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Well I got news for you, shooting you will be a pleasure but dating you was only business. You are muy pequeñito amigo!
— Catalina to Claude in The Exchange.
What kind of a man are you? When I say "just business", I mean that I love you! When I say I no interested no more, I mean that I long for you! And when I say that I missed you...!
— Catalina as she hits Carl Johnson's car, before getting stopped by him, in Farewell, My Love....

Catalina is the main antagonist of Grand Theft Auto III and a main character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

She is voiced by Cynthia Farrell.



Catalina was a criminal in Red County in GTA San Andreas and the leader of the Colombian Cartel in GTA III.

She is the cousin of Varrios Los Aztecas leader Cesar Vialpando.

Events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

Catalina is of mixed Dominican and Colombian descent [1]. She began her criminal activities some time prior to 1992, when she met Carl Johnson at the recommendation of her cousin, Cesar Vialpando, meeting at The Welcome Pump in Dillimore, with Catalina fending off two men with a knife. The two become romantically involved (although, in CJ's case, it was reluctant), with Catalina putting Carl through an extreme form of BDSM before committing a robbery. The two begin to rob various "soft targets" identified by Catalina, including a Gasso gas station in Dillimore, a bank in Palomino Creek, an Inside Track betting shop in Montgomery and a small liquor store in Blueberry. Their relationship, however, becomes strained over Carl's desire for money to try to free his brother, Sweet, who was incarcerated by the LSPD. After the two separate, she begins a relationship with Claude and "helps" him in two races involving Carl and Wu Zi Mu. Johnson, who wins both races, wins a garage in Doherty, San Fierro from Claude, who leaves with Catalina on a nine-year journey to Liberty City; Catalina, however, continues to phone Carl and tease him about her relationship with Claude. The last phone call is received immediately after End of the Line, in which Catalina can be heard having sex with Claude to tease Carl.

After the Events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

Catalina and Claude, after leaving San Andreas, begin a nine-year journey to Liberty City, going through many American states committing bank robberies, including Texas and New Mexico. [1] The two continue on their journey to Liberty City, reaching their destination by October 2001. [1]

Events of Grand Theft Auto III[]

After arriving in Liberty City, Catalina begins discussions with and becomes the leader of the Colombian Cartel and, with some of their members (including Miguel), rob a bank in the city. After robbing the bank, she kills an unnamed accomplice and shoots Claude, leaving him for dead, and explaining that he is "small time," ending a nine-year relationship. She continues her criminal activities with the Cartel, increasing the production of SPANK and attacking the Yakuza on Staunton Island and the Leone Crime Family on Portland. During this period, Claude managed to escape from an LCPD convoy with, unintentionally, help from the Colombian Cartel (who were seeking to capture the Old Oriental Gentleman) and began working for Leone made man and nightclub/brothel owner Luigi Goterelli. After proving himself, Claude begins to work for the Family Don, Salvatore Leone, who has him follow Luigi's Sex Club 7 barman Curly Bob to Portland Harbor, where he is seen to sell Leone secrets to Catalina and Miguel. Salvatore then has Claude and 8-Ball destroy a freighter used by the Cartel to produce SPANK.

Claude later flees to Staunton Island and begins to work for Yakuza co-leader Asuka Kasen who begins to attack the Cartel following the death of her brother Kenji at the hands of a "Cartel assassin," which was really Claude working on orders from Donald Love. Love later sends Claude to collect a package from a construction site in Fort Staunton, where he once again meets Catalina and Miguel, with Catalina shooting Miguel in the back and escaping empty-handed. Asuka, desperate to exact revenge for her brother's death, begins to torture Miguel for information, with Claude then using the information to attack Cartel interests, including destroying stands selling SPANK. During his time on Staunton Island, Claude also works for the Uptown Yardies, but he is later betrayed by their leader, King Courtney, who sends him into a trap organized by Catalina. Claude manages to escape.

Catalina later returns to the construction site and kills both Asuka and Miguel, and kidnaps Maria Latore, using her as a hostage and demanding a $500,000 ransom be brought to the Cartel headquarters in Cedar Grove. Claude decides to take the ransom money to Catalina and manages to escape an ambush, set up by Catalina, who escapes in a helicopter and keeps Maria hostage. Claude follows Catalina to Cochrane Dam, where he destroys the helicopter with a rocket launcher, killing Catalina and severely weakening the Cartel.



Catalina is described in various terms. In short, she is a psychopathic, self-centered, hotheaded, destructive, and reckless woman. The very dark, disturbing undertones of her personality suggest that she is mentally unstable.

She has an extremely short temper and can very quickly become irate in a matter of seconds. She frequently insults and verbally abuses those close to her (as seen with Carl and Claude), and has no regard for virtually anyone other than herself.

By her own admission, she is a misandrist. She considers men weaker than her, and this hatred most likely stems from her stepfather's cruel treatment of her as a child.

It is strongly implied in passing that she is a sadist and a cannibal; some of Catalina's psyche is brought to light during her robberies with Carl Johnson, and she often shoots at pedestrians, police, and anyone who gets in her way.


Catalina has different physical representations in the two games she appears in. In GTA III, she has light brown skin and hazel eyes, while in GTA San Andreas, she has medium brown skin and brown eyes.

Catalina's top and appearance is noticeably different from the original GTA III PS2 release in later GTA III releases. In the PC version, she has a lock of hair on her forehead and a ponytail. In the Xbox and 10th Anniversary version, she also wears a white tube top and purple necklace with the black leather jacket, green pants with her pink underwear sticking out behind her, black platform shoes, has a lower back tattoo and a navel piercing. Her model is also notably higher polygon, full mesh (not split) and uses a much bigger texture, unlike PS2.

In The Definitive Edition, her hair, face and clothes are based on the PC version in the introduction cutscene, while in the rest of the game, she is based on the classic PS2 model.


Catalina appears to be inspired by the late real-life American criminal Bonnie Elizabeth Parker as evidenced by the Red County robberies chapter in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and her backstory given in the promotional website for Grand Theft Auto III. Bonnie and her partner Clyde Chestnut Barrow would later serve as the inspiration for Lucia and accomplice, the protagonistic duo of Grand Theft Auto VI.

Murders Committed[]

  • Unnamed Bet shop attendant - Killed for triggering the alarm.
  • Unnamed Colombian Cartel Member - Killed in order to steal the money.
  • Miguel - Killed for telling Cartel secrets to Asuka.
  • Asuka Kasen - Killed in order to kidnap Maria and for disrupting Cartel activities.
  • An unknown number of civilians and agents of police forces.

Mission Appearances[]

Grand Theft Auto III[]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]




  • Catalina is one of two antagonists to be related to the tritagonist, the other being Chan Jaoming.
  • Catalina, in chronological order, was the last antagonist to be killed in the 3D Universe.
  • She is similar to later antagonist of GTA IV, Dimitri Rascalov, in that they will betray even their closest associates in order to further their own power.
  • In the first cutscene of Farewell, My Love..., Catalina revealed she meant she loves Carl when she said "just business". She also said dating Claude was only business in The Exchange.

Grand Theft Auto: III[]

  • She is one of only three antagonists in the GTA series to be introduced before the protagonist, as in the Introduction, she is shown fleeing from the bank with an unknown accomplice before Claude appears and destroys a security camera with a Pump Action Shotgun. The others are Miguel from the same game, and Sonny Forelli from GTA Vice City.
  • In the opening scene of GTA III when Catalina appears, she does not have an accent while speaking to Claude, although for the rest of the game (as well as in GTA San Andreas), she speaks with an accent.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

  • Catalina uses the male pedestrian animations in most of the robbery missions, except in Small Town Bank and the interim missions where the player has to choose the robbery mission, where she uses the female pedestrian animations.



[ ve ]Characters in Grand Theft Auto III
8-Ball | Catalina† | Marty Chonks† | Toni Cipriani | King Courtney | D-Ice | El Burro | Luigi Goterelli | Asuka Kasen† | Kenji Kasen† | Maria Latore | Joey Leone | Salvatore Leone† | Donald Love | Ray Machowski | Miguel
Leon McAffrey† | Ray Machowski's Partner† | Curly Bob† | Carl | Phil Cassidy | Chico | Lee Chong† | Mrs. Chonks† | Mrs. Cipriani | Mike Forelli† | Mickey Hamfists | Kanbu | Misty | Old Oriental Gentleman | Tanner† | Unnamed Accomplice† | SPANKed-up Madmen† | D-Ice's brother | Leone Bank Robbers | Bank Manager
Radio DJsAndee | Andre the Accelerator | Stretch Armstrong | MC Codebreaker | Michael Hunt | Lazlow | Morgan Merryweather | Lord Sear | Toni | Horace Walsh
Radio guestsBob | Freddy | Jane | Janice | Jeff | Jerry | Martha | Fernando Martinez | Colonel James P. | Phil | Phil | Barry Stark | Reed Tucker
Barbara | J. Phil Higginbottom | Hans | Hugo | Jim-Jim | Joey | Joey | Oily Johnnie | Johnny | Queen Lizzy | Pogo the Monkey | Glen Morley III | Sam | Gary Schaffer | Chuck Schwartz | Tommy | Mr. Wong | Daryl Zolotowski | DJ Jelly Doughnut | DJ Pink Slip
Liberty Tree promotional website reportersAdam Tedman | Amy Salzburg | Andre Perkins | Peter Armstrong | Benjamin Mill | Bill Tautz | Johnnie Blain | Bob Jefferson | Bob Malkin | Brian Robinson | Chris Carruthers | Clint Glen | E. Crume | Frederic Pierce | Gregory Lau | Howard Child | Irene Kelly | Julius Cohen | Johnny Ryan | Joel Stahlman | Jeffrey Veselik | Jayne Kwiatowski | Kelly Sue DeConnick | Ken Dellamonica | Kristen Burns | Louie Schaffer | Mark Reed | Nicholas Morris | Paul Civille | Paul Marchiando | Paul Mill | Stan Wayridge | Thomas Jones | Thomas Shaw | Thomas Stewart | Trudy Fink | Walt Jefferson | Walt Karl | William Mazyck
The Masks | Butler | Curtly | Darkel | Major Hale | Novy | Toshiro | Trixie
† denotes Deceased, Italics denotes a status determined by the player's choice
Characters in GTA III | Category:Characters in GTA III | Grand Theft Auto III | Category:Characters
[ ve ]Characters in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
ProtagonistCarl Johnson
Sean "Sweet" Johnson | Kendl Johnson | Frank Tenpenny† | Big Smoke (Melvin Harris)† | Wu Zi Mu | The Truth | Cesar Vialpando | Catalina† | Salvatore Leone† | Madd Dogg | Kent Paul | Eddie Pulaski† | Ken Rosenberg | Mike Toreno | Ryder (Lance Wilson)† | Jizzy B.† | OG Loc (Jeffrey Cross) | T-Bone Mendez† | Zero | Maccer |
Andre† |Benny† | Bettina | Berkley | Big Poppa† | Bogman | Claude | Construction Foreman† | Alan Crawford† | Derek | District Attorney | Dope | Dwaine | Emmet | Freddy† | Colonel Fuhrberger | Gal | Guppy | Hazer | Janitor | Jimmy Hernandez† | Jethro | Jose | Kane† | Maria Latore | Ran Fa Li | Little Bill | Little Lion† | Little Weasel† | Mike | Su Xi Mu | Ralph Pendelbury† | Marco Forelli† | Mickey† | Old Reece | Jimmy Silverman | Johnny Sindacco† | The Snakehead† | The Triad Leader | Sunny | Big Bear (Barry Thorne) | Tony | Vagos gang members (Running Dog)† | B Dup (Mark Wayne) | Mr. Whittaker | Pizza Clerk | Preacher Bishop† | Rival Pimp† | Sweet's Girlfriend | The Dossier Carrier† | The Informant† | The Journalist† | The Reporter† | Unnamed Burger Shot Employee | Unnamed Crack Whore | Gasso Employee | Alan Crawford's Female Associate† | Mafia Goon 1 | Forelli Crime Family's pilot† | C.R.A.S.H. Rookies† | Cesar's Informant | Salvatore Leone's Bodyguard | Tim† | Tammy† | Loco Low Co. Mechanic | Driving School Tutor | Ammu-Nation Clerk | Triad Assistant 1 | Triad Assistant 2 | Triad Mechanic | Jordan | Larry | Unnamed LVPD Officer | Ballas Snitch
GirlfriendsDenise Robinson | Millie Perkins | Helena Wankstein | Katie Zhan | Michelle Cannes | Barbara Schternvart
Radio station characters
Radio DJsForth Right MC | The Funktipus | Julio G | Johnny Lawton | Mary-Beth Maybell | Phillip Michaels | Hans Oberlander | Johnny Parkinson | James Pedeaston | Marshall Peters | Mary Phillips | Peyton Phillips | Sage | Tommy Smith
Talk show hostsMarvin Trill | Christy MacIntyre | Maurice | James Pedeaston | Mary Phillips | Peyton Phillips | Derrick Thackery | Billy Dexter† | Lazlow
Talk show guestsAdam First | The Truth | Truck Driver | Emanuel | Julie | Hector | Rick | Vivian | Mill | Mike | 632369439 | Stewart | Kevin | Montag | Zero | Jizzy B.† | Jack Howitzer | OG Loc | Cris Formage | Darius Fontaine
News broadcastingRichard Burns | Lianne Forget | Madd Dogg | Big Smoke
Radio guestsThe Truth | OG Loc (Jeffrey Cross) | Big Wayne | Darius Fontaine | Jenna Forbes | Cris Formage | Jack Howitzer | Michael Hunt | Jimmy | Fernando Martinez | Tim | Reed Tucker
Mary Alexander | Mike Andrews | Big Devil† | Bobby | CM Pink | Joey Leone | Tommy Vercetti | James Earl Cash | Mary Ellen | Herbie | Ho Chi | Beverly Johnson† | Brian Johnson† | Carl Johnson's Father | Ah Ah Kung | LB | Little Devil† | General Mills | Tony† | Jezz Torrent | Avrindar
Fraser Ashley | Morgan August | G.M. Berlotti | Big Smilky | Dr. Diablo | Gern Blanston | Henry Bolt† | D. Claremont | John Craig | Mary Fortune | Frank Gold | Hammerfist | Philip K. Jones | Ed Karson | Turk Martin | Cluck Norris | Jane Pole | Brontosaurus Rex | Rochell'le | Jeremy Smith | Brian Van Ginsberg | Scott Wilson
Officer Carver | Poncho | Psycho
† denotes Deceased, Italics denotes a status determined by the player's choice
Characters in GTA San Andreas | Category:Characters in GTA San Andreas | Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas | Category:Characters
[ ve ]Colombian Cartel
GangstersCisco (Leader, deceased) | Catalina (Leader, deceased) | Miguel (deceased)
AssociatesPeople: Avery Carrington (deceased) | Claude (former) | King Courtney | Mike (former)
Gangs: Liberty City Triads | Uptown Yardies
EnemiesPeople: Asuka Kasen (deceased) | Kenji Kasen (deceased) | Claude | Toni Cipriani | Maria Latore | Mike | Salvatore Leone (deceased)
Gangs: Leone Crime Family | Yakuza
FrontsAirline company | Butchers company | Cartel Mansion | Freight business | Panlantic Construction Company
TurfLiberty City: Fort Staunton | Cedar Grove | Francis International Airport (former)
OtherCartel Cruiser