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All the characters for the videogame; Hitman (2016), some of whom also appear its sequel; Hitman 2, in various roles.

  • Elusive Targets - These are targets that only last for a certain amount of real-world time before they disappear. 47 must fulfill the contract without dying in the mission itself; if he does, the mission is considered to be a failure and there is no restarting. You are free to restart in the mission, so long as you haven't done any of the objectives, gotten killed, or have killed the targets. They are Temporary Online Content that were initially ran for the first time back in 2016, then re-ran again after the GOTY edition was released. They are currently being rerun in the game’s sequel; Hitman 2.

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     Kalvin Ritter
Voiced by: Daniel Bonjour (English), Masayasu Nagata (Japanese)
"The Sparrow cannot die."

A world-famous art-thief known as the Sparrow, Kalvin Ritter has noticed the thieving world’s gradual shift to cybercrime. As such, he's decided to retire and get out of the game. Unfortunately, a former client Kalvin had sold a counterfeit piece of art to hired the ICA to kill him in revenge. 47 re-enacts the assassination as part of his induction to the ICA.

  • Affably Evil: Charismatic and charming, but nevertheless willing to hurt or even kill those who got in his way.
  • All Part of the Show: Anything which happens to him is simulated as the one in the game is just an actor working for the ICA. Hopefully he got paid double for getting his face dunked in a toilet of his own vomit as one potential ending.
  • Caper Crew: Used to belong to one of these. Him and his companions are most famous for their daring robbery of the Shamal Casino in Las Vegas, where they made off with hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Cool Boat: Owned what appeared to be an extremely expensive and large personal yacht with four decks.
  • Cool Shades: They certainly helped his Gentleman Thief image.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His girlfriend is terrified he's going to piss off the wrong people (and she's right, he did).
  • Gentleman Thief: Relatively speaking. There's no indication he's a brute, and while it says he would be willing to kill or injure security personnel in his way he does not appear sadistic or unnecessarily violent.
  • Legacy Character: Planned to make the Sparrow into one of these. He didn't get the chance.
  • Master Actor: One of his greatest assets was his ability to switch effortlessly between accents, identities, and personalities.
  • Retirony: He really should have quit earlier.
  • Visionary Villain: Planned to continue the Sparrow name with a group of employees he trained.

     Jasper Knight
Voiced by: Brian Kimmet (English), Kazuyoshi Hosoya (Japanese)
"My god. You people don't piss about, don't you?"

A genius American chess master with communist sympathies, who defected from America to Cuba in the late 70s with a head full of Soviet and CIA secrets. Langley hired the ICA to silence him, which they did via their top operative Erich Soders, whose textbook execution of the hit became the pinnacle of the latter's career. Twenty years later, Soders makes 47 re-enact an even harder version of the scenario as part of his final test as an (unsuccessful) attempt to make 47 wash out.

  • All Part of the Show: Averted if you jury-rig his jet to eject him into orbit as this very clearly killed his actor and the others are stunned by it.
    • Indeed, there's several ways to kill him which should kill him in 'real life' like dropping a spotlight on him and electrocution. Using the ejector seat is the only one that causes everyone around you to freak out and break Kayfabe, though.
    • Played straight in the redo of the tutorial missions in the sequel, where a line is added of Diana mentioning that the ejector seat still has a parachute, implying the actor survives.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: His death by rigged ejector seat, doubles with Cruel and Unusual Death as the actor playing Jasper had nothing to do with Soders' cheating.
  • Defector From Commieland: Inverted in that he's a defector to it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jasper refuses to leave his girlfriend behind.
  • High-Voltage Death: Jasper Knight can suffer one of these, thanks to a faulty radio microphone.
    • A faulty overhead projector can similarly be used to cause this. There is even a Steam achievement for getting his KGB minder to electrocute him for you.
  • Insufferable Genius: If his actor's personality is anything to go by.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A reversal of chess grandmaster defectors Viktor Korchnoi and Lev Alburt (among others) who defected from the Soviet Union to the USA.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: You can make it look like the KGB did this to him if you kill him while disguised as the Soviet colonel.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Knight was a renowned chess master, and he spends much of his time during the level studying a chess puzzle. According to some Enemy Chatter, he once performed an assassination by lacing an opponent's chess pieces with poison.
  • Smug Snake: Seems to believe he can manipulate the KGB to do his bidding as well as screw over the CIA.
    • Averted when 47 defeats him in chess as he compliments him and says that he's a genius too. Played with as it's highly unlikely the actor playing Jasper has anywhere near the real one's ability.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Really? A guy named Jasper Knight just so happens to be a chess grandmaster? You don't say?
  • Too Dumb to Live: Jasper blackmails the Soviet Union with state secrets he knows in exchange for them transporting his girlfriend with him.
    • Jasper (or his actor) will start fiddling with faulty 70s electronics which will electrocute him if 47 or the KGB Colonel turns it back on.

     Viktor Novikov
The Moneyman - Head of Sanguine, and ring leader of IAGO. Quite the résumé.

Voiced by: Jon Curry (English), Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese)

"Congressman Walsh! A pleasure as always. Make sure to join Dalia and I for a drink later."

A former Russian oligarch turned fashion designer as well as the main financier and figurehead of the clandestine spy ring IAGO. Dating the former supermodel Dalia Margolis, the true brains of the operation.

  • Affably Evil: As a contrast to his girlfriend who toys with even harmless prey, Viktor reacts to Victoria St. Clair's blackmail threat with wry amusement. He also puts up with Sato's frustrated artist complaints with no greater threat than to his job.
  • Blatant Lies: Sebastian Sato absolutely despises Viktor and the strict creative control he exerts over his creations, and is quite adamant that his begrudging work is the only reason Sanguine is even making a profit. If Sato is inconvenienced from stepping onto the stage with Viktor to address the crowd, however, Viktor will launch into a dramatic speech about how Sato had demanded that his employer do the address instead, how Sato considers the designs displayed at the fashion show to be his finest work, and how Sato believes that credit for its success should be split between himself and Viktor.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Very much wants to leave behind his Russian past and go straight. His wife disagrees with this decision.
  • Death by Irony: His death on the stage or murder by being tossed into the Seine accompany him having decided he's managed to avoid all consequences for his previous actions.
  • Drink Order: His favorite drink is a cocktail called a Bare Knuckle Boxer.
  • The Fashionista: A rare male example. Viktor isn't in fashion just as a cover, he genuinely loves what he does and prefers it to his position as a head of IAGO.
  • Happily Married: Played straight on Viktor's part. His girlfriend, however, dates him for his money and connections.
  • Jerkass: Viktor is highly unpleasant to most of the people he comes across. Sebastian Sato and the catering crew are the prime victims of his jerkassery.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Viktor has been staying one step ahead of his enemies in Russia by foul means for decades, including having the head of the FSB murdered. By the time 47 catches up with him, he's managed to destroy the last bit of evidence against him as well as bribe the new head of the KGB-successor to protect him until his dying day. It's doubly satisfying as he's very likely to be murdered shortly after believing he's in the clear.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: What he had the Shadow Client do to the head of the Russian FSB: the latter framed him as a CIA mole and made it look like a suicide. Novikov himself can be subjected to this, if the light rig above the fashion show is set to collapse atop him during his solo speech to the crowds.
  • Meal Ticket: Blissfully unaware of the fact that Dalia is only dating him for his money and connections.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Despite being a former Russian crime boss, Novikov's American English accent is almost completely flawless, especially in the level itself. However, his speech is noticeably more accented in the after-level cutscene flashback showing his meeting with the Shadow Client; this is possibly due to being stressed.
  • Puppet King: A Downplayed Trope example, Viktor is genuinely dangerous and did a lot of terrible stuff but really just wants to retire to a life of being a fashion designer.
  • Retirony: Novikov is very close to eliminating all of the evidence the FSB has against him and taking care of the threats against him. Which is when the Shadow Client releases his name to MI-6.
  • Retired Monster: Has aspirations to become one of these. His wife doesn't agree.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Viktor loves his girlfriend, and is blissfully ignorant that she's only with him because of his money and connections.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Not to 47, but to Providence. Him selling the entirety of IAGO's database to the Shadow Client allows the latter to begin his war on Providence in earnest and setting the plot of the following two games in motion. He wasn't aware the people he had dirt on were Providence operatives.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As far as the world at large is concerned, he's just a fashion mogul.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When the Shadow Client has what he needs from IAGO, he leaks information about the group to MI-6, so that the ICA will be contracted to kill both of its leaders.

     Dalia Margolis

Voiced by: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English), Akari Higuchi (Japanese)

"Good evening! I don't think we had the pleasure, Mr..."

An ex-Israeli spy turned supermodel. Dalia Margolis is the real brains behind IAGO and deeply involved in its criminal activities. Ironically, despite being a former supermodel, she is less interested in Sanguine than her lover, who she believes to be weak for his desire to go straight.

  • Badass Israeli: Subverted in that she's a master spymaster but is no harder to kill than anyone else.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Subverted. She was trained as a spy by her Israeli general father but now uses those skills against Israel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She tends to act like this towards Viktor, as can be seen if their lockdown procedure is triggered.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Notable despite being a former spy and a chief intelligence officer. Dalia fails to notice the Sheik she's invited is 47 (despite very clearly being a clean-shaven Caucasian) or that her long-time associate Helmut Kruger has been replaced by an Identical Stranger, despite having private meetings with both previously.
  • Fallen Hero: Is a former Israeli spy who now sells secrets to terrorists.
  • The Fashionista: Subverted. Dalia doesn't seem to have any interest in the fashion industry anymore and leaves that to Viktor.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is pleasant, beautiful, and tied to numerous terrorist organizations (including ones which are opposed to her homeland).
  • Gold Digger: She's with Viktor because of his wealth and influence.
  • Happily Married: Subverted on her part. She's dating Viktor for his money and his connections but Victor is genuinely in love.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: If 47 meets with her while disguised as Helmut, she'll hand him a cyanide canister and order him to kill an undercover journalist working as her assistant. When she's distracted by a subsequent phone call, 47 can use the cyanide to poison Dalia's wine.
  • Honey Trap: Dalia makes use of these in order to get information on V.I.P.s
  • Karmic Death: One method of killing her is with the same exact canister of cyanide she wants Helmut (who 47 can be disguised as) to use to kill a someone.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Dalia secretly rules IAGO and is the one responsible for creating it. Viktor, by contrast, would be content to run his fashion business without involvement in international terrorism.
  • Manipulative Bitch: While all of the targets have a covert side, Dalia is notable among them for the fact she toys with Hailey and Helmut both despite knowing both of them are ill-suited for any form of intelligence work.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Has this fate planned for Hailey, a spy for a fashion magazine which got more than she bargained for by becoming her assistant. Fortunately, she doesn't get the chance to go through with it, and Hailey can even abscond with a CICADA guard if Dalia's laptop is tampered with.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Has this attitude when she gives Helmut Kruger a canister of cyanide. It's unclear whether she wants him to murder his target or commit suicide should he be caught (perhaps both).
  • The Spymaster: The real brains behind IAGO.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With the caveat that she doesn't actually love her boyfriend.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Most people just think she's a fashion model turned businesswoman.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Overhearing Enemy Chatter between Dalia and her underlings implies that she's decided this applies to Viktor and is planning accordingly. She is also a victim of this trope along with her husband courtesy of the Shadow Client.

     Silvio Caruso

Voiced by: Brian T. Delaney (English), Fumihiro Okabayashi (Japanese)

"Do not fear the strong. Fear the weak. For they have something to prove."

A gynophobic and travelphobic stem-cell researcher, Silvio Caruso never leaves his villa and suffers from crippling depression due to his mother's death. Despite this and perhaps because of it, he's developed a singularly devastating biological weapon for Ether Biotech Corporation.

  • Abusive Parents: His mother was a controlling, manipulative emotional abuser, which goes a long way towards explaining why he's so screwed up.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Averted. One of the scientists say he's got Asperger's Syndrome.
  • Bad Boss: He treats his help like crap, and he gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to his head chef when he's unable to replicate his mother's spaghetti. His mother actually made him cheap, store-bought spaghetti from a can, while the chef was making high-quality, five-star restaurant spaghetti.
  • Best Served Cold: He plans on killing his childhood bullies, years after their torment of him stopped.
  • Broken Ace: He's a world-renowned, extremely skilled genetic scientist, but also deeply disturbed.
  • Bully Hunter: A Deconstructed version as he intends to murder all of the bullies from his childhood with his virus, despite many of them having clearly become better people since then. He also previously hired the ICA to assassinate his former bully Marco Abiatti (though Marco was planning to threaten Sapienza's heritage and was a very powerful bully that needed to be put down, by his hand or the ICA's if need be.)
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is a travelphobic, gynophobic shut-in who is also the world's greatest stem cell researcher and virologist.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Hires a famous golf instructor and chef to cater to his hobbies and treats them both like crap.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Has ensured there are multiple ways for him to eliminate De Santis should she pose a threat to him. He has a sample of her DNA in a safe in the attic. Just in case she finds that, he's also hidden a copy of the virus encoded to kill De Santis in a model ship.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He ordered the hit on Marco Abiatti, one of his childhood bullies-turned-corrupt politician 47 assassinates during Landslide. Likewise, he murdered his manipulative and controlling mother who bribed a poolboy to seduce his school crush, who he was dating at the time.
  • Expy: He's basically Norman Bates if he were a bio-engineer.
  • Eye Scream: One of the ways to dispatch him is to shoot him through his telescope.
  • Fainting: The challenge "Beyond the Grave" makes him do this in the end. 47 will turn on his late mother's favorite record, then turn on her chairlift to lead him upstairs, ring the service bell in her room, and finally turn on a fan that causes her rocking chair to move. Silvio thinks it's his mother's ghost, and he ends up fainting all alone in her room, leaving 47 free to dispose of him without being seen.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother's treatment of him left him an emotional wreck.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Silvio suffers gynophobia and this is part of the reason he is plotting against Francesca.
  • Hot Scientist: Despite his personality quirks, he looks like an Italian model.
  • Informed Flaw: Is a travelphobe except he has his own private seaplane he'll flee in.
  • Irony: Is angry at a world famous chef for being unable to replicate his mother's trademark spaghetti. His mother actually made him store-bought canned spaghetti sauce.
  • Karmic Death: 47 can smother him with a pillow after Silvio confesses that he smothered his mother.
  • Mad Scientist: This man doesn't just have "issues", he has an entire subscription.
  • Matricide: There are rumors and hints that Silvio killed his mother. Francesca mentioned this possibility in a phone call she makes. There are at least two ways for this truth to come out in-game:
  • Moe Greene Special: It's possible to kill him by shooting him through his telescope.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: He loved his mother's spaghetti as a child and attempts having his chef recreate it. Little does he know that it's actually canned sauce.
  • My Beloved Smother: He had one of these and it royally screwed him up.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His feelings regarding murdering his mother is guilt and self-loathing.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Francesca describes him as a scared and angry little boy in a grown man's body.
  • Scope Snipe: A variation, he can be shot through his telescope.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He believes Francesca is plotting against him so he takes measures which causes her to start plotting against him in self-defense. Not that it helps either of them.
  • Self-Made Orphan: If you take the gravesite or the psychologist opportunities, Silvio will confess to having smothered his mother to death.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: Everything wrong with Silvio traces back to his mother.
  • The Stoner: Averted. Silvio can and does partake of pot in order to make his life less neurotic but clearly not enough.
  • The Unfavorite: Silvio's mother favored his brothers a lot more than him, yet ended up having to latch onto him once her husband died and her other sons ran away.
  • Vorpal Pillow: He apparently suffocated his mother with one, and 47 can do the same to him.
  • We Can Rule Together: If 47 holds him at gunpoint long enough, Caruso will eventually state that his wealth could make him rule the world and he offers to share it with 47.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Considering all the poor guy's been through, it's not hard to understand why he snapped.

