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Robert Knox is a minor antagonist in HITMAN 2 (2018), appearing as the main antagonist and one of the two targets of the latter's second story mission "The Finish Line".
At a young age, Robert was given an inheritance by his father which he used to fund products. This didn't work for him due to the unpredictable market and the challenge of investing in single products rather than the businesses themselves.
Eventually due to his father's connections, Robert was able to enroll in a prestigious university a by the time he was 21. Using his knowledge and interest in engineering, he was able to create artificial intelligence while studying for his PhD. During this time, he fell in love with Florence Underwood, a classmate and the two eventually had a daughter together.
Sadly, Underwood died during childbirth and Robert was forced to raise his daughter, Sierra on his own. He never got over his wife's death and resented Sierra for the rest of his life, constantly neglecting her to pursue his business ventures.
His doctorate and inventions paid off and his business, Kronstdat industries became a multimillion dollar corporation, due to Knox's underhanded and ruthless tactics (such as bribery, slander, threats and fraudulent lawsuits) as well as his intelligence. He caught the attention of some powerful figures and started producing weapons for military corporations alongside his artificial engineering.
During this time, Sierra had worked her way up to the CFO without Robert noticing. Instead of complimenting his daughter, he warned her not to screw up while using her accomplishments to build up his public reputation of an eccentric but intelligent businessman. In truth, his ruthlessness and recklessness put his whole company (and shareholders) at risk and only succeeded through pure coincidence. Due to his current flings with beautiful actresses, that was never revealed to the public.
Due to his daughter's interest in racing, Robert started working on nitrogen fuel that could cause Sierra's cars to be much more powerful. An accident caused his disfigurement as well as a broken friendship between his former business partner, one that was never resolved.
Around this time, several CEOs were being murdered, leading to people putting the blame on Robert Knox. In a desperate effort to save his own skin, he started selling weapons of mass destruction to private military contractors, many of which were used for horrendous crimes. He also allied with Providence, a nefarious organisation, to protect his business and name, abandoning them out of fear they would come after him. This ultimately caused his and his daughter's death.
Robert Knox comes across as a funny, charismatic and down-to-earth guy. His charm and intelligence make him endearing to the public and his shareholders. He's goofy and light-hearted, being unfailingly polite to everyone around him and making him a well-liked figure by the press.
Underneath this, however, Robert is a neglectful, ruthless, and narcissistic individual who uses his employees as scapegoats and his shareholders as piggybanks. He sabotages competition, threatens witnesses, and neglects his own family to get his way. He holds grudges against and envies those more successful than him, using underhanded tactics to give him and his daughter unfair advantages over others, in an effort to flaunt his inventions.
His treatment towards his daughter is cold and distant, using her accomplishments to praise his inventions rather than praise her. He is passive aggressive and rude towards her, even justifying her possible death as a lesson to him. He's hated by his former friends for his newfound ruthlessness and will betray his allies for his own financial gain.
Despite these flaws, Robert Knox still has some humanity in him, and does feel remorse over the neglect of his daughter. His friendliness isn't all an act, and he genuinely loves what he does. Ultimately, however, he believes himself to come first in his eyes and that everyone around him is expendable.
- Robert can be pushed onto his daughter's car, killing him instantly and causing Sierra to die in a fiery crash.
- Knox is likely a parody on people such as Elon Musk, an eccentric billionaire known for his outlandish PR stunts and controversial behaviour.