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One of the Gold medal objectives in the mission "Did Somebody Say Yoga?" is called "Praise The Sun!". This is a reference to a popular phrase used in the game Dark Souls.
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During the mission "Father/Son", when Spoiler:Franklin throws someone off the boat, he'll make the Wilhelm scream, a very popular stock sound effect in movies. It can also be heard at the movie studio in the game.
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Scattered around Los Santos, there are billboards showing "Die Already 4". The title can also be seen in the movie listings in at the Astro Theater. This is a possible reference to Die Hard and its 4 sequels.
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In an interview with "USA Today", Ned Luke stated that he gained 25 pounds to portray his character, Michael De Santa.
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A pre-release screenshot shows Franklin chasing the plane in Caida Libre, not Trevor.
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In the game's online mode, some pedestrians can be seen wearing a shirt depicting John Marston from Red Dead Redemption.
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One of the Gold medal objectives in the mission "By the Book" is called "Don't Stop Me Now". This is a reference to the song "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen.
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The 4th heist mission "The Paleto Score" is loosely based on the 1997 North Hollywood Bank Robbery.
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In the mission "Did Somebody Say Yoga?" Amanda originally wore a white bathrobe, as seen in Trevor's character trailer.
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A pre-release screenshot of the game shows Trevor Phillips wearing a green bandana. However, in the final release, Trevor never wears a bandana.
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The name of Trevor Phillips' business, TPI Enterprises, is a real Australian company that processes opium poppies.
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At the Yellow Jack Inn, there are bloody footsteps around the 8 ball pool table in the back. This is a possible reference to the serial killer Merle Abrahams and his obsession with the number '8'.
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The title of the mission 'Pack Man' is a reference to the game Pac-Man.
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In the mission "Derailed", the player must jump a dirtbike off a ramp and land on top of a train. One of the gold medal objectives, titled "Better than CJ", requires the player to make the jump using the first of several ramps.

This objective is a reference to the mission "Wrong Side of the Tracks" in GTA: San Andreas, where Carl Johnson (CJ), must chase a train on a dirtbike. One way of beating the mission is to drive up a series of ramps, and jump onto the train. The mission is notoriously difficult, and Big Smoke's line upon failing it became an internet meme: "All we had to do, was follow the damn train, CJ!"
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In an interview with Playboy Magazine, Sam Houser admitted that he got his mother, veteran actress Geraldine Moffat, to do some voice and mo-cap work for Grand Theft Auto V. While she is uncredited in the game, it is widely believed by many that she played Trevor Phillips' mother. They look similar, her actress is not credited, and she has an uncharacteristically English accent for a woman who is supposed to be Canadian.
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Trevor Phillips' starting vehicle in the game is a "Canis Bodhi" pickup truck. Steven Ogg, Trevor's voice actor, has a son named Bodhi. It's believed the vehicle is named after his son.
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In the mission "Fresh Meat", the opening cutscene was almost entirely improvised by the two main actors (Steven Ogg as Trevor and Shawn Fonteno as Franklin). During motion-capture, Ogg tripped over an obstacle and Fonteno broke out laughing. Upon standing up, Ogg started to yell at Fonteno (in character) and the scene was kept in-game.
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The mission "The Ballad of Rocco" is a reference to "The Ballad of Gay Tony", where Rocco makes his first canonical appearance.
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During The Paleto Score, if Spoiler:Packie McReary is brought along as a heist gunman, he begins to talk about a robbery in Liberty City:
"Spoiler:It was me, my brother Derek, God rest his soul, my pal Michael, God rest his soul, and another boy Niko, who's probably dead too."


