We work in the dark to serve the light. We are Assassins.
Niccolo Machiavelli, Assassin's Creed II
I can kill people so easily. Why then don't I feel sad?
— Kirika, Noir
Thane: Prayers for the wicked should not be forsaken.
Shepard: Do you really think she deserves it?
Thane: Not for her. For me.
Alistair: As far as being religious... I don't know. Not especially. What about you? Not in your line of work, I expect.
Zevran: Why do you say that? I happen to be quite devoted, in my way, as most Antivans are.
Alistair: Truly? But you kill people. For money.
Zevran: And I ask forgiveness for my sins from the Maker every chance I get. What manner of monster do you think I am?
Alistair: But...you ask forgiveness and then you go right on with your sinning.
Zevran: The Maker has never objected. Why should you?
Just my luck... An assassin with a conscience. Who would've figured...?
— Phoenix Wright, about Shelly DeKiller, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
"The killer grows a conscience. I'd say that's a breach of professional ethics, Mr. Bishop."
— Dean Sanderson, The Mechanic (2011)
Tommy Monaghan: I ain't your problem, big man. I don't sell smack to kids, or rob old ladies, or try to teleport Gotham to the Moon. The guys I whack, hell, that's what they do. So how about stayin' off my case?
Batman: You're a hitman, Monaghan. You take lives. You're my problem, all right.
Tommy: Well, I could finish this right now. I could read your mind and tell all of Gotham who's under the mask. Or I could just blow your head all over the pretty lady...
Batman: So what's stopping you?
Tommy: I guess you just don't know me.