Florian Cravic, also known as Bernie Crane, is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a key main character in Grand Theft Auto IV and an unseen character whose voice can be heard in The Lost and Damned. He was tracked down by Niko Bellic with help from Ray Boccino. He is one of three survivors from Niko's fifteen man unit, the others being Niko himself, and Darko Brevic.
Florian was born in 1978, in the same village where both Niko Bellic and Roman Bellic grew up. During his adolescence, he fought in the Yugoslav Wars with Niko Bellic, was a childhood friend of Roman Bellic, and unknown to anybody but himself, was deeply in the closet as a homosexual despite telling people he wanted to be a wrestler and a shepherd. He once worked in an abattoir; which he is ashamed of. Thus he behaved much less feminine than he did in later years, including having a more masculine voice (which is heard in Weekend at Florian's, when he becomes very angry). In his last days of the war as a teenager, he joined Niko, Darko Brevic, and twelve other soldiers on a mission into enemy territory. Darko had secretly sold information to their enemies, and all twelve were killed with the exception of Niko, Darko and Florian.
As early as 2001, Florian moved to Liberty City, where he changed his name to "Bernie Crane" (shunning "Florian Cravic" as if it were a split personality) and felt comfortable being an openly gay man. At a foam party at the famous gay-club Hercules (opened in 1998 by "Gay" Tony Prince), he met Deputy Mayor Bryce Dawkins, who he started dating afterwards. In 2003 and 2004, he was arrested for soliciting sex and holding ecstasy. He may have been dating Dawkins at this time, as Dawkins ordered the LCPD not to harass Bernie in any way.
Events of GTA IV
In 2008, Niko Bellic travelled to the United States to track down Cravic. After working for many crime syndicates, mobster Ray Boccino pointed Bellic in the direction of Talbot Daniels, an associate of Cravic's. With Roman's help, Niko forced Talbot to direct him to Cravic's residence. When they arrived, Niko and Roman broke into his apartment and held Cravic at gunpoint. Cravic insisted that he was innocent, initially believing Niko had sold the unit out. Niko is convinced by Cravic's innocence, and vows to track down Darko Brevic.
Cravic later asks Niko to help him, as he is constantly being harassed about his sexuality by everyone from a homophobe to Bryce's many blackmailers (Dimitri Rascalov, a major Russian mobster and coincidentally an archenemy of Niko's, and to a lesser extent Thomas Stubbs III, another politician who successfully bugged Dawkins' Infernus without them knowing). Niko eliminates all of these problems, and Bernie eventually gives him the Infernus, both of them unbeknownst that it was bugged. Cravic appears for the final time at Roman's wedding (he appears at the wedding regardless of which ending the player chooses), throwing confetti over Roman and Mallorie. He later screams when either Kate McReary or Roman Bellic are killed during the shootout (depending on the ending the player chooses). In the "Deal" ending, he comforts Mallorie when she sobs over Roman's dead body.
LCPD Database record
- GTA IV
- Weekend at Florian's
- Hating the Haters (Boss)
- Union Drive (Boss)
- Buoys Ahoy (Boss)
- That Special Someone (Voice)
- Mr. and Mrs. Bellic
- The Lost and Damned
- Knowing Me, Knowing You (Voice)
- When on a motorcycle with Bernie, he wears a unique pink helmet.
- Similar to Niko, Bernie has a scar on his left eyebrow.
- Bernie has a painting of "The Creation of Adam" on the wall of his apartment, only instead of Adam, Bernie's face has been painted over it.
- Bernie's favorite radio stations are K109 The Studio and IF99 - International Funk. He also sings "Golden" by Jill Scott as heard in the bugged car, which is heard on The Vibe 98.8.
- The only occasion when Bernie prefers his old name, Florian Cravic, is when having sex, according to Talbot Daniels.
- When Bernie is hit, his voice is that of a generic female voice, similar to Evan Moss and the salesman from Perseus.
- Bernie has a picture of Luis Lopez and Tony Prince next to his bed. They can be seen in Weekend at Florian's.
- Bernie has a picture of a stripping police officer in his house with the caption "To protect and serve" underneath it, further addressing his homosexuality.
- This police officer looks similar to a police officer in the 3D Universe, although he might not have the same kind of outfit.
- In I Luv LC, when Luis is talking with Dessie, Armando and Henrique, an unidentified man in a brownish suit walks out of Maisonette 9 with Tony. Tony escorts him to his car and pats him on the back, suggesting they're good friends and/or business partners. Some believe it is Bernie Crane, others say he resembles Phil Bell or Eduard Borodin, the businessman who was killed in Paper Trail. Additionally, a photo of him and Tony seated at a table appears in The Celebinator's blog, with the man's face blocked by a cartoon astronaut's helmet.
- Bernie did not always sound so flamboyant, and used to talk in a more normal voice. This is seen in Weekend at Florian's, when he becomes enraged at Darko's name.
- It is implied that Bernie is attracted to Luis, as he mentions that "if he played for our team, I would totally be a catcher," in a phone call to the bugged Infernus, following Knowing Me, Knowing You in TLAD.
- Niko pronounces Bernie's surname as Kravić (pronounced Kravitch) like in Serbian, but Talbot Daniels pronounces his surname as Cravic (pronounced Kravik). However, this could simply indicate that Talbot doesn't know how to pronounce Serbian names.
- Kravić derives from Serbian krava meaning 'cow'.
- All Bernie's missions are somehow related to sports cars:
- Bernie uses the female pedestrian animations.
- Judging by Bernie's comments during Hating The Haters, he might be attracted to Niko.