Best Supporting Roles in Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto

When the Grand Theft Auto franchise first emerged in 1997, few could have predicted just how widespread of a phenomenon the series would become. Within a few years, Grand Theft Auto became firmly established as one of the best (if not the best) open-world action-adventure franchises on the market. It was a game changer; a revolutionary series that has created many technological marvels within the gaming industry.

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In the last two decades, the GTA franchise has sold nearly half a billion copies worldwide. At the heart of the series is a series of stories and characters that are so impressive and memorable that they literally share the legacy of Grand Theft Auto on their shoulders. However, it’s not just the leading, iconic protagonists that make GTA the franchise that it is – there is a long and diverse list of supporting characters that also deserves a little recognition.


7 Lamar DavisGTA 5

Lamar Davis was introduced in 2013 Grand Theft Auto V, serving as an immediate burst of comic relief for the story. While he didn’t appear in the timeline at any serious point, his hilarious presence was all too welcome from the get-go. As a close friend of one of the three protagonists – Franklin Clinton – Lamar gets a lot of screen time, especially earlier in the game.

As Franklin “outgrows” Lamar, we see less and less of the merry, reckless, and ever-joyful character, but thankfully players get to know him again in Grand Theft Auto Online. It’s only a small part, but it’s a part nonetheless, and it’s more than many of the main characters from GTA V got. Lamar Davis is without a doubt one of the best supporting characters in GTA – he is loyal, confident and above all hilarious on the thighs.

6 Roman Bellic, GTA 4

Roman Bellic, introduced in 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV, is the supporting character you just love to hate. From the moment Niko Bellic, the main character, arrives in Liberty City, he is plagued by the incessant stupidity of his cousin, Roman. Not only does Roman bring Niko to Liberty City under false pretenses, but he also constantly puts the player in dangerous, unnecessarily risky situations as the game unfolds.

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Fortunately, Roman is a teddy bear and as a result, players can’t help but fall in love with him. He is a harmless soul who means well enough and loves his cousin even if he is the reason Niko always ends up in unfortunate situations. He’s so constant throughout the game that players feel comfortable seeing and hearing from him and let’s face it, there’s no one better to go bowling with in all of Liberty City.

5 Umberto Robina, GTA: Vice City

Umberto Robina stormed onto the GTA scene in 2006, appearing as a supporting character in GTA Vice City. He is a larger-than-life Cuban with a loud voice and an emotional way of life, and most of all, he appreciates a tough, hardened warrior. He’s voiced – and modeled after – Danny Trejo, a loveable real-world actor who always manages to bring even the smallest characters to life.

In Vice City, the player learns that Robina loves everyone – except Haitians, with whom he is unfortunately at war – and that he is as loyal as he is devoted to his friends. There are fewer characters in the history of the Grand Theft Auto franchise that have embodied action and machismo as Umberto Robina.

4 Cesar Vialpando, GTA: San Andreas

Cesar Vialpando undoubtedly wore Grand Theft Auto San Andreas on top of his heavily tattooed shoulders. From the moment the player meets Cesar, he proves himself to be a valuable resource and helps Carl Johnson, the protagonist, integrate into a relatively powerful Latino gang. He is the purveyor of a few entertaining missions where the character races and ‘dances’ in lowriders, and in the end he turns out to be the savior of the whole story.

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It’s important not to give too much away, but after a devastating demise, Cesar is there to help CJ get back on his feet. He is a constantly encouraging presence, always willing to lend a hand and support CJ on his path to retaliation. By the end of the game, Cesar mortal remains by CJ’s side, an eternal constant and a persistent one good character in a world that seems corrupt at any moment.

3 Little Jacob, GTA 4

Little Jacob is born quite early in the GTA IV story, crossing paths with Niko Bellic in a relatively unsavory way. While the first or two missions for Little Jacob are pretty mundane adventures, he proves to be a crucial part of the story as the game progresses. He will reveal himself as one of Niko’s most trusted henchmen and equip him with the weapons he needs to wreak havoc in Liberty City.

Beyond his practical nature, Little Jacob is also a remarkable character in his own right. He is a Jamaican character, a peaceful soul by nature, and he always sprays wisdom to Niko through his thick and authentic Jamaican accent. It can be a bit difficult for the player to understand at times, but remarkably, Niko has no problem deciphering what Little Jacob is saying. He is a strong and loyal friend of Niko, standing next to him at the end of the game, proving himself time and time again as a fantastic support character.

2 Lazlow Jones, recurring role

Lazlow has existed in the Grand Theft Auto universe since GTA III appeared in 2001. In the series, Lazlow is a media personality with decades in the business, and for many years he only appeared on the in-game radio stations in Grand Theft Auto. Normally he presented shows on the talk stations, but in Grand Theft Auto Vhe was first seen in person.

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For fans of the franchise, few voices are as iconic as Lazlow’s, and when he was introduced in GTA V in physical form it was a wondrous moment. In GTA VLazlow had switched from radio and opted instead to host reality TV shows and competitions, living as usual in the epitome of a relatively skeevy, perverted coward. No matter where the franchise goes, we almost certainly hear or see Lazlow in Grand Theft Auto VI.

1 Wade Hebert, GTA 5

For Trevor Phillips, one of the main characters in GTA VWade Hebert was a toy – a gopher to play with. To the player, Wade Hebert was a heart-wrenching, hilarious, and unhappy soul who took the brunt of Phillips’ wrath time and again. In GTA VWade Hebert appears several times – less as the game progresses, but still enough for the player to get used to his bizarre, slightly creepy ways.

He is clearly a person with problems, but he has a good heart and is extremely loyal, even if that loyalty may be misplaced. He will do absolutely anything for his friends, even if it means burying himself up to his neck in sewers and humiliating himself again and again. For having several hilarious lines and scenes, excellent acting and never letting the player down, Wade is definitely one of the best supporting characters in the game. Grand Theft Auto history.

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