For other uses of the same name, see Lester.
"We are about to put the Darwinism back in Social Darwinism, and brother, it is gonna be fun."
―Lester Crest to Michael De Santa in Friend Request.

Lester Crest is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a central character and the main deuteragonist in Grand Theft Auto V, and as a main character in Grand Theft Auto Online.

History

Background

Lester suffers from a wasting disease which has gradually worn down his motor skills during his life and left him wheelchair-bound, though he is able to walk short distances with the use of a cane. Due to his limited mobility, Lester has grown considerably overweight, and he also suffers from asthma. It is implied that Lester was bullied in high school, as he posted on Bleeter that "getting revenge" on his old high school class "never seemed to get old".

At an unknown point in time, Lester met and became affiliated with Michael Townley and Trevor Philips, becoming a regular member of their heist crews since the start of their partnership, working mostly as a planner and information scout. It is stated by Michael during The Merryweather Heist that Lester went against doing the heist depicted in the Prologue, possibly having an idea of what eventually happened.

Events of GTA Online

Meeting the player

"Welcome to paradise."
―Lester to the player.

Lester is one of the several mission givers the player can interact with in Grand Theft Auto Online. He can be found at his house. The player is introduced to Lester upon reaching rank 10; Lester phone calls the player and asks him to meet up at his house in El Burro Heights. At Lester's place, he informs the player of their growing reputation and suggests to invest the player's money in real estate.

Before the player leaves, Lester tells him/her that he is able to put a bounty on other players by calling Lester. If the player sets a bounty on another player, Lester will take a cut of $1,000.

After the 1.15 Patch, the player can receive messages from Lester who requires a target eliminated for easy cash.

GTA Online: Heists Update

Lester sends a text message to the player, asking to meet him in his factory, to talk about a great opportunity. Lester then introduces the player to the online Heists. He and Paige Harris help the player in the execution of a heist, targeting a safety deposit box at the Chumash branch of the Fleeca Bank.

Afterwards, he'll be referring the players into other jobs he's definitely not interested in, but he might still get a finder's fee for the referral.

Finally, after the heists he didn't want to be involved in, Lester is once again leading a final heist into the Pacific Standard Public Depository Bank along with the players.

Lester also requests the online player to distract the cops occasionally to allow his contact to safely escape.

GTA Online: Bikers

"With my vast knowledge and your time, effort and bank, we'll be unstoppable."
―Lester as "Long John Teabag" introduces the player to Open Road Network.

Lester once again interacts with the player now under the nickname of "Long John Teabag" and using a voice changer.[1][2][3] He is the owner of the Open Road Network and helps set up the player's illegal business for their Motorcycle Club.

Events of GTA V

After Michael faked his death with the assistance of FIB agent Dave Norton, Lester left North Yankton and relocated to San Andreas, eventually discovering that Michael had indeed faked his death and gone into witness protection with the FIB in Los Santos. Nonetheless, since Michael told the FIB nothing about Lester's involvement with his team, Lester told nobody about Michael's ruse.

Lester and Michael reunite after nearly a decade when Michael finds himself in need of a new heist after unintentionally angering Cartel boss Martin Madrazo by pulling his house down a hill (believing it to be the home of Kyle Chavis, the tennis coach who'd slept with his wife). Lester agrees to help, but only after Michael helps assassinate Lifeinvader CEO Jay Norris so that Lester can make a profit by buying Lifeinvader shares at minimal price, only to sell them at inflated ones later. Once the assassination is taken care of, Lester helps Michael, and his new associate Franklin Clinton, pull off a robbery at the Vangelico jewel store in Portola Drive.

Later on during the game, Lester hires Franklin several times to pull off other similar assassinations in order to amass a fortune in the stock market. Lester buys up large amounts of stock in the rival companies of his targets when their share prices are low, so that their share prices will rise significantly following the assassinations and Lester can sell his shares at a profit. Other victims included Brett Lowrey, the CEO of Bilkinton Research; 4 corrupt jurors who planned to file a lawsuit against Redwood Cigarettes; Jackson Skinner, the Head of Product Development at Facade; Isaac Penny, a venture capitalist who planned to acquire a majority share of Vapid Motor Company; and Enzo Bonelli, a mobster turned real estate developer who blackmailed his way into several construction contracts for Los Santos.

