Behind The Game: Niko Bellic… before GTA IV.

Life is complicated. I killed people, smuggled people, sold people. Perhaps here, things will be different.
–Niko Bellic, Grand Theft Auto IV


Many of you playing GTA IV, are aware of the current missions and only some of Niko Bellic’s past. We feel it’s important to decipher the criminal mind behind Niko Bellic all before he arrived to America!

Name: Niko Bellic
Age: 30 years old
Weight: 187
Eyes: Brown
Born: Croatia

Notable Characteristics: Scar over his left eye, limps off his left leg, European accent

Background: Niko grew up in war-torn Serbia. He is an illegal immigrant hailing from the Balkans who arrived in Liberty City by way of the merchant navy ship Platypus. Niko’s father, Karmalaf Bellic, bullied and made life difficult for Niko. Milica Bellic, his mother, felt sad that her son had to grow up in such a harsh environment. Niko also fought in the Bosnian War as a teenager for the Serbian Army. He witnessed and possibly committed numerous atrocities which deeply affected him and gave him a cynical view on life. A defining moment in the war for Niko was when his army unit of fifteen young men (including him) were ambushed by the enemy. Niko barely escaped with his life, but most of his friends were killed – he later discovered that two others also survived. Realizing that one of them tipped the enemy off to their location, Niko vowed to track down the culprit, not solely on revenge, but because he needed closure.

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When the war ended, work was hard to come by in the country. His cousin, Roman Bellic, moved to America to start a new life in Liberty City. Niko, knowing only violence most of his life, turned to the criminal underworld for the next ten years while at the same time searching for the two men who survived the ambush. At some point during this interval, he was arrested and imprisoned for Drug Smuggling. Sometime after he was released, Niko joined a human trafficking ring run by Rodislav Bulgarin. Niko eventually discovered that Florian Cravic, another survivor of the ambush, was living in Liberty City.

When a boat sank during one smuggling run, Niko managed to swim to safety, but everything else was lost. Bulgarin believed Niko sunk the boat and escaped with the money onboard. Niko denied this, but Bulgarin’s decision was final and he was too powerful a figure to fight back against. Niko quickly joined the crew of the Liberty City bound cargo ship Platypus and fled Bulgarin. Roman had been asking Niko to come to Liberty City to share a new life of money and women, which Niko wanted, but he mainly wanted to find Cravic and escape Bulgarin’s wrath.

Upon arriving in Liberty City, Niko realizes that Roman’s tales of success were lies: he lives in a tiny apartment, runs a small taxi depot and owes gambling debts to several criminals. Niko ends up working for Roman, protecting his cousin from the loan sharks that keep harrassing him. Roman soon loans Niko’s services to friends and enemies alike, which angers Niko although he needs the money, and sets in motion the events of the game.

Niko’s view of American culture is one of confusion and mild disgust. The rampant materialism annoys him and he has trouble relating to Roman’s fascination with the country. Plus, after working for so many criminals, he feels that everyone in Liberty City is a crook.

Niko is voiced by Michael Hollick.

Some information in article via Wikipedia



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Readers Comments (9)

  1. first off great bio Juan, second this is to Marin think about it in the middle of a war such as the Serb Bonian war i’m sure Niko could have lied about his age and got awayy with it fairly easily besides remember Niko says, to some one i can’t remember, that he was eager to fight wich gives my point more light, but yes all an all great job Juan i enjoted learning the background of my favorite GTA charicter very much hope to see more info soon

  2. You know, I never really realized it, but their really are some racist bastards out there. I think the worst thing you can do is stereotype an entire nation…

    Oh, and yes, the bio was good. I would like to know a little more, though. He is, to me, the most interesting GTA character… so far.

  3. i agree. Just when you think we’re moving forward in thinking, you realize that most people still have the same mindset people had hundreds of years ago.

    I really hope they bring back Niko for GTA V

  4. a white nationalist July 11, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

    Fucking pigs from Balkans. They all are criminals and parasites in USA.

  5. He is a Serb…
    Niko-Nikola in Serbian…
    If he was Croatian he would have been Bjelic,not Belic…
    Belic is a common Serbian last name…
    I will get the game and see…
    Anyway for him being Bosnian and seing the horific site of children being murderd…
    What about the mujahedin the holy warriors of Alah…
    And the Jihad-the war against the infidels?
    Mujahedin killed Serbian civilians all the time so who ever wrote that we Serbs killed civilians can suck cock…
    And even if we did,it wasnt genocide or war crime but revenge!
    As for him killing Russians…
    Big deal,we have here,in Serbia some Serbs who /hate dislike Russians has well…
    Besides Nikola is a mafioso he dosent care about reletionships between Russians and Serbs!
    Im not among them but non the less…
    It is posible that he is a Serb from Croatia or Bosnia…
    But he is a Serb 100%!
    His mothers name was Milica which is Serbian,not bosnian or croatian name!
    oh…

    Qoute:
    ,,At the very begining of the game, during the intro. When Niko and Roman are talking. Niko says “whats wrong Roman, have you forgotten OUR language?” and Roman says “No cousin, its been a while… speak English, your English is better than my SERBIAN”

    So he is a serb. Fact. Maybe a bosnian serb…

    WATCH THE INTRO! and hear it for yourself!.
    …”
    I have watched it and it is the same as the quote says…

    And most people say that he is a Serb…
    Besides in one part of the game he says ,,zdravo burazeru” which means hello brother!
    Plus zdravo burazeru is a sentence that is used only in Serbia since the croatians and bosnians will not admit that they are from Serbia,so they changed their language a lot!
    Nikola Belic (not Bjelic) is a Serb thank you very much!

  6. A lot of people think Nico is Russian…that kind of annoys me. 🙂

  7. YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WAR IN BOSNIA YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE IS BOSNIA AND THE NAME OF HIS FATHER ISNT CROAT OR BOSNIAN OR SERB…………….

  8. chetniks ARE BIGGEST A#”&#(#7 IN WORLD THEY ARE::…………..

  9. nije on hrvat nego srbin ako to neznas u ovo vreme kako je gta izaso onda se ubi

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