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Sean Johnson
Appearances GTA San Andreas
Full Name Sean Johnson
Aliases Sweet


Gender Gender::Male
Place of Birth Ganton, Los Santos
Nationality American
Home Johnson House and Sweet's House in Ganton, Los Santos
Family Beverly Johnson (mother, deceased)
Carl Johnson (brother)
Kendl Johnson (sister)
Brian Johnson (brother, deceased)
Main Affiliations Grove Street Families
Big Smoke (deceased)
Ryder (deceased)
OG Loc (until 1992)
Big Bear
B Dup (until 1992)
C.R.A.S.H. (deceased)
Cesar Vialpando
Vehicles Greenwood
Voiced by Faizon Love

Sean "Sweet" Johnson is a character in the 3D Universe who appears as a main character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (set in 1992). Sweet is the leader of the Grove Street Families gang based in Ganton, Los Santos. He is the eldest son of Beverly Johnson and the older brother of Carl, Kendl and Brian. Sweet is also shown to have an un-named girlfriend in two missions. He is voiced by Faizon Love, who has also appeared in the television show The Parent 'Hood and more recently the film Couples Retreat.

Character history

Early life

Sweet was born to Beverly Johnson and an un-named father inside the Johnson House on Grove Street in Ganton, Los Santos. He is later present at the births of his three siblings, Carl, Kendl and Brian. Sweet, at an unknown period of time, becomes involved with the Grove Street Families and becomes the gangs leader. In 1987 his younger brother Brian died in an accident, which Sweet blamed on his other brother Carl, resulting in Carl leaving for Liberty City. Sweet then moved out into his own house next door to his childhood home. Sweet, in the missions Beat Down on B Dup and Sweet's Girl is shown to have a girlfriend, who he may or may not have known prior to 1992.


In 1992 Sweet continued to lead the Grove Street Families, who's influence began to decline as their rivals began to manufacture and sell drugs. His childhood friend, Big Smoke, attempted to convince him to start selling drugs to help the Grove Street Families, although Sweet refuses. The Ballas, with whom Big Smoke and Ryder, another childhood friend, are now connected with, decide to kill Sweet and perform a drive-by shooting on the Johnson house. The gang, however, instead kill his mother, which results in Carl Johnson returning from Liberty City.

At the funeral Sweet and his sister Kendl are reunited with their brother Carl, although Sweet angers Kendl by insulting her boyfriend and berates Carl for missing their brothers and mothers funerals. Sweet, for a short time, continues to not trust Carl but later realises his true intentions of staying and helping the Grove Street Families, resulting in a more brotherly relationship.

Sweet then decides to have Carl work for the gang, including to put up gang tags across Los Santos' poorer districts, killing some Ballas drug dealers, killing some Ballas attempting a drive-by, meeting an old friend and killing Ballas gangsters in Jefferson. Sweet also has Carl meet Kendl's boyfriend Cesar Vialpando, leader of the rival Varrios Los Aztecas, with Carl reporting that he will be good to Kendl.

Sweet's leadership and the gangs continued decline begins to lead to factions within the Grove Street Families to break away. This is shown during Sweet's Girl, where Sweet phones his brother requesting help to escape from the Seville Boulevard Families, who have cornered him and his girlfriend in Playa del Seville. Carl manages to rescue them and later Sweet organizes a meeting for the various factions, including the Temple Drive Families, in the Jefferson Motel, however the meeting is interrupted by the police. The gang, however, continues to do well despite the fractions with Carl taking control of Glen Park and killing Kane, a high ranking member of the Ballas.

Sweet is later involved in a shootout with various Ballas gangsters, who attack in waves after arriving in vans under the Mulholland Intersection. He is shot during, but is not killed due to the assistance of Carl and three other Grove Street Families gangsters, although Carl does inform Sweet of the betrayal of Big Smoke and Ryder and their alliance with Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Pulaski of C.R.A.S.H.. The police again turn up and arrest both Sweet and Carl. Sweet is later taken to prison but Carl is taken to Whetstone by Tenpenny, Pulaski and Jimmy Hernandez and begins his life in the rest of the state of San Andreas.

Life while imprisoned

Mike Toreno telling Carl Johnson about Sweet's life in prison, during Interdiction.

