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TheSantader25

Top 3 Legendary/Memorable Characters in each GTA

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TheSantader25

Every GTA has a set of characters that basically "make" the game. These are the characters we remember the most when we go deep in nostalgia. In this thread, name 3 characters(+2 or 3 honorable mentions) that basically make that GTA special. Whether it's because of their jokes, actions or things they do that has consequences in the events of the story. Remember, you don't have to 'like' the characters to name them in this thread. this is not a "who is your favorite character" thread. Basically choose the ones that are the stars of the game IYO. 

 

Example:

GTA San Andreas:

 

1)Big Smoke:A very popular character among both fans and casuals. A friend turned antagonist who also has some hilarious cutscenes in the game. His actions and their effect can't be denied throughout the story. 

 

2)Carl 'CJ' Johnson:one of the most loved protagonists in the franchise due to his flexibility in the story which leads to many interesting events. His journey across San Andreas and building his personality throughout the journey is phenomenal. 

 

3)Mike Toreno:The man that helped CJ break his brother out of prison. The brilliant voice acting and memorable missions are a plus as well. 

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

-Frank Tenpenny:brilliant Antagonist who used manipulation on both his colleagues and enemies to reach his personal goals. 

 

-Cesar Vialpando:A friend who helped CJ out in the most clinical moments when needed. 

 

-Ryder:brilliant and funny character but a shame that he wasn't included more in the story. 

 

 

These six characters are probably the most iconic in the game. 

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American Venom

GTA IV.

 

1) Niko. A highly intricate and interesting protagonist often regarded as the most believable and human in the entire series.

 

2) Dimitri: A break a way from the antagonist clichés of the past games. I admire R*'s attempt of making an ACTUAL connection with not just between the protagonist/antagonist, but the player too. When Dimitri betrayed Niko I felt betrayed too. I don't get that feeling with any other antagonist because usually of the lack of development or the preconceived notion that they're already an asshole anyway. Dimitri didn't need the help of some big name Hollywood actor to carry him.

 

3) Little Jacob: Easily the most loyal secondary character ever. I just love this gy and love hanging out with him.

 

Honourable mentions:

 

1) Vlad. Even though he's a dick he's a fun dick. His interactions with Niko are the most golden in the game.

 

2) Roman. Despite Roman's deception and the hot water he puts us through it's hard not to like the fatty cousin who likes spamming our phones to go bowling and big titties.

 

3) Eddie Low. Might be as strange choice, but I believe he could've worked as a character with an even bigger role. R* really nailed the creep factor here hahaha.

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perennial

GTA III:
1) Claude may-or-may-not-be-Speed
2) Salvatore Leone
3) Catalina
Honorables: Asuka Kasen, Maria Latore, Donald Love

 

GTA VC:
1) Tommy Vercetti
2) Lance Vance
3) Ken Rosenberg
Honorables: Sonny Forelli, Ricardo Diaz, Kent Paul

 

GTA SA:
1) Carl "CJ" Johnson
2) Frank Tenpenny
3) Big Smoke
Honorables: Mike Toreno, Ryder, The Truth

 

GTA LCS:
1) Toni Cipriani
2) Salvatore Leone
3) Vincenzo Cilli
Honorables: Donald Love, Daniel O'Toole, Ma Cipriani

 

GTA VCS:
1) Victor Vance
2) Lance Vance
3) Jerry Martinez
Honorables: Phil Cassidy, Reni Wassulmaier, Umberto Robina

 

GTA IV:
1) Niko Bellic
2) Roman Bellic
3) Dimitri Rascalov
Honorables: Little Jacob, Packie McReary, Brucie Kibbutz

 

GTA TLAD:
1) Johnny Klebitz
2) Billy Grey
3) Jim Fitzgerald
Honorables: Malc, Brian Jeremy, Thomas Stubbs III

 

GTA TBOGT:
1) Luis Lopez
2) Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince
3) Yusuf Amir
Honorables: Ray Bulgarin, Rocco Pelosi, Gracie Ancelotti

 

GTA V:
1) Michael De Santa
2) Trevor Philips
3) Franklin Clinton
Honorables: Lamar Davis, Lester Crest, Martin Madrazo

That took a while to type, too lazy to explain my reasonings.

