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A former Vinewood stuntman and actor, now running for governor of San Andreas under the Republicans. He appears as a guest on "Bless Your Heart", the cooking and right-wing politics segment of Blaine County Talk Radio (BCTR) 96.5.
- At Least I Admit It: His political campaign amounts to, "Yes, I'm a dick. But would you rather vote for an unabashed Jerkass or a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing?"
- Authority Equals Asskicking: His political platform is simply a promise to punch anyone the public (or he himself) doesn't like.
- Covert Pervert: He makes a point of swimming with his teenage daughter's friends when they come over for barbecues, so he can complement them on the fine breasts which exemplify their blossoming womanhood. And, uh... preach the values of sexual abstinence, of course.
- Especially Zoidberg: "I hate immigrants, gays, and cripples. God, do I hate the crippled."
- Flipping the Bird: He gives a great big one near the end of his campaign ad.
- Hookers and Blow: Flat out says that when he was at the peak of his celebrity, he enjoyed these vices frequently. But now, he's all about family values.
- Insane Troll Logic:
"My opponent is a know-it-all shrew who thinks helping people is the best way to help people."
- One of his radio ads has him declare...
- Also, one Sue Murry ad accuses him of attempting to abolish taxes by selling off surplus parkland and cutting funding for public schools to 2%, because he needs children at home.
- Jock is convinced that, since the post-WWII boom was a prosperous time for the country, and it's all gone downhill since the U.S. began fighting in Asia and the Middle East, the only thing that will make America truly great again is going to war with Europe. (Specifically, France, because they both hate America AND won't put up a fight.)
- Jerk Jock: It's in his name.
- Jerkass: Unapologetically.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care about anyone, and thinks it's ridiculous that other people would."We cared for people for far too long. I'm not extending a helping hand; I'm giving you all the finger! Vote for me, Jock Cranley, and help yourselves!"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- A former action star turned politician? Sounds a lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger, with some shades of Ronald Reagan, himself an (adopted) son of Los Angeles, as well as Sonny Bono (all three are Republicans who reached high positions in California, the former two as governors, and the latter as congressman representing the 44th District [South Central Los Angeles]). It's mentioned he has a reality show where he's a cop, likely a reference to Steven Seagal.
- As his similar name, personality and appearance should make obvious, he is something of an expy for Mitt Romney. Romney's 1983 incident of driving with a dog on his roof was something the media will never forget to mention, and Cranley's killing his wife is something the media is obsessed with in GTA V.
- Patriotic Fervor: "This is not a socialist country... it's not! This is America - we're nationalists! National Socialists, if you will, because our society is our nation!"
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Jock has a troubled history of using racial slurs, detests affirmative action, and worriedly asks if Bobbi June's producer is "a Lebanon" on-air.note It's okay, though - some of his best friends are Lebanons.
- Rated M for Manly: His selling point is essentially emphasizing his stunt of jumping off a semi truck off the Maze Bank Tower.
- Strawman Political: Rich, elitist, and self-absorbed. He's about as stereotypical a Republican as you can get.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: Implied to have thrown his wife, Jolene Evans, off the cliffside of Mount Gordo when she objected to them moving to Los Santos so Jock could be a stuntman.
- Vinewood Action Hero: He used to portray one, but his political campaign promises to do it for real.
- The Voice: Never seen (except on adverts), but heard in a radio commercial and on the conservative-minded Bless Your Heart show.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: Leaves a message in blood on a rock naming Jock as her murderer.
- Easter Egg: The only mention of her besides seeing her in person is a picture of a newspaper clipping on the in-game site 'Who Killed Leonora Johnson'.
- Ghostly Gape: Combined with Glowing Eyelights of Undeath.
- Hell Is That Noise: Between an hour before her appearance and until she vanishes you can hear whispering as well as Jolene begging for her life and screaming.
- Posthumous Character: She died under mysterious circumstances in 1978. Was thrown off Mount Gordo by Jock.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Her appearence in-game.
- Til Murder Do Us Part: Blames Jock for her death.
- Buried Alive: When you first encounter her, you must save her from two disgruntled hicks who want to murder her this way.
- Daddy's Girl: Describes herself as such. Being the daughter of a crime lord who genuinely cares for her certainly justifies this.
- Damsel in Distress: You first encounter Antonia tied up and about to be Buried Alive by a pair of rednecks hired by one of her dad's enemies. After saving her, you must safely drive her to Vinewood Hills where a man named Beppe whom she contacted will come pick her up.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As shown by her backstory, which she tells you after rescuing her, her dad's criminal activities caused Antonia and her family to go into hiding on "rat-hole hick towns" after a murder charge was pinned on Sammy in 2007. After Sammy became a snitch in 2011 as part of a plea bargain when he was arrested, Antonia's life took a turn for the worse because her father made a lot of enemies this way, many of whom target her to get back at her dad.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his flaws, Antonia makes it clear her father loves her dearly and will surely unleash hell itself on anybody who wants to threaten her, including every person who has talked to the two hicks who were about to bury her. That being said, she doesn't seem to have a high opinion of her dad, as she appears to disapprove of his criminal activities and makes it clear she's tired of dealing with people who want to take out their frustation with Sammy on her instead.
- Mafia Princess: She's the daughter of a notorious gangster and makes sure her dad rewards the player's heroism with a good chunk of cash.