Lester's main role in the game is in helping the protagonists set-up various heists and operations. He helps them plan out a robbery on a County Bank to finance an FIB operation; he helps Franklin rescue Michael after he's captured by Wei Cheng's triad due to his connection with Trevor; he helps Michael and Franklin carry out a break-in on the FIB Headquarters to delete incriminating files about the team and Agent Steve Haines; he helps the three protagonists find and rescue Franklin's friend Lamar Davis after Franklin's former friend Stretch betrayed him to the Ballas; and ultimately he helps the trio pull off the biggest score of their careers: a robbery on the Union Depository. If the player chooses the Obvious approach to The Big Score, Lester will travel as a passenger in Trevor's helicopter and shoot down pursuing Merryweather helicopters with a Rocket Launcher.

Endings

By the end of the game, Franklin is given separate orders by Steve Haines and Devin Weston to kill one of his friends. Haines wants him to kill Trevor and Weston wants him to kill Michael. The player then has to choose between carrying out Haines' instructions, carrying out Weston's, or disregarding them both and getting together with both Trevor and Michael to take out their enemies.

Franklin contacts Lester and asks him for help on figuring out what to do. Lester initially suggests killing both Trevor and Michael, but eventually comes up with a better way to solve the problem. He lures Haines' corrupt FIB allies and Weston's private Merryweather battalion to a foundry where the three protagonists ambush and kill all of them, stripping both Haines and Weston of their brute force power. Afterwards, Lester acquires the locations of all of the protagonists' enemies (after Franklin explains to him that Stretch's real name is Harold Joseph), allowing them to take out their enemies once and for all. Michael kills Stretch, Franklin kills Wei Cheng and Trevor kills Steve Haines before going to Devin Weston's mansion to kidnap him. Trevor takes Weston to a cliff in Blaine County where he meets up with Michael and Franklin and all three protagonists proceed to mock a terrified Weston before pushing the car he's in off the cliff, killing him. After the assassinations are carried out, Lester sends all three protagonists their respective shares from the UD job and congratulates them on a job well done.


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Note: The GTA Online: The Diamond Casino & Resort DLC mission "Casino - Strong Arm Tactics" confirms that these are not the canon endings to the storyline.
In this ending, Lester only appears again through an email he sends to the two surviving protagonists. If Trevor is killed, he sends Franklin and Michael their share of the Union Depository job as well as half of Trevor's to each of them, as well as claiming to be rather disappointed that things had to end as they did. If Michael is killed, Lester sends Franklin and Trevor their shares of the Union Depository job and sends Michael's share to his family, while at the same time stating in his email that he hopes neither Franklin or Trevor were involved in Michael's murder.

GTA Online: The Doomsday Heist

"For all I know, you're bugged all to high hell and you don't even know the bugs exist!"
―Lester to Agent 14.

In 2017, Lester contacts the Online Protagonist, saying he's found opportunities more lucrative than the traditional bank heists, which can be utilized under a SecuroServ VIP contract, a SecuroServ CEO organization, or a registered Motorcycle Club. The player begins by purchasing an ex-government facility, where Lester meets them along with a billionaire named Avon Hertz and his AI neural network named Cliffford. Avon claims that he and Cliffford have unfolded a doomsday plot from an unknown foreign entity and is looking to hire some people for taking on extremely dangerous missions, such as infiltrating the NOOSE building or stealing an Avenger from Merryweather. Thus Lester and the protagonist agree to become hired guns for Avon.

In the mission The Data Breaches, conclusion of Act 1, Avon sends the protagonist to a secret IAA facility beneath the Satellite Relay Station which is under attack by Merryweather Security. Avon claims that Merryweather was hired by an "unknown" client and that it is the protagonist's job to clear the facility of hostile activity and rescue any IAA agents still alive.

