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|“||I always knew I didn't belong in this world. I wasn't made for this. But I'll never forget- those who betrayed me, and those who never failed my trust. I'll be carrying nothing from Gontranno but this lesson: never trust anyone and rely on your instincts. Forget the past. I'll never find peace here. So, I'll seek justice for myself. I'll choose the truth I like.||„|
|~ Agent 47's monologue in the end of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, when he was leaving Vittorio's Church.|
|“||Names are for friends, so I don't need one.||„|
|~ Agent 47, in Hitman: Blood Money.|
Agent 47 is the anti-villainous protagonist of the Hitman video game series. He is a bio-engineered clone who works as a contract killer. Although he is the protagonist, his works and doings have made him infamous as a professional assassin. He is employed by the ICA (International Contract Agency) to carry out hits for their clients, and has since become renowned as one the ICA's most superior assassins, and a strategically valued asset.
The part that is also frequently overlooked is that most of the villains in the Hitman series are depraved and extremely evil figures who deserve no sympathy when they die at the hands of 47, but this absolutely does not mean that 47 is a do-gooder, as in fact, if he is assigned to assassinate a good person, he would do so with cold-hearted efficiency.
In the films, he was portrayed by Timothy Olyphant (who also played Mickey Altieri in Scream 2 and Thomas Gabriel in Live Free or Die Hard) in the 2007 film adaptation, and Rupert Friend (who will play The Grand Inquisitor in Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi) in the 2015 film adaptation.
Hitman: Codename 47
Agent 47 is a clone, genetically engineered from the DNA five of the world's greatest criminals, those being Lee Hong, Pablo Belisario Ochoa, Arkadij Jegorov, Frantz Fuchs, and his creator, Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer. 47 was engineered with enhanced physical and mental abilities. He was rigorously trained by Ort-Meyer in secret to be an assassin for the ICA, then hired to kill his other four "fathers" so that Ort-Meyer would not have to share the bounty of his discovery.
Once the four criminals were dead, Ort-Meyer hired 47 to come to his asylum in Romania and kill a decoy target, only to then call in a SWAT team meant to kill 47 once and for all. When 47 avoided this trap and made his way to the basement lab, Ort-Meyer sent out the Mr. 48 clone series after him. Once the clones were all dead, 47 finally came face to face with his creator. Ort-Meyer pretended to be proud of 47's success, but suddenly brandished a taser, which prompted 47 to shoot him down and break his neck.
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Years after the end of Hitman: Codename 47, 47 has turned to a tranquil life as a priest's aide in an Italian villa to atone for his crimes. However, when said priest is kidnapped by an international crime syndicate, 47 is forced to join forces with the ICA once more to try and track him down.
Eventually it is revealed that 47 had been performing contracts for two crime lords, the Indian cult leader Deewanna Ji, and the Russian mafioso Sergei Zavorotko. Zavorotko's final contracts sent 47 to India to kill Ji, then Russia to follow a decoy target meant to lead him into an ambush from Mr. 17, another Ort-Meyer clone.
Once 47 figured out the truth, he returned to Italy, where Zavorotko and his men were waiting for him. 47 managed to kill Zavorotko and rescue the priest, but the game's events made him realize that attempting to lead a normal life would endanger those around him, and so he was destined to be an assassin. 47 left the villa and formally rejoined the ICA.
47 continued to work as a contract killer for the ICA for some time. He was eventually ambushed by the police during a contract in Paris, which left him in a near-death state on his hotel room during which he had hallucinations of previous contracts, including several from Codename 47.
He was eventually treated by a medic sent by the ICA, then forced to escape as the police forces tracked him down. After killing Albert Fournier, the leader of the police forces, 47 made his getaway and was briefed by Diana on an organization seeking to eliminate the agency, later revealed to be the Franchise.
Hitman: Blood Money
47's continuing history of contracts brought him into conflict with a secret criminal group known as the Franchise, which employed renowned assassins as well as their own genetically engineered clones to try and kill 47.
After 47 killed Mark Parchezzi III, the Franchise's best assassin, and foiled their plan to impose Daniel Morris as president of the US, 47 was apparently double-crossed by his handler Diana Burnwood and handed over to the Franchise. However, 47 had not been killed, but rather injected with a serum which put him into an unconscious state.
Afterwards, former FBI director Alexander Leland Cayne scheduled an interview with reporter Rick Henderson, so he could publicize 47's existence. Here, he told the stories of all the contracts 47 completed in Blood Money, often giving false or misleading information on the topics in order to conceal his own association with the Franchise.
During his intended cremation, Diana approached the sleeping 47 and kissed him to apply the antiserum onto his lips. Soon, 47 regained consciousness and gunned down everyone present, including the Franchise's leader, who turned out to be Alexander Leland Cayne. 47 escaped and returned to the ICA, intent on finding Diana.
After his former handler Diana went rogue 47 was ordered by his new handler, Benjamin Travis, to eliminate Diana and retrieve a high value Agency asset, a young girl named Victoria, from her mansion. 47 infiltrates the mansion and shoots Diana, but after holding the hand of his old friend while she apparently lies dying, she asks him to make sure Victoria does not suffer the same fate he did. After learning Victoria is also a clone like himself, he agreed to protect Victoria rather than hand her over to the agency, and Travis marks 47 as a traitor as a result.
After dropping Victoria off at the Rosewood Orphanage 47 cuts the barcode from the back of his head and in exchange for information from former ICA informant Birdie, he agrees to do a contract to kill a local Chicago crime boss (and in exchange for handing his Silverballer pistols to Birdie). Birdie directs 47 to the Terminus Hotel where the Arms Dealer Blake Dexter and his Assistant Layla Stockton are staying. After infiltrating the Terminus 47 learns of Dexter's plan to kidnap Victoria and experiment on her to discover the secret of producing successful militarized cloning technology, but is captured after being knocked out by Sanchez, Dexter's giant genetically enhanced bodyguard. Dexter frames 47 for the murder of a maid who wandered into the crime scene, and sets the building on fire, forcing 47 to flee the burning hotel and evade the Chicago PD pursuing him.
