|Date of birth:||October 19, 1983|
|Affiliation:||Impossible Mission Force|
The Syndicate (formerly)
Great physical strength
High speed level
Master Martial artist
Great motorcycle driving skills
|Significant other(s):||Love Interests:|
|Played by:||Rebecca Ferguson|
|First appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation|
|Last appearance:||Mission: Impossible 7|
|“||If you want to bring down the Syndicate, you have to let me out.||”|
–Ilsa talks to Ethan about defeating the Syndicate, before dropping her off, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Ilsa Faust (born October 19, 1983) is the deuteragonist in the 2015 action/thriller film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and of the main protagonists in its sequels, Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) and Mission: Impossible 7 (2021). She is a former British intelligence operative employed by the SIS/MI6 who worked in a criminal organisation known as the Syndicate as a cover assassin before helping Ethan Hunt and his team of the Impossible Mission Force to fight his former criminals colleagues.
Early Life Edit
Ilsa's early life is unknown other than being born in October 19th, 1983. She was trained by British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, and became a highly trained agent on the field. During her time as an MI6 agent, her handler was Chairman Atlee.
Some point around 2013, she went undercover as a spy for the MI6 and joined the Syndicate, a former British missionary project consisted of former covert operatives from around the globe recruited onto clandestine operations before Solomon Lane, a rogue MI6 agent, hijacked and turned it into an international terrorist organization.
Meeting Ethan Hunt for the fist time Edit
In 2015, after agent of the Impossible Mission Force Ethan Hunt was captured by the Syndicate in London, Ilsa Faust is tasked to question him while being held captive by terrorists including Janik Vinter. She enters the room where the American is prisoned and prepares medicine, takes off his shoes and observes the man silently. Vinter and his cohorts then joint them and Janik fistlessly beats Ethan, and the last tells he knows who he is. The criminal operative then prepares to torture him with various butchering tools, but fortunately, Ilsa distracts him long enough to allow Ethan to kicks him unconscious. Then, Ilsa throws the keys to Ethan but the other minions attack her and she fights them, helped by Ethan, once released. The exceptional skills of the pair allows them to neutralize and kill all enemies but they must flee the place before the arrival of reinforcements. However, considering that she can not escape with Ethan, Ilsa invites him to free alone and returns near Vinter, believing him that Ethan killed the guards alone and that she tried to stop him. Nevertheless, it will have allowed the protagonist to flee and continue his investigations on the Syndicate.
Assassination at the Opera Edit
Six months later, Ilsa is tasked by the Syndicate to assassinate the Chancellor of Austria at the Vienna Opera House, Austria, in order to demonstrate his loyalty to the organization. However, Solomon Lane, the head of the Syndicate, also sends two other agents, Richter and Kagan, one for kill the chancellor and the second to kill her if she does not fulfill her mission.
Seeping off behind the scenes of the full-fledged institution, Ilsa hides in the decoration pieces above the stage and prepares her sniper rifle (disguised as a musical instrument), all assisted by Ethan, who is here with his colleague Benji Dunn in the hope of identifying Lane (whose name he still does not know). They then wait for a high note during a song to be able to shoot without being detected. However, Ethan, who killed Kagan, thwarts his attempt by shooting the Chancellor in the shoulder as she fired. Realizing what Hunt did, Ilsa tries to kill him while Richter prepares to execute him from the control room for his failure. Benji saves Ilsa unknowngly and fights the criminal before Ilsa kills him. Believing she has it after him, Benji reveals his position with the light, forcing her to try to flee while the building is surrounded by police. Ethan finds her and offers her a way out. The two then climb on the roof and they go downstairs with a rope. Unfortunately, the chancellor is then killed in his car by a suitcase trapped. Benji then drives Ethan and Ilsa in a car and they escape. However, Ilsa insists that the Americans let her go and by searching, Ethan finds his lipstick while questioning him. As they are pursued by other agents of the Syndicate, Ilsa convinces them to let her go and disguise this on the run.
Ilsa is brought to Solomon Lane by his men. She is pushed by a henchman and she jumps on him and immobilizes him before taking his weapon. Lane questions her, because Ethan escaped her twice and she failed at the opera. He then throws the gun at him and tells him to trust him or kill him but he should do it himself instead of his killer. Lane takes the weapon but finally pulls the henchman and asks him how she would find Ethan. Ilsa mentions that Ethan will come to see her while she has information about Morocco in a USB key hidden in her lipstick.
