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Here's a list of people who made their debut in the previous installment.


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    Patrick "Packie" McReary
"Think of me: Packie McReary, of Dukes, LC!"

Voiced by: Ryan Johnston

Scion of Liberty City's infamous McReary Irish mob clan, who has moved out to Los Santos to start anew following the disintegration of his family's organization.

  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being a main character in IV, Packie becomes a selectable character for heists. He can even be killed before you recruit him.
  • Disc-One Nuke: As far as a heist member goes, he is this since you can get him within the first 15 minutes of gameplay. He takes only a marginally cheaper cut than the other skilled gunmen you can pick, but since cheap ones tend to cost you a chunk of the take outright, it translates to a saving all the same.
  • Epic Fail: When you encounter him, he's barely successful at holding up a small time drug store and he forgot to make sure his partner got a getaway car to boot. Thankfully, he's much more competent during your jobs. He also openly admits that he looks like a hotheaded idiot. If you take him on the last heist, choose the obvious way to do it and have him in the car with Michael. The latter will ask him if he's prepared to do something really stupid. Packie's response is to say that Michael hired the right guy for stupid things.
  • Honorary True Companion: Apart from Gustavo, he's the only crew member you can have for all four of the crew-assisted heists. If you pick him a third time, Michael refers to him as his go-to guy, and picking him a fourth has Michael say that he deserves a shot at the big one since he's had his back for all the others.
  • Killed Off for Real: If you choose to do so during his random event, or if you, as Trevor, bring him to the Altruist Camp. Doing this means you can no longer use him for any future heists. Subverted in that he shows up in the Diamond Casino Heist update as a heist crew member, making his possible deaths non-canon as Online has moved past 2013 in-universe.
  • One-Man Army: He single-handedly holds off half of the police force and forces them to retreat during the Paleto Bay score. That includes a horde of dirty cops and dirty military personnel with access to a tank. That's straight up GTA protagonist stuff right there.
  • Permanently Missable Content: If you cap him or have Trevor take him to the Altruist Cult during his random event, you will never be able to use him as a heist member.
  • Remember When You Blew Up The Sun: During his event, he will mention a big bank heist he helped pull off with Niko, Derrick and Michael in the previous game. Also, if you take him on the Paleto Bay heist he will describe the entire job more thoroughly and will mention Niko by name, although he assumes that Niko is "probably dead."
  • Secret Character: If you successfully do his random event near Franklin's house near the beginning of the game, he can be hired to help you in future heists. He's also available as an unlockable gunman for the Diamond Casino Heist, should the online protagonist manage to rescue him from police custody in a Free Roam session.

    Marnie Allen
Voiced by: Reyna de Courcy

A former drug addict from Liberty City who turned her life around with the help of a kindly Serbian stranger. Unfortunately, she's since substituted her self-destructive habits with an equally unhealthy devotion to Epsilonism.

  • Addiction Displacement: Replaced her drug habits with a complete fulfillment to the Epsilon program.
  • Church of Happyology: Is now a member of the Epsilon Program and is the person that initially recruits Michael.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Happy Ending Override: Her subplot in IV ended with her sending Niko a hopeful e-mail thanking him for saving her from a life of drugs and informing him that she was going back to school. Come V and she's joined up with the Epsilonists, having been hopelessly brainwashed.
  • Irony: After Niko sent her back home at the end of GTA IV, she emailed him to tell him that she was studying to become a psychologist. Five years later, she's a member of the Epsilon Program, an expy of a religious group that famously dismisses psychology and modern medicine as quackery.
  • Nice Girl: Part of the reason why Michael can't believe she believes in the Epsilon Program so fiercely. She says it's because they helped her kick her drug habit.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's only 26, but looks much older. Much like with Ashley, this may have been long term effects from taking heavy drugs in the past.

    Ashley Butler
"You wanna get lit, sugar?"

Voiced by: Tracey Godfrey

Johnny's on-and-off girlfriend, who followed him on his exile to Blaine County.