After escaping the police Birdie directs 47 to kill Dexter's Chicago informant, Dom Osmond. 47 infiltrates Osmond's strip club and learns that Dexter had recruited a psychopathic mercenary named Edward Wade to hunt down Birdie and retrieve Victoria. After killing Osmond and Wade's hired guns looking for Birdie 47 rushes to the Rosewood Orphanage to retrieve Victoria. While he succeeds in killing Wade Dexter's son Lenny Dexter escapes with Victoria to Dexter's hometown of Hope, South Dakota.
47 succeeds in retrieving his Silverballers 47 goes to Hope, which is under the control of Dexter and his company Dexter Industries, with the assistance of the town's corrupt Sheriff, Clive Skurky. 47 learns that Lenny's gang, the Hope Cougars, plan to kidnap Victoria and sell her to a rival arms dealer. 47 kills the Cougars and extracts from Lenny the location of Dexter's secret weapons factory, before either killing Lenny or leaving him to his fate in the desert. 47 infiltrates the facility and eliminates all the Dexter Industries scientists who were planning to experiment on Victoria, then destroys their research data on her to prevent them from making any more.
47 approaches Sanchez during an underground cage fight and learns from him that Victoria is held under the Hope County Courthouse. 47 then eliminates Sanchez either during the cage fight (while disguised as his opponent "The Patriot") or via other means available to the player (such as sniping him or staging a falling light accident). After recuperating in a local motel, 47 is attacked by Travis's Elite Black Ops wetwork team, the Saints, but eliminates them all (including their leader Lassandra Dixon) before escaping to retrieve Victoria.
After infiltrating the Hope County Courthouse 47 reaches Victoria but is captured by Skurky and held prisoner, after which Dexter takes Victoria with him to his penthouse in Chicago pending negotiations with the Agency for selling Victoria to them. 47 escapes and soon afterwards Travis and a division ICA operatives invade Hope, killing everyone in their path. 47 then sneaks past (or shoots his way through) the ICA operatives in pursuit of a wounded Skurky. 47 corners Skurky in a local Church and mortally wounds him after Skurky unsuccessfully attempts to use the Priest as a human shield. 47 forces the dying Skurky to reveal where Dexter took Victoria before leaving the burning ruined town of Hope.
47 obtains a new suit and infiltrates Dexter's penthouse in Blackwater Park, killing his assistant Layla in the process. Dexter attempts to blow up the building with explosives before fleeing with Victoria in a helicopter, but 47 manages to rescue Victoria and kill Dexter.
A couple of months later 47 goes to the cemetery where Diana is allegedly buried, where Travis and his assistant Jade Nguyen are supervising the exhumation of her grave. 47 infiltrates the Cemetery, killing Jade and Travis's elite bodyguards, the Praetorians, before confronting Travis himself. Before he is killed Travis asks if he really killed Diana, to which 47 coldly answers that he (Travis) will never know, before shooting him dead.
It is then revealed that Diana did indeed survive and Victoria is in her care, while 47 watches over them via a sniper scope, revealing that the gunshot wound 47 inflicted on Diana was not lethal. Diana thanks 47 for his help and welcomes him back to the Agency.
World of Assassination trilogy
Roughly seven years after the events of Absolution, 47 is still working for the ICA. His first contract involves eliminating the ringleaders of the secretive spy ring known as IAGO: Dalia Margolis, a retired fashion supermodel and the mastermind behind IAGO, and her boyfriend Viktor Novikov, a fashion mogul and the CEO of Sanguine, in order to stop the sale of a NOC list of MI6 agents at a secret IAGO auction in a Sanguine fashion show taking place at the Palais de Walewska in Paris, France.
After the operation in France, 47 is assigned to Sapienza, Italy with the elimination of a former ICA client; Silvio Caruso, a gifted but disturbed bio-engineer working for the Ether Biotech Corporation who has been revered for his early stem cell research and is now reportedly spearheading the ongoing development of a viral bioweapon that can specifically target a certain individual’s DNA. The ICA deems this contract to be a necessary task in which failure isn't an option, as Caruso's virus poses a potentially serious threat to the trade and craft of assassination as well as the Agency’s core ideals. Besides terminating Caruso and destroying his creation, 47 must also assassinate Francesca De Santis, a high-level Ether research scientist and regional head of R&D who is the virus project's top scientist placed in charge of the field laboratory where the bioweapon itself is being made. In reality, though, De Santis has been sent by Ether to not only oversee Caruso but also potentially decommission him, should the neurotic bio-engineer become a liability or threat, and carry on in his place due to her immediate knowledge of Caruso's research.
Following the mission in Italy, 47 undertakes another assignment in Marrakesh, Morocco, which is becoming a major ground for civil riots, and is tasked with the termination of two of the conspirators of an elaborate scheme to overthrow Morocco's weak government: Claus Hugo Strandberg, a sociopathic con artist and the CEO of Morocco's biggest private bank AMB who was previously arrested for billion-dollar investment fraud against the people of Morocco but was then broken out, and Reza Zaydan, a power-mad rogue Moroccan army general who was behind Strandberg's breakout, thus triggering the riots. Zaydan plans on using it to depict the Morrocan government as fragile in order to persuade the General Staff to impose martial law and support a legitimate military coup d'etat that involves overthrowing said government in the name of "national security".
