Top Ten Grand Theft Auto Playable Characters

A list of the different playable characters in the GTA universe ranked on their respective qualities.

The Top Ten

1 Niko Bellic Niko Bellic

Niko is the most emotional and the deepest character. Unlike other Grand Theft Auto characters Niko has got emotions. He shows the dark side of crime.

Niko is definitely the deepest character. He's a killing machine with remorse and a big medley of human emotions. - marmalade_skies

Honestly, a good argument could be made for Niko to be number 1. One thing Grand Theft Auto IV definitely got right was its characters and Niko Bellic was no exception to that. A torn and emotional protagist, Niko is incredibly likable and we can't help but feel sorry for the rough life he has had. - Verderame

My new and official vote goes to Niko. Even though San Andreas was my favorite game, I think Grand Theft Auto IV had a better protagonist. - Verderame

2 Carl "CJ" Johnson Carl

San Andreas was the best Grand Theft Auto game and one of the reasons for that was its protagonist, a likable and relatable character who in stuck trying to get out of a rough life. - Verderame

Best character ever.

The level of CJ hype is ridiculous. San Andreas is the best game in the series, but that doesn't mean the main character is the best character.

The guy is really just a yes-man thug who gets a little holier than thou at times. He's basically a Grand Theft Auto version of a Mary Sue. - marmalade_skies

3 Tommy Vercetti Tommy Vercetti Tommy Vercetti is the main protagonist and is the character you play as in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City a game in the Grand Theft Auto series. He is voiced by Ray Liotta.

Tommy is the most dangerous gangster in Vice City. He is voiced by Ray Liotta, who also starred in a movie "Good Fellas". Really likeable voice, in my opinion. What I have always liked about him is the fact that he is the kingpin of Vice City. - Delgia2k

Vercetti was the first protagonist in the game to be voiced and he sure is memorable. - Verderame

"I did your wife, you poor bastard" - Tommy Vercetti

The Best quote in Grand Theft Auto in my opinion - christangrant

4 Trevor Phillips Trevor Phillips Trevor Phillips is a character from the game Grand Theft Auto Five (GTAV), a Mature rated game from 2013, created by Rockstar. He is one of the games 3 antagonists. He is the former friend of Michael DeSanta, who he was part of a bank heist with 9 years prior to the main plot. He is known for being more.

The acting is great. Initially I thought Trevor was going to be a novelty character, but on top of the chaos, he's a lot of things. Intelligent, politically inquisitive, loyal to friends and has a selective range of empathy. - marmalade_skies

No other character represents the carnage of Grand Theft Auto like Trevor does. In fact, he's probably the only character who could honestly be seen doing all of the crazy things that players do in the free roam. - Verderame

5 Michael De Santa Michael De Santa

If Trevor represents the abhorrent evils of the world, Michael represents the more civilized subtle ones. He is the most relatable and human of the three main characters. Mixed between greed, a desire for peace, an ill temper, suburban living and hating suburban living, he's a hypocrite like all of us. - marmalade_skies

If Trevor represents the carnage of Grand Theft Auto, then Michael represents the lifestyle. A big house, big money etc. He's a character with lots of layers to him and one who is positively memorable. - Verderame

Michael Is An Interesting Character, Definitely My Favorite

6 Franklin Clinton Franklin Clinton

He's the most shallow of the 3 Grand Theft Auto V characters. He doesn't develop at all. He's in it for the money and is selfish. Then he gets the money, becomes more selfish, but for some pointless reason, he sticks around with two guys who are wanted by the feds. - marmalade_skies

Despite being the original and main protagonist of Grand Theft Auto V, Franklin definitely takes a back seat to Michael and Trevor. This isn't to say that Franklin isn't a good character, but he just doesn't feel as quirky and original as his two Grand Theft Auto V counterparts. However, he is a likable character and he is fun to control. - Verderame

7 Johnny Klebitz Johnny Klebitz

Nobody who played Grand Theft Auto IV really liked the Lost MC. In fact, many players disliked the motorcycle club. However, when Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and the Damned gave us an inside look at the group and its soon to be leader, they became slightly more likable, at least for the duration of that game. Johnny is a very reasonable character who, more often that not, has to keep his fellow bikers in line. - Verderame

His fate in Grand Theft Auto V is a sad one, but not one out of left field. His main character flaw his his inability to cope with loss. In losing the motorcycle club, he resorted back to Ashley, whose drug habits dragged him down with her. - marmalade_skies

8 Luis Lopez Luis Lopez

The Ballad of Gay Tony was FAR from my favorite Grand Theft Auto game, but it did feature a memorable and likable enough protagonist. Luis didn't feel nearly as original as other characters and his personality in and of itself is not very exciting. But he is one fun part of an otherwise forgettable game. - Verderame

Luis Lopez is probably the most decent and least mentally Grand Theft Auto protagonist. He's only a body guard (and protege of Big Tony) whose trying to move up in life out of the ghetto. He really just does his job throughout the game. - marmalade_skies

9 Victor Vance Victor Vance

Vance met an unfortunate ending at the beginning of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. But during Vice City Stories, this former soldiers took to a life of crime to pay for his dying brother's medical treatments. It's a shame to see him die for something that this otherwise morally grounded char tear should never have even gotten into, - Verderame

10 Claude Speed Claude Speed

While Claude certainly isn't the first character to come to mind, he does hold his own. For starters, he is the only Grand Theft Auto character to serve as a protagonist in two different Grand Theft Auto games (Grand Theft Auto II AND Grand Theft Auto III). He also has a btief cameo in San Andreas. Claude is entirely mute and lets his actions and crimes speak for him. - Verderame

The Contenders

11 Tony Cipriani Tony Cipriani
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