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CHARMANDER50

 

From the GTA World (ROLE MODELS)

 

1. Johnny Kleibitz(TLAD) how he managed to survive numerous 

assassinations, is still a mystery. Until now after escaping Trevor's 

Antagonistic attack , he became a real role model.

 

2. The Truth(San Andreas) will set you free , Mr. Know it all, say goodbye to his pot farm it has been seized by the government, 

inspite of this he keeps Rollin' the joint.

 

3.CISCO(GTA Advance) a great charismatic leader of the Cartel ,

back story on research, assumed to have been killed, by Vinnie 

no one knows where he is currently living.

 

Worth it (Mention)

 

1. Ulrika (GTA1) a very interesting girl protagonist.

 

2. DODO(GTA2) member & soon leader of the Loonies.

 

3.Mr. Wong (Liberty City Stories) OG of the Wong Brothers & Triads member .

Edited by CHARMANDER50

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Keano

Going to exlcude the top-down games from my list although the likes of Wade Heston, Huang Lee, Cisco, Mike, etc are cool and memorable in my opinion.

 

GTA III:

Claude - He's just a badass

Ray Machowski 

Donald Love 

 

GTA: Vice City (Gonna be hard only picking 3)

Tommy Vercetti - Some great quotes and c'mon, it's Ray Liotta

Ken Rosenberg

Lance Vance

 

Honorable Mentions:

Ricardo Diaz, Kent Paul, Sonny Forelli, Umberto Robina, Avery Carrington, Cortez

 

GTA: San Andreas (Also going to be hard picking 3)

Big Smoke

Tennpenny

CJ 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Maccer, Woozie, Sweet, Ryder, Pulaski, The Truth, Catalina, Tony The Parrot (just because), OG Loc

 

GTA: LCS

Toni Cipriani 

Salvatore Leone

Vincenzo 

 

Honorable Mentions:

JD O'Toole, Maria Latore, Ma Cipriani

 

GTA: VCS

Lance Vance

Phil Cassidy

Vic Vance

 

GTA IV (Difficulty picking 3)

Niko Bellic

Roman Bellic

Gerry McReary

 

Honorable Mentions:

Brucie, Little Jacob, Dwayne, Packie McReary, Francis McReary, Dimitri, UL Paper, Florian/Bernie, Elizabeta 

TLAD:

Johnny Klebitz

Billy

Jim

 

TBoGT

Luis

Gay Tony

Yusuf Amir

 

GTA V

Trevor

Ron 

Lester

 

Honorable Mentions:

Michael, Franklin, Lamar, Wade, Lazlo, Solomon, Cletus, Maude, Nigel and Mrs Thornhill

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ThatKyloRenGuy

GTA III:

1. Claude

2. 8-Ball

3. Phil Cassidy

Honorables: Joey Leone, Salvatore Leone, Catalina, Donald Love, Maria LaTore

 

GTA VC:

1. Tommy Vercetti

2. Ken Rosenberg

3. Juan Cortez

Honorables: Ricardo Diaz, Kent Paul, Avery Carrington (still alive in my book, because I don't consider LCS part of the series, :))

 

GTA SA:

1. Carl Johnson

2. Sweet Johnson

3. Cesar

Honorables: Woozie, The Truth

 

GTA IV:

1. Niko Bellic

2. Roman Bellic

3. Little Jacob

Honorables: Patrick McReary, Brucie Kibbutz, Mallorie Bardas, Kate McReary, Dwayne Forge, Karen Daniels, United Liberty Paper contact

 

GTA TLAD:

1. Johnny Klebitz

2. Clay Simons

3. Jim Fitzgerald

Honorables: Terry Thorpe, Angus Martin, Ashley Butler, Jason Michaels, Malc, DeSean

 

GTA TBOGT:

1. Luis Fernando Lopez

2. Tony Prince

3. Yusuf Amir

Honorables: Henrique Bardas, Armando Torres

 

GTA V:

1. Michael Townley

2. Lester Crest

3. Franklin Clinton

Honorables: Chop

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Evil empire

I only played 3, VC & SA and here's my global ranking in the disorder:

 

-Catalina: she's a so caricatural and exaggerated psychopath you can't forget her. Selfish, treacherous and ruthless, she looks like a bomb always about to explode. In GTA 3 and San Andreas she unavoidably bursts the screen like we say in France, her replies and behavior always left me great memories, I love her.

 

-The Truth: an excellent caricatural hippie who abused of marijuana, he has a lot of charism and his hare-brained ideas are so fantaisist he's a wonderful source of laughter and fun.

