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Hey this ain't the police, dog. This some Ballas bulls***!
~ Franklin Clinton

The Ballas are recurring antagonists in the Grand Theft Auto series. They serve as major antagonists in the 2004 videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, supporting antagonists in Grand Theft Auto V and major antagonists in Grand Theft Auto: Online

History

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Ballas are the Grove Street Families' primary enemy and have been around since 1975. At the beginning of the game, they are the most powerful street gang in Los Santos. They are involved in drug dealing, prostitution, gang banging, arms dealing, vandalism, and the crack cocaine trade.

The Ballas are rivals with Grove Street Families going back for several years. When the rivalry first started is unknown, but the rivalry between the two gangs was in full swing as early as 1987. They are also rivals to the Varrios Los Aztecas. They have ties with the San Fierro Rifa, and the Loco Syndicate for narcotics, and the Russian Mafia for weapons. The Ballas also collaborate with CRASH. In addition, Big Smoke defects from the GSF to lead the Ballas with his lieutenant Ryder. Unlike the GSF, the Ballas have no reservations about making money by selling drugs; the spread of crack cocaine into the Grove Street community is part of their strategy to wipe the GSF out.

By 1992, the Ballas controlled most of the streets of Los Santos, with Grove Street Families being driven back to Grove Street itself and a few surrounding neighborhoods. After Grove Street leader Sean "Sweet" Johnson was gunned down and arrested they briefly controlled the entirety of what had been Grove Street territory. The Ballas then cemented their control over the area by distributing crack cocaine through the area.

However, following the release of Sweet from prison and the return of Carl Johnson, the Grove Street Families won back their territory. That same year the Crack Palace operated by Big Smoke is destroyed and Smoke is killed, causing the Ballas to lose a lot of influence on the streets and if the player chooses, can take over all of their territories in Los Santos, making Ballas gone for good, just like the Los Santos Vagos.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Ballas reapper in the HD Universe in Grand Theft Auto V, where they still maintain their traditional rivalry with the Families. They usually do not attack if the player happens to walk through or pass through their territory. However, if taunted enough times, or if one fires a gun in their territory, or just because of walking near and staring the Ballas will become hostile and begin to shoot or punch the player. Their dogs will also occasionally attack the player, especially if the player is Franklin. The Ballas are supporters of the Los Santos Panic Basketball Team and the Boars Baseball Club, with their purple attire matching the teams' colors.

One of the protagonists, Franklin Clinton, is not on friendly terms with the Ballas as he is part of The Families. However, if he speaks to a Ballas member, they will not be aggressive at first, although they become hostile when Franklin insults them (usually upon the third press of the talk button).

They can often be seen drinking, driving cars, bikes, and even walking dogs. Most Ballas stand on the sidewalks in groups of 3-5. Their weapons include pistols, micro SMGs, and knives. Members are also seen smoking cigarettes, marijuana, and drinking Pißwasser beer.

They're brash and love to show off their weaponry, money, and guns in social media. According to Trevor Philips during his Series A funding, he scoped out their weed stash due to the overexposure of their stuff in Snapmatic.

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Trivia

  • The Ballas' favorite radio station is Bounce FM.
  • The Ballas appear in Grand Theft Auto V as an enemy faction along with the Vagos, the Lost MC Biker gang, the Aztecas, the Triads and the redneck O'Neil Brothers.
  • Harold "Stretch" Joseph, an OG gangster becomes associated with the Ballas during his incarceration.

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Grand Theft Auto
The Police | Robert "Bubby" Seragliano | Uncle Fu | El Burro | Samuel Deever | Brother Marcus | Dumb Kurt | Chu Ying | No Chin | Wun Tun Chun | Bryson

Grand Theft Auto London
Harold Cartwright | Jack Parkinson | Albert & Archie Crisp

Grand Theft Auto 2
Claude Speed | Billy Bob Bean | Dr. LaBrat | Jerkov | Sunbeam | Hiroshi| Refried Noodle | Johnny Zoo | Red Valdez | Trey Welsh | Elmo | Uno Carb | Chesti-Kov | Yonsi Zoo San | Johnny Rotten | Tetsuo

Grand Theft Auto III
Claude | Catalina | Salvatore Leone | Miguel | El Burro | Joey Leone | Donald Love | Ray Machowski | Luigi Goterelli | Mickey Hamfists | Leon McAffrey | Carl | Asuka Kasen | 8-Ball | King Courtney | Toni Cipriani | Marty Chonks | Phil Cassidy | Lee Chong | Curly Bob | Kenji Kasen | Mike Forelli | D-Ice

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Tommy Vercetti | Sonny Forelli | Lance Vance | Ricardo Diaz | Phil Cassidy | Auntie Poulet | Umberto Robina | Juan Cortez | Alex Shrub | Mitch Baker | Jack Howitzer | Avery Carrington | Gonzalez | Leo Teal | The Psycho | Hilary King | Cam Jones | Donald Love | Victor Vance | Maude Hanson | Mr. Black

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Carl Johnson | Sweet Johnson | Cesar Vialpando | Frank Tenpenny | Richard Burns | Big Smoke | Ryder | Eddie Pulaski | Jizzy B. | T-Bone Mendez | Catalina | OG Loc | Johnny Sindacco | Salvatore Leone | B Dup | Marco Forelli | Claude | Snakehead | Berkley | Tommy Vercetti

Grand Theft Auto Advance
Mike | Vinnie | Colombian Cartel Lieutenant | King Courtney | Asuka Kasen

