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Michael's Friends, Family, and Associates
Amanda Townley/de Santa
"You're ruining my fucking yoga!"
Voiced by: Vicki Van TasselMichael's wife. After being uprooted due to the FIB's Witness Protection, she's developed a strained relationship with her husband, preferring to spend time shopping with his bank account. Her constant burning through Michael's funds forces him to return to his life of crime.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Post-game, should Michael survive, their relationship significantly improves, with hints of romance added in. And should Michael be killed, she'll tell Franklin not to get near her, and if she sees him, she'll rip his head clean off his shoulders.
- Awful Wedded Life: To Michael, with whom she trades curses and screams. She eventually goes with Michael to get therapy, and after a jarring argument that takes up their session, she simply asks that he doesn't get himself killed. However, it is implied that Michael, Amanda, and the children actually had a good relationship prior to the Ludendorff incident. And after the main storyline is completed their relationship improves again.
- The Baby Trap: Implied by Trevor that Michael only married her because she got pregnant.
- Buxom Is Better: Justified: according to Trevor, Michael bought her breast implants.Trevor: Amanda, good to see you. You used to be fatter. (unintelligible growling) Nice new tits, by the way.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Not to the extent of her daughter, though. Mentioned by Michael during a family therapy session.Michael: Ah, gee! Because all you do is whine at me.
Amanda: Oh! "All I do is whine"?!
- Damsel in Distress
- The first time, Michael has to "clear up" a misunderstanding when she gets arrested for shoplifting at Didier Sachs.
- More true to the trope, she and Tracey are held hostage by Merryweather mercenaries, courtesy of Devin Weston, after Michael refused to can his film and accidentally got Weston's legal counsel killed.
- Formerly Fat: According to Trevor.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: She considers playing tennis with Trevor to be this.
- Gold Digger: According to Trevor, Mike met Amanda when she was a stripper and their relationship was started on the basis of him buying her breast implants so she could make more money.
- Grudging "Thank You": After an optional mission where Michael helps her escape the police.
- Hypocrite: She berates Michael for cheating on her with prostitutes and strippers, despite her own long list of partners. This contrasts with Michael's At Least I Admit It attitude regarding their marriage, where he's fine with her cheating on him as long as it's not done in their own house.
- There's also the matter of the side mission where you have to save her from getting arrested after shoplifting.
- In-Series Nickname: She's sometimes referred to as "Mandy" or "Mand".
- Jerkass: She constantly nags Michael for everything under the sun, and acts offended when he calls her out on her own problems. She does get slightly better latter on, however.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For all her nagging, she does make a good point about how Michael continues his criminal actions with no regard for how it affects his family. Furthermore, it's implied that the majority of her animosity towards Michael stems from the fact that he went behind her back and cut a deal with the FIB without consulting her, forcing her to abandon her life in North Yankton with next to no notice.
- Kiss-Kiss-Slap: What her relationship with Michael evolves into post-game, if he survives. It ain't much, but trust us, it's a step up from where it was previously.
- Mama Bear
- When Fabien disrespects Jimmy, she tells Michael to "Just hit him already".
- She warns Franklin to stay away from her and her children should he decide to assassinate Michael.
- Modesty Towel: Is seen in one when Michael finds her banging the tennis instructor.
- Mrs. Robinson: She has affairs with her tennis coach Kyle Chavis and yoga instructor Fabien LaRouche, both of whom are implied to be younger than Amanda.
- Ms. Fanservice: Even with two adult children, Amanda is still very much this, with the help of plastic surgery.
- Never My Fault: All of the family's problems are entirely Michael's fault. Best exemplified at the beginning of "Fame or Shame," when she proclaims that she has no one but herself to blame for how the kids turned out, then goes on to elaborate that it's because Michael is a neglectful father.
- Not So Above It All: Despite criticizing her husband's behavior and lifestyle she wastes her days spending his ill-gotten money and sleeping around. Not to mention engaging in petty crime like shoplifting. She also drinks just as heavily as Michael does, on top of abusing prescription drugs.
- Nouveau Riche: She grew up in a trailer and used to work as a stripper, so she didn't always live a charmed life.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her shrewish personality, she does care about her children and even Michael (DEEP down that is), and becomes absolutely distraught once Franklin decides to kill Michael.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She tells Michael that killing people then sulking at the beach is not work.
- Rich Bitch: Most noted in her personal quote, above. After learning that her son is doing/selling drugs and her daughter is being an Attention Whore, her main complaint is that this is ruining her private yoga lessons.
- Shotgun Wedding: Her marriage to Michael is implied to have started out as one of these.
- Tsundere: After Michael and Trevor skip town following their fallout with Martin Madrazo, she calls Franklin (whom she'd only met once before that) and asks about her husband's well-being. After Franklin assures her he's okay, she sounds relieved but refuses to call Michael herself and asks Franklin not to let him know she asked about him. She also posts many passive-aggressive remarks on Lifeinvader about how Fabien satisfies her mentally, physically, and spiritually after she leaves Michael; all a rather blatant attempt at getting him jealous.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Ending B (Kill Michael), an understandably distraught Amanda will mail Franklin, cursing him to "rot in hell" for what he did to her husband.
- Widow Woman: If Ending B is chosen.
- Witness Protection: And not happy about it. She constantly tells Michael that she gave up as much of her old life as he did. At one point, she even admits she constantly forgets their new last name.
- Your Cheating Heart: Is caught cheating on Michael with her tennis instructor. It's also strongly suggested that she's sleeping with the yoga instructor, and she seems to have an account on the cheating website hushmush, under the screen name foxymama21. Her own children list off an almost endless stream of men who have worked at the house that she's likely cheated with from plumbers, to pool cleaners, and even the guy on Vespucci Beach who thinks he's Jesus.
- Done with Michael as well, whom she caught in bed with another stripper at some point and is implied to have been cheating on her quite a bit since then, as their marriage deteriorated.
- Resolved happily by the end, when they promise to remain faithful to one another for good.
James "Jimmy" Townley/de Santa
"Alright, let's bounce."
- A Date with Rosie Palms: One of his father's many complaints about his "life-style". He's the classic stereotyped scenario too; a fat adult loser who stays in his parents' home all day masturbating. When playing as Michael, you can even occasionally hear him watching porn when you pass by his room. The door will be locked and if you come too close he yells that he's having "private time".
- Ambiguously Gay: Tracey jokes that he might be, and some of his comments towards Franklin when the two hang out have so much subtext that he quickly backtracks.
- Basement-Dweller: He doesn't live in a basement, but he otherwise fits all the rest of this trope's definition: leeching off of his parents, living in their house on their dime, and refusing to grow up.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Is brave (or stupid) enough to call his retired gangster father an asshole right to his face. In fact, the first thing he does after being rescued from Michael's stolen yacht is the mention the dysfunction of their family.
- Character Development: He starts out as a lazy imbecile. He eventually grows out of it, and tries to get his parents to reconcile, and slugs a Merryweather soldier.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Mind you, he doesn't do it during the actual rescue, but after Mike and Frank save him from the guys stealing Michael's yacht, he spends a good while complaining about how psychotic Mike is for engaging in a high-speed shootout with the thieves instead of just calling the cops.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Jimmy is an asshole and a complete idiot in many missions. He ends up saving his entire family from a Merryweather mercenary in "Meltdown" by knocking him out with his bong and proceeding to teabag him... only to end up accidentally tea bagging Michael.
- Distressed Dude: It happens twice, and it was brought on by his own stupidity both times.
- The first time, he tries to sell off Michael's yacht for drug money.
- The second time, he gets kidnapped by a Internet comedy writer and his friends after Jimmy trolls him one too many times. However, unlike the first time, Michael can choose not to rescue him but will have to pay a ransom to Jimmy's captors.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: Though no longer teenaged, he still fits the mold.
- Entitled Bastard: The tattoo on his neck saying "Entitled" is a dead giveaway.
- Fat Bastard: He gets better, or at the very least tries to.
- G.I.F.T.: He's fairly polite (or at least civil) in person, but when playing online shooter games against other players, his mouth spews forth homophobic slurs like a faucet.
- Hypocrite: He criticizesnote Michael for the same behavior that he admires Franklin and Trevor for committing. On a lesser note, he can be hypocritical about smaller things. When father and son try to bond by playing video games and Michael Rage Quits with a Cluster F-Bomb, Jimmy berates him that "there's kids here!" despite engaging in profanity-laden Trash Talk on the same game.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: During the mission "Meltdown", the diehard fan of FPS games gets to save Michael from a mercenary and then teabag the guy who tried to kill him. Only it turns out that, since Jimmy couldn't see what he was doing in the darkened hall, he was actually teabagging Michael.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He closely resembles his voice actor, Danny Tamberelli.
- Internet Tough Guy: Again, compare all of his trash talk online to how he is in real life.
