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Make sure this doesn't happen again, doctor.
~ Janus

Janus is a major antagonist in HITMAN 2 (2018), appearing as the main antagonist of the latter's fifth story mission "Another Life". 

Background

Very little is known about Janus, due to his painstaking effort to cover up his past. Due to this, information about his past is vague and contradictory, with theories about him born in Belarus to simple farmers while others assume he is of communist royalty and the bastard son of Nikita Khrushchev. 

Janus was known to be a high-ranking member of the KGB, being renowned for his skills as a spy. However, due to the Soviet Union collapsing, Janus used his skills as a spy to set up a network of people, which eventually lead to him becoming the first Constant of Providence, a secret society controlling the world under the nose of it's global population.

Due to his advanced age, Janus retired, becoming the founder of the Ark Society instead. Eventually, he retreated to Whittleton Creek, a fictional city in Vermont, being on witness protection in case one of his enemies came to finish him off. He was eventually assassinated by Agent 47, in order to frame him as the Shadow Client and track down the Ark Society.

Personality

Janus is known for his extremely high intellect and skill as a spymaster, being respected and feared by those who know of his exploits. He was known for his ruthlessness and effectiveness, being seen as a shadow by most people, with many thinking of him as little more than a boogeyman or a myth.

However, at the time of his death, Janus' advanced age has caught up with him. He has lost most of his will to live, due to the boredom of hiding in a quaint suburban town and the fact that he can no longer continue his line of work. He is grumpy, rude, and dissatisfied, leading to him being short-tempered towards his bodyguards. He is also seems to be going senile, rambling to anyone in an earshot and going off in tangents for no reason, and has little regard for his health and safety, smoking constantly and walking off on his own, in spite of needing breathing support at all times.

Even though he has lost most of his skill as a spymaster, he is still very intelligent, allegedly recognizing Agent 47 even though he hasn't seen him for decades. He also has a photographic memory, being able to recall things that happened in his childhood. He is still extremely observant, though it tends to be let down by the fact that he is waiting to die. While he is able to (possibly) recognize 47, his suicidal nature leads him to put up no resistance to his death, leaving it ambiguous to whether he had recounted 47's past to him by extreme coincidence, or if doing that was a subtle way to taunt 47 before his inevitable death.

Trivia

  • Janus is first mentioned in "The Final Test", the third and final tutorial mission of HITMAN (2016).
  • Janus is a reference to an ancient Roman god who symbolizes the past and the future. They are usually depicted as having two faces, a representation of Janus' deception.
  • Janus is one of the few targets to recognize 47. Whether that is by knowing of his history as well as realizing that 47 has come to kill him is up for speculation.

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International Contract Agency
Agent 47 | Diana Burnwood | Benjamin Travis | Jade Nguyen | The Saints (Jennifer Anne Paxton) | Birdie | Praetorians | Erich Soders | Agent Banner | Agent Tremain | Agent Montgomery | Agent Thames | Agent Green | Agent Rhodes | Agent Swan | Agent Lowenthal | Hush | Imogen Royce

Providence
Leadership: The Partners (Alexa Christine Carlisle | Carl Ingram | Marcus Stuyvesant)
Constants: Janus | Arthur Edwards | Diana Burnwood (undercover)
Agents: Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer | Silvio Caruso | Francesca De Santis | Claus Hugo Strandberg | Reza Zaydan | Erik Olander | Yuki Yamazaki | Erich Soders | Akira Nakamura | Sierra Knox | Robert Knox | Nolan Cassidy | Zoe Washington | Sophia Washington | Athena Savalas | Tamara Vidal | Don Archibald Yates | Orson Mills
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
Agents: Albert Fournier | Raymond Kulinsky | Angelina Mason | Mark Purayah II | Female Assassin | Maynard John | Eve | Mark Parchezzi III | Daniel Morris
Assets: Alvaro D'Alvade | Richard Delahunt | Anthony Martinez | Vaana Ketlyn

Private Militia
Shadow Client: Lucas Grey
Agents: Olivia Hall | Sean Rose | Penelope Graves | Ezra Berg | Maya Parvati | Patrick Morgan | Alma Reynard | Orson Mills | Richard M. Foreman | Pertti Järnefelt | Wazir Kale | Vanya Shah | Dawood Rangan

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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