List of characters in Grand Theft Auto IV


List of characters in Grand Theft Auto IV

A number of recurring characters appear in the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV", set circa 2008. The characters that appear in "Grand Theft Auto IV" are relatively diverse and relative to the respective boroughs of Liberty City they are based in, belonging to various gangs and ethnic groups. The player controls Niko Bellic, an immigrant from Eastern Europe who was in the Yugoslavian war. According to Dan Houser, "virtually none of the characters from the previous games are returning, as a lot of them are dead anyway."cite|title=GTA 4 UK Exclusive|author=Official PlayStation Magazine|publisher=Future Publishing|date=May 2007]

Unlike previous games in the series, the voice actors of "Grand Theft Auto IV" do not include notable and high-profile celebrities, instead opting for lesser known actors such as Michael Hollick, Jason Zumwalt, Moti Margolin, Thomas Lyons, Timothy Adams and Coolie Ranx. However, several high-profile DJs host the various radio stations within the game such as Iggy Pop, Karl Lagerfeld, Juliette Lewis, Daddy Yankee, and real life DJs like DJ Green Lantern, Lazlow, and real life comedians Katt Williams and Ricky Gervais can be seen at the Comedy Club and also be heard being interviewed on the in-game radio station WKTT.

For the first time in the series, "Grand Theft Auto IV" features "morality choices" in several points of the game, in which the player is forced to choose between killing or sparing a character, or killing one of two characters. The game also has two possible endings, which is determined by a decision the player makes with the main antagonist towards the conclusion of the storyline: Revenge or Deal. Each choice affects the missions the player can partake and the fate of some characters.

For the purposes of this list, missions specific to a particular ending in which a character is killed in are labeled "(Revenge)" and "(Deal)" respectively.

Niko Bellic

Nikolai "Niko" Bellic is a fictional character from Eastern Europecite journal
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] in the "Grand Theft Auto" video game series. He is the main protagonist and playable character of "Grand Theft Auto IV".

30 years old at the time of the game, Niko grew up in war-torn Bosnia in former Yugoslavia [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24356918/#storyContinued 'Grand Theft Auto' will blow you away - Games - MSNBC.com ] ] . His father was a bully who never believed in him, but his mother, Milica Bellic, was very caring and felt sad that a decent person like Niko had to grow up in such a harsh place. He had a child brother who was killed during a school bombing during the war. Although his name is unknown it is apparent that he and Niko were close, and his death is partially responsible for Niko's cynical personality. Niko fought in the Bosnian War as an "angry" teenager, where he witnessed and committed numerous atrocities which deeply affected him, giving him a cynical view on life and serious feelings of regret and depression. A defining moment in the war for Niko was when his army unit of fifteen young men (including him) were ambushed by the enemy. Niko barely escaped with his life, but most of his friends were killed - he later discovered that two others also survived. Realizing that one of them sold out the unit for money, Niko vowed to track down the culprit, not solely for revenge but because he needed closure, and that doing so would put his demons to rest.

When the war ended, work was hard to come by for Niko. His cousin, Roman, moved to America to start a new life in Liberty City. Niko, knowing only violence most of his life, turned to the criminal underworld for the next ten years, while at the same time searching for the two men who survived the ambush. At some point during this interval, he briefly spent time imprisoned. Sometime after he was released, Niko joined a human trafficking ring run by Rodislav Bulgarin. Niko eventually discovered that Florian Cravic, one of the two survivors of the ambush, was living in Liberty City.

When a boat sank in the Adriatic during one smuggling run into Italy, Niko managed to swim to safety, but everything else was lost. Bulgarin, needing someone to blame, accused Niko of sinking the boat and escaping with the money onboard. Niko denied this, but Bulgarin's decision was final and he was too powerful a figure to fight back against. Niko quickly joined the merchant navy and fled Bulgarin. He spent the next seven months at sea, befriending the crew of the "Platypus" and contemplating Roman's request for him to come to America. Roman had been asking Niko to come to Liberty City to share a new lifecite news |title=Grand Theft Auto IV |pages=64 |work=Ur magazine |publisher=Rogers |accessdate=2008-08-01] of money and women, which Niko wanted, but he mainly wanted to find Cravic and escape Bulgarin's wrath.

Upon arriving in Liberty City, Niko realizes that Roman's prior tales of success were embellished; he actually lives in a tiny apartment, runs a small taxi depot and owes gambling debts across the city to several criminals. Niko ends up working for Roman, protecting his cousin from the loan sharks that keep harassing him. Roman soon loans Niko's services to friends and enemies alike, which angers Niko although he needs the money, and sets in motion the events of the game.

Niko's view of American culture is one of confusion and mild disgust. The rampant materialism annoys him and he has trouble relating to Roman's fascination with the country. Plus, after working for so many criminals, he feels that everyone in Liberty City is a crook.

Another prominent feature of Niko's character is his ability to bring people to reality in a very flat-out way: For instance, in the Revenge storyline, when he is chasing Pegorino's goons back to Pegorino, Roman and Jacob start commenting on Alderney, to which Niko says "I'm not taking you on some tourist "sight-seeing" cruise, we're chasing a scumbag back to his boss!" It is also noticable that, although the player has the option of getting him drunk and making him drive under the influence of alcohol, he does not smoke or take any drugs at any point - on one occasion, when Jacob offers him some marijuana, he refuses. Several times he also requests that Jacob puts out his joint, but each time he lets Jacob slide.

Niko is voiced by Michael Hollick. Hollick was paid about $100,000 for his voice acting and motion-capture work over the course of about 15 months from 2006 to 2008. Hollick was paid about $1,050 a day for his work on the game, about 50% more than the standard Screen Actors Guild-negotiated rate for actors, although he claimed it was still a fraction of the income he would get from a movie or TV-show performance, and that he was upset about not getting residuals from game sales, putting the blame on the union for not securing such agreements. Hollick told "The New York Times" that while he was a theater student at Carnegie Mellon University he developed a talent for dialects.cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/21/arts/television/21gta.html |title=A Video Game Star and His Less-Than-Stellar Pay |accessdate=2008-05-28 |author=Seth Schiesel |date=2008-05-21 |work=The New York Times]

Niko's Friends

The following characters can become friends with Niko, and are available for activities. They all provide Niko with missions before becoming friends.

Roman Bellic

"Introduced in: "The Cousins Bellic" [cite video game
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"Can Die in: "Mr. and Mrs. Bellic" (Deal)" [cite video game
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] Roman Bellic is Niko's 31 year old cousin who has lived in Liberty City for 10 years. Roman and Niko's fathers were brothers, and like Niko's father, Roman's father was also a drunk bully. According to Niko, Roman's mother was raped and murdered during the war, although Roman thinks she died in a house fire. Roman claims to be living the American Dream to his relatives and that he has two women, four hot tubs and fifteen sports cars. He successfully manages to persuade his cousin Niko to move to the city saying this. When Niko arrived, however, he realised that, in reality, Roman lives in a small, dirty apartment, owns a gritty taxi firm in Broker, Liberty City's version of Brooklyn and owes gambling debts to many criminals, such as the Mafia because of gambling problems. Despite Niko's frustration with Roman's lie, Roman is optimistic and claims to be in the process of achieving the "American Dream", but it just takes time and hard work to achieve it: he arrived in Liberty City with nothing, but he worked and saved enough money to buy a taxi, and when he got enough money driving the taxi, he bought another. Soon, he bought the depot, where he slept under his desk for a year because he was saving money for an apartment. Niko admits that Roman has indeed found some success in America because of Mallorie, Roman's longtime girlfriend whom he plans to wed.

Later on in the game, his apartment and business are burned down by the Russian mafia, and as a result he sets up another taxi company in Bohan (which is the Liberty City version of the Bronx) with the insurance money. He then moves in with Mallorie, but is kidnapped again after a losing streak at a gambling den. It is revealed to be a trap by Dimitri to lure Niko there and have him killed, but that too fails and the cousins escape. Roman ultimately buys a penthouse in Algonquin, finally living the "American Dream". After the player gets his relationship high enough with Roman, the player may use his phone to have Roman send a taxi to take you anywhere for free, though the success/failure of having one available is dependent on the last time a taxi was requested, and the taxi driver is usually very rude to Niko (a date usually ends early if the player hitches a ride in one). During the game's finale, Roman attempts to persuade Niko into striking a deal with Dimitri Rascalov due to the amount of money involved. If Niko chooses the "Revenge" storyline, Roman is initially disappointed that Niko did not do the deal, but does not lament for long, as his wedding approaches. Unfortunately, the wedding is cut short when Pegorino shows up and guns Kate McReary down. Angered that Kate was killed at his wedding, Roman goes with Niko to help get revenge on Pegorino. Unfortunately, his assistance is short-termed as Niko, worrying about losing Roman after losing Kate, orders Little Jacob to get him into safety before a gunfight ensues and find an escape. In the "Deal" storyline, Roman is inadvertently killed at his wedding by an assassin sent by Dimitri, in an attempt on Niko's life. In both endings, it is revealed that Mallorie is pregnant with Roman's child. Roman Bellic drives a black Esperanto.

