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A brutal, powerful Italian-American mob family from Liberty City that operates most of the city's illegal businesses. They are led by Don Salvatore Leone.



    Salvatore Leone

The current patriarch of the Leone Crime Family, one of the most influential and respected gangs to roam Liberty City. His operates out of Portland, particularly the St. Mark's district.

  • Affably Evil: Zig-Zagged for the most part. In San Andreas, he is incredibly polite and civil to his more loyal henchmen like Toni and CJ. However, after CJ's betrayal, much of his polite demeanor is downplayed in Liberty City Stories, becoming progressively more violent, aggressive and paranoid, but still civil towards Toni. In GTA III, however, he is definitely Faux Affably Evil.
  • Ax-Crazy: In San Andreas, it is shown that he is a rather hotheaded, aggressive man, constantly arguing with Johnny Sindacco for unprovoked reasons. He even tortures Maccer and Kent Paul for no apparent reason. Also, in Liberty City Stories, he goes on a murderous rampage against the Sindaccos, invading their strip club with his minions. After that, he tried to kill Toni (his own loyal right-hand man) for mere paranoia. There's something really wrong with this guy.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He is reduced to this in GTA III. Despite his criminal empire in the city, he is nothing compared to the Colombian Cartel.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: To Maccer and Kent Paul in San Andreas.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: CJ doublecrossing him in San Andreas ends up turning him into the ultra-paranoid wacko he becomes in III.
  • Deuteragonist: In Liberty City Stories, his storyline is even more important than Toni's.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He shows shades of this even in his San Andreas appearance. Look at the picture.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Eliminating him is your first mission upon reaching the second island.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In San Andreas, he threatens to kill Carl and his entire familynote , because of Carl's huge hand in robbing his casino.
  • The Don: Of the Leone Crime Family.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite his ruthless, violent personality, Salvatore is quite loyal towards Toni, and a caring father for Joey as well.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite his vindictive, aggressive personality, what he values most is loyalty.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In III, where he betrays Claude in a fit of paranoia.
  • Expy: Salvatore Leone's appearance is based on Marlon Brando in his famous role, Don Vito Corleone from the 1972 crime drama movie, The Godfather. In fact, it can be reasoned the the Leone family is heavily based on the Corleone family and the Godfather movies. And his GTA III outfit is most similiar to Don Vito's clothes. Leone is also a known importer of tomato sauce, similar to how Corleone was an importer of olive oil.
  • Jerkass: When he's in a really, really bad mood, Salvatore can be a terrible person to hang out with.
  • Killed Off for Real: In GTA III. It comes at the hands of Maria and Claude.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Many aspects of Salvatore's character and back story are based on that of John Gotti. Both men became boss after a power struggle in the mid 80s, both have escaped conviction several times. Both of their lawyers also claimed in court that their client was not part of the mafia, with Gotti's lawyer even going as far as to say "there is no mafia".
  • Reality Ensues: Salvatore Leone promises to make you a Made Man for destroying the SPANK factory. This is done in unseemly haste by mob standards. Because he doesn't intend to let you live.
  • Properly Paranoid: The only person he does not seems to distrust is Toni Cipriani, and he even holds him at gunpoint once.
  • Sanity Slippage: Once his paranoia grows.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Liberty City Stories, he is very capable in a gunfight.
  • Trash Talk: Quite often, especially with Maria in LCS and members of rival gangs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: It was clear that he's having a mental breakdown while cursing Carl for his hand at the casino heist in San Andreas.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Does this to Claude after he blows up the SPANK factory. Becomes a Genocide Backfire since Claude hadn't yet shown any sign of trying to betray him.



Salvatore's personal bodyguard. He appeared in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.



    Joey Leone

Salvatore Leone's son and Underboss of the Leone Crime Family. He's not very involved in the family business, preferring to work on his garage business. He's Misty's boyfriend (or at least her most recurring customer, given her line of work), but Joey does give Claude some work by having him collect some debts that the Forelli Brothers owe to the Leone Family.

  • Badass Driver: Implied to be involved in street racing and supes up some excellent sports cars.
  • Grease Monkey: He owns an auto shop, and he loves working with (and stealing) cars.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: How Salvatore sees him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He is not very involved in Mafia business beyond car thefts and the occasional robbery or debt collection, and as such, it is implied in Liberty City Stories that Salvatore trusts Toni Cipriani more than him.


