Grand Theft Auto 5 won’t ever be remembered for its villains, but fans are hoping that GTA 6 will have an antagonist for the ages.

There have been truly unforgettable villains in gaming history, from Final Fantasy’s Sephiroth, to Borderlands’ Handsome Jack, to Portal’s GLaDOS.

And when a game features just an excellent antagonist, gamers aren’t quick to forget them. But in the decade since GTA 5’s launch, we’re betting that most players have forgotten the names of its plethora of bad guys.

That’s why the GTA 6 fanbase is calling on Rockstar Games’ upcoming title to up the ante, with one or more memorable villains for our new main characters to go up against.

GTA 6 Needs a Strong Villain

Fans over on the GTA 6 subreddit are calling for the next Grand Theft Auto title to have an impactful antagonist after GTA 5’s villains all fell a bit flat.

In a post that calls for well-written antagonists for new protagonists Lucia and Jason to go up against, fans discuss how GTA 6 could improve on the current villain formula.

“Considering VI looks to be getting back to street level crime instead of grand government conspiracies, I do wonder what kind of antagonist we’ll get,” Reddit user Trainalf writes. “Might be novel but admittedly weak if the enemy this time was just the system itself.”

It’s certainly true that Lucia and Jason appear to be pulling off low-level crime in GTA 6 Trailer 1, where the couple is shown robbing a store.

Lucia and Jason Store Robbery in GTA 6 Trailer 1

However, we’re certain that by the end of the game, the duo will be responsible for some major crimes on the levels of GTA 5’s biggest heists.

“I expect to see some political satire in it, so it makes sense for the villain of GTA VI to be a politician. You might find the villain(s) are the unjust and corrupt political and law enforcement officials,” suggests the123king-reddit.

Back in 2004, GTA: San Andreas introduced one of the most iconic antagonists in the series: Big Smoke.

Big Smoke and Officer Tenpenny (GTA San Andreas)
Big Smoke (Left) and Officer Tenpenny (Right) from GTA: San Andreas

What’s more, the game contained quite possibly the very best villain in GTA’s history, Officer Frank Tenpenny (voiced by none other than Samuel L. Jackson).

Four years later, GTA 4 followed up with some decent bad guys, too, with the likes of Dimitri Rascalov and Darko Brevic. But GTA 5’s villains aren’t quite so memorable, even if they are a little more fleshed out.

A Recap of GTA 5’s Antagonists

GTA 5 has a number of minor supporting villains in its cast, but its main antagonists can be boiled down to the following four figures:

Devin Weston

An American billionaire who owns shares in everything from hotel chains to alcohol brands, and even Merryweather Security, Devin Weston becomes one of the GTA 5 protagonists’ primary employers throughout the game’s plot.

Devon Weston Villain in GTA 5

Weston is a charismatic but incredibly pompous and egotistical figure, who enjoys bragging and making jokes at the expense of others. And while he pretends to be friends with Michael, Franklin, and Trevor, he drops each one of them as soon as it suits him.

Initially, Weston offers Michael the chance to make a movie with his idol, Solomon Richards.

However, he soon backs out of paying Trevor and Franklin for some actual grand theft auto, while shutting down production of the movie for an insurance payout.

As Michael attempts to recover the only print copy of the film from Weston’s lawyer Molly, the terrified woman tragically dies by being sucked into a plane turbine.

Devin Weston and Michael in GTA 5

Weston then responds by sending a platoon of Merryweather soldiers to attempt to kill Michael’s wife and daughter.

After the attempt is unsuccessful, Weston asks Franklin to kill Michael for him in the game’s final mission. In the third possible ending to GTA 5, also known as the canon ending, the game’s protagonists lock the billionaire in the trunk of his own car, and push it off a cliff.

Steve Haines

Steve Haines is perhaps the most memorable of GTA 5’s villains. While he appears pleasant and charming, in particular on his TV show, he’s a ruthless and self-centered personality who is only out for his own gain.

As an active FIB agent, Haines notices that the Vangelico jewelry store robbery matches the M.O. of the supposedly dead ‘Michael Townley’ who is now living under the surname De Santa.

Steve Haines in GTA 5 Art

He then wields this knowledge to entire Michael and his associates to perform several illicit tasks for him, with the goal of sabotaging FIB rivals, the IAA, allowing his organization to receive more government funding.

Haines isn’t above forcing Trevor to torture a man, financing gang warfare, or literally releasing a neurotoxin in a metropolitan area to get what he wants.

Steve Haines FIB Agent in GTA 5

At the end of the game, Haines attempts to coerce Franklin into killing Trevor, but he ultimately meets his end after the unhinged psychopath shoots him in the head with a sniper rifle.

Harold ‘Stretch’ Joseph

Harold Joseph (AKA Stretch) isn’t as large an antagonist as the other names on this list, but he’s still one of the names on the main characters’ list of enemies in the game’s final mission.

Stretch in GTA 5

Unbeknownst to Franklin and Lamar, Stretch got in close with the Ballas street gang while in prison. And after several close calls with the gang, the organization ends up kidnapping Lamar.

Franklin, Michael, and Trevor end up making a full frontal assault on the sawmill in which Lamar is being held, rescuing him and eliminating the Ballas.

However, they soon realize that Stretch was the one setting them up all along.

Stretch Pointing a Gun in GTA 5

As such, in the canon ending of GTA 5, Michael assassinates Stretch and his Ballas crew at the basketball courts.

Wei Cheng

A Chinese-born mobster and the leader of the Los Santos Triads, Wei Cheng is a meth manufacturer who seeks to do business with Trevor in the opening hours of GTA 5.

However, after Trevor’s meth kitchen gets attacked by Aztecas, Cheng switches to doing business with the O’Neil brothers instead.

Wei Cheng in GTA 5

This causes Trevor to fly into a violent rage, raiding the O’Neil brothers’ farm and destroying their operation. Cheng seeks revenge, which he gets only after Trevor and Michael return to Blaine County later in the game.

The Triad leader kidnaps Michael and orders his execution, but Franklin saves him at the last minute. In the game’s canon ending, Franklin tracks down Cheng and his son Tao at the Pacific Bluffs Country Club, and kills them both after a chase.

Wei Cheng Kidnapping Michael in GTA 5

Cheng is certainly the most bloodthirsty of GTA 5’s antagonists, but he offers little of substance besides his aggression. We’re sure most people who played the game up to a decade ago have completely forgotten who he is.

Despite taking place in the same universe as GTA 5, the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6 will not feature any of the previous games’ major bad guys. After all, they’re all canonically dead at the end of the storyline.

However, this could be a great opportunity for Rockstar to create a new, memorable villain in GTA 6. We can’t wait to see what the story has in store for us!

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With almost a decade of experience in video game journalism, Max is a well-versed writer from Manchester, United Kingdom. His expertise shines in his comprehensive coverage of GTA 6, providing fans with the latest news and developments regarding the highly-anticipated sequel.
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