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Sam Fisher is the main character in the Splinter Cell series of video games and novels. Sam Fisher is a veteran of the CIA Directorate of Operations and of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 3. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall (178 cm), weighs 170 pounds, and has green eyes. He was an operative of Third Echelon, a clandestine division of the National Security Agency, up to the conclusion of Splinter Cell Double Agent. Fisher is extremely agile and an expert in the art of stealth. Fisher was the first person to be recruited as a field operative of the "Splinter Cell" program for Third Echelon. He prefers to work alone in the field. Fisher resides in Towson, Maryland, when not on the job. Fisher is a student of the military hand-to-hand combat system of Krav Maga.
While Fisher was working on an American base in Germany during the 1980s, he met and later married Regan Burns in 1984. They had one daughter together, Sarah (born June 16, 1985). Fisher and Regan later divorced and she had Sarah's surname changed. Regan died from ovarian cancer in 1989, and Sarah was killed by a drunk driver in September of 2007.
Sam's direct supervisor is Colonel Irving Lambert, USA (ret.) Lambert is accompanied and supported on missions by NSA employees William Redding. One of his aides, D.P. Brunton, became the head of SHADOWNET Operations, a sister group of Third Echelon, which uses teams of operatives.
Fisher has conducted operations in Canada, the Democratic Republic of Congo, China, Iceland, Israel, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyztan, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, North and South Korea, Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Myanmar, Serbia, Georgia, and France in order to complete his missions. Places he has conducted operations inside the United States include LAX International Airport in Los Angeles, California, New York City, New Orleans, Ellsworth Prison and the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
- 1 Background
- 2 Personality
- 3 Tactics and equipment
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Locations
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Popular Culture
Lead character artist Martin Caya established in early interviews about the game that during his career Fisher had served in Afghanistan, where he had an experience in which he was forced to hide under dead bodies in order to avoid being killed. Caya also established that Fisher had served in East Germany and in "other Soviet satellite countries leading up to the collapse of the USSR."
The novel establishes that he hated his time in the CIA, and that he mostly had official cover (i.e. he was a "diplomatic aide"). The "Bank" mission in Chaos Theory established that he served in Kuwait, where he said he spent most of 1989 lying in a ditch on the road between Baghdad and Kuwait. The "Bank" mission also established that he served in Panama when the U.S overthrew Manuel Noriega (see Operation Just Cause) and raided the same bank during the conflict. The end of the training mission in the first Splinter Cell game established that he served in the First Gulf War when Lambert tells Wilkes that Sam served in that war.
In the beginning of the second game, a conversation between Fisher and Douglas Shetland established Fisher had served with the Navy SEALs, and that he left the Navy in 1996 ("I haven't been Navy for a decade"). It also been established in the first game, Splinter Cell, in the interview with Sam found in the extra features, he says he was with both Navy SEALS and Third Echelon, ("They're all good people"). Other than for anti-terrorist operations, which are the purview of SEAL Team 6 (now known as DEVGRU), only SEAL Team 3 has a Middle Eastern Area of Responsibility (AOR).
As a covert agent of the government, Fisher approaches his target objectives in a gruff, no-nonsense manner, but maintains a light-hearted relationship with his colleagues and even with his momentary hostages (even if he is going to kill them) . Fisher has little patience for government bureaucracy or political maneuvering. A political realist, Fisher maintains a cynical, jaded and sarcastic sense of humor about the covert, illegal, and often morally ambiguous nature of his work. In Pandora Tomorrow, when Lambert informs Fisher that "Nobody knows whether he(Norman Soth)'s a US Agent or a terrorist" Fisher replies that "Those things aren't mutually exclusive."
At the same time, he is highly loyal and a staunch believer in the ideals his work ultimately protects. He is quickly angered by the casual slaughter of civilians or unarmed military personnel by his enemies.
