Grand Theft Auto V allows players to switch between three playable characters on the fly. Some missions require one character, some require two, while some require all three. Each character is distinctly different from the other two, with each having their own personality, motivations and skill set.

The characters themselves are called Michael, Trevor and Franklin. Michael is a retired bank robber, while Trevor is a former military pilot and associate of Michael, while Franklin – the youngest of the three – works at a luxury car dealership. Read more about them, and the other main characters, below.


Michael De Santa

Michael De Santa

Age: 45
Occupation: Retired bank robber
Aliases: Michael Townley
Affiliated With: Trevor Phillips, Franklin Clinton, Lester Crest
First Appearance: Prologue
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Special Ability: Slow down time while aiming
Voiced By: Ned Luke

Michael is a retired bank robber who moved to the west coast to escape his past and start a new life. Michael is currently in the witness protection program after making a deal with the FIB (GTA’s equivalent of the FBI) which involved faking his own death. He resides in the glamorous Rockford Hills region of Los Santos along with his wife Amanda, son Jimmy, and daughter Tracey. However, Michael misses the thrill of the criminal lifestyle, and this – together with his dysfunctional family life – causes Michael to return to old ways.


Trevor Phillips

Trevor Phillips

Age: Early 40s
Occupation: Drug Dealer
Affiliated With: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, Lester Crest, Ron Jakowski
First Appearance: Prologue
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Special Ability: Inflict more damage
Voiced By: Steven Ogg

Trevor once trained as a military pilot, but was discharged as mentally unfit. Trevor is a subhuman maniac with a history of severe aggression and violence. He did some bank jobs with Michael De Santa and Brad Snider in North Yankton, and was led to believe that Michael died after taking a bullet during a failed heist. Now residing in Sandy Shores, Trevor operates a drug smuggling organization called Trevor Phillips Enterprises. Trevor has a particular dislike for bikers and is currently at war with The Lost motorcycle gang.


Franklin Clinton

Franklin Clinton

Age: 25
Occupation: Repossession Agent
Affiliated With: Michael De Santa, Trevor Phillips, Lester Crest, Lamar Davis, The Families
First Appearance: Franklin and Lamar
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Special Ability: Slow down time while driving
Voiced By: Shawn Fonteno

Franklin is a gang-banger from South Los Santos with aspirations to make it big. He recognizes that the glory days – if there ever were glory days of gang banging – have long since passed, and that he must escape the hood life to satisfy his ambitions. At the start of the game, Franklin does odd jobs with his friend Lamar for an Armenian car dealer called Simeon Yetarian. However, he soon crosses paths with Michael De Santa during a failed repossession of his son’s car. Impressed with Franklin’s potential to make money, Michael employs him for various jobs.

Other Characters

Lester Crest

Lester CrestAge: 53
Occupation: Computer Hacker, Heist Planner
Affiliated With: Michael De Santa, Trevor Phillips, Franklin Clinton
First Appearance: Friend Request
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Voiced By: Jay Klaitz

IT expert and criminal information vendor Lester Crest is a close associate of Michael De Santa and Trevor Phillips, having helped them to carry out a series of heists in North Yankton in 2004, 9 years prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto V. Lester has an unspecified wasting disease and walks with a cane. He is the brains behind the heists that the team pulls off; researching options, establishing plans and presenting them to the team.

Lamar Davis

Lamar DavisAge: 
Occupation: Repossession Agent, Gang Banger
Affiliated With: The Families, Franklin Clinton
First Appearance: Franklin and Lamar
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Voiced By: Gerald “Slink” Johnson

Lamar is Franklin’s best friend, the two having grown up together in the Strawberry district of Los Santos. While Franklin recognizes that the glory days of gang banging are over, Lamar is very much stuck in the past and does not share Franklin’s desire to get out of the hood. Lamar and Franklin are both affiliated with The Families, and they both work for Simeon Yetarian at his luxury car dealership doing repo jobs. He owns a dog called Chop.

Steve Haines

Steve HainesAge: 38
Occupation: FIB Agent
Affiliated With: FIB, Dave Norton
First Appearance: Three’s Company
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Voiced By: Robert Bogue

Wise cracking FIB agent Steve Haines is one of the two main antagonists in Grand Theft Auto V. Haines is highly corrupt and uses Michael, Trevor and Franklin to conduct his dirty work after becoming aware of the deal that Michael did with Haines’ associate Dave Norton. Agent Haines is on a mission to undermine the FIB’s rival, the International Affairs Agency, in order to secure more government funding. He also hosts a TV show called Saints and Sinners: The Underbelly of Paradise, in which he reports on crime in the city.

