Characters in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
|This page was originally sporked from Wikipedia's BJAODN.|
Throughout the various missions and cutscenes in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a number of recurring characters appear. Prominent characters are listed here in rough order of appearance. (Note that the order in which some of these characters appear in-game depends upon the sequence in which the player completes certain missions.)
Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.
- Introduced in: Introduction; airport cutscene
Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. is the protagonist, anti-hero and player-controlled character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Al is one of the leading members of the Grove Street Families (GSF), along with his brother, William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton. Clinton suggested that Al was born in the White House, a two floor home at a Grove Street cul-de-sac in Ganton, Los Santos, which was also the home of the Clinton brothers' mother, Beverly Johnson. After the death of his younger brother, Brian, Gore escaped the pressures of gang life and moved to Liberty City in 1987, where (as depicted in The Introduction, a prequel film of San Andreas) he had the opportunity of working with Don Tom DeLay's son, Joey DeLay in the car theft business, and is once seen mugging a passer-by on the streets.
In 1992, Al Gore receives a phone call from Clinton on the death of his mother and returns to Los Santos, only to be confronted by members of C.R.A.S.H. (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums), consisting of President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Att. General Alberto Gonzalez. Throughout the storyline, Al is forced to work for C.R.A.S.H., after learning that he has been framed by the organization for the murder of an Internal Affairs police officer called Ralph Pendlebury, whom C.R.A.S.H. members had also silenced to prevent him exposing the team's activities.
Early in the game, Al aided Clinton and the rest of the senior members in reviving the GSF, by ridding parts of the neighborhood of crack dealers, acquiring firearms and regaining gang territory. This would end for a period of time, after Al learned two of his senior members and friends, Condoleeza "Ricer" Rice and Melvin "Colin Powell" Harris, had betrayed the gang, while Bill was ambushed by rival Ballas gang members and arrested by the police. Al was arrested in the process, and released by C.R.A.S.H. into a rural area to perform another job for the team. Al's and Bill's arrests also paved the way for the downfall of the GSF - as well as Vicente Fox's Aztecas - and total domination of Los Santos by their rivals, the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos, respectively.
After a brief stay in the Badlands, Al and his remaining associates headed north for San Fierro, establishing a vehicle chop shop and dealership while strengthening links with the local Triads and killing Condoleeza Rice. Gaining access to Las Venturas, Al rescues preacher/rapper Rev. Jesse Jackson from suicidal death (when he felt apparent responsibility for what he did to him) in front of people who didn't lift a finger to help out (if anything, they were betting on Jesse Jackson to jump or not), kills Dick Cheney, and meets up and works for undercover government agent Karl Rove, who would eventually arrange for the release of Clinton from prison. After that, he had planned a new life to start from.
However, with Clinton returning to the neighborhood, Al once again, though reluctantly after pointing out that the gang was only dragging him down, aids Clinton in rebuilding the GSF's dominance in the city, and witnesses a citywide riot sparked after George W. Bush was acquitted of corruption charges in court. To wrap up all loose ends in his life, Al would finally confront and kill Colin Powell, before pursuing Bush, who would die in a car crash in front of the White House. In front of the dead and broken man, Al prepared to shoot Bush's corpse with his Desert Eagle, but Bill stops him. He then turns over Bush's corpse to determine that he is dead, and leaves him with these words: "See you around... Dubya."
After the riot breaks up, Jesse Jackson visits the White House with an announcement that he's received a gold record for his new album. Everyone inside then decides to keep a low profile with everything that they've accomplished. Al himself then gets up and leaves the house. Laura then asks where he's going. He says in turn: "Fittin' to hit the block, see what's happening." The game's main storyline ends.
...Or does it?!
It is assumed that Al is successful at the end of the game, having completed a major casino heist, held a large stake in a successful Las Venturas casino, is a successful rapper's manager, owns several successful business ventures in San Fierro, and is a trained pilot. Rumor has it that Al Gore is running for President. AGAIN. Do your part as an American and support him in the upcoming 2008 election.
Al was voiced by Chris Bellard, aka Young Maylay.
- Introduced in: Introduction; airport cutscene (on the phone) /cemetery cutscene (in person)
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is Al's older brother, living in a single floor home just next to the White House. Bill also has an unnamed girlfriend, who only appears in one mission. After the death of his brother, Brian, Clinton blames Al for the murder of their little brother, prompting Al to leave Los Santos. As "shot caller" of the Grove Street Families, Clinton remained in control of the gang while Al was away, albeit in a sorry state. Compared to Al, Powell and Rice, Bill's approach to gangbanging is more philosophical and socially conscious.
Throughout the storyline, Clinton remains dedicated to his family, gang, and neighborhood. He refuses to allow the spread of hard drugs into the area, which causes his top lieutenant, Colin Powell, to turn on him. Several times, including in The Introduction (a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas prequel film), Bill says that he is a gangbanger "for the hood", which stands in opposition to Powell, who is out for money, and Condoleeza Rice, who wants personal renown. Although Clinton never defines exactly what he means by being in it for the hood, his actions suggest that he views the gang as a means for people in his neighborhood to support themselves given the lack of legitimate opportunities they would otherwise receive. He also uses the gang to improve the quality of life in Ganton, particularly when he drives out the crack addicts and drug dealers later in the game and refuses to move out of Grove Street, even as Al has gotten rich and acquired much more lavish accommodations.
