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Trevor Philips

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"I'll swing by and sign the contracts, alright? Just ignore the bodies..."
Voiced by: Steven Ogg

"The guns and crank in this area go through Trevor Philips Enterprise, OR THEY AIN'T GOING!"

A Canadian-born former airman, career criminal, and Michael's old best friend and partner in crime, now a mentally unstable drug addict living in a trailer park full of meth heads and biker gangs by the Alamo Sea (based on the real-life Salton Sea) in Blaine County.

When he's not filling the role of the crew's designated pilot, he's their designated sniper, though he doesn't really fit into either the Friendly Sniper or the Cold Sniper mould.


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  • Abusive Parents: Trevor mentions that his dad was "not nice" to him and that he abandoned him in a mall (which Trevor promptly burnt to the ground) when he was 12. Meanwhile, his mother was overbearing and condescending to him (and it's even implied at a few points that Trevor and his mother may have had an incestuous relationship).
    • He also mentions having a slew of abusive step-fathers.
  • Accidental Murder: He beats Johnny Klebitz in a fit of rage after discovering that Michael is still alive, but yells at him to get up afterwards, only see that he went too far; he's seen muttering "fuck" to himself as he goes out to deal with the rest of the Lost MC.
  • Ace Pilot: The team's designated pilot.
  • Acquainted with Emergency Services: If he is pursued by the police of Blaine County, they will sometimes call him out by name over speaker, implying that they already know him really well.note 
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: He can occasionally be seen doing this when you switch to him.
  • Addled Addict: While his substance addictions don't stop him from being competent they are a major contributor to his unstable mental state.
  • Affably Evil: Surprisingly, he acts like this to his friends, showing a lot of respect to them. Furthermore, in GTA Online, he is pretty casual with you.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In a similar fashion to Michael's death, if the player decides to kill Trevor, he has such a brutal death, combined with that he trusted Michael more than anyone yet was betrayed by him, that it just ends up sympathetically.
  • The Alcoholic: It's not given as much play as Michael's drinking, but Trevor clearly has a problem with booze. One of the most common Random Events to accompany switching control to him is to find him waking up from a blackout (often in unusual circumstances), empty liquor bottle still in hand.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is undeniably demented, but it's never specified where his signs of mental illness come from:
    • Given his hallucinations and weird behavior, Trevor has clear signs of psychosis, a mental condition characterized by an impaired relationship with reality.
    • Trevor's instability, impulsive behavior, mood swings, drug abuse and his emotional dependency on others (most notably Michael) coupled with his massive fear of abandonment seem to indicate that he also suffers from borderline personality disorder AND intermittent explosive disorder.
    • Interestingly, Trevor has signs reminiscent of psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder, but the issue is that he's too insane, so he lacks of moral agency.
  • Angrish: Most of his dialogue in Crystal Maze is some variation of "AAAARRRGGH!"
    • His chat with Ms. Marcy on PsychicShoutout.com becomes increasingly illegible when she accidentally mentions his mother, and refuses to answer his questions.
  • Anything That Moves: Not only does he frequently make sexual passes at people (regardless of gender), but he even carves holes into Floyd's teddy bear so he can have sex with it. Sometimes, should the player jump to Trevor, he can be seen getting out of bed with Floyd, who is curled into a fetal position and crying.
    • If he gets a double dance at the Vanilla Unicorn, he'll comment "If only we had another guy join us. That would be a real party."
    • His relationship status on his LifeInvader page is "Any hole's a goal".
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • The Lost MC. Long after the missions against them are over, he'll continue to commit acts of violence against them in Random Events, and their members will attack him on sight outside of missions.
    • Wei Cheng as well, who's also the main Big Bad in his storyline.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Asks Michael about who was buried in his place in North Yankton. It was Brad.
    Trevor: Let me just ask you something, alright, something I've been thinking about. Up in North Yankton, exactly who was buried in your place?
  • Arms Dealer: His second biggest source of income, after meth-cooking, is smuggling guns to The Cartel in Mexico.
  • Asshole Victim: If Franklin chooses to kill him instead of Michael, neither he nor Franklin express any remorse for killing Michael's best friend. Michael believes Trevor was like a rabid dog that could only be put down, not redeemed or incarcerated. Unlike them, Trevor committed evil for the sake of evil and had no boundaries. The only person who does truly mourns him is Ron, Jimmy mourns him but quickly gets over it while talking to Franklin, and Lamar questions Franklin's loyalty since he suspects Franklin of being the one who killed him.
  • Ass Shove: If Trevor's retelling of his own childhood is to be believed, while growing up in Canada he once sodomized his hockey coach with a hockey stick in a fit of rage.
  • At Least I Admit It: Uses this logic to justify being an Ax-Crazy psycho, as opposed to other, more "upstanding" people and organizations which he considers to be just as vile as he is, if not moreso.
  • Ax-Crazy: The epitome of this. The trailer alone showed him beating people brutally and committing destruction for kicks, but that merely scratches the surface: he's completely unpredictable, extremely violent and very easy to piss off, with his meth use only making him only even more prone to murderous outbursts. It's even heavily implied that he occasionally eats people. A youtuber named Defawfulizer called him the Anthropomorphic Personification "of every insane rampage GTA players have gone on".
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Zig-zagged. The player can make him wear fancy clothes and even get him a nice haircut. However, it's not his thing and if left unattended for a while, he'll go back to wearing his dirty v-neck on his own.
  • Bad Boss: It must suck to work for Trevor Philips Industries. He generally treats his minions like crap and is not above beating them for little to no reason. As noted below, he controls them through fear and intimidation and for the most part only has cowards and idiots as his lackeys.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In a conversation with Lamar, he acknowledges having killed animals in the past. Even leaving that aside, he has no problem in hunting.
  • Bad Samaritan: He genuinely believes he's helping people when he forces them to participate in his crimes.
    • When Ron complains about his ex-wife wanting the rest of his possessions, Trevor tells him that he should be grateful that he scared off Ron's wife because her greed is a strong indicator that she didn't really care for him because she should be pitying him for the little he has left after the divorce.
    • With Floyd, Trevor believes he's helping him become confident and assertive to his abusive wife... by making him bend to Trevor's every need instead. When Floyd is shot dead by his wife, who is then killed by Trevor in turn, Trevor is clearly shaken by the fight. Afterwards, Trevor appears to have taken Wade to a strip club as an unspoken gesture of apology for getting his cousin killed, even if he lied about Floyd's whereabouts.
  • Badass Mustache: Wears one in the game's prologue, and can be customized to have another at the barber shop.
  • Bald of Evil: Most of his hairstyles don't cover that bald spot.
  • Berserk Button: He pretty much has a Hair-Trigger Temper, meaning there are probably too many Berserk Buttons to count. However, here are some notable ones:
    • Whenever someone threatens his company or crew, the results are truly horrifying.
    • Don't threaten Michael's family either.
    • He seriously hates being called a hipster, and the very concept of a hipster.
    • Unknowingly, making fun of his Canadian heritage.
      • Don't make fun of his accent either. Those Vagos gangsters in rampage 2 found that out the hard way, as did the US military in rampage 4.
        The moose really is loose now!
  • Beard of Evil: You can give him a huge, bushy mountain man beard if you like.
  • The Berserker: It's hard to imagine Trevor not being a combat maniac. His special ability is all about rushing in, taking hits, and dishing out as much.
  • The Big Guy: Although he is thinner in build than Michael or Franklin, Trevor is stated to be quite tall, and he certainly fits the role.
  • Black Comedy Rape: He's implied to occasionally molest and/or rape other men (including his lackey Wade), though it's mostly just brought up as a throwaway joke every once in awhile. If anything, he's probably molested some poor guy at some point in time, but he more likely just enjoys using sexual threats for the sake of making people uncomfortable.
  • Blood Is the New Black: In "Hang Ten", he is covered in blood after the brutal murders of Floyd and Debra. When he takes Wade to the Vanilla Unicorn to hide the murder of the latter's cousin, Trevor is still drenched in blood, and no one at the strip club bats an eye.
  • Blood Knight: He loves violence and chaos. Does he remind you of someone?
  • Bounty Hunter: A series of missions has him track down a number of bail jumpers for Maude, a bail bondswoman in Blaine County. Taking bail jumpers in alive bets Trevor the full Bounty, while killing them results in a reduced take.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Michael's Brains, although when solo he tends to come across as a Genius Bruiser.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: He makes a habit of this. It's often hard to tell whether it's a sign of affection, an attempt to wind someone up, or both.
  • Bromantic Foil: Strange as it sounds, he seems to play this role to Michael whenever the two are alone and discussing the latter's home life. Whereas Michael at least wants a stable marriage and family, Trevor is... Trevor, and it's not until he meets Patricia Madrazo that he shows any interest in romance at all.