- Misplaced Retribution: Finds herself on the receiving end of this trope. Many of Sammy's enemies want to get back at him by targetting the more vulnerable Antonia.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential-Video Game Caring Potential: You can either leave Antonia to her fate, or kill her after dealing with the two hicks threatening her and still get paid. If you're playing as Trevor, you can deliver her to the Altruist Cult, arguably dooming her to another horrible fate. On the other hand, safely delivering her to Beppe will give you a reward of $60,000, complete with Antonia implying you earned her dad's gratitude and respect.
Recently-divorced elementary schoolteacher and Cranley's Democratic opponent for governor of San Andreas. She appears as guest on "The Fernando Show", Fernando Martinez's political talk show on West Coast Talk Radio (WCTR) 95.6.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She denies this, but see Suspiciously Specific Denial below.
- Covert Pervert: If her reaction during her Suspiciously Specific Denial below is any indication.
- Dean Bitterman: She believes that the attitude she had as a teacher (that people are essentially children and must be talked down to and told who is in charge) is the best way to run a government.
- Gold Digger: She was born middle class, married a rich man, took him for 80% of his wealth, and complains that she deserved more.
- Hypocrite: She believes that the way to fix poverty is to tax the crap out of the rich.Jo: "So, what you're saying Sue, is...you've made a lot of money, and going forward, nobody else will be able to?"
- I Am the Noun: She claims that putting her in office is like putting ALL women in office.
- Moral Guardians: Flat out says that no one is allowed to find fun in anything, because otherwise, they aren't being taught any values.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: In real-life, many female Californian politicians used to be teachers. Sue seems to get inspiration from Diane Watson and Maxine Waters, both Los Angeles grade-school teachers turned Democratic congresswomen representing the 33rd (Beverly Hills) and 43rd (Inglewood) Districts, respectively. Her appearance also seems to invoke Hillary Rodham Clinton, perhaps one of the most powerful Democrats today.
- Sarcasm-Blind: See the quote under Hypocrite.
- Straw Feminist: Believes she's better suited to be governor due to her gender, and anyone who is against her is a misogynist, including other women. Especially other women.
- Strawman Political: Bossy, gold-digging, and plays any minority card in the deck. She's about as stereotypical a Democrat as you can get.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When a former Marine she criticized says that he's going to come and punish her, Fernando ask her if she really wanted a strong, aggressive man to sit her on his lap and spank her, and hold her close so she can feel his stubble on the nape of her neck. The way she stammers afterwards makes it clear that the mental image was at least slightly turning her on.
- The Voice: Like Cranley, she makes an appearance in the game, but solely in an interview on the liberal-minded West Cost Talk Radio.
A "master private yoga instructor".
- Asshole Victim: While he doesn't die per se, it's really satisfying to see that Jerkass get a laptop to his face and a curbstomping by Jimmy. Really, he shouldn't have insulted Michael, repeatedly.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He seems pretty mellow and polite in his first few appearances, but his last scene makes it clear that beneath it all, he's an impatient and arrogant jerk.
- Bullying a Dragon: Repeatedly insults Michael to his face and shows disrespect to his family all in the same scene. Considering the kind of man Michael is, he's lucky that all he gets is a laptop to the face.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: When Michael is invited to do yoga with him and Amanda, some of his advice is pretty damn weird. Jimmy also mentions in passing that he has an "anal fixation".
- Comic Sutra:
- A lot of his "yoga positions" are thinly-disguised sex moves, and it's strongly implied that he's using his job to get laid.
- He's a walking exaggeration of the common belief that yoga instructors are perverts.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Befitting a yogi. He does however occasionally wear Toe Shoes.
- Gold Digger: A rare male-towards-female variation with Amanda.
- Gratuitous Hindi: Going by his page on the official website, he doesn't seem to know what "namaste" means.note
- Jerkass: When Michael catches up to him, he insults a woman sitting behind him, insults Michael and Jimmy, and then disrespects Amanda, all in the space of a minute. When an already pissed off Michael tries to politely get Fabien to apologize, he insults Michael again. Michael smacks him in the face with a laptop, and Jimmy curbstomps him for good measure.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: As appropriate for a yogi.
- Too Dumb to Live: Lesson learned, never insult Michael (who is a former criminal by the way) or his family, especially if the former is already in a bad mood. He is very lucky to only receive a laptop to his face and a curbstomping by Jimmy for his troubles.
The young creator and CEO of Lifeinvader, a blatant Facebook parody.
- Asshole Victim: Jay's (unwittingly) final speech to the public shows that he is gleefully unashamed about how much of an asshole he is. He brags about outsourcing all the work to child slave labor (describing their average work age of 14.4 years as "revolutionary"), stealing industrial secrets from rival company Fruit Computers, selling the personal information of every LifeInvader user to the open market, and generally milking his followers for money in any way he could think of. And the idiots still cheer for him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's inordinately proud of his unethical and at times outright illegal business practices.
- A God Am I: Rickie says that Jay really started Jumping Off the Slippery Slope when people started calling him this before pointing out how the claim didn't help him when Michael rigs his prototype LifeInvader mobile device to explode on stage.
- Insistent Terminology: When advertising his LifeInvader mobile device, he keeps using the phrase "dock" for communicating with it, and seems to be a thinly-veiled innuendo for sexual intercourse."Sounds like someone is trying to dock with me. Hello—"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Like LifeInvader is to Facebook, he is a parody of the latter's creator, Mark Zuckerberg. He also seems to be at least partly based on Steve Jobs, although his speech in "Friend Request" shows that he has stolen industrial secrets from Fruit computers, which is the GTA-verse equivalent of Apple, Steve Jobs' company.
- Shout-Out: The method of his death is a reference to Law Abiding Citizen, where the protagonist assassinates one of his targets with a rigged cell phone bomb.