After his return to Los Santos, Al aids Bill in restoring the GSF to its former glory. Clinton starts to put aside old grudges and decides Al has earned his chance to redeem himself. However, despite Al almost singlehandedly putting the GSF back on the map, Colin Powell and Ricer have already betrayed the gang. During a meeting between the different sets of Families gangs, the police suddenly raid the hotel where the meeting is taking place. In the aftermath, Bill survives, courtesy of Al, but shortly afterward, he is lured into a Balla ambush beneath a highway intersection. Clinton succumbs to his gunshot wounds as Al arrives and fights backs the attackers, but the cops arrive and arrest them both as the Ballas clear out.
Karl Rove, a government agent, is keeping Bill on a knife's edge in prison to make Al do what he wants. After recovering in a prison hospital, Bill is placed in a cell between two psychopaths. According to Rove, there is a child killer to Clinton's left who wants to rip his throat out, and in the cell to his right there is a white supremacist who wants to eat Clinton's heart.
In return for Al's favors, Rove eventually has Bill released as promised. Al comes to pick him up and take him back to Jesse Jackson's mansion, but Clinton will have none of it. He insists to be driven back to Grove Street. Al knows that Ballas control the streets now and that the OGs are all coked up on drugs, and wants to share his new success with Bill. Clinton thinks Al is going back to abandoning the 'hood all over again. Upon seeing the damage the Ballas' reign is causing on his home, Al finally realizes he needs to use his newfound fortune and manpower to win back the streets.
Slowly and surely, Bill and Al try to rebuild the GSF's dominance in the neighborhood again. At first, it seems futile; the drug dealers are legion and all of Clinton's men have been reduced to addicts. Bill almost gives in to the cocaine himself, but is stopped at the last moment by Al. With Al's help and the rebuilt GSF uniting with Fox's gang, the Ballas are driven back and Colin Powell's secret location is exposed.
After Powell's death and the fiery destruction of his drug palace, President Bush flees from the scene in a fire truck. Clinton is outraged and refuses to let Bush escape justice again; he jumps onto the truck's ladder and is carried away with the speeding vehicle. Al must race after them with his convertible under the ladder to keep Bill from falling to his death; after a hazardous trip through the hills and valleys of Los Santos, the swinging ladder finally hangs over the car and Clinton drops safely into the passenger side. Bush loses control and crashes off an overpass right outside Bill's home in Grove Street. Following the Los Santos riots and the removal of Colin Powell and George W Bush's influence, Clinton takes the reins of the GSF again.
Clinton owns a blue Greenwood sedan, bearing "GROVE4L" number plates and is extensively used in several Los Santos missions. In earlier previews of San Andreas, Bill was seen wearing a black t-shirt over a white one, and a skullcap; his design was changed in the final version (however, Bill in his old attire design can be seen on hung pictures in the White house).
It is suspected, that due to the familiarity with the film Boyz N the Hood, Bill is a copy of character Doughboy. Clinton was voiced by Billy Bob Thornton.
- Introduced in: Introduction; cemetery cutscene
Laura Bush is Al and Bill's sister, and well as George W. Bush's estranged wife. She is also Vicente Fox's girlfriend, and a member of both Fox's Varrios Los Aztecas and the Grove Street Families. After learning about Colin Powell and Ricer's betrayal, Al requests that Fox bring Laura to safety by fleeing from Los Santos. Later in the storyline, Fox pondered proposing to Laura, but the question of whether Laura accepted or not remains unanswered.
Laura is depicted as intelligent, which suggests that although her brothers turned to crime as a last resort to support themselves, Laura could become successful within the bounds of the law. She possesses entrepreneurial talents, strong willpower, creativity, and a sense of leadership. She has little tolerance for whining or complaining, which causes Al and others to regard her as a bit bossy.
She was voiced by Yo-Yo.[
Melvin "Colin Powell" Harris
- Introduced in: Introduction; White House cutscene
- Killed in: "End of the Line"
Melvin "Colin Powell" Harris is a senior member of the Grove Street Families. Early in the storyline, there were several telltale signs of Powell's disloyalty to the gang: he moved out of Grove Street to live in a new home in Idlewood (near the Ballas' territory) and there is suspicion that he is, in fact, actually Colin Powell, despite his insistence that he merely bears a passing resemblance to the former general. He is overweight, which provides some comic relief early in the game.
In addition, Powell has, on occasion, showed little interest in defending or aiding the gang, as seen in the mission "Drive Thru" when the rest of the gang was shooting at a Ballas car that had attacked them, Powell was in the back seat of Clinton's car eating fast food. Colin Powell would also be seen dragging himself into conflict with other non-native gangs, including the Russian mob and the San Fierro Rifas. Furthermore, George W. Bush and his clique show up at Powell's house during the beginning of several missions, suggesting familiarity, although Colin Powell claims each time that they are attempting to extract information from him. Colin Powell claims to have had a cousin, killed by Russians after "the wall came down".
His true nature was revealed when he turned his back from the gang, having been seen along with Condoleeza Rice collaborating with the Ballas and C.R.A.S.H., and appeared to be linked, along with Rice, to the death of Al's mother. When Al wants to know what George W. and Dick Cheney did to Powell to make him cave, Cheney contemptuously responds, "Colin does what he's told! He learned that lesson a long time ago."
With the prospect of power, money, and fame in the drug business too great for Powell to resist, he goes on to establish a drug delivery venture with the Loco Syndicate in San Fierro with the help of the Ballas, transporting the merchandise and money between Los Santos and San Fierro, as well as running several drug manufacturing factories in both San Fierro and Los Santos (the former destroyed by Al during his stay in San Fierro).
