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It should be pointed out that the protagonist is not always the hero of the story, as implied in the ''Grand Theft Auto'' games, where they are sometimes called as ''anti-hero''. They may commit crimes of some sort, (which the protagonists of the GTA games certainly do) but he/she is still considered the lead character, and is known to help out his/her friends, allies or close associates.
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It should be pointed out that the protagonist is not always the hero of the story, as implied in the ''Grand Theft Auto'' games, where they are sometimes called as ''anti-hero''. They may commit crimes of some sort, (which the protagonists of the GTA games certainly do) but he/she is still considered the lead character, and is known to help out his/her friends, allies or close associates, and also known to posses good qualities.
   
 
==Traits==
 
==Traits==
   
   
The protagonists between [[Grand Theft Auto III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] share similar qualities. Most protagonists are new to town, either returning after a long time gone (such as [[Carl Johnson]] and [[Toni Cipriani]]) or have never been to the city before (such as [[Claude]], [[Tommy Vercetti]], [[Victor Vance]] and [[Niko Bellic]]). The protagonists usually start with nothing, with minimal influence and reputation, having to do odd jobs around for various small-timers, gaining friends and allies (like [[Maria Latore]], [[Asuka Kasen]], [[Avery Carrington]], [[Wu Zi Mu]], and [[Little Jacob]]) before moving up the social and economical ladder, attempting to rise through the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. They eventually start establishing a name for themselves in the town, doing real jobs, making bigger and more powerful friends and business partners, and cutting real deals as their prominence, respect, money, and reputation begins to grow, until they end the game on top of the city, or at least with some powerful business and/or friends. An abnormal protagonist would be [[Luis Fernando Lopez]] who has always lived in Liberty City and has already established a name, powerful friends, and is high up on the social and economical ladder at the start of the game. Protagonists have a consistent distaste of drugs, and while deal and work with them, never intentionally use them (This may change however after the release of [[Grand Theft Auto V]], since one of the new protagonists - [[Trevor]] to be exact - is prone to violence by his drug addiction).
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The protagonists between [[Grand Theft Auto III]] and [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] share similar qualities. Most protagonists either have never been to the city before (such as [[Claude]], [[Tommy Vercetti]], [[Victor Vance]] and [[Niko Bellic]]) or returning after a long time gone (such as [[Carl Johnson]], [[Toni Cipriani]], and [[Trevor Philips]]). The protagonists usually start with nothing, with minimal influence and reputation, having to do odd jobs around for various small-timers, gaining friends and allies (like [[Maria Latore]], [[Asuka Kasen]], [[Avery Carrington]], [[Wu Zi Mu]], and [[Little Jacob]]) before moving up the social and economical ladder, attempting to rise through the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. They eventually start establishing a name for themselves in the town, doing real jobs, making bigger and more powerful friends and business partners, and cutting real deals as their prominence, respect, money, and reputation begins to grow, until they end the game on top of the city, or at least with some powerful business and/or friends. An abnormal protagonist would be [[Luis Fernando Lopez]] who has always lived in Liberty City and has already established a name, powerful friends, and is high up on the social and economical ladder at the start of the game. Protagonists (up to [[Grand Theft Auto V]]) have a consistent distaste of [[drugs]], and while dealing and working with them, never intentionally use them. However, the three protagonists in the game can use drugs in their safehouses: [[Franklin Clinton|Franklin]] and [[Michael De Santa|Michael]] smoke marijuana, while [[Trevor Philips|Trevor]] smokes methamphetamine.
   
 
==Antagonist==
 
==Antagonist==
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The main antagonists of the Grand Theft Auto games are usually introduced very early in the story, usually as the protagonist's friend or acquaintance until a major, personal betrayal (like [[Catalina]], [[Sonny Forelli]], [[Big Smoke]], [[Jerry Martinez]] and [[Dimitri Rascalov]]) these betrayals can be done by not just main antagonists but antagonists in general. They are usually seen, heard, or mentioned throughout the game, moving against the protagonists' plans or goals, while the protagonist continues his quest for vengeance, and will not appear after their betrayal until they are finally confronted in some big event by the protagonist at the end of the game and will be killed thus completing his problems and wraps up the main storyline mission. An abnormal antagonist is [[Massimo Torini]]; he makes the least amount of appearances than all the other [[antagonist]]s in the other [[Grand Theft Auto|games]] (only 2 mission appearances).
 