- Your Head Asplode: Half his face is blown away after answering a call from Michael while his phone is rigged with Lester's bomb.
Ursula is a random encounter in northern Blaine County. A hitchhiker looking for a ride home, over the course of the trip it becomes increasingly apparent just how batshit insane this woman is. Once she's dropped off, she gives whichever of the protagonist who gave her the ride her number and becomes an option for a booty call; although it initially appears that she's only available to the guy who picked her up, any character that dials her number directly can reach her and meet up for one.
- Abusive Parents: Her mother was horribly psychologically abusive. Among other things, she burnt Ursula's security blanket in front of her, and tried to force her daughter to change into a son named Johnny.
- Ax-Crazy: Let's put it this way; if you pick her up as Trevor before he can meet Mary-Ann, then it is clear that he is lying through his teeth when calling Mary-Ann "the craziest woman he's ever met".
- Cloudcuckoolander: She comes across this way at first with her nonsensical babbling, but it becomes pretty damn clear that all of this girl's screws are loose.
- Cute But Psycho: She is very attractive, and completely out of her goddamn mind.
- Eat Dirt, Cheap: Often used as the rationale for why she isn't available for a Booty Call, having become distracted by eating soil.
- Fetish: Has a weird thing for feet and shoes that look like feet. Apparently she hasn't heard of Toe Shoes...because she hasn't invented them yet.
- Horrifying the Horror: She's so disturbing that even Trevor of all people is unsettled by her.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: The dialogue heard during her Booty Call devolves into this, as she orders the character who took her home to "lick her scars" before ordering them to "get the clamps"...
- Karmic Death: If you're playing as Trevor, and don't especially value the Booty Call, you can drop her off at the Altruist camp and thus allow a young female serial killer to be killed and eaten by a group of old male serial killers.
- Karma Houdini: Dropping her off at the lighthouse as requested and gaining her as a Booty Call means that she'll never be punished for the multiple murders she's implied to have committed (if you take her ramblings at face value, anyway). At least Trevor or Franklin will get something out of it.
- Matricide: It's implied she killed her own mother.
- Ms. Fanservice: While she doesn't dress in anything particularly revealing, she'll still send sexy pictures of herself after booty calls.
- Not So Different: Trevor isn't the only one who has serious mommy issues. In fact Ursula's appear far, far worse. That said, she's just a little bit too crazy even for him.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: Makes incredibly childish comments, while at the same time sounding morbid.
- Serial Killer: It's strongly suggested that she is one. She flatly admits to poisoning birds to make the sound of their singing in her head stop; it's strongly suggested that her gardener "got sick" and "fell" off a cliff, that her mother "got sick" and died recently, and that the last person to give her a ride choked to death on his own hand, with the strong implication that she killed all three. Her manner of revealing this is reminiscent of Grady in The Shining using the phrase "corrected" to ambiguously imply murder. Also of note — the first time you take her home as a Booty Call, she'll take a photograph of the back of the car of whoever drove her, implying she plans on stalking them.
The founder and CEO of Merryweather Security Consulting. Following the death of Devin Weston in the option C ending, he buys out most of Weston's shares in the company, becoming the biggest shareholder in addition to being the CEO.
- Elites Are More Glamorous: Before he founded Merryweather Security he was a United States Navy SEAL.
- The Ghost: He is mentioned by Devin Weston in one cutscene and he will send the player a "thank you" email following the option C ending. But he is never seen nor do we ever even hear his voice.
- Graceful Loser: If you complete Ending C, Merryweather will lose their contract with the federal government and be forced to cease all domestic operations due to the damage dealt by the protagonists. Despite massive losses of mercenaries and millions of dollars' worth of equipment and contracts, Percival mails the trio, offering to leave them in peace if they promise to stop attacking Merryweather interests. He also thanks them for killing Devin, who, if Michael is to be believed, he never liked either way, which allowed him to buy out his shares and become the most powerful man in the company.
- Greater-Scope Villain: To Weston's Big Bad, being the CEO and provider of the latter's private army.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater (the real-life inspiration for Merryweather), sharing both his Navy SEAL background and his personal right-wing politics.
- War for Fun and Profit: Merryweather's website states that he's attempting to lobby the US Government to start another war to end the current recession just like how World War II ended The Great Depression and advertises the Insurgent armored vehicle as having luxurious interior options.
Floyd's condescending and borderline abusive fiancée who frequently goes on "business trips" with a man named Bob. She threatened Trevor at gunpoint in order to force him out of her apartment and was promptly killed off-screen by the latter (alongside Floyd) for agitating him.
- Asshole Victim: Considering how she's been treating Floyd and her possible affair, players won't shedding any tears for her when Trevor kills her.
- Atomic F-Bomb: She drops the f-bomb twice just before she is killed by Trevor.Debra: (to Trevor) I... could give a FUCK what your fucking name is!!!
- Bullying a Dragon: She forces Trevor get out of her condo at gunpoint. This does not end well for her and Floyd.
- Chewing the Scenery: "(whilst flailing her arms) GET OUT OF MY CONDO!!!"
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She has a rather shrill voice.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Debra abhors swearing, which may be the reason why Floyd does too. That is until she is provoked sufficiently.
- Jerkass: What we hear and see of her does not put her in a very pleasant light.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She is well within her rights to force Trevor out of her home. Her only mistake was severely underestimating how dangerous he really is.
- No Indoor Voice: Her only on-screen appearance is spent screaming at Floyd and Trevor.
- Too Dumb to Live: Maybe threatening TREVOR of all people wasn't her smartest idea...
