|The Gramercy Riffs|
Tucked in black shirts. They formerly wore orange karate gis while the lieutenants had black karate gis.
|~ The Gramercy Riffs' war cry|
The Gramercy Riffs are a fictional New York City gang in 1979. The Riffs are the biggest gang in New York.
The Gramercy Riffs, commonly known as simply 'The Riffs', are the largest and most powerful gang in all of New York City, from Gramercy Park. They are led by Masai, formerly Cyrus, until his death. Their only known business seems to be illegal gambling.
Members wear either orange, blue, white, or black robes (the warlords have their own special robes). After the death of Cyrus, they all seem to have changed their attire to black shirts and pants. This gang is one of the few to have members of several different races, the other being The Warriors. They have many African-American members, with some Caucasian members, and at least one Hispanic member. However, in the game, they were changed to an all-black gang.
The Riffs, along with Cyrus, shared a vision of the gangs of New York controlling everything instead of competing for turf. The Riffs would naturally be the controlling/enforcement arm while the rest of the gangs did the everyday work. This vision was shattered when Luther of the Rogues murdered Cyrus at the meeting. In the chaos, Luther blamed the killing on the Warriors. The Riffs responded by killing Cleon and placing the Warriors under a bounty - dead or alive.
- AJ (Soldier)
- Calvin (Soldier)
- Cecil (Soldier)
- Cesar (Soldier)
- Cleaver (Soldier)
- Cliffton (Soldier)
- Cyrus (Former Warlord; Deceased)
- Darrius (Soldier)
- Ezekiel (Soldier)
- Hannibal (Lieutenant)
- Huey (Soldier)
- Jamal (Soldier)
- Jerome (Soldier)
- King (Soldier)
- Kyran (Soldier)
- Malachi (Soldier)
- Malcolm (Soldier)
- Martin (Soldier)
- Masai (Warlord; Former Main Lieutenant)
- Miles (Soldier)
- Montel (Soldier)
- Moses (Soldier)
- Mumia (Lieutenant)
- Screetch (Soldier)
- Seal (Lieutenant)
- Sheldon (Soldier)
- Slim (Soldier)
- Spazz (Main Lieutenant; Former Lieutenant)
- Stokely (Soldier)
In the FilmEdit
The Warriors "bopped" their way back to Coney Island, with Ajax being arrested and Fox being killed, but they survived, both infuriating (and impressing) the Riffs. The Riffs were eventually convinced of the Warriors' innocence by an outside gang member who saw what really happened. The Riffs then secretly tracked the Warriors and the Rogues back to Coney Island, where they let the Warriors go and presumably killed (or severely punished) Luther and his Rogues.
In the GameEdit
Earlier missions revolve around The Warriors trying to get on the Riffs' network.
Cyrus is also shown in several cutscenes explaining his idea to his Warchief, Masai.
The Warriors first encounter the Riffs in Boys In Blue, speaking to Spazz at their gambling club on how to make it to the Red Devil. The Warriors don't encounter the Riffs again until the end of Come Out To Play, which, like all the movie missions, plays out quite differently to the film.
- The Warriors (Film)
- The Warriors (Game) - Payback (Outro Only)
- The Warriors (Game) - Encore (Outro Only)
- The Warriors (Game) - Boys In Blue
- The Warriors (Game) - All-City (Intro Only)
- The Warriors (Game) - Desperate Dudes (Intro Only)
- The Warriors (Game) - No Permits, No Parley (Intro Only)
- The Warriors (Game) - Come Out To Play (Outro and Credits)
- The Warriors (Game) - Armies of the Night
- The Warriors: Street Brawl
- The Warriors: Jailbreak
- There is a Canadian indie rock band called Gramercy Riffs. The name is inspired by the gang.
- They have the most members out of all the gangs in New York.
- It is unknown why the members wear tucked in black shirts in the end of the film and Jailbreak, probably because of Cyrus's death.
- Two of the members Malcolm and Martin are possibly named after the two Civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Malcolm X
- Most Riffs share a mixed martial art fighting style; their fighting combos that begin with square are taken from Cochise, whilst their combos that begin with X were taken from Swan and Cleon.
- They are one of the few gangs to have members of as many as three different races (other than The Warriors and The Saracens). In the film, several Caucasian members can be seen, and they have at least one Hispanic member, but they are mostly African-American.
|The Gramercy Riffs|
|Masai · Cyrus (Formerly)|
|Cleaver · Calvin · Jamal · Stokely|