List of Grand Theft Auto V characters

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Grand Theft Auto V is an open world action adventure video game, released on 17 September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is part of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, developed by Rockstar Games and is the first instalment in the fifth generation of the series. As with previous instalments, Grand Theft Auto V features several major, supporting and minor characters.

For the first time in the Grand Theft Auto series, Grand Theft Auto V features three main playable protagonists: Michael De Santa, a retired former bank robber in his early forties who lives with his dysfunctional family on the proceeds of his former life in the upper-class suburb of Rockford Hills, based on Beverly Hills; Trevor Philips, his former partner in crime, who lives alone in a trailer in the desert of Blaine County, where his reckless and psychopathic behaviours are fuelled by drug addiction; and Franklin Clinton, who makes a living in Vespucci Beach—based on Venice Beach—as a repo man for an unscrupulous Armenian car dealership. The three acquaintances are drawn into Los Santos' criminal underworld "in the pursuit of the almighty American dollar".[1] According to Dan Houser, each of the protagonists is unlike any primary character that has appeared in a Grand Theft Auto title to date:[2] Michael represents a protagonist who "won" and is now trying to adjust to life after his story has come to an end; Trevor is a supporting character recast as a central protagonist; and Franklin is someone who has had no real exposure to a life of crime until the events of the game, and his attempts to avoid such a life end up thrusting him into the middle of it.

Creation and conception[edit]

By giving the player three lead protagonists to switch between while playing the game, Grand Theft Auto V was envisioned to exceed core mechanics of previous games in the series. The vision for three interconnected protagonists was first conceptualised during development of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but the development team felt that they did not have the technical capabilities to realise it.[3] Following the release of Grand Theft Auto IV (2008), the team developed two episodic content packages for the game, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony (both 2009), both of which introduced a new protagonist. The positive reception received for the three intertwined stories solidified the team's confidence of building Grand Theft Auto V around this model.[4]

Protagonists[edit]

Michael De Santa[edit]

Michael De Santa (. Michael Townley), is one of the three playable protagonists of Grand Theft Auto V. He is aged in his 40s and is the husband of Amanda and father of Jimmy and Tracey. He started his criminal career at a young age as a robber, drug smuggler, and pimp, and had already been in prison twice by age 20.[5] Despite his criminal record, Michael shows a particular hatred of criminals who use deception to achieve their ends, even going so far as to threaten a car salesman running a credit fraud scam. He eventually met Trevor Philips when he needed a pilot to smuggle illegal goods across the border, and the two realized they worked well together: Michael had a knack for planning while Trevor had a knack for killing.[6] The two became best friends, performing several major bank heists together. Michael married Amanda, who was a stripper and prostitute,[7] and she gave birth to their children. Out of concern for the future of his family, Michael struck a deal with corrupt FIB agent Dave Norton to fake his death during an upcoming heist in Ludendorff, North Yankton, in exchange for letting Dave "kill" him so Dave would reap the fame.[8] Due to law enforcement now having prior knowledge of the heist, they ambush it, forcing Michael to lead Trevor and their accomplice Brad Snider via a specific escape route that Michael insists they not deviate from so Dave can spot them. Dave shoots and kills Brad instead of wounding him, and shoots Michael, who fakes his death, while Trevor escapes.[9] Whilst describing the events to Franklin, Michael remarks that "the wrong guy died", implying that he should have died instead.

Dave arranges for Michael to get a very lucrative witness protection deal that includes a comfortable stipend and a move to Los Santos in a large mansion. Michael's surname is changed to De Santa, and he retires from his previous life of crime, paying Dave hush money once a month.[10][11] However, Michael's relationship with his family and friends starts deteriorating; his wife barely tolerates him, his children have very little time left to spend with him, and he questions the purpose of his life to a therapist.[12] Nine years after the deal that went wrong, Michael meets and befriends Franklin Clinton after the latter repossesses Jimmy's car.[13] After Michael mistakenly destroys the house of criminal kingpin Martin Madrazo's mistress, Michael robs a jewelry store with Franklin to pay for the damage,[14] but news coverage of the heist alerts Trevor to his fake death,[15] as well as FIB agent Steve Haines, who forces Michael to perform dirty work for him.

