Template:Q Template:CharacterInfoboxMona Sax is a contract killer before and during the events of the first Max Payne game. She is non-playable and isn't major in the first game, but is playable for a few scenes in Max Payne 2.


Mona is the twin sister of Lisa Punchinello and sister-in-law of Angelo Punchinello. Almost nothing is known about her early life and assassin training. The only clue is a picture of Mona with her twin sister in Mona's hideout.

In Max Payne, Mona meets Max for the first time, after the death of Jack Lupino, and tells him about responsibility of Don Punchinello. After that, she drugs Max, saying she didn't want to risk and let him kill her sister in anger. Though it appears as if she has been killed by Aesir Corporation security guards, she has apparently survived, as she reappears as a main character in Max Payne 2.[1]

Mona is introduced in Max Payne 2 as a suspect the murder of Senator Gate. That case is assigned to NYPD Detective Max Payne’s partner Valerie Winterson. Despite his past encounters with Mona, Max does not inform the NYPD of his acquaintance with her, nor does he inform them after Mona visits Max at his apartment. Mona and Max work together until Mona reveals her employer and is ordered to kill Max. When presented with the opportunity and the orders to kill Max, Mona still can't pull the trigger. As a result, she's shot in the back by Vladimir Lem.

Whether or not she survives the gunshot wound depends on whether or not the Max Payne 2 difficulty level is Dead on Arrival.


Mona Sax

Mona Sax in Max Payne 2

Mona was suspect in murder of Senator Gates, who is alluded to have been an Inner Circle member affiliated with Vlad.

In the endings of the "Detective" and "Hard-Boiled" difficulty levels of Max Payne 2 Mona dies after being shot in the back by Vlad. At the end of the "Dead on Arrival" difficulty level, she survives Vlad's gunshot wound. It is not yet confirmed, which ending is canon.

Behind the scenes

  • Together, Mona and her sister's first names are "Mona Lisa", arguably the most famous Renaissance painting created by Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • 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.

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