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I hate to tell you my friend, nothing matters in this world apart from getting your rocks off, or getting so out of it so you don't realize you haven't got your rocks off.
— Arnaud to Luis Lopez during their first encounter.

Arnaud is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a minor character in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Biography

Background

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.

Mission Appearances

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Arnaud's Random Encounters

Trivia

  • 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.[1]
  • 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.

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