Characters are the persons driving the storyline of the Grand Theft Auto games. There are fifteen types of characters within the GTA series:
Protagonists are the main characters in the GTA games and become roles the player assumes. In the first three GTA games (GTA 1, GTA London, 1969 and GTA London, 1961), the player could choose the protagonist. However, from Grand Theft Auto 2 onwards, the protagonist was a set character.
Non-Playable Characters (NPCs)
- Main Characters
Main Characters are those that figure prominently in the game, typically giving the protagonists missions or otherwise playing an important role. Lance Vance, for example, was one of the main characters in GTA Vice City despite not giving the protagonist any missions.
- Supporting Characters
Supporting Characters are those that do not play a large role in the GTA games but do have an impact on the storyline. For example, Earnest Kelly in GTA Vice City gave the protagonist (Tommy Vercetti) missions but was not a key character throughout the game. His role, however, becomes particularly important when Tommy attempts to give Sonny Forelli counterfeit money, provided by Kelly.
- Minor Characters
Minor Characters are characters who play minor roles in GTA games while standing out from pedestrians (either by appearance or by name). One example is Curly Bob from GTA III, a bartender at Luigi's Sex Club 7 who appears in one mission.
- Random Characters
Random Characters are minor characters that appear at random locations throughout the city, giving the protagonist missions. Random Characters have only appeared in Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned, Chinatown Wars, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
- Gang Members
Gang members are characters affiliated with street gangs, criminal organizations, and outlaw motorcycle clubs. The player can operate as an agent or an enemy of these gangs... or both.
- Law Enforcement Officers
Law enforcement officers are characters who enforce the laws and prevent crime in the GTA series. Officers can either be with the police, FBI, NOOSE, SWAT, or the military. Their goal is to make life difficult for the player.
Pedestrians are a category of characters including both pedestrians and motorists. These characters are generic types that appear throughout the game walking or driving around the city. Pedestrians tend to have limited dialogue and play no essential role in the games. It should also be noted that some minor characters have their appearance derived from pedestrian models, although they are not the same character.
- Street Criminals
Street Criminals are pedestrians that steal vehicles and often pick-pocket other pedestrians. They've featured in the series since Grand Theft Auto 2 and create a more replete environment in the city.
- Multiplayer Characters
Multiplayer characters are those the player can control whilst in multiplayer mode. During missions, some multiplayer characters also appear as minor characters like Mona Lott in GTA Liberty City Stories.
- Mentioned Characters
Mention Characters are characters mentioned during game dialogue or on promotional websites for GTA games but are not seen during the games themselves. An example being Moweesha, who is mentioned on the GTA Vice City website. These also include people who appear on radio stations, except for DJs and hosts, such as Reed Tucker from GTA III's Chatterbox FM.
- Radio Personalities
- Category:Radio DJs
Radio Personalities are characters who host radio stations or programmes in the GTA games. An example is Lazlow, who has appeared as a DJ (for Chatterbox FM and V-Rock), a presenter (for Entertaining America on WCTR and Chatterbox on LCFR), and a radio intern (on V-Rock).
- Fictional Characters
- Deleted Characters
- Category:Beta Characters
Deleted Characters are characters who were set to appear in GTA games but were removed before the final version of the game. An example being Darkel and Curtly, both of whom were removed from GTA III.
- Characters by Surname (a list of all characters from the GTA series listed by surname)
- Characters by Surname (#-B)
- Characters by Surname (C-D)
- Characters by Surname (F-I)
- Characters by Surname (J-K)
- Characters by Surname (L)
- Characters by Surname (M)
- Characters by Surname (N-R)
- Characters by Surname (S-T)
- Characters by Surname (U-Z)
- GTA III era Character Deaths (a list of characters who die during the GTA III era)