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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 video game Grand Theft Auto III and appears as a minor antagonist 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 younger. He had brown hair and brown eyes and wore a dark gray vest and green trousers.

Grand Theft Auto III

He wore a vest which was in plain black.

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.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In 1992, Claude was the owner of a run-down garage in Doherty, San Fierro, and a competitor in various illegal races. At some point, he encountered a small-time robber named Catalina and started a relationship with her after her "break-up" with Carl Johnson. Sometime after meeting Catalina, Claude entered a race trough the forests of Red and Flint County where he lost to Catalina's 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 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto 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 on 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 an 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 perceived 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. 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 attract 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 a brutal psychopath who is only for himself, and is not above backstabbing and betraying people to get closer to 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


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.

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



  • Mike Forelli
  • Lee Chong
  • Curly Bob
  • Salvatore Leon
  • Leon McAffrey
  • Tanner
  • Kenji Kasen
  • Catalina

Optional Murders

  • Carlos
  • Chico
  • D-Ice's Unnamed Brother

Unconfirmed Murders

  • Maria Latore


  • Total - 11 (Possibly 12)


  • 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 of 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 McCaffery, 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 Grand Theft Auto 2 (and vice versa).
  • However, there is a possibility Claude and Claude Speed are the same. Rockstar has stated that's it very likely they are the same.
  • Rockstar has stated that Claude was never given a voice actor (as seen in this video).
  • Even though Claude never speaks, he grunts in Grand Theft Auto III. However, it is unknown who the actor was who provided these grunts.
  • A possible explanation for Claude's muteness in-universe could be that during Catalina's betrayal in the beginning of Grand Theft Auto III, he was shot in the throat, damaging his vocal chords instead of shooting his head which Catalina was most likely aiming at. His reasons for not speaking in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas could be never actually getting the chance to do so, since Catalina did all the talking for him, even during Catalina's phone call to CJ where she taunted him by having sex with Claude on the phone.
  • Claude's name was not revealed until Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas by Catalina, three years after the release of Grand Theft Auto III.

External Link

  • Claude on the Grand Theft Auto Wiki



Grand Theft Auto
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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 | Donald Love | Ray Machowski | Fernando Martinez | Leon McAffrey | Asuka Kasen | King Courtney | Toni Cipriani | Marty Chonks | Phil Cassidy | Lee Chong | Curly Bob | Mike Forreli

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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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 | 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 | JD O'Toole | Ned Burner | Phil Cassidy | Kazuki Kasen | Jane Hopper | Cedric Fotheringay

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

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 | Patrick McReary | 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 | Paige Harris | 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

Grand Theft Auto Online
Main Game
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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

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Armenian Mob | Bulgarin Family | Duggan Crime Family | Faustin-Rascalov Family | Forelli Family | Pegorino Family | Trunchez Brothers | Kkangpae | Leone Family | Russian Mafia | Sicilian Mafia
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