Franklin Clinton

Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto V
Full name: Franklin Clinton
Also known as: Frank


Status: Alive


Date of birth: 1988
Place of birth: South Los Santos
Home: Forum Dr., Strawberry, Los Santos (formerly)

3671 Whispymound Dr.,Vinewood Hills, Los Santos

Nationality: American
Family: unnamed father

unnamed mother Denise Clinton (aunt) Tavell Clinton (cousin)

Main affiliation: Lamar Davis

Trevor Philips Michael De Santa Jimmy De Santa The Families Simeon Yetarian(formerly)

Vehicle(s): Unique White Buffalo

Yellow 9F Green Bati Custom Green Bagger Player's choice

Businesses: Drug Dealing (formerly)

Vehicle Repossession Armed Robbery

Voiced by: Shawn Fonteno
"So, you're givin' me a lecture about not being a good enough gangbanger?"

Franklin Clinton is one of the three main protagonists in Grand Theft Auto V.


Franklin was born in South Los Santos, but he never had a family,money or an education to rely on. At some point in his young life his mother became addicted to crack cocaine, this addiction led to her death. She left her house to Franklin and his aunt Denise. Around this time he also began the life of a gang banger and dope dealer, but was arrested for it soon afterwards. He decided to give up his old life in the ghetto after he was released from prison.

Events of GTA VEdit

During some point in his life, Franklin moved beyond the role of ghetto-based street dealer when he began working for Armenian gangster Simeon Yetarian. Yetarian owns a car dealership which acts as a front for a loansharking and extortion business. Yetarian's dealership sells cars to people who can't afford them and when they default on the payments Franklin acts in the role of repo man and repossesses the cars. As a result of this, he is frequently seen driving around the city in many seized sports cars. Franklin is first seen on a repo job with his close friend and co-worker Lamar Davis, soon after a chance encounter with Michael De Santa. Soon after, Franklin and Lamar are assigned by Simeon to repossess a Bagger in a Vagos-controlled area of Vespucci. While searching for the bike, the two are confronted by Vagos and are forced to fight their way out of the neighborhood. The two are able to find the bike, but the owner is killed in the process; knowing the repossession is meaningless, Lamar takes the bike for himself. Simeon blames Franklin for the bike's theft. While recovering the Beejay sold toJimmy De Santa, his father Michael reveals he had been hiding in the back seat and points a handgun to Franklin's head. Under orders from Michael, Franklin smashes the car through the window of Simeon's dealership, effectively ending his employment.

Franklin is brought along by Lamar to kidnap a Ballas member named D, for no other reason than that Lamar saw "opportunity". With the help of Lamar's dog Chop, the two succeed in abducting D; however, they are forced to free him when Lamar inadvertently reveals their location.

Franklin is an ambitious man with a desire to move beyond petty crime and rise higher in the criminal underworld. Franklin presumably branches out, whether on his own or with someone else's guidance, and meets Michael De Santa. Both men did a job together and afterwards, Michael saw potential in Franklin and introduces him to Trevor around the time the game begins.

His personal story is he’s stuck between the world to which he was born and the world to which he aspires; Franklin wants to rise in the criminal underworld but his friends want him to resume the gang-banging lifestyle that originally landed him in prison.

Franklin then gets the option to kill Michael or Trevor or save both of them and kill their enemies.

Characters Murdered by Franklin ClintonEdit

Optional MurdersEdit



Franklin is described as ambitious but perhaps to a fault and very eager to take on new illegal challenges by Dan Houser's description. He is also described as a logical way of showing a young man with a lot of hope, with Dan Houser claiming that this would be a nice contrast from Michael. He also is a person that, even though is being mentored by Michael in crime, mentors Michael in life. This helps build up the Father-Son relationship between the two.

