Top 10 Best Grand Theft Auto Characters

The Top Ten
1 Carl Johnson

He is the best character in all the Grand Theft Auto games. He is tough, can drive any mode of transport, is strong, intelligent, a very good athlete and swimmer, and has amazing driving and shooting skills. He is a hard worker, and his story was the most difficult, but he faced it very bravely.

I'm not saying this just to make a point, but I have played many of the Grand Theft Auto games, and from that, I think the best character is Carl Johnson. This shows us that black men are not losers. They are victorious and better than white people. Like my comment if you agree.

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 closely. He actually acted humanely. His dark past in the Balkan Wars influenced all of his decisions. He finally decided to come to Liberty City due to the persistence of his cousin, Roman.

He wanted to live "The American Dream" but got dragged back into the world of crime. He has moral values that stick with him throughout the story. This involves making decisions that 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 that could impact Niko. The most noticeable one is 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 came for. Grand Theft Auto IV had the best story, hands down!

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 at times he was a little soft.

Plus, Tommy had more depth since his backstory and connections with Sonny Forelli mattered for most of the game. As the game progressed, the story moved on, with Tommy initially finding out who took his boss's money and drugs. Then the story moved on to him standing alone and making his boss lose patience, etc. With CJ, his story is mostly about proving himself to be a true Grove member by focusing on getting his brother out of jail most of the time.

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.

The only character in Grand Theft Auto V not motivated by money, Trevor shares many similarities with 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 and his thirst for revenge were insanely well performed in the game's storyline. Not only that, but he has the best personality and voice acting of any character in the franchise.

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.

5 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 breaks 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 one of the most badass characters in Grand Theft Auto V. His driving is also too good.

6 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. 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 family and marital problems. He's unhappy with his life until Franklin tries to take a car, and he remembers those good old days of fighting crime.

He's not just a character looking for power and money. He also wants to make amends with his family, but he's so messed up he has trouble doing so. I think it's really touching that Rockstar can make a complex character that you just have to love, despite him being a douche and all.

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? He's 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!

Claude Speed was a good character. I would like to see him back! I tried to recreate him in Grand Theft Auto Online with a black jacket, green pants, and curved hair.

I think Claude Speed deserves to be the best because he does the dirty work but doesn't speak in Grand Theft Auto. The good thing about him is that he also appeared 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, a number six with extra dip, a number seven, two number forty-fives, one with cheese, and a large soda.'"

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

Big Smoke: I'll have two number nines, a number nine large, a number six with extra dip, a number seven, two number forty-fives, one with cheese, and a large soda.

CJ: Fat Boy.

9 Patrick McReary

Patrick has a tragic family backstory. After he loses every one of them, he does amazing heists in Liberty City with Niko, comes to Los Santos, then does heists with Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. He is also a good singer after getting drunk. He is funny and loyal.

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

He is the definition of the true mobster protagonist from the Grand Theft Auto series lore.

If you play Grand Theft Auto III, he helps try to kill Claude, so he is not on my favorite list.

The Contenders
11 Ryder

Good afternoon, Ballas dope pushers! Grove Street OG has come to do damage.

He should be higher. I know he was a traitor, but he is so damn hilarious.

12 Roman Bellic

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.

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.

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

13 Officer Tenpenny

Best villain in Grand Theft Auto history. Hope he and Catalina have kids in hell.

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.

15 Lamar Davis

He was hilarious! He 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 in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

16 Sweet Johnson

Big Smoke is in the top 10, but the leader of the crew, who cares about nothing except having the crew in his heart, isn't. Well, he's still my favorite because I can identify 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.

17 Donald Love
18 Hilary King
19 Chop (the Dog)
20 Eddie Pulaski
21 Vic Vance

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

Vic Vance and Toni Cipriani are way too low on this list. They're both really awesome and cool characters, and they both deserve more recognition. If you agree with me, please reply to my comment or like it.

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

22 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. She might have had a cruel new family and decided to rename her Catalina, or Mary-Jo married an abusive man.

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

Memorable female antagonist in Grand Theft Auto III and San Andreas.

23 Bryan Forbes
24 Brucie Kibbutz

Just completely insane. All of his missions are roid rage. It's a shame that he didn't get on Jersey Shore.

25 Ken Rosenberg
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