Arnoud is a middle aged French man, who's arrived to Liberty City for a sex and drugs filled holiday in 2008. He used to have a family, but over time found them meaningless, seeing the world in a nihilistic and hedonistic way, where all that matters is getting laid and getting high.
He was described by Dan Houser as "this French kind of modern-day version of a flâneur who just knew how to exist".
Events of The Ballad of Gay Tony
When Arnaud and Luis Lopez first met, the two got along and after some conversation about France, America, and television near Star Junction. He asks Luis to take him to a massage spa for an appointment, which he agrees to.
The second time they met, Luis found Arnaud deep in Bohan after a night of Chinese opium laden bondage with some Brazilian prostitutes and was left on a street corner, beaten up, with his wallet stolen. Claiming that the wallet had sentimental value, Luis agrees to chase the pimp, kill him, and return Arnaud's wallet. After returning the wallet, Luis drops Arnaud off in a relatively safer part of town.
- The Ballad of Gay Tony
Arnaud's Random Encounters
- In a November 2021 podcast interview, Dan Houser confirmed that Arnaud was named after a similar character, also called Arnaud, in one of his favorite books - Light Years by James Salter.
- Luis has unique dialogue when stealing a vehicle before taking Arnaud anywhere, claiming that "...it's mine, I just forgot the keys...".
- The pimp in the second encounter owns a unique maroon Manana. It can be kept by killing him, then taking the car, finishing the mission and parking it in a parking space.
- "Dan Houser Shares an Insight into How Literature Shaped Grand Theft Auto" - GameSpew, November 29, 2021