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10th Sep '16 1:51:23 AM Morgenthaler
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Originally they were an esoteric {{Islam}}ic {{cult}}--usually classified as a radical offshoot of the Isma'ili sect of Shi'a Islam--founded by Hassan-i Sabbah, who was born of a Twelver Family, who had converted to Isma'ili, and then later broke off from them to form Nizariyya, an Isma'ili offshoot. They were a society of [[TropeNamer assassins]] operating from the mountain fortress [[SupervillainLair Alamut]] and terrorizing the region's rulers with their attacks. Despite their fearsome reputation, the Hashshashin were said to be [[WouldNotShootACivilian quite friendly towards common folk]], since their killings were actually carefully targeted and planned, rather than random acts of violence. Allegedly, Hashshashin recruits were drugged with hashish (the word ''hashish''[[note]]Which originally meant "grass" in Arabic--stoners everywhere think alike[[/note]] is the source of the name), led to a paradisical garden [[{{Fanservice}} full of lush greenery and beautiful women]] (supposedly a glimpse of the Islamic paradise), and then told that only the "Old Man of the Mountain" had the means to let them return (i.e. if they died as martyrs), which resulted in [[BrainwashedAndCrazy their fanatical devotion]]. There is no historical evidence whatsoever of hashish being used for anything else but medicinal purposes, and the connotation of the Assassins being drug-addicts was given to them by their enemies and by polemicists who were seeking to discredit the Assassins and the Nizari. Their downfall came when [[MuggingTheMonster one of their strikes reached]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish the Mongols]], who razed Alamut during their conquest of Persia.

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Originally they were an esoteric {{Islam}}ic UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}ic {{cult}}--usually classified as a radical offshoot of the Isma'ili sect of Shi'a Islam--founded by Hassan-i Sabbah, who was born of a Twelver Family, who had converted to Isma'ili, and then later broke off from them to form Nizariyya, an Isma'ili offshoot. They were a society of [[TropeNamer assassins]] operating from the mountain fortress [[SupervillainLair Alamut]] and terrorizing the region's rulers with their attacks. Despite their fearsome reputation, the Hashshashin were said to be [[WouldNotShootACivilian quite friendly towards common folk]], since their killings were actually carefully targeted and planned, rather than random acts of violence. Allegedly, Hashshashin recruits were drugged with hashish (the word ''hashish''[[note]]Which originally meant "grass" in Arabic--stoners everywhere think alike[[/note]] is the source of the name), led to a paradisical garden [[{{Fanservice}} full of lush greenery and beautiful women]] (supposedly a glimpse of the Islamic paradise), and then told that only the "Old Man of the Mountain" had the means to let them return (i.e. if they died as martyrs), which resulted in [[BrainwashedAndCrazy their fanatical devotion]]. There is no historical evidence whatsoever of hashish being used for anything else but medicinal purposes, and the connotation of the Assassins being drug-addicts was given to them by their enemies and by polemicists who were seeking to discredit the Assassins and the Nizari. Their downfall came when [[MuggingTheMonster one of their strikes reached]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish the Mongols]], who razed Alamut during their conquest of Persia.
31st Jul '16 2:35:28 PM nombretomado
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* DCComics supervillain ComicBook/RasAlGhul leads an expy organization, the ancient League of Assassins.

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* DCComics Creator/DCComics supervillain ComicBook/RasAlGhul leads an expy organization, the ancient League of Assassins.
27th May '16 4:01:00 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'': In "The Legend of the Holy Rose", the Brotherhood of the Hashshasin is one of the villainous groups after the Elixir of Life supposed to be stored in the Temple of the Holy Rose. They betray their partner in crime and shot him as he is not a true believer and therefore does not deserve eternal life.
18th May '16 4:05:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' featured a mysterious murderer who turned out to be a Hashshashin trying to foil the plot of the KnightsTemplar villains. To quote two of those villains:

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* ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' featured a mysterious murderer who turned out to be a Hashshashin trying to foil the plot of the KnightsTemplar Knights Templar villains. To quote two of those villains:
12th May '16 9:28:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series posits that the Hashshashin order was simply one part of the Crusades-era incarnation of a secret society of professional killers who have existed throughout human history, whose primary goal has been to use their skills and methods to preserve peace and protect the innocent from those who would abuse power. Their primary enemy are TheKnightsTemplar, another secret society with similar reach, but with [[KnightTemplar wildly]] [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill different]] [[TakeOverTheWorld goals.]] It turns out that the Assassins are [[spoiler: the descendants of Adam and Eve]], who were a pair of humans who [[spoiler: were {{Half Human Hybrid}}s created by [[{{Precursors}} the First Civilization]] and who were immune to the effects of the Pieces of Eden, allowing them to lead a rebellion against their masters.]]

