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|“||Clarence: Who the hell are you? How'd you get in there? Carol Anne!
47: My client has hired me to show you this photograph.
Clarence: I don't understand.
47: My client has asked me to ensure it's the last thing you ever see. Please, look at the photograph, Mr. Clarence.
|~ 47 confronting Clarence before giving a picture then killing him.|
Joseph Clarence, also known as Swing King, is a character in Hitman: Blood Money who is the secondary antagonist of the tutorial level "Death of a Showman". He is a former owner of Southland Amusement Park and a collaborator of Scoop and his mob.
Hitman: Blood Money
Joseph Clarence was a successful, locally popular amusement park entrepreneur named "Swing King" in Baltimore for most of the 80s and 90s, before a Ferris wheel in his park crumbled because of a construction failure and led to the death of 36 people.
Clarence went to court, possibly for negligence, but was found not guilty on all charges. However, the accident cost him his customers, his entire fortune and his trophy wife as a result (she is imaged in the opening cinematic as a very charming blonde, and Clarence calls her "Rachel" during the phone call). Clarence became despondent and eventually came into contact with a gang in hopes to earn money.
In order to avoid bankruptcy, he leased the park to Scoop, a gang leader, for his cocaine production ring. However, Scoop was extremely nefarious, and did not pay him any cuts, and emotionally abused Clarence regularly. Also working with Clarence was his niece, Carol Anne.
47 was sent to assassinate Clarence by a vengeful father of one of the accident victims, who also requested that he show Clarence an image of his son prior to assassinating him. 47 also assassinated Scoop, and optionally took out many of his henchmen.
Despite being a target and his criminal deeds, Joseph Clarence actually manages to be polite overall. His personality prior to the incident remains unknown, but after the incident he became extremely depressed.
He voices strong disapproval of his niece flirting with a guard who works for Scoop.
- Clarence's death is purposely designed to make the player feel bad for killing him. Despite his crimes, Clarence is a deeply pathetic and weak man who is nowhere near as evil or loathesome as many of 47's other victims. All his scenes show how miserable and unlucky he is, with his last moments involving him groveling on his knees and begging for mercy. His scenario shows a more realistic look at assassinations, as he's a bad person who has wronged dangerous people rather than a monster who could destroy the world.