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Do not fear the strong. Fear the weak. For they have something to prove.
~ - Caruso monologuing in the Sapienza trailer.

Dr. Silvio Caruso is the main antagonist of the "World of Tomorrow" episode of Hitman. He is a famous Italian bio-engineer and member of Providence.

He was voiced by Brian T. Delaney.

Backstory

Silvio Caruso is the youngest of three brothers, descended from rural Italian aristocrats, and grew up in his family's ancestral home Villa Caruso on the Amalfi Coast. When he was a child, his father died and his twin older brothers ran away from home, never to be seen again. He subsequently lived alone in Villa Caruso with his mother, academic Isabella Caruso, and she psychologically abused him to make him increasingly dependent on her. He is very nervous and introverted by nature, especially towards women, which the ICA diagnoses as gynophobia.

In high school, Caruso miraculously began a relationship with a popular girl named Amelia. However, his mother paid their gardener's son to seduce her and showed him photographic evidence of it on their prom night. She then told him "Romantic love is fleeting. Only a mother's love endures".

Exactly two years before Silvio was assassinated, his mother died in her sleep from seemingly natural causes.

Diana Burnwood mentions in the World of Tomorrow briefing that Silvio is a former client of the ICA. It's later revealed that Silvio's requested hit was on businessman-turned-politician Marco Abiatti, which Agent 47 accomplished in the mission Landslide.

Prior to his work with Ether Corporation, Caruso established a reputation as one of the world's top stem cell researchers. Shortly after his mother passed away, Ether hired him to develop an extremely deadly and controversial bio-weapon. The weapon was a contagious virus that responded to a target's DNA, and would lay dormant, unnoticed and harmless among the general population before reaching its target and killing them. Diana Burnwood described it as a tool for potential "armchair assassins", and "a serious threat to our craft and trade". Inspired by his own troubled upbringing and insecurities, Caruso wanted the virus made available to practically anyone whereas Ether wanted to reserve it for use only by world leaders. Ether's upper management kept major shareholders in the dark about the virus, and one of the major shareholders - an unnamed woman with moral objections to the virus - was supposedly the one to call a hit on Caruso.

Personality

Silvio Caruso is as intelligent as he is troubled. A brilliant but broken scientist, Caruso has developed a nihilistic and petty view of mankind, turning to extreme measures to deal with his past trauma. He is incredibly neurotic, unpleasant and arrogant, causing most people who work with him to harbour a strong dislike for him.

He is also deeply disturbed (allegedly suffering from Aspergers and PTSD), causing him to have unpredictable and sudden episodes as a reaction to otherwise innocuous things. He's also frightened and alone, seemingly unaware of the power he holds in his hands, as alleged by Francesca De Santis, his supervisor. His history of being a victim of abuse leads him to hold grudges, leading to the deaths of people who have wronged him, including his mother. Despite most people's dislike for him, he is respected due to his intelligence, even if he is seen as a wild card.

Silvio genuinely believed he was doing the right thing, thinking that his virus would even the playing field and give the weak a chance to take out those who were formerly untouchable. While he was the mastermind behind the virus, he seemed to have no idea what the plans for it were, as after his death, Liberation tried to appropriate it to use for their bioterrorism. Diana herself explicitly mentioned that Silvio was too dangerous to be left alive, as his virus was infinitely more threatening and catastrophic than he could ever be.

Appearance

Caruso has a messy head of brown hair, tanned skin and a bristled mustache. He wears a blue polo shirt with a pink scarf, white trousers held with a brown belt, white socks and brown sandals. He wears a gold necklace and a yellow digital watch.

Trivia

  • Caruso shares many similarities with Norman Bates. Both are brilliant in their respective fields but broken due to having an abusive mother, leading to them becoming deranged murderers.
  • He is mentioned to have Aspergers Syndrome (usually categorised by having high intelligence and poor social skills.)

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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 (Marcus Stuyvesant | Carl Ingram | Alexa Christine Carlisle)
Constants: Janus | Arthur Edwards | Diana Burnwood (fake)
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 | 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 | 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: Olivia Hall | Sean Rose | Penelope Graves | Ezra Berg | Maya Parvati | Patrick Morgan | Alma Reynard | Orson Mills | Richard M. Foreman | Pertti Järnefelt | Rico Delgado | Wazir Kale | Vanya Shah | Dawood Rangan

Mission Stories 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): Marcus Stuyvesant | Carl Ingram | Alexa Christine Carlisle | ICA Agents (Apex Predator) | 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): Legacy Elusive Targets (Anthony L. Troutt | Richard J. Magee)

Others
Non-Targets
Aleksander Kovak | Dexy Barat | Emma Carlisle | Isabella Caruso | Malcolm Sturrock | Mister X | Orson Mills

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): 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: 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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