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Victor Branco is a local politician, the brother of Rodrigo Branco, a wealthy real estate mogul, and Marcello Branco, a party-loving Eurotrash playboy and the main antagonist of Max Payne 3. Originally thought to be a kind-hearted politician who tries to clean up the crime from his city, Victor is revealed to be the mastermind behind a plan of selling human organs through the city by kidnapping them and cutting them down. Victor is also the true leader and the "behind of scenes" boss of the Unidade de Forças Especiais, a law enforcement group that he uses for his own plans, alongside his right-hand man and the front leader of the UFE, Armando Becker. His purpose is later revealed by Max Payne, the same man he has hired to protect his family. Payne hunts down Victor and Becker, while the two try to escape via airport. Payne crashes Victor's plane, who survives. Victor is then arrested by the police, and waits for his trial. A few weeks later, Victor is found dead in his prison cell.



Not much is known about Victor's background, except his family members. He was described as a "local politician" of São Paulo .


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 actually has paid Passos to find and bring Payne.

At some point in that year, Victor's sister-in law, Fabiana Branco, is kidnapped by the Commando Sombra.

True face

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 gun point. Max, however, disarms and attacks Victor, who is saved and carried away by Becker.

Fall and aftermath

"You know I'll walk..."
―Victor Branco after he survived the plane crash.
"You'll walk...with a limp!"
―Max Payne breaks Victor's leg.

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 with a grenade launcher. 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 excecuted by Payne, who is stopped by Wilson Da Silva.

Victor then laughs and states the he'll walk away from the scene, leading Max to break Victor's leg. Victor is then 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 retribution for his part in the organ harvesting scandal.

Behind the scenes

  • Victor is the main antagonist of Max Payne 3, alongside Becker. He is the only main antagonist in the series to not be killed by Payne, and one of the very few antagonist to not be killed by the player.