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:''For other characters see [[Claude (disambiguation)]].''
 
 
 
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{{infobox character
 
|name = Claude
 
|name = Claude
|image = Claude-GTAIII.jpg
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|image = Claude-GTA3.png
|size=250px
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|size = 230px
|games =''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]''
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|games =''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''<br>''[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]'' <small>(Parent character model)</small>
|aka = {{H:title|Used by Maria Latore|Fido}}<br>{{H:title|Used by Salvatore Leone|Kid}}<br>{{H:title|Used by Asuka Kasen|(Handsome) Handyman}}<br>{{H:title|Used by Carl Johnson|Mute Asshole}}<br>{{H:title|Used by Carl Johnson|Snake without a Tongue}}
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|aka = {{H:title|by Maria Latore|Fido}}<br>{{H:title|by Toni Cipriani|Kid}}<br>{{H:title|by Asuka|Handyman}}<br>{{H:title|by CJ|Snake Without a Tongue}}<br>Mute Asshole<br>{{H:title|by Maria Latore|Baby/Babe}}<br>{{H:title|by Salvatore Leone|My boy}}
 
|gender = M
 
|gender = M
|dob =
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|status = Alive
|home = [[San Fierro]], [[State of San Andreas|San Andreas]] <small></small><br>[[Red Light District]], [[Portland]]<br>[[Belleville Park]], [[Staunton Island]]<br>[[Wichita Gardens]], [[Shoreside Vale]]
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|pob = [[San Fierro (3D Universe)|San Fierro]], [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|San Andreas]]
|nationality = [[United States|American]]
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|home = [[Liberty City (3D Universe)|Liberty City]]<br>[[Red Light District]], [[Portland]]<br>[[Belleville Park]], [[Staunton Island]]<br>[[Wichita Gardens]], [[Shoreside Vale]]
|affiliations = [[Colombian Cartel]] (formerly)<br>[[Leone Family]] (formerly)<br>[[Yakuza]]<br>[[Diablos]] (formerly)<br>[[Uptown Yardies]] (formerly)<br>[[Southside Hoods]]
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|nationality = {{Flagicon|United States of America|Flag of the United States}} [[United States of America|American]]
|vehicles = Bulletproof [[Patriot]] <small>(Gift)</small><br>Grey [[ZR-350]] <small>(in GTA San Andreas)</small><br>[[Yakuza Stinger]]<br>Teal Green [[Kuruma]]<br>Player's choice
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|family = [[Catalina]] <small>(Ex-Girlfriend)</small>
|businesses = [[Doherty Garage]] <small>(formerly)</small>
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|affiliations = [[Yakuza]]<br>[[Colombian Cartel]] <small>(Formerly)</small><br>[[Leone Family]] <small>(Formerly)</small><br>[[Toni Cipriani]] <br>[[Maria Latore]] <small>(Possibly formerly)</small><br>[[Diablos]] <small>(Formerly)</small><br>[[Uptown Yardies]] <small>(Formerly)</small><br>[[Southside Hoods]]
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|vehicles = Bulletproof [[Patriot]] <small>(Gift)</small><br>Grey [[ZR-350]] <small>(in GTA San Andreas)</small><br>[[Yakuza Stinger]]<br>Teal Green [[Kuruma]]<br>[[Cartel Cruiser]]<br>Player's choice
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|businesses = [[Doherty Garage]] <small>(Formerly)</small>
 
|voice = None
 
|voice = None
|pob = [[San Fierro]]
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|status = Alive}}
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:''For other characters see [[Claude (disambiguation)]].''
   
 
'''Claude''' is a character in the ''[[Grand Theft Auto]]'' series who appears as the [[protagonist]] of ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]'', and as a minor character in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''. There is no voice actor for Claude, as he does not speak in any of his appearances.
 
'''Claude''' is a character in the ''[[Grand Theft Auto]]'' series who appears as the [[protagonist]] of ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]'', and as a minor character in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''. There is no voice actor for Claude, as he does not speak in any of his appearances.
   
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==History==
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===Background===
==Background==
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Nothing is known about Claude's life before 1992, other than he had emerged as a top contender in an illegal racing ring and owned an abandoned garage in [[Doherty]], [[San Fierro]]. Rockstar however states that Claude is: "Definitely a drifter, probably from the west coast, new to Liberty City " (and his) "surname may or may not be [[Claude Speed|Speed]]".
Nothing is known about Claude's life before [[1992]], other than he had emerged as a top contender in an illegal racing ring and owned an abandoned [[Doherty Garage|garage]] in [[Doherty]], [[San Fierro]]. Rockstar however states that Claude is: ''"Definitely a drifter, probably from the west coast, new to [[Liberty City]] " (and his) "surname may or may not be [[Claude Speed|Speed]]"''.
 
