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James "Jim" Miller is the director of the Central European Division of Task Force 29, an international counter-terror force funded by Interpol. He is Adam Jensen's boss in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the Deus Ex Universe: Children's Crusade comics.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Before the Aug Incident of 2027, Miller was part of the Australian Tactical Assault Group (TAG, a military counter-terrorism unit) and was described as an excellent marksman by his colleagues. An unknown time later, he left TAG and joined TF29.
Prior to late 2029, Miller had married Neil Mayhew-Smith and they adopted two children: Susie and Ethan. However, by late 2029 the couple was going through a nasty divorce with the two children living with Neil and Miller refusing to give his consent for a surgery to be done on their daughter whose spine was degenerating.
Work with Task Force 29[edit | edit source]
In early 2029, Miller provides Christian Jarreau, a TF29 commander in North America, with information that the black market arms dealer Sheppard is stopping in Detroit. Jarreau's unit attempts to intercept Sheppard, but is unable to capture him.
As the branch director in Prague, Miller serves as Adam Jensen's boss. Although Jensen is nominally part of the counter-terrorism unit led by Duncan MacReady, Miller will pull Jensen away for specific assignments, due to the fact that Jensen is the only augmented field agent in the unit. Miller's special treatment of Jensen causes resentment in MacReady.
Miller himself reports directly to Joseph Manderley, the director of the Task Force. In late 2029, Manderley orders Miller to deploy his unit in Dubai to intercept an arms deal between Sheppard and the Jinn. There, Miller's unit witnesses a surprise ambush by Shadow Operatives. Afterwards, back in Prague, Růžička Station is bombed by unknown assailants. Manderley then orders Miller to blame the Augmented Rights Coalition (ARC) for the bombing, as well as the previous attack on Dubai and a future attack on a North American VersaLife facility that has yet to occur, even though these events have nothing to do with ARC. Adam Jensen would later discover that Manderley's actions are controlled by Bob Page, who is a member of the Illuminati.
Later, Miller arrives in London to stop Viktor Marchenko's impending attack on the Apex Centre. During the mission, Jensen loses contact with Miller, but later find Miller in the catering area of the Apex Center, badly injured by Marchenko's men. Marchenko's men had forced Miller to drink a lethal experimental substance known as the Orchid.
Mission appearances[edit | edit source]
Miller appears throughout Mankind Divided, beginning with the game's first mission, M1: Black Market Buy, serving as Jensen's superior in the Task Force.
In the final missions in London, Miller is discovered to be badly injured. If Jensen had managed to obtain the Orchid Neutralizing Enzyme from the Palisade Property Bank in during M12: The Heist, Jensen can administer the antidote to save Miller; otherwise, Miller will succumb to the Orchid.
Personality and traits[edit | edit source]
Despite his personal life, Miller doesn't let it interfere with his professional one. Miller is seen as a direct and decisive leader, committed to his job and passionate about protecting civilians. He has gone through his entire career with unwavering respect for the chain of command. But lately, questionable orders passed down by Manderley have caused Miller to balk, resulting in him starting to reconsider his stance.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Saving Miller in London will unlock the He's [Not] Dead, Jim achievement.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- According to The Art of Deus Ex Universe, Jim Miller's appearance is based on the actor Rutger Hauer as a reference to his character Roy Batty from Blade Runner.
- On one of Miller's computers is an e-mail from Bennet, an old comrade during his time in the Special Forces. This is likely a reference to the 1985 film Commando, where Miller's voice actor, Vernon Wells, portrayed the character of the same name.
- Despite the fact that Australia has seceded from the UK Monarchy and declared itself a republic in the Deus Ex universe, the Australian flag in Miller's apartment still features the Union Jack.
- Miller is one of the three known gay characters in the Deus Ex series, the other two being Mark Finley and Lionel from Deus Ex: Invisible War.
See Also[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Character information on the official Deus Ex website
- re: Question For You
- Deus Ex: Black Light
- "Re: Preliminary meetings" (email)
- Deus Ex Universe: The Dawning Darkness
- "The latest version of Jim was inspired by Rutger Hauer, a 'clin d'oeil' to the character of Roy Batty in Blade Runner."