Mara Aramov is a significant antagonist in the Syphon Filter Franchise and has appeared in almost every game. She was a former KGB Operative and Professional Assassin, who is directly involved in the Syphon Filter Conspiracy while acting as one of the Main Antagonists for the series. As such, she is one of the first introduced members of The Consortium and has the most allegiances in that particular organisation.
First employed by Yavlinsky to terminate his rivals , she was a triple agent working for The Consortium; she initially acted as a "hired assassin" in the terrorist group Black Baton in Syphon Filter and subsequently as a resource of The Agency during the events of Syphon Filter 2, all while at the behest of The Consortium. Specifically, she was apparently in cahoots with Vince Hadden but it then transpired that Mihai Niculescu in fact hired her, initially as a behind-the-scenes instigator during Syphon Filter 3 and then eventually making a physical appearance in Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain. Gabriel Logan's very first encounter with Mara was during the Washington D.C. attack and he (along with Lian Xing and Teresa Lipan) have attempted in vain to capture or kill her since that point until her eventual assassination by Gary Stoneman (at Logan's request) following the Omega Strain crisis.
Despite her role as a significantly villainous character in the storyline, she inexplicably helped Gabe and his team depending on the circumstance that either benefited her, averted a disaster or both. Notable instances include the incapacitation of Phagan and aiding Gabe in finding the Pharcom Warehouses while the Black Baton attempted to secure the location and launch a R-9 Devyatka; refusing to kill Gabe Logan when he was in her sights in Moscow; rendering assistance to Lian Xing in rescuing Uri Gregorov by eliminating the guards situated in the facility during the time of his execution; assassinating Hadden; and grilling Niculescu on his decision to work with Mikhas Ivankov, as well as informing Gabe Logan where Ivankov's base was located. As such, her motivations seemed to frequently, if not always, be mysterious and her actions frequently contradicted with eventual decisions that she later made.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality and characteristics
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Plot
- 5 Background
- 6 Apparent 'deaths'
- 7 Legitimate death
- 8 Escapes upon being captured
- 9 Strategies
- 10 Theories regarding immortal tendencies
- 11 Quotes during battle
- 12 List of known victims
- 13 Appearances
- 14 Trivia
- 15 Gallery
- 16 References
Mara is a Caucasian woman in her 30's with mid-length blonde hair. Her appearance vastly fluctuates from each game she appears in.
- In the first title, she is shown with blue eyes and auburn hair, long enough to be tied into a ponytail; this was later retconned to always being blonde) Her wardrobe, unlike every other character in the game, actually changes multiple times in the course of the game. First she is shown wearing a militant outfit with dark-green camouflage pants designed based on the Costa Rican jungle. She's equipped with black combat boots. She wears a green-matching camouflage top (fashioned like a bra) which is positioned to reveal her cleavage and is the only item worn on her upper body.. During her part in the Washington D.C. Attack she changes the style of camouflage pants she wears (though they remain dark green) and keeps the combat boots she wore before (while losing the gloves). She is shown wearing a Flak Jacket over a light green shirt, sleeveless shirt. At the Pharcom reception levels and at the very end of the game, she is shown wearing a more formal attire, though still wears it in a "revealing" fashion. She is shown wearing a black skirt that ends at her knees with black leggings underneath complete with high-heels. Her top this time is an open-chested long sleeved shirt that starts just below her bust.
- In Syphon Filter 2, she is shown to have mid-length blonde hair and a heavy application of makeup. This time she is only wears one outfit in all of her appearances, being a long-sleeved leather jacket worn over a brown patterned skirt featured with pantyhose and black high-heels.
- In Syphon Filter 3, she changes yet again with a more lean and feline structure given to her face. As for her hair, it is once again mid-length and blonde hair (though it's parted at the side, rather than the center). Her first outfit is similar to the outfit warn in the previous game, however instead of a leather jacket she is shown wearing a corporate-casual black suit-jacket with a white collar and a white-leopard skirt over pantyhose with high heels. In the flashback during Costa Rica, she is shown to have blonde hair rather than the auburn. The outfit is practically the same as what she wore in Syphon Filter, except her chest is not nearly as exposed with the top she's wearing.
Personality and characteristics
They're all the same in the end.
- Aramov upon apparently killing Phagan in Rhoemer's catacombs.
