Random Characters in GTA IV Era

Random characters appear on the streets, this one with Real Badman.

Sick freaks to avoid.
- in-game website description

Random Characters are minor characters found standing on the street in Grand Theft Auto IV, its episodes, and Chinatown Wars. Their presence is indicated by a small blue person icon on the radar (white in the DLCs). They provide Niko Bellic, Johnny Klebitz, Luis Fernando Lopez and Huang Lee with small storylines and minor missions. Some random characters only appear at certain times of the day. When Niko, Johnny or Luis enters their vicinity, the characters can usually be seen waving or otherwise trying to get the player's attention.

The achievement/trophy "No More Strangers" for GTA IV involves locating all of them and helping each one out at least once (some random characters return in different areas of the map, with different problems to solve). Most of the random character missions are required for completion. This is one of the more difficult aspects of completion without a guide as the icons only appear when Niko is close to the person, and some, such as Ilyena, are located where Niko might not travel in the normal course of missions or friendship outings. This is rectified in the DLCs which place the icons on the map irrespective of the player's location.

One random encounter in GTA IV, Gracie Ancelotti, is not marked on the map with the icon, while one encounter in The Ballad of Gay Tony, Daisie Cash-Cooze, does not always trigger, even when her icon is on the screen.


A map displaying all of the Random Character locations in GTA IV.

Required for 100%

Name Location Unlocked After
Brian Meech Iroquois Ave, Hove Beach, Broker It's Your Call
Crockett Ave, Hove Beach, Broker Brian's first encounter
Montauk Ave & Dillon St, Downtown, Broker Brian's second encounter
Real Badman Dukes Boulevard, East Island City, Dukes Shadow
Mel Mohawk Ave, Hove Beach, Broker Escuela of the Streets
Ilyena Faustin Firefly Island, Broker The Puerto Rican Connection
Hossan Garnet St & Frankfort Ave, Suffolk, Algonquin The Puerto Rican Connection
Sara Back Passage, Suffolk, Algonquin The Puerto Rican Connection
Flatfish Plaice, Fishmarket South, Algonquin Sara's first encounter, night only
Pathos Denver-Exeter Ave, Star Junction, Algonquin The Puerto Rican Connection
Star Junction, Algonquin Pathos's first encounter
Marnie Allen City Hall, Algonquin Three Leaf Clover
Quartz St & Ivy Drive South, Middle Park West, Algonquin Marnie's first encounter
Eddie Low Lockowski Ave, Alderney City, Alderney Three Leaf Clover, night only
Cockerell Ave, Berchem, Alderney Eddie's first encounter, night only
Gracie Ancelotti Babbage Drive, Acter, Alderney Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

Not Required for 100% or achievement

The Lost and Damned



The Ballad of Gay Tony

GTA Chinatown Wars

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