Sometime after the foiling of the coup in Morroco, 47 agrees to a mission that involves assassinating two people linked to the death of pioneering actress Hannah Highmoore that happened in the previous year; Jordan Cross, the son of multimillionaire media tycoon Thomas Cross and the lead singer of the popular Indie rock band known as the Class who was the late Highmoore's girlfriend but also the one who unintentionally murdered her during an argument about his infidelity at his penthouse in Dumbo, New York by pushing her to her death but escaped prosecution thanks to his father's influence, and Ken Morgan, an unscrupulous lawyer and one of the three co-founding owners of the ruthless law firm Morgan, Yates & Kohn who is also the Cross family's personal attorney and helped cover up the circumstances of Highmoore's murder. The two targets were currently at the Himmapan Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, with Cross and the Class recording their latest album, and Morgan arriving to ensure that there is no remaining evidence relating to the murder with Cross.
A week following the contract in Thailand, Thomas Cross is suddenly kidnapped and killed by an unknown party while he was at his son's funeral in New York, with said mystery party also siphoning his bank accounts, including hidden offshore ones. 47 and Diana meet at an airport to discuss the recent event, and they quickly come to the conclusion that the recent contracts from France, Italy, Morocco, and Thailand were all the machinations of a "Shadow Client", but are unsure as to what his motives are. She also informs him that the ICA has issued a new assignment to find and kill the Shadow Client.
At some point later on, the ICA eventually gains a lead on the Shadow Client after their analysts traced the anonymous tips for the contract clients that were manipulated into providing these missions to the ICA to Olivia Hall, a young professional hacktivist who is responsible for numerous acts of cyber-vandalism. Hall's digital trail leads back to an abandoned apricot farm in Colorado, which appears to be the headquarters of a private militia. The aforementioned militia appear to be led by Sean Rose, a radical eco-terrorist and explosives designer who was behind a dozen public bombings and was sighted at the scene of Thomas Cross' kidnapping, making him a prime suspect for the identity of the Shadow Client. As per ICA training director Erich Soders' insistence, the ICA board of directors has elected 47 with the objective of infiltrating the farm and assassinating Rose, along with his three lieutenants: Penelope Graves, a rogue Interpol anti-terror analyst, Ezra Berg, an ex-Mossad interrogator, and Maya Parvati, a former assassin and gunrunner who was previously a member of the Tamil Tigers. Diana also wants 47 to find clues to the Shadow Client's agenda during the mission.
After Rose and his cohorts are eliminated, 47 infiltrates the farmhouse's basement tornado shelter, which acts as a command center, leading him and Diana to conclude that Rose isn't the Shadow Client. In the shelter, Agent 47 discovers that the Shadow Client has been tracking him and keeping tabs on his career for decades, realizing that he knows him. He also finds a photo chart of various individuals on the wall, and a name; Providence, a mythical globe-spanning power-cabal that discreetly controls the workings of the world, much to Diana's disbelief. Amongst the photo chart of Providence members are Caruso, De Santis, Strandberg, Zaydan, and Thomas Cross, as well as Eugene Cobb, the missing CEO of the financial corporation Milton-Fitzpatrick. 47 realizes that the Shadow Client and his militia are targeting Providence. He also finds a photo of a young Erich Soders, much to Diana's shock, discovering that he is a Providence mole, hence why he had greenlighted the mission. 47 then leaves the farm, but is unaware that he is being watched by the Shadow Client.
Following the revelation that Soders is working for Providence, the ICA board has deemed Soders a target for elimination. Diana informs 47 that after the task in Colorado, the ICA dug into Soders' private affairs, and discovered that he had been sent to the high-tech GAMA Private Hospital in Hokkaido, Japan for emergency heart surgery, as he suffers from a rare condition called Situs Inversus, where all of his internal organs are lethally reversed, he is in serious need of a donor right-sided heart. In addition to terminating Soders, 47 must also kill Yuki Yamazaki, an infamous lawyer and ex-Yakuza attorney who works for Providence as (from what a piece of intel from Colorado remarks) one of their Heralds (messengers who communicate orders from the organization's undisclosed hierarchy down the ranks), as she has been sent to retrieve a full list of active ICA agents from Soders post-surgery.
At some point following the hits in Japan, Diana is met by the Constant, Providence's enigmatic top controller, on a train, and he proposes to her that the ICA and Providence work together to terminate the Shadow Client and his militia. Diana initially refuses, but eventually accepts when he promises her information on 47's past.
Around a week after the events of HITMAN, thanks to Diana's persuasion following her meeting with the Constant, the ICA accepts Providence's contract to eliminate the Shadow Client and his forces. With intel recovered from the militia's farm at Colorado, 47 is assigned to head to Hawke's Bay, New Zealand and infiltrate the home of one of the Shadow Client's top lieutenants; Alma Reynard, an assassin and master infiltrator who was previously a member of a defunct anarcho-primitivist militia known as the Pristine Army and ex-girlfriend of the late Sean Rose, in order to find valuable information on the Shadow Client, and additionally to terminate Reynard as well. During the covert operation, 47 accesses Reynard's computer, but finds no useful intel on her superior or his organization. However, he does find an email from Robert Knox, the CEO of hi-tech corporation Kronstadt Industries and a high-ranking Providence operative, and the looks of the message imply that he is a defector. Following the infiltration in New Zealand, 47 and Diana discuss the increase in the Shadow Client's army publicly killing Providence members and how it is causing worldwide hysteria, as well as Diana's reasons for accepting Providence's contract in exchange for 47's hidden past.