The main antagonists of the Grand Theft Auto games are usually introduced very early in the story, usually as the protagonist's friend or acquaintance until a major, personal betrayal (like [[Catalina]], [[Sonny Forelli]], [[Big Smoke]], [[Jerry Martinez]] and [[Dimitri Rascalov]]) these betrayals can be done by not just main antagonists but antagonists in general. They are usually seen, heard, or mentioned throughout the game, moving against the protagonists' plans or goals, while the protagonist continues his quest for vengeance, and will not appear after their betrayal until they are finally confronted in some big event by the protagonist at the end of the game and will be killed thus completing his problems and wraps up the main storyline mission. An abnormal antagonist is [[Massimo Torini]]; he makes the least amount of appearances than all the other [[antagonist]]s in the other [[Grand Theft Auto|games]] (only 2 mission appearances).
   
== Current list of GTA protagonists ==
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== List of protagonists ==
   
 
<table class="wikitable"><tr>
 
<table class="wikitable"><tr>
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<th>'''Protagonist(s)'''
 
<th>'''Protagonist(s)'''
 
</th></tr><tr>
 
</th></tr><tr>
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto 1|Grand Theft Auto]]
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto 1|Grand Theft Auto]]<br /><small>([[Protagonists in GTA 1|protagonists]])</small></td>
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<td>[[Bubba]]<br />[[Divine]]<br />[[Katie]]<br />[[Kivlov]]<br />[[Mikki]]<br />[[Travis]]<br />[[Troy]]<br />[[Ulrika]]<br />[[Kelly]]</td></tr><tr>
<td>[[Bubba]]<br />[[Divine]]<br />[[Katie]]<br />[[Kivlov]]<br />[[Mikki]]<br />[[Travis]]<br />[[Troy]]<br />[[Ulrika]]</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1969]]<br />and [[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961]]<br /><small>([[Protagonists in GTA London|protagonists]])</small></td>
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1969]]
 
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<td>[[Charles Jones]]<br />[[Johnny Hawtorn]]<br />[[Maurice Caine]]<br />[[Mick Casey]]<br />[[Rodney Morash]]<br />[[Sid Vacant]]<br />[[Winston Henry]]<br />[[Wolfie Vilans]]</td></tr><tr>
 
<td>[[Charles Jones]]<br />[[Johnny Hawtorn]]<br />[[Maurice Caine]]<br />[[Mick Casey]]<br />[[Rodney Morash]]<br />[[Sid Vacant]]<br />[[Winston Henry]]<br />[[Wolfie Vilans]]</td></tr><tr>
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: London 1961]]
 
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<td>[[Charles Jones]]<br />[[Johnny Hawtorn]]<br />[[Maurice Caine]]<br />[[Mick Casey]]<br />[[Rodney Morash]]<br />[[Sid Vacant]]<br />[[Winston Henry]]<br />[[Wolfie Vilans]]</td>
 
</tr>
 
 
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto 2]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto 2]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Claude Speed]]
 
<td>[[Claude Speed]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto III]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto III]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Claude]]
 
<td>[[Claude]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Tommy Vercetti]]
 
<td>[[Tommy Vercetti]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto Advance]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto Advance]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Mike]]
 
<td>[[Mike]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Carl Johnson]]
 
<td>[[Carl Johnson]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Toni Cipriani]]
 
<td>[[Toni Cipriani]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<tr>
 
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Victor Vance]]
 
<td>[[Victor Vance]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Niko Bellic]]
 
<td>[[Niko Bellic]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<tr>
 
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned|Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned|Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Johnny Klebitz]]
 
<td>[[Johnny Klebitz]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<tr>
 
 
<td>[[The Ballad of Gay Tony|Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony]]
 
<td>[[The Ballad of Gay Tony|Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Luis Fernando Lopez]]
 
<td>[[Luis Fernando Lopez]]
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</td></tr><tr>
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<tr>
 
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]]
 
<td>[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]]
 
</td>
 
</td>
 
<td>[[Huang Lee]]
 
<td>[[Huang Lee]]
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto V]]
 
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</td>
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<td>[[Michael De Santa]]<br />[[Franklin Clinton]]<br />[[Trevor Philips]]</td></tr><tr>
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]
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<td>[[Grand Theft Auto V]]
 
 
</td>
 
</td>
<td>[[Michael (GTA V)|Michael]]<br />[[Franklin]]<br />[[Trevor Phillips]]</td>
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<td>[[GTA Online Protagonist]]
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</table>
 
   
 
== List of Ally Groups ==
 
== List of Ally Groups ==
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'''Protagonist''': [[Claude]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason''': While Claude does maintain a close friendship and working relationship with the [[Yakuza]] and the [[Leone Family]] over the course of the game, he always acts freelance and never makes a commitment to any gang. He also maintains relations with the Southside Hoods, who at the end of the game become one of the few gangs not hostile to Claude.
 
