People only get one chance to make a first impression and these GTA protagonists are sure to make a fashion statement with their performances.
Video game characters are recognizable by their distinctive appearance. For example, Mario has a mustache, overalls and a red hat. GTA’s protagonists are no different. Each of them is different from each other. Whether it’s Carl Johnson or Niko Bellic, they all look different.
GTA protagonists are made recognizable by various features. This can range from white tank tops to edgy tattoos. No two GTA protagonists look exactly alike. Sometimes they can even define these functions themselves. Blue tropical shirts are a Tommy Vercetti specialty.
Five of the most iconic looks for GTA protagonists
Claude dresses like anyone would in Liberty City. He wears a black leather jacket to keep warm. He particularly stands out among GTA protagonists because of his green cargo pants. Most characters prefer blue or black. Mike from GTA Advance also wears green pants, albeit in a much brighter tone.
Normally, players cannot change their outfit in-game. However, the PC version provides an alternative look. Claude was wearing a brown leather jacket and blue jeans. He also sports facial hair in this version.
GTA 4 players can access Claude’s outfit if they kill Playboy X. It’s a nice recall to GTA 3, as both games are set in Liberty City.
4) Niko Bellic
GTA 4 brings the series sober with its realism. As a result, it often uses dull color schemes. Brown is apparently the most common. Niko Bellic is a perfect example of the game’s gritty tone. He is one of the scruffiest GTA protagonists, given his troubled background.
Niko wears a brown track jacket, with a mix of cream and white colors. He also wore dark blue track pants to match his outfit. Niko had black fingerless gloves in beta screenshots. It was removed for unknown reasons.
In terms of appearance, Niko is inspired by Sasha Ivanic. The last one is a character from the movie Behind enemy lines, which deals with the Bosnian War. Niko can also get a similar blue coat in the game. This makes him look even more like Sasha.
3) Tommy Vercetti
Tommy Vercetti perfectly captures Vice City’s seasonal tone. He can be seen from miles away in his signature aloha shirt that uses a combination of blue and green colors for a summer vibe. The shirt goes perfectly with his faded jeans.
GTA protagonists often wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Vice City is a tropical paradise. It makes sense for Tommy to dress the way he does. For those who think it’s too loud, keep in mind that he’s been in jail for a long time. Fashion statements are not his specialty.
Funnily enough, Tommy seems attached to his shirt. When Juan Cortez invites him to a party, he has to don a high-class costume and Tommy is downright disappointed with this decision.
2) Carl Johnson
CJ is one of the most simplistic looking GTA protagonists. He arrived in Los Santos wearing only a white tank top, blue jeans and black shoes. Yet he still manages to distinguish himself. No one else dresses like him in the game.
GTA San Andreas players have the option to customize CJ however they want. This ranges from his weight class to hairstyles and tattoos. Rockstar Games made sure that his default look was pretty generic. This makes the customization function clearer.
No matter how many times he changes his appearance, CJ will always be defined by his starting gear. It is also perfect for the warm climate of Los Santos.
1) Trevor Phillips
Players can immediately see that this is someone to stay away from. Trevor Philips clearly doesn’t care what he looks like. He fits right into the redneck stereotypes. His clothes are dirty, his hair is messy and he hasn’t shaved in a long time.
However, Trevor is arguably the most distinctive face in the entire GTA series. His big shadowy eyes can be downright nightmarish. Trevor is the physical embodiment of any chaotic player. He stands out among GTA protagonists because of his destructive personality. Burning down houses is another day for him.
Unlike most GTA protagonists, Trevor has several tattoos. Players already know the infamous “CUT HERE” down his throat. Trevor also has a memorial tattoo dedicated to Michael.
Note: The list is subjective and reflects the personal opinion of the writer.