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18th Aug '16 5:13:37 PM EricW
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** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', the protagonist, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, is a ''[[TheHashshashin Hashashin]]'', the UrExample and the ethimological origin of the word "assassin".

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** In ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', the protagonists typically have this as their way of life. There are exceptions, but in general, most of them are professional killers that you control to do their work.
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''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', the protagonist, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, who is a ''[[TheHashshashin Hashashin]]'', the UrExample and the ethimological origin of the word "assassin".



** Connor Kenway (AKA Ratonhnhaké:ton) in ''Assassin's Creed III'', a half-Mohawk assassin whose main goal is to fight the Templars and protect his people. Interestingly, in his trailers, Connor seems less likely to stay hidden than his predecessors and mainly just slaughters everyone. The fact that his favorite weapon seems to be a tomahawk instead of a hidden blade implies that he prefers to act more openly (one trailer involves him literally charging onto a battlefield just to assassinate a British colonel).

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** Connor Kenway (AKA Ratonhnhaké:ton) in ''Assassin's Creed III'', a half-Mohawk assassin whose main goal is to fight the Templars and protect his people. Interestingly, in compared with his trailers, Connor seems less likely predecessors, he tends to stay hidden than draw more attention to himself on the job due to his predecessors strong principles and mainly just slaughters everyone. The fact that his favorite weapon seems more open interaction with major political factions, but not to be a tomahawk instead of a hidden blade implies the extent that he prefers to act more openly (one trailer involves him literally charging onto can't have a battlefield just to assassinate a British colonel).life outside his work too.
12th Aug '16 1:46:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* Laura from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' is an assassin who sports all sorts of [[TheGunslinger firearms]] and explosives. The problem is, Rin is just that {{badass}} (not to mention {{immortal|ity}}) that she beats her almost every single time.

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* Laura from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' is an assassin who sports all sorts of [[TheGunslinger firearms]] and explosives. The problem is, Rin is just that {{badass}} badass (not to mention {{immortal|ity}}) that she beats her almost every single time.



* For the [[BadassFamily Zaoldyecks]] from ''HunterXHunter'', assassination is the ''family business.'' Even the [[ViewerGenderConfusion gender-confused]] [[CreepyChild 10-year-old kid]] can kill you. With [[ImprobableWeaponUser confetti]] and a [[PaperFanOfDoom paper fan]], no less. On top of all that, they're {{badass}} enough that they can give out ''business cards'' with their phone number and home address on them. Of course, they live in a BigFancyHouse hidden somewhere on their mountain estate (their mountain estate encompassing basically ''the entire mountain''), and anyone who wants to get to them has to first get past the 10-foot-tall [[strike:AngryGuardDog]] automated, dog-shaped killing machine, ''and'' a small army of {{battle butler}}s, an [[CuteBruiser apprentice]] of which once singlehandedly took down a group of 100 {{bounty hunter}}s with ease. Yeah....

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* For the [[BadassFamily Zaoldyecks]] from ''HunterXHunter'', assassination is the ''family business.'' Even the [[ViewerGenderConfusion gender-confused]] [[CreepyChild 10-year-old kid]] can kill you. With [[ImprobableWeaponUser confetti]] and a [[PaperFanOfDoom paper fan]], no less. On top of all that, they're {{badass}} badass enough that they can give out ''business cards'' with their phone number and home address on them. Of course, they live in a BigFancyHouse hidden somewhere on their mountain estate (their mountain estate encompassing basically ''the entire mountain''), and anyone who wants to get to them has to first get past the 10-foot-tall [[strike:AngryGuardDog]] automated, dog-shaped killing machine, ''and'' a small army of {{battle butler}}s, an [[CuteBruiser apprentice]] of which once singlehandedly took down a group of 100 {{bounty hunter}}s with ease. Yeah....



* The Mongols go up against the historical Assassins in the third ''{{Conqueror}}'' book. They're certainly stylish and cool, but still come off as evil.

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* The Mongols go up against the historical Assassins in the third ''{{Conqueror}}'' ''Literature/{{Conqueror}}'' book. They're certainly stylish and cool, but still come off as evil.



* Hugh the Hand from ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle''. He's crude, unsophisticated, and ugly, but he when things get tough he demonstrates intellect and deadly skill, and he ''always'' exudes an impressive aura of {{Badass}}. He's considered the second deadliest killer in the world... and the first is way past her prime.
* The titular character of Creator/VinceFlynn's [[{{Badass}} Mitch Rapp]] series is a completely unapologetic CIA assassin, worst nightmare of terrorists and slimy thugs the world over. He prides himself on never having killed an innocent bystander. Also, what seems to be his preferred method of killing doesn't involve a [[SlashedThroat cut throat]] or a [[NeckSnap broken neck]].
* Vin, heroine of ''{{Mistborn}}'' is an Assassin, though she kills out of loyalty to LaResistance [[spoiler: and later, the kingdom it morphs into]] rather than for money.

