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The Unknown Guy is a strange pedestrian in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


The Unknown Guy is one of the strangest and most commonly overlooked pedestrians in San Andreas. He is a medium-height African-American male dressed in slacks, sneakers and a hooded denim jacket with a grooved haircut.

Unknown Guy is very rarely seen as a walking pedestrian on the streets, known only to appear on-foot when the carjacker pedestrian has hijacked him or when CJ himself hijacks his vehicle.

Unknown Guy is also the one and only train driver in all of San Andreas, appearing at all train stations across the state. When hijacked from a train, the Unknown Guy does not react to threats, similar to Mr. Trenchcoat. Even when fired upon, no action can illicit a response. He can also be found driving harvesters in the countryside.

Unknown Guy also has a strange model name in the games files, MALE01[1]. Typically, a pedestrian's model name will include information detailing where they are supposed to spawn, for example CWMYHB1 stands for Country-White-Male-Young-HillBilly-1. Strangely the Unknown Guy's model name gives no indication of where he is supposed to spawn.

Ballas Gang Connection

In ulown00b's videos, the Unknown Guy can be seen dropping a large amount of money, Colt 45s and Uzi sub-machine guns upon his death. He is also seen driving Tahoma model vehicles in Ballas gang territory. It is interesting to note that the Uzi and the Tahoma are both signature items in the Balla outfit and are widely used by the gang.

Grove Street Gang Members can be seen attacking the Unknown Guy as they do Ballas gang members, often tearing him from his vehicle and shooting him dead in the street. Recruited homies will sometimes attack the Unknown Guy when they spot him driving around. Interestingly, Grove Street Gang Members will only attack the Unknown Guy when he is driving the Tahoma.

In the second of the two videos, Grove Street gang members can be heard remarking "Ballas gettin' a take-down" when pulling the Unknown Guy out from his vehicle, cementing the fact that they recognize him as a Balla. Strangely, no Ballas territory existed anywhere in Los Santos when this remark was heard.

End of the Line Mission Involvement

During the final chase sequence of the mission End of the Line, the Unknown Guy can be seen throwing molotov cocktails in both Willowfield and Ganton, just the same as the Vagos and Ballas, who were also participating in throwing Molotovs at previous roadblocks.


There is actually a simple explanation towards Unknown Guy's strange behavior. If one is so inclined to use an advanced editor such as Notepad++, and opens up the game's PEDGRP.dat file, the file that assigns certain character models to specific groups, then Unknown Guy's true intentions will be seen.

description: contains the list of ped groups for each group type. Each ped group should contain 32 ped type names. Please dont use 'male01' in any of the pedgroups

Unknown Guy simply acts the way he does because he is not bound to any specific group, and thus can be spawned in the game world as any of them as well. Usually this is not a noticeable effect, but he can spawn in the Ballas or Grove Street ped group, which would cause his aggressive behavior. This is also why Unknown Guy can be seen in large groups, as there is a higher likelihood of his model being around if there are more chances for him to spawn.


Video Investigations

GTA San Andreas Myths

GTA San Andreas Myths . Unknown Guy, Biker Gang 1 2 - PARANORMAL PROJECT 33

GTA San Andreas Myths

GTA San Andreas Myths . Unknown Guy 2 2 - PARANORMAL PROJECT 41


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