'''Protagonist''': [[Claude]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason''': While Claude does maintain a close friendship and working relationship with the [[Yakuza]] and the [[Leone Family]] over the course of the game, he always acts freelance and never makes a commitment to any gang. He also maintains relations with the Southside Hoods, who at the end of the game become one of the few gangs not hostile to Claude.
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Tommy Vercetti]]<br />'''Group''': [[Vercetti Gang]]<br />'''Group reason''': Tommy founded the Vercetti gang [[Rub Out|after taking over]] [[Ricardo Diaz]]'s empire in [[Vice City in GTA III Era|Vice City]]. The actual name "Vercetti Gang" spawned when Tommy bought [[Kaufman Cabs]] and [[Delores]] tells the employees that the "Vercetti Gang" owns it now, and then the name sticks. Tommy also maintains good relations with Umberto's [[Cubans|Cuban Street gang]] and [[Mitch Baker]]'s [[Vice City Bikers]] gang.
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'''Protagonist''': [[Tommy Vercetti]]<br />'''Group''': [[Vercetti Gang]]<br />'''Group reason''': Tommy founded the Vercetti gang [[Rub Out|after taking over]] [[Ricardo Diaz]]'s empire in [[Vice City (3D Universe)|Vice City]]. The actual name "Vercetti Gang" spawned when Tommy bought [[Kaufman Cabs]] and [[Delores]] tells the employees that the "Vercetti Gang" owns it now, and then the name sticks. Tommy also maintains good relations with Umberto's [[Cubans|Cuban Street gang]] and [[Mitch Baker]]'s [[Vice City Bikers]] gang.
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Carl Johnson]]<br />'''Group''': [[Grove Street Families]]<br />'''Group reason''': Carl's brother, [[Sweet]], is a leader of the gang and therefore makes Carl the [[underboss]]. Carl has friendly relationships with the [[San Fierro Triads|Triad]] leader [[Wu Zi Mu]], and [[Varrios Los Aztecas]] leader [[Cesar Vialpando]].
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'''Protagonist''': [[Carl Johnson]]<br />'''Group''': [[Grove Street Families]]<br />'''Group reason''': Carl's brother, [[Sweet]], is a leader of the gang and therefore makes Carl second in command. Carl has friendly relationships with the [[San Fierro Triads|Triad]] leader [[Wu Zi Mu]], and [[Varrios Los Aztecas (3D Universe)|Varrios Los Aztecas]] leader [[Cesar Vialpando]].
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Mike]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason''': Mike, like Claude, also maintains close friendships with some gangs yet has never made a commitment to one as he is first working for the Mafia yet is allies with [[Cisco]], the leader of the [[Columbian Cartel]].
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'''Protagonist''': [[Mike]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason''': Mike, like Claude, also maintains close friendships with some gangs yet has never made a commitment to one as he is first working for the Mafia yet is allies with [[Cisco]], the leader of the [[Colombian Cartel]].
   
 
'''Protagonist''': [[Toni Cipriani]]<br />'''Group''': [[Leone Family]]<br />'''Group reason''': Toni's parents possibly were in the Leone Family (as hinted by his mother in [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]), but it is never given how he joined the family. He is close friends with Don [[Salvatore Leone]] and is made [[Caporegime]] later in the game and keeps his position well into [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]].
 
