|Appearance(s):||Grand Theft Auto IV|
|Full name:||Manuel Escuela|
|Also known as:||Manny
|Date of birth:||1973|
|Place of birth:||South Bohan, Liberty City|
|Date of death:||2008 (age 35)|
|Main affiliation:||Spanish Lords|
|Vehicle(s):||Grey Faggio (pictured in the trailer)|
|Voiced by:||Berto Colon|
Manuel "Manny" Escuela (1973-2008) was a character in Grand Theft Auto IV. He was a 35 year-old Puerto Rican ex-convict who had apparently changed his ways, and wanted to clean up the streets of Bohan.
Manny Escuela was a Puerto Rican-American who grew up in South Bohan. It is implied he was a former member of the Spanish Lords and a former heroin addict, but had now changed his ways. He claimed that he owed too much to the "streets" and wanted to clean them up to settle his debt to society. However, he had also hired a cameraman, Jay Hamilton, to film his quest, leading many to believe that he was only interested in becoming famous. He operated out of the St. Mary's Recreational Center where he ran a youth outreach program and also was a dance instructor.
Manny was eventually introduced to Niko Bellic by his childhood friend Mallorie Bardas. Rather than personally clean up Bohan himself, Escuela paid Niko, who was broke, to do the dirty work for him in the missions Escuela of the Streets & Street Sweeper. Niko drives around town exterminating drug dealers under the request Escuela, who arrived afterwards with a camera crew to take credit. In an attempt to make his show more believable, he meets corrupt cop Francis McReary. Francis even appears in one of Escuela's videos. Later, Niko, in the mission The Puerto Rican Connection, Niko kills some of Manny's buddies.
Escuela was well-known in South Bohan, but generally disliked by most characters Niko interacts with. Even Niko is beyond irritated by Escuela's antics and ridiculous claims. At one point Escuela even took credit for the creation of rap, despite his obvious lack of skill, and implies he refused to continue because of his distaste with commercialization.
Escuela's annoying habit of filming finally went too far when he attempted to film a confrontation with another "community leader" of sorts, drug empress Elizabeta Torres. Niko goes to visit Elizabeta, but Manny and Jay arrive to tell her to stop selling drugs. However, with the police closing in on her operations, she is in a paranoid, cocaine-fueled rage and executes both Manny and Jay, shooting Escuela in the eye. She then pays Niko to deliver the bodies to a black market organ dealer, the dealer states the organs will help a lot of people, Niko says "He'd been trying to help the streets his whole life... maybe he'll be actually doing it now."
Manny Escuela is a vigilante, one who solely tries to stop neighborhood criems, particularly gangs and drug dealers. Escuela cares more about fame and notification rather than his cause. Escuela also has a distaste of law enforcement, as in a cutscene during Street Sweeper, he is filming himself with Francis McReary, and says to his face, "you know, for a cop, you're not that bad..." As soon as McReary leaves, he tells his viewers to distrust law enforcement and to only trust him.
First name: Manny
Place of birth: South Bohan
Affiliations: Linked to the Spanish Lords
- 1994 - Fraud
- 1997 - Possession Controlled Substance: Heroin
- South Bohan based fraudster and drug dealer.
- Former member of the Spanish Lords
- Reinvented himself as a community leader and started a youth center.
- Suspected in assaults against criminals around his neighborhood.
- GTA IV
- Escuela of the Streets (Boss)
- Street Sweeper (Boss)
- The Puerto Rican Connection (Boss)
- Have A Heart (Killed)
- His last name, Escuela, means "school" in Spanish.
- A mural depicting Manny can be seen in Bohan in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, a block away from the South Bohan safehouse.
- Players are led to believe Manny used to do drugs and was a criminal. He claims he "ain't touched a drug in years" in the mission Escuela of the Streets.
- In The Ballad of Gay Tony, Manny's inexplicable disappearance is referenced by Troy (the doorman of Hercules). He says to Luis Lopez, "They're going to make a show about me! Can you believe it! Well, originally, they were going to make a show about some Puerto Rican guy in Bohan, but he disappeared."
- Manny shares a similar last name with Javier Escuella (with two l's) from another Rockstar game, Red Dead Redemption.
- Even though Manny is implied to be homophobic, his clothing appears flamboyant as his tracksuit bears close similarity with Gay Tony's, albeit with a hood and striped ankle socks.
- Like most characters in the game, Manny will don a unique helmet when riding alongside the protagonist on a motorbike. His helmet is one of black with orange, and yellow stripes that matches his outfit.
- Manny mentions during one mission that he aspires to be "like one of them rich guys who makes computers and cures AIDS and shit", a tongue-in-cheek nod to Bill Gates and his charity through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- One of the many charity events he runs is a "Tex-Mex" cooking class, as seen in the opening cutscene forStreet Sweeper.
- Manny is the only former employer not to be killed by Niko Bellic, but killed by Elizabeta Torres.
- Like Vlad Glebov, his police record status is "Missing."
- Manny likes all rap and hip-hop stations in the car. He will compliment Niko on his "beat" and will start thinking about ideas for his videos. Other stations will lead to a small but friendly argument.
- Manny's last name is misspelled in the Liberty City Post and Liberty Tree.
- He has the same last name as Javier Escuela from Red Dead Redemption, another Rockstar game inspired by the old west. He is a mexican outlaw who betrayed the game's protagonist, John Marston.