- It's All About Me: Every time he argues with Michael, he points at all of Michael's issues as reasons why he himself is so messed up. Nothing is ever his own fault. He grows out of this by the endgame, admitting that he's at fault for a lot of his own problems, and taking steps to improve his life and help his family.
- Jerkass: He constantly complains about his life despite having next to no problems, and gives his father grief over nearly everything that happens in the game. He also drugs his father, steals money from his account and his car, leaving him stranded in the streets. He then tells Amanda that Michael was driving under the influence with him in the car.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Then again, a lot of the grief he gives his father is pretty well-deserved. In particular, he berates his father for engaging in a high-speed shootout with the men stealing his boat instead of simply calling the police, which likely would have ended much better for him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the end, he's the one who goes to the effort of reuniting his family, helping his parents sort out their issues while admitting that he's done wrong by them. It's also implied in his post-game voicemail message and idle chatter that he's trying to sort his life out and get a job.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: During his arguments with Michael, Jimmy uses a lot of Armchair Psychology to criticize Michael's issues while making excuses for his own. He comes across as someone who's read or heard a lot about this stuff, but misusing it to suit himself.
- Lack of Empathy: Jimmy's Lifeinvader posts make it clear he doesn't feel too bad about drugging his father, stealing his money, or taking his car, and he even goes so far as to leave posts on Michael's page asking for more money, as though it never happened. However, he eventually shows remorse for his actions and tries to reconcile with Michael. Also, if Franklin kills either Trevor or Michael, Jimmy will genuinely mourn over their deaths.
- Lazy Bum: As Michael says while talking to his shrink, all Jimmy does is sit in his room all day smoking pot, masturbate, and play video games. Although Michael does get him out of the house from time to time.
- Like Father, Like Son: At the end of the day, Jimmy is not that different from Michael: both of them act superior to people they used to get along better with (Jimmy and Michael, Michael and Trevor), both live very unhealthy lifestyles, both have rather stereotypical character traits of their generation (Jimmy acts very entitled and Michael lives the old glory days), both have aggression problems and tend to spew out insults left and right (although Michael does it less). They also have a huge interest in a media type that is popular in their generation. Bonus points for Trevor describing younger Michael as "quite big but strong underneath".
- Man Child: He's 20 years old, still lives with his parents, and plays video games and masturbates all day.
- Manipulative Bastard: Jimmy has an uncanny ability to manipulate people (particularly his father) into doing what he wants. In the triathlon mission, he intentionally leads Michael to the yacht where Tracey is entertaining drug dealers and porn stars, and feigns surprise when Michael races off to save her. In the mission where they go to Cluckin' Bell, he tricks his father into trying a laced drink, and then steals his car and money before moving out. And finally, he's the one who actually gets the family to get back together at the end.
- Mis-blamed: He admits to Franklin that the reason he's so hard on his father is that if he forgave him or gave him the benefit of the doubt, then he'd no longer be able to blame all of his problems on the old man. Franklin's counter sums it up pretty well, though:Franklin: Man, you don't have any fuckin' problems.
- Momma's Boy: In spite of the dysfunction in his family, he seems to have a solid relationship with his mother.
- Neet: He is, as he puts it, "employmentally challenged".
- Never My Fault: Causes a fair share of Michael's problems throughout the game, but never admits responsibility for it. Until "Reuniting the Family."
- N-Word Privileges: He doesn't have them, but he still refers to himself as "nigga" when playing video games.
- Pretty Fly (For a White Guy): He speaks in hip-hop slang that he heard on the radio, and wears a Fruntalot shirt (a parody of urban wear brands like Fubu). Franklin also comments on it (that and his liberal use of the word "nigga"), considering it more amusing than offensive, though he also politely warns him against acting like that to other black people unless he really wants to get his ass kicked.
- Self-Deprecation: He notes at several points that he's aware of what a loser he his, and of how screwed up his family is. In the end, he's the one who goes to the most effort to reunite the family.
- The Slacker: After "Reuniting the Family", however, he manages to clean up his act a little and start looking for a job.
- The Stoner: Michael notes in the game's intro that all he really does is smoke weed, play video games, and masturbate.
- This Loser Is You: Could Rockstar have made a more blatant expy of obnoxious, anonymity abusing First Person Shooter addicts? For bonus points, when he knocks out a guy who threatens Michael, what does he do? Try to teabag him.
- Took a Level in Badass: He starts out the game as a wimpy little mooch. He ends up saving his father from a mercenary.
- Totally Radical: In-Universe. He likes to pretend to be gangsta by repeating the hip-hop slang he hears on the radio.
- Troll: Describes himself to be one to Michael during "Parenting 101". This comes back to bite him on the ass during the same level...
- Ungrateful Bastard: Subverted. While he starts of with nothing but contempt for his family, he grows out of it by the end of the game, going out of his way to get his parents to reconcile.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the "bad" endings (A or B), he will call his father or Franklin, sobbing and cursing them for their hand in killing Trevor or Michael, respectively.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He admits at one point that his less than stellar attempts to act cool is mainly motivated by a desire to impress his dad.
Tracey Townley/de Santa
"Dad! He said I have a massive- ...Jimmy called me a bitch!"
Voiced by: Michal SinnottMichael and Amanda's bratty, fame-obsessed daughter.
- Alliterative Name: When she had Townley as her last name.
- Attention Whore: Tracey has a clear desire to be famous or at the very least noticed. This behavior is implied to stem from a lack of attention from her parents.
- Bare Your Midriff: Some of her outfits, specifically her Fame or Shame audition outfit.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Even though her Bleeter profile says she's 22, she still fits the mold. Lightens up in Reuniting the Family.
- Buxom Is Better: In some of her random dialogue she will mention that she's had a boob job.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: A little more justified in her case as, unlike Jimmy, she wasn't in immediately life threatening situations when her father, and later her father and Honorary Uncle intervened. Of course, during the former she still had the nerve to ask the bad guys chasing them on jetskis to stop shooting at her and aim for him instead.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She has a rather shrill and whiny voice; it's particularly prominent during "Daddy's Little Girl" when she screams at Jimmy.Tracey: (to Jimmy) YOU!! You fucking ASSHOLE!!!
- Damsel in Distress: Played with.
- The first instance in "Daddy's Little Girl" is unintentionally invoked by Michael, when his "rescue" of Tracey actually puts her in danger.
- However, the second time is played straight in "Meltdown" when Devin Weston sends his Merryweather goons to hold her and her mother hostage.
- Dumb Blonde: Given that her parents and brother are all brunettes and her eyebrows are dark, it's likely a dye job.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: To Michael's shame. If he sees her drunk on the staircase inside their house, he wonders if she's really his daughter.
- Hidden Depths: Post-game content implies that she'll be heading off to college, to the delight and surprise of both her parents.
- Hopeless Auditionees:
- One mission involves preventing her from being featured as one of these on Fame or Shame, an America's Got Talent-style show. And yes, Take Our Word for It is averted, folks... it's not so much that she's a bad dancer, as her dancing is best suited for a strip club. Hm. Wonder where she got that from?
- Subverted when you watch the show on TV, where it's seen that she actually made it to the finals... but that's only because Lazlow was sleeping with her. Though if you don't watch until after Reuniting the Family, the implication is that Lazlow rigged the voting machines to get Tracey into the finals because Michael told him to and he's (very justifiably) scared shitless of Mike by that point.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She screams at Michael for being a psychopath; meanwhile she absolutely loves Trevor.
- In-Series Nickname: She's called "Trace" occasionally.
- Jerkass: She's extremely bratty, and is totally absorbed in the over-sexualized culture of Vinewood, causing no end of problems for her father.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shows this later on when Amanda leaves Michael. Tracey sent him heartwarming emails saying that while she still thinks he's a dick, she really misses him. Post-game content implies that she's preparing to get a college education.
- Morality Pet: To Trevor.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her Fame or Shame audition is a perfect example.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her bedroom has a pink and purple motif.
- Really Gets Around: According to Jimmy, though she doesn't deny it. If you call Tracey's phone after the mission "Did Somebody Say Yoga?" she will refer to herself as "Tracey Suxx" and it will be revealed that she performs pornographic webcam shows. The voice mail message will not be available after "Reuniting the Family."
- Spoiled Brat: Much like her brother.
- Stalking Is Love: One optional side mission requires Michael to chase down and confront a man who is stalking Tracey. Michael can choose to either kill the guy or let him go, although killing him will result in Tracey becoming angry with Michael.
- Stripperiffic: Most of her outfits.
- Weight Woe: She's bulimic and can sometimes be found in the bathroom, saying "No one wants a fat daughter" while vomiting into the toilet.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her beach outfit.