- Your Cheating Heart: Debra is heavily implied to be having an affair with a man named Bob.
- Ambiguously Christian: Despite coming from a Muslim majority country, Mr. K wears a crucifix around his neck during his torture scene. While his faith goes unmentioned, he is implied to be an Eastern Christiannote .
- Anything but That!: When Trevor brings out a torture device, he'll usually spout something along the lines of "Not that!".
- Butt-Monkey: Played for Drama, Tears, and Horror.
- Broken Bird: Physically and emotionally wrecked during the events of the game.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: In one of the most infamous moments in the franchise's history, he is electrocuted, smashed on the arms and groin with a wrench, waterboarded, and one of his teeth gets ripped out.
- Death Faked for You: Rather than killing him like Steve told him to do, Trevor decides to bring him to an airport and say he's dead.
- Funny Foreigner: Averted. His scenes are some of the most serious in the entire game.
- Hope Spot: For him, being airlifted out of the IAA building. He's overjoyed to be rescued, then the crew shove him into the trunk...
- Misplaced Retribution: Despite working for a suspected terrorist, he absolutely did not deserve to be treated the way he was by the IAA or the FIB. His torture by Trevor was done to feed into Haines' sadism.
- Non Standard Game Over: During the interrogation scene, Mr. K may enter a cardiac arrest requiring Trevor to apply a adrenaline syringe to reanimate him. If he takes too long or runs out of syringes, Mr. K will die and a cutscene will play where Haines scolds Trevor and promises to punish him later before the game over screen shows up.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He installed home theater equipment into the home of Tahir Javan, but its clear he had no knowledge his employer was a terrorist.
- Shirtless Scene: Though considering he's tortured in it, it ain't all that fanservicy.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Instead of executing him on Haines' orders, Trevor brings him to the airport, giving him a chance to escape. How far he can get in his condition is anyone's guess, however.
An early Quest Giver for GTA Online, and member of the Chamberlain Hills Gangster Families. He's introduced to the Online Protagonist by Lamar, and the two work together closely for some time.
- Expy: If "D" (from Story Mode) is the most direct expy of Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris, then "G" is his mirror opposite. He shares Big Smoke's looks, size, and hat style, but seems to be a legit Quest Giver, and doesn't speak much compared to Smoke's Motor Mouth.
- Mugging the Monster: One of the gangs he has the online protagonist steal drugs from is Trevor Phillips Enterprises. He's extremely fortunate that the protagonist couldn't help but keep quiet about his involvement.
- One-Letter Name: His nickname, "G".
- Put on a Bus: It's implied the reason he never shows up in the main story is that of Lamar getting him into trouble.
- Quest Giver: The first one the Online Protagonist is introduced to, and probably the most consistent.
- The Quiet One: Lampshaded by Lamar when introducing him to the Online Protagonist. He predicts the two will get along great.
The Online Protagonist's personal executive assistant should they purchase an office. The assistant can be either male or female depending on the player's choice.
- Affably Evil: Is very pleasant helpful toward the player, especially the male assistant, all the while knowingly working for a shady organization and being an accessory to illegal activity. The assistant can also be overheard threatening people over the phone sometimes.
- Brainy Brunette: The female assistant.
- Dashing Hispanic: The male assistant appears to be Latino, and can be heard speaking Gratuitous Spanish sometimes.
- Girl Friday: Helps CEOs in almost every way possible short of directly assisting them in combat.
- Mission Control: Acts as one for the Import/Export vehicle cargo missions.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: See the quote.
- Sassy Secretary: The female assistant can come off as this sometimes.
- Sexy Secretary: The female assistant naturally, particularly if the Old Spice decor style is chosen. The male assistant counts as a male example too.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Molly, except much less of a Smug Snake.
- Undying Loyalty: They only time they get annoyed is if the player gets too close and invades their personal space, but they brush it off pretty quickly and continue being a loyal employee.
Mission Control for several of the GTA Online heist missions. A Government Agent from an undisclosed agency who tries (and fails) to blend in as a criminal, having the Online Protagonists do his agency's dirty work.
- Affably Evil: Like Lester, he is not very menacing or gloating.
- Badass in Distress: Gets kidnapped by Avon and Cliffford during Act III of the Doomsday Heist.
- Big Good: If his words are to be believed, he is preventing U.S. Navy personnel from selling an EMP bomb to terrorists and also removing the real nerve agent from Humane Labs with your help.
- It is mentioned in single player though that the IAA is developing a chemical weapon to use on the populace as a black flag operation to get more funding. Given that he works with IAA agent Karen Daniels in the Humane Labs Raid, it's possible he was securing the bio-weapon for a similar purpose.
- However, further operations show that Humane Labs is run by Merryweather, not the IAA and the person who claimed that it was the IAA was Steve Haines, who himself is corrupt and in a rival organization to the IAA.
- Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: During the second half of the Insurgent setup for the Humane Labs Raid, he'll emphasize that he wants the job to get done as soon as possible. This is in spite of the fact that you and your crew are escaping from/fighting Merryweather, and probably trying to take out as much of their operatives as possible.
- CIA Evil, FBI Good: In this case, the IAA are the less corrupt organization compared to the FIB. Note that Steve Haines blackmails you into working for him via Dave and then tries to kill you when you are no longer useful. Agent 14 on the other hand, simply hires you, shows gratitude for your services and is even happy when there are no causalities among the crew. Also despite being a loose end, Agent 14 never tries to kill you, he just retains you as a hired gun and even defends you against his superior during the doomsday heist.