   
==Events of ''GTA San Andreas''==
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===Events of ''GTA San Andreas''===
===Racing with Carl Johnson===
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====Racing with Carl Johnson====
Claude, in [[1992]], became involved with [[Catalina]], who had recently split up with [[Carl Johnson|Carl "CJ" Johnson]], before [[Farewell, My Love...|racing]] CJ in a losing effort. Following the loss, he hands over his [[Doherty Garage|garage]] to Carl Johnson, before leaving San Andreas with Catalina. The two head to Liberty City where they embark on a nine year crime spree ending with Catalina's betrayal.
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Claude, in [[1992]], became involved with [[Catalina]], who had recently split up with [[Carl Johnson]], before [[Farewell, My Love...|racing]] CJ in a losing effort. Following the loss, he hands over his [[Doherty Garage|garage]] to Johnson, before leaving San Andreas with Catalina. The two head to Liberty City where they embark on a nine year crime spree ending with Catalina's betrayal.
   
==Events of ''GTA III''==
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===Events of ''[[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]]''===
===Bank Heist and Jailbreak===
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====Bank Heist and Jailbreak====
At the start of the game, Claude and Catalina robbed a bank in Liberty City. Catalina, however, turned on her boyfriend, shooting him and leaving him for dead, justifying her decision with "I'm an ambitious girl, and you're just small time". Claude is arrested by the [[LCPD in GTA III Era|Liberty City Police Department]]. He is convicted of all charges and is sentenced to ten years in prison. While being transferred to a prison in [[Portland View]], Claude [[Give Me Liberty|escapes]] from a police convoy after the [[Colombian Cartel]] attack the convoy to free the [[Oriental Gentleman]]. Claude and [[8-Ball]] escape to a [[Portland Safehouse (GTA III)|safehouse]] in the [[Red Light District]], before moving on to [[Luigi's Sex Club 7]]. [[Luigi Goterelli]], the owner, gives Claude his first job in the city, to [[Luigi's Girls|drive]] [[Misty]] from the [[Sweeney General Hospital|hospital]] back to the club.
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At the start of the game, Claude and Catalina robbed a [[Bank of Liberty|bank]] in Liberty City. Catalina, however, turned on her boyfriend, shooting him and leaving him for dead, justifying her decision with "I'm an ambitious girl, and you're just small time". Claude is arrested by the [[Liberty City Police Department (3D Universe)|Liberty City Police Department]]. He is convicted of all charges and is sentenced to [[2011|ten years]] in prison. While being transferred to a prison in [[Portland View]], Claude [[Give Me Liberty|escapes]] from a police convoy after the [[Colombian Cartel]] attack the convoy to free the [[Oriental Gentleman]]. Claude and [[8-Ball]] escape to a [[Portland Safehouse (GTA III)|safehouse]] in the [[Red Light District]], before moving on to [[Luigi's Sex Club 7]]. [[Luigi Goterelli]], the owner, gives Claude his first job in the city, to [[Luigi's Girls|drive]] [[Misty]] from the [[Sweeney General Hospital|hospital]] back to the club.
   
===The Leone family===
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====The Leone family====
Claude, successful in his errand, continues to be employed by Goterelli, who also has him kill a [[Don't Spank Ma Bitch Up|drug dealer]] and [[Pump-Action Pimp|two pimps]], before having him [[Drive Misty For Me|drive]] Misty to [[Joey Leone|Joey Leone's]] [[Joey's Garage|Garage]]. Claude then begins to work for Joey, [[Mike Lips Last Lunch|killing]] both [[Mike Forelli]] [[Farewell 'Chunky' Lee Chong|and]] [[Lee Chong]], before [[Cipriani's Chauffeur|chauffering]] [[Toni Cipriani]], later working for him against the [[Liberty City Triads|Triads]], principally [[Triads and Tribulations|killing three Triads warlords]]. Claude, impressing the [[Leone Family]] hierarchy, is [[Salvatore's Called A Meeting|introduced]] to the [[Boss|Don]], [[Salvatore Leone]]. Salvatore, 'seeing nothing but good things' for Claude, has him [[Chaperone|looking after his 'girl']] [[Maria Latore|Maria]] for the evening, [[Cutting The Grass|kill]] [[Curly Bob]] (who was selling secrets to the Colombian Cartel, now co-led by Catalina) and later [[Bomb Da Base Act II|destroy]] a freighter used as a factory for the drug [[SPANK]]. During this time, Claude also works for [[El Burro (GTA III)|El Burro]], the leader of the [[Diablos]], helping him on various tasks, and [[Marty Chonks]] in his attempts to get out of his various problems.
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Claude, successful in his errand, continues to be employed by Goterelli, who also has him kill a [[Don't Spank Ma Bitch Up|drug dealer]] and [[Pump-Action Pimp|two pimps]], before having him [[Drive Misty For Me|drive]] Misty to [[Joey's Garage|Joey Leone's Garage]]. Claude then begins to work for Joey, [[Mike Lips Last Lunch|killing]] both [[Mike Forelli]] [[Farewell 'Chunky' Lee Chong|and]] [[Lee Chong]], before [[Cipriani's Chauffeur|chauffering]] [[Toni Cipriani]], later working for him against the [[Liberty City Triads (3D Universe)|Triads]], principally [[Triads and Tribulations|killing three Triads warlords]]. Claude, impressing the [[Leone Family]] hierarchy, is [[Salvatore's Called A Meeting|introduced]] to the [[Boss|Don]], [[Salvatore Leone]]. Salvatore, 'seeing nothing but good things' for Claude, has him [[Chaperone|looking after his 'girl']] [[Maria Latore|Maria]] for the evening, [[Cutting The Grass|kill]] [[Curly Bob]] (who was selling secrets to the [[Colombian Cartel]], now co-led by Catalina) and later [[Bomb Da Base Act II|destroy]] a [[Les Cargo|freighter]] used as a factory for the [[drugs|drug]] [[SPANK]]. During this time, Claude also works for [[El Burro (GTA III)|El Burro]], the leader of the [[Diablos]], helping him on various tasks, and [[Marty Chonks]] in his attempts to get out of his various problems.
   