Sometime later, the ICA have managed to confirm that Robert Knox is indeed a Providence defector, and additionally, so is his daughter Sierra Knox, the CFO of Kronstadt and the lead driver for the Kronstadt Racing Team. The Knoxes are planning to defect to the militia out of fear of being their next targets. They are currently at the Bayside Center in Miami, Florida, where Sierra is also participating in the annual Global Innovation Race there. Kronstadt is a largely well-known company that advocates for technological advancement and manufactures hi-tech products in various categories such as robotics and artificial intelligence. However, few are aware of the fact that Kronstadt is one of the world's largest providers for next-gen military tech, as last year, the tyrannical dictator of Khandanyang, Jin Po, used prototype Kronstadt drones against peaceful protestors in what has now been known as the "Tungan Valley Incident", thus making the Knoxes complicit in a war crime. 47 is to take out Knox and his daughter before the Shadow Client gains access to Kronstadt's advanced technology and uses it against Providence.
After the mission in Florida, Providence has managed to share with the ICA the true identity of the Shadow Client after looking into the matter; Lucas Grey, an ex-CICADA mercenary and former chief of security for the Milton-Fitzpatrick CEO Eugene Cobb, who is now revealed to have been killed by Grey, thus instigating his war against Providence. The ICA have also discovered how Grey and his paramilitary group scours the globe undetected after comparing their attack patterns on worldwide shipping and transportation paths. It is revealed that they are using the distribution network of Colombia's biggest drug syndicate, the Delgado Drug Cartel.
To successfully fracture the cartel, thus severely limiting the militia's movements around the world, 47 must terminate Rico Delgado, Colombia's largest crime boss and the cartel's newest leader following the death of his uncle in Blood Money, as well as two of his top lieutenants; Andrea Martinez, the PR manager of the cartel who has been manipulating political leaders and lawmakers so that the cartel's logistics network can expand whilst the organization can further thrive, and Jorge Franco, the cynical and misanthropic chief chemist for the cartel who is currently developing a new brand of super-cocaine before it can hit the black market. The cartel are currently occupied in the remote Colombian village of Santa Fortuna, ruling the town with an iron grip.
Some time following the strike in Colombia, Grey's forces released a hostage video, in which the militia's prisoner, Providence operative and Ether CEO Neleis De Waal, exposes the existence of the power-cabal to the world. The ICA are currently tracing the origins of the video. Additionally, the Agency have also gained a lead on Grey's right-hand man, as they discovered that the Delgado cartel's counterfeiting unit made fake IDs for the members of Grey's militia, ensuring they traverse the globe unidentified, and one in particular had stood out after deciphering the fabricated IDs; Wazir Kale, also known by his pseudonym "the Maelstrom", a feared South China Sea pirate. The Maelstrom and his band of pirates have been raiding commercial ships and selling their fuels to the black market during the post-recession era. Unfortunately, the Maelstrom's predominance ended when in 2014, during the catastrophic hijacking of the Hamsun Oil super freighter dubbed Frances King, Chinese special forces invaded the ship, resulting in the deaths of numerous sailors and most of the Maelstrom's crew, but Kale himself and very few members of his crew escaped unnoticed.
Providence has alleged that the Maelstrom recently killed one of their operatives in Shanghai, China with the assistance of two former members of his crew; Vanya Shah, the self-proclaimed criminal queen of the slums of Mumbai, India, and Dawood Rangan, an egotistical gangster and dubious Bollywood film producer. Kale, Shah, and Rangan are part of the militia's eastern cell, and they function like an elite strike team, thus, making their eliminations a major priority. However, the Maelstrom has been in hiding somewhere within the Mumbai slums following the failed Hamsun Oil freighter raid, and no one knows what he currently looks like as of now, making him very difficult to locate, though Shah and Rangan have always remained in public eyes.
Following the hits in India, the ICA have managed to track the origins of the hostage tape down to the abandoned Institute for Human Betterment asylum at Brasov, Romania, where Grey is also located. Once 47 heads inside, Grey reveals himself to be the sixth Ort-Meyer clone, "Subject 6", as well as 47's childhood friend, and convinces him that both of them swore to destroy Providence as part of a childhood pact in order to make him remember. Shortly afterwards, 47 and Grey head to Olivia Hall's safehouse in Berlin, Germany, and 47 brings Diana to discuss these turn of events. Grey explains his and 47's origins to Diana, and how they swore to destroy Providence, whilst also revealing that Ort-Meyer was a Providence operative, meaning that the power-cabal is indirectly responsible for the birth of both 47 and Grey.
He mentions that to take down Providence completely, they must find and kill the shadow government's trio of supreme leaders known as the Partners. To locate them, they must track down the Constant, as he is the only one who knows the Partners' identities. But since he is invisible, the only way to get to him is by finding his predecessor. Diana is initially reluctant to work with Grey and Olivia, but is eventually convinced. She then sends an encrypted message to the ICA board, falsely claiming that Grey is still at large. Grey also sends a message to the dark web ordering the militia to disband. Grey and Hall then debate over whether or not to use the antidote for 47's repressed memories that Grey had previously stolen from Ether's R&D site from Johannesburg, South Africa. 47 ends the argument by stating that he is willing to take it. Grey injects 47 with the antidote, and his memories are restored, allowing him to remember his encounter with the first Constant.
With 47's memories restored, the first Constant's name is revealed to be Janus, a legendary Cold War spymaster and ex-KGB elite officer who was previously the head of the Sixth Column branch at Lubyanka. Intel shows that he has retired to a serene neighborhood in Whittleton Creek, Vermont, but is still attached to Providence. Grey advises that 47 search the neighborhood, particularly his home, for clues to the connection between Janus and the current Constant. The objective is to eliminate Janus and frame him as the Shadow Client so that Providence doesn't figure out their involvement. Once Janus is terminated, Diana will file a false report to the ICA, stating that Janus is the Shadow Client, and that Grey was merely a figurehead, while the militia will have been dissolved now that Janus is taken off the board. However, for this cover story to be successfully convincing, 47 will also need to deal with Nolan Cassidy, a loyal Herald working for Providence and former US Secret Service agent who serves as Janus' head of security, to ensure that he doesn't contradict their side of the story to his superiors.
