Michael Thorton's default appearance
|Appears in||Alpha Protocol|
|Affiliations||United States of America (Central Intelligence Agency)|
Unaffiliated (Under Alpha Protocol)
|Portrayed by||Josh Gilman|
Agent Michael Thorton is the playable character in the game Alpha Protocol. He plays a major role in the world crisis following the crash of a commercial airliner. While he is inexperienced in the field, Thorton shows promising skill. When Thorton finds himself cut off from his contacts, he must rely on every weapon in his arsenal in order to keep the peace.
Thorton can actually be customized to the player's liking. His default appearance without any customization is shown in the profile box to the right.
Famous Quotes Edit
- "The only thing I can say for sure, Mike; this business will change you."
- — Yancy Westridge to Mike Thorton
- "if you're caught (Mina) I know execution, imprisonment, possibly another lecture by Westridge"
- — Mike
"You ever been a pushy woman in a heart of Arabia?" -
- "Once, lost a bet."
- — Scarlet talking to Mike on the plane
Pre-service History Depending on the player's choice, Thorton's history, previous training, and reason for recruitment is chosen from one of six different backgrounds. Soldier, Field Agent, Tech Specialist, Freelancer, Recruit, and Veteran. An email sent by Yancy Westridge to Alpha Protocol employees describes your experience and previous career accomplishments.
Mike comes to us by way of the armed forces. His CO recommended that he be taken out of the desert since he's, quote, 'too smart for catching bullets in Baghdad.' He's a college graduate, speaks five languages, and he's been awarded 3 Purple Hearts, yet scored higher on the physical exam than any of you layabouts.
Thorton's a former CIA operative. We're glad to have him leave the waterboarding desk jockeys and start running with the folks who really protect the free world. Mike's speciality is old fashioned field-work - eavesdropping, breaking and entering, burglary - the classic stuff we can't report to the tax payers. He's something of a brainiac - fluent in Farsi, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, and Japanese.
Mr. Thorton is most recently from DoJ's National Security Division. He has dual Ph.D's in Linguistics and Computer Science, speaks nearly a dozen languages, and is generally considered too intelligent for civil service. The director at the DoJ recommended him for transfer on account of his physical aptitude and the fact that he was bored out of his mind hiding behind a desk all day. He made a mockery of all our pre-screening exams, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he'll add to our team.
Mike's joining the agency after several years of being a 'contractor' for the US government. Which is a polite way of saying, he's been all over the world working on missions the US can't publicly acknowledge. I think he'll fit right at home with us.
We're taking a bit of a chance on Thorton, he's pretty much a raw recruit in the CIA - only six months of field work to his name, We'd normally expect more field experience from an applicant, but his intelligence and aptitude are off the charts. He's a natural marksman, learned conversational Farsi after only eight days on assignment in Iran, and (according to his handler) broke a terrorist cipher in his spare time. Needless to say, the kid's talents are going to waste at the CIA.
Mike is no stranger to our line of work - he's a veteran member of an off-the-books organization similar to our own. He actually found out about our organization and contacted me directly to come aboard. You know my policy - no one around here gets special treatment (except for me, since I'm your king) but don't forget that he's seen and done more than anyone on this team.
- If playing as a Tech Specialist, Mike will advise Mina on how to handle Brayko's security.
- If playing as a Tech Specialist Mike will say that he reads and rewrites tech user manuals.