- "Did you see that shit? I fuckin' put that bitch's face against the glass. Did you see that?"
- ―Brad talking about the heist.
Bradley "Brad" Snider is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears only in the Prologue of GTA V, but is an important character in the game. Brad was a friend of Michael Townley and Trevor Philips and was a member of their heist crew prior to the events of GTA V. Despite his limited screen-time, the circumstances surrounding Brad's death play a key role in the later part of the storyline.
Early criminal life
Brad did not commit any serious crimes until he met with Trevor Philips and became a member of a heist crew, consisting of Trevor, Michael Townley and Lester Crest. From then on, they would rob banks and make a fortune, all while evading law enforcement. Despite their fruitful partnership, Brad was disliked by both Michael and Lester, who distrusted him. Trevor, on the other hand, had a closer connection with Brad than he did with Michael.
It was in 2004 when Brad participated in an ill-fated heist, along with Michael, Trevor and an unnamed getaway driver. The heist was a failure, with Trevor killing a security guard, unexpected police "attention" resulting in the death of their getaway driver, and Brad and Michael being shot during the escape by Dave Norton, an FIB agent. Only Trevor managed to escape from the authorities. Officially, Brad was imprisoned with a stiff sentence, while Michael was reported to have died from gunshot wounds. However, in reality, Brad was buried in the grave marked "Michael Townley", with Michael changing his and his family's surname to "De Santa" and moved west to Los Santos with his family.
Over the next nine years, "Brad" maintained an infrequent correspondence with Trevor by writing letters and sending emails occasionally. It served as his only communication with the outside world, as he claimed to have been denied visitor privileges. By the time Trevor reunites with Michael and Lester, "Brad" seems relatively at peace with his situation and encourages Trevor to turn himself in. In reality, these messages were written by Dave Norton, the FIB agent who killed him, to allow him to both monitor Trevor, and to prevent him from discovering the truth behind the 2004 Ludendorff Heist.
Trevor eventually realises the truth, however. Brad never survived the botched cash depot heist and was buried in the place of the legally dead Michael Townley. Michael, who knew the truth all along, tries to prevent Trevor from finding out, but fails to stop him. Over Michael's protests, Trevor flies out to North Yankton to confirm his suspicions, and exhumes Brad's rotting corpse from "Michael's" grave.
Following this discovery, Michael and Trevor refuse to speak to each other, a hostility which lasts until the end of the storyline. If Trevor survives at the end of the storyline, Dave emails him and explains that he was the one who sent the e-mails and letters using Brad's identity. If both Michael and Trevor survive, Trevor forgives Michael and both mutually agree that Brad was a "dick".
Brad had little screen time during the game to fully display his personality. What is known of him are second-hand descriptions, mostly by Trevor, who is an unreliable narrator.
For much of the game it is implied that Trevor and Brad had a close relationship. Trevor attempted to write to Brad while he was supposedly in prison., and several times during the game talked about missing Brad. When Trevor first begins to think that he was mislead on Brad's death, he loses it and flies straight to North Yankton to verify. On the other hand, while hanging out with Franklin, Trevor says that he thought Brad was a "dick", and would have probably killed him at some point anyway.
Michael never spoke about Brad much, but Trevor claims that the two of them never liked each other and that at one point Brad planned to cut ties with Michael to work solely with Trevor. Lester described Brad as the "shit" part of the team, because he was "lazy, forgetful, mean and stupid." Brad appears to lack empathy, as he laughs and brags about smashing a woman's face into a glass window. Michael berates him for doing so, sarcastically calling him a "stallion".