[[folder:Comic books]]

->'''Matthew Risman:''' You have the eyes of a ''killer'', girl. Not like ComicBook/{{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?\\
'''ComicBook/{{X 23}}:''' No -- ''twenty-seven''.
-->-- ''ComicBook/XForce''


[[folder:Film -- Live-action]]

->They don't advertise for killers in a newspaper. That was my profession.
-->-- '''Rick Deckard''', ''Film/BladeRunner''

->'''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?
-->-- ''{{Film/Collateral}}''

->[[ImNotAHeroIm I'm not a hero, I'm just a bad guy]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil who gets paid to fuck up]] [[BlackAndGrayMorality worse guys]].
-->-- '''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'''

->If you're good at something, never do it for free.
-->-- '''ComicBook/TheJoker''', ''[[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy The Dark Knight]]''

->'''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.
-->-- ''Film/GrossePointeBlank''

->'''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... [[PayEvilUntoEvil I emptied my stage pistol into his]]!
->'''Film/JamesBond:''' An eye for an eye.
->'''Scaramanga:''' You see, Mr. Bond, [[PetTheDog I always thought I loved animals]]. Then I discovered that I enjoyed killing people even more.
-->-- ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''

->'''Film/JamesBond:''' 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.
-->-- ''Film/LicenceToKill'', paraphrased from Creator/IanFleming's ''Literature/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''

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

->'''Psychologist:''' [[WordAssociationTest Sunlight?]]\\
'''Bond:''' Swim.\\
'''Psychologist:''' Moonlight?\\
'''Bond:''' Dance.\\
'''Psychiatrist:''' Murder?\\
'''Bond:''' Employment.
-->-- ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''

->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=]''', ''Film/KillBill 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''', ''Film/KillingThemSoftly''

->Murder is only killing without a license.
-->-- '''Arthur Bishop,''' ''Film/TheMechanic1972''

->What I do requires a certain mindset. I do assignments; [[DeadlyEuphemism designated targets]]. Some jobs need to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident look like accidents]]. Others must [[FalseFlagOperation cast suspicion on someone else]]. A select few need to [[MakeAnExampleOfThem send a clear message]]. Pulling a trigger is easy. The best jobs are the ones nobody even knows you were there.
-->-- '''Arthur Bishop''', ''Film/TheMechanic2011''

->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. [[KnifeNut The knife]], for example, is the last thing you learn.
-->-- '''Léon''', ''Film/TheProfessional''

->I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don't feel bad.
-->-- '''Marv''', ''Film/SinCity''

->I don't interest myself in "why". I think more often in terms of "when", sometimes "where", always "how much".
-->-- '''Joubert''', ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''



->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. ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto Nil mortifi, sine lucre.]]'' Remember. No killing without payment.\\
And always give a receipt.
-->-- '''Dr. Cruces''' of the Ankh-Morpork [[MurderInc Assassins' Guild]], ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''

->I'm not a good person or a bad person. I'm just here to kill things.
-->-- '''Vin,''' ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Well of Ascension]]''

->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."
-->-- ''Literature/SnowCrash''

->"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."
-->-- ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''

->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''', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->'''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 [[PunctuatedForEmphasis what-he-does]].
->'''Tarrant:''' And what's that?
->'''Avon:''' He ''kills'' people, for a ''great deal of money''.
-->-- ''Series/BlakesSeven'', "Assassin"

->A hitman is like a plumber, a dentist or a mechanic: Everybody is always looking for a good one.
-->-- '''Michael''', ''Series/BurnNotice'', "Identity"

->You wanted to know what I do for a living. I kill people. There's always one who wields the SwordOfDamocles, one self-appointed god. That's me, Alyson. That's me.
-->-- '''Robert [=McCall=]''', ''Series/TheEqualizer''

->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''', ''Series/TheInvisibleMan''

->The [[SoftSpokenSadist 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''', ''{{Series/Kojak}}'', "The Chinatown Murders"

->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''', ''{{Series/Lexx}}''



->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
-->-- '''Music/{{Accept}}''', "Sick, Dirty and Mean"

->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
-->-- '''Music/ShirleyBassey''', theme song for ''The Liquidator'' (1965)

->And then I spend your ransom money\\
But still I keep your sheep\\
I peel the mask you're wearing\\
[[ParanoiaFuel 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
-->-- '''Music/BlueOysterCult''', "Career of Evil"

->Yours is not to ask why\\
Yours is to do and die
-->-- '''Music/{{KMFDM}}''', "Professional Killer"[[note]]Misquoting Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade"[[/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 [[NoHonorAmongThieves my next job is you!]]
-->-- '''Music/{{MEGADETH}}''', "Killing Is My Business"


[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]

->Cursed be he who taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, "Amen."
-->-- '''Deuteronomy 27:25''', [[Literature/TheBible King James Bible]] (Cambridge Edition)


[[folder:Video games]]

->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''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''

->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.
-->-- '''VideoGame/MaxPayne'''

->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.
-->-- EnemyChatter, ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''

->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 [[NothingPersonal as just another job.]] After all, this is what I do.
-->-- '''47''', ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution''

->Ya can't spell assassin without "sin"... and twice the ass!
-->-- '''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}''' , ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''

->Not a "crazed gunman", Dad, I'm an ''[[InsistentTerminology assassin!]]'' ...Well the "difference" bein' one is a job, and the other's mental sickness!
-->-- '''The Sniper''' on the phone with [[WellDoneSonGuy his father]], ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZDwZbyDus "Meet the Sniper"]]


[[folder:Web video]]

->'''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}''': What? I kill people. It's a perfectly legitimate business.\\
'''[[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]]''': Killing's not "legitimate!"\\
'''Deadpool:''' It's a business...
-->-- ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC''


[[folder:Real Life]]

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