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21st Sep '17 1:09:55 PM LadyNorbert
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* Marvel has the Assassins Guild. They were introduced in ''Gambit #''1 and mostly appear in the ComicBook/XMen-related books. They've recently returned as antagonists of the ComicBook/ScarletSpider.
** There was also ThePunisher: Assassin's Guild, featuring another such organization. Oddly enough it had the Punisher ''teaming up'' with the guild.

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* Marvel has the Assassins Guild. They were introduced in ''Gambit #''1 #1'' and mostly appear in the ComicBook/XMen-related books. They've recently returned as antagonists of the ComicBook/ScarletSpider.
** There was also ThePunisher: ''ThePunisher: Assassin's Guild, Guild'', featuring another such organization. Oddly enough it had the Punisher ''teaming up'' with the guild.



* In ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', [[spoiler: Peter Piper's wife, Bo Peep]] was a member of such an organization in their Homeland, after the Adversary invaded.

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* In ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'', [[spoiler: Peter Piper's wife, Bo Peep]] Peep,]] was a member of such an organization in their Homeland, after the Adversary invaded.



* The Assassins' Guild of the great city of Ankh-Morpork on the Literature/{{Discworld}}, whose motto is "''Nil Mortifi Sine Lucre''": "No killing without profit", is at once a parody and a lampshading of the trope. The Guild is legal, its head is an influential public figure, and it is common for nobles to send their children to its excellent fee-paying school (though often just for its normal educational excellence, as the Black Curriculum has a high attrition rate). Assassins abide by several rules, including that they always wear black, even when this is detrimental to any attempt to be inconspicuous, and especially that they're not allowed to kill people unless they are paid to, and cannot kill the defenseless. Though anyone rich enough is automatically considered able to defend themselves by hiring someone else to protect them.
--->'''Dr Cruces:''' No, we do it for the money. And, because we above all must know the value of a human life, we do it for a great deal of money.

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* The Assassins' Guild of the great city of Ankh-Morpork on the Literature/{{Discworld}}, whose motto is "''Nil Mortifi Sine Lucre''": "No killing without profit", is at once a parody and a lampshading of the trope. The Guild is legal, its head is an influential public figure, and it is common for nobles to send their children to its excellent fee-paying school (though often just for its normal educational excellence, as the Black Curriculum has a high attrition rate). Assassins abide by several rules, including that they always wear black, even when this is detrimental to any attempt to be inconspicuous, and especially that they're not allowed to kill people unless they are paid to, to do so, and they cannot kill the defenseless. Though Of course, anyone rich enough is automatically considered able to defend themselves by hiring someone else to protect them.
--->'''Dr --->'''Dr. Cruces:''' No, we do it for the money. And, because we above all must know the value of a human life, we do it for a great deal of money.



** This is further explored in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', in which it's mentioned that the Assassin's Guild does not take contracts on people whose death they feel would be disadvantageous to the stability of Ankh-Mopork (in Vimes' words, "would not only spoil the game but toss the board out the window"). To date, this list contains the current patrician, Vetinari, and the commander of the city watch, Vimes. Both men have proven to be very assassination-resistant anyway: a NoodleIncident is referred to about the last assassin sent after Vimes before the ban; apparently Vimes overpowered him and had him put on a boat headed for [[LandDownUnder XXXX]].

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** This is further explored in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', in which it's mentioned that the Assassin's Guild does not take contracts on people whose death they feel would be disadvantageous to the stability of Ankh-Mopork (in Vimes' words, (or as Vimes puts it, "would not only spoil the game but toss the board out the window"). To date, this list contains the current patrician, Vetinari, and the commander of the city watch, Vimes. Both men have proven to be very assassination-resistant anyway: anyway; a NoodleIncident is referred to mentioned about the last assassin sent after Vimes before the ban; apparently ban. Apparently, Vimes overpowered him and had him put on a boat headed for [[LandDownUnder XXXX]].



* Also from the Literature/{{Discworld}} comes The New Firm; Mr. Pin, the brains, and Mr. Tulip, the muscle (with a bad chemical habit and a deep appreciation for antiquities). Aside from referencing Misters Croup and Vandemar, some of their dialogue also echoes Jules and Vincent of ''Film/PulpFiction''. Mr. Tulip's purse says "[=Not A Very Nice Person At All=]". Says it all, really.

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* Also from the Literature/{{Discworld}} comes The New Firm; Mr. Pin, the brains, and Mr. Tulip, the muscle (with a bad chemical habit and a deep appreciation for antiquities). Aside from referencing Misters Croup and Vandemar, some of their dialogue also echoes Jules and Vincent of ''Film/PulpFiction''. Mr. Tulip's purse says "[=Not "Not A Very Nice Person At All=]". Says All," which says it all, really.