===The Yakuza===
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====The Yakuza====
After destroying the Cartel freighter, a paranoid Salvatore [[Last Requests|attempts to kill]] Claude by having him enter a bomb-laden car. Salvatore's wife [[Maria Latore|Maria]], however, pages Claude and directs him to a small pier where the two meet [[Asuka Kasen]], co-leader of the [[Yakuza]], and flee to [[Staunton Island]] after Maria had told her husband that she and Claude were an "item". Asuka, unconvinced of Claude's loyalty, has him [[Sayonara Salvatore|kill]] Salvatore Leone to prove himself, before having him kill a number of other people causing her problems. She later introduces him to her brother [[Kenji Kasen|Kenji]] and [[Ray Machowski]], a corrupt police man working for the Yakuza. Claude helps Kenji with his problems, including settling debts and freeing a [[Kanbu|man]] from prison, and helps Machowski in his attempts to remain unnoticed, eventually helping him [[Marked Man|flee]] the city by the [[Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale|airport]].
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After destroying the Cartel freighter, a paranoid Salvatore [[Last Requests|attempts to kill]] Claude by having him enter a [[car bomb|bomb]]-laden [[Cheetah|car]]. Salvatore's wife [[Maria Latore|Maria]], however, pages Claude and directs him to a small pier where the two meet [[Asuka Kasen]], co-leader of the [[Yakuza]], and flee to [[Staunton Island]] after Maria had told her husband that she and Claude were an "item". Asuka, unconvinced of Claude's loyalty, has him [[Sayonara Salvatore|kill]] Salvatore Leone to prove himself, before having him kill a number of other people causing her problems. She later introduces him to her brother [[Kenji Kasen|Kenji]] and [[Ray Machowski]], a corrupt police man working for the Yakuza. Claude helps Kenji with his problems, including settling debts and freeing a [[Kanbu|man]] from [[Liberty City Police Headquarters|prison]], and helps Machowski in his attempts to remain unnoticed, eventually helping him [[Marked Man|flee]] the city by the [[Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale|airport]].
   
