Roughly around 2005, Rico made a name for himself when he was called to the tropical island of San Esperito, alone with Sheldon and Maria, who were already there investigating an unknown conspiracy. This would turn out to be his largest, most difficult and dangerous operation to date. His task was to work with the two factions on the island to learn more about the nations dictator Salvador Mendoza, who was believed to be in control of WMDs and finally put an end to his rule.
After landing on the island nation, he breaks out of prison a certain faction leader to aid him in his revolution; José Caramicas. Transporting him to safety earned him the friendship of his faction (Guerrillas) and the affections of his grateful sister Esperanza Caramicas. He continued to help the faction and making his way across the nation, meeting new allies and making enemies.
After the incident, Rico retreated from the Agency and disappeared in Mexico.
Rico reluctantly returns and accepts a mission. He and Kane are flown to Panau, in South-East Asia, whose dictator has suddenly cut all ties to the US. Rico is informed that Sheldon may have gone rogue. Rico grudgingly accepts the fact that he may have to kill his friend and mentor, who taught him everything he knows.
Rico assaults a military base and retrieves some memory cards with various pieces of intel about the Panau operation on them. Later, Kane and Rico go to visit Karl Blaine, a Swedish Agency asset who has abandoned his mission in favour of gambling and drinking, who is believed to have information on Sheldon. But, after arriving at his house, they are greeted by his apparent girlfriend Jade Tan. Jade tells Rico that Blaine is holed up in the Panau Falls Casino and needs help. Rico and Jade ride to the casino, taking a shine to one-another in the process. Rico then forcefully extracts Blaine from the casino and is repaid with a Black Market contact and the HQ locations of three Panau Factions, who in return for Rico's services will dig up information regarding the whereabouts of Sheldon.
He works for the "Reapers", led by Bolo Santosi, driven by her want for revolution. The "Roaches", led by Razak "The Razor" Razman, a very powerful drug distributor on Panau, though due to his wealth still remains a prominent public figure. Finally, the "Ular Boys", led by Sri Irawan, he is driven simply by his lust for power and independence. All factions disapprove of dictator Pandak "Baby" Panay, who they feel is corrupting their nation.
Sure enough, he finds Sheldon and confronts him. Learning about Baby Panay, he realizes that Sheldon had not gone rogue as was believed. Instead, he was on to Panay, whom is believed to have ulterior motives for cutting ties with the US. Rico is given the job of eliminating Panau's corrupt leader to return the country to US friendly status. Sheldon tells Rico to keep causing chaos to flush Panay from his hiding spot, and take him down, before parting to make amends with the Agency.
As Rico continues to work for the factions, he is abruptly informed that Karl Blaine is missing and isn't to be trusted (he had earlier installed a bug on Rico's PDA). Panay has also captured Jade, who is also revealed as a government agent and was caught snooping around. Rico races to rescue Jade before she is tortured by Panay, and he destroys the base where she is held.
The four of them take a break on a boat where Jade expresses her gratitude towards Rico for saving her. She shares the intel she had gathered which reveals that there are three superpower representatives on Panau who also want to drive out Baby Panay. Knowing of the faction's want to remove Panay from presidency, each of the representatives have allied themselves with a certain faction, providing them with financial backing.
Eventually, all three factions unknowingly put Rico in contact with the superpowers, enabling Rico and Sheldon to wipe them out.
After locating Panay, Sheldon sends Rico and a faction to kill him. Arriving at his lair (Wajah Ramah Fortress), Panay queries if Rico is also on the island to steal its huge oil supply. It suddenly becomes clear that all this was for oil, the superpowers were after Panauan Oil and wanted rid of Panay in order to get to it. The interaction is cut short by Blaine, who believes Panay killed Jade. He sets off a grenade, killing himself and seemingly also Panay. Rico makes a quick exit as the self-destruct sequence activates.
Rico is sent to the oil field in preparation for the confrontation of the superpowers, but on his way there, a nuclear submarine (U1) rises from the water. Rico checks it out, only to discover Panay, having survived the grenade explosion is intent on keeping the oil supply for himself. Then after a brief scuffle with Panay, Rico slams him into the exposed missile interior, from which he's unable to free himself, but instead of disarming the missile, he changes the target coordinates...
Rico parachutes to safety and lands on a boat with Sheldon, Kane and Jade. As the group sail along the waters of Panau, the four raise a glass to good deeds, friends and a job well done. It remains to be seen what Rico has in store next.
Battle vs. Ramiro "Ram" Cruz (by KevlarNinja)Edit
On a Mexican ranch, a CIA helicopter lands. A CIA team, led by Rico, comes out. At the same time, a DEA team, led by Ram, rolls up in a van. The CIA team sees them and Rico fires his Mako Orca at the van's driver before he can get out.
In response, a DEA agent fires his M4 at a CIA agent.