After the attack is foiled, Agent 14 and Phoenicia Rackman reluctantly team up with Avon on behalf of the International Affairs Agency. The three of them offer to hire Lester and the protagonist to find the "unknown" client who paid off Merryweather and uncover their intentions. The trail eventually leads to the Ramius, a Russian submarine off the coast of Paleto Bay, and a rogue Russian special ops unit led by a mysterious Russian agent called Bogdan.

In the mission The Bogdan Problem, the conclusion of Act 2, the protagonist infiltrates the Ramius and eliminates anyone who stands in their way. After Avon orders them to upload Cliffford into the sub's mainframe, Bogdan reveals himself by bursting into the room and pleading with the protagonist not to shoot him immediately and instead hear him out. After lighting a cigarette, Bogdan tells them that he and his men are traitors in Russia and are working independently. His true mission to prevent Avon and Cliffford from triggering nuclear armageddon because they're bad and are secretly manipulating everybody to achieve their own ends. Nobody believes Bogdan until Avon suddenly decides to take matters into his own hands and reveal his true colors. Avon and Cliffford are now "in charge" because the protagonist's work has created a pathway for Cliffford to not only hack all systems aboard the Ramius, but also the IAA and the entire San Andreas defense network.

Cliffford initiates the sub's self-destruct sequence to destroy all "evidence." Lester orders the protagonist to jump ship and Bogdan willingly provides them with some scuba gear before taking flight in an escape pod. Within 30 seconds, the Ramius explodes and sinks to the bottom of the ocean, killing anyone still on board. After escaping, the protagonist regroups with Lester, Rackman, and Agent 14 at Los Santos International Airport (HD Universe) and everyone is beside themselves at how easily Avon tricked them. Lester is so angry that he swears revenge and tells the protagonist that he'll be in touch.

""Avon is the real fucking bad guy? Not the Russians? What? Hey, who saw that coming? I don't know what to say. Just take your hard earn government cash and run! You go back to robbing banks, running gun smuggling Cargo or whatever the cool crooks are doing these days... I'll just need to see how this plays out... In the meantime, I'll try and contact the Russian captain, um, Bogdan, to see what he knows. We're gonna make Avon pay, oh just wait for my call""
―Lester to the Player

After killing Avon and destroying Cliffford in the mission The Doomsday Scenario, the protagonist reconvenes with Lester, Agent 14, and Rackman at the Galileo Observatory and is congratulated on their success and for "saving the world." Lester, speaking for the protagonist and himself, tells Rackman that they'll settle for their fat paycheck and Rackman agrees to pay. A socially awkward Lester then tries to initiate "small talk" with the protagonist before giving up and saying "Well, this has been... horrifying... really, really horrifying but... also pretty fun. So, bye bye.".

At the conclusion of The Doomsday Heist, Lester calls the protagonist and happily informs them that Avon's hair plugs were all that the IAA was able to recover. Meanwhile, Cliffford has vanished without a trace and probably won't be coming back.

GTA Online: The Diamond Casino Heist

In 2019, Lester unexpectedly contacts the Online Protagonist, asking them to meet him at Mirror Park for a new opportunity. After the protagonist arrives, Lester starts complaining that he's already pulled off enough scores to not get dragged back into another one and tells them to "dick off", which reveals that he is under the impression that the protagonist texted him. When the protagonist shows Lester that he messaged them, Lester gets confused until he realizes that his phone was hacked.

The hacker, Georgina Cheng, then immediately shows up with her associate Huang on behalf of Cheng Family Holdings. She claims that she wants the two of them to rob the The Diamond Casino & Resort for her. Though Lester tries to turn down the job, Georgina convinces him that this is going to be the biggest challenge he's going to face, and that she's not asking for any money, "just as a favor". Upon hearing this, Lester tells the protagonist to purchase an Arcade Center to be used as a front for the heist.

Later on, Lester meets up with the protagonist at their newly purchased Arcade center and run them through some basic business setup to get the place up and running before they can plan the heist in the basement. Lester remains behind the scene as heist planner and gives instructions on the Prep missions and eventually the heist itself. Once it's pulled off, Lester regroups with the crew on the roof of the building directly across from the casino to celebrate. Georgina then unexpectedly joins him for some private business and a passionate kiss while the protagonists silently walk away.