After Janus is taken off the board, 47, Diana, Grey, and Olivia examine the clues 47 obtained from Whittleton Creek, and discover that the Constant is planning to attend an annual gathering of the Ark Society, a plutocratic survivalist club of elitists preparing for the eventual collapse of the world that was founded by Janus in 1991, on November 13th. Olivia track's Janus' coffin to the Ark Society's location, the Isle of Sgail, located within the Orkney Islands in the United Kingdom. The plan is to infiltrate the gathering and capture the Constant in order to obtain valuable information on the Partners.
47, Grey, Diana, and Olivia, accompanied by a mercenary crew, head to the Orkney Islands via boat. Upon arriving, 47 and Grey then proceed towards the Isle of Sgail. However, as they do, Diana alerts them to a new development; Grey's informant on the island has discovered that the Constant has injected himself with a poison chip (on the orders of the Partners) in his neck, a failsafe for in case he is compromised. Diana also adds that the chip is remote-triggered, and a pair of kill switches have been given to Zoe and Sophia Washington, two young Providence operatives and ruthless treasure hunters who are the twin daughters of Byron Washington III (CEO of the Providence-owned conservative think tank called the Pax Mundus Foundation, according to information at Grey's tornado shelter from Colorado that was originally stolen from Providence's secret archive vault somewhere in New York) and newly-appointed chairwomen of the Ark Society. To successfully complete their mission, 47 must eliminate the Washington twins before he and Grey can extract the Constant off the island unharmed.
With the Constant captured, they take him aboard the mercenary crew's cargo ship and surgically remove the poison chip from his neck. The Constant's real name is also revealed to be Arthur Edwards, according to a 1976 scholarship application for the London School of Economics and Political Science that was recovered from the Isle of Sgail. 47, Diana, and Grey interrogate Edwards and demand he give up the identities of the Partners. He does so by explaining that they are the leading representatives of three wealthy families that founded Providence; the Stuyvesants, the Ingrams, and the Carlisles, and that they had been secretly pooling their wealth and resources for over several generations, thus, eventually leading to the shadow-cabal's formation. 47 and Grey head out to find the Partners, while Diana watches over Edwards and continues interrogating him further regarding the Partners.
As 47 and Grey hunt down the Partners, Diana contacts them to let them know that Olivia looked up the names of the Partners mentioned by Edwards, and that they are dead ends, as obituaries for them have appeared online, leading them to realize that the Partners have faked their deaths and gone into hiding. Diana states that Edwards was unaware of this contingency plan. She also notes that Edwards has suggested that they "follow the money" if they want to find the Partners. Grey proposes heading to the New York branch of Milton-Fitzpatrick's investment bank, as the director there is a Providence Herald, and that is their best shot.
The pair head to New York, and as they do, Diana informs them of her and Olivia's analysis of the bank; the Partners are transitioning between identities with their active Milton-Fitzpatrick accounts, and while the bank's records are still intact, they are remotely updated on a constant basis, making the window to find any new leads on the Partners very limited. The bank's financial records data can be retrieved in two ways; stealing the bank's data core from the basement vault, or alternatively, obtain three partial backup hard drives from bank director Athena Savalas, head of accounts Fabian Mann, and head of security Mateo Perez, who each carry one with them. Once the bank's data has been obtained, Savalas is to be terminated so that neither Providence nor the Partners don't find out about their activities.
Later, Olivia decrypts the bank data, and discovers that the Partners have made transactions to Haven, a recreational management company that ostensibly specializes in reputation management for the public, for in reality, Haven actually helps create new identities for rich criminals so they can easily disappear. The group realize that the Partners have gotten their new identities from Haven. As 47 and Grey travel to Haven Island, located in the Maldives, Diana informs them that Olivia is trying to break into Haven's servers, but the owners are manually resetting server access every ten hours. In order for Olivia to penetrate the servers, 47 is required to terminate the three owners of Haven; Tyson Williams, Haven's founder and ruthless CEO, Ljudmila Vetrova, an former con artist who is now the head of hospitality and client recruiter of Haven, and Steven Bradley, and an ex-blackhat hacker who currently acts as the head of IT and chief software programmer for Haven.
Following the elimination of the Haven owners, 47 heads to a small cave island where the cargo ship is resting. Olivia successfully hacks into the Haven corporation's servers. She informs Diana that she has managed to find the Partners' new identities. Oddly enough, though, Olivia has also noticed that the Partners' finances, resources and assets, as well as their controlling shares (which are the backbone of the Providence empire), are not being relocated to their new identities, thus relieving them of control over the shadow organization, and sees them being relocated to Arthur Edwards, much to Olivia's confusion as she had never heard of the name before. Realizing that this is the Constant's real name, a horrified Diana rushes to the ship's brig, only to find that Edwards has already escaped. Olivia omits this turn of events while texting Grey that they have found the Partners' new identities, and the latter proceeds to inform 47 of this new development before the pair get ready to head off.