In the original Splinter Cell, Fisher is a new member of Third Echelon, and thus his interactions with his commander Colonel Lambert are relatively straightforward and respectful. At the same time, Fisher does drop the occasional "smart" comment at particularly unusual or obtuse mission orders. For instance, during the final level in Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, Sam is in an elevator that shuts down when his enemies cut the power. Lambert informs him that the lights went out, and Sam retorts with a sarcastic, "Thanks, Lambert."
In Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Fisher is shown as rather ruthless towards his enemies, and he appears fairly disappointed when Lambert orders him to avoid enemy fatalities as part of his mission parameters. Frequently holding captured enemies at knife-point, his dialog with them is creative and highly intimidating, though often morbidly humorous to the audience. For example, in the "Penthouse" level in Chaos Theory, Fisher captures a guard and says: "Pick a number between 1 and 10". When the guard guesses, Fisher says: "Huh. Lucky guess. You get to live. Now tell me something useful or we'll play another round". He also references Robert DeNiro's role as Tuttle in the movie Brazil.
However it must be said that Sam is not a sadistic individual as he states in the Chaos Theory trailer "I take no joy in killing, but make no mistake - I do what needs to be done to preserve the greater peace. I take the lives of a few to protect the freedoms of many. I am a Splinter Cell."
It is stated in the manual to Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory that Fisher's dark sense of humor during missions is his way of dealing with the tension that he feels during a stealth operation. The manual explains that while Fisher is a very competent and experienced soldier and operative, he is also keenly aware of his own limitations and mortality, and thus he uses humor to help keep himself calm in the dangerous situations he is often ordered into.
Throughout the games, Fisher attempts to uphold what he believes is "right". A notable instance occurs during Chaos Theory where Lambert instructs Fisher to leave the unconscious bodies of downed pilots at the scene of the crash, which Fisher is about to demolish via airstrike. While the game allows the player to demolish the site, he or she can first pick up the pilots and carry them to safety. Lambert tells Fisher to stop because it may compromise the mission, but Fisher continues anyway. Lambert then reminds him that his valiant actions can not be officially recognized and that he will not receive a medal, to which Fisher replies, "Medals don't help me sleep at night, Lambert."
Another instance is when Fisher is ordered to not tamper with the corpse of tortured computer engineer Bruce Morgenholt whose body cannot be extracted. The player may choose to cut down the ropes binding the corpse, causing Lambert to admonish Fisher who replies by saying, "Just because he's dead doesn't mean I have to leave him there hanging like a piece of meat....You can spare thirty seconds for some simple dignity." If the player proceeds to shoot the corpse, Fisher explains that he is "making sure he [the engineer] is not suffering."
Occasionally, Fisher demonstrates complete contempt for the mission objectives to the point where the player may decide to not comply with all the parameters. In one instance, Fisher is suddenly told to kill Dahlia Tal, a Shin Bet double agent with whom he had been working. If the player kills her Fisher angrily asks, "Tell me what I just did, Lambert", and "Killing unarmed women seems mighty close to terrorism." If the player does not, Lambert shouts at Fisher to which Fisher responds, "I'm going to need a little more warning to shoot unarmed women," and "When I return to the States, I'll go sit in a corner with a cone cap on." In either case, Fisher openly declares his moral disagreement with the order to shoot Tal.
Another time he shows contempt for the missions, is in the bath house level of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, when the player has the choice to shoot Shetland or not. The player can shoot Shetland, but if he holsters his weapon, then Shetland will attack, and Sam will be forced to kill him anyway. He holds loyalty in very high regards and maintained multiple times in the story that he felt Shetland was playing straight. "If Shetland's crooked I'll take him down myself", he mentions as the plot thickens. At the climax of Shetland's rogue-rant in the Japanese bathhouse he taunts Sam with lines like: "You've made yourself the instrument of a policy you don't believe in, Sam. Walk away", "Blood is thicker than water and you and I have bled a lot together. You're trading your honor for their agenda", and "You wouldn't shoot an old friend". Doug's betrayal toward Sam by trying to shoot him despite holstering his weapon makes Sam sarcastically remark that he "wouldn't shoot an old friend", since Sam was forced to stab him instead.
