Best Grand Theft Auto Characters

The Top Ten

1 Carl CJ Johnson

CJ deserves to sit at the top. Not only is he the most interesting character but he is also from the best Grand Theft Auto game till date. I know some people allow racism and anti black to influence their opinion on CJ. Other than that, they will know CJ is so awesome. I was torn between he and Vercetti but my vote goes to CJ in the end because he has a more of a character development and although he is supposed to be a nation wide criminal, his character makes you love him like he is the hero. He could do many things other characters can't do. He can date as many as 6 girls because he is the ladies man, learn different form of martial arts, swim, rob houses, own businesses etc etc. CJ is such a bad ass that the government even fears him and works with him. He has stormed and messed with the government, crime mafias, gangsters, corrupt cops and come out on top. He beat Claude from Grand Theft Auto 3 in a race. He can also DUAL WIELD! CJ started so low but the game will end with him ...more

Also the youngest Grand Theft Auto protagonist, he was 23-24 years old during the even. His words are annoying but funny. Even though Grand Theft Auto V has been released for a long time, CJ's name is still big today in term of Grand Theft Auto obviously. Proven by this vote.

I like this character 6 girlfriends so much respect from gangsta families nice life story too much helpful to he's friends and almost everyone knows him at san andreas he have the balls to face number of enemies alone and he breaks 2 times and kill everyone in military areas alone and face number of vagos and ballas to take revenge for his brother and his mother sorry for bad english

I'm a white person and he is actually the best

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2 Niko Bellic Niko Bellic Niko Bellic is a fictional character and the playable protagonist of Rockstar North's 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, also featuring as a supporting character in its episodic content The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, all of which are published by Rockstar Games.

In my opinion best all in round character, badass, tragic, sometimes comedic - Radzz202

The reason niko is great is because he is a deep character, he has the greatest story, he has his own needs, problems, a realistic personality, he is affected by his crimes and the moral damage created by them, and the only character in the series who doesn't want a life of crime, he wants his American dream.

nice guy

He just has this eerie and cool feeling, he's slavic gangsta and a badass

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3 Tommy Vercetti Tommy Vercetti Thomas "Tommy" Vercetti is a fictional character, the protagonist and playable character in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a game in the Grand Theft Auto series. He is voiced by Ray Liotta.

Never took crap from anyone and was a real leader, CJ is tough but times he was a little soft.

Plus Tommy had more depth since his back story and connections with sonny forelli mattered for most of the game and as the game progressed, the story moved on (tommy at first finding out who took his boss's money and drugs, then the story moved on to standing alone and making his boss lose patience etc). With CJ, his story is mostly about proving himself that he is a true grove by mostly focusing on getting his brother out of jail for most of the time.

Definitely number 1 no question.

Best character of Grand Theft Auto

In one game this man did what took all three grand theft auto 5 protagonist to accomplish, and something CJ and the whole Grove crew never did.

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4 Trevor Philips Trevor Philips Trevor Philips is a fictional character in Grand Theft Auto V, a video game in the Grand Theft Auto series made by Rockstar Games.

Everything he says makes me laugh. He is hilarious

Trevor is The best!

Trevor Phillips is the definition of Grand Theft Auto

Trevor was the first Grand Theft Auto character that actually made sense to play with. You could kill/blow up cars and people without it feeling random while you're playing with Trevor. Without a doubt in my mind, he deserves to be number 1.

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5 Michael De Santa Michael De Santa Michael De Santa, formerly Michael Townley, is one of the three protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V, along with Franklin Clinton and Trevor Philips.

How in the name of Jesus has he not divorced yet, a baddass and a dick head family don't work well together.

Michael is the best!, he is rich and have a luxurious life style, and is a successful bank robber!

Definitely Michael because he is rich, has the best story line and Grand Theft Auto V is the best Grand Theft Auto yet - Lanatic

Although Trevor was the most fun to play as, Story Wise Michael is the most developed and most interesting, they should have had more side missions with him. And his rages were also more funnier that trevor's because they happened less often

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6 Franklin Clinton Franklin Clinton Franklin Clinton is one of the three protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V, along with Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips.

The voice of reason for Michael and Trevor. It'd break your heart if you choose A or B in the end, so it's better to choose C. You get the satisfaction of killing those who thought they could get away with getting on your bad side. The guy who tried to have Lamar killed, the Chinese who backstabbed Trevor, Steve who tried to backstab Michael, and the rich guy who backstabbed Franklin, Lamar, Trevor, and eventually made the mistake of going after Michael's family.

