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|“||The Almighty forgives, Johnny. The Lost don't.||„|
|~ Billy Grey|
William "Billy" Grey (April 13, 1971 - April 2008) is the main antagonist in the 2008 video game DLC Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, a minor character in The Ballad of Gay Tony and a posthumous antagonist in Grand Theft Auto V.
He was voiced by Lou Sumrall.
Billy Grey was born in 1971 in Alderney and befriended a boy his age named Michael "Mikey" Klebitz. He also encountered Michael's younger brother Johnny who saw Billy as an example and a role model. Billy bragged to an asian criminal that he watched footage of the Vietnam War as a child and enjoyed it. Billy was unruly and became associated with the local MC gang, the Lost Brotherhood. While Michael went on to become a productive citizen and a war hero, Billy became a member of the Lost, as did Michael's younger brother Johnny. In the late 80s Billy commited a murder with fellow Lost member Brian Jeremy and was likely imprisoned for it. He commited crimes troughout the 1990s and developed a heavy drug problem. At some point Billy became the president of the Lost Brotherhood and, along with his gang, committed some of the worst and most violent actions in the history of the gang.
Some time in early 2008, Billy was arrested for abusing heroin and was placed in a rehab clinic. Later that year Billy was released into the care of his brothers. He was enraged to find out that Johnny had arranged a truce between the Lost and the Angels of Death, and that the gang had sold his bike in order to help their troubled financial position. Billy went on to reclaim the bike and reignited the brutal feud between the two biker gangs. A short time afterward, Billy made a deal with a Triad leader to ambush Johnny and fellow Lost member Jim Fitzgerald. However, Jim and Johnny survived the ambush and Billy was arrested not late afterwards (Possibly due to the Triads tipping off the police) and was thrown in jail. During his time in prison, his loyal follower Brian Jeremy and a few other brothers who were dissatisfied with Billy's imprisonment broke off from the Lost and started their own small biker gang.
Johnny later got word that Billy was going to testify against the Lost, in exchange for a more lenient punishment. Johnny, Terry and Clay decided to kill Billy and violently broke into the Alderney State Correctional Facility, the place where Billy was held. After fighting off guards and inmates, Johnny finally reached Billy who taunted him and tried attacking him with a knife. Johnny shot him in the throat and left his body where it was.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
At first, Billy's behavior was questionable, but appeared loyal to The Lost MC. However, later on, it is discovered that the bond loyalty was just a mistaken facade, as he later betrayed Johnny Klebitz, Jim Fitzgerald and the rest of the Lost MC, setting them in a trap, lying about looking out for them, to get the Triads to kill them. Billy failed, and was sent to prison, while blaming Johnny for it. But, he got The Lost MC to turn on each other. Being a fool as always, Brian Jeremy also blamed Johnny for Billy's arrest, and so did everyone else, except Jim, Terry Thorpe, Clay Simons, Angus Martin and a few other members.
This started a brief civil war between Brian's Faction, which culminated in Johnny killing Brian.
In the mission Was It Worth It?, Ray Boccino commented that Billy told him that Johnny and Jim were backstabbers. Also, Agent Jones, an unseen FIB agent, told Johnny in his second phone call to him that Billy was testifying against him. In the game's final mission, after Thomas Stubbs explained that Billy was going testify against the MC, Johnny decided to take the last combat-enabled members of The Lost MC (including Terry Thorpe and Clay Simons) and mass-attack the Alderney State Correctional Facility. After blasting through all the security guards, Terry and Clay head back to their bikes while Johnny confronts Billy, who killed a security guard. After Billy taunts Johnny about killing him, Johnny is hesitant to shoot Billy. Billy tries to take advantage of it and lunges at Johnny with a knife, before Johnny finally shoots and kills Billy.
Billy's actions still damaged the Lost MC long after his death. Billy indirectly caused the disbanding of the Alderney Chapter, which left the Lost in ruins, made Johnny addicted to drugs and return to Ashley. Clay and Terry also became addicted. They were unfortunate enough to land in Sandy Shores, Blaine County, the home of Trevor Phillips, an incredibly dangerous drug dealer, murderer and cannibal, who began having sex with Ashley. Johnny, weakened by drugs, was eventually brutally killed by Trevor, who later murdered Terry and Clay before almost completely wiping out the Lost MC. Billy himself failed to kill Johnny, although his actions led to Johnny's death years later.
Billy is also mentioned a few missions later, in which a couple members of the Lost mention how Billy was the true leader of the club as they never considered that Johnny was right for the Lost, and that him working with the government to destroy the Lost was nothing more than lies. They say that Billy "was something the Alderney Chapter could be proud of", proving that years later, many members were still loyal to Billy.
Overall, Billy managed to win even in death, as all of his actions led to Johnny's death and the destruction of the Lost.
Grey is physically similar to Obadiah Stane, the main antagonist of the film Iron Man. Billy Grey is a tall and muscular man with brown eyes. In the artwork, he appears wearing a green-kaki military vesta and light-grey trousers; otherwise, he wears his traditional leather jacket with the engraving "President".
Billy is a disrespecteful and coarse thug with little to no sympathy towards others, though he doesn't seem to be aware of his upsetting behavior. He can be extremely annoying, as he constantly makes fun of Johnny, his comrades, brothers, and in general with anyone he speaks, with for instance Ray Boccino. In addition, he is implied to be slightly racist, though he denies this on many occasions.
He mostly appears jokingly, but can be intimidating if necessary. He even torments the unfortunate mechanic who forgot to return his bike at time.
Billy bore many similarities to Trevor Philips, another psychotic, homicidal drug addict. They also were very different since Trevor was always insanely loyal and protective towards his friends, whereas Billy betrayed his associates on multiple occasions. This make him one of the most depraved Grand Theft Auto IV villains (aside Dimitri Rascalov), and by far the most evil Lost MC member. Billy breaks every single code of the group, and is ready to betray anyone just to get out alive. Johnny Klebitz quickly became disgusted by Billy's ways, such as destroying the Angels of Death Clubhouse only because a member named Jason Michaels was killed by an Eastern European.
- Billy was not featured in Grand Theft Auto V (because he was already dead during events of this game), but he was mentioned by Lost members who didn't believe that Billy betrayed the Lost and considered him a better president than Johnny Klebitz. Also, Billy was also mistakenly referred to as Billy Gray rather than Billy Grey in the subtitles.
- The reason behind Billy's betrayal in the Chinatown plaza is mentioned in a cutscene in the TBoGT mission "Chinese Takeout". Billy then bumps into Luis Lopez, who calls him a "greaseball".
- Billy Grey is very similar to Clay Morrow from Sons of Anarchy as they both turned out to be traitors to their outlaw motorcycle clubs, were previously the presidents of their biker gangs, and were also both killed by the main protagonist. In Clay’s case, Jax Teller and in Billy’s case, Johnny Klebitz.