I’m not good at explaining theories of mine at all but I’ll try do this as simply as possible.
In Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, we are introduced to an unnamed character assisting Sergei Zavorotko. He appears in a few cutscenes and that is it. You never are allowed the chance to kill him. In Hitman: Blood Money we are introduced to Daniel Morris. Now Vice President, member of the Franchise and Alpha Zerox.
The mystery man is always shown in a dark room, covered by shadow mostly. A lot of people have their own theories as to who he is, most prominently Arthur Edwards and Erich Soders. Though some people believe that he is his own, separate character. We know next to nothing about him. I have a theory that he is actually part of the Franchise and very possibly fictional Vice President Daniel Morris.
The mystery man, who I will be referring to as Mr X, says at the beginning of H2:SA that he never knew Ort-Meyer actually had the resources to pull off his experiments. He seems to know about 47, and likely knows he is a clone, but the nature of the project he wasn’t so sure about, perfectly creating a class one human clone? This is something Arthur Edwards would have very likely known about by now.
Why Mr X Was Working For the Franchise
It would make extreme sense for him to be a member of The Franchise, which Daniel Morris is. He says he has heard no reports on the activities of 47 for a long time, though this does clarify he has heard them in the past, but from who? The Franchise, which has contacts everywhere. They learn of these new findings of the experiments from Mr X and it piques their interest.
Now they want the cloning technology to themselves. The Franchise needs 47’s DNA sample to unlock the secret to cloning a perfect class one human. When the information about the terrorist Sergei leaks, to which Sergei wonders who could have done it, Mr X implies it is 47, almost as if he was asking for Sergei to kill 47. Why? Why does Mr X want 47 dead? He needs the DNA sample for The Franchise/Alpha Zerox. If Mr X wanted 47’s dead body from Sergei he could get it, easily.
Cayne says the FBI ransacked the Asylum, but everything was missing. We already know Cayne was lying heavily to Rick Henderson so this could be another lie, or they did go there and truly learned nothing. He says they found some papers and surveillance tapes later, who found them? Mr X. That is exactly what he found at the beginning of H2:SA.
All the important information of the cloning project was thanks to Mr X. Though I’ve only been explaining why I think he is a member of The Franchise so far, let’s talk about why he could be Daniel Morris. There is even more evidence to talk about why he is a member of Alpha Zerox but I’ll move on.
The hair is almost identical, similar nose and chin, the shape of his head is quite different though such is the style for all Blood Money characters. The face is pretty different though it depends on the angle. I could very much see this being his new character design. They both share a blue tie and black suit as well.
In his texture file for Silent Assassin the mystery man is called Mister X. The name of his Sniper Challenge easter egg challenge is Mr X. Daniel Morris is also called MrX in his texture file in Blood Money. Of course he is missing two identifying features, the briefcase (I really just think this was some sort of G-Man influenced thing) and his ring.
He looks quite similar to the mystery man, is a key asset in the Franchise, just as Mr X was, and is literally “codenamed” the exact same thing as Mr X.
I skipped over quite a bit more evidence that he works for the Franchise cause I didn’t want to forget that this theory is to say he is Daniel Morris, not just some guy working for the Franchise (even though there is a lot less evidence to actually say he is Morris tbh). I think I made a few mistakes but feel free to discuss what you think of this theory, or share your own. I might rename this to something like mystery man discussion. I think it’s just really neat how easily you can interweave Mr X with the facts we know of the Franchise. I think it makes a lot of sense.
The mystery man is the source of all the relevant information the Franchise knew about Ort-Meyer’s cloning experiments. His appearance is very similar to the Daniel Morris, who also works for the Franchise and is a key player just like him. They are also codenamed the same thing in their files.