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|“||Nothing drives down real estate prices like a good old fashioned gang war, apart from the outbreak of a plague, but that might be going too far in this case.||„|
|~ Donald Love to Claude.|
Donald Love is a character in the Grand Theft Auto videogame series that serves as the tritagonist in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and a main character in GTA III; he is also a minor character in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
He is depicted as a wealthy media mogul with macabre hobbies.
In GTA III, he was voiced by Kyle MacLachlan, who also portrayed Cliff Vandercave in the 1994 live-action movie The Flintstones, King Claudius in Hamlet and will later play Issac Izard in The House with a Clock in its Walls.
Love is a wealthy tycoon real estate who was the protégé of another entrepreneur with ruthless methods named Avery Carrington (who was Tommy Vercetti's partner in Vice City). Love eventually moved to Liberty City in 1998 where he built relationships with mobsters Toni Cipriani and Salvatore Leone in order to win the elections. He lost not only the elections but his wealth as well. Bankrupted, he has Toni Cipriani kill his former mentor Avery and steal his re-development plans for Fort Staunton. Then, he has Fort Staunton destroyed, and used this opportunity to make even more money than before. He severed his ties with the Leone and later hires Claude to kill the Yakuza's leader in a Cartal car, thus provocating a gang war between the Yakuza and the Cartel. Donald Love eventually disappears and is not to be seen again in later GTA's games.
Donald Love has painted himself as an energic, charismatic, wealthy bachelor, but his true personality is hidden to all but his closest associates.
While appearing well-mannered towards the protagonists and Salvatore Leone, Donald is actually deranged, sly, clever, manipulative, egotistical, power-hungry and eccentric. He appears quite childish and immature in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories, but became more like a composed mastermind in Grand Theft Auto III. He is rather optimistic, but sometimes loses his cool and even berates Toni Cipriani for his failures, especially when he was nearly ruined.
Donald is a cannibal, which disgust Toni. He doesn't seem to have any qualms on what person he decides to consume, as he ate his own mentor, Avery Carrington at one of his "parties". While in Grand Theft Auto III, his bizarre tastes are implied, but not confirmed, in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories Donald shows his true colors.
Love has no boundaries and is willing to do everything in his quest of fortune. An opportunistic sadist, he happily orders the annihilation of Fort Stauton without a second thought (obviously knowing it would end hundreds and hundreds of innocent lives), and orders his associates to bring corpses for his "morgue parties", during which he presumably rapes them.
He appears with a suit in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. He was more flamboyant in those games than in Grand Theft Auto III, in which he got an older and sterner look.
- In order to win the elections, he orders Toni Cipriani to murder several of his opponents and their supporters.
- He also has Toni destroys evidences of his links with the Leone Family.
- He orders to kill his mentor Avery Carrington as well as the corrupt reporter Ned Burner. He also asks Toni to deliver their bodies to him for his "morgue parties".
- In one scene he is seen eating a human torso. He also humorously told Toni that it has a good taste and asks Toni if he wants a piece of flesh, but Toni, horrified, politely declined.
- He orders Claude to murder the leader of the Yakuzas, so it will trigger a war between the Cartel and the Yakuzas.
- However, Love's most important moment is when he has Toni plants two car bombs underneath Fort Staunton, a Forelli strong hold, in order to both kill Franco Forelli, as revenge for his previous attempt on his life, and to increase his wealth, thus destroying the entire district and presumably killing thousands of individuals. This also explains the existence of the construction site in Grand Theft Auto III.
- Donald Love is one of the eight Rockstar villains to be Pure Evil, the others being Nicole Horne, Victor Branco, Agustin Allende, Harlen J. Fontaine, Avon Hertz, Leo Kasper and Lionel Starkweather.
- Strangely enough, he never serves as an antagonist and is the only Rockstar's complete monster to have successfully escaped, while the others are the main antagonists of their respective settings, and all receive their commeuppance (while Avon is murdered by the GTA Online Protagonists, Starkweather is gutted by James Earl Cash and Kasper is destroyed within Daniel Lamb's mind. Allende is shot by John Marston and Abraham Reyes, Horne is killed by Max Payne, Victor Branco is crippled and arrested by Max Payne before dying in prison, Fontaine is strangled to death by his patient Ira Hogeboom).
- Amongst the eight, he is also has one of the highest body counts, along with Horne and Allende, being responsible for the deaths of thousands individuals (note that players can also kill hundreds of individuals, but these murders are not canon, while Fort Staunton's destruction is canonical).
- This is unknown if in GTA Vice City Donald was as evil as he is in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA III. This is possible, however, that he turned evil between 1986 and 1998.
- In beta version of GTA Vice City he had bigger role than in the final version. This is unknown, however, if his true colors were supposed to be revealed.
- His name, the fact that he owns multiple companies and he wants to be mayor suggests that he is a parody of real-life retail tycoon, billionaire and United States president Donald Trump.
- Donald Love's true fate is unknown. He seemingly fled alongside the Old Oriental Man at the end of GTA III, but this was never confirmed.
- He is one of the three GTA characters that are cannibals. The others are Curtis Stocker from GTA IV: TLaD and Trevor Philips from GTA V.
- Donald Love on the Grand Theft Auto Wiki.