Best Grand Theft Auto Characters

The Top Ten
1 Carl Johnson

CJ is the type you can make to reflect however you want your avatar to be in a game. From making him fat to masculine or handsome or otherwise, I think CJ is one of the few protagonists you can portray in your own view. On top of that he was actually smart and he also ended up becoming rich like Vercetti. He was sane compared to the auto v protagonists and way more badass. Vercetti is good but hotheaded and so bloody. Bellic is decent but no way badass. The V protagonists are just scum. CJ is the only video game character in gta modelled after "humans".

Some people literally call the Grand Theft Auto franchise "CJ". Even if you think he ain't the best, he's definitely the most famous and popular.

He is the best character in all the Grand Theft Auto games, he is very tough enough, he can drive any mode of transports, strong, intelligent, very good athlete and swimmer, driving skills are amazing, amazing shooter, hard worker and his story was the most difficult but he pass out very bravely. I'm not saying anything but I am saying because I have played many of the Grand Theft Auto games and from that I think the best character is to the black man carl johnson. this show us that black man are not loosers they are victorious and better than white peoples. like my comment if you agree.

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

2 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.

Niko was a real hero. He is easily the most developed character in the entire Grand Theft Auto series, with CJ and Tommy following. He actually acted humanely. His dark past in the Balkan Wars has influenced all of his decisions. He finally decides to come to LIBERTY CITY with the persistence of his cousin, Roman. He wanted to live "The American Dream" but gets dragged back into the world of crime. He has moral values which stick with him throughout the story. This involves making decisions which could decide the fate of a person. When was the last time you felt regretful when killing a person in a Grand Theft Auto game?

These decisions have repercussions which could have an impact on Niko. The most noticeable one being Deal/Revenge. You feel Niko's regret when Kate (Deal) or Roman (Revenge) dies towards the end. You understand that he doesn't want to lead a life of crime but wants to live the American Dream he had come for. Grand Theft Auto IV had the best story, HANDS DOWN!

Niko is the best developed character in the Grand Theft Auto franchise. He being a war veteran in the Balkan wars and coming to LC to leave the past behind him makes us want to care about him.
But he still gets dragged into the world of crime and has to make choices that may have repercussions. Also don't forget Roman! He is the one who brings Niko into LIBERTY CITY. Easily one of the best side characters.

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.

Niko Bellic For The Win! First because he is a Slav just like me! Second he is THE ONLY protagonist in the whole series who actually had real combat experience. (Vic Vance was in the army, but he wasn't at any war) CJ may be tougher and has more weapons, but Niko has more experience and he is more ruthless, I'm sure he would outsmart CJ and kick his ghetto butt!

3 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.

Tommy Vercetti is awesome. The first protagonist to be voiced in the series, by the amazing Ray Liotta. He's an amazing gangster, the type of protagonist that Grand Theft Auto games deserve. Don't get me wrong: I like CJ and even Niko, but we all play the games to blow stuff up and shoot people, and few characters go with that picture. Tommy Vercetti is one of the few. He's not as crazy as Trevor, but, to me, Trevor gets a bit annoying some times. Tommy is fun from star to finish. How come he's not 1st place here?

Simply the best. only guy who never had a boss in Grand Theft Auto. angry, psychotic, hot headed and smart at the same time. a bit similar to Toni Montana but the way he talks with Lance,Avery, Baker, and Kelly he is actually much more sensible than Montana and for that he is respected by every person in the city he has worked with except diaz of course. This makes him deserving of the ending he gets which I think is best as he becomes the druglord kingpin of vice city and the most powerful Grand Theft Auto character. his background of being a mafia hitman also gives him an edge over other characters and he has the most fierce recognition 'the harwood butcher'.

The first player character to speak and voiced by Ray Liotta no less. There was something about hearing your character speak for the first time while driving through Vice City that stays with me. Also, those last handful of missions made this character.

4 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.

Only character in Grand Theft Auto V not motivated by money, shares many similarities to Niko Bellic, especially when it comes to loyalty. His Special Ability is also extremely powerful in and out of combat making him a fun character to play. "grew up in five states, two countries, fourteen different homes, eight fathers, three care homes, two correctional facilities, one beautiful, damaged flower of a mother"

Trevor is just an amazing character.

His backstory is and his thirst for revenge was insanly well performed in the game's storyline. Not only that but he has the best personality and voice acting out of any character in the francize.

Although I do find him to be lackluster compared to Michael and Franklin gameplay wise, he's still super fun to play as and to watch and he is definitely my favorite character in the whole franchise.