Personality

Despite Lester's physical disabilities, he makes up for this with a genius-level intelligence, a masterful expertise in technology and computing and a sharp eye for detail, which is what makes him an excellent planner for the various heists he has pulled off throughout his life. He is also an avid video-gamer, and is a particular fan of Righteous Slaughter 7.

Lester is, by his own admission, socially awkward and reveals to the GTA Online character during the Fleeca Job that he's not the best conversationalist and rarely meets people in person. When he meets people online and arranges to meet them in real life, he will show up but unseen by his dates and Lester instead will watch them from afar. Sometimes he likes cracking bad jokes that end up in unanswered laughs, showing his inability to deal with people outside the business or the online life.

Lester is very well informed on world politics and the machinations and details of corporate activities. Using this knowledge, he has previously been involved in stock fraud and corporate assassination.

"You see, I like my scores like I like my dates: across the street and unaware they're being watched."
―Lester to the player.

On Lester's Lifeinvader page, a message from a girl asking about his true age can be seen, implying that he fakes his age in order to talk to younger women, with Trevor referring to him as "Lester the Molester". Lester admits to Franklin that he hacks girls' webcams to watch them and after the The Bureau Raid (Fire Crew approach), he says he will "reverse engineer a webcam and spy on those sorority girls again". It is possible that he is bisexual, as a folder entitled "Gay porn" can be found on his Facade computer, however, this may also be a way to "troll" people. Lester possibly believes that the Illuminati is watching him as he has an Illuminati poster in his house, and this may possibly explain why the windows of his house are covered up.

Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Heists

Bikers

The Doomsday Heist

The Diamond Casino Heist

Services (GTA Online)

Lester is unlocked as a phone contact at rank 10. When called, he offers a wide range of services, which purpose is generally to assist the Protagonist. Each service costs a specific amount of money and is unlocked once a specific rank has been reached.

Service GTA Online Description In-Game Effect Cost Level Requirement
Set Bounty Choose a player to place a Bounty on or view their current Bounty value. Once payment is received, a Bounty of whatever the player paid, minus $1000, is placed on the head of the selected player. The player who kills the selected player gets the Bounty money for themself. NPCs who kill a player with a bounty on their head do not receive the money, and the Bounty remains on the player. Same applies for suicides. $2,000-$10,000 10
Remove Wanted Level Completely remove your wanted level. Completely removes the player's wanted level once payment is received. If multiple players are in the same vehicle at the time of the call, only one player must use this to remove the wanted level for everyone in the vehicle. $200/Star

(Free after completing The Doomsday Heist Act 3)

21
Off the Radar Remove your blip from the World Map for one minute. Your location on the radar is hidden from all other players in your session. If multiple players are in the same vehicle at the time of the call, only one player must use this to hide the location of everyone in the vehicle. $500 40
Reveal Players Reveal hidden players on the world map. Reveals any players using the "Off The Radar" service. $500 40
Request Job Request an invite to a previously completed Job. After a few seconds, you will be sent an invite to a random job you have completed for Lester previously. $0 0
Locate a Boat Locate a boat and display it on the Map. Lester will locate the nearest available boat, and the player can take it without it counting as a stolen vehicle. The player must return it within 12 in-game hours or get a wanted level. $400 0
Locate a Helicopter Locate a chopper and display it on the map. Lester will locate the nearest available helicopter, and the player can take it without it counting as a stolen vehicle. The player must return it within 12 in-game hours or get a wanted level. $700 35
Locate a Car Locate a car and display it on the map. Lester will locate the nearest available car, and the player can take it without it counting as a stolen vehicle. The player must return it within 12 in-game hours or get a wanted level. $100 15
Locate a Plane Locate a plane and display it on the map. Lester will locate the nearest available plane, and the player can take it without it counting as a stolen vehicle. The player must return it within 12 in-game hours or get a wanted level. $1000 45
Cops Turn Blind Eye Cops will ignore any crimes you commit for a short period of time. Once payment is received, the player can commit any crime they want for 3 minutes without receiving a wanted level. If multiple players are in the same vehicle at the time of the call, only one player must use this for the cops to run a blind eye for everyone in the vehicle. They can still get a wanted level if they share a car with a player who has a wanted level. $5000 12

