Diana is obviously a very strong character: intelligent, well-read, physically attractive, classy, confident, and pitting her against other characters will usually turn out in her winning, because of all these qualities.
But I can’t say I like her. As someone who comes off as rather principled, she breaks her own rules a little too much without flinching and without much explanation. This makes it difficult for me to consider her the example of supreme morality she likes to portray herself as, and makes me consider her hypocritical. She has the advantage of being our, 47’s, only source of information for a long time, but those slide shows explaining how bad the targets are only offer one side of the story and mainly serve to justify her role as both judge and executioner, with 47 being her own guillotine. A role she relishes but rarely acknowledges. From a judge I expect more moral steadfastness, and a much smaller (economic) interest in the execution that follows.
I also don’t like the way she treats 47. He considers her a friend, obviously, but I see very few signs she considers him more than a tool (again, haven’t reached the end of Mendoza yet, but saw some small spoilers that give an indication of what’s about to happen). I am sure her great confidence in 47’s abilities helps her sleepa t night and make peace with her choices, but it’s an understatement to say she has sent 47 in quite dangerous situations, often without him being clued in in advance. At the start of Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, she’s the one who reeled 47 back into the life he didn’t really want. Father Vittorio showed appreciation for 47 as a human being, Diana (and the ICA) were seeing him as a highly effective asset for their career (organisation).
Whenever you get an “Agent Down”, “Mission Failed” screen, it serves to wonder: What will Diana do now? And my feeling is that at the crucial moments, she always has a plan B, which could just as easily be considered her plan A, depending on the perspective.
The ending of Blood Money is very emblematic in that regard. A lot of people didn’t know about the Requiem bonus mission at first, which was the point, because 47 didn’t either. Diana’s plan entailed a very high risk of 47 getting cremated alive. Oops, accident kill. It doesn’t show great empathy towards him. I’m sure she hopes he’ll make it, but if he doesn’t? Notice how she got the hell out of there before the funeral started, so her own skin was definitely still more important.
I’m not fully informed yet, but I have the impression it’s kind of the same deal at the end of Hitman 3. In case 47 wouldn’t make it, I see Diana very capable of keeping up the ruse and take up the role as The Constant in earnest.
Before The Setup in Codename 47 you could feel her closeness with 47 best, where she warns him something is fishy. But even there, she sends him in anyway, without gear, no less.
This plan B she keeps up her sleeve is her right, and sign of her strength as a character, but given I sympathize most with 47, I can’t help but hold that bit against her.
I guess I won’t become member of this fanclub, but I will say I’m glad she didn’t die in H3, to end on a positive note.