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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
- Ambiguous Situation: What happens as the credits roll.
- 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. He's also shown as the protagonist in the Grand Theft Auto 2 cinematic.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: In San Andreas, he appears as one of CJ's street racing rivals.
- Chick Magnet: Apart from being with Catalina for nine years(god knows how), Maria and Asuka both want him.
- 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.
- Flipping the Bird: Claude can sometimes be seen sticking his middle finger up at cars when he stands in the middle of the road and drivers horn at him.
- Handicapped Badass: Claude is mute, and is still able to conquer the Liberty City underworld in a very short timespan, form associations with the Yakuza and kill Catalina, who is the leader of a multinational drug cartel.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Due to Claude's silence, we never actually get his opinions on any of his employers 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 moll. Later joins the Yakuza.
- It is likely that Sal tried to entice him with the false promise of membership to do more of his dirty work, despite that Claude is most likely not italian, and is unable to claim full membership in the italian mob.
- Limited Wardrobe: Outside of the first mission, in which Claude wears his prison jumpsuit, Claude is always seen in his iconic leather jacket and green pants.
- Meaningful Name: Claude is Latin for "lame". GTA III Claude is a mute.
- Ironic Nickname: An accidental example, Maria calls Claude 'Fido' believing him to be Salvatore Leone's loyal lap/attack dog. The irony comes from fido being Latin for faithful, something Claude is not.
- 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.
- This would be inconsistent however, since Claude Speed was in his late twenties during Grand Theft Auto 2, which is stated to take place in 2013. This would mean that this Claude was 7 at the time San Andreas takes place, and 16 when GTA III takes place.
- Then again, some sources say that GTA2 takes place in 1999...
- 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.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is certainly tall, and several women, including Catalina and Maria find him attractive.
- Tranquil Fury: He literally doesn't say a word when he's putting up a fight.
- The Voiceless: Claude is mute. He doesn't even make a noise when he is set on fire. The only time he makes a noise is a pained (albeit quiet) grunt whenever he lands from a big height.
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: And so! In GTA III, she already shoots two of her apparent love interests, but it goes even further in San Andreas that would make Trevor Philips blush - 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 the Xbox version 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 de facto 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!"
- In San Andreas, Carl comes upon her threatening a bar full of helpless men with a knife, taunting their lack of masculinity.
- Flanderization: In GTA III Catalina is for the most part just a drug kingpin with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, aside from a few crazier moments. In San Andreas, she is completely insane, changes mood within a few minutes, makes a lot of references to torture and even cannibalism and could probably give Trevor Philips a run for his money.
- 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.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In San Andreas she threatens to cook and eat a police officer's testicles, and, while angry with Carl for some reason, says he's lucky he's not on her barbecue being eaten.
- Jerkass: At her nicest moments.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She is the victim of this at the end of Grand Theft Auto III, and in Catalina's case, it's more like "Kick the Bitch".
- Laughably Evil: In San Andreas, even CJ doesn't often take her seriously.
- No Indoor Voice: In San Andreas.
- Noodle Implements: Carl's unpleasant experience with her "rack."
- Psychopathic Womanchild: She acts more like a Bratty Teenage Daughter in a grown woman's body in San Andreas.
- Serial Killer: She has three bodies buried in her yard, and it is unknown why.
- The Sociopath: Is shooting two of her own love interests at the beginning of III not good enough for you?
- Spicy Latina: Doesn't even begin to describe her. Cesar describing her as "intense" is the understatement of the century.
- Yandere: In San Andreas, where she often goes from sweet and caring to batshit insane on a whim.
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. May or may not have been killed by Claude at the end of the game.
Other Appearances: San Andreas and Liberty City Stories
- All There in the Script: Her surname.
- Ambiguously Bi: She gets it on with a lot of men, but it would also appear that her friendship with Asuka comes with benefits.
- Brainless Beauty: She's not very bright. See The Load and Too Dumb to Live below. Arguably played more straight in Liberty City Stories, though.
- Golddigger: Is only with Salvatore Leone because of his money.
- It appears that she was pursuing Toni under the belief that he had money. When she realizes he is virtually penniless she snaps at him and warns him to "never to hit on her again".
- The Load: The source of endless amounts of trouble for both Tony and Claude.
- Though she does warn you about Salvatore's betrayal and sets you up with Asuka.
- Mafia Princess: LCS sees her in the middle of the life, and III sees her at the tail-end of it.
- May–December Romance: Justified because she's obviously married him for his money. Becomes a Relationship Writing Fumble since, until the last mission, most GTA 3 players assumed she was Salvatore Leone's daughter rather than wife.
- Too Dumb to Live: Subverted that it's not really her who will lose life. But by telling Salvatore that she has entered a relationship with Claude, this caused Salvatore to betray and try to kill Claude.
- In Liberty City Stories she informed a guy she was dating, the leader of a Biker gang, that she was "dating" Toni, which said biker did not appreciate.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Even Word of God never confirms her fate for sure.
- Your Cheating Heart: According to her, this is one of main reasons why Salvatore betrayed and try to kill Claude.
