|Alias/Nicknames/Also Known By|| The Pet Medic
|Place of Birth||Columbus, OH, United States|
|Date of Birth||02/02/82|
|Family|| Daniel Tanner (Father, Estranged)
Cassandra Tanner (Wife, Missing)
Paul Tanner (Son, Missing)
|First Seen||S01 E01 - Pilot|
|Last Seen||S03 E04 - "Danii Evans' Precious Little Life"|
|Actor||Dylan O' Brien|
Sam Tanner is a twenty-five year old former marine from Columbus, Ohio. The oldest of the kids, he is also the newest person on the RV, only meeting the kids in the first episode of the series. A former marine who fought in Falluja, Sam is a trained combat medic and becomes the kids' designated paramedic whenever they get hurt.
Sam is shown to suffer from severe PTSD and often has war flashbacks during hunts. The most reliable of the group, he is the one to ensure that everyone comes out alive after their dumb plans.
Early Life Edit
Sam was born and raised in a military household. His father, Dan, ensured that Sam was raised like a soldier, preparing him for the army. After spending most of his life in military schools, he enlisted in the US Marine Corp immediately after graduation, where he went on to be stationed in Falluja, Iraq. Before being deployed, Sam married his elementary school crush and long time sweetheart, Cassandra. While Sam was on leave, Cassandra fell pregnant. Their son, Paul, was born after Sam returned to Fallujah. Sam was honourably discharged at age 22 after being diagnosed with severe PTSD several months before the beginning of Season One. He returned home, going back to his family home to discover that his wife and his son had disappeared. Sam used morphine as a coping mechanism, eventually becoming addicted to morphine. He began drifting, picking up paramedic jobs based on his experience as a combat medic, and was eventually picked up by Mary Preston at a McDonalds and brought onto the RV. Realising the practical advantage of having a trained medic in the group, the kids opted to keep him around.