Cool man! Such an bad ass.

He was a bad ass guy he was awesome. / he was a bad ass guy I liked every thing about him

I really can't decide between trevor Michael and Franklin- to close - dirksigma

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7 Claude

He's my brother

He must be the first he or Michael de Santa the two characters are my best characters claude is a Grand Theft Auto 2 and gta3 character and he is without voice actor and De Santa had a new storyline

Better than franklin and michael togheter

Claude speed is different than claude because claude speed was based in 2999 ac but claude was based in 2001

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8 Big Smoke

All You had to do was follow the dam train, CJ!

He's epic, his appearance created a lot of memes. And it's one of the reason that made Grand Theft Auto series became famous

He will have 2 #9s a #9 large, a #6 with extra dip, a #7, 2 #45s one with cheese and a large soda. Not to mention what all we had to was. Follow the damn train cj

Big Smoke was an awesome villain.

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9 Ryder

Good afternoon ballas dope pushers! Grove Street OG has come do damage.

He is hilarious and is dressed like a real gangsta

He is hilarious and so awesome and is not afraid of anything

He smoke a lot of weed but he cool

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10 Patrick Packie McReary

Patrick mcReary Irish mobster robs banks kills for fun and he is a leader of the Irish mob after his brother gerald died

Cash cab guy haha

Irish mobster. Enough said.

The Contenders

11 Frank Tenpenny

Best villian in Grand Theft Auto history, hope he and catalina have kids in hell.

Probably the best antagonist in Grand Theft Auto history

The best Grand Theft Auto villain ever bros

Best Villain ever. Also, Samuel L. Jackson. What's not to love?

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12 Toni Cipriani

Toni goddam awesome he is tough and his swearing is so cool. He is very fat in Grand Theft Auto 3. He has one of the best missions in the whole Grand Theft Auto series.

If you play Grand Theft Auto 3 he helps try to kill claude so he is not on my favorite list.

I enjoy playing as this character a lot!

Toni is a boss. - mazewaxie

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13 Sweet Johnson

This guy is so damn awesome

This dude was the true OG of Grove street. By far the best "Families" member. Even better than CJ (who is better as a wider-ranged character)

Big Smoke is in Top10, but the bloody leader of the crew who gives a fu,ck about anything and just has the crew in his heart isn't... Well, still my favorite because I can identify myself with him.

14 Roman Bellic

'hey niko, lets go bowling'

I like how he goes from a pudgy joker to a very wise and helpful cousin at the end. But he never ONCE asked me to go bowling

If I need someone to ask me to go bowling or play darts when I'm ABOUT to go on a date, I'll go to Roman.

This character is so cool, I even went bowling with him. - MelonMan

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15 Lamar Davis

He said legendary n word - Zalgiris

He was hilarious! Him and Trevor made me laugh the most in Grand Theft Auto V. Especially at the beginning when he sees that Franklin made employee of the month. Just his facial expression alone was priceless.

He deserves higher he is on Grand Theft Auto v and Grand Theft Auto online.

SMOKE WEED EVERY DAY

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16 Yusuf Amir

Top 10!

Best character in Grand Theft Auto

The golden man in Grand Theft Auto

Yusuf is the most annoying Grand Theft Auto character alive

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17 Johnny Klebitz Johnny Klebitz Jonathan "Johnny" Klebitz is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series. He appears as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto IV and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the protagonist of The Lost and Damned, and a minor character in Grand Theft Auto V.

He was also a Badass...so sad he was killed by trevor

Johnny Rocks. Anyone who thought Johnny was dead by Trevor, you are wrong. I don't Care what people say, Johnny will always be my favourite character. Most Badass Character of the Grand Theft Auto Universe. - DreadLocker

Johnny was badass when he run the gang & how he broke into the prison just to kill their "so called leader" named bill (billy grey).

Johnny is the best Grand Theft Auto protagonist ever, he could kill every last protagonist in every last Grand Theft Auto series.

Trevor killed him with little effort whatsoever. He doesn't sound so tough to me. - phillysports

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18 Phil Cassidy

The man who has the weapons you'd definitely pick in Grand Theft Auto 3. Man of words too

19 Hilary King
20 Donald Love

He's a top notch criminal.

Loved his missions on gta3

21 Chop (the Dog)

He poops too much

He Has franklin'S Back When YOU Feel Like Going On A rampage.

I named my rabbit after him.

