"If there's one thing that I hate more than fat people and cripples, it is poor guys."
―Tom Rivas in Out of the Closet

Thomas "Tom" Rivas is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series, who appears as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto IV.


Thomas Rivas was born in Puerto Rico in 1981. He has two cousins, Lyle and Victor. At an unknown point in time, Rivas moved to Liberty City, and came out as gay. His nickname is "French Tom", which he uses as his username for his account on

Events of GTA IV

By 2008, Rivas was in debt to Brucie Kibbutz. When Kibbutz tried to retrieve his money, Rivas went into hiding. In order to lure him out, Brucie and Roman Bellic set up a fictionalised Love-Meet Account for Niko Bellic which depicted him as a rich gay man who enjoys spending his wealth on his boyfriends. Tom agreed to meet Niko at The 69th Street Diner, where, after some awkward conversation, Niko killed him.

During the conversation between Niko and Tom, Tom mentions that the Maisonette 9 and Hercules nightclub owner Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince is actually completely broke, which plays a large part in the story of The Ballad of Gay Tony.

LCPD Database record

First Name:"French" Tom
Place of Birth:Puerto Rico
  • N/A
Criminal Record:
  • 1995 - Prostitution
  • 1998 - Prostitution
  • 1999 - Coercion Blackmail
  • 2003 - Possession Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine
  • 2004 - Fraud
  • Cousin of chop shop operator, Lyle Rivas.
  • Known homosexual hustler and con man.
  • Often charms older gay (sometimes married) men before emptying their bank accounts and disappearing.
  • Based in Broker.

Mission Appearances



  • Tom's Love-Meet Profile remains on the site even after his death, although the button to "Date" him is no longer there.
  • Tom shares some similarities with Andrew Cunanan, a notorious gay serial killer responsible for high-profile murders including Gianni Versace. Like Tom, Cunanan would target and seduce rich gay men for financial motives.


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