As both teams fan out, a CIA agent fires his assault rifle and kills a DEA agent.
Two CIA agents, fallowed by one DEA, go into a barn. Holding a combat shotgun, the DEA looks for the CIA agents. One tries to shoot him, but he fires faster. The second CIA does what his fellow agent failed to do and shoots the DEA with his own shotgun. As the agent heds to the barn doors, Ram, from the other side of the door, says "How about.."as he kicks open the doors "Some Mariachi!" and uses his miniguns to put more holes in the agent then swiss cheese. Ram picks up a stick of Dynamite and throws it at Rico, but only blows up a silo. On Ram's headset, his brother Tommy calls him. Tommy says "Ram, what's happening over there?!?!". Ram answers "I don't know. These CIA guys came out of nowhere! Look into it and I'll chop them down to size." Tommy states "I don't like the sound of that." Ram joins a DEA agent behind the cover of a silo. He gestures to go out of cover. Ram fires his Ingrams at the agents, but they run out of ammo. Rico fires his Air Propulsion gun, flipping over a tractor and almost crushing the DEA agents. Ram reloads his Ingrams and shoots a CIA agent. Ram and the agent head to a corn field, but Rico fires his Grappler at the agent, stabbing him in the chest and pulling him above Rico. Rico pulls it back, ripping a chunk out of the agent, and fires his sub machine gun, killing the agent six ways to sunday. Rico goes into the field, were Ram tries to kill Rico with a machete, but hits a corn stalk instead. Rico then shoots Ram with his shotgun. On Ram's headset, Rico hears Tommy shouting "Ram? Ram? RAM?!?" Rico picks up the headset and tells Tommy, "I'm afraid your too late.". Then Rico crushes the headset in his hand and walks back to the helicopter.
Winner: Rico Rodriguez
Rico managed to gain a victory due to his superior training. Cruz is only a DEA agent while Rico is a CIA agent given superior training.
Battle vs. Niko Bellic (by KevlarNinja)Edit
The Battle Prologue: Niko Bellic is at his safehouse in Middle Park East. He is watching TV, when the show is cut short by a special news report. Roman is missing! As they're interviewing a teary-eyed Mallorie, Niko thinks to himself Best-case scenario, Roman is hiding in a dumpster. Worst-case scenario, I have to save my cousin. Suddenly, the phone rings. Niko picks up the phone. Roman's on the line! "Niko!" he shouts. Niko answers "Where are you hiding now, cousin? They're looking for you on TV! Who is scary enough that you can't tell your famliy your hiding in the trunk of your car!?!?!" "I'm not hiding, I have been kidnaped!" "Kidnaped?!?!?" "Yeah, I heard some of his men say that they are using me as leverage so you will say what you know about the russian mafia." Suddenly, Rico's voice is on the phone "If you want to see your cousin alive again, come tomorrow morning, warehouse 7 at the docks." Rico hangs up. As Niko dials Little Jacob's phone number, he thinks to himself Worst-case scenario.
The next day, Niko is driveing a Huntley Sport SUV with Little Jacob, Brucie Kibbutz, and Patrick McReary to Warehouse 7 with a bunch of weapons in the back. "Niko..." says Brucie, "if were you, I would rip this guy's head off." "Well," responds Niko, "I'm not a 'roid monkey, so I have to go with the next best thing." Everyone but Brucie laughs. They soon make it to the warehouse. As they exit the SUV, Niko gives them there weapons. He gives Little Jacob a RPG-7, Brucie a Remington 11-97 shotgun, and Packie a SW MP-10. He takes a Glock 22 and an AK-47 for himself. Patrick asks "How come you get two guns?" "The handgun is not for me," Niko explains, "It's for Roman." Brucie, Little Jacob, and Packie laugh. Niko glares at them. Brucie stops laughing and says "Oh s***. Your serious." "He needs a gun so he has some defence." Packie adds "That makes sense, in a weird sort of way."
Niko looks inside though a window. He sees Rico and four other CIA agents guarding Roman, who is tied to a chair. Little Jacob looks in and comments "Da CIA? Dis babylon goes all da way to da top!" Niko motions to fallow him. They sneak around back. They go up some stairs to up in the catwalk right above Roman. There is a CIA agent right In front of them. Packie shoots him with his SW MP-10.
The agent's body lands on Roman, destroying his chair. He runs over to a ladder and walks up to the catwalk. He runs up to Niko, out of breath and says "Cousin! Thank god! Let's get out of here!" "Here." says Niko, handing Roman the gun. "What?!?!" shouts Roman. Niko points out "It's your self-defence." "My wife will kill me if she finds out about this." adds Roman. Brucie looks down and shouts "Enough with the famliy reunion! There comeing after us!" Rico and the CIA agents climb up the ladder. They run away, but one agent manages to kill Packie with his Submachine Gun.
