|“||What was my role going to be here? John's buddy from high school and plucky sidekick? I want to contribute more than that. I'm just not sure how I can.||”|
-The Fall of Five to Self
Samuel "Sam" Goode is a former sophomore at Paradise High School. He is constantly bullied by the football team (mostly Mark James), because of his fascination with space and extraterrestrials. He becomes friends with John and eventually learns everything about John's and Henri's past. Both John and Henri trust him with their secret and Sam tells them that he would keep it. After the battle at the school, Sam travels with John and Six to try and find the other Loric children and his father. Because Sam followed Six and John, he caused a lot of trouble on himself and was reported on the news because he was a human that joined the "aliens" side.
Sam is the misfit "science nerd". He is intelligent and knows a lot about science and astronomy. He desires to get powers and be able to defend himself.
His dad disappeared when he was young and he is longing for answers. He is amazed and curious about John's Legacy and Loric background. He is an outcast and bullied due to his belief of his father being taken by aliens. He is quiet with others except with John and Six. He has a playful and joking side: he jokes around with John on the road trying to guess Six's name. He is also surprised by the kiss he receives from Six, thinking women don't like him that much.
Sam has a determination in his heart. He has this faith in himself which acts like a barrier.
Sam is also faithful. He always has hope that he'll find his father and when ever a situation looks bad. Sam is loyal, always having John's back and giving support when he needs it the most. Also, because of his faith and hope, he is driven. As he trains with John and Six, he rapidly improves in his fighting style to help his friends and find his father. He is brave when it comes down to it. He goes with John to rescue Henri without thinking twice (I Am Number Four). He stands up to Mogadorians, kicking one in the face and disarming another (The Power of Six). When John, Nine, and Sam are being overwhelmed by Mogadorians and monsters, he still goes on to find his father, believing he is in one of the cells in the Mogadorians headquarters and getting lost in the process.
Four describes Sam as an underweight person who weighs less than the average person (it takes him nine minutes and fifty-four seconds to run the mile in the second week of class). John describes Sam as weighing under 100 pounds. Sam has sandy blonde hair and hazel eyes. John later learns that Sam's vision is excellent but he wears the glasses because they belonged to Sam's father.
In The Rise of Nine, Sam is described as having blue eyes. Though, in I Am Number Four, he is described as having hazel eyes.
Very little is known about Sam's early life. His father, Malcolm Goode, disappears when Sam is seven. Sam believes he is taken away by aliens, but later learns something else. This disappearance starts Sam with his alien conspiracies.
Prior to meeting Number Four, Sam starts a journal where he writes about how he is feeling about his father's disappearance and the memories he has of spending time with his father.
He notes how he gets caught up in conspiracy theories and has randomly started receiving newsletters from They Walk Among Us.
One night he wakes up and sees movement in the darkness of his backyard, surrounding the sun dial (hidden entrance of his father's hidden office). This occurrence has yet to be explained.
Sam is an outcast at school who not many people spoke to and is constantly being bullied, especially by the school football team. People constantly make fun of him for his belief in extraterrestrials. He is adamant in his belief that his father was abducted by aliens.
Sam meets John/Four on his first day of school. Soon after they become good friends.
Sam informs John, on his first day of school that Sarah is off limits as Mark is still trying to get back with her. The next day at school Sam sits beside John in astrology and he spends the entire period drawing pictures of Martians. Later that day during lunch, Sam is hit in the back of the head with a meatball that is meant to hit John. John soon after gets hit by one in the cheek. After John confronts Mark and his group, they are all sent to the principal's office where the Principal shows favoritism towards Mark.
The next day, Mark and his gang put manure into both Sam's and John's lockers. While John goes to Mr. Harris, Sam just lets it go. In astrology, Sam takes out the magazine They Walk Among Us and starts to feverishly write about the article he is reading, which is later revealed to be about a Montana town being abducted. During Physical Education later the same day, Sam and John run the mile run together and discuss the articles in "They Walk Among Us".
Sam finds John and Henri while they are watching the Halloween parade. Sam and Henri start to shoot-off conspiracy theories about aliens and their involvement with Earth. As soon as Sam mentions the Mogadorians, both John and Henri freeze in shock. Sam does not really take in their reaction and his mother soon arrives. His mother talks with Henri for a few moments, until she realizes that Henri does not actually speak French. Sam and his mother soon leave.
Later that night Sam returns to the festival. He sneaked out of his house as his mother thought that he already went to bed. He joins John, Sarah, and Emily in the line for the haunted hay ride. During the ride, Emily progressively moves closer and closer to Sam and John notes that when Emily is huddling against Sam, he is smiling widely. They are soon attacked by members of the football team who drag John away from Sam, Sarah, and Emily. John uses his Legacies to take down his captors, and then goes after Sam's. He frees Sam after incapacitating three out of four of the football players. Sam is pulled by John through the forest by his shirt and Sam asks John what the light coming from his hands is. John tells him that they are a Halloween prop which he took off Kevin. Sam does not seem to believe the excuse, but he does not push it further considering the circumstances. Sam follows John all the way to a clearing where Sarah, Mark, and 8 other footballers are. After John promptly deals with the first two footballers, Sam moves towards Sarah to ascertain her safety. During John's scuffle with Mark, John ensures that the footballers will never torment Sam, himself, or Sarah again. Sam supports John in not talking to the police, his main reason being that he if he gets caught, his mother would be very angry with him.
