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A number of recurring characters appear in the video game Grand Theft Auto III.

Crime film veterans such as Michael Madsen, Joe Pantoliano, Frank Vincent and Robert Loggia have all voiced major characters in many installments in the series along with Grand Theft Auto III.

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Major characters

Claude

Introduced in: Introduction, opening bank heist cutscene

Claude is the silent protagonist and player character of Grand Theft Auto III (GTA III). He is left for dead after a bank heist with Catalina, resulting in his arrest by the police. Claude later escapes with 8-Ball when the Callahan Bridge is blown up.

Claude's name is never disclosed in the game. Although his name can be found deep within GTA III's data files,[1] it is not officially mentioned until Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Throughout the game, Claude is speechless (only making quiet sounds if he is injured or killed), and remained so during his brief cameo in San Andreas. This trait is referenced in GTA III, when Maria says on the Chatterbox radio show that she has a new man but "he don't talk too much."

See also: GTA: San Andreas rendition

Catalina

Introduced in: Introduction, opening bank heist cutscene

Killed in: "The Exchange"

Catalina is a notorious bank robber,[2] Claude's former girlfriend and the main antagonist in GTA III, who betrays him during a bank heist, shooting him and leaving him for dead, while she runs free with the profits along with a new partner in crime, Miguel. Her reason for dating Claude is simply "business,"[3] while her reason for shooting Claude is his lack of ambition.[4]

Catalina proceeds to cooperate with the Colombian Cartel, running a SPANK drug manufacturing and distribution business with Miguel. She betrays Miguel later, after Claude discovers them in a construction site; when Miguel attempts to get Claude to lower his gun, Catalina shoots Miguel and jumps out of the building onto a pile of boxes several stories below, before Asuka emerges and proceeds to torture and interrogate Miguel.

She was later responsible for the kidnapping of Maria and the killing of Asuka and Miguel. Requesting a ransom to be given for Maria's release, Claude does as instructed, but is fooled once again by Catalina, who instructs the Cartel to kill Claude. Despite overwhelming odds, Claude turns the tables by punching a Cartel goon and taking his gun, succeeding in escaping the Cartel compound and pursuing Catalina, who rides a helicopter towards the Cochrane Dam. Claude battles across the dam, and eventually succeeds in killing Catalina by shooting down the helicopter.

Prior to GTA III, Catalina and Claude are known to have been on the move, committing robberies in multiple states, including the south, and the southwest, among others.[2] In October 2001, the FBI discovers that both Catalina and Claude may have arrived at Liberty City.[2] Catalina is of Dominican and Colombian descent[2] and is a cousin of Cesar Vialpando, who is believed to be of Mexican descent and is a fellow associate of Carl Johnson in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Catalina later left C.J. for Claude and said that she was going to Liberty City. A call to C.J. later in the game reveals Claude's name as she moans it over the phone.

Catalina is the only female antagonist in the GTA universe.

Catalina was voiced by Cynthia Farrell.[5]

See also: GTA: San Andreas rendition

Maria Latore

Introduced in: "Chaperone"

Maria Latore (also referred to as Maria La Torra by several sources) is Salvatore Leone's girlfiend. She is introduced to Claude after Salvatore requests that Claude "look after her for the evening". Developing a liking for Claude, she saves his life by preventing him from entering a death trap set up by Salvatore and seeks help from an associate, Asuka Kasen, to flee to Staunton Island. She is a caller on Chatterbox FM, describing her feelings for Claude, but expresses doubt because Claude was seen as being uninterested to her, "always working and hanging out with the guys". She is believed to be about 26 in the game. She also is a drug addict as seen in "Chaperone" where she asks Claude to drop her off at the Chinatown Waterfront to meet her drug dealer named Chico.

Maria has an interest in leopard skin furniture (evidenced from her Chatterbox phone call), and also sports an outfit with tiger stripe patterns. She is later seen in clothing of a similar fashion in Liberty City Stories.

Maria is seen with Asuka brifely in cutscenes of missions. Maria is then kidnapped by the Cartel and held to ransom by Catalina, but is rescued by Claude by the end of the storyline. However, when the screen portraying Claude and Maria walking away fades to black Maria is still heard talking, until a gunshot is heard. Rockstar stated that Maria's fate is ambiguous. [1]

Maria was voiced by Debi Mazar.[5]

See also: GTA: San Andreas rendition and GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Asuka Kasen

Introduced in: "Last Requests"

Killed in: "Ransom"

Asuka Kasen (Japanese: 加瀬明日香, Kasen Asuka) is a co-leader of the Liberty City Yakuza, who is called on by Maria to bring her and Claude to safety from the Leone family after Salvatore attempted to kill Claude. She provides further jobs for Claude, and introduces him to her brother, Kenji Kasen. She is also retconned in Liberty City Stories to have a deceased older brother, Kazuki Kasen.

