigo a lesson" although he was never aware of Victor's actual intentions for Rodrigo to be killed.

Max Payne

Massacre in Panama

Main article: Massacre in Panama

In 2012, Marcelo's older brother, Rodrigo, hires Max Payne and Raul Passos as private security guards for the family.

Marcelo speaking to Max and Raul, a few hours before the massacre.

As a part in his work for his older brother Victor, Marcelo and Passos has to deliver a bag full of money from Panama. Along with Max, they hang out and relax on a private yacht, along with a friend of Marcelo, Daphne Bernstein.

A few of hours later, the ship is attacked by a group of pirates. Marcelo and Passos are able to get the money bag off the yacht and put it in a car. While Max and Passos fight the pirates in order to save the passengers, while Marcelo drives off the scene with the money.

Branco party

Main article: Kidnapping in Branco charity party

Marcelo dancing at the Branco party

"Wow - look at Marcelo, he still dances like a fool."
―Passos on Marcelo, at the party.

One Monday, around a month after the incident on the yacht, the Brancos host a charity event at their house, and invited many friends and associates, such as UFE commander Armando Becker, doctor Arthur Fischer, and Police detective Wilson Da Silva.

Suddenly, Comando Sombra members attack the party and try to kidnap both Rodrigo and Fabiana. Bodyguard Max Payne saves the couple before the Comando Sombra are able to escape. When Fabiana is saved by Max, Marcelo and Becker calm her down, and when Rodrigo is saved, Marcelo and the rest of family rush to see Rodrigo.

Organs harvesting scandal

Fabiana's kidnapping

Main article: Shootout in Club Moderno

One night, a couple of days after the shootout at the Branco party, Marcelo flies via a helicopter to a party in the Club Moderno nightclub, along with his sisters-in-law, Fabiana and Giovanna, as well bodyguards Max and Raul. During the flight, Fabiana thanked Max for saving her life, while Marcelo joked that he too helped, leading Fabiana to tease him about his cowardice.

Marcelo entering Club Moderno.

Marcelo and his sisters-in-law entered the club along with Max watching over them. While Fabiana and Giovanna went to the dance floor, Marcelo went to the VIP room with Max by his side. Marcelo tries to seat in his favorite place, but is stopped by the manager, who explains that the football star Claudio already took the place, leading Marcelo to insult the star while talking to the manager. Angry, Marcelo went to the bar, exchanging some words with Max before meeting his friend Fabio. A few minutes later, the Comando Sombra attack and take Marcelo, Fabiana, and Giovanna. Marcelo's kidnapper is soon killed by Max, while Marcelo escapes, ending up in Raul's helicopter.

As he fights the kidnappers, Max goes to the rooftops of the club, after escaping from a CS helicopter. Max is then found by Marcelo and Raul, who are in the helicopter. As a few Comando Sombra members arrive, Marcelo encourages Max to run to the flying helicopter. Max manages to get on the helicopter, and Marcelo takes a sit near Raul. After Max told them about the events at the club, Marcelo notices Giovanna and Fabiana being taken to an old helicopter by the CS. Marcelo calls out for Giovanna, who begins to run away from her kidnappers. Giovanna is saved, thanks to Max shooting down the gangsters who tried to kill. Fabiana, however, is taken by the Comando Sombra

Under the orders of Rodrigo, Max and Raul go to a deal with the Comando Sombra at the Galatians FC stadium, but they are ambushed by another gang, and lose the money. Following a failed attempt to rescue Fabiana from docks that serve as hideout for the CS, Max and Raul return to Branco QH.

In Sunday morning, Max and Raul enter Branco's office. After a short conversation, Marcelo is ordered by Victor, along with Passos, to get into his helicopter. Minutes later, the building is attacked by the Crachá Preto, and Rodrigo is killed by an unknown assassin.

Favela warzone

Main article: War in the Nova Esperança favela
"Faba! Seu filho da puta!"
―Marcelo as he is taken away from Fabiana's body

After the death of Rodrigo, which was another part in Victor's plan, Max Payne calls them, revealing to be alive, as well telling where Fabiana is held - in Nova Esperança favela. During the phone call Marcelo blames Max for the death of his brother.