- Dirty Cop: You wouldn't know he is a member of some law enforcement agency until he mentions it.
- Evil Genius: He designed the heist plan and setup's for the Prison Break and Humane Labs Raid heists.
- Hidden Depths: While he may look and act laid back, he is more observant than one may think, he is the first character to doubt Avon Hertz's claims about Bogdan. He is right, Bogdan was not the bad guy as Avon claimed, it was Avon himself.
- I Was Never Here: Mentions it quite often.
- Metaphorgotten: A constant offender, it's hard to find one of his jokes actually working.
- No Such Agency: Hinted to be from some U.S. government branch other than IAA and FIB.
- The Doomsday Heist arc confirms that he's with the IAA.
- Nice Guy: Is affable, laid back and shows gratitude when the Online Protoganist does good. Also while he does sometimes tend to rush the player, he is nowhere near as bad as Lester in this regard.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pays you instead of blackmailing you, allows you to do some of the missions how you see fit and keeps you alive as an employee rather than pull a You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Lester, if not for his Men in Black identity.
- Is also one to Steve Haines, i.e. a Dirty Cop who's part of a government agency although he's with the IAA, the opposite of Steven's FIB, and employs criminals to help carry out government operations. The Doomsday Heist shows he's also Not So Different from Haines in that he's a Glory Hound, who says he knows the Online Protagonist's crew to Agent Rackman when they do well, only to throw them under the bus if things go sideways (and when they make things right again, he goes right back to saying he knows them as if he didn't just try to screw them over). However, he never tries to kill the protogonists and even vouches for them when they first meet Agent Rackman, showing that he is better than Haines at least.
- Too Dumb to Live: Despite his high intelligence and usual effectiveness, he has on at least one occasion made a near fatal mistake due to a lapse in common sense, basically he posted his jogging routine online, allowing Merryweather to kidnap him.
A character introduced in GTA Online heist missions alongside with Agent 14. He used to be an army researcher who moved to the states from Russia, but went to jail. The players have to break him out of the Bolingbroke Penitentiary and take part in his plan to steal a nerve agent.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: From Agent 14's description of him: "Three doctorates, overconfident polymath, vain sociopath, tedious egomaniac, control freak, geneticist, weapons development, engineer, car nut..."
- Badass Bookworm: Can hold his own in a shootout or a prison brawl.
- Bald and Beard of Evil
- Expy: Physically, he's one of Walter White.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: If Agent 14's words are anything to go by...
- Insufferable Genius: He's as arrogant as he is brilliant.
The unseen leader of the Families, introduced in the Lowrider update. Known for his extremely volatile temper, which has only been exacerbated by Lamar's constant screw-ups.
- The Dreaded: Both Lamar and Gerald are terrified of him, the former moreso due to being the focus of his anger.
- The Ghost: He's never actually seen or heard from, just referred to by other characters.
- Hot-Blooded: According to Lamar.Lamar: (pleading with Gerald) I'm hard, man! It's Families, man! And when Vernon cut me up with a samurai sword and feed me to his dogs, he gon' see Families all inside of me! And that's when he gon' be sad.
Introduced in the Bikers DLC, Long John Teabag, or LJT as he often likes to call himself, is an unseen phone contact who helps the online protagonist with everything related to managing the illicit businesses a motorcycle club president can attain.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Of a sort. Although you never actually get to see him (even his phone contact picture is a skull and crossbones), he inexplicably sounds like Lester with a deeper voice, complete with the same speech mannerisms and tendency to freak out when things go wrong. Just listen to him start Suddenly SHOUTING! when he calls the online protagonist about cocaine production stopping due to lack of supplies or capacity.
LJT: Hey, it's Lest... ehm, JT! Ooh, we got trouble at work. Get over there or you'll lose product.
- One audio line of LJT hints that he actually is Lester.
- Mission Control: For business resupply missions. He also calls the player to let them know if production on any of his businesses stops for any reason.
- Awesome Ego: Subverted. He desperately wants to seem like this applies to him, but he's genuinely just a tool with more money than brainpower.
- Ax-Crazy: Hands down the biggest example in not only the game but the franchise as a whole. Hands down. Not even people like Trevor Phillips and Donald Love at their worst come anywhere close to this guy's derangement.
- Big Good: Of The Doomsday Heist arc. Until the ending of Act II, where his true goals are revealed.
- Brick Joke: He constantly claims that his hair is completely natural. After he's blown out of the sky by an armed jetpack, Lester tells the Online Protagonist that all the forensics team could find of him were apparently his hair plugs.
- Clone Army: Unleashes one after revealing his true intentions.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He casually admits being good friends with Don Percival, having used Merryweather's services to help him business in developing economies since they know "who to bribe and who to kill".
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: He wants to hack the USA's nuclear arsenal in order to trigger global thermonuclear war in order to commit planetary genocide so he can create a society where everything is privatized and the rich rule over the "peasants" with no hope for anyone to change their position in society. Unlike most cases, he describes this world without how he plans to get there before he's revealed as the Big Bad. He also sees it as a Utopia.
- Faux Affably Evil: At first he seems polite and likable, if a bit full of himself. It's nothing but a mask-his true self is anything but likable.
- Ignored Epiphany: Once Cliffford makes it clear that he wants to kill all humanity, Avon included, one would think he'd realize that his A.I project was a mistake. Instead he has a Villainous Breakdown over Cliffford's "death" and spends the last few minutes of his life insulting the protagonists for doing the deed and trying to flee to ensure Cliffford can be restored from backup data.