Stealing The Ledger Edit
Ilsa travels to Casablanca, Morocco, leaving tracks for Benji and Ethan, and stays in a house in Morocco where she trains to stay underwater. The next day, she is visited by Ethan and Benji, where she explains that Lane was a former British intelligence agent and that the Union was created by them. Lane had a big book containing information about the Syndicate that had been stolen by an agent who was hoping to blackmail him. The agent died during the interrogation and the registry can only be retrieved from a secure server under a control panel by modifying the access control data stored in an underwater turbine tank. Ilsa was sent by Lane to do it. The three design a plan to steal the ledger in which Ethan will go underwater without oxygen tanks to avoid detection and change access control so that Benji can access the server and steal the ledger. They succeed but Ethan can not open the tunnel to exit. He follows him and saves him as he faints for lack of oxygen. She opens the tunnel and takes Ethan safely. Using a defibrillator, she saves her life. Benji arrives with the big book and mentions that he misjudged it. He electrocuted Benji and escaped with the big book. Union agents wait for her to accompany him with motorcycles. She toppled them with her motorcycle and fled. During the chase, Ethan follows her and takes the agents out of the Union. Ilsa stops and suddenly passes in front of Ethan to make him crash to avoid spilling her. She then escapes with the big book.
After leaving Morocco, Ilsa meets President Atlee in London and gives him the big book. However, he says it could be wrong and she should continue to work with Lane to find more evidence. Atlee blames him for compromising his position while saving Hunt and that next time she should kill him. Ilsa refuses, but he threatens her by telling her that only a few people know that she is undercover and that she must obey him.
Unbeknownst to Atlee, she erases all the files from the disc when she places it in her journals on her phone.
Ilsa meets Lane and gives him the big book. Calling himself a terrorist, he explains that the Syndicate will be able to counter threats with surgical precision and make the world a better place. The big book turns out to be empty and Lane orders him to take the big book to Ethan and his team.
Stopping Solomon Lane Edit
While meeting Ethan, she reveals to him that the disc was real and that it wanted to allow him to free itself from Lane. They realize that Atlee has erased his version. Ilsa offers Ethan with three options; go to the CIA, let her go with the record to Solomon or run away with her. Ethan realizes she was going to send him a message. Ilsa warns her that she can no longer save her life, then activates her phone and blocks their communications. Benji is kidnapped and she runs away from the scene. Lane uses Benji to force Ethan to activate the general ledger. This will allow the union to access huge funds to keep them running for decades.
Ilsa is sent by Lane to exchange Benji for the ledger assets. A bomb is attached to Benji's chest. They explained to Ethan that she would kill him and Benji after the trade or that Solomon would blow them up.
Ethan reveals that the register was destroyed and he had memorized the bank accounts. Lane is forced to disarm the bomb and orders his men to kill Ilsa and capture Ethan. The two eliminate several agents of the Syndicate, but end up being separated and without bullets. Ilsa is pursued by Janik Vinter. She tries to make a sneak attack, but it fails and both find themselves in a knife fight. Both are injured, but Ilsa can climb on him and impale his chest, killing him.
Ethan ended up capturing Lane. Ilsa and Ethan share a moment and Ilsa leaves after telling him he knew how to find her, assuming they would see each other again.
Meeting Ethan Hunt again Edit
Two years later, Ilsa is sent by MI6 to Paris, France, where she saves Ethan's life while fighting with a fake John Lark who is shot in the head by the British, although she aim at his chest. When Ethan asks why she is there when he can not contact her, she says she can not tell him and warns him of the possibility of being murdered if he insists on meeting White Widow as John Lark, as some paid assassins and contract killers are hired to kill "John Lark". She helps Ethan escort White Widow from the Grand Palais and escapes afterwards.
Capturing Solomon Lane Edit
White Widow finally charges Ethan and his team to release Solomon Lane for unknown purposes in exchange for obtaining the plutonium they want and which the Apostles has taken possession of. Ilsa is responsible for killing Lane to prove himself and follows the armored convoy that transports the anarchist to an unknown place but he is apprehended by Ethan and his team. Chasing Ethan and Lane on a motorcycle, Ilsa tries to kill Lane but misses it.
Later, she finally meets Ethan and reveals her mission: to kill Lane so that she can take back her nationality and the confidence of her government. Her main program is to protect "John Lark" so that she can save Lane and kill Lane after "John Lark" saved Lane, but she could not do it because she wanted to save Ethan. She asks Ethan to reveal where Lane was, because she had to do her job.
In the end, it was actually a plan to capture the real John Lark, who is CIA agent August Walker. They follow the team and help in the ensuing fight against the Apostles, who disguised themselves as CIA agents. As Ethan and his team finally let Lane and Walker escape, it was actually a plan to let them go and learn what their plan was. While talking about the plan, Luther Stickell explains that there are only two women that Ethan cares so much; Julia Meade-Hunt, his ex-wife, and Ilsa herself. Luther asks her to leave, but instead, she comes with Ethan to help her whenever he needs it and officially rejoins his IMF team.
