Mass Effect: Evolution Mass Effect: Foundation Mass Effect: Ascension Mass Effect: Redemption Mass Effect 2Mass Effect: Retribution Mass Effect: Deception Mass Effect: Invasion Mass Effect: Homeworlds Mass Effect 3 The Illusive Man is the elusive, secretive, and well informed leader of Cerberus.
He has close-cropped silver-grey hair with "steely blue" eyes which appear to be prosthetic.
The Illusive Man's real name and his life before Cerberus are both long forgotten by most.
For years, the Illusive Man has been using Cerberus and his immense network of contacts to achieve his goal - that of making humanity ascendant above all other races.
He is described as having the best and worst traits of humanity rolled into one man.
The Illusive Man was a normal civilian with a job and a family until the discovery of alien life.
Not long after the Battle of Shanxi, an e-mail circulated throughout the extranet calling for humanity to take its rightful place and assert its power to its new alien contacts.
Alliance intelligence could not locate the originator of the e-mail, but referred to him as an "illusive man" in press releases to try and dismiss the human-centric diatribe.
The name stuck, and the Illusive Man founded Cerberus, a human-centric splinter group.
He was responsible for breaking Cerberus away from the Alliance military, and building up Cord-Hislop Aerospace as a cover for the organization's shadow operations.
His justification is that, "If humanity is to survive, sacrifices must be made for the greater good.
The Alliance doesn't understand this, Cerberus does." In terms of appearance, the Illusive Man is dressed in an impeccable futuristic-style suit, combined with the casual swagger of a charming billionaire; he also seems to possess unique patterns on his irises.