The Lost and Damned
|Full Name||Trey Stewart|
|Date of Birth||1983|
|Place of Birth||North Holland, Liberty City|
|Date of Death||2008 (optional)|
|Age at Death||25|
North Holland Hustlers|
|Voiced by||Postell Pringle|
Trey Stewart, notably known as Playboy X, is a character in Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost and Damned. He is the head of the North Holland Hustlers, which is an African American crack cocaine ring in northern Algonquin, Liberty City.
Dwayne Forge's tutelage
Trey Stewart was born in 1983 in North Holland, where he probably lived his whole life. He was once very book smart as a child (in later years he would become sorely uneducated), but when he was 8 or 9 he became close to the neighborhood's biggest drug lord, Dwayne Forge, who took him in like a son and taught him how to sell drugs. Dwayne was arrested in early 1994, when Trey was about 10, and Dwayne had reserved a penthouse in Northwood for him, as he became leader of the North Holland Hustlers. This is likely when he gained the nickname "Playboy X", as the building is located on Xenotime Street (Playboy refers to it as "X" in Blow Your Cover). Playboy was a small-time dealer, also robbing people, for some time before taking over the gang and bringing it to new heights.
Leadership of the gang
Under Playboy's leadership and rejecting Dwayne's old-fashioned views, the empire went from being exclusively about drugs to expanding into other realms of business, even legitimate. Still having the most success in drug sales, he became friends with Elizabeta Torres and monitored all drug deals in the city. After 2004, he stopped visiting Dwayne in prison.
Eventually he was introduced to Niko Bellic through a heroin deal and the two began a business relationship. Playboy X also makes a brief appearance in The Lost and Damned where Johnny Klebitz refuses to meet Playboy during the party.
Expanding into other businesses, Playboy even dreamed of leaving crime behind entirely to become a legitimate real estate developer and "see my name in big, gold letters!". He also explains his resolve to give money to poor young blacks and schools after he's wealthy to atone for selling drugs to children (although his penthouse and luxury car insinuate that he's already quite wealthy). He sought to win over Yusuf Amir, a billionaire developer from Dubai. Amir was under intense pressure to cooperate with the Mafia, who had shut down his construction site under the guise of a union strike in order to extort funds from him. X believed he could maneuver himself into Amir's favor by employing Niko Bellic to dispatch the mob gunmen besieging the site. Niko cleared out the site in the Playboy X mission "Deconstruction for Beginners", but Amir was unresponsive. Instead of rewarding X with shares in lucrative construction contracts, he permanently closed down the construction site in memory of those who had died. It is revealed in The Ballad of Gay Tony mission "For the Man Who Has Everything" that Amir continued construction on the soon-to-be Amir Towers. In the original GTA IV, Yusuf's publicist tells news reporters that he was disturbed and saddened by the union massacre; TBOGT reveals that Yusuf was indifferent or perhaps didn't even know what happened, when he nonchalantly tells Luis "I've had some problems with union fucks on the site. Sometimes that shit just goes away".
Dwayne's release from prison and The Holland Play
Eventually Dwayne Forge is released from prison and tensions rise between him and X almost immediately. Playboy ignores Forge and attempts to distance himself from his former mentor, leaving Forge feeling bitter, heartbroken and betrayed. Playboy is still the Boss of the North Holland Hustlers, as eventually Forge retakes his former base of operations, the Triangle Strip Club, from associates of Playboy's, the Trunchez Brothers. Playboy is furious and it is clear that the bad blood between the former partners is going to come to a head.
Playboy X has a private conversation with Niko, claiming that Forge is talking behind his back and attempting to usurp leadership from him, even though he claims he offered half of the business to Forge. Though apparently very saddened by having to kill his mentor, he offers Niko $25,000 to kill Dwayne. Subsequently, Niko is also hired by Dwayne to kill PBX after word hits the street that there is a contract out on him.
If Niko chooses to kill Dwayne, Playboy has a change of heart, upset that his "father figure" was killed. Probably in denial, he blames Niko's cold-heartedness for the betrayal and although he pays Niko the $25,000 as agreed and wishes him the best, he severs all ties from Bellic and cannot be friends with him knowing he killed Dwayne. Later, his answering machine even claims that "you don't know what you got until it's gone."
If Niko chooses to kill Playboy, he shoots his way through Playboy's penthouse and corners him in an alleyway where his gun jams (occasionally it fires a shot when dropped, which is only a glitch but very funny nonetheless). Playboy's last words, defenseless and pleading for his life, are "I was an example to all the kids, man! You can't take that away from me!". Niko then tells Playboy "You didn't change the game, the game changed you" before shooting him in the throat, killing him instantly. Many players choose this path, as it coincides with Niko's moral code, is more challenging than killing Dwayne and brings much more rewards; Dwayne awards you Playboy's penthouse (which he reveals he had the deed to all along), and you gain Playboy's unique yellow Patriot and Dwayne becomes Niko's friend, which eventually offers the perk of calling in Backup, his special ability. Because of this, this ending is extremely likely to be canon. The apartment's wardrobe even includes the GTA III outfit which was worn by Claude, which can be found in Niko's wardrobe (only in Playboy X's Apartment), and in the "... The Holland Play" is the earliest point in the game to obtain a Desert Eagle if you choose to assassinate Playboy X, as he drops it when killed.
- GTA IV
- Blow Your Cover
- Deconstruction for Beginners (boss)
- Photo Shoot (boss)
- The Holland Play (boss, can be killed)
- The Lost and Damned
LCPD Database record
First Name: Trey "Playboy X"
Place of Birth: North Holland, Liberty City
Affiliations: Known Associate of Dwayne Forge
- 1999 - Possession Controlled Substance: Crack Cocaine
Wanted For: Burglary
- AKA Playboy X
- Part of Dwayne Forge's crack cocaine dealing operation.
- Assumed control after Forge's conviction.
- Believed to have run the business with advice from Forge in prison.
- Reported that Stewart stopped visiting Forge at the penitentiary in 2004.
- Now believed to be head of a cocaine distribution network in North Holland.
- Some attempts to move into legitimate business interests.
- If the player chooses to kill Playboy X, his profile on the online police database does not change to list him as deceased, but the in-car computer does list him as such.
- Playboy X is a big fan of hip-hop and will respond positively if The Classics 104.1 or Beat 102.7 radio stations turn on in the car.
- lf the player chooses to kill Playboy X he will flee into an alleyway and will point his Desert Eagle gun towards the player, eventually finding that it isn't loaded. However, when he drops the gun it may go off and ironically injure Niko.
- On the back of Playboy X's sweater, 8-Ball's business logo can be seen. This is particularly ironic, considering he also has Claude's clothes in his penthouse.
- You can skip chasing Playboy X (when the player chooses to kill Playbox X) and just kill the guys protecting him and aim at then window and while doing that also aim at Playbox X with any handgun and suddenly you will see that the cutscene of Playbox X dying from Niko appears and the desert eagle which is dropped by Playbox X it has ammo and can be picked up. A demonstration of the trick can be seen here.
- The LCPD database states that Playboy X is aged 25 in 2008, which would mean he was born around 1983. This means when he was caught for possession of cocaine in 1999, he was 16. But before that, Dwayne Forge went to prison in 1994, which makes Playboy X only 11 years old at the time he became the leader of the gang.
Aerial view of Playboy X's Penthouse in GTA IV.