Characters: Grand Theft Auto

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3D Universe

The 3D Universe refers to six Grand Theft Auto games, grouped together because they have interlinking characters, locations and storylines. This is also known as the second generation of GTA games released from 2001 to 2006. For characters appearing on the in-game radio stations, see the GTA Radio page.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto III


Our "hero" in the series' first 3D title - a former San Andreas street racer, Claude met Catalina during a race in Red County, and after losing his garage to rival racer Carl "CJ" Johnson, he and Catalina set out on a lust-fueled, 9-year criminal rampage across the country. Unfortunately for him, Catalina wasn't the "long-term relationship" type - she shot him in a back alley after a bank heist in Liberty City, stealing his share of the money and leaving him for dead.

He was picked up by the cops and sent to prison, but as luck would have it, the Colombian Cartel raided the bus transporting him in search of a mysterious VIP, and he escaped along with fellow prisoner 8-Ball. With 8-Ball's help, he began his criminal career anew, working his way up the criminal ladder in search of money, power, and - if possible - revenge.

Other Appearance: San Andreas

  • Best Served Cold: One interpretation of the game is that all of Claude's murders, mayhem, and madness was all to get at Catalina.
  • The Cameo: Has an appearance on a movie poster in Vice City, and in IV, Niko can don his leather jacket and green pants. In addition, graffiti with his name on it can be seen in an apartment building.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Claude's defining trait. Claude will turn on anyone as long as there's money to be made.
    • Justified Trope in his long-time lover and confidant, Catalina, did the exact same thing to him. Salvatore Leone does the same thing to him as well, only Claude gets a warning first. And King Courtney tries it too. Let's face it, by the end of the game, Claude would have trouble trusting anyone not to turn on him, so why not turn on them first?
  • The Dog Bites Back: Catalina is implied to use, abuse, and discard men like tissue paper. Claude is the first to get back at her.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Due to Claude's silence, we never actually get his opinions on any of his employer and whether or not he felt any loyalty to them whatsoever.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Well, his upper attire at least.
  • Heroic Mime: The implication is that he genuinely lacks the ability to verbalize. This may or may not be Fanon, though, due to the only "evidence" being CJ accusing him of being a mute in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If true, however, it may be an Ascended Meme.
  • It's Personal: It's subtle; Claude's betrayals become much more pronounced and cold-blooded once Catalina (re)enters the picture.
  • The Mafia: Briefly becomes a member of it after a member invites him to join. It ends when Salvatore comes to the conclusion Claude is sleeping with his wife. Later joins The Yakuza.
  • Meaningful Name: Claude is Latin for "lame". GTA III Claude is a mute.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Salvatore thinks Claude is sleeping with his wife. Mostly because Maria said they were.
  • Mythology Gag: He's almost identical to "Claude Speed" of the Grand Theft Auto 2 intro. While no official statement has been made, the prevailing opinion in the fandom is that he's the same.
  • No Name Given: The name "Claude" was first found in in-game files, and later confirmed in San Andreas.
  • Only in It for the Money: One of his main motivations, as evidenced by his willingness to betray former partners.
  • Revenge: His primary motivation along with money.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: The final mission is basically this, for Maria.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Though the game handwaves it by explaining that Liberty City's water is polluted to the point of toxicity


Claude's ex-girlfriend, Catalina is the cousin of Los Santos gang leader Cesar Vialpando. Through her cousin, she met Carl "CJ" Johnson, an exiled member of the Grove Street Families, and set out on a crime spree with him. She took a... "liking" to him, and violent, one sided love affair began to take form... That is, until she met Claude, whereupon the two fled the state, harassing CJ with obscene phonecalls whenever they could.

For the next 9 years, she and Claude rampaged across the country, but by 2001, she had grown bored of him. Hoping to find some other criminal opportunities, she shot and betrayed Claude after a bank robbery in Liberty City, and began a new career with the Colombian Cartel that often placed her in direct conflict with Claude.