** The Faceless Men of Braavos are [[WarriorMonk Warrior Monks]] who worship death as a universal force, with the "Many-Faced God" as its personification. They are the world's most capable assassins, but do not consider themselves to be killers for hire. Instead, the customer is expected to make a "donation" to their temple for the privilege of selecting an individual to receive the blessing of death, the cost being deliberately so high that you really have to ''want'' someone dead. Unless it's yourself you want dead, that you can have for free with no questions asked and corpse disposal included.

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** The Faceless Men of Braavos are [[WarriorMonk Warrior Monks]] {{Warrior Monk}}s who worship death as a universal force, with the "Many-Faced God" as its personification. They are the world's most capable assassins, but do not consider themselves to be killers for hire. Instead, the customer is expected to make a "donation" to their temple for the privilege of selecting an individual to receive the blessing of death, the cost being deliberately so high that you really have to ''want'' someone dead. Unless it's yourself you want dead, that you can have for free with no questions asked and corpse disposal included.



** The Kingdom of Lether has the peculiarly named [[WeirdTradeUnion Rat Catcher's Guild]] which purposes to do just that, catch rats and other vermin. In truth, they act as the unofficial assassins guild, [[ThievesGuild the guild of thieves]], a refugee smuggling ring ''and'' are conveniently contracted by the crown to investigate disappearances.

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** The Kingdom of Lether has the peculiarly named [[WeirdTradeUnion Rat Catcher's Guild]] Guild]], which purposes purports to do just that, that - catch rats and other vermin. In truth, they act as the unofficial assassins guild, [[ThievesGuild the guild of thieves]], a refugee smuggling ring ring, ''and'' are conveniently contracted by the crown to investigate disappearances.



* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' has several examples, starting with "La Machina" in the very first story arc; most notably Salamander Four.

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* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' has several examples, starting with "La Machina" in the very first story arc; arc. The most notably notable example would be Salamander Four.



* The Antivan Crows in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' fall under this category, with members being raised and trained for the sole purpose of assassinating and... well, sex. The protagonist can also choose to take assassination side-missions from a representative of the organization.
* ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' introduces the House of Repose which operates from Orlais. [[AffablyEvil They're probably the most polite ruthless murderers you'll ever meet.]] They target [[spoiler:Josephine]] because of a contract against her family that was drafted a hundred years ago. Even though the original clients are long dead and their descendants no longer nobility, the House of Repose will still honor the contract for the sake of their reputation. They also warn her about it and suggest a way around it, purely out of embarrassment.

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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
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The Antivan Crows in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' fall under this category, with members being raised and trained for the sole purpose of assassinating and... well, sex. If Zevran is recruited as a companion, he shifts his allegiance from the Crows to the Warden, and if his friendship increases sufficiently he will answer questions about the organization. The protagonist Warden can also choose to take assassination side-missions from a representative of the organization.
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''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'' introduces the House of Repose Repose, which operates from Orlais. [[AffablyEvil They're probably the most polite ruthless murderers you'll ever meet.]] They target [[spoiler:Josephine]] because of a contract against her family that was drafted a hundred years ago. Even though the original clients are long dead and their descendants no longer nobility, the House of Repose will still honor the contract for the sake of their reputation. They However, since the situation is so unusual, they extend the courtesy of an explanation, so that at least she understands ''why'' they're trying to kill her. The conversation also warn gives her about it an idea of how to have the contract nullified, and suggest though their representative warns that it will take a way around it, purely out of embarrassment.long time, he sees merit in the idea. If allowed to leave unharmed, he adds that "I pray we never meet again," suggesting that he personally doesn't like having to honor the contract.



* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has several factions that basically exist to murder other players, Particularly the Darkwraiths, Blade of the Darkmoon and the Forest Hunters.

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has several factions that basically exist to murder other players, Particularly particularly the Darkwraiths, Blade of the Darkmoon and the Forest Hunters.



* Pendles from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' runs Executive Executions of which he's the sole proprietor and star assassin of. He advertises EE services with all the affableness and charm of a professional business-minded assassin.

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* Pendles from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' runs Executive Executions Executions, of which he's the sole proprietor and star assassin of. assassin. He advertises EE services with all the affableness affability and charm of a professional business-minded assassin.



* First, there's the politically-motivated [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hand Black Hand]], a group commonly blamed for the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, beginning World War I.

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* First, there's the The politically-motivated [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hand Black Hand]], Hand]] is a group commonly blamed for the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, beginning World War I.
27th Jul '17 8:20:29 AM Kafkesque
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* The player characters in ''TabletopGame/BladesInTheDark'' can effectively be this trope if they pick the "Assassins" crew type.
17th Jul '17 12:53:04 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** The Faceless Men of Braavos are [[WarriorMonk Warrior Monks]] who worship death as a universal force, with the "Many-Faced God" as its personification. They are the world's most capable assassins, but do not consider themselves to be killers for hire. Instead, the customer is expected to make a "donation" to their temple for the privilege of selecting an individual to receive the blessing of death, the cost being deliberately so high that you really have to ''want'' someone dead. Unless it's yourself you want dead, that you can have for free with no questions asked.