Roman is voiced by Jason Zumwalt.

Little Jacob

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"Little" Jacob Hughes is a Jamaican arms dealer who lives in Dukes and sells Niko weapons out of the trunk of his car. He and Roman are good friends and he appears on cover-art for the game. It can be found out that he is 26 years old. After doing a few storyline missions for him, you have the option of calling him to see if he has a job for you.cite web | url = http://planetgrandtheftauto.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=124061 | title = GTA IV Police & Wanted Level Details | accessdate = July 9 | accessyear= 2007] He assists Niko several times later on, helping find who ripped off Elizabeta's drug deal and eventually providing back-up when Niko takes on Dimitri. His special ability for being friends with Niko is selling him weapons and armor (with the exceptions of the rocket launcher and combat pistol), for lower prices than those offered by gun shops.

A running joke throughout the game is that Jacob always chooses the wrong moment to light up and smoke a joint, at one point while accompanying Niko in a helicopter chase, much to Niko's initial dismay. Similarly, when Jacob gets in a car with Niko, the car windows start leaking thick smoke. Another joke is of his heavy Jamaican accent, which Niko can not understand sometimes. Little Jacob can also be seen in Team Mafiya Work, who needs to be picked up and taken to see a man, Kenny Petrovic describes him as "Small Jacob". Little Jacob drives a black and red Virgo.

No matter which final storyline Niko takes, Jacob on both occasions helps Niko go after the final boss.

Little Jacob is voiced by Coolie Ranx.

Brucie Kibbutz

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Bruce "Brucie" Kibbutz is a fitness enthusiast and loud mouth, who enjoys fine women and cars. He enjoys the attention he gets from being rich and is a steroid user, specifically "bull shark testosterone". Brucie seems to be very cocky and annoying to Niko, but the two manage to become unlikely friends. He sports a tattoo of a Chinese character meaning "Me" or "I" and a necklace that reads "No. One". On his back is a tattoo meaning "transvestite" () [Karen Chu. [http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=8721941&publicUserId=5462536 GTA IV: Brucie, you tattooed moron. Yay Rockstar.] May 2, 2008.] His personality is supposedly modeled after the popular internet personality, FPS Doug. Brucie owns a garage by Roman's first taxi depot in Broker called "Brucie's Executive Auto Garage", and often appears in in-game radio advertisements to market his car tuning service, even though he can also be found in the police database as wanted for possession of steroids. Niko suspects that Brucie's macho behavior is due to hidden low self-esteem (Brucie mentions that he was picked on for being overweight as a child). When Niko later learns that the people he has been killing for Brucie was mainly due to Brucie's roid rage, Niko ends their business relationship, but they continue as friends and Niko can continue stealing cars and participate in races for him. Once Niko's relationship with him is high enough, Brucie will provide free helicopter rides for him with the downside being that the helicopter might land farther away from the destination due to it needing a place to land. Brucie lives in an apartment on Mohanet Avenue.

Brucie is voiced by Timothy Adams.

Dwayne Forge

"Introduced in: "Deconstruction for Beginners"

"Can be killed in: "The Holland Play"

Dwayne Forge is the former mentor of Playboy X. He is 35 years old and an old school African-American gangster who used to be a very influential and feared criminal. However, Dwayne confesses at one point that he wanted to be a police officer as a youth, but the LCPD did not, in the '70s and '80s approve of African American police officers. He also had trouble reading and writing due to a learning disability. Dwayne's father was an abusive, small-time criminal that was killed by drug dealers that he tried to rip-off, but Dwayne felt nothing when he learned of his death. Dwayne soon learned that a lot of money was to be had in the drug trade and that he was very good at intimidating people. He also found that, despite his difficulties reading, he was very good at the basic mathematics required for his trade. He soon became the leader of his own drug ring called the North Holland Hustlers. At the height of his power, Dwayne claims he rented out entire apartments just to have someplace to store all the money that his gang was accumulating.

In 1998, Dwayne was arrested on crack distribution charges and sentenced to 9 years in prison. He was recently released, but is disturbed by the world of bling and excess he's found in an underworld that was all about straight business when he left it over a decade ago. He is depressed that his menacing and powerful reputation has been forgotten, even finding out that his girlfriend Cherise left him for a known snitch named Jayvon Simson after Dwayne pulled strings from behind bars to pay her rent over the years. Feeling betrayed, Dwayne is also angry that Playboy X ignores him and excludes him from the gang's business, which is resorting to more high-profile crimes. Niko is paid by Playboy to work for Dwayne, and he ends up sympathizing with Dwayne's plight and helps him rebuild his reputation and influence. After Dwayne pays Niko to shut down a club that he used to own that was taken over by associates of Playboy X, Dwayne and Playboy X call Niko to kill one another, giving him a choice of who to kill. If the player kills Playboy X, Dwayne gives Niko the penthouse of his old protegé, he becomes Niko's friend, and you receive Claude's outfit from "GTA III". If the player kills Dwayne, Playboy X pays Niko but scolds him for killing his "father figure" and refuses to speak to him again. When hanging out with Dwayne, he complains about his hard knock life and comes off as very depressed - when drunk, he admits that he bottles up his emotions to maintain his tough persona. Niko eventually sternly tells Dwayne to stop lamenting about his past. Dwayne's special ability for being Niko's friend is sending two gangsters to Niko's location, who provide the player with backup. Dwayne lives in a apartment block at Vespucci Circus in North Holland.

Dwayne is voiced by Devin Richards.

Packie McReary

"Introduced in: "Luck of the Irish" [cite video game
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Patrick "Packie" McReary is an Irish thug who is also the heir to Liberty City's declining Irish Mob. Youngest of the McReary family at age 29, he is siblings with corrupt deputy police commissioner Francis McReary, Derrick McReary, Kate McReary and Gerry McReary. He lives with his mother and sister, although he does not seem to like his sister much, and he hated his late father. Packie has spent his whole life in Liberty City and has never been outside it, although he wishes to visit Ireland. He admits that he has a bit of a drug problem and says it is the reason he has not done anything with his life. Kate McReary, Packie's sister, shows an "interest" in Niko, but he warns him away from her at first – later in the game, he supports the coupling very much. He is also a close friend of Elizabeta Torres, leader of a small-time drug ring. When drunk, Packie loudly resents having to always take orders from his brother, Gerry. However, his rants (when sober and drunk) reveal a lot about the background of the McReary family. His special ability for being friends with Niko is providing him with specialized bombs, which can be attached to cars, and detonated with the cell phone and will not cause a wanted level, a brilliant weapon for assassinations. Packie McReary drives a grey Oracle.

Packie is voiced by Ryan Johnston.

Niko's girlfriends

The following characters can be Niko's girlfriends, and are available for activities. Only the ones that are in at least some part of the storyline are mentioned here.

Kate McReary

"Introduced in: "Harboring a Grudge"

"Can be killed in: "Mr. and Mrs. Bellic" (Revenge)"

Kate McReary is the only daughter in the McReary family. Packie says she is the only honest and good McReary sibling, and she's one of the few characters in the game who doesn't have a criminal record. Several of Packie's stories about the McReary family have to do with Kate witnessing several violent acts at a very young age, such as watching Gerry and Francis angrily beat each other up or catching Gerry return home with blood all over his clothes. She can be taken out on dates as with the other women in the game, but unlike the other girlfriends, Niko is unable to have a romantic relationship with her, thus, she will not let you in the house after a successful date, as Kate only considers Niko to be a friend.

If Niko chooses the "Deal" storyline, Kate sees that he will compromise his principles for money and refuses to go to Roman's wedding with him. However, after Roman's death, Kate offers her condolences and support to Niko. If he takes the "Revenge" storyline, she starts pursuing a romantic relationship with Niko. However, this is cut short when Jimmy Pegorino, who is enraged by Niko's betrayal and the failure of his drug deal, turns up at Roman's wedding and guns her down. Roman later says that if he and Mallorie have a daughter together, he will name her Kate to honor her memory.

