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Dame Barbara Elizabeth Keating, nee Johnson, also known as The Politician, is the 4th Elusive Target and a minor antagonist in HITMAN 2 (2018).

She was a New Zealand tycoon and Ex-Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs who was forced to resign after she was found to be funnelling charity donations into her offshore accounts.

Biography

Barbara Keating, nee Johnson, was raised from a modest working-class English Background. Her father, Samuel Johnson, was a waiter at an expensive restaurant and unlike rest of the fathers in the neighborhood, who wore overalls and worked on a factory line. Despite their middle-class upbringing, Barbara was proud of her parents and sees them as unique ones.

At the age of 18, Barbara caught the eye of a visiting business man, Robert Keating, who was 25 years older than her and based halfway around the world in New Zealand. They married a few years later. However, after Keating died of a heart attack in bed, Barbara sidelined Keating's family and took control of her late husband's business interests, eventually building a business empire. She often left a fair bit of wreckage in her slipstream.

Much later, she made a foray into politics and was eventually appointed Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs in her adopted homeland, before being given the honorary title Dame Barbara by the Queen. At the height of her powers, however, Barbara became engulfed in a scandal and was forced to step down from her post. A charity she represented benefitting the homeless was found to have funneled donations into Dame Barbara's own offshore holdings.

To minimize the damage to herself, Barbara drew on tabloid contacts and orchestrated an elaborate smear campaign against the director of the charity, Jacqueline Vicar, a renowned but fragile poet and social organizer. The director was depicted as a blackmailer and conspirator, who aimed to entrap Dame Barbara in a scheme to pay off the mounting costs of Vicar's own private vices. Nevertheless, the director was killed in a conspicuously timed car accident not long after, offically (and publicly) considered a suicide.

Now a somewhat more paranoid (and significantly more cautious) Dame Barbara is preparing for her political comeback, with help from an uncanny body double. She was later asssassianted by Agent 47, who had differentiated her from her body double through the difference of their living habits.

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Trivia

  • As with all new elusive targets, The Politician has a unique gameplay twist. In this case, the target has a perfect body double and it is 47’s job to decipher which is the target and which is the fake. Eliminating the fake, like with any non-target kill, will decrease the player's score and void the Silent Assassin rating.
  • If her "Dame" title also counts, she has the third longest full name amongst the entire franchise's villains, and ranks the second amongst in the video game targets, losing only to Ali bin Ahmed bin Saleh Al-Fulani in Hitman: Enemy Within novel, and Mohammad Bin Faisal Al-Khalifa from Hitman: Blood Money.
  • In the mission briefing, the person who is accusing Barbara is called Brith A. Nielsen, which is a reference to Britta Nielsen, who has stolen over 121 million Danish Crowns (18,207,990 Dollars), from the Danish Social Agency.
  • She somewhat resembles Judith Collins, a real-life New Zealand politician.

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Leadership: The Partners (Alexa Christine Carlisle | Carl Ingram | Marcus Stuyvesant)
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Assets: IAGO (Viktor Novikov | Dalia Margolis | Nila Torvik | Owen Wagner | Scott Sarno | Kieran Hudson) | Haven (Tyson Williams | Steven Bradley | Ljudmila Vetrova)

The Franchise
Leadership: Alexander Leland Cayne
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Private Militia
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Main Story Targets
Original Series
Hitman: Codename 47: Five Fathers (Lee Hong | Pablo Belisario Ochoa | Frantz Fuchs | Boris Ivanovich Deruzka | Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer) | Odon Kovacs | No. 48s

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin: Giuseppe Guillani | Russian Generals (Rinat S. Rumyantsev) | Igor Kubasko | Masahiro Hayamoto Jr. | Masahiro Hayamoto | Brat Charliego Sidjan | Charlie Sidjan | Ahmed Zahir | Mohammad Amin | Abdul Bismillah Malik | Hannelore Von Kamprad | Deewana Ji | Agent 17 | Sergei Zavorotko

Hitman: Contracts: Campbell Sturrock | Andrei Puscus | Fabian Fuchs | Sergei Bjarkhov | Winston Beldingford | Alistair Beldingford | Rutgert Van Leuven | Arkadij Jegorov | Frantz Fuchs | Fritz Fuchs | Lee Hong | Philippe Berceuse (off-screen) | Richard Delahunt (off-screen) | Albert Fournier

Hitman: Blood Money: Joseph Clarence | Scoop | Fernando Delgado | Manuel Delgado | Alvaro D'Alvade | Richard Delahunt | Carmine DeSalvo | Rudy Menzana | Lorenzo Lombardo | Vinnie Sinistra | Mark Purayah II | Raymond Kulinsky | Angelina Mason | Lorne de Haviland | Chad Bingham Jr. | Mysterious female assassin | Gator Gang (Everett Jefferson | Skip Muldoon | Junior O’Daniel | William S. Corfitz | Adam Hendrikson | Joe Netberg | Elijah Krup | John LeBlanc | Hank Leitch Muldoon) | Sheikh Mohammad Bin Faisal Al-Khalifa | Tariq Abdul Lateef | Hendrik Schmutz | Vaana Ketlyn | Eve | Maynard John | Anthony Martinez | Mark Parchezzi III | Daniel Morris | Alexander Leland Cayne

