In the Mission: Impossible series and movies, Ethan Hunt's mission briefings always end with the sentence "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to (...)". Has he ever used that option and refused a mission?

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    @ChristianRau he didn't refuse either. And yes, I would make this more TV centric as there are only 4 movies in which he has accepted each mission.
    – Tablemaker
    Apr 12, 2012 at 23:06
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    It would make for an awfully short movie.
    – Kyralessa
    Apr 13, 2012 at 1:46
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    It would be easy to invent a scenario in which he refuses, but gets involved anyway. Apr 13, 2012 at 11:10
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    – Tablemaker
    Apr 13, 2012 at 13:12
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    In the TV series there was no Ethan Hunt. The main character was Jim Phelps (played by the late Peter Graves) who was turned into the villain in the first movie. Nov 28, 2012 at 18:30

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I am pretty sure the asker is asking about the Mission Impossible film series because there was no character named Ethan Hunt in the the TV series. Ethan hunt was the name of the IMF operative in the film series.

The films feature Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an IMF agent.

And in the film series, he never refused a mission, we know that.

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