Best Grand Theft Auto Characters

The Top Ten

1 Carl CJ Johnson

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

gangster, manager, owns a air plain owns a garage and is a member of a gang
grove street famalies and got a boot drives lisens and air plain lysence en car lycens and motersycel lycens cj is the best

Cj personified gangster and was a realistic personality. He had real stats and could be built from the grond up. No other Grand Theft Auto character short of fido could match his swagger and capability, but fido was still a good thick hair off that. CJ grew from small G to big G and became a world class speck op master and besides his violent capability's he still kept a slightly optimistc outlook on life and some humor to go with it. Tommy V was a cool character and a tough dude but no other characters are as cool as CJ, but few are close such as Trevor and Fido. To put it plainly CJ had the hardest missions, such as stealing a jet from a carrier to swiping the beloved jetpack from area 69. The Grand Theft Auto 5 squad did not do stuff at that level but are still great none the less. Niko was an ok character but was no were as hard as CJ or Fido and even versetti. The good thing about niko was his friendly and corismatic but a deep death dealer he wasn't. Just think to match CJ they ...more

First Grand Theft Auto character I ever seen

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2 Niko Bellic Niko Bellic

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.

Just... How can CJ be first? Niko Bellic is awesome and could kick his butt any day. He has a great story and he is not all gangster unlike some people.. Grand Theft Auto IV is awesome and Grand Theft Auto V is going to be amazing! - GtPirahna02

Niko is special... He was not a gangster and he cared for Roman even though he was a criminal. You can see how regretful he was when Kate (revenge) or Roman (deal) dies.

Niko has a great backstory and he's caring and unlike any other characters in Grand Theft Auto series he's the one I pick out to have the best character.

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3 Tommy Vercetti Tommy Vercetti

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.

Complete badass he is strong cj however was scared of tenpenny and T. Bone mendez tommy never took orders from anyone he only worked for cash real badman right there

Played all Grand Theft Auto on play stations and even today when I am loving Trevor Tommy Vercetti is always best for me.When they were talking about gta5 I was always hoping that true mobster is going to come back.Whole character is outstanding.His look,way that he talks,way that he gets angry with baseball bat...He is the one.After him,very close is Trevor and then Nico,then CJ.He was not scared of anyone,he didn't took orders from anyone.When I think about mobster Tommy is prototype.I agree with others that he is best and that he should be back in Grand Theft Auto.

The best Grand Theft Auto character out of all of them seriously this guy is a true badass Grand Theft Auto character

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4 Trevor Phillips Trevor Phillips

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.

Trevor Phillips is the definition of Grand Theft Auto

Trevor Phillips is GRAND THEFT AUTOS best character ever and ROCKSTAR knows how to make a character two of his best friends is FRANKLIN CLINTON AND MICHAEL DE SANTA BUT HE IS THE BEST ON GRAND THEFT AUTO 5 I have completed both story modes and so far TREVOR PHILLIPS is my favorite GRAND THEFT AUTO 4 HAS two other friends NIKO BELLIC and ROMAN BELLIC the story mode is not as fun in GRAND THEFT AUTO 4 as it is in GRAND THEFT AUTO 5!

He is the epitome of the "grand theft auto" series according to how most of us play

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5 Michael De Santa Michael De Santa

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

Man I really got into this character he is family man he have a cool back story he betrayed he's friend he is the most realistic protagonist I ever seen

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6 Franklin Clinton Franklin Clinton

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

I picked C! - HeavyDonkeyKong

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7 Claude

The starting Character of the new era. One of the toughest and should be placed higher fir the sake of Grand Theft Auto I

Come on guys! Why is Claude not higher? The first character to appear in a 3d grand theft auto game and (possibly) the only character to be the protagonist in multiple grand theft auto games (grand theft auto 3 and grand theft auto 2). He's more stylish than CJ and more cold blooded than Niko. He doesn't hesitate at all! - DunnaNunnaBatman

Even though this guy didn't talk at all through out Grand Theft Auto 3, he was one awesome guy. he also earned a cameo appearance in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.

Claude was more badass than niko and cj

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8 Big Smoke

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

Big Smoke was an awesome villain.

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

ITS GREAT

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9 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

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10 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

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

RIP Pendleburry

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The Contenders

11 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!

Awesome simply the best

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12 Roman Bellic

Funny character who appreciates the wonder of titties!

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.

Love that character

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13 Yusuf Amir

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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14 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.

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15 Vic Vance

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

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

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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16 Sweet Johnson

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.

17 Ryder

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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18 Lamar Davis

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.

Lamar davis or LD in hood safari he killed and robbed the famous mc clip rides then he is funny as hell and friends to trevor

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19 Cesar Vialpando

He was a huge help to cj deserves higher rank.

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