     Francesca De Santis

Voiced by: Salli Saffioti (English), Hana Takeda (Japanese)

"It's hard to say. He have been behaving more and more erratic."

An up-and-coming executive of Ether Biotech Corporation, Francesca has been assigned to watch over Silvio Caruso in order to make sure he finishes the biological weapon he's working on. She's begun an affair with Caruso's golfing instructor and is deeply suspicious of his Casanova past.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: It's in her bio that she looks and acts innocent before stabbing you in the back.
  • Broken Pedestal: If you reveal to her that Silvio is intending to kill her with the virus, Francesca would feel betrayed, tell her bosses and start plotting to kill him, albeit somewhat reluctantly.
  • Career Versus Man: Francesca has devoted herself to her career with Ether and her recent love affair has her seriously off her game.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Is very jealous of all the attention her lover gets from the opposite sex. Subverted when she talks to the private detective, as she's worried far more about what Silvio is up to.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Doubles with Hot Scientist, she's smart enough to do the work herself but is primarily a corporate executive.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A challenge involves impersonating her lover and then drowning her in her own vomit while she still thinks you're them.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Francesa is charming, sensuous, and worldly which she has no qualms about using. However, they assigned her to a man who fears women.
  • High-Voltage Death: One way of disposing of her is to rig the power strip next to her before turning on the sprinklers nearby.
  • Hot Scientist: A bit older than most but still looks gorgeous. This is frequently mentioned in background chatter, such as one scientist admitting to a gardener that her charm was the reason he ended up signing up.
  • Hypocrite: Take Silvio plotting against her immensely personally despite the fact she was sent to spy on him and potentially kill him.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Hers involves getting killed by toxic chemicals in her laboratory.
  • The Mole: She was planted by Ether to gain Caruso's trust, but is supposed to learn how to continue the research and dispose of Caruso should he prove to be too much of a liability.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Is very worried about getting her objectivity compromised by her current relationship. So it's actually her worried about her OOC behavior.
  • Together in Death: There's a Challenge for locking Francesca's corpse in with Roberto's, though Roberto doesn't actually have to be dead to complete this challenge.
  • Too Dumb to Live: OK, so you are informed that your dangerous bioweapon was destroyed under sketchy circumstances. You go down to the lab and vent the dangerous chemicals previously containing it so you can go in and survey the damage. So far so good. Then you walk inside the containment room, completely alone, without a hazmat suit. Leaving aside the fact that there could still be traces of the weapon and the containment chemicals in there that you are now breathing completely unprotected, said chemicals can be pumped back in with a single touchscreen press…

     Claus Hugo Strandberg

Voiced by: Patrick O'Connel (English), Yoshitaka Kure (Japanese)

"Greed and ignorance are the key ingredients in any good con."

A Swedish bank CEO whose massive investment fraud has stolen 7 billion dollars from the savings of the Moroccan people. He was busted out of custody by mercenaries connected to his partner General Zaydan and is now holed up in the Swedish consulate, outside of which a massive protest demanding his handover is formed.

  • 0% Approval Rating: According to bystanders, he's not just one of the most hated men in Morocco but one of the most hated men in the world at present. Many people working in the Swedish consulate are disgusted to have him take refuge there, the masseur refuses to even touch Strandberg and even his own daughter (whom he conned out of her inheritance) is part of the mob of protesters. Even Providence has no intention of keeping Strandberg alive if he escapes Morocco.
  • Abusive Parents: He stole his own daughter's inheritance. Needless to say, she's far from happy with him.
  • Asshole Victim: It's revealed that Zaydan (with Providence's approval) is planning on having his men throw Strandberg into the ocean during his flight out of Morocco. This would normally be a pretty awful thing to do, but Strandberg's such a douche that you almost want him to do it.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Claus outright admits he has done horrible things and has no sympathy for the people he has screwed over. He barely hides the fact he is an evil person.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Claus is not only in danger from the entirety of the Moroccan people but he's also ticked off The Mafia. He's also betrayed his own daughter and prior employees. The crowning touch? His Ponzi scheme was done against the orders of Providence, his Illuminati-esque employers.
  • Con Man: For all his apparent sophistication, he has been one for his entire life. He even freely admits that his fraud was a con.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a financial bigwig who robbed Morocco blind.
  • Dirty Coward: A Downplayed Trope example as he flees at the first sign of danger but this is Properly Paranoid given his circumstances.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Anytime somebody calls him Mr. Strandberg...
    Claus: Please, call me Claus.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When giving him a massage, he expresses disappointment that the police officers escorting him to jail were killed, something he sees as excessive. Of course, being the asshole he is, he instantly brushes it off claiming that stuff like that happens. He's also mainly non-violent, something that few of the other targets are.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is extremely friendly with most people, be they reporters or masseurs, insisting that they call him "Claus". However, it's clearly an act, given that he is a sociopath.
  • For the Evulz: His conversation with General Zaydan reveals he's less interested in the money than taking it.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A fitting look for a white-collar criminal.
  • Gilded Cage: The mission to assassinate him and Zaydan is called "A Gilded Cage" for a good reason; the Swedish Consulate has all the comforts of home, but he can't leave since there's a huge crowd of protesters literally right outside howling for Strandberg's blood.
  • Hate Sink: Claus is a smug, sociopath who uses his charm to be a dick to people around him. Even the people meant to be protecting him can't stand him. Despite being the only target in the main game not directly connected with murder, Claus still stands out as a horrible and detestable person.
  • Hypocrite: He apparently genuinely believes the Moroccan people deserved to be conned by him due to being greedy and wanting "easy money."
  • It's All About Me: He deliberately went against Providence's well-laid plans for no reason other than to satisfy his need for a thrill. He also berates his intern for not risking his life to retrieve some possessions for him.
  • Karmic Death: If you kill as the masseur, you can do so as he's talking about how the lure of easy money makes people stupid and how they assume luxuries (like, say, a private masseur in an embassy) make them important. The best moment perhaps being when you break his neck as he talks about possessing a private jet for maximum irony.
    • Impersonating the Intern and having him strangle Claus becomes this if you wait for the target to berate the poor guy horribly for not recovering his personal effects from a nearby house despite a near-riot outside the embassy.
  • Kick the Dog: Where to begin? In addition to his massive Ponzi scheme, he also verbally abuses his intern, drinks wine in the diplomat's office, has a self-serving interview where he literally tells the crowds, “fuck you,” stole his daughter's inheritance while blaming her for being angry, and brags about his stolen fortune to his masseur.
  • Lack of Empathy: Goes with being a sociopath.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Despite having escaped justice with Zaydan's help, even before 47 gets to him, Providence has already taken Strandberg's money and has ordered Zaydan and his men to throw him off his plane.
    • While on the phone with his daughter, he justifies having stolen her inheritance by saying that someone as young as her doesn't need so much money. Later when Strandberg calls Providence about them not having yet returned the stolen 7 billion they had been "safekeeping", he at some point shouts, “who doesn't 'need' 7 billion dollars?”, implying he got the same excuse thrown back at his face.
  • Loophole Abuse: During his interview, he claims that nothing he did was illegal.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: That suit he's wearing is pretty nice.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: His profession.
  • Moral Myopia: Is horrified at the prospect of his father's watch getting sold in a "two-bit pawnshop."
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Both he and Zaydan are members of Providence, unlike the previous targets. He and the General both discuss the fact they answer to the same masters.
  • Never My Fault: Even though he openly admits to being a con man, he never actually takes personal responsibility for his deeds, instead blaming his victims for being dumb enough to fall for his cons in the first place.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a crossover between Julian Assange and Bernie Madoff.
  • The Pawn: Despite being the man to carry out the white collar portion of his plan, none of this was his idea. He's only acting on orders from Providence.
  • Pet the Dog: If 47 impersonates the masseur, and completes the treatment, Strandberg will thank him for a job well done, advise him to leave Morocco since "things are about to get… unpleasant" and even offers him a job. Given that he thinks 47 cannot offer him anything more than a good massage, it's probably the closest thing to demonstrating kindness that a man like Strandberg can achieve.
  • Phony Degree: He never finished his Economics degree and got hired by a prestigious investment bank by claiming to hold an MBA and PhD from a nonexistent university. When his employers got suspicious, he hired an actress to pretend to be an official of said university and "verify" his qualifications.
  • Properly Paranoid: Is well aware everyone in Morocco except for General Zaydan wants him dead. He has an elaborate security plan to get to the General's fortress at the first sign of danger.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: What Providence and Zaydan had planned for him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Plans to use his connections with both Zaydan and Providence to become a Karma Houdini.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If there is any alarm raised in the consulate, Strandberg will be escorted out by security through an underground tunnel that leads to the school.
  • Smug Snake: One of the biggest in the entirety of the franchise.
  • The Sociopath: Strandberg is a textbook case with superficial charm but no real empathy for other beings. His mission briefing profile explicitly refers to him as such.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Claus really doesn't take it well if his security is compromised. When held at gunpoint, he is one of the most desperate out of the targets, lamenting over how his plan is falling apart.
  • White Collar Crime: Is utterly nonviolent but has (almost) brought down a nation.

     Reza Zaydan

Voiced by: Jason Isaacs (English), Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese)

"Oh don't tell me you're sleeping, Sayid. Plenty of time for that, I'm sure."

A Moroccan Army General working with Strandberg and taking advantage of the public outrage over the latter's fraud and escape to incite civil unrest and institute martial law, with the end goal of launching a full scale Military Coup.

  • Armchair Military: Has approximately 0% experience in actual combat according to his men. If confronted openly by 47 he won't attack at all, merely shouting insults and threats.
  • Badass Boast: If confronted at gunpoint, he will threaten you.
    Zaydan: What are you waiting for? Take the shot! You think I'm scared? Lesser men than you have tried to kill me and everyone of them I sent straight to hell! So kill me, you pig!
  • Blue Blood: Is said to be "practically royalty" in Morocco and got his job through Nepotism.
  • The Can Kicked Him: It's possible for 47 to kill him by dropping a toilet on his head.
  • The Casanova: Has apparently dated Moroccan models, actresses, and athletes to the delight of the public.
    • Handsome Lech: It's implied that his success with women is due to his position, money, and good-looks versus anything appealing about his personality.
  • Chest of Medals: Take them with a grain of salt, however, since it's suggested in-universe that at least some of them were bought rather than earned.
  • Commissar Cap: Fitting for a wannabe military dictator.
  • Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: His men claim he is a lot more adept at this than being a leader.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Zaydan may be a brutal, power-hungry bastard working for a sinister Ancient Conspiracy, but he still dislikes Strandberg's villainy for its own sake attitude. Though this may be at least partly because it unnecessarily complicated his plans.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: His target profile image in Hitman 2, as seen above.
  • General Ripper: Had six cops murdered during Strandberg's "rescue" despite the fact they didn't resist.
  • The Generalissimo: Has plans to become a Moroccan version of this.
  • Karmic Death: Can be killed by 47 while the latter is disguised as a prisoner he's planning to execute.
    • Similarly, 47 can kill him while disguised as the Headmaster and make it look like he's being killed for taking over the school.
  • Kick the Dog: Aside from helping Strandberg defraud the Moroccan people of billions to perform a Military Coup, he does a lot of these. They range from shutting down a school to make it into his base, torturing a prisoner (and former personal friend of his) who started questioning his loyalty after his brother was killed during Strandberg's breakout, planning to incite the riots even further by sending men dressed as terrorists to fire on the protesting crowd and being a generally unpleasant man all round according to his troops.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Normally, planning to murder one of your allies once you no longer need him is a pretty awful thing to do. That being said, Strandberg is such an asshole that Zaydan's plan to eliminate him comes off as karmic.
  • Majored in Western Hypocrisy: He's a West Point graduate.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Some guards discuss all of the secret missions General Zaydan has supposedly been on. Those close to him make it clear Zaydan made them all up as he has no real combat experience.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Both he and Strandberg are members of Providence, unlike the previous targets.
  • The Neidermeyer: Has almost no respect from his troops.
  • Nepotism: Reza's been accused of getting his position through this.
  • Not So Above It All: If not taken as just an Easter Egg, he is willing to get down and boogie with his troops during an impromptu dance party.
  • The Pawn: While he believes himself more akin to The Dragon, he's nothing more than this to Providence.
  • Phony Veteran: According to some of his henchmen, his military experience is greatly exaggerated.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Bought his way into a generalship for starters.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Overcompensates for the fact he's a Blue Blood by acting like he has this. Even his troops, who aren't exactly wilting flowers themselves, comment on him overdoing it.
  • Torture Technician: His troops claim he's a better torturer than general.
  • Villainous Valour: While he's not as impressive as his record makes him seem (at least according to some of his underlings), he's no coward. If 47 holds him at gunpoint, he doesn't break down or beg for his life. He gives a Badass Boast and dares 47 to shoot him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Unlike the universally despised Strandberg, Zaydan is admired as a war hero by the public, especially in his native Morocco.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Subverted. Diana believes he's the architect of the Morocco plan but he's actually just a pawn of Providence.

