Playing With / Assassin Outclassin'

Basic Trope: An assassination attempt is thwarted.
  • Straight: Alice tries to assassinate Bob, but Bob defeats her.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice screws up an assassination attempt, and after a desperate fight Bob manages to kill her in self-defence, albeit still coming away with a serious wound and fearing for his life.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is an unexperienced assassin, and Bob is secretly proficient in martial arts.
    • Bob either knew about the attempt or had good intuition, ruining the most important part of the assassination, the surprise.
  • Inverted: Bob finds out about the attempt, and we see all the measures he puts together to cause it to fail. Alice effortlessly overcomes these obstacles and kills him.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Bob goes to help Alice up after she explains her change of heart, and she tries to stab him.
  • Parodied: Alice spends the whole movie making more and more elaborate attempts on Bob's life, and due to ridiculous good luck, Contrived Coincidences and sheer obliviousness Bob doesn't even notice a single one of them.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob defeats Alice, Alice tries it again and defeats him, and her intention turns out to have been nonlethal. She actually assassinates him a bit later - however, Bob is Not Quite Dead.
  • Averted: The assassin either fails and escapes, or succeeds in killing Bob.
  • Enforced: An assassination attempt was necessary plot-wise, and the odds are against Bob, but since in this work Nobody Can Die, Alice has to be defeated by him anyway.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked:
    • Alice's contract on Bob is a Uriah Gambit. Alice's boss knows how tough Bob is, and is trying to send Alice to her death.
    • Someone sends really weak assassins at Bob to keep him entertained.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice realises just in time that Bob is winning, and decides "You can kill me, but I'm Taking You with Me."
    • Alice's failed attempt is used for Dave's successful attempt a few seconds later.
  • Defied: Bob notices Alice, but she tells him: "This isn't just one of these easily-repelled assassination attempts. Die."
  • Discussed: "Wait, your target is Bob!? ...If You Die, I Call Your Stuff!"
  • Conversed: "Who sends a nameless Mook to kill a main character? It's like they haven't even heard of the Sorting Algorithm of Mortality..."
  • Implied: Alice's attempt is never seen, but when Bob shows up at her boss's office he's got a new scar and is carrying Alice's distinctive Weapon of Choice.
  • Deconstructed: Eventually, no-one accepts contracts on Bob in the first place, as they realise it's suicide. He eventually dies happily of old age.
  • Reconstructed:
    • A massive army of assassins is sent against Bob, each part of a massive Tontine, in that whoever survives the attempt will receive a king's ransom.
    • Few people know who Bob is in the first place, so his reputation never becomes legend.
  • Played For Laughs: A Carnival of Killers attacking Bob, and being effortlessly overpowered/Hoist by His Own Petard/suffering Critical Failures, is a Running Gag; they're collectively the Wile E. Coyote to his Road Runner.
  • Played For Drama: Bob had no idea who's hiring these guys, and fighting them off is a constant drain on his health and wellbeing.

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