- Woman Child: Like her brother, Tracey is rather immature. She has no job, acts spoiled, and leaches off her parents money. Just like her brother she's trying to turn her life around for the better. She's trying to head off to college.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her Fame or Shame audition outfit features over-the-knee stockings.
Dr. Isiah Friedlander
"I think you need a new therapist."
Voiced by: Bryan Scott JohnsonMichael's therapist who works for Mount Zonah Medical Center, with a clinic on the Pacific Bluffs coastline.
- All Psychology Is Freudian: He sure likes to talk about Michael's sex life.
- Asshole Victim: An interesting example. If you killed him, he surely didn't really do something that warranted it (at least compared to most other characters in the GTA franchise including its protagonists), but damnnn does it feel good.
- Beneath the Mask: He continues perpetuating his façade of being a soft-spoken, somewhat enabling mental health practitioner until the very last time we see him, when he reveals that he's not only a charlatan, but a petty Attention Whore even more desperate for validation than his clients."I'm going to be famous! IIIII'M GONNA BE FAAAA-MOUS! Think of the fuckin' tail!"
- Catch-Phrase: He usually tells Michael that some of his services are "a little more expensive".
- Dr. Jerk: He's more interested in making money than helping patients. Best demonstrated when he cuts a session short just as Michael is on the edge of an epiphany, to ensure that he will have to come back and, not least, pay for another session. Since he's a full-blown over-the-top pastiche of the typical "Hollywood" psychotherapist, it's a given.
- He also writes a book detailing his and Michael's private sessions, using only the paper-thin alias "Marky De Santo" to disguise Michael's identity. Michael is understandably pissed.
- Embarrassing Nickname: He reveals that women used to call him "Pube-Head" because of his curly hair during the final therapy session.
- Karmic Death: After constantly insulting and belittling Michael, defrauding him of outrageous amounts of money for his utterly ineffective services, he then plans on using Michael's life story to make himself famous. Alas, fate would have none of it. You can either sic Michael on him, or just leave him be — at the latter option, a Weazel News report later tells that Dr. Friedlander was murdered before his film is released, implying he may have other enemies, presumably other patients of his.
- Killed Off for Real: If you choose to sic Michael on him. ...And even if he doesn't, Dr. Friedlander will still die after the player does the last therapy session.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dr. Friedlander looks remarkably similar to Bob Ross, down to his calm and relaxed way of speaking, although this may have been unintentional.
- Psycho Psychologist: While not "psycho", it's obvious Friedlander doesn't have the best interests of his patients at heart and is Only in It for the Money. Much of his advice is clearly tailored simply to make Michael buy more sessions, and aside from half-hearted scoldings, he doesn't care when Michael hurts someone or reverts back to his criminal ways. Should Michael admit getting back in the game after the jewelry store robbery, Friedlander will merely be pleased that he has more money to give him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Sure doc, tell the patient you've been defrauding, belittling and providing ineffective services for years, who happens to be a unretired career criminal, that you plan to become famous by selling his life story. Things are bound to work out just fine for you.
- You're Insane!: His reaction to Michael's urges to return to his old criminal lifestyle is to repeatedly imply to his face that he's "addicted to chaos" and a mixture of "a sociopath and a deluded psychopath".
"I'll do my best for you. I always try."
Voiced by: Julian GambleThe FIB agent credited with "killing" Michael. In reality, he struck a Witness Protection deal with him, setting him up with a new life in Los Santos.
- Anti-Villain: He gets roped in by Steve and Andreas. Otherwise he'd rather keep in touch with Michael and see how he's doing.
- Beleaguered Assistant: While not directly his underling, poor Dave has to put up with Steve, and he makes it clear that he does not like working with him, but trying to take him out will get way too much heat onto everybody unless circumstances change. In Ending C, Steve is killed in such a way that Dave is able to use previous events to pin everything on him and Agent Sanchez, and even ends up becoming the new host of The Underbelly of Paradise.
- Badass Mustache: He had one back in 2004.
- Big Good: He is the only true ally the three protagonists have in the government and is the reason Michael was able to fake his death nine years pre-game.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor guy has to put up with everything. The antics of the three protagonists are a major contribution.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Michael invokes this the very second that Trevor suggests killing Dave in Ending C. Michael's reasons make sense, but you can't but think he wanted to keep his friend safe from Trevor.
- Captain Obvious: At the beginning of the "Blitz Play Prep." mission...
- Corrupt Cop: A very rare "good guy" version. He essentially schemed together with Michael to make himself rich and famous (and give Michael a clean slate), but that's really as far as his corruption goes. Otherwise he's mostly an honest, decent guy.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The person believed to be Brad, whom Trevor had been exchanging letters with, is actually Dave, who had started the charade to keep a better eye on Trevor.
- The Dragon: Subverted. While he answers to Steve Haines, he is not an antagonist.
- Expy: Of John Connolly, a disgraced FBI agent convicted of helping notorious Irish mobster and fellow Bostonian Whitey Bulger evade arrest for decades (until he was finally extradited from California in 2011). Like Connolly, Dave works for the GTA-verse equivalent of the FBI and has helped a criminal (i.e., Michael) elude the law in plain sight.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He made his career by "killing" Michael, but he really just cut a deal with him to turn on his crew in exchange for an informal witness protection.
- Klingon Promotion: Although Trevor was the one who pulled the trigger on Haines in Ending C, it still counts, as Dave takes over Steve's hosting duties and finally earns enough to make a pension.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike his fellow agents, Dave is extremely reasonable and mostly polite, and constantly trying to convince Steve to stop roping the protagonists into their service. He also doesn't enjoy cruelty like Steve, tries to limit civilian casualties whenever possible, and does his best to make sure Michael and his friends come out of their jobs in one piece.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In Ending C, besides the main trio, Dave finally gets his big break by replacing Steve as host of "The Underbelly of Paradise".
- Token Good Teammate: Compared to Steve Haines and Andreas Sanchez.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Michael. Despite arguing in many of their scenes together, both admit over the course of the game to liking each other, despite their differences, and do their best to make sure the other survives. This is best exemplified in "The Wrap-Up": when Steve pulls a gun on Michael in order to cut off loose ends about the IAA raid, Dave wastes no time pulling his in Michael's defense.
"I used to have three secretaries. Now, I have to make my own coffee and give myself a happy ending."
Voiced by: Joel RooksA famous film producer and owner of Richards Majestic Productions. Michael, being a huge fan of Solomon and his work, agrees to help Solomon out in the production of his final movie, Meltdown.
- Cool Old Guy: He and Michael hit it off instantly during their first meeting, where Solomon shows himself to be every bit as friendly and charming as you'd hope your idol is in real-life.
- Dirty Old Man: He claims that in his heyday, he had three secretaries: now he has to get his own coffee, and give himself his own "happy ending".
- Doing It for the Art: In-Universe, Solomon genuinely loves making movies, even if he knows they're not going to be very good.
- Of Ed Wood, the Giftedly Bad horror movie director responsible for such legendary bombs as Plan 9 from Outer Space. Like Wood, Solomon is a genuinely decent person who's aware his directorial skills are mediocre at best, but will nevertheless persevere because he really loves what he's doing.
- Also of Mel Brooks, based on being a Cool Old Guy who made well-respected Affectionate Parodies (which is probably the most charitable way to describe Solomon's work), but have both fallen out of film-making power and relevance in the modern era.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Michael.
- Nice Guy: Slight temper issues aside, Solomon is one of the few really pleasant people in the game and, even more unusually, one of the few who doesn't try to screw other people over. This is put in sharp contrast with his late father David, who produced some of Vinewood's most classic films, but was apparently a rather cold and distant man who engaged in some truly horrifying activities with Peter Dreyfuss, and was privy to the gruesome murder of Leonora Johnson. In Peter's confession letter to David, he even dismisses the young Solomon as being too goody-two-shoes to "appreciate" their "art".
- Poor Communication Kills: Literally in this case. By not telling Michael he has digital copies of Meltdown he inadvertently sets off a high-speed chase between Michael and Molly Schultz which ends with the latter dying in an accident.
- Self-Deprecation: He's quite aware that his movies suck and the industry is going downhill, but at the very least he's still passionate about the craft.
Franklin's Friends, Family, and Associates
Voiced by: Slink JohnsonFranklin's crazy friend, proud member of the Chamberlain Hill Gangster Families (CGF), and fellow employee at Deluxe Premium Motorsport. He frequently bugs Franklin about his attempts at leaving the gang life behind.
- The Big Guy: He is around 6'7" (2 meters) tall.
- Casanova Wannabe: Tries his damnedest to woo the female Online Protagonist. She treats the attempt with disdain.