Other Appearance: San Andreas

  • And Your Little Dog Too: "Leave the panic button or I kill your children, too!"
  • Asshole Victim: At the end of GTA III, she pays with her life by getting gunned down by her ex-boyfriend.
  • Ax-Crazy: In GTA III, she already shoots two of her apparent love interests, but it goes even further in San Andreas - she has graves dug by her house, sexually abuses CJ while neurotically threatening to kill/castrate him (and still somehow thinks they're in love), and takes glee in killing any cops or civilians who get in her way.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In San Andreas and some releases of "GTA III".
  • Big Bad: Of Grand Theft Auto III. In addition to being behind the proliferation of SPANK, the new drug sweeping Liberty City, she betrayed Claude at the beginning of the game to join the Cartel, eventually becoming its defacto leader and having them shoot Claude on sight.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: To be perfectly fair, it's served her pretty well until it came back to bite her at the end of GTA III.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In San Andreas, where her sexual abuse of CJ is Played for Laughs.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Our first glimpse of her is shooting Claude and his partner, then snatching up the stolen money for herself.
    • In San Andreas, Carl comes upon her threatening a bar full of helpless men with a knife, taunting their lack of masculinity.
      Catalina: "You big streak of Yankee piss! I've seen fucking eunuchs with more balls that you!"
  • For the Evulz: While most other antagonists have personal or professional reasons for their actions against the heroes, she just enjoys robbing, killing, and betraying people.
  • Freudian Excuse: This dialogue from San Andreas, spoken in one of her robbery missions.
    Catalina: Carl, you have to be fast and totally ruthless! No fucking about like in the betting shop!
    CJ: What?! If you hadn't started bustin' things would've been sweet!
    Catalina: They had to die because you were slow and stupid! *choking and quietly sobbing* Like a big fat brat who eats chocolates while his father gives nothing to his stepdaughter but stale bread!
    CJ: What? Where did that come from?
    Catalina: Enough! I'm not speaking to you anymore!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper / Hot-Blooded: In San Andreas, though not so much in III.
  • It's All About Me: She only cares about working by herself, and betrays just about anyone whom she works with. This would later come back to bite her hard when she decides to betray her current boyfriend, Claude.
  • Jerkass: At her nicest moments.
  • Laughably Evil: In San Andreas, even CJ doesn't often take her seriously.
  • Noodle Implements: Carl's unpleasant experience with her "rack."
  • Serial Killer: She has three bodies buried in her yard, and it is unknown why.
  • Spicy Latina: Doesn't even begin to describe her.
  • Yandere: In San Andreas, where she often goes from sweet and caring to batshit insane on a whim.


A demolitions expert in Liberty City (even though car bomb shops everywhere in the III continuity use his name.) He was on the prison bus with Claude at the start of the game, and joined up with him to escape when the convoy was attacked. He struck up a friendship with him - well, as much of a friendship as one can have with a Heroic Mime - and helped him find work with the Leone family.

  • Exposition Fairy: He spends much of the first mission explaining the game's mechanics, as well as acting as a mouthpiece for Claude when necessary. He's dropped from the story fairly quickly, of course.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Along with the entire Leone family, if he knew what that last car bomb was meant for.
  • I Owe You My Life: He feels indebted to Claude, as he helped him escape the prison convoy.
  • Noodle Incident: How his hands got injured. All he says on the matter is that they were burned in a police raid.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Puts a bomb on your car after you save his life, twice. Though to be fair, it's likely he didn't even know that bomb was meant for you.

    Joey Leone 

Salvatore Leone's son and Underboss of the Leone Crime Family. He's not very involved in the family business, preferring to work on his garage business. He's Misty's boyfriend (or at least her most recurring customer, given her line of work), but Joey does give Claude some work by having him collect some debts that the Forelli Brothers owe to the Leone Family.

Other Appearance: San Andreas (mentioned only)

  • Badass Driver: Implied to be involved in street racing and supes up some excellent sports cars.
  • Grease Monkey: He owns an auto shop, and he loves working with (and stealing) cars.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: How Salvatore sees him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He is not very involved in Mafia business beyond car thefts and the occasional robbery or debt collection, and as such, it is implied in Liberty City Stories that Salvatore trusts Toni Cipriani more than him.