Displaying cold-as-ice nerves and a constantly calculating attitude, Mara possessed inconsistent, volatile motives. Incredibly intelligent, she embodied the spirit of a murderous nihilistic sociopath who manipulates her way out of any situation that could cause her trouble, thus causing her affiliations to constantly shift from being antagonistic to going to the precise opposite if the circumstances called for it. Behind this, she is a cold-blooded assassin whom will ally herself with anyone to survive, and shows little to no remorse for her fallen comrades. However, it can be assumed that she does care about Elsa Weissenger, her hometown Moscow, and the Syphon Filter virus itself. It is possible that Mara's involvement in the Consortium was to get her hands on the virus.
Mara is able to shrug off multiple headshots due to the bullets grazing her skull. She is also infamous for always breaking free although she was earlier seen to have been captured, and is a skilled weapons master, from pistols to submachine guns. In Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Stone attributes this remarkable survival rate to a metal plate in Mara's head, though this could just be a sarcastic comment.
In Costa Rica, Aramov personally executes undercover agent Ellis by shooting his head. During the Washington D.C. attack, Gabriel Logan chases her through the Washington subway tunnels trying to get answers from her - he succeeds after shooting her head (although in a cutscene, he merely wounded her). She spills the beans that there are viral bombs in the Washington Park and the main one is in the Freedom Memorial building. Although Gabe asks for a retrieval team to apprehend her, she somehow slips through his fingers.
Mara is later seen at a PHARCOM reception party. She takes Jonathan Phagan, PHARCOM CEO and founder, hostage. When Logan gets to a dinosaur exhibit, Aramov has Phagan at gunpoint. Logan knocks her out with a taser and saves Phagan. Mara is taken into custody but somehow escapes once again.
Aramov appears again in Erich Rhoemer's stronghold after Logan has rescued Jonathan Phagan and Lian Xing. Mara shoots Phagan's head and informs Logan of PHARCOM warehouses that contain Syphon Filter virus body carriers. She states that she will assist him and Lian for she has nowhere to go; she also tells them information about which warehouse has an elevator to a hidden missile silo is. After Thomas Markinson's ambitions are revealed, the launched missile is destroyed and Rhoemer is killed. Mara is arrested, yet she once again flees. We later see her with an unknown man and with boxes of the virus in the background. The man says "Well done, my dear"; she then walks off and laughs.
Mara Aramov's intentions remain the same in Syphon Filter 2: she is seen in a cutscene talking to the new PHARCOM CEO, who she then kills (at the command of Vince Hadden) for making excuses about failing to complete phase 2 of the virus. She hires an imposter for Uri Gregorov and sends him to a nightclub in Moscow because Lian Xing is meeting him there. Mara's henchmen instigate a firefight at the club; she then tries to kill the imposter because he knows too much but fails. She is later seen in a prison in which the personnel are in the process of executing the true Gregorov but Lian Xing intervenes and Mara escapes; Mara is lastly seen with the Secretary of State Vincent Hadden who has called off the hunt for Lian and Gabe. Mara is angry with Hadden; she again walks off and laughs just as the screen goes black.
In Syphon Filter 3 Mara Aramov is seen in the recreation of the SF2 ending and is only really seen in a flashback to Gabe Logan's investigation of Erich Rhoemer. Towards the game's end, Teresa Lipan gives her testimony and Logan orders Hadden to be taken away because of his involvement with Aramov. This is when Mara comes in, kills Hadden and wounds two federal agents on the orders of Mihai Niculescu. Logan pursues her to a subway train and attempts to stop her before she releases the Syphon Filter virus. He shoots her head a second time but she is somehow only wounded and escapes once again. In the ending of SF3 we see her in a submarine collecting cargo in the form of sunken Syphon Filter shipments. She then laughs yet again.
In Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain Mara's ties of Mara's involvement with the consortium leader lead to her working with a man named Mihai Niculescu. Mara continues to confer with him until he reveals he's going to bomb Moscow, Mara's home. Mara, compelled to save her country, attempts to stop him, but a drink she just had was drugged rendering her unconscious. Niculescu orders Mara to be executed, but she is rescued by Logan. However, Mara still refused to assist Logan in finding Niculescu - instead, she did inform him of Ivankov's base, thus allowing Gabe to stop the missile launch. As a reward for assisting him, Logan offers to let Mara live peacefully for the rest of her life, leaving her alone. Mara accepts the offer and leaves. At the end of the game Mara receives a letter from Logan in her new residence; Gabe had changed his mind about letting her live peacefully. Gary Stoneman, with orders from Logan, sets up a sniper rifle in an apartment opposite Mara's residence; the scope is aimed at her then the game ends.
