->'''Chief''': Max, you realize you'll be facing every kind of danger imaginable.
->'''Max''': And. Loving it.
-->-- ''Series/GetSmart''

A standard television plot. An assignment is received in TheTeaser. A planning session is held (AvengersAssemble). Then comes TheCaper or TheCon, using a MasterOfDisguise and an ATeamMontage. The resolution is as close to end of TheTag as possible. At about the 40-minute mark, there is a PseudoCrisis.

The trope takes its name from the classic ''Series/MissionImpossible'' television series, whose Impossible Mission Force did one of these every week. As such, note that not every impossible mission is an Impossible Mission.

For missions that actually ''are'' impossible, see ImpossibleTask.

Not to be confused with the video game ''VideoGame/ImpossibleMission''. Also see SuicideMission.



[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* Fanfic/TheMidnightVerse story ''Diamonds In The Desert'' is one long example of this.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The movie ''Film/{{Inception}}'' has this as the "inception" itself.
* As with its source material, the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movies invoked this trope.
* The ''Film/NationalTreasure'' movies regularly fell into this, with plots like stealing the Declaration of Independence and kidnapping the President of the United States.
* ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' combines this with SuicideMission.
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' may be seen as an UrExample.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* The ''Literature/GrandmasterOfTheft'' series is based around this.
* As did ''Literature/ModestyBlaise''
* ''Literature/SixofCrows'' fits this to a T, with a group of teenagers breaking into and out of the most secure prison in the world.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Not surprisingly, the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' television series featured this on a regular basis.
* Despite its few episodes, ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' did two of these, in "Ariel" and in "Trash".
* Similarly, this occurred regularly on ''Series/{{Alias}}''
* Mercilessly parodied in the ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' game "Improbable Mission," which had agents given missions involving high stakes but ordinary tasks, such as doing laundry or mowing the lawn.
* Every mission of ''Series/BreakingIn'' seems easy at first, until complications pile up into this.
* In the South Korean television show ''Series/DatingAgencyCyrano'', the case for Choi Darin seems to be like this, since the girl he likes hates him a lot. However, the Dating Agency guarantees a "100% success rate"...
* Many episodes of ''Series/DinnerImpossible'' fall into this pattern.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}, the task of entering the bunker where Handsome Jack is [[spoiler: holding Angel prisoner]] is framed this way, with the next several story missions involving rounding up the tools and talent needed to break in.
-->'''Roland:''' If it was a trap, she would at least have made it sound possible.