Michael and Trevor return to performing heists with the help of Franklin,[16] but Michael's personal life falls apart: his family leaves him,[17] and Trevor kidnaps Madrazo's wife, forcing Michael to flee Los Santos for a time.[18] The only positive is that Michael meets his idol, legendary film producer Solomon Richards, and is named Associate Producer of his upcoming film,[19] giving Michael a sense of purpose. Michael and Trevor's friendship and partnership becomes damaged when Trevor uncovers Michael's deal with Dave.[20] This lasts until the end of the game, and the only time that Michael and Trevor communicate is through arguments with each other. During this absence of communication, Michael's relationship with his family members becomes repaired, and they seem to tolerate each other, and occasionally share positive conversations and compliments.[21] After Michael, Trevor and Franklin complete "the big score", the latter is ordered by Devin Weston to murder Michael, while also being ordered by Steve to murder Trevor; the player then has a choice to complete these orders, or to ignore them both and kill Devin and Steve.[22] If the final option is selected, the three protagonists withstand a massive firefight against Merryweather security men and FIB agents, before Michael kills Harold "Stretch" Joseph and reunites with Franklin and Trevor to kill Devin Weston. The three dissolve their crew, but choose to remain friends. If the player chooses to kill Michael, Franklin chases him to a secluded spot, before pushing him off a water tower where depending on player choice Franklin either lets Michael fall to his death, or attempts to pull Michael to safety but prevented by Michael headbutting him in the face and dropping to the ground.[23]

Each of the protagonists have special abilities that can be used during gameplay; Michael's ability is to slow down time while in a gunfight, similar to Dead Eye in Red Dead Redemption or Bullet time in the Max Payne series.[12]

Michael is played by Ned Luke.[24]

Preceded by
Luis Lopez
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Protagonist of Grand Theft Auto
alongside Franklin Clinton and Trevor Philips
Grand Theft Auto V
Incumbent

Franklin Clinton[edit]

Franklin Clinton is one of the three playable protagonists of Grand Theft Auto V. Part of the Chamberlain Gangster Families set of the Families gang, Franklin is a psychotic gang banger who has ambitions to make big money, and realising he will not get that in the gang life, he works a semi-legitimate job as a repossession agent for Simeon Yetarian, who owns a luxury car dealership. Franklin works with his best friend Lamar Davis, also a gang banger who clashes with Franklin's cynical attitude about the gang life.[5][25] Simeon orders Franklin to retrieve a vehicle bought by Jimmy De Santa, but while driving the car back to the dealership, Jimmy's father Michael holds a gun up to Franklin's head, and orders him to smash the window of the dealership, which in turn leads to Franklin's firing. Impressed by Michael's professional criminality, Franklin seeks Michael out for possible work, and Michael sees great potential in Franklin, and later employs him in jobs, including many heists.[14][16]

At first, Franklin lived with his selfish aunt Denise, but moves out when Lester offers him a large house in ritzy Vinewood Hills.[26] Franklin clashes with Harold "Stretch" Joseph, a Families OG that believes he can give Franklin orders due to his higher status in the gang, a notion that Franklin scoffs at.[27] Lamar often brings Franklin into dangerous deals organised by Stretch, angering Franklin and causing a rift between the two friends.[28] When Franklin refuses to help rescue Lamar from another deal gone bad, Franklin's ex-girlfriend Tanisha makes Franklin realise that his new wealthy life is too isolated and materialistic, and he needs to be concerned about people from his old life. Franklin saves Lamar, deducing that Stretch switched allegiance to the Ballas, a rival gang, and is constantly setting up deals so he and Lamar will be killed.[29]

Franklin never seems to be sided with either Michael or Trevor during their stage of arguments; he consistently attempts to keep the two calm, but notices their flaws, such as Michael's selfish ego and Trevor's psychopathic nature. Near the end of the game, Franklin is ordered by Steve Haines to kill Trevor, however he is also ordered by Devin Weston to kill Michael, and the player must then make a choice: complete one of the orders, or go after Steve and Devin. If the latter is chosen, Franklin, Michael and Trevor attack FIB and Merryweather crews, and then kill Wei Cheng, Stretch, Steve and Devin.[22]

The special ability that Franklin can use is the ability to slow down time while driving.[12]

Franklin is played by Shawn "Solo" Fonteno.[24]

Preceded by
Luis Lopez
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Protagonist of Grand Theft Auto
alongside Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips
Grand Theft Auto V
Incumbent

Trevor Philips[edit]

Promotional artwork of Trevor Philips, as seen in the controversial mission "By the Book".

Trevor Philips is one of the three playable protagonists of Grand Theft Auto V. Trevor is Canadian, born just north of the border with the United States. He grew up with a physically abusive father and an emotionally abusive mother.[30] This upbringing combined with Trevor's violent temper led Trevor to be severely unhinged, leading to numerous fights at school, including an assault on a teacher and how he sodomized his hockey coach in a fit of rage. It is strongly implied that Trevor has engaged in acts of cannibalism, necrophilia and incest, but Trevor refuses to confirm or deny it, instead classifying them as "rumors" and implying that he has encouraged them to be spread in order to establish a reputation to be feared. Despite his instabilities, Trevor considers himself to be a moral person, and will often highlight the hypocrisy of those around him. Presumably due to his abandonment issues, he is also anti-misogynistic, as he is very protective of women, and will unhesitatingly rush to the defense of any woman he feels has been slighted, from chastising a friend for referring to a woman as a "bitch" through to kidnapping the wife of a Mexican gangster to save her from her abusive relationship.

