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Most Nice and Sympathetic GTA Protagonist?


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I'm gonna go with Niko. He's tormented over what happened in the war and he desperately wants to forget about it. He'll also do whatever it takes to keep the people he cares about safe.


His deep conversations with Roman, Kate and Ilyena Faustin are a great representation of his personality and how he wants to be a good person.


Luis is another one. He takes so much sh*t from everyone around him and still remains loyal.

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Joey Leone and 8-Ball (GTA III).

Those guys aren’t protagonists. Just saying.

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Carl Johnson because he's not a psychopathic killing machine like Claude Speed and Tommy Vercetti. he's loyal and knows what to do and which sacrifices it implies to become rich and powerful although he oftenly looks weak and inconsistent.

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As most have said..its no doubt Niko. His tragic backstory made you feel for him and you can see that he was broken by what he saw in the war & the betrayal. He doesn't care about making it big in the criminal underworld, he just wants revenge and some money.


Monologue's like the one in the intro, after he killed Vlad, when he talks to Faustin's wife etc. all humanize him a lot. Rockstar finally nailed the more human protagonist type they were trying to do with CJ and especially Vic (but couldn't execute that well).


One of my favourite gaming protagonists ever.

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I think both Niko and Michael. Both want to escape from their terrible past and leave the world of crime and start a better life with the people who are close to them. 

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On 9/17/2017 at 5:54 PM, AwesomO4000 said:

Victor Vance - He starts out as a nice guy, but gets forced into drugs and crime after Jerry Martinez gets him kicked out of the Army and ruins his reputation by framing him with drugs and hookers.


He always feels uncomfortable doing crimes, like when hes forced to vandalise a store for protection money by Marty, and acts very polite when hes around Louise.


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Yea Vic ofc. Maybe even Luis. And yeah Niko even if hes cold asf but not to his friends etc. Then probably CJ Michael Frankling in no order



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On 5/23/2020 at 11:56 PM, Ahmedmfroezspeed said:


one of the worst GTA protagonists ever


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Of course Vic. No explanation needed.

On 5/24/2020 at 12:56 AM, Ahmedmfroezspeed said:


one of the worst GTA protagonists ever

Wait, do you mean you hate him because he's soft and not psychotic?

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The only people I would even consider converstaing with are Franklin, Michael and Niko, because only they behave like human beings. 

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LMMFAO at people who consider CJ the nicest and most sympathetic protagonist of the series. 😆 Yep. Because nothing says nice and sympathetic than killing some rapper's manager because OG Loc said so, or burying a construction worker alive because he simply called Kendl a hooker, and then whining about how he has it so hard even though he ruined other people's lives without a qualm. So sympathetic. 🤣


In all seriousness, the nicest protagonist is Vic Vance, and the most sympathetic is Niko.

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I think Michael in Gta 5 because you can tell he was sad when his wife left and took their son and daughter from his home. You can tell he was genuine and wanted them back in his home.

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Probably Johnny Klebitz. He's practically the Arthur Morgan of GTA. A man conflicted between his own morals and the craziness of his gang leader. And Brian is definitely Micah.


Niko can be nice but he's dead inside, the war and the decade following the war killed him. He doesn't have a soul left like Johnny does.

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CJ is the nicest and most sympathetic character. He actually has a heart and cares deeply for a lot of his friends, unlike that prick Vercetti.

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On 10/1/2017 at 6:54 AM, Terrc87 said:

What does CJ do to make him categorized as a sympathetic person? In what particular moment?

When he freaking steals a fighter jet to help free sweet then turn around and abandon several successful ventures in San fierro and Las ventarus to engage in gang wars simply to make his brother happy. If your cjs friend and family then he will go to hell and back for you. People boohoo about some dumbass construction workers but ignore how even tries to spare Pulaski. 


So I guess what I'm trying to say is his love for his family and desperate attempts to redeem himself for " running off" makes him sympathetic.

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