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 (nine in the Game Boy Color version) 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. 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.|