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Villain Overview
War is where the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other.
~ Niko Bellic

Niko Bellic (in Serbian: Нико Белић) is a main character from the HD open-world Grand Theft Auto franchise, appearing as the main protagonist of Grand Theft Auto IV, a supporting character in its two extensions Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony, and is mentioned by both Lester Crest and Packie McReary in Grand Theft Auto V.

Although having committed many villainous deeds, Niko is shown to be very protective and nice towards his family and friends, and is one of the most kind GTA's protagonist. Aside his "jobs", he displays a nicer behavior, helping poor NPC's for instance.

He was voiced by Michael Hollick.

Synopsis

Main article: Niko Bellic/Synopsis

Niko Bellic is an ex-military and criminal from Serbia. Looking for the betrayer who sold his squad during the Yougoslavian war, Niko moved into Liberty City, a dark parody of the actual New York, under his cousin's request. Defending Roman from several loan-sharks who threated to end his business, Niko eventually work for Mikhail Faustin. But Faustin is betrayed by his long-term friend Dimitri Rascalov, who also betrayed Niko after sending him do the dirty work. Niko will then tried to find Dimitri and kill him, and began to work to several pimps and crime lords. This led Niko to work for the Jimmy Pegorino, don of his eponymous mafia. One of Niko's ex-boss, the UL Paper Contact, brought Darko Brevic, who is the one who betrayed his squad. Niko either spare or kill him. However, at the end of the game, Jimmy ordered Niko to do a deal with his arch-nemesis Dimitri. Niko either agrees or declines; however, in the two outcomes both Jimmy and Dimitri betray him, and Niko is forced to kill them to end this once and for all, and retiring from the criminal lifestyle.

Description

Appearance in Grand Theft Auto IV

Niko is a quite tall caucasian male in his thirties. He has dark-brown hairs, brown eyes and a tiny bear. He usually sport a stern, emotionless look. Also, Niko has a scar running through his left brow. He most likely got the scar during the war, but this is just implied. Despite having an average build, Niko is quite strength and several characters call him through the story "big man" or "big guy".

His casual outfit is a brown jacket, dark-grey trousers and brown shoes. However the player has access to several outfits as he/she progress: a medical outfit (which Niko use to kill Anthony Corrado), an expensive suit (which Niko use during official events such as the Roman's wedding), an outfit from the "Statue of Happiness" or even Claude's outfit (from the hero of Grand Theft Auto III). He also can wear a bataclava (from the bank robbery).

Personality and behavior

At first, Niko appears to be a humble, but very cold assassin, who take most orders without the slighest redundancy. Most of times, he seems emotionless, only expressing anger whenever he faces his enemies. Despite his coldness behavior, he can be friendly and a loving individual (such as with Kate). He's incredily protective towards his relatives, espetially his cousin Roman, whom he saved his life more than one time during the storlyline. He frequently enters in a terrible anger whenever his cousin or close friends are threaten by somebody (usually criminals), and once this happens, he becomes a reckless, determined and merciless killer. Unlike most GTA's protagonists Niko is not greedy by nature, and do not seek money.

Niko's biggest weakness is his inability to let go of the past - which causes him much aggression when the issue of finding his betrayers comes up; Niko is criticized by many of his friends and most notably Roman, for this weakness. However, Packie knew his feelings and often show compassion, as well as Kate. Additionnally, one of his main traits is his cynicism and nihilism, which he acquired from the Yougoslavian's war. He dislikes politics and the greedy mannerisms of Roman (saying for instance "capitalism is a dirty business" after saving the latter from the Albanians), as well as the american society, which he finds hypocrite and extremely materialistic. However, he does not wish to return to Serbia due to the extreme state of disrepair of his homecountry.

Deep down, Niko is an insecure and confuse man who just seek affection from his relative and peace in his life, as he just want "Roman back" if the latter die after the Deal. Neverthless, Niko can be very bloodthirsty as, like every GTA's protagonist he can kill dozens of people without the slighest remorse, but is definitely not a barbarian. However, he has absolutely any fear as he is willing to confront dozens of armed henchmen to save Roman or fighting highly trained NOOSE's agents to defend the crew during the robbery. In fact, he's very wrathful, and is willing to kill those he consider as betrayers, threats, arrogant dimwits (such as Vlad Glebov), or anyone who stand in his way, including "innocent" police officers; there is a few characters, however, that the player can spare but also kill as well, like Darko Brevic. He doesn't like to liar, but is sometimes willing to keep the truth for himself, even if such attitude unfortunately lead to hypocrisy, which he ironically finds repulsive.