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Toni Cipriani | Massimo Torini | Paulie Sindacco | Vincenzo Cilli | Salvatore Leone | Leon McAffrey | Donald Love | Toshiko Kasen | JD O'Toole | Ned Burner | Phil Cassidy | Kazuki Kasen | Jane Hopper | Cedric Fotheringay | Ma Cipriani

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Victor Vance | Jerry Martinez | Diego & Armando Mendez | Marty Jay Williams | Lance Vance | Ricardo Diaz | Phil Cassidy | Bryan Forbes | Marty Williams' Cousin | Trailer Park Mafia

Grand Theft Auto IV
Niko Bellic | Dimitri Rascalov | Jimmy Pegorino | Darko Brevic | Vlad Glebov | Ray Bulgarin | Brucie Kibbutz | Karen Daniels | Manny Escuela | Tom Rivas | Mikhail Faustin | Ray Boccino | Little Jacob | Elizabeta Torres | Packie McReary | Derrick McReary | Francis McReary | Gerald McReary | Playboy X | Dwayne Forge | Johnny Klebitz | Luis Lopez | Roman's Kidnapper | Clarence Little | Dardan Petrela | Judge Grady | Jim Fitzgerald | Johnny Barbosa | Phil Bell | Joseph DiLeo | Luca Silvestri | The Cook | Teddy Benavidez | Eddie Low | The Fixer | Jon Gravelli | Wedding Assassin | Trunchez Brothers | Jeff Harlingford | Adam Dimayev | Eduard Borodin | Isaac Roth | Mori Green | United Liberty Paper Contact | Aiden O'Malley | Fernando Martinez

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
Johnny Klebitz | Billy Grey | Ray Boccino | Brian Jeremy | Jim Fitzgerald | Terry Thorpe | Clay Simons | James "Jimmy" Matthews | Ed McCornish | Thomas Stubbs | Niko Bellic | Luis Lopez | Dimitri Rascalov | Roman's Kidnapper | Ray's Goon | Lester Arnold

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Luis Lopez | Ray Bulgarin | Rocco Pelosi | Timur | Vince Pelosi | Yusuf Amir | Niko Bellic | Johnny Klebitz | Vic Manzano | Margot | Marki Ashvilli | Billy Grey | Dimitri Rascalov | Ahmed Khaleel

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Huang Lee | Wu Lee | Zhou Ming | Chan Jaoming | Rudy D'Avanzo | Hsin Jaoming | Mini Gun Wonsu Assassin | Lester Arnold

Grand Theft Auto V
Michael De Santa | Trevor Philips | Franklin Clinton | Devin Weston | Steve Haines | Wei Cheng | Stretch | Molly Schultz | Don Percival | Lester Crest | Lamar Davis | Nigel | Mrs. Thornhill | Ursula | Alonzo | Derrick | Dave Norton | Brad Snider | Martin Madrazo | Jimmy De Santa | Simeon Yetarian | Andreas Sanchez | Cris Formage | Rocco Pelosi | Peter Dreyfuss | Clay Simons | Terry Thorpe | D | Johnny Klebitz | Tao Cheng | Chef | Christian Feltz | Daryl Johns | Eddie Toh | Gustavo Mota | Hugh Welsh | Karim Detz | Karl Abolaji | Norm Richards | Paige Harris | Patrick McReary | Rickie Lukens | Taliana Martinez | Elwood O'Neil | Beverly Felton | Joe | Josef | Lost Fugitive | Abigail Mathers | Josh Bernstein | Ortega | Enzo Bonelli | Billy Grey | Curtis Weaver | Glenn Scoville | Larry Tupper | Ralph Ostrowski | United Liberty Paper Contact | Gianni | Tracker | Jock Cranley | The Infinity Killer

Grand Theft Auto Online
Main Game
GTA Online Protagonists | Lester Crest | Trevor Philips | Cris Formage
The Doomsday Heist
Avon Hertz | Cliffford | United Liberty Paper Contact
The Diamond Casino & Resort
Thornton Duggan | Avery Duggan
The Diamond Casino Heist
Thornton Duggan
Los Santos Summer Special
The Boss
The Cayo Perico Heist
Juan Strickler
The Contract
Johnny Guns | P | North Side Vagos Leader

Organizations
Gangs and Cartels
Angels of Death Motorcycle Club | Los Diablos | Uptown Yardies | Yakuza | Ballas | Cholos | Colombian Cartel | Da Nang Boys | Diaz's Gang | The Families (Grove Street Families, Seville Boulevard Families) | Hare Krishna | Hustlers | Loonies | Los Santos Vagos | The Lost MC | Madrazo Cartel | Marabunta Grande | O'Neil Brothers | Rednecks | San Fierro Rifa | Southside Hoods | Street Sharks | Varrios Los Aztecas | Trailer Park Mafia | Trevor Philips Enterprises
Mafias
Armenian Mob | Bulgarin Family | Duggan Crime Family | Faustin-Rascalov Family | Forelli Family | Pegorino Family | Trunchez Brothers | Kkangpae | Leone Family | Russian Mafia | Sicilian Mafia
Triads
Liberty City Triads | Los Santos Triads
The Law
Police | C.R.A.S.H. | Los Santos Police Department | Federal Investigation Bureau | International Affairs Agency
Cults
Altruist Cult | Epsilon Program
Other
Cliffford Mercenaries | Crack Dealers | Liquor Store Bandits | Loco Syndicate | Merryweather Security | SRS | Survivalists | The Professionals | Zaibatsu Corporation | Zombotech Corporation

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