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Favourite GTA Antagonist.

Favourite Antagonist  

153 members have voted

  1. 1. Salvatore Leone

    • Catalina
    • Sonny forelli
    • Lance Vance
    • Frank Tennpenny
    • Ryder
    • Big Smoke
    • Vincenzo Cilli
    • Jerry Martinez
    • Dimitri Rascalov
    • Jimmy Pegorino
    • Billy grey
    • ray boccino
    • Ray bulgarin
    • Rocco Pelosi
    • Devin Weston
    • Wei Chang
    • Steve Haines
    • Stretch

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Grotti Vigilante
2 minutes ago, xXxRyanxXx said:

Admittedly I don't think Pegorino's as strong though. He's introduced far too late into the story and I would've preferred Bulgarin to have been in his place since the Bulargin/Dimitri relationship never really goes anywhere after the diamonds go missing.


Pegorino feels like a weird substitute for some reason. He's definitely not as bad as Stretch or Wei Cheng, but I would've been more satisfied with Bulgain as a co-antagonist with Dimitri in the final part of the story.

Now that I think about it, it's funny that Niko doesn't seem phased much by Bulgarin being in Liberty City. If his harassment was enough for Niko to cite it as a reason he fled his home country, then surely it would have a big affect on him when his attempts to get away from it all prove to no avail? But no, Niko isn't bothered in the least, and Bulgarian actually had a past vendetta against Niko, and played a crucial part in Dimitri's betrayal of him. I think I agree with you that he could've worked better. Obviously the loose end is tied up in the end of The Ballad of Gay Tony, but in some way that feels like it was partially done just to tie up the loose end. It's not really helpful either since Niko isn't made aware of Bulgarin's death, but then he didn't seem so bothered about him being in Liberty so I suppose it doesn't make much of a difference to his story in the end.

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Tao Cheng

I'm upset that Wei Cheng didn't get much screen time.

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Let me give an unconventional answer. Jane Hopper from Liberty City Stories.

Clearly based on Jimmy Hoffa, she's not so much a criminal as she is a militant union leader trying to fight City Hall. The way she tries to manipulate the Mafia out of money and then openly mocks them in public is really interesting for how arrogant it is, and gives an idea of how untouchable she believes herself to be.

More, the striking union workers are a really unique faction, and whilst not very dangerous definitely do stand out and inconvenience the player at various stages.


If I had any criticism it would be that the limitations of the system never allowed the strike story to be explored in great detail. Imagine how they would have portrayed it with the technology of V. Huge camps of striking workers, buskers singing protest songs, journalists doing interviews. It could have been really impressive.

Also, considering Hopper is a Hoffa analogue, why does she survive the game?


Wouldn't it have been super exciting to have to try and disappear her without anyone noticing? You could have had a whole scene with the Leone family gathering together and deciding to get rid of her, really make it this huge crime which everyone knows can never lead back to them.

Hell, maybe even have her buried in the foundations of Callahan Brudge, so when you go back and play Grand Theft Auto III, the bridge has a lot more importance because we know the story behind its construction.


But all in all, I think she was a really interesting idea for a villain, even if the game she appeared in didn't allow her story to be played out as well as it could have. Great idea, poor execution.

Edited by Typhus

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iiCriminnaaL 49

A little revision (and this time with GTA V's antagonists included):


Main antagonists:

  1. Dimitri Rascalov
  2. Armando & Diego Mendez
  3. Billy Grey & Frank Tenpenny
  4. Sonny Forelli
  5. Ray Bulgarin
  6. Steve Haines
  7. Jimmy Pegorino (in the Revenge ending's case)
  8. Jerry Martinez
  9. Catalina
  10. Devin Weston
  11. Massimo Torini

Secondary antagonists:

  1. Big Smoke
  2. Lance Vance (Vice City only, obviously)
  3. Marty Jay Williams
  4. Jimmy Pegorino (in the Deal ending's case)
  5. Wei Cheng
  6. Salvatore Leone (GTA III only, obviously)
  7. Stretch
  8. Paulie Sindacco


  1. Dimitri Rascalov
  2. Armando & Diego Mendez
  3. Billy Grey & Frank Tenpenny
  4. Big Smoke
  5. Sonny Forelli
  6. Ray Bulgarin
  7. Steve Haines & Lance Vance
  8. Jimmy Pegorino (in the Revenge ending's case)
  9. Jerry Martinez
  10. Wei Cheng
  11. Catalina & Marty Jay Williams
  12. Devin Weston
  13. Salvatore Leone
  14. Massimo Torini & Stretch
  15. Paulie Sindacco


As for the Mendez brothers, despite GTA Wiki stating that they're the secondary antagonists, I don't see any reason why they can't be considered main antagonists alongside Martinez (if not them only as well). They were more threatening than him after all, and they actually had reasons to go after the Vance brothers, unlike Jerry's totally unjustified rivalry. Even the last mission is mainly focused on taking them out, and not specifically Martinez.

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I think the reason why I like Sal Leone as an antagonist so much was because of how the other games built him up. LCS and SA made it a point to build his character into a paranoid mess, I just wish we could see more of his paranoia seeping through in LCS. One of the most integral moments that I remember was when he pointed a gun at Toni, one of his most respected men. If his paranoia was really built up that high, who knows what he could be capable off?

It's satisfying killing him in III for this reason.

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