Assassination Missions and Stock exchange fraud


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Trivia

  • Lester may in part be inspired by the character Kelso from the movie Heat. Both Kelso and Lester have physical disabilities, and both men are more involved with planning heists than with actually carrying them out.
  • Lester bares some similarities to Bentley from the Sly Cooper video game series as they're both criminals, their signature color is green, they're computer hackers and geniuses, they're handicapped and use a wheelchair.
  • According to the Rush Casting Call, Lester's beta name was Jerry Cole.
  • As reported by media outlets, Lester may be based heavily on Karl Rove, Senior Advisor and White House Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration until Rove's resignation on August 31, 2007.
  • Lester's email address is "t34b4g99@eyefind.com" which is Leet/1337 for "Teabag99."
  • The in-game version of Lester's artwork shows him wearing a red shirt instead of the green check shirt. This outfit is only seen in the Paleto Score when he meets Michael, Trevor, Franklin and the chosen gunman at Ace Liquor.
  • Just like Lester keeps watch over the stock market, it is likely that he keeps a watch over the criminal world. He did mention "an Eastern European guy in Liberty City" to help them hit the jewelry store, indicating he probably kept a watch on Niko Bellic. He also makes comments about the McReary family if the player chooses Packie's resume while planning a heist, indicating he also knows about them beyond just Patrick himself.
  • Lester has an unused brown suit with a green checkered undershirt with a small tie and black loafers.
  • Lester's favourite radio station appears to be Space 103.2, as he switches the radio in Michael's car to this station when he is waiting for Michael to return in Cleaning out the Bureau.
  • He is one of the few characters along with Paige, Trevor, Avon Hertz, and Agent 14 to point out the Online Protagonists don't speak, and frequently makes fun of them for it, best example being during the Heist Update when he says that he won't have to cut out their tongue if they blab, as "you never use it".
  • Throughout The Doomsday Heist Lester frequently states over the radio that he misses the old days where he just had to worry about robbing banks, not working with the government and saving the world, and he believes that the Protagonists agree with him.
  • During the six years since GTA V, it is apparent that Lester has kept in touch with Michael's family, becoming close enough that during Jimmy's introduction in GTA Online, he refers to Lester as "my Uncle Les," and Lester briefly explaining to the protagonist that Jimmy is a "family friend."
  • Lester appears to be ambidextrous, as he uses both arms to draw on the planning board when putting together the plan in the arcade.
  • After The Diamond Casino Heist update, Lester's appearance is changed to his 2019 one when playing The Doomsday Heist. This is presumably a glitch.
  • Although he owns a car, he is rarely seen driving. In the The Diamond Casino Heist - Aggressive approach, he tells the player that 'driving aggravates his hives'.
  • As mentioned above, he suffers from skin rashes. At another point in The Diamond Casino Heist, Lester says that he 'feels his eczema clearing'.
  • He brews his own moonshine. When first entering Lester's home, the player can find that he has some homebrewing alcohol equipment set up with tubes running into jugs. After The Bureau Raid mission, if the player chose Covert, Lester will instruct Franklin to fill up everyone's glasses and mention he has some real vintage moonshine. Lester then says he plans to get drunk as a skunk, reverse engineer webcams and spy on sorority girls again.

References

  1. Game Files: The audio wave container and text key files for LJT are named "bples" and "bplesau", which stand for "Biker Lester" and "Biker Lester Audio" respectively.
  2. Quote: LJT almost refers to himself as "Lester" on one occasion.
    "~z~Hey, it's Lest... ehm, JT! Ooh, we got trouble at work. Get over there or you'll lose product."
    ―Text key, 0x0CB96514
    Audio:
  3. Quote: Lester indirectly confirms that he is LJT when the player is browsing the "Upgrades" tab on the computer of the Arcade building.
    "You want to run all your business interests spread out around the state from the convenience of one gaming chair, we got an MCT, Master Control Terminal, for that too. Even works with for supply and purchase runs on The Open Road, whatever that is... LJT would be proud."
    ―Lester introducting the Upgrades tab of his app.
    Audio:


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