Niko's businesslike and pragmatic manner usually leads him to behave more maturely and cautiously than his acquaintances, although with acquaintances like Brucie Kibbutz, Bernie Crane and Roman, this is no surprise. He has an apparent distaste for illicit drugs, much like Carl Johnson. He frequently turns down Little Jacob's offers for marijuana and warns Packie about his cocaine habit. He also finds it distasteful to traffic in cocaine and particularly heroin, although this may be due to the heavy jail sentences they attract as much as any moral qualms. He is skeptical of American mainstream culture, which he sees as "shallow" and "hypocritical" and has trouble relating to Roman's fascination with the country. However, he reasons that being in America is far better than back in Serbia due to the country's instability and misery.

He is usually never emotionally disturbed by anyone besides figures from his past, such as Darko Brevic.  If Niko kills Brevic, Niko will hesitate for a moment before unloading 12 shots (one for every member of Niko's army unit who was killed) into Brevic's body uncontrollably, even after Brevic's death after about the sixth shot. The only other figure that has visibly disturbed Niko is Eddie Low, who Niko is understandably creeped out by.  This can even horrify the player to an extent, such as when Low makes comments about all the people he has murdered in gruesome ways, or Low's clinginess towards Niko for being his 'friend'.  During his encounters with Low, Niko's eyebrows are raised and his mouth is open in disbelief. Otherwise, Niko's face is usually very serious.

Niko almost always refuses alcohol when it is offered to him (he asks for water in the mission Ivan The Not So Terrible) except for the mission The Holland Play where Playboy X pours him a glass. Niko goes to drink it, but changes his mind and puts the glass on a table. There is a scene where Niko does drink a glass of vodka in the mission One Last Thing, while talking to Jimmy Pegorino, but this is understandable considering what he had just been through. Niko may enjoy a drink, but knows the time and place for it. He refuses alcohol outright in instances where he needs to keep a sharp mind, such as during missions.

Without player control he never hurt women while carjacking them. In addition, he may be sadomasochist, as Alexandra Chilton comment that Niko did "kinky" things with her (if Niko dated her). However, it is never stated that Niko is a rapist.

Abilities

  • Military Training: Niko spent years in the army, and therefore has a very high level of military training as well as an excellent body condition.
  • Survival skills: his military training allow him to survive in the most hostile environment, including urban areas, which is very useful in the concreted Liberty City and its large buildings.
  • Nigh-infinite stamina: Niko is one of the few characters, alongside Luis Fernando Lopez and Johnny Klebitz, who can indefinitely run, no matter what weapon he's carrying. This allow him to outrun most of enemies as well as most cops who are in bad physical condition. Niko can also swim for several in-game hours (i.e. several real-life minutes), although he'll drown if he swim for too long.
  • Speed: although not the fastest character from the Grand Theft Autos franchise, he's still faster than most of characters (including Johnny Klebitz).
  • Durability: he has a high level of tolerance for pain and therefore can sustain several shots before dying.
  • Strenght: although not the strongest character from the Grand Theft Autos franchise, Niko has a significant amount of strenght, superior to most of characters.
  • Reflexes of steal: he has fast reflexes. For instance, he manages to dodge Eddie Low's hit when the latter tried to slay him. However, his reflexes are not flawless, as Andrei successfully manages to knock out both Niko and Roman. (Although Andrei is the only character to have successfully did this.)
  • Deadly hand-to-hand fighter: he's a formidable fighter.
  • Enhanced equilibrium: Niko has an enhanced equilibrium, which allow him to stay in place and aiming even if getting shot. Only a few selected characters in the GTA IV-era (including very few NPC encountered during the game and the others protagonists Luis Lopez and Johnny Klebitz) have this ability.
  • Marksmanship: Niko is a deadly shooter. He knows how to use every guns of the game and can defeat countless of armed thugs or even highly trained forces such as NOOSE's teams with slight efforts.
  • Commandment: Niko has an intense charisma which allow him to command his allies even in the worst of cases. For instance, he convinces the team during the Liberty City Bank's robbing to go into the subway in order to lose the police. However, he's not a control freak, and often refer to his bosses or allies.
  • Enhanced driving/piloting skills: he can drive every kind of vehicles, boats and even helicopters, and also do drive-by while doing so.
  • Persuasion, deception and manipulation: even if he doesn't like this (unlike his nemesis Dimitri), Niko is a master manipulator and can trick his enemies in order to kill them easily. An instance is when he kills Francis/Derrick, and then hide the truth to Packie (and the McReary's family).
  • Robbing skills: during the robbery, he was a precise, very efficient and cold-blooded raider.
  • Fearlessness: Niko has pretty much fear of nobody. The only person he fears could be the serial killer Eddie Low.