- Cool Pet: Chop. At some point, however, he entrusts Chop to Franklin and never comes back for him.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: To the point of a Running Gag. Franklin frequently has to save him, usually from himself, and then put up with his shit talking afterwards.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Lamar makes some stupid decisions and almost gets killed more than once because of them, but in Ending C, he helps Franklin, Michael and Trevor take on an FIB/Merryweather assault at the Murrieta Heights foundry, and holds his own. Considering they were basically facing an army, that's an impressive feat.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!/The Fatalist: Zigzagged — while he expresses pride of his gangster "heritage", he also acknowledges that he, Franklin and the rest of their homies will never truly be able to escape that kind of life.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: After his flirting with the female Online Protagonist fails, he can help himself from still using flirty, sexual, or misogynistic language. When he tries to correct himself, he looks even sillier.
- Enemies Equals Greatness: During "Lamar Down", Franklin sarcastically comments that Lamar should be honored to have so many people who want him dead. Lamar is not enthused, but during the ride home, when Franklin is seriously trying to convince him how much danger he was in, Lamar ironically adopts this attitude as a retort.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He never talks about it or anything, but he has "Mom" tattooed on his neck, so he obviously cares about her.
- Expy: Of Sean "Sweet" Johnson.
- Fat and Skinny: Often ends up playing the Laurel to Franklin's long-suffering Hardy, much to the latter's frustration. Even lampshades it once, reminiscing how they used to be known as "Lanky and Fatty".
- Fearless Fool: He's Not Afraid to Die (or so he says—Franklin says his actions prove otherwise during "Lamar Down"), thus will walk into dangerous situations recklessly.
- Friend Zone: Is firmly placed in it with the female Online Protagonist.
- Gang Banger: Unlike Franklin, he's proud of his "heritage", claiming it's the only thing they have.
- Genre Blind: Despite knowing the dangers of the gangster life, Lamar trusts too easily, doesn't see blatant traps the Genre Savvy would see a mile off and worse still is unable to realize who is obviously setting him up.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Chinese. After picking up the Online Protagonist from the airport, he says "shay shay" (supposed to be 谢谢, which means "Thank You" in Mandarin Chinese) to Hao on the phone for helping him set up the tutorial race.
- Hidden Depths: After saving Lamar from the Ballas late in the game, Lamar admits that his hostility towards Franklin moving up in the world is out of jealousy of being left behind. Lamar doesn't think he's smart enough to be able to keep up with Franklin's new life. It makes his fatalist personality a more tragic outlook.
- In the Lowrider update for online, it reveals that Lamar once tried to enact plans to take over the other street gangs and get ahead in life. While poorly executed, the plans he thought out were surprisingly good. One such example is the second mission, he has you take some stolen low riders over to a trade to sell them. The issue? The low riders were, at the moment, owned by a high ranking member of one of the other gangs who was in some legal trouble, and he could not officially tell anybody that they were stolen from him. Had it gone off correctly, Lamar would have gotten good cash for selling them, however the plan was found out and the following shootout ruined the deal, and landed him in hot water.
- Homoerotic Subtext: In one mission, Trevor asks him how he and Franklin met. Lamar misunderstands the question, thinks Trevor is asking if they're lovers, and launches into a long, rambling, Suspiciously Specific Denial about a threesome where he and another dude "brushed dicks".
- Hopeless Suitor: For the female Online Protagonist.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Lamar fully believes in blind trust and complete loyalty to his homies. While this is great if your friend is Franklin, it sucks when your other homies are the rest of the clowns in his hood (and some snakes).
- Hypocritical Humor: He's the game's loudest advocate of the idea that friends (meaning Franklin) have a duty to help other friends (meaning himself), no matter the risk and with no thought of reward. If Ending C is chosen, he semi-seriously complains to both Franklin and Trevor about not getting paid for helping out with the foundry shootout.
- In Harm's Way: He believes that hood life is all about a constant struggle to get ahead, and putting one's life on the line. The fact that Franklin wants to get out of this life (and eventually does) makes him look "soft" to Lamar, who sees himself as a soldier fighting in the trenches to survive just one day longer.
- Inter Generational Friendship: With Trevor, and (potentially) with an online protagonist.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He frequently berates Franklin, who has saved his ass countless times, usually after having just saved him again, and frequently questions his decision to deviate from their "tradition". That said, he is very loyal to Franklin, always stays by his side even when shit hits the fan, and even wholeheartedly helps Franklin in the foundry shootout during Ending C.
- Junior Counterpart: He's rather similar to Trevor (which explains their friendship), and his relationship with Franklin sometimes mirrors the former's relationship with Michael. Unfortunately, while he's nowhere near as crazy as Trevor, he's also not nearly as competent.
- Likes Older Women: He thinks Franklin's aunt, Denise, is sexy. And mad for the penis.
- The Load: Just count how many times he requires Franklin to rescue him, or leads himself and Franklin into an obvious trap or some other harebrained scheme. It's okay, we'll wait.
- That Came Out Wrong: He hastily backtracks on half the words out of his mouth when playing as a female in GTA Online, especially since she makes it painfully clear to him that she doesn't want to date him.
- The Millstone: Franklin has had to drag his ass out of trouble his whole life. Typically Lamar either botches a scheme or stumbles into a blatant trap and Franklin is forced to save him from himself. After a lifetime of deals gone wrong it's strongly implied he'd have been dead years ago without Frank at his side.
- Mixed Ancestry: He has some Apache blood. Allegedly. This is a bit of a stealth joke if you're knowledgeable about African-American culture, where it's common for people to claim they have Native ancestry as a bragging right.
- Motor Mouth: Once he gets started, he does not shut up.
- Never My Fault: After walking into one of Stretch's traps, Lamar pouts that he wouldn't have fallen for it if Franklin was with him.
- N-Word Privileges: Almost every conversation between him and Franklin is the word "nigga" punctuated by brief snippets of actual dialogue.
- No Respect Guy: Implied at times. Most notably, his picture in the character's contact lists is actually that of Chop.
- Odd Friendship: With Trevor. They are both crazy. Trevor MUCH more so.
- The Pollyanna: He's generally a positive thinker much to Franklin's dismay no matter what situation he's put in. The reason he didn't suspect Stretch of being a traitor is because he always wants to see the best in other people.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Franklin's blue. As Devin Weston puts it, he's the spirit and Franklin is the brains.
- Serious Business: Being employee of the month.
- The Sixth Ranger: In the first half of Ending C, he's the fourth man in the Murrieta Heights foundry shootout.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Lamar literally thinks of himself as a GTA Protagonist.
- Tattooed Crook
- The Social Darwinist: Something of a believer in it, if the conversation with Franklin in the aftermath of 'Lamar Down' is any measure. If people want to come after him, that's fine - it's the way the game of life is played and he isn't going to lose sleep over it."Nigga's want me dead, be dead themselves. I ain't gonna overreact to shit."
- Too Dumb to Live: Lamar lacks foresight and is very impulsive, leading to a number of ridiculously stupid decisions.
- Kidnapping a gangster who has known you from when you were a child with a Paper-Thin Disguise with your dog in tow. Oh, and letting him know you're coming instead of sneaking up on him. And then using your own phone to announce his ransom to the authorities.
- Yes Lamar, it's a brilliant idea to enter into a drug deal with a gangster you previously tried to kidnap in an abandoned warehouse. Nothing sketchy about that.
- Or going into the middle of nowhere to do a deal arranged by someone your friend has told you might be a snitch.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: When he quietly admits he's been having money troubles late in the game after he's rescued from the Ballas in the sawmill, Franklin gives him fifty dollars and tells him to act just a little more civilized if he wants to get ahead in the world. Lamar views all this as extremely patronizing, and proceeds to sarcastically do a little shuck-and-jive routine."Oh, my bad, 'Mr. Gold Card'! Excuse me, suh! Thank yuh fo' helpin' out a po' street nigga like me, suh!"
- Undying Loyalty:
- At the end of the day, his loyalty to Franklin is stronger than that to the Families, especially after Stretch betrays them to the Ballas.
- His dedication to loyalty is best shown after the first mission he does for Devin. On the ride from Los Santos to the Paleto Bay truck stop, he converses with Trevor who just found out that Michael betrayed him 9 years ago. Trevor gleefully tells him that Michael is probably dead, and Lamar is horrified that he's okay with it. Even after Trevor repeatedly tells him that Michael betrayed him and got their other partner killed, Lamar is disgusted that Trevor would leave someone he's known so long to die.
- Lamar is equally disgusted if Franklin admits he killed Trevor after Ending A.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Subverted. While he never once thanks Franklin for anything, in "Lamar Down" he states that he is aware of how much Franklin does for him, but he's too prideful to ever say it directly, and is mostly just afraid that Franklin is going to abandon him like everyone else that leaves the hood.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to have this relationship with Franklin, though with strong emphasis on "best buds". That said, see Undying Loyalty, above. Plus, in Ending C, when Franklin calls him to ask for assistance in the Foundry shootout, Lamar drops everything to come and help. And after the credits in an e-mail discussion with Franklin, it is reiterated that yes, they are homies for life.