This refers to the events of the mission Spoiler:Three Leaf Clover in Grand Theft Auto IV.
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A book case in the living room of Franklin's Vinewood house contains a book called "Red Dead", by J. Marston. This is a reference to Red Dead Redemption, and its protagonist, John Marston.
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John Marston from Red Dead Redemption is one of the possible "Special Dads" available during character creation for Grand Theft Auto Online. This will only display if the user has a save file from that game, and can be used to influence the appearance of their GTA Online character.
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There are a couple of locations in Los Santos that feature Marilyn Monroe, Charles Chaplin, John Wayne and Elvis Presley. One is near board walk and the other is in a back alley.
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All of the characters' special abilities (Michael's marksman abilities, Trevor's ability with planes, and Franklin's handling of cars) are displayed by the game's interface. However, Franklin's special ability is the only one to be referred to by the characters themselves; This is done by Lamar during the mission Chop, in which he tells Franklin to use that "special driver thing that he does" to capture D.
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The in-game German beer company, "Pißwasser", is a to the joke nickname of Budweiser in Germany, "Pißwasser". The name translates to "piss water".
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There is a car tuning garage close to the Vanilla Unicorn called "Car Tune Network", a reference to the TV station Cartoon Network.
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On Michael's Spoiler:tombstone in North Yankton it states that he was born in 1965 (making him 48 in 2013). However Trevor, Lester, and his son Jimmy all state that he is 45 years old (meaning he was born in 1968). Therefore his exact age is unclear.
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In the Japanese release, a number of scenes had been edited, despite the game being given a "Z" rating (the highest available). Changes include Trevor Phillips' pants staying on when they're supposed to be down, the teen idol sex scene changed to her just smoking, and the torture gameplay in the mission "By the Book" skipped entirely.
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There are three UFOs in the game. Two of these UFOs mysteriously have the FIB logo on them.
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Denise originally had a different appearance which can be seen in Franklin's character trailer. Her original appearance had her with a different hairstyle, glasses and a green hoodie representing the Families.
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During the first encounter between Trevor and Nigel, Nigel and Mrs. Thornhill start groveling at Trevor's feet, repeating "we're not worthy" after they mistake him for a famous actor. This is likely to be a reference to the film "Wayne's World", in which Wayne and Garth bow down and exclaim "we're not worthy" to celebrities that they admire.
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Spoiler:Packie McReary from Grand Theft Auto IV can be found holding somebody up outside a store, requesting the player helps him make a getaway. During the journey, he will recount several events that occur during the duration of Grand Theft Auto IV.
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The game broke 7 world records in less than one month of its release.
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The Bullpup Shotgun is based on the Kel-Tec KSG.
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The Advanced Rifle is a bullpup assault rifle, loosely based on the Israeli TAR-21 carbine.
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Rockstar hired real life criminals to voice various criminals within the game in order to add authenticity. One voice actor was only let out of prison the day before he went in to record his lines.
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One of Steven Ogg's influences when he was portraying Treavor Philips in the game was actor Tom Hardy; specifically Hardy's performance in the 2008 film Bronson.

"He was able to walk that line of psychopath and entertainer while maintaining his sense of humor in some pretty dark places. I’m always inspired by intensity and those that take great pride in what they do — be it an actor, painter, musician, writer, or arborist."

