- "We have always been targets, We all know that."
- ―Victor Branco to his brothers and bodyguards, 2012.
Victor Branco was a local politician as Federal Deputy of Sao Paulo and second brother in the Branco family. He is the supporting character of Max Payne 3 before revealing that he is the true main antagonist. He is the true mastermind behind the Sao Paulo chaos as he orchestrated the human organ harvesting trade, implied responsible for Fabiana's kidnapping and responsible for his brothers' death.
He was stopped by Max Payne and Wilson Da Silva and was arrested for conspiracy and numerous crimes that UFE and Cracha Preto are implicated. In 7th March, he was found hanged in a police cell, it is unknown whether it is suicide or revenge for being the mastermind of the missing person cases. His death marks the end of the Branco family.
Not much is known about Victor's early life, except that he graduated in 1985. He was described as a "local politician" of São Paulo. He was apparently a member of a São Paulo conservative party, as Max later learns that Victor eliminated some of his left-wing rivals. At some point, he and his brothers had lost their father, who died of a heart attack while visiting a brothel.
The organs harvesting scandal
- "Guy was smoother than an oil slick on an iceberg and about as toxic."
- ―Max Payne on Victor's character
Hiring Max Payne
In 2012, Victor's brother Rodrigo hires former NYPD detective, Max Payne, to work as the family's bodyguard, alongside Raul Passos. Victor has actually paid Passos to find and bring Payne, after Victor heard about Max Payne and investigated his life; his wife & daughter, Mona, the Valkyr Case, the Mafia vendetta, the Inner Circle power struggle, etc. and decided Max would be the perfect fall guy, considering Max's history and assuming he had nothing else to live for afterwards.
Victor is later revealed to be the one behind the deaths of his family members, and also the one behind the UFE, working with a high-ranking officer named Armando Becker. It is also revealed that he makes deals with the Crachá Preto (through the UFE), and use both groups to "clean up" São Paulo from crime, in order to be favored by citizens. After Max breaks into the UFE base and begins to choke Becker, Victor arrives and holds Max at gunpoint. Max, however, disarms and attacks Victor, who is saved and carried away by Becker.
Later, Victor and Becker try to escape via planes, but Max soon arrives at the airport and makes his way through Becker's men. Max finds Becker and mortally wounds him using Becker's own launched grenade. Victor is already on the plane and is about to escape, but Max manages to kill Becker's last men, and blow up the plane. Victor, however, survives, and is about to be executed by Max, who is stopped by Wilson Da Silva.
Victor then laughs and states the "you know I'll walk," meaning he can clean all the charges against him, leading Max saying that "you'll walk with a limp", and breaks Victor's leg.
- "Local justice..."
- ―A Bahian bartender on Victor's death.
Victor is captured by the police and taken to prison. A week later, it is revealed in the news that he is found hanged in his prison cell though it is unknown if his death was a suicide or retaliation for his part in the organ harvesting scandal.
Personality and traits
Despite his outward charm and friendliness, Victor was a cold, calculating, manipulative sociopath who was willing to murder hundreds of people, including his own family, to get what he wanted. He was also willing to eliminate his allies when they ceased to be useful, as with the Crachá Preto. He was also somewhat cowardly, fleeing in his private jet from Max Payne while leaving Becker and the UFE to fight off Payne. He was also arrogant, believing he would beat the charges against him when he was arrested, not realizing that while awaiting trial, many of the cellmates and guards would have reason to want him dead. Besides his general arrogance, he seemed to be an elitist, eliminating many poor people and generally being dismissive of the lower classes.
- Max Payne 3
- Something Rotten in the Air
- Nothing But The Second Best (Newspaper)
- Just Another Day at the Office
- Alive If Not Exactly Well (Picture only)
- A Dame, A Dork, and A Drunk
- A Hangover Sent Direct from Mother Nature
- The Great American Savior of the Poor (Newspaper)
- A Fat Bald Dude with a Bad Temper
- One Card Left to Play (Killed)