- We All Die Someday: The reason he sees nothing wrong with his self-destructive behavior. To him, that's the way the world is. The Hood just takes it Up to Eleven. That is, until Franklin points out to Lamar that someone is specifically out to get him.
- With Friends Like These...: Despite Franklin's attempts to be his friend, Lamar does nothing but guilt trip him for trying to find a better life and get himself into stupid situations that Franklin has to bail him out of it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If Ending A is chosen, Franklin will tell Lamar about Trevor's death if you hang out with him afterwards, to which Lamar responds with one of these.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Downplayed. Lamar is right about the setting but not about his place in it. He thinks himself the protagonist but is more the Plucky Comic Relief. Early on, he comments to Franklin on how much he enjoys working for Simeon and how much it's going to suck when Simeon eventually betrays them or otherwise force them to turn on him. Fittingly Lamar says this shortly before betraying Simeon, by stealing one of his bikes. He's sadly unaware of how unimportant he is to the story thanks to the presence of Mike and Trevor alongside Franklin. (Although late in the story, he confesses that one of the reasons he grows more reckless is because he felt abandoned by Franklin in favor of his two new "best buddies".) Even the Online Protagonist, who starts out even lower on the food chain than he is, winds up more important than Lamar.
"Come on, you horny little motherfucker. You need boot camp or some shit."Lamar's trusty pet rottweiler, whom Lamar often brings along when he and Franklin go on repo jobs.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Some of Franklin's missions briefly allow you to see Chop's point of view. Him being a dog, all the player can actually do is see what he sees.
- Angry Guard Dog: He's vicious when ordered to be.
- Anything That Moves: Franklin notes this with equal amounts of amusement and condemnation. One of Lamar's LifeInvader posts says he fucked a cat. Truth in Television, for the record; un-neutered male dogs will hump damn near anything.
- Cool Pet: He's a loyal, sweet, obedient (if the player trains him) dog.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Climbing a ladder onto a higher area will cause this as soon as you move the camera away from Chop.
- Really Gets Around: Animal version — when walking Chop, he will occasionally hump any dog within sight, female and male alike.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: The player can make Chop attack pedestrians on demand.
- Team Pet: The player can bring Chop along while roaming the city and Franklin even lets Chop join him on a mission or two.
- Undying Loyalty: To Franklin and Lamar.
Voiced by: Janet HubertFranklin's live-in aunt, who is obsessed with sex and re-obtaining her "femininity".
- Casting Gag: All in all, she's a pretty lousy aunt, being an obnoxious sex-obsessed Jerk Ass who constantly gives her nephew crap just for wanting to escape his hood roots and move beyond them. So who did they get to play her? Janet Hubert, known for playing Vivian Banks, one of pop culture's most beloved aunts.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Her obsession with her femininity. She also has a history of behavioral problems. It says a lot when a crackhead, albeit a barely functional one at that, calls her crazy.
- Hypocrite: Denise frequently berates her own nephew as being useless and her dead sister even worse, going so far as to call Franklin "the biggest mistake [my sister] ever made". She owes the roof over her head to both of them. It's also strongly implied she's sponged off Franklin (and numerous suitors) over the years and she's rather lazy when it comes to actual work.
- It's All About Me: After Franklin moves out early in the game, she sends him a vitriolic email listing things she can't do by herself without the help he owes her. The list is entirely things that would be easier to do with the house to herself, had she not expect Franklin to do the hard work and act as a scapegoat for her feminist club.
- Jerkass: Incredibly scathing towards Franklin and his goal to get out of the hood, even through the many years he helped her live.
- Madness Mantra: "I am woman..." Which makes it so satisfying when Trevor shuts her up.
- Really Gets Around: When your own nephew is lamenting this, you've got issues.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: Denise frequently insults her late sister to Franklin's face. And somehow wonders why he doesn't respect her.
- Straw Feminist: Oh good lord... Sex-addicted, "hates" men, completely self-centered, tries to use Franklin as a scapegoat for her own laziness. Oh, and regularly uses feminist buzzwords.
- Ungrateful Bitch: She acts like Franklin is an Ungrateful Bastard who doesn't appreciate everything she's done for him. It's clearly the other way around, when Franklin has been risking life and limb to feed her, Lamar and the rest of his homies in Strawberry.
Voiced by: Demosthenes ChrysanThe Armenian owner of Premium Deluxe Motorsport, the car dealership where Franklin and Lamar work, and a corrupt sleazeball who tricks yuppies into spending beyond their means on the fanciest cars on the lot, then dispatches Franklin and Lamar to repossess the cars when the payments stop coming in.
- Bald of Evil: Well, Bald of Sleaze anyway.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Outright admits to his employees that compared to other LS dealerships, his business practices are extremely crooked and exploitative.
- Disc-One Final Boss: His big role in the story was to serve as the catalyst for Franklin to meet Michael.
- Everything Is Racist: This is his entire sales strategy in a nutshell. Any time the potential sucker expresses any sort of doubt or suspicion, Simeon just accuses him of being bigoted against Armenians until he or she caves.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's friendly and cheery, but it's all an obvious act.
- Honest John's Dealership: He runs one. None of the cars he sells appear to be in any way of low quality, but he consistently talks customers into buying cars that are far above both their needs and finances.
- Jerkass: Taken Up to Eleven in Online; aside from sending the protagonist on "repo" jobs that are pretty clearly just straight-up car thefts, he also has them go to rival dealerships that are committing the horrible crimes of "reasonable finance plans and generous repayment schedules", to completely destroy their stock and run them out of town. (Except any cars he particularly wants for himself, which get taken back to the lot.)
- Killed Off for Real: If you return to his dealership as Franklin or Michael after the mission "Complications" and before the mission "Mr. Phillips", Simeon will sic some goons on you and run off down the street. If you like, you can chase him down and kill him. Oddly, he'll still post on LifeInvader and Bleeter after being killed
- Laser-Guided Karma: Michael catches Franklin repossessing his family SUV at Simeon's orders, holding him at gunpoint and making him crash through Premium Deluxe Motorsport's glass window. Cue Michael beating the shit out of Simeon (with actual player control), then saying he really doesn't want to make a return visit before leaving.
- Loan Shark: His dealership is a front for such an operation.
- National Stereotypes: Of the Armenian diaspora, specifically of its unethical businessmen.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On the receiving end of this from Michael.
- Smug Snake: He really believes that he can get away with scamming others without consequence. Michael quickly proves him wrong.
- Starter Villain: His main purpose is to get Franklin introduced to Michael. He lasts two missions before Franklin and Lamar leave him.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Most of his ploys to get people to agree to his ridiculously expensive financing deal is to accuse them of being racist against him. The fact that he has two large, muscular black men for repo guys doesn't really help the poor shmucks he pulls it on.
"We grew up together, but this life ain't for me, and you know that!"
Voiced by: Yasha JacksonThe girl of Franklin's dreams who has no interest in him beyond friendship due to his criminal lifestyle; she's instead getting married to a doctor.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted. The reason she refuses to be with Franklin is because he's a career criminal who refuses to change. But then again, read her LifeInvader page and this may be played straight after all.
- Gold Digger: Played with. Tonya directly implies that Tanisha is marrying the doctor because he can help get her out of the hood lifestyle. Her word, however, is unreliable (she also accuses Franklin of sleeping with Michael for the same reasons). Tanisha herself says that she doesn't care about money, but other than the fact that he's not a criminal, all we know about him comes from her LifeInvader page; the doctor seems to be a condescending jerk more interested in having a Trophy Wife. And for what it's worth, Tanisha's comments on LifeInvader imply she's really enjoying all the new luxuries her fiancé can afford her.
- Still, given that she tells Franklin she doesn't care about money after he starts bringing in big bucks from heists, it would seem that his criminal activities really are that much of a deal breaker for her, which isn't that unreasonable.
- In a conversation while hanging out after the last heist, Lamar will flatly call Tanisha a gold digger; but on the bright side, now that Franklin is filthy rich, he can get a gold digger of his own, only one with class.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Her LifeInvader status updates indicate that her doctor boyfriend is condescending and borderline emotionally abusive toward her, but she remains oblivious to it.
- Not So Different: She's condemns Franklin for his lifestyle choices, but Tanisha's method of getting out of the hood was to marry into money.
- When she comes by Franklin's house to talk him into saving Lamar from the Ballas, she goes off on a rant about how Franklin thinks he's too good for the 'hood that could have come straight out of Lamar's own mouth.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She chose to marry a rude, but honest doctor rather than the well-meaning, but criminal Franklin. She may be wrong about that, however...So good to be with a man who saves lives instead of taking them.
