Garrett (character)

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Thief character
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Garrett in a promotional artwork for the game Thief (2014)
First gameThief: The Dark Project (1998)
Voiced byStephen Russell (The Dark Project, The Metal Age, Deadly Shadows)[1]
Romano Orzari (Thief)

Garrett is a player character and the protagonist of the stealth games series Thief. The character was introduced in Thief: The Dark Project in 1998. Multiple publications praised his character as one of top antiheroes in video games and even as one of gaming's best characters overall.


As a child, Garrett was recruited into the Keepers but later left the organization, went into business for himself as a thief, and now uses his Keeper skills to steal from the rich.

In Thief: Deadly Shadows a large scar runs down one side of his face, the result of Viktoria plucking out one of his eyes in Thief: The Dark Project. During the second and third games Garrett sees with a mechanical eye, a piece of Mechanist technology given to him by the Hammerites at the end of The Dark Project. The mechanical eye incorporates a zoom lens. At the end of Thief: Deadly Shadows, Garrett catches hold of a small child trying to pick his pocket, and their conversation is almost identical to that between his mentor Artemus and child Garrett. Garrett's height is 5.4 feet (1,65 m).

A completely new character with same name appears in the new Thief which was released in 2014. This Garrett is described as being a new version of the original.[2]


The character was very well received by critics. In 1999, GameSpot included him on the list of top ten heroes in gaming, stating how "over the course of his adventures, Garrett emerges from under the misanthropic facade as a character with a noble heart, whose immoral ways are reluctantly justified by an immoral talent that's well suited to his immoral world." GameSpot also chose him as one of the 64 contenders in the 2009 user poll "All Time Greatest Video Game Hero".[3] In 2010, games™ listed him among the greatest ever game characters, commenting that "few main characters are as cynical and mysterious as Garrett" and adding that "it's Garrett's unique skills and upbringing that make him such a fascinating character."[4] In 2011, Empire ranked him as the 29th greatest video game character, calling him to "a medieval Han Solo type" and adding that it is "his sardonic amorality that shines through most of all, ensuring Garrett a place as one of gaming's most appealing anti-heroes."[5] In 2012, GamesRadar ranked this "not exactly Robin Hood" as 35th "most memorable, influential, and badass" protagonist in games, also calling him "a pioneer of sorts, paving the way for the myriad other thieves and assassins of our time."

In 2008, PC Zone ranked him as PC gaming's ninth best character for his "wonderful" situational sarcasm, calling him a "medieval Sam Fisher of sorts" and contrasting him with Marcus Fenix (who was ranked as ninth worst).[6] That same year, Garrett got an honorable mention on the list of the best Xbox Heroes by 360 Magazine along with a comment that Garrett "was highly unfortunate not to make the final 50" in the user poll.[7] In 2012, IGN featured him among gaming's most notorious anti-heroes, calling him "a true badass and anti-hero, combining a ruthless exterior with an unshakeable sense of honor."[8] GameSpy's Mike Sharkey called Garrett a noticeable omission from the 2011 Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition's top 50 video game characters.[9]


  1. ^ "Stephen Russell". IMDb.
  2. ^ Dyce, Andrew. "Meet the Actor Behind 'Thief''s New Garrett." Game Rant. 2013.
  3. ^ "All Time Greatest Video Game Hero contest". GameSpot. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010.
  4. ^ Cohen, Sander (March 17, 2010). "The Greatest Ever Game Characters". NOWGamer. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Dyer, James; McComb, David; Plumb, Alastair; Scarborough, David (May 26, 2010). "The 50 Greatest Video Game Characters | 29. Garrett". Empire. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012.
  6. ^ PC Zone Staff (February 23, 2008). "PC Gaming's Best, And Worst, Characters". CVG. Archived from the original on August 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Gordon, Jonathan (October 2009). "360 Heroes – Honorable Mentions". 360 Magazine. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  8. ^ IGN Staff (March 5, 2012). "Gaming's Most Notorious Anti-Heroes". IGN. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Sharkey, Mike (February 16, 2011). "Guinness Ranks Your 50 Favorite Video Game Characters of All Time". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 21, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2014.