Dave Norton

Dave NortonAge: 55
Occupation: FIB Agent
Affiliated With: FIB, Steve Haines
First Appearance: Prologue
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Voiced By: Julian Gamble

Dave Norton is an agent with the FIB, Grand Theft Auto’s equivalent of the FBI. Norton is corrupt and works under the equally corrupt Agent Steve Haines. In 2004, Norton devised a plan with Michael Townley which involved faking Townley’s death. Norton claimed credit for killing Townley, a notorious bank robber, in order to boost his own career. In return, Norton helped Townley change his name (to Michael De Santa) and added him to the witness protection program. Norton becomes concerned when, 9 years later, Michael resumes his criminal career and attracts unwanted attention. If Michael is not careful, he risks exposing both himself and Agent Norton.

Devin Weston

Devin WestonAge: 51
Occupation: CEO of Devin Weston Holdings
Affiliated With: Molly Schultz, Steve Haines, Merryweather Security
First Appearance: By The Book
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Voiced By: Jonathan Walker

Devin Weston is one of the two main antagonists in GTA V. Mr. Weston is a shady billionaire entrepreneur with influence in high places, who owns, or part-owns, many companies in Los Santos. After Steve Haines introduces Weston to Michael, Trevor and Franklin, Weston employs them to steal rare cars for him. In return, Weston rewards the trio with business opportunities, but their relationship sours when Weston withholds payments and tries to shut down Richards Majestic studios, where Michael is producing a movie with Solomon Richards. Like most billionaires, Devin has a massively inflated ego.

“Nervous” Ron Jakowski

Nervous RonAge: 48
Occupation: CEO of Trevor Phillips Enterprises (Acting)
Aliases: Nervous Ron
Affiliated With: Trevor Phillips
First Appearance: Mr. Phillips
Last Appearance: Derailed
Voiced By: David Mogentale

Nervous Ron is a paranoid conspiracy theorist. He is Trevor’s neighbor and the acting CEO of Trevor’s business, Trevor Phillips Enterprises. Ron fears Trevor due to his unpredictable behavior and episodes of extreme aggression and violence. Ron hosts a radio show on Blaine County Talk radio where listeners call in and share conspiracy theories. Like Trevor, Ron is a skilled pilot.

Wade Hebert

Wade HebertAge: 23
Affiliated With: Trevor Phillips, Ron Jakowski
First Appearance: Mr. Phillips
Last Appearance: Hang Ten
Voiced By: Matthew Maher

Wade Hebert is a redneck hillbilly with an IQ lower than a baked potato. He is a friend and associate of Trevor Phillips, whom he first met in 2012 while buying drugs in Sandy Shores. Wade is terrified of Trevor, who takes advantage of his immaturity and gullibility. Wade has a cousin called Floyd who resides in Los Santos with his girlfriend. When Trevor visits Los Santos to search for his former associate, Michael De Santa, he insists on using Floyd’s residence as a base.

Floyd Hebert

Floyd HebertAge: 
Occupation: Shipyard Worker
Affiliated With: Wade Hebert
First Appearance: Friends Reunited
Last Appearance: Hang Ten
Voiced By: Jimmy Ray Bennett

Floyd Hebert is the cousin of Wade Hebert. He lives with his girlfriend Debra in a condo in Vespucci Beach. Floyd enters the story when Trevor and Wade visit Los Santos in search of Michael De Santa, using Floyd’s condo as a base, despite Floyd’s resistance. Trevor bullies Floyd into helping him rob the shipyard where he works.

Amanda De Santa

Amanda De SantaAge: 43
Occupation: Housewife
Affiliated With: Michael De Santa
First Appearance: Prologue
Last Appearance: Meltdown
Voiced By: Vicki Van Tassel

Amanda is the wife of Michael De Santa, and the mother of Jimmy and Tracey De Santa. Like her husband, Amanda has a less than innocent past. She worked as a stripper and later as a prostitute. Amanda is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with her marriage to Michael, and resents him for having to leave her old life behind when Michael is placed in the witness protection program. Early in the game, Michael discovers that Amanda is having an affair with the tennis instructor.

Jimmy De Santa

Jimmy De SantaAge: 18
Occupation: Unemployed
Aliases: J-Dog, Jizzle
Affiliated With: Michael De Santa
First Appearance: Franklin and Lamar
Last Appearance: Meltdown
Voiced By: Danny Tamberelli

Jimmy is Michael’s fat, jobless, weed-smoking, FPS playing gamer son. Jimmy is a source of disappointment for Michael due to his apparent lack of ambition. Jimmy shows no respect for his father, who is determined to see Jimmy try to make more of his life than he did. They struggle to connect. Early in the game, Jimmy angers Michael when he tries to sell Michael’s yacht, without his permission, but instead it gets stolen by the buyers.