Michelle/Karen

"Introduced in: "Three's a Crowd"

Michelle, real name Karen, is Niko's first girlfriend. She eventually reveals that she is a government official and confiscates Elizabeta's cocaine. She works for U.L. Paper. After she reveals her true identity to Niko, she can no longer be dated. She is revealed to be a smoker and may also have a criminal past, as hinted by the boss at U.L. Paper.

Carmen Ortiz

"Introduced in: "Blow Your Cover"

Carmen is one of the female characters that Niko can date. She constantly refers to herself in third person, and is by all measures extremely self-important. If she is dated, she explicitly states that Niko is not the only man in her life, and implicitly makes it clear that her main goal is to obtain money, favour and possessions from her boyfriends. She is a nurse and can heal Niko over the phone. She can also be seen dancing with Elizabeta in a cutscene in Blow Your Cover.

Mission Providers

Vlad Glebov

"Introduced in: "It's Your Call"

"Killed in: "Uncle Vlad"

Vladimir "Vlad" Glebov is a Russiancite news |title=Grand Theft Auto IV |pages=65 |work=Ur magazine |publisher=Rogers |accessdate=2008-08-01] loan-shark of the Hove Beach area in Broker. He owns a bar called "Comrades" in his neighborhood which he frequents. He is an alcoholic and is shown snorting a vial of cocaine on one occasion. Vlad tries also to gain respect from more influential gangsters and is sometimes hypocritical about the citizens of Liberty. cite web | title=IGN: The Characters of Grand Theft Auto IV | publisher=IGN | url=http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/841/841715p1.html | accessdate=2007-12-15 | date=2007-12-14 | last=Roper | first=Chris | coauthors=Rockstar Games] Niko despises Vlad from the start, who treats Roman poorly and refers to Niko as a "yokel". He even warns him to stay away from Mallorie. Still, Niko works for Vlad as a favor to Roman. After Niko learns that Vlad was cheating with Mallorie behind Roman's back, he is outraged, especially when Roman tries to convince him to let the matter lie. Despite Roman's attempts to talk him out of it, Niko rushes to Comrades and confronts Vlad. After a furious chase with Vlad, Niko shoots him under the Broker Bridge with a panicked Roman by his side, which gains the attention of Vlad's superior, Mikhail Faustin (though Mikhail thought of Vlad as an idiot and a liability). Roman lies to Mallorie about his death, claiming that he killed Vlad in a fit of rage, and that Niko merely disposed of the body for him. Vlad drives a Blue Marbelle.

Vlad is voiced by Misha Kuznetsov.

Mikhail Faustin

"Introduced in: "Crime and Punishment"

"Killed in: "Master and the Molotov"

Mikhail Faustin is a major figure in Liberty City's Bratva and the owner of the cabaret club "Perestroika". He is 45-years old and has a wife, Ilyena, and a daughter, Anna. He is first introduced when one of his henchmen abducts Niko and Roman for killing Vlad Glebov. In his rage, he kills his henchman and shoots Roman in the stomach for screaming too loudly. Due to alcohol and drug abuse, Mikhail goes through angry mood swings, which causes him to order hits on people for very minor things. This upsets his partner and old friend, Dimitri, who realizes that the numerous deaths are bad for business and attracts unwanted attention from the law. Things boil over when Mikhail, on a whim, orders Niko to kill Lenny Petrovic, the son of another major Bratva boss, Kenny Petrovic, as he suspects Lenny was a snitch. Dimitri sets up Niko to assassinate Mikhail, under the promise of protection from Kenny Petrovic to prove that the death should be blamed on Mikhail and that Niko was just a hired gun. Niko shoots Mikhail in the foot and then the chest on the roof of "Perestroika". Mikhail drives a black Schafter and a random colored Turismo. He lives in a large mansion on Shinnecock Avenue in South Broker.

Mikhail is voiced by Karel Roden.

Dimitri Rascalov

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Dimitri Rascalov is a Russian criminal. He serves as the main antagonist of the game.

Dimitri is initially shown as Mikhail Faustin's 39 year old right-hand man; they are old friends from their army and prison years. Dimitri is the more sensible of the two, although Mikhail claims that Dimitri has an addiction to barbiturates. He and Niko quickly make friends. Dimitri becomes increasingly annoyed with Mikhail's unpredictably violent leadership, which has given their organization more enemies and caused the law to monitor them more closely. He later betrays Mikhail and orders Niko to assassinate him in order to prevent a gang war with Kenny Petrovic - before he is executed, Mikhail warns that America has made Dimitri greedy and he will betray Niko as well. Niko later meets with Dimitri at a warehouse to collect his reward for the killing, where Dimitri does indeed betray him and reveals his new partner, Rodislav Bulgarin, Niko's former boss in the human trafficking ring, who orders his men to kill Niko. Little Jacob comes to Niko's rescue and mentions that Dimitri has escaped and they can deal with him another time. Dimitri orders his men to set fire to Roman's apartment and taxi depot, effectively running Niko and Roman out of Broker. The cousins escape to Bohan to avoid any further trouble, after receiving death threats from Dimitri via the phone. Dimitri attempts to kill Niko twice more, once by kidnapping Roman to lure Niko to a warehouse filled with his men, and another time by sending Bulgarin and his men to sabotage a hostage exchange between the McReary crime family (with Niko) and the Ancelotti crime family. Dimitri calls Niko after both attempts, furious that he was not killed and threatening future attempts on his life. Upon learning that Niko is helping Bernie Crane and Bryce Dawkins, whose double life Dimitri is trying to expose, Dimitri then suggests that he and Niko go back into business together to expose them.

Towards the conclusion of the main storyline, the Pegorino crime family - whom Niko works for - enters an alliance with another organization to find a buyer for a large amount of heroin that they stole earlier in the game, which would finally put the Pegorino crime family on the map. Dimitri's Russian mob is the other organization, putting Niko in an awkward position - the player has to make a choice of either picking up the money from the buyers Dimitri found or dealing revenge and killing him. If the player chooses to pursue "Revenge", Niko executes Dimitri in cold blood aboard his tanker. Afterwards, Don Jimmy Pegorino, furious after the betrayal, shows up at Roman and Mallorie's wedding and kills Kate McReary in revenge. If the player chooses to strike a "Deal", Niko and Phil Bell are assigned to pick up the money at one location while Dimitri sells the heroin at another location. Dimitri is seemingly joyous at learning that Niko is working for him again. Dimitri, deciding to keep the heroine, betrays the buyers at his end and kills them all, forcing Niko and Phil to kill the buyers at their location in order to get the money. They are successful and Niko gets $2.5 million. Dimitri betrays Niko soon after by sending a hitman to Roman's wedding to assassinate him, but Roman is inadvertently killed during the struggle then ensues. Niko tracks Dimitri and Pegorino down at an abandoned casino in Alderney and Dimitri executes Pegorino before escaping, not wanting to split the money with him. Niko pursues Dimitri to Happiness Island, before ensuing in a final confrontation in which he kills Dimitri, before the Statue of Happiness.

Dimitri is voiced by Moti Margolin.

Manny Escuela

"Introduced in: "Escuela of the Streets"

"Killed in: "Have a Heart"

Manny Escuela is a Puerto Rican former hoodlum who has supposedly changed his ways, and wants to clean up the streets. He operates from a recreational center in a South Bohan housing project where he works as a dance instructor. He is currently recording a documentary explaining his struggles and problems. Manny hires Niko to kill criminals while Manny takes the credit. He gets upset with the final cut of the documentary, claiming it does not make him look "street." As a result, Niko becomes more annoyed of Manny running his mouth. He is killed along with his cameraman by Elizabeta Torres after he angers her by confronting her for new, more aggressive material for the documentary. The bodies are given to a doctor for the black market organ trade, which Niko finds ironic because Manny will finally help people, but in a very different way.

Manny is voiced by Berto Colon.

Elizabeta Torres

"Introduced in: "Luck of the Irish"

Elizabeta Torres is a successful small-time drug dealer in Bohan. However, she knows an upcoming drug crackdown is going to make her life very difficult and with her own narcotic use spiraling out of control she’s becoming increasingly paranoid and delusional. She introduces Niko to Packie McReary in the "Luck of the Irish" mission. She, in a drugged panic, shoots Manny and his cameraman Jay in the mission "Have a Heart" after he tries to film her as part of his documentary of the crime in Bohan. After Niko eliminates the bodies of Manny and his cameraman, he receives a call from Elizabeta saying that she's cutting off their relationship because the police are closing in on her. By using the police database website, the player can find out she is in police custody. According to news reports, and the in-game radio, Torres is found guilty of 30 charges of cocaine distribution, 10 years per charge, totalling 300 years in prison. It is also hinted that she may be a lesbian or bisexual.