At some point in his youth, Trevor entered the military as a pilot,[10][12] but was quickly forced to leave after being reproved in a psychological evaluation.[7] Later on, Trevor committed crimes, the first one being a small robbery that landed him in jail for 4 months.[31] He would continue his criminal ways, including using his piloting skills to become a smuggler. Trevor eventually met Michael Townley when a mutual associate suggested that Michael hire Trevor to smuggle illegal goods across the border. Michael arrived to the meeting spot being chased by a man that he stole a car from, so Trevor killed the man, which was the first time Trevor killed someone for an actual reason. When the two disposed of the body, they realized they had a good rapport: Michael could plan and Trevor could kill.[6] This was the start of a long partnership and friendship; both wanted to earn money by performing large heists, and both became successful in doing so. However, their partnership began to strain after a few years when Michael married a stripper named Amanda and started a family with her.

During one of their heists with a mutual accomplice named Brad Snider, Michael and Brad are shot by police while Trevor escapes, and he believes Michael died and Brad was sent to jail. Trevor eventually settles in Sandy Shores, Blaine County, where he establishes a small criminal enterprise that he dubs "Trevor Philips Enterprises"[15] that smuggles weapons and manufactures methamphetamine, which he hopes will grow into a large empire. Due to raging abandonment issues, Trevor surrounds himself with two loyal friends that he brainwashed from their previous lives[32] named "Nervous" Ron Jakowski and Wade Hebert. Trevor also enters an uneasy truce with his competitors in Sandy Shores, including the Los Santos chapter of The Lost Motorcycle Club led by Johnny Klebitz, the Varrios Los Aztecas gang, and the O'Neil Brothers.

Nine years after the fateful heist, Trevor finds out that Michael faked his death, causing him to become enraged and go on a rampage that leads to the breaking of the truces held between him and his local competitors. He goes on to annihilate most of his competition in one burst of violence, including the killing of Johnny Klebitz and most of The Lost MC, as well as eliminating the influence of the Varrios Los Aztecas. Shortly after, Trevor attempts to strike up a meth distribution deal with the Triads, but is rejected by them in favor of working with the larger O'Neil Brothers gang, which he then swiftly cripples by killing most of the family's members and destroying their meth lab.[33] After slaughtering the remnants of The Lost MC to finally solidify his control over the city's desert area, he drives to Los Santos, taking over the apartment of Wade's cousin Floyd, and awkwardly reuniting with Michael. After Michael introduces Trevor to Franklin Clinton, the three perform heists again.[16] Trevor is determined to rob anything guarded by Merryweather Security Consulting, a private security firm that he dislikes,[34] but he is thwarted several times from doing so. As a result of not getting paid after a job, Trevor kidnaps Patricia, the wife of kingpin Martin Madrazo.[18] Due to her kind maternal nature and his own abandonment issues, Trevor falls in love with her, and only returns her after much demanding from Michael.[35]

Trevor eventually discovers that Michael had set him and Brad up in the botched heist nine years ago, and that Brad is not in jail, but buried in Michael's fake grave. This leads to Trevor vowing to kill Michael, but needing him alive for one last heist to help make his fortune.[20] When that heist is successful, Trevor is so pleased that he lifts the death vow, but still retains bitter feelings toward Michael.[36] Near the end of the game, the player as Franklin has a choice: kill Trevor, kill Michael, or finish off the remaining primary antagonists of the gang, including Steve Haines and Devin Weston in the "Deathwish" option. If the latter is chosen, Trevor kills Haines, before capturing Weston, and kills him alongside Michael and Franklin. Trevor once again considers Michael his friend, albeit a friend that he hates, which Michael accepts; if Michael and Trevor hang out after this ending, Michael will sincerely apologize and even offer his share of the heist money to Trevor, but Trevor refuses it and completely forgives Michael.[22] If the former is chosen, Franklin meets up with Trevor, before chasing him with Michael to an oil plant. Trevor crashes his car into an oil tank, making it leak out everywhere. Injured, Trevor angrily calls Michael and Franklin out on their betrayal, and defiantly demands that they kill him. Franklin (or Michael, if the player hesitates) then shoots the leaked oil, setting Trevor alight, killing him.[37]

While Michael and Franklin have the special ability to slow down time, Trevor's special ability is to deal out extra damage, and take less damage, and he can also perform a unique melee attack when the special meter is activated.[12]

