* EightPointEight: There's quite a bit of backlash from [=GameSpot=]'s 9/10 review, though the backlash comes more from the review's accusations of misogyny (specifically, whether or not it's true and whether or not that's a legitimate reason to deduct points on a professional game review) rather than the score itself. And even more so from the Escapist's 7/10 review, which gave the game a lower score because the reviewer didn't find the main characters sympathetic and because he barely spent any time talking about the actual gameplay.

* AcceptableTargets: It should be noted this game is pretty much [[CrossesTheLineTwice intentionally offensive to everyone]], and purposefully uses {{Stereotype}}s for both humor and social commentary, so none of these examples should probably be taken seriously.
** At the main docks, you'll find a drugged out guy who looks suspiciously like Jesus reciting parables and talking about God as his 'father'. Michael, Franklin, and Trevor each call bullshit on him and say they want to go back to reality. He's even said to have shagged Michael's wife according to Tracy and Jimmy.
*** Of course, [[VillainProtagonist considering Michael, Franklin, and Trevor would probably be the kind of people who would go straight to hell for the things they do in their everyday lives]], they themselves may be AcceptableTargets with a good dose of HypocriticalHumor.
** In this game, Millennials (the generation born between the years 1980 and 2000) are portrayed as being spoiled and lazy, with an overblown sense of entitlement.
** The Baby Boomer generation are shown to be past-their-prime losers who are desperate to even pretend to have a shred of their GloryDays, and on top of ''that'' are depicted to be the reason the Millennials got fat, selfish, lazy, and over-entitled in the first place. [[AuthorTract Really gets summed up]] in this exchange between Franklin and a random encounter he saved from being killed and eaten by Altruists.
--->'''Lacy:''' They kept saying that youth is wasted on me. Like I ruined society.\\
'''Franklin:''' Shit, which is rich for the generation that screwed everything for everyone but ''them.''\\
'''Lacy:''' I know right; the generation before them survived the great depression, fought the second World War, and built America to greatness. Then they stepped in and squandered it all. And it's ''our'' generation taking all the flak. [[SarcasmMode Blame the millennials.]] Even if we are self-absorbed narcissists who expect 3-hour work days, [[AtLeastIAdmitIt who do you think we learned it from?]]
** {{Hipster}}s get the short end of the stick this time: even [[AxCrazy Trevor]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards doesn't want to associate with them]] [[spoiler: and goes on an Unstoppable Rage against them when he sees just one wearing a "Yes, you ARE a motherfucker" T-shirt (and even though it's more directly Trevor's Mommy Issues (and later when the hipster in question tries to pick a fight by telling him to go back to Canada), he also growls that "If there's one thing I cannot stand, it's Post. Ironic. Hipsters!]")]].
*** It's probably hilariously intentional how the progression of Trevor's rampages gets increasingly dangerous, going from [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking rednecks, to street thugs, to organised gangs, to the military... and ending with hipsters.]]
** Political extremists of course are the but of many jokes. This is arguably even invoked in the [=NPCs=] who regularly call strangers "Conservative douchewads" or "fucking Liberals." This makes the player feel less guilty when murdering them.
** Transgender people get a lot doled out on them, including [[http://badtransjokes.tumblr.com/post/62914762704/badtransjokes-before-i-even-started-playing-the rude dialogue directed at them by the main characters, narcissistic and superficial dialogue delivered by the transgender characters themselves,]] [[http://badtransjokes.tumblr.com/post/62858085755/lavenderpanda-just-bought-a-bar-as-michael-in a reference to them as "trannies,"]] [[http://badtransjokes.tumblr.com/post/62792164589/gta-v-presents-she-male-bop and an in-game Internet ad for a Fame or Shame segment where, by the sound of it, they are essentially presented as carnival attractions.]]
** Misandrism also finds itself the butt of jokes due to be represented by [[StrawFeminist Aunt Denise and Mary-Ann.]]
** Celebrities in general. It's not just not all the "NoCelebritiesWereHarmed" characters, either: The very ''concept'' of celebrity is scathingly mocked.
*** Along with that, paparazzi who leech off of said celebrity culture are mocked just as badly, if not moreso. Any mission with Beverly highlights how depraved and desperate one has to be to keep such a career.
** Although no one is safe in GTA Online, new or low-level players are often targets for griefing and trolling, notably "squeakers" (children).
** The December 2015 update is called [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Executives]] and ''Other'' Criminals.
* AccidentalAesop: Trevor, serving as a kind of AntiRoleModel, inadvertently makes a case for legalization during his "Grass Roots" mission, complaining it would put him out of business.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation
** Trevor is a big one. Some think he's an absolute {{Jerkass}}, whose occasional PetTheDog moments do nothing to redeem his unrepentant, brutally psychotic behaviour, while others consider him a deeply disturbed individual whose actions are down to the myriad of mental problems the game alludes to him having. More still simply consider him an incredibly badass VillainProtagonist who's NotSoDifferent from some of the other main characters in the franchise, who are perhaps undeservedly held up to a higher moral standard than him. The game actually has Michael posit an in-universe alternate interpretation of Trevor, theorizing that much of his behavior is a front; a persona he puts on to intentionally frighten, disturb and offend the people around him.
*** As a possible example of this: During the heist set-up that takes place at Trevor's meth lab, he microwaves some clearly rotten food that he implies may or may not contain human flesh. When his crewmates blanch at his offer to share it, he happily chows down. As soon as the meeting is finished and the others leave, he immediately vomits it all back up.
*** Also, ever notice how Trevor's spelling is very good in his texts and emails to Ron, while it's absolutely atrocious in his texts to Michael, Franklin and Jimmy?
*** Did he [[spoiler:spare Mr. K]] as a rare show of mercy? Or was it an act of rebellion against Steve Haines, who [[spoiler:told him to kill him]]? Or was it both?
** Jimmy too. Is he a smug manchild layabout happy to blame his father for his own laziness and refusal to do anything other than do drugs and play video games, or is he a friendless, socially awkward young man with some legitimate Freudian gripes, who sorts himself out through a little CharacterDevelopment?
** Then there's Michael himself who has several in-game interpretations. Supposedly the OnlySaneMan with an AwfulWeddedLife who sees himself as a JadedWashout disappointed with a lifestyle of shallow materialism, he's also described by both Trevor and his wife as a self-deluding hypocrite who in Amanda's words, "kills people and then lounges in the sun and feels bad about it" while Trevor regards him, with some justice, as a [[spoiler: self-centered hypocrite who sold his friends for his own filthy rich lifestyle.]] Notably in the two alternate endings, [[spoiler:Michael is far more willing to betray Trevor than Franklin is, and he immediately justifies killing Trevor on grounds that he had it coming.]]
** Tanisha is apparently the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] in Franklin's circle of friends. She's not stupid, she's not a crook, she's the only one who sought and ultimately escaped the criminal lifestyle, she tries to let Franklin know that money isn't going to win her favor or make him happy, and disparages him for always looking for the easy solution. However, many see her as a high-and-mighty {{Hypocrite}} who's guilty of everything she accuses Franklin of being (see TheScrappy for details).
* AntiClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:As tough and well armed as Terry and Clay could have been in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost and Damned]]'' they're barely tougher and well armed as the rest of the mooks they're with and usually go down in 3-4 shots. Justified in that, much like Johnny, the meth addiction has made them far less tough than they were in [=TLaD=].]]
** [[spoiler: Pretty much all of the game's BigBadEnsemble goes down fairly easy, no more difficult than any other mook. Wei Chung and Stretch get offed by (from their perspective) complete strangers. Steve Haines gets sniped by Trevor, having never seen it coming. The real challenge with these kills is getting away clean. Devin Weston, last on the list, puts up no fight at all, but at least he gets some face time with the protagonist so he knows exactly who is killing him and exactly why, giving it more emotional context than the others.]]
** In the first two endings respectively, [[spoiler: Trevor and Michael don't put up much of a fight. The former is a chase scene which ends in a single bullet being fired, while the latter has a shorter chase scene which ends in a red herring moral choice.]]
** Basically, [[spoiler:the game doesn't have bosses in a ''gameplay'' sense, only a narrative one.]]
** Trevor's Rampage side missions. You go from fighting Rednecks, to two gangs in Los Santos, to the freakin U.S. Military. Who's the target of the fifth and final rampage? [[spoiler: Hipsters.]] In this case, it's balanced out with [[RuleOfFunny being funny as hell]].
* {{Anvilicious}}:
** Like GTA IV before it, while it does take potshots at both the American right and the American left, the right gets the brunt of it. There's the return of the Republican Space Rangers, the Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force, Weazel News: Confirming Your Prejudices! again, Jock Cranley's Patriot Test, one of Trevor's Contacts (Joe and his sidekick Josef, who salutes by [[ThoseWackyNazis sticking his arm straight out]]),and others.
** The left wing criticisms (particularly on the Liberal Superhero show "Impotent Rage") are just as heavy-handed: basically, if the right-wing are the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName neo-Fascists]] [[NoDelaysForTheWicked who at least get their blatantly evil agenda done in a timely and efficient manner]], the left-wing can be summarized as GoodIsDumb. ''[[WhatAnIdiot Really, Really, REALLY dumb.]]'' [[TheHypocrite Their]] efforts to better society end up being sidelined by an unwillingness to confront the conservatives, and sometimes [[NiceJobBreakingItHero their efforts make society even WORSE]]. In particular, their message of environmentalism is undercut by flying private jumbo jets to accept the awards (TruthInTelevision, as this is a common criticism of climate change activists like Al Gore), they want to legalize weed, heroin and crack for the mass market, and their needs to have workers unionize and demand outrageous wage hikes and personal benefits are becoming so expensive that corporations are outsourcing to the third world and China (note that the developers just acknowledge the left-wing is causing this; they also criticize outsourcing at several points, most notably in ending C [[spoiler:as part of the TheReasonYouSuckSpeech against Devin Weston]]) and the sense of self-entitlement the middle class has means workers are too lazy to work anyways. And considering AudienceSurrogate [[LazyBum Jimmy]] is depicted as an EntitledBastard from this depiction of the middle class, this message is probably more likely to dig under the skin of GTA fans than the right-wing criticisms.
*** There is a constant theme of the left-wing allegedly supporting the common man but actually furthering elitism among the liberal charicatures in the game. The Democratic candidate in the game even admits that her new extreme tax plan wouldn't affect people like her who have already made tons of money. When the interviewer accuses her of "shutting the door on everyone else," just to gain political support, she doesn't even detect the criticism and explains how the people of San Andreas realize that they need a rich hypocrite to run their lives.
** SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: [[spoiler: Arguably the mission where you torture Mr. K. Some may say that it's gratuitous and unnecessarily graphic and disturbing. Nevertheless, it shows that torture is an ugly method that is pretty much useless for gathering information and is usually done for the interrogator's own enjoyment more than anything else.]]
*** The themes also get involved with issues of money and power are also heavily tied into the current Recession and TheWarOnTerror, to the point that the main enemies end up being: [[spoiler: [[CorruptCop Corrupt FIB Agent]] [[GloryHound Steve Haines]], [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] who isn't above ColdBloodedTorture and egging on InterServiceRivalry with the IAA for the sake of his career, and CorruptCorporateExecutive [[SmugSnake Devin Weston]], who scams and screws over his business partners and employees for maximum profit, and practically ''owns'' his own private army in [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Merryweather]], a near NGOSuperpower of mercenaries who are notorious for committing war crimes, but are given free license to operate at will by the American government - a clear TakeThat to Blackwater's messy attempts of "security consulting" in the Iraq War.]]
* ArcFatigue: The sidestory of Michael and Trevor's strained relationship starts about a quarter of the way through the game... and then continues on toward the very endpoint. Almost all their interactions throughout the game are the two bitching back and forth with no resolution being made between them until a post-game drinking session. It gets so bad that even Franklin starts repeatedly mocking the two for it.

* BadassDecay: [[spoiler:Johnny Klebitz. In ''The Lost and Damned'' he was the very epitome of a BadassBiker. But by the time of ''Grand Theft Auto V'' he has become a pathetic meth addict who doesn't even have the balls to stand up to the guy who is screwing his girlfriend]].
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Trevor. His AxCrazy behavior in general is seen by half the fanbase as a hilarious parody of the franchise's VideoGameCrueltyPotential tendencies, and the other half as obnoxious and forced. Furthermore, the way he [[spoiler:brutally murdered Johnny Klebitz and The Lost]] in his introduction infuriated many fans of ''[[spoiler:The Lost and Damned]]'', who thought it was an insulting way to treat a returning character. Considering [[ThisLoserIsYou who Rockstar Games claimed he's supposed to represent]], this may have been the point.
** Steve Haines and Devin Weston. Depending on how you ask, they're either interesting, entertaining antagonists who tie in nicely with the game's themes, or the weakest and least threatening ''GTA'' antagonists yet. The fact that [[spoiler: they're both killed off anti-climatically {And in the case of Haines, killed in a really unsatsfying manner without a final confrontation with the protagonists}]] doesn't help either.
** Lamar. To some players, he's a hilarious comic relief character who acts as a nice foil to Franklin. But to others, he's an obnoxious [[EthnicScrappy Ethnic Scrappy]] who [[TooDumbToLive frequently gets into trouble]] with rival gangs like the Ballas, and [[TheLoad relies on Franklin or Trevor to bail him out.]] Half the time, Lamar's not even ''[[UngratefulBastard grateful]]'' that his friends come to rescue him from his own screw-ups.
** Michael. He is either a deeply troubled man who only wants the best for his family and to become a better person, or an unsymphatetic selfish hypocrite who uses the fact that he has a family to pretend he is a better person than he actually is. While he isn't as psychotic as Trevor, Michael is implied to have cheated on Amanda first, and he screws over Franklin so he could meet his idol, but he also seems to genuinely love his family.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** When Michael [[spoiler:gets drugged and robbed by his own son, he undergoes a MushroomSamba that involves spaceships, aliens and flying through a city of rainbows in his underwear that just has to be seen to be believed.]] And all that while [[MoodWhiplash sound bites of Michael's family yelling at and disparaging him play in the background.]]
** On that topic, anytime Trevor, Michael and Franklin finds and ingests peyote and have a trip of them being an animal of some kind. Generally accompanied by a narrative of the characters themselves.
** The two side-missions involving Michael and Trevor smoking some very potent weed and being forced to battle aliens and clowns, respectively.
** Trevor's rampage missions in general are these, but special mention goes to Rampage Five, where he is attacked by hordes of gun-wielding [[{{Hipster}} hipsters]] who drive to the battle in electric cars and scooters, and die while saying things like "I was trying to finish my screenplay."
** The opening cutscene of "Blitz Play" has a less obvious example. In the middle of this almost completely serious dialogue, when Dave mentions that "some parts of the government ''might'' be corrupt," all three PlayerCharacters, in perfect unison, make comical "[[MonkeyMoralityPose see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil]]" gestures.
* BestLevelEver:
** The mission "I Fought the Law..." is often regarded as this by players. The reason? You get to do a street race against two of the fastest cars in the game (the Overflod Entity XF and the Grotti Cheetah) in the motorway which connects East Los Santos to Blaine County.
** "Derailed", a mission sometime before the Union Depository heist, has Trevor chasing a train in motorbike. Despite being a late game mission and no doubt brings GTA San Andreas players back bad memories of that one early game mission, the mission is far easier than that mission. Doesn't help it has funny dialogue mostly courtesy of Trevor, awesome music, awesome setpieces, and one of the achievement being [[TakeThat 'Better than CJ']].
** "Minor Turbulence" one of the Trevor's mission also combines several infamous missions from GTA San Andreas involving planes, but the improved plane handling and again, Trevor's funny dialogue helps.
** "Hood Safari", where Trevor accompanies Lamar and Franklin to buy dope. First of all, this is your [[NostalgiaLevel first mandatory return]] to [[Videogame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Grove Street]]. Second, not only do you get to watch [[IdiotHero Lamar]] and [[AxCrazy Trevor]] interact, but Trevor [[TakeThatScrappy tells off Franklin's annoying aunt]], and [[SpannerInTheWorks stops Lamar from being ripped off]]. Third, when the drug deal goes bad, the trio fight off wave after wave of gangbangers (and then cops), and this mission is the earliest that you can purchase a grenade launcher, making [[StuffBlowingUp Grove Street a literal war zone]]. There's also a very brief cameo appearance by CJ, Big Smoke and Ryder, who were three characters from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. And last, but certainly not least, you must escape from the cops by jet skiing [[DownLADrain through the Los Santos River]].
** Another fan favorite is "Bury the Hatchet," on top of the AwesomeMusic, [[spoiler: TheReveal for Trevor about what ''actually'' happened to Brad, and when playing it as Michael getting a voice over flashback to him breaking the news to Amanda, which is implied to be the start of their marriage going downhill. It's emotional, to say the least.]]
** Any mission where you are free to switch between the three characters tend to be climatic and amazing, with the mission taking full advantage of their abilities.
** The [[TheCaper Heist]] missions, naturally, but special mention to the last 3:
*** "The Paleto Score": When the gang needs to knock over a small-town bank, fully aware that the local CorruptHick [[CorruptCop Cops]] would be on the scene in less than a minute after the alarm goes off. The gang came prepared, and counter the police response [[spoiler: by walking out of the bank wearing Bomb Suits. Michael and your gunman come out sporting [[MoreDakka Light Machine Guns]], and Trevor comes out hefting [[GatlingGood a freaking Minigun]]! So they tear up the police men... and the police cars... and the police choppers... and then Army Fort Zancudo sends soldiers, Barracks hummers, and [[[TankGoodness Rhino tanks]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The gang kills all of them, too.]]]]
*** "The Bureau Raid": To clean the records on CorruptCop [[spoiler: Steve Haines]], the gang has to break into the FIB building. There are two options. First Option: [[spoiler: Pull the largest BavarianFireDrill in history: first by having Michael plant firebombs posing as a janitor, then the crew charges into the building as firefighters to grab the data drive, having to eventually [[BattleAmongstTheFlames have a shootout with FIB agents in the flames]], and rappelling down an elevator shaft while dodging falling blocks of concrete]]. Second Option: [[spoiler: [[DynamicEntry Skydive onto the roof of the FIB building]], [[HoldTheLine hold off FIB goons]] while doing HollywoodHacking on the computer, before rappelling down the side of the building, and having your BadassDriver get you out of there in an ambulance to slip past the police]].
*** "[[ImpossibleThief The Big Score]]": "[[BavarianFireDrill Subtle]]" or "[[DynamicEntry Obvious]]." Either way: you get to steal [[spoiler: four tons of gold]], and you do it in a badass way.
** ''Online'' has the [[{{Pun}} Top Fun]][[note]]A play on ''Film/TopGun'' as well as a MythologyGag from [-GTA3-].[[/note]] [[http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Top_Fun_(GTA_V) trilogy]] of versus missions. One team of runners have to run off with some valuable stuff in their hands without the whole team dying on either Sanchez dirt bikes, Voltic and Coquette sports cars, or even Mallard planes. What are they running from? Oh, nothing but some hunters flying '''freakin' [[CoolPlane P-996 LAZER fighter jets]] that can blow the runners' asses off.'''
** In the Heists update on Online, there's a setup for the "Humane Raid" heist. What are you stealing? An EMP from a [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Hydra]] [[CoolPlane jump jet]]. Who are you stealing it from? Oh, only the Navy! After lifting off with the jet, you then get a dogfight with around 12 Lazer jets, and just to top it all off, "Danger Zone" is automatically put on the radio for the last stretch to the Sandy Shores airfield.
* BonusFeatureFailure: The video editor included with the PC version has a '''lot''' of irritating problems, like only being able to go roughly fifty feet away from your character, recording ending the instant your character dies, the "smooth" camera option causing the camera to lag behind the set keyframes, poor video output quality, and other arbitrary limits that make it just plain ''annoying'' to use.
* BrokenBase: [[BrokenBase/GrandTheftAutoV See here.]]