Later in the game, Asuka can be seen torturing Miguel and instructing Claude to destroy Catalina's SPANK drug operation, as an act of revenge for the killing of her brother by an unknown Colombian Cartel assassin. She is eventually killed, on the construction site along with Miguel, by Catalina.

Police records in GTA III's official website indicated that Asuka had only arrived in the United States in 1991, ten years prior to GTA III. In the records, it is also revealed that Asuka assumed a leadership role in the Yakuza for her senior "torture, security and information retrieval" skills.

It is strongly hinted that she is a bisexual dominatrix; at one point she ties up Maria and plays sadomasochistic games with her. She states that torturing Miguel is a little for her own pleasure. Also when Claude finishes killing and doing her missions she says "I like that in a man". She exhibited similar behaviors in Grand Theft Auto Advance.

Asuka was voiced by Liana Pai.[5]

See also: GTA Advance rendition

Supporting characters

Donald Love

Introduced in: "Liberator"

Disappeared in : "Love's Disappearance"

Donald Love is a media mogul and owner of Love Media, "the fastest growing US-run media conglomerate in the past five years". Operating from his apartment and office in south Bedford Point, Staunton Island, he primarily tasks Claude with jobs related to receiving a mysterious "package" delivered by plane. Following Claude's help in retrieving an authenticated secret package Love disappears, leaving only an empty box in his penthouse garden. Rockstar stated that Love's fate is ambiguous. [2]

Love Media controls approximately "900 radio stations, 300 television stations, 4 networks, 3 satellites, (and) 10 senators", with the Love Media brand name, Love's announcements or related commercials are evident in certain radio stations, including Head Radio, Flashback 95.6, Double Cleff FM, and Chatterbox FM. Love Media also owns the Liberty Tree, Liberty City's local newspaper. Prior to arriving in the city in 2001, Love was residing in the Caribbean and lived on a private yacht.[6] Retcon in Liberty City Stories suggests Love was there to escape Colombian Cartel hostilities in Liberty City in 1998.

Donald Love is believed to have begun doing business in Liberty City from early-2001 onwards, and became a multi-billionaire.[7] This was done as a response to the return of Barry Harcross, a recently acquitted businessman and long time rival of Donald Love, to the city.[8]

While little background information is known, Love is seen as a former apprentice of real estate mogul Avery Carrington, who appeared in Vice City as an associate of Tommy Vercetti; the most evident sign of his link with Carrington is his use of a phrase that was also heard from Carrington, when Love asks that Claude assassinate Kenji Kasen:

Nothing drives down real estate prices like a good old-fashioned gang war, apart from an outbreak of plague, but that might be going too far in this case.

Donald Love makes a third appearance in Liberty City Stories. Love is portrayed as a necrophiliac and possessing a fascination for human corpses, thus explaining his connection to the aforementioned "morgue party" in GTA III. However, several possible continuity errors are also noted: Love had apparently operated in Liberty City in 1998 and already owns several radio stations and newspapers, contrary to what the aforementioned 2001 Liberty Tree article claims.

Donald Love was voiced by Kyle McLachlan.[5]

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition and GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Salvatore Leone

Introduced in: "Salvatore's Called a Meeting"

Killed in: "Sayonara Salvatore"

Salvatore Leone is the Don of the Leone family. According to GTA III's official website, Salvatore was originally from Palermo, Sicily and became Don of the family after a bloody power struggle in the mid-1980s.[9]

Salvatore is introduced to Claude when he called a meeting with Joey Leone, Toni Cipriani and Luigi Goterelli. Early missions instruct Claude to investigate the activities of Curly Bob, who appeared to be leaking information about the Leone family's activities to the Colombian Cartel and, if found guilty, to kill him. Claude is later tasked to destroy a tanker ship that is a drug factory for the Cartel.

Salvatore is portrayed as increasingly paranoid and suspicious of everyone around him. After Claude has destroyed the Colombian Cartel's SPANK factory ship, with the help of 8-Ball under his orders, he betrays and attempts to kill Claude with a trap, trying to establish a deal with the Colombian Cartel. Maria warns Claude of the car bomb and he avoids death. Maria reveals she had told Salvatore that she and Claude were an item which was another reason for Salvatore to kill him. Maria and Claude leave Portland with Asuka Kasen to go to Staunton Island, after which Salvatore is killed by Claude after leaving Luigi's club, as instructed by Asuka Kasen to prove that Claude has finally broken ties with the Leone family.

