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I am honored to call you my son... By another mother, if you know what I mean?
~ Simeon Yetarian to the male online player.

GTA Online Protagonists are the main protagonists (to the player) of Grand Theft Auto Online. His or her appearance is created by the player's choice and the majority of the time they commit crimes and villainous acts such as murder, stealing, and even sometimes attacking the Military Base which is highly illegal in Los Santos.

The player can alter the character's lifestyle choices, such as time spent sleeping and exercising; this creates the initial stats for the characters and slightly changing their appearance including mental illness, driving skills, shooting/aiming skills, stealth, piloting skills and strength.

Players can also take on missions given by many people in Los Santos. They can choose what apartments, houses and garages they live in, owning weaponry, owning vehicles and even getting different contacts from people. Players can do contracts with companies such as Merryweather and Pegasus, having a mechanic to work for them and getting different contacts on your phone as well as getting strippers from the strip clubs to lap dance for them at their home.


Before GTA Online

The protagonist is born at a time prior to the game to two parents (a father can be chosen to be Niko Bellic, Claude or Red Dead Redemption protagonist John Marston and a mother can be chosen to be Misty). Very little is known about the player's background, other than that they met Lamar Davis on Lifeinvader and took a flight to Los Santos, presumably just to take part in a street race in Vinewood organized by Lamar himself. The player doesn't return to their former home and instead stays in Los Santos to continue their life. 

GTA Online

The player meets Lamar when he picks him/her up after the arrival in Los Santos from the airport. They became close friends.

They enter Lamar's Emperor, where he gives the player a Pistol and welcomes them to the city. If the player is female, a different cutscene is shown where Lamar attempts to hit on her but ends up failing. Lamar drives the player to Vinewood parking lot, where they begin a race, potentially with other players competing. Regardless of who becomes victorious in the race, Lamar sees further potential in the person and introduces he/she to Gerald, a drug runner living in Davis. Gerald immediately employs the character by asking them to ambush a drug deal between the Ballas and the Vagos and return the product to him.

As the protagonist gains more and more reputation in the city, he/she is noticed and even employed by more powerful people in the criminal underworld such as Martin Madrazo and Lester Crest, being given increasingly difficult and expensive jobs for a great amount of money and will do it calmly. They are hired to do a grand span of criminal activities, ranging from wiping out crime gangs, committing aircraft theft, infiltrating a chemical research facility and saving humanity from the destruction of the world through nuclear warfare. The player goes from a small-time criminal to a powerful figure in organized crime.


It is unknown what happened to the protagonist by the time GTA V takes place. Lester still seems to be in touch with him/her and even considered for them to help out in the jewelry store robbery.

In the later updates of GTA Online, it can be argued that the protagonist was still at large by the time the events of GTA V took place since Agent 14 stated in a Gunrunning mission that it was 2017 - GTA V presumably took place in 2013, hinting that Online takes place in real time.

People Who Hired

The GTA Online Protagonist has been hired and worked for various people to take on many missions which can involve murder, stealing or drugs.

  • Simeon Yetarian (Simeon often hires the protagonist to steal vehicles for him)
  • Lamar Davis (Lamar often hires the protagonist to go against rival gangs)
  • Dom Beasley (Dom often invites the protagonist to pull off extreme base jumps)
  • Ron Jakowski (Ron contacts the Protagonist for Trevor)
  • Trevor Philips (Trevor often hires the protagonist to help out his business)
  • Gerald (Gerald often hires the protagonist involving drugs)
  • Lester Crest (Lester often hires the protagonist for bank robberies)
  • Martin Madrazo (Martin often hires the protagonist for assassinating rival gangsters)


On his/her phone, the player can gather many people and companies in their contacts. Some are capable of carrying out requests.

  • Simeon Yetarian (Request a job).
  • Lamar Davis (Sending Muggers and request a job).
  • Gerald (Requesting a job).
  • Lester Crest (Set bounty, remove wanted level, off the radar, reveal players, request a job, locate the boat, locate helicopter, locate the car, locate plane and cops turn a blind eye).
  • Merryweather (Ammo drop, backup helicopter, boat pickup, helicopter pickup, call mercenaries, and airstrike).
  • Mechanic (Sending Vehicles to the player).
  • Pegasus (Sending owned Vehicles that can't be stored in the garage).
  • Mors Mutual Insurance (Bringing replacement vehicles).
  • Ron Jakowski (Request a job).
  • Dom Beasley (Request a job).
  • Brucie Kibbutz (Request Bullshark Testosterone).
  • Trevor Phillips.
  • Nikki (Come to the apartment).
  • Fufu (Come to the apartment).
  • Chastity (Come to the apartment).
  • Other Players (Call and send text messages).

