|Full Name||David Norton|
Michael De Santa
|Voiced by||Julian Gamble|
|Spoiler Warning: Plot and/or ending details are in the text which follows.|
Dave Norton is a corrupt, but fairly reasonable, agent with the Federal Investigation Bureau. Agent Norton was assigned to the case against Michael Townley and Trevor Philips. Prior to the Ludendorff incident in 2004, Agent Norton's career had not been remarkable. During that fateful heist, Norton was at the farm to ambush Michael, Trevor, and their accomplice Brad Snider with a sniper rifle. Norton shoots Michael and Brad while Trevor escaped. Brad died from his gunshot wound while Michael survived. In an off the books plea deal, Michael would fake his death (with Brad buried in his place), assume a new surname and relocate to Los Santos, while Agent Norton received notoriety for "taking down" Michael and a monthly five-figure kickback, and the two mutually agree not to reveal their secret exchange. Since then, Agent Norton posed as Brad whenever Trevor wrote to him in prison as a means to keep Trevor under observation.
When Michael and his protege Franklin Clinton rob the Vangelico jewelry store, Norton comes to Michael's house to warn him that this will attract Trevor's attention; however, Michael is skeptical and believes that Trevor has died sometime after the Ludendorff incident. As Agent Norton predicted, Trevor shows up unexpectedly at Michael's house, and Michael calls Agent Norton on how to handle the situation. Agent Norton tells Michael that he has to help him and his superior Steve Haines in their covert operations against the International Affairs Agency, bringing on Trevor and Franklin in the process.
Agent Norton has Michael infiltrate the Los Santos Morgue to find Ferdinand Kerimov, believing that Kerimov is not really dead. After Michael escapes the morgue and confirms Agent Norton's suspicions, Agent Norton has Michael meet with him, Agent Haines, and Agent Andreas Sanchez about kidnapping Kerimov from IAA custody. After Mr. K is in FIB custody, Michael and Agent Norton drive to Chumash to assassinate a suspected Azerbaijani terrorist based on information given by Kerimov. Michael warns Agent Norton that Trevor recognized him, although he did not piece together that Agent Norton was the one who ambushed the Ludendorff heist.
Agents Haines and Norton later have the protagonists ambush an armored car so they can procure the IAA's funding for their purposes, rob a small town bank to finance a later raid, and infiltraite a chemicals manufacturing facility to steal a powerful neurotoxin the IAA intended to sell to terrorists to increase their funding. After Michael and Trevor have a falling out over events of the past decade, Michael tells Agent Norton that Trevor knows about Brad's true fate. As pressure comes down on Agent Haines, he and Agent Norton have Michael and Franklin infiltrate the FIB Building to steal or destroy incriminating data against the two. Some time after the raid, Agent Norton has Michael to meet him at the Kortz Center for a debrief. Agent Haines attempts to betray Norton and Michael; however, when Agent Sanchez attempts to arrest Norton and Michael, he reveals himself as a double agent, resulting in his death. Agent Haines leaves Agent Norton and Michael to die at the hands of the FIB, IAA, and Merryweather; however, the two escape from the Kortz Center with the assistance of Trevor. After Franklin recuses his best friend Lamar Davis from the Paleto Bay sawmill, Agents Haines and Norton approach Franklin, wanting him to assassinate Trevor. Haines originally wanted to kill all three protagonists, but Agent Norton convinces him that Michael and Franklin can be reasoned with and should be spared. Franklin protests and tells the agents to have Michael kill Trevor; however, Agent Norton states that Michael can't do it because Trevor won't allow him.
At the end of the game, if the player decides to assassinate Agent Haines, Agent Norton tells Michael that he will become the new host of The Underbelly of Paradise. If Trevor is still alive, Agent Norton tells him that he posed as Brad for the last 9 years.
Unlike his superior, Agent Norton is portrayed as reasonable and polite, despite his corruption. He tries to keep the protagonists safe whenever they are roped into Agent Haines' schemes. Agent Norton also does not condone torture or unnecessary civilian causalities.
- GTA V
- Mr. Philips
- Fame or Shame (post-mission phone call)
- Dead Man Walking (boss)
- Three's Company (boss)
- By the Book
- Blitz Play (introductory cutscene)
- Paleto Score Setup
- Monkey Business
- Bury the Hatchet (voice)
- Cleaning Out the Bureau
- The Bureau Raid (post-mission phone call)
- The Wrap Up (boss)
- Lamar Down