She initially appeared in the third trailer and in the promotional artwork for the game. Although earlier renditions of the artwork depict her as much thinner than her final appearance it is shown on advertisement posters made by Rockstar Games that she is between 5'11-6'2" tall and may weigh between 200-225 pounds. It can also be found out that her age is 31 years old. Elizabeta drives a pink and white Voodoo. She lives in an apartment block on San Quentin Avenue in Fortside.

Elizabeta is voiced by Charlie Parker.

Playboy X

"Introduced in: "Blow Your Cover"

"Can be killed in: "The Holland Play"

Trey "Playboy X" Stewart is an African-American gangster who is 25 years old. He was introduced to Niko by Elizabeta and he owns a loft in North Holland. He was the protegé of Dwayne Forge, a drug baron and gang leader who was recently released from prison, but Playboy has since moved on without him, fully embracing the new criminal world of materialism that blurs on legitimate. He aspires to achieve things on a personal level first, with giving back to the community being a distant second. Despite this, Niko admits that Playboy pays well and always keeps his word. Playboy eventually pays Niko to work for Dwayne, mainly because he does not want to deal with Dwayne himself anymore. After Niko, on Dwayne's orders, kills the managers of a strip club that Playboy owns, Playboy realizes that his old mentor does not understand the new way business is done and that he is a hindrance to his organization - he asks Niko to kill him. Dwayne, sensing he is a target, asks Niko to kill Playboy. Niko must choose whom to kill. If the player kills Dwayne, Playboy pays Niko a large sum of money but scolds him for killing his "father figure" and refuses to speak to him again. If the player kills Playboy X, his flat in North Holland becomes a new safehouse for the player, you receive the "GTA III" outfit Claude wore, and Dwayne becomes a friend. Playboy's yellow Patriot may be a reference to the movie Exit Wounds which prominently featured a similar vehicle. Playboy X lives in an apartment on Xenotime Street in Northwood, but if the player decides to kill him, Niko will then own the apartment. Playboy X is voiced by Postell Pringle.

Francis McReary

"Introduced in: "Street Sweeper"

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Francis "Frankie" McReary is the Deputy Commissioner of the Liberty City Police Department. He very much wants to be Commissioner, but with word going around that the current Commissioner is retiring, blackmailers have emerged with evidence of all the "bad things" he has done. Francis first meets Niko briefly during a publicity shoot with Manny Escuela and later contacts Niko confidentially, wanting to pay him to silence those who wish to expose his corruption. He also knows that Niko killed Mikhail Faustin, but promises to not turn him in as further incentive for Niko's cooperation. Francis is, above all, a hypocrite; he believes that his position automatically makes him a good person and absolves him of all his corruption. The McReary family is fully aware of this - as a youngster, he became an altar server and stole the church collection plate, but believed the theft should be overlooked because he was an altar server. Francis attempted to become a priest but was kicked out of the church for cheating on his seminary exam, so he joined the LCPD instead. The only reason why Francis does not take down his own family is because his brother, Gerald, has a lot of dirt on Francis' past and will alert the authorities the moment Francis tries anything.

Francis eventually discovers that his older brother, Derrick, is back in Liberty City and believes that he will alert the press about Francis' corruption. He decides to take Derrick down by having Niko assassinate him while the brothers are talking on a bench in a park, much to Niko's anger and dismay. However, Niko has a choice of whom to kill. If Niko kills Derrick, Francis provides him with a more detailed online version of the suspect detail system. He will also remove a three star (or lower) wanted level if Niko calls him. Killing Francis changes the storyline slightly, and the dialogue of McReary family members. Francis drives a grey Landstalker. Francis McReary lives in a house on Savannah Avenue at Meadows Park, although he is never actually seen there in the storyline.

Francis is voiced by Thomas Lewis Lyons.

United Liberty Paper

"Introduced in: "Wrong is Right" [cite video game
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United Liberty Paper, also known as U.L. Paper or simply U.L.P.C., is a front for a shadowy government agency that denies any affiliation to existing branches such as the Federal Investigation Bureau or National Office of Security Enforcement. Niko's contact is a presumed government agent who is revealed as Michelle's superior. Niko is blackmailed into performing reconnaissance and assassination missions for him or risk exposure to local law enforcements. In return for Niko's services, however, he then promises to search Europe for the man Niko is looking for. The contact never reveals his true name and as such is often referred to synonymously with the organization he represents. The United Liberty Paper finally find Darko Brevic and, after Niko helps Jon Gravelli, who refers to U.L. Paper as 'our mutual friend,' he has him transported to Liberty City from Bucharest and lets Niko deal with him himself. He says he was in the army, and once addresses Niko in Serbian, saying that America is 'just like the Old Country' (Niko responds (in Serbian) "Just Like it.").

The contact's appearance (complete with horn-rimmed glasses) as well as the fact that the agency's front is a paper company may be references to Noah Bennet and Primatech Paper respectively, from the TV series "Heroes".

Ray Boccino

"Introduced in "Harboring a Grudge"

"Killed in "Pest Control..."

Ray Boccino is a high-ranking member of the Pegorino crime family. He once threw a man into a dump truck - which then crushed him to death - for holding out on a tribute. After being introduced to Niko by Packie McReary, Ray hires Niko for several jobs, mainly revolving around a huge diamond deal with Isaac Roth that ultimately fails. After completing a few missions for Ray, he gives Niko a safehouse in Alderney. In return for Niko's help, he helps locate Florian Cravic, the man Niko had tracked to Liberty City and suspects of betraying his old army unit. The diamond deal is not Ray's first failed large-scale venture, which upsets Don Jimmy Pegorino greatly - he believes that Ray is just a dumb thug that managed to survive long enough to climb the hierarchy and is not very good at organized crime. Ray also becomes slightly jealous of Niko as he gains more favor with the Don. Niko eventually kills him at the request of Pegorino, who thinks he is a rat. Ray drives a white Oracle.

Ray is voiced by Joe Barbara.

Gerry McReary

"Introduced in: "Three Leaf Clover"

Gerald "Gerry" McReary is the boss of the Liberty City Irish Mob. He gives orders through his younger brother, Packie. Gerry is upset with the McReary Family's weakened state, which has them working as hired guns for the Pegorino family and other organizations, because they used to be the most powerful gang in the city. He does not trust Niko at first because he is not Irish, but changes his mind after Niko helps the McReary Family with a daring bank heist. Gerry then tasks Niko with attacking other criminal organizations to prove that the McReary Family still has power, but which also benefit his employer, Don Jimmy Pegorino. Gerry starts to grow a trust with Niko asking him to help watch over the family while he's in prison. Throughout the course of the game, he is released from prison and subsequently rearrested on charges such as armed robbery and racketeering. Despite being incarcerated, Gerry still gives thinly veiled orders to Niko revolving around the kidnapping of Gracie Ancelotti to barter for diamonds that the Ancelotti family stole from Ray Boccino. Although Packie initially believes that the charges against Gerry will be dropped, Gerry hints to Niko that he will be in prison for a very long time.

Derrick McReary

"Introduced in: "Three Leaf Clover"

"Can be killed in: "Blood Brothers"

Derrick McReary is yet another member of McReary Family and 51 years old, which makes him the oldest. He has a drug and alcohol problem, so Packie asks Niko to keep an eye out for his brother's safety. Derrick has recently returned from Ireland where he assisted the Provisional Irish Republican Army in fighting the British, but his other brother, Francis, says that Derrick actually fled there to lay low because he ripped off powerful mobsters in Liberty City. Two of Derrick's old friends, Bucky Sligo and Aiden O'Malley, believed that Derrick snitched on them to the authorities and constantly threatened him and his family as result, despite Derrick's claims of innocence. The accusations from his former friends caused him tremendous grief and fueled his drug addictions. If Niko hangs out with Packie enough, he will eventually reveal that Derrick actually did snitch on Bucky and Aiden.

Derrick seems to be the most compassionate of all the McReary children, as is shown with the way he tries to calm down the bank staff and customers during the heist. When Francis discovers that Derrick is back in town, he worries that he will reveal Francis' corruption to the press for money. He talks with Derrick in a park as part of an attempt to use Niko to kill him, thinking that he must go outside the law to take down his brother. Niko has a choice of who to kill. The player does not receive anything from Derrick for killing Francis.

