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Posted 16 February 2017 - 05:43 PM Edited by Tao Cheng, 14 March 2017 - 11:07 PM.

I seem to notice a pattern where Rockstar Games recycle character names. Can't tell if it's true or merely coincidence.

 

Example: 

 

Nikko (Midnight Club II): A reckless street racer from Tokyo

Niko (Grand Theft Auto IV): Serbian guy you play as.

Nikolai (Midnight Club LA): Eastern European living the Californian dream, hangs out with Booke.

 

Demitri (Midnight Club II): Nikko's homie.

Dimitri (Grand Theft Auto IV): Russian mobster, a major character. 

 

Dawkins (Midnight Club II): Nikko's homie. 

Bryce Dawkins (Grand Theft Auto IV): Hypocritical politician with something to hide.

 

Trevor (Midnight Club LA): Trust fund baby who hangs out with Booke. 

Trevor (Grand Theft Auto V): Crazy protagonist you play as.

 

Cheng (Midnight Club 3): Someone you race in Atlanta prefers tuners.

Cheng (Grand Theft Auto V): Chinese mobster who eats a lot of ecstasy.

 

Toshi (Midnight Club II): Races with Ricky.

Toshi (Midnight Club 3): A mechanic that's disliked by your contact in Tokyo, eventually gets fired.

Toshi (Midnight Club LA): Japanese racer with dreadlocks that speaks in very broken English.

I can almost guarantee if they're going to have a Japanese male character in GTA again, his name is going to be Toshi.

 

Chung Hee (Midnight Club LA): Americanized Korean punk rock racer.

Chung-Hee (GTA Chinatown Wars): Korean Mob drug dealer in Bohan.

 

Albert De Silva (Grand Theft Auto V): Michael's beta surname on casting.

Wilson Da Silva (Max Payne 3): A cop that helps Max.

 

Michael Da Silva (Grand Theft Auto V): Rich and miserable character we play as. 

Captain Da Silva (Red Dead Redemption): Side character, controversial guy from Mexico

 

Moses (Midnight Club II): The very overweight guy you race in the beginning.

Moses (Grand Theft Auto V): A heist member crew that Michael and Lester knows.

 

Lester (Midnight Club LA): Samoan guy who races in the beach, dislikes Booke, Luxury Champ. 

Lester Arnold (The Lost and Damned): Member of the Angels of Death bike gang. 

Lester Leroc (Chinatown Wars): Incompetent private investigator hired by Hsin.

Lester (Grand Theft Auto V): Disabled IT guy who organizes heists. 

 

Shon (Midnight Club II): A racer in Los Angeles that's usually found in arcade circuit races. 

Shon Kikuchi (Grand Theft Auto V): Japanese gang member that you chase after in Vigilante. 

 

Casting call of Grand Theft Auto IV in an older game. 

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Any of you guys spot other names used again through any R*'s games?  

 

 

More examples found: 

El Burro 

Claude 

Mike LOL

Johnny 

Jimmy

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:10 PM Edited by Bender, 16 February 2017 - 07:15 PM.

"El Burro"

Homosexual Mexican in GTA 1

Leader of the Diablos in GTA III

Drug dealer in Bohan in GTA CTW

 

"Claude"

Claude Speed, Protagonist of GTA 2

Claude, Protagonist of GTA III

Claude Wome, Unseen associate of the jewish mob mentioned in the LCPD Database in GTA IV

Claude Marginot, an unseen actor heard in GTA VC's radio

 

They also seem to use names such as Sam and Mike alot, but those are much more common names.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:38 PM

Bodhi named after Steve Og's son Bodhi 😁😁😁😁
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Posted 21 February 2017 - 09:34 PM

Well, theres Mike in GTA Advance, then Michael/Mike in V...

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 12:37 PM

Those are just common names...
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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:00 PM

Lester is also the name of a fat bastard who gives you missions in CTW (last name Leroc, so he's got nothing to do with our trusty molester of a heist planner), as well as the president of AoD's Liberty City chapter.

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 09:24 AM

Demitri (Midnight Club II): Nikko's homie.

Third ending to GTA IV confirmed? :lol:

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 01:10 PM

I mean, in these ridiculously in depth games featuring hundreds of characters each, is it really that bad to reuse names? 


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Posted 23 February 2017 - 01:14 PM

I mean, in these ridiculously in depth games featuring hundreds of characters each, is it really that bad to reuse names? 

I don't think they're pointing out that it's bad, just that's it's unusual and noticible really.

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Posted 24 February 2017 - 11:34 PM

 

Demitri (Midnight Club II): Nikko's homie.

Third ending to GTA IV confirmed? :lol:

 

 

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Here's a picture of a game created by Rockstar that was made five years before Grand Theft Auto IV.

 

 

 

I mean, in these ridiculously in depth games featuring hundreds of characters each, is it really that bad to reuse names? 

I don't think they're pointing out that it's bad, just that's it's unusual and noticible really.

 

 

epicluca: Natz_83 took the words out of my mouth. My apologies if it turned out I was complaining. I noticed and found it interesting.

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Posted 05 March 2017 - 07:38 PM

Johnny.

I'm not listing all of them, here's a list of them in GTA alone:

http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Johnny

Manhunt: Johnny - Member of The Bloodhounds

Bully: Johnny - Leader of the Greasers

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 08:01 PM

Michael De Santa in GTA V - one of main characters, the guy we play

Capitan De Santa in RDR - side character, controversial guy from Mexico

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:06 PM

Jimmy Hopkins - Bully

Jimmy De Santa - Grand Theft Auto V

 

Wonder why no one else noticed this.


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 11:09 PM

Jimmy Hopkins - Bully

Jimmy De Santa - Grand Theft Auto V

 

Wonder why no one else noticed this.

Jimmy Pegorino. It's a common American name.


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 12:43 AM

Carl (Midnight Club LA): South Central wager racer
Carl Johnson (GTA: San Andreas): Main protagonist

Victor (Midnight Club LA): Racer
Victor Vance (GTA Vice City / Stories): Main protagonist

Tommy (Midnight Club LA): Racer
Tommy Vercetti (GTA Vice City): Main protagonist

Maria (Midnight Club LA): Racer
Maria Latore (GTA III / SA): Salvatore Leone's wife
**It's interesting to note that Maria in Midnight Club's personality is remniscient of that of Catalina from GTA III / San Andreas**

Ceaser (Midnight Club III): Racer
Cesar Vialpondo (GTA SA): Tritagonist

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