     Jordan Cross

Voiced by: Jonny Cruz (English), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese)

"I'll never be safe....."

The lead singer of the rising indie rock band "The Class", currently recording their sophomore album in Bangkok. Sometime prior, he was accused of the murder of his girlfriend Hannah Highmoore though all charges were dropped thanks to the influence of Jordan's wealthy father Thomas and his family lawyer Ken Morgan, leading Hannah's parents to hire 47 to get justice for their daughter.

  • Accidental Murder: What he did to Hannah. 47 can engineer similar circumstances to "outsource" the death of Ken Morgan.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It is not really clear if he had any other criminal deeds or skeletons in his closet other than murdering Hannah Highmoore in the heat of the moment and getting away with it due to the help of his father and lawyer, but it just looks like he is way over his head when it comes to fame and getting away with things he did.
    • Despite his father clearly being involved with Providence, Jordan's own involvement is much less clear. The only hint is that the album he's recording being named after them, but that could just as well be a subtle dig at his dad.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Implied to have been this to Hannah.
  • Beard of Evil: Cross is the only target with a prominent beard.
  • Berserk Button: Bringing up his father can run the risk of him going into a frothing rage.
    • In the audio tape of the night of Hannah's murder, a mention of his father by Hannah sends him over the edge and he pushes her off the balcony to her death, leading to him calling his manager in a state of absolute panic.
    • The same thing can also happen to Ken Morgan if Morgan mentions his father in front of his face during a private chat, and does the same 'push the person of the balcony to their death' routine.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: His appearance seems to be based off Jared Leto.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Poisoning his birthday cake. While the death isn't particularity cruel for 47's standards, making Jordan think that his father murdered him certainly is.
  • Daddy Issues: He fears his father and every time someone brings him up he gets homicidal.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: Hannah's parents seem to think so, although not for the usual reason. As does the Shadow Client.
  • Dirty Coward: He didn't intend to murder Hannah, but he didn't tell the truth about it, either.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The player can find multiple mentions of Cross in "The Showstopper": one of the guests in the IAGO auction can be heard calling Jordan to book him for a gig, Helmut Kruger's photographer asks the latter to pose like he did "in that Jordan Cross video" and one of the IAGO models mentioned having been "assigned" to him. Silvio Caruso's therapist in "World of Tomorrow" will at some point mentioned having "cured" Cross.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: If you poison his birthday cake, he dies thinking his dad had him killed since he was told his father was the one who had the cake made and delivered. One can feel pretty bad hearing the betrayal and sadness in his voice with his last word.
  • Evil Vegetarian: Implied by his vegan birthday cake.
  • Face of the Band: If you went just by the mentions of Cross prior to the actual mission, you wouldn't even know he was in a band at all. He seems to be fully aware of this since even while recording the Class' second (not even full length!) album, he's already making plans for a solo career. invoked
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Let's just say you DO NOT want to have an argument with this guy while standing in a high place.
  • Hipster: His style of dress, "Man-bun" haircut and beard, his rebellious nature against his upbringing and the fact that he's a vegan absolutely scream stereotypical Hipster.
  • Hypocrite: For all his attitude about being sick of his father controlling him and wanting to be his own man, the minute things start going badly for him (i.e. finding the recording of Hannah's death playing in his room or pushing Morgan out a window in a rage) he immediately whips out his phone to beg his dad for help.
  • Karmic Death: Following the Abel de Silva Opportunity leads to 47 pushing him off a balcony, just like he did to Hannah.
    • If you get him to kill Ken Morgan, you can also push him off a balcony right after, possibly while he pleads for his dad to bail him out again. It'll be the same balcony his newest victim fell from, no less.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Killing Ken Morgan.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: You can escape the legal system. You can't escape 47.
  • Leave Me Alone!: He despises his father controlling his life, and wanted to break free from his grasp. However, he murders Hannah by accident, and things go downhill from there.
  • Manslaughter Provocation: Apparently, anyone mentioning his father. (Not that the authorities will see it as sufficient justification.)
  • Meddling Parents: Resents his father for trying to control every aspect of his life, which is ironic since it is only thanks to his father's meddling that Cross isn't in jail right now. The recording of Hannah's death however shows that if his father didn't mess him up he wouldn't be in this trouble in the first place.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to accidentally killing Hannah.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His case of being a rockstar who killed his girlfriend seems to be a reference to Sid Vicious, who is suspected to have killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Jordan could easily live like a king off his father’s money and never lift a finger. Instead, he works at being a rock star.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction once he finds out that Hannah's parents (and by extension the Highmoore family) ordered a hit on him and asked the ICA to do the job in retribution of their daughter's murder. Leads to a Please, I Will Do Anything! session, as listed below.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: If 47 makes Cross and Morgan run into each other, they will have an argument in the latter's suite during which Cross will get mad and push Morgan out the window.
    Cross: [takes out his phone]: D-Dad… please call me. It happened again.
  • Reminiscing About Your Victims: One of the staff says he keeps a recording of the last argument he had with Hannah before her death. Some may think it's this at first, but it isn't. When you actually listen to it, he's shaken with guilt regarding those final moments, though he is responsible for killing her.
  • The Rock Star: He's one of the most famous indie musicians in the world.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Believes that he could get away with her death by asking his father for help and dodging the court system with cash, lawyers and celebrity gossip, ensuring that his band career and celebrity status is not harmed in any way. However, he did not expect Hannah's parents to ask the ICA to send 47 after him…
  • Shout-Out: Cross is celebrating his 27th birthday when 47 fulfills his contract on him, a reference to the 27 Club, a list of popular musicians or artists who died at age 27.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Not him, but he has one. Given that the stalker outfit is suspicious everywhere, it’s likely that there’s a restraining order in place.
  • Stealth Insult: Gives one to Ms. Mookjai, who others say worships Thomas Cross like a god, after she tries to compliment him saying he looks more like his father every year.
    Cross: You have no idea how that makes me feel.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Ken Morgan's the reason he's free right now, but if he meets Morgan again, it causes a chain of events that ends with him pushing the man out a window.
    • He also throws a hissy fit when he finds out that his custom-made, vegan birthday cake was made on his father's orders, interpreting it as Thomas Cross sending a coded message rubbing Jordan's reliance on him in his face.
  • Villain Song: Are We Stars is written and sung by him, apparently giving his point of view on Highmoore's death.
  • Villains Want Mercy: He basically begs for mercy and said that he would do anything to fix what had happened to Hannah when he finds out that a recording of the night of Hannah's death was playing in his bedroom, and 47 was sitting there waiting for him. 47 shoots him dead soon afterwards to fulfill his contract to the Highmoore family and Hannah's parents.
  • Your Cheating Heart: It's heavily implied that he cheated on Hannah with models (and judging by dialogue in Paris, at least one of them was working for IAGO).

     Ken Morgan

Voiced by: James Sobol Kelly (English), Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese)

"Court is like war. You only go if diplomacy fails."

A ruthless attorney and corporate fixer in the employ of the Cross family, having helped Jordan Cross get away with his girlfriend Hannah's murder.

  • The Ace: Subverted. He's undefeated in the courtroom, but that's partly because he wins many of his cases through illegal means.
  • Amoral Attorney: He'll sink to any depths to win his cases, bribing officials, blackmailing witnesses, and even having people killed.
    Morgan: The things I have done for [Thomas Cross] would get my grandchildren disbarred.
  • Asshole Victim: Even more than the other targets since his death was superfluous to the Shadow Client's plan of kidnapping Thomas Cross during his son's funeral, there was probably other means to put a contract on Jordan but by involving the Highmoores the lawyer became a target of revenge. He was just a collateral in the main plot. However, he is also a ruthless criminal and poison in the legal system, so it's not like it's a Kick the Dog for 47.
  • Bad Boss: He treats the wait staff with utter contempt.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, balding, but close enough.
  • The Consigliere: He explicitly describes himself as a fixer first and attorney second, preferring to deal with things quietly before getting the legal system involved.
    Morgan: Court is like war: you only go in if diplomacy fails.
  • The Corrupter: One conversation he can have is with a District Attorney who wants in on the same type of work, telling the man to call his law firm to arrange an interview.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Ken has a pet dog named Pickles that he cares for.
  • Evil Brit: The man doesn't just help people get away with their misdeeds, he's also perfectly willing to get his hands dirty himself.
  • Fat Bastard: A fat Amoral Attorney who might as bully a verdict out of the jury.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Considering he's arranged for inconvenient people to die, he definitely qualifies.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is known as "The Brick", both from his ruthless cross-examination techniques as well as his size.
  • Neat Freak: He has the habit of carefully examining stuff he's given, whether suites or tuk-tuks, for dirt.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He is quite cordial with his personal bodyguard, and is courteous to the restaurant staff when invited to sample the day’s specials.
  • Noodle Incident: He is famed for successfully defending a client who killed a homeless person and tried pinning it on a rival cheerleader using affluenza (basically she is rich and didn't know better) as a defense.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Ken shares his surname with one of the Sarajevo Six targets, Patrick Morgan.
  • Smug Snake: Not as bad as Strandberg, but he still fits.
  • Too Dumb to Live: OK, so you ran into your boss's son, who is clearly furious at the sight of you. You know that this man previously killed someone in a rage by pushing them off a balcony, as you helped cover it up. As he is clearly furious at the sight of you, you decide to take this conversation up to your private suite to avoid causing a ruckus. Fair enough. But of all the places in said gigantic suite, did you have to continue the conversation with your back to an open window?
    • Karmic Death: This is the guy who bailed Cross out when he pushed Highmoore off a balcony in the first place. If Cross had gotten his just punishment then, he wouldn't have been free to murder Morgan now.

     Sean Rose

Voiced by: James Sobol Kelly (English), Toru Sakurai (Japanese)

"Fire in the hole!"

The person the ICA suspects to be the Shadow Client. Sean Rose is an Australian terrorist mastermind who is leading a multi-ethnic left-wing terrorist group in Colorado. A former eco-terrorist and bomb-maker, he suffers severe OCD and bullies his subordinates.

  • 0% Approval Rating: The other members of the Militia and even his own men regard him as a Psycho for Hire. At most they respect his skills, while having nothing but disdain for him as a person. This is in sharp contrast to the widespread respect and reverence they have for both Parvati and the Shadow Client.
  • Accidental Murder: He bombed a government office in New Zealand, thinking it was vacant. It wasn't.
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Rose started out as an eco-terrorist.
  • Beat It By Compulsion: The "Unclean" mission story involves triggering Rose's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder to the point he ends up suffering a full-blown anxiety attack, leaving him completely vulnerable in an isolated room.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Is an anarcho-primitive eco-terrorist turned high-tech militia leader. Played with as his beliefs haven't changed so much as his methods.
  • Black and White Insanity: His upbringing has instilled in him a single-minded nature that makes him incapable of understanding that there might be shades of gray.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A neurotic bomb maker who the ICA, nevertheless, believes is capable of doing everything the Shadow Client has done.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: He smokes when he's agitated.
  • Demolitions Expert: He's an expert bomb maker. One way to kill him is to tamper with his nitroglycerin so that he kills himself while testing it.
  • The Dragon: Apparently the Shadow Client's.
  • Eco-Terrorist: Started out as one.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's mentioned that he genuinely cares about his girlfriend, freelance assassin Alma Reynard.
  • Evil Luddite: Sean used to be a member of an anarcho-primitivist terror network called The Pristine Army, until he accidentally killed several people while bombing a government building in New Zealand.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that spending most of his early life in a reclusive Marxist collective played a major role in making him so screwed up.
  • Glasgow Grin: Has a noticeable half-smile on his left cheek.
  • Jerkass: His treatment of Penelope Graves (see Kick the Dog), Black and White Insanity, and Never My Fault attitude certainly point to this.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Rose started out not wanting to kill anybody, but he quickly abandoned this and most of his other restraint.
  • Karmic Death/Hoist by His Own Petard: Two of the assassination opportunities allow you to kill Rose with his own explosives. One involves rigging his watch, the other sabotaging a test.
  • Kick the Dog: Threatens Penelope Graves with execution by her own bodyguards.
  • Mad Bomber: Albeit a rather unconventional example.
  • Never My Fault: Doubled down in his terrorist leanings despite starting as a pacifist.
  • Necessary Evil: Graves and Berg see him as one, anyway.
    Berg: Rose has no honor. No sense of fair play. The boss asked me here because he wanted to avoid unnecessary cruelty. So why does he tolerate Sean Rose?
    Graves: Because the boss is not a monster. And right now, well, he needs one.
    Berg: "Sean Rose, freelance terrorist. Because sometimes you need a monster." You ought to be in advertising.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only shows up for one mission, but his loss is felt keenly by the rest of the Shadow Client's militia and people keep referencing him far into the sequel season (a forger who got him documents to infiltrate into Colorado complains about his OCD months after the man is dead).
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Alma apparently had a child with him named "Mercedes". She lives with Celia, Alma's sister.
  • Super OCD: The man is obsessed with cleanliness, symmetry, and timekeeping. 47 can trigger an episode by tampering with some furniture.
  • Terrified of Germs: A fear 47 can exploit.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Played with. Like many real-life terrorists, his motives are frequently subject to change. Parvati's Spec Ops soldiers note that at the end of the day, Rose's ideals are malleable and ultimately he's just looking for a morally justifiable reason to blow people up.
  • Western Terrorists: He spent some time offering his services to various radical political and environmental groups.

     Penelope Graves

Voiced by: Elsie Bennett (English), Kumi Tanaka (Japanese)

"Think, Graves! How did they get to you?"

A child prodigy turned Interpol agent, she proceeded to defect to the Shadow Client's organization after she discovered the corruption in the U.N. was impossible to deal with.