Owned Weapons

The player can own a variety of weapons to fight and kill his/her victims and enemies.


  • Antique Cavalry Dagger.
  • Fist.
  • Baseball Bat.
  • Knife.
  • Nightstick.
  • Crowbar.
  • Golf Club.
  • Hammer.
  • Broken Bottle.


  • Marksman Pistol.
  • Pistol.
  • Combat Pistol.
  • AP Pistol.
  • Pistol .50.
  • SNS Pistol.
  • Heavy Pistol.
  • Vintage Pistol.

Sub Machine Guns

  • Micro SMG.
  • SMG.
  • Assault SMG.
  • Gusenberg Sweeper.


  • Pump Shotgun.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun.
  • Assault Shotgun.
  • Bullpup Shotgun.
  • Heavy Shotgun.

Assault Rifles

  • Assault Rifle.
  • Carbine Rifle.
  • Advanced Rifle.
  • Special Carbine.
  • Bullpup Rifle.

Light Machine Guns

  • MG.
  • Combat MG.

Sniper Rifles

  • Sniper Rifle.
  • Heavy Sniper.


  • Grenade.
  • Sticky Bomb.
  • Tear Gas.
  • Molotov Cocktail.


  • Grenade Launcher.
  • RPG.
  • Minigun.


  • Parachute.
  • Jerry Can.


  • Suppressor.
  • Scope.
  • Extended Clip.
  • Grip.
  • Flashlight.
  • Advanced Scope.


In the Heists Update, the player is capable of pulling off large heists involving gaining large amounts of money when executed successfully. There are currently five heists in the game, which includes in order:

  • Organized by Lester Crest, the first Heist involves robbing the Great Ocean Highway FLEECA Bank using an armored Kuruma stolen from a Korean crew and a Cargobob provided by Lester to escape the police. This Heist can be completed with two players.
  • A Heist involving breaking out prisoner Maxim Rashkovsky from Bolingbroke Penitentiary. From henceforth, the heists have required a crew of four players to complete. Unlike the previous Heist, it is led by Agent 14. Players are required to hijack a plane, steal a prison bus, obtain a prison transport schedule, steal Rashkovsky's automobile, and assassinate two lawyers, as well as one of Rashkovsky's former associates.
  • A Heist involving raiding the Humane Laboratories. In the raid, the protagonist has to - among other things, acquire a Valkyrie helicopter, steal armored Insurgents and an EMP from a Hydra fighter jet. This is another Heist organized by Agent 14.
  • A Heist involving collecting various drugs, through means of attacking a yacht, covertly using the cover of garbage men to steal concealed drugs, taking vans from The Lost MC, and thieving from a sawmill for Trevor Philips. Eventually, the protagonists are ordered to deliver them to the El Gordo Lightway in semis. This is organized by Trevor and Ron.
  • A Heist involving robbing the Pacific Standard Bank. Lester organizes this Heist, and at the time of its release, it was the Heist with the highest pay. In this Heist, the protagonists are required to steal bikes from the Lost, acquire a transponder, recruit fugitive Avi Schwartzman, "borrow" a hacking rig and hijack a Merryweather Security convoy.
  • A sixth heist, grander in scale, dubbed The Doomsday Heist was released on December 12, 2017. In *The Doomsday Heist*, the protagonist joins forces with Lester, Agent 14, IAA operative Mrs. Rackman, billionaire Avon Hertz and his AI Clifford to prevent a nuclear war that could end humanity. After Russian terrorist Bogdan is framed for the assault, it is revealed that Hertz and Clifford have conspired to commit the war for themselves. After the protagonists rescue Agent 14, disable Clifford and kill Hertz, they are paid by Rackman.

As such, players unlock various goodies, from high-speed motorcycles & attack helicopters to night-vision goggles and flare guns. The money they earn from these heists ranges from no money at all (player's choice) to a whopping 2.2 million.