Technically speaking, Mara Aramov lastly appears in Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, but she and Dr. Elsa Weissenger are assassinated by Gary Stoneman in a flashback mission before the main game itself. Gabe Logan, at the end of The Omega Strain, ordered that the treacherous duo be neutralised once and for all. In the bonus level, it is revealed that Aramov and Weissenger had a secret love affair. It is also implied that Elsa had cheated on Aramov by sleeping with Niculescu.
She is also mentioned in a hidden evidence, where Gabe Logan mentions how Yavlinsky paid her half a million US dollars to kill all his chief rivals in Kaliningrad. She shot six men in three casinos, killing them in cold blood, shooting their heads when they were at home in bed, and did it all in one night, on Christmas Eve. She left the bullet casings inside the kid's stockings, an incident which would be known as the Saint Nicholas Eve Massacre. Another hidden evidence reveals that Mara stole paintings from Niculescu Funds Industries and sold them to the Russian Mafia until her death.
Highly notorious and infamous as one of the most dangerous criminals ever known in the Syphon Filter universe, Mara Aramov was an extremely hardened combatant in both mental and physical prowess. Best known as a psychological manipulator and veteran assassin, she was linked to multiple terrorist groups in her existence. Though originally believed to be a mere underling, she had in fact been the personal hand to many high-value individuals in the entire conspiracy. Her numerous escapes from death or custody were well-documented in the history of Agency intelligence, and despite Gabe Logan's numerous attempts to terminate or capture her, only Gary Stoneman has ever successfully ended her reign.
From Agency records, her early childhood was spent in crowded slums as a result of the Stalinist effect on the Soviet Union, and she shared apartments with a number of families.  Her career eventually turned her into a Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti operative, becoming familiar with future Director of Sluzhba vneshney razvedki Uri Gregorov. Nonetheless, her true reputation began with her rise as a serial killer and mass murderer associated with the Russian Mafia. Aramov acquainted herself with men such as Viktor Yavlinsky, Mikhas Ivankov, Than Muang, Anton Girdeux and Erich Rhoemer, while establishing contacts with various other illegal agents of the underworld around the globe. She eventually became a recruit of Rhoemer's Black Baton. 
By some unknown means she became familiar, and was eventually engaged in a secure employment contract, with Swiss banker Mihai Niculescu,  the third wealthiest man in the world. Despite popular belief that Vincent Hadden was manipulating the entire Syphon Filter fiasco, Niculescu was the conspiracy's real commander and mastermind, with Mara being his link to the remaining consortium members. Aramov was adept at engineering the actions of Thomas Markinson, ,Vincent Hadden , Lyle Stevens , and Erich Rhoemer  while making them believe they were in control. In fact, not even one of them raised so much as a single suspicion as to her true affiliation. She even participated in Rhoemer's terrorist attacks with Anton Girdeux recruited into the group , and while Gabe Logan rendered her unconscious her , she was taken into 'custody' by the Agency but then later escaped. 
With the conspiracy betrayed by Rhoemer, Mara rendered assistance to Logan in preventing a missile launch which the terrorist had triggered.  She was involved in a multitude of actions to benefit Mihai's ultimate endgames. These ranged from, initially, the incapacitation of Jonathan Phagan at the behest of Erich Rhoemer , to, subsequently, assassinating Hadden on Niculescu's orders when Vince's deception was exposed by Teresa Lipan and federal investigators . Logan finally captured her as she tried to release the virus in Washington, D.C. and this consequently resulted in her incarceration by US forces.  Despite being condemned to a possible life sentence or even death penalty at a maximum security detention facility in Guantanamo, she somehow got away thanks to the corrupt White House Internal Affairs director Alexander Birchim, who Niculescu bribed to engineer her escape from prison. 
Aramov would reappear to track Mikhas Ivankov's sales of the Omega Strain to black markets.  She discovered his intentions to launch a nuclear warhead at Russia, and it prompted her to warn Niculescu. He ignored her initially, but her incessant insistence to alert Ivankov of the impending disaster forced him into arranging her execution in Montenegro.  Mara turned on Mihai after her rescue by Gabe Logan, and then revealed Ivankov's location.  With the subsequent death of Niculescu from criminal clients, she went into hiding and raised funds by selling his assets to Viktor Yavlinsky. 
