Being the first game in Grand Theft Auto's 3D Universe, Grand Theft Auto III features a large amount of characters, including some who go on to appear in later games in the 3D Universe. As such, they have been given their own page. For information on characters from other GTA games, see their respective sections of the main GTA Characters Index.
Our "hero" in the series' first 3D title - a former San Andreas street racer, Claude met Catalina during a race in Red County, and after losing his garage to rival racer Carl "CJ" Johnson, he and Catalina set out on a lust-fueled, 9-year criminal rampage across the country. Unfortunately for him, Catalina wasn't the "long-term relationship" type - she shot him in a back alley after a bank heist in Liberty City, stealing his share of the money and leaving him for dead.
He was picked up by the cops and sent to prison, but as luck would have it, the Colombian Cartel raided the bus transporting him in search of a mysterious VIP, and he escaped along with fellow prisoner 8-Ball. With 8-Ball's help, he began his criminal career anew, working his way up the criminal ladder in search of money, power, and - if possible - revenge.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Apart from being with Catalina for nine years (god knows how), Maria and Asuka both want him.
- Ambiguous Situation: What happens as the credits roll.
- Best Served Cold: One interpretation of the game is that all of Claude's murders, mayhem, and madness was all to get at Catalina.
- The Cameo: Has an appearance on a movie poster in Vice City, and in IV, Niko can don his leather jacket and green pants. In addition, graffiti with his name on it can be seen in an apartment building. He's also shown as the protagonist in the Grand Theft Auto 2 cinematic. Claude is also a parent option for the Online protagonist in Grand Theft Auto V.
- Previous Player-Character Cameo: In San Andreas, he appears as one of CJ's street racing rivals.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Claude's defining trait. Claude will turn on anyone as long as there's money to be made.
- Justified Trope in his long-time lover and confidant, Catalina, did the exact same thing to him. Salvatore Leone does the same thing to him as well, only Claude gets a warning first. And King Courtney tries it too. Let's face it, by the end of the game, Claude would have trouble trusting anyone not to turn on him, so why not turn on them first?
- Dragon-in-Chief: Claude is a pretty effective enforcer for his bosses, be it Salvatore Leone, the Kasen's or Donald Love. However it's implied that Claude is using them more as a means to his own ends than the other way around, such as helping Donald Love start a war between the Yakuza and the Cartel. He also has a tendency to turn against and kill some of his bosses. When Asuka learns of Claude's history and vendetta towards Catalina, it becomes more like the Yakuza are helping Claude in his fight than the other way around.
- The Dog Bites Back: Catalina is implied to use, abuse, and discard men like tissue paper. Claude is the first to get back at her.
- Flipping the Bird: Claude can sometimes be seen sticking his middle finger up at cars when he stands in the middle of the road and drivers horn at him.
- Handicapped Badass: Claude is allegedly mute, and is still able to conquer the Liberty City underworld in a very short timespan, form associations with the Yakuza and kill Catalina, who is the leader of a multinational drug cartel.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Due to Claude's silence, we never actually get his opinions on any of his employers and whether or not he felt any loyalty to them whatsoever.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Well, his upper attire at least.
- Heroic Mime: The implication is that he genuinely lacks the ability to verbalize. This may or may not be Fanon, though, due to the only "evidence" being CJ accusing him of being a mute in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. If true, however, it may be an Ascended Meme.
- Irony: Catalina originally betrays Claude for his supposed lack of ambition. From then on, Claude goes through the ranks and makes a name for himself in the Liberty City underworld, all but conquering it, all just to get his revenge on Catalina, with no apparent desire for personal power that Catalina sought.
- It's Personal: It's subtle; Claude's betrayals become much more pronounced and cold-blooded once Catalina (re)enters the picture.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Has a tendency to kill those who have betrayed or mistreated him (albeit at the behest of someone else in some cases) examples include Salvatore Leone or Kenji Kasen, which would explain why he has no problem killing them. Another noteworthy example is coldly leaving Miguel to be tortured by Asuka for his part in Catalina's betrayal. And finally there's his killing of Catalina herself. Lesson learned, do not cross Claude.
- Limited Wardrobe: Outside of the first mission, in which Claude wears his prison jumpsuit, Claude is always seen in his iconic leather jacket and green pants.
- Meaningful Name: Claude is Latin for "lame". GTA III Claude is a mute.
- Ironic Nickname: An accidental example, Maria calls Claude 'Fido' believing him to be Salvatore Leone's loyal lap/attack dog. The irony comes from fido being Latin for faithful, something Claude is not.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Salvatore thinks Claude is sleeping with his wife. Mostly because Maria said they were.
- Mythology Gag: He's almost identical to "Claude Speed" of the Grand Theft Auto 2 intro. While no official statement has been made, the prevailing opinion in the fandom is that he's the same.
- This would be inconsistent however, since Claude Speed was in his late twenties during Grand Theft Auto 2, which is stated to take place in 2013. This would mean that this Claude was 7 at the time San Andreas takes place, and 16 when GTA III takes place. Theres also the fact that GTA 2 takes place in the 2D Universe while GTA III takes place in the 3D Universe. Then again, some characters (mostly background characters) in GTA games tend to have counterparts in multiple universes, most notably Lazlow, who has a counterpart in the 3D and HD Universes.
- Then again, some sources say that GTA2 takes place in 1999... If it's really 1999, then Claude's 29-31 in III, and his Chronic Backstabbing Disorder has been exaggerated, such as he backstabbed two Yakuza gangs thoughout his lifetime.
- No Name Given: The name "Claude" was first found in in-game files, and later confirmed in San Andreas.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Claude's only apparent care towards the Yakuza conflict with the Cartel is if it will get him closer to killing Catalina. It helps that Claude himself helped start this war. Not that Asuka seems to mind when she learns of Claude and Catalina's history and becomes pretty willing to help get his revenge.
- Not So Stoic: You can almost hear him exclaim a Big "WHAT?!" judging by his reaction when Maria tells him she told Salvatore they where an item.
- Pet the Dog: It should be noted that the final mission requires that Claude save Maria, even if he manages to kill Catalina first, meaning that saving Maria was one of his priorities. They even walk off into the sunset together. That is unless he kills her.
- One-Man Army: Near single handedly orchestrates and wins a war against the Columbian Cartel.
- Only in It for the Money: One of his main motivations, as evidenced by his willingness to betray former partners.
- Revenge: His primary motivation along with money.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge/Roaring Rampage of Rescue: The final mission is basically this, to kill Catalina once and for all and to save Maria. Catalina even asks him what his real motives are here. Considering the mission requirements, it would seem to be both.
- Super Drowning Skills: Though the game handwaves it by explaining that Liberty City's water is polluted to the point of toxicity.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He is certainly tall, and several women, including Catalina and Maria find him attractive.
- Tranquil Fury: He literally doesn't say a word when he's putting up a fight.
- The Voiceless: Claude is mute. He doesn't even make a noise when he is set on fire. The only time he makes a noise is a pained (albeit quiet) grunt whenever he lands from a big height. There is a hoax video where he allegedly shouts "Get out of the car!" in the trailer, but Rockstar confirmed this was fake: https://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/19861/grand-theft-auto-iii-your-questions-answered-part-one-claude-dar.html.
Claude's ex-girlfriend, Catalina is the cousin of Los Santos gang leader Cesar Vialpando. Through her cousin, she met Carl "CJ" Johnson, an exiled member of the Grove Street Families, and set out on a crime spree with him. She took a... "liking" to him, and violent, one sided love affair began to take form... That is, until she met Claude, whereupon the two fled the state, harassing CJ with obscene phonecalls whenever they could.
For the next 9 years, she and Claude rampaged across the country, but by 2001, she had grown bored of him. Hoping to find some other criminal opportunities, she shot and betrayed Claude after a bank robbery in Liberty City, and began a new career with the Colombian Cartel that often placed her in direct conflict with Claude.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: "Leave the panic button or I kill your children, too!"
