"Death is my business, and business is good..."
— Agent 47, Hitman: Contracts
(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
"What have you been doing with your life?"
"Uhhh....... professional killer."
"Oh, Good for you. It's a growth industry."
—Mr. Newberry and Martin Blank, Grosse Pointe Blank
"The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn."
— Léon, The Professional
"Cursed be he who taketh reward to slay an innocent person." And all the people shall say, "Amen."
— Deuteronomy 27:25, King James Bible (Cambridge Edition)
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.
He's got the power — he's like a god
But he's a devil of flesh and blood
A .45 is his religion, code of silence his belief
— Accept, "Sick, Dirty and Mean"
Murder is only killing without a license.
—Bishop, The Mechanic
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"
Yours is not to ask why
Yours is to do and die
—KMFDM, "Professional Killer"note
Ya can't spell assassin without "sin".... and twice the ass!
I do the "getting rid of", don't tell me why
Don't need to hear the truth, don't need the lies
Now pay me quickly, and now we're through
Matthew Risman: You have the eyes of a killer, girl. Not like Wolverine. No, he's just an animal. But you...you were bred for murder. And right now, you're thinking of eleven different ways to kill me, aren't you?
X-23: No — twenty-seven.
The Chameleon: I am not a murderer. Murder is petty, it's thuggish. Assassination is a tool, a political statement. I am paid to help others make their statements.