* ComplacentGamingSyndrome:
** For races in ''Grand Theft Auto Online'' nearly every vehicle category has one particular vehicle model that clearly stands out as the best, meaning that almost everybody will choose it. The Sports Car class has the Pariah, the Muscle Car class has the Pißwasser Dominator, the Motorcycle class has the Shotaro, and the Super Car class has the Vagner.
*** On a similar note, most of the races you join will be using either the Super or Sport class. Trying to find a race for the other classes available is a tall order, especially if you're looking for the SUV, Van and Utility classes.
** Criminal Records and Down The Drain are the two tracks occupying 90% of Quick Job -> Join Race results.
** Boneyard is the most popular survival map in ''Online'' because it can easily be beaten with as little as two people. Just go behind the trailer near the player spawn point, put a player on each side, and mow down wave after wave of enemies who are unable to outflank you because they can only approach your fortified position by crossing large areas of open ground. Processed is another, where you can hole up in the sheds.
** 90% of the job invites you'll get from other players will likely be for Rooftop Rumble, a ridiculously easy mission given how late in Online it gets unlocked that [[PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling pays out more RP and money than any other mission in Online]].
*** With the rebalancing of the RP from jobs, that percentage is now more like 40%. Which, given the number of other jobs available, is still pretty high.
** The most common Heist you'll be invited to will likely be The Prison Break, since it has a series of easy enough missions and a good payout of four hundred grand.
** When it comes to actual heist setups, the EMP setup in the Humane Labs heist is by far the most popular, since it involves stealing a CoolPlane and getting into an epic dogfight. Invites to this setup can be as frequent as Prison Break invites. One could argue that [[JustHereForGodzilla this setup is the only reason why this heist even gets any play time]].
** In terms of weapons, many weapon classes have one weapon that is perceived as absolutely better compared to the other weapons in its class. Expect players to always gravitate towards such weapons while ignoring the rest. Notable examples include the Special Carbine in the Rifles class and the Marksman Sniper in the Snipers class.
* CompleteMonster: ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV GTA Online: The Doomsday Heist]]'': [[OmnicidalManiac Avon Hertz]] is a genius [[CorruptCorporateExecutive billionaire tech mogul]], inventor and "father" of the [[AIIsACrapshoot insane A.I.]] Cliffford, and the true [[BigBad main antagonist]] of the Doomsday Heist scenarios. [[EvilIsPetty Petty]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe egotistical]] to the extreme, Avon had his own vision for a perfect world. He sought to [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a dystopia]] where all of mankind was replaced with sentient machines who [[AGodAmI worshiped him as God]]. He tricks the Online protagonists into feeding data to Cliffford under the guise of rooting out the Russian terrorist Bogdan, when he was actually using them to gain access to the United States defense grid. After trying to blow of the submarine the players and Bogdan are on, he reveals that he will use Cliffford to hack into missile systems throughout the world and unleash nuclear armageddon to completely wipe away humanity. Hiding out in an abandoned missile silo, Avon tried to use a nuclear warhead to wipe away San Andreas and buy time to allow Cliffford to hack into weapons systems around the world to unleash doomsday. While Avon and Cliffford are ultimately killed, his genocidal ambitions lifted him above all other villains in the franchise in terms of evil grandeur.
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* ContestedSequel: While this game took steps in the right direction (see EvenBetterSequel), a sizeable amount of the fanbase considers this game one of the weakest (if not ''the'' weakest) in the main GTA series. Some of the reasons cited include (though not limited to):
** A lesser number of single-player missions compared to other games (even less than that, see {{Padding}}).
** A weaker story compared to [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas previous]] [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV games]], especially concerning the relationship between characters (see ArcFatigue) and weak villains (Steve Haines gets compared constantly against [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas officer Tenpenny]] in an unfavorable way). Some people also note that two of the main villains (Stretch and Wei Cheng) only appear for two to three missions ''at most'' and then [[spoiler:they get unceremoniously killed in the last mission as if they had an impact on the story]]. Speaking of which, just to add insult to injury [[spoiler:the bosses get killed in pretty anticlimactic ways, without leaving the player any satisfaction for getting rid of them.]].
** Going around in a killing spree [[SequelDifficultySpike is way harder than in previous games]] thanks to the improved police AI (making them stupidly good at their job of killing you). On one hand, people say that it's easier to get rid of them if you know how and that they present a challenge. On the other hand, people who play the game just to do chaos and mayhem tend to get annoyed when they get killed in two shots from a police officers [[DisproportionateRetribution just for damaging their car]].
** As noted under ScrappyMechanic and HypeBacklash this game has a ''huge'' amount of problems compared to previous entries, namely the fact that many missions ([[BrokenBase already being contested]]) tend to leave the characters without getting money, forcing players to look into the stock market (which is a ScrappyMechanic on itself) to buy properties, which don't leave much money either. Combine this with mechanics like smacking (and damaging) yourself when trying to climb, animals that can kill you on one hit, different police AI, pretty few ways of getting health back (other than [[BrokenBase regenerating health]]), glitchy melee combat, NPCs that hit you ''[[UpToEleven just for standing still]]'' and having allegedly the largest map in the series... which consists of 70% mountainside, it's easy to see why many people didn't find this game to live up to the series' or even ''[[HypeBacklash its own]]'' [[HypeBacklash expectations]].
** [[LongList Finally]], as noted on the main page of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy, the game is a big {{Deconstruction}} of DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster, showing how petty, self-destructive and selfish anyone would have to be to behave like a [=GTA=] protagonist, along with how ultimately futile the lifestyle itself is. It also deconstructs easy money and the "American Dream." The trouble is, it's doing all of this in a video game series known for playing most of those tropes straight, so it comes across as [[ThisLoserIsYou condescending]] towards the very people who buy the [=GTA=] games. Couple that with a few blatant stereotypes about people who play too many video games, and you've got a game that almost feels like it's ''trying'' to alienate its audience.
* CounterpartComparison: [[CounterpartComparison/GrandTheftAutoV Several.]]
* CrazyAwesome: As morally reprehensible as he can be, Trevor arguably crosses over into this with the sheer level of insanity he gets up to. The best example is probably the mission "Minor Turbulence", where Trevor [[spoiler:crashes a crop duster into the back of a cargo plane with an open hatch, hijacks it, and bails out of it after being attacked by the Air Force, potentially by driving a jeep out the back, simply because it's there]].
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: More like Crowning ''Front Porch'' Of Funny. Virtually every cutscene that takes place in or around Franklin's front yard in Chamberlain is hilarious, moThjatstly because they involve Lamar and/or Trevor doing and saying ridiculous things.

* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: This was the main complaint of the game in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/10598-Grand-Theft-Auto-V-Review-People-Suck The Escapist]]'''s review of GTA V, where it was given a 3.5/5. According to the review, Niko Bellic and even ''Tommy Vercetti'' were more sympathetic.
--->"The three men you take control of throughout the game aren't even anti-heroes. They're just scumbags. [...] It's certainly fun to be the [[VillainProtagonist bad guy]] sometimes, but only buy Grand Theft Auto V if you're prepared to play as characters with no justifiable motivation for doing awful things to people."
** There's a meta-example in this game as well. Outside of the heists, very few missions offer satisfying rewards. Financial rewards are slim for most missions, gameplay rewards (such as unlocking guns, vehicles, new modes of play) are rare outside of the main story missions and the ones that do show up in side missions tend to be [[spoiler:jokes at the player's expense, which means that the missions aren't rewarding in a third way: from a dramatic or gameplay perspective. Examples of this include unlocking an antique tractor for [[StylisticSuck a long string of intentionally mind-numbing missions]], or a joke car for collecting 50 hard to find spaceship parts hidden all over the largest sandbox GTA's had to date. After completing just a few Side Jobs or Random Encounters, going out of your way to undertake a new one will begin to feel like an exercise in masochistic futility.]]
* DemonicSpiders
** Some of the tougher enemies (such as NOOSE troopers), mainly because [[MadeOfIron they can take multiple machine gun bullets to the chest and not only survive, but also get up and continue fighting as if nothing happened.]]
** The SUV's that NOOSE troops ride on to get you also qualify. Unlike regular cops (Who only occasionally ram you), they try to ram you off the road from the moment they see you (not to mention that [[RubberBandAI they can keep up with a fully tuned Adder going down a highway]]). At worst they actually ''will'' ram you, at best they'll get in your way. Regardless, this will allow the two guys hanging off the sides to take potshots at you, and no matter what you do, [[ImprobableAimingSkills their bullets]] ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills will]]'' [[ImprobableAimingSkills hit you.]]
*** The worst part is how easy it is for them to get called in. Killing a cop instantly gets you three stars, and killing at least ''three or four more'' after that gets you four, which is when the NOOSE troopers start appearing. And when you get five stars, they spawn ''far more frequently,'' sometimes two or ''even three at a time.''
** Players in a [[TankGoodness Rhino]] are also a pain in the ass if you happen to run into one. They take ''at least'' 5 rockets to destroy, and considering a player can only carry 30 at once[[note]]20 for the RPG, plus 10 for the homing launcher[[/note]], and considering that the player driving it ''will'' will put you in his sights, it can sometimes be damn near impossible to get rid of them.
*** And the Gunrunning and Doomsday updates added far more annoying versions of the Rhino, the APC and Khanjai. Each are faster than the rhino and can eat much more rockets. It's where the unlockible weapons when things get fun. The Khanjai can use a rail cannon that can destroy even the most tanky vehicles in a few shots, and the APC can use a missile battery that's effective against everything.
** You thought a troll in a Rhino was bad? A troll in a P-996 Lazer fighter jet will make you cry. They have a rapid-firing explosive cannon that can take out anything, yes even a Rhino (thanks to a nerf to the Rhino's armor), in milliseconds. Furthermore, while a Rhino's slow speed makes the problem only confined to one area, a Lazer can easily swoop around the ''entire'' map. It is not unheard of for a skilled jet pilot to dominate a lobby to the point that everyone else has no choice but to cower in the shelter of a building. Oh, and don't bother trying to take it down with a homing launcher. It is too damn inaccurate, and the pilot can dodge it with ease.
** The Heist Update brings us the Armored Kuruma and the Insurgent, two powerful cars that start with [[MadeOfIron bulletproof tires and 100% armor]]. The Kuruma is a fast sports car with bulletproof windows and the durability of the single player car the Duke o' Death. The Insurgent is an outright LAPV with enough armor to survive ''multiple rockets and sustained minigun fire'', and enough mass to smash through anything smaller than the Rhino or Dump, even causing smaller cars to explode on impact with a wall. The Insurgent is so powerful that it even has its own minimap blip, and there's an armed version deliverable by Pegasus that carries a [[MoreDakka 50-caliber heavy machine gun]].
*** Speaking of the Duke O' Death, ''It got unbanned during the Gunrunning update'' This speaks for itself.
** Hell, just about ''any'' enemy with a shotgun or an assault rifle can be this, since they can potentially kill you in seconds (if not ''instantly'') if you're not careful.
** Thermal Juggernauts, introduced in the Doomsday Heists Update. As [[TheJuggernaut their name implies,]] they're mooks in heavily padded bomb suits armed with Miniguns, which can easily rip any player apart in seconds. Furthermore, they can only be detected and shot at with Thermal vision, and even then they'll take a hell of a beating before going down. The only good news is that they're [[MightyGlacier relatively slow.]]
* DracoInLeatherPants: Three words; Trevor. Has. Fangirls.
** Played With - while there are an inordinate amount of OCs shipping with Trevor, most of those stories don't change Trevor's LaughablyEvil persona much - in fact, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys that might be part of the appeal]].
** While definetly not to the extent of Trevor, people also tend to downplay Michaels's negative qualities. While yes, he wants to change for the better, he betrayed his gang to be with his girlfriend[[note]]While this is completely understandable if he had no other choice, he was onboard with the idea of them dying in the process, despite knowing he'd be in witness protection regardless[[/note]] cheated on said girlfriend before the events of the game, [[{{Hypocrite}} complains when she cheats on him for revenge]], ignores his kids, and has ItsAllAboutMeMentality[[note]]Most noticeably, he makes Franklin work for someone so he'd get to work at his dream job[[/note]]. He does get better, but only after his family leaves him.
* DudeNotFunny: Trevor's treatment of Floyd, including [[spoiler: breaking into his home, verbally abusing him, breaking into his place of work and watching as security beat him for absolutely no reason at all, raping him repeatedly, ruining his marriage, and then violently murdering him for finally standing up for himself]]; all done to [[NiceGuy one of the few pleasant people you meet in the entire game]]. Eventually, the abuse Floyd goes through ends up being unfunny sadism.

