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


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 principal deuteragonist in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Leader of the Grove Street Families gang based in Ganton, Los Santos, he is the eldest son of Beverly Johnson, whose other children are Carl, Kendl and Brian. Shown to have an unnamed 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 unnamed 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. At an unknown point of time, he became involved with the Grove Street Families and rose to the ranks of the gang leader. Brian died in an accident in 1987, which Sweet blamed on Carl, resulting in Carl leaving for Liberty City. Sweet then moved out into his own house next door to his childhood home. During two separate instances, he is shown to have a girlfriend, who he may or may not have known prior to 1992.


Sweet continued to lead the Grove Street Families, whose influence began to decline as their rivals began to manufacture and sell drugs. His childhood friend, Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris, attempted to convince him to start selling drugs to help the Grove Street Families, although Sweet refuses. Having had enough of it, the Ballas, with whom Smoke and Lance "Ryder" Wilson, another childhood friend, are now connected, decide to kill Sweet and perform a drive-by shooting on the Johnson house. The gang, however, instead kills Beverly, which results in Carl returning from Liberty City.

At the funeral, Sweet and Kendl are reunited with Carl, although Sweet angers Kendl by insulting her boyfriend Cesar "Ces" Vialpando and berates Carl for missing Brian's and Beverly's funerals. For a short time thereafter, he continues to share a platonic strain with 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 Cesar, leader of the rival Varrios Los Aztecas, with Carl reporting that he will be good to Kendl.

Sweet's leadership and the gang's continued decline begins to lead to factions within the Grove Street Families to break away, often resulting in confrontations within the sets. Carl manages to bolster confidence and later Sweet organizes a meeting for the various factions, including the Temple Drive Families, in the Jefferson Motel, though the meeting is interrupted by the police. The gang, however, continues to do well despite the factions 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 the gunfight, but survives from timely intervention on the part of Carl, who informs Sweet of Smoke's betrayal and his alliance with corrupt C.R.A.S.H. officers Frank Tenpenny and Edward "Eddie" Pulaski, who are known to be in a full-swing alliance with the Ballas. After a lengthy shootout, the cops turn up and arrest both Sweet and Carl. Sweet is later taken to prison but Carl is taken to Whetstone by Tenpenny, Pulaski and rookie Jimmy Hernandez and begins his life in the rest of the state of San Andreas.

Life during imprisonment

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 Michael "Mike" Toreno, who are selling drugs to members of the Los Santos Vagos, who are in alliance with Smoke, the Ballas and the Russian Mafia. Carl begins working for them, allowing his newfound Triad allies to find out more about their dealings. Carl later kills Jizzy, Mendez and, or so he thought to be Toreno, along with Ryder, who he realizes has been Smoke's right hand man in the drug business. He later receives a phone call from an unknown man who reveals himself to be Toreno, who had sent another man as a decoy during the supposed interruption of his chopper. Carl begins to work for the government agent and his work is rewarded, as Toreno helps secure the release of Sweet, who is paroled after an extremely dangerous assault on property belonging to Naval authorities and spy agencies stationed in the area across the state makes headlines.

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, Tenpenny is arrested and put on trial. He is, however, found not guilty and released from prison, resulting in riots across Los Santos' poorer districts. Sweet, who had joined Carl, Kendl, Cesar, aging countryside hippie The Truth, British musician Maccer and formerly disgraced rapper and Carl's managerial client Madd Dogg at the rapper'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 repay his debt to Cesar, who too had been exiled just after Carl in the past.

Final showdown

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, the two brothers decide to take on the Ballas, stop their drug manufacturing business and kill Smoke for his betrayal. Sweet initially plans to join his brother, but 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 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 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 disbarred former lawyer and Dogg's accountant Ken Rosenberg, Maccer and record producer Kent Paul as they celebrate their success.


  • In replay mode, Sweet, along with Smoke and Ryder, appears as a pedestrian character model.
  • 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 sale of hard drugs, almost uses cocaine in the mission Beat Down on B Dup, although Carl intervenes.
  • Sweet's dislike for 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
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