Sam starts to avoid being alone with John and only ever talks to him when they are in a group of people.
One day a few weeks later, John comes to his house where Sam pulls a gun out on him, revealing that he does not believe what John told him about the Legacies he witnessed at the festival. Sam demands that John tells him who he is, adamant that he is not human; however, he soon calms down and believes John's excuses. Sam lends the They Walk Among Us issue that has the article about the Mogadorians in it. They spend the rest of the evening playing video games and talking. John notes during this time that Sam isn't wearing his glasses. Sam explains that they are his father's and that he wears them so he can see what his father saw. Sam realizes how silly he has been and stops wearing the glasses.
Sam is at home when John calls him asking for his help regarding Henri. Sam and Four have become even greater friends since spending time at Sam's house. Sam immediately bikes over to John's house. When Sam arrives, John explains to him that Henri went to the house where they were publishing "They Walk Among Us" newspaper to learn more about it and believes something bad is happening to Henri. Sam agrees to help and takes his father, Malcolm's truck to drive John to Athens. On their way to the house, the duo passes by Henri's truck which is still locked. They continue to the house and as they approach, they notice a man coming out. John tells Sam to follow him. Sam agrees and takes off after the man. Sam follows the man, but eventually loses him and returns to the house. He enters the house just as John is taping up the man that he was following. Another man appears behind Sam and pushes him down the stairs and John saves him using his Telekinesis. Sam becomes desperate to know the truth and Henri obliges. Sam is shocked that his life long obsession with aliens is justified. He then asks what just happened with John. Henri explains that John is developing powers and that telekinesis is one of them. Sam smiles, with the reality that he was right about aliens. After hearing noises the trio learn that the Mogadorians have arrived and John, holding Sam and Henri, jumps across to the other side of the street, narrowly missing the Mogs.
A few weeks after the Skirmish in Athens Sam attends one of John's training sessions. As Henri explains the situation to John, Sam smiles due to being in such a surreal experience. He also has a fire extinguisher, in case something happens to John. Sam also playfully taunts John by calling him Sasquatch. Sam stands with Henri after John is lit on fire.
After Christmas break, Sam shows John the next issue of They Walk Among Us, which has nothing in it about the Mogadorians or the Loric. Sarah then joins them, telling Sam and John that all three of them have been invited to Mark's house party. Sam agrees to go when he realises that Emily likes him and is also attending the party. Later at the party, Sam makes out with Emily but in their passion they knock over a candle and set the house alight.
Sam arrives at the Paradise High School when he notices the Mogadorians driving though town towards it. He parks in a field a mile away and finds John in the forest surrounding the school, saving him from a Mogadorian Soldiers by shooting him in the head. Four loses track of him in the chaos of Six's storm but he makes his way back and finds Henri and Number Six. Sam takes Six back to his truck after she is severely hurt. After the battle Sam decides to travel with John and Six to help them defeat the Mogadorians and to find his abducted father.
Samuel Goode continues traveling and training with John/Number Four and Six. He learns battle techniques with them and is taught physical attacks since he is human and has no Legacies. He is very determined to improve his fighting abilities, and despite being smaller than John, his technique is superior.
It also becomes clear throughout the book that Sam has romantic feelings for Six; he repeatedly gets annoyed at John and Six's flirting.
He goes with John and Bernie Kosar to try and recover John and Six's chests when John, Sam, BK and Six split up. Six heads to Spain to try and find other Garde. Using the Xitheris, John and Sam enter the mountain base invisible and begin to search for the chests. The search becomes frantic, time is running out on their invisibility and they have a few close calls in getting caught, including knocking a Mogadorian off of a bridge to his doom.
John soon realizes that the chests would be in a place that no one would want to go, so they head to the base of the mountain where the creatures are held. Sam witnesses John fighting a large alien ape and find the chests. However, they are caught and the alarms sound, releasing the ferocious creatures. Four uses manipulation of fire to destroy the gas tanks which sends fire up through the mountain base.
While attempting to escape, Sam is trapped in the Mogadorian base after he insists he checks the prison cells for his Dad. They find a boy who rips the cell door from its hinge and soon realize he is a Garde. Number Nine gives Sam a rock which allows the user to see through walls, he also transfers Loric essence to Sam so that he can actually use it.
Soon they are swarmed by Mogadorians and lose Sam, eventually Four and Nine have to leave him behind and escape.
It is unknown exactly what happened to Sam after he was trapped in the Mogadorian base, however John had visions of him being tortured with molten liquid burning his skin. It is unknown if this actually happened or if Ra wanted John to see this.
At some point in time, he is taken to the base in New Mexico and temporarily put in the same cell as Sarah, although they could not talk as he was unconscious throughout.