  • Bros Before Hoes: He never states the phrase outright, but Trevor is clearly resentful of Michael for giving up the life and selling him and Brad out in order to raise his family. He speaks of Michael and Amanda's relationship with disdain and rarely treats Amanda herself with anything but contempt and thinly-veiled jealousy. He does, however, love their kids.
  • The Brute: Picking a fight with Trevor is going to result in someone having a very bad day. Unless you're Michael or Franklin.
  • Bully Hunter: He's a massive bully himself, but he hates other bullies.
    • If you choose the random option to stop a mugger and return the money to the victim, he will say that he hates bullies.
    • His attitude towards Debra changes the instant he realizes she's abusing Floyd while cheating on him.
    • He immediately hates Steve Haines when he sees what Haines has been doing to Mr. K. and defies Haines's instructions to kill him.
    • He terrorizes Martin Madrazo for abusing his wife Patricia.
    • He humiliates Lazlow for abusing his position as host of Fame or Shame to hit on Michael's daughter.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: If the fact that he isn't utterly batshit insane hasn't been established yet, here's another reminder. That said, he's still an extremely efficient thief, surprisingly insightful, an Ace Pilot, and despite their obvious issues, a loyal friend to Michael.
  • Cain and Abel: He had a brother named Ryan, whom Trevor strongly disliked. He died in what is implied to be a brutal "accident" prior to 2013.
  • Canada, Eh?: He is definitely not Canadian. OK, barely Canadian. In fact, he was born so close to the border that he probably doesn't count as Canadian at all. Long story short, he's deeply ashamed of his heritage, and bringing it up is a major Berserk Button. Merges a bit with Actor Allusion, since Steven Ogg himself is Canadian.
    "'ABOOT'?! I DON'T EVEN SOUND THAT CANADIAN!"
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': On the other hand, something always happens in the end to screw him out of the score. Pull off a heist of a freighter with top secret cargo guarded by a PMC? It's a nuke, and you have to put it back or be killed by the government. Hijack a plane full of weapons you can sell at a nice profit through your Mexican contact? Plane gets shot down by the Air Force. Rob a train that carries a car full of rare and valuable items? Your partner only grabs one thing, with the expressed intention of giving it away. Setting up a drug deal with all the contraband the online players stole? The buyer is an DOA agent with backup.
  • The Chessmaster: Surprisingly, he is extremely good at planning out heists and attacks that are Crazy Enough to Work.
  • Chewing the Scenery: When he gets worked up enough, it shows in the dramatic way that he yells.
    (when the cops corner him in North Yankton after shooting Michael) "KILL ME, you PRICKS!"
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Sometimes. A notable example is in his first mission when he chews out Wade for calling the hooker he was just plowing a "bitch".
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Aside from his Ax-Crazy behavior, he's just plain weird.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Works as a Torture Technician for Steve Haines in "By the Book."
  • Color Motif: Red-orange, signifying his chaotic, furious nature.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: While he's not a true sociopath, Trevor is a murderous, drug-dealing, and Sadistic Ax-Crazy criminal. He's also pretty hilarious.
  • Companion Cube: Mr. Raspberry Jam, Floyd's teddy bear. In Trevor's mind, at least, they are Friends with Benefits. After Debra murders Floyd and Trevor deals with her, Mr. Raspberry Jam becomes a permanent fixture on the hood of his truck.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He believes in the Illuminati and the Reptilians.
  • Cool Uncle: He is seen as this to Michael's two children. Jimmy calls him "Uncle T" and Tracey is outright delighted to see him after 10 years. In her case, Trevor made a vow to "rip the skin" off of anyone who treats her badly.
    • Despite this, he is fully willing to call both of them out for being shallow, lazy and irresponsible, which he blames Michael for.
  • Country Matters: While curb-stomping Johnny Klebitz to death after realizing Michael was still alive.
    Trevor: FUCKING SHIT CUNT CUNT CUNT! CUNT!
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Anything planned out by Trevor will inevitably be this.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Whatever or whoever he takes a shine to, if somebody else has it, they're bound to lose it and wind up dead. Case in point; he met Wade when he randomly picked him and his friends up while they were getting drugs, he took a liking to Wade for whatever reason, and he decided to kill his friends on a whim and make him his personal assistant.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Trevor can actually buy and wear dresses, naturally evoking this reaction. A switch scene has him asleep atop a mountain wearing a dress as well.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The "Smuggler's Run" content update for Online reveals that Trevor "went Vinewood" and is a guru and lifestyle coach in 2017, indicating that he canonically survives the events of the game and that ending A never happened. The subsequent "Diamond Casino and Resort" update confirms Ending C as the canon ending.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Trevor's childhood was not a happy one, with an physically abusive father who abandoned him in a shopping mall and never came back and an emotionally abusive mother who is heavily implied to have molested him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When not being psychotically violent, he's got a surprisingly dry and acerbic wit. Whereas Michael and Franklin use snark as a way to vent their frustrations, Trevor instead uses it to just point out the utter stupidity surrounding him at times, like when dealing with the Minute Men.
  • Death Seeker:
    • Implied. He has a tattoo of a dotted line on his neck with the words "Cut Here." Brad had the same tattoo.
    • In the Series A online heist, Trevor has the player rob five different gangs of drugs. In the final mission, he apparently then calls each of the gangs and tells them he has their drugs.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Trevor is representative of the GTA protagonist who eschews story missions in favor of doing whatever he likes: Video Game Cruelty Potential incarnate. At the same time, though, he never really accomplishes anything: his best-laid plans fail spectacularly, and the only real successes he sees are when he teams up with Michael and Franklin. Personality-wise, he's also an utterly repulsive human being, living in a dirty trailer in the desert and destroying the lives of everybody around him with his antisocial behavior.
  • Depraved Bisexual: A self admitted bisexual man who uses sexual threats to assert his dominance over weaker men and seems to enjoy men as much as women given his comments.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • Michael's (faked) death seems to have been this for him, as evidenced by his attitude and "RIP Michael" tattoo.
    • Later on, discovering Brad Snider died at the Ludendorf robbery, and his corpse was put in place of Michael's.
    • Franklin's betrayal if the player chooses Ending A. He makes some attempt to escape and curses his fate, but clearly loses his will to live when cornered by him and Michael.
  • Deuteragonist: Much of the drama is linked to the broken friendship between he and Michael, making it just as much his story.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Trevor is a criminal who routinely comes up with plans that are crazy enough to work.
    • In his first heist in the game, he successfully plans and executes the theft of a Top Secret device from the United States Government, which turns out to be a nuclear warhead.
    • In the Online game, a small-time Quest Giver named Gerald gives a mission to steal an RV of meth from some rednecks in Sandy Shores. He warns you, however, that the guy who controls the meth game in that area is a "serious player".
    • Speaking of GTA Online, Trevor has the Online Protagonist and their crew steal drugs and narcotics from no less than five groups of criminals to "fund" Trevor Philips Industries, mowing them all down (alongside the Online Protagonist) when they all come to take back their product, and would've actually gotten away with all of it had he not gotten caught up in a police sting.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A recurring problem of his is that his plans tend to not be all that well thought-out, meaning that they don't always stick the landing.
    • After starting a war with the Lost MC after accidently murdering Johnny Klebitz, he rams the trailer of Ortega, leader of the Aztecas gang, into a river and then kills him (depending on the player's actions), 'cause why the fuck not? This causes the Aztecas (along with Ortega, if spared the first time) to attack his meth lab; Trevor and Chef fend the gang off, but it leaves a bad impression on the son of a Chinese triad leader and his translator/guardian wanting to do business with Trevor, leading them to abandon Trevor for the O'Neill family's meth operation. Then, Trevor proceeds to massacre the family and destroy their meth operation, getting on the bad side of Wei Chang's triads, who later kidnap Michael, mistaking him for Trevor's boyfriend, to get revenge on him.
    • Plans a heist around stealing government property based only on the fact that it's government property that's being moved quietly but under armed Merryweather guard, figuring anything treated like that's going to make him a fortune when he sells it. It's a nuke, and he can't sell it without guaranteeing government retaliation he couldn't hope to survive.
    • After that debacle, his next hit on Merryweather is hijacking a cargo plane of weapons, with a crop duster. Though he succeeds in the hijacking, it provokes a response in the form of fighter jets shooting down the plane. His distructive entry into the plane also ends up causeing most of the goods to fly out.
    • On a smaller (more comical) note, during Ending C, you can see it slowly dawn on him that after Franklin and Michael take off that he has to walk all the way home because he left his truck at Devin's mansion and they just pushed car he drove to that spot off a cliff with Devin in the trunk.
    • At the end of Series A Funding, Trevor makes a deal with an undercover DOA agent and the deal turns out to be a sting. The heist setup missions foreshadow this with the buyer asking questions on where the drugs came from, but Trevor simply dismisses these questions with no suspicion whatsoever.
