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3D Universe

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

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto III

So many that there's its own page here.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

So many that there's its own page here.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto Advance


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

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


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

  • Big Bad Ensemble: He forms the game's two major antagonists with King Courtney. After faking his death, he becomes much harsher towards Mike.
  • Faking the Dead: He faked his death to avoid having to share his money with Mike.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: After everything Mike does for him, what does he do? He fakes his own death and wants Mike dead when the story shifts to Shoreside Vale.
  • Walking Spoiler

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

So many that there's its own page here.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

    Massimo Torini

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

  • Affably Evil: He's very polite and cordial when he's finally confronted by Toni and Salvatore at the end of the game and even tries to evoke Nothing Personal. Salvatore isn't very impressed.
  • Big Bad: Of Liberty City Stories.
  • The Chessmaster: He was the one who masterminded the Mob War between the three families and is directly or indirectly behind almost every conflict fought in the game.
  • * Dragon-in-Chief: Officially, Torini is an underboss under Salvatore's uncle in the Sicilian Mafia; however, Torini acts as the de-facto leader and planner of the Scililians operations in Liberty City. Salvatore's uncle is inactive, and only steps in after Torini's death to clear the air with his nephew.
  • The Dreaded: It's rumored that he would often kill men with his bare hands when he was younger. His status in the Sicilian Mafia make it so Toni and Salvatore can't do anything about him until Torini personally moves against them.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Toni Cipriani, with his role as an enforcer for Salvatore's uncle being very similar to Toni's own relationship with Salvatore.
  • Flat Character: Gets the least amount of appearances and characterization out of every main antagonist in the entire series. He never even interacts with Toni face to face.
  • Gratuitous Italian: The few times he does speak, he goes back and forth speaking Italian and English within the same sentences.
  • The Heavy: Although he's technically The Dragon for Salvatore's uncle, he's the one who serves as the main antagonistic force and driver behind the game's conflict.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Torini is behind much of the conflict in the second half of the game, setting the mob families against eachother, and sicking the smaller gangs against them, as well as overseeing the Sicilian invasion. However, Torini only personally appears twice in the whole game, and is killed as soon as he's confronted by Toni and Salvatore.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He mostly sits on the sidelines for most of the game and lets the various gangs do his dirty work for him. He only gets directly involved during the final mission when he decides to kidnap the new mayor of the city, O'Donovan.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Torini was sent by his higher ups supposedly to relax the growing tensions between Liberty City's mob feuding families. His actual goal was to prepare Liberty City to be taken over by the Sicilian Mob, and would push the families against eachother, and the smaller gangs against the families to prepare the city.
  • The Quiet One: He only has a few lines of dialogue.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite being the games Big Bad, Torini only personally appears in two missions, but just about every major conflict in the game could be traced back to his manipulations; from pitting the mob families against eachother, exposing Salvatore's ties to Donald Love, and getting Salvatore arrested. Torini doesn't personally get involved until the last two missions; trying to circumvent Salvatore's release by first ordering an attack on a police convoy, and kidnapping the Mayor.
  • Unknown Rival: Despite being the main antagonist of Liberty City Stories, Torini has no personal gripes or face-to-face interactions with protagonist Toni Cipriani. Despite Toni being Salvatore's Caporegime, and the one foiling the lot of Torini's plans, Torini doesn't seem to regard him, and their only meaningful interaction is at the games final mission; in which Toni kills him. Torini doesn't even speak directly to Toni, only addressing Salvatore when confronted.

    Joseph Daniel "JD" O'Toole 

The perverted owner of the Sindacco-backed Paulie's Revue Bar, and later ally of Toni and the Leone family.

  • Creepy Uncle: He implies that his uncle is a paedophile.
  • Dirty Old Man: The first time we see him he is in a greasy gimp suit, and he apparently spends a lot of time with prostitutes.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: He's part-Irish, which prevents him being anything more than an associate to the Sindacco family, which in turn leads him to defect to the Leones.
  • In the Back: He is shot in the back of his head by Mickey.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: JD defects to the Leones, and after helping Toni weaken the Sindaccos, he was murdered on Salvatore's orders, since his defection from the Sindaccos indicated that he could do something similar to the Leones.

    Paulie Sindacco

  • Arch-Enemy: To Salvatore
  • The Don: Of the Sindacco Family.
  • Elvis Impersonator: He dresses in gaudy rhinestone suits, wears sunglasses all the time, and keeps his hair in a hilariously out-of-style pompadour. His headstone even reads "Viva Las Venturas."
  • Greaser Delinquents: The Sindacco Family in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories are technically a Mafia family, but in the game evoke more of this trope, with their slicked-back 50's hairstyles, brown leather jackets, use of dated slang from the 50's and 60's (albeit cloaked in a thick Brooklyn accent).
  • Jerkass: Mocks Toni while he is being chased by him including telling him to “swim over here and kiss his ass”.

