GTA San Andreas
Claude's first chronological appearance in the Grand Theft Auto III-era Grand Theft Auto storyline is a cameo as a thug in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, where he races against, and loses to, Carl Johnson, all the while "pleasuring" Catalina, in 1992. After the race, Catalina informs Carl Johnson that the two of them need to keep their car to go to Liberty City, and instead of a pink slip, give him the deed to a run-down car garage in San Fierro. After leaving for Liberty City, Catalina phones Carl Johnson at certain plot points. One phone call seemingly indicates Catalina was intending to speak to Claude, mentioning Claude's first name; another has Catalina in mid-orgasm, screaming the same first name.
After leaving San Andreas, Claude and Catalina took part in a long string of crimes in several states. This ends in October 2001, when Catalina betrays Claude by shooting him shortly after a bank heist in Liberty City and leaves him for dead. After his arrest by the police, Claude is en route to prison when his prison transport is ambushed by Colombian Cartel commandos (who kidnap an oriental prisoner). He escapes with the help of 8-Ball, and works his way into the favour of the Leone Family.
He eventually helps destroy a large tanker of SPANK, a fictional drug that Catalina and her new accomplice Miguel are pushing around the city with the help of the Colombian Cartel. His help to the Leones at the beginning is rewarded with a death trap, from which he is saved by Don Salvatore Leone's lover, Maria. She introduces him to Asuka Kasen, who is with the local Yakuza. To prove that Claude has completely severed ties with the Leones in favor of the Yakuza, Asuka allows him to kill Salvatore.
Following the assassination, Claude works his way up the Yakuza ladder, gaining the favor of the Yakuza waka-gashira Kenji Kasen. He also meets a crooked cop named Ray, and Media Millionaire Donald Love. He is eventually asked to kill Kenji by Donald Love, and to frame the Colombian Cartel for the job, by driving a Cartel gang car. With Kenji dead, Asuka takes over the Yakuza, and becomes obsessed with revenge against the Cartel. She sends Claude on a number of missions to slow down the spread of SPANK in Liberty City. Eventually, Asuka is killed, and Maria is kidnapped, with a note from Catalina left behind. Claude confronts her, kills her after a lengthy battle, and saves Maria, if only to (apparently) kill her after having to deal with her whining before the screen fades to black.
In contrast to the verbose protagonists of the later GTA games, Tommy Vercetti, Carl Johnson, Toni Cipriani, Victor Vance, and Niko Bellic, Claude possesses qualities of a silent protagonist in GTA III, never seen or heard uttering a single word throughout his appearances (in GTA III, he has been heard uttering mild sounds of pain when injured or killed). During the course of the game, Maria makes a telephone call to Lazlow's show on Chatterbox FM, saying that she's met a new man but "he don't talk too much." Claude continued to be a silent character throughout GTA San Andreas; Carl Johnson himself also references (and curses) Claude's silence in his rage after seeing the run-down garage he won from Claude in a drag race.
- There is a rumour that he is the Claude Speed in Grand Theft Auto 2 due to the fact he has some things in common, although there are differences too.
- An Easter Egg in Grand Theft Auto IV suggests that Claude died, although this is not considered canon. Claude is SEEMINGLY killed in 2013, where GTA II takes place.
- It is possible to unlock an outfit for Niko Bellic, protagonist of GTA IV, distinctly based on the clothes Claude wore in GTA III.
- There is a rumour that Playboy X Killed Claude after Grand Theft Auto III. (Confirmed false, Claude was in Liberty City in 2013, but shot in the back. It is not confirmed that Claude was killed by the shot.
- Claude's name is on several walls in Liberty.
- Several people have get-up similar to Claude's in GTA IV.
Murders commited by Claude
- Mike Forelli (killed with a car bomb at Marco's Bistro on orders from Joey Leone)
- Lee Chong (killed on orders from Joey Leone for selling SPANK through his noodle stands)
- Curly Bob (killed on orders from Salvatore Leone for selling Leone Family secrets to the Colombian Cartel)
- Salvatore Leone (killed on orders from Asuka Kasen to prove his loyalty to the Yakuza)
- Tanner (killed on orders from Asuka Kasen for being an undercover policeman)
- Leon McAffrey (killed on orders from Ray Machowski for agreeing to turn states evidence against Machowski)
- Kenji Kasen (killed on orders from Donald Love to start a war between the Colombian Cartel and the Yakuza)
- Catalina (killed for betraying him during a bank heist)
- Carl (Claude can kill Carl during the mission Her Lover)
- Chico (Claude can kill Chico during the mission Chaperone)
- Maria Latore (Claude may have killed after killing Catalina in Shoreside Vale) (False, Maria talks about him after he rescues her on Chatterboc.)
San Andreas mission appearances