===Later Jobs and The Exchange===
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====Later Jobs and The Exchange====
Claude continues to look for work and finds employment with [[King Courtney]], who has him [[Uzi Rider|attack]] the Diablos before [[Kingdom Come|attempting to kill]] him on orders from Catalina, and [[Donald Love]], who has him [[Waka-Gashira Wipeout|kill]] Kenji Kasen disguised as a Colombian Cartel gangster in a [[Cartel Cruiser]] to provoke a war. Asuka, unaware of Claude's role in her brother's near death, launches an assault on a Cartel-controlled building site and begins to torture [[Miguel]], co-leader of the Cartel, into giving away Cartel secrets. Armed with the information, Asuka sends Claude on various missions to hurt Cartel operations, including [[Espresso-2-Go!|stopping the selling]] of and [[S.A.M.|stealing]] a shipment of SPANK. Claude briefly finds employment with [[D-Ice]], leader of the Red Jacks sub-sect of the [[Southside Hoods]], and attacks the rival [[Purple Nines]] into [[Rumble|defeat]]. Claude [[Ransom (GTA III)|returns]] to the building site and finds that Asuka and Miguel are both dead, whilst a ransom note from Catalina, for Maria is left for him.
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Claude continues to look for work and finds employment with [[King Courtney]], who has him [[Uzi Rider|attack]] the Diablos before [[Kingdom Come|attempting to kill]] him on orders from Catalina, and [[Donald Love]], who has him [[Waka-Gashira Wipeout|kill]] Kenji Kasen disguised as a Colombian Cartel gangster in a [[Cartel Cruiser]] to provoke a war. Asuka, unaware of Claude's role in her brother's near death, launches an assault on a Cartel-controlled [[Staunton Plaza|building site]] and begins to torture [[Miguel]], co-leader of the Cartel, into giving away Cartel secrets. Armed with the information, Asuka sends Claude on various missions to hurt Cartel operations, including [[Espresso-2-Go!|stopping the selling]] of and [[S.A.M.|stealing]] a shipment of SPANK. Claude briefly finds employment with [[D-Ice]], leader of the [[Red Jacks]] sub-sect of the [[Southside Hoods]], and attacks the rival [[Purple Nines]] into [[Rumble|defeat]]. Claude [[Ransom (GTA III)|returns]] to the building site and finds that Asuka and Miguel are both dead, whilst a ransom note from Catalina, for Maria is left for him.
   
Claude goes to the Cartel mansion, [[The Exchange (GTA III)|escapes an ambush, destroys a helicopter piloted by Catalina, thus killing her, and rescues Maria]]. Claude and Maria's fate are left unknown, as whilst Maria is talking, a gunshot is heard that stops the talking; what exactly this gunshot was is unknown. Theories include that this gunshot is one of them killing the other, an asassin killing one of them, Claude simply shooting in the air to stop her talking or even a sound effect played by the game to signify its end.
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Claude goes to the Cartel mansion, [[The Exchange (GTA III)|escapes an ambush, destroys a helicopter piloted by Catalina, thus killing her, and rescues Maria]]. Maria's fate is left unknown, as whilst Maria is talking, a gunshot is heard that stops the talking; what exactly this gunshot was is unknown. Theories include that Claude killing her or simply shooting in the air to stop her talking or even a sound effect played by the game to signify its end.
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
 
Claude is a calm and serious man who appears almost emotionless regardless of the situation. Provided he is paid for his services, he will take orders from his bosses without reluctance or complaint, usually giving a nod to show that he understands, and doesn't respond even when he is scolded or shouted at by his bosses for doing something wrong. He also prostrates to his bosses if required, in [[Kenji Kasen|Kenji Kasen's]] case.
 
Claude is a calm and serious man who appears almost emotionless regardless of the situation. Provided he is paid for his services, he will take orders from his bosses without reluctance or complaint, usually giving a nod to show that he understands, and doesn't respond even when he is scolded or shouted at by his bosses for doing something wrong. He also prostrates to his bosses if required, in [[Kenji Kasen|Kenji Kasen's]] case.
   
Claude never speaks, and will only make a slight grunt when he is hurt, or an "Oh!" whenever he drowns, gets shot to death, gets run over, or when he falls down. Unlike other protagonists, he doesn't taunt or shout at his enemies, but may give a driver in a passing vehicle the finger while crossing roads.
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For the vast majority of the game, Claude is taciturn and doesn't speak. He will only make a slight grunt when he is hurt, or an "Oh!" whenever he drowns, gets shot, run over, or when he falls down. Unlike other protagonists, he doesn't taunt or shout at his enemies, but may give a driver in a passing vehicle the finger while crossing roads.
   
Claude remains true to his mission of finding and taking revenge on Catalina for leaving him for dead, even showing the slightest bit of pity for Maria when he allows her to live after freeing her, only to possibly kill her himself.
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Claude remains true to his mission of finding and taking revenge on [[Catalina]] for leaving him for dead, even showing the slightest bit of pity for Maria when he allows her to live after freeing her, only to possibly kill her himself. It's also clear that Claude is only out for himself and will use people for his own ends or benefits until he no longer sees a reason to use them anymore; which more often than not ends with Claude killing them.
   
 
==Mission appearances==
 
==Mission appearances==
 
;GTA III
 
;GTA III
*As the protagonist, he appears in every mission.
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*As the [[protagonist]], he appears in all [[Missions in GTA III|missions]]''.''
   
 
;GTA San Andreas
 
;GTA San Andreas
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*[[Farewell, My Love...]]
 
*[[Farewell, My Love...]]
 
*[[Wear Flowers in Your Hair]] <small>(Briefly-mentioned)</small>
 
*[[Wear Flowers in Your Hair]] <small>(Briefly-mentioned)</small>
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;GTA Online
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*Players can choose Claude as a father in [[Grand Theft Auto Online]] (Collector's Edition only).
   