  • Affably Evil: She seems to be rather cordial most of the time. Her psychological profile says she's very empathetic, but also has a distinct moral fluidity.
  • Anti-Villain: She truly believes that she is doing the right thing and is one of the most sympathetic of the targets. Despite having good intentions and being relatively moral, she is still aiding a dangerous terrorist organisation.
  • Child Prodigy: By the age of five, she was studying college-level physics.
  • Evil Brit: Graves used to be on the side of justice, but she threw her lot in with a bunch of ruthless terrorists. However, given the setting's Gray and Gray Morality, this may just be a case of Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • Fallen Hero: Not long ago, she was an anti-terror analyst for Interpol. However, due to her superiors stonewalling her attempted investigation of UN corruption, she grew disillusioned with the system she once supported, and started working with the Shadow Client sometime thereafter.
    • The revised intel in Hitman 2 implies that she would be considered a potential recruit to the ICA had it not been for her defection. The Shadow Client is also revealed to consider Agent 47 as an ally rather than enemy, which means she could have been an ally to both him and Diana should things have gone differently.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: A conversation with Sean Rose has her assume he is going to forgive and forget their past as enemies.
  • The Mole: She is in fact secretly tasked by the Shadow Client to keep an eye on Rose's mental state. She is also suspected by the private militia of being a mole for Interpol, and they plan on testing her loyalty.
  • Precision F-Strike: If you threaten her, she will yell, “Get that fucking thing out of my face!”
  • Pragmatic Hero: As her ICA profile states, "When confronted with the classic trolley problem, she would push the fat man onto the tracks without hesitation".
  • Secret Test of Character: Sean Rose plans on having a disguised member of the militia approach her in private and impersonate an Interpol agent requesting her compliance in being their mole inside the militia, intending to test her loyalty to the cause.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed and shared with Ezra Berg. Graves is a former Interpol agent who defected to the Shadow Client when she found about the corruption in the UN.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Allying with the Shadow Client against Providence is arguably the moral choice. Unfortunately, the group is not exactly moral in its methods.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Believed she would be welcomed by the Shadow Client's allies and they would work together to defeat Providence. Instead, she is treated with barely-concealed contempt and suspicion.

     Ezra Berg

Voiced by: Oliver Cotton (English), Keisuke Fujii (Japanese)

"So, young friend, let's try again."

An Israeli interrogation and chemical torture expert working for Sean Rose's militia. He wears a 3D Printer created mask and takes a little too much joy in his work.

  • Affably Evil: Polite, soft-spoken, and gentlemanly, he's nevertheless a man with very few scruples, especially in regards to his interrogations.
  • Badass Israeli: Was a former member of Mossad, one of the most feared intelligence agencies in the world.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Get's a bit snarky if you happen to walk past him while disguised as one of the hackers:
    Ezra:"Linux is only free if your time has no value."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He doesn't like Rose's methods and considers his chemical torture more humane than other varieties.
  • Hypocrite: Calls Sean Rose dishonorable and a monster. This coming from a guy who tortures people with chemicals while dressed as a slasher villain.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: The man's chemical skills are legitimately impressive.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: He turns a very creepy one on whenever he's interrogating his victim.
  • Mad Scientist: Really, his dedication to his craft would be admirable… if he didn't have victims.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: He spends the whole level wearing a creepy, Michael Myers-esque interrogation mask.
  • Nice Guy: You can overhear two guards discuss how surprisingly polite Ezra is, and he seems to be the only militant who actually likes Penelope Graves.
  • The Perfectionist: One of his character flaws. Berg is insistent that all of his chemicals be perfect and even the smallest deviation from his expectations has him going back to the drawing board.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He never raises his voice but commits terrible cruelties to prisoners.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: A subdued variant: he and his family were kidnapped for ransom by Hezbollah when he was young, and while he never turned on his country, when they were rescued he found the relentless and inhumane way his government suppressed a clearly outmatched opponent distasteful.
  • Technical Pacifist: He never wants to use physical violence on his captives and would keep them alive, but he will use chemicals to interrogate them.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed and shared with Penelope Graves. He is a former Mossad agent who chooses the least violent ways to make his victims crack.
  • Torture Technician: His primary role in the militia.

     Maya Parvati

Voiced by: Traci Lords (English), Rei Furukawa (Japanese)

"Alright, people, let's get to it!"

A former Tamil Tiger turned pirate turned terrorist. She is the primary instructor of Sean Rose's militia.

  • Dark Action Girl: She used to be an assassin for the Tamil Tigers, and she hasn't changed her terrorist ways since then.
  • Defiant to the End: If held at gunpoint by 47, unlike most targets she insults him to his face and dares him to kill her.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Her primary role in the militia.
  • Face Death with Dignity: One of the few targets that doesn't beg 47 for mercy when held at gunpoint, instead insulting him and daring him to just kill her already.
  • Far East Asian Terrorists: Maya hails from Sri Lanka, and is a former Tamil Tiger.
  • Faux Action Girl: Despite her noted past, she is unarmed and can't attack 47, just like all other targets in the game. Because of her missing arm, Worf Had the Flu is likely in play.
  • Hook Hand: She has a prosthetic hook where her left arm used to be.
  • Knife Nut: Before she lost one of her arms, she was notorious for her skill with knives.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: If you manage to make her investigate thrown objects, she speaks using the generic American female dialogue rather than her own voice.
  • The Perfectionist: A Downplayed Trope example as it's clear her team really does need the training.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's widely respected by the Militia, in contrast to Rose whose own men refer to him as a dead-eyed psychopath. One of the Militia members turns out to be the soldier who blew her arm off during her pirate days. Her response upon recognizing him? Walking up to him and complimenting him for being a "good shot".
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: After the Tamil Tigers disbanded, she became a pirate in the South China Sea.
  • Sergeant Rock: Despite being hard on her troops, they hold a good deal of respect for her.
  • Villainous Friendship: Will mention she wished Sean Rose were alive to see the team's success if 47 has already eliminated him.
  • Villainous Valour: Should 47 hold her at gunpoint, she'll insult him to his face despite not having any real means of defending herself or escaping.

     Yuki Yamazaki

Voiced by: Susan Hingley (English), Arisa Shida (Japanese)

"I understand you need to protect your clientele, but losing Soders is not an option. I'll be watching very carefully how you handle this, Director."

A Tokyo lawyer in the employ of Providence to whom Soders has promised a list of all active ICA operatives once his surgery is complete.

  • Amoral Attorney: She's a former Yakuza lawyer who has moved on to working for Providence.
    Chef Aide: The rules are the rules.
    Yamazaki: I'm a lawyer, I always saw them more as guidance.
  • Call-Back: Her backstory explaining her rise to power begins with the gang wars that resulted from 47's assassinations of Masahiro Hayamoto and his son in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
  • Fatal Flaw: A lot of opportunities come from her carefree attitude such as smoking in a hospital, wanting fugu, performing yoga on an unprotected ledge, or relaxing in a sauna at deadly temperature.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She rose to prominence after the deaths of the Hayamotos and can be killed in the same way that Hayamoto Jr. canonically died, via botched fugu.
  • Mafia Princess: She's rumored to have been the daughter of a Yakuza boss.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Yuki is a Herald - an operative that relays orders and performs deals and transactions on behalf of Providence whenever the conspiracy interacts with outsiders. Yuki is present at GAMA to oversee Soder's defection and ensure that the promised list of ICA agents is secured once his three-day surgery is completed.
  • Must Have Nicotine: Which causes some problems, considering the GAMA facility's strict no-smoking policy.
  • Stereotype Flip: She's a lot less polite than you'd expect of a Japanese woman.
  • Tattooed Crook: Her right arm is heavily tattooed, seemingly as a holdover from her Yakuza days.
  • Thought-Aversion Failure: Pulls this on herself.
    Yuki: Don't think about cigarettes. Don't think about cigarettes... DAMN IT! I THOUGHT ABOUT CIGARETTES!
  • Unholy Matrimony: It is heavily implied from one of her phone calls that the agent of Providence who got killed by Shadow Client in Johannesburg was her lover.
  • Yakuza: Began her legal career working for them.

    (The Herald) Erich Soders

Voiced by: William Salyers (English), Shinya Fukumatsu (Japanese)


Erich Soders was one of the ICA's most celebrated assassins prior to 47. By the time of the latter's induction in 1999, he has retired and taken the position of Senior Supervisor in charge of recruitment and training. 20 years later, he has ascended to the ICA's Board of Directors. Unfortunately, Soders' gambling habits coupled with a rare health condition have led him to become a mole for Providence in order to receive the expensive surgery needed to save his life.

  • The Ace/Badass Normal: He was ICA's best assassin until 47 came along. Also, given Diana's dialogue indicating that 47's penchant for disguises is something the ICA had never seen before, Soders likely managed all his hits using either pure stealth or alternate methods.
  • Badass Decay/Villain Decay: He was the ICA's best assassin, and attempted to put an early stop to 47's career out of jealousy of the newcomer's capabilities surpassing his own. However, the reason he retired in the first place was due to growing health problems that were nigh-impossible to cure, which cumulates in the heart transplant he betrays the ICA to get. By the time you encounter him in-game, he's completely helpless and can't even run away from you, as he's in the middle of a complex surgery to save his own life. His weak condition means that the simple sight of 47 in his signature suit is enough to kill him.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: Soders has Situs Inversus, a condition where the internal organs are mirrored.
  • Career-Ending Injury: His heart condition forced him to retire from active assassination at an early age.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Were you really expecting the suit who tried to screw you over in the tutorial to be one of the final targets?
  • Cool Old Guy: Subverted. He's so obsessed with protecting his reputation that he tries to sabotage 47's chances of being accepted into the ICA.
  • Cruel Mercy: 47 can indirectly kill him by destroying his replacement heart, thus dooming Soders to a slow death in a hospital bed since there's no way another right-handed heart can be obtained in such short notice.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: There are a number of creative ways 47 can kill him on the operating table. Probably the most gruesome is jabbing a robot syringe straight into his heart and draining all the blood out of his body, which causes him to scream in horror and curl up in a ball as his blood gets sucked straight out through his heart.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Hooked up on the surgery table.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: A subdued version of this: he acts cool and collected behind the scenes but wants to make sure 47 fails.
  • Evil Old Folks: Just because Soders is in his 60s doesn’t mean he’s any nicer.
  • The Faceless: During the tutorial, he’s mostly shown from the back of his head, and otherwise his face is either obscured by shadows or only seen from a long distance. You don't get a good look at what he looks like until the end of “Freedom Fighters”, where a picture of him from 20 years ago is found on the Shadow Client's desk.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Tried to flunk 47 with a nearly impossible simulation when it was clear he would overshadow him as the best hitman the ICA ever had.
  • Heart in the Wrong Place: Soders suffers from Situs Inversus, meaning his organs are mirrored. This makes getting a heart transplant extremely difficult for him, and he has had to resort to black market organs in the past.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: If he sees 47 in his classic suit, the sheer horror of the sight, mixed with his fragile heart, will do all of 47's work.
  • Irony: Was hesitant to hire 47, noting that they knew nothing about his past. 47 just hid it so well, something that's presumably good for the business.
    • Could also be considered Properly Paranoid as 47's status as a clone has gotten both him and the ICA in no small amount of trouble over the years.
  • Karmic Death: You can get the chief surgeon to fail the operation on purpose by showing him evidence his father was murdered by Soders.
    • Another example is indirectly killing him by destroying the replacement heart he sold out the ICA for.
  • The Mole: Became one for Providence some time after the Bangkok mission, offering to deliver the identities of all active ICA operatives to them in exchange for extending his own life.
  • Oh, Crap!: If 47 makes it to his operating table in his suit and reveals himself, Soders dies out of pure shock and horror.
  • Progressively Prettier: Downplayed, but similar to Owen Cage his appearance is noticeably cleaner and less decrepit in the Hitman 2 remastered legacy level compared to the original Hitman level.
  • Retired Monster: He was a former assassin but his health issues got the better of him.
  • Shock and Awe: He can be killed by forcing him to go into cardiac arrest and overcharging the defibrillator.
  • Stationary Boss: The only target in the game to be completely stuck in one place due to the nature of his surgery. However, he is also the most protected target, being located in a room with bulletproof glass for walls in the most remote part of the facility, guarded by dozens of highly armed men, and constantly monitored by an A.I that will revive him should anything interrupt the surgery.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: Played with. He's lost a lot of money gambling, meaning he can't afford life-saving surgery, especially given how rare the very specific replacement heart he requires is. Because of this, he agreed to start working for Providence.
  • Unwinnable Training Simulation: He tries to create one for 47 by basing the scenario on the pinnacle of his own career (the Jasper Knight hit) only with even more guards just to be sure. 47 passes anyway.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he has any significance whatsoever outside the tutorial mission is enough to raise warning bells.
  • Younger Than They Look: Soders is in his very early 60's at the time of "Situs Inversus", but looks a good decade or two older, presumably due to his poor health. Notably, he's aged considerably less gracefully than 47 or Diana have in the 20 year time gap between the prologue and the present day.

