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Take the Valentinos. They follow God and the Santa Madre. Honor means something to 'em.

– former Valentino Jackie WellesCyberpunk 2077

The Valentinos (Valentino's) are one of the many gangs in Night City appearing in Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk 2077.

History

This is a poser gang dedicated to seducing the most attractive women in Night City. The more unobtainable she appears to be, the more attractive a target she makes. They do not maintain any turf, and have no goals outside of seducing women. They are generally harmless to anyone except the husbands and boyfriends of very attractive women in the city.

They meet four times a year to compare conquests.[2]

In 2077, they are one of Night City' largest gangs, the Valentinos are bound by a strong moral code and century-old traditions. Controlling swathes of predominantly Latino areas of Heywood, they treat values such as honor, justice, and brotherhood with deadly seriousness.[3]

The Valentinos have altered the structure of the gang by turning into a mostly Latino gang, most members are but they do not have to be Latino.[4] The gang have dropped the apostrophe and are simply known as the Valentinos.

Between parties, parades, drag races and way, way too much drinking, the Valentinos hang around the barrio under the watchful eyes of Santa Muerte.[5]

Arasaka worked with José Luis in an attempt to frame Militech for assaulting an Arasaka facility.

Overview

The Valentinos are one of the largest gangs in Night City with a membership of about 6,000. Strictly territorial they operate in the vast impoverished Latino barrios in Heywood, The Glen, and Vista del Rey, where they are strongly rooted in the local communities. They are representatives of the Chicano culture of Night City and have cultivated those traditions for more than a century.

Valentinos openly display their gang tattoos and gold jewelry with religious motifs, the Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde being the most popular and recognizable. They also have a taste for colorful clothes, pimped out lowriders, and silver and gold-plated guns. Cyberware used by the gang include reflex boosters, autoloaders, and augmented cyberlimbs.[1]

Philosophy and structure

I gotta give style points to the Valentinos. They have a punishment for every occasion.

– NCPD detective River Ward[citation needed]

The majority of Valentino members are of Mexican heritage, but other races and ethnic groups are welcome to join. Members tend to integrate quickly, adopting Chicano culture and celebrating various Mexican holidays and customs like Dia de Los Muertos, Quinceañeras, Samana Santa, or Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

This sense of common heritage or at least shared customs binds the gang with the local people to form one big family. The community's loyalty protects the gang members, which makes NCPD and corporate infiltrations into the gang almost impossible. In return, the Valentinos protect the whole neighborhood. It's for these reasons that betraying one's gang is the most heinous crime a Valentino can commit, and is usually punished with a particularly gruesome death.

On the other hand, Valentinos who die fighting other gangs, police, or corporate enforcers are often remembered as saints and martyrs. These people are commemorated as in song and depicted on giant murals. This memorial street art functions as religious iconography, complete with written descriptions of the saint's glorious deeds.[1]

Source of income

The Valentinos own many legitimate businesses such as restaurants, auto shops, and nightclubs, but they also operate braindance studios, sports-betting parlors, and local construction companies. Any of these could be used as a stage for criminal activity: as meeting places, money-laundering operations, or illegal chop shops for stolen vehicles.

Their main sources of income are gun smuggling, car theft, drug trafficking, robbery, burglary, hit jobs (including assault or murder), prostitution, and illegal modification of weapons and vehicles.[1]

Notable members

Main article: Valentinos Members

Behind the scenes

In Vista del Rey, an impoverished Latino barrio where people scrape out a living and have a damn good time doing it, the Valentinos are kings. During the nightly parties and drag races that fill its streets, fallen Valentinos stare down from giant murals, while living Valentinos watch from places of honor. Every corner boasts a shrine to the Valentinos' idols: Santa Muerte, the saint of death, or Jesus Malverde, patron of banditos. Every stereo blasts narcocorrido ballads about the gang's greatest accomplishments. When the burros from the NCPD come looking for a gang member, Vista del Rey denizens are suddenly blind with the memory of a goldfish. Though the Valentinos are a Mexican gang, you don't have to be Mexican to join. There are Valentinos of every race and ethnicity, though all have adopted the gang's culture and assimilated into the Vista del Rey way of life. Quite a few Night City citizens who have nothing to do with Vista or the Valentinos—athletes, braindance stars, even influential corpos—imitate Valentino style or buy pimped-out rides from Valentino chop shops. There's something incredibly alluring about the cocktail of aggressive, swaggering pride they serve up. No wonder so many want a taste.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 BATYLDA, M. The World of Cyberpunk 2077. 1st ed. Milwaukie, OR, Dark Horse Books, 2020. (pg. 172)
  2. PONDSMITH, M. Night City. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1991. (pg.55)
  3. Cyberpunk 2077 in Twitter
  4. Cyberpunk 2077 in Tweeter 2
  5. Night City Gangs: Valentinos