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Motherf-cker! That mute asshole! That f-cking snake without a tongue! Gave me this shithole instead of a pink slip? I must be the biggest f-cking idiot in the whole f-cking world!
~ Carl Johnson getting angry at Claude for giving him a run-down garage.

Claude is the silent protagonist in the videogame Grand Theft Auto III and appears as a minor character in the 2004 video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and in Grand Theft Auto Online. Very little is specifically known about Claude's past and his personality, as Claude himself doesn't speak much and never reveals any details about himself.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Claude was in his early 20s. He had brown hair and brown eyes, and wore a dark gray vest and green trousers.

Grand Theft Auto III

He was in his late 20s or early 30s and wore a vest which was in plain black. He is 6’4 and 167 lbs.

Grand Theft Auto IV

If the player kills Playboy X, they can find Claude's clothes in his safe house for Niko Bellic to wear. This had previously led to some fans to speculate Claude's fate by the events of the game or if he is still alive. However, Rockstar has stated that the GTA HD universe is entirely separated from the 3D universe and unrelated to it.


San Andreas

In 1992, Claude was the owner of a run-down garage in Doherty, San Fierro and a competer in various illegal races. At some point he encountered the small-time robber named Catalina and started a relationship with her after her "break-up" with Carl Johnson. Some time after meeting Catalina, Claude entered a race trough the forests of Red and Flint County where he lost to Catalinas ex-boyfriend CJ. After the loss Catalina and Claude left San Andreas and embarked on a cross-country crime spree.

In the years in-between San Andreas and GTA III, Claude and Catalina became affiliated with a Colombian drug cartel and did some errands for them.

Grand Theft Auto III

In 2001, Claude and Catalina arrived in Liberty City and took part in a bank robbery in the outskirts of Liberty City. While rushing through an alley, Catalina unexpectedly shot their unnamed accomplice, as well as Claude, leaving him for dead. Claude ended up in police custody but broke free when gang members assaulted the police van he was transported in. He encountered a injured fellow convict named 8-Ball who recommended him to Salvatore Leone, Liberty City's most prominent mob boss.

Claude did some odd-jobs for Leone until his wife, Maria Latore developed a fixation on him. Angered by the percieved affair, Leone organized an ambush on Claude who escaped to Staunton Island with Maria and her friend, Yakuza leader Asuka Kasen. During his time on Staunton Island Claude also started doing errands for a cannibalistic businessman named Donald Love. In an effort to get closer to Catalina, Claude and Love orchestrated the death of Asuka's brother Kenji and pushed the blame onto Catalina's drug cartel.

The war between the Yakuza and the cartel intensifies until Claude's actions attracts the attention of Catalina, who has Asuka and Miquel murdered, and abducts Maria. Claude finally confronts Catalina and kills her during a shootout. It is unknown if he killed Maria Latore while the credits roll.


Not much can be said about Claude's true personality, as he never speaks (curiously, very few characters acknowledge the fact Claude never speaks; Maria Latore brought it up during a radio interview, stating he doesn't talk much, and CJ referred to him as a mute asshole).

However, it is clear that he is a cold-blooded, remorseless and quite brutal psychopath who is only for himself, and is not above backstabbing and betraying people to get closer of those who left him for dead. This is shown when he disguised himself as a member of the Cartel (under Donald Love's direction, though) and murdered one of the leaders of the Yakuza, while working for them in the meantime, thus provoking a war between the two gangs.

He almost always remains emotionless and never speaks. The only moments he displayed genuine emotions are when Kenji shouted at him (thus adding a bit of comic relief in an otherwise serious story) or when he is visibly surprised by Catalina's betrayal during the Introduction.

Villainous Acts

During the Free-roam

All of these crimes are non-canonic and only up to the player choice:

  • Bludgeoning and abusing people.
  • Gunning down people.
  • Car-jacking people, stealing parked cars and cars in luxury galleries.
  • Driving recklessly, crushing people.

In addition, the player can do rampages, during which the player has to kill people or destroy a certain number of vehicles within a limit time.

