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17th Apr '17 12:27:09 PM ChaoticNovelist
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And then he gets up, dusts himself off, mutters some kind of pithy one-liner, and [[OhCrap comes after you again]].

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And then he gets up, dusts himself off, mutters some kind of pithy one-liner, and [[OhCrap [[RunOrDie comes after you again]].



This character shows up frequently in works of fantasy and science fiction, as well as comic books. The professional killer who themselves cannot be killed. Either they are straight-out indestructible, or they possess a HealingFactor that lets them recover from any injury. Why they hire themselves out as hitmen vary from character to character.

Depending on the universe, the Immortal Assassin may have been given their immortality through supernatural or technological means. Often, Immortal Assassins are [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much older than they appear]], not able to die of natural causes, and as such can have a bad case of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever "immortal angst."]] If they hail from a time and place before gunpowder was invented, they may prefer [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge bladed weapons]] or hand-to-hand combat, eschewing guns as "uncivilized" or "clumsy." As a consequence, they will possess [[MasterSwordsman phenomenal martial arts skills]], honed from hundreds of years of practice.

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This character shows up frequently in works of fantasy and science fiction, as well as comic books.fiction. The professional killer who themselves cannot be killed. Either they are straight-out indestructible, or they possess a HealingFactor that lets them recover from any injury. Why they hire themselves out as hitmen can vary from character to character.

Depending on the universe, the Immortal Assassin may have been given their immortality through supernatural or technological means. Often, Immortal Assassins are [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much older than they appear]], not able to die of natural causes, and as such can have a bad case of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever "immortal angst."]] angst"]] or [[LivingForeverIsAwesome "immortal smugness"]]. If they hail from a time and place before gunpowder was invented, they may prefer [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge bladed weapons]] or hand-to-hand combat, eschewing guns as "uncivilized" or "clumsy." As a consequence, they will possess [[MasterSwordsman phenomenal martial arts skills]], honed from hundreds of years of practice.



Of course, there are exceptions. Some Immortal Assassins are sadists who kill out of pleasure or out of boredom. Being unable to die has left them so [[WeAreAsMayFlies emotionally detached]] from the human race that killing mortals is little more than a game to them, a way to pass the time. Others are simply in it for the money. And then, some are just AxCrazy...

Most of the time, the ImmortalAssassin is the villain of the story. They can be a KnightOfCerebus, brought in by the BigBad when all other plans have failed, a genuine unstoppable badass more dangerous than any our heroes have yet faced. Or a DiabolusExNihilo, particularly if they're so unstoppable that making them a regular character would ruin the drama. Alternatively, they may be a sympathetic character, particularly if whatever circumstances led to their becoming immortal or an assassin (or both) are tragic enough. On occasion, they will even do a HeelFaceTurn, join the heroes, and become TheAtoner, although that may not last. If part of an ensemble, they may even be used for comic relief: since ImmortalLifeIsCheap, the Immortal Assassin can suffer truly horrific injuries and shrug them off.

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Of course, there are exceptions. Some Immortal Assassins are sadists who kill out of pleasure or out of boredom. Being unable to die has left them so [[WeAreAsMayFlies emotionally detached]] from the human race that killing mortals is little more than a game to them, a way to pass the time. Others are simply in it for the money. And then, some Some are just AxCrazy...

Most of the time, the ImmortalAssassin is the villain of the story. They can be a KnightOfCerebus, brought in by the BigBad when all other plans have failed, a genuine unstoppable badass more dangerous than any our heroes have yet faced. Or a DiabolusExNihilo, particularly if Maybe they're so unstoppable that making them a regular character would ruin the drama.DiabolusExNihilo. Alternatively, they may be a sympathetic character, particularly if whatever circumstances led to their becoming immortal or an assassin (or both) are tragic enough. On occasion, they will even do a HeelFaceTurn, join the heroes, and become TheAtoner, although that may not last. TheAtoner. If part of an ensemble, they may even be used for comic relief: relief; since ImmortalLifeIsCheap, the Immortal Assassin can suffer truly horrific injuries and shrug them off.
17th Mar '17 6:51:19 AM Doug86
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* ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' has an undead assassin, Kai, as one of its main characters. He is completely indestructible, and his long-term goal throughout the series is finding a way to die for good.