    Ned Burner

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

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

    Jerry Martinez

Victor Vance's commanding officer at Fort Baxter until Vic gets dishonorably discharged for bringing a prostitute on the base as well as stashing drugs in his barracks, both under Jerry's orders.

  • Almighty Janitor: Seems to have a lot more pull than your average Army sergeant.
  • Artistic License – Military: Lance claims that Martinez is manning a Hunter helicopter in "From Zero to Hero". In real life, only Warrant Officers are authorized to use an attack helicopter like an Apache (the Hunter's real life counterpart).
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him an asshole.
  • Big Bad: Of Vice City Stories.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Mendez Brothers.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He competes with Dimitri Rascalov for being one of the most untrustworthy characters in the series.
  • Conflict Killer: His turning state's evidence briefly serves as one for the Mendez Brothers and Vic and Lance.
  • The Corrupter: Vic starts out as an honest soldier only trying to provide for his family before Martinez drags him into his web of corruption and gets him discharged from the military. Thus, he can be considered responsible for Vic's turn to crime.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Of course he was never a Face to begin with.
  • Faux Affably Evil: At first, he's polite to Victor, albeit in a very smug, passive-aggressive way. As the game goes on, he sheds the affable act and reveals himself to be a cold-hearted psychopath.
  • Hate Sink: He's easily one of the most despicable antagonists in the entire series being nothing more than a sociopathic, manipulative, backstabbing Jerkass and Smug Snake with no likable qualities whatsoever.
  • Hookers and Blow: Despite being a Sergeant in the Army, Martinez does not take his position seriously preferring to spend his time getting involved in drug dealing, soliciting prostitutes and watching Candy Suxx animal porn.
  • I Shall Taunt You: After his betrayal he frequently sends mocking and threatening messages to Vic through his pager over the course of the game including one where he brags about beating and raping Vic's girlfriend Louise.
  • Jerkass: From his first appearance he's a complete and total douchebag and he only gets worse after he betrays Vic.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Uses Vic's need for money to provide for his family to manipulate him into doing dubious jobs for him and then discards of him once he has no further use for him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Does this when he kidnaps Louise to get to Vic.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: During The Mugshot Longshot mission accusing them of not doing their jobs properly.
  • The Sociopath: Despite coming across as a buffoonish clown most of the time, he proves himself to be a remorseless psychopath when he violently beats and rapes Louise and gleefully taunts Vic about it afterwards.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: His unauthorized usage of an attack helicopter to take out Vic and Lance is likely the reason as to why he resorted to witness protection rather than stay at Fort Baxter Air Base as the higher ups likely declared him a wanted fugitive for his antics.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Even in a crime-filled city with pleasant exterior like Vice City, Jerry is one of the most nefarious and loathsome villains you'd ever met.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To both Vic and Phil after they've done their previous job for him to steal a truckload of firearms.

    Louise Cassidy-Willams

Phil Cassidy's younger sister.

    The Mendez Brothers

The Mendez brothers are Vice City's biggest drug cartel in 1984 consisting of Armando and his brother Diego Mendez.

    Marty Jay Williams

Louise's abusive husband and leader of the Trailer Park Mafia.

  • Abusive Parents: In addition to his abuse on Louise, Marty even threatens to beat down on their baby daughter!
  • The Alcoholic: When he's not abusing his wife, Marty spends most of his free time drinking with his buddies.
  • Asshole Victim: No one would miss him after he gets gunned down by Vic in the beginning of the story, thus weakening the Trailer Park Mafia.
  • Bald of Evil: The "evil" part comes mostly from his abusive ways.
  • Domestic Abuse: He's verbally and physically abusive towards Louise.
  • Hate Sink: His whole character revolves around how much of an abusive prick he is to make killing him in the beginning all the more satisfying.
  • Jerkass: He's an unpleasant redneck with no redeeming traits at all.
  • Lean and Mean: Very slender and extremely unpleasant at the same time.
  • Obviously Evil: His abuse on his wife doesn't have a single lick of subtlety.
  • Starter Villain: He gives Vic missions early on; however, when Marty kidnaps Louise to whore her out in his brothel, Vic kills Marty.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Marty never hides his abuse on Louise and even threatens to beat her sister as well.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He flat-out states he would beat on his infant child just for Louise using her as an excuse to not clean up. One could only imagine the traumatic abuse Mary-Beth would go through in childhood had Marty stayed and lived.