    Toni Cipriani 

First appeared in GTAIII as a Capo for Liberty City's dominant Leone Mafia family. Later used as the protagonist of the prequel title Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, where he has returned from a long absence to help organize said family's success. Has an unsupportive, domineering mother who embarrasses him at every turn.

Other Appearance: Liberty City Stories

  • Ax-Crazy: More specifically in the mission "Dead Meat" (from GTA: Liberty City Stories) where he, indignant to be enduring Giovanni Casa, Toni proceeds to brutally dismember him with an ax, and finally carrying their leftover meat to his butchery.

    Ma Cipriani 

Toni Cipriani's overbearing and condescending mother. She is never physically seen, and instead bosses Claude/Toni around from inside her restaurant.

Other Appearance: Liberty City Stories

  • Abusive Parents: She berates her son for just about everything she can think of. Taken Up to Eleven when she places a hit on Toni for "not being man enough".
  • Jerkass: She is a jerk to just about anybody she talks to.
  • The Voice: She is never seen physically and only communicates with the protagonists from inside her home.

    Salvatore Leone 

The current patriarch of the Leone Crime Family, one of the most influential and respected gangs to roam Liberty City. His operates out of Portland, particularly the St. Mark's district.

Other Appearances: San Andreas and Liberty City Stories

  • Affably Evil: When he is in a good mood, incredibly avoided when he is angry. Despite its aggressive and vindictive personality, what he values most is loyalty.
  • Ax-Crazy: In San Andreas, though not so much in III, strangely enough.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Eliminating him is your first mission upon reaching the second island.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In San Andreas, he threatens to kill Carl and his entire family, because of Carl's huge hand in robbing his casino.
  • The Don: of Leone Crime Family.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In III, where he betrays Claude in a fit of paranoia.
  • Expy: Of Vito Corleone.
  • Jerkass: Most if not all the time. He even tortures Maccer and Kent Paul for no apparent reasons in San Andreas.
  • Knight Templar: After falling arrested in 1998, he vows revenge eliminating all rival mafias. Although it could also have to trope in San Andreas, where he promises to kill CJ, his family and everyone close to him. Thankfully, he doesn't know who CJ is.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In GTA III. It comes at the hands of Maria and Claude.
  • Reality Ensues: Salvatore Leone promises to make you a Made Man for destroying the SPANK factory. This is done in unseemly haste by mob standards. Because he doesn't intend to let you live.
  • Properly Paranoid: The only person he does not seems to distrust is Toni Cipriani, and he even holds him at gunpoint once.
  • Trash Talker: Quite often, especially with Maria in LCS and members of rival gangs.

    Maria Latore 

Salvatore Leone's much-suffering wife. His neglectful and uncaring attitude causes her to constantly cheat on him and spend his money out of spite. Later becomes involved with Claude, for whom her feelings are more genuine.

Other Appearances: San Andreas and Liberty City Stories

    Asuka Kasen 

Asuka is the head of the Yakuza in Libety City. A fierce rival to the Leone family, she is an "old friend" of Maria's.

Other Appearance: Advance

  • The Yakuza: co-leader of Yakuza along with her brother Kenji.

    Kenji Kasen 

The brother of Asuka and owner of Kenji's Casino in Liberty City. He is the co-leader of the Yakuza in the city.

  • Asian Speekee Engrish: His accent is far stronger and more stereotypical than Asuka. Lampshaded in his bio, which claims that his "funny way of speaking" is one of the reasons he's lower on the Yakuza chain of command than Asuka.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Subverted. He and Asuka are on good terms, but they appear to be independent in doing their job.
  • Cool Car: His desire for these is his chief reason for employing Claude.
  • Lost Forever: If you complete the above mission before finishing Kenji's mission strand, his missions are gone for good.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Belittles Claude constantly for his Gajin heritage. Becomes a case of The Dog Bites Back when Claude betrays him.
  • The Yakuza: co-leader of Yakuza along with his sister Asuka.

    King Courtney 

The leader of the Yardies, and one of the few antagonists to survive. He offers Claude some work via payphone, but seems to have his own agenda.

