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* In ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'' the Crown Prince of Japan is shot as he delivers public speech. [[spoiler: The assassin intended to be caught and serve as a PretextForWar between Japan and the Reich.]]
30th Oct '16 3:32:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', an assassin knows about the Jackal quote, so he simply decides not to worry about escaping. He smuggles a rifle into the country as a decoy, and his ''actual'' plan is to infiltrate the crowd and run up to his target with a combat knife and flower bouquet full of explosives. Fortunately, the heroes are {{badass}} enough to figure it out JustInTime and stop him.

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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', an assassin knows about the Jackal quote, so he simply decides not to worry about escaping. He smuggles a rifle into the country as a decoy, and his ''actual'' plan is to infiltrate the crowd and run up to his target with a combat knife and flower bouquet full of explosives. Fortunately, the heroes are {{badass}} badass enough to figure it out JustInTime and stop him.



** Saladin besieged their chief Syrian stronghold of Masyaf during his reconquest of Outremer in 1176. He later lifted the siege after an assassin [[{{Badass}} Rashid ad-Din Sinan]] snuck into Saladin's tent in the heart of his camp, and left a poisoned cake and a note on Saladin's chest as he slept saying "You are in our grip" and then snuck back out of the camp unharmed.

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** Saladin besieged their chief Syrian stronghold of Masyaf during his reconquest of Outremer in 1176. He later lifted the siege after an assassin [[{{Badass}} Rashid ad-Din Sinan]] Sinan snuck into Saladin's tent in the heart of his camp, and left a poisoned cake and a note on Saladin's chest as he slept saying "You are in our grip" and then snuck back out of the camp unharmed.
15th Oct '16 9:17:26 PM DanaO
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** Jhereg assassinations are conspicuous in general, since most of the victims are Jhereg and fellow members of [[TheSyndicate the Organization]], and the Empire isn't especially concerned so long as no bystanders get hurt. It's quite common for Jhereg to get knifed while at a restaurant or walking down the street.

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** Jhereg assassinations are conspicuous in general, since most of the victims are Jhereg and fellow members of [[TheSyndicate the Organization]], and the Empire isn't especially concerned so long as no bystanders get hurt. It's quite common for Jhereg to get knifed while at a restaurant or walking down the street. In-universe this gets justified as being the most practical approach: trying for indirect kills like poisoning or "accidents" risks leaving an alert target who might be able to trace back to you, and trying to sneak past security means multiple chances to get caught and into fights which ''can't'' end with the target dead. Professional assassins generally work with no backup, prioritize their own survival over quick success, and are willing to wait (in some cases, years) for the moment when a quick and direct approach will work.
6th Oct '16 11:19:28 AM dmcreif
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* ''Film/RoadToPerdition''. The man Tom Hanks is after is under the protection of the Chicago mob, so he steals a pile of their money, agreeing to return it if they let him have his revenge. We then see Tom Hanks entering a Chicago hotel, walking past mob guards on all floors who make no attempt to stop him, entering a room where he casually shoots dead his target, then walking out again.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheTerminator''. The T-800 Model 101 decimates a local police station and in the sequel ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Judgment Day]]'', the local police get some pictures of the T-800 and immediately recognize that this is the same suspect that destroyed the police station in The Terminator.

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* ''Film/RoadToPerdition''. The man Tom Hanks Michael Sullivan Sr. is after Conner Rooney, who murdered Sullivan's wife Annie and son Peter. Thing is, Rooney is under the protection of the Chicago mob, so he syndicate. He steals a pile money from some of their money, agreeing the syndicate's bank and agrees to return it if they let him give up Conner. They do so after Sullivan reluctantly kills his mentor, Conner's father John Rooney, so that the Chicago syndicate have his revenge. no reason to continue protecting Conner. We then see Tom Hanks Sullivan entering a Chicago hotel, walking past mob guards on all floors who make no attempt to stop him, entering a room where he casually shoots dead his target, then walking out again.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheTerminator''. The T-800 Model 101 decimates a local police station and in the sequel ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Judgment Day]]'', the local police LAPD get some pictures of the T-800 and immediately recognize that this is the same suspect that destroyed the police station in The Terminator.



* ''Film/{{Gangs of New York}}'': Vallon attempts one of these on Bill the Butcher. Some of his exposition monologue earlier in the film even hangs a lampshade on it, saying "When you kill a king, you don't use a knife in the dark... you do it where the whole court can watch him die." It doesn't go so well...

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* ''Film/{{Gangs of New York}}'': Amsterdam Vallon attempts one of these on Bill the Butcher. Some of his exposition monologue earlier in the film even hangs a lampshade on it, saying "When you kill a king, you don't use a knife in the dark... you do it where the whole court can watch him die." It doesn't go so well...



* Michael in ''Film/TheGodfather''. A gun is left for him in a restaurant bathroom: he gets up from his parley with the targets (one of whom is the chief of police), comes back from the toilet and shoots them each once in the head, then drops the gun on the floor and calmly walks out the front door. Sure, he has to flee the country afterwards, but he gets away with it.