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Relationships With Other CharactersEdit

  • Michael - After meeting Michael and completing a job with him, both men grew a father-son relationship for one another. This was mostly because Franklin never really had a family of his own and saw Michael as a person with more professional skill and as a real criminal that could mentor him in the life of crime. It seems that Michael has a better relationship with Franklin than with his own son.
  • Trevor - Trevor and Franklin's first meeting was nowhere near perfect, as he was cautious of the new recruit and even insulted him and Michael for their father-son like relationship. He was eventually able to put his trust into Michael's judgement of Franklin and the two were finally able to get along.
  • Lamar - As stated above, Franklin's relationship with Lamar is a bit unsettled, as Lamar is seen as a funny yet dangerous maniac, and is also known to be one of the main people holding Franklin back to the criminal life.
  • Simeon Yetarian - Simeon is an Armenian luxury car salesman, who uses the business as a front for his repo activity. He employs Franklin as his repo-man. Simeon's relationship with Franklin was shown in to be in a poor condition, as he doesn't seem to fulfil many of Franklin's request.


Franklin has been described as fit and fashion conscious. He is mostly seen wearing a blue and white button-up shirt, dark blue jeans or black pants with white stripes and a pair of brown or dark yellow boots. In the "Michael, Trevor and Franklin" artwork, he is seen wearing a light yellow plaid button-up shirt and stonewashed blue jeans. He also sported the same outfit in "The Trunk" artwork. He is seen in the "Franklin and Chop" artwork wearing a tank-top, khaki shorts along with a bracelet on his right wrist and a black watch on his right wrist. His body appearance is somewhat chubby, but that's because he wears some clothes that are big for him, (as shown in the second GTA V trailer, where he can be seen in a dirtbike race, with the other racers).

Skills and AttributesEdit

Franklin is a very smart young man and is capable of tackling challenging tasks that Michael and Trevor can't do and has a level of physical prowess that both Michael and Trevor lack. As being a repo man he is a skilled person behind the wheel of any car. He is also a deadly shot when it comes to killing people with firearms. As during the GI demo, he was described as being able to make short work of the agents that were interrogating the target.

Franklin has a special ability where he can slow down time while driving.

Special Skill: Improved Driving Handling

While the Special ability is active Franklin has the ability to slow down time while driving any four wheeled vehicle or motorcycle. This allows for better handling in dangerous circumstances hopefully avoiding accidents. Enhancing this skill increases the maximum storage capacity directly affecting the ability's duration. Franklin starts with one third of the max capacity, 30 seconds of duration.

Increasing Special Skill

Just driving around with Franklin can increase his special skill although minutely. The more extreme the circumstance the better chance of increased skill. The following events give an increase to Franklin's special skill in varying amounts.

  • Drifting around corners adds a continuous bonus.
  • Near vehicle misses at high speed.
  • Driving on the wrong side of the street in traffic adds a continuous bonus.
  • Driving at high speed, 90% max speed or better continuously.

Mission appearancesEdit


For the list of Franklin Clinton's mission appearances, see Franklin Clinton/Appearances.

Character TrailerEdit

[2][ Grand Theft Auto V Franklin(01:04) 9,862 views]==Trivia==

  • Franklin and Clinton are the last names of two important people in the U.S. Government (Benjamin Franklinand Bill Clinton). If you put together the first names of the two, it makes up 'Benjamin Bill', a nickname for the $100 dollar bill note.
  • Franklin is the second protagonist to kill another protagonist on-screen (the latter can kill Michael, or Trevor depending on which one of the three endings that the players will choose). The first protagonist being able to do so was Trevor when he kills Johnny Klebitz in his introduction mission.
  • Despite his date of birth never actually mentioned in-game, Franklin's license plate is "FC1988" which is very likely his initials, FC, and his date of birth, 1988. Though this can be disputed, however, as Franklin talks about "hitting the pipe like it was '92", which would seem ridiculous at that current age.
  • He is the only protagonist in Grand Theft Auto V who doesn't have a chance to die in any of the three endings.
  • In one of the monologues he has with himself while high on marijuana, Franklin reveals that his mother was a drug addict and died from a possible overdose, and that he's just like her by using illegal substances, possibly showing that he's insecure and uncomfortable with his drug use.
  • Franklin is the only one of the three protagonists who cannot play tennis.
  • He has the least murders committed by a playable character (excluding optional murders) in GTA V.
  • He is the only protagonist to not kill any past GTA IV characters as part of the story, however he does have the option to kill Packie McReary during a Random Event


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