GTA Online: “Special Dad” John Marston Easter Egg

Make John Marston your dad with the first Easter egg in GTA Online. The western hero of Red Dead Redemption makes his GTA V appearance in full with the press of a button in character creation. Check out how to add John to your healthy lineage in the text guide below.

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“Special Dad” John Marston Easter Egg

Note: A current save file from Red Dead Redemption is required to see John Marston.

  • The character creation process for GTA Online revolves around giving your character a lineage — grandparents and then two parents.
  • During creation, there is one odd button that’s easy to miss in the lower-right corner of the screen. “Special Dad” will cause a unique character to replace your current father.
  • Press “Y” on 360, or “Triangle” on PS3. Instead of a regular dad, Red Dead Redemption’s John Marston will appear in the tiny avatar window.
  • Choose to make the familiar resemblance closer to your father’s side to make your character more like the great outlaw Marston.
  • This is just the first of the “Special Dad” options. Who else should be on the list? Cole Phelps? Tommy Vercetti? Let us know your pick in the comments.

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    10 Comments on GTA Online: “Special Dad” John Marston Easter Egg


    On October 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I had this come up. Imagine my surprise when I saw that hat.


    On October 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

    it was cool and all, but I would rather be able to select and adjust on sliders to detail, not small pictures of of people. Unless there is some tie in, in multiplayer to who your mom and dad are, this seems to be pointless.


    On October 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Definately Max payne should be on the list…. in my opinion


    On October 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    John Marston becomes available as your dad when you have a Rockstar Social Club Account linked to GTA V. Just like you get added hairstyles, clothes, weapons in singleplayer when linked. Not really an easter egg.


    On October 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I am here to confirm that this Easter Egg is only for people with a Red Dead Redemption saved file.

    I made a character on my brother’s profile with the special dad, and realized it was on his profile.

    So I switched and went to my profile. When I went to create a character on GTA V online, there was no John Marston.


    On February 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Cole Phelps, that would be easy because of the suits.


    On June 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Can there please be special moms? Like holy cow.

    Please. Just please.


    On June 9, 2014 at 7:19 am


    But there is. Misty from GTA III is there if you got the Collector’s Edition.

    Alexis Duchene

    On June 23, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    they need a mom option too… special mom… get us some easy to create females


    On July 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I got john marston as a special dad even though I have never played Red Dead Redemption