Claire Phelps
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Name: Claire Phelps
Status: Deceased
Role: Henchwoman / Ally
Age: 32
Date of birth: April 16, 1964
Birthplace: United States
Date of death: 1996
Place of death: TGV, near London and Paris
Cause of death: Shot by Jim Phelps
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Alias(es): Marjorie Gardner
Affiliation: Impossible Mission Force
Jim Phelps
Profession: Operative of the IMF
Expertise: High intelligence
Marital status: Married
Significant other(s): Love Interest:
Ethan Hunt
Played by: Emmanuelle Béart
First appearance: Mission: Impossible
Last appearance: Mission: Impossible (1998 video game)
Ethan's right behind me. Listen to me, Jim. Is it such a good idea to kill him? We take the money. Ethan takes the blame. No one else has seen you alive. No one will believe him.

–Claire talking to Ethan Hunt (disguised as Jim Phelps)

Claire Phelps (April 16, 1964 - 1996) was the wife of rogue IMF director, Jim Phelps, and Ethan Hunt's first love interest and friend.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Little is known about Claire's early life other than her birth in France at April 16, 1964.

Before 1996, she joined Jim Phelps' Impossible Mission Force and got married to him.

Treason of the IMF[edit | edit source]

Claire and the IMF team attempt to retrieve the CIA non-official cover list from the American embassy in Prague. They failed with Phelps getting shot, Claire killed in a car bombing, and the rest of the team except Ethan Hunt eliminated by unknown assassins and supposed tech malfunctions.

After Ethan realizes "Job 314" refers to Bible verse Job 3:14, "Job" being the mole's code name, Claire arrives at the safe house, explaining she escaped the bomb after Phelps aborted the mission. Ethan arranges a meeting with Max, and warns her that the list she possesses has a tracking device. He promises to deliver the real list in return for $10 million and Job's identity.

Claire assists Ethan and two other recruits, Luther Stickell and Franz Krieger, to infiltrate CIA headquarters in Langley and steal the list.

After Ethan finds Phelps surprisingly, he recounts surviving the shooting, naming Eugene Kittridge as the mole. Hunt realizes Phelps is the mole, having stolen a Bible with a Gideon stamp from Chicago's Drake Hotel during a previous assignment known to Hunt's team. Ethan also suspects Krieger as the one who killed the other IMF members on the Prague job since Krieger carried a characteristic knife; however, he is unsure whether Claire was involved.

Death[edit | edit source]

On the TGF, Ethan calls Claire and tells her to meet him there. Claire reaches the baggage car, finds Phelps and tells him Ethan will arrive shortly. She questions the idea of killing Ethan, since they will need a fall guy, but Phelps reveals himself to be Ethan in a mask, exposing her as a co-conspirator. When the real Phelps arrives and takes the money at gunpoint, Hunt dons a pair of video glasses that relays Phelps to Kittridge, blowing Phelps' cover as the mole. Phelps threatens to kill Ethan, but shoots Claire instead when she intervenes.

Heritage[edit | edit source]

Ethan is later able to avenge Claire's death by killing both Phelps and Krieger.

Alternate continuities[edit | edit source]

Mission: Impossible (1998 video game)[edit | edit source]

Claire Phelps appears in this video game, released for the Nintendo 64 in 1997, and ported to the Sony Playstation a year later in 1998. She has a better fate than the video game, she survives and ends up marrying Ethan Hunt.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

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Abilities[edit | edit source]

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Relationships[edit | edit source]

Jim Phelps[edit | edit source]

Claire was Jim Phelps's wife, and they worked both on the same IMF team, while Jim intended to betray IMF and frame Ethan Hunt.

Ethan Hunt[edit | edit source]

Claire was a friend of Ethan, along with being his friend and mentor's wife. They worked on the same IMF team. After the rest of their team was murdered, Claire worked with Ethan in order to take down the traitor, when in fact it was her husband who was the traitor.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

Claire Phelps is portrayed by French actress Emmanuelle Béart in Mission: Impossible.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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