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Characters: Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto III Characters

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    The Protagonist 

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.

  • Ambiguous Situation: What happens as the credits roll.
  • Anti-Hero (Type V)/ Villain Protagonist
  • (Anti)-Heroic Mime - The implication is that he genuinely lacks the ability to verbalize.
  • Badass
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Drives Like Crazy
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 - Compare to "Claude Speed" of the Grand Theft Auto 2 intro movie. He's commonly thought to be the exact same character after a tongue-ectomy.
  • No Name Given - The name "Claude" was first found in in-game files, and later confirmed in San Andreas.
  • Revenge: An obvious motive for Claude.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Claude's position with Maria and Asuka is extremely nice but he endangers it to work for Donald Love. An Alternate Character Interpretation would be it's a simple case of Money, Dear Boy.
  • Super Drowning Skills - Handwaved by saying Liberty's water is essentially toxic.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: One of the ways Claude can dispose of his enemies.

     The Leone Crime Family 

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.

  • 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: Many times of his paranoia.
  • Badass Grandpa: In GTA: Liberty City Stories.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: CJ doublecrossing him in San Andreas ends up turning him into the ultra-paranoid wacko he becomes in III.
  • Diabolical Mastermind
  • Disc One Final Boss: You eliminate him as your first act upon reaching the second island.
  • The Don
  • Evil Versus Evil: All the time.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In GTAIII.
  • Expy: Of Vito Corleone.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: Only in GTA: Liberty City Stories.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Does this to Claude after he blows up the SPANK factory.
    • Arguably, becomes a Genocide Backfire since Claude hadn't yet shown any sign of trying to betray him.

Maria Latore

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.

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.

  • Badass Driver: Implied to be involved in street racing and supes up some excellent sports cars.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: How Salvatore sees his son.
  • Wrench Wench: A male equivalent of this trope
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Joey Leone is not very involved in Mafia business beyond car thefts and the occasional robbery or debt collection, and as such, it is implied in LCS Salvatore trusts Toni Cipriani more than him.

     The Yakuza 

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.

Kenji Kasen

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

     The Cartel 

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.

  • And Your Little Dog Too: "Leave the panic button or I kill your children, too!"
  • Ax-Crazy - In GTAIII, she already shoots two of her apparent love interests, but it goes even further in San Andreas: she has graves dug by her house, she sexually abuses C.J. (and still thinks she loves him), she threatens to kill/castrate C.J., and she takes glee in killing any cops or civilians who get in her way.
  • Big Bad: Of Grand Theft Auto III.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder - To be perfectly fair it's served her pretty well until the end of GTAIII.
  • 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 barful of helpless men with a knife, taunting their lack of masculinity.
      "You big streak of Yankee piss! I've seen fucking eunuchs with more balls that you!"
  • For the Evulz- While other antagonist have reasons for their actions against the heroes, she just enjoys robbing and killing.
  • Freudian Excuse - This dialogue from San Andreas, made at the conclusion 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! 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!
  • It's All About Me: She only cares about working by herself, and betrays just about anyone whom she works with.
  • Jerkass
  • Killed Off for Real: In GTA 3
  • Noodle Implements: Carl's unpleasant exeperience with Cat's "rack."
  • Serial Killer: She has three bodies buried in her yard, and it is unknown why.
  • Spicy Latina
  • Yandere: For all her personality issues, she can also go from almost sweet and caring towards Carl and absolutely batshit about killing him on a whim.

     Other Characters 

8-Ball

A 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 Cassidy

Phil 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.

  • The Alcoholic
  • 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.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood:
    * While being very drunk* "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..."
  • Phony Veteran
  • Porn Stache - In Vice City Stories.
  • Trigger Happy

Donald Love

Liberty 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.

Ray Machowski

A dirty cop in Liberty City with connections to the Yakuza 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.


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