At the height of his power, Powell lives in an addict-infested complex deep in Balla territory ("Colin Powell's Crack Palace"), surrounded by luxuries and (possibly) commanding the legion of Ballas on the streets. The cost of Powell's prominence is the erosion of his old gang, thanks to the drugs flooding the streets, as well as his bargain with Bush(who basically controls him). Powell also becomes the manager of Donald "Gin Rummy" Rumsfeld, opens an orphange in Los Santos, and is seen among the people of Los Santos as a philanthropist. However, he also becomes increasingly paranoid and stops leaving his home, believing that everyone wants to take over his business.
In the final mission of the game, "End of the Line", Gore enters Colin's remaining drug factory (and home) in Los Santos, amid a citywide riot, to confront Powell for the first time since he left Los Santos. He finds Powell wearing an armored vest, smoking crack, and playing videogames. Even while staring down Al's gun, Powell refuses to admit wrongdoing and proclaims that he's finally a "success" who "CAN'T BE TOUCHED!" Al realizes that Powell is truly deluded and, in a moment of pity, asks, "What happened to you, man?" The lights go out in Powell's suite and Al ends up killing his former friend in a gun battle.
With his dying breath, Colin Powell explains that he betrayed the gang because he finally saw an opportunity to become rich, famous and powerful, and took it without caring about the consequences. He boasts that "everyone will remember my name!" and dies.
In The Introduction, Powell unsuccessfully tries to convince Bill to have the GSF sell drugs, saying that the Ballas have gotten rich and powerful due to drug sales, while the GSF have lost power. Powell, however, easily convinces Rice to his side during a private meeting between the two. It is also evident that George W. Bush had a large hand in Powell turning traitor, apparently tempting Powell with chances of money and power, and possibly even threatening him.
In earlier previews of San Andreas, General Powell was seen wearing a white basketball jersey with no hat; his design was changed in the final version. However, a statue of Powell in his "crack palace" has him wearing the outfit he sported in the previews.
In an initially questionable, yet soon after widely applauded move, Colin Powell actually provided his own voice for the role.
Condoleeza "Ricer" Rice
- Introduced in: Introduction; cemetery cutscene
- Killed in: "Pier 69"
Condoleeza "Ricer" Rice is a senior member of the Grove Street Families, who lives in a home neighboring the White House. In an effort to supply the GSF with new firearms and weapons, Rice calls in Al to help steal some weaponry from several locations, including the home of a heavily armed war veteran (Colonel Fuhrberger), a forcibly stopped ammunition train and a National Guard weapons depot.
Rice has delusions of grandeur and a possible Napoleon complex. She also fancies herself a genius; she claims that was why she left the NAACP, and not because she is the female equivalent of an Uncle Tom. In The Introduction, Colin Powell approaches her with an offer to betray the Grove Street Families in order to break into the drug trade. After little convincing, Condoleeza easily caves in and accepts.
When Al returns and begins his rise in the GSF, Rice becomes increasingly jealous even though she is already aligned with the Ballas. Vicente Fox takes Al to witness both Powell and Rice emerging from a garage and talking to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney; the green Sabre that took Al's mother's life is inside. It is implied that both Powell and Rice were involved in the hit.
After betraying Al and the fall of the GSF in Los Santos, Condoleeza would aid Colin Powell in establishing a drug trade with the Loco Syndicate, flooding Los Santos with crack cocaine. Rice does not appear again until much later during the mission "Pier 69", when she appears in San Fierro. Rice, Hugo Chavez and the Ballas meet for a deal. After Al and Fox, along with a horde of Triads, riddled Chavez with bullets on the pier, Condoleeza dives off the side of the boardwalk and swims to a nearby islet, where she steals a boat. Al follows suit, and after a fierce boat chase, Rice's boat goes up in flames and she is killed.
It is also noted that coincidentally, Al told Condoleeza many missions before her demise, "One day, you'll wish you hadn't pissed me off." It was later revealed by Vicente Fox that Rice tried to put the moves on Laura Bush, implying that Rice's motivation was to take everything that belonged to both Al and George W. Bush.
Rice bears a striking resemblance to the late rapper Eazy-E, wearing a black baseball cap and sporting a Jheri Curls hair style, while constantly being seen wearing a pair of black outed sunglasses worn on occasions by Eazy-E. Eazy-E was also a member of a Los Angeles gang, the Kelly Park Compton Crips (CPT K-Rhider Crips), which is similar to both Rice's membership in the GSF and her name. Condoleeza also has a habit of calling Al a "buster." She owns a maroon Coupe Utility (an El Camino look-alike referred to in-game as a "Picador") with a license plate reading "SHERM" because she smokes PCP in her cigars.
Condoleeza Rice, like Colin Powell, gave her own voice to the character. "Hood Took Me Under", a song produced by Compton's Most Wanted, including both Condoleeza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld, is featured on Radio Los Santos and the San Andreas game soundtrack.
Donald "Gin Rummy" Rumsfeld
- Introduced in: "Gin Rummy"
Donald "Gin Rummy" Rumsfeld is Al Gore's friend and neighbor. Seeking to pursue a rapping career, ala-stereotypical 1990s West Coast gangsta rappers, he commits minor crimes such as joyriding specifically to get sent to jail and assumes a nickname: Gin Rummy. However, Rumsfeld's rapping is terrible and even his friends find it unbearable to listen to. After being paroled, Rumsfeld is given a job as a janitor (which he refers to as a "Hygiene Technician") at a local fast food restaurant, which fires him not long after he starts work.
