Michael De Santa

Names:Michael De Santa
Michael Townley
Home:Portola Drive, Rockford Hills, Los Santos
Family:Amanda De Santa (Wife)
Jimmy De Santa (Son)
Tracey De Santa (Daughter)

Michael De Santa is one of the three protagonists in Grand Theft Auto 5 with Franklin Clinton and Trevor Philips. He is a career criminal who has had run ins with the law all of his life and is currently under witness protection. His story in the game revolves around the fact that he retired from crime only to find himself back in the game whilst trying to sort his marriage and dysfunctional family out as well.

Michael was born between 1965 – 1968 and as a child he had a poor upbringing due to his father being an alcoholic and physically abusing him, he didn’t have the privileges or advantages that he says his own children have as he grew up in a trailer park with his parents. As Michael grew older, his father abandoned him and his mother and was told different stories as to why this was such as leaving town and joining the navy. During high school, Michael was a talented quarterback for his local football team, he had his picture in the local newspapers who wrote about his performance within the games but he had to quit due to frequent injuries.

As Michael became a young adult, he started his life of crime and became a career criminal. During a session with Dr. Friedlander, Michael’s therapist, he said he had been to prison twice by the age of twenty. He confesses to his heist crew that his first robbery was in the outskirts of Carcer City in 1988 where he stole $10,000 from a local business. Michael says that during his time in prison he learned many skills and crafts including how to use a tattoo gun as he tattooed his name on his cellmate’s butt, he also perfected his criminal skills that made him an expert in robbery and murder. As a young adult, Michael met Lester Crest who became his friend and detailed planner for the heists that he would perform in Los Santos.

Michael in “Prologue”

Michael met Trevor Philips in 1993 whilst he was escorting cargo across the American border. Whilst Trevor was waiting on the runway to meet his employer he saw two dust trails on the road despite he was told that only one person would be meeting up with him. He saw Michael exit the first vehicle with an older civilian exiting the second, the civilian was carjacked by Michael and as Michael tried to escape on foot the civilian attempted to alert Trevor to what had happened. Trevor, angry with the civilian, shot him in the eye with a flare gun killing him. Michael and Trevor then dumped the civilian’s body into a lake, when Trevor remembers this experience he says that it was horrible as the flare was still burning from inside of the man’s skull whilst they were dumping his body into the lake. After they dumped the body in the lake, they both realised how well they worked together and decided to work together in their lives of crime. Even though they were working together professionally, Michael states that they were always on the run from the law because of Trevor’s rage issues causing him to murder anyone randomly in daylight.

I’m stuck talking to you because no one else gives a shit. Oh, I’m living the dream, baby.Michael during a session with Dr. Friedlander

Michael met a woman called Amanda in a strip club who was working as a stripper and both began a romantic relationship, with Michael earning a lot of money from his illegal activities, he bought Amanda breast implants to assist her in her career as a stripper and prostitute. A few months later they got married and Amanda became pregnant with their two children Jimmy and Tracey whilst living in a trailer park in North Yankton. Because of this, Michael realised that he had a lot more to loose if he was killed or put in prison again and began to debate if he should continue being a criminal for the sake of his family. He continues as a criminal but is a lot more careful and performs smaller robberies. A few years later, Trevor met Brad Snider, another career criminal who works alongside the duo much to Michael’s distaste and distrust.

In 2004, Michael met Dave Norton, an FIB agent who he makes an agreement with to help him cut ties with Trevor and Brad in exchange for government protection. Dave explains that he would provide Michael with a new identity, home and life in Los Santos. In their upcoming bank heist in Ludendorff, North Yankton, Michael lets Norton “kill” him allowing him to fake his death and pursue his new life with everyone believing that he is dead. The robbery turned out to be a disaster as Trevor kills a guard who held Michael at gunpoint when they were ambushed by police offers at the bank. After escaping the police offers the trio drive to the ambush point that Norton and Michael agreed on.

Michael being shot in “Prologue”

At the ambush point, Norton accidentally shoots Brad after he walked in front of Trevor, Michael gets shot in the chest as planned with a bullet proof vest underneath and pretends that he is fatally injured ordering Trevor to leave him behind and escape. After Trevor killed several police offers at the ambush point he eventually runs off into the fields and goes into hiding. Michael was declared dead because of the ambush and Brad was sent to prison with a very length sentence. Dave relocated Michael to Los Santos with a witness protection program so that he can start his new life away from crime.

He and his family move into a large house in Rockford Hills and begin to use the surname “De Santa”, Lester was aware of the agreement between Michael and Dave but they both agreed to not give each other out to the police, he also moved to Los Santos and bought a small house in Murrieta Heights. Trevor started his new life out of hiding in Sandy Shores located in Blaine County still believing that Michael is dead and Brad is locked up in Bolingbroke Penitentiary.

GTA V starts at nine years after Michael has faked his death with a session with his therapist Dr. Friedlander. He explains to his therapist that he isn’t happy with his life at the moment and says he is at “the end of the road”.

Michael assaulting Simeon in “Complications”

A short time after Michael’s therapy session, his son, Jimmy De Santa, purchases an SUV from Simeon Yetarian who is an Armenian car salesman and owns the Premium Deluxe Motorsport dealership on the agreement of monthly payments for the vehicle. Jimmy misses a payment deadline so Simeon orders Franklin to repossess the vehicle. Franklin sneaks into the De Santa’s mansion in Rockford Hills, breaks into the house and steals the SUV from the garage. As he is driving back to the dealership, Michael suddenly appears in the back of the vehicle from under a blanket and holds Franklin at gunpoint. Michael jokingly says to Franklin “Maybe one day we’ll have a beer, and I’ll explain how the world really works”. Upon arriving at the dealership, Michael orders Franklin to drive straight through the front window. After the crash, Franklin gets paid by Michael and leaves the scene before physically assaulting Simeon and threatening him if he tries to scam his family again.

Maybe I’m here because I’m an idiot who thinks imported palm trees are a good substitute for not really knowing what the fuck you’re doing on this earthMichael talking to Franklin in "Father/Son"

Michael and Franklin talking in “Father/Son”

The next day, whilst Michael’s daughter, Tracey and his wife, Amanda are arguing in the house, Michael goes to his back yard complete with a swimming pool and relaxes on his sun chair with his music player, whisky and cigar. Whilst he is staring at the sun listening to his music, Franklin appears and interrupts him for the offer he was given earlier. Michael is surprised that he took the offer seriously and suggests that they both go to a bar. As they are walking through the house to the car, Michael receives a phone call from Jimmy explaining that he tried to sell Michael’s yacht but the buyers have stolen it with him hiding on it. Angry with what Jimmy has done, Michael and Franklin drive after the yacht and Jimmy on the Western Highway, Franklin helps to rescue Jimmy but they are unable to get the yacht back. Michael is impressed by how well Franklin handled the situation and offers him to come by his house to talk.

Michael after finding Amanda sleeping with her tennis coach in “Marriage Counseling”

As Michael returns home, he discovers that Amanda has been sleeping with her tennis coach who escapes the house in his underwear. Franklin shows up as this is happening and they both chase after the tennis coach in Michael’s gardener’s truck to a stilt house in Vinewood Hills. Michael, enraged by what the tennis coach has done, hooks the truck’s winch to the stilts which support the house and orders Franklin to drive the truck forward to pull the house down the hill. After the majority of the house is left in pieces, the duo drive back to Michael’s house where Michael receives a phone call from the tennis coach informing him that the house was not his, but belonged to the girlfriend of a powerful Mexican man, Martin Madrazo. The girlfriend sends a hit-squad after Michael and Franklin to kill them but they manage to escape to Michael’s house where he finds Martin waiting for him. Martin assaults Michael with a baseball hat and orders him to pay to rebuild the house at a cost of $2.5m or he will be violently assaulted again.

The next day, Michael is watching a movie in his living room but can’t watch it properly as Jimmy is upstairs in his room playing a video game and won’t stop shouting and swearing on his headset. Michael heads to his room to find out what is going on, only to get insulted several times by his son. Out of anger, he throws a chair at his television and calls him a “disrespectful little shit”. They both shout at each other and argue, eventually they both calm down and Michael explains how much he hates that Jimmy is doing nothing productive with his life as he is twenty years old and doesn’t have a job. Michael suggests that they both go for a bike ride to spend some time together, Michael drives himself and Jimmy to Vespucci Beach but still continue to argue along the way. They have a bike race and finish at the end of the Del Perro Pier, Jimmy points out a large yacht in the sea and reveals that his sister, Tracey, is actually on board shooting sexual adult films. Angry with the thought of his daughter participating in adult films, Michael strips, dives into the water and swims to the yacht. When he reaches the yacht he causes a lot of drama and heat by throwing a man overboard the yacht, Michael grabs Tracey and they both leave the yacht on jet skis, as Michael is taking Tracey back to shore to Jimmy, they are both chased by film producers leading to a shootout. Once they return to the shore and meet up with Jimmy, they both reveal how much they hate Michael and leave him.

Because of Michael pulling down the stilt house in Vinewood Hills earlier, he decides that he needs to return to his old life of being a career criminal to find the $2.5m needed to pay Martin Madrazo. He contacts his old partner Lester Crest who agrees to help Michael get the money he needs but only if he helps Lester with a job he needs doing. Lester asks Michael to sabotage a prototype phone which is due to be unveiled by Jay Norris, the founder of LifeInvader. Michael goes to the LifeInvader office in Rockford Hills and meets a programmer called Rickie Lukens. Rickie, assuming that Michael works at LifeInvader, invites Michael into the building and asks him to rid his computer of viruses. After Michael helps Rickie, he is told where the phone prototype is in the office. Michael goes to the room where the prototype is and swaps it with a dummy phone. When Michael returns home he watches Weazel News who are broadcasting the unveiling of the prototype by Jay Norris live. When Jay reveals the prototype, Michael phones him as Lester requested him to causing the phone to blow up by Jay’s head killing him. After the broadcast ends, Lester and Michael then start working on setting up for the Jewelry Store heist and he insists that Franklin should be involved.

Michael and his heist crew meet up at Darnell Bros., a garment factory located in La Mesa to discuss the plan of the robbery. They perform the robbery which goes smoothly and Michael pays off the $2.5 million he owes Martin Madrazo, Michael and Franklin also take a small cut of the takings. Trevor in his Sandy Shores home, who Michael believes to be dead, watches a news report of the robbery and recognizes Michael’s movie quote that he said to the security guard and goes into a calm, emotionless confusions before raging and killing Lost MC biker Johnny Klebitz by throwing a glass bottle and kicking his head. Still in confused rage, Trevor orders his friend Wade to find a man named Michael De Santa in San Andreas. He then single handedly wipes out the majority of his rivals in Sandy Shores who are opponents to him and his drug business.

Michael and Franklin are spending a few days laying low from the robbery and as Michael opens the fridge in his house, he finds a block of marijuana and correctly assumes that it is Jimmy’s. Michael taunts Jimmy about it which causes anger amongst the family and they start arguing. Trevor walks into the kitchen, taking Michael by complete surprise and introduces himself to the people he hasn’t seen in over 10 years. Jimmy breaks the awkwardness and tension by revealing that Tracey is currently auditioning for Fame or Shame, a reality TV show with a dance audition. Trevor urges Michael to do something about it and to stop Tracey from embarrassing herself on national television, they both flee to the Maze Bank Arena in La Puerta. The duo push past security and demand to see Lazlow Jones, the show’s presenter downstairs. Michael and Trevor watch Tracey dancing in a sexual way with Lazlow performing sexual poses behind, this angers both of them and in sudden rage they try to attack Lazlow who runs outside and drives off. Michael and Trevor follow Lazlow until his stops in the Los Santos Canal, Trevor forces Lazlow to take off his pants and dance whilst her records him, afterwards they eventually let him go.

Shortly afterwards, Michael meets up with agent Dave Norton at the Galileo Observatory, he explains that because of Michael’s actions of robbing the Vangelico Store, it has brought a spotlight onto Dave who works for the FIB and that if his bosses read his files and find out about what happened in North Yankton, there could be serious consequences for both of them. The pair come to an agreement, that if Michael helps Dave keep his job with the FIB he will in return cover up the crimes that Michael commits. His first job for Michael is to find a man called Ferdinand Kerimov, a suspected terrorist who the IAA claim is dead however the FIB don’t believe it. Norton knocks Michael unconscious which allows him to enter the morgue, just before his autopsy Michael regains consciousness and strangles one of the coroners. He locates Kerimov’s identity tag but realises it is attached to a woman’s foot, Michael then escapes the morgue by killing the security guards and loses the cops.

As Michael continues to work for Dave Norton, he introduces him to a highly corrupt FIB agent called Steve Haines who orders Michael and his team to extract Kerimov from the IAA building in Pillbox Hill, Los Santos. They accomplish the kidnapping and Michael and Trevor meet up at a warehouse where they are briefed that Michael needs to assist Norton in assassinating a terrorist suspect, Tahir Javan. To find information about Javan, Trevor tortures Kerimov.

As Michael returns home, he finds his wife with her yoga teacher Fabien LaRouche who encourages Michael to take part in a yoga session with Amanda, much to her irritation. The session is going fine until Fabien performs a sexual position on Amanda which frustrates Michael and therefore lunges at him but Fabien.


When Michael returns home, he finds his wife with her yoga instructor Fabien LaRouche, who asks Michael to participate, much to Amanda’s irritation. The session passes relatively smoothly until Fabien performs a sexual pose on Amanda, which angers Michael. Michael lunges at Fabien, who dodges him, causing Michael to stumble into his swimming pool. Angered by her husband’s behaviour, Amanda leaves with Fabien. Michael goes upstairs and speaks to Jimmy, who asks him to go with him to get a package from a friend. In the car, Jimmy says that this is not his friend, but Michael notes that he is the only person that Jimmy speaks with. They meet the friend at Burger Shot and he gives Jimmy some cannabis and a drink. On the way home, Michael drinks from Jimmy’s cup and begins to feel drowsy. Jimmy reveals that he had the drink spiked with ketamine, before pushing Michael out of the car and revealing that he’s taking Michael’s car and some of the money from his bank account and is moving out. Michael has hallucinations of him being abducted by aliens before waking up in his underwear a few blocks away from his home. When he gets to the house, he finds a note from Amanda saying that his family has left due to Michael’s poor behaviour as of late.

Trevor later contacts Michael and Franklin to partake in his own heist, which involves infiltrating the “lizard” mercenary group Merryweather Security and their unknown cargo at the docks. The heist goes as planned and Trevor finds a superweapon, presumably nuclear in nature, that Lester reveals is highly dangerous, especially in the hands of someone like Trevor and tells him that he must return it. Michael and Franklin agree, and Trevor is furious that he cannot keep the loot.

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Michael meeting Devin in person.
After the Merryweather heist, Michael, along with Franklin and Trevor, are called upon by Haines and Norton. This time they must rob an armored truck filled with funds that the IAA has received due to drug sales. Haines wants those funds to help support the Bureau. After some short preparation time, Michael decides they will approach it with “Blitz Play”, the heist is executed with some mild LSPD and NOOSE resistance. Michael then proceeds to deliver the funds to billionaire Devin Weston, who offers Michael a partnership with his movie idol, who happens to be movie producer Solomon Richards. However, he has to steal several rare cars for Weston with Trevor and Franklin. Offered his dream job, Michael eagerly agrees and delivers the cars to Weston. Michael is thrilled to finally meet Richards, who hires him as an assistant. His first job is to convince Ancelotti crime family made man Rocco Pelosi to obey Solomon’s wishes for how the actors should behave during the production of Solomon’s latest motion picture Meltdown. Michael stealthily climbs to the helipad where he punches Rocco. He then performs some dangerous maneuvers in the helicopter to convince Anton Beaudelaire to follow Solomon’s orders. This gets Michael on Richards’ good side and is promised the role of producer for the upcoming film if Michael continues his good work.

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Trevor surprises Michael with a kidnapping.
Martin Madrazo later summons Michael and Trevor to his home. Madrazo, who now sees Michael as a friend, requests that he and Trevor shoot down his cousin’s private jet, which is carrying some sensitive files that Madrazo wants back. Michael does his part by bringing it down with a weapon inside a van, while Trevor manages to kill Javier and take the incriminating files. After destroying the van, Michael finds out, to his horror, that due to them being used by Martin to do his dirty work while getting stiffed from payment, Trevor has kidnapped Madrazo’s wife Patricia. Knowing full well what Madrazo might do to them if he catches them, Michael agrees to hide out in Sandy Shores with Trevor. While hiding in Sandy Shores, Haines and Norton summon the trio for another mission against the IAA. This time, the two agents plot to raid an IAA chemical plant to steal a dangerous neurotoxin that the agency is plotting to use in a simulated terrorist attack, with the sole purpose of receiving more funds from the US government. To carry out this operation, the trio must first secure enough funds to purchase a Cargobob and other assorted equipment that the FIB can’t assign them. Ultimately, the crew settles upon robbing the Paleto Bay bank, as it contains millions of dollars deposited there by Blaine County’s corrupt law enforcement department who extort money from all the local cannabis farms, whore houses and meth labs (according to Trevor).

After planning the robbery, Michael and Trevor meet at Trevor’s trailer, where they have a short conversation and drink beer. They then leave the trailer and during the way, Trevor receives a call from Franklin, who upon Trevor’s request is tailing the remaining O’Neil brothers – inbred, redneck meth dealers, who are vengeful because of Trevor’s earlier attack on the O’Neil household, resulting in the murders of most of the O’Neil Family and the destruction of their farm. Franklin chases the O’Neils, who crash because of an elk on the road and escape in a forest, located somewhere in the Raton Canyon. Franklin then calls Trevor for air support and eventually, Trevor and Michael come with a helicopter, used in the extraction of Ferdinand Kerimov, out of the IAA building. Using a rifle, fitted with a thermal scope, Michael shoots Walton and Wynn O’Neil dead, but can’t get a clear image of O’Neil gang leader Elwood O’Neil, who is hiding behind a rock and firing anti-tank rockets towards the helicopter. With the help of Chop, Franklin locates and kills Elwood, after which he and Chop are picked up by the helicopter and safely return back to Sandy Shores.

Using stolen military body armour and machine guns, Trevor, Michael, Franklin and one gunman successfully rob the Paleto bank, taking a small cut each and giving the largest profit to Haines and Norton so they can purchase the equipment for the chemical plant robbery, much to the team’s irritation. While awaiting this operation, Michael and Trevor carry out another job, raiding a Merryweather courier train that carries gold and priceless artifacts so that they can pay off Martin Madrazo. Trevor derails the train over a bridge in Raton Canyon and Michael dives into the river below to retrieve the merchandise, taking an ancient Aztec fertility statuette that Madrazo would value. Trevor is greatly dissatisfied with Michael’s choice of take, but he calms down once Michael proposes that, once they get the FIB off their cases, they should carry out “the big one” – stealing millions of dollars worth of gold bullion from the Union Depository. Initially, Trevor states that it can’t be done, verging suicidal almost, but mutually accepts when Michael challenges him on that being a line he’s afraid to cross.

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Trevor confronts Michael about Brad, one last time.
After returning to Los Santos, Michael receives an unexpected visit from Trevor at his Rockford Hills mansion, who pitches him the idea of busting Brad out of jail. Michael’s reluctance to go ahead with the plan leads to a debate, during which Trevor finally realizes that Brad is in fact dead and buried at Michael’s supposed grave in North Yankton. He hastily travels back there with Michael in pursuit. After a stand off at his (Brad’s) grave, they are attacked by Wei Cheng’s henchmen, who incorrectly assume that Michael and Trevor are lovers and had been surveying them ever since their exile to Sandy Shores. Trevor flees, leaving Michael to fend off the henchmen himself. Although he manages to kill most of Cheng’s henchmen, Michael is captured when he tries to escape in his car, which Trevor sabotaged to prevent Michael from escaping. After being tortured by Cheng at a meat processing factory back in Los Santos, he is rescued by Franklin.

Michael revisits the movie studio to resume work with his idol Solomon Richards. After witnessing Pelosi and his associate Gianni assault Solomon, Michael chases the two and ends up killing both of them. In return, Solomon keeps to his word and makes Michael a credited producer in his upcoming film, much to Michael’s overwhelming joy. He leaves a voicemail message on Amanda’s phone to try to convince her that he is finally doing something good with his life.

Michael and Dave defend themselves from Steve and Andreas.
Michael and Franklin are called up once again by Haines for one more job: to break into the FIB building and remove incriminating evidence against Haines. This goes according to plan, but when Michael meets Haines and Norton at the Kortz Center, Haines attempts to arrest him to cover his involvement in the raid. However, this drastically turns into a Mexican standoff between Sanchez, who is revealed to be working with a rival FIB team (who want to arrest the trio because of the raid), an IAA team led by the U.L. Paper Contact (because of the FIB’s constant sabotages), a Merryweather team (for Michael’s involvement in their troubles), Michael, Dave and Haines. The situation quickly spirals out of control as Haines is shot in the leg by an FIB operative but manages to escape, killing Sanchez in the process. Dave and Michael manage to fight their way through the Merryweather mercenaries, FIB and IAA agents (Michael has the option to kill the U.L. Paper Contact) and escape with the help of Trevor, who, despite not forgiving Michael, removes his vow of killing Michael and wants him in for “the Big Score”.

Having had enough of being alone, Michael finally seeks out and reunites with his family. With this and his involvement in Solomon Richards’ upcoming film, things are finally starting to look positive, until Devin Weston announces his intentions to exploit the movie studio’s insurance policy by hiding the completed film from the world so he could claim the insurance money, ultimately closing and destroying the studio and building condos on the site. Infuriated upon learning of Weston’s intentions, Michael chases the former’s assistant to the airport to try and retrieve the film’s master copy. During the chase, she is accidentally killed after being sucked into a jet engine. Michael retrieves the film, and Solomon arranges a premiere so that it cannot be tampered with any further. At the premiere, Weston unexpectedly shows up and cryptically threatens Michael with Amanda and Tracey’s lives because of his interference. After Michael rushes home with Jimmy, he kills the intruders (revealed to be Merryweather mercenaries), sends his family into hiding and notifies Lester that they pull off the Big Score now. The heist is successful, and Michael, Franklin, Trevor, Lester and their crew manage to steal $201,000,000 worth of gold bullion.

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