    Phil Collins

Voiced by: Phil Collins

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

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

HD Universe

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

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

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

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

So many that there's its own page here.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    Huang Lee

The main character of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and one of the more intelligent GTA protagonists. He starts out relatively naive and expects to be treated well, but instead ends up working for his uncle for a while, and it all goes uphill from there.

  • Another Side, Another Story: For the Grand Theft Auto IV era as a whole. His story arc is around a year after Niko's, Johnny's, and Luis', and doesn't intersect with them in the way they do with each other.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is the snarkiest GTA protagonist hands down. Half of his dialogue is an insult of some kind.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Averted. Huang is clearly disgruntled being a glorified errand boy for his superiors. It doesn't help that he's forced to kill two of his comrades for betraying the gang, before learning that said comrades were framed by Kenny. He doesn't feel that good with the Triad lifestyle.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: As the game progresses, he wears these more and more often.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Due to his sprite having rather limited detail, different clothing options would be pointless.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Stated multiple times to be a spoiled rich kid, if only before his appearance in Chinatown Wars. He also has a short criminal record (trademark counterfeiting in 2002, grand theft auto in 2005).
  • No-Respect Guy: For the Triads. Despite doing everyone's dirty work promptly and efficiently he gets absoultely no recognition for it.
  • Only Sane Man: Due in no small part to his bosses throughout the game.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He never once cracks a smile.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: Most missions revolve around this, and Huang is stated multiple times to be a Triad.
  • You Killed My Father: His initial reason for flying to Liberty City.

    Wu "Kenny" Lee

Huang's uncle, and the leader of Lee Family.

  • Ambition Is Evil: His desire to become leader of the Liberty City Triads leads him to to kill his brother, manipulate his nephew, and frame two of his fellow gangsters for betrayal.
  • Big Bad: Revealed to be this to Chinatown Wars.
  • Cain and Abel: To his brother, who was Huang's father. Huang's father was the most promising candidate to succeed Hsin Jaoming, so Kenny killed him.
  • Evil All Along: While nobody in this story is purely good, Kenny is this as he's revealed to be behind the death of Huang's father and has been lying to Huang all along.
  • Evil Uncle: He killed Huang's father, then manipulated Huang into helping him take over the Triads.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite his harsh attitude, he does appear to care about Huang, doing his best to teach him Triad values and praising him whenever he accomplishes something for the gang. Then it's revealed that he orchestrated the death of Huang's father and has been manipulating Huang in a bid to replace Hsin Jaoming as head of the Liberty City Triads. Once his treachery is revealed, he immediately tries to kill Huang.
  • Meaningful Name: Wu Lee is a Chinese homophone of "the fox". This illustrates his true nature.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Insults his dead brother from time to time. There's a very good reason for this.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Kenny is revealed to be this at the end, as he convinced Hsin that Chan and Zhou were traitors so that he would have no competition in the race to succeed Hsin.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the final mission "Salt in the Wound", he suffers from this when Huang and Wade Heston find out he's behind the events of the game. He tries to escape from them and attack Hsin, only to be killed by Huang.

    Hsin Jaoming

The elderly head of Jaoming Family and the leader of Liberty City Triads.

  • Big Bad: Subverted. Despite being the leader of the Triads he's nothing more than an Unwitting Pawn for Kenny.
  • The Don: For the Liberty City branch of the Triads.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's in his 70s and he's still working as the Triad leader.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's not exactly an avuncular character. Given that he has to deal with Chan and Zhou, it's quite understandable.
  • Offing the Offspring: Ordered Huang to kill his own son after being shown an FIB report of him and Zhao. Turns out it's Kenny's doing.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: While his manner of speech is rather formal for the most part, he's not afraid of using some salty language here and there.
  • Taking the Bullet: Stabbed by Kenny using his Yu Jian before Huang kills him. Hsin doesnn't die however-at least not on-screen.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's still alive at the end of the game, but he's been gravely wounded and it's unclear if he'll survive much longer.

    Chan Jaoming

Hsin Jaomin's hedonistic, scatterbrained son.

