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Joseph Manderley is the director of Task Force 29 in 2029, and the director of UNATCO in 2052. He is a major character in Deus Ex and also appears in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Work for FEMA[edit | edit source]

In 2027, Joseph Manderley works for FEMA, bearing the title of Advisor to the Deputy Administrator, National Preparedness.[1] This unwieldy title disguises his true role as an executive officer for the black operations undertaken by the government of the United States, including administrating clandestine internment camps for American dissidents. Manderley plays an important role as the enforcer of the provisions of the Revised Homeland Security Act of 2012.

Work for Interpol[edit | edit source]

In 2028, Manderley is appointed by the U.N. as Director of the newly formed Task Force 29, an anti-terrorist intelligence and response team overseen by Interpol.[2] In this role, he is the second highest person at Interpol after the Secretary General. Branch directors, including Jim Miller and Christian Jarreau, report directly to Manderley.

In 2029, he transfers Adam Jensen from TF29's North American Division to its Central European Division based in Prague. Six months later, he assigns Delara Auzenne as a psychiatrist there as well, with the intent of keeping tabs on Jensen.

After the bombing of Růžička Station, Manderley orders Miller to identify the Augmented Rights Coalition as the instigator of this other and events that have little or nothing to do with A.R.C. It is revealed that his actions are controlled by Bob Page, who wishes to completely undermine the cause of the augmented. Manderley's actions, carried out on the behest of Page, are but one piece of a campaign to institute the Human Restoration Act, an act which would enforce an apartheid upon augmented people globally.

UNATCO days[edit | edit source]

Manderley is one of the few agents who actually survived to retire from field duty. As luck would have it, concurrent with his being assigned desk duty, the agency began to toy with the concept of mechanical augmentation. In those early, fierce debates, Manderley earned a reputation for fast thinking, sharp negotiating and accurately predicting that pitfalls lay ahead. His ability to manipulate events from behind the scenes was less remarked upon, but similarly impressive. He eventually came to oversee the entire department of augmentation, from choosing likely candidates to handing out assignments. Anyway, that's what it says on his government bio, and who are we to argue?

There was one thing that Manderley didn't foresee, however. As technology evolved and the "older model" augs became out of date, the previous generation of enhanced agents became demoralized and dissatisfied. Instead of building up an army of augmented agents — each new rank adding new talents and abilities — the older agents preferred to retire than than be demoted to shock-troops for the new "hotshot" agents.

Deus Ex official strategy guide, "Joseph Manderley: UNATCO Chief Administrator"

By 2052, he is the Chief Administrator of UNATCO, assigned that position by Majestic 12 after assisting Interpol in shutting down the Knights Templar and securing the conspirators' hold on Europe. Despite the recognition afforded to him by this accomplishment, Manderley is a minor bureaucrat who is in Walton Simons' pocket, a mere proxy installed by Majestic 12 to help place an urbane face on UNATCO's public relations and media management.

When JC Denton initially arrives at UNATCO Headquarters on Liberty Island, Manderley is already under considerable pressure, primarily from Simons, due to the disappointing performance of JC's brother, Paul Denton, as a UNATCO operative. As Paul's Commanding Officer, Manderley had been charged with the task of assuring the success of the "Primary Unit" (Paul Denton) as the unwitting tool of Bob Page and Majestic 12 by having Paul complete UNATCO anti-terrorism operations. As Paul had become aware of this fact through those he had been sent to eliminate, he continually returned from his missions having "failed" to complete his assigned task. Given one final opportunity to prove his worth by the increasingly agitated Page, Manderley naturally spent most his time with JC reminding him to always follow procedure, never question standing orders, and to obey the commands of superior officers. Manderley also placed JC under the command of a trusted operative, agent Anna Navarre.

When JC, following the advice of his brother, defected to the NSF, Manderley was held solely responsible for the loss of both units. After Manderley's failure, Page and Simons pretend to consider posting him to the Library of Congress. Manderley tries to object saying that he "can't control a man's mind." After JC's escape from the UNATCO Headquarters, public news bulletins report that Manderley was murdered by JC Denton.[3]

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Deus Ex[edit | edit source]

Manderley serves as JC's commanding officer, and will react to the actions taken by JC during his assignments. During JC's escape from the UNATCO Headquarters, JC may confront Manderley, who is having a demotion conference with Simons over holocom. Manderley will appear friendly, but will attack as soon as JC is about to leave the office. Here, Manderley can be killed, knocked unconscious, or ignored.

Whether or not Manderley is killed, an e-mail from Sam Carter reveals that Manderley has disappeared, rumored to have been re-assigned while Simons has taken his place. Subsequent public news bulletins will report that Manderley was murdered by JC Denton, regardless of whether or not he was actually killed by JC. If JC did not kill Manderley, it is possible that Manderley was executed by Majestic 12 to frame JC for his murder.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • In Deus Ex, Manderley's login is "jmanderley" and his password is "knight_killer". This is a reference to his involvement in the attack on the Knights Templar. 
  • In Deus Ex, soldiers in Brooklyn mention him even though he is already dead by that time.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

  • "Officially, all five attacks involved augmented terrorists. Is that clear?"
  • "I'm merely concerned that the rest of the Council may not like your call. They seem... less cohesive these days."

Deus Ex

  • "Don't despise training, my boy. Even you would be worthless without the shaping touch of drills and studies."
  • "And JC, try to follow orders this time."
  • "You Dentons sure hung us out to dry."
  • "I refuse to be pushed into some obscure bureaucratic cubbyhole!"
  • "You'll behave like a professional, that's an order!"
  • "Hey! Who do you think you are?"
  • "Grow up, JC!"
  • "That's enough, Agent!"

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