* EarWorm: The Epsilon theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgWze-sk4kk The new Pißwasser jingle]].
** "It's so sexyyyyyy, to be livin' in America..."
** "Welcome to Los Santos..."
** The soundtrack [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cETBCvKnu0Q "We Were Set Up"]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Lamar. While [[VitriolicBestBuds he and Franklin can be jerkasses to one another]], Lamar has been one of the better received side characters in the game. The fact he [[spoiler: serves as the SixthRanger during the GoldenEnding]] probably doesn't hurt. Lamar is also the one who picks the [[PlayerCharacter Online Protagonist]] up from the airport and gives him/her a pistol as a starter weapon and slowly introduces him/her to the world of ''GTA Online''.
** [[TheDitz Wade Hebert,]] the juggalo of Trevor Philips Enterprises, has gained a lot of love from the fanbase for his humorous lines and endearing innocence.
** Agent Dave Norton, the ReasonableAuthorityFigure who fully acknowledges that Steve's GloryHound schemes and insistence of perpetuating InterServiceRivalry are more destructive than all three of the protagonists combined, and tries his best to keep Michael and his crew safe as much as he can, [[spoiler: as well as being a legitimate badass when push comes to shove, such as breaking into an IAA black-site to prevent a bioweapon from devastating the west coast, and fighting alongside Michael through a MexicanStandoff with Steve, an FIB team, the IAA, and a Merryweather Buzzard]].
** Chef, the badass meth cook for Trevor Philips Industries. He only appears a few times in the game (once during the mission "Trevor Philips Industries" and he can also be used as a gunman during heists), but every time he shows up he proves himself to be such a tough and competent gunman that he's become quite a popular character.
** Brad, considering that he [[spoiler: only shows up alive for five minutes during the prologue]], there is a lot of WildMassGuessing that centre around him and his past with Michael in particular. Many fans even want to see the DLC focus on Brad, Michael and Trevor in their bank robbing days.
** Ensemble ''radio station'' in this case, Radio Mirror Park is by far the most popular station in the game, and for good reason.
* EvenBetterSequel[=/=]SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: When compared to ''Grand Theft Auto IV'', though not universally (see ContestedSequel above). Rockstar seemed to have addressed a lot of player concerns such as many features that were taken away (character customization, the ability to fly airplanes, buy property, etc.) in ''GTA IV'' and made several improvements to the ''GTA'' formula (i.e. better driving, shooting, and crapton of side activities to do).
** In addition, heist missions like '[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity The Job]]', '[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Breaking the Bank at Caligula's]]' and '[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV Three Leaf Clover]]' are widely considered the BestLevelEver in each game by the fanbase. Rockstar responded to this by giving the heist theme a much greater focus in ''GTA V''.
** The PC version. ''GTA IV''[='=]s PC port was not that great when it first came out, with three pieces of DRM tied-in ([=SecuROM=], Games for Windows -- Live, and the Rockstar Games Social Club) and some pretty high requirements for the time, yet it was not a stable game. Its only redeeming parts were the video editor, the usual support for custom music through Independence FM, high resolution support and 60fps gameplay, and having a ''huge'' modding community. Come the much-delayed ''GTA V'' PC version in 2015, and we have a much better-looking and (for the most part) more stable game. It comes with a large palate of custom settings, an even better video editor, less DRM (just the Rockstar Games Social Club, plus UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} if purchased from there), great graphics with 4K resolution and 60fps support, and, as always, support for custom music through Self Radio (with [[MundaneMadeAwesome the newly-added ability to show artist and song title metadata]]).
** While some players fault the game for focusing too much on multiplayer, there is no auguring about how popular GTA Online is. What's better than exploring a city and causing mayhem why doing it friends of course! As sucessfull and iconic as the GTA series is, no other installment can claim it was played by millions of people daily years after its release like it was an MMORPG.
* EvilIsCool: Michael, Franklin and Trevor, as usual in ''GTA''.

* FanficFuel:
** What Michael and Trevor did during their pre-GTA V robbery sprees, before and after they hooked up with Lester and Brad.
** The things Franklin did back when he was still a member of of the Families.
* FanonDiscontinuity: As far as certain hardcore fans of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned'' are concerned, the mission "Mr. Philips" didn't happen; if [[spoiler: Johnny]] did die after the previous game, he didn't go down like that.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** One of the radio advertisements in the game is for a company that says it sells tiki torches that can be used if you need to form a [[TorchesAndPitchforks drunken mob]]. After the events of the summer of 2017, in which white supremacist groups carried tiki torches while marching in several cities around the US leading to riots in which multiple people died, it doesn't come across as nearly as funny or harmless a joke.
** After all these years, having the game mock VideoGame/CallOfDuty for DownloadableContent is hypocritical due to how focused on microtransactions GTA Online is.

* GameBreaker: Being a Rockstar game, it should be no surprise the multiplayer has... questionable balance.
** The Assault Shotgun. [[MoreDakka It has an extremely fast fire rate, and with the extended clips upgrade an absurd amount of rounds.]] It also has decent range, fires full auto from blind fire and all factors combined makes it an incredibly overpowered weapon in general.
*** For singleplayer on the PC, some realism mods turn shotguns in general into this, though they also turn any enemy using one into a [[DemonicSpiders Demonic Spider]].
** The Advanced Rifle. High firing rate, great accuracy, and decent damage make this weapon ridiculously powerful against other players, especially since the Carbine Rifle and Assault Rifle just can't hold a candle to it.
** The Combat MG. Has slightly lower damage than the Advanced Rifle but has more range and a massive 200 round magazine with extended clip making this extremely effective for fighting large amounts of opponents, especially cops and gangs.
** [[TankGoodness The Rhino.]] Any player able to afford or successfully steal one can quickly find themselves become the scourge of the multiplayer session.
*** The TM-02 Khanjali. The Rhino has not been at the top for a long time but the Khanjali puts a tank up high once more, with it's ability to be given armor and engine upgrades like a car, bring up to three friends riding/gunning with you, and drop mines.
** AP Pistol. Perfect for players seeking more accurate drive-bys, and with a few quickly spent clips, a highly effective killer of any cars players are chasing/chased by.[[note]]Although, the AP Pistol is powerful against mainly non-armored cars than armored cars. Previously, a lot of vehicles were weak to weapon damage in general, even with armor, but a later patch made cars more resistant to damage. The AP Pistol can still be enough to blow up a car, but extra armor makes explosives more viable.[[/note]]
** In Story Mode, properly investing using the Lester Assassination missions with the money gained from The Big Score can easily max out the amount of money you can have in the game. This makes all other money making opportunities moot in the process.
** Also in Story Mode, returning players can grab a Railgun from Ammu-Nation. It takes a bit to unlock and costs an arm and a leg, but players who do get it are effectively set, since all they have to do is point and click and an explosion will appear. No surprise, then, that this weapon is nowhere to be seen in Online.
** Both the Armored Kuruma and the Insurgent are basically more durable than the Rhino, and are virtually invincible against entire groups of [=NPCs=]. In Online, you can get the Kuruma fairly early after the introductory heist if you save up enough cash, and is fantastic for certain jobs where you need to wipe out a large group of [=NPCs=], as the armored windows makes it ''extremely difficult'' for enemies to hit players, meaning an entire group in a Kuruma can come out entirely unscathed from a fight that can normally give groups of players a lot of trouble. The Insurgent doesn't offer quite as much protection due to the more exposed windows (in fact, you are considerably more vulnerable to gunfire than in the armored Kuruma, which by comparison makes you virtually invincible against NPC gunfire unless you're unlucky (other players are another story, but the small windows still makes proper aiming much harder)), but it is still extremely durable, and the variant with the gun turret can easily destroy most unarmored vehicles extremely quickly, which offsets the vulnerability.
** The Homing Launcher is a massive one in online, and was an even bigger one before its Nerf. It was probably added to the game to address player concerns that Lazer jets could essentially only be stopped with another plane of the same type. To fulfill this role the homing launcher;s titular homing projectile is the fastest and most agile missile in the game. It can lock onto any vehicle in the game. period. And since its a DLC weapon any player at any level can buy it. The Homing launcher essentially made helicopters obsolete overnight, as it can destroy all but one in one hit and there is almost no way to dodge them. To make matters worse it didn't really solve the aforementioned Lazer problem it was created to address.
** Among the special abilities in single-player Trevor's rage mode is easily the strongest. Not only does it amp up his damage so he can kill large groups of enemies in seconds with almost any gun but it also turns him ''completely invincible'' letting him survive explosions, turn the minigun from AwesomeButImpractical to a handheld apocalypse machine and even kill groups of armed enemies with his ''[[MegatonPunch bare fists]]''. By the time it runs out you could easily have killed everyone in the vicinity or be back in cover no worse for wear considering the damage you would've done.
** With the Further Adventure in Finance and Feleony some weapons now get drum magazines. The machine Pistol and Special Carbine Rifle both benefit greatly from this, the Rifle being an assult rifle that holds 100 bullets with the new magazine and still having a fast reload speed compred to the LMGs, and the machine pistol being usable in cars, fully automatic, and only slightly worse than the AP pistol.
** The Gunrunning DLC introduced MK II weapons with the ability to equip different ammo for different situations. The Heavy sniper got a new ammo type that explodes. It can one shot a max hp max body armor player on bullshark testosterone and kill any unarmored vehicle on one shot, with one exception we will discuss in a second. Since its a bullet and not a projectile, it can enter the cabins of vehicles through unarmored windows and kill the occupant it hits, which will not damage the vehicle. Its amazingly efficient at dispatching even the most game breaking vehicles in the game or at least killing the drivers. Its greifing potential is so high that some players think even using it should count as bad sport points. This was partially nerfed in the Doomsday Heist update. It no longer one-hit kills players and NPC's, now requiring 2 shots to kill as if using regular ammo and an unarmored player/NPC.
** The freaking [[KillSat Orbital Cannon]]. While one could argue that its intended purpose was to be PurposefullyOverpowered, costing upwards of $3.5 million in-game and then $500,000-$750,000 per shot, it can hit you ''anywhere on the map'' and '''will''' [[OneHitKill one-shot]] nearly any vehicle you're in with the only to defend yourself to be to [[ParanoiaFuel never leave your safehouse]]. Given that the weapon was supposed to be [[AwesomeButImpractical prohibitively expensive]] to use, all it has done has exacerbated the fact that GoodBadBugs to get easy money and [[BribingYourWayToVictory whales]] buying shark cards have now made the game all but unplayable, as they were just given a griefer's wet dream. Needless to say... players are ''furious''.
* GameBreakingBug: In early versions of ''Online'', buying a bicycle in ''Online'' and getting it trashed when you have a medium sized garage. The main game engine considers the bike trashed and you can't recover it and ride it ever again, but the garage management engine for some reason still lists it on the bike rack albeit as . In early releases, buying a third bike to replace the destroyed bike won't put it in the destroyed bike's place, but instead ''erases the car in the first slot in the garage''- simply put, the rack space occupied by the destroyed bike is lost. Thankfully, this was fixed in a patch.
** Another one comes in the form of accidentally hitting a NPC while playing golf in Story Mode, as documented by [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21604_the-6-most-hilarious-glitches-in-popular-video-games.html Cracked]]. If you hit a NPC, not only will the police come, but your character will suddenly freeze up and be unable to move, allowing the police an easy target to pick off your character. It gets annoying because the NPC has the tendency to wander in front of you when you're just going to hit the ball, and the game penalizes you for dying by deducting $500 off your character.
* GoddamnedBats
** Police helicopters. They have a nasty tendency to spawn right when you think you're in the clear.
* GoddamnedBoss: The blue helicopter in the final Epsilon mission if you choose to escape with the money. Unlike other enemy helicopters in the game, this one will try to hover right above you, messing with your aim. Either hide under cover and let it run until the pilot gives up and goes away, confuse it under cover and shoot it down as quickly as possible, or just blow it up before it even leaves the ground. The last two options are part of a Gold Medal requirement.
* GoodBadBugs
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FBObaFUUqA The gate glitch]], which is the successor to the "Swingset of Doom" glitch of ''IV''. Like the swingset glitch, ramming a vehicle up against the house gates at Rockford Hills can cause it to be swung very high into the air, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8aKsR_gXv8 much higher and faster]] than the old glitch in ''IV'' ever could. The sliding gates are hard to do the glitch at but are the only ones that can be done in single player. The swinging gates [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITMLknk0JIc are much easier]] to ram up against and can even fling people that walk into them as well.
** During version 1.07 of the game, players could actually fly to and roam around North Yankton in ''Grand Theft Auto Online'' via a glitch. Rockstar supposedly patched this out in version 1.08, but [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=gta+online+north+yankton+glitch+1.08&sm=3 several YouTubers]] have managed to get back into North Yankton on that version regardless.
** You can also duplicate your cars via another glitch, meaning that all three characters could possibly have a fully-modded [[CoolCars Z-Type]] while only buying one.
** Since cutscenes are rendered in real time, you can have odd things happen during them like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exhMLCeP9Pc having the police plug multiple shotgun shells in Trevor and Michael while they are arguing]].
** By staying inside a building with windows like a barber shop, blocking the entrance with a car, and killing everybody inside, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SOe3btfdHxM#t=194 you can attract the cops but they will not shoot you]]. However, you can since bullets can go through the seemingly bulletproof glass. This can make it very easy to attain five stars and still stay safe.
** Certain NPC models have voices and dialogue that don't match their appearances at all. Examples include a blue collar worker claiming to be a highly paid lawyer and a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4B7mOPVpno burly NOOSE member sounding like a spoiled valley girl.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTAGtQJ1Dp0 This.]] Just...this. Words can't describe how hilarious it is, so just watch.
** Redditors discovered a bug in the Taxi AI which they [[http://kotaku.com/gta-players-try-to-survive-the-worst-taxi-drivers-ever-1700041744 turned into a hilarious minigame.]] Calling a taxi to hurry between two specific points in Blaine County causes the driver to attempt to navigate a twisting, cliffside road at speeds it is ''not'' equipped to handle. So far players have found that it has about a 10% survival rate.
** In the original version of the game, Franklin's special ability gave vehicles a brief speed boost during its activation, and this could be applied ''above'' a vehicle's normal top speed. By repeatedly using his special ability it is possible to go faster than otherwise possible. This was removed in the enhanced version however.
** When firing a suppressor-equipped weapon from a car, the suppressor will for some reason be invisible.
** Two more [[http://www.cracked.com/article_21604_the-6-most-hilarious-glitches-in-popular-video-games.html exposed]] by Website/{{Cracked}}: The fact that you can tell a taxi to drive off into the ocean and drown both the driver and the player (although if the player leaves the cab fast enough, s/he can still escape, but the poor taxi driver is consigned to a watery grave). Impractical, but many players find it a good laugh. Additionally, you can do yoga while riding a bicycle- getting on backwards, then riding arms crossed with your head looking forward upside down. Looks painful, but it did entertain players.
** If you go to a certain point in Paleto Bay and dive down to the ocean floor, near some plane wreckage is a briefcase containing about 12,000 dollars. If you save and reload, it respawns. Have fun grinding for the cheaper properties or gun mods.