Marcelo and Giovanna get captured by Serrano

Marcelo, along with Giovanna arrive to the favela in order to trade money for Fabiana, though the ransom money was not enough, leadin the CS leader Serrano to yell at them. Max interrupts, telling Serrano to put down the guns, but is unsuccessful. Serrano soons executes Fabiana, and then shoots Marcelo on the knee, but before he can kill him, Giovanna and Max, the UFE attack the favela, and capture both Marcelo and Giovanna.


"Não, Não, Não, Não!"
―Marcelo's screams as he dies.

Marcelo burned alive

Marcelo is later sold to the Crachá Preto, along with Giovanna. He and Giovanna end up in the hands of The Crachá Preto second-in-command, Milo Rego, who orders one of his men to brutally burn Marcelo to death in order to shift the blame away from the Crachá Preto to the local gangs. Max rushes to help Marcelo, but it is too late, and Marcelo painfully dies. Max then kills Rego by forcing his machete into his neck. Following this incident, Max and Giovanna escape the scene and the favela, leaving Marcelo's burned corpse.

By the time Max began to fight the UFE, Marcelo's status was unknown for many people, and a TV news report stated that he is missing.

Marcelo's death is somewhat similar to the way Brazilian druglord Erismar Rodrigues Moreira tortured his victims. He would wrap them in tires and then set them alight from the head down.

Personality and traits

"He was a good time guy, if your idea of a good time was an expensive suit, a bottle or champagne, and nothing between the ears."
―Max Payne

Marcelo was a an easy-going and relaxed man. He was often acted in haste, and was often described as an idiot by many people, such as Passos and Da Silva, due to his reckless behavior and acts. Marcelo was also a very loud and cheerful man, and enjoyed joking with his family and friends. However, Marcelo's desire for monetary gain overwhelmed him to the point of displaying obvious disappointment at the failed kidnapping of Rodrigo.

With all these traits, Marcelo was jealous at his older brother Rodrigo, who was very successful and wealthy, while Marcelo only 'lived well', according to Da Silva. Marcelo also found a love interest in Fabiana, his sister-in-law, and Rodrigo's wife, but she didn't return the same love to him, and prefered to not know about his love for her. This may be the reason why Marcelo plotted against his brother. Despite these traits, Marcelo showed a great amount of loyalty and love for his family, angrily blaming Max on Rodrigo's death, shouting and cursing the Comando Sombra for Fabiana's death. During the Comando Sombra attack at Marcelo's regular nightclub, he shows genuine concern when Max falls from the helicopter along with brushing off the traumatizing chain of events, motioning to Raul Passos to ensure the safety of Giovanna. Marcelo's desperation to save Fabiana and unwavering trust in his brother Victor ultimately would sum up to his demise when he fell for Victor's plan: to become the sole surviving Branco and use the death of his family to bolster his political standing.

Marcelo's obsession with Fabiana can be seen as his primary weakness, one matched by Max, whose commentary explained "[his] weakness was the drink. Passos's was [Giovanna]". Further evidence of Marcelo's affection for Fabiana can be seen as he sobs in the background at her loss.

The similarities between Marcelo and Passos are subtle, each having a weakness for the Taveres sisters along with ulterior motives behind Max's employment. Although duplicitous, both are pawns with blinders but despite their purpose in hiring Max, both end up appreciating his frank and "real" outlook on life while attempting to cheer up the bitter, cynical bodyguard..

Behind the scenes

Appearances and role in the series

Marcelo's first and last appearance in the Max Payne series was in the 2012 game Max Payne 3. Marcelo's role in the game is mostly unclear. While acting as supporting character, his affiliation and loyalty for Victor Branco, his older brother and the game's main antagonist, can put him in the antagonists category. His mixed relationship with Max can also support the previous point. However, unlike other characters "disliked" by the protagonist, marcelo does have a bit more positive relationship with Max (though Max still looked at him as a "dipshit of a brother" for Rodrigo).



Marcelo Branco was voiced by Dillon Porter in the 2012 Max Payne 3, who also made the motion-capture of the character. Porter is a rather small-time actor, with Marcelo Branco is his first known, major role. Porter was assigned for the role mainly because Rockstar Games has decide to use lesser-known actors for their video games in recent years.



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