Trevor Phillips is one of the three protagonists of the Grand Theft Auto V movie and a key character in Grand Theft Auto: Heists. He is a mentally unstable redneck and bank robber who founded Trevor Phillips Enterprises; being an old friend of Michael De Santa and new friend of Franklin Clinton.
Trevor Phillips was born and raised in Canada, near the Canada/United States border. He claims he grew up in five states, two countries, fourteen different homes, eight fathers, three care homes, two correctional facilities and one beautiful damaged flower of a mother and has "served time, my country, your country and myself". Even as a child, Trevor had a history of rage issues and violent impulses that ruined his attempts to fit into society. Trevor also killed various animals and drifters even during the early years of his life.
Trevor's childhood itself was an unhappy one. His father was physically abusive to him while his mother was emotionally abusive, treated him with condescension and sawed him as a "useless boy" who cared little about his mother. When he was a child, Trevor's father abandoned him at a shopping mall, which Trevor later burned down in retaliation. Trevor also had a brother named Ryan, whom Trevor was not fond of and died in an accident prior to 2013.
Trevor dropped out of school and had some formal education, taking a night class in criminal law. Trevor was also implied to be a Canadian Under 18 Champion and almost turned professional. Later in life, Trevor discovered that he had a talent for flying jets. He enlisted in the air force to pilot fighter jets, but several days prior to completing his training and becoming a pilot, Trevor was deemed mentally unstable by the "witch" in charge of psychological evaluations, thus resulting in Trevor's discharge and grounding for life.
After becoming discharged, Trevor became a drifter and committed petty crimes along the border with no particular goal in mind. He never committed any serious crimes until he met Michael De Santa, where they first met each other while escorting cargo across the border. Trevor and Michael were waiting on a runway in a job to meet their employers, two people arrived despite they were expecting only one and the second began yelling at Michael. Trevor fires off a flare gun into his eye, killing him. He and Michael both dumped the body into a lake after landing the plane. After the incident, the duo created a charigned relationship and partnership.
Trevor's first job was robbing a place that cashed checks however was caught because the clerk turned out to be someone who knew him, resulting in Trevor serving four months of a six month prison sentence. Over time, Michael developed a relationship with a stripper, Amanda, which created some friction between them due to Amanda and Trevor's mutual hatred for each other. Despite this, Trevor became a somewhat surrogate uncle to the couple's children, Jimmy and Tracey. Over the following years, Michael became more cautious as a criminal because he saw himself as having more to lose should he be imprisoned or killed which led to Trevor believe Michael was going "soft". Some time later, Trevor met Brad Snider, who would often join Trevor and Michael to commit robberies together. Michael and Brad did not trust or like each other, but Trevor got along with Brad and at some point, planned to cut Michael off and work soley with Brad.
Trevor and Michael remained partners in crime, until they undertook an ill-fated heist in 2004, alongside Brad and an unnamed getaway driver in North Yankton. The heist initially ran relatively smoothly until Trevor killed a security guard and the trio had to fight their way out of police and barely managed to enter the rural town of Ludendorff where a helicopter was due waiting for them. Unfortunately, their driver was killed by police and Michael was forced to take the wheel, but their plan was scuppered after their vehicle was struck by a train on a level crossing and destroyed. Despite being too far away from the helicopter, Michael insisted they stick to the plan, and they continued walking and searching for their helicopter. They were ambushed by FIB agent Dave Norton, who fired at them, fatally wounding Brad and "killing" Michael. Trevor refused to leave his friends behind and attempted to fight off the police until a weary Michael told him to save himself, and Trevor reluctantly made his escape.
As a result of the failed heist, both Trevor and Michael believed one another to be dead. Trevor was not able to get access to his savings because of his identity getting blown, but regardless he managed to evade the police for several years and made a new life for himself in the rural town of Sandy Shores, San Andreas. There, he developed an addiction to crystal meth and founded a small criminal business empire with his new-found partners: paranoid conspiracy theorist Ron Jakowski, inexperienced wanderer Wade Hebert and meth cook Chef. The business was named Trevor Phillips Enterprises and specialized in gun smuggling and the manufacturing and selling of meth. During Trevor's time in Sandy Shores, he affiliated himself with the Aztecas gang, the redneck hillbilly O'Neil Brothers and high-ranking members of the Lost MC, including the club's leader, Johnny Klebitz. However, their relationship was particularly strained, due to Trevor's tendency to occasionally have sex with Johnny's girlfriend, Ashley Butler, much to Johnny's understandable vexation.
Grand Theft Auto: Heists
A few months prior to the events of Grand Theft Auto V, the heist crew consisting of Andy Jones, Daniel Kallen, Skyler Thorpe and Evan Sheldon is called by Trevor upon a job: sending them to steal cocaine from frat boys on a yacht, molly pills from the Vagos, meds from the Lost MC, weed from the Ballas and meth from the O'Neil Brothers. The crew then meet Trevor at a warehouse in Los Santos, ready to move the product but the gangs they robbed are coming back for their stuff. After Trevor and the crew hold off the gangs, they rush to the El Gordo Lighthouse. Trevor then gives the crew their money in advance and they leave.
Soon after they leave, Trevor stays at the lighthouse and waits for the contact to arrive. When he arrives, it is revealed the contact was an undercover cop and whole thing is a sting operation from DOA, Trevor escapes by jumping off the cliff and swimming to safety. He then smashes his head against a tree before crying uncontrollably.
Grand Theft Auto V
While once again having sex with Ashley, Trevor learns about the robbery of a jewerly store in Los Santos after a witness quotes a movie line that was a favourite of Michael's during the time they were partners. While Trevor is shocked after hearing about Michael's sudden-reappearance, he grabs a beer and leaves his trailer where he is confronted by Johnny by simply walking away.
Michael De Santa
Amanda De Santa
Skills and Attributes
- Unnamed Driver: Shot in the eye with a flare gun.
- Jaspers: Shot in the head during a heist for threatening Michael.
- Daisy Bell: Killed offscreen in the quarry at Sandy Shores.
- Kush-Chronic: Killed offscreen in the quarry at Sandy Shores.
- Johnny Klebitz: Murdered for confronting Trevor by smashing a bottle into his head and kicking his face repeatedly.
- Terry Thorpe: Killed in a gunfight.
- Clay Simons: Killed in a gunfight.
- Ernie O'Neil: Killed in a gunfight.
- Earl O'Neil: Killed in a gunfight.
- Dale O'Neil: Killed in a gunfight.
- Ned O'Neil: Killed in a gunfight.
- Don O'Neil: Killed in a gunfight.
- Daryl O'Neil: Killed in a gunfight.
- Dan O'Neil: Killed in a gunfight.
- Javier Madrazo: Shot in the head on orders from Martin Madrazo.
- Floyd Hebert: Murdered offscreen for brandishing a knife.
- Debra: Murdered offscreen for pointing a pistol.
- Leon: Murdered offscreen to take over Vanilla Unicorn.
- Steve Haines: Shot in the head with a sniper rifle for trying to have him and Michael killed.
- Devin Weston: Held in a car and pushed off a cliff for trying to have Michael and his family killed.