  • Character Death: The player can choose to kill her during Trevor's rampage against the Lost. Though if simply left her to mourn over Johnny, she later dies in a crack orgy.
  • Death Seeker: It's implied that she sought oblivion in sex and drugs after she survived Trevor's massacre of Johnny and The Lost. She found it.
  • From Bad to Worse: Her addiction. In the 5 years between GTA IV and GTA V, she looks so much worse for wear than before.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: On LifeInvader, she'll tell Trevor and Ron that they will "pay for what they have done" to Johnny. Nothing ever comes of it though, considering there's only so much one meth addict can do. Her death doesn't help matters either.
  • Killed Off for Real: She can be run over during the "Mr. Philips" mission. If you instead leave her to mourn Johnny, a Weazel News report later tells that she OD'd during a crack orgy.
  • Killed Offscreen: If Trevor doesn't kill Ashley during his rampage, a news report following "Eye in the Sky" confirms she died off-screen from a heroin overdose during a mass-orgy instead.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Ashley's story was never going to end well but watching the love of her life brutally murdered by Trevor and then dying alongside most of the Lost MC was still more depressing than expected.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: If she survives Trevor's rampage, she goes on to die in a crack-fueled orgy.
  • Undignified Death: See Shoot the Shaggy Dog.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sleeping with a drug dealer to get her next fix results in her boyfriend confronting the man. Her boyfriend is then brutally murdered, and the remaining members of the exiled Alderney chapter of the Lost MC slaughtered at the hands of the aforementioned drug dealer.
  • Younger than She Looks: Believe it or not, she's only 32. Drugs will do that to you.

    Johnny Klebitz
"We all get high! But that don't make it right!"

Voiced by: Scott Hill

The erstwhile leader of the Alderney Chapter of The Lost MC and protagonist of The Lost and Damned.

  • Character Death: Johnny returns in a single scene where he ends up brutally stomped to death by Trevor after confronting him over taking advantage of Ashley. He's also noticeably a broken man thanks to his meth addiction, making him a rather easy target for an angry psychopath.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Trevor smashes a bottle over his head, then follows it up by stomping on his face until he caves it in. That's pretty cruel.
  • Cuckold: Ashley is having sex with Trevor, and when Johnny confronts him over it, it leads to his death.
  • Downer Ending: For him, at least. Also counts as a Shoot the Shaggy Dog because it renders his efforts to restore his chapter's prominence in The Lost and Damned fruitless.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Drugs, specifically meth is the reason why Johnny is as weak as he is in this game.
  • Foil: For both Michael and Trevor, Johnny is another "Where Are They Now" possibility for a GTA protagonist who "beat the game". Especially with Trevor, as the two are Not So Different; They're the most villainous protagonist of their respective games, both practice Equal-Opportunity Evil, both have poor hygiene, more out-there sexual preferences, are both heavily involved in the drug trade, practice and in general are more niche, outsider criminals than the standard protagonist, who's usually a regular thug, gangster, or gangbanger.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: He and his gang go down like generic mooks in Trevor's first few missions. It was sort of inevitable with the way The Lost and Damned ended.
  • Irony: A big example of it. After completing the final mission in The Lost and Damned and killing Billy, Johnny says that five years ago, Billy would've broken into the penitentiary himself, and that drugs made him insane. Now look at the state Johnny is in five years after the events of that game.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: His decision to rekindle his relationship with Ashley proves to be his undoing, as he picks up her meth habit and winds up a pathetic mess of a man.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Despite his episode's Downer ending and his descent into meth addiction, he continues to maintain The Lost's expansion into the guns and drugs trade, with his chapter's transfer of its operations to Blaine County leading to the club going national and growing across the Midwest. He and his friends, however, are a different story.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite what a badass he was in The Lost and Damned, years as a methhead took their toll on him.
  • Retired Badass: That may also be another reason why he didn't attack Trevor, besides meth, though he still told Trevor in his face to fuck off.
  • Sacrificial Lion: No better way to show just how psychopathic and deranged Trevor Phillips is than having him murder one of the previous game's protagonists in cold blood.
  • Same Character, but Different: In TLAD, Johnny makes it very clear that he isn't interested in Ash, he doesn't particularly care who she sleeps with, and he has a very dim view on anyone using hard drugs. Come GTA 5, and he's together with Ash, isn't at all okay with her and Trevor's arrangement, and he's a meth user.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Shows up in the very first mission with Trevor, wherein the latter stomps him to death.
  • Too Dumb to Live: As noted under the Fridge Brilliance, calling Trevor a "motherfucker" wasn't the wisest decision and likely contributed to Trevor's decision to murder him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about his role in this game gives away that he's Killed Off for Real by Trevor not five minutes after he's re-introduced.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Well, Worf had a meth addiction. He was established as arguably one of the most badass protagonists in The Lost and Damned, yet as soon as he shows up in this game, Trevor kills him effortlessly by knocking him to the ground and stomping his head in. However, Johnny's meth addiction turned him into a shell of his former self. If Johnny hadn't been strung out on meth, though... who knows.