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* Hugh the Hand from ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle''. He's crude, unsophisticated, and ugly, but he when things get tough he demonstrates intellect and deadly skill, and he ''always'' exudes an impressive aura of {{Badass}}.badass. He's considered the second deadliest killer in the world... and the first is way past her prime.
* The titular character of Creator/VinceFlynn's [[{{Badass}} Mitch Rapp]] Rapp series is a completely unapologetic CIA assassin, worst nightmare of terrorists and slimy thugs the world over. He prides himself on never having killed an innocent bystander. Also, what seems to be his preferred method of killing doesn't involve a [[SlashedThroat cut throat]] or a [[NeckSnap broken neck]].
* Vin, heroine of ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' is an Assassin, though she kills out of loyalty to LaResistance [[spoiler: and later, the kingdom it morphs into]] rather than for money.



* ThePhantomOfTheOpera: In the original book by Gaston Leroux, according to the Persian, Erik, the titular phantom, [[BackStory did this as part of his work for the Sha-in-Sha]]:

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* ThePhantomOfTheOpera: Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera: In the original book by Gaston Leroux, according to the Persian, Erik, the titular phantom, [[BackStory did this as part of his work for the Sha-in-Sha]]:



* Combustion Man from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He's freaking humongous, with a metal arm and leg. He's also an intimidating, [[TheVoiceless silent]] {{badass}} who can blow crap up with his mind using FrickinLaserBeams.

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* Combustion Man from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He's freaking humongous, with a metal arm and leg. He's also an intimidating, [[TheVoiceless silent]] {{badass}} badass who can blow crap up with his mind using FrickinLaserBeams.
4th Aug '16 8:08:30 PM Thainen
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* The main character of ''ComicBook/IKilledAdolfHitler'', living in a world where murder is legal. His last contract is the Fuhrer.
30th Jul '16 3:17:56 PM Dravencour
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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'': the title characters are married assassins who don't know that the other is also an assassin.

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* ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'': the title characters are married assassins working for rival companies who don't know that the other is also an assassin.
30th Jul '16 8:40:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'': Button Men are trained to take part in "The Game", a BloodSport where they take on other Button Men on behalf of their sponsors.
29th Jul '16 5:45:13 AM InfectedBlood
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* ''Webcomic/TheGreenEyedSniper'''s main character, Shanti, is an assassin who only targets bad guys.
13th Jul '16 2:19:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mara Jade Skywalker from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse fits this trope perfectly, [[SpyCatsuit sexy clothing]] and all - she's actually one of the best assassins in TheEmpire (yes, ''that'' Empire), and by extension, the galaxy. Being a Jedi Master hasn't hurt her abilities [[ActionMom either]]. Her son, [[RedHeadedHero Ben Skywalker]], is explicitly described as one in ''[[Literature/LegacyoftheForce Sacrifice]]'', but he doesn't really fit the trope, despite actually carrying out an assassination mission - he has too much compassion from his parents, especially Luke. [[spoiler:Many fans were angered when she was killed off]].

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* Mara Jade Skywalker from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse fits this trope perfectly, [[SpyCatsuit sexy clothing]] and all - she's actually one of the best assassins in TheEmpire (yes, ''that'' Empire), and by extension, the galaxy. Being a Jedi Master hasn't hurt her abilities [[ActionMom either]]. Her son, [[RedHeadedHero Ben Skywalker]], Skywalker, is explicitly described as one in ''[[Literature/LegacyoftheForce Sacrifice]]'', but he doesn't really fit the trope, despite actually carrying out an assassination mission - he has too much compassion from his parents, especially Luke. [[spoiler:Many fans were angered when she was killed off]].
29th Jun '16 9:31:49 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''{{Dragaera}}'': The House of the Jhereg is the [[PlanetOfHats organized crime house]] of the fantasy world. They draw clear distinctions between members who are merely muscle and those who are assassins who have "done work." Vlad Taltos starts out as an assassin in the House and gradually develops a [[HitmanWithAHeart heart]]. He first meets his wife, [[spoiler: one of the Jhereg's top killers, when she and her partner are hired to kill him]]. There are a number of the Jhereg assassins throughout the stories, including the legendary Mario.

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* ''{{Dragaera}}'': ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'': The House of the Jhereg is the [[PlanetOfHats organized crime house]] of the fantasy world. They draw clear distinctions between members who are merely muscle and those who are assassins who have "done work." Vlad Taltos starts out as an assassin in the House and gradually develops a [[HitmanWithAHeart heart]]. He first meets his wife, [[spoiler: one of the Jhereg's top killers, when she and her partner are hired to kill him]]. There are a number of the Jhereg assassins throughout the stories, including the legendary Mario.
29th Jun '16 9:13:19 AM Rocksmasher
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* ''Webcomic/{{Dogfight}}'' has Baskerville acting as a professional assassin in the protagonist's first mission.
27th Jun '16 8:34:15 AM KhymChanur
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* In the ''Literature/{{Foreigner}}'' series the [[RubberForeheadAliens alien atevi]] have a government sanctioned Assassin's Guild, and consider assassination an acceptable means of settling grievances. Although most licensed assassins work entirely for their clan[[note]]and spend the vast majority of the time doing bodyguard and security work rather than assassinating people[[/note]], there are some freelance assassins you can hire if you don't have any clan affiliated assassins to call on.
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