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* Michael Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather''. ''Film/TheGodfather'' wants to get rid of a rival who was behind an attempt on Vito's life, as well as a corrupt police captain in said guy's pocket. A gun is left for him in a restaurant bathroom: he gets up from his parley with the targets (one of whom is the chief of police), targets, comes back from the toilet and shoots them each once in the head, then drops the gun on the floor and calmly walks out the front door. Sure, he has to flee the country afterwards, but he gets away with it.



* ''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). [[spoiler:Later Nick is successfully targeted in Steve Rogers's apartment by the Winter Soldier sniping him through the wall, subverting the earlier ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination]]. It turns out that every possible scenario from this assassination attempt was a win-win for HYDRA: [[spoiler: If they killed Fury, then HYDRASHIELD would be able to use the incredibly public action to justify Project Insight to the World Security Council. If they failed, the massive chaos would still be used as a justification and they'd possibly even get the skeptical Fury on their side for it. If he died later, it didn't matter either way.]]
** 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 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). [[spoiler:Later Later Nick is successfully targeted in Steve Rogers's apartment by the Winter Soldier sniping him through the wall, subverting the earlier ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination]]. attempt. [[XanatosGambit It turns out that every possible scenario from this assassination attempt was a win-win for HYDRA: [[spoiler: If they killed Fury, HYDRA]]: Fury dies, then HYDRASHIELD would be able to can use the incredibly public action to justify Project Insight to the World Security Council. If they failed, The attempt fails, the massive chaos would can still be used as a justification and they'd possibly they can even get the skeptical Fury on their side for it. If he died dies later, it didn't matter either way.]]
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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 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 scapegoat, or kill him]].



* Nucky Thompson suffers an assassination attempt in each season of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. In the first season, the D'Alessio brothers try to gun him down on a crowded boardwalk during a summer night; in the second one, it's [[spoiler: his former protege, James Darmody]], in an even more crowded nightclub, while heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey is giving a speech as part of an advertising campaign. Both times the killer is actually under orders of a bigger fish that wants to replace Thompson as the crime boss of Atlantic City and wants people to see his rival's demise. Every other assassination in the show happens in a more private setting and is successful more often than not.

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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' sees Nucky Thompson suffers get subject to an assassination attempt in each season of ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. once per season. In the first season, the D'Alessio brothers try to gun him down on a crowded boardwalk during a summer night; night, but the shot is deflected and instead hits a nearby woman; in the second one, it's [[spoiler: his former protege, James Darmody]], protege Jimmy Darmody, in an even more crowded nightclub, while heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey is giving a speech as part of an advertising campaign. Both times The third attempt is when Babette's on the killer boardwalk is blown up on Gyp Rosetti's orders. The assassin is always actually under orders of a bigger fish that wants to replace Thompson Nucky as the crime boss of Atlantic City and wants people to see his rival's demise. Every other assassination in the show happens in a more private setting and is successful more often than not.



** In the pilot, Ian Sykes, disguised as a painter, open fire on a campaign rally with a Weatherby Fibermark rifle, supposedly trying to kill mayoral candidate Warren St. Claire. St. Claire survives, but his bodyguard Jason Ronstadt is fatally shot. Then it turns out Ronstadt was Sykes's target, not St. Claire at all, and Sykes's employer (the candidate's campaign manager Gavin Lloyd, who had originally hired Sykes to kill a woman named Nicole Vasques who had found evidence that Lloyd was embezzling money, and had originally solicited Ronstadt to commit that murder) wanted Ronstadt killed in public because it would look like an attempt on St. Claire's life, giving the guy extra publicity and an upswing in votes.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," disgruntled trapeze artist Natasha Lovara shoots and kills her ex-husband Sergei at a crowded outdoor 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.

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** In the pilot, Ian Sykes, disguised as a painter, open fire on a campaign rally with a Weatherby Fibermark rifle, supposedly trying to kill mayoral candidate Warren St. Claire. St. Claire survives, but his bodyguard Jason Ronstadt is fatally shot. Then it turns out Ronstadt was Sykes's target, not St. Claire at all, and Sykes's employer (the candidate's campaign manager Gavin Lloyd, manager, who had originally hired Sykes to kill a woman named Nicole Vasques volunteer who had found evidence that Lloyd was embezzling money, and had originally solicited Ronstadt to commit that murder) wanted Ronstadt killed in public because it would look like an attempt on St. Claire's life, giving the guy extra publicity and an upswing in votes.
** In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus," disgruntled trapeze artist Natasha Lovara shoots and kills her ex-husband Sergei at a crowded outdoor café.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.
10th Sep '16 11:22:39 AM Discar
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* In ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', Szeth is ordered to leave behind witnesses to the assassinations of various governments and monarchs, advancing his master's goal of general chaos.

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* In ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'', ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Szeth is ordered to leave behind witnesses to the assassinations of various governments and monarchs, advancing his master's goal of general chaos.
4th Sep '16 4:03:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[LEtatCestMoi King Henri IV of France]] was stabbed to death in 1610 by a Catholic fanatic (Henri was a moderate who had converted from Protestantism to Catholicism out of convenience) while his carriage was stuck in traffic during the Queen's coronation ceremony.