    Terry Thorpe
"Johnny's not gonna be happy that you've been with his girl, man."

Voiced by: Joshua Burrow

Johnny's friend and former sergeant-at-arms of the Alderney branch of The Lost MC.

    Clay Simons
"This better be bullshit!"

Voiced by: Keith Smith

Another of Johnny's friends and once the road captain of the Alderney branch of The Lost MC

    Lazlow Jones
"I'm an addict, and I've relapsed, okay? I can't stop jackin' it! I jack it in traffic!"

Voiced by: Lazlow Jones

A fading 1980s radio personality (whether he is the same Lazlow from the 3D era is unclear) who is currently struggling to rehabilitate his career, long tarnished by divorce, drug addiction, payola, public lasciviousness and multiple run-ins with the law. He is now the host of Fame or Shame, a talent show on Weazel, and is also co-host of the Chattersphere segment of liberal-leaning FM radio station WCTR 95.6 alongside Michelle Makes.

  • Adam Westing: As he has done in every GTA game since Grand Theft Auto III, plays a pathetic Large Ham version of himself.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Once you corner him he can't spill his guts fast enough.
  • Ascended Extra: Of a sort; while Lazlow's been a prominent radio figure since GTA III, this game marks not only his first on-screen appearance, but also the first time he's relevant to the game's plot.
  • Asshole Victim: People seem to consider him this, but it's more of an Informed Flaw.
  • Butt-Monkey: Just like his status on the radio. Except this time you have the pleasure of jumping in on the humiliation bandwagon. The judges of "Fame or Shame", which he hosts, even frequently make fun of him, and most non-competition texting polls are frequently about him.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: A rather unusual one on his radio show: Michelle is the bully, with him as the wimp.
  • Casual Kink: He asks Tracey to wear black lipstick when she gives him a blowjob because he's got a fetish for goth girls.
  • Dirty Coward: His default move in a physical confrontation is to run the fuck away.
  • Dirty Old Man: A 51-year-old trying to take advantage of a girl who's barely legal. This bites him hard. He also claims to have several sexual harassment suits against him as well as being addicted to masturbating. Trevor, however, is convinced that he's a "closet case" (solely because he happens to be an excitable celebrity with a ponytail), even after witnessing multiple instances of his creeper behavior.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: He's usually one; for all his faults, he's at least honest about how pathetic he is, and is quick to point out the hypocrisy, stupidity, and outright insanity of the world around him, right before saying something that completely undermines his point.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Late in the game, after Michael catches him at a tattoo parlor offering Tracey a spot on Fame or Shame in exchange for a blowjob, he proceeds to not only give him random piercings, but tattoos a cock on either his front or his back.
  • Humiliation Conga: By his own admission, the last twelve years of his career has been one long train of misery, and it went From Bad to Worse twice on 2013 alone:
    • His first one was having to strip his pants down and do a stripper dance while Trevor records it after being chased down the LS drain by him and Michael for trying to humiliate Tracey.
    • The second is when Michael catches him trying to get Tracey to give him a blowjob at a tattoo parlor in exchange for another spot on Fame or Shame. He is then forced to have a tattoo of a penis on either his front or back.
  • Impending Doom P.O.V.: In the "Fame or Shame" mission, a unique feature during the chase sequence is that you can switch to a dashboard view of Lazlow's absolute panic as Michael and Trevor are hot on his heels.
  • Informed Flaw: He's constantly said to be sleazy and scummy, but the only real example of this in-game is his treatment of Tracey (who was, for all intents and purposes, fully aware and willing to go along with it) and some comments he makes on Chattersphere.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Michael and Trevor force him to dance in his underwear while they film it, as punishment for his sleazy reality show Fame or Shame and especially Tracey's audition.
  • Jerkass
  • Likes Older Women: Zig-Zagged. He complains that as his reputation continues to degrade, the groupies he sleeps with become older. At the same time, he admits that he was at one point addicted to pornography involving older women, specifically searching for "Granny wants it bad".
  • Not Helping Your Case: As mentioned under Dirty Old Man above. When Michael and Trevor confront him in the LS River after he attempted a sexual dance with Tracey, Lazlow tells both men that he has multiple sexual harassment lawsuits and that he "can't stop jacking".
  • Older Than They Look: Looks and dresses like a man 20 years his junior, so at least he's got SOMETHING good going for him in life.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: His reaction during the last quarter of WCTR's "Chattersphere", when he realizes he has to interview Brother Adrien, leader of the Children of the Mountain study program, or, as he calls him, a cult leader — just like what happened 21 years ago.
  • Only Sane Man: Only in the context of the show Fame or Shame. Whatever you think of Tracey's song and dance number, she didn't deserve to lose to a group of masturbating monkeys.
  • Pet the Dog: When Tracey loses to some masturbating monkeys at the "Fame or Shame" finals, Lazlow actually calls the judges a bunch of idiots and says she should have won.note 
  • Really Gets Around: Claims the number of women he's slept with is "three digits"; though by his own admission, he specifically targets desperate groupies, and he's been at it since the mid eighties.
  • Smug Snake: Still as self-important as five years ago. Alas, he gets disabused of this notion in the harshest way possible (and he's well aware of it).
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: The GTA Online protagonist seems to be the only character in the HD universe who doesn't treat Lazlow like a Butt-Monkey (probably because they can't). In fact, other than his spat with Gay Tony, he actually has the time of his life in the protagonist's nightclub.
  • Traumatic Haircut: The coup de grâce of his many humiliations in the game happens near the end when Michael cuts off his ponytail. Like everything else, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Played for Laughs as he slips into one on Chattersphere. Driven to the corner by Michelle's disparaging attitude and refusing to give in to Brother Adrien's helping overtures, he goes on a tearful rant about how crappy his life has become, and how all his efforts did nothing but sink him further into despair. Michelle is unsympathetic.
    Michelle: "Listen, anyone saying the male menopause is a myth, just remember this moment, please."

