James "Jimmy" De Santa, formerly James Townley, is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a main character and tritagonist to Michael De Santa in Grand Theft Auto V and a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the The Diamond Casino Heist update.
Jimmy is the son of Michael and Amanda De Santa, and the younger brother of Tracey. Born in 1993, he and his family lived in a trailer park in the Midwest while his father, Michael, ran a career in bank robbing. At some point, Michael's partners-in-crime, Trevor Philips and Brad Snider met Jimmy and his family. In 2004, Michael, fearing for his family's safety, faked his own death during a failed heist in Ludendorff, North Yankton, and moved his family to Los Santos, San Andreas. During this time, his relationship with his family became strained, due to their very different lifestyle choices and personalities, in Jimmy's case, his videogame and drug habits, along with his disrespectful attitude.
Jimmy used to play baseball as a child, as seen in a photograph at the De Santa Residence.
Events of Grand Theft Auto V
In 2013, Jimmy purchases a yellow BeeJay XL SUV from Simeon Yetarian's dealership, unaware that he's falling victim to a credit fraud scheme. Later, as he plays Righteous Slaughter 7 and argues with Tracey, Franklin Clinton breaks into the De Santa Residence to reposes the car.
Later, Jimmy attempts to sell Michael's yacht for drug money, but the "buyers" decide to steal it, instead. Jimmy, hiding in the head of the boat, frantically calls Michael to tell him what happened, who, in Amanda's Sentinel and with the recently befriended Franklin, quickly catches up to the yacht as it's being transported down the freeway. Franklin jumps aboard and manages to rescue Jimmy, but they lose the yacht. Michael asks Franklin to get Amanda's car repaired and take Jimmy home, while he leaves to take time to himself. While he initially protests, Jimmy accompanies Franklin and tries to relate to him, albeit unsuccessfully.
Later on, as Jimmy is playing videogames, he shouts insults through his headset so much that his dad cannot hear the dialogue of the film he is trying to watch in the living room, downstairs. Michael angrily marches upstairs and gets into an argument with Jimmy, which ends when Michael smashes Jimmy's television with a chair. After calming down, Michael attempts to bond with Jimmy by going on a bike ride together. Knowing that Tracey was partying with porn producers on a boat that day, Jimmy suggests that they go biking down Vespucci Beach, where he planned to lead Michael to the boat Tracey was on, hoping the idea of Tracey hanging out with porn producers would make his father angry. They drive to the beach and race to the end of Del Perro Pier, where Jimmy points out the boat Tracey is on, and tells Michael about what she was doing. As Jimmy expected, Michael gets angry and dives into the ocean, swimming to the boat to get his daughter. Afterwards, Michael and Tracey meet up with Jimmy on the beach. Tracey, angry at Jimmy for telling their father where she was, storms off, while Jimmy follows.
Eventually, Michael finds a block of Weed belonging to Jimmy in the fridge. As he walks into the kitchen to get it, Michael taunts him with it, causing Jimmy to insult Michael, who responds by angrily confronting him. The situation only defuses with appearance of Trevor, Michael's old partner-in-crime, to everyone's surprise. After an awkward reunion, in which Trevor comments on how Jimmy used to be thinner, he and Michael inquire to him about Tracy's location, to which he tells them that she is auditioning for the TV talent show Fame or Shame as a dancer. Knowing that Tracey will likely embarrass herself on TV, Michael and Trevor rush off to the Maze Bank Arena, where the auditions are being held.
Leaving his father
After Michael nearly gets into a fight with Amanda's Yoga instructor, Fabien LaRouche, Amanda storms out and leaves. He goes upstairs and asks Jimmy to hang out with him, which Jimmy protests, but concedes to. Jimmy decides to go meet his friend, Ahron Ward at Burger Shot to pick up drugs from him. While on the way there, Michael tries to talk to Jimmy and relate to him, but Jimmy simply blows him off. During the drive home after picking up the drugs, Jimmy tricks Michael into taking a sip of a drink he picked up, the latter unaware that it was spiked with an anesthetic. Michael soon starts feeling dizzy and Jimmy throws him out onto the street before driving away.
Afterwards, Jimmy takes Michael's car, along with some of his money, and moves out. Amanda reveals to Michael in a letter that Jimmy had twisted the story and told her Michael had willing taken drugs while driving him, further convincing her to leave him. Jimmy later texts Michael asking can give him another $1,000. Michael simply ignores his request.
Jimmy later returns Michael's car to his house, heavily modified. He explains in a text that, despite his "improvements" (a set of rims with large dollar signs on them, a "La Cucaracha" tune horn, a small spoiler, and a few low/mid-level performance upgrades), it is still an uncool "old man car", and he can't allow himself to be seen in one, also implying in a side comment that the Hispanics in his new neighborhood were starting to give him angry looks over his choice of car horn.
- Jimmy: "You do bad shit and things, and I don't know if I love you and I'm pretty sure I hate you a little bit, but I'm just so fucking upset that we can't even see each other. You're just a drunk lame dad."
- Michael: " You know what? That might just be the nicest thing anybody's ever said to me."
- ―Jimmy and Michael discuss about their strained relationship.
Later, Michael passes out drinking whisky and is woken by Jimmy, who has returned alone and makes a clumsy attempt at reconciliation. Michael reacts apathetically, though does inquire about Amanda. Jimmy informs his father that Amanda remains angry at Michael, though is also bored, having realized that a relationship with Fabien wasn't the ideal way to get back at Michael that she thought it would be, and is waiting for Michael to turn up and prove that he is still committed to his family. Jimmy then accompanies Michael to pick up Amanda and Tracey, who join Jimmy and Michael in a with Dr. Friedlander. Despite the clear tensions which remain, Michael's family agrees to move back in.
Later, Jimmy accompanies his father to the premiere of his film production debut, Meltdown. However, when they arrive there, they notice that Amanda and Tracey are nowhere to be found. Devin Weston, who is angry at Michael when his attempts to stop him from canning the movie resulted in the accidental death of his lawyer, then shows up and hints that they both are in trouble. Michael and Jimmy return to the house to find a private security group, Merryweather are holding Amanda and Tracey hostage. Michael kills most of the mercenaries, but one of them catches Michael off guard and holds him at gunpoint. Jimmy then shuts off the power to the house, and, while wearing a soldier uniform and night-vision goggles, knocks out the Merryweather thug, but teabags Michael by mistake. After this, Jimmy, Amanda, and Tracey leave the mansion for their own safety.
Later, Jimmy gets kidnapped by a comedy writer for trolling and harassing him online. He phones Michael and secretly reveals his location, giving Michael the option to come rescue him. If he chooses to do so, Michael will catch up to the kidnapper's car and ram it a few times, causing the kidnapper and his associates to get out and run away. Afterwards, Michael drops Jimmy off at The Richman Hotel. If Michael does not agree to help, the kidnapper will ransom Jimmy, forcing Michael to pay $9,500.
- Michael: "It's good to be a family again. I'm so happy to have you all back."
- Jimmy: "All that fighting was kinda shitty."
- Michael: "It's going to be better now. I promise."
- —Michael and Jimmy hanging out after the end of the storyline.
Jimmy does not send messages to any of the protagonists.
Jimmy calls Michael saying that he just heard about Trevor's death, to which Michael will reply saying that Trevor was a dangerous man and that his death was the best for them. Jimmy will be shocked to hear this and realizes that his father was involved in Trevor's assassination.
Jimmy will also call Franklin to ask about Trevor's death. Franklin will say that Trevor was a crazy man and that it is best if Jimmy just moves on with his life.After this, Michael and Franklin are unable to hang out with Jimmy.
Jimmy calls Franklin two times. In the first call, he tells Franklin that his dad has disappeared and asks if he knows his whereabouts, to which Franklin replies that he doesn't. In the second call, he reveals that he knows Michael is dead and emotionally asks what Franklin knows about it. Franklin gets nervous and starts to stammer on his answer, which Jimmy picks up on, immediately deducing that he was involved with Michael's death. He insults Franklin and hangs up the phone.
Jimmy will also call Trevor, letting him know about Michael's death. Trevor will not know what to say to comfort Jimmy, but tells him that he sends his best to Amanda.After this, Trevor and Franklin are unable to hang out with Jimmy.
Events of Grand Theft Auto Online
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The Diamond Casino Heist
Six years after the events of Grand Theft Auto V, Jimmy makes his debut in Grand Theft Auto Online as a supporting character in The Diamond Casino Heist update. He appears during the first cutscene when the player purchases an arcade as a new employee working for the "arcade" portion of the business under Wendy's supervision, having been offered a job by 'Uncle Les' Crest, ahead of any potential applicants. Having been told the position was 'in games' by Lester, he is somewhat dismayed that the business is a retro arcade rather than being involved in the e-sports scene as he had assumed. He nevertheless accepts, albeit reluctantly, and is reminded by Lester that "everyone has to start somewhere". He is initially relegated to sweeping the floors and helping clean up the disused building, to later setting up arcade machines. Although Lester is skeptical of how long Jimmy will last, claiming he won't last a week, he continues to be employed after the arcade officially opens for business and can be found within.
Dan Houser has described Jimmy as a 20-year-old, whiny pot smoker, who is prominently very lazy and addicted to video games. During Michael's character trailer, Jimmy can be seen playing on a video game console in his bedroom. When he plays video games, he shouts insults at other players through his headset about their mothers, their sexuality, and how bad they are at the game.
Jimmy shows much cowardice throughout the storyline as when he tries to stand up to his father, he backs down as soon as Michael comes back at him with aggression. He blames his dad for all of his own failings and is quick to shift the blame for any of his own poorly thought actions onto his father's loose morals and shady past. He even drugs Michael, then steals his car and takes some of his money to get his own place. However, Jimmy saves his dad (and the rest of his family) after a Merryweather goon knocks him down and prepares to shoot him by hitting the goon on the head with a bong. Also, if Franklin chooses to kill Michael, Jimmy will mourn his father's death. Towards the end of the storyline, Jimmy starts to mature. He stops insulting other players and admits to his dad that calling people "gay" isn't cool anymore because he has gay friends. Jimmy also starts to accept that his situation isn't entirely Michael's fault, but rather his own as well, and starts to exercise and look for a job. Among his other unrealistic plans for a career, the biggest one is to be a comedian, as he reveals to his father and Trevor.
Amanda is the only person Jimmy shows respect to, with Amanda defending Jimmy when Michael berates him for his laziness and unemployment.
Jimmy and Tracey have a strained relationship, with the early stages of the game showing them trading insults with each other. Following Reuniting the Family, however, their relationship begins to improve. Jimmy also saved her and their parents from Merryweather, after their home was attacked, showing he loves her in spite of their problems.
Jimmy, along with Tracy, has a fondness for Trevor Philips, with both addressing him as "Uncle T".
Jimmy is a redheaded, overweight young man of medium height, shorter than the rest of his family and other characters. He has a tattoo with the word "entitled" on his neck. He wears a red and black Fruntalot jersey, with "07" on the back and a white undershirt, a pair of grayish blue jeans with red, black and white sneakers and a silver necklace to match. Because of the way he acts and dresses, he appears to be mimicking the appearance and personality of a gangster rapper. He has many tattoos, one of which reads "Edifica adversario tuo aureum pons ad receptum trans.", which translates to "Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.".
For his appearance in The Diamond Casino Heist, Jimmy's hair is longer and strawberry blond. He also sports a hoodie, sunglasses and a black hat.
Prominent Appearances in Missions
Grand Theft Auto V
- Franklin and Lamar
- Daddy's Little Girl
- Fame or Shame
- Did Somebody Say Yoga?
- Caida Libre (Post-mission phone call)
- Derailed (Post-mission message)
- Reuniting the Family
- Lamar Down (Post-mission message; only if Legal Trouble completed first)
- Legal Trouble (Post-mission phone call; only if Lamar Down completed first)
- Parenting 101 (Boss; optional)
- Something Sensible (Option A; Post-mission phone call)
- The Time's Come (Option B; Post-mission phone call)
Grand Theft Auto Online
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
- Jimmy might be based on AJ Soprano from the HBO Series The Sopranos. They are both lazy underachievers with criminals as fathers. Michael purchased Jimmy a yellow SUV, and Tony Soprano does the same for AJ in the show.
- Jimmy is voiced by Danny Tamberelli, who is a well known cast member from the Nickelodeon comedy sketch show, All That. During friendship activities with his father, Jimmy also reveals that he wants to be a comedian.
- Sometimes, Jimmy can be heard watching pornography in his locked bedroom. If Michael tries to enter, Jimmy will tell him to go away. The same sometimes also occurs to Tracey, where moaning and other suggestive sounds are heard inside her bedroom.
- After the mission "Reuniting the Family" Jimmy can be seen in the living room of Michael's house creating a resumé for a job, at times he will say, "Should I put my K/D ratio on my resumé?" If the player looks closely or zooms into the laptop screen, Niko Bellic's Lifeinvader profile is visible. He also starts to do exercises. Also, whenever Jimmy is playing video games, he can be seen sitting upright on his bed rather than slouching back. He also no longer shouts profanities and keeps quiet.
- If Jimmy is injured by one of the three protagonists, he will be hospitalized like the other supporting characters, but unlike Tracey and Amanda, Jimmy remains calm when he texts back Michael, Franklin or Trevor about his condition.
- Also after Jimmy is hospitalized, he may text the protagonist who injured him that he had a near death experience and is going to get a job. After this, Jimmy’s voice mail changes to a more formal tone than his basic one, where he lists off various ‘gangsta’ sounding nicknames.
- When switching to Michael, he may be seen playing a video game with Jimmy, though it seems that Michael is losing, as he angrily throws his controller at the TV, yelling "Millennial fuckwads!" on occasion. Michael will then leave the room, but if the player takes a closer look at Jimmy's "controller", one will notice that Jimmy has no controller in his hands, though he will still act as if he was playing the game. This has been fixed in the enhanced edition of the game.
- When Franklin hangs out with Jimmy, he says "so, we're a set now, is this what's going on?" and Franklin tries to convince Jimmy they are only two guys hanging out, but Jimmy requests going to Davis and shooting some Ballas before yelling "Families for life!" Then Franklin tells him he better knock him out to save him from himself, because shouting "Families for life!" will cause controversy, especially for him.
- While all three protagonists can hang out with Jimmy for social activities, Franklin is the only protagonist who will take Jimmy drinking during friend activities. Jimmy will sometimes suggest drinking while hanging out with Michael or Trevor as they approach a bar but they reject the idea due to Jimmy being underage.