5 major betrayals in the GTA series
Keeping friends close and enemies closer is a fitting statement in the GTA universe.
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between friends and foes in GTA games. When a moment of weakness arises, others can take advantage of the situation.
Betrayal is a recurring theme in the GTA series. Acts of betrayal are often major turning points in game scenarios.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the author only.
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# 5 – Michael De Santa
In the 1990s and 2000s, Michael Townley was a criminal associate of Trevor Philips and Brad Snider. It was an experienced robbery team that robbed several banks.
However, unbeknownst to Trevor, Michael was already in talks with the FIB. Driven by his desire to start a new life with his family, Michael struck a lucrative deal with the federal agency. He would organize a failed heist intended to have Trevor and Brad killed. However, as Brad dies of serious injuries, Trevor comes out alive.
# 4 – Michelle / Karen
When Niko Bellic arrives in Liberty City, his cousin Roman presents him with a potential date. While Niko only knows her as Michelle, she is actually Karen Daniels.
Karen is an undercover agent for the IAA, a shady organization that seeks to recruit Niko as a hired gun.
There are several clues that she is not who she claims to be. Her apartment is barely furnished and she constantly questions Niko about his criminal activities.
Karen betrays Niko in the mission, The Snow Storm, by stealing the cocaine he is supposed to collect.
# 3 – Dimitri Rascalov
Dimitri Rascalov is not a man of confidence, and Niko Bellic discovers it at his expense.
Dmitri betrays Niko in the Russian Revolution mission by selling him to Ray Bulgarin, a powerful gangster who wants the Serbs killed.
Niko barely survives the encounter, but he swears revenge on Dimitri. GTA 4 players finally get it at the end of the game.
# 2 – Lance Vance
Tommy Vercetti only had a few allies when he arrived in GTA Vice City. One of them was his future right-hand man Lance Vance.
In his first few missions, Lance seemed like a cool person with a good sense of humor. However, Tommy soon discovers that he is a spoiled child prone to anger and errors in judgment.
Lance betrayed Tommy in the final mission, Keep Your Friends Close, citing business as the motivation.
# 1 – Big Smoke and Ryder
Carl Johnson grew up on the streets with Big Smoke and Ryder. They all dreamed of success.
Sadly, Big Smoke and Ryder let it get into their heads. As former members of the Grove Street Families, they aligned not only with CRASH but also rival gangs Ballas and Vagos.
Big Smoke and Ryder have completely betrayed their values, distributing crack cocaine in the streets (a major no-no among the GSF).
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