Salvatore has an unnamed brother, whom he claimed "the police associate Salvatore with."[9]

Salvatore Leone was voiced by Frank Vincent.[5]

See also: GTA: San Andreas rendition and GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

8-Ball

Introduced in: Introduction, jailbreak cutscene

8-Ball is a firearms and explosives specialist who owns three bomb shops in Liberty City. 8-Ball meets Claude shortly after the beginning of the game, when he and Claude escape from a police convoy. As a token of his appreciation, 8-Ball introduces Claude to Luigi Goterelli, an old friend of his, for work.

8-Ball can be seen with both hands bandaged, leaving Claude to do most of the intensive work, such as driving and shooting, when 8-Ball accompanies him. 8-Ball is believed to have sustained scaldings from hot fat poured onto his hands during a scuffle with the police in a raid at his home, before he was arrested.[10] However, in Grand Theft Auto Advance it is said that 8-Ball was ambushed with the game's protagonist, Mike, by the Colombian Cartel, who were using flamethrowers, resulting in the burning of 8-Ball's hands.

While the character of 8-Ball is only present in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Advance, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, 8-Ball explosives shops can also be found in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

8-Ball was voiced by Guru.[5]

See also: GTA Advance rendition and GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Toni Cipriani

Introduced in: "Cipriani's Chauffeur"

Toni Cipriani is a member of the Leone family, working as a caporegime for Salvatore Leone. Early missions with Cipriani are primarily focused on extorting protection money from a Triad-controlled laundromat, by destroying several of the business's delivery trucks. Coupled with a Triad attack during the transportation of the Leone family's high-ranked members to one of Don Salvatore's meetings, a full-blown war between the Leone family and the Liberty City Triads occurred, and Claude was now an enemy to the Triads. The war led to the destruction of the Triad Fish Factory, with Toni instructing Claude to deliver a garbage truck armed with a bomb to the factory.

Toni lives with his mother, Momma Cipriani, and is frequently seen in his family-run restaurant, Cipriani's Ristorante, providing jobs for Claude. The constant nagging from his mother about him not being able to match up to his father and failing to meet her expectations caused him to call the local chat radio station, Chatterbox FM, and complain about his mother's constant bickering.

Toni Cipriani was voiced by Michael Madsen.[5] His last name, Cipriani, is mispronounced once as "Kipriani" in GTA III.[11 ]

See also: GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition, as the protagonist of Liberty City Stories.

Joey Leone

Introduced in: "Drive Misty for Me"

Joey Leone is the son of Don Salvatore Leone. Known for his lack of ambition, Joey works as a mechanic with criminal side-dealings in Portland. In cut scenes he is constantly seen restoring a BF Injection dune buggy, and spending time with his favorite prostitute, Misty. Joey's tasks intended for Claude include theft, assassinations and body disposal.

In the process, Joey introduces the family's caporegime, Toni Cipriani, allowing Claude to perform further jobs with the Leone family. Joey is also mentioned in San Andreas when Carl Johnson meets Salvatore Leone in Las Venturas, stating that he had the pleasure of working with Joey while residing in Liberty City. Joey is referenced again in Liberty City Stories when Salvatore Leone states that he was not as involved in the family.

Joey is also believed to have been responsible for the killing of several high-ranking Forelli family members, which in turn results in a small war between the Leone family and the Forelli family.

Joey Leone was voiced by Michael Rappaport.[5]

Miguel

Introduced in: Introduction, opening bank heist cutscene

Killed in: "Ransom"

Miguel is a Colombian Cartel member and Catalina's partner after Claude, frequently seen with Catalina while running the SPANK drug business in Liberty City. During a mission in which Donald Love requests Claude retrieve a package from the airport, the package is found stolen by the Colombian Cartel and is being handed over to Catalina and Miguel. Claude eventually tracks them down, resulting in Miguel handing over the package and Catalina shooting Miguel, leaving him at the mercy of Asuka, who wrongly believes that he is responsible for the killing of her brother. Miguel is then tortured into revealing information about Catalina's operations, and is soon seen motionless and stabbed in the torso by a pole, killed by Catalina while she killed Asuka and kidnapped Maria.

Miguel was voiced by Al Espinosa.[5]

See also: GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Luigi Goterelli

Introduced in: "Luigi's Girls"

Luigi Goterelli is a co-manager (along with Mickey Hamfists) of a night club called "Sex Club 7" in the Red Light District of Portland Island, and is linked to the Leone family of the Liberty City Mafia. He uses this club as a base for his prostitution business. He is Claude's first boss in Liberty City, and gives him mundane jobs such as driving his girls around and chasing down minor gangsters who mess with his operation.