Tracey De Santa

Tracey De SantaAge: 23
Occupation: Entertainer
Affiliated With: Michael De Santa, Fame or Shame, Lazlow
First Appearance: Complications
Last Appearance: Meltdown
Voiced By: Michal Sinnott

Tracey De Santa is the daughter of Michael and Amanda and the older sister of Jimmy. She has aspirations to become a professional singer and dancer, and as such applies to be part of the Fame or Shame talent TV show. Tracey feels that Michael’s overprotective fatherly instincts are preventing her from realizing her dreams. Michael has a sudden fit of rage whenever he sees his daughter in the company of men.

Simeon Yetarian

Simeon YetarianAge: 42-52
Occupation: Car Dealer
Affiliated With: Franklin Clinton, Lamar Davis
First Appearance: Franklin and Lamar
Last Appearance: Complications
Voiced By: Demosthenes Chrysan

Simeon Yetarian is a car dealer from Armenia whom Franklin and Lamar work for. He runs the Premium Deluxe Motorsport dealership in Downtown Los Santos. Simeon is heavily connected to the underworld, but irritates people so much that nobody likes him. He purposely sells luxury vehicles to people who cannot afford them, then bullies them and repossesses the vehicle. Simeon also appears in GTA Online offering missions to the player.

Martin Madrazo

Martin MadrazoAge: 
Occupation: Cartel Boss
Affiliated With: Mexican Cartel
First Appearance: Marriage Counseling
Last Appearance: Monkey Business
Voiced By: Alfredo Huereca

Martin Madrazo is a Mexican drug cartel boss. When Michael De Santa unwittingly destroys a property belonging to Madrazo, De Santa is forced to come out of retirement in order to reimburse Madrazo. He lives in the outskirts of Los Santos with his wife Patricia. Martin also appears in GTA Online and offers missions to the player.

Solomon Richards

Solomon RichardsAge: 
Occupation: Film Producer
Affiliated With: Richards Majestic, Devin Weston
First Appearance: Mr. Richards
Last Appearance: Meltdown
Voiced By: Joel Rooks

Vinewood film producer Solomon Richards was introduced to Michael De Santa by their mutual contact Devin Weston. Michael is a huge fan of Richards, so when Weston presents him with an opportunity to work with him, Michael jumps at the chance. Richards co-owns Richards Majestic productions, which is based in Rockford Hills, Los Santos. The business was founded by his late father.

Wei Cheng

Wei ChengAge: 
Occupation: Mob Boss
Affiliated With: Los Santos Triads, Tao Cheng
First Appearance: Fresh Meat
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Voiced By: George Cheung

Wei Cheng is the leader of the Los Santos Triads. The Triads are looking to buy meth and identify Trevor Phillips as a potential supplier. Cheng sends his son, Tao, and a translator to speak with Trevor and learn more about the operation. However, they are left unconvinced after Trevor’s business is attacked by a local gang. The Triads instead choose Trevor’s rival, the O’Neil brothers, as their supplier.

Tao Cheng

Tao ChengAge: 39
Occupation: Mobster
Affiliated With: Los Santos Triads, Wei Cheng
First Appearance: Trevor Phillips Enterprises
Last Appearance: Final Mission
Voiced By: Richard Hsu

Tao Cheng is the son of the powerful Los Santos mob boss Wei Cheng. Unlike his father, Tao is incompetent, loves doing ecstasy, and speaks very little English. When the Triads are looking for a meth supplier, Trevor’s associate Ron contacts the Triads and invites them to tour the operation. The Triads send Tao Cheng and a translator to inspect the facilities before reporting back to Wei Cheng. The Triads eventually use Trevor’s rival, the O’Neil brothers, as their supplier, which angers Trevor.

Molly Schultz

Molly SchultzAge: 
Occupation: Vice President, Devin Weston Holdings
Affiliated With: Devin Weston
First Appearance: I Fought The Law…
Last Appearance: Legal Trouble
Voiced By: Elizabeth Mason

Molly Schultz is Devin Weston’s trusted assistant and the senior vice president of Devin Weston Holdings. A committed professional, Molly has a background in law and often speaks to Michael, Trevor and Franklin on behalf of Devin Weston. During the main Grand Theft Auto V storyline, Franklin implies that Molly may be in love with Devin.