'''Protagonist''': [[Toni Cipriani]]<br />'''Group''': [[Leone Family]]<br />'''Group reason''': Toni's parents possibly were in the Leone Family (as hinted by his mother in [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]), but it is never given how he joined the family. He is close friends with Don [[Salvatore Leone]] and is made [[Caporegime]] later in the game and keeps his position well into [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]].
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Victor Vance]]<br />'''Group''': [[Vance Crime Family]]<br />'''Group reason''': After leaving the [[Trailer Park Mafia]], Vic and his brother [[Lance Vance|Lance]], who would become Vance Crime Family [[Underboss]], started the gang to make money for their asthmatic brother [[Pete Vance|Pete]] and rise up in the criminal enterprise. Victor begins to work for the [[Mendez Cartel|Mendez' organization]] and [[Diaz' Gang|Diaz' organization]] in order to increase his influence. Victor also maintains good relationship with Umberto Robina's [[Cuban|gang]].
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'''Protagonist''': [[Victor Vance]]<br />'''Group''': [[Vance Crime Family]]<br />'''Group reason''': After leaving the [[Trailer Park Mafia]], Vic and his brother [[Lance Vance|Lance]], who would become Vance Crime Family [[Underboss]], started the gang to make money for their asthmatic brother [[Pete Vance|Pete]] and rise up in the criminal enterprise. Victor begins to work for the [[Mendez Cartel|Mendez' organization]] and [[Diaz' Gang|Diaz' organization]] in order to increase his influence. Victor also maintains good relationship with Umberto Robina's [[Cuban|gang]]. Victor was murdered by a group of hitmen, during a drug deal with Tommy Vercetti in the begining of [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]].
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Niko Bellic]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason:''' Like with [[Claude]] and [[Mike]], Niko works freelance and even though he befriends several gang leaders he does not commit himself to only one. The [[Jamaican Posse]] and the McReary Mob have and will always be allied with Niko due to his friendships with [[Little Jacob]] and [[Patrick McReary|Packie McReary]]. Niko also has a sort of connection with and receives protection from the [[Gambetti Family]] after he forms a bond with their leader, [[Jon Gravelli]] shortly before his death. He can also have connections with the [[North Holland Hustlers]], if the player [[The Holland Play|chooses to kill]] [[Playboy X]] instead of [[Dwayne Forge]].
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'''Protagonist''': [[Niko Bellic]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason:''' Like with [[Claude]] and [[Mike]], Niko works freelance and even though he befriends several gang leaders he does not commit himself to only one. The [[Jamaican Posse]] and the [[McReary crime family|McReary Mob]] have and will always be allied with Niko due to his friendships with [[Little Jacob]] and [[Patrick McReary|Packie McReary]]. Niko also has a sort of connection with and receives protection from the [[Gambetti Family]] after he forms a bond with their leader, [[Jon Gravelli]] shortly before his death. He can also have connections with the [[North Holland Hustlers]], if the player [[The Holland Play|chooses to kill]] [[Playboy X]] instead of [[Dwayne Forge]].
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Johnny Klebitz]]<br />'''Group''': [[The Lost Brotherhood]]<br />'''Group reason''': Johnny is the Vice President of The Lost biker gang, and is a full on member as well. He also was best friends with [[Billy Grey]], the President of The Lost, until the latter was imprisoned and the presidential torch passed to Johnny.
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'''Protagonist''': [[Johnny Klebitz]]<br />'''Group''': [[The Lost Brotherhood]]<br />'''Group reason''': Johnny is the Vice President of The Lost biker gang, and is a full on member as well. He also was best friends with [[Billy Grey]], the President of The Lost, until the latter was imprisoned and the presidential torch passed to Johnny. Johnny was murdered by[[ Trevor Phillips]], one of three protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V, for speaking unkindly to him.
   
 
'''Protagonist''': [[Luis Fernando Lopez]]<br />'''Group''': [[Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers]]<br />'''Group reason''': Luis works for [[Anthony Prince]], who isn't a part of any specific organization. He is also friends with the Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers' members [[Armando Torres]] and [[Henrique Bardas]], and depending other the player, can spend time [[Drug Wars |building up]] their drug empire.
 
'''Protagonist''': [[Luis Fernando Lopez]]<br />'''Group''': [[Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers]]<br />'''Group reason''': Luis works for [[Anthony Prince]], who isn't a part of any specific organization. He is also friends with the Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers' members [[Armando Torres]] and [[Henrique Bardas]], and depending other the player, can spend time [[Drug Wars |building up]] their drug empire.
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Huang Lee]]<br />'''Group''': [[Liberty City Triads (GTA IV era)|Algonquin Triads]]<br />'''Group reason''': Huang's father was head of the gang before he was killed for the [[Yu Jian Sword]].
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'''Protagonist''': [[Huang Lee]]<br />'''Group''': [[Liberty City Triads (HD Universe)|Algonquin Triads]]<br />'''Group reason''': Huang's father was head of the gang before he was killed for the [[Yu Jian Sword]].
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Michael (GTA V)|Michael]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason''': Altough he is a friend of [[Franklin]], which is a gang member, Michael is not part of any group.
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'''Protagonist''': [[Michael De Santa]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason''': Although he is a friend of [[Franklin Clinton]], which is a gang member, Michael is not part of any group.
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Franklin]]<br />'''Group''': [[Grove Street Families in HD Universe|Grove Street Families]]<br />'''Group reason''': He owns a house in that gang's area and he was probably born there.
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'''Protagonist''': [[Franklin Clinton]]<br />'''Group''': [[The Families]]<br />'''Group reason''': He owns a [[Clinton residence|house]] in that gang's [[Strawberry|area]] and he was probably born there. He also operates with [[Lamar Davis]], who is heavily involved with [[The Families]].
   