Other Appearance: Advance

  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Vinnie in Advance.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not as bad as Dimitri, but he betrays both Claude and Mike in their respective games.
  • The Ghost: He doesn't physically appear in Grand Theft Auto III.
  • Karma Houdini: Mike didn't have time to finish him off because the police showed up after their gunfight, and they don't appear to arrest him. Claude doesn't even hunt him down in GTA III.

    Ray Machowski 

A Dirty Cop in Liberty City with connections to the Yakuza, the Leone Family, and Phil Cassidy. He needs Claude's help in avoiding being arrested for the numerous crimes he's committed both against the people of Liberty City as well as the United States at large.

Other Appearance: Liberty City Stories

  • By-the-Book Cop: In Liberty City Stories, he is the former while Leon fills the role of the latter.
    • Dirty Cop: In III, where the corruption of the LCPD has finally gotten to him.
  • Cool Car: He owns a bulletproof Patriot, which he eventually gives to Claude.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He's being investigated by the CIA, rather than one of the series' many Government Agencies of Fiction.
  • Fallen Hero: In Liberty City Stories, he is a straight cop and looks to enforce the law. His partner, Leon McAffrey, changed all of that.
  • Karma Houdini: All of his efforts are devoted to becoming one of these. He succeeds.
  • Revealing Cover Up: He might have done better by not murdering everyone remotely connected to him.
  • Properly Paranoid: He forces you to go to elaborate lengths in order to make contact with him. This is because he's being investigated by the CIA.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he realizes that the CIA and Internal Affairs are out for him.

    Phil Cassidy 

Phil Cassidy is a weapons dealer who specializes in big guns... really big guns. His first appearance is a single mission in GTA III, wherein Claude helps him defend his weapon supply from the Colombian Cartel. At this point he wears military clothing and is nicked-named "The One Armed Bandit" because of missing left arm, which he claims to have lost during a battle in Nicaragua.

In Vice City, he gains a great deal of screen time, with his own mission chain. It is revealed over the course of his missions that he was never actually in the army, having been repeatedly turned away because of his drinking problems and poor behavior, and actually lost his arm in an accident involving a batch of moonshine and some homemade explosives.

Phil later has a short cameo in Liberty City Stories, and eventually returns in Vice City Stories as a major character.

Other Appearances: Vice City, Liberty City Stories, and Vice City Stories

  • An Arm and a Leg: Contrary to what he says, he didn't lose it in Nicaragua. Accidentally blew it off in Vice City with a small explosive while drunk.
  • Ascended Extra: After playing a bit part in III, he plays a much bigger role in the Vice City games.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In Vice City Stories, after Louise's death.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: in Vice City Stories, he doesn't take Louise's death well.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood:
    Phil: (Extremely Intoxicated) "The thing is, Vicky boy, my daddy was an angry man. He never, ever told me I was special. In fact - he used to beat me. Especially when he caught me staring at my cousin or my sister. You know what he said to me? He said I'd be better off dead..."
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: He doesn't actually live in a rural area, but he otherwise fits this trope to a T.
  • Phony Veteran: He desperately wishes he'd been in the army, and constantly makes up stories about wars he didn't fight in to sound tough.
  • Porn Stache: In Vice City Stories.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Subverted. In Vice City Stories, he clearly wants to avenge his sister's death, but all he winds up doing is drunkenly ramming a truck full of explosives into Fort Baxter to help Vic steal a helicopter, and doesn't appear again afterwards.

    Donald Love 

Liberty City's resident media mogul; first introduced in Grand Theft Auto III seeking Claude's services for a "rescue" operation. After having a cameo in Vice City he comes back as a supporting character - and more neurotic than ever - in Liberty City Stories as the Leone family's preferred candidate for mayor.

Other Appearances: Vice City and Liberty City Stories

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

    Tommy Vercetti 
Voiced by: Ray Liotta.

Tommy was a member of the Forelli crime family in Liberty City before being sent to whack a rival gang member in Harwood. However, he was ambushed, but managed to take down his would-be assassins, racking up a body count of 11. This incident lead to him gaining not only infamy as "The Harwood Butcher", but also 15 years behind bars. Upon his release, Sonny Forelli knows that Tommy is too hot for Liberty and sends him "down south" to Vice City to expand the empire, starting with a cocaine deal with the Vance Brothers.

