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20th Mar '17 8:43:23 AM Allronix
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* ''Series/LogansRun'': The show's version of Logan was more this as compared to his literary counterpart (more of a ConsummateProfessional) or the JerkWithAHeartOfGold as portrayed in the movie. He was already having serious doubts about his profession before the series started, and while he had no problems with lethal force, he was at least willing to investigate the situation first, try a non-lethal approach second, and use lethal force as a last resort.
14th Mar '17 5:48:09 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Szeth ''hates'' killing, but that is the task that he is best at, and he has countless masters willing to use his powers.
4th Mar '17 11:27:26 AM nombretomado
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* MarkWahlberg plays this type of character in ''Film/TheBigHit''. He has no problem executing targets but has a soft spot for women, whether he personally knows them or not. He is also slavishly devoted to his love interests and is eager to please his friends. His kindness is frequently abused.
* Il Duce from ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', who has a very Leon-esque code concerning women and kids, and who turns out to be [[spoiler: the long-lost father of the [=McManus=] brothers]].

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* MarkWahlberg Creator/MarkWahlberg plays this type of character in ''Film/TheBigHit''. He has no problem executing targets but has a soft spot for women, whether he personally knows them or not. He is also slavishly devoted to his love interests and is eager to please his friends. His kindness is frequently abused.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'':
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Il Duce from ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', Duce, who has a very Leon-esque code concerning women and kids, and who turns out to be [[spoiler: the long-lost father of the [=McManus=] brothers]].
22nd Feb '17 5:34:54 AM Valen
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* Jaffar from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'', who defrosts thanks to the friendship (and love, if you support them to A level) of his boss's daughter, Nino.

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* Jaffar from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'', who defrosts thanks to the friendship (and love, if you support them to A level) of his boss's daughter, Nino. From the same game, the Black Fang were an order of hitmen with hearts, their targets exclusively being corrupt nobles or criminals who escaped punishment. Over time, when Nergal began manipulating the group, they slowly began to avert this trope, forgoing their rule of only going after criminals and simply becoming a pricy assassin's guild.
19th Feb '17 8:10:43 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', this is essentially what being a Gatherer is. They kill those who have requested to be gathered, or those whose family has requested they be gathered, but it is done with true love and mercy and by [[DreamWeaver weaving a most pleasant dream]] for those departing.
7th Feb '17 6:56:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Both Kitana and Jade from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' are on the heroes' side, but neither has ever denied being an assassin by trade. Due to advanced age (10,000 years at least), each likely has a higher kill-count than ''anyone'' on this list.
15th Jan '17 9:08:50 PM M84
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', Hadji's former guardian Pasha the Peddler was actually the assassin who was hired by Hadji's evil uncle and cousin to ''kill'' Hadji in order to usurp his family's kingdom. At the moment of truth, Pasha couldn't bring himself to kill the young Hadji and instead abducted him to protect them both.
23rd Dec '16 5:59:06 AM Tightwire
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...Or is there? For perhaps even this cold-hearted killer [[NeverHurtAnInnocent can't bring himself to kill an innocent bystander]] (usually a [[WouldntHurtAChild kid]]). And not only does he not do his job, but he then turns against his employer to save the life of the very same person he was supposed to kill. This guy we're talking about? He's a [[TitleDrop hitman with a heart]].

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...Or is there? For perhaps even this cold-hearted killer [[NeverHurtAnInnocent can't bring himself to kill an innocent bystander]] will NeverHurtAnInnocent (usually a [[WouldntHurtAChild kid]]). child]]). And not only does he not do his job, but he then turns may even turn against his employer to save the life of the very same person he was supposed to kill. This guy we're talking about? He's a [[TitleDrop hitman with a heart]].
15th Dec '16 12:08:53 PM Hanz
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* Agent 47 from the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series does not kill innocents unless absolutely required, such as when he kills a postman in one mission of Blood Money because the package he was delivering was Code Red, and in the last mission when he [[spoiler: kills a priest and reporter for knowing too much about him]]. Otherwise, 47 fits this trope perfectly, the storyline and game discourage it, and any other bloodshed is left up to the player.
** He doesn't really fit the trope outside of the second game because most of the mentioned discretion is done out of pragmatism, not out of compassion. He shows no remorse or hesitation in killing the aforementioned innocents.

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* Agent 47 from the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series does not kill innocents unless absolutely required, required (eliminating witnesses or messengers), though this is primarily out of [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatism]]. However, he is at times willing to go out of his way to rescue innocent people such as Mei Ling even when he kills a postman in one mission of Blood Money because the package he was delivering was Code Red, it brings no actual benefit to him and in the last mission when he [[spoiler: kills a priest and reporter for knowing too much about him]]. Otherwise, 47 fits this trope perfectly, the storyline and game discourage it, and any other bloodshed is left up to the player.
** He doesn't really fit the trope outside of
the second game because most of the mentioned discretion is done out of pragmatism, not out of compassion. He shows no remorse or hesitation in killing the aforementioned innocents.attempted to be TheAtoner before events forced him to become an assassin once again.



* Tommy in {{Mafia}}, to the point that he [[spoiler: lets two marks go because he knows them personally, which comes back to bite him in the ass]].
* Thane Krios from ''Videogame/MassEffect2''. WarriorPoet, ReligiousBruiser, optional romance for a female Shepard...and an extremely good assassin who viewed his body as a tool for his employers, with no more independent morality than Shepard's gun. Regardless, this guy is TheAtoner, and even mentions atoning for his sins several times.

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* Tommy in {{Mafia}}, Videogame/MafiaTheCityOfLostHeaven, to the point that he [[spoiler: lets two marks go because he knows them personally, which comes back to bite him in the ass]].
* Thane Krios from ''Videogame/MassEffect2''. WarriorPoet, ReligiousBruiser, optional romance for a female Shepard... and an extremely good assassin who viewed his body as a tool for his employers, with no more independent morality than Shepard's gun. Regardless, this guy is TheAtoner, and even mentions atoning for his sins several times.



* Both Corvo and Daud can be seen as this in ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}''. Depending on how the player plays him, Corvo doesn't even have to kill a single person, instead subjecting his enemies to AFateWorseThanDeath. In fact, the player is encouraged to play the trope straight in order to achieve the best ending. Meanwhile, the game canonically depicts Daud as this, as he's torn with guilt over assassinating the Empress after seeing the consequences, and begs Corvo for forgiveness. The DLC expands on this by showing that Daud originally started as an assassin in order to get revenge on the corrupt nobles who preyed on the regular folk, and he recruited numerous disenfranchised citizens who had nowhere else to go into his ranks.

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* Both Corvo and Daud can be seen as this in ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}''.''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''. Depending on how the player plays him, Corvo doesn't even have to kill a single person, instead subjecting his enemies to AFateWorseThanDeath. In fact, the player is encouraged to play the trope straight in order to achieve the best ending. Meanwhile, the game canonically depicts Daud as this, as he's torn with guilt over assassinating the Empress after seeing the consequences, and begs Corvo for forgiveness. The DLC expands on this by showing that Daud originally started as an assassin in order to get revenge on the corrupt nobles who preyed on the regular folk, and he recruited numerous disenfranchised citizens who had nowhere else to go into his ranks.
2nd Dec '16 7:58:16 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Sam, who is an assassin but a caring, friendly person overall despite this.
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