Kendl Johnson

Kendl Johnson
Appearances GTA San Andreas
Full Name Kendl Johnson


Place of Birth Grove Street in Ganton, Los Santos
Nationality American
Home Johnson House in Ganton, Los Santos
Cesar Vialpando's House in El Corona, Los Santos
Angel Pine, Whetstone
San Fierro
Family Beverly Johnson (mother)
Sean "Sweet" Johnson (brother)
Carl Johnson (brother)
Brian Johnson (brother)
Cesar Vialpando (boyfriend/fiancée)
Main Affiliations Grove Street Families
Varrios Los Aztecas
Big Smoke
Wu Zi Mu
The Truth
Madd Dogg
Businesses Doherty Garage
Voiced by Yolanda Whittaker

Kendl Johnson is a character in the 3D Universe who appears as a supporting pentagonist in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. She is the daughter of Beverly Johnson and the only sister of deuteragonist Sean "Sweet" Johnson, protagonist Carl "CJ" Johnson and deceased brother Brian Johnson and the fiancée of tritagonist Cesar "Ces" Vialpando. She is voiced by Yolanda "Yo-Yo" Whittaker.

Character history

Life in Los Santos

Kendl was born to mother Beverly Johnson and an unnamed father in the Johnson House on Grove Street in Ganton, Los Santos. She was raised by her mother, and possibly her father, alongside Carl, Sweet and Brian, sometimes telling Beverly of Carl and Brian's misbehavior. Sometime in 1987, tragedy struck the Johnson family as Brian passed away and, feeling guilty after being present at his death, Carl moved to Liberty City, dropping all contact with his family back in Los Santos. Kendl and Sweet, the leader of the Grove Street Families, began to grow further apart, which is later compounded when Kendl begins dating Mexican-American Varrios Los Aztecas gang leader Cesar Vialpando.

She continued dating Cesar into 1992, although her happiness once again is setback with Beverly's death at the hands of three Ballas gangsters, who had been attempting to assassinate Sweet. Kendl, outside the house, ran towards the front door but was held back by Sweet, who had witnessed Beverly's death having been inside the house. She attends the funeral along with Sweet and his childhood friend Lance "Ryder" Wilson. The three are later joined by another childhood friend Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris and Carl, returning for his mother's funeral. She is initially glad to see Carl but quickly leaves to return to Cesar, arguing with Sweet yet again.

Carl later walks into an argument between the two, again regarding Cesar, with Kendl criticizing Sweet's lifestyle and racist attitude, while Sweet claims that Kendl looks like a prostitute. Kendl storms out of his house and goes to Unity Station to meet Cesar. Sweet tells Carl to follow her, so he can see what his problem is with Cesar. Carl follows, obtaining a low rider, and winning a low-rider challenge, which impresses Cesar. The two, with help from Kendl, agree to be 'cool, for now'. The two meet, again with Kendl, on their way to an illegal low-rider street race, which Carl eventually wins.

Life in exile

Kendl continues to live with Cesar until the arrest of both her brothers, which also results in Smoke and Ryder, who have actually betrayed the duo out of a secretive alliance with the Ballas and corrupt C.R.A.S.H. officers Frank Tenpenny and Edward "Eddie" Pulaski under pressure, assuming leadership roles in the Grove Street Families and instead crippling them, forcefully allying them with the C.R.A.S.H., Ballas, Los Santos Vagos and the Russian Mafia. The new alliance takes control of the Grove Street Families and Varrios Los Aztecas territories, forcing Kendl and Cesar to flee to Angel Pine in Whetstone, where they briefly meet Carl. There she helps convince Cesar not to return to Los Santos, saying she is aware of the enemy's strong foothold, and reveals her suspicions about Smoke to Carl, asking how he as a gangster could afford a new house.

Carl later phones Cesar to tell him to bring Kendl to San Fierro, where he was about to set up after winning the deeds to a garage. The garage, run down and out of business, is viewed by Carl as a disaster but by Kendl as an opportunity to build a business up from scratch. Carl, with help from aging hippie The Truth, returns with two new mechanics, Dwayne and Jethro, along with an electronics expert Zero, and Kendl begins to run the business for her brother. During this time she complains to Carl and Cesar that workers on a building site next to the garage had been harassing her, leading to Carl killing the workers and locking the foreman into a portable toilet, which was pushed into a hole and covered with concrete in revenge.

Kendl is later shown to complain about the laziness of Carl, Cesar, Dwayne and Jethro, saying that this was to be their opportunity but realises that the four were awaiting news from Zero on how they were to steal a Uranus for a newly acquired showroom down the street. At some point not seen during the game's storyline, she meets up with Wu Zi "Woozie" Mu, the blind leader of the Chinese-American San Fierro Triads, joining him at The Four Dragons Casino to judge auditions, along with Carl, for the casino's entertainment. During a brief break through the auditions, she also meets rehabilitated rapper Madd Dogg, who had been saved by Carl and who wanted help in reclaiming his mansion from Big Poppa, a Los Santos Vagos drug dealer. Kendl later phones Carl to say that she and Cesar would be going to San Fierro to finish off business with the garage.

Kendl, Carl, Sweet and Cesar Vialpando witnessing Frank Tenpenny's final moments, during End of the Line.

Return to Los Santos

Kendl and Cesar later visit Madd Dogg's mansion, which was successfully taken back, and sit with the recently paroled Sweet, The Gurning Chimps lead singer Maccer and The Truth as the news covers Tenpenny's arrest and trial. The group watches in horror as Tenpenny is found not guilty and riots ensue around the poorer neighborhoods of the city. Cesar, around this time, also asks Carl if Sweet would be okay about him proposing marriage to Kendl, although this question remains unanswered.

Kendl and Cesar, while Carl and Sweet were killing Smoke and Tenpenny and destroying Smoke's drug manufacturing plant, go to the Johnson House. After Tenpenny crashes his firetruck off a bridge and into Grove Street, she and Cesar go to witness his final moments along with Carl, Sweet and The Truth, who had been chasing him. She and Cesar stay at the Johnson house and meets with Maccer, record producer Kent Paul, Madd Dogg and disbarred former lawyer Ken "Rosie" Rosenberg, suggesting that to celebrate they should go 'roll some dice with Woozie'.


Kendl is depicted as intelligent, and pragmatic, suggesting that she could be successful within the bounds of law, as her determination to turn Carl's garage from a run down building into a thriving business.She also possesses entrepreneurial talents, strong willpower, creativity, and a sense of leadership. She has little tolerance for whining or complaining, which causes Carl and others to regard her as a bit bossy.


Mission appearances

GTA San Andreas
Cut Mission