Marlene "Marnie" Allen is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as a random character in Grand Theft Auto IV, and a member of the Epsilon Program in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.
Marnie was born in 1987 and raised somewhere in the Midwest, where she was a cheerleader. She moved to Liberty City to become an actress in 2005, and was immediately conned into appearing in internet porn by Joseph Kaplan. She also claims Kaplan was the one to get her hooked on heroin, and she quickly started a 2-bag-per-day habit.
From then on she turned to panhandling to support a 5-a-day habit, and had to return to prostitution when it increased again. She was arrested in 2006, for petty theft and prostitution, back when she worked for a Peruvian pimp in Acter, Alderney. She was arrested a third time in 2007 for heroin possession, and after refusing rehab she was released onto the street.
Events of Grand Theft Auto IV
When Niko comes across her, she begs for money and/or drugs, and offers a lot of herself for next to nothing. She's young and has fallen victim to the streets. Niko feels sorry for her and agrees to take her to her dealer for a fix. Upon arriving at her dealer on Boyden Avenue, Niko gives her $500 and sees her off.
The second time Niko encounters Marnie, she is in Varsity Heights leaning up against a lamp post on a street corner, one block north of Bernie Crane's apartment. Marnie explains to Niko that she has "screwed over a john" and now thinks he is going to kill her. Niko, again feeling sympathetic, agrees to take her to Grand Easton Terminal train station, to flee the city to live with her parents in the Midwest. As Niko bids her farewell, he gives her $500 and tells her to look after herself.
Marnie later e-mails Niko, revealing that she is currently attending college to become a psychologist and is living happily back home with her parents. If Niko answers positively, he will tell her that maybe she "can help crazy people like me."
Events of Grand Theft Auto V
According to her Bleeter account, part of her duties in the Epsilon Program is to sleep with gay movie stars to convince them they're straight.
She first makes contact with Michael De Santa after the completion of the mission Seeking the Truth when she sends him an e-mail asking for a $500 donation to the program. Tithing the money unlocks the mission Accepting the Truth where she appears for the first time and introduces herself to Michael as a guide through the Epsilon Program. Afterwards, she sends e-mails asking donations in money to continue the program and also cars that need to be delivered in a garage in Rockford Hills.
She later introduces Michael to Jimmy Boston, an actor who is also in the program. Both accompany Michael when he tries to find "alien artifacts" hidden in the desert. Her last appearance in person in the game, happens in the mission Exercising the Truth, where she says that Michael needs to run 5 miles through the desert to complete the program.
After Michael has completed all the missions for the Epsilon Program, Marnie will send to him a different e-mail depending on which decision the player takes on the last mission, if the player took the money to Cris Formage, she will be very happy and will say that Michael is finally able to locate the Epsilon Tract to complete the Epsilon Paradigm. If the player took the money for himself, she will be angry, but will also say that Kraff is merciful and if Michael locates all the Epsilon Tracts, he can redeem himself.
Regardless of the decision, she will send texts containing clues to the location of the tracts. This suggests that, while Cris is clearly a con artist, Marnie is a true believer in the program.
Events of Grand Theft Auto Online
In late 2021, during the events of GTA Online: The Contract, cannabis has become a legal commodity. Seeking ways into the industry, Marnie and Jimmy get in touch with Lamar Davis, a well-advocated weed dealer. Despite the request for a discreet, off-the-books meeting, Lamar blatantly boasts about it on social media and accidentally leaks crucial details regarding the exchange; specifically by photographing himself at the rendezvous while finalizing the meet and uploading it (along it's metadata) to Snapmatic. The Vagos, who have been in a dispute with him and his associate, Franklin Clinton, disrupt the deal as it transpires and unsuccessfully attempts to kill Lamar, who warns the pair to flee to safety. He ceases contact with the Epsilonists following the deal, who in reality, simply wanted to re-brand his business to their own liking.
LCPD Database record (2008)
2006 - Prostitution
- Believed to be working as a prostitute to support heroin addiction.
- Refused to enter rehabilitation program on first arrest and was released onto street.
PROTECTING LIBERTY CITY
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Random Encounters/Strangers and Freaks Walkthroughs
- After completing Marnie's second random encounter in Grand Theft Auto IV, the LCPD Database lists her as "missing".
- Like most characters in Grand Theft Auto IV, Marnie will don a unique helmet when riding alongside the protagonist on a motorbike. Her helmet is pink with white stripes.
- First name revealed in the audio files in Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV\pc\audio\sfx\speech.rpf\SPEECH\PI_MARLENE