 
==Characters murdered by Claude==
 
==Characters murdered by Claude==
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! scope="col"|Victim
 
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|[[Mike Forelli]]
 
|[[Mike Forelli]]
 
|[[Mike Lips Last Lunch]]
 
|[[Mike Lips Last Lunch]]
|Killed on orders from Joey Leone after the Forellis did not paid his debts.
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|Killed on orders from Joey Leone after the Forellis did not pay their debts.
 
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|[[Lee Chong]]
 
|[[Lee Chong]]
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|[[Salvatore Leone]]
 
|[[Salvatore Leone]]
 
|[[Sayonara Salvatore]]
 
|[[Sayonara Salvatore]]
|Killed on orders from Asuka, to prove that the Claude ties with the Mafia are completely broken.
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|Killed on orders from Asuka, to prove that Claude's ties with the Mafia are completely broken.
 
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|[[Leon McAffrey]]
 
|[[Leon McAffrey]]
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|Killed by Claude for betraying him in a bank robbery (Opening [[cutscene]]).
 
|Killed by Claude for betraying him in a bank robbery (Opening [[cutscene]]).
 
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===Optional murders===
 
===Optional murders===
 
 
*[[Carl]] - [[Her Lover|can be killed]] after he kills [[Marty Chonks]].
 
*[[Carl]] - [[Her Lover|can be killed]] after he kills [[Marty Chonks]].
 
*[[Chico]] - [[Chaperone|can be killed]] after he sells drugs to Maria.
 
*[[Chico]] - [[Chaperone|can be killed]] after he sells drugs to Maria.
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===Possible murders===
 
===Possible murders===
 
 
*[[Maria Latore]] - possibly killed after being [[The Exchange (GTA III)|rescued]] from The [[Colombian Cartel]].
 
*[[Maria Latore]] - possibly killed after being [[The Exchange (GTA III)|rescued]] from The [[Colombian Cartel]].
   
==Development==
 
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Claude sketch 1 640.jpg|Claude, as he went through the various development stages
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*His and all other [[3D Universe]] protagonist's names are written all over the walls on the Governor Greg Johnson projects and on the wall of Dwayne Forge's apartment.
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*The name Claude is never mentioned within ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]'', being the protagonist referred just as 'player' by the menu lines and called by his nicknames by other characters. The name is first referred in a phone call between [[Catalina]] and [[Carl Johnson]] in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'', after the end of the last story mission of the game. 'Claude' can also be found in GTA III game files, suggesting it could have been planned to be in the main game. Lately, Rockstar used the name in many promotional releases related to previous games, such as the game's 10 years anniversary, which definitely confirmed his name was that.
*Claude is one of the few characters in the [[Grand Theft Auto|GTA series]] who does not speak. This was a choice [[Rockstar Games]] made at the start of the development process; as they stated, "We had so many other problems to solve and this did not seem like a major issue". Having a silent protagonist would also help players identify with the character. However, there was rumors that Claude actually spoke in the beta GTA III trailer, saying "Get out of the car!"; Rockstar replied to the rumors that the brief voiceover was fake.
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*In [[GTA IV]], his and other [[3D Universe]] protagonists names are written on a wall of graffiti, stating that they have all died after the events in the 3D universe. However, this only served as a "little joke to [their] fans" according to the Rockstar developers.
*In the opening cutscene of '[[Give Me Liberty]]' (notably when he rounds the corner and finds [[Catalina]] pointing 2 pistols at him), you can notice Claude's face is notably different in the convoy and onwards, the difference can actually be seen in the gallery of this article. This is because he uses a different model and slightly different texture.
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*Claude, and the [[GTA Online Protagonist]] are the few characters in the [[Grand Theft Auto|GTA series]] who do not speak. This was a choice [[Rockstar Games]] made at the start of the development process, as they stated, "We had so many other problems to solve and this did not seem like a major issue." Having a silent protagonist would also help players identify with the character. However, there were rumors that Claude actually spoke in the beta GTA III trailer, saying "Get out of the car!"; Rockstar replied to the rumors that the brief voiceover was fake and was pulled from .RAW files from [[Grand Theft Auto 2|GTA 2]]. Also, the "Get out of the car!" had a ", Man!" after he says "car" but it was cut for the trailer.
*He was designed with the the idea that he was a strong, silent killer, who would contrast with the neurotic and loud mobsters that he would work for, at the same time seeming stronger and more in control.<ref>http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/19861/grand-theft-auto-iii-your-questions-answered-part-one-claude-dar.html</ref>
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**With the right options, the GTA Online Protagonist can be resembled as Claude.
*Since Claude has a slight resemblance to the movie actor [[wp:Clint Eastwood|Clint Eastwood]], the development of the character might be somewhat based on him.
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*In the opening cutscene of "[[Give Me Liberty]]" (notably when he rounds the corner and finds [[Catalina]] pointing 2 pistols at him), you can notice Claude's face is notably different in the convoy and onwards, the difference can actually be seen in the gallery of this article. This is because he uses a different model and slightly different texture.
*Claude and [[Misty]] are the only charaters from 3D Universe that also appear in the [[HD Universe]]
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*Also in the game opening, Claude is shot by [[Catalina]] in his neck, suggesting a cause for his mutism. However, he also do not speak in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'', which is set years before, so it may be just coincidence.
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*He was designed with the idea that he was a strong, silent killer, who would contrast with the neurotic and loud mobsters that he would work for, at the same time seeming stronger and more in control.
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*In San Andreas, Claude is wearing substitutes for the bomber jacket, cargo pants and sneakers. He is wearing a [[San Andreas Bikers|biker]] jacket that is available from [[Victim]], black hi-tops from [[ProLaps]], and re-colored olive pants from [[Binco]]. 
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*Chronologically, Claude is the last protagonist in the 3D Universe.
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*Claude has interacted more frequently with his fellow [[3D Universe]] protagonists than any other protagonist of that era, since he races against [[Carl Johnson]] in GTA San Andreas, and also receives missions from GTA Liberty City Stories protagonist [[Toni Cipriani]] in GTA III.
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*To celebrate GTA III's 10th anniversary on October 22nd 2011, [[Rockstar Games]] released an official Claude action figure in association with [http://www.sideshowtoy.com/ Sideshow Collectibles]. The figure comes complete with both of Claude's outfits (his standard outfit and prison uniform), along with several weapons to pose him with. Only 1,600 were produced, and as of late 2012, they have sold out.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
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965c99b9d08a225a54f1f2b2972ac6d5.jpg|Game art of Claude in GTA III.
 