- Meaningful Name: His last name Hertz is the derived unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI) and is defined as one cycle per second. It is used not only for sound but also electricity, and considering the fact that he drives a Coil, the franchise's equivalent to the all-electric Tesla vehicles.
- Me's a Crowd: Has a personal army at hand, made up entirely of clones of himself.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Of Elon Musk. Not only is the name similar but Avon also drives a Coil, the GTA-verse's Tesla equivalent. Avon's constant statements about the natural status of his hair also bring to mind Musk's unexplained restoration of his hairline.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: The whole point of having the protagonists root out Bogdan was so he can gain access to the United States defense grid and have Cliffford hack it.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Unlike previous GTA villains, who tend to just be dangerous criminals or corrupt cops, Avon's goal is to commit genocide on the human race.
- Outside-Context Problem: Once his true motives are revealed, he turns out to be unlike any other GTA villain in the franchise. While there are a number of them that are as rich as him, none of them had the ambition or the audacity to commit genocide on the entire human race.
- The Sociopath: Classically so. Avon has the pride, egotism, pathologically violent behavior, and a chameleon-like personality.
- Strawman Political: He is constantly dismissing the IAA as "public sector idiots" and hopes that one day the U.S. will become a fully Privately Owned Society. He also happily admits that the automation revolution he and Cliffford are bringing will reduce even white-collar professionals like doctors or lawyers to starving "peasants" banging on the walls of the fortresses of rich people like him.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers one once the online protagonist knocks Cliffford offline and aborts the nuke launch.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After the Online Protagonists end up giving him the ability to cause an actual doomsday, he sics his clone army after them.
A self-aware AI program created by Avon.
- Bland-Name Product: Of IBM's Watson.
- A God Am I: Views himself as this once he has control of the government's nuclear missiles and outright says it word for word as he is destroyed by the online protagonist via Kill Sat.
- Job-Stealing Robot: Both Avon and Cliffford itself boast that the latter will be able to take over most jobs and leave most of the population destitute.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets his mobile cloud servers destroyed by the online protagonist with a Kill Sat and his original code is destroyed alongside Avon by a missile as he flees from the bunker.
- Meat-Sack Robot: Discussed: He gloats to the Online Protagonists during the final mission of Act III about his plan to obtain the means to grow a real brain and use it as his own.
- Mecha-Mooks: Has an entire army of "Juggernauts" that are humanoid robots under his control that he uses on the online protagonist during Act III
- My Nayme Is: Cliffford is spelled with three F's rather than the normal two.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In the finale of Act III, Cliffford claims to hack a door by keeping it shut. Lester manages to get Cliffford to open said door through Social Engineering, allowing the players access to Avon's labs.
- Number Two: To Avon.
- The Dragon: After Avon reveals his Big Bad intentions, in charge of hacking US military installations, especially the nukes in Mt. Chillad.
- Dragon Ascendant: Becomes this during the finale of Act III as the online protagonist storms the bunker within Mt Chiliad. Cliffford asserts himself over Avon as he tries to pull a We Can Rule Together with the online protagonist during a Villainous Breakdown. Cliffford remains determined to destroy humanity, his creator included.
An IAA agent who's recruited to help Avon save San Andreas from a regional war. Takes the lead in apprehending/killing Avon after the end of Act II.
- Big Good: After Act II when Avon goes rogue.
- Expy: Of Amanda Waller.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Her otherwise sparse computer desktop has a lot of files of cute cat photos, including a file that simply says "I Love Cats" and another containing meeting logs for a cat rescue society.
- Only Sane Woman: As far as the IAA is concerned, at least compared to 14. Lester even notes it at one point. Compared to Michael and Franklin, she's likely around the same level as them.
- Pet the Dog: In addition to being a Kindhearted Cat Lover, she also shows genuine concern for Agent ULP's safety, even calling him Bernard while telling him to stay safe.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even though she doesn't like working with a gang of career criminals and an egomaniac tech billionaire, she remains objective and works with them for the sake of national security. And when it turns out that Avon is the true mastermind behind the doomsday threat, she's willing to work with Bogdan and trust those same criminals who had enabled Avon to move forward with his plans if it means stopping him.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: As the Mission Control for the team in the Doomsday Heist arc.
A rogue warmongering Russian Navy officer on a black op mission to America. In reality, he's come to America to take down Avon before he can unleash a global apocalypse.
- Bait-and-Switch: Act II shows that he's actually a good guy all along.
- Bigger Is Better: He's absolutely confused about why someone would want a stealth tank, when he prefers a "big scary tank" that everyone can see.
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: He repeatedly mangles the phrase "up shit creek without a paddle" (eventually reducing it to "like shit on stick") and refers to pipe dreams as "piping dreams".
- Decoy Antagonist: Is thought to be the Big Bad for the first 2/3 of The Doomsday Heist, until it's revealed that he's trying to save the world. The true big bad is Avon Hertz and Cliffford.
- Exact Words: He's labelled by Avon and Cliffford as a rogue agent. This is technically true, except "rogue" as in trying to save America and the world without official orders.
- Malicious Misnaming: Refers to Avon Hertz as "Avon Quartz" and Cliffford as "Cliffy." He also calls Mt. Chiliad "Mt. Chilly Pepper."
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: See Exact Words and Decoy Antagonist.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In his own words, he wants to "destroy America, control Russia and destroy [the] fabric of civilization as we know it." Although he realizes that those are just "piping dreams" and is actually trying to save the world from a genuine Omnicidal Maniac: Avon.
- Real Name as an Alias: He claims that his codename, "Bogdan", is also his real name, and brags that this is "clever coding."