- Her husband runs a charity organization for sick children, according to Lamar. Franklin, even when he's rolling in cash, won't break off more than fifty bucks for his best friend (though this is more because Franklin doesn't want to enable Lamar's lifestyle and Lamar asked Franklin for money immediately after the latter put himself in harm's way to save him and also lectured him about how he disapproved of his lifestyle choices; while Lamar's resentment at the moment comes off as petty jealousy over Franklin's success and the fact that he is more involved with Trevor and Michael than with him).
- Only Sane Man: Out of Franklin's friends, she is this. Hell, her having the good sense to get out of the hood all together and not engage in any criminal activities makes her more this trope than Franklin himself. Although her "methods" of doing so are suspect.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Chews out Franklin a bit after Lamar is captured and Franklin refuses to bail him out.
Trevor's "Friends", Family, and Associates
Ronald "Nervous Ron" Jakowski
Voiced by: David MogentaleTrevor's timid, paranoid friend and next-door neighbor in the Blaine County trailer park where he lives. He is also the host of Blaine County Talk Radio's "Blaine County Radio Community Hour" podcast replays, warning listeners of every conspiracy theory under the sun.
- Bully and Wimp Pairing: Trevor's the bully, whilst he, Wade and Floyd are wimps.
- The Chew Toy: To Trevor, but not as much compared to Wade and Floyd.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Just listen to his BCTR segment.
- Comedic Sociopathy: He instructs all twins listening to his show to murder their sibling in their sleep, and to murder their mother as well, as being a twin is "an abomination" and that only an "alien mutant factory" could produce them.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He thinks banks are making cyberspace clones of their clients who lie in wait to Kill and Replace the originals. Seriously, listen to his show on Blaine County Radio.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's not much, but he is willing to fight alongside Trevor when he takes the fight to the Lost MC.
- Cuckold: He briefly mentions on his radio show that his friends at one point stole his wife before he was taken under Trevor's wing. Then again, other lines of dialogue imply that Trevor drove his wife away.
- Drop-In Character: Officially, he lives in the trailer next door to Trevor's. Unofficially, he spends almost 100% of his time in Trevor's trailer or in his front yard.
- Dumbass Has a Point: While he quickly retracts it, his smarmy assessment of Michael (that he's a wash-up living off of past glories) is actually pretty accurate, if info revealed elsewhere in the game is anything to go by.
- Everyone Has Standards: It takes some doing to creep out a guy who lives next to probably the most dangerous person in Blaine County and regularly gets messages from unstable individuals on his radio show, but it happens.Caller: "Hey, I really like watching people die."
Ron: Thanks for calling.
- Evil Genius: To Trevor Phillips Industries/Enterprises. Trevor's no idiot, but Ron's his computer guy.
- Expy: Within the series, he's essentially a younger, psychotic version of The Truth, both being conspiracy theorists involved in the drug trade, though Ron's theories make The Truth sound reasonable in comparison. On an outside context, he's also more or less a redneck version of David Icke, a British author notorious for claiming that The Reptilians are secretly controlling world affairs.
- Friend to Psychos: Type III or IV.
- Hero-Worshipper: He appears to have a great deal of admiration for Trevor, most likely out of pure fear.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Despite his repeated claims while hosting BCTR that he's "not a pussy" and will fight back against the system if cornered, his loyalty to Trevor is largely predicated on the fact that the police or Blaine County's rival gangs would never be able to hurt him the way a betrayed Trevor Philips would.
- Insistent Terminology: He's not nervous, just fearful.
- Jerkass: When not around Trevor, Ron is pretty crazy and mean-spirited, especially towards Michael.
- Large Ham: Not so much face to face, but in his radio show he is hilariously over the top.
- Lovable Coward: His relationship with Trevor is mostly driven by fear, and he has good reason, especially if he receives phone-ins like this:Trevor: "Ron! Ron, you there?! You better not put me on your show, you fucking prick, or I'll drink the blood from your still-pumping veins!"
Ron: What a guy!
- It's shown that almost anyone who can pose a suitable threat to Ron's person automatically gains his obedience - as mentioned in the entry for Smug Snake, he begins to insult Michael when Trevor's not around, but backs down instantly and apologizes when Michael calmly tells him to cut the bullshit.
- Nervous Wreck: You would be, too, if not only you live next to the most dangerous man in Blaine County, but also believe in every conspiracy under the sun.
- Put on a Bus: Minor case. He spends much of the game handling Trevor's business back in Blaine County while Trevor goes off and does stuff in Los Santos, and also planned the Merryweather heist when Trevor deliberately went behind Lester's back for the job.
- Smug Snake: He likes to act all high and mighty around Michael. And cowers to threats from him just as fast as he does to Trevor.
- Too Dumb to Fool: He sees himself as this, while smart people (like Trevor) can't see The Masquerade.
- Yes-Man: To Trevor.
"Do either of you ladies like wearin' clownface?"
Voiced by: Matthew MaherA highly dim-witted but loyal friend of Trevor's.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Although he comes across as childish and kindhearted, Wade does have a few dark moments. In his first lines, he suggests killing Johnny's girlfriend, Ashley, to keep the Lost from finding out how Trevor killed their leader. And he calls her a "bitch" completely innocently, which even Trevor balks at.
- Bully and Wimp Pairing: Trevor's the bully, whilst he, Ron and Floyd are wimps.
- Butt-Monkey: Puts up with a lot of shit (at one point literally) as one of Trevor's favorite punching bags and being dragged along on his schemes.
- The Ditz: Very much so.
- Dragged into Drag: One of his posts on Ron's Lifeinvader page implies that Trevor forces him to dress up as a woman before sexually molesting him.
- Hates Baths: Even when covered head-to-toe in shit, he still does not look forward to baths.
- Genius Ditz: There are a couple of hints that there's more going on in his noggin than's readily apparent. While driving to Los Santos he suggests he and Trevor play "Animal, Vegetable or Mineral" and he picks nanotechnology (although he messes up by saying it instead of making Trevor guess). Trevor also charges him with tracking down Michael which he does successfully (although not without a few road bumps).
- Juggalo: Wears ICP-inspired clothing and occasionally face paint. Dialogue reveals that he met Trevor while on a roadtrip to the annual Gathering of the Juggalos.
- When looking closely on his character model, you can see that some of his tattoos are indeed Juggalo-inspired.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: He's not very smart, but his blissful ignorance gives him a rather friendly and cheerful disposition.
- Lampshade Hanging: When he and Trevor move into the Vanilla Unicorn, he'll comment on how the club only plays six songs.
- Man Child: A prominent example is in one mission during a long car ride where Wade asks Trevor if they can stop for ice cream and if Trevor can tell him a story.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Once he and Trevor move into the Vanilla Unicorn.If it's possible, I think I'm becoming... immune to boobies.
- The Pollyanna: Pretty much oblivious to just how severe Trevor's Ax-Crazy antics are to the point he doesn't realize that Trevor murdered his friends during their first meeting, or Floyd and his girlfriend.
- Simpleton Voice: While his voice doesn't match his looks, it matches his level of intelligence.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After spending most of the game as Trevor's punching bag once he and Trevor move into the Vanilla Unicorn, Wade spends the rest of the game fawned over by two strippers.
- Vocal Dissonance: Look at his picture. Now picture Brak's voice coming out of that.
"Please, just go and ruin somebody else's home furnishings!"
Voiced by: Jimmy Ray BennettThe cowardly but hard-working cousin of Wade who gets dragged in to the world of murder and drugs.
- Black Comedy Rape: Implied between him and Trevor and according to Headscratchers page, confirmed by Word of God.
- Break the Cutie: The "cutie" part is debatable, but overall he's an honest man who believes in hard work, and is so soft-spoken and spineless that it's almost endearing... and then Trevor does his best to utterly break him. Abusing him, hitting him, stealing from him, forcibly involving him in his criminal schemes, and eventually killing him, all the while trashing his home and turning it into a pigsty while he's too weak to do anything about it. And to add insult to injury just before he dies it's implied Debra was cheating on him like Trevor guessed.
- Bully and Wimp Pairing: Trevor's the bully, whilst he, Wade and Ron are wimps.
- Bullying a Dragon: He foolishly tries to stand up to Trevor with a knife and is promptly killed.
- Butt-Monkey: Even more so than Wade. It Runs in the Family.
- Cuckold: It's heavily implied that Debra's "conferences" are just her cheating on him.
- Extreme Doormat: To both his overbearing girlfriend, Debra, and to Trevor.
- Killed Off for Real: Is brutally murdered in his apartment along with his girlfriend by Trevor, although exactly what Trevor did to them is left to the imagination.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: His low-key personality (and possibly Debra's hatred of swearing) make Floyd extremely reluctant to use actual curse words, even when angry. However, he drops it with his last words: "Fuck Bob!"
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Not as simple as Wade, but Floyd's still not the sharpest guy around.
- Nice Guy: One of the most nicest characters you will find in GTA history.