Having tracked down the Partners with Diana's help, 47 and Grey travel to the United Arab Emirates and make their way to the Burj Al-Ghazali (also known as the Sceptre), the world's largest building located in Dubai and the very location where the Partners are currently laying low as guests of the tower's founding owner Sheikh Omar Al-Ghazali, hopeful that with their deaths, Providence will have been completely annihilated, thus also fulfilling the pair's childhood pact. The pair head to an airfield near the Sceptre, intending to use a plane to HALO jump towards the skyscraper discreetly. Unfortunately, as they dive towards the Burj Al-Ghazali, they witness a helicopter with one of the Partners inside departing. 47 and Grey radio Diana about this sudden turn of events, and she observes that it could be due to Edwards having escaped after bribing one of the ship sailors, and how he has since been seizing all of Providence's assets and resources for himself. Diana informs them that she will keep track of the Partner that fled, but states that the plan will stay the same.
The duo's new objective is the elimination of the two Partners still remaining in the Sceptre; Marcus Stuyvesant, a prominent financial magnate and vainglory art connoisseur who is the contemporary patriarch of the Stuyvesant family, a bloodline of Dutch-German heritage that got very wealthy from real estate, banking and finance, and were at one point in time the main landlords of New York, and Carl Ingram, an esteemed political powerbroker and bold agricultural entrepreneur who is the current patriarch of the Ingram family, a dynasty of Scandinavian beginnings that became rich from selling gunpowder during the American Civil War and would later build up an empire in oil, coal, and steel. Both families have been hidden from public eyes since their golden days ended, but their globe-spanning influence still present to this day. Diana suspects that the Partners know they're coming, so Grey will access the building's security systems and lockdown the elevators and electronic doors to prevent Stuyvesant and Ingram from escaping should things go south.
After Ingram and Stuyvesant are terminated, 47 and Grey briefly discuss the revelation of Edwards' escape, and the latter voices his distrust for Diana (especially since she had Olivia hide Edwards' breakout and embezzlement of the Partners), though 47 tries to convince him to trust her. The pair then proceed to Dartmoor, England, as Diana has tracked down the third and final Partner there. As they do, Diana receives a call from none other than Edwards. She chastises him for scheming the Partners' ruination, thought the former Constant claims that he was just playing the cards he was given, as well as because of the Partners' arrogance. He then goes to boast about Providence being an "agent of change" before hanging up.
47 and Grey arrive near Thornbridge Manor, where they plan to eliminate Alexa Christine Carlisle, a notable logistics businesswoman and heartless telecommunications aristocrat who is the present matriarch of the Carlisle family, a house of early-English lineage that descended from a pre-historic line of warrior aristocrats and made it's fortune in the course of the Second Opium War when Carlisle's great-grandfather made an empire in shipping, railroads and newspaper publishing. Her family was largely unknown to the public, but still asserted their shadowy dominance over global transportation, broadcasting, and technology. Carlisle is in hiding there to secure her family legacy, and spend the rest of her days with whatever honor she has left. Diana notes to the pair that Carlisle's late father, Thomas Alexander Carlisle, gathered the three families to form Providence in Thornbridge Manor not long after World War II in 1945. She also adds that Carlisle keeps a case file on Edwards.
Following their discussion of the plan, Grey infiltrates the manor's nearby field HQ in order to block out any calls coming in & out of the mansion itself. After 47 kills Carlisle whilst also obtaining the case file, Diana's comms are suddenly cut off, and as he leaves the manor's premises, he hears Grey telling him to run, as it has something to do with Edwards before going silent, with gunshots being heard in the background of the message. 47 rushes over to Grey's position, where he silently takes out a CICADA mercenary and takes his uniform as a disguise, and discovers that there is a team of CICADA soldiers sent by Edwards to apprehend Grey alive. 47 attempts to intervene and save Grey, but due to larger numbers, Grey gestures to 47 to leave, but the latter attempts to rescue him regardless. Unwilling to let 47 get killed, Grey quickly takes one of the soldiers' pistols and presses it against his chin, yelling to them to "tell the Constant to start running" before killing himself instantly. Before he would be found by 47, he spoke to him one final time through his comms, telling him to not trust Diana and instead find Olivia.
47 contacts Olivia and informs her of Grey's death, and to meet up at Berlin but also remain hidden until he gets there, as they're all that's left. Meanwhile, Edwards, accompanied by two bodyguards, breaks into Diana's secret location, and the former Constant shows her a 1989 report of the assassination of her parents (which reveals to her that 47 was the one sent to kill them) in order to coerce her to his side. With the Partners now deceased, Edwards takes over Providence as it's new supreme leader and would plan to use it for his own agenda, making the blow the Partners' deaths had delivered to Providence insignificant.
47 arrives in Berlin near a gas station to rendezvous with Olivia. But once he arrives, she isn't there, and 47 notices several black SUVs and an unmarked black van. He proceeds towards the nearby forest, and finds a dead suited man, with a knife in his chest. As 47 proceeds down the forest, he gets a call from Olivia, who states that they have been compromised and tells him to abort. 47 asks her what the situation is. She states that the ICA have tracked her down, and 47 realizes that the parked vehicles and dead body are ICA, and that Edwards has told the ICA board about 47 and Diana going rogue by assisting Grey, thus putting a contract on them. Olivia says that there is a hit squad of twelve ICA agents, including the dead man who Olivia admitted to killing before she had fled, and they are currently scouting a DJ club within an abandoned power plant nearby. 47 tells Olivia that he will take care of the hit squad despite her insisting that he leave.
47 decides to eliminate five agents (or optionally more than five, or even the entire hit squad) to send the ICA a message before leaving the area. 47 calls Olivia that they are in the clear, and asks where she is, to which she says an abandoned diner up the road. 47 arrives, notices Olivia with her leg injured, and she remarks that she has never killed anyone before. She then asks 47 if Grey had suffered before he died. 47 tells her that he made it count before they proceed to head to her safehouse.