- Renegade Russian: He's the warmongering commander of a rogue unit operating without sanction from the Kremlin. But in a twist, he's fighting to help the Americans bring down a genuine threat.
- The Scapegoat: Avon was setting him up to be killed by Lester and the protagonists. This doesn't work.
The legendary Bosnian DJ himself, invited by Tony Prince to DJ his and the player's LS newest club.
- Action Survivor: Right before his plane was supposed to land at LSIA, his pilot just randomly passes out forcing Solomun to land the plane himself. By sheer miracle, he actually manages to do it and land it in Sandy Shores.
- Bilingual Bonus: Sprinkles in some Bosnian into his dialogue now and again.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Gingerly tells English Dave that he's a "DJ, not a fucking pilot." Apparently they both involve pushing a bunch of buttons.note
- Nice Guy: Aside from his brief airplane Freak Out, he's always incredibly chill and nice.
An Italian DJ duo, scouted for and invited to the player's nightclub by English Dave.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Should the player get the Stafford shot up before making it to the airport, this gets added to the dialogue:Dave: You get in a shootout or something on the way here? I can feel the air coming through the bullet holes!
Matteo: Eh, at least it's better than AC.
- Upper-Class Twit: Dave gets this impression of them, given that they specifically request to be taken to the nightclub in a gold-plated Enus Stafford. Turns out that they're pretty humble, and it was only because of Lazlow overhyping them that Dave thought they were this trope.
The third to be recruited by English Dave, Dixon is a German athlete-turned-DJ.
- Drugs Are Bad: Although there's no in-game indication of this, Dixon enforces a "no drugs" rule on the club. After getting him there, one would find that all the bongs and other recreational drugs have been replaced with cigarettes.
- Lovable Jock: Dixon used to be an aspiring athlete. Dave mentions the Los Santos Benders football team to him to break the ice.
- Marathon Level: He's well known for some of his extremely long DJ sets.Dave: You used to play eleven hour sets, right?
Dixon: All. Night. Long. Those were the good times.
Dave: Don't have to tell me, mate. They still are. It's going to be beautiful, trust.
The final DJ to join Tony's and the player's newest LS club. Unfortunately she's a bit of a hell-raiser, and the player along with Dave have to airlift her out of police custody.
- Big Beautiful Woman: She definitely has some shape to her but is still attractive.
- Cultural Rebel: She's always staging unannounced, "extra-legal" raves, which gets her into trouble often. And she never stops - whether she escapes the cops or gets out of jail, she simply does it again.
- Deadpan Snarker: Literally every word out of her mouth is snark at the player's - and Dave's - expense.
- Locked in a Room: Well, locked in a police cruiser. If even that — but nobody in their right mind would dare to find out otherwise when said police cruiser is hanging off of the hook of a transport helicopter.
- One-Hit KO: She has a surprisingly mean punch, as she easily and completely knocks out the cop she was stuck in the car with. Amusingly, she bows and asks for forgivness before sucker punching the cop she was stuck with.
- Hidden Depths: The Diamond Casino arc suggests that she's familiar with Mandarin Chinese and did go to a good university.
- Iron Lady: A prerequisite for dealing with the Triads and corrupt Texan oilmen.
- Mission Control: Serves as this for the side jobs provided to Penthouse owners.
- Only Sane Woman: Besides Tao's translator, she is practically the only level-headed employee of the Casino.
- Running Gag: Expect him to serve champagne when he shows up at least once.
A Texan petrochemical magnate who loaned the Triads the money to finish construction of the Diamond Casino and Resort. Duggan wants to take over the casino, demolish it, and redevelop the site by any means necessary.
- Big Bad: Of the Diamond Casino and Resort mission arc.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Avery is a wealthy investor who has businesses in San Andreas. He is also willing to use underhanded tactics such as paying people to riot at the Diamond Casino.
- Eagleland: Avery falls under this as a type 2. He made his wealth from oil, is an investor not shy of using subterfuge to achieve his goal, and also judges cultures solely based on food.
- Expy: In-series, he is one to Avery Carrington. Both are ruthless Texan businessmen who use shady tactics to drive down property values. And much like Carrington, Duggan is assassinated by the protagonist on orders from his protege.
- Faux Affably Evil: When he introduces himself to Tao and company, he starts off polite. However, after dismissing Thornton and Agatha, he shows his true cutthroat intentions to Tao.Avery: (to Tao Cheng) Now, when I return, we will continue this conversation as gentlemen. On second thought, I ain't a gentleman. (to his goons) Shoot the bastards!
- Loan Shark: He loaned the Triads the money to build the Diamond Resort and Casino. However, instead of just recovering the money, he wants to drive down the casino's value to acquire it for dirt cheap, demolish it, and redevelop the site for his own means.
- Nice Hat: As a Texan, he wears a cowboy hat.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Avery comes off as both misogynistic and racist. He's resentful toward Agatha's status as the casino manager, and tells Tao that he doesn't care about "how many ninjas he's got up his sleeve".
The nephew of Avery Duggan and heir apparent to the Duggan family fortune.
- Affably Evil: Despite the family business, Thornton is more hospitable than his uncle.
- Anti-Villain: Unlike Avery, Thronton wants to keep the Casino intact and make a profit from it.
- Evil Uncle: Avery.
- HeelFace Turn: He warns Tao and the Online Protagonist of an impending attack by Avery's mercenaries.
- Not So Different: Like Tao, Thornton has an Evil Uncle who takes things too far.
