* AdamWesting: A minor example is the host of Non-Stop Pop referring to herself as "Cara with the eyebrows," voiced by Cara Delevigne.
* ApprovalOfGod[=/=]OfficialFanSubmittedContent: If Rockstar Games approves of a player-created race or deathmatch map made with their LevelEditor, it will become "Rockstar Verified" and easily accessible in-game to everyone playing ''Online''. Additionally, they regularly feature videos and crews made by members of the Social Club community on their website.
* [[BannedInChina Banned In Australia]]: Averted on current gen, surprisingly enough, with the uncut game getting an R18+ rating. A mild example for next gen when the Australian branches of Target and Kmart[[note]]Both owned by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesfarmers Wesfarmers]] (whose company policy bans R-Rated content anyway) and unrelated to the American chains[[/note]] both chose not to stock the game after an uproar caused by [[https://www.change.org/p/target-withdraw-grand-theft-auto-5-this-sickening-game-encourages-players-to-commit-sexual-violence-and-kill-women this petition,]] which claims that the game rewards players for committing acts of sexual violence against women (killing escorts after using their services, etc.)
* CastTheExpert: Rockstar Games hired [[http://www.destructoid.com/actual-gang-members-bring-grand-theft-auto-v-to-life-261231.phtml actual gang members]] to voice some of the side characters, and they often rewrote the dialogue when it seemed unrealistic.
** The Next-Gen version has a variation. All the new songs added to the game were handpicked by their respective [=DJs=], instead of Rockstar themselves. Meaning that Cara picked the new songs for Non-Stop Pop, Loggins picked the new songs for Los Santos Rock Radio, DJ Pooh picked the new songs for West Coast Classics etc. Many fans agree that the new songs are a massive improvement over the originals.
* {{Defictionalization}}: In collaboration with West Coast Customs, [[http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51297/rockstar-and-west-coast-customs-present-the-2013-gtav-bravado-ba.html Rockstar has created a real Bravado Banshee]] - the GTA equivalent of a Dodge Viper.
* DuelingGames: With ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', which came out a month before. Despite ''Saints'' selling well and getting positive reviews, ''GTA'' completely trounced it, both in reception and sales.
** Saints Row still got a good one over by releasing the "GAT V" DLC on the same day as the console release, making a stand for PC gamers by offering it for free on that day. (Also eventually by having the expansion and the bundled next gen port out before GTA reached the PC)
** One year later, the Next-Gen port of GTA V competed with ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' as both are open-world games being released on the same day.
* DyeingForYourArt: Ned Luke put on 25 pounds to help get into character for Michael.
** Steven Ogg would sometimes strip down to his underwear to get more in character while recording Trevor's lines.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Jimmy, Michael's son, is voiced by and modeled after Danny Tamberelli. You might remember him as little Pete on ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' or Arnold from ''[[Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus The Magic School Bus]]''.
*** If that doesn't do it for you, he was part of the ''Series/AllThat'' cast once upon a time.
** Five years before the events of the game, Steve Haines was [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony the doorman of Hercules]]. And in a past life, he was [[VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver Red Harlow]].
** Creator/LiamOBrien voices several radio advertisements using a voice reminiscent of [[Anime/CodeGeass Lloyd Asplund]].
** Creator/JimCummings makes his first ''GTA'' appearance as a radio announcer, an [=AmmuNation=] clerk, and a police officer; Bill Ratner ([[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero Flint]] and a frequent TV station announcer) also does a couple of radio spots, as does another TV station VO, [[http://www.ericgordon.com Eric Gordon]].
** Denise Clinton is voiced by Janet Hubert, who you may remember as [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Vivian Banks]] ([[TheOtherDarrin in the first three seasons, anyway]]).
** GTA V continues the tradition of hiring well-known musicians and personalities to provide voiceovers for the in-game radio stations. The fact that GTA V does ''not'' come with a printed list of game credits (unlike GTA IV and earlier games) increases the surprise as players generally won't know who is on what radio station until they either pull a GuideDangIt or read the credits at the end of the game.
