Samantha CarterSamantha "Sam" Carter, USAF is a fictional character in the Canadian–American military science fiction ''Stargate'' franchise. Played by Amanda Tapping, she appears in all three shows in the franchise: ''Stargate SG-1'', ''Stargate Atlantis'', and ''Stargate Universe''. She was a main character in all ten seasons of ''Stargate SG-1'' (1997–2007). Following a recurring role in ''Stargate Atlantis'' for three seasons (2004–07), Carter became a main character in Season 4 of ''Atlantis'' (2007–08), and also appeared in the 2008 direct-to-DVD ''SG-1'' films ''Stargate: The Ark of Truth'' and ''Stargate: Continuum''. Amanda Tapping accepted a starring role in ''Sanctuary'' and appears in only the first and last episodes in Season 5 of ''Atlantis'' (2008–09). Carter also appears in two episodes of Season 1 of ''Stargate Universe.''
Captain Samantha Carter first appears in "Children of the Gods", the pilot episode of ''Stargate SG-1'', as a United States Air Force Captain who joined the fictional SG-1 team under the command of Colonel Jack O'Neill. After being promoted to Major in Season 3, Carter remains O'Neill's second-in-command until her promotion to Lieutenant Colonel early in Season 8, at which point she assumes command of the SG-1 team and O'Neill is promoted to Brigadier General in order to lead Stargate Command. Between Seasons 8 and 9 of SG-1, following the defeat of the Replicators and downfall of the Goa'uld system lords, she accepts a position as Head of the Stargate Research and Development Programme, based in Nevada. Engaged in deep-space research the Ori emerge, upon her return to Earth she is reassigned to SG-1, now under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell. Following the defeat of the Ori in ''Stargate: The Ark of Truth'', Carter is promoted to full Colonel and appointed as commander of the Atlantis expedition early in Season 4 of ''Atlantis''. Carter is later given command of the Daedalus-class ship, the ''George Hammond''.
Unofficially in the online game Stargate Resistance, it is implied by visual screenshots showing a General's office with her name on the desk label that she eventually succeeds Major General Hank Landry as commander of the SGC, implying an offscreen (non-canonical) promotion to Brigadier General.
Over all, Carter is the character with the most appearances in the ''Stargate'' franchise. However, with Teal'c appearing in 213 episodes, she has the second-most appearances in ''Stargate SG-1'' at 208. Provided by Wikipedia
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