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* The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series posits that the Hashshashin order was simply one part of the Crusades-era incarnation of a secret society of professional killers who have existed throughout human history, whose primary goal has been to use their skills and methods to preserve peace and protect the innocent from those who would abuse power. Their primary enemy are TheKnightsTemplar, UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar, another secret society with similar reach, but with [[KnightTemplar wildly]] [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill different]] [[TakeOverTheWorld goals.]] It turns out that the Assassins are [[spoiler: the descendants of Adam and Eve]], who were a pair of humans who [[spoiler: were {{Half Human Hybrid}}s created by [[{{Precursors}} the First Civilization]] and who were immune to the effects of the Pieces of Eden, allowing them to lead a rebellion against their masters.]]
11th May '16 3:47:47 AM Morgenthaler
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In fiction, TheKnightsTemplar are often positioned as the {{Rival}}s and [[ArchNemesis Arch-Nemeses]] of the Hashshashin (and the two are often found alongside each other in {{Conspiracy Kitchen Sink}}s); this can be quite frustrating to people who know the region's history, since Crusaders--though not necessarily the Templars themselves--were often ''allies'' of the Shia Assassins, since they shared a common enemy (i.e. the Sunni Turkish and to a lesser extent Kurdish and Arab lords who ruled the region, including Zengi and {{Saladin}}). Compare {{Ninja}}s, the Far Eastern counterpart.

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In fiction, TheKnightsTemplar UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar are often positioned as the {{Rival}}s and [[ArchNemesis Arch-Nemeses]] of the Hashshashin (and the two are often found alongside each other in {{Conspiracy Kitchen Sink}}s); this can be quite frustrating to people who know the region's history, since Crusaders--though not necessarily the Templars themselves--were often ''allies'' of the Shia Assassins, since they shared a common enemy (i.e. the Sunni Turkish and to a lesser extent Kurdish and Arab lords who ruled the region, including Zengi and {{Saladin}}). Compare {{Ninja}}s, the Far Eastern counterpart.
4th Apr '16 1:37:05 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{Literature/Baudolino}}'': One of Baudolino's TrueCompanions managed to escape the fortress. The assassin's loyalties were secured by chaining them to the ground and feeding them haschich, when the high wore off they were told the only way to go back was to kill for the Old Man.
17th Mar '16 11:50:06 PM Emperor_Oshron
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* ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'': when exploring Kuze's background as a [=JSDF=] soldier in World War IV, the Hashashin are directly referenced as a derisive comparison to the soldiers in Kuze's unit, who had gotten a lot of bad press for almost effortlessly defeating a Korean insurgent group that had been weakened by a terrible winter and lack of food and was completely outmatched by the all-cyborg [=JSDF=] unit. It didn't help that a lot of the Japanese soldiers had turned to smoking hashish--the Assassins' drug of choice--to deal with the stress afterwards, only strengthening the parallels in the eyes of one reporter. It's this direct comparison which leads to Kuze going [=AWOL=] and eventually becoming the BigBad AntiVillain of the second season.
* ''FateStayNight'': one of the standard classes of Heroic Spirit is directly called Assassin, and in almost all of the Holy Grail Wars the Assassin figure was none other than Hassan-i Sabbah, one of the most famous leaders of the historical Hashshashin.
7th Feb '16 2:01:18 PM nombretomado
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The Hashshashin were an Islamic community in UsefulNotes/TheMiddleEast around the time of TheCrusades, who both [[TropeNamer named]] and [[TropeCodifier codified]] the [[ProfessionalKiller Assassin]] archetype, though only a few know to what extent their image has been {{Flanderized}} since then.

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The Hashshashin were an Islamic community in UsefulNotes/TheMiddleEast around the time of TheCrusades, UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, who both [[TropeNamer named]] and [[TropeCodifier codified]] the [[ProfessionalKiller Assassin]] archetype, though only a few know to what extent their image has been {{Flanderized}} since then.
27th Jan '16 1:50:53 AM LondonKdS
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* They appeared in both ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' as a dangerous sect and in the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' as an AmazonBrigade.

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* They appeared in both ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' as a dangerous sect and in the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'' as an AmazonBrigade.
AmazonBrigade. In ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', regular character Nasir is a former member of the group.
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