"I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."
— Marv, Sin City
(on phone with his father) "Not a crazed gunman, dad, I'm an assassin. ... Well the difference bein', one is a job, and the other's mental sickness!"
— The Sniper, Team Fortress 2
"Cursed be he who accepts payment for slaying an innocent man!" And all the people shall answer, "Amen!"
We do not murder. We do not execute. We do not massacre. We never, you may be very certain, we never torture. We have no truck with crimes of passion or hatred or pointless gain. We do not do it for a delight in inhumation, or to feed some secret inner need, or for petty advantage or for some cause or belief; I tell you, gentlemen, that all these reasons are in the highest degree suspect. Look into the face of a man who will kill you for a belief and your nostrils will snuff up the scent of abomination. Hear a speech declaring a holy war and, I assure you, your ears should catch the click of evil's scales and the dragging of its monstrous tail over the purity of the language. 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. There can be few cleaner motives, so shorn of all pretence.
— Dr Cruces, Pyramids
"Tell me, Bronn. If I told you to kill a babe ... an infant girl, say, still at her mother's breast ... would you do it? Without question?"
"Without question? No." The sellsword rubbed thumb and forefinger together. "I'd ask how much."
Max: You threw a man out the window.
Vincent: I didn't throw him. He fell.
Max: Well, what did he do to you?
Max: What did he do to you?
Vincent: Nothing, I only met him tonight.
Max: You just met him once and you kill him like that?
Vincent: What, I should only kill people after I get to know them?
Debi: You're a psychopath.
Martin: No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for money. It's a job. ...That didn't come out right.
I'm not a good person or a bad person. I'm just here to kill things.
The .45 is his religion, code of silence his belief.
— Sick, Dirty and Mean by Accept
Bishop: Murder is only killing without a liscense.
Zevran: Assassination in Antiva is a tradition. It is more efficient than an election, as we say "Politics and death go together like kisses and love-making."
Deadpool: What? I kill people. It's a perfectly legitimate business.
Green Goblin: Killing's not "legitimate"!
Deadpool: It's a business...
What I do requires a certain mindset. I do assignments; designated targets. Some jobs need to look like accidents. Others must cast suspicion on someone else. A select few need to send a clear message. Pulling a trigger is easy. The best jobs are the ones nobody even knows you were there.
— Arthur Bishop, The Mechanic (2011 remake)
And then I spend your ransom money
But still I keep your sheep
I peel the mask you're wearing
And then rob you of your sleep, rob you of your sleep
I choose to steal what you choose to show
And don't you know...
I'm making a career of evil
—Blue Öyster Cult, "Career of Evil"