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Antoine Le Clerq is the overarching antagonist of the 2015 action-thriller film Hitman: Agent 47. He is the chairman of an international terrorist organization called "The Syndicate International".

He was portrayed by Thomas Kretschmann, who also play Professor Zündapp in Cars 2, and Wolfgang von Strucker in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Grey Wolf in Greyhound.

History

Activating the Syndicate International and First Fight with 47

Antoine Le Clerq dedicated Syndicate International’s resources to creating enhanced operative with the goal of creating an unstoppable army. Under his leadership, the organization had limited success by experimenting with Subdermal Titanium Body Armor and heightening nervous systems which led to the creation of operatives like John Smith. Le Clerq was still unsatisfied with the results of these experiments and determined that the only way to truly replicate the Agents program is to find Dr. Peter Aaron Litvenko, the Program's creator. Le Clerq became so obsessed with restarting the agent program that he invested all of his wealth and resources into it putting his own future in jeopardy. His position and attempts to restart the agent program made him a target and he had to work in a sealed panic room with an around-the-clock security detail. 14 agents all tried and failed to kill Le Clerq. Syndicate member Dr. Albert Deleriego is on the brink of locating Litvenko when he and his security detail are attacked and killed by Agent 47, that tasked with stopping the Syndicate from getting their hands on Litvenko.

Pursuing Katia van Dees

A now adult Katia van Dees, Litvenko's daugther, lives in Berlin as she works tirelessly to find her father, and is plagued by overwhelming anxiety and acute awareness everything around her, even being able to see and hear things well outside a person's normal sensory radius. Katia is approached at a subway station by John Smith, who claims that 47 is on his way to kill her, and offers her protection, while alluding that he has information about her father. 47 finds the pair and attacks them, who are able to escape, but not before that 47 grazes Katia's arm with a sniper bullet. Smith and Katia hide out in a local hotel, where Katia shows him a map for finding her father. As she is just able to determine that Litvenko is in Singapore, 47 bursts through the door, shoots Smith in the chest, and knocks Katia unconscious. Elsewhere, Diana Burnwood contacts another Agent about a contract. Once Katia awakens, 47 explains her that they are part of the same program and she is actually called Agent 90.

Capturing Litvenko

Later, he shows her how to use her heightened senses in combat, as the two fight against Syndicate forces. They are confronted by Smith, who reveals to have a genetically engineered internal body armor, allowing him to have survived being shot by 47. Smith demands to know Litvenko's location. After a brief fight, 47 and Katia manage to escape and head to Singapore. Once there, they find Litvenko, who is now dying of lung cancer and frequently needs an inhaler to breathe. He apologizes to Katia for abandoning her, saying that he only wanted to keep her safe. He refers to 47 as her "brother", saying that he had left her with family after all. Just then, Syndicate assassins attack the group and they are forced to flee. During the escape, Litvenko is captured by the Syndicate.

Final Showdown and Death

At inside Syndicate International headquarters, Le Clerq left the safety of his office and tortures Litvenko but the scientist still refuses to reopen the Agent program. 47 infiltrates the headquarters disguised as a firefighter, while Katia crashes a helicopter into the building. The two fight their way through Syndicate security forces, and 47 is once again confronted by Smith. With Smith being impervious to bullets, 47 defeats him by electrocuting him.

Le Clerq's death.

On the rooftop, 47 and Katia fight their way through the last of the Syndicate's security, but not before LeClerq escapes in a helicopter with Litvenko. Litvenko then detonates an explosive-rigged inhaler given to him by 47, ensuring that the Syndicate will not come after Katia. 47 calls Diana and confirms his first target (Le Clerq) has been eliminated.

Trivia

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron and Hitman: Agent 47 came out in 2015, and Thomas Kretschmann starred in both as a villain.

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International Contract Agency
Agent 47 | Diana Burnwood | Benjamin Travis | Jade Nguyen | The Saints (Jennifer Anne Paxton) | Birdie | Praetorians | Erich Soders

Providence
Leadership: The Partners (Carl Ingram | Alexa Alice Carlisle | Marcus Stuyvesant)
Constants: Janus | Arthur Edwards
Agents: Otto Wolfgang Ort-Meyer | Silvio Caruso | Francesca De Santis | Claus Hugo Strandberg | Reza Zaydan | Yuki Yamazaki | Erich Soders | Sierra Knox | Robert Knox | Nolan Cassidy | Zoe Washington | Sophia Washington | Athena Savalas
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 | Mysterious 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: Sean Rose | Penelope Graves | Ezra Berg | Maya Parvati | Patrick Morgan | Alma Reynard | Richard M. Foreman | Pertti Järnefelt | Wazir Kale | Vanya Shah | Dawood Rangan

Mission Stories Targets
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 | Mister X | 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 | King of Chinatown | Benjamin Travis | Jade Nguyen | Blake Dexter | Layla Stockton | Dominic Osmond | Larry Clay | Bill Dole | Frank Owens | Edward Wade | Hope Cougars | Lenny Dexter | Marcus Green | Raymond Valentine | Warren Ashford | Clive Skurky | Sanchez | The Saints (Jennifer Anne Paxton) | Praetorians

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

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)

Others
Non-Targets
Aleksander Kovak | Dexy Barat | Malcolm Sturrock

Side Story & 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 Targets
HITMAN (2016): Dino Bosco | Kong Tuo-Kwang | Matthieu Mendola | Harry Bagnato | Marv Gonif | Marco Abiatti
HITMAN 2 (2018): Dmitri Federov | Blair Reddington | Basil Carnaby | Ajit "AJ" Krish | Galen Vholes

Sniper Assassin Targets
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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