'''Protagonist''': [[Trevor]]<br />'''Group''': None<br />'''Group reason''': He doesn't haves many friends, which leads him to operate alone most of the time.
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'''Protagonist''': [[Trevor Philips]]<br />'''Group''': [[Trevor Philips Enterprises]]<br />'''Group reason''': He lives in a [[Trevor's Trailer|trailer]] at [[Sandy Shores]]. He also operates with [[Ron Jakowski]], and [[Oscar Guzman]] if the [[McKenzie Field Hangar|Mackenzie Field]] is purchased. Trevor deals weapons and drugs.
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'''Protagonist''': [[Online-Player]]<br />'''Group''': [[Crews]] (Player's Choice)<br />'''Group reason''': New to the city, the Online-Player is attached to no specific group and does jobs for various types of people, although the player can create their own crew or join somebody else's.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
<gallery position="center" spacing="small" orientation="none">
 
<gallery position="center" spacing="small" orientation="none">
Claude-GTAIII.jpg|[[Claude]], protagonist of GTA III
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Claude-GTA3.png|[[Claude]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: III]]''
170px-TommyVercetti-GTAVC.png|[[Tommy Vercetti]], protagonist of GTA Vice City
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170px-TommyVercetti-GTAVC.png|[[Tommy Vercetti]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]''
CarlJohnson-GTASA.png|[[Carl Johnson]], protagonist of GTA San Andreas.
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GTASA CJ.jpg|[[Carl Johnson]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]''
Mike-GTAA.jpg|[[Mike]], protagonist of GTA Advance
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Mike-GTAA.jpg|[[Mike]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Advance]]''
ToniCipriani-GTALCS.png|[[Toni Cipriani]], protagonist of GTA Liberty City Stories
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ToniCipriani-GTALCS.png|[[Toni Cipriani]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]''
VictorVance-GTAVCS.png|[[Victor Vance]], protagonist of GTA Vice City Stories
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VictorVance2-GTAVCS.JPG|[[Victor Vance]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]''
NikoBellic-GTAIV.jpg|[[Niko Bellic]], protagonist of GTA IV
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NikoBellic-GTAIV.jpg|[[Niko Bellic]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]''
JohnnyKlebitz-TLAD.jpg|[[Johnny Klebitz]], protagonist of TLAD
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JohnnyKlebitz-TLAD.jpg|[[Johnny Klebitz]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned]]''
LuisFernandoLopez-TBOGT.jpg|[[Luis Fernando Lopez]], protagonist of TBoGT
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LuisFernandoLopez-TBOGT.jpg|[[Luis Fernando Lopez]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''
HuangLee-Artwork.jpg|[[Huang Lee]], protagonist of GTA Chinatown Wars.
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HuangLee-GTACW-Ingame.png|[[Huang Lee]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]]''
Protagonist-GTAV-headshot-rear.png|[[Michael (GTA V)|Michael]], one of the protagonists of ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
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MichaelDeSanta-GTA5.png|[[Michael De Santa]], one of the protagonists of ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
Trevor's Face.jpg|[[Trevor]], one of the protagonists of ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
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TrevorPhilips-GTA5.png|[[Trevor Philips]], one of the protagonists of ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
Frank with a shotgun.jpg|[[Franklin]], one of the protagonists of ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
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FranklinClinton-GTA5.png|[[Franklin Clinton]], one of the protagonists of ''[[Grand Theft Auto V]]''.
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Unknown.png|[[Online-Player]], protagonist of ''[[Grand Theft Auto Online]]''.
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*[[Niko Bellic|Niko]] , [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]] , [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis]] and [[Huang Lee|Huang]] have criminal records in the [[LCPD Database]], and each have the crime "Grand Theft Auto" listed.
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*[[Niko Bellic|Niko]], [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]], [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis]] and [[Huang Lee|Huang]] have criminal records in the [[LCPD Database]], and each have the crime "Grand Theft Auto" listed.
*From [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]] onwards, every protagonist (aside from [[Mike]], [[Johnny Klebitz]], [[Luis Fernando Lopez]], [[Michael (GTA V)|Michael]], [[Franklin]] and [[Trevor Phillips]]) begins the game either new to the specific location, or has returned after a long time away.
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*''[[Grand Theft Auto 1|GTA 1]]'', [[GTA2|''GTA2'''s]] GBC port and ''[[Grand Theft Auto Online|GTA Online]]'' are the only games into the series to feature the ability to play as a female protagonist.
*[[Niko Bellic|Niko]], [[Claude]] and [[Mike]] are so far the only protagonists of any GTA game to work freelance (not a member of any particular organization).
