The 8 Biggest Villains In The Grand Theft Auto Series

Each Grand Theft Auto game features a new cast of characters. Therefore, new villains are continuously added to the series with each episode. Yet many of them share similar personality traits. They are usually power-hungry, greedy and ruthless ego maniacs. Plus, it’s rare to find one that’s in any way likable.

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But while there are similarities between many of them, they are not all the same. Usually there is something about an antagonist that helps them stand out from others, especially in the case of the best. And the following villains are definitely the best and stay in the memory for a long time.


8 Catalina (Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

Betrayals are common in the Grand Theft Auto series, but few happen as quickly as Catalina betraying Claude in GTA 3. It happens in the game’s opening cutscene, and she becomes the main antagonist from that point on.

She’s clearly a cold woman, as she has no qualms about stabbing Claude in the back and leaving him for dead when they’ve been together for nine years. She does all of this to further her own criminal career. That’s why it’s easy to hate her, making her an effective villain.

seven Dmitri Rascalov (Grand Theft Auto 4)

Grand Theft Auto 4 provides arguably the series’ most compelling main narrative. In fact, it’s one of the best story-based games overall. Many characters contribute to its greatness, including Dimitri Rascalov.

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For the first hours of his acquaintance, Rascalov seems like a good guy and certainly preferable to his friend Mikhail Faustin. But it turns out he’s just the most treacherous as he later betrays Niko. After showing his true colors, it becomes clear that Rascalov has very few positive traits, as he is a cowardly snake. Therefore, it’s fun to drop it.

6 Sonny Forelli (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City)

For much of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Tommy Vercetti is working and trying to appease Sonny Forelli. Eventually, this relationship breaks down and Forelli becomes the main antagonist.

This isn’t an example of a surprise moral turn for the gangster as Forelli seems like a jerk from pretty much the start of the game. After all, he is greedy, manipulative and short-tempered. So the fact that he turns into a really unlikable villain is actually a relief because it means you have to work against this dastardly human being.

5 Devin Weston (Grand Theft Auto 5)

There are a lot of villainous characters in Grand Theft Auto 5 – the protagonists might even be considered villains. However, few are as detestable as Devin Weston.

This guy is a billionaire businessman, and he doesn’t hide it. In fact, he continually references his wealth and talks to anyone who has less money than him, which is pretty much everyone in Los Santos, including Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. He’s a great villain because he’s very easy to understand. Even if you’ve never met someone as wealthy as Weston, you’ll probably meet people with similar attitudes.

4 Darko Brevic (Grand Theft Auto 4)

Darko Brevic is perhaps the closest the GTA series has come to a likable main villain. Still, he’s probably more tragic than sympathetic. After all, this man sold all his comrades for drug money before the events of GTA 4.

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There’s a bit more to it, as he had also become disillusioned with the war after watching some of his loved ones die. This whole mess made him a broken man. It’s a compelling story and helps make Darko an engrossing villain despite his limited screen time.

3 Big Smoke (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

One of the most heartbreaking and surprising betrayals in GTA history is performed by Big Smoke in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. This guy is the first friendly face CJ finds during the game. And in the early hours of the story, he appears to be a loyal member of GSF’s iconic gang.

More so, he seems like an effective comic book character, which makes his betrayal all the more shocking. It makes him a good villain, though, because you really want to get your hands on him.

2 Steve Haines (Grand Theft Auto 5)

In real life, the average person isn’t a fan of government, and they’d hate it even more if Steve Haines actually existed. He’s a pompous FIB agent who only cares about himself and his career. As a result, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to improve his position in government, including seemingly breaking every law imaginable.

What makes it even more hateful is the hold it has over the protagonists. With the dirt he has on Michael, in particular, it could easily ruin his life. So they have to do what he says, and he likes to dominate them.

1 Officer Tenpenny (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

Tenpenny is the first person you meet as CJ in GTA San Andreas. And from that first scene, it’s clear that this man is a big, easy-to-hate villain. For starters, he’s an incredibly corrupt cop who, instead of stopping gang violence and drug trafficking, encourages it and profits from it.

He is also guilty of numerous tales of police intimidation and brutality throughout the game. Seems like he likes having power over people and isn’t afraid to abuse it. So overall he’s a terrible human being.

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