Olivia accesses Edwards' case file, only to discover that his personal data somehow deletes itself from any database that tries to record it. 47 insists that she keep trying, but before they can argue about what to do next, Olivia gets a breach alert on her computer, and realizes that it is the ICA. 47 then decides to disband the ICA permanently after concluding they'll relentlessly come after him and won't stop until he and Olivia are terminated. He tells Olivia that he is going to take them down by infiltrating their secret data facility in Chongqing, China to leak all of the ICA's data and information to the public, essentially exposing the agency's existence to the world. Olivia reluctantly agrees to help, but states that she is out when this is done.
They go over the plan, but soon come across a major hindrance; the datacore in the facility is biometrically linked to the facility's two overseers; Hush, Olivia's former mentor and an ex-cyberterrorist for the Ministry of State Security in Khandanyang with a taste for fringe transhuman experimentation who fled after one of the Po regime's periodic purges and became a cyber security expert for the ICA during his career as a dark web guru, and Imogen Royce, a behavioral analyst and archivist who is also a transhumanist with a backstory of where she came from that is actually fabricated by her fanbase from during her genuine time as a transhumanist sensation on the Internet before her recruitment by the Agency. Luckily, Olivia discovers a weakness in the datacore's failsafe system, in which if both overseers are confirmed to have died within a short period of time, then there will be a loophole which Olivia can bypass, allowing her to gain access to the datacore. Once 47 eliminates Hush and Royce, he then accesses the facility's datacore and publicly leaks all of the ICA's data and information (save for all data mentioning himself and Diana, which he had deleted beforehand during the breach) with Olivia's assistance.
After the ICA's dissolution, 47 heads back to Olivia's safehouse, only to find her gone. He receives a call from her about something interesting she had just found. 47 opens Olivia's laptop, and is shown security footage from Buenos Aires International Airport, which is located in Mendoza, Argentina, and in it, Diana with another woman, both wearing Providence pins, leading 47 to realize that the other woman is a Herald. Olivia remarks that the trail ends there, but there is a nearby vineyard called Vinedo Yates, a winery owned by one Don Archibald Yates, an eloquent lawyer, famous winemaker, and one of the three co-founding owners of Morgan, Yates & Kohn who is a top Providence Herald. Olivia notes that Don Yates is going to host a retirement party there. 47 realizes that while it is uncharacteristic for Diana to be willing to appear on camera, he concludes that she is indirectly sending him a message and needs her help, and that she has infiltrated Providence.
Olivia also informs him that if he is going to help her, he needs to deal with Tamara Vidal, an extreme meritocrat, ex-CIA surveillance agent, and former conservative political firebrand who is Providence's top South American Herald and is passionately devoted to the shadow-cabal itself, serving as one of Edwards' top aides. Olivia describes Vidal to be a master of perception and observation, with all eyes being everywhere in the party. 47 asks Olivia why she is informing him about this, as she originally wanted out once the ICA were shut down, to which she replies "old habits, I guess". They bid each other farewell before she disconnects.
47 personally meets with Diana at Vinedo Yates, and questions her motives. Diana reveals that she has accepted Edwards' offer to become the next Constant of Providence. She proclaims that she will use the position to eradicate the power-cabal from the inside. However there is one man that stands in her way: Don Yates, who Diana notes was the attorney of the late Partners and is currently the top pick for the rank of Constant following Edwards' rise to power, but his elimination will ensure zero competition. 47 refutes that this may not work, as Edwards may suspect, but Diana mentions that she will convince him 47 acted alone in retaliation for Grey. 47 also brings up Tamara Vidal, who has been assigned by Edwards to oversee Diana to ensure she isn't sailing under a false flag, and that she must be taken out for the plan to work. She comments that Vidal will always be by her side. Diana then affectionately touches 47's hand, much to the latter's bewilderment. 47 then proceeds with the task Diana has given him.
Afterwards, 47 confronts Diana at an olive grove overlooking Vinedo Yates, believing she had double-crossed him. Suddenly, a group of armed guards surround him. Diana apologizes to 47 before activating an Ether-brand paralysis neurotoxin that was inside 47 when she touched his hand. 47 collapses to the ground. He believes Diana is double-crossing Edwards, hence why she poisoned him. Diana then saves face in front of the guards, and confronts 47 about how Edwards revealed to her that he is responsible for assassinating her family. This makes 47 feel remorse and apologize. She then further "insults" 47 in an act of kindness, and bids farewell to him before he falls unconscious.
47 wakes up in a black void in his mind from the neurotoxin, and hears Diana constantly taunting him. As she does, he first sees Novikov's murder with Grey standing behind the latter (a nod to his machinations as the Shadow Client), and then Soders being killed at GAMA. He next views Grey in a coffin in a manner similar to Janus in the Isle of Sgail, and then the Partners, with the Milton-Fitzpatrick investment bank's office clock window behind them, standing in front of him and staring at the professional assassin. 47 would suddenly be crowded by all of the main story targets that he had killed throughout the World of Assassination trilogy (including the Partners themselves). He would now find himself atop a pool of blood with Edwards standing in front of him, while the corpses of the aforementioned targets fall from above before the blood pool rises.
47 then briefly wakes up laying down with Edwards examining him before falling back into unconsciousness. He then sees Diana and Edwards doing a tango together, making taunts about 47 before being awoken by Grey, who tells him that the toxin is toying with his mind, and that they should get his head straight. They head to the graves of Diana's family, and 47 concludes that Diana wants him dead and that she is just like Edwards and all of the aforesaid targets. Grey refutes this, stating that Diana used Edwards' intellect against him, so 47 can get close to him. It becomes apparent Diana had "betrayed" him much like how she did in Blood Money. 47 is unsure what to do, but Diana tells him he does, and that once Edwards is taken care of, she will dismantle Providence from the top-down, and all 47 needs to do is accept the past, and he does.
