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Undercover officer requesting immediate backup and clean underwear, cover blown.
LCPD dispatch after Claude attacks Tanner

Tanner was a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto III (set in 2001).

Tanner is an undercover police officer working for the Liberty City Police Department.[1] He is not voiced during his appearance.



Tanner was born and raised in the United States and, at some point, joined the Liberty City Police Department, later becoming an undercover officer. He is later tasked with following Yakuza co-leader Asuka Kasen and becomes her chauffeur.

Events of Grand Theft Auto III

Asuka later discovers Tanner's true allegiance and orders Claude to kill him on the streets of Staunton Island. Asuka leaves a note for Claude, telling him to find Tanner at Kenji's Casino. When Claude eventually arrives at the casino, Tanner is seen jogging down a staircase, rushing towards his car in an attempt to make a getaway. Claude pursues and attacks, which leads to him catching and killing Tanner on the streets.

References to "Driver" Series

Tanner's name is a reference to the Driver protagonist, John Tanner, who is also referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Tanner is given a female pedestrian's running animation, an obvious reference to the strange way that Tanner walks in the Driver games.

Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto III



  • Tanner is one of the select few single-mission target characters in the 3D Universe to have a unique model, instead of a generic pedestrian one.

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