Trevor is played by Steven Ogg.[24]

Preceded by
Luis Lopez
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Protagonist of Grand Theft Auto
alongside Michael De Santa and Franklin Clinton
Grand Theft Auto V
Incumbent

Central characters[edit]

Allies[edit]

Lester Crest[edit]

Lester Crest is a business partner of Michael and Trevor, who worked with them on many of their heists prior to the heist gone wrong. Following this, Lester kept knowledge on the two, knowing both of their locations. When Michael realises that he needs more money, he contacts Lester,[38][39] who helps him on most of the following heists in the game.[14][16] He suffers from wasting disease, which has rendered him unable to walk without a cane. He also knows how to hack into computers for heists, and shows a hatred of white-collar criminals who use legitimate businesses to rip off unsuspecting citizens.

Lester is played by Jay Klaitz.[24]

Lamar Davis[edit]

Lamar Davis is one of Franklin's best friends, who is a gangbanger in the Families, and previously worked as a repossession agent alongside Franklin. However, Lamar has opposing ideals with Franklin; while the former appears to be more concentrated on the gang, the latter is more focused on earning serious money-making opportunities. Lamar devises several schemes to make quick money, but he often displays a lack of planning. When kidnapping a member of a rival gang, he allows his face to be shown and uses his own phone to call his co-kidnappers with the money (the rival gang member is associated with the police, making it easier to track him). Lamar is in awe of Stretch, a gang member he admires, but remains unaware of Stretch's plans to kill him, as he secretly switched to a rival gang while in prison. Lamar wishes to start a new set called the Forum Gangster Families with Franklin,[27] but it is unknown if he ever asks Stretch for permission, or if his request led to Stretch wanting to kill him. His lack of forethought, habit of blindly walking into obvious traps and his constant need to be saved by Franklin are all treated as one running gag throughout the game.

Lamar is played by Slink Johnson.[24]

Dave Norton[edit]

David "Dave" Norton is an agent of the Federal Investigation Bureau, working under his superior Steve Haines. In 2004, he somehow came into contact with Michael Townley and the two worked together to stage Michael's fake death during an upcoming heist in Ludendorff; Michael would be able to leave crime behind and Dave would finally have something to highlight his unremarkable career. After the heist, Dave shoots Michael and Brad Snider during their escape, but he fails to shoot Trevor Philips, as was the original plan;[9] Brad dies and is buried in Michael's grave, while Michael survives thanks to a bullet-proof vest.[20] Dave pulls strings to secretly get Michael and his family into witness protection in exchange for monthly hush money. Dave then enjoys the fame of being the man who killed one of the most wanted men in the country, but that wanes after a few years, with his career remaining stagnant.

For the next nine years, Michael lives in Los Santos under the surname De Santa, with Dave being in touch with him. He arrives at Michael's mansion after Michael and his protege, Franklin Clinton, robbed a jewel store, warning the former that this act will attract Trevor,[14] who Dave has been sending emails to in the disguise of Brad to keep tabs on him. Haines discovers Dave's deal with Michael, forcing Michael, Trevor and Franklin to work for him and Dave, and the trio do several jobs for them, with most of the jobs are against the IAA. Haines wants to get rid of Michael so he'll be able to get out clean of the suspicions against him, leading Dave to briefly turn against Haines during a massive shootout between the FIB, the IAA, and Merryweather, during which Dave gets help from both Michael and Trevor.[40]

Dave tries to calm down Haines, who agrees to spare Michael, but wants Trevor dead. Haines orders Franklin to kill Trevor,[29] while Devin Weston tells him to assassinate Michael.[23] If the player chooses to spare Michael and Trevor, Haines is killed, and Dave is named new host of "The Underbelly of Paradise", the reality show that Haines hosted. He admits to Trevor that he was posing as Brad, and tells him the FIB will leave him alone if he stays out of trouble.

Although on opposite sides of the law, Michael and Dave are good friends. Dave freely admits that he is corrupt, but is quick to point out that he is less corrupt than many others.[8]

Dave is played by Julian Gamble.[24]

Ron Jakowski[edit]

Ronald "Ron" Jakowski is a friend of Trevor, and a fellow redneck living in a neighboring trailer to Trevor. He is a paranoiac conspiracy theorist, and is often quite terrified of Trevor,[41] always calling him "boss" and apologizing to him when he does anything slightly wrong. Ron also hosts a radio show on Blaine County Radio, where he reveals that he used to be married and lived a normal life, but one day he met Trevor, whose anarchic worldview changed Ron's perspective on everything he once knew. He left his wife behind, but now owes her much in alimony.