Bernie Crane / Florian Cravic

"Introduced in: "Weekend at Florian's"

Bernie Crane, real name Florian Cravic, is the person that Niko tracked down to America. He served with Niko in the Bosnian War and is one of the two men that Niko suspects betrayed his old army unit. In return for Niko's help, Pegorino Crime Family Capo Ray Boccino locates a man named Talbot Daniels that knows Cravic, who leads Niko to Cravic's apartment. After a tense encounter, during which a terrified Florian accuses Niko of the very same betrayal Niko is about to take revenge for, Niko soon realizes that Cravic is not the culprit. While Roman references that Florian used to work in an abbatoir, after coming to America Cravic changed his name to Bernie and reworked his life, becoming a very flamboyantly effeminate gay man that works as a life coach and an aerobics instructor. He is in a relationship with Liberty City's deputy-mayor, Bryce Dawkins (who ironically built his campaign on family values), which Dimitri Rascalov (Niko's nemesis) is trying to expose to the public. At first, Niko is annoyed when Bernie begs him for help, admonishing him to 'not be a fag'. However, Niko's friendship with him grows based on their shared experience before coming to America. Bernie is amazed that Niko is still haunted by the betrayal that occurred so many years ago, which Roman says is proof that Niko needs to let go of the past and move on. However, Bernie is more sympathetic to Niko than Roman, as he went through the same experience himself. Bernie eventually gives Bryce's sports car to Niko as a thank-you gift, claiming he 'only power-walks or takes cabs'. If Niko does not kill Darko Brevic, Bernie congratulates him afterwards for finally losing his desire for revenge. He attends Roman and Mallorie's wedding. Bernie lives in an apartment on Ivy Drive South. Despite Niko's help, images of Bryce Dawkins kissing Bernie are leaked somewhere else.

Phil Bell

"Introduced in: "No Way on the Subway"

Philip "Phil" Bell is the front operator for the Pegorino crime family in Alderney. Phil maintains that he is a legitimate businessman, managing construction yards and the Pegorino-owned Honker's Gentleman's Club based in Tudor. The authorities have his places of business bugged, so he speaks in generalities that will not implicate him in anything and he is always extra cautious with his planning. His caution often puts him at odds with capo Ray Boccino, who is far more daring with his crimes. Although Don Jimmy Pegorino says Phil is his best associate, he is also 90% Irish and that fact is frowned upon by the Five Families. Ironically, Phil may be having an affair with Pegorino's wife Angela, but Pegorino does not believe the rumors. In fact, Pegorino chooses to whack Ray instead of Phil, who is merely an associate in the organization, when he believes one of the two is a snitch. Phil is divorced and is very bitter at his ex-wife, who won full custody of his children.

Phil also serves as something of a conscience / premonition during the game, engaging in discussions with Niko about decisions and following orders, a few missions before Niko has to decide first whether to kill Darko Brevic, and later whether to follow Pegorino's orders or take revenge. If the player chooses the "Revenge" storyline near the end of the game, the Pegorino crime family is dealt a serious blow, so Phil decides to leave the dying organization. Despite that, he tells Niko that he made the right decision by killing Dimitri. If the player chooses the "Deal" storyline, Phil will join Niko for the deal. The two end up shooting their way to the money due to Dimitri killing the heroin buyer at another location. Phil drives a grey Intruder.

Phil Bell is voiced by Frank Bonsangue.

The Fixer

The Fixer makes not appearances in the actual storyline, but is heard quite often on the telephone. The Fixer's number was given to Niko by Pegorino. The Fixer orders the assassination of several different targets in return for money. The LCPD database suggests that his real name is Wade Johnson and he is from Texas.

Jimmy Pegorino

"Introduced in: "Pegorino's Pride"

"Killed in: "Out of Commission" (Revenge)/"A Revenger's Tragedy" (Deal)"

Don James "Jimmy" Pegorino (nicknames include "The Peg," "Jimmy P" etc) is a mobster heavily involved in drugs distribution, head of the Alderney based Pegorino crime family. The Pegorinos also have an hangout in Little Italy, the "Drusilla's Ristorante". Jimmy Pegorino's main goal is to see his crime family being named part of the Liberty City Cosa Nostra "Commission". The main five families of Liberty City (The Ancelotti, Pavano, Messina, Gambetti and Lupisella Crime Syndicates) think that the Pegorinos are nothing more than a South Alderney gang. Pegorino had a son who killed himself, so he considers his bodyguard Anthony Corrado the closest thing he has to a son. Niko quickly becomes his favourite hitman.

Pegorino appears in the final mission seeking Niko's help in selling off heroin that his organization had acquired. However, the police are closing in on the family's activities, so he needs to sell it off. Pegorino enters an alliance with Dimitri Rascalov, who finds buyers for the heroin. In the "Revenge" storyline, with the deal ruined due to Niko killing Dimitri, the Pegorino crime family is all but finished. Pegorino, enraged that he was double-crossed by his favourite hitman, kills Kate McReary at Roman's Wedding, thus taking the role of the final boss of the game. Niko tracks him down to an abandoned casino. Jimmy escapes in a speedboat and Niko chases him in a motorbike and helicopter to Happiness Island, where Niko confronts him. Niko taunts Pegorino by saying that he knows some of the members of the Five Families and that they all thought that " [Jimmy] was a fat, fucking joke," and laughing. When Pegorino rises up and raises his pistol, Niko shoots him in the head with an AK-47. The game ends with the camera panning onto a view of the Statue of Happiness. Niko then gets the $2.5 million that he would've got had he done the deal. In the "Deal" storyline, the deal goes through and the Pegorino crime family gains power and money, but Pegorino is betrayed and killed by Dimitri, who wants to keep everything for himself. Jimmy drives a black Shafter. He lives in a mansion on a hill on Beaverhead Avenue in North Alderney, which is taken over by Kenny Petrovic after his death.

Jimmy is voiced by Tony Patellis.

Jon Gravelli

"Introduced in "Entourage"

"Dies after "Out of Comminission"/"A Revenger's Tragedy"

Jonathan Gravelli is the old school and well-connected Don of the Gambetti crime family. He has many politicians in his pocket and does not approve of foreign crime taking hold of Liberty City. The aging Gravelli is currently a patient in Schottler Medical Center for an unknown illness, which has taken a large toll on his health. Regardless, Niko and Gravelli seem to share a nihilistic, grim sense of humour. Gravelli is introduced to Niko via cellphone through the boss at U.L. Paper, who is only referred to as a "mutual friend," and it seems both are allies due to their mutual goal of ridding the country of illegal activities committed by foreign crime syndicates. It is through Gravelli and U.L. Paper's assistance that Niko is able to have Darko Brevic, the man who betrayed his army unit, delivered to him. After Niko has taken his revenge on Dimitri Rascalov or Jimmy Pegorino, Jon Gravelli, Don of the Gambetti crime family passes away in the hospital, prior to standing trial.

Incidental Characters

The following characters interact with Niko, and sometimes give him non-story missions.

Mallorie Bardas-Bellic

"Introduced in: "It's Your Call"

Mallorie Bardas-Bellic, is the 29 year old Puerto Rican girlfirend, later wife, of Roman Bellic. Mallorie is Roman's girlfriend for the first part of the storyline (although she secretly sees Vlad Glebov before Niko kills him) before becoming his fiancée. One of her cousins owns an apartment in Bohan which Niko and Roman seek refuge in after Roman's apartment and taxi depot are set on fire and destroyed. Towards the conclusion of the storyline, Mallorie and Roman wed, however in the "Deal" storyline ending her new husband is gunned down outside the church and she becomes widowed. In both storylines, it is revealed that she is pregnant. Prior to the ending of the "Revenge" storyline, Roman contacts Niko both revealing Mallorie's pregnancy and that he has chosen to name his possible daughter Kate, in honour of Kate McReary.

Mallorie's maiden name is credited as "Ramos" in the European Xbox 360 instruction manual, but is correctly credited "Bardas" in the Playstation 3 instruction manual and manuals in other regions.

Mallorie is voiced by Elena Harvey Hurst.

Darko Brevic

"Introduced/Can be killed in: "That Special Someone"

Darko Brevic is the man who betrayed Niko Bellic's old army unit. As a reward for all of Niko's help, Jon Gravelli and the United Liberty Paper track down Darko in Bucharest, Romania. They kidnap him and bring him to Liberty City where Niko confronts him, discovering that Darko has a drug addiction and that he betrayed his unit for a mere $1,000 in order to buy drugs, and implies that he wanted to get revenge for some of the unit murdering his neighbours. During the time that has since passed, his addiction has worsened from his overwhelming guilt. Darko begs Niko to kill him, freeing him from his demons. The player is given the choice of killing him or sparing his life (Roman tries hard to make Niko let him live). If the player spares Darko, Niko initially becomes angry at his decision and admits that "it took every fibre of my being pulling in the same direction not to kill Darko," but decides that kiling Darko would not have changed anything and that allowing him to suffer is a worse punishment than death. Both Roman and Bernie congratulate him for finally releasing his inner demons and overcoming his desire for revenge. If the player chooses to kill Darko, he thanks Niko with his dying breath and Niko does not feel any better.

