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11th Jul '17 9:38:28 PM Zaptech
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** later on, the Winter Soldier and [[spoiler: more HYDRA troops]] attempt to kill Steve, Natasha, and Sam on a busy freeway in broad daylight with assault rifles, grenades, and a minigun, since they've [[spoiler: captured and started questioning Agent Sitwell, who is working for HYDRA]]. In this case, since [[spoiler: HYDRA is effectively in control of SHIELD]], they're not worried about the battle pulling in the authorities, since, y'know, [[spoiler: they ''are'' the authorities who'd respond to this]], and the only reason they back down is because an independent news helicopter shows up. Instead, [[spoiler: the SHIELD traitors who capture Steve, Sam, and Natasha try to find a quiet spot to kill them and bury the bodies out of sight, but Nick Fury has other plans]].

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** later Later on, the Winter Soldier and [[spoiler: more HYDRA troops]] attempt to kill Steve, Natasha, and Sam on a busy freeway in broad daylight with assault rifles, grenades, and a minigun, since they've [[spoiler: captured and started questioning Agent Sitwell, who is working for HYDRA]]. In this case, since [[spoiler: HYDRA is effectively in control of SHIELD]], they're not worried about the battle pulling in the authorities, since, y'know, [[spoiler: they ''are'' the authorities who'd respond to this]], and the only reason they back down is because an independent news helicopter shows up. Instead, [[spoiler: the SHIELD traitors who capture Steve, Sam, and Natasha try to find a quiet spot to kill them and bury the bodies out of sight, but Nick Fury has other plans]].
11th Jul '17 9:37:58 PM Zaptech
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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' features a not-so-subtle attempt on Nick Fury's life as a bunch of corrupt police officers descend on Nick in his armored SUV, fill it with assault rifle fire and attempting to bash in the door with a hydraulic ram, then chaotically chase him down through the streets of Washington DC before he runs into the Winter Soldier, who slaps a sticky mine to the bottom of his vehicle and detonates it, flipping it onto its roof. Nick manages to escape his SUV by cutting the roof (and the pavement below into the sewers) with a handheld plasma cutter (although he's substantially banged up). Later Nick is successfully targeted in Steve Rogers's apartment by the Winter Soldier sniping him through the wall, subverting the earlier attempt. [[XanatosGambit It turns out that every possible scenario from this assassination attempt was a win-win for HYDRA]]: Fury dies, then HYDRASHIELD can use the incredibly public action to justify Project Insight to the World Security Council. The attempt fails, the massive chaos can still be used as a justification and they can even get the skeptical Fury on their side for it. If he dies later, it doesn't matter.
** Less justified later in the movie with the equally conspicuous attempts to assassinate Steve and friends (first by ''launching a missile'' at [[spoiler:the old army base where they'd traced the USB to, on US soil no less]], then by [[spoiler:sending the Winter Soldier after them in broad daylight in the middle of a busy freeway]])... unless you subscribe to the fanon that [[spoiler:HYDRA was getting careless about how they used the Winter Soldier because Project Insight would have made him redundant and once it was up and running they were planning to put him on ice indefinitely, use him as a scapegoat, or kill him]].