Ron is played by David Mogentale.[24]

Wade Hebert[edit]

Wade Hebert is a friend of Trevor. He is a juggalo, and chronic methamphetamine addict whose addiction has left him with the mind of a child,[7] though it is implied that he was already quite naive before getting addicted. Wade met Trevor when he and his friends bought drugs off him; it is hinted that Trevor then killed Wade's friends when Wade was not looking, and 'takes care' of Wade ever since. Like Ron, he is quite nervous around, and loyal to, Trevor.

Wade is played by Matthew Maher.[24]

Solomon Richards[edit]

Solomon Richards is a film producer, who Michael is a huge fan of. Devin Weston manages to get Michael in contact with Richards, and the two become instant friends. Michael does some work for Richards,[19][42] before being listed as Associate Producer on his latest film, Meltdown.[43] He is even invited to the red carpet premiere, along with his family.[44]

Solomon is played by Joel Rooks.[24]

Antagonists[edit]

Devin Weston[edit]

Devin Weston is one of the four main antagonists of Grand Theft Auto V. He is a billionaire investor and corporate raider, and the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Devin Weston Holdings, which owns shares in nearly every company in the state. Devin believes he is so rich that he can do anything without having to suffer the consequences. He is particularly ruthless in his investment tactics to the point where he gets sexual pleasure out of double-crossing his business partners by exploiting loopholes in their contracts. He is shown to be arrogant and unsympathetic towards others, and likes to advertise his own sexual prowess.

Devin employs Michael, Franklin and Trevor on a job to steal some cars, which they complete, but orders Franklin and Trevor to retrieve three more cars before they can get paid. Impressed with Franklin's work, Devin hints to him that he should move past Michael to better things, which strikes a chord with Franklin. After he receives the three cars, Devin still refuses to pay, which angers the trio greatly. Devin also attempts to shut down Richards Majestic Studio, the last of Vinewood's film studios for profit, but his efforts are thwarted by Michael, who recently acquired a job there. Michael's actions result in the accidental death of Devin's loyal Senior Vice President Molly Schultz.

To avenge Molly, Devin enlists Merryweather Security Consulting - which he also owns a share in - to kill the De Santa family, but Michael fends them off. Realizing that he needs someone close to Michael to pull the trigger, he orders Franklin to murder Michael under threat of severe repercussion, while Steve Haines orders Franklin to murder Trevor. However, Franklin can also choose to murder Steve and Devin; if he chooses this, Trevor kidnaps Devin, before taking him to a desolate location. When Michael and Franklin arrive, they push the car holding Devin down a cliff; it hits the ground and explodes, killing him.[22]

Devin is played by Jonathan Walker.

Steve Haines[edit]

Steve Haines is one of the four main antagonists in Grand Theft Auto V, the others being Devin Weston, Wei Cheng, and Harold "Stretch" Joseph. He is a decorated FIB agent who shows the crimes of Los Santos on his TV show, Saints and Sinners: The Underbelly of Paradise. He is Dave Norton's superior and learns of his subordinate's deal with Michael after Michael comes out of retirement. Instead of reporting it, Steve decides to use Michael, Franklin, and Trevor to perform dirty work aimed at undermining the International Affairs Agency (IAA), the FIB's rival, so as to secure more funding from the government. He is shown to be particularly psychotic and arrogant, and is despised by almost everyone he comes into contact with. He claims a close, personal friendship with Devin Weston, and it is implied that he has Weston's influence to thank for his position.

Following a raid on a biological weapons research facility, the FIB begins investigating Steve, so he needs help covering his tracks, which culminates with him trying to arrest Michael to silence him. Steve's protege, Andreas Sanchez, betrays him by informing the FIB of Steve's activities, resulting in him killing Andreas. Towards the end of the game, Steve is convinced by Dave to spare Michael and only silence Trevor, whose actions brought more heat onto them. He orders Franklin to kill Trevor while Devin Weston orders Franklin to kill Michael. Franklin has the choice to ignore both of these orders, and go after these men; if the player chooses such option, Trevor finds and kills Haines.[22]

Steve is played by Robert Bogue.[24]

Wei Cheng[edit]

Wei Cheng is one of the four main antagonists of Grand Theft Auto V. He is the leader of the Los Santos Triads (A Chinese/American criminal organization), and wants to base his business around Blaine County. He contacts Trevor, as he wishes to work with him and his company (Trevor Philips Enterprises/Industries). He sends his son out to talk to Trevor,[45] before declining the request to work with him as he deems it too risky.[33] Wei enters a partnership with the O'Neil Brothers, Trevor's rival, which causes Trevor to kill most of the O'Neil Brothers and blow up their meth factory, ruining Wei's deal. Wei sends men to find Trevor, but when they do, they incorrectly deduce that Michael - who is living with Trevor for a time - is Trevor's lover. The Triads ambush Michael and Trevor when the two return to Ludendorff, capturing Michael.[20] Wei proceeds to hold Michael hostage and torture him in a meat factory in Los Santos for days, hoping to lure Trevor into a trap; Franklin ultimately rescues Michael.[46] At the end of the game, if Franklin sets out to save Michael and Trevor, Franklin then tracks down and kills Wei.[22]