Cherise Glover

"Introduced/Can be killed in: "Ruff Rider"

Cherise Glover was Dwayne's longtime girlfriend. Before he went to prison, he gave Cherise everything she wanted. While he was in jail, Dwayne even managed to pull some strings to help Cherise pay her rent. Upon release however, he learns that Cherise has forgotten him and is dating Jayvon, a known snitch, and they have been spending Dwayne's money together. Niko volunteers to get Dwayne's money back and kill Jayvon. Upon approaching Cherise and Jayvon, the player can choose to either kill Cherise or let her live. If the player executes Cherise, Dwayne calls her a bitch. If the player lets Cherise live, Dwayne tells Niko that while he thinks that Cherise is an idiot, he is glad she is not dead.

Later in the game, the player may bump into Cherise on the streets, who tells Niko her new boyfriend hits her. Upon hearing this, Niko goes to the boyfriend's house and intimidates him, warning him never to go near Cherise again. However, the boyfriend can also be killed by Niko, to which Cherise fearfully responds by calling Niko a maniac and running away, telling him to stay away from her. From there Dwayne calls Niko hearing rumours that they've been together. Niko clears things up and tells him it was just a favour and nothing more.

Clarence Little

"Introduced/Can be killed in: "Holland Nights"

Clarence Little is a drug dealer based in East Holland. Niko is sent to kill him by Francis McReary. His life can be spared if the player chooses, only for Clarence to appear later (as a "random character") and attempt to kill Niko, forcing him to kill him.

Real Badman

"Introduced in: "Shadow"

Teafore "Badman" Maxwell-Davies is a Caribbean cannabis dealer and an associate of Little Jacob. He speaks Jamaican Patois, as opposed to Jacob's Rastafarian English. As a result, Jacob acts as his translator. He is introduced to Niko in the mission "Shadow" when he complains about another dealer moving in on his turf. He asks Niko to get rid of these dealers for him so he can continue business as usual. After "Shadow", he can be met on the streets as a "random character mission", where he and Niko go to take out a gang of rivaling drug dealers. When riding with Jacob, he sometimes talks about Badman growing paranoid due to his marijuana consumption (noting that while they consume the same amount, the effects on Badman are a lot more intense), expressing concern that he doesn't want to get in his way. Niko suggests that Jacob convince him to stop taking as much, but Jacob mentions another criminal, nicknamed "Grandfather," who was the only man able to calm Badman down, and who has since retired to Jamaica. Regardless of this, Badman appears at Roman's and Mallorie's wedding among the guests.

He is voiced by Seeborn.

Isaac Roth

"Introduced in "Museum Piece"

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Isaac Roth is an Hasidic Jew and a diamond dealer. He deals with "blood diamonds", which is illegal. After a deal in the Libertonian Museum goes awry and the diamonds in question are lost in the fray, Ray Boccino and Isaac blame each other. Ray sends Niko to the Majestic Hotel to kill him.

Johnny Klebitz

"Introduced in: "Blow Your Cover"

Jonathan Klebitz is a biker and member of the Lost gang who is first met by Niko after both of them and Playboy X are trusted to watch over the heroin deal for Elizabeta. The deal goes wrong as the buyers turn out to be LCPD undercover agents, and Johnny disappears during the shootout. Later, he reappears when Ray asks Niko to proceed in the diamond deal with Isaac, and Niko expresses his hope that the deal goes better than the previous one; predictably, the deal goes wrong, and Johnny escapes and disappears with two million dollars in cash, and Niko is sent after to find and eliminate his friends.

Young-Guk Kim

"Introduced in: "Babysitting"

"Killed in: "Dining Out"

Young-Guk Kim is the son of a North Korean friend of Derrick McReary and the leader of the Korean Mob based in Alderney City, Derrick and Niko help him out by taking down people who were shooting at him while he was trying to smuggle conterfeit bills. Niko later kills him under orders from Jimmy Pegorino and Jon Gravelli.

Mohammad

Mohammad is a South Asian taxi driver in his late thirties employed under Roman and is the one who drives Niko around when he gains free taxi rides as Roman's friendship ability. He at first picks Niko up in one of Roman's Esperanto taxis, but upgrades to an Cavalcade (the game version of a Cadillac Escalade) right after Roman buys a new safehouse in Algonquin. He is usually rude and hates Roman for his bad pay and Niko because of the free rides Roman lets him have. Mohammad usually calls Niko a "dog lover". Mohammad admits the only reason he works for Roman is to meet girls and to get his wife to shut up and usually cheats on her with his female customers although he insists he loves his wife. It is hinted in a conversation with him that he has six kids. (His wife hasn't had any yet, but he estimates that with all of the adulterous acts he commits, he probably has around that number.) He is always seen wearing a blue jacket.

Mickey

"Introduced in: "Bull in a China Shop"

Mickey is the bartender at Comrade's Bar in Hove Beach. In the mission "Hung Out to Dry", he can be seen talking to a man who is saying that Smoking in a Bar is a Crime. It is assumed that the man is a health inspector.

Tommy

"Introduced in: "Catch the Wave"

Tommy is the bartender at Honker's Club in Tudor. He is told by Phil Bell to let him know if Jimmy Pegorino calls to tell him to collect a van in Leftwood so they could use it to collect drugs from the Rascalov Crew. He is last seen in the cutscene "One Last Thing" giving Niko "vodka on the rocks".

Jay Hamilton

"Introduced in: "Escuela of the Streets"

"Killed in: "Have a Heart"

Jay is Manny Escuela's cameraman. His camera is smashed by Niko in "Escuela of the Streets". Later, on the mission "The Puerto Rican Connection", Manny's film is ready, but Manny complains that Jay made him look "gay". He is last seen at Elizabeta Torres' apartment with Manny trying to get more better footage for the film, but they are killed by Elizabeta in the process.

Russian gang members and associates

Rodislav Bulgarin

"Introduced in: "Russian Revolution"

Rodislav "Ray" Bulgarin is a Russian mobster who used to be in charge of a human trafficking ring across the Mediterranean Sea. As Niko's former boss, he now runs the Bulgarin Crew. Early in the game, Bulgarin discovers that Niko has fled to America and forms an alliance with the Liberty City Bratva and Dimitri Rascalov. Bulgarin claims that Niko stole money from him and fled during a smuggling run, though Niko claims to have escaped simply to avoid being arrested. Bulgarin does not believe this and orders his men to kill Niko, but Niko escapes with Little Jacob's assistance. In the latter half of the storyline, Bulgarin disrupts a ransom made by the McReary family for the life of Gracie Ancelotti. One of Bulgarin's henchmen discards the ransom diamonds into a rubbish truck, and in-game media later report that the diamonds were found in a rubbish dump by a homeless man. Bulgarin isn't seen again after this and it is unknown what happened to him.

Kenny Petrovic

"Introduced in: "Multiplayer" and Appears (as a Bystander) in "Final Destination"

Kenneth Petrovic is a South Broker based Russian Mob boss. While not seen in the singleplayer portion of the game, he is described as possibly the most powerful Russian Mob boss in the country. His organization is seemingly at peace with the Faustin crew until Faustin orders Kenny's son killed. Kenny is prepared to go to war and kill all those responsible, but Dimitri strikes a deal with him in which Niko would kill Mikhail. Kenny appears in the main storyline as a guest at Perestroika watching the cabaret, sitting to the right of the stairs and shakes Dimitri's hand and tells him that a certain thing has been done for him while he was about to sit back down at his table.

He is prominent, in the multiplayer aspect of the game. He appears in the multiplayer missions "Mafiya Work" and "Team Mafiya Work". In these missions, the player works for Petrovic and takes his orders, protect him from rival mobsters and take care of Kenny's "black list." He also appears in the multiplayer missions, "Deal Breaker", "Bomb Da Base II", and "Hangman's N.O.O.S.E." as the player's boss.

Lenny Petrovic

"Introduced/Killed in: "Final Destination"

Leonid Petrovic is the son of Kenny Petrovic and working for Mikhail Faustin. He is suspected of betraying Faustin and Niko is, on a whim, ordered to kill him. After assassinating Lenny, Dimitri reveals that only by killing Faustin can Niko be spared by Kenny Petrovic for killing his son.

