Ever for the reason that GTA franchise turned what it’s at present with Grand Theft Auto 3, Rockstar has packed their worlds full of colourful and wealthy characters. Whereas we’ve solely been in a position to management male characters up till now (although that’s set to vary if the GTA 6 rumors are true), they’ve all had distinct and attention-grabbing personalities and tales. That mentioned, generally it’s the aspect characters that may steal the present too. Trying again on the total collection, we’ve give you our picks for the most effective GTA characters of all time.
Carl ‘CJ’ Johnson — GTA: San Andreas
Good previous Carl Johnson, higher often called CJ, is far more than only a meme. San Andreas was the second recreation within the collection to actually give attention to character in a significant approach, and the crew nailed it with their lead. Not solely was the whole solid full of bonafide actors, however CJ’s private story as a gang member whose mom is murdered was way more nuanced and emotional than the media would lead you to consider. The true draw was the connection CJ had with the primary antagonist Officer Tenpenny (who could or is probably not talked about afterward). This recreation set the usual for the way Rockstar would reveal extra in regards to the characters and world via informal dialog all through the story.
Tommy Vercetti — GTA: Vice Metropolis
Vice Metropolis nonetheless feels a bit prefer it was getting its grip on refining the GTA components after 3, however so far as the world and characters are involved, Rockstar was leagues forward of the competitors. Tommy’s total arc wears its Scarface inspirations on its sleeve and is all the higher for it. He cracks-wise, has a easy aim of turning into probably the most highly effective gangster within the metropolis, and is only a enjoyable character to comply with. This additionally marked the primary time within the collection we obtained a protagonist voiced by a Hollywood actor within the type of Ray Liotta, who completely nails the function. He seems like a second try on the character Claude from GTA 3 was meant to be however with the good thing about a sun-soaked Miami-inspired setting.
Trevor Philips — GTA V
You possibly can love him or hate him, however whichever aspect you land on all of us can agree that Trevor is an efficient character. Not a very good individual — not even shut — however a very good character. Of the primary trio featured in GTA V, Trevor stands out because the unpredictable wild card. Not solely do you by no means know what Trevor goes to do, or how he’ll react, to a given state of affairs, however even his dialogue is unpredictable. Positive, you would say that he lacks any character development, however that’s considerably the purpose — he contrasts Michael and Franklin’s growth. He’s simply the funniest character on this listing, whereas concurrently being probably the most terrifying. That’s no small feat, and simply earns him a spot on this listing.
Officer Tenpenny — GTA: San Andreas
Our solely non-player character, and antagonist, to make the listing is the most effective villain of the collection. This character may’ve earned a spot merely for being voiced by none aside from Samuel L. Jackson himself, however the character himself pulls as a lot weight because the efficiency. Like all nice villain, Tenpenny is simply as three-dimensional as CJ, with strengths, weaknesses, and relatable motivation. We simply want he may’ve survived so we may get extra of him in later video games.
Niko Bellic — GTA IV
Taking us again to Liberty Metropolis, Rockstar switched issues up on gamers by giving us maybe probably the most “American” story informed via the eyes of contemporary immigrant Niko Bellic. This contemporary story (nicely, trendy for the time anyway) of a person on the lookout for a contemporary begin in a brand new nation, solely to have his previous proceed to hang-out him, was a contemporary course for the collection. That is actually the place Rockstar’s capability to write down empathetic characters who had been attempting to do the precise factor, however was destined to fail was perfected. We cherished the tragedy of seeing Niko attempt his finest to dwell an sincere life, just for exterior forces to pull him again into a lifetime of crime and violence.