* HarsherInHindsight:
** The gameplay trailer released on July 9, 2013 had Michael and Jimmy returning from a father-son bike ride and the latter exclaiming "Jeez, pop, too much more of that and maybe I won't be dead by 35!". On the previous day, it was announced that gaming journalist [[Website/GiantBomb Ryan Davis]] had suddenly passed away at the age of 34.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Trevor's insistence that he's not a {{hipster}}, when you realise that one of the DLC packs was called "I'm Not A Hipster." Even better, it has numerous additions to single player- including very [[BuffySpeak Hipster-ey]] clothing and car choices.
** In December of 2013, a man was arrested for [[http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/31/andrew-frey-oregon-man-high-on-meth-fights-15-police-officers-while-masturbating-in-bar-4245713/ fighting off 15 police officers while high on meth and masturbating]]. Not only does this sound like something Trevor would do, [[https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/sd21.jpg the perpetrator]] looks like he could be Steven Ogg's twin brother.
** Now that the eight-gen versions of the game are out, [[http://i.imgur.com/7fJaaU7.jpg this bit with Ricky]], especially when you factor in how the seventh-gen versions just barely fit on the discs[[note]]with the Xbox 360 version requiring two discs, the first to install data to the hard disk and the second to run the game[[/note]] and all the new features added in next-gen. It's enough to make you wonder if it wasn't cheeky {{Foreshadowing}} on Rockstar's part.
** [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q048qXFmMak This fan-made trailer, released on August 30, 2013]]. What makes it this is that in the Next-Gen versions of the game, Midnight City is one the new songs added.
** Trevor being introduced brutally beating a beloved [=GTA=] protagonist to death. In 2016, Steven Ogg, Trevor's actor, appeared in ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' as TheDragon to [[BigBad Negan]], who makes a similarly grisly entrance.
** There are several minor throw away jokes on the game's radio to "Combat Yoga" and "Darwinian Yoga", which take out the meditative aspects of yoga in favor of a more modern and aggressive approach. Fast forward to 2016, and [[http://rageyoga.com/ Rage Yoga]] is now a thing.
** Franklin's phone is said to be a Bittersweet device that looked like a Samsung Galaxy and running Drone OS, a parody of Blackberry and Android respectively. At the time the game was first released, Blackberry devices ran the proprietary Blackberry 10 OS with an Android Runtime tacked on, and there were rumors circulating of Samsung planning to buy Blackberry and use that branding for a line of business phones. Frame step to 2015, and not only did the buyout not happen, but Blackberry had also started making true Android Blackberry phones starting with the Priv, in a bid to WinBackTheCrowd due to Blackberry 10 being perceived as lacking in desirable software and the Android runtime being dodgy and not fully compatible with all apps.
** The San Andreas gubernatorial race is between Democrat Sue Murry (a condescending, overly politically correct, "know-it-all shrew") and Republican Jock Cranley (a hateful, bigoted, dangerously ignorant, jerkass celebrity with no prior experience in politics), the candidates reflecting every negative stereotype of 2016 Presidential candidates [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Hillary Clinton]] and Creator/DonaldTrump -- ''three years'' before the 2016 election. While Clinton being the Democratic nominee that year was seen by many pundits and political writers as a ForegoneConclusion even in 2013, Trump running for President came out of nowhere and surprised everybody.
** On a similar note, the ''Republican Space Rangers'' episode included on the in-game TV, while intended as a parody of the contemporary Tea Party movement, was also incredibly prescient in anticipating Trump's appeal. The episode ends with the SpaceMarine Dick eating some bad chicken wings and taking a giant diarrhea dump on a model of the Capitol building at a right-wing rally, which gets mistaken for an ExcrementStatement by a crowd that roars with approval, leading to a pair of shadowy alien financiers (transparently based on the real-life Charles and David Koch) choosing him as the vehicle through which to enact their hard-right agenda. Trump, of course, would campaign on overt scorn for the political establishment, comparing it to a swamp that needed to be drained, and while he never went so far as to ''literally'' defecate on the Capitol steps, he did gain notoriety for his flouting of political norms and his ControversyProofImage.
** Michael's hatred of yoga instructors is funny once you consider that Ned Luke, Michael's voice actor, is currently married to a yoga instructor.
** Samantha Muldoon's [[{{Sellout}} transparently commercial shift]] from being a socially aware pop singer to a down-home, flag-waving [[CountryMusic country]] singer, mainly to profit off of the older, conservative white demographic that still spends money on lucrative physical [=CDs=] as opposed to streaming, can be seen as this in light of Music/MileyCyrus' shift from raunchy, rap-influenced pop music on ''Bangerz'' to a more country-influenced pop-rock style on ''Younger Now''. Said shift was [[https://www.spin.com/2017/10/miley-cyrus-younger-now-album-review/ widely criticized]], with many interpreting Miley's comments about her GenreShift as indicating that her ''Bangerz''-era HipHop influences, and her subsequent abandonment of them in favor of a country sound, were done for commercial reasons.
** Seeing Steven Ogg [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8dVW-Bbd9c sell Old Spice products]], considering that Trevor is notoriously unkempt.
** During the Doomsday Heist missions, Avon Hertz offers to pay for the job in cryptocurrencies and Lester tells him to keep them because "cryptocurrencies are a bubble". Avon smugly replies "spoken like someone who got off too early", with Lester's tone implying that it is in fact the case. Less than two weeks after the Doomsday Heist's release, [[https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/bitcoins-price-is-down-33-percent-from-highs-earlier-this-week/ that bubble has popped]].
** The look of the Insurgent Pick-Up Custom is impressive since Streit Group is [[https://www.armyrecognition.com/weapons_defence_industry_military_technology_uk/streit_group_from_uae_introduces_python-sut_support_utility_vehicle.html marking the Python]], a 4x4 armored vehicle that has the same looks as the Pick-Up.
* HoYay: The homoromantic subtext was pretty thick with Michael and Trevor, which's brought up more than a few times in the game. Most of it came from Trevor, which, considering [[ExtremeOmnisexual who he was]], wasn't all that surprising.
** Trevor seemed to be genuinely ''heartbroken'' after Michael's faked death. He even had his friend's name tattooed on his left upper arm as a gesture of mourning. No, he didn't do this for [[spoiler: Brad]], his brother, or even his mother. Only for Michael.
** It's not ''all'' one-sided, either; Michael listed "selling out everyone you love" as a consequence of achieving the life he had. And when Trevor shouted that "nobody cares about me", Michael just looked Trevor in the eyes and calmly said "I do".
** Not helping was the fact that they were constantly [[MistakenForGay mistaken for a gay couple]]. In the first mission where they reunited ("Fame or Shame"), Lazlow mistook them for the [[HasTwoDaddies fathers]] of Tracey. The Chinese gangsters later thought Michael was Trevor's boyfriend and "soulmate" (to quote their own words).
** Their constant bickering when they [[spoiler: temporarily lived together in Trevor's trailer]] sometimes crossed into the territory of making them look LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
* HollywoodPudgy: Michael is regularly mocked because of his weight. While he has a bit of pudge around his midsection, he's actually in good shape for a middle-aged retiree, and he even starts with the most stamina of the three characters.
* HypeBacklash: Considering the fact ''GTA V'' was arguably the most anticipated game of all time, this was inevitable. Many complaints have been lobbed at the story (particularly the smaller than expected number of heist missions, the fact the characters spend most of the game working for the FIB and [[spoiler:the GoldenEnding, in which all of the characters solve almost all of their remaining problems in about ten minutes]]), but the main suspect for this trope was the multiplayer component, due to... well many reasons:
** Poor matchmaking.
** {{Microtransactions}}.
** Balance issues.
** Empty free roam environments with not much to do but get shot at constantly by other players.
** Monetary payouts for missions being frequently reduced.
** Initial lack of multi-property ownership in ''Online'', considering that part of ''V'' and ''Online''[='=]s focus was to own as much real estate as possible, as even ''Online''[='=]s ten-car garages can fill up fast. The "High Life Update" added a new apartment design and allows for two properties, but no more than that.
** Hackers and exploiters, especially during version 1.08 of ''Online'', when loads of hackers gave themselves and several other legitimate players billions of GTA$. Many innocent players who received the illicit money were placed in the cheaters' pool because of the hackers. Rockstar would eventually patch out the hacks and return everyone's funds back to normal weeks later, while making sure that only hackers were punished. Any innocent players who nonetheless used their given hacked-in money to pay for various items got to the keep their purchases despite losing their billions of in-game cash.
** Initial lack of information regarding heists, which until the release of the game, had zero mention of not being included from day one. When Rockstar revealed that heists would ''finally'' be added in ''Online'' later in Spring 2014, a heavy response of "too little, too late" cropped up.
*** Even then, heists '''''still''''' haven't been released yet. Spring 2014 has come and gone without any heists; rather another content update took its place.
*** Finally, as of 10 March 2015, heists were added to the game.
** As for the game in general, it did not get an initial [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Windows PC]], UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, or UsefulNotes/XboxOne release. Rockstar announced at [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] 2014 that those platforms will get the game in Fall 2014, a full year after initial release.
*** The PC version was delayed ''three'' times, each time Rockstar claiming they needed more time for optimization and polish. Many UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} preorders were cancelled, and the PC community was rife with cynical predictions that Rockstar was delaying because they're literally incapable of properly making a PC port (an announcement on the Social Club asking for patience in dealing with PC Online "cutting its teeth" at launch did ''not'' help), and would likely delay again. People who'd done the research even accused parent company [[Creator/TakeTwoInteractive Take-Two]] of [[ExecutiveMeddling ordering the delays]] in order to boost [[MoneyDearBoy their new fiscal year]] (which begins in April, the month the game finally released in). And a very VocalMinority outright called for the game to be pirated en masse in protest.
** ''GTA V'' is sometimes compared to the ''Franchise/CallOfDuty'' series in this respect, due to its similar popularity and tone. Unlike with the FandomRivalry that ''[=CoD=]'' has with every single gaming fanbase out there, reception to ''GTA V'' has been unanimously positive across many demographics, including the "geekier" gamers who traditionally bash ''[=CoD=]''; [[http://www.dorkly.com/post/57917/toplist-results-the-25-greatest-videogames-of-2013 it was even voted as the second-best game of 2013 on Dorkly]], a website where Creator/{{Nintendo}} franchises tend to be the most popular. However, seeing as ''GTA V'' has become one of the best-reviewed, best-selling and most widely-played games ''of all time'' and has a lot of overlap with the ''[=CoD=]'' demographic, there are some people who lump it together with ''[=CoD=]'' as an "overrated dudebro game" and mock it for being RealIsBrown and RatedMForMoney, claiming that it's ruining the industry by forcing other games to follow suit and convincing developers that more fantastical premises and settings aren't as profitable. This may have also partly led to its reputation as a ContestedSequel over time, a far cry from the gold standard industry-changer it was hyped as upon release.
** For the ''Online'' community, the "Gunrunning" update was on the receiving end of a huge amount of backlash. Initially people were excited at all the neat things they could potentially get and happy to see a major content update, but were soon turned off by the incredibly high cost of entry, the research system that didn't let you choose your projects and was padded with liveries and reskins that nobody really wants, the gunrunning mission system being a lazy reskin of the MC mission system, and the fact that some of the new items and vehicles make life Hell for freemode players due to being either monstrously powerful or nearly indestructible (and in the case of a fully-upgraded Mobile Operations Center, [[MightyGlacier both]]).
** The Doomsday Heist, which pretty much was a GenreShift (if Gunrunning and Smuggler's Run wasn't already) from stealing cars, robbing banks, you know, being a criminal, to a ''fucking special agent employed by the government into conducting several military operations like in a VideoGame/CallOfDuty game''. The amount of criticism on this heist came not only from the fact that the game is now deliberately riding the military shooter train, but now is turning itself into its own version of ''VideoGame/SaintsRow''. Just so you know, after the first half of the heist, you're gonna be fighting [[spoiler: clones. That's right, you didn't read it wrong, ''clones in a Grand Theft Auto game'', that are being controlled by a supercomputer run by an {{Expy}} of Elon Musk, that also wants to destroy the whole world ForTheEvulz. What the fuck, Rockstar?]]

* IAmNotShazam: Quite a few people are calling [[http://www.epsilonprogram.com the Epsilon Program]] KIFFLOM due to their overuse of the word.
* InternetBackdraft: ''GTA Online''[='=]s predictably buggy launch has annoyed many many people.
** Target Australia banning the game over a petition that condemned the game as misogynistic (which in itself is a can of worms) has caused both uproar and derision of Australia's treatment of games, especially since the claims wade in the petition were exaggerated at best (focusing solely on the optional violence against female pedestrians) and outright false at worst (claiming that killing women is encouraged via power-ups and other rewards).
** The Heist update keeping new weapons and vehicles to online only when every other update put new weapons and vehicles into single-player has also become a sore spot for people who prefer to play single-player over online or like to use the single player to test out these vehicles before purchasing them online.
** Rockstar has officially announced that mods for Online on the PC version will not be tolerated, which is fair enough. But soon, some people have reported being banned from Online, even if they've only used mods in single player. The modders of the PC community almost IMMEDIATELY exploded with anger towards Rockstar, with many saying that they'v screwed up big time with the PC port of GTA V (see Hype Backlash, above), that many have pledged to never buy a Rockstar game again.
*** As well, there's the fact that hackers are running rampant in PC Online, with punishments given to them that amount to a slap on the wrist and/or can be circumvented. While some think the hijinx are hilarious at times, others (such as those who've gotten banned with harmless/single-player only mods) think that Rockstar is deliberately preventing people who bought the game from having the fun they want to have.
*** Oh, and it seems some people aren't only getting banned from the PC version, but the ''console'' version and ''every other Rockstar game'' as well. This is stirring some extreme anger towards Rockstar for jumping through hoops to completely eliminate a mod, but not fixing Online or implementing an anti-cheat system.
*** There's also reports that Take Two have used legal measures to shut down modding for Rockstar's games. including [[https://www.vg247.com/2017/06/14/popular-gta-mod-openiv-has-been-shut-down-by-rockstar-lawyers-after-10-years/ shutting down modding tools for both GTA and other Rockstar games]], and allegedly going as far to [[https://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2015/11/gta-5-modders-claim-take-two-sent-private-investigators-to-their-home/ send private investigators]] after one modder. Both incidences have provoked ''serious'' anger at Rockstar and Take Two within the community, with some even demanding boycotts of any future Rockstar-made games.
** Ill-Gotten Gains has already gotten on the bad side of many people. The new vehicles are ludicrously expensive, which is compounded by the fact that it's very difficult to earn enough money without doing Heists nonstop for several days... or buying Shark Cards.
** When GTA V was added to the Steam Summer Sale in 2015, Rockstar upped the price of the game with various bundles, like the one that has a Shark Card, by exactly 25%, so that when the sale stared the price would still be right at 60 dollars; the unbundled game was completely unaffected by the sale. To say they got backlash for this is a ''mild'' understatement.
*** Made worse by the fact that the then-relatively-new Steam refund service doesn't allow refunds on account items for third-party services, such as, say, Shark cards. If you felt misled by GTAV being displayed as "25% off" but still on sale for a full $60, refunds weren't allowed because it was bundled with a shark card, which many people saw as an intentional deception. The review score for the game plummeted with complaints and never again reached the "Overwhelmingly Positive" level it had at first.
*** Thankfully, it seems Rockstar has learned their lesson and as such properly discounted the game with the 2016 sale.
** The Lowriders update caused this for a few reasons. First, only a few select vehicles could be customized, even though there are many more vehicles classified as lowriders than the few included on the list. Second, the upgrades for the vehicles themselves are ludicrously expensive, even including a multi-hundred thousand upfront cost to actually ''allow'' a vehicle to be customized. Those angry at the prices of the upgrades bring up the Ill-Gotten Gains updates, as those updates at least had the excuse of the underlying theme being having a lot of money to spend.
** In April 2017, a cheat was going around where a player could not only steal money from every player in the lobby, they could also raise or lower a player's RP permanently. Rockstar did set up support to assist affected players, but more than a week had gone by without any news or updates about combatting the new cheats, which caused many players to quit playing online and others rallying to boycott shark cards to hurt Rockstar's finances.
** Around June 2017, publisher Take-Two Interactive issued a cease and desist against Open IV, a modding group that created the modding tools that many people would use for ''Grand Theft Auto IV'' and ''Grand Theft Auto V''. Despite the mods only working for single player in both games, Take-Two, which had said nothing about the mods for ''years'', suddenly decided that mods were bad and banned the tools made by Open IV, with the reasoning that it compromised the integrity of ''GTA Online''; many accused Take-Two of doing this to force players to play ''GTA Online'' if they wanted "new" content, and hopefully drum up microtransactions of Shark Cards, a rather sickening practice. Fans exploded at the action of Take-Two and review bombed the game on Steam in protest to the point where the recent reviews went from mostly positive to ''overwhelmingly negative''. The overall reviews, which were overwhelmingly positive, were brought down to mixed. However, [[http://www.pcgamer.com/gta-modding-tool-openiv-receives-an-update-signaling-development-will-continue/ Take-Two seems to have noticed the backlash and allowed OpenIV to continue it's development]] after Rockstar [[http://www.pcgamer.com/rockstar-is-talking-with-openiv-developer-issues-new-statement-on-mods/ came into contact with the OpenIV developers.]]

