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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.
27th Jun '16 8:13:16 AM KhymChanur
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* The ''{{Dragaera}}'' series features a number of professional assassins, including Vlad Taltos, Cawti and Mario Greymist.
4th Jun '16 4:10:32 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheExecutioner'' series of action-adventure novels, Vietnam veteran turned {{vigilante}} Mack Bolan is alternatively pursued by, or poses as (to infiltrate various Mafia factions) a 'Black Ace', one of the elite contract killers employed by the New York Commission. They are held in awe by the average Mafia foot soldier and are often described as [[VillainWithGoodPublicity radiating 'class' and charisma]]. Although the authors of the literally hundreds of Bolan novels do change things up from time to time, the books usually end with Bolan putting a bullet into the villain's head, regardless of whether they beg for mercy or (most often) not.

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* In ''TheExecutioner'' ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' series of action-adventure novels, Vietnam veteran turned {{vigilante}} Mack Bolan is alternatively pursued by, or poses as (to infiltrate various Mafia factions) a 'Black Ace', one of the elite contract killers employed by the New York Commission. They are held in awe by the average Mafia foot soldier and are often described as [[VillainWithGoodPublicity radiating 'class' and charisma]]. Although the authors of the literally hundreds of Bolan novels do change things up from time to time, the books usually end with Bolan putting a bullet into the villain's head, regardless of whether they beg for mercy or (most often) not.



* In "Johnny Mnemonic," a Yakuza assassin comes after Johnny. He looks like a humble little Japanese tourist, but he's actually a vat-grown super-assassin who ultimately tangles with ActionGirl Molly Millions.

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* In "Johnny Mnemonic," ''Literature/JohnnyMnemonic'', a Yakuza assassin comes after Johnny. He looks like a humble little Japanese tourist, but he's actually a vat-grown super-assassin who ultimately tangles with ActionGirl Molly Millions.
30th May '16 6:19:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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26th Apr '16 1:36:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Valentine D'Eath from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' (specifically "Shakara") is an assassin with all the exaggeration inherent to a gonzo SpaceOpera scifi setting.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': Valentine D'Eath from ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' (specifically "Shakara") is an assassin with all the exaggeration inherent to a gonzo SpaceOpera scifi setting.
24th Apr '16 6:44:23 AM Derkhan
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* Hasan the Assassin in ''Literature/ThisImmortal'', reportedly the last mercenary on Earth and a ConsummateProfessional at his job. He takes pride in never leaving a job unfinished and being very subtle about it.
11th Apr '16 8:25:06 PM KingLyger
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* "Silent Killer" by Music/ThreeInchesOfBlood, focusing on the kind of professional killer who's "never seen, never heard," calling him "a special breed of hunter [who] can be summoned for a price."
4th Apr '16 8:28:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Bronn is a ''working-class'' killer in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Those who know him well consider him ''far'' more valuable than a blunt instrument like [[BloodKnight Gregor]] [[PsychoForHire Clegane]] - he's not just a damn good fighter who stays bought, he's cunning enough to see [[CuttingTheKnot obvious-in-hindsight]] solutions, willful enough to [[NoHeroToHisValet tell his employer when an order is stupid]], and disciplined enough ''[[ConsummateProfessional not]]'' to butcher bystanders on a whim.
-->One of the reasons that he had valued the Mountain was because Cleagane had never pretended to any illusions of nobility. Tywin had spent decades dealing with Lords and Knights who would do the foulest of acts and then pretend that they were a saintly hero out of a legendary tale.\\
Now, instead of having to deal with all of that horsedung, he had somebody who he could simply toss a bag of coins to and say, "Kill this man."
-->-Tywin Lannister, ''FanFic/AndTheGiantAwoke'', [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10379763/16/And-The-Giant-Awoke Chapter 16]]

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a number:
** The Faceless Men are a priesthood of death-worshiping monks who accept cash donations to deliver the gift of death to anyone in the world. Jaqen H'ghar is the most notable.
** The Sorrowful Men are assassins who [[ApologeticAttacker always apologize]] to their victims before killing them.
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Bronn is a ''working-class'' killer in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Those who know him well consider him ''far'' more valuable than sellsword by trade, but also acts as a blunt instrument like [[BloodKnight Gregor]] [[PsychoForHire Clegane]] - he's not hired knife for Tyrion, executing several people whom Tyrion finds bothersome.
** The bitter and irreverent Sandor argues that all warriors, all the way up to the chivalrous knighthood, are really
just a damn good fighter who stays bought, he's cunning enough to see [[CuttingTheKnot obvious-in-hindsight]] solutions, willful enough to [[NoHeroToHisValet tell his employer when an order is stupid]], and disciplined enough ''[[ConsummateProfessional not]]'' to butcher bystanders on a whim.
-->One of the reasons that he had valued the Mountain was because Cleagane had never pretended to any illusions of nobility. Tywin had spent decades dealing with Lords and Knights who would do the foulest of acts and then pretend that they were a saintly hero out of a legendary tale.\\
Now, instead of having to deal with all of that horsedung, he had somebody who he could simply toss a bag of coins to and say, "Kill this man."
-->-Tywin Lannister, ''FanFic/AndTheGiantAwoke'', [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10379763/16/And-The-Giant-Awoke Chapter 16]]
hired killers for their master.
4th Apr '16 7:54:56 AM Mhazard
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See AssassinOutclassin for when the Professional Killer fails drastically.

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See AssassinOutclassin for when the Professional Killer fails drastically.
drastically, and MurderInc for when a group of professional killers formed a guild.
3rd Apr '16 11:19:40 AM Kalaong
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-->One of the reasons that he had valued the Mountain was because Cleagane had never pretended to any illusions of nobility. Tywin had spent decades dealing with Lords and Knights who would do the foulest of acts and then pretend that they were a saintly hero out of a legendary tale.\\
Now, instead of having to deal with all of that horsedung, he had somebody who he could simply toss a bag of coins to and say, "Kill this man."
-->-Tywin Lannister, ''FanFic/AndTheGiantAwoke'', [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10379763/16/And-The-Giant-Awoke Chapter 16]]
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