Best Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Characters


The Top Ten

1 Carl Johnson

CJ is funny but don't mess with him

I love cj, and he’s definitely the best character in this legendary game - suphoes

Compared to other Grand Theft Auto protagonists, CJ is rather bland character-wise in my opinion. No idea why but he doesn't seem to be the kind of guy to literally wreak havoc around a city unlike Tommy or Niko. - Bolshoy_Brat


2 Ryder

I feel so bad for Ryder. He wasn't even meant to be the traitor character in the first place, and even if that's the case, when you kill him in the "Pier 69" mission, his death is literally normal as if he's just some random civilians or Ballas' members you would meet on the street. Meanwhile, Smoke's death is actually shown in a cutscene, and they do give the dialogue explaining why Smoke betrays the Grove Street families. I wish Ryder wasn't the traitor, he never deserve to be one, even after you killed him, he's never mentioned at all for the rest of the storyline. - Hoenn4Ever

He was so funny and it almost made me cry when I found out he sold everyone out... damn why did it have to be him he was the best - suphoes

This guy may be a traitor. But this guy is the best. So what makes him the best? He almost killed our protagonist that's what you do not see from any antagonist. Tenpenny and Pulaski didn't. Dimitri and Bulgarin never gets niko or roman. That what makes ryder unique.

Believe it or not, he wasn't originally intended to be a sellout like Smoke. He was one of my favorite characters during the early stages of the game and he is really a gangsta in everything. Shame that he wasn't really given a significant role mid-game aside from having to kill him in Pier 69. - Bolshoy_Brat

3 Frank Tenpenny

I hated tenpenny, he was a scumbag - suphoes

Frank is a corrupt cop and I can't believe nobody did any reviews on him I mean come one his voice actor is none other than SAMUEL L. JACKSON! Great character who dies a weirdly slow death I guess? So that's it for this review I love this character and you should 2 see you later Grand Theft Auto sa and all gamers out there!.

Samuel L. Jackson voiced this guy.

4 Wu Zi Mu

I liked him too cause he was so nice and a good guy. - suphoes

WU ZI MU! Is the greatest as cool, calm and he's blind and has a neo-like look!

If Stevie Wonder had a badass adopted Asian son, it would be Wu Zi Mu.

The Savior of the entire San Fierro partnofnhe game.

5 Big Smoke

He was funny and a great meme too, so I think he is required in one of the best - suphoes

For me he is funniest character!

Aside from the memes, I find him to be an outwardly boring character unless you begin to dig into his motives of betraying the Groves as well as the stuff that goes on in his mind. - Bolshoy_Brat

He is fat, and maybe a little stupid. But I like him.

6 Sweet

Sweet is truly a good guy and I like him - suphoes

I find it a little odd for him being against crack dealing considering he's a gang leader after all but aside from that, he is just meh personality-wise. Sweet is just yapping about staying true to the hood and berating Carl for attempting to pursue his own life. - Bolshoy_Brat

He's picked as an example of a gang's mastermind.

Sweet's like the personification of grove street the character who cares the most about it, way more than Ryder, Big Smoke and even CJ, I know that his love for the gang may be a little exagerated, but come on, he should totally be one of the firsts

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7 Cesar Villapando

Trough all game interesting character and my favorite missions are with him

This is my second favorite (after CJ) because I think he was a good friend. he was also super nice and I think he was a good guy - suphoes

Because he is so badass and cool.

He's really cool and a little crazy

8 Eddie Pulaski

He is such a bad cop - pLix33

Straight up jerk and like to bang kendl johnson he deserved to die but he carries a desert eagle!? Cops normally have a 9mm he must be rich or high in the ranks.

I hate pulaski too, just like tenpenny. I don't like them at all - suphoes

9 The Truth

You're killing my vibe

Hahah he cracked me up, I liked him - suphoes

Should be in more missions and I LOVE HIS CHARACTER!

He helped you steal a $60,000,000 project in Black Project!