As well as some music which Ogg would listen to, to help imagine Treavor.
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Spoiler:In one of the missions for Devin, Franklin has to steal a car from a film studio. It is highly likely that the film being produced is 007: James Bond, as Franklin must first steal the clothes of an actor, a white tuxedo made famous by James Bond films, and the director of the film is British, the origins of the James Bond films. The car itself is loaded with various gadgets, another staple in the James Bond series.
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The Z-Type gang car used by the Zaibatsu Corporation from Grand Theft Auto 2, appears in the mission "Eye in the Sky". In it, Spoiler:Franklin and Treavor must retrieve one for Devin Weston which has been hidden by a man named Chad Mulligan. The car can also be bought from legendarymotorsport.net for $10,000,000.
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Toni, the radio DJ for Flash FM in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Flashback FM in Grand Theft Auto III, appears on a billboard for the Vinewood Sports LS store.
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One of the textures for trash spread around the city contains a newspaper extract with the words "Narwal? Bacon?" written prominently as a headline for an article. This is a reference to the website Reddit, which created the phrase "The Narwhal Bacons at Midnight" as something users of the site can say in public to identify themselves as users of the site.
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In the short film, "Capolavoro", that can be seen in some of the movie theaters, you can see the "Heart of Liberty" easter egg from Grand Theft Auto IV, in addition to some random clips from GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption.
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When switching to Trevor, there is a random chance that Trevor will be driving down the highway on a scooter chasing somebody else on a scooter, while yelling "We are scooter brothers!" This is a reference to a popular Grand Theft Auto IV video with the same premise. Trevor will even continue to quote the video if he continues to drive near him.
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Lester's house contains a number of action figures, including parodies of Master Chief from Halo, and Superman. These are Impotent Rage, a superhero from an in-game cartoon series, and a Republican Space Ranger from another in-game cartoon series.
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North West of Fort Zancudo is a UFO in the sky that can only be accessed by helicopter. It is motionless and doesn't move. Approaching the UFO will make a loud screeching noise, and all power will be cut from your vehicle.
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Early on in the game, Franklin can be seen walking past a building daubed with gangland graffiti that pays homage to Grove Street and the Grove Street Family. Three gangsters dressed in green, the color of the gang, stand by while an image of a skull wearing a green rag over its mouth adorns the wall with the message “Welcome back. We missed you last time.”, welcoming players back to the city of San Andreas from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
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Early in the game, Lester refers to an Eastern-European man living in Liberty City who went quiet. The man in question is Niko from Grand Theft Auto IV. This could mean that he is either dead, or gave up crime.
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In the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness is a scene in which a drug deal has gone bad. Down a slope is a briefcase and a man telling the player to stay away from the case. Grabbing the case (which grants $25,000), he still state "you are a dead man." This is a reference to the movie "No Country for Old Men," as one of the protagonists stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and a case which contains $2,000,000. When the protagonist finds and takes the money, he discovers that a hitman (as well as the police and cartel) are out to recover the money.
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Between 23:00 and 0:00 in the eastern peak of Mount Gordo, the ghost of Jolene Cranley-Evans
will be present. She will not take damage or move, and the name of her estranged husband, Jock, is written in blood on the rock where she stands. Jolene fades away if the player gets too close.
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During the prologue in which the player has to escape from the police after robbing a bank, by veering off the road and onto the frozen stream, it's possible to look under the bridge and find an alien frozen under the ice.
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In the mission Predator, Michael must use a sniper rifle fitted with a thermal scope to find the O'Neil Brothers in the woods at night. If the player zooms in on the thermal heat dot on the bottom right, it appears to be a Bigfoot standing still. Shooting it does nothing and it abruptly disappears after a few seconds.

Later in the game, Spoiler:an entire mission is dedcated to Bigfoot. "The Last One" has Franklin meet a hunter who has been on Sasquatch's trail for 9 years, the same number of years since San Andreas was released. Franklin, however, concludes that Bigfoot is just a man in a suit.
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In the Special and Collectors Edition of the game there is a double sided blueprint map. When looked at in UV lighting it reveals secrets and surprises.
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The world is bigger than the total size of the worlds from Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas combined.
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There is an underwater UFO that can be accessed by mini-sub. The UFO is found in the north of the world map.
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In its first 24-hours, Grand Theft Auto V made over $800 million. This surpassed the previous record of $500 million set by Call of Duty: Black Ops II in 2012.
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The mission "Grass roots - Trevor" is thought to be a reference to a scene in the movie "PeeWee's Big Adventure". Both scenes are hallucinations, contain clowns, and both have the same background music.
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In the Suburban store that you visit in the mission 'Friend Request', one of the shirt stalls allows you to buy a parrot tropical shirt, similar to the one worn by Max Payne in Max Payne 3. Also, if you give Michael just a light scruffy beard while he's wearing his grey suit, he looks oddly similar to Max Payne at the beginning of Max Payne 3.
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In the Discount Clothing Store in Grapeseed, you can find a diamond print white and black jacket with a yellow crab on the back. This is a reference to Ryan Gosling's Jacket in the movie 'Drive', where he had an almost identical diamond print white and black jacket but with a yellow scorpion on the back.
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On GTA's Facebook parody, Life Invader, you can see that Michael has a man named Nicholas Bell in his friends list. This is a reference to GTA IV's main protagonist, Niko Bellic. Roman is also on his friends list.
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There are billboards around the game that say "Rehab Island". The logo bears resemblance to the logo from the game "Dead Island".
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At $270 million, Grand Theft Auto V had the largest budget of any game in history. Comparing that to Hollywood blockbusters, it is second only to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which had a budget of $300 million.
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