Wei Cheng is played by George Cheung.[24]

Harold "Stretch" Joseph[edit]

Harold "Stretch" Joseph is one of the four main antagonists of Grand Theft Auto V. He is an OG of the Chamberlain Gangster Families who went to prison in the early '90s. Recently released, he immediately returns to the gang, demanding respect and doling out orders to Franklin and Lamar. Franklin openly disrespects Stretch, considering him pathetic for never growing out of the gang mentality, which angers Stretch. Lamar, however, looks up to him and convinces Franklin to come along on deals organized by Stretch. Stretch goes with Franklin and Lamar to the first deal he set up, which turns out to be an ambush by their enemy gang, the Ballas. They fight through the Ballas, and manage to survive.[27] Stretch is later revealed to be a traitor and associate of the Ballas (having switched gangs in prison), and his deals are actually attempts to ambush and kill Franklin and Lamar. He ultimately arranges for Lamar to be abducted in order to lure Franklin into a trap, but regardless the duo manages to foil every attempt on their lives. At the end of the game, when Franklin makes the decision to save both Michael and Trevor, Lester manages to track down where Stretch is hiding, and Michael kills him.[22]

Stretch is played by Hassan Iniko Johnson.[24]

Supporting characters[edit]

Amanda De Santa[edit]

Amanda De Santa, formerly Amanda Townley, is the wife of Michael, and the mother of Jimmy and Tracey. During the early days of Amanda's marriage with Michael, she was a stripper, and she was once very close to her husband. Their relationship became shaky following her family's placement in a witness protection program after Michael was involved in the North Ludendorff heist. During the events of the game, it becomes evident that Amanda and Michael do not get along. The two are constantly arguing with each other, and can never seem to agree on anything.[17][47] It is even revealed that Amanda has been having an affair with her tennis coach. Following many of Michael's crazy decisions and actions, Amanda and her children decide to move out.[38] Amanda later suggests that the family take a counselling session, which erupts into a massive shouting match between Amanda and Michael. Despite this, Amanda acknowledges that she found the experience "cathartic," and that nobody will ever understand their family like they understand each other. The family subsequently move back in with Michael.[21]

Amanda is played by Vicki Van Tassel.[24]

Jimmy De Santa[edit]

James "Jimmy" De Santa, formerly James Townley, is the son of Michael and Amanda, and the younger brother of Tracey. Despite Michael's attempts to bond with his son, they have a confused relationship, and Jimmy and his sister have a hateful relationship. At one point early in the game, Jimmy attempts to sell his father's yacht, however it is then stolen with him inside, and Michael and Franklin are forced to save him.[48] Later on, Jimmy tricks his father into drinking a spiked beverage, before stealing his car, money, and moving out of the house with his mother and sister.[17] Later on in the game, Jimmy and Michael start reuniting the family and the family return to their house with Michael.[21]

Jimmy is played by Danny Tamberelli.[24]

Tracey De Santa[edit]

Tracey De Santa,[49] formerly Tracey Townley, is the daughter of Michael and Amanda, and the older sister of Jimmy. She has a very damaged relationship with the rest of her family; she is seen arguing with her mother, regularly fighting with her brother, and is constantly bickering to her father. She is known to have sex with multiple people, and to also take various drugs, much to the disapproval of her father.[50] Tracey is not seen socializing with her father much in the game; the only time they are seen communicating is when they are angry with each other.[50][51] After the family returns to the house, Michael gets a call from Tracey, that someone is stalking her, so he helped her find the stalker.

Tracey is played by Michal Sinnott.[24]

Floyd Hebert[edit]

Floyd Hebert is Wade's cousin and lives in his girlfriend Debra's condo in Vespucci Beach. The condo is used as Trevor's initial safehouse in Los Santos. Floyd works as a stevedore, or dockhand at the Port of Los Santos. He is unequivocally shown to be a milquetoast, stuck in a dead end job and in a relationship with a woman who does not appreciate him. He is quite nervous around Trevor, who frequently bullies him, forcing him to assist Trevor in his crimes, and, along with Wade, trashes his girlfriend's apartment. Floyd is quite serious about his relationship, and is worried that he may never get a chance to have a girlfriend again if his current relationship ends. Although, Floyd is perhaps the only decent person & positive role model in the entire game, believing in living an honest life and abstain from vices such as drugs, violence, adultery, corruption, greed, and materialism or any forms of crime. At one point, Trevor bursts in the safehouse to find Debra and Floyd, who are angry at him and each other for his ruining of her apartment and their lives. In a Mexican standoff, Debra pulls out a handgun on Floyd and Trevor; consequently, Floyd pulls a knife on Debra. The scene cuts to a blood-soaked Trevor walking out of the apartment after savagely murdering the two of them offscreen.