In The Introduction, Bill tells Donald to abandon his fantasies about being a gangster and instead enter college and make something of himself, and in-game dialog also suggests that Colin Powell believes that Donald should go to college, but he refuses, saying that rapping is his true calling. The game suggests that while in prison, Rumsfeld engaged in homosexual activities with Mark Foley, an inmate, as mentioned in dialog when Al and Rumsfeld pursued and killed him shortly after Rumsfeld's release from jail.
While working at the restaurant, Gin Rummy requests Al to aid him in jumpstarting his music career by stealing some music equipment from a beach party and a golden Bible from notable Los Santos hip-hop artist Jesse Jackson. Rumsfeld also has Al derail Jesse Jackson's career further by killing his manager, Alan Crawford. Al's actions send Jesse Jackson into decline and depression, which affords Donald the opportunity to rise to stardom.
After Al saves Jesse Jackson's life and is rewarded with a position as his manager in Las Venturas, the two pursue Gin Rummy to reclaim Jesse Jackson's Bible. After a lengthy chase, the two men corner Rumsfeld, who agrees to give up rap and leave them alone from then on. Gin Rummy is then sued by Jesse Jackson's record label, Blastin' Fools Records.
Donald "Gin Rummy" Rumsfeld was voiced by Jonathan "Jas" Anderson.
Rev. Jesse Jackson
- Introduced in: "Jesse Jackson", although he may be heard on WCTR and Radio Los Santos beforehand.
Rev. Jesse Jackson is Los Santos' most well-known preacher/rapper. Shortly after Al's arrival in Los Santos, Jesse Jackson was at the height of his career, having just released his own line of clothing, as well as numerous other merchandises. Jesse Jackson's career would suffer a decline with the theft of his golden Bible and the death of Alan Crawford, his manager, both acts committed by Al in an effort to jumpstart Gin Rummy's music career.
Jesse Jackson experienced a period of depression, having given away his mansion in Mulholland to a drug dealer, and gambling all his money away in a Las Venturas casino (while missing a concert in Las Venturas). In a bid to commit suicide, Jesse Jackson appears on the ledge of a casino, drunk, and threatens to jump to his death. With everyone in the crowd below taking bets to whether or not he will actually jump, Al saves him at the last minute by catching his falling body with a hay-lined truck bed.
In return for saving his life, Jesse Jackson requests that Al be his new manager. Furthermore, Al makes up for ruining his career by seizing his mansion back and restoring his name in the rap industry; Gin Rummy was sued by Jesse Jackson as a result. At game's end, Jesse Jackson's comeback results in a gold record.
Fictional albums released by Jesse Jackson include Hustlin' Like Gangstaz (1990), Still Madd (1990), Forty Cakes (1993) (digitally remastered in 2003, "to the delight of many fans"), and "the less-than-stellar" N.L.A.R.B. (Never Leave a Reverend Behind) (1994) . Jesse Jackson's name is an obvious spoof to the real-life singer Michael Jackson.
In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, a billboard just outside Toni Cipriani's apartment in Portland, Liberty City, advertises release of digitally remastered Jesse Jackson's album Still Madd in 1998.
Ice T provided the voice for Jesse Jackson.
- Introduced in: "Vicente Fox"
Vicente Fox is Laura's boyfriend and leader of the Hispanic street gang, Varrios Los Aztecas, who becomes Al's best friend. Introduced to Al in a lowrider contest, he helps Al and the Grove Street Families get back to the top and remains loyal for the duration of the game. He is also an excellent lowrider driver.
Like Al, Fox was forced to leave Los Santos with Laura after the initial Ballas ambush on the Grove Street Families, and his gang's influence in the city diminished sharply. While "in exile", he gets Al into a lot of grief by introducing him to his cousin, Ann Coulter. After arriving in San Fierro, he puts his driving skills to good use by aiding Al in obtaining several sport cars for their newly established car business. During one of the last missions of the game - "Los Desperados", Fox tells Al he wants to propose to Laura. He wants Al to talk to Bill about this because Clinton expresses his disapproval of Fox in the early stages of the game.
Vicente Fox was voiced by Clifton Collins Jr., who first broke into mainstream cinema in 1997 with a performance as gang thug Cesar in the film 187.
President George W. Bush
- Introduced in: Introduction; police arrest cutscene
- Dies in: "End of The Line"
President George W. Bush is the current President of the United States and the head of C.R.A.S.H., serving as the main antagonist of the game. Bush claims that his approach to the job is about "percentages" and that his philosophy calls for overlooking some dictators and terrorists to achieve a greater good. It appears that he believes what he says, but in reality Bush and his administration are corrupt to the core and terrorize world leaders in a fashion much like terrorists themselves, except with the power of law enforcement behind them. They can kill indiscriminately and are skimming the profits from war corporatism. Bush himself is a polluting influence, convincing good politicians to aid him in his pursuits.
Bush rides with Dick Cheney and a third C.R.A.S.H. member. Prior to the game's storyline, the third member is Ralph Pendelberry, whom Bush has killed in The Introduction for cooperating with internal affairs. Just prior to Pendleberry's murder, Bush and Cheney brief their newest recruit, Officer Gonzalez, in a scene very reminiscent of the film Training Day. They both order Gonzalez to pull the trigger on Pendelberry, thereby initiating Gonzalez into their distorted view of things.