- In Liberty City Stories she cheats on Sal with numerous men, one of them being a jealous biker Toni has to kill.
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 averted when he is angry. Despite his aggressive and vindictive personality, what he values most is loyalty.
- Ax-Crazy: In San Andreas, though not so much in III, strangely enough.
- Badass Grandpa: In GTA: Liberty City Stories.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: to Maccer and Kent Paul in San Andreas.
- Cynicism Catalyst: CJ doublecrossing him in San Andreas ends up turning him into the ultra-paranoid wacko he becomes in III.
- Deuteragonist: In Liberty City Stories.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He shows shades of this even in his San Andreas appearance!
- 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 familynote , because of Carl's huge hand in robbing his casino.
- The Don: of Leone Crime Family.
- Evil Versus Evil: All the time with himself, the Yakuza, and later, Claude.
- 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 reason in San Andreas.
- Knight Templar: After being arrested in 1998, he vows to have revenge, eliminating all rival mafias. Although it could also be this trope in San Andreas, where he promises to kill CJ, his family and everyone close to him. Thankfully, he doesn't know who CJ isnote .
- 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 Talk: Quite often, especially with Maria in LCS and members of rival gangs.
- Villainous Breakdown: It was clear that he's having a mental breakdown while cursing Carl for his hand at the casino heist in San Andreas.
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Does this to Claude after he blows up the SPANK factory. Becomes a Genocide Backfire since Claude hadn't yet shown any sign of trying to betray him.
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.
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
- Abusive Parents: His Ma is anything but supportive, and even called a hit on him because she found him to be weak.
- Ax-Crazy: Specifically in the mission "Dead Meat" (from GTA: Liberty City Stories) where he, indignant to be enduring Giovanni Casa and his mother's praise of Casa for "having guts", Toni proceeds to brutally dismember him with an axe, and finally carrying their leftover meat to his butchery.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His starting outfit is a brown jacket over a black shirt with pants and workboots but the prologue mission has him change into a suit more befitting of The Mafia and he is depicted in artwork as such. He is a made man, after all.
- Basement-Dweller: At some point between LCS and III, Toni moved back with his Ma, despite having three houses of his own.
- Captain Ersatz: Pretty obviously one for Tony Soprano.
- Chick Magnet: Before he put on some weight he wasn't half bad with the ladies. He caught the eye of Maria(to his dismay), and gained the affection of Toshiko.
- The Comically Serious
- Confessional: Goes to one only to be manipulated by Intrepid Reporter, Ned Burner who's only interest is generating big stories to cover.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
- The Dragon: Serves this role prior to Claude taking it over. Becomes a Dragon Ascendant when Salvatore Leone is killed.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When they're not bickering, that is.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Toni will gladly chop you up if you piss him off, but he draws the line at not showing your parents proper respect.
- Freudian Excuse: Some of Toni's more extreme moments come from trying to prove himself worthy of his overbearing mother's respect.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Living with his Ma will do that to you.
- Informed Flaw: People in Liberty City Stories constantly notes how skinny Toni has become, despite being more pudgy than skinny.
- Karma Houdini: Doubles with Awesome Moment of Crowning due to Word of God confirms he's the new head of the Leone crime family after Salvatore's death.
- Only Sane Man: Particularly when dealing with some of the more outlandish questgivers like Maria, JD, or Donald Love.
- Subverted in regards to his increasingly violent behavior after conversations with his mother.
- Rapid Aging: He doesn't even look like the same man in "GTA III".
- Perma-Stubble: In Liberty City Stories Toni has a permanent Five O' Clock shadow.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: Inverted, he appears as mission-giver in III, but then becomes protagonist in the prequel, Liberty City Stories.
- Retired Badass: By the time of GTAIII he's no longer working the streets, but just three years earlier he was bustt heads with the best of them.
- Super Drowning Skills: Back in Liberty and the water is still as good for you as a heart attack
- The Reliable One: Despite his demotion at the beginning of Liberty City Stories, Salvatore comes to recognize him as the only person he can rely on.
- Tranquil Fury: Again specifically in the mission "Dead Meat". He's disturbingly quiet and terse in speech as he meets up with Giovanni Casa, drives him to the meat processing plant and proceeds to hack him apart with an axe.
- Undying Loyalty: To Salvatore Leone. In fact, out of all the GTA protagonists who have worked with Leone, he's notable for being the only one to not betray him.
- Villain Protagonist: in Liberty City Stories.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: to his mother.
- Younger Than They Look: Believe it or not; Toni is in 33 in "GTA III", despite looking like a sixty-year old.
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".
- I Have No Son: Regularly uses this to get Toni to do whatever she wants him to do on that day.
- Jerkass: She is a jerk to just about anybody she talks to.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She states at one point that Toni is not her son, a daughter maybe, after he fails to meet her expectations.
- The Voice: She is never seen physically and only communicates with the protagonists from inside her home.
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
- Affably Evil: Very friendly, very polite, and one of the few people who won't betray Claude. Still a ruthless Yakuza boss.