- Asshole Victim: At the end of GTA III, she pays with her life by getting gunned down by her ex-boyfriend.
- Ax-Crazy: In GTA III, she already shoots two of her apparent love interests, but it goes even further in San Andreas — she has graves dug by her house, sexually abuses CJ while neurotically threatening to kill/castrate him (and still somehow thinks they're in love), and takes glee in killing any cops or civilians who get in her way.
- Bare Your Midriff: In San Andreas and the Xbox and mobile version of GTA III.
- Big Bad: Of Grand Theft Auto III. In addition to being behind the proliferation of SPANK, the new drug sweeping Liberty City, she betrayed Claude at the beginning of the game to join the Cartel, eventually becoming its de facto leader and having them shoot Claude on sight.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: To be perfectly fair, it's served her pretty well until it came back to bite her at the end of GTA III.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In San Andreas, where her sexual abuse of CJ is Played for Laughs.
- Establishing Character Moment: Our first glimpse of her is shooting Claude and his partner, then snatching up the stolen money for herself.
- In San Andreas, Carl comes upon her threatening a bar full of helpless men with a knife, taunting their lack of masculinity.Catalina: "You big streak of Yankee piss! I've seen fucking eunuchs with more balls that you!"
- In San Andreas, Carl comes upon her threatening a bar full of helpless men with a knife, taunting their lack of masculinity.
- Final Boss: Catalina isn't just the last enemy you face in GTA III, she is also the last enemy of the 3D Universe on a chronological order.
- Flanderization: In GTA III Catalina is for the most part just a drug kingpin with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, aside from a few crazier moments. In San Andreas, she is a complete psychopath who changes mood within a few minutes and makes a lot of references to torture and even cannibalism.
- For the Evulz: While most other antagonists have personal or professional reasons for their actions against the heroes, she just enjoys robbing, killing, and betraying people.
- Freudian Excuse: This dialogue from San Andreas, spoken in one of her robbery missions.Catalina: Carl, you have to be fast and totally ruthless! No fucking about like in the betting shop!
CJ: What?! If you hadn't started bustin' things would've been sweet!
Catalina: They had to die because you were slow and stupid! *choking and quietly sobbing* Like a big fat brat who eats chocolates while his father gives nothing to his stepdaughter but stale bread!
CJ: What? Where did that come from?
Catalina: Enough! I'm not speaking to you anymore!
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Just about anything pisses her off! The fact that she seems uncertain how she really feels doesn't do it any justice.
- Hate Sink: In San Andreas, at least. She's clearly not meant to be likable in the game due to her attitude.
- Hot-Blooded: In San Andreas, she is incredibly hotheaded and energetic.
- Hotter and Sexier: In the PlayStation 2 and PC versions of Grand Theft Auto III, she wore a fairly modest set of black jacket with a blouse, black slacks, and brown shoes. In the Xbox and mobile versions, she instead wears a black leather mini-jacket with a white top that shows off more of her midriff and cleavage, trimmed dark green pants, and black shoes instead.
- It's All About Me: She only cares about working by herself, and betrays just about anyone whom she works with. This would later come back to bite her hard when she decides to betray her current boyfriend, Claude.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In San Andreas she threatens to cook and eat a police officer's testicles, and, while angry with Carl for some reason, says he's lucky he's not on her barbecue being eaten.
- Jerkass: She's hotheaded and aggressive in the most unpleasant way possible.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: She is the victim of this at the end of Grand Theft Auto III, and in Catalina's case, it's more like "Kick the Bitch".
- Laughably Evil: In San Andreas, even CJ doesn't often take her seriously.
- Mood-Swinger: She can turn from depressed, then kill happy to enraged and back within a matter of seconds. Its surprising how she is even barely coherent.
- No Indoor Voice: In San Andreas.
- Noodle Implements: Carl's unpleasant experience with her "rack."
