Wiki: Joanna Dark

"Time to hook up with Jonathan before he gets into any more trouble."


Article by: Paul Watkins (watkinzez)
Pictured from: Perfect Dark
Created by: Rare
First appearance: 2000


Joanna Dark, the heroine of Rare's gritty cyberpunk game series called Perfect Dark, is a highly skilled secret agent working for a spy agency called the Carrington Institute. Her code name, after which the game is named, comes from the fact that she passed her training missions with such finesse that the creation of a higher training grade was necessary. In the initial game in the Perfect Dark series, Joanna is 23 years and 2 months old.

The first game, Perfect Dark, was released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000 and told of Joanna's first assignment as a Carrington agent. She is presented with the task of finding and extracting one Dr. Caroll from the headquarters of multinational corporation dataDyne while remaining undetected and unharmed. With the advent of new information about the shady dataDyne company, however, both Joanna and the Carrington Institute eventually discover a vast scheme that will determine the fate of the human race.

Joanna often works closely with her comrades and fellow agents such as Jonathan, a more experienced agent, who infiltrates dataDyne's bases to gain inside information. Daniel Carrington, the founder of the Carrington Institute and Joanna's superior, oversees missions carried out by the CI agents and communicates with unexpected allies throughout the first game.

The Perfect Dark series, described as the spiritual successor to Rare's classic GoldenEye 007, is small overall but has garnered reverence throughout the gaming community due to its enthralling single player story and open-ended multiplayer mode, which still holds up today in some of its aspects. A prequel to the original, titled Perfect Dark Zero, was a launch title for the Xbox 360.

Selected game appearances

Nintendo 64

Game Boy Color

  • Perfect Dark (2000)



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