Mara subsequently met with Elsa Weissinger, her secret lover, to discuss their successful using of Niculescu and, it could be reasonably assumed, to further plot a conniving conspiracy, but the Russian soon became concerned about a letter written by Gabe Logan wherein he held her responsible for downing a commercial aeroplane on which IPCA operative Imani Gray was flying along with a North Korean agent Yong-jun Kim. Battle-hardened veteran and ex-CIA assassin Stone handled the assassination of Aramov  and Weissinger  for Logan, in effect finally ending an era of one of the most notorious Syphon Filter conspirators.
- Syphon Filter - Main Subway Line: Shot once in the head by Gabe Logan during the events of the assault on Washington DC in a subway pursuit.
- Syphon Filter 3 - DC Subway: Shot again in the head by Gabe Logan during the chase in the Washington Metro, after she intervenes in the public inquiry held by Hadden, attempting to accuse Logan of the shootout in New York.
Endeavouring to stop Mara's further conniving and cunning with Elsa Weissenger, Gabe decided that Mara could no longer live on in retirement following her manipulative role in the previous games. He issues a Discrete Personnel Elimination command on her and sends Stone to complete it. The CIA veteran sets up in an apartment opposite Aramov's safehouse, and, after killing her bodyguards, watches as Dr E embraces and kisses Mara, which is a shock to him since he never guessed they would be secret lovers. Regardless, Stone kills Mara and Elsa (the method in which this is accomplished is left to the player's discretion).
Escapes upon being captured
- Syphon Filter - Main Subway Line: Flees the scene after Gabe Logan first subdues her inside the Washington Metro main subway line; reappears in the Expo Centre.
- Syphon Filter - PHARCOM Expo Centre: Flees again after Logan stops her from killing Phagan in the PHARCOM Expo Centre; reappears and shoots Phagan inside Rhoemer's catacombs.
- Syphon Filter - PHARCOM Warehouses: Taken into 'custody' after Gabe's final battle with Rhoemer but appears at the Agency headquarters in the post-credits cutscene.
- Syphon Filter 3 - DC Subway: Shot by Logan and captured again after killing Hadden and escaping to the DC Subway but appears in a mini-sub in the post-credits cutscene.
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain - Budva, Montenegro: Niculescu's Villa Estate: Meets Mihai Niculescu in the latter's estate and almost killed but Logan intervenes and she is later seen in her safehouse.
Main Subway Line
There's no real walk through that can be given...except, of course, you can't use grenades or other explosive weapons, including the M79. Charge out from the start, roll under the beam when the train's passed and headshot Mara once to swiftly end the mission. If you can't do that, keep following her down the tunnel until you have a clear shot, then fire on her. Watch out for enemies and the trains (the latter will come on alternate sides of the track, so keep switching over). At a certain point, after progressing through the tunnel close to its boundary, Mara will duck into an alcove near the tracks and usually stops moving. If you have trouble making the shot before this point, this is the easiest place to do it.
You can also defeat her by shooting her legs, but it is much easier to go for the headshot as you will almost certainly have an M-16 by this point in the game and most of the Black Baton thugs carry them as well, ensuring you have an adequate, if not overwhelming, supply of ammo.
The last level of the game is disappointingly straightforward (literally, as all you do is run in a straight line and shoot). The only difficulty comes at the end where you meet Aramov.
Shoot the two guards that run towards you at the start, then head up the train towards the engine. Take the flak jacket from the next compartment and open the door at the end.
Headshot the two guards who drop in before they have a chance to shoot back. Continue for two compartments.
Two more guards roll in. Shoot the one on your left first for he is closer, then deal with the one on the right. Run through the next compartment and open the door.
Eliminate the two guards behind the overturned table then quickly roll forward if a grenade has been thrown. You’ll get a radio call in the next compartment.
Take the flak jacket if you need it. Continue for another compartment, then there’s another explosion. Again, headshot the two guards and continue.
In the next compartment, two guards will warn you not to come any closer. Shoot them instead, then free the hostage.
Keep going, and take the flak jacket if you need it. You’ll get a cut-scene here. Stand still and headshot the two guards behind the tables.
Continue through the next two compartments, then headshot the two guards with the hostage. Free the hostage.
