Grammar, speculation, Trivia integration etc
|For the gang featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, see Grove Street Families.|
- "The Families love sports almost as much as they love banging, flashing—arrogant, competitive, and aggressive; they are life-long bitter enemies of the Ballas."
- ―Steve Haines
- 1 Overview
- 2 Influences
- 3 Members
- 4 Sets
- 5 Terms/Slang
- 6 Mission Appearances
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
- 10 Navigation
The Families have territory in the whole of Chamberlain Hills and Strawberry neighborhoods, and also some parts of Davis. They hold a bitter rivalry with the neighboring Ballas gang and the Los Santos Vagos gang on the southeast side in Rancho. Their signature green attire mainly comes from the support of the colours of the Los Santos Corkers Baseball Team and the Feud Baseball Team. The "Forum Gangsters" may as well support the San Andreas Magnetics as seen by Lamar's general attires, and the Feud Baseball Team as seen by Franklin's purchasable clothing. Also it is clear that the "Davis Neighborhood Families" also support the Dust Devils hockey team due to the members of this set seen wearing Dust Devils attire with their logo.
The Families are possibly based upon the Crips gang in South Central Los Angeles, as they control the west side of South LS, just like Crips in real life. They also wear clothing with C's on them, and wear green because of Rockstar switching secondary colors of Crips and Bloods. The name of the gang however, appears to be a loose reference to the Bloods ("family" and "blood").
The Families control the entire neighborhoods of Chamberlain Hills and Strawberry, and also the northwest side of Davis. However, Forum Drive and the Crystal Heights projects are particular hotspots for activity. Families have slightly more territory than Ballas. Members are often seen drinking, driving vehicles, walking dogs, engaging in illegal races, standing on the sidewalks and also battling the police or other gangs if they happen to shoot a gun in their turf. They usually stand in groups of 2-10. Their weapons of choice include Micro SMGs, SMGs and Pump Action Shotguns and Assault Rifles (rarely), Pistols, and knives. They are often seen drinking Pißwasser lager and smoking cigarettes or marijuana, while chatting about their gang lives and such.
- Franklin Clinton
- Lamar Davis
- Harold "Stretch" Joseph - OG (Formerly; Deceased)
- Gerald - Drug Dealer
- Tavell Clinton (Formerly)
- Demarcus Bradley - OG (Incarcerated)
- Stanley (Determinant)
- Slim Skills †
- Tone Sampson
- Benton Cox
- Jamal Reynolds
- Vernon - OG
- The Boss - OG
- Andre Barnes
- Lil Rhino †
- Darryl Knox
- Online Player - Friend of Lamar, associate of Gerald and Trevor, and hired gun for The Families and Trevor Philips Enterprises.
- Trevor Philips - Leader of Trevor Philips Enterprises and friend of Lamar, Franklin and Michael, and associate of the Online Player.
- Michael De Santa - Friend of Franklin and Trevor, and associate of Lamar.
- Benny - Friend of Lamar, associate of the Online Player and Vernon and possible associate of The Families.
- Hao - Friend of Lamar and Franklin, and possible associate of The Families.
There are at least five distinct sets of the Families in Grand Theft Auto V.
Chamberlain Gangster Families (CGF)
The Chamberlain Gangster Families are the largest set. Their territory consists of the entire Chamberlain Hills neighborhood. They are also referred to as "The Hills" or "Killer Hills". They hang around the Crystal Heights project buildings. They normally wear black, white, or green track jackets with the Feud or Corkers logo in front as well as green, white or black caps. Other members wear black and white tank tops. It is possible, that Chamberlain Gangster Families and are also known as "26 Set", because this tag can often be seen near other set's tags. CGF is most likely based on the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips in Inglewood (which Strawberry is based on), as they are the largest set of Families within Strawberry and the Rollin 60's are the largest Crip set in southwestern Los Angeles. This gang district was mentioned at the mission The Long Stretch. While shooting some Ballas, Lamar will shout "CGF for Life!". Stretch will also proclaim "This Chamberlain Gangster Families here!"