During the Storyline

  • In the Introduction, he robbed a bank with Catalina and Miguel, although they betrayed him, and left him arrested.
  • In the mission Give me liberty, he escaped the police convoy and the arrest.
  • In the mission Don't Spank ma' bitch up, he killed a dealer, then took his car to lockup.
  • In the mission Mike lips last lunch, he murdered Mike Forelli.
  • In the mission Farewell 'Chunky' Lee Chong, he murdered Chunky Lee Chong
  • In the mission Van heist, he stole a van for Joey.
  • In the mission The getaway, he helped three robbers robbing a bank by acting as a getaway driver and helping robbers escape the police.
  • In the mission Taking the Laundry, he destroyed three Laundry vans.
  • In the mission Cutting the Grass, he followed and killed Curly Bob.
  • In the mission Under Surveillance, he killed the spies around Staunton Island.
  • In the mission Paparazzi Purge, he murdered a reporter by killing him with his police boat.
  • In the mission Two-Faced Tanner, he murdered Tanner.
  • In the mission Silence the Sneak, he attempted to murder Leon Mcaffery, however he failed.
  • In the mission Evidence Dash, he rammed the evidence vehicle to throw then evidenced out then left them in a car then torching them all by blowing up the car.
  • In the mission Plaster Blaster, he chased Leon McAffrey again; this time he succeeded.
  • In the mission Waka-Gashira Wipeout!, he murdered Kenji to start a war between Yakuzas and Cartel by being disguised as a Cartel.
  • In the mission S.A.M., he blew up a plane, then recovered the drop and delivered it to Asuka.



  • In Grand Theft Auto Online, players who had pre-ordered a special edition of Grand Theft Auto V can select Claude as a parent option for their character.
  • Claude is often mistaken as Claude Speed from GTA 2 (and vice versa).
  • Rockstar has stated that Claude was never given a voice actor (as seen in this video).
  • Even though Claude never speaks, he grunts in GTA III. However, it is unknown who the actor was who provided these grunts.



2D Universe
Grand Theft Auto 2
Billy Bob Bean | Claude Speed | Johnny Zoo

Grand Theft Auto Advance
King Courtney | Vinnie

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

3D Universe
Grand Theft Auto III
Claude | Catalina | Curly Bob | Donald Love | King Courtney | Miguel | Phil Cassidy | Salvatore Leone | Toni Cipriani

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Auntie Poulet | Gonzalez | Lance Vance | Leo Teal | Phil Cassidy | Ricardo Diaz | Sonny Forelli | Tommy Vercetti | The Psycho

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
B Dup | Big Smoke | Carl Johnson | Eddie Pulaski | Frank Tenpenny | Jizzy B. | OG Loc | Ryder | Snakehead | T-Bone Mendez

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
JD O'Toole | Kazuki Kasen | Massimo Torini | Ned Burner | Paulie Sindacco | Phil Cassidy | Salvatore Leone | Toni Cipriani | Vincenzo Cilli

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Bryan Forbes | Diego & Armando Mendez | Lance Vance | Marty Jay Williams | Phil Cassidy | Sergeant Jerry Martinez | Victor Vance |

HD Universe
Grand Theft Auto IV
Abdul Amir | Billy Grey | Brian Jeremy | Clarence Little | Clay Simons | Dardan Petrela | Darko Brevic | Derrick McReary | Dimitri Rascalov | Dwayne Forge | Eddie Low | Francis McReary | Gerald McReary | Jim Fitzgerald | Jimmy Pegorino | Johnny Klebitz | Jim Fitzgerald | Luis Lopez | Marki Ashvilli | Mikhail Faustin | Niko Bellic | Patrick McReary | Playboy X | Ray Boccino | Ray Bulgarin | Ray's Goon | Rocco Pelosi | Roman's Kidnapper | Teddy Benavidez | Terry Thorpe | Timur | Vic Manzano | Vince Pelosi | Yusuf Amir

Grand Theft Auto V
Andreas Sanchez | Brad Snider | Clay Simons | D | Devin Weston | Don Percival | Elwood O'Neil | Enzo Bonelli | Franklin Clinton | Jimmy De Santa | Johnny Klebitz | Lamar Davis | Lester Crest | Martin Madrazo | Michael De Santa | Molly Schultz | Ortega | Paige Harris | Patrick McReary | Peter Dreyfuss | Simeon Yetarian | Steve Haines | Stretch | Terry Thorpe | Trevor Philips | Wei Cheng

Grand Theft Auto Online
Avery Duggan | Avon Hertz | Cliffford | GTA Online Protagonists

Altruist Cult | Angels of Death Motorcycle Club | Ballas | Bulgarin Family | C.R.A.S.H. | Cholos | Cliffford Mercenaries | Colombian Cartel | Diaz's Gang | Faustin-Rascalov Family | Federal Investigation Bureau | Forelli Family | International Affairs Agency | Leone Family | Liberty City Triads | Los Santos Triads | Los Santos Vagos | Merryweather Security | O'Neil Brothers | Russian Mafia | Sicilian Mafia | Southside Hoods | SRS | Street Sharks | The Professionals | Trevor Philips Enterprises | Zombotech Corporation

Beta Only
Darkel | Domestobot

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