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You may be looking for Karen (Receptionist), the receptionist for the Goldberg, Ligner & Shyster law firm.


CHARACTER
Karen
Michelle-GTAIV
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto IV
Full name: Karen
Also known as: Michelle
Status: Alive
Gender:

Female

Date of birth: 1981 (Questionable)
Place of birth: The Midwest (Questionable)
Home: Mohawk Avenue, Rotterdam Hill, Liberty City
Nationality: American
Main affiliation: United Liberty Paper
Mallorie Bardas
Niko Bellic
Vehicle(s): Silver Merit
Businesses: Undercover agent
Voiced by: Rebecca Henderson
"I'm sorry that I lied to you. And...weirdly in some ways you're a nice guy, better than the creeps I normally date."
―Karen

Karen is an undercover Government Official who works for United Liberty Paper. Before her identity is revealed, she becomes Niko's girlfriend under the false name Michelle.

Background

Not much is known about Karen's Background as most of the things we hear are lies during her and Niko's dates.

Events of GTA IV

After unveiling her identity, she confiscates Elizabeta's cocaine, and naturally, she and Niko break up.

It is hinted by the boss at the United Liberty Paper building that she was in a similar situation as Niko. When she was recruited, she had something to lose but nothing to live for. She is also a smoker, and lies to Niko that she works with Mallorie.

It is unknown when Karen got assigned Niko's case. There is evidence that it is from the start of GTA IV, or before Niko arrives in the city; as she is lying to Niko on their first date.

Due to the nature of the United Liberty Paper's activities, it was likely discovered that Niko was headed to America, and due to his exploits in Europe, had unknowingly got himself noticed by the CIA. After digging up info on his family and finding that Roman Bellic was related, Karen was told to make friends with Mallorie, knowing that Niko would inevitably make contact with them.

During a mission for United Liberty Paper, Niko asked what Karen's reward for delivering Niko was, to which he replies: "Michelle, Karen. We gave her her life back."

Despite her intentions, it appears as though Karen genuinely fell for Niko during their time together. This is due to the fact that she is sometimes surprised and upset, if after a fair amount of dates, Niko doesn't ask to have sex with her. She is also visibly hurt when she is forced to betray him. It is unknown what happened to Karen after the mission Wrong is Right, as she is never seen again for the rest of the game. However, the United Liberty Paper's answering machine's voice sounds as if it was recorded by Michelle.

It is very likely Karen is the Undercover Lover from Love-meet.net, though there is no real proof.

It is likely that ULP hired Karen to take interest into unique people or that came into Liberty City to solicite their help from them or people with training or skills as Niko has served in the Yugslavian Wars and has interacted with Ray Bulgarin and as of the ending of the game, Niko has "friends in high places". This is quite similair to CJ's time in GTA: San Andreas where he is only connected to a small time gang ran by his older brother and at the end of the game CJ has multiple large-scale assets with partnerships with high ranking gang leaders such with Wu Zi Mu's casino in Las Venturas and influence in 3 major cities. However Niko doesn't have that great of influence and assets that CJ has.

Mission appearances

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Trivia

  • Strangely, Roman knows "Michelle" was working for someone, although he wasn't there in The Snow Storm to see the betrayal. It is likely Little Jacob told him about her. This is shown in Roman's e-mail called "Shit!".

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