Luigi Goterelli was voiced by Joe Pantoliano.[5]

Ray Machowski

Introduced in: "Payday For Ray"

Ray Machowski is a corrupt police detective in the Liberty City Police Department who works as an insider for the Liberty City Yakuza. He is introduced to Claude while receiving a payment from Asuka.

Machowski is depicted as very cautious, willing to silence associates who attempt to expose any crime committed by him or his partners, including Leon McAffrey. By the end of his presence in Liberty City, the CIA has begun investigating Machowski's links with the Yakuza, forcing Machowski to flee the city and escape to Miami. In the process of working for Machowski, Claude is introduced to Donald Love, after helping to dispose of embarrassing photographs of Love at a "morgue party".

Machowski makes a second appearance in Liberty City Stories, as a partner of Leon McAffrey. The game reveals that Machowski is initially uncomfortable working for criminals and taking bribes.

Ray Machowski was voiced by Robert Loggia.[5]

See also: GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Kenji Kasen

Introduced in: "Under Surveillance"

Killed in: "Waka-Gashira Wipeout"

Kenji Kasen (Japanese: 加瀬健治, Kasen Kenji) is a co-leader of the Liberty City Yakuza (alternatively known as the waka gashira, as mentioned by Donald Love), who highly respects honor and is also the brother of Asuka Kasen. Kenji operates a casino in Downtown Staunton Island, where he provides jobs for Claude. He is killed later in the game, during a meeting at a multistory car park, by the player. Claude is asked by Donald Love to assassinate Kenji while posing as a Colombian Cartel member, in an effort to drive down local real estate prices with a gang war between the Yakuza and the Cartel.

GTA III's official website hinted that Kenji is considerably inferior in leadership skills to Asuka, as "many cite his 'funny way of speaking' as seriously undermining his authority." Kenji moved to the United States in 1996, five years after Asuka.

Kenji was voiced by Les Mau.[5]

Minor characters

Oriental Gentleman

Introduced in: Introduction, jailbreak cutscene

The unnamed Oriental Gentleman is a minor but key character in the game's storyline, who is also an accomplice of Donald Love. Shortly before GTA III, he was arrested, after arriving in Liberty City on a private airplane from an "unknown departure point somewhere in east Asia", for "failing to satisfy the INS that he had a valid reason for entering the country" and having no proper travel documents (including a passport and visa, "nor a platinum credit card to bribe his way through customs"). As a result, he was to be delivered to a high security penitentiary before he is deported later in October 2001.[12]

Early in GTA III's storyline, the Oriental Gentleman boarded a police convoy to prison, along with Claude and 8-Ball, only to be abducted by Colombian Cartel commandos as the convoy crossed the Callahan Bridge, unintentionally allowing Claude and 8-Ball to escape. He was later held captive by the Cartel in an attempt to extort money from Love. Under orders from Love, Claude rescues the Oriental Gentleman.

The Oriental Gentleman is then tasked by Love to authenticate a mysterious delivery retrieved by Claude. He is also seen, in one cutscene, joining Love for T'ai Chi.

Marty Chonks

Introduced in: "The Crook"

Killed in: "Her Lover"

Marty Chonks is the owner of the Bitchin' Dog Food company. His need for money causes him to perform various illegal activities, which leads him to call Claude. The tasks involve transporting various people to the Bitchin' Dog Food factory, where Marty turns them into dog food. He is killed in the mission "Her Lover" after his wife's lover shoots him with a shotgun.[13]

Marty Chonks was voiced by Chris Phillips.[5]

Momma Cipriani

Introduced in: " Taking Out the Laundry"

Momma Cipriani (aka Ma Cipriani in Liberty City Stories) is the unseen co-owner of Cipriani's Ristorante. She is the mother of Toni Cipriani and is known to frequently nag her son about him not meeting up to her late husband's capabilities.

Momma was voiced by Sondra James.[5]

See also: GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

El Burro

Introduced in: "Turismo"

El Burro (Spanish for "The Donkey") is the leader of the Puerto Rican gang the Diablos who assigns Claude jobs from Portland Island, operating from a pay phone located in the Hepburn Heights housing projects. El Burro is believed to be running a pornography magazine publishing business, based on his phone calls and the magazines stacked in the player's Portland safe house upon completion of all of El Burro's missions. He is never seen in person during the game, although a game art of him was created, and used in publications and the game's interface.

El Burro was also featured previously as a character in Grand Theft Auto, and mentioned in dialog in Vice City, "It ate my favourite El Burro movie!".