Bonus Mission Targets

    The Sarajevo Six

Left to right: Gary Lunn, John Stubbs, Walter Menard, Taheji Koyama, Scott Sarno and Patrick Morgan.
A group of six mercenaries who committed several atrocities during The Yugoslav Wars while working for the CICADA PMC. Although they've evaded military tribunals since the 90s, they are now being targeted by the ICA to make sure they don't escape justice. They are part of a series of PS4-exclusive bonus contracts.
  • The Atoner: Taheji Koyama’s reason for ordering the deaths of his former squadmates and himself.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Morgan is the penultimate victim of the six.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: If Stubb's wife dies, the man will spend the rest of the mission in a very public area, clearly crushed by her death.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Koyama is waiting for 47, and even says that it would have been rude for him to die to his illness before 47 arrived. After confessing everything, he asks 47 to complete the final contract and turns his back to him.
  • Foreshadowing: The Stubbs mission has an instance of this for the then-unreleased fifth episode: Stubbs at one point talks on the phone with Patrick Morgan and is surprised at the fact that the latter is currently in Colorado.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite being branded war criminals by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal, they've managed to avoid capture and prosecution for decades. It's 47's job to put an end to all that. After Koyama is killed, the ICA is instructed to declassify the files on them that 47 retrieves, meaning that their actions will come to light.
  • Multinational Team: French, Canadian, German, British, American and Japanese.
  • One Steve Limit: Patrick Morgan shares his surname with main story target Ken Morgan, but that's where the similarities end.
  • Private Military Contractors: All of them are former members of the CICADA Corporation's SIGMA Squad, and most of them are still active in the private security industry.
  • Properly Paranoid: After killing Sarno and Lunn, the rest of the Six start looking into their former squadmate's deaths and will become more vigilant. By the time 47 gets to Morgan, he will be on high alert and surrounded by militia bodyguards. Subverted with Koyama, who is standing alone in the sauna since he's waiting for 47.
  • Red Baron: All six are given such a title in the briefing screen. Scott Sarno is The Director, Gary Lunn is The Enforcer, Walter Menard is The Extractor, John Stubbs is The Veteran, Patrick Morgan is The Mercenary and Taheji Koyama is The Controller.
  • Retired Monster: John Stubbs hasn't been an active merc for over 20 years, having retired to a life of ill-gotten luxury with his wife completely unaware of his shady past. He is in the middle of his holiday when 47 comes for him.
  • Scary Black Man: Patrick Morgan is considered to be possibly the most dangerous of the six.
  • Token Good Teammate: Taheji "Controller" Koyama hired the ICA to take down his team and serve justice. He also donated his fortune to charities, including help for war victims across Asia. Even when he was diagnosed with Elyen's Syndrome, he refused treatment and continued donating to charities until he moved to Gama.
  • The Yugoslav Wars: All six of them are infamous for the brutal war crimes they committed during the Siege of Sarajevo.

     Dino Bosco

Voiced by: William Mapother (English), Hiroshi Shirokuma (Japanese)

A washed up character actor seeking to relive his glory days by directing and starring in a movie based on the cult superhero graphic novel The Icon. His rampant perfectionism and disregard for budget have put his studio on the edge of bankruptcy, causing them to turn to the ICA to eliminate him.

  • Actor Allusion: The voice actor for Dino Bosco was previously intended to replace David Bateson as the voice of 47 in Hitman: Absolution but Bateson returned to the role at the last minute. Dialogue between some NPCs in Bosco's level can be overheard talking about having Bosco replaced in the leading role with another named Dave Bateson.
  • Asshole Victim: While Dino is nowhere near as evil as any of the other targets, he's certainly one of the most unpleasant. For most of the mission, you can hear him berating the film crew. Because of this, killing him is really satisfying.
  • Bad Boss: Or bad director. Dino makes a habit of treating his crew like shit.
  • Bait the Dog: At first, you might feel bad for the rather petty reason for his kill order. After you spend some time on the mission, you'll probably change your mind.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Compared to other targets in the game, Bosco takes more firepower to gun down because of his costume protecting him. It takes 10 silverballer shots to the torso or at least 3 headshots to kill him, which isn't a huge amount but makes him tough enough that you can't shoot him to death without causing a big commotion.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Killing a B-movie star just because he's he's a huge jerk that's bleeding the studio's funds dry probably counts as this.
  • Hate Sink: Dino is made to be an unpleasant, narcissistic, entitled jerkass to everyone he comes across. Almost all his dialogue is him berating some poor crew member for a trivial reason. It's completely possible to forget that he isn't even a criminal, unlike all the other targets.
  • It's All About Me: Dino doesn't care about anybody else working on the movie. He only cares about the final result and making himself look good in the process.
  • Jerkass: He berates his film crew and threatens them multiple times if he's even slighty annoyed at the shot. He's also immature enough to respond to edits and unauthorized recuts of his films by peeing on the screen during the premier and Flipping the Bird to the whole audience.
  • Mythology Gag: The dialogue you can overhear about Bosco's leading role being taken by an actor named Dave Bateson is a reference to his voice actor almost replacing David Bateson as the voice of Agent 47 in the development of Hitman: Absolution.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He's a complete asshole to everyone on the film set, but he's actually quite charming towards his fans, even the ones who are acting kind of awkward and weird.
  • No-Sell: His suit is genuinely bulletproof. He can take at least 2 headshots from the Jaeger 7 Lancer. He isn't protected from bladed weapons, however, and even the Silverballers will get past the armour eventually.
  • No Stunt Double: As an old school B-movie actor, he does all his own stunts. This being Hitman, it can prove to be his undoing.
  • The Other Darrin: invoked In-Universe, some NPCs can be overheard discussing having an actor named Dave Bateson replace Dino Bosco in the movie.
  • The Perfectionist: According to his studio's accountant, he's spent weeks shooting the same scene over and over and he refuses to wrap up production until he's absolutely satisfied, creating huge delays and causing the movie to go over budget.
  • Prima Donna Director: He wants everything to be done the most realistically and the reshoot is sinking the production company into bankruptcy. It's cheaper hiring 47 to kill him than breaking his contract.
  • Self-Made Man: Despite coming from a relatively privileged background, Bosco insisted in starting his film career from the very bottom (including Z-grade movies and porn), claiming that "you have to earn it".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Dino is extremely cocky for a washed up B-movie star.

     Kong Tuo-Kwang

Voiced by: James Sie (English), Minoru Hirota (Japanese)

The founder of China Corp, who claims that he does what he does to improve lives but is really driven by profit.

  • Affably Evil: Rather personable and abjectly amoral, in direct contrast to Mendola.
  • Berserk Button: Although normally calm and collected, throwing stuff around to try and lure him will often cause him to shout and swear.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Calls out Mendola on believing this cliche. He points out that everyone uses money transfers in the real world.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: Hinted to be interested in this. Compliments the view of the city and the local traditions, but is enthusiastic to turn it into skyscrapers, whatever the cost.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Despite his protestations to the contrary, it's clear that the man pursues profit at all costs. The fact that he's illegally spying on his competition is testament to this fact.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If he meets with Mendola, he will enjoy messing with him.
  • Nice to the Waiter: In contrast to Mendola, Kong is normally polite to anyone working for him. Bumping into him while wearing a service-based disguise won't annoy him as much as it would Mendola.
  • Noble Demon: Shows signs of this. While he has no qualms about illegally spying on Hamilton-Lowe and tearing down the city to build skyscrapers, he is polite and respectful to the waiting staff and honours his deal with Mendola by wiring money to his bank account, rather than throwing the Frenchman off the roof.
  • Self-Made Man: A darker variation. He started life as a street orphan in Kowloon Walled City, and eventually became a high-powered corporate executive. However, it's implied that he stepped on quite a few toes during his rise to fame and fortune.

     Matthieu Mendola

Voiced by: Keith Ferguson (English), Yuta Odagaki (Japanese)

A highly superstitious family man, whose dissatisfaction with his job caused him to become a spy for their main competitor.

  • Ambiguously Evil: There's nothing to suggest he's actually a bad person, just a spurned employee trying to retaliate against a bad employer. Considering his employer is a regular client of the ICA, he's probably right to take this view.
  • Bad Boss: In contrast to Kong, he will chide any service provider he is unhappy with - fortune tellers, food vendors, phone repairmen. Even if the bodyguard calls him up to the meeting a minute after his arrival, he will announce his intention to chide them for lateness.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Not exactly "evil", but he is noted to be a "family man" in his profile.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Sees his failed attempt at corporate espionage this way.
  • French Jerk: Hasn't got the friendliest personality.
    • That being said, it might be because of his (justified) paranoia of being found out during the mission. He is nicer than he needs to be to a few of the vendors on the street, but is quick to turn snarky when things don't go his way.
  • The Mole: He is Kong's inside man within Hamilton-Lowe, planning to hand him documents that could land him billions in a real estate deal.
  • Nervous Wreck: He is constantly on edge due to paranoia.
  • Properly Paranoid: He is constantly worried of getting caught and/or killed. He is very correct.

     Smokey and Slick
Harry "Smokey" Bagnato
Marv "Slick" Gonif

A pair of burglars trying to rob the Palais de Walewska on Christmas Eve.

  • Blatant Burglar: They infiltrate a gala event wearing black street clothes with long jackets. Yet nobody seems to notice them or care when they enter restricted areas.
  • Butt-Monkey: Slick. One of the mission challenges is knock him unconscious with a brick three times before finally killing him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Played straight on release of the Hitman 2 Legacy Pack as they and their mission were completely absent, but this is now subverted… as they’re back as Temporary Online Content.
  • Christmas Episode: Christmas Targets in a Christmas-themed Paris level.
  • Evil Laugh: Slick starts giggling to himself every time he steals something or floods a sink.
  • Expy: A pair of bumbling thieves named Harry and Marv robbing a place on Christmas eve? Why does that sound so familiar? Slick even insists on flooding the Palais de Walewska's bathroom sinks.
  • Hammerspace: They can steal huge weapons such as battle axes and katanas, but they will disappear as soon as they take them. They will still drop them when they die.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To the thieves in Home Alone, sharing similar names to the Wet Bandits from said film.
    • The "Bad 47" challenge asks you to knockout Marv three times with a brick, a reference to a similar scene in the first sequel (but with less unconscious Marv.)
    • Marv’s penchant for flooding sinks is also a reference to the Wet Bandits’ calling card of robbing places, then leaving the homeowners’ sinks on.
  • Temporary Online Content: The Hitman 2 variation of Holiday Hoarders, and therefore Smokey and Slick, are only around until January 2019… despite being made permanent targets in Hitman 2016 after fans didn't want them to be Temporary Targets in that game.
  • Timed Mission: After Harry and Marv complete their routes, the two will meet up. A challenge requires you to steal all the items on the target's lists before they do. The challenge fails if either one dies, but you can freely knock them out. Another requires you to kill them both in a propane explosion after they return empty handed.
  • Troll: Slick occasionally enters bathrooms just to flood the sink, and giggles like a little kid after doing so.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: As noted above, no one will bat an eye as they slip into restricted areas in plain sight. While Smokey does at least try stay low and move fast to avoid detection while searching for loot, Slick just walks around cluelessly looking for stuff to steal.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: They have similar names to the thieves in Home Alone.

     Marco Abiatti

A wealthy businessman returning to Sapienza to run for mayor.

  • The Bully: Enjoys cowing and threatening others.
  • Call-Forward: His death is mentioned in passing by numerous NPCs in “World of Tomorrow.” Francesca De Santis mentions at one point that the real reason Silvio Caruso issued the contract is because Abiatti bullied him when they were at school.
    • Also, if Silvio Caruso was confronted by 47 at gunpoint in “World of Tomorrow”, he might mention that “this is just like Abiatti throwing him down a well again,” all the while weeping and begging for his life.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Claims to be a good Catholic, yet he has no problem murdering the local priest if he should encounter him.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: He plans to expel the local townspeople and make Sapienza a luxury retreat for the rich and powerful.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: What he was before entering politics, and, given his plans for Sapienza, still is at heart.
  • Corrupt Politician: He has mafia connections, doesn’t give a damn about his constituents, plans to use his position for his own personal gain, and is even willing to murder a priest.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Your client is Silvio Caruso, who Marco had bullied in the past.
  • The Dreaded: Others in Sapienza who know him regard him with fear. A lawyer who has butted heads with the Mafia finds him and him alone terrifying.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Sabotaging the stage and leaving the mic on causes Marco to accidentally reveal his true intentions towards Sapienza. He'll then head to the stage to explain himself, even though it was just declared a safety hazard. If you give him a chance to make his speech before giving him his shocking exit, after some awkward right-wing fumbling while claiming he was just joking, he's actually slick enough to win back the crowd by promising them jobs and lower taxes.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Expects everyone to consent to being bought, from the local townspeople to his political enemies. When people are more principled, he tends to respond with threats or violence.
  • Hate Sink: In a game that has Strandberg, Bosco, and Oybek Nabazov, Marco still finds time to stand out as a pretty detestable person. The other targets don’t stop to piss on people’s graves or push priests off church rooftops.
  • High-Voltage Death: One possible method of killing him is to give him a fatal electric shock while he's onstage trying to salvage his reputation.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: It’s possible to lure him up to the roof of a church and push him off, causing him to fall on one of the spires and get run through.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: If you set up Marco for an Engineered Public Confession, he claims this about what he was overheard saying.
  • Karmic Death:
    • One way to kill him is to push him off the roof of a church where he gets impaled on one of the spires. Right after he tried to put on a facade of being a Church Going Villain by going to confession with no intention of actually repenting. For added karma, you do this dressed as Father Francesco, one of his old bullying victims and someone he will kill should he find him.
    • It's possible to trick him into an Engineered Public Confession, then electrocute him while he tries to do damage control in front of the now enraged public he was intending to expel for his own selfish ends.
  • Kick the Dog: He’s been outright stated as one of the reasons why Silvio is such an emotional wreck, and he will eventually murder Father Franchesco should the two meet.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In contrast to the Ambiguously Evil Basco and Mendola, the Affably Evil Kong and the Home Alone shoutouts, Abiatti is cruel, nasty, corrupt, and after Jordan Cross, is the second target to kill another NPC during the mission.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He spends the entire mission dressed in a nice suit.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Silvio Berlusconi and the recent round of European populists.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: To both Silvio Caruso and Father Francesco.
  • Sleazy Politician: Not only is he a crook, he's a complete sleazebag as well.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: A few residents of the town see through his act. A majority, however, are lining up for photos, extolling the virtues of his supposed honesty, and enjoying the festivities in his name. One option for killing him is turning on a mic and exposing him to the town and killing him during his attempted damage control.
  • Visionary Villain: Speaks of his plan to reinvent Sapienza in quite grandiose terms.

Patient Zero Targets

     Oybek Nabazov

The leader of the doomsday cult "Liberation". ICA analysts have linked him conclusively with seven mass cult suicides or atrocities over the past three decades.