Carl continues to work his way up the criminal underworld in San Fierro and becomes aware of the Loco Syndicate, led by Jizzy B., T-Bone Mendez and Mike Toreno, who are selling drugs to members of the Los Santos Vagos, who are in alliance with Big Smoke, the Ballas and the Russian Mafia. Carl begins working for them, allowing his new Triad allies to find out more about their dealings. Carl later kills Jizzy, T-Bone Mendez and, or so he thought to be Mike Toreno, along with now enemy Ryder. He later receives a phone call from an unknown man who reveals himself to be Mike Toreno, who had sent another man as a decoy during Toreno's Last Flight. Carl begins to work for the government agent (much like Niko Bellic and United Liberty Paper) and his work is rewarded, as Toreno helps secure the release of Sweet, who is paroled during Home Coming.

Release from prison

Sweet meeting Carl Johnson in Pershing Square after being released from prison, during Home Coming.

Carl tells Sweet of his and Kendl's new life in San Fierro and Las Venturas, trying to convince him to move away from Los Santos. Sweet, however, insists on returning to Ganton and, upon their return, they re-take control of the area. Sweet then accompanies Carl as the two re-take Glen Park and rescue Big Bear from the clutches of drug dealer B Dup, with Sweet taking him to rehab. Carl is then instructed to take control of Idlewood, one of the districts neighboring Ganton.

During this time Frank Tenpenny had been arrested and put on trial. He, however, was found not guilty and released from prison, resulting in riots across Los Santos' poorer districts. Sweet, who had joined Carl, Kendl, Cesar, The Truth, Maccer and Madd Dogg at Madd Dogg's mansion, is then driven home by Carl. Sweet then begins to think about ending the war between the Grove Street Families and the Ballas, but allows Carl to help Cesar and the Varrios Los Aztecas re-take the El Corona district, in order to re-pay his debt to Cesar.

End of problems

Sweet, Carl Johnson, Cesar Vialpando and Kendl Johnson witnessing the last moments of Frank Tenpenny in Grove Street, during End of the Line.

Shortly afterwards, however, the two brothers decide to take on the Ballas, stop their drug manufacturing and kill Big Smoke. While initially, Sweet wants to join his brother, Carl persuades him to wait it out while he takes care of it personally. Carl manages a magnificent break into the manufacturing plant and manages to kill not only Big Smoke, but the countless Ballas, Los Santos Vagos and Russian Mafia gangsters attempting to gun him down on his way to the top. After killing Smoke, Carl, however, is interrupted by Frank Tenpenny, who sets some of the machinery on fire. Luckily, Carl manages to escape the building in time to see Tenpenny escape in a fire truck.

Sweet, who has been watching outside the entire time, quickly notices Tenpenny's escape and grabs hold of one of the truck's ladders. Carl then drives after his brother in an open-top Feltzer, which Sweet eventually drops into and the two give chase, fending off the police along the way. The two continue to chase Tenpenny until he crashes his fire truck, which goes over a bridge and falls into Grove Street. Sweet and Carl, along with Kendl, Cesar and The Truth, watch as Tenpenny dies after climbing out from the truck's cabin. The five then return to the Johnson House and are joined by Ken Rosenberg, Maccer, Kent Paul and Maccer as they celebrate their success.


  • In replay mode, Sweet, along with Big Smoke and Ryder, appear as pedestrian character models.
  • The license plate on Sweet's Greenwood is GROVE4L.
  • Sweet's Greenwood is destroyed during the mission Reuniting the Families after being driven through a Sprunk advertising board and falling on to a highway before exploding. Sweet later purchases another blue Greenwood telling Carl that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
  • Sweet, despite being against the selling of drugs, almost uses drugs in the mission Beat Down on B Dup, although Carl intervenes.
  • Sweet's disliking of Carl, prior to his return to Los Santos, is seen during The Introduction where he states that Carl 'has his own life, more than he deserves' and that he "can rot in hell for all I give a fuck".
  • Sweet's favorite radio stations are Bounce FM and CSR 103.9.
  • During his imprisonment, Sweet was taken 'upstate' and placed in D-wing cell 13 according to Mike Toreno in the mission Interdiction. The prisoner in the cell to the left was a child killer who wanted to rip his throat out and on the right a white supremacist who wanted to eat his heart.
Sweet's character model, with Ryder and Big Smoke, as seen during replay mode during Drive-By.

Mission appearances

GTA San Andreas
Cut Mission