* JerkassWoobie:
** Michael is seen as this by some fans when he actually trying to be a good father despite his [[VillainProtagonist questionable actions and criminal activity]]. Especially later parts of the game and his missions. The fact that his family (especially Jimmy) responds to all of his early attempts to be a good father by flinging insults at him and rubbing his face in his criminal past doesn't help.
** Trevor Philips, who was, apparently, abused by both parents (probably sexually by his mother), was permanently grounded from the Air Force because he was mentally unstable, met his best friend, Michael, started drifting away from Michael before he was [[FakingTheDead apparently]] killed in a bank heist gone wrong, found out 10 years later that not only was Michael alive but living in the same state, meets up with him again, their relationship slowly frays more and more over the course of the game... and [[spoiler:2 of the 3 endings are downers for Trevor. In ending A, he's [[KillItWithFire burned alive]] and is KilledOffForReal. In ending B, Franklin kills Michael, meaning his dearest friend is dead and one of the few people Trevor completely trusted betrayed him, and he cuts off all contact with Franklin.]] Of course, there's still one way to get Trevor a sort of happy ending, but when all of that shit's happened to you, it's really not that surprising that Trevor became a [[AxCrazy batshit insane]] meth dealer/addict and black market weapons peddler.
** Franklin. He was born in a BigScrewedUpFamily, was orphaned at a very young age, his friends are a bunch of incompetent idiots who live in the past, his aunt [[{{jerkass}} is an unpleasant woman]], and by the end of the game, he ends up being rich, but in the same way a lonely person with very few friends.
** Michael's family as well, sure they may act like jerks a lot of the time, but he isn't exactly nice to them either and considering that he's a career criminal, you can't help but feel somewhat sorry for them for having put up with Michael's issues for so many years.

* LoveToHate:
** Steve Haines, who basically has a VillainousBreakdown every other mission he shows up in, [[AmusingInjuries gets shot in the leg]] ([[RunningGag twice!]]) [[spoiler: and [[KarmicDeath dies by getting sniped while filming his TV show]] in the GoldenEnding.]]
** Likewise, the LaughablyEvil CorruptCorporateExecutive Devin Weston, who has some of the funniest interactions with the player characters during his missions, [[spoiler: and [[UndignifiedDeath dies a fittingly humiliating death]] in the GoldenEnding.]]

* MemeticBadass: [[http://vghumor.com/gta-v-vs-avengers/ Trevor.]] He is a man that will ride a motorcycle along the top of a train, take on a gang of bikers single-handed, and commit crimes in just a pair of sweatpants and a dirty tanktop.
* MemeticMutation: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSilIwlqZXM Wasted]] in RealLife.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8bpzeiQMEM "You know,]] [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} chainjahn?"]] It's a {{Mondegreen}} of the Korean phrase 이런 젠장, which means "Goddamn it!" and is properly pronounced as "E-run Jehn-Jang".
** After the first mission, Lamar goes into an epic mini-rant and ends it with an intonate ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TdOc8z-hw8 nigga~]]''. His final word is a fun in-joke for the fans.
* MisaimedFandom: Trevor Philips. He's extremely popular but he's also the most psychotic character and was made to intentionally be a {{deconstruction}} of your standard ''GTA'' protagonist.
* {{Misblamed}}: The soundtrack was a common criticism of the game, saying it was too repetitive and that Rockstar made bad choices with each station. However, each station was ''actually'' curated by their respective DJ, not Rockstar. Which means if you don't like a song in the game, your blame goes to the DJ of station, not them. It was lightened up with the next-gen version, due to there being much more songs in the game.
** Likewise, the character striping glitch in ''Online'' was actually caused by bugs in the [=NVidia=] driver. This was eventually fixed in a driver update. Unfortunately, said update is not compatible with certain motherboards...
** With the take down of Open IV as mentioned above in InternetBacklash, a lot of people have been bashing Rockstar for the take down instead of Take-Two, despite Rockstar supporting modding as long as it's single player only and isn't used in Online, and it's Take-Two who has the stance against modding.
* {{Moe}}: Wade, according to some.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[MoralEventHorizon/GrandTheftAuto See here.]]
* MostAnnoyingSound:
** The GameOver "whiplash" (i.e. the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R69UCiSOpZc mission failed/wasted/busted]] sound effect). The "gong" sound (removed in the next-gen re-release) after said whiplash doesn't help either.
** The screaming of the enemies are also really irritating. There are only so many times you can stand profane testosterone-addled insults being hurled at you before it gets old, and the worst part is that they won't shut up even if you're well out of sight.
--->'''Merryweather Soldier:''' I'm going to [[VideoGame/DukeNukem shit down your neck]]!\\
'''NOOSE Trooper:''' Killing makes my dick hard!\\
'''Lost MC Member:''' Get over here and suck this dick!
** The stuff Trevor says when his special ability is activated can also get old if you activate it repeatably.
--->My name's Trevor! What's ''your'' name?!\\
Come on, tough guys, let's do this!\\
Let's party, gentlemen!\\
It's Tee-revor time!\\
Where are you pricks?\\
[[{{Angrish}} RAAAAAAAAGHH!]]
*** Pretty much anyone online with a microphone. Taken UpToEleven when they are a little kid.
** Both Amanda and Tracey [[CuteButCacophonic have shrill voices]], daughter more so than mother. It's no wonder Michael puts on his earbuds at the start of "[=Father/Son=]" to drown out their argument.
** Lots of the original in-game music (as opposed to the stuff on the radio) gets to this level when it plays on a mission you play repeatedly. Particularly glaring in a lot of the vehicle stealing/selling CEO missions in ''Online'', as the music tries to be dramatic, but just ends up coming across as grating from the get-go (including very sharp and obnoxious snares, and in at least one track, what legitimately sounds like the whines of dying whales). And this is the soundtrack for missions you'll be doing over and over for maybe hours to grind up easy money. The radio is a godsend in these cases.
** LJT. While other [=NPCs=] call at random, LJT takes it to new extremes. "Long John Teabag" is the NPC helper associated with the motorcycle club businesses. Whenever a businesses supplies are running low, supplies are deplete, stock is full, or he thinks you should upgrade a business, he will let you know. What makes him so annoying is not only does he call you repeatedly during a session, but he will call as soon as you enter a lobby. Each status update is also a different call and he always makes them back to back, sometimes with combos of ''six or more calls.''
* MostWonderfulSound: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFGxEBOnZTs mission passed]] sound effect.
** The sound of your Orbital Weapons System obliterating a target.

* {{Narm}}: A lot of Trevor's antics, like his murderous personality, his appearance (complete with tattoos), his "screw the authorities" lifestyle, choice of music (namely punk) and behavior around other characters make him seem like Rockstar tried ''really'' hard to make a character appeal to teenagers, or at least, created a character so edgy many people couldn't begin to take seriously. Still that doesn't excuse [[spoiler:murdering the Lost's former Alderney chapter]], and he can still be a NightmareFuelStationAttendant in some instances.
** On the subject of Trevor, looking at how he behaves around characters (namely having no respect around anyone) and NPCS, it can be pretty funny seeing him [[OutOfCharacterMoment thanking a store clerk, a hairdresser or a cab driver, or even being nice around people on random events, like saying "I'm just doing my job"]]. Yup, that's right, ''Trevor'' being a HumbleHero.
* NeverLiveItDown: The focus on Online has severely lowered the expectations of some fans who feel that the next game's singleplayer will be disapointing or non-existant. This has even leaked outside of GTA fandom, with ''Red Dead'' fans feeling uneasy after the announcement for ''Red Dead Redemption 2'' as much as mentioned an online mode.
* NightmareRetardant: You know the ghost at Mount Gordo? It's not that scary when you get a good look at it, and it's revealed to be just a still image bobbing up and down.

* OlderThanTheyThink: All three special abilities. Michael obviously has [[VideoGame/MaxPayne Bullet Time]], while Trevor and Franklin's abilities (being able to deal more damage and take less/slowing down time in vehicles) are derived from the Aggro and Zone abilities from ''VideoGame/MidnightClub''.
** Also Michael's ability is almost like [[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption dead eye]], except that he doesn't have the tagging ability.
** Speaking of ''Red Dead Redemption'', many of the random encounters in this game were lifted straight from RDR. The difference is that in that game the encounters had the purpose of keeping the players entertained while they rode from one place to another, while in this game they exist because... [[GrandfatherClause well, because they were in RDR]].
** Many of the side activities were lifted directly from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'', which had golf, racing, parachuting (either from helicopters or large buildings), helicopter missions, dance minigames and booty calls among others. About the only minigames that weren't lifted from that game or from previous entries are scuba diving (mainly because on the IV-era you could only swim at surface level) and tennis.
* OrWasItADream: Exiting a peyote hallucination in the Next-Gen versions of the game will remove any wanted level gained while an animal, but objects such as police cars will remain in the world.

* {{Padding}}: The game claims to have 69 missions, but a number of these are extremely short or simple. The absolute worst examples are during the preparations for Blitz Play, where buying three boiler suits and buying three masks each count as a mission.
* PlayerPunch
** [[spoiler:Johnny Klebitz getting killed by Trevor.]]
** [[spoiler:When Franklin gets the choice as to whether kill Michael or Trevor (or TakeAThirdOption), killing either character is a huge punch, if the player have grown attached to them. Even worse with Michael, as he has finally gotten his life turned around.]]
* PoesLaw:
** Is the game [[http://badtransjokes.tumblr.com/post/62914762704/badtransjokes-before-i-even-started-playing-the unabashedly transphobic]], or does it simply mock the [[http://badtransjokes.tumblr.com/post/62792164589/gta-v-presents-she-male-bop objectification]] of the transgender?
** Many of the other topical issues in the game count as well. Does the game mock consumerist, materialistic, hedonistic, sexist, and homophobic US culture - and we as the players for participating in it - or revel in it? Just who is the joke on, exactly?
* PolishedPort: While it's not perfect, the PC port is generally considered to be miles better than what it's predecessor received. In addition to consistent 60 FPS, faster loading times, and modding functionality, it also includes the surprisingly powerful Rockstar Video Editor which makes it far easier to record and edit game clips. GTA V, alongside [[VideoGame/MaxPayne Max Payne 3]], is believed to set a new standard for Rockstar PC ports after a string of either sub-par or non-existent ones.
** PortingDisaster: However, it's still very buggy to say it came out with over a year of delays. For example,
*** on various cards and processors, despite having decent frame per second during benchmark, the game will eventually stutters badly.
*** any online character you make may have black stripes running down their model like a referee shirt for no reason at all[[note]]This was eventually revealed to be a bug in the [=NVidia=] drivers.
*** Sadly however, the driver update that fixes it ''isn't compatible with all computers, especially older ones.''[[/note]]. There's also the reintroduction of [[ScrappyMechanic Rockstar Social Club]] with barely any improvement. Live somewhere like a college campus with controlled internet access? You might not be able to play this game without paying through your nose for your own mobile broadband subscription.

* RatedMForMoney: The game pushes the M rating to its very limit, and it made '''$800,000,000''' in just one day. It went on to make just over a $1 billion within three days, faster than ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Jimmy. He's a whiny jerk who brings nothing but trouble to Michael: selling Michael's boat, drugging him, and giving him flak for his crimes [[{{Hypocrite}} while praising Franklin and Trevor for the same things]]. Until the final missions, the ''only'' positive thing Jimmy does is get robbed by Franklin, so he and Michael meet. The rest of Michael's family aren't exactly lovable either, but at least when [[spoiler:Michael and Amanda separate]], Tracey still stays in contact with her father and Amanda has more than enough reason to be mad since [[spoiler:she was suddenly thrust into witness protection by her husband's behest]]. Jimmy stays antagonistic to his father until later he apologizes to Michael, helps him reunite the family and [[spoiler:[[BigDamnHeroes saves Mike, Amanda, and Tracey from a Merryweather Mercenary]] [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass by turning off the lights, sneaking up on him with night vision goggles, and bashing him over the head with his bong]] in the final stretch of the game]].
** The radio stations have been criticized for having songs that aren't as great as the previous games stations in exchange for giving "a west coast feel" (with notable exceptions such as Radio Mirror Park and Non-Stop Pop FM). The next gen versions fixed all that by allowing the [=DJs=] to pick any songs they wanted to add into their stations. Many agree that the quality of the stations have gone up significantly and already great stations are now even better.
* [[RewatchBonus Replay Bonus]]: Watching the prologue knowing [[spoiler:Michael had planned for the heist to go bad makes several things such as the small amount of money stolen and him staying out in the open after Brad gets shot]] make more sense in hindsight.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Taliana Martinez is a minor character introduced as an optional heist crew member. Her voice actress is Carolina Ravassa, who at the time she was extremely obscure. When you hear her ''now'' however, it's almost impossible not to think of [[VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} Sombra]].

