Mission Impossible
Jane Carter
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Name: Jane Carter
Status: Alive
Role: Ally
Age: 35 (2011)
Date of birth: c. 1976
Birthplace: United States
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Residence(s): United States
Alias(es): Sabine Moreau
Affiliation: Impossible Mission Force
Profession: Intelligence operative
Intelligence team leader (formerly)
Rank: Agent
Expertise: High intelligence
Great physical strength
High durability
High speed level
Greats reflexes
Agilities skills
Master Martial artist
Significant other(s): Trevor Hanaway (lover; deceased)
Played by: Paula Patton
First appearance: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Last appearance: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Jane Carter (born c. 1976) is one of the main protagonists in the 2011 blockbuster film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. She is an operative of the Impossible Mission Force in search of revenge on French hitwoman Sabine Moreau for killing her lover, Trevor Hanaway.


Early Life[]

Little is known about Jane Carter's early life other than being born in the United States, just like two of her colleagues, Ethan Hunt and William Brandt.

IMF career[]

At the unknown point of time, she joined the Impossible Mission Force and became a high ranking member (as she lead a operation with her team). It was implied that she met and began a relationship with Trevor Hanaway.

Preventing Nuclear War[]

In 2011, Jane is the leader of an operation to retrieve the Russian nuclear launch codes in Budapest. The operation is wrong as Hanaway is killed by Sabine Moreau.

Later, Carter assists Ethan Hunt in escaping from a Russian jail. She helps infiltrating the Kremlin, which is destroyed by a bomb, but she and the rest of the team manage to escape. Ethan and William Brandt meet up with her and Benji on a train car where he gives them a mission briefing. They travel to Dubai where Kurt Hendricks (disguising himself as his right-hand man Marius Wistrom) is staying at the Burj Khalifa. Jane convinces Wistrom and nuclear code expert, Leonid Lisenker, that they have exchanged the codes by pretending to be Moreau while Brandt and Benji convince Moreau of the opposite. However, Moreau realizes that Brandt is an agent and escapes.

Jane detains Moreau at the elevator and puts her under the supervision of Benji. When Benji hears news of Lisenker's death, Moreau attempts to kill him, but Jane arrives just in time. An intense fight ensues between them, ending with Jane kicking Moreau out of a window to her death. Brandt accuses the young woman of compromising the mission in order to get revenge for Hanaway's death. Jane and the team travel to Mumbai where Ethan learns Hendricks is. She seduces Indian telecommunications entrepreneur, Brij Nath. Nath takes Jane to a private room where the female spy then manages to get Nath to give her the codes by threatening to break his neck. She then joins Brandt and Benji after getting shot and slightly wounded in a gun fight. When a group of guards start attacking them, Jane manages to place the hard drives back into the servers after Brandt pulls the lever that reactivates the power in the TV station, which allows Ethan to deactivate the nuclear missile from hitting in San Francisco.

Mission from Ethan[]

Eight weeks later, after recovering from their respective injuries, Ethan offers Jane and the rest of the team a new assignment which Jane accepts without much indecision. However, the agent does not reappar for unknown reasons.



Jane Carter was a skilled and excellent agent who could hold her own against others, notably in Budapest and Dubai. After Hanaway's death, she became motivated and vengeful to kill Moreau without hesitance. Despite her need for revenge, she did follow Hunt's orders to apprehend Moreau. In short, she is a tough, take-no-prisoners, and considerably aggressive woman who despite exhibiting a wild temperament, is nice and honorable.


Jane Carter was a skilled marksman and hand-to-hand combatant, showing these attributes in Budapest and Dubai.


Behind the Scenes[]

Jane Carter was portrayed by American actress Paula Patton in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.



  • Some fans have stated that she shares similarities with Zhen Lei.
  • Jane Carter's actress Paula Patton did not appear in Rogue Nation because (as stated by director Christopher McQuarrie) she was unavailable alongside Maggie Q.
  • An intimate relationship between Agents Carter and Hanaway has been illicitly mentioned at several points during the film, further explaining Jane's vehement retaliation toward her lover's murderer.