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The Impossible Mission Force, also known as the IMF, is the titular group of main protagonists in the multimedia franchise Mission: Impossible.

The IMF is an independent, multinational espionage agency that is commonly employed by the United States government.

Background

Specialty and Methods

Situations that are too politically sensitive or too potentially politically embarrassing, too dangerous for politicians to be trusted and to confront, too absurd or too sensitive for the Central Intelligence Agency, or too complex for the Federal Bureau of Investigation are handled by this top-secret organization. The IMF is a specialized group of expert spy agents who remain hidden from the public eye. If the IMF's existence was ever publicly revealed, the United States would be expelled from the United Nations and banned as a "pariah state."

For this reason, the IMF trains its field operatives very rigorously in the ways of stealth, deception, persuasion, and finally, the art of "invisibility". On the other hand, the most successful mission teams usually employ methods drawn from the criminal element of grand-scale confidence games which they can play on specific mission targets. These IMF agents are well-educated, multi-talented and highly trained in a variety of areas including demolition tactics, long-range surveillance, computers and even assassination. As one of the best-funded espionage organizations in the world, the IMF can possess multiple millions of dollars worth in specialized gadgetry and weapons.

Personnel and Equipment

Most, but not all, of the IMF agents are on top of the line, and some have been disciplined or expelled from the agency for their unacceptable behavior during missions. The spies expelled from the IMF are the most dangerous individuals to the agency, as they could easily expose secrets about the organization to any number of foreign and rogue governments. Worst of all, as skilled as they are in playing grand-scale confidence games, they could easily entrap the most reliable operatives in such games and thereby compromise them.

With continued success since the 1940s, the IMF bears the brunt of today's international attacks, now focused on concealed entry and espionage. The missions keep growing harder and harder - but so do the agents.

The IMF normally operates primarily by executing confidence tricks on its mission targets, sometimes with the aid of high-tech gadgets. The agents are able to deceive their targets into cooperating with them without detecting a set-up until the mission is accomplished; by that time, the IMF personnel have already vanished from the scene.

Plausible Deniability

In a worst-case scenario during undercover missions in which its presence becomes known, the IMF can become a subject to disavowal under order from the President's fail-safe initiative, "Ghost Protocol." With this initiative in place, the IMF is completely shut down, and any or all agents in the field are hereby unable to access any specific safe houses, receiving support, using satellites or sending extraction to their specific location.

Ethan Hunt and his team used the disavowal of the IMF to exercise more restraint in their actions in stopping a nuclear extremist, Kurt Hendricks, than would normally be possible during an official mission given by the mission commanders or by their top agents.

Status

Below is a list of IMF agents next to them will be their status fallowing the mission.

  • Caught: The agent was captured by the enemy and tortured but the mission still succeeded.
  • Defected: The agent switched sides and is now working for the enemy or The Syndicate. IMF has listed them as Disavowed.
  • Disavowed: The agent did not complete the mission resulting in them being caught or killed and had an encounter with the Secretary and was Disavowed. Agents who were reinstated will be noted.
  • Injured: The agent was injured in the line of duty and requires medical attention.
  • Killed In Action: The agent was killed and IMF either completed the mission or was Disavowed.

IMF Personnel

Daniel David "Dan" Briggs' mission team ("The Director's Own")

  • Barnard "Barney" Collier
  • Cinnamon Carter
  • Rollin Hand
  • William "Willy" Armitage

James "Jim" Phelps' first mission team ("The Director's Own")

  • Barnard "Barney" Collier
  • Cinnamon Carter
  • Dana Lambert
  • Doug Robert
  • Melany "Mimi" Davis
  • Rollin Hand
  • The Great Paris
  • Tracey
  • William "Willy" Armitage

Thomas Copperfield's primary mission team

  • Casey Randall
  • Grant Collier
  • Max Harte
  • Nicholas Black

James "Jim" Phelps' 1980s mission team

  • Casey Randall
  • Grant Collier
  • Max Harte
  • Nicholas Black
  • Shannon Reed

Jim Phelps' 1996 mission team

  • Claire Phelps
  • Ethan Hunt
  • Jack Harmon
  • Sarah Davies
  • Hannah Williams

Ethan Hunt's 1996 mission team

Ethan Hunt's 2000 mission team

  • William "Billy" Baird
  • Luther Stickell
  • Nyah Nordoff-Hall

Ethan Hunt's 2006 mission team

  • Lindsey Farris
  • Declan Gormley
  • Luther Stickell
  • Zhen Lei
  • Julia Ann Meade

Jane Carter's 2011 mission team

Ethan Hunt's 2011 mission team

Ethan Hunt's 2015 mission team

  • Benji Dunn
  • Luther Stickell
  • William Brandt
  • Ilsa Faust

Ethan Hunt's 2018 mission team

  • Benji Dunn
  • Luther Stickell
  • Ilsa Faust
  • August Walker
  • Alan Hunley

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