*** Creator/PamGrier (as "Mama G") is the DJ of Lowdown FM
*** Kenny Loggins [=DJs=] Los Santos Rock Radio
*** Bootsy Collins is the DJ of Space 103.2
*** [[Music/BlackFlag Keith Morris]] is the DJ of Channel X
*** DJ Pooh does West Coast Classics
*** Cara Delevigne does Non-Stop Pop FM
*** Flying Lotus (AKA Captain Murphy) is the DJ of his own station, [=FlyLo=] FM.
*** On that same station, DavidFirth (creator of ''SaladFingers'') of all people can be heard.
** Like in ''IV'', several comic actors have their own shows on talk radio; of note is Danny [=McBride=] as Duane Earl on Blaine County Radio, and J.B. Smoove as Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris on WCTR.
* LyingCreator
** Shortly after the game's announcement, Rockstar stated that like in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', you would not be able to purchase property. That element has since been confirmed. Although, this was most likely done so Rockstar wouldn't spoil any gameplay until they were ready to announce it.
** After ''specifically'' stating that [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV Packie McReary]] wouldn't be in the game, who should appear? Packie.]]
** Before ''Grand Theft Auto V'' was originally released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, Rockstar specifically said that it would not be released on next-gen consoles. Come E3 2014, and GTA V was announced for both consoles, with so many improvements, additions, and enhancements that many agree that the next-gen versions are the true version of the game. This wasn't a surprise to most people however, because most [[GenreSavvy assumed that this trope was in effect]].
* IKnewIt:
** Fans were predicting that the game would have multiple playable characters not long after the first trailer came out, going by said trailer's focus on different people at different points. It was nearly a year later when Rockstar confirmed this.
** On [=GTAForums=], [[http://gtaforums.com/topic/491242-mapping-los-santos-buildinglandmark-analysis/ an entire thread]] (warning: the thread is [[ArchiveBinge hundreds of pages]] long) was devoted to mapping out the game's play area, going by what information could be gathered from screenshots and trailers. What they came up with turned out to be quite similar to the snippets of the map that were revealed with the announcement of the game's special editions; compare the [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/63305485@N04/8739389940/in/set-72157629958877959 last map]] made before the reveal to [[http://images.gameru.net/image/direct/7d711b07ee.jpg this semi-official map]] (put together from the aforementioned snippets). Likewise, their guesses as to the layout of the countryside [[http://i.imgur.com/Tsi5cDt.jpg were confirmed]] when the full official map (taken from a strategy guide) was leaked.
** Fans were expecting the game's multiplayer component, ''Grand Theft Auto Online'', to be somewhat similar in style to an [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]], with more robust character customization than the last game's multiplayer, a free roaming "lobby" similar to the multiplayer of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', the ability to customize and store cars, and multiplayer heists. This and more has all since been [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/424264/gta-online-first-look-rockstars-persistent-online-world-is-its-most-ambitious-project-in-years/ confirmed]].
** PC version. For around 9 months GTA V was the Holy Grail and the forbidden fruit of PC gaming... until E3 2014
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Steven Ogg, who plays Trevor, is incredibly humbled by Trevor's popularity.
* NamesTheSame
** Michael De Santa shares the same name as the real life Michael Townley, who is in witness protection. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical There's also an Australian politician named]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Townley_(Australian_politician) Michael Townley]].
** There's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Phillips Trevor Phillips]], too.
* RevivalByCommercialization: Any song featured in trailers.
** "Radio Ga Ga" by Music/{{Queen}} was already highly popular, but after the Michael trailer it surged in popularity, with most of the comments for it on Website/YouTube being related to this game.
** "Hood Gone Love It" by Music/JayRock and Music/KendrickLamar. Its views on Website/YouTube tripled in less than a week after being featured in the Franklin trailer.
** Any song featured on the in-game radio stations count. Find any one of the songs from any of the stations on [=YouTube=], guaranteed you will find someone, sometimes the top comment, saying they first heard it on ''GTA''.
