Darkel was scheduled to be a character in Grand Theft Auto III, but he was removed during the game development. He was intended to be voiced by the late Bill Fiore.
Darkel was supposed to be an evil, homeless, revolutionary urchin who would want to bring down the Liberty City's economy. One known mission for Darkel involved stealing an ice cream van, using it to attract pedestrians and then blowing it up. Darkel was originally expected to give out Rampage-esque missions and terrorist-like missions. Internal files suggest this to be accurate.
Removal from GTA III
Rockstar didn't reveal for several years why Darkel was removed from the game. It was speculated that he was removed due to the 9/11 attacks. Despite being taken out, Darkel remains listed in the GTA III manual credits and the character texture remains in the game's data files.
A group of tramps with molotovs can be found in the tunnel that connects 8-Ball's bomb shop in Harwood to the rear of the Supa Save! in Portland View, supposedly remnants of Darkel's "gang" - a Liberty Tree article also alludes to a rise in tramp-related assaults. Darkel was supposedly meant to live underneath the Callahan Bridge, where he would give the player missions.
In a Q&A, Rockstar claimed that Darkel was removed because he did not totally fit with the rest of the game. In this Q&A Rockstar denied that Darkel was removed due to 9/11, and denied the rumor that one of his missions was going to be blowing up a bus full of school children.
- Even though Darkel was cut from development, his name is still in the credits.