    Karen Daniels
Voiced by: Rebecca Henderson

An IAA agent who previously worked undercover in Liberty City, scouting potential threats and monitoring the criminal underworld. She was also, briefly, the supposed girlfriend of GTA IV protagonist Niko Bellic. She's since moved up in the Agency, running counter-terrorism operations in Los Santos.

  • All There in the Script: The only way we know her last name is by looking through the GTA V game files.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In Grand Theft Auto IV, it was implied that she was a Boxed Crook working for the IAA against her will. She's apparently gotten a very sweet promotion since then, with the mentality that comes with it.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: In a mission where she appears, you catch her in the middle of some 'enhanced interrogation.' I.E. bashing someone's arms with a huge flashlight because he won't talk.
    • More than that, she orders her men to hold him down on the table with her stated intention being to rape the man with the object she'd just been beating him with.
  • Karma Houdini: She still gets no apparent comeuppance for her transgressions in this game or the last.
  • Not So Above It All: She gave Niko a lot of crap for being a killer in last game, but it turns out she isn't any better.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Her reaction to Michael rappelling into the office where she's doing some 'enhanced interrogation', and then her backup being sniped from the adjacent building while they rush in right next to her.
    • In Online during a setup for the Humane Labs Raid, she quickly leaves after a code trade with the Online Protagonists gets attacked by the FIB.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She goes from being relatively quiet and actually regretful for having to betray Niko in IV to participating in torture without even batting an eyelash.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A subverted variant: She severs ties with the Online Protagonists at the end of the Humane Labs Raid, but lets them go as long as they destroy the Valkyrie they used and not tell anyone else about this.

    Rocco Pelosi
"We had a deal! We had paperwork!"
Voiced by: Greg Siff

A former Ancelotti made man until he was forced to go into hiding after a failed mission to force Luis Fernando Lopez to kill his best friend and business partner, Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince. Five years since, he has resurfaced as a movie star agent hired by Solomon Richards for his final movie, "Meltdown".

  • Dirty Coward: He acts like a tough guy and has no problem beating up people who can't defend themselves, like Solomon Richards. But he bolts when Michael beats him up, and again when Michael returns to kill him. He doesn't get away the second time.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After being a Karma Houdini in The Ballad of Gay Tony, his luck finally runs out when he encounters Michael, first suffering a humiliating beatdown by Michael, then getting Killed Off for Real.
  • Those Two Guys: With a man named Gianni, who also dies with him when Michael chases them down.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Nice job beating up Solomon Richards, the very man who hired you to help produce "Meltdown", right where his number-one fan sees. Now Michael will do what Luis wasn't able to five years ago.
    Michael: "Hey, you're a couple [i.e., Rocco and Gianni] of real badasses [to] put a beatdown on an old man!"
  • Villain Decay: Went from one of the most trusted enforcers of the Ancelotti family and a constant thorn to the side of Luis and Tony to an overly pushy movie star agent who doesn't even last two missions before being Killed Off for Real.
  • Would Harm a Senior: He and Gianni have few qualms about beating up Solomon Richards. Michael calls them out on this.