- Ambiguously Bi: Some of her interactions with Claude come across as flirtatious, but she also implicitly plays bondage games with Maria.
- Brains and Bondage: Is one of the most erudite characters. Is also into BDSM.
- Brother–Sister Team: Subverted. She and Kenji are on good terms, but they appear to be independent in doing their job.
- Cool Aunt: for Yuka in Advance. Bordering on Knight Templar Parent / Mama Bear, too.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Maria swoons when she discovers that Asuka has a massager. Asuka lets her know that's not a massager.
- Dragon Lady: Has shades of this. Is coupled with Evil Is Sexy and plenty of Les Yay.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: This happens in the final act.
- Noble Demon
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Starts a Mob War with the Colombian Cartel and kidnaps and tortures it's co-leader Miguel in response to Kenji's death, unaware that the people really responsible are Donald Love and Claude.
- Sadist: It is heavily implied that she takes sexual pleasure in torturing Cartel co-leader Miguel in III.
- Wicked Cultured
- Yakuza: Co-leader of Yakuza along with her brother Kenji.
The brother of Asuka and owner of Kenji's Casino in Liberty City. He is the co-leader of the Yakuza in the city.
- Alliterative Name: Kenji Kasen.
- 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: In one mission, Claude has to steal three rare sports cars. Kenji is in a debt of honor to some man who loves cars and gives the cars Claude steals to him as a gift.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The second one in the game after Sal.
- Permanently Missable Content: 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.
- Yakuza: co-leader of Yakuza along with his sister Asuka.
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.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left!
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Fond of pulling this. Though hasn't ended up dead despite failing to follow through.
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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Gun Nut: He's pretty enthusiastic about his love of guns, especially in Vice City.
- 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..."
- Hidden Depths: He may not have served in the army, but his marksmanship is really good, without any formal training.
- 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.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He wasn't really in the military, but he apparently experiences "flashbacks" to Vietnam after losing his arm.
- 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.
- Trigger Happy
- Too Dumb to Live: He should have known that it was a bad idea to play with dangerous explosives while drunk.
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
- All Elections Are Serious Business: Entering the mob-controlled mayoral race in Liberty City. (hint: Not as a democrat).
- Ax-Crazy: He never acts psychotically violent, but it is clear his highly depraved tastes make him one.
- Bastard Understudy: Has Toni Cipriani assassinate his mentor Avery Carrington, then has Toni bring him his corpse for an in-flight meal
- Beard of Sorrow: Sprouts one after losing both the election and his empire in Liberty City Stories.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Love will stoop to mass murder if it benefits him, as evidenced by the missions he assigns Cipriani in Liberty City Stories (killing rival political activists, blowing up an entire neighborhood populated by thousands of innocent people) and his conspiracy in III to instigate a gang war between the Colombian Cartel and the Yakuza for the sake of lowering property values.
- Faux Affably Evil/The Sociopath: He's impeccably polite and professional in every dealing that he has with others; he is also an unfettered mass murderer whose depravity knows absolutely no bounds.
- Flanderization: He is a lot more depraved and over-the-top in Liberty City Stories.
- Riches to Rags: After blowing all his money on his mayoral campaign, he loses everything and has to move to a filthy flophouse. With Toni's help he goes right back to being rich.
- Rags to Riches: After blowing all his money on the mayoral campaign, Donald once again recruits Toni to help regain his wealth. It works.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Revealed in Liberty City Stories as clarification of what he did at the "morgue parties" referenced in GTA 3.
- I Love the Dead: It is hinted at that Love is interested in corpses in... other ways than just eating them.
- Karma Houdini: Instead of dying like other Grand Theft Auto antagonists, Love completely vanishes from Liberty City towards the end of III, his fate unknown.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a rather blatant reference to American media mogul and 45th POTUS Donald Trump.
- That Mysterious Thing: His final missions in GTA III involve a mysterious package. Whatever it is, the FBI and the Police want it badly.
- The Voiceless: Due to Kyle Mac Lachlan's absence in Vice City. He starts to introduce himself to Tommy, but Avery keeps cutting him off and telling him to shut up.
- Villainous Breakdown: He has one after his connections to Toni and the Leone family are made public, and his chance to become mayor is lost because of said connections.
- Strawman Political: He is a ruthless business mogul, completely obsessed with money and owning things, makes disparaging remarks about liberals and left-wingers, he's about as typical a Republican you can find.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He simply disappears after all his missions are completed in III. Even Word of God just shrugs.
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.
Other Appearances: Advance, Liberty City Stories
- Bald of Awesome
- 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.
- Punch-Clock Villain
- Noodle Incident: How his hands got injured. All he says on the matter is that they were burned in a police raid. An article on the promotional Liberty Tree website clarifies that a police officer spilled hot fat on them.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Possibly. He puts a bomb on your car after you save his life, twice. It's uncertain because he may not have known the bomb was meant for you when he was rigging the car. His shops also continue to modify the cars you bring them after that incident, whereas the rest of the Leone family mooks try to kill you on sight.