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** The Faceless Men of Braavos are [[WarriorMonk Warrior Monks]] who worship death as a universal force, with the "Many-Faced God" as its personification. They are the world's most capable assassins, but do not consider themselves to be killers for hire. Instead, the customer is expected to make a "donation" to their temple for the privilege of selecting an individual to receive the blessing of death, the cost being deliberately so high that you really have to ''want'' someone dead. Unless it's yourself you want dead, that you can have for free with no questions asked.asked and corpse disposal included.
28th Jun '17 10:30:44 PM PaulA
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* Two such organizations collide in ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith''.

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* Two such organizations collide in ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith''.''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005''.
23rd May '17 8:20:40 AM BeerBaron
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* A considerable number of organizations in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', including the Morag Tong (a government-sanctioned assassin's guild in [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]] Province) and the Dark Brotherhood (a fully criminal offshoot of the former).
** Interestingly enough, the Dark Brotherhood is not just an assassin's guild, it is a psychotic cult whose main deity feeds on death. The other deity they worship, the Night Mother, ascribes to TheSpartanWay, as she [[spoiler:allows the player character to slaughter his/her way through the upper ranks of the Brotherhood because they were stupid enough to let someone specifically out to destroy them reach the inner circle of their organization.]]
** Although, while the members are crazy, they seem to have [[EvenEvilHasStandards some firm standards]]. You lose part of your paycheck for anybody else aside from the intended target dying in the mission area. They appear to very much dislike the wholesale slaughter of innocent people, but one unnoticed target or another they do seem to encourage as that is how you gain entry into the guild, just no mass murdering people for the hell of it. Also, the lower level leaders are very much sane in a professional way, and generally only care if you are doing your job right.
** By the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Dark Brotherhood is now down to a single chapter in Falkreath. As such, the current leader Astrid has taken a less religious approach to things. She later proves to be quite the ControlFreak when the player is recognized as the Listener of the Night Mother fairly early on in the story, eventually resorting to [[spoiler:dealing with the head of the Emperor's personal guard to try and sell you out, only for this to backfire horribly on her]]. When first encountered, the player character can either begin a short quest chain to ''wipe them out'' or join them and put them on the path to renewed glory.

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* A considerable ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' includes a number of organizations in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', including which may qualify, but two are most prominent: the Morag Tong (a government-sanctioned assassin's guild in [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]] Province) and the Dark Brotherhood.
** The Morag Tong is a guild of assassins officially sanctioned by the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer (Dark Elf)]] government. To put it lightly, the Dunmer [[TheClan Great Houses]] don't get along very well, and since open warring between the Great Houses would weaken the Dunmer overall, the Morag Tong was sanctioned as the solution. Whenever someone with a enough wealth to hire the Morag Tong wants someone dead, an "Honorable Writ of Execution" will be created for that person and a Tong assassin will be dispatched to kill them. They [[EvenEvilHasStandards follow a strict code of honor]] and are [[ProfessionalKillers highly professional]] in regards to their work. (Even if one of their agents could get away without getting caught following an assassination, they are still encouraged to turn themselves in and present their Honorable Writ of Execution to ensure that everything remains above board.) After aiding in [[TheKingslayer the assassination of Emperor Reman Cyrodiil III]] at the end of the 1st Era, they were outlawed everywhere in Tamriel except for Morrowind.
** The
Dark Brotherhood (a is a fully criminal offshoot of the former).
** Interestingly enough,
Morag Tong who operates throughout the Dark Brotherhood is not just an assassin's guild, it is rest of Tamriel. They are a psychotic much more PsychoForHire group, doubling as a [[ReligionOfEvil cult whose main deity feeds on death. The other deity of Sithis]]. Despite this, they worship, the Night Mother, ascribes to TheSpartanWay, as she [[spoiler:allows the player character to slaughter his/her way through the upper ranks of the Brotherhood because they were stupid enough to let someone specifically out to destroy them reach the inner circle of their organization.]]
** Although, while the members are crazy, they seem to
do still have [[EvenEvilHasStandards some firm standards]]. You lose rules, such as losing part of your paycheck for anybody else aside from the intended target dying in the mission area. They appear to very much dislike the wholesale slaughter of innocent people, but one unnoticed target or another they do seem to encourage as that is how you gain entry into the guild, just no mass murdering people for the hell of it. Also, the lower level leaders are very much sane in a professional way, and generally only care if you are doing your job right.
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right. By the time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Dark Brotherhood is now down to a single chapter in Falkreath. As such, the current leader Astrid has taken a less religious approach to things. She later proves to be quite the ControlFreak when the player is recognized as the Listener of the Night Mother fairly early on in the story, eventually resorting to [[spoiler:dealing with the head of the Emperor's personal guard to try and sell you out, only for this to backfire horribly on her]]. When first encountered, the player character can either begin a short quest chain to ''wipe them out'' or join them and put them on the path to renewed glory.
14th May '17 9:07:35 PM nombretomado
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* The [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil Gung Ho Guns]] in ''{{Trigun}}'' are the murderous minions specifically of the BigBad, selected for their power and willingness to slaughter people, up to and ultimately including ''[[KillAllHumans everybody]]''. In the manga, however, some slots in the Guns are explicitly filled from the ranks of [[ProfessionalKiller The Eye of Michael]], which is one of these that fronts as a Christian church and has its roots in a plant worshiping cult. They therefore tune in to the AncientConspiracy part of the trope. The arrangement is useful to [[BigBad Knives]], because it means if one of these minions dies off there's already a contract in place to bring in a replacement.