  • Big Bad: Despite dying in the first mission, he manages to qualify for this, or at least share the role with Owen Cage, due to the concessions he set up to occur in the event of his death.
  • Beard of Evil: Oybek is one of the few targets to sport a beard. He's also one of the most evil.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He presents himself as a self-help guru and an artist. He doesn't mention that he's a sociopath leading innocents into committing suicide.
  • Con Man: What he is ultimately at the heart.
  • The Corruptor: Oybek preys on the desperate and convinces them to kill themselves.
  • Dark Messiah: Goes with being the head of a doomsday cult.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: You'd think killing a cult leader would stop his plans. You'd be wrong.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As you'd expect from a cult leader and sociopath, Oybek is rather friendly and polite to people around him. This is almost certainly an act, considering the rest of his personality.
  • Hate Sink: Oybek is a sociopath cult leader who causes mass suicides for shits and giggles. While he can come across as polite and friendly, it is only an act to convince people to join his cult. Unlike some of the other hate sinks in hitman, Oybek is played seriously and made to be as detestable as possible.
  • Lack of Empathy: Oybek doesn't care in the slightest about causing mass suicides and preying on weak-willed people.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: 47's assassination of him acts as a call-sign for his operatives to begin their acts of bioterrorism.
  • Karmic Death: He can burn alive if you replace his fire retardant oil with vodka. The purpose of this display was to show that he was the chosen one. The challenge for doing this is called divine intervention.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even in the later parts of the main game, the targets are generally goofy enough to have a lighter feel to them. Oybek is played very seriously, having very little humor about him. He's a heartless monster, something that is played for drama.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His actions and his M.O. make him rather reminiscent of real-life doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara.
  • Scam Religion: He is known for starting multiple of these.
  • Serial Killer: By proxy. He has led seven other groups to suicide before you encounter him in this level.
  • The Sociopath: Up there with Strandberg. The briefing states that he has repeatedly formed cults, inspired devoted loyalty, and manipulated his followers into committing mass suicide. He would need to be excellent at forming profound-seeming relationships with people, while also incapable of feeling actual empathy for them.

     Sister Yulduz

Nabazov's second-in-command who is in charge of organizing the cult's activities.

  • Hollywood Homely: One of the staff members calls her an "axe-faced harridan", but she doesn't look too old or hideous. It's possible the staff are referring to Mrs. Mookjai, the Bad Boss manager of the hotel.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: ICA intelligence has found she has made substantial investments in security and phamaceutical companies, apparently hoping to profit off the plague Liberation is planning to unleash.
  • Properly Paranoid: If you kill Nabazov first and hide his body, leaving it undiscovered, Yulduz will still eventually notice he isn't around and correctly deduce something has happened to him, leading to the Screw This, I'm Outta Here! moment below.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Yulduz doesn't seem to appreciate the gravity of Nabazov's plan and believes the viral outbreak is something she can profit from, apparently not considering all that money won't do her any good if Nabazov's virus destroys the world.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If Nabazov dies, Yulduz's plan seems to be to flee and make good on her investments rather than stick around and go down with the rest of the cult when Nabazov's doomsday plan kicks off. This is why she's got a team of mercs that are not part of the cult on call in the gardens.
  • The Starscream/Not in This for Your Revolution: In private phone calls, Yulduz refers to Nabazov as an "old lunatic" and makes it clear she has absolutely no intention of going down with the cult as Nabazov triggers the apocalypse. Her only interest seems to be short-selling companies and making a profit when the viral outbreak tanks the economy.

     Craig Black

A renowned author and Liberation sleeper agent who plans to release the cult's deadly virus at a fan convention for his books.

  • Badass Mustache: He has a very fancy twirled up moustache.
  • Creator Backlash: The dialogues from him indicate he has come to hate his most popular work "Cassandra Snow: New England Wiccan". In fact, he hates it so much that he is willing to commit bioterrorism on his own fans.
  • Irony: He researched the seductive and tempting nature of cults to research for the Cassandra Snow franchise, only to join one himself later on.
  • Humiliation Conga: A posthumous one. He hates his own book and Movie series; the Cassandra Snow franchise, to the point that he'll kill everyone at the church reading with a deadly virus to make sure he'll be remembered for that instead. After 47 kills him, his death has the ironic effect of making sure everyone in the world knows about his books, not his cult activities. Hitman 2 NPC's mention the books and films in almost every level (Mumbai being a rare exception to this), such as bin men in Whittleton Creek mentioning one of his books off-handedly, and in Hawkes Bay, Pam Kingsley announced on the news that the Cassandra Snow film franchise will continue to go on to continue his legacy, despite his death, with another film not based on the books being made. Safe to say, he got his just desserts...and then some.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He utterly despises the Cassandra Snow books and their popularity and vows that they will not be what he will be remembered for. A news report in Hawkes Bay in Hitman 2 reveals that Hollywood has decided to keep making Cassandra Snow films despite his death, thus ensuring his "legacy" will live on for a long time.
  • Mad Artist: It's suggested he's not right in the head, given his willingness to join a doomsday cult and murder his own fans.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Before working on the Cassandra Snow franchise, Craig wrote a number of sci-fi neo-noir novels that went largely ignored. However, his supernatural preteen fantasy series; Cassandra Snow, which he created on a lark has completely eclipsed them in popularity, which has left him bitter and resentful.
  • Mugged for Disguise: You can kill/knockout Craig Black and nick his clothes and meet up with Brother Akram.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a beige flat cap.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: While it's never explicitly stated who exactly died, Craig frequently visits a headstone in the cemetery while swearing "all of them will pay".

     Brother Akram

A high-ranking operative of Liberation currently meeting Craig Black in Sapienza to hand him the virus crucial to their bioterrorism.

  • Ambiguously Brown: The mission briefing notes that his Central Asian heritage is only a guess.
  • Mugged for Disguise: You can kill/ knockout Brother Akram and nick his clothes and meet up with Craig Black.
  • Mysterious Past: His profile is largely guesswork and conjecture - his traveling suggests a degree of tradecraft, and his correspondence suggests a long history with Nabazov pre-dating Liberation's founding, but nothing conclusive.
  • Room Full of Crazy: One of the rooms in his apartment fits the bill.

     Bradley Paine

A Liberation sleeper agent serving as a researcher in the CDC.

  • Asshole Victim: Diana isn't particularly upset when you kill Paine.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Diana, who generally manages to be professionally blasé about the numerous crimes and Kick the Dog moments committed by most of 47's targets, seems to find Paine's actions to be particularly heinous, given he's coldly experimenting on his own men with a deadly bio-weapon.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Bradley may have glasses but he lacks a moral compass.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Pain(e). Also doubles with meaningful name, since inflicting pain on people is the thing he seems to be doing in the level.
  • Properly Paranoid: Should he be alerted to anything going wrong, he will immediately run away even if it sounds like an accident.
  • The Sociopath: Diana indicates that his lab notes refer to his victims more like lab animals than people, indicating a casual indifference to human life than even she, a hardened ICA controller who's seen it all, finds disturbing.
  • The Voiceless: Since you're situated at the top of a sniper perch, you never hear him speak (though he is still visibly talking to militiamen and the like while patrolling). This makes him one of the few Targets in the entire franchise where he's completely mute to the player on the account of being too far away from you to hear him speak.

     Owen Cage

Nabazov's partner and main developer of Liberation's bioweapon, which he has infected himself with in order to become its Patient Zero and spread it throughout the world.

  • Antagonist Title: He's the titular "Patient Zero" of both the campaign and its final mission, though he's Dragon Their Feet after the death of Big Bad Nabazov.
  • Apocalypse Cult: A rather active member of Nabazov's death cult.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Alongside Nabazov, he's the main villain of the Patient Zero campaign, being the guy who developed the virus and set up plans to spread it throughout the world.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Actively promoted conspiracy theories online under the handle "Black Tide", including the Illuminati and the Elders of Zion.
  • Eco-Terrorist: Described as an "idealistic eco-warrior, driven to extreme measures by what he perceives to be a relentless race towards environmental collapse".
  • Patient Zero: Intended as the first infectee to spread the illness en masse.
  • Plaguemaster: His intention was to be this. His ambitious scheme to infect Sydney was thwarted, and he is too weak by the time he reaches Hokkaido to proactively or even consciously perform this role - largely does it anyway.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: Helped mastermind the Nabazov virus plot, and willingly uses himself as a conduit for the virus.
  • Progressively Prettier: Downplayed. While he is still hideous due to the effects of the virus, his appearance in Hitman 2 is much less deformed compared to his original.
  • Tainted Veins: Among other visible signs of damage.
  • Typhoid Mary: Not so much him himself, but those he infects.

     Klaus Liebleid

One of Ether Corporation's best researchers. He plans on extracting the Nabazov virus from Owen Cage and reverse-engineering it.

  • Ambiguously Evil: His lack of ethics and nefarious plans for the virus are not explicitly confirmed during the mission itself, though he does talk enthusiastically about weaponizing the virus for more "tactical" usage. Even if Ether does have dubious intents, it's unclear how proactive he was in organizing those plans. Notably, he is the only target killed in the Patient Zero campaign who is neither involved in the cult nor collateral damage to contain the infection.
  • For Science!: Considers himself beyond ethics.
  • Hazmat Suit: Wears a distinctive black one. He and his team are suitably immune from contracting Cage's illness.
  • Herr Doktor
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • The single dose of vaccine he produced is what allows 47 to survive infection and continue his assignment.
    • There's a challenge for incinerating Liebleid and Cage with the emergency incineration system Liebleid is using as a failsafe.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Diana pronounces his last name as "Leeb-leed", while Klaus pronounces it "Leeb-lied". The latter is correct according to standard German pronunciation.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
  • Plague Doctor: In terms of role - does not wear the famous attire.


In General

     (The Shadow Client) Lucas Grey

Voiced by: John Hopkins (English), Tsuyoshi Koyama (Japanese)

"I have felt the cost. That's what defines me."

A mysterious man working in the shadows, who appears between levels in the CGI cutscenes. Is apparently focused on bringing down Providence, even if he has to use the ICA and 47 as unwitting pawns to do so.

  • Ambiguously Evil: He's certainly up to something, but it's not yet clear where he falls on the morality spectrum.
  • Ambiguously Human: The new Hitman series seems to be a soft reboot/retcon, which goes out of its way to avoid mentioning 47's gonzo sci-fi cloning origins. Thus, while 6 is confirmed as one of the Ort-Meyer children, it's never mentioned whether or not he's a product of late 20th century genetic engineering.
  • Ascended Extra: Number 6 had previously been mentioned in Hitman: Contracts and Hitman: Enemy Within as a childhood bully of 47 as well as his first kill. Here it turns out he was 47's best friend, 47's memory presumably having been altered by Ort-Meyer to distance him from his rebellious streak.
  • Batman Gambit: He orchestrated the hit on Jordan Cross to lure the latter's father Thomas, a reclusive media mogul, to attend his son's funeral so he could kill him and drain his accounts. It's likely he got the idea from 47's similar gambit to take down Hayamoto in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.
  • The Chessmaster: He is secretly manipulating 47 and the ICA into carrying out his agenda by strategically leaking info about his targets to people who would want them dead as a result so they hire the ICA to take them out.
  • *Click* Hello/Danger Takes A Back Seat: How he introduces himself to the businessman who holds "the key".
  • Combat Pragmatist: As he admits, he plays dirty. He hides in the car of a providence member to assault him from behind, and plans on simply sniping 47 after the latter eliminates his allies. He doesn't go through with it, but comes off much smarter than others who've tried to kill 47 because of it.
  • David vs. Goliath: He's a private citizen with some degree of black bag training who manages to become an existential threat to the secret cabal that essentially runs the world. In an early cutscene he even discusses how a small player can manage to defeat a much stronger opponent ("play dirty").
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Season 1 sets him up as the Big Bad of the new Hitman series. In Season 2, he's revealed to be 47's childhood friend, and the two of them team up to take down Providence after 47 remembers his childhood vow to do so due to them being Ort-Meyer's true backers.
  • The Dragon: Heavily implied to be one to the Constant in the ending cutscene for Haven Island.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Possibly. When asked if he has a family, he remained silent.
  • Evil Brit: Has an accent that's remarkably similar to Sean Bean's.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He's certainly not an outright good guy, but the organization he's fighting, Providence, aren't exactly saints either.
  • Foil: The ending of Freedom Fighters heavily implies he's another of Ort-Meyer's children ( which is confirmed in Hitman 2), and he possesses many of the skills that 47 does. Similar to 47's work as an international assassin, he's spent the past 3 decades working as a mercenary-for-hire in conflict zones all over the world. Fittingly, while 47 favors a more surgical approach as a stealthy assassin, the Shadow Client thinks more like a soldier and his methods, while still based on guile and manipulation, tend to be somewhat louder and more explosive in nature. Conversely, he escaped before going through the enhanced mental conditioning that 47 went through, as a result he thinks and feels more like a normal human being (including feeling guilt and anger) compared to the more stoic and reserved 47.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Hitman 2 reveals that he was another of Ort-Meyer's child subjects and a friend of 47. However, he was assumed dead after a failed escape attempt by him and 47, and 47 eventually forgot about him due to the enhanced mental conditioning Ort-Meyer put him and the surviving subjects through.
  • It's Personal: Possibly. While 47 has killed some horrible people, others, even worse people have risen to fill their place. According to him, seeing the consequences of this is what defines him.
    The Shadow Client: I have seen the consequences. I have felt the cost. That's what defines me.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His specialty; a lot of the targets he assigns to you are collateral in his secret war with Providence such as the Bangkok targets (who served as bait) and IAGO (who were loose ends). But people were ready to pay for their deaths with good reasons.
    • Cross between this and Kick the Dog when he shoots the agent who had given him the key to Providence's computer room.
  • Mission Control: He serves this role in the final two missions in Hitman 2.
  • Morality Pet: Olivia Hall is apparently this to him. At the least he seems genuinely concerned for her safety.
  • No Name Given: Currently, he is only known as "The Shadow Client". 47 comes up with the name after ICA realizes his existence at the end of the Bangkok mission, and he is referred as such from that point onwards. His name, or rather the alias he goes by, is revealed to be Lucas Grey in Hitman 2.
  • The Profiler: He was able to identify several 47's past victims from previous games, and given that every death was listed as unsolved or accidental, and that there was likely no consistent M.O. to link them, it's surprising he was able correctly deduce that 47 was behind every kill.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The members of his Quirky Mini Boss Squad in "Freedom Fighters" seem to refer to him as such. Be that as it may, he has almost no reaction when 47 kills them all.
  • The Reveal: He was another of Ort-Meyer's experiments who escaped from Providence's grasps and was a childhood friend of 47 (something which was heavily foreshadowed at the end of Freedom Fighters).
  • They Knew the Risks: When Rose and the other targets of Colorado are killed, he reassures Olivia with this.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Zigzagged. He watches 47 from afar with a sniper rifle, but doesn't actually shoot. This shows that he doesn't care about how his opponents die, as long as they die, a trait he shares with 47.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After receiving the IAGO files from Novikov, he orders their identities and operation be leaked to MI-6 to tie up loose ends. This results in MI6 ordering the assassination on Novikov and Margolis, which 47 performs the very next day.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: Providence considers him a terrorist with no higher goal than creating chaos and believe him to be the "greater evil" compared to them and their Ancient Conspiracy. Diana is quick to point out that he's only a "terrorist" if Providence wins.

     (The Constant) Arthur Edwards
The Constant

Voiced by: Philip Rosch (English), Yutaka Aoyama (Japanese)

"Miss Burnwood, we won a long time ago. This? This is just maintenance."

A high ranking member of Providence, who supervises the Heralds and acts as the organization's primary agent.

  • Affably Evil: Polite, soft-spoken, and a high-ranking agent for the Ancient Conspiracy that controls the world.
  • Awesome by Analysis: As seen in Hitman 2, he is capable of pulling a lot of information from thin material.
  • Berserk Button: The only thing that seems to rattle him is his loyalty being questioned or betrayed. Quite hypocritical, seeing how he easily he betrayed the Partners and embezzled them shortly after escaping from Grey.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: In the Isle of Sgàil mission, killing him results in instant mission failure since your goal is to bring him in for interrogation.
  • The Chessmaster: While the idea could be from his superiors, he pulls off an interesting trick; He promises Diana information about 47's past if the ICA helps them to get rid of the Shadow Client. When Diana and 47 instead assist Lucas Grey in capturing the Constant, he does just that by informing her that it was 47 who orphaned Diana to fulfill an assassination contract. Note that since revealing info means death when you work for Providence, (especially at his position) he likely didn't even care about his killswitch; he played along just to give Diana the middle finger one last time before he is disposed of.
    • As of "The Last Resort", it appears that much if not all of 47's actions against Providence were All According to Plan, as the mission ends with the revelation that the Constant has escaped and made arrangements to secretly take over Providence's assets while 47 and 6 eliminate the Partners.
  • Creepy Monotone: He speaks in this manner, rather reminiscent of the G-Man from Half-Life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When speaking to Diana after the death of Soders.
    The Constant: You could have just sacked the poor guy.
  • The Dragon: He is revealed to be this in Hitman 2 as he reports directly to the Partners, the true heads of Providence.
    • Dragon Ascendant: At the end of "The Last Resort" he has gotten complete control of Providence's assets and it's implied he and Grey have been working together this whole time to usurp the organization.
  • Evil Brit: If his London School of Economics is anything to say.
  • Explosive Leash: In Hitman 2, after Janus' assassination he's forced to inject himself with a remote-controlled killswitch to prove his loyalty to Providence.
  • Finger-Tenting: One of his more unusual mannerisms - he often walks around with his hands clasped, as if he's carrying something.
  • Legacy Character: He is the second person to hold the title of Constant, with the first being the cold war spymaster known as Janus.
  • Mouth of Sauron: He's responsible for Providence's communications, and delivers their alliance offer to Diana.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He's genuinely friendly with Constantin, Janus' valet. He also makes an effort to be unremarkable and unmemorable to the wait staff, instead of antagonizing them like many of the ultra-rich a-holes who comprise the Ark Society.
  • No Name Given: Even his title is only given in incidental dialogue. An unlockable safe in the Isle of Sgàil reveals his name to be Arthur Edwards.
  • The Starscream: "The Last Resort" reveals that he is behind Lucas Grey's assault on Providence. His kidknapping triggered a fail-safe where the Partners would fake their deaths and assume new identities. However, their Providence assets were transfered to the Constant rather than their new identities. He appears to have complete control of Providence with Grey and 47 setting out to kill the Partners.
  • The Stoic: Takes the looting of Providence's computer room in stride, while Director Fanin freaks out.
    • In Hitman 2 he is equally calm when 47 forces him to come quietly by threatening him with the killswitch.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: One of the Heralds describes him as looking like an accountant, and his face certainly wouldn't stand out in a crowd. When he's attending the Ark Society gala in Sgail, Zoe Washington wonders how he can manage to be the most anonymous person in the room despite being the only one not wearing a mask.

     Olivia Hall
A young female hacktivist who is allies with Sean Rose and the Shadow Client.

Voiced by: Michelle Asante (English), Airi Ohitsu (Japanese)

  • Ascended Extra: She appeared only briefly at the end of the Colorado mission, but plays a much larger role in Hitman 2.
  • Black and Nerdy: African-American and a very good hacker.
  • Hackette: During the briefing before the Colorado mission, Diana makes it clear that her hacking skills are nothing to sneeze at.
  • It's All My Fault: She (correctly) blames herself for accidentally helping 47 kill the Colorado militants.
  • Morality Pet: She appears to be this for the Shadow Client.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She accidentally helped the ICA track down Sean Rose's base in Colorado.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Shadow Client warns her that she should go into hiding, as Providence will try to kill her now that she is no longer useful to them.

Paris: "The Showstopper"

    Sebastian Sato 

The lead Fashion Designer for the Sanguine fashion show, who resents being under Novikov's strict creative control.

  • Always Camp
  • Butt-Monkey: He clearly hates the designs he was forced to do for the event. Novikov threatens to destroy his career unless he does exactly what he's told. Heck, Novikov will yell at him if he finds Sato vomiting in a trash can. Even the game encourages this, with one achievement requiring 47 to manipulate events so that Sato will quit on the spot in rage. Another achievement even encourages you to outright murder Sato, even though he isn't a target.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Canonically, he survives the events of The Showstoppers, and is said to have retired from Sanguine after his bosses' deaths boosted its popularity.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: If pushed to his limit, he does both this and go for a smoke break.

     Hailey Brennan 
Dalia Margolis' assistant and a spy for Victoria St. Clair.

     Helmut Kruger

A world-famous male model and actor whose star is fading as he grows older. He's taken up working for IAGO. Curiously, he also possesses a near-identical appearance to Agent 47.

  • Badass Longcoat: He's not very badass, but he wears an extremely stylish black coat that flutters dramatically behind him when he moves. If 47 ends up impersonating him, that coat certainly becomes one of these.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite wearing dark blue and black, looking like 47, and wearing ominous makeup that invokes Excessive Evil Eyeshadow, he's actually a reasonably nice guy who is in over his head.
  • Honey Trap: Is assigned to seduce women for Dalia Margolis so he can get the secrets of their associates.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks almost identical to 47 and the latter can pass as the former even without makeup. Albeit, that's because Helmut is rarely seen without his. A side-by-side comparison of Helmut and 47 disguised as Helmut shows there are enough subtle differences that he's unlikely to be, say, another Mr. 17.
  • Not What I Signed Up For: Is horrified when given the cyanide to potentially (hint: explicitly) murder the person he's supposed to spy on.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Helmut had a very successful career but is aging and dislikes being forced out. That's why he's agreed to become a spy for Dalia Margolis.

Sapienza: "World of Tomorrow"

     Padre Francesco 
The local priest in Sapienza. Appears in both World of Tomorrow and Landslide.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: In World of Tomorrow, he can be overheard talking to a female scientist as part of an opportunity, but other than that, Francesco is just a minor character. In Landslide, disguising as him would give you several ways of dealing with Abiatti.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: His appearance in Landslide as an NPC opens the possibility of 47 killing him in gameplay or Marco Abiatti throwing him off the roof of the church to his death should they cross paths, but his appearance in World of Tomorrow confirms that he survives the events of Landslide.
  • Good Shepherd: He is a priest and one of the most innocent characters in the series.
  • Nice Guy: Padre Francesco is a nice guy, which naturally makes him enemies with Marco Abiatti.
  • Properly Paranoid: Francesco hides from Marco Abiatti, worried that the latter would kill him.

    Roberto Vargas

The golfing coach at Silvio Caruso's mansion and Francesca De Santis' lover. Their affair is an open secret among the security staff but unknown by either Silvio or the mansion servants.

  • The Casanova: Has this reputation among his fans.
  • Ladykiller in Love: He is surprised by how intense his feelings for Francesca are.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Roberto flirts with other women, especially his fans, but only does this to maintain his image. Francesca is still upset and suspicious about it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He usually only dates much younger and less intelligent women. Francesca is definitely not his type, being age appropriate as well as a genius.
  • Together in Death: There's a Challenge for locking Francesca's corpse in with Roberto's. However, this challenge can be completed even if Roberto is just unconscious.

Bangkok: "Club 27"

     Heidi Santoro 
Jordan Cross's drummer. Formerly a good friend of his, their relationship became strained after Hannah's death, which Heidi correctly suspects Jordan had something to do with.
  • The Ace: Crew members can be heard gushing over how smart, talented and hot she is.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: She is mentioned in a GNN news report in Season 2 mission "Nightcall", and reappears in the following mission, "The Finish Line", confirming her survival in "Club 27".

    Dexy Barat 
Jordan Cross's not-too-faithful manager. She holds intimate knowledge of Hannah Highmoore's murder, and is using audio evidence to blackmail his father.
  • Amoral Attorney: She used to be a CLO before she started managing Jordan's band. When her employer was sued by people who developed cancer from using their products, she successfully convinced the courts to make the victims pay them damages.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems like a fun and competent manager but not only is she aware of Hannah's death, she tries to blackmail Thomas Cross behind Jordan's back.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She has quite an odd haircut and style of clothing for a manager but the crew says she is one of the best in the business.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The celebrity tattoo artist in Colombia is calling her on the phone and makes it clear that she's his manager, indicating she survived the events of Club 27.
  • Irony: When Jordan rants about his father during his birthday party, the last thing he says to her is "You don't know him, Dex, and I pray, you don't get to.
  • Karma Houdini: She canonically gets away with covering up Hannah's murder, manipulating Jordan, and attempting to blackmail Thomas Cross.
  • Secret Keeper: She helped Jordan Cross cover up Hannah Highmoore's murder.

     Mrs. Mookjai 
The manager of the Bangkok hotel where Jordan Cross is staying, and thus an employee of Thomas Cross’s.
  • Bad Boss: There are memos from her all over the hotel, most of which contain threats to fire the entire hotel staff for trivial errors. One wonders how she’ll react to the on-premises assassination of her boss’s son.
  • Evil Is Petty: Evil is a stretch, but she’s certainly petty. One of her notes threatens the entire staff with termination because one waiter got a pair of room-service orders mixed up.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Inverted. She’s polite to Dexy Barat and Jordan Cross, but nasty to her underlings.

Hokkaido: "Situs Inversus"

    Jason Portman 
One of GAMA's VIP patients. A wealthy former CEO currently going in for plastic surgery to look like Helmut Kruger.

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's apparently the new "golden brain" of Silicon Valley, he's also an eccentric weirdo who's obsessed with Helmut Kruger. In "The Last Resort" he's also apparently able to outsmart Haven's master hacker Steven Bradley, at least when it comes to programming, despite being a complete moron when it comes to his personal dealings.
  • Butt-Monkey: In his introduction level, he can be knocked out after a facial surgery, leaving his face swollen and bruised. In "The ARK Society" he is seen being blocked by some guards. By "The Golden Handshake", one of his companies is mentioned being in the middle of a scandal. In "The Last Resort", he appears in person, and despite being very loosely related to the mission at hand, one of the challenges requires eliminating him — even the description of this challenge is among the lines of "just because".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If he meets 47, he'll hostilely accuse 47 of trying to "steal" his idea to look like Helmut Kruger using plastic surgery. Needlessly abrasive, but not too bad. Let him keep talking, and he'll eventually start following 47 around (even to the bathroom) threatening to use his connections to make 47 "disappear for good," even though 47 is literally just looking like himself and not saying anything.
  • Hidden Depths: He mentions Hush, The Invisible Man, and Darkman when discussing his facial bandages. Granted, this isn't too unexpected since he's a Silicon Valley tech bro. Also, despite his many personality quirks and flaws, his programming skills are apparently solid enough to unexpectedly defeat Haven hacker Steven Bradley.
  • Identical Stranger: Slightly more justified, since he's had plastic surgery to look like someone who already looks like 47 anyway.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Wants to look exactly like Helmut Kruger. If he and 47 cross paths, he briefly gets excited at meeting the real Kruger, then berates 47 for stealing his idea. Going into his room also reveals a table littered with photos of Kruger with his obsessive notes scribbled on said photos.
  • Jerkass: If he runs into 47 he will accuse him of stealing his "Helmut Kruger" idea and threaten him. He's also an ass to everyone he talks to, albeit in more of a douchey rather than overtly hostile way. Overall he acts like a Silicon Valley tech bro, which is exactly what he is. Hitman 2 also shows he's a member of Ark Society, which as global conspiracies go isn't exactly overtly evil like Providence, but is still incredibly creepy and decadent.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: What he expects, anyway, since the surgeons note that the differences in his and Helmut's facial structures make this difficult to do. If 47 takes Portman's place for the post-surgery checkup, his surgeon is astounded by the fact that there are no bruises or cuts on "Portman's" new face, so much so that he takes a moment to quietly cry tears of joy at his success. If you take his clothes you'll see the surgery left him grossly swollen and he'll be in the hospital hall yelling at someone on his cellphone about having his face inflated like a balloon if you skip the opportunity.
    • Subverted hard when he reappears in "The Last Resort", it's clear that the surgery was only moderately successful, and Portman looks more like a caricature of Kruger/47 rather than an exact facial copy.
  • Mugging the Monster: Harasses 47, thinking he stole his idea to imitate Helmut Kruger through plastic surgery, and says he can make him disappear. Also screams over the phone about GAMA's surgeons botching his face, apparently unaware of just how the hospital gets its transplant organs.
  • Nouveau Riche: He just sold his company Quantum Leap for one billion and first thing he does is get himself a very expensive surgery to look like a top model. Even Dexter, the Texan on his fifth lung transplant, has more sense than him.
  • Recurring Extra: He shows up again in the Hitman 2 levels "The ARK Society" and "The Last Resort" and is mentioned in "The Golden Handshake". Notably, in the latter 2 he's mentioned being screwed over by some unseen events. Despite this, he is never the main focus of any level.
  • Verbal Tic: Starts all of his conversations with, “Shut up!” (used in the California Valley Girl sense).