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* [[LEtatCestMoi [[UsefulNotes/LEtatCestMoi King Henri IV of France]] was stabbed to death in 1610 by a Catholic fanatic (Henri was a moderate who had converted from Protestantism to Catholicism out of convenience) while his carriage was stuck in traffic during the Queen's coronation ceremony.
29th Aug '16 7:05:09 AM ChronoLegion
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** In the live-action ''Assassin's Creed: Lineage'' mini-series (prequel to the second game), Giovanni Auditore heads to Milan to try to prevent the Templar assassination of the Duke of Milan in church during the Feast of St. Stephen. He fails. The Duke is killed, and all his assassins are dispatched by the angry guards, ignoring Giovanni's pleas to leave some alive for questioning.
29th Aug '16 6:53:52 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the pilot of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', the [[EnergyBeing Taelon]] representative Da'an is giving a public speech in Ohio, praising the cooperation between humans and Taelons, as well as the end to world hunger thanks to Taelon technology. A cop named William Boone assigned as part of the security detail spots a LaserSight from a sniper rifle and yells for Da'an to get down. The billionaire Jonathan Doors jumps in front of Da'an and is seemingly killed by the shot. It's difficult to believe that someone like Da'an wouldn't be protected better than that. While the whole thing was revealed to be a set up by Doors to fake his death in order to secretly run LaResistance, it's difficult to believe that a sniper would be able to get into a building within shooting range of such a high profile dignitary. On the other hand, a later episode reveals that Taelons are immune to bullets, so maybe Da'an insisted that human authorities don't bother with tight security.

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In the pilot of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'', pilot, the [[EnergyBeing Taelon]] representative Da'an is giving a public speech in Ohio, praising the cooperation between humans and Taelons, as well as the end to world hunger thanks to Taelon technology. A cop named William Boone assigned as part of the security detail spots a LaserSight from a sniper rifle and yells for Da'an to get down. The billionaire Jonathan Doors jumps in front of Da'an and is seemingly killed by the shot. It's difficult to believe that someone like Da'an wouldn't be protected better than that. While the whole thing was revealed to be a set up by Doors to fake his death in order to secretly run LaResistance, it's difficult to believe that a sniper would be able to get into a building within shooting range of such a high profile dignitary. On the other hand, a later episode reveals that Taelons are immune to bullets, so maybe Da'an insisted that human authorities don't bother with tight security.security.
** In the first season 2 episode, Qu'on, the leader of the Taelon Synod, is assassinated by a Jaridian Replicant at [[spoiler:William Boone]]'s funeral. This results in [[BigBad Zo'or]] being named the new leader instead of the more benevolent Da'an.
29th Aug '16 6:50:36 AM ChronoLegion
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* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' two Blutbad criminals are killed publicly in a police station in front of TV cameras. The criminals flouted a centuries old compact binding all Wesen and their actions threatened to expose the existence of Wesen to the human public. The assassination was a message from the Wesen Council that such actions would not be tolerated. At the end of the episode, the Wesen Council official mentions that such displays are necessary about once a generation in order to reinforce the rules. In a later episode, [[spoiler:a mayoral candidate is shot at a public gathering by a sniper employed by the Black Claw. This is all a ploy to replace him with Sean Renard, whom they control by holding his daughter hostage]].

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* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' two Blutbad criminals are killed publicly in a police station in front of TV cameras. The criminals flouted a centuries old compact binding all Wesen and their actions threatened to expose the existence of Wesen to the human public. The assassination was a message from the Wesen Council that such actions would not be tolerated. At the end of the episode, the Wesen Council official mentions that such displays are necessary about once a generation in order to reinforce the rules. In a later episode, [[spoiler:a mayoral candidate is shot at a public gathering by a sniper employed by the Black Claw. This is all a ploy to replace him with Sean Renard, whom they control by holding his daughter hostage]].hostage. The bad guys even orchestrate the killing of the assassin by Renard in order to put him in a good light for the public]].
29th Aug '16 6:49:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' two Blutbad criminals are killed publicly in a police station in front of TV cameras. The criminals flouted a centuries old compact binding all Wesen and their actions threatened to expose the existence of Wesen to the human public. The assassination was a message from the Wesen Council that such actions would not be tolerated. At the end of the episode, the Wesen Council official mentions that such displays are necessary about once a generation in order to reinforce the rules.

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* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' two Blutbad criminals are killed publicly in a police station in front of TV cameras. The criminals flouted a centuries old compact binding all Wesen and their actions threatened to expose the existence of Wesen to the human public. The assassination was a message from the Wesen Council that such actions would not be tolerated. At the end of the episode, the Wesen Council official mentions that such displays are necessary about once a generation in order to reinforce the rules. In a later episode, [[spoiler:a mayoral candidate is shot at a public gathering by a sniper employed by the Black Claw. This is all a ploy to replace him with Sean Renard, whom they control by holding his daughter hostage]].
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