Quotes / Professional Killer

Comic books

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.

Film — Live-action

Murder is only killing without a license.
Arthur Bishop, The Mechanic (1972)

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)

They don't advertise for killers in a newspaper. That was my profession.
Rick Deckard, Blade Runner

If you're good at something, never do it for free.

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?

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

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.

James Bond: In my business you prepare for the unexpected.
Franz Sanchez: And what business is that?
Bond: I help people with problems.
Sanchez: (nodding) Problem solver.
Bond: More of a problem eliminator.

Psychiatrist: Murder?
Bond: Employment.

A sure and steady hand did this. This ain't no squirrelly amateur. This is the work of a salty dog. You can tell by the cleanliness of the carnage. Now a kill-crazy rampage though it may be, all the colors are kept within the lines.
Sheriff Earl McGraw, Kill Bill Pt. 1

They cry, they plead, they beg, they piss themselves, they cry for their mothers. It gets embarrassing. I like to kill 'em softly. From a distance.
Jackie Cogan, Killing Them Softly

"I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad."
Marv, Sin City

Madeleine Swann: I see you left this final question blank. What is your occupation?
James Bond: Well, that's not the sort of thing that looks good on a form.
Madeleine: And why is that?
Bond: I kill people.

Francisco Scaramanga: When I was a boy, I was brought up in a circus. My only real friend was a huge, magnificent African bull elephant. One day, his handler mistreated him and he went berserk. Bleeding, dying, he came and found me, stood on one leg, his best trick, picked me up and put me on his back. The drunken handler came along and emptied his gun into his eye... I emptied my stage pistol into his!
James Bond: An eye for an eye.
Scaramanga: You see, Mr. Bond, I always thought I loved animals. Then I discovered that I enjoyed killing people even more.

I don't interest myself in "why". I think more often in terms of "when", sometimes "where", always "how much".


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)

"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."

A knight's a sword with a horse. The rest, the vows and the sacred oils and the lady's favors, they're silk ribbons tied round the sword. Maybe the sword's prettier with ribbons hanging off it, but it will kill you just as dead.
Sandor Clegane, A Song of Ice and Fire

If there was still such a thing as income tax, then every year when Vic filled out his 1040 form he would put down, as his occupation, "sniper."

I'm not a good person or a bad person. I'm just here to kill things.

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. Nil mortifi, sine lucre. Remember. No killing without payment.
And always give a receipt.
Dr. Cruces of the Ankh-Morpork Assassins' Guild, Pyramids

Live-action TV

A hitman is like a plumber, a dentist or a mechanic: Everybody is always looking for a good one.
Michael, Burn Notice, "Identity"

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.
The Chameleon, The Invisible Man

I killed mothers with their babies. I've killed great philosophers, proud young warriors, and revolutionaries. I've killed the evil, the good, the intelligent, the weak, and the beautiful. I have done this in the service of His Divine Shadow and his predecessors, and I have never once shown any mercy.
Kai, Lexx

The quiet type. He spends words like they were ten bucks a syllable. 'Course, he don't have to say much. Before he turned 21, he turned up more hits than Hank Aaron.
Sgt. Geno Polucci, Kojak ("The Chinatown Murders")

You wanted to know what I do for a living. I kill people. There's always one who wields the Sword of Damocles, one self-appointed god. That's me, Alyson. That's me.
Robert McCall, The Equalizer

Avon: I don't know who he is, how old he is, what he looks like, or where he comes from, but I do know what-he-does.
Tarrant: And what's that?
Avon: He kills people, for a great deal of money.
Blake's 7, "Assassin"


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"

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 

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
It brings me great pleasure to say my next job is you!
MEGADETH, "Killing Is My Business"

The Liquidator
Will soon be coming around
You won't feel safer
Until you get out of town
He's an eraser
He'll rub you out like a light
And for a chaser
He'll kiss your woman good-night
— Theme song for The Liquidator (1965), sung by Shirley Bassey.

Video games

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 on the phone with his father, Team Fortress 2, "Meet the Sniper"

The numbing cold of the broken night had followed me in. Upstairs, The Trio tangoed down the Manor halls to the silent rhythm of their murderous hearts, the blood of their victims rust on their lips.

I hate being stereotyped. I'm not a cold-blooded killer. I'm a nice guy! I love my wife, I have two boys I'm very proud of. You just have to make the ends meet. And if that means I have to shoot someone now and then, hey, it's just my job from 9-5.

She flushed all accounts, cut off all communication lines, exposed the Agency and used the confusion to vanish. Now the reformed Agency has finally tracked her down—And offered me the contract. One day, I will think of this as just another job. After all, this is what I do.

Ya can't spell assassin without "sin"... and twice the ass!

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."
Zevran, Dragon Age: Origins

Web video

Deadpool: What? I kill people. It's a perfectly legitimate business.
Green Goblin: Killing's not "legitimate!"
Deadpool: It's a business...

Real Life
Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community - they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you, so even for a practical supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he's really dumb to do this.
Senator Charles Schumer