965c99b9d08a225a54f1f2b2972ac6d5.jpg|Game art of Claude in GTA III.
Claude Speed.PNG|Claude's Artwork for GTA III 10-years Aniversary
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Claude Speed.PNG|Claude's Artwork for the tenth anniversary edition of ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]'''
RNGTA3CLAUDE.png|Claude artwork from the GTA III 10th anniversary, colour rendition.
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RNGTA3CLAUDE.png|Claude artwork from the ''GTA III'' 10th anniversary, colour rendition.
Claude-GTAIII2.jpg|Claude in [[2001]]
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Claude-GTAIII2.jpg|Claude in [[2001]].
Liberty Prison Fatigues.png|Claude in "[[Give Me Liberty]]"
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Liberty Prison Fatigues.png|Claude in "[[Give Me Liberty]]".
Claude-GTASA.jpg|Claude in [[1992]]
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Claude-GTASA.jpg|Claude in [[1992]].
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1257.jpg|Claude in ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''.
Catalina betrays Claude..jpg|[[Catalina]] betrays Claude in ''Give Me Liberty''
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Catalina betrays Claude..jpg|[[Catalina]] betrays Claude in [[Give Me Liberty]]
TheExchange-GTAIII.jpg|Claude in The Exchange before the deal.
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TheExchange-GTAIII.jpg|Claude in [[The Exchange (GTA III)|The Exchange]] before the deal.
 
GTA III ak47.jpg|Claude holding an [[AK-47]].
 
GTA III ak47.jpg|Claude holding an [[AK-47]].
 
gta 3 screenshot.jpg|Claude holding a [[Pump Action Shotgun]].
 
gta 3 screenshot.jpg|Claude holding a [[Pump Action Shotgun]].
 
4040_gta3_screenshot.jpg|Claude holding an [[M16]].
 
4040_gta3_screenshot.jpg|Claude holding an [[M16]].
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_exchange_99.jpg|Claude as seen in [[The Exchange]].
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CHARACTER
Claude
Claude-GTA3
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto Online (Parent character model)
Full name: Claude
Also known as: Fido
Kid
Handyman
Snake Without a Tongue
Mute Asshole
Baby/Babe
My boy
Status: Alive
Gender: Male
Place of birth: San Fierro, San Andreas
Home: Liberty City
Red Light District, Portland
Belleville Park, Staunton Island
Wichita Gardens, Shoreside Vale
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Family: Catalina (Ex-Girlfriend)
Main affiliation: Yakuza
Colombian Cartel (Formerly)
Leone Family (Formerly)
Toni Cipriani
Maria Latore (Possibly formerly)
Diablos (Formerly)
Uptown Yardies (Formerly)
Southside Hoods
Vehicle(s): Bulletproof Patriot (Gift)
Grey ZR-350 (in GTA San Andreas)
Yakuza Stinger
Teal Green Kuruma
Cartel Cruiser
Player's choice
Businesses: Doherty Garage (Formerly)
Voiced by: None

Grand Theft Auto series
protagonists by Universes

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HD Universe

For other characters see Claude (disambiguation).