There’s an explosion as soon as you continue - headshot the two guards here (sounds familiar). Continue through the next compartment then shoot the two guards who burst in ahead of you.
There’s another safe compartment, then an explosion. Shoot the two guards again. The last hostage is being held in the next compartment.
Keep going. There’s a flak jacket two compartments down if you need it. Past this, there’s a more difficult section where two guards burst in, one either side of you. Headshot the first, then roll and turn to finish the second one.
Go another two compartments down. As soon as you see the explosion, retreat this time as the guards stay on the roof. A second explosion will finish the guards for you.
Take the AU300 from the compartment where the explosion was (you need this later on, so don’t waste all the ammo). Go forward one compartment and headshot the Lieutenant as he approaches you from the next one.
Don’t shoot the bomb! Take the explosives from the next compartment.
Plant the explosives on the locked door, then run away - the explosives have a surprisingly wide blast radius, so don’t stop running until you hear the explosion.
Go to the end of the train and you’ll see Mara and one more hostage. Instead of trying to shoot her through the door, climb up on to the roof of the train by using the ledge above the door, then run along to the end and aim down with the AU300. Shoot Mara when you see her.
This being the final boss fight with Mara, you may want to equip Stone with whatever heavy weapons you have unlocked. The SMAW launcher will kill her in a few hits if you're accurate enough. Also suggested are the Desert pistols.
Start the mission by neutralising her security guards - a bonus is that doing so via stealth kills will unlock two pieces of hidden evidence for the level (and episode) on Hard Mode. Here comes the tough part. Killing her requires perfect timing if you want to avoid an intense firefight. Elsa will stand stationery, but Mara moves from side to side. To eliminate her using stealth, you have to zoom in on your sight (with Stone's Rifle), go prone (to reduce scope idling) and activate the thermal goggles to make things easier. Wait until Mara is adjacent to Elsa, then fire a split second before their heads are aligned. A few tries might be required.
If you kill Mara before Elsa, you can elect to shoot Elsa. If you don't, she will run into the streets and get hit by a car, awarding you the level's only environment kill.
- You can use the Barrett M82 to snipe Mara if you don't like trying to neutralise her with a precision headshot. Shoot her legs and make her stumble. Rinse and repeat to kill her.
- If you fail to snipe Mara but kill Elsa or miss either, Mara herself will battle you (or kill Elsa herself and then proceed into a boss fight). She's armed with a heavy duty pistol and constantly strafes, so watch out that she doesn't drain your armour. She will kill you in 3 hits on Hard mode- 2 shots destroy your armour and 1 more will nail Stone. If you need it, there's a flak jacket crate inside the apartment and a MedKit within the bathroom. Be careful with the SMAW - using it at close range kills you. Always keep behind cover to avoid being counter-sniped and be patient - you should win this battle if you're cautious.
Theories regarding immortal tendencies
As with Vamp from the Metal Gear Solid franchise, which is generally considered to be Syphon Filter's main rival (in regard to both story and gameplay), Mara has sparked some school of thought with regard to her apparent failure to perish. Some have theorised that Gabe's bullets merely grazed her head, or that she possibly somehow had a metallic plate, but given that Logan has undergone a career in the United States military forces, the first idea has come under scrutiny: how could his accuracy supposedly be so horrible that he missed Mara not once, but twice? It is possible that for gameplay purposes, Mara is subdued and the player believes she is rightfully dead (for all physical intents and purposes). Notwithstanding this fact, she must nevertheless somehow survive for she is of significant value to the game's synopsis.
A more plausible explanation for Gabe's failure to nail her multiple times could be linked to the nanomachine and parasite theory, which has been attributed to Vamp's habitual invincibility. Despite receiving fatal wounds on numerous occasions, he is killed but resurrected, his true demise only occurring in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot, in which Snake injects him with a syringe that suppresses the nanomachines which keep healing him and thus causing him to be revived. However, where this theory fails to satisfy logic is the fact that nowhere did any character inject Mara with the contents of a similar syringe to cause her nanomachines to fail her. Furthermore, Mihai Niculescu also plots for Mara to be killed after she is detained in his villa, and the mercenaries who guard the area are armed with standard weapons. Last but by no means whatsoever least, it is never shown that she has any nanomachines such as those that Vamp has.
Whatever the truth may be, the real justification for her ability to evade death so many times has in any case eluded Syphon Filter fans to this date.
