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19th Apr '17 10:05:27 AM Inferus54
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**[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]] features the appropriately named "Attack of the Saints" mission, where an AmazonBrigade of assassins known as the Saints attempt to kill agent 47. He picks them off one by one.
11th Apr '17 7:55:31 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', various people will, at times, send Dark Brotherhood assassins after you for stealing from them, as will [[spoiler: [[CantArgueWithElves Ancano]], near the end of the College of Winterhold questline. [[ScrewYouElves This doesn't work]]]]. This is a bad idea, considering just who the player character is.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', various people will, at times, send Dark Brotherhood assassins after you for stealing from them, as will [[spoiler: [[CantArgueWithElves Ancano]], near the end of the College of Winterhold questline. [[ScrewYouElves This doesn't work]]]]. This is a bad idea, considering just who the player character is.
11th Apr '17 7:54:39 AM BeerBaron
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
*** Once you've advanced far enough in the main quest, Dagoth Ur will send Ash Zombie assassins to attack you if you sleep in cities under the influence of a nearby Sixth House Base. If you want to stop the attacks (as well as free any Sleepers in the area), you'll need to locate the base and kill the Dagoth in charge.
*** In the ''Tribunal'' expansion, you are randomly assaulted by Dark Brotherhood assassins whenever you sleep, until you get to the heart of the problem (and the main premise for the expansion's storyline) and stop them. Naturally, if you aren't employing this trope, you die. Game Over.

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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Once you've advanced far enough in the main quest, [[BigBad Dagoth Ur Ur]] will send Ash Zombie assassins to attack you if you sleep in cities under the influence of a nearby [[ReligionOfEvil Sixth House Base. House]] base. If you want to stop the attacks (as well as free any Sleepers [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Sleepers]] in the area), you'll need to locate the base and kill the Dagoth in charge.
*** In the ''Tribunal'' expansion, you are randomly assaulted by [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood Brotherhood]] assassins whenever you sleep, until you get to the heart of the problem (and the main premise for the expansion's storyline) and stop them. Naturally, if you aren't employing this trope, you die. Game Over.
28th Mar '17 12:00:43 PM AthenaBlue
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* A twofer in season 1 of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Wolfram & Hart first hire Faith to kill Angel. After she goes through a HeelFaceTurn as a result, they hire a demon to assassinate Faith, [[DarkActionGirl with predictable results]].
-->'''Lee Mercer:''' This is getting ridiculous. The first assassin kills the second assassin, sent to kill the first assassin, who didn't assassinate anyone until we hired the second assassin to assassinate the first assassin!



* Done in an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', where an alien assassin is trying to kill Superman. Upon failing, he has an immediate EyeLightsOut death - failure is unacceptable in his culture.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Reapers are assassins who are specifically target [[{{Grimm}} Grimms]], but since Grimms are far from helpless, their success is far from guaranteed. The Reaper who goes after Marie Kessler overpowers her, but he makes the mistake of disregarding her police-trained nephew, Nick, who shoots him dead. The Reapers who later come to kill Nick make the mistake of thinking that two of them will be enough to kill him. [[spoiler:Nick sends a note back to their boss, "Next time send your best." This is accompanied by the heads of the two Reapers.]]



* In ''Series/{{Luck}}'', not only does Gus ambush and kill an assassin with his bare hands, but his idle chatter with Ace makes it seem like this isn't the first time.
--> '''Gus''': "Remember Chicago? I think we've got a situation like that again."
* An episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' has assassins trying to kill Sledge from the time he wakes until he gets to the office. One, hiding in his closet, meets his end because Sledge shoots him through the closet door. Not because he knew there was an assassin in the closet, but because he always shoots at the target on his closet door.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The First Doctor runs rings around the mute assassin Ascaris sent to kill him in "The Romans", and ultimately ends up shoving him out of a window.



* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''; LabRat [[PerkyGoth Abby Scuito]] is preparing to testify in court, but the suspect hires a hitman to take her out while she's on her way to the courthouse. By the time Gibbs and his team catch up with her, she pushes her would-be killer out of the taxi while gleefully tasering him.
-->'''Gibbs''': ABBY!\\
'''Abby''': Be with you in a second, Gibbs. (tasers the guy again) And don't look up my skirt!