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* ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' has an undead assassin, Kai, as one of its main characters. He is completely indestructible, and his long-term goal throughout the series is finding a way to die for good.



* The Caretaker from Series/{{Alphas}} is virtually unkillable due to his high bone density, which he's able to regenerate so long as he has access to calcium. The downside of this is that this makes him very heavy, [[spoiler: which Kat uses against him to drown him]].

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* The Caretaker from Series/{{Alphas}} ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is virtually unkillable due to his high bone density, which he's able to regenerate so long as he has access to calcium. The downside of this is that this makes him very heavy, [[spoiler: which Kat uses against him to drown him]].



* Liegenstrasse in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' is a result of splicing human and alien genome and the prime case of GoneHorriblyRight - with CastingAShadow, HealingFactor and full AnatomyArsenal, she proved nigh-impossible to take down and it was only managed by entire assassin temple. [[TheEndOrIsIt Maybe...]]

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* Liegenstrasse in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' is a result of splicing human and alien genome and the prime case of GoneHorriblyRight - with CastingAShadow, HealingFactor and full AnatomyArsenal, she proved nigh-impossible to take down and it was only managed by entire assassin temple. [[TheEndOrIsIt Maybe...]]
3rd Jan '17 11:36:07 AM epoxy
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* The television show ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' has an immortal assassin, Kai, as one of its main characters. He literally is unkillable and one of the subplots is him finding a way to die.

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* The television show ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' has an immortal undead assassin, Kai, as one of its main characters. He literally is unkillable completely indestructible, and one of his long-term goal throughout the subplots series is him finding a way to die.die for good.
** Kai eventually faces an even more dangerous and indestructible assassin, the Divine Executioner Vlad.
16th Nov '16 12:41:24 AM Morgenthaler
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Most of the time, the ImmortalAssassin is the villain of the story. They can be a KnightOfCerebus, brought in by the BigBad when all other plans have failed, a genuine unstoppable BadAss more dangerous than any our heroes have yet faced. Or a DiabolusExNihilo, particularly if they're so unstoppable that making them a regular character would ruin the drama. Alternatively, they may be a sympathetic character, particularly if whatever circumstances led to their becoming immortal or an assassin (or both) are tragic enough. On occasion, they will even do a HeelFaceTurn, join the heroes, and become TheAtoner, although that may not last. If part of an ensemble, they may even be used for comic relief: since ImmortalLifeIsCheap, the Immortal Assassin can suffer truly horrific injuries and shrug them off.

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Most of the time, the ImmortalAssassin is the villain of the story. They can be a KnightOfCerebus, brought in by the BigBad when all other plans have failed, a genuine unstoppable BadAss badass more dangerous than any our heroes have yet faced. Or a DiabolusExNihilo, particularly if they're so unstoppable that making them a regular character would ruin the drama. Alternatively, they may be a sympathetic character, particularly if whatever circumstances led to their becoming immortal or an assassin (or both) are tragic enough. On occasion, they will even do a HeelFaceTurn, join the heroes, and become TheAtoner, although that may not last. If part of an ensemble, they may even be used for comic relief: since ImmortalLifeIsCheap, the Immortal Assassin can suffer truly horrific injuries and shrug them off.
8th Jul '16 1:30:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* Ghost, of R.A. Salvatore's ''TheClericQuintet'' series, was a relative weakling who used a magic artifact to switch bodies, kill the target who is now in his weak body, and then heal it again using a magic ring of regeneration.
* James Spector, AKA "Demise," from the ''WildCards'' series. Originally killed by the Wild Card virus, he was resurrected with an experimental cure. He gained both a powerful healing factor and the ability to "project" his agonizing death onto anyone he made eye contact with, essentially killing them with a look. He was decapitated when a political assassination went wrong, and his body was destroyed by cremation when it became clear that he was trying to [[{{Squick}} GROW A NEW HEAD.]]