    Agent ULP
Voiced by: Milton James

A high-ranking IAA official who once worked at the agency's front company "United Liberty Paper" as a liaison for both agents and "hired help" in Liberty City. He's since been transferred to Los Santos.

  • Ambiguously Evil: Considering how little both the main cast and the player know about the inner workings of the IAA, it's impossible to say whether he was a part of their alleged False Flag Operation involving chemical weapons.
    • In Doomsday Heist, it's revealed that he is in charged of the IAA's drug dealing operations on the west coast.
  • Badass in Distress: Is held captive by Russian Agents and needs rescuing from them by the Online Protagonist during one of The Bogdan Problem heist setups.
    • He's kidnapped again in Act III by Avon and Cliffford, but manages to steal a small helicopter and requires the Online Protagonists to make sure he doesn't get shot down.
  • Big Good: Closest there was to one in Grand Theft Auto IV.
  • The Cameo: He only shows up twice in the entire game, and may or may not die afterwards.
  • No Name Given: As with his first appearance.
    • Subverted in the Doomsday Heist mission where the player rescues him. Mrs. Rackman calls him Bernard.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: If he dies in the Blast Out during The Wrap Up, though later subverted when he reappears in The Bogdan Problem and The Doomsday Scenario heists.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's treated as a regular enemy during the Blast Out in The Wrap Up, meaning that depending on a number of factors (including the player's actions) he may or may not survive. Notably, killing him is not required for 100% Completion of the mission, and the player is encouraged by their Mission Control to abandon the firefight rather than stay and kill everyone. The fact that he and his fellow IAA agents are outgunned by the far more heavily-armed FIB agents and Merryweather PMCs - being stuck with unmodified standard pistols (though one agent is carrying a Carbine Rifle) - is even more reason to just run along and let the agent get back to fighting the other enemies in the area. It's eventually revealed that he survives the gunfight in The Bogdan Problem heist.

    Brucie Kibbutz

Voiced by: Timothy Adams

The testosterone-addled fitness enthusiast who has become the ambassador for a supplement.

  • The Cameo: He has become the spokesman for Bullshark Testosterone supplements and is featured on their in-game website, and is briefly mentioned in a news report.
    • In Grand Theft Auto Online you can call him up to order Bullshark Testosterone Supplements, which temporarily boost your damage and toughness.
  • The Ghost: In Story Mode, he is mentioned multiple times but never seen physically.note  He only makes a proper physical appearance in Grand Theft Auto Online: The Diamond Casino & Resort.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Brucie may not do much during the Diamond Casino & Resort, but what little he does kicks the plot into full swing. Namely, by pumping Tao Cheng full of steroid, Brucie makes him into an aggressive gangster who pulls a gun at Avery Duggans during a negotiation. The fallout from this is an all-out war that ends with Tao Cheng being driven out of town because of the bad press it brings to his family.
    • Brucie also acts as this and a Spanner in the Works in the Diamond Casino Heist update as this leads to the Diamond Casino & Resort being robbed multiple times by the Online Protagonist with the backing of the Cheng family as revenge. During the "Yung Ancestor" route Brucie takes a bullet to the leg by accident distracting Baker's secretary long enough for the team to slip into the back rooms unnoticed.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Absolutely nothing has changed in five years.


Voiced by: Walter Mudu

A minor character in GTA IV and one of the two leaders of the Uptown Riders motorcycle club. Appropriately, he introduces the online protagonist to the gameplay elements of the Bikers DLC.

    Gay Tony

Voiced by: David "D.B. Cooper" Kenner

Formerly a nightclub manager in Liberty City, Gay Tony has found his way to Los Santos to manage the online protagonist's nightclub.

  • Cool Plane: Has a blimp (emblazoned with the player's club name on its sides) on hand, solely for club advertisement purposes.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: He'll let the nightclub continue to operate as a front for the online protagonist's criminal activities, as long as the nightclub itself actually does its job as a legitimate nightclub (namely, recruiting DJs for the place).
  • Mission Control: For the After Hours missions.
  • Older Than They Look: He's pushing 60 by the time he arrives in Los Santos, but doesn't look it.

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