Quotes during battle
- "It seems your aim still sucks Logan!" (said during the last mission of Syphon Filter 3)
- "One wrong move and I'll kill the woman!"
- "Logan, put the gun down and let's work together! I will make you rich!"
- "I've been looking forward to putting a bullet in your head."
- "Show yourself, or I'll kill the hostage!"
- "Where did you go?"
- "You will never stop me, Logan! I've got one bomb left and a train full of hostages!"
- "Aren't you tired of being Logan's stooge?" (said to Stone)
- "Stone! I am going to kill you!"
- "You can't kill me Stone, I'm immortal!"
- "You're gonna pay for this with your life, old man!"
- "D'you know how many times Logan has tried?"
List of known victims
- Ellis (killed with a headshot)
- Jonathan Phagan (indirectly; she shoots him in the head and Morgan later switches off his life support)
- Mr Cochran (neck snapped)
- Vincent Hadden (shot with HK-5)
- Sanzo Murukawa (indirectly; she convinces him to commit suicide due to his trusting Kim, and to prevent the IPCA from capturing him)
- Imani Grey (indirectly; she orders that the plane she is on be shot down)
- Yong-jun Kim (indirectly; she orders that the plane he is on be shot down)
- Elsa Weissenger (if Stone does not kill her)
- Yavlinsky's rivals (shot in the head)
- Georgia Street (Intro and cutscene)
- Destroyed Subway (cutscene)
- Main Subway Line
- Washington Park (mentioned)
- Expo Center Reception (cutscene)
- Expo Center Dinorama
- Rhoemer's Base (cutscene)
- Rhoemer's Stronghold (mentioned)
- Stronghold Catacombs (cutscene)
- PHARCOM Warehouses (cutscene)
- Warehouse 76 (mentioned)
- Silo Access Tunnels (mentioned)
- Missile Silo (cutscene)
Syphon Filter 2
- McKenzie Airbase Interior (cutscene)
- C-130 Wreck Site (cutscene)
- Moscow Club 32 (cutscene)
- Moscow Streets (cutscene)
- Volkov Park (cutscene)
- Aljir Prison Break-In (cutscene)
- Aljir Prison Escape (cutscene)
- Finale (cutscene)
Syphon Filter 3
- Hotel Fukushima (Intro, mentioned)
- Costa Rican Plantation
- Australian Outback (mentioned)
- St George Australia (mentioned)
- Underground Bunker (cutscene)
- Senate Building
- DC Subway
Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
- Carthage, Michigan: Warehouse District (mentioned)
- Carthage, Michigan: Carthage Mall (cutscene)
- Mazyr, Belarus: Belaya Vezha (cutscene)
- Sana'a, Yemen: Taherir Palace (mentioned)
- North Atlantic: Lorelei Salvage Rig (cutscene)
- Tokyo, Japan: Murukawa Tower (cutscene)
- Taguang, Myanmar: Irawaddy Basin (cutscene)
- Zurich, Switzerland: Niculescu Funds Tower (cutscene)
- Budva, Montenegro: Niculescu's Villa Estate
- Kiev, Ukraine: Chechen Terrorist Base (mentioned)
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
- Goodnight Sweetheart
- Aramov is one of only two boss characters to refer to Logan as his first name, "Gabriel." The second is Anton Girdeux.
- Aramov originally was shown with long auburn colored hair tied in a ponytail however subsequent releases changed her hairstyle to blonde. In the first cutscene of Syphon Filter 3, parts of her hair on the back of her head are shown to be auburn, suggesting that she dyed her hair. Nonetheless, during the Costa Rica mission Mara sports complete blonde hair despite having Auburn originally.
- Although Mara's accent generally remains the same, her voice actor does not. She is always portrayed with a Russian accent and in all of her appearances in the games, she is given a different voice actor and shares this trait with Vince Hadden. The Russian accent "fails" a little bit, however, when voiced by Corina Harmon, retaining a rather German pronounciation.
- Aramov is voiced by four different voice actresses, which awards her with the highest number of voice actresses who portray her. Lian Xing is the second character to have multiple voice actresses with three different cast members portraying her.
- In the first three games, Aramov always laughs at the end. In addition, she also laughs at the end of the Dark Mirror mission where Gary Stoneman assassinates her (despite being dead, though likely a reference to the first three games).
