Grand Theft Auto III Characters
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Claude (Grand Theft Auto III)
Our "hero" in the series's first 3D title - a very competent street thug betrayed by his girlfriend Catalina during a bank heist. Escaping police custody, he goes on an epic quest in Liberty City to make as much money as possible, destroy things, kill people, and take revenge at some point.
The Leone Crime Family
Salvatore Leone's much-suffering wife. Maria willfully cheats on him, uses drugs, and shows no interest in him. Later becomes involved with Claude, where her feelings become more genuine. Becomes a supporting character in Grand Theft Liberty City Stories Stories and has a cameo in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Toni Cipriani (Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories)
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.
Catalina (Grand Theft Auto III)
Claude's ex-girlfriend; she shoots him in the bank heist getaway and leaves him for dead. Catalina appears at various points throughout the game in league with anyone Claude's working against, although she's primarily associated with the local Colombian Cartel, and in the end she kidnaps Claude's (presumed) latest love interest to force a final showdown.She also makes an appearance as a supporting character in San Andreas; when C.J. is forced out of Los Santos, her cousin (and C.J.'s sister's boyfriend) Cesar Vialpando sets the two up for a crime spree throughout the countryside. A violent one sided (with Catalina as the active party) love affair begins to take form until she finds Claude, and the two leave the state to harass C.J. with obscene phone calls for the rest of the game.
8-BallA demolitions expert in Liberty City (even though car bombs shops everywhere in the III continuity use his name.) Connected to the Leone family, and a buddy to Claude and (to a greater degree) Mike.
Phil CassidyPhil appears in every single game from the GTA III continuity (with the only exceptions being San Andreas and Advance). He is a weapon-dealer who specializes in big guns...really big guns. His first appearance is in GTA III, where he only appears in one mission, 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 his left arm he claims to have lost doing a battle in Nicaragua. In Vice City, were his screen time is vastly expanded, it is revealed that never was in the army, but was repeatedly turn down because of bad temper and heavy drinking, and that he, in fact, lost his arm do to an accident with some home distilled alcohol and a homemade bomb. Apparently he would later make his friends keep up the lie. In what is presumably a Continuity Nod, Phil only appears in a short cameo in Liberty City Stories, while Vice City Stories once again features him a bit more prominently.
Donald LoveLiberty City's resident media mogul; first introduced in Grand Theft Auto III seeking Claude's services for McGuffin escort. 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.