John Tanner (b. October, 1973) was a police officer and a main protagonist from the Driver series. In Driv3r, he was voiced by Michael Madsen.
Tanner was a retired race car driver & he was in the Miami Police Department after finishing his conversation from the police in New York and asking him to investigate the gangsters while talking to the police chief and tells Tanner to do some driving training in order to become a fast driver to be fit for the job. Later in the parking lot Tanner was driving a purple Buick GSX and completed his first training and move on to the next assignment. In Miami Tanner went undercover by robbing banks with the mobsters, heisting cars & assassinating mobsters.
Tanner chases Jesse after Rufus was been shot Tanner captures Jesse and interrogates her that she was working with a Italian mafia named Castaidi who was in San Francisco. In San Francisco Tanner was working with the Mojo at the Casino and framing his rival named Slater with his own car during the car chase. In Los Angeles Tanner was now working with Castaldi by stealing guns to the warehouse & assassinating a FBI agent named Bill Maddox and saves Castaldi's men named Granger.
Tanner was back in New York Tanner was driving the stolen Police car to pretend to get the gangsters out from the bank they robbed and complete his own mission. Tanner was being disgraced from the police that Tanner was working with the Castaldi's work now Tanner must weaken Granger and find false photo crimes before taking on Castaldi. In the final job Tanner must drive with the president to safety while the police are going to apprehend Tanner when Tanner walks away from being a disgrace to the police department.
Driver: San Francisco
Tanner is an undercover officer back in—you guessed it—San Francisco with Tobias Jones, now driving a yellow 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. While they are chasing Charles Jericho in the beginning of the story, Jericho rams Tanner out of the alley in a stolen police S.W.A.T. van and onto the road where the car gets t-bone rammed by a tractor trailer, putting Tanner into a coma.
In his coma, Tanner takes over people's bodies, causing him to drive their cars, which can be used in mission events around San Francisco. Jericho does make a few appearances in Tanner's coma. Tanner and Jones chase Jericho and ram his car. Tanner is about to cuff Jericho but it turns out it was just a vision and that it's just the other person who was actually driving the car. When Tanner shifts into Leila's driver, they pursue Tanner's car. She realises that Tanner is in the body and Jericho then shifts into Tanner's real body and rampages, causing Tanner to take Jones. Jericho then shifts back to his real body causing Tanner and Jones to escape the police. Tanner sees Jericho driving in a alleyway and follows him. Tanner escapes a gang of Jericho's into the alleyway where he was in a coma. Jericho rams them and they begin to race through the alleyway. Tanner realises that this is the only way to wake him up, so he stops the car and Jericho rams Tanner into a truck. Tanner falls back into his coma and begins to chase Jericho. Tanner defeats Jericho and wakes up.
Discovering that the bomb is a cover for a prison breakout, Tanner and asks Jones to steal pants and a car, but Jones has to tell Taner that his car was wrecked in the earlier event, and he "would have to steal his own pants." He is forced to drive Jones' 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS to catch up with Jericho. Tanner and Jericho meet up in the depot warehouse at the Hunter's Point, with Jericho driving a Dodge RAM SRT-10. The two drive to each other before Jones t-bone rams Jericho in a Cadillac Escalade, while telling Tanner whose car he was driving. Jericho was apparently sent into a coma on the impact.
- He stands at 6' 2" (1.88m).
- In the non-canon mobile version of Driv3r, Tanner's full name is Tanner Harvey. This name was never used or reflected upon in other games.
- In Driv3r, Tanner originally wore the same suit he wore in Driver 2. This was changed in the final version, but was left in a cutscene and the official soundtrack cover art.
- Supposedly by confronting the police in Driver, Tanner has gained the headline of "the most dangerous man" in the newspapers, with a close-up of his face.
- The same picture of his close-up is also used on the main menu and loading screens on both PSX and PC versions (only the European PC version has a loading screen).
- Tanner is mocked in Grand Theft Auto III during the "Two-Faced Tanner" mission, where Claude kills him. Tanner is described as a "strangely animated undercover cop" and "totally useless outside his car", due to the lack of foot action in Driver 2.
- In retaliation, Driv3r featured a man named Timmy Vermicelli, who looks similar to the protagonist of GTA: Vice City, Tommy Vercetti. Vermicelli also wears arm-bands, mocking Vercetti's inability to swim in Vice City's waters unlike how Claude couldn't due to Liberty City's polluted water.
- Tanner's personality has changed quite dramatically through the series.
- In his first appearancenin Driver, he barely speaks, and says few words when he does.
- In Driver 2, he seems to be more open to talk to others - probably because he isn't acting undercover, allowing him to speak freely.
- In Driv3r, he doesn't talk very much, especially around Calita and her gang, talking freely only with Jones, Vauban, or Dubois.
- In Driver: San Francisco, he talks much more than he used to, his temper is less violent, he can be sarcastic, and he cracks jokes often.
- There is an easter egg in Driver: Parallel Lines in which Tanner's face is shown on a sticker in a desk wall in the NYPD Building with "Driver 4" written on it, even though Parallel Lines is merely the fourth game of the series, and not exactly a Driver 4.