Kendl Johnson

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Kendl Johnson
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Appearances GTA San Andreas
Full Name Kendl Johnson


Gender Gender::Female
Place of Birth Grove Street in Ganton, Los Santos
Nationality American
Home Johnson House in Ganton, Los Santos
Cesar Vialpando's House in El Corona, Los Santos
Angel Pine, Whetstone
San Fierro
Family Beverly Johnson (mother)
Sean "Sweet" Johnson (brother)
Carl Johnson (brother)
Brian Johnson (brother)
Cesar Vialpando (boyfriend/fiancée)
Main Affiliations Grove Street Families
Varrios Los Aztecas
Big Smoke
Wu Zi Mu
The Truth
Madd Dogg
Businesses Doherty Garage
Voiced by Yolanda Whittaker

Kendl Johnson is a character in the 3D Universe who appears as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (set in 1992). She is the daughter of Beverly Johnson, sister of Sweet, Carl and Brian and the fiancée of Cesar Vialpando. She is voiced by Yolanda Whittaker.

Character history

Life in Los Santos

Kendl Johnson was born to Beverly Johnson and an unnamed father in the Johnson House on Grove Street in Ganton, Los Santos. She was raised by her mother and possibly her father, alongside her three brothers Sean (better known as Sweet), Carl and Brian, occasionally informing her mother of Carl and Brian's misbehavior. In 1987 tragedy struck the Johnson family as Brian passed away, and feeling guilty after being present at his death, Carl moved to Liberty City, dropping all contact with his family back in Los Santos. Kendl and Sweet, the leader of the Grove Street Families, began to grow further apart, a situation made worse when Kendl began dating Varrios Los Aztecas leader Cesar Vialpando, who she is still dating in 1992.

Kendl experiences a new family tragedy with the death of her mother at the hands of three Ballas gangsters, who were attempting to assassinate Sweet. Kendl, who is outside the house at the time, is prevented from entering the house by Sweet, who just witnessed his mother's death while inside the house. She attends the funeral along with Sweet and his childhood friend Ryder. The three are later joined by Big Smoke and Carl, who has just returned home for his mother's funeral. She is initially glad to see Carl but quickly leaves to return to Cesar, which precipitates an argument with Sweet.

Carl later walks into another argument between the two, again regarding Cesar, with Kendl criticizing her brother's lifestyle and for being racist, while Sweet claims that Kendl looks like a prostitute and is hanging out with an unsavory element. Kendl storms out of Sweet's House and goes to Unity Station to meet Cesar. Sweet tells Carl to follow her, so he can witness for himself why Sweet dislikes Cesar. Carl obtains a low-rider in order to fit in with the gathering, and wins a low-rider challenge, which impresses Cesar. The two, with help from Kendl, agree to be 'cool, for now'. Kendl and Cesar meet Carl again, this time on their way to an illegal low-rider street race, which Carl also wins.

Life in exile

Kendl continues to live with Cesar in Los Santos until the arrest of Sweet, which also results in Smoke and Ryder assuming leadership roles in the Grove Street Families, allying them with C.R.A.S.H., the Ballas, the Los Santos Vagos and the Russian Mafia. The new alliance takes control of the Varrios Los Azteca's territory, forcing Kendl and Cesar to flee to Angel Pine in Whetstone, where they meet Carl to discuss the events that have transpired. While there, she helps convince Cesar not to return to Los Santos, insisting she did not want to lose him over some 'macho bullshit', and reveals her suspicions about Smoke to Carl, convincing him that he is being naive about his claims that Smoke wouldn't involve himself in drug trafficking.

Carl later phones Cesar to tell him to bring Kendl to San Fierro, where he is about to settle in after winning the deeds to a garage. The derelict garage is initially viewed by Carl as a lost cause, but Kendl convinces him to transform it into a thriving business. Carl, with help from The Truth, returns with new employees, Dwaine, Jethro, and Zero, and Kendl takes over management of the business. During this time, she complains to Carl and Cesar that workers on a building site next to the garage had been harassing her, prompting Carl to seek revenge. Kendl continues to push Carl and the other garage employees to build the business into something they can be proud of.

Later, she meets Wu Zi Mu of the Triads, and joins him at The Four Dragons Casino to judge auditions, along with Carl, for the casino's entertainment. There, she also meets rapper Madd Dogg, who had been prevented from committing suicide by Carl and who is seeking help in reclaiming his mansion from Big Poppa, a Los Santos Vagos drug dealer.

Kendl, Carl, Sweet and Cesar Vialpando witnessing Frank Tenpenny's final moments, during End of the Line.

Return to Los Santos

Kendl and Cesar later visit Madd Dogg's mansion, which was successfully taken back, and sit with the recently paroled Sweet, Gurning Chimps lead singer Maccer, and The Truth as the news covers the arrest and trial of Frank Tenpenny, the corrupt leader of C.R.A.S.H. The group watch in horror as Tenpenny is found not guilty and riots ensue around the poorer neighborhoods of the city. Cesar, around this time, also asks Carl if he would speak to Sweet about his plans to propose marriage to Kendl, due to his concerns regarding Sweet's disdain for Cesar.

Kendl and Cesar return to the Johnson house while Carl kills Smoke and destroys his drug manufacturing plant. After Tenpenny crashes his fire truck off a bridge and onto Grove Street, Kendl and Cesar witness his final moments along with Carl and Sweet, who had been chasing him, as well as The Truth who exalts Carl as a hero who 'beat the system'. The group then meets with Maccer, Kent Paul, Madd Dogg and Ken Rosenberg, who enter the Johnson House with Madd Dogg's newest gold record. Kendl suggests they celebrate by 'roll[ing] some dice with Woozie'.


Kendl is depicted as intelligent and pragmatic, suggesting that she could be successful within the bounds of law, as evidenced by her determination to turn Carl's garage from a run down building into a thriving business. She also possesses entrepreneurial talents, strong willpower, creativity, and a sense of leadership. She has little tolerance for whining or complaining, which causes CJ and others to regard her as a bit bossy.


  • Kendl only appears in cutscenes and not in actual missions, despite accompanying Cesar in the mission High Stakes, Low Rider. During the mission she is replaced by a street pedestrian.

Mission appearances

GTA San Andreas
Cut Mission