47 finally awakens aboard the Mortar, a Providence-owned train en route from the Carpathian Mountains, Romania to a secret CICADA facility in Mongolia. Agent 47 sneaks through the train in order to confront Edwards and disband Providence once and for all. Edwards accepts defeat but nonetheless gives 47 the serum to wipe his mind much like what happened before the events of Codename 47. Here, 47 is given the chance to: simply kill Edwards or use the serum on Edwards so he loses his memories but stays alive. Regardless of what happens to Edwards, 47 will then proceed to leave the train. Afterwards, Diana destroys Providence completely. A year later, 47 and Diana reconnect, promising to continue their careers outside the ICA to keep the global elite in check. However, if 47 chooses to inject the serum into himself, he loses his memories yet again and becomes an asset to Edwards. Edwards takes him to what looks like the very same asylum 47 woke up in during Codename 47, and even repeats the very same lines of Dr. Ort-Meyer over the intercom.
Powers and Abilities
As a professional hitman and the ICA's top assassin, 47 is known as the most discreet and greatest assassin in the world due to his ability and techniques. Rigorously trained and highly skilled in armed and unarmed combat, firearms, stealth, assassination techniques, the use of disguise, and tools of assassinations such as a fiber wire and a sniper rifle, 47 was trained extensively and thoroughly in armed and unarmed combat and in the use of improvised weapons such as explosives, sniper rifles, automatic weapons and bladed weapons and is also fully adept at survey the environment and using it to his advantage. He also has extensive knowledge of poison and chemistry able to kill his targets or render them unconscious without laying a hand on them. 47 is also a skilled engineer and mechanic able to manipulate machinery and objects to make his targets death look like accidents. 47 was trained to operate as a assassin for the International Contract Agency and went into business for himself as a professional hitman for hire.
- Enhanced Condition: Due to his engineering, he is biologically superior to human beings. He possesses inhuman physical strength, speed, stamina, heightened senses and a very efficient metabolism. Medical experts describe him as a large stem cell. He may be also long-lived, as despite him being over half a century years old, he still has the health and vitality of a man in his mid-twenties.
- Genius-level Intellect: 47 is an extremely intelligent, methodical, sharp-witted man, highly adaptable and alert to any situation. He has shown himself to be very skilled at espionage, infiltration, counter intelligence and is skilled at adjusting his plans to account for changes as well as knowing how to plan well in advance and improvising new plans when necessary.
- Master Martial Artist: As a professional assassin, 47 is a incredibly skilled martial artist able to take on other physically fit, full-grown men. He can disarm trained and armed soldiers with ease, as well as render people unconscious with minimal effort. 47 is also skilled enough to engage several armed enemies unarmed and survive. He was able to beat Sanchez in a one-on-one match and snapped his neck. His fighting style consists of Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Jiu-Jitsu and Eskrima and he can use anything he finds in the environment as a weapon. During a bar fight in South Dakota, he swiftly engaged patrons and rendered them unconscious efficiently and used the environment to his advantage.
- Master Marksman : 47 is a brilliant marksman whose shots always meet their target. He is also an expert in handling all types of weapons with exceptional precision, speed and reactions and can eliminate many men without wasting a shot. He is perfectly capable of handling submachine guns, assault and sniper rifles. He can fire any gun with minimal recoil and usually land a headshot. During his training as a child, he is noted for his exceptional marksmanship and for attacking the asylum staff with slingshots. His signature weapon is AMT 1911 Hardballer nicknamed Silverballer with a suppressor.
- Stealth Intuition/Impersonation: 47 is the master of stealth, infiltration and exfiltration. He is able to sneak up on anybody and has a expert level of understanding the use of disguises to access restricted locations and can slip past guards undetected. 47 is very skilled at breaking into the most secure facilities and breaking out undetected and leaving no trace of evidence.
- Engineering: 47 is also a very skilled mechanic and engineer. He is able to manipulate objects and machinery around him to his advantage with little effort. Additionally, he is an expert locksmith, being able to lockpick most locked doors and open them in mere seconds.
- Chemistry : 47 has shown to be knowledgeable and skilled in chemistry/poisoning. He is able to concoct poison that that can either kill or incapacitate people in seconds.
47 appears as a roughly middle-aged, Caucasian male with a height of 6 feet to 6 feet, two inches tall, bald/shaved head, and physically fit body type. His face is usually marked by an inexpressive and blank countenance. He typically wears a black suit blazer, white undershirt, crimson necktie, formal, black suit pants, a neatly polished pair of shoes, and black leather gloves. His dress varies rather frequently though, as he often has to disguise himself to hide among his enemies. He is stated to weigh 187 lbs and demonstrably possesses deep, blue eyes and an exceedingly fair complexion.
In Hitman: Absolution, his appearance changes. After quitting the ICA, he cuts off his barcode tattoo with a straight razor in order to avoid further attention from the ICA. He now carries a bloodied bandage covering the cut area. Further on, after a failed assassination attempt of Blake Dexter's bodyguard Sanchez, he is left for dead in the now burning building. He loses his gloves, his tie is gone and his suit has been tattered.
In the Hitman: World of Assassination trilogy, 47 has lost a considerable amount of weight and has less muscular definition. The aged appearance he had in Absolution was retconned; some have noted how young he looked in HITMAN (2016).
- His codename is Agent 47 for two reasons, as he is the product of Professor Ort-Meyer's forty-seventh cloning experiment, and his genetic makeup includes forty-seven chromosomes, which Ort-Meyer states gives him a steep biological advantage over regular humans.
- IO Interactive originally considered making Agent 47 a "mean old hairy guy", then a man with high-tech glasses, until they went with his current design.