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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' features a not-so-subtle attempt on Nick Fury's life as a bunch of corrupt police officers [[spoiler: (actually HYDRA agents)]] descend on Nick in his armored SUV, fill it with assault rifle fire and attempting to bash in the door with a hydraulic ram, then chaotically chase him down through the streets of Washington DC before he runs into the Winter Soldier, who slaps a sticky mine to the bottom of his vehicle and detonates it, flipping it onto its roof. Nick manages to escape his SUV by cutting the roof (and the pavement below and descending into the sewers) sewers below with a handheld plasma cutter (although he's substantially banged up). cutter. Later Nick is [[spoiler: successfully targeted in Steve Rogers's apartment by the Winter Soldier sniping him through the wall, wall]], subverting the earlier attempt. [[XanatosGambit It turns out that every possible scenario from this assassination attempt was a win-win for HYDRA]]: Fury dies, then HYDRASHIELD can use the incredibly public action to justify Project Insight to the World Security Council. The attempt fails, the massive chaos can still be used as a justification and they can even get the skeptical Fury on their side for it. If he dies later, it doesn't matter.
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** Less justified later in the movie with the equally conspicuous attempts to assassinate Steve and friends (first by ''launching a missile'' at [[spoiler:the old army base where they'd traced the USB to, on US soil no less]], then by [[spoiler:sending on, the Winter Soldier after them and [[spoiler: more HYDRA troops]] attempt to kill Steve, Natasha, and Sam on a busy freeway in broad daylight with assault rifles, grenades, and a minigun, since they've [[spoiler: captured and started questioning Agent Sitwell, who is working for HYDRA]]. In this case, since [[spoiler: HYDRA is effectively in control of SHIELD]], they're not worried about the battle pulling in the middle of a busy freeway]])... unless you subscribe to the fanon that [[spoiler:HYDRA was getting careless about how authorities, since, y'know, [[spoiler: they used ''are'' the Winter Soldier authorities who'd respond to this]], and the only reason they back down is because Project Insight would have made him redundant an independent news helicopter shows up. Instead, [[spoiler: the SHIELD traitors who capture Steve, Sam, and once it was up and running they were planning Natasha try to put him on ice indefinitely, use him as find a scapegoat, or quiet spot to kill him]].them and bury the bodies out of sight, but Nick Fury has other plans]].
7th Jul '17 9:52:25 PM WaterBlap
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** Seeing as how the above mentioned list is the bulk of the Presidential Assassinations, it goes without saying that the Secret Service takes this matter very seriously. This goes to celebrities who do so in art (considering the nature of the Reagan attempt, wacky fan taking the celebrity serious is a historical possibility) and things such as twitter. In fact, a former Secret Service agent remarked that the "higher than normal" number of threats to UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was more likely due to the rise of Twitter and an overall trend of Republican presidents being targeted in general (the theory being that radical conservatives tend to be staunch Christians, and as we like to point out on this very wiki, [[Series/Firefly the Bible has some quite specific rules about killing]]) was a more likely factor than anything specific to Trump. Yes, a drunk tweet is enough of a threat to merit the secret service looking in on you. Oh, and they have a 98% conviction rate, which is the best of any federal law enforcement agency.

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** Seeing as how the above mentioned list is the bulk of the Presidential Assassinations, it goes without saying that the Secret Service takes this matter very seriously. This goes to celebrities who do so in art (considering the nature of the Reagan attempt, wacky fan taking the celebrity serious is a historical possibility) and things such as twitter. In fact, a former Secret Service agent remarked that the "higher than normal" number of threats to UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump was more likely due to the rise of Twitter and an overall trend of Republican presidents being targeted in general (the theory being that radical conservatives tend to be staunch Christians, and as we like to point out on this very wiki, [[Series/Firefly the Bible has some quite specific rules about killing]]) was a more likely factor than anything specific to Trump. Yes, a drunk tweet is enough of a threat to merit the secret service looking in on you. Oh, and they have a 98% conviction rate, which is the best of any federal law enforcement agency.
27th Jun '17 5:11:29 PM nombretomado
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* Zigzagged with the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire: some assassinations were carried out discreetly, others...not so much and some in-between. For specific examples, TheOtherWiki is chock full of them, but a sample are those of Gaius Julius Caesar and Tiberius Gracchus; the first was a halfway example (done in the Senate, and a significant portion of the conspirators were Senators, though the public didn't know what happened until immediately after), with the second being a full-on public example done on the fly (the Senate was not fond of Gracchus' Populari reform attempts, and went outside en masse during a meeting of the Tribunal to openly beat him and his immediate supporters to death with anything they could get their hands on, lead by his older cousin who claimed he was going to try and become a new King of Rome).