One criticism of the Splinter Cell franchise has always been that Fisher is underdeveloped as a character. In response to this criticism, the makers of the franchise, Ubisoft, are in the midst of an overhaul of the franchise. The final phase of this overhaul begins in the summer of 2008 when Splinter Cell: Conviction is released. The intention of the new game is to open up Sam Fisher as a character and reveal much more of his personality. It is now in the series that Sam is officially no longer a soldier of sorts. He is now a man driven by the roots of his moral fiber. His return to the U.S. in Splinter Cell: Conviction is prompted solely by his desire to help Anna Grimmsdottir.
Tactics and equipment
Sam Fisher is extremely athletic. He is capable of many different climbing and scaling abilities, such as step-jumping to climb raised walls, performing a split leg maneuver to keep himself supported for a long period of time, as well as being able to hold on tightly to ceiling pipes or even the undercarriage of a moving train. He is also strong enough to lift the body of a full grown man onto his back and carry it around, and can run somewhat faster than the average soldier. He utilizes some aspects of the French gymnastic art of parkour while surmounting obstacles, albeit in a slightly slower and stealthier way. Nonetheless, Fisher's age is apparently catching up to him, as in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow he can regularly be heard making various grunts and groans of exertion during a mission. However, this is not present in Chaos Theory. Though throughout the series he can be heard making such noises when hefting dead/unconscious bodies, hoisting himself up, and whatnot, it seems to be more prevalent during his forties into his fifties.
As the nature of Fisher's job relies on stealth and non-detection, he is highly adept at blending into shadows and moving silently. He is able to sneak up on most opponents undetected and quickly subdue them using either lethal or non-lethal means.
The novel establishes that he "exclusively uses Krav Maga" for unarmed combat. Krav Maga is a combat form that was developed by the Israeli Special Forces. He has reached the advanced level of 3B under the tutelage of his instructor, Katia Loernstern. It is also possible that Sam has also been highly trained in the SEALS CQB and the US Marine Martial Arts program, the novel Splinter Cell: Checkmate states that Lambert and Fisher first met during a training program where the best of the best from the SEALS, Rangers, Delta and Force Recon all trained together to create the best special forces operators in the intelligence community. In the first two games, Fisher's hand to hand capabilities seemed limited in direct combat with opponents, although he becomes much more effective in hand-to-hand combat and even gains the ability to use a knife to deadly effect in Chaos Theory. The newest official trailer of Conviction shows Sam fighting as he has never before. While this has caused concern that it is changing the very format of the series it would accommodate Sam's touted martial art skills. The new moves displayed are more akin to a "fighter" genre of videogaming. However, developers have stated that they will add more depth. The first moves shown were more based in wrestling.
Fisher possesses a command of a startling number of foreign languages and scripts including Russian, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Persian and Spanish. This is stated and demonstrated explicitly in the books and is evidenced in the games by Fisher's ability to interrogate guards and understand conversations between guards, regardless of the country he is operating in. While certainly possible, it is highly improbable that all guards encountered in all Splinter Cell games speak passable English, especially amongst each other. It is meant for the players to know that the native language is being spoken but is 'dubbed' for the consumers to understand - almost like having an automatic interpreter. However, in Pandora Tomorrow there are two instances where Sam asks a guard how good their English is, but this may be a joke showing us his more cynical side.
Fisher is also ambidextrous, as he can switch which hand he fires his rifle and pistol with in Chaos Theory in order to keep better cover without any apparent loss of accuracy. However, he draws his weapons right-handed, and in the first two games he could only use his right hand to shoot with. It is unknown whether he acquired or perfected this talent in the time between Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory or he always had this ability without it being included in the first two games' controls, but the former seems unlikely. He also holds his knife right-handed, and in Splinter Cell and Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow Fisher knocks out guards by striking their head with his right hand or elbow.