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*A graffiti design throughout the city in [[GTA IV]] suggests that all the protagonists from the GTA III era are deceased, with the names "[[Claude]]", "[[Tommy Vercetti|Tommy]]", "[[Carl Johnson|Carl]]", "[[Toni Cipriani|Toni]]" and "[[Victor Vance|Vic]]" alongside remembrance graffiti. However, this is not necessarily saying they have died (although Victor Vance has been canonically killed), it is possibly just a way of saying that the [[3D Universe]] is over, and the characters will not be featured in the future. 
*All of the protagonists in GTA IV and the expansion packs has long sleeve shirts/suits/jackets and cannot have a short sleeve shirt.
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*[[Victor Vance]] and [[Johnny Klebitz]] are the only protagonists to have a confirmed death. Out of these two, Johnny is the only one to be killed by another protagonist, being [[Mr. Philips|killed]] by Trevor Philips.
*A graffiti design throughout the city in [[GTA IV]] suggests that all the protagonists from the GTA III era are deceased, with the names "[[Claude]] ", "[[Tommy Vercetti|Tommy]]", "[[Carl Johnson|Carl]]", "[[Toni Cipriani|Toni]]" and "[[Victor Vance|Vic]]" alongside remembrance graffiti. However, this is not necessarily saying they have died (although Victor Vance has been canonically killed), it is possibly just a way of saying that the GTA III era is over, and the characters will not be featured in the future.
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**Also, [[Michael De Santa]] and [[Trevor Philips]] are the first protagonists whose fates can be decided by the player and both can be killed by the same character as well as a fellow protagonist, [[Franklin Clinton]].
*All of the protagonists in GTA IV and the expansion packs has had some sort of relation to the armed forces: Niko was once a soldier, Johnny Klebitz's brother is in the armed forces, and Luis Fernando Lopez's father was a marine.
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*[[Johnny Klebitz]] , [[Mike]] and [[Claude]] are the only protagonists who are not able to change their clothing, although during [[Give Me Liberty]], Claude along with [[8-Ball]] were wearing prison clothes.
*[[Niko Bellic|Niko]] , [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]] , and [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis]] are eventually linked to the museum story, [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] and [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]] selling diamonds for [[Ray Boccino]], while [[Luis Fernando Lopez|Luis]] breaks the deal while shooting the [[Jewish Mob]].
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*[[Carl Johnson]] and [[Victor Vance]] are the only protagonists in [[3D Universe]] that can [[Swimming|swim]]. All the protagonists in [[HD Universe]] can swim.
*[[Michael (GTA V)|Michael]] is the only protagonist to be married and have children.
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*The protagonists of ''GTA V'' (Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, Franklin Clinton, and the Online Player) seem to have a specific color that represents them in the game. Their colors can be seen when activating their special abilities and when switching to them as the screen will tint into their color. Their smart phone theme also indicates towards this, although Trevor's color theme is red, rather than orange (it can be changed).
*All protagonists are right-handed.
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**Michael's color is light blue.
*[[Luis Fernando Lopez]] and [[Huang Lee]] are the youngest protagonist in the [[GTA Series]] to date.
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**Trevor's color is orange.
*[[Michael]] and [[Trevor]] are the oldest protagonist in the [[GTA Series]] to date.
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**Franklin's color is green.
*[[Carl Johnson]] and [[Franklin]] are the only fully African-American protagonists in GTA history.
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**The Online Player's color is dark blue. Originally yellow as seen in the GTA Online Gameplay Trailer.
*[[Trevor]] is the only GTA protagonists to take drugs and not by force either.
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*[[Michael De Santa]] is the oldest playable protagonists in the series.
*[[Michael (GTA V)|Michael]], [[Franklin]] and [[Trevor Phillips]] are the only [[HD Universe]] protagonists who are friends.
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*It should be noted that none of the protagonist has a father to make any physical appearance, they are only mentioned. Only mothers make some physical appearances.
*[[Claude]] and [[Mike]] are the only two protagonists, without a surname. 
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*[[Victor Vance]] is the only protagonist in the Grand Theft Auto series that has confirmed death, being killed during the opening cutscenes of GTA Vice City.
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A protagonist is the main character of a story, and the main playable character in the Grand Theft Auto games.

DescriptionEdit

Traditionally, a protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. Alternatively, the phrase denotes a primary advocate or proponent for a cause or movement. The main character can be a hero or a villain in a story - it is just the character with the lead role. In literature, the protagonist is characterized by his/her ability to change or evolve.


It should be pointed out that the protagonist is not always the hero of the story, as implied in the Grand Theft Auto games, where they are sometimes called as anti-hero. They may commit crimes of some sort, (which the protagonists of the GTA games certainly do) but he/she is still considered the lead character, and is known to help out his/her friends, allies or close associates, and also known to posses good qualities.