Unfortunately, the deal goes south, ending in yet another ambush that leaves Vic Vance dead and Tommy with neither the coke nor Sonny's money. With nothing but the clothes on his back, a hotel room and his new partner, attorney Ken Rosenberg, Tommy then sets out to find out who set him up, get Sonny's cash back, and perhaps get a slice of the action for himself.

Other Appearance: San Andreas (mentioned only)

  • Ax-Crazy: He is aggressive and easily angered, and has no problem with killing his enemies with chainsaws. Not for nothing was he nicknamed "The Harwood Butcher".
  • Badass: The biggest one in the entire franchise. Yes, he is probably the most immoral and evil protagonist of the franchise, but still, he is unstoppable in every point of view, to the point that some characters openly fear him by the end. He faced the most dangerous and powerful criminals of the 80s, and killed them all, including the hundreds of henchmen without problem, something no other character in the GTA III Era could muster.
  • The Butcher: As mentioned above, he's known as "The Harwood Butcher" because of a hit that went down badly.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: After Tommy's worked with the Cubans a bit, Auntie Poulet (a matriarch of the Haitian gang, which is at war with the Cubans) gets her hands on him, drugs him with a strange stew, and has him commit hits on the Cubans against his will.
  • Blood Knight: He is brutal and straightforward in running his business, and he believes the only recourse to any setback is violence.
  • Brooklyn Rage: He's from Liberty City and is a member of the LC-based Forelli crime family. Until he starts building his own empire down south, anyway.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a very sarcastic wit. Quite a few cutscenes even end with his voiceover making some snarky remark after the fade to black.
  • Expy: Of Tony Montana. One of his last unlockable outfits is Tony's suit from the finale of the film.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: according to his dialogues with Earnest Kelly, he appears to have had a good relationship with his father.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Very affable if you're on his side, but completely, violently ruthless if you are his enemy.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: His default oufit - many characters comment on its tackiness during the first few missions.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Believes that loyalty and honor among the family are ideals everyone else within the organisation should hold. He is wrong. And none too happy about the discovery.
  • Karma Houdini: Best seen in "Messing With The Man"; he causes widespread destruction across Vice City and likely kills numerous civilians, with the express purpose of attracting the attention of the law, yet he gets off scot-free if he manages to clear his Wanted Meter after he's finished the mission. And even if he gets Busted after all that, he doesn't go to prison.
  • Mommy Issues: It's implied that he has bad relationship with his mother.
  • Pet the Dog: That's right! He does have his moments.
    • He is good friends with Colonel Cortez.
    • He also has a romantic relationship with Cortez' daughter, Mercedes.
    • He considers Earnest Kelly to be like a father.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The "Mr Vercetti" outfit is a grey pinstriped suit with a pink shirt underneath.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After Tommy was released, Sonny sent him down south to Vice City to start "expanding the business". In reality, it was to keep the notoriously hot-headed Tommy in a place where he couldn't hurt the business and the Forelli family's influence in Liberty.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: after learning that Lance betrayed him and Sonny implied that he set Tommy up back in Harwood, Tommy doesn't waste too much time in killing them both.
  • Sadist: He has no qualms about violence, and is implied to enjoy it.
  • Super Drowning Skills: In a beach town. Fanon accepts the above "Liberty City's water is unsafe" explanation and extrapolates it into "Tommy thus never learned how to swim, having grown up there." He also seems to be extremely fearful of sharks and overreacts to the rumors that Vice City's waters have them (they do; you can sometimes see a huge shark swimming around the city).
  • The Teetotaler: Strongly implied. He prefers coffee over alcohol, and while he will deal drugs he doesn't voluntarily take them (the Auntie Poulet missions and the boomshine mission were involuntary cases). Avery Carrington even calls attention to this at one point ("A clean thinker! I like that."). This may be a major factor as to why he doesn't go the way of Tony Montana in the end.
  • Universal Driver's License: Tommy is the first GTA protagonist who can use vehicles on air, land and sea.
  • Uriah Gambit: He's been at the receiving end of at least one, possibly two. The Harwood mission was deliberately set up by Sonny Forelli to kill Tommy; Tommy ended up killing his potential killers (all 11 of them), and he got only a 15-year prison sentence. The mission at the start of the game may have been another attempt to off Tommy, again set up by Forelli, but again Tommy escaped with his life.
  • Villain Protagonist: It is certainly the most definitive trait of the character. Although he appears to be criminal out of necessity in the beginning, he's not just punching a clock; he's been a lifelong career murderer who never wanted to be anything else, and has no Freudian Excuse behind it (unless you take "Blame my mother...I do" at face value). There are no lines he isn't willing to cross, and isn't that much better as a person than his enemies.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Tommy believes in loyalty being the defining principle of the Family. Sonny Forelli delights in telling him he's mistaken and has been using him the entire time.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Loves to hurl insults at pursuing cops.