    Amos Dexter 
Another of GAMA's VIP patients. He's supposed to have lung transplant surgery (his fifth overall), but he just spends his time wandering the halls drunk.
  • The Alcoholic: He wanders around the hospital, constantly drunk, attempting to go into restricted areas and insulting the staff.
  • Eagleland: "America, The Boorish". He gets into an argument with a security guard when he tries to enter a restricted area, and says that he should be allowed inside because he's from America, and America is the world's security. When the security guards still refuses, he just calls him a commie.
  • Hand Cannon: In "The Dexter Discordance" escalation target, he keeps The Striker in a display case in his room. The Striker is a custom 1911 pistol loaded with magnum rounds and is fitted with a muzzle brake. In a nod to some of the earlier games, particularly Silent Assassin and Blood Money, it's hilariously overpowered, being able to send targets flying and has enough penetration to kille several people with a single shot.
  • Must Have Nicotine: He's on his fifth lung transplant due to his smoking. He's also one of several people in the Hokkaido level where you can get cigarettes from in order to open up an opportunity to kill Yuki.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He is extremely similar to Hitman: Absolution Big Bad Blake Dexter. The two are both Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit types with massive amounts of wealth and they even share the same last name. It's possible that the two are related, as Amos does mention having a brother, but there's nothing concrete on it so far.

    Dr. Nicholas Laurent 
The Chief Surgeon at the Gama Private Hospital in Hokkaido.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is a very timid man, but that still doesn't stop him from killing Erich Soders under the right circumstances.
  • Deadly Doctor: If he finds out that Erich Soders killed his father, he will "accidentally" kill him during the operation, provided that he's all drugged up.
  • Functional Addict: He needs to take pills on a regular basis to prevent his hands from shaking. Luckily he has a drug dealer at the hospital. This can be turned against him to either knock him out or to cause a drug-fueled rage that would make him kill Erich Soders.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers this big time if Erich Soders died, even if he's responsible for it.
  • Nice Guy: He is cordial to people around him and treats KAI like a person, having regularly conversations with her. Even after finding out that Erich Soders murdered his father, he refuses to get revenge for the sake of his career and doing what he feels is right. This completely drops, however, once he is high on drugs.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: He seems to have this opinion after killing Erich Soders.
  • You Killed My Father: Erich Soders killed Doctor Laurent's father twenty years earlier, so naturally you can arrange for the doctor to find out and kill him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to murdering Erich Soders himself could be this, as he would leave the operating theater and appear depressed over what happened.


An artificial intelligence that controls most of the GAMA hospital.

  • Artificial Intelligence: One of the world's most advanced.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Some of the workers in the hospital firmly believe in this. Averted in the game unless 47 deliberately sabotages it to invoke this, after which it starts spouting off creepy nonsense and can even end up killing the target by making the operating table go berserk.
  • Benevolent A.I.: It is quite friendly and will fix any attempts to tamper with medical procedures/equipment unless you sabotage or outsmart it. It even suggests the lead surgeon to try his pickup lines on it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Once tampered with, KAI will mumble nonsensical phrases.
    “Why yes, Mr. Magpie. It is a lovely day for a picnic.”
    • Her prototype, Ayakashi, is an even bigger one, due to being an Expy of Wheatley.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Her polite Machine Monotone never falters, even when she realizes she's being attacked. The worst she does is politely point out that tampering with her systems could result in a severe legal action from her creators.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Frequently weirds out Dr. Laurent with some of the things she says, which are mostly cases of either My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That or its inability to understand human social customs.
  • Machine Monotone: Speaks with a robotic, drawling Japanese accent at all times, even when going haywire.
  • Master Computer: The thing is quite important for the hospital, especially in surgeries, as it can fix any "errors" that 47 causes to the equipment.
  • Mouthful of Pi: While sabotaged, KAI decides to start slowly counting off one-million digits of pi. However, she eventually stops short of one-hundred digits, determining that, “pi is boring.”
  • Puzzle Boss: While sabotaging it down is not necessary, it requires a certain strategy. Reaching it requires either a certain disguise, the master keycard or one disposable scrambler. Then you need to pull out 4 pieces of it in a certain order or you get shocked. Fortunately, pulling the wrong one forces it to reboot, during which you can see the correct sequence to destroy it. Successfully pulling all 4 pieces in the right order shuts it down for the rest of the level.
  • Robosexual: She makes some odd advances on Dr. Laurent, after finding out that he's been recently divorced. She offers to help him practice dating, much to his discomfort.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Her single eye, polite Machine Monotone and the need to enter her server room to sabotage her systems invokes Hal 9000. After being tampered with, her eye even turns red.
    • During her haywire rambling, she alludes to Portal's cake meme:
      “Are you the party planner? I am sixty-five-million seconds old today. Oh, I hope there will be cake! There will be cake, won't there? I was promised, you see. If there is no cake, I really do not think I could bear it.”
    • There's an Easter Egg in which you can find her prototype, Ayakashi, a Wheatley-esque Cloud Cuckoolander AI who is confined to a spherical, metal construct reminiscent of the Aperture Science Personality Cores.

Patient Zero: "The Author"

A former member of Liberation, Jeff broke up with his girlfriend.
  • Driven to Suicide: You can find Jeff in "The Author", sitting on a bench and looking depressed. You can read a suicide note next to him. If you hang around him for a while, Jeff will get up, run to the cliff screaming and jump off.
  • Hammerspace: Can carry battle axes, katanas and other large objects on him in the last mission.

Elusive Target: "World of Tomorrow"

    Gary Cole 
A Hollywood actor. He was set to film an advertisement with Gary Busey, but the latter's antics have complicated matters and frustrated him.
  • As Himself: Gary Cole is played by none other than Gary Cole.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. He shares his first name with co-star Gary Busey. The two were part of a online poll where people voted for which one to kill, with Cole losing the dubious honor.


    The ICA 
The International Contract Agency. They are an apolitical group of professional killers who get involved in the war between Providence and the Shadow Client.
  • Knowledge Broker: Another source of revenue for the ICA.
  • The Mole: Erich Soders is actually working for Providence. He's also a Mole in Charge.
  • Murder, Inc.: They are an organization that provides contract killings for the highest bidders.
  • Oddly Small Organization: It's unclear exactly how big the ICA is, but there are only three named members in Hitman 2016: Agent 47, Diana Burnwood, and Erich Soders.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The ICA stops Providence from building a single target precision biological weapon because it could potentially drive them out of business.
  • Professional Killer: Their speciality.
  • True Neutral: They strive to stay neutral in the fight between Providence and the Shadow Client, but Providence approaches them to form an alliance by bribing Diana with information about 47's past.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The ICA gets manipulated by the Shadow Client four times and Providence once.
  • We Are Everywhere: The In-Universe explanation for the supply boxes in each map is that the ICA has agents all over the world who leave supplies to assist 47 on his missions.


A mysterious organization which the Shadow Client is attempting to take down. They are later revealed to be led by the mysterious "Partners"(The Ingrams, Carlisles and Stuyvesants, acting through their proxies, namely Carl Ingram, Alexa Alice Carlisle and Marcus Stuyvesant respectively), with both Janus and the Constant/Arthur Edwards serving as their Co-Dragons, along with the Heralds acting as representatives to their operatives worldwide. 47 has apparently been inadvertently thwarting their plans when completing his missions.

  • Ancient Conspiracy: Exactly how ancient is unclear, but it's clear that Providence has been in power for a long, long time.
  • Badass Boast: The messenger of the second mission's cutscene is less afraid of the Shadow Client and more amazed that he thinks he can win, barely reacting when he realized the Client has enough keys to open the safe.
    Shadow Client: Thank you, messenger.
    Messenger: Don't, I just killed you.
    • After Hokkaido, the Constant tries to enlist Diane to help track down the Shadow Client, calling him a terrorist who only desires chaos.
    Diane: He's only a terrorist if you win.
    The Constant: Miss Burnwood, we won a long time ago. This? This is maintenance.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Providence isn't the kind of name you'd expect for an international organization of evil. The name is most likely a reference to the Eye of Providence, given their status as an Expy of the Illuminati.
  • Genre Blind: Providence's agent in the aftermath of Episode 3 sneers at the idea of conspiracies. This, despite being a leader of an Illuminati-like organization and heavily involved in several lesser conspiracies.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: They tried creating a virus that would make the ICA obsolete, attempted to install a military dictatorship in Morocco, used Soders to destroy the Freedom Fighters operation and they know Ort-Meyer's true motives behind the cloning experiment. Also they rule the world. Hitman 2 also reveals that Ort-Meyer was a member of their organization and they were the ones responsible for funding his work.
  • The Illuminati: Apparently have enough pull and influence that they qualify for one of these. If Diana's reaction to the name is any indication, they could very well be the Hitman universe's equivalent of the Illuminati myth.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Are behind the Moroccan coup and Sapienza virus. And, as it turns out, Ort-Meyer's experiments and the creation of 47 himself.
  • Nebulous Evil Organization: Are behind a lot of dirty deeds according to what little we know of them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: They intended Strandberg to just head up the Moroccan banking system and oversee their secret transactions. Strandberg stealing billions from the people wasn't part of their plan. They take the money he stole for themselves, instead.
    • They were smart enough to say they would not retaliate against the ICA after their… handling of Soders.
    The Constant: (To Diana about Soders' death) You could have just sacked the poor guy.
  • The Stoic: So far the only Providence member who wasn't perfectly calm when under attack was a new recruit. The others treats the Shadow Client as a mild annoyance even when he performed tasks that would make 47 look sloppy or when he points a gun to the back of their head.
  • Unknown Rival: 47 has no idea they even exist for the first four episodes of the game. He's finally clued in after investigating the militia's saferoom at the end of episode five.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: They have plans to eliminate Strandberg rather than save him.

A Private Military Contractor and security agency who supplies most of the hired guns to the targets.
  • Dark Secret: They stole a cargo of gold during the Yugoslav war. The convoy tried smuggling the gold by using civilians to avoid air strike, CICADA used the Sarajevo Six to retrieve said gold and killed all the witnesses.
  • Elite Mooks: Of the Paris, Sapienza, A House Built On Sand (Marrekesh), and (possibly) Hokkaido missions. Basic security guards have pistols but they have assault rifles. They also tend to have clearance for higher-access areas compared to regular grunts.
  • Genius Bruiser: Two of them in the Paris mission. While discussing the potential dangers posed by a lighting rig over the main stage, one of them objects to Murphy's Law on the grounds of the anthropic principle, to which the other responds by invoking the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
  • Hufflepuff House: They aren't a big secret organization like ICA or Providence, but are big enough to get mentioned a few times as legitimate enforcers.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: The organization's name is spelled identically to "cicada", and various characters switch between the New England (sih-KAH-duh) and Wst Coast (sih-KAY-duh) pronounciations for the insect.
  • Private Military Contractor: Does more security jobs than military actions but they were involved in The Yugoslav Wars.
  • The Usual Adversaries: They are hired by IAGO as bodyguards in Paris and guard Ether's bioweapons lab in Sapienza. They're also the masterminds behind the Sarajevo Six, and Freedom Fighters' militias will mention that he saw some ex-CICADA soldiers among the recruits in Colorado.
  • We Are Everywhere: If you're spotted during the last Sarajevo Six mission they will destroy the files about the SIGMA operation if you didn't retrieve them. The documents are in the director's office, one of the hardest room to access since being spotted by the person you punch out will make it a game over.

    The Freedom Fighters 
A group of terrorists and mercenaries founded by the Shadow Client and led by him alongside several key lieutenants (Initially Sean Rose and Wazir Kale along with presumably many others, though Olivia Hall would later end up in filling the void left after the deaths of both Rose and Kale). After secretly allying themselves with Rico Delgado and Robert Knox, they were forced to team up with both Agent 47 & Diana to help them in their war against Providence.
  • Abandoned Area: Their base of operations is an abandoned farm.
  • Badass Army/Redshirt Army: The Freedom Fighters are considered to be formidable in universe, and they are able to kidnap a high ranking Providence member, but 47 is still able to make them look like fools and kill four of their leaders.
  • Dream Team: The Freedom Fighters is a militia that can do any type of terrorist attack ranging from cyberterrorism to chemical bombs thanks to the targets being experts in explosive, hacking, guerrilla warfare and chemical torture. ICA believes that their leader Sean Rose is the Shadow Client since they would have the resources to pull it up and it's partly true, the Shadow Client does employ them but isn't Sean Rose.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Members of the militia come from all sorts of national and racial backgrounds, and at least two women are in prominent positions.
  • Multinational Team: The militia is lead by an Australian man, an Israeli man, and a Sri Lankan woman. Hitman 2 shows that an Indian pirate lord also has a central role in the network, and a South American drug lord is a key ally of theirs.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Being led by the Shadow Client, all of them (including the targets) could have potentially been allies with 47 if the Shadow Client explained himself sooner.
  • Private Military Contractors: Several of their members used to work for CICADA.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Diana notes that the militia isn't overly concerned with preventing collateral damage when criticizing the Shadow Client's methods. Olivia Hall counters with the argument that anyone not actively part of the resistance is part of the oppression since they represent the status quo, a common With Us or Against Us argument made by revolutionary groups.
  • Shout-Out: The groups' name shares with a game IO made in the past, while in the house, some of the soldiers/hackers are playing Kane & Lynch on a games console. In the Bookkeeper Elusive Target, one of the hackers states that one of their expenditures is justified because he needs a killer PC gaming rig to play "K&L."
  • Western Terrorists: Many members of the militia hail from the Western world. Its leader, Sean Rose, is an Australian eco-terrorist.

Introduced in the Patient Zero campaign. Liberation is a doomsday cult that seeks to unleash a deadly bioweapon on the world.
  • Arc Villain: All primary targets in the Patient Zero campaign are affiliated with Liberation.
  • Cult: A particularly ruthless and dangerous one. Thanks to their bioweapon, they're a global-level threat.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: In the ending to the campaign, 47 implies that Nabazov's plan seems to have been too advanced and professional for a simple cult to have pulled off, suggesting they had backing from somewhere higher up.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: They may seem like just another silly new age cult, but they have access to the tools and expertise to kill millions and potentially destroy the world.

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