As the title says, major spoilers all the way through this with regards to V’s plot, so if you haven’t played it yet to completion, close this thread now!
Does anyone remember this IGN interview with Dan Houser?
Specifically, the question that interested me was “Will we see characters from GTA IV show up in GTA V?”. As many of you will now know, the first sentence in the answer was a complete and utter lie! Not that I’m complaining, because that particular inclusion made me smile on a number of occasions.
Anyway, the bottom line is a lot of Characters from the IV series (including EFLC) re-surface in Los Santos – and some who do not appear are referenced, some major, some minor. I thought it might be an idea to start a thread to keep track of what has happened to some of our favourite players in the R* GTA universe. I’ve 100% completed the game, so I think I’ve picked up on most of them, although please feel free to fill me in if I’ve missed something.
I’ve added a Status as to whether a character from IV can be confirmed as Alive or Dead at the end of the V story line, or Unknown if either is possible. Note that if killing a character is possible, but would result in a mission failure, I take that to mean they are “Alive”.
Al Di Napoli
Al Di Napoli appears in the strangers and freaks mission with his own name “Vinewood Souvenirs Al Di Napoli”, where he is kidnapped by Trevor at the behest of the completely loopy elderly British tourists, Nigel and Mrs Thornhill. In the follow up mission “Vinewood Souvenirs The Last Act”, Al can either be killed by Trevor (as a result of being locked in the trunk of a car that is hit by a train), or can be spared with the promise of a bribe.
Appears in GTA V, how shall we put this, being “serviced” by Trevor in the opening cut scene for “Mr Phillips”. Immediately after the cut scene, the player as Trevor can kill Ashley if desired. Interestingly enough, either way, a radio station news bulletin will later announce that Ashley Butler died in a drug fuelled orgy with 4 middle aged men up in Paleto Bay.
First seen in the cut scene for “Mr Phillips” where Trevor arrives to inform the Lost of JK’s demise. He is killed by Trevor – either in the ensuing chase, or when they arrive at the camp.
Probably one of the most dramatic scenes in the GTA universe, our ex-protagonist ###### having his head literally kicked in by our new protagonist Trevor in the opening cut scene for “Mr Phillips”. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his real downfall was arguably his obsession with Ashley Bulter – in many way his addiction to her mirroring her addition to crystal meth.
Kerry appears in “Vinewood Souvenirs Kerry” where Trevor is requested to steal her pet dog’s collar for Nigel and Mrs Thornhill.
Somewhat predictably, Marnie seems to have swapped her heroin addiction for religious brainwashing, having been indoctrinated into the Epsilon cult. She will give Michael DeSanta various tasks to complete before he gets to meet Chris Formage (and the opportunity to steal a big wedge of cash from him).
Seen interrogating “Mr K” in the IAA building before Michael De Santa breaks through the Window in a cut scene for the mission “Three’s Company”. She quickly runs off at that point, I’ve so far been unable to confirm whether it is possible to snipe her with Franklin if you are quick enough, but it appears she gets out alive.
Found by the Dollar Pills store in Strawberry attempting to do a job but lacking a getaway vehicle. Packie can accompany our new protagonists as crew on all of the heists. It appears he will not die on any of them, so it seems likely he is still alive (and possibly a lot richer if he is part of the gang that hits the Union Depository). However, as pointed out by Darth_Starkiller it is possible if Trevor finds him he can be taken to the Altruist cult, making his potential fate uncertain for now.
Appears in Franklin’s missions the paparazzi photographer Beverley, first in “Papparazo The Sex” tape, where she is filmed in a somewhat compromising position and will give chase to Franklin in her car. The next time she appears is in the follow up mission “Papparazo The Meltdown”, where she is arrested by the police for drink driving.
Appears to have switched a career in the Mafia for one as a show biz agent, and we first hear that he is trying to persuade an actor and director to pull out of Solomon Richard’s film Meltdown. However, as soon as Michel De Santa starts working for Solomon, he first beats up Rocco, and then kills him in the second encounter when he refuses to back down in “The Ballard of Rocco”.
First seen in the cut scene for “Mr Phillips” where Trevor arrives to inform the Lost of JK’s demise. He is killed by Trevor – either in the ensuing chase, or when the arrive at the camp.
United Liberty Paper Man:
Niko’s shadowy chain smoking friend is revealed as an IAA agent. He first appears in a cutscene after the GTA V protagonist hit the Humane Research Labs in “Monkey Business”, clearly unconvinced by agent Haines’ play acting. He appears second in the “Wrap Up” to arrest Michael DeSanta and his FIB handlers, although things go badly wrong when another group of FIB and Merryweather show up. In the mission he is a killable character who will attack Michael. It seems likely he dies there, however it is possible to progress without killing him by moving to the next marker, so we cannot be certain.
Off Screen Characters
As pointed out by Drunken Cowboy, Billy is mentioned in conversation during "Friends Reunited" by some Lost Biker members while Trevor is moving stealthily through their camp. The reference is generally positive, implying that the wider Lost (outside the Alderney Chapter) were unaware of his treachery in TLAD.
Although he doesn’t appear in person, Brucie will call you in GTA Online to say he can sell you Bull shark Testosterone. I haven’t tried it myself – I’ve heard that stuff does funny things to your balls….
Chloe is mentioned briefly in "Vinewood Souvenirs - Tyler". Tyler Dixon mistakenly call's the girl in his hot tub "Chloe" but it's not her, as she remarks that Chloe Parker was his ex.
If you take Packie on the heist “The Paleto Score” he will talk about the crew he did the bank job in GTA IV’s “Three Leaf Clover” with. His brother Derrick, he references with “God rest his soul”, implying Derrick is dead. Note we can’t use this to infer he was killed by Niko and if Francis is alive or dead – it is possible Francis was killed by Niko, and Derrick died later in other circumstances
If you take Packie on the heist “The Paleto Score” he will talk about the crew he did the bank job in GTA IV’s “Three Leaf Clover” with. He states that “Niko is probably dead too”, but he clearly doesn’t know what has happened to his old friend. He is also most likely the reference of Lester (although not by name) in the cut scene at the start of “Casing the Jewel Store”, where he says “there was an eastern european guy making moves in Liberty City, but he went quiet….”. However, as The Gardener and Katve have pointed out, Jimmy De Santa can be seen viewing his LifeInvader page in the kitchen laptop (when you switch to Michael using the character wheel at various points), which suggests he is still alive.
Deadly Target pointed out that on LifeInvader you can see from Franklin's Cousin's (Tavell Clinton) page, who has moved to LC, a message that Pathos was trying to sell him his CDs on the street corner. This suggests he is still alive.
Again, as pointed by The Gardener, his cab company mentioned by Franklin's Cousin Tavell Clinton on LifeInvader. This suggests he may be alive, although it is possible the cab company may have continued under the same name (e.g. operated by Niko or Mallorie) after his death.
Jacob and Badman:
confederatestatesgta pointed out that Franklin's Cousin Tavell Clinton on LifeInvader states he is living with two Jamaicans. It is quite possible that it is them, but we cannot be certain.