    Ken Rosenberg 
Voiced by: William Fitchner

A neurotic mob lawyer with connections to various big figures in Vice City and a serious coke habit. He's Tommy's first contact in Vice City, and serves as his main business advisor and legal counsel, helping him establish a criminal empire in Vice City all their - er, Tommy's - own.

Unfortunately, by 1991, his coke habit caught up with him, and Tommy had him sent to a rehab center in San Andreas. There, he cleaned up his act, regained his confidence, and planned his triumphant return home... only for Tommy to stop returning his calls. Distraught and lacking in connections, he eventually found work managing a casino for the Sindacco family, eventually encountering Carl "CJ" Johnson - and through him, finding better work.

Other Appearance: San Andreas

  • Ambulance Chaser: Despite being very good at what he does, he isn't above such antics for money.
  • Amoral Attorney: Pretty unavoidable when Tommy Vercetti's your client.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his quirks, he's heavily implied to be the reason you don't get a prison sentence if the police arrest you.
  • Expy: He's clearly based on Sean Penn's character in Carlitos Way.
  • Functional Addict: He's clearly an addict but is still an asset to Tommy regardless. When we meet him in San Andreas it appears this lifestyle eventually caught up to him.
  • Heroic BSOD: As seen in San Andreas, he didn't take Tommy's abandonment of him well.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Tommy killed Lance in the finale, he said he never liked Lance because Lance was neurotic. Coming from a guy like Ken...

    Lance Vance 

The insecure younger brother of Vic Vance, Lance was always looking for ways to prove himself, as he'd spent most of his life either in his brother's shadow or getting picked on by his peers. After his brother's death, he sets out to get revenge on the person that set him up, teaming up with Tommy and eventually becoming his right-hand man. Then he eventually turns against him and sides with Sonny Forelli at the end, which quickly didn't turn out well for both of them, as proven by his former boss.

Other appearance: Vice City Stories

  • Asshole Victim: After he betrayed Tommy.
  • Deuteragonist: In Vice City Stories.
  • Embarrassing First Name: He got picked on all the time in school over his name, and it's quite a touchy subject for him. When he's working with Diaz, he calls himself "Quentin" instead.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his many antics, he genuinely cares about his brother and seriously wants to avenge his brother's death.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He betrays Tommy at the end of the game and sells him out to Sonny Forelli. His real reason for this is that he can't stand being treated like crap and long wanted a bigger cut of the slice.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Vic's responsible sibling.

    Ricardo Diaz 
Voiced by: Luis Guzman

A self-centered, self-serving mob boss whose only reasons to live are in and around his mansion. He is helped by Victor Vance in his rise to power (and then later sent some of his henchmen to kill him after he felt he had no more use of him), only to be taken down a couple of years later by Tommy Vercetti, who takes his mansion, cars, and helicopter.

