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12th Jun '16 4:02:19 PM nombretomado
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* Dorothy Gale from ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is a sweet little girl, but she is hired by the eponymous wizard to assassinate the Witch of the West in exchange for being sent home. She kills the witch, and then returns to the Wizard to be paid.

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* Dorothy Gale from ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' is a sweet little girl, but she is hired by the eponymous wizard to assassinate the Witch of the West in exchange for being sent home. She kills the witch, and then returns to the Wizard to be paid.
12th Jun '16 1:26:22 PM NutellaBird
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* The BountyHunter of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' can be played as this, a ConsummateProfessional, or a PsychoForHire, depending on the choices of the player. Light side bounty hunters will try to minimize violence and sometimes end up sparing their marks, while Dark Side Bounty Hunters sometimes go out of their way to be as sadistic as possible, even when their contract doesn't call for it. Mako in particular tends to favor merciful actions mixed with professionalism.

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* The BountyHunter of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' can be played as this, a ConsummateProfessional, or a PsychoForHire, depending on the choices of the player. Light side Side bounty hunters will try to minimize violence and sometimes end up sparing their marks, while Dark Side Bounty Hunters sometimes go out of their way to be as sadistic as possible, even when their contract doesn't call for it. Mako The hunter's first companion, Mako, in particular particular, tends to favor merciful actions mixed with professionalism.
10th Jun '16 10:46:34 AM Doug86
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* Richard Harrow from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is a very interesting treatment of this trope. He's a horrifically scarred veteran of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne who essentially got [[FacialHorror half his face blown off]]. Combined with his crushing shyness and awkwardness, this makes him TheWoobie and we feel our heartstrings tugged when he makes friends with Margaret's children, (who were initially so distraught when seeing him without the mask that covers his face that they literally cried hysterically at the sight) and we see his dream of having his face whole again and being in love. Then when he shoots a 14 year old boy during a job or suggests wiping out an entire family in order to make some crooks come out of hiding, we get reminded that his job in the war was being a ColdSniper, and he didn't leave it behind on the battlefield. [[spoiler:Throughout the series this turns into a deconstruction of the trope. As Richard gets more and more humanized and forms the interpersonal connections he had dreamed of (falling in love with a nice girl and becoming a surrogate father to his [[BloodBrothers Blood Brother]] Jimmy's son after Jimmy's death) it is shown that the violence he has participated in has taken a grievous toll on his mental health and psychological well being. He eventually becomes so sick of violence and killing that he is unable to be violent at all, not even to perform a MercyKill on a suffering animal, and even having tried sends him into a HeroicBSOD. As a result, when he has to perform OneLastJob, he botches it badly, kills a sympathetic innocent bystander, gets mortally wounded in the process and dies soon after.]]

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* Richard Harrow from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is a very interesting treatment of this trope. He's a horrifically scarred veteran of UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI who essentially got [[FacialHorror half his face blown off]]. Combined with his crushing shyness and awkwardness, this makes him TheWoobie and we feel our heartstrings tugged when he makes friends with Margaret's children, (who were initially so distraught when seeing him without the mask that covers his face that they literally cried hysterically at the sight) and we see his dream of having his face whole again and being in love. Then when he shoots a 14 year old boy during a job or suggests wiping out an entire family in order to make some crooks come out of hiding, we get reminded that his job in the war was being a ColdSniper, and he didn't leave it behind on the battlefield. [[spoiler:Throughout the series this turns into a deconstruction of the trope. As Richard gets more and more humanized and forms the interpersonal connections he had dreamed of (falling in love with a nice girl and becoming a surrogate father to his [[BloodBrothers Blood Brother]] Jimmy's son after Jimmy's death) it is shown that the violence he has participated in has taken a grievous toll on his mental health and psychological well being. He eventually becomes so sick of violence and killing that he is unable to be violent at all, not even to perform a MercyKill on a suffering animal, and even having tried sends him into a HeroicBSOD. As a result, when he has to perform OneLastJob, he botches it badly, kills a sympathetic innocent bystander, gets mortally wounded in the process and dies soon after.]]



* Viktor Vasko of ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' is a remorseless murderer, but is loyal to his employers and particularly kind to Ivy and Mrs. Bapka. His status as a killer appears to be largely a product of his experiences in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, and the effect that had on his mind. His ex-partner Mordecai, in comparison, is an out-and-out psycho with bells on.

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* Viktor Vasko of ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' is a remorseless murderer, but is loyal to his employers and particularly kind to Ivy and Mrs. Bapka. His status as a killer appears to be largely a product of his experiences in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and the effect that had on his mind. His ex-partner Mordecai, in comparison, is an out-and-out psycho with bells on.
10th Jun '16 10:19:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Jaqen H'ghar of ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', who helped Arya because she saved his life. This is initially just a case of BalancingDeathsBooks in accordance with his [[BlueAndOrangeMorality death-worshiping religion]], but by the time of their parting he clearly bears her affection and even offers to take her under his wing. [[MurderInc The Guild of the Faceless Men]], despite being a society of assassins, is portrayed [[DarkIsNotEvil rather sympathetically]] overall. They strictly avoid collateral damage, adjust their price so that the poor can afford their services if they have a good enough reason, and provide painless euthanasia for anyone who requests it.
* {{Inverted}} in DeanKoontz's book ''Watchers.'' The hitman Vince De Nasco believes he has a "Gift" that allows him to absorb the life energy of anyone he kills. This leads him to desire immortality and godhood, which is his reason for becoming a hitman. He loves killing young people, as their life energy is less tainted by the world, and his biggest dream is to kill a pregnant woman, to receive both her energy and the unborn child's. At one point he brutally tortures one of his targets before killing him upon learning the man is a habitual philanderer, and thus his life energy is too unclean. [[spoiler: It really is all in his head. The main character guns him down at the end, the Hitman failing to demonstrate any MadeOfIron abilities that one would think a literal power would allow him.]]
* Hawk from Robert B. Parker's ''{{Spenser}}'' novels is erudite, thoughtful, and has standards of conduct.

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* Jaqen H'ghar of ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who helped Arya because she saved his life. This is initially just a case of BalancingDeathsBooks in accordance with his [[BlueAndOrangeMorality death-worshiping religion]], but by the time of their parting he clearly bears her affection and even offers to take her under his wing. [[MurderInc The Guild of the Faceless Men]], despite being a society of assassins, is portrayed [[DarkIsNotEvil rather sympathetically]] overall. They strictly avoid collateral damage, adjust their price so that the poor can afford their services if they have a good enough reason, and provide painless euthanasia for anyone who requests it.
* {{Inverted}} in DeanKoontz's Creator/DeanKoontz's book ''Watchers.'' The hitman Vince De Nasco believes he has a "Gift" that allows him to absorb the life energy of anyone he kills. This leads him to desire immortality and godhood, which is his reason for becoming a hitman. He loves killing young people, as their life energy is less tainted by the world, and his biggest dream is to kill a pregnant woman, to receive both her energy and the unborn child's. At one point he brutally tortures one of his targets before killing him upon learning the man is a habitual philanderer, and thus his life energy is too unclean. [[spoiler: It really is all in his head. The main character guns him down at the end, the Hitman failing to demonstrate any MadeOfIron abilities that one would think a literal power would allow him.]]
* Hawk from Robert B. Parker's ''{{Spenser}}'' ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' novels is erudite, thoughtful, and has standards of conduct.
6th Jun '16 8:45:29 PM eroock
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-> ''Thane seems like the strong, sensitive, murdering type. You know those are always great to have around. A real cuddler.''

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-> ''Thane ''"Thane seems like the strong, sensitive, murdering type. You know those are always great to have around. A real cuddler.''"''
2nd Jun '16 9:45:43 PM M84
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', A Girl's last chance to prove herself to the Many-faced God is to assassinate an actress. The problem is, this is the first time she's been ordered to kill someone who by all accounts is a perfectly good and nice person. [[spoiler:A Girl ultimately refuses to go through with it, and reclaims her identity as Arya Stark in the process.]]
11th May '16 1:35:00 PM erforce
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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''. Terminators, despite their tendency to kill anyone who even slightly incoveniences them, have elements of this, though it's more to do with their programming than any sense of decency.

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* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''. ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''.
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Terminators, despite their tendency to kill anyone who even slightly incoveniences them, have elements of this, though it's more to do with their programming than any sense of decency.
25th Mar '16 3:15:09 PM niranenya
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* The Will in Comicbook/{{Saga}} is willing to kill anyone he's paid to, including the parents of a newborn, but goes to great lengths to save a child SexSlave.
17th Mar '16 6:18:01 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': On one hand, Guts has hardly ever felt bad about killing tons of enemies as part of being a mercenary, and doesn't hesitate to accept the more murky assassination missions from Griffith during the Golden Age Arc as long as all of his targets are [[AssholeVictim assholes]]. That includes killing [[spoiler:Count Julius]] in his home, slaying [[spoiler:Griffith]]'s attempted poisoner, and then offing the kidnappers Griffith hired to [[spoiler:grab Minister Foss' daughter]] so that they can't try to blackmail Griffith afterwards. On the other hand, he has no wish to harm innocent bystanders, and still has a soft spot in his heart for kids because of what he went through. Accidentally killing [[spoiler:Julius' son Adonis]] during that first mission causes him to go MyGodWhatHaveIDone--to the extent of [[spoiler:holding the boy's hand as he dies]], and once he's out of danger he experiences a HeroicBSOD.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': On one hand, Guts has hardly ever felt bad about killing tons of enemies as part of being a mercenary, and doesn't hesitate to accept the more murky assassination missions from Griffith during the Golden Age Arc as long as all of his targets are [[AssholeVictim assholes]]. That includes killing [[spoiler:Count Julius]] in his home, slaying [[spoiler:Griffith]]'s attempted poisoner, and then offing the kidnappers crooks Griffith hired to [[spoiler:grab [[spoiler:kidnap Minister Foss' daughter]] so that they can't try to blackmail Griffith afterwards. On the other hand, he has no wish to harm innocent bystanders, and still has a soft spot in his heart for kids because of what he went through. Accidentally killing [[spoiler:Julius' son Adonis]] during that first mission causes him to go MyGodWhatHaveIDone--to the extent of [[spoiler:holding the boy's hand to comfort him as he dies]], and once he's out of danger he experiences a HeroicBSOD.
17th Mar '16 6:13:11 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': On one hand, Guts has hardly ever felt bad about killing tons of enemies as part of being a mercenary, and doesn't hesitate to accept the more murky assassination missions from Griffith during the Golden Age Arc as long as all of his targets are [[AssholeVictim assholes]]. That includes killing [[spoiler:Count Julius]] in his home, slaying Griffith's attempted poisoner, and then offing the kidnappers Griffith hired to [[spoiler:grab Minister Foss' daughter]] so that they can't try to blackmail Griffith afterwards. On the other hand, he has no wish to harm innocent bystanders, and still has a soft spot in his heart for kids because of what he went through. Accidentally killing [[spoiler:Julius' son Adonis]] during that first mission causes him to go MyGodWhatHaveIDone--to the extent of [[spoiler:holding the boy's hand as he dies]], and once he's out of danger he experiences a HeroicBSOD.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': On one hand, Guts has hardly ever felt bad about killing tons of enemies as part of being a mercenary, and doesn't hesitate to accept the more murky assassination missions from Griffith during the Golden Age Arc as long as all of his targets are [[AssholeVictim assholes]]. That includes killing [[spoiler:Count Julius]] in his home, slaying Griffith's [[spoiler:Griffith]]'s attempted poisoner, and then offing the kidnappers Griffith hired to [[spoiler:grab Minister Foss' daughter]] so that they can't try to blackmail Griffith afterwards. On the other hand, he has no wish to harm innocent bystanders, and still has a soft spot in his heart for kids because of what he went through. Accidentally killing [[spoiler:Julius' son Adonis]] during that first mission causes him to go MyGodWhatHaveIDone--to the extent of [[spoiler:holding the boy's hand as he dies]], and once he's out of danger he experiences a HeroicBSOD.
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