El Burro was voiced by Chris Phillips.[5]

King Courtney

Introduced in: "Bling Bling Scramble"

King Courtney is the leader of the Jamaican Yardies who assigns Claude jobs from Staunton Island, operating from a payphone located near Liberty Campus. The primary focus of his jobs are mostly related to attacks against rival gangs. The final job involved Claude being lured into a trap, where Catalina has dispatched vans of "SPANK-ed up madmen" suicide bombers to kill Claude. King Courtney is likely to be part of the plan as well, because after Claude completes the mission, the Yardies try to kill Claude when he enters their turf in Newport. He is never seen in person in GTAIII, but appears in Grand Theft Auto Advance.

King Courtney was voiced by Walter Mudu.[5]

See also: GTA Advance rendition

D-Ice

Introduced in: "Uzi Money"

D-Ice is the leader of the Red Jacks gang who assigns Claude jobs from Shoreside Vale, operating from a payphone located in the Wichita Gardens housing projects. Several of its missions involved attacks and fights against a rival gang, the Purple Nines, which appeared to be supplied with SPANK and are pushing the drug onto the streets. Claude eventually reduced the Purple Nines to only a few members at the time of the final battle between Claude with D-Ice's brother and the last of the Purple Nines. He is never seen in the game.

D-Ice was voiced by Walter Mudu.[5]

Mickey Hamfists

Introduced in: "Luigi's Girls"

Mickey Hamfists is a bodyguard for Luigi Goterelli, and the co-manager of Sex Club 7. Mickey always checks Luigi's visitors for him, and will deliver a written letter to them at times. He is also an enforcer for the Leone family and attends all of the "made" ceremonies. Nevertheless, "police records" from the official GTA III website described him as "a moron." Mickey also has prior convictions for assault, racketeering, and multiple involvements with narcotics.

See also: GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Misty

Introduced in: "Luigi's Girls"

Misty is a woman who works for Luigi Goterelli at Sex Club 7, and is Joey Leone's "regular girl". On two occasions, Claude is asked by Luigi to drive her from one place to another, and told to "keep (his) eyes on the road and off Misty." She lives at an apartment complex in Hepburn Heights.

Misty was voiced by Kim Gurney.[5]

See also: GTA Advance rendition

Mike "Lips" Forelli

Introduced/Killed in: "Mike Lips Last Lunch"

Mike "Lips" Forelli is a high-ranking member of the Forelli family who shows up briefly, when Joey Leone sends Claude to kill him, in an effort to teach the Forelli family a lesson for not repaying debts. Mike is eating at Marco's Bistro in Saint Mark's when Claude steals his car and fits it with a bomb. Mike leaves the restaurant and enters the car, only to be killed in the explosion. Ironically, during the cutscene where he is killed, in the bottom right corner of the screen, the sign of the restaurant is shown and the slogan reads "Eat till you explode!!" The outcome of this mission sparks a war between the Leone and Forelli families.

Kanbu

Introduced in: "Kanbu Bust Out"

Kanbu is a high ranking member of the Yakuza who is busted out of prison by Claude, on orders from Kenji Kasen.

Curly Bob

Introduced/Killed in: "Cutting the Grass"

Curly Bob is the bartender at Luigi's Sex Club 7, who is seen informing on the Leone family for the Colombian Cartel in exchange for SPANK. Under orders by Salvatore, Curly is to be killed if Claude witnesses him leaking information to the Cartel. This occurs at Portland Harbor after he is seen explaining the Leone's activities to Catalina and Miguel, in exchange for SPANK.

Curly Bob was voiced by Hunter Platin.[5]

Leon McAffrey

Introduced in: "Silence the Sneak"

Killed in: "Plaster Blaster"

Leon McAffrey is a corrupt policeman who attempts to turn states evidence for an undisclosed crime in exchange for an honorable discharge.[14] McAffrey is under armed protection when Claude arrives to burn his apartment. With his safehouse ablaze, McAffrey flees in his car, but Claude manages to "kill" him. He still didn't die, and in mission "Plaster Blaster" he dies, because Claude throws explosives to near of his body. McAffrey reappears in Liberty City Stories with a larger role as an aide to Toni Cipriani.

See also: GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition

Phil Cassidy, the One-Armed Bandit

Introduced in: "Arms Shortage"

Phil Cassidy (aka The One-Armed Bandit in the game's credits) is a friend of Ray Machowski, believed to have fought alongside Machowski during a military conflict in Nicaragua. Phil owns a business dubbed "Phil's Army Surplus" in Rockford, at the edge of Staunton Island, specializing in selling military-grade weaponry, as well as providing military vehicles. Phil appears briefly during a mission when Claude is required to protect Phil from a group of Colombian Cartel members, who attempt to extort weapons from Phil. After fending off the cartel members, Phil returns the favor by offering Claude weapons to buy.