* ThrowItIn:
** Steven Ogg really tripped while recording the introduction to the mission Fresh Meat leading to a mostly improvised scene (Franklin's laughter, Trevor's rant).
** In a more serious example, Madrazo's actor Alfredo Huereca miscalculated his swing with a soft bat during the mission Marriage Counselling and managed to hit Ned Luke in the elbow with the wooden part of it. This take is used in the final version of the game, making Michael's reaction real.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Michael and the Online Protagonist's iFruits were changed in the UpdatedRerelease to match the latest iPhone hardware and software.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: There is a horse racing track in Los Santos based on the real life Hollywood Park Racetrack, which was closed in December 2013 and is set to become a football stadium.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda:
** Considering there are a number of easter eggs in this game, it's no surprise some people are going nuts over rumors. One big, confusing thing at the top of Mount Chilead is a diagram showing what looks like a flying saucer, an underground network of tunnels inside the mountain, and a pictogram of what looks like a man with a jetpack. Cue hordes of people poring over every clue imaginable to try to find a hidden jetpack item (the most popular thing people have been missing since ''San Andreas'').
** It was often believed that you could manipulate the stock market outside of specific missions by blowing up property belonging to one company, causing their stocks to fall and their competitor's to rise. This is not true, and was likely started by the assassination missions having a similar system.
** Another common rumour is that the [[{{Profiling}} police will be more aggressive towards Franklin compared to Michael and Trevor]]. This rumour ended up being {{Jossed}} by Rockstar themselves.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In the "Beta Code" for the Option C ending, it originally was not going to be the GoldenEnding. [[spoiler:It was originally going to be a "Kill Franklin" ending, with the player assuming the role of Lamar who had to do the task.]]
** In 2012, a radio station called Nightride FM was announced by {{Music/Kavinsky}} on his Twitter, and was stated to be hosted by him. It seems to have been completely cut and is not even mentioned in the final game - or Kavinsky lied about it ever existing.
** Vinewood Boulevard Radio was originally going to be "P.M.R", a 90's rock station similar to Radio X in San Andreas, and hosted by [[NineInchNails Trent Reznor]]. It was cut and replaced with the modern rock station we have in the final version, but this change seems to have been a late one as the P.M.R station logo is still in the game files.
** Worldwide FM was a jazz station before it became a world music one. This and the above example are referred to in the game files as "Jazz" and "90's Rock" stations respectively.
** [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV Brucie Kibbutz]] was originally supposed to have a slightly larger role in the game, as one of the targets in Devin Weston's car theft ring. While most references to that mission have been removed, the car the player was originally supposed to steal (a red vintage Stinger convertible) is present as the sixth car on the Packer in "Pack Man", despite Devin only asking for five cars.
** There was going to be a heist called "The Sharmoota Job" that would have involved a "nice house" and stealing a safe, a horse and someone's wife. It would have involved Michael and Trevor and have three options for how it would have been performed. In the final game this is reduced to Trevor [[spoiler:kidnapping Madrazo's wife off-screen, with Michael being unhappy about it when he finds out]], partly because the horse riding mechanism from VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption couldn't be implemented into the game.
** Similarly, the Paleto Score had a second option that was abandoned.
** Based on the amount of available combat and hijacking vocals for [=NPCs=] in the game, it's safe to guess that the online player characters were once planned to be voiced.
* At a budget of $265 million, which includes marketing, ''GTA V'' beat out ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' as the most expensive video game ever created.
** Sales figures for release day are reported at over $800 million. Three days after release, sales exceeded $1 billion, making it the largest entertainment release in history.
* The Ill-Gotten Gains Update (Part 1) included luxury skins for certain weapons, but only for the enhanced version. The Assault Rifle gets the "Yusuf Amir Luxury Finish", which includes a red star on the magazine. While this may be unintentional, it could also be a homage to the weapon's design being based on the real-life AK-47, a gun that originated from the Soviet Union, which was often associated with the color red and the star shape.
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