Evil Side

Although it is one of the less ruthless protagonists (of course, when compared with Tommy Vercetti), you can still classify as a villain by the fact that he has direct connections with mafias and criminal gangs, telling the optional murders and human trafficking he once performed. Also, Niko is one of the most lethal GTA's protagonist (aside Claude Speed), as he wipped out two entire criminal factions and killed countless goons.

And, obviously like any protagonist in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, the player has the choice and abillity to kill thousands and hundreds of innocent people, making Niko a brutal killer.

Before His Arrival

  • He worked under Ray Bulgarin's orders as an illegal smuggler, involving in human trafficking.
  • It is implied by Darko that Niko and his paramilitary crew might have committed some war crimes during the Yougoslavian's war, albeit this is not at all confirmed.

During Free Roam

All of these crimes are non-canonic and only up to the player choice:

  • Punching and abusing people.
  • Gunning down people.
  • Car-jacking people, stealing parked cars and cars in luxury galleries.
  • Driving recklessly, crushing people.
  • Vandalize cars or buildings.
  • Exploding gas cylinders.
  • Robbing shops.
  • Can assassinate people for The Fixer.
  • Can deal drugs for Little Jacob.
  • Can do illegal races for Brucie Kibbutz.

During the Storyline

Although almost every Niko's missions are amoral (obviously due to the franchise nature), only the most wicked acts are listed below:

  • In the mission Bull in a China Shop, he smashed a shop window and retrieve Vlad's money from a "poor" chinese's shopkeeper.
  • In the mission Clean Getaway, he stole a car that belonged to Vlad.
  • In the mission Do You Have Protection ?, he threated Joseph Kaplan at a sex shop, then reclaimed the money and go to the gun along Dimitri Rascalov shop to receive a gun after leaving or killing Joseph.
  • In the mission No More Love, he killed Jason Michaels under Faustin's orders.
  • In the mission Shadow, he followed a dealer to his apartment, then killed him and his backup.
  • In the mission Rigged to Blow, he destroyed Kenny Petrovic's garage.
  • In the mission Search and Delete, he killed Lyle Rivas.
  • In the mission Final Interview, he killed Tom Goldberg for blackmailing Francis McReary.
  • He killed every United Liberty Paper Contact's foes.
  • Along Packie, he smuggled and tortured Gracie Ancoletti, then sent this by phone to her father so he was forced to surrender to their blackmail.
  • In the mission Late Checkout, he killed Isaac Roth and his bodyguards.
  • In the mission Tunnel of Death, he killed Aiden O'Malley.
  • In the mission Dining Out, he killed Kim Young-Guk.
  • In the mission Three Leaf Clovers, he successfully, alongside Packie and his brothers, robbed the Liberty City's Bank and managed to gun down every cops who tried to stop the crew from fleeing, wipping an entire NOOSE's team in the process.
    • This is one of his worst crime as he did not only robbed 250,000$ for his own selfish gain, but also killed countless policemen (albeit he only did this by pure necessity and not malice). The player has also the choice to kill a few hostages before leaving the bank, including Luis Fernando Lopez.
  • In the mission Flat Lines, disguised as a doctor, he killed Antonny Corrado for betraying Jimmy Pegorino.

Relationships

Allies/Family

Family

Friends

Allies

Enemies

Main

Secondary

  • Vlad Glebov † - Faustin's lieutenant
  • Mikhail Faustin † - leader of the Faustin's mafia 
  • Trey Stewart aka Playboy X (determinant)
  • Stewart's goons †
  • Clarence Little  (determinant)
  • Little's goons †
  • Ray Boccino † - Pegorino's caporegime
  • Boccino's goons †
  • Eddie Low † - serial killer
  • Ray Bulgarin † - leader of the Bulgarin's mafia, former Niko's employer
  • Bulgarin's mafia †
  • Jewish mafia †
  • Jason †
  • Jason's friends from the LOST †
  • Jim †
  • Luis Lopez
  • Tom Goldberg †
  • LCPD
  • NOOSE (GTA's actual SWAT equivalent)

Trivia

  • He is the first protagonist from the HD era.
  • Niko had a childhood crush on a girl from his village, named Mila Tadic. Roman will confirm this during friend activities.

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