- Rage Against the Mentor: He and his uncle have a falling out over on how to take over the Casino.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike his uncle, Thornton is more willing to negotiate with Tao and the Online Protagonist. He offers to buy the casino from the Triads at full price if the Online Protagonist assassinates Avery.
- The Starscream: Justified, due to his HeelFace Turn. Thornton has the Online Protagonist assassinate his uncle so he can inherit the family business and bring a peaceful resolution their situation.
- Token Good Teammate: Within the Duggan family.
- White Flag: He waves one when he goes to the Casino to indicate that he's not a threat when he wants to negotiate an offer to buy the Casino on more favorable terms.
- Aerith and Bob: She has an English first name rather than Chinese. Unlike Kenny Lee, her full Chinese name wasn't revealed.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: She is the VP of the Cheng Holdings, the Triad's supposedly legitimate business front.
- The Cracker: She's well-skilled in hacking, even surpassing Lester's abilities.
- Evil Brit: Thanks to her London education, she has the accent, and she wants the Online Protagonist and their crew to rob the Diamond casino blind.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Georgina's a decidedly more sensible person than her drug addict brother.
- Language Barrier: Averted. She speaks fluent English from the get-go, unlike her comparatively lacking brother.
- Rich Bitch: Her late father was the head of the Cheng Triads, and she meets with Lester and the online protagonist to rob the Diamond Casino just to spite Thornton Duggan.
- Entitled Bastard: Yung Ancestor thinks his VIP access to the Diamond is a license to do anything he wants.Yung Ancestor: (to Tom, the maître d' of the Diamond) When I bought my place, I was told VIP, all access, anything goes, man. This is bullshit!
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Yung Ancestor snatches a bottle of champagne off of Tom's platter.
- Life of the Party: Tom tells Yung Ancestor and his entourage to tone down their festivities and warns him that the Duggans are reviewing his lease.
- Opportunistic Bastard: The online protagonist can recruit him to assist in the casino heist.
The son of Cheng Triad boss Wei Cheng. Unlike his father, Tao seems more interested in partying than running a criminal organization. Tao is sent to Blaine County to negotiate a contract with Trevor Philips Industries; however, after Trevor's operation is attacked by the Aztecas, Tao's translator convinces him to negotiate with the O'Neil Brothers, much to Trevor's anger.
In 2019, Tao is the owner of Diamond Casino and Resort. The Diamond Casino and Resort all but confirmed that the "Deathwish" ending is the canon ending of the single player game, meaning Tao had survived Franklin's hit on Wei Cheng.
- Ax-Crazy: After Brucie gets him off his addiction to crank and onto Bull Shark Testosterone, he's very willing to draw a gun on Avery Duggan during a meeting and overall acts very aggressive.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the shootout at the vineyard where he meets with the Duggans, he manages to hold his own in a gunfight.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance in a cutscene has him waving his arms around and doing a dumb little dance while entering the bar his translator and Trevor are in, speaking in slurred Chinese.
- Expy: Of Leslie Chow, in that he's a Chinese criminal who acts like a kid who refused to grow up, although it is VERY downplayed on Tao's part due to being constantly high, and therefore harmless. But when Brucie convinces him to take his fitness program during the Diamond Casino missions, and gets him addicted to Bull Shark Testosterone, he becomes a LOT more hostile when "negotiating" with Avery Duggan, to the point of pulling out a gun at their face-to-face meeting, and joining the Online Protagonist(s) in the subsequent firefight when Avery sics his security team on them.
- Evil Uncle: Tao has one in China (specifically Kowloon) who wants to ensure the Diamond Casino runs smoothly, and threatens to slaughter the staff if they can't keep it afloat.
- Harmless Villain: Tao is more interested in partying and getting high than taking over his father's criminal empire. However, he eventually becomes a Not-So-Harmless Villain during the Diamond Casino and Resort story arc when Brucie introduces him to Bull Shark Testosterone.
- Keet: In his appearances, he is excitable, usually because he is high.
- Language Barrier: Tao has to rely on a translator when negotiating a contract with Trevor. He does get slightly better over the course of the Diamond Casino missions, thanks to Brucie getting him off his addiction to crank... and onto an addiction of Bull Shark Testosterone.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Manchild to a true criminal capable of participating in a gunfight after Brucie's training regime.
- Unexplained Recovery: Possibly, as getting the Gold medal for assassinating Wei Cheng is to blow up all three cars that are being used by his men, which would have almost certainly caught Tao in the blast. However, Tao is alive, but mentions that he "almost died once already" at the country club where Franklin kills Wei Cheng. This implies he survived the canonical Ending C, but the details are vague enough that it's ambiguous if he's specifically referring to Franklin's assassination of Wei Cheng.
- Upper-Class Twit: Being the son of a powerful Triad leader practically gives Tao a license to be an idiot.
Tao Cheng's translator. He acts as the English-speaking liaison between Tao and whomever the Cheng Triads are dealing with at the moment.
- Affably Evil: Despite working for the Triads, he is for the most part polite and professional.
- Butt-Monkey: It's a given, due to him constantly trying in vain to get Tao to behave.
- No Name Given: He is simply referred to as "The Translator".
- No Respect Guy: Taken Up to Eleven when Brucie becomes Tao's personal trainer.
- Only Sane Man: It's more or less his job to keep Tao's behaviour in check.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's not evil himself; he just works for a criminal organization.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Downplayed. During the events of the attempted Duggan takeover of the casino, Tao begins to speak English, essentially making the Translator's (main) job unnecessary. Also, Agatha has some proficiency in Chinese, and even corrects the Translator at one point.