Phil is portrayed as having only one arm, losing his left arm in the mission in Vice City:Boomshine Saigon, although it is suggested that he may have lost it in Nicaragua. At the end of the aforementioned mission, Phil states that he would "still have his arm" if Claude had "teamed up with [Phil] at Nicaragua." In Vice City, however, Phil loses his arm in a moonshine explosion.

Phil's last name, "Cassidy", only appears in GTA III's instruction manual map of Liberty City, and is again used during appearances in three future GTA games (Vice City, Liberty City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories). Since his first appearance in GTA III, Phil has been repeatedly associated with the sale of heavy armaments, with his role and background expanded.

Phil the One-Armed Bandit was voiced by Hunter Platin.[5]

See also: GTA: Vice City rendition, GTA: Liberty City Stories rendition and GTA: Vice City Stories rendition

Removed characters

Darkel

Darkel is a character dropped during the development of Grand Theft Auto III. Little is known about the character, except that he was to be a revolutionary street urchin who vowed to bring down the city's economy. One mission involved stealing an ice cream van, using it to attract pedestrians, then blowing it up.[15] This mission was given by El Burro in the final version of the game, to kill a group of gang members. Darkel was also originally expected to give out Rampage-esque missions.[16]

Darkel had his voice recorded for this part by Bill Fiore,[5] but was never used in game. However, the character remains listed in GTA III's manual's credits, as well as having a character texture retained in the game's data files.[17] The official GTA III website suggests that Darkel was to reside in the Harbour Tunnel that runs underneath a portion of Portland.

Curtly

Curtly is the second known character to be deleted during game development, who was to be voiced by Curtis McClarin.[5] Unlike Darkel, no information has been released regarding his role in the game or his significance to the original storyline. He is listed in the game's manual alongside Darkel.

Novy

Novy was originally going to be the main protagonist before being replaced with Claude. He is still in the game's data files and there are several gameplay videos of him on Youtube.

Footnotes

  1. ^ "ImageShack hosted image depicting existence of "Claude" in Grand Theft Auto III data files". http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/9276/claude4nq.jpg. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  2. ^ a b c d "Liberty Tree: "Have You Seen This Woman?"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/story3.html. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  3. ^ Catalina: "The real question is, did you turn up to rescue Maria or to get me back? Well I got news for you, shooting you will be a pleasure but dating you was only business." (Opening cutscene of "Ransom", Grand Theft Auto III.)
  4. ^ Catalina: "Sorry babe. I'm an ambitious girl. And you, you're just small time." (Opening bank heist cutscene, Grand Theft Auto III.)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Full Grand Theft Auto III credits". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277723/fullcredits. Retrieved October 1 2006.  
  6. ^ "Liberty Tree: "An Interview With Donald Love"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/sep2001/story1.html. Retrieved February 1 2007.  
  7. ^ "Liberty Tree: "Donald Love coming to Liberty"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/mar2001/story2.html. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  8. ^ "Liberty Tree: "Business Man Cleared of All Charges Returns to Liberty City"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/feb2001/story4.html. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  9. ^ a b "Liberty Tree: "SALVATORE LEONE: 'Just a Business Man'"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/apr2001/story1.html. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  10. ^ "Liberty Tree: "Another Punch in the Gut for Organized Crime"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/story1.html. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  11. ^ During the player's second mission for him in Grand Theft Auto III, "Taking Out the Laundry", he leaves a note reading "Nobody, and I mean NOBODY messes with Toni Cipriani," but instead of pronouncing his last name the way that Joey Leone did, he says it as if it starts with a "K".
  12. ^ "Liberty Tree: "Elderly Asian Man Held After Failing to Satisfy Immigration"". Official Grand Theft Auto III website. http://www.rockstargames.com/libertytree/story2.html. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  13. ^ Marty Chonks: "I've agreed to see [Claude]...he thinks I'm gonna pay him off...but my guess is...Liberty's dogs are gonna get yet another flavor this month." (Opening cutscene of "Her Lover", Grand Theft Auto III.)
  14. ^ Machowski: "That scumbag McAffrey, he took more bribes than anyone! He thinks that he's gonna get an honorable discharge if he turns states evidence. He just squealed!" (Opening cut scene of "Silence the Sneak", Grand Theft Auto III.)
  15. ^ "Grand Theft Auto: How Smart is the AI?". IGN. http://ps2.ign.com/articles/091/091649p1.html. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  16. ^ "Grand Theft Auto 3 Information". GOURANGA!. http://www.gouranga.com/nf-info-gta3.htm. Retrieved July 26 2006.  
  17. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions for GTA III". GTAForums.com. http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=43867. Retrieved August 28 2006.  