Other Appearance: Vice City Stories

  • Ax-Crazy: Mainly due to his cocaine addiction.
  • Disc One Final Boss: He's dealt with pretty early on in a mission that's basically the final shootout in Scarface (1983), only with you as the assassin. Once you rub him out and take over his mansion, then the game really begins, with you building your empire.
  • Expy: Of Frank Lopez.
  • Fat Bastard: Easily one of the most heavyset characters in the series, and definitely a bastard.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It really doesn't take much to set him off. When his VCR "eats" his favorite porno VHS, he gets so angry that he grabs his gun and shoots it twice. Then Tommy comes in and points out that the VCR wasn't plugged in.
  • Laughably Evil: He may be a complete and utter slimeball, but he's also pretty difficult to take seriously and quite fun to watch.
  • The Napoleon: Not very tall at all, but very loud, boorish and prone to temperamental outbursts.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Whenever he's got a gun in his Vice City cutscenes, he all too often casually waves it in Tommy's direction, resulting in Tommy moving out of the way. At one point, he even uses it to scratch his crotch.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: By his own admission. "All I have now is dickheads! Dickheads everywhere, yo!"
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To Victor Vance.

    Sonny Forelli 
Voiced by: Tom Sizemore

The Don of the Forelli family, Sonny is calm and gentle at first but really likes being rich.

  • Ascended Extra: although he doesn't appear in III, the Forelli Crime Family is one of earlier antagonistic groups Claude had to face. In Vice City, he is the Big Bad of the game.
  • Asshole Victim: After his admissions about setting up Tommy, and of course Tommy killing him.
  • Berserk Button: Losing money or valuable things. Towards the end, when Tommy tries to rip him off and kills all of the Mafia "taxmen", he gets enraged.
  • Big Bad: Over the course of the game, Sonny grows increasingly impatient and angry as Tommy builds his own empire instead of getting Sonny's money and drugs back. It gets to a point where he sics Mafia "taxmen" down to Vice City to take a cut of Tommy's business, and when that fails, shows up personally to kill Tommy. And then it turns out he was behind the Harwood ambush that cost Tommy 15 years of his life.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Or at least how that's how he styles himself.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Played with. He can certainly be cordial enough, though he purposely drops the act to hurl out torrents of rage and abuse when he feels the need to intimidate Tommy.
  • The Don: of the Forelli Crime Family.
  • Expy: Alex Sosa. Like Tony Montana did with Sosa, Tommy worked for Sonny until he crossed him, pissing Sonny off something fierce and prompting him to try and have Tommy killed. Though unlike Sosa, Sonny tried to have Tommy killed long ago, while he was presumably still loyal.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Sonny originally sent Tommy away so he wouldn't hurt the business and cause Sonny to lose influence.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Sonny only cares about money.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He never gives Tommy any respect despite how capable he is in business and killing. And pays with his life.
  • Uriah Gambit: He set up Tommy back in Harwood; he might have set Tommy up again in Vice City. You would think that he'd be a little more careful about going after a guy who killed at least 11 guys in order to escape getting killed himself, and who survived at least two big firefights (and probably more) without serious injury.

    Victor Vance 

Technically, Victor Vance first appeared in Vice City albeit unnamed. He becomes the main protagonist in Vice City Stories.

Other Appearance: Vice City Stories

  • Anti-Hero: Victor starts out as probably the most heroic of all III-continuity protagonists. He sure doesn't end that way.
  • Alliterative Name: Victor Vance. Martinez lampshades it early on.
    Martinez: Hey, Victor Vance! Wow, did anyone ever tell you you got a really dumb name?
  • Ascended Extra: He first appeared in the opening of Vice City. In the prequel, Vice City Stories, he is the main protagonist.
  • Doomed by Canon: One of the first plot points in Vice City is that Lance is looking to avenge his death.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In Vice City, he was balding and hunchbacked, with a thick Hispanic accent.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto Advance


The main character in Grand Theft Auto Advance. He starts out working with his friend Vinnie to leave Liberty City, and retire from mob life, however, when Vinnie is apparently killed, Mike is pulled back in. He works for several criminal sources to find out the truth behind Vinnie's death.