It has been said in GameInformer in a Splinter Cell: Conviction article, that Sam is "so adept at being a spy that his senses have been honed to an almost superhuman level". In Conviction, Sam's hero instinct will demonstrate this. It is a possibility that Sam always had this instinct in the previous games but in the form of a certain sound. It is shown in Double Agent that Fisher can fly a helicopter.
Through the games, Fisher primarily uses two firearms, the SC Pistol and SC-20K Assault Rifle. In Chaos Theory, Fisher added a knife to his arsenal of weapons.
- The player first got the chance to wield Fisher's knife in Chaos Theory. In the first novel, it is described as a USMC Ka-bar with a hilt covered in compressed leather of standard design. In the third novel, Sam uses a Fairbairn-Sykes dagger, given to him by Frank Bunch, a close friend of Sam's father. However, in Chaos Theory, some close-ups of the hilt suggest that it is custom made. The knife appears to be double-edged, with a blade roughly 5 inches long, and lacks any sort of guard. It has a central groove called a "fuller" in order to reduce weight, often mistakenly called a "blood groove". With the exception of its large size, the knife is very similar to the Gerber Guardian Back Up or an SOG Pentagon. In Splinter Cell: Double Agent, the knife looks very different resembling the military issue Benchmade 140SBK Nimravus (NSN 1095-01-466-8569) and is described as, quote:
"SC 'Protector' double-edged combat knife. Overall length 7 1/2 inches with a 3 and 3/8 inch, black oxidized high carbon stainless steel blade to prevent reflections and a black polymer rubber handle."
- This description is contradicted by the knife's visual appearance in-game and in cutscenes. It appears much larger, with a silver, partially serrated blade that is roughly 5 inches long. It also appears to be single-edged, and may even be a folding knife as it has a thumb-stud near the spine and a visible liner-lock, though it is still carried opened in a sheath.
- Fisher carries his knife horizontally at the back of his belt, allowing him to draw it easily and quickly in either forward or reverse grips. When attacking with it, he always aims for the heart, throat, or axillary artery, and thus a single strike with the weapon always results in the immediate takedown of the target. In addition to being a deadly weapon, Fisher also makes use of it as a multipurpose tool in the field. He can use the knife to interrogate suspects, cut tent-fabric, chainlink fences, wires, and plastic sheeting, break locks, disable small machinery (such as gas powered generators), defuse bombs, pry hidden microphones from walls, and strip wires to tap into phone lines and camera feeds.
- The Five-seveN is touted by FN to be able to penetrate NATO kevlar vests and helmets, but this is only when firing the SS190 Duty Round, a high velocity, military-grade bullet designed to punch through armor. In the games, the pistol's ability to penetrate armor is limited, taking at least three to five shots to the torso to down a foe. This is likely due to the subsonic ammunition being used. These slower-moving rounds are used to quiet the report by eliminating the supersonic crack of a bullet traveling faster than the speed of sound. The suppressor reduces the report of the pistol further by slowly allowing gases from the barrel to expand and escape, resulting in a soft "pfft" noise.
- The pistol is much quieter than the SC-20K. In Pandora Tomorrow, the pistol is equipped with a laser aiming module. In the series' third installment, Chaos Theory, the pistol is equipped with an Optically Channeled Potentiator (OCP) prototype, a device that can be used to temporarily disrupt electronic devices, such as light fixtures, gun turrets and security cameras. Oddly enough, as with the SC-20K, the spent shells were no longer visible in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory or Splinter Cell: Double Agent.
- This is a 30-round, selective fire 5.56 x 45 mm NATO bullpup assault rifle with a suppressor, a 1.5x reflex sight or a 2/4/6x scope (in the first 2 games), and an underslung grenade launcher used to launch various less-than-lethal devices. It's most likely a variation of the F2000 Assault Rifle. In the first novel, Sam Fisher said that the SC-20K was his favorite weapon.