Forum Drive Families (FDF)
The Forum Drive Families, more commonly referred to as the "Forum Gangsters" are the secondary set of the Chamberlain Gangster Families and also the set of Lamar and Franklin. Ironically, they both founded this set at some point before the beginning of the events of Grand Theft Auto Online. Their territory consists of Forum Drive and possibly the entire Strawberry too. Lamar and Franklin proceed with growing their set who are also known as the "88 Set".
Carson Avenue Families (CAF)
Hostile to the Chamberlain Gangsters and presumably other sets. Their territory consists of the Strawberry section of Carson Avenue though they sometimes appear in Chamberlain Hills. Members of this set often sport varsity jacket attire with the letter "C" for Chamberlain, which also stands for "Corkers", the baseball team supported by the gang. Other members wear green, black or white shirts with either the Feud or Corkers logo. Possibly based on Eight Tray Gangster Crips, As they are hostile to CGF, who is based on Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips.
Davis Neighborhood Families (DNF)
Their territory consists of the northwest part of Davis. They currently are at war with the East Side Ballas set, due to proximity of the territories. They are known as "Dirty Davis Devils" or "Davis Devils". They can often be seen around Chamberlain Set territories (mainly Forum Drive) and sometimes on south and northwest of Davis. Members can be identified by their white, grey, and black sport clothes, many with the word "Davis" on the back. The fronts will have one of three or four Dust Devils (a local hockey team) designs. Some members have a dust tornado in the front of their shirt which is one of the logos for the team. Others wear the normal Families outfits of green plaid shirts, beanie hats, green, black feud caps. Sometimes, when starting a fight with someone from the set, they can be heard screaming: "Davis Gang, bitch!" or "DNFG". Davis Neighborhood Families could be based on the Neighbor Hood Crip Card, as the Families are based on the Crips and Davis is based on The Neighborhood Card.
Grove Street Families (GSF) (formerly)
Grove Street Families was the largest Families set in 1992. They operated out of Grove Street with a presence in the greater Davis area, mainly in the south and west part. Lamar states that the leaders of the set moved on with their lives and gave up the gang lifestyle. It is suggested that many of them became wealthy CEOS. At some point before 2013 the Ballas took control of Grove Street claiming it as Balla turf after the Grove Street Families set disbanded. The Grove Street set seems to be regarded as the most famous set of all, with Jimmy De Santa asking Franklin if he is from the Grove Street Families set or whether it is a myth during a friendship activity. Franklin explains that it is not a myth and that the set was active in the early nineties referencing the events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
- Gang Green: They refer to themselves as gang green because of the gang color. It is also pronounced as "gangrene".
- Fam/Family: Greeting/Respectful
- Loc: Greeting to fellow gang members
- OG/Original Gangster: High-ranking, influential and well-respected member. One that has put in a lot of work
- BK/Balla Killer/Balla Killa: term used to describe the Families
- Ball-Sacks/Ball-pushers/Ball-less: Disrespectful term used by the Families for the Ballas
- VK/Vago Killer/Vago Killa: Disrespectful term used by the Families for Vagos
- Va-Hoes: Disrespectful term used by the Families for Vagos
- AK/Azteca Killer/Azteca Killa: Disrespectful term used by the Families for Aztecas
- GTA V
- GTA Online
- If the player is using Franklin and travels into Families territory while being pursued by police, Families gang members may engage in combat with the police. However, this only occurs with a wanted level of 1 or 2 stars; a wanted level at 3 stars or above will result in gang members running away.
- Even though Franklin is affiliated with the Families, they will still attack him if he directly attacks or provokes nearby Families gang members. However, if the player uses Michael/Trevor and is hanging out with Franklin after engaging The Families, they will shoot Franklin as well, as if he were an enemy NPC.
- The Families are otherwise neutral towards Michael and Trevor.
- The Families own distinct bright green/black colored and highly modified versions of civilian vehicles. They can usually be found parked beside sidewalks or occasionally driving around Chamberlain Hills and Strawberry (especially in Forum Drive).
