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    John Tanner

    Character » appears in 6 games

    Undercover detective & getaway driver who appears as the main protagonist of the Driver series.

    Short summary describing this character.

    John Tanner last edited by MelodicVirus on 11/07/22 08:09PM View full history

    Overview

    John Tanner is the main protagonist in the Driver series. Throughout the series, Tanner uses his expert driving skills to intercept criminal syndicates as an undercover detective.

    Tanner was the main protagonist of the Driver series until his absence from Driver: Parallel Lines. Tanner would return years later in Driver: San Francisco.

    Driver

    Raised in New York City, John Tanner was an ex-race car driver whose career promptly ended as a result of an unknown accident. By the events of Driver, Tanner is working for the NYPD and is sent to infiltrate the Castaldi crime family. In order to prove himself to the gang, Tanner must participate in a number of challenges in a parking garage.

    After doing several jobs for the gang across the United States, Tanner soon comes to realize that Castaldi plans to assassinate the president in New York. Tanner is able to successfully save the president's life and is congratulated by his superior officer - who offers to give Tanner's badge back to him. Tanner declines this offer.

    Driver 2

    Chicago, United States

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    Sometime later, Tanner is working with the Chicago Police Department in order to track down a petty criminal named Pink Lenny. Alongside his new partner, Tobias Jones, Tanner follows up on various leads to figure out Pink Lenny's next move.

    Driv3r

    Joining South Beach & Killing Gator

    Tanner is dispatched to Miami to intercept a gang led by Calita Martinez called South Beach. The main objective of South Beach is to steal several high-performance vehicles and send them to be collected by a mysterious buyer. Tanner is ordered to kill Gator, a former affiliate with South Beach, to prove his worth to the gang.

    Dubois' Capture & Rescue

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    Sometime after Gator's death, South Beach relocates to Nice, France to resume their operations. Upon his arrival to Nice, Tanner is greeted by two Interpol agents, Didier Dubois and Henri Vauban, who make it clear that they want to take the cars by force. Tanner doesn't want to go this way, and instead wants to find out who the buyer is first before taking any action in returning the cars.

    After doing some more jobs for South Beach, they manage to find Dubois and force Tanner to almost shoot at him. They then announce their plans to kill Dubois the following day, with Tanner saving him from captivity at the behest of Vauban. After Tanner uncovers information at a boathouse with Dubois, both men are cornered by South Beach members and Tanner's old arch rival Jericho. Dubois is killed and Tanner escapes to rescue Vauban.

    Dismantling South Beach

    After a shootout with Jericho, Tanner contemplates killing him but refuses. Shortly afterwards, Jericho shoots Tanner in the back. The two men are rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

    Driver: San Francisco

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    Sometime after the events of Driv3r, Tanner and Jericho recover from their injuries. Jericho was sent back to the United States to be trialled for his crimes.

    While pursuing a prison van escorting career criminal Charles Jericho, Tanner suffers a huge crash which renders him comatose. During his unconscious state, Tanner is able to solve a conspiracy involving Jericho's deadly escape from prison using newfound car shifting abilities. However, Tanner's rival Jericho can also use car shifting abilities and can even throw cars in the way of Tanner.

    Once Tanner figures out what Jericho is planning, he manages to wake himself up in the real world and quickly gets to work in tracking down Jericho & stopping him. After a car chase throughout the city, Tanner and Jericho find themselves in a face-to-face situation at a warehouse until Jones manages to intercept Jericho's vehicle, subduing him in the process. Shortly afterwards, Jones suggests that him and Tanner have a beer to celebrate.

    Legacy

    Tanner on-foot
    Tanner on-foot

    John Tanner has been mentioned, and often parodied, in a number of video games; frequently in the Grand Theft Auto series - which was often viewed as a competitor of the Driver series. The earliest reference to Tanner can be seen in the Grand Theft Auto III mission "Two-Faced Tanner", in which Claude is ordered to assassinate an undercover police officer named Tanner. The Tanner that is featured in this mission shares a similar appearance to John Tanner from the Driver series but uses a female running animation to make fun of the strange way Tanner walks in Driver 2, it is also noted beforehand that Tanner is "useless outside of his car".

    An assassination contract in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City tasks the player with eliminating a variety of characters with names from main characters in games such as True Crime, the Getaway and Driver.

    As a result of the failed launch and controversy surrounding Driv3r, there is a reference to this in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. During the mission 'Madd Dogg's Rhymes', one of Madd Dogg's bodyguards can be heard playing and verbally berating a game by saying "How could Refractions mess up so bad?" and "Tanner, you suck ass!".

    Additionally, there are gravestones in San Andreas which read "RIP Opposition 1999 - 2004".

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