Floyd is played by Jimmy Ray Bennett.[24]

Other characters[edit]

According to the credits of the game, characters from previous games in the series return in Grand Theft Auto V, including Packie McReary, Johnny Klebitz, Ashley Butler, Rocco Pelosi, the U.L.P. Contact and Michelle/Karen, all from Grand Theft Auto IV or its episodes The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Character Actor Details
Simeon Yetarian Demosthenes Chrysan[24] Simeon Yetarian[12] is an Armenian car dealer, and Franklin and Lamar's employer. He owns a car dealership which acts as a front for a loan shark and extortion businesses. Simeon's dealership sells cars to people who can't afford them and when they default on the payments, Franklin repossesses the cars. After Franklin drives a car through the front window of the dealership, Simeon fires him, and the dealership closes down.[13]
Martin Madrazo Alfredo Huereca Martin Madrazo is a minor antagonist of Grand Theft Auto V. He is the leader of one of the most ruthless Mexican narcotic gang in the Los Santos area. Madrazo has a fearsome reputation, with several attempts to indict him being shut down after all of the witnesses disappeared. He first appears after Michael and Franklin pull down his mistress Natalia's deck, which a tennis coach who had been cheating with Michael's wife, Amanda, had been hiding on. Michael is then forced to pay Martin back for the damages done to the house. Madrazo later returns to the events of the game, enlisting Michael and Trevor for their help in carrying out a hit on his cousin Javier, who is seeking to testify against him. Whilst being received at Madrazo's estate, Trevor develops feelings for Madrazo's wife Patricia. After failing to receive payment for the hit, Trevor summarily kidnaps Patricia and cuts off Madrazo's ear in the process. Madrazo puts a price on Trevor and Michael's heads, but relents when Trevor returns Patricia on the condition that he stops taking her for granted. Madrazo is shown to be terrified of Trevor when the latter returns his wife.
Molly Schultz Elizabeth Mason[24] Molly Schultz is the Senior Vice President of Devin Weston Holdings and Devin's General Counsel.[52] She is a serious and humorless professional who often acts as Devin's representative when dealing with Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. Molly is a devout follower of Devin and may be in love with him, resulting her in following his orders without question, which Franklin calls her out on.[6] When Devin plans to close Richards Majestic Studio, Molly takes its latest film "Meltdown" and attempts to leave town with it. Michael chases Molly to the airport to retrieve the film from her, but this causes her to panic and run into the path of a jet engine, which sucks her into its turbine, killing her instantly.[43]
Rocco Pelosi Greg Siff[24] Rocco Pelosi is a minor antagonist of Grand Theft Auto V. He previously appeared as the secondary antagonist of The Ballad of Gay Tony. Rocco returns in this game where it is revealed he moved to Los Santos after the events of The Ballad of Gay Tony and became a corrupt talent agent who agreed to do work for Solomon Richards, and convinces them to stall and negotiate a new contract. Richards asks Michael De Santa to recruit the actors again, and he does so by fighting Rocco.[19] Later, Michael finds Rocco beating up Richards, and chases him. Michael quickly catches Rocco, and kills him.[42]
O'Neil Brothers Joe Curnutte (Dale O'Neil)
Matt Clarson (Elwood O'Neil)[24]
The O'Neil Brothers are minor antagonists of Grand Theft Auto V. They are composed of nine inbred redneck brothers that specialize in meth distribution. Trevor goes to war with them when he learns that the triads will be buying meth from them instead of his organization Trevor Philips Industries. Trevor burns down their farm[33] and later wipes out the remaining brothers with the help of Michael and Franklin.[53]
Denise Clinton Janet Hubert[24] Denise Clinton is Franklin Clinton selfish aunt. Denise has a very cold relationship with Franklin; she refers to him as the "one mistake" her sister ever made. She is identified as a "new age feminist", and is seen on multiple occasions leading "spirit walks" with her friends, which involves chanting feminist phrases during cardio exercises. In the mission "Hood Safari", Franklin refers to her as "my mother's old dried up-ass sister, while Trevor and Denise yell at Franklin to "shut the fuck up!".[46]
Chop N/A Chop is Franklin and Lamar's pet Rottweiler. Although nominally Lamar's dog, Franklin agrees to take care of Chop after a mission, and Lamar does not reclaim him when Franklin moves to Vinewood Hills. He can be taken for walks, and can attack enemies when told to. He occasionally accompanies Franklin on missions.[54]
MC Clip J. Wells[24] MC Clip, is a famous rapper based in Los Santos, San Andreas. He appears to be criticised for being a "fake" rapper. MC Clip is first mentioned on the cover of West Coast Classics Magazine, as he was recently interviewed by them. He states that he intends on stopping war, and recalls his recent 3 hour concert in Los Santos. He then appears during the mission Hood Safari, in which he is found in the Los Santos Canal with many bikini-clad women filming a music video. Trevor Philips, along with Franklin Clinton and Lamar Davis, hold MC Clip and his associates hostage for a brief moment before stealing three Seasharks owned by MC Clip. Weazel News will announce that MC Clip was killed in the firefight between the Families and the Ballas, even if the player chose not to kill him. Despite this, he still posts on Bleeter, complaining of "hoods" stealing his Seasharks.