  • Addled Addict: He's almost always strung out on some illegal substance.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: He may be an absolute jackass, but his frantic attempts to dissuade Huang from killing him is hard to watch. It's made even worse when you realize that his so-called betrayal was nothing but a lie cooked up by Kenny.
  • Co-Dragons: With Zhou Ming.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: More than once, the player catches him in women's clothing.
  • Fall Guy: Kenny presents evidence than Chan is a snitch for the FIB and has Huang kill him, but it later turns out that Kenny was the real snitch.
  • Fat Bastard: He's overweight and an unrepetant gangster.
  • Fat Idiot: He's not the sharpest tool in the shed, to put it lightly.
  • Fat and Skinny:
    • Fat to Zhou Ming's Skinny.
    • Also, Fat to Huang Lee's skinny.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: The reason why Hsin is looking for a successor is because Chan is too stupid for the job.
  • Nepotism: It's implied that the only reason the Triads haven't kicked him out is because his father is The Don for the Liberty City branch.
  • Never My Fault:
    • One mission has you helping Chan win a street race by sabotaging the other racers. When this gets him kidnapped in the next mission, he blames Huang for sabotaging the race, despite the fact that Huang did it on his orders.
    • Another mission from Chan has him agree to meet with known enemies of the Triads. Shockingly, it turns out to be a trap, and Huang pulls him out of the mess. Chan ends up blaming Huang for the whole ordeal to his father.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's in his 40s, but acts like an irresponsible teenager. Even Lance Vance looks like a paragon of maturity compared to him.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Huang's snarking always ends up going over his head.

    Zhou Ming

Hsin's arrogant and Ax-Crazy lieutenant.

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Like Chan, he desperately protests his innocence before being killed.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Zhou is an arrogant and selfish guy, even if he's loyal to his gang.
  • Ax-Crazy: He cuts out Uri's heart with his dagger. Uri may have been a snitch, but it's still hard to swallow.
  • Big "NO!": Lets one out as Huang shoots his helicopter down.
  • Co-Dragons: With Chan.
  • Expy: Of Ray Boccino from the previous game. Both are Jerkass subordinates to a crime boss who end up getting killed by the protagonist on the boss's orders for being suspected of being a rat.
  • Fat and Skinny: He is skinny to Chan's fat.
  • Flunky Boss: You have to fight off his mooks while he shoots at you with his helicopter.
  • Hellish Copter: He dies when Huang shoots his chopper down.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Huang accuses him of being a snitch, he points out that as one of the candidates to succeed Hsin, he has no reason to betray the gang.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In a game full of jerkasses, he's one of the standout examples. Despite this and his extreme smugness, he's loyal to his gang and even develops some grudging respect for Huang.
  • Narcissist To almost unbelievable degrees. At one point he outright compares himself to Jesus and mentions he's tried walking on water.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his arrogant and sometimes psychotic behavior, he does occasionally show some grudging respect for Huang from time to time.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: His debut mission is named "Stealing the Show" where he asks Huang to work for him, considering Chan being Too Dumb to Live.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Huang until he's accused of being a snitch.

    Wade Heston

An undercover LCPD Detective, becomes a friend and an ally of Huang Lee.

    Lester Leroc

A private investigator that Hsin Jaoming hired to discover if an FIB informant is connected to the Angels of Death.

  • Affably Evil: In a game full of jerkasses, he's easily the nicest person Huang meets during his quest.
  • All for Nothing: There is no FIB informant within the AOD.
  • Badass Biker: Nope. He's terrible with a motorcycle.
  • Elvis Impersonator: The LCPD's record on him claims that he's "known to frequent Burger Shot restaurants and dress in a 'King of Rock' costume". He also sports a purple version of said costume in his promotional artwork.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: In relation to the Badass Biker subversion, he had Huang impersonate him to be inducted into the Angels of Death, despite the weight and appearance differences.
  • Fat Bastard: Downplayed with the "bastard" aspect, as he's infiltrating the AOD in search of an FIB informant on behalf of the Triads and is fairly amiable, but he's not lacking in the "fat" department.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lester's fairly snappy, but he thanks Huang for his help and tells him that he can call him should he need assistance in the near future. He's easily the most amiable person Huang meets throughout the game.
  • Kavorka Man: He somehow manages to hook-up with Meredith, the girlfriend of the AOD's leader.

    Rudy D'Avanzo

A mobster who contacts Huang Lee claiming to know who's the rat that's giving the Triads trouble.

  • Creepy Crossdresser: He's often seen outside a women's clothing store and is seen wearing women's clothing in his last appearance.
  • Freudian Excuse: The LCPD record on him notes that he "hates the Triads after his father was killed in a fish factory explosion", which was suspected to have been the Triads' doing.
  • The Mafia: As to what crime family he belongs to, however, is unknown.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He exploited Huang's desire to find the snitch for his own gain. Hsin had him killed for his deceit.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He uses some rather racist dialogue when speaking to Huang and outright calls him a gook behind his back.
  • Red Herring: He was feeding Huang bad intel. Rudy lied about Jimmy Capra being the snitch.

Debuted in Grand Theft Auto V

So many that there's its own page here.

Alternative Title(s): Grand Theft Auto Advance, Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars