In its 17 years of existence, the “Grand Theft Auto” video game franchise has gone from shock-factor curio to legitimate pop culture behemoth, delivering deep, intricate gameplay and raunchy satire in equal doses. As the series’ graphics and scope have evolved, so too have its characters.
What began as anonymous, 2-D clumps of pixels are now customizable, lifelike action goons with Hollywood blockbuster-caliber scripts and storylines. So we’ve ranked all of the playable GTA protagonists from worst to best. See which car-stealing, gun-wielding antihero is our ultimate kingpin.