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* Zigzagged with the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire: some assassinations were carried out discreetly, others...not so much and some in-between. For specific examples, TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki is chock full of them, but a sample are those of Gaius Julius Caesar and Tiberius Gracchus; the first was a halfway example (done in the Senate, and a significant portion of the conspirators were Senators, though the public didn't know what happened until immediately after), with the second being a full-on public example done on the fly (the Senate was not fond of Gracchus' Populari reform attempts, and went outside en masse during a meeting of the Tribunal to openly beat him and his immediate supporters to death with anything they could get their hands on, lead by his older cousin who claimed he was going to try and become a new King of Rome).
26th May '17 9:52:55 PM Odacon_Spy
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** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," disgruntled trapeze artist Natasha Lovara shoots and kills her ex-husband Sergei at a crowded outdoor caf&eacute. She does it here because everyone currently assumes [[ObfuscatingDisability she's confined to a wheelchair after she broke her foot in an accidental fall]], and she needs witnesses to see the shooter perform feats that no woman with a broken right foot could possibly do.

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** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," disgruntled trapeze artist Natasha Lovara shoots and kills her ex-husband Sergei at a crowded outdoor caf&eacute.café. She does it here because everyone currently assumes [[ObfuscatingDisability she's confined to a wheelchair after she broke her foot in an accidental fall]], and she needs witnesses to see the shooter perform feats that no woman with a broken right foot could possibly do.



* ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' (''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''), features as its first case, the attempted assassination of the President of the Republic of Zheng Fa, a fictional country, during the middle of a public speech he is giving. The assassin [[spoiler: at first]] was thought to have been a member of the crowd who rose a pistol and tried shooting the president dead in front of everyone else. [[spoiler: Subverted in that the real shooter was actually the president;s guard who was on stage at the time and hide his hand with the gun in it, while he fired the shots. Then subverted further in that the entire assassination was faked by the president himself, with his guards helping.]]

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* ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' (''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2''), features as its first case, the attempted assassination of the President of the [[{{Wutai}} Republic of Zheng Fa, a fictional country, Fa]] during the middle of a public speech he is giving. The assassin [[spoiler: at first]] was thought to have been a member of the crowd who rose a pistol and tried shooting the president dead in front of everyone else. [[spoiler: Subverted in that the real shooter was actually the president;s guard who was on stage at the time and hide his hand with the gun in it, while he fired the shots. Then subverted further in that the entire assassination was faked by the president himself, with his guards helping.]]
22nd May '17 6:24:23 PM ChaoticNovelist
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'''[[CompletelyMissingThePoint Pierre Bellec:]]''' [[InspirationalMartyr Sends a powerful message.]]

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'''[[CompletelyMissingThePoint '''[[DramaticallyMissingThePoint Pierre Bellec:]]''' [[InspirationalMartyr Sends a powerful message.]]
14th May '17 2:15:27 AM XenMon2
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* Joker from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' cranks this as far as it can go. One episode has him attempting to assassinate the mayor at a chili cookoff by spiking a pot of chili with hotpeppers, then driving up in a purple firetruck (wearing a purple firefighting suit) and attempting to douse him with Joker Gas from the fire hose.
-->''"Five-Alarm Ha-Ha-Jalapeño fire mouth! I'll put it out!"''
1st May '17 6:23:18 PM 017Bluefield
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There is some Truth in Television here, as oftentimes the assassin is intended to be caught or killed. This is called a "lost" assassination and is popular among terrorist groups, the insane, and groups manipulating the insane for plausible deniability.

