20 Mind-Blowing Facts You Never Knew About GTA

From GTA V's cut cross-dressing heist mission to the unexpected origins of iconic characters...

When you think of the most popular and lucrative video game franchises in history, there's a good chance that Grand Theft Auto is one of the first, if not the very first game at the top of that list. Since its launch in 1997 on the PlayStation and PC, the series has been a consistently acclaimed mainstay of the medium, and with GTA V marking an all-time commercial high for the series, it's clear that the bubble isn't going to burst any time soon. After seven core games and countless spin-offs, it's safe to say that there are plenty of amusing developmental stories, hidden easter eggs and impressively mind-blowing feats worth noting. From the most insane speed runs imaginable to sequences cut from one of the games entirely, the hidden origins of various characters and sly references to other video game franchises, the series has provided plenty for fans to keep their eyes peeled for over the years, just some of which is documented in this list. Some will alter how you view a specific game or character, whereas others are merely fascinating monuments to Rockstar's insane level of commitment to creating such an immersive living, breathing world. Here are 20 mind-blowing facts you never knew about GTA...

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