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* Ghost, of R.A. Salvatore's ''TheClericQuintet'' ''Literature/TheClericQuintet'' series, was a relative weakling who used a magic artifact to switch bodies, kill the target who is now in his weak body, and then heal it again using a magic ring of regeneration.
* James Spector, AKA "Demise," from the ''WildCards'' ''Literature/WildCards'' series. Originally killed by the Wild Card virus, he was resurrected with an experimental cure. He gained both a powerful healing factor and the ability to "project" his agonizing death onto anyone he made eye contact with, essentially killing them with a look. He was decapitated when a political assassination went wrong, and his body was destroyed by cremation when it became clear that he was trying to [[{{Squick}} GROW A NEW HEAD.]]
26th May '16 11:48:23 AM NativeJovian
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Depending on the universe, the Immortal Assassin may have been given their immortality through supernatural or technological means. Often, Immortal Assassins are [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much older than they appear]], not able to die of natural causes, and as such can have a bad case of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever "immortal angst."]] If they hail from a time and place before gunpowder was invented, they may prefer [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge bladed weapons]] or hand-to-hand combat, eschewing guns as "uncivilized" or "clumsy." As a consequence, they will possess [[ImplausibleFencingPowers phenomenal martial arts skills]], honed from hundreds of years of practice.

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Depending on the universe, the Immortal Assassin may have been given their immortality through supernatural or technological means. Often, Immortal Assassins are [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much older than they appear]], not able to die of natural causes, and as such can have a bad case of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever "immortal angst."]] If they hail from a time and place before gunpowder was invented, they may prefer [[ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilizedAge bladed weapons]] or hand-to-hand combat, eschewing guns as "uncivilized" or "clumsy." As a consequence, they will possess [[ImplausibleFencingPowers [[MasterSwordsman phenomenal martial arts skills]], honed from hundreds of years of practice.
12th May '16 12:30:24 AM Vios
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* The Night Angel from ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'' by Brent Weeks. He/she/it is literally immortal assassin although the immortality comes at a terrible prize: [[spoiler: For every time he dies, a person of importance to him dies in his stead]]. Cue a whole lot of immortal angst and be done with it.

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* The Night Angel from ''Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy'' by Brent Weeks. He/she/it is literally immortal assassin although the immortality comes at a terrible prize: price: [[spoiler: For every time he dies, a person of importance to him dies in his stead]]. Cue a whole lot of immortal angst and be done with it.
17th Feb '16 5:35:28 PM TastySauce
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You've just run into the ImmortalAssassin.

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You've just run into the ImmortalAssassin.
Immortal Assassin.
10th Jan '16 9:40:29 AM Gregzilla
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* The Gholam of Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' is basically an AntiMagic T-1000 designed to assassinate magic users--so terrifying that only a handful were ever made. Only [[spoiler:AntiMagic artifacts like Mat's medallion]] (and probably starvation) can possibly do any damage, and that's not really a practical solution.

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* The Gholam ''Gholam'' of Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is basically an AntiMagic T-1000 designed to assassinate magic users--so as a literal MageKiller--so terrifying that only a handful were ever made. Only [[spoiler:AntiMagic artifacts like Mat's medallion]] (and probably starvation) can possibly do any damage, and that's not really a practical solution. [[spoiler:It ultimately ''does'' die some time after being forced into the VoidBetweenTheWorlds that is the Skimming dimension, however, but not without a lot of ingenuity.]]
3rd Dec '15 10:32:35 AM Nohbody
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* Jack and Subject Delta from the ''Franchise/BioShock'' series: functionally immortal because the game's equivalent of save points - the Vita-Chambers - are coded to their specific DNA. No one else in Rapture can use them, [[spoiler: except Jack's father, of course.]]

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* Jack and Subject Delta from the ''Franchise/BioShock'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' series: functionally immortal because the game's equivalent of save points - the Vita-Chambers - are coded to their specific DNA. No one else in Rapture can use them, [[spoiler: except Jack's father, of course.]]
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