- Their favorite radio stations are Radio Los Santos, West Coast Classics, Space 103.2 and The Lowdown 91.1.
- According to Lamar during the mission Hood Safari, Grove Street was formerly Families' territory. This conversation only happens if Franklin escapes with Lamar during the mission.
- A Ballas gang member can also be heard mentioning this during the shoot out.
- When listening to phone conversations in Chamberlain Hills, some members of The Families can be heard saying "What's good, CJ?". In one of the dialogues used by random Families members, they mention "OG Johnson", whose surname is used by Carl Johnson and his family in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
- Though extremely rare, the player can happen upon Families members who resemble characters from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Lookalikes of CJ may be seen among Chamberlain Gangster members, while Carson Avenue members may bear resemblance to Ryder or Sweet. These three particular members appear in Hood Safari, as an easter egg.
- In The Underbelly Of Paradise, it is implied that the Families have territory in Davis. This suggests that the Families have some territory in Davis, but are not programmed to spawn there. It is also implied that there may be more sets outside of the known ones seen in the game.
- The gang outfit for Xbox Live Avatars is oddly called "Grove Street Families Outfit". This may be a reference to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but it may possibly be a mistake, since Grove Street is not a Families' gang turf during the events of Grand Theft Auto V or Grand Theft Auto Online.
- The Families and Trevor Philips Enterprises are the only two gangs to be affiliated with all of the Protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V and Online.
- Despite the GTA Online Protagonist being on good terms with the Families and being associated with them, the player can still fight them in a Gang Attack. However, this is with the Carson Avenue set, evidenced by the gang members' attire and the location of the Gang Attack, which is at a project building on Carson Avenue. Also during the gang attack members of the gang can be heard shouting out "CARSON AVENUE!".
- The Families will tell the GTA Online Protagonist to leave their territory despite the fact that the GTA Online Protagonist works for Gerald and the Families.
- The Families will still become hostile towards the GTA Online Protagonist if they provoke or attack The Families, prompting them to open fire at him/her.
- If the protagonist defeats the Carson Avenue Families in five gang attacks, within one session, a presumable shot-caller or OG who goes by The Boss (not to be confused with the Professionals gang leader) will place a bounty on the protagonist's head and send a threatening text message: "Damn bitch. We gonna get somebody to bust a cap in yo ass."
- All three Families sets seem to be based on the previous Families sets in GTA: San Andreas; the Chamberlain Gangster Families are based on the Grove Street Families, the Carson Avenue Families are based on the Seville Boulevard Families, and the Davis Neighborhood Families are based on the Temple Drive Families.
- Three Families skin sets exist in the game files. They are; FamCA (means Carson Avenue), FamFor (means Forum Gangsters), and FamDNF (means Davis Neighborhood Families).
- Gangs in the real life Los Angeles carry secondary colors, as Bloods will use green and Crips would use purple. However, Rockstar Games said in an interview that they flipped and applied the secondary colors to revoke any sort of favoritism (Bloods become purple, as Ballas, and Crips become green, as Families). Favoritism was diminished as the Crips inspired gang wins, using Blood colors however.
- Various Families members (such as Lamar Davis, Franklin Clinton, and Harold "Stretch" Joseph) refer to each other using the word "Loc", just as how the real life Crips do.
- It is generally believed the Families are based on the Bloods, due to their initial occupation of Grove Street's cul-de-sac (in which it is based on Spruce Street). However, this isn't necessarily the case in GTA V. There is no real evidence in GTA: San Andreas that Families were based on Crips; Ballas probably were, as they occasionally use an animation where they throw up C's, and Families occupy Spruce Street's equivalent. It is possible that Rockstar may have switched various aspects of the details and traits for GTA V.
- If the Families are attacked by the player, the whole street will not turn on him, and individual nearby sets will attack. On rare occasions, some Families will kill others who attack the player, however the Ballas have never been seen to do this, and attack as a union (like the real Bloods). This disagreement or disorganization represents the confederate gang mentality of the Families; even from the same gang, they still disagree and fight. Crips sets are infamous for civil war, and apparently, so are the Families.