    • In the The Paleto Score, the guys were talking about their first scores and mess-ups, Trevor mentions his score he screwed up when he robbed a man he knew for $8,000 and he ID'd Trevor. He ended up in six months, but Trevor implied 4. Hence why Trevor's "Leave no witnesses" mentality. As Michael iterates:
      Michael: That, children, is why you don't rob people that you know!
  • Dirty Old Man: Age has certainly not dulled his libido.
    "Who's your creepy uncle now?"
  • Disco Dan: Not as obvious as Michael, but still, there are many hints that he is (like Michael) stuck in The '80s. For example, one of his favorite radio stations is Los Santos Rock Radio, a radio that broadcasts (for the most part) rock of The '70s and '80s.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Murder seems to be his default coping mechanism when challenged, however small the offense.
  • The Don: Trevor certainly qualifies as an unusually Ax-Crazy example of this trope. As the CEO of Trevor Philips Industries, Trevor is the head of a meth/gun-running ring consisting of him, his neighbors and any goon he can hire. He can also buy properties in Los Santos, which is quite common for a mob boss.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: His threats of molestation towards men, and his implied off-screen rape of Floyd Hebert, are mostly played for laughs. Trevor does hit on female characters often (and is in a somewhat coercive sexual relationship with Ashley Butler), but he considers himself something of a feminist regardless. So while he almost certainly does abuse women, the subject of him doing so is never brought up, and it's safe to assume that if it was, it would not be treated so lightly by the narrative.
  • The Dreaded: Oh dear Lord yes. Every character who knows him speaks of Trevor in cautionary tones, and some (like poor Floyd, Ron and Wade) do whatever he says purely out of fear. Even Lamar refers to him as "Crazy Dude." However, Trevor tries this on the Online Protagonist and, when it fails, he is both bewildered and pissed off that they are completely unafraid of him. To emphasize this point, when you complete his first mission, he sneers at you like he's about to say something belittling, but simply says "Thank You".
    • Michael speaks forebodingly of the chaos he may/will cause. He (rather accurately) describes him to Franklin as "Hell walking on Earth." However in the general sense Michael's view of Trevor is more like thinking of him as a manifested headache (that is if Trevor's involved, your life is about to get really burdened). So he's The Dreaded but in a different way when it comes to Michael.
    • Martin Madrazo is so scared of Trevor and vows never to harass Trevor or the other protagonists again. To elaborate why he's suddenly terrified of Trevor, the latter did cut off one of Madrazo's ears — before returning Patricia to him, and threatening to come back for the other ear if Martin abuses her again. Let's reiterate: Martin Madrazo, who is in his own right the Dreaded of many people and known to "Green Light" some individuals just for being an annoyance to his operations, is absolutely terrified of Trevor.
  • Dynamic Entry: He professes his love to Mary Ann by drop-punching a cyclist in the head from out of nowhere.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Several early on.
    • When you first take control of Trevor during the Action Prologue, he shoots a bank guard holding Michael hostage in the head. Michael says he didn't have to do that, but Trevor mockingly tells him to grieve later. And yet later, when Michael gets shot, Trevor stands by him and holds the cops off for a good while before finally listening to Michael telling him to flee.
    • When we first see Trevor in the story proper, he's banging meth-head Ashley, offering sex to Johnny Klebitz, stomping the latter to death during a tantrum, and then racing off to kill the rest of his gang while the moment is opportune.
      • And while racing off, reprimands Wade for calling Ashley a bitch, "You think it's clever to disrespect women?"
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Trevor loves his mother enough to steal a van full of Deludamol for her just because she asks him to... She also refused to let him back into his trailer until then. Either way, it can't be argued that he dotes on her... Which makes it all the more sad when, after he brings the van back to the trailer, he runs in and calls out for her while he searches all of the rooms. When it's clear that she's nowhere in the house, he falls to the ground screaming with his hands on his head.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Trevor falls in love with Patricia and is heartbroken when he has to return her to her husband. It's also implied that Patricia has strong feelings for Trevor, but takes her marriage vows seriously enough that she won't leave her husband for him. The two will continue to contact each other throughout the game via phone calls, e-mails, and text messages.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • His speech about Merryweather:
      "Merryweather are employed by the richest, greediest scum on the planet to shit on the poorest and the neediest. So we're going to enjoy shitting on them."
    • The most noticeable example is racism and bigotry, as he is Equal-Opportunity Evil.
    • Once he takes over the Vanilla Unicorn, he doesn't abuse his power by forcing any of the women who don't normally sleep with the guys to have sex with him to keep their jobs, which puts him ahead of the curve when it comes to strip club owners. Instances where he does act inappropriately are Played for Laughs, with the women fleeing the scene with no further repercussions shown.
    • Another good example are the Minute Men. Apparently, the idiot redneck and deluded Russian are too crazy even for him. So much so that he genuinely feels bad about his association with them when he confronts the poor Mexican that was tazed off his ATV.
    • He also is very loyal, if only to a handful of people. One of his biggest goals was to break Brad out of jail. He also was truly torn up when Michael "died" 10 years ago. Of course, those people are still terrified of him, even when they think they are on good terms with him.
    • At one point Jimmy will send an email to "Uncle T" asking him to take him out drinking sometime. Trevor refuses to take Jimmy out drinking because Jimmy is still underage. He then goes on to tell Jimmy to smoke meth, not weed.
    • When offered sex with an off-screen woman in exchange for helping a down-on-his-luck real estate agent, Trevor is visibly horrified to discover that the woman is the other man's wife. Subverted moments later, when he realizes he'd have had no problem with it if they'd been upfront about it.
    • Even though he's very abusive towards Floyd Hebert, he is sympathetic about Floyd's emasculation and low self-esteem caused by his wife and is just as confused as Wade about why Floyd stays with her. According the news, when Debra shot Floyd, Trevor stabbed her to death. When Trevor leaves the appartment, he is shocked by the death of his accomplice and he composes himself before meeting Wade.
      Wade: That woman ain't even fine. Ain't no one understands why Floyd lets her use him so.
      Trevor: Oh, it's low self-esteem, Wade. We gotta build him back up.
    • Following the "Kill Michael" ending, Trevor will be disgusted that Franklin killed his mentor and the only person who ever showed him any respect. Trevor will then sever all ties with Franklin.
    • After Ending C, when hanging out with Franklin, he explains that even though he's right pissed with Michael, he could never bring himself to kill him, especially since he has a family that ultimately stood with him in the end.
  • Evil Feels Good: Word of God says that, like Michael, he's an examination of a "victorious" GTA Protagonist. But unlike Michael, he has no desire to retire because he revels in chaos and crime. In fact, he views Michael's retirement with contempt.
  • Evil Genius: Played with heavily. Trevor is probably the smartest of the main three and occasionally shows it off, especially when being Good with Numbers. He also runs his entire operation more or less himself, with just Ron and Chef to help him, and is capable of planning his own successful heists without Lester's help. While smart, though, events show that when left to his own devices Trevor is very short-sighted, lacking in thoroughness, and dismissive of details he considers unimportant, which often bites him in the ass - Not checking to see what he was stealing from a Merryweather cargo ship, forgetting the weapons plane's proximity to Fort Zancudo would trigger a military response, and not properly vetting the person he was selling to in Series A Funding are all examples of this. That's why he's ultimately unable to strike out on his own and why he needs Michael and Lester.
  • Evil Is Petty: In addition to his brutal and bloodthirsty nature, he's also the most foul-mouthed character in the game, bullies his mentally challenged sidekicks into obedience, frequently take potshots at friends and foes alike, and enjoys throwing stones at people to get a rise out of them.
    • The very first mission he sends you on in multiplayer? He sends you to steal a Lost MC van. Not because there's anything valuable in it, but rather so he can fuck Ashley in it as a middle finger to Johnny K.
  • Evil Old Folks: Unlike Michael, the adjective "retired" is not in Trevor's vocabulary. Nine years after the events of the prologue, he remains as active in the criminal lifestyle as ever, despite being in his mid-forties at least.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: This guy has one loud, intense voice.
  • Evil Virtues: Loyalty. If Trevor has one redeeming quality to him, it's that he values friendship greatly (Truth in Television for some psychopaths, incidentally). Michael's own lack of loyalty to both he and Brad is why the two have such a strained relationship right now.
    • He places so much value on loyalty that he'll angrily cut ties with Franklin if the latter decides to betray and kill his mentor, Michael, even though Trevor was really wanting to off him as well.
    • He also admits in a post-story conversation with Michael that he actually hated Brad, and was planning on killing him sooner or later, and he was really only angry at Michael because he had gotten Brad killed through an act of betrayal.
    • Trevor also has a lot of respect for people who aren't intimidated by him even when he's antagonizing them. When Manuel tells him to go deal with the Civil Border Patrol and outright says he will do it and Manuel will not pay him for it even when he has a gun to Manuel's head, Trevor walks off and proceeds to do exactly what Manuel told him to out of respect for the guy. Chef, Patricia Madrazo, and the Online Protagonist also fall into this category, as does, arguably, Lamar. He used to have that respect for Michael, but it largely disappeared by the time the storyline begins and only hints of it are seen.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Trevor had a mustache, and a mullet with thicker hair in North Yankton. By the time of the main story, Trevor has thinner hair and no facial hair, although he can still equip both his mullet and mustache at barbershops.
  • Expy:
    • According to invoked Word of God, Trevor represents that GTA player who spends his day having fun outside of missions. In essence, he represents that pure criminal, who has not retired and enjoys his criminal life too much to think about retirement. This makes him an Expy to Tommy Vercetti in particular, judging by the brutality and ruthlessness with which he runs his criminal organization.
    • Similarities have also been noted between him and Jack Torrance. The player can even buy an outfit called "Overlooked Jacket and Shirt" which bears an almost identical appearance to Jack Torrance's outfit. It also helps that his voice actor, Steven Ogg looks and sounds like Jack Nicholson without the Jersey accent.
    • Trevor is a deranged, psychotic, mentally disturbed drug kingpin with extreme mood swings, lives in the desert, shows signs of mental illness, has a dangerous temper, is a Psychopathic Manchild, doesn't care about the consequences of his brutal acts, is extremely emotional, prone to violent outbursts, rampantly homicidal when he wants to be, gets high with his own meth, and his first on-screen murder is beating a guy to death. Quite simple, he's basically a Canadian, less serious, Played for Laughs version of Tuco Salamanca.
    • In many ways, Trevor is the HD Universe's answer to Catalina, as well as his Distaff Counterpart. Like Catalina, Trevor is a homicidal maniac with serious anger issues who commits crimes because he's bored and tends to commit his misdeeds in rural areas. Similarly, they are both emotionally unstable and it is widely implicated that they both suffered abuse from their parents. However, unlike Catalina, Trevor is unquestionably loyal and has Hidden Depths.
  • Fat and Skinny: The deranged methhead skinny to Michael's miserable alcoholic fat.
  • Final Boss: The "Kill Trevor" ending has the player-controlled Franklin engage him in a car chase for the final confrontation.
  • Foil: To Michael in nearly every way. Both are career criminals who are incredibly intelligent, charismatic, and have very short fuses. Unlike Michael, who wants out of the business, Trevor delights in his criminality and psychopathy. While Michael spent ten years retired, Trevor spent them digging deeper into a life of crime. While Michael prefers a life of posh luxury with a big house and expensive clothes, Trevor lives in a trailer and dresses like garbage. While Michael is typically a controlled Deadpan Snarker, Trevor is erratic and unstable. Even their signature colors (blue for Michael and orange for Trevor) are complementary. And yet, somehow, these two manage to be "friends".
  • Foreshadowing: During his car delivery mission with Lamar and Franklin, Lamar ask Trevor wishes for. Trevor says he wishes to make someone like Devin Weston know that being the richest person in the world can't save him from someone like him. Come Ending C, Trevor gets exactly what wished for, kidnapping Weston and have him experience hell, having nothing to offer him and finally making Weston feel fear for his life for the first time in the entire game.
  • For the Evulz: Trevor doesn't commit crimes and cause chaos out of necessity or because he wants to get rich, he does it because he enjoys it. And throughout the game he frequently criticizes Michael for retiring and getting soft.
  • First-Name Basis: Well, not with anyone in the group, but apparently, the cops know him well enough to refer to him by his name. Think of that if you will.
  • Freudian Excuse: Seems to have turned to drugs and become addicted to them (thereby developing his Ax-Crazy behavior) due to his hard childhood. Of note, he remarks that his father "wasn't very nice" to him, and if the hallucinationary meeting with his mother is anything to go by, she didn't treat him very well either, and one mission implies that he was molested by a clown when he was a child. It's also fairly clear that he's suffering from an actual mental illness. It's heavily implied that his mother showing up was a complete hallucination, and that he was entirely sober at the time.
    • Michael calls him "A sweaty, dirty, psychotic, hypocritical great big ball of Oedipal reality."
    • His preference for aggressive, abusive and dominant women (or aging women with red hair) is coming from somewhere.
  • Friendship Moment: In the intro, he refuses to leave the injured Michael behind to the mercy of the police, despite being heavily outnumbered. Michael has to repeatedly beg him to run and save himself before Trevor finally agrees to do it.
  • Freudian Trio: The Id, through and through.
  • From Camouflage to Criminal: He received air force training and would have become an actual military pilot had he not failed the psych exam.
  • Functional Addict: Being both a meth addict and an alcoholic (as well as a recreational huffer) doesn't stop him from being an otherwise competent criminal.
  • Genius Bruiser: Don't let his looks fool you — the most dangerous thing about Trevor isn't his military training or psychosis: it's his intellect and charisma, a fact that becomes evident within the first twenty minutes of playing as him.
    • One notable example occurs when he accompanies Franklin and Lamar to buy bricks of cocaine. Even though Lamar tries a sample from one end of a brick, Trevor is savvy enough to ask for a sample from the opposite end and becomes suspicious when the seller refuses. Unsurprisingly, what was supposed to be a kilogram of coke turns out to be closer to an ounce.
    • His surprisingly impressive vocabulary and (admittedly curt) eloquence are telltale signs as well.
    • As shown several times, he's actually pretty skilled with numbers. When informed of the current exchange rate of the gold they're carting out of the Union Depository, he calculates the rough total value in his head even faster than the bank manager does — a calculation that involved converting from ounces to kilograms, and Troy ounces at that.
    • As a former Air Force pilot, Trevor would have had to go through a military academy or an officer training course. This makes him the first GTA protagonist explicitly stated to have a college degree.
    • In a downplayed but no less serious example, he was able to figure out on his own what actually happened during the botched heist in North Yankton, despite the entire operation being completely covered up by the FIB. While there was significant context given to him over the game, the way he delivers his Wham Line / Armor-Piercing Question to Michael when finally confronting him implies he possibly knew from the first day that he discovered Michael was still alive.
  • Going Native: If moving from a rural to an urban area can be counted as such. In GTA Online: Smuggler's Run, Ron mentions that Trevor has abandoned him, having "gone all Vinewood".
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Most of the visible ones are presumably from his skin breaking out as a side effect of his meth addiction.
    • Even his hands are covered in cuts and sores.
  • Good with Numbers: He knows exactly how many dollars worth of cargo comes through the port of Los Santos every year, and in the "Subtle" approach for the final heist, after being told how much each gold bar is worth he instantly calculates the total amount they're carrying. Wade even says this of him.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: We see him having sex, and later torturing somebody else, but it's never shown exactly what happened with Floyd and Debra. The blood on his shirt afterwards probably says enough about it, though. Happens again a bit later with the owner of the Vanilla Unicorn.
  • Guttural Growler: Trevor has one rough, unfriendly voice, most likely due to being a drug addict.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The triggers themselves are often hilarious.
  • Heartbroken Badass: When he's forced to return Patricia to her husband.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Possibly. According to Ron during Smuggler's Runnote , Trevor moved to Vinewood and became a "guru" and "lifestyle coach", leaving him behind in Blaine County.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": While still fuming over Michael's apparent betrayal, he tells Wade the story of "Trisha and Michelle", a clever young would-be pilot who was ensnared in a web of lies by a thieving, silver-tongued troll with pendulous man-breasts, and his ugly ex-stripper troll wife with even larger fake breasts, and... well, the narrative goes a little off the rails by the end.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Easily the most Ax-Crazy protagonist of the entire GTA series, as well as one of the most laughable. Except for a few exceptional ones and depending on the player's decision, most of Trevor's victims are criminals, assholes, or just nefarious people.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Michael before Michael faked his own death. The two men were such good friends that Trevor even got a tattoo that says "R.I.P. Michael".
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He can be surprisingly eloquent in his speech at times, and it's implied he knows quite a bit about economics.
    • Despite his vulgar personal habits and abominable sense of hygiene, he's actually an avid golfer. He even claims to have been the Canadian under-18 national champion, which is the only time he acknowledges his original nationality in a positive light.
    • Deep, deep, and very deep down residing in him, there are traces of goodness still left in Trevor. He is quite the Papa Wolf when it comes Michael's children, utterly humiliating Lazlow when he tried to embarrass Tracey, and post-game kindly accepts Michael's apology for everything he's done, rekindling the fact that they'll always be best friends.
    • This can be invoked by the player themselves if they choose to help civilians get a ride, stopping a thief and returning their possessions than stealing it, and save a man from a gas leak in a construction site whilst he's trapped in a truck when heavily barred.
      (on returning something stolen) "Don't thank me. I would've killed him anyway."
    • Heck, during his and Michael's exile to Blaine county, he identifies one of Michael's primary underlying issues that's estranged him from his family (specifically, the fact that during a crisis, Michael immediately considers the fallout, and the consequences he will have to personally deal with in particular, rather than how to solve the problem and help his loved ones) and immediately calls him out on it in a way that cause Michael to stop, consider what he did wrong, and acknowledge it, which is more than Dr. Friedlander has managed to do in a decade.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Michael's kids. They seem to actually like him and in turn he's quite protective of them.
    Speaking to Lazlow (about Tracey): Well, that little girl sat on my lap when she was two years old, and I swore to God that I would rip the fucking skin off anyone who fucking wronged her.
    • That being said, while he does love the kids, he fully recognizes the flaws in both of the kids, believing they've grown up to be spoiled, entitled, useless people. He fully blames Mike for this, which Michael accepts.
  • Horrible Housing: Trevor Philips' domicile of choice is a squalid little trailer in Sandy Shores, and given that he's a meth-addicted alcoholic gas-huffing Ax-Crazy psychopath with dubious personal hygiene and a habit of trying to flush corpses down the toilet, it likely hasn't been cleaned in years. Furthermore, Trevor insists on staying here no matter how much money he makes off heists and the meth trade. After kidnapping Martin Madrazo's wife, Patricia, she actually tidies up the place and even makes a start on gardening, but when Trevor is forced to return her, the trailer quickly returns to its usual putrescence.
  • Hot-Blooded: The most energetic of the trio.
  • Hypocrite: In spite of his claims that he hates racism and sexism, he has no problem leering at female characters like Mary Ann or Patricia, mocking Wei Cheng's accent, or joking about Andreas Sanchez being mistaken for an illegal immigrant and shot.
    • Despite claiming to value loyalty and criticizing Michael's betrayal, he betrays and kills his business associates in the Lost MC and the Aztecas during his very first scene in the present day.
    • The question remains however, whether those claims are just to antagonize/abuse his targets, or the combination of being a Depraved Bisexual and Ax-Crazy, makes him believe he's above it all - because he's Equal-Opportunity Evil
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: He abuses his friends and co-workers without remorse but despises treachery and is loyal to them in turn.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: While he treats Floyd horribly and is in many ways worse than how his wife/girlfriend, Debra, treats him, Trevor is completely right she's a bitch, cheating on him with a guy named "Bob", and might have been planning to murder Floyd and run away with Bob, the first part presumed to have happened after the Cut To Black in "Hang Ten".
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • One of his Hanging Out conversations with Franklin has him go on a rant about how much he hates self-absorbed people, how no one ever asks him about his day, and how people should just learn to get along. Franklin says "You know what I hate? People with a lack of self-awareness". Trevor responds "I don't care what you hate! We're talking about me!"
    • After completing a random event (such as recovering a guy's stolen bicycle and giving it back to him), Trevor may say "What can I say? I've never liked bullies", while he himself is a huge bully.
    • When switching to Trevor, one of the things he can say after getting kicked out of a restaurant is this.
      Trevor: I'm a hipster! This is ironic, come on!
    • He tells Wade off for disrespecting women shortly before calling him and Ron "ladies" in a derogatory fashion.
    • Some of the unique insults he can give out to some pedestrians can also apply to him as well, such as telling homeless people that they smell and mocking at how tough and intimidating gangsters look.
    • Towards the end of the "obvious" approach to the Big Score, he calls Lester "unstable".
  • I Am Not My Father: Step-fathers maybe. Heavily implied by his insistent description of his own childhood, anchored by the fact that he continuously chews out on Michael for being a terrible father himself hence his kids call Trevor as their uncle. It even doubles as a twisted example for his own mother.
  • Iconic Outfit: His default outfit, consisting of a dirty white v-neck tee shirt, an equally nasty pair of grey sweatpants, and brown work boots, has become possibly the most recognizable getup of the three protagonists' wardrobes, despite its simplicity.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Trevor was very close to joining the air force until a "witch" in charge of psychological evaluation deemed him severely unstable, and smashed any hopes Trevor had of a legitimate life.
    • He apparently was a pretty good golfer during his youth, and he remarks that he could have gone pro, though it is anyone's guess why.
  • I Control My Minions Through... Fear. See The Dreaded above. It fails when he tries it on the Online Protagonist, though, and it frustrates him to no end. He's also not above just hiring goons, which is what works for the Online Protagonist as well as some generic mooks protecting his turf.
  • I Love the Dead: One Random Event sees him being tossed out of a mortuary for cuddling with some stranger's corpse. (He claims that he was "just holding him" and that it was "very respectful.")
    • Michael at one point describes him as being likely to "kill you and doing funny things to your corpse".
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Anyone who doesn't surrender to Trevor's intimidation, becomes a friend to him. Notable ones include Patricia Madrazo, Nigel and Mrs. Thornhill, and the Online Protagonist.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He denies it, but a lot of other characters (including his partners-in-crime and his best friend) accuse him of having a literal taste for human flesh. Judging by some of his actions in-game, such as discussing the finer cuts of meat when shooting the breeze with a guy in zombie makeup or making a pot of stew with an eyelid floating at the top, he's certainly suspect.
    Trevor: *vomiting into a fountain* Never... eat... Indian... people.
    • He also picks up hitch hikers and sells them to a cannibal cult on a regular basis.
    • He also states that he eats hipsters for fun.
  • Immigrant Patriotism: He sees himself as a red-blooded American who embraces the corrupt and decadent ideals of the modern USA and gets very angry if anyone points out he's actually Canadian. In fact, he insists that he was born on "the border to Canada" enough to not make a difference.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Falls heads-over-heels in love with Mary-Ann Quinn for the "craziest goddamn chick I've ever met!", and also hits it off well with Ursula if he performs a Rescue Romance for her. He also professes his love for the Online Protagonist if they're a female (and even claims that he's getting a "semi" for a male), despite them having the balls to mess up his businesses - in fact, possibly BECAUSE they have the balls to mess up his businesses.
  • Insane Equals Violent: And how.
  • Insistent Terminology: He is not a motherfucker. It's not legally "fucking" if you do not "penetrate".
    • He also takes offense (though not nearly to the same degree) when his fellow criminals refer to their lifestyle as "the game"; he thinks it belittles what they do.
  • Interface Screw: Minor example. Trevor's smartphone has a huge crack in its screen (can't imagine why), that can make reading texts and emails tricky.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Franklin and Lamar.
  • Irony: Trevor has a highly romanticized admiration for the auto-mobile and those who make a living on the road, such as truckers. Trevor is far and away the worst driver out of the three protagonists.
  • It Amused Me: Pretty much his MO.
  • It's All About Me: With regards to Michael. He openly considers the guy to be a bad friend and a terrible person solely due to how Michael wronged him in the past. He either doesn't acknowledge, or deliberately ignores the fact that Michael ditched him to try and protect his family, and that Michael is very supportive towards Franklin.
  • It's the Principle of the Thing: In a post game conversation with Franklin, Trevor admits that Brad was kind of a dick and he was playing with the thought of killing him. Franklin questions why it would cause so much conflict, and Trevor justifies it with this.

    J-Y 
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Or rather, psycho with a heart of gold, but it still applies.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: While Trevor was no doubt crazy in the Prologue, it is implied that his grief over Michael's death made him crazier and crazier, especially after he started using meth.
  • Karma Houdini: In the "Deathwish" ending. Over the course of the game, Trevor does several things unpleasant enough to probably warrant some comeuppance even by the standards of a GTA protagonist, but he doesn't get any in Ending C (even though he's the only one not to after helping give all the antagonists theirs). Compare Ending B, where he loses his best friend and presumably still has to contend with Wei Cheng, and Ending A where, well... see Karmic Death.
  • Karmic Death: In the "Kill Trevor" ending, he crashes his truck into a gasoline tanker, which is ignited by Franklin's pistol. Mike bitterly comments on this being a fitting end.
  • Kavorka Man: Despite being a skinny, insane, malformed meth junkie, Trevor's a serious Chick Magnet. Not only can he win the affection of half the strippers in the Vanilla Unicorn, his first scene post-Time Skip has him making out with Ashley Butler, he can obtain fellow insane hitchhiker Ursula as a booty call and Patricia Madrazo is implied to have developed feelings for him during her time in captivity.
  • Kick the Dog: When he viciously kills Johnny Klebitz, and the rest of the Lost MC.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ending C will have him snipe Steve Haines, lock Devin Weston in a trunk dealing with the Merryweather soldiers hired to guard him, and alongside Michael and Franklin, push the car off a cliff with him still inside.
  • Killed Off for Real: If the player chooses Option A; however, subsequent updates to GTA Online, specifically the Smuggler's Run and Diamond Casino and Resort updates, render Ending A non-canon.
  • Klingon Promotion: How he took over The Vanilla Unicorn.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: He has "F U C K Y O U" tattooed across his hands.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Trevor will have sex with just about anything (consent optional), but he forms his first romantic relationship with Patricia Madrazo.
  • Large Ham: Has a lot of moments where he becomes one, usually when his Unstoppable Rage kicks in. All the things considered, Trevor is the hammiest of the three by a considerable margin.
    • Doubly so whenever he gets to play a role.
      Trevor: (Dressed as a motorcycle cop) Whoa! Hey, stay in the car there, "homeboy"! We'll deal with you later.
      Franklin: (Bemused) Yeah, fuck YOU, too.
  • Laughably Evil: Has his moments. Where else can you see a man butchering people one day, then found lying on the beach half-naked and stoned out of his wits the next?
  • Lean and Mean: He's described as "thin" a few times, in contrast to the pudgy Michael and muscular Franklin, though it should be noted that Trevor has the highest starting strength of the three.
  • Likes Older Women: Hits on and expresses interest in quite a few, including Patricia, who's 57. The Parental Incest entry below casts a rather disturbing light on this.
  • Love Hungry: Oh, God, yes. He demands affection from everyone he meets, from his partners in crime (one of his stock responses when turned down for a friend date is to scream, "Nobody loves me!") to random hookers on the street (he pledges his love to literally every single woman he has sex with). And when he doesn't get the affection he craves, he gets very, very violent (as Floyd and Debra found out to their sorrow).
  • Manipulative Bastard: While his usual methods are anything but subtle, Trevor can be surprisingly manipulative when he wants to be. He purposefully keeps Wade in the dark about the fact that he killed his friends, telling him instead that they "abandoned" him, and that he is the only one Wade can trust.
  • Marry Them All: Trevor proposes this between him, Floyd, and Debra when he finally meets the latter. It makes..., Well, no, it really doesn't.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: With Patricia Madrazo. Michael even lampshades it.
  • The McCoy: To Franklin's Kirk and Michael's Spock. While perfectly capable of long-term planning, loyalty, and his own moral code, he's very much a creature of the present, often murdering people with little justification beyond annoying him.
  • Metaphorgotten: On the long drive from Sandy Shores to Los Santos, Trevor passes the time by telling Wade a "story" about a boy named "Trisha" and his friend "Michelle". By the time the two are close to their destination, Wade is confused by the fact that their names have suddenly changed to "Trevor" and "Michael".
  • Mighty Glacier:
    • In a manner of speaking. Between the three protagonists, Trevor has the highest strength and the least stamina at the beginning; he can hit hard, but he can't sprint for long. His special ability also improves the damage he doles out and takes, making him the most overall damaging and durable character as well.
    • In "The Paleto Score," he dons a bomb suit and packs a minigun. He's nearly invincible, mows everything down with ease, and runs slow as molasses.
  • Mission Control: Plays this role during the "Series A" heist in Online.
  • Morality Pet: Patricia Madrazo, wife of ruthless Cartel boss Martin Madrazo. Despite his original intent to kidnap her and use her as leverage because Martin refused to pay him, the two genuinely ended up bonding. Given how abusive Martin is with her, she likely loves him.
    • Jimmy and Tracey too. No matter how bad his relationship has been with Michael or Amanda, he loves the kids like family, and is even affectionately called "Uncle T" by them.
  • Mr. Exposition: Trevor provides a lot of the Backstory surrounding he and Michael's past in two separate conversations he has with Wade and Lamar.
  • Mugging the Monster: All of Trevor's rampage missions begin with somebody either making fun of his accent or calling him a motherfucker, not knowing that the man they're antagonizing is a dangerously unstable psychopath.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: While switching over to him may involve him riding on a Scooter. Seems simple enough. However, he would be riding behind someone else who is riding another Scooter. Trevor, being himself, would keep shouting "Scooter Brothers!" all day long as you ride along with the other Scooter driver. Scooter riding never felt so epic.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite being a skinny meth addict, Trevor has a higher starting strength stat than the visibly muscular Franklin and generally does the heavy lifting when it comes to heists and other jobs.
  • My Beloved Smother: Although Trevor is loud and controlling with most people, he is absolutely terrified of his mother. When she shows up in the post-epilogue mission "Mrs. Philips", Trevor is so intimidated by her that he is unable to form coherent sentences or answer questions. And when she tells him to steal a truck of drugs for her, he rushes off to do it without question.
  • N-Word Privileges: Trevor doesn't really have them, but still lampshades this when he sometimes greets Franklin with "My N-Word, huh?"
  • Naked Nutter: Trevor's list of disorders and personal problems would probably last long than the entire article, all adding up to one extremely temperamental, drug-addicted, violent psychopathic criminal mastermind... and from time to time, he ends up stripped down to his underwear in public, usually while doing something spectacularly irrational.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Definitely the mean one. If you're being robbed by the three, he'll kill you for any reason, or no reason at all.
    • His carjacking animation while unarmed has him bounce his unfortunate victim's face off the car's steering wheel before flinging them out the door.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Especially at his most disturbing implications.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Rockstar based Trevor's appearance on Steven Ogg's physical appearance, his voice actor.
    • His fashion sense and some of his mannerisms seem to be at least partly based on Hunter S. Thompson.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: His personality was based on Charles Bronson, a Real Life criminal.
  • No Indoor Voice: Holy shit, yes.
  • Noodle Incident: Trevor has a lot of these if you switch to him after not playing as him for a while. Some of the things you can stumble upon him doing include flying a stolen police helicopter while drunk, vomiting the remains of Indian people into a fountain at a public park, aimlessly wandering through the desert while wearing a dress, or (perhaps most memorably) waking up on a beach in his underwear surrounded by dead bodies.
  • Nose Nuggets: One of his idle animations involves flicking green stuff out of his nose.
  • Nostalgia Filter: He views his time with Michael and Brad through one. If he survives the game, he eventually concedes that Brad was a dick and that he probably would have killed him eventually himself if Norton hadn't beaten him to it.
  • Not Hyperbole: "...but ask anyone, they'll tell you. I run the crank in the Alamo Sea. Really, ask 'em and if they tell you otherwise, I'll bury them to their neck in the desert."
  • N-Word Privileges: Averted, Despite Trevor being a horrifying nutjob, who has committed many crimes against humanity, apparently he does not use the N-Word towards any black people he meets in-story, only calling Franklin "My N-Word" instead, however this may be a case of him taking a shine towards Franklin, rather than him not using the word at all to other black people.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Coupled with Obfuscating Insanity. Maybe. There is speculation that Trevor deliberately puts up his extreme behaviours to unsettle and frighten people to put himself at an advantage. Some things in the game support this, such as his text messages to Michael and Franklin having atrocious spelling, while messages to other people are just fine.
  • Odd Friendship: With Lamar. They are genuinely fond of each other.
    • With Michael. While Michael prefers planning and avoids collateral damage, Trevor is a creature of the moment and prefers lots of bloodshed. Their friendship started when they realized that despite their vastly different approaches, they both worked surprisingly well together.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Kicked the crap out of Madrazo and cut off his ear.
  • Oh, Crap!: See the first example of OOC Is Serious Business.
  • One-Man Army: His frenzy mode is a reflection of this.
    • Most gangs in the franchise follow a typical structure of a boss leading a handful of captains, who in turn lead dozens of soldiers. Trevor Philips Enterprises only has one soldier: Trevor (and occasionally Chef, but only if the meth lab is under threat).
    • He's also the only one who can do the traditional style Rampage mini-game and unlike the weed hallucination the amount of bodies he racks up on those are real. The fourth rampage involves him fighting the US Army on a highway by himself and even blowing up tanks that come his way.
  • Only Mostly Dead: During a conversation with Jimmy, they'll talk about Michael faking his death. Trevor says that he's never been dead — but corrects himself, remembering a time for about five minutes after he hit a power cable with an axe.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Has this attitude towards Michael after their falling out towards the end of the game. He says as much when he shows up to rescue Michael from the FIB/IAA Mexican stand-off.
  • Only Sane Man: Believe it or not, one possible interpretation of the character. While everyone else tries to convince themselves they're still the good guys, even as they commit crimes and steal and plunder from everyone else, Trevor is the only one not trying to convince himself that he's something he's not.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Even though he still taunts them like his usual adversaries, Trevor has a slight lapse in confidence when it's shown that fighter jets are on his tail after he hijacked a Merryweather weapons plane.
      Trevor: Um, Ron... I got the fuckin' Air Force on me.
    • When forced to return Patricia to her husband, he's sobbing uncontrollably as he drives her back to his house as a soft-rock love ballad plays on the radio. Played for Laughs, however.
    • He is visibly stunned at Josh revealing that it was his wife Trevor just slept with. Predictably, of course, he quickly snaps out of trying to justify his actions a moment later, laughing, "Who am I kidding?"
    • While Trevor usually vents his hatred through violence or threats, he is so disgusted at Franklin killing Michael in a act of betrayal in the Option B ending that he doesn't say or even do anything violent, simply cutting all ties with Franklin and telling him that he's dead to him.
  • Papa Wolf: He is fiercely protective of Tracey, so much so that he calls Michael out on not being a better parent when he doesn't get pissed enough at his daughter auditioning for Fame or Shame than he thinks he should.
  • Parental Incest: He gets VERY ballistic when someone calls him a "motherfucker". It's probably best not to speculate further.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Despite his insanity and immorality, he seems to genuinely care for Michael's children, or at least Tracey. He is infuriated when he learns that a television show plans to embarrass her in front of the nation, and she even seems happy to see him! He even drives off Mr. K — the guy he viciously tortured minutes earlier on Steve's orders — to the airport, instead of killing him as Steve wanted, urging him to leave Los Santos for good.
    • After making him his personal punching bag for the whole game, Trevor eventually rewards Wade by having a couple of strippers from The Vanilla Unicorn fawning over him the rest of the game.
    • He's nothing but polite and respectful to Maude, the bounty hunter sidequest giver and at the end when she retires, he wishes her the best.
    • He genuinely loves Patricia Madrazo, making her stay at his trailer comfortable even though she was, technically, his hostage. When he's made to take Patricia home to her abusive husband Martin, he is emotionally broken up about having to say goodbye to the love of his life.
  • The Pig-Pen:
    • Personal hygiene is not high on his list of priorities. His most frequent outfit is a filthy white v-neck t-shirt, an equally grubby pair of either gray sweatpants or jeans, and a pair of well-worn hiking boots.
      Mary Ann: Being downwind from you is not a good thing!
    • His starting trailer home looks damn near the same before and after it was ransacked, and the Updated Re-release adds a cockroach infestation to make it even nastier. When he forcibly moves into Floyd's condo, the condo becomes more dilapidated as time moves on, with a hole punched in a closet door, knick-knacks thrown about or broken, sewage tracked around the floor by Wade, and all sorts of litter all over the place. The only time his trailer actually looks livable is while Patricia is staying there.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Very much averted. Although Trevor talks about how bad his childhood was, as well as the numerous problems and issues he has, he (and his friends) openly acknowledges that he's a horrible person and doesn't try to justify his actions. More than once has it been called out on him.
  • Poisonous Friend: Trevor repeatedly insults, belittles and physically abuses his "friends" under the auspices of "helping them".
    • Ron suffered the breakdown of a twelve year marriage after meeting Trevor (Trevor threatened to disembowel his wife) and turned into a paranoid conspiracy theorist and Trevor's chief lackey.
    • He told Wade that he is the only person he can trust despite the fact he murdered his friends from the ICP, and later was responsible for Floyd and Debra's deaths and lied to him about it.
    • He abused Floyd both mentally and sexually and forced him to be implicit in a major crime, only to say that he was doing it to "save him from himself".
    • He was allied with Johnny Klebitz and Ashley Butler before the events of the game, and got them addicted to meth.
  • Politically Correct Villain: For an Ax-Crazy, drug-addicted, murderous criminal who operates in racist redneck towns, he's remarkably fair-minded, until he decides to murder you in a horrible way. He does mock Martin Madrazo and Wei Chang's accents, but only because they're his enemies.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
  • If Trevor's the one who finds Taliana on the road, he opts not to bring her to his "friends in the mountain" because she would likely bleed out and die before he gets her there.
  • After Lester reveals that he stole a nuclear weapon that he cannot hope to sell without getting killed by the government in the Merryweather Heist, Trevor is forced to agree to return the cargo. He's still utterly furious however.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Says various ones when his special ability is triggered. Contrast with Michael and Franklin who are silent with their abilities.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: When rolling with Franklin and Lamar, most notably in "Hood Safari". Lamar even sends him an email after the mission saying that he finds Trevor weird, but kinda cool.
    • He also likes using words like "Homie" and "Amigo".
  • Psycho Party Member: He often sabotages the capers with his volatile antics. If Franklin kills him, he can invoke this as a reason by pointing out that Trevor was going to get them all killed otherwise.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Trevor's very ingrained fear of clowns, fits of temper, and extremely submissive behavior towards his mother strongly imply that he "never grew up" in a lot of ways.
  • Rage Breaking Point: It's implied the combination of realizing Michael was still alive and Johnny calling him out for screwing Ashley is what was ultimately the final straw for Trevor's tentative truce with the Lost MC: while they were perfectly fine co-existing to some degree beforehand, those two events caused Trevor to stomp Johnny to death, kill everyone in the Lost MC and most of the O'Neil brothers, and take over as the sole meth provider in Los Santos.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The mission "Crystal Maze", in which Trevor retaliates against the O'Neil brothers for stealing his clients from him. Trevor murders most of the O'Neil brothers and burns down their house, and for the first portion of the mission Trevor is so enraged that most of his dialogue is nothing but screams and growls.
  • Sadist: He clearly enjoys killing and torturing.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: A noted inversion in the "Deathwish ending": any rational person would take up Weston's deal to get more cash, but unfortunately for Weston, all Trevor wants is to brutally murder him.
  • Self-Made Man: If there's one thing Trevor takes pride in, it's being a Rags to Riches capitalist - even if his trade is one of the most deplorable imaginable:
    (after listening to snarking from both Michael and Franklin) ...I can NOT believe this - the hardworking entrepreneur, is getting shit from a guy so lazy he retired in his thirties, and then from this other guy whose sense of entitlement is so strong, he asks 'How far we have to travel?', for a job he ain't even qualified to do! This is why the country is screwed!!
  • Serial Killer:
    • Very heavily implied to be just another one of his many "hobbies". A few references are made in game that point to him often picking up hitchhikers and doing God knows what with them. Also, one of his switch scenes involves him in the desert, freshly done refilling a hole and another shows him shoving a foot down the toilet in his trailer. Notably, it seems he met his personal Professional Butt-Kisser Wade after picking him and his friends up hitchhiking and likely murdering the others, which somehow he hasn't seemed to piece together yet.
    • When discussing Trevor with Michael earlier in the game, Lester reveals that he kept tabs for a while, following him "wherever there were gas stations to rob and hitchhikers to disappear".
  • Sibling Rivalry: Trevor mentions at one point that he had a brother named Ryan, whom he was not fond of. He died in an "accident" prior to the game.
  • Sixth Ranger: While he's one of the two first playable characters in the prologue, Trevor only meets up with Michael and Franklin after the Jewel Store Heist.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The self-proclaimed CEO of "Trevor Phillips Enterprises", which by the start of the game is simply a drug/gun-running operation consisting of him, Ron, Wade, and Chef. His listed occupation on his LifeInvader page is "International CEO".
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite his ugly, disheveled appearance and psychotic behavior, Trevor is actually very observant and cunning though also has no ability for the long-term planning that planning proper heists requires, which is why he ultimately needs guys like Michael and Lester around.
  • The Sociopath: Trevor may come off like this at first glance, but in reality, he's not. He is a murderous, unpredictable, violent, and batshit-crazy criminal, but for all of his immorality, he does have sanity and humanity in him, and is capable of feeling genuinely positive things such as love, kindness, and other things. Furthermore, he lacks of moral agency.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Combining very pronounced violent tendencies with a surprisingly vast vocabulary, this should come as no surprise.
  • Sore Loser: While he's playing golf, there's at least a Precision F-Strike when he gets a bogey. And he always insults the winner after the game.
  • Spanner in the Works: When Michael sold him and Brad out to the FIB, he didn't count on Trevor not only surviving, but also finding out that he's still alive and living close enough to Los Santos to do something about it. This ends up causing Michael no small amount of grief throughout the game.
  • Speed Sex: When he calls up a girl for a booty call, he'll sometimes say "Are you ready for the best two minutes of your life?"
    Amanda: I miss every girl calling you the one pump chump.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: When Trevor kidnaps Patricia Madrazo from her husband the two actually end up falling in love with each other. In the end Patricia returns to her husband not because she loves him, but because she feels obligated to obey her wedding vows. Even after Trevor and Patricia part ways, Patricia will occasionally contact Trevor via telephone calls, emails, and text messages to let him know that she still thinks about him.
  • Stereotype Flip: Canadians are generally stereotyped as being super-polite doormats who are always apologizing. Taking a look at the rest of this folder makes it clear that Trevor is nothing like this.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Despite his wiry frame, Trevor starts out with the highest strength stat of the three protagonists (he even has more strength than Franklin, who appears quite muscular).
  • Stuff Blowing Up: If you play as another character, you can occasionally find Trevor at his trailer in Sandy Shores, drunk of his ass, throwing grenades repeatedly in his front lawn. No, the cops do not come, meaning that this is a disturbingly common occurrence.
  • Super Mode: His special ability activates a "rage mode", where he becomes nearly invincible while dealing double damage.
  • Survivor Guilt: Quite possibly, as when Michael is shot in Ludendorff, Trevor screams at the approaching cops to kill him.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: No, he is not a 'motherfucker'. To qualify as sex, it has to be penetrative.
  • The Syndicate: While Trevor Philips Enterprise is just him and anyone he can threaten/hire, it's still a capable criminal organization. They have connections with some Mexican Cartels and some rednecks are usually hired as muscle, guards or operatives. Trevor can also buy a lot of business in San Andreas.
  • Tattooed Crook: The only of the three protagonists to have tattoos by default, and he has plenty. Some of the more notable ones include one on the neck reading "CUT HERE", one on his left shoulder reading "RIP Michael", and two reading "FUCK" and "YOU" on his right and left knuckles respectively.
  • Teach Him Anger: A lot of the time he antagonizes Michael and Franklin simply to get them to show some backbone. This is only the case with Mike and Frank, however. Anyone else who stands up to him will be beaten down. Poor Floyd and Debra.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: For poor old Floyd.
  • This Loser Is You: Not surprisingly considering Rockstar themselves based him on the average GTA player, who prefers to complete the game by going in guns-blazing, intent to cause as much carnage and mayhem as humanly possible.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While Michael and Franklin seem more like Anti Villains, Trevor is an unrepentant psycho.
  • Tragic Villain: An Ax-Crazy meth-head with a Dark and Troubled Past. Besides, he suffered numerous social problems and grew up with an emotionally abusive mother. His relationship with Patricia clearly demonstrates that he still has sanity and humanity. Despite this, he knows that he can't fit into society.
  • Tranquil Fury: Not most of the time, but his first meeting with Michael (after nearly a decade of believing him to be dead) is dripping with this. Throughout most of the scene Michael behaves like he's trying to disarm a nuclear warhead, and no one else in the room says anything to him unless prompted.
  • Trash of the Titans
    • Honestly, it's astonishing that his trailer hasn't been condemned.
    • When he crashes at a condo belonging to Wade's cousin's girlfriend, it quickly goes to hell in a handbasket: while not nearly as filthy as his trailer, it's still quite the mess.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Trevor has committed every crime in the book for the sake of doing so but despises traitors. He hates Michael for betraying the crew to escape the life of crime and is shocked by Michael's apathy towards his daughter embarrassing herself on Fame or Shame.
  • Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness: Very much so. You'd be hard-pressed to find a character who's so equally dirty in hygiene and morals.
  • Undying Loyalty: If anything can be said to be a redeeming quality in Trevor, it's his loyalty to those he cares about. His loyalty is in fact the main source of his friction towards Michael: finding out he faked his death and bailed after he spent years believing him dead and grieving for him leaves a horribly bad taste in his mouth. Finding out Brad was Dead All Along and that Michael not only knew, but used his corpse as the one that got buried in his stead, drives Trevor to full-blown Roaring Rampage of Revenge mode.
  • The Unfettered: And he's fully aware of it too.
    Trevor: You're looking at it rationally! There are people who are useful to you and people who ain't, and the people who ain't got to go. Me? I'm not rational. I don't care if you're useful or not! I feel like taking you out, Devo so that's what I'm doing!
  • Unflinching Walk: Does this away from the O'Neill Bros. family home/meth lab after blowing it up.
  • Unknown Rival: Constantly played with. At first, it seems like Merryweather has no idea that Trevor is the man behind their recent misery. Then Steve Haines insists that Trevor be killed because of the trouble his anti-Merryweather crusade is stirring up. But then it turns out that the guys in charge of Merryweather don't really give a crap about Trevor and are far more interested in getting rid of Michael.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Trevor's rampage missions. Also, his special ability causes him to become twice as destructive while also making him even harder to kill.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: When he asks one of the, well, "employees" at the strip club where the managers office is (while he's covered in blood from head to toe), she gives him directions without appearing the slightest bit irritated by his appearance.
  • Vague Age: Trevor's age is never explicitly stated, but he was likely born around 1965 or 1968, judging by in-game lines that place him at the same age as Michael.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The epitome of this trope. In particular, Trevor can send certain random event characters to the Altruist cult; however, certain random characters should not be sent to the cult, as they have benefits that are greater than what the cult pays per head.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Of course, players can do this if they're not feeling sadistic. Trevor apparently knows how to be a Jerkass and a Nice Guy at the same time when he's snarking with a passenger he's just picked up in a random event.
  • Villain Protagonist: While Michael and Franklin are a career criminal and Punch-Clock Villain respectively, Trevor's motivations tend to range from a desire for wealth, revenge, alleviating boredom, or a combination of all three!
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • If you choose option A at the end of the game, an enraged Trevor will berate and curse Franklin and Michael for betraying him before he is killed.
    • The ending of the Merryweather Heist that he personally masterminded ends with him being forced to return what he just stole. Depending on how the heist ends, he either slams his head repeatedly against a wall in frustration or let out an Atomic F-Bomb.
    • After the "Series A" heists has him barely escaping a drug bust with nothing but an action figure, Trevor is shown bashing his head against a tree while pathetically weeping over his failure.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: He can wear dresses, as well as Patrizia Madrazo's pajamas.
  • Villainous Friendship: Him and Chef, his meth cook, seem to just get along. This is in contrast to the rest of Trevor Philips Industries, who follow him out of fear.
    • Helps that Chef is a certifiable badass, with even Trevor referring to him as a "consummate professional" gunman.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Despite being best friends, he and Michael are constantly bickering with each other. Subverted later on. He spends a good portion of the game wanting to kill Michael. It's just always one step down his list...
    • Trevor also gets along surprisingly well with Lamar, who seems to be one of the few people not afraid of him - the two trade barbs and insults like clockwork.
  • Wall Bang: Trevor smashes his head against a wooden pallet repeatedly when he finds out that the government cargo he just boosted is a nuke, and there's no way in hell he can make any profit off it without the government having him killed. He also smashes his head against a tree after escaping from a drug bust.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Trevor has quite a few scenes in just his underwear, fitting his personality.
  • Walking Wasteland: A rare, non-superpowered version. Along with his own personal (non-existent) hygiene, it seems he cannot own something without it turning into a horrific pigsty: his trailer looks like it has been abandoned for years, his meth lab is a hollowed out shell of a building that he uses a wall as a bathroom at one point, and while he is staying at Debra's, the place is trashed and covered in feces and blood. Even his personal vehicle is rusted out, to the point if you customize it you cannot get rid of the rust. It's telling that the only times things are clean are when he is either leaving or has help maintaining it, such as the trailer becoming marginally cleaner while he has Patricia there, and Debra's apartment being spotless when she returns. The only exception is the Vanilla Unicorn, which will remain pristine, presumably because it has a cleaning staff.
  • We Used to Be Friends: To Michael, whom he thought was dead for 9 years, at least until they reunite at the start of the game.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: He can often be found waking up in various circumstances, bottle of booze in hand.
    The morning after the night before...
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the second "Grass Roots" side mission, it's implied that he has a phobia of clowns.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Trevor threatens to return and cut off Madrazo's other ear if he ever mistreats or cheats on Patricia again.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Behind all his madness and insanity, Trevor is nothing but a broken man with a depressing life. Given all the misfortunes that he has gone through his life, it is not difficult to imagine that much of his traumas contributed to his Ax-Crazy behavior.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Trevor clearly respects women in general and puts them on an equal level with himself, but that doesn't mean he won't kill them in ways too gruesome to be shown on screen if he's sufficiently pissed off. He also candidly tells Patricia Madrazo that he'll kill her (and cut up her body) if necessary, which she accepts.
  • You Are What You Hate: Trevor abhors hipsters. He eats them for fun. But as Mike illustrates, he's really no different from them.
    • To a lesser extent, Trevor also takes pride in being the most rebellious and chaotic of the three, but much of the plot revolves around him doing dirty work for the government. Even aside from that, his work as a bounty hunter for Maude Eccles makes his professed love for anarchy ring a little hollow. When one of the bounties in question calls him out on this, Trevor does not take it well.
  • You Bastard!: Word of God confirms that Trevor is, essentially, the average Grand Theft Auto player incarnate, with all the unpleasant characteristics that would come with such a person in real life.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: A big believer in this, and one of his main motivations for going after the Lost and the Aztecas early on in the game. Later, it would appear that strip clubs in Los Santos work under this principle.
  • You Make Me Sick: He's positively disgusted to learn that the L.S.P.D arrested Franklin for Public Exposure. What's the country coming to?
    • Considering that switching to Trevor will sometimes find him chasing somebody in a car while shouting "I'm sorry I showed my thingie!" This may be a case of Hypocritical Humor.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: According to Michael, Trevor was supposed to die in North Yankton instead of Brad.

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