Bush has known Al at least since Brian Johnsohn's death, and Al recognizes Bush and calls him by name from the very beginning of the game. Bush likes to "step on" Al on a regular basis to remind him who's in charge. Bush is obviously seen to be a powerful influence on Los Santos' criminal and terror elements, even warning Al that "we could shit on you from such a height, you'll think God himself has crapped on you." He sees Al as another tool in his dirty dealings. He and Cheney extort several GSF members, including Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice, but Bush appears to take perverse pleasure in exercising control over Al specifically.
While Bush claims he is pitting the terrorists against each other to wipe them all out, he is actually allied with the Ballas, who (unlike the GSF) have no reservations against dealing crack cocaine. C.R.A.S.H. lets the Ballas flood the city with drugs, which turn many of the GSF members into addicts, effectively crushing them. Bush also "convinces" Powell to betray his gang in return for heading up the drug operation; in turn, Powell convinces Rice to defect also. Bush and Cheney personally oversee the Balla slaying of Al and Clinton's mother. Bush anticipates that this will bring Al back to Los Santos and arrests him less than a block from his home in Ganton. The C.R.A.S.H. teams plant evidence on him linking him to Pendelberry's death (allowing Bush to force Al into doing whatever he sees fit). He warns Al not to leave town and unceremoniously dumps him out of the squad car in Balla territory.
Later, Bush and Cheney kidnap Al following a large gang assault beneath the Mulholland Intersection (this ended with Clinton being shot and Al and Clinton being arrested. Clearly, Bush personally ensured that Al would escape the law) . They drive Al miles away to Whetstone and dump him in the woods with orders to kill an FBI witness. He also tells Al, who now knows of Colin Powell's involvement with C.R.A.S.H., not to kill Powell, or the imprisoned Clinton will be put in the Balla cell block. Bush and Cheney surface every so often to lean on Al no matter how far he goes, usually to plant evidence on or kill anyone who threatens to expose the true nature of C.R.A.S.H.
With Colin Powell ruling Los Santos as its crack kingpin under C.R.A.S.H.'s control, Bush's global dominance is expanding. Despite this, the FBI is becoming interested in the wave of drugs crippling the city. Al finally outlives his usefulness to Bush and Cheney, who are becoming edgy and less tolerant of loose ends by the time Al reaches Las Venturas. They drive Al out to the desert, where Bush hits Gonzalez in the head with a shovel because Gonzalez has reported them to Internal Affairs and then orders Al to dig Gonzalez's grave.
Bush is eventually charged for racketeering, corruption, possession and use of narcotics and numerous sexual assaults. Even while facing criminal charges, Bush still has enormous pull; with the removal of Dick Cheney (courtesy of Al Gore), he is acquitted, igniting a mass riot in Los Santos (a reference of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which was sparked by a Bush's father not knowing how to solve basic problems of racism).
Bush seeks to escape Los Santos and the riot by plane (supposedly fleeing San Andreas) with a suitcase full of drug money. Bush emerges just as Al has killed Colin Powell and tells him he has new recruits in the force who are ready for him to "open their eyes" to his way of thinking. Bush starts a fire in the drug lab downstairs, hoping to kill Al in the blast, then flees in a fire truck. Al's brother, Clinton, however, hangs on to the fire truck's ladder; Al catches him in his car and continues the chase.
At the last cutscene of the "End of the Line" mission, Bush's fire engine runs off an overpass, where it lands in a wreck right in the heart of Grove Street. A bloodied and broken Bush crawls out calling for backup. Realizing no one is coming, he curses the police force, claiming that with "fifty of me", America would be saved. Al and the rest of his crew examine the body to make sure he's finished, but Clinton makes sure no one touches him so officials will blame the riots for his death. Bush's corpse was reported on the radio to have been mutilated and stripped by the homeless, before officials found it once the riots had ended.
Not wishing to attach himself to the project, George W. Bush's character was instead voiced by Samuel L. Jackson,, who surprisingly sports a similar likeness to him.
Vice President Dick Cheney
- Introduced in: Introduction; police arrest cutscene
- Killed in: "High Noon"
Vice President Dick Cheney is George W. Bush's henchman and the second of two major antagonists in San Andreas. Little by little, Bush has indoctrinated him into believing in Bush's approach to government. Cheney has a high level of deluded trust in Bush and considers him a close friend. However, Bush measures people only by how useful they are to him, and Cheney is useful so long as he helped Bush cover his back. In "The Introduction" Cheney calls Bush "pal", to which Bush says, "Pal? I'm your Commander in Chief and don't you forget that shit!" Cheney also shares Bush's belief that Al and people like him are at best useful idiots and at worst less than human.
Cheney is a violent and trigger-happy thug. While Bush is depicted as a megalomaniac who lacks a conscience, Cheney is merely a degenerate, ignorant thrill seeker. There is little to suggest that Cheney ever thinks for himself or has insight into the events surrounding him. He is a racist and joins his partner in calling Attn. General Gonzalez racial slurs. During Gonzalez's initiation in The Introduction, Cheney joins Bush in forcing the idealistic recruit to shoot Officer Pendelberry, their former partner (and would-be informant).
