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CHARACTER
Devin Weston
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Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto V
Full name: Devin Weston
Also known as: Devo
Slick
Yogi
Status: Determinant
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 1962
Date of death: 2013 (Aged 51; Player's choice)
Home: Mansion, Buen Vino Road, Tongva Hills, Los Santos County
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Main affiliation: Merryweather Security
Steve Haines
Molly Schultz
Vehicle(s): Black Adder
Black Tornado
Shamal
Red Vacca (possibly)
Businesses: Devin Weston Holdings
Voiced by: Jonathan Walker
"...Because frankly I'm rich enough to do whatever the fuck I want and you're poor enough to not ask me any goddamn stupid questions. Now, I mean that as a friend. Namaste."
― Devin Weston

Devin Weston is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as a central character and one of the two main antagonists in Grand Theft Auto V.

He is an influential billionaire in San Andreas and runs various businesses.

History

Background

Weston is an excessive American billionaire, who owns shares in several major companies, from hotel chains like Banner Hotel & Spa to alcohol manufacturers like Patriot Beer and Nogo Vodka; but most importantly, he is a major shareholder of Merryweather Security, a private military company that acts as the muscle of his various corporate and criminal interests. He is also shown to have influence within law enforcement, as evidenced by his relationship with FIB agent Steve Haines and his ability to procure a police escort for his lawyer and second-in-command, Molly Schultz.

Events of GTA V

Michael and Trevor first meet Weston after he's had a meeting with his friend and cohort, Steve Haines, during the mission By The Book, where he was given permission to torture Ferdinand Karimov. However, they aren't properly introduced until after they rob an armored truck for him at the behest of Haines. Weston offers the trio special business opportunities: He offers Michael the possibility of making a movie with his idol, Vinewood producer Solomon Richards, in order to raise the value of Richards' studio and he offers Trevor and Franklin Clinton a contract to steal five luxury cars for him so he can sell them to high ranking Chinese government officials.

Trevor and Franklin acquire the five cars, with the assistance of Lamar Davis, and transport them to Weston's drop-off point, but Weston backs out on their payment, promising to "invest" it for them on his own company. Simultaneously, he attempts to shut down the production of Michael and Solomon's movie so that he can claim an insurance pay out since the studio has achieved its probable peak value. Since the insurance policy requires the inability to complete the film, he has his lawyer, Molly, take the print copy of the film with her on her trip to Liberty City and keep it stashed until Devin sees fit to destroy it. Upon discovering this, Michael races to the airport to recover the prints from Molly, but when she sees him coming, she becomes terrified and attempts to flee, only to accidentally end up getting killed when she's sucked into a plane's turbines.

Enraged by Molly's death, Weston sends a platoon of Merryweather soldiers to Michael's home in an attempt to murder his wife and daughter. Alerted of this by Weston's gloating at the premiere for Meltdown, Michael and his son, Jimmy, rush to their home and arrive just in time to save Amanda and Tracey.

"He has betrayed everyone he's ever known. He's got you involved with the federal government, and he's messed up several business ventures of mine. He has got to go. And you know what? I'd like to say this isn't personal, but it is personal."
― Devin ordering Franklin to kill Michael.

After his failure to have Michael's family killed, Weston visits Franklin and tells him to kill Michael, but Franklin tries to refuse, telling him Steve Haines told him to kill Trevor. It is at this point that Franklin can choose whether to kill Michael at Devin's request, kill Trevor at Steve Haines' request, or spare them and team up with them both to kill all their enemies.

Endings

If Franklin chooses option A, he kills Trevor with Michael's assistance. Afterwards, Franklin calls Haines to inform him that he's done as requested and also to ask him to persuade Devin Weston not to go after him for sparing Michael. Haines tells Franklin that he'll handle Weston, because Merryweather has lost its licence to operate in the state, but also tells him never to contact him again.

If the player chooses option B, Franklin will kill Michael at Devin's behest. After the deed is done, Franklin will call Devin and inform him of this, asking him to ensure that Steve Haines won't come after him for refusing to kill Trevor. Weston informs Franklin that he's already contacted Haines' superiors and ensured that he would back down. Franklin also asks if Devin has any more jobs for him, but Devin sardonically tells Franklin that he did do his last job for him, and tells him he is no further use to him and mockingly telling Franklin to "go to business school, because clown school hasn't been working out so far for him".

Alternately, Weston only appears again physically if the player selects the third option, the "Deathwish" ending. Here, Weston gets kidnapped by Trevor after the protagonists have killed Haines, Wei Cheng and Stretch. Trevor stuffs Weston into the trunk of a car and drives it to the edge of a cliff in Blaine County, where he meets up with Michael and Franklin. After gloating about their victory to a terrified Weston, the three protagonists push the car off the edge of the cliff. The car crashes repeatedly into several rocks along the way, until it finally hits the ground and explodes, killing Weston.

Personality

"You paid a private company to do your dirty work for you. Then you underpaid that company because you thought you were big enough and bad enough that you didn't have to play by the rules."

-Michael describing Devin.

Weston is considerably pompous and over the top. He enjoys constantly reminding the protagonists that he is far wealthier than they and that his affluence allows him to do as he pleases, he even brag about his sexual conquests, both on his website and his Lifeinvader page. All the protagonists at some point or another agree that Weston can best be described as a "douchebag": overbearing, prone to showing-off and with the irritating habit of pretending that he is their friend, despite his absolute scorn for them.

It is very obvious that it has been a long time since he has not had everything he wanted handed to him, to the point that it does not even occur to him that anyone would actually stand up to him and when they do, he responds with temper tantrums. This can be seem in the deathwish ending, when Weston tries to bribe Trevor into freeing him by using his money and connections, but fails.

Weston is very dependent of his money and connections that he loves so much to brag about, it is using this that he gets Michael to work with him, (using his connections in the movie industry to introduce him to Solomon Richards) and he is so confident that Franklin will be more intimidated by him instead of the FIB, when he asks him to kill Michael instead of Trevor in the final mission. However, it is implied by the "Deathwish" ending, that Weston does not have as many connections as he thought, since none of the protagonists ever face repercussions for their role in his death, the police and FIB simply label him as disappeared when his body does not turn up and do not carry out any further investigations and his closest ally Don Percival is glad to see him gone so he can buy out his shares on Merryweather at a low price.

He gives the appearance of living a healthy life and a clear, peaceful mindset by practicing yoga (even having his Lifeinvader profile picture in a namaste greeting pose), but in reality he uses this image in a passive aggressive stance, still looking down at others. Even Molly, who is the only person in the entire game who genuinely likes Weston, is treated with disdain by him, her death in the mission Legal Trouble makes him really angry, but it's clear that he only cared about her because she was a good lawyer, and the main reason he's pissed is because Michael "made a fool of him".

Weston, according to Trevor, "fancies himself a liberal" and thus engages in several stereotypical "upper class liberal" activities, such as practicing yoga and drinking fancy lattes. Despite his liberal mentality, when Lester discovers that Weston owns 11% of Merryweather Security, he will comment on how amusing it is that a "pseudo-liberal" like Weston would be a major shareholder in a Private Military Corporation.

Weston also has the habit of calling any of the protagonists by the moniker "Slick," which he uses alternately to pretend he is their friend or to belittle them, as the situation sees fit. This is likely a reference to the character of Michael Cerrito from the 1995 movie Heat.

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