* TheScrappy:
** Franklin's aunt Denise doesn't do much to endear herself. Considering she spends most of her time complaining, being lazy, and insulting Franklin ([[SpeakIllOfTheDead and her deceased sister]], [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas who is Franklin's mother]]) every chance she gets. Even when Franklin is doing far better in life than she is, she still acts like an ungrateful hypocrite.
** Though she doesn't get much screentime, Tanisha has gotten on the wrong side of some people. On one hand, her concerns with Franklin and reasons for not staying in a relationship with him are well founded, and she's one of the few characters with a greater sense of morality and a desire for a legitimate, law abiding lifestyle. On the other hand, her fiancee (i.e. the man she ditched Franklin for) just happens to be a doctor, giving one the impression that Tanisha's method toward gaining said legitimate lifestyle is to marry out to someone legitimate, law abiding (supposedly at least - this is GTA after all) ''and'' in the higher income bracket. Say what you will about Franklin, but at least he had to work and work hard in order to get out of the hood[[note]]and not just through criminal acts, as Franklin confesses to Jimmy during "Father/Son" that he has attempted to gain lawful employment several times[[/note]], whereas Tanisha (of what little we see of her) gives the impression that she only got out by proxy and only holds the moral high ground because she can literally afford to. And yet she's the one claiming Franklin's taking all the easy ways out, and later on preaches on the subject of friendship and loyalty?
*** She also comes across as a massive {{Hypocrite}} on multiple angles. When Franklin expresses frustration with Lamar and seems unwilling to go and save him from trouble he got himself into ''again'', Tanisha [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on it]] by giving him the previously stated lecture on how he will never change and he thus has to remain loyal to his friends in the hood, when she herself has largely stopped communicating with them as well. Furthermore, she calls Franklin a murderer to his face, criticizes him for being a criminal gangbanger...and immediately tells him to go save Lamar in a mission that will inevitably involve committing more acts of violence. Further searching proves that Tanisha's husband to be is less that moral as she'd like Franklin to believe, and hints at marrying Tanisha for the token trophy status that she would bring.
** Fabien [=LaRouche=], the rude, perverted yoga instructor, has not endeared himself to fans at all. It's rather satisfying to see Michael [[TakeThatScrappy whack him with a laptop for being just simply an awful person in general.]]
** Long John Teabag, a new phone contact introduced in the Bikers Update, has gained a lot of hate due to his annoying phone calls telling you that your Business is running out of supplies and you need to get some more. He says the same call ''every single time you enter a new session''. And it gets annoying ''very'' quickly, especially if you're doing Heists as he calls even if you're not registered as a Motorcycle Club President, bringing back some painful memories of "[[GrandTheftAutoIV HEY NIKO! IT'S YOUR COUSIN! LET'S GO BOWLING!]]"
** Amanda, Michael's wife, who basically sets off the chain of events leading to Mike's return to crime because she [[YourCheatingHeart slept with her tennis coach.]] She's later shown having another affair with her yoga instructor, further driving a wedge in their marriage. There isn't much shown about her character, other than the fact that she's [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish,]] [[HairTriggerTemper short-tempered,]] and [[{{Hypocrite}} constantly berates Michael for his poor choices while fixing none of her own.]]
* ScrappyMechanic:
** Properties do not give you a very good return-on-investment. Spend millions for something that gets you thousands, maybe hundreds, an in-game week. Missions do not give you very much money at all. Freaks and Strangers missions typically don't give you anything whatsoever other than a short mission working for a weirdo. Where are you expected to get money from, then? The stock market! Which is, [[TruthInTelevision if you're not careful, a complete and total money sink that gives nothing back]]. Income management is very difficult in this game, and there's not a lot to get excited about for what to spend it on either.
*** There are stable ways for players to make money, at least for Franklin and Trevor. Franklin is able to take part in street races, and with the ease of which you can steal a high performing car and Franklin's special ability, winning these should be no problem. Trevor meanwhile can buy an airfield, which gives him access to gun-running missions. The plane ones in particular are quite easy, generally boiling down to "Fly plane to this location, drop weapons package/bomb, repeat a few times, land." Both these examples net the player several thousand dollars each go. However, these won't help much towards actually buying other properties, which is where most of your money is probably going to go.
*** Speaking of street races, there is a mod that adds alot of them, and they are much more advanced than the Hao street races. For one thing, they take alot of features from ''Online'', such as car classes, AI racer count, bets (from free to $100,000), and the ability to create new races and car classes. It can also be done with any character, not just Franklin. Essentially, betting $100,000 and racing against 32 AI racers, and winning, will net you ''$3,300,000'', turning the mod into a GameBreaker that does make income management easier. So, if you're hurting for money and feel that playing the stock market is hard
** There's also the game's tendency to force characters into roles they aren't optimized for, i.e. forcing Trevor or Michael to drive while Franklin shoots.
** Flying, especially with choppers. Due to very sensitive camera mechanics, flying can be incredibly difficult to get use to. It doesn't help that flight school, which teaches players how to fly, isn't made available until '''after''' the first flying mission. Fortunately, flying is easier than in ''GTA San Andreas'', and the flight school is optional (Michael will get pestered by Trevor, but not as much as Mike Toreno pestered CJ).
** Some content in the single player game isn't unlocked unless you do specific things IRL, like signing up to the Rockstar social club, downloading a smartphone app or connecting your account to Facebook. It's bad enough that this is the sort of thing GTA usually lampoons in its media, but to make it worse, ''there's never any indication given on how to unlock this content''. Wondering why you can't watch the finals of Fame or Shame? Figure it out yourself. Chop still crapping all over your yard even though you walk him every day? Figure it out yourself. Want some newer hairstyles for the protaganists? Figure it out yourself.
** The heritage system used to create your online character has it's fair share of detractors. Rather than craft your criminals from scratch their features are based on choosing who their parents and grandparents were. Fans looking forward to a deep character creator or making a digital likeness of themselves were left disappointed.
** There has also been criticism of online play getting things that single player didn't, like the expanded property buying system, a personal mechanic that delivers cars, the ability to take showers, increased customization, vehicle tracker, and just an overwhelming feeling like they packed it with more options than single player mode. The interaction menu has since been patched into the main game.
** Losing the cops in online play... doesn't actually lose the cops. At least not if you're in a stolen vehicle. Even if you've completely gotten rid of that wanted level, the next patrol car or police station you pass will light up and chase you down. This can be fixed by going to a shop and having the car resprayed. Thankfully, patrol cars are very rarely seen unless you happen to run into another player being chased by the cops.
*** Losing the cops even in single player mode is much more irritating than in past games. Once you get out of their view, you must wait for roughly a minute or two before the manhunt is finally called off. During this entire time, cops will still be searching for the player character and often appear instantaneously on the map right in front of the player, and often you can't turn around to go the other way because other cops will be behind you, which leaves you stuck in a dead end and forced be caught and repeat the process all over again. This can often unintentionally extend some missions by 10-20 minutes and prevent you from getting gold.
*** And speaking of cops, it's really irritating how easily the cops can be sent after you. You can't even punch one pedestrian without another nearby calling the police on you, all because nearly every NPC has a cellphone. Even if there isn't another pedestrian or police officer in sight, there's still an insanely high chance that you'll get a star on your wanted level. Contrast with earlier games, where you could kill half a dozen pedestrians with a melee weapon and the cops would be none the wiser.
** One of the features in GTA Online is the ability to set bounties on other players for a minimal fee. Whoever kills the target gets $1000-$9000 for themselves. Doesn't sound like a bad idea... until you realize that ''random [=NPCs=] in the game world can set bounties on you without warning'' if you do so much as steal a car or accidentally front-end someone during a police chase. Have fun trying to deliver that high-value Import/Export vehicle to Simeon in perfect condition while being shot at by every player you see! Oh, and bounties don't go away when joining a new session, either, so you're never safe. And oh, don't bother logging out to wait it out- the counter actually ''pauses'' and only counts when you're logged in[[note]]On the other hand, if you manage to avoid the bounty hunters for an in-game day (48 minutes), which if nothing else is easily doable by simply hanging out in your apartment, taking on racing missions solo, or even hiding out at Mount Chiliad), then ''you'' collect the bounty yourself. Also, there's an award and tattoo for collecting enough bounties; it's likely this feature was put in so that players after said award didn't have to wait on the whims of other players to work towards it. Also, most [=NPCs=] would be ignorant of the fact that there's a bounty on you, only the gangster types will come after you. Stay out of the bad side of town for one in-game day, play solo in a invite-only or solo session, and you're good.[[/note]]
** Catch-up. This feature in GTA Online's Race mode was implemented to artificially ensure that all races are neck-and-neck and exciting by slowing down whoever is in first place. This makes being in first place possibly the ''worst'' position until the end of a race. While it can be turned off, rarely do players do that.
** While we're at it, slipstream is arguably just as bad. This feature causes vehicles driving in the wake of those in front of them to gain an insane amount of speed- making for easy last-second passes for the win. It also makes it much easier for [[{{Troll}} Trolls]] to come from behind and wreck you. [[note]] While real life racing utilizes the slipstream effect, it is nowhere near as powerful in the real world as it is in the game.[[/note]]
** The ATM system. When detailed in previews, players were presented with the ever present fear of being robbed of their hard earned income, and to rush to ATM's to deposit this cash, while facing the risk of catching two to the back of the head, leaving a constant vulnerable state. This mechanic was quickly proven to be pointless, as players were able to deposit their cash straight from their cell phones, which nullifies the risk of being robbed since the general player immediately deposits after any mission/activity. Moreover, very few transactions require money on hand, so it's smarter for players to keep their funds in the bank at all times.
** Passive mode was promised as a means for players to safely explore and interact within ''GTA Online'' without the fear of endlessly being killed, at the cost of being unable to shoot at players and [=NPCs=] so long as they are in this mode. While a safe idea, in practice the mode is easily circumvented as players within this mode are still vulnerable, removing only ONE form of possible death. Players within vehicles are still able to be shot to death by players, or become the target of hostile [=NPCs=], while players that are on foot can be instead killed by automobiles or environment manipulations. Rockstar eventually rectified this by forcing non-passive players who somehow kill a passive player to pay for their kill's medical fees, much like how players who destroy an insured personal vehicle must pay for the damages. Likewise, passive players who somehow kill another player will also be forced to pay.
*** This was finally fixed entirely in the next-gen version. Passive Mode is now basically ghost mode where non-passive players can't touch people in passive mode and vice versa, which is basically what people wanted from day one. Although it still gets complaints since griefers can abuse it (usually jet griefers who crash) and leave the victim unable to retaliate.
** The unarmed combat system is glitchy as all hell. In single player mode it's just annoying - it's way too easy to let your character get beaten to death by a frail old woman (for example) and your character won't always get a weapon out if you try to select it mid-fight to scare off your opponent. However, at least there, [=NPCs=] follow a fairly predictable pattern that can quickly be learned and countered. In online mode, against live opponents, it's purely based on luck. The targeting is faulty, the relationship between when an attack connects and when its animation connects is non-existent, and it's horribly unresponsive, with your character often refusing to attack for no apparent reason. There's also no ability to control what sort of attack your character makes, so you'll often go for a powerful haymaker when you want to jab, leaving yourself open, or a short attack when you want reach. It works ''marginally'' better with melee weapons, but not much. Never the less, unarmed and melee weapon only death matches are extremely popular, as they don't involve any costs as regards to ammo.
*** Sometimes, getting a weapon out doesn't help that often, because your character seems to think it's smarter to kick their enemy instead of using the bludgeoning/stabbing instrument in their hand.
** The heists in Online have proved agitating with how you absolutely need to have all of your crew members alive in order to complete a mission. To compound this, you only have one life to share between you. And if one of your team members drops out at ANY point, it's an instant game over regardless of how far along you are in the job.
*** Hell, the fact that you need four players for all parts of the heist has proven to be annoying. While the four player requirement is understandable in the finales, many of the setups (including some that fall under ThatOneSidequest) are easily doable with less than four players. Especially when playing with random people, someone in the group of four just ends up being TheLoad.
** Minor example, but the PlayerCharacter fires a sniper rifle roughly half a second after you press the trigger. It's fine if your target is standing still or moving towards/away from you, but it falls into this trope if your target is moving across your field of view, as it forces you to aim at the ''right'' place and press the trigger at the ''right'' time, lest your shot miss.
*** This example is also why killing helicopter pilots is hard. If you try to do this, one of four things can happen: 1) You shoot, but the bullet bounces off the frame of the helicopter. 2) You shoot, but the bullet misses the pilot entirely. 3) You shoot and the bullet hits him, but ''does not kill him'', so he requires at least one more shot to take down. 4) You shoot and the bullet hits him ''and'' kills him. This one is the least likely to happen. Of course, if #4 happens, be ready to run, or you could get killed by the crashing helicopter, thus rendering your efforts useless.
** Body Armor in Online is very fragile, with even Super Heavy armor being torn apart alarmingly easily. While this is supposedly remedied by players being able to carry multiple vests, the fact that one would absolutely have to retreat into a place they couldn't be shot can disrupt the flow of firefights, and some people tend to panic and forget about their reserve armor. Oh, and [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard ALL enemy NPCs seem to have invisible full-body suits much better than you could ever get]], putting some missions into FakeDifficulty.
** The insurance mechanic is getting some flak with the advent of the Armored Kuruma, a car with armor plating that even covers most of the windows, and the Insurgent, an LAPV that's among the most durable thing a player can drive. The only consistent way to destroy these things (and kill the driver inside, in the case of the Armored Kuruma) are explosives, which force the destroyer to pay for the insurance of the destroyed vehicle. It doesn't matter what the driver did to you, it doesn't matter if they're mentally unstable, it doesn't even matter if they're being pursued by the police (in which case the car would've gotten impounded anyway), if you destroy their car, ''you're'' the asshole who deserves to be punished. Many argue that this makes griefers who own the vehicles ultimately victorious through a cruel MortonsFork; shooting them is ineffective, and blowing them up drains the destroyer's wallet dry. Oh, and the ''Gunrunning'' update allows you to completely modify the car, which not only allows for upgraded armory, but replace the .50 cal gun turret with that of a minigun. Have fun surviving a session with one of them in it and being fleeced off your money if you aren't careful enough.
*** Making this somewhat worse, there has been hacks that completely bypass the defence of these vehicles and just aimbot the players inside. If you're being targeted by griefers using these hacks and try to hide in your own Kuruma, you're not going to be successful.
*** Thankfully it appears that Rockstar have addressed this issue and allowed players being killed countless number of times by another to ghost them for a brief time.
** The mere fact that you can be directly harmed by bullets while ''in a car'' (as apposed to the car taking all the damage for you) can lead to some extremely cheap deaths. The enhanced version of the game alleviates this by adding the ability to duck while inside a vehicle, but it is still possible to be hit.
** Health does regenerate up to 50% by itself. However, it only regenerates once you've been standing still for a few seconds, which under most circumstances is only if you're in cover or in a vehicle. Given that there are some cases in missions where there are wide open areas with neither cover nor vehicles means you may have to rely on snacks, which has an animation (bypassed in cover and vehicles), but, for some bizarre reason, your character has a tendency to only take one bite and throw the rest of the perfectly good snack away, and even if you get past that, it takes some time to get the maximum health gain from them.
** Characters driving motorcycles or [=ATVs=] have a tendency of flying off the vehicle when they collide with something. While this makes sense in some situations for [[RealityEnsues reality's sake]], it gets grating when you collide with a small rock at 15 mph and get ejected.
** Team Lives in online missions, ''especially'' [[NintendoHard heists]], has made doing a lot of online content exercises in frustration: all it takes is one bad player to completely ruin a mission. This is doubly true for missions with CheckpointStarvation, such as the Prison Break heist finale described below in ThatOneLevel.
** Server issues are the bane of many players' existence, even after supposedly being fixed by Rockstar. A player can't be in a server for more than 10 minutes without everyone else apparently spontaneously disconnecting. Oh, and this can happen during missions, where a lone player can't even try to complete a mission without getting torn to shreds by the numerous enemies. Or how about when a teammate has just recovered an aircraft for the objective, and they supposedly leave for no reason, allowing the aircraft to [[OhCrap spiral out of control]] and cause one to fail through no fault of their own?
** First Person Mode on the next-gen consoles and PC. At first it seems like an amazing addition and gives a new feeling of immersion to the world, but compared to comparable titles with first-person modes, it falls a bit short:
*** The animations for first-person are sloppy and stiff; hold a pistol while idle and look at your character's shadow, the model is stiff and awkward looking and doesn't move naturally. Rockstar made it so the equipped weapon is held in front of you in first person at eye level, which looks weird and blocks half the view. In addition, while in third person your character will look straight ahead and be in a normal stance, for some strange reason in first-person they turn their body to the right, while still looking straight ahead.
*** Aiming in cars is almost impossible since there's no situational awareness and the controls require multiple buttons to be pressed. Oftentimes trying to aim in such a situation will result in a crash and wasted ammo.
*** Using iron sights doesn't feel natural; the aim assist means it will "snap" to a target instantly, and the aim-down sight happens instantly which can be jarring when compared to other [=FPSes=] which do a more natural aim-down sight, and theres no way to switch targets without letting go of the aim and button and pressing it again.
*** Looking around when driving vehicles is frustrating as the view will automatically return back to looking forward the moment the analog stick is released unless you're completely stopped. Flying a helicopter and want to admire the view? Hope you're hovering, otherwise you're going to be fighting the analog stick to hold it in the direction you want to look.
** Further Adventures in Finance and Felony finally brought about an anti-cheat system for Online. Hurray, right? Except it happens to ban anyone who uses ''any program that hooks'', leaving many players clueless as to why they were just banned.
** The fact that you cannot insure bicycles. The highest end ones can cost as much as $10000, which is still a lot to lower ranking players. Made worse by a game-breaking bug that prevents a space on the bike rack from being reused if the bike got destroyed and you have a medium-sized garage in earlier versions of the game.
** The inability to start a invite-only or solo session of ''Online'' from the main menu is another one for some players. At the moment, it is only possible to start solo or invite-only sessions by first starting story mode and then selecting to go online from there. Some player argues that this isn't a big deal since the game will load online faster once it gets into story mode, but there are players who don't want to jump through the menu hoops and just want to start a private or solo session from the get-go.
** The favorite bike mechanic introduced in ''Bikers'' update. The game designates the bike you ride the most to be your favorite, boosting health regeneration and damage whenever you're on it...in theory. In reality, the game has an uncanny tendency to set your favorite to the most AwesomeButImpractical bike you have in your garage, which you probably hardly ride. Good luck getting the stat to change to the bike you actually ride the most. You can ride it until the cows come home and the stat still won't budge.
** Vehicles in the biker delivery missions will wind up destroyed if they happen to become stuck- even if said vehicle is stuck on something as small as a rock in the middle of the desert. The vehicles are considered destroyed when stuck as long as you're in it, but if you get out, it won't count, which will give you time to get another vehicle to ram the mission vehicle out of its stuck position.
** Warehouse, business, and bunker raids. They happen at completely random, and often at inopportune, times and force you to drop everything you're doing and defend your business. For the warehouse raids, even if you are [[MemeticMutation Johnny on the spot]], you still lose some of your stock. For the bunker and biker raids, failure results in the complete loss of all supplies and product as well as forces players to then complete another setup mission for said raided business.
** The respawn system in ''Online'' is the source of a lot of grumbling, even if it's not hated so much as just disliked. When you kill someone in ''Online'' it's not uncommon for them to spawn less than a block away, having lost only $500. If you're trying to defend a slow-moving shipment this means they can immediately engage you again, which can turn two or three pursuing players into an unending ZergRush as you kill them and they respawn over and over again. It's also a system that makes spawn-camping extremely easy unless the victim goes into passive mode, which they can't do if registered as a CEO or MC president. It's not unheard of for a player to get sniped, respawn, then get sniped again the instant they reappear because the player who just killed them only has to turn to get line of sight again.
** Forced public lobbies. To access a lot of the more profitable content in ''Online'' or even just manage your CEO/MC/Bunker businesses you must be in a public lobby. Attempting these missions will alert the entire lobby to your presence, mark you on the map so they can chase you down, and encourage them to kill you. This is in addition to whatever [=NPCs=], time limits, or other obstacles the mission itself throws at you. This has become increasingly hated as updates have added more and more ways to rapidly destroy vehicles with little to no warning, making it nearly impossible to defend the often slow-moving delivery vehicle regardless of how large your group is and leading to accusations that R* is relying on the community's numerous trolls and griefers to give their missions challenge instead of designing good missions. There's a reason that methods to get a 'solo public lobby' are the most commonly-used glitches in the entire game.
** "Gunrunning" added the research system for unlocking vehicle and weapon upgrades at the bunker. This may be the most widely-despised system to ever be added to ''Online.'' You cannot choose what gets researched, there are 51 different projects, and research either takes several hours (which you must be online for) or a not-insignificant amount of money to complete. Additionally, researching uses up supplies, which must be regularly restocked, and while you can research and manufacture at the same time it's the slowest and least-efficient option. Add to this the fact that many of these research options are weapon and vehicle skins or liveries, and you can research upgrades for vehicles you don't own before getting the ones for vehicles you do, and a lot of players are left frustrated.
** Also added with "Gunrunning" were weaponized personal vehicles. Destroying a personal vehicle earns a player 'Bad Sport' points and forces them to pay for the insurance of the destroyed vehicle. Armed personal vehicles mean that it's possible for someone to attack a victim with one and either kill the victim or force the victim to destroy the vehicle, costing the victim money and potentially marking them as a 'bad sport' by the game for the CrimeOfSelfDefense.
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: Ironically, the cars are based off real-world vehicles- but due to the reluctance of R* to pay licensing fees, they have slight modification to the looks and their names are often completely changed. For example, many players have noted that the Karin Futo GT is an {{Expy}} of the Toyota [=AE86=] Trueno/Levin GT-S. If a Trueno was a sedan and not a hatchback, and has it's flip-open headlights ripped out (although some people speculate that they look like a '91 [=AE92=] Corolla GT instead).
** Automobile companies tend to put some very strict limitations on use of their brands/designs by games, in the name of brand image. Most will not even allow representations of their product to even appear ''damaged'', let alone approve of its use in the various crimes a player can commit.
* ShallowParody: A [[https://nowloading.co/posts/4042667 common]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEZRbzaGv0I beef]] that [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-critics-love-about-gta-v-that-actually-suck/ critical articles]] written about the game have is just how clumsy and shallow a majority of the games attempts at satirizing the "American Way" of life are. As the satire never goes beyond a bunch of generic mean spirited stereotypes (rednecks, obnoxious celebrities, obtrusive paparazzi, etc) and one note jokes with no substance. This quote from ''Seanbaby'' says it best.
-->-- ''{{Creator/Seanbaby}}'': ''Satire and parody are more complicated than Scary Movie 11 would have you believe. You need to do more than point at social trends and call a dwarf casting agency. For instance, the GTA V writers explore fertile comedy ground with the idea of women being dumb whores. Any idiot will tell you that ridicule is a hilarious alternative to leering when you're dealing with giant-breasted sluts, but GTA attacks with no wit. And when you mock something without wit, you're just a cranky bully. Grand Theft Auto V's writers read the instructions on a rape kit and decided they knew everything they needed to know about women and comedy.''
* SongAssociation: A lot of people were introduced to Kamtin Mohager, aka The Chain Gang of 1974[[note]] he also has a side project with Marshall Gallagher of Swing Hero called Teenage Wrist[[/note]] through this game, specifically through the song "Sleepwalking".[[note]] Kamtin has released an album, Wayward Fire, prior to this.[[/note]]
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In the mission "The Paleto Score", Trevor shoots a security camera with a SawedOffShotgun at point blank range. Said camera is completely undamaged.
** Vehicle interiors, which have a lot of detail to them and look great in first-person, unfortunately suffer from a large amount of "copy-pasting". Its not unusual to see a Lamborghini-esque car having the same interior as a BMW-esque car half its price.
* {{Squick}}: [[spoiler: The deaths of Debra, Floyd and Molly for some.]]
** Trevor jerking off in his bathroom and ''smearing it on the wall''.
** Most of the stuff involving [[ThePigPen Trevor]] actually. Aside from taking ADateWithRosiePalms, he also [[ToiletHumor takes loud and noisy shits on the toilet]] (or in one cutscene, ''just behind a dumpster''), [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomits violently]] ([[FridgeHorror with the implication]] [[IAmAHumanitarian part of the upchuck used to be a living person he made unliving]]), to occasionally wearing [[VillainousCrossdresser women's clothing]], or [[ComedicUnderwearExposure his underpants]]. [[spoiler: Oh, and brutally killing Johnny, Terry, Clay, the Lost MC, Debra and Floyd, etc., etc., etc.]]
** [[spoiler:Steve Haines shooting Andreas Sanchez; you can see his brain and everything!]]
* StrawmanHasAPoint:
** Trevor's constant carping about how the crew doesn't need Lester and they should just save the 20% by planning the heists themselves is meant to be just more evidence of what a dick he is. Except...both he and Michael demonstrate, in "The Merryweather Heist" and "Blitz Play," that they are perfectly capable of planning their own scores without Lester's help. Sure, they don't get paid for either job, but not because they were poorly planned. In fairness, when the crew does make a score that isn't money Lester's the only one who can fence the stolen goods without drawing attention. This is mentioned as pretty much the only reason Trevor [[spoiler: can't make off with the portion of gold he carries in the big score even though he wants to.]]
** After "Caida Libre", Michael tries for a while to make peace with Madrazo so that Madrazo doesn't get him and Trevor killed, but Trevor isn't willing to do so. Although Michael is portrayed as the sensible one and Trevor the crazy one, it just doesn't make sense to see Michael so scared of Madrazo after putting on successfully the Paleto Score (with involved a fight against the army, including ''tanks'') without doubts or fears. After getting out of that alive, it's pretty reasonable for Trevor to be confident on their abilities and think they can fight back Madrazo with success. This is reinforced when [[spoiler:Trevor brings back Patricia to Madrazo and it's obvious Madrazo is terrified of Trevor.]]
** At the end of "Lamar Down," one of Lamar's litany of (otherwise completely spurious) complaints is that Franklin never cuts him in on any of the big jobs he does with Michael and Trevor. He's right, and he's easily as qualified to do those job as the lower-quality drivers and gunmen available are. Furthermore, in order to mollify him, Franklin promises that he'll cut Lamar in on the next big job he does. He never keeps that promise and, to add insult to injury, the next job is the biggest heist of the game! In fairness, Franklin openly considers Lamar to be uncivilized and delusional of his skills, telling him he'd get work if he were to stop living the fantasy of a "gangbanging mad dogging asshole." In Franklin's eyes, bringing Lamar along on organized, high-stakes gigs is far too risky (and Lester doesn't work with amateurs). That said, Lamar ''could'' have helped in stealing the Gauntlets for the heist, considering he does have experience in car stealing and it's much less risky than the actual heist (Not to mention Lamar stole the Monroe for Devin Weston in ''Pack Man'', albeit unprofessionally, but still, Frank, PetTheDog every once in a while).