Ivan Bytchkov

"Introduced in '"Clean Getaway"

"Can be killed in '"Ivan the Not so Terrible"

Ivan Bytchkov is a Russian burglar based in Hove Beach. Vlad Glebov orders Niko to execute him by Mikhail Faustin's command. Ivan can be killed or left alive. If left alive, he is later encountered on the streets. Ivan is engaged, lives in Alderney, and has a new job as a "money lender." Niko helps Ivan collect a debt from several thugs who choose not to repay him.

Andrei

"Introduced/Killed in: "Crime and Punishment"

Andrei is a member of the Faustin crew. He was sent out to find Niko and Roman. He finds Roman hiding in a dumpster near Faustin's cabaret club and knocks out Niko with his gun. When Andrei and Dimitri Rascalov are holding the cousins in Faustin's basement, Mikhail Faustin comes downstairs and shoots Andrei in the head, killing him. Dimitri laments Andrei's death in the mission "Do You Have Protection?".

Ilyena Faustin

"Introduced in: "No Love Lost"

Ilyena Faustin is the wife of Mikhail Faustin, and the mother of his daughter Anna. Ilyena has short blonde hair and seems to be in her mid 50's. She is a legal immigrant from Russia, and has a heart to heart talk with Niko. She is shown to be gentle and kind hearted, in contrast to her violent and aggressive husband (Not unlike Niko's mother, Milica Bellic). She is often abused by her husband and yelled at for continuing her Russian customs. After Faustin's death she is found at Firefly Island by Niko and tells him about how her life and financial situation has worsened as a result of Faustin's death. She also worries her daughter will become a stripper due to her hanging out with a suspicious man who is a member of "The Lost" biker gang. Niko, feeling guilty for causing Ilyena problems, goes to beat up the person who keeps harassing her daughter. Before he leaves to accomplish the task she begs him not to kill the man.

Anna Faustin

"Introduced in: "No Love Lost"

Anna Faustin is the daughter of Ilyena and Mikhail Faustin. Her father is constantly mad at her rebelling nature, and Anna seems to cause trouble to upset her dad. Ilyena often takes Anna's side and lets her go out and have fun when her father isn't home. It seems as though Anna wants to get out of her home because of the way her father treats her mother, and herself. Anna's boyfriend is killed after Mr. Faustin orders a hit on him (Niko being the hit-man). Her boyfriend was a biker gang member. Later on in the story she starts hanging out with another member of "The Lost" biker gang. This time her mother worries that she will become a stripper due to his influence. Niko leaves to beat him up.

Albanian gang members

Dardan Petrela

"Introduced in: "Three's A Crowd"

"Killed in: "Bleed Out"

Dardan Pretela is the leader of the Albanian loan-sharks and also operates in a fence by selling stolen objects which is by said Roman when he says "If I wanted to buy a stolen T.V, I would go to Dardan." He works along with fellow goons, Bledar Morina and Kalem Vulaj. First, Niko breaks his arm in the mission 'Three's A Crowd', and then chases him down and kills him with a knife (or it is possible for the protagonist to kick him out the window) after Bledar and Kalem beat up Roman at a basketball court. As a result, Dardan is killed along with his associates Kalem and Bledar. Their deaths leave Roman debt free with the Albanians.

Bledar Morina

"Introduced in: "Three's A Crowd"

"KIlled in: "Bleed Out"

Bledar Morina is a Albanian gangster who is a member of the Albanian loan-sharks operating in Broker. Niko beats him to death in a fight at a playground.

Morina is voiced by Gregory Korostishevsky.

Kalem Vulaj

"Introduced in: Threes a croud"

"Killed in: "Bleed Out"

Kalem Vulaj is an Albanian gangster who is a member of the Albanian loan-sharks in Broker. He is also Dardan's brother. Niko beats him to death in a fight at a playground.

Ancelotti crime family

Gracie Ancelotti

"Introduced in: "I'll Take Her..."

Grace Ancelotti is the daughter of Giovanni Ancelotti, boss of the Ancelotti crime family. Gerry McReary orders her kidnapped, in order to bargain with the Ancelottis for money. Niko kidnaps her after responding to a For Sale ad she posted online for her pink Feltzer, which is the only car in the game to have a custom paint-job. After Niko test drives her car, during which she seems to actually fancy Niko, he drives her to the safehouse to kidnap her. On the way, she tries to wrestle control of the steering wheel from him and climb out from the car, and is subsequently knocked out by Niko. Niko develops a deep loathing for her during this sequence. This is shown mostly by the fact that he has her bound and gagged throughout most of her appearances and makes her travel in the trunk of his car. After she is returned to her family, she can be encountered outside her home, where she recognizes Niko (though he pretends to not know her), and orders some mobsters to attack him.

Tony Prince

"Introduced in: "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend"

'Gay' Anthony Prince is a nightclub entrepreneur connected with the Ancelotti crime family through Gracie Ancelotti. His personal bodyguard is Luis Fernando Lopez. Tony and Luis are sent to the diamond exchange to bring home Gracie Ancelotti. Tony is 50 years old.

Pegorino crime family associates

Luca Silvestri

"Introduced in: "Taking in the Trash"

"Killed in: "Meltdown"

Luca Silvestri is a waste collector with ties to the Pegorino crime family. As part of a plan to smuggle diamonds for Ray Boccino, Luca and his two fellow waste collectors, Joe DiLeo and John Barbosa - along with Niko - were assigned to pick up garbage bags secretly filled with the diamonds. When Niko departs, Luca and the rest of his crew keep the diamonds for themselves and plan to start a new life in Las Venturas. Ray finds out and sends Niko to stop them. Luca and his crew try to escape, but crash their car in Middle Park. Luca retreats to a public restroom stall, where Niko corners and kills him and retrieves the diamonds. Ray reveals that he never intended for Niko to kill them during a phone call with Niko.

Joe DiLeo

"Introduced in: "Taking in the Trash"

"Killed in: "Meltdown"

Joseph (Joe) "Joey Tuna" DiLeo is another waste collector who was part of Luca's plan to keep Ray Boccino's stolen diamonds for themselves. He is killed by Niko during a shootout in Middle Park.He is voiced by Peter Pavio.

John Barbosa

"Introduced in: "Taking in the Trash"

"Killed in: "Meltdown:"

Jonathan (John) "Johnny Spaz" Barbosa is another waste collector who stole diamonds from Ray Boccino. He is killed by Niko during a shootout in Middle Park.

Anthony Corrado

"Introduced in "Pegorino's Pride"

"Killed in "Flatline"

Anthony Corrado is connected with the Liberty City Cosa Nostra. He is revealed by Pegorino, who he is bodyguard for, to be wearing a wire and working for the FIB. He suffers a heart attack whilst preparing to testify against Pegorino, and is placed under maximum security at a hospital, which Niko is asked to infiltrate in order to silence him. Niko slips in, uses an excuse to get the security guards to leave and switches off Corrado's life support.

Robert Funaro, Eugene Pontecorvo of The Sopranos, gave his physics and voice to this character.

Irish gang members & associates

Gordon Sargent

"Introduced in: "Waste Not Want Knots"

Gordon Sargent is an associate of the Liberty City's Declining Irish Mob.He robs, along with Packie McReary, Michael Keane and Niko Bellic, the Ancelotti Crime Family's Waste Management Office on Colony Island. Gordon is later assigned to keep watch over the kidnapped Gracie Ancelotti. He is also seen in Team Mafiya Work, who wants to be taken out "whoreing".

He is voiced by David Conley

Michael Keane

"Introduced in: "Waste Not Want Knots"

"Dies in: "Three Leaf Clover"

Michael Keane, sometimes called Saint Michael, is an associate of the McReary Crime Family. He is often called stupid by his cohorts, who accuse him of being inbred. He helps Packie, Gordon and Niko rob the Ancelotti Crime Family at their Warehouse on Colony Island. Later, he helps them rob the bank with Derrick McReary. However, Derrick and Packie argue when Derrick refers to them as "brothers," and their temporary distraction is enough time for a hostage to pull out his gun and shoot Michael. Packie laments on his death, wishing he'd been nicer to him.

He is voiced by Pete O'Connor

Maureen McReary

"Introduced in: "Harboring a Grudge"

Maureen McReary is the elderly mother of Derrick, Francis, Packie, Gerry and Kate McReary. She is well aware of her sons' criminal activities and also believes that her late husband is "in hell." If the player kills Derrick, Maureen is very devastated that he is dead because he never got to live a successful life. If the player kills Francis, she thinks that he was killed simply because he was a cop. Packie seemingly dislikes being under his mother's wing at times, but is really loving towards her, and cares about her deeply. At the end of the revenge storyline Packie comforts her after Kate's murder.