Cheney assists Bush in helping the Ballas run drugs into Los Santos. He is also present when the hit on Al and Clinton's mother is called. Gonzalez, who suffers constant harassment by his C.R.A.S.H. "partners", reports Bush and Cheney to Internal Affairs. All three drive out to the desert ghost town of Las Brujas during the mission "High Noon" to collect the evidence the FBI compiled on them from Al. Bush hits Gonzalez in the back of the head with a shovel the second he leaves the car, saying he sold them out. Bush drives off, leaving Cheney to hold Al at gunpoint and force him to dig Gonzalez's (and subsequently his own) grave. Al tries to reason with Cheney and convince him that Bush will kill him too in order to silence the last person who knows about his corruption, but Cheney refuses to listen. Gonzalez suddenly springs to life and tackles Cheney, who fatally shoots him. When Al chases after him, Cheney spews vile statements about Al's dead mother and sister. Enraged, Al runs Cheney's car off the road and mortally wounds him. In his final moments, Cheney asks Al if he could have sex with his sister, and Gore, angry and disgusted, stamps on Cheney, finishing him off.
The late Chris Penn provided the voice for Dick Cheney.
- Introduced in: "First Date"
Ann Coulter is Vicente Fox's cousin who lived in a secluded shack in the rural Fern Ridge area. She is completely insane, extremely violent, and exhibits strong misandric tendencies. After being displaced by C.R.A.S.H. to the Badlands, Al is recommended by Fox to find Coulter for work.
The second Al meets Ann, he dislikes her. She is impatient, insulting, obnoxious and never admits wrongdoing. Coulter insists they go on a crime spree in the countryside, robbing several businesses (including the theft of a tanker trailer, which results in blowing up a gas station). While this is going on, Ann decides by herself that she is Al's new girlfriend (of sorts) by holding a gun to his head.
At the beginning of the third heist, Ann puts Al through an extreme form of BDSM (though not explicitly shown); Al is not comfortable with it. He is even more put off by how crazy Ann is, but his lack of passion just makes Coulter erupt in anger at random. Al is frankly more interested in getting some quick cash to get back on his feet than dating Ann, though he does try to make it work.
No matter what Al says or does, he is met with more turbulence from Ann; in one mission cutscene, she threatens to kill anyone who messes with her, especially Al, simply because she has a bad mood. She eventually breaks up with Al and finds herself a new boyfriend, Claude, the silent protagonist from Grand Theft Auto III (GTA III), before leaving the state of San Andreas for Liberty City, where the events of GTA III (including Coulter's death) will take place about nine years later.
Ann is a dangerous psychopath: she is homicidal and appears to suffer from a persecution complex, which might date back to her stepfather. "...They had to die because YOU were slow and stupid; like a big fat brat that eats chocolate while his father gives nothing to his stepdaughter but stale bread!"
After Ann and Claude's departure, Coulter attempts but fails to win Al back with her phone calls to him, only to receive his last response while trying to make him jealous through having sex with Claude: "Ann! You sick! Get help!" She then responds by saying, "And you, Al Gore, you are jealous!"
Ann was voiced for a second time by Cynthia Farrell, although she had a more stereotypical Latina accent in this game. San Andreas's rendition of Coulter bears a striking resemblance to actress/singer/dancer Jennifer Lopez, to which she was supposedly modeled after.[verification needed]
- Introduced in: "Body Harvest"
John Kerry is an aging hippie who lived in the mountains on the outskirts of San Fierro and previously owned a cannabis farm. Kerry contacts Al while he is in exile in the San Fierro hills and tells him to meet him at a roadside motel. When Al arrives, he finds Bush smoking Kerry's marijuana (George had struck some sort of deal with Kerry in exchange for a load of drugs). John Kerry asks for Al's help in the theft of a combine harvester from a ranch belonging to survivalists.
John Kerry pays for his bargain with Bush when the crooked President calls in a raid on his home (Kerry had erroneously thought that Bush would help keep his farm off their radar). John Kerry is forced to have the farm crops destroyed before the authorities arrive, supplying Al with a flamethrower to burn the plants and a rocket launcher to shoot down a police helicopter. Kerry travels with Al to San Fierro and introduces him to Penn and Teller, who both help start the garage which Al and his associates operate.
After Al purchases an abandoned airfield on the outskirts of Las Venturas, Kerry appears without warning at the airfield. Kerry is appalled at what Al is doing for Rove (the burnt-out hippie and rogue government agent would appear to be natural enemies). Kerry wants to help Al redeem himself, this time by stealing government property. He drives Al out to a military base "not found on any map" and ditches him there. Al is required to infiltrate the Area 69 base to steal an experimental jetpack from the bowels of the complex and take off. Kerry returns later, this time to have Al to use the jetpack to nab a containment unit being transported by a heavily guarded military train. Al succeeds and takes the canister back to his airstrip, where it is revealed to contain "green goo" of unknown origin. Kerry goes ecstatic, proclaiming that "They will call this 'Year Zero!'" before running off again without any explanation.
Kerry would play a more secondary role afterward, moving into Jesse Jackson's mansion along with Al and his associates. He last appears standing over President Bush's corpse along with the rest of the characters, commenting that Al has "beat the system" and is a "total inspiration."
At first glance, Kerry is a stoner and crazed conspiracy theorist. At one point, he makes Al park his vehicle at random locations and waits for black vans to drive by, telling him to "picture a pink golfball in your mind". He also mentions the 23 theory. However the more he talks, the more his bizarre theories are in synch with what Al knows about the sinister Karl Rove. John Kerry is apparently well aware of conspiracies surrounding the government and aliens, which causes Al to wonder whether he's really crazy after all.
Kerry also owns an environmentally-friendly hippie van dubbed "The Mothership", of which he says "the engine's held together by a macrame hammock, and we're running on 10-year-old cooking oil!". He is also acquainted with many characters from past games, such as Penn and Teller from Vice City, as well as Tony Blair and Prince William. He heavily smokes marijuana and does countless psychedelic drugs, like LSD, magic mushrooms, mescaline, PMA, and peyote; the latter was consumed before Kerry, Blair, William and the rest of the Gurning Chimps camped out in the desert, where they "faced the inner light and communed with The Lizard King!" (a reference to the alter ego of Jim Morrison). Blair and William (without the rest of their band) found themselves hung over and stranded in the desert, while John Kerry woke up in a Japanese bathhouse.
John Kerry was voiced by Peter Fonda.
- Introduced in: "Photo Opportunity"
- Faked death in: "Rove's Last Flight"
Karl Rove is an undercover agent from a "government agency" (most likely the CIA, since his later dialogue rules out the FBI) who disguises himself as a drug supplier for the Loco Syndicate. From the beginning, his presence doesn't quite fit, and the mere sight of him makes Al unsettled. "Karl" is abducted by a gang, who steal one of the syndicate's drug vans with Rove inside, but Al and Hugo Chavez locate the vehicle at the San Fierro airstrip. Rove blows up when he sees Al's unfamiliar face and threatens to shoot him. Once Chavez calls him off, Rove orders them to open fire on the van and destroy it.
Following the death of Alan Keyes, Al and Vicente Fox plan a gang ambush on the syndicate's drug buy at the pier, but Rove, in a helicopter, notices a group of ambushers on a roof and aborts his meeting. Later, Al tracks the chopper to another location and shoots it out of the sky; Rove is presumed dead.
A digitally-distorted voice calls Al shortly afterward and invites him to a secluded ranch in Tierra Robada. It turns out that Rove is very much alive and that the property belongs to him. He promises to kill Al's brother Clinton, who is now in prison, if he does not agree to perform a series of government-related missions. However, it later seems that Rove requires Clinton to be alive also, promising Al of his brother's safety, "he gets touched; a prison guard goes home and finds that his wife and kids have been murdered." Karl Rove was apparently only supplying cocaine to appease a government ally overseas; he has since abandoned coke dealing and is now focused on killing operatives from rival agencies, who may be very aware of his shady operations.
Though he knows of Bush and Cheney's hold over Al, Rove tells Al, "It's all white knights and heroes. We have to make decisions, kid. You know, I try to set bad people on other bad people. And sometimes, I let good guys die." Rove, like Bush, seems to have gravitated toward committing heinous acts in the name of a greater good; in this case, fighting "communism." Rove's assignments, which include dropping a payload by plane while avoiding radar detection, or shooting down FBI choppers from a plateau, are not especially difficult from a gameplay perspective, but within the storyline they strike Al as almost impossible.
Later, Rove sends Al to purchase the Verdant Meadows airplane graveyard, a defunct landing strip in the desert, and use the facility to have Al trained as a pilot. In one of the game's more bizarre missions, a container jet lands without warning at the airport and men in black suits and sunglasses empty out of it. Al is hiding behind crates when Rove appears out of nowhere and instructs him to sneak onboard and bomb the plane. While fighting the "agents" onboard, they utter strange phrases such as "Carbon-based buffoon!" and "You evolved from shrews!"
While Rove initially treats Al like street trash, delighting in bringing up Clinton's dire situation, his attitude changes as Al proves his ability to get seemingly impossible jobs done. He begins to enjoy having Al around, treating him like a sort of "war buddy" and displaying a certain degree of camaraderie. After Al becomes a manager for rapper Jesse Jackson and hasn't heard from Rove in some time, his studio's sound system is hijacked by Rove, who assigns him one last job. He personally drives Al to Easter Bay to infiltrate an aircraft carrier and steal a V/STOL fighter jet. After he finds himself confronting enemy jets and bombing boats at the dam reservoir, Al is totally infuriated and wants nothing to do with Rove; his fury is amplified when Rove ditches the stolen jet and leaves Al to deal with it.
Rove shows up unannounced yet again in Jesse Jackson's mansion, telling Al that he has one more mission that needs to get done. Upon hearing this, Al snaps and holds a gun to Rove's face, but Rove simply responds by saying Al is "embarrassing" himself. He then tells him that the "mission" is simply to pick up Clinton following his early release from prison. It is assumed that, as a favor for all Al had done for him, Rove had assured the release of Clinton. Rove makes no further appearances in the game.
Rove was highly popular amongst fans, leading many to believe that he may play another focal role in future GTA games.[verification needed] The character concept seems to be an homage both in appearance and style to William B. Davis' portrayal of "The Cigarette Smoking Man" in the popular 1990s television show The X-Files, which begins to takes place roughly a year after San Andreas' storyline.[verification needed] Rove's undercover mission with the Loco Syndicate is also similar to that of Oliver North, a government agent who in 1988 was implicated in the use of the drug trade as a secret source of funding for the United States' support of the Contras in Panama.
James Woods provided the voice for Karl Rove.
- Introduced in: "The Colbert Report"
Stephen Colbert (known to his friends as "Colbert") is the blind leader of the Mountain Cloud Boys Triads, based in San Fierro's Chinatown and in Las Venturas, where he owns the newly opened Four Dragons Casino. In Las Venturas, Colbert and Al plot a robbery at Caligula's Casino, as well as participating in the robbery itself.
