- "We have a contingency plan ready to go. And we will move as soon as the presidential entourage arrives at the air base. All I need from the president is a tissue sample. "
- —Trent Easton
Trent Easton is the director of the National Security Agency and heads some of the renegade members of the NSA. He is a valuable ally for dataDyne and has helped them on several occasions.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, not much is known about Easton before the events of Perfect Dark. It is known that he is highly intelligent, having entered Loyola University at the age of fifteen in 1991. On January 19th, 1995 Trent was hired as a cryptographer at the United States National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland but left the NSA in 1997 voluntarily due to the fact he was fed up with government bureaucracy.
Shortly after he left the NSA, Trent accepted a position at Ellison Electronic Security, Inc. (a subsidiary of dataDyne). Several years later on April 13th, 2000 Trent is named to head up a digital information security program contracted to the U.S. National Security Agency. Seven years later, Trent is made Deputy Director of the NSA.
Then, on January 1st, 2018 Trent was named Director of the NSA.
Trent Easton is mentioned briefly in Perfect Dark: Initial Vector and Perfect Dark: Second Front, having provided the head of CORPSEC Anita Velez with valuable information (the first being satellite maps and images for the Core-Mantis OmniGlobal facility at the Solomon Islands, the second being satellite imaging for the meeting between Joanna Dark and CMO agent Portia De Carcareas in Mexico City).
Easton first appears in Perfect Dark in the G5 Building explaining that while not able to convince the President to help dataDyne, he could obtain a tissue sample from him in order to create a clone that could do what they want (implying that the clone would have some sort of mind conditioning or similar done to it) and use the clone to usurp the president.
While aboard Air Force One, Easton, his men and the cloaked Skedar make their move to get the president. However Joanna was able to successfully evacuate the president into an escape pod before Air Force One crashed in Alaska. During Mission 5: Crash Site, Joanna discovers the president's clone and kills it. At the end of the mission, Mr. Blonde has had enough with Easton's failures and kills him.
- Trent's sidearm is the DY357-LX and the weapon was supposedly custom-built especially for him. Despite this, Easton is one of three people in Perfect Dark to use the weapon; the others being an Area 51 guard who carries two in Maian SOS, and the Perfect buddy, Hotshot, who carries one in addition to a DY357 Magnum. The Area 51 guard's use of the gun(s) may not be canon, however, as the level in which he appears is a bonus mission, although it is linked to the main story.
- Trent has a shield which is near impossible to break, but in Crash Site, if you disarm him and chase him, shooting while walking, he can and has been killed after 30+ bullets from his revolver have been fired to destroy his shield.
- In the novel Perfect Dark: Initial Vector Cassandra claims to be friend with Trent Easton, and that they exchange informations.