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Assassins Are Cool, Hitmen Are Thugs launched as Career Killers Discussion: From YKTTW

Working Title: Assassins Are Cool, Hitmen Are Thugs: From YKTTW

Silent Hunter: Piedra in "The Assassin" murdered a call-girl at the beginning, for no real reason. He also killed a number of Feds. I'd say he's a Hitman.

Paul A: I seem to recall there being a reason for the call-girl, although not exactly what the reason was. And that sequence where he escapes from Federal custody is much too stylish for a Hitman, if you ask me.
wia: If memory serves, James Bond was only rarely sent to actually kill anyone - his actual *job* was usually to get information about threat X or person Y. Just because he was authorised to kill (and ended up doing a lot of it) didn't mean that's what they'd hired him for...

...Jason Bourne, on the other hand... (The Film version, at any rate)

Rogue 7: Fast Eddie, I'm curious as to why the Sniper quote was deleted. I know the standard wiki policy of one quote per page, but there are plenty of exceptions, and with the dichotomy presented in the description of the trope, I think there's room for two here.

  • In the words of Dr. Cruces, the head of the guild until he becomes a crazed gunman possessed by The One Rifle:
    We do not execute. We do not massacre. We never, you may be very certain, we never torture. We have no truck with crimes of passion or hatred or pointless gain. We do not do it for a delight in inhumation, or to feed some secret inner need, or for petty advantage, or for some cause or belief; I tell you, gentlemen, that all these reasons are in the highest degree suspect. Look into the face of a man who will kill you for a belief and your nostrils will snuff up the scent of abomination. Hear a speech declaring a holy war and, I assure you, your ears should catch the clink of evil's scales and the dragging of its monstrous tail over the purity of the language.
    No, we do it for the money. And, because we above all must know the value of a human life, we do it for a great deal of money.
  • There is also the fact that if they deem a person to be absolutely necessary to the stability of the city, they will refuse to "inhume" them for any amount of money (though so far, only two living people have that distinction).

The first because it's redundant to have it as the page quote and in the examples, and the second because it's wrong; The Assassins Guild refuse to take contracts on Vetinari and Vimes because the job has been deemed impossible to complete.
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