Claude is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto III, and as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. There is no voice actor for Claude, as he does not speak in any of his appearances.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Nothing is known about Claude's life before 1992, other than he had emerged as a top contender in an illegal racing ring and owned an abandoned garage in Doherty, San Fierro. Rockstar however states that Claude is: "Definitely a drifter, probably from the west coast, new to Liberty City " (and his) "surname may or may not be Speed".

Events of GTA San AndreasEdit

Racing with Carl JohnsonEdit

Claude, in 1992, became involved with Catalina, who had recently split up with Carl Johnson, before racing CJ in a losing effort. Following the loss, he hands over his garage to Johnson, before leaving San Andreas with Catalina. The two head to Liberty City where they embark on a nine year crime spree ending with Catalina's betrayal.

Events of GTA IIIEdit

Bank Heist and JailbreakEdit

At the start of the game, Claude and Catalina robbed a bank in Liberty City. Catalina, however, turned on her boyfriend, shooting him and leaving him for dead, justifying her decision with "I'm an ambitious girl, and you're just small time". Claude is arrested by the Liberty City Police Department. He is convicted of all charges and is sentenced to ten years in prison. While being transferred to a prison in Portland View, Claude escapes from a police convoy after the Colombian Cartel attack the convoy to free the Oriental Gentleman. Claude and 8-Ball escape to a safehouse in the Red Light District, before moving on to Luigi's Sex Club 7. Luigi Goterelli, the owner, gives Claude his first job in the city, to drive Misty from the hospital back to the club.

The Leone familyEdit

Claude, successful in his errand, continues to be employed by Goterelli, who also has him kill a drug dealer and two pimps, before having him drive Misty to Joey Leone's Garage. Claude then begins to work for Joey, killing both Mike Forelli and Lee Chong, before chauffering Toni Cipriani, later working for him against the Triads, principally killing three Triads warlords. Claude, impressing the Leone Family hierarchy, is introduced to the Don, Salvatore Leone. Salvatore, 'seeing nothing but good things' for Claude, has him looking after his 'girl' Maria for the evening, kill Curly Bob (who was selling secrets to the Colombian Cartel, now co-led by Catalina) and later destroy a freighter used as a factory for the drug SPANK. During this time, Claude also works for El Burro, the leader of the Diablos, helping him on various tasks, and Marty Chonks in his attempts to get out of his various problems.

The YakuzaEdit

After destroying the Cartel freighter, a paranoid Salvatore attempts to kill Claude by having him enter a bomb-laden car. Salvatore's wife Maria, however, pages Claude and directs him to a small pier where the two meet Asuka Kasen, co-leader of the Yakuza, and flee to Staunton Island after Maria had told her husband that she and Claude were an "item". Asuka, unconvinced of Claude's loyalty, has him kill Salvatore Leone to prove himself, before having him kill a number of other people causing her problems. She later introduces him to her brother Kenji and Ray Machowski, a corrupt police man working for the Yakuza. Claude helps Kenji with his problems, including settling debts and freeing a man from prison, and helps Machowski in his attempts to remain unnoticed, eventually helping him flee the city by the airport.

Later Jobs and The ExchangeEdit

Claude continues to look for work and finds employment with King Courtney, who has him attack the Diablos before attempting to kill him on orders from Catalina, and Donald Love, who has him kill Kenji Kasen disguised as a Colombian Cartel gangster in a Cartel Cruiser to provoke a war. Asuka, unaware of Claude's role in her brother's near death, launches an assault on a Cartel-controlled building site and begins to torture Miguel, co-leader of the Cartel, into giving away Cartel secrets. Armed with the information, Asuka sends Claude on various missions to hurt Cartel operations, including stopping the selling of and stealing a shipment of SPANK. Claude briefly finds employment with D-Ice, leader of the Red Jacks sub-sect of the Southside Hoods, and attacks the rival Purple Nines into defeat. Claude returns to the building site and finds that Asuka and Miguel are both dead, whilst a ransom note from Catalina, for Maria is left for him.

Claude goes to the Cartel mansion, escapes an ambush, destroys a helicopter piloted by Catalina, thus killing her, and rescues Maria. Maria's fate is left unknown, as whilst Maria is talking, a gunshot is heard that stops the talking; what exactly this gunshot was is unknown. Theories include that Claude killing her or simply shooting in the air to stop her talking or even a sound effect played by the game to signify its end.

