Johnny Klebitz is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series. He appears as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto IV and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the protagonist of The Lost and Damned, and a minor character in Grand Theft Auto V.
Why He Rocks
- Johnny is established as arguably one of the most badass protagonists in HD Era.
- Johnny went from a non-playable character in the original GTA IV story to the main playable character of The Lost and Damned.
- Johnny is a criminal mastermind, outlaw and drug dealer who at the same time is a good at heart person, doing what he believes is right.
- Johnny is rather selfless towards other Lost MC members. He respects and cares about everyone in the Lost MC, and looks out for every single one of them, even the ones he doesn't like and is nice to anyone who he believes won't turn against The Lost.
- Johnny is relaxed and laid back most of the time. He wants to think all plans and actions through and doesn't want to make any risky decisions.
- He is a much more qualified leader of the Lost than Billy Grey was, doing everything to make sure The Lost MC prospers financially and its members stick together.
- Being a gang leader and drug dealer, Johnny is a stone cold killer, even compared to the other protagonists, but he's not a horrible man, since the mutual sense of brotherhood and loyalty he fosters in his gang makes him look like a saint compared to the xenophobic Angels of Death, the manipulative Ray Boccino, and even the sadistic Billy Grey.
- He is very easily angered and will become aggressive and violent when provoked.
- His main goal was to have the Lost MC think before acting. Besides Jim and Angus, Johnny was probably the closest thing The Lost's Alderney Chapter had to a good guy.
- He teams up with Niko Bellic on two separate occasions to oversee a deal over one of the game's story. First, the heroin deal he set up with Elizabeta Torres, is foiled when their buyer is revealed to be an undercover cop. Later, they both make the deal with the Jewish Mob, but he takes the opportunity to escape with the Mob's money when the diamond exchange is disrupted by Luis Lopez.
- He was at his best in the ending, where Johnny rallies the gang to storm the Alderney State Correctional Facility and silence Billy. Although the assault leaves many Lost members dead, Johnny is able to execute Billy before he and the survivors return to the clubhouse. Johnny decides to burn down the clubhouse, watching it burn from outside.
- In terms of morality, Johnny is one of the most moral GTA protagonists, being one of the few to successfully leave behind the criminal lifestyle, at the end of The Lost and Damned's main storyline. He did so because the Alderney chapter of The Lost was essentially over, but also due to the guilt he felt for his role in Jim's death, which led him to give most of his money to Jim's widow and child.
- Out of the three protagonists, Johnny can feel inferior to Niko and Luis, as unlike them, he is nowhere near as sympathetic as both of them.
- He indirectly caused Jim's death, by stealing Ray's money, and gave it to Jim, which caused Ray to capture and torture him. To add salt to the wound, Ray sends Niko to kill Jim, which Johnny learns from Ashley, leaving him guilt ridden.
- He was done dirty in Grand Theft Auto V, where it basically undoes his character and renders his entire game pointless.
- He has developed an out-of-control meth addiction and, as a result, has become mentally and physically weaker.
- He hooked up back with Ashley after previously cut ties with her because she refused to improve her life and fight her addiction.
- The way he is killed off by Trevor was not only cruel and brutal, it left very poor taste to fans of his character.
- Johnny is the second protagonist in the GTA series to be killed canonically onscreen after Victor Vance from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories who was killed in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
- He is extremely similar to John Marston, the protagonist from Red Dead Redemption.
- Johnny's animation for pulling out his phone is different than that of Niko and Luis'; as opposed to the latter two, who simply look down and the phone appears in their right hand, Johnny's animation is almost reminiscent of Carl Johnson's, seemingly pulling the phone out of his back pocket.