Hitman: Absolution: Diana Burnwood (spared) | King of Chinatown | Dominic Osmond | Larry Clay | Bill Dole | Frank Owens | Edward Wade | Hope Cougars | Lenny Dexter (optional) | Marcus Green | Raymond Valentine | Warren Ashford | Sanchez | The Saints (Jennifer Anne Paxton) | Clive Skurky | Layla Stockton | Blake Dexter | Jade Nguyen | Praetorians | Benjamin Travis

"World of Assassination" Trilogy
HITMAN (2016): Kalvin Ritter | Jasper Knight | Viktor Novikov | Dalia Margolis | Silvio Caruso | Francesca De Santis | Claus Hugo Strandberg | Reza Zaydan | Jordan Cross | Ken Morgan | Sean Rose | Penelope Graves | Ezra Berg | Maya Parvati | Yuki Yamazaki | Erich Soders

HITMAN 2 (2018): Alma Reynard | Sierra Knox | Robert Knox | Rico Delgado | Jorge Franco | Andrea Martinez | Wazir Kale | Vanya Shah | Dawood Rangan | Janus | Nolan Cassidy | Zoe Washington | Sophia Washington | Athena Savalas | Tyson Williams | Steven Bradley | Ljudmila Vetrova

HITMAN III (2021): Carl Ingram | Marcus Stuyvesant | Alexa Christine Carlisle | ICA Agents | Hush | Imogen Royce | Tamara Vidal | Don Archibald Yates | Arthur Edwards

Elusive Targets
HITMAN (2016): Sergei Larin | Anthony L. Troutt | Adalrico Candelaria | Jonathan Smythe | Vito Đurić | Dylan Narváez | Gary Busey | Howard Moxon | Owen Wagner | Nila Torvik | Xander Haverfoek | Brendan Conner | Richard Ekwensi | Inez Ekwensi | Gabriel Santos | Etta Davis | Richard J. Magee | Wen Ts’ai | Richard M. Foreman | Walter Williams | Adeze Oijofor | Pavel Frydel | Akane Akenawa | Pertti Järnefelt | Kieran Hudson | Bartholomew Argus | Ji-Hu | Mr. Giggles

HITMAN 2 (2018): Mark Faba | Vicente Murillo | Miranda Jamison | Barbara Keating | Censor | Jimmy Chen | Legacy Elusive Targets (Ji-Hu | Owen Wagner | Adalrico Candelaria | Anthony L. Troutt | Richard J. Magee | Mr. Giggles | Bartholomew Argus | Richard M. Foreman | Brendan Conner | Vito Đurić | Walter Williams | Etta Davis | Adeze Oijofor | Xander Haverfoek | Gabriel Santos)

HITMAN III (2021): Kody Haynes | Joanne Bayswater | Terrence Chesterfield | Philo Newcombe | Jack Roe | Robert Burk | Legacy Elusive Targets (Anthony L. Troutt | Richard J. Magee | Jimmy Chen | Barbara Keating | Owen Wagner | Dylan Narváez | Mr. Giggles | Wen Ts’ai)

Others
Non-Targets
Mister X | Malcolm Sturrock | Margeaux LeBlanc | Aleksander Kovak | Adam "Kane" Marcus | Isabella Caruso | Erik Olander | Dexy Barat | Katashi Ito | Akira Nakamura | Orson Mills | Hector Delgado | Zachary Carlisle | Emma Carlisle | Corvo Black | Juan Cortázar | Valentina Yates

Side Story & DLC Campaign Targets
Patient Zero: Liberation (Oybek Nabazov | Sister Yulduz | Craig Black | Brother Akram | Bradley Paine | Owen Cage) | Klaus Liebleid
The Sarajevo Six: Sarajevo Six (Scott Sarno | Gary Lunn | Walter Menard | John Stubbs | Patrick Morgan | Taheiji Koyama)

Special Assignment & Bonus Mission Targets
HITMAN (2016): Kong Tuo-Kwang | Matthieu Mendola | Harry Bagnato | Marv Gonif | Marco Abiatti
HITMAN 2 (2018): Dmitri Fedorov | Blair Reddington | Basil Carnaby | Ajit "AJ" Krish | Galen Vholes

Sniper Assassin Targets
Hitman: Sniper Challenge: Richard Strong Jr.
HITMAN 2 (2018): Dorian Lang | Guillaume Maison | Doris Lee | Jin Noo | Re Thak | Lhom Kwai | Roman Khabko | Vitaly Reznikov

Organizations
Blue Lotus Triad | CICADA | Crystal Dawn | Delgado Cartel | The Franchise | Gator Gang | IAGO | Khandanyang | Liberation | Private Militia | Providence | Red Dragon Triad | Yardbirds

Novels
Hitman: Enemy Within: Puissance Treize (Ali bin Ahmed bin Saleh Al-Fulani | Pierre Douay | Louis Legard | Cassandra Murphy | Mrs. Kaberov | Tova Holm | Hans Pruter | Aristotle Thorakis)
Hitman: Damnation: Hector Corado | Dana Linder | Darren Shipley | Bruce Ashton | Charlie Wilkins

Movies
Hitman (2007): Mikhail Belicoff | Yuri Marklov | Udrei Belicoff
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015): John Smith | Antoine Le Clerq | Dr. Albert Deleriego | Fabian


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