Stopping Lane and Walker Edit
Thanks to a tracer implanted by Luther in Walker during the previous confrontation against the Apostles, the protagonists manage to trace Lane and Walker himself in Kashmir, where they realize that their program is to radiate the Nubra River. with a nuclear exhibition, in which the river constiturur the system of natural irrigation of the world, in order to starve 1/3 of the world population after manifesto of Lark/Walker. There, Ilsa finally meets Julia and helps the team find and defuse the bombs. She then goes to get the other bomb with Benji, while Luther tries to defuse her and Julia finally comes to help her.
Ilsa is looking for the other bomb in the medical camp but quickly realizes they are looking in the wrong place. She then leaves the camp and sees Lane by chance on the balcony of a house near the village and goes after him, persuaded that he is with the bomb. Once in the cabin, Ilsa locates the bomb but before she can inform Benji, Lane suddenly appears and hits her unconscious. While she is unconscious, the terrorist ties her to a chair and when she wakes up, he is about to ambush Benji, come to help Ilsa. This one tries to warn Benji but he does not understand what she says because of her gag and Lane brutally attacks the agent of the MFI, taking over him. He is finally hanging out and Ilsa, determined to save his friend, manages to free himself and faces Lane with all she can get help from Benji. Finally, she masters Lane with his agility and makes him unconscious with the rope he used to tie him up. Benji and she are then able to defuse the bomb in time while an attached Lane tries to taunt them. In the end, the team succeeded and saved the world.
Now that Lane is delivered to MI6, Ilsa's freedom is reached and she seems to kiss Ethan.
Ilsa is a disciplined and strong-willed woman. Bound by a moral code and sense of duty, she goes in deep cover to take down the Syndicate. When Ethan is about to be killed, she risks her life and her cover to help him escape.
During the events, she constantly seems to struggle between her loyalty towards MI6, her desire to do the right thing, her feelings for Ethan and keeping her cover for the Syndicate. She saves Ethan's life multiple times, but has no problems of manipulating or betraying him to fulfill her mission for MI6 and the Syndicate.
Saving his life and, using subtle manipulation, she keeps Ethan off balance and uses his curiosity about her to deceive him and make him do what she wants. This went as far as that she forced him to lose control of his motorcycle and crash to avoid running her over. During the opera, she even tried to kill him when he stopped her assassination attempt - though it's unclear that she knew it was Ethan. At a certain point, she was touched by Ethan himself who was trying to help her and she even offered to leave together and leave the intelligence world behind.
Ilsa is also a very courageous woman and shows it several times, especially when she encourages Lane to kill her. That implies that Ilsa either isn't afraid of death or she knew he would not kill her.
Ilsa is a highly trained field agent. As a skilled assassin, she is trained in the use of firearms, ranging from guns to sniper rifles. She is an exceptional swimmer and can hold her breath for minutes while swimming. Ilsa is also a proficient driver and was able to stay ahead of Ethan and Syndicate agents in a motorcycle chase.
Always preparing for the worst, Ilsa has deep tactical awareness and constantly positions herself at dominant angles and near (improvised) weapons. While preparing to fight in the torture chamber, she already removed her shoes and unbuttoned her blouse to avoid hindrance. Her tactical savvy is further shown by her choice of clothing, wearing a dress with a deep split which allows her to infiltrate the opera, while still being able to climb, fight and run without any difficulty. She was also carrying hidden knives in her possession while wearing the dress.
Fighting Style Edit
Ilsa uses a unique fighting style, relying on her feline agility and use of momentum. During combat, Ilsa moves graceful and yet ruthless, moving in as fast as she could, using powerful movements to build up momentum to cause maximum effect. Highly creative Ilsa was also seen using various unorthodox striking methods, including elbow drops and headbutting a gun from out of an attacker´s hand.
Her signature move consists of leaping or climbing onto her opponent and wrapping her legs around their head, shoulders or waist. She then twists her body and uses the momentum to knock them off balance and flick them to the floor.
She was also able to kill a man by wrapping her thighs around his neck and snap his neck.
"My aesthetic is Ilsa Faust flipping her hair after breaking a man’s neck with her thighs." - Rebecca Ferguson.
Behind the Scenes Edit
- Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (First appearance)
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout
- Mission: Impossible 7
- ↑ It is said in Mission: Impossible – Fallout that the story takes place two years after Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, who takes place in 2015.