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* The [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil Gung Ho Guns]] in ''{{Trigun}}'' ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' are the murderous minions specifically of the BigBad, selected for their power and willingness to slaughter people, up to and ultimately including ''[[KillAllHumans everybody]]''. In the manga, however, some slots in the Guns are explicitly filled from the ranks of [[ProfessionalKiller The Eye of Michael]], which is one of these that fronts as a Christian church and has its roots in a plant worshiping cult. They therefore tune in to the AncientConspiracy part of the trope. The arrangement is useful to [[BigBad Knives]], because it means if one of these minions dies off there's already a contract in place to bring in a replacement.
10th Mar '17 11:09:10 AM DeisTheAlcano
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* Aryan Brotherhood from BreakingBad. They are introduced as neo-Nazi gang, but this is an InformedAttribute, since they aren't shown doing anything except for contract killings.

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* The Aryan Brotherhood from BreakingBad.''Series/BreakingBad''. They are introduced as neo-Nazi gang, but this is an InformedAttribute, since they aren't shown doing anything except for contract killings.
25th Jan '17 12:43:44 PM Tacitus
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* In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', the PlayerKilling guild Laughing Coffin shows up to do some contract killings as in the source material, though [[HeroicComedicSociopath Kirito]]'s method of handling the situation is a ''bit'' different - he advises them to drop the [[AsTheGoodBookSays "Bible-quoting serial killer"]] motif they've got going [[DoWrongRight and totally rebrand themselves with a new PR campaign to reach more clients.]] They withdraw to follow his advice, but a later episode reveals that they [[TooDumbToLive had the bright idea to include directions to their exact location in their promotional video.]]
24th Jan '17 2:32:57 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': In ''Stone Cold'', Joe is sent to Medicine Wheel County to investigate what retired financier Wolfgang Templeton is up to on his ranch. It turns out that Templeton is running a murder-for-hire organisation, with Joe's friend Nate as one of his operatives.
12th Jan '17 9:16:38 PM Fireblood
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** This is further explored in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', in which it's mentioned that the Assassin's Guild does not take contracts on people whose death they feel would be disadvantageous to the stability of Ankh-Mopork (in Vimes' words, "would not only spoil the game but toss the board out the window"). To date, this list contains the current patrician, Vetinari, and the commander of the city watch, Vimes. Both men have proven to be very assassination-resistant anyway: A NoodleIncident is referred to about the last assassin sent after Vimes before the ban; apparently Vimes overpowered him and had him put on a boat headed for [[LandDownUnder XXXX]].
*** Also on the list of "Do not assassinate" is Foul Ol Ron, not because of any sort of importance but rather the opposite: there just wouldn't be any ''point''. (One guild member suggested that the proper fee to inhume Ron would be one groat.)

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** This is further explored in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', in which it's mentioned that the Assassin's Guild does not take contracts on people whose death they feel would be disadvantageous to the stability of Ankh-Mopork (in Vimes' words, "would not only spoil the game but toss the board out the window"). To date, this list contains the current patrician, Vetinari, and the commander of the city watch, Vimes. Both men have proven to be very assassination-resistant anyway: A a NoodleIncident is referred to about the last assassin sent after Vimes before the ban; apparently Vimes overpowered him and had him put on a boat headed for [[LandDownUnder XXXX]].
*** Also on the list of "Do not assassinate" is Foul Ol Ron, not because of any sort of importance but rather the opposite: there just wouldn't be any ''point''. (One ''point'' (one guild member suggested that the proper fee to inhume Ron would be one groat.)groat).


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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The assassins guild Sam used to be a member of.
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