 

-Ryder: another one of these characters with an enormous charism. His relationship with CJ always reminds me of these loving/hating friends in movies and series like the Terence Hill/Bud Spencer comedies for example. His apparitions are always very enjoyable. The game handles him a largely undeserving way but his short presence in the scenario is invertedly proportional to the memories he leaves.

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confederatestatesgta

gta sa

 

ryder. one of my favorite characters. i wish he didint die.

 

cesar. a very loyal and great friend of carls.

 

woozie. he was smart and even though he is blind he could still run a gang.

 

 

honorable mentions. the truth. sweet. toreno.

 

 

gta 4

 

niko. one of my favorite protagonists.

 

roman. he is so funny.

 

packie. the most badass irishman in liberty city. he had great missions.

 

 

honorable mentions. manny escuela, little jacob, brucie.

 

 

gta tlad.

 

billy grey. he was a cool antagonist. and he was funny.

 

johnny k. a good protagonist.

 

malc. he was a good character. but i wish we saw more of him.

 

honorable mentions.  jim. terry. clay. ray.

 

gta tbogt

 

yusuf amir. who dosent like this guy? he is funny and has some cool stuff. and fun missions.

 

mori. he started off as an asshole. but then learned his lesson and was a better man. and his missions were fun.

 

honorable mentions. armando. henrique. and tony.

 

gta 5

 

trevor. another of my favorite protagonists. he is funny and badass. and i like his story.

 

lamar. he might mess up a bit. but he is a great character. him and franklin are funny together.

 

steve haines. he is a great antagonist. and he shoots himself in the leg. no other antagonist has done that.

 

honorable mentions. wade. ron. lester. floyd. and michael.

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iiCriminnaaL 49

GTA III:

  • Claude
  • Catalina
  • Salvatore Leone
    • Honorable mentions: 8-Ball, Asuka Kasen and Maria Latore.

GTA Vice City:

  • Tommy Vercetti
  • Lance Vance
  • Sonny Forelli
    • Honorable mentions: Ken Rosenberg, Juan Cortez and Mitch Baker.

GTA San Andreas:

  • Cesar Vialpando
  • Frank Tenpenny
  • Mike Toreno
    • Honorable mentions: Big Smoke, Ryder and Wu Zi Mu.

GTA Liberty City Stories:

  • Salvatore Leone
  • Vincenzo Cilli
    • Honorable mentions: Toni Cipriani and JD O'Toole

GTA Vice City Stories:

  • Victor Vance
  • Lance Vance
  • Jerry Martinez
    • Honorable mentions: Phil Cassidy, Armando Mendez and Diego Mendez.

GTA IV:

  • Niko Bellic
  • Dimitri Rascalov
  • Little Jacob
    • Honorable mentions: Roman Bellic, Mikhail Faustin and Gerald McReary.

GTA IV: The Lost and Damned:

  • Johnny Klebitz
  • Billy Grey
  • Jim Fitzgerald
    • Honorable mentions: Angus Martin, Terry Thorpe and Thomas Stubbs.

GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony:

  • Tony Prince
  • Luis Lopez
    • Honorable mentions: Ray Bulgarin and Yusuf Amir. (not that they're that memorable, but it's just due to the fact that TBOGT's characters are underdeveloped)
Edited by iiCriminnaaL 49

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FlexiveFowl

GTA III:

- Claude

- Asuka Kasen

- Catalina

 

VC:

- Ken Rosenberg

- Tommy Vercetti 

- Ricardo Diaz

Honorable mention: Avery Carrington, Lance Vance

 

SA:

- CJ

- Ryder

- Tenpenny 

Honorable mentions: Big Smoke, Sweet, Woozie, Zero

 

LCS:

- Salvatore Leone 

- Toni Cipriani 

- Vinchenzo Cilli

 

VCS:

- Lance Vance

- Victor Vance

- Jerry Martinez

Honorable mentions: Mendez Brothers, Phil Cassidy.

 

IV:

- Niko Bellic 

- Dimitri Rascalov 

- Roman Bellic

Honorable mentions: Patrick Mcreary, Little Jacob

 

CW:

- Huang Lee

- Wade Heston 

- Hsin Jaoming 

 

V:

- Trevor Philips

- Wade Hebert

- Jimmy De Santa

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Beato_dim

GTA 3: 8-Ball, Salvatore, Maria.