- The SC-20K was modified for use in Chaos Theory. The fixed buttstock was replaced by a collapsible buttstock. Also, the 1.5x reflex sight replaced the stronger 6x full scope, but in compensation the SC-20K gained the ability to mount additional undermount modular configurations. It has been designed with a bullpup configuration, allowing for maximum power with a minimum weight and size. In the field, Fisher can carry a maximum of two undermount modules at once. The SC-20K was again modified for use in Double Agent. The F2000 design was retained, but the buttstock was greatly stripped down, along with the fore-end of the weapon. The scope was replaced with a Picatinny rail that later had a reflex sight attached to it. The modules were removed from the next-gen version of Double Agent, except for the launcher, and a shotgun shell (despite the fact that Sam does not put a shotgun module underneath). The current gen version features all but the foregrip. The following is a list of details about the modules:
- Launcher: A Splinter Cell's standard loadout (as seen in Splinter Cell and Pandora Tomorrow), the attached 40mm grenade launcher, is able to fire ring airfoil rounds, sticky shockers, sticky cameras, gas grenades, EMP ammunition and other such less-than-lethal devices. The ring airfoil round is a small ring that can knock out enemies silently. The drawback is its parabolic trajectory. The sticky shocker is an LTL device that shocks enemies into unconsciousness. They are launched at a flat trajectory and causes some noise. Sticky cameras are reusable devices that allow you to observe areas without being detected, or, in case of a head shot, can incapacitate an enemy. They can also make noises that can attract the enemy or can self-destruct which will release a non-lethal gas. The latest incarnation of the sticky camera can also create a small, lethal explosion. If enemies detect the sticky camera then they will open fire on it which will either release the gas or explode, depending on the version of the camera. The launcher can also launch grenades, including gas grenades that release a non-lethal gas that will knock out anybody in the vicinity of the gas.
- Foregrip: A foregrip used to steady firing and counter the effects of recoil, resulting in far more accurate fire when shooting in fully automatic mode.
- Sniper: Another undermount for the SC-20K is a sniper attachment that fires 20 mm kinetic energy propeled, high-heat sabot rounds (also known as APDS; Armour-piercing discarding sabot) that can penatrate most forms of armor and even can destory small armoured machines such as (UAV's). The module also carries a full 4x scope and modified barrel, increasing range and accuracy, though it is rather loud and unwieldy. This weapon configuration can only be fired when the scope is used however.
Other weaponry and equipment
In addition to the SC-20K and SC-Pistol, Sam uses several other weapons and gadgets such as the M67 Fragmentation Grenades, Smoke Grenades with a much more rapid release than a standard M18, EMP Grenades that release a pulse of electromagnetic energy affecting surrounding electronics in the same way as the OCP, flashbangs, a Laser Mic (which was separate from the goggles in the first and second games, and the next generation version of the fourth), a Fingerprint Scanner, and a Retinal Scanner. In the prison level on Splinter Cell: Double Agent Sam also gets to carry a standard 9x19mm handgun (depending on whether he killed a certain target or not, as a mission objective) (only on Xbox, Wii, PS2, and GameCube). Also in Double Agent, Sam uses a SC303 Launcher, which is basically a 7 round M303 less-lethal launcher. It shoots rubber ammunition and also tranquilizer darts (ammunition). Fingerprint scanners are also used in missions such as JBA (John Brown's Army) headquarter missions. In certain missions, he carries a syringe filled with adrenaline, which can bring someone back from the brink of death. He has been known to use a V22 Osprey for insertion and extraction in certain missions.