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Template:General VG character Antonio "Toni" Cipriani is a fictional character in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. He first appeared in Grand Theft Auto III as a supporting character, and later as the playable protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Toni is the Caporegime of the Leone family of the Mafia in Liberty City, working directly for Don Salvatore Leone. Toni has a mother, Momma Cipriani (also known as Ma Cipriani in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories), who constantly nags him about him not being able to match up with his father and failing to meet her expectations.

Toni Cipriani was voiced by Michael Madsen in Grand Theft Auto III and Danny Mastrogiorgio in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

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Appearances and Role

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Toni's first chronological appearance was in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, set in 1998. Toni assumes the role of the playable character and protagonist of the game. The event explores Toni's history and exploits in 1998, three years prior to Grand Theft Auto III.

Toni Cipriani left Liberty City for several years and kept a low profile after killing a "made man" for Salvatore Leone. He finally returned to the city in 1998, ready to continue his life of organized crime. Toni is given jobs by a grateful Salvatore, but because he was out of town for so many years, other members of the Leone family have had the time to move up in the hierarchy. Salvatore was forced to strip Toni of his rank and give the position to Vincenzo Cilli during his leave of absence. In return, Toni finds himself having to once again work for the Don, in order to secure a high ranking position in the Leone family.

into an opera house in Liberty City Stories. Toni is depicted in the game to be much thinner than his depiction in GTA III, which takes place three years later.]]

Much of his efforts in achieving this goal include battling two other Mafia families (the the Forellis and the Sindacco family) via several ways, allowing him to be "made" halfway through the storyline. Later, he fights the Liberty City Yakuza on orders from Toshiko Kasen, and finally the Sicilian Mafia, which Caporegime Massimo Torini intended to use to wipe out the Mafia families with and assume control of their territories. When Massimo is successfully killed by Toni, the Leone family are assured to control Liberty City, with Mayor Miles O'Donovan under the Leone family's influence. However, this victory is fleeting and in only a matter of years his work will be undone by Claude, the protagonist of GTA III.

Grand Theft Auto III

is depicted in game as being fatter and having aged significantly, in comparison to his younger self in Liberty City Stories.]]

In Grand Theft Auto III, Claude, the game's playable character, is introduced to Toni Cipriani by Salvatore Leone's son, Joey Leone, who indicates Toni's position as a Caporegime for Salvatore Leone. Early missions with Cipriani were primarily focused on extorting protection money from a Triad-controlled laundromat, by destroying several of the business's delivery trucks. He is also noticeably an old school type of mobster who is very loyal to the Leone's. Toni lives with his mother, Momma Cipriani, and is frequently seen in his family-run restaurant, Cipriani's Ristorante, providing jobs for Claude. The constant nagging from his mother about him not being able to match up with his father and failing to meet up to her expectations had forced him to call the local chat radio station, Chatterbox FM, and complain about his mother's constant bickering.

Physical appearance

In Liberty City Stories, Toni is significantly thinner than Grand Theft Auto III's depiction; this is commented or criticized by his mother, Maria and Salvatore Leone, with his mother and Salvatore in particular commenting about him not being fed well.[1][2][3] By Grand Theft Auto III, Toni is fatter and has aged considerably in the years that have passed between the two games, possibly because Toni had become fed up of being called thin, or simply takes advantage of his position in the Leone family by no longer performing jobs and instead giving orders himself. An easter egg in Grand Theft Auto lV suggest that Toni Cipriani died after 2001. However a graffiti on the wall only says "RIP Toni" bidding him farewell along with previous Protagonists characters. It is unknown how he died and lost power after Salvatorie Leones death to Claude either way this is not considered canon for the GTA lll era.

Notes and references

  1. Maria: (On the phone, as Toni Cipriani enters) "Spot it! One of Salvatore's dogs is bringing me right over...Oh, he's a charmer...Maybe too thin tough." (Opening cut scene of "Taken for a Ride," Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.)
  2. Toni Cipriani: "Ma? I'm back..." / Ma Cipriani: "Look at you! You look so thin! If you were still living here, with your mother, like a son should, you'd be eating right!" (Opening cut scene of "Grease Sucho," Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.)
  3. Salvatore Leone: "Toni! How are you my boy? You look a little thin. Isn't your momma feeding you right?" (Opening cut scene of "Frighteners," Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.)


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Antonio "Toni" Cipriani is the playable protagonist in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and a major character in Grand Theft Auto III. Toni Cipriani was voiced by Michael Madsen in GTA III and by Danny Mastrogiorgio in GTA Liberty City Stories.