Personality Edit

Claude is a calm and serious man who appears almost emotionless regardless of the situation. Provided he is paid for his services, he will take orders from his bosses without reluctance or complaint, usually giving a nod to show that he understands, and doesn't respond even when he is scolded or shouted at by his bosses for doing something wrong. He also prostrates to his bosses if required, in Kenji Kasen's case.

For the vast majority of the game, Claude is taciturn and doesn't speak. He will only make a slight grunt when he is hurt, or an "Oh!" whenever he drowns, gets shot, run over, or when he falls down. Unlike other protagonists, he doesn't taunt or shout at his enemies, but may give a driver in a passing vehicle the finger while crossing roads.

Claude remains true to his mission of finding and taking revenge on Catalina for leaving him for dead, even showing the slightest bit of pity for Maria when he allows her to live after freeing her, only to possibly kill her himself. It's also clear that Claude is only out for himself and will use people for his own ends or benefits until he no longer sees a reason to use them anymore; which more often than not ends with Claude killing them.

Mission appearancesEdit

GTA III
GTA San Andreas
GTA Online

Characters murdered by ClaudeEdit

Victim Mission Killed Reason
Mike Forelli Mike Lips Last Lunch Killed on orders from Joey Leone after the Forellis did not pay their debts.
Lee Chong Farewell 'Chunky' Lee Chong Killed on orders form Joey Leone for selling SPANK in noodle stands.
Curly Bob Cutting the Grass Killed on orders form Salvatore for telling the Leone's secrets to the Colombian Cartel.
Salvatore Leone Sayonara Salvatore Killed on orders from Asuka, to prove that Claude's ties with the Mafia are completely broken.
Leon McAffrey Plaster Blaster Killed on orders from Ray for turning states evidence.
Tanner Two-Faced Tanner Killed on orders from Asuka for being an undercover policeman.
Kenji Kasen Waka-Gashira Wipeout Killed on orders from Donald Love to provoke a war between the Colombian Cartel and the Yakuza.
Catalina The Exchange Killed by Claude for betraying him in a bank robbery (Opening cutscene).

Optional murdersEdit

Possible murdersEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The name Claude is never mentioned within Grand Theft Auto III, being the protagonist referred just as 'player' by the menu lines and called by his nicknames by other characters. The name is first referred in a phone call between Catalina and Carl Johnson in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, after the end of the last story mission of the game. 'Claude' can also be found in GTA III game files, suggesting it could have been planned to be in the main game. Lately, Rockstar used the name in many promotional releases related to previous games, such as the game's 10 years anniversary, which definitely confirmed his name was that.
  • In GTA IV, his and other 3D Universe protagonists names are written on a wall of graffiti, stating that they have all died after the events in the 3D universe. However, this only served as a "little joke to [their] fans" according to the Rockstar developers.
  • Claude, and the GTA Online Protagonist are the few characters in the GTA series who do not speak. This was a choice Rockstar Games made at the start of the development process, as they stated, "We had so many other problems to solve and this did not seem like a major issue." Having a silent protagonist would also help players identify with the character. However, there were rumors that Claude actually spoke in the beta GTA III trailer, saying "Get out of the car!"; Rockstar replied to the rumors that the brief voiceover was fake and was pulled from .RAW files from GTA 2. Also, the "Get out of the car!" had a ", Man!" after he says "car" but it was cut for the trailer.
    • With the right options, the GTA Online Protagonist can be resembled as Claude.
  • In the opening cutscene of "Give Me Liberty" (notably when he rounds the corner and finds Catalina pointing 2 pistols at him), you can notice Claude's face is notably different in the convoy and onwards, the difference can actually be seen in the gallery of this article. This is because he uses a different model and slightly different texture.
  • Also in the game opening, Claude is shot by Catalina in his neck, suggesting a cause for his mutism. However, he also do not speak in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which is set years before, so it may be just coincidence.
  • He was designed with the idea that he was a strong, silent killer, who would contrast with the neurotic and loud mobsters that he would work for, at the same time seeming stronger and more in control.
  • In San Andreas, Claude is wearing substitutes for the bomber jacket, cargo pants and sneakers. He is wearing a biker jacket that is available from Victim, black hi-tops from ProLaps, and re-colored olive pants from Binco
  • Chronologically, Claude is the last protagonist in the 3D Universe.
  • Claude has interacted more frequently with his fellow 3D Universe protagonists than any other protagonist of that era, since he races against Carl Johnson in GTA San Andreas, and also receives missions from GTA Liberty City Stories protagonist Toni Cipriani in GTA III.
  • To celebrate GTA III's 10th anniversary on October 22nd 2011, Rockstar Games released an official Claude action figure in association with Sideshow Collectibles. The figure comes complete with both of Claude's outfits (his standard outfit and prison uniform), along with several weapons to pose him with. Only 1,600 were produced, and as of late 2012, they have sold out.

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