Targets

Tom Goldberg

"Introduced/Killed in: "Final Interview" [cite video game
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Thomas Goldberg is a lawyer working for "Goldberg, Ligner & Shyster", a law firm based in Liberty City. Niko receives a phone call from police officer Francis McReary asking him to kill Tom Goldberg in addition to retrieving evidence that Goldberg has collected against him. Niko is instructed to submit a fake résumé to "Goldberg, Ligner & Shyster" using the game's internet browser at TW@, an internet cafe, in addition to acquiring a suit if he doesn't have one yet. When Niko arrives for his scheduled interview, he assassinates Goldberg before making an escape. This event is eventually reported through the in-game internet news service. The character may be a parody of Jack Thompson.Fact|date=August 2008

Aiden O'Malley

"Introduced/Killed In: "Tunnel of Death"

Aiden O'Malley is a former associate of Derrick McReary, whom Derrick ratted out to the authorities before escaping back to Ireland. When Aiden starts to tell the authorities about Derrick's involvement in crime, Derrick orders his death. To make sure they silence Aiden without Derrick being suspected, as well nullifying his testimony, they intercept a prison bus taking Aiden back to the Alderney State Correctional Facility and fake a prison break, thus making Aiden think he's being freed and the LCPD think that Aiden made up his testimony to be taken out of prison where he could then be broken out. Niko and Packie then take Aiden to some cliffs near the sea and assassinate him, allowing his body to fall down the cliffs and into the sea. However, later in the game, O'Malley's body is discovered.

Bucky Sligo

Bucky Sligo is, like Aiden O'Malley, a former associate of Derrick McReary. Recently released from prison, Bucky makes plans to come after Derrick, whom he suspects ratted him out to the authorities. Derrick, fearing for his life, places a hit on Bucky and orders Niko to go after him, locate the rest of his gang and wipe them all out.

Lyle Rivas

"Introduced/Killed In: "Search and Delete"

Lyle Rivas is a Puerto Rican drug trafficker killed by Niko. Lyle was chased throughout Liberty City and killed by being run over by Niko. In the following mission Niko is ordered to take his car.

Tom Rivas

"Introduced/Killed in: "Out of the Closet"

Thomas "French Tom" Rivas is Lyle Rivas's gay cousin who owed Brucie money and is later killed at the 69th Street Diner by Niko.

Jayvon Simson

"Introduced/Killed in: "Ruff Rider"

Jayvon is a member of the North Holland Hustlers who has been dating Dwayne's old girlfriend Cherise. Dwayne sends Niko to collect cash from Jayvon, who is at an arcade with Cherise, but he escapes and Niko has to kill him to get the cash.

Marlon Bridges

"Introduced/Killed in: "Photo Shoot"

Marlon is also a member of the North Holland Hustlers. Playboy X asks Niko to photograph then kill him while he is at a basketball court in Northwood.

Unseen characters

Milica Bellic

Milica Bellic is Niko's mother and Roman's aunt, who frequently sends emails to him during the course of the game's storyline. In her emails, she mentions that she feels guilty that a person like Niko was corrupted by the environment that he grew up in. Roman suggests that she should move to America to live with them, but Niko completely disagrees, thinking that it will make things much worse and pointing out the extent of trouble in their lives.

Julio Ochoa

Julio Ochoa is the mayor of Liberty City. He is absent throughout the course of the game, although he is mentioned and referenced during missions and on in-game media.

Bryce Dawkins

Bryce Dawkins is the deputy mayor of Liberty City. He is said to be ultra conservative, and "enjoys ramming family values down your throat while taking it from behind with two in one hole". Due to his extreme liberal gun control policies, owning or selling of firearms in Liberty City is either illegal or extremely difficult, forcing most to resort to black market sellers like Little Jacob. Despite being married, he is in fact gay and dating Bernie Crane. In return for protecting Bernie from Dimitri Rascalov, Bernie gives Niko his sports car, which was a gift to Bernie from Bryce. Despite Niko's help, images of Bryce Dawkins kissing Bernie are leaked somewhere else.

Thomas Stubs III

Thomas Stubs III is the corrupt congressman of the Liberty City State. He is currently facing allegations surrounding pork barrel spending. He has been criticized by Liberty City's media on his attempts to get a major Tsunami protection plan and avalanche warning system in place for the city.

Lola Del Rio

Lola Del Rio is a prostitute who appears on promotional artwork and the introduction sequence for the game.cite web| title=Games Aktuell - August| work=www.gta4.tv| url=http://www.gta4.tv/article/781789/games-aktuell---august/| date=2007-07-21| accessdate=2007-08-04] In October 2007, her character art was painted on the side of a building in SoHo, New York, advertising the game. [cite web | title=the evolution of a billboard | work=www.nicknormal.com | url=http://www.nicknormal.com/normalblog/2007/10/08/the-evolution-of-a-billboard/ | accessdate=2007-12-09]

A prostitute by the name of Lola Del Rio can be found in the police database, visiting www.libertycitypolice.com. Her profile in the database describes that she was born in San Fierro but moved to Liberty City. It also states that she is often seen sucking a lollipop, and that she hangs around at Star Junction.

"Random" characters

Several characters can be encountered while walking on the street - they are usually accompanied by a small blue icon on the radar.
* Hossan Ramzy was Niko's shipmate and friend on the "Platypus". As stated by an e-mail, he went off to live the American dream in Vice City, but decided to head back north to Liberty City. It is possible for the player to meet up with Hossan as a random encounter on the streets, where he works as a street vendor selling purses. He and Niko pursue and kill a man who refused to pay Hossan for one of his products.
* Eddie Low is a deranged serial killer whose murders are frequently featured on in-game news websites and radio news bulletins. He is encountered twice by Niko. On their first meeting, Low acts in a highly suspicious manner, but Niko agrees to take him and his suspect package to the docks where Low disposes of it, for money. The second encounter leads to Low pulling a knife on Niko, forcing Niko to execute him. After Eddie's death, a news report is added to the in-game websites where the police chief expresses disappointment at not being able to come up with a suitable media nickname for Low due to the random nature of his killings, and his wanton mutilation of corpses.
* Brian Meech is a crack addict who can be encountered by Niko on the streets. Occasionally, the player may spot and deal with him. Brian eventually gets over his drug problem, gets engaged and starts living a normal life. He asks Niko to help him end a deal with one of his former associates.
* Jeff is one of the random characters met on the street by Niko. When first encountered, Jeff asks Niko to tail his wife as he believes that she is cheating on him. Niko photographs her eating with another man but thinks Jeff is overreacting. Jeff later calls Niko back, since he ended up killing his wife in a jealous rage and asks Niko to dispose of the body. He remarries, but suspects his new wife is also cheating on him. Jeff is killed by a car as he walks across the street to confront his wife.
*Sara is a young woman who seems very concerned about her appearance and the decline of her good looks. When Niko first meets her, she asks that she give him a ride, then introduces him to her ex-husband, telling him that she has been sleeping with Niko. The ex-husband becomes enraged and starts to attack Niko, at which point the player can either deal with the husband or run away. Niko bumps into her again later, and she asks that he go and collect a package from a Perseus store and bring it to her photoshoot.
* Pathos is a an aspiring rapper who is selling his self-released album to people in Star Junction. Niko first helps Pathos by killing two people who insult his talent. When Niko meets him again, Pathos is shot by a thug and must be driven to the hospital - on the way, the two conclude that being shot is actually good for Pathos' image. Pathos promises to thank Niko on his next album, right after his mother and God.
* Marnie Allen is a young woman from the Midwest that is addicted to drugs. She claims her problems started the moment her bus arrived in Liberty City, where several porn directors waited to take advantage of naive girls from out of town. Marnie also sleeps with men for money. On their first meeting, Niko fruitlessly attempts to talk Marnie out of her ways, but he nonetheless agrees to drive her somewhere out of pure pity. When Niko meets her again, Marnie finally decides to head back home and start her life over, so Niko gives her $500 to help her out. Marnie will later e-mail Niko, revealing that she is currently attending college to become a psychologist and is living happily back home with her parents.
* Mel is a drunk that is seen during a cutscene very early in the game at "Comrades", a bar owned by Vlad Glebov. Niko will encounter him later in Broker, where he claims to have gone sober. Mel is in the process of paying back debts and asks Niko to drive him to a group of men that he owes money to. The men do not forgive Mel and try to kill him, but Niko kills them first. Mel is thankful, but it looks like he is still not completely sober after all.

External links

* [http://gta.wikia.com/wiki/Characters_in_GTA_IV Characters in GTA IV article on Grand Theft Wiki]
* [http://www.gtagaming.com/gtaiv/guide/random-people Random characters] in GTA IV

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