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The Franchise is the main antagonistic faction of Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Blood Money. They are pivotal yet unseen in the former.
The Franchise was a group of assassins that were similar to the International Contract Agency (ICA). Even though the leader of the Franchise, Alexander Leland Cayne, was strongly against the legalisation of cloning, the Franchise employed at least two secret clones to carry out hits.
Like the ICA, The Franchise has various government agencies like the CIA and the FBI backing them, being one of the reasons that they are potent and comparable with the former.
The Franchise was originally a spliter organization of Alpha Zerox, a secret organization having contacts in all domestic agencies. Their leader, former FBI Director Alexander Leland Cayne used his organization to attempt to eradicate the ICA and their members, in order to improve his own inferior cloning program.
To achieve such, Cayne had his own requirement of a DNA sample from the legendary "ultimate assassin", Agent 47. Cayne also wanted a monopoly of cloning technology, for which he would destroy all information and install a US President who would ban cloning.
On March 18th, 2004, the Franchise made their first hit against Agent 47 in Paris, after he assasinated the duo of childen traffickers, Alvaro D'Alvade and Richard Delahunt, in Paris Opera House. However, the hit failed and Albert Fournier, Inspector of Paris Municipal Police and the one who led the hit, was killed personally by 47.
To further destroy the ICA, Cayne sent dozens of his operatives to eliminate ICA operatives, and had Vice President Spaulding Burke assassinate, in order to make his own agent, Daniel Morris, to take Burke's place with the help of corrupt politicians.
When the Franchise further tried to increase their reach by eliminating the secretary of the Interior, Jimmy Macklin, by the hand of their sub-division, the Crows, Agent 47 once again prevented this by eliminating the heads of the Crows.
In the following months, the Franchise sent numerous operatives, including an unnamed female assassin, Maynard John and Eve after 47, but they were all killed. Cayne later forced Diana tonevertheless, the Franchise still succeeded in destroying the ICA, leaving only Diana and 47 as the only known survivors at time. However, the latter news was implied to be a ruse created by Diana to lure Csayne out.
On September 22, 2005, the Franchise finally decided to assassinate the President of the US, so that Morris can take over. Nevertheless, 47 manated to prevent it after he assassinated Mark Parchezzi III, the Franchise's highest-ranking assassin, and Morris.
To save 47 and eliminate the Franchise, Diana faked the death of 47 and her treachery by injecting a special serum into him that would turn 47 into a death-like state, before sending 47's "corpse" to Cayne and won his trust.
Nevertheless, during 47's funeral, Diana managed to resurrected 47 by mixing her lipstick with antidote and kissing 47 when no one else noticed, before leaving and locking the gate close to prevent anyone except 47 to escape. 47 then resurrected and killed everyone in sight, including Cayne, his body guards, the priest at the funeral, and finally Rick Henderson, a journalist who interviewed Cayne and was told about 47's existence, before deciding to work with Cayne. This was made to leave no witness behind.
With their leader dead, and most (if not all) of their known agents and top assassins being eliminated, the Franchise is now very likely to have dissolved. The rest of the Franchise's assets were taken over by the ICA thanks to Diana.
- Alexander Leland Cayne (leader) (deceased)
- The Crows
- Alpha Zerox
- Daniel Morris (deceased)
- Albert Fournier (deceased)
- Diana Burnwood (undercover; traitor)
- Alvaro D'Alvade (deceased)
- Richard Delahunt (deceased)
- Anthony Martinez (deceased)
- Vaana Ketlyn (deceased)
- Diana indicates, upon claiming she is shutting down the remnants of the Agency, that the only members of the Agency still alive are herself and Agent 47. Although, according to ICA's status in Hitman: Absoulution, its destruction seems to be but a ruse in order to trick the Franchise to reveal their leader.
- The Franchise's relation to Providence has yet to be explained.