- Pet the Dog: His relationship with CJ. As disturbing as it is to say, Catalina does seem to have some positive feelings for CJ. She says she "loves" him, and, even though it's creepy and destructive, both parties seem to care for one another in some capacity, and Catalina never tries to kill CJ like she does with her other boyfriends.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: She acts more like a Bratty Teenage Daughter in a grown woman's body in San Andreas.
- Serial Killer: She has three bodies buried in her yard, and it is unknown why.
- The Sociopath: Plain and simple, she cannot resist in killing, stealing and betraying for pure enjoyment. She's also very manipulative and intelligent.
- Spicy Latina: Doesn't even begin to describe her. Cesar describing her as "intense" is the understatement of the century.
- Yandere: In San Andreas, where she often goes from sweet and caring to batshit insane on a whim.
- Arms Dealer: Sells small arms to Claude after the duo escape from police custody.
- Demolitions Expert: Specializes in creating and using explosives. He runs 8-Ball Autos, a vehicle shop that allows players to rig a vehicle with an explosive, turning it to a VBIED.
- Master Forger: Amongst his many other connections and skills, 8-ball is known to be a skilled Forger. His forging skills are called upon in Grand Theft Auto Advance when Mike seeks him out in order to obtain bogus IDs.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: 8-ball's not seen again after he teams up with Claude to take out a SPANK shipment being conducted by the Colombian cartel.
Leone Crime Family
- They have their own page here.
Asuka is the head of the Yakuza in Libety City. A fierce rival to the Leone family, she is an "old friend" of Maria's.
- Affably Evil: Very friendly, very polite, and one of the few people who won't betray Claude. Still a ruthless Yakuza boss.
- Ambiguously Bi: Some of her interactions with Claude come across as flirtatious, but she also implicitly plays bondage games with Maria.
- Benevolent Boss: To Claude.
- Brains and Bondage: Is one of the most erudite characters. Is also into BDSM.
- Brother-Sister Team: Downplayed. She and Kenji are on good terms, but they appear to be independent in doing their job.
- Cool Aunt: For Yuka in Advance. Bordering on Knight Templar Parent / Mama Bear, too.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Maria swoons when she discovers that Asuka has a massager. Asuka lets her know that's not a massager.
- Dragon Lady: Has shades of this. Is coupled with Evil Is Sexy and plenty of Les Yay.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: This happens in the final act.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Starts a Mob War with the Colombian Cartel and kidnaps and tortures it's co-leader Miguel in response to Kenji's death, unaware that the people really responsible are Donald Love and Claude.
- Sadist: It is heavily implied that she takes sexual pleasure in torturing Cartel co-leader Miguel in III.
- Yakuza: Co-leader of Yakuza along with her brother Kenji.
The brother of Asuka and owner of Kenji's Casino in Liberty City. He is the co-leader of the Yakuza in the city.
- Alliterative Name: Kenji Kasen.
- Asian Speekee Engrish: His accent is far stronger and more stereotypical than Asuka. Lampshaded in his bio, which claims that his "funny way of speaking" is one of the reasons he's lower on the Yakuza chain of command than Asuka.
- Brother-Sister Team: Downplayed. He and Asuka are on good terms, but they appear to be independent in doing their job.
- Cool Car: In one mission, Claude has to steal three rare sports cars. Kenji is in a debt of honor to some man who loves cars and gives the cars Claude steals to him as a gift.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The second one in the game after Sal.
- Permanently Missable Content: If you complete the above mission before finishing Kenji's mission strand, his missions are gone for good.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Belittles Claude constantly for his Gajin heritage. Becomes a case of The Dog Bites Back when Claude betrays him.
- Yakuza: co-leader of Yakuza along with his sister Asuka.
The leader of the Yardies, and one of the few antagonists to survive. He offers Claude some work via payphone, but seems to have his own agenda.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: With Vinnie in Advance.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Not as bad as Dimitri, but he betrays both Claude and Mike in their respective games.
