- "Max. We gotta stop meeting like this."
- ―Mona Sax
Not much is known about Mona's life except she had a twin sister, Lisa who married with a Mafia Don, Angelo Punchinello.
She hated Angelo for abusing and torturing her sister and was willing to accept a hit contract on him. It is unknown how long she worked as an assassin. She worked with many parties that got her involved in bigger cases.
Contract with Aesir
- "Mona Sax, Lisa's evil twin."
- ―Mona introducing herself.
Mona and Max have a hostile confrontation, pointing their guns to their heads. She explains that Angelo is responsible for Alex's death and Max's frameup. Despite their common enemy and cooldown, she drugged Max to ensure that Lisa won't get hurt during Max's rampage.
Mona heads to the manor and attempts to kill Angelo, but is overpowered and caught by his bodyguards. The Trio soon torture Mona, but she manages to escape and kill some mobsters along the way. Because of this, Nicole and her Killer Suits personally deal with Punchinello.
She is seen again at Aesir as she still under Nicole's contract and meets up with Max at the elevator. Nicole orders Mona to kill Max, but Mona refused as she thinks Max is a 'nice guy'. However, Nicole repays her when one of the Killer Suits shoots her in the head. Mona is presumed dead, but the missing body in the elevator after Max returns hints at her survival. She escapes Aesir and avoids the cops. She still have the bullet in her head from the shootout.
Involvement with the Inner Circle
Between 2001 and 2003, she most likely continues her job and is hired by many employers who have enough money to pay her. She soon gets herself involved with a civil war as she is hired by Alfred Woden, head of the Inner Circle to battle his side against Vladimir Lem and the Cleaners. She is tasked to protect any Inner Circle members on Woden's side while killing members who are on Lem's side. Before Max's involvement, she shoots Lem's arm during a confrontation.
Max is interrogated about Mona before he guns down his colleagues in Max's nightmare. Mona appears in Max's apartment to warn him about a danger. Max ignores her message, but later sees a sniper shoot him with a platoon of Cleaners attacking the apartments in an attempt to kill Max and possibly Mona. She managed to escape the place and kill some Cleaners along the way.
She leaves her phone number at Max's office and gives Max the address of her home, the Address Unknown Funhouse in Coney Island. Mona is showering when Max sneaks into her home and traverses through the funhouse. She explains that the Inner Circle is killing anyone who knows of their existence and offers to meet her Inner Circle contact. Max knows that she is telling a half-truth. They head to Upper East Side apartments where many Inner Circle members live, including her contact. However, the Cleaners arrive first and kill the Inner Circle members. Mona operates the security cameras and elevators while Max deals with the Cleaners. They find their contact dead and Mona tells Max to escape. The NYPD arrives at the scene, and Mona is arrested for being a suspect of Senator Gate's murder while Max is reprimanded for his actions.
Mona is in the interrogation room for the witness to identify the murderer of Senator Gates. The witness confirms Mona to be in the scene, which leads her to her jail cell. Max visits Mona, who warns him again about the Cleaners' attack. She later hides under a bed from the attacking Cleaners and takes a dead cop's key to free herself. She escapes back to her hideout.
Mona and Max meet again, their long-suppressed attraction they held for each other exploding in an intimate moment, but they are interrupted by the attacking Cleaners, who Max had unknowingly led there. The two fugitives together fight off the Cleaners, with Max entering the Cleaners' van. Max still has the earpiece from the condo and is contacted by Mona. With this, Mona enters the Cleaners' hideout from the other side with Max attacking inside. She fought some of the Cleaners in the hideout and protected Max with her sniper rifle after he exited from an explosion. After clearing some retreating Cleaners, she meets with Max but with Valarie in the scene pointing her gun. Mona reveal that Valarie is working with the Inner Circle while Valarie denies. They both ready their guns, but Max quickly shoots Valarie to allow Mona to escape. She soon flees the scene with her location unknown.
Final Work and Death
Max attempt to find Mona but to no avail. After shooting his way through Vlad's restrauant, Max figures that in order to find Mona, he would have to find Vlad, and the only one who might know is Vinnie Gognitti, as he is Vlad's enemy and may be working with Mona. It is revealed that Mona has Vinnie weakening Vlad's forces and like Max, doesn't trust the underboss. Mona is at the funhouse, ready to kill Vlad, but there is a change of plans when an explosion occurs, and she rushes in to rescue Max. She later is able to rescue him and tries to convince him to leave the mess. However, Max decides to end the matter and together with Mona heads to the manor to stop Lem and the Cleaners.
Together with Max, they fight their way through the remaining Cleaner commandos while finding either Vlad or Woden. Mona open a door to Woden's panic room through a secret button, confirms Max that Mona is working with Woden. Mona laters betrays Max and knock him out in Woden's order to clean up the Cleaner mess including Max. However, Mona couldn't do it due to her relationship with Max and decide to drop her gun. Soon, she is shot in the back by Vlad and drop to the ground with Max holding her.
Mona remains at the ground, dying from wounds including the one in her head. After Max fight with Vlad, Max quickly reach to Mona but in the end finally dies with her last words 'damsel in distress' . Max kiss Mona for a final time before found by the NYPD officers.
If the player completed the game in the highest difficulty, Dead on Arrival, Mona will survive her wounds be together with Max. However, this is non-canon in Max Payne 3.
Her death affect Max Payne as he able to temporarily gets over his wife death but his lover's death made more Max depress as Mona is the only one who made him alive. Due to his actions in the Cleaner Case including his murder of Valarie Winterson, he decides to quit the NYPD.
Mona Sax is an efficient stone-cold contract killer; who when in doubt, kills. The femme fatale's lack of remorse has led to a body count second to only that of Max Payne himself. The only exception to this is Max, towards whom she points her gun but does not fire. From the very first game, it is apparent that Mona has strong feelings for Max. (The second game often hints that "Max" is short for "Mona Sax".)
When Mona first meets Max, she proclaims "Lisa's the damsel in distress, I'm the professional." Her last words before death are "God...I turned out to be such a damsel in distress."
Behind the scenes
- Mona Sax is voiced by Julia K. Murney in Max Payne, who also voice casts for the police dispatch and for Lady Amelia in the game.
- Max Payne
- Max Payne 2
- Elevator Doors
- No 'Us' in This
- A Linear Sequence of Scares
- The Million Dollar Question
- Prologue (A Binary Choice)
- The Things That I Want
- Routing Her Synapses (Playable)
- Out of the Window (Playable)
- The Genius of the Hole (Playable)
- A Losing Game (Playable)
- Love Hurts
- That Old Familiar Feeling (Killed)
- Max Payne 3
- Max Payne 3 comics
Max Payne 2
- ↑ "Announcing the Max Payne 3 Special Edition" on the Rockstar Newswire Retrieved November 21, 2011
|Max Payne • Alex Balder • B.B. • Jim Bravura • Vincent Gognitti • Nicole Horne • Mona Sax • Vladimir Lem • Jack Lupino • Michelle Payne • Angelo Punchinello • Alfred Woden
|Max Payne • Mona Sax • Jim Bravura • Vincent Gognitti • Kaufman • Vladimir Lem • Mike • Valerie Winterson • Alfred Woden