This character page is about Claude, a character in the 3D universe of Grand Theft Auto.
For the main protagonist of Grand Theft Auto 2, Claude Speed, click here.
Claude is the main protagonist of Grand Theft Auto III, and a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Claude's background has been intentionally left ambiguous. It is implied that he was born sometime around 1971 and raised in San Fierro, San Andreas - where he participated in illegal street racing across the state.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
In 1992, Claude meets Catalina, a psychotic bank robber who decides to abandon Carl Johnson so she can move to the east coast with Claude. After winning a street race, Carl earns the deed to an abandoned garage in San Fierro which once belonged to Claude. Sometime later, both Catalina and Claude make their way to Liberty City - while Catalina frequently calls Carl to insult him.
Grand Theft Auto III
By 2001, Claude and Catalina become involved with Liberty City's Colombian Cartel. After a bank robbery, Catalina shoots Claude and leaves him to be arrested by the police.
Facing a 10-year sentence, Claude and two other inmates (8-Ball and the Oriental Gentleman) are transported via prison van through the Callahan bridge. A carpool of Colombian Cartel members set up explosives on the bridge an hijack the van to escort the Oriental Gentleman to safety, leaving Claude and 8-Ball to free themselves.
After the bridge explodes, 8-Ball and Claude head to a nearby safehouse to get a change of clothes. 8-Ball then introduces Claude to Luigi Goterelli, a mafia associate and strip club owner - who gives Claude several missions, including one to escort a prostitute named Misty to meet Joey Leone.
Claude is a silent character. In spite of this, he does show off some personable traits. When in front of a honking car, Claude will sometimes flip off the driver.
Claude has become an iconic character for the Grand Theft Auto series, being referenced many times in future GTA titles. For example, you can obtain and wear Claude's outfit if you own Playboy X's penthouse in Grand Theft Auto IV.
Claude also unofficially appears in the online mode for Grand Theft Auto V as one of the player character's possible parents alongside Misty, as well as characters from other games developed & published by Rockstar Games.