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Appearances

GTA Liberty City Stories (circa 1998)

In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Toni Cipriani assumes the role of the playable character and protagonist of the game. GTA Liberty City Stories explores Toni's history and exploits in 1998, three years prior to events in GTA III.

Toni Cipriani left Liberty City for several years and decided to lay low after killing a "made man" for Salvatore Leone. He finally returned to the city in 1998, ready to continue his life of organised crime. Toni is given jobs by a grateful Salvatore Leone, but because he was out of town for so many years, other members of the Leone Family have had the time to move up in the hierarchy. Salvatore was forced to strip Toni of his rank and give the position to Vincenzo Cilli during his leave of absence. Toni now finds himself as a low-ranking goon that has to once again gain favor with the Don, in order to secure a leadership position in the family.

Toni is depicted in the game to be much thinner than his depiction in GTA III. Much of his efforts in achieving his goal of reclaiming his place in the Leone hierarchy include battling two other Mafia families, the Forelli's and the Sindacco's via several means, allowing him to be "made" halfway through the storyline after killing the Liberty City mayor, Roger C. Hole. After being made, his mother calls off a hit she had put on her son. Later, Toni works for millionaire and mayor candidate, Donald Love and fights the Forelli's in order to help the Leone's own City Hall while protecting Donald. Donald Love is eventually found to be in league with Salvatore and Toni which makes him unfit for the office in people's eye. After Miles O'Donovan is elected mayor, Salvatore Leone is arrested on several crime charges forcing Toni to pose as a lawyer while taking jobs from the police station where Salvatore is imprisoned.

Donald Love in a panicked phone call says that he has a lot of propositions for Toni. Upon arriving at the flophouse, Donald Love says that he has plans that will make both Toni and himself rich and orders Toni to kill real estate mogul and former mentor Avery Carrington. Toni and Donald steal Avery's plans and bomb expert 8-Ball is paid to give them explosives in order to destroy Fort Staunton, a Forelli Family area. Toni is called by a mysterious woman, Toshiko Kasen, and asked to fight the local Yakuza organization. After Toni kills her husband, Kazuki, a panicked Donald Love asks Toni for some help to take him to Francis International Airport, as the Colombian Cartel are attacking for stealing Avery's plans. Toni gets Love to the airport safely and brings with him the corpses of Avery Carrington and Ned Burner.

Salvatore is eventually released from jail, after being escorted to the court house by Toni, due to the Sicilian Mafia wanting Salvatore dead. After being released, Toni and Salvatore go to see the mayor, Miles O'Donovan to get his charges dropped, however, Massimo Torini, a high ranking member of the Sicilian Mafia, had kidnapped the mayor. Toni and Salvatore chase Torini and rescue the Mayor from Portland Rock, killing Torini in the process.

GTA III (circa 2001)

By 2001 Toni has become one of the highest ranking members of the Leone Family, behind only Salvatore Leone. The LCPD had attempted to connect Toni and Salvatore throughout 2001, however, they fail to link them beyond his mother's restaurant. Claude, the game's protagonist, is introduced to Toni by Salvatore's son, Joey. Toni hires Claude to attack the Triads, including trying to get protection money from Mr. Wong's Laundromat, destroying some Triad fish vans and the Triad owned fish factory in Callahan Point. Toni also introduces Claude to Salvatore Leone.

In 2001 Toni lives with his mother and is frequently seen in his family-run restaurant, where he provides Claude with jobs. The constant nagging from his mother about him not being able to match up with his father and failing to meet up to her expectations had forced him to call the local chat radio station, Chatterbox FM, and complain about his mother's constant bickering. It is believed that Toni will take control of the Leone Family, simply because, Joey Leone, Salvatore Leone's son, hasn't exactly done much to help the family.

Personality

Toni's behavior in scenes of the game suggest that he is very loyal but is very easy to irritate (of course, this may be in part of that he is surrounded by such strange people, for instance, Vincenzo Cilli, Maria, Joseph Daniel O'Toole, Ma Cipriani, and Donald Love). When he is angry, Toni is capable of practicing extremely violent acts (like using an axe to kill Giovanni Casa and cut his body into small pieces), but he also seems to feel remorseful at times (like when he goes to the Cathedral to make a confession). Toni also believes that people should show proper respect to their parents, seen when he berates Vincenzo Cilli for receiving a blowjob while talking to his mother, and how he desperately tries to please his mother.

In GTA Libery City Stories, Toni is significantly thinner than GTA III's depiction; this is commented or criticized by his mother, Maria and Salvatore Leone, with his mother and Salvatore in particular commenting about him not being fed well. By GTA III, Toni is fatter and has aged considerably in the three years that have passed.


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