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Theodore Brassel
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Name: Theodore Brassel
Status: Alive/Active
Role: Ally
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Residence(s): United States
Alias(es): Brassel, Mr. Brassel
Affiliation: Impossible Mission Force
Profession: Head of the IMF
Expertise: High intelligence
Played by: Laurence Fishburne
First appearance: Mission: Impossible III
Last appearance: Mission: Impossible III
You can look at me with those judgmental, incriminating eyes for all you want, but i shit you not, i will bleed on the flag to make sure the stripes stay red.

–Theodore Brassel, Mission: Impossible III

Theodore Brassel is a major protagonist in the 2006 action/thriller film Mission: Impossible III, although he has mostly acted as an antagonist to Ethan Hunt. He was the director of the Impossible Mission Force and Ethan's boss in the film.


After Ethan's failed mission in Berlin, Theodore Brassel reprimands him about this and questions him about his prior recommendations regarding young trainee agent Lindsey Farris and her ability to be engaged in a failed surveillance mission. Ethan explaines how their objective is only a limited one, to rescue Lindsey, not to capture any of Owen Davian's men and that none of the dozen men would have known about Davian's overall operation. Brassel also rebukes the operation planned by John Musgrave as "poorly conceived and executed worse." The hard-drives in the damaged laptop computers taken from the warehouse were burned, scorched, and had holes, but cannot be salvageable. Brassel explains how they should prioritise Davian and he reminds them that Davian is winning. Brassels also indicated he to Hunt he has been trying to catch Davian since the day he became Executive Director.

Ethan retrieves a hidden microdot containing an encrypted video of Lindsey warning him that she believes Brassel is working with Davian until Musgrave is later revealed to be the actual mole.

Following the completion of the initial mission and the rescue of Julia Meade-Hunt in Shanghai, Brassel congratulates Ethan and tell him that if he stays with the IMF, he would tell him what the Rabbit's Foot was before wishing both him and Julia farewell and have fun on their honeymoon.

It is unknown what happens to Theodore Brassel after this.



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Behind the Scenes[]

Theodore Brassel was portrayed by American actor and director Laurence Fishburne in Mission: Impossible III.

Brassels role is similar to that of Eugene Kittridge in the first Mission Impossible film.

It is unknown if Kittridge's position is the same as the one Brassels has.