Sam was being held captive in the Mogadorian base in new Mexico. Adamus Sutekh and Sam's father Malcolm Goode rescued him, however, Adam stayed behind to kill the Mogadorians including his ex-best friend Ivanick Shu-Ra and Adam used his legacy to make the cave collapse and it killed Ivan.
He and his dad cracked the code Five posted on the internet and went Arkansas to find him where he met Six, John, BK and Sarah who also have come to find Five. He is tackled by six when she gives him two hugs and almost falls over from the strong force of her hug, Sam blushing hard throughout the hug.
During the capture the flag game John chooses Sam as his last pick and he was appointed to guard the flag along with BK. When the game starts he shoots Eight who tried to get their flag. And he accidentally shoots Six in the back during the game.
John persuades Sam to share his feelings to six, and also mentioned that Emily will be heartbroken.
He has strong feelings towards Six and he tries to express them to her. He asks if she can spend 95% percent of her time as six and 5% of her time being Maren with him. She says after all this stufff with the intergalactic war maybe, and teases him poor this being his method into asking her out. She also admits to liking Sam. Then they are interrupted by Eight.
He was left behind in Chicago along with Sarah, Malcolm and BK to look after comatose John and Ella while the others went to get Five's chest. While he was in Nine's Penthouse he finds out that translation of mog documents John found are complete he reads them. Its contents leads him to believe that his father might be a mog spy. He confronts his father about it and believes his father is not a spy. Later he receive a phone call from Adamus that the mogs have found their location and they are coming for them.
He runs to the Lecture Hall along with Sarah to grab guns to defend themselves while Malcolm went to protect Ella and John who were still in a coma. After killing the mogs who followed them he goes back for his father and he is shocked find out that his father has been hit and is barely alive. Sarah urges him to grab John and get out of there but he stays with his father. Later when John finally wakes up from his coma he heals his father.
He leaves the penthouse along with Sarah and Malcolm leaving John behind and they are supposed meet near the zoo.
The Revenge of Seven
In the Revenge of Seven, Sam starts out with John, Sarah, Malcolm, Adam, and the Chimærae. He has a particular mutual liking to Stanley (that name was given by Sam), a fat, lazy Chimærae who keeps the form of a cat.
On the attack on Ashwood Estates, he stays behind momentarily with Malcolm Goode as Adam, John, and the Chimærae move in. It is implied that he killed a few of the Mogs in Ashwood, along with Malcolm and the five Chimærae.
When Adam hacks into a Mogadorian skimmer in the Everglades Base, discovering that Six, Marina, and Nine are still alive, Sam exclaims knowing that Six is alive. But his happiness soon goes away, as he and John determine that Eight is the fallen Garde.
When Six, Marina, and Nine, carrying Eight's body, arrive at Ashwood, Six and Sam share some love by making out intensely, quickly to be interrupted by Agent Walker and her team of rogue FBI Agents.
The following night, Sam and Six spend the night together and most likely engage in sexual intercourse. The next morning, as his father discovers an archived video of Dr. Lockam Anu interrogating a younger Malcolm, Nine makes fun of Sam and Six.
Sam, after being persuaded by Six to not join her, joins John, Nine, Walker, and Five FBI Agents to New York to assassinate Bud Sanderson. On the way, Walker questions Sam's loyalty to humanity and the Loric, and Sam responds telling her that he has killed more Mogs than her.
After Nine stupidly activates Marina's Dark Gloves, alerting the guarding Mogadorians, Sam sees a college-aged pedestrian, and saves her from a volley of Blaster fire. He follows John, Nine, and Walker as the five other Agents stand guard.
While John heals Bud Sanderson, clearing him of MogPro implants, Sam records him doing so, and sends the video to Sarah and Mark so they can post on They Walk Among Us.
Sam later appears when Setrákus Ra leaves for the Anubis with Ella. He, along with Walker and two other Agents, opens fire on Ra. Knowing that this will only hurt Ella, John uses telekinesis to shove Sam and the Agents away.
During the Mogadorian Invasion of Earth, Sam joins John in saving civilians and cops. As they make it through New York, a massive Piken corners an exhausted John, and as John is about to be killed, Sam apparently unleaches a telekinetic blast, knocking the Piken onto a stop sign, killing it. After he finishes, Sam blinks, looks at his arms, then at John, and says "Holy shit, did I just do that?" The book then promplty ends.
When The Entity is awoken on Earth and Human teenagers are bestowed with Legacies, Sam becomes a Human-Garde. In the middle of the fight against the invading Mogadorians in New York Sam immediately exhibits Telekinesis which saves John's life from an attacking Piken.
Sam's personal Legacy of Technopathy, the ability to control technology, later manifests.
Portrayals and Other Versions
Sam Goode has been portrayed by three individuals.
- Callan McAuliffe is the Actor who portrays a version of Sam in the 2011 movie adaptation of I Am Number Four.
- Sam is portrayed by an unknown actor in The Fall of Five book trailer, only his silhouette is shown.
- Liam Aiken voices Sam's narration in The Fall of Five Audio-book.
- In the movie version, Sam's last name is Spellman.
- Sam is featured as a narrator of "The Fall of Five" making him the first human narrator in the series.