Little Jacob aims his RPG-7 and yells out "See ya six feet unda!" before fireing and fireing a rocket, killing an agent.
The Rico throws a frag grenade, which lands at Little Jacob's feet. Before the grenade goes off, Little Jacob shouts at Rico "Oh, ya good fa nutten bloodclot!"
One agent asks Rico "I had no idea what he just said, do you?" Rico shrugs in responce. Brucie aims his shotgun and shoots the Submachine Gun agent in the head.
The agent who was talking to Rico before shoots Brucie with his assault rifle, but needs to empty an entire clip into Brucie's chest before he falls down, dead.
As Roman runs out the warehouse door, Niko shoots the assualt rifle agent with his AK 47. The agent stumbles backwards before falling off the railing.
Niko runs over to the car, but, suddenly, Rico kicks the door open, knocking over Roman. Roman fires a few rounds from his Glock, but he does not share his cousin's aim. Rico shoots Roman in the chest with his shotgun.
This sends Niko into a fit of rage. He runs up to Rico and knocks the shotgun out of Rico's arms. He starts slamming Rico into the side of brick wall of the warehouse, shouting "You F***ing piece of s***!" Niko then lets Rico fall to the ground, and aims his AK at Rico. But, as Niko pulls the trigger, there's a jam! Rico jumps back on his feet and lunges at Niko. Niko uses the AK to hold back Rico as they fight to gain control. They make it over to the SUV and Niko slams Rico into a window. Rico slips away and opens the car door. He repeatedly slams Niko's head with the door until Niko is out cold. Rico pulls out his pistol and shoots Niko right in between the eyes.
Rico radios "Bust was a failure. Agents are down. Call the city morgue. It looks like it's going to be a busy day for them."
Winner: Rico Rodriguez
Rico Rodriguez won due to his superior CIA training. Niko is a street criminal and war veteran while Rico is a trained killer. What also came into play was Rico's superior submachine gun and assault rifle, which compensated for his less than impressive pistol, explosive, and shotgun.
Battle vs. Nathan Drake (by SleepingWithTheFishes)Edit
Nathan Drake- 1234
Rico Rodriguez- 1234
Nathan begins to speak, "Chloe, are you ready?".
"Shut up Nate."
"REALLY!?! You're still pissed because I chose Elena over you?"
"Nate, I loved you. The whole time...Oh no."
"What now ladies!" Sullivan yells. Nate looks out the window and sees a rocket coming torwards the helicopter they are in. Not knowing where it is coming from (due to the sandstorm in the desert below), all he says is "GET DOWN!!!"
-7 Minutes later-
The mercenary who came with Nate and the others is killed in the helicopter crash.
Nathan, Sullivan, and Chloe get out of the helicopter, only slightly injured. They stick together, and try to find some shelter they can stay in during the sandstorm. Suddenly, they see a man with a Benneli shotgun walking around. Since there footsteps are masked by the sandstorm, Nathan takes his pistol, puts on a silencer (just in case), and makes a clean headshot.
Rico is hiding with Tom Sheldon and one other CIA agent in a small bunker in the desert. Suddenly, they here a knock on the door. Rico pulls out his gun, but Sheldon puts it down. "Listen, those morons where in a HELICOPTER crash. They're dead, don't worry. It's probably Bob.". The CIA agent opens the door only to get pulled out. Rico and Sheldon then here a gunshot.
Rico hides by the door with his grappler ready. Sheldon yells "I surrender, please!". As Sullivan comes in, Rico litteraly shoot his grappler in Sullivans face, and brutaly rips Sullivan's left cheek out.
Nate, out of rage, blindfires into the bunker, getting 3 bullets in Sheldon, killing Tom instantly.
Chloe, out of safety, takes a grenade and throws it in. Rico takes cover as the explosion occurs. After waiting 2 minutes, Chloe and Nathan go in. Nathan begins to speak, "So, what was that thing you said? You still loved me?". Before Chloe can answer, Rico shoots her down with his assault rifle.
"NOOOOOOO!!!" screams Nathan. Nathan has a "Matrix scene" as he jumps to the side and begins to fire the remaining bullets in his pistol. Nathan lands behind a couch, and gets his AK47 ready. "So jackass, what's your name?" Nathan asks.
"Rico, or as they call me, Scorpio."
"Hmm. A bit cliche for my taste but, oh well."
Nathan quietly ducks out from cover and right when he is about to shoot, feels a cold metal against his head.
"So that's why they call you Scorpio."
"Let me have some manners and ask, what do you wish to say before your last breath?"
"Go to my house. Tell my wife that you killed me. See what happens motherfu-"
WINNER: RICO RODRIGUEZ
Both men are good when it comes to stealth and shootouts, but Rico's better arsenal and knowledge of battle won over Nate.