TraitsEdit

The protagonists between Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto IV share similar qualities. Most protagonists either have never been to the city before (such as Claude, Tommy Vercetti, Victor Vance and Niko Bellic) or returning after a long time gone (such as Carl Johnson, Toni Cipriani, and Trevor Philips). The protagonists usually start with nothing, with minimal influence and reputation, having to do odd jobs around for various small-timers, gaining friends and allies (like Maria Latore, Asuka Kasen, Avery Carrington, Wu Zi Mu, and Little Jacob) before moving up the social and economical ladder, attempting to rise through the criminal underworld, although their motives for doing so vary in each game. They eventually start establishing a name for themselves in the town, doing real jobs, making bigger and more powerful friends and business partners, and cutting real deals as their prominence, respect, money, and reputation begins to grow, until they end the game on top of the city, or at least with some powerful business and/or friends. An abnormal protagonist would be Luis Fernando Lopez who has always lived in Liberty City and has already established a name, powerful friends, and is high up on the social and economical ladder at the start of the game. Protagonists (up to Grand Theft Auto V) have a consistent distaste of drugs, and while dealing and working with them, never intentionally use them. However, the three protagonists in the game can use drugs in their safehouses: Franklin and Michael smoke marijuana, while Trevor smokes methamphetamine.

AntagonistEdit

Main article: Antagonist

The opposite of a protagonist is an antagonist, which is the main enemy of the protagonist and works against the protagonist and his actions. Again, this can be a villain or a hero, though usually a villain.

The main antagonists of the Grand Theft Auto games are usually introduced very early in the story, usually as the protagonist's friend or acquaintance until a major, personal betrayal (like Catalina, Sonny Forelli, Big Smoke, Jerry Martinez and Dimitri Rascalov) these betrayals can be done by not just main antagonists but antagonists in general. They are usually seen, heard, or mentioned throughout the game, moving against the protagonists' plans or goals, while the protagonist continues his quest for vengeance, and will not appear after their betrayal until they are finally confronted in some big event by the protagonist at the end of the game and will be killed thus completing his problems and wraps up the main storyline mission. An abnormal antagonist is Massimo Torini; he makes the least amount of appearances than all the other antagonists in the other games (only 2 mission appearances).

List of protagonists Edit

Game Protagonist(s)
Grand Theft Auto
(protagonists)
Bubba
Divine
Katie
Kivlov
Mikki
Travis
Troy
Ulrika
Kelly
Grand Theft Auto: London 1969
and Grand Theft Auto: London 1961
(protagonists)
Charles Jones
Johnny Hawtorn
Maurice Caine
Mick Casey
Rodney Morash
Sid Vacant
Winston Henry
Wolfie Vilans
Grand Theft Auto 2 Claude Speed
Grand Theft Auto III Claude
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Tommy Vercetti
Grand Theft Auto Advance Mike
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Carl Johnson
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Toni Cipriani
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Victor Vance
Grand Theft Auto IV Niko Bellic
Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned Johnny Klebitz
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony Luis Fernando Lopez
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Huang Lee
Grand Theft Auto V Michael De Santa
Franklin Clinton
Trevor Philips
Grand Theft Auto Online GTA Online Protagonist

List of Ally Groups Edit

Protagonist: Claude
Group: None
Group reason: While Claude does maintain a close friendship and working relationship with the Yakuza and the Leone Family over the course of the game, he always acts freelance and never makes a commitment to any gang. He also maintains relations with the Southside Hoods, who at the end of the game become one of the few gangs not hostile to Claude.

Protagonist: Tommy Vercetti
Group: Vercetti Gang
Group reason: Tommy founded the Vercetti gang after taking over Ricardo Diaz's empire in Vice City. The actual name "Vercetti Gang" spawned when Tommy bought Kaufman Cabs and Delores tells the employees that the "Vercetti Gang" owns it now, and then the name sticks. Tommy also maintains good relations with Umberto's Cuban Street gang and Mitch Baker's Vice City Bikers gang.

Protagonist: Carl Johnson
Group: Grove Street Families
Group reason: Carl's brother, Sweet, is a leader of the gang and therefore makes Carl second in command. Carl has friendly relationships with the Triad leader Wu Zi Mu, and Varrios Los Aztecas leader Cesar Vialpando.

Protagonist: Mike
Group: None
Group reason: Mike, like Claude, also maintains close friendships with some gangs yet has never made a commitment to one as he is first working for the Mafia yet is allies with Cisco, the leader of the Colombian Cartel.