Debra Claire Byrnes[24] Debra is Floyd Hebert's girlfriend. She is a lawyer who is frequently abroad and thus has a rather strained relationship with her beau. Debra appears to be lovers with an associate called Bob. When Debra meets Trevor after seeing her ruined apartment, she threatens both him and Floyd with her pistol, with Floyd threatening her with a kitchen knife while Trevor tries to calm them down. As he fails to calm them down, Trevor then begins killing them off-screen.
Isiah Friedlander Bryan Scott Johnson[24] Dr. Isiah Friedlander is Michael's therapist,[55] and can be visited for appointments in any time during the game. At one point near the end of the game, Michael, his wife, his son and his daughter all visit Friedlander for a therapy session, which he does not say anything during.[21] It is clear that he makes patients pay too much for their session with him, for very unsuccessful results. Michael has the choice to let Friedlander go or chase and kill him during the last shrink visit. If you let Friedlander go, the radio confirms that he was eventually murdered before filming his new TV show.
Brad Snider Ryan Woodle[24] Bradley "Brad" Snider was a friend of Trevor and Michael. He often participated in many of the heists that Trevor and Michael pulled off, including the heist in North Yankton that went wrong; Michael and Brad were shot.[9][39] Michael was believed to be dead by many, including Trevor, following the heist, while Brad was believed to be in jail, while in reality he died. Nine years after his death, Trevor after uncovering Michael's secret ventures to find out who was buried in Michael's place in his grave; he finds Brad.[20]
Johnny Klebitz Scott Hill[24] Jonathan "Johnny" Klebitz, who previously appeared as the main protagonist of The Lost and Damned, returns in Grand Theft Auto V. He evidently takes methamphetamine, and at one point in the game, he gets angry at Trevor, who is having sex with Ashley Butler, whom Johnny admits that he still loves. Trevor reacts to Johnny's protest by murdering him in a fit of rage, which then begins a war between Trevor and the Lost MC.[15]
Ashley Butler Traci Godfrey[24] Ashley Butler, who previously appeared as a main character in The Lost and Damned, returns in Grand Theft Auto V, firstly having sex with Trevor. Johnny, who admits to still loving Ashley, confronts Trevor about it, evidently angry. Trevor ends up killing him, before walking away, as Ashley mourns over Johnny's dead body.[15] The player is given the option of killing her then or letting her live. If she is left alive, a news report on the radio confirms that she dies at a crack party.
Packie McReary Ryan Johnston[24] Patrick "Packie" McReary, who previously appeared as a main character in Grand Theft Auto IV, returns in Grand Theft Auto V in a cameo. He appears outside the Dollar Pills pharmacy story in Strawberry. When Franklin approaches him, he is shown to be robbing the store, but requires a getaway vehicle. Franklin agrees to help him, and drives him far away from the store. On the way, Packie mentions a previous heist that he had performed, referring to a heist in Grand Theft Auto IV that he performed with Niko Bellic. After Franklin helps Packie, he is available to be used as a crew member on heists.

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  7. ^ a b c Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Friends Reunited")
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  17. ^ a b c Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Did Somebody Say Yoga?")
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  32. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Hang Ten")
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  36. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "The Big Score")
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  39. ^ a b Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Friend Request")
  40. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "The Wrap Up")
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  43. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Meltdown")
  44. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Trevor Philips Industries")
  45. ^ a b Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Fresh Meat")
  46. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "The Good Husband")
  47. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Father/Son")
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  50. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Fame or Shame")
  51. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "I Fought the Law")
  52. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Predator")
  53. ^ Grand Theft Auto V (Mission: "Chop")
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