- Nervous Wreck: Surpasses even "Nervous Ron", seeing as how his interactions with Trevor involve constantly being put through life-threatening situations without any slack.
- Teeny Weenie: In one instance when Floyd's trying to get Trevor to leave the apartment he shares with his girlfriend because he's afraid Debra may leave him as a result, he tells Trevor how hard it is for him to find a woman because his penis is so small that most women laugh when they see it. Trevor, in response, asks to see it. Then pulls down his own pants to show Floyd his.
- This also casts an interesting light on the fact that several rather large dildos can be found around Debra's apartment, including an enormous one on her dresser. Whether this is meant to imply that Floyd can't satisfy Debra on his own, or if Trevor placed them there to mock him is anyone's guess.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Finally asserts himself... and dies badly for it, justifying his years of timidity.
An employee of Trevor Phillips Enterprises, Chef runs Trevor's meth lab. When business slows, he doubles as a gunman on heists.
- Bash Brothers: His first mission has him grab a carbine rifle, and fight side-by-side with Trevor against swarms of the Varrios Los Aztecas.
- The Brute: For Trevor Phillips Enterprises.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a conspiracy theorist and an abuser of a wide variety of drugs, but he's one of the biggest badasses in the game.
- Conspiracy Theorist: His dialogue during the "loud" version of the final heist indicates that he fully buys in to Ron's conspiracy theories about the fascist alien lizard people.
- If he's brought on the Paleto Bay heist, he also declares that there's a conspiracy between the police and the military - although, since he says this when being attacked by Sociopathic Soldiers who basically act as Guns For Hire to the CorruptHicks running the town, he isn't off the mark. He also tells the soldiers to fight the Anunaki (the aforementioned lizard people) in the midst of the shootout.
- Genius Bruiser: Has enough chemical know-how to be Trevor's meth cook, and is considerably more competent in the heat of battle compared to Ron or Wade.
- Meaningful Name: He's called Chef because his primary job is cooking crystal meth.
- No Badass to His Valet: The only one of Trevor's subordinates not completely subservient to him.
- Nerd Glasses: Though the nerd part is highly debatable.
- One-Man Army: If you take him along with you during the Paleto Bay Heist, he will be so effective at fighting the military that they will retreat from him, falsely believing that they're being attacked by an entire team of robbers instead of just a single man.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: One assumes Chef is not his real name.
- Submissive Badass: Though at a much smaller level than Trevor's other associates.
- Tattooed Crook: He has tribal tattoos on his arms.
- Villainous Friendship: As mentioned, he's the only member of Trevor Philips Industries who's a legit badass in his own right, following Trevor not because he's afraid of him like Wade or Ron, but rather because the two actually respect each other and get along.
Voiced by: Olivia NegronThe elderly wife of Martin Madrazo whom Michael and Trevor encounter upon arriving at Madrazo's house to perform a job for him. She's later kidnapped by Trevor after Madrazo refuses to pay him for his work. Thus begins a whirlwind romance between her and Trevor which comes to an end when Trevor is persuaded by Michael to return her home. Afterwards she keeps in touch with Trevor through secret phone calls.
- Awful Wedded Life: Madrazo treats her horribly, constantly verbally abusing her and cheating on her. When she returns to him, it's not out of love but out of a sense of duty to their marriage.
- But Now I Must Go: Despite her attraction to Trevor she ultimately believes she must return to her husband because of the obligations of married life. Played for Laughs as Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now" is playing throughout the car ride back to her house.
- Cool Old Lady: Seems to be Michael's impression of her when she's badass enough to smack Trevor in the face for doing something stupid, and get away with it.
- Extreme Doormat: She is extremely loyal and faithful to her husband, even considering the abuse he puts her through and even disregarding her own feelings. On the other hand, she becomes such a Morality Pet for Trevor that when she Dope Slaps him for huffing gasoline, his only reaction is to begrudgingly apologize.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She's married to the leader of The Cartel and sincerely believes that Trevor is a good man. ( Although considering she had lost any sense of genuine love with Martin, and Trevor legitimately caring for her in spite of, y'know, kidnapping her, it may only be in comparison.)
- Housewife: Up to Eleven. She's so dedicated to it that after being kidnapped, she starts cleaning Trevor's filthy trailer without a word.
- I Have Your Wife: She is the wife in this scenario. Trevor eventually (and reluctantly) returns her to her husband.
- Nerves of Steel: When Trevor tells her that he may have to chop her up into many pieces if his kidnapping of her goes wrong, she thanks him for his honesty.
- She also has the nerves to dope-slap the man who kidnapped her, and throwing out his gasoline.
- Nice Girl: Probably one of the nicest people in the game.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She's the sweet, elderly wife of a Cartel leader while Trevor is an Ax-Crazy murderer and enemy to her husband. Nevertheless, somehow both her and Trevor fall in love despite knowing it's not meant to be. She even repeatedly calls Trevor and continues to express her feelings for him in moments of weakness after she returns to her husband.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Michael flatly accuses her feelings for Trevor of being this.
"I handle the contacts, the logistics, the communications, the authorities, the competition, so.. yeah, yeah, you fly the plane."A Mexican gun runner who pays Trevor for picking up and dropping off weapons in Blaine County.
- Arms Dealer: Trevor steals guns and sells them to Oscar.
- The Cartel: Involved in the arms trade side of the Cartel.
- Mad Bomber: Loads up Trevor's plane with bombs every now and then to deal with competition. He is quite happy when someone gets blown up.
- Mission Control: Serves as one during the arms trafficking missions.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: He's far more understanding and accepting of Trevor knocking out the competition than most people would be.
- Villainous Friendship: Like Chef, he and Trevor have a genuine respect for one another and get along just fine.
Other Friends and Associates
"We pull this off, and we'll be making history. Ugly, sordid, depraved history, but history nonetheless."
Voiced by: Jay KlaitzA handicapped man who oversees the protagonists' operations, providing assistance and advice on how to plan their heists.
- Affably Evil: Actually a Nice Guy when not planning heists or giving out assassination targets to Franklin, though he is a little bit creepy.
- Badass Bookworm: He might be a socially awkward computer geek, but he's also a criminal mastermind.
- Batman Gambit: Lester pulls one of these if you choose option C at the end of the game, predicting that the FIB and Merryweather will both jump at the opportunity to catch the criminals who pulled off the Union Depository heist, allowing the three protagonists to lead both factions into an ambush.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Downplayed compared to Ron and Chef; he believes in the Illuminati and the New World Order, but it's mainly kept in the background and isn't really relevant to what he does in the plot.
- The Chessmaster: He's the one who makes the complex heists possible.
- Dirty Old Man: While planning one of the heists in the back of the strip club, Trevor (who owns the place at this point) catches him ogling some of the girls as they get ready to go on stage. Mr. Phillips reminds him that the show is for paying customers.
- He also admits to Franklin at one point that he hacks into girls' webcams so that he can watch them.
- He admits to the online protagonist that its his problem in a list of "the best people he knows in a field" having social problems. He literally considers it to be his biggest personality flaw.
- Disproportionate Retribution: On Lifeinvader, he claims that he'll start wiping out bank accounts if users keep making posts about their lunches.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's a mostly amoral criminal, but his targets are often jerks, and he draws the line at stealing nuclear weapons.
- Evil Genius: By far one of the most skilled, knowledgeable and intelligent characters in the story. It's just a good thing his talents work for you and not against you. Usually.
- Expy: Sort of a composite of Nate the fence and Kelso the mastermind in Heat.
- Fan Disservice: One mission has him wearing a hospital gown, which is open at the back.
- Genius Cripple: He is one of the smartest criminals in the Los Santos underworld; however, he suffers from a debilitating disease.
- G.I.F.T.: Like Jimmy, he spews out all sorts of immature insults at people while playing online games, and even teabags his defeated opponents. However, unlike Jimmy, Lester can back up his threats one way or another.
- Handicapped Badass: Suffers from an unspecified wasting disease, which apparently makes it painful for him to walk. He prefers to use a wheelchair in his own home, but can get around with a cane if necessary. The "badass" part comes mostly from his connections and exceptional planning abilities...and, of course, his surprising ability to shoot down three flying helicopters from another helicopter with an RPG (a weapon he's never actually used outside of video games) certainly helps.
- Hypocritical Humor: He calls people out for using Lifeinvader...while using the platform itself.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Playing Righteous Slaughter and other FPS games provided Lester with all the experience he would need to shoot down a few helicopters with an RPG, or "noob tube" as he called it.
- The RPG-7 is a grenade launcher, only its projectiles are rocket-boosted rather than parabolically-arced.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Invoked. His targets are usually as corrupt as he is, if not more so. While his crimes are about profit, he does takes immense satisfaction when they involve destroying other bad people.
- Mission Control: He plans 4 of the 6 story mode heists.