    Toni Cipriani

First appeared in GTAIII as a Capo for Liberty City's dominant Leone Mafia family. Later used as the protagonist of the prequel title Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, where he has returned from a long absence to help organize said family's success. Has an unsupportive, domineering mother who embarrasses him at every turn.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Before he put on some weight he wasn't half bad with the ladies. He caught the eye of Maria(to his dismay), and gained the affection of Toshiko.
  • Abusive Parents: His Ma is anything but supportive, and even called a hit on him because she found him to be weak.
  • Ax-Crazy: Specifically in the mission "Dead Meat" (from GTA: Liberty City Stories) where he, indignant to be enduring Giovanni Casa and his mother's praise of Casa for "having guts", Toni proceeds to brutally dismember him with an axe, and finally carrying their leftover meat to his butchery.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His starting outfit is a brown jacket over a black shirt with pants and workboots but the prologue mission has him change into a suit more befitting of The Mafia and he is depicted in artwork as such. He is a made man, after all.
  • Basement-Dweller: At some point between LCS and III, Toni moved back with his Ma, despite having three houses of his own.
  • Captain Ersatz: Pretty obviously one for Tony Soprano.
  • The Comically Serious: His constant sarcasm is always hilarious.
  • Confessional: Goes to one only to be manipulated by Intrepid Reporter, Ned Burner who's only interest is generating big stories to cover.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
  • The Dragon: Serves this role prior to Claude taking it over. Becomes a Dragon Ascendant when Salvatore Leone is killed.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When they're not bickering, that is.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Toni will gladly chop you up if you piss him off, but he draws the line at not showing your parents proper respect.
  • Freudian Excuse: Some of Toni's more extreme moments come from trying to prove himself worthy of his overbearing mother's respect.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Living with his Ma will do that to you.
  • Informed Flaw: People in Liberty City Stories constantly notes how skinny Toni has become, despite being more pudgy than skinny.
  • Karma Houdini: Doubles with Awesome Moment of Crowning due to Word of God confirms he's the new head of the Leone crime family after Salvatore's death.
  • Only Sane Man: Particularly when dealing with some of the more outlandish questgivers like Maria, JD, or Donald Love.
    • Subverted in regards to his increasingly violent behavior after conversations with his mother.
  • Rapid Aging: He doesn't even look like the same man in "GTA III".
  • Perma-Stubble: In Liberty City Stories Toni has a permanent Five O' Clock shadow.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo: Inverted, he appears as mission-giver in III, but then becomes protagonist in the prequel, Liberty City Stories.
  • Retired Badass: By the time of GTAIII he's no longer working the streets, but just three years earlier he was bustt heads with the best of them.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Back in Liberty and the water is still as good for you as a heart attack
  • The Reliable One: Despite his demotion at the beginning of Liberty City Stories, Salvatore comes to recognize him as the only person he can rely on.
  • Tranquil Fury: Again specifically in the mission "Dead Meat". He's disturbingly quiet and terse in speech as he meets up with Giovanni Casa, drives him to the meat processing plant and proceeds to hack him apart with an axe.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Salvatore Leone. In fact, out of all the GTA protagonists who have worked with Leone, he's notable for being the only one to not betray him.
  • Villain Protagonist: in Liberty City Stories.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: to his mother.
  • Younger Than They Look: Believe it or not; Toni is in 33 in "GTA III", despite looking like a sixty-year old.

    Vincenzo Cilli 

A member of the Leone Family and Salvatore Leone's current capo at the beginning of the game.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks his high-ranking status in the mob means he controls Toni's life, but in reality is just a pathetic prick whose role is nothing compared with other antagonists in the storyline.
  • Dirty Coward: Instead of fighting Toni himself, he sends a bunch of enforcers to do that dirty work for him.
  • Jerkass: He is a total asshole towards Toni, constantly sending him to suicide missions.
  • Hate Sink: He is heavily implied to be Green-Eyed Monster. At first, it's ambiguous whether he really set Toni up to be arrested by police or not, causing Toni to be pissed off at him and crushed his car. Then, because of this, he tried to kill Toni. He failed.
  • The Sociopath: He is manipulative, ruthless, superficially charming, and shows zero remorse for his actions.



    Luigi Goterelli 

A member of the Leones and owner of the Sex Club 7.

    Mickey Hamfists 

An average soldier of the Leones.

  • The Brute: Possibly. He's very aggressive and muscular, after all.
  • Undying Loyalty: One of the most loyal members of the family.


    Maria Latore

Salvatore Leone's much-suffering wife. His neglectful and uncaring attitude causes her to constantly cheat on him and spend his money out of spite. Later becomes involved with Claude, for whom her feelings are more genuine. May or may not have been killed by Claude at the end of the game.