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There is some Truth in Television TruthInTelevision here, as oftentimes the assassin is intended to be caught or killed. This is called a "lost" assassination and is popular among terrorist groups, the insane, and groups manipulating the insane for plausible deniability.
2nd Apr '17 3:02:18 AM FierceArtist
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* In ''Film/AmericanGangster'', Frank Lucas while having breakfast with his brothers, notices rival drug lord Tango through the window and leaves the diner to execute him in broad daylight when he doesn't pay him a fifth of the profits he earned from selling the former's heroin, partly as display of his power and partly [[MakeAnExampleOfThem to set an example to everyone else not to cross him]]. After the deed is done, [[ButForMeItWasTuesday he returns back to the diner as if nothing happened]].
28th Mar '17 12:30:58 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'' by Frederick Forsythe, the Jackal plans to assassinate Charles [=DeGaulle=] at a public event -- notably the award ceremony on Liberation Day, the one occasion he can be certain the President of France will turn up, no matter what threats have been made against his life.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/NightWatch'', which is a sort of prequel, Lord Vetinari, then a student assassin kills [[TheCaligula one of the previous Patricians]] at a party. There is an explicit comparison with Death (a la ''Masque of the Red Death'') as effort had been made to spook the Patrician beforehand, so in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when Vetinari appeared, the Patrician died of a heart attack before he struck the fatal blow.



* In Richard Condon's ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', the assassination of the presidential nominee was planned not only to occur on live television during the convention, but at a specific point in the nominee's acceptance speech so his chosen Vice Presidential candidate, whose [[LadyMacBeth wife]] was behind the entire thing, could specifically be seen [[PietaPlagiarism holding the dying nominee in his arms]] and have the photograph spread all over the world.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/NightWatch'', which is a sort of prequel, Lord Vetinari, then a student assassin kills [[TheCaligula one of the previous Patricians]] at a party. There is an explicit comparison with Death (a la ''Masque of the Red Death'') as effort had been made to spook the Patrician beforehand, so in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when Vetinari appeared, the Patrician died of a heart attack before he struck the fatal blow.
* Done at multiple levels in ''Crown Of Slaves'' by Creator/DavidWeber. During the coronation at the end of the book, Lieutenant Governor Cassetti is killed in front of thousands of people and dozens of notables from the various political groups around Torch. Averted at one level, because Scrags are instantly found with the murder weapon, but played absolutely straight at another level because [[spoiler: Thandi Palane planted the evidence of their guilt and had her guards kill them so they couldn't be questioned, such that she was standing in full view of everyone while she executed him]].



* In ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'' by Frederick Forsythe, the Jackal plans to assassinate Charles [=DeGaulle=] at a public event -- notably the award ceremony on Liberation Day, the one occasion he can be certain the President of France will turn up, no matter what threats have been made against his life.
* In ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', the RightfulQueenReturns and beheads the protagonist's father, who had taken over rule of her village in Niger, in the middle of a meeting.
* Several of the components of Operation Minefield in the ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' novel ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Solo Command]]'' follow this mold. Taking the cake is probably the planned dual assassination of General Han Solo and Commander Wedge Antilles, ''during full military maneuvers'', by pilots ostensibly under Antilles's command ("attempted" because both are foiled by fellow pilots). Both operatives were BrainwashedAndCrazy, making their survival actually a liability to Zsinj's plan and, more importantly, [[BatmanGambit they didn't need to kill anyone to succeed]] -- the public nature of the assassinations and other, simultaneous acts of terror is intended to drive up fear of specific alien minorities that Zsinj can use to divide the New Republic.
** In fact, it's likely an InvokedTrope. And even if it wasn't, it's justified, as the emphasis is more on 'Crazy' then "Brainwashed". And at least one was veritably fighting from the inside.
* In ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'' mob hitmen Tommy Bucks lampshades the fact that he can walk into a crowded restaurant, shoot his target in the head and then walk out without any witnesses being able to fully identify him. It is implied that he killed people like this in the past but the one time he tries to do so in the book he is instead met by US Marshal Raylan Givens. Raylan plays out his own version of this trope since he is perfectly willing to gun down Tommy in a public place even if Tommy does not draw his gun first. Tommy murdered a man right in front of Raylan and was not charged with the crime so Raylan is determined to prove to Tommy that ultimately one cannot get away with committing a murder in front of a US Marshal.
* ''Masked Dog'' by Raymond Obstfeld. A convicted criminal is [[TestedOnHumans used to test an experimental drug]] which eliminates fear and gives him the ability to retain vast amounts of information. After using his skills to escape, he decides to become a master assassin, announcing that he will prove his skills by killing a foreign dignitary. The good guys are expecting sniper rifles, bombs, etc -- instead he pulls up alongside the dignitary's car, shouting and carrying on like a road rage hoodlum. The security team, torn between watching this idiot and trying to keep an eye out for the "real" threat, get caught in a CarFu accident which the killer arranged by memorising the traffic light patterns.
* [[spoiler: Damar's]] killing of Supreme Legate Dukat in ''[[Literature/StarTrekMirrorUniverse Star Trek Mirror: Rise Like Lions]]'': walking out on the balcony Dukat is holding a speech to the public from and shooting him in the back of his head. Granted, getting ''to'' the balcony would probably have been hard if [[spoiler: Damar, as Dukat's de-facto second-in-command and closest thing to a friend, wasn't ''supposed'' to hang out in the Legate's office while Dukat held his speeches]]. Exactly how this allowed [[spoiler: Damar]] to [[KlingonPromotion take over the Cardassian Union]] is a bit unclear, since that's not how you're supposed to handle things in the Union. It gives people ideas they shouldn't have.
* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/StarsAndStripes'' AlternateHistory trilogy, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln misses the fateful play due to the illness of his son (note: this is not the point of divergence, that happens earlier). Later, Lincoln is coming out of a building in another city, and an assassin, hiding in the crowd, fires at him with a pistol but misses. After the assassin is shot, someone recognizes him as a mediocre actor named John Wilkes Booth. Guess he's only a good shot at point-blank range.



* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Done at multiple levels in ''Crown of Slaves''. During the coronation at the end of the book, Lieutenant Governor Cassetti is killed in front of thousands of people and dozens of notables from the various political groups around Torch. Averted at one level, because Scrags are instantly found with the murder weapon, but played absolutely straight at another level because [[spoiler: Thandi Palane planted the evidence of their guilt and had her guards kill them so they couldn't be questioned, such that she was standing in full view of everyone while she executed him]].
* In ''Literature/ImagerPortfolio'', this is a semi-common trope, happening to several notable figures.
* In ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' and it's spinoffs, there are ''numerous'' attempts (and a few successful ones). They range from trying to force whole ships to blow up in the middle of an allied fleet in order to kill people (one of these attempts is successful, another is not) to would-be firing squads shooting at their target, only to be ambushed by a genre-savvy target.
* In Richard Condon's ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', the assassination of the presidential nominee was planned not only to occur on live television during the convention, but at a specific point in the nominee's acceptance speech so his chosen Vice Presidential candidate, whose [[LadyMacBeth wife]] was behind the entire thing, could specifically be seen [[PietaPlagiarism holding the dying nominee in his arms]] and have the photograph spread all over the world.
* ''Masked Dog'' by Raymond Obstfeld. A convicted criminal is [[TestedOnHumans used to test an experimental drug]] which eliminates fear and gives him the ability to retain vast amounts of information. After using his skills to escape, he decides to become a master assassin, announcing that he will prove his skills by killing a foreign dignitary. The good guys are expecting sniper rifles, bombs, etc -- instead he pulls up alongside the dignitary's car, shouting and carrying on like a road rage hoodlum. The security team, torn between watching this idiot and trying to keep an eye out for the "real" threat, get caught in a CarFu accident which the killer arranged by memorising the traffic light patterns.
* In ElmoreLeonard's ''Pronto'' mob hitmen Tommy Bucks lampshades the fact that he can walk into a crowded restaurant, shoot his target in the head and then walk out without any witnesses being able to fully identify him. It is implied that he killed people like this in the past but the one time he tries to do so in the book he is instead met by US Marshal Raylan Givens. Raylan plays out his own version of this trope since he is perfectly willing to gun down Tommy in a public place even if Tommy does not draw his gun first. Tommy murdered a man right in front of Raylan and was not charged with the crime so Raylan is determined to prove to Tommy that ultimately one cannot get away with committing a murder in front of a US Marshal.
* In Creator/TomClancy's ''Ryanverse'', this happens in the last two novels before the introduction of The Campus: In ''Executive Orders'', a long-trusted and very loyal bodyguard of a never-named Saddam Hussein expy kills the Iraqi leader right in the middle of a public speech, to make it clear that he's dead and severely destabilize the country [[spoiler: so that Iran can take it over]]. Later in the book, [[spoiler: Secret Service agent Aref Raman tries the same thing, but settles for a killing in the Oval Office instead]]. In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', the book opens with a very public murder of a pimp, using an RPG right in front of the Kremlin. [[spoiler: The real target was Golovko, the Russian president's most trusted and capable adviser, who just happened to be in the same model and color car as the pimp]].