  • Broken Pedestal: Vinnie is eventualy revealed to have faked his death in order to not only escape the criminal life alone but also leave with Mike's half of the money.
  • Expy: Due to lack of character development, he is alot like Claude.
  • I Owe You My Life: Mike was saved by Vinnie from a life living homeless on the streets.
  • Revenge: His primary motivation is to find the people behind Vinnie's death.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Flee's by plane to Columbia and finally leaves his life of crime behind him.
  • The Stoic: Justified given the top down view of the game. Only time we see his face is in an illustration. The juxtaposition of his unchanging serious face paired with dialogue like "OH MY GOD! VINNIE! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!" ends up being unintentionally funny.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Vinnie, which drives him to find his killer against the odds. Which makes Vinnie's betrayal all the more unexpected and devastating.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Pretty much everyone uses him for their own gains. Though Mike is turn is using them to find out the truth. It eventually turns out even Vinnie was using him the whole time.


Mike's friend and partner. They worked together in the mafia, and decide to retire from the Mob life. Before they do, Vinnie is aparently killed by a car bomb. Mike decides to find out the truth and continues to work for the Liberty City Underworld. It's later revealed that he faked his death, but when he found out Mike was looking for him, he decided to personally kill Mike himself.

  • Faking the Dead: He faked his death to avoid having to share his money with Mike.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

So many, so there's its own page here.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

    Massimo Torini 

Capo of the Sicilian Mafia. When he first arrives, it was believed to be bringing peace between the three main mafia families in Liberty City ; The Leones, Forellis and Sindaccos - it's pretty much the exact opposite. To make matters worse, he even starts wars among the street gangs of Liberty. Turns out to be a big scheme to start the Sicilian's invasion.

    Paulie Sindacco 

  • Elvis Impersonator: He dresses in gaudy rhinestone suits, wears sunglasses all the time, and keeps his hair in a hilariously out-of-style pompadour. His headstone even reads "Viva Las Venturas."

    Ned Burner 

A news reporter willing to do anything for good stories to cover... including posing as a priest and having Toni Cipriani commit all sorts of atrocities.

  • Confessional/Bad Habits: He poses as a priest who Toni seeks forgiveness through. It doesn't quite work out for Toni.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

    Jerry Martinez 

    Louise Cassidy-Willams 

Phil Cassidy's younger sister.

    The Mendez Brothers 

  • Ax-Crazy: Armando Mendez before his death. He brutally killed Louise, and willing at all costs to kill Vic with a flamethrower, and in one of his comments he said: "I want his head!"

    Phil Collins 

Voiced by: Phil Collins

Yes, that Phil Collins. An international music sensation, Phil's been in a spot of trouble lately, as his incompetent manager has borrowed an enormous sum of money from a powerful criminal. Victor is contacted to be a bodyguard to the star, and does so for several missions.

  • Ascended Fanboy: As noted on his creator page, Phil is a huge fan of gaming, Grand Theft Auto in particular.
  • Celebrity Cameo: Obviously. He appears as the subject of several escort missions.

HD Universe

The HD Universe is the third canonical universe of Grand Theft Auto series, after the 2D Universe and the 3D universe.

The HD universe was introduced in 2008 with the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, and is named for the high definition graphics the game featured. The game was followed by two DLC packs called The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, both of which occur in the same time frame as GTA IV, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, which is set one year later with a stand-alone story; all games were released in 2009.

The universe was known as the GTA IV Era until the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V, which revealed that games within the series are set in different universe based on their graphics (2D, 3D and HD), contrary to the previous belief that each "numbered" title started a new era.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

So many, so there's its own page here.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    Huang Lee 

The main character of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and one of the more intelligent GTA protagonists. He starts out relatively naive and expects to be treated well, but instead ends up working for his uncle for awhile, and it all goes uphill from there.
  • Another Side, Another Story: For the Grand Theft Auto IV era as a whole. His story arc is around a year removed from Niko's, Johnny's, and Luis' and doesn't intersect with them in the way they do with each other.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is the snarkiest GTA protagonist hands down. Half of his dialogue is an insult of some kind.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: As the game progresses, he wears these more and more often.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Stated multiple times to be a spoiled rich kid, if only before his appearance in Chinatown Wars. He also has a short criminal record (trademark counterfeiting in 2002, grand theft auto in 2005).
  • Only Sane Man: Due in no small part to his bosses throughout the game.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto V

So many, so there's its own page here.

Alternative Title(s):

Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Advance, Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars