King Courtney is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as an unseen, one of the mission giver by payphone and a minor antagonist in Grand Theft Auto III and a main character and the secondary antagonist in Grand Theft Auto Advance. In the latter game, he is seen physically. King Courtney is the leader of the Jamaican Uptown Yardies gang.
In GTA Advance, he appears as Mike's fourth boss. Involved in a turf war with the Colombian Cartel, Courtney is also involved in illegal racing around Staunton Island. He first encounters Mike shortly after the death of Mike's friend Jonnie. Mike suspects him of being responsible for his death and confronts him, holding him at gunpoint. King Courtney denies the accusations and claims that he also wants to find the killers because Jonnie owed the Yardies money. In exchange for his services, Courtney agrees to find the murderer of Mike's friend Vinnie. Despite the work Mike does for the Yardies, Mike finds himself no closer to finding the culprit. Mike begins to lose his patience and confronts Courtney. Courtney tells Mike that the culprit is Cisco, the leader of the Colombian Cartel. Mike later fights Cisco, only to learn of the lies Courtney has been feeding him. Mike later works for the Cartel and the Yakuza, two mutual rivals of the Yardies.
Mike discovers that Vinnie is still alive, and of his true nature, Mike kills him and steals his money, not before being warned that people will go after him for the money. Almost immediately after Vinnie's true death, King Courtney hears about the money and calls a hit out on Mike (as per late Vinnie's warning). Mike finds out about the hit from Cisco's successor and the arrest of Mike's friend 8-Ball. Mike wipes out the hit men before asking for Asuka Kasen to assist in the assault of the Yardies warehouse. Mike meets some of the Yakuza there but they flee just before the attack. Mike single-handedly confronts Courtney, who then attempts to personally kill Mike with backup from the Yardies. A violent fire fight ensues and Mike comes dangerously close to killing him before Courtney begins to beg for life. Suddenly a police raid begins (which Courtney somehow eluded) and Mike flees Liberty City.
In GTA III, Courtney is still a leader of Yardies. He assigns Claude jobs from Staunton Island, operating from a payphone located near Liberty Campus. The primary focus of his jobs are mostly related to attacks against rival gangs, with one of these mission requiring that Claude turn his back against the Diablos by killing several of its members. The final "job" involved Claude being lured into a trap, where Catalina has dispatched vans of "SPANK-ed up madmen" suicide bombers to kill Claude, an act that subsequently fermented relationships between Claude and the Yardies.
Prominent Appearances in Missions
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Bling-bling Scramble (Voice/Boss)
- Uzi Rider (Voice/Boss)
- Gangcar Round-up (Voice/Boss)
- Kingdom Come (Voice/Boss/Betrayal)
- Grand Theft Auto Advance
- Race to Run (Boss)
- Latin Coffee (Boss)
- The Big Score (Boss)
- Fine Dining (Boss/Betrayal)
- Assault Joint (Defeated)
- King Courtney is the only antagonist in the series who has crossed two protagonists and wasn't killed by anyone (although Mike came very close to killing him). Thus, he is the only antagonist who successfully got away with his actions.
- King Courtney is voiced by Walter Mudu, who also voiced Malc. Both characters lead gangs from Uptown (in Malc's case: Uptown Riders).
- King Courtney uses a lot of Jamaican street slang in GTA III which isn't included in the game's subtitles.