- Nerdy Inhaler: Uses one in his introductory cutscene in the story.
- Non-Action Guy: He's restricted entirely to non-combat (and non-physical) aspects of the jobs, but he's nobody to be messed with: his very first mission involves rigging up a prototype smartphone to blow Jay Norris' head to pieces on national television. During the last heist, he can, however blow up three helicopters with a rocket launcher.
- Occidental Otaku: His nerdy traits reach Otaku status as well; Princess Robot Bubblegum merchandise can be spotted on Lesterís desk.
- Pet the Dog:
- After Franklin completes the first assassination mission, Lester gives Franklin a mansion. He claims he only does so because he needed to get rid of the excess money from the first heist, but it was still a nice thing to do.
- If the "Kill Michael" ending is chosen, Lester will see to it that Michael's share from the final heist is given to his family.
- Self-Deprecation: The first time he meets the Grand Theft Auto Online protagonist, Lester remarks upon how pathetic and depressing he's become as an attempt to make a joke. Unfortunately for him, the Online Protagonist is The Stoic.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek: Although it's more justified than most other examples, since he has a wasting disease.
- The Smart Guy: He plans each heist meticulously, and he gathers intel on marks, supplies, and other variables. He won't even participate in a big job unless there's somewhere to plan thoroughly."I don't like mistakes."
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: His first meeting with the Online Protagonist.
- Tautological Templar: Considers everything he does (or convinces others to do) justified to take the fight back to corruption. Franklin disagrees, but goes along for the money anyway.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a scathing one to Trevor when he pulls a heist behind his back, and ends up stealing a freaking nuke for the Chinese.
"Did you see that shit? I fuckin' put that bitch's face against the glass; did you see that?!"
Voiced by: Ryan WoodleThe incarcerated, former partner-in-crime of Trevor and Michael. He was captured in the FIB operation which staged Michael's death but still keeps in contact with Trevor. Eventually revealed to have died during the operation, with Norton having assumed his identity in his letters to Trevor.
- Body Horror: When you see his corpse in North Yankton, he is decomposed and skeletal.
- Dead Person Impersonation: The person believed to be Brad, whom Trevor had been exchanging letters with, is really FIB Agent, Dave Norton. Norton had started the charade to keep a better eye on Trevor.
- Meanwhile, Brad's corpse was used to impersonate Michael and was subsequently buried under his name.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Post-game, one conversation Trevor and Michael may randomly have while hanging out has them agreeing that Brad was a dick. Trevor even says that he would have killed Brad sooner or later, if he hadn't died in the ambush, and admits that he was more angry at the way Michael did him in, than the fact he was killed.
- In the mission "Surveying the Score", Lester will remind Trevor that Brad was "Lazy, forgetful, mean, and stupid."
- Jerkass: During the prologue, he gloats over how well he intimidated an unarmed woman.
- Older and Wiser: His emails to Trevor imply he's matured considerably from doing his time, and Trevor even insists that he's become a changed man. Subverted. It's not really him.
- Posthumous Character: Dies shortly after the prologue from the gunshot wound he sustained in the ambush used to fake Michael's death. He's then buried in the grave made for Michael.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Despite getting relatively little screentime, his influence plays a large role in shaping Trevor's character and motivations. It's the thought of freeing Brad from prison that gets Trevor working with Michael and the FIB, and it's Trevor finding out that Brad died because Michael sold his former friends out that causes Trevor and Michael's fallout in the last quarter of the game.
- The Starscream: According to Trevor's "story" to Wade. Brad was planning on cutting Michael out of the crew with Trevor possibly being in on it but never had the chance to when he died in North Yankton. Apparently Trevor neglected to tell Michael or Lester this since none of them mention it.
- Walking Spoiler: His involvement in the prologue isn't a spoiler, but the actions and consequences resulting from his arrest certainly are.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We only get to see him briefly in the Action Prologue before he kicks the bucket.
The Vanilla Unicorn
The only strip club in town, or at least, the only one the protagonists visit. Each of the dancers is a unique character with distinct personality quirks, and if Michael, Franklin, and Trevor play their cards right, they may get an invitation home.In Single-Player, Juliet, Infernus, Nikki, and Sapphire will offer invitations, while Chastity, Cheetah, Fufu, and Peach won't. In GTA Online, only Chastity, Fufu, and Nikki appear, but all three will offer invitations.
- Advertised Extra: The blonde girl in the red bikini in promo material may be Juliet.
- Ambiguously Brown: A few of the girls are obviously not white, but it's hard to pin down what they are. It doesn't help that most of the characters think that they're using fake tans to look "sexier".
- Bi the Way: According to Chasity, who herself is straightnote , all the other girls on her shift (Nikki, Juliet, and Cheetah) are bisexual. Nikki, at least, confirms it.
- Brainless Beauty: Several of the girls are obviously not very bright.
- Buxom Is Better: All of the girls who work at the Vanilla Unicorn are quite busty. Truth in Television, by the way, as exotic dancers in real life often get breast implants as a way of attracting more customers.
- Casual Kink: Sapphire will occasionally turn down a booty call, claiming that she's "tied up. Literally."
- Dumb Blonde: Chastity is a natural blonde, but dyed her hair black when she went goth. She's also one of the dancers that comes off as less than intelligent.
- Dyeing for Your Art: An in-universe example. Chastity sometimes mentions that she's naturally a blonde, but she dyed her hair black when she became a goth.
- Ethical Slut: Nikki is the most... enthusiastic about being being called up for a booty call.Nikki: How did you know I needed to FUCK?! See you soon!
- Europeans Are Kinky: Averted. Fufu is French, and she's one of the girls you can't have sex with.
- Friends with Benefits: Of the "fuck buddy" variety; once the guys manage to get the girl into it enough to be invited home, they can be called up at just about any time for a booty call, but have no impact or relationship beyond that. All three protagonists can be fucking all of the girls and it never gets brought up.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Cheetah, one of the girls who will not take the boys home, cites fear of being fired as the reason. Even after Trevor takes over the Unicorn, she'll tell him this, when it's a fair guess that she would not, in fact, be fired. It is, otherwise, averted in that once Trevor takes over, he drinks and gets dances for free, and he, Mike, and Frank can no longer get kicked out.
- Gold Digger: Infernus admits she's only taking the boys home for their money. The others may or may not be this, or they may just be horny. It should be noted that unless you go back to the club to tip them or buy dances from them, you never have to spend another penny on the girls to maintain a sexual relationship with them.
- Making Love in All the Wrong Places: None of the girls seem to have a problem giving the boys a blow job in a convertible in broad daylight as they head home.
- Meaningful Name: You can't have sex with Chastity. Hilariously enough, she herself mentions how it's "kind of ironic".
- Ms. Fanservice: All of them, obviously. They put on very provocative dances on stage, and if you get a private dance, they go topless with realistic breasts, and take it a step further if you get a double dance. If you take them home, you don't get a sex scene, but sometimes the girls will give you a blow job as you drive, and just like the hookers, it's fully animated.
- Nipple and Dimed: While it's averted in single player, if you visit the strip club in multiplayer the tops stay on for the private dances. And you can't take the girls home, either.
- No Accounting for Taste: Averted, actually. The girls' like meter starts out at different levels for each guy, depending on their level of attractiveness; Franklin's the highes, with about a third of the bar full, then Mike with about a fourth, and Trevor with nothing.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Fufu(in online), Sapphire, and Chastity.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Strippers, as a rule, do not dance under their real names, but even the ones who take you back to their home and give you their numbers won't give you their real names, always appearing in your contact list under their stripper names.
- Only One Female Mold: All of the dancers at the Vanilla Unicorn have the exact same bodily proportions. They may have different outfits, and different skin tones, and different tattoos, but the shapes of their bodies are all the same.
- Perky Goth: Chastity.
- Really Gets Around: As mentioned above, it's possible that all four girls who are available for booty calls (Nikki, Juliet, Infernus, and Sapphire) can be fuck buddies with all three protagonists. They do not seem to have a lot of hangups when it comes to having multiple sexual partners.
- Rich Bitch: Infernus' gold digging tendencies seem to be paying off; out of all the girls, she lives in the nicest house in the richest neighborhood(just a few blocks over from Mike, in fact.) She's also the most egotistical, and when she turns one of the boys down it tends to be rather hostile.
- Romance Sidequest/Optional Sexual Encounter: The player is free to make it rain on these ladies while they're in the club and give the ladies booty calls.
- STD Immunity: Possible aversion; some of the excuses Nikki will give when she's not available for a booty call make it sound like she's recovering from something.
- Stripperific: Well, obviously. But some of the girls take it to an absurd level; when leaving the club, Nikki and Infernus will at least put on a jacket over their outfit, but Sapphire and Juliet come out of the club wearing their "uniforms".