10 OG Loc

He was so funny. wish there was more missions with him cause I thought he was hilarious. I like him. - suphoes

Lazlow's interview with og loc is a classic

So yeah he is a very love able gay character and we like him I think he should be seen in more missions

The Contenders

11 Mike Toreno

I always liked Mike Toreno and he was one of my favorite Grand Theft Auto characters.I've always liked the "cynical,shadowy government agent"figure and he is one of the best examples I have ever seen in any media.He was able to come off as both menacing and funny at the same time along with the underline cynical tone he has always made me like him.

Very cool mike :D

12 Catalina

Why does everyone hate catalina? I liked her so much! she woulda been great with CJ, and I found her funny. catalina missions were my favorites in the game and I wish there was more. she is also in my top five best characters - suphoes

Crazy and psycho... She and tenpenny can date and rot in hell.

I have one question about Grand Theft Auto 3. Why didn't the Cartel tell Catalina that Claude was alive the whole time, as they shoot you and save the old oriental man, did they want him alive? And Catalina dead?

Catalina is the most insane chick you will come across. She was the ying and yang of cj. CJ and I are identical, we love cool girls, but love crazy psychotic hot bitches that will give you a run for your money.
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13 Ken Rosenberg

Paranoid drug liking mafia associated ken ahh we love him that way he is a really small character who should have been seen more along with Kent Paul and maccer

14 Zero

As much as I hate the Zero missions, I think Zero is overall a good character in my opinion. I love his personality and how he's an electronic nerd. I also like how Zero actually helps us in doing some of the things when we were robbing Caligula's palace by turning off the lights and such. Zero is such an underrated character in my opinion. - Hoenn4Ever

I think he was super nerdy but I still liked him - suphoes

Zero is a nerdy and cowardly guy but sometimes the things we don't know what he is saying makes us love him

Zero is genius

15 Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris

the best. - suphoes

Good villain, good liar or maybe. First he sells his house in Grove Street and moves into Ballas territory with drug money, Tenpenny shows up at his house constantly, never turns up for shootings against ballas and refuses to shoot ballas. In the mission Wrong side Of the tracks, I think he ran real slow to the bike to allow the vargos or whoever to get away.

Okay yeah CJ obviously is the best but Big Smoke is awesome I mean he was a pretty awesome villain Even the way he dies at the end is awesome his speech about the money yes its been done before but it fit so well in this game.

16 Salvatore Leone
17 Kendl Johnson

I think there should have been missions with her but I think she was cool - suphoes

Whats really the point of Kendl anyway, She's not part of any missions, she is so hooked up on Cesar and you never really see her.

18 Claude

Lmao it was pointless to have him in the Grand Theft Auto san andreas. - suphoes

The main character of Grand Theft Auto 3 made a cameo

19 Hernandez

I feel so sorry for Hernandez, how can someone so cruel like Tenpenny and Pulaski kill such a sweet young man like him. Glad he got his justice and I hope he has a decent burial. RIP Hernandez.

Yeah, he wasn't the bad cop like Tenpenny and Pulaski. Even he himself risked his life for Carl in the "High Noon" mission by getting shot at by Pulaski. - Hoenn4Ever

20 T Bone Mendez

I think he’s cool but the mission is a pain in the ass - suphoes

He's chill

21 Maccer

Maccer is hilarious! "I dun fooking know do eh? "

22 Madd Dog

MADD DOGG is a major part of the rapping part of the game and he can get really aggressive if someone steals his rhyme book hint:it's OG LOC! "comin in the place gun in my waste! Punch you in the face! " he is a phony but some people really like him

Should be higher.

I don't know, not really. he’s okay, but not my favorite - suphoes

23 Jizzy B

I found him a bit creepy. plus the missions are A LIVING HELL. - suphoes

24 Katie Zahn

Katie was the best girlfriend for CJ! loved her - suphoes

25 Emmet

I think he’s underrated and I liked him. - suphoes

26 Denise Robinson

I didn't like her cause she was always complaining and she pissed me off! eventually I got enough, killed her and moved on to date katie. :D - suphoes

27 Millie Perkins
28 Kane Kane Glenn Thomas Jacobs is an American professional wrestler, insurer, and actor. He works for WWE, and is best known by his ring name Kane.

Old Ballas leader, he kill cj

29 Sage
30 Kent Paul
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1. Carl Johnson
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3. Cesar Villapando
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2. Big Smoke
3. Frank Tenpenny
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