VC: Tommy "Dumb Florida Morons" Vercetti, Ken "I poked my head out of a gutter" Rosenberg, Lance Vance "Dance".

SA: Frank Tenpenny, Ryder... and I'll have two number 9's.

VCS: erm... Reni? Gordon Moorhead, Couzin Ed 😄

IV: Nico & Roman. Everyone else is lower on the list.

V: Trevor, Michael, Lamar.

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FadeAway

 lll:
Claude. He doesn't speak, but has body language for situations and people.
Maria. She's introduced in a mission and is there throughout the game (at least what seems until the end).
Toni: It was interesting taking jobs/missions in an underground bathroom after awhile. Triads and Tribulations.
Honorable mentions:
Asuka, 8-Ball

Vice City:
Tommy Vercetti.
Ken Rosenberg.
Lance Vance.
Honorable mentions:
Ricardo Diaz, Colonel Juan Garcia

 

San Andreas:
CJ.
Big Smoke.
The Truth.
Honorable mentions: Sweet, Cesar Vialpando

 

TLAD:
Johnny Klebitz.
Billy Grey.
Terry Thorpe.
Honorable mentions: Angus Martin, Clay Simons

 

TBOGT:
Luiz Lopez.
Anthony ''Gay Tony."
Yusuf MathaFacka Amir.
Honorable mentions: Er, I guess Luiz' friends, Henrique and Armando, although they seem to hold him back but are by his side and throughout missions. And his mom, bless her heart just wants best for him and also has food waiting when coming home, whom Luiz also helps out financially.

 

IV:
Niko.
Roman. Hey let's go bowling.
Little Jacob.
Honorable mentions: Brucie Kibbutz, Packie McReary

 

V:
Michael De Santa.
Wade Hebert.
Trevor Phillips.
Honorable mentions: Lester Crest, Ron Jakowski

 

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iiCriminnaaL 49
19 minutes ago, FadeAway said:

And his mom, bless her heart just wants best for him and also has food waiting when coming home, whom Luiz also helps out financially.

I agree about this one.

 

Most of the players who played TBOGT seem to hate her, when in fact she just wants the best for her son, so he would get a decent job instead of being a bodyguard of a nightclub owner and often committing crimes. However, she feels out of place for a GTA game in my opinion.

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FadeAway
2 minutes ago, iiCriminnaaL 49 said:

I agree about this one.

 

Most of the players who played TBOGT seem to hate her, when in fact she just wants the best for her son, so he would get a decent job instead of being a bodyguard of a nightclub owner and often committing crimes. However, she feels out of place for a GTA game in my opinion.

She seemed to fit in only a few missions and only as someone in a background/cutscene. Not a mission ''giver.'' She played a figure (his mom vs a lawyer or associate/client in others) for a bit at least until the end of the game. It would've been cool if she joined in some of the missions as a badass mom who shot guns and took part in gaining money, like the movie Illegal Tender.

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Papa_Flow1
On 11/25/2018 at 1:25 AM, iiCriminnaaL 49 said:

I agree about this one.

 

Most of the players who played TBOGT seem to hate her, when in fact she just wants the best for her son, so he would get a decent job instead of being a bodyguard of a nightclub owner and often committing crimes. However, she feels out of place for a GTA game in my opinion.

I honestly think she is a selfish woman on the outlook for herself. She gladly accepts Luis money even though she is “against” his lifestyle. Also got him into trouble with the Loan shark making him go deeper into the lifestyle. I really enjoyed TBOGT and can really relate to Luis’s character. The mom is cool people but I really thought she was selfish AF 

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iiCriminnaaL 49

A little revision here:

 

On 11/20/2018 at 1:30 AM, iiCriminnaaL 49 said:

GTA San Andreas:

  • Cesar Vialpando
  • Frank Tenpenny
  • Mike Toreno
    • Honorable mentions: Big Smoke, Ryder and Wu Zi Mu.

Carl Johnson replaces Ryder.

 

On 11/20/2018 at 1:30 AM, iiCriminnaaL 49 said:

GTA Vice City Stories:

  • Victor Vance
  • Lance Vance
  • Jerry Martinez
    • Honorable mentions: Phil Cassidy, Armando Mendez and Diego Mendez.

Martinez and Armando Mendez switch places.

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