Brad Snider

Brad SniderAge: 
Occupation: Bank Robber
Affiliated With: Trevor Phillips, Michael Townley
First Appearance: Prologue
Last Appearance: Bury The Hatchet
Voiced By: Ryan Woodle

Brad was part of a team that included Trevor Phillips and Michael Townley which pulled off a series of heists near the US-Canada border. During a failed heist in 2004, Brad takes a bullet from Dave Norton and is believed to have been jailed thereafter. In actual fact, Brad was killed and placed in Michael Townley’s grave, who it transpires survived the shootout.

Minor Characters

Andreas Sanchez

Andreas Sanchez – Mexican-American FIB agent, 25 years of age, often seen in the company of fellow agents Steve Haines and Dave Norton. Doesn’t talk much. Very clean cut.


Harold “Stretch” Joseph – Gang banger and former associate of Lamar Davis and Franklin Clinton. Stretch was jailed a few years ago for an unspecified crime, but is released from prison near the start of the game.

Tao's Translator

Tao’s Translator – Very straight laced Chinese translator. He works as a translator for Tao Cheng, the son of Triad mob boss Wei Cheng. Very afraid of Wei Cheng.

Denise Clinton

Denise Clinton – Franklin’s opinionated, pain-in-the-ass aunt. Franklin shares a safehouse with her at the start of the game, in the Strawberry district of Los Santos.


Chef – A close associate of Trevor Phillips. He cooks methamphetamine at the Liquor Ace store in Blaine County for Trevor Phillips Enterprises. Chef can be selected as a heist crew member.

Johnny Klebitz

Johnny Klebitz – Vice president of The Lost motorcycle gang. Johnny was responsible for creating business opportunities for The Lost in Liberty City, before they relocated to San Andreas.

Terry Thorpe

Terry Thorpe – The Lost motorcycle gang’s sergeant at arms, and one of Johnny Klebitz’ closest allies. He moved from Liberty City to San Andreas along with the remaining members of The Lost.

Clay Simmons

Clay Simmons – Previously held the role of road captain of the Alderney chapter of The Lost motorcycle gang. Clay is one of Johnny’s closest friends, and he moved to San Andreas along with the remaining members of The Lost.

Ashley Butler

Ashley Butler – Johnny Klebitz’ girlfriend, with strong links to both The Lost motorcycle gang and the Pegorino crime syndicate in Liberty City. Ashley has a history of drug addiction.

Cris Fromage

Cris Fromage – Leader of the Epsilon program, a cult with fanatic members and strange beliefs. The Epsilon program, a parody of Scientology, first featured in GTA: San Andreas.

Elwood O'Neil

Elwood O’Neil – Leader of the O’Neil brothers, a gang of redneck meth dealers based in Blaine County. The O’Neil brothers are at war with Trevor Phillips because the O’Neils took business that Trevor believed was his.

Patricia Madrazo

Patricia Madrazo – Wife of Mexican cartel boss Martin Madrazo. Despite mistreating her, they have a long marriage and Patricia remains loyal to Martin. They live together in the outskirts of Los Santos.

Lazlow Jones

Lazlow Jones – A radio host who has appeared in every GTA game since GTA III in 2001. Lazlow writes much of the radio and TV content in the series. In GTA V, he hosts the in-game TV talent show called Fame or Shame.

Isiah Friedlander

Dr. Isiah Friedlander – A therapist used regularly by Michael De Santa and his family. Dr. Friedlander has a practice near Del Perro beach in Los Santos. His rates are excessive, and he doesn’t appear to show much concern for his patients.

Fabien LaRouche

Fabien LaRouche – Amanda De Santa’s annoying French Yoga instructor. Very lithe, very into exploring your personal tension through gripping massage.

Rocco Pelosi

Rocco Pelosi – An Ancelotti crime family associate who recently arrived in Los Santos from Liberty City. Rocco was one of the central characters in Grand Theft Auto IV. Rocco leaves the mob life behind and becomes a talent agent instead.

Packie McReary

Patrick “Packie” McReary – An Irish hoodlum who used to live in Liberty City. The McReary family used to have a lot of power and respect in Liberty City, but they fell out of the picture and only a few of them remain. Packie can be recruited as a heist crew member.

Tanisha Jackson

Tanisha Jackson – Franklin’s ex-girlfriend. She grew up with Franklin and Lamar and they attended the same school in South Los Santos. Tanisha has no desire to be part of the gangster lifestyle.


Chop – Lamar’s dog, although Franklin takes possession of him early in the game. Chop can be utilized during certain missions to search for people or targets.

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