- In Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain, Mara shares her voice actor, Jennifer Hale, with Margaret Powers in the same game. Hale has also voiced Emma Emmerich from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
- She is shown to be wearing three different outfits in the first Syphon Filter and is the only character to change wardrobe during the course of the game.
- Strangely, her outfit changes back to previous versions at various times. An example is when she leads Gabe and Lian into enemy territory then she is shown taken away by Agency Operatives wearing her outfit from the D.C. attack.
- She, like all of the other recurring characters featured in the instruction booklets, somehow "aged" one year between Syphon Filter and Syphon Filter 2 despite the games taking place within days of each other.
- Despite being seen on the balcony when Stone lines a shot on her head in Omega Strain, she is seen indoors during the actual assassination in Dark Mirror. The bodyguards are also absent in Syphon Filter 4, but there are a trio of patrols in Syphon Filter 5.
- Mara's last name should actually be the feminine "Aramova," because last names in Russian have masculine and feminine forms.
- It is ironic that Gabe confronts her on the Washington Metro once in SF1, but fails to kill her despite a headshot; and is later forced to hunt her in the same location in SF3, only for her to again somehow survive.
- She has a knack for cheating death numerous times, a trait she shares with Teresa Lipan and Addison Hargrove. She also seems to be 'captured' but always escapes.
- She is one of the few bosses who players must encounter multiple times, something Erich Rhoemer also has in common.
- She is the third antagonist who must be protected. The others are Jonathan Phagan and Jason Chance.
- Despite seemingly working for Phagan and Vince Hadden, she eventually later plays a vital role in killing both. She also executed Ellis at Rhoemer's behest but later helped to defeat the terrorist. In Syphon Filter 2, she refrains from killing Gabe in Moscow and helps Lian take down prison guards during the rescue of Uri Gregorav; in The Omega Strain, she tells Gabe where Ivankov's base is, again helping him. As such, Gabe Logan refers to her as a puzzle, an enigma. Nevertheless, it is possible she would turn against her employer if the situation benefited her or if she wanted to stop a major disaster.
- She shares her birthday with Jean Fournier, Soren Masson, and Dimitri Alexopolous, which is 27 August 1967.
- According to Gabe Logan, she funded her retirement by stealing paintings from Niculescu and selling them via the Russian Mafia.
- She always seems to be able to survive headshots inflicted on her by Gabe, and in gameplay. It is only Stone who finally ends her reign of terror.
- In Syphon Filter 3's mulitplayer, she's prone to taunting her enemies; some of these are really suggestive:
- Insects like you deserve a slow death.
- Stop fantasizing about me!
- So I see you like to play rough...
- Do you prefer me, or the real thing?
- Killing you is always fun!
- My name is Aramov. Prepare to die!
- Welcome to your funeral.
- I hope you've prepared your body bag.
- Let's dance.
- Why don't you go outside and play with a ball?
- Victory is mine.
Syphon Filter 1
Syphon Filter 2
Syphon Filter 3
Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
- Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror - Blood Money Hidden Evidence
- Syphon Filter 1
- Syphon Filter 2
- Syphon Filter 3
- Syphon Filter 3 and Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
- Syphon Filter The Omega Strain ending and a secret mission in Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
- PHARCOM Warehouses
- Syphon Filter 2, Aljir Prison missions
- Syphon Filter 3
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain opening cutscene
- Syphon Filter 3, Costa Rica mission
- Costa Rica attire and for some reason, at Rhoemer's Stronghold
- Main Subway Line mission and when "taken into custody" by the Agency
- Pharcom Reception levels and end of Syphon Filter 1
- Syphon Filter 3 beginning and ending
- Syphon Filter 3, Costa Rica missions
- Syphon Filter 2 - Multiplayer map briefings - Industrial District: Moscow, Russian Republic
- Syphon Filter (video game)
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
- Syphon Filter 3
- Syphon Filter 2
- Syphon Filter (video game)
- Washington D.C. Attack
- Main Subway Line
- Washington Park
- Syphon Filter - PHARCOM Warehouses
- Stronghold Catacombs
- Senate Building
- D.C. Subway
- Carthage, Michigan: Quarantine Zone - Zeus Files, Conspiracy Files 2
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain
- Budva, Montenegro: Niculescu's Villa Estate
- Kiev, Ukraine: Chechen Terrorist Base
- Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror - Hidden Evidence from Episode 5 Part 1 - Stolen painting
- Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain post-credits cutscene
- Goodnight Sweetheart