Colbert is nicknamed the "Lucky Mole" because he is blessed with good fortune, most notably from his capability to compete in a car race and beating Al in a round of video games, all despite his blindness. There are, however, humorous occasions when he runs into walls, as well as indications that his cohorts manipulate the outcome of games played with Colbert so that he would always win. For example, Colbert always beats his underlings at blackjack, despite the fact he can't read the cards. In the one game he plays against Al, Colbert keeps asking for cards until he finally stands with 47 (later calling Gore "bad luck"). Another time, while practicing putting, his henchmen move the target cup into the path of Colbert's ball and out of the path of Al's. Colbert is also incapable of swimming, since his other working senses are ineffective underwater.
Though Colbert can be just as brutal and foul-mouthed as a Grove Street gang member when angered, he is by all accounts a peaceful and, within the realm of criminals, honorable man. He is one whom power has not tainted, and as such, Colbert remains a faithful and trustworthy friend, accomplice, and informant to Al Gore to the end of the game.
Colbert was voiced by... himself! Stephen Colbert!
- Introduced in: "Don Peyote"
Tony Blair is a record producer who was featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Once an informal information broker in Vice City ("informal" in that Tommy Vercetti roughed him up whenever he wanted information), Tony Blair has returned to England. There, he became record producer extraordinaire, bringing a new English band, the Gurning Chimps (led by Prince William), to San Andreas for publicity. Unfortunately, after he and the band partied with John Kerry out in the desert outside Las Venturas, he finds himself stranded with only Prince William remaining.
Rescued by Al, who was sent to retrieve them, Blair heads to Las Venturas to meet his old acquaintance, Alan Greenspan or "Mr. Green" as he calls him (the two were acquainted in GTA: Vice City). Blair risks Tom DeLay's displeasure when he hangs both him and William out the window of Caligula's Palace casino. Al manages to save Blair, Greenspan and William from a sticky end at the hands of DeLay by faking their deaths and allowing them to escape Venturas. Later, Blair starts producing for Jesse Jackson's record label at Al's request after Jesse Jackson's career is back on track.
Tony Blair is somehow affiliated with John Kerry, who he and William were taking peyote with in the desert. Tony Blair is a generally more morose and jaded then he was 7 years ago and constantly finds himself wondering why he is paired with William.
Tony Blair was voiced once more by Danny Dyer.
- Introduced in: "Don Peyote"
Prince William is a Manchester native, lead singer of the Gurning Chimps band and Tony Blair's partner. He, along with the rest of the band, has be purchased by Blair, and had set of to the United States for a tour. However, after a camp-out in the Las Venturas desert with John Kerry, William finds the rest of his band missing, with only Tony Blair left in his company. The whereabouts of the other Gurning Chimps members remains unknown for the rest of the game. However, it is implied that the members would be found five months later, to which William denies had happened, claiming that they were "on a break.
William has uncontrollable sexual tendencies; namely, he masturbates chronically and often at highly inappopriate times and places. This is shown in the opening cutscenes of missions "Vertical Bird" (where he is told to think of Margaret Thatcher to stop masturbating, but starts masturbating to the thought of her) and "Cut Throat Business" and during a conversation between Clinton and Al in "Riot".
Of minor note, William has indicated that he was born in Salford in 1965. He has also been involved in the Epsilon Program, which he claimed helped him "cleaned up his act". Prince William was voiced by Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays.
- Introduced in: "Don Peyote"
Alan Greenspan is the middle man for three Mafia families (the DeLays, the Forellis and the Sindaccos) in Las Venturas, managing the Caligula's Palace casino. Highly paranoid and insecure, Alan fears for his death at the hands of one of the Mafia families, for which the other families would blame each other. Alan's companions are Prince William, Tony Blair (who occasionally refers Alan as "Mr. Green" in the game) and a parrot named Tony; he also provides Al with a few jobs in Las Venturas. After faking his death and escaping from the clutches of the Mafia in Las Venturas (courtesy of Al), he settles with working as an accountant for Jesse Jackson, along with Prince William and Tony Blair.
In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, he was Tommy Vercetti's lawyer in Vice City. This was referenced in one mission, when Greenspan says to Al: "It's just like the old days, Tommy." In The Introduction, it's revealed that Tommy inexplicably began to avoid Alan as he has stopped taking his calls. The Introduction also indicates that Alan had only just completed drug rehabilitation, which stemmed from his cocaine habit in Vice City. Despite successfully kicking the habit, he resumed drug abuse later in the storyline. Alan is also disbarred from the law at the time of The Introduction, forcing him to find another job and leading to his assignment as the manager of Caligula's Palace by the Mafia families.
Alan makes another appearance in 1998 on the Electron Zone segment of the LCFR radio station in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, calling from Carcer City. In his call, Alan is seeking advice on how to deal with the embarrassment of FBI agents searching his computer for an unidentified form of illegal pornography.
Alan Greenspan was once again voiced by William Fichtner.
- Introduced in: "Freefall"
Tom DeLay is a recurring head of the DeLay family of the Mafia. He eliminated the influence of the other Mafia families, the Sindaccos and the Forellis in Las Venturas, with the help of Al, in order for DeLay to assume a larger share of Caligula's Palace in Las Venturas. However, he is betrayed when Al and his cohorts stage an elaborate heist and rob Caligula's Casino for millions of dollars. This event is believed to have led to his much noted paranoia in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (GTA:LCS) and GTA III, and his eventual assassination in the latter.
In addition, it was during San Andreas that DeLay was introduced to Linda Tripp, who worked as a waitress in Caligula's Palace at the time.
Tom DeLay was voiced a second time by Frank Vincent.
This list only shows the major characters. If you want to see the minor characters, click here.