- — Ivan Bytchkov to Niko Bellic at the end of his random encounter.
Ivan Bytchkov (Russian: Иван Бычков) is character in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto IV, and a cameo character in The Lost and Damned. Based on the player's actions, Ivan can also be a random character.
Ivan Bytchkov was born in Russia, circa 1966. He emigrated to the United States of America in the early-1990s. He settled down in Hove Beach, a neighborhood mostly populated with Eastern European immigrants like himself.
By the early-2000s, Ivan was already involved with Mikhail Faustin's Russian Mafia, where he formed a close friendship with the loan shark Vladimir Glebov. He was arrested twice, once in 2000 for embezzlement, and again in 2004 for burglary.
Events of GTA IV
- Niko: "You trying to rob my cousin?!"
- Ivan: "Vlad's a bum. He set me up."
- ―Niko while chasing Ivan.
By 2008, Ivan is still a major enforcer for the Faustin Bratva. He meets up with Vlad at the latter's Comrades bar. The two conclude the meeting with a friendly embrace as Vlad's new associate, Niko Bellic, approaches them. Niko would later joke with Vlad that Ivan is the latter's boyfriend.
Shortly afterwards, Ivan apparently angers Mikhail Faustin by unknown means, leading Mikhail to order Vlad to kill Ivan. Vlad tricks Ivan into taking protection money (or "robbing") Roman Bellic's taxi depot.
Vlad then orders Niko, who happens to be Roman's cousin, to assassinate Ivan. As Niko arrives at the taxi depot, Ivan spots him, gets in his Ruiner and flees. Niko gives chase, resulting in Ivan crashing his car at a construction site.
Ivan attempts to escape via the rooftops, leaping from one building to another, only to be trapped dangling off the edge of a destroyed fire exit. At this point, Ivan begs Niko to save him, leaving the player the choice of either killing Ivan or sparing him.
Should Niko spare Ivan from his fate, he would help the Russian mobster to get back on his feet. Ivan will thank Niko and, taking his advice, leave Hove Beach "to go to the real America".
- NOTE: This random encounter is only available by sparing Ivan in the mission "Ivan the Not So Terrible".
- Ivan: "In-fucking-sane. You saved my ass again. You animal! Awooo!"
- Niko: "Don't worry about it."
- Ivan: "No, this means something. I'm the big shot money lender who screws his hot apple pie fiancee three times a week. And you still ain't made it yet. But you're the one saving my life. Hang in there, man, this should help. And this is a gift. Believe it, baby!"
- Niko: "Thanks. I'll try to hang in there... I guess. Enjoy the dream."
- —Ivan and Niko parting ways.
After being saved by Niko, Ivan cuts ties with the Russian Mafia and decides to move to Alderney, where he starts a money lending business, mainly operating within and around Acter. By the time he encounters Niko Bellic for the second time, Ivan has heard about Vlad's disappearance, unaware that the man who wanted him dead was murdered by Niko.
Ivan meets up with Niko again sometime after the opening of the Alderney-Algonquin bridge, on Mueri Street. He holds no grudge against Niko for trying to kill him, being more grateful for Niko sparing his life. The two exchange words regarding their latest activities, where Ivan reveals his new profession as well as the fact that he has met, and is now engaged to an American woman. Afterwards, Ivan asks Niko to come with him to collect money from several Hustlers.
Ivan and Niko meet up with the hustlers near the Lost MC Clubhouse, there, the hustlers decide they're not going to repay their debts, revealing an ambush set up for Ivan. Despite being outnumbered, Niko and Ivan are able to kill the hustlers and collect Ivan's money. Ivan, once again grateful, awards Niko with a share of the money.
LCPD Database Record
2004 - Burglary: Illegal Entry with Criminal Intent
- Resident of Hove Beach.
- Believed to be involved in Russian Organized Crime.
- Suspected of white collar crimes.
PROTECTING LIBERTY CITY
- GTA IV
- Bull in a China Shop
- Ivan The Not So Terrible (Can be killed)
- One Random characters (Only if spared in Ivan The Not So Terrible)
- The Lost and Damned
Ivan Bytchkov's Random Encounter
- Humorously, Ivan's last name obviously references the word "bitch".
- Ivan's surname comes from the word "bytchok" (Russian: "бычок"), which means "cigarette stub" in Russian prison slang, or "bull-calf".
- Ivan drives a black and gold Ruiner with red undertone, as seen in the mission Ivan The Not So Terrible, where he crashes it and tries to escape through a construction site.
- After completing the mission Ivan the Not So Terrible, Ivan will be reported as missing in the police database, regardless of whether he is killed or spared.
- Like most characters in the game, Ivan will don a unique helmet when riding alongside the protagonist on a motorbike. His helmet is green with blue and white stars, with two stripes, blue and white.
- Ivan appears in the end credits of The Lost and Damned. He is being chased by Niko during the Grand Theft Auto IV mission "Ivan The Not So Terrible". It cuts away just before Niko decides Ivan's fate.
- Ivan appears much taller than Niko Bellic during his random encounter's cutscene, however in-game he's about the same height. This can be noticed if you decide to spare him during Ivan the Not So Terrible.
- If the player drives a police vehicle during Ivan's random encounter, the mission will fail when arriving at the meet as the vehicle will scare off the Hustlers. A short cutscene will then take place a few blocks away in which Niko angrily tells Ivan to get out of the car and leave.