Protagonist: Toni Cipriani
Group: Leone Family
Group reason: Toni's parents possibly were in the Leone Family (as hinted by his mother in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories), but it is never given how he joined the family. He is close friends with Don Salvatore Leone and is made Caporegime later in the game and keeps his position well into GTA III.

Protagonist: Victor Vance
Group: Vance Crime Family
Group reason: After leaving the Trailer Park Mafia, Vic and his brother Lance, who would become Vance Crime Family Underboss, started the gang to make money for their asthmatic brother Pete and rise up in the criminal enterprise. Victor begins to work for the Mendez' organization and Diaz' organization in order to increase his influence. Victor also maintains good relationship with Umberto Robina's gang. Victor was murdered by a group of hitmen, during a drug deal with Tommy Vercetti in the begining of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Protagonist: Niko Bellic
Group: None
Group reason: Like with Claude and Mike, Niko works freelance and even though he befriends several gang leaders he does not commit himself to only one. The Jamaican Posse and the McReary Mob have and will always be allied with Niko due to his friendships with Little Jacob and Packie McReary. Niko also has a sort of connection with and receives protection from the Gambetti Family after he forms a bond with their leader, Jon Gravelli shortly before his death. He can also have connections with the North Holland Hustlers, if the player chooses to kill Playboy X instead of Dwayne Forge.

Protagonist: Johnny Klebitz
Group: The Lost Brotherhood
Group reason: Johnny is the Vice President of The Lost biker gang, and is a full on member as well. He also was best friends with Billy Grey, the President of The Lost, until the latter was imprisoned and the presidential torch passed to Johnny. Johnny was murdered by Trevor Phillips, one of three protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V, for speaking unkindly to him.

Protagonist: Luis Fernando Lopez
Group: Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers
Group reason: Luis works for Anthony Prince, who isn't a part of any specific organization. He is also friends with the Northwood Dominican Drug Dealers' members Armando Torres and Henrique Bardas, and depending other the player, can spend time building up their drug empire.

Protagonist: Huang Lee
Group: Algonquin Triads
Group reason: Huang's father was head of the gang before he was killed for the Yu Jian Sword.

Protagonist: Michael De Santa
Group: None
Group reason: Although he is a friend of Franklin Clinton, which is a gang member, Michael is not part of any group.

Protagonist: Franklin Clinton
Group: The Families
Group reason: He owns a house in that gang's area and he was probably born there. He also operates with Lamar Davis, who is heavily involved with The Families.

Protagonist: Trevor Philips
GroupTrevor Philips Enterprises
Group reason: He lives in a trailer at Sandy Shores. He also operates with Ron Jakowski, and Oscar Guzman if the Mackenzie Field is purchased. Trevor deals weapons and drugs.

Protagonist: Online-Player
Group: Crews (Player's Choice)
Group reason: New to the city, the Online-Player is attached to no specific group and does jobs for various types of people, although the player can create their own crew or join somebody else's.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Niko, Johnny, Luis and Huang have criminal records in the LCPD Database, and each have the crime "Grand Theft Auto" listed.
  • GTA 1, GTA2's GBC port and GTA Online are the only games into the series to feature the ability to play as a female protagonist.
  • A graffiti design throughout the city in GTA IV suggests that all the protagonists from the GTA III era are deceased, with the names "Claude", "Tommy", "Carl", "Toni" and "Vic" alongside remembrance graffiti. However, this is not necessarily saying they have died (although Victor Vance has been canonically killed), it is possibly just a way of saying that the 3D Universe is over, and the characters will not be featured in the future. 
  • Victor Vance and Johnny Klebitz are the only protagonists to have a confirmed death. Out of these two, Johnny is the only one to be killed by another protagonist, being killed by Trevor Philips.
  • Johnny Klebitz , Mike and Claude are the only protagonists who are not able to change their clothing, although during Give Me Liberty, Claude along with 8-Ball were wearing prison clothes.
  • Carl Johnson and Victor Vance are the only protagonists in 3D Universe that can swim. All the protagonists in HD Universe can swim.
  • The protagonists of GTA V (Michael De Santa, Trevor Philips, Franklin Clinton, and the Online Player) seem to have a specific color that represents them in the game. Their colors can be seen when activating their special abilities and when switching to them as the screen will tint into their color. Their smart phone theme also indicates towards this, although Trevor's color theme is red, rather than orange (it can be changed).
    • Michael's color is light blue.
    • Trevor's color is orange.
    • Franklin's color is green.
    • The Online Player's color is dark blue. Originally yellow as seen in the GTA Online Gameplay Trailer.
  • Michael De Santa is the oldest playable protagonists in the series.
  • It should be noted that none of the protagonist has a father to make any physical appearance, they are only mentioned. Only mothers make some physical appearances.

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