  • All There in the Script: Her surname.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She gets it on with a lot of men, but it would also appear that her friendship with Asuka comes with benefits.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: In III Maria is shown to be fairly decent by the standards you can get in the world of GTA. That said she joins Asuka in torturing Miguel for information, never breaking her streak all the while, all because she was bored and wanted to keep Asuka company. Asuka describes her as a natural at this.
  • Brainless Beauty: She's not very bright. See The Load and Too Dumb to Live below. Arguably played more straight in Liberty City Stories, though.
  • Damsel in Distress: Is abducted by Catalina late in III, prompting Claude to come to her rescue, as well as finally take his revenge on Catalina.
  • Defector from Decadence: Followong Salvatore's betrayal, she leaves the Mafia with Claude, claiming her reasons is she's seen to much of that life. Of course she ends up defecting to the Yakuza.
  • Domestic Abuse: It's shown that Maria and Salvatore are not on the best terms of their marriage with them constantly arguing and Maria being spiteful towards him. She does enter a relationship with a biker who beats her, and when she tells Salvatore that she and Claude are together, Salvatore attempts to have Claude killed for no apparent reason beyond spiting their relationship.
  • Flanderization: An In-Universe Inversion. In LCS Maria was not just a Mafia Princess but taking it to borderline Bratty Teenage Daughter extremes, openly cheats on Salvatore and flirts with Toni, as well as being shown to be a heavy drug user who needed to be saved from an overdose, and playing her idiocy up. In III she's only seen taking drugs once, and while her cheating on Salvatore is a plot point, she just simply leaves him and is shown to be more friendly and down to earth. One could say she got her act together over time, if only slightly.
  • Golddigger: Is only with Salvatore Leone because of his money.
    • It appears that she was pursuing Toni under the belief that he had money. When she realizes he is virtually penniless she snaps at him and warns him to "never to hit on her again".
    • Interestingly she doesn't see it that way for Claude.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Claude. Maria claims that she and Claude are an item, mostly to piss of Salvatore, however shows repeatadly that she has feelings for Claude, affectionately calls him babe, and seems to fill the role of Designated Love Interest. Of course Claude's feelings for her are rather vauge, although rescuing her is on his priorities during the final mission. They even walk off into the sunset together. Of course it's also implied Claude may have killed her.
  • The Load: The source of endless amounts of trouble for both Tony and Claude.
    • Though she does warn Claude about Salvatore's betrayal and sets you up with Asuka.
  • Mafia Princess: Comes with being wife of The Don. LCS sees her in the middle of the life, and III sees her at the tail-end of it. According to Maria herself, she wants out.
  • May–December Romance: Justified because she's obviously married him for his money. Becomes a Relationship Writing Fumble since, until the last mission, most GTA 3 players assumed she was Salvatore Leone's daughter rather than wife.
  • Morality Pet: Quite possibly the closest thing Claude has to one. Him helping rescue her in addition to taking his revenge on Catalina implies that he might have some compassion for her. That is unless he killed her himself.
  • Never My Fault: In LCS eventually warns Toni from flirting with her, even though she was the one flirting with him. Averted in III, where she explains her part in Salvatore turning against Claude and apologizes to him.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Toni. She constantly hits on him despite Toni frustratedly insisting there is nothing between them.
  • Pet the Dog: Say what you will about Maria, she does save Claude from Salvatore's betrayal and apologizes about getting him in trouble. It implied she might have real affection for Claude unlike her other suitors as she doesn't appear to be after his money or using him in any way.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: Maria has a tencancy to start this, although the "love" bit can be rather vague depending on who she's with; in LCS she has an affair with a biker and claims to have been "dating" Toni, prompting said biker to beat her and Toni to kill him. In III, she tells Salvatore that she and Claude are having an affair, prompting Salvatore to call on a hit for Claude, and in turn, Claude killing Salvatore.
  • Rescue Romance: How she see's her relationship with Claude. She rescued Claude from Salvatore's death trap, and Claude makes it a priority to rescue her from Catalina during his final rampage against the Cartel.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Subverted that it's not really her who will lose life. But by telling Salvatore that she has entered a relationship with Claude, this caused Salvatore to betray and try to kill Claude.
    • In Liberty City Stories she informed a guy she was dating, the leader of a Biker gang, that she was "dating" Toni, which said biker did not appreciate.
  • Spoiled Brat: Is depicted as this in LCS, using her status as Mafia Princess to support a drug habit, using her "boyfriends" to get her way and generally tries to spite Salvatore in the same manner a spoled teenage daughter would spite their father.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Is depicted as this in III, acting as a genuinely friendly, albeit snarky and ditzy towards other people, especially Asuka and Claude. She is also shown to want to leave the mafia life behind (albeit defecting to the Yakuza).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Even Word of God never confirms her fate for sure.
  • Your Cheating Heart: According to her, this is one of main reasons why Salvatore betrayed and try to kill Claude.
    • In Liberty City Stories she cheats on Sal with numerous men, one of them being a jealous biker Toni has to kill.