I love chop :3

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22 Eddie Pulaski
23 Bryan Forbes
24 Catalina

I believe Catalina is the daughter of Marty and Louise, because she has Louise's eyes and nose and Marty's personality... Maybe after her parents died, Mary-Jo couldn't cope with her and gave her away, but had a cruel new family and decided to rename her to Catalina, or Mary-Jo married to a abusive man.

I believe Catalina didn't die from the explosion, I think the gunshot was her, to kill Claude and Maria.

Completely crazy. I don't wanna know what she did with CJ.

"ow! Eh! Ooh! Aw! Ouch! Damn! Oh"

Memorable female antagonist in Grand Theft Auto 3 and san andreas.

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25 Chunky Lee Chong
26 Brucie Kibbutz

Brucie is really annoying, it hurts. - danielwotsits

Just completley insane all of his missions are roid rage. It's a shame that he didn't get on jersey Shore.

Brucid kibbutz it gay actually in luis lopez story line about gta4 episodes of liberty city offers to seduce luis for helping on punching mori and breaking his nose

27 Luis Fernando Lopez

How is this guy 28? By far one of Grand Theft Auto's most interesting characters!

Deserves to be at least #10

He was a cool character but not the first Hispanic protagonist. The brother of Lance Vance, Vic Vance, was actually the first since both he and his brother are Dominican

The first Hispanic protagonist in Grand Theft Auto!

28 Vic Vance

Best protagonist ever! I don't care what anybody says! He's my Hero.

Vic vance and toni cipriani are way too low on this list their both really awesome and cool characters and they both deserve more. If you agree with me than please reply to my comment or like it

A light hearted protagonist who got into the crime life because his family had issues

He was just an all round badass

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29 Lester Crest

Clever guy, always helpful, in Grand Theft Auto 5, he's giving two ways, a or b, that's cool - Orbitovsky

30 Ken Rosie Rosenberg
31 Curly Bob
32 Tony Prince

2012 memories with this masterpiece of gay movement - CedreticFomento

Tony was gay but funny character with anger issues

Tony is the most forgotten Grand Theft Auto tbogt charater but he is good

33 Kenji Kasen
34 Lazlow Jones

The only character to be in every single 3D game

35 Couzin Ed

He is named after Eddie the Head, Iron Maiden's mascot he was the Host of V Rock in Vice City Stories and just like Lazlow he is a real person. - christangrant

36 Leo Teal
37 Mike Toreno

I think he's the best CIA agent on Grand Theft Auto

38 Lance Vance

Why is this annoying backstabbing twat on here?

At least he didn't backstabbing his brother!

39 Michael

He's gonna be awesome in Grand Theft Auto V. So is Trevor and Franklin but Micheals my favourite. Trevor second best :). - GtPirahna02

Skilled criminal with family issues & he's a funny guy - shatti

Maybe not as good as Niko, but best character in Grand Theft Auto 5

40 8-Ball

I voted because I respect him for running onto the boat with no weapons but don't trust Claude next time I you saw what happened to Kenji and he probably killed Maria because she wouldn't stop talking. - Roach

This guy is dope

41 Steve Haines

Steve haines is kinda cool and kinda not he's a officer who asks people to do his work for him

I interject with this one, just look at his personality - Orbitovsky

42 Ray Machowski

Love to meet him... If I could get to the last phone, without crashing and running outta time.

43 Maccer
44 Huang Lee Huang Lee Huang Lee is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

The first Asian in the Grand Theft Auto Series! How can he not even be on this list! Here be Dragons! A loyal Triad forever!

This guy needs to be higher up on this list

Huang is totally the strongest because he's the one survived facing the large amount of enemy and he is rarely aided

I RUV HIM! Grand Theft Auto Chinatown is so dope

45 Marty Chonks
46 Woozie

Funny and loyal

Wu Zi Mu the greatest aid and also he is very Psychical

More personality in his eyeballs than in CJ's body

He is my favorite character in Grand Theft Auto sa!

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47 Little Jacob

Lil Jacob seems to be like a backup for niko which is why he's my favorite character. Not just that he's like a ninja too.

I really liked This character

48 The Truth

Come on guys he doesn't belong here. One of the most badass guys in the series. Should be in the top 20 at least

Come on guys, he is THE TRUTH!

He is awesome.

PS2 era's best char

49 Luis Lopez Luis Lopez Luis Fernando Lopez is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost and Damned and the protagonist of The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Yep give him 8

50 Mark B Dup Wayne

This guy was awesome

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