Trevor is Grand Theft Auto. The reason we love Grand Theft Auto is because we get to drive around, shoot, cause crime, and kill people like a maniac. Trevor is the very embodiment of Grand Theft Auto itself! A character like him should've been made from the start of the series. Heck he should be the main character! I would love to see him in more games!

Trevor Phillips is the only gat protagonist that makes sense to play as. Nico Bellic is a pretty awesome character also but he's younger so he hasn't experienced enough that Trevor has. CJ was also pretty awesome but I didn't find him to be an interesting Grand Theft Auto series character he belongs more to something like Call of Duty. And CDs also younger than Trevor so he also hasn't experienced as much

5 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.

I love how developed this character is so much. I mean I guess it's weird to look at characters from a game like this and take them seriously, but I do. He's not just some other rich guy, he's a criminal with a family and marital problems. He's unhappy with his life until Franklin tries to take a car, and he remembers those good ol' days of fighting crime.
He's not just a character looking for power and money, he's alwso wanting to help make ammends with his family, but he's so messed up he has trouble doing so. and I think it's really touching that rockstar can make a complex character that you just sort of have to love, despite him being a douche and all.

Michael is a betrayer, takes more cash than the other characters from jobs (especially from T. and B. ) and gets the other characters to do the dangerous tasks every time they're on a mission together. He just wants the cash and would happily give Franklin up and kill Trevor as he constantly talks about.

How is CJ number one on the list he's a walking cliche and doesn't belong on in the top 20 of GTASA characters, hell Claude was a more interesting character and he didn't even talk in either game. Michael OTOH is a wonderful, three-dimensional character who has more natural dialogue and mannerisms than any other Grand Theft Auto char. Also GTA4 should have been about Packie and The Truth is best PS2 era char

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

6 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.

Franklin is the one of the mostly baddest character in Grand Theft Auto 5 but he had power to live 60 days without remains water and driving bu driving is too.

He's cool and a hero if you take option c death wish lucky to have Trevor and Michael by his side

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

7 Claude Claude Speed is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto 2.

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!

I think Claude Speed deserve to be the best because he do dirty work but he does not have speech on Grand Theft Auto. The good thing about him is that he also appeared in Grand Theft Auto SA

Claude Speed was a good character. I would like to see him back! But I tried to do him in Grand Theft Auto Online with Black Jacket, Green Pants and curved hair.

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.

8 Big Smoke

Big Smoke was what made Grand Theft Auto what it is. The legendary verse: And the godlike Big Smoke said: "I'll have two number nines, a number nine large, number six, with extra dip, a number seven, two number forty-fives, one with CHEESE, and large soda.

Ay. I'll have two number nines, number nine large, number six, with extra dip, number seven, two number forty-fives, one with cheese, and a large soda. Also, follow the damn train CJ!

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

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

9 Patrick McReary

Irish mobster. Enough said.

Cash cab guy haha

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

the perfect thief or bank robber. he is awesome

10 Toni Cipriani Antonio "Toni" Cipriani is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and a main character in Grand Theft Auto III.

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.

He's great character killing a made man and he's back should be top 5 great but cj is the best forme

Toni cipriani is the best character he can kick anyones ass he's my favorite and he's the best

The Contenders
11 Ryder

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

He is hilarious and is dressed like a real gangsta

He should be higher. I know he was a traitor but he is si damb hilarious.

He smoke a lot of weed but he cool

12 Roman Bellic

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.

Makes me laugh every time. He's a great character

13 Officer Tenpenny

Best villain 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?

The best Grand Theft Auto villain ever bros

14 Yusuf Amir

I know Yusuf is one crazy mother, but always keep in mind that once you do something for him he gives back. Who else would paint a chopper gold and just give it to you? And don't forget the gold Rolls-Royce plus, he makes me laugh every time.

Yusuf is the most annoying Grand Theft Auto character alive

Best character in Grand Theft Auto

The golden man in Grand Theft Auto

15 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.

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.

Johnny is the ultimate badass of the Grand Theft Auto Universe. He is a member of the Lost MC. He stood up against their crazy old former leader who later betrayed them. Johnny will beat up anyone who don't watch their mouth

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

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).

16 Sweet Johnson

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.

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)

This guy is so damn awesome

17 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.

He said legendary n word


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

Loved his missions on gta3

He's a top notch criminal.

21 Chop (the Dog)

I named my rabbit after him.

He poops too much

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


22 Eddie Pulaski
23 Vic Vance

Incredibly understated, but an otherwise very interesting character, very level headed but also quite funny. Easily on one the all time greatest GTAs, but the only thing that lets this game and its main protaganist down is the cartoony graphics.

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

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

24 Bryan Forbes
25 Brucie Kibbutz

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

Brucie is really annoying, it hurts.

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

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