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Vincent
Vincent

PORTRAYED BY

Tom Cruise

FULLNAME

Inconclusive

ALIAS

Vincent
Albert Ricardo

ORIGIN

Collateral

OCCUPATION

Special operator (Formerly)
Professional hitman

POWERS AND SKILLS

Extreme high intelligence
Hand-to-hand combat prowess
Psychological manipulation
Talented marksmanship
Vast sophistication

HOBBY

Killing anyone who directly or indirectly obstructs his mission

GOALS

Kill all four witnesses in the Felix case
(Succeeded)
Kill Max Durocher and Annie Farrell
(Failed)

CRIMES

Assassination
Multiple counts of murder
Attempted murder

TYPE OF CHARACTER

Nihilistic Assassin

Okay, look, here's the deal. Man, you were gonna drive me around tonight, never be the wiser, but El Gordo got in front of a window, did his high dive, we're into Plan B. Still breathing? Now we gotta make the best of it, improvise, adapt to the environment, Darwin, s**t happens, I Ching, whatever man, we gotta roll with it.
~ Vincent's most famous quote as he explains his "living" to his cab hostage: Max Durocher.
Of all the cabbies in L.A., I get Max. Sigmund Freud meets Dr. Ruth. Look in the mirror. Paper towels, clean cab. Limo company someday. How much you got saved? "Someday? Someday my dream will come?" One day you'll wake up, and you'll discover it never happened. It's all turned around on you. It never will. Suddenly you are old. Didn't happen. And it never will, because you were never gonna do it anyway. You'll push it into memory, then zone out in your Barcalounger, being hypnotized by daytime TV for the rest of your life. Don't you talk to me about murder. All it ever took was a downpayment on a Lincoln Town Car. Or that girl. You can't even call that girl. What the f**k are you still doing driving a cab?
~ Vincent's monologue as he berates Max for his lack of ambition, all the while ranting about the nature of purpose and normality - thus revealing his own nihilism.
Hey Max... a guy gets on the MTA here in L.A. and dies... Think anybody will notice?
~ Vincent's final words as he accepts defeat following a climatic shootout with Max, shortly before he himself dies of his injuries.

Vincent is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of the 2004 neo-noir crime-thriller film Collateral.

Biography

EARLY LIFE

Vincent's mother died giving birth to him, while his father was an abusive alcoholic who died of liver failure. Vincent later joined the United States Army, becoming a member of the Green Berets.

Sometime after being discharged from the Army, Vincent joined a Private Military Company, through which he obtained his contracts. Just prior to the beginning of the film, Vincent was hired by high-ranking members of what is implied to be the Sinaloa Cartel to assassinate four witnesses and the prosecutor for a grand jury indictment against Felix Reyes-Torrena, a member of the cartel operating the "El Rodeo" nightclub, a drug-distribution front in Los Angeles.

EVENTS OF THE FILM

Vincent arrives in LA when a taxi driver Max Durocher takes him for a ride, during which Vincent admit he didn't like Los Angeles very much. Max was shocked when a drug dealer Ramón Ayala falls down into the taxi and Vincent reveled himself as a hitman hold Max as hostage to covered up Alaya's murder, during which he killed his targets include Peter Lim as Max watching helpless and feared his mother will be targeted by Vincent after that.

Max soon came to realize that Vincent's last target was Annie Farrell, who had earlier rode in his cab: after fleeing from a police officer, he tried to call Annie - who was at her office - by telling about Vincent working for Felix Reyes Torrena, the local crime kingpin whom Annie is testifying against in court later on. Though he successfully foils Annie's escape before cornering her in her office, Max manages to reach them in time before shooting Vincent to save Annie. Wounded yet alive, Vincent peruses the fleeing duo and eventually corners them on an LA train. This forces Max to face Vincent with a police gun, and the two instigate a gunfight with each other that culminates with both men running out of their ammunition. When attempting to reload, Vincent is revealed to be fatally wounded and he finally admits defeat by sitting down on the train awaiting for his inevitable death. Max joins him and the two exchange a final discussion before Vincent reflects on his earlier statement about a guy who died on the MTA and sorely questions him "Do you think anyone will notice?". Shortly afterwards, Vincent stares at Max one last time before his head drops down, signaling his death. As Vincent dies, Annie joins Max and the two stare at Vincent's body before abandoning him on the train when they get off at the next station. The film ends with the train leaving with the deceased Vincent still inside it as dawn emerges.

Appearance

Vincent is gray-haired with stubble. He wears a gray suit, a gray tie, and a white shirt; a minimalist outfit that was custom-made by "the best tailor in Kowloon" to be both fashionable and nondescript. His appearance can be compared to a wolf, and may even reflect his personality.

Personality

Vincent appears to be warmhearted, friendly, and affable when you first meet him; beneath the facade, however, he is a cold, ruthless, and calculating sociopath. He believes that human nature is intrinsically evil and that, deep down, people care only about themselves.

Vincent is also very careful and meticulous, preferring to accept his contracts and interact with his employers through middlemen. Nevertheless, Vincent enjoys improvising and takes pleasure in adapting to changing situations.

Powers and Abilities

Vincent is an expert at handling firearms and hand-to-hand combat. He is also adept at blending into the environment, and is particularly able to improvise if a situation takes a turn for the worse.