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''; LabRat [[PerkyGoth Abby Scuito]] is preparing to testify in court, but ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans "The Romans"]], the suspect hires a hitman to take her out while she's on her way to First Doctor runs rings around the courthouse. By the time Gibbs mute assassin Ascaris sent to kill him, and his team catch ultimately ends up with her, she pushes her would-be killer shoving him out of the taxi while gleefully tasering him.
-->'''Gibbs''': ABBY!\\
'''Abby''': Be with you in
a second, Gibbs. (tasers the guy again) And don't look up my skirt!window.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Nagus", it is implied that Grand Nagus Zek of the Ferengi has survived ''many'' attempts on his life. When he names Quark as his successor, Quark is quickly given an offer of protection [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse (actually a threat)]] from Gral another Ferengi, if he would "consider" giving Gral his pick of the more profitable opportunities in the Gamma Quadrant. When the now-nervous Quark asks Zek for advice, Zek merely says "So Gral was the first? He won't be the last." And he tells Quark that to survive as Nagus, Quark must surround himself with loyal men, but none too loyal, and that he should be ruthless. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that a successful Ferengi doesn't grab power via assassinating a rival, but accumulates it quietly, without anyone noticing; likely the reason Zek survived so long.]]
* Shortly before the beginning of ''Series/RobinHood'', Robin saved UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart from a group of Muslim assassins (who attack him first). He himself is wounded in the process and sent back to England to recuperate. [[spoiler:Except the assassins were led by Guy of Gisborne as an early attempt by Prince John's supporters to get rid of the king]].
* One sketch in ''Series/{{Tosh 0}}'' shows Tosh using the bathroom when he is suddenly attacked by ninjas. He fights them off, only to realize there's no toilet paper.



* A twofer in season 1 of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Wolfram & Hart first hire Faith to kill Angel. After she goes through a HeelFaceTurn as a result, they hire a demon to assassinate Faith, [[DarkActionGirl with predictable results]].
-->'''Lee Mercer:''' This is getting ridiculous. The first assassin kills the second assassin, sent to kill the first assassin, who didn't assassinate anyone until we hired the second assassin to assassinate the first assassin!

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* A twofer in season 1 ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Reapers are assassins who are specifically target [[{{Grimm}} Grimms]], but since Grimms are far from helpless, their success is far from guaranteed. The Reaper who goes after Marie Kessler overpowers her, but he makes the mistake of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Wolfram & Hart first hire Faith disregarding her police-trained nephew, Nick, who shoots him dead. The Reapers who later come to kill Angel. After she goes through a HeelFaceTurn as a result, they hire a demon Nick make the mistake of thinking that two of them will be enough to assassinate Faith, [[DarkActionGirl with predictable results]].
-->'''Lee Mercer:'''
kill him. [[spoiler:Nick sends a note back to their boss, "Next time send your best." This is getting ridiculous. The first accompanied by the heads of the two Reapers.]]
* Done in an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', where an alien
assassin kills the second assassin, sent is trying to kill Superman. Upon failing, he has an immediate EyeLightsOut death - failure is unacceptable in his culture.
* In ''Series/{{Luck}}'', not only does Gus ambush and kill an assassin with his bare hands, but his idle chatter with Ace makes it seem like this isn't
the first assassin, who didn't assassinate anyone time.
--> '''Gus''': Remember Chicago? I think we've got a situation like that again.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''; LabRat [[PerkyGoth Abby Scuito]] is preparing to testify in court, but the suspect hires a hitman to take her out while she's on her way to the courthouse. By the time Gibbs and his team catch up with her, she pushes her would-be killer out of the taxi while gleefully tasering him.
-->'''Gibbs''': ABBY!\\
'''Abby''': Be with you in a second, Gibbs. (tasers the guy again) And don't look up my skirt!
* Shortly before the beginning of ''Series/RobinHood'', Robin saved UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart from a group of Muslim assassins (who attack him first). He himself is wounded in the process and sent back to England to recuperate. [[spoiler:Except the assassins were led by Guy of Gisborne as an early attempt by Prince John's supporters to get rid of the king]].
* An episode of ''Series/SledgeHammer'' has assassins trying to kill Sledge from the time he wakes
until we hired he gets to the second office. One, hiding in his closet, meets his end because Sledge shoots him through the closet door. Not because he knew there was an assassin to assassinate in the first assassin!closet, but because he always shoots at the target on his closet door.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Nagus", it is implied that Grand Nagus Zek of the Ferengi has survived ''many'' attempts on his life. When he names Quark as his successor, Quark is quickly given an offer of protection [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse (actually a threat)]] from Gral another Ferengi, if he would "consider" giving Gral his pick of the more profitable opportunities in the Gamma Quadrant. When the now-nervous Quark asks Zek for advice, Zek merely says "So Gral was the first? He won't be the last." And he tells Quark that to survive as Nagus, Quark must surround himself with loyal men, but none too loyal, and that he should be ruthless. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that a successful Ferengi doesn't grab power via assassinating a rival, but accumulates it quietly, without anyone noticing; likely the reason Zek survived so long.]]
* One sketch in ''Series/{{Tosh 0}}'' shows Tosh using the bathroom when he is suddenly attacked by ninjas. He fights them off, only to realize there's no toilet paper.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' season 3 finale, Brock Samson manages to defeat three assassins sent after him.



* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Episode "Infiltrator": the Team is assigned to protect Dr. Serling Roquette, who has a hit on her because she's the only one who can neutralize [[GreyGoo the Fog]]. The Team only manages to stop the three assassins when Dr. Roquette completes the virus that stops the Fog; rendering the hit void.
** In the opening of the episode "Insecurity", Black Spider's assassination of a man is thwarted by ComicBook/{{Green Arrow}} and his sidekick Artemis.


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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]], the ReverseMole sets the sentry droids Thrawn uses in sparring on him, after reprogramming the override code. Thrawn manages to defeat the droids, but not until after the purpose of the attack has been served -- [[spoiler:to allow Ezra and Chopper to escape from Thrawn's office]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' season 3 finale, Brock Samson manages to defeat three assassins sent after him.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Episode "Infiltrator": the Team is assigned to protect Dr. Serling Roquette, who has a hit on her because she's the only one who can neutralize [[GreyGoo the Fog]]. The Team only manages to stop the three assassins when Dr. Roquette completes the virus that stops the Fog; rendering the hit void.
** In the opening of the episode "Insecurity", Black Spider's assassination of a man is thwarted by ComicBook/{{Green Arrow}} and his sidekick Artemis.
27th Mar '17 11:06:49 AM hubakon1368
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* ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'': Carver orders an AffablyEvil assassin named Dr. Kaufmann to kill both his wife and James Bond and [[NeverSuicide make it look like a double suicide]]. When his colleagues can't open Bond's armored car to get an item they need, he is ordered to get the information from Bond. This allows Bond (who is of course a government assassin) to get the upper hand by using an electric charge in his phone to knock Kaufmann out.

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* ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'': Carver orders an AffablyEvil assassin named Dr. Kaufmann to kill both his wife and James Bond and [[NeverSuicide make it look like a double murder suicide]]. When his colleagues can't open Bond's armored car to get an item they need, he is ordered to get the information from Bond. This allows Bond (who is of course a government assassin) to get the upper hand by using an electric charge in his phone to knock Kaufmann out.
24th Feb '17 2:38:52 PM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheUmbrellaCoup'', Grégoire manages to take out two of the villain's goons while not even realizing they were after him.
21st Feb '17 12:01:05 PM BeerBaron
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** In the "Tribunal" expansion pack to ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' you are randomly assaulted by Dark Brotherhood assassins whenever you sleep, until you get to the heart of the problem (and the main premise for the Tribunal expansion pack) and stop them. Naturally, if you aren't employing this trope, you die. Game Over.

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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
*** Once you've advanced far enough in the main quest, Dagoth Ur will send Ash Zombie assassins to attack you if you sleep in cities under the influence of a nearby Sixth House Base. If you want to stop the attacks (as well as free any Sleepers in the area), you'll need to locate the base and kill the Dagoth in charge.
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In the "Tribunal" expansion pack to ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' ''Tribunal'' expansion, you are randomly assaulted by Dark Brotherhood assassins whenever you sleep, until you get to the heart of the problem (and the main premise for the Tribunal expansion pack) expansion's storyline) and stop them. Naturally, if you aren't employing this trope, you die. Game Over.
7th Feb '17 6:37:26 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "Lisa the Iconoclast" shows that Jebedia Springfield tried to assassinate UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, only to get his ass handed to him; George was no lightweight.
31st Jan '17 10:06:11 PM infernape612
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqRZ-_zRFsU a live demonstration of this trope]].

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqRZ-_zRFsU a A live demonstration of this trope]].
30th Jan '17 2:09:34 PM Kakai
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* The second book of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' opens with Merik waking up and realizing there's an assassin in his bedroom, then easily overpowering him. Subverted when it turns out the assassin was of the suicide bomber type.
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