* In ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', the RightfulQueenReturns and beheads the protagonist's father, who had taken over rule of her village in Niger, in the middle of a meeting.
* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/StarsAndStripes'' AlternateHistory trilogy, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln misses the fateful play due to the illness of his son (note: this is not the point of divergence, that happens earlier). Later, Lincoln is coming out of a building in another city, and an assassin, hiding in the crowd, fires at him with a pistol but misses. After the assassin is shot, someone recognizes him as a mediocre actor named John Wilkes Booth. Guess he's only a good shot at point-blank range.
* [[spoiler: Damar's]] killing of Supreme Legate Dukat in ''[[Literature/StarTrekMirrorUniverse Star Trek Mirror: Rise Like Lions]]'': walking out on the balcony Dukat is holding a speech to the public from and shooting him in the back of his head. Granted, getting ''to'' the balcony would probably have been hard if [[spoiler: Damar, as Dukat's de-facto second-in-command and closest thing to a friend, wasn't ''supposed'' to hang out in the Legate's office while Dukat held his speeches]]. Exactly how this allowed [[spoiler: Damar]] to [[KlingonPromotion take over the Cardassian Union]] is a bit unclear, since that's not how you're supposed to handle things in the Union. It gives people ideas they shouldn't have.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Several of the components of Operation Minefield in the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' novel ''Solo Command'' follow this mold. Taking the cake is probably the planned dual assassination of General Han Solo and Commander Wedge Antilles, ''during full military maneuvers'', by pilots ostensibly under Antilles's command ("attempted" because both are foiled by fellow pilots). Both operatives were BrainwashedAndCrazy, making their survival actually a liability to Zsinj's plan and, more importantly, [[BatmanGambit they didn't need to kill anyone to succeed]] -- the public nature of the assassinations and other, simultaneous acts of terror is intended to drive up fear of specific alien minorities that Zsinj can use to divide the New Republic.
*** In fact, it's likely an InvokedTrope. And even if it wasn't, it's justified, as the emphasis is more on 'Crazy' then "Brainwashed". And at least one was veritably fighting from the inside.



* In ''Creator/TomClancy 's'' Ryanverse, this happens in the last two novels before the introduction of The Campus: In ''Executive Orders'', a long-trusted and very loyal bodyguard of a never-named Saddam Hussein expy kills the Iraqi leader right in the middle of a public speech, to make it clear that he's dead and severely destabilize the country [[spoiler: so that Iran can take it over]]. Later in the book, [[spoiler: Secret Service agent Aref Raman tries the same thing, but settles for a killing in the Oval Office instead]]. In ''The Bear and the Dragon'', the book opens with a very public murder of a pimp, using an RPG right in front of the Kremlin. [[spoiler: The real target was Golovko, the Russian president's most trusted and capable adviser, who just happened to be in the same model and color car as the pimp]].
* In ''TheLostFleet'' and it's spinoffs, there are ''numerous'' attempts (and a few successful ones). They range from trying to force whole ships to blow up in the middle of an allied fleet in order to kill people (one of these attempts is successful, another is not) to would-be firing squads shooting at their target, only to be ambushed by a genre-savvy target.
* In ''ImagerPortfolio'', this is a semi-common trope, happening to several notable figures.



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