Protagonists in GTA 1
In the beginning of the Grand Theft Auto series, players were given the option in Grand Theft Auto 1 to select one of eight different protagonists to play as in the game. Despite the varied selection of characters, they are no different in-game in terms of abilities, the only variance being the color of their pants, skins and hairs (their top is consistently yellow). Each character has a default first name which the player may immediately use, but can be renamed to the player's choosing; the latter feature may be used to enter cheat codes into the game.
In addition to featuring characters of different appearances and backgrounds, GTA 1 is also notable for featuring both male and female protagonists to choose, and is the only game in the series so far to offer female protagonists. The characters are illustrated in the same manner as other characters in the game, with a semi-realistic but somewhat stylized facial design.
The PlayStation version of the game limits the player to only the male characters, a total of four.
List of protagonists
|Bubba||Male character. Depicted as obese and tough (with a cigar in his mouth).|
|Divine||Female character. Depicted as being of African descent.|
|Kivlov||Male character. Suggested by name to be of Eastern European or Russian descent.|
|Travis||Male character. He is a reference to Travis Bickle, the main character in the movie Taxi Driver.|
|Troy||Male character. Depicted as being of African descent.|
|Ulrika||Female character. Suggested by name to be of Eastern European or Russian descent.|