    Donald Love

Liberty City's resident media mogul; first introduced in Grand Theft Auto III seeking Claude's services for a "rescue" operation. After having a cameo in Vice City he comes back as a supporting character - and more neurotic than ever - in Liberty City Stories as the Leone family's preferred candidate for mayor.

  • All Elections Are Serious Business: Entering the mob-controlled mayoral race in Liberty City. (hint: Not as a democrat).
  • Ax-Crazy: He never acts psychotically violent, but it is clear his highly depraved tastes make him one.
  • Bastard Understudy: Has Toni Cipriani assassinate his mentor Avery Carrington, then has Toni bring him his corpse for an in-flight meal
  • Beard of Sorrow: Sprouts one after losing both the election and his empire in Liberty City Stories.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Love will stoop to mass murder if it benefits him, as evidenced by the missions he assigns Cipriani in Liberty City Stories (killing rival political activists, blowing up an entire neighborhood populated by thousands of innocent people) and his conspiracy in III to instigate a gang war between the Colombian Cartel and the Yakuza for the sake of lowering property values.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's impeccably polite and professional in every dealing that he has with others; he is also an unfettered mass murderer whose depravity knows absolutely no bounds.
  • Flanderization: He is a lot more depraved and over-the-top in Liberty City Stories.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Revealed in Liberty City Stories as clarification of what he did at the "morgue parties" referenced in GTA 3.
  • I Love the Dead: It is hinted at that Love is interested in corpses in... other ways than just eating them.
  • Karma Houdini: Instead of dying like other Grand Theft Auto antagonists, Love completely vanishes from Liberty City towards the end of III, his fate unknown.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a rather blatant reference to American media mogul and now 45th POTUS Donald Trump.
  • Rags to Riches: After blowing all his money on the mayoral campaign, Donald once again recruits Toni to help regain his wealth. It works.
  • Riches to Rags: After blowing all his money on his mayoral campaign, he loses everything and has to move to a filthy flophouse. With Toni's help he goes right back to being rich.
  • Strawman Political: He is a ruthless business mogul, completely obsessed with money and owning things, makes disparaging remarks about liberals and left-wingers, he's about as typical a Republican you can find.
  • That Mysterious Thing: His final missions in GTA III involve a mysterious package. Whatever it is, the FBI and the police want it badly.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has one after his connections to Toni and the Leone family are made public, and his chance to become mayor is lost because of said connections.
  • The Voiceless: Due to Kyle MacLachlan's absence in Vice City. He starts to introduce himself to Tommy, but Avery keeps cutting him off and telling him to shut up.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He simply disappears after all his missions are completed in III. Even Word of God just shrugs.


A demolitions expert in Liberty City (even though car bomb shops everywhere in the III continuity use his name.) He was on the prison bus with Claude at the start of the game, and joined up with him to escape when the convoy was attacked. He struck up a friendship with him - well, as much of a friendship as one can have with a Heroic Mime - and helped him find work with the Leone family.

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Exposition Fairy: He spends much of the first mission explaining the game's mechanics, as well as acting as a mouthpiece for Claude when necessary. He's dropped from the story fairly quickly, of course.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Along with the entire Leone family, if he knew what that last car bomb was meant for.
  • I Owe You My Life: He feels indebted to Claude, as he helped him escape the prison convoy.
  • Punch-Clock Villain
  • Noodle Incident: How his hands got injured. All he says on the matter is that they were burned in a police raid. An article on the promotional Liberty Tree website clarifies that a police officer spilled hot fat on them.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Possibly. He puts a bomb on your car after you save his life, twice. It's uncertain because he may not have known the bomb was meant for you when he was rigging the car. His shops also continue to modify the cars you bring them after that incident, whereas the rest of the Leone family mooks try to kill you on sight.

    Ma Cipriani 

Toni Cipriani's overbearing and condescending mother. She is never physically seen, and instead bosses Claude/Toni around from inside her restaurant.

  • Abusive Parents: She berates her son for just about everything she can think of. Taken Up to Eleven when she places a hit on Toni for "not being man enough".
  • I Have No Son!: Regularly uses this to get Toni to do whatever she wants him to do on that day.
  • Jerkass: She is a jerk to just about anybody she talks to.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: She states at one point that Toni is not her son, a daughter maybe, after he fails to meet her expectations.
  • The Voice: She is never seen physically and only communicates with the protagonists from inside her home.