- The Ghost: He doesn't physically appear in Grand Theft Auto III.
- Karma Houdini: Mike didn't have time to finish him off because the police showed up after their gunfight, and they don't appear to arrest him. Claude doesn't even hunt him down in GTA III.
- Villain: Exit, Stage Left
- You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Fond of pulling this. Though hasn't ended up dead despite failing to follow through.
A Dirty Cop in Liberty City with connections to the Yakuza, the Leone Family, and Phil Cassidy. He needs Claude's help in avoiding being arrested for the numerous crimes he's committed both against the people of Liberty City as well as the United States at large.
- By-the-Book Cop: In Liberty City Stories, he is the former while Leon fills the role of the latter.
- Dirty Cop: In III, where the corruption of the LCPD has finally gotten to him.
- Cool Car: He owns a bulletproof Patriot, which he eventually gives to Claude.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He's being investigated by the CIA, rather than one of the series' many Government Agencies of Fiction.
- Fallen Hero: In Liberty City Stories, he is a straight cop and looks to enforce the law. His partner, Leon McAffrey, changed all of that.
- Karma Houdini: All of his efforts are devoted to becoming one of these. He succeeds.
- Revealing Cover Up: He might have done better by not murdering everyone remotely connected to him.
- Properly Paranoid: He forces you to go to elaborate lengths in order to make contact with him. This is because he's being investigated by the CIA.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he realizes that the CIA and Internal Affairs are out for him.
Phil Cassidy is a weapons dealer who specializes in big guns... really big guns. His first appearance is a single mission in GTA III, wherein Claude helps him defend his weapon supply from the Colombian Cartel. At this point he wears military clothing and is nicked-named "The One Armed Bandit" because of missing left arm, which he claims to have lost during a battle in Nicaragua.
In Vice City, he gains a great deal of screen time, with his own mission chain. It is revealed over the course of his missions that he was never actually in the army, having been repeatedly turned away because of his drinking problems and poor behavior, and actually lost his arm in an accident involving a batch of moonshine and some homemade explosives.
Phil later has a short cameo in Liberty City Stories, and eventually returns in Vice City Stories as a major character.
- The Alcoholic
- Ambiguously Trained: Phil Cassidy is alleged to have served in the army in some games, but others say they doubt this in others. Notably, he claims to have lost his arm in combat in Grand Theft Auto 3, but Grand Theft Auto: Vice City shows he lost it due to an accident with explosives.
- An Arm and a Leg: Contrary to what he says, he didn't lose it in Nicaragua. Accidentally blew it off in Vice City with a small explosive while drunk.
- Ascended Extra: After playing a bit part in III, he plays a much bigger role in the Vice City games.
- Drowning My Sorrows: In Vice City Stories, after Louise's death.
- Gun Nut: He's pretty enthusiastic about his love of guns, especially in Vice City.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: in Vice City Stories, he doesn't take Louise's death well.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood:Phil: (Extremely Intoxicated) "The thing is, Vicky boy, my daddy was an angry man. He never, ever told me I was special. In fact - he used to beat me. Especially when he caught me staring at my cousin or my sister. You know what he said to me? He said I'd be better off dead..."
- Hidden Depths: He may not have served in the army, but his marksmanship is really good, without any formal training.
- Hillbilly Moonshiner: He doesn't actually live in a rural area, but he otherwise fits this trope to a T.
- Phony Veteran: He desperately wishes he'd been in the army, and constantly makes up stories about wars he didn't fight in to sound tough.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He wasn't really in the military, but he apparently experiences "flashbacks" to Vietnam after losing his arm.
- Porn Stache: In Vice City Stories.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Downplayed. In Vice City Stories, he clearly wants to avenge his sister's death, but all he winds up doing is drunkenly ramming a truck full of explosives into Fort Baxter to help Vic steal a helicopter, and doesn't appear again afterwards.
- Trigger Happy
- Too Dumb to Live: He should have known that it was a bad idea to play with dangerous explosives while drunk.