* TakeThatAudience: Self Radio has one to music pirates; one of the station call sign goes something like this:
--> "Music that speaks to you. [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil And it's saying that you didn't pay for it]]".
** The second highest value [[{{Microtransactions}} Shark card]] is the Whale Shark. While it fits the naming convention, 'whale' is also gaming industry slang for a wealthy player who spends a lot of real money on ingame items - The exact kind of person who would buy this card.
* TakeThatScrappy: Anyone who is absolutely mad that Rocco from ''The Ballad of Gay Tony'' became a KarmaHoudini at the end of the game will be absolutely thrilled to see that he became reduced to a ButtMonkey in this game [[spoiler:and even gets killed by Michael in one mission]].
* ThatOneLevel:
** Consensus seems to indicate "Driller" falls into this category, at least for those looking for "gold" standing. Made more frustrating by the fact video walkthroughs no longer seem to work as the AI guards appear to have been reprogrammed so the timing no longer works out.
** "Legal Trouble", where Molly takes away Michael's film, and it is your job to chase her down into the airport, getting a high wanted level and see [[spoiler: Molly killed in a plane turbine]] in the process just to reclaim it. The chase is a bit crazy, but losing the cops afterwards in the airport is what really makes this one a hair yanker (Hint: if you take the Shamal in the hangar, it's easier). It is made even more frustrating once you find out [[spoiler: [[AllForNothing the whole mission was pointless]], as a digital copy of the film was in the studio the whole time]].
** "Scounting the Port" is an interesting example. It's not a hard mission (it's actually one of the easiest), but it's ''boring'', due to involving absolutely no action. All you do is regular longshoremen work while planning for a heist.
** Some of Lamar's missions in Online require you to (optionally) join someone else and steal a tanker of fuel while evading the cops. Sounds simple, right? Well, the tanker goes about 30 miles per hour at best, is prone to detaching, and you have helicopters after you. And that's not going into the tanker's [[MadeOfExplodium properties]], and the fact that the police have a tendency of shooting and [[TooDumbToLive ramming into it]].
** Another of Lamar's Online missions tasks you with sneaking some lowriders past the cops to be fenced. If either you or your one teammate get spotted, you have to start all over. Then, once you finally do make it to your destination, you get to enjoy a shootout wherein you're beset on all sides by gangbangers.
** Right after this mission is "It's a G Thing", which tasks you with rescuing Gerald from police custody. To do this, you just have to blow open the doors of the police wagon he's in and pick him up. Simple, right? Unfortunately, the wagon stops in the middle of the airport tarmac, with no cover to speak of, and about half a dozen cops who will instantly aerate you if you so much as walk near the wagon. Decide to try and whittle down the cops numbers before going in to plant the sticky bomb on the wagon? Too bad, you get a 3 star wanted level once the cops get alerted to your presence, and they start bringing in helicopters and spawning infinitely.
** "Did Somebody Say Yoga?", where a large portion of the level consists of you having to fiddle around with the controls in ''very'' specific combinations in order to perform exercises. It's not hard to do, but if you fail at any point during a set, you have to do that ''entire'' set all over again. Mess up three times, and you fail the mission. Oh, and the whole time, [[MostAnnoyingSound you have to put up with the annoying chatter of Amanda and Fabien as they comment on your physique]]. At least the same mission makes up for it somewhat by having [[spoiler:one of the most awesomely hilarious drug-addled hallucination sequences in video game history.]]
** Stocks and Scares, a Lester mission in Online, can be this, as it's one of two missions (the other being Dry Docking) that require opening a safe. Unlike hacking terminals, the safe uses a rather complex unlocking system, where if you turn the wrong way, the lock resets. Add in infinitely spawning enemies and you have a mission that gives all but the most well organized teams frustration. However, it is one of the highest paying missions in Online after the rebalance, so it is worth it.
** The Humane Labs Online heist. ThatOneSidequest mentions two of the setups, and the final mission is just as annoying. There are two teams that each have reasonably difficult tasks, but the worst part is they're separated from eachother and can't help the other out. In addition to that, each team has a fairly decent challenge on their hands. All of that makes it the least popular heist.
*** The ground team has to navigate tight corridors while the lights are. Despite being pitch black, [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the enemy guards have no problems pelting you with bullets from the first moment they possibly can.]] Normally it woulden't be so bad execpt the game pressures you to hurry in order to avoid the air team having to put up with too much resistance. The game also [[FakeDifficulty reduces the ammo count on the assault rifles and pistols to 120 for the duration of the heist]], two weapons that would be much more useful in the hallways they keep throwing you into than Sub-Machine Guns and shotguns, weapons you will most likely resort to due to bringing in your own ammo.
*** The air team has to deal with trucks and enemy helicopters outside. The helicopters aren't too bad but with only one gunner it can be difficult to avoid taking a missile to the face due to how long it can take for the pilot and gunner to coordinate the assault on the enemy helicopters. Complicating things is the fact that the air team has to focus on both enemy attack helicopters and try to attack enemies on the ground before they get to the labs, as they will approach the ground team from behind, becoming another factor to hurry the ground team. Finally you need to hope you have the right players on your heist, because helicopter flying and gunning are both skills a player might not have gotten, while fighting on the ground is mandatory to learn for any player. Finally the game doesn't make it clear the gunner can take the chain gunner's seat, rather than the front mounted explosive round cannon, and that it would allow them to switch what side they're positioned on, making coordination much easier, but also subjecting you the A.I.'s [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard pinpoint aim]], making the chain-gunner position a liability.
*** After the ground and air teams finish their initial tasks, the air team is supposed to pick up the ground team. This is arguably the worst part for the pilot (hell, many players say it's the worst part of the heist in general). The pickup point is a beach just big enough for the helicopter to land. Not only that, but it has an upward slope, making the landing even trickier. It is very easy to land in the water, slice up a teammate with your rotors, or smash the rotors against the cliffs, all of which result in heist failure.
** The "Prison Break" heist can be a real pain in the ass, even if you manage to assemble a team of trusted players with mics. Two players enter the prison as a guard and prisoner in order to find Rashkovsky and escort them to the airfield, but before that, they have to fight their way past [[EliteMooks large groups of NOOSE officers]]. Thankfully, Rashkovsky [[ArtificialBrilliance is very cautious and not likely to die]], but if ''anyone'' fails the Heist, [[CheckPointStarvation you'll have to start over practically from the beginning (with the "prisoner" and "guard" entering the prison again)]]. The pilot of the getaway plane doesn't have it much better: they are on a timer to get to the airfield where they will pick up Rashkovsky which stops once they enter Blaine County, at which point they will be beset upon by fighter jets while riding a plane with comparatively lacking maneuverability and no weapons, meaning that unless the pilot is really good (or can slip behind the jet, since they come one at a time), they will be shot down. The demolitions expert is tasked with protecting them with an attack chopper after hijacking a prison bus and torching it, but helicopters in this game are very difficult to control. Finally, if everything goes well, the "prisoner" and "guard" must bring Rashkovsky to the airfield, with the pilot coordinating their landing so they can pick up Rashkovsky and his escort ''while being pursued by the police with '''a five-star wanted level''''', which means that the airfield will quickly get clogged with police vehicles. And that's not counting if your luck is really crappy and a helicopter is shot down and ''crashes into the plane'', which sends you right back to the "guard" and "prisoner" entering the prison, demolitions hijacking the prison bus, and the pilot flying to the airfield. Typically, at this point, someone will quit. Finally, if you do manage to take off unscathed, the game may throw you a bug where you can't lose the 5-star wanted level, regardless of how far away the cops are from you, rendering the whole heist [[UnwinnableByMistake unwinnable]].
** The "Pacific Standard" heist is almost on the same level as "Prison Break". The first third of the heist is simple enough: go into the bank, get to the vault, get the money, and get out. So long as the Crowd Control heist members keep the alarm from going off, the rest of the heist should remain managable (if still very difficult). Next comes the mad dash to the getaway bikes, having to fight your way through waves of cops; followed by the final getaway, where you and your team make your escape. The journey from the bikes to the escape point is very long and frought with both rough terrain near the end and bloodthirsty cops throughout (and should the alarm go off during the first third, ''[[EliteMooks NOOSE]]''!). CheckpointStarvation isn't as much of an issue here as in "Prison Break", but there's also the fact that if the heist members carrying the money get shot, they start dropping the money, resulting in a smaller reward. As such, many players had taken to using a GoodBadBug that let them take another vehicle (most often, an armored Kuruma car) instead of using the bikes, and [[https://kotaku.com/why-rockstars-removal-of-a-gta-online-car-exploit-is-so-1791796274 why the removal of this exploit]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks pissed a lot of players off]].
** The online mission for the biker club where you have to deliver product in mail vans is considered to be the worst mission for drug running. Not only do the vans go incredibly slow, but your destinations are always miles apart from each other and you will eventually have to take a road that goes uphill, which the van can barely handle. If you want to make more money, you have to drive multiple vans, which can still take a long time even with a proper crew. Unless you are playing with friends only, expect to be easily picked off by other players hunting you down in your slow ass van.
** Most of the Gunrunning delivery missions are disliked due to being a combination of gimmicky and difficult with several being impossible to do alone if you're moving enough product, forcing a seller to trust in the competence of their assistants. Special hatred is reserved for the Dune FAV one, however, which requires the players to drive up to 4 Dune [=FAVs=] to a series of delivery spots to make drops. Each Dune FAV must make all five drops, for a total of 20 if you have four vehicles, and you get attacked by waves of [=NPCs=] each time a drop is made. The Dune [=FAVs=] you're given are hard to control and can be destroyed in a few inches of water, the locations can be very far apart, and the whole mission is timed giving only 15 minutes for all drops to be made. It's generally considered even worse than the infamous mail-van delivery mission listed above, even if no other players decide to come after you.
* ThatOneSidequest:
** The Epsilon chain as a whole. It's notoriously buggy, with some missions and objective requirements not appearing on the map when they're supposed to.
*** There's "Assuming the Truth", which requires you to deliver five specific vehicles. Sometimes the vehicles will rarely spawn while you're looking for them, and there's a possible glitch where if you save anywhere in the middle of it, then the mission will no longer register and the entire chain will be impossible to finish.
*** One of the Epsilon missions, "Exercising the Truth", requires Michael to run a total five miles in the desert while wearing the robes. It can take at least 20 minutes and is very tedious, and your thumb will quickly grow sore from mashing the Sprint button repeatedly, most players deal with this mission by strapping a rubber band over the Analog stock and sprint button and hoping they don't get eaten by a mountain lion. Rockstar themselves must have realized how much players would hate it, as it's one of the only missions in the game which has no gold medal requirements.
** The Coyote Cross Country Triathlon has a similar problem. It is a thirty minute long button mash through swimming, cycling and running with no reward. And unlike that Epsilon mission, it ''does'' have a gold medal requirement. Got in 2nd place? Too bad, time to waste another half-hour!
** Some of the item collecting can be this as well, the nuclear barrels are the worst, even with the sonar app it can be tough to find all 30 as some can be miles apart, if you try to get them all in one run, good luck doing it in less than two hours, as the submarine is painfully slow and awkward to control.
*** The nuclear barrels at least give you a good amount of money, and it's next to impossible to die in the sub. The mission to search for submarine parts only gives you $5 and requires a whole lot of scuba diving in [[OneHitKill shark]]-infested waters.
** One of Franklin's Freaks and Strangers missions requires him to collect 50 spaceship parts, most are fairly easy to get, but a few are tough. One is high on the cliffs and can be tough to get to it due to the slippery slopes you have to climb up to get to it. The most annoying one is on top of a girder that's directly underneath a bridge, you can't climb to it at all, the only way to get it is to somehow land a helicopter directly on the girder without it falling off and carefully walk over to it(or try and bail out of the helicopter and parachute on top of the girder), easier said then done as the space you have to land on is very narrow even for the smallest chopper and it's way too easy to accidentally smack the blades into the girder and damage the helicopter to the point where it's unusable, suffice to say you'll be using quick save a lot just to get that one part.
** The gunrunning missions where Trevor has to fly a plane. [[CheckpointStarvation No checkpoints, at all, ever.]] If you screw up in any way, you have to do the entire mission over again. Miss with one drop too many? Do the mission over again. Get shot too many times by the guys you're trying to bomb? Do the mission over again. Smack the wing of the plane into something on the airstrip as you are taxiing in for a landing, with literally 15 seconds to go before you're done? Do the ''entire mission'' over again. And again. And again!
*** Oh, and the best part is that occasionally the timed version of the bombing mission will have it be literally impossible to actually complete within the given time frame due to placing the targets on opposite sides of the map.
** Some of the more difficult and time-consuming multiplayer missions can generate a lot of frustration there are no mid-mission checkpoints in online. Failure will result in having to start the mission completely over.
** ''Formation Flying'' from ''Online'' Flight School. Imagine [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Freefall]], but it a jet that loves to fall out of formation thanks to the jetwash from the other three jets. And the final portion. Which requires you to stay in formation, pull a half-loop, and fly upside down. Which basically requires knowing how to reverse the controls in a split second or be sent flying away from the formation and failing.
** ''Formation Flying'' was bad, but ''Ground Level'' from ''Online'' Flight School is so ''NintendoHard'' that it can have you yanking your hair out, speaking gibberish and throwing your gamepad/keyboard/mouse out the window. The quest requires you to fly low under bridges and along structures, less than a meter off ground. On a rather fast aircraft. With lots of sharp turns. With controls that don't stabilize themselves. Those without quick reflexes need not apply. [[note]]The level is also buggy as hell- when launched from the flight school, the plane has the tendency to get stuck in mid-air after the introductory video plays, and the only way to get it to proceed is to reset by pressing the abort button and retrying. Also, the averaging height counter doesn't reset between tries, and collision with water is bugged to heck and back that even touching the water for a split second is enough to have the game announce that you've destroyed the aircraft[[/note]]
** The first setup for Humane Labs in ''Online'' is basically [[LuckBasedMission "good luck not dying"]]. While the lookouts have good to decent cover and an elevated position, the buyer and the bodyguard are immediately surrounded on all sides with very little cover and only a garage to take cover in, which even then has questionable protection at best. And ''then'' you have to grab the briefcase, exposing the group to enemy fire, and get away in whatever crappy vehicles happen to be in the parking lot - oh, yeah, and all the group's personal vehicles will literally disappear when the shootout starts, which means absolutely no improvised cover or blockades, and no armored cars (particularly the Kuruma and Insurgent, which would make this setup far easier) to use as protection.
** The fifth setup for Humane Labs is delivering an Insurgent containing an [=EMP=] to the eponymous location in the middle of the night. This is a stealth-enforced mission in a game where you go in guns blazing 90% of the time. To begin with, there are no checkpoints and being spotted by any of the twenty or so guards (plus a couple of scientists) instantly fails the mission. Upon reaching the Labs, a time limit starts which will fail the mission if it runs out. A good number of guards and/or personnel are within sight of each other, requiring synchronized shooting to avoid raising the alarm. Using guns that are too high caliber to kill the guards will let them hear the murders. And just to round it all off, unlocking the garage where the Insurgent is supposed to go has a harder than usual hacking game locking the door. By this point the time is likely to be running out, which makes calmly doing the hacking even worse. All of this is relying on random people online working together and understanding that silencers are important.
** The second setup in Series A. You have to go around collecting garbage bags with drugs stashed in them with a trash truck. First off, you are stuck with flimsy garbage collector outfits which do nothing to protect you, unlike the other setups where you have the option of choosing your own clothes. Secondly, the collectors have to stand on platforms on the rear of the truck, exposing them to gunfire. Finally, the collection points offer little to no cover from the swarms of enemies surrounding you, and one of the locations is a gas station, which carries the risk of an explosion blowing up the truck or killing one of your teammates. Oh yeah, this setup has a time limit, so you can't just hunker down somewhere and kill everyone.
** The first setup in Pacific Standard is an interesting case. You drive around town taking pictures of vans to find the one with a transponder inside. No combat of any kind involved. How hard can it be? The difficulty comes not from the actual gameplay itself, but [[FakeDifficulty getting people to join you]]. Yes, you still need four people to start even though it is easily doable solo. Unfortunately, much of the playerbase views this setup as one of the most boring and unnecessary setups out there (the driver role does virtually nothing). As a result, people will leave the instant they join your lobby and find out it's this setup. Expect to wait quite a while if you don't have friends, possibly longer than any other setup.
** The Second Setup in Pacific standard. First, the "proper" way to do the mission has you driving Jetskis for several minutes with nothing else to do. Most players opt to drive their personal vehicles past this point to one of the re-spawn points on the map and taking the jet skis from there. Second, for a painless run you have to do the rest of this next part without dying. Otherwise your personal vehicles despawn and things become difficult. Then there's a shootout on the island, after which the players must escort Avi to the drop off located in a boat. The clincher is that there's a time limit, and you have to lose your wanted level near the end in an area choked with cops. In order for the job to go smoothly the players either have to take an alternate route in supper cars and lose the cops, which doesn't always work. The other method involves taking the slow ass police boat all the way to the end of the lake and avoiding the police helicopters. This method still relies on personal vehicles as you must now escort Avi from the edge of the lake to his destination. If you steal a car you get a wanted level again and good luck losing the cops. The mission somehow both incredibly difficult and incredibly boring
*** You could also have one character drive around in an armored personal vehicle while the other takes Avi away offroad, as all the police are paying attention to is the character on the road this makes it easier for the character with Avi to avoid detation long enough to lose the wanted level, or but this requires coordination and an expensive car, neither of witch the team might have.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Floyd is suddenly KilledOffscreen about towards the end of the second act; it might have been interesting for him to actually be corrupted by Trevor's abuse and degenerate into a total maniac much like Mr. Phillips himself, giving his torturous ordeal actual payoff.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Considering they ''all'' are [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theorists]], it's a shame we never got a triple debate between Lester, Ron and Chef.

* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Regardless of the platform you are playing on, ''Grand Theft Auto V'' is a good looking game, period. When you also take into consideration the sheer scale and scope of that detail in such a massive game world, it's an astounding display of graphical prowess.
** The UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/XBox360 versions push their respective consoles to their absolute limits. While there are some instances of texture loading problems and the game freezing, the fact that Rockstar gave gamers a game that can pass off as an early next-gen looking title on almost 10 year old hardware is an amazing feat nevertheless.
** Then there is the rerelease that came out on [=PlayStation=] 4 and Xbox One, and the PC version of the rerelease [[http://www.rockstargames.com/videos/video/11267 will turn out to be the utmost superior version.]]

* {{Wangst}}: Some players get sick of Michael and/or Trevor angsting about their various problems, especially near the end, when just about ''everything'' they say to each other is argumentative. Even within the game Franklin gets pretty tired of it, and delivers a few monologues calling them out on their behavior
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Jimmy. Trying to sell your father's BOAT?! Really...? Even if the guys "buying" weren't just thieves, you think your dad would just let the loss of that boat slide?
** Most of Franklin's friends, but particularly Lamar. He attempts to kidnap a rival gang member for ransom, using a paper-thin disguise, when the guy clearly knows him from the neighbourhood well enough to recognise him instantly. He then phones through the ransom demand on his own cell phone without disguising his voice. After Franklin smashes the phone and makes Lamar release the hostage, Lamar lets Stretch set up a drug deal in an abandoned warehouse ''with the same rival gang member''. When Franklin saves him again, Lamar lets Stretch set up a drug deal for him with members of the same rival gang, in the heart of their territory (A cul-de-sac which is pretty much the definition of a kill corridor). When this goes to hell and Franklin saves him again, Lamar lets Stretch set up a drug deal with - yes - the ''same rival gang'', this time at an abandoned sawmill in the middle of nowhere. It's only after Franklin saves him yet again that he finally concedes that all the previous "deals" were actually ambushes that he was too stupid to see coming.
** Michael in a variation of the ending [[spoiler: in which he dies]]. No matter what you do, [[spoiler:whether you choose to kill him or save him - pull him up, and he'll just headbutt you on your forehead and cause you to drop him anyway; his pride caused his own undoing.]]
** In an earlier mission, Michael has a more traditional case of this when he chases after the tennis coach [[{{Cuckold}} having sex with Amanda]] [[BerserkButton on top of charging thousands for his tennis lessons]]. Chasing after the guy is understandable, but when he sees that he's hiding in [[spoiler: a multi-million dream mansion on the side of Rockford Hills]], he doesn't exactly question ''how'' a tennis coach could have all the money to buy and maintain one of these houses. Rather than question if ''somebody else'' owned [[spoiler: the hill-side mansion]], or at least go up and sort out his problems with the tennis coach "personally" [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution he destroys the whole mansion by tearing out a support beam]]]]. And, sure enough, it didn't belong to the tennis coach, and now Michael owes a $2.5 million tab to [[spoiler: Martin Madrazzo, the ruthless head of one of the most powerful drug cartels in San Andreas]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The game has had a boatload of controversy, like most GTA games, but this time over accusations of promoting torture and misogyny. The former is an especially ludicrous charge as the game immediately talks about worthless torture is thereafter. The latter are also pretty nonsensical considering that the game goes out of its way to paint almost all individuals of either gender as the worst sort of caricature of stereotypical male/female behavior coupled with a borderline non-existant moral compass. Accusations against GTA 5 (or any GTA game, for that matter) specifically for being misogynist tend to backfire because they imply that in the eyes of those bringing them forward, contrary to the unflattering depictions of women, the equally unflattering depictions of men are [[AcceptableTargets in some way acceptable.]]
* WinBackTheCrowd: After a slew of updates which were nothing but more PvP content, overly expensive cars, and [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks copies of one another except with different premises,]] the Doomsday Heist update delivers what many fans have been asking for a long time, mainly new Heists and PvE content, the return of many fan favorite vehicles such as the [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Deluxo]] and the [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas Hermes]], the long-awaited addition of the Jetpack, the fact that it isn't another Business-related update, reasonable prices on the vehicles introduced and a actual story line for Online. There's also the addition of starter packs for newer players as alternatives for the widely-reviled Shark Cards.
* TheWoobie
** Wade's clearly not...all there in the head. Having him spend his time hanging around an abusive maniac like Trevor really makes you feel sorry for the guy. [[spoiler:At least until Trevor takes over the Vanilla Unicorn and he appears to [[PetTheDog reward Wade's loyalty]] by getting two strippers to lavish attention on the guy.]]
** Floyd (See ButtMonkey, Main Page). While all the other characters are either criminals, corrupt law enforcement officials or just general sleazebags who deserve whatever fate befalls them, Floyd is a meek, hen-pecked, blue-collar guy with no criminal connections and no desire to be part of the criminal underworld. Trevor shows up, invites himself to stay and then systematically destroys his apartment, his job and his personal life. He leaves Floyd to get beaten to a pulp as a distraction during one heist set-up mission, and it's heavily implied that Trevor repeatedly rapes Floyd during his stay at the apartment. Floyd, meanwhile, has done '''nothing''' to deserve any of this, apart from having the bad luck to be related to Wade and to be living in a city Trevor wanted to relocate to...[[spoiler:Making the fact that he was brutally murdered by Trevor for standing up for himself even more tragic]].
** Mr. K., the poor bastard [[spoiler: you have to torture to get information from.]] He seemed like a normal guy with a family, and he receives one of the most visceral beatings in the franchises history. He also has little to no hope of seeing his family again; he's left at an airport without a passport or identification, not that either would do much other than get him taken into custody again. And that's assuming he didn't die of his wounds or when he fell down the stairs.