As a talented criminal,  they are silent, cunning, dangerous and lethal individuals in Los Santos. They are highly skilled in armed and unarmed combat, firearms, technology, computers and surveillance. They are efficient, professional and highly skilled criminals  to operate as a Freelance criminals and hired guns for the Los Santos criminal underworld

  • Hand to Hand Combat - The Player is highly skilled in hand to hand combat able to hold their own or take on skilled and experienced fighters in hand to hand combat. Their signature move is one knockout punch and speed and countermoves. They have proficiency in unarmed combat using punches,kicks, uppercuts, elbows melee weapons.They are a accomplished fighter that make great use to their melee and unarmed attacks.
  • Expert Marksmanship - The Player is a incredible marksman able to make headshots from a long distance. They are also proficient in with many weapons including handguns,submachine guns and sniper rifles. They are a gifted marksman due to their exceptional precision,speed and reactions in shootouts.
  • Master Tactician - The Player is a highly skilled tactician who is skilled at coming up, plan and executing plans for a variety of missions able to outsmart their opponents and deceive them. He is also a incredible stragiest able to build a extremely successful criminal enterprise and able to pull off heist and robberies



  • Not counting the players if they have microphones on, both them and Claude are the only two protagonists to not have any speaking roles.
  • Unlike Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton and Trevor Philips, the GTA Online Protagonists do not have access to their own Lifeinvader page in-game.
  • The Online Protagonist uses a mix of animations from Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips. What animation sets are used depends on the activity the player is participating in. In this case, the Online Protagonist does not have his/her own walking/running animation.
  • In the enhanced version, the GTA Online Protagonist is 6'0".
  • The artwork for GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals, GTA Online: Further Adventures in Finance and Felony and GTA Online: Import/Export all feature the same representation of the GTA Online Protagonist. A man with short hair, notable for the scar across his nose bridge and cheek, implying that it could be the Protagonist's canon appearance.
  • They also have similarities with Carl Johnson. They both are very successful criminals and they both have a lot of outstanding abilities to become one of the most powerful and dangerous protagonist. Unlike Carl Johnson, however, the GTA Online Protagonists may or may not get along well with each other, often resulting in killing off one another, and do not have any speaking roles, whereas Carl Johnson is affiliated with the Grove Street Families and they are always loyal to him.



Grand Theft Auto
The Police

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

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

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

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

Grand Theft Auto Advance
Mike | Vinnie | King Courtney | Donald Love

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

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

Grand Theft Auto IV
Niko Bellic | Dimitri Rascalov | Jimmy Pegorino | Darko Brevic | Vlad Glebov | Ray Bulgarin | Mikhail Faustin | Ray Boccino | Packie McReary | Derrick McReary | Francis McReary | Gerald McReary | Playboy X | Dwayne Forge | Johnny Klebitz | Luis Lopez | Roman's Kidnapper | Clarence Little | Dardan Petrela | Jim Fitzgerald | Teddy Benavidez | Eddie Low | The Fixer | Jon Gravelli | Wedding Assassin | Trunchez Brothers | Pegorino Family | Jeff Harlingford

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
Johnny Klebitz | Billy Grey | Ray Boccino | Brian Jeremy | Jim Fitzgerald | Terry Thorpe | Clay Simons | 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 | Abdul Amir | Niko Bellic | Johnny Klebitz | Vic Manzano | Marki Ashvilli | Billy Grey | Dimitri Rascalov

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Huang Lee | Wu Lee | Zhou Ming | Chan Jaoming | Rudy D'Avanzo | 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 | 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 | Paige Harris | Elwood O'Neil | Ortega | Enzo Bonelli | Billy Grey

Grand Theft Auto Online
Main Game
GTA Online Protagonists | Lester Crest | Trevor Philips | Cris Formage
The Doomsday Heist
Avon Hertz | Cliffford
The Diamond Casino & Resort
Avery Duggan

Gangs and Cartels
Angels of Death Motorcycle Club | Ballas | Cholos | Colombian Cartel | Da Nang Boys | Diaz's Gang | Los Santos Vagos | O'Neil Brothers | San Fierro Rifa | Seville Boulevard Families | Southside Hoods | Street Sharks | Trevor Philips Enterprises
Bulgarin Family | Faustin-Rascalov Family | Forelli Family | Leone Family | Russian Mafia | Sicilian Mafia
Liberty City Triads | Los Santos Triads
The Law
Police | C.R.A.S.H. | Federal Investigation Bureau | International Affairs Agency
Altruist Cult | Epsilon Program
Cliffford Mercenaries | Crack Dealers | Liquor Store Bandits | Loco Syndicate | Merryweather Security | SRS | Survivalists | The Professionals | Zombotech Corporation

Beta Only
Darkel | Domestobot

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