Remaining unseen is a very important factor for Fisher on his missions, thus wearing the right clothing is necessary. Mostly he wears a specialized wet suit, designed for stealth. The fabric is interwoven with kevlar, allowing it to stop bullets from long range. The cloth and equipment are black, but at times other versions of the suit will even appear to be a blue green color in very bright light. This suit fits tightly around his body, making it almost impossible to hear it move. Though mostly wearing his signature black suit, Fisher sometimes changes his suit to fit the appropriate conditions, such as jungle camouflage or shorts with a short-sleeved shirt in hot environments. Some versions also come with some covers that peel off, like in Double Agent, where he pulls off the white cover to reveal the black suit underneath. Sam also has a pair of black combat boots and a weapons belt, and sometimes a compact re-breather for underwater. He sometimes has a radio on his back which emits light (only the player can see this, however, as the light would alert enemies otherwise).
In the 2004 novel, Splinter Cell, Fisher explains a few of the features that his black suit has. These features include:
- A heating/cooling system that uses water to regulate the suit's temperature
- Kevlar threads that are sewn in make his suit almost bulletproof (as stated above)
- Photosensitive threads that detect sniper lasers
- Several bladders of water to sustain him for up to twelve hours
The only thing that Fisher doesn't like about his suit is how it looks. In the novel, he says, "My only beef with the uniform is that it's so tight fitting and neat that it makes me look like a comic book superhero. Even my special headpiece looks like a mask when I have the goggles down."
In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, his clothing has changed dramatically. He no longer wears the specialized wet suit, he now wears a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, normal clothing to blend in with the civilian population.
Fisher's green, three-lensed goggles have become one of the trademarks of the Splinter Cell series. While fans of the series regularly point out that they would give Fisher's position away, it was revealed in "The Real Sam Fisher blog" (Fisher's fictional web journal stating that he's merely the man the games are based on) that the goggles did not actually glow, and were simply portrayed that way on screen to provide visual interest and the location of the character in the dark. This is proven in the first multi-player outing of Pandora Tomorrow where ARGUS mercenaries viewing SHADOWNET devices similar to Fisher's will not notice any illumination. If the player were to look at Sam's reflection in mirrors or reflective surfaces during single player mode in Chaos Theory, he or she would notice that the glowing of all aforementioned gear is nonexistent. Fisher's glowing goggles, radio, and OPSAT merely show the current location of his head, body, and arms respectively in the darkness for the benefit of the player. It has never been explained what the function of the third lens in the center is for; however, it is possible that it is either an infrared emitter (providing light only the goggles can see) or is some sort of sensor for the EEV or the other vision modes.
In the first two games of the series, Fisher's goggles have both thermal and night vision capabilities. In reality, this would have required separate sets of goggles because of the complicated circuitry involved. However, game developers decided to combine them into one device, as switching goggles would have made gameplay very cumbersome. In Pandora Tomorrow, the goggles also have limited zoom capability. Starting with Chaos Theory, the goggles have an integrated laser microphone and a third view mode highlighting electromagnetic radiation emitted from nearby power lines, generators, and electrical equipment. Double Agent rewards players who complete side objectives with upgraded goggles that have "enhanced" night vision which shows the full color spectrum, making it seem less obvious that the player is using the night vision (with the exception of some blurring when moving).
The goggles were used as a parody item in Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission Las Vegum and Rayman Raving Rabbids, where a parody character called Sam Shieffer and some of the antagonist rabbids, respectively, bear the same style of headwear. The goggles are also an accessory used in Madness Interactive. The heat vision can be used to see if there is a person behind a thin wall. Finally, the first downloadable content pack for Crackdown includes an agent with the aforementioned goggles. In "Worms 4 Mayhem" players have the option of fitting their custom worm squad with nightvision goggles that are actually Sam's trident goggles. Also, in BIONICLE, Piraka Reidak's eyes not only look like his goggles, but are also used in the same way. Recently, the popular online community Gaia Online created their own goggles called Stealth Evo Nightvision characters can use in their gear, along with certain outfit purchases can make one look similar to Sam Fisher though in a more cartoony Avatar form.
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- Leo is also Tom Clancy's middle name.
- While earlier in the series it was determined that Sam's daughter was unaware of his real job, on the Xbox 360/PC version of Splinter Cell: Double Agent, players can move around the Osprey in the first mission and access an email that references her knowledge of him "saving the world." Also, after the oil rig mission in Splinter Cell, Sam calls Sarah and she asks him if he was in Georgia. Sam says he can't answer that question and she says "I know." Also in the book "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" it is said that Sarah knows about Sam's job and has a private emergency contact number to his OPSAT. Later in the book Sam saves her from a hostage situation.
- Fisher likes to chew Wrigley's Airwaves, a type of chewing gum. He can be seen chewing them in the first cutscene of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. He can also be seen putting some Tic Tacs in his hand in the final cutscene of the same game. Of course, these items may have just been used for product placement.
- In the mini game "Snake vs. Monkey" in Metal Gear Solid 3, another game of the stealth genre, Solid Snake is presented with an assignment by Colonel Campbell and pleads "Can't you make Sam or Gabe do it?" He is, of course, referring to Sam Fisher (as well as Gabriel Logan of the Syphon Filter series).
- In the very first trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, several characters are sitting down in chairs for respective roles within the game. When the time for the lead character comes, Raiden, one of the protagonists from the Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, comes to sit down only to be met by Solid Snake, wearing a suit that parodies Sam's three-lensed goggles, even changing the color of the goggles to green and pink.
- In the Kokubo Sosho level of Chaos Theory, Sam captures a guard patrolling the moving sidewalk from the ground level to the sub-level. Upon interrogation the guard belligerently tells Sam he'll show him what kind of weapon he carries if he lets him go. Sam tells him he's awfully brave for someone with a knife at his throat and the guard retorts that Sam can't just shake his body and make his equipment fall on the ground to pick up. This statement is a play on the gaming mechanic in the Metal Gear Solid series by which the player can claim items from bodies by doing nothing more than shaking them.
- Sam has an adopted brother named Peter.
- Sam's civilian car of choice is a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- United States
- In Splinter Cell Sam Fisher is forced to infiltrate the Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters in Langley, Virginia
- In Splinter Cell, Sam Fisher infiltrates the Kalinatek building in Langley, Virginia
- In Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, Sam Fisher is forced to infiltrate Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles.
- In Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Sam Fisher breaks into a penthouse in Manhattan, New York to gain information on a potential hostile cyber-terrorist.
- In Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Sam Fisher infiltrates the headquarters of Displace International (an American PMC), in order to gain information on a suspected assassination plot.
- In Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Sam Fisher is detained in a prison in Kansas to help infiltrate a terrorist organization and build up a cover story.
- In Splinter Cell: Double Agent, the terrorist organization Sam Fisher has infiltrated orders him to hijack a train in New York City.
- In Splinter Cell: Double Agent, the terrorist organization Sam Fisher has infiltrated is located in New Orleans/New York City. Several missions take place in the headquarters
- In Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Sam Fisher breaks into a bank in Panama City to recover information on terrorist activities.
- In Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, it is revealed that Sam Fisher invaded Panama during Operation Just Cause.
- In Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Sam Fisher infiltrates the Maria Narcissa and kills Hugo Lacerda
- Splinter Cell: Double Agent Sam Fisher infiltrates a geothermal plant.
- East Timor
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Sam Fisher infiltrates a military battery in North Korea to investigate a hijacked missile.
- South Korea
- People's Republic of China
- In Splinter Cell, Sam infiltrates an oil rig
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Splinter Cell (TBA)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2002)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (2004)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (2005)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials (2006)